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"- a., jf . ' is- - . - J i.nrncri'J'1 t;m 'JJ v V" " - -" - KS , THE. HONOLULU REPUBLICAN. MHvOLUME NO.' 145. ' ' "" '. HONOLULU, H. T., TUESDAY XOVEiffiEK 27, 1900- PRICE FIVE CENTS 0 A jfcS '" J XjJt .- $ "X Imatrial - , ' -' - , A I - , -'" "v- 1 VERDICT II LAST IK PORTUGUESE CASES Death Caused by Poison From Alcohol Vi. WHITE IELLEBORE FIGURED IN IT SUICIDE THEORY WAS GREATLY STRENGTHENED BY THREATS THE OLD MAN MADE. .Eartest Recommenaation To Board o Health To Restrict and Regulate Sale of Methylated Alcohol and Wood Spirits. "That the said Joaquin de Sllva came to his death at Honolulu, in the Island of Oahu, on the 13th day or November, 1900, b, drinking a certain kuoWn as - methylated spiritB, to which a mall quantltyof white hellebore Jiad been added; and It Is the opin ion of this Jury that methylated ' ipirlts had been taken In tuch quantities as to alone have caused death. And further, In view of the evidence which has been adduced In the case to show that methylated spirits, wood alcohol, Columbian spirits and like poisons arc being sold freely in such at the several drug stores! the city of Honolulu as to be a public menace, and that for. public Kifoty It la Imperative 'that some stringent measures be adopted to . juotect the health and welfare of the community at large; therefore wo. the undersigned, coroner's jury, do recommend that the government Isbue such regulations as J will make the said poisons known ns methylated spirits, wood ulcohol and Columbian spirits, scheduled as poisons, the sale of which is regulated by statute. .' cllkllLES 'CHILLING WORTlM f - Coroner. It. A. DEXTEIL ' E. II. PARIS. GLINNTON UrHUTCHINS. W. E. 1JIVENS. C L. D1CKERSON. . , , S. KUBBrf ' i Such Is the vordlct'ren'dcrcd by the jury that was impauuclcd in the poisoning cases. TiUuverdlct iu this one case answers fullyfor the other two. It Is clear, specific and fair and was reached -only after the mobt rarlent and exhaustive investigation. It has become a rather celebrated case and merited the attention it recelvci frdnt au intelligent jury. The board of'hcalth escaped merited ci ltlrlsm If not Bomclhing. severer, but. It came out of the Investigation with bcdragglcdv.skirt and drooping Inera . "- ' l ". "! : t "' Three "wltnteaes called during the testiflod to.thcfactthat'the poison- idea ran through od man .Silva's mluri. Two witnesses yeste'rday testified that jnrtwodlfferent occasions, widely apart REltopIaces, he had toidTtheni soon die, bufthatirwas all'rigat' and when he did he would take a dozen cr to of his "friends" along.- This gives the suicide theory a rather substantial basis to stand upon. acarcful .Inquiry Into' Uiccthylalcd and wood alcohol matter and found It a most alarming con-' dTtlou. The jury met yesterday afternoon, all being present, with Mr. ChtlllngVortn. Thtj following evidence was taken and the" verdict agreedupon at an evening session ' ct'tt aa oo linn uuulluudrrrrhs th ehtt Dt E. C Shorey Avas the first witness He isthe chemist to the boaru gpPofjfhealth. ..He hadbeen Instructed at the last meeting of the jury to procme soni' methylated alcohol and wood spirits and analyse them. He reported that he had seenred five samples, parts or which he displayed In the bottles in whlch he had obtained them. The first simple considered was a bottle of wood spirits procured from the Holllstei Drug Company, He said it was high In color a crude wood spirit containing tarry matter, more than Is ordinarily -''"found In wood alcohol. It rarf les, he said, a large proportion of deleterious matter, some pernicious, and he Wlcvett would Jbe,aoresonos than ordlnary -wood ucohblT He be lieved that taken la suRiciant quantities It would kill. He would not try to drink halt a pint of it ,!8Thextisaaarfe caae troaa Benson, fdgSatlthCo.. was labeled "Wood alcohol poison." Mr, Shorey said it "was what is ordinarily sold in the marker, acl had a verj very small amoimt ot lkpurities The Columbian splrltsijef gten frjwi 'the Honolulu Drug Coapanj was, he saltLrectlfied wood alcohol. Tai methylated spirits from the saaae oalorel anj 'approxlmateie per cent of wood ak" hoL For,, internal jwe uwouu be aa dEHgoroHB5 as tfeeE otfeeit was 'bro8gbt from the Coast, as they caa't J. .