Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas on October 24, 1907 · Page 1
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Iola, Kansas
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Thursday, October 24, 1907
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Tlfb iX. N«. 41«. Whole >«. 6296. SIX PAGES. lOLA, KAirSlS, OCTOBER Si, lM7^tHrBSDAT ETEMXG. SIX PAGES. PBicE TWO cram KSSPPIN TEARS 3I0THEB OF XCRDEBEO GIRL SOBBED AT HEARING TODAY. FIRST WIINESS ON THE STAND CBOSS EXAMINATION BEGAN AT TEN TWENTY TODAY. Xotber Told of DrrHs Mav Sniip Wore aiid Events of Kaljil Mulit. ThB bearing of Sam Whitlow, charged with the murder of Miss Muy Sapp at Moran, on the evenitiK ol September * 2Tth, began this mornin at 10:20 in Justice C. S. Potter" court. The momfiig hour was talien Uy- in hcarinjc tha evidence of Mrs Rebecca Sa\fp, mother of Uie dead girl. She apiiearcd in court, attend ed by her husband, John Sapp. Her face bore the marl<s of grief and she vras dressed in blacti. A darl< veil covered her face until she went on the stand when she drew it away from her face., Long before the hearing l)egan th< hallway leading to Judge Potters ofllce was pacliod with people who wished to make sure of a seat. The small room made it impossible for many to enter thi- room after th friends, witnenses and interested par- t'es had talien their seats. Several people climbed upon thn barii roof and sat in the rear windows and lis tened to the testimony. Whitlow, who is charged with tin murder of Miss Sapp, was brought Into court by .Taller Hoover Kerr. H< was neatly attired In black with well laundprod i^hirt and collar, and his shoes were Jjirshly "Hhined." As he was led to his seat Imrk of his attorneys he «ave H faint smile of greeting to friends und acqiialntancen There was a large crowd of specta tors at the foot of the stairway to see •tlt »--»riM|fier na. he. was led into co «y. Whitlow had a more cheerful ap pearance than when he gave his tes timoiiy in the coroner's inquest. Po.s- slbly his fresh attire had something to do with what appeared to \n more cheerful demeanor. He sat within four feet of the Sapp family, looked them squarely in tha eye. as ho d'd the gaping spectators. He lis teued attentively to the testimony and displayed no emotion or nervous ness whatevar. Mrs. \MittIow came into the court room shortly after the hearing began and took a seat two chairs from her husband. She was very pale, but had the same self-composure that characterized her at the coroner's inquest. Her father was also present at th hearing. Alonzo Whitlow of Moran. sat near Mr. Whitlor.-. The attorneys for the di'fense. F. J. Oyler, H. A. Ewing and O. U. Card, were the first to arrlv?. The.v came from a conference in the office of Ewing. Card & Card. The state was represented by five attorneys. County Attoi ney Car! Peterson. D<'i)- utjr County, Attorney W. H. .\nder son. Chris Rttter. Judge .Manford Schoonover. of •Tfarnett. ami .\ttor ney Chambers of Kansas City, who has been but recently taken into th. case. Mr. Peterson took charg:' of the esamlDatlon of the witnesses for the state and !F. J. Oyler the crosh-<'xam inatlon for the defense. After the witnesses were sworn, all were excluded from the room except the prosecuting witnesses, .lohn Sa|ip and Mrs. Sapp. who was first to testify. Mrm.Sapp was allowed to remain in the room after leaving the stand. Mrs. Sapp was the first witness and was called at I'cL'n o'clock. She rema'ned on the stand until noon. During the time she gave her testimony there were frequent objections on the part of the state claiming that many of the questions were immaterial and that answers were conclns- lona on the part M the witness. Tho objections were, for the most part, overruled. Mrs. Sapp talked in a very low voice in giving her testimony. Her vo 'ce freauently trembled and it was evident that recalling the tragedy gave her much anguish and grief. After the preliminary questions were ajiswered Mrs. Sapp was asked to .till. of the tragedy. She repeated the t^linony she formerly gave to the eoKmer 's Jury. She began with the '«y«Bta leading up to the tragedy. She ti^di of Kr. Sapp 's having gone up tovia aiNiut 7:10, leaving herself th<i djjt^ulltor at the house. That a few qitevteii- «ftsr his leaving her daugh- !