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THil AliUUb. THUKSDAY, MAHCH,
Scenes at the Close of the
TAKTNG OP THE DECISIVE BALLOT.
JOHN U. PALMER.
A Contest of Eight Weeks Brought to an
End Amid Great Democratic Enthusi
asmSome Fun with a Hilarious Mem
her Taubeneck's Deep and Tearful
Disappointment Dr. Moore's Refusal
of the Senatorial Toga Beeanse It Was
Offered Too Late Palmer Talks.
Springfield. Ills.. March 13. Fifty
days Ago the first joint session for the
election of a United States senato; was
held by the legislature of Illinois. In
cluding the final one yesterday 154 ballots
were taken, and
daring that time
support of the 101
Democrats in the
two houses. It goes
. therefore, that
when an election
was declared as
tie result of the
1 ast ballot the
ed. Nor were the
Republicans very much displeased. With
five men in their ranks who would not
vote for other than a Republican, their
chance won very small for boating the
Democratic nominee, and when beaten, it
is doubtful that tho victory would have
been worth the winning.
The Proposition Came Too Late.
Bat at the last moment the "invincible"
five came round, and accepted a proposi
tion mads by the steering committee to
cast the whole 100 votes for Dr. Moore,
one of the F. M. B. A. men. Had this
been done Tuesday it might have suc
ceeded in defeating Palmer; but when Dr.
Moore was informed of the plan, he was
bound by the action of himself and col
leagues Tuesday night and committed to
the support of Palmer. He consequently
did what any honorable man would have
done, and stood to his pledge. ''I regret
to be obliged to disappoint you, gentle
men," he said, "but your offer comes too
late. After waiting eight weeks in vain
for Republican support, Cockrell and my
self have decided to give our votes to Gen.
Palmer, and have affixed our signatures
toanaldress to that "effect. "Honor
now points out to me but one line, to cast
my vote to-day for Jehu M. Palmer in ac
cordance with my pledge. I thank you
for the honor which you extend, and as
sure you oi" my best wishes for you all."
Final Meeting of the Joint Session.
The certainty that Palmer would re
caive the two votes necessary to make
him United States senator-elect filled the
galleries of the representatives' hall yes
terday with a dense throng of men and
women, and the excitement was intense.
A few minutes before the meeting of tl:g
joi&t assembly the Repnblicans joined
the cborus of "Auld Lang Syne," amid gre
applause from all portions of the hou'
and galleries. The Democrats also stru
up a melody, but of a rather more chee
ful nature. At 11:05 a huge banner bet
ing the likeness of Gen. Palmer was bor,
in and stationed on the Democratic si
and under the portrait cf Douglas. Che
after cheer rent the air as the Democrat
represeutauves anu tne enthusiastic p;
tisans in the galleries caught sight of tj
Calling of the Roll.
When the roll was called in joint
sion the Republicans, with the except
i i-vans, ooeyea tne order or the ste'
inn committee, and did not answer
their names. Neither did Taubeneck.
quorum was present, and the roll-call
the 154th ballot was ordered, the hoi
answering first. When Cockrell's nag
was called he began an explanat
"No speeches! No speeches! Obj
Vote! vote!' shouted forty Republi
voices iu unison.
Pandemonium reigned supreme fol
minute, but the Republicans still stod
objected to Cockrell explaining his votJ
"U you will keep your mouths silent
a minute I will vote," said Cockreli. !
"No speeches, no speeches," was '
"I vote for John M. Palmer," said Cc
rell, and for two minutes Democr
cheers rent the air.
An rrnr...thln RannKll.an
Tlfinra fril Irtwofl Kiiif. nnH iilart vntaA I
Palmer and there was another ontb
of Democratic enthusiasm. The Re
iicaus were not voting so far, but
the name of Morris, the colored Re
ncan iroui L-nicago, was called tie y
lor i-auuley. .just then a scene or ex
ment occurred on the Republican side.
Berry was decidedly noisy and when the
steering committee attempted to quiet
him be grew angry and made wild passes
at the members of the committee, his
blows falling short, however. Mr. Berry
was mildly nilarious, and when the non
voting men were called be voted for Lind
ley and proceeded to make a speech. The
Republicans became impatient and began
llerrjr Would Have His Say.
