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TODAY'S SPOETINO ^BWS WHi BE POUND OH PAQB S.^.'
PRICE TWO CENTS,
GEORGE B. COX,
Coroner's Jury Sifts Facts Re
garding Shocking Tragedy
on North Side.
Surviving Boy Comes Bandaged
to InquestWhat Prompted
We, the jury, find that Elizabeth
Brennan came to er death by rea
son of a gun-shot wound in the
head, inflicted by Stella Brennan.
O God, have mercy on me!"
These were the wor ds Mrs. Stella
Brennan repeated over and over as she
lay half-conscious and bleeding, tbe
night three of her stepchildren were
murdered and a fourth wounded at,their
home, 1622 Fifth avenue N
The words also played an important
part in' the deliberations of the coro
ner's jury today, whi ch named her as
the slayer of the children.
For the sake of brevity, the inquest
dealt only with the death of Lizzie
Brennan, the oldest girl, and the first
to die from er wounds. Scarcely a
line of evidence was introduced that
did ot point to Mrs. Bre'n'nan as the
After Dr. E Beckman, city phy
sician, and Dr. W Little report ed on
the autops y. Tommy Brennan, the only
surviving child, told his sto ry to the
jurv. was attired in a new suit of
clothes and shoes purchased yesterday
by his stepmother, against whom cir
cumstances compelled him to give dam
aging testimony. His shattered jaw
The boy repeated the story told to
the officers the day of the murder: how
Mr s. Brennan stood beside his bed and
told him to look out of the window and
how he was shot as he did so. I an
swer to Assista nt County Attorney
Elmer Gray, he said:
"Yes, she was jealous of all of us.
but ot as much of me as the others.'
Tommy said that there was a light
in the room, when Mrs. Brennan came
into his room that night, and that he
thought he could have seen a third per
son, had one been there. The shot
sounded as tho it came from within the
room. After he had been wounded and
had gone to his stepmother's room, he
said he heard a gratiA% sound as tho
someone was sawing. When ask ed if
the noise might not have been a ring
ing in his ears caused by his woun d, he
said it might have been.
A Scene of Horror.
Captain George Smith of engine
company No. 16, the first man to enter
the rooms after the tragedy, told of the
appalling scene that confronted him.
Lizzie, the oldest child, lay dead in bed
between Arthur and Alice, who were
then in their death throes. Mrs. Bren
nan lay on the bed in the front room
beside Tommy and was repeating the
short prayer, "O, God, have mercy
me." in a subdued tone. Captain
Smith further stated that when he en
tered the rooms they were so full of
powder smoke that the dimly burning
oil lamp could hardly be seen. The
odor of the powder was suffocating.
The first thing Mrs. Brennan said,
when thoroly aroused, was: Why
don't Lizzie come to me? I have
called to her and she doesn't come.
W G. Farmer, who lives directly be
low the Brennan flat, testified that he
heard five shots fired. Three shots
were, fired in rapid succession, then a
short pause and then two more were
Accused Her Husband.
"Detective Edward Hclin, who arrived
at the house shortly after the shooting
said the windows were all down and
locked and the shades drawn. The
windows were all sound and no shot
had been fired thru any of them. The
bullet that ,had passed thru Thomas
Brennan's jaw was found on a small
pillow back of the couch, as tho it had
been fired from a point in the room.
Mr s. Brennan had told Helin that she
looked from the kitchen window and
saw a man sitting on the woodshed.
The woodshed cann ot be seen from the
kitchen window. When first questioned
by the detective, Mrs. Brennan said
that she thought it was r. Brennan
who had done the shooting, but later
contradicted th is statement, saying
that he would not stoop to such a thing.
She also said it might have been
Tommy, but again retracted her state
ments. She said the man who stood
over er bed and shot er was small
and had a sallow complexion. She
professed to know nothing mo re about
Lieutenant Frank Ferm of the North
Side stati on testified to finding the re
volv er in a rear room. All the cham-
Continued on 2d Page, 3d Column.
