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SHOT BY I CRAM.
H. Harrison, Mayor of
VherAsaacsln Invades tno Mayor's Homo
mod Shoots Him DowiUn the Hallway.
'a- . "' i '' ',
Ha Afterward Surrender to the Police
' ' '
and Gives His Name as Eugene Patrick
Chicago, Oct. 00. Another crazy
crank has done his deadly work, and
Carter H. Harrison, five time's mayor
of Chicago, and one of the beat known
nten'ln'tVe west, lies dead at his home,
281 South Ashland boulevard. Three
bullets entered his body, two of jthem
making wonnds sufficient to cause
noN. carter n. HAnnisos;
The murder was committed by Eu
gene Patrick Prendergast, a paper car
rier, who declared that Mayor Harri
son had promised to make him corpora
tion counsel and had not kept his word.
This, he said, was his only reason for
committing the crime.
The only persons in the houso at the
time besides Mr. Harrison wore his son,
William Preston Harrison, 25 years of
ago; his affinncod wife, Miss Annie
Howard, to whom he was to have been
married Novembor 7 next, and his ser
vant. Shortly before 8 o'clock Saturday
night the door bell rang, and when
Mary Hanson, tho domootic, oponod
the door she was confronted by a man.
"Is Mr. Harrison in?" asked tho man,
In a quiot, pleasant voice.
"Yes sir," responded the girl as she
threw the door wider open to permit
"I would like to see him, please," said
the man, as he walked toward tho back
end of tho hall. Mr. Harrison was in
diningroom, whioh openB into the rear
end'of the hall. Hearing tho man ask
for him, he rose, and stepped into the
hall, walkod toward Prendergast, who,
by the time ho caught sight of Mr.
Harrison, had advanced about 10 feet
from tho doorway.
Without saying a word Pendorgast
drew tiis revolver and commenced, to
fire. . He pulled the trigger but three
times., and ovory bullet hit the mark.
One ball shattered Mr. Harrison's left
hand, another passed into the lower
right side of tho abdomen, making a
wound that woull havo been mortal
within a few days; the third bullet' en
tered the chest, slightly above the heart
This bullol ws3 the immodiato cause of
As soon as Prendergast began to firo
Mr. Harrison turnod and walked rapid
ly1 to ward- the dinningroom. Ho walked
through tho door, across the dining
room and passed into a butler's pantry
oponing off the room, whero, weakened
by tho loss of blood, he fell to tho floor.
Prendorcast did not follow up his
victim or make any attempt to ascer
tain how deadly his aim had boon. Ho
roplaced his rovolyor in his pocket
with tho samo deliberation thai marked
all of his actions and started toward
the door. ,
Just he was passing through tho
doorway William Preston Harrison,
the mayor's son, came toai'ing down
tho stairs from the upper part of tho
ouse just as Mr. Harmon's coachman
ran iuto tho rear end of tho bal1, Tho
cries of Mary Hansen directed tho son
to where his father lay, but tho coach
man waa alter other game. Ho had a
revolver of his own, and as quickly as
he realized what had occurred he lev
eled hia weapon and float ft du14 -ter
the diwppearing form of the murderer.
A second time hia revolver spoke, but
WW 'tmlleta went wild,
t It I ft
erar people wero entering to learn tho
causo of tho shooting, and by the time
the coachman had reached tho sidewalk
Prondergast had boon swallowed up in
Across Ashland "boulovard, directly
opposite tho residence of Mr. Harrison,
is the house of W. J. ChalmorB, tho
wealthy maker of mining: machinery.
Mr. Chalmers 'waa standing upon tho
front ajopa of his residence whon tho
shots wero fired. Ho bounded down
tho stops, and, dashing aoross tho
otreet. mot Prendergast almost at tho
,'What.ia it?' eald Mr. Chalmers,
The man walkod rapidly north on
Ashland avenue 'without replying, and
Mr. Chalmers hastoned into the honso.
Ho reached Mr. Harrison's side almost
t the same Instant that William Pirea
ton Harrison had found whero hla
"Are you hurt?" asked Mr. palmers,
as he and ht son of 'the,- dying: man
strovo to raise hlxn. "'" 3'
"I've got' my death wound, Chal
mers," responded the mayor.
