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THE TOPEKA DAILY STATE JOUTINAL--WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 8, 1909 j
ACID LEFTA CLUE
Finger Prints Are Found in
Goldie Engberg's Face.
Indelible Marks May Lead to
' ' Identity of Slayer.
Many Puzzling Circumstances
Impressions of Finger Marks to
Be Taken by Police.
Pittsburg, Kan., Dec. 8. Burned in
eftaceably on the pallid face of pretty
Goldie Engberg, now lying In the Pitts
burg morgue, Is the eviaence Dy wu."
the police hope to prove conclusively
the identity of her slayers.
clearing up of . which much depends.
The1 bottle, when found in the girl's bed
after her death,-, bore no labels it evi
dently having been scraped off. A can
vass of the - drug stores- has failed; to
throw any light -on the matter. -
..- "It. is the strangest case .in all my
experience with crime," said an old
police official. "If robbery was . the
object, - why did they" resort to such
terrible means to accomplish it? As-
; suredly they could have secured the
j earrings without going to such an ex
treme. Or II murder was intended
there are a hundred more simple
means than forcing acid down a vic
tim's throat. Why wasn't the murder
accomplished in the girl's room instead
of inviting detection by dragging her
out on the porch?"
Murder Is Sole Topic of Conversation.
Following, so soon upon the Bork
murder at Frontenac, the Engberg
murder has furnished a climax to the
startling series of crimes in this section
The murder is the topic of conver
sation everywhere in the city. Never
before has the community been so
aroused by a crime. , Citizens of every
class have united in a common effort
to apprehend the murderer or murder
ers and to purge the city of the class
which lives by such means. There is
considerable talk of lynching, and it
is freely asserted there will be no
need of a trial once the guilt has been
conclusively proven. ,
An important witness is expected by
the coroner in James Castle, a promi
nent business man. Castle took Goldie
and her sister, Mabel, out for a ride
In his automobile Friday afternoon. It
is understood he had frequently been
the host of the two girls on similar
trips. As. He is past 60 years of age,
married and prominent socially and in
the business world, his connection with
the case" has created no : little sensa
tion. The body of Goldie Engberfl is still
at the morgue and no arrangements
have as yet been made for the funeral.
A brother, who is in the army, , has
telegraphed he would be unable to be
present. Mrs. Engberg is seriously ill
at the home as a result of the shock
of the tragedy. . -
DODGES THE MOB.
Country Has Fully Recovered
From Big Panic of 1907.
Freight Car Surplus Has Been
Substituted by Shortage.
REDUCE THE DELAYS.
Sheriff Manages . to . Land . His Negro
Prisoner in Jail.
Bliss Goldie Eiifrberg, Whose Death Is
Slu-ouded in Mystery.
The marks were made there by the
same acid that ended the unfortunate
girl's Mife, affording a pathetically
strange instance of the workings of
fate. For in forcing open the girl's
mouth the imprints of the murderer's
fingers were indelibly engraved on her
features by the acid they had spilled.
A model of them has been taken in
clay and will be preserved until the
dragnet of the law draws in those upon
"vhom suspicion falls. '
The Imprints are plain. On each side
of the mouth the marks of a thumb and
nger are traced, as though by pyrog
raphy, and mute in death Goldie Eng
berg will be one of the principal wit
nesses at the trial of her murderers.
The discovery, too, practically does
away with the suicide theory heretofore
held by the police.
With the clues now in the possession
of the officials it now seems at least
probable that the perpetrators of the
crime will be brought to justice.
The impressions of the Angers of no
two persons are alike, and upon this
.iact the police are basing great hope of
Some Puzzling Circumstances.
Even now the case presents enough
mysteries to warrant its title of "Craw
ford County's Most Baffling Crime."
One of the principal things to be cleared
up is the identity of the person who
gave Goldie Engberg the diamond ear
rings which appear to have led to her
death. In some way the police believe
this person has knowledge of the crime
and could clear it up if he would do so.
The earrings were of considerable value
and entirely beyond the means of a'
miner's daughter. Her family professes!
ignorance of the donor's identity. j
Who bought the carbolic acid and ,
where, is another question, on the
Williamstown. . Ky. Dec. 8. A mob of
100 men surrounded the jail here and
threatened to lynch Earl Thompson, a
negro, charged - with -attacking Mrs.
Maggie Roberts three weeks ago.
