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THE : INDIANAPOLIS NEWS, ;FRIDAVf ;lAY 8, 190S - - m Or THREE lOP.E Continued from Paja On. " fco'evrs jrivti are under the cement, -i U rc:: A that loth th barn and --rmr;" were nv.-vd a short distance the concrete fhjors were put In, and it 1 l'c;;.vt! she moved them over graves. Var.k-Vrk is put of town, but is txpectej hotr.e to-morrow. , - j Pinkertons at Work. ' ' iTlr.kerton detective engaged by the County Commissioner to-day began work .. the ,' rr.yMery. They were Impressed V-:- th eviJunce that .Mrs. Gunness Is et'.il ilv and are txvrdfig .their efforts to "..-; 1 the wo!'an. Mrs. Georg-e Olander, I:o O.N::arf.J her bv'.ief 'that the woman bojy found In the ruins of Vxs Ounr..:s!heroe was tiot Mrs.-Gunnens. was xr.;-i?a by the detectives in the hope tr at hi could Rise them -some clew to wcrk on, - ; The I'lnkrtors ' went to the Gunness r:nc and examined the bodies that hare I -en exhumed thus far.! It Is believed In a i'ltion to trying to, .find. Mrs, Gunness they aim to f.nd a- conectlon between the r."urders here and a gang1 of. Chicago mur ierers, '.': - Hundred of Inquiries. " The eyes of anxious relative of missing; r-icn In all parts of the country are turned Laporte, Sheriff Bmutrer and Chief of Iv.I'ce Cochrane have received hundreds c-.t inquiries concerning men who left their f.onifs, taklrgr with them the dreams of r.;rous swains and fortunes that repre-t'rtf.i their life savings. Scores of these rn!e have signified their intention of coming to Laporte to view the bodies ai re -Ady exhumed. A. K. Helgelein was the first cf ' thwo to arrive. H found his trother tody. The second to come were Matthew anil Oscar Budsberg, of Iola, Wis., sns of Ole Budsberg, who dlsap-l ired after visiting Mrs. Gunness. They iNr.tiHed one cf the bodlts unearthed W.lne.lay as that of their father. A-ree t"iat Mrs. Gunness Is Dead. When Fheriff Smulzer returned from C'.iratro last nisrht, accompanied by C. J. f r.ith. a Chicago office Finkerton. they i-.-. mediately went Into secret conference v :ih I'roe-uting- Attorney . Smith and C-:r' J'ek. The conference Is- laid t j J.ave resulted la the agreement that t1!' botjy of the headless woman" In the t morgue is without doubt that of Mrs. G . :,r.r-s, furrosed to have "been burned t- in her home on Fish Trap hill, on te morning of April Z1. . . I - tetive Smith heard .resume, of the fv: '.?:::& c--!nst Iiay Lamphere as the : -i w?-o c t f;re to the Gur.hess house '. - .-; te. aril he expressed bis belief hat t - nl!-n( tho Ftate has is" convincing I - ' (t h's f.'.lt. The prosecutor says ; ! several witnesses who will testify t .t I,i;!r;!.r expressed to them his de-tr!!on to get even with Mrs. Gun-r - i f :r Jl'.ting him for Helgelein, the r v.:'an, and. for locking his carpen-; r'a X'.-u'.x up in her carriage shed and n.s:;5 him their custody. An I.-nportant Witness. rr ': --'jtor f'irJth f ot hold' of an lm-; i t u t w!'.:k-rs yesterday afternoon In I,'- Itoitle, a Iporte saloon keeper, v ; giv . Lamphere t2 as col- t ral fur a watch he pawned. Lamphere .i 1 to have told Iloule h would sret -vn with Mrs. Gunness If he had to X n her hcjfe with her and her-ehll- .i 'n It. T,!s was an incident of enly a f w t iys before the A !?:. t f ivor cf local politics Is. per t' ' t .Me .In the lnve'sUatlon of the mur-.- t:!3 ! "ry. .S!.fr;2- SnuUer- Repub- ; 1 .-it J.Hlarn Mrs. Genness is dead and 1 - h"a i: in- the morgue. Coroner ; : ; f Vc (Pt rr.ocrat) ays he has had no .nin.-ing- i -roof of her death, although 5 hns not eutpf-naed ESrl.T Smutxer, i- - rt'.i? the body of Mrs. Gunness and i-r chil.'.ren. from the ruins of the burned ! . - . (' of those wht have repeatedly de- '. if I their 1 HU'f thst Mrs. Gunness Is . i a'.ive and that nhe burned her own 1 . r . Ii I.-r;iufl Darrow, the Democratic ! of Lnporte. I?e is a partner in the ; : .'. .-6 c" l iw with Hpiman Worden, at-t y f r Hay Lamphere; accused of 1 rr:rsr tlie Gunners home and of murder-1; ? Mrs. Gunness and her children. - The -:nrr;if So yarr here says' Mrs. Gun. r i is alive. Tl.e RppuM!can paper be-I v,-s she 1! in the morgnie. To Eliminate Politics. V.'hfn Crner Mack be;nn taking" testl-r ' -y In the case he headed all of his t:" h-ivlts with the line. "In the case of t dath cf Mrs. r.-l!a Gunness." Now ) y. B:r...Javit' say. "In the case of the ; ' T h c v o r s t . s t r a i n . . o f jr.Qtim city life is not on t'.e b?Tr;7t ut crv the lur.s.' Apart from its foul air city is the best and healthiest' life yet invented." , Sur.-hlne and fresh a'r are fl.i let rucsts vou can en- !crt;::i in your house. Modern l ouses, with their big; ,..-. j...3,re nctss cod to l;,-!: at as . the medieval r.rc:;;trcture,but their inhabit:.:::', hive pinker cheeks. II; rp your rooms bright ar.d ventilated, ret the ver-ar.da hal-'t, cnd'Vead "The II-! A. e!s in the House," - v Dr. cods Hutchinson, in t'.-verk's i:-ue cf Til?, fc . T "l D A Ia UTi 1 ti G . A , I - V . i w - , t ' " v-f ar. ' s , 5 cn?. I I" I . ? jcir 1 y rn a ; i. r : - t j s 'j Company . ; ;s .re T. v e r y xi here ' 3 ? . . . ; ' : iv-r. 1 t-j ar.y .