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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1904.
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NEW THEORY IN
Metal Poisoning Might Have
Caused Death of Joseph
SPOON STANDS IN SALTPETER
Over Night, and the Medicine is Drunk
Shortly Before the Con
vulsions. Mr. Weaver, a brother in-law of the
d ad man yesterday advanced a new
theory in the Johnston mystery at Rey
nolds. Mr. Weaver and Mr. Johnston
married sisters. Mrs. Weaver Is dead
Weaver lives in the village. He camt
to the Johnston premises shortly aftet
the arrival of Constable Eokhart. Sher
iff Heider and Constable Snow, wht
were searching for the strychnine Lot
tie that Mrs. Johnston stated that sin
had thrown into a vault after the
death of her husband.
"Joe took a sight of medicine." Wea
ver said: "lie took saltpeter for his
kidneys. He would place it in a glass
and allow it to dissolve in water. He
usually took a dose before retiring at
night. The night before his death he
prepared bis customary dose in his
bedroom, but did not drink it. falling
to sleep and leaving the glass on the
stand alongside his bed. In the morn
ing he drank the medicine. Now the
spoon remain in the saltpeter over
night, and, it might be possible, that
metal poisoning from the spoon had
something to do with his death. This
is Just a theory that came to my
Did X ;lve Dralk Ortlflratr.
Dr. Moore, who was called to attend
Mr. Johnston, has been misquoted in
some of the printed stories. In the
cities there is a law requiring a cei
tificate of death from the attending
physician, and where there is not a
physician present, there must be an
inquest, but this law does not now
apply to the rural districts, although
it did formerly. Dr. Moore did not
hesitate to say that there were unmis
takable symptoms of poisoning. The
poison might have been taken through
mistake, and as he could not afford to
make any serious blunder in the vil
lage where he was practicing, he re
ported in his return to the state board
of health that death was caused by
convulsions. If the state board want
ed further particulars, of course he
would be compelled to give them.
The people of the village speak
of the Johnston mystery in modified
tones. Most of them believe that he
did not come to his death from natural
causes, but they do not wish to be
drawn Into the case. Mrs. Johnston
was for years a leader In the Metho
dist church, and enjoyed the conll
dence and respect of the people
among whom she and her husband hac
lived for so many years.
UUInloa of Ike Properly.
While of late the home life of the
couple was said to have been pleasant
neighbors tell of a difference years
ago after giving up the farm. The
husband drank more than his .wife
thought lie should, and occasionally
would get intoxicated. His failure to
reform caused a quarrel and an agree
ment to divide the property. The cou
ple came to Rock Island and a settle
ment was reached. Afterward they
returned to Reynolds and lived hap
pily. Johnston quit using liquor, his
Mrs. Johnston Is coming in for her
severest criticism owing to her appar
ent deception of her husband during
his helplessness, having, as It Is charg
ed. gotten possession of all his money
and property, and leaving him at his
death practically without a dollar in
his own right. The husband had an
thorized the wife to act for him In
all business transactions, as he was
not able to get about owing lo his
Don Not Itemaia I.obk After Funeral.
The funeral was held on a Tuesday
The following Saturday Mrs. Johnston
went to Alt do to visit relatives. She
returned in a week, and had bills print
ed advertising a public auction of her
household goods. Eut for some reason
unknown to the neighbors these were
tecalled. the house locked, the keys
turned over to Mrs. Al Exstrom. a
neighbor, and Mrs. Johnston and her
daughter left the village, first going
to Oklahoma, and later to Nebraska
where Mrs. Johnston has a brother
and where she now is. It is under
stood also that she owns a farm in
Mr. Johnston had resided in the
county for a half century. He was
a member of the well-known family
of wealthy farmers of that name. For
some years he lived in California, and
from his venture there gained the ap
pellation of "California Joe."
