The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1897 · Page 1
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If it isn't in The Inquirer ' '.--- it didn't happen The Inquirer's Grculation f yesterday was 132,313' The Inquirer's Circulation last Sunday was 112,867 Mm VOL. 137. KO. 67. r r . , , i . w t ' , " - - - p i; - - - - , ; - - - v ' " - v ' . C l , tilMlMlHi 11 llr I ' MS D0RM1 NO VEILED II MYSTERY Coroner Minshall Doubts That the Girl Committed Suicide. MURDER IS HINTED AT Wounds That Would Seem Impossible to Have Been Self-inflicted. The body of Annie Dorman, who was found dead in her brother's bedroom at the Mill Farm, on the Delaware county side of Cobb's Creek, near the terminus of Market street, was taken to Millborough, Del., yesterday, and buried there. Who Inflicted the wounds that resulted in Miss Dorraan's death and the motive for the deed are mysteries that Coroner Thomas Minshall will endeavor to solve. He will begin an investigation to-morrow ; morning and will. crry jit through untF b h satisfied as to whether the victim committed suicide or was murdered. THE CORONEtt PUZZLED. Coroner Minshall's duty is a difficult one. Up to this time he has been groping in the dark. With not a single clue to work upon, he is worse off than when he first viewed the body, for then he supposed it to be a case of suicide, but developments have made that seem almost impossible. The Ccrcner will be alone in his investigation. Delaware county does not employ a detective and has no fund that can be used for that purpose. In speaking of this last evening Mr. Minshall stated that he will work out the case as far as he can, and then, if he sees that anything is to be gained by it, he will appeal to the County Commissioners. In the event of no assistance being received from that source he will secure the services of a detective and pay him out of his-own pocket. THE DEATH WOUNDS. The details of the Dorman case are as conflicting as those in the case or Mrs. Roberts, of this eity, whose body was found last Sunday in BigElkCreek, near Elkton, Md. If the suicide theory is correct, then, Coroner Minshall says. Miss Dorman must have been possessed of strength and nerve that surpasses human belief. There were two wounds upon the body, either one of which would have proved fatal. The wound first inflicted was made by a bullet that entered beneath the right side of its victim's jaw. Crashing through the bone, it splintered it and was itself crushed into a jagged piece of lead an inch long. The other wound was made by a bullet that entered between the fourth and fifth ribs and coursed its way through the heart and lungs. It must have caused death instantly. The Coroner says he doubts that any human being could have fired the latter shot after having sustained an injury such as wasjriade by the first one. STILL FURTHER MYSTERY. The revolver with which the deed was committed had been upon a shelf in Mr. Dorman's bed room undisturbed for two years. It was rusted, and the cartridges so long in the chamber assisted in making it difficult to move. Consequently the revolver, which is an old-fashioned one; was hard to cock. Coroner Minshall, upon picking up the bloody weapon from beside Miss Dorman's body, was obliged to use both hands in raising the hammer. How the girl could have done so at all he cannot understand. To add to the Incredibility of the self-inflicted wound theory in this direction is the fact that every chamber In the revolver had been discharged. If Miss Dorman was murdered the fiend who ended her life must have done so out of pure maliciousness, and the Coroner thinks he must have been experienced in that direction. The victim had no known enemy, andf no robbery was committed. There is no evidence that Miss Dorman was assaulted, and the only sign of a struggle was the half upturned rug, that might have been disturbed by the victim as she fell after the firing of the fatal shot. TALK OF AN ARREST. It was rumored last night that Coroner Minshall had obtained so much evidence of murder and its perpetrator that he had a man under surveillance and that an arerst wo:ild te made within a. day or so. This the Coroner denied absolutely. "If I had the slightest suspicion as to who killed Annie Dornan," said he, "that person i would have been behind the bars long before now." In Delaware county the residents are yet "divided in their opinion as to whether Miss Dorman was murdered or committed suicide. The former theory is rapidly gaining ground, however. Among those who ' believe in the suicide theory is District Attorney Schaefer, of Chester. The inquest '..ill not be held until after the investigation has been carried outs , - 4-0 PAGES. "r- - 1 v " n .47. J 1 1 Tl I X "V - i I rliH ' .BW I "V I rt a - . I FAURE'S TRIUMPH Franco-Russian Alliance Is More Than Popular in Paris. The Opposition Trying, to Minimise the Effect of the President's Successful Visit. Special Cable. Copyrirht. 1897. by Jamea Gordon Bennett..