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Rock Island Daily Argus.
VOL. XL XO. 112.
ROCK ISLAND, FRIDAY MARCH 4, 1892.
Sfie;l Copl 3 Cents
far Week 1S Ceuta
Money in Your rocket
By BuyiDg Goods
At This Sale.
THE LONDON under the new manage
ment will give you less BLOW and BLUSTER
and BETTER VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY
than heretofore. THE LONDON under
the new management is strictly One Price
and No Deviation.
ALL GOODS POSITIVELY AS ADVERTISED
Our Mr. M. C. Rice is now in the eastern mar
pets buying our Grand Stock for this spring, and we
e will, without doubt, show you the finest line 01
Clothing and Furnishing Goods ever brought to this
ity, and at lower prices than ever known of in Rock
We have not near enough room for our
Of nice new
Spring Clothing and Furnishing Goods
Which will be coming in a very short time,
and we must unload our present stock in
order to get room. We will save you from
25 to 50 per cent on every purchase, loss
not taken into consideration, as we must
move the goods. What is our loss is your gain.
J- B. SAX.
ROCK ISLAND. M. C. RIGE.
I GUILT OR MADNESS.
Startling Murder Sensation at
the Western Metropolis.
AN EMINENT D0CT0E THE CULFB.IT
And II in Victim the Invalid Fcter
Mother or His Wife Ur. Henry M.
8iu.lil.-r Alleged to Have llrutally mur
dered Mrn. Frank A. Dunton A Ile-
markable aite nf Wickedness if the
C harges A re True The Dot-tor's Friends
Helieve Him Insane story of the
ClilCA;o, March 4. The most sensa
tionnl arrest t hat has been made in this
city for many a day .s that of Dr. Henry
M. Scudilor, which took place Wednesday,
but has just been made public, on a chi re
of murder, the victim, as alleged, being
t he foster mot her of the doctor's wife. . Dr.
Scudder was kept under guard at the
home of his father on Grand boulevard, as
he was too ill to be taken to jail. The
case is remarkable for the high standing
in professional and religious circles of the
accused and also because the alleged vic
tim was an invalid suffering from an in
curable disease, and there are other sensa
Story of the Alleged Mnrder.
The following is au account of the al
leged murder as said to have heeu gath
ered by reporters:
Mrs. Scudder is the adopted daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Dunton, and was married
to Dr. Scudder, who was thu a widower, bust
September. Mrs. Dunton. who .at the time
of her death was 54 years old. had'suffered for
years from a tibro-cystic abdominal tumor,
with a resulting heart disease, and could not
have lived more than two months longer un
der any circumstances. 15eing an invalid she
it up a good deal in a recliuiUjt chair placed
near her bed, and did so on the day of her
death, which was Sunday, Feb. -1.
At hen the Murder Took I'laee.
On the morning of thai dar she arose and
dressed herself, or, at least, was dressed. She
read the newspapers, and had Ler breakfast
brought up and placed on a small table near
her chair. She found fault w ith the cotf. e.
which she said was not warm, nnd the servant
took it down stairs strain, intending tobri.iir
her some hot coffee. It a then alout
o'clock, and dnring the absence of the servant
the tragedy occurred.
What the Servant Says She Saw.
Dr. Scudder, who was a constant visitor at
the Dunton mansion, was. it is allceed, in the
sick room that Sunday morning. Mr. Dunton
was reclining on a sick tied in the back room.
just recovering from a dan-rero-s illness, with
which, is is also claimed. Dr. Scudder is pain
fully connected. Soon after the servant went
down stairs with the coffee a witness saw Dr.
Scudder and Mrs. Dunton standing together in
the room. Dr. scudder being between her and
the witness, who was in the hall or on the
The Deed Done with a Ciub.
Dr. Scudder had in the pocket of his overcoat
Bomethii a foot or more in length, wrapped
np in a white wtcrh, which protruded above his
pocket. A moment later Mrs. tcndder uttered
a piercing scream, which was heard all over
the house. At or about the same moment, the
witness saw her on hands and knees on the
floor, and Dr. Scudder striking heron the head
with something like a club. The witness was
in fear of Dr. Scudder, and suppressed the fact
DR., SCUPPER'S STATEMENT.
He Says She Fell Down and Hurt Herself
When Mrs. Scudder screamed every one in
the house ran to the room, the first arrival be
ing Mr. Dnnton, whom Dr. Scudder gently
p ushed back, assuring him that he was too ill
to see hi s wife. To the rest of the family he
said that Mrs. Dunton had fallen down three
times and struck her head against the furni
ture. When they arrived Mrs. Scudder was
lying on )rr face, with her bead, which was ne ir
the doori bleeding prefusely from several
Died Without Saying a Word.