Notioing a spot of blood on tho
mayor's waiBtcoat, Mr. Chalmers saldi
"I'm shot In the heart and I'm a dead
man," was the only roply.
A moment later he said lyith a Voice
which was rapidly ldsing strength:
''Unbutton my vest, Chalmers. Thore's
where the trouble is."
By thlS tlmo the strickon man had
been-borne to a couoh in an adjoining
room, and as quickly as he spoko Mr.
Chalmers gently openea nis waistcoat.
Tho front of his .coat was soaked in
blood, which wolled' rapidly from two
holes, one just above the heart, the
other in his abdomen.
"It's through tho heart," said the
mayor again," ' his voice now scarcely
above a whiBper. VA moment later he
sank into unconsciousness, and in 20
minutes after receiving the wounds Mr,
Harrison was dead.
Every effort was made to seouro med
ical attendance for Mr. Harrison, but
when Dr. Lyman, the first physician to
arrive at tho house, reached tho mayor's
side, he was a dead man. Drs. Thomas,
Foster and Washburn followed in quick
succession, but thoy wero unablo to do
anything, and they soon left the house.
Tho Police Notified.
When young Mr. Harrison camcruu.
ning downntaira to learn tho cause of
tho snooting no passeu a Durgiar aiarui.
Ho reached out his hand and turnod in
an alarm, and before he had reached his
father's side a patrol wagon filled with
officers from Lako street station, about
a third of a mile distant, was daBhing
toward the" mayor's home.
By the tlmo the officers arrived all
trace of tho murdorer had been lost,
and even before the mayor broathod hie
last officers from ovory station in the
city wore on tho outlook for a small,
smooth-shaven man, 25 years of ago.
The Murdorer Olrrs Himself Up.
About 25 minutes M ter the shooting
Sergeant Frank McDonald-was stand
ing In tho office of the Desplalnos Street
station. Every available officer had
already beon hurried to work on the
caso. Sorpeunt McDonald, who had
just como in from other work, was pro
paring to follow. Tho door was pushed
gently open and in walked a small,
smooth-shaven man, poorly dressed,
and carrying a revolver in his hand.
He shook like a man with the palsy, his
face was white and drawn, great tdropa
of porspiration chased each other down
his face and his tottering limbs seemed
scarcely able to hold him upright. H.
walked up to MoDonald, who is a pow
erful fellow, sis feet tall, and looking
him straight in the oyes, said :
"I did It."
"You did Itr asked McDonald.
"Yes; I did it."
"Did what?" said the officer, as he
laid one hand on the fellow's shoulder,
and with tho other quietly took tho re
"I shot Mayor Harrison, and that's
what I shot him with," waa the reply,
as Prendergast made a motion with his
hand toward the revolver.
"What made you do itf'aakod Mc
"Ho said he would make mo corpora
tion counsol, and he did not do it,
That's what I flhot'hiin for."
That was nil thoro was about it.
Nothing dramatic nor bravado. He
spoko of hlB crime as though it wab
nothing out of tho ordinary, and a mat
ter entirely to be oxpected. Ho was
trembling so that ho could scarcely
stand, and tho officer led him to a chair
and asked a fow more questions, to
which Prondorgast had but ono reply:
"Ho said he would make me corpora
tion counsel. Ho did not, and I Bhot
him. I meant toehoothim, and I wout
thore to do It."
Ho said that after leaving the Harri
son houso ho had taken a streetcar ond
started toward Desplalnca street atu
tlon with the object of giving himself
''Tho car did not go very fast," he
said, "or 1 would havo beon horo
sooner." . , . , ,.
