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It's a Cold Day When We Get Left.
VOL. IX.
HOOD RIVER, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1898.
NO. 34.
BRAVE WOMAN AND A HATPIN
MOTHER LODE ' FONUD.
THE LAST CHAPTER.
Epitome of the Telegraphic
News of the World. '
TERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRES
An Interesting Collection of Items From
the New and the Old World In a
Condensed and Comprehensive Form
United States Consul Powell, at
Seoul, Corea, has cabled the state de
partment that the emperor died Mon
day.- ' '
The Spanish minister of finance has
abandoned the idea of floating a loan
on the guarantee of the Almaden quick
" silver mines. : :
.The members of the family and the
immediate friends of Secretary Alger
" are seriously disturbed about his ill
dobs. His physicians now fear that
he has typhoid fever. General Alger
has been confined to his bed . for more
than three weeks.
The mule spinners of Lowell and
New Bedford, Mass., were given per
mission to strike by the mule spinners'
union, and an assessment of 25 oents
per week was levied on the members
of the union. Delegates representing
every mill center in New England were
present. ,
A dispatch to the London Mall from
Hong Kong says it is reported there
that England, Japan and Russia have
arrived at an agreement respecting
Corea. The details of the agreement
are not known to the correspondent,
but the dispatoh says the British fleet
is returning to Hong Kong.
The Creek council,' in spite of the
message of Seoretary Bliss, through In
dian Agent Wisdom, warning them not
to do so, has passed an act appropria
ting $20,000 to be used in employing
attorneys to fight the constitutionality
of the act of congress giving the United
States oourts full jurisdiction after
January 1.
Franois D. Newton, a prosperous
farmer of Brookfield, Mass., his wife
Rarah, and their 10-year-old adopted
daughter, Ethel, were found murdered
" in their beds. The crime was discov
ered by neighbors, whose curiosity was
; aroused by the bellowing of Unfed cat'
. tie. ; The three had been killed with
an ax. A hired man named Paul is
missing. ..
John Lincoln, of Bolshow, Mo ", has
applied to the Marysville board of ex
amination for a pension. Lincoln and
his sister. Mrs. Washington Honhnr. of
Marysville, were , second cousins ot
Abraham Linooln. John Lincoln en
listed early in the '60's in the Fourth
Missouri and served in that regiment
for three years. He then enlisted in
the 18th Missouri cavalry, and served
to the end of the war. Before he was
finally mustered out he fought Indians
on the plains for some time. . '
Fred Lewis, a prisoner in the Seattle
city jail, committed .suicide in his ooll
by hanging himself with a pocket hand
kerohief, which was fastened to a hook
used in suspending a hammock. Lewis,
who was a waiter in a hotel, had a fight
on New Year's day with Joseph Kurtz,
the head oook, in which he struok
Kurtz on ' the head with an icepick,
inflicting a wound from the effects of
which Kurtz died. Lewis was arrested,
but no formal charge had yet been made
against him, pending the result of
Kurtz' wounds. When the news of
Kurtz' death was conveyed to Lewis,
he showed great agitation, and a short
time afterward took his own life.
A line of steamers is to be estab
lished between Valparaiso and San
Francisco.
. Five shots fired by an unknown per
son into a saloon at Pioton, Col., killed
Robert Mandolini, the proprietor, and
Dave Evans, and carried away a portion
of the chin of Dick Owens.
Vladimer Bourtzeff, editor of the
Narodnaya Voltz, and Wierzbecki,
printer of that paper, have been com
mitted for trial in London for publish
ing articles inciting persons to assas
sinate the czar. , .
The trustees . appointed by Mrs.
Phoebe Hearst to obtain architectural
plans of the buildings and grounds for
the University of California have com
pleted the plan of an international com
petition which is to be issued immedi
ately. Colorado will' not join the combina
tion proposed among certain Western
states to biennially inspect the books
of large' Eastern life insurance com
panies as a condition precedent to per
mitting them to do business in those
states.
Morris Mueller and Victor Goldstein
attempted to drag William Smith, H
passer-by, into a seoond-hand store in
St. Louis. Smith drew a pistol and
. fired several shots. Mueller is in the
hospital dying, Golistein has some
bullet holes in his arm, and Smith is in
jail.
The building trades council of San
Francisoo has indorsed the aotion of
Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald in urg
ing the annexation of Hawaii, advocat
ing the eight-hour labor law and the
anti-immigration law, and striving to
have a clause inserted in the specifica
tion for the new postofflce requiring all
tone to be dressed in San Francisco.
