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Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, October 22, 1897
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XJAILY PHAROS FRIDAY. OCT. 22, 1897. . T. 1XHJTHAIS . JOBS W. BARKIS. ixrathaln * Barnes. 1D1TOR8 AHD PBOPKHTOR8. TEKM8 OF 8UBSCBIPTTON - Daily per week, 10 cent*; per month 40 cents; per year utrlctlv In advsno?) t*-50 The Weekly Pharo* and the Saturday Pharos the nro lormlng th* Serai-Weekly ~?(tion. 11.86 a year, strictly In advance. Entered at this Logangport, Ind.,po»tofflce as tecono ultes mail matter, as provided by law. THERE Is a consuming desire on tbe p*rt of niany people to develop the Cass sounty oil field. When will the drills be(;tn to pound? ASIDE from cutting n2 the special electric light levy and the special water worjcs levy, the cut In the city tax levy is 2 oents on the 1100. It should have teen more. GENERAL WEYLER, the dispatches say, refuses to surrender command of tbe Spanish army in Cuba. If be true, Spain Is likely to have Other rebellion on tier hands. this an- strong la Europe as it Is "la America. Tbe bankers and moolcd classes In Europe, as In toe .United- States, are fixed In their determination t" maintain the gold standard, whiUs the laboring and -agricultural classes fav-ir tbe restoration of the double standard. Senator Wolcott.will return to the United States a sorely disappointed man. He is still a senator of tbe United States from the state of Colorado. His course in tbe senate will be watched with Interest at the coming session. If he shall take a stand In favor of independent action by the United States in the matter of opening our mints to the free coinage of silver, his course will greatly strengthen the cause, if he shall decide that such a course is unwise and that the United States is not strong enough to force other nations to restore sliver to its ancient place ct moaey ot final redemption at an agreed ratio, then CRIME OF A CENTURY Review of the Celebrated Lue't- gert Murder Trial at Chicago, BCOEES OP WITNESSES EXAMINED. toe hopes of the THE gold isoDSplrators are much interested in Secretary Gage's plan to issue go'd bonds and cancel the greeooacks. Such a scheme would five bond speculators an opportunity to increase tte bonded debt of the nation something like 1500,000.000. SENATOR THUKSTON is on bin way home to Nebraska. He has been campaigning in New York and Ohio. To his friends in Chicago he expressed doleful forebodings concerning the outlook In Ohio. He fears that Mark Banna is going to be slaughtered by his friends. Unless there is a great change he thinks the Eepublicans will be badly whipped in Greater New York. IT would seem that business sagacity should dictate putting In machinery at the electric light plant of sufficient capacity to meet future requirements. The fact should be kept in view that the city has a monopoly in the matter of providing electric light. To put in machinery that meets temporary requirements means loss to the city whenever additional machinery is required. The city now finds itself short of power. When new machinery Is provided it should be or sufficient capacity to meet the growing needs of a growing city. _ EVERY body in Logansport desires that the city's electric light plant shall prove a success. But as Councilman Halgh said the other night, ^refurnishing it with new machinery every year ought to beiivoided." Ample power should have been provided in the beginning. To take out old machinery every year and supply the works with new, means a big loss to the city, When the council in the near future suppllss the plant •with power of greater capacity, It should be sufficient to meet the demand for electric light for years to come. Logansport Is becoming a city of considerable magnitude and electricity is the modern method of lighting. MATTHEW MARSHALL, who has gained a national reputation as a writer on financial subjects, is strongly opposed to Secretary Gage's scheme for reforming the currency. In a recent article he say>: "The foolish currency reformers, who seek to substitute for the paper listed by the government ami secured by the entire wealth of the nation, bank notes resting upon nothing but bank assets and sufficiently elastic in volume to meet any conceivable demand that may arise for them, have the backing of all the impecunious would-be borrowers throughout the country. No scheme of banking which makes security for bank notes indispensible or limits their amount, will content these allies of the reformers. They demand a repetition of the experience which the country had for the period preceding the war, when wildcat banks by the thousand flourished in remote country villages, and when travellers oame home from their journeys with as many different kinds of paper money as they had passed through towns, and had to sell ut discounts advocates of the perpetuation of the single gold standard will be brightened. Senator Wolcott is looked