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   Alton Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 7, 1890, Alton, Illinois                                ALTON UAILY VOLUME THUJ18DAY AUGUST NO 53 PAPETEIIES THE Inn In his dining room on the second floor of tho prison Warden Dnrslon bad spread a and convict prisoners in caps and served coffee and sandwiches to thehungry A Cm loun Outside the prison gates thorn was a con I Btjintly augmenting crowd which exam EXECUTION WAS A ined each newcomer with curious Across the Btroet was a group of newspa per two of then Kemmler Dies from an Electric most have Room for our NEW STOCK of ALBUMS and PAPE TERIE8 iiow tinder we offer our present stock COST Third and Piasa ILL The Ever POPULAR Sheet Hole CHOICE SELECTIONS AHItANGKl KO BEGINNEFB AM KUH TIIH 1JMK OK TEACH EHS ty PIANO AND Chopstlck tly Away Dronin Impatlonco Hanjo In Jnpk Frosts Moment IInyful Kusslan Grand star of Affection Slioworof Hoses AVroath THE The Stepping by Sidney VOCAL AND Tin First Shock ralldt to Triiiluon Ifliitli mid tlic 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830 Agents for the LINE Seethe Best HO AD CART in World for WILLIAM always a ghostly A lynching bee has about it nn attendant excitement born of boisterous which lends an artificial strength to the nerves of par ticipant and onlookers But the slow solemnity of u public execution the formal preparations for a judicial are depressing enough to weaken the nerves and undermine the courage of tho while Warden Durston could have fonnd 100 willing substitutes for nny one of the twentyseven witnesses which the law had compelled him to call it is Fafo to say that no one of the twentyseven found any hilarious enjoy ment in the Will Nnvcr Ite It Is something to be able to auy that you have witnessed the first electricide perhaps thnt thought repaid many of the witnesses for the endurance of the silent horror of the Hut the scene in thnt little deepwalled within the Auburn will live in tho memories of those who saw it as the fearful de scriptions of Zolas freshborn atrocities hiiuutthu iiiinil and appeal to tho second sense for months and even The ef fort to surround the alFuir with a halo of such as the law was not altogether Tho outer world did not know the exact hour which had been fixed for the hut It knew thu time and the little as semblage of loiterers at the gate of the prison before dawn Wednesday morning was good evidence that the interest in tho event was keen and Besides these curiosity an anxious corps of newspaper reporters gathered in the broad rond in front of tho prison grounds and waited for tlio signal that should toll them that the execution was Kvory Norve Just across l lie roiul in the dimly lighted reight room the New York Central railroad at little tables improvised for the sat a long row of telegraph oper tora sent from New York by the Western Jnlon Telegraph watching for ho signs of release on a dozen messages filed for different papers in New York and The fingers of the operators lung trtm bl ing over the The first link from tho soumlor meant to the man t tho othir end of tho lino that the trag dy had boon At one unll of tho desk sat tho operator of the Jnitufl 1idss whilo tho special reprosenta vo of tho United Prais who had come to uburii at the invitation of Warden Dur sut iimong jurymen in tho little perched on a platform twenty feet from the ground in constant communication with New York city by ready to give tho world tho tigiml that tho execu tion lind tnkn The consultation of physiciaim did not determine the pro gramme of the Its details werc lift until the lint minute in WiinJnn Durston lold Southwitli that when Kuinmler was lead ho would deter mine was to bo done with the The warden hwi not announced the time for to take place but it was tin1 Kiiicnil impression tlmt it was to oc cur before the prisoners hud been let out of I heir colU early in the Knew Hid Knd Wiu The prisoner Kemmlor was supposed to ho in ignorance of the time fixed until the wa dtn should summon him from his cell to outer the execution lint the litile murderer was not entirely He knew from guards that it hod been the intention to execute him early in the of some day in the first part of the week lust He had felt from the time tlmt Mmidny came that the penalty would be inflicted on Tuesday or AVcdnos Monday it could not because his good friend and had not boon near him all through Sunday and he knew well that if his doom had been immediately Impend ing Houghton would have been at his So when Tuesday morning broke and the pray reflected stole down the little corridor nnd no summons he felt that the last day of his life had begun he Imd twenty four hours more in which to prepare himself for tho here Ills Dny on He spent thnt last day njwoh as he bad spent those immediately before writ ing on cards nnd scraps of paper the monotonous repetition of his name and in talking with his Daniel Mc the who has been with him from tho and who drat led his thoughts in the direction of