Get 1 more page view just for clicking
to like us on Facebook
Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1890, Salt Lake City, Utah THE MOST EXTENSIVE BEST APEBTISMIEDIUI Jn tlio Mountain CIRCULATION EXCEEDING rnAT OF In tlio City VOL 209 SALT LAKE UTAH THURSDAY MOBBING AUGUS 1890 PRICE FIVE CENTS Keimler Electrocute Mo Another World ELECTRIC BARBARITY tiarn KemmUr F havr warned him that ho iias C to die and If hr lias anything to say he will say SPKKCM As the Warden finished Kemmler looked up and aid in a highkeyed voice without any hesitation and as though he had pro pared himself with the speech Well I everyone good luck HI tliis world and I think f am going to a good place Tin1 pa pers him been saying a lot uf stuff that isnt so Thats all I have With tii eoneliislon of speech he turned his back on the olT his coat handed it to UiO1 Wiirdcii tins fact a ho been out from tin band uf the crs down so as peso thr the spljitj NVheii his coat w Kfrnrnlrr tun i A Bungling Application of the Kcw York Method j THE FIRST SHOCK WAS NOT FATAL j direction of tho doorway through xJ which had come The Victim Shows Sinrt of Iiifo and tlio Current Turned on ft Second Time Until tho FloHh Than 50O Volts intr Scones in tho Dcuth Chamber Aimritx Aug trial ot anow of life whllo prompted bv hitniiiiin motives has resulted In tislcic spectarlo presontod by a pinioned wretch ut whosrj vital center was kept pmindlng for sotno nioinents an altoniatlng current of which though It iiltl nuifsly destroyed lib life subjocted tho ui a torture of whicii nC Mvliur be ing has knowledge and nont can describe An imperfect of tho pressure or a faulty convict of the trocies provenUd Instantaneous death The luymun may Kiiln sonns of tho tjiofcsH of this killing when stato in that a whose horly should shaken iim fpftKinoiiLs could not haveHUlTored iijilii us did whoso lUnvo cells and tissues were illsliitotfriiHjrl not In it Muslt us losiKiied but by the roUitlvoly slow HtrnUoa of the lianuners upon them Whether the blood retains its normal con sistency r whether it is partially or wholly fluidixed by divoruo of the oxygen from the blood can only he doterrnlnwd by tho autopsy which Is about to bo com r Oniv it deliberate pen can adequately de srrlho tho series and thisdetail will soon follow KRMM IKIlS NKKVK Kornmlers jnrvowar something wonder ful he never faltered Ho directed the ud himself in tho chair arid ooun tho warden to rnoderaMon to secure per Coot safety Tho shook was given at and was atxnit eighteen seconds Two minutes after current was nut off there respiration As soon as possible tho current was returned thon cut oV and ngiln respiration wa ovidtuit After a few jimifionts saliva camo from the mouth tho chest heaved there was a wheezing in tho throat Tim shock was againput to tho prisoner who tho doctors remarked was unconscious from tho moment of tho first shock A i tor a short time smbko appeared at tho base THK ITAIStC WAS Tho spectacle was most trying The man the doctors said sulTerod no pain however Tho wurdon says the voltage at tho first shuck was 1801 volts which run down to a noiit not named After third contact of four miuutos tho man wus declared Tho wardens of death was signed bv afl and the party broke up at moot at when the body would be ready for tho autopsy When the mask was taken oft Kommlor s fco his eves wtro found half open and his expression whtio not normal or placid was uot horrifying to THE REVOLTING DETAILS A Description of tlio Scones in the Dcnth Chamber AUBURN N Aug the doors at the right of the execution chair Icadtng toward tho oxouMon room opened and Bur den Durstons figure appeared Imtho door I way Behind him walked a sprucelooking broadshouldered little man full bearded with carefully arranged hair clustering around his forehead liewas diossod In a suit of new clothing sack coat and vest ot dark gray material trousers of aVraixcd yel low pattern a white shirs whoso poltsheid front was exposed and a little of black and whlto cheek pattern This was WHliam man about to undergo sentence of loath Behind him walked DK W K Hoiighton and Chaplain Tales Femmlor was by far tho coolest man in the party not look about the room iny special degree of interest lie hesi tated door closed behind him and was locked by an attendant ou tyiO othor side as though ho did not know what t0cavo chair will you tho WSomeone him a wooden chUr whietvho placed in front and a little to cho right of execution chair within tho littlo circle Komtnlor sat composedly looked about up and down evidence of fear or especialinterest In tho event TTis faeojwas not stolid or Indifferent Ho nuy though he was rather pleased at being the center eSWird on Durston stood at the chair with one band on tho back of It and almost at that soat Ho to speak in short qnlolc lie said is Wir Jnlo tho ran m and began to unbutton his vyst at thy same time the war dHi drawing nturfcrhig drapery of ills shirt through tho hoio in tho tiouHOrs und cut ting It oil so as lo leave tiio UtUo sur face of flesh against which ono of the elee tnilos was to press absolutely bare Warden Durston called attention to the fact that It was not necessary to remove vest mid Kommlur calmly buttoned It again and carufnlly arranged