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part TWO i DAILY INTER MOUNTAIN, ! pagk «-i«.
Gov. Roissvelt Will Not Inter
fere in Her Case.
Saying: it Would be Brutal to Electro
cute a Woman—Crime For
Which She Must Die.
Sing Sing, March 18.—Mrs. Martha
Place is under sentence of death next
week for the murder of her stepdaughter.
The courts have refused her appeal and
the governor will not interfere. She will
he the first woman to suffer electrocution
since the law went into effect. The most
remarkable thing about Mrs. Place is her
recent acquirement of a deep religious
frame of mind. She prays often, falling
on her knees in t'he middle of the day and
remaining long in this attitude of sup
plication. Many women have been try
ing to influence Governor Roosevelt to
commute Mrs. Place's sentence, on the
ground that it would be barbarous to put
a woman to death. The condemned one's
leg must tiè barëd to the knee and the
head must be shaved in order that the
electrodes may be placed so as to com
plete the deadly circuit. Several men are
always present to witness the execution.
The flesh is often burned and seared
and a ghastly struggle sometimes follows
the application of ine deadly current.
The murder for which Mrs. Place must
die—unless the unforeseen happens—was
committed Tuesday, February 7, 1898. at
her home, 998 Hancock street, Brooklyn.
She killed her step-daughter, Ida Place,
by throwing acid in her face while asleep,
and then smothered her with the bed
clothes. Then she waited for her hus
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(band to come home. At the door she hit
him several blows on the head with an
ax, nearly killing him. He recovered
after several months. Mrs. Place was
brought to trial on July 6, last, in the
Kings county court, before Judge Hurd.
She was convicted in one week and sent
to Sing Sing to await execution, which
was set for August 29. An appeal got
lier a. stay, but now that appeal has been
adversely decided.
One New York assemblyman intro
duced a bill to take the responsibility for
Mrs. Place's fate out of the governor's
hands. This bill amends the penal code
and provides that. "Murder in the first
degree is punishable by death, except in
the case of a female, who has been or
who shall hereafter bo found guilty of
said crime, then the punishment shall be
imprisonment for the offender's natural
life." It has thus far not even been con
Washington, March IS.—The navy de
partment has taken preliminary steps
toward the additional second lieutenants
in the marine corps provided by the naval
reorganization bill. Recognizing the
superior claims to appointment of the
young officers who volunteered for ser
vice in this corps during the war with
Spain, Secretary Long has given per
mission to so many of them as care to re
enlist in the service to appear for ex
amination before the special board which
will be created for this purpose. When
their cases have been disposed of and not
until then, the list will be open to such
other applicants as may secure the secre
tary's permission to appear for competi
tion. There are only eighty vacancies in
the corps and as 39 officers of the volun
teer forces have signified their desire to
submit to examination, presuming they
all succeed in passing, but 45 places will
remain to be filled.
A Mistake In Nnuie
San Francisco, March 18.—The report
that ex-Corporal John W. Hayes of com
pany D, First California 1 volunteers,
turned traitor ?nd was killed in the Phil
ippines. is supposed to'refçr to Henry T.
Haze, as there was no J. W. Hayes iu the
regiment. Haze had served in the United
States navy and was said to be a brave
soldier. but was fond of liquor and con
sidered rather erratic.
May Change tlie Boundary
Seattle, Wash., March 18.—News has
reached heir that five Finlanders claim
to have discovered evidences of the or
iginal Alaskan boundary line inscribed
on a penes of old mounds, which if es
tablished will place the Klondike country
within the United States. It is said that j
United States Consul McCook at Dawson j
will communicate with the Washington
authorities regarding the matter.
Walla Tonka Saved Again.
Wichita, Kan., Special to >Ie\v York
Tribune.—Three times In the last two
years has Walla Tonka, the Choctaw In
dian base-ball player, stood on the brink
of his own grave with b'r.aeci eyes and
waited for the sheriff to fire the fatal bul
let. He had offered up his prayers to the
Great Spirit for th safe transmission
of his sou! across the great black river,
and calmly stood to be shot down.
Rut each time his wife, a white woman,
arrived on the scene just in time to save
his life. She came from the Indian Judge
with a reprieve. Then Walla Tonka
would go free for a few months again.
This has been kept up since August, 1897,
In May of that year Walla Tonka, or
William Going, as he is known in Eng
lish, killed his uncle, Sampson Young,
at a "green corn dance," near Eufaula,
Ind. T., because the senior relative paid
too much attention to Tookah Ingamore,
! a pretty and vivsroius white* girl, who
j had given her heart to Tonka.
The shooting occurred at dusk on May
! 5. Hundreds of Indians were present,
I and they joined in saying that Tonka had
I done the "square thing." According to
j Indian ways of arguing love affairs no
j man should dare court another's sweet
! heart. This is especially true among the
I Choctaws. The day after the shooting of
his uncle Walla Tonka was taken before
the Indian Judge, and was sentenced to
be shot tu August. The redskin took his
sentence as an expected occurrence, and
gave his word of honor to the sheriff
i that he would be present upon the day
I set for his execution. Then, without any
] preliminary, he was turned loose, to go
' and come when he might. His word was
i sufficient. The Indian officers knew Ton
i ka would come to his execution if he were
j alive.
i Tonkan's first act after being sentenced
was to marry Miss Tookah Ingamore. for
whom he had killed a fellow-man. Then
l-he jonied a baseball team and toured the
j Western United States, Thousands
i came to witness a man condemned to be
i shot, playing b' 11, with no fficers near.
In Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, Wich
ita, and many other Western cites white
people swarmed to sec this unbound
murderer. It was Walla Tonka's fortune
to be a criminal then. He made money
easily. In the hotels people would sur
round him. The ball-player was a hero.
"Ah! you call me brave, lie would say,
sadly. "I am not any braver than my
people. It is our duty."
Then the whites would clap their hands
and reply, "Your people are heroes."
Tonka never refused a piece of money.
"It is not for me," he would explain to
the contributors. "This is for her," and
he would drop another dollar given by an
admiring white into his pocket.
Then they would crowd near and urge
him to tell them his story. "Ugh! White
man talks Indian say nothing. She is
white but her heart is Indian. Some
day I tell you. Not now. May be so you
see her yourself some day. She will be
His dark eyes would gleam with satis
faction at tlie compliment he had passed
upon his wife, and then he would thrust
his large brown hands into his trouser's
pockets and walk away, leaving the
whites even more amazed than before.
There are hundreds of his acquaintances
including many newspaper reporters, who
will testify to this. And so Tonka be
came a character of the west.
! The baseball season rapidly drew to a
! close, and Tonka hastened back to the
Choctaw Nation to meet his fate on Au
. gust 16. In the little log hut, far from
j anything civilized, lived Tonka's bride,
j She had heard of the furor her husband
j had created; she had read long stories
j of his bravery and hints as to the mys
tery, but not once had she read of her
I self. Tonka had been wise. He kept
j her name from the public.
The meeting of husband and wife was
I affectionate. Hookah was inclined to
cry, but for once Tonka upbraided her.
' "Be brave, my girl, or else you are not
! tlie wife of a warrior. See nie; I am to
j be shot, but I do not tremble."
Then the white girl looked up to heaven
and asked God to give her strength.
"Make me as brave a woman as my hus
band is a warrior," she said. Her prayers
were answered.
Several days before the execution she
bade her husband goodby and told him
she was going to get him a reprieve. The
place where Tonka was to be shot was at
the Alheni Courthouse, a distance of
eighty miles from Eufaula, the town
where the Judge lived. To Eufaula
journeyed Tookah. She pleaded long and
; earnestly with the stern old Indian Judge
I for a reprieve, but he was obdurate. It
! is said his son was among the many
I admirers of this handsome girl, and the
I Indian parent yet retained an ill-feeling
for her.
i For three days her supplications were
I in vain. "It is no use," he told her. "1
: will not reprieve your husband. He will
! be shot on August 16."
I "But you must pardon him, 1 say. He
; has done no crime to merit such treat
ment. He is a brave man. I am his wife.
I am brave too. See!" Then she cut her
flesh with a penknife and carelessly let
1 the blood flow. This proved her bravery.
To an Indian, lacerating one's flesh when
: requesting a favor is almost sure to meet
with success. And so she did. Hut it was
not until the morning of the day set for
Tonka's execution. Then the old man
gave her a reprieve, staying the death
sentence until April, 1898. This was easy,
you say, to save his life then? No, it was
not. It was eighty miles over a rough
and untravelled road; impossible It al
I most seemed, for Tbokah was young; her
! pony was young also, and a human life
I hung in the balance. It was that of her
husband. •
i trip was made, however, and Too
kah rode TnfS the .£,\CÇ!JtioiL grounds^ at
Alheni Courthouse just as the sun it'?.?
setting, and Tonka was being blindfolded
preparatory to being shot. The sheriff
gladly turned the condemned man loose,
5 \s he admh\3 the spiri^ of bravery about
the fellow. Th^ft, as loving people do.
Tonka and his pale-faee wife went away
to their humble cottage. The Indian had
no more cause to chide his wife for her
 great many white people came to see
From 7:30 to 9:30
Beautiful Music by Prof. Olson's Peerless Orchestra. The following: program of select music has been
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Waltz............."Josh's Huskin' Dance".......L. O. DoWitt March..............."Cake Walk Coon"..........II. P. Vogel
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Two-Step.........."Kalsominers' Jubilee"......II. O. Wheeler Galop................"St. Petersburg"...............
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Walla Tonka shot, but they were disap
pointed because of arriving on the day
after this Incident. The Choctaws had
purposely given out the wrong date for
the execution, and no one except the im
mediate friends knew the real time.
Hence the romance of Tonka's life still
remained a secret.
The next April the same incident was
repeated, and the sentence was reprieved
until February 27, 1899. The writer, then
residing in the Cherokee Nation, had been
present at both dates, but unfortunately
as did the others, arrived upon the wrong
Last summer came the change in Indian
Territory courts, and the power of saving
Tonka's life changed from the Indian
judge at Eufaula to Judge Clayton at
South MeAlester.
Judge Clayton is a stern man from the
East, and he was determined that this In
dian murderer should die when the next
execution day arrived. !
But. when Tookah, the bright-eyed and
soft-voiced creature, appeared before
him and begged for her husband's life he
succumbed to her pleadings, and Tonka
was again reprieved. However, he made
the girl tell her story, and then fclie
mounted a swift horse and rode off Into
the forest, to arrive at the execution
«xoun , U_UL tll HÇ to stay the fatal bullet
for a third timt?.
"It's a good thing to have such a brave
little wife." writes Walla Tcinka, the
baseball hero.
"My nusfcand taught me the brave
path," adds his paleface savior. Perhaps
Tonka never will be shot now. Judge
Clayton says the Indian "really does hot
deserve death for winning such a Woman
at any cost.'* — ç *
r mm
They are laying out one of Cuba's broad highways so that It looks like an avenue of the dead. Great square pieces of
sod lie at intervals close to one another, and underneath each Is the body of a brave soldier, either Cuban, or American, or
Spanish, who perished in the late Tfrar.

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