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THE AKGU8, .THUBBPAY. UOTOIIEK 1, 1891.
.Tf.e Meteoric Frenchman Dies
- an Ignoble Death.
A. PISTOL BALL THROUGH HIS BRAIN
Gad tb Dramatic Career ef "I BraT
Gaeral" The Love of Woman and
the Failure of Ilia Life Incite Him to
the Deed Which He Terpetratet at
the Tomb or Hie Mitre A Sketch
f HI Life and II Principal Feature.
Vanity and Women the Canee of a
Paris. Oct l. "Boulanger is dead"
. were the words flashed along the vires
from Brussels yesterday, and before tbe
to such an an
nouncement in this
city had time to
show itaelf the far
ther report came
that "Le Brar GeD
eral" had shot him
self through tbe
temple on the
grave of his mis
tress, dying with
all his decorations "a;
displayed on bis
breast. The news
papers were imiue- BOCLASGER.
diately besieged by great crowds for de
tails of the affair, and extra editions could
not be printed fast enough to supply the
demand. But with all tbe excitement tbe
feeling among tbe Republicans was one of
Intense relief, as it removed from their
path one of their most bitter foes. Beyond
a subject for talk in the cafes, on the bou
levards, and in the salons, Boulanger's
death is expected to be without results in
Paris. It will, of course, rtvive the inci
dents of his comet-like career, but its ef
fects on politics will be very slight in
deed, for Boulanger was dead to France
long before he slew himself on the Bar
onne de Bonnemain's tomb.
The Woman He Died for.
Boulanger had the intrepidity, tbe phys
ical presence, and the traits to rise high,
but it was his fate to fall, and that vanity
and women played an important part in
his eclipse there can be little doubt. TLe
cause of his suicide was no doubt the
. death some weeks ago of Mme. Bonce
main, his mistress. She was the Baronne de
Bon n em hi to whom the mysterious,
though respectful, reference was made hy
Paris correspondence during Boulanger's
sojourn at St. Heliers. She was unhap
pily married. Her husband, who belonged
to the nobility, and was the son of a dis
tinguished French general, was driven
from tbe army on account of his pebts.
He dissipated his wife's first fortune, fled
from France, and a few years ago was liv.
ing in San Francisco from hand to month.
Laid Her Fortune at Hia Feet.
Barone de Bonnemain called on Bou
langer when he was minister cf war to
lay before him her unfortunate situation.
She saw him often and his desire to ob
tain a divorce was said to have been
wakened by a wish to wed the baronne,
who on her side, had gone before tbe
courts and asked to be freed from btr
worthless husband. But the general's
failure to get a divorce caused him to
take the baronne as his mistress. She
bad the good fortnne at this time to re
ceive a bequest of tl,500.000 from a
wealthy aunt, and this sum Mme. Bonne
main laid at her lover's feet, saying: "It
is yours. Take it." Tbe general took it
only as he needed it, tbe barenne holding
possession of it. Mme. Bonnemain was
enthusiastic in her political support of
Boulanger and accompanied him to
England and thence to Brussels, where
in July last, she was taken dangerously
111 and died the 17th.
The Love of the General.
That he loved the baronne is a matter
beynd speculation. But be had loved be
fore "many a time." Boulanger was a
beau as well as a fighter two qualities
which seem to go hand in hand. Had he
been an Englisman or an American his
loves would probably not have been to
varied nor so notorious, but being French
they became apart of his daily life.
Hemarried in iStis, while a captain in tbe
army, a daughter of M Kenouard. He
was then about 80 years old, and his wife
was a beautiful woman, with whom for
some years he lived very happily.
Enter Domestic Infelicity.
When tbe war of 1!S70 broke out Mme.
Boulanger removed to Paris, taking her
two daughters. Here her husband joined
her and was immediately appointed di
rector of infantry in the war office. It
was then he began to become acquainted
In army circles, and it was then his first
domestic trouble liegan. At this time tbe
general added one more duty to his many
occupations. He became a freqnecter of
the green-room of the Theatre Francaise,
where he spent an hour almost every
night, especially on tbe evening when Mile
Keicbemberg appeared on the stage. To
all of thU Mme. Boulanger raised her
voice in earnest protest, but to no avail.
Hi Suit for Divorce.
The intimacy between Boulanger and
Mile. Reichemberg grew apace, and Mme.