-- -. r t y . . . SV-. v-x MURDER FARM OFHTHE WIDOW: GUNNESS " RUINS' OF THE BURNED HOME. pLat OF THE GARDEN AND death of in unknown woman.' Friends of the Republican sheriff say Democratic cbinniahness Js back of the Chans of frr : v "! . '::v ':-:, ' The bringing- of PInkertons Into ths esse is taken as a , step to eliminate politics from the mystery and make it a' ess of ths people. - Just what ths PInkertons will be abls to do In satisfactorily present- Ins the truth' te the people remains to be seen. Who Is paying; them nobody seems to know, but it Is said the County Council will. meet to-morrow to discuss appropriating money for that purpose. ' - . Basement a Osath Chamber. A" new story relative to the mystery sur rounding' the? home life of Mrs,' Gunness rams out to-day .and helps to show that Mrs.- Gunness used the basement of her home m her death chamber. Miss Jennie Garwood, of this city, a teacher In a township school near the Ounness home, says that. two of ths Gunness children cams to school one morning recently and complained of being severely whipped by their mother for trying to get into ths basement through a window. 1 They said their mother always kept the cellar door locked and would not let anybody in there. This leads to ths belief that sh always, enticed her victims into ths celiar, where. In ths darkness, she dealt ths blow that would stun If not kill. Then followed ths butchery. Old Mrs. Gunness Escape 7 A motive making feasible ths hitherto somewhat weak theory that Mrs. Gunness had killed her own children, fired her horns and fled was furnished to-day by Attorney Worden, counsel for Ray Lamphere In connection with' a statement given by ths man, now beld as a suspect. Worden declares his cross-examination of Mrs. Gunness during her second prosecution of Lamphere for trespass was such that it must certainly hare caused the woman to believe he knew she was a murderess. -He believe she imagined that she was in immediate danger of arrest and exposure;-became 'panicky., and in desperation planned and executed the master stroke of her criminal life by slaying her. own children snd fiendishly placing one of the bodies in the arms of a corpus, she had Intended should be taken as her ; own dead body. "I asked her direct accusing questions about ths deaths of her two husbands and their insurance," said Worden. "I believe this was the first time she had ever been directly accused. I noticed she turned pale. X am convinced that, she thought Lamphere knew and had told me of her crimes. X expected to show she planned the Are when she had Lamphere. arrested on a peace warrant saying he had threatened to fire her 'place, and when she made her will the" day before her house was burned. . . Justice Klncald Says She Trembled. Justice Klncald,' In telling of the cross- examination, jaid: "The woman, when the first questions were asked her, was composed. Then ' she trembled and was agitated as the questions bees me more numerous. The questions ' were leading and not relevant, and at that time seemed somewhat Insulting to the woman by Intimating that she killed her two husbands for the Insurance. She protested against the cross-examination and left tho' stand agitated, which might, of coure, be true of any decent woman resenting Insinuations." - . " ; : ' ... " . ' ' Lamphere'a Statement, Lamphere's statement follows: "I went to work for Mrs. Gunness last summer, do ing odd Jobs. One day she asked me to eat dinner with her and a day or two later she said I might as well stay there. ' "I don't remember that any trunks came to the house when X was there and she did not have me dig any holes, but one day shs called roe Into the house to help ro?n carry a trunk upstairs. She said it belonged to a man from Chicago who had visited there. She said he had gone 6?uth and she guessed he was not coming back. ' ' ' ' Andrew Helgelein had been there several days when I -aw him. He was talk Ing to me about the weather when Mrs. Ounness sent me out of the room. She exv plalned that she expected to set some money from Helgelein, and that she did not want me talking ta him. Next day she ent me to Michigan City to meet a man. Instructing roe to -wait all night if necessary. When I got back the next afternoon, she told . me Helgelein had gone. It was while Helgelein was at the house that she wanted me to get. some chloroform "to kill a hog.' I did not get it." . , -v The Man'from Chicago." . It was learned to-day that Olat Limbo, who cama all the way from Norway to marry Mrs. Ounness. is probably anpther ot her victims. It he died on the Gunness f irm he was one of the early victims, a he came here shortly after Mrs. Gunness' second husband died. Before he came here he had been In Chicago xor.aome time, and it is believed that he is "ths rr.i'.n from Chicago" referred to In Ray Lan-.phere's statement. Swan Nicholson, a faj-mer living near the Ounness home, declares Limbo disappeared after he had worked on the Gunness place for a few weeks. told Nicholson he expected to marry Mrs. Gunness. After his disappearance Mm. Gunness told Nicholson the man had returned to Norway. . Another Witness Found.-An important witness against Lam. pl.pre Is said to have been found In a person, named Purcell. His testimony Is mid to be along the same lines as that of other witnvsses who have been ob tained. . Prosecuting Attorney Smith to-day or dfd that Lizzie: Smith, the ' colored "v,-..r-an vllted t y ' Hay Lamphere, be r'ic-d in ci.Mo!y until after the grand jury examination into Lamphere's case. It K l-i'.eved the woman knows a great (h t:-at' w ill be ft value to the State, ; .-r'i. -.'