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Two Choked to
Death on Negro
Tenement Roof
White Men, Strangled With
Own Cravata, Believed
Lured t? Crap? Game'
and Slain by Robhers
Clerk Discovers Body
One Victim Identified by
Father, Other Unknown;
Iron Slog Found Near By
Two white men were found strangled
t* death with their own cravats yes?
terday on the roof? of negro tene
-jwnts in West Fiffry-ttinth Street, on
the border of the San Juan Hill dis?
trict. Their pockets had been turned
inside out and evea their shoes had
been removed in the search for money
and valuable?.
One bodv was identified as that of
Louis Rothstein, of 204 West Sixty
ninth Street. The body of the other
rictim has not been identified.
, Georgo Hultgren, of 76 Thirty-ninth
Street, Corona, Queens, called tht at?
tention of the police to the first body
discovered, that of the unidentified
man. Hultgren is a clerk in the em?
ploy of the Gotham National Bank, and
works on the seventeenth floor of the
building at Broadway and Fifty-ninth
Strtet' , ? VI,
A fascinating panorama of New York,
Including the ceaseless traffic of Co?
lumbus Circle, the green expanse of
the park with Millionaires' Row be?
yond and the teeming tenements of
San Juan Hill is spread out below the
windows of George Hultgren's office.
Glanced Down at Roof
It is hie habit to snatch a glance at hi?
contrasting surroundings before open?
ing his ledger and at 8:30 yesterday
morning he was staring over the roof?
tops of San Juan Hill and trying to re?
construct families from their flapping
washings as a paleontologist recon?
structs a prehistoric monster from a
few bon??.
One roof bore no washing. It was
that of the five-story tenement at S21
West Fifty-ninth Street. Midway be?
tween the scuttle and the coping, how?
ever, was a bundle of clothing flat on
the roof which bore a grotesque re?
semblance of humanity and the bank
clerk's eyes roved over it curiously.
The sun, edging from behind the
taller buildings of Columbus Circle,
suddenly shot a beam straight across
the heap of clothing and Hultgren
started back in horror os a dead man's
face emerged from the shadow and
leered up at him from the roof.
Hultgren notified the police and
soon the roof of 321 West Fifty-ninth
Street was swarming with uniformed
men. The unusual activity on the
rooftops caught the eye of W. C.
Lewis, /i negro, as soon as he emerged
from the scuttle of the tenement in
which he lives at 339 West Fifty-ninth
Street on his customary morning visit
to his sister-in-law, who lives on the
top floor of 349 West Fifty-ninth
Lewis was staring so fixedly at the
group of bluecoats on the neighboring
roof that he failed to notice an ob?
struction in his accustomed thorough?
fare until his foot struck it and he
stumbled. Only his outthrust arms
pre ven teil him from falling full across
the body of Rothstein, who waa
stretched out dead at his feet.
One glance at the nature of the ob?
stacle which had felled him, and Lewis
was speeding with mighty strides to?
ward the knot of policemen on the
roof of 331 West Fifty-ninth Street,
which had suddenly been transformed
from an object of suspicion to a haven
of refuge.
In response to his frantic appeals
they went back to the roof of 339,
where they found Rothstein's body.
Near it lay a bit of iron which had
once been part of a stove grate. It
was stained with blood, to which a
few hairs of the same hue as Roth?
stein's clung. There was a wound on
Rothstein's head, such as might have
beer, caused had the bit of stove grate
been hurled as a missile and struck
It is believed that Rothstein was flee?
ing for his life when brought down by
the iron, and that his assailants then
strangled him. The other white man.
it is believed, fought it out where his
body was found and was overcome and
strangled there.
Rothstein was thirty-three years old.
He was an insurance collector and mar?
ried, although he had not lived with
his wife for several months. Letters
found in his pockets gave the address
of his father, Elias, who has a tailor
*hop at 217 West End Avenue, and led
to the identification of the body.
Man Often Carried Money
Elias Rothstein said that his son
?ften carried from $35 to $75 for him
Thursday nights to the meeting of a
credit men's association, for which the
elder Rothstein collected dues, but that
last Thursday night he took the money
there himself. He could not explain
how his son came to go to the roof of
the negro tenement.
