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VOLUME XLT. NO. 126.
KANSAS CITY, OCTOBER 14, 1898 . TWELYE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENT&
Year in the City
IT IS TO BE IIEGU.V AT LAWRENCE
SOME GRUEo.lfE EVIDENCE
AX ARM AXD I, SOME DRAINS
AND A 1 OP HAIR.
Testimony ol Ic Zunkel's Pastor Is
Expected ta f Importance
Prosecnti Inks He Host
a Strong: unc Against
LAWRENCE, KAS., Oct. 13. (Special.)
The forearm and hand of a woman will
figure in the preliminary examination of
John J. Kunkel, the suspected wife mur
derer, which begins to-morrow morning.
Dr. Edward Bartow, professor of chemis
try of the University of Kansas, is the
custodian of the gruesome evidence, and
he keeps it in his private laboratory in the
basement ot the main university building.
A dab of human brains and a lock of hair,
shorn from the head of a woman, are said
to be also among the treasures In the chem
ical laboratory of horrors, and in the still
hours of the night, when the vast univer
sity is as quiet as a graveyard, the expert,
whose evidence is expected by the state
materially to assist in convicting Kunkel,
labors. He is trying to discover whether
or not the forearm and brains have traces
of arsenic, and if he succeeds, another
link will be added to the chain of circum
stantial evidence the state has accumu
lated against Kunkel since the day of his
"wife's death, September 27.
Last Saturday the body of Mrs. Kunkel
was exhumed. The left forearm was deft
ly severed at the elbow and glen to Dr.
Bartow. He guards is zealously. Only the
coroner is permitted byjiim to cross the
threshold of his den. Even Chancellor
Snow, of the university, is denied admis
sion, for the expert is determined that in
no way will it be possible for the defense
to impair his testimony by claiming that
others have had access to his laboratory
during his scientific researches.
The professor is a young man, but he Is
experienced. He has been an expert in
several poison cases, and has established
a. reputation that many older professors of
chemistry may well envy. He declined to
discuss the case when seen by a reporter
for The Journal, but his manner Indicated
that he is sure of bis tests, and will give
his evidence in such a convincing way that
the counsel for the defense will not be
able successfully to refute it.
The hearing will be held in the Douglas
county court house. Sam Bishop, county
attorney, Mitchell's law partner, and for
four years a very successful prosecutor of
criminals, trill represent tho state, and
John Q. A. Norton and George J. Barker
will appear for the defense. The examina
tion, it Is expected, will last several days,
as the prosecution has subpoenaed a great
many witnesses. Among them is a Baptist
minister. Kev. Mr. George P. Rogers, for
the past five years pastor of the First Bap
tist church. He was the spiritual adviser
of the late Mrs. Kunkel, and she and jthe
accused attended his church regularly. The
minister performed the marriage ceremony
which made the beautiful Mrs. James Col
lins the wife of Kunkel, and when her
body was laid away he officiated and spoke
feelingly of her life's sad history, and
paid an eloquent tribute to her many
virtues. He had been on an intimate foot
ing with her for years, and the prosecution
believes that If there Is a person in Doug
las county who knows exactly In what
estimation she held her husband he Is that
person. He Is quoted as saying that Kunk
el told him that he expected the authorities
to find traces of poison in his wife's re
mains, as she had committed suicide.
Mr. Rogers denies that he ever had a
conversation with Kunkel of the nature
ftated, and expressed surprise when in
formed that the authorities believed he had.
"Tell me," said tho minister, "where you
heard such an absurd story: I have known
Kunkel for years, but cannot say that I
was well acquainted with him. He is a
very reserved man and is not inclined to
"It is also stated that when I called to
see Mrs. Kunkel during her last illness no
shut the door in my face. That also is not
true. Kunkel desired, I believe, to keep
his house quiet and did not like to have
"I am sure that I know nothlnz about
the case that will be of value or of In
terest. I cannot Imagine why I have been
When Mr. Rogers goes on the stand
rrosecutor 3ishop will inform the reverend
gentleman what is expected of him, and
he confidently expects to secure testimony
that will be of value to the prosecution.
C. "V. Smith, the undertaker who em
balmed the body of Mrs. Kunkel within a
lew nours alter ner aeatn, nas not Deen
subpoenaed, but ho may be brought into
the case before it is concluded. Mr. Smith
declined to discuss the case and said In an
emphatic tone that he would tell all ho
knew when placed on the stand, but would
not utter a syllable before.
Interest in the case ,. revived, now
that the preliminary examination Is to be
he'd and the court room will be crowded
to-morrow with the morbid and curious.
Public sentiment is no longer so pronoun
ced against Kunkel and tho wish ot the
majority of people Is that he may be able
to establish his innocence. Prosecutor
Bishop, however, says he has a strong
case. "Many men," said he, "have been
convicted of crime on less, evidence than
we have against Kunkel, and I have also
known cases when men have been ac
quitted when the evidence was better than
J. B. BLOOR.
UNEARTHED AN ORE CACHE.
