Millard Murder trial 10 Feb 1883 Det Free Press

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This' mill Is situated near the 'Chicago S Grand Trunk Railroad and not far from the ceuter of tho city. The first thing heard was a BHAKP; Rlil'OUT And the nir was Instantly filled with missiles of every description. The shock jarred the buildings a over Charlotte, aud broko lights of glass in some that were blocks away. The miil Is A TOTAL WRECK, ' And the building was torn to kindling wood.' The boiler, which was of the heaviest kind of Iron, aud tmllt in .the strongest possible manner, was torn .completely in two by the explosion and rolled out perfectly flat. The ' engineer's head was toown Ol'P. Thomas Sadler, nn employe, was in the mill at the timo but escaped without a scratch. Mr. Grler was the most popular and active business man In Charlotto. At the Inquest hold this afternoon concerning Ihe death of Ilenjnmia Grier and Wra. Gordon, Thomas Sadler, the man who escaped unhurt, gave the following facts concerning the disaster: At one minute to 7 o'clock he came to the mill and Mr. Grier and Gordon stood talking together. As Sadler passed up stairs Mr. Grier stood near the boiler with his watch in one hand and the whistle cord in the other, ready to blow the whistle as ho often did. As Sadler stepped back from the stairs about ten feet from him ho heard a sound and dust was thrown uoon him. TBIBKKS ni!OAN TO FALL, And realizing that an exnloslon had occurred, he stooped down. Timbers fell on every side of him, and machinery weighing about u ton fell from above, just touching his clothes. He then called to Mr. Grier, but receiving no answer, crawled out of the ruins. The spot where Sadler stood Is the only one in the building where he would not have been Instantly killed. Mr. Grler wns blown TliN FEET THROUGH A PARTITION Among timbers, and was pinned to tho ground by tiie lanre saw frame from above. His neck was broken, also his legs and arms. He racolvcd sov-eral other wounds and Ills skull was em'snrn. It was nearly an hour after help arrived bofore he could lie extricated, William Gordon, the engineer, had bis head blown entirely off and was found twenty feet from where he stood when tho explosion occurred. Ho had worked iu this mill and another one, which burned, over twenty years, Grier's mills seemed fated as two others standing on that spot had burned. Tho other men who worked in the mill wero all providentially lato this morning, and this alono saved them. ASTltANOE INCIDKKT Occurred last night. Mr. Grier slept with his oldest boy, a lad of 0 years, and before ho fell asleep told him he felt that ho should not live long, hut wished him to be good and lake caro of his mother. At the inouest no cause for the explosion was found. Sadler thought the boiler had plenty of water, but that they had nearly TWICE Till" l-'SCAL AMOUNT OF 8TKAM On for starting, Nothing further will probably ever be known. Mr. Grier had lived here for a score of years and was loved by all. To-day a pall hangs over the city as though each family had lost a member. Mr. Grier leaves a family of live small children and a mother. The family are well provided for. THE MILLARD MURDER TRIAL, Conclusion of the Testimony for tho Prosecution. OPESINfi OP TIIE CASE FOB THE DEFESSE. Ionia, February 8. The testimony on the part of tne prosecution In ihe Millard murder trial was resumed at H o'clock Ihis morning. George W. liitelbura, resides at Bnshnoll, Montcalm County: Was present iu Noel's drug store at Palo, during the last sickness of sirs. Millard, when Mr. Miilnrd came in nnd asked for arsenic to kill rats. Noel offered him a rat poisi.n. which he said wausupvrior to arsenic. Millard had his money on tho counter, but ho went out without tatting the rat poison or his money, saving he was iu a hurry. Mary Heath: Worked for Mrs. Millard for a year and a h:tlf before her death. Mrs. Millard did all her woik except her washing, and ometimes that. The full before her death she went home and remained several weeks, aud came back quite well und did her washing for a time. Auelia Beech aud Verona Holbrook tustlfied as to symptoms (luring the lust illness. Susan Wilmore: Am a clerk in the drug store of A, E. Huloert. of Palo, nnd have heen for six years. Saturday, May 0, I sold Mr. Millard some arsenic. The evening of the day of Mrs. Mdlurd's death Mr. Jefi'ers purchased some strychnine. George Gover, druggist: Sold Mr. Mlilard strychnine twice during his wife's last Illness. Also one and one-half dozen No. 1 capsules. The second time Mr. Millard said 1 need not tio it up as he wautet' to iisn it for rats right away. Witness idee-tided a package which