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a* motor boat, with two women and three
men aboard, all stylishly dressed making its way out of Broad creek, on which the Kaitman bungalow is located, the Sunday morning following the murder. After making a trip to Oxford.- however, the boat and passengers returned. There is nothing to Indicate that the launch came from anywhere in the im mediate neighborhood of Eas'man's farm, however, and the only detlnite clues in possession of the authorities indicate that not more than two persons were In the bungalow at any time Saturday or Sun day. Eastman had been living more or loss by his wi's of late. There are many now who believe that he borrowed consider able money from Mrs. Woodlll. Being badly in need of money, it is believed that the idea of pawning the jewelry came to him when he felt that flight might be necessary. This Is the theory expressed by the Baltimore police who found the two dia mond rings and brooch in the pawnbro ker's place. With the exception of her wedding ring, which remains unaccounted for, these were the only articles of jewel ry worn by Mrs. Woodlll when last seen. The rings and brooch were identified pos itively by the dead girl's foster father and sister. If was announced tonight thai the au thorities tomorrow will make another careful search of tiie bungalow, and will dig tip the ground in the vicinity of the place further to investigate a strange odor which is becoming more and more a pparent. The fact that Eastman had gone to Baltimore Tuesday was known prior to the discovery of the pawned jewelry. It was that day that he inailed the letter written some time previously by Mrs. Woodlll to her foster sister. It is thought that the letter which was intended to convey the impression that the writer was in Baltimore was penned b\ Mrs. Woodill either to mask her visit to the bungalow op else she had written the letter with the idea actually of going to Baltimore after meeting Eastman. The quarreling of the two as they left the station Saturday, according to the witnesses, seemed to be over the girl's refusal to go to some specific place with the man. TRAGEDY AS IT UNFOLDS. What Happened at St. Michaels as Evidence Develops. Sp?-.-ial Diai-itch to Thr Mar. ST MICHAELS, Md? June 23.?"Lame Bob" Eastman murdered the protege o? Lyman J. Gage, Edith May Thompson Woodill. with his own hand, robbed the deul woman of a large sum of money and jewelry and planned cunningly to throw the crime on New York friends who knew him in his prosperous days and visited him over Saturday a week ago. Eastman's intricate scheme to involve others and save his own neck, if possi ble, is being exposed hour by hour. There was a gay party at Eastman's bungalow on the shore of Broad creek, where he hid for live months from the New York police. But every scrap of information that the police of three states can gather points to the fact that East man was alone with young Mrs. Woodill when she came to her death. The very cunning the crooked broker used to cover the girl's death is being analyzed bit by bit, every lie and trick and stratagem indicating that Eastman alone was guilty. The day after Mrs. Woodill was killed Eastman went to Baltimore and pawned her Jewelry, two diamond rings and a pearl pin. Tuesday he was hack again smiling among his acquaintances at St. Michael and McDaniel, paying debts and jesting about the gay time his guests had Sunday. Now that the story is out and East man's neighbors know the sort of man he was they are amazed at the cheerful nerve the crook showed in returning to the scene of the murder and cracking jokes. Eastman's Friends Leave No Trail. One thing the authorities have not been able to trace clearly?the movements of Robert Emmett Eastman's friends who came to visit him and brought gay women with them. The names of three men are in the hands of the Maryland police. They would like to have a talk with Bob Shotwell, a financial writer; another man named Ryan, and another who signed himself "Howarth." It is believed there that several of Eastman's friends in New York city, men who knew that he was hiding on the eastern shore, made up a party to visit him, and came to St Mi chaels all the way from New York in a launch, stopping at Annapolis to pick up two women. Eastman had news of the coming of the party from the man who signed himself ' Howarth." and who wrote on June 1(1 from Easton that "Ryan and Shotwell will arrive Oxford boat 12 o'clock tonight" and "girls are all at Annapolis. Here is to the one you sent for me." It is believed Eastman was anxious to give Mrs. Woodill, a merrv creature, a chance at the fun, and thac he persuaded Mrs. Woodill to visit the bungalow and meet his friends. It is known that at first she protested, said she was too well known by every body to take the chance, and finally gave in on condition that Eastman get her a heavy veil to wear. There is nothing to show that East man's* guests were in the bungalow when Mrs. Woodill was struck down. There are many things to indicate that they had boarded