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rf t& ' rf ill" rrr rr Mi J i ! r ' 10 CENTS A WEEK, NIGHT EDITION. TOPEKA, KANSAS. FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 13, 1891. TWENTY-SECOND TEAK. PRENDERGAST HUNG. He Is Strangled at 11:IH This Morning, In the Cook County Jail for the Murder OF MAYOR HARRISON. He Hakes So Speech as lie Had Intended. No Unusual Scenes at the Execution. Cm. A-io, J j!.v i:j. Patrick Kugene Prendergast the murderer of Mayor Car ter Harrison was hung at 11:43 a. m. Within the gloomy whited walls of Cook county j til all was suppressed ex citement as ths time rapidly drew near for the execution. The (fallows had been placed in position in the east end of the north corridor and at 10:35 Jailer P. E. J. PRENDERGAST, Assassin of Mayor Harrison, cf Chicago. Morris and his assistants made the final test ot the rope, trap and trigger. Jail-tr Morris at 10:43: ''As near as I can judge the inarch to the scaffold will be about 11:M0. Prendergast rested well last night ard seemed calm and col lected when the jailer left him a few minutes before. 'He refused until late last evening to receive spiritual consolation, but when nightfall came on he asked that Father Muidoon be admitted. I am in doubt as to how lie will act when he Bees the dangling noose," said Jailer Morris, "and while 1 am half incline.! to think he will rnako a scene, there is no telling. He may brace himself and go through it all right, for he has often expressed ad miration for the manner in which Buff Higgins met his death." Tlie rrlio.cn Moved. At 10:50 all the prisoners in the three tiers of cells immediately in front of and to the left of the scaffold were marched outandtakeL over into the south wing, it ,- iriE LATE HON. CARTER H. HARRISON, MAYOR OF CHICAGO, Assassinated on the Evening of October 28, iSjj. la order that there misht be no demon fctration duri ig the final scenes. Father Barry was in constant attend ance upon Prendergast all the morning. The little assassin "had thawed out" ma terially since last night, and was now most deferential to his spiritual adviser. The doomed man announced with a trifle of bravado, "that he would die game and set a great aad shiniaj example to his country." He intended, it was stated, to make a speech whic-j he assarted will be the ef fort of his life, and was very particular lest he be rr isquoted or misinterpreted. Preadergast was removed from his cell ia murderers row to an ante-room off the jail office which is in fact the bath room and where the last kindly offices were being performed for the miserable wretch, Prendergast especially requested Sher iff Gilbert to allow him twenty minutes ia which to make his dying statement, but Prendergast's temper has been pro verbially uncertain arid it was thought by tuany that he would at the last mo ment forego his determination. Tho jury of physicians at 11:10 filed in and inspected the scafi Id and appurte nances. Fifty deputy sheriffs were ar ranged around the aides of the corridor and the rather tedious thought, in reality short wait, began until the liaal inarch should be taken up. Ktarta for the Oallowa. At 11:45 a. m. a hush fell upon the bustling throng in the corridor and down the hail could be heard tun tramp of the funeral cortege. A few moments . later Sheriff Gilbert and Jailer 1 orris appeared at the right of the scaffold, the prisoner, pale and unsteady, walked behind them. He stood without apparent nervousness, though a trifle weak and unsteady as his arms were being pinioned. He seemed determined to die game and looked calmly out on the assembled crowd below Ihul The white shroud was next placed .about Mm and barring a little restless motion of the eyes up and down and from side to side, ha made no motion. Jailer Morris iww placed the rope about his neck, the white cap over li is head and Patrick Kugene Prender gast had taken his last look on earth. An instant later Ht 11:48 and he shot downward the head twisted to one V side, the neck h iving1 apparently been broke-a. Slowly swaying back and forth, he husig for a few moments while the physicians- held his wrists. A slight spasmodic movement of the legs was a 1 the signs of life apparent within the loosely hanging white robe. Surrounded by the jury of six physi cians, the corpse swung to and fro. and at 11:57, nine minutes after the trigger was sprunir, he was pronounced dead. N" Aulille ?ouni1. The assassin made no audible sound from the time he left his ceil, apparently being lost in contemplation of his fate. At 11:55 Jailer Morris loosened the anchored end of the rope, the