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the at is the for an a of at ]WRS. BREHDLIflGER IS ACQUITTED. West WheatfielJ Woman Exonerated for Killing Mrs. Rnbright at Wilinerfling THE JURY SAYS SHE WAS INSANE Jfer Hn fib rind Telln of Jlis lltln- tions ii'ith Murdered Before the Mrs. Minnie Breudliuger, wife of Hugh Brcudlinger, of Wilmerding, was acquitted of murder in the first- degree for the Killing of Laura E. Rubright onSaturday evening, April HI. Thu Brendlingers" and others who figured in the court trial were former- Whoatfield town- ly residents of West ship, tbis county. The case was tried in the Allegheny courts last week and the jury returned its verdict on Saturday jurors as the clerk commanded her to do. The foreman of the jnry, Rev. T. N. Boylo. announced: "We, the jury, find the defendant not guilty because we believe she was insane at the time of the killing." The verdict was recorded and the prisoner remanded to jail. Attorneys Haymaker and Marron will present a petition to the court for the release of tlio woman at once. Under tho law the woman was remanded for final disposition and her attorneys will make an effort to have her released at once in view of the verdict in the case,which does not say that she is now insane and in view of the fact that there wns no evidence 'introduced at the trial of thn case to show that she was still insane. YOUNG FARMER SUICIDES. .lohn lilininnl Shot Himself In Ilnrn Xflor DMcrton. John Kinimel, aged 'J?, a son Lewis Kimmel,of near Elderton, miffed suicide by shooting himself in the head at an narly hour last Wed- nosday morning. Yoniig Kinimel lives on his father's farm with his wife, whom he matried II IN of morning. The jury trying the case" about six months ago. Aboutf> : :!0 on gave as its reason for the finding that Wednesday morning he dressed and the jurors believed tlie defendant was Bfa rte.<l for the barn, as bis wife insane at the time of the killing. The thought, to do bis usual work. The cane opened on Thursday _.. - , -., of last week. I ho plea of the defense wa«. that brooding over the alleged intimacy of her husband, Hugh Brendlingor, with Mrs. Laura Rubright, the prisoner became ill and lost her mental balance; tbat from a woman weighing nr> to 120 pounds, she was reduced pounds. She lost her appetite- talked of nothing else, except her hand's alleged infidelity. She did not upbraid him, but talked to others. About 80 days before tlie shooting, slip became ill, and the physician thought wife called him when breakfast was ready, and getting no response, she went to the barn for him. When she entered she saw his body lying face downwards. She turred the body over and saw that life was extinct.' The unfortunate man had shot himself to DO with a 22-calibre rifle which was krpt about the barn for shooting groundhogs. The bullet entered his bead and bus- to she had typhoid fever. Until a days before the shooting she was confined to her bed, and from the time she learned of her husband's alleued relations with Mrs. Rubright, Mrs. Brendlinger had spent most of her time either in bed or on a couch. The lliishaiiii's Story. Hugh B. Brcndlinger, told an inter- esring story of the tragedy. "My wile's health had Keen very poor for several mouths before the shooting. About a month before- this she was taken to her bed, and I had a physician. She had taken no interest in her household duties and apparently did not care for anything. I did not know what was wrong with her, and I told her that she must cheer up. She never went to bed at night until I came home and she remonstrated with me for being out. She got out of bed only three or four days before the shooting. "On the night of tho shooting I left the house at (i o'clock. I left Pitcairu with Mrs. Rubright on the 0:4(5 train. J told my wife I was going away, but just- above his left eye,and death must have, been instantaneous. In the pockets of bis coat, which was hanging nearby, wen; found two 1( , w j letters, one to his father, Lewis Kim- 'mel, the other to his wife. These letters seem to indicate that the writer was laboring under some mental derangement as they said that he was unhappy, uneducated and homeless, and that no one was to blame for bis death but himself. Six months ago he was married to Myrtle Calhoun and their married life was thought to bo very happy. The young man's mother is dead 'and his father made his homo with him. Th did not tell her where I was We got off the train at Braddock afterwards wo went into a saloon going. and aud drank several glasses of beer. We got on a street car and rode to East Pittsburg; from there we walked to Wil- merdiug, about one mile. We had just passed the viaduct at Airbrake avenue, when I saw Mrs. Brendlinger. When she got within about 12 feet of mo she exclaimed: 'My God, is tbat you Jim?' and then she began to firo. The first shot hit me and at the next one Mrs. Rubright fell. I do not recall definitely what happened, as my wife was firing so rapidly. Wife K lined Him A««T Shooting. "After the shooting, I went to my wife's side, and she threw her arms about mo and kissed me. She had a strange expression in her face— one that I had never seen before. Her lips were drawn aud the saliva