upon as a sincere friend of silver and his attitude upon the question sloce the rejection by England of friendly overtures on the part of the United States will be awaited with interest. State Weaves a Set of Circumstantial Evidence About the Prisoner—Expert Testimony on Bones Found in the Middle Tat of the Sausage Factory—Alleged Appearance of the Missing Womun in Various Places—Personality of the Prisoner. On the night of May 1 last Louisa Luetgert disappeared. At 8 o'clock Mary Siemmering, the servant girl, retired for the night, leaving Mrs. Luetgert still about the house. A little later the boy Louis returned from a circus which had been exhibiting in r.he neighborhood and fcund his mother sitting in a chair. Ic was Vhen about 10 o'clock and he was sent to bed, having seen the last of his mother, perhaps forever. Mr. Luetgert came into the house a little before the boy went to bed, and the latter left husband and wife together. At this point the story diverges and the most serious trouble of A. L. Luetgert's life i ^^ ± t begins. At what hour Mrs. Luetgert I wlt " ness( . Dialect Stories".' We observe, the dialect story epidemic continues in the United States in all its virulence. We nearly died of the Scotch, dialect yarn. It was stuffed into us till we turned away -with nausea. We have not yet recovered from that. It is cruelty to animals to keep on giving us American tales whose characters appear to be commended to us chiefly on the ground that they are guiltless of an understanding of grammatical English. We have had for years the New England twang, with its queer, chopped off words and misplaced verbs and adverbs. This might have been permitted because of the real genius of the writer of the New England dialect fiction, a reason which it must be confessed is wanting in the case of most of the other native writers. Next came the unspeakable, frightful dialect spoken by the natives of the rural districts along tbe shores of the Ohio river. Then followed the negro story, and last and the worst abomination of all appeared the New York Bowery story, in which is used a species of pigeon English that would make a Chinaman hang his head for shame. The unintelligent people depicted in these shallow tales read them and are confirmed in their bad English. With all the millions,—yes, billions—of money spent for education in the republic it is a fact that our common people the country over do not use as good or as correct language as their parents did 25 years ago. We suggest that for variety the next gifted writer of fiction give us a story written in good English. It would be a refreshment to weary souls. left the house no one, save possibly her husband, knows. The following day-Sunday—members of the family knew that its mistress was gone. On the 17th day of May the climax came. The sausage maker, who had been almost a king among his neighbors, was dragged up the steps of the East Chicago avenue police station at about 2 o'clock in the afterncon. Luetgert's preliminary examination began before Justice Kersten on May 22. Bickenese, Mrs. Luetgert's U'other, told of Luetgert's indifference, old Frank Bialk told how Luetgert had spent the night on which his wits disappeared cooking something in the middle vat, and the police disclosed the rings. Mrs. Agatha Tosch, Luetgert's warm friend and proprietor of the saloon which he patronized most, declared to the police she believed him guilty of wife murder, and unexpectedly went on the stand and told how Luetgert had railed about his wife to her, and had said he wished she were dead. The only, person from whom the police could not extract a word was Luetgert himself. Sweatbox, persuasion, threats and coaxing had no effect on him. One Week to Get a. Jury. The trial was begun eight weeks ago, on Aug. 23. One hundred and forty ven- iremen had to be summoned, and one week consumed before twelve juryman were secured. On Monday, Aug. 30, Diedrich Bieknese, the first witness for the prosecution, was put on the stand. Louis Luetgert, the 12-year-old son of the prisoner, was one of the state's earliest witnesses. He recited the occurrences of the night of May 1, and told a powerful story for the prosecution, on cross-examination there was a surprise for the state. The boy announced that at 2 o'clock in the morn- Ing of May 2, when, according to the state, Mrs. Luetger*'s body was being destroyed in the vat, he heard a "rustling" in the house, and a voice which Kecent accidents in several places show that the elevators carrying passengers up and down in huge skyscraping buildings are anything hut safe. They aro provided with so called "safety clutches," hut in the critical moment these have mostly failed to clutch, and men have been precipitated down a dozen or 15 stories to instant and horrible death. The danger from an unsafe elevator is not the lease on the formidable list of perils encountered by those who are lifted and lowered daily by machinery to offices 150 