She was only partly conscious, and said noth
ing intelligible before she died. Dr. Scndder
told the pbysicia s that he was present when
Mrs. Scndder fill three times against the fur
niture, while he was attempting to hold her
up. Dr. tiassett expressed astonishment, as
t here was hardly anything tor her to strike Ler
her head against. It was found that Mrs.
Dunton "e head had five or more wounds on it
which penetrated to the skull bone, if they
did not fracture the skull. It was plain also
that they bad been made downward and for
ward, on the to; and back of the head.
AHoliieThat Is Suggested.
Mrs. Dunton 's remains were taken to Janea
ville, Vhv4 for interment, and Dr. Scudder
was to have accompanied them there, but he
pleaded illness and begged to be allowed to re
main at the house. It seems that Mrs. Dunton
had made two wills. A member of the Dunton
family says that after the remains had left the
house for Janes ville, and at a time when be
supposed Ir. Dunton was not looking. Dr.
Scudder went into the bedroom and secured
the box in which was the first will. He threw
a shawl carelessly over the little box and
started from the room toward the hall.
Caught In the Act.
Sir. Dnnton called to him to stop, at the
same time attracting the attention of his
wife's sister. Miss Parker, to Scudder. Scudder
paused and Miss Darker told him to return
that box to the room. Scudder said:
"The one you hare in your band," Miss Par
"Oh, I did not know I had a box." Scudder
replied. "I picked up this shovel and was go
ing to take it into he hall. I did not know any
box was under it."
Mr. Dunton thereupon ordered Dr. Scudder
to quit the bouse immediately and for good,
with which request he complied and has not
since been in the Dunton home.
Seems to Kxplaln the Matter.
The box which Scudder endeavored to pur
loin contained what is known as Sirs. Dun
ton's first will, and which gave 830,000 to Mrs.
Scudder, while the second will, or that of Feb.
IS last, gate fSo.OUO, or the total amount sep
arately controlled by Mrs. Dunton. The evi
dent motive on the part of Scndder was to ob
tain possession of the first will so as to leave
the second in full force. It is claimed by those
somewhat familiar with the incident of the
second wiU that it was obtained by coercion at
a time when Mrs. Dnnton was suffering in
tensely. It is said to bare been executed at
the dictation of Dr. Scudder.
THE PARTIES TOT HE TRAGEDY.
Scudder' Friends Helieve Him Insane
The only explanation that Dr. Scudder's
friends offer is that the doctor is insane,
nd they have filed a petition to have his
sanity inquired into, lie has been taken
to the detention hospital, but refuses to
make any statement, except that be is ab
solutely ignorant of the events of Feb 2e
except what has been told biro. Dr. Scud
der stands high in bis profession. He had
thorough education, including oil
courses at Yale, Jefferson Medical college,
Philadelphia, and special trainings ia
hospitals, Me was norn m inula ut .-vrcut,
March 23, 1852, and after preparing him
self for his profession went back there
where he made himself so useful and
efficient ns to receive the recognition of the
Comes Hack to Auaerira.
After ten years' service in India tht
doctor returned to America to visit bis
father, who was at that time pastor of the
Plymouth Congregational church in this
city. He intended to go back to India,
but received flattering inducements tostay
here and did so. Here, as in India, he ob
tained celebrity in his profession. In Chi
cago he became well known from his con
nection with several semi-public enter
prises. P. I). Armour selected him
as chief physician of the dis
pensary conducted in connection with
the Armour mission. Dr. Scudder is also
a memlier of the advisory board of the
mission and an officer of the Sunday
school. He established in this city the
American Medical Missionary society,
which has already educated thirty doc
tors. In 1S83 Dr. Scudder was appoint-'d
to succeed Dr.- De Laskie Miller as chief
obstetrician at St. Luke's and is also sur
geon in-chief and medical director of sev
eral insurance societies.
Mr. and Mrs. F. II. Dunton.
Frank II. Dunton is known to every
breeder and driver of trotting horses from
Maine to California. He was born at
Phillippston, Mass., Dec, 1, 1SJ0, and w as
educated in the school in that village.
When he was 12 years of age his father
died an 1 he was employed in different oc
cupations till 1S48, when he came west
where he engaged in various enterprises
from hotel clerk at Milwaukee, Kenosha
and Janesville to the grain and stock busi
ness. His Wife's Itusiness Ability.
In IsoO he came to-C'hicago and with the
aid of his wife commenced the publication
of Dunton's Spirit of the Turf, which
through his own energy, backed by the
excellent business ability of Mrs. Dunton,
has proved a paying investment, even in
the face of strong opposition. Mrs. Dun
ton was a Miss Elizabeth M. Parker, of
Janesville. She was umrried in UsVt, hav
ing originally come from Jefferson county,
X. J., and being a daughter of Isaac 11.
Parker, of Theresa, in that county.
CONGRESSMAN SPRINGER VERY ILL
The Doctors Say, Howover, that There
is No Immediate Danger.