«, Miia Sapp, walked out from the ^||I^WC%.roOm into the hallway, into IjHl ^JUteiMB-and out of the house. ^WMl.but a very few moments ' Ibir' had left the house," con- Sapp. "when i heard a cre^ from the back yard b*d gone. It sounded liks '.Mother,' hut 1 cannot say wbeth er that was what she said or not. I got up from by chair, ran out Into the back yard where I found May lying on the ground. W^en I reached the screen door on my way out I heard a second scream; it was muffled as If cut off." • As .Mrs. Sapii prngrossiHl In the story she became somewhat ugltut od and spoke In tremuloiis, subdued tones. "Wfliat did you do whi-n .vou reach ed your daughter?" was asked by County Attorney Peterson. "I think I said, 'AJny, have you fainted?" It was dark and I could not see very well. I reached down to lift h .^r up. My hands touched her face and throat and felt the warm i)iood gushing from the wounds. At this point the witness broke (l -i completely and wept and sobbed fi r several moments. County Attor licv Peterson atfpmpted to calm her. If 'ling her to take her time. F. J <!.\|i 'r. for the defense, also told the witness to proceed slowly. In a few moments the witness h ;id regained her comimsure and proceede<I with the story. She said she tried to raisn her daughter up but could not and then gave vent to screams after which several people came in answer to her cries, and sh? went to the house to find the blood on her hands and dress. Described Dauhter's Dress. Mrs. Sapp was tnen quest loneil with reference to the daushter's drpss worn at the time of the tragedy. She described it as a light colored dress with checks. She said it was l>utton.=d in the back, not in|the front. She said there were no pockets or to\(iv to the waist, but on cross-exam inatlon said that the waist had a lace yoke. The attorneys for both the state and defanse are manifestly interest ed in this part of the testimony. WJiillow in his confession said that Miss Sapp drew the razor from the bosom of the waist. The state was attempting to show that there was no place where the razor could have h .-en concealed as would be expected from Whitlow's story. Attoniey Oyler isttempted to get the witness to ailnilt that there was a pocket on the (nside of thi> waist hut she denied It. saying that she knew such was not the cast'. She said that the waist had a luc" yoke. She also tesliflcd that her dnugh liT wr)re a strand of beads about her neck. The tie.ids were fotmd tm the scene of thu tragedy. ^ Before leaving the stand Mrs. SappJ was nca{ii questioned as to how long after .May left the house «he heard the screams. •AI)Out a half minute, or about the time it would rtiquire her to go to the place where her body was found. .Mrs. Sapp replied. Mr. Oyler conducted the cross-ex- an<in:ition for the defense. He {isked tlie witness about thf location of the hous". of the location of the rooms, and hroiicht out the fact that there were two stairways to the house, one leading from the front and the other from the rear of Ihr? house, it would seem that the defense was attempting to show that Miss Sanp could leave the house without the other occupants being awjre of it. Mr. Oyler cross-r^xamlned the witness clo.sely as to the dress worn by .Miss Sapp the night of the trag edy. He asked Mrs. Sapp if there was an opening in the front of the waist. y "Nn." ••.\re you sure?" •Sure." •WHsnt the \f\^l^^^ part of the watst n>a(|e »if open Iaci>." "Yes." That Bed Drrss. .Mr. Oyler then nsKCfi the witness what had become of the liress worn by .Miss Sapp. She said that sh" un- d.Tsloofi that it had been burned. She said she did not know who burn- eil it. She only knew that it was saturated with liIoo<l and drew flies and that it had been burned. WHien. she lid not know, l)ut several ila.vs after the tragedy. She was also asked as t <i whether or nut her daughter had a n-d dress. She .said .May had a jilnk dress. Sho was asked if It had a pocket in the ron' of the waist. She answered hut it did not. Daughter Not in answer to a quehilon from Oy- l .T .Mrs. .Sapii said that her daughter was Moi moiose or meiancholly at any iuu- before- the tragedy. "I)d Sapp ever ?o out in :oiu|iany?' ' "Yvs. some." "W /h .