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THE CHILD STEALER'S LETTER.
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The pages have been somewhat reduced In size in order to conlorm to the re quirements of our space; yet In this the utmost care has been exercised, in order that the charac ter of the chlrography should not suffer. The writing is ail In pencil. The stamD or trade mark in each of the upper corners, which indicates the mill where the paper was made or the year in which It was sent to market, was in every Instance torn off. Several notorious murders have been traced out by means or a clew Tarnished from the paper on which stray ross7 The Police Authorities Baffled at Every Point. WALLING AND MOSHER. An Inside View of a Thief's Household. THE DEAD ABDUCTORS Opening of the Inquest Over the Bodies. The RosBcase still remains shrouded In mystery. Cp to an early hour yesterday morning the police were in great hopes they would be able to secure fcim; but as the day wore on, and news arrived from their different agents out on me search, their expectations faded, and in the afternoon Superin tendent Walling confessed all his plans had been fruitlessly worked out. "I don't believe," be said, "the child Is in the city. 1 don't think he ever was, nor do I believe Mrs. Mostier knows anything about him." In answer to the question whether be knew where Mrs. Mosner was the Superintend ent said:?"I sent word to the rniiadelphia police early last August or her presence In that city, and told them where she lived. She moved on here, ?nd since that time has never been out of my sight. She was at m.v bouse the night before last, with her two oldest cnlldren, while you were there. The youngest little one of the two began to cry while they were in the front room and you in the back oue (addressing one of the parties present during the conversation), and It Just struck me at the time the person who had come in?or course 1 heard the door being opened and the person in the ball asking for ine?would think 1 bad the boy. Mrs. Mosher ?aid then, 'I wish I bad him I how quietly he would be In yonr hands!' When I asked her If she knew anything of Bill's connection with the case before ?he came on to New York, she said, 'No, I did not; the first I knew of It was from some hints thrown eut by my brother. 1 had heard things from mm ?nd others that made me suspect my husband had ?omethlng to do with it. I said to him one day, *JB11I, can't you trnst met You ought to know by thiB time whether 1 would betray you or not.' Ue ?aid:? ?i'd ntrsT ron sooner than any one else, and I know yon would do nothing to hmt me. But suppose l had any thing to do with It?mind you I hadn't?but sup pose I had and I told you where the child was? I don't know, but if 1 did?what good would that dor If I got arrested for anything else what would be the first thing you'd do to get me oott Why run to the police and tell wnere that child was. They'd humbug yon and pretend to make a bargain with yon to let me out. As soon as you told where the child was?you'd tell in a minute to get me out of Jail?and then where would we be?that is sup posing i bad anything to do with It; but I hadn't, and 1 don't know anything about the child.' Then I said to him, 'If you tell me not to do that I wouldn't do It, and I think I ought to be trusted as well as strangers.* 'Now, there jrou go again,' he'd answer; -getting Jealous of etrangers. They're telling you things on the out* eide and yon get believing them about me, when I'm telling you here to mind me and look after jour children. I don't know anything about this case, nothing at all, and if I did I've given you reasons enough why you should know nothing of .'IU? "I don't think Douglas knew where the child ?was," said Superintendent Walling. "I don't think he ever knew where ho was put. My idea is that when they took the boy away1 they put him into the buggy and drove across country to Haritan Bay. When they got to the water'# ,slde Mother took the boy out of the buggy and put hjm into the boat waiting for them at the poin^ where they alighted. Mosher and the person /probably a wouiaui in charge of the boat then correspondence founl at the scenes of the crime, were written. The torn portions are truncated on the cuts aoure, the letter being represented as if spread out flat before the reader. This brings pages one and lour and two and three together. The letter should, therefore, be read as num bered. A transcription or this letter appeared lu yesterday's Herald. The document bears the stamp of Mother's ingenuity and conning. Master of several trades beside that of boat building, this epistle shows that the man was somewhat versed In the formalities of a banking house. These indications ofa general knowledge regarding the theories of business