TO TAKE PROXIES
Organization of Northwestern Pol
icyholders Not Satisfied
Insurance Commissioner O'Brien
Goes East at Governor's
Northwestern policyholders in the
New York Life and the Mutual Life
are bei ng formed into an organizati on
for the purpose of having their voice
in the companies' affairs and in the
The movement started last week with
an informal meeting of traveling sales
men at Watertown, S. D. A this meet
ing it was decided that instead of send
ing proxies to Lawso n, northwestern
policyholders ought to hae a repre
sentative of their own, anu Governor
Johnson of Minnesota was agre ed on as
a suitable** man to entrust with the
proxies. W. F.vEnright of St. Prvul,
who was chairman of the meeting, re
turned home and took the matter up
with Governor Johnson. had a cir
cular printed for distribution, contain
ing a p,toxy to be signed, and an appeal,
which reads as follows:
"You have the right to vote. Ex
ercise that right. The time may never
be so opportune. Do it now.
Fill in the blank lines on the proxy
blank and send by first mail to Gov
ernor John A. Johnson, state capitol,
St. Paul, as the representative of the
policyholders of the different life insur
ance companies, especially of the Mu
tual Life Insurance company and the
New York Life Insurance company.
"If the policyholders move, and move
quickly, they can save for themselves
not only the value of their policies,
but will aid in securing the restitution
of from $75,000,000 to $150,000,000 that
rightfully belon gs to them.
''You can do your small share to
wards deposing from office the present
officers of these companies. You can
do your small share to elect to the
offices men who will ot use the vast
funds for stock gambling and to cor
rupt the ballot ox and lawmakers of
the country, and you can do your share
toward lowering the cost of your pre
miums from 25 to 33 1-3 er cent.
"The governor does not solicit your
proxy, but he has consented to act as
your representative if you so desire,
or as the representative of any policy
holder in the northwest."
O'Brien Goes to Investigate.
These circulars have not been issued,
and may not be for several days. Gov
ernor Johnson said he would pref er ot
to act on such a proposition too hastily.
has received many letters with in
quiries and advice of various kinds,
and in order to understand the situa
tion better, he has asked Insurance
Commissioner T. D. O'Brien to go to
New York and make a personal inves
r. O'Brien leaves tonight for New
York. will get in touch with the
work being done by the actuaries for
Minnesota and other western states,
and also with the work of the legisla
tive investigating committee.
I am willing to do anything that
may be for the be st interes ts of the i
policyholders," said the governor thisj'jj
morning, but I do not want to act
hastily. W are participating now injp
an examination of the New York Life, jj
and I do not want to do anything that p.
will embarrass that work."
Meanwhile the organization started
at Watertown is bei ng extended. It v.
is bei ng spre ad by the traveling men,
but is not confined to them, and it is &
intended to hold a number of meetings
in different localities in Minnesota and j
the Dakolas, to organize and make the $.
northwestern policyholders a big, united j
influence in the reorganizatio n.
The head of the temporary organiza
tion, W Enright of St. Paul, is a '0
well-known traveling salesman and
policyholder in the New York Life.
MRS. HUBBARD WINS
GOAL IN LABRADOR
New York, Nov. 9.Mrs. Leonidas
Hubbard, Jr., who has been exploring
in Labrador, and for whose safety fears
were entertained, today reported her
successful completion of the expedition.
The following telegra m, signed by her
and dated yesterday at Chate au Bay,
Que., was received today by Herbert
Bridgeman of Brooklyn:
"Successful. Will return home by
steamer King Edward."
FROM MIKADO TO PRESIDENT.
Tokio, Nov. 9.Lloyd C. Griscom, the
American minister, had a farewell audi
ence with the emperor today, who asked
him to convey his thanks to President
Roosevelt for his care of Japanese in
terests in Russia thruout the late war.
ISRAEL W. DURHAM,
TO SAN DOMINGO
Uprising Is Threatened New
York Capital Said to Back
Washington, Nov. 9.A revolution
ary movement has developed in San
Domingo and an uprising is threatened.
News to this effect reached the govern
ment here yesterday.
News of this uprising, the first since
Morales installed American customs col
lectors at the island ports, came to the
state department from one of its repre
sentatives in San Domingo. There is a
lack of details, the statement being
merely that an uprising has occurred
at Mocoris,* directed against the admin
istration of President Morales.