. The negro .when . arrested, was, taken
to Lexington for safe - keeping. Today
he was returned here to face the grand
jury. . , -
The mob surrounded the tra-'n when
it stopped, but Sheriff Caster and two
deputies rushed the prisoner to the
jail. . -
. The mobleaders declared the negro
would be lynched if the grand Jury
failed to indict him. -
WANT THEIR SHERIFF.
People of Cairo Hold an Indignation
Cairo, 111., Dec. 8. Indignation
meetings have been called here to pro
test against the action of Governor
Dineen in reiusing to reinstate Frank
EDavis as sheriff of Alexander coun
ty.' Davis was removed from office by'
v.rtue of the statute which vacates
shrievalties when prisoners are taken
irom the custody of sheriffs and
Governor Dineen declared Davis did
not protect properly Henry Salzner
and Will James who were lynched
here November 11.
Fred Clarke Gets Old Job.
Pittsburg, Dec 8. Barney Dreyfuss,
president of the Pittsburg Baseball club,
has now made the positive announce
ment that Fred Clarke would direct the
play of the Pittsburgs in the 1910 National
league campaign. "When Clarke and T
parted last fall." said Dreyfuss. "he told
me he would be back in the spring, and
that's enough for me. He will lead the
team next year."
Effort Being Made to Keep Cars
on Their Journey.
Other Items of General Interest
In Railroad Circles.
The freight car surplus, which has
persisted ever since the panic of 1907,
has finally disappeared with the rush
of traffic due to handling the fall crops,
together with the business resulting
from activity in the Iron and steed in
dustry and in building construction,
says the Railway Record. . In place of
the car surplus, reports now come in
of car shortage in various parts of the
There seems to be hope that the rail
ways may give this matter of . car
shortage more intelligent consideration j
than it has received in the past. The
splendid work of the American Railway
association's committee on car efficien
cy, under direction of Arthur Hale, has
made clear to railway officers that car
shortage is as much affected by car
efficiency as it is by the number of cars
In the past two years, while there
have been strings of idle cars ready to
draw upon to fill shippers' orders, there
has been no great incentive to work for
high car efficiency; but now that cars
are in demand, it is up to the freight
traffic managers to see how rapidly
they can keep their equipment moving.
There has been a great deal of pub
lished discussion concerning the efforts
ol the railways to reduce the delays
to cars on delivery tracks by the im
position of demurrage charges for each
day the car is held by shippers be
yond a fixed free time. No one who
gives serious study to the subject can
Question that proper ' and reasonable
demurrage rules and charges are as
much to the interest of the general
public and the shippers themselves , as
they are in the interest of the railway
But there is a great opportunity to
reduce delays in car movement after
the car starts on its journey. The av
erage miles a day traveled by t'he av
erage freight car on the railways of
the United States is only about 22
miles, according to the statistics of the
car efficiency committee. If idle cars
are excluded from the total to obtain
the movement, the average even then
is only 25 miles. Taking average speed
of freight trains on the road at 10 miles
an hour, that means that the average
freight car is moving on its journey
only two and a half hours of the 24.
All the rest of the time it is standing
idle in some yard or on some siding.
Is it any wonder that freight yards are
congested Is it not a pertinent inquiry
whether instead of building more cars
and bigger yards to handle increased
traffic. -better restrtts nright-not fcr at
tained by overhauling the methods of
moving and not moving freight traf
fic, and finding some way to keep
freight cars moving, so that they may
reach their destination more promptly
and get out of the yards where they
are now held?
STEEL TIES SATISFACTORY
Almost Million and Halt Ties of This
Type Now in Use.
The subcommittee of the American
Railway and Maintenance of Way As
sociation appointed to gather statistics
on the life of metal and composite ties
has reported that the Carnegie tia
(Buhrer patent) is very satisfactory.
If A Thousand
Told you that a certain thing had done them world's of good, mentally
and physicall-, wouldn't yovi feel it worth while to investigate the matter
thoroughly, to find out how it might affect you? ' y."
We have received thousands of testimonials from people who have
voluntarily written us of the benefit derived from quitting coffee and using
That Coffee Was Causing Her. Trouble.
The majority of these people had no
idea that coffee caused their headaches,
stomach troubles, bad nerves, etc., etc.,
until after the change often at the sug
gestion of a friend who knew about Posfc
um then they understood.
