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eoal-Salurday farm- Keu- in- A COSriCTED MURDERER'S STORY. TtLLIKO HOW RABER WAS DROWXED, AND CLAIM IXQ TO BE INNOCENT. Readixcj, Penn., Sept 1. The Ibanon Dail Jinut of thU morning publishes tbe following statement by Drews, who is imprisoned there: " Last evening at 7:30 o clock Messrs. Miller. Weld-man, aad Adams, the Commonwealth attorneys in tbe Raber murder ease, received word from Chanes r,wA now under sentence of death as one of the principals in the Raber murder, that he was ready to make a full and free confession. With very little ceremony the following confession was made. Drews was very calm and collected ln his manner, but see eral times expressed tbe hope that his life might at least be spared, but when told there was no hope for him he appeared considerably moved. His confea, slpn was given in German, and is substantially as follows : "I went to Brandt last Summer.and we sat on the porch. He treated me to beer. We both felt tne effects of it. He said we could make money, and toid me how. before he told me. he asked me to dnnfc asraln, and tben he said he and otners would Insure kaber, and work him out of the wav." He told tne how to do it. I said I would consider it. f inally I asked bim If he was alone. He replied that there were three others with blm. He mentioned Hummel and Wise, and I said I did not know them. He then offered to bring them up to have me see them. I saw them, but I only knew Wise. From boyhood no 1 knew him. 1 then azreed. and tbev '""red Raber. I said It was a bard thing to kid Kaber. He said they eould mace money. When tney again met. 1 blank) said there were fire interested ; Hummel also sooke about iL WUeeameand aked whether 1 was to aid Ralwr. I told him I was not certain. He urged me to go ahead, and said they would shoot me if I didn t. I promised, but I never intended to do It. They afterward often urged me to do It, a the Insurance had all been effected, brandt afterward said they bad the plan ready, and that if 1 oid not kill him they would shoot me, and to save my life I promised. I knew not what to do, as my lite wa in danger. A week or two afterward Wise said I sbould not do it so far as he wss concerned as be said he did not like tbe iub. I think it was the same dy he said 1 had to kill Raber as testified. 1 then asked Frrnk Stiehler to do it, because I could not. Stlchler said be did not csre. be eold kill any one. but be bargained that I should go along, which I promised, but declared I would not touch Raber. Then Raber came to my house, and we went off together with Surhler. 1 was flrt, Raber was in the middle, with Stichler following. I went over the plank and Raber got on It. Suchler got Raber by tbe legs with his hands, threw bim in aud jumped in on t. p of him. Raber fell below the plank. I then went back to the feuce. It was first Intended to drown Ksber In t;,e dam. Brandt had planned that Raber was to go billing at Kiumiiler's. to catch fish fr.r (blank wife, and tuen I was to drown him. We went, and Peters went with us. When I saw the dam I could not do it. aud said we would return when Raber replied : "Yea. it Is too cold anyhow.' I pitied him. Tbe drowning at the plank afterward was also tha plan of BraniiL brandt had promised ire $300. and said that the others should get tbe ame. He promised Stickler nothing. I had tried to eoax Elijah Stichler. but he would not go with me. 1. said to Krank I would give him $300 after 1 was paid. When It was done, they tried to swindle me out of all and kill me. This was planned behind tne shed at Brandt's as testified. This they told me ln jail. W hen they asked me to go blank by way of Kinks-town. I thought they wanted to kill me ttien. ItranJt always urged me ln Jail to keep quiet aoout this matter, as they hoped to get clear. I did t,ot see the conspirators so very often about the matter. I engsged Frauk Stichler to do tho job after the Kltzmlller plan failed. I did not go into the water. After the drowning, .suchler walked np to my house and went to Hrsndt. I did not see the old nun i struggle. The plank was made wet by the splash when Kaber felL hrsndt had Kaber insuied in another company to kill him. but tbe company failed and with It the plan, brandt told me what to say before the Coroner s inquest. It was part of the general plan Brandt often urged me while ln jail not to confess. He called at my cell to-day for this purpose. I am afrsld of him, but not of the others. If you hang me you will hang a:i innocent man.' " ,

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 02 Sep 1879, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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