As tho station whero ho gavo himself
up is just four blocks oyor one mile
from tho Harrison rosldence ho scarce
ly bad tlmo to do otherwise than as ho
The cell door had hardly closed be
hind the mnrderer when ozplted crowds
began gathering about tho Doaplafnoa
street station. Patrol wagons rattled
np to tho place, their bells clanging as
the officers jumped from their seats
and rushed into the station. Cabs and
carriages camo by tho score, end their
occupants crowded' and pushed their
way up the atepa and into the office,
There were many threat of vencne,
f6r Mr. Harrison waa popular with the
atrfiatf- ttfiie " s "
MAYSVILIiE, KY., MONDAY, OCTOBER
blocks. adO tho officers, ris thoy looked
out r6t tho station "windows upon the
Burgfirg fcea 'of angry 'face's, uecamo
alarmed Sot .tho wfqty of.,tho.irprls
onex. A hasty, conference of thq officers
was hpld, arid it Whs dbcide'd to romovo
Pren&ergaot to .th'6 Central Ration in
the city. holL The . trombling,, palo
facod Prisoner,. was, led, botween stal
wart officers, to a rear dqdr and hur
ried awaV-iu tho ajirk'ness. I
Meantime, hidings .df .tho murder had
swept liko anfoloptrio shook through
tho c$yjf TJie Moptfone wires fairly
burned wiVh"flervlcoia8 'queries and con
firmations Oletvovr. thexirircnits.1 City
officials. pbMipigus hd business meu
dropped Iheirroyqnlng papM as the
ntnrtlhi'tr cwa came 6 their -homes.
and hurrledto tho "center of.tho city to
swell .the oreads that piusttfrod.
1 t At ntro iatort. i ,
Tho, proper,, V,'8oqn.-as, .be had
reaohodjtho office, sankioihaUstod Into
a chaftvhis MdMl back andhls livid
face'T&nd staring "eyes .presented a
ghasJtlyipluigrJoj He$ a slender man
that of a. laboring man and, was not
For a trine" tho man refused to an
swer any questions Wat 'wero addressed
tb hi'iri. In a B'carel'y audiblo voice ho
"I am sic1.:; I'm sick'
Chief Shea reached over, placed his
finger on the man's wrist and told him
that it was a doctor who questioned
"Why did you kill the mayor ?" askod
"Well," tho man responded feebly,
"ho told me he would make mo corpor
ation counnol and he did not do It, so I
Bhot him. I wont to bis door and rang
and I went In and shot him. I juBt
shot him. That's all, I shot him."
"What is your names'" asked the do
tectlvo. "ProndergaBt, Patrick Eugene, or
Eugene Patrick. Makes no dmeronce
which. Tho laot name is Patrick."
"Whero do you live?"
"I don't know. Don't know whore.
Around hero somowllere, I guoss. But,"
and tho man raisod his head to make
his answer moro emphatic, "I don't live
at tho railroad trttoks. I'll tell you
that," and no amount of inquiry could
Inducoihlm to give his place of resi
dence. Chief Shea askod him if ho had ovor
been a lawyer, and Prendergast -responded
that ho did not know; ho did
not beliove he had,
"Then why did you expect tobomado
corporation counsel?' asked tho officer.
"The, mayor promised me. That's
all," was tho ansVrer.
In attempting to loam tho man'B
moans of livelihood tho officers experi
enced great diffloultr His replies were
incoheront and rambling. But at last the
examlnors became convinced that ho
had been a newspaper carrier, whose
route wub along Ashland boulevard and
in the vicinity of the mayor's home.
For Boveral hours tho examination
was continued, but little of importance
was developed. Other witnesses were
examined, including servants who woro
in Mr. Harrison's house at tho time of
the shooting und people who had ar
rived soon after tho murder. The pris
oner was finally placed in a cell under
the city hall, and additional policemen
woro stationed about tho building for
the night vigil. All night long crowdB
camo and went about tho place.
During the course of his talk tho
prisoner stated that bo had originated
a plan for elevating the railroad tracks
within the city limits, and that he de
Blred to be corporation couusel so that
he could carry Out this plan. i
"You see," said Prendergast, "I
havo done some work in a political way
in my ward during the last few cam
paigns, and all for Harrison. I knew
a large nnmber of people, and becauso
of my Influence Harrison promised me
a position if ho was elected in the last
camnairm. I was asked what I wantod
and I said that I bad a sohemo for tho
elevation of the railroad tracks. I
wanted to be corporation counsel, so
that' I could push this sohomo. I was
told that I might have tho position.
