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Volume 12, No. 22 WHITE OAKS, NEW MEXICO, THURSDAY, MAY 28,1903. Subscription, $1.50 a Year. INHVMAN AND BRVTAL CONFEDERATE REUNION. CRUSADE AGAINST FEUDS. TREATMENT CHARGED. New '0 TERRITORIAL INSANE ASYLUM, AT LAS VEGAS. Visitors. ! COMMANDER GORDON'S ÁDDR.ESS. Grave charges are made against certain is known who the patient was and all ! particulars about her. It is charged the j patients received no treatment for their : mental condition except that when noisy, j they are given a quieting mixture. When . physically sick they are. given treatment, j The paper charges that the law is not observed in that the medical superintend ent does not live at or near the institution and about rive mornings a week, he spends not to exceed an hour and a half there. Attendants receive $20 per month with an increase of $5 every six months until it reaches $40, provided their services increase in proportion, but $30 is the highest now paid. The steward receives $.125 a month and is said to earn it. The matron receive $65 a month and the medical superintendent $135 a month. There are three officers draw $325 a month and the other 19 employes receive $467 per month, exclusive of the engineer. Investigation Ordkrbd Governor Otero was seen this forenoon at the Executive Office by a representative of the New Mexican concerning the charges against the management of the Territorial Insane Asylum at Las Vegas made by the Daily Advertiser of that city. The Governor was asked if he had seen the article in question and replied in the affirmative. In substance the Governor said, that the charges were serious and that although in some points rather indefi nite, nevertheless, having been made in a daily paper published in the town where the territorial asylum is situated that they should be promptly and fully investigated. The insane at the territorial asylum are the wards of the people of the territory and should be accorded the most humane and gentle treatment compatible with their unfortunate condition. If such has not been the case and rule at the insane asylum at Las Vegas, he, the Governor, would be the first to call a halt and put a stop to anything improper, tyrannical, in humane or painful in the treatment of the patients at the asylnm. He had full con fidence in the board of regents of the asy lum and had addressed an official commu nication to the board requesting that an investigation of all matters charged by the Advertiser be made and that the same be full and exhaustive; also that a complete report of the investigation be transmitted to the Executive Office as soon as possible. When such has been done, he will take other necessary steps in his official capaci ty in accordance with facts and tenor of officials of the Territorial Insane Asylum I at Las Vegas and it is claimed that pa tients have been brutally and inhumanely treated. The rumors to this effect became so numerous and persistent that the board of directors conducted an investigation. The only statement thus far made by the board as a result of the investigation is that the rumors and reports were explained by the superintendent. The Las Vegas Advertiser charges that efforts are being made to suppress the facts and to avoid publicity. The charges made by Advertiser are that patients are forced to work from S to 13 hours a day and are frequently punished for refusal to work when threats prove of no avail. A common method in the department for females is to get behind a patient, throw her to the floor and then have four or five other patients sit on her while the matron holds her hand over the patient's mouth to prevent screaming. The patient Í3 so held until a promise to be good is given. The Advertiser says that patients have been strapped in bed for hours as punish ment and have been forced to go without dinner. Another form of punishment is to strap a patient to a cell door and force him to stand erect, back to the door, until al most exhausted. Ice cold shower baths are frequent and the "water cure" in vogue is said to consist of turning the fire hose directly on the patient who is strapped to a steam pipe to prevent the force of the water from knocking him down. Another method is known as the "Ferris Wheel." When this is 'adopted, the patient is stripped, his hands are crossed in front of his knees which are drawn up and then strapped. A broom stick or rod is then passed under the knees and above the arms and this is placed across a bath tub. The tnh is filled with cold water and all is ready. The patient is then revolved on the rod as a pivot. The head is kept under water as long as possible and then he is half turned again. For patients who ex pectorate, a gag is provided. The bedding is not warm enough and a patient who de stroys his bedding is given a pile of straw to sleep on without blankets or covering of any kind. A gruesome story is related by the Advertiser. It states that a few weeks ago some of the directors heard that human bones were scattered around the asylum yard, that they drove out to investigate and found it was true. The bones were A Famous Civil War General Appeals to Keniuckians to Discontinue Indiscrimin ate Murders. then gathered up in a sack and put in the j te report made to him and investigations basement of the institution. Under one j anc inspections in the entire matter which end of a lence the pelvis of a female was found and to it were attached eight or ten ribs. The lower jaw, with teeth, was found and the top of the skull and bones of fingers, toes, arms and legs were scattered promiscuously about. The bones were those of a patient who died in 1900 and the body was placed in the morgue. An official had a physician who was a patient, prepare the body so he could have the skeleton. The bones were placed in a barrel of water so the flesh could de compose and the barrel placed in the yard. It was neglected until it dried up, fell apart and the bones became scattered. It he may conduct personally as executive of the territory of New Mexico. If the charges made by the Advertiser should be proven, the Governor is determined to set administrative matters in the