.arV with reference to Lamphere's J.l-u7 cf Helgelein and his quarrels with the wooing-wldow.f The Smith woman- has been - placed In detention as an important witness.;-;. .-' ; Flower Garden In Graveyard. Maxson, the man. employed by Mrs. Gunness 'at" the time of the - fire, declared to-day that the woman 'had planned to make a flower garden- of her graveyard this summer. She had disclosed this plan to him when she ordered him to prepare several loads of manure in one corner of the lot. ; j. i- Thus far only three -of the bodies found have, been identified. The known victims are: Jennie Olson, the slxteen-year-Old foster daughter .of : Mrs. Gunness Andrew Helgelein, of Mansfield. 8. D.. and Ole Budsberg.'of .Iola, ,Wla."The nine other skeletons remain unidentified., i y, ' Despite the searching Investigations of the sheriff and State's attorney, there is as yet almost no clew to- the identity of these bodies. Their task is complicated by -the fact that the bodies have been in the ground for at least eighteen-months. PETER GUNNESS'S DEATH. Testimony Given by Widow and Jennie Olaon at Coroner's Inquest. TTom a Suit Correspondent. . LA PORTE. Ind., May 8. An Interesting document. In the light ot recent events at Laporte. was brought from the files in the county clerk's office to-day. . It la the report of Dr. Bo Bowelt, who was county coroner on December 18, 1902, the day of the death ot Peter Gunness, ths second husband of Mrs. Bella Paulson Sorenson Gunness. The report covers In detail the "accident" that caused the sudden departure from earth of Peter Gunness. The Incidents preceding, the death of Peter are, to ssy the least, remarkable. The same report, also contains a statement by Jennie Olson Gunness relative to the death, of Max Sorenson.. the first husband ' of the professional wooer, ,' whose tragedies have seemingly followed swiftly pne. on the .other.- The .verdict cf the coroner is In itself interesting for the peculiar causes of death recited. It Is to the effect that "Peter Gunness met his death by the accidental faling of the auger part . of a sausage mill,' falling from the heating shelf of a "coal 'stove in the kitchen- ana striking him on the back of the' head; the Impact" of the auger part of the said 'sausage mill causing a fracture of the skull and intercranlal hemorrhage, re-Suiting in death. . , v. , .- Story Told by Mr. -Gunness. . ) The first witness called was Mrs. Ounness, and it was an Interesting 'story she told. Briefly, it was as follows: They had killed a pig on December 15. That night they made preparations to make sausage the next day. Mrs. Gunness prepsred a crock of hot brine to use In making head cheese and placed It on the shelf attached to the stove. Gunness had a habit of putting his shoes behind the stove. When they prepared to go to bed . he followed his usual custom. " When he stepped behind the stove he knocked the crock filled with hot brine over on himself. "Oh. mamma. I burned me so terrible!" he exclaimed. She was readins a paper In ' the next room and ran out to him. The children had gone to. bed. She saw he was burned and rubbed vaseline on the back of his head. Then she went upstairs to bed, leav ing nim lying on a lounge aownstairs. Along about S or 4 o'clock In the morning she heard him cry for help. Hhe ran downstairs and he asked for a doctor. His nose was bleeding now. She sent Jennie, their adopted daughter, to a neighbor's house, Mr: Nicholson by name. He hurried over snd found Gunness lying on the floor, apparently dead. He called Dr. Bowell, the coroner, and he pronemced him dead. She searched behind tue stove and found not only the crock, but the aueer part of the sausage machine lying there. How It got there she did not know, but she had noticed that his nose was broken and that the back of his head was scalded. How the back of his head was scalded and the brldre of his nose broken in one and the same accident by two different causes she did not explain. . . - . . , Disappearance of Smith. Coroner Bowell' questioned t her about their relations. They were happy, having been married only a short time.- She knew of nO enemies who would come into the kitchen and stntke her husband down In .the dark.' , They had had one man working for them a man named Smith- but no trouble had come up between them. , "Where is Smith nowT" asked the coroner, i : - ' ri don't know. He hasn't been here late ly." was the answer Airs, ounness s recemiy- acKnowteajreoi ability to arrange thinrs so that she "hadn't seen him lately in dealing with men leads the authorities to believe that Smith may be one of the men slumbering In her garden. She -did not know -his riven name, and he will have to be sought as "the Smith who worked for Pete Ounness In 132." Nobody around here seems to know Smith. He may be In the widow's obituary column. She described htm as being red-headed and as having a fair skin. ; . - Jennie Olaon Gunnesa'a Testimony. When Jennie Olson Gunness was called to testify she knew very little about the Incidents leading up to the sudder death Of .Gunness. She said she did not know whether Mrs. Gunness was her mother or not; that she- was always-taking somebody In. She said br papa and mamma (meaning Mr.' and Mrs. Ounnesst were very happy together, ''being . Just . like children." She told exactly the same story Mrs. Gunness did, slthough she was not a witness of any of it. The most Interesting part of her testi mony concerned her memory or the sensational death of Max Sorenson, "her first "papa." She recalled that he worked at nlsht in a Chicago department store. One morning he came home and went to bd as usual. He suddenly screamed, and the then Mrs. Sorenson ran Into the room. He asked for water and she got it, but he refused to Irink it. Then he took hold of the bedclothes and leave a scream and lied. Jennie said he was told it was heart disease that killed him. She said her mamma cried both times when her fathers died. .