Boulanger talked of divorce, but she never
sued for one, and when she refused to at
tend tbe marriage of one of her daughters
to a henchman of her husband, the latter
brought suit, complaining that his wife
would not liva with him, which is cause
for divorce in France. He was abut to
win tbe suit when his wife, after reoeat
"edTy refusing to live with him, suddenly
nbanged front, and said she would Jive
with the general if invited to do so. This
knocked tbe wind out of his satis com
pletely, and the suit was dismissed. Bou
langer's mother is still living, and has
reached the ripe old age of hi. She resides
t Ville d'Avray. Boulanger always
showed tbe greatest veneration for her.
HOW HE ENDED HIS LIFE.
A Bkotch of too Lifo and Death of a Me
General Boulanger's position had been '
Retting blacker and blacker of recent
months. He bad no hopes for the
future and his remaining friends
were few and becoming colder as
the once famous general dropped more
and more out of public notice. There is
no doubt that tbe general was conscious
of these facta and that they- preyed upon
bis mind. Coupled to this was tbe mor
bid love or infatuation which he had for
bis dead mistress, to whom be was un
doubtedly greatly attached, as evidenced
by hi renouncing what might have been
t B important political 'career in order to
f y with her from France.
Often Visited the Cemetery.
One of the four men who were working
l:i the cemetery at Ixelles, one mile south
of Brussells, said that he noticed the
latter when' he entered the ceme-tt-ry
gates at about 11:30 o'clock
it, the morning. - : The general, ae
et'rding to this man, looked sad and pale,
b it otherwise there was nothing specially
noteworthy in Lis appearance. The work
man also said that he bad often seen
Boulanger visit the cemetery in tbe same
ni inner, and consequently, he did not call
the attention of the cemetery officials to
the general's presence.
Heard the Fatal Report.
treneral Boulanger, the workman
states, at once proceeded to the grave of
Mme. de Bonnemain, wbichis situated at
a little distance from the spot wnere the
fot r m$u were workiug and which was
bidden from view. The men continued
their work, and about three-quarters of
an hour after the general had passed the
pla where Jthey were employed! they
were startled by the loud report of a re
volver, and rushing to the grave of Mme.
de Itontiemain found General Boulauger
lyit g beside it. He was quite dead. His
banl was tightly grasping a revolver.
The ball bad entered bis temple and had
pasted through his heal.
lieKinninc of Ilia Career.
Gt orges Ernest Jean Marie Boulanger
was born at Kinnes April 29, 1S37. His
father was an attorney, and was far from
wealthy. His mother was an English
won: an whoe farni'y had settled in
Hen nes after the peace of lSl."i. The family
afterward removed to Nantes, and in
that city youcg Boulanger passed the
greater part of his boyhood. He was edit
cated at the College of Nantes, aod June
If, InSo, before be was IS. entered the M.
Cyr Military academy. From that time
forward everything seemed to favor the
realisation of bis ambitious dreams.
Roth Brave and Fortunate.
Frem the moment be left tbe military
school tbe desire to draw public attention
to hitiself was manifest. He asked for
and s. -cured a commission in tbe Algerian
tirailleurs, and tbe war in Italy a year
later brought him into prominence.
Brave to rashuess, always at the head of
his men in the face of danger, bis good
form t e seemed to follow him, and he es
caped where others would have been
killed. He was successively rewarded for
bis acts of bravery by tbe cross of tbe Le
gion o" honor, the Sardinian cross of St.
Maurii-eand Lazore, and tbe epaulet of
Ula F-ntry Iuto Politic.
When Boulanger became a general he
threw off all constraint and gave full
scope t) his aspirations. He unmasked
the politician ready to do anything
to carry out bis purpose. In ls3
Genera Billot, tbe minister of war,
called Boulanger to the war department
as director of infantry, and tbe general
began reforming the army and making
speeches. In ISM) De Freycinet made him
ministe- of war and he began to make
radical changes and reforms in an impe
rious m toner. He snubbed unmercifully
old gen rain, his former chiefs, the same
who had contributed to his rapid progress,
wbenev r they dared to hazard the slight
est obsetvation in opposition to his pro
gramme Tl.e Topnlace Doted on Him.
The inauguration of the Cercle Mili
taire led to great popular manifestations,
and General Boulanger was tbe object of
a veritable ovation. Thousands of peop'.e
collected on the streets shouting '"Vive
Boulangi-rl" and tbe general's carriage
was followed by crowds of enthusiasts,
cheering tbe popular favorite. At this
moment i here was talk of the possibility
of Boulaxger making a coup d'etat. At
tbe salon of lt-bi there were dozens of por
traits and busts of the general, while bis
effigy in candies, cakes and other mate
rials were sold in every shop.
Get Into the Chamber.