- J zzake it here without takicg oat a license. The methylated spirits fremjthe Hobron Drug Compaay -was. he said, of rather a superior quality. Of the fire samples It would be least He described the process of distillins alcohol from Tood, said it contained a nimber of poisons, the principal one of which is acetone, wfach has a sugary dcr. As a rule there is less than one Tjt cent of it in this spirits; in the sample there Is more, than two and less than three per cent of iL He said he had never found in wood alcohol, unless it had tbecn put there. It is not a natural Jjtroduct.' Mr. Shorey explained that the I ties found at old man Silva's house en Friday last contained nothing poisonous, mainly faugar and dirt, methylatcl 'spirits with some cinnamon, bour other sediments from sour wlnp, auch as yeast and other debris. Druggists on the Situation. Samuel L. Rumsey of Benson. Smith fc Co.. duggists, said they had sold no methylated spirits since June 1! h; they do tell pure wood alcohol in pints and quarts, and that they exercise care, not selling the spirits whep. they have an Idea it might be used in place of liquor. He said it was :t;Jy used in making varnishes. He Ail not know cf old man Silva buying any, as he didn't know him. "Our bottles are all labeled 'Wood alcohol poison.' ' It Is not scheduled as a poison, he said, but It is a poison; so i--.rare alcohol. To one accustomed to drink a pint might not prove fatal; to fllhers a pint taken at one time might cause death. Since June 14th, when iTiethylated spirits went out, there has 0(Jtu a decrease In the sales; certainly no Increase. He said there was scarcely any sales ot hellebore. On the mainland, he said, it was sold 'without restrictions; here it Is not called for once a .year. The 'fluid extract and tincture of hellebore are never sold here or on the mainland, save on prescription of a physician. Ray B. Reedy of the Honolulu Drug Company said his company sold spirits, the largest packages being ouarts. They have not sold much of it and keen no record of sales. He nid.not know Silva. He said they had a package of? white hVllebore; Ihought It had been there since the store opened; had sold none in over a year; of that he as sure; said they had no fluid extract nor tincture. "We sell Colun- bian'spirlts; we also have methylated alcohol, but no wood spirits." Columbian spirit is I better refined 'than the" ordinary wood alcohol, said the witness. There has been no increase In the sale of these spirits since June 14th. Methylated spirits were made here in the custom house. It is not used on the Coast He thought a ihit would kill an ordinary man; said he had refused to sellmethylated spirits when he believed it would be used i'Uerually; has refused to sell it to would like to, see the sale regulated, regarding the present system as dangerous. The price Is 50 cents for pints, 75 cents for quarts and, $2.50 for a gallon. 4Ncver sell uree alcohol; it osts about $2.73 laid down here. ..Johu yivaebaves; an inspector for the board of health, said Joe Silva was at old man Silva's and was offered soni" liquor by him. which witness declined. jgaDfj. Silva, cmployedJbyW. W. Di- iuondl& Co.', said Joe Silva was his nncle. Saw him before he died, when ho was out of his senses. This gave the name of two men to whom old man Silva had expressed the cplnion that he would soon die. but if he did he would talce some of his friends along. Told about buying wine 'from him, the last being so bad and of methylated alcohol that he would not take It. Said vhe was familiar with the spirit, as he used it at his everyday work. M. V. Fernandez did a like service and also described visits to old man SUva and drinking his wine, which he said had a peculiar smell 'and was stronger than other wises.. Would Take Friends Along. JpclR. Rosa, the hackman, knew old man Silva well asd nearly every day he would meet him at Simoes' Portuguese store. Two or three months ago he met the old man and on asking after his health the old fellow said: "I am ttUrold man, and sick; guess I'll die pretty soon. But that s all right. v hen I go 111 take a dozen or half dozen of my friends along to the other world to have a good time, to play cards an J smoke." Consul Canavarro examined witness to get the shading of the language and found it fairly .translated. In answer to Mr. Chilltngworth he said Sllva. was sober, but" had drank something: This was two or tHree faathsrao. Sllva coastantly sold wtn, his price being from l to $ 2 a gallon. Joano Castro once went to Silva's garden far some, Is trees. In the course of "tli'coe venitlonthe -&" a said. he was sick and In the nature ot things must die sb6aeror later. He said he was loaaiBsjwme people money, a two dollars or more, and sever got Uf t&Bt wW le.dieVhVUke some of the thieves along with him. , Trv - CeatiUMi m Wghtk PaJ i Z$r jj il& , "? . -, . I.I SOIDIS ASUVE