relig was with him from noon to Kemmler talked with him sometimes about the Bible stories in which he has taken such an The good Dan the murderer has been pleased to christen wus moved deeply by his childish A strong friendship had urowu up between these two HO different in their dispositions and in their So the good Daniel and the condiinnnd man sat and talked occasion ally about religion nnd sometimesabout more commonplace things until mid night and then the keeper joined the watchers in tho execution who were giving the falul chair the last nvRolptlon of the At the door at the right of the exe cution chair loading toward the execution of on the They Ixwin Im mod lately to adjust the itrvm around KiMiimarV the con demned man holding up his arms so as to Kivo them oviiy The Fliml WhiMi strops had Iwcn adjusted to the body and limbii tho warden placed his hand on Ktmmlcrs hend nnd held it against the rubber cushion which ran down back of tlm Kcmmlers iycs wero turned toward the opposite fide of the Before they had Hollowed tho warden In liU movements Then the condemned ninu made one or two ro murks in a perfectly composed lone of I wiwh everybody good was one of and see that iiiv lib WIIH anoth Violin unfastened the thumb screws tlie at the back of tiu chair in plucu and bewail to lower It HO that the rubber cup which held the Mpnnjfiprowicd Multilist the top of Keinmlers Thu as sisted in tlio by holding Kenimlers hud been adjusted nnd clumped in ininler said pruss thai down further 1 tVw tint So the head piece wns iindainpcil iiud prensud further it done Kemmler siiiil I want to do tho I i cant do anucttf thun Wettlni Ilio Foil stopped with a long syrinse in hand and but deftly wetted the two which were at the on top of the head and the other at thu base of the Thu water which he put on them was Im pregnated with Spilnka an swered the wardens question with a sharp All which WMH echoed by others Hardware and Farm REDUCTION SALE OP SUMMER SUITS AND PANTALOONS MA13K TO PERFECT FIT AND SATISFACTION GUARANTEED BRUEGGEMAN BRO Successor to Artliilo Tailoring and Gents Furnishing Goods 221 PJasH rison noting the adjustment of the Rtrnps that bound the prisoner to the ileo trie chair and all the preparations which swiftly prcnedvd lie last act in thu cila bratiul Kcmmlur KomiulivH Kplrltiuil Tho witncHses of tho execution had gathered in reupmmo to tha call of Warden Durston at 0 oclock in the The law named twentyseven as tho number of those who should witness the execu OH or in HOIUO odiclal ca Of District Attorney tjtiln I by ami thu sheriff of Krio tho county in which Kommler WIIH were Tlio prisoner had been allowed tho privilege of selecting two spiritual ad visers and ho hud choson tho chaplain of the and of tlio Method 1st his con stant ciinpiiuion in his nfiUclhm since the light of religion llrit dawnod upon The Jaw further iiiimod is persons to bo llivltod tn the execution by tlio omt judge of thu supremo bench of the two two oloilrlcal and a Jury of twelve These with the wiirdin and hlmsolf and NX assistants imulu up thu IUI of twi Tliu Hour At B oclock WudnuRilay morning thoro WIIH a nipping at room doors and a Ken era nwnkoninu through the hotels ot Warden Durston hail a kjnlot eull for hiu ami they wero ordiind to reportat tho prison at 0 An hour before tliuir coming Houghton and Vales appeared at the until of tlm piUun and were After brief coiiMiiltaliou with tlm warden thoy were tiiken down to KmnmlcrH col whtio Ihe condemned man was already awake and talking with tlin Tho as thoy ar gathurod In thu wardens In an Inner room McDonald unit Daniel went over thu instruments and the Duraphcrnullii for the They had KQII In conference until 9 oolonfc prtspar READV FOB THE room opened and Warden Durstons figure appeared in tho Dohind him walked a spruce broad shouldered little with carefully arranged hair clustering around his fore lie was dressed in a suit of now a sack eont and vent of dark gray trousers of a mixed yellow pat a while shirt whole polished front was exposed directly below a littio bow of lawn of a black ana white chock This was William tho man who was about to undergo the sentence of Behind him walked Moiighfnii and Chaplain Kemmcr WHS by far the man iu tho Me diil not look about tho room with any special degree of Ho hesitated as the door closed Iwhlnd him and carefully locked by nn attendant on tho other side an though ho did not know ex actly what to HemiiilnrH Give mi a will you1 Raid the Some quickly handed him a leu which ho placed iu front and a linkto thu rijjht of Iho execution fiicliiK the little circle of Kemmler sat down looked about and then up and down with out any evidence of fear or of special In in the His face was not was not Ho looked if as though lie was rather pleased itt being tho center of Warden Durston stood at the loitofthc chair with his baud on tho buck of It and almost at tho moment that Kommlor took bin sent bi bogan to spitik In short quick ho this U William i have warned him that ho has K to ami K he IIIIK anything