point to other sources of Information than that of "cracking" a safe with a "Jimmy." With the exception of a lack of proper capitalization and punc tuation the letter ia in every way rowed across the river with the boy and left Doug las to get rid of the horse and wagon. Where or | how he managed this we have not yet been nble to ascertain, and now that he is dead it would not make any impression in the case. This theory, If 1 am correct, goes to show they were in the dark about the child's place of concealment and kept hlra there. Of course he would share in the profits when they were realized, but Mossier was too clever a man not to understand if many people knew WHKBE THAT CHILD WAS he woald sorely be discovered. Several other things that I cannot at present make public com bine with what I have told you to make me arrive at this conclusion, but bow they will turn re mains yet to be seen. If It was a woman rowed that boat across the water with Mosher she is the one who has the child, and if it was a man he was paid and sent about his business and the child carried by Mosher on landing on the other side to where he knew concealment was welt covered. Now that Mosher Is dead the reten tion of the child takes a new feature, and I am of the opinlun be trill be turned out into the streets. For that reason I am expecting every moment to hear be has been found in the streets by a police officer. There is no reward, you understand, for the child, but a large amount is offered tor the re covery or the boy and the arrest and convlotion of the thieves. That does away?I mean the death of toese men, for there la no longer any doubt about their being the men?little Walter Ross Identified both of them, so did the gardener and so did two otner persons?with the chances of making money oat of it. I knew they were the men from very early in the case, and if 1 had only been fortunate enough to get them Into my hands I would have proved that to the entire satisfaction of the pub lic. I am asked by some ol the newspapers why I was not able to catch them. I may answer that by saying probably because they were clever enough to be able to keep out or the way. Now, a man does not spend a lifetime, and a long life time, at thieving without learning a good many trlcKs In the way of avoiding the police, more par ticularly if he is a smart sort of fellow like Mosher. And even U ldid get them just nnder my finger I don't think I would have arrested them. I wanted more to watch their movements, and see whether they did anything that would lead me to the child than anything else at first. A. thief like that can't go a long time with any such load on his bands as ibis child without taking a look now and then to see if everything 13 all right. They watch the news papers; and just see how many Charley Rosses have been discovered for the last six months. Why, I have had my attention called to A DOZEN OF THEX here In the city, and I can't tell you bow many hundred* of letters I have received rrom persons in the country who could tell me exactly where the boy was. Now, you see, that's where the boat came in handy. Mosher had been accustomed to boats all his life, and could handle one well. He knew the river almost as well as I do, and I am pretty thoroughly acquainted with it. He could slip in and out when he liked, and be had quite a number or little dark corners \o slip Into that few would suspect. There was nothing to prevent tus leaving Douglas here in town to look alter some other matter an<l running along blinseu to see how the child was getting on. He might take Douglas along with i.itn, for that matter, and leave him In charge or the boat at tue water side while be nimseif was up the country at the house, or near it, where the boy was. What was to prevent him taking Douglas to a conven ient place (or him to land at and then send him out into the stream to wait until he (Mosher) signalled him tn come ashore ror him, so long as he knew f was not close upon him? Nothing at all. He could do all this and more under the cir cumstances, and was quite equal to the work. These were among the reasons 1 went to Keyport for a little launch. Mosher was well posted on all tue crait on the river here, but I got one he never saw, or, If he had, he did not know, and if 1 could have got after blm 1 would have kept there some time before ha would have suspected me. They say be was captured the nlgut or the Long Island burglary: that some of tne men from tue shore putoiTand followed iitm out, capturing blm tn mid stream. That's a mistake. ue was not taken for weeks after, and the property was not found in his boar, as was stated, but in an old waterside store long after. Musher never brought his goods to town ror a considerable time after lie stole them, and the production ot this robbery