Newspaper Page Text
v XH E HERALD
"Stands for the Interests of"* L Southern Calilomia. . SU BSCBIBE FOR IT. VOL. XXXIV.—NO. 114. DOOMED KEMMLER. Everything Ready for the "Electrocution." Doctors Arrange the Ghastly Details of the Autopsy. How the Doomed Man Passed Hi Last Night on Earth. A Notable Gathering of Scientists Assemble to Take Notes on the First Execution by Electricity. Associated Press Dispatches, i AuisuitN (N. V.,) Aug. 5.-[l3y tho Associated Press. 1 It is now believed that Kemmler will be executed tomorrow morning. It is now thought likely that Andrew Crooks, a convict, will be the man who will pull the deadly lever. The an- nouncement has not yet been made positively, but circumstances all point to it. Warden Durston has finally decided to changethe execution room, and, under direction of Electrician Davis, who arrived this morning, the wires and switch board were moved. The keeper's mess room will be the new execution room. The condemued man has kept up his pluck in a wonderful way. A gentleman, who will be present at the execution visited Kemmler this after noon. He found vim perfectly calm, but suffering from the heat. Kemm ler has made his will again, leaving his books aud other little traps to Mrs. Durston, and others who have been kind to him. This afternoon, holy communion was administered to Kemmler by Chaplain Yates and Rev. Mr. Houghtou. Tlie second separate company of National Guards of New York, Captain Kirby, has been or dered out for this evening, ostensibly for parade and street drill. This means that a cordon is to be put about the prison gates. Dr. Southwick of Buf falo, said, late this afternoon, that it was not at all likely that the au topsy would take place before daylight no matter what time the execution occurred. THE FINAL PREPARATIONS Everything Ready for Touching the Murderer off. Auburn, Aug. s.—[By the Associat ed Press.] By the exercise or absolute discretion as the law permits, the pris on warden added two days to the life of the condemned Kemmler. The second day closed with clouds and rain. When the sun rose in the morn ing above the prison wall, its light streamed through the iron bars of the basement cell and touched the stone floor in yellow blocks. Whether the murderer was aware he would never again see the yellow morning sun light is not known. Indeed no one besides the warden and his guests and not all of them at twilight could tell when Kemmler's death would come. The invited guests had beeu arriving by train at intervals during the day. Among the afternoon arrivals were Dr. George F. Shrady, of New York, manager of the Foughkeepsie Insane Asylum and editor of the Medical Record, and Dr. Spitzka and Deputy Jenkins of New York. After supper at the hotel all the proposed witnesses to the execution of the wretched murderer accompanied by Warden Durston, proceeded to the prison where the medical men joined in a conference as to the time and method of conducting the autopsy. It was dosired that no question should arise as to whether electricity or the scalpel killed Kemmler. There could be no doubt after the death rigor set in. Again a more satisfactory autopsy may be made upon a body which has been some time dead than upon one yet warm. This point was discussod, as also was the programmo as to what each medical man's part shall be at the killing and during the autopsy. The conference lasted an hour or more. After tho conference the wit nesses, together with the warden, repaired to the hotel. Dr. Southwick was among the first to return to the hot< 1. " *re you going to bed, doctor?" was asked by aby-stander. " I am indeed," be replied, and did. Tbe others were disposed about the crowded hotel, and at eleven o'clock most all had retired save a few stragglers and newspaper correspondents. The plain inference is that the execution will either take place late enough in tho morning to make retirement an object, or that it will be postponed another day. There was not a man in the house probably who believed it would be later. All those invited from out of town must have arrived if they would witness the killing in case it occurs in the morning hours, for no train would arrive in any direction until seven o'clock. The list of those to witness the exe cution is as follows: Dr. Carlos F. Macdonald, of New York, Chairman of State Lunacy Commission; Dr. Geo. F. Shrady of New York, Dr. A. P. Southwick, father of the Electrical Ex ecution Bill; Dr. George E. Fell, Dr. C. M. Daniels, Dr. Charles Fowler of Buf. falo, Dr. W. "I. Jenkins, deputy coroner of New York; Dr. Louis Baloh, secre tary of the State Board of Health of Albany; Dr. W. J. Nellts of Albany; Dr. Henry A. Argue, of Corning New LOS ANGELES HERALD. York: Hon. T. C. Becker of Buffalo; the referee who took testimony on the first appeal as to the constitutionality of the