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TBLc;; AB(U& MONDAY. MAECH, KJ. 1891.
MOB LAW SUPREME.
Juries and Courts No Use in
SLAUGHTER OF ITALIAN PEISONEKS.
Rlevenof Them Bludgeoned and Riddled,
and Three of them Later Hanged An
Outbreak That facie Sam May Hare
For-Fllow ConBtrymrn ofthc
Bead Men, at Home and Abroad, De
landing Reparation The Italian Gov-
ernment Send in a Vigorous Protest,
and Secretary Blaine Telegraphs as
Vigorously to Cot. Nichols.
New Orleans, La.,' March 16. Thirty,
four years ago a political mob murdered a
dozen or more Italians who were thought
to have obtained too much influence in
the politics of this city, and Saturday
eleven more of the same nationality were
slaughtered by a mob lead by the "best
sitizens" because a duly authorized court
and a jury selected with the greatest
care did not find them cuiltv of the
der of Chief of Police Hennessey. The in
tention of the leaders of the move
ment to resort to mob law was
announced boldly the night before;
the preparations for the slaughter were
made with deliberation; but notwithstand
ing this there was practically no attempt
to prevent the mob from working its wilU
The mayor never gets to his office much
before noon, and although he must have
known the temper of the people and the
danger of an uprising, he didn't hurry
himself. In fact, the work was made as
easy for the mob as it was possible with
out the officials bringing the prisoners out
and delivering them up to death.
leaders of the Mob.
J. C. AVickliffe and W. S. Parke rson,
both prominent citizen, were the imme
diate leaders of the mob. The call for its
meeting was issued the nicht before, and
to said call the names of sixty-one citizens
were appended men in business, profes
sional men, and all prominent in some
walk of life. The mob collected around
the statue of Heary Clay, where Parker-
son made an address in which he ca lied
upon the citizens to avenge the death of
Hennessey, and told them to bring their
guns, xnis was about 10 o'clock a ra.,
u.i ain,j ii v mereauer tne moo was on its
way to the jail, many of its members hav
ing taken Parkerson's advice nnd armed
themselves with shotguns and Win-
Little Trouble at the Jail.
When the jail was reached there was lit
tle trouble. There was no one there to up
hold the majesty of the law. The gates
were broken in speedily, and those with
gansavcrc admitted. The only effort to
aave the lives of the prisoners was the
sending of them all to the woman's de
partment, which was quickly invaded,
and the wretched men shot down or blud
geoned mercilessly. Threeof the prisoners
had been ordered acquitted by judge, and
others had not even been tried. The three
ordered acquitted were spared, but the
others to the number of eleven met the
fate of death.
Amusement for Those Outside.
Those of the mob who had been ad
mitted to the jail clamored to have a
hand in the fun, and Politz, the prisoner
who went crazy during the trial, was first
shot and then dragged to the outer gate,
where he was delivered to the mob, who
fastened a rope around his neck nnd
hauled his yet living body up to a lamp
post, where, as it hung it was filled witn
bullets. Two others were treated in the
sime wny. while the crowd yelled with
delight. When the bloody work was done
Parkerson nked the mob to disperse, and
they lil so, lir-t carrying him in triumph
on their shoulders for some distance up
the street. One of the men lynched was
quite a wealthy merchant Macheco
and his connection with the murder of
llennetsey was that he owned the house
where the conspirators are said to have
met the night of the murder.
Names of the Victims.
The names of the men who suffered
death are as follows: Gerachi, Romero,
Mouastero, Caruso, Cometez, Tr.thina,
Macheca, Scuffedi, old man Marches;,
Politz, and Ilagnetto. They were abso
lutely defenseless, and their scrsams of
terror were appnlling when their slayers
entered the room, which was soon con
verted into a slaughtering pen. A dczto.
irports rang out as the victims were
pointed out to those who were detailed to
do the killing, and in some cases the bod
ies were riddled with bullets. Three or
four of the men were knocked in the head
before being shot. 'Romero was shot to
death as he knelt praying for mercy.
Vengeance Sated and Order Restored.
Half an hour after the events above re
corded the mob had dispersed and order
was restored. Around the jail a curious
crowd of thousands was gat hered, while
at the newspaper offices other throngs
stood around the bulletin boards waiting
for the latest newi Nowhere was there
a word of condemnation for the lawless
work. Every one approved it, and the
only thing that seemed to be regretted was
that O'Malley, a detective who had been
active in gathering evidence in favor of
the prisoners, and who was Hennessey's
mortal enemy, had not also been killed.