Ask a friend if coffee agrees, and if the
aches and ails come from coffee inves
tigate! "There's a Reason"
Postum Cereal Company, Ltd.,
Battle Creek, Mich.
So common is the use of coffee as a ;
beverage, many do not know that it, is
the cause of .many obscure ails which
ere often attributed to other things. ,
The easiest way. to; find out for one
self is to quit the coffee for a. while, at
least, and note Jesuits. A Virginia lady,
found out in this y'ay. and also learned
of a new beverage that is wholesome as
well as pleasant to drink. She writes:
"I am 40 years old and all my life,
vp to a year-and a half ago. I had
been a coffee drinker. About ten years
ago, I had dyspepsia so bad that often
the coffee I drank would sour on my1
stomach and I could not retain it.
"Severe headaches and heart weak
ness made me feel sometimes as though
I were about to die. After drinking a
cup or two of hot coffee, not knowing
it was harmful, my heart would go like
a clock without a pendulum. At other
times it would almost stop and I wa. so
nervous I did not like to be alone, and
the pity of it all was, I did not know
-hat coffee was causing the trouble.
"Reading in the paoers that many
rersons were reileved of such ailments
by leaving oft coffee and drinking Pos
tum I got my husband to bring home
a package. We made it according to
directions and I liked the first cup. Its
.. rich snappy flavour was delicious.
"1 have been using Postum about
eighteen months and to my great joy,
digestion is good, my nerves and heart
are all right, in fact. I am a well wo
man once more, thanks to Postum."
Read "The Road to Wellville" in pkgs.
Never Before $3.00 FOR $1.00 Never Again
$3.00 for $1 .OO
We credit you $3.00 for every $1.00 cash you pay, up to $25.00, as first payment on a piano
On first payment, all you pay over $25 up to $50 we will credit you. $2.00 for every $1.00 paid.
You you $5.00 cash on piano, we credit you $15.00. . ...
." v You pay 10.00 cash on piano, we credit you 30.00. ' "
, , You pay 15.00 cash on piano, we credit you 45.00. ' 1
. You pay 20.00 cash on piano, we credit you 60.00.
J ,' You pay 25.00 cash on piano, we 'credit you 75.00. - . -.'
t You pay 30.00 cash on piano, we credit you 85.00.
" "You pay 35.00 cash on piano, we credit you 95.00.
You pay 40.00 cash on piano, we credit you 105.00.
. , You pay 45.00 cash on piano, we credit you 115.00.
You pay 50.00 cash on piano, we credit you 125.00. ,
On any piano in this sale, prices vary from $175, $200, $225, $250, $265, $275,
$290, $300, $325, $350 $375, $400, $435, $450, $500, $550, $600, $650
THE BELL BROTHERS PIANO COMPANY inaugurates this great $3.00 . for $1.00
CHRISTMAS SALE as the most liberal offer ever niade in the history of the piano trade. In
vestigate this at once and take advantage of this chance to get a piano at HALF price. . . ;.
$750 Chickering Grand
Would be fine for concert or studio,
. In our $3.00 for $1.00 Sale.
; $325.00 Gaylord
A new sample piano, large size,
mahogany, reduced to .
In our $3.00 for $1.00 Sale.
' Used, in beautiful quartered
oak, reduced to
In our $3.00 for $1.00 Sale.
A few specimen reductions on used pianos, most of them like new. All in our $3 for $1 Sale.
$225 Columbus cut to ............. .$173
$275 Leavenworth cut to. .... ..... . .$213
$300 Leavenworth cut to . . .$245
$325 Gaylord cut to .$260
v$250 Hinzie cut to
.; $300 German cut to ... .
$325 Merriman cut to .
$375 Bell Bros., cut to
"We will give $100.00 to any charitable institution in Topeka," if any one will prove we have
raised. our prices for this sale. . --.' -
, If you cannot call, telephone, telegraph or write. .
All mail orders will receive our careful attention. You can feel safe in leaving the selection
of your piano with us. V ' . . .
NOTICE This sale is run for an advertising purpose, and we positively will not sell a piano
on the above proposition to a piano dealer. This is. for the consumer only. '
In case all the amount is-not paid down the! 'usual terms of small monthly payments will be
extenecTbn the Balance 'accofBmgTooTua convenience:-! " ;" T; .1'." ''..i.V- .
