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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 21, 1895
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_ A 'STORY* AMQSA lSKSfflBYV ATOOiT 81. 18BS. JNTSHNAMMAL CHAPTER X. tetlred Into his'room and sat down to read .hlsi paper. Ida had retired, att<3 the dlstaht walls of the bugle showed that she was upstairs in her boudoir. Clara sat opposite to him wlttt her ex- "Bill U !« needed td eiiftfth the «tat* tef. No, thSfS » fib dfawing back t?l«rt, or We Shall ftflft Wret-yt *a fS etife 16 eoftie back by the wftl fgaeh the doot at Itf. -We' 6 everything ready frtf him. Now, jUSt *lt ddwfl at ohce, and aSk Hafoid td cOme 1 at 9 O'clock, and 1 shall do the Saftie to Charles." two. invitations we're dtsbatched, received and accepted. Harold was al- feadjr & confldaht t and he understood that this was some further develop^ ment of the plot. As to Charles, he was so accustomed to feminine eccentricity, in the person of his aunt, that the only thing which cotild surprise htm WoUid be tt rigid observance of etiquette. At 9 o'clock they entered the dlnlhg-hall ot No. 2, to find the hias» ter of the house absent, a red*shadert lamp, a snowy cloth, a pleasant little H. ttotma, msm DIA60LICAL SURANCfe f Hfe IN OF THE FtfTUBE. ROM that day the Doctor's peace .was gone. Never Was ' a quiet and orderly household formed so suddenly Into a bear garden, or a happy man turned Into such a. completely miserable one. He had never realized before how entirely Ids daughters had shielded him from 'ail the friction of life. Now that they had not only ceased to protect him, bul had themselves become a source ol trouble to him, he began to understanC how great the blessing Was which he tiad enjoyed,* and to sigh for the happy days before hlu girls had come undei the Influence of his neighbor. "You don't look happy," Mrs. West macott had remarked to him one morning. "You are pale and a little off color You should come with me for a ten mile .spin upon the tandem." "I am troubled about my girls." They were walking up and down in the gar <len. From time to time there sounded from the house behind them the long, sad wall of a French horn. "That is Ida," said he. "She has taken to practicing on that dreadful instrument In the Intervals of her chemistry. And Clara Is quite as bad. I declare It Is getting quite unendurable." "Ah, Doctor, Doctor!" she cried, shaking her forefinger, with a gleam of her white teeth. '.'You must live up to your principles'—you must give your daughters the same liberty as you advocate for other women." "Liberty, madam, 'certainly! But this approaches to license." "The same law. for all, my friend." She tapped him reprovingly on the arm with her sunshade. "When you were twenty your father did not, I presume, object to your learning chemistry or playing a musical instrument. You would have thought It tyranny if he bad." "But there is such a sudden change Jn them both." "Yes, I have noticed that they havo been very enthusiastic lately in the cause of liberty. Of all my disciples I think that they promise to be the most devoted 1 and consistent/which is the more natural since their father is one of our most trusted champions." The Doctor gave a twitch of impatience. ; "I seem to have lost all author- Sty," he cried. . . "Noi no. my dear friend. They arc a little exuberant at having broken the trammels of custom. That is all." 'tYou cannot think what I have to put up with, madam. It has been a dreadful experience. Last night, after I had extinguished the candle in my bed-room, I placed my foot upon something' smooth and hard, which scuttled from under me. Imagine my horror! I lit the gas, and came upon a well-grown tortoise which Clara has thought fit to introduce into the house. I call it a filthy custom to have 'such pets." ' Mrs. Westmacott dropped him a little courtesy. "Thank you, sir," said she. "That is a nice little side hit at my poor Eliza." "I give you my word that I had for- Kptten about her," cried the Doctor, flushing. "One such pet may no.doubt be endured, but two are more than I <;an bear. Ida'has a monkey which Jives on the curtain rod. It Is a most dreadful creature. It will remain absolutely motionless until it sees that you have forgotten its presence, and then it will suddenly bound from picture to picture all round the walls, and epd by swinging down on the bell-rope and jumping on to the