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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 276.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 4, 1908. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE tWO CENTS.
ATROCIOUS MURDER SHOCKS BOSTON;
CRIME REVEALED BY FINDING OF THE
FRANK P. SARGENT, COMMISSIONER
BUT HOW COULD THE WOMAN STAND IT?
OF IMMIGRATION OF DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE, DIES AT CAPITAL
BODY OF A WOMAN PACKED IN TRUNK
Chester Jordan, an Actor, Con
fesses That He Killed
WAS DONE IN QUARREL
Dismembered Remains and1 Cut
ssh From Bones in Hope
He Could Hide Them.
Boston, Mass., Sept. 4 When ar
raigned in police court today Chester
S. Jordan, charged with the murder of
his wife, dismembered portions of
whose body were found in a trunk in
Hancock street yesterday, plead not
guilty. The case was continued until
the 11th and Jordan was remanded
Ilody In Trunk.
Boston, Mass., Sept. 4. Chester Jor
dan, an actor of Somerville, was ar
rested by Boston officers late yester
day afternoon on the charge or having
murdered his wife, Honorah Jordan,
whose body, minus the head, was dis
covered In a trunk at 7 Hancock street
Boston. The body not only was-'beheaded,
but dismembered before it was
placed In the trunk, which Jordan in
tended to take to New York on a boat.
The boat, however, did" not leave as
scheduled, and the tiackman who han
dled the trunk," became suspicious it
contained stolen plunder and notified
the police. A search revealed the dis
membered' body, and Jordan was ar
rested." The police say he has admitted
Otrrrviur by Mvcbt.
When the police went to Jordan's
room he was absent. They found the
trunk, but did not open it, and waited
for Jordan. When he came they com
pelled him to produce the key and open
the trunk. he" turned the key and
threw up the cover he sank back on
his knees, hiding his face in his hands
Sergeant Crowley staggered back
aghast at the disclosure, for in the
- open trunk before him lay a sickening
' mass of hacked flesh, a woman's torso
filling the greater part of the trunk.
while pieces of flesh from other parts
of the body were stuffed into the cor
ners. The head and limbs were miss
ing. o t'ovrrtnjt oh ItrmatcH.
The entire interior of the trunk was
bespattered with blood. There was no
Springfield Police Scored by
Grand Jury for Failing to
' Suppress Riots.
FOUR MEMBERS INDICTED
Investigating Body Makes Final Re
port Returning True Bills, Bring
. ing Total to 117.
Springfield, 111., Sept. 4. The grand
jury Investigating the recent race war
adjourned after returning 17 more In
dictments, thus making a total of 117
during the session. Among the in
dictments returned yesterday after
noon were those against four Sprin
fleld policemen, Oscar Dahlman, Jo
seph Ferendez, George H. Ohlman and
George W. Dawson. They are indicted
for alleged failure to suppress the riot
when detailed for that duty.
Sheriff Werner, Chief of Police Wil
bur Morris, Captain Walls of troop D
of Springfield, and other officers are
rommended by the grand Jury. The re
port condemns the policemen for fail
ure to do their duty and denounces
them as "cowards."
Other indictments returned in the
final report are against Lee Randolph
for burglary and larceny; Robert Mc
Kay, burglary; Tom Gegan, malicious
mischief, two counts; Andrew Gordan
attempt to commit murder; W. H
Bowe and Frank Whitco, arson, alleg
ed to have fired the home of Susie
Ellis; Eva Thomas, burglary and lar
ceny; James Brechtel, riot; Eugene
Bradley, burglary and larceny; Ed
Duffy and Tom Gegan, riot; Charles
Wolfe, malicious mischief; Frank Mtt
chell and William Farmer, robbery.
charged with having robbed Deputy
County Treasurer Bowe of money, a
diamond and a revolver. Mitchell and
Farmer are held as members of the
crowd . of colored men who held up
Bowe and shot him. .
covering of any sort over the remains.
Jordan submitted to arrest without
protest, and was led to station No.
and locked up.
The head and bones of the limbs
were found later in the furnace of the!
Jordan home at Somerville and the
scalp, hair and other grewsome re
mains were taken from the kitchen
range at the house.
