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THE ARGUS. THUR8DAT. FEBRUARY 28. 1895. '
INTO HIS HEAET.
Albert Braun Sends a Bullet
A VIST EESSATI05AL TRAGEDY.
Becoming; Tire of Life Prompted His
Bash Act Ws m Farmer Seattle, Wlib,
Brewer HU Letters and Deilre to Have
Bis Body Incinerated The bqimi.
Albert Braan committed suicide at
8 o'clock last evening at the resi
dence of Frank Attwater, 1407 Sec
ond avenue, where he had roomed
for the past five months, by sending
a bullet from a 32-calibre revolver
through his heart. In a letter found
on the dresser of his room addressed
to Mr. Attwater, Braun gives as his
reason for his tragical act that he
was tired of life and was com
pelled to destroy himself, which
was done with a free will. He
complained of not feeling well yes
terdav both at his boarding house.
Mrs. ilerkert's, and to Mr. and Mrs.
Attwater, refusing to eat any sup
per. A short time before the trag
edy Braun came down stairs from his
room and conversed with Mr. and
Mrs. Attwater, drinking a bottle of
beer with them. He then returned
to his room, where he had been
scarcely two minutes when the fatal
shot was fired. The report was fol
lowed by a loud groan. Mr. Att
water hastened to Braun's room, the
door of which was closed but un
locked, and was horrified to find him
lying on the bed with a wound over
his heart, from which the blood was
oozing, and a smoking revolver at his
left side. This explained all. He
had done away with himself. Dr. J.
F. Myers was summoned, and upon
examination found that the bullet
bad penetrated the heart, causing in
Planned II U Death.
It now becomes apparent that
Braun had been planning self-destruction
for some time. Mince Sun
day he has lcen confined almost con
stantly to his room, absenting him
self only for meals, writing letters,
about thirty being found on bis
dresser addressed to different friends
in this rity.to bis mother in Germany.
Seattle, Wash., his former home, and
various other places, bidding each a
last farewell, and sending informa
tion of bis suicide. Several letters
are directed to City Attorney J. L.
Haas, who it is supposed is in
structed to attend to his life insur
ance policies and make the necessary
disposition of bis possessions. All
through the arrangements of these
transactions Braun had been cool
and deliberate, manifesting no un.
easiness or worry until last evening,
when he came down stairs for the
last time to chat with Mr. and Mrs.
Attwater. He looked palid and con
fused, and when asked the cause
stated that he had a severe head
ache, which he also complained
of while eating dinner at his
boarding house, telling Mrs. Herkert
that he hardly expected to return at
supper time, and he did not. While
chatting with Mr. and Mrs. Attwater
he said he had a present for their
little son, Frankie, and went to his
room and brought back a small cup
and saucer, which he said had been
given him long ago for a Christman
gift. He immediately returned to
his room to commit the awful
deed which he had so long been plan,
ninjj. Unlike most cases of this na
ture, Braun did not take his life
while in a rage, as was evidenced by
the manner in which he had prepared
himself, and arranged his room,
placing everything in its proper
place before firing the fatal shot.
rearing that the bed coverings
might be soiled with the blood from
the wound he was to inflict, he
spread a lap robe across the bed.
Stripping himself nude to the waist.
he lay lengthwise of the bed on his
back, took the revolver in his left
hand, placed it to his left breast and
sent a 32-calibre bullet piercing
through his heart, expiring without
a struggle in a very few seconds.
A Farewell Letter.
Left on the dresser unsealed, near
the bundle of letters, was one ad
dressed to Mr. Attwater, and read
Ruck Island, Feb. 27, 1895. Dear
Mr. Attwater: I have ended my life
bv mi own free will, being tired of
life. Please notifv proper authori
ties of the steps 1 have taken, and
hand letter addressed to I. U. O. F.
to the proper officials, whose name
you very likely will be able to find
out of Mr. rinneo. he being a mem
ber. Also notifv Dr. Bernhardi.
I leave evervthing of mi effects in
tLis room to you and your wife, ex
cept trunk with contents. I also en
close fl.75 for this week's rental
tiifhest Honors World' Fair.
MOST PERFECT MADE
A Dure Crape Cream of Tartar Powder. Free
Uom Ammonia. Akira or airy oth adulterant.
40 TEARS THE STANDARD.
nil II HI dy
and extra 95, balance of my money.
Remember me to your wife and little
Franky. and also give my last re
gards to family Blanchetts, Lloyds,
Miss Jones and Mr. Pinneo. Excuse
trouble I am compelled to make you.
Tours sincerely. Albert Brack.
