Of Death in a Comparatively New Stone Building.
Auburn, N. Y., Oct.
29.—The chamber in which the murderer of President McKinley was
executed was not the same as the first electrocution that took place
here. It is a comparatively new building, strikingly elaborate in
comparison with the old prison structures about it. It is built
of gray stone and is situated about half way down the prison yard
on the left hand or south side. Entrance to it is possible either
from the prison yard or from the main south corridor and the execution
room proper may be entered without passing the condemned cells.
From the time of his entry into tho [sic] death house Czolgosz
was confined in the cell nearest to the death chamber so that when
he entered the execution room this morning he had only to step a
few feet through the stone arch and as the great oron [sic]
door swung behind him he was beside the electric chair. The execution
room has seats for the witnesses and is lighted with several windows
placed high in the walls. In one corner of the wall is the closet
in which the keyboard is situated and in which Electrician Davis
stood when he switched the current on.
The preliminaries were exactly like
those of every other execution. The witnesses gathered in the office
of the warden on the second floor of the prison at a quarter of
seven. At a few minutes before 7 the witnesses were told to quickly
follow the warden and state superintendent of prisons and after
walking through the long corridor took their places silently beside
the death chair in the execution room. The iron door leading to
the condemned cells was closed but behind it the warden’s assistants
were preparing Czolgosz for death. The warden waited until the witnesses
were seated and then made the usual formal declaration that those
present in the room were merely there as witnesses to a legal execution
of a murderer and that under no circumstances and no matter what
the provocation no one was to leave his seat or make any disturbance.
Electrician Davis then put upon the arms of the chair a bank of
incandescent lamps and charged the electrical wires passed the current
through them so that the lights glowed out brightly. An assistant
in the meantime put the two electrodes which were lined with sponges
into pails of salt water so as to get them wet enough to prevent
the current from burning the victim’s flesh.