22 December 1896, Xenia Daily Gazette

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22 December 1896, Xenia Daily Gazette - THE FRANTZ TRIAL TALE OF ALLEGED SUICIDE Told...
THE FRANTZ TRIAL TALE OF ALLEGED SUICIDE Told By the Prisoner's Oousin and Brother—State Through With Its Side, DAYTON, O., Dec. 21,—The second week of the Frantz murder trial opened this morning. Tho principal witness introduced at the morning session was Chief of Police Thos. J. Farrell. He described the finding of the body in the river on September 2; of its later identification by Mrs. Bell at Woodland Cemetery and also by Dr. Caster, the dentist. He told of the search of Bessie's room at Mrs. Freose's boarding house, and the articles found there. Mrs. Laura B. Nicholas, the divorced wife of Wilson Shank, testified to having a conversation with Frantz in August after Bessie had eft home. She asked where Bessie was, and he replied that he did not know. She asked, in view of their relations, whether it was not his duty to know where Bessie was. Frantz said he didn't care where Bessie was. Eev. William C. Teeter.—On the night of August 27 Albert came to the house. He came to the kitchen door, stepped upon the porch hurriedly. He had a very haggard expression. He came into the room in a state of frenzy and dashed between Mr. and Mrs. Teeter, ran into the dining room and dropped into a chair. He cried, "My God! Oh, my Grod! What will become of me? \Yhy did she do it? If she had only done it on a street where some one could have seen us." He then swooned away. This lasted about four or five minutes. When he recovered Mr. Teeter said : "Why, Albert, what is the matter?" Frantz replied, "Bessie Little shot herself." In response to Mr. Teeter's inquiries, Albert then told the story of tb<* tragedy. He said that he met Bessie Little by appointment that evening, and that they took a drive about the city. Bessie urged him to go up along the road at Stillwater Bridge, lie did so. She said they would see if they could locate where a boat had sunk in the river a few evenings before. When they got to the bridge Bessie said to Albert, "Now you look down the river and I'll look up. When Albert turned his head to look a shot rang out in the buggy beside him. His horse took fright and ran away. He could not control it until, he reached the opposite side of the river. He then came back, and, knowing that he would DO arrested and disgraced, he threw the body into the river. Mr. Teeter then said: "Albert, you made a great mistake," and Frantz again fainted away and did not recover for at least twenty minutes. His muscles then relaxed entirely. Upon recovering Albert repeatedly threatened to commit suicide by drowning himself. After pacifying him, Kev. Teeter said that they would write to Albert's brother, the Rev. Isaac Frantz, and have his counsel in the matter. He partially dictated the letter, bub Frantz wrote it all. After the letter was written the Teeters were anxious to get rid of Albert, fearing that he might commit suicide in their house. The letter was dispatched to Bev. Isaac Frantz the next morning by Mrs. Teeter. Rev. Frantz came in from Pleasant Hill that day, and joining Eev. Teeter, they proceeded to the office of Judge John W. Kreitzer. Here they questioned Judge Ivreitzer as to their culpability in possessing knowledge of the crime. They only related a part of the knowledge in their posession. The judge agreed that fchey should come to his oflice that evening and bring Albert with them and let him make a statement of the matter. Thtfy returned to their home. After supper they started to keep their appointment with Judge Kreitzer, when an alarm of fire was sounded. They learned that it was the stable at Albert's home. After the fire they went to Judge Kreitzer's office. When they went into the oillce the first thing that' Judge Kreitzer said was, "Albert, do you know how that stable caught lire?" Frantz replied, that he did not know how. The Judge then said that ib was most unfortunate, as the buggy and coil- tents might be very important in establishing his innocence. Albert replied that he could not help it—he didn't know how the fire started. Alberb related the story of the suicide substantially the same as he had on the previous night. The party was at Judge Kreitzer's oflice from 8: 80 to 11 o'clock that evening. Judge Kreitzer advised Albert to go and give himself up to the authorities. Alberb declared that he would rather die than be exposed before his Mends, Both Rev. Isaac Frantz and Rev. Teeter urged Albert to make a statement before the authorities, but he positively declined. Rov. Isaac Frantz said: "Whether you are guiHy or innocent, Albert, you ought to tell the whole truth in regard to the matter." Albert replied: "Why, brother, you do not think I would kill Bessie Little?" After Albert positively refused to confess, the two ministers consulted Judge Kreitzer upon several occasions, and it was finally agreed that a written and signed/ statement should be made by them. When the body was found the two ministers wanted to at once make public all the inform ation they possessed and have Albert arre°ted, but were advised to await developments.. There is much speculation as to whether the defense will put Frantz himself upon the stand. When Mr. Kevin made his opening statement to the jury, those who heard him said that he meant to put Frantz on the stand. It is now believed that they will not. The state has made a very strong case, and if Frantz himself was to face the jury it is feared it would prejudice the defense. It has been agreed that Judge Kreitzer shall not testify either. DIES AT THE WHEEL, Pilot of the Schooner Grayling Killed By Angry Seas, BOSTON, MASS., Dec. 21.—The chooner Grayling, the swiftest of the Gloucester fleet of yacht iisher- nen and sister ship of the Freedonia, which was abandoned at sea on Thursday, the crew having been picked up and landed in New York Saturday, arrived at this port to-day with her flag at half-mast. On Wednesday, tlje helmsman, Joseph Brown, was hashed to the wheel to prevent the mountainous waves from washing him overboard. The storm increased. About six o'clock that night Brown was torn rom his lashings and hurled against the house. Another of the crew seized the wheel and brought the vessel under control, Brown had •eceived internal injuries of which he died Saturday forenoon. The father of Brown died while fishing in North Bay, and his body was landed here to-day within an hour of the arrival of the Grayling. TO EMPLOY BLOODHOUNDS, State Officials Will Use Them to Trace All Criminals, TOPEKA., KAN., Dec. 20.—There will be a great demand for bloodhounds in Kansas during the next ew months. A number of commun- ties are advertising for hounds with which to run down and capture hieves of all classes. A public meeting has been called by the Anti-Horse Thief Association, and bloodhounds will bo purchased 10 pursue the great number of horse ihieves who have been operating in southeastern Kansas. Under the first administration of he Populist parfty in Kansas bloodhounds were kept at the peniten- iary, and ic is claimed that this pre- jaution prevented many attempted escapes. The one prisoner who at,empted to flee was found 24 hours later in a tree six miles distant, safely guarded by the, bloodhounds. : «•• • • When most needed it is not unusual for your family physician to be away from home. Such was the experience of Mr. J. Y. Schenck, editor of the Caddo, Ind. 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