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ACCUSED OF CRIME
Fortune Teller Raves in
Court When Held for
By Publishers* Press.
Chicago, Dec. 8.Racing at his ac
cusers and crying "Hang me! Hang
me!" to the ]uclge's questions, Herman
Billek, hypnotist and fortune teller,
was held without bail today on the
char ge of murdering his friend, Martin
Vrzal, the latter wife and their five
children. Mrs. Billek was held as ac
cessory after the fact.
Discovery of poison in the ashei
from a stove in the Vrzal home today
tightened the net of circumstantial evi
dence about Billek. The ashes had
been emptied into an alley where a
chicken was killed while searching the
ash he ap for food. Investigation
proved that it had be en poisoned with
arsenic. The police theory is that the
poison was thrown into the stove by
Billek after the Vrzals' death that it
might not be found in the house. Bil
lek admits that Mrs. Yrzal. the last
of seven members of his family to suc
cumb, wanted him to poison his mother
in Cleveland to get $18,000 the latter
was said to own.
Sent Son for Money.
I have not $10 in the house," Mrs.
Vrzal wrote from Chicago to Billek,
then in Cleveland, in one letter which
has fallen in to the hands of the police.
I am asking you to help me out. You
had better give the old lady poison
now and you can keep yourself out
of it some way. If you ever did love
me you would have done that for me
long ago. I send you a thousand
Jerry Vrzal, aged 17, a Burvivor of
the Vrzal children, says his mother sent
him to Cleveland soon after this letter
was written with an empty valise
which she expected he would have
filled with money at Mrs. Billek's
home, and was very angry when he re
turned penniless, so she made the trip
herself later and was still angrier when
she too returned empty handed.
Billek laughed when he heard this
story and frankly confessed to the po
lice that he had "conned" the Vrzals
for a long time that he might get
money from them, but that he never
planned to kill his mother or anyone
Heard Poisoners Plot.
Police Attorney Comerford is au
thority for the statement that Jerry
Vrzal says he has overhea rd many con
versations between Billek and Mrs.
Vrzal concerning the advisability of
poisoning other members of the Vrzal
Mr s. Billek, who often quarreled with
her husband concerning his relations
with Mrs. Vrzal, says she ate nothing
that he gave her lest there be poison
in it, and her brother, John Dermok,
says his sister often told him she feared
Billek would kill her.
The police declare themselves at a
loss to determine whether to suspect
that Billek finally grew tired of Mrs.
Vrzal and poisoned her, or whether to
believe she toook her own life. One
theory they are working on is that she
killed herself while hypnotized "by
Detectives were sent to Billek's for
mer home in Cleveland today to learn
a ll they can of his past life.
Did you, sleepless one, ever try a dish of GRAPE-
NUTS and CREAM Just before bed-time?
Surely you never did or you wouldn't train with the
IT'S A BAD PRACTICE to load up the stomach with a promis-
cuous variety of rich, indigestible food at night because it "tastes"
STRENGTH WITHOUT BULK is a requirement of an ideal food
for the last bite before going to bed. The food that is concentrated so
that a sufficient amount for all purposes will not distend the stomach
the food that is practically predigested so the organs can, without un-
due effort, absorb it wholly the food that contains the tissue-repair-
ing and energy-making elements from clean field grainsthat con-
tains the Phosphate of Potash which combines, by vital process, with
Albumen to repair the gray matter in brain and nerve centersthat's
TRY A DISH-about four heaping teaspoonfuls with cream or
milk, and a little sugar if desired, eaten slowly before retiring, if
you're hungry, and note how well you sleep and how fresh you feel
injthe morning. 1' t.u I
"There's, a Reason."
WHITE HOUSE SILENT
AFTER STDRER ATTACK
President, However, Is Expected
to Make Vigorous
Special to The Journal.
Washington, Dec. 8.No statement
was forthcoming at the White House
today concerning former Ambassador
Bella my Storer's sensational attack on
President Eoosevelt. I is intimated,
however, that the president will make
a reply to Mr. Storer, and that the
incident will not be considered closed
until both sides to the controversy
have been placed before the public.
