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tTHJE ABGOb. THURSDAY, '-JVUY- O, 1891.
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Comment on the Execution at
Sing Sing Prison.
AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTOPSIES.
Some Fx pert View on the New Style ot
Killing Criminal An Evening World
Reporter See Something That m Thy
Klcian Declare Dirt Not Exist The
New York Prexs a Tnit Against the
"Secrecy" of the Execution fnder the
Law Warden Brown Denounced.
Xett York, July 9. ThefollowiDg is an
Account of the autopsy on tbe bodies of
the four men who paid the penalty of
their crimes by electrothanasia Tuesday
-at Sinn. Sing prison. It is given exactly
as it fell from the lips of one of the physi
cians in attendance, whose name is with
held at hit own request: W'e selected
the Japanese first," he said, "because of
his physicial development. He was as re
markably built a man as I ever saw. A
triangular cut was made directly over the
breastbone. The heart and lunps were
then removed, afterward the stomach,
liver, kidneys and bladder. Both limps
and heart were filled with venous blood.
Tbe-color of all the organs, as we doctors
Ray, was perfect. The fluids in the body
were thinner than before death, showing
. the rapid disintegration caused by the
; passage of the current. There were no
narks or burns on any of the men and
they were all possessed of remarkably fine
physiques, while their internal organs
were not diseased in any; way.
The Jap Had a Big Brain.
"The Japanese would really adorn any
anatomical nuuteum. A significant fact
, was that his brain was of more thnn aver-
i age size ana normal J.ii:s proved con
clusively that any talk as to his insanity
was the veriest boJi. As soon as the au
topsy on his body had been concluded the
organs were replaced and the triangular
aperture closed, as indeed was done with
each of the others. The second man ex
amined was Smiler. His relatives were
waiting to claim the body. Nothing
extraordinary was discovered except that
his left lung had several tuliercles, whic h
might have troubled him in later years
had he lived. Wood and Slocuni followed
with the result of .showing, as in the oth
er, perfect internal organs.
It Wan ln-tuntneo;is Deittli.
"I have performed a great many autop
sies, but never saw one done under more
favorable circumstances. You see tbttt
practically tbe men were almost the sjmie
as though they had lieen cut up alive,
death came so instantaneously. The aver
age man has not a stomach which is
healthy, but .Tngigo's was wonderfully so.
We all noticed and commented on it. The
aDsenre ot marks or burn spots is explained
by the careful way in which the electrodes
were applied. Usually a blister is found
which is caused by the moisture in the
sponge evaporating as steam and scalding
Performed with Perfect Decern-.
'I would like to say that 1 never saw an
autopsy jerformed with greater decency.
It could not have been done with more
pains if it had taken place over four kings.
The results from a medical point of view
were satisfactory, but nothing very valu
able was learned. As medical men we are
all convinced that the electric chair is
rapid, effective and painless.'
In-. Charles A. Daniels, of Buffalo, one
of the witnesses, and a participant in the
autopsy, had this to say. "The scientific
value of the execution would not be re
vealed in the autopsy. That will only
come when each physician has made mi
croHonpic examination and otherwise test
ed the tissue he has taken away."
An Electrical Expert' Opinion.
All the doctors were positive that the
death was painless, and agreed that elec
trothanasia was far the most humane
method so far tried of executing the sen
tence of the law upon criminals.
Horatio B. Beekman, president of the
Edison Electric Light company, of this
city, was present at the execution as an
expert. "Mr. Beekman said: "It was a
great success. Everything worked smooth
ly. There was no hitch or botch at any
point. A lady could have witnessed the
entire execution. By that I mean there
were no revolting scenes or struggles. It
was simply one moment a living creature,
an instant later a lifeless corpse, without
a murmur or a struggle. As to improve
ments that suggest themselves to an ex
pert, you may say, that while the appli
ances may lie greatly improved upon, there
will probably never be a more successful
execution than that of yesterday. r
NOW COMES THE REPORTER
And Give tbe Up Direct to Some of the
In direct contradiction of the assertion
of the physician in tbe foregoing statement
is tbe account published in the sporting
edition of The Evening World of the ap
pearance of the body of Smiler. The body
arrived iu this city yesterday, having been
claimed by one of Smiler's deserted wives.