"You can't hiss me down," shouted Ber
ry, wihily. "Hold on, Mr. Clerk, till I
speak. Wait a minute and listen to a man
who is withput barter, and not for sale."
Republican hisses. 1 It was found im
possible to silence Mr. Berry, and he
stood, wildly declaiming and gesticulating
during the entire call of the absentees.
When Patton's name was called be sbo- t
ed: "I vote for a mau who has never
sold out, Cicero J. Lindley." Great ap
plause on the Republican side. The pro
gramme now became for all R.-pablicans
to vote for Lindley, and those who had
voted for Oulesby changed their votes to
Tnnheneok Unhrjnniiae, Berry Wild.
icn Tnub: iieck's name was called he
voted for Streeter and then dropped into
his seat aud wept like a child. Jlis sin
jen sorrow no one doubted, and cheer
ufter cheer from the Republican side
rewarded his loyalty to his party nomi
nee. Meanwhile, Berry grew wilder.
The R publicans demanded that he be ex
cluded trom the floor. Berry resisted
frantically and defied the policeman, and
Announcement of the Result.
The verification of the roll showed every
Republican voting for Li ud ley, every Deni
er at for Palmer, Moore and Cockrell for
Palmer, and Taubeneck for Streeter. "On
this, the 154th ballot," said Speaker CrafU,
"the whole number of votes cast is 204.
Necessary to a choice 103, . of which John
M. Palmer has received 103 votes Demo
cratic cheers, A. J. Streeter 1 vote, and
Cicero J. Lindley 100 votes, and I hereby
declare John M. Palmer duly elected
United States senator to represent the
state of Illinois in the congress of the
THE SENATOR-ELECT TALKS.
He Thanks All the Parties to the Long
Deafening applause from the Demo
cratic side and galleries greeted this an
nouncement. The Democratic represen
tatives cheered themselves hoarse, and,
mounting their desks, threw hats and
papers and baskets in the air. Represen
tative Farrelt mounted a desk and began
to beat a large dinner gong, while several
members blew horns. When order was
restored a motion prevailed that a com
mittee be appointed to announce the re
sult to Gen. Palmer, and request his pres
ence. The chair appointed Senators
Fuller, Mahoney, and O'Connor, and Rep
resentatives Dixon, of Lee; Mclnerney,
Ramsey, of Clinton, and Partridge. At
this juncture Berry again broke out in a
wild harangue, but the ballot being over,
he was unceremoniously hustled out of
the hall, and shortly after Gen. Palmer
made his appearauce.
Glad He's "Out of the Wilderness."
Speaker Crafts introduced the senator
elect, and the Democrats cheered. Gen.
Palmer said that he felt at this time like
singing the old camp-meeting song:
"Ain't I glad I'm Out of the Wilder
ness." Prolonged cheers and applause
Continuing, he said: "I thank you, Mr.
Speaker, aud thank you, my Democratic
friends, the 10J, who have stood nobly and
patriotically to viudicate the rights of tne
people of the state of Illinois to elect your
Acknowledgements to the Farmers.
After sayii.g that if this legislature hail
been elected ou the usual plan he would
not have been a candidate, aud that he
bad made the canvass for the right of the
people to elect senators and had wou the
fight, he said: "Gentlemen to tho farm
ers, you earnestly and manfully tried to
elect an independeut senaior. But
you concluded at last that you
could best co-operate with us. You "de
serve my sincere thanks. Applause.
You have demonst rated that men who
are honest in their convictions are not de
terred by majorities against them.
Also to the Republicans.
"My Republican friends on the other
side, I thank you, too."
A Republican voice: "What for?"
"You in this contest represent another
method of electing a senator. On the one
hand is the method of electing senators by
a direct appe 1 to the people, and the other
isthe old method to which we are accus
tomed. I thauk you, my Republican
friends, for the fairness and dignity with
which the contest h.is been conducted. I
thank you that -the contest has been free
Couldn't Have Done Better.