-re did she go?" "Sr.e went to linen showers and such things." Did she have any young men friends?" "She didn't associate with any." was the reply. •n'd sho have any opportunity ito?' "Yes." "Did she refuse them?" "Yes; because they did not suit her." Traded »t Jfontirdmerj'. Ward * Co. •'.Mrs. Sapp, waen you lived on the farm, didn't you do the most of your trading at Montgomery, Ward & Co's?" '•No, sr. only what we could not get at home." Did your daughter do any trading there?" * She never sent for anything that I know of." DM Viss Kapp Have Raior. Mr. Oyler tnan brought up the razor. Mrs. Sapp. was your daughter In the habit of carrying razors?" "She had one to pare her corns with. WIe found H after the tragedy I .1 " THE WEATHEB. Forecast for Kansas—Parti; cloudy tonight and Friday. Data recorded at local ofllce, U. 8 Weather Riirean, esterday, today, and a year ago: OctulH>r as. Yesterday, 2 p. m "7 •J p. m "t> « p. m 6S 8 p. m fi2 10 p. m r .S 12 midnight Max. Temp 7!) .Min. Temp 4» Prcclp. 7 p. m 0 Orfober ii. Today. Yr. Ago 2 a. m 53 4.'? 4 a. m 53 43 6 a. in 52 42 8 a. m 54 42 10 a. m 70 44 12 noon 77 45 Precip. 7 a. m 0 0 Yr. Ago 4fi no 46 43 42 4 5« 41 1 am quite sure she did not." Did you ever know of your daugh ter leaving the house after dark?" "Only wlien she wont out with us.' "Mrs. Sapp. how many keys were there to the south door?" "Only one that I know of." •Was it usually left in tha door after the door was lock;>d?" ••1 think so.'* .Mr. Oyler then tried to draw an admission from the witness that when the family left the farm they moved to Moran because Miss Sapp would not go any other place, but Mrs. Sapp denied this. Mrs. Sapp was askrd to give a description of her daughter. She described her as being a light brunette, slender, about 5 ft. 4'A inches, and weighing about 115 pounds. This afternoon Mrs. Sapp was re called to the stand and Mr. Oyler continupd to question lier. "Did your dauchter ever step out of the house into the vard after dark?" "Occas'onally. but only for a short time." How long?" Only a little while; I never paid any attention to If." ' Did .vou ever watch your daughter." r "1 never had occasion to." "You nr'ver had any cause (o b<- lleve thai she would do herself bodily injury?" "No. sir." Mrs. Sapp was quetitloned again this afternoon as to the biirning of her daughter's dress. She sa'd in answer to a question that she did not know who burned it. but that Mr. Sapp was present. Miss Bsssle Oivins was then called to the stand. .Miss GIvins was stop- plgn at the city hotel at the time of the traged.v. The hotel is the street from the Sapp home. Miss CA\ns heard Miss Sapp's screams. She said there were two distinct screams and a muffled scream. She went to be Sapp home and tried to console Mt.«. Sapp. She also testified that vhe had been told that Miss Sapp never went in company. Miss Givlns has been staying at the Sapp home. She was asked hat if at the coroner's inquest she had not testified that she heard but two screams. She said she was positive she said she heard a third muffled scream. An effort was made to .'ihow some discrepancy in her testi mony given at the coroner's inquest and at the hearing today, but it was apparentlv imsuccessful. Was Still Breathing, t;. L. Merrill was then called to the stand. Ho has lived at .Moran L'4 years. He lives l.=io feet south and west of the Sapp residence. He was In h's barn the evening of the ra,;edy. removing the harness from his horses, when he heard the screams. He jimiped over a fence and went to the Sapp yard, where he found .Miss Sapp. He said she was still breathing when he got there. She breathed several times after he arrived on the ground. He lescrihed the position of the liody. le secured a light and examined the cuts. He looked obout the spot for [| weapon Willi wh'ch he thought the deed must have been done, but founil none. He said her dress was not torn so far as he could asn-rtain. He helperl to carry the body Into the bouse. He was present when the r.^zor was found on the scene of the ragedy. He said he saw .Mr. Whitlow on the ground. He s;ild that he hcuight Whitlow came in at the east cativ He said \\7)(tlow consented to leave the yanl with the otlx-r spectators when asked. On cross examination .Mr. Merrill said he did not ascertain who mad? the screams that attracted him to the Sapp home. He heard a number of screams and thought they wer.' made by Mrs. Sapp. in speaking of the condition of .Miss Sapp's bodv he said the right hand was clasped. STOCK MARKET STRONG DEVELOPMENTS IN NEW YOBK FI- NANTIAL AFFAIBS ENCOUBAGING CRISIS THE WORSE SINCE 1884 CONDUCT OF BANKEBS AND PRESS HELFINti ACl'TE MONEY ( RISIS. Secretary Cortelyou Has Directed Depasits of $'«».