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Fi? to Obtain ftea ?w*iti bj Di
Wade Stttitaose *A DiSaa
TO BUILD WAREHOUSES
Fanners Would be Asked to Store at
Least One Fourth of Their Cotton
1b These Warehouses an'l Hold It
Until a Suitable Price Could be
Tbe following' if. the plan, for hold
ing, cotton, pro$os$d by Dr. Wade
Steck ho use at Dji'lon, that caused so
Tcuob discussion at the meeting of
the Farmers' union in Columbia
Thursday night: lev
"There is no ,.shame gr^tejr than
defeat: There is no joy Ijke .victory.
The Southern cotton grower, today iB
covered with the shaimD ,pl defeat
Like tbe union army at Bull Run hp
is in full retreat; panc-stric?en he
has turned his back to the bears and
is hustling to dispose if this crop
under the cost of its production.
"Can we do nothing to stop this
panic of our brother farmers, which
not only threatens this crop, but
points to a few years of depression
which means a lower level of livng
to every man, woman and child in
"The time to prepare for war is
before it begins. We have lost the
best time to prepare lor this emer
gercy, but I suggest the following
"Build warehouses in each South
ern State capable of holding one
fourth of the largest prop we are
likely to produce. My argument ap
plies to South Carolina, but should be
duplicated in each cotton State, and
then combine all tbe cotton ware
house cimpanes into a whole.
"The fanmers should put up the
capital stock to erect the warehous
es, which should be large storage
f houses and built at points where sub
stitution, and reshipping prwilege
can be secured. This would imply
that warehouses would ce built on
ly in towns having more than. one.
railroad, or having w&ter rates and
where ample fire protection can be
provided?the small warehouse can
never pay. Perpetual motion is no
more impossible in physics than iB the
continued exercise of good business
sense in the conduct of warehouses
and in organizing a holding move
ment of cotton farmers.
The warehouseman must be a man
of character. He must be a fair book
keeper. He must be a s'voirn weigher,
capable of adjusting equitably differ
ences as to moisture, damage, etc.,
on cotton. He should take the notes
of farmers wishing to secure loans
on cotton and forward the notes with
warehouse receipts to tie State trust
company organized to handle these
receipts. Such men can be found to
day buying cotton for the leading
exporters. They are a set of capable
men having good, hard, business
It will take around 81,200 per
year to employ such men. Then the
warehouse must keep a night watch
man the year around. It must be
built according to certs.in plans and
specifications and must be equipped
with automatic sprinklers anl have
two sources of water supply. This
water supply must be absolutely suf
ficent to satisfy the most skeptical
insurance inspector. Having all these
requisites it is astonishing how small
the insurance cost. It can be reduced
to 12 cents on $100 valuation for 12
months. The small warehouse can't
afford all this.
"Our normal crop in South Caro
lina is around 1,200,000 bales. One
fourth of this, 300,000 bales, would
need "o be warehoused under my
pinn. i would suggest organizing a
South Carolina Cotton Warehouse
company, with a capital stock of $1,
000,000, divided into shares of $50
eajch and that the farmers be asked
to subscribe for most of this stock. |
That, say 15 warehouses be built at
central points in the State, capable
of storing the 300,000 bales. That a
trust company be organizer to con
duct the loans on cotton, and this
trust /company be located in Colum,
bia, S. C, and its acts to bind the
$1,000,000 capital stock of all the
"We would need a high class bank
er to manage the trust company at
Columbia. He could find In what
money centres he conld place his
warehouse receipts and borrow the
money. With a million dollar asset
to back him he could sell his ware
house notes in most of the money
centre* of the country.
"This plan is not origina?, but is
today employed by warehouses of
this city, I would suggest that we
let alone all the existing warehouses
in the State now being conducted as
private enterprises. There is ample
field for all the warehousing com
panies now in operation and. the sys
tem I recommend.
"The State warehousing companies
should take in all friends of cotton
in the South. They could cooperate
with tbe Farmers' Union and all
other organizations having for their
object better selling of the cotton
crop. The exclusive business of the
warehouse companies would be to
better handle the cotton crop.
"Having the warehouses we would
ask cotton farmers to store at least
one-fourth of crop and sign a con
tract that if he sold before August
MATS CAME SLOWLY
FORTUWE AND CREEPING DEATH
A Miner Pinned in a Sha2 by a More
of Rock and Lived Thirteen Days.
