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Mr. Harrison's Home Sur-
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cur on Wednesday.
Two of the Bullets Produced
Mortal V.'ounds.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— Chicago today is
overwhelmed with sorrow and shame.
Her citizens mourn for the man who
stood cii^er to the people's heart than
auy other who has lived or died within
her boundary lines or has been iv any
way connected with the city's growth
and prom-ess. The feeling of shame is
that just at the close of the greatest
and most glorious period of her niuui
clpal history, just at the dawn of a
brighter period than she has ever before
experienced, the dark crime of murder
should have made a red blot on the
record. It was a thing no man could
prevent, a calamity that no human in
tellect could foresee, but the crime is
done, and the- stain and disgrace of
having her chief executive shot down is
part ot history now. The act of a
maniac, or at least a ' weak-minded
youth, has plunged Chicago into grief
and mourning just at the period of her
greatest triumph. From all ranks and
conditions ot men there comes
and it is that of grief. It Chicago's spirit
Boared too high, if her ambitious soul
reached out beyond those things to
which mortal man may aspire— and her
daring hand was ever at the edge of the
universe, it has been temporarily
checked. The biow was heavy, aud it
struck Chicago to the heart. Carter
Henry Harrison was without question
the most popular man among the resi
dents of Chicago. He was the most
widely known and best beloved of all
Chicago's sons. Political enemies hn%-e
time and time again sought to read the
riddle of his popularity, they have
Bought to decry his fame and wean his
friends from his side. They utterly
failed in all. There is a touch of nature
beyond what humanity knows, and it is
called genius. This Carter Harrison
bad in his dealings with his fellow men.
lie drew them to him, and he held them
to the last by the loice of his genial
catur^', and
which all men felt who came in contact
with him. His enemies were as bitter
as his frier cis were warm, but they were
the foes of his methods, not the foes of
his lieisonality. He had in his frame
more of the condensed spirit of audac
ity, endurance and activity that is char
acteristic of Chicago than any other
man. He was nearer the embodiment
of the Chicago spirit than any other
man. The people knew this, and held
him closer in their embrace than they
have ever held another, and it will be
long before another man usurps the
place that Carter Harrison held in the
heart of Chicago. The feeliug of per
sonal sorrow, which all citizens feel, is
not stronger than the inorified civic
prule which burdens them down. Her
man of men. the one whom she honored
most, was foull}' slain: and the great
city which has done so much, and which
for six months has been the most promi
nent place on earth, was utterly help
less. There may be for Chicago days of
greater pride, of higher glory than any
she has yet beheld. There can never
be a day of deeper grief, of more poign
ant sorrow.
Hundreds Call to Offer Their Con-
Chicago, Oct. 29.— The family resi
dence of Carter 11. Harrison, the dead
mayor, was thronged with sorrowing
friends all clay. There was a crush of
carriages and people before the house
ami for blocks in all directions during
the afternoon. Sorrow was ex
pressed with sincerity on all sides.
The sidewalks were impassable,
Bix policemen kept the crowd moving
on, and tw. more officers were stationed
before tl. -• main entrance of the house
to prevent its being overcrowded with
visitors. Granville W. Browning, an
Intimate friend of the family, assisted
by Mr. Fulton, of the Times, Fitztragb
Harrison, a relative, and several others,
received all callers who came during
the afternoon and evening. The mem
bers of the family were denied to all
but the most intimate friends. All of
them bore up bravely under the terrible
nffli -iiop, the real simiilicance of which
could hardly be realized by them. Miss
although prostrated by the shock, rest
ed quietly during the day in the apart
ment to which she had been taken when
the true nature of the terrible event had
been revealed to her. Telegrams and
letters or sympathy in great numbers
were received during the day from puo
lic and private friends of the late mayor
in various parts of the country, as well "
as in Chicago. Many promineuFpolitl
cians; who were of the same politi
cal faith as Mr. Harrison, and many of
those who Mad been his political oppo
nents culled at the house in person to
offer their condolences. Among the
first cards to be received were those of

Vice President and Mrs. Stevenson
which were brought to the bereaved
household by Miss Stevenson, a daugh
ter of the vice president. Early in the
afternoon Captain Parrel", of the march
ing club of the Cook County Democracy,
called, and arrangements were made by
Which the club will take part in the
funeral services. Chief S weenie, of the
lire department, who was hurt
not lone ago, was another caller durinsr
the afternoon. lie was driven to tlie
house, in a carriage, lie is yet on
crutches, and had to be carried through
the crowd to the house. The chief was
the only visitor during the afternoon
who was allowed to see Carter Harrison
Jr. to effer his sympathy in person. A
delegation from Apollo cominandery,
K. P., of which Mr. Harrison was a
member, also called during the day
Letters of sympathy to various mem
bers of the family were received from
William 13. McClure and L. Val
Le Moyne, of the University club;
Charles M. Walker and Dr. John Bart
lett and many others. The arrange
ments for the funeral of the murdered
mayor will not be made until after the
special meeting of the city council,
which will be held at 10 o'clock tomor
row moraine:. It has, however, been
decide;! that the obsequies will take
Dlace Wednesday. The body will be
placed in a vault
at oi:a< ei.axd cf.meteuy,
and the interment, which will be pri
vate, will occur later. Mayor Harrison's
body will lie in state for at least a day in
the city hall. The council will proba
bly ask that the body be taken to the
city hall tomorrow afternoon, where it
will remain until the funeral, which will
probably take place there. It has been
decided that the active pall-bearers will
be eight police captains, who will be se
lected by Chief of Police Brennan. The
honorary pall-bearers, who have been
chosen by the mayor's family, will be
the following: Thomas W. Palmer, 11.