Fifty Sacks of Cold nnd Sliver Ore
Found Secreted In a Cave
LEADVILLE, COL.. Oct. 13. While kick
ing about some dirt at tho city dump.
Frank Burkhart unearthed a cave in which
he found some very rich ore exposed.
The officers wero at once notified and
upon Investigation found a cache from
which they extracted fifty sacks of gold
and silver ore.
The stuff had evidently been hidden away
during the last ten days and has been
stolen from different mines, as it was ot
different character. From samples assayed,
the ore is shown to be enormously rich
nnd will probably prove to be worth $110,
000. Haldrman Held "Without nail.
CINCINNATI. O., Oct. 13. W. J. Halde
Tnan nppeared with Attorney Probasco at
the court house shortly before 3 o'clock
and pleaded not guilty on the charge ol
the murder of Senator Richardson. Ho
was refused bail and was taken to JalL
Arkansas Sheriff Arrested.
HOT SPRINGS. ARE. Oct. 13. Sheriff
Xteb Houpt, of this county, has been ar-
rested on an indictment by the grand jury
for embezzlement. His shortage is said to
be $17,000. attributed by his friends to the
failure of Hogaboom's bank in this city
three years ago. in which he lost between
$12,009 and $13,000. and has been unable since
to make it good.
TRAGEDY AT A RACE MEETING
Charles Birncj-, of Snlem, N'el., Fatal
ly Stabbed nt Marysvilie, Kas..
MARYSVILLE, KAS., Oct. 13. (Special.)
A cutting affray took place here this even
ing which may cost Charles Birney, of
Salem, Neb., his life. A two days' race
meeting has been in progress, and has
been pleasant and successful until this cut
ting took place just as the last heat of
the last race was being started. Birney
had a horse in the races, and after run
ning a heat, had the horse in a stall being
rubbed off. Ed Delair threw a bucket of
cold water on the horse, which enraged
Birney. who assaulted Delair, striking him
two or three times. Delair took out his
pocketknife and cut Birney several times
across the bowels and breast, inflicting
wounds which are regarded as fatal.
TROUBLE GROWS WORSE.
Trial of Private Kitchen Postponed
Until Satnrdny for Fear of
LEXINGTON. KY.. Oct. 13. The trial of
Private Kitchen, who killed Private Ed
ward Nygran, Twelfth New Tork, on Sun
day, was postponed until Saturday because
a new outrage had stirred up such a feel
ing that violence was feared. Sergeant
A. McClelland, of the Third Kentucky, was
caught after midnight by a party of
Twelfth New York soldiers and so mis
treated that he may be injured for life.
This aroused bitter indignation against the
New York regiment on the part of the
Kentucky regiment, and It was deemed un
wise to risk an outbreak by proceeding
with the trial of Kitchen.
MRS. SHERMAN CRITICALLY ILL
Wife of the Former Secretary of State
Stricken With Paralysis
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13. Mrs. Sherman,
wife of former Secretary of State John
Sherman, suffered a stroke of paralysis this
morning and now lies at her K street home
In a very critical condition.
As has been her custom for many years,
Mrs. Sherman rose early this morning. A
few minutes afterward, while unattended
in the bathroom, she was stricken with
paralysis and fell to the floor unconscious.
Mr. Sherman, who was in an adjoining
apartment, heard her fall and Immediately
summoned the servants.
Dr. W. W. Johnston and Dr. Frank Hy
att responded to the call for physicians,
and have remained with Mrs. Sherman
during a greater part of the day and even
ing. The stroke has affected her entire
right side, and even in brief periods of
consciousness she is unable to speak. To
night she seemed to be in a slightly im
proved condition. She recovers conscious
ness at times, but has not spoken a word
since she was stricken. At one time to
night she evidently recognized Mr. Sher
man, who had been constantly at her bed
side throughout the day.
Mrs. Sherman's health always has been
exceptionally good and while she is well
advanced in years, her physicians hold out
the hope that she may recover from the
present attack, although they realize that
the chance is small. Only a few days ago
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman returned from Hot
Springs, Va. With the exception of a brief
visit to that point, they have spent the en
tire summer and fall in Washington since
their return from Alaska.
POWERS ARE OBDURATE
Refuse to Accede to the Sultan's Re
quest for Modification of the
ROME, Oct. 13. Great Britain, Russia,
France and Italy have decided to reject
the porte's suggested modifications in the
ultimatum to the Turkish government n
the evacuation of the island of Crete par
ticularly the sultan's "proposal to hold
three fortified places, with garrisons suffi
cient to protect the Mohammedans and to
defend the Ottoman flag.
They are sending an identical note to
this effect to Constantinople, reminding
the sultan that every Turkish soldier
must leave Crete within the time specified
in the ultimatum.