Hut he bad disappeard, and could not be
found, or he probably would have made
the twelfth victim.
A Reflection of Public Opinion.
The Times Democrat reflects public
opinion in the following editorial: "This
paralysis of justice was due neither to the
incompetency of the police nor to the in
capacity of tho officials appointed to ad
minister the laws; it was due to the
settlement in New Orleans of lawless
bands of men hailing mostly from south
ern Italy, who brought with them to this
country of freedom and of free institu
tions the pernicious ideas and murderous
methods which have planted conspiracy
and assassination societies in their quon
dam home, and which enable the mem
bers of those socities to defy detection and
laugh justice to scorn. The short, sharp,
and decisive drama of yesterday had in it,
moreover, a warning for another class,
which it will do well not to disregard.
We refer to the jury-flxers, who are ex
perts in getting at talesmen and jurymen,
and in tilling the jury box, partially or
wholly, with men pledged to consult,
above all things, the interests of the
criminals and to see that the convictions
shall not be arrived at by juries against
Another Jurcr in Trouble.
Saturday morning Juror Livodiois
walked into the Southern Pacific railroad
office, where be was employed, and went
to his desk. Immediately the other clerks
in the office went to the chief in a body
and said that either Livodiois must ieave
the company's employment or they would.
Livodiois was discharged.
INDORSED BY BUSINESS MEN.
Action of the Stock and Cotton Exchanges
Jurors Not Safe.
The cotton exchange met Saturday aft
ernoon and unanimously adopted resolu
tions declaring that "While we de
plore at all times the resort to violence,
we consider the action by the citizens this
morning to be proper and justifiable"
Resolutions of similar purport were
also adopted by the board of trade
(produce exdhange), the sugar exchange,
and the stock exchange adopted a
resolution expelling J. M. Seligman, one
of the jurors in the case, and returning to
him his dues for the past year. He was
also expelled from the Young Men's Gym
nastic club. Later, when at the railway
station preparing to leave the city, Selig
man was arrested by a mob of citizens,
but the officials refused to hold him.
Very Considerate of Them.
The leaders in the movement held a
secret meeting Saturday nisht and dis
cussed the occurrence of the "day and the
action to be taken in the future. It was
decided that there should be no more
bloodshed, but that the men who have not
yet been tried for the murder, as well as
those who are alleged to have suborned
the witnesses and the jury, shall be vig
orously prosecuted before the courts of
the city. The slaughter of 1S56, which is
referred to in the foregoing, was the work
of the "Know Nothings." The Italian
citizens had the tipper hand in one part of
the city, and there were frequent rows
between them and the 'Know Nothings."
One night the Italians tried to take
charge of a poll when a riot occurred, and
ten or twelve were driven into the river.
Facts About the Trial.
Hennessey was foully assassinated on
the night of Oct. 1C last, being shot and
mortally wounded as he was entering hie
home. He had been active in prosecuting
Italians offeuders, an ! in running dow n
the alleged Mafia, and those who were
said to be members of the society were
held responsible for his death. Ouly one
witness for the prosecution swore to any
identification. He was at home across
the street when the murder occurred, and
the night was a dark, drizzly one, the
only light being that of the street lamps.
The testimony for the prosecution was al
most entirely circumstantial, and the
witnesses for the defense, which was an
alibi, were much more numerous than
those for the prosecution, absolutely
nullifying the testimony for the state,
unless it were assumed that they
all perjured themselves. This the citizens
and the mob readily assumed, although
one of thoe swearing to an alibi for
several of the prisoners was au American
lawyer who was of counsel forthe defense.
The Matter Taken up by the Italian
Minister at AValuiiton City.
Washington Citv, March Irt.-The
slaughter of Italians at New Orleans has
been taken up by the Italian minister
here, and ye erday Baron Fava formally
brought it to the attention of the presi
dent. As a result Secretary Blaine sent
the following despatch to Gov. Nicholls
last evening: "It has been reprssented
to the president by the minister of Italy
accredited to this government, that among
the victims of the deplorable massacra
which took place in the city of New
Orleans yesterday were three or more sub
jects of the king of Italy. Our treaty
with that friendly government (which
under the constitution is the supreme law
of the land) guarantees to the Italian
subjects domiciled in the United States
the most constant protection and security
for their persons and property making
them amenable, on the same basis as our
own citizens, to the laws of the United
States and the several states, in their due
and orderly administration.