- PARIS, Sept. 4. There were but few opponents of a : Franco-Russian alliance before the Presidential journey to Ruasia. There are none now, or if there are they are keeping very quiet. For the moment, in fact, there is a sort of scramble for the honor of having first contemplated the possibility of securing Russia's support now it turns out to be so popular. The opposition, in order that the government may not make electioneering capital out of it, are working feverishly to prove that the germ of the idea originated in almost the dark ages. All the same Felix Faure is the man of the moment, and his reception in Paris on Tuesday was more than royal. He had succeeded in bringing about the utterance of the magic word "alliance." Of course there are malcontents who are demanding that the treaty be made public, on the ground that by the Constitution treaties must be voted by tri two -'Chambers" before they" can become" definitive. This, however, Is an error, the Constitution declaring "the President of the Republic negotiates and ratifies treaties . and communicates them-to the Chambers as soon as the interest and security of the State allows". " There is a tone of disappointment also discernible over the general peaceful tenor of the speeches on board the Pothuau. The Idea " has always been cherished that with Russia's help the restitution of Alsace-Lorraine was within measureable distance. Now it seems no nearer. Paul Deroulede, speaking to a. Gaulois interviewer, also manifested this spirit in saying: "I wonder whether this alliance has not been turned from its real object namely, watchfulness of Germany. I am sure those governments who would like to profit by this Franco-Russian agreement hope to use It against England." A diplomatist interviewed by tha Gaulois. also said: "I do not believe the PRESIDENT FAURE Who has attained such a great personal triumph by the Franco-Russian a-lliance. words of equity and justice uttered by Felix Faure and the Czar apply, as so many hastily hope, to the restitution of the provinces we have lost, but rather to the regulations of Eastern questions." - On the other hand. Henri Boucher, Minister of Commerce, has openly expressed his satisfaction of the peaceful object which the alliance has in view, and . claims , tnat. tne inausina.1 development due to it in France will be enormous" Already he points out France has obtained an important or der from the Russian Government, and this is only the beginning. - - There was a little jarring note in the Te Deum in benor of the treaty which by Cardinal Richards orders was sung at the Votive Church of -the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. Many people tlalmed that it should have been celebrated at Notre Dame. . . PHILADELPHIA, EXPLOSION AND EIRE KILLED FIVE PEOPLE Scores Were Injured by the Twin Disaster at Broad Ripple, Ind. DANGEROUS NATURAL GAS Five Buildings Destroyed Before the Flames Were Gotten Under Control. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. Sept. 4. Two frightful explosions of natural gas occurred in Broad Rippie,- a: suburb, six miles north of here, this morning at 10 o'clock. Five are known to have been killed and the seriously injured will number between twenty and thirty. The business part of the town took fire and the largest buildings were destroyed. The city of Indianapolis was called on for help and sent engines and doctors. The dead: ' PIOUS GRESH, grocer, aged 10, burned to .dah. JACOB DARLING, painter, "crushed falling walls. CHARLES YOUNTZE, single, aged 35, found dead in grocery ruins. Two unknown bodies, burned to a crisp. One of the unknown dead is supposed to be Henry Ernst, an old soldier, who cooked for Joseph Wambaugh. Among the injured are: 'Squire Al-bertson, hurt by debris; William Ross, hips crushed; Joseph Wambaugh, painfully bruised; Frank E. Watts, burned and scratched; Edward Watts, burned and scratched; Emily Johnson, F. W. Heaton. bruised. Orville Heady, street car conductor, injured internally, - burned about the head and face; probabiy fatally; Anderson Plummer, cut over eye. hand crushed and injured internally; Frank Morris, hands and legs burned, body badly bruised, probably will die; William E. Privette, deep cut across the face; Edward Morris, burned about the face, arms and leg cut; Frank Marval, head cut, two fingers blown off and leg broken, also injured internally; Clare Whittaker, Oakland, ankle broken; Harry Bolton; Oakland, cut across knee; Frank Featherstone, arm cut; Charles Roberts, cut over th.