CANEA, ISLAND OF CRETE, Oct. 13.
The Turkish troops are transferring their
baggage and war material to Suda, on
Suda bay. cast of Canea. to be In readiness
ti embark on the steamers which h.-ua
already left Constantinople to repatriate
Mexico's Street Fair.
MEXICO. MO., Oct. 13. (Special.) Ex
Secretary of Agriculture Norman J. Col
man, of St. Louis, addressed the crowd at
the street fair this afternoon. At least
2,000 people were in attendance at the fair
to-day and to-night. The horse show was
held this afternoon and attracted a great
deal of attention. In the baby show, there
were about 100 entries. The fair will con
tinue to-morrow, day and night.
"Weather Men In Session.
OMAHA. NEB.. Oct. 13. Officials In the
service of the United States weather
bureau, representing nearly every state
and territory In the Union, are now In ses
sion in this city. Professor Willis L. Moore,
chief of the bureau, being the presiding
officer. The members sat down to a ban
quet to-night at. the Millard.
Chief Samory Captured.
PARIS. Oct. 13. A dispatch from St.
Louis, Sencgambla. confirms the reported
capture of Chief Samory, all his family
and his chief. Lieutenant Lieutenant
Jacquin personally pursuing and seizing
-amory. This victory concludes the ex
tensive French operations against the chief.
ctt President of Argentina.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13. The following
cablegram has been received at the state
"Buenos Ayres, Oct. 13.
"General Julio A. Roca inaugurated pres
ident to-day. Alcorta remains minister roi
foreign affairs. BUCHANAN."
Bigger Navy for Sweden.
STOCKHOLM. SWEDEN. Oct. 13. The
minister of marine has decided to propose
to the riksdag that a credit of over 20.000.
000 kroner be voted for naval requirements.
These will Include the purchase of three
first-class Ironclads, ammunition, torpedoes
and submarine mines.
Wife of a Governor-Elect Dead.
OMAHA. NEB.. Oct. 13. Mrs. Nancy
Gcer. wife of T. T. Geer, governor-elect of
Oregon, died at the Barker hotel this morn
ing shortly after midnight from heart dis
ease. The deceased was 37 years old.
St. Joseph, Mo., Soldier Bend.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13. John R.
"Watts, Company G. Fourth New York vol
unteers, whose home was at St. Joseph,
Mo., died at the Jefferson hospital to-day.
BRIEF BITS OF JEWS.
Don Carlos, the Spanish pretender. Is
golns to London to raise a loan.
Alexander Evans, vice Eva F. Lyon, re
signed, has been appointed postmaster at
Eden. Payne county. O. T.
R. Krehbiel. for three years principal ot
the Newton high school, and Miss Ther
esa Kinney, wero married last evening.
Miss Ida M. Malmsbury, of St. Louis,
has been appointed kindergarten teacher
at the Sac and Fox Indian school, Okla
homa. The Berlin correspondent of the London
Standard says the difference between Prus
sia and the Vatican has been satisfactorily
settled and Prussia will soon appoint a new
envoy to fcucceed Baron Van Buelow.
GENERAL MILES' PLAN OF CAMPAIGN
ALGER DID NOT APPROVE IT
MILES "WANTED TO OCCUPY THE
ISLE OF PINES.
Official Corrcsiiondence. Shows an Ap
parcnt Conflict Between Miles
and Shatter Testimony Be
fore "War Investiga
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13.-After devoting
the forenoon to hearing the testimony of
Dr. Hoff. chief surgeon of the Third army
corps at Chickamauga, the war Investiga
tion commission gave the remainder of to
day to the reading of papers submitted by
Secretary Alger with his statement con
cerning the conduct of the war.
The documents revealed the fact that
General Miles recommended the occupation
of the Isle of Pines about the time of the
battle of Santiago, and that Secretary Al
ger disapproved the suggestion. It also ap
pears that General Miles recommended
that some point between Santiago and
Porto Rico be taken previous to the be
ginning of either campaign. The corre
spondence also developed the fact that
there was an apparent conflict of authority
between General Miles and General Shatt
er at Tampa before the Santiago campaign
was inaugurated. It also shows that or
ders were Issued by the secretary of war
that in tho event that General Shatter
should be disabled by sickness or other
causes, the command of the troops at San
tiago should devolve upon General Wheel
er, and upon the next In command In case
of the disability of both Shatter and
The commission has summoned Major
Louis L. Leaman, a surgeon of the First
volunteer engineers, to appear before it,
and he is expected to testify at to-morrow's
session. He has recently been quoted
as saying that 200 men had died daily be
cause of the maladministration of the quar
Lieutenant Colonel J. G. Hoff was be
fore the commission at its forenoon
session to-day. He is a regular army offi
cer, and was chief surgeon in the Third
army corps at Chickamauga. He said he
did not consider the camp to have been in
the best sanitary condition, but expressed
the opinion that it was the best it could
be, under the circumstances.
