Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas on December 9, 1907 · Page 4
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Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas · Page 4

Iola, Kansas
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Monday, December 9, 1907
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jiDH|AB |ag F. 8C0P CmCtTLATION 4.000. 1^ .; T «icpk«Ml. BBporten' Room 222 BariniMM Office ...18 Bntend kt lola, KansM, Postoffic*, w Second-elass Hatter. MiSmrOMiaM Rates Made Known on • i ' Application. SUBSCBIPnOH BITES. Bj CnttK tm tola, dai C»f, Lajn: TlUe w Xa Harp«i tee WeA 10 eenta One Month ....44 cents One Tear $5.00 : By Man. Oae Tear, tn adranee 94-00 11u «e Months, lui adnmce 91.00 OM Month, In advance .44 OinciAL FIPEB, GITT OF BAS< SET. aKHBEB OF ASSOCIATED PRESS. fk« lela Dally Bcfitter is a Meaber « tke AtMCintel Frets and Beeelrea the ter repert IMhat peat news er. •uAHeh^fer ExelislTe Aftenoon KUicatten la lola. MR ^i STEWART HELD mFE OF XCRDERED XAK TO BE INYESTIGATED. LIVED TOGETHER UNLAWFULLY CreTbton Came With Stewarts to Iota g la a CoTcred Wagon From ,1 " Western Kansas. ^ Last night about twelve o'clock the officers took Mrs. Stewart Into custody, pending an investigation. They be will be arraigned, imtlrely clear of any connection with the crlm.« Some of her statements, . so the officers say, have been slightly contradictory. , Creviston's statement was imadly in love with Mrs. Stewart rals- ;fd the question as to whether or not ^e womtin knew of bis> intention to nittrder her husband and assisted him K to plan it. ll ^'One thtos that has caused the of- l ^-'Hcers to suspect Mrs. Stewart is that ^:^[ -«he Is an unwilling witness. She eeens to be very reluctant to talk on fsi ceruin points in tlie story. From C ttldnlght jintll two o'clock this! morn- iac Deputy County; Attorney Ander- :pott and. County Altorijey Peterson ...sweated the woman at the Jail. : Mr, Anderson said oyer the phone .at two o'clock that he had learned i.fromsMrs: Stewart that'she had lived -With Stefltart five.or six years before tbey were' married^ She said that she ; Was married to Stewart on Septem: : »er 17th. last, but tlia,t s^ie bad lived • Vlth, Stewart a numbier of years as ,, his wife. • It seems, according to her :i story, that Creriston bas been living ; -;Wlth them since last PelJruary, dur- 'flas which time he hfs been more or :f ^leka latiniate with her. She said that jthree eame here In a covered was- bri ^panbam TlTesteni Kansas last summer. l^.:lfraL Stewart denied being in any way ,T;^teiiaected with the crime. She said I i^'^Ae had not helped to plan it and was JvHOt aware that' Crevlston had the ^r ^eed In mind. She*^ insisted that if jphe loved either of the two men it pi'>as Stewart K'' An examination of Creviston's room last night showed that he had homed aipair of trousers in the stove as buttons were found in the grate. . The sarment had evidently been blood ^j. stained and he was trying to hide the 3 erldeBce tit his gallt Ariilgacd ia the Morning. '4.; Creriston will be arraigned in Justice court some time this morning. He pTj.-ia expected to plead guilty as be has already confessed to the crime. It has Ij;. IttB not been decided in which court ^-.'ch will be arrained. f/; It JlB likely that a large crowd will he ppeseat to see the man who con- feesed to.; the brutal murder. W. H. CRETISTOH BIUTALLTITOR. TAUT XUBDEEEO WM. STBW- ARD SUKDAY 1ORNIHCL ]' . DEED WAS DONE INEASTIOLA Slnag Shot and Knife Used—Bloody Knife W€»e Weepeas Thrown A««7 FoHd by Oiricers^l nrderer Was Tletlna Partner In Baslnes^ Committed Crime I or Lore of Mrs. Stewirt. (From Morning Extjf State of Kansas, A^Ien County, 88: W. H. Crevlston, ofl lawful age, * being first duly swprn according to law, deposes and says that he got acqualnjed with W. H. Stewart, deceased, in February, of 1907, and that for about three months last past this affil- ant and said W. H. Stewart were In partnership running a restaurant in East lola. Affi• ant further says thai on Sunday • morning, Decembei 8, 1907, about twenty mlau:es till one in the morning si id W. H. Stewart asked this a Slant to go with him and steal some chicljc- ens, and this