shrouded corpse was slowly lowered and laid in the coffin standing underneath the platform. The face i f the dead man was not badly distorted, though the mouth was open, and the tongue protruding. The color of the features was a bluish tint which, with his unkempt reddish hair, straggling down over the forehead, made a sight long to be remembered. The cotfin was borne into the outer court and thence across to the inner jail office where, after the legal formalities were gone through with, the body waa subject to claim by relatives or friends. HIsTORV Or THE CHIME. How Frecdernit'i HO Led Ip to tha AsaKstnattio. Chicago, July 13. Just about nine months have elapsed since Preadergast committed the atrocious crime for which he suffered today. In that long time pub lic opinion has not changed a particle. It is as strong a:id relentless now as then, in the shadow of the gallows as under stress of the excitement which the mur der created. The awful event of to day is approved, it is not too much to say, by the whole civilized world. There are a few men who would, prefer to see Prendergast in an asylum rather than iu hi3 grave, but they are sj few their opin ion is not entitled to consideration. The belief is practically unanimous that the assassin is and was in October last sane enough to come within the legal defini tion of sanity. The crime and the criminal were alike extraordinary. Patrick Kugene James Prendergast, a newspaper carrier about 23 years of age, took great interest in politics. During the mayoralty cam paign a year ago, which resulted in the election of Carter LL Harrison, he was active in political circles, and spent much of his time electioneering and working for Mr. Harrison. , He was also an ardent and enthusiastic advocate of the single tax theory. He was iu the habit of attending meetings of the Sin gle Tax club, and took part frequently iu the debates. Thus he gained a smattering of know ledge about various matters and among his lellows was regarded as a prodigy of learning. He regarded himself in the Bame light and treated the other carriers with superciliousness and evident con tempt, which they were disposed rather to encourage than to resent for Prender gast was a brutal and cruel youth, who had a disagreeable fondness for beating and torturing his younger and smaller co-workers. Last summer he grew tired tired of his featureless existence. What he wanted more than all things, what was more necessary than everything else to his happiness, was to be talked about. He longed to see his name in the news papers, to know that he was filling the public eye. He lusted after distinction, no matter whether it was good or bad. He felt that to enjoy the eensatioiri of notoriety, he would risk much. But he was a coward and would not risk his life. He would risk his liberty for the delights he dreamed of, but not his life. At last it occurred to him it would create comment if one in his station in life, a humble newspaper carrier, should apply for a high oilice in the municipal government The idea, once admitted, took complete possession of his mind. He appeared iu Corporation Counsel Adolph Ivraus' office one day aud an nounced that he desired to succeed Mr. Kraus in the position. Mr. Kraus laughed at him and.took the announce ment as a joke, aud Prendergast sneaked out. With what eagerness he looked for the papers the next morning! Ho .v anx iously Ue hoped they would contain an account of the visit to Mr. Kraus! If they had, probably Mayor Harrison would have been alive today. If they had Prendergast vs ould probably hav e been sati.-died. He would have seen his name iu print. He wuuld have lorded it over the o.her carriers of whom the pub lic had never heard. But unluckily for Mayor Harrison, and for him, he was disappoiuted. The newspapers contained no mention of the incident lie had so carefully planned. Exasperated by his failure to secure the notoriety he craved Prendergast deter mined to make another attempt. At last he selected Mayor Harrison. He called upon the mayor, and, with all the grav ity lie could master, stated his desire to be appointed corporation counsel. But the mayor was in good humor aud the 1 udicrousness of the affair struck him. He chaffed Prendergast good naturedly and speedily forgot him.. At any rate he did not think it necessary to notify the newspapers and again Prendergast failed of his object. He was now more determined than ever to attain it. He resolved that he would get his name into the newspapers even at the risk of arrest. He called again upon the mayor and hinted if his request did not secure prompt