>,(HMI ,00« to the i nty. LET PAVING CONTRACT. The most lm ,Tortant thing to he taken up by the council tonight is the. letting of the contract for some nine more blocks of paving. The contract for the paving on Kast Lincoln street, two blocks on South Walnut gtreet and one block on Kentucky. It is said that R. S. Gilflllan is the only person who has yet filed a bid on the work and he will probably succeed in landing the contract. in her shoe box." She never carried one? THINK THERE IS A PBETENSE. Chicago. Oct. 24.—Delagates to the National Civic Convention which convened today, eagerly discussed remarks made at the niieetlng last night by Charles G. Dawes, ex-comptroller of the currency. Dawes mads a sharp attack upon the federal department of Justice, virtually oharg- inf the officers of the attorney general with making "gallery plays." New York. Oct. 24.—Developments In the financial situation this morning were more favorable than at any time within the last week. The stock mar ket opened Strong with prices from two to three: points higher than last night. The Trust Company o^America 0 |)ened its doors for biLsincss at the usual hour and the president of the institution announced that the institution was entirely solvent and was prepared to meet all claims. In the first half houi- that the Trust Company of America wps open more money was deposited than was withdrawn. The deposits up to ten thirty amounted to nine hundred thousand dollars. At ten forty-five J. P. .Morgan, in reply to a question as to the situation, said: "It Is all right." James Sfillman, president of the National City bank, the largest bank in the rnlted States, said the situation was satisfactory. Secretary Cortelyou at eleven o'clock said: Things look pretty good now. The rumor that we are short of small bills is unfounded. We have ten million dollars In small denominations." Small Banks iSustiended. The suspension of payment by three relatively small banking Institutions, situated In the outer Harlem district, were without any effect whatever on the general financial situation down town. These three institutions were the HaVnilton National bank in West 125th street :the Twelfth Ward bank and Rmpire Savings bank, also in West 125th street. Officials of the banks declared they were solid but feared a rim. The Hamilton bank is not one of the large institutions in the city; Its location In Harlem gave it quite a good neighliorhood business, but it never was in any way representative of the .N'ew York bank. The Empire City is a comparatively minor organiaztion. Its suspension isl without hearing on the general situa- ion in New York. The Twelfth Ward bank is a slate institution, and a state bank examiner will be placed in charge. .Vccording to recent statement the institution owed the depositors about three million dollar^. A run on the dollar .sav- ngs bank in Bronx, which began Tuesday, was continued today. .Many of the depositors, the thajority of whom were women, stood all night in line. \ large percentage of the dollar bank's depositors are foreigners. Cortelyou's Statement. New York. Oct. 24.—All over-night developments in the financial situa- ion were re-assuring, a series of con- feron(-es last night participated In by Secretary Cortelyou. J. Plerpont .Morgan, .lohn A. Steward. James Stollman and other representative bankers and men of affairs, disclosed an agreement in the opinion that the banking sitiia- tlrm is well In hand and that with the government deposits to be made by Cortelyou today there will not tmly be enough cash on hanii, but even more might be needed safely in any emergency. The conferences, continued up to one o'clock In the morning at which time Se;:reiary Cortelyou gave out the following statement: "I have said to the gentlemen who called upon me today that any statement to the |>ublic regarding the existing conditions here should be made with the utmost frankness, so that depositors and others interested in the banks might realize that entire reliance could be placed ujion it. Those familiar with the facts have known that the situation was made serious largely because of the circulation of unfounded rumors and the unreasoning anxiety of many who thought only for the moment. To pass safely through such a day as this, one of the most unneces.sary excitement as it has been, is evidence of the strength and support on the part of those who have undertaken the difficult task of reestablishing the public confidence wherever there Is weakness. In behalf of the treasui^y department I may say that I believe it is my duty to do so, and I shall do in the largest way possible whatever may be necessary to afford rMief. If the press ot the city THE MABKETS. Kanxas City Markets. Kansas Cit^-. Oct. 24.