An old assay certificate, found on
the body of j. j. D. Miller, -who died
in the shaft of his mining; claim, 12
milesnorth of Bridgeport, Cal., told
two stories when it was deciphered
in the coroner's office there on Wed
nesday. One slide told of gold in Mil
ler's shaft.. The other bore the pen
ciled record of the man's seven days
imprisonment, ended by death at
noon Friday, October 13.
The body was found last Satur
day with the. left leg pinned against
the side of. the 15-foot shaft by a
mass of ,rcck..j Miller stood upright
with his head thrown back. The
shaft 1b slightly inclined and he must
have seen, the sun, which stood on
the meridian, as he wrote the last
line of his diary.
"Friday, noon?the thirteenth day
The certificate was rolled and had
been replaced -in his pocket book. The
daily record follows:
"October 6?Frank Yparraguierre,
Sweetwater: If helps does not come,
send this message to M. C. Miller,
wife, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and
wire what to do with the body. J.
J. D. Miller."
"This occurred Friday morning,
October 6. It is now Saturday noon.
:'No help yet. Why did this
. "Sunday night?It is cold and
long. God help me. I forgive moth
"Monday?It is noon. Why did
Dick forget? A drink of cold water
would taste good. Am getting very
"Tuesday night?The end is near.
Don't see how Dick can forget me."
"Wednesday night?Guess tonight
will be last; no hope; the end near."
Thursday's record is illegible.
"Friday noon?The thirteenth; no
The "Dick" referred to is Richaru
Barnes,' a teamster on the Yparra
guierre ranch, where the two men
had been employed together. The
body wa? found by Barnes.
Miller came to California a year
ago from Virginia
An unsuccessful attempt wai
made by the authorities to commun
icate with his widow in Harrison
lfith, the following year, he would
forfeit the difference between the
selling price and the minimum price
fixed. I suggest for th's crop we fix
12 cents per pound for minumum
price, and should cotton reach that
price before August 15, eacn holder
Of cotton is at perfect liberty to sell.
Before cotton could sell at 12 cents
next August the world must have
convincing proof that we are going
to make a smaller crop. To convince
the public we must prove by the gov
ernment institute that we have small
er acreage and have used less ferti
"Tc get a few farmers to meet at
each county court house an.l resolve
to cut the acreage and fertilizer hill
is not going to be convincing proof
to cotton spinners. To think such
resolutions will be lived up to is
as vain as the dream of a dreamer
who dreamed he had dreamed some
"I have talked to two or three
good attorneys as to the validity of
a contract a farmer might make
with the warehouse company to hold
his cotton. They think such contract
can be drawn so as to be legal. The
acreage proposition would have to
be worked the same way. If Mr. A
planted 100 acres in cotton in 1911
and, contracts with a warehouseing
company that he will plant only 75
acres in 1912 and provides that in
case he breaks his contract that all
cotton produced on land over and
abuve the 75 acres shall go to the
warehouse company. I think such
[contract could be made valid. If
some strong bank could act as trustee
for us in 1912 and they would say
they had contracts in their vaults
providing for a 25 per cent, reduc
tion in South Carolina that would
' "In conclusion we can rally the
panic-stricken farmers of today and
win a partial victory for 1912. We
can organize so that the present ca
lamity may not happen in the future.
"First, build warehouses to store
fully 3,500,000 bales of cotton in the
South, to be owned largely by cotton
"Second, get legal contracts exe
cuted and properly signed to hold
over any surplus.
"Third, get legal contracts signed
to reduce acreage the following year.
"Fourth, prech in season and out
The French steamer Diolibah sank
at sea Wednesday and twenty-four
persons were drowned. The Diolibah
was towing the French steamer Li
bera for Marseilles when the latter
fouled her, tearing a hole in the
Diolibah's side, causing her to found
More Trouble in Mexico.
At Torreon, Mex., six federals and
one Maderista, were killed and fif
teen federals wounded in a street
fight. The trouble arose over the at
tempt of four Maderista officers to
disarm the Gendarme.
SHOT IM DEAD
Edgar 3 Farrar, Proniorai New (Meats
Attorney, Killed by Tbags.