The men were camped somewhat closer
to each other than they should properly
have been, and it had been impossible,
without blasting, to make the sinks as
deep as good sanitation required, owing to
a layer of limestone which lay two or three
feet below the surface of the ground
throughout the camp. Furthermore, it was
impossible to compel men to use the sinks,
and he thought it probable that this diffi
culty had led to injurious results.
Dr. Hoff said that. In the beginning, the
camp was deficient In medical supplies.
There were at this time many cases of
diarrhoea and it had not been possible to
meet all the demands for remedies. The
shortage was due to the fact that it had
been expected the troops would come to
camp well supplied with medicine.
Continuing, Dr. Hoff said the capacity of
the division hospitals was often doubled
and trebled. It sometimes occurred that
there were eight men In tents which were
intended should accommodate six, because
of delay in securing tentage to care for
the Increase of disease, which was unex
pectedly rapid. On one or two occasions,
patients were necessarily placed in beds
made upon the floors, because of a tempor
ary deficiency In cots.
As a rule, the nurses were without train
ing, and this fact occasioned some difficulty
In dealing with typhoid cases, yet he knew
of no specific cases of suffering on this ac
count. He specified the case of a man af
flicted with an infectious disease who had
been compelled to lie in the open air one
night on account of lack of tentage. The
captain was sure that no Injury resulted.
as the weather was pleasant.
Dr. Hoff Faid that the shortage In medi
cal supplies had continued for several
weeks, but there was generally sufficient
to meet the immediate demands. He also
said that some requisitions had been re
turned by the Washington authorities be
cause improperly tilled, and he was under
the Impression that there had been com
plaints of some suffering on this account.
There was considerable delay In securing
flooring for the tents.
"Was there any deprivation on account
1T flAY BE A BIT BOTHERSOME,
of the shortage of tents?" asked Governor
"It was so reported," responded Dr. Hoff.
"Whose fault was it?" was asked.
"Not mine," he replied. "I did all that I
Tho troops of the Third corps were more
closely crowded than they should have
Dr. Connor stated that the governor of
Arkansas had complained of the neglect
of the troops from that state. The witness
replied that the Arkansas troops received
the same medical care and attention that
had been given to other soldiers under like
He knew of no case in which men in the
hospitals had been compelled to He on the
ground, but he thought there were prob
ably cases when sick men had been kept
under flies for several days. He was asked
is it were true that at night there was an
average of only one nurse to each forty
patients in the hospital of the Second di
vision of the Third corps, and he replied
that this could not bo true.
Dr. Connor read an extract from the let
ter of the Arkansas governor saying that
he had made a personal investigation of the
conditions in this hospital and that he had
found "the conditions deplorable simply
disgraceful." He charged that the doctors
in the institution were all Northern men.
unfamiliar with diseases incidental to the
South; that there were cases of fever In
which fever patients had gone without
water for twenty-four hours, and in which
sick men went without attention from a
surgeon or without receiving a dose of med
icine for a week.
Replying, Dr. Hoff said that several
Southern physicians were engaged at the
nospuai. anu tnat ne uia not tmnK u possi
ble that men could have been neglected as
Indicated by the governor's letter. He had
heard of no such cases. He said that, dur
ing the last few weeks of the Second di
vision's hospital's existence, it had been so
overcrowded that it was found necessary
to stop receiving patients then, but that the
congested condition was relieved as soon as
tne falernberg hospital was completed.
REGIMENT TO J3EWEEDED OUT.
Order Issued for Discharge of Ten
nessceans Who Are Not Adapt
ed for Service.
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., Oct. 13. Gen
eral Merriam has received telegraphic
orders prescribing that all enlisted men ot
the Tennessee regiment who, for any .rea
son, are not adapted for service in the
army, may be discharged by the depart
ment commander. All discharges issued
under the order will be honorable dis
charges and the recipients of them will be
sent to their places of enlistment at the
eipense ot the government, and will-receive
all pay and allowances that may be due
them. While the order is a sort ot blanket
order, and Is meant to cover all cases o
unsultability for service. Including those
who are morally undesirable members of
the regiment, it also is specific in provm
ing for the discharge of all Tennesseeans
who are married or who have families de
pending on them, and those who are dis
eased or undersized and immature. The
work of examining the men in order to
carry the order Into effect was begun to
day by Major Field, inspector general of
IT IS MOUNT M'KINLEY.
Mountain Discovered by the Eldridge
Geological Party Had Been
SEATTLE, WASH., Oct. 13. The big
Alaskan mountain which the Eldridge geo
logical survey party claimed to have dis
covered on Its recent trip Into the Sushitna
river country is the mountain discovered
in 1896 by W. A. Dickey, of Seattle and a
young man from Boston named Monks. The
Eldridge discovery simply confirms the re
ports made by Dickey and Monks, who
named t,he mountain "McKinley."