It was taken, says The World, to an un
dertaking establishment, and the account
goes on as follows: "The reporter stood
close by, and was horrified at the sight
that met his eyes, iimiler's face had been
burned and seamed by the electric fluid
until it had the appearance of having
been boiled. The hair on the front of the
head, the mustache aud eyebrows had
been siDged uud burned off. The face was
furrowed and scarred as though with a
hot iron. These marks were not those of
a dissecting kuife or scalpel They were
, The Reporter "Fired Out."
" "Pressing closer to see tbe dead man's
face plainer, the reporter attracted the at
tention of the undertaker's assistants, and
they seized him by the shoulder and com
pelled him to, leave the place before any
other portion of the body was exposed.
To repeated requests to he allowed to see
the body the reporter was informed that
no one but the undertaker and his assist
ants would be permitted to see it until it
had been fully prepared for burial. It
was learned through one of the under
taker's assistants that Smiler's left leg
was burned to the bone through the calf.
The eyes were badly burned, though the
eyeball was not destroyed."
The Eminent Editor Mach Worked I" p.
All the morning papers have comments
on the execution. All except The Adver
tiser admit that, electrotbanasia is a
success, and that it will take the place of
hanging, not. only in New York, but in all
the states, in due time. But the feature
of the law that comes in for denunciation
is that prob. Siting tbe publication of the
"shocking details," as The Advertiser calls
. them. That paper insists that the men
were tortured to death and its remarks
are very Iike-those made on the Kemmlei
execution, very severe are the den uncia
tions of Warden Brown for his "extraor
dinary and wholly unnecessary and futile
pains" to prevent the newspaper men from
getting tbe "shocking details."
Went Beyond His Dntv.
They say he went beyond his duty; that
ne naa no ngnt to exclude press represent
atives, and certainly no right to put his
guard around the "prison and establish a
"dead line;" that the law did not require
nor authorize this; that the question ol
printing tne details was one for tbe news
papers to determine, and any attempt at
punisnment therefor the duty of the dis
trict attorney 'frto could under the law
prosecute those violating it if he chose
and thus bring the matter to an issue in
the courts; that the only way to make
sure that the executions were humane was
to give the widest publicity, and that the
responsibility for the publication of the
details would not have rested upon the
Doesn't Seem to "Consist."
The Times speaks of the utter folly ot
the provision of the law prohibiting the
publication of the details, and the peculiai
unfitness of Warden Brown for any public
position requiring tact, good sense, and a
regard for the rights of "law-abiding citi
zens," while The Sun says: "This morning
The Sun and every other real newspapei
in the state oj-enly and deliberately vio
laied that section of the electrical execu
tion law which forbids the publication of
the details of an execution." The Sun also
demands the repeal of the secrecy claust
of the law, and "engages itself to support
any Kepublican candidate who shall prom
ise to vote or work next , winter for the le
peal of the foolish and unconstitutional
law which strikes at the liberty of ttt
press as against any Democrat who shall
refuse or omit to put himself on record foi
free speech and a free press."
ANOTHER DOCTOR'S TESTIMONY.
He Declines to Afflrtn or Deny th
Evening World' Sensation.
ALBANY, July 9. Dr. S. B. Ward, one
of the witnesses at the execution Tuesday,
was shown The Evening World's report
of the burning of Smiler. He was asked
if he could corroborate the report. The
doctor looked perplexed and walked up
and down for some moments in deep
thought and then said that his honor was
pledged to say nothing about the details
of the execution, and therefore he could
not reply. Finally the doctor broke silent e
by saying: "I will say that not one of the
executed showed anything like tbe dis
figuration incidental to death by hanging.
There was not one half the horror in wit
nessing their execution that would have
been il they had been hanged."
Suppose He Was Blistered?
After another brief silence Dr. Ward re
sumed: "Electricity is frequently em
ployed therapeutically by physicians, and
it is very common for the patient to lie
blistered at the point of contact. Although
I have no such personal knowledge, it is
aflirrned that electric Taths often blister
the bather. Now. for the sake of
argument, let us suppose that Smiler wjs
blistered, and. understand, I do not for a
moment say he was, what of it? He was
dead from the moment of the first contact,
and consequently felt nothiug."
"Do you call a blister a burn;'"
"Certainly not," was his reply. "A burn '
would char thz flesh."
To Repeal the Secrecy flanac.
