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I ' MPLE THE ASSAILANT WAS THE MAX W HO J SHOT II IAMCER GKOilCB II. WVCKOIT. Tie Prisoner-Patient Dle at f tt .teir- York Hoiiillat-Hail Pern Jtj.norii About This City Stnee loyhOod 1st Busluea House -Leaves Wife and Child The Baafe President Jlarb latproTcd, 4 Chnaeea tor Full Recovery Arc BrlffUtef. i" - - v ' I- -': corgre H. Semple of 3T West Elehty-scc- Strcct was the man who. on Monday; the Bank ct New-Amsterdam! fhot or aJ c irgs H. Wyckoff, President of th Instl-lon, after Mr. Wyckorf had refused : to lor a demand at tiie paint of a revolver t'. h' ful $a,(XK), and had grappled with the as- s.asln. -...' . emple, who had also shot himself, died at the New-York Hisplial yesterday. At ti c si 10 lime of his arrest, be said he was vies t-larx. in mb u tements be doggedly persisted until his ntity tcame known. . Thrs waa yester morning. He then, admitted that ne Semple, and in; a half -pen! tent way in gasps the story of his life to. Su- w ti 1" C intendent Ludiam o tne nospiiai au pt. Chapman of the Nineteenth Precinct. here was a sudden changa at noon in s- inpte's condition, and in a few minutes h' was unconscious. ;He sank rapidly, ana ad 1:10 o'clock died. His young wjfe, daugn- t. of Mrs. Annie Linton Toungre of the L ndhurst, 78 West ;K'.Khty-second Street. o went to his cut at 10 A. M., was pres- sift when the end came.- : :ut for the precautions taken by Super-- ti ident Ludiam Monday nigrht precau- ti na in the Interest of -justice and human- it an l in a line with the rules of the ln- a ti e tution " Clark " would have been Idcn- ed for the public aft Semple twelve hours frller. Although Mr. Ludiam would nei- ti w r' admit nor deny it, the identification s brought about by the bicycle rider o, as exclusively; toiu in ins aic Timxs, calletl at the hospital Monday ht and saw " Clark " after he had t4kea "ith Mr. Ludiam and N. Brewer, o:r or air. wycaorts reiauves. lira. St-mple's brother, John Tounge, Nfnpieia tne laenuucation ana uroite ine n-Jws to his mother' and sister. hey endeavored at first to reach the pisoner-patieot as friends without giving Us-ir names, but as siuch had no privileges- Tien the younger woman said, tearfully but ri-olute!y: "1 must see him! I am his Then," said the clerk, " you are not s. Charles Clark? No," replied the4 agitated woman. "1 ;i..ti: lira. George H. bempJe, Here ia my ntther." Mrs. Tcruntje nave her card and the wo- n were taken to the dyirix man. i The 4-etiiiK- was a distresslmr one. Stmpie wiui tile i(it anecteu. because, he was eoma- under the influence of morphine, but was uiive to the situat.on and taikeu elrneatly with his vounu wile, althousrh ha utterances were spasmodic.' Seelnar tne ell near, Mrs. Tourme left her dauichter ain son-in-iaw, ana wnen acatn came 'tne iceman had been withdrawn, and only a nfrse saw from a distance what took place hi ine cot. Mrs. Tounae refused to be Questioned. 1st Airs, tieu.ule tniked about the situation wus eo tuJaeiuy cal.e-d to face. 1 can haruiy," she said, comprehend itl yet. . He must have been li-.aane It cJuld 'not he otherwise. , His statement that v. ; were in poverty and that this ma'Je hra desperatet was a delusion. He could t:4t have ben out of wora. because only a I day or two aeo he was for century iicuonary. 'Had he been out of employment he nt?d have fe.t no anxiety a4xiui me. I My nanner is wen fiDie to care lor me. ana my .i-.tsband could have stided over any period advei-slty. Uesides, 1 have a brother who well to do and w ell alsposed toward' me 1 Our married life nas nad lew ciouus hippy, in fact. Nothing serious has ever lurrea our aamesucity.' After all. it is tier- htus Just as well that ha should be taken bay. Better fur him, because of his ter ra. le act and the .consequences that may ilnie. totnl. It Is hard on our little boy ily three years old. and the sttama of his tit ner s death on him for life." omple, it wm learned, married Miss unire In and the young couple lived lrl West One Hundred and Third Street and eat One Hunured and Fourteenth Street, .ti with Mrs. Tounge In West Eighty-third rcet. Here, laK year, there was a-disa-(einent. and ijumpie Is said to have of-rided his mother-in-law. who last January v nt to live at the Lyndhurst. Her ushre.r an-1 -her husband lived elsewhere Ir a J.ime. Reccn;iy Mrs. Sample occupieti roora at ner mot iter a, and ner husLwnd l:fcd lodgings elsewhere, but saw her daily i.cij r.e was not cut or town canvassing.. Mrs. Tounge had aa occupants of her itlat r son jolin ami ur, t: l. UiU and ;hi I lot her,.