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AFTER LONG SILENCE
CONFESSED TO CRIME
Arrested fov Larceny in Philadelphia
Man Confesses to Murder of t;irl in
Rochester) >. v.
Philadelphia, Sept. 21.?The iden
tiety of the perpetrator of the brutal
murder of Anna Catherine Schu
macher in Holy Sepulchre cemetery
In Rochester, N. Y.. on August 7,'
1909, was established here late to
night, it is believed when, according
to Capt. Cameron of the Philadelphia
detective bureau. Jacob Wolfsohn, ar
rested for larceny, confessed to hav
ing committed the deed. Th? crime
was a sensational one ami despite the i
extraordinary efforts of the authori
ties, no clue was ever found to the
identity of the murderer.
After Wolf8ohn's arrest guards no
ticed that he constantly paced his cell
and seemed to have something on his
mind. Finally, according to the de
tectives, the prisoner asked for pencil
and paper and wrote a note to the
district attorney containing the sim
ple statement that he had Killed a
girl in a cemetery at Rochester, N. Y.
and that her name was Schumacher.
I nder questioning by ('apt. Cameron
and two of.i r detccivtes, ho col
lapsed. Later h" reeovt red sullicient
lleged confession. He
said he passed the cemetery every
day on his way home and sometimes
noticed the girl placing flowers on a
VcCOUlli of Crime.
"I flirted with her and she smiled
back at me," Wolfsohn confessed, ac
cording to tlie police. "The next day
I saw her and spoke to her. We ,
agreed to see each other there the next
day. She kept her appointment the
next day. I tried to kiss her but she
resented this and tried to run away.
I grabbed her and began choking her.
She screamed, bat no one heard her
and then I si rongled h< r.
"I then attacked her and after that
dragged the body to the woods in the
cemetery, l found a grave digger's
spade and dug a hole large enough to
place the body in it.
"No one knows how 1 suffered for
doing this. 1 could keep it secret
Wolf sob n was questioned again to
day and the detectives said he stuck
to the story substantially as first re
lated except that he retracted that
tho girl had llirtn' with him.
After the murder, lie told the de
tectives, he went to New York, where
obtained a divorce last May. Wolf
he married Miss Ida Herman. She
sohn suid. and shortly afterward be
came to Philadelphia. According to
the authorities Wolf sohn was arrest
ed on complaint of the manager of a
company by which he was employed
as a window cleaner, on a charge of
("apt. Cameron notilled the Roches
ter authorities and this afternoon re
ceived notice that Sheriff Hamill and
District Attorney Barrett will arrive
here tomorrow. The startling story
told by Wolfsohn. Capt. Cameron
said, led him to have two police sur
geons examine the prisoner and they
reported that the man appeared to he
Wolf SOhn tOUight attempted to
I commit suicide in Iiis cell In the city
hall according to a report from police
headquarters. He was discovered
tearing his clothing into strip-; by the
turnkey and when his eel! was
searched an improvised rope was dis
covered. The prisoner has been plac
ed under close watch.
Rochester, X. V.. Sept. 21.?Officials
here are deeply impressed by the de
claration of Jacob Wolfsohn in Phila
delphia that he murdered Anna
Schumacher. However, sheriff llnr
ley Hamil ami District Attorney John
W. Barrett have left for Philadelphia
and will make a thorough investiga
There are numerous discrepancies
? in his story. Wolfsohn at one time
was a trusted employe at a depart
ment store here hut was arrested
when more than $500 worth of stolen
property was found in his possession,
j In police court he got off with a line.
All those who have a torpid liver,
weak indigestion or constipated bow
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I hero and the air is full of disease
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package. Sold by Damons Drug Co.
The date of the regular fall teach
ers' examination has boon set for Pri
1 day, October 3rd. The examination
will bo held in the court room. The
< lamination will begin promptly at
j SCO and close at 1 o'clock. The ex
aminations cover the nine customary
j subjects, English, Geography, Physi
ology and Hygiene, Arithmetic, Ctiited
States History, Civics and Current
I Events, Pedagogy, Agriculture, and
i Algebra. There will ho no other cx
( aminations until May, 1914.
GBO. L. PITTS,
DEATH IN CHAIR
Renegade Priest Agrees With District
Attorney* Police find Clues.
Now York. Sept. 19.- Hans Smidt,
Slayer of Anna Annullier, asked for
death In a statement today.
"The district attorneys wants me to
Bo to the electric chair and 1 want to
go." he said. "What's the use of de
"What's the difference If I killed J
one or half a dozen " asked 'Schmidt
it was the tlrst opportunity the
newspaper men had to talk with the
prisoner. The priest made a number
ot startling statements.
"Why don't you put me in the olec
trift chair?" he demanded. "The dis
trict attorney wants mo to go to the
electric chair and I want to go and
what's the use of all this delay. t
have faced death many a time and I
will face death in the electric chair
without moving a muscle."
Schmidt was asked about the mur
der of Alma Keller in IxHllsvllle.
Could Convince Police.
"I could convince the Louisville
authorities that I murdered that lit
tle girl," be asserted, "but that would
be false and laughable."
Schmidt afterwards expressed ideas
on tin* taking of human life that Pitted
in the theory of inspector Nauort,
in charge of the murder Investigation,
that the renegade priest might have
been planning a series of homlcllcs.
He declared himself a believer In
cunthnnnsln and that he would be do
ing rinht in taking the lives of the
crippled and of persons undergoing
mental or physical Buffering, detec
tives who talked with him thus re
"I believe 1 would be carrying out
Cod's will." Schmidt said. if I put
out of this world all such people."
To Dispose of Head.
Pan rot's suspicions of Schmidt's
possible homicide plans were strength
ened by the discovery among
Schmidt's effects of a book ol physi
cian's death certificates and other
blanks neci ssary in disposing of the
dead. Schmidt declared these only
were for use in the case of Anna
Annulier, lie had stolen the certifi
cates from a reputable physician up
town, he told the detectives, because
he Iiis! bad Intended to kill the girl
in a way that would make it appear
she had died a natural death.
"Schmidt's paper have given up 50
clues," said Fail rot today, "any of
which is liable to turn up something
uew about his activities. Mis industry
was amazing and bis resourcefulness
wonderful, but I am unable to say
now whether wo caught him at the
begiuuiftg >?t the end of a series ol
The parts of Anna Aumuller s body
picked tip 111 the lh?lsen river and \
kept In Hoboken for the Inquest of
the New Jersey authorities held last ,
ght. wer?- brought bore today and
placed in the Hellevue morgue. A coro
ner's examination of the body prepar
atory to the New York inquest will be ?
held tomorrow. '
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Tylersville. Sept. 22. Itev. W. It.
Justus of Enoroe tilled his regular
appointment at Sandy Sprint: Sunday 1
Miss Lllllo Peterson has returned
ohme from North Carolina.
Messrs. Tom Poolo ami Fred Little
were In I.aureus on business Saturday.
Miss Konnte Clark is on the sick
list this week.
Mr. .1. M. Samlets was. a business
visitor in Laur? its Saturday.
On account of the continued rains
last week very little work toward
gathering the cotton was done.
Mr. Walter Clardv visited relatives
in this community Saturday and Sun
Mr. Niles Clark spent the week etui
with relatives in this section.
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