top of your head. At breakfast it stole a poached egg and daubed it all over the door handle. • Ida calls these putrages amusing tricks." "Oh, all will come right," said the Tvldow reassuringly. "And Clara >s as bad, Clara who used ' to be so good and sweet, the very image of her poor mother. She Jnslsts upon this preposterous scheme of being a pilpt, and will talk of nothing but ' revolving lights and hidden rocks, and code3 of signals, and nonsense of the "But why preposterous?" asked his companion. "What nobler occupation can there be than that of stimulating commerce, and Aiding the mariner to steer safely into port? I should think asperating charts and blue book, The Doctor glanced at her and his eyes remained fixed in astonishment upon the front of her skirt. "My dear Clara," he cried, "you have torn your skirt!" His daughter laughed and smoothed out her frock. To his horror he saw the red plush' of the chair where the dress ought to have befeh. "It id all torn!" he cried. "What have you done?" "My dear papa," Sftid she, "What do you know about the mysteries of ladles' dress? This is a divided skirt." Then he saw that It was Indeed so arranged, and that his daughter was clad In a sort of loose, extremely long knickerbockers. "It Will be So convenient for my sea- boots,',' she explained. Her father shook his head sadly. "Your 'dear mother would not have liked it, Clara," said he. For a moment the conspiracy was on the point of collapsing. There was something In the gentleness of his rebuke, and in his appeal to her mother, which brought the tears to her eyes, and In another Instant she would have been kneeling beside him with everything confessed, when the door flew open and her'sister Ida came'bounding into the room. She wore a short, grey skirt, like that of Mrs. Westmacott, and she held It up In each hand and danced about among the furniture, "I feel quite the Gaiety girl," she cried. "How delicious It must be, to be upon the stage! You can't think how nice this dress Is, papa. One feels so free in It. And Isn't Clara charming?" "Go to your room this Instant and take it off!" thundered the doctor. "I call It highly Improper, and no daughter of mine shall wear it." "Papa! Improper! Why, it Is the exact model of Mrs. Westnracott's." "I say it Is Improper. And yours also, Clara! Your' conduct is'really outrageous. You drive me out of the .house. I am going to my club In town. I have no comfort or peace of mind In my own house. I will stand It no longer, I may be late to-night—I shall go to the British Medical meeting. But when I return I shall hope to find that you have shaken yourself clear of the pernicious Influences which have .recently made such an alteration in your conduct." He seized his hat, slammed the dining-room door, and .a few minutes later .they..heard the crash of the' big front gate. "Victory, Clara; victory!" cried Ida, still pirouetting around the furniture. "Did you hear what he said? Pernicious influences! Don't you understand, Clara? Why do you sit there so pale and glum? Why don't you get up and dance?" "Oh, I shall be so glad when it is over, Ida. I do hate to give him pain. Surely he has learned now that it is very unpleasant to spend's one's life with reformers." "He has almost learned it, Clara. Just one more little lesson. We must not risk all at this last moment," "What would you do, Ida? Oh, don't do anything too dreadful. I feel that we have gone too far already." . "Oh, we can do It very nicely, You see we are both engaged and that makes It very easy. Harold will do what you ask him, especially as you have told him the reason why, and my Charles will do it without even wanting to know the reason. Now you know what Mrs. Westmacott thinks about the reserve of young ladles. Mere prudery, affectation, and a relic of the dark ages of tho Zenana. Those were her words, were they not?" "What then?" "Well, now we must put it In practice, We are reducing all her other views to practice, and we'. must not shirk this one." "But what would you do? Oh, don't look so wicked, Ida! You look like some evil little fairy, with your golden hair and dancing, mlschevous eyes, I know that you are going to propose something dreadful!" "We must give a little supper tonight." "We? A supper!" "Why not? Young gentlemen give suppers. Why not young ladies?" "But whom shall we invite?'" "Why, Harold and Charles, of course." "And the Admiral and Mrs, Hay