Ills tie Dont hurry about this said the wardoii Ho perfectly Ho was perfectly cool He was by all odds tho COOLKST MAN TlfK HOOM When his tio was arranged ho sat down in the death chair as quietly as though he was sitting down to dinner Warden Durston stood on thu right and General Veiling of Albany on the left They began immedi ately to adjust tho straps tlio condemned man holding up his unns so is to givo them ovory assistance Wlion the Straus had bein ml justed iibout tlio body tho arms woro down and then tho warden loaned over and parted foot so as to bring tho legs near the logs of the chair While tho straps wcro boing ar ranged Kemmler said Tako your time dont lo in a hurry bo sure that uorything Is all Two or throe times ho repeated those phrases Warden Durston roassurod him with tho re mark that it would not hurt him and that he would up with him all through but it not fear that Kemmler felt It was a certain pridj in the exactness of tho experiment lie seemed to liavegreater Interest In Its success thin thoso who had preparations for it and who woro watching its progress to Us final fatal con clusion Whtm tho straps had been adjusted tho warden placed his hand on Kcmmlers head and placed It against tho rubber cushion which ran down tho back of tho chair Kommlers oyes worft turned toward tho op posite sldo of tho room before they hud fol lowed tlio warden in his movements about Thon tho condemned man made ono or two romarks In a pecfowtly clour com posed tone of voko I wish everybody good was onoof thorn and Durston seo that the things arc all was another TUB Deputy VtsHlng unfastonod tlio thumb Hurow switch that held tho 4 at tho back of the place and began to lower It sothiittho rulibor cup whloli hold a satur ated spouse camo against oC Komm lers head Tho warden assisted in tho preparations by holding Kommlors head KommliM1 saifl Oh you had bettor press that down further I guess press that So tho liojul pleeo was unclampod and pressed further down While it was being dona said Well 1 want to do best 1 can I cant do any better than Warden OursLou took in Ills luind the leather harness which was to bo adjusted to Kommlers head Jr was in tho of a broad leather strap which wont across tho forehead and chin The top of strap pressed flown against tho noso of iCemmlor until It flattened It down slightly over his face Tho harness was putin plueuaud a spiritual adviser who was stand ing near the chair said God bless you TX TUK DEATH CHAIR and the condemned man an softly leading Into tho room where the switches wero arnuigcd was partly open A man stood In the doorwayBeyond him thero were two other men Which of to toiioh the lever and mako tho connootlpirwlth the chair was not known Purston says it never will bo known The dynamo in tho machine shop was running a good spued and tho volt meter on tho wall registered a little JltOUF THAN A THOUSAND VOIJTS The wurdou turned to the assembled doctors those immediately around tho execution said Do tlio doctors say It is all right a minute had elapsed since tho adjustment of tho straps There was no timefor to havo weakened even If his marvelous couragehad uot been equal to tlio test of further delay but thero is no lour that ho would havo lost Ho was as cairn in the chair as he had been be foro ho entered room At tho wardcnVqucstlon Dr Solt stepped forward with it Jong syringe in his hand and dofjly saturated the two sponges which wero atthe electrodes ono on top of the head audthootherat the base of the spine Tho water which ho put on them was 1m prbgoatod salt answered tho wardens withu short all which was echoed by tlie others about him Durston again and then He stopped to tho door and through the oponlui said to some ono iivtho next room but to whom will probably never beknbwn V Thoro was an almost IninicdlatdrcspbnSe and tho was turiVdd on a convulsion Of thfc fianiq In ohuiiv went avor ivenimlor from liead to llo was sooonirnodbystraps limb or othor the bodyrstlrrecl iiiioro than Binall of an inch from its restlivj phice Tin twitching that tlie muscles of the face underwent gavo it for an ex pression of pain but no cry escaped from his lips which were free to move at will no sound camo forth to suggest that con sciousness lasted morn than an intinitc small fraction of a second beyond the cal culation of the human mind Tlie foody jernsiincd in a rigid position for seventeen seconds Tlio jury and witnesses who had remained seated up to this moment carne hurriedly forward and surrounded the chair ThCMnwiis no movement of body beyond tin convulsion It was not a pretty sight this man in his shirt sleeves bound hand foot body and even head with a heavy frame work pressing down on top of the skull held a watch in his hand arid us the seconds flew by ho noted their passage too looked at his stop watch and as the tenth second expired he cried out cried other voices about The warden turned to tho doorway out stop to the man at tho lever A quick movement of tiic arm and tho electric current was switched oil There was a relaxation of the body in tho chair lies said SpiUka calmly Dr Hatch was bending over the body looking at the Suddenly ho cried out sharply Dr McDonald sec that 1ir a moment Doctors and McDonald had bont over and