UD CRUELLY BEATEN Ah Ho Told Her Tale of Sorrow in Court. CHUM S8 MIGHT HER IN CHINA NG MON WAR AND AH KEAU BOUND OVER TO FEDERAL GRAND JURY. United States Commissioner Robinson Fixed Bail at $2,500 Each Mistress is a Graduate of Seminary Where Little One is Sheltered. Ah Ho, the little Chinese girl who has been held in slavery by Ng Mon V'ar, and his wife, Ah Keau, told her sad story yesterday afternoon in the court of United States Commissioner W. J. Robinson at the preliminary of the Oriental couple. Both the man and his wife were bound over under bonds of $2,500 to answer to the next Federal .grand jury for the serious crime of molding a fellow creature in involuntary servitude contrary to the constitution and statutes of the United States. The little girl told her story through an interpreter and in an unwavering manneV. While she could not swear positively of her own .knowledge that she was sold as a slave she testified to having been so informed at various times by her present owners as well as- former ones. Mrs. Margaret West, a neighbor, also told of seeing the child beaten and of the Chinese woman having said she. was the owner ot Ah Ho. t "The Federal court room, where the examination was held, is a poor place to hear the words of another on account of bad acoustic properties which cause the voice to resound. This difficulty was partially overcome by the gentlemanly officers, who, seeing a trio of reporters waiting for the hearing, sent for a fine table, besides the one already in the room, and placed it a. the most convenient position, and within the railing. The reporters agreed to a vote of thanks for this voluntary bit of courtesy. The first to appear in the court room were Ng Mon War and Ah Kea-i. The lord of the manor wore a largo plaster on his. forehead. He never said whether or not it had been placed there for some bruise sustained in the way of punishment by his superior ia.f, who is .said to have made Rome howl when another member of the household fell short in the matter of discipline. Ng Mon Wai is an intelligent looking Qhinaman, is well and if there was" such a thing as expression in a Mongolian countenance it might be safe to say that ais is of the clerical variety, for he clerks in the law offices of Paul Neumann, who Is defending him now. Ah Keau is an even-featured creature of resolute bearing, one tint could easily be stamped as the empress dowager over the Honolulu world of her race, one is the posses sor, of a fine education, both Oriental and English. She was a graduate of Kawaiahao Seminary in this city, the very school to which the object of her aeged brutalities has been taken for a haven or bodily protection. The Chinese woman sat throughout the session straining her organs of hearing to catch the low cuinese words of her youthful accuser. Ah Keau wxs neatly attired in a stylish gown that with a "lower collar at a pink tea might have been used for a model for somethiug real smart," and she wore a sailor hat that was quite becoming to say the least. , , The little glri "came into court at tended by Miss Paulding, of the sem inary, Alice Ah Kong, a student of that institution, and a few ouiers. Upon the back of one of the child's hands is a. large Truise from which,she suffers" much pain and she says her body bears several more like it. When Ah Ho took the witness stand she was accompanied by Alice Ah Kong who started to act as interpreter. Mr. Neumann objected to this and Deputy Marshal Hendry went ter U Cheung-. Interpreter of the Circuit Court, who being at liberty acted at the bearing. In her child like simplicity, bit with a surprising- conception for one so young and untaught In the westcn ways, the little one told of her life ot sorrow.. In response to questions ct Col. J. G. Baird. tlnited States Attorney, she said she was born in China thirteen years ago according to the mode ot reckoning of her race whlh in English would be one year less. She was brought to this country two years stace by a man named Chan So, who bought her from her mother. Chun So returned to China and has since died. Her father, a brother and sister arc living. She said that Chun So was .ookiag fort a number of girls. Quite a while after "arrival X.un Kan bought her and with him she lived one ysar. aaiCterhim ahcdM domestic work. Lun Ka sold'Ber to Ng Mon War asd Ah Keau. whom she had never setirj before. They took: her home In a hack aad she sweeping toon, preparing tea. cooking rice asd to.'