N. lliginbotham, Gen. Nelson A. Miles,
ex-Gov. Richard Oglesby, Judge Lyman
Trombull, F. A. Winston, Gen. Fitz
simmons. 11. J. Jones, C. K. G. Billings,
Adolph Kraus, P. D. Armour, Frank
Wenter, ex-Mayor John A. Roach, ex-
Mayor Joseph Medill, ex-Mayor Hemp
stead Washbarne, Judge Francis Adams
and R. A. Avaller.
At the request of Mrs. Potter Palmer,
president of the board of lady mana
gers, the reception in her honor an
nounced by the national commissioners
of the fair, to be riven in the
New York building Monday evening,
has been postponed indefinitely on ac
count of the tragic death of Mayor Har
rison. The farewell reception of the
French commissioners has also been
postponed. The family is literally over
whelmed with copies of resolutions
Onecf the Ballets Punctured the
Victim's Liver.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— The Inquest on
the body of Mayor Harrison was held
today at his late residence, on Ashland
boulevard. Except a technical descrip
tion of the wounds but little new was
elicited. The verdict was in accordance
with the facts, and recommended that
Prendergast be held for the murder
until discharged by due process of the
law. Mary ilansen, the domestic, and
Coachman Risbi-rg held to the stories
previously told, and identified Prender
gast as the mayor's assailant. When
the prisoner encountered them at the
Inquest lie made no attempt to deny the
identilication, and in the instauce of
Mary Hanson assented to . it verbally.
He maintained a stolid indifference
during the hearing. Once, how
ever, he betrayed a little feeling
over his crime. He was sitting
near Lieut. Haas, and his attention was
attracted by the presence of Mrs. W.
J. Chalmers. For a moment his stolid
ity was broken, and he pulled the lieu
tenant's sleeve. The officer bent to
wards his prisoner and heard him ask:
"Is that Mrs. Harrison?"
"No," replied the lieutenant, "it Is
not. Why did you ask?"
"I wanted to ceil her," replied Pren
dergast, "that 1 was sorry for her trou
With that remark he relapsed into
silence and returned to all other ques
tions a vacant stare. William Preston
Harrison, the mayor's son, related what
he knew of the case, was questioned but
little, and quickly retired from the
room. He said: "1 heard shots fired,
but was in an upper room and did not
see any one shooting. 1 hurried down
to my father, and spoke to him and
asked him what the matter was. He
said he was shot and dying. 'Get Annie
over at once,' was his only reply. He
died In about twenty minutes after 1
had found him.
John Wheeler, a police officer who
who was in charge of Prendergast at
one time during the night, testified that
the murderer hud confessed the crime
to him, Baying that lie did It hecause
the mayor had uot made him corpora
tion counsel.
Other witnssses examined were offi
cers at the Desplaines street station. F.
A. McDowell, patrol sergeant, identi
fied the revolver he had taken from
Prendergast. O. Z. Barber, desk ser
geant at Desplaines street station, saw
Preudergast surrender to McDowell
and heard him say that he had shot
Carter Harrison because the mayor, he
said, had broken faith with him in fail
ing to appoint him corporation counsel.
Prendergast had told him he lived at
(M) Perry street. According to
th 3 post mortem examination, the
results of which were submitted
to the jury, five bullet wounds
made by four bullets were found in the
mayor's body. Three balls remained in
the body, One lodged in the muscles of
the back. Another passed through the
liver and was found in the bowels. The
third struck near the shoulder and,
ranging downward, lodged under the
skin. A detailed report of the exam
ination made by Dr. L. J. Mitchell, and
concurred in by Dr. Ludwig Hektoen,
reads as follows :
"I have made a post-mortem examina
tion of the body of Carter H. Harrison.
The body was that of a man five feet
nine inches high, and weighing about
225 pounds. 1 found five round open
ings on the body such as are usually
made by bullets. No. 1 passed through
the left hand, breaking the bone
of the little finger, and came
out in the palm, forming wound No. 2.
No. S was in the middle line about
five inches above the navel, passed once
through the bowels and lodged in the
muscles of the back. Here a leaden
bullet was found. No. 4 wound was
three inches below ami to the rignt of
the right nipple. It passed through the
right tenth rib and liver, and a leaden
bullet was fouud in the bowels. No. 5
wound was just below the front of the
right shoulder. It passed down under
the skin about four inches. Here a
third leaden bullet was found. There
was a considerable quantity of blood in
the right chest and in the abdomen. 1
conclude that Carter il. Harrison came
to his death troin shock and hem
orrhages following the above bullet
wounds. L. J. Mitchell.