attention it would be the worse for the mayor. But his cowardice prevented him from making the hints ominous enough to frighten or even startle the mayor. Mr. Harrison did not fear, and he treated Prendergast's threats as lightly as he had treated his request. This time he order ed Prendergast out of the office, but in spite of that he did not think the matter important enough to mention it. Prendergast determined to write the major. His letters were not only un answered but he could not be sure they had ever been delivered. Again he called on Mayor Harrison. This time he was received brusquely and was warned to keep away aud trouble the mayor no more. Desperate with his determination to secure the longed-for notoriety and en raged at his repeated failures Prender gast at last worked himself into a frenzied momentary courage and committed the frightful crime for which he died today. On the night of October S, 1S93, Carter H. Harrison, mayor of Chicago, was seated at dinner with his son and daugh ter, in his residence on Ashland boule vard. The doorbell rang and a low browed, shambling, ill-clad fellow asked to see the mayor. When ha was informed the mayor was at dinuer he turned away and said he would return later. Wheii the man called again the mayor was quietly dozing on a divan. It had been "American Citie" day at the World's fair and he had made the best speech of his life to the vast throng of people. He was awakened by the sound of voices and came toward the door. The man approached the mayor, said something which was not overheard by the servant, and then pointed a revolver at .ir. Harrison's breast aud fired. Tho assassin ran iuto the street and after dis charging a bullet at the pursuing butler, disappeared iu Jackson street. Suortly afterwards he surrendered himself to the police, about the same time that Mayor Harrison expired in the arms of Miss Anna Howard, of New Orleans, to whom he was to be married in a few days. TO GO A-IIl NTING. rritlJint Clevfl mil Will Visit Colorado to Kiil a Bear. Denver, July 13. Gen. A. L. 2sew, collector of internal revenue for this district, is arranging for a hunting trip in Colorado for President Cleveland, At torney General Oiney, Secretary of War Lament, Senator Gorman, Collector of Internal Revenue Miller, Chairman Har rity and other distinguished man. Gen. New saj-s President Cleveland is anxious to kill a bear. The locality that will be selected for the hunt will proba bly be the mountains around Gleuwood Springs. Gen. New will go to Washing ton next week, and hopes to complete all arrangements for the hunting trip at that time. JFfERSJLPEACL' Debs' Willing: to Call Off the Strike If the Railroad lanasers "Will Take Back ALL OLD "EMPLOYES Except Those Who Have Com mitted Criminal Acts. General Managers Will Not Confer With Debs. But Will Listen to Mayor Hop kins of Chicago. Chicago, July 13. Mr. Eugene V. Debs, arose early this morning aud call ed his executive officers together at Uhlich's halL They held a close confer ence for something like a half hour and about 9:3) Mr. Debs appeared and said: In view of the enormous proportions which this strike has assumed and the tremendous damage to public and pri vate interests, we will today submit a proposition to the General Managers as sociation declaring the strike off on con dition that they reinstate our men." The proposition referred to was formu lated last night in a conference between Debs, Sovereign and Gompers and it was agreed that in case the general managers refuse to meet the wishes of President Debs, Gompers should call out the na tional federation of labor throughout the couutry. Tae proposition has two conditions: First, Tiiat arbitration as proposed by President Cleveland be entered upon; second, that all the striking employes except those who had been guilty of criminal misconduct shall be restored to their positions without prejudice by the railroad compauies. It tae .M tntra Itefune After Debs had made this startling statement he was asked what would be the effect in case the general managers refuse to reiustate the men. He said lie thought the all ike was practically ended and regarded it as a great triumph for labor. Af-er a pause he added: "Tue strike will setde bacc then to the origi nal grievance between Pullinau and his employes." President Debs then left L'hlich's hall to- call up an the mayor. On his way he Anet Sovere.gn and Howard and they ac companied him. At the mayor' 4 office they held a conference for about tifteeu miumes. At its conclusion Mayor Hop kins said: "These gentlemen came to me with a proposition to call the strike off, the General Managers' association to agree to take back all employes who had not been arrested tor any offense against the law. lhey asked me to go with them to present the proposition. 