-? left-eye; James Mitchell, New Augusta, brick mason, both legs broken; John Doaks, back broken. injuries thought to be fatal; Fin ton Reckert, leg cut, injured about head and face; Thomas Jones, cut about head; Rich-a.rd Lohman, cut in the face and arms by flying glass; Charles Culbertson, cut by flying glass; William Day. blown across the street, teeth knocked out and hurt'internally; Ames Day, cut in the face by flying giass; Jesso Day, blown out of the second story wii3uw and badly shaken up, face scratched and leg hurt; Tyson " Mitchell, cut about head; Jacob Cruse, four ribs broken. The first explosion occurred in J. L. Watts' drug store from some unknown cause. Five men were injured there and the building was set on fire. Across the street was the Odd Fellows' Hall, , Continued on Fourth Page. SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 5, 1897. bright, MRS. WILLIAM "WHITMAN, BLOODHOUNDS OUT ON THE TRAIL OF A DASTARDLY FIEND IN HUMAN FORM Infuriated Jerseymen Determined to Lynch Mrs. Whitman's Assailant. POLICE AND DOGS ARE IThe Woman Was Waylaid on Maltreated by Her Merciless Assailant She Is in a Critical Condition. NEWARK, N. J., Sept. 4. Bloodhounds have been called into service by the police in their efforts to track the colored brute who assaulted and nearly killed Mrs. William Whitman, at Belleville, on the outskirts of the city yesterday. Three of the keen-scented animals led a force of twenty 1 mounted policemen, captained by Captain Corbett, from place to place. The policemen were on horseback and on bicycles, and were followed by more than a hundred deteimined men, armed with revolvers and shotguns. Night fell without the fugitive being caught, but the hounds were still following his trail when it was deemed best to let them rest until daylight. If Mrs. Whitman's assailant had been caught to-day the excited scorchers would have made short work cf him unless a strong force of police were on the scene. The report that the woman was dying wrought her relatives, friends and neighbors into such a state that nothing less than the life of the wretch who attacked her would satisfy them. Men stood in the brush r sat with guns across their knees awaiting the sound of a breaking twig or a footfall that would advise them of the presence of the colored man. Rarely has a crowd of men been worked up to such a frenzy, but rarely has such a shocking crime been committed here in the North. THE CRIME. Mrs. Whitman, who is only twenty-three, and pretty and frail physically, was on her way to her home at No. 170 Parker street yesterday at noon. She had been visiting a friend at Silver Lake, Belleville, in the northwestern section of Newark. She had occasion to pass through Franklin street, a long, lonely street lined with heavy bushes. In the neighborhood there are only a few houses. Between Bloomfield avenue and Franklin street is only one ! cottage, and that Is occupied by an old couple. At one point me roaa crosses a small stream, which goes by the name of Second River. It is crossed by a small bridge, at either end of which is heavy underbrush. As she was crossing the bridge Mrs. Whitman noticed a negro lleaning over the rail. He was intently reading' a newspaper and appeared to take-no notice of her. Just" as she was passing him the man dropped his paper and seized her' by the throat. He threw her violently to the floor of the bridge and choked, her. Then the man began to drag her toward the bushes. A FIEND'S WORK. . The woman screamed as long and as the Victim of a Negro Fiend FOLLOWING THE TRAIL the Way Home and Horribly loud as she could. But the pressure on her throat grew stronger and she was soon insensible. She had fought as hard as she could and her clothing had been torn in the struggle. Just as she was lapsing into unconsciousness the negro dealt the woman three smashing blows in the face. How long she lay there she cannot tell. "When she recovered consciousness the sensitive woman was brought to a realization of a condition worse than death. Sha tried to rise, but fell back again and became unconscious from pain. For some time she lay thus. She became sensible once more and dragged herself to the roadway." Several persons passed and she appealed to -them for help, but they spurned her, thinking she was either a vagrant or drunk. Finally her plight was discovered. A. doctor was called and he took Mrs. Whitman to her own home in his carriage. ; It was during a period of consciousness that Mrs. Whitman told the full details of her horrible experience. Her assailant had taken her pocketbook and roughly torn her rings from her fingers, including her wedding ring. Through the afternoon and night she screamed in her delirium, and each scream made the men within earshot frantic with rage. They simply cleaned up their guns and went hunting for the assailant. Mrs. Whitman, and many peopie could identify him if he were arrested. Within half an hour they struck a trail. They found that a man answering the description of the man who assaulted Mrs. Whitman had taken a car for downtown about noon. He had boarded the car less than a hundred yards from the nearest car track to the scene of the assault, and he appeared to be laboring under excitement. There was mud upon his clothes and he looked nervously out of the window. When he was asked for his fara he paid it from a little leather purse which the conductor noticed appeared to belong to a woman.' He rod clear downtown' and left the car at Market street. From there-the police took up the trail again, and in a short time found something which convinced them