I speak about ha buried in the sand down at the 'Cedars.' Ho left tbem there tor two weeks be fore be touched tuem ana then he moved tbem in dry goods boxes to the store wiiere they were found. Prom tea o'clock loot night until twelve to-day 1 lived IS HOtTElT EXPECTATION of reoeivlng word from one or the numerous men Ihau out that the boy bad been found, but l havo had news tromall of them and we are at this mo ment without any direct trace of blm. 1 am not I disheartened at that, yon know, for 1 am going to , work again just as treat) as ever." captain li ving wm of uuou the same opinion j satisfactory as a piece of straightforward business correspondence, The easy swing of the pencil, which crops out despite the frequent efforts at disguised stiffness in the formation of tne characters, distinguishes the ambitious, partially self-educated burglar from the commoner cot throat. The proper use 01 the paren thesis, aa no'leed on page 1, and tne underscoring of the important words, are to be noticed. Unlike the schoolgirl, who italicises every word on a page, In order that It may be carefully read, this man cailed attention to the very words wnlch fie desired fo be perfectly un derstood by the person to whom the letter was addressed. The name of the lawyer mentioned gn page 3 has been omitted In this iac-simile, as it was In the transcript of the letter as his chief, out that be thought Mosher had a confidential friend here in the city who looked alter the matter for him. This man, who in supposed to have been in the secrets oi the dead burglar, has been watched tor weeks past by Captain li ving in person and his detectives, but he has done nothing tnai would help them to a knowledge of the child's where abouts. Captain irving said" 1 think that but lor this burglary accident something would have been developed in the matter beiore long. They were moving toward an arrangement to return the boy; ol that 1 think we have sufficient proof. Not long ago two personals appeared in the Her ald that 1 think I may nay had a close connection with that part of the case; one of those read, Saul of Tarsus. Nothing further can be done unless a general concession Is made.' or something to that effect. Tnere were two or three of these personals all addressed to 'Saul of Tarsus' One oi them was on a Sunday. I forget the date, but tnat was the one that went to show the stage that had been arrived at in the negotia tions. 1 think the thieves would have given op the child at any time lor the $20,000 reward, but the difficulty was in the setting the money with out putting themselves into jeopardy. In arrang ing for a transfer ol that kind great care would be taken to keep the thieves in the background, and th.e people who would present themselves would be very many degrees removed from the child stealers. It is evident from the personal to ?Saul' a general mistrust existed, and if that could only have been settled the boy would soon have beea returned to hi* parents. When he was taken MR. ROSS WAS WBALTHT, or supposed to be; he suddenly soon after whs re duced to slender means, and the thieves could not expect much from him. We are not baffled yet; no, we 00 not ieel that way, but we bavd followed up indications that have led to nothing. That does not show that every avenue to the lost boy is closed, anil any moment may open up a new one." in the Central Office of Police the general subject of conversation was the life and ulstory of "Bill" Mosher. ah the old officers were hunt ing up reminiscences of mm in their memories, aud everything that could help to unravel the tangled skein oi his eventful career was passed irom one to the other. REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD OANO. Inspector "Frank" Speight, standing by the rotund inspector Thorne, yesterday said, rubbing bis forehead reflectively, "Thorne, I see the/ say that the Mosher family came from New Haven thirty years ago. Now I can remember the Moshers forty years back." "Yes," said inspector Thorne, "they must have been here so long ago. 1 have heard of them in connection with Dennis McCabe's gang In the Thirteenth ward." "Now," responded Speight, "I recollect l rememoer Mosher's lather, who was also a thief. Two ol his sons, this one who has been killed and an other, younger than htm. were, I know, members of the gans of Denny McCabe. All the party, Peieg VVaushy, 'Harm' SwKt, 'Conk' Pearsail, Nat beeley and the Moshers were SNKAK THIKVB3, who took in everything that came handy. When hogs used to run in the streets they carried off many 'squealers,' and the butter that farmers brought to market never slipped through their lingers." "Weil, Inspector," said a *eporter, who had been quietly listening, "did this party never en gage in nny more amoittous undertaking f" "Yes," he replied; "thirty-seven