HAD ROBBED HIS HOME
SHOT HIM DEAD.
When They Were Accosted on the
Street They Fulled Out Pistols and
Shot Farrar Down in the Street?
They Were Run Down, Caught and
At New Orleans, La., Edgar H.
Farrar, Jr., son of the former presi
dent of the American Bar Associar
: tion, was shot and killed at 10 o'clock
Wednesday at the corner of PeniBton
and Magnolia streets, by two- high
Mr. Farrar was on his way to his
office in the Hibernia Bank building
when he, was told by a neighbor that
two men standing on a corner op
posite were probably a pair who had
broken into the Farrar home the day
before. Mr. Farrar started in pursuit
of the men, who drew a revolver and
who shot him. He fell in the streets
The two men started to run and
vere pursued by a crowd of citizens.
Special details of police and mount
ed officers were rushed to the scene
and joined in the chase.
Young Farrar was a graduate 01
the University of Virginia. He was
admitted to the New Orleans bar a
decade or more ago and had prac
ticed his profession in this city con
tinuously ever since, with the excep
tion of a year or two spent in Okla
homa. He was popular In social af
fairs, and had an extensive acquain
tance throughout Tennessee, Ala
bama and other sections of the
Less than two hours after the
shoting Mr. Farrar's assailants had
been captured and had made a con
fession to the police. They are Leon
Cantom alias J. C. Helms, and Luc
ien Canton, brothers, who live in
New Orleans, aged 23 and 21, re
Theopolus Rodgers, a tall, black
negro, proved himself a hero in the
capture of the Canton brothers. He
"gave chase immediately following
the shooting. His legs made it im
possible for the fleeing men to out
distance him, and soon he had Lu
cien Canton, the younger, in his
clutches and held him until the po
lice arrived. Rodgers gave directions
to the officers as to the direction tak
en by Leon Canton, the one who did
the shooting, and he, too, was soon
The prisoners were at once taken
to the office of District Attorney
Adams and the police say both con
fessed to their participation in the
crime and then admitted, under ex
amination, that they had robbed the
Farrar home the day before. Officers
visited the home of the Canton bro
thers and brought to. the police sta
tion all of the articles which had
been stolen from the Farrar home.
Edgar H. Farrar Jr., was 32 year's
of age, and was married about five
months ago. He lived only a few
blocks from where he was shot down
in the 6treet.
Mr. Farrar was a member of the
law firm of which his father is the
senior member, and was one of the
brightest young members of the
HiB father went to the scene of
the shooting and had the body re
moved to his home.
NINETY-NINE FIGHTING SHIPS.
Seventy-five Battleships Sewing At
Anchor at New York.
Ninety-nine fighting ships, groom
ed for the first formal event of the
greatest mobilization in the United
States' naval history, swung at an
chor off New York in the Hudson
river Wednesday morning in a gray
line seven miles long. Only the tor
pedo Darney Timney and the Craven
we. missing from the list of 102
vessels ordered to the mobilization.
The fleet included every battleship
now in commission in the United
States navy, 75 in all, evr -y one in
fighting trim. Early risers, who stood
on the western .edge if Manhattan
along Riverside drive, and those a
cros3 the river in New Jersey, who
gazed from the preciptlous cliffs of
the" lower palissades, saw ship after
ship take form a3 the mir.t lifted.
Iben, at 8 o'clock, the signal flash
ed on the Connecticut and every craft
in the line burst into rainbow col
ors from stem to stern.
Four Killed By Train.
W'hile crossing the Louisville &
Nashville railroad at Huston's Cross
ing, in Bourbon county, Friday after
noon, Miss Lena Hughes, her sister,
Mrs. Barton Harp, and two children,
Ruth and William aged 3 years and
5 months, respectively, were struck
by a fast train and instantly killed.
Ran a Huge Blind Tiger.
J. O. Ross, the negro president of
the Atlanta State Savings Bank has
been arrested on the charge that he
ran a big blind tiger, for the benefit
of his depopitors, in connection with
the bank, and that the list of his
depositors has increased marvellous
ly lately for that .cause.
1, S. C, SATURDAY, NOVE&
HOLD ANNUAL MEETING IN CO
LUMBIA ON WEDNESDAY.
