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THE AX18T70, FRIDAY. MARCH 15,' 1898.
THE EMEHS03 CO.
Henry F. Bastian Takes
His Own Life.
ROPE THE MEANS OF DEATH.
Again Our supremacy will be strongly
Evident lor One Week.
More convincing prices that compel recognition
of our leadership in value giving Prices that
plainly demonstrate that we sell at the season's
beginning at the low prices that do not usually
come elsewhere until the season's end. Our new
goods don't have to be marked high to cover the
losses on "charge accounts" that are sure to
come later to "credit houses" no charge ac
counts here. We fully appreciate that people
expect to buy cheaper here than anywhere else,
and it's because their expectations can always
be realized that our patronage grows larger
every day. Our customers become our best ad
vertisers you pay but half the usual profit on all
kinds of merchandise here. Our low prices bear
evidence it's continual supremacy of this sort
that has made THE FAIR a household word
10 bars Savon soap, 25c.
Choice dried apple, per pound, 6c.
Choice rice, per pound. Sc.
Choice Messina lemons, per dozen,
California oranges, per dozen, 16c.
Hulk starch, per pound. 3c.
l'rido of the Fair Hour, bost made,
per pack, !Sc.
3-pound can Great Kork Island
(olden pumpkin, prr can, 7c.
Choice fitting tM-an, per can, 6c.
Illo.ftoru of Ceylon tea, -pound
Blossoms of Ceylon tea, 1-pound
I'earl Tapioca, per pound, 3c.
(terman sago, jkt pound, 3c.
Kunkle Bros', chocolate, J-pound,
Kunkle I'.roi'. chocolate, 1-pound,
Choice Lima beans, per can, 6c.
l ane j Koglish walnuts, per pound,
Rest lye. p r can. 6c
Our celebrated Cream Java coffee,
per pound, 30o.
Fancy new crop uncolored Japan
tea. per pound, 39c.
2.0'JO yards 4-4 bleached 6c quislin
in short lengths, per yard, 2Jc.""
60 white bed spreads, 76c quality.
siigntiy oil spoiled, 45c ana 68c.
40 pieces 10c printed Dimities 6Jc
26 dozen glass linen napkins, red
and blue borders, selvedge edge, per
Ladies' dress skirts, stiff lined
velvet bound, four-and-a-half yards
Calico wrappers 48c, 76c, 98c.
Kid Glove Sale.
Our kid glove sale continues until
Saturday night at last week's prices.
THE EMERSON CO.
No. iiS. 120, 122, 124, 124 W. 2nd st. DAVENPORT.
job . rABIOOST.
HBHBT Am FAmtDOd
parxdoij a oou
Painters and Decorators
FAPZ3 BASaSSi CALSOlflaZSS, tto.
CSC?. 113 EmaiMSlh CU BOCZ IST.AWD. ILL.
"Join Us and Wear Jewels."
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Allen. Myers & Company
i8ai Second Avenue.
Oppochs Harper House
Another Sensation in
Tragedy Follows the
SUICIDE'S PARTING MESSAGE.
Asserts His Innocence-
He Forged His Parents'
THE CRIME IS DISCOVERED
Still Further Sensation
Blood in the Barn
The third tragic incident in the
Black Hawk township sensation which
began a week ago last Saturday night
with the death of Fred Kuschmann, a
farm hand, on the highway, occurred
this morning in the suicide of Henry
F. Bastian, for whom young Kusch
The first occurrence in the chain of
exciting circumstances was the kill
ing of the unfortunate young man,
whose death was at first attributed
to having been thrown from a spirit
ed horse owned by Mr. Bastian on
his way to his home in South Rock
Island after having been paid off by
Mr. Bastian and receiving $79.36, the
balance due him. The second was
was found in an indenture, in the j
flooc 4ireetly under the body, and it
lookea aa tne oppression bad been
chopped down somewhat by Bastian
before attaching tne rope to His neck
in order to make certain his destruc
tion by avoiding any danger of his
feet touching the floor. It -was sub
sequently learned that he had pre
viously attest ptea suiciae oy lacer
ating his left wrist.
phw y o tao Boor. .