was running from her mouth. She rested her head ou my shoulder aud wo walked together toward the lockup, she not speaking a word. We were met on the way by a policeman aud placed under arrest. From the time I saw my wife last at the lockup, I did not see tier again until yesterday, when the trial bogau. " Three brothers of Mrs. Breudliuger Joseph, Phillip and John F. Liohteu- fels, testified in a similar strain. They saw their sister frequently, John living in tho same house. They said they believed she was insane when she fired the shot that killed Mrs. Rn- briglit. Before the shooting she WAS very nervous and dejected aud talked constantly of her husband and Mrs. Rubright. Mrs. John Lichtenfols.a sister-in-law of the accused testified tnat she noticed a change in Mrs. Brendlingnr's i physical condition and she was al- i ways talking about her husband being I out so much. Tho witness said the accused often wished she could die HO that her trouble would In; over! When Krendlinger was out, the witness testified, Mrs. Brendlinger always thought ho was with Mrs. RubrinhV Mrs. Phillip Lichtenfels, another sister-in-law of the accused, testified along similar lines regarding the change in Mrs. Brendliuger's condition. Drs. T. M. T. McKeniian and C. C. Wyiie said they had examined Mrs. Breridlinger and thought her mentally irresponsible. Her mind, they said". was in an abnormal stato indicating great mental strain and unusual power of imagination. Vertllct of the Jury. The prosecution did not put up much of a case, confining itself merely 10 presenting tho facts of the killing. The ease was given to the jury ou Friday night. The jury retired'aud, it is said, found its verdict inside ot half an hour aud on tho first ballot Saturday morning when the jury came iu, Mrs. Brendliuger was still in jail aud a deputy was sent after her. She came into court on thu arm of her brother, quite nervous and excited She was told to stand up and arose slowly and turned about to face the deceased was a hard-working aud successful young farmer.aud was a favorite with all his acquaintances, Besides his wife and his father, he is survived by two brothers—Qninter and Samuel, of near Idaho, and three sisters—Mrs. Susan Soil, Mrs. Carrie George and Mis. Florence Claypole. The funeral was hold on Friday forenoon at 10 o'clock, interment being made at the Duukard graveyard at Elderton. BIG CLASS PASSED. Tho KxniitliialioiiN I.axl Week Made aa Toucher* Happy. The examinations for permanent and professional certificates were held in tho West End school building last Friday and Saturday. About 30 teachers took the professional examination and 23 took the permanent. Ot those who took the tho following 22 passed : permanent, Lottie Brown, Joe Campbell. Emory J. Dodsou, George O. Dodsou, Mae L. Dias, Blanche Frautz, Delia Ferrier, Perry 0. Goorgo, Octa J. Howearth, J. J. Hamilton, Kate Houston, Sara Kiug, Samena Maxwell. Stella McAnnlty, Viola Moorhead, W.C. McKee, K. E. Neff, Cliff McFarlaud, Robert M. Palmer, Charles K. Stitoler, D. L. Winger, and Alice Miuser. Misses Mary H. Uroy, Wilda Uncapher, Sallie G. Curtis, and Susie De- Laucey and Mr. O. A. Campbell took a special examination to have certain branches added to their certificates. The examining committee consisted of Prof. E. J. Welch, of Homer City, Prof. T. S. Bracken, of Indiana and Miss Mary McOormick, of Blairsvillo. RESISTED AN OFFICER. ThomuM mid WliifU'ld Oaytoii, Itlm-UIU-k, «et into Trouble. Thomas and Wiufield Dayton, of Blacklick.were arrested on Wednesday of last week and committed to jail on a charge of assault and battery and resisting an oHicer, preferred by Constable J. B. McCaulov, of Graceton. The trouble grow out of an attempt by the officer to sell some property of the Daytous on an execution issued aginst them. Tho case was to have boon heard by Squire Grossman on Friday, but it was settled by tho de- fondant's paying the amount of the execution aud the costs. WILL BUILD ISELIN HOTEL. Clmi-lc* Ki.nc .S<-<-ur<-N I lie Conlnti-t li>i- AIiiliitn'N !V'«'»i- Hostvlry. Charles Rowe, of town, has secured the contiact for the erection of the new hotel which Ross Mitlian will build at Iselin. Tho building will be .MixM) foct in dimensions and three stories high. It will contain !i'J rooms. Tim contract price, exclusive ot t he heating apparatus, i:i *n,uuo, New JUfiiiltfi-M (»1 4'oiinlrv Mul,. At a meeting of the Countiv CI-il, last. w«uk, Archie W. Mabun, ' H M Jack, Thomas Suttoji, D. M. Oaldwelf Ernest Stewart.Alex.M.Stewart, James S. Bltiir, David Blair and James Mack were elected to men Homer ray Posiullicf llobl»e<i. Thieves pried open a window of tlio post office in Homer City last Wednesday night, entered the office and stole what stamps they could find amounting to about ,*:!. Tla-re is no clue to their identity. tt It Wuau't J.oiulol. Clyde Stiles, who carries the mail between Clierrytee and Peuu Ruu while handling a revolver which was thought not to be loaded, discharged n, severely injuring two of hie fingers. a on Oil at la

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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 29 Jun 1904, Wed,
  3. Page 9

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