"Ludwig Ilektoen, M. D., concur
Taking medical reports and testimony
Into their deliberations the jury retired
and a few moments after returned this
"An inquisition was taken for the
people of the state of Illinois at 231
Ashland avenue, in the city of Chicago,
on the 29th day of October, A. D. 1893,
before me, James Mcllale, coroner in
and for the said county of Cook, upon
view of the body of Carter 11. Harrison,
then and there lying dead, upon the
oaths of six good and lawful men of
the said county, who, being duly
sworn to inquire on the part of
the people of the state of Illi
nois into all the circumstances attend
ing the death of the said Carter H. Har
rison, and by whom the same was pro
duced, and in what manner and where
the said Carter H. Harrison came to his
death, do say upon their oaths, as afore
said, that tue said Carter U. Harrison,
now lying dead at 231 Ashland avenue,
in the city ol Chicago, county of Cook,
state of Illinois, came to his death on
the 28th day of October, A. D. 1593,
from shock and hemorrhage caused
from bullets tired from a revolver in the
hands of one PatricK Eueeue Prender
gast, at 231 Ashland avenue, Oct. 28,
1803, and from the evidence presented
we, the jury, recommend that the said
Patrick Eugene Prendergast be held to
the grand jury until discharged by due
course of law."
The jury was composed of C. C. Kohl
saat, judge of the probate court; Charles
F. Elines, machinery manufacturer; W.
J. Chalmers, president of Frazer &
Chalmers company; S. M. Scribner, a
wealthy commission merchant; Llric
King, commission merchant; P. R.
O'Brien, tobacco merchant. In point of
brains, no better jury was ever con
vened iv Cook county. During the iu
queat Deputy Coroner Kelly asked
Prendergast if he had a statement to
make, but the prisoner refused to
He Reiterates His Statements or
Saturday Night.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— Prendergast, the
murderer of Mayor Harrison, is now
locked in a cell in the county jail. He
was carried around the city all day by
the police, and the bars did not close
behiud him until 3 o'clock this after
noon. Early this morning he was car
ried from the central station to East
Chicago avenue station, where he was
locked up for an hour or two. At 10
o'clock he was driven to the Harrison
residence on Ashland boulevard, and
remained there during the inquest.
Then ha was taken oack to the central
station, and finally lodged in the county
jail, where he will remain until his case
Is finally disposed of. Throughout the
day he maintained the same stolid de
meanor which has characterized him all
through, except on the occasion of his
surrender to Sergeant McDonald at
Desplaines street station. He still sticks
to the story that be killed the mayor for
no other reason than that he was not
made corporation counsel, and insists
that he had au entire right to act as he
did. H«? is undoubtedly sincere in both
his story and his opinion regarding nis
When taken to the jail this afternoon
Prendergast seemed absolutely indif
ferent to his surroundings and situa
tion. A very complete search was made
of his clothing at the jail, but nothing
wa3 found excepting fl in money.
While the formality of delivering the
prisoner to the Jail authorities was in
progress Prendergast occupied himself
in lacing up his shoes, which had been
removed for the purpose of searching
him. He was then conducted to Ccl
11. It was occupied at the time by Jung
Jack Lin, the Chinaman who is under
life sentence for the murder of his
cousin, and auother Chinaman named
Tom Long, awaiting trial for larceny.
The Chinamen were transferred and
Pren Jergast locked up. Cell No. 11 is
a historic cell, being the one which
contained Lingg, the anarchist.when he
committed suicide. Dr. Scudder was
also an occupant of the same cell when
he caused his own death by tak
inz morphine. While the cell
wa being examined Preudergast
sat down on a bench in the
caire. He brightened up and entered
into a conversation with Clerk Price.
He did not, however, seem inclined to
talk about his crime, but asked to see
the papers. Parts of the Sunday papers
were handed to him, but none of them
contained the local news sheets. Preu
dergast quickly noticed this, and asked
for the account of the murder. This
was handed to him, aud he read down
the column in an apparently mechanical
manner. Then he dropped the papers
and said: "I did my duty," repeating
the sentence several times. He then
relapsed into silence, and would say
nothing more. After entering the cell
he threw himself upon the bed, clasp
ing his hands behind his head.
Clerk Price then sent to the jail
kitchen and ordered dinner for Pren
dcrgast, as he had expressed himself to
be hungry. The regular jail dinner
was brought to him, consisting of soup,
roast beef and vegetables. Prendereast
ate everything that was given him, and
then lit a cigar and was inclined to
"I am very tired," ho said, "having
beeu bothered so much by so many peo
ple today. I feel greatly relieved, as a
groat strain is oil" my mind. I have
done my duty, and I think the majority
of people, when they know this, will be
on my side. I shall get out clear. Ido
not mind the physical confinement at
all, and my mind is now clear."