affllani! then went with said W. H. Stejvart to Ira X^lblte's place and together took three chickens, an^ in going * back as said W. H. Stewart * went past a barn he slopped and killed the chidkens, aiid this affiant struck feald W. H. Stewart on the bejid several * times with a leathei slung shot • and said W. H. Steirart fell to * the ground, and then this affi- • ant cut him severa times on * the throat and boly. Affiapt • further says that hi had plan• ned to kill the said W. H. Stew* art for the month li st; past and * that he made the slung shot es- • pecially for that pt^rplose. * Signed, subscribed and sworn • to before me this 8tB day of Dje- • cember. 1907. j • W. n .ANpERSON. Notary Public. Commission expiresj November 14, 1900. I Is Comlfort AiBWkbl<«atdiM4ifcc • • • • * In the presence of ^everal officers in the office of Jailer Hoover Kerr at the county Jail. W. H. Creviston, with deliberate and > unhesitating speech, made the above confession last evening about nine o'clock. From the time that the body j of Wm. Stewart, with throat cut aiKl skull crushed, was found In a pool of blood near a bam at the corner op Vermont and Madison streets yesterday morning. Creviston was suspected of knoiwlng something about the death. He was the last man, so far as could be ascertained. In tbe company of Stewart HIti story was that shortly after midnigbt when Stewart came-hito the restaurant to talk overlsome business matters with him, somk one came to the back door of the restaurant and called Stewart out, siting that he wanted to see him. He said Stewart went out and that was ^he last he saw of him. :Wbea asked whether or not the voice which called Stejwart was that of a man or woman, he said he did not know, but thought it was that of a man. This story of the manner in which Stewart was ctlled from the restaurant was not ao^pted at: once b> the officers. Lost evening a little I>oy, a nephew of Policeman Roy Phillips, found a knife stained with blood, lying east of the Mssouri Pacific tracks a short distai ce from the scene of the murder. The knife was turned over to the offi ^rs who soon learned that It belonge I to Creviston. Curing the afternoon % hat, b^ong- ing to Creviston wai found la his room which bad , marks of blood on It WJth these two clu« s In their possession, the offcers felt reasonably confident that Creviston knew something of the murder ind that he should be held for i^ restlgation. Daring the day Crev ston manifested a desire to help in the searc^i for the murderer but did n >t remain near the scene of the crhiie very much. He was arrested near the corner of First and Msdlaon atri ets about; 6:30 and token to Jaii, whei e lie was; confronted with the evidet ce asalnst him and abcused of the ciime. "After a thorough sweating, a iwufession; was secured. For Lete el lYei ' The motive wjUeh irompted Crer­ iston to UU his partnnr, so heiaays. was for love of Mrs. I Itewart iCrer- iston said that he CeU deeply iai tore with Mrs. Stewart some time aso and fe^lb« that the only way he eoald satisfy his love was to murder'Stew­ art, be immediately began planning to :kin his partner. He conceived of th^ chicken stealing escapade as a good way to get Stewart in some unfrequented ptace where he could kill blih., Stewart assented to the scheme, little'thinking that bis partner had a terrible motive in suggesUng it After the chickens had been stolen, he Bud ;ested to Stewart that he kill them, thus giving the opportunity to tate bis partner off his guard. He first struck Stewart with the slung shot which be had secured for the especial purpose of murder. After he felled him with the slung shot he took his knife and slasbed his throat, although it is very likely that the blows on the head had done their work. Not satisfied that his victim would die, ho cut the arteries in the wriibt that the unfortunate man would bleed to death. Aher committing the brutal and cold-blooded crime, he went to bis room and retired, sleejilng until yesterday morning about five o'clock, when a noise made by some one In the bouse awakened him. "Wonld Bather Be Dead." After making his confession last night Creviston said that he knew that penitentiary for life" would be his sentence, but that