Since eleotion I have asked for the of
fice again and again, and have beon put
off repeatedly. Tho offlco was given to
another. The mayor had botrayed mo
and I resolved to havo rovongo. I have
"You wanted to havo tho tracks ele
vated, did you? You did not havo any
particular plan, did you?" asked the
chief, thinking, perhaps, Prendergast
was crazy on that subject.
"Yes. I had a plan .that would have
cost tho railroads little or nothing.
But I havo forgotton it now," ho con
tinued wearily, and a moraont later bo
Ban to talk again, iucohorontly, about
Mr. Harrison's failure to give him a
' A Single Tux Crunl:.
Late at night officers called at the
home of Prendergast'a mother at 009
James street. Tho yoaug man had not
lived with his mother for ovor two
years, and sho know "nothing about his
crlmo. Sho said the young man was
nil right montally. "except," sho added,
"ho' often talks of Hepry George and
the Bingle tax." Tho officers gavo tho
mother no information, uud sho docs
not yet know of tho night's tragedy.
Patrick King, an undo of Prendor
gast, was next called upon and asked
abou; hla nephow. Ho, too, know
nothing of the murder, and replied to
tho questions concerning the young
"He is a good boy; never drank and
"Has ho any peculiarities?"
"He haa only one of which I know."
replied King, "and that ja his Bingle
tax idea. This is hlB pet hobby; and
he knows' a great deal about it."
"Has PxeHdergaat an education?"
"He waa well brought up and bad a
Dr. Gtt Laldlaw, the family physician,
aajj &t Prendergast is noUnsane, un
pernaps years ai age, -ynn ueuruiebs
a.tkdrtvq&ftto.ynd 'a fetupld, ,ai.
mciaij.idibtic.exnrossidn. Hia attire was
tf 0, 1893.
less no na8 become so vury recontly.
Ho declares that he has known him
einco his birttri and that ho was never
weak-minded or had a day's sickness iu
Tho Htirrlnun Family Notified.
Miss Annio Howard, tho fiance of
Mr. Hnrriaon, was in tho house at tho
time tho fatal shot was fired. In ac
cordance with the woundqd man'B re
quest she was at once summoned to his
Bide, and was present when tho end
came. When it becamo evident that
Mr. Harrison could not survivo hia in
juries, and could live but a few mo
ments at most, Miss Howard's gripf
was pitiable. Sho wan complotoly
pvorcome, aadwas ledawoy by friends,
who feared for the effect upon her ot
her griof. Sho was taken in a closod
carriage to tho houso of Cartor H. Har
rison, Jr., where she spent the night.
Carter H. Harrison, Jr., was ut Jack
eon park whon the news of his fathe: i
death reachod him. As coon as posu
bio after the shooting a messonger was
sent to the fairgrounds to find him, as
it was known he had intended to spend
tho ovening' thoro. He would hardly
beliove the news when it was told him,
but immediately left tho fair grounds
and as quickly as possible went to the
family residence on Ashland boulo
vard. Mrs. Hester Owsley, the mayor's
daughter, -resides at 604 Erio street, on
the North Side, fully fivo miles from
her father's residence Tho news wa3
conveyed to hor by telephone, and she
hurried to Ashland boulovard with all
tho speed hor horses could make. Sao
camo too lato, however, to see hor
father alive, as ho had beon dead fully
an hour when she reached the house.
City Overwhelmed With Sorrow and
Chicago, Oct. 80. Chicago 13 over
whelmed with sorrow and shame. Her
citizons mourn for tho man who stood
closer to the poople's heart than any
other who has lived or died within her
boundary lines or has beon in nny way
connected with the city's growth and
Tho feeling of shame is that just at
tho closo of tno greatest and mo3t glori
ous period of her municipal history,
just at tho dawn of a brighter period
than sho has eor-beforo experienced,
tho dark crima of murdor should
loave a red blot on the record. It was a
thing no man could prevent, a calam
ity that no human intellect could for
Beo. But the crime is done, and tho
Btain and the disgrace of having hor
chlol executive snot down is part or
Tho act of a maniac, or at tho be3t a
weak-minded youth, has plunged Chi
cago into mourning just at the period
of her groatest triumph.