I the preside nt makes a reply, it is
expected that it will be in his cus
tomary vigorous style. There are a few
people in the United States who have
engaged in controversies with Mr.
Eoosevelt by correspondence who know
what that means.
Families Are Belated.
Additional interest attaches to the
break between Storer and Piesident
Roosevelt because of the fact that thru
marriage the two families are related.
Mr s. Storer is a sister of the father
of Representative Nicholas Longworth,
who but recently became the presi
dent's son-m-law. For this reason and
because of the close personal intimacy
that existed for years between the
Eoosevelts and the Storers, it has been
regarded as almost incredible that there
could be such a serious breach in their
From sources close to the White
Hou se it is learn ed that the president
has a complete record of ^all his cor
respondence with Mr. and Mrs. Storer,
dating back to the time when Mr.
Roosevelt was govern or of New York.
I is stated also that Mr. Stor er has
made public only a comparative few of
the letters that were exchanged and
that the president has a number of
letters which he received from Mrs.
Storer, or from Mr. Storer, that will
put a very different aspect on the con
troversy when they are published. That
the president will make public all the
letters that have any bearing on the
affair, if he decides to make a state
ment, is taken for granted.
DENIES SHE 'FLEECED' MEN
Mrs. Verrault, "Lave Syndicate" Head,
Refutes All Charges.
By Publishers' Press.
N ew York, Dec. 8Mrs. Blna C. Ver
rault, alias Helen Hamilton, on trial be
fore United States Commissioner Shields
on charges of having used the malls with
fraudulent intent and alleged to be the
head of a love syndicate," took the
stand in her own defense today.
Commissioner Shields took a hand in
the questioning and endeavored to force
Mrs Verrault to admit that her idea in
sending the letters she did to McClelland,
a Philadelphia grocer, and other, was for
the sole purpose of obtaining money from
them, and not with any intention of ful
filling her avowed intention of marrying
the men she is alleged to have courted
The commissioner questioned the
woman closely as to her relations with
McClelland, and as to the declarations
she made about the money and property
she had and the financial standing of
her "brother," who, she said, "injuncted"
her bank funds in Boston,
Mrs Verrault stoutly declared that her
Intention all along was an honest one
and that she as really in search of a
husband who would be good and kind to
her, and not in quest of "suckers," as
has been intimated.
THE MAP SHOWS THE ROUTE TO E FOLLOWED FROM ORTONVILLE, MINN., ON THE WESTERN BOUNDARY OF MINNESOTA TO THE' PACIFIC COAST. FROM
CREDIT CURRENCY NOTE
AS REFORM SOLUTION
J. B. Forgan Explains Commis
sion's Plan to Chicago
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Dec. 8.Before the Bank
ers' club tonight Forgan, presi
dent of the First National bank, dis
cussed the report of the bankers' com
mission on currency reform. This com
mission recently met in Washington
and Mr. Forgan was one of its members.
I appears from the controller 's report
that altho national banks now have
the privilege of issuing their notes se
cured by government bonds to an
amount equal to their capital, they ha vo
only availed themselves of it to the
extent of 62* per cent. The commis
sion proposes adopting the unused 3714
per cent to the issuance of currency on
a new basis.
The commission was divided, he said,
as are bankers and as it public opinion
generally, between a highly taxed
emergencv currency and a low tax
credit currency The former, it in
claimed, would be pull out only when
money becomes scarce and high rates
prevail. I is intended to be issued in
anticipation of a threatened danger.
On the oth er hand, it is claimed for a
low-taxed credit or asset curroncv that
if ample redemption facilities are pro
vided it would adjust itself automatic
ally to the existing demand, preventing
fluctuations in intere st rates and the
recurrence of emergencies. Tt is ob
lected to the emergencv currency that
there is nothing automatically elastic
in it, it being issued onlv when trouble
is imminent and voluntarily retired bys'
the banks as soon as thev can a longe**
afford to use it. I can thus be retired
only by depositing with the government
the money to rede em it when its re
demption is demanded by its holders.
Strives to Compromise.