"What was your reason for killing the
mayor?" was asked.
Prendergast replied emphatically: "I
was to have had the position of corpora
tion counsel, but he played me false,
and 1 only did right in killing him. I
did not know that I had fired three
shots at him until I read it in the papers.
1 was of the improssion that 1 fired two
shots at the mayor. 1 tired another shot
as I went away to prevent any one from
following me. as I expected a large
crowd to follow me."
"Did Mr. Harrison say anything to
you when you met him in the house?"
Prendergast replied: "No; 1 drew
my revolver and fired. After the first
shot Mr. Harrison shouted 'Murder,'
but I did not hear him say anything
else. I ran away pretty quickly and
caught a street car."
Prendergats claimed he was tired,
and declined to talk any more. Clerk
Price and Jailor Gould were sure they
had seen Prendergast before, Price
being positive that he. had been an in
mate of the jail on a previous occasion,
but neither could remember just when
he had been in jail before.
Expressions of Sympathy From
Many Prominent People.
Chicago, Oct. 29. — Followiug are
some of tne messages of condolence re
ceived by the family today:
Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 29. —My
daughter, Mrs. McKee, joins me iv of
fering to you and to the family the full
est sympathy of our hearts in your ap
palling sorrow.
Benjamin Harrison.
Mr. Stevenson's Sympathy,
Washington, Oct. 29.— The follow
ing dispatch to the sons of the late
Carter H. Harrison was sent from hare
To W. P. and C. H. Harrison.Chlcago:
I beg to extend my profound sympa
thies in your great bereavement. No
words of mine can express my sorrow.
Please advise me what day the funeral
will occur. Will attend if possible.
_ A. E. Stevexson.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— 1 trust you will
allow me as a friend— through his sweet
courtesy to all— of your poor tather, to
express to you the deep sympathy
which 1 feel with you all in your terri
ble affliction. We are all aghast at the
horrible tragedy which has deprived
you of such a father and your country
of such a citizen. Henry Ibvi\g.
Hydo Park, 111., Oct. 29.— We ex
press our heartfelt sympathy of the
bereavement by death of yonr father
Mayor Harrison.
C. Matzundaira,
N. Tamataka,
Japanese Commissioners.'
La Crosse, Wis., Oct. 29.— Heartfelt
words of condolence express words of
sympathy for the living sorrow for the
dead. Our city giieves for yours.
D. Frank Powell, Mayor.
Chattanooga, Term., Oct. 29. —
Chattanooea is inexpressibly shocked at
the dreadful murder of Mayor Harri
son, and is horrified at the monstrous
crime. Accept our profound sympathy
on this grievous calamity.
George W. Ocus, Mayor.
Washington, Oct. 28.— William Pres
ton Harrison : I tender to the surviving
members of your father's family sincere
sympathy in their great sorrow.
W. Q. Gresham.
The Old Guard, of New York, sent
the following, signed by T. E. Sloau,
major comanding.
Carter Harrison, Jr., Chicago: The
Old Guard, of New York, express their
deepest sympathy in this, your terrible
bereavement, and mouru with you iv
your atliiciiou.
Gen. Joseph T. Torrence's telegram
was worded thus :
••Please accept most heartfelt gym
pathy in this time of sorrow which has
befallen your family, as well as the city
of Chicago and the state."
Telegrams conveying similar expres
sions ot sorrow were also received from
Hakky Bey, Turkish commissioner gen
eral to the world's fair, and from others
resident in all parts of the United
There Will Be No Festivities To-
day as Intended.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— Seldom has any
thing awakened such deep sorrow
amoug tbe residents of Chicago as the
death of Mayor Harrison. Hi 3 political
enemies, and he had many of them, all
had a warm spot for the genial person
ality of the man, and his friends, whom
he numbered by thousands, fairly wor
shipped him. The manner of his death
silenced all things that could be said
against him, and the grief over his awful
death is almost universal in Chicago.
The most signal evidence of sorrow will
be the absence of all festivities at the
fair tomorrow. There will be a great
crowd, of course, for it is the last day of
a wonderful six months, but of any
thing like joyousness or the observance
of a fete day, there will be none. Di
rector General Davis has issued these
general orders, which embody all the
features of the day's observances:
"Office ot the Director General,
World's Columbian Exposition, Ad
ministration Building, Jackson Park
in view of the assassination of the chief
magistrate of the city of Chicago, the
ceremonies which were announced to
take place tomorrow— Monday, Oct. 30
— in connection with the closing of the
World's Columbian exposition will be
wholly dispensed with, except that all
heretofore invited guests, and the pub
lic generally, are requested to assemble
in Festival hall at 1 o'clock p. in., as
originally intended. ThomosW. Palmer,
president of the world's Columbian
commission, drill p;eside. Prayer will
be offered by Rev. Dr. John Henry Bar
"Appropriate resolutions, formulated
by the following joint cominittee.whcih
has been appointed for the purpose.
will be submitted by President H. N.
lliuinbotham; National Commissioners
Thomas W. Palmer, D. B. Perm, P. A.