The night before the tragedy Braun
made inquiries of Mr. Attwater re
garding the I. O. O. F. officials, being
a member of the order, presumably
desiring the name of the proper au
thorities to notify, giving directions
as to his funeral. Mr. Attwater in
formed him that be did not know
who were at the head of the order,
but referred Brann to Mr. Pinneo.
His desire that Dr. Bernhardi be
notified is probably in regard to life
insurance, as the physician had ex
amined him about two months ago.
when he had his policy in the Uer
mania company renewed. Braun
was SO years of age, and a single
man of considerable means, having
some time ago disposed of his inter
est in a Seattle, Wash., brewery, in
which Otto Huber. of this city, was
also associated with him, for $15,000.
He afterward visited his mother in
Germany, coming to Rock Island
about five months ago and securing a
room at Frank Attwater's house. He
has had no particular business since
here, but has been negotiating for
the purchase of a brewery plant at
La Salle, 111., and was endeavoring to
interest Otto Huber. Mr. Huber
would not associate himself in Mr.
Braun's proposed deal. Mr. Huber
stated this morning that he had not
been on kindly terms with Braun for
about three weeks, but did not ex
plain the cause of their fall out.
Present circumstances reveal no
plausible theory why Braun should
so deliberately take his own life.
He was well educated, of pleasant ad
dress, and had good habits. He
spoke little of his business affairs
even to his most intimate friends.
The letter to Rock Island lodge, 19.
I. O. O. F., contains a membership
card, of Seattle lodge, lu2, with fu
neral instructions, and the necessary
money with which to meet all incur
ring expenses, requesting that his
body be cremated at the Davenport
crematory and the ashes shipped to
Charles Von der Bruck, of New York,
who is to forward them to his folks
in Germany, who are also ordered to
be notified by cablegram by Rock
Island lodge of his suicide. J. L.
Haas is appointed to act with Charles
Von der Bruck. of New York, who is
named as administrator, in the set
tlement of his affairs, his will being
left in charge of Mr. Haas. Heleaves
1 15 with Kock Island lodge, with
which to defray the charges of
cabling relatives and friends in Ger
many, whose addresses are inclosed,
and who were notified this morning
by C. II. Church, of the local lodge.
The postmaster is asked to send all
mail addressed to the deceased to J.
L. Haas. Braun is rumored to be
worth in the neighborhood of 50,-
The Coroner's Inquest.
Coroner llawes began an inquest
last evening, and adjourned until
this morning, when the jury Dr. J.
i . Myers. L.. V. Lckhart, John Shel
lev, William Dunker. George Hetter
and M. A. Gross returned a verdict
The disposition of the remains de
pends upon the news frem relatives.
Meanwhile, they are at Undertaker
It is particularly gratifying to find
that C W. Riley, of the Grand, Dav
enport, intends continuing the fine
class of attractions he has presented
so Tar this season at his theater
Tomorrow night Robert Hilliard, sup
ported bv an unusually fine com'
nanv, will present "Lost 24
Hours." Bob Hilliard, as he is famil
iarly called, has not been seen in
some time, and is assured of a hearty
welcome at the bands 01 theatre
goers. "Lost 24 Hours," in which
Mr. Hilliard is starring this season.
is perhaps the best written and fun
niest comedy ever seen in this vicin
ltv. It fairly sparkles and scmtil
lates with wit and humor and keeps
the audience in a continual roar of
laughter. Coming at this time, it
ill attract a heavy audience of the
masculine contingent. The fair sex
always are liberal patrons of any
plav where Milliard is to De seen.
Several of our clubs have extended
invitations to Bob, and bis engage
ment in Davenport will be a busy
Ludewig Frederichs. of Moline.
was adjudged insane in the county
court vesterdav afternoon, bv Dr. J
F. Mvers. C S. Case. W. S. Nichols.
W. B. Brnner. John McConochie and
Robert Kcnnett. a commission ap
pointed to inquire into bis mental
faculties. Frederichs is 54 years old.
and has been afflicted for some time
with lead poisoning, contracted as a
result of 15 years1 employment in the
painting department 01 the Moline
Wagon company, the disease finally
producing hallucinations, ue was
taken to Jacksonville this morning.
Tbe pook sad gobr.as tbat deliaht
Te 111 with Mm all XL a leal;
Tast ttalk abroad a kideoa dreams
Wfth which drrpensta's fancy teems.
Will nerer trouble with their il!a
Tbe staa who frosts to Pierce s Pills.
