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Reno Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1890, Reno, Nevada I he Heno Gazette Has the beat Eastern and Coast Telegraph Report of any paper between San 1 rancieco a ad Sr It Lake. A Look at Uie Gawtto Will convince anyone its superior excellence as a newspaper. VOL. XXX. FBIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1890. NO. PVW He Showed Nerve on the Scaffold. DIED PROmTING HIS UHOCEHCE About i 50 People Witness the Scene. To-Day'e Sales of California Grapes In the East. The Blrehell Kxecuilou. By Associated Press.1 WOODSTOCK Nov. 14. At 8 :W o'clock this morning Bircheii was launched into eternity for tha murder of his fellow-countryman, F. C. Ben- well. Ho partook sparingly of breakfast at 0 o'clock, and then began to pre- pare for the lionl ordeal. He put on a white flannel shirt with a coat and vest, but asked the turnkey to see this replaced after the execution by an or- dinary white shirt, with a starched collar and tie. He would not wear a starched collar at the execution, ho said, because it might interfere with placing the ropa around bis neck. At half-past 6, and from that on, a crowd begun to collect in front of the jail, chiefly newspaper men, from all over the country and from the United States. At half-past 7 the doors of the jail were opened, and the crowd passed through to the yard in which the scaf- fold was erected. About 150 were ad- mitted. The executioner appeared on the scene at rope iu band, and began to put things in order. The scaffold was made of three pieces of timber, six inches square two uprights being sunk in the ground and the third timber crossed over the top. Tiie rope ran over a pulley in this cross-beam, and a weight of o50 pounds of iron was attached to the opposite end of the noose, being held up by a cord to a staple. Cutting this cord releases the weight, whicl falls and the condemned upward four feet. At the hangman having com pleted his preparations outside, he came in, wearing a long black Prince Albert coat, and removed night guar Midgler. He bad a bard look abou the mouth, but no tell-tale moistnes about tho eyes, and climbed the stairs and stood on the gallows beside Bir- choll's corridor door. There tho old soldier stcod gloomy and.sorrowful until tho sad procession passed out and down the spiral steps. At the executioner was beckoned to go up. He had been walking around the rotunda, and in hia hands be bold tho straps with which to tie IHrchell'H anna, waiting for the signal. He held behind his back and partly under the skirt of his coat, the russet colored straps, as ho went up the stairs. A minute or two be took to strap the prisoner's anna behind his back, and then tho awful marcU to death began at First came rural Dean Wade, in a mirplke, reading the Church of England service for the dead; behind him, a lowed by A. P. Stewart and deputy Sheriff Perry. The prisoner came next, deathly pale, but resolute, his jaws being locked with the fisity of death. His step was steady. His jet- black hair and moustache made the palor of bis face like marble. He was diessed in a dark-colored tweed snit, while flannel shirt with a black bow at the collar, and light pat- ent leather shoes. Ho looked so young, and there was such an expres- sion of unmovable resolution and un- daunted eouraye, that men who saw him and knew him to be worU.y of death in the eye of the law, forgot that he shot a friend in a dark and lonely swamp. The faces cf half of the men there were as white as that of the doomed man. At the foot of the spiral stair- way the procession re-formed, and his friend, Leethara, walked on one side of the prisoner, with day guard George on the other. Jailer Cameron followed them, and then came the hangman. The aged Sheriff was supported to the door of the corridor overlooking the west yard. The march was slow along the cor- ridor and out into the yard. Leetham walked close and held one hand in both of his, with all the assurance of a friend's hea -ty clasp. The principal actors in the tragedy stopped with their charge 15 feet from the gallows, and the solemn tones of the Anglican service thrilled every one there with horror that hardly let them realto the tremendous im- portance of that