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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1908.
Ensign Booth's 2-Weeks Old
Child is Victim of Murder
in the Home.
THROAT CUT WITH RAZOR
Parents Say They Po Not Know Who
Did It Mother On the Stand
Maymc ft.Booth, the 2-weeks old baby
ot Knsign and Mrs. Robert Booth of
the Salvation Army corps of this city,
was the victim of a terrible murder
this morning about 3 o'clock, at the
room of the family on trie second floor
of the building at 1302 First avenue.
The child's throat was cut from ear to
ear with a razor. Mr. Booth notified:
the police by telephone, before any of
Jthe other occupants of the building!
were informed as to what had occur-j
red, and the case was at once placed I
in charge of Coroner L. V. Kekhart. !
Dr. F. D. Paul, who had attended Mrs.'
Booth, was also summoned.
Acting on the order of the coroner,;
Chief Eckhart of the police department 1
had both Mr. and Mrs. Booth taken in!
custody to await an investigation of
the murder. Officers Bennett and (ior-!
don were at once sent to the scene of
the murder when the police received
notice of the tragedy, and the chief
himself was on the scene in a short
Iniiumt Over lt:il. '
Coroner Eckhart, afteran cxaniina-'
lion of the room this morning, select-
-d a jury and began the inquest at the
police station. The examination of wit-lie.-ises
was placed in charge of State's
Attorney J. K. Scott. After the jury
had viewed the baby's body, and had
been sworn, the room where the child :
was murdered was examined by the'
jurors and the coroner, together with
the state's attorney and Chief Eck
hart. Mr .and Mrs. Booth occupied a sin
gle room in the northeast corner of
the building, on the second floor. The
room contained a bed, in the corner,
and near the bed, on the, west side,
stood a cook stove, which furnished
the heat for the room. To the south
of the stove, against, the south wall,
stood a commode, and to the east and
a little to the south of the tove, was
a plain table. In front' of the stove
were two chairs, one a large rocker
jmd the other a small upholstered
chair. The latter, which was standing
very near the table, was where the
murdered child was lying. The front
of the chair was spotted with blood,
and on the floor in front of the chair
was a great pool of blood. The situ
ation indicated that the child had been
placed across, the chair, and while its
head was held out to the edge of the
seat, its little throat was severed.
On the table was a drawer from the
commode; an ordinary kerosene lamp;
several books and papers pertaining to
the Salvation Army ;two razors, one
spotted with blood and evidently the
instrument with which the child had
been murdered, and two ordinary jelly
glasses, one containing a light colored
fluid, and a spoon. The inside of this
glass was spotted with blood, and
blood spots were found on the spoon
Ilrniovr the 1'nrprt.
. The section of the carpet, which had
been saturated with blood was remov
ed by the authorities, and the glasses
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OF A BABY
and razor and certain of the papers
found on the table were also taken to
be used as material evidence in the
investigation of the crime:
There were three families residing
in the building, Mr. and Mrs. Booth
and Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Bland having
rooms on, the second floor, and Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Dunning living on the
first floor in rooms directly under those
of Mr. and Mrs. Bland. The room oc
cupied by Mr. and Mrs. Booth is about
15 feet from that of Mr. and Mrs.
Bland, and is separated from it by a
hallway into which the stairs ascend
from the front entrance.
Katlier'n Kxpliinnt ion.
After the police had been notified
soon after the murder, none of the
other occupants of the building were
aroused, until the officers entered and
aroused Mr. Dunning, and later awoke
Mr. and Mrs. Bland while making an
examination of the rooms on the third
floor. When he others entered, Mr.
