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"Stands for the Interests of"*
L Southern Calilomia. .
VOL. XXXIV.—NO. 114.
Everything Ready for the
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Tariff Still the Topic in the
Many Amendments Prevent Rapid
Work with the Bill.
Polities Again Uppermost in the House
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
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
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
The resolution was then adopted.
A Sensational Case Comes to Lightat
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.
Fire Breaks Out In the Ruins of the
Wrecked Building—A Num
ber of Prisoners
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.
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.
Morrow's New Anti-Chinese
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
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
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
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. (
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
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.
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.

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