He retired when tbe Goblet, ministry
fell, and then for insubordination go t
into prison for thirty days and finally
obtained what be seemed to want, the
striking oi his name off tbe active list of
tbe army. Then he won a seat in the
chamber, but did not succeed as a legisla
tor and resigned. Next he fought a duel
with M. l'loquet, and was wounded in
tbe neck. Popular sympathy was still
with him and he was elected to tbe
chamber from several departments, and
had another stormy career in the
chamber, lut his enemies began an in
vestigation of his past administration.
The Meteor's Sudden Fall. -
Charges (f great corruption were made
as a result of the investigation, and Bou
langer dec ined to be tried by a magis
trate, but was willing to be tried by the
senate. He was finally forced to fly from
France, and from Brussels issued a mani
festo to the French people declaring him
self to be cbief of tbe national Republican
party. He afterward went to Jersey, tak
ing a villa Dear St. Helier, where he occu
pied his time preparing a work on mili
tary science, and issuing manifestoes to
Did a Little Conspiring, Too,
He also p it in some time conspiring
against tbe l'rench republic, and tbe seiz
ure of tbe pipers of the Patriotic leagne
showed eviutnee of an organized attempt
t a revolution. It was found that the
league had arsenals well supplied and was
ready to equip 100,000 men. These ar
rangements vere hidden under cover of
gymnastic societies and rifle associations.
On short notice tbe Boulangists could
have mobilized a powerful nucleus of a
levolntionary army, not only well drilled
among themselves, but in touch with the
regulars and equal to any emergency.
Boulanger's complicity was proven by
RAUM DEMANDS SOME HEADS.
The Official Decapitation or Three Ob
noxloi Clerk Wanted.
"WasHlKGroK, Oct. 1. Commissioner
Rnm, of the pension office, yesterday
recommended to the secretary of the in
terior the dis nissal of J. JL Eugel, of
Pennsylvania; F. M. Taylor, of Illinois,
and Edward HDward, of Connecticut, on
the general charge that their continuance
in office is detrimental to tbe efficiency of
the bureau. Et gel was one of the clerks
who had his pet sion re-rated and was by
order of the sect etary dismissed, but aft
erward was reinstated. Engel and the
others men t lone i are said to have made
affidavits accusing Green B. Kaum, Jr.,
of using his fat.ier' influence to secure,
for a money consideration, the promotion
of clerks in the I ureau. An investigation
was made and it was found that the
charges against j ouog Raum were untrue,
hence the commiwioner's action.
Burglar Cobble S7.000.
Green Bar, Wis., Oct. 1. -Burglars
effected an entrance to McCartney's ex
change bank, of Fort Howard, Tuesday
night and secured 13.000 in money and
bout (4,000 in government bonds.
One Mere Horror on an Excur
COLLISION ON A L1IBANKMENT.
Three I'rravn TakiJ.tt Dead, Thre
Other Fatally Wounded and a Score
Severely Injured omt-dy' Crimi
nal Blnml-r The Imprisoned Victims
Threatened n Ith Cremation Heroism
Mr. edgick and Little Laura Van
Anken Moat or the Victims Women
and Nearly All from Michigan.
AKRON', O, Oct. 1. Early "yestirday
morning a collision occurred one mile east
of Kent, on the N. Y., P. and O. railroad.
A freight train going thirty miles an hour
ran iuto a passenger train which was mak
ing tbe same time. Three persons were
killed outright and twenty-four injured,
several fatally. The passenger train was
the Michigan section of the Olin fam
ily excursion, members of which were go
ing to the national reunion of their kiu
dred at Bennington, Vt. Many other
Michigan people took advantage of the
low rates to visit friends in the east. It
was a fogtry night, and the collision oc
curred on a long fill thirty feet high in
the middle of which was a bridge sixty
feet long over the Pittsburg and Western
tracks. Part of tbe passenger train was
on the bridge when the crash came.
Car Crufthed Like Cardboard.
The engines plowed into each other and
reared hiu;li in the air and the cars on
each side crushed together like cardboard.
William Maxwell, of Meadville, traveling
engiueer of the second division, who was
riding oi the passenger engine, had start
ed bac. over tbe tender just before the
collision. He was caught between tbe
tender and baggage car and was ground
into a jelly, one leg being torn off atid
thrown down the bank. Engiueer C. E.
Brown, of Meadville, who was ou the
freijiht, and Passenger Engiueer F.
H. Nichols. of tue same place,
jumped and saved tbc-ir lives.
Fireman Stephens, or the passen
ger train followed suit and was badly
hurt in tumoling down the embaukmeiit.
Fireman Clayton Glass, of Meadville,
was caught in the wreck and crushed to
The Effect on tlia Faaaenger Coarhe.