Combination Which Foiled Two Bandits
In Chicago.
Chicago, Jan. 13. Two men who
last night tried to rob Conductor War
ren, of a Blue-Island avenue cable
train, were foiled by a woman passen
ger named Miss Sadie Williams. Be
sides Miss Williams there were three
other passengers, another woman and
two men and the gripman on the train
Neither the male passengers nor the
gripman came to the help of the con
ductor, who was having a desperate
fight with the robbers; Just as the
robbers were getting the best of the
fight Miss Willliams concluded to take
a hand. Grabbing her long hatpin,
that fastened her hat to her hair, she
made a plunge with the pin on the rob
ber nearest her. All her strength was
lent to the thrust, and the man screamed
with pain. He released his hold on the
conduotor and turned on Miss Williams
She struck him again and he quit tha
fight.
Miss Williams went for the next man
and made a tbrust for his eyes. The
point of the pin struck his cheek.
"Take her off I" cried the robber. He
turned to look for his companion, who
by that time was on the platform, mak
ing ready to jump. He was asked to
come back, but he did not. Meantime
the young woman was striking for more
vital parts than his face. She reached
with her pin for his stomach. Hia
thick clothing saved his life.
The conductor was bleeding and in a
half-dazed condition. When he came
to his senses there were but two passen
gers on the oar. The others; whose
names could not be learned, had.gone.
So had the robbers.
When the excitement was over and
the robbers had disappeared Miss Wil
liams replaced her hat and then asked
the conductor if he was hurt. He was
not. Then she fainted. She was soon
revived, however, and escorted to her
home.
Miss Williams ' resides with her
parents, and is employed in one of the
down-town offices. She Is small of
frame, but it is said that she has the
oourage of a soldier.
... '
ANNEXATION QUESTION.
Problem With, Which the Senate Has
Begun to Wrestle.
Washington, Jan. 12. Bishop Mer
rill, of Chicago, delivered the invoca
tion at the opening of the senate today.
A bill was reported favorably from the
Indian committee preventing railroad
companies from charging more than 8
oents a mile for passengers through In
dian territory. A resolution looking
to the filtration of water used in the
City, of Washington caused Senator
Hale to say that in no part of the Uni
ted States was there a city whose citi
zens are bo imposed upon and abused as
to water supply as the citizens of Wash
ington. At 13:50 P. M., on motion of Davis
of Minnesota, chairman of the commit
tee on foreign relations, the senate
went into executive session to consider
the Hawaiian treaty.
Immediately after the treaty was
called up Pettigrew offered a motion
for conducting the debate in open sen
ate,y which was antagonized by Chair
man Davis, of the foreign relations
committee, and others, the principal
portion of the debate for the first two
hours of the session being upon this
motion.
The senate finally deoided not to de
bate the Hawaiian proposition in open
In the Hons.
The attendance in the house was
light today, but the galleries were well
filled. The civil service debate was
resumed, and Cooney, Democrat, of
Missouri, took the floor. He opposed
the whole civil service reform idea,
which he denounced as a cheat and a
narrow swindle. A civil pension list
and office-holding class, he argued, were
logical and inevitable if it was to be
maintained. - :
' Dorr, Republican of West Virginia,
followed with a set speech in opposition
to the law.
Cox, Democrat of Tennessee, said be
was so utterly opposed to civil service
reform that he would vote to strike out
the appropriation for the commission
and for the repeal of the law.
Little, Democrat, of Arkansas, an
tagonized the principle, theory and
practioe of the law.
, . .'
Battered by a Hurricane.
Queenstown, Jan. 11. The Norwe
gian bark -Hovding, Captain Reynolds,
which arrived here yesterday from Pen
sacola, was terribly battered by a hur
ricane, December 20. She was sub
merged for a time and the wheelman
drowned. Afterward, a huge sea
washed over the captain. . One of his
legs caught in the spanker sheets, and
he was dragged into the boiling surf.
A few minutes later another wave
washed him on deck. ' The flesh, was
torn off his leg. The cabin was gutted
and the oharts and ' compasses de
stroyed. Several of the crew were in
jured 1
Mrs. Hack's Light Sentence.
New York, Jan. 12. Mrs. Augusta
Nack, jointly charged with Martin
Thorn, the arch-murderer of William
Gnldensuppe, the bath rubber at Wood
side, L. I., in June last year, was to
day sentenced to 15 years in the state
prison at Auburn.