Pierce's Pleasant Pellets: Tegcebte, hanaieas,
pa'nleos. rare! Ccnstinatkra, MioasMsa, rick
headicbe,tBdicetioa: ail vanish with their asc
The most dashing line of ladies'
spring capes and cloaks ever shown
in tbe three cities now on sale at tb
Boston Store. Davenport. Sole agents
for the Centemeri kid gloves. None
genuine unless stamped with castle
Read Adams1 new adr.
Leaf lard at Gilmore's.
Fresh fish Weckel Sc. Passig's.
Otto Huber went to Peoria this
Tomorrow is bill day at the city
M. & K. are showing the latest
agonies in hats.
For your fruits and vegetables call
at Weckel & Passig's.
Don't fail to read Jackson & Hurst s
ad. if you have money to invest.
A beautiful line of fancy percale
shirts men's spring styles at M.
Mr. and Mrs. Gorman and daugh
ter, of Perry, Iowa, are visiting rel
The Halleluiah club will give a
dance at Roche's hall, Saturday,
The star shirt waists, the most
perfect fitting ladies' waist made, are
now in at M. dc K's.
All plain paper banging entrusted
to P. J. Lee will be done for 15 cents
per roll 218 Eighteenth street.
Mrs. Kate - Lav elle left yesterday
for Louisville, in response to the sad
news of the death of a niece there.
All plain paper hanging entrusted
to C. A. Johnson will be done for 15
cents per roll 1521 Second avenue.
All plain paper hanging entrusted
to Paridon & Son will be done for 15
cents per roll 419 Seventeenth
All plain paper han?inr entrusted
to F. Druckmiller will be done for 15
cents per roll 310 Seventeenth
All plain papering entrusted to
Rabe. Heitahrends A Lewis will be
hnnz for 15 cents per roll 1807
Rev. F. W. Merrell married Meiers
Erickson and Miss Clara K. Blakely,
of Uevnolds. at the First M. E. par
sonage yesterday afternoon.
Rye flour, 25 cents; rye meal, 23
cents; corn meal, 10 cents; New York
buckwheat, best in the market, 27
cents, at Weckel & Passig's.
The King's Daughters will hold
their monthly meeting at the resi
dence of Mrs. Timothy A. Murphy,
tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Travel over the Rock Island
bridge yesterday footed np: Foot
north, bd3; south, 666; total, 1,319.
Teams north, 484; south, 480; total,
Fine residence lots on Twentieth,
Twenty-first and Twenty-second
streets for sale on easy terms. See
adv. M. M. Sturgeon, attorney at
Magistrate Schroeder dismissed the
Murphy-Bisant assault and battery
case this morning, the prosecuting
witness, Murphy, failing to put in an
Judge Adams wants all adminis
trators, guardians and conservators.
who have not reported within a year.
to report forthwith, or be will have
citations issued against them.
Cards are out announcing the mar
riage of Edward W. Lewis, of Gen-
e?eo, and Miss Mary E. Wood, of South
Heights, at the home of the bride s
parents, Wednesday evening, March 6.
The Sherwood concert in Associa
tion hall tomorrow evening is for the
benefit of the Y. M. C. A. This in
stitution is deserving of a large pat
ronage. Let everybody interested In
it get a ticket and attend.
Michael Cavanaugh, a Coal Valley
miner, indulged to such an extent
last night that he could not navigate
properly, and was arrested by Officer
Carnes and fined $3 and costs this
morning by Magistrate Schroeder.
Justice H. A. Weld performed two
marriages at the countv clerk s omce
tbis afternoon: Will G. Cooler, of
fort Byron, and Miss May Reynolds,
of Coe; and Emery L. Munsell and
Mrs. Eliza Whitten, of Oxford, Iowa.
Assistant to the President Lard-
ner, 01 tbe U. &. K. I. Rv. Co., is in
Chicago attending a meeting of lead.
ing street car managers between St.
Paul and St. Louis, at which action
will probably be taken that will in
sure a fine lot of attractions at the
Watch Tower this summer.
Tomorrow evening J. W. Warr,
the humorist of Moline, will deliver
a lecture before the students of Au
gustana business college, entitled.
The lfc-bit and Credit of Character. "
An excellent musical program will
also be rendered. Exercises begin at
7:30 p. m. and are free. All are cor
dially invited to attend.
There is ample evidence of genuine
interest in tbe coming ol Barnabee,
Karl and MacDonald's Robin Hood
company at the Grand Mondav night.
Last year this organization made a
decided success throughout tbe
country, and this rear it has been
strengthened by its proprietors
wherever and in whatever manner
Geneseo is boiling over at the brim
ith excitement. About thirty of
her prominent citizens, including
several church pillars, were arrested
and carted to Cambridge last week
and gave bonds for their appearance
to answer indictments for gambling.