B. Wiciener, R. D. Sauuders, George V.
Massey and A. H.Mitchell: Directors
of the Exposition H. N. Higiubotham,
Lymau J. Gage, Edwin Walker, F. W.
Peck, Robert A. Walter aud George ii.
"All the festivities arranged for the
closing ceremonies will be oiritted.with
the exception of the tiring of an appro
priate salute and the lowering of the
United States flag at sunset. It is
further ordered that the flags upon all
buildings within tr.e grounds remain at
half mast until the closing of the expo
sition. George K. Davis,
It is understood that state and foreign
commissioners will fall in with the
spirit of these orders, lower the flairs
and abandon whatever of celebration
they had arranged for the occasion, it
13 to be one day of absolute quiet in
Jlackson Park— quieter even than that
of the lonely Sundays of the summer.
Besides the lowered flags, many em
blems of mourning will appear. The
firemen and guards today were drap
ing all the engine house and barracks,
anfl many, especially of the American,
exhibits will appear in similar black
trappings. Paid admissions to the fair
today were 14G.821.
Mr, Harrison's Successor to Be
Oscar D. Wetherell.
CmcAGo.Oct. 29.— Oscar D.Wetherell.
city comptroller of Chicago, who, by
the death of Mayor Harrison becomes
acting mayor, is a Republican. He is a
native of New Hampshire, but removed
to Chicago many years ago aud became
a prominent lumberman. Something
like twelve years ago lie was elected to
the city council of Chicago, and served
at least two terms as chairman of the
finance committee. Three years ago he
was elected president of the Globe Na
tional bank, and last spring, ou Harri
son's election, Mr. Wetherell was ap
pointed comptroller. He is about sixty
years of age.
A Brother of Miss Howard Will
Take Her South.
New Orleans, Oct, 29.— Frank and
Harry Howard, the brothers of Miss
Annie Iloward, she affianced bride of
Mayor Harrison, both left the city this
morning. The programme was decided
upon after they made their hasty exit
from the French opera house,where they
were attending the performance
wheii the news was received
here, which made the a fear for
the effect upon their beloved
relative, who was on a visit to the wife
of Carter Harrison Jr., at Chicago.
Harry has a lovely residence up on St.
Charles avenue, where he was com
paratively free from intrusion, but
Frank resides in regal style at the ele
gant brown-stone mansion which was
his father's home adjoining the city
hall in the very heart of the city. Many
came with the kindest motives to make
inquiries and offer consolation, but as
midnight was approaching and there was
no cessation to the visits Mr. Howard,
iv order to secure a few hours' rest,
was compelled to place a watchman at
the door to prevent his being further
disturbed. This morning Frank How
ard took the train for Chicago to join
his sister and bring her South as soon
as possible, as the effect of the shock
upon her not too robust health is greatly
feared. Harry Howard took an early
train for Biloxi, where his mother has
been spending the summer.
Charles T. Howard, the founder of
the Howard fortune, early took a famy
to Biloxi, and his influence aided in
making it one of the most prosperous
and popular of the over-the-lake resorts.
The old Howard house, where Mrs.
Charles T. Howard and Frank and his
family live for several months each
year, is one of the finest palaces on the
east coast, with substantial house,
raaenifictfnt grounds, lawns, garden,
oreliard, observation tower, which could
well serve as a lighthouse, with a fleet
of boats and every other comfort and
courenience imaginable. Alongside of
the grounds is the pretty little church,
of which the Aowards are the principal
patrons, and it is on account of the
great Interest the family has always
taken in the Episcopal edifice that
waa decided that the nuptials be
celebrated there. A few hun
dred feet away, with half a
dozen small residences between, is the
mansion which Harry Howard and his i
family occupy. The situation of the
Howard homes aud the church would
have permitted of a magnificent scheme
of decoration and ornamentation, which
would have been taken full advantage
of. The arrangements had beeu made
for a wedding which would have been
in keeping with the standing of those
concerned, and the gifts would have
beeu kingly in worth.
The society of the city was making
many preparations for the event, and it
was the intention to run a special train
for the invited guests from New Orleans
ta Biloxi, leaving here at 4:30 in the aft
ernoon, making the run in about two
hours, and giving ample time to attend
the wedding ceremony at 7 o'clock. The
bridal couple were to have left Biloxi
soon after the wedding, going direct
to Chicago on a special train. Mrs.
Howard was in Biloxi, although the
rest of the family had already removed
to New Orleans for the winter, person
ally supervising the arrangements
for the wedding of the daughter
who had been her constant companion
from the time of Mr. Howard's death.
iier heart was In each little detail,
and under her loving concern|the prep
arations had crown into completeness.
The brerking of the sad news was an
extremely delicate task, and Harry
Howard hastened to the house before
the morning papers could arrive with .
the full story of the tragedy.