to unv hu will say it As i he wirduii lliiisieil Komniler luuked up and snid In a highkeyed with out any he ilnlion anil as though ho hud prepared hlmwlf with tho I every onj good luck In this and I think I am KOUK to a good and the hax saying a lot of utnir riuiV ail 1 have to stuff tlmt Kiiiunler With the coiieluslnn of tho speech he tiirnud link on he took off his coat ami liiiniUiJ it to tlii This dlmhmrd the fact thai a hole hud Inuncut fiom l ho band of ilm uo us to cxpiMoilii IIIIHO of thu When lilx coat was Kommlur turned iu t tin direc tion of Ihe door through uhirh he had Into the mom betnu to ton hih At Iheitiiiu limn iho lion WIIK drawing lln interfering ilnipery Ihroiigh Hie hole in lite Irons rrs mid eiillhiK It Mto tliu litile uuiliiio of a which one of thu uleetroilus WIIH to plon iilMnhitely When hit tlu was down in the eleclrto ijulully mi tlioiiih he wus sitting down to Wiinlen Durston stood on I ho right Hud about Heady said and then Good Ho stepped to the and through tho opening wiid to some ono in tlio next 10 whom will probably never be known vith cer Everything In nhnos immediate us the sto wiitehes in thu hands of ttnmo of the wifc registered the elpctrio cur rent was turned There sudden convulsion of frame in the am Kemmler was JroiKMiiiPiil Dr McDonald hold a stop watch in his and us the seconds lew by he their looked iU tbp and as Ihe tenth he cried nut The war den turned to the doorway callid out Stop to the man at A quick movement of ho arm and tho electric current was switched There was a relaxation of the body in the slight the simps held it so firmly that there not quarter of an inch variation in the position of any part of the quiii liltlu roup around Iho dmir grew Hes said with Him ilierot 01 the wit nesses nodded their There was uo question In the mind of any one but that the upright object before them wius TinVictim Not Hatch bending over thv body looking at ihu f Suddenly he cried out iliarpiy set that hi a nnnunt Ur and McDonald had bent ovur looking where Hatch was pointing a little red spot on the hand tha on tho right arm of the The finger ol tlio hand had curved as the flexor muscles luiii scraped a small hole in al tho of the thumb on he buck of the There was nothing strange iu this alone but what was HI range was that the llttlo rup ture was dropping Tun tho cur rent on This imm is not cried Fucis grew white and forms fell bnik from I hichair Warden Durston sprung to the doorway and cried Turn on thu There AIIS a rapid but quick its it It won not quick enough to anticipate the signs of what may or may not have been reviving As the group of horrorstricken witnesses stooil hilpliHily all eyes fixed on the Kummlera lips bewail to drip and in u moment more his chest moved nud from his mouth en me n heavy stertorous quickening mill increas ing with evury respiration it Thiio was no voice tlmt of tho crying 10 Ihe operator to turn on the nnd the wheezing half which forced ilaolf past the tightly dosed lips sounded through the still chamber with ghostly distinct NIP Somo of Iho witnesses timied awttt from the them lay dowii faint and it takes a long time to tell the li a longtime rpiiching a In reality there wore but seventythree in the interval Which between the whon the first issued from Kemtnlers lips until the to tl e signal came from tltttlyn nno 1 with the samo thai marked tho first shoik which passed d rnugii Koinm lers Tlie sottnil hieh iiail horri fied the lisleners abiiut tliu dmir was cut off dliarjily as the body once more became Ihe slimy still dropped from Ihe month and ran slowly in three llnrsilown tlio beard and onto the gray Twice there were I witchlngs of the bily us in tiio tioit room llnviv the on i There was lo Iu no inislllke I III the killing Tho ilyiiomo rim up to Its highest speed un 1 again nml tho full nlJgiiMUvoltH wits sent through the body in lln1 In Tho was liegiin about I It was In dingo of of Nuw who tie Jan McDonald nnil Kelt the blood drawn from Ihe body fur examination under Iho micro Ii WIIH found whon the body was spivad out on the thai very sevuro rig ir mortis had sal wan little i and it with ililll nily hut tliu corpse was On ox aiiiinalion It was found thai Iho second nlectrode hud biinuiil through ill nkln and Into the Usli al tho Ime of the inukliiK a ioni live indies in ilium Tho lungs and oilier orgiing wero tukttu out tinil wurii fonml to bi iu good healthy They will bopre Bnrvel for urtlior Tlio brain was taken out and it too will to canfully ill to Jiiuuito bv u a wealthy fanner and stuck buyer of Klush was killed in the Chicago and Unmd Trunk rail ihroo west of this lie jnmpud from a soiiKer tiiln and was thrown under tho wheels aiil cut to hulng mangled out of tumblatico of a iiumaii A Thick WallH gu with Water in House MUST BE Dorsey Mann 310 Belle ARR ACKNOWLEDGED THE Most Lasting and Economical through Years into Please dont be gulled trying experimental Over 300 now In use In our CItJ PIUS 315 DEALER IN Our WILL BE 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