law; Frank W. Mack of tho As sociated Press; Robert Dunlap, of New York; District Attorney Quimby, of Buffalo, who had charge of the mur derer in Buffalo; C. P. Huntley, of Buffalo, anjelectrician; G. G. Bain, of the Unitecr Press; Drs. T. K. Smith, J. M. Jenkins and H. F. Allison, of Auburn. This makes 23 of the 26. The others are to bo made up of min isters or guards at the prison. No news came out of the prison after nightfall as to Kemmler's condition, and in the bustle of anticipation no body stopped to inquire save that he is alive. Under the law the warden named Drs. McDonald and Spitzka as physicians, and Dr. George F. Shrady is at the head of the citizens invitod at the discretion of the warden. Ihe warden wishes it understood that Messrs. Mack and Bain were invited, not as writers, but citizens of his own choosing. AUBURN, [N. V.,] Aug. s.—When the conference, hold this evening be tween tbe gentlemen who are to wit ness the execution, was ended, several men went down into the lower corridor where Kemmler's cell is situated and looked at the sleeping murderer. He lay with his face toward his cell door. His breathing was heavy and labored and he turned and tossed several times while they were looking at him. His face had a weary look and was made almost ghastly by the yellow light of the corridor lamps. He plainly showed traces of his long and almost solitary confinement iv the loose skin of his throat and parchment-like skin of his hands. Then they examined the death chair and wires and found everything in good order. New Yobk, Aug, 6.—The Herald has the following: Auburn, Aug. 0, 2 a. m.—Before 8 o'clock this morning Kemmler will sleep with his fathers. The time of the execution has been positively and finally fixed. The timo is between the hours of 6 and 8 this morning. This is beyond peradventure, the doctors have gone to bed in the hotel with call or ders ranging from 5 to half past S o'clock. It is rumored that Kemmler has been told of the time of his depart ure, but this cannot be confirmed. It is very significant, though, that he has been joined by his spiritual advisers, | ahd Keeper McM aughton will not leave him now until the end. For Killing a Medicine Man. Makiposa, Aug. s.—Marmass Wil son, Peter Westfall, Charles Oliver and John B, McCann, accused of killing the Indian medicine man, Bullock, were brought before the Superior Court on an information charging them with I murder. They pleaded not guilty and j J. W. Cogdon, defendants' counsel, de manded separate trials. The cases were set for September 18th, 22d, 25th and 29th. The crime was committed June 19th. I A Close-mouthed Diplomat. San Francisco, Aug. 5.— Sefior Ig nacio Alatorre, the new minister from ! Mexico to Guatemala, arrived here to- I day. He declines to talk about Mexi | can or Guatemalan affairs. SeiTor Al ! atorre will leave on the next steamer ' for Guatemala. Bldwell Nominated. San Francisco, Aug. s.—The Amer i ican party's convention this afternoon ' nominated Gen. John Bidwell of Chico, for Governor on the first ballot. The vote stood: Gen. Bidwell, 71; Benja- Imm Morgan, Oakland, 53; Gen. Chip ! man, Red Bluff, 7. The Salt Lake Election. Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 5.— | Revised returns of the county election here show that the Liberals elected I Assessor, Selectman, Surveyor, Attor i ney, Coroner, Clerk, and Treasurer, i The Mormons elected Sheriff and Re -1 corder. Crime in Kentucky. Burnside, (Ky..) Aug. s.—ln a fight between Police Judge Smith and Town Marshal Coomer on one side, and Ben Cassidy and his sons John and Hiram on the other, over an old feud, John Cassidy and Judge Smith were fatally wounded and the other three partici pants seriously. Tracing Smuggled Opium. Kansas City, Aug. s.—Revenue officers and United Statos detectives arrived here yesterday looking for 2000 pounds of smoking opium which was smuggled into the United States some time ago. The opium came through California and the smugglers got as far a3 Phoenix, Ariz., with it, when detectives got on their trail and scared them into Canada. A few days ago it was learned -vat the goods had been shipped here. So far no trace of the opium has been discov ered. The duty on this opium amounts to $20,000. LEGAL MATTERS. The Case of Wong Gunn on Trial. The case of Wong Gunn and three other Chinamen charged with the murder of Fong Ah Lung continued yesterday be fore Judge McKinley in Department No 0. Henry Wood testified to having seen the fight and declared that it was not Thong Gia Len that did the shooting. Dr. N. H. Morrison testified as to the course taken by the ball in the body of Fong Ah Lung. Then followed a success ion of Chinese witnesses who all took a hand in the effort to prove an alibi for the defendants, the case occupies the calendar for to-day. WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 