A Regret and a Vaiu Hope
"The presiuent deeply regrets that the
citizens of New Orleans should have so
disparaged the purity and adequacy of
their own judicial tribunals as to trans
fer to the passionate judgement of a
mob a question that should have been
adjudicated dispassionately and by set
tled rules of law. The government of the
United States must give to the subjects
of friendly powers that security which it
demands for our own citizens when tem
porarily under a foreign jurisdiction. It
is the hope of the president that you
will co operate with him in maintaining
the obligations of the United States to
wards the Italian subjects who may be
within the perils of the present excite
ment, that further bloodshed and vio
lence may be prevented and that all
offenders against the law may be prompt
ly brought to justice."
A Serious Matter for Cncle Sam.
The fact that six of the accused Sicilians
had been acquitted aud the other three
given a verdict of mistrial emphasizes in
international law the outrageous nature
of the mob's work. Whatever the failure
of justice may have been, the only thing
to be considered is the verdict of the jury,
which relieves the accuse 1 persons of the
stain of assassination. The knowledge of
these facts causes the matter to be viewed
in its most serious light in official circles
here. Money damages will probably be
demanded, and other reparation asked.
The case is also aggravated by the fact
that Baron Fava called Secretary Blaine's
attention to the danger of mob law, at the
time of Hennessey's murder, and, as it is
stated, the secretary in turn called the at
tention of the Louisiana authorities to the
The Sort of Reparation Possible.
Just what further steps, if any, will be
taken by the president beyond the mere
disapproval of mob violence, as evidenced
by the tone of Secretary Blaine's dispatch
to Governor Nicholls, cannot be yet as
certained. Among congressmen and dip
lomats who have given such matters some
attention, it is thought that the only
reparation that can Ikj obtained is, possi
bly, damages by the wives or relatives of
the dead Italian subjects from the muni
cipal government of New Orleans for not
protecting the persons of individuals
aliens who, at the time they met their
death, were temporarily at least in the
custody of the municipal authorities of
INDIGNATION AMONG ITALIANS.
A Profound Sensation lo Rome Amer
icans in Ianger of Mob Law.
Loxuox, March 16. A dispatch from
Rome says that the news of the massacre
of Italiau prisoners in New Orleans did
not become generally known in that city
until yesterday morning. It created m
profound sensation, and cables have been
passing between the cabinet and the Ital
ian minister at Washington City. The
general leeiing is one of the utmost indig- I
nation and thirst for reprisals la some I
form. An English visitor who was mis
taken for an American had a narrow es
cape !rom being mobbed. It is expected
that t be subject will be brought up in the
chamber of deputies.
Will Keep Italy Away From the Fair.
Coi:nt KasDoni, of the Italian legation
in Paris, expressed himself in very strong
terra en what he caUm th
ere cf his countrymen. He aairt Italy
..nil . or 1 . .
uuii ouoru to let sacn an outrage on
hums nity go without redress, and that it
was a stain on the American people that
could never be effaced. He added, that in
his c wn ptonal opinion, it ended all
prospects of Italy taking part in the Chi
cago exhibition. The count was very ex
cited. He also said that he had no donbt
that if the men had been guilty they
wonld have been convicted, as the jury
would not have dared to acquit them.
Iastrnctions to Baron De Fava.
The Italiau cabinet has instructed by
cable the Italian minister at Washington
City, Barou De Fava, to protest vehemently
again it the murder of Italians in the
prison at New Orleans. Baron Fava has
cabled in reply that he had presented the
protett to the government of the United
States, and received in reply the promise
that full satisfaction would be given.
Banquet Inserted at Chicago.
