Issue 6 and Volume 8.

TOPICS OF THE DAY AFTER months of delay, the murderer William Kemmler was finally executed by electricity at Auburn, N. Y., early on Wednesday morning. Owing to some defect, either in the apparatus or its management, the force of the current fluctuated considerably, and it was found necessary after once stopping it to switch it on again before life was finally pronounced extinct. The daily newspapers have published highly sensational accounts of the scene, but the experts in attendance seem to be virtually agreed that the process is quicker and more humane than that of hanging. THE efficiency of a fire engine stream for dispersing a mob has been frequently demonstrated. An American inventor is now reported to have made use of this idea in a device for driving cattle from railroad tracks in front of trains. It would be under the control of the engineer, and would direct a…

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