Matters of Importance Discussed by
the Members?James Henry Rice
The annual meeting of the Audu
bon Society of South Carolina was
held in the Loan and Exchange baak
building Wednesday. There were
300 members represented. M. 0.
Dantzler, -the president of the so
ciety, was unavoidably detained on
account of the serious illness of hie
brother. O. M. Dantzler, sheriff of
Moreover, President Dantzler hav
ing served two full years, now re
tires from the presidency. The so
ciety saw him go with regret, and
passed suitable resolutions, testify
ing to the value of the moral and
active support he has given the
cause of bird protection during his
incumbency. His successor has been
named, but will not be announced
until he is officially notified and has
The society feela that its moral
position is stronger than ever, al
though no gain in membership has
ever been secured on account of the
lack of active field work.
The matter of extending the so
ciety's usefulness by increasing
membership and changing the mode
of securing members was taken un
der advisement and a plan adopted
which will be published in full lat
er. This in the main looks to secur
ing a permanent endownment, so
that the society may become inde
pendent of small annual dues.
One of the main duties devolving
on the society by law is the sugges
tion of suitable legislation. The so
ciety reafirmed its belief in the res
ident hunters' license as the only
practical means of enforcing bird
and game protection, and will ask
the general assembly to reconsider
its action and pass such a license.
Recent events have strengthened
the society's determination to se
cure for the farmers of the State
the protection for their crops and
lands, to which they have always
been entitled, and which they have
never reecived from the general as
For the present there has been no
change in the officers, outside of the
president. James Henry Rice was re
The treasurer's ^eporL' showed a
small balance to the credit of the
society, not counting the money bor
rowed last year, and the return of
v/hich was recommended in a spec
ial message by Gov. Ansel, voted by
the general assembly, but veotoed
by Gov. Blease.
The Audubon society feels content
with results so far, and is ready for
a campaign more active than ever
waged before for the protection of
the birds. The society now enters
vpon the sixth year of its work.
RICHESON FORMALLY INDICTED.
Minister Will Bo Tried for Poisoning
After he had been formally served
at Boston with the Indictment charg
ing him with poisoning his former
sweetheart, Avis Linnell, the Rev.
Clarence V. T. RIcheson was visited
in the Charles, street jail late Wed
nesday by Attorney John L. Lee, of
Lynchburg, Va., a criminal lawyer
prominent in the South, who proDa.
bly will direct the accused minister's
fight for acquittal.
?Mr. Lee arrived Wednesday hut he
took up Immediately the work of pre
paring the defence and conferred at
length with former Judge James R.
Dunbar, his son, Phillips R. Dunbar,
and Congressmen Robert O'Harris,
who have been retained in Mr. Rich
Reports that the- family of Miss
of the accused, had decided to dis
continue financial support to the
the minister's defence, were scouted
by Attorney Dunbar, who was re
tained by Moses Grant Edmands, fa
ther of the young woman. Mr. Diin
bar said: "Any statement that Mr.
Edmands has ceased to have faith
in Mr. Richeson is absolutely false.
Mr. Edmands still retains absolute
confidence In the integrity and in
nocence of Mr. Richeson."
CHOCKED BIG LINER'S PUMPS.
Had to Come to a Full Stop Out in
A remarkable experience on the
voyage from London to Halifax was
reported Friday by Captain Cham
Ik.'f, of the Furness liner Durango,
While in mid-ocean the big liner
came to a full stop, the circulating
pumps failed to work and for a time
the crew were unable to account for
the trouble. When the interior of the
circulating feed pipe was examined
it was found to be chocked with a
mass nf fish. After the fish were re
moved the Durango proceeded at her
usual speed. The vessel has passed
through a school of fish ai<d many of
them were drawn into the feed pipe
by the suction of the pumps. The
fish taken from the passage were long
and thin and of a kind unknown to
Ten Rioters Killed.
Ten election rioters were killed at
San Pedro Soula, Honduras, Sunday
in a clash with government troops,
according to Information brought to
Mobile by Capt. Wallas, of the Nor
wegian steamer Strangnella. <
IBER, 4, 1911.
Farnwrs Consider Plan ti Relieve tbe
Cottea Harket Sitnatico
MUCH INTEREST SHOWN
Committees From StAte Farmers's
Union Will Consider Cotton Hold
ing Facilities To Publish Names of
Oofcito* for Higher Price.