According to the police, Jordan con
fessed to the crime. After telling ofl
the stage life of himself and wife since
iheir marriage four years ago, Jordan
is alleged to have said that Mrs. Jor
dan had taken to drinking of late, and
he claims she was associating with
other men, and he became jealous. It
was in a jealous quarrel that the trou
ble started which ended in the death
of his wife. -
Knorked llrr Down Stair.
Jordan declares his wife struck him
first; that he then knocked his wife
down stairs, and was terrified to find
he had killed her. This happened at
30 Tuesday night. Fearing discov
ery he conceived the idea of cutting
the body up. taking it away on one ofl
the steamers and throwing the parts
overboard, and then reporting to the
police that his wTfe had left him.
I ! Knifr, Itnxor nntl Shear.
Jordan, according to his alleged con
fession,, went out and bought a heavy
nutcper s kmie. vv un tnis ana a razor
and shears he severed the head from
the body and after putting the scalp
and hair in the kitchen range, placed
the skull in the furnace in the cellar.
The legs and arms were cut from the
body and the flesh sliced off in strips.
leaving the bones of the limbs prac
tically bare. The bones were placed in
the furnace and the chunks of flesh
piled into the trunk with the torso.
The trunk was taken to the Somer
ville station and shipped to Boston
some time Wednesday.
Xot Moved by Crime.
Jordan declared to the police that
after knocking his wife down stairs!
and finding she was dead, he placed
her body in the kitchen and went to I
bed and to sleep. When he awoke in
the morning he cooked his own break
fast in the kitchwr-ttni?-K n thrH
presence of the body of his dead wife.
In the afternoon. Jordan said, he dis
membered the body.
BOOST FOR A NEW CHARTER
Another Effort to Secure New One for
Chicago Is Begun.
Chicago, Sept. 4. Another effort to
secure a new' charter adequate to the
needs of Chicago was begun yester
day by the members of the Chicago
charter convention, who authorized
Chairman Horeman to appoint a com
mittee to'cjwisider the measures to be
adopted anil to investigate the stat
utes affecting the city as passed by
the last leaSslature. Tne committee
will report later upon a proposition
advanced no ask the next legislature
to authorize the calling of a chartei
HISS BENNELL A
Woman Suspected of Knowing About
Rustin Murder in Jail.
Omaha, Sept. 4. Miss Leona Bcn-
nc'.l, who admitted she was the last
person i the company of ' Dr. Fred-
crick Rustin before he reached home
the night of the Rustin murder, this
afternoon was arrested and placed in
jail until th inquest Tuesday next.
No charge was placed against the
CALLS A SPECIAL SESSION
Governor Hanly Assembles Indiana
Legislature Sept. 18.
Indianapolis, Sept. 4. Governor
Hanly this afternoon issued a call for
an extra session or tne Indiana legis
lature to meet Sept. 18 and consider
a county local option law and to give
the governor power to deal with the
troubles in southern Indfana that may
be caused by night riders.
Chicago Merchant Dead.
Chicago, Sept. 4. Emanuel Mandel,
first vice president of Mandcl Bros.,
one of Chicago's most successful mer
chants, died last night at Basle, Switz
erland, according to a dispatch receiv
ed today, of paralysis.
New York Cavalry Wins.
Sea Girt. N. J., Sept. 4. The cavalry
team match at the annual shooting
tournament of the New Jersey State
Rifle association here today was won
by the second troop of New Jersey
with a score of. 435. Squadron A of
New York scored 429. .
San Francisco. Sept. 4. Word has
reached here that the town of Raw
hide, Nev., with a' population of 2.500,
is burning. Wire communication is
&AT 'J ll
"A strike is necessary among
receive their rights the husbands would soon lead them to the polls." Mr.
waukee W. C. T. U.
BRYAN IS RUSHED
Makes Nwo Dedicatory Ad
dresses and Entertains a
Numjper of Visitors.
HERMAN RIODER AT FAIRVIEW
Declares That the National Ticket
Will Win This Fall Germans All
Lincoln, Sept. 4. Bryan today was
a busy man. He delivered two dedi
cation speeches, one at the state fair
grounds and the other at tne Tabitha
home for the aged. He received many
hundreds of people, talked into a phon
ograph, discussed politics and sand-
.viched in some work in the office.