6, 1890. A DAY IN CONGRESS. Tariff Still the Topic in the Senate. Many Amendments Prevent Rapid Work with the Bill. Polities Again Uppermost in the House Deliberations. Speaker Reed's Alleged Slurring Reference to Inland Seas Causes a Hot Debate- Other Matters. Associated Press Dispatches. I Washington, Aug. 5. —The Seoato met at 10 o'clock and immediately proceeded to consideration of the tariff bill, the pending item being the paragraph relating to "cylinder and crown glass polished.''' Mr. Berry addressed the Senate on the general subject of tariff leg'slation. He de nied the correctness of Mr. Hiscock's assertion that the question had been finally settled at the last presidential election. Tne majority of the Ameri can peop'e, Berry asserted, had not then declared in favor of the protec tive theory, but rather in favor of the party that advocated a tariff for revenue only. Sooner or later the right would prevail, and then, but not until then, could it be said that the question was finally settled. Under the wise, prudent and patriotic ad ministration of Grover Cleveland the surplus in the treasury had accumu lated, but now at the close of one session of Congress under a Republi can administration tbe question was how to guard against a deficiency and yet instead of meeting that deficiency in a way fumewhat just, instead of imposing an income tax on the wea.thier classes, ii was proposed to add to the burdens that were borne by tho poorer. The discussion continued for a long time ,and at its close the amendment offered by Mr.McPherson was accepted by Mr. Aldrich and agreed to. After various other amendments, the glass schedule was disposed of and the metal schedule was taken up. After brief consideration the Senate adjourned. House. Washington, July 5. —Mr. Bing ham of Pennsylvania moved to lay on the table tbe.motion (which has been pending some time) to reconsider the vote by whioh the house parsed the bill to grant leave of absence to clerks in the first and second class post offices. The motion to reconsider was tabled. Mr. Snyder of Minnesota, rising to a question of privilege, denounced as a falsehood an article in a Detroit paper stating that at a conference be tween the Minnesota delegates and Speaker Reed relative to certain im provements of the Sault Ste. Marie canal, tbe Speaker declared "to hell with your inland seas!" Mr. McKinley (Ohio) from the com mittee on rules, reported as a substi tute for the Cummings resolution asking tbe Secretary of the Navy fur reasons for iocrease of force at Kit tery navy yard. In speaking to the resolution Cummings of New York raid he rose in defense of public mo rality and public law which had been menaced by a high official. The order increasing the force of Kittery navy yard looked as thouah tbe design was to use the executive power for partisan pur- poses. He referred to the great evil which would result from tho intro duction of politics into the navy yards, and going back to the administration of the Navy Department by S cretary RobesoD commented severely upon the action of that offio al in filling tbe navy yards with partisan friends previous to congressional elections. He charged that the Kit tory yard is used for political purposes and quoted figures to show that previous to eleoiions the list of employes was much larger than it waa a month or two afterwards. A ma jority of men employed came from Maine, the State of Thomas Brack ett. Mr. Boutelle aaid he felt like making an apology for answering the remark able demonstration that had been made byjthe gentleman from New York. The gentleman, in his search for sensations had worked himself up to a high state of excitement over the fact that the Secretary of the Navy had really possessed the hardihood to obey the mandatory instructions of Congress. In the remarks made and in the news paper comments, there was a strong implication that somebody had an idea that in Maino and New Hampshire there was a-purposo to practice the colo nization method. The Constitution of Maine provides that every voter should have a legal residence of throe months at the place where he has to vote. The gentleman with whom he had had a conversation would hear him put in the statement tbat the whole tenor of his remarks was that the resolution offered by Mr. Cummings was so silly that the answer of the Secretary of the Navy would be conclusive to every sensible man. He was free to admit that he did say to the correspondent that he could hardly believe so bright a man as Mr. Cummings had perpetrated ao stupid a thing, ln justice to his colleague, the Speaker, he only desired 10 Bay tbat after all the feeling the gentleman from New York had piled up in his own bosom over the allegod packing of the Kittery yard in the interest of Mr. Reed that the greatest majority ever cast for Thomas B. Reed was 2492 over his Democratic opponent, in 1888, when the. navy yard had been packed by the Democratic administra tion. The resolution was then adopted. NOT HER BABY. A Sensational Case Comes to Lightat Chicago. Chicago, Aug. s.