! fclitror." fMC ahe wotM'be batea la & T- : A-&,-. w is. .c:v" it' Q&z ' - -- -- ii rimiifimnMifertfBl B'fiiKllwii iliftMilBfTiiii 'V "iw.ii:, maa manner, she said, with sticks of stove wood and the like.' She was never allowed to go into the street to play with other children and only was she allowed in tEe yard except abo.it her labors or In caring for the little daughter of the couple. Her work was a done under orders, never voluntarily. Upon several occasions Ah Keau told the child that she had bought her. Ah Keau had spoken of paying money for her. As a general thing Ah Ho said the woman was worse to her than the mac but on some occasions Ng Mon War wmpped her. The woman would order her to do wort which she could not do and she would beat her over the Bead with a stick of firewood and sometimes would strip off her clothing to do the whipping. Once the blood flowed from her head after a chastisement. The little girl said sometimes she was permitted to eat at the table with her owners and at other times she feasted upon, the leavings after a meal. She has lived with, them not quite a half year. Mr. Neumann was as merciless a cross-examiner as if the witness had been of mature years and of the opposite sex. He led her mrough the story of her life in China, her sale and bondage, and was keen to impeach her veracity but his effort brought ont new statements thafwould if anything appear to help the prosecution. The cross examination developed that once Ah Keau said : "I bought you to work and not to eat only" Asked if she knew, except by being told, that she had been bought the child responded curtly that she had no other why to know. In addition to having stated that Ah " Keau had said she was bought also gave the words of her former mistress, the w ife of Lun Kau. who told her when th hack arrived that she was sold to Ng Mon "War and Ah Keau, his wife. When she depart ed fronr the Lun Kau home Ah Keau said: "You come along with me now." Mrs. West, the only other witness, said she is a neighbor of Ng Mon War and iJv. seen the child beaten so many times that "she- could not tell how many. Witness had spoken to them several times and received insulting replies. Once Ah Keau had said that the child belonged to her. time witness had threatened to call the police and in reply had been called names in Chinese. When asked by the defense if she understands Chinese, the witness -said she does not but she drew her conclusions by the scowl on their faces. -i, "It looked like it?" asked Ir. "That's what It did," was the an swer. Mr. Neumann asked for dismissal which the Commissioner promptly saying that in sustaining a motion to dismiss it would be essentia' that a doubt ofinnocence should not exist from the evidence. The bail of each defendant was fixed at $2,500, to which Mr. Neumanr objected, but the Commissioner held that the bail was only commensurate with the penalty. The regular term of Federal court will not convene until next April." HOHOLULU SHOWS GREAT GAIN IN POPULATION Total for the District by the Recent uensus is 39,306 Big Gains for Entire Territory. WASHINGTON, Nov. 1C The census bureau has issued a" bulletin announcing the population of Hawaii by islands and districts. It shows the total population of Hawaii to be 154,001, an increase of 44.9S1, or 41.2 per cent ovar iS9t. the last census there. During the last ten years, from lS'.'G to 1900, or substantially the same interval as for the census of the United States proper, there has been an increase in population of G4,011, or 71.1 Der cent. The total land surface of the Islands is approximately 6,445 square mllesthe average number ot persons to'the square milef being 23.S. The population of Hawalfin detail by iolandi is as follows: Hawaii, 46,S43. Kauai, 20,562; Niihau, 172; Maui, 15, 4G0; Molokai and Lanai, 2,540; Oahu, 5S.504. All the islands have increased, materially in population since 1S90 with the exception of Molokai and Lanai Islands, which show a combined loss of 11.3 per cenL The largest per cent of Increase reached is S7 per cent for Oahu island, on which the city of Ho- Lolnle is situated. The city of Honolulu Is co-extensive with the district ot Honolulu in Oaha island, and is practically the only city in HawaiL Honolulu had a population in 1SS0 ot 2207, showing an increase fioin 1890 to 1900 of 16,399. or7L3 per cenL CHINA BRINGS THOMAS. Haywood and Family Will Leave for Washington December 14. Internal Revenue Collector Haywood Is back at his oSce, hustling to get things ia.shape for the arrival oi Revenue Agent Thomas, who is expected ob the China today. The office wil be turned over to Mr. Thomas, after basiaes. hoars November 30. and next meming will be- opened by Mr. HassoB. MrHassoa will have charge, of the e4ftce. aatil Mr. Hay wood's, saccessor Is appointed-by the presMeat. . . , M - MrHayweed asd family wffile7 ob' the Zealand December if tor' Washiactoa. . v"f - z T"r"i'rJ .!