Mr. Forgan claimed for the low-taxed
adiusts itself exactly to the require
ments of business. The profit banks
find in its circulation is the prime factor
in causing its daily redemption because
each bank in its effort to keep out its
own notes will convert those of all the
other banks into legal reserve money at
the earliest opportunity.
Advocates of both theories being
firmly set in their convictions and the
public at large undoubtedly similarly
divided, the commission devised a plan
that should to some extent meet both
views. They found that by allowing
the banks to issue credit notes bear
ing the more or less moderate tax of
2 per cent to the extent of 40 per
cent of their bond secured circulation,
but not exceeding 25 per cent of their
capital and a further amount in emerg
ency or high ly taxed notes (the tax
being 5 per ceat), to the extent of 12%
per cent of their capital, the banks
could in additi on to their prese nt 62%
per cent of secured notes issue 25 per
cent of credit notes at 2 per cent and
12y2 per cent of emergen cy notes at 5
per cent without adding to their pres
ent privilege as to total issue.
is also provid ed in the commisr
plntha the same reserves must
against credit notes as are
now required against deposits. This
principle was accented because when a
bank pays a check in its own notes it
merely gives out a demand obligation
similar in nature to the deposit obliga
tion, which has been cancelled by the
payment of a check. Another provision
is that the taxes provid ed shall be paid
in to the United States treasury to
constitute a guaranty fund for the re
demption of notes of failed banks and
to pay the expenses of printing and the
cost of redemptio n.
Deposit I Provided.
I is believed that the taxes provid ed
are so far in excess of what can ever
possibly be required that discussion of
them is unnecssary.
That, however, the guaranty fund
may be ample from the beginning, any
bank making application to take out
credit notes for issue must deposit with
the treasury of the United States in
gold an amount equal to 5 per cent
Mr. Forgan emphasized that what
was particularly desired was not mere
expansibility, but elasticity, which he
illustrat ed to mean contracting power.
A elastic currency, he maintained,
must be one which automatically re
duces itself, and this the commission
claims for the credit notes. Credit
currency floats in the channels of com
merce on exactly the same basis as
checks, bank drafts and oth er similar
obligations, and is daily presented
along with these to the clearing house
for redemption. Banks will not pile
up in their vaults non-interest-bearing
notes of their competitors any more
than they will hold over their' checks
or demand obligations of similar kinds
if they can convert them into legal
reserve money each morning thru the
clearing houses. The effect of such
daily redemption is to keep the vol
ume of currency in circulation always
in exa ct proportion to the demands
of commerce, because such of it as is
hot required, instead of accumulating
in the banks and continuing to count
as money, is redeemed and cannot again
count as money until it is again issued.
Whatever amount of its own notes each
out. When the requirements of com
merce are light, each bank will have
on hand a supply of its own circulat
ing notes, counting for nothing at
THE MINNEAjfeLI^ iotRNAr.
bank has on hand unissued counts for stomach trouble whatev elri iU may be,
nothing. They only become a part of unless you have waited too long anrd
the circulating medium when again paid have allowed your disorder to develop
wi^ +i. 1 1 ~J
ROUTE OF THE MILWAUKEE RAILWAYS EXTENSION TO PACIFIC COAST*
Minneapolis Not Robbed,
According to Report to
By W. W. Jermane, Colorado Building,
Washington, D. C.
Washington, Dec. 8.The navy j3e-
partment has received an official report
from Bear Admiral E Craig, com
mandant at League Island navy yard,
Philadelphia, denying that there has
been any theft from the cruiser Min
neapolis. The handso me silyer service
presented to the ship by the city of
that name, as well as all other articles
of value belonging to the ship, he says,
are safely deposited in^the vault of the
general storekeeper at the navy yard.
The. Minneapolis has be en put out of
commission, winch means that only
enough men are kept aboard her to do
police and janitor duty. The silver
service was taken away and put in
stora ge as soon as the ship went out
of commission, and its absence being
noted one day, the story of an alleged
theft was started, and before the
storekeeper or the commandant could,
be communicated with, both being at
that time absent from the yard, wide
pxiblicity was giv en the matter. The
stbry of the theft was published in all
New York, Philadelphia and
Washington" newspapers, as well as in
The case1 had been nut into the hands
of the PhfWrJhrJtfpbH'ce department
before the mistake was discovered.