Tenement roofs in the San Juan Hill
neighborhood are the recreation ground
for the denizens of the buildings at
night. There crap shooting, gin
drinking and many other diversions
flourish. It is thought that the two
whites were lured to the spot for a
crap game or by some other excuse,
and that one of them was incautious
enough to display a sum of money suf?
ficient to arouse the murderous cupid?
ity of his hosts.
The police ?re confident that negroes
did the killing because of the fact that
the victims' shoes had been removed.
Negroes are accustomed to hide valu?
ables in their shoes, it was said, and
naturally would seek valuables there.
Army Airship G2 Leaves
Ohio Field for St. Louis
Stops Only Two Hours to Re?
plenish Gasoline Supply; Re?
ported Over Cincinnati
DAYTON, Ohio. Sept. 15.?The Inited
Ftates Army airship C-2 left Wilbur
Wright Field, near this city, at 4
?'clock this afternoon, on its way to,
Et. Louis, Mo., the next stop on a
transcontinental flight to end at Los]
Angeles, Calif. The airship had been ;
at the local field for about two hours,:
while her gasoline tanks were filled.'
She sailed directly toward Cincinnati]
from the flying field, noi passing over i
The C-2 arrived at Wright Field from :
Akron shortly before 2 o'clock, having!
p-ussed over Columbus on the way. !
Major Strauss, in command, said that i
au average height of 1.60? feet and at
speed of forty-five miles an hour had;
been maintained.
CINCINNATI, Sept. 15.?The C-2 flew
#ver Cincinnati at 5:16 o'clock this ?
afternoon. The airship circled about}
the down-town district and then flew]
Grape? *I20 a Ton
SANTA ROSA, Cal.f., Sept. 15.?
Alicante grapes sold here to-day for
$120 a ton for New York shipment.
This is five time? the average price
before prohibition.
Ask Can Mercury PUls
Poison Two Children
Dorothy Casey, six, and Lester
Lehrer, five, were taken from
their homes at 212 West 109th
Street to St. Luke's Hospital last
night suffering from bichloride of
mercury poisoning. According to
the story which the girl told to
Detectives Glery and Morrell, of
the West 100th Street station,
she found a bottle containing two
blue pills in an ash can at 109th
Street and Amsterdam Avenue,
tried one herself and gave one to
The boy had disliked the taste
and had taken so little of the
poison into his system that he is
thought to be out of danger.
Dorothy, however, swallowed her
pill and is in a critical condition.
400,000 at Mardi Gras;
Police Chiefs See Parade
Senator G?t?as?? Wife Enter?
tains Wounded Marines at
Hotel Sheibnrne
Four hundred thousand persona at?
tended the Mardi Gras at Coney Island
last night, and an even greater crowd
is expected to be on hand to-day and
to-night. The chief ' feature yesterday
was the parade of the municipal life
guards and 8,500 members of the
Knights of Pythias. The guests of
honor last night were the delegates
to the international convention of po?
lice chiefs.
Mrs. William E, Calder, wife of the
Senator, entertain td twenty wounded
marines at dinner at the Hotel Shel
burnc last night and then took them
by motor to boxes on Surf Avenue,
where they reviewed the parade.
The baby show this afternoon should
he a treat. Hundreds of babies all
over the metropolitan district aTe be?
ing groomed for this event and the
winner, who doubtless will be as fre?
quently photographed as the Princt?
of Wales, will be announced to-morrow.
Representative Parker Hurt
EAGLE BRIDGE. N. Y., Sept. 15.?
James S. Parker, of Salem, Represent?
ative in Congress of the 29th District,
was injured near here to-day in an
automobile accident. The steering gear
of the machine in which Mr. Parker
was driving from Albany to his home
at Salem, broke, the car ran into a
ditch and overturned. Mr. Parker suf?
fered bruises and cuts about the head
and an injury to his shoulders.
. ,,,..,.