— Cattle, receipts 7,000. Strong to ten lower. Na five steers $4.75(g 'G .50; stockers and feeders $2.75ff4.60; cows and heifers $2.10(^4.60; bulls »2.40®a.75; calves »3.25frG.25. Hogs—Receipts 7,000. Five (o ten lower. Heavy |5 .6 J®5.80; packers |5.65iSo.85; pigs and light $.\50(&'5.90 Chicago Markets. Chicago, Oct. 24.— Cattle. Receipts 111,000. Heeves $3.65@7.25; cows |1.25 ^5.10; stockers and feeders J2.40@ 4.55. Hogs—Receipts 16,000. Top $6.00; bulk $5.60(S5.S0. will continue its co-operation, and if the public on its part, will reflect on the real strength of our banking institutions there will be a prompt return of confidence which their condition warrants. As evidence ot the treasury's position 1 have directed deposits in this city to the extent of twenty- five million dollars." Run on Trust Company. A run on the Trust Company of America was continued this morning. The determination of the trust companies is to aid the Trust Company of America, no matter what contingencies may arise today, through the committee formed under J. I'ierpont .Morgan's direction. Mr. Morgan's pronounced part in staying the panic and calming the statements by John D. Rockefeller, President Stillman of teh .National City bank, and Vice Presi dent Frank A. Vanderlip, these things it is considered, cannot fail to help what Is in some respects the most acute money crisis New York City has seen since the Grant Ward failure In eighty-four. WOMEN IN DRY PARADE Want Flltsbnrg SalonnH and Gambling Places Closed. Pittsburg. Kas., Oct. 21.—Several thousand women and children iiaraded the streets of Pittsburg yesterday, as a demonstration against gambling and the liquor traffic. They carried banners and transparencies, and circulated 500 petitions to have Mayor Fisher and- the city council close up all saloons and gamb ling hottscs. These petitions were pre sented to the city council last night. Yesterday the women wired Governor Hoch and Attorney General Jackson to send telegrams of indorsement. fJovernor Hoch's son and private secretary. Homer Hoch. wired. "The governor is out of the city, but has has had frequent consultations with the attorney general concerning the conditions in Pittsburg. He is with .vou to the full extent in the enforcement of the law. and any power which he has under the law will be used to help enforce the laws, and against officials who go into partnership with lawbreakers. Show this telegram to any officers concerned. The governor is glad to hear through the attorney general of he goofi work of s^me of the officers there. They deserve the help of every good citizen." Attorney General Jackson sent this telegram, directed at -Mayor Fisiier: "I'se all the power of .vour office and all other city offices to enforce the laws. The opportunity is yours to confer a great benefit upon the state at large as well as upon your city and county l)y demonstrating what can he done for law enforcement under the alleged difficulties in your commiinlf.v. Stronest authority of the state will support you." The OAirlal Line Meannre. Washington. Oct. 24.—The official Ir line measurement of the flight of the two leading balloons In the international race as computed at the geological survey today, was as follows: St. Louis, (Forest park) to Asbury Park. 873.4 miles; St. Louis to Herbertsville. N. J.. 867.4. Pommeron landed at Asbury Park, longest distance traveled by competitors and L-'/ste de France at Herbertsville. Price of HORSES IN DEMAND. High ' This Animal!! Is Fan. Despite the fact that winter is near at hand when the farmers usually dispose of their horses, the selling prices continue to go up. In the past the price of horses was not as high in the fail of the year but this has been an exception. Dr. J. F. Jamison, veterinarian. In speaking of the pi^esent price of draft animals, said that he. attritMited the cause of them selling at such a high price to the great demand for draft horses for transfer purposes in all the larger eastern cities. There Is a great deal of the hauling of large machinery In the easetrn ..cities this fall and horses are used in doing this work. Far tost aai filtM reralU IM tte B4fbMr Wnt Cdun. GERMAN WINS CUP PO^MERN, PILOTED BT ERBS- LOETH, TRAVELS 880 MILES. COMES DOWN AT ASBURY PARK L'ISLE DE FBANCE, A FBENCH Ejr. TRY, SECOND. Nine Contestants Land Safely—Alf Distance Records Conid HaT< Been Broken Bat for Atlantic St. Louis, Oct. 25.