Says Everything Is Quiet.
While advices from Colonel Colton,
who is chief of government agents in
San Domingo, say everything is per
fectly quiet," ships have been hurri ed
to the scene of the threatened trouble.
The navy department has been ad
vised by cablegram that the cruiser
Denver left GuantanamAyesterday for
San Pedro Maroons, San Domingo."Bear
Admiral Bradford also sailed yesterday
with his flagship, the cruiser' Olympia,
from Guantanamo for San Domingo
Nothing is known definitely as to the
cause of th is outbreak, but it is said
here that the leaders have been financed
by New York parties with the purpose
of stirri ng up strife just at a season to
influence adversely action in the United
States senate oh the pending Santo
Domin go treaty.
OT/ABI SWEPT BY TYPHOON.
Guam, Nor. 9.A severe typhoon, accompa
nied by a deluge of mill, took place here yes
terday. The damage done to property Is con
siderable, but its extent is unknown. The towns
of Agana and Pitt were inundated. No lives
THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, 1905.
BOY'S DEATH PUTS
BAN ON FOOTBALL
Illinois Highschool Authorities
Special to The Journal.
Alton, 111., Nov. 9.The Alton board
of education has placed a ban on foot
ball in consequence of the death of
Bight Tackle James Squires of the
Alton high school Bugby team from in
juries he sustained in a game with the
East St. Louis high school two weeks
ago. Superintendent Haight aaytf .there
will be- no mo re ^football"in the Alton
school, -and- the S team, has been dis
banded. "$fce&<siir# the victim of
the\ game waS TwJI^'^OTerdays.
Captain & 2& .:Ena*,of the Alton
team, whose eolMrbdne -was broken in
the *sajne game.
PARTY BOSSES, DEMOCRATIC ANJ3JSEPUBLICAN, DEPOSED AT THE POLLS
B. B. ODELL,
Republican, New York.
Massacre, Mutiny and Torch
At the Gate of St Petersburg
was at the funeral,
swathed in Dandages.
Eev. A. Scarrit, who officiated at
the funeral, condemned the Bugby game
as being similar to the Spanish bull
fight in point of brutality, and char
acterized as a national error the public
sentiment that would tolerate a con
tinuance of the Bugby game in schools
LAKE RECORDS BROKEN
33,000,000 Tons of Iron Ore Shipped
from Upper Ports.
Journal Special Service.
New York, Nov. 9.Preliminary fig
ures indicate that 4,000,000 tons of iron
ore were shipped from the upper lake
ports in the month of Octobr, bringing
the total for the season beyond 29,500,000.
Shipments this month are expected to
bring the total for the year to 33,000,000,
which will exceed any previous yearly
record by about 5,000,000 tons.
^JWp^^^f^piSi|S-j' ..J 'KS?^:g^Sf RJfli^!^^^ FAIR AND SLIQHTLt WAEMBB TONIGHT AND TODAY,
SO CZAR MAY
Russian Capital Alarmed Over
News of Uprising in Chief
St. Petersburg, Nov. 9.It is report
ed that a massa/re occurred at Kron
stadt, the seaport of this city, last
night, and that the infantry, using ma
chine guns, fired on the people. The
city is reported to be in flames. Tele-
communication with St. Peters
is interrupted, but the telegraph
ttaes are working.
A force of Uhlan cavalry sent to
Cronstadt from Peterhof j-.reported to
have joined the insurgents. I is also
Tfettorted that the artillery men- of thi?
fortress have joined the insurgents.
Intense excitement" prevails here,
owing to the alarming news from Kron
stadt. Accordi ng to the reports, a
-mutiny of the sailors occurred in the
night and was followed by a regul ar
battle with the troops, in whi ch ma
chine guns were used. The workmen
sided with the sailors and hundreds
were killed, or wounded. Later the
torch was used and the town is now in
I is reported that the glare of the
fire can be seen from the windows of
the emperor's palace at Peterhof.