BROADWAY RALLY SOCIAL
Pleasant Function at Home of Mr. and
The Young People's association of
Broadway church held a "rally social"
last evening at the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. George C. Blakslee. on Twenty-third
street. The house was crowd
ed with the members and much en
thusiasm shown for the work of the
society. Reports were received from
the various committees and sugges
tions given for new work by Dr. Mar
qu!s. Orchestra music enlivened the
first half of the evening, after which
a program was rendered by Miss Har
old, Miss Thompson and Mrs. Blakslee,
vocal solists. Miss Munger. cello, and
Messrs. Schneider and Marquis, vio
lins. Refreshments served by the
young ladies of Mrs. Hamilton's class,
and college songs, in which all joined,
added to the zest of the evening. A
new feature was a series of progres
sive questions for the use of the com
mittees. The answers will be read
MRS. TRUMAN PLANTZ DEAD
Heart Failure Takes Wife of General
Attorney of Woodmen Order.
The sorrowing news was conveyed
in a telegram from Warsaw. 111., last
evening that Mrs. Truman Plantz. wife
of the general attorney of the Modern
Woodmen society, had expired at her
home there from heart failure, having
been ailing for five weeks. She was
stricken while visiting the St. Louis
exposition with her family. She was
able to go to her home, but since' her
arrival there had been confined to her
bed. Mrs. Plantz had . many warm
friends in Rock Island gained during
her visits here with her husband. Mr.
Plantz. aside from his connection with
the Woodmen society, is prominent po
litically in this section, and several
years ago was the democratic nominee
for congress. Mr. Plantz will have
the sympathy of his hosts of friends in
his grief. Mrs. Plantz leaves with her
husband their son. Truman Jr.. and
her mother and three brothers. Add
ed to Mr. Plantz sorrow is the fear
for the outcome of an afflcition that
has necessitated an operation on his
nephew, the son of Phil Dallam, editor
of the Warsaw Bulletin. The opera
tion was to have been performed to
day. His condition is critical. Mrs.
Plantz was a sister of the editor of
GRAND LODGE IN SESSION
Odd Fellows of State Gather at Spring
field. The Illinois grand lodge of Odd Fel
lows is in session at Springfield, to
gether with the grand encampment of
the Patriarchs Militant, the uniform
rank of the order. Jonas Bear and W.
H. Scott are representing the Rock Isl
and lodges at the convention. The
grand encampment has chosen officers
C.rand Patriarch C. M. Seckner, Chi
cago. Grand High Priest Judge C. M. Tur
Grand Senior Warden Frank Heinl,
Grand Scribe H. C. Feltman. Salem.
Grand Treasurer William Schu-
Grand Junior Warden Frank P. D.
PER SON AT. POINTS.
Dr. C. E. Sears of Chicago, is visit
ing in the city. ' '
Mrs. L. Gelsler has returned from a
visit at Sterling.
John M. Downs, of Wilmar, Minn., is
in the city visiting friends.
L. D. Moore has returned from an
extended business trip in the Dakotas,
W. E. Ilobb departed yesterday for
Mobile, Ala., to take charge of an elec
David Sandberg left yesterday for
Mobile. Ala. He will probably spend
the winter there.
Mrs. B. Longford and son Harry, of
Memphis, Tenn., are the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Willman.
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Enright and Miss
Marie Enright departed last evening
to spend the winter at San Francisco,
Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Dranlen, who
have been visiting in Rock Island for
a few weeks, have returned to their
home at Springfield, 111.
Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Welter departed
this morning for a short visit with rela
tives at Peoria, after which they will
make a visit at the St. Louis expos!
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Martens, of
Princeton. 111., are the guests of rela
tives, and after a short visit here will
depart to spen(i a week at the St.
George W. Wood, formerly ticket
agent at the Milwaukee depot on Sev
enteenth street, departs tonight for
Portland. Ore., with a view to making
that city his permanent home.
R. R. Smith, of Brookfleld. Mo., a
member of the board of directors of
the Modern Woodmen, accompanied by
his wife and two little daughters, Kath
arine and Virginia, is visiting with the
family of E. H. Philips. 517 Elm street
Arbitration Board Adjourn.
The board of arbitration in the dif
ferences between the Coal Valley Min
ing company and the mine workers at
the Sherrard mines, has adjourned,
and so far no choice has been made
as to the fifth man to serve on the
board. The matter will be dropped for
the present, and it will be several
weeks before the board holds another
Death of Cyrus P. Mitchell.
