Evansville Press from Evansville, Indiana on May 4, 1908 · Page 1
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Evansville, Indiana
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I T 'JSr in. T 7" m ' 7 '7 ODlT I""85 fHER tonight and Tuesday." " 1 a. m., 51; 7 a. m., 52; noon, 71 degrees. SHOWERS INDEPENDENT ( ONE CENT V L PAY NO MORE J PAY NO MORE FEARLESS. Vol. 2 EVANSVILLE, IND., MONDAY, MAY 4, 1908 No. 264 TABBED NEWBURG MARSHAL DESP A PAW Robert Cravens, town marshal it Nowburg, Ind.. was stabbed in the back, and sustained ugly cuts Dn the face, when he interfered to stop a row at a Newburg theatorium last night, according to word which came to the ?ity today. His accused assailant, Sol Koken, a saddler of Newburg, was locked up by Cravens himself, despite the fact that the marshal was bleeding profusely From the wounds, and weakened trom the loss of blood. Koken was intoxicated, and became incensed when ordered bv Cravens to keen nuiet, it is Eaid. Cravens Is not fatally stabbed. RlThong'n seriously ' hurt. The knife stab in his back, penetrated over an inch. A deep gash over the eye. required stitching and may result in a permanent scar. At 'least half a do.en wounds were in dieted. Koken will be tried before 'Squire Crawford at XewR'urg this afternoon. A bold unknown man for whom the police are now searching this afternoon entered Fisher and Raphaels pawn shop at 425 Main-st and after Lee Fisher, at his request had shown him how to load up two 3 8-caliber revolvers, the man grabbed them, placed them in bis belt and boldly walked out. "I'll blow off your head if you make any noise or attempt - to ado on i nUF nr finnr re a n ninfWMno n it" nnnrn m shop 'nmP ,,rn rMft-cuHiadu.itiLie siiou cm nun g noTI 1PT H1Ip!PtO OPE HOME Wi lUalUmw olta JIUItL r IHt i i stop me," the man threatened as he made for the door. The man was a well built white man. He was young and smooth shaven. He wore dark clothing. Fisher, who reported the matter to the police. -says he made no effort to lay hold of the man as he seemed too desperate. The police believe the man got the revolvers with the intention of committing suicide. WHO KILLED THESE FOUR? Bv T'nitfrl T'r POUGHKEEPSIE, X. Y., May 4. Believing he really is .soon to be a free man again Harry K. Thaw, slayer of Stanford White, was here today when habeas corpus proceedings, instituted secured his release from Mat tea-wan asylum for the criminal in-san.e were heard. Dr. Haker, ac ting superintendent, headed a party of guards that had charge of Thaw. Russell Teabody and James Graham, Thaw's attorneys, were continent today. Attorneys for Thaw secured first blood ibis afternoon in the figlit for his freedom when they secured a ruling that witnesses who will te.-tify that h- is sane t-liall be Ik ai d in court here. Those who claim he siiil is insane will be heard in New York and that county will have to bear tr,e bulk of ihe expense of the present, litigation. Jerome will send committees to London. Home, Paris. Monte Carlo and Pittsburg !o ake evidence as to his alleged insane acts. The fight whin began today will last several months. After today's ruling court adjourned until May 1 Iwben Thaw's witnesses will be heard. Meanwhile Thaw will be held in jail here. Russell Feabody sprung a sur The heart of a mother .inrf ih.it . of her two-year-old child w as j made happy today, when Mrs. , Walter Willis returned to the city iand clasped her 2-year-old son in j loving embrace after a separation : of almost a month. ' ; Mrs. Willis, without stating her ! reason, left her home, her hus-! band and child on April 10. Un-1 til a week ae:o her existence was (despaired of by her frantic rela- j house, this ! tives who could get- no clue as I conference to ner wnereabouts. . I One week ago today Mrs.'Wil-i lis disclosed her whereabouts in :a letter written from St. T.ouis. where she said she had secured j employment in a St. Louis j laundry. j Since leaving home the baby of j Mr. and Mrs. Willis has been cared for by the husband and i father, at the home of his mother j Mrs. James Willis, SOT Fountaiu-; av. 1 ; In her -loiter home last week j Mrs. Willis referred tenderly to : her loving baby and said that she ! dreamed of the little one every ' night. : I Mrs. Willis reached the city today and lost no time in repairing to her mothcr-in-law's home to 1 see her child. At the home of her sister, Mrs. George Rinkle. 