they were upon the right track. A black -amto ring, bearing in relief an Indian's heud. was found by Captain Corbett's detectives In Jersey City in a pawnshop this afternoon. It had been pawned by the fugitive last night. The police believe he !s Lidins somewhere between Jersey City and Newark. Two colored men were arrested in Harrison this afternoon; each on suspicion of being Mrs, Whitman's assailant, but later It was found that neithc man. Both men were sentenced to thirty days in the workhouse for vagrancy. i.t. bt the philadelphu inquirer VIEWS AND REVIEWS PICKED IIP III PARIS Prince Louis Napoleon Tells the President an Untruth to Avoid Republican Honors. THE CZAR'S COMING VISIT He Will Travel Incognito, But His Reception in France Will Be More Than Hearty. Special Cable. Copyright. Gordon Bennett. 1897 by James PARIS, Sept. 4.- Some comment has ; been caused by the Figaro's announcement that Prince , Louis Napoleon, colonel of the Regiment of Luse-lan Lancers, had declined the Cross of the Legion of Honor, offered to him by the President, giving as his 'reason that he had received the grand cordon of that order-at his birth. This was interpreted as meaning that he v3nean-to-keep fcfmself free to claim his right as a member of the French Imperial family sbould an opportunity ever present itself, but little attention might have been paid to this had not someone taken the trouble to lxk through the lists of the order and find that Prince Louis Napoleon's name does not occur in any of them. Th;jonly tangible fact in the whole discussion appears to be this that he is determined to owe nothuig to the republic. While on the subject of the Russian visit I, may, say that the Czar.-and-Czarina will, perhaps, make a -short stay on the Riviera next season. It is said that the Imperial guests will arrive at Toulon "in their yacht, "and will thence go to Cape Martin. Turbia or Beaulieu. There they will be rejoined by the Czarowitz, who for two years has spent the winter in the south of France. The Czar and Czarina will this time travel incognito, but their arrival, if they do come, is sure to be made much of. The King of Siam is expected here on September 12. As he comes in his official character he will be received at the Gare du Nord by President. Faure. surrounded by his military household. , Great things are expected from this Continued on Fonrth Page. .. A AS PADEREWSKI LOOKS WITH HIS HAIR CUT. Paderewski has done something that even his-worst enemies never believed that he would do. Not in the wildest flights of fancy was it dreamed that he would sacrifice his aureate locks to the barber's keen shears. However, he has done It, and to-day, according to a cable from the other side, he appears on his Polish estate with short hair, just like any other fellow. More than that, to show that hi reformation is deen-firramecL it is stated I that since he had his bair cut he has succcedlne fairly well. . 40 PAGES. ANARCHIST CAUGHT Tried to KiU.lPo'ice Chiefs in Barcelona. Believed to llnvr Been "an Aceora- plice of (iolli in the Killing J - of CaiovM, -BARCELONA, Spain Sept. 4. Chief of Police Portas. and Assistant Chief Teixidor were shot at and seriously wounded last night by an Anarchist, who is believed to have been an - accomplice of Golli, who killed Premier Canovas. The would-be assassin was pursued and captured. He gave his name as BarriL Questioned regarding his attempt to assassinate the two chiefs. Barril admitted he was an Anarchist and that he had been expelled from Spain in lND.l for hissing the Spanish flag. v The prisoner is well educated. . He has written for different newspapers and was for a time employed as a translator by Gamier Freres, the well-known publishers of Paris, from whose employ, he was -dismissed for taking part in a demonstration against the Spanish Embassy. Barril then went to London, -remained there some time and subsequently resided in Brussels. He returned to Barcelona on August 2(5 last. The prisoner, who is now con fined in the fortress of Mont juih, will e tried by court martial within the near future. When Barril. was searched an important document of a compromising nature was found upon his person. THE WEATHER Forecast from Washington. Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey Fair till Monday; warmer: southerly winds. New York Herald Forecast In the Middle States and New England to-day clear weftther will prevail, with lig-ht and fresh variable winds mostly southwesterly and southerly, and Northerly in Virginia, and rising tem-jerature. to Uo wed--by some cloudiness on the coast On Monday in both of these sections fair to -partly c4oudy wanner weather will prevail with fresh, variable winds, beeomiiiir mostly easterly and possibly high on cuast from-fape Hartteras northward to Sandy Hook. For Tuesday present indications are for unsettled warmer weather, and easterly winds possibly becoming high and followed by rain with a northward advance of a disturbance from the Gulf of Mexico. Ynterday'ii Temperature. Time. " 3 Weather. 