Those Who Give Pledge to Hold
"Farmers' Union Day" was opened
Thursday morning by ?. meeting of
the executive (committee of the State
union in the office of the State secre
tary, Mr. J. Whitner Reid, in the
Hook building, at 9 o'clock. A meet
ing of the warehouse committee will
be held Thursday evening in the of
fice of the secretary at 7 o'clock, and
the day will be climaxed by the gen
eral open meeting of the union
Thursday evening at 8 o'clock in the
Rlchland county court house, on
All the members of the committee
were present at the meeting Thurs
day morning, which opened about 9
o'clock. President E. W. Dabbs of
Sumter Is a member ex officio, as also
if Mr. Reid, the secretary. The oth
er members rre Messrs. H. T. Morri
son McClellanville, Douglass Mcln
tyre of Marion and A. D. Hudson of
Newberry. It was stated at the con
clusion of the meeting that only rou
tine matters had been transacted, and
that nothing of especial interest to
the general public had taken place.
A meeting.of the warehouse com
mittee was to have been held Thurs
til the evening. This commltte is
composed of seven members, from
the different congressional districts of
the State and has a supervision over
the Farmers' Union Warehouse Com
pany of South Carolina, recently com
missioned by the secretary of state
with a present cacital of $200.000.
Stock subscriptions are being solicit
ed for this scheme for cotton storage,
from members of the union through
out the State, the first installment of
which, 30 per cent, is due on Decem
ber 1. ,
The committee will look into the
situation generally to find what pro
gress has been made, and what fur
ther steps are to-be taken, etc. The
members are, in the order of their
districts: Messrs. H. T. Morrison, Mc
Clellanville, chairman; Alfred Aid
rich, Barnwel); B. Harris, Pendleton;
B. F. Keller, Spartanburg; J. B. O'
Neal Hallo way, Newberry; W. H. Cur
ry, Rhems, and W. A. Stuckey, Bish
.The meeting Thursday night was
well attended and there were a num
ber of interesting plans proposed to
help the farmers in their fight to se
cure a fair price for cotton. Dr. Wade
Stackhouse of Dillon read his plan
for relieving the situation. The plan
was immediately adopted, but after
disc ssion a number of features of
the plan elsewhere in this paper. One
plan submitted to the conference
was to organize the landlords'and
thereby keep the price of cotton up.
Mr. Clinkscales proposed that
pledgeB be secured frm the cotton
growers In the various counties of
the State to hold their cotton and
that the acreage be reduced. He pro
posed to have a report of the names
of those who promised to hold cotton
made daily in the papers of the State.
He was of the opinion that if the
farmers will stick together the situ
ation will be much better within ten
days. Mr. Clinkscales was very en
thusiastic and urged more confidence
am ng the planters.
In submiMi- - Ms plan Dr. Stack
house salt he had seen the sugges
tion thai ^n'- farmer be asked to
sign an affidavit that if 75 percent,
of the farmers agreed to reduce 25
per cent, that his pledge would be
come binding. This would put a pre
mium on lying and surely none of us
would like to see such a strain put
on our farmers next year. The con
tract plan is the only solution I can
&ee. Of course the contracts could be
drawn so they would not be binding
unless a given per cent, of farmers
"But some one croaks that your
plan is as weak as the plan of the
mice when they agreed to bell the
"I will say the American Federa
tion of Labor is a gigantic organiza
tion: but who quesitons they have
great power. They contend for \ 1 ?w
cents to be added to a day's .?ork.
Southernmen producing cotton snre
ly have a^. good fighting qualities as
organized labor in tbe North. While
they are fighting for a fow thousand
dollars in wages, we cotton farmers
are fighting for the greater money
prize on earth losing this year about
$300,000,000 by our slothful neglect
"The brickmasons of Naw York
city meet and organize and agree
that a certain price per day shall bei
charged to lay brick. Some one that j
does not want to join the union tries'
to cut the price. They call him a
'scab,' and make it so uncomfortable
that it is best to charge union prices
or move on to some other country.
"We will have some stabs among
our farmers, but they will be an ex
ception, and soon public sentiment
will become so strong that if they
don't join the procession they will be
as cordially hated as was a deserter
in the War Between the States." Dr.