804 Missouri-st, Mrs. Willis today refused to make any statement regarding her absence from home further than to say, "It was the baby that brought me back." CONGRESS SEES A NEW LIGHT Bv Uuitctl rrc.t. WASHINGTON, May 4. Congressman Watson, whip of the afternoon after a with the president said congress Vv-ould remain in session until July 4 and that the I child labor bill for the District of Columbia, Vreeland currency bill and Government Employer's Liability bill will be passed by congress before adjournment. Further he said an urgent effort would be made to pass the anti-injunction bill with some modi-ficatiin Sherman anti-trust law. Relatives of Charles Blomer Had Received Word He Would Be Over Sunday in Fort Wayne Hostelry in Which Eleven Lost Lives. s" ys! -A fTMl heart Dora Henry prise when he said E' will tesiify for Harry. elvn Thaw NEW YOPK. May 4. Mrs. William Thaw will take her son Harry to Europe, if she can se-! cure his release from Mateawan. is the information that comes r from inside sources today. Mrs. Thaw now believes Harry is sane, and will urge Iris relense in every way possible. "Whooping cough is now prevalent in the city. Another death occurred today, that of Mary, the month-old daughter of Wm. llelm. 110 W. Pennsylvania-st, who passed away at noon. Fprcial fn 'llir. Vifs. LAPORTK, Ind., Mav 4 beautiful farm home in a.-hes." The charred bodies of Mrs. Rclla Gunness and lu-r three chil dren smoldering in the ruins. The half-craved ma r.-of-a!i-work, Kay Laniphere. is in irons and will appear before the grand jury May 11. These are the tragic elements composing the mest sesaticnal mystery that Indiana has had since the famous Iiinshaw murder case. And the mystery is deepened by just a touch of romance. Detectives swarming over the ground are searching for the an- 1 swers to these questions: j 1. Was the wealthy Mrs. Bella Gunness, with her three children, murdered and the house then set on fire to hide the crime? 2. Or was the home fired and ti'e lives lost in the conflagration? ;. Or did the woman, driven insane by the attentions of Lam- t 1 IF pl I Feeling an attack of trouble coming on, Mrs. Roetger, 69. widow of Roettger, 1600 Cleveland-ay sank into a chair while attending to her household duties today tiud died before a physician could be summoned. Mrs. Roettger has been a sufferer from heart trouble for several years. Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Elmer L. Joy. Coroner Laval assigned her death of valvular heart disease. RETURNS TO WIF AFTER 3! YEARS PETERSBURG, Ind., May 4. After living apart for 31 years from the wife of his youth, Ever ett Robling. who formerly resid ed in Logan-tp, has returned from Kansas City, Mo., to spend the remaining years of his life with her. Shortly after their marriage Robling apd his wife quarreled, he going to Kansas City and she to her mother in Logan-tp. Not a wo: d passed between them during the long estrangement. A few weeks ago Mrs. Rob-ling's mother died, and a daughter communicated with Robli:1!. telling him of the plight of her mother. This so touched the heart of Robling that he at once sold his property and returned and they were reconciled. Grave fears are entertained by the relatives and friends of Charles I. Blomer of Evansville, that he was one of the eleven victims in the big hotel fire at Fort Wayne early Sunday morning. Blomer is the son of Frank II. Blomer, lumber dealer, who lives at 822 W. Indiana-st. The last word heard from Blomer was a letter directed last night to his sister, Miss Nettie Blomer, in which he gave instructions to his loved ones at home to direct his letters this week to the Hotel Aveline at Fort Wayne. "I will reach Fort Wayne to stay over Sunday," he wrote. Members of the family were prostrated today when news came of the fatal fire. The Press this afternoon in re-spone to its inquiry received the following telegram from Ft. Wayne: "The Aveline, hotel register was destroyed and none of the three clerks can remember Isom er's coming, although an express package was at the hotel awaiting him. He is not registered at any other hotel in Fort Wayne. It improbable that he did not reach litis city although it is possible lie may have perished in the fire." Blomer's mother today said she was almost certain she would have received word from her son telling her that he was safe, had he "not been a victim of the flames. Among the dead are said to be the bodies of many unknown men. Blomer's father sent several telegrams to Ft. Wayne today in efforts to locate his son. Word was also sent to W. P. Breen, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, of which