years ago, Jnst before 1 went ou the po.lce, this party broke into Peck's hat store, on Grand street, and there was within a few days alter a wonderful uniformity in the headpieces of all the smart young fellows or the Thirteenth ward. They all wore fur caps tnat would be worth now from $16 to $25 apiece. Later on this gang in the Thirteen'!: ward was broken up. Denuls McCabe moved up town, on the east side, ana soon became a memoer of the Assembly. Bis men who had run his peddling wagons were dispersed. Some followed him up town, among them 'Conk' Pearsali, whose son, young 'Conk,' was arrested the other day as one of the carriage robe thieves who had their headquarters in Unlet Udell's stables, on Twenty-fourth strer-t. "What becamc of old Mosher and the boys?" "Why, they stuck to the Thirteenth ward and took to thieving along the rivers. One of the boys, however, I think, continued to peddle on his own account. Bill Mosher and the old man preierred the river thieving. When Commissioner Matsoil was Chief of Police ( remember that we fouud a thieves' storehouse aud hiding place under a dock In the vicinity of Fortysecona street, North River. Old man Mosher and Bill were both cou cerned In that place and in the robberies that helped to stock it with goods. For a number of years I haven't heard anything of the Moshers: bnt I supposed, of course, that Bill was at his old profession." Here Inspector Thorne, who had been listening to his more ancient comrade, chimed In, saying "I know something of the Moshers later than you, Frank; for I arrested one of them, and took him to Connecticut, on a charge of horse stealing, about sixteen years ago." During the day the rumors about the child were numerous aDd wonderfully various. At one time it was said that Superintendent Waiting's agents had found him at Shrewsbury, N. J? on Monday and had sent him on to Philadelphia. This story, uke most of the others, was undeniably ab surd. A rumor that had some foundation in fact was circulated later In the afternoon. It reported that some of the detectives of tne New York police had been lea by % clew which Superintendent Wal ling had been given on Tuesday to a small island lti Long Island Sound, near Wesrport, Conn., and had there lound little "Charley" In the charge of a horrid old couple, the only Inhabitants of the ter ritory. When this rumor was referred to Super intendent Walling for explanation he said that the people who told the story had only learned part of the true lucts and had trusted to their imagina tions for the rest. He then told the entire true story. For several months, he said, an old couple, man and wife, nave lived in retirement on an island n?Hr Westport, Conn. They nave been unsocial and have allowed no one to land on the island. The people of ftejtfort At flfai looked iy?on tuew mlsan already printed. The only real blunder in the let- | tor, at was pointed on: yesterday, Is the unrea sonable conditions imposed upon the person who is to surrender the money and to receive the child. This was necessitated, of course, in the opin ion of the kidnapper, by the terrible punishment which threatened the writer it captured and taken to Philadelphia. The tremendons excitement which roilowed the crime was fully reamed by this desperate burglar, and, although entirely beyond anything which coald bare been anticipated, there is every rea son to believe that he and hia companion were fully prepared to meet any such emergency. It Is now settled that many of the letters received by Mr. Ross^and now inlhe possession of tVtT"i)Oiite In ^hlladeTpuTa, w^Tt written by a lhropes, laughed at, and never interfered with them. Lately, however, they became suspicious of the poor ol l couple, and when tlie Ross case was again excited they became convinced that the two recluses were lu some way connected with the burglars Mosher and Douglas. They conveyed their conviction to Superintendent Walling, and, as that official believed that the idea or the Westport people might be correct, since Kosher and Douglas used often to operate along the shores ot the sound, he determined to have the hoase and the Island occu pied by tbe old couple searched. He detailed De tective Doyie.and other officers to make the search. The p.v?ty started on Tuesday night and reached Westport, where they engaged a deputy sheriff to go with them to the island, Yesterday morning early they went to tbe territory of the ancient and unsociable oonple, which they over looked thoroughly. They also searched the houses on the island, bat fonna nothing that Indicated the two old people to be otherwise than honest. The officers returned to this city Immediately and reported tbe result of their mission. Detective Doyie also reported that while he and Detective Sllleck were with the Philadelphia