Booth gave his explanation of tiie af
fair,' saying that some one had come
into the room and killed his baby. He
said, according to the testimony at the
inquest, that the child had been left
in the rocking chair in front, of the
fire in order that it might be kept
warm." Mrs. Booth had awoke, and
found that the lamp on the table was
not burning, and she aroused her hus
band, and asked him to see what was
wrong, and to stir up the fire. The
envoy, on arising, had discovered, by
the light from an arc lamp on the cor
ner, that the drawer of the commode
had been removed and was on the
table. He had picked up the baby;
he is reported as saying, and had felt
the warm blood, and had assumed that
the child was vomiting. Laying the
child down again, he had tried to re
light the lamp. and. had found that the
chimney was still hot, the lamp seem
iugly having been just extinguished.
When he succeeded in securing a light,
he found that'lhe child had been mur
dered. He toid his wife, and she had
herself summoned the police.
Asked if he had any enemies in this
city, he replied that he iiad none to
his knowledge. Mrs. Booth, in the
hearing of Officer Bennett, inquired of
her husband: "Do you think he could
have come up from Monmouth?" tnu
no answer was made, and no explana
tion as to whom the inquiry refer
While the others were in the room.
Mrs. Booth said she had hoped the
baby would die, and not be murdered
as it had been. She gave the same
explanation of the case as her hus
, ISail llrnnl Nil Sound.'
The other occupants of the house
testified that they had heard no sounds,
until the arrival of the police, but all
expressed an opinion that had any one
entered the building and opened and
shut doors, they would have been
Mrs. Dunning and Mrs. Bland stated
that the mother had seemed to think
a great deal of the baby, and that
neither of the parents had seemed to
regard it as a burden. Dr. Paul also
stated that the mother seemed pleased
with the birth of the child, and had
acted in a natural manner. He said
that the child had been ill for several
days, and that he had prescribed med
icire for it. He could not identify tne
contents of either of the glasses, nor
could he give any explanation of the
remark of Mrs. Booth that she had
hoped the child would die rather than
Officers Bennett and Gordon testified
that they were convinced by an exam
ination of the premises that no one
had entered or left the house within
some time preceding their arrival
there. . ."
After the testimony of Officer Gor
don was heard, the inquest was ad
journed to 2 o'clock, when the hearing
of the evidence was resumed.
Tel In of a Dream.
Mrs. Booth was confined at the po
lice station this morning and placed
in the woman's cell, while her hus
band was detained in another part of
the station. During the morning Mrs.
Booth w as visited for several hours' by
Miss Dina Ramser, the police matron,
and Ihe mother of the baby told the
police matron of her delight in the
baby, and talked with her about other
phases of the case.
During the morning Mrs. Booth told
Miss Ramser that last night she had
had a dream of a struggle with a
snake, but could not recall the last of
the dream. She told one of the offi
cers, however, that in her dream she
had killed the snake. Mrs. Booth ap
peared to be very nervous all morning,
and she did not seem to realize the
Mr. Booth had little to say of the
case. He gave only the one exnlana-
tion that some one had entered the
room and murdered the baby. He said
that so far as he knew he had not
Mother on Stand.
This' afternoon when the taking of
evidence was resumed, there was a
crowd that filled the main room of the
police station present to hear the de
tails of the. terrible crime.
The baby's ' mother was placed on
the stand and after being warned that
any statements the might make might
be used against her later, she was
questioned by the state's attorney. She
said she had been married a year age
this month and had come to Rock Is
land in November from Monmouth.
She explained that her husband had
been robbed al Monmouth and that
this accounted for her statement re
garding the matter.
She denied that she knew who had
killed the baby and said that she did
not think her husband had done it
adding that it was too terrible, and
that no one but a coward could have
Im Shown Ilody. . .
Mrs. Buoth was confronted with the
dead child and reemed about to faint.
but she regained her composure in a
few minutes and responded clearly, to
the questions of the state's attorney.
The scene was a most dramatic one
and every one in the room was moved
by it. , '
Might Have Ileen Anleep.
In answering the questions put to
her, Mrs. Booth admitted that either
she or her husband might have done
the crime without the .knowledge of
the other, but declared that if she did
kill the baby she did not know any
thing about it. She suggested that she
might have done it while asleep.