Horrible Punishment of Two
Seminole Ravishers.
FOUR OTHERS TO FOLLOW
. " - ' -' -
Lynching Occurred on the Oklahoma
Border The Indians Met Their
Death Without Flinching.
Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 11. Char
red and burned beyond all semblance
of human beings, the remains of Mar
cus McGeisy and Palmer Simpson, two
Seminole Indians, who, a few days ago
murdered Mrs. James Simons, are still
resting in chains against the blackened
trunk of an oak tree in the Seminole
nation, where, Friday night, they met
their death in the most horrible man
ner conceivable at the hands of an Ok
lahoma mob. The flesh is burned from
the bones, and lies in greasy and ill
smelling particles in the ashes on the
ground. The fingers and hands are
burned from the frames, and the ghast
ly skeletons, bereft of feet and ankles,
stand on blaokened bones in . the ashes
on the ground. Every vestige of hair
and flesh are burned from the heads,
and the clenched teeth of the dead men
show the great determination to endure
their awful punishment in silence
with whioh the redmen died. The
scene is a fascinating one for the curi
ous, and has been visited by many peo
ple since yesterday morning.
Additional details of the horrible
work of the mob were received here to
day. According to this information,
the mob's work will not be finished
until four more Indians have been
dealt with in the same manner as Mo
Geisy and Simpson. The citizens'
posse was scouring the country for the
four men when the messenger left
Maud, and it is probable, at least some
of them have, by this time, paid the
penalty decreed by the maddened pop
ulace. The orime which led to the burning
of the two men was committed last
Thursday. Marous MoGeisy was the
owner of some property. On his land
lived a white family named Simons.
During the absence of the husband,
Thursday, MoGeisy went to the Si
mons' cabin and asked , for a drink of
water. Mrs. Simons was at home with
her four small children. &The Indian
was given the water, and he then asked
for a saddle. On being refused the
saddle, MoGeisy grabbed the woman,
who had her baby in her arms, and
dragged her out of the house. When
the woman attempted to run back, the
Indian seized a Winchester and dealt
her a deadly blow on the head, crush
ing the skull. The woman died in
stantly. The murdered woman's hus
band did not return Thursday evening,
and the ohildren were unable to remove
the body into the house from where it
had fallen in the yard. The little
ones stayed up and watched their
dead mother's body until the bitter
oold compelled them to relax their vig
ilance and seek shelter from the weath
er in the cabin. During the night,
the body was almost devoured by hogs.
' The news spread rapidly Friday
morning, and the whole population
for 20 miles around was aroueed, and
about 20 Indian! were arrested. The
oldest child told ' the crowd that Mc
Geisy was the guilty man, and a 'possa
of 20 determined men went to arrest
him. Simpson was at McGeisy 's home
when the posse arrived, and both were
taken into custody. A rope was pro
cured and the prisoners were strung up
by the necks. On being let down and
given an opportunity to talk, both con
fessed to the orime, and named four
others, who they dnolared were equally
guilty. It developed that the Indians
decided to get rid of oertain white set
tlers, and that McGeisy had been hired
to do the murderous work.
Posses were at once sent in search of
the other Indians, and it was deoided
to have a wholesale lynching as soon
as they could be captured. - As night
came on, however, and the other four
were not captured, the citizens changed
their plan, and - determined to dispose
of MoGeisy and Simpson without fur
ther delay. The feeling was so bitter
against them that the crowd would not
be satisfied with the ordinary method
of lynching, and it was voted to burn
them at the stake. The victims were
accordingly chained to an oak tree.
Fence rails and dry wood were piled
high about them, and in a few minutes,
the Indians were wrapped in roaring
flames, while the timbers crackled be
neath their feet. Never a word did the
Indians utter while being roasted alive.
They apparently saw that they were
powerless to resist and endured their
lots like stoics. . The crowd was com
posed of not over SO men, and the work
was done in a quiet, but thorough and
determined manner.
The man bringing this. . information
states that there are grave fears of an
outbreak among the Indians, and he
believes bloodshed is certain to follow.
. For the Defense of Halifax.
Halifax, Jan. 10. It is said that
notification has been received here that
the constriuction of two quick-firing
batteries is to Be commenced in the
coming spring for the better defense of
Halifax harbor.
Reported DlseoYery of the Source of
Klondike Oold.
