Quincy Daily Herald

Quincy, IL


August 30, 1893

Another Kingston Echo:

    The Beverly correspondent of the Baylis Guide, who is deeply interested in the Kingston tragedy, has a good deal to say about the case. He says:
     “The people are dissatisfied with the habeas corpus proceedings. They argued if one is guilty all are equally guilty; if one is bailable all are bailable. It shows partiality upon Mr. Akers’ past in granting bail to a few. While we do not think it was the intention of the mob to kill Bradshaw, yet firearms were taken along to protect them should Bradshaw open fire upon them. The press of Quincy are making a hubbub of this affray because it was a Quincy man killed by country people. Reverse the situation: Wm. McVay was shot down in cold blood by a saloon keeper, also proprietor of a disreputable house. What was done? Comparatively speaking nothing! He was given a preliminary hearing, admitted to bail, and got free. Another instance can be referred to that of Policeman Dailey shooting a negro, yet he was admitted to bail. The law is so peculiarly constructed that if a murderer is one of the “ring” he is safe in killing a person as he would be in killing a spring chicken for his Sunday dinner. This case will be watched with much interest here, if these men are punished for a killing (which was not intended) of a man who was a frequenter of a disreputable house wouldn’t it be safe for the country people to reside in the city where they regard murder a bailable case?
     State’s Attorney Aker’s action is admitting some of the men to bail is wisdom itself. The defendants allied themselves together and swore to a story that was not altogether the truth. Justice could never have been done had their story been persisted in, therefore, some consideration is extended those who will assist the processes of law and justice. Perhaps the others are just as much entitled to bail as those already at large, but it is certainly no great hardship for them to come before the judge and tell the truth. That is the only condition that has so far been asked them. The statement that there was no intention to kill Bradshaw, but that the mob took firearms to protect themselves should he shoot at them, is laughable. Men carry guns for vengeance not for protection. If one man shoots a pistol held in another’s hand will not ward off the bullet. It will simply enable him to fire and kill afterward should he be so fortunate as to escape the first mans’ fire. The Quincy papers are not making a hubub because it was a city man killed in the country. They are doing it because a murder was committed. It is not Bradshaw, it is the cause. The city has just hanged a man from the city who went into the country and committed murder. The law is not “pecularly constructed,” and in no place is murder considered as trivial as the slaughter of a spring chicken. There is not even room for technicalities in the law of Illinois.
     A Distinguished French servant --- none other than M. D’Arsonval claims that an electric shock as administered under the New York penal laws does not kill. He has studied the question and insists that the current simply brings about apparent death and that the person subjected to it may be revived by artificial respiration. In other words, the criminals who have been subjected to death by electricity in New York have not been killed by electricity but by the knives of the surgeons who made the autopsy upon them. D’Arsonval holds that a person struck by an electric shock should be treated exactly as one drowned, and the formula which he has given to electricians has called back to life a number of men since its publication He severely stigmatizes the putting of criminals to death by electricity as a complicated, barbarous and unreliable proceeding, and he dares American Doctors to practice artificial respiration upon the criminal after his so-called “death”. D’Arsonval maintains that the use of dynamic electricity produces in a man a kind of anesthesia, under cover of which he is mangled alive, and must be so in order to become a corpse.

[Source: The Quincy Daily Herald; Aug. 30, 1893, Page 4 - Transcribed by Ella Tittsworth]

 

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