Seeking to break down" her story.
the state's attorney .asked"-her ."what
she would say if told that her husband
had testified 'that he had seen her
hunting for the razor, and had seen
her kill the baby. Promptly she re
plied, "I should say it was a lie."
She maintained her story absolutely,
and positively denied any knowledge
of the crime.
IliiMhanil filren Kvlilcnt-e.
Mr. Booth was placed on the stand
before Mrs. Booth testified, and re
peated the story he had told when the
murder was first investigated this
morning. He raid that it was possible
that his wife had committed the deed
without his knowledge of it. and
added that it might have been possi
ble for him to have killed the baby
without his wif i's knowing of it. He
declared emphatically that he had no
knowledge of the crime and had not
himself taken the child's life. He
said that his wife had been very fond
of the baby, a statement which she
made about him when she testified.
After Mrs. Booth's testimony had
been taken, Mr. Booth was recalled,
and his examination is in progress at
a late hour this afternoon. Mrs. Booth
said that they had been married at
Sycamore, 111., when she was 16 years
old, and that she had given her age as
18, as her mother had not consented
to her marriage. Her mother lives at
Beloit, Wis. ' :
GO TO CLINTON SUNDAY
Autoists Are Anxious to See Leaders
in Big Race.
A number of automobile enthusiasts
from this city are planning to go to
Clinton Sunday when it is- expected
the leaders in the New York to Paris
race will reach, that city. It is possi
ble, however, that the snowstorm of
the-last few days will Interfere with
the schedule and Clinton may not be
leached till later.
Robert Smyths, agent of the Mora,
is particularly interested in the stage
of the race now on, for the contestants
are accompaimd by the Mora runa
bout that set a world's record in a
sealed bonnet test, COOO1 miles, last
summer. ' This car is accompanying
the racers from Rochester to Chicago
with a sealed bonnet and at last ac
counts was holding its own.
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Harper House pharmacy. . ,.
CHANGES ITS FORM
Lewis Roofing Company Incor
porates as the F. J. Lewis
NO BUSINESS CHANGES NOW
Has Offices In This City and Plant In
MoHne Latter Will Be Con
' At the office of tiie secretary
state at Springfield yesterday the
J. Lewis Manufacturing company was
licensed to incorporate. The capital
s'.ock is $500,000 and the object the
carrying on of the roofing and manu
facturing business now done by the
firm known as the Lewis Roofing com
pany which has .offices in this city, a
plant at Second street in Moline and a
factory at Chicago. F. J. Lewis is
president, V. H. Lewis vice president,
and J. L. Ilagaman secretary.
Xo change in the method of -doing
business or in the location of factories
or offices is contemplated for the pres
ent, the change being merely one of
arganization. However, it is announc
ed that the firm will soon erect a
warehouse CO by 150 feet at the Moline
plant and an ammonia distillery will
be installed there to meet the general
axpansion of the business.
Operate In Vnrioun '1-IiIn.
The company, in addition to con
ducting a general roofing establish
ment, manufactures various kinds of
rooting materia!, bunding paper, coal
tar chemicals, etc.. .and handles ex
tensive paving r.iid other contracts. It
owns CO steel tank Cars and has be
tween 50 and CO wagons constantly
employed in paving operations at Chi
cago. The company has at. present
some 250 miles of street railway track
m course of construction.
PRESS CLUB DINES
AT H0TF.L HARMS
Regular Monthly Meeting Is Held and
Business Matters Considered
New Members Elected.
The regular monthly meeting of the
Tri-city Press club, was held last even
ing at the Hotel Harms, and notwith
standing the disagreeable weather
conditions, th?re was a good attend
ance.. An excellent- dinner was served
in the banquet room on the second
floor , and following, the dinner the
members disposed of a number of bus
iness matters. . Victor Martin of the
Pavenport. Democrat and A. R. Am
merman of thai MoHnQ. Mail and Jour
nal were elected to membership.