-, According to the girr. less than' a year elapned bet ween the (Hath of Sorenson and the widow's marriage Xr Ounness. In that year Mrs. Borenson vtstted Qunness't mother in Minneapolis and there planned the wedding. Gurmes-i came from .Minneapolis ti marry the woman here, after she had boiiKht the farm with her former hunband's Insurance money. Humor, had It that Sort f son died- of poisoning, but heart disease" was thevcause given by the Cnd( countv coroner. - The questions asked by Coroner Bowell at tho Ounnea inquest Indicate that he suspected foul play, but he could not THE OUTBUILDINGS. establish - that fact. ' The events of the last week lead to the strong belief that she killed both Sorenson sod Gunness. - & Escapade of Two Young Men. An "amusing Incident enlivened the monotonous trend of. affairs in the GunneSs case yesterday. Two young men of - Michigan City came "ddwn'to get. a peep into the excitement. They filled up on Laporte laughing water' first ' and ' then proceeded to the Gunness farm. Seeing nothing to amuse them, they decided to find a way to get a look at the ..nine bodies lying In the locked carriage shed. Their only way to accomplish this was through .a small window near the roof of the shtl. They got a ladder, opened the window, descended over the tops of the buggies in the shed and reached the tables on which the bodies and bones rested. The stench was sickening.- but they did not. care. .They struck matches In order to get a good view of the nauseating picture. Somebody saw. them enter, and' sent word to Laporte that thieves were stealing the bodies from the carriage shed. Deputy Sheriff Antiss Jumped in a buggy and made a wild drive to the Gunness farm. Laporte was thrown Into wild excitement and everybody, went in pursuit of the body anatchers. What Deputy Sheriff Antiss told the young men from Michigan City can not go into the history pf the case. . . Ole Budsberg'a Body Identified. ' The arrival here .ate yesterday afternoon of Matthew- and Oscar Budaberg, sons of Ole Biidsberg, the Iola (Wis.) man. - who Is supposed to be numbered among the victims -of , Mrs. Ounness, Increased the desire of the authorities to have all bodies identified. The' Budsberg boys were accompanied - hre by Edwin Chapln, an Iola business man and friend of the senior Budsberg. With Deputy Sheriff Anstiss they -vent te the Gunness farm and saw the body thought to be that of Ole Budsberg. . .Chapln and the Budsberg boys were impressed with the belief that the skeleton was that of their friend and father. The younger .Budsberg. who is - in his twenties, wept piteously. They identified the body by the mustache and -shape of the head. They say they -will take the skeleton back to Iola -with them if the' authorities will permit. Both sons recalled-that then father drew S2.000 from the bank in March, 1907. and came to Laporte to work ior Mrs. Gunness. He was a widower, and had been . attracted by her advertisements in the. matrimonial columns. After reaching here Budsberg obtained $1,000 on a mortgage he held. -The ons heard no -more from him. He was not given to corre-snondlnr with hia -.'amllv. and the chil dren, of whtm there f-re several, thought nothing, about his safety until the story of the Lanorte tragedies were pub-: liahed. ... s-r.-.v... . .."y:rf - Burled In. Quicklime. - There Is no doubt thst Ole Budsberg had been , murdered.1 The body was wrapped In a grunny -sack and burled In a pit filled with quicklime. The lime had eaten the flesh and it had fallen away from every bone excepting one half or the skull. Part of the nose, forehead, chin and upper lip remained, and these furnished enough for the eons to get an identification. The Budsberrs to-day made a deposition before Coroner Mack.-As evidence of Mrs. Gunness' scheming nature, they told the coroner of a letter she had written to their fsther after .he had visited her once. In which she requested him to advise her where she could. forward. some. Insurance papers and letters that had come to him during his absence from her place., . ; " To Disarm Suspicion. '- '-She closed the letter ' by saying ahe 'honed he would not be offended at her refu8lnoi to marry him. as she had never given him any encouragement along that line." She advised him to visit the old country for awhile to dispel his anger at being reruaed. i ne uu as bergs oeneve mis letter was written to disarm suspicion and that even then the woman was plan ning to inurarr meir iiinrr via was preparing a defense for herself. Oie Budsberg s'ubserlQed for two Norwegian papers, both of which carried matrimonial advertisements. They - were the - Skandanaven, ot Chicago, ana the Decorah Poster, of Decorah. la. It Is believed that In one of these papers he read the advertisement which decoyed him to his death. ' In writing answers to persons who re plied to the advertisements the woman frequently changed hr signature, sometimes signing 'Gunness." and often writing It "Guinness." The generally accepted spelling of ' the "name, however, in La porte, is "Ounness." . ? A. K. HELGELEIN'S STORY. 