Kidder HriiiKM ;l Keportx.
Herman mucrer of .ew ork, on
his way east, stopped off in Lincoln
a short time this morning. He
brought very flattering reports of the
WITNESSpo,iticaI situation as he found it in
tne west, particularly among tue Ger
Him Traveled Much.
Ridder has traveled extensively over
the United States since the Denver
convention, and laid before the presi
dential candidate some statistics which
seem to satisfy both himself -and Bryan
tending to show the so-called gold and
Cleveland democrats of any national
prominence are this year supporting
Bryan, and express themselves as be
ing ready to take the stump for him.
In the opinion of Ridder the real issue
of the present campaign is the tariff
question, and he thought the party
leaders should give more time to that
Tleket Will Kleeteri.
'From careful observation," said
Ridder, "I am now convinced the dem
ocratic national ticket will be elected
this fall. I told Bryan so. This opin
ion is based, upon a careful canvass
made by myself and friends since the
F0 RAKER NOT EXPECTED TO SET THE
RIVER AFIRE ON
Toledo, Ohio, Sept. 4. Beneath. the
limbs of . the i'Bill" Taft tree in the J
Grand Army reviewing stand and un
der the shade of its leaves, Judge Wil
liam H. Taft and Senator Joseph B.
Foraker shook hands after months of
apparent differences of opinion that
was leading the Taft and Foraker fac
tions ' further apart. This was their
first meeting since the republican na
The great stands full of people seem
ed to understand the significance of
the meeting, and as Senator Foraker
stepped out of his carriaee and ascend
ed the stepa to the platform, they
watched almost breathlessly . for the
climax. Both men -extended their
I hands, both smiled, and while they
housewives and if women refuse to do
Denver convention adjourned. The
Germans of the country are going to
supportthe democratic ticket almost
unanimously this fall."
VISITORS FROM THE
COUNTRY BLEW GAS
Three Found Dead and Another Dying
In Home of St. Paul Family
Fifth Will Recover.
St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 4 Peter
Schollert, Mrs. Schollerl and Lewis
Christiansen were found dead today in
Schollert's house in Fuller street, and
Hans HendrichsJon was found in a dy
ing condition from breathing illumina
ting gas.- Victor, son of Mr. Schollert,
was overcome, but will recover. Chris
tiansen and Hendrickson were visiting
from Polk county.
CAPTURE BIG BAND
Idaho Game Warden and Deputies
March 46 Men Miles and Lodge
Them In Wallace Jail.
Wallace, Idaho, Sept. 4. Game War
den Wilson and deputies arrfr&d at
Wallace yesterday mounted on cayuses
and armed to the teeth driving before
them 40 prisoners' arrested yesterday
for dynamiting fish in the Coeur
d'Alene river. All the men were lodg
ed in the county jail without difficulty.
CHAFIN IS HOPEFUL, ALSO
Declares He Is Pleased With Growth of
the Prohibition Movement.
Portland, Ore., Sept. 4. Eugene W.
Chafin, candidate of the prohibition
party for president, arrived in Port
land today. Chafin, who has made a
flying trip through several western
states, expresses himself as highly
grtlfied with the growth of the cause
STUMP FOR TAFT
stood with clasped hands, the crowds
whooped and yelled. Judge Taft drew
Senator Foraker to his side, and In
that position they reviewed the par
ade. - .... '
That Taft and Foraker are political
ly together is not only the public ad
mission of both Taft and Foraker, but
also the political sensation of Ohio.
Senator Foraker is an avowed. candi
date for the United States senate to
succeed himself, and his services in
the national campaign have been
sought by National Chairman Hitch
cock, and the senator has promised to
take the stump. .
It is safe to wager that the support
Foraker will give on the stump will
not be so .enthusiastic as to set the
, river afire.
housework and cooking unless they
H. M.' Holton, County President Mil
WEST NEXT YEAR
Grand Armyof Republic Accepts
Invitation of Salt Lake City
by Big Vote.
EASTERN MAN AT THE HEAD
Governor Van Sant of Minnesota
Stands Second in Balloting for
Toledo, Sept. 4. The Grand Army
of the Republic today by a large ma
jority decided to hold the next na
tional encampment at Salt Lake City.