he deserved It and would take his punishment The awfulness of his crime seemed to dawn upon him after he bad once told it in all of its harrowing details. In fact, he was bitter in his self condemnation, To one of the officers he said: •I would rather' be the dead man myself." This remark caused the officers to watch their prisoner more closely lest he do himself some harm. It is amasing that, after committing what in many respects is the most deliberate, cold-blooded crime that Is to stand as a reproach upon the community, Creviston was jible to go to bis room and sleep, with his hands stained with the blood of a man, whom he admits had never wronged hlfu. If it be true that he was prompted to commit the crime for love of Mrs. Stewart, his Infatuation must have been wild and uncontrollable. On last evening Creviston attempted to offer an excuse for his terrible crime by stating that the reason be killed Stewart was because the latter • had threatened to kill his wife. This i^ not taken seriously by the officers, although Mrs. Stewart has told of quarrels with her husband. Had Crevlston not taken advantage of Stewart, ho would not likel'y have carried out his purpose. Creviston is rather short, while Stewart was large and muscular. In many res- l)ects the latter was a i)€rfect specimen of physical manhood. It is said of him that be was an expert boxer and wrestler years ago. Stewart was 47 years of age. He leaves, beside bis wife, a daughter by a former wife. He was bom in lola, but spent the greater part of his life: In Woodson county. His father. Col. Alex. Stewart Is one of the best known men In Woodson county. Al Stewart of Yates Center, a brother, is also well known here. He came in last evening. Good Work of OlBcers. Great credit is due the officers for their bntiring efforts in solving what appeared at first to be a deep mystery. Sheriff Bollinger, Policeman J. J. Creed, Chief Gates and Roy Phillips together with County Attorney Peterson and Deputy County Attorney Anderson, spent a very busy day on the case. Mr. Bollinger is said to have secured the first admission from Creviston that be was connected with the crime. The officers took up every clue and worked them for all they were worth, finally getting^ on the right track., Boand Worn Oat. As soon as the officers were called to the scene of the crime they placed it under guard and sent for the blood hounds at Cbanute.- All day the place was kept under this patrol of the police as was also a trail of blood which the murderer left in making his escape. The hound was brought up from Chanute on the Oil Flyer, but was so worn out with a trip; In search of robbers night before last that It would not take np the Bc ^qt As Crevlston bad already confessed the hound was of no particular use at that -time. Bow Beiy Was Fonni. The body of Wm. Stewart was found lying immediately north of the barn, which Is located on the rear lota o( Frfnk Hufford's home on South In- dtana street by J. M. Jobnson, white enroute to bis work as teamster at the <PrIme Western smelter number tbriie, Sunday,morning at 6:45 o< clock.. As Mr. Johnson; was driving to the plant one of Uai hones shied at an object lying Just at the side of the i the road. Mr. Johnstm saw at once that the object was a man. At iirst sight he thought the fltan was Eat for contentment . Eat for good* nature. Both are the result of physical health. The most nutritious food made from flour is Uneeda Biscuit Every bite a mouthful of energy. gmjli In dust and moistiut proof paAazts. NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY gation discovered that the man was door. A voice from with out said: dead, lying in a pool of blood which came from an ugly gash in the throat Mr. Johnson did not stop but drove hastily to the smelter where he told of what he had seen. He returned, accompanied by Bert Brown. Frank and Lee Davis who gave the alarm. The body was soon recognized by people who gathered to be that of Willlam Stewart who conducted a restaurant at the corner of Madison and Kentucicy streets. Upon arriving at the scene of the tragedy. Coroner Reid ordered that the body be taken to Culbertson's morgue. There It was learned that the man's j throat had been cut He