1 How. Hi Brother was Lured to the t V rrti and Killed. ; " : LAPORTE. Ind., May 8- The Gunness case to-day stands as a legitimate subject for the most diligent kind of theorising. The first comprehensive basis of,oritatlve nature ' on which to . found an unbiased estimate of Mrs. Gunnees's' capabilities . and . her finesse, in committing and concealing crime assuming that she is R-ullty of ail the murders of which the evidence has been found at her farm Is contained in the deposition made before Coroner Mack by Asle K. Helgelein, brother of the victim from South Dakota, In the simple language of a Norwegian farmer of the Northwest poorly versed In the English tongue, but amazingly alert with a sense of deduction which has astonished; all ' who have read his document, Helgelein has told the story of his hunt, for his misstpg brother. The skeleton of the story is retold in a manner which' throws white lufht upon Mrs. Gunness's methods in luring victims to Laporte and her skill In dealing with them secretly after getting them here. .Story of Victim's Brother.-' The following copy is of the document in the hands of the coroner, C. 8. Mack. "My name Is 'Asle K. .Helgelein. - My post office auidress is Mansfield, S. D. X am a farmer. "I first heard of Mrs. Gunness, by name, I should sar, about the 1st of March, this year. She wrote to John Hulth, - who worked for my brother.- He had. at my request, written her. , "I got him to write because I had found a number of letters from Mrs. Gunness- to my-brother which led me to think that something was wrong. "These letters from Mrs. Gunness to my brother - urged him to sell his farm and stock and ail and bring the money on his body, not trusting the banks, to her In or near Laporte that they would have the finest home in the northern part of Indiana. "I had heard there was a rich widow here In Indiana advertising In a Norwe gian paper for a .Norwegian husband-Took Cash to Laporte. "The last time I saw my brother alive was January 2, 1508. My brother Andrew had a farm near mine. He was the broth er to whom Mrs. Gunness had been Writ ing. " - ' I have heard nothing from my brother Andrew since he left home January 2, llv. He was about forty-nine years old. "When Andrew left home he said he would be gone about a week. - I do not know how muoh money he took with him. He drew some from the bank the day he left. 'When he had been, gone for nine or ten days and I heard nothing of him I began to worry. The first .inquiry I made about him' was perhaps about the first week in March. I then wrote to Mrs. Minnie E. Cone, In Minneapolis, Minn. She answered In this letter, dated March 14, 1S07 this deponent ssys should be l:1. The letter was in an envelope postmarked Minneapolis, Minn., March 15. p. rru, JS08. and reads: r - - ' . " 'I am surprised to learn that Andrew is not home, for he told me he was going back in a few days. He came up to my house and was there about one hour.' . Mrs. Gunness Write Letter. . "After receiving Mrs. Cone's letter I wrote to the postmaster In Laporte asking whether he knew of a woman named Mrs. Gunness, living In Laporte. I got no answer. I had Inclosed sn envelope addressed to myself. It came back to me empty. I wrote again to him asking htm to answer my letter. He answered there was a woman of the name living here. "On the same day I wrote to Mrs. Cone I-wrote to Mrs. Gunness. asking her if she could tell me anything of Andrew Helgelein.' Her answer was postmarked Laporte, March . 190B. She said he had come to her house about the. first of January and stopped there a little over a weelCi that he- went from- there to Cht-tago and might go to Norway that when he returned from - that' trip he was coming back to her house. v "Then I wrote to the chief of police of Laporte. -Clinton D-TTCochrane. the marshal, answered this .' letter saying that there was such a woman as I had asked about; that he thought a man of the name of my brother, or something near It, had been there. Cochrane's letter was dated March 19, 1908. - "I - then wrote again to Mrs. Gunness. She' answered T in the letter dated Laporte, April Id. 1907. . - Woman Gives False Clew. There was nothing new in this -letter excepting that it said that a man named Lamphere, who 'worked for her, reported meeting a man. who. claimed to have lived In Mansfield. 8. D.. and aald that Andrew Helgelein was in Mansfield and had been there for some time. i "In the same letter she said that. Lamp-phere had been intercepting letters which Andrew Helgelein had written hen She said her hired man had found in the: barn door a' piece of a letter from Andrew to her; that her hired man found this In the barn door after. Lamphere - had - been around the place "In the same letter she said Andrew had been in Chicago two days; that he bad written her. not to write to him until she had received another letter from him; that he was going to New York and then to Norway, " Then I wrote her asking her who told her that 'Andrew was in South Dakota. She wrote me a letter dated April 24, 1-008, mailed the 25th, saying it was 'crasy Lamphere.' ' - . . - ... "I had asked her to send me the letter she said she had received from my brother Andrew in Chicago. She wrote me a letter dated Aorll 24. 