Van 'Sant Nrrvnd in Race.
Toledo. Ohio. Sept. 4. Henry M. Ne
vius of Red Bank, N. J., was yester
day elected commander-in-chief of the
Grand Army on the first ballot. Ne
vlus had 454 votes; former Governor
Van Sant of Minnesota. 254; L. T.
Dickason of Illinois, 90. Other officers
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief J.
Kent Hamilton. Ohio.
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief C.
C. Royce. California.
Chaplain J. F. Spence, Tennessee.
Surgeon G. Lane Tannehill, Mary
land. Studied l.uir With Alger.
Nevius is a native of New Jersey;
was studying law with the late Rus
sell A, Alger of Michigan when the
war broke out, and enlisted from that
state with the Lincoln cavalry. Ne
vius rose to a commission with the 7th
Michigan and the 25th New York cav
alry regiments, and ; lost ' an arm in
front of Fort Stephens when the union
army was engaged with General Early.
The Woman's Relief Corps elected
Mrs. W. L. Gill man of Roxbury, Mass.,
McCASKRIN HEARD FIRST
George Opens Independence Campaign
in Indiana Hisgen Talks.
Indianapolis, Ind.. Sept.- 4. The In
diana campaign of the independence
party was opened here last night. The
first speaker was George W. McCask
riu, candidate for the party for gover
nor of Illinois. He was followed by
Thomas L. Hisgen, presidential candi
date. He blamed the two old parties
for whatever ills the laborer, farmer
and business man are suffering, and
promised all these would be cured
when the government is restored to
the people, which he said the Inde
pendence party intended doing If giv
en an opportunity.
Ptomaine Kill Three.
Sterling, 111., Sept 4. Mrs. Adam
Lefever died yesterday of ptomaine
poisoning, resulting from eating ham
She was the third to die in the Le
fever family in a week from the same
cause, her husband and daughter dy
Ing a few days ago. ;
This the Champion Pauper. ,
Utica. N. Y.. Sept. 4. The cham
plon pauper Is dead, after being a pub
lie charge for 85 years.- Hezekiah
Monk was born in . the Herkimer
county poorhouse 85 years ago, spent
all his days there and died in that
Streams Drying Up In Western Penn
sylvania and West Virginia and
Factories Are Being Closed.
Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 4. The long
continued drouth In western Pennsyl
vania and West Virginia is gradually
reaching serious proportions. Lack of
rain is causing the suspension of many
industries. Farmers are hauling water
for miles, and streams which never be
fore were known to -go dry are so shal
low only here and there are stagnant
pools. This water is scooped up and
boiled for domestic purposes.
SAYS THERE IS NOTHING TO IT
Senator Thurston Cheers Republican
Headquarters With Breezy Talk.
New York. Sept. 4. That what ap
pears to be apathy among the voters
of the country is merely, contentment
with the present administration of af
fairs by e republican party, is the
contention of former Senator John M
Thurston of Nebraska.
Thurston, at the republican national
headquarters, today discussed the sit
nation in Nebraska and In the country
at large with party leaders. He de
clared so far as Nebraska is concerned
there is nothing but certainty of re
publican success in November.
OFFICERS ARE ELECTED
Mrs. J. T. Noftsker President of For
eign Missionary Society.
The Woman's Foreign Missionary
society of the First Methodist church
held the annual election of officers
yesterday afternoon at the home of
MTgnr. u. winmifly.,i)iP'"Ninereenni
street: Officers for the year were elect
ed as follows:
President Mrs. J. T. Noftsker.
First Vice President Mrs. Eugene
Second Vice President Mrs. L. C
Third Vice President Mrs. M. M
Recording Secretary Mrs. F. K
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. C. H.
Treasurer Miss Florence Battles.
Superintendent of Mite Boxes Mrs.
Assistant Superintendent Mrs. C.
BACKED IN FRONT OF A TRAIN
Mcline Popcorn Vender Has Close Call
When Horse Acts Up.