The task was soon accomplished,
and the benevolent lady found re
lief in tears. Her anxiety was
naturaally for her daughter, and
it was with difficulty that she^ould
be restrained from hastening to Chi
cago. She only consented to remain
upon the assurance that Frank had
already started for the scene, and would
soon return with Miss Annie, to resign
her to the motherly arms, the touch of
which would be the truest consolation
and the gentlest support in the hour of
The Ex-President Horrified at the
Awful Deed.
Indianapolis, Oct. 29.—Ex-Presi
dent Benjamin Harrison was seen to
night at his residence, aud asked for an
pression relative to the tragedy in which
ox-Mayor Carter Harrison was the un
forluiiiite victim. Gen. Ilarrisou was
somewhat depressed in spirits, the
death doubtless recalling his own
domestic sorrow— the demise of his wife.
In answer to a request for an expression
of opinion he said:
"What can I say? The assassination
of Mayor Harrison was a tragic, and a
most sad aud distressing affair. It was
a cowardly and an unprovoked assault
upon a man in au official position. We,
my daughter and myself, have tele
graphed our sympathies and condolence
to Mrs. Owsley, aud 1 do not think we
can express ourselves more. The grief
which has been brought into the fam
ily, especially at this period, is, indeed,
pitiable. I do not see that anything
more than this can be said."
"Will you attend the funeral?"
"1 hardly think I will be able to do
this. Perhaps, howe*Ver, my plans can
be so arranged as to permit this. 1 '
"What was the relation between
yourself and the dead mayor?"
"Well, 1 can harcily say. We were
distant relatives. 1 have never been
much of a student of eeuealoKy. Mr.
Harrison boro the family name. The
Carters and Harrisons intermarried in
Virginia in olden times. I have several
relatives closer than Mr. Harrison that
bear the name of Carter. Ido not be
lieve that I ever knew the exact rela
"What do you think of the effect of
the Killing as regards men in prominent
public positions?"
"This affair lends additional perils to
prominent public characters, especially
at this time. There is always a risk
that a public officer runs, but with the
conditions of the country as they are
the risk has been increased. When in
Washington I frequently had the mat
ter in miud aud had some discussions
upon it. A public officer, however,
must discharge the duties of his office.
All men must have the free open air aud
the outside world to transact their busi
ness iv. They cannot be cooped up be
cause of the fact that are the high
est executive officer iv the country or in
the city. 1 felt, rather than sacrifice
this, I would suffer to be killed. There
are cranks and a class of people crazed
on certain subjects who are e\er ready
for soruo mischief such as has been wit
nessed in the death of Mayor Harrison."
"Do you think the man was insaue?"
"It is not proper that I should .say
anything as to this, but tiie fact that he
gave himself up to tiie police indicates
that he realized that he had committed
a crime of some magnitude."
Views of the Papers of Mr. Harri-
son's Homo City.
Chicago, Oct. 29.— The Chicago pa
pers will tomorrow print editorials on
the tragedy. They will be in part as
Record— Mayor of Chicago for four
consecutive terms, and elected for a
fifth time to that office at the close of
four years of private life. Carter Har
rison when he died was the most widely
known Chicagoan. Stephen A. Doug
las and John A. Logan had a far higher
fame, but not as Chieagoans. John
Wentworth was personally known to a
larger proportion of ttie citizens of Chi
cago, but his fame was linked to that of
the sprawling Western town of that
day. Carter Harrison stood as the repre
sentative citizen of the second city of the
continent, the builder of the greatest
of world's expositions. He made a
business of politics and knew his busi
ness. The moral side of his adminis
tration was always disappointing to the
best public sentiment. Yet in times
when disorder threatened, as during the
recent riotous lake front demonstra
tions, he was feerless ou the side of
order. Carter Harrison, as mayor of
the city during eight momentous years,
and during the exposition period, had
no small part in the history of Chicago,
which now sincerely mourns for him.
Times— The town has not yet recov
ered from the shock of the awful and
unprovoked murder of its chief magis
trate. It is clear that the assassin was
unknown to the man ruthlessly made
his victim, and he had no cause of griev
ance whatever save as it existed iv his
disordered fancy. But the deed he
wrought was of fearful moment, and it
must be the care of the law that never
again shall he be so placed that his
deranged intellect shall prompt him to
further awful crimes possible of com
mission. The approbation which Mayor
Harrison so long sought— for he loved
the good will and the good voice of all
his fellow men— is his beyond any
dream that he might have cherished of
what name it would be possible for him
to leave behind.
Inter Ocean— All Chicago now mourns
the terrible taking off of its mayor, as
all the United States once mourned the
assassination of its president. At such
a time as this, and in the presence of a
crime so appalling, political differences
are forgotten and universal impulse is
to see only the common loss and grief.
Mr. Harrison's death, under ordinary
circumstances even, would occasion pro
found and wide-spread sorrow, but. tall
ing as he did at the hands of an assassin,
the tragedy has stirred the heart ot our
whole people with deep and poignant
sorrow. Personally he was very popu
lar, however high the waves of party
might dash.
treie Presse-Like a stunning peal of
thunder, right amidst the joy over the
splendid success and termination of the
world's fair, came to the people of Chi
cago the news of the assassination of
Mayor Harrison. All minds who were
triumphant and full of joy are now
filled with sorrow, terror and grief.