Denver?" "Oh, no. That would be very old- fashioned. We must keep up with the times, Clara." "But what can we give them for supper?" "Oh, something with a nice, fast, rol» licking, late-at-nlght flavor to it. Let me see! Champagne, of course—and oysters. Oysters will do. In the novels all the naughty people take champagne any oysters. Besides, they won't need any-.eooking. How is your pocket-mon- feast, and the tw^o whom they would A ttfcftts tfcitfLb 1st" tttte of Mis Attfcitlofr, A &to%« of Matiltitl tody M« fffti^A to the fcolrt-flooded Blnyef ot tlottclj ttU three Children, and MiiinlA ottd Alinie Wtiilath*. have chosen, as their companions. A merrier barty never met, ahd the house rang With thdr laughter ahd their chatter. "It is three minutes to ten," cried Clara suddenly, glancing at the clock. "Good gracious! So It is! Now for our little tableau!" Ida pushed the champagne bottles obtrusively forward, In the direction of the door, ahd scattered oyster shells over the cloth, "Have you your pipe, Charles?" "My pipe! Yes." "Then please smoke It. Now don't argue about It, but do it, for you will ruin the effect otherwise." The large man drew out a red case, and extracted a great yellow meerschaum, out of which, a moment later, he was puffing thick wreaths of smoke. Harold had lit a cigar, and both the girls had cigarettes. •. "That looks Very nice and emancipated," said Ida, glancing round. "Now I shall lie on this sofa. So! Now, Charles, Just sit here and throw your arm carelessly over the back of the sofa. No, don't stop smoking. I like it. Clara, dear, put your feet upon the coalscuttle, and do try to look a little dissipated. I wish we could crown ourselves with flowers. There are some lettuces on the sideboard. Oh, dear, here he Is! I hear his key." She began to sing In her high, fresh voice a little snatch from a French song, with a swinging tra la-la chorus. • The doctor had walked ; home from the station In a peaceable and relenting frame of mind,- feeling that, perhaps, he had said too much In the morn- Ing, that his daughters had for years been models in every way, and that, if there had been any change of late, It was, as they said themselves, on account of their anxiety to follow his advice and to imitate Mrs. Westmacott. He could see clearly enough now that that advice was unwise, and tjiat a world peopled with Mrs. Westmacotts would not be a happy or a soothing one. •'It was he who was himself'to blame, and i .v was grieved by thu thought that perhaps his hot words had troubled and saddened his two girls. This fear, however, was soon dissipated. As he-entered his ,hall he heard the voice of Ida uplifted In a rollicking ditty, and a very strong smell of tobacco was borne to his nostrils. Ho threw open the dining-room door, and stood aghast at the scene which met his eyes. The room was full of tl.a blue wreaths of smoke, and ,the lamp-light shone through the thin haze upon gold- topped bottles, plates, napkins, and a litter of oyster shells and cigarettes. Ida, flushed and excited, was reclining upon a settee, a wine-glass at her elbow, and a cigarette between her fln- gers, while Charles Westmacott sat beside her, with his arm thrown over the head of the sofa, with the suggestion of a caress, On the othar side of the room, Clara was lounging In an arm-chair, with Harold seated beside her, both smoking, and both with wlne-glassea besldo them. The doctor stood speechless In the doorway, staring at the Bacchanalian scene, "Come in, papa!' Do!" cried Ida; "Won't you have a glass of champagne?" "Pray excuse me," said her father, coldly. "I feel that I am intruding. I did not know that you were entertaining. Perhaps you will kindly let me know when you have finished. You will find me In my study." He Ignored ,the two young m en completely, and, closing the door, retired, deeply hurt and mortified, to his room. A quarter of an hour afterward he heard the door slam and his two girls came to announce that the guests were gone, Attfi of three classes. There ia the criminal Who kills to avoid capture; the blood thirsty villlan who who slays for pure love of the sight of bloodt and the born murderer. To the latter class belongs H. H. Holmes, alias ....... ... Howard, and half a dozen other aliases, Who Is now in jail at Philadelphia awaiting trial oh a charge of conspiracy to defraud insurance companies. The charge will soon be changed to murder, Slowly, but nevertheless surely, the coll is tightening about the neck of this fiend in human form. That Holmes murdered B. F. 