81 4 Kansas Avenue 8 1 4
Never Before $3.00 FOR $1.00 Never Again
Approximately 1,200,00 ties of this type
are-in use and so far they have with
stood the most severe service, when
properly installed.- - -' . . i . t
. The steel tie. it is stated; gives a more
solid and quick track than the wooden
tie, due to the rigid fastening of the
rail to the tie. . It appears to the com
mittee that no concrete, steel tie has yet
been produced which is able to with
stand crumbling, cracking or breaking.
However-- very satisfactory service has
been obtained with concrete-steel ties
in . a number of . instances, mostly in
cases where the trafflcwas of moderate
speed and not too heavy; - , . '
WHITE MGHTS TO GO.
Railroads Have Agreed' to Substitute
; Yellow "Clear'' Signals.
Pittsburg. Dec. 8. The lure of the
white lisrht by the wayside of railroads
will not longer, be held responsible for
railroad wreck. The-, white light as
a signal for a clear track is to go. On
Wednesday of next week the yellow
light will be substituted for the wnite
light on the Pittsburg and Lake Erie
road of the New Tork Central system.
The entire Central system is prepar
ing to adopt the plan all over the
system at as early a date as the
changes can be made. -
Engineers of fast trains have orten
been confused by white lights in
dwellings and other places along the
road, and have passed colored lights
Which were set. Accidents resulted
when ' the set lights ' were passed.
Roads throughout the country have
agreed to the change.
WHili BREAK Jli RECORDS, i
in volnrtfe and it is in connection with
this class of matter that the particular
troubles of the postal clerks, postoff ice
employes and letter-carriers arise. Al
though Just recently arrangements
have -been, made to handle the- long
distance registered, stuff in sealed
sacks instead of in single pieces,- the
careful checking and hand to hand
progress of .this registered istuff makes
its transfer a problem to demand se
rious consideration,- especially at
Christmas, time. -K
' INTER-CRBAJf I PROPOSED. '
Line From Newtou North to Sallna Is
Planned. , . , ,
' Salina, Kan.,' Dec. 8. A proposition
is before the Salina Commercial club
and the clubs -of other nearby towns
to build an interurban . railroad from
Newton north through Koxbury. and
Canton to a point about, midway be
tween Abilene and Salinaj thence east
and west to each of these towns.
Messrs. T. D. Fitzpatrick and -Prank
Haeeman returned from Newton this
J morning, where they attended a meet
ing yesterday of representatives from
commercial clubs and business men of
Newton, Gypsum, Abilenu, Roxbury,
Canton, Spring Valley and other in
termediate points.' Mr. . Fitzpatrick
and Mr. Hageman were appointed
representatives' of the Salina club and
went as such. ' They will report to
the club within a few days.
ance of way and equipment for the
year under review and as a conse
quence the operating expenses for the
year increased J2,280,225."
Carrying Registered Mail Problem for
., -Railroads This Year.
It is believed that the mail rush this
year will be the heaviest in the his
tory of the railway mail service and
to' this end extra help will be put to
' work during the holiday rush which
j is to commence shortly. The men in
charge of this department of govern
I mental railroad service already have
' li rt tt th.ir HaqHo tnwAth.I' nlonnln.
ways and means to handle the- trans
portation of mails . effectively at
This registered mail is the big prop
osition with which railway postal
clerks have to deal. : If it were not
for this the holiday mail work would
be not far above normal.- Though
there are a great many more letters,
postards. etc., to be handled, the
vast bulk of advertising matter, cat
alogues and the like which pass
through the mails in such bulk dur
ing the preholiday season, suddenly
fall off about a week before Christ
mas day and for two or three weeks
there is less of this class than any
other time during the year.
But while the ordinary mail re
mains near the. normal in bulk the
registered matter more than doubles
HIGH OPERATING EXPENSES.
Missouri Pacific Were 75.1 ' Per Cent
- of tlie Revenues. V
:St Louis, .Dec 8. The annual report
of the Missouri Pacific, railway issubd
for the year ending June 30 showed a
surplus of $1,064,509 34. The gross rev
enues tvere $46,385,542.82.- The operating
expenses were 73.1 par cent of the rev
enues. - --
In commenting on the report. Presi
dent Geo. Gould said: ' '''
"Owing to the increased revenues of
the previous year., brought on by se
vere business depression which then ob
tained, a very rigorous retrenchment in
expenses was effected. This necessitated
a more liberal outlay for the mainten-
Topeka Laundry Co.