-! - sassKsfcg w.r? MERCHUDISE UCHSE is umiimuw Opinion by Attorney General Dole upholds Deputv. BITTER DOSE FOI TIE TIEASiRY WILL KNOCK TERRITORY OUT OF ANOTHER BIG SLICE . OF REVENUE. Congress Alone Has Power to Regulate Commerce With Foreign Nations and With the Several States and With Indian Tribes. An opinion of great interest to taxpayers was submitted by Attorney General Dole at the Executive Council .esterday. The matter relates to merchandise licenses. The question was put at Issue by a friendly suit in the Supreme Court between TheoH. Davies & Co.. Ltd., ind the Treasurer of the Territory to test the constitutionality of. the license tax against merchandise from the United States. Th 3pinion of the Attorney General Is so tdverse to the contention of his client, the Territory, that the issue will not be pressed in court. His letter is ns follows: I have the honor to submit herewith the opinion of Mr. John Cathcart, Deputy Attorney General, dated September 20th. 1900, relative to the conflict of Section 7C4 of the Penal Laws of 1SS7 with the Constitution of the United States. The Section is as follows: "The annual fee for a license to sell Imported goods, wares and merchandise, to be known as a "Merchandise License.' -hall be as follows- If the annual ?ross sales for the previous twelve months, including tobacco, cigars and cigarettes, were or are estimated to be for the succeeding twelve months, less than twenty thousand dollars, she fee shall be fifty dollars, if twenty thousand dollars or less than twenty-thousand dollars rr over, the fee shall be three-eighths of one per cent of the annual ;;ross sales." The matter involves revenues of the territorial government for licenses, amounting to over a hundred thousand dollars per annum. I examined the authorities to some extent, before asking Mr. Cathcart for in opinion. Since receiving his I have re-examined them. I haie had the matter more or less under for two months. If I could see a possible doubt of the unconstitutionality of the section, I should onsider it a plain duty, where so uuch is involved, to make the bvst Ight I could in the courts; but tuorc s nothing I can do except, in effect, to ask the justices of a territorial cvirt fo over-ride the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by tne Supreme Court of the United States, from the time of Chief Justice Marshall during the greater iwrt of a century. Under these circumstances. If seems to me that the more candid and dignified course is to bow to the Inevitable. If- the constitutionality of Section 764 were merely doubtful, it woj,4 be fhe duty of the territorial government to continue the collection of Jase ecs until the question should be d. BuL if. as I believe, its tutionality Is absolutely certain, i5 a question of honesty whwher he government can demand what U Is not entitled to. If the Legislat're strikes the single word "impound" from the section. I think it will be free from constitutional objections. E. P. DOLE, Attorney General. in his report Deputy Attorney General Cathcart says: Reporting on the constitutionality of Section 764, Penal Laws 1897, 1 would say that this law Is unquestionably repugnant to the provisions of the. Constitution of the United States, which declares that: 1st. "No state shall, without the 'onsent of Congress, lay any imposts or duties on Imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws." (Sec 10.) 2nd. "That Congress shall have power to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes." 'Sec 8.) The question- of the constitutionality of such tax came before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1S27, in the case of Brown vs. Maryland, reported In 12 "Wheaton at page (19. The syllabBB of-that case shows that the law held to be unconstitutional was quite similar to oar own. As to merchandise brought here from other partsof the United States. I would say that the same caaaot be considered aa imported, in the mean ing of the law. WoodraR YS.Parham. S Wall, 23 But eTea If such merchandise could come, in some way,, within the pnrriew of the law, that law would conflict with the provisions of.the .Coastitntion of the United States jmTiia1ag or the TegHlaOoa" of commerce between the states, asd would, to that extent. ,he. Told. Gay t& Wraore. 1 V.JkJM. The law is, however, void as a whole, f became It Ibimm or - sf .. s&tei - . .W.jAJ'..L.'