Seattle, Wash., Jan. 12. The steam
er City of Topeka, whioh arrived here
this afternoon from Junaii, bad among
her passengers nine men who left Daw
son City December 9. They were
W. J. Jones, Port Townsend; D. D.
Stewart, Juneau; A. Colder, Nova
Scotia; F. C. Arnold, San Francisco;
W. G. StengeT, Colville, Wash.; Harry
Miller, Colville; J. Cordroy, Denver;
George Anderson, Tacoma, and Robert
Johnson, Taooma. They were 24 days
in coating from Dawson to the coast.
Their journey was unattended by spe
cial incidents. The coldest weather
recorded - was 18 below- zero. '-' The
party brought out with them about
$50,000 in gold dust and drafts. Dog
teams were used in making the trip.
The part)' brings no new features in
reference to the food situation at Daw;
son. They all agree that food is scarce,
but that there is no danger of starvaT
tion. If a large number of persons had
not gone down the river to Fort Yukon,
and Circle City to spend the winter, a
different tale would have been told. F.
C. Arnold said:
"There is no danger of starvation.
Of course, there is not food enough,
but that was always true in the Yukon,
and always will be. There is a big
warehouse full of beef at Dawson.
Next winter will be far worse than
this, because there will be many more
people there."
In reference to the proposed govern;
ment' relief expedition, all agree that;
while it is not needed to avert actual
want, it would be welcomed neverthe
less. .
W. J. Jones brings news of the dis
covery of what is supposed to be the
mother lode and quartz origin of the
placers of the Klondike district. The
discovery was made at four different
points within 24 hours, one of them at
the Dome, a high mountain to the east
of the source of Eldorado creek, by
Frank Slavin; the second one at claim
No. SI, Eldorado, by A. H. Jose and
partner; the third one on Nuggo.t
gulch, at No. 16; and the fourth some
where in the 20s on Bonanza creek.
The trend of the vein is northwest by
west, westerly from the - Dome. It is
found at about 80 feet below the surface
and under the muok and alluvial de
posit. The ' ledge is about 18 inohes
wide, and maintains a uniform width'.
It is generally sprinkled with free gold.
Mr. Jones brings down samples of the
ore, and every one who has seen them
say the rock is precisely thd same in
character as is found in the Comet
mine at Berner's bay, Southern Alaska.
Mr.' Jones said that old timers in the
Klondike had made a similar observa
tion. ' . . " '
In no instance was the quartz discov
ery made by the men who owned the
placer claims, and the locaters of the
quartz ledge thus acquire a 'separate
and distinct title from the locators of
the placer. The discovery of this ledge
on No. 81, Eldorado, was made by a
man who was working the placer for
the owner. A shot was put in and
about 80 pounds of ore blasted out.
The greatest excitement prevails, and
no man will listen to any suggestion to
sell his claim until further development
has been made. '
: Tom Nash, an employe in the saloon
where the recent fire occurred, has been
arrested for arson. "' . v ,;:
Regarding the output of gold in the
spring, Mr. Jones eays:
"It will be from $ 15,000,000to $25,r
000,000. This opinion is concurred in
by the managers of the transportation
companies, and Alexander McDonald,
the richest man in the Klondike. Five
millions of dust is now stored in Daw
son, $3,500,000 of which would have
oome out this tall had the boat reached
Dawson."
ANTI-SEALING LAW.
Works a Hardship on Residents In the
Vicinity of Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls, Jan. 12. The United
States customs officers stationed at both
bridges have been notified to seize any
thing that looks like sealskins. Nearly
all of the Canadians were notified to
leave their sacks, glove and caps on
the other side if they did not want
them confiscated.
The situation at Niagara Falls is
probably different from that at any
other 'point on the frontier. Both sides
of the river are thickly settled, and the
Canadian and American populations go
back and forth daily. On the Cana
dian side, back of the high bluff, a
number of wealthy American families
have country seats, and a great many
of the women in these families, as well
as Canadian women, who wear sealskin
coats, pass over the river to the Ameri
can side daily, while out driving and
making calls. Several sealskin hats of
Canadians were seized belonging to
gentelmen engaged on business to Buf
falo and New York, and many a man
went on to his destination tonight
wearing a little traveling cap, after
having left his name and something by
whioh he could identify his sonfiscated
headgear.
The law also affects the Canadian
railroads running from Chicago east
ward. These include the Michigan
Central, the" Grand Trunk, the Cana
dian Pacific, the Wabash and the Le
high Valley. ' ;
The sealskin garments taken from
their wearers are turned over to the
appraisers at custom-houses.
Cubans Ready to Make Spain
a Generous Offer.
