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VOL. XVII. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1901. NO. 46. UpstoDate Department 5tope Universal Steel Ranges and SHeating Stoves We trade for your old stove. We will polish and set up your, stoves. We have a few big store stoves for sale cheap. Call and See SDonovan= McCormick Company Hardware Department We close out store every evening (Satur day excepted) at 6:30. LUp.to.Date Department Store LATEST MUSIC PROMPTER FURNIS ED FURNISHED. FOR ALL HATISFACTION OCCASIONS. GUARANTEED. W. J. CARTER. G. E. GROSBECK. earter 8~ Groesbeel's Orehestra OUR MOTTO: WE TRY TO PLEASE ALL. Address W. J. CARTER, rlanager, Teacher of Violin. North 25th Street, Ibetewr 3rd and 4th Avenues Billings, Montana Smash at Prices ', ~, -You won't recognize our prices when you see them. It is room we want, not profits. From Aug. 31st till Sept. 10th you can buy late summer and early fall goods at your own price. Odd lines of Underwear, fall weight, 75c per suit. 20 doz. Light Colored Sateen an'd Madras Shirts,. with ties to match, 75c each. Crash Hats and Linen Helmets at Half Price. Men's Leather Bicycle Shoes, $1.50 per pair. Men's Canvas Shoes at $1.00 per pair. We take special care of your mail orders. JOHN D. LOSEKAMP, THE FAMOUS. CLOTHIER AND OUTFITTER. MIUST EXPIATE HIS CRIME JUDGE PRONOUNCES SENTENCE ON LEON F. CZOLGOSZ. ELECTROCUTED AT AUBURN Sometime During the Week Begin ning October 28, the Current Will Be Turned On. Buffalo, Sept. 26.-Leon F. Czol gosz, the assassin of President Mc Kinley, was this afternoon sentenced to be electrocuted in Auburn state prison during the week beginning October 28, 1901. Before sentence was passed the as sassin evinced a desire to speak but he could not get his voice above a whisper and his words were repeated to the court by his counsel. "There was no one else but me," the prisoner said in a whisper, "no one else but me to do it and no one paid me to do it. I was not told any thing about the crime and I never thought anything about that until a couple of days before I committed the crime." Czolgosz sat down. He was quite calm but it was evident that his mind was flooded with thoughts of his own distress. His eyes dilated making them appear very bright. His cheeks were a trifle pale and his outstretch ed hand trembled. The guards put the handcuffs on his wrists. He looked at one of the officers. There was an expression of the pro foundest fear and helplessness in his eyes. He glanced about at the 'peo ple who crowded the room in efforts to get a look at him. The prisoner's eyelids rose and fell tremulously and then he fixed his gaze on the floor in front of him. At this point Judge Lewis came over to the prisoner and bade him good bye. Czolgosz replied very faintly, letting his eye rest upon the man who had been his counsel. "Good-bye" he said weakly. Czolgosz was hurried down stairs and through the tunnel of sobs to the jail where he will remain until re moved to Auburn to pay the penalty for his crime. People Came Early. Although the time announced for the convening of court was 2 o'clock every seat and every foot of stand ing room were occupied before 1:30 and scores were clamoring outside for admittance. The doors were locked and no more were admitted to the room. The prisoner was brought to the room at five minutes to two. Five minutes later Justice White took his place upon the bench. As soon as Justice White assumed the bench, Crier "Maz Hess" said, "Pursuant to a recess this trial term of the supreme court is now open for the transaction of business." District Attorney Penney said: "If your honor pleases, I move sentence in the case of the people vs. Leon F. Czolgosz; stand up Czolgosz." Prisoner's Record Taken. Clerk Fisher swore the prisoner and his record was taken by the dis trict attorney as follows: Age 28 years, nativity Detroit, resi dence Br6adway,-Nowaks hotel, Buffalo, occupation laborer. Married or single? Single. Degree or education? Common school and parochial. Religious instruction? Catholic. Parents? Father living, mother dead. Temperate or intemperate? Tem perate. Former conviction of crime? None. Usual Question Asked. The clerk- of the court then asked: "Have you any legal cause to show why sentence of the court should not now be pronounced against you?" "I cannot hear that," replied the prisoner. Clerk Fisher repeated this question and Czolgosz replied: "I'd rather have this gentleman here speak," looking towards District Attorney Penney, "I can hear him better." At this point Justice White' told those in the court room that they must be quiet or they would be excluded from the room. Mr. Penney said to the prisoner: "Czolgosz, the court wants to know if you have any reason why sentence should not be pronounced against you. Have you anything to say to the judge? Say yes or no." Judge Addresses Prisoner. The prisoner did not reply and Jus tice White, addressing the prisoner said: "In that behalf what you have a right to say relates explicity to the subject in hand here at this time, and for which the law provides, why sen tence should not be now pronounced against you, and is defined by the statute. "The first is that you may claim that