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   Reno Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - August 6, 1890, Reno, Nevada                                JOB WORK The Neatest, The Best, At the Gazette Offloe. ENVELOPES Printed than the Cheapest. VOL. XXIX. RENO, WASHOE COUNTY, NEVADA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1890. -MISCELLANEOUS. POWDER JA Sickening Sight to i Behold. THE BODY PARTIALLY CHARRED An Evident Defect in the Apparatus. Absolutely Pure. of'ttfrtar baking powtlci. Highest of all In tcavenlnuc strength. U. N. fiorernment Any. IP, 1889. -FOR- i. s. T., AllTISTS 3IATER1ALS Fresh Garden Seeds, Diamond Spectacles, -------CO TO------- fc. J. HODGKEsSON'S DRUG STORE, VIRGINIA STRKKT, RKNO Unclaimed Freight Sale. TO WHOM IT MAV CONCI1RN IS HfREBY G1VKN THAT THE following property market! or consiKiied us now on hand tit the Kail way Station of the Southern Pacific Co at Kenu, Nev., having remained unclaimed the time required by law, will be sold at public nuc- tion or. the nth day of August. at railway station, at 10 o'clock a. in account of freight ami storage charges, sounei removed i crate cloth rollers, A. T Oliver; i case H paint, J II. Kinmauson; inox ciocKei v, John A. blroh, i corboy acid, S. Muller tsc i bundle sacks, G. w. Mapes r barrel whisky, Decker. boxes personal effects, George Il.ilkr. i chair, r cushion, i (aro table, Ceo Hell, i sewing machine, John M. Loonier, 6 personal effects, including stirgital or denial instruments, J. McGarvey, i gulvnn- iron tub, H C. IJorch; jcotlb oni bed wire, II. Kit i bar steel, t bar iron, C C D.; i bundle blankets, lid i bundle wall pa per, M C Guire, i school desk, C. W Grover1 i sack bedding, Jas. Andrcu.s, 2 bundles sacks, Ednioud htone, I boxed trunk, J. O. Volnud. Alao the following freight- i single tree, i windlass or derrick, cog and pniiou and i haiuMes nnd i copper soda drum, i window weight, 12 pitcis iron C. V SMURR. General Freight Agent, southern Pacific Company.____________________ngitio MRS, GRAHAM'S GuCninljer and Elder Flower Cream, II WE YOU EVER UH.'d Mrs Graham's Cucumber anil KldiT Flower Croam? If nut. to M! U Milliner, at KI-IIO, ov to yoxir druKxfot and gut a to trv It muerb for cleansing tnu or ectemol replng the U Is a complete protection against the cf- faots of mn nixl wind. When yon go out o the country or sea- side resort you will 11 ml U an invaluable pro cotton to tho complexion It la not greasv or clammy or sticky And It keeps iho nUn toll ami smooth and prevents tho formation of wrluklo.. It Is uot a cosmetic. ills nutnro'B own treatment (or the pro- tection of thu 6k.n One dollar pur bottle. For sale by all leaolnx drugglHis. JyiMyl C. NOVACOVICH. H. I. BKRRY. BERRY MVACOVICII, ,iiul Id t.ul Dealers, iu----- Groceries, Provisions, FINE TEAS AND COFFEES, Fish al: Oysters Inbcason. I'RUIIS 01- ALT. KINDS, Wines, Liquor.s, Cigars, Tobacco, Crockery. We cnrrv a fun; assortment of FANCY GROCKRIES. Commercial Row, Reno, The neatest and most artist it; job work at this office. I His Remarkable Nerve Did Not Desart Him.- Kcmtnler by the Klectrtral Koute By Associated Press.] Aug. The sentence of the law lias been upon Kcminler, and be has been executed. At the door at the right of the execution chair leading to the execu- tion room opened, nnd Warden Dur- uton's figure in the doorway. Behind him walked a spruce-looking, hroad-shouldered little man, full- bearded, with carefully-arranged hair clustering around hiB forehead. He a ilressed in a suit of now sack coat, vest of dark gray material, and trousers of mixed yellow and a white shirt, whose polished front exposed a little bow of lawn of black and white check pattern. Thia was William Kemmler, the man about to undergo sentence of death. Behind him walked Dr. W. E. Houghton and Chaplain Yates. Kemtnler was by far the coolest man in the party. He did not look about the room with any special degree of interest. He hesi- tated as tho door closed behind him, and looked us though he did not know exactly what to do. "Give mo a chair, will eaid the Warden, and some one quickly handed him a wooden chair, which he ulaced in front and a little to the right of the execution chair, facing the little circle of men. Kemmler sat down composedly, and looked about him, then up and down, w ithout any evidence of fear or espe- cial interest in the event. His face was not stolid nor indifferent. He looked, if anything, as though he wao rather pleased at being the center of interest. Warden Durstou stood at the left of the chair, with his hands on the back of it, and almost at the moment Kouimler took his neat he began to speak, in short, quick words. Now, he said, this is William Kommler. I have