Cyrus P. Mitchell, who conducted a
hotel in this city from 1SC3 to 1SCS,
died at his home in Moline yesterday
afternoon at the age of 82 years. He
was a native of Maine, and settled in
Illinois in 1S24. Mr. Mitchell died of
heart trouble after an illness of IS
weeks. He leaves his widow and four
Last evening at 8 o'clock at the resi
dence of F. W. Scherer. Fifth-asd-a-
half avenue between Twenty-fifth and
Twenty-sixth streets, was celebrated
the marriage of Joseph Albert Martin
and Miss Lizzie Silcox, both of Daven
port. The ceremony was performed
by Justice W. F. Schroeder.
Says Edgington Youth is Father
of Gertrude Baker's
LITTLE EVIDENCE IS OFFERED
Defense Gives' Notice of Intention
File Motion for Another
Ieonard Stropes was found guilty
in the county court this morning of
the charge preferred against him by
Miss Gertrude Baker, the daughter of
a neighboring family in Edgington
There is a child, three weeks old.
of which the girl swore on the witness
stand Stropes was the father. The de
fense sought to introduce evidence at
tacking the character of the complain
ing witness, but this was not permit
ted. Judge Parmenter sustaining the
objections entered to this course of
procedure by the prosecution.
The defense also attempted to estab
lish a resemblance between the child
and another man in the county.
Stropes, in his testimony, denied that
he ever had illicit relations with the
young woman. She said that he had
and gave the places and dates.
Character IVItneaaeM Bnrred.
The defense was also refused per
mission to place witnesses on the stand
to testify to the good character of
Miss Baker was in court with her
child. The room was packed with
spectators during the trial, the case
having aroused much interest in the
section where the litigants reside and
among those in the city who were there
expecting to hear the details of a racy
case. The charge that Stropes is held
to answer is a civil one, and was
brought to compel him to support the
Support For the Child.
The verdict carries with it the con
dition that Stropes must pay to the
mother $550, $100 the first year, and
$50 each year for nine years thereafter,
H. M. McCaskrin, attorney for the de
fendant, will file a motion for a new
The jury that decided the case was
composed of James Ryerson, George
Steelman. George A. Solander, E. J.
Colston. L. P. Nelson. Stephen Lovejoy,
John Moberg, Gus Segur, W. R. Brown,
Peter Philebar, Joseph Stroehle, John
TEACHERS HOLD MEETING
Convention cf Central Illinois Associa
tion in Rock Island.
The Evangelical Lutheran Teachers'
association of central Illinois is hold -
ing a meeting at the Lutheran school
on Twentieth street. The opening ses
sion was held this morning. The open
ing address was made by the presi
dent. William Zeiter, of Danville. The
subject wus the difficulties which are
presented to the parochial school
teacher, and the spirit in which these
difficulties should be met. The address
was followed by a business session.
and the following officers were elect
President Williern Zeiter. reelected
Secretaries Nick Roomer, Quincy;
Max Scheiter, Decatur.
The election of officers was follow
ed by the address of the instructor, E
L. Selle, of this city. Mr. Selie has
been a teacher In Rock Island for 35
years, and is a charter member of the
Teachers' association, which is now ir
its ICth year. Mr. Selle's subject was
"What Attitude Should a Parochial
Teacher Take, if Called to Another
Field of Work?" This address opened
the way for a very lively discussion
, and the topic had not been exhausted
when the noon adjournment was tak
en. The subject was taken up again
The convention is being attended by
25 teachers of the district. The local
teachers are entertaining the visitors.
and several special events have been
planned for their entertainment. This
evening a reception is to be held at
the young people's club room of the
church. Tomorrow evening there will
be special services at the church, and
the pastor. Rev. C. A. Menneicke will
deliver a sermon on education. At
the close of the conference, Friday af
ternoon, the visiting teachers will be
given a drive about the tri-cities and
Fair Draws Crowds.
Another crowd that packed the hall
was In attendance at St. Mary's fair
last evening. Interest is growing and
the booths do a rushing business. A
"coon" song by Joe Valentine was the
feature of the entertainment and was
very well received. This evening Her
man Schnell will sing Harry Hamilton's
latest song. "Dixie Boy." Tomorrow
afternoon the ladies of the congrega
tion will give a kaffee klatch, and ad
mission to the hall will be free.
Flying Squadron to Meet.
The National Biscuit company's "fly
ing squadron," composed of the dis
trict managers of the sales department
of the company, will hold a three days'
session at the Harper house .the first
meeting to be held this evening. These
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