Clerk Admits
$100,000 Theft
To Play Market
Brokers' Aid, Missing Two
Days, Gives ?Self Up ?and
Confesses Losing Firm's
Money in Wall Street
Offers to Check-up Books
Attorney Declares Gage
Attempt?ed to Jump From
Window Before Surrender
A full confession was made yester?
day to the District Attorney's office, it
was announced there yesterday, by
Henry P. Gage, clerk for Danzig &
Co., stock brokers, of 100 Broadway
and 200 Fifth Avenue, who is charged
with misappropriating $100,000 in cash
and securities.' Gage surrendered him?
self early in the day, having been miss?
ing since Wednesday.
"Gage voluntarily appeared before
me and made a complete statement of
his embezzlement and a complete state?
ment, likewise, of why he committed
it and what he spent the money for,"
said Assistant District Attorney Hast?
Jerome J. Danzig, head of the broker
j age firm, who went to the District At
I torney's office after Gage's arrival,
said that the total amount taken was
$115,000, of which $45,000 was cash and
$70,000 curb market securities. The
? firm will only lose $15,000, however,
since it holds a bond for $100,000 to
cover that amount ?f loss.
Made Complete Confession
Gage, who is forty-four years old,
land lives at 621 West 171st Street, ap
i peared at the Criminal Courts Building
j with Bernard Sandier, attorney. Mr.
Sandier said that Gage had made a
complete confession and had offered
to aid the surety company end the
brokers in straightening out the bcoks
and showing where the missing money
and securities went. Before he would
talk to the District Attorney, however,
Gage said he did not intend to retain
Mr. Sandier, and the attorney with?
AOr he had been placed under ar?
rest by Detective Barney Flood, Gage
was taken to the complaint bureau,
where he was questioned by District
Attorney Banton and Assistant District
Attorney Hastings. When the exami?
nation was comcluded Mr: Hastings
said that Ga?je told them ho had began
trading under his own name in curb
stocks about three years ago and that
he later opened ' two accounts under
fictitious names. Th?BSe accounts soon
showed losare, and Gape entered a pool
on the Street. He withdrew money and
securities to maintain his place in the
pool, a little at a time.
Remained In New York
On Wednesday morning Gage did not
go to his office, and Mr. Danzig, who
had suspected something was wrong
for several days, sent for accountants
to examine the book?. Gage did not
leave the city, he told . Mr. Hastings,
but went to the Hotel Theresa. Mr.
Danzig found that the greater part of
the loss had happened since August 23.
Mr. Danzig said he was sorry at the
position Gage found himself in. He
had been the trusted chief clerk and
office manager, Mr. Danzig said, and he
had nothing left out of his embezzle?
Before withdrawing from the case at
Gage'* request Mr. Sandier told re?
porters that on Wednesday night Gage
tried to jump out of a window in an
uptown office building, hut that friends
caught him before he made the jump.
Gage spent thu night at Police Head?
Records Show De Valera
Was Born in N. Y. City
Birth to Irish Mother and
Spanish Father R?ecorded
Here in 1882
The controversy regarding the birth?
place of Eamon de Valera, the Irish
republican leader, appears to have been
settled by the discovery in the records
of the New York City Health Depart?
ment of the birth in 1882 of one
Edward de Valera, the son of a
Spanish father and an< Irish mother.
The point has been recently raised by
a conflict of authority between the
British "Who's Who," and the Encyclo?
paedia Britannica. "Who's Who," says
De Valera was born in New York. The
Britannica has it that he was born on
October 14, 1882, near Charleville,
County Cork.
ROCHESTER, Sept. 15.?Mrs. Charles
E. Wheelwright, of this city, mother of
Eam?n Do Valera, Irish republican
leader, had a hearty laugh to-day,
when Informed that the Encyclopaedia
Britannica had listed her son's birth?
place as Ireland, and not the United
"All I can say," Mrs. Wheelwright
remarked, "is that Eamon's friends will
have a good laugh on the Encyclopaedia
Further than that Mrs. Wheelwright
would hot commit herself. She re?
fused to divulge the birthplace of her
eon, although she admitted that, as a
boy, ho lived within a stone's throw of
the Christian Brothers'Academy, which
he later attended.
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