you are insane. "The next is that you have good cause to offer either in arrest of the judgment about to be pronounced against you or for a new trial. "These are the grounds specified by the statute, on which you have a right to speak at this time, and you are at perfect liberty to do so if you wish." He Wishes to Say Something. The prisoner replied: "I have nothing to say about that." The court said: "Are you ready?" Mr. Penney replied "yes." "Have you anything to say," asked Justice White. "Yes," replied the prisoner. "I think he should be permitted to make a statement in exculpation of his act, if the court please," said Judge Titus. The court replied: "That will depend upon what his statement is." Judge White then said: "Have you, (speaking to Judge Titus) anything to say in behalf of the prisoner at this time?" "I have nothing to say within the definition of what your honor has riad," replied the attorney, "but it seems to me in order that the inno cent should not suffer by this defend ant's crime the court should permit him to exculpate at least his father, brother and sisters." From the court: "Certainly, if that is the object of any statement he wishes to make, proceed." Had No Accomplices. Then the prisoner said: "There is no one else but me. No one else told me to do it and no one paid me to do it." Judge Titus repeated it as follows, owing to the prosoner's feeble voice: "He says no one had anything to do with the commission of his crime but himself; that his father or brother or anyone else had anything to do with, nor knew nothing about it." The prisoner continued: "I was not told anything about the crime and I never thought about murder until a couple of days before I com mitted the crime." Judge Titus again repeated as fol lows: "He never told any one about the crime and never intended to com mit it until a couple of days before its commission." Sentence Pronounced. Then Justice White passed sen tnce as follows: "In taking the life of our beloved president you committed a crime which shocked and outraged the moral sense of the civilized world. You have confessed that guilt and after learning all that at this time can be learned from the facts andI circumstnaces of the case, 12 good jurors have pronounced you guilty and have found you guilty of murder in the first degree. "You have said, according to the testimony of creditable witnesses and yourself that no other person aided or abetted you in the commission of this terrible act. God grant it may be so\ The penalty of the crime for which you stand convicted is fixed by the statute and it now becomes my duty to pronounce this judgment against you. "The sentence of the court is that in the week beginning October 28, 1901, at the place, in the manner and by the means prescribed by law, you suffer the punishment of death. "Remove the prisoner." The crowd slowly filed out of the room and court adjourned at 2:26. Death Warrant Signed. The death warrant was signed by Justice White and is addressed to the agent and warden of Auburn state prison, and directs him to execute the sentence of the court within the walls of the prison on some day dur ing the week beginning October 28, next, by causing "to pass through the body of the said Leon F. Czolgosz a current of electricity of sufficient in tensity to cause death and that the application of the said current of electricity be continued until he, the said Leon F. Csolgosz, be dead." Start for Penitentiary. Buffalo, Sept. 26.-Sheriff Caldwell and 16 men left at 10:06 p. m. with Czolgosz in a special car attached to the rear of the second sectiqn of the 9:30 train on the New York Central. The train is due in Auburn at 2:12 tomorrow morning, but being half an hour late she may not reach there un til later. MADE RESTITUTION. Importer Returns to Government Money Obtained By Frauds. Washington, Sept. 26-Secretary Gage received in an envelope post marked New York, Sept. 25, 1901, $6,150 in bills of denominations rang ing from $50 up to $500. This large sum of money was accompanied only by the following statement: "After much thought I have been convinced that duties were not fully paid as desired, the difference being estimated at about two per cent. My wish now is .to rectify what was done during some years ago and an amount is being sent which it is felt must be paid to the United States treasury to discharge those duties, and to do right. Above has been great grief." No name was signed to this com-. munication. CHURCH FILLED. Many Attend Funeral of Jeremiah M. Wilson. Washington, Sept. 26.-Funeral ser vices over the remains of the late Jeremiah M. Wilson, chief counsel for Admiral Schley, and one of the best known lawyers in the country, were held et the Church of the Convent this afternoon. The large church,was fill ed with a representative Washington audience, including many persons prominent in official life and other well known people. LINCOLN'S REMAINS MOVED COFFIN IS OPENED BY STATE OFFICERS. New Resting Plaee of Great War President Intended to Be Final. Springfield, Ills., Sept. 26.