New York, July 9. Assemblyman
Stein, who introduced in the last session
of the legislature a bill to repeal the se
crecy provision of the law for electrical ex
ecutions, said yesterday that he would re
introduce the bill next session, and use all
his endeavors to have it passed before the
house and the senate. The bill passed tbe
house last session, but did not reach a vote
in the senate on account of a dead -lock.
FIRE IN HATS AND FURS.
A Blaze at Cincinnati That Costs Three
Firm a Million.
Cincinnati, July 9. The seven-story
building on the corner of Fourth and Elm
streets, occupied by A. E. Bdrkhardt &
Co., hatters and furriers, and Henry Geir
schofler 4c Co., wholesale clothing, caught
fire soon after 10 o'clock last night and
was destroyed with all its contents. The
building is nearly new and cost
over JutiO.miO to put up. Mr. Burk
hardt added $!,000 in interior
adornment within the last two years.
Air. Burkhardt could only give a rough
estimate of the value of the stock
in the building, and that he said was, to
the best of his belief, between KWi.OOO and
$700,000. In addition to his own stock he
had large quantities of valuable furs on
storage. The amount of insurance is not
known, but is believed to be abous f.VX).
000. The loss of H. Geirschoffer t Co. on
their stock of clothing will reach J-JOO.fK 0.
The Base Ball Record.
CniCAGO, July 9. Following are the
scores at base ball made by League clubs
yesterday: At Pittsburg Xew York, 11;
Pittsburg, 5. At Cincinnati Cincinnati,
9; Brooklyn, 5. At Cleveland Cleveland,
1; Boston, 4. At Chicago Chicago, b;
Association: At Boston Boston, 7; St.
Louis, 8. Other games postponed rain.
Western: At Duluth Sioux City, 9; Du
luth, 3. At Lincoln Denver, 0; Lincoln,
4. At Omaha Kansas City, 1; Omaha, 25.
At Milwaukee Minneapolis, 3; Milwau
Illinois-Iowa: At Joliet (first game)
.Toliet, 3; Ottumwas, 1. (Second game;
Toliet, 0; Ottuimva, 2. At Ottawa (morn
ing game) Ottawa, 5; Quincy, 2. (After
noou game) Ottawa, 6; Quincy, 12.
Money Package Mliuilng.
St. Lons, July 9. Messenger Clem
Kellogg, of tbe Pacific Express company,
is temporarily under arrest and has been
laid off owing to the mysterious disap
pearance in transit, of a package con
taining $5,000 expressed by a southern
lottery company to one of its customers
here. The party to whom the package
was shipped, not receiving it, investigated
the matter with the result that the mes
senger between New Orleans and Mem
phis, and Keilogg, who runs between here
and Memphis, have been suspended.
Eight Hundred on Strike.
P0TTSVIU.2, Pa, July 9. The employes
of the Pottsville Iron and Steel company
800 in number have gone on strike
owing to the refusal of the president to
sign an Amalgamated association scale.
It is not likely that the trouble will be
toon over, as both sides are standing firm.
The Rose for State Flower.
AlBAXT, N. Y., July 9. The vote of
school children . in the state for a state
flower has resulted in the choice of the
rose by a majority of 88,000 over the golden
John Sherman Writes a Letter
on the Subject.
HE IS DEAD AGAINST FREE SILVER.
More Reason for the Government to Bny
- the Farmer's Grain at Above the Mar
ket Price Than the Product of the Sil
ver Mine A Difference Between Free
Colmige and Increased Circulating Me
dium That McClnre on Lincoln-Hamlin
Washington-CorRT House, O., July&
Senator John Sherman, Ohio's senior
senator, in a letter dated Mansfield, O.,
July 7, says regarding the free coinage oi
silver: I can appreciate the earnest de
mandcf the producers-of 'silver bullion
that the United Statesshould pay $1.20 aD
ounce for silver bullion, which in the mar
kets of the world 'lias been for a series ot
years vt orth only about $1 an ounce, some
t imes a little more, sometimes a little less.
But I c.innot appreciate why any farmei
or other producer should desire that the
government should pay for any article
more than its market value.
Better Day the Farmers' Wheat.