their launch and gone away. The hour of the murder has been fixed defi nitely at f? o'clock Sunday evening. One of Eastman's neighbors went to the shack to ask Eastm m to go to church that evening, heard the sound of a wom an's voice upbraiding the lame man and hurried away. There was no good ask ing a man to go to church who kept a woman in his place, concluded the neigh bor, and promptly scattered the gossip wherever his tongue would reach. s From a hundred and one trivial lncl Uenis and the testimony of people who at lirst found it hard to break their nat ural inclination to keep a closed mouth on unpleasant matters, the Marvland au thorities have followed Mrs. Woodill's movements from the hour on Saturday afternoon a week a?o. when she said good-bje to her friends In Easton until she d-ove late at night to the bungalow with i^arne Bob." There was less difficulty even in tracing Eastman's affairs before and after the murder. The one mystery that remains in the case is how much did the party ?.f friends from New York know when they hurriedly left the bungalow some time on Sunday afternoon. Topography of Eastern Shore. To comprehend the moves of the puzzle that is occupying the authorities It is necessary to say a few words about the topography of this part of the eastern shore. There are more miles of water than of land. A plan of Talbot county, showing the creeks and rivers ami bayous crooking In every direction, resembks a railroad map gone crazy. Water courses in and out wherever one goes. Towns and Villages that are pretty much the same today as they were when the war was roaring on the other side of the Chesapeake, dot narrow neckd of lflrnd. Some of the sleepy old hamlets are not two miles apart as the crow flies, but to reach them in a boat you must travel ten. The Woodill tragedy writhed in and out among the twisting waters. The curiou lay of the country had much to do with the delay in finding the girl s body and catching Eastman before he shot' himself. Also, this is a .section where people mind their own business to an extraordinary degree. Incidents that would have pro voked widespread scandal in other parts passed here with little comment Two thinKs were made piain as soon as the-authorities went to work on the mur der The people were too fond of Edith WoiKlill to gabble matters that would have stained the girl's reputation. They were so much impressed by "Lame Bob" Eastman's open-handed friendliness that the yhesltated to give information about him. It was only after the most persistent efforts on the part of State's Attorney Turner that the Talbot county folk be gan to tell a little here, a little there, but enough to make a fairly clear storv, with one exception, the part plaved by that gay crowd who drank "Ume Bobs" champagne and caroused with women. There certainly have been few InMances when a single young woman who talked about the natives, dressed above them, lived a different life from the quiet plod ders of the viHages has occupied the im agination of a whole community as Edith Thompson Woodiil did. She wore clothes that made the coun try, girls stare and caused the old fel low* who ?aw her flash by afternoons to shake their heads doubtfully. Her con versation was intimately'of matters that the country folk had read about and un derstood vaguely. Celebrity in Ejres of Natives. But they took pride In this, that she had made herself a celebrity in their eyes at least. They took pride in the fact that President McKinley had enter tained her in the White House, that ex Secretary of the Treasury Gape came over in a launch from Annapolis fre quently to see her and gave her a great deal of money, and that senators and representatives and diplomats had flat tered the girl and perhaps turned her head. Their liking for her was cemented by her own graces of manner. You cannot doubt that she was a magnetic and ami able little creature after talking ten min utes to almost any man or woman you meet on the street in Easton or this j town. There was nothing lofty or su perior or stuck-up about Edith Thomp-1 son. Moreover, there was the mystery of her birth to compel the imaginations of the country people, a mystery that brought her much passive sympathy from the day. fifteen years ago. she arrived here with "the new people from the north," the Tlipmpsons. They were not an old southern family by any means, the Thompsons They c;me to McDaniels from Indianapolis and settled on an estate they bought from a man named Dearborn, who is, or was, a railway official in Chicago. The eastern shore people heard at the time that Dearborn was a close friend of Lyman J. Gage, and that it was through Mr. Gage's suggestion that Col. Charles A. Thompson bought the property from Dearborn. It was understood that the cliifd was Mr. Gage's ward, and that he had become responsible for her educa tion. Tongues that were inclined to wag on tiiis subject were checked by the public sentiment of the county. It was nobody s hush kmc* but the Thompson's, or, perhaps, Mr. Gage's. Certainly It was never known here until