PROOF AGAINST ELECTROCUTION.
STARTLING TESTS. Those who maintain that electricity cannot be relied upon as a humane deathdealing agent In executions have (according to the New York correspondent of the "Dally Telegraph") found a valuable supporter of their theory in a young man named Charles Quill. Tjils young fellow coolly demonstrates in his own person that electricity does not always kill, and euggests that death in certain cases results later when the surgeone perform post-mortems on malefactors' bedles. At a private exhibition, Quill allowed blmself to be strapoed Into the electric chair, similar to the one In American prisons, and a direct current of electricity was turned Into hie body to the amount of 1800 volte. This Is 100 volte more than is used In prison. Quill seemed to enjoy It. He endured this huge voltage for fully a minute, and during that time hie assistant touched various parts of his body with an alcohol-soaked handkerchief, which Immediately burst Into flames. Quill asserts that electricity does not kill unless it burns, and he explains his immunity by the fact that hie body contains an unusual amount of carbon. He pleyed with electricity at this demonstration as though It was the most harmless thing in the world. With 1800 volts sizillng Into one hand he lighted a candle or set aglow an incandescent light with the other. He applied a piece of Carbon held between his teeth to a similar piece attached to another ■wire, and supplied a perfect arc Hgnt. He drew forth a current of such intensity with one finger that he lighted a cigarette from the heat. Quill said he first came into contnet with hlfrh voltnge electricity In San Francisco, -when he was employed by a gas and electric light company. He got too close to a dynnmo,. and a "shunt" of 2300 volts entered his body, "Although apparently dead," he saidj "I was conscious through It all. I could neither move nor 'cry. It seemed as though I was tied between two dynnmos, with currents flowing through my body, burnlug mc up, and I'was powerless to help myself. When I revived I felt no ill-ef-fects." Quill Is prepared to sit in the prison chair and receive alleged fatal doses once a ■week, not mo c, because admittedly It makes him nervous.
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