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   Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - September 28, 1890, Hutchinson, Kansas                                HUTCHINSON DAILY NEWS: SUNDAY MOBNING. SEPTEMBBK 28.1890. ! H. W. Willett is now showing the largest and Most Complete Line of Furniture in, the city, having Consolidated his large stock with that of C. W. Bittman, consisting of Furniture, Carpets, Draperies and Shades, Making a stock far superior to that of any ever offered in the city. Low Prices, Good Goods and Courteous Treatment is assured to all. No. 12 North Main Street, Next Door to the Grand. AiN EASTERN PKISON. \ DARK CELLS OF DEATH AND TORT- ' URE  METHODS  USED. DIhkiiIsc-<1 nt tin Aiiti M Aro Stitrvril (iml KoMifM. Very rtiliirtmif ly anil with mnny misgivings llit� Mushir of Uskub, In Macedonia, .Ahmed Ayouh I'nshii, gave a corro-HpoiidiMtt, nf Tim liOndon Duily Nowb a letter of introduction to the chief of the gfn-danufiy, wlio jilnuo could Rive permission to inspect ihu lar^n prisons. The inushir inquired over itnil over ng;iin of the dragoman whet her the correspondent h.'id evinced friendly feelings toward thy Turks, or whether In: was nti enemy. "Tho drago-man's ingenious replies," says the corro-Hpondent, ''at last inspired him with tmffl-cient confident?!! to allow him to grant my request. I went through the badly paved and filthy streets of tho town, and reached the residence of the commander of tho gvn-dnrmery of the province of Uskuh. lie was quite, its Miirpri^ed an tho mnshir when ho henrvl thittl wished to visit tin* prisons, declaring that �tne� he had been in ofticu no European hail ever seen them, and that in the rare oases wheu a consul representing a foreign power had wished U, .see them he had always given twenty-four hours' not ice. no mssri.s seku aitly. "before entering I had to swear that; I wiw not. a consul, and that I was what the dragoman hud described mo to be -- a Kuropenn hunting for antiquities. Tho fact that I was not a consul, however, impressed the Turk more than anything, and lie politely invited me to tukv coffee und to Binoke a inrghileh. While I was enjoying his hospitality hi* Kent, a number of men to the prisons to nnnonn�'e my visit and to give some special orders, tho execution of �which took some time, and I was kept drinking coffee and smoking for nearly an hour and a half. At lust my host rose and invited tin- to follow. " We suou (Milered the largest prison of tho province, which is called 'Kursehumla,' or tim House of Lead, ll vises taiL of tho River Waribi, not far from l.hu fortress, and occupies a vast area. .Soldiers pro-Bent ing arms formed two lines, which reached to the interior courtyard, where a number of prison otlieiaU were awaiting us. The courtyard is square, and sur- I rounded on all sides by l.hu buidlng, which has tlire" stories. A loggia, or covered balcony, niiisnll around on each story. Tho commander Jirst showed me a great tiuin- ; her of red inscriptions on the walls, which lire supposed to have been made by tie no* or Venetian merchants in tho Seventeenth century, who perhaps erected the building as a warehouse for the Oriental Koods which they sent to Europe. Of course 1 afTectcd great interest, in theso inscriptions to keep up my character its an antiquarian, and 1 noticed that the commander no longer distrusted me. After this we ascended the staircase to Inspect tho first story. There was scarcely room to pass on the stepa, bo covered were they with accumulations of dirt and excrements, which fUled the air with a peatiluu-tlai odor "In tlie so called office I was shown tho books, according to which the Kursehumlu contains HO prison ceils and 1,811 prisoners. Tho.se on tho first and second floors aro sentenced for slight offences, ami tho time, of detention varies from one to ten years. I do not believe that any prisoner has ever outlived the fifth year of imprisonment in theso loathsome dark cells. In this respect t ho prison olliriuls continued my suspicions by saying t hat tho mortality was veiy great, ami that very few prisoners lived to tho end of their time, la a cell certainly not larger than two and one-half yards square and of about the samu height between fifteen and twenty prisoners are confined. All they can do by being friendly and making room for each other is to stand up and lie down again, and they tire allowed half an hour's walk, iu tho courtyard once in the day. I'OOH CKEATUKKS, INDEED, "But how tdiall 1 describe tho pitiable 

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