officers cruis ing on tbe steam launch ihe.v stopped at and searched tbe island ot the tiro hermits thor oughly. At the Morgue in Brooklyn the same sceneq were enacted as were witnessed there the firs: day the bodies were placed In the deadbouse. Curiosity seekers were there In large numbers, and many others wbo might be supposed to have better business to attend to. Ladies were of course In tbe large majority, and many people would be astonished to see bow large that surplus was. A large, stout woman, deeply veiled, who left the Morgue about eleven o*clock, was supposed to be tbe wiie or Mosher. she was evidently much affected as she went out of the place arter probably looking upon tne last of ber husband she is ever going to see. No arrangements have yetbeen made (or tbe funeral, and It is likely tbe bodies will be kept In tbe dead house until alter the Inquest. They are generally buried in sach cases as soon as toe Coroner's jury has seen them, but probably for some police rea sons these bodies are retained. THB INQOBST. The Jurors Impanelled by Coroner Jones to hold the inquest on the bodies of Mosher and Douglas went to the Morgue, at tbe foot of Willonshoy street, in Brooklyn, at half-past ten yesterday morning, and viewed the remains. They assem bled at tbe coroner's office at eleven o'clock, and at once set to work at the baslness of the inquest. Samuel Booth, William Mayo Little, Daniel M. Chaunoy, General Slocum, Timothy Desmond, J. P. James, Abraham Burbank, Charles Teale, w. B. Dayton, Eugene Bern, J. M. Helper and ex-Mayor Powell composed the Jury and took seats at the desks In front of tbe Coroner, Upon opening the proceedings tbe Coroner said be proposed to commence the inquest witn refer ence to the death ol the men whose bodies they had Just viewed, and he trusted the Jury would conduct the inquiry with reference to tbem the same as to any other person. Xbey only knew there MKLMB Ee.rsan3.de4d,. and ^ej had seen evidences on their bodies that would lead t&effi to Judge as to the direct cause ol their death. They wanted to know la what manner, when and where those bodies came to their death. He trusted the Jnry would banish from their minds whatever they might have heard or read In the newspapers on this subject, so that they could render a verdict simply In accordance with the evidence that would be there laid before them, as far as he could, he proposed to commence at the beginning. He had first proposed that Judge Van Brunt, the owner or the bouse, should Oe placed on the stand, but tlat the Judge IB busy in New York. He then read the following deposition of J. HOLMES VAN BRUNT, who, heln? duly sworn, deposed and said:? I re side at Bay Ridge, in the town or New I'trecbt: on Monday morning, tbe 14th Inst., at about two o'clock, I heard the ringing or the alarm bell in my house, which Is connected witn wires with the nouse or my brother, Judge Van Brunt, ad Joining my house; I immediately told my daughter to get up and cad my son Albert and tell him the alarm was ringing in tbe other house; he soon dressed himself and came downstatrs, and I to'.d him there must be a blind or a door open at the other house and he had better go over and see: he said he would wake up William Scott, the blred man of my brotuer, who itves In one of the houses st the rear; he took a lantern and went over there and awoke him, and in a little time after ward he came to me and told me there was a light at the other house, and asked me to get the guns: I supplied him with a double barrelled gun and a^o a tingle barrel one, and he went down stairs with them; in a lew minutes he came running back and asked ror another gun. saying there were two or three burglars and I had better dress my sell an4 come over: 1 did so and went over with mm; I told lum to take mo right to where the other men, Scott and Herman Prank were watch ing; ho (Albert) then started (or Scott's house to get bis gun; when he returned we all squatted on the grass?that is Albert and Scott and Frank and myself?about twenty reel from the cellar door, all together: theu I gavo directions to ail of them what to do; I told Albert to go round by the Utile gate In front ol the house and not to leave It on any consideration: then I toid Frank to go with Albert and ordered him to stay there at all hazards; at this time lights could t>e seen moving through the house; wo waited tor them to come out for over b&w an hour; It WAS RAIK1N0 and I was getting coid, It belug trie first time I had been out of the house for auout two weeks: the burglars oame through the dining ro'>m to the room known as the butler's pantry; 1 then went op to the window in the dining room, next to the butler's pantry; they came out in the dining room to go toward the entry | I wa3 not two leet iroui their (eet, and eouio see