looking where Hatch at a little red spot on Iho hand that rested ou the right arm i tho chair Theindex finger of the hand had curved backward as the muscles a sniaU hole in tho skin at the base thumb and the back of the hand Thero was nothing strange in this alone but the little rapture was drop ping blood Turn the current on instantly IS NOT DEAD cried Faces grew white and tho form foil hack from the onair The windon spnmg to the doorway and cried turn on the curront but the cur rent could not bo turnyd on When tlio sig nal o stop hud come tho openttor had pressed a litilo button which gave a sign to tho engineer stop tho dynamo The dynamo was nlmost a standstill and tho volt motor registered an almost impercepti ble current The operators sprang to the button and gavo a sharp quick signal Thero was a rapid response but It was not quick enough to anticipate tlioslgns of reviving conscious ness As the group of wit nesses stood by all eyes lixed on tlio chair Kornmlers lips began to emit spittle and in a moment more the chest moved and from the mouth camo a heavy stentorian sound quickening ami increasing with every respiration There was no voice but that of thu warden crying to the oper ator to inni on tho current and the wheez ing sound half groan which forced Itself past the tightly closed lips sounded through thostii chamber with ghastly distinctness Some of witnesses turned away from tho sight and one fainted It seemed a long time iu reaching a climax In reality thero wero but seventythree seconds In the in terval which elapsed between tho moment when thu first sound issued from KommIers lips until a response to the signal came from tbo dynamo room TUB SECOND SHOCK It carno with tho same suddenness that marked whichjwssed through Kemmlers body Tho sound which had horrified tho listeners about the chair was cut oil sharply as tho body once more bo came risld A slimy oozo still dropped from the mouthand slowly down tho board and onto tho gray vest Twice were twitching ot the body astho electricians in tho noxt ronm threw tlio curront on and off Thero was to bo no mistake this time about killing The dynamo was run up to it high est speed and again the full curront of 2000 volts wore sent through the body How long it was kept in action no ono knows To tho excited group about tho seemed an Interminable time Daniel who looked at his watch excitedly and who thought ho had an approximate Jdoa of tho time said it was tour and a half minutes In all The wardens assistant who stood over the dynamo said that on tlvo second signal tlio niachjnory run only thrco and ono half minutes altogether No ono was anxious to stop All dreaded thQ rosposibUitiy of olVoring to the man 1 A or to give again at appearances of returning animation which had startled and sickened tho witnesses a fow minutes before As the anxionsgronpstnod silently watch ing Mio body suddenly thoro aroso from it a white vapor bearing with it a pungent and sickening odor of tho body burning Again hero wero cries to stop tho current and again tho warden sprang to the door and gavo a quickorder to his assistants The current was slopped and again thero was a relaxation ol the body There was no doubt this tlmotbatMio curront had done its work if not well lit least completely Dr Fell who at sido oC the special correspondent of the Associated Press turned and said Well thero is no doubt about one thing the man never sulVered an iota of In after consul tations other physicians expressed tho same belief It was some mitigation of the horrors of tho situation to believe this but tho miti gation was extremely slight When It de veloped on another pointsomo of the doctors disagreed very materially Was Kommlor dead whon the cheiii moved and tho lips pave forth those ghastly sounds Was ho breathing there an involun tary and of the chest muscles Someof tho eminent experts in attendance said to the Associated Press correspondent tho body was still warm in tlio chair that thore was no doubt there were signsof returning animation that respiration for respiration they be lieved it to be was growing stronger and that iu time if the current had not been turned on again ho WOULD HAVE Others among them Dr Spitssica statod with equal posilivoness and conviction that the first shock killed Keminler instantly Doctors Daniel and South wick the father oC the system of believed Keiiinler dead but theythink the current should have been continued longer than seventeen seconds which was the official timeof the lirst contact is no way in which a positive determination of this can bb made and It will always remain un solved THfc ApTOPSY began at 0 oclock It was found when the body was spread outon tho table a very severe mortis Had set in There was little relaxation and 1twas with difficulty that tho corpse was straightened out On examination It was found that the second electrode had burned through tho skin and into tho Ilesh at tho base of the making a scar near ly five inohos in diameter The heart lungs and other organs were taken out and found iiv gqpd healthy condition They will for further examin ation Tho brain was also taken out It too will bo The doctors the autopsy prcpurecUa statement of the execution They agree instantly pro1 apparently