- and three Weeks ago, on account Mrp. Stmpie's hrtallh, a bedroom was 1 Ired for her in the rear of the second floor, West Eighty-secqhd Street. She took r meals at Mrs. Tounse's. At her lode- iJs n.j one knew lieorge H, Semple, bul i.t slept triere tunuay Jiignt an i oa Mondav "irning he wtnt win his wife and child d .breakfa.ted at hi3 mothcr-ln-law's. itlilng in his behavior that waa strange is noticed, but he Wan as usual quick and rvous. He Kissed ai wne and their boy out 10 clock ana i went away, taking: a bio car at Coiumbub Avenue. kt tbe office of TheiTrihune Century. Xio- H-nary ana wyciope.jaa l;partment it was id that Semple had been employed there a canvasw at r.rsi in ims city and then II some of the New-jersey towns. He hail vAjrked at this business lor two or three mtf.s. i CIe:last drew his pay about two weeks Bko. ; bemple was gettting JJS a week an-J wins considered a good outness dim.' " We lluugti: mm a bright younc man." w-aii t way the manager put it. J?orge IL Semple was the son of George Somple, who was flor many years at the- aa oi tne ciKar uenanmeni or Kninc H ia ggett v o., west uroaaway and Frank- IJi Street. The father died six years airo. Imple's mother also Is dead. lie. used to slst his father at Lieceett's. and thev re- rdember him there asi a bov. For t wo half years he was In the employment of e nrm. tie leit mere about six years -o. Mr. Roberts, who is now At the head tne cigar uapartment. saia ' Sompie was a quiet young fellow, and I can only account ior nis eommlttina such me on the ground that he waa intoxlcat- The last I heard f him was about four irlmths ago. He waa then canvassing- for e veniury i.'icviouary peopte. At Ii. C. Williams & Co.'a wholesale grocery nouse, liujson ana Thomas Streets, where tsempie naa aiao peen employed, Ed-Ward H. Sayre aald: I "Semple has not been In the emnlov of tt.--u; wuuams ec i.x. ior xne past two ?ars. He worked here about two years. a had an indoor clerical position. Tbero Was nothing noticeably strange about his viays and actions, so Ifar as I could see. I tta l remember wny ne left this firm." As soon as Cant. Chapman heard that Clara baa Keen luenunea , ha went to e hospital and saw the prisoner. Sem e's first care was to apologize for his ggeo. conduct Monday. r , ... ... l anow you, ne saia. in answer to the Oaptain's question. Yes, you're the Cap tain. I feel very bad over yesterday. I m ry sorry I gave you any trouble, but vou iowi that you had the case well covered pen you had me. I know- you forgive te. Uemple then told of his career aa a clerk id canvasser. .4 capt. Chapman Cid not orry him by asking him if he had a con- erate, because, in his opinion, such a eory la unwarranted. Capt-. Chapman ys that Superintendent Ludiam also iked with Semple.; and the conclusion at they came to was that Semple took tha anc or. getting su.wju - on the toss of a pper " Without giving a decided opinion. tpc Chapman said that it was prc-babU tf at tempi meuii no narm to air. Wyclt- car, but that the act of tha President In seizing or making a motion to seize Sera- aischarged the pistol accidentally. It was very Lkely. the Captain said, that mpie naa stuctea orcrosa s methods in ItusKeil Sage's otilce, while he had been utv-ef.)i9 to laro whether Semple ever k&aw of this happening, i While temple was dylr.g the relatives and friends of President Wyckoff were reiolcina because of the favorufcle reports on bis condition. Mr. Wyckoff waa la Room No. 7 of tfie hospital in tne cars of two trained rtursea and Dr. Robert F. Weir and such oi tne noapiiaJ ala.T taat he ded.' he results of the treatment wars most courarin: in tact., they oould not Dr. Tr."elr saJd. be better. The condition of th pcy-at responded most happiiy to th treat-ir. tut, anJ oce gjod feature w4 Co cor-iiai nipom to tts!on of sUmu-laata. Tha paiact caxu out ct taa ooiuii- tlnn of ether:rit: n as we.i i- Me. and. aiihoui- r. me -a . :;n, pellrtl the use oi opiates, , able to talk a fw inoments with 1ns wiftf and their Uaunnter iirs. irauiiri,oi .. HtilL ir. Wycalt is lii a uire ui, k,Io iat oventna it was siu mere was no likelihood of h! dying dur nif the nlg-ht. the dancer of peritonitis wiu nut ov 'until to-morrow nitht. Then the patient will have to race otner possiuimitj, nuu u ill nok be until three wttM nave passe j that