toda'v, and it would not have been believed if told, that Edith was the ille gitimate daughter of Matthew Wita of Minneapolis and that her real name was Anna Pearl Witz. The truth is. 1 al bot county doesn't think so now. As the girl grew up, carried here and j there over the world bv AJrs. Thomp son. whose social position was certainly not lessened on account of the child's remarkable talents and personalbeauiv. the county took more and more interest in Edith/ Word came that she wa.i a favorite of Mr McKinley. that she had been a guest in places that the county rather doubted the existence of until they found one of their own number had been there, and that wherever she went she was petted by distinguished men as a prodigy of brains and beauty. They got so down here that they pointed Edith out on the streets to strangers from the north, pointing very cautiously, of course, and speaking in whispers. Sne was a ijreater advertisement for the county than the old colonial courthouse. "Roberts" Makes Friends. Then lately the man who called him self Emmett E. Roberts came into the country. They gave him sympathy be cause of the twisted foot he dragged after him. They liked the man's, honest face, for it ever a rascal looked with an open eye it was "Lame Bob." He was merry; he was approachable; he was always inviting somebody to drop in at his bungalow on Broad creek and drink his health. Always remembering that Talbot county has been dry as a beetle's back for twenty years, that wus an in vitation that had to be enjoyed to be ao preciated. He bought and paid for a thumb nail strip of ground by Broad creek, car rying on the negotiations through the leading firm of lawyers in the county, old Gen. Seth's. He had ready cash and he minded his business, two traits in a stranger that go a long way down here. They did not seek to penetrate his re serve about his own affairs. Eastman touched lightly on that subject at any time. He became friends in particular with George W. Taylor of McDaniel, tell ing Taylor more than he did anybody else. The strangest feature of the whole trag edy to the folk of Talbot county lies, not so much in the act of murder, the cun ning devices of Eastman or the mystery of the party where the ew York men were guests. They think it lies in the coming together of two persons in the whole county whose lives had departed from the ordinary and everybody. "Lame Bob's" acquaintance with Edith Woodill was a matter of three weeks. He met her when she returned here with her husband, Gilbert Woodill of Los An geles, the automobile ma-ufacturer. He became infatuated with her on the spot. But Eastman's methods were not those of the rustic swains. He was an old hand at the game, as crafty a hunter of women as you can imagine. So he en tertained both husband and wife, talk ing more to the husband than to Edith? until the husband went away. There !b every indication that she was bitten by the love of flirtation, at least, though she had a cautious desire to pro tect her reputation. That she met "Lame Bob" secret'y more than once before the night that brought her death is not to be doubted. Bragged of His Beauty. It is said that "Lame Bob" bragged to his New York friends about the beauty he had found in a swamp and invited them down to have a look at the girl who would make the best New York had to offer look like a grimy Chinese god. It is apparent on the face of things that Edltti Woodill, a little bored by the chirping of crickets and the eternal dullness of lite !n the country, was ready enough to go larking with "Lame Bob's" friends. Apparently she hesitated a little at first. When Eastman wrote asking her to meet his friends she replied with -the "dear Wobby" letter. "Can't come down," she wrote. "Haven't even had my morning ablu tions, and I know how men hate wai'ing. Why, I would be afraid you would vear out the parlor rug plus your temper if you tried it. It is only an intermittent dellrtuni. anyhow, and you had better go and 'wash your dishes." Even without an imagination, you know I must be thinking of you." And this she Eigned "Doll Baby." That was June 16. But a very few days later Edith was ready to go. She told the Robinsons she was going to her den tist's in Easton. She sailed out 1n a kind of dress that is about as usual in Easton as a two-headed pickanniny. She wore a tailor-made liner suit of the new ashes of roses color. Her pumps were bronze and tied with wide bows of brown ribbon. Her hat was a flaring creation with plumes that matched the dress. Her waist was circled by a belt of silk, which was ornamented by a handsome metal buckle, a present from an admirer in Paris. The last her gill friends saw of her was that Saturday afternoon in Easton. She paid several calls, chatting gayly. She spoke of her husband to the Emery family. There was not the slightest hint to Ik gained, even by a sour old gossip, that she wasn't in love with Woodill and I laying square with the man in Cali fornia. "I am especially anxious to look well today," said Edith, as she left the Emery house. Her appointment with Eastman necessi tated their meeting at Royal Oak, on the line of the Baltimore and Chesapeake and Atlantic railway to Claibourne. She was oft the train at Royal Oak and looking around for the lame man at K.'