painless notwithstanding the slight delect electrical aparatus which required a second contact of the death was the body at points of contact of electrodes also were found in the The blood fluid veins regionpS contact the blood was color of tho braincorresponding1 contact corpuscleswerd marked particularly in The muscles of the jaw neck and thorax and nuluaUy tending from above downward involving feet and legs of the body and extending up as far as tho interior ixillary line also on the pendant surface of the upper and lower extremities The upper extremities were partly liujcid and rouued outwards the nails showing post mortem lividity There was an oral depression of the scalp upon the vortex be ginning tit the anterior hair line and measuring four inches hi its long and three and a half inches in its short diameter On incising the skin over the sternum the blood which escaped was unusually dark and fluid and remained so in exposure There was no horuiculai1 action of in testine or exposure to the air Tho diaph ragm extended from tho fifth intercostal on die left and the fourth on the right The blood from the outer surface of tho liver was of a crimsonlike color The abdominal organs wero normal in position and appciinmce The muscles of the thorax woro of usual color Spots were noticed on tho posterior border of the lower lobe of the left lung Over j half of the lung Moated when placca in i water showing a marked eniphysmalous condition The bronchials were normal in appearance and contained mucous and air bubbles The right lung was adherent throughout tho diaphragm the middle lobe of this were numerous well marked spots Tho spleen was normal in and appear ance The left kidney weighed ounces and tho right kidney 3 ounces Moth woro intensely congested Tho heart weighed 5 ounces Tlio valves woro healthy Tho bhiddcr was contracted The scalp ou being removed showed the of the skull to bo in adessicatcd con dition corresponding tho contact of tho electrode as previously noted but of larger area being four inches by live inches the of the scalp being only 2 by JJ inches the long din meter being ante posterior On removal of tho skull cap dura was normal in texture somewhat dull in color piirticnlarlv over the area corresponding with the of contact In the pvurolan dic region mcningeal vessels measuring long convexity anterioposteriorly of four inches on tho left side and three on tho They were filled with carbonized blood One internal aspect of tbe ealvariam moiiingeal vessels in the dura the contents and coats appeared to be black and car bonixed The carbonized vessels brittle that their ends wero torn oft with the calvarium and presented a broken crumniv appearance This com bination was limited in an abrupt manner The other meiiingejil vessels contained blood of a crimsonlike hue corresponding to tho outer burn previously described The pia and gyer themselves were of a pale bull color Tho rest had tho ordinary rosy injection of ordinary cortc While observ amvnnic area it wis noticed that its blood vessels began to 1111 The pia and arachnoid on convexity were perfectly normal Tho brain cortex in the area of contact was sensibly hardened to onesixth of its depth where there was a broken line of vascularlty The vessels over the corpus stieatuiii showed enlargements in different parts of their ramifications Tbe pans was slightlv softened Tlio burned integument of tho back on being removed showed tho spinal muscles underneath tobe cooked like overdone beef throughout their entire thickness Tho blood taken immediately after death showed under the markedly granular condition almost sug gesting am electliplylic dissolution of tho red corpuscles SCENES AND INCIDENTS Kemmlers Hypcrioij fainted and Jay upon a bench where he j was boinir fanned When finally the electric mask was rej moved Kemmlers eyes were found half open and without the glassy staro common j eyes in death Tho lids were lifted and tests of the pupils with a bright light were made There was no contraction of the pupils Where the mask hud pressed the forehead there was a lurid mark The nose at its base was of a deeply lurid hue Purple spots soon began mottling tho hands arms and neck The doctors said he was surely pead One of the Buffalo doctors siven minutes after the straps were removed cut the skin at the temple for a microscopic examination of j iho dead mansblood H was immediately examined and found slightly coagulated One of the electrodes from contact with the body the flesh adhered to the rim of the upper disc Doctors McDonald and Shrady examined the head They found there was i deep circular imprint ou the top of tho head made by tho sharp pressure of the elec trodes rim The spot where a tuft of Kemmlers hair hadbecn cut off just beforo death was to constitute not more than onethird of tho area of contact with the electrode and a close examination dis closed that the of tho copper within tho electrode slightly burned the scalp just where tho hair had been cut THEOIUBS AND KXILANATIONS Had not Kemmlers desire to avoid disfig urement by tho cutting of his hair prevailed i contact would have been more perfect I the chances of instantaneous death would have been greater and pussibly the dislig I uroinent which