LONE VOTER ELECTS SELF
Only'l|iln to Scratch Ballot Ssjftures an
Office I France
credit currency that it automatically wsftt,, 1906. by the New York WOMI
Herald Special Cable Service. Copy-
wgrlit 1906 by the Ne Yor Herald.'
Paris, Dec. 8.Among: the distinctions,
of Les Salles, a little town numbering 500
inhabitants the Vat district, is a
voter who has a realizing sense of his
civic duties as well as of how to attain
his own ambitions.
There swere only four voters in Les
Salles when it became necessary to hold
an election for municipal councillors, and
the particular man here spoken of was
the only one who voted. There was no
voting at all on the first day, and when
5-30 pm. as ticked off on the second
and last day, the authorities remarked
that something like a boycott of the
electoral franchise seemed to be prev
alent. The polls by law were closed
at 6 p.m. At fifteen minutes before that
hour a voter arrived and at once cast
a ballot for ten persons, all Of which at
five minutes after six were declared duly
elected by one vote
Nine of these elected by one vote Im
mediately announced their resignation
the tenth declared' he would serve Inci
dentally he was the one who had cast
the lone ballot.
Not From What You Eat, But
From What You Digest.
Most people eat most foods without
discriminationit matters little what
Few stop to think what that food does
for them. This is the first turn on the
road to dyspepsia. Reckless disregard
or the proper choice of foods, rapid
eating and improper mastication, are
the unquestioned causes of all stomach
disorders from the slight ache to the
There is nothing more revolting than
a dyspeptic stomacha very vat for
putrefaction, sendi ng forth its poison
throughout the enti re system, depress
ing the brai n, befouling the breath,
souring the tast e, deadening the mus
cles, incapacitating the liver and kid
neys for their work, debilitating the
heart, choking the lungs and clogging
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All of these disagreeable and danger
ous conditions are due to the improper
digestion of food and the consequent
assimilation of poison. What else can
be expected? I the food lies in the
stomach, if the systtm is constipated,
fermentation is the natural outcome.
I shows itself in sour watery risings,
belchmgs, heartburn and painful breath-
There is only one way to relieve this
condition. I the stomach refuses to
digest your food put something into it
that will. Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets
are nothing but digestives. They are
not a medicine. They work when the
stomach will not.
Bach tablet contains enough pepsin,
diastase, golden seal and other di
gestive elements to reduce 3,000 grains
of ordinar y, food to the proper consist
ency for assimilation into the blood.
Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets are abso
lute ly pur e. There is nothing harmful
in them as shown in their endorsement
by 40,000 physicians in the United
States and Canada.
Ask your family physician his opin
ion of Stuart's Dyspepsia Tablets and
if he is honest toward you he will state
positivel7y that they] will cure your
uliaiU tucy Wi U1 yuu
Act today and beg in to end your suf-.
fen g, A free trial package will be
sentn 0. your address~uponTequest. The"
E IN 5.0.
Cousin of the United States Sena
tor Given Decree on Grounds
Special to The Journal.
Sioux Falls, S D., Dec. 8.In the
circuit court today Alfred I. Dupont,
the millionaire powder manufacturer,
formerly of Wilmington, Del., as
granted a divorce from Bessie G.
Mr. Dupont is vice preside nt of the
Dupont Pqwder company of Delaware.
His attorney was William G. Porter of
this city, assistant United States at
torney for South Dakota.
Mr. Dupont is a cousin of Senator
Dupont, United States senator from
A Lasting and Beaitifal
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month after month.
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are actually worth what we ask.
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RELIABLE PIANO DEALERS
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25-27 BAST SIXTH STREBT.
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Big Sale of Sample Slippers for
Men, Women and Children at one-
quarter and one-third below
Samples in men's 98c leather
soled felt slippers at
Samples in men's $1 25 and AA.