The general then said that while be was
a party man in one sense he trusted that
the legislature would find that it hud
made no mistake. He had nearly reached
the limit of his active political life. He
loved his country, and had always strug-.srled-tn
?i)':t---it i-erests. He claimed
included as follows:
Cjf"Tl T" "Pfnera assembly, I
V-W Vhargedwhat you
Office and Shop Corned0"1, du?- 1 Yn
and Seventh Avy hmble modest
ik. you couiu nave
you." Great ap
11 tint's of carpent
n adjourned sine
s tight was ended.
in received macy
om members and
rnment of the
led around them
eat many ladies.
ells all over the
and on public
uses flags were
was born in
13, 1817. He
tling in Madi-
.rly life he was
ool teacher by
-ed to the bar;
f Van Buren in
. probate judge.
x question waB
duty to decide
ist slavery. He
irried him out
; While in the
n this legisla-
j .uuv mere were five, including
himself, who stood by Trumbull for tb)
United state; senate. But they were more
successful t i an the "big three," for t! e
Whigs all cane over to them anil elect
Trumbull. Iu 1856 he was chairman of
the Republican state convention.
Another Change in Politics.
Acting with the Republican party until
the war broke out be went into the army
and did good service, coming out a major
general. He was in 1S68 elected trovernor of
Illinois, but the state's rights doctrine in his
message to 'e legislature created dissat
faction, and tie dropped out of politics f"
awhile, and when he re-entered as a cpv
didate for t' ? United States senate in 18X7
it was as a Democrat. Since 187!1 he has
not been acting with tho Republican"
He ran as a Democrat agamst Fifer for
A Tennessee .Inbilation.
Nashville, i'enn., March w fSovernor
Buchanan, on learning of the election of
Gen. Palmer to the United States senate,
trdered out the Washington battery to fire
salute in honor of the event. One hun
dred and one guns were fired for Palmer
and the Democratic members, and one
rach for Cock rell aud Moore.
DEEDS OF BLOOD.
Suicide That Recalls a Chicago
TEE RITTAMEL FAMILY TROUBLES.
Ileiunrrats Wild with Delight.
ClilCAGO, March 13 Dispatches received
from all ovur this state show that the
Democrats are wild with delight over Gen.
I'almer's elation to the United Sbates
senate. Bonfires were blazing and cannon
booming in nearly all of the cities and
towns of Illinois last night.
Death of a Dwarfish Official.
Washing', jn' Citv, March 12. Charles
Hall, aged 50 years, known as tho treas
ury dwarf, died here yesterday. Mr. Hall
was less than four feet high, aud had been
a clerk in t i treasury for a number of
years. In his youth be was on exhibition.
8eiuel to the Shooting or Old Man Rltta
niel by nis Son Last July The Father,
Vtocked by His Wife, Puts a Probably
latal Bullet into His Head A Gory
Story from Taeoma Aliened Confessloa
of a Murderer.
Chicago. March 12. To escape a violent
death at the hands of his own son only to
occ lpy a suicide's grave will probably be
the fate of William Rittamel, one of the
principal actors in a sensational episode of
last July, (the particulars of which were
prir ted in these dispatches,) and who yes
terday attempted to take his own life on
the doorstep of his wife's home. A story
which would otherwise be revolting for its
cruelty and crime is lent a touch of pathos
by the circumstance that the old man, who
lies dying at the county hospital, is the
victim of an hallucination not wholly
without foundation, which, it is said, has
directed his acts for the last two year.
Rittamel is of German birth, and though
but 37 years of age, is prematurely old and
crot zhety. He is a carpenter and well-to-do,
owning several houses besides the
ham istead at 5M North Ashland avenue.
Man and Wife Quarreled.
There he has lived for a number of years
and raised six children, now adults.
Among them was William Rittamel, Jr.,
who received a liberal education and
would but for the unfortunate occurrence of
last July have been graduated from a theo
logical ssminary Christmas. Last sum
mer the young man was at borne on a va
cation, and was a witness to many violent
scents between his father and mother.
The lormer had an idea that his wife was
in a conspiracy to rob him of his property
and 1 ad brooded over this so much thr.t
he had become a monomaniac on the suV
ject. Quarrels were frequent and young
Rittamel frequently was forced to see his
father strike his mother.
Father Shot by His Son.