8 A.M. . 30..W 62 71 N.E. . 8..HO Clfar. 8 P.M. . -M.M (Mi tU S.E. S .m Clear. Maximum temperature,3.3) P. M 70 Minimum temperature, tf.15 A. M m Mean temperature Hj Normal temperature , 71 Sunshine (per eent. .... in Deficiency of temperature : ,5 Excess or deficiency "of temperature since - September 1 ' ... 0 Excess of temperature since January 1.. JHH Kjccsa-of rainfall. since '(September 1 ... . .!" Excess of rainfall sine January 1...... 2.72 been learning t- rldeabicyclQ and t - - - . . V . ' . . co. FIVE CENS. 0 FlHlSH" CHOW IS HUE FULL OF FIGHT The Sherjff, Restored in Health, Ready for Martin and the Combine. AN INTERESTING TALK "We Elect a New Mayor Soon and Then Things Wilt Be Different" From a Staff Correspondent. SPRING LAKE, N. J., Sept. 4. Sheriff Alexander Crow, Jr., renewed in health, refreshed in spirit and full of enthusiasm for a further and final fight with Martin and the Combine, will return to Philadelphia on Monday after r an absence of nearly four months. The Sheriff arrived in New York en the City of Paris, and shortly before noon he had passed the ordeal of the Custom House officers and was exchanging greetings with Senator Chas. L. Brown, Select Councilman William G. Huey and Chief Deputjt Pennewill, all of whom had come over to meet him. . The entire party journeyed to Spring: Lake, where the Sheriff was seen this evening at his cottage. In the short time he had been on shore he had managed to get a pretty fair idea of the political situation, and he had no hesitancy In discussing his plans for the future. . . READY TO FIGHT MARTIN. "What do I think of my turn-down foe ihe City.;ommittee?v he said in answer to the-CrUestkmr -"Well, it simply shows that Mr, Martin controls the Republican organization matter what the ward , leaders may pretend.. 1 had been living. in, the hope that. Mr. Martin would retire gracefully, but I see now he will . have to be driven out. You can say for me that I come back prepared to do my share" when the final fight comes, s come it must. The City Committee's decision in the Fifteenth ward case will receive my immediate attention. I shall consult -with my attorney. Al- I exander Simpson, Jr., as soon as I're-I turn to the city, and see if there is ; any legal way by which the City Com- mmee can De reacned. ir there is any way to force them to seat me. you "can bet I will be prompt to apply it." ' . This last line was delivered with an emphasis that was impressive. ' Of course," continued Mr. Crow, "as long as we have a Mayor that bows absolutely to Mr. Martin's will he will be hard man to dislodge. But we elect a new Mayor soon, and then, think, things will be different." 1 NOT A CANDIDATE. "Are you a candidate for Mayor?" "I am not. I have no ambitions. Incidentally I think that the people will have a. good bit to say about who shall succeed Mayor Warwick. Their judgment can be safely trusted." Sheriff Crow expressed himself .erat-ified at the way Senator Brown had handled the Fifteenth ward organization during his absence. He was highly pleased with the. State Republican ticket, and while as an., Antil Combiner, he,was not enthusiastic ;over the nomination of Magistrpt-? ; Hackett for Register of Wills, he ex-j pressed warm words of praise for the "Little Judge" as a man. Personally, he said, he knew of no one'itlr" he liked better. . The-nomination of Colonel McMichael for City Treasurer was gratifying to him in the :xtremo. He" said he would undoubtedly support the city ticket. As for the Sheriff's health, his appearance alone was sufficient to refute air. the wild rumors that have been afloat In Philadelphia. There is n-- doubt, however, that Sheriff Crow was a pretty sick man when he went av. When he left, Philadelphia on May 1!), he . was -almost - prostrated. By" tne time he reached the baths at Bad Nauheim, he was unable to walk. His case was diagnosed as "heart dilatation." ... . IN EXCELLENT HEALTH. The baths gave him almost immediate relief and the Sheriff is prepaie l to sing their praises to. all sufferers. He remained at Bad Nauheim for six weeks, and from there he went to Burgenstock, where he remained three weeks, returning to Bad Nauheim for three weeks more. On his way home, he spent some time in' London. While abroad the Sheriff made some interesting observations regarding the workings of the Dingley tariff. He says the feeling against the new law In Germany. France and England is intense. Coming over on the Paris, Sheriff Crow met a New Zealand wool grower who was ereatly depressed over the outlook. The New Zealander told him he did nat see what they are going-to do with' their wool now that the United States has put a duty on it. This the Sheriff regarded as Indlcar live of prosperous times for American wool growers. The Sheriff did not have to pay any duty on his arrival, so it .was evident that he was not a large patron of foreign manufacturers. The Sheriff was accompanied on his. trip by his wife and daughter. X. IX. M. AND

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