warned him that lie has got to die, and if he has any- thing to say he will sav it." As the Warden finished, Kemmler looked up and said, in a high-keyed voice, without any hesitation, and as though he had prepared hiinself with the speech Well. I wish every one good luck in this world, and I think I am going to a good place. The papers have been saying a lot of stuff that isn't so. That's all I have to say." With the conclusion of his speech he turned his back on the jury, and took off his coat and handed it to the War- den. This disclosed the fact that a ho'.e had been cut from the band of his trousers down, so us to expose the base of his spino. When his coat was off, Kemmler turned in the direction of the door through which he had come into the room nnd began to unbutton his vest. At the same time the warden drew the interfering drapery of his shirt through the hole in his trousers and cut it off HO as to leave a little surface of flesh, against which oner of tho electrodes was to press, absolutely bare. Warden Durston called attention to the fact that it was not necessary to remove his vest, and Kemmlercalmly buttoned PERFECT MADE. Fromtiie Professor of Chemistry, California (College of Pharmacy. SAN FRANCISCO, JANUARY 24, 1889. Ilia lain any foreign substances, such as Alum, Ammonia, Lime or other impurities. I consider it to be pure and wholesome, and in wav a superior artic'e. W. T. M. Ph. M., Ph. G. Professor oi Chemistry In the Cala. Col. of University of Calilornla. it again, and carefully arranged his necktie. Don't harry about this he eaid to the Warden. He was perfectly by all odds the coolest man in tbe room. When his tie was arranged be eat down in the electric chair as quietly as though he was sitting down to ('inner. Warden Durston stood on his right and George Vieiing of Albany on his left. They began immediately to adjust the straps, the condemned man holding "P his arms so as to give them every assistance. When the straps had been adjusted about the body his arms were fastened down, and then the Warden leaned over and parted Kemmler's feet so as to bring his legs between the legs of the chair. While the straps were being ar- ranged, Kemmler eaid: Taku your time. Don't be in a harry, but be sure that everything is all right." Tw or three times he repeated this phrase. Warden Dureton reassured him with the remark that it would not hurt him, and that he (Durston) would be with him all through. But it was not fear that Kemmler felt. It was rather a certain pride in the exactness of the experiment. He seemed to have a greater interest in its success than those who had made the prepara- tions for it, and who were watching its progress to its final fatal conclu- sion When the straps were adjusted, the Warden placed his hand on Kemmler's tiead, and held it against the rubber cushion that ran down the back of the chair. Kemmler'e eyps were turned to the opposite side of the room. Be- fore they had followed the Warden in his movements. The condemned man made one or two remarks in a perfectly composed tone of voice. Well, I wish every- body good was one of them, and see that things are all was another. Deputy Veiling unfastened the thumb-screws which held the figure 8 at the back of the chair in place and began to lower it so that the rubber cup which held the saturated sponge, pressed against the top of Kemmler's head. Tho Warden assisted in the preparations by holding Kemmler's bead. Kemmler said: "Oh you had better press that down further I guess; press that down." So the head piece was undamped and pressed further down. While it was being done, Kemmler said: "Well I want to do the best I can; I can't do anything better than Jthat." Warden Dursten took in his hand the leather harness which was to be adjusted to Kemmler's head. It was a muzzle of broad leather straps, which went across the forehead and chin. The top strap was pressed down against the nose of Kemmler until it flattened it down slightly over his face. When the harness was put in place, Dr. Spitzka, who was standing near the chair, said softly: "God bless you, and the condemned man answered softly: "Thank you.'' The door leading into the room where the switches were arranged was partly open. A man stood in the door- way, and beyond him there were two other men. Which of them was to touch the lever and make the connec- tions with the chair was not known, and Warden Durston said it never will be known. The dynamo in the machine shops was running at good speed and the volt metre on the wall registered a lit- tle more than a thousand volts. The Warden turned to the assembled doc- tors, those immediately around the chair, and said: "Do the doctors say it is all Hardly a minute had elapsed