had been' had been thrown in Jail for drunken- "Slewart, I waut to speak with you.' Stewart turned to me, saying that be would be back in a short time, and went out. This is the last time I saw him." Mrs. Stewart in talking, says that she went to bed after her husband left her, and went to sleep, thinking that he would return all right. She was not awakened, so she says, until al>out 6 o'clock Sunday morning. Then Mr. Creviston came by and called her. Sbe says that she turned in bed with the idea of waking her husband as is her custom. Upon not findiag him. she went to sleep again, thinking that her husband had gone down town and struck in the bead with a slung shot which was found at his side when his body was discovered. There were three skull fractures. When found Stewart was lying on his back with bis hands thrown outward. In his right side pants pocket was found a 32 calibre revolver, pocket knife, and a pocket book containing some mgney. A silver watch was also found in his pocket That Stewart was killed after 3:30 o'clock Is evident from the fact that Mr. Johnson bad passed the scene of the tragedy at that hour in retuming from the morning north bound Santa Fo where he had been to see his wife off who left for a visit with friends in a neighboring town. Mr. Johnson says tliat he never noticed anything unusual on the scene of the crime at this time. Mrs. Stewart, wife of the dead man, stated yesterday afternoon toa Register reporter that her husband had l>een drinking heavily all day Saturday. She said that she first noticed this about 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon when she met him on the south side of the square in lola in company with Roy Flowers, a young man who lives in East lola, and an acquaintance of Stewart's. Mrs. Stewart in giving her story said: "I stopped my husband on the south side of the square and told him that I had left one of the boarders taking care of the restaurant and that he should hurry home. He told me that he would go home right away. I learned about 6 o'clock when I came home that he had only reached here a short time before I arrived. I then sent him to the butcher shop on an errand after which we ate supper. Ail of this time he was drinking at frequent Intervals. "in the evening we went to the show at the Grand theatre. He left bis seat several times during the performance and went out,-I suppose, to drink. "We arrived home at exactly 11:22 o'clock. We immediately prepared to retire. After Mr. Stewart removed his coat and vest, he seemingly in a rage Jumped up from the chair where he was preparing to remove bis shoes and said angrily: 'I am,going to finish my drunk.' I never saw him any more." W. H. Creviston said yesterday in giving his first.story that Stewart came directly down stairs while he was making preparations to close the business np for the- night "We sat down by the table which-Is in the kitchen and began talking ncss. Crevlston was suspected by the officers as being implicated in the murder from the first it was im|)ossiblc to get him in the morning. He had left the scene of the tragedy and had gone down town to do some telephoning for Mrs. Stewart. But when his whereabouts was learned he was questioned closely by the officers who had found a bloody hat in his room. The finding of the bloody hat together with the fact that he was the last person k^wn to be with Stewart, gave rise to the lielief that either Creviston committed the murder or had something to do with it. But is was not found until the knife which was found immediately north of the railroad track was identified as Creviston's that the officers felt that the evidence was sufficient to warrant an arrest The, knife which is an ordinary two blade, wooden handle pocket knife, more commonly known as a "jack knife," was found by Max Wright the little nephew of Policeman Roy Phillips. It was lying immediately north of the Missouri Pacific tracks and near a little ravine where bloody foot steps were found. Who Crevbton fa. W. H. Creviston, the self-confessed murderer, came here last .