followed would have been avoided I As to the causes of the failure to kill Kemmler instantly thero is said by all physicians to be no doubt that conscious ness was stricken instantly from his brain The fact that he was not instantly killed was the result of improper contact or of in sufficient voltage or pressure The contact was certainly not perfect at the head for twothirds of the contact was upon tho mans thick smoothlybrushed hair tho clipped spot being onethird tho sixe of the electrodes diameter Warden Durston says 1700volts was tho pressure of the curront first applied to Kemmler When questioned tonight by an Associated correspondent if the twenty incandescent lamps on the circuit to indicate the presence of the current were burning when tho bolt was discharged into tho murderer he stated that they They should not have been The moment before switching the cur rent into Kemmler the test lamps should havo been cut out Each lamp took 100 volts at once out of the current sent to Kern m lor That left 700 to cause death Tho best authorities state that 15 per cent of a current is stopped at points of contact and that is thus expended in the body strictly observed luolaw this and only a brief announcement of the execution of Kemiuler j FOREIGN PKKSS COMMENTS The Papers Denounce Elec trocution as LONDON Aug com menting upon the killing of Kemmler by electricity the scene was worthy of the darkest chambers of the inquisition of viasixteenth century The it would bo impossible to more revolting exhibition It a death chamber in preference th use of throughout the civil ized world We cannot beliovojthe Ameri cans will allow tho electricity legislative act to THE HEALTH OF THE POPE PKATU CHAIR nation of the Body ATJBUKN N Aug had gone peacefully to sleep in the night and was snoring until 5 oclock when ho was awakened by one of his guards Pastor Ilougbton who attended Kemmler and Prison Chaplain Yates were with him They read to him from the Bible and he prayed with them He dressed himself without aid ifi a suit of gray mixed goods His hair he combed and brushed with great care His shoes were well polished and while he made himself finally tidy thu warden and a tail stranger who is a deputymarshal in Buf falo entered The warden explained to Kemrnler that ho must have the top of his head shaven The prisoner demurrod Ho had taken great pains in dressing his hair and oe sides as ho explained io the warden he did not want to be disfigured Kemmlers hair is dark brown and wavy with a hyperion curl that fell on his fore head Of this he was proud la the shadow of death HIS VANITY ASS15UTED ITSEMY His hair however was cut but the curl was saved and as the sequel proved with no good result The shaven spot was 2 in size and wasnot shaved but cropped fairly close While tliis was proceeding and the wit nesses examined the chair the deathbolt was run by the dynamo and the incundcs A Description of the Simple and Sciontiiie Contrivance N Aug is a description of the elecirioul chair in which Kemmler was executed Fastened 10 the back is an adjustable tig ure 4 which can be riviscd or lowered so as I to come down over the head of iho con demned The technique of the thing is very simple Through the 4 thero is a hole and throuirh this passes a rubber tube contain ing a rod of steel or copper to which a wot sponge is fastened This sponge will tomh the crown of the condemned mans head Another pipe with wonbing inside ami a sponge passes up the seat so as to touch the of the spine when the man is strapped firmly in his seat This was ac complished by the use of several strap one passing around the chest another around the abdomen which drew the webbing against the spine while the arms were iirmly strapped to those of thechair The foot rested on a com fort able iootrest after the fashion of those in use in a barber shop Indeed the strong resemblance of this in strument of death to a barbers chair has already caused the prison olllcials to speak of electrocution in their roughly humorous way as a baidlieaded shave Tho electricity wnsgenencralcd by a dynamo near to the power room a thousand feet away from the place of execution There is nothing uncomfortable about the chair save the deadly curront which goes with it and if death by the latter be as sud den and painless as the advocates uflirm it will certainly bo the most nievcsful means of capital punishment used anywhere BROOKE III HOT WATER His Holiness Demonstrates His Ability to Get About Eightyfive percent of the 700 volts not con consumed today by the test lamps is 505 volts of pressure This not enough to surely kill a man instantly with good contact but that of today Was not perfect Tho Avarden says all was working right this morning though last night at midnight his appliances were in such order that he was not certain whether the execution would take place today even though he had sum moned hisgueats to the prison at an early hour this morning Warden Durston has been through a terrific ordeal and knavery of men has been pressed upon him so much where least expected that as lie says he scarcely knows whether to trust himself The concensus of opinion among wit nesses here today is that not the slightest doubt exists but that a human being may bo