.'iO o'clock Saturday evening. John Jones of Royal Oak and John Jump, a neighbor of Eastman's, were on the same train and admired the girl out of the corner of their eyes. John Smith, a waterman of Royal Oak. watched her while she fumed on the railway platform because no one was there to meet her. Lady in a Fit. She frowned and tapped her foot and looked all ways, a young lady in a flu? temper, so John Smith decided on the spot. She ran to the dock where the motor boats land. "Haven't you seen anybody here with a motor boat for me?" said Edith. John Smith had not. There had not been any kind of a boat for her. The temper broke noisily here. There never was a girl in such a pest. She demanded to know where she might find a boarding house, at least. John Smith crooked a finger toward George Mar shall's tavern. It was there that Eastman found her at about 7 o'clock. He had arranged to run his boat to Royal Oak. but he changed his plan, docked the boat at St. Michaels and took the ttrOO train from St. Michaels to Royal Oak. He hoped to be able to connect with the train that Edith arrived on, but he missed it by a few minutes Straight from the train he hired a sur rey from Will RadcIifFe, and took Black Henry, Radcliffe's negro, as driver. They drove around to Marshall's, where East man got out and rang the bell. Edith was sent for and came to the door very angry. Black Henry heard a quarrel starting and thought it wisest to move away, so he I got under a chestnut tree where he could not be seen and the hearing was just as good. His ears were full of what fol lowed. There were words louder and louder, the girl's voice raising. Eastman's growl ing over It. Black Henry caught a few ' phrases: ! "I tell you I can't go." "Well, you're going." "I can't; I can't. I'll be seen. ^Don't you understand that everybody around here knows me?" "You've got to go." The upshot of this business was. she went. Somebody got her a heavy black veil, but the. veil couldn't disguise a fig ure that was unmistakable to several people who saw her agisted into the car riage by Eastman. It was then past 7 o'clock, the sunlight beginning to fade, and the first shadows striking across the rivers from the oaks that grow to t 3 water*side. There was an hour's ride to St. Michaels, which brought the time to S o'clock. Here Black Henry dropped out of the game. The negro was dismissed and sent along with the surrey. Eastman and the girl ran hurriedly to the dock where the motor boat lay moored. They jumped in and were away up Miles river before the negro had time to roll his eyes. Observed From Shore. Bad luck sent them around at Emer son Point, a sand trap across a spit of land from the girl's home at McDaniel. Eastman sweated trying to pole the boat free. No use. On the veranda of Joe Seth's boarding house 011 Emersons point a few Idlers, amused by Eastman's frantic, gestures, laughed at the man. Eastman siiook his fist at them. The girl stood up in the boat, shifting weight. Finally Eastman waded painfully ashore and called for Joe Seth. He wanted Joe to lend him a rowboat. "Why, there are enough of us here to help you get your launch off the sand," said one of Seth's boarders. "Go to the devil," said Lame Bob, sourly. Seth turned the corner, offered a boat instantly and asked Eastman If he needed help. Eastman, with changcd humor, grinned a negative. Old Seth knows a 1 Joke when he finds one on the beach. "Oh, a woman," he hinted. "Well, I'm coming out." "You'll be most d?d sorry if you try it, Joe," said Lame Bob. "No use of a feller being stingy," said Seth. Eastman was in the boat and rowing out before any further words were passed. Seth saw him lift the girl out of the launch into the skiff and row away toward Ilemsley's creek, one of the jagged cuts of water that lead toward McDaniel. The launch was left masterless. A ris ing tide lifted it-from the sands and took it away toward the north. It drifted up the Chesapeake twenty miles before it was recovered. It was 11 o'clock and bla<*k and dark by then. When they landed Eastman guided the girl over rough grounfl and wire fences for a good half mile, going that must have riddled the thin pumps she I wore, and slipped quietly up to George W. [ Taylor's house. Lame Bob had boarded there off and 011 and was familiar with the lay of the place. He left the girl, whipped into Taylor's barn and was put with Taylor's mare quick as you can imagine. They har nessed up and drove to the bungalow, four miles and more, reaching there about I midnight, probably. But the last time Edith was seen alive was when the idlers on Joe Seth's porch saw her erect in tile stranded launch, en couraging, it appeared, the laboring East man. Eastman Brings Back Horse. Well, Taylor missed his mare the next morning, and it was a very much as tounded Taylor. Chickens fly away at night in this