Both men had climbed Mount Ranier and
tried to do the ameuilh. the big mountain
up North. They wcre"-hardly at the top of
the foothills when their glass showed them
to be higher than Mount Ranier. They re
ported that the mountain is over 20.000 fete
high and that it would never be climbed.
Rioting in Morocco.
TANGIER, MOROCCO. Oct. 13.-Serious
disturbances have taken place In Tafilt.
which is one of the great subdivisions of
the empire, and is used as a place of ban
ishment for political offenders. A large
bedy of rioters have captured the uncle of
the sultan, and, according to the latest
advices received, were attempting to seize
the Sheriflan treasure.
Kansas' I. O. O. F. Grand Lodge.
TOPEKA. Oct. 13. (Special.) The grand
lodge of Odd Fellows finished its labors to
day and adjourned. The following officers
were declared elected for the comlnir rear:
Grand master, J. A. Colaw. Chanute; dep
uty grana masier, junn w. lirignt, aopeKa
irrand secretary. D. W. Kent. Tonekn
grand treasurer. L. G. Bcal, Topeka; grand
representative, . m. oienn, irioune.
"Want a Bounty on Flour Exports.
ODESSA. Oct. 13. At a congress of mill
owners here to-day it was decided, owing
to the decline in exports, to petition the
Government to grant export bounties on
flour "similar to those granted In the
United States. France and Germany."
Greene to Report to Lee.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13.-Major General
Francis V. Greene has been ordered to re
port to Major General Fltzhugh Lee. Sev
enth army corps, and will command a di
vision of the army of occupation. General
Greene took part In the battle of Manila.
BUT YOUR UNCLE SAflUEL HAS
FULL CONFESSION OF THE SELF
GOES INTO MINUTE DETAILS
DETECTIVES CORROBORATE HIS
VERSION OF THE AFFAIR.
EVANS IS NOW UNDER ARREST
OFFICERS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE
The Case Practically Closed -So Far as
the Details Are Concerned One
Weak Point In Lowe's Con
fession Looks Darker
for Young Jesse
It looks darker tor Jesse James. Also it
looks darker for Charles Polk, Andy Ryan
and Caleb Stone. The police have wound
about these men a meshwork of evidence
which it may be difficult to impugn. Their
work has been done carefully and in the
most thorough manner. Every particle of
evidence has been corroborated and cor
roborated again. There Is little doubt but
that the men will be indicted for the rob
bery of the Missouri Pacific train south of
Leeds on .September 23.
The missing sixth man is in custody. He,
has been for some time past. No one out
side of a favored few of the officials know
where he. is. Ho is the man who is in pos
session of the booty. The police are after
that. This man will be produced when the
time comes. An attempt to get a confes
sion from him has failed so far. All other
efforts to extract anything from him have
Before the Grand Jury.
The grand jury was engaged all day yes
terday upon the case. Scores ot witnesses
wero brought before the twelve men, and
the inquiry was most complete. The con
fession of W. W. Lowe, the Santa Fe
switchman, who has been in the hands of
the authorities for the past two weeks,
was submitted, and all corroborative evi
dence in the possisslon of the police was
brought forward. Lowe, the confessor,
was kept in a room in the office of the pros
ecuting attorney, and was called upen many
times during the course of the day to
appear before tho jury.
It looks as though the strong alibis of
Jesse James and Andy Ryan would certain
ly be shaken and possibly entirely de
stroyed. The police certainly have more
evidence than has been offered before the
grand jury on the case, and In the light of
occurrences yesterday, sensational develop
ments will certainly appear in the next
few days. The grand jury will probably
finish up the consideration of the case to
day, but will not make a report until to
morrow. Tho police have extracted a confession
from W. W. Lowe. In itself it amounts to
little. The manner of obtaining it deprives
it of much weight. The clues that it fur
nished were valuable. Each one was fol
lowed up and a very complete chain of
evidence established. The authorities have
had ten days to work upon it. They liave
lost no time.
Tho full confession is as follows:
"The following is my true statement of
the train robbery on the Missouri Pacific
railway at Belt junction on September 23,
1S9S, at or about the hour of 10 p. m.:
"The said robbery was planned and ar
ranged for September 21. JS33, but was
postponed on account of rain until Friday
night, September 23, 1SSS. The robbery was
planned by myself, Andy Ryan and Jesse
James, Jr. We three did not want to go
alone, so Jesse James, Jr.. said he had some
WONDERFUL STAYING QUALITIES.
friends, whom he called Charlie and the
old man, and also a large man by the name
"On the night of September 23 I left my
home about 6:50 p. m. and took a Sum
mit street car and rode to the end of the
Troost avenue line, from where I went to
Thirty-fourth and Tracy avenue and met
Jesse James. Jr., and he told me that there
was a buggy hitched in front of the two
little brick houses south of his place, un
occupied. I went there and got the buggy.