Stackhouse's plan is published in
this issue if this paper. Read it. <
TRIBUTE TO WOHN
THE MONUMENT TO BE UNVEIL
ED ON DECEMBER 14.
Joseph W. Barnwell of Charleston
Selected by Commission as Prin
cipal Speikcr?Exercises at Noon.
The commission having la charge
the erection of a monument to the
South Carolina women of the Con
federacy meeting in Columbia Wed
nesday decided upon December 14
a? the date for unveiling the monu
ment. The exercises will begin at
noon. The hronzes will arrive in Co
lumbia during the latter part of
Gen. C. Irvine Walker of Charles
Ion, chairman of the commission,
will open the ceremonies incideat to
unveiling with an address. The
principal speaker for the exercises
will be Joseph W. Barnwell of
Charleston. He will be introduced
by Gen. Walker and during his ad
dress the monument will be unveil
Following the address by Mr.
Barnwell, Gen. Walker will turn
the monument over to the Confed
erate daughters and sons of South
A solid bronze railing will be
placed around the base of the mon
ument. This railing will be two feet
high. The railing will have several
panels of special design, including
one of the Palmetto tree.
The monument will be located on
the south side of the State house.
All detailed arrangements for the
ceremonies were perfected by the
commission Wednesday. It was de
cided to erect a large ttage near
the monument. On the stage will be
seated only veterans and daughters
of veterans. Each camp of veterans,
sons and daughters, will be invited
to send two representatives each to
take places on the stage. The gener
al officers of the United Confederate
Veterans, aons and daughters will
also be invited on the stage.
The commission will endeavor to
make arrangements with the rail
roads of the State to run trains to
bring' people from all sections of
South Carolina to Columbia for the
exorcises at noon.
The members ofi the commission
are Gen. C. Irvine Walker, Charles
ton, chairman; Col. Thomas J.
Moore, ISpartanburg; Col. C. A.
Reed, Anderson; Capt. John G.
Richards, Jr., Liberty Hill; Capt.
Wm. E. Gonzales, Columbia.
DEMOCRATIC VICTORY TUESDAY.
Governor Dix Confident That, the Par
ty Will Win Next Week.
Predicting that the Lemocrats will
win a decided victory at the polls
next Tuesday, Governor Dix, of New
York, in a statement Wednesday ap
peals to Democrats to support all
the Democratic nominees as "Demo
crat success now means continued
progress, efficiency and honesty in
the administration." His statement
"The splendid record made by the
Democrat House of Representatives
at Washington has won the confi
dence of the country, while the Re
publican party cannot escape respon
sibility for the deplorable industrial
and economic conditions under which
the people of the Unted States are
now suffering. Republican executive
and administrative policy have pro
duced the very general and deep un
rest and dissatisfaction in business
circles which have caused great hard
ship among the people and generated
an industrial and financial depression
that has curtailed opportunities for
employments and deprived the farm
er, working man and business man
alike of a adequate and just remun
eration for his energy, toil and in
"President Taft's veto of the triff
bill proves that he is lined up with
the extreme protectionists of his
parly and that he s opposed to any
revision of the traiff in the interest
of producing and consuming classes
of the country."
BANDITS HOLDS UP TRAIN.
They Fled When a Switch Engine
Was In Sight.
Pock Island passenger train No.
45 was held up and robbed Wednes
day between Bridge Junction and
Ilurlburt, Arkansas. According to
latest advices the bandits escaped af
ter wrecking the express car in an
effort to blow open the safe with
nitro-glycerine. It is said that sev
eral registered packages of unknown
value were obtained from the mail
car. Six masked men beid up the
train. The robbers boarded the train
when it slowed down near Ilurlburt,
1 1 miles from Memphis, intiminated
the engineer with weapon display
forcing him to back his train for sev
The express and mail cars were
detached and hauled ahead short dis
tances. The mail pouches were ran
sacked and seven nitro-glycerine caps
tired into the express car safe. In
the midst of their- pillage the rob
bers were frightened away when a
switch engine searching for the over
due train approached from Hurlburt.