1 told them I would gladly go." Meanwhile, Alderman McGillan, chair man of the council of arbitration com mittee, had been sent for. He arrived at 10:45, aud after a few minutes talk with Debs and Sovereign, the mayor and Alderman McGillan went to the office of the general managers association, while Deba, Howard and Sovereign returned to their hotels. When the mayor arrived at the office of the general manager's association, he found that the regular meeting had ad journed, and Mr. St. John, of the Rock Island road, was tho only manager pres ent. Vice President Thomas II. Wickes, of the Pullman company, received his first information of President Cleveland's in tention to appoint a committee of inves tigation at his residence today. He had anticipated no such move on the part of the president, and did not know of the law under which the appointment of the committee was made. Mr. Wickes would make no statement, saying he would wait until the committee had ar rived, aud he knew what powers it pos sessed. Among the stock yards strikers who returned to work this morning were nine engineers, Dine telegraphers and twenty clerks aud yardmasters. Other employes wiil be given their positions if they report promptly. A few steam titters and car penters left their work this morning, but they did not add to the seriousness cjj the situation. Armour brought twelve butchers from Milwaukee this morning and was only three short of his usual force. The sheep butchers talked of joining the beef butchers, but they d:d not leave their work this morning. Applicants for po sitions as unskilled laborers were turned away from the packing houses. Armour discharged fifteen teamsiers for whom he had no work. Would "ot Call Anotlmr Meeting. Mr. St. John said he would receive the proposition and lay it before the next meeting. He was requested to call a special meeting, but declined to do so. Ha consented to listen to the gentlemen before the mayor aud a prominent mem ber of the city council. He declared that he would h ive nothing to do with Debs or any of the strike leaders. After leaving the proposition with Mr. St John, the mayor returned to his of fice. Mr. St. John had previously said that the general managers would not recognize the labor leaders in any way. and it was because of this statement that Debs, Howard and Sovereign did not pre sent their Disposition in person but del egated the" presentation to the mayor. Asked to state what had happened in the office of the general managers, Mayor Hopkins said: "Ve were courte ously received by Chairman St. John and Manager Egan of the General Manager's association. -We made known the object of our visit Mr. Egan who did all the talking said that while the association would have accepted no proposition pre sented by Mr. Debs in person, he having made them trouble enough for the last few weeks, they would consider a propo sition presented through the mayor of Chicago. Will LliUn to tho Mayor. "The general manager's association had adjourned for the day, but Mr. Egan said he would ask them to hold another meeting if he could reach them, lie would venture no opinion as to what the managers of the roads would do with the proposition, but led me to infer that he thought it a matter for each road to consider separately. I urged him to tr- to have the trouble settled. I represented to him that such a settlement would leave the laboring mau in good humor and they would as soon as the strike was declared off, each hunt for position. I told him further that unless there was a declara tion of an end of the strike there might be some hot-heads who would still persist in overt acts. I repre sented to him further that it is in the interests of the state that the strike be declared off, as it is now under an expense of $18,000 a day in maintain ing the militia in this city. His talk was generally to the effect that so far as the railroads are concerned there is no longer any strike." Will Keep the Mw Men. Mr. Egan said informally: "The gen eral managers will retain in their employ the men who tilled the strikers' places and are competent" Mr. St John said later that the propo sition would not be submitted to any meeting of the general managers today and would not be considered by them be fore the regular meeting tomorrow, if, he added significantly, it be considered at alL When Mr. Debs was asked today by Sovereign what would be done