Washington-, March 4. The alarming
reports sent out yesterday about the con
dition of representative Springer were
hardly warranted by the facts, j,ut the
Illinois statesman is undoubtedly very ill.
While the patient did not make any per.
ceptilile gain yesterday his physicians say
he did not lose anything. It is concedtd
by the physicians that Mr. Springer is a
very sick man. The erysipelas which it
was feared by members of the family and
friends might go to his brain has, the phy
sicians say, been completely overpowered
and is now under thorough control, and
they have no fear of any serious results
from that disease.
His Xerrom System Exhausted.
The worst feature of the case appears to
be the complete exhaustion of the nervous
system. In discussing the case with a
United Press reporter last night, Dr. Sregg
Cnstis, the physician in charge, said that
Mr. Springer's condition was uot neces
sarily critical. "Of course," said he, "the
patient is very ill, but there -are no indica
tions of immediate danger." Dr. John A.
Vincent, of Springfield, Ills., Mr. Spring
er's friend and former family physician,
has been summoned to Washington in the
hope that his presence will tid in reassur
ing the patient, who is extieuiely nervous.
At midnight there was no change in the
patient's condition. He had slept some
and was resting quietly.
Believe He Will Recover.
Last night Drs, Curtis and Yerti joined
in the belief that the patient's condition
was favorable, and that he will now re
cover unless some unforeseen complication
arise. Since congress met Mr. Springer
bas been working very hard, and while
other active men in the bouse were more
or less overcome by the fatigue of tb
speakership contest and the work and ex
c tement attending the organization of
the house, notably Speaker Crisp and Mr.
Mills, he held out with wonderful strength
and energy. But the pace was too fast,
and the result is this serious illness.
PROSPECT OF A LABOR STRUGGLE.
Trouble Ahead for Manufacturers and
Workers in Iron.
Pittsburg, March 4. A nev association
of iron and steel manufacturers, repre
senting thirty firms in Pittsburg and the
Ohio valley and employing nearly 40.000
men, bas been organized. It is stated that
this organization, which is entirely inde
aendeut of the Bar Iron Manufacturers'
association and the Tin Plate association,
will make a determined effort for an early
adjustment of the wage scale. The asso
ciation, it is said, will demand from the
Amalgamated association a change ia the
basis of scaie, which has heretofore been
dictated by the bar iron men.
Want Jonn J arret t for President.
The association will also demand that
there shall be three turns, of eight hours
each, and that hereafter all work shall be
paid for by the ton, and not by the day or
piece work. That the new association will
meet with determined opposition from the
Amalgamated association and the bar-iron
manufacturers is certain. The proposi
tions are the most radical yet presented to
the Amalgamated association, and unless
complied with mean a war to the death
between the manufacturers and the labor
organizations, and will affect the iron and
steel industries of the United States. - The
new association wants John Jarrett for
secretary, and will urobably get him.
Looks Like He Was Cnilty.
San Dikgo, Cal., March 4 Yesterday
afternoon J. W. Collins, president of the
California National bank, who had been
under arrest for the past ten days on a
charge of embezzling tiiOO.OOO of the de
funct bank's funds, committed suicide by
shooting himself. He had been unable to
furnish the required bonds, and had been
confined to his room in Ucewster hotel in
charge of a deputy. ' Yesterday orders
came to District Attorney Jones to take
Collins to Los Angeles for trial. Upon
receipt of this news Colli us excused him
self and went to the bath-room, where he
placed the muzzle of a revolver ia his
mouth and bred the fatal shot.
IMttsburg'a War on Sunday Papers.
PlTTSECKii, March 4. Judge porter
yesterday bauded down opinions in tbe
appeals taken from the decision of Aldir
jnan Kohe in fining news dealers for sell
ing papers on Sunday. The opinion is
quite long and sustains the decision of the
alderman. The action against the news
dealers was brought by the Law and Ord.r
society, under the so-called "blue laws" of
179. Three appeals were dismissed.
Major Prown, counsel for the defendants,
excepts to the decision and w ill take the
cases to the supreme court.
Got Caught in a Kelt.
TnriiLow, Pa., March 4. Patrick ReiHy,
the proprietor of a flour mill at this place,
met his death in a horrible manner Wednes
day. In some unaccountable manner ha
became caught in the fly belt and was
crushed to death beforo the machinery
could be stopped. His body stopped the
motion of the engine and in that manner
he was discovered. Deceased was about 70
years of age.
The Lumbermen Put In Their Plea,
Washington', March 4. A committee of
the Lumtiermeu's association, composed
of II. M. Loud, of Ausable, Mich.; G. W.