The terrible deed was discovered
by Miss1 Carrie Bastian, sister of the
suicide, about 6 o'clock this morn.
ing. He had left the house half an
hour previous to mat time to go to
milk, ana seeing tne oucicet near tne
door of the granary, she went to the
door and made the Horrifying dis
covery, sue acreamea and this at
tracted the attention oi ired Morse,
who had gone to work for Mr. Bas
tian. and who was in the act of
hitchin? tin the team nreDaratorv to
iroine to the field for his day's work.
The young man rushed to the house
and seized a knife to cut tne rope by
which his employer was suspended,
but on returning to the building
where the boar was zouna.Jie dis
covered that dissolution had taken
place. He concluded then not to dis
turb the bod v, but mounting ahorse
rode he post haste to Milan and gave
the alarm nrst at tne ai. iu. parson.
age, where his parents reside, ana
then to such sources as would com
municate to the proper authorities in
A FARTING MESSAGE.
failure ot anyone to account tor the !
whereabouts oi rats Krauze, who
worked in that vicinity two years
previous to that and who also has
not been heard of since. These ques
tions to which not more than pass
ing attention were given before are
now looked upon as of much impor
tance in connection with the myster
ious happenings that have since occurred.
Accompanied by his father-in-
law,.? It. T. .Johnson. Mr. Bastian
drove to Bock Island yesterday to
attend -. to some .business matters.
On his way home he stopped in Mi
lan ana one oi his mends there in
formed him that suspicion had
pointed to him in connection with
the burning oi the barn on the Mc
Laughlin farm two nights . before
the Kuschmann murder. The accu
sation seemed to overwhelm Bastian.
who hastily asked who had made the
allegation, and the last seen of him
he said he was going in search of
the person who had given rise to the
stories, and he was deeply agitated
over tne matter. . - .
LniM a Mot to Dear Once bat Stakes
Bastian left a parting message to
his wife and child. It was written
with a lead pencil on the leaves of a
small diary which be always carried
and which he had left on the dresser
in his sleeping room. Near the bob
torn of the last page on which the
note was written was a blot as if
made by a drop of water, and to this
the writer alludes as if it was a tear,
his note in full being as follows:
I am innocent of Fred Kusch
mann. May God help you all is my
prayer. It'is too much for me to
stand. Pay mother the rest of the
rent and pay all debts, and Carrie
shall have the rest oi the interest in
the farm after mother dies. Be sure
that Carrie gets the money. Good
bye to all. Good-bye loving Mil
dred here is a kiss and a tear from
your loving pa. Henry."
- Last meat
From Fred Morse, son of Bey. C.
S. Morse ot Milan, who had just be
gun work, for Bastian jeiterday it
was learned that his employer had
ftptpd in his ordinary quiet way when
he came home from Muau about sun
uowu last evening. When he arrived
two men were . waiting to .see him
whom Morse did not- know. The
LAY Or THE LAUD ABOUT HAITIAN'S PREMISES.
ftbAfa To Mii.fr.Kt
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1-Henry Bastian house. "-Roadway to pate (3). 4-MilI Creek bridire. Where
KuarhmitDns body was found, no Where the two wlver dollars .were found.
i-V1"51 lne overcoat lay. a Hog pen near the Weucle house. Anion Wei
f ..J"'u,e,.wheT tbe bud" wa broiurht Saturday eenin. 7 Knoxville road.
blT.,,,Sn., 'ber Jl,M.,n,e L!SSe of ,he lury "pnelled. "V-Oate leading to Weiifles.
JJ-toal V alley road. 11 -Bridge where the horse was heard crowdnir and recrowinK bv
Henry Winters, who resides in 15J. 13 McMichael's. where man heard horse crossing
bridne (13). 14 Barn where Uasuan suicided. 16 Shed.
COKOXUHAWa HOUtS AJflHQCEjT.
oe. a Jary ana Elicits the tact. 8ar-
rooadlng the Tarrlble Deed.
