Thomas Martin investigates Kahney murder
MURDERED III HIS 01 II. Thomas D. Kahney, a Mt. Washington Grocer, Shot Down and Killed in Presence of His Wife. MRS. KAHNEY FIRST ATTACKED BY BURGLAR. The Criminal Who Wore False Whiskers Used Chloroform on the Woman and Was Brutal in His Treatment of Her. ONE OF A DESPERATE GANG. rrHE wife of Thomas D. Kahney, a grocer of Mt. wasningion awoke at 3 o'clock yesterday nn,ninir and found a. man at. her bed side -with a cloth In his hand satu rated with chloroform. tier strug gles to get out or oea ana a utrcsui from her 12-year-old son. fc.a.ri, ai ntr Fide, brought her husband to the door between her room and the one In which her husband slept, there to meet his death at the hands of the burglar, who fired at htm before Kahney had time to realize flu, .ft in. t irtTi Mr, Kahney was proprietor of a gro cery at 13 Albert street and naa ming apartments In the rr of the building, the second floor being rented to two other fam'He. The w-t side of the house a.'Jotus a vacant lot and it was through a window on that side that entrance was effected. An augt-t, an inch In diameter, a uaed to bor- a bole through the shutter, from which it was possible to unlatch It. making it an easy matter to raise the window. The window looks out from the kitchen and a door from it leads into ,he room where Mrs. Kahney and her son slept. From this bedroom a door leads Into the rear room, which last night was occupied by Mr. Kahney. Mrs. Kahney saw but one man. but her non, who was In better condition to see. says that there were two men at the foot of the bed when the third was endeavoring to chloroform bis mother. Mrs. Kahney attempted to get up. She says she did riot speak, to the man. but muttered a prayer that no harm might come to her or her family. When ber husband appeared In the door, the burglar, who held Thomas D. Kahney, Muraf-reJ In Hi Mt. Washington Home. her. released the hold he had with his right hand. nd, still trying to bold her with is left, drew a revolver and tired at her husband without uttering a word and then hurried from the room. Fell Dead in His Wife's Arms. Kahnty. apparently unmindful of his mortal wound, walked across the bedroom and to the window In the kitchen, through which the burglars escaped. Returning to the bedroom he said to his wife. "Watt." and, aa he attempted t pass Into his own room fell Into his wife's arms. According to her. he did not utter another word and expired before Dr. J. A Hageman arrived. 1" minutes later. le was shot In the region of the heart, the bullet penetrating his body and being found between his two shirts at the back. Tolicemnn W. C I.lezaph saw three men hurrying toward West Liberty at about the hour of the murder and heard a dog barking loudly up Albert street. The dog attracted the officer to the Kahney grocery, where he learned of the murder. He summoned a physician, but did not consider it worth while to pursue the men, whom he lud seen a short time before, on account of the start they had. The polio telephones were out of order and It was two hours after the tragedy before police headquarters was notified. Lieutenant Thomas Martin was first assigned to the case and went at once to the Fcene. A footprint below the window through which the murderer escaped, the auger hole through the shutter and the dead body of Kahney was what he found to work on. Just which direction the criminals took after leaving the house could not be determined, because no footprints were visible other than the one mentioned. Nothing Else Disturbed. The window used by the would-be burglars Is about six feet above the ground, but a wooden fence runs along the side of the house, and the man who bored the hole through the shutter no doubt stood on it while he worked. It was easy also to climb into the window from this fence. That the cloroforming of Mrs. Kahney was the first thing determined on by tiie burglars was apparent, because none of the contents of the house was disturbed. A number of unsuccessful attempts to rob Kahney's grocery were made during the six years that he has done business on Albert street, and on account of having had to frighten burglars away Mrs. Kahney has grown nervous, as has also her son Karl. On Thursday night she Continued on Fifth Page.