\pril from Western ICansas. He became acquainted first with Stewart in the Western part of the state. Creviston is about thirty-eight years old. and is a native of Pennsylvania. He is a short stoc3c fellow with moustache. His parents ore dead.; Last night, after be had confessed be said that he was glad that they were:dead, as their soq had Vrought disgrace upon the family name. Creviston secured a divorce from his wife some time ago. He:has a little son. who. It is said, will be taken in charge by the Orphans' home. . It seems marvelous that Stewart's body was riot found btfpre It was as peo]>!e who' live in the Immedtate neighborhood say that at least fifty men pass oh the street to their work of relieving; the night workmen at the Prime Western and United Zinc ft Chemical company smelters. There were many minors current yesterday ntwui • Up to the time Creviston was orrested it yas the opinion of JSome that Stewart's, death might bte the rosult of a woman scraiie. It was talked ivery freely that Stewart had' been Intimately associated with a married woman whose home is in the: southe4sterB part of the city. This, however, could not be verified. Stewart sjnd his wife cime here froni Yates Center last. August For. a time they: lived in the edge of the oily in a tent' At that time It is said lie snpported his family by peddling some merchandise about the city. In October ICth. he purchased the restaurant which he and his partner, W. II. Crevlston, had conducted since. Mrs. May Stewart stated yesterday afternoon that Mrs. Ella King, Stewart'^^ first wife, has been married three times'and that she is now liv-" ing in Ottawa, Kansas. . Stewart has one f daughter. Pearl, aged nineteen years, by his first wife. In speaking of her bosband and of his vocation Mrs. Stewart stated this morning that he was a printer by trade and followed it for a number of yfears. She said that he was following this; profession more or less when she married him., One ThoBMind on the Scene. Within an hour after the body of Ste»tart was found there were five hundred people on the ground. When the .crime became generally known, fuliy a thousand people went out to the scene of the tragedy and gazed at the pool of blood and the crimson trail;that led away from the the gruesome spot. ' Hundreds of people also visited the Culbertson morgue in the hope of viewing the body of the murdered man.' Will bo Ko loiiaeat. Coroner Reidl could, not be seen last evening, but it is not likely that there will be 4ny inquest as it is known how" Stewart came to his death. Coroneri Reid made arrangements yesterday for an Inquest today in case! thg cause of death was not teamed.: Register if ant Ads. Fay beeanse bi AHen Cennty nearly ereryhody reads the Register.- AUCTION SALE! Registered Aberdeen—Angus Cattle! 07 aboQt som^ new goods which arrlT- ed Saturday. It was while we were Intoxicated b«t npon a doser tarestt^Jtalhiag that some one came to the THURSDAY, Dec. 12, We will sell at Public Auction at ourlfana, 14 GOOD YOUNG BULLS AHO SPLEMDiD raUHG COWS, mjCALF These young cows are with two or three exceptions, of our own breeding; and tlie pet of imported Erica, Pride and Blackbird bulls of unexcelled breeding and quality, from the.'herds bf the late.Queen Victoria, Ballindalloch, Abcrloisr, etc, and are mostly all In calf to bulls of that chaf^cter. The cows are of the best families of the breed, Lady Ida, Coquettes, Queen Mothers. Westertovrti Rose. BlOomers. Bruceblll, Violets, etc., and are in good thrifty breeding condition. Don't miss this^opportunity to get bargains, caused by the herd outgrowing the accomodations of the farm. Sale at our Allendale. farm, five miles east, two north of lola. and three miles npirth, one west of La Harpe. In Allen County, Kansas, both points on the M. K. & T. K.v., and .MIssourE ^cific Ry.. and the former also oh the Southern Kansas Branch of the Santa Fe railway, and froiE ;both points the Electric railway runs quite close to the farm. Take Concreto car. SALE BEGINS AT i O'CLOCK, P. M. For Catalogues apply to Thomas J. Anderson, manager. Gas, Alien County, kjiisas. Anderson & PlndMy A> CoL Lafe Barger, Col J. B. Daenon, AUCTIOKEERS. //#«. : J. T. ^EDWAT, Clerk, ^ OfficeandStoii^Ware Boom at Iff WestStzeet Phone 339 Wnl Ail, U • WOTL Jtiiiioxr De]iax*triiei3^t (Store Bm I>4 i

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