a dee ded opinion en nis recovery win be civen by thoe who best know his con dition. Hope lor nun i iwttru on ma rts-ular and sober litis, his physique,-and the absence of other serious injury than the intestinal perforations. So buoved up wun nope were tne mem bers of Mr. Wyckoffs family that they left the bc-spital at nom nna went to ine jnei- ea in West X wenty-inira street, wnence thev can be sumnvinea oy a leiepnone can. AH through the clay there was a steady stream of callers at too hospital to o&ism news of Mr.. Wyckoff. Among them were Mr Thomaa f! Actor and Krank Tllrora. who is aetinir a I'rcsident of the Bank of New-Amsterdam. ' - The ho(piUl authorities reKcn: the pub lished criticism that there was delay on Monday In rettlnir lr, IV yckorT to the in stitution. Thfeir assertion that there was ail proper exp-ditioii Is sustained by Dr. S. N. Irwin, who was at th bank at the time of the shooting, and who waa present when Mr. WvckofI was oceratea on. 1 ne recoras of the hospital prove beyond a doubt that the ambulance left the hospital at 12:34 P. M. ani had returned with Mr. Wyckorr ana ins assailant .vt 1 P. M. Dr. W. N. Harri son was the ambulance surgeon, and of him Lr. It win said yesieraay: " He. was the rlRht man in tne ngni piace. He . knew his business and did what was nocsary, well and quickly." fclx-l-Teeiaent Acton -remainea in town Mopiibv riirht- He wu at Ihe Bank of New-Amsterdam 'nearly all' day yesterday. Many called on him to Uiuune about Mr. Vvyckoff. . No ation." Mr. Acton staid to a reporter for 'i'HE New-York. Time, " has been taken hv the oiiicers of the bank in regard to the cruel affliction that has befallen my suc cessor. Just to think of it: His fate mlifht have been mine. Yes, our ollices are very open,, but they've always been so, and-aj- tvavi will be so. as to oetne armea. i never carried a pistol in my life. I was not armed in tne oratt riots, ine news aoout Mr. Wyckoffpls ncouraKlng'. but who an tell tha result? Ail we can do Is to be pa tient and pray for his recovery." Coroner raipatrick received testeraay a letter signed "Mrs. A. M. Clark, 1,205 Hockely Street, Chicago." The writer sail that her husband had disappeared three weeks ago. She thought he might be the assassin of Bank President Wyckoff. He had a :car over his left eye. and one of his arms was two Inches shorter than the other. The description doea not tally with Semple. TIIIMCS BEMI'LE WAS IJfSAXE. What a Relative Say of Him and His Family Connections. "In order," said a ', relative of both the Kemple and Tounge families, last night. to sustain . the contention that George Hallarrr'Scmple, now lying dead, was bereft of reason, the victim of jmental disorder when he demanded $J,000 of Prealdent Wyckoff, it is necessary to call attention to his antecedents and surroundings. " George E. Semple, his father, was arc ontirely honorable man, and his children In herited his brightness and probity. Tea, here was one taint of insanity In the fam ily of the Semples on the ufde of George Hallam's father. George E. Hemple married one of the best women that ever Jived, Miss Klizabeth Kennedy. She and her husband ara dead. FiTie of their children, three sons and two daughters, are yet living. All art- well consr.dired. One or them is Kdward W. Semple. an Insurance agent, who until recently was in business at J20 Broadway. He la now out West. It Would not be right to name the others in. eucn sad circum stances. .' ' George Hallam Semple was as brisht, nice, and capable a uoy as you cou;a wish to see. He was nervous and excitable, but during tha whole of his life and up to hist Montay morning, mere was not a naw m his character. His age was given wrongly. He was born In 1SW. and In this city, and was educated in the public schools. His -liiTxmit ion was iovine. and so far as in tellectual traits go, he was a self-made man. because as a boy he was helping nis lamer at Leggett & C'o.'s. and waa always busy in work. He was more of hustler than a plod der. There was nothing mean, malicious. or vindictive in his Character, and 1 believe with all my heart that he wag insane when he entered the Bank of New-Amsterdatn to demand $ti,tH), of which he had absolute ly no need. He was not in a strait. Hla relatives and friends believed that he had done well with the Century Dictionary, and bad te been sane and In financial distress his relations with all his folks were such that he could have asked and would have