Blomer is a member, in hopes that something? might have been heard of his presence in the city. Blomer is a traveling salesman for a Boston shoe house. lie visited his family in the city several weeks ago. He is well known here, having spent his childhood . in the city. Ry r)if."' Pits FORT WAYNE, Ind., May 4. Eleven bodies, four of which are so badly burned that all hope of j stroved. identification has been aband-1 There were some is supposed three more bodies remain in the ruins. The interior of the hotel was completely dc- 68 oned, are lying in the morgue in i this city today as a result of the j New Aveline horror Sunday. It. j asleep in the hotel when guests D. J. (Continued on Page Four.) THE CAUSE OF THE TERRIBLE RSOT 'r?DERS M OHIO By Vrtitcrf rrr. K1PI.KY, O., May 4. Adjutant General Critchfield decided today to place the hurley tobacco district of Ohio under martial law. Two tvoops of cavalry and one of infantry arrived today for patrol duty. Another invasion of night riders from Kentucky will mean a battle. BURGLAR MASK AND TOOLS SUNDAY N SCHOOL TEACHER Bl United Tre. 1 LONDON, May 4. Arrest of John .Frederic Spencer, a "Jekyll and Hyde" combination of Sunday school teacher and burglar, will ,it is believed, solve the mystery of the theft in December of $25,000 from the bed room of the wife of Capt. David Beatty, who was formerly Ethel Field, daughter of the late Marshall Field of Chicago. The arrest of Spencer was the culmination of a series of the most skillfully executed burglaries in the fashionable Melton Mowbray and Leicester districts ever perpetrated )n England. Suspicion never once fell on Spencer, who was regarded as a model business man of Leicester, running a good dry goods store there on -week days and teaching a large Sunday school class of boys and girls on Sunday. At night, however, he was always . mysteriously missing, and it now develops that, armed with a set of burglar s tools and wlta oniates and poisons with which he auieted sleepers and. ' killed troublesome dogs, he was rob- f. bing many of the persons whose .Acquaintances ne maae in dusi M l- .. X. less ana m munu. He was finally captured by the merest accident, the policeman into whose arms he ran all but refusing to believe his eyes when he tore the mask from Spencer's face. Bu T'nitnl rrr.. NEW YORK, May 4. In an interview today George Gould de clared the country has turned the corner in the recent financial depression and that the recovery shortly will be complete. PAYS CITY $1800, FRANCHISE TAX The expiration of ten years of the 25-year life of the Evansville Gas and Electric company's electricity franchise was marked today by the payment of the annual franchise tax to the city by the company. This amounted to $1,830.72, or 5 per cent of the company's gross receipts from "power sales" under the electric franchise. The gross receipts amounted to $36,-614, according to the report to Controller Nolan. , Last year the city received $1,454 from the company. : The city receives no tax for the privileges given to the company for furnishing light to private consumers By "power sales" is meant electricity furnished to private concerns for running machinery and furnishing heat by electricity. The Burned Home; Mrs. Bella (iimness and Children; Ray Laniphere in Handcuffs. phere, destroy herself and her children? There is so far only circum stantial evidence to support the theories, and it fits any or none equally well. Last August Laniphere came into the lives of the widow's family. He was employed to do odd jobs about the place. Just a few days before April 28, the day of the fire, the widow had complained to her attorney of Lamphere's infatuation for her. She had discharged him, but he hung about the house. The Saturday before the fire Mrs. Gunness had Laniphere arrested for the third time. She swore she feared for her life and property, and the man was placed under a peace bond. Sunday night she could not sleep for worry-and early Monday morning the widow drove to La- porte and saw her lawyer again. With tears in her eyes she begged the lawyer to aid her in protecting her home. She said Lamphere had threatened to burn it down. "Get a gun and shoot him the next time he annoys you," was the lawyer's advice. "No, no. I can not do that," she sobbed. "I would rather die." Finally she drew up her will, leaving her property to her children, and -in the event they died without issue, to a Chicago orphanage. She provided for her own burial at Forest Hill, Chicago. Ten hours later the widow