Society news, written or telephoned
to the society editor of The Arsrua. will
be gladly received and published. But
In either case the identity of the sender
must be made known, to insure relia
bility. Written notices must bear sig
nature and address.
Surprised on Birthday. Mrs. F. E.
Nye -was pleasantly surprised at her
home, 731 Fourteenth street, in honor
of her birthday anniversary Monday
afternoon. Twenty-five of her lady
friends were present. Cinch was
played first prize beingj awarded to
Mrs. Krahl. second to Mrs. Thode of
Davenport and third to Mrs. C. II.
Seidel. A dclieiaus supper was served
by the hostess. The hostess was pre
sented with a dozen beautiful silver
teaspoons and many other useful gifts.
Will Give Mission Sociable. The
Woman's Mission a ryj society of the
First Swedish Lutheran church will
give a missionary coffee ind sociable
at the church parsonage, 1133 Fourth
avenue, tomorrow afternoon and even
iT.g. The' proceeds will go to the mis
sions in India. In the afternoon Mrs.
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This is the idea carried out
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Onyx, and Fancy Cased Clocks
just such a clock as the fam
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Every clock sold with a guar
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Why not make your select!"
1702 Second Avenue g
Bersell, presidant of the Woman's Mis-
ionary societv of the Illinois confer
nce, will give a talk on the work and
n the evening a musical program will
Ladies Play Cinch. Mrs. Walter
Yerbury at her home, 2108 Third
avenue, yesterday afternoon entertain
ed a company cf ladles at cinch. Mrs.
William McCarty of Moliije won the
first prize in the games. Mrs. H. P.
Stapley took the second prize and
Mrs. D. Pottiger was awarded the con
solation prize. The hostess served a
course lunch. .
Apollo Club Studies Grieg. Clarence
Southwell entertained the members of
the Apollo club at the Bodfors School
of Music last evening. Grieg was the
composer studied and before each
Grieg number tendered -a descriptive
analysis was given. The program was
followed by the serving of refresh
ments and a social hour.
Schadt-Steckman. The marriage of
Miss Elsie Steekman to Conrad Schadt
both of Carbon Cliff took place Mon
day afternoon at 5 o'clock at the par
sonage of Grace Lutheran church.
Rev. Ira O. Xothstein performing the
ceremony. Mr. Schadt is interested
in the coal mines at Carbon Cliff and
he and his bride will make their home
at that place.
Mrs. Catherine Brennan.
Mrs. Catherine Brennan, widow of
the late Michael Brennan, died this
morning at 3 o'clock at St Anthonys
hospital where she had been making
her home for nearly two years. Death
was due to the ir.fi rmaties of old age.
Mrs. Brennan- was born in County
Kerry. Ireland. 8S years ago and came
to this country in 1S53 and to Rock
Island in 1SCX She lived here since
that yeaT. She is survived by two
sons, Johni and Dennis Brennan of
this city. The funeral will take place
Friday morning. Short services will
be held at the residence of the son.
John Brennan. 744 Twenty-fourth
street, and at Sacred Heart church.
where requiem high mass will be con
ducted by Rev. J. F. Lockney. Burial
will take place at Calvary cemetery.
It is requested that no flowers be sent.
Funeral of L. D. Mudge.
Funeral services over the remains
of L. D. Mudge were held this morn
ing, a brief service being conducted
at the home. 754 Seventeenth street,
by Rev. H. W. Reed, who made a few
remarks and offered" prayer. A quar
tet rendered a selection.
(The body was taken at 9:30 over
tVio TJnMr Telnnd in Tlovnnlils where
services were conducted" at 11 o'clock i
at the Reynolds cemetery. Mr. Reed
conducted services at the grave and
the quartet gang. A private funeral
coach was attached to the train and
was" Occupied by ' a large number of
relatives and intimate friends of Mr.
Mudge who attended the services at
The Central Trust & Savings bank,
of which Mr. Mudge was vice presi
dent and director and the Rock Island
National 'bank, of which he was" a di
rector, were closed till 10 o'clock dur
ing the hour of the funeral here.