He refrained from interfering until on
theniht of July 9 the old man came
home somewhat the worse for liquor, and
drawing a revolver, attempted to shoot
hisw.fe. Hisson interfered anil in the
scuffle the revolver was discharged, the
ball entering the old man's head and in
flicting a wouud at first supposed to be fa
tal. But Rittamel rallied and eventually
recovered. Xo investigation was ever
made, and it is not positively known
whetl:er young Rittamel had the revolver
in his hand at the time of the shooting or
whether it was a purely accidental dis
charge that indicted the wound.
Tiouble About Money.
A separatiou oetween the husband wife
followed, young Rittamel's future as a
minister of the gospel was blasted, and he
went to St. Louis. Mrs. Rittamel contin
ued to occupy the homestead, and her
husband lived alternately with his two
daughters, Mrs. Frtderika Haltzkin, of
139 Cornelia street, and Mrs. Henrietta
Domkey, of 103 Willow street. A divorce
suit v as prepared, but was not filed.
Rittamel agreeing to let his wife alone
and give her charge of the collection of
the reatsand a division of the money
with h m. Of late there has been trouble
about t.his aud yesterday forenoon Ritta
mel, calling at his wife's home for his
money, found that she was absent.
Bloody Close of the Story.
At 1::J0 o'clock in the afternoon be called
again, and saw that she was at home, but
was so unwilling to see him that she bar
ricaded the front door. The old man went
to the rear and secured an entrance to the
hallway, but a locked door barred farther
progress. He attempted to break it in,
1, r .: 1 i 1 . i ...
uui, luiieu, uuu turned to go away. IDs
wife, inside, laughed scornfully, and the
old man hesitated. Then, mortified and
desperate, he drew a revolver, placed the
muzzle to his right temple, and pulled the
trigger. 1 he wife screamed and fainted.
the poli :e were summoued, and the ambu
lance to it the old man to the hospital
The physicians say he cannot live.
HORFUBLE MUROtR CONFESSION.
The Victim Killed in a Tacking Hoase
and His Body Cut to Pieces.
TACOMA, Wash., March li. A promi
nent physic'.. .a of this city has just made
a horrible and startling revelation, in
which h'J alleges that he was called two
months ago to the death-bed of a Swede
named Lars Petersen. He told the phy
sician that he wished his dying confession
written, and it is as follows: Peterse n
worked in Armour's packing house i
Chicago in 1S87, then went to Sioux City
to Silver aom's packing house, where he
worked until the spring of 1889, when he
killed a man named Larson Harstrum,
who woried ou the night shift with hiin
cleaning the floors in the killing rooms.
An Almost Incredible Butchery.
He stabbed him many times, and his
blood flo ved down the gutt-T to the fertil
izer, mixing with the blood of the swine
killed th.it day. He then put him in the
chute and rr.u his body in among 10,u00
carcasses ki. led that day. Near morning
ne took. t!ie body to the chopping blocks.
cut it to pieces, covered it with salt, and
r.iu it to the freezing rooms among pi lei
of pork left therefor months. He then
burned tie clothes in the furnace. P
tersen lived in Sioux City for two months
after the murder and then came here.
The phys iciaa can give no good rea-on
why he d d not make the alleged confes
sion public h-Jore.
Election of Mouon Directors.
New ions, March 13. The annual
meeting of the Louisville, New Albany
and Chicago Railway company was beid
yesterday. The following were elected
directors lor four years in the place of
those whose terms bad expired: John C.
Russell, lecsister, Mass.; John' A. Hilton,
JVew Xors, cia Allen U. Lawson, Boston,
alass. lLe cross earnings tor the year
were J,Od.:,iaJ; gross expeses, ft,C30,178;
net surplus earning", $135,096.
Tne Flood at Nashville.
Nashville, Tenn.. March li The river
remains t early stationary, and unless
heavy rains fall no further rise is expected.
While the loss sustained by those who
were drive a . from their homes by back
waters in tho acereaate is not verv creat.
it has fallen individually upon those who
could ill anord to stand it, und much suf
fering has been the result.
The Invent Herald is authority for the
statement that Turkey will make an in
teresting exhibit at the Columbien exposition.
We have just received the first shipment of our new stock of
FOR THE EARLY-
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We invite everybody to call and examine them
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