in which they were taking a part. They felt an over- powering pity for the white-faced young mau standing on the threshold of eternity His eyes had not a trace of the frivolity that had lightened his im- prisonment. As he stood 1-atening to the low-toned priest, they were fixed on the blue sky over to the north. There was not a hunted look, nor was there any fear iu his eyes, but a fixed purpose seemed to resume his reason. It is nok pojnible to imagine the ex- jression of his face. He was living a ifetime in that hour, and there was no one there but would have shared he strain of his terrible ordeal. It vas not despair, but he had strung tis whole being to die game. At the words of "dust to dust" in he service, Bircheii stepped firmly nrward and took his place under the with his face to the south and urned up slightly. He took lam's hands in his aud the friends ussed under the gallows. The executioner put the straps around the prisoner's legs just above the knees. When the clergyman took Birchell's hand and kissed him the witnesses were sure the end was near, and the suspense was terrible, terrible on the witnesses, no.human knowledge can say how terrible it to the man standing alone there on tho greensward. As the priest en- tered upon tho Lord's Prayer, the ex- ecutioner put the black cap over the lead of the doomed man and adjusted the noose about his neck. Bircheii had declared he would say nothing at the scaffold, and his silence seemed by tho intensity of his pur- pose to be concentrated a hundred times. He had not said a word after leaving his cell, except it might have been to mutter a word to Leetham, or when he bade him good-bye. At six minutes after the pro- cession started from the corridor, at the words deliver us from he gave a signal, and a quick pull on a small rope by the executioner, who stood behind the law's victim, released tho immense weight. It dropped with the rapidity of thought, and sank six or eight inches into the ground by the force of its weight. BircheJl had been placed close to one of the uprights, and the jerk of the noose drew the body first obliquely and then up. The body was jerked into the air about five feet, and fell until his feet were within two feet of the ground. Convulsions commenced half a minute later, but were not at all violent, more resembling heavy breathing, with a slight twitching of tho hands and legs. At the convulsions ceased, and at Dr. Chamberlain declared life extinct. Ho said Birchell's neck was broken. Mrs. Bircheii remained in the cell with her husband till one o'clock this morning, when she waa led away weeping. Bircheii slept but little, but his demeanor during the nigh t re- mained unchanged. He had an im- pression that some one would publish a bogus confession by him, so he pr pared the following as his final state- ment WOODSTOCK JAIL, Nov. All rights reserved. If after my death there shall appear in the press or in any other manner whatsoever, any confession that I had any hand in the murder of F. C. Ben- well, or had any personal knowledge of said murder, with intent or malice aforethought, or any personal connec- tion with the murder on the 17th of February or on other days, or any knowledge that any such murder was likely to be committed, or any state- ment, further than any that I may have made public previous to this date, I hand this statement to the care of George Perry of Woodstoc Ontario, that be may know that any confession or part of any confession is entirely fictitious and in no way ev written by me, neither emanated from me in anv way whatever to any per- son, and that the whole is fictitious and without a word of truth. 