asylum right and in the proper shape at once; if other wise and the charges are npt sustained, the investigation cannot but be productive of,good to the management of the asylum and to tne territory, me cnarges are scandalous and grave and too public and therefore cannot be treated with silence, but demand prompt, speedy and thorough investigation, which he, the Governor, will have mad immediately. The city of New Orleans is happy, but the thousands of visitors' who throng her streets are happier; the battle-scarred vet erans the survivors of a Lost Cause are meeting wit a warm reception. The only unpleasant thing connected with the re union was the illness of the Commander, General J. 13. Gordon, who was unable to participate in all the ceremonies. How ever, the old general was on hand the first day, and after an address of welcome by Governor Heard addressed the thousands assembled in the immense auditorium. A part of the address follows: As General Gordon arose to reply he was enthusiastically cheered. His address was as follows: "To my thought it is most fitting that this proud and patriotic organization should again meet in this historic city which gave it birth. The meeting of such ; men as you welcome today whose past deeds will remain for ever an inspiration to American valor and to future sacrifices for constitutional freedom, is an auspicious event in the country's history whenever and wherever it may occur; but how pecul iarly inspiring is this reunion in Louisiana on this one hundredth anniversary of her new birth into the governmental alliance with the American States. A Roman eye would have discovered in a meeting of such men at such time an omen of good to the cause of liberty, and Americans eyes should see in it nothing but good to the whole republic. It must of necessity be ben eficent, and only beneficent. "We will not indulge on this centennial this political millenial morning nor at other times in any bitterness. We feel none. We pity those who do. We have long since drawn the curtain of oblivion over the regretful and unseemly things of the past, and we cherish as Americans the valor and noble deeds of both armies and of all sections. "We are satisfied with our records, and the power that would attempt to make us blush for it would b both stupid and Mind. We are heirs, joint heirs, with the republic's children in the inheritance of freedom left by our sires. We are proud of all the past. Moreover, we are now facing a future pregnant with tremendous possi bilities; but we face it with a strength of hope and assurance, born of an unswerv ing purpose to discharge our every duty to all races, and to the whole country. We are growing old, but we still stand firmly on the narrow strip of land which separ ates us from a boundless ocean. 'And as we go hence, we will calmly drop our mantles on the shoulders of our of our sons, who will worthily wear them; and in no crisis of the republic, whether in forum or field, will thev be found want ing." At the conclusion of General Gordon's address he led to the front of the platform Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and said: "It was my fortune, and I will never cease to thank God that it was my fortune, to follow, to know well and to love Stone wall Jackson. He is not here, but the best halfofhimis here in the person of hii wife. Comrades, I present to you Mrs Stonewall Jackaon." Lexiugtou, Ky., May if. Gen. (). O. Howard, II. S. A., retired, one of the last surviviug corps commanders of the Federal Army in the civil war, thinks he can stop the feuds in Kentucky by a personal appeal to the people. The Howard family in Kastern Kentucky is one of the largest in the mountains, and distant relatives of the General's have been involved in many of the fends of recent year. Kegarding the Itreathitt County feud, in which the twenty-seventh victim has just been assassinated and for whose murder Curtis Jett is under arrest at Winchester, Gen. Howard said: "This is the most serious of them nil because one side has complete control of the law. The law can be used to defend or oppress, and in this case I fear the law- is being used to oppress the enemy and protect the criminal. 'I would solve this problem by taking away the power of office. The county might be divided tip betweeu the adjoining counties and the' offices abolished. This feud has always been over politics since its starting. "What I propose to do, however, is to counsel the people, advise them against the use of firearms, and tell them to love their neighbors. I never have any trouble and every body treats me well. 'I expect to start this week and bind every man, woman ana child with an ironclad oath that he or she will not har bor ill-will against a neighbor." DECLARES ASSASSINATION RtH.KS, AND , t CHURCH AND STATU ARK POWKRLl'.SH. Lexington, Ky., May 17. Thomas Mar cum, brother of the late Attorney J. 11. Marcum, who was killed at Jackson two weeks ago after dodging known assassins for fifteen months, publishes a card today in which he takes County Judge Hargis, leader of the Hargis faction, to task lor stating in a public interview that Marcum blood was responsible for a murder in every Breathitt County family., Thomas Marcum, although past the middle age, will come to Kentucky and assist in the prosecution of Curtis Jett, now in jail at Winchester charged with the assassination of Marcum. He declares that no member of the family tor three generations ever committed a murder. ins Old Story Retold. There is a north Missouri editor who is very fond of honey. This editor makes frequent trips to Kansas City, and when ever he makes one of these trips he stops at a hotel where he can get honey. On a recent trip he was accompanied bv his wife and just as they were approaching the city he told her he was nearing the place where he got his honey. That night as they dined at the hotel, he turned to the waiter and asked: " Where is mv honey?" With a broad smile the waiter replied. "You mean that little black headed oue? Oh, she don't work here no more." The editor is still explaining to his wife. Ex. The stockman of Lincolu county is 1-right-"-no Montana blizzard to disturb him.