their bodies very plainly; tbe older maa, vvniiam Mosher, was waiklug a lit tle in front, carrying something in his hands; the other was carrying a light; tuey went to the entry; I stepped back a 11.tie on to the sod, Jiwt opposite toe window; they tbeu oame backwards into the butler's puntrv, and so into the kitchsj^ where tnei remained but a vejyr third party, probably the wife of lloslier. Toey are unmarked by either the terse ness or the business tact wtr.ch char acterizes tne epistles Known to have been written by Mosher. They may have been dictated by Douglas, who could scarcely write, and whose grammar was worse than h:s ch;rography. It having been established by Detective Wood that Mosher and Douglas drove from Philadelphia through Trenton to Jersey City, and occupied the greater portion of three days in the journey, U now becomes an Interesting question as to the source from which the letters received on the second and uird days of the boy's absence emanated. They were evi dently preoared til advance, IT the work of fiosiief.'and'^juS their way Into the Post Office snort time, and irom mere went up stairs Into the wing of the building; 1 cold William Scott If we waited mucti longer that I would not be good for anything; I asked him If be had the keys ot the kitchen aoor; he said, yes; I told him to go up and unlock It so as to start them; he went up and made a rattllug noise at the door; instantly the light was ex tinguished in the house; Scott said, "They are coming down stairs;" I could hear myself a noise as 11 they were coming down in the dark; he stepped down od the stooo behind the butler'i pantry and 1 observed a falut light, as of a match moving over irom the butlers pantry toward toe hail; 1 whispered to Scott, "There is some one toing across the hall, come here;" he took a position a little behind me to my right: about tnree minutes after this little Itght was put out I beard a noise, as of some person comlug up the cellar steps, which led up to out of doors; one door only was open, the other was down: the side oi the building being so dark there and the night Del ntr very dark I COULD NOT SER ANT OKB COVfIKO VP TH0SB STBP9, and could only judge of the movement from What little I could hear; I called out "Stand;" 1 had tue word scarcely out of my month when two pistol snots were fired at us, the blaze of one apparently abont two feet from the other; I had my gnn at my shoulder all the time, but could not see how tt was,pointed until the flashing of these pistols, and then I discovered that I was covertng the inside one of the two men, at his breast; I immediately pulled, and at the same time lowered the gun, which 1 supposed must have struck him, as he cried out: William Scott fired immediately as the man was hallooing; from the appearance oi the snots entering the house, It appeared as if they missed him, or that they took effect In his hat; the outside man appeared to start to run; the inside one appeared to stumble on the cellar door and was groaning all the time; ttiev then both ran together and I fired at them both as they were in a range, and 1 could see them on acoonnt of having the white fence In front of them; 1 then called out, "They are coming, give It to them;" at this time they were going around toward the front of the house; I remained where l was, calling ont, "Give it to them, give tt to them;" so that our party might know I was not following them; when I fired that tlms one hal loed, "Oh I" and then right away I heard reports oi guns and pistola In very rapid succession, and daring this time I heard Albert call repeatedly upon them to stop; In all THERB WEBB TEIIKTEBX SHOTS FIRED, all, I should Judge, wlthtn a minute: or these four were dred by the burglars and nine by our party; as soon as the firing ceased ana I heard our party say "they had them," then I ran around there; frank was standing by Douglas; I said, "Look ont for them; he has a pistol;" it was so dark I could not see which was hU nead or which the feet as he lay there; I told Frank to see if be could find the pistol; he soon said, "Yes, here Is one," and he handed tt to me; then I ran to the other man, where AU>ert was standing over him with a pistol, and be cautioned me to look out, as he might be playing possum; by that time Scott had gone to his bouse and got a lantern and came there; in holding tbe lantern to look In Mosher'g lace I saw something under bis left side glistening; I said "There'j bis pistol)" Scott reached down and handed It to me; tneri 1 went back to the other man (Douglas), and when 1 got there Frank said, "Let me go see that other man," and 1 watched Douglas; Douglas said something about Charley Hoss; I told him he was dying, and If be had any thing to fay he had better say it and tell the truth; I asked him where he was