VIEWS OF GENERAL GOMEZ
Peace on an Honorable Basis Would Be
Welcomed Offers by Spain of Any
thing but Independence, Scorned.
New York, Jan. 10. The Herald
prints the following letter from Gen'
era! Maximo ' Gomez, "commander in
chief of the Cuban army, dated "In the
Field, December 26, 1897:"
' "You ask me for my opinion regard
ing what effect the autonomous regime
about to be implanted by Spain in
Cuba, might have towards, the pacifica
tion of the island. The Cubans in
arms do not propose to give up, shall
never yield, in their struggle with the
metropolitans, until they have estab
lished their absolute independence.
No matter what number of liberties is
granted to Cuba by any Spanish gov-
renmant, even in case Spain should re
serve for herself no other right than to
keep' the Spanish flag over Cuba as a
symbol of nominal sovereignty, she
will hot succeed in ending the war.
"The Cuban people will admit of no
other; solution of the present conflict
than that whereby Cuba shall be recog
qlzed as a member of the sisterhood of
free nations. In this attitude of abso
lute radicalism we are sustained by
two great motives, which, unified as one
single force, impel the Cuban people as
a whole as well as individuals to adopt
the grand resolution of their existence
sentiment and interest; the former
baoause the Cubans feel that they have
been profoundly hurt by the horrible
war methods employed against them
by Spain, the latter beoause they are
all firmly convinced that only as free
men will they be able to enjoy rwaoe
and command the necessary credit to
reconstruct their country, which had
been devastated by Spain herself.
VIn short, Cuba not only wishes, but
needs to be free. -It is about time
that Spain should recognize that fact,
and leaving aside all chaotic autonomy,
should manfully confront the true
problem. Let the Spanish nation ac
knowledge Cuba's independence which
she Justly claims, and receive a com
pensation wnicn is rignt ana equitaDie.
And even let her claim from our gov
ernment some advantages in the Cuban
tariff to foster her own industries.
Then, and only then, will the rainbow
of peace lighten the horizon which is
now reflected by the glare of the glow
ing fields and the firing of the cannon."
The Herald also prints an interview
with Gomez at a date later than the
above. The correspondent found
Gomez in the best of health and spirits
and fully convinced that the long strug
gle ifi drawing to a close.
"The Intransigents of Cuba," said
General Gomez, "have been the only
nes, willing to continue Jhe struggle,
because they feared that Cuban triumph
would result in their prosecution and
the v confiscation of their property.
They are utterly mistaken. I, Maximo
Gomez, whose word has never been
broken, assure them of absolute protec
tion. I know these people represent
the thrifty business element' of the
island, and believe they are destined to
rank among the most valued citizens of
the republic The triumph of our
cause will bring to them assurance and
permission to follow their vocations in
peaoe. There will be no revolution,
either political or social. All we ask
of them is to help build the fortunes of
the island and repair the waste of war.
"I say the same thing, too, to the
Epanifh officers in the field. They
have been fighting us not beoause they
hate Cuba, but because they love Spain.
They have proved themselves to be
loyal eons of the motherland, and
when they have laid down their arms
we will gladly extend to them the right
hand of fellowship. We will bury the
bloody past and go forward shoulder
to shoulder to build up Cuba's laboring
classes, which have been almost de
stroyed, and we shall need them to till
the 'soil. The rank and file of the
Spanish army will fill the gap."
Speaking of terras on which Cuba
might win freedom, General Gomez
reiterated his statement that Cuba is
Still waiting to purchaset her liberty.
It is believed that $250,000,000 would
be an equitable amount now. He aid
he had no doubt that an arrangement
would be made with American capital
ists to form a syndicate, collect customs
duties and pay Spain in installments.
Ia this way the general said there
would be a positive end to the war by
the establishment of friendly relations
With Spain.
'When peaoe is declared," he said,
"we want to reckon on Spain as being
among our friends." V
Referring to the ability of Cuba to
carry on the war, Gomez said his forces
were ample, and declared that Cuba
could continue the fighting even if the
soldiers bad to go naked ; that the war
cost the Cubans : nothing, whereas
Spain's life-blood was being rapidly
drained by her enormous expenses. He
spoke in terms of affectionate admira
tion of America, describing her as the
light of Cuba, and said he would wel
come intervention as affording an in
stantaneous solution of the problem.
lit San
Quentin Frlson.