H. E. Casteel, H. B. Simmon, Michael
O'Connor, D. L Montgomery, O. L.
Bruner and W. S. Parks acted as pall
The funeral of Mrs. William Fel
tham was held at 3 o'clock this after
noon from the home in Sears, whene
Rev. G. H. Shervood conducted tho
services. Burial took place at Clu?-
The funeral of Samuel Blyghe was
held at 1:30 this afternoon from the
home, 1212 Third avenue, where Rev.
G. IT. Sherwood conducted services.
Burial took place in Chippiannock
S THROWN FROM BUGGY
Dr. Paul Is Dumped Out and Horse
' Makes a Short Run.
Dr. F. D. Paul was thrown out of his
buggy by a sudden turn oi nis horse
this forenoon, on Third avenue near
Eighteenth street After the accident
he horse went west on a run as tar
as the police station, where it stopped.
The doctor was not injured.
To the Non-Resident Directors of the
Rock Island Lubricator Company. ,
Take notice that the board of direc
tors of said company nas caneo a
ting for Saturday, March 21. 1908,
at 9 o'clock a. m., at the office of John
Volk & Co., in the city of Rock Island,
in Rock Island county, Illinois, for toe
purpose . of .transacting such business
of said company as may be lawfully
brought before it, and your presence
is asked by the officers of said com
Dated Rock Island, 111.. Feb. 18, 190S.
lrtliv Hill I'T.-T T TI? Drncirlant
A George E. Lambert, Secretary.
Notice of Dissolution.
To Whom It May Concern; You
are hereby notified that the copartner
ship of Fred J. Hodges and Charles F.
Bladel, under the firm name and style
of Hodges & Bladel, of the city of
Rock Island, 111., is this day dissolved
by mutual consent, and all debts due
and owing said.copartnersHIp are due
and payable to said Fred J. Hodges
and all debts and obligations owing by
said firm are assumed and are to be
paid by said Fred J. Hodges.
-Date this loth day of; February, A
D. 190S FRED J. HODGES,
, CHARLES F. BLADEL,
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HARMS BUWURS SHOW BEST)
Defeat Davsnport Picked Team
Hotel Harms Lest Evening.
The Harms bowling team played a
picked team of Davenport players last I )
evening at the Holed Harms and won j
tho rriia Tim Ifitnlsi fnr thtffc thrf-A :
games were as ionows: iiarms team
1,074, 900, 872; Davenport team, 92s,
3i, vo. .A. v. iiuju ui lue nanus i, y
team had high score, bowling 225, and i 'j
Charles Bleuer of the same team made 'A
STATE MERCHANTS At DJXQH
Delegates at Convention Entertained
at Theater and Banquet.
Dixon, 111., Feb. 19. The 15th annual;
convMitinn nf the Retail .Mercuants' h
Association of Illinois was held in this j
city yesterday. The 7i0 delegates were ' !
welcomed by the mayor of the tov.'n:!t(S
the response was by Sol Westerfieid,
president of the association.' The dele-,
gates were entertained at night by the j
opera house management at the comic j
'3era- "Tne Kpi1
Mill," and at then
Northern Normal School of Illinois, ,
where a public reception was given,!'
and at the Elks' club room, where an (
informal banquet was served.
Alabama Committee for Taft.
Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 19. The t i'
state republican executive committee, ,
J. O. Thompson, chairman, met here . i
yesterday, ousted a.i members who af-!
nuaten witn tne uavnison taction in
a recent meeting, and decided on a
convention to be held in Birmingham
May C. Resolutions endorsing the ad
ministration of President Roosevelt
and the candidacy of Secretary Taft
for president were adopted.
Missouri Convention May 20. '
Jefferson Ci'; Mo., Feb. 19. The
Missouri state democratic committee
met here today and decided, to hold
the state convention here May 20. ,
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