since the adjustment of the straps. There was no time for Kemmler to have weakened, even if his marvelous cour- age had not been equal to tbe test of further delay. Bat there was no fear that he would have lost courage, as he was as calm in the chair as he bad been before he entered tbe room. At the Warden's request Dr. Fell stepped forward with a long syringe in his hand and deftly wetted two sponges which were at the electrodes, one on top of his head and the other at the base of bis spine. The water which he put on them >sas impreg- nated with salt. Dr. Spitzka answered the Warden's question with a sharp "all which was echoed by the others about him. said Durston again, and then "Good-bye." He stepped to the door and through the opening said to someone in tbe, next room, but to whom will probably never be known with certainty, "Every thing is ready." At the electric current was turned on. There was a sudden con- vulsion of the frame iu the chair. A spasm went over Kemtnler from -head to foot. He was confined by. straps and springs that held him firmly so that no limb or other part of the body stirred more than a small fraction of an inch from its resting place. The twitching which the muscles of the face underwent gave it for a moment an expression of pain, but no escaped from tbe lips, which were fi r to move at will, and no sound came forth to suggest that consciousness lasted more than a email fraction of a second, beyond tlia calculation of tho human mind. The body remained in a rigid position for seventeen seconds. The jury and witnesses who remain- ed seated up to this, moment, came hurriedly forward and surrounded the chair. There was no movement of the body beyond the first convulsion. It was not a pretty sight, this man in his shirt sleeves, bound hand, foot and body and even his head, with a heavy framework pressing down on top ofj the skull. Dr. McDonald held the stop-watch in his band, and as the seconds Sew by he noted their passage. A quick movement of the arm and electric current switched off. There was a relaxation of the body in the chair. Ho said Dr. Spitzka. As Dr. Batch was bending over the body looking at the exposed skin, be suddenly cried out, sharply: "Dr. McDonald, see that In a moment Drs. Spitzka and Mc- Donald had bent over, and were look- ing where Batch was pointing at a little red spot on the hand that rested on the right arm of the chair. The index finger of the hand had curved backward as the muscles contracted and scraped a small hole in the skin at the base of the thumb on tho back of the hand. There was nothing strange in this alone, but there was a little rupture and dropping blood. Turn the current on man is not cried Spitzka. Faces grew white and forms fell back from the chair. The Warden sprang to the doorway andcried: "Turn on the current I" But the current could not be turned on. When the signal to stop had come, the operator had pressed tho little button that gave the signal to the engineer to stop the dynamo. The dynamo was almost at a standstill, and the volt nieter registered an almost imperceptible current. The operator sprang to the button and gave a sharp, quick signal. There was a rapid re- sponse, but it was not quick enough to anticipate the signs oj reviving con- sciousness. As the group of horror-stricken wit- nesses stood helplessly by, with all eyes fixed on the chair, Keuiinler's lips began to drip spittle. In a mo- ment more his chest moved, and from bis mouth came a heavy utentorious Bound, quickening and increasing with every respiration. There was no voice but that of the Warden crying to the curator to turn on the current, and a wheezing sound, half groan, which forced itself past the tightly closed lips, which sounded through tho still chamber with ghastly distinctness. Soma of the witnesses turned away from the sight and one fainted. It seemed a long time in reaching the chair, but in reality it was but seventy- three seconds in the interval which elapsed between the moment when the first sound issued from Kemmler's lips until the response to the signal came from the dynamo room. It came with the same suddenness that marked the first shock which passed through Kemmler's body, and the sound which had horrified the listeners about the chair was cut off sharply as the body once more became rigid. The slimy ooze still dropped from the month and ran slowly down his beard and onto his vest. Twice were there twitchings of th'e body as the electricians in the next room threw the current on and off. There was to be no mistake this time about the killing. The dynamo was run up to the highest speed, and again the fu 1 current of volts was sent through the body. How long it was kept in action no one