country, horses almost never. Imagine Taylor's surprise then, when Eastman, or Roberts, as Taylor knew him. came driving up the lane calm as you please. "Played a little trick on you last night, old sport," said Eastman. "Pinched your horse. Glad to get her back?" "Something going on down at your place, Emmett?" inquired Taylor with a very real curiosity. "I should say so," replied the lame man, winking roguishly. "Had a little party, few lively skirts, you know, and there were things doing. But I never would have gotten away from your place if it hadn't been for the lady. She's a wonder, Taylor. "Now, I don't know any more about hitching up a horse than I do about har nessing an alligator, and my bad foot bothered me in the dark. She was there, though. She had the bridle on, the har ness on and the whole business buckled before I could say Jack Robinson. "Funny thing, too. First time I ever saw a woman handle a crupper." He rattled on that way for half an hour, said finally that he was dead for sleep and went to bed In Taylor's house. Edith was alive and very much alone in the bungalow, as events showed. East man got up at 5 o'clock that afternoon. Sunday, yawned and said he guessed he had better be going back "to the lady." Taylor had something to turn over in his mind, a new point of view on his friend Roberts. It was the first time in Taylor's knowledge that Roberts had ever entertained women in the bungalow. It didn't send him along very well with Taylor either. About 6 that evening George Powell, a near neighbor of Eastman, took a notion to call on young William Sutton, who also lived near the Eastman bungalow. While they were chatting, along came Eastman, moving slowly on foot. That put an idea into Sutton's head. "Let's get Roberts to go to the chil dren's service at the church tonight," said Sutton. "He's often said he would go with me." "All right," said Howell. ' But I don't .believe you will get him." Angry Woman's Voice Heard. Sutton went to the door of the bunga law, heard high voices and backed up. There was a woman, a very angry woman, in there; one who was telling Eastman what she thought of him. hy Sutton's account it wasn't much at the moment. It seemed that 6he had been left alone all day and had become nervous and irritated. Sutton didn't want to eavesdrop, but something very Hke curiosity nailed his feet. He had n*jver seen the window of the bungalow curtained before, and that interested him. A blanket was drawn over one. news papers pinned ovor others. The quar rel inside ran higher and Sutton finally pulled himself away. "This is no place for churchgoers," he said, dryly, when he returned to Howell. Next morning quite early George How ell saw neighbor Eastman very busy over a bonfire back of the bungalow, piling on fuel, poking in the embers and sending his eyes around, keen as a hawk's, while about the business. Howell watched Eastman, who looked up and observed that he was being watched. From that moment the man grew cun ning, began to plan ways to go free of the crime himself and Implicate others. Previously, as the whole story shows, a six-year-old child could have traced every movement he made. On Wednesday, after Eastman had been to Baltimore, he clapped George Howell on the back, affecting greater friendliness than was common. "You did me an awfully good turn when you loaned me those boards that time,'' said he. "Now I'm going to return the favor. "I noticed you looking at me yesterday morning when I was burning some stuff. 1 was getting rid ?f the straw that came with a set of dishes I ordered the other day. Straw is a bad thing to leave around when the wind blows. "Now there are sixty dishes in that set and I don't need so many. I'm going to give you thirty, spilt with you." He followed with another twist, the first step in a string of lies meant to shnuldei; off the crime. Howell was the first man he spoke to abou* the party of friends from New York he had entertained. For a quarter of an hour he spun a yarn about strange and amusing adventures the city people had. There was an argument between him and a New Yorker about oysters. "He said he was from Missouri." rat tled on Eastman; "said they didn't grow here. I got out my motor boat and the whole party went off in the middle of the night to chase the little oyster to his lair. "Did we get any? George, don't ask foolish questions. We got lost, that's what we got: lost on the bosom of old mother Chesapeake. "I sailed my boat an hour and a half straight in one direction; couldn't come to land. Hit straight up against my own yard. And what do you think of that?" Howell made no special comment then. But he told State's Attorney Turner that it sounded like a "demmed lie " He said that Eastman had spoken of the "girls" being in the boat, to convey, undoubtedly, the impression that there were other women besides Mrs. Woodill at the party. Trip to Baltimore. It was on Monday that Eastman went to Baltimore. He took the boat train that would insure his arriving In that city at 10:38 p.m. He got Joe Setb to scalp him a ticket, Joe