I drove around on Troost avenue and then
back on Thirty-fifth street by a little clump
of three or four small trees, and there I
met another rig with a dark horse. They
drove by me and stopped and this man
they called CharUe got out and came over
to me and asked me where was the 'Kid.'
The old man was fixing something on the
right shaft of the buggy that he was afraid
would let go.
"There were four of us then that showed
up the bg man would not get there be
fore S p. V). Jesse James. Jr.. brought the
sack which contained the costumes and
guns. ,Tho costumes consisted of overalls,
old hats, jackets and masks. This big
man came, that made five, and then came
Andy Ryan, which made up the party ot
He Was With Jesse.
"Jesse James, Jr., Andy Ryan and myself
got in the first buggy: Charlie and the old
man, and the big man got In the other
buggy. Then we all drove east on Thirty
fifth street till we came to the rock road
(Indiana avenue Is known as the rock
road), went south on the rock road to a
point close to Brush creek, took the first
road east after crossing Brush creek, for
some distance, then turned into an old
field, turned the buggies around facing the
south and dressed, putting on masks and
"I had on a pair of blue overalls, a check
jacket, white hat and black mask; I had on
a canvas belt with a big brass buckle: on
each side of the buckle were three cart
ridge holders cut off. I cut them off my
self. I had two revolvers stuck in the belt.
I had in the hip pocket of my pants a 3S
caliber revolver belonging to Henry SImms.
I also had a 44-calIber revolver, which I
carried in my hand: belongs to Dick Spaw.
"When we were dressed it was arranged
for the old man to hold the horses. He
said he had no gun. I gave him a little
Colt's revolver. 33 caliber, that shoots a
rim fire cartridge: it was an old style pow
der and ball, with a cartridge cylinder. To
load it you had to knock a pin out and
take the cylinder off. The sight was
knocked off the end of the barrel. This
gun was not returned to me.
"We five went through the weeds to the
railrod track, cat-a-corner. and cut a
wire fence: went north on the Mls-ouri
Pacific track opposite the telegraph office.
Destroyed the Instruments.
"Andy Ryan and Jesse James, Jr., went
over to the telegraph office and took
charge of the operator and destroyed all
communication with Kansas City.
"Myself. Charlie and the big man went
down to capture the train. As the train
came to a stop, with the air applied, and
before the air was released. I shut off the
cock at the forward end of the baggage
car, holding the air set so he could not
release it from the engine. I was then
standing on the left side of the train go
"I crossed over the platform of the bag
gage car to the right hand side and got up
to the engine and drove the engineer and
fireman down to the big man. Charlie
searched them to see If they had any guns.
"I took possession of the cab and blew
the whistle five times, a signal for the flag
man to .protect rear end or train.
"Andy Ryan and Jesse James. Jr.. then
came up with the operator. Charlie was on
the engine with me: the big man. engineer
and fireman and operator went and cut the
baggage car loose from the train. I start
ed the engine and when the cars were sep
arated about ten feet, the air set. I got
down on the cab and shut off the cock at
back end of the tank and 'bled' the car;
that released the brakes on the car.
"I then boarded the engine and pulled
out. We stooped at the whistling post for
wagon crossing. I stayed on the engine
and filled the boiler with water. I got down
-off the-ent,"me and joined thso-narty wjtj
the express messenger on the 'Frisco
Set Off the Dynamite.
"I put a gun to the messenger's head and
told him. ' you, you got a key
to that little safe and I want It.' He said
he had given it to them, meaning the mem
bers of the party who robbed the train.
"This messenger was taking a good look
at one of the men with his mask off; his
attention was directed to it and he made
the messenger about face.
"The dynamite did not go off. I and the
big man got into the car: there are two
doors In the car double doors. The safe
was north of the door on the east side of
the car. Dynamite was laid on top of the
safe; the little safe was placed on top of
the dynamite. I took my pocketknife and
split the fuse. Then I struck a match and
lit it. Jumped out or the tar and then we
thought It was not going to go again, so I
got on the engine.
"They ordered the express messenger to
cut the engine off and then the dynamite
went off and blowed the safe. We went
back to the car and found it all dark and
full of smoke.
"There was a lot of silver dollars In a
pine box. After the explosion it was scat
tered ail over the floor. What was got out
of the safe was put in a sack and carried
away by the big man.
"I suppose the engine was cut off from
the car. I pulled up to the road, crossing
and there we burned up in the firebox of
the engine all the costumes, masks, etc.,
except my overalls and belt. "We then
went to our buggies and left in the same
order we went out in.
"Between the holdup and town I threw
away my overalls and belt. We came on
the rock road to Thirty-fifth street, turned
west and went "to Tracy avenue. There
Jesse James. Jr.. got out and left tne shot
gun and revolvers in the weeds. My 41
was lett there also; that Is the gun that
belongs to Dick Spaw. Jesse said he
would leave It In the weeds or put It in the
cellar of one of the vacant homes.