in case the general managers refused to reinstate the men, Debs replied: " vV e shall call our executive board together and deter mine upon a course of action." Sovereign said that as soon as the Btrike was declared oil by Debs he shoul d issue an order calling off that of the Knights of Labor. The meeting of the federation of labor leaders adjourned at 1 o'clock to meet again at 2:3 J. They appointed a commit tee of five to draft an address to the pub lic Mr. Debs called on Mayor Hopkins before 2 p. in. t. here the result of the mayor's conference with the general manager's association. The mayor told him exactly what had occurred. No answer to Uie proposition being obtain ed because the managers were not iu suss. on, whereupon Mr. Debs withdrew. When nr. Debs left the mayor's otlice, he was asked for news and simply said that the strike was not off. but was just as it had been. He said lie would report the results of the mayor's v.it to a meet ing of the executive board to be held at Uhlich's hall this evenitig. Siy. Ib.' !!' r I 4 ii .ixf. Mayor Hopkins, on being asked as to the proposition uiadetotne genera, man agers said: "Extremeiy liberal, I think. Mr. Dbs agrees to call olf tiiejrtrike if the general m.inagers will agree to take bacK those men who left their employ, and who have not' been guilty of any lawlessness or of committing any overt act. lie does not ask that they be taken back as members of the A R. L'., but that they be treated with as individuals. There is no question of the recognition of a union involved. I am hopeful of a favorable outcome of the consideration of the proposition." CALL) IT A. OlttAf VICTORY. Grand Matter Sovereign Sniiik.B a Cifrar j and Feel G1101I. j Chicago, July 13. While the other I labor leaders were in conference last ! night, Mr. Soveriegn was enjoying a ci gar alone in his room in the Sherman house. When questioned about the new turn of affairs, he exclaimed: "That is a great victory for the Knights of Labor. .No one thought of it until the Knights suggested it, aud it will settle the strike. "it, is a good as won now. I cannot tell who the arbitrators will tie but this is cer tain that Carroll D. Wright will be one of them as the O'JSeill law provides that thr commissioner of labor shall bo e-x-officio member of a committee appointed under its provisions. The other two members are named by the president and the only restriction is that one of the men shall be appointed from the state in which the trouble is. "I had a long conversation over the long distance telephone with Mr. Hayes after the president gave his decision in the matter and the whole scope and sig nificance of the law was explained to me. "As I understand it, the committee has a.11 the powers of a congressional inves tigating committee. It may summon witnesses and compel to testify of the matter in dispute even to the extent of producing the books of the company. In this way all phases of the controversy will be brought out "It is true that the committee has no power to enforce its findings iu the mat ter, but that is true of any arbitration. The arbitrators have the power merely to investigate and to declare a finding, and the parties may or may not abide by that finding. It can compel Pullman to show his Ixjoks, however, and the re sult will be that the public will be given all the facts in the controversy between him and the employes. "It will make no difference wlfether Mr. Pullman wishes to arbitrate or not, or whether he thinks he has nothing to arbitrate. The committee will have all the powers necessary to bring out all the facts aud the public can then draw its own conclusions. "I regard this is a great victory for the Knights of Labor." SUUIXD IJO AS KOSKBKKV DID. The British OeTrromant Settled the Grnat Miner btrike by Arbitration. Chicago, July 13. In the course of an interview with Mr. Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, shortly after midnight last night, reverting to the cause and effect of the present crisis he said: "I doubt whether this action of the committee of arbitra tion to be appointed by President Cleve land will materially affect the Pullman strike as it was originally because I do cot see how it has anything to do with the interstate commerce law. My un derstanding is the O'Neill bill can only take effect when the interstate commerce law is violated. "Leaving the impression that arbitra- Continued on Third I'age.J END DESPERATE. The War Against the Island Jlailroad lb Bj' the People in the Govern ment Towns', GROWS WORSE TODAY. A Thousand Enid People i t u - ing Up Tracks- A Freight Train Sent Throu a IJridge. Kmii, Okla., July l'i. A n .rca- ! . . freight train on the Rock Island wt through a small bridge three.