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taken possession, with a woman. '
"-Sept. 2, we learned, the remain
ing $14 of a month's rent was paid by
the man. From that day neither the
man nor the woman was seen to go
in or come out! --..
"For four days we" watched that
apartment. ' I couldn't wait any
"Then it was that I decided to take
"I hadn't any right to do Avhat I
Hans Schmidt, the Murderer.
did, with no more-to go on than I
had, but the thought of what might
lie behind that locked door in those
silent rooms was too' compelling for
me to resist, and I took step No. 4.
"With a broken hammer r forced
the door. O'Neil and I stepped softly
in. The stillness itself seemed ghast
ly, and we knew in our hearts after
oner glance around, that we had. found
jthe place we were looking for.
"The bed in the bedroom was bare
of mattress and pillows. In the clos
ets were hanging suits of men's
clothes and' a lot of woman's attire.
Two trunks were filled with a wo
"The place had been washed and
cleaned, but we found four bars of
soap still bloody, stained rags and a
blood-stained scrubbing brush.
"Here was the place where a wo
man had been killed and cut up!
"We must find who she was, and
who had murdered her. We came up
on a letter addressed to Anna Aumul
ler, care of St. Boniface church. We
thought at once of the "A" on the
pillowcase. We found in the trunks.,
underwear which matched the chem
ise in which one piece of the body
was found. We found part of the
copy of the New York paper in which
another part of the body had been
"In the bathroom we found the
saw, the butcher knife and wire like
that with which the bundles had been
tied. But what counted most of all
was the letter addressed to Anna Au- .
muller, care of. St. Boniface church.
"Hans Schmidt had rented the
apartment. Beyond a shadow of a
doubt Hans Schmidt was the mur
derer. "Was 'Hans Schmidt' a real or an
assumed name? u
"If the former, were we going to be
able to get any trace of him at St.
Boniface church, Vhere the girl had
evidently been employed?
"Step. No. 5 was to go to St. Boni
face church and have these questions
answered. When we confronted the
pastor, Rev. J. S. Braun, and he told
us Hans Schmidt had assisted in pas
toral duties, our work was almost
done. To put our hands on Schmidt
was all that remained. When we
showed him Anna's picture, and ask
ed him whether he had killed her, he
just crumbled up, and our task was
So, you see how simple it was,
according to Inspector Faurot.
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