'It w uld le much better that the gov
ernment should pay $1 a bushel for wheat
when it is worth less, but no sensible
twiner would desire the government to
Sitark in such an enterprise. The gov
ernment should purchase the articles it
needs, like all other purchasers, at the
market price. The distinction sought to
b?J mad j in favor of silver is without
foundat on. The government now buys
in the open market more than the entire
domestic production of silver bullion be
cause it needs it for coinage, and fs the
basis of i reasury notes. I gladly contrib
uted my full slnfre to this measure and
would d anything in my power to ad
vance thu market value to its legal ratio
Silver Production Profitable.
-But i his can only be done in concert
w ith other commercial nations. The at
tempt to do it by the United States alone
would only demonstrate our weakness.
To thee? tent that the enormous demand
made bj the existing law advances the
price of silver, the producers derive the
Ivenefit. and today the production of silver
is proliably the most profitable in the
the United States. To ask more seems to
me um-e-isonable, and if yielded to will
bring all of our money to the single silver
standard alone, demoralising gold and
detach the United States from the stand
ing of the great commercial nations of the
Fret Coinage and More Money.
"The in reasonable demand for the free
coinage of silver has nothing to do with
the reasonable demand for the increase of
the volume of money required by the in
crease of nisiness and population of the
tinted Mates. We have provided bv ex
isting law for the increase of money to an
amount greater than the increase of busi
ness and population, but even if more
money is -equired, there are many ways
ot providing it without cheapening the
purchasing power of our money or mak
ing a widi difference between the kinds of
money in circulation based on silver and
Pretty Well Fixed at Present. .
'More tiian !ti per cent, of all payments
are now made in checks, drafts, and other
commercial devices. All kinds of circu
lating notes are now equal to each other.
and are kt pt at the gold standard by re
demption and exchange.- Our money and
our credit are now equal to or better than
those of the most civilized nations of the
world. Oar productions of every kind are
increasing, and it seems to me almost a
wild lunacy for us to disturb this happy
condition by changing the standard of all
contracts, including special contracts pay
able in gold aud again paying gold to the
capitalists, and silver, at an exaggerated
price, to the farmer, laborer, and pen
Compliments to tbe Grangers.
'I woulc not be true to my convictions
of what is best for the good of my con
stituents if I did not frankly and firmly
stand by my convictions, whatever may be
the effect t pon me personally. My great
est obligations have been to the farmers of
Ohio, aud I would be unworthy of their
trust and confidence if I did not b?seech
them to f-tand by the financial policy
which will secure them the best results
for their labor and productions and the
Comfort aad prosperity of ail classes
DID LINCOLN OPPOSE HAMLIN?
Col. McClnre Comes Back at Nicolay.
Sas He Did.
Philadelphia, July St. Col. McClure,
of The Tin es, returns to the matter of
w hether Lincoln opposed the renomina
tion of Hardin in 1864, in an editorial this
morning, v hich, eliminating a lot of as
persions of Xicolay's character, is to the
effect that "in oliedience to a telegraphic
request frou President Lincoln I visited
him at the "White House the day before the
Baltimore convention of WA. At that
interview Mr. Lincoln earnestly explained
why the nomination of a well-known
southern man like Andrew Johnson, who
had been congressman, governor, and sen
ator by the favor of his state, would not
only nationalize the Kepublican party aud
the governr lent, but would greatly lessen
the grave peril of the recognition of the
Confederacy by England anil France.
Had othing Against Hamlin.
"Xo intimation, no trace of prejudice
against Mr. Hamlin was exhibited. Had
he believed Mr. Hamlin to be the man
who could best promote the great work
whose direction fell solely upon him
self he would have favored Hamlin's
nomination regardless of his personal,
wishes; but he belived that a great public
achievement would be attained by the elec
tion of Johnson, and I returned to Balti
more to work and vote for Johnson, al
though against all my personal predilec
tions in the matter."
EJmi How's This, CoL McClure?
' Chicago, July 9. Hon. B. C. Cook,
chairman of the Illinois delegation at the
Baltimore convention, says that be went
to see Mr. Lincoln to find out for himself
who the president was for as between
Hamlin anc Johnson, and Mr. Lincoln
gave him to understand that he was for
Burial of Tice President Hamlin.
Bangor, lie., July 9. Vice President
Hamlin was buried here yesterday, the
funeral taking place from the Unitarian
church. Business was suspended during
the funeral, and tbe city was draped in
mourning emblems. The governor and
state officers attended in a body.
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