From all ranks and conditions of men
there comes but one voice and it is that
of griof. If Chicago's spirit soared too
high, if her ambitiouB soul reached out
boyond thoBO things to which mortal
man may nsplro and her daring hand
was over at the edge of the universo ic
has been temporarily chocked. The
blow was heavy and it struck Chicago
to the heart.
Carter Henry Harrison was without
question the most popular man among
tho residents of Chicago. He was the
most widely known and best beloved
of all Chicago's sons. Political eno
mios have time aud tlmo again sought
to road the riddle of Mb popularity,
they have sought to docry his fome,
ond wean his frionds from hla side.
They utterly failed in all.
There Is a touch of nature boyond
what humanity knows, and it iB called
genius. This Carter Harrison had in
his dealings with his fellowmen. He
drew them to him, and he held them to
tho last by tho force of his genial na
ture, and tho undiscovered something
which all men felt who camo in con
tact with him. His enemies were ns
bitter as his friends wore warm, but
they were tho foes of hia methods, not
tho foes of his personality.
Ho had within hia framo more of the
condensed spirit of audacity, endurance
and activity that is characteristic of
Chicaco than anv other man. Ho was
noaror the embodiment of tho Chicago
spirit than any other man. Tho peoplo
knew this and hold him closer in their
embrace than thoy have evor held an
other, and it will be long boforo an
other man fisurps the placo that Cartor
Harrison held in the heart of Chicago.
Tho fooling of personal sorrow which
all citizons feel, is not stronger thau
the mortified dvlc prldo which burdens
them down, nor man of men, the one
whom sho honored most, wna foully
plain, and the great city which has
done bo muoh, and which for 8ix
months has been the most prominent
placo on oarth, was utterly helpless
There may be for Chicago days oi'
greater pride, of higher glory than any
aho has yet bohold, There can never
be a day "of deoper grief, of moro poign
His political onomies, and ho had
many of them, nil had a warm spot for
tho genial porponality of the man, and
hia friends, whom ho numberod by
thousands, fairly worshipped him. Tho
manner of his death siloucod all things
that could be said against him, and the
grief over his awful death Is almost
universal in Chicago. Tho most signal
evidence of sorrow will bo the absence
of all festivities at tho closing of the
At tho Ileildonce.
The family residenco was thronged
with sorrowing friends all day. Thoro
waa a crush of carriages and peoplo bo
fore tho Harrison mansion, and for
blocks in all directions during the
afternoon, sorrow waa expressed with
sincerity on all Bides. The sidewalks
were impassable. Sir pollcemon kept
the crowd moving on and two more
officers wore stationed before :the main
entrance of Mie house to prevent its be
ing overcrowded with visitors.
H. Granville W Browning, an intl
xuitefJ.eRd ot the family, waigted by
Mr. Fulton of The Times, Mr. Fitz
hugh Harrison, a relativo, and eevoral
others received all calleri who camo
during tho r I'toruoon and evening.
Tho members of the family wero de
nied to all but tho most intimate
frionds. All of them boro up bravely
under tho torriblo affliction, the real
significance of which could hardly bo
realized by them. Miss Howard, the
lato mayor's fiancee, although pros
trated by tho shock, rested quietly dur
ing the day in the apartments to which
she had been taken whon tho truo na
ture of the terrible ovent had been re
vealed to her.
Telegrams and letters of sympathy
in great numbers were received during
tho day from public and private friends
of the late mayor in various parts of
tho countrv as well as in Chicago.
Many proml.iont politicians, who wero
of the same rilitical faith aa Mr. Har
rison, and many of those who had beon
his political opponents, called at the
house in porsonjjto offer their condo
lences. Among tho first cards to be received
wero thoso o' Vlco President and Mrs.
A. E. Stovenpon, which were brought
to tho bercved household by Mic3
Stevenson, daughter of the vice presi
dent. Letters of sympathy to various mem
bers of tho family wore received from
William B. MoCluro and L. Val Lo
Moyno of tho University club, Charles
M. Walker and Dr. John Bartlett, and
Among the many telogramB was one
from Secrotary of State Gresham, who
had been a most Intimate friend of Mr.