Five Prisoners Break Jail, u
Trapping Jailer Lowe and pining
his wife behind a heavy steel door,
five prisoners made a quick escape
from Glynn county ain at Brunswick,
Ga., Wednesday afternoon,
night not one of them had been
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Nine Deaths in Chicago Aroose Suspic
ion ot Harder Most Fool
WIDOW MAY BE CHARGED
The Deaths Include Two of the Wo
man's Masbands, Several of Her,
Relatives and Intimate Acquaint
ances, All of Whom Died Under
Chicago police Wednesday pur
sued their investigations into the
death of nearly half a scorn of rela
tives and acquaintances of Mrs.
Louise Vermilyia, to make certain;
whether the similar demises consti
tuted only a remarkable series of
coincidences, as Mrs. Vermilyia as
Nine deaths are included in the
list with which Mrs. Vermilyia^
name has been connected, including
two husbands, two stepchildren,
three children and two ropmers at
boarding houses she kept.
Developments Wedhsday, follow
ing the establishment of p?lic sur
veillance at the woman's home,
came from several cities where'-she
had lived. Pending the report of the
toxicologists who are examining
the viscera of the last of ' those
whose deaths have occurred beneath
Mrs. Vermilyia'B roof, the police
have made no arrests. No positive
evidences of crime have been un
covered. - < ' ?
The following facts became
That while Mrs. VermiPiyla has
said one of the deaths roster, Rich
ard T. Smith, a conductor, was on
ly a boarder at her home, a former
roomer asserts the two claimed
previously to have been married,
and that they lived together as man
That while the woman told the
police that she had assisted an un
dertaker at Crystal Lake, a former,
home, in embalming bodies, the un
dertaker there denies that she ever
had any such experience.' She gave
this as a reason why she could dis
cuss the deaths with composure.
That R. N. Bruington, a photo
grapher of Peoria, the brother-in
law of conductor Smith had madelove
to the widow following Smith's death,.
so as to investigate suspicions he
then had about the reason for his
relative's death; that the widow;
had told him part of her matrimon
ial history, which he described to.
give to the coroner.
That Smith died during convul
sions, and after drinking some sub
stance, whether medicine or not J>e
Ing unsettled, but that the doefcof?
gave the cause of death from symp
toms given by the widow as acute
That two conductors who had
worked with Smith on the railroad
told the coroner that Smith had
told them he was living with Mrs.
Vermilyia, though not married to
her, and that he has been threaten
ed with death by another suitor of
the widow, an undertaker
That Bissonette was really en- ?
gaged to be married to Miss Lydia
Rivard, of Kanakakee; this was
shown by Che 'filing to-day of the
polieeman's will, in which Miss
Rivard was named as his fianeee.
Mrs. Vermilpia was a witness to as
certain whether the widow had
shown jealousy of the policeman's
In a talk with the police of Peoria
Bruington said Mrs. Vermilyia 'had
periods of mental depression m
which she waB fond of talking of
death. He said: "She told me it
seemed funny to her that nearly
every one she knew and cared for
died and asked me if I was afraid
A new coincidence developed to
day following the sudden- illness of
Mrs. Vermilyia herself when a sis
ter, living in the house adjoining
Mrs. Mary Bucholze, suddenly be
Mrs. Vermilyia told inquiries to
day she had never studied medicine
nor sought to become a nurse as
had been reported, but that she had
some little knowledge of medicines
that she had acquired to enable her
to aid neighbors and relatives. She
insisted she was innocent.
The deaths being looked in'to
Frederick Bringkamp, first hus
band of Mrs. Vermilyia, died on a
farm near Barrington, 111., after a
Charles Vermilyia, second hus
band, died arter six days' illness of
"gastritis" at Maple Wood, 111.
Florence Bringkamp, four years
old daughter, died at Harrington.
Cora Uringkamp, eight years old
daughter, died at Harrington.
LiUina Bringkamp, a stepdaught
er, 20 years old.
Frank Bringkamp, son, dird of
pneumonia in Chicago.
Richard T. Smith, reported to be
Arthur Uissonette, policeman,
roomer, to whom she was engaged
died of "gastritis" last Thursday.
It was the suddeness of Hisson
ette's death, coupled with the wid
ow's statement that he was addicted
to drink, whereas members of the
police force had known him as aa
abstainer, that prompted the inves
Prof. Walter Haines, prison ex
pert, expects to report by Friday.
The coroner's jury to-day left for
Barrington, 111., a suburb, Mrs.
Vermilyla's former home, to Inves
tigate the deaths that had occurred