had como from Mr. Millard's safe ns being this package with the entire amount in it. tieiieca Losey: Worked iu wagon shop for Matthew Millard from June, 1SS1, to June, 184 From June Si! fo December IS bourtled with Millard. Ainietla Mitchell was the wife of Zacllai ii'h Mitchell and kept, a milliner shop In a store laiilii-insr, living iu :he back and upper part. Saw Millard go there several times, oiico about the 1st of August mm him no in about li) o'clock when I thoucht Mitchell was away from home und no one in Hie house hut Mrs. Mitchell. I sat down ami waited to see when ho would come out which was between 1 and il o'clock iu the morning. He was nucomuuiiictt to ihe door by Jlra. Mitchell in her night dress. Nest morning at breakfast Mrs. 31. Hard askt-d him whert' he was so lato tho night, hel'oro and ho said footing his books. ' yanon Wilmore, wno is employed in the Palo Postomci', testified that after Mis. Mitchell left Palo (In October. ISS0' a correspondence was on he ween Mr. Millard and Mrs. Mitchell, running m to the time of Millard's arrest. Marvin Buck : WorKed for M illard from AUEiist, lSili, to Octoiier, LS3.J. About. 10 o'clock in the evening of one day iu April, 1850, saw .'Irs. Mitchell go up into Millard's hall ; soon alter Mr. Millurd went up and I followed. I looked throuzh it window, about si.t feet off, and saw two persons. About 11 o'clock in the evening of October 0. 18 0 at the place where 1 lived, I saw Mr. Millard and Mrs. Miichell together in my shed. I recognized bolhoftliem. On the 0th of Octohoi, 1SS0. about 11 o'clock in tho evening, saw Millard follow Mrs. Mitchell into a vacant house. I followed And saw them go into a bedroom. While watching them through the bedroom door Charlie Ruiniltou came in and spoke in a loud voice. Millard and Mrs. Mitcholl jumped tip, camo out of the bedroom and went away. The pro.-ocution attempted to show that this watching on his part was done at tho request of Mrs. Millard, ana that he reported this to Mrs. Millard, and that trouble ensued hetween Mr. and Mrs. Millard, out under tho ruling of the court were not permitted to do so. The cross-examination of this witness Bhowed him to have been under arrest twice for Iniceuy In August, 1SS1, saw. Millard kiss Mrs. Miichell in his bunking office, at the rear end of his store, about lu o'clock at night. T'liay hud come buck from a. camp meeting together. In Januarv, 1881, about midnight one night, saw Mr. Millard come out of Mrs. Mitchell's place. Sho came to tho door in her night clothes and said good night. He discharged me because I would not promise to keep still nnoiit him nnd Mrs. Mitchell. Harvey G. Holbrook corroborated last witness as to account at Millard's store in August, ISfil. Zaeharinh Mitchell, the husband of Almeda Mitchell, also corroborated the last witness and Witness Buck to the extent of his wife being absent from home at that time and not being at her fathers and meeting Holbrook. Witness separated froai his wife on account of Millard at that, time Vit,uess never saw anv Intimacy between Millard and his wife. Went lo Pennsylvania, October 15, 1SS1, with Mr. Millard and had a settlement with his wife. Mr. Millard gave mo no monoy. I paid his exp enses. Retained counsel once to sue Millard Tor damages, but was advised that It would bo cheaper to settle with his wife. Mr. Millard and I were the very best of friends and are yet. At this point, the Sheriff found it necessary to take action lo quell a disturbance of school children who, finding the ball crowded, nevertheless were attempting to force admission. The court nlso hero announced thatno testimony would be; received ot any Intimacy between Mr. Millard and Mrs. Mitchell of nuy date after the death of:. jurat. Millard or of any correspondence after that date.-- ... . . Bjram WestfaU testified; In too emasnet ol 1S81 10, .lgg& ,Anlht between 12 nnd 1 o'clock was called np by a noise In his home burn. Whllo uplsaw Jlr. Siiliard go into the back door ot Mrs. Mitchell s SlEzra Sunderlln. a merchant of Palo, testified to seeing Mr. Millard and Mrs. Mitchell frequently to-gether throughout the summer of lfjsl. Here the prosecution rent, with the exception of two witnesacs expected but not yet hero. FRIDAY'S TESTIMONY. Ionia, Februnrv 9. In the Millard murder case this morning, after the prosecution had recalled some four witnesses upon incidental points they '"'rho defense in opening the case showed that they proposed to rely principally for their defense upon expert medical testimony to show that the symptoms at the death were not conclusively those of arsenical poisoning, and that the absence of arsenic in the tissue and brain and the