"The shotgun Jesse had was a double
barrel, breech loader, with hammers, and
the case found in ths buggy belonged ta
this gun. It was a heavy gun.
"We all got back In the buggy and drove
to one block or the end of the Holmes
street line, where Ryan got out. Jesse and
' drove to corner or block east ot stable,
where I got out and took the laprobe and
rubbed tho sweat off the horse.
"I went through a vacant lot cat-a-corner.
About midway or the block I threw
away a handful of SS-callber cartridges. I
came out of the vacant block at the north
west corner through a gate which I found
open, boarded a Holmes street car. got on
front end on right sid- of car. Sat on the
seat racing east. Andy Ryan was on the
car. sitting beside me. We got off the car
at Fourteenth street and Grand avenue
and went to Fourteenth and Main and got
a glass ot beer. We then went up Four
teenth street to Broadway and parted.
Ryan going west on Fourteenth and I
south on Broadway to Sixteenth and
thence west on Sixteenth to my home, ar
riving at home at 11:15 p. m.
"The old man I reter to is about my
height: weight about 130 pounds. From
conversation I Inferred that this old man Is
a relative ot Polk's and lives with Polk
o- near him. The big man known to me
as Evans is described as follows: About
six feet tall, weight 173 to ISO pounds said
to have come from Texas, and Is a rrlend
or Polk's. I understand he is a friend of
Seth Lowe In Crackerneck."
Verified the Confession.
The police went over every Inch of the
ground told of In the conression. They
went over it many times. They verified
everything In it a3 far as possible. The
confessor was taken to Self's livery bam.
He was told to pick out the buggy which
was used. Without hesitation he selected
the right one from among half a dozen.
On the field he took the officers direct to
the patch of weeds where the masks ana
guns were hidden. It was just as he had
described. The masks were there. The
guns were gone.
Lowe told the police much that was not
in the confession. All that lie told was
verified in every particular. He said that
after he had opened the throttle of the en
gine to let it run wild, he jumped to tne
ground. He thought that the express car
had been uncoupled. A piece of the wreck
age struck him on the back. He showed
the bruise. He drove In company with two
officers from the spot that he had de
scribed to the city In thirty-five minutes.
The train was held up at 9:15. In less than
thirty minutes it was over. The men could
have got to the cable ears by 10:40 or 10:43
0 clock. This would have enabled them to
havo been at their horae3 about 11 o'clock.
Lowe and tho officers went to where tho
horses were said to have been hitched near
Jesse James' house. Everything was as
Lowe had described. The minutest state
ment was correct. The cartridges which
Lowe said he had thrown away were found,
as he had described.
Kennedy Knew of It.
While John Kennedy was not In the job,
Lowe states that he knew of It. He said
that Kennedy had said that Jesse James,
was a good man to have In the affair. Ha
declares that it was on Kennedy's recom
mendation that Jesse was taken along.
That is what Lowe said. The robbery
had been planned for weeks before It had
happened, and Lowe said that the meeting
had been held sometimes at his home and
at others at the home of Jesse James. He
also said that the relatives of Jesse, his
mother and grandmother, knew what was
going on. They had inside information as
to when the trains carried money. This
was obtained by Jesse, according to Lowe.
He did not know from whom it was ob
tained, but thought it was from a man la
the employ or the Pacific Express Com
pany. He says they were going Into the train,
robbing business extensively, that they
were going to hold up the Chicago & Alton
at the Blue cut, that they were going to
loot the Union Pacific at Muncte. Kas..
that they had planned to get some ot the
money which th3 Burlington was carrying
to Omaha. The railroads said that they
were carrying all ot their money on day
trains. They knew better: they had made
a good haul. He did not know how much.
They had never been able to get together.
The sixth man had the swag.
"Was Carefully Planned.
Lowe said that the Missouri Pacific hold
up was carefully planned. He himself had
gone over the ground several times. He
and Jesse James had gone over it twice.
Everything was thoroughly gone into.
There was no chance for a failure.
Lowe's confession and its corroboration
by the police form a chain of evidence in
which there is hardly a flaw. And In con
junction with it there is much more that
is pertinent. The value of it before a Jury
remains to bo seen.
The only man who will positively Identify
Jesse James as being in a position which
might bear weight Is George Valee. rear
brakeman of the train upon which Lowo
and Jesse are said to have ridden back to
the city after inspecting the scene of the
robbery. Valee Is very sure ot what he
says. He has known Jesse for years. S. M.
Downer, the conductor, says he is not sure.
He thinks Jesse was one or the robbers.