$148 kid slippers at #OG
Men's black all felt slippers with
white fleece insoles, also men's
imitation alligator slippers in
black or tan and men's embroi
dered velvet slippers, all Afl A
at, choice 4*1
Men's Romeos in black or |)E
tan at $1 98, $1 48 and $ I 1 0
Samples in ladies' $1 25 and $1 4S
fur trimmed and kid foxed AA.
Juliets at 9uG
Samples in ladies' 98c fur trimmed
Juliets and warm slip- fin.
pers at, pair U9C
A dozen different styles of ladies'
wa rm slippers, worth 59c ft,-,
and 69c, at, pair 4fG
Children's nice red, green and
black felt slippers with Jft**
leather soles at, pair
If there is one member of the
human system that will pay you
back in full measure for all the in
jury you do it, it is the teeth. Neg
lect is no worse than experiment
Both will hasten the day of bitter
Both wil hasten the day of bitter
Stand by SOZODONT and your
teeth will stand by yotuT
Sunday, DeclnHer Q,
ORTONVILLE TO INNEAPOLIS THE TRAINS WILL CO ME IN OVER THE H. &. D. DIVISION.
SHAH DEAD IS RUMOR
ON TEHRAN STREETS
People Cry "Mort" and Answer
Is Not Forthcoming
New York Herald Special Service.
Tehran, Dec. 8.Owing to the ab
sence of news more than ever there are
rumors that the shah is dead.
I have tried all means to ascertain
the truth, but this is all I can find out:
There was a rally last evening after
the day was passed in a comatose condi
tion This improveme nt was owing to
the tappin g, which gave relief, accom
panied by another iniectioh of camphor
to stimula te the heart. The legations
have no news regarding the suspicion
that leigns that death has taken place.
Altho owing to the non-arrival of the
crown prince, it seems to indicate that
the shah is still alive."
To Fill the
We have been making special preparations
for our Holiday business this year and we
have one of the most superb and brUlknt
arrays of gifts we have ever shown. Your
special attention is called to our showing in
Sterling Silver, Rare Cut Glass, Marble
and Bronze pieces, Ebony pieces, Bric-a
Brac, Chatelaine Watches, Bracelets,
Canes and Umbrellas, Art Pottery, Toilet
Ware, Rings, Brooches, Fobs, etc.
Weld $ Sons Jewelers
521 Nicollet Avenue.
People are going about the streets
crying the word "Mort," meaning the
shah is dead. Personallv, I cannot con
firm if he is dead or alive. If the lat
ter is the case it is only because the
exti-emest methods are being resorted to,
CAT WEARS DIAMONDS
Mrs. Brooks Gives Pet for the Sake of
Journal Special Service.
New York, Dec 8 There is a very
proud cat of aristocratic lineage that
bears the distinction of wearing diamond
earrings. The cat's name is Bonci. and
he is to be raffled off at the fair held by
the Little Mothers' Aid association Sat
urday afternoon at the Waldorf Astoria.'
The cat with the diamond earrings is
a full-blooded maltese without a ma rk OP
hair of white to mar his maltese beauty.
Even his eyes are slate blue in color and
Mrs Anita Comfort Brooks, who is
raffling off her pet, says he is one of the
very nicest cats in New York
Mrs Brooks twelve years ago first
adorned a pet cat with diamond earrings."
Since she has been* a member of the Lit
tle Mothers' Aid association, she has do-*
nated each year a pet cat, earrings and
all, to the good of the cause.
E HAVE made unusually large
preparations for the Holiday
JJ8I Trade, arid can give you better
service than ever before, with prices as
low as the lowest for reliable goods.
Our Diamonds are sold on a very close margin, and you
get our guarantee with every stone.
Diamond Rings from $5.00 to $500.00
Combination Diamond and Emerald, Diamond and
Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire, or
Diamond and Pearl Rings from $25 to $1000
DiSrjaond Necklaces, Pendants, Brooches, Bar Drops,
p- Studs, etc., at lowest prices.
Over WO Beautiful Sterling Silver Toilet and
Manicure Sets front^ $5.00 to $100.00.
Our Calendars for 1907 cametoo late for mailing*, but we^
will present every lady caHiiar Monday witfc one.
A,sk or send for ourl90$-7 Illustrated Catalogue.
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