'Pletzel and his three children there is no longer the shadow of a doubt in the minds of the police, Evidence showing almost conclusively that he murdered the Williams sisters In Chicago before he became Involved in the Insurance swindle with Pletzel was found in Chicago by newspaper men and detectives last week and this crime will probably be fastened upon him. Every step In Holmes' careei Ho* *UCCe*8iul M wAI IS etl&f&t B? the fact thai ftwlftdfs saetseeds* fwlftdie and murdef stice^eded infcfdef ttfttft.M, bid secured and afceM IfdMfiM, btdtlght six - v-ietiftts ts hideous - deatHs, afsd- twelve year* passed witftbtit even so much as a check on his awfdt cftfeef. Wheft once his troubles began* theT eahie thick ahd fast, until al last fee is abeiit IP be bfsuelil • lo filsUe§; fhe beginning ot the end eathfs With hM arrest 1ft St. Louis last fall. Sihce theft he has etijoyed bill a bMef sbeli 6f freedoffl ahd noW &H 6! his hbfflbifi crimes are being" fastened tipofc him, Subtlety and cuftniftg added to the maft's finished education ahd poilsftfed manner have combined to make htm the most wonderful criminal ot the age. It Is not the bufpdse of thltf article to trace his career further than to haf* fate briefly the (ifimes charged against him in order to show what a inral monstrosity he is, While at Anft Arbor University he entered Into a conspiracy to defraud an insurance company in very much the same, manner the Fi» dellty company was fleeced in the Plet- zei case. His accomplice was a fellow student, and experience gained whle he was a medical student enabled him to successfully carry out the fraud. His classmate's life was insured for $2,600, a corpse was secured and "planted," and afterwards identified as the body of his confederate. 1'he company paid over the money ( and with It Holmes, Who was then sailing under the name of Herman Mudgett, and his pal paid their tuition through college. The young scoundrel had deserted Mrs. Mudgett and their baby and left them to drift for themselves In their New England home In order that he might go to Ann Arbor. Flushed by the success of his first venture, Mudgett, the college scapegrace, became Mudgett, the criminal, and'thenceforth his ambition' in the World of shade knew no bounds. Leay- PnffifpsV -.CttHftd bedfodmefMifs B. tt. MII^LIKBN. PhilllpB and attempted to chloroform the young woman. The affair occurred the night of July 4, at Washington* , Mr. Phillips says his daughter Ger* trude Sat up with him until after mid*, night, when she retired. Some time af-' ter he had been In'bed he heard his other daughter, Nora, scream. Going to her room, he found both young ,wo- ( TO HE CONTINUE D,) A SQUIRREL IN A CAR. you,r daughter admirably adapted for duties." '•Then I must beg to differ from, you, madam." , . . „ "Still, you are inconsistent." "Excuse me, madam, I do not see the matter in the same light, And I should lie obliged $o you if you would use ypur- influence with my daughter to dissuade wish me to be Inconsistent, yp« refuse?" "j am afraid that I ejujn.Qt interfere." The poetor was very r angry, "Very ie. ''In thijt oas,e , „.,.»- I have th? J\onor a very gop,d mo'rplng." Ma i>p»& straw 'hat and ' up, .the gr&ve} ~lmk«) " " t , "You too,'- 1 ' ip, f trade only ey, Clara?" "I have three pounds." "And I have one. Four pounds. I have no idea how much champagne costs. Have you?" . "Not the slightest." "How m^ny oysters does a man eat?' "J can't imagine." "J'Ji write and ask Charles, No, I won'*. I'll ask Jane. Ring for her. Clara. She has been a-.cook, and is sure to Know." jaqe, on being cross-questioned, re' fused to commit herself beypnd the statement that it depended upon the gentleman, ft nd also upon the oygtera The united experience pf the however, testified that three * a provision. "Then we shall have-eight dP?en nH together," "said, j<j,a, jptting do>Yn sMi requirements upon a s^eet of pa? • "And twp -pints pf -*•—"«•"••- ftQine. J>ro>yn bread a.mj That's " How » JJoutoii Girl Startled Some »lg- nlflod People Out of Their Reserve. A girl got Into an open electric-car the other afternoon, stepped over tho end man, past a fat woman with a bundle and squeezed down In the "fifth seat," and then the fun began, says the Boston Herald. Snuggled beneath her cape was » Httle chipmunk, which th9 girl