received all be needed. He was universally popular and beloved. Many of his people hold rank in the world of the prosperous " The atr.rv of his oourtshln and mftrriim la interesttmr. aa lie euiered into the life of a distinguished falmly. Hla 'wife was Mlas Lizzie Tounge, whose mother, now a widow, was the daughter of H. A. Barling, the co-executor with Sirs. Hetty Green of the estate of E. N. Bobinson. The war between Mis. Green and Mr. Barling is a matter of history. - - - " George Hallam waa canvassing in Isew- Jersey when. In he made the acquaint ance ot iliss lounge at mgnwooa, wtiere ner family livf-a a.a wnere Air. .uarilng died recently. T hear marrhsd life was happy, and Sem ple was wrapped up in his little boy George. Vet it was John who luentifled his brother- in-law at the New-York Hospital Monday nignt, and it wiia he who told his sister and mother of George's inaana act and Its con sequences. - - - " Mrs. Semnl.j was not wholly unpre pared for the news. She had a premonition of evil to happen. George, so far a she knew, was yet engaged with the Century Dictionary people, but he had to meet them that fatal Monday and he -seemed unquiet about it. wo when dinner nour came and no husband, but the evening papers and tha story of the shooting of Mr. WyckvH. she Raid to hei brother John: ' 'Oh. can that be George?" ' This brought about inquiry by a friend. and the upshot, was. that John went to the hospital and found George dying and under iimrj. " it is a cruel blow ror ail the family, even with the conviction they have that George entered the bank a madman. And there !s none ia their grief that . does not think of Mr. Wyckoff and pray for his recovery." A EIRE OLD SHIPJIaSTER DEAD. Capt. J. ?f. Knowlei a Sotable Prodnct of the Amerlcaa Marine There died, at Oakland, Cal., a few days ago, an old sea Captain who waa well known In this city Capt, J. N. Knowlea He frequented this port years ago, sailing on different ships between here and the Pacific cities, and was famed as the most skillful shipmaster on these seas. He waa what " the brave old ballad of Sir Patrick Spens " call a " skeely skipper," and he. would have been immortalised by Dickens,' along with Cao'n Cuttle, if ' Box " had had tha privilege of knowing him. Capt. Knowlea belonged to the clipper days, when the American ships outsailed all the other craft of the world, and when the shipowners of Europe sent to this coun try ror Heel-winged vessel, un tne oor- erelgn of the Seas Capt. Knowlea made the tautest trip but oni ever sauea oeiweon New-York and San Francisco. Tha trip was sailed inside of ninety-six days. The Flying Cloud made the trip, under mere favorable winds. In eiahty-seven days. An old friend of th skipper, who Knew him for years in his lata home, Oakland, was talking last night about mm ana re latiag stirring incidents In hla career. un one occasion his ehio was wrecaea in th south aeaa because of an error In his chare He had with him 117.000- In gold .wliich he succeeded in taking safely to an island. He then left in the chip's long boat for Pltcalrn Island, which he reached, and there buried his treasure. Returning to th deaert Isle, he planned th building- of a vessel, and with It took away all th crew ana started for Samoa. They were picked up oa the way by a passing ship and taken to Han rTanctsco. When ha reached home at Oaklatil he found that he had been given up tor aeaa and his estate baa beaa di vided am one- his heirs. cape ii-nowlei waa tha first ,to employ steamers In whaling la the Paclfla. Ha kept six or seven In th arotlo all the time, making be ad Quarters in the mouth o the Mackenzie River. Two of hi ship la One season took 107 whales tha Lars-eat catch ever mad. It was while carrying provisions tj thesa arctio ships that h was taken 111. His ship was turned back to San Francisco and in a few days be died at his home la Oakland. He Introduced the business of whalebone cutting on the Paciflo coast and was tb head of the largest bone and oil business in tne wona. Many an old skipper, ship merchant, an marine Insurance axent in this city will rca.l the hardy old Mail ar.l his fearless ana gin-i.jr nature. II was for maay years a ia.ii.uar sea teiovei character or th! port and knew th seas a I senunel know mm rous i. - t

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 17 Jun 1896, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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