—[By the Associ ated Press.] A curious circumstance developed at the inquest on a babe which Mrs. Frances Russell is accused of having starved to death. Mrs. Rus sell admitted, whenplaced under oath, that in spite of the accepted belief and her own previous statements, the infant is not hers. The woman then stated that she obtained the child from an orphan asylum and palmed it off on her husband as their offspring. The reason she assigned for the deception was to prevent trouble ln her family. By means of drugs to quiet her nerveß, she had unintentionally miscarried. To hide it from her husband she brought home the child. Thomas Russell, the fooled husband, was intensely angry on hearing his wife's testimony. "I did not know it until this moment that the child was not ours," he said. Mrs. Russell was held without bail to await the action of the Grand Jury. BLOWN TO ATOMS. ANOTHER TERRIFIC EXPLOSION AT DENVER. Fire Breaks Out In the Ruins of the Wrecked Building—A Num ber of Prisoners Injured. Associated Press Dispatches. I Denver, Col., Aug. s—[By the As sociated Press.] Another explosion oc curred here this evening with results probably more fatal than the one of yesterday. At 9 o'clock J. D. Gorrell, clerk in W. A. Mitchell's pharmacy on Welton street, went down to the cellar for some goods, On reach ing the foot of the stairs he struck a match, when instantly six ten-gallon cases of benzine exploded with terrific force. The entire front of the building was blown into the street, and a cus tomer standing by the door was hurled 8om« twenty feet and badly brui3od and cut Gorrell was blown out of the cellar by the explosion and escaped by the rear door in some miraculous manner. He was found a few minutes later wandering in the alley in a demented condition from his burns, which wore fearful. Ho was taken to the hospital, where it was found that his body was on great blister, some flesh adhering to the clothes when they were removed. His recovery is doubtful. Just bofore the explosion two little girls came into the store and purchased soda water, but it is believed they left just in time to save their lives. The building took fire immediately and the entire tire department was on the grounds promptly. When it arrived, the walls were standing, but began to totter soon afterwards and a second later tumbled to the ground, a mass of broken timber and brick. This was so sudden that the firemen were unable to get to a place of safety and three were caught in the ruins. Fire man Pat Gallagher had boiiL hips brok en and was injured iutcftally, and Chas. Craig, driver for the chief patrol, bad both legs broken and was badly cut and bruised. The other was severely injured, but not seriously. On the second floor of the building were a number of roomers, and it is feared some of them, while attempting to es cape, were caught in the falling build ing and crushed to death in the ruins. Tbe fire was extinguished within half an hour after the first alarm. The department and a force of men are now working to clear the debris. It is known that all employees of the store, with the exception of Gorrell, escaped. Mr. Mitchell is now in New York city. Gorrell's people reside in Payne, O. THE COAST LINE. Delegates to Confer with Southern Pacific Officials. San Jose, Aug. s.—[By the Asso ciated Press.] The Santa Clara county delegates to the railroad convention met today and named Hon. B. D. Murphy, Lawrence Archer and J. 11. Flickenger as executive committee to meet similar committees from other counties next Saturday and arrange the details of the agreement with the Southern Pacific, for the speedy clos ing of the Santa Margarita gap. The delegation passed a resolution calling on Boards of Trade and Cham bers of Commerce to appoint commit tees to call a convention of delegates from the counties of Fresno, Stanislaus, San Bonita, San Mateo, and San Fran cisco to enter into negotiations with the Santa Fe to the end that its road be built through the counties named. A Lynching Averted. Ellenshukg (Wash.,) Aug, s.—ln the course of a quarrel over a horse at Koslin this afternoon, a negro named Miles Mayo stabbed and dangerously wounded a liveryman named Polheny. Mayo was arrested, but through fear of lynching was brought to this place and jailed. The negroes declared if he were lynched they would avenge his death. Bitter hatred exists between whites and blacks. FROM THE CAPITAL. Morrow's New Anti-Chinese Measure. The Purpose to Make a Clearance of All Mongol Intruders. A Minority Protest Raising: the Ques tion of Treaty Rights. The St. Paul Census Imbroglio Be fore Secretary Noble—He Says There Must Be a Recount, Washington, (D. C.,) Aug. s.