knows. To the excited group about the chair it seemed an in- terminable time. Dr. Daniel, who thought he had an approximate idea of the time, at least, said it was four and a half minutes in all. The Warden's assistant, who stood over the dynamo, said on the second signal th'e machinery run only three and a half minutes altogether. No one was anxious to give the sig- nal to stop, and all dreaded the re- sponsibility of offering to the man a chance to revive again, which startled and sickened the witnesses a few minutes before. As the anxious group stood silently watching the sud- denly there arose from it a white vapor, bearing with it a pungent and sickening body was burning. Again there were cries to stop the cur- rent, and again the Warden sprang to the door and a quick order to his as- sistants. The current was stopped, and again there was a relaxation of the body, and there was no doubt this time but the current had done its work, if not well, at least completely. Dr. Fell, who stood at the side of a ppecial correspondent of the Assaciated Press, said: Well, there is no doubt about one thing, the man never suffer- ed an iota of pain." In after consultations the other phy- sicians expressed the same belief. It was some mitigation of the horrors of the situation to believe this, but the mitigation was extremely slight. The autopsy was begun at 9 o'clock, and it was found, when the body was spread out on the table, that a very severe rigor mortis had set in. There was but little relaxation, and it was with difficulty the corpse was straight- ened out. On examination it was found that the second electrode had burned thronon the skin and into the flesh at the Joase of the spine, making a scar nevnv five inches in diameter. heart, luuga and other organs ere taken out and-found in a good wealthy condition. They will be pre- served for a further examination. The brain was also taken out. and it, too, will be carefully examined. Iowa Democratic Convention. By Associated Press.1 CEDAR RAPIDS, August The Democratic State Convention met this morning, and after appointing the usual committees a platform was adopted, a pUnk of which declares in favor of a tariff for revenue only de- nouncing the Mukinley Tariff bill, aud favoring reciprocity, not only with South America, but with all nations. 'ftie Committee also adopted n plank demanding the freo coinage of Hilver and making it fuU legal tender for all dwbta, public and private; denounced the Federal Election bill as a menace to the fredom and purltv of elections, and denounced the RepublU-ani iu Congress for supporting the arhilinry couise of Speaker Reed. An Enntern Cyclone. By Associated Press. 1 ST. LEONARD (N. Aug. 6. A heavy thunder and hail storm, paoied by'-a cyclone, did great damage in the parish of St. Anns, Madawaska county, yesterday. The cyclone cov- ered a territory two miles wide. Thirty-one buildings were blown down as far as heard from. Telegraphic communication was interrupted and much damage done to crops. NO. 109. FURMSniNG GOODS. HATS BOOTS AKD SHOES. My Summer Stock Is Now Complete, Constating of The Latest and Best Styles OF- By Cable and Associated Press PARIS, Aug. 6. Dispatches from Buenos Ayres dated eight o'clock last evening, says President Golma with- drew his resignation, the Senate Cabi- net having refused to accept it. It is reported that his cabinet will com- prise Levalle, Costa, Irojoyen, lustra and Agote. I'atal llnllruait Arcideiit. uy Cable and Associated Press J VIKNNA, August 6. A railway train was thrown from the track near Pilsen, Bohemia, and the cars rolled down iin embankment into a marsh. The ntnkir and several passengers were killed, and eighty injured. The most of ihc passengers wire emlgiants bound tor the United States. Men's and Boys' Clothing, Underwear, Socks, Gloves, Handkerchiefs, Neckwear, All Shades and Patterns, Collars, Cife. Windsor Ties and Dude Bows. UATC A LAROE ASSORTMENT OF OTDAtlf UATC "fifl IlA O Men's, Boys and IIA If HA U All grades and colors Cholera By Cable and Associated Press.1 MECCA, Aug. hundred and thirty-five deaths from cholera occurred in this city yesterday. BarBilver, County Dan O'Connor ie out in an announce- ment for the office of Long-term Com- missioner. Dan is too well known to require any introduction to the people. If nominated and elected he will make a most excellent ollicer, and the people no cause to regret having placed him in the EVvor. At this soaeon nf the year the most vigor- ous and healthy people often have a feeling of weariness tired and worn out, without ambition to do anything, and many break out In pimples aid bol's What you ro- 
                            

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