feet to 200 feet above the earth. These patent safety elevators are usually insured in some accident company. The companies stand a good show for being bankrupted unless the elevators are constructed with safety appliances that •will work. ranjflng from a quarter per cent to 5 and even 10 per cent." up In 5,000 years the enlightened races of that time will curiously scan, the fragments of newspapers of the present day to find out what we were like. They will study the illnstnitious with the utmost narrowness and exclaim to one another: "What barbarians these nineteenth century races must have been! Look at these pictured groups! What wild hair and animal faces they had!" But they would be far• wrong. They would only be seeing the pictures of nineteenth century champion baseball and foottell teams. We have recently seen a pictui* of a maiden lady aged 104 years and she mlfr did not look a d^y over 80. What Course Will Wolcott "What course will Senator Wolcott now pursue? In the late piesi- dentlal campaign ne supported Mc- Ktnley because the Republican platform declared in mor ol abandoning the single gold standard by international agreement. Now the attempt to reach an agreement hai been made and Senator Wolcott's mission has been unsuccessful. Will be now abandon the came <Df siUer because England refuses to join in the effort to restore the bimetallic standard, or will .he stand with American bimetallism and assist in restoring the .free coinage ot silver without waiting for the consent of •ny foreign power? The Wolcott com- -nisslon hu developed the fact that public Mntlueat in favor of tbe restoration of ullTer coinage f.s u Yellow Jaundiced eyei tad ittn, Indigestion, plm- jle*, coated tonrae. tad treat*, Itrment- ationintncitom- tcli and reaeril dlcati deranremekt of tie Urer. ra* V*t** Df. Greeners Laxura Cathartic Pills tki catktrtte tktt «MB »*t Militate. Mtet, » VUt kr tk« Dr. he believed was his mother's. Young Luetgert acknowledged he had suddenly recollected this in the office of Luetijert's attorneys, and the state flatly charges that Luetgert's attorneys had manufactured the evidence. Luetgert's threats, his statement that he would like to crush his wife, and that he regreted calling a doctor for her when she was ill, that the "dead, rotten heart would have croaked," were recounted by Mrs. Agatha Tosch. Frank Bialk told of Luetgert's unexplained actions the night his.wife vanished, and then the state disclosed how the potast; •came in the va,L Frank Odorofsky and Jacob Lavan- flowsky, two laborers about the factory, told startling- stories of breaking potash Into small pieces, burning their hands a:nd faces, and putting it In the vat un- dsr Luetsert's orders. They described the sticky, slimy stuff on the basement floor the morning after the alleged murder, when Luetgert had partly flushed the vat by moans of a hose., Hiul Bitter Quarrels, Neighbors and relatives of the Luet- gerts testified ta the bitter quarrels between them, and Luetgert's employes related how Mary Siemmering, his servant, had visited S,!-i at the factory at unseemly hours. It was known that when Luetgert ser.t old Frank Bialk to a distant drug store for Hunyadi water •while he was busy at the vat, there were fifty bottles of Hunyadi water in the factory. Emma and Gottliebe Schimpke, two girls living across the street from the Luetgerts, went on the stand and told of seeing Luetgert and his wife going in the direction of the factory at 10 o'clock on the night of May 1. Luetgert's attorneys succeeded in frightening them on cross-examina.tlon. There was a second sensation when Nicholas Faber testified tha.t on the nlg-ht of May 1 he had gone to Luetgert's house to apply for work at the factory, and that he also had seen Luetgert and his wife going clown the alley toward the factory door. The gold rings, with Mrs. Luetgert's Initials, -were regarded as the strongest evidence the state produced. Numerous witnesses, some of whom had worn the rings, positively identified them as Mrs. Luetgert's. and but one witness was ever produced who doubted their authenticity. The state began by showing the feel- Ing of Luetgert toward his wife. Ther. the prosecution traced her from t;i«; house on the night of May I almost tc ! the door of the factory with her lius- | b'and. It was shown that the basement door was barred, and that Bialk, the only person in the factory that night, tad been seat a way. at about the time It was charged the murder occurred. Bone* Identified 03 Human. Odorpfsky and Lavandowsky disclosed Lnetgert had caused the fursace to be ra.k«d out the following day, and It was where the** aaho were dumped that parts of the fragments of alleged human hone were discovered. A sesamold bone and a metacarpai, badly mutilated by the fluid, .and found In the' middle -vat by the police, weir* identified as buuian by Dr. 