190S this is the same letter named Just above, saying that the morning she received Andrews letter sne lert It in the kitchen while she went to mflk the cow, and when she came back the letter was gone, and she thought either Lamphere had taken it or else It was burned ut). - - Sends Brother's Letter. "In;the same letter she sent me this piece of Andrew's letteT, which she said had been found In the barn, and for which X had asked ber. 'Here Is the piece of letter. It Is my poor Andrew's- writing.- - "She said, answering a question I had asked her. Xhat she did not know where he was thst she herself was trying to find out. ' . . . ' ,"Sh also said that Andrew had left her place on 'January 15 or 18 to go to Mlchl- 5 an City; that her little eleven-year-old aughter had taken him to the station. In the same letter she said, snswering a question I had asked as to how much money.' Andrew had.' that the money had been sent him while he was at her place, that she had received some of It, giving him a mortgage on her farm. In the same letter she said Andrew had some checks on him and some money eh did not know how much and the mortgage she had given him. She did not think the papers were payable to any one other, than himself. - '- , -v- - Bait Set for Brother. , vTn the Same letter she said. - answering my -offer to send ber money to use In finding Andrew that she would spend her own " money -to ry. , to find him; i'that , she wanted to. find out 'where he 'was. and was -willing' to spend money herself to find him; that if I would come in May she would help me to find him. - "In the same letter she said she thought I had better sell Andrew's stock.' and brinr the .money to her house, and she would try to help me find Andrew. ' "In this correspondence - above described with Mrs. Ounness my intention was to get her to express herself. I did not feel friendly to her, but I wanted to draw ber out. - "Early Hn April I had my brother Henry inquire at the First National Bank In Aberdeen. B.-D., whether-my brother Andrew, had drawn any money. Henry learned thst he had. and that the papers had been forwarded for collection Dy me First National Bank in Laporte, Ind. "Then I wrote to the First National Bank in Laporte for -information about the man. who left a certincate oi aeposii given by the First National Bank of Ab erdeen, and raid by the rank in Aoeraeen on January 10. 1908. I also asked for the description ' ot tne man wno goi mo money. . , ' , , Bank Gives Clew. The "cashier of the nank In Laporte answered me in a letter dated April J.0. 1908, 'ssylng that ' Andrew K. Helgelein drew the money. The same day I got a letter from the cashier Of the bank In Laporte dated April 1L 190t. saying' Mrs.' Gunness had called that day and promised to write me all the information she hud? that aha said she would not be sur prised if Andrew would come back to her wunin a lew weeas. - . "I then wrote the First Natlonsl Bank in Laporte. inclosing a picture of my brother Andrew and asking if I be was the man who drew the money. I also asked them to employ reliable parties to quickly Investigate ana If possible team what had become of my brother. -I told them that-1 would pay. the bills. I received a letter written by the cashier of the First National Rank In Laporte, dated -April 17. 1908. He said there was no doubt that the picture sent was that of the man who had the checks cashed. . Begin .Search.. on Ground. The Laporte Herald, of April 2S, 1908. was sent me by the First National Bank of Laporte, Jnd. I received it May L It told of the fire at the Gunness place, the house and four bodies burned. I left home that same day for Aberdeen. I stayed there until t:45 p. m. I talked the matter over with the sheriff and the chief of - police thtre. "I got a letter from the sheriff tn Aberdeen to the sheriff In Laporte and one from the chief of police there to the chief of police in Laporte. I reached Laporte about 11 o'clock Sunday night. Mays. The morning of May 4 I went to the court house to see if the mortgage which Mrs. Ounness bad written me about as given to my brother Andrew was recorded. There was no record of It. "I went to the sheriff. I had made up my mind that mv brother must be In Laporte. In the afternoon Sheriff Smutser took me to Nicholson's, near the Ounness place. I walked over to the Ounness tiace. X spent the balance of the day orKlne with two men in the cellar, look. Ing over the debris. Lamphere was Jealous. "I asked, questions about my brother. Nobody' could tell me anything . except what Mrs. Ounness had told. She had told the two men who worked In the cellar with and for me that Lamphere was Jealous of the man from the West, who helped her with the money about $l.03O and that he, Liunphera, would like to get at him the- man from the West. The two men who said Mrs. Gunness had told them this were Joseph Maxson and D. M. Hutson. 