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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 19, 1912, Image 10

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TOOK WHOLE TOWN TO
GET WIFE SLAYER
Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 19.
Adam J. Boehler, the wife slayer
who fought the entire police de
partment of Memphis all morn
ing, died at noon from a bullet
fired by Detective Smiddey.
Boehler killed his wife last
night by cutting off her head with
a razor. '
After the murder he fled to a
downtown rooming -house.- A
mob of citizens, bent on lynching,
followed him.
Boehler barricaded himself in
the house, and opened fire n the
crowd outside.
In the first battle, Spalding
Parsons, a-druggist, was shot and
killed by Police Sergeant Brett,
and Patrolman Wooten was shot
and mortally wounded by Boeh
ler Mayor Crump then took per
sonal command of the situation,
and ordered the entire police de
partment to surround the room
ing house, and charge down on it.
This was done. Boehler re
plied with a hail of bullets. Pat
rolman Charles Davis dropped to
theround, mortally wounded.
The police were driven back,
and a council of war was. held.
The result of this was that the
police secured large pieces of
sheet iron and using them as
"shields, again advanced on the
house from all sides.
The roar of battle became
louder. The thundering of. Boeh
ler's repeating riflles and the po
ke revolvers sounded like a min
ature war. Ten thousand -peo
pie had gathered to watch the
conflict.
Under cover of the sheet iron,
Detectives Smiddey and Hurst
climbed to the roof of the roomv
,ing house, and bored holes
through the ceiling of the room
in which Boeliler had taken re
fuge. '
Through the holes they poured
formaldehyde and bromide. The
only result was another hail of
bullets from Boehler.,
Then the detectives enlarged
one of the holes so they coulcf
thrust their revolvers through,
and opened fire. " .
Boehler fell at the twenty
fourth shot He was taken to a
hospital, but died shortly after
his arrival there.
TAFT PARDONS CAPTAIN
OF STEAMER SLOCUM
Washington, Dec. 19. Bent
with his .four score of years, to
which was added the stigma of a
10-year sentence in Sing Sing,
Capt. Wm. JJ Van Schaick, mas
ter of the excursion steamer Gen
eral Sloctim, upon which 1,030
men, women and children were
lost June' 15, 1904, was today
granted a full pardon by Presi
dent Taft. The pardon is effec
tive Dec. 25, and is one of the
president's first Christmas presr
ents.
Mistress (after the quarrel)
Norah, you must stay until I get
another girl.
Norah I intend to. It's only,
roight some wan should tell her,
the kofnd of a woman ye are.
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