Coroner Iiawes immediately after
his arrival at the Bastian homestead
impanneled a jury composed of: Dr.
W. L. Eddy, foreman; B. B. Olm
sted, w. Li. JNicbols, Kobert J.
Hutchinson, J. 11. Brown and Philip
ann. ine lury proceeded to the
granary and viewed Bastiaa's body,
after which it was cut down and
taken into the house and the inquest
The F.rldenee and Verdict.
The coroner's lury, after hearing
the evidence submitted, returned a
verdict that Mr. Bastian had come to
his death bv strangulation at his
own hands on account of financial
difficulties. Mrs. Eva L. Bastian
widow ot the deceased, testified that
she had not seen her husband since
last night, but that he had been
greatly worried and hard pressed on
account of financial difficulties and
of a note being due. Mr. and Mrs. M.
F. Johnson, parents of Mrs. Bastian,
testified to the suicide having been
hard np. William Bettig, a neigh
bor, and C. F. Morse, the new farm
hand, as well as Dr. W. L. Eddy.
told of Mr. Bastian's acting of late
and et his apparent worry over
Miss Carrie Bastian stated, that
her brother told her yesterday that
he would kill himself but for his
daughter and wife. He told her that
he was in financial straits. Mrs.
Bastian also found the dairy book on
tne dresser closed when she awak
enqd Mr. Bastian this morning. She
afterward noticed the book opened
Picking it up she read her brother1!
final message. Then the body was
Bad Pravtoaalr Cat His Wrlat.
Dr. W. L. Eddy said there was an
inch-and-a-half wound on Mr. Bas
tian1 left wrist evidently inflicted by
a razor, which was afterwards found
on the bed, this showing .that he had
previously attempted this means of
sen destruction. ,
the disclosure by Tns Argus of the
fact that Kuschmann had met his
death by ioul means, that he had
been murdered; the third was the
death by his own hand of Bastian by
whom Kuschmann had been employed.
neary r. nwtwii aaicraa.
The first intelligence of the suicide
of Mr. Bastian came to Bock Island
in a message from Milan to The
Abocs at 7:15 this morning. Repre
sentatives of The Arocs were
quickly on the way to the Bastian
farm and arrived there simuitane.
ously with Coroner Hawes and citi
zens of Milan whom he had sum
moned in Milan to go out and serve
as jurors. The body was still hang,
ing in the granary adjoining the
barn and a short distance irom tne
house when the party arrived. The
desperate man bad nsed a rope hal
ter of three-fourths of an men in
thickness with which to strangle
himself. The end had been fastened
about a joist in the roof of the gran
ary, while the noose was formed by
slipping the rope through the knot
originally placed in it. and was tightly
drawn about tbe man's neck. It
was apparent that he had stood
on a small box, which be had
kicked from his feet and had then
thrown himself upon the rope and
thus suffocated himself. The toe of
one toot almost touched the floor
while the other was drawn up eon
siderably, as the body was not hang
ing exactly straight. The arms
hung at full length by the side ot
the body. It was cloaked in ordi
nary barn clothes, the feet being in
overshoes without leather shows.
There was a mitten on one hand, the
other lying on the floor, and the oap
gentlemen remained only a short
time when they drove away. Shortly
after their departure Bastian hitched
his team to the buggy and taking his
sister Carrie with him the two drove
away. They did not return until
about 9 o'clock, after which Morse
Saw Mr. Bastian aitllno- in an ariinin-
ing room before they all retired.
. M uv. m uis ouipiujror agaiu
until 5:S0 o'clock this morning when
the latter instructed him to at
tend to the horses and get ready for
work. He did not then notice any
thing unusual in his appearance.
Morse then went about his work in
the barn until the finding of tbe body
as described above. Having been
there only one day he knew nothing
of the circumstances. . s.
Haatlaaa Talk Wlta Row. Mono.
Bey. Morse of Milan whose church
Bastian attended was seen by an Ar
ocs representative. To Mr. Morse.