'The morning of May 6 I went back and found Maxson and liutson working In the cellar. Maxson told me Mrs. Gunness was afraid Lamphere would kill her. A number of times ahe did not dare leave her children alone lest Lamphere would kill them; that Lamphere would come around there in the night, and once or twice had hidden himself in the evergreens around the house. - - "I walked all over the farm, around the house, back to the cellar, asked some questions ag-atn. whether there were any holes In the ice on tne lake in the winter, how deep the lake was. etc I told the boys 'Oood-by.' and I started home. "When I came down into the road I was not satisfied, and I went back to the cellar and asked Maxson whether he'knew of any hole or dirt having been duir up there about the place early In the erring. "He told me he filled up the hole in the garden there In March. He did not remember the date. Mrs. Ounness had told him she had the hole dug to put rubbuu ier, built . " . al Cash Register Company. With each ,-' , purchase you make, you get a printed receipt ' - i wliich ehows the date, amount purchased and . salesman's initial. Save these receipts they are valuable. For the return of $15.C0 worth of receipts we will give you 50c in trade free. . 'y This system is better for our customers in every detail. Our reputation of giving the best , values in the city, connected with this money-saving' offer, should make you a regular and lifetime customer of Krause ;Bros. .We leave to you -can you afford to trade elsewhere? This is not a special offer. to special individuals ; every customer will be treated alike. We want every customer a , 1 perfectly satisfied customer, and as a guaranty on our part that all will be treated alike, we offer $1.00 in cash to any . one, making a purchase from this store and not receiving a printed receipt for correct amount If en's Hats and Btst $2.C0 Hat - XaoV' 207 East THE MOST POPULAR STORE OF ITS KIND into Ir Mrs. Gunness helped, raking, picking up old cans, shoes or rubbish, and the man Maxson, I think, wheeled It In a wheelbarrow to he hole and dumped it In. I got Maxson to show me the hole, and all three of us started to dig. Finds Brother's Body. . "After we 'had been digging a little I noticed an awful bad smell. Maxson told me that Mrs. Gunness had put a lot of old tomato cans and fish there, maybe they made it smelL - "We struck something hard and covered with gunny sack. We lifted the oilcloth and the gunny sack. When we saw the neck of a body and an arm we stopped, and I sent Maxson to town for the sheriff, telling him to bring an officer. I covered the place with an old coat and two gunny sacks that I picked up around the yard there. I and the other man, Hutson, cleared away the dirt, digging around the hole until the officers came. When the sheriff came I turned the matter over to him. J "I believe that the body in question, the first one unearthed in the garden in Mrs. Gunness's place. Is that. of my brother, Andrew K. Helgelein. I do not believe It. I am sure of it. I identify It. "Before writing to Mrs. Minnie D. Cone in Minneapolis I wrote to my sister, Annie Hanson, in Lebanon, Porter county. South Dakota, asking if Andrew had been there. She said no, that she had written to Norway to ask if he had gone there. I felt sure he had not gone- to Norway. T have received two- letters from - my brother In Norway, the last dated March 27. 1&08. He had not heard anything from Andrew. ASLE K. HELQELKIN." ; RiVER AT A STANDSTILL. At Noon It Registered Nearly Eight Feet Above Low Water Mark. White river was Just seven feet and seven Inches above low water mark this noon, as shown by the gauge at the West Washington-street pumping station of the Indianapolis Water Company, and seemed to be neither rising nor falling. The danger point is about thirteen feet. At the corresponding hour yesterday it was seven feet snd four Inches, so the rise has been comparatively slight, despite the fact that during the twenty-four hours there was a total rainfall ot .69 Inch. The weather forecast does not promise much relief. The forecast Is for showers- tonight and partly cloudy weather to-morrow, without much change in temperature. - From every station in Indiana rain during the twenty-four hours ending at T o'clock this morning was reported. The amount of precipitation so reported was as follows: Auburn, .02 inch; Blooming-ton, .7 inch; Cambridge City, .41 inch: Columbus. - .49 Inch; .Kvsnsvllle, -.16 inch; Farmland. .45 inch; Lafayette, .M inch; Ixgansport, .27 Inch; Marion, .13 inch; Vlncennes. ,35lneh:- Washington, .27 inch. The trains entering the .Union station These great values will make things lively to-morrow. Come c:t$y and get first choice. Every piece of fine porch furniture at sonic great reduction to-morrow. Note a few of the good things. j Jj :m --j--;..-TL $8.00 Folding Gocarts. ... .... .4.85 Ruga, too 50 Axminster Rugs, 36x72. newest Oriental designs, worth $4.50, j gO at .............. .yMtuJ 9x12 good quality Brussels Rucrs, - worth $15.00, sale price....... 10.50 219-223 E. Washington Directly Opposite Cemrt date Savin IrAcrczt c:i Uhat Yon SAVE Yc Pay Yc-d-L10rJL Thzn 3o hderczt cn Yhzt You SPEUD Our constantly growing business end modern merchandising require modern methods, ind we are determined to move forward with the most procrreisivc. We adppted a plan for pushing our business, and are going to make it an object to you to give us all your tradesnd, interest your friends so they will give us their trade also. : THIS IS THE PLAN : We have installed a mechanical cash expressly for us by The Nation- TO O "THE STORE FOX VALUES" Washington Street Oppcitm were running practically on time this morning with the exception of two trains on the Vandalla, on the St. -Louis division, and one on the C, H. & D. on the Springfield (111.) division. Yesterday trains on the St. Louis division of the Vandalla were ten or eleven hours late because of two washouts in Iliinois. No. 14 on the St- Louis division was about two hours and thirty minutes late this morning and No. 11 on the same division was about one hour and forty-five minutes late. No. 37 on the Sprinefield division Of the C, 11. & D. was about one hour and thirty minutes late, . EXAMINE WITNESSES AT "EAT 'EM ALIVE" GAIT Grand Jury Takes Deposition In Jail : Cases at Rate of Seventy-; .' : Five a Day. "Next! Forty-seven, you're next!." "' No. It was not a barber shop. It was the waiting-room for grand Jury . witnesses. Time yesterdsy, to-day, to-morrow that is to say, the last few days. The grand Jury has ; been "eating 'em alive" in the way of examining witnesses in Jail cases. With eighty-six Jail cases to investigate, and an average of more 'than five witnesses for each case. 