-What is intended to be the final i-emoval of the remains of Abraham Lincoln took place today. The casket was taken from its resting place in the monu ment to memorial hall where it was opened and the remains viewed by the state officers who ale members of the Lincoln Monument association, and some members of the old Lincoln Guard of Honor. The casket was then closed and removed to the new vault. Two feet of concrete protects the bot tom of the casket. The excavation in which it rests is 15 feet deep, eight feet wide and eight feet long. Sur rounding the casket is a steel cage, around which will be placed a solid wall of concrete. The location of the dead president's new resting place is immediately beneath where the sar cophpgus formerly hlid. MRS. GEORGE M. PULLMAN. Granted. a Divorce From Her us band on Default. Chicago, Sept. 26.-Mrs. George M. Pullman, Jr., will be granted a divorce from her husband tomorrow. Evi dence in the suit for divorce was heard by Judge Bishop in the circuit court here today after adjournment of the regular session, no-one being present except those directly inter ested. Pullman has been in the far west for some time and is now said to be in Red Wood, Calif. His solici tor filed for appearance and consent ed to default for want of answer and also to immediate trial. Court-there fore instructed the attorney for the complainant, Mrs. Pullman, to write up the evidence and agree upon the amount of alimony by tomorrow when a decree of divorce will be signed. Mrs. Pullman charges her husband with unfaithfulness and desertion. The couple have been separated since January, 1900. They were married in New York August 15, 1899. Mrs. Pullman was Miss Lynn Fernald, and was popular in Chicago society before her marriage. Rumor Regarding Kitchener. London, Sept. 26.-The Daily News published an unconfirmed rumor that Lord Kitchener has resigned the post of commander-in-chief in South Africa owing to a disagreement with Mr. Broderick, war secretary. Weather. Washington, Sept. 26.-Montana: Showers Friday, except in southeast portion. Saturday fair; winds becom ing westerly. EMPTY TANK EXPLODED MEN ENGAGED IN CLEANING IT OVERCONE BY GAS. RESCUERS BLOWN SKYWARD Supposed That a Spark from the Point of a told Chisel Ignited the Gas. New York, Sept. 26.-Six men and possibly seven were killed and seven injured by the explosion of- an oil tank of the Essex & Hudson Gas comr pany at Newark, N. J. The known dead are: WILLIAM MEYER. OTTO NEWMAN, foreman at the works. LAWRENCE KIRCH, employed in the works. ALFRED SNYDER, resided in Jer sey City. NICHOLAS MILLER. Unidentified man. Many witnesses say there is a body in the river, as they saw it hurled high in the air and thrown in that direction. The tank which exploded was a number of immense steel reservoirs which was undergoing its periodical cleaning, it having been emptied of its oil in the morning. The tank was 20 feet deep and Kirch and Meyer en tered through the manhole first with out taking the precaution of having ropes tied about them. They were overcome by the fumes. Foreman Newman saw this and started down after them, after shouting a warning to the other workmen in the yards.. He, too, collapsed in the tank. Nicholas Miller, a grocer near by, had once been foreman of the works.. He was in the yards and at once as sumed charge of the rescue. Sum moning others the men began with chisels to cut a large ring in the tank. It is supposed one of the chisels in striking the steel caused the emis sion of a spark for instantly there was an explosion like that of a can non and then a sheet of flames. Ten men were on the top of the tank at the time. They were swept away in all directions. Miller, Snyder, the un identified man and the one supposed to be in the river seem to have borne the brunt of the terrific shock. The first three mentioned were not mangl ed but not a bone in their frames was left unbroken, says the company physician, this being due to their being blown many feet into the gir and the force With which they struck the ground. The tank was rent in twain and after all was over the bod ies of the three men in it were taken out. The gas and other tanks in the yard were surrounded with flames for a short time but none exploded and, the firemen had little, to do. Ambu lances soon conveyed the injured to the hospitals. M'KINLEY MONUMENT. National Memorial Association Organ ize and Incorporate. Canton, O., Sept. 26.-Articles of incorporation for an organization having as its object the erection of a suitable monument to the late Presi dent McKinley were forwarded- to Columbus today. The incorporators are the members of the executive committee created under authority of the president's cabinet to direct the Canton funeral arrangements, head ed by Mayor J. H. Robertson and Judge Wm. R. Day. The name decid ed upon is "McKinley National Mem orial Association." PRINCE OF WALES. Title Will Be Conferred on Duke's Return to England. London, Sept. 26.-It is reported all details are completed for creating the Duke of Corwall and York as Prince of Wales and the title will be conferred on his return to England. Historian Dead. Washington, Sept. 26.-John George Nicolay, private secretary to. Presi dent Lincoln, and widely known .. sat, the author of several works on tile life of the great war president, dGe4 this afternoon at his residence, .::: 7O years-