instantaneously killed by 1000 volts ap plied through a perfect contact and con tinued twenty seconds TUB BOUY OF KEMMLER will bo disposed of tomorrow in tho prison burying ground with quicklime to hasten dissolution NEW YOKK Aug story of tho Kemmlor has been the talk of the town today from tho time when early this morning extra editions of the newspapers giving tho horrible details told at groat length wcro read with a shud der The general concensus of opinion seems to bo that tho circumstances attend ing the execution of Kommlcr by electricity lire sufficient condemnation of this method of Inflicting tho capital penalty A PAIN1JESS DEATH waiTiairly wortis was THE cent test lamps in the antechamber glowed faintly The current was on the strong power and was coursing tho circuit The evidence was there but how they Thus exclaimed Dr Macdonald Avho was the only one who got into the ante room and that while ignorant of tho Ward ens desire to its secrets inviolate In response to Dr Macdonalds comment Electrician Davis remarked that something wrong with the machinery down referring to the dynamo of tho cir This remark took place before the elec trician it will be remembered and was un doubtedly as true a few minutes later when the bolt was applied to The condemned man after having nls hair cut on top of his head listenedto tho reading of the warrant by the warden When the current was first turned on the least unhappy of all in the room was Da Southwick of Buffalo the father of electro cution iQ capital cases and who had been studying and working up tho subject since 1SS1 he exclaimed as he strode away from the chair to a knot of witnesses at the other end of the room there is the cul mination gf ten years work and study We live In A HICnEH this dajr and even while he spoke a quick cry went up from those yet closely watching about the silent figure in the chair There had been a movement in the breast of the man when all believed he had died cue minute and fortyseven before The harrowing scenes attending the sec ond electrocution followed The doctors in general declared that the man from the very first contact yorid consciousness thoughtfthe action which startledall wsr den away with a white face orcor the currenfrrenewod Was cular faction iyNot physician who de v hisname could a Intho meantime one G Badne oJC Opinion of the Electrician Who Placed the Dynamo LouisviiYLK Aug 0 Kcmmler was dead within a second after the alternating cur rent was turned said Harold Brown of New York to a CourierJournal reporter to night pro is the man who after the New York Legislature passed the law to execute by electricity made experiments and placed in position the deadly dynamo at Auburn When I asked about tho execution Brown said In regard to the Kemmler execu tion I will say that experiments with ani mals show that ono seconds contact with the alternating current will prove instantly fatal but that if this current is opened be foro the oxpiratiop of twentyfive or thirty seconds the muscular rigidity caused by the passage of tho current through tho muscles will be followed by a corresponding relaxation which may produce a spasmodic expulsion of breath and attempts at respi ration If the curront is kept on more than 30 seconds there is no movement whatever of the muscles when the current is cut off was killed instantly and pain lessly within the first second but as the current was opened taken off before three seconds had passed there were reflex mo tions of the muscles which frightened some of the attendantsinto thinking that he was not How do you for the burns on Kemmlers body Itseems to replied Brown that there was not sufficient moisture on the GRANTS KAUTZ A LKAVE OF ABSENCI3 Entries of Mammoth Tree Sus of American Goods Over Canadian Notes NOT A FAILURE With an Electrician in Charge It Might Be Successful ALBANY Aug Dr Lewis Balch of this city executive officer of the State Board of Health who was one of tho witnesses at the execution of Kemmler said this even ing I do not consider the failure of the 1irst shock that this necessarily the v first to kill Kemmler any proof method of execution is a failure for from shock tho prisoner was virtually He suffered no pain and did uot regain consciousness I think there should be aa electrician appointed who would attend to all executions and have charge of the electrical apparatus under the supervision of tho officer designated by law to carry the sentence into THE NEW YORK PRESS The and World Demand a Repeal of the Law Aug Sun says The first duty of the next Legislature will be to repeal the electrical execution The Herald While yesterdays ex periment was a failure it does pot show that this mode of inflicting the death penalty is not a was due not to the system but the bungling inefficient way in which the execution was managed The fault was with the doctors and the elec Theresult of the first experiment fjtronsly condemns the method ofputtmscriniinalstp death as cruel and The theory oi unconsciousness the moment at best V mere assumption ilt was not caseby the outward Apparently vtbemaivdiedin Tbbi ought be v Augv and Ex SEIZOBE OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES Temples of Historic Interest Con verted Into Theaters