The mess is said to have been stirred
up primarily by A. H. Mertz, the er
ratic individual who used to try to
f oolish an A. P. A. paper in Rock
sland. Mertz now edits a sort of
crazy-quilt publication in Geneseo,
called the Union People's Mission
Journal, and it was in this that the
article first appeared tbat led to the
crusade. Mem was arrested for
criminal libel and taken to Cam.
bridge. Moline Republican-Journal.
Up To Date.
Every idea about
building a stove to
make it better has
undergone a most
rigid test with the
If it is good it goes.
If it is of no value it
is discarded. That is
why we boldly assert
that Riverside Stoves
and Ranges are up to
date and every one is
sold under an ironclad
guarantee from the
1615-1617 Second Ave.
This and see if you don't
want something in the j
We have facilities for turn
ing out the Finest Line of
Bakery Goods in the three
cities, and when you order
a cake from
KRELL & MATH
You can rest assured tbat
thev will use the very best
materials and guarantee you
a better and finer article than
you could make yourself, and
at a price that will be way
below any price that yon
. could make it for. .
ON PASTRY GOODS
We lead them all, as we use
nothing but the best cream
ery butler, and have large
marble tables for making the
mixtures on and keeping
them in the right shape.
No family cook can tnrn out
pastry unless they have the
tools and tbe know bow.
KBELL &MATH have expert
bakers at this line of trade,
and they can supply you
with anything in the Pastry
ORDER your small Fancy Cakes
and Ice Creams for your par
KRELL. & MATH,
Party Supply House.
1716 and 1718 Second At.
Cake Trimming. Ornaments, Lace
Papers for Cake Stands, Gold and
Silver Leaves, and a full line of Wed
ding Cake Boxes.
The New Spring Styles
IN THE CELEBRATED
STAR SHIRT WAISTS
For Ladies and Boys are now in, to which we
BIGGEST BARGAINS ON EARTH AT
Mclntyre-Reck Dry Goods co.
Sole Agents for Butterick Patterns Also Standard Sewing Machines.
Commenced Your Spring Sewing Yet?
Early purchases way last fall when material and
labor in this country and Europe was at their lowest
ebb enable us to offer yon a handsome assortment of Do
mestic and Imported Wash Goods at much less than
their real value today. It will pay yon to buy now,
even if not ready to make np.
Dimities Dainty and New.
Imported Indian. Egyptian and Calli Dimities, very
handsome and novel.
Fine printed effects, most desirable goods, at 28c;
easily worth 42c.
Especially emphatic will be the fast color, printed
Dimities at 10c, 12 c and 14c, worth np to 22c a yard.
In the newest and most desirable styles at prices
very much below those that will rule later.
The Henri Galland imported solid color Swiss with
colored dots. These are the real goods, and it is
doubtful whether they can be obtained later at any
Swisses, white grounds, with colored dots, regu
lar 38c goods, at 25c.
Fancy colored dotted Swisses, worth S2c to 38c,
at only 25c.
It Pays to Buy the Best
Don't buy a
G. O. HUCKSTAEDT
We close at 6:30 evenings 1 809-1811 Second Avenue.
Mclntyre - Reck Dry Goods Co.
1709 and 1711 Second avenue. Rock Island.
Buck's Steel Ranges
Bakes quicker, bakes more evenly, has
greater capacity, uses less fuel burns
coal or wpod, and lasts longer than
any other style of Cooking Apparatus.
As there are so many imitations
time, patience and money to buy
you have seen a Buck's
A great variety of new Wash Goods for this sale.
Imported English Galatea cloths, SO inches wide,
nothing so nice for dresses or suits.
Fancy Duck for dresses, bought to sell at 12Jc a
yard, will only be 10c.
The genuine William Anderson Scotch Zephyr
Ginghams, fast colors and great variety of styles.
Buy none but the Anderson Ginghams.
Imported French pique made by Freres Koechlin,
very handsomely printed effects, a stylish and dura
ble fabric for dresses, blouses and suits. Something
Fresh From the Ocean.
The latest imported novelties in Ladies' Neckwear,
Lace Collars. Lace Yokes, Lace and Ribbon Collar
ettes. Silk fronts to go with the new Eton Jackets,
etc., at prices fully 25 per cent below actual value.
Standard Sewing Machine.
Make work easy and a pleasure by using the Stand
ard, the most noiseless and easy running Sewing Ma
chine made. Always reliable and gcabastekd ABSO
LUTELY for five YEARS. Costs nioro to make, but is
as low in price as any. We can give you the ordinary
shuttle, the vibrator or the rotary. A rotary shuttle
Sewing Machine will last a life time.
offered. It is a waste of
an inferior Range.