1ms likewise applies to my story in the Mail, in which I have madenocoa- fession or partial confession. This holds good throughout. REG. The post mortem examination showed that death was caused by strangulation. The body will be buried in the jail-yard. Still Uneasy and Very Weak. SEVERAL RiftROAD ACCIDENTS. i 'A Large Reward Offered for Train Wreckers. A Destructive Fire in San Francisco. Railroad Accident. By Associated Press.) FrrrsBURQ, Nov. second section of the Western Express on the lennsylvania railroad collided with the east bound express train at New Florence, I'a., this morning. The wreck took fire, and one Pulman was burned. Two were killed and 1. injured. The killed are Henry D. Minot of Boston, Mass., and Mrs. S. H. Angell of Washington. The accident was between two sec- tions of tbe Western express, which left New York last evening, and was caused by a fog, which prevented the engineer of the second section from seeing the first section in time to The first section was made up of man sleepers and day coaches, and tho second section sectian was com- posed of baggage, express and mail cars. The first section was behind time, and tho second crashed into the sleeper telescoping it ten or twelve feet. The sleeper caught fire, and was nearly destroyed. The the next sleeper, was thrown from the track. The scene following the collision was exciting in the extreme, the pas- sengers being panic-stricken, and, in their efforts to get out, they broke the windows, and crawled through as quickly as possible. When the passengers in the unfor- tunate "Biscay" were removed, it was found that two were killed out- right aud eleven inoio or less seriously injured. At least four of the injured it is thought will die. They were conveyed to houses in the vicinity, and the uninjured arrived in this city shortly before noon. Later news reports seven more in- jured, making eighteen in all. Clean Breast of It. I By Associated Press.] I SEATTLE Nov. L. Terry, ex-United States Customs Inspector, who became notorious for smuggling while performing his duties as Inspector, and who has been absent from the United States for several years for the reason that two or three indictments were standing against him, returned quietly to Seattle last night, informed his friends, and later appealed at the office of United States Commissioner Spriggs and gave him- self up. Terry comes to throw him- self upon the mercies of the Govern- ment. He was taken in charge by a Deputy Sheriff and biter released on bail. He was associated with E. A. Gard- ner, once of Seattle, but now serving a thirteen-year sentence in the New York Penitentiary for smuggling worth of opium from Victoria. Two indictments were rendered against Terry atTacoma previous to Gardner's arrest, and he skipped. He went to Victoria, where he has ever since re- sided' While there he professed re- ligion, and, under the preaching of Mocdy, was induced to surrender to the Government valuable lands in Seattle as a partial settlement for his thefts. Judge Green, to whom Terry first went and signified his willingness to suffer for his wrong-doing, said Terry had come hack to make a clean and manly breast of everything that was against him. HtockH Still Shaky. By Associated Press.1 NEW YORK, Nov. this morning were ordinarily active, hut moderated considerably before the end of an hour. While the general list was fairly well held, there was great weakness in several loading shares, and the opening figures were irregular, jut generally near last evening's close. The exceptions being again in Western Union, and losses of in Union Pacific and in Atchison. In the early trading a special weak- ness appeared in Pacific Mail and Northern Pacific. North American rose per cent, to 13H- iu the early trading, but later lost all improvement. At 11 o'clock the market was fairly active and steady at about the opening prices. At noon blocks continued active, but the weakness of the first hour spread to the entire list. Everything traded in showed a loss. At stocks were fairly active, but unsettled, and closed at the lowest prices, fractionally below those of the opening. LONDON, Nov. amount of bullion which has gone to tho Bank of England on balances to-day is The stock market closed with fractional declines, generally in American securities. 1890. FALL AND WINTER. 1891, Foritlic Full nwl Winter IB now complete, consisting of and Me. ilium Grades ol is and Boy's AND FURNISHING GOODS. FINE BEAVEll OVERCOATS, Chinchilla and Kerseys. A largo anBortmont of Men'a Boys' Fine Wool and Merino Underwear. A rtne lino of Men's and Boys' 'Wool and Cotton Socks Largest and best line of H.A-TS In tho State, also a full lino of JOHN B. STETSON A CO.'S HATS. California Fruit By Associated Press.] CHICAGO, Nov. Bros. Co. sold to-day two cars of California fruit at auctioa. Emperor grapes, ful' crates, sold for 35; tokays, ful crates, at 25 to 30; half crates 50 to 65; muscats, full crates 80 to 90; half crates, 85c to f 1. A Tame Affair. By Associated Press.1 NEW YORK, Nov. Bren nan, the champion heavy-weight o Montana, defeated Jack Barns of Jer soy City in two rounds, near Jamaica Island, early this morning. The fiRht was for a side and was a very tame affair.