The inhabitants of Kronstadt are in a
panic. The boats to St. Petersburg
have stopped running and telephone
and telegraph communications have been
severed. I is impossible now to verify
the repor ts or secure details of the
Trepoff I Deposed.
Both Count Witte and the empero^
have made another surrender. .General
Trepoff has been removed from the pow-
Continued on 2d Page, 3d Column.
DEALT TO BOSS RULE,
TO BLOCK HEARST CONTEST
CHARLES F. MURPHY, PATRICK H. McOARREN. ARTHUR P. GORMAK,
Tammany, New York. Democrat, Brooklyn. Democrat, Maryland.
IN FIRST MOVE
Democratic Official Refuses
Accept Ballot Boxes from
Blocked by a Democrat.
Filled with Wagons
Guarded by Police and by
New York, Nov. 9.Aided by an ar
ray of legal talent in whi ch are law
yers of great prominence, not only as
"masters of their profession, but also
as leade rs in more than one movement
for good government in th is city, Wil
liam E Hearst has begun his fight in
the cour ts for the mayoralty which he
believes he won in Tuesday's" election.
Hi s. first step has created a situation
apparently without precedent. Last
night he obtained an order from Justice
Gaynor of the supre me court',, directing
the police *o turn oyer all. ballotboxes
to the board of elections at 'once. The
police obefed tha order far afi they
could, but when they proceeded' in the
after-midnight hours to the electicii
board's office, there was no one there
to take custo dy of the boxes, and the
policemen were compelled to remain
the street for hours 'guarding the re
positories of the people's votes.
Later John Voorhis, president of
the board* declined to accept responsi
bility in the matter, pending advice
from the corporation counsel.
Mr. Voorhis ra a democrat and when
his decision was made known, the
Hearst men turned to Charles W Page,
a republican member of the board, but
he also declined to act, and then the
police were left in the strange position
of trying to carry out the court's or
ders, but unable to do so.
President Voorhis said that even if
the legal decision should be that his
board mu st receive the ballot boxes,
would have them sent under police
uard to some storage place other than
is office, which was too small for the
The street in the vicinity of the elec
tion board offices presented a strange
sight, and hundreds of policemen stood
on guard around the patrol wagons ana
other vehicles in whi ch the boxes had.
been conveyed from the various pre
cinct station houses.
Hearst Hears of Plot.
Mr. Hearst's order was obtained
from Justice Gaynor after the circu
lation of a story that a printing firm
had been turning out large numbers
of facsimiles of tho official ballot and
that these were to be marked for Mc
Clellan and placed in the ballot boxes
in place of Hearst ballots to be re
moved. The moment this rumor reached
the Hearst headquarters it was decided
that the ballots oug ht not to remain
longer in the stati on houses, and the
application to Justice Gaynor was
made as quick ly /as the papers could be
Ivins Helping Hearst.
Among the attorneys aiding Mr.
Hearst is William Ivins, the republican
candidate for mayor in Tuesday's elec
tion. r. Ivins volunteered his serv
ices to Mr. Hearst and the offer was ac
cepted. Another attorney acting for
Mr. Hearst is Judge John Dillon, who
was at one time ,iudge of the supreme
court of Iowa.
Took Charge of Boxes.
A noon Police Inspector Max Scmit
berger took charge of the ballot ox
wagons in Manhattan, and said that
things will remain? as they are until the
corporation counsel gives his decision.
A representative of the Municipal
Ownership league watching the arrival
of the wagons reported to President
Voorheees that two boxes protruded
from th^ bank of a wagon with their
covers unsealed. said these boxes
had come from the eighteenth assembly,
district of which Charles Murphy is the
leader. ask ed that the boxes be
sealed, but r. Voorhees replied that be
did not have the power to do this.
PalSffr Helps McClellan.
Mayor George McClellan an
nounced today that to protect his inter
ests in the proceedings brought by W
E Hearst contestiLjg the mayoralty
election he had retained legal counsel.
has employed the law firm of Park
er, Sheeh an and Hatch, of whi ch Judge
Alton B. Parker is the head, and the
firm of Dykman & Carr. The first
named firm is of Manhattan, and the
5= Second of Brooklyn. The mayor saw
that he did not expect to be directly in
volved in any legal action.