Harrison, ox-Pro3ident Benjamin Har
rison; Henry Irving, tho Japaneso com
missioners of the world's fair, tho Old
Guard of New York, tho mayors from'
a dozen different cities, and many
The remains lay all day in tho room
which had been occupied by Mr. Har
rison as a sleopiug apartment, in the
second etory of tho south wing of the
Lato in tho afternoon a death mask
was executed by Sculptor Fuchs at the
express wish of tho family. Tho result is
said to bo a most lifelike representation
of Mr. Harrison's countenance, tho un
dertaking being a success in overy
.Arxnngcniontii For tho X'unoral.
The arringemonts for the funeral of
the murdered mayor will not bo made
until after tho special mooting of the
city council. It has, however, been de
cided that the obsequies will take place
Wednesday. The body will be placed
in a vault at Graceland cometery, and
the interment, which will bo private,
will occur later. Mayor Harrison's
body will lio In state in tho city hall for
at least a day. The council will proba
bly ask that tho body bo taken to tho
city hall at onco, where it will romain
until the funeral, which will probably
take placo there.
It has been decided that the aotive
pallbearora will bo eight police captains,
who will bo selected oy Chief of Police
Bronnan. Tho honorary pallbearers,
who havo been chosen by the family,
will bo tho following: Thomas W. Pal
mer, H. N. Higinbotham, General
Nelson A. Miles, ex-Governor Richard
Oglesby, Judgo Lyman Trumbull, F.
A. Winston, General Fitzsimmons, H.
J. Jones, O. K. G. Billings, Adolph
Kraus, P. D. Armour. Frank Mentor,
ox-Mayor John A. Roach, ex-Mayor
Joieph Medlll, ex-Mayor Hempstead
Washburn, Judgo Trancis Adams and
R. A. Waller.
Tho inquest on tho body of Mayor
Harrison was hold yesterday at his
lato residence on Aebland boulvevard.
Except a technical description of tho
wounds but little newo was elicited.
The verdiot was In accordance with the
facto, and recommended that Prender
gast be hold for the murder until dis
charged by due process of law.
During the Inquest Doputy Coroner
Kellv asked Prendorcast if ho had a
Btatemonf to make, but tho prisoner re
fused to speak. Then ho was taken
baok to tho Contral station, and finally
lodged in tho county jail, whero he will
romain until his caso is finally disposed
of. Ho still maintains tho same stolid
demeanor which haa characterized him
Tho Actinpr Mnyor.
Oscar D. Wethorell, city comptroller
of Chicago, who by the death of Mayor
Harrison becomes acting mayor, is a
Republican. Ho is a native of New
Hampshire, but removed to Chicago
many, years ago and bocame u prom
Something like twolvo years ago he
was elected to the city council of Chi
cago and served for at least two terms
as chairman of the finance committee.
Three years ago ho waB elocted presi
dent of tho Globe National bank and
last spring, on Harrison's eloction, Mr.
Wotherell was appointed comptroller.
He is about 00 years of ago.
A Brief Account of Illi Extraordinary
Carter H. Harrison was born in Fayotte
county, Ky Feb. 25. 1825. Richard I. A.
Harrison, Cromwell's lioutenunt general,
who led Charles I to the block, Is hia earli
est ancestor prosorvod In the family's
archives. Tho name was conspicuous in
Virginia during the colonial porlod, and
Carter Harrison, his great-grandfather,
and his brother, Bcnjumln Harrison, tho
signer of the declaration of independence
and father of President William Henry
Harrison, are enrolled ia the annals of tho
Infancy of the United States ot America.
Early inter-marriages linked the Harri
son family with the Randolphs, Cabslls
and Carters, two prominent Virginia
families. Through the former Thoma
Jofforson and John Randolph were near
kin, to tho latter the Reeveees of Virginia,
and tho Breoklnridges ot Kentuoky, Rob
ert Carter Harrison, grandfather of our
aJectKi5fUu.KeBUfilti lnJ&&- Hla