'Don;ey, a curator at the Field Columbian museum: Dr. George V. .Bailey, working osteologist at the museum, and Dr. Howes, an articulatcr. Another fragment of bone from the heap where the furnace rakings were dumped was identified as; part of a human skull. A badly mutilated bone from the engine room was identified positively by Dr. Doraey as part of a human thigh bone, and from the size of these fragments the experts expressed the belief they were from tbe sa.rae individual, and that individual probably a woman. Luetgert's attorneys caused two entire human bodies to be cooked in the middle vat and parts of several others, tc iee whether crude potash would destroy them as the state claimed. Corsetmakers identified the steels found in the furnace raftings as corset steels, and from the bony fragments the experts identified the head of a human rib, a second piece ol: thigh 1x>n«, and a fragment of a human toe. As to Hie Bon«s. When the defense was begun a fight was made over the identity of thebones. Dr. Walter H. Allport declared the alleged human thigh was, a part of a hog's skeleton, and that the other bones were not human. Neither Dr. Allport nor the experts for the defense, who were chiefly veterinarians, were able to assign the bones to any animal with the exception of the thigh. William Charles, Luetgert's closest friend, positively stated he had helped Luetgert dump four barrels of tallow and bones in the vat on the night of 1 to make soap with, and other s confirmed the claim of the defense that Luetgert was making soap on the night of May i. Since Luetgert's arrest the claim has been ms.de that Mrs. Luetgert has appeared in at least 100 different cities, from Nebraska to New York city. Some of these weie investigated, and In every case but one the defense's assertion was explode 1 That was the defense's claim that Mrs. Luetgert was seen at Kenosha, and in the opinion of the state it was never shown Mrs. Luetgert was there. As many witnesses, and more reputable ones, saw the strange woman there and were sure she was not Mrs. Luetgert. In all,over 200 witnesses testified during the eight weeks of the trial. The total cost is estimated at $1S,000. NEIGHBORS CALLED HIM KING. Personality of the Sausace-Maker— Much Trouble in the Family. Luetgert, king of the sausage-making industry, has been the object of talk and speculation for the last five years. His unique personality, his queer habits, his half wild dogs, his giant stature, and the millions of pounds of sausage that were carted away from his great factory at Diversey and Hermitage avenues made the Germans and Poles of his neighborhood call him a king. During the twenty years since Luetgert and Louise Bickenese were married in St. John's Lutheran church, La Salle avenue and Ohio street, where her gold wedding ring was first worn, Mrs. Luetgert had toiled with her husband and had planned with him. Luetgert was a prosperous saloon keeper when they were wedded, and Louise Bickenese was a pretty German domestic, who knew scarcely a word of English. At last Luetg'ert and his wife had saved enough money to buy out a meat route, and Luetgert gave up his saloon. The family went to live over the market, and this prospered better than the saloon had done. Luetgert began by peddling meat at the back doors of his friends' homes. He saw possibilities in sausage-making, and gradually he went into the business of making summer sausages. At first this was carried on j,n a back room of the market. After a. while it outstripped the regular meat business, and Luetgert saw business and profits- come in almost faster than he could take care of them. The factory was located then in Sheffield avenue, near Diversey. Differ on Business Plans, Luetgert and his wife had widely different notions as to how large a sausage plant ought to be built. Luetgert had visions of a six-story building, with railroad tracks running to it and loaded cars at the doors. Mrs. Luetgert wished her husband to invest $40,000 in the new plant and the balance of their savings in some other investment. Luetgert had his own way. During the year of the World's fair Luetgert cleared $75,000 from his sausage business. At that time he was reputed to be worth about $300,000. Mrs. Luetgert, it is said, never ceased to chide' her husband for putting all his savings In the plant, even when profits piled up with dazzling swiftness. Mrs. Luetgert, with the most comfortable house for a mile around, was not envied, however. When she saw the change in her husband's habits she fretted and ehided, till Luetgert finally went to live among his dogs in the factory. He fitted up a sleeping room In his office, and hig bulky frame never wan seen in the house except at meal times. Luetgert had invested practically ev- try penny he and his- wife saved in his sausage plant. He borrowed almost as much more to complete it. and as most of his business was done on credit, when the hard times came he had no capital with which., to £0 on. When he was oMiged to borrow right and left, Mr.?. Luetgert lost no chance to remind him that if