being the handy man of the community, and was off. Nobody saw him until the following night Tuesday. He told several people he had been to New York. Wednesday he gave George Taylor $40<> in payment of a loan. He settled up sev eral other sfrnall obligations. He showed money. On top of t!iis news caihe the informa tion that he had pawned Edith Woodill's jewelry in Baltimore. The pieces were recovered In a pawn shop there. They are: One diamond ring, solitaire, surrounded by a cluster of small diamonds; one marquise ring with a large brown diamond in the center of the setting, the brown diamond circled by small diamonds; one oriental pearl breastpin. The jewelry was worth at last $500. It is now said by Mrs. Woodill's family that she had a large roll of bills in her possession when she left ? the Robinson home She was fond of carrying con siderable sums of money and had with lier that day perhaps S4<K>. The story of how Eastman came to be suspected, of his flight into the bayous where he wandered, hungry and parched with thirst, all Friday night, of how he was pursued and cornered, has been told. Eastman Lost His Nerve. It is certain the authorities believe that the man lied in the letters he wrote to fit the occasion. They d-.n't believe he meant to kill himself. They don't believe he had a party at his house over Saturday night. He fixed up the letters to square himself, if possible, and lost his nerve at the last minute. Mrs. Robert Eastman, who was Vlnnie Bradeome, an actress, arrived here to night. She declined to say anything about the case further than she had been in New York. Eastman had deserted her. she said, and she had not been familiar with his movements the past year. J. C. Rosenthal of A. S. & J. C. Rosen thal, criminal lawyers in New York city, came here tonight to see if they could lay hands on Eastman's property. An aunt of Rosenthal's went ball in the amount of ST.riOO for Eastman. The law yers think there may be a chance of recovering some of the forfeited money. The coroner's inquest will be continued Monday. State's Attorney Turney said tonight that there are a score of wit nesses to be examined, hut he is not hopeful of getting anything new out of any of them. Eastman's body will be burled probably tomorrow in a grave already dug on his land at Broad Creek. He will be burled within a few feet of the bungalow. Late tonight Will Dodson of this town w?nt to Mr. Turner and told a story that started fresh excitement. Dodson had been nosing around In the deserted bungalow, he said, and had smelled decaying flesh. He searched, but found nothing. He felt sure that another body was hidden in the bungalow, and he persuaded Mr. Turner to order a search to be made. Sev'eral other volunteer investigators had noticed a repulsive odor, they said, and were sure that somebody else besides Mrs. Woodill had been murdered there. CONSIDERS MYSTERY SOLVED. Baltimore Chief of Detectives Sees No Use of Further Inquiry. BALTIMORE, June 2fi.-Detectlve Capt. Pumphrey of the Baltimore police, who has been engaged in work upon local clues connected with the Woodill tragedy, scouted the idea today that a woman committed the murder. "From what I have discovered," he said, "I have no doubt that Eastman and Mrs. Woodill were old friends. I do not think it was mere coicid-ence that brought him to live within a stone's throw practically of her foster father's home. "I believe that Eastmen was in Cali fornia recently, and that he came to the eastern shore of Maryland knowing that Mrs. Woodill soon was coming east. "Mrs. Woodill had intended returning west a few days after her husband left. When she found Eastman domicllled near her father's home she could not resist playing with tire. "While she lingered here, she received a letter from her husband urging her to meet him at Detroit at once. Mrs. Woodill showed this letter to a friend and de clared that she would not go back west right away, as she Mad decided to pay a visit of several weeks on the eastern shore. "We know that when Mrs. Woodill did go to her father's house she saw a great deal of Eastman. I believe that at last Mrs. Woodiil Informed Eastman that she intended to go back west to join her hus band and that he became insanely Jeal ous and forbade it. "It is easy to conjecture that there were mutual threats. Mrs. Woodill had been told much of Eastman's past life. She could easily have threatened to disclose his identity to the authorities." Capt. Pumphrey said, that it would be useless for him to send men to St. Mich aels. "The man who committed the murder is dead," he commented. "So what is the use of sending men out simply to rake up scandal?" A S. Rosenthal, member of a law firm in New York, who says he represented Eastman at the time he wad charged with giand larceny, passed through Baltimore today en route to St. Michaels. Mr. Ros enthal, It is believed, will attach East man's property for the benefit of credit ors A reward for Eastman's capture has been pending for some time in New York. Mr. Rosenthal says he cannot imagine where Eastman