Cleanin?, Dyeing, Pressing.
of every description properly and J
promptly done. 4
Uptown Office 116 W. 8th J
Opsn from 7 A. M. to 7 P. M. J
Main nffiA Wm.L-o- 4
2d & Quincy-Phones 153
Santa Fte Man Gives His Ideas on
W. B. Story, vice president and chief
engineer of the Santa Fe road, has sent
H. H.- Evans, secretary of the city
council's committee on local transpor
tation, an argument against the elec
trical railways. After declaring that
smoke can be abolished by proper fuel
and firing, Mr. Story said:
"Electrification will not cure.
- "Electricity : is not now used in any
freight terminal in America.
. "The railways are unable to find any
one who will agree to install such an
electric system or to say what it will
cost. . ' . i
. "Electrification of railways only is an
"Electrification will be a detriment to
the business and commerce of Chi
cago. "The results sought can be obtained
by other methods."
ROCK ISLAND CHANGES.
Many New Officials on Arkansas and
Little Rock, Ark.. Dec. 8. The follow
ing changes of Chicago, Rock Island
& Pacific railroad officials have been
W. M. Whittir.gton, general superin
tendent, traneferrel to El' Reno, Ok.,
as general manager of the Southern
and Choctaw divisions. He will be suc
ceeded b" T. H. Beacon, now superin
F. J. Easley, superintendent, Trenton,
Mo., succeeds Mr. Beacon, and W. B.
Copley. Maileyville, Ok., will replace
The promotions ' are to be effective
. MAJfY WAGE INCREASES.
Northern Reads Announce Raises In
- ' "Many Classes.
Detroit, Dec. 8. In regard to a re
port emanating from Lansing.' ' Mich..
that tha Michigan Central railroad had
increased the wages of its trainmen
and telegraph operators. General Sup
erintendent, W. Brown of the Michigan
"The -conductors and brakenren were
given an. increase of approximately 15
per cent several weeks ago. The nego
tiations with the men extended till
nearly the last of October but the in
crease, was made effective October L
"The operators were also offered an
increase that affected 50 office on our
lines but' they declined the offer and
are trying to arrange an interview with
General Manager R. H. L'Hommedieu."
,At the general superintendent's office
of the Pere Marquette railroad it was
stated the telegraphers received a &
per 'cent - Increase September 1, that
the firemen have -closed negotiations
for a 5 to 7 per cent increase effective
December 15 and that the train men.
switchmen, boilermakers, machinist"
and enginemen have almost completed
regotiations that look promising for
an increase cn January 1.
Chicago, Dec 8. The demand of the
telegraph operators employed by the
Illinois Central Railroad company, and
affiliated with the order of Railway
Telegraphers for an iuoreate of 10 per
cent in wages was refused here by the
officials of the road.
It was agreed, however, to submit
the matter to the mediation of Chair
man Knapp of the interstate commerce
commission and Federal Labor Com
CAUGHT WITH FUSES.
Managua Papers Print Story of Groce
and Cannon's Offense. '
New Orleans. La., Deo. 7. A" weekly
newspaper published at Managua. Nica
ragua, dated November 19, ha just been
received here, containing a report of tha
execution of Cannon and Groce, the two
Americans. The paper asserts the Amer
icans were caught in the act of trying to
blow up the steamer Diamante.
It says that when the men were cap
tured they had in their possession dyna
mite fuses and machines for causing the
explosion and that after a trial at Ft.
El Castillo they confessed to having set
ALFONSO IN A BAD WAY
The King Must Undergo a Serious
' Surgical Operation.
Madrid, Dec. 8. King Alfonso' phy
sician is causing extreme anxiety at court.
The king is Buffering from a tuberculous
affection of the postnasal parts of the in
ner ear. Dr. Monroe of Bordeaux has
performed three slight operations to check
this disease. Now a serious operation
has become necessary and the queen is
much concerned about the result, in view
of the king's weakened constitution.
His tuberculous condition undoubtedly
was inherited. His father, Alfonso XII,
died of tuberculosis with complications
which are also present in the case of Al
The Official Gazette announces that the
qu-n expects an accouchement In April.
CASTOR I A
For Infanta and Children.
Th Kiri Yea fiaie Always Bszgiit