and her children were charred corpses in the ruins of their home. It was impossible to telf whether they were killed before the fire or burned in their beds. Lamphere was arrested. He was found at work on the John Wheatbrook farm. His- first remark 'was: "Did they escape from the house?" He made no confession, and there is no direct evidence against him. : Lamphere faces a charge of murder in the first degree. Un der the law of this state any person who through the commission of robbery, burglary or arson. causes the death of another, is guilty in the first degree, -"-nether his a,ct was intentional or unin tentional. ME BIG NOISE AT CONVENTION By T7niterl Press. WASHINGTON, May Wanted A powerful pair of lungs to make the keynote speech at the Chicago convention. Chairman New is here to consult with President Roosevelt on this matter. It is desired that the temporary chairman of the ' convention be possessed of a voice that can be heard in every corner of the big coliseum. Senator Dolliver, Senator Bev-eridge and Leslie M. Shaw are seeking the prize. The president is said to be favorable to Beve-ridge for the reason that he de sires to reward him for the battleship fight made in' the senate. The speaker will be decided May ninth. AY UrJaP Mil? . Railroads Must Pay For Cruelty tin United Fress. CHICAGO, May 4. Judge Landis today fined the Rock Island and other railroads a total of $13,000 for violations of the 28-hour live stock -law. The law provides that the railroads must give rest, rood and water to live stock every 28 hours unless giv en written consent" by the owner that they go 36 hours. DRIVE AFGHANS OUT OF INDIA Bi Untied rret. LONDON, May. 4. With two brigades of Infantry a cavalry squadron and a few machine guns Major General Willcocks Is repelling the Afghan invasion of India. His little army opposes a force of 20,000 Asiastics and the latter are in Blow retreat. . WUAT'; TUP MATTFR V I t W 111 1 If 1 f y i WITH THE FELLOW THEY RB CHASING ? NOTHING THE MATTER .YET; THAT'S JUST THE YOUNG MARRIED MENS CLUB AND HPS THE FELLOW WHO SAID" TWO PEOPLE CAN LIVE CHEAPER THAN. ONE TOOK CHICKENS AS OWNER LOOKED; FINED For taking a dozen chickens from Henry Noels, col., Green River-rd, yesterday afternoon, Llla Ilorsley, col., who had never appeared in police court before, will spend months in jail by verdict of Acting Judge Blakey. She was the man's housekeeper and she was to get half the product of the hens, she said she took them in full view of the owner and believed she had a perfect right to them, as he owed her mony. She was sentenced to pay $10 and costs and 30 days in jail. FORMER CONDUCTOR CHARGED WITH BEING IMPLICATED IN HOLD-UP TO ARBITRATE CAR TROUBLES CLEVELAND, O., May 4. Arbitration has been agreed to in the troubles between the Municipal Traction company and its employes. On the advice of Mayor Johnson the increased wage question will be waived until the company, shows earnings of over 6 per cent. The car men's union is today selecting an arbitration committee to meet President Dupont. By United rreis. PITTSBURG, May .4. It is reported here that a former Pennsylvania railroad conductor has been arrested in connection with the holdup of Express Messenger Roshen on the St. Louis limited last Thursday night. Detectives working on the case refuse to affirm or deny when questioned today. LEFT JUST TO SCARE HUSBAND FDR DRIHK1HG, WIFE DECLARES Thinking his wife had left j tones he pleaded with neighbors home to drown herself, James to help him in his search. Burns, 1122 N. Rowley-st, tele-1 Mrs. Burns said today that she phoned last night to the police ; has had not the slightest inten-station that she was missing and j tion of drowning herself, but she the police searched for her As a matter of fact, Mrs. Burns said today, she was in the immediate neighborhood the whole time, but wished to make him think she w-as gone forever, because, she says, he had been drinking and had lost his position as engineer at the Fuller Basket factory as a result. She dodged in and out of the premises, slipping away and escaping his notice, though never but a few rods away. In agonized did intend to go away soon. CORN SOARS Bll raited 'reus. CHICAGO, May 4. Spirited buying by shorts shot May corn to 70 cents today, the highest figure it has -reached since Gates and Dan Reid tried to corner the market in 1902. The "bullish movement is charged to Jim Patton who has bought 4,000,000 bushels since May 1. 1 A r-TS" 3 ,4 v,

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