Public opinion differs as to which of
his many qualities and peculiarities
Carter Harrison had to thank for his
popularity. That he possessed it there
was never any doubt.
New York Talks of the Assassina
tion — Chicagoans Interviewed.
New Yokk, Oct. 29.— Nothing else
was discussed iv the clubs and hotels
today but the cowardly, unprovoked
assassination of Mayor Carter H. Hani
son, of Chicago. The tragedy was uni
versally deplored, and the wonder was
expressed by many that the murderer
escaped lynching. One of the most
prominent Chicagoans who is in New
York is Victor F. Lawson, publisher of
the Chicago .Record and the Chicago
Daily News. He said at the Ciisev
house this afternoon that Mayor Harri
son was an extraordinary man, tremen
dous in strength and personality, and
possessed of what is called great person
al magnetism. He had made politics his
principal business. Although opposed
by all the daiiy newspapers in Chicago
except his own, he had achieved a de
cided victory in the last municipal elec
tion, although the moral element was
against him. "On the other hand,"
said Mr. Lawson, "it must be admitted
that his administration had been suc
cessful, although from a high moral
standard it could be criticised. It was
Harrison's method to be all tilings to all
men. Few people had the opportunity
Harrison had of bringing themselves in
touch with the masses." This, Mr.
Lawson said, was extremely true of his
relations with the foreign element ot
Chicago. Asked his opinion of Prender
gast, the assassin. Mr. Lawson said that
there was little doubt that he was a
crank. One of the issues in the last
election was the elevation of the street
railroad tracks, as about one persona
day, on an average, was being killed.
The mayor was supposed to favor this,
but after the election he had shown
lukewarmness. As a result of this
there had in South Chicago been con
siderable feeling, led by a priest. Mr.
Lawson thought that Prendergast
might have been interested in this
movement. In all probability, accord
ing to Mr. Lawson, Oscar D. Wetherell,
who is comptroller of Chicago, would
act as mayor until a successor 10 Mayor
Harrison was elected. Mr. Wetherell is
president of the Globe National bank
and a Republican, who was appointed
by Mr. Harrison.
S. J. Sherwood, of Chicago, who is at
the Holland house, said that Mayor
Harrison was a man whom he had
never voted for, but he had always ad
mired him. He was, aside f from* poli
tics, almost universally honored by the
citizens of Chicago. Mr. Sherwood said
undoubtedly Prendergast was a crank,
and uo signilicauce was to be attached
to the murder of Mayor Harrison.
Secretary De Freeste, a Democratic
state committeeman, is in favor of ad
ditional legislation to protect the peo
ple against cranks. He said that when
a man like Prendergast was in the
presence of the dead mayor's secretary
a few days since he should iiave at once
been taken into custody, lie would go
further than thi», and say that a man
who was known to be a dangerous
cra.k should be locked np and his
mental condition Inquired into.
The Globe-Democrat's Erudite
Comment oa Lunatics.
St. Louis, Oct. 20.— With deepest re
gret was tiie uews of Carter Harrison's
assassination received in St. Louis. On
all sides only sorrow for his death and
condemnation for the cowardly manner
in which it was caused were beard.
Commenting, the Globe-Deiuocrat will
tomorrow say :
"Cranks and lunatics with murderous
propensities have b?en known in all
aires of the world. There were Wiikes
Booths, Guiteaus and Prendenrasts
back in the Greek and Roman period,
and Italy, England and France had them
in mediaeval days. They are parasites
which cling with a particular and insidi
ous tenacity to the body of modern so
ciety. The community must make a more
intelligent effort than it has hitherto
essayed to protect Itself against these
foes of social order. These persons are
usually laughed at, because they are
considered harmless, but it should al
ways be borne in mind that lack of
mental balance, however innocent and
innocuous it may seem, is liable at any
time, aun without the slightest warn
ing, to take on a form and make it dan
gerous to the community."
The Republic will say:
"Chicago's mayor was a natural lead
er and a natural politician. A Democrat
by faith, he was by instinct an autocrat
and aristocrat, like most successful
commanders. There is no protection
against the crank who has. murder in
his heart. European armies and police
have not protected monarchs. It is very
seldom that a public man is in danger
among us. out the possibility will al
ways be present as long as there are
weak iniuds and inflammable passions.'
It Is Received With a Great Deal
of Excitement.
San Francisco, Oct. 20.— The an
nouncement of Carter Harrison's assas
sination caused the greatest excitement
here. The Associated Tress announced
the tragedy at 6:50 p. m., our time, and
vast excited crowds gathered at the bul
letin boards all over the city. Extra
editions of evening papers were in great
demand until after the closing of the
theaters. Expressions of regret and
loud denunciations of crank murderers
were heard everywhere. The Chron
icle this morning says editorially:
"The assassiuation of Mayor Carter
Harrison, of Chicago, Is a crime
that will appall law-abiding Americads
The man who committed the act must
be classed among irresponsible cranks
The most dangerous element today in
this country Is composed of crack
brained men who are cunning enough
to know that they can generally evade
the penalty of any crime by the specious
plea of insanity. The shooting down of
Continued on Fifth A'u&'u.