had evidently rescued from Its wild life among woodland trees and wayside stonewalls, and was Intent on taming. A tiny chain had been fastened about the pretty creature's neck, and the girl held one end of it, while the captive took various runs on to her shoulder or over her lap to see what was happening In this strange, noisy world, so unlike tho peaceful country he had left. "Patience!" exclaimed the fat woman with the big bundle, "what's that?" and edged along, crushing 'the end man against the rail. The passengers on the left of the girl stopped gazing Into the gutter, and also shrunk together as Master Chipmunk brandishecf his tall and peered at them from the friendly shoulder. "Is that a'monkey or a rat?" inquired a woman Qf her neighbor. "No!" with scorn, "it's a squirrel. Oh! graptous, It's goln' to Jump over here!" Then the girt cuddled the little beast under her chin and fondled U. as >vicked girls will a dumb animal when they see tjieir caresses nettle sensitive lookers* on, and the fat woman, sniffed hard, and the enj man stepped off on the running ppar'a, and the passengers pn the left no longer contemplated the gutter, but signaled the conduotpr- to stop, and in less than three pUnutea after the girl an4 the ohlpmunis boarded th£U- open car she ihad. a cool breezy end seat. And it wasn't ft g»me of t>luf£, either, stamps him as a moral monster—a man wholly devoid of moral sense. Every move made by the man since he started out In the world twelve years ago, seems to have been made with a criminal Intent. He is by no means an ordinary man, and his mental capabilities rank him far above all the celebrated criminals ever known to American or English police. He was graduated from the Michigan University at Ann Arbor and began his career of crime while yet a student In that Institution. He was a school teacher In Vermont, and before he entered the university he was graduated In medicine. Thus equipped lie was In a position to begin the most remarkable career of crime ever known to the police. His case Is the most remarkable study in psychology and crlmlnalogy ever brought to light in a civilized nation. ' . Holmes' knowledge, of drugs would have enabled him to make way with .the Pletzel children without the sight of blood, of which he seems to be in mortal terror- Miss Mjnnle Williams, the Fort Worth, Tex., typewriter, who lived with Holmes in Chicago, was, in all probability, murdered In the same way. The theory of the police that Miss Williams killed her sister with a stool in a fit of jealousy, and that, in order to protect his mistress, Holmes disposed of the body by sinking it in a trunk in Lake Michigan, has given way to the belief that Holmes was himself the murderer, a theory which the cruel, designing nature of the man thoroughly justifies. These two young women owned property in Texas worth $80,000, and subsequent developments lead the detectives to believe Holmes coolly set about to get them out of the way In order to come In possession of the money, At no time in his career has Holmes ever hesitated to murder if the Intended victim stood In the way of the accomplishment of his scheme. This Is proven by the fate of the Williams girls, by the fate of Pletzel, by the cruel murder of three of the victim's children and by his attempt to blow up Mrs. Pletzel at Burlington, Vt. Certain it is that Holmes contemplated and Plotted the death of the entire Pletzel fan)' ily in order that not a single person having a knowledge of the Fidelity swindle and the death of Pletzel, the first murder that became necessary to its success, should be left alive. The fiendish cruelty of euqh a plot seems Almost beyond belief. Every instinct in Holmes seems to have been criminal. His every moye was toward the accomplishment of some crime, He never moved in a direct Jln'e. Every talent, every energy, every b'jt of education he ever had have been employed toward a criminal end. The is. the most accomplished fuid sue* pessful cropk in poUce s.nnaja-~a ertmJ* nai beside whpjn the recprd Q£ a,ny qne man ever arrested in Amerjqa prior/Q September; W94, pale,s. into, Uwj—'- canoe. Muffler has only be,en »n flentii PJWt Qf Holmes' career. UB dered when some, human being the way of " Ing-college he went to tne Norrlstown Insane Asylum, and later entered 'a drug store as a clerk, but his first venture as a crook floated ever before his mind's eye, and he dreamed of the day