Goodyear, Buffalo, X. Y.;W. H. Grotwick,
Tonawanda, Pa.; W. E. Dickerson, Chip
pewa Falls: S, W. Forseman, Williams
port, Pa.; W. B. Dickerson, Chapman,
Ala., and W. B. Judson, of Chicago, ap
peared before the ways and means com
mittee yesterday in opposition to the bill
introduced by Bryan of Nebraska concern
ing the free admission of lumber. The
arguments presented were elalKirations of .
those in the reiuirt printed in these dis
THE MARKETS. '
Chicago, March 3.
Following were tlrt quotation? oa the
board of tra ie to-ilav: Wh.at March,
open! S8H' closed 88c; May. opened
91c, closed ?ac; July, opened c!ac, closed
UJic Corn March, ojened and closei
41ac; May, opened 4 fjja, cltsed June,
opened and ilo e.l 41, Wo. Oati May, opened
and closed 3 (Sic. Pork March, opened
8U.2IJ6. closed JIO.97 May, openei $10.4&,
closed $11.-0. Lard March, opened 86.45,
Live Stock: Pries at the Union Stock yards
today range I as follows: Hos Market
active and 55 10c higher; sales ranged at (3.93
,4.75 pigs, J.5 '4.W liht, 4.4Oa4.00 rough
parkin).", $l.j!t;4.1ti mixud, and $t.6j&
5.i5 heavy pm king and shipping lots.
Cattle Market fairly . active and prices
steady; quotations ranged at 84.705.30
choice to extra shipping steers, $4.0034.7d
good to choice do, S;i.twii4.1j fairto good, $3.il
(ji.3M common to medium do, S3.10&3.60
butchers" stei-r.--, 8i.Hiii3.15 vtockers, S-'.Ti
4.00 Texas ste rs. 83.HK&3.90 feeders, L40J
&45COWS. Jl 75(1.1.71 bulls and 83.G0&6.S0 veal
Sheep-Mai ket moleratcly active and prices
firm; quotations ranged at $4.7535.79
western, S4.i5itl.00 natives, and S6jf56.50
Produce: Butter Fancy sep arator, 29c; fine
creameries, 2,$itc; dairies, fancy, fresh, 2IQ
23c; packing stock, fresh, 14&13c Eggs
Fresh candled kiss off, 16c par dosen. Dressed
poultry Spring chickens, fair, good, ll&lft)
per lb; fancy, 13ijc; roosters, 6c; ducks, 111 4c;
geese, S3,llo; turkeys, choice, 14c; fair to
good, 12(0,13. Potatoes He brons. 2S(&30o
perbn.; Bur banks, 8133c;' Boa?, aofoittj for
seed; Peerless. 301&W0 for seed; common to
poor mixed lots, SU&iSc; sweet potatoes, Illi
nois, $1.5(iaj.'.ij per brl Apples Common.
$1.50 per brl; good, $75i.tW; fancy, $2.00
N New York. March 3.
Wheat So. S red winter cadi, JLOBSfo; V
March, tlMH; AnriL fl.0W: Msv. I1.UH4-.
June, Sl.Mlft Corn No. S mixed cash, 80Jj;
March, 4iJc; April, oujc: May, 4tfvgo. Jate
Dull; No. mixed cash, 38Uc: May. 86Uc.
Bye Dull; ctft 81.00 for whole ranee. Bar
leyQuiet; No. i Milwaukee, oa7o. Pork
Quiet; mess, (9.7510.511 for new. Lard
Quiet; March, 86.77; May, S6.86. ,
Live btock: Cattle-Market steady, bat nt
trading in beeves: dressed beef, firm; nativ
sides, tt"4c per lb. Hheup aad lambs 8beep
firm; lambs a.tiva and Ma per lb hisbert
sheep, $5.0Qm.sI per lot) lbs lambs, S&fOA
.90. Hogs Nominally steady: bve bora. 84.WJ
per 100 lbs. 4
The Local nrrkets. i
Office Rock Island Dailt ahs Weekly Abocs I 1
Jtocs island, 111., March. 4, 1692 f
ORilN, ETC. .1
Corn saaic. U
Rye 79?'.le.. ;
Bran -S5c per cwt. "
Ships'nff $1.00 per cwt. 1
Hay Timothy .510 5011 50 prairie, sjtl3;clover 1
f&10; baled. $11 50.
Butter Yalr to choice. He: creamery, i 3
Ej.'gs Freh. 22c; packed. 40c. &
1'oultry Chickens, lOfeU'S-j ; turkeys, ,
ducks, l-'Hc: geese, 10c.
FHflT AVU VEOBTABLES.
Apples f S.25I&83 75 per bbl.
Potatoes -80c. '
Onions 8nt?iK5c. T
Cattle Bctchers psy for corn fed
!"4'4c; cows and neifew, SffiaHc; carve
IS ON TOP
Costs less than Half
and pleases much better
than the over-priced and
Judge for yourself.
n Cans. At your Grocer's