San Quentin, Cal., Jan. 8. When
William Henry Theodore Durrant died
on the gallows Friday morning for the
murder of Blanche Lamont, he gave an
exhibition of coolness and nerve as has
seldom been seen under similar circum
stances. Hopeful almost to the last
that something or some one would in
tervene to save him, he walked to the
scaffold this morning and made his lit
tle speech protesting his innocenoe as
calmly and with as distinot enuncia
tion as if he had been' addressing an as
semblage of friends upon some ordinary
topic of the day. His face was pale,
and his eyes were red, but his voice
was firm and he stood as solid as a
rock while he proclaimed his innocence
and professed forgiveness to those who,
he said, bad hounded him to death.
There was, not a hitch or- accident to
mar the plans of Warden Hale in car
rying out the sentenoe of the law. The
noose was adjusted, the trap was
sprung, the stout rope held and Dur
rant's dead body dangled at the end.
The neck was broken by the fall of
over five feet and 15 minutes later the
murderer's -body was cut down and
placed in the coffin.
In despite of the exciting event of
last night, when Durrant was beseiged
by newspaper reporters and talked to
his parents till 11:30 P. M., he rested
easily during the night and shortly
after 6 o'clock he awoke and bade his
guards good .morning. Warden Hale
had provided a neat suit of dark ma
terial for the occasion and those clothes
Durrant quickly donned. He notioed
the absence of oollar and neoktie, how
ever, and knowing full well the reason
for this omission, he asked for them,
explaining that a turndown collar would
not interfere with the noose. Then ha
sat down to an excellent breakfast and
ate heartily. During the early morn
ing hours, Durrant did not have much
to say beyond expressing a desire that
no newspaper men should be allowed
to see him. This request was com
plied with.
Consistent to the- last, Durrant died
professing religion. But he died, ac
cepting at the last moment the com
forts of the Catholio church, instead of
the Baptist church, in which he was
reared. Rev. Mr. Rader, a Protestant
ministef, had arranged to ascend the
scaffold with Durrant, bat the minister
would not say that he thought Durrant
innocent, and the condemned man de
clined his services until Rader professed
belief in his innocence. '" Then it was
that the once ardent Baptist turned to
the Catholio ohuroh for consolation, and
called upon Father Lagan, the priest
who had frequently visited him in
prison, to attend him. Father Lagan
responded promptly and performed the
last solemn rites of the church. ' Dur
rant remained in close - consultation
with the priest and seemed to be deeply .
interested in the impressive1 ceremony.
As the hour of the execution ap
proached the prisoner became somewhat
restless. His father and mother were
admitted to bid him a last farewell.
The elder Durrant clasped his son by
the hand and the young man turned to
comfoit his mother, who oried hvster-
ically. Durrant said: "The hour has
oome for us to part," and put her gently
away. The grief-stricken mother was
led to a private room where she re
mained until after the execution. The
iauier, nowever, went 10 me execution
room and, supported by two friends,
aw his son meet his death.
Warden Hale did not attempt to
hurry matters, but allowed all possible
time for the supreme court at Washing-
vuii w iu&o buxjjo uutiun. . ' j: many,
when word was flashed across the conti
nent that the supreme court had de
clined to interfere, the warden ordered
the programme of the day carried out.
, At 10:34 o'clock, Durrant, accom
panied by Father Lagan, appeared at
the door of the execution room. He
was followed bv his father, a friend.
Warden Hale and the guards. The
lather and his friend walked around
the gallows to the front, while Durrant
and his keepers climbed to the gallows -
platform. Instantly on arriving at the
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ioned and the rope, was placed upon
his neck.
xne oangman was aooui 10 aajusi ine
black cap whenDurrant announced hia
desire to speak. Permission was given
and the doomed murderer spoke a fol
lows! "I desire to say that although I am
an innocent man, innocent of every
crime that ' has been charged against
me, I bear no animosity toward those
who have persecuted me, not even the
press of San Francisco, which hounded
me to the grave. If any man thinks I.
am going to spring a sensation, I am
not, exoept it is the sensation that I
am an innocent man brought to the
grave by my persecutors, but I forgive
them all. They will get their justice
from the creat God who is master of us
all, and there I also expect to get the
justice that is the justice of an inno
oent man. Whether or not the perpe
trators of the crime of whioh I am
charged are discovered, it will make no
difference to me now, but 1 say this
day will be a shame to the great state
of California. 1 forgive everybody
who has persecuted me, an innocent
man whose hands have never been
stained with blood, and I go to meet
my God with forgiveness for all men."
The words were delivered slowly and
distinctly ajid without emphasi
Theodore Durrant Executed
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