.j" ?. Impost on mercbasdtae imported from foreign countries, Brown t. Maryland, 12 WneatoH. HIS. and it is also Toid. as discritalaating against goods Imported from a foreign coantry. Cok Its. Penn, 97 WalL. 55. After Imported merchandls has passed from the hands of the importer and Is placed on the market (whether in original packages or otherwise), it may be taxed by the state, proridsd such tax Is a uniform tax, levid alike upon all merchandise, whether domestic or foreign- But, as the law now stands, it imposes a tax oo Imported goods, and so levies an impost or dnty. the right to levy which Is reserved by the Constitution to Congress. Th law also discriminates against foreign goods, and thus regulates foreign which Is a right granted to Congress by the Constitution. The fact that this Impost, or discriminating tax. Is imposed In the form of a cense to a dealer, computed on his sales, does not change its charastvr. GOVERNOR DOLE MIKES MIS FIRST AWNUAL REPORT It Shows That The Hawaiian Race U Dying Out Development of th Territory Scarce Begun. WASHINGTON. Nov. IS. The Of the Hawaiian race has bn steadily going on for the past serri decades, especially the female population, according to the annual report of ex-President Sanford B. Dole, Governor of Hawaii. The increase of part tends to keep down the number of the pure Hawailans. Whtle the figure- show race progress, the censu reports as to surviving children arc dlsmiraging. In both the census of 1S90 and 1S96 the pure Hawaiian percentage of survivors was the lowest of all nationalities represented in the Is hmls. An encouraging outlook for the exists In the fact that out of 6,527 owners of real estate In 1S9C 2,99." were pure Hawailans and 722 part Hawailans. These facts are significant as Knowing the ownership of home bj so large a number of pure Hawaiian, and the evident tendency of the race to acquire homesteads. The ex-president reports that there is reason to expect that annexation Is going to Influence Hawaiian character very' faorably through the changed conditions effect ed. Their old dependence on their chiefs has ceased, and they are forced to rely more upon themselves and thfli footing with the white man in the future will be equal. The political prlvl leges they enjoy In common with othci American citizens, he says, will tend to educate them In public affairs. The total valuation of real and per sonal property In Hawaii subject to sU valorem assessment In 1900 is The receipts from taxes are esti aiated at $1,341,650. The commerce of Hawaii is ahon foi the eperiod between Janunry 1 and June 14, 1900, as follows: Imports, $10,6SS,316; exports, customs revenues. f597,57 With the exception of the production of eugar" rice, fire wood and live stocX ind the promotion of Irrigation, the development ot the natural resources of the Hawaiian islands Is stated to have begun. Recommendations ar" submitted for legislation thoroughly rcvMng the Hawaiian corporation Iawf in -view of some deficiencies and questionable features in the same and new conditions since annexation; legislation for appointment of various commissioners for the protection of food fishes, provision for education of -children unable to pass the required medical or aminatlons; for"irrigatIon legislation and for a general municipal system The report says the present aggrega:c srcea of the public lands is approximately 1,772,713 acres, valued at A PIONEER DEAD. James Hutchings Died Sunday Evening After a Short lllnes. James Hutchings. the Progress block grocer, dleo at 9 p. m. Sunday night after an illness of less than a week's duration. He died of cholera morbus. He had resided in these Islands for a number .of years, coming from England. For a long time, he was a salesman with H. May & Co , but had been In business on his own account in recent years. His store In the Progress block was a well kept p ace. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon from the house on Kaplolanl. between Spencer and Prospect street. Services were conducted by Rev. V. H. KItcaL Y. W. and V. M. C A. Soeial. Invitations are out for a reception at Progress hall Saturday night by the Toung Men's and Young Women s Christian Associations. The invitations are'sent to members and state that each member may invite a friend. St. Andrew's Wemen's Guild. The regular monthly meeting of the Woman's Guild ot St- Andrew's Cathedral was held yesterday. The funds derived from the recent bazaar were distributed to Tarious purposes. The Ladles of the Second Congregation will meet tonight toplejf for