'the gtand Jury's work for the first two weeks of M9y was well mapped out when the first day's session started Monday. The first three days, of the week were busy, but things did not really start, the Jurors say, until Wednesday, when between forty and fifty witnesses, were examined. When the, courthouse clock 'struck 9 Thursday morning the official time for opening the grand Jury session twenty-four witnesses were waiting to give their testimony. Bain checks were out of the question, but numbers were g-iven out, as in a barber shop during the Saturday night rush. At 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon nineteen witnesses were ready to testify. All told,- seventy-three witnesses were heard during the day, all of them In Jail case investigations. Subpenaa were Issued for between seventy and eighty witnesses for to-day. Twenty-two ot that number were present when the session started this forenoon. The grand Jury expects to finish Jail case Investigations not later than the middle of next week, and to spend the rest of the month on investigation of county frauds. - . - , .- Merchant Commits Suicide " Special to The Indianapolis Naw. MADISON, Ind., May "8. Arno Schmidt, a well-known merchant, and a school trustee, shot and killed himself to-day while despondent. ... SATURDAY 'AT SANDER c Mizzion Swings : 100 more of these great ?6.00 Mission Swings, quartered oak, guaranteed chains; positively the finest bargain ever offered, to-morrow n y. t ! f y .. ... w fc- - - I IC'J o-j 131 MAY 11 RETURN $15 In checks and set 0c In trade Free, 'A- A 1.00 KRAUSE ORGS.' To prevent Mistakes we will give $1 to arty one not receiving a correct receipt cf-purchase. Claim mutt be made befo.-e leaving store. Over. Sample ef Check. 77. e Lzsy Store r' mT T Clothes cf Lzaiy lladt , Prices Court bate IN INDIANAPOLIS SAY MEDIUMS INFLUENCED WILL OF MRS. HQEFGEN Bequest to Indianapolis Charity Organization Socjety Resisted by Nephews and Nieces. Special to Ths Indianapolis Ncwr. CRAWrOUDSVILLE, Ind., May 8. A suit that will be- bitterly contested has been brought In the Circuit Court; here, by the nephews and nieces of Mrs; Julia Hocfgen. to break Iter will In which the bequeathed her 120-acre farm near Lore, and property In this city, valued at 000. to the Charity Organization Hoeiety of Indianapolis. Mrs; Hoefgen also gave a house and I'U In this city to Dr. J. R. Etter. the physician , who attended her In her last illness. The suit , to break her will Is brought on the ground that Mrs. IJoi-fg n was unduly Influenced in making htr Will. by. Spiritualistic mediums and seances. The' plalntifTs allc-ce ihat Mn. H oef gen . would tell of con vers;-. with spirits, and ' kept a room In her home where, she furnished lodsinir free to oil traveling.,, mediums who -visited Cruvv-fordsvllle. . it is also alleged that she spoke of having frequent conversations w ith her 'id husband, through these medium, i 1 that he directed her to bi-'c.Hf'. I r farm and-o'her property . which, piie' did. 1 It " Is . aiii . n;!".- it t she held seances at lier houn- fr nr.-and was guilty e.f tn tny ci i -r ct which indicated that she wis i. "-; -. The double plea of Insanity snl uniii- t-i-fluences held over Iter by mediums- v. :1 be alleged by the plaintiffs in their effort to break the will. The plaintiffs In the case are Jfim I', and William Brown, who live rer Craw-fordsvllle; -Myrtle and ' J-'red lirown, W this city, and -Mrs. Harry rtmley end Mrs. William Swifter, of Wayn-town. Jessie H. Hlalr. of IndlnnnpnIiH, rer sents the Charity Organization hocktjr in the suit. - SWWSHSjMSimSSWWVM INFIRMARY IN RUINS. , Director Fatally Burned and Inmates Injured Near Marietta, O. MARIETTA, O.. May 8. When gas exploded to-day in the Washington county infirmary, east of this city, the entire structure was soon burned to the (.round. Infirmary Director Young was f.itah'y burned. The loss will reach ntoll; thousands. The Infirmary held 2") lnnnti, a number of whom - were .Injured. Tine leaped from the windows and weie l.;- iv hurt, - t'hyslclans and nurses were t- :-t from Marietta, RECKER'S $1.50 Maple Rcckcrs, reed seat, go at .... ... ..L5c $7.50 double Rocker Set tees, high back, go at r a- -' . J al'i 100 more of the popular heavy, comfortable Mis- sion Porch Rockers, to match swins exactly, a regular $4.00 rocker, sale price ....... .yl.C5 (Only ICO.) Put your order in early. Mission Plant Star. ;-, av 55c instca 1 of $1.00. $25.00 Brass Beds, to-morrow C,1C7 $40.00 Brass' Beds, to-morrow r?.:.Z The best made. To-morrow t! c lar new Iceberg Rcfr: :r :r. fj ice capacity, worth $15.CO, .--.' price l.,'.', t

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