presence In the kidney and liver showed conclusively that it must have been injected after death, and could not have been administered before. Also that Millard took care of his wife at her request, and gave up his business for that purpose, because ot his sirong affection for his wife. They then proceeded with their testimony. , John W. Haworth and Hnrvey Hawortu testified that Dr. Eppley said to them at the post-mortem that at the time of Mrs. Millard's death he saw nothing to warrant a post-mortem. Prosecuting Attorney Davis subpenaed Almdia Mitchell in order that she might be Identified by persons who bad seen her with Mr. Millard. Mrs. Miichell, It is understood, will not be called by either side. As she informed your reporter sho will remain In Ionia until the conclusion ot tho trial, but will not visit the court room. She claims to have received the most friendly letters from Mrs. Millard up to the time of her last sickness, and never in ihe slightest degree to have been familiar with Mr. Millard, not an much so as would be usual hetweeh Demons so long acquainted. She is rather a slight formed womnn, 29 years of ase. of medium hight, light, wavy hair, light blue eyes, proity and attractive features; dresses in black, relieved by gold jewelry, gold chain, etc., but not to an unusual amount Her manner is rather retiring than Marion Buck, being recallod, identified certain letters, giving Information to Mrs. Millard of her husband's intimacy with Mrs. Mitchell, as being written by him. Mrs. Betsy Van Vleck : Is sister of deceased and wife of defendant's cousin. Mrs. Millard was olwaysof a nervous temperament, Was not well for a year or more before sho died, fn fact wiis not in good health for last six or seven years of her life. Defendaut always treated his wife kindly. Sister told witness of getting letters above mentioned day hefore she went East in fall of 1SS1. We said they gavo her trouble, made her feel bad. Sho was gone East several weeks. Both ou direct nnd cross-examination witness testified to svmptoms or deceased during Illness, commencing with a visit on April 23. dhferiog from the people's witness iu that sliu discovered no thirst, no diarrhea, and as to color of discharge. .May 29 I was there when she took medloino. It was a capsule. I staid all that nlffht. She had twitchings and pain. I hud her stomuch for an hour and a half. Mr6. Millard was my only sister. W itliam H. Clmmplaiii : Marlon Buck had a conversation with witness after Millard was under ar-reBt, in winch Buck said. "They had Millard In jail aiut he was gr.-.wbig fat on it." Dr. Georce Pray : Had some conversation with Mr. Millard i-egardlng his wife's case, In which I felt, authorized to tell Dr. Eppley that my understanding with Millard was that Dr. Eppley was to lake charge ot the case. Afterwards I did visit patient. Mrs, Henrietta Tasker, cousin bv marriage with defendant: Have known -Mrs. Millard for seventeen years, aud she was always sickly. Eight years ago tdie told mo she had so much trouble with her health that she could not run her sewing mnchiuo or stand on her feet but a few minutes ut a time, September, 1S81, deceased told me she was getting anonymous letters and they were making her ill. Said she did believe a word of tho stories told lu the village about Mathew, and felt sorrv for him. Said her husband waB always good to hor. ' 51m. Peter Van Vleck, an aunt of respondent, testified as to symptous, mainly the same as Mrs. Betsy Van Vleck, and that deceased and defendant lived in friendly relations. Frank Millurd : Am the brother of respondent, live at Palo, and am 2J years old. At the time of his wife's death I was in the wagon and foundry business at Palo. Mondav before she died I went into his store and found him fixing poison ou some cracker, lio said to kill mice with. It was marked arsenic with apencil. Ho gavo me whut remained to kill liiico at the shop, and I carried it in my pocket. Next day I went fishing and got back about 5 o'clock. Heard of Mrs. Millard's death when I got bunk, took my wife and went over there. When I utarted togo away Mathew asked me to coma hack. I did so about 10 o'clock that evening, und found Mathew alone In the room with his wife's remains. He had a solution. He said it was not strong cnoutrh, and asked rno to go and got some more. I told him I hid some, and gave him the package ot arsenic which he had eiven me the day before, and which I had carried in my pocket since then. He took it and put It in the oottlB with the solution and shook it up. Theu he got a sponge and we put some in the mouth or t he remains. Then ho turned her upon her side mid I held her while he Injected the solution into