Bastian had expressed himself as be
ing very much wrought up over the
fact that he had been suspected in
connection with the Kuschmann
murder. "I think he felt crushed"
said Mr. Morse, because be had heard
that people had suspected him. . He
had told me this not later than yes
terday and I had a conversation with
him last Tuesday about the same
thing. In speaking to me of bow he
got along with Fred, meaning Kusch.
mann. he said that a word had never
passed between them and how people
could suspect him he did not know.1
The Argus has already spoken of
the mysterious , disappearance of
John Ltnderbacb. a farm hand trom
that vicinity a year ago and of Mr.
Bastian stating ia an interview last
Sunday that he had worked tor him.
Another perplexing question has
since been breeghi to fight by the
FORGED HIS FATHER'S NAME.
B nation Raises 01,300 oa the Farm Coder
False Rcpreeen tattoo. -
Another surprising disclosure was
made yesterday when Bastian was
proven a forger. Fire years ago he
mortgaged the jarm on which he re
sided until death for $1,300. The
mortgage was purchased by the Bock
isiana savings bans: ana bore the
signature of Christian Bastian and
fcva L. Bastian, represented as the
parents of Henry Bastian, to whom
the property belonged. July 29, 1893,
the mortgage was bought from the
bank by Julius Mosenfelder, of this
The 17th of last month the mort
gage was . due. Mr. Mosenfelder
wrote to Mr. Bastian requesting him
to liquidate the obligation. Mr.
Mosenfelder' communications were
given a deaf ear. He finally grew
Continued on Seventh Page.
Of our not making
wild boasts of what
- we are doing, how
we are almost giv
ing groceries away
etc., is that we are
giving our patrons .
full value for their
money. We are sell
ing reliable goods
at reliable prices.'
Is that when you are
looking for up and
"up goods, when you
. : want the cleanest
and best service,
- when you want to
be certain that the
- price is a fair one
v, you can find all
: these r features at
QE0.iL 2ic03iUJ). '
That we buy for cash only?
That by buying for cash only, we
buy our Furniture, Carpets, etc,
from 5 to io per cent cheaper
than those who buy on time.
That manufacturers knowing we dis
count every bill are anxious to
That they therefore offer us the first
selections of all desirable lines.
That with these advantages we can
give you better satisfaction for
your money than can be ob
That you MAY KNOW the above
facts we invite your inspection
of our stock.
That we are regularly making our
usual Rock Island deliveries.
A. J. SMITH de SON
I Well- 5r-" ' BO
1 OMe, illiill 4.00
Stylish tjSw s.00
3 Up-to- mm I
j lilt Every Pair !
J AT 1 T
Sommers & LaVelle
1804 Second Avenue.
During the month of March we
will offer all onr high-grade
ahoaa at anch nrinoa ft list an Ana
can afford to miss tbe opportun
ity of securing a pair.
Ladles Sboai, worth SS.0O, going at SMS
60a, - Sol
cso, " 1 1
. " 4 00. M
" " S SO, " S4S
- . - S.U0, - us
n' patent let then, worth ST OS.
- - - sin.
mm m- mt f CM,
mm mm g 00,
lea's Cordon taoei, worth SLOO.
JUacatoo " 100.
- coif " " fc.to.
The above prices will continue only till April i.
CENTRAL SHOE STORE C. - - 171J SECOND AVENUE
Headquarters for Footwear at Lowest Prices.
If we get yonr bundle we will not fake yon;
If we collect our bill it will not brake you;
If we do yonr work it's sure to make yon.
It's twenty to one yonr girl won't shake yon.
And That's No Josh.
A friend of ours who wrote the above has
since been sent to the home for the feeble
minded. He wasn't very good on poetry,
but he knew good L-undry work and liked
.Wc machinery and
skilled help and if yon would profit by
our enterprise GIVE US YOURLAUN
DRY.WORK. , X)tao a postal.
Roch Island Steam Laundry.
Eamrsfdd & ttxtom. .Telephone.?