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Premiums Offered :
For Sunday's Globe
NO. 303.
Expected for the Repeal Bill
This Afternoon.
The Vote Will Occur Between
2 and 5 O'clock.
The Hous9 Only Wants One
Day for Consideration.
Washington, Oct. 29.— 1f Senato»
Voorhees' calculations do not miscarry,
the repeal bill will be disposed of by
the senate between 2 o'clock and the
hour of adjournment tomorrow. There
will be a few more speeches upon the
subject during the day and a few more
amendments offered, aud in all prob
ability voted down, after which the
vote on the main question will be takeu.
The bill will be passed by a majority
of ten, or possibly eleven votes, and the
long contest will be ended and the pur
chasing clause of the Sherman act ex
punged from the books, so far as it lies
in the power of the senate to do that.
With the silver phase of the financial
question out of the way, the senate will
be ready to either adjourn until the be
ginning of the regular congressional
session in Decemoar, or to taKe a recess
until some specified time previous to
the 4th of December. With
It is probable that the senate will to
morrow, for the iirst time for almost
two weeks, adjourn after the conclusion
of the day's business until noon the
next clay, after which the sessions will
run along regularly in accordance with
the custom ol 1 that body until some
other emergency arises to create a
change. It is probable that the senate
will, during the week, dispose of the
louse bili extending the time in which.
Chinese laborers may bo allowed to
register. This bill will be reported
to the senate by it? committee ou for
eiiin relations to-morrow, and the sup
position is that it will be taken up im
mediately after the passage of the re-
Ui'ai bill, as the administration is said to
be desirous of having the bill become a
law before adjournment. If tin: house
should lose any time in disposing of the
repeal bill, the senate lias quite a large
calendar upoa which it can draw for
could be taken up if desired, but it will
be allowed to go over until the regular
session. The probabilities are that if,
after the repeal and Chinese bills ar«
out of the way, there should be time for
other work, it would be devoted to the
private bills and other measures of
minor importance on the calendar.
There will also be an effort to clear up
the executive business. If the commit
tee on the judiciary succeeds in secur
ing a quorum tomorrow, the nomina
tion of Judge liornblower to be justice
of the supreme court will ba considered
and probably reported favorably, and
the nomination continued by the senate
later in the week. Senators are count
ing upon an adjournment or a recess by
Thursday. Which it shall be will de
pend wholly upon the wishes of the
committee on ways and means. Promi
nent members of the house assure sena
tors that the house will dispose of the
repeal byi one day after receiving it.
will lay aside ;tue bankruptcy bill this
week as soou as the repeal bill coinsa
back from the senate. The friends of
the former measure have given up all
hope of procuring a vote on it at thi9
session. When the repeal bill counts to
the house tomorrow evening or Tuesday,
if the unexpected .does not happan, Mr.
Wilson will be recognized to move con
currence in the senate amendment. The
silver men show no disposition to lili
bus tor, but, if they should try su^ii tac
tics, a rule will be brought in by the
committee on rules that will force a
vote. A few hours may be allowed be
fore the previous question cutting off all
debate is demanded. Mr. Bland and
the extreme silver men and ultra-repeal
men would like the declaratory clause
of the Voorhees substitute stricken out,
but they will ba outvoted. Tiie repeal
men have been telegraphed to b.; here,
and they expect 200 members present
when the bill comes to the house.
May Go to lirazil.
Washington, Oct. 29.— The officers
of the cruiser New York have received
instructions from the navy department
to hohl themselves in readiness to be
called into service at short notice. The
statement that the New "York has re
ceived orders to proceed to Brazil is not
admitted by the department, it has
also been learned Commodore iikerett,
on the Boston, which has been at Hono
lulu, has been detached.
Will Pass Upon Duties.
Washington, Oct. 29. — Assistant
Secretary llainlin, of the treasury de
partment, who has particular charge of
customs matters, and A. K. Tiugle,
chief of the special agents division, have
left here for Chicago, where, in com
pany with Mr. Comstock, of the cus
toms division, they will pass upon all
questions arising in connection with
customs matters during the closing days
of the exposition.
Tariff Bill Moving Slowly.
Washington, Oct. 29.— The customs
part of the tariff bill is in the hands of
the subcommittee, but has not yet
been submitted to the full committee of
a majority of members. It probably
will be submitted during the week.
Work has not been pushed witn quite
so much vigor since it seems possible
that the silver bill will be passed and
congress adjourn.
The Cherokee Strip.
Washington, Oct. 29.— The housb
committee on public lands has referred
the matter of investigation of the Chero
kee strip opening to a subcommittee to
examine evidence and prepare a report.
It is understood that there will be two
reports, the majority against an invests
Ration and the minority favoring it.

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