when he would acquire wealth and affluence by the turning of another successful trick. He drifted back to Chicago, With his eyes always open for the main chance, and before long he became deeply engrossed in another swindle Of four times the proportions of his first. Sailing under the alias of Howard, he fell In with his former Confederate and classmate, and together they worked an insurance company for $10,000 on the same scheme resorted to ti» the first instance. From that time on he was out of one nefarious Job into- another. He bought a drug store, but sold out soon after, and with probably $30,000 left for California, All the money he had in the world was fleeced from victims of his various schemes. He seemed to glory In this thought and to be seized with an Insatiable desire to plunder moneyed people, whether Individuals or corporations, and his ever active brain was almost continually employed devising schemes to effect this result, AH pretense at earning an honest livelihood, save the necessary precautions to dupe the unsuspicious public, were cast aside, and this reckless man cut loose from decent associates to flrlf t where his abnormal hankerings would lead, While }n Chicago he married a second time, and a bright little babe was born of that union, but Jove was foreign to this cold-hearted man, whose whole existence seemed wrapped up in the excitement of the dangerous game he was playing, and he forgot them when he left suddenly for the Pacific coast, What he did there remains a secret buried within himself, and for the time being ho was lost sight of r Ere long his greed for excitement overcame his fears and one bright spying morning found him back Jn Chicago, He at on<?e launched ft commits- slpn scheme known as the Yates-Camp- bejl Co., which he advertised would buy and sell goods of any kind.' Whether he met Mamie Williams dur* jng his sojourn Jn the west or came across her in' Chicago is not Known, but at this stage of the game, the bright, winsome young typewriter peeapie en» tangled in the meshes' of the cruejest of men. She was rich, owning in con's junction with a sister as lovejy as her* self, property valued &t $,80,QpQ in or near Fort Worth. Tjjia in itself, was enough to fix the dopm of the beautiful young w.oma,n, men muoh agitated.- They said there was a man; in Gertrude's rpom, and' begged Mm not to go In for 'fear he would be shot. Mr. Phillips says he t grasped the handle of the door, but It was held on the inside. Some one then, tried to climb' out over the' transom, but Mr. Phillips struck at hla head and h& desisted. His wife and daughters were ', screaming, and his partner, Frederick McKenney, ran upstarlrs with a, revol" ver. At this instant the man who. was in Gertrude's room broke 'out andVush- ed downstairs. Mr. Phillips saya he recognized MlHlken, He chased: the mai* , and caused his arrest In the garden. When taken to the station hft proved to be B. H. Milllken. He appeared to be Intoxicated. Mr. Phillips says his daughter was awakened by fehe smell of chloroform and by feeling some one pass a handkerchief over her face, Search. was made, Mr, Phillips says, and it' was found that Milllken got in by climbing > over a ropf, A handkerchief and ft bottle were fpund' in* the garden. A druggist declared that the handkerchief was saturated wttii chloroform, apfl that th« bpttie had! contained the Uqaia, After ' his arrest Milllken- wa?. released by one- of the district attorneys. It appears-that ; he was well acquainted .with Miss Phillips and was a; frequent visitor at the' house. It la said lie called early Jn the, v >.«. evening of July 4, but Miss Phillips ed' to be excused -from seeing him,' MJJ-» ? liken is said to have left town, MUM- ken's explanation is said to be'that th$ , whole- affair was a mistake arising out of too muqh Fourth of July, in gt« Franelsop, accused of having fled from . that city with noo.OOO belonging < to <h"e,r*f-v| husband, who i? awaiting trial-there. Qj*' charges of forgery and embes}$ement' connection with the wrecking of the T bank, was found .last week to. and from tUe ,day she met Hpimeg, or, , her fate was, sealed. Sleeping the insidious' plotting of or man she ipyed neyer -ceased, and he ..„,-. ,. *»Y* SBWed, .that fair gjrl than Vw *>9\tev eou}<| refrain —-sacking the Jiffy-blood I'rPOJ soijie fly tfoftt b>co" e,n.tangleg in, jtp, ^ Q|

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