Christ- - . Misers. - ' ', - V r. --n --. - ', jrjr'V u. - v? i- s.1 ".., HKIKUSVneURCE ON NEGMJiDRDERER Preston Porter Burned at the Stake in Colorado. IE IAI IILLEI i SCHOOL G!HL FATHER OF THE DEAD CHILD APPLIED THE MATCH TO FATAL FIRE. Awful Shrieks and Pleading for Release as the Flames Rose Around the Doomed Man Executioners Watchad Him in Silence. LIIION. Colo Nor. 16. Chained to a railroad rail, set firmly in. the ground, on the exact spot whin, a a Stndish crime was comnilEled. Pr ton Porter. Jr.. or, as he was familiar r known, John Porter, this ewe , paid a terribly penalty for his deed. I mw 6:23 o'cloek when the father f the murdered girl touched the mat 'o the fuel which had been pi! 1 iround the negro, and 20 minutes !u t a last convulsive shudder told fa t lfe was extinct. What agonj t' looaifHl boy suffered while th "am up his tlesh could only lo uesed by the terriole contort!"" ' ii face and the cries he save fmm Ime to time. The executioners, who number. lbout 300 citizens of Limou Coun led not the least semblance of tho ' Unary mob. Their every act wa. 1 iberate, and during all the Ion?, as well as throughout the r ngs of the negro, hardly an untie- iary word was snokon Grimly th-" tood in a circle about the fire ui he body was entirely consumed nr I Chen quietly they took their way la. k o Union, from wheuce they depart' 1 for their homes shortly aftorwaid Preston Porter did not seem to r the awful pTJITishment that whs destined to undergo. As h hil exhibited indifference to the enortnl'v of his crime, so he seemed to lai k ..11 understand of its terrible .const' qneneee. For more than an hour while preparations for hla execution were in progress, he stood mute and sullen among the avengers. When p. rything was ready he walked to th take with a firm step, pausing a.. h the circle of broken boards n tneel in prayer. He was allowed ake his time. He arose and piac ,1 lis back to the iron stake, and ha't i dozen men wound chains about his nody and limbs. The Match Applied. Kerosene oil was applied to the wood, and after a brief pause. Rich nrd W. Frost, the father of little Louise Frost, whose cruelly rautllat 1 ody was found one week ago on tint spot, took his matchsafe out. t x tracted a match, lit It and touched th" Harass to the oil. For a moment but a flickering flame rosp, then the oil blazed up. spark3 lew into the aid and the wood began to nrackle. Almost Instantly the .uv gro's trousers caught fire. Even 'bongo the flesh must have be mi ?eorehed. he did not utter a sound. The flames crept slowly upward on lis rlothlng. the sparks flew up In a do id and a frightful expression changed ais fee. With a sudden convulsive tug W1 he stretched his bead as far '8 poealble from the rapidly Increasing flame and uttered a cry of pain. "Oh, my God' Let me go. men Vjro something more to tell you. Please 'o m go. Oh. my God My God"' fn terrible screeches these wonbf. the first ho had uttered aloud, came from the negro. A terrible tugging nt 'he chains, a succession of awful groans and screams, the negro's nwf il aeony was at last breaking down h.s sullen composure. Not an oath him, but he begged and plead.nl to be shot- Suddenly the rope hold 'ng bis hands burned through. Then the arms, head and shoulders slipped through the chain. For an instance the body stood erect, the arms wee raised in supplication, whilo burning pleeea of cloth dropped from them The body then fell away from the the head lower than the feet. wbl h were still fastened to the rail. The Fire Renewed. This wa3 not expected, and for a few minutes those stolid men disconcerted. They feared that the only remaining chain would gi"' away. It this had occurred, the partv burned human being would have dashed among them with burning gar ments. Not many would have card to capture him again. But the chain held fasL The body was then in such a position that only the legs wero In the fire. Tho cries of the wretch -were redoubled, and he again begged to be shot. Some wanted to throw him over Into the fire, others tried 'o throw oil upon him. Boards were carried and a large pile made over the prostrate body. They were soon Ignited, and the terrible heat and lack of air quickly rendered the victim un conscious, bringing death a few moments later. This terrible ceremony out upon the rolling prairie concluded the second tragedy upon the spot, the terrible avengeance of the first. Through the entire affair but little was said. As .they had calmly prepared for the avengeance. so they carrted out their plan coolly and deliberately. (Coatlaued on Fourth Page). .?'' - --' & : .-.