-qariers 1 a mile from South Enid today. 1 i bents and braces of the bridge bad b-r sawed and left hanging togoth'-r. '1 hi teen loaded cars piled up iu a Le.q.. i .. engine and several cars passed over t!. bridge before it tell. Brakemau Cordray, and a p.unt. named Harry Lyon were injured cii,;.'. iy. The wrecking is supposed to be d to the old Rouud PonU iroub.'e, tho l i pie having received a decision in t; supreme court yesterday which th.-y t gard as being against them. La.t night a meeting of interested 1 ,'. Zens of Round Pond were held and iu s i inflammatory speeches were made. Tearing- I P Truck. G IT II Hi K, Ok., July Li. The iUi;-tt;. at Enid grows worse hourly. The i 1 i aredesperate und will rihk evorvti. n to compel the railway to coimi t tu , At noon nearly a thousand people I v i tearing up the railroad tracts. A lit . force of deputy marshals have been s. from here and the governor will .rd out troops. sue was so cli:vi;'.: That Mie Swindled .lelt on. I-HamuiiUn itijlit .Vlon-. Nkw Yoltk, July 13. -In-pert. .r M Laugliliu last night arrested Li...-' 1 ton, one of the most beautiful and at tJ tune accomplished swindlers tlia! . made trouble for the police. 'li.c yom womau (she is nut more than twruty-iw has for weeks Huceesd'ully rob'-l N York merchants, diamond d.Mb-ri I it her especial prey. If her u a ri -tory true sue took several tliou.-.md !;; out of Chicago a few mouihi ago. is a blonde ot stylish appearance, t u 1 she has tho good judgment not to 0.1 dresij. There is not ui.c thing i:i her .1 pearance to indicate die u a w iud.i-r. Her method was to t 1 m Wie the leading jewelry e-tul.lih'i(ivnt-, u customer, her appearanra and inno being iu her favor. The clerks wn" 1 variably obsequious. I'rum ii. di.- i laid out before her, she would (-elect .-nicies valued usually at about a-4.it that they be kept for her until I next day, when she would , for them. Thereupon she wo hand out a delicately etigrav . card bearing "Miss Lizie Me.irn announcing herself as the d,o k hi -r W. F. Stearns, of the banking tinu of 1 F. Stearns V Co. The following d.i would present herself with aceii check for the exact amount ! her 1 chase. This check was always .- j i without hesitation and always tun. e l o to be bogus. After her atrest, ttie yoo woman confessed aud ab.o sai 1 that -had been auccesful in swindling in 1 cago, Philadelphia and Baltimore, in t last named city her husband. -!n- a 1 i is now serving a sentence for forger;,. A BIICTAL SOLDI YAW. Ttritlsh Soldiers Near tlio 1 ' 1 I n e I Commit a lout Ouirg. Dublin, July 13. The : 11, -i:, " Journal today publishes a startling ;c couut of a bcandal which has orcurr.-: at Birr, Kings county., the ht .i 1 -, . ; -of the Prince of Wales' L-iiiu-r i ,1 inent According to the story a few ui.-J.t ago some of the officers of the I.i-m - 'o regiment masked aud'dUgui.ie i f.,rc.!.iv envered the rooms of some feni lie - -r vants, assaulted two of them and tie 1. ibe officers in their tight, it is u 1 ! -!. rushed past a sentry wno flwll'-iu-them and upon their refusal to halt, t sentry thrust his bayonet into one them aud shouted for the guard t- to. out The guard turned out promptly and : officers were arrestei. Th twu r who were anoaulted have sworn to plaints agaiust the prisoner". (ONDI CTOHS IN MISSION. The l.ntire ttauta I'a Synteiu 1 !,, . 1 cago to A llui umi ue Kri t ! . The general grievance commUt. f the Order of Railway Conductors of t t Santa Fe system, is in session in T ; -i The meeting is one which is L.o 1 tj second week in July every two year-i, f -; the purpose of electing olti cer-i a n i tra-i-acting routine business. The committee is ma in up of tb h chairmen of each of the eighteen 1 ductor divisions of the Saut 1'e from Chicago to Albuquerque. "li, n a full attendance. The officers for the ensuing your Her elected today as follows: C. I. Sh ; Topeka, general chairman; Geo. 'I 1. burg, Denver, assistant genor.il 1 :, mau; Richard Wilson. Topok.i, g-;.- r..; secretary. The meeting will J.1.-.1 a '. 1 or two. "The session has nothing t -i with the strike," said a conductor iu r--ply to a query. "We are meet in r ply because our constitution rt-q.nr. -us to meet every two years at this '. The members of the order, you 11: say, by the way, are understood to f 1 true blue to the Santa Fe company." Cholera at Ht. I'te rs tm rc- St. Petkhsbcrh, July 13. There ,, r thirteen new cases of cholera an i I deaths from that disease report i n here yesterday.