the rectum. On cross-examination witness said tho boitlo was a plain round one, larger than the one Hhotvn, which was About an elght-ouncH vial. Mathew said ho gotlt of Ira Jeffei'B. Welters on his examination described a square oottle. Canuot say what clothing was on the remains. Cannot tell whether it had any drawers or chemise on or not. Cannot tell whether there was clothbnr or a shroud on the body. I held the cup by the side of the body but was not touching it. Could not tell whether any clothing wns drawn awav or not. Cannot tell whether a heet or clothes were on the body. Could not tell whether they were black or white. Can't remember. I did not observe verv closelv. I did not cure anything about it. Left the botile thero when I came awav. The contents after ho-ing shook up wuk a milk whit-. The sediment had partly settled ou tho bottom of tho bottle. Here the court adjourned until to-iniirrow morning on account of the severe illness of the wlfrt ot Juror Stowell. -MCnnroe. Edwnrd Fellly, of Ida, wns visited by burglars last Sttturdny evening nod was relieved ol 3UJ iu cash. Ho had heen marketing some produce at Toledo, and before retlrim: put the money under a loungo standing near u window. In tho morning tho mouey was cone, and Keilley found it had been taken by some ono opening the window nnd reaching in. Thero were no signs that anv one had entered the house, and lieilly is positive he turned the light out before placing tho money under the lounge. The Worklngmen's Benevolent Society has contributed SS5 and Zion (Lutheran) Church about $15 toward tho relief of the German flood sufferers. Grave apDrehensions uro felt at .Monroe thot the breaking up of the ice In the River Kaisin will bring one of the mostdisastrous Hoods ever known in that section. The ice is upwards of two feet thick nod in many places Is frozen to the rooks in lliu bed of the stream. Tho snow and ico now on tho ground will make an immense quantity of water, nnd if tho break-up should he precipitated by a warm rain there is indeed trouble in store for Monroe. The City Council 1ms taken this view of the matter and made mi appropriation for openin" a channel In the ice from tho foot of the rdpids to the dock half a mile below. Wednesday Auditor McDonald and Attorney Watts, of the Wabush. St. Louis ,t Pacific Kail-way, obtained warrants from Justice Marble ot Milan, for the arrest or J. .A. McMillan, tho luto agent, of the company at that point, who absconded wilh uoout $.100 Of Its funds. The warrants are four in number; one for embezzlement, one for forging and uttering forgeu paper and two for forgery. Thursday the otHeera of the companv wero in Monroe consiilime wilh tha authorities McMillan was a member of a Montreal companv which insures employers against loss through tho dishonesty of its member. He Is said to be in Canada, and it is understand tlmtthe Insurance company and the authorities will co-operate in his arrest aud return to Michigan. THE BUSINESS WORLD. Woelitr Record of Pnilnro.s. Now York, February 0. The business failures of the past seven days throughout tho United States and Canada, as reported to R G. Dun & Co., number 275, a reduction of thirty as compared with last week-. The Hew England States had twenty-six, Southern seventy-eight, Western eighty-five, Middle forty-oisht, Pacific Coast States and Territories fifteen, New York City four, Canada twenty-four. The Ashlimtl Murilurera. Gratson, Ky February 9. Yesterday morning, t 9 o'clock, the prisoners, Neai and Croft, who ore kept at the military camp, were marched to the Court House under a strong guard of soldiers, deal's attorney asked a coutimmtiou, and then postponement because of absent, witnesses. In the afternoon Keal hied au. alhuavit for postponement ami the caso,was set for Monday, Croft's counsel answered ready, ami fought hard against the application of the prosecution for postponement till the lfltb. The Curt House' was crowded, but there was no excitement. To-day was occupied with the motiou iu the Croft case. The weather is pleasant. There is good health m camp, only a few being in the hospital. There is general good feeling among tha people toward tho military. s A paring Mail Itobbory. Cedab Rapids, February 9 A Aa rnei! robbery was' perpetiS at the Union depqt here, at a late hour last night. The east bound tram being late, the mail a8 carried into tho.baggage room. While there! a pouch was ripped open and HO registered 1 letter? ta-kern The amount of the Tloss is imfcnL telV,00,,tained !.M0 WU audkaTlo0 bill, being the amount ot Postmaster SmitlPs ' 9 in ot iu v. - of a a to an - in of of all A 4,

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