___________ Investigating Cronln Case. By Associated Press.] CHICAGO, Nov. Congress ional World's Fair Committee began an inquiry this morning by question ing the members of the Executive Committee of the World's Fair Com mission as to the salaries paid thave reached here of a disastrous rail- road wreck on the Norfolk Western near Petersburg, Va. It is stated that ;wo were killed and a number injured. Mllver Purchase. WASHINGTON, Nov. amount of silver offered the Treasury Depart- ment to-day was ounces, and the amount-purchased was ounces at to Motion Postponed. By Associated Press.J NEW YORK, Nov. motion for the appointment of a receiver of the Horth River Park was postponed until Monday because efforts are be- ing made to resume business. Blown to By Associated LIMA Nov. an ex- plosion of dynamite in a stone quarry this morning three men were blown to pieces and two seriously hurt. Ba? silver, With your name and address, mailed to the Swift Specific Co., Atlanta, Ga., Ja necessary to obtain an interesting treaV ise on the blood and the diseases incident to it ss s Eruption Cured. One ofay customers, a highly respected Influential citizen, but who is now absent from, the city, has used Swift's Specific with excellent result. He says it cured him of a skin eruption that he had been tormented with for thirty years, and had resisted the curative qualities of many other medicines. ROBIBT CLEOO, Druggint, Fulls City, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ORE AT SALE. Of our Now Stock of PrylGroods Prices Lower than Ever. .The Cod That Helps to Cure The Cold. The disagreeable taste of the COD LIVER OIL is dissipated in SCOTT'S EMULSION Of Pure -Cod Liver Oil with HYPOPHOSPHITE8 O-B> -AJNT3 SOI3.A.. The patient suffering from CONSUMPTION, COUGH, OH WASTING may take tho remedy much satisfaction a. he would take milk. Physicians arc.proscrib- ing It everywhere. TaKenoother PACIFIC BREWERY, Reno Soda Works and Granite Saloon. J-. G, KERTH, JSnccoBBor to Becker. Beer by the Glass, Quart, Bottle or Keg at shortest noticp. Laicer Beer of tho boat quality always on handT Orders from tho country receive prompt attention. Commercial How.Heno. Xevudn. UNION SALOON. Coruer 2d aud Virginia Streets, RENO, NEVADA" CHASE CHUBICH, Proprietors Iclnal Purposes these no equal. Of har Jie choicest NOVACOVICH. H. J. BKRR BERRY MACOVICU, ----Wholesale and Retail Dealers iu---- Groceries, Provisions, FINE TEAS AND OOFFEE8, Fist: and: Oysters In season. FRUITS OH ALL KINDS, Wines, Liquors, Cigars, Tobacco. Crockery. We carry a fine assortment of FANCY GROCERIES. Commercial Row, Reno, Nevada. Fireworks, Flags, Firecrackers, Etc. II. FISIIEll CO., SACRAMENTO, CAL deolers etc. We make a Hpoclalty of Kxhlbition- Ooodn. Committees reHpoolfully axked to correspond with us, an we give you more and belter tbao any other company on tbe coast. Send for Price List. H. FISHER CO. Largest Dealeryn Pacific Coast. Reno Livery JOHN POTHOFF, Prop'r OPPOSITE DEPOT. NOTICE TO KANCHORS ON AND AFTER THE FIRST clay of November next I will Bell ap- pie at the following low rates in large for cash with order: Apple trees a to 4 feet high, n'A each by the 100 or 1000; apple trees 4 to 7 feet high as cts each by the :oo or looc; apple treed 7 to i2 feet hifth 50 each by the loo or 1000 bearing size and age, but cash must accompany the order and the cost of 50 ceuta per bale. If no discount to any one. STEPHEN CONNER. Renoand Mt. Hope Nurseries. Reno, Nevada. Livery and Feed Stable. First-class turnouts at reasonable prices. Transient Htoelc Careful I r Pro for. WILLIAM DIXON BROTHER, BEEF, MUTTON, PORK, VEIL, ETC. Are prepared to furulih the best meats at the living Cardboard AM. KINDS FOR SALE AT RKAS 0 oSTble Office. A Pleasant Room, OR ROOMS FOR RBNT, NEAR THK briCK school house. Inquire of A. O, Porter, GAZETTE office, for particulars. How Cor. 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