irom; he re plied from New York; I asked him how ho got there; he answered by a sloop which was an chored off in the stream, and be came ashore In a small boat; just then my servant girl came and looked tn hta iace; he made a remark to her that Ue bad been A VERT BAD MAN] by that time some of the neighbor* came, and 1, feeling completely exhausted, brought the two guns and the two pistola over to the house, where I nave remained ever since; when 1 was looking in the window at the two men 1 could have shot them very easily,.but 1 aid not want to do that, 1 wanted to nave them come out and surrender; as they did not do so and seemed so desperate 1 found myself compelled to Ore for self-proteotlon; Irom the form oi the two men l judged at the time that it was Douglas that I nad struck and learned afterward that Douglas had received shot in the stomach; the flring waa commenced by the burglars, as already stated. fWJt WTUHT WITVEAfl called was Albert u. Van Brunt. After being sworn be testified as follows:? 1 live at Bay Kiuge, Long Island, and am a far mer; on last Monday morning, about two o'clock, my sister called me up and told me the alarm was sounded and something was the matter; ( dressed myself and started out of the room to go down stairs; I forgot my hat and went bacc aiter tt: I then picked up a small revolver which laid on the mantelpiece aad put it la my pocket; went down stairs and lit a lantern: went over to Soott's house and oalled him, telling him that there was something over at the Judge's bouse, to bring the key and come along; we Doth went out to Judge Van Brunt's house, about 800 yards distant from Scott's; we went to the kucheu win dow, near the butler's pantry, by the baok stoop: as Scott raised up hla lantern It shone on the cellar door, and he said, "Look, the cellar door 1* open;" said i, "Guess yon left it open last m^ht;" ne said, "No, I didn't; l locked It and took the key home with me;" just then I saw n light going up tbe ba:k stairway In the house, snd 1 said, "Look there I" and Soott smothered the light he carried by muting the lan tern under hi a coat; he caught me by the leg and commenced to move me back; 1 said, "Go home aud tiet tbe guns;" 1 gave MOtt my pistol and he put the lameru behind the icehouse; 1 then went over and told Herman Frank to get ap, as there was some one tn tue Judge's house ; he ^ave me a double barrelled and a single barrelled gun; 1 gave ine latter to Frank aud took nun with me to woere scott was; i gave Scott the dvuble baneiieu uua mat 1 ha<\ and scott hai.iinj | oozes through the Instrumentality or the writer's wire, wfio is now known to bare been to Chut city at :ne t:nie. Tbe clerk at tbe counting room of the newspaper wbicn printed tbe personal 10 Mr. Koss sUould have been abl? to remember whether tne advertisement was banded in 07 a man or a woman. Tbe great ma jority a( the letters received by tbe unfortunate parents of tbe .ibtfucted boy were unmistakably tbe work of busy bodies ami meddlers, who always arise at such occasions. No evidence bas yet come to light (bowing that tbe dead uarglar, scoubdrei as be was, indited any of tbe letters containing tbe calumnies against a poor, fad, we!l-nlgh heart-broken mother. This act wa* reserved for tbe more respectable outlaws who are to be found in our modern society. . * A .ujfr'-r ' ' ?* --- _ me my revolver back and ssld, "Go over ami call your fatiier;" I said, "It won't do lor Him to come out," but tie said, "We must have Mm." so I went over and called him, aud be said lie didn't think it would do lor him to go out on the damp grouud; I said 1 wouldn't be but a minute and wanted him to come out, so he dressed himself and bandeu me bis double barrelled gun, and be told me to take It to where Scott and tlerman Frank were; j then banded htm my double barrelled guu and went up to Scott's house after Scott's gun, aud when 1 came back to where they were father toid me ana Frank to go to the iront 01 the house; b? and Scott staid in the rear of the house; lather told us not 10 run under any consideration; we waited there About half an hour, aud all thU tin?? we saw LIGHTS GOING PF AND DOWN through the house? we made a noise, then, like Borne person knocking against the door; about three or four minutes after that we heard soine ?mall reports; 1 said to Herman "What does tius mean t" 1 hardiv had the words out of my month when we heard three loud reports, one right after tne other; two sounded like a pis: oi shot and three loader, like gun shots; then my lather said, "THERE MET COMK I GIVE IT TO THEM I" 1 heard foet then coming toward me; I said, "Stand l" then I saw tne outline or a man coining towaid me in the dark ; I said "Stan J" attain, and flied;by the flash I saw anoti er man commit toward me, and 1 salu, "Frank, give it to mm I" be