he had followed her advice he would have been all right. ; Family .Jars Increased. Last February Luetgert's factory closed down. Wher profits ceased to pile up Mrs. Luetgert's scoldings and the family ja.rs increased. Mary Siera- ering had in the meantime come to live with the Luetgerts. and Luetgert's feud- ness for her. it is said, increased the bitterness between him and his wife. Financial ruin stared Luetgert in the face by the middle of April. The sausage-maker and his wife saw that the factory was almost certain to pass into the hands of the sheriff, for notes were falling due, there was no income to pay them from, and butchers and market men who were in Luetgert's debt were unable to help him cut of difficulty »n the hard times. Mrs, Luetgert, who had seen her advice thrown to the winds, and her dire predictions all come true, lost no opportunity to scold her husband for his folly. The reports of thj "Luetgert family disturbances Increased throughout the neighborhood and wei-» the object of many conference* amoog Jtrm. Luetgert'i relatives. Embrace the Opportnnity. The Celebrated SMITH & STOUGHTON FINE SHOES. Winter Tans (full leather lined), Box Calf-two* styles~$2.98, worth $5.00. Corduroy and Cloth Hats for men and boy's—Exclusive Novelties,. Ask for Koyal Purple and Green Vesting Top Ladies' Shoes in* Turns and "Welts—Very Swell AND Logansport Wabash Valley Gas Company. Natural and Artificial Gas. All G as Bills are due the 1st of each month and must be paid on or before the tenth. THOMPSON'S HERB TEA . . .FOR THE.. . Blood, Stomach Liver and Kidneys Composed of Roots, Herbs, Leaves and Barks. A GUARANTEED CURE . . . FOR . . . Dysp psia, Biliousness, Liver and Kidney Complaints, Kheurnatism, Neuralgia, Catarrh, Nervous Debility, Sick Headachy Loss of Appetite, Blotches, Pimples. Scrofula, Erysipelas. Salt Rheum, Eczema, Weak Back., Fever and? Ague and all other Diseases arising from Impurities of the Blood or Derangement of the Nervous System. Price 26 Cents, PREPARED BY THE THOMPSON HERB TEA CO. NEW YORK. WXtn In doubt what to ugfci Kenroui Debility. Low of Ttnr- Impotency,Aurophy,V»ricoCtl« I other wcakne«*t, from my c usr Sexine Pilli. Drain* r Mailed I or $1.00;«bo«* 15.00. 1 $5.00 order* we grtf n.eumiO**m cure or refund me «»n*y. AooHHI *^~-* •***7V* B _, ' . ^. « •* —»— •*. ^ For sale at Ben Fisher's- .ABBREVIATED TELEGRAMS. The German government will shortly ask for a large increase in ine army estimates. The steamer Alameda, which arrived yesterday from Sydney, brought $2,250,000 in English .sovereigns from Australia- Tuberculosis ir. an advanced stage has b=en found to exist in a herd of cattle owned by the Kansas State Agricultural college. W H Lever, the great English soap roanufacti rer. has come to America, to establish :;oap factories in the United States and Canada. Because he bad stomach trouble Freley A Tast. a. clerk 20 years old, committed suicide at the home of his brother-in-law, at Chicago. The president has appointed M«dical Director W. K. Van Reypen to be surgeon general of the navy to suoced Surgeon General Bates, deceased.-A call has been issued by H. W. Stein- bis, secretary of the Buildm* Trades council, of St. Louis, for a. general convention o-f councils to be held hi that city on Dec. 30. Major Moses P. Handy, the special commissioner of the United State* to the French International exposition of 1900, is so seriously ill at . Parti liat his friends are alarmed. Directors of the Janeavllle, "Wift, cotton mflls have under con*ia«r»ilOB a propositioo from a Canadian knitting companr to rent the.upper mffls. Canadian company ha> $700,«» Th« to Springfield; ins., tor a new (jociety, the American Fraternal whose' membership consist* of men who have withdrawn from the Royal League. Fishing for whiteflsh and trout in Lake Michigan must cease for *ix weeks under the new Wisconsin Jaw. Many fishermen along the shore* will fish In Illinois waters during the prohibited' term. A fine sailboat on Lake Koshkononc, Wis., belonging to Albert Vincent, who took frequent craifes, thereby arouslnr the wrath of tlw duck huntens for frightening the few! away, has suddenly disappeared. The remains of an unknown man wer*- found in the woods near Star Lake. Wis. A watch, a little money, and a revolver still in his hand was all that was found on his person. A bullet hole in the head indicated that he had coannltt«* suicide, tor Fr«n«l«'» M Three Lakes, Wi*., Oct. 22.— B»m Miller was arrested and taken to Grandon for hearing on_ suspicion of having murdered Frederick French, the trapper who mysteriously disappeared two-week* ago. Miller was French's partner, and, it Is aleged. tells conflicting «orf«* a* to tol» wiereaJjouUiWhem.FreDcli it alleged to have disappeared. __ Om. KcCMnuad b B*t**r. Springfield. Bla, Oct. tt— O«n«r«t John A. McClemaBd ww c«n«Jder*hlr tedlspoved Tuesday. H« !• Iwtttr the- fever- H»rlhr:pjM»ed aw«r, «r t

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