and Dancing and the Kaiser a Foreign News LAKE TRIBUNE 517 Fourteenth Street WASHINGTON D Aur f 1SOO General Brooke is wading in hot water officially speaking His insolent assault in papers directed against General Kautzre sulted in the llrst place in his excoriation by that officer and since tho publication of the correspondence has made Brooke tho laughing stock of tho army To increase the disagreeable features Of the situation General Scofield promptly telegraphed Gen eral a leave of absence and a release from arrest in spite of General Brookes formidable charges intended to pulverize the Colonel of the Eighth Infantry To mako matters worse it is now stated that General Scoliold will not call a courtmartial but will insist that the charges be withdrawn and tho mat ter settled It is understood that tho com mandinggeneral is greatly incensed that Col Kautas veracity should have been of Ocially called in question as it was by Gen eral Brooke on a merematter of interpreta tion of tarmy regulations in which Katitzs position has a strong following among the older officers At tho same time ho feels that Colonel Kantas reply was perhaps too severefor an official communication and was unnecessarily cruel Kautzs letter had gone broadcast over the country and is generally commented upon AS a viciously vigorous piece of AngloSaxon SAUNDKRS ON I saw Senator Saunders of JLontana this afternoon and asked how the lead ore mat tor stood said the Senator any monkeying with that schedule means the death of this tariff bill The mining states propose to stand shoulder to shoulder on this question as we did on Bid TREE ENTRIES SUSFKNDED WASHINGTON Noble has instructed the Commissioner of the Gen eral Land Office to renew the order sus pending from settlement and entry sections oT land in Tulare upon which Mammoth trees arc growing TRANSPORTATION OVER CANADIAN HOADS Secretary Windom today sent to the Senate a letter in answer to the resolution calling upon him for information regard ins the shipment in bond of merchandise be tween Atlantic and Pacific ports over Cana dian railways Tho Secretary says mer chandise in bond appraised and unap praised and goods of domestic origin ure these railroads and on the arrival of such merchandise u Vancouver transshifiment is made under supervision of a United States officer who certifies the facts upon the manifest The Secretary then quotes the authority under which such transportation is permit ted and expresses the opinion that as un der the regulation of the American vessels only are allowed to be employed in transporting goods the laws of the coasting trade are not violated He further says that he has no knowledge that the Grand Trunk railroad violated tbe rev enue or coasting laws of the United States in transporting merchandise between places in the United States NO MORE CERTIFICATES The Collector of Customs at Astoria instructed by the Treasury De partment to cease issuing certificates to merchants or others leav ing the United States with the intention of returning He is ordered to destroy all such documents in his possession and refrain fronVissuing certificates of such character In the future THE WORDS PAIR A Meetingof the National Commis sion to Be Held Next Month CHICAGO Aug President Palmer ol the WorldsFair National Commission af ter a conference today with the executive committee directors announced that he would call a meeting of the National Com mission September 15th instead of a month later Tlio selection Director Genera was informally lef to the missioners exclusively It was agreed to engage Eomeyn Hitch cocknow of The Smithsonian Institution in Washington to vjsit China promote the interests exposition arid that county extensive Before di recting that the services of pne or more o the Exposi tion be in the work oforgan ization here Aug f fTiunuxE an Francisco Chronicle order o officially contradict iho persistent rumors f his ill health the Pope celebrated high miss today m tho Paulino chapel It was nade a groat state ceremony Us surrounded by his entire ourt Although he looked very pale if evident that his health and mind are as as ever He walked down the long f the ehapel with a singular majesty f bearing and without the slightest assist ince lie even discarded tho use of tho valking stride he has so invariably used of ate His Holiness has expressed himself as ex rcmely grieved it the antiChristian policy tho Italian Government which is snp ressing all religious guilds and seizing htir property This will necessitate tho elosinu in Home alone of no fewer thau wentyeight churches several of which will speedily ho turned into cafes and theaters while others will be to the ground Che Church of IMet which for centuries has oclonged to one of leading religious guilds has been sold a big German brew ng company and will forthwith bo turned nto a beer saloon Placards mnomieing a grand ballet and concert for lie opening night They are tlnrinjr nncl al uring so much so in fact that even tho lowspnpcrs arc protesting against what they call the desecration Another large ehnreh associated with memories of lUehacl Angelo will bo con verted into a theater and dancing hall The Pope never fails to protest against this sacrilege and hasagnin