—[B>, the Associated Press.] Representative Morrow of California, from the Com mittee on Foreign Affairs to-day re ported to the House his bill to absolute ly prohibit the coming of Chinese per sons into the United States, whether subjects of the Chinese Empire or otherwise. The bill proposes to exclude Chinese, even those who may hereafter leave the United States and attempt to return, excepting diplomatic and consular officers and commercial agents tnd the coming of Chinese to the United tates for transit is expressly prohib ited. A fine of $500 for each Chinese brought into the United States is pro vided for the punishment of vosael masters bringing them, and the vessels are to be subject to forfeiture. Pro vision is also made for the punishment of persons aiding Chinese to enter the United States by land or otherwise, and for the removal of Chinese found unlawfully in the country. It is further provided that Chinese shall not be admitted to citizenship and conflicting treaty provisions shall be abrogated. In its report tbe committee, after reviewing the history of the past legislation says: "The act of 1882 had not lone been in force when it was discovered that systematic effort was being made to evade its terms of exclusion and in 1883 there were landed at San Francisco alone 3014 Chinese, including a large class who were without certificates, but claimed that they were in the country at the date of the last treaty. These were permitted to land under writs of habeas corpus issued by the courts. The act of October 1, 1888 provided against the return of laborers, but did not provide against the coming of Chi nese laborers who were never in the SUMMErTIEIAIE Sill The space upon which this notice is printed is very expensive; therefore unless we had some thing very important to announce we should not use and pay for it. You probably follow the leader so far as passing bombastic non sense in the shape of advertise ments. Be kind enough to give this modest announcement a look. Go further, analyze it, and if it is not asking too much come and be convinced that we have actual BARGAINS for you. Everything must be closed out during the month of August to make room for fall purchases now in transit. Corner Spring and Temple Streets. We Close at 6 p. m. Saturdays at io o. m. gr ly qjr- iP" "RS 3 " W" W "flj -#$8 A YEARS— •» Buys the Daily Herald and' $2 the Weekly Hbrald. ( IT IS NEWSY AND CLEAN. ( FIVE CENTS. United States. This bill now under consideration proposes a settlement of that question. It makes the exclusion permanent and thoroughly effective." Tbe report refers to tbe disposition shown to re-open the question of the propriety of exclusion .based on the statement that the Chinese are never found in prisons or poorhouses and are peaceful and law-abiding. In answer to those statements the tables produced show that in ten years 27,166 Chinese were arrested in San Francisco alone and a statement made by the Chief of Police is to the effect tbat Chinese commit more crimes in proportion to their num ber than any race in the city; that they are vicious and immoral and danger ous to the young of both sexes of other races. Chairman Hitt presented a minority report dissenting from the favorable action of the majority upon the bill, as he says it is in conflict with the treaty now in force, to which the faith of the United States is pledged; and which declares that the United States may regulate, limit or suspend such comma or residence, but may not absolutely prohibit it. PATRIARCHS MILITANT. Brilliant Scenes at The Cantonment ln Chicago. Chicago, Aug. s.—[By the Asso ciated Press.] Cantons from all parts of the country continue to arrive to day to take part in the triennial can tonment of Patriarchs Militant I. O. 0.F., and the city is ablaze with black, red, gold and purple trappings and the flashing jewels and waving plumes of the order. The forenoon was devoted to a competitive exemplification of subordinate degree work with closed doors in Battery D Armory. Garden City Lodge,of Chicago,opened the com petition and was followed by Wicker Park Lodge, also of this city. This afternoon prize drills of the cantons by classes were begun on the lake front in the presence of a multi tude of people. Tonight Gen. John C. Underwood, Generalissimo of the army, held a reception at the Audito rium Hotel, tbe parlors of which were crowded with brilliantly-uniformed Chevaliers and their ladies. All Drowned. New Orleans, Aug. s.—The steam ship City of Dallas trom Central Amer ica reports that Capt. Kawlev, of the schooner Joseph P. Macheca, while en route in a sailboat to the schooner with the commandant, judge of the' port and two unknown persons, capsized during a squall and all were drowned.