Alex Ferksen. a Moline popcorn and
peanut vender, was injured last even
ing at Fourth avenue and Fourteenth
street in that city. His horse backed
his wagon in front of a freight train
and the outfit was demolished. The
owner jumped and escaped with bruis
es. He is at the hospital.
NISSEN WILL IS PROBATED
Death of a Witness to It Causes Delay
The will of Nicolaus Nissen of this
city was admitted to probate in the
county court yesterday afternoon by
Judge R. W. Olmsted. One of the sub
scribing witnesses to the will is dead,
and before the document could be ad
mitted to probate the proof of the
death of the witness had to be submit
ted. As soon as this was done it was
probated. By its terms Mrs. Jenny
Nissen, wife of deceased, is made the
executrix of the estate and the sole
heir. The will bears date of April 11,
BIG PICNIC HEL0 TOMORROW
Lower End Sunday Schools to Meet in
Tomorrow the annual union Sunday
school picnic takes place in Drury
township, the Baptists being in charge
this year. Wowell's grove, two miles
below Illinois City, will be the scene
of the gathering, which Is expected to
Include between 2,000 and 3,000 people
from the lower end of the county, ad
jacent townships of Mercer county and
Tokio, SepL 4. Eire -yesterday de
stroyed 4,000 houses in the city of Nil
gata. 18 miles northwest of this city
Fearful scenes of destitution and suf
fering are reported as a result of the
Stomach Trouble Takes Man
Long Prominent in Pub
ONCE HEAD OF FIREMEN
Given Appointment by McKin-
ley and Held Last Post
Washington, Sept. 4. Frank P. Sar-
gent, commissioner of immigration of
the department of commerce and. la-.
i-fiAXK P. SAKGtNX.
bor, died in this city today of stomach
trouble. " "
Sargent was 54 years of age aud
was born in Orange. Vt. From 1888
to 1902 he was chief or the Brother
hood of Locomotive Firemen. In 189S
PlMde.nMxKinlv .appointed JnLni
member or the industrial - commission
and when he resigned from that bodr
he declined the position of chief of
the bureau of engraving and printing.
He had been commissioner general
of immigration since 1902.
Six Year I'oiiiiulnaloaer.
He was a C2d degree Mason and a
member of the National Civic Federa
tion. He was ill several mouths with
i an ailment of the stomach.
FINE FOR GRAFTING
TACKED ON TRICKETT
Kansas Reform Assistant Attorney
General Has Taken an Appeal
From Lower Court.
Kansas City, Mo.. Sept. 4. C. W.
Trickett, assistant attorney general for
Kansas, who recently made a sensa
tional fight on grafters, was fined yes
terday $5i0 and costs in the north
division of the city court. Kansas City.
Kan., for collecting fees illegally.
Judge M. H. Newhall, before ""whom
Assistant Attorney General Trickett
was tried and convicted last week for
illegally accepting fees in a liquor
prosecution, overruled the defendant's
motion for a new trial to the district
court. Judge Newhall decreed that
the defendant stand committed to jail
until the fine and costs of this case
are paid. ' -
MRS. PECK GETS DIVORCE
Wife of Columbia University Profes
sor Alleges Desertion.
Sioux Falls, S. D.. Sept. 4. Mrs.
Cornelia D. Pck, wife of Harry Thurs
ton Peck, professor in Columbia uni
versity and a celebrated magazine
writer and educator, was granted a
divorce here yesterday upon th
grounds of desertion.
Oliver Dalrymple Had Tract of 10,880
St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 4. Oliver Dal
rymple, known as the "bonanza wheat
farmer of North Dakota," died: at bi
ranch home at Casselton, N.' D., last
night of heart disease superinduced
by old age. Dalrymple b farm em
braced 10,880 acres and was devoted
to wheat raising. . ' . ! , ' ; ,
W. B. Leeds' Estate to Widow.
Mineola, L. I, Sept. 4. W. Bl Leeds'
win was filed here yesterday: The
will leaves the widow raot of the es
tate. A 6on in Indiana eta $1,000,000.
The estate is believed to be worth
$30,000,000. " . ; " -
Votes 43 Cents Apiece. r.
Monmouth,; IlL, SepL 4. The pri
mary election cost Warren county $1.
297 an average of 43 cents for-each
vote. - - .