Jerome I Aiding.
Distri ct Attorney Jerome's first offi
cial act after his re-election was to be
gin a tho ro inquiry into the charg es of
fraud made by representatives of W
E Hearst. After spending the entire
Uontinuea on M. rage, n Column.
Gets the. most advertising be
cause it gives the best
16 PAGESFIVE &CLOCK.im
KNELL OF BOSSES
IN YOTE AT POLLS
Tuesday's Election Upheaval as
Much a Social Protest as
In Cities and States the People
Rose to Drive Out Political-J-"5-.'
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Nov. 9.Walter Wellman, in
a Washington special to the Record
Most public men who comment on th
elections ascribe Tuesday's upheaval to
popular discontent with bossism, with
insurance frauds, with corrupt combina
tions between political leaders and the
manipulators of franchises and eerpora
tions. I was almost as much a social
protest as a political revolution. Of
itself, if Carries no decisive word as to
the future of parties-'
^The republicans missed 9HSL flpportu
nity in New York city such as they are
ot likely tfrvhave again in a genera
tion. But for treachery in the republi
can machine, and the fear, among ths
better class of republicans that Hearst
might win, Ivins could have beea
The republicans meet with disaster
not unmixed with good in Ohio, they
hold their wn in Massachusetts and
Illinois, New Jersey and Ehode Island.
The democrats ga in a doubtful victory
in New York city and suffer a marked
rebuff in Maryland. So the honors are
Uprising Against Bosses.
The first thing that strikes everyone
is the magnitude of the popular upris
ing against bosses. I New York city
Boss Murphy is practically dethroned.
Even if Tammany saves the mayoralty,
which is to be fought out in the courts,
it has lost the most of its power. I
has lost control of the aldermen and the
boa rd of estimates. The tiger's claws
are clipped and well clipped, for he is
a very dirty, ravenous beast. If Mayor
McClellan retains his office, his friends
predict he will do as Weaver did in
Philadelphiathrow the machine over
and serve thje people. Boss Murphy and
Boss Odell are both repudiated in New
I Philadelphia the cause of decent
government has won a notable triumph.
Boss Durham is crushed so completely
he an never recover his clutch upon the
Boss Gorman Beaten.
I Maryland Boss Gorman is beaten
and discredited, and his unworthy po
litical scheme to disfranchise the ne
groes, of the state is repudiated. Gor
man is still a senat or and at the head
of a remnant of the democratic party,
but the other senator, r. Eayirer, and
the governor, Mr. Warfield, are against
him. I is believed Tuesday's election
marks the beginning' of the end of Boss
Gorman and his local lieutenan t, Boss
I Cincinna tiiT3c *Boss Cox is down at
last, after a rei gn almost unparalleled
in the history of American cities.
New National Issues. *c
Government ownersh ip of railways"
and telegraphs, municipal control of
public utilities and a general opposi
tion to corporation manipulation of con
gress, of legislature and of city gov
ernments. All this, in the opinion of
many observers here, is foreshadowed
by Tuesday's elections for the demo
cratic issue in the presidential compaign
in 1908. Democrats as a rule feel en
couraged over the national outlook for
their party. On the other hand, repub
licans do not admit that they are dis
couraged, despite the party reverse in
Said by "Hod" Taylor. -gx-'M
Assistant Secretary Taylor of the
treasury said that in his opinion the
election in New York and the Chicago
election last year make it certa in that
in the next presidential campaign the
democra ts will nominate candidates on
a public ownership and antitrust plat
form. I Chicago last year the mayor
was elected on that issue exclusively,
and the big vote in New York for
Hearst Tuesday shows the democratic
trend toward municipal ownership and
antitrust as their platform for the. fu
"This is an off year," remarked Mr.
Taylor,"and in such years the people
go on the rampage and work off all
their grudges. The results of Tuesday
are healthy signs of a crusade against
graft and corruption in office. I is a
protest against machine rul e.
The people are getting independent and
tired of political bosses. I do ot think
the result forebodes disaster to the re
publican party, but will tend to purify
the party and strengthen it. 1908
the party will be in line to win the
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