Kansas Senator Preston Plumb Death - Los Angeles Herald - Los Angeles, CA - December 21, 1891 - Page 1 - Columns 1 and 2

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PLUMB PROSTRATED. The Senior Kansas Senator's Sudden Death. He Died of Apoplexy Caused by Overwork. A Loss to His State and a Blow to the Republican Party. Hn. Plumb Overcome !>y New* of tho Sad Occurrence—lngalls Will Probably lie Appointed to the Vacant Seat. Associated Press Dispatches. Washington, Dec. 20.—"0h ! My God ! My head, my head!" anil Senator Preston Plumb who, as a representative of the state of Kansas in the United States senate since 1870, has occupied a prominent place in the councils of the Republican party, a few minutes later fell unconscious, never to regain knowledge of what was going on around him. It was a quarter to 7 this morning when he uttered the above exclamation. A little more than five hours later the broad-framed, powerful - looking man was stretched out dead in his modest apartments in Fourteenth street. His physician, Dr. Philip Wales ; his clerk, R. W. Flcnniken, and his landlord, Mr. Jennings, were with him at the last. His wife aud two children are in Kansas. His DEATH FROM APOPLEXY was clearly tho result of overwork. The senator had been known for many years as one of the most energetic members of the senate. A year ago he began to fail, his brain became affected, and he was alllictcd with throbbing headaches, which became more and more frequent. His physicians warned him that a continuance of his labors meant death, but he refused to heed their warning. So far as outward appearances went he was most vigorous-looking, and apparently the persouiiication of health. He continued with the energy of a steam engine, and today, when seemingly still in full vigor, died. Two weeks ago TROUBLED BY FAILING MEMORY and other symptoms which medical men class as aphasia, he called in Dr. Wales. Tbe latter, after a careful study, informed the senator that the symptoms indicated apoplexy, and that he must quit work, aud rest, but Plumb thought tne doctor was unduly alarmed. He kept up his labors, both in the senate aud at home. His eyes then troubled him, a; did also his kidneys. He had skillful specialists examine him. They reported that there was nothing the matter with those organs; that it was some other trouble, which confirmed Dr. Wales's diagnosis, A few days ago Plumb went to Philadelphia with Senator Quay to consult Dr. Peppei. He returned last evening complaining of a violent headache, but went to a dinner given by ex-Seuator Mahone to a few friends. He returned home about 1 o'clock this morning, and about 2 o'clock called Mr. Jennings, his landlord, who lived above, and requested him to come down and ait with him as ho was ill. Mr. Jennings saw his condition was serious aud summoned Dr. Wales. The latter alleviated his pain and remained with the Senator until 0:30, when he went away, leaving the Senator sleeping soundly. Fifteen minutes later Senator Plumb awoke, bounded out of bed to the slop jir aud bigan to vomit. When the vomit ceased, he raised his hands to his head and exclaimed what proved to be HIS LASr WORDS : "Oh! My God! My head, my head!" Mr. Jennings stroked his head to relieve the pain, aud a few minutes later the senator relapsed into slumber and soon after into unconsciousness. About 10 o'clock Dr. Wales returned and saw at once that the senator had been stricken with apoplexy. He remained unconscious until the end came a I 11 :30. Dr. Wales said the immediate fcauae of his death was apoplexy brought on by fatty degeneration of the brain from overwork. "It was a clear case of overwork," said the doctor. "If he had given up some time ago it would have been different, but no man could stand what be waa doing in his condition." THE NEWS OF THE SAD EVENT Spread rapidly. Within an hour Senator Peffer was at the bedside of hia dead colleague, and Sergeant-at-Arms Ballantyne of the senate assumed the direction of the funeral arrangements. An undertaker was summoned and he embalmed the remains, his haste in this matter giving rise to A DISTRESSING INCIDENT. Shortly after the embalming was completed a dispatch was received from his widow, who was in Emporia, Ks., requesting that the body be not embalmed. It was stated that last summer the senator was for two or three hours in a state of suspended animation and to all appearance dead. Having that crisis in mind, Mra. Plumb did not wish the body embalmed until there was no doubt of his death. The receipt of this telegram, too late, caused much unavailing regret. The nndertaker and doctor, howeyor, are positive the senator waa dead. A GUARD OF HONOR, composed of employees of the senate, was detailed to watch over the remains until they were removed to the capitol. Vice-Preßident Morton and many senators called at the house during the afternoon. Plumb leaves a wife and five children, two daughters and three sons. SENATOR PLUMB'S CAREER. He was born in Delaware county, Ohio, October 12,1837; left the common school for the printer's case, and in pursuance of that vocation went to Kansas in 1856 and plunged at once into the thick strife then raging over the slavery question. He at once went to the front, and soon became a member of the Leavenworth constitutional convention of 1850. He was admitted to the bar in 1801, went to the legislature in '02, served in the Eleventh Kansas iufantry through all the gradea from second lieutenant to colonel. After the war he served again in the Kansas legislature, and in 1870 was chosen United States senator to succeed James M. Harvey. Plumb was a wealthy man, and in addition to his senatorial duties was actively concerned in railroad and industrial enterprises, and widely known in financial circles aa an indefatigable promoter. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. At 10 o'clock tomorrow the body of the late senator will be removed to the marble chamber in the senate wing of the capitol. At 1:35 o'clock the body will be removed to the senate chamber, where fifteen minutes later the funeral services will be held. At 2:30 the body will be taken to the Pennsylvania railway station, escorted by a committee of the two houses and members on foot. It will be taken to Emporia, Kan., where the interment will be made. A HHOCK TO THE KANSANS. Topeka, Kan., Dec. 20.—The news of the death of Senator Plumb was a shock to hia friends in Kansas. No one knew he had been ailing, and the vigorous campaign ho made last fall in the interests of his party seemed convincing proof that his robust constitution was in the best condition. He stumped the state from one end to the other, being obliged to undergo all the fatigue of a country campaign. His work generally is credited with having been tbe prime cause oi a Republican victory. It is not an exaggeration to say that Plumb was one of tho most popular men in Kansas. He was the idol of hia own party and was regarded by his political opponents with respect. INGALI.S LIKELY TO SUCCEED HIM. The Kansas law provides that in the event of the death of a senator the vacancy shall be filled by the governor's appointment until the next meeting of the legislature. The next legislature doea not meet until a year from now. Governor Humphrey was seen by a reporter of the Associated Press this afternoon. Ho had already been notified of the senator's death by a private dispatch. He was greatly shocked at the news, so much so that he haa given no thought to the Benator'a successor. The name of ex-Senator Ingalls is already prominently mentioned by politicians— in fact, no other naiae has received any mention at all. MRS. PLUMB PROSTRATED. Emporia, Kan., Dec. 20.—This city, the home of Senator Plumb, deeply mourns his death. Mrs. Plumb, who haß been an invalid many years, was today able for the first time in several months to attend church, and it was there the news of her husband's sudden illness was communicated to her. She was prostrated and taken home in a carriage. She had scarcely arrived there when a second dispatch announced Plumb's death. Mrs. Plumb is now completely prostrated. IT IS ALREADY DECIDED. SENATOR SHOUP'3 FORECAST OF THE NOMINEES IN '9S. Th9ra Is an Understanding Between Blame and Harrison, Which Means That Jingo Will Have a Walkover — Senator Palmer to Head the Democratic Ticket. Chicago, Dec. 20.—Senator Shoup, of Idaho, who waa in the city today, in talking about political affairs, said he believed there waa a perfect understanding between Harrison and Blame. He was inclined to think both are to take a neutral position and let the people decide which will load in '92. Idaho, said Shoup, is for Blame, first, lust and always, and will send six delegates to the convention pledged to his support. When asked who he thought would be the Democratic nominee, Sharp said: "It will not be Hill or Cleveland, and in my judgment will be none other th<va Senator John M. Palmer. Interviews with leading men of the party brought me to this conclusion. Some seem to think Gorman might get the nomination. The bitter fight between the Hill and Cleveland factions must reeult in a compromise candidate to get the New York factious in line. The Democrats are going to make a tremendous effort to capture the west and northwest. Palmer ia the most available man, and he was never before so. near the presidential nomination as now." AN INSANE HAN'S I.KAI', He Jumped Through a Fifth-Story Window and Was Killed. Ciucago, Dec. 20.—At an early hour this morning a policeman found a man lying on the sidewalk in Plymouth Place in a pool of blood. The patrol wagon was summoned, but he died in a few minutes. Letters found in his pockets showed his name to be Carl Edgar Johiißon, and that he was a furniture varnisher. Saturday afternoon he took a room in a small hotel on South Clark street. This morning about 2 o'clock he arose and left the place. An investigation has disclosed the fact that he went to the Manhattan building, ascended to the fifth floor and jumped through a window to the sidewalk. He did not wait to open tho window, but jumped right through the glasa. Hia head and body were terribly mangled. Nothing haa been learned about him yet, but the police think he was insane. Walt Whitman Dying. Philadelphia, Dec. 20.—-Thecondition of Walt Whitman, who lies seriously ill at his lit f le cottage in Camden, ia said to be unchanged tonight; but he is steadily growing weaker. He ia suffering from bronchial pneumonia, and his physicians have but little hope, owing to his advanced age and weakness. Cowboys right a Duel. Cheyenne, Wyo., Dec. 20.—News was received today from Fremont county that two cowboys, William Hopkinaand Jack Hill, fought a duel over the ownership of some horses a few days ago. Hopkins was instantly killed. Hill escaped into the mountains.

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