Tbe pisseuger train consisted of five
sleepers, rive day coacbes and a bagsage
car. The latter and first day coach were
smashed into bits and tbe occupants
buried in the debris. Tbe second day
coach was badly wrecked, seats and tim
bers being heaped up almost to the ceil
ing in the center of the coach. Tbe rear
portion was almost intact, but jammed
into the forward portion of tbe third day
coach, which as lifted off the truck and
pushed skyward at an angle cf 4i de
grees. Tbe second day coach was occu
pied by women and children. Mrs. Wil
loughby Beway, of Richland, Mich., aged
45, who tat in tbe forward part of the
coach, met instant death, the heavy tim
bers crushing her bead. Other passengers
were buried in a promiscuous pile of tbe
seats and timbers.
A HOLOCAUST THREATENED.
Heroic Self Sacrifice of a Woman and
C.irl Dreadful Detail.
The stove was overturned and timbers
took fire, flames bursting out in an in
stant. Shrieks of women and children,
who were wedged in close to the burning
timber, summoned workers to that part
of tbe wreck, and a score of men were
soon cutting away through the debris.
Mrs. Alice M. Sedgwick, with both legs"
broken, lay close to a red hot stove, push
ing against it with all ber might to keep
it from crushing and burning ber little
daughter, who lay just by her. The
mother's clothing was burned off, and
one side of her body was roasted. Close
to her lay Laura Van Anken, a frail
girl of 11, who was doing a like service
for ber mother, laying almost under tbe
stove, her arms pinioned and broken.
Breaking into tbe car from the rear, tbe
men brought water from tbe drinking
tanks and passed it to tbe imprisoned
women. In five minutes the woodwork
was drenched, and the fire was cheated
out of its prey.
Kerning the Fnfortunate.
For a half hour longer tbe men worked
like Titans, lifting out women and chil
dren, many of them with legs and arms
dangling helplessly. As fast as taken out
the injured were transferred to sleeping
cars and taken back to Kent. Tbe Revere
hotel and several near-by house's were at
once thrown open, and Doctors Sherman,
Evans, and Davis, of Kent, and Railroad
Surgeon Lashell, of Meadville, began set
ting broken bones and binding up the
wounded. Mrs. A. M. Johnson, of Mus
kegon, Mich., was the most serionsly in
jured; both legs are broken. Mrs. Alice
M. Sedgwick, Parma, Micb., right leg
fractured, t.gbt tbign and foot burned.
left hip dislocated. Mrs. G. C. Thomp
son, .Montague, Alien., severe injury to
back, btill unconscious from internal in
juries. Physicians say tbe injuries of all
three will piobahly prove fatal.
sixteen Other jieverely Hart.
Tbe following are the others injured:
Mrs. Rev. G. A. Buell, compound fracture
ot leit leg, lacerated nip and internal in
juries: Lucille Buell, aged 8, bruised hip
ana back; Mrs. Caroline Reed, Richland,
Mich., leg broken; Mrs. Thomas Rechor,
Muskegon, Mich., spine and hips injured;
Mrs. U. n. van Anken, McDonald, Mich.,
right arm broken; Miss Laura Van An
ken, lacerated and wounded on both feet;
Nellie Stanford, Galesburg, Micb., back
and right hip injured; G. C. Thomas,
Montague, Micb., wounded on scalp,
left shoulder breast and right
arm; Mary Richard, Muskegon, legs
bruised; J. D. Hart, Kockford, Ills., right
thigh braised, left ankle and right shoul
der sprained; Edward M. Moody, Shelby,
Mich., left hip and both legs braised;
Frank M. Caldwell, second division pas
senger agent of tbe N. Y. and O., scalp
wonnd, cut over left eye, and left foot in
jured; Charles E. McKinsley, badly
bruised by frlling through tbe trestle, no
bones tirokeu; Miss Edith Vomers, Grand
Rapids, left leg fractured; Miss Hulda
Weetcott, Bangor, Micb., bruised back.
Miss Rebecca Clark, Bangor, bip and back
The Freight Conductor Blamed.
The remains of tbe three dead were
taken to Kent, and Mrs. Deway was sent
to her home. Superintendent J. S. Mat
son, who went from Meadville to investi
gate tbe accident, says that tbe blame
rests with the crew of the freight train.
They had instructions to wait at Ravenna
until tbe sixth" section of the excursion
train bad passed. Conductor Biegert, of
the freight, claims that there were no
lights on the fifth section to indicate that
another section was to follow. Tbe col
lision happened about 12:10 in the morn
ing. In a few minutes more tbe freight
would faavs made the Kent siding and tbe
accident wald have been avoided.
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