sent a memorial to the King upon the subject Thero is much ill health in Rome A sudden and violent outbreak of Roman over is making havoc among tho natives There were over deaths from this cause ist week and the epidemic is ou tho in crease GUARD1NG AGAINST LISBON Aug military cordon is established around tlxo ity to prevent the entrance of any person from the cholerainfected districts 1U3LG1UM MUST LONDON Aug Paris correspondent of the NCILS says It Is reported that King Leopold has signed a treaty securing the fortsou as a basis of operations in case of France The French Foreign be questioned in tho Chamber of Deputies on the subject and will be asked whether the French Government lias Belgium an explanation of ikr equivocation 1 SALlSHimV MAKES A SPEECH At a banquet this evening Lord Salisbury in a speech enlarged of the of Europe during the six years of his ment said the powers of never pro sen ted so uninteresting an war point of view Tho tendency for a set tlemenii of dispute on terms ot compromise was spreading fast and influencing everyji power Tho African the desire of the leading powers to maintain amicable relations Referring to Egypt the Premier ing in tho course of his administration hud been more satisfactory than that countrys steady progress toward financial equilib num The future of the country was M diplomatic matter of some delicacy It owing1 to English energy that Egypt ished The time had not como for Egypt to govern itself Regarding home affairs Salisbury claimed the present Government of Ireland had been successful and tho country was orderly more contented and more pros porous than ever DAHOMBY DEAD Aug says that King Dahomey is reported dead An agreement between Franco and Eng land in regard to Zanzibar 1ms boen by the terms of which France gives her as sent to the establishment of a British pro teetorate over Zanzibar and Muscat in turn for recognition by Great Britain of tho extension of the French sphere of influence over Algeria and Senigal to the Niger river The agreement also provides that the British Consul in Madagascar shall take his exe quator from the French Government GERMANS RESIGNATION The Argentine President to Remain in Office PARTS Aug A dispatch from Buenos Ayres dated S oclock last evening says President elm an withdraws his resigna tion the Senate having refused to accept it It is reported that his Cabinet will comprise Levalle Goista Iregoyen Lastra and Agote INDIGNATION AROUSED LONDON Aug A dispatch to the Timca from Buenos Ayres It is impossible to de scribe the that prevails here arising from President Cclmans playing with his polemn promise to resign Every effort will be used to prevent VicePresident from resigning as he becomes President if the Chamber accepts Celmanm resignation It is expected that in the event of his becoming President Pelligrine would surround himself with the best and most honorable men Every effort will be made to sustain the credit of theRepublic Everyf v body is disposed to make monetary r personal sacrifices to help any honest eminent ANOTHER STRIKE Eight Thousand Chicago May Go Out CHICAGO Aug Tonight a grand ball under the auspices of tho local Brother hood was tbe attraction for the to the conventionof Brotherhood and Joiners A reportin circulation evening strongly asserts the probability of a renewal of the carpenters strike in Chicago on September 1st Tbe strike would directly affect 8000 men to say nothing of persons ia other building trades whose operations are more or less dependent on the carpenters Alleged backsliding on the partof the in the matter of advancing wages IB ported as the cause of dissatisfaction The Chicago assembly will doubtless be largely guided by the advice of the National vention which is expected teriuhand A RECORD OF CRIME A Deadly Colorado tiortists v Welch and Alex and er time disputed over the ownership of lands north county Weicii acdlxissoja
Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Now you can search for people, places, and events without the hassle of sorting through mountains of papers!
Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 155+ million newspaper pages. Plus our database expands by one newspaper page per second for a total of around 2.5 million pages per month! The value of your membership grows along with it.
Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Within our massive database, users can search ancestors' names for news stories and obituaries. We must understand our past to understand our future!
24 hours a day Monday-Saturday
Your full introductory membership payment will be credited toward the cost of full membership any time you choose to upgrade!
"It is amazing how easy and exciting it is to access all of this information! I found hundreds of articles about my relatives from Germany! Well worth the subscription!" - Michael S.
"I love this site. It's interesting to read articles about different family members. I've found articles as well as an obituary about an uncle who passed away before I was born, and another about a great aunt. It's great for helping with genealogy." - Patricia T.
"A great research tool. Allows me to view events and gives me incredible insight into the stories of the past." - Charles S.