The telegraph operator at the Pittsburg
& Guir crossing. D. M. Hisey. will not
identify Jesse. He also thinks that It was
he who was one ot the men who destroyed
his Instruments on the night of the hold
up, but Is not sure'
The strongest evidence the only evidence
of any real value against Jesse James. Is
tba confession, and the corroboration
Jesse James has established hl3 where
abouts In a very satisfactory manner up
to 9 o'clock on the night of the holdup.
His witnesses are of a. character that can
not be doubted for a moment. Where was
he berore and arter the time that he has
accounted for? The case resembles in many
particulars that of John Kennedy and his
implication in the murder of Emma Schu
macher. Question of Time.
In each It was a matter of whether a
certain space of time would have been suf
ficient to cover a certain distance. The
police concede that Jesse could have been
at his home at 9 o'clock. They say that
he could easily have made the distance
from his home to the place of the holdup
between that time and when It occurred.
And here Is the only seemingly weak placs
in the confession of Lowe. He says that
the start was jnade from nar Jesse's
house atr.atsnr. 8' "o'clock. Between tfta
hours of S" and 9 o'clock. Jesse-James lhas
every moment of his time accounted for.
It is not family evidence. It Is from dis
interested people. One or the proprietors
or Howard & Hill's drug store, at Thirty
third and Troost. is one ot them. Other3
are equally reputable people.
The note which the police say they round
on the person or Lowe and which Is signed
by Jesse James, contains nothing but the
appointment ot a place or meeting. Jesse
denies that he ever wrote It. It would be
hard to Drove that he did.
Andy Ryan says nothing at all. He rests
easily in his cell In the Jail. He smokes
He smiles. H seems pertectlv satisfied
with tho condition ot affairs. Perhaps he
may not he so satisfied when he learns the
developments of yesterday. Charles Egan.
a 'deputy constable of Justice Krueser"s
court, says he saw Andy at 11 o'clock on
the night of the holdup coming up Four
teenth street toward Penn from Main.
This tallies exactly with the confession.
Lowe said that they stopped at Fourteenth
and Main to get a drink.
Many Witnesses Examined.
The grand Jury yesterday had before it a
score of witnesses. The scene has- shifted
from police headquarters to the jury room.
The work of the police has practically end
ed for the time. They have accumulated
the evidence. It remains for the jury to
judge it. There was an air ot mystery sur
rounding the corridor. A man would slip
in. Then he would slip out. Detectives sat
around and amused themselves by telling
stories'. Chiet Hayes would appear periodi
cally. Inspector Jack Halpin was on the
scene nearly all the time. The Pinkertons
were there. They wore wise looks and
said nothing. .,...
A bag was slipped Into the room. It was
a large bag. stuffed full of something.
When it appeared the sleuths glanced
knowingly at each other. Detective Joe
Keshlear stroked his shin. The rumor got
about that the bag was filled with govern
ment bonds and greenbacks, but It was un
founded. All that It contained was a lot ot
railroad men's clothes, jumpers and over
alls. There were also several false beards,
some slouch hats and a pistol or two. Lowe
said in his confession that they had burned
all ot their disguises in the firebox or tho
engine, but there was a great deal or Im
portance attached to that basr. The Jury
lingered over It for hours. Then it was
slipped out as carefully as It was taken
in. It was locked up in the private safe
of the prosecutor's office, and will be guard
Lowe, the confessor, was cared for with
the utmost attention. When be was not in
the jury room he was locked up In tho
prosecutor's office. But he was taken to the
jury room so often that once he was left
all alone for a moment, and a reporter for
Thi Journal had a talk with him. He Is
a short, stock man. with strength marked
all over him except in his face. This is
weak. It is very weak. A receding chin
and colorless eyes make him unprepossess
ing. He carries his head forward and bent
over his breast. He has a "hang dog" look.
He seems to be conscious that every one
looks upon him with scorn.
The "Confessor" Scared.
He was frightened when he was ap
proached. He had not the semblance of a
bold train robber. He had more the ap
pearance of an informer.
"Who, who are you." he exclaimed, halt
ingly, and with a hoarse trembling voice.
"What do you want?"
"I Just wanted to ask you a few ques
tions," said the reporter.
v "I can't answer any questions." glancing
about helplessly for a way to escape. "They
would kill me it I talked to any one."
"Oh. I don't think that they would do
anything like that. I Just wanted to know
how many or you there were In that hold
up." "I can't tell you." and a look of sullen
determination came into his eyes.
"Oh. yes. you can. How many wera
"Well, there were six of us."
"Who were they?"
He hesitated for a moment, glanced fur
tively around, and then said in a voice that
could barely be heard:
"They know all about It. I told them.
1 signed a confession. Aslc them."
"Was Jesse James with jou and Andy
Ryan?" " ' '
"Yes. all of them, and others." !
"Who were the others?"
"There were" here one of the detectives
came Into the room. took, in the situation,
seized Lowe by the arm and hurried him
The ordeal through which Lowe has gons
must have been something terrible. Ha