Chi cago, March 16. The effect of the
news from New Orleans in this city
anion j the Italian residents was to create
intense indignation. A banquet had been
prepared at the Palace hotel and viands
were waiting the diners when the news
came. The banquet was in honor of the
forth-seventh anniversary of the birth of
King Humbert, but it was not held. In
stead an indignation meeting was con
vene.!, and a telegram sent to Rome
invoking the enegetic action of the Ital
ian government on the matter. The
speecl.es were strongly worded
and loudly applauded. A mass
meetiig was held yesterday of Italians
living here, and 2,000 wore present. Ad
dressee were made by prominent men of
that cation ali ty. A dispatch was sent to
Secretary Blaine asking the impossible
that the federal government should pun
ish thu New Orleans mob leaders. Dur
ante, one of the speakers, said that if repar
ation was not given he would tear up his
naturalization papers. Resolutions were
adoptfd protesting against the outrage,
and appealing to both governments to sea
that it was punished.
Denies the Existence of Mafia.
Oscar Darant, editor L'ltalia, said to
aa interviewer Saturdav: "Th state
ment that there is a secret society, the
Mafia, organized to commit murder,
among my countrymen is a lie. I bslievo
I represent the feeling of the majority of
my countrymen in Chicago and the nation
when I denounce the published state
ments about the Mafia as false through
out." Italiin colonies everywhere in the
United States are expressing their indig
nation, and at New Yo'k the Italian
newsn ipers received telegrams irom
Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburg. Denver,
Boston. Cincinnati, this city and else
where denouncing the work of the mob.
An Angry Italian Editor.
New Yoek, March 16. Italians resi
dent i i this city are in a ferment of anger
over the news from New Orleans. Tele
grams were sent to the Italian minister
at Washington City demanding that he
take prompt steps in the matter. L'Eco
d'ltalia, a representative Italian news
paper, winds up an editorial as follows:
"If the massacre that we have witnessed
in this free republic is allowed to go un
punisl edjwe will denounce it as assassina
tion. Our word is quickly pledged. We
never -epent. Vendetta. In this
suprerje hour of our vindication let us be
united in the name of God. Death to the
assassin! Death to those that allowed
such a butchery!"
Implied Threat of a Vice Consul.
Kasas Citt, March 16. Jerome Fe
dili, It ilian vice consul here, said yester
day: "The lynching in New Orleans will
cause trouble, I am afraid, between Italy
and this government. Do the people of
America think tiie indiscriminate killing
of our peop'j, adjudged innocent by an
American jury rignt What would they
think of the bombardment of a defense
less town by our navy, which, you will
admit, is iu good condition." The city
marked here is run by Italians and they
are feverish with excitement.
MIGHTY CARELESS ABOUT GUESTS.
A Man Dies in an Albany, ". Y., Hotel,
and Lays Two Weeks tn noticed.
ALBANY, X. Y., March 16. A horrible
discovery waj made at the Dunlap house
Saturday, a man being found dead after
having laid for some days. On Feb. 36 a
man ca lled at the hotel and, registering
himself as Robert W. Davis, of Karners,
paid fc r a room and was assigned to one
on the third floor. He went to his room
and frc m that time on the hotel people
seem to have lost all interest in his
movements. He was not seen again, nor
does in appear that there was any in
quiry as to whether his room was ten
ated or not until Saturday, when a horri
ble stench penetrating through the hall
way attracted attention and indicated
that something was wrong in the room.
Found a Decomposed Itody.
The door wrjt found to be locked, and
on its being burst open Davis' body was
discovered upon the bed badly decom
posed He had evidenly been dead from
the night he took the room and retired
two weeks ago. The deceased was ap
parently 50 years old, and from letters
found in his pocket it was inferred that
he came down from Karners to meet a
daughter who lives in Oneida county. It
is probable that he blew out the gas and
That White Slavery Exists.
Pocauostas, Va., March 16. John
Herse, the Bohemian correspondent who
went t investigate the alleged ill treat
ment of Hungarians on the Elk Horn ex
tension iu West Virgiuia, arrived here
Friday. Herse snys that after a careful
investigation he iound the report to be
substantially correct. The men are
whipped when they attempt to leave, are
poorly fed aud as badly housed, and kept
in debt to their employers by ways that
are dark. Hersesecured their release, aud
they are now on their way here, where
they w; 11 be cared for and sent wherever
they dtsire to go.
A Sky-Scraping Viaduct.
Wasiiikqtok Citt, March 16. The
Bureau of American Republics says that
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been erscted in Bolivia over the river Lea,
for the Antofagasta railroad, 8,833 feet
above tbe sea. The length of the viaduct
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is 4,008 feet. The highest pillar ia 3,736
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