—Proclaimed as the most remarkable''ballooning contest in the history of aeronautics, with every racing record broken, the second international competition for the James Gordon Bennett cup, which started from here on Monday last, ended today with Germany the winner. The finish of the race was the closest and most exciting the followers of the sport have ever known, the victorious German balloon, the Pommern. which landed at Asbui-y Park this morning, having slightly more than five liiiles the advantage of the French contestant, "L'Isle de t'rance," second in the race, which descended during the afternoon at Hebertsville. N. J., a few miles from the Atlantic coast, and slightly northwest of Point Pleasant. Another German balloon, the Dus- seidorf. stands third in the race; American entries are fourth and fifth, a third German team is sixth, a French team "seventh, American eighth, and English ninth. Stopped by the AtUntle. The unofficial estimated alr-ltn« di ^ht of the Pomiiierh Is 880 miles, anti that of the L'Isle de France is STJi. The DiiHseldorf, which landed nejir Dover, Dei.. Is estimated to have covered 790 miles. The official measurements will be computed at the geological survey of the United States government at Washington. Only the proximity of the Atlantic ocean stopped the wonderful fligh^ of the Pom- mqrn. The balloon could have remained in the air many hours longer, and undoubtedly would have added several hundred miles to her record, but for the expanse of water ahead. News of the landing of the Pom- mcrn was received here at an early hour yesterday, and was soon followed by reports of the rescerit of every other contestant in the race, with the exception of the L'Isle de France. The race was at once conceded to Ije between these two. aiid when a report was received at noon to the effect that the French craft had been sighted In the vicinity of Asbury park,; Intense excitement prevailed. There were many predlctiops that the contest would result in a- tie for first honors. ^Vhen the L'Isle de France did not descend at the point selected by the German leaders in the race, there was a belief the French aeronauts might after all be declared the winners. BAILWAY INTEBEST8 PBOGBESS. F. V. Crnnrh and George A. Bdwias Home From Chicago. ' F. V. Crouch and George A. Bowlns returned yesterday from Chicago where they went in the interest of the Kansas Southern Electric Railway company which proposes to qonstruct a street railroad between this city and Pittsburg, Kansas, touching all of the most Important cities enroute. They refuse to talk a great deal about the matter but say that everythlngls running nicely and that the work will continue. Chicago capitalists are Interested In the company and the local promoters went to advice with them. FCLLEB-VAniETTE CASE ON. Ca.He In District Conrt Promises to Be' a Battle. The case of E. P. Fuller vs. the Vau- dette Picture compan'y is being tried in district court this afternoon. This h; of no little Importance, It having bean thrashed out in different Justice courts before it was taken to the district court. The plaintiff asked damages of the Picture company, for not replacing the front of the building. They also ask that the length of the lease be determined. "The Picture company is stiing B. P. Fuller also. They ask damages for the attachment which Mr.' Fuller took on the property of the :Plctnro company. The attachmen(> was released by Judge Potter In Justice court. Now Puller carries the atUch- ment to the district court; asking that it be reclaimed. The case involves many legal litigations over which there doubtless will be many a "battle" between the opposing attorneys. WANTEI>—Ten men to work In scrap iron ayrd. Apply at once to B. S. Barnard. ..o. 324-326 North Buckeye, lola, Kaiuas.

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