anu I shot both togetbv at that man; alter this shot the second man staggered apaiust the lence, and I said, "Frank, hold mm," and with ihat there came a bullet right past my head from behind; 1 turned rouna and got another flash In mv lace; the powder Just toucued mvtace; l could see by that flash, only about two lect off, a man; 1 took up mv gun, and as 1 did that be put tne pistol right up witlnn a loot of my race; 1 HIT am ON THE ARM WITH THE Ul N and bis arm tell; the gun broke in two nalves; tbe man said, "You as Boon as 1 hit him with the gun 1 dropped It, nut my hand in mv pocket and drew out my revolver, andH fired as Fuick as 1 rouid raise it: the m*u started to run; lold blm to stop, and went aiter him, right behind him; I fired agatu for the second time at blm, but he did not stop; 1 said, "Do you hear t stopi" 1 fired a third time; Jose alter this Scott met him irom the other way and exclaimed, "I'll give one;" the burglar said then, "1 give up;" he just turned round and, falling in bis tracks, never spoke again; It was the younger man who staggered against the fence first, and the elder mau was the one who said, "1 give up:" tno men came from the east side or the house and weut round toward the south side; fatner said to Frank, "Look oat for that man, he has gotapt9tol;" it was the younger man he meant: Frank ?ald, "Here It Is," and handed It to my father; father came over to where 1 was standing by the side of tne older man, and 1 told father to "Stand back he might be playing possum;" In the meantime Scott bad gone after a lUht, but when he came back the older man was dead; Scott then nicked up the older man's revolver, which was ivmg at his lcfi side; by that time the two Mr. Hergem ?ot there, Theodore V. and George Van Brunt; heoilore and 1 went alter the Coroner; the two men were lying about arty feet apart; he said he couldn't act only on bodies alonj short-; I stopped to see a cpnj;?>He pn my way back, and a doc'or 8&tiie tbfre snorliy alter i got home; after I earn? back from the Coroner l went up to where Douglas was lying and he said he wanted a drink of water, and some one gave it to blm; heard lam sav some tning about Charley Ross, but can't remember the words, as he spoke In an undertone; he said this to nobody in particular; George Bergen said be had it written all down; I was gone pos sibly naif an hour after the Coroner; the Doctor arrived about a minute or two before Douglas died; I had to go two miles and a half alter the doctor; there Is a connection between the burglar alarm In the Judge's house and ray lather's room; mv uncle's bouse was placed in cnarge of m.r father; my ancle's house was unoccupied, and the burg.ari baa broken the locks leading from outside tu and doors hau been pried open inside; as lar as my knowledge extends my uncle did not send these men to tnat hou*e at that or any otber time, tor be had never seen the men; when I examined tne house I found everything turned over, but tnere seemed to be nothing packed for removal; ob served beds thrown on the floors, furniture dis turbed and papers torn from off the bronze clocks, q. Have you ever had anything sto'.en from your house or vicinity be/ore f A. our house and our vicinity has been frequently visited by burglars, bat not very recently; last year and tLe year beiore they visited our neighborhood. Q. You find it neccssary tor your own protec* tection to keep firearms about the premises, ur, Van Brunt f A. Yes, sir, we do. Coroner?Have you, gentlemen of the jury, any questions to ask tne witness f A Juror?Who flred the last shot t Witness?1 did; 1 flred one shot with a gun and three with a pistol at the man who said, "1 give up;" it was the older man who flred at me; I could not say whose burglar's alarm we had; there was no buckshot usod; it was No. 5 shot. Witness here identified the pistol louud by the side of Mosuer. lh? name of It is "Goveruer." lie also identified the pistol lound with Douglas, lhe former weapon, a seven shooter, nsd Ave bullets in It, two having been discharged. The other pistol had four barrels discharged. The knife, caustio, money and other articles found ou the bodies were also Identified by Mr. Van Brunt. The bail found la the body of Itosber and the charges remaining tu Albert Van Brunt's revolver were men passed round among th* Jurors for ex amlnatlon, to enabie Uiem to Judge as to the simi? larity of the balls. Witness said be had been under the impression before tnat he bad flre.l three shots from me pistol; now ho found, on ex* amiuing the weapon, tnat he had fired but two balls; one charge missed Ore. KVlDkNCS or DR. SHETARD. Dr. A. w. s.iepa;d, sworn, depose!??I am a rc^guiar practising pti/sician and sur re?n; I mad* a ost-mortem examiiistuu ol the body oi & mau said to oe named Moaner. at the Moruae. Deceit^