got the money to buy the property on the eastern shore and to build the bungalow. MRS. EASTMAN COMES SOUTH. Wife of Dead Broker Starts to Re cover Body. NEW YORK, June 20.?Mrs. Robert E. Eastman, whose stage name Is Vinnle Hradcombe, left New York today for St. Michaels, Md.t to claim the body of her unfaithful husband. "Lame Bob" East man, who committed suicide after the Woodill murder. Although Eastman deserted her, the twenty-four year-old actress widow said before her departure that she loved him up to the time of the tragedy and she believes him Innocent of the crime. "I cannot conceive of my husband hav ing committed that murder," she said. "He was not the kind of a man to com mit a murder. He was always kind and gentle to me and our child. Although lie abandoned me and did not let me hear from him for months, I still loved him." She added that she thought his suicide whs pro'mpted by the indictments hang ing over his head here connected with his financial fiascos. Before leaving her he threatened frequently to end his life, she said. Mrs. Eastman was dressed in deep mourning as she boarded the train. After discussing her hueband's death she ex pressed conJtrn for the future of her eight-months-old baby. Eastman's child. This Is her chief anxiety, she said, with feeling, for she dreads the stain on the baby's name. She said further: "I never heard of Mrs. Woodill before. That was not strange, however, for he never mentioned any woman to me." Mrs. Eastman said she expected to be joined in Maryland by her cousin, Louis Pedler, a Washington newspaper man. She left here accompanied by a younger sister. NEW YORK, June liti.?Thomas C. Shotwell, a newspaper man of this city, mada the following statement today: "The Shotwell mentioned in the dispatch must be somebody else. It happens that I was a witness against the man Robert E. Eastman when he was prosecuted. But since that time I have had no communi cation with him or any knowledge of his whereabouts." WR ANGLEflVER CHILD Mrs.Thompson Outwits Claim-! ants for Anna Pearl Witz. SECURES MOTHER'S' AID Adopted Girl While Others Were Fighting for Possession. ISSUE OF BATTLE IN COURTS Little One Was Given by Widowed Mother to Uncle, Who Gave Her to His Niece. Sperial Pispstch to Tbo Star. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.. June 26.?With the raising of the veil of mystery which lias surrounded the birth and early life of Mrs. Edith May Thompson Woodlll there comes to light an unusual story of tragic childhood. Mrs. Woodill was the daughter of Mat thew and Zettella Witz, her name during the first three years of her life being Anna Pearl Witz. October 16, 1?W, after a long legal contest, in which several well known Minneapolis' families were in- ? volved, she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Thompson. That the secret of her parentage might be kept from her, the girl was taken from the city. Her name was changed to Edith May Thompson. The girl's futher, Matthew Witz, was murdered at Couz Creek, in 1S87, when Pearl was less than a year old. The murder grew out of a quarrel in a min ing camp. Shortly after the murder Mrs. Witz moved to Annapolis, She was soon mar ried to Albert Knight of Elk River, Minn. L n&ble properly to care fur the child, Mrs. Knight gave her to her uncle, Dr. William R. Rr-up of Kansas City, Kan. He in turn gave her to a niece, a Mrs. Green of Minneapolis, who brought here here. Struggle for Possession of Child. Mrs. Green lived on the East Side, near Mr. and Mrs. Delos Matteson. Mrs. Mat teson was struck with the child's beauty at first sight and formed a warm attach ment for her. Accordingly, Pearl, then three years old, often stayed for days at the Matteson home. One day the Mattesons refused to give up the child. This refusal brought Pearl into court. Frym there the fame of lier beauty was spread over the city until prominent families were using every ef fort to get possession of her. Henry M. Farnham, Frank Davis and former Judge William A. Kerr were at torneys in the legal battle in which Pearl was the center. Mr. Farnham. who is now in GoMfleld, Nev., tele graphed today, telling of the habeas corpus tight and the adoption. "When Mrs. Thompson told me she wanted to adopt the gill, I began a search for Pearl's mother, who had moved from the city. I found her on a farm near Zimmerman station, and as a preliminary obtained her consent to have Mrs. Thompson made guardian and later her foster mother. "I don't remember much about the details, but I know it attracted con siderable attention." The Greens, learning that the Matte sons were preparing to adopt Pearl, sought by a writ of habeas corpus to gain possession of her. The case was called before Judge Hooker, was con tinued and set aside and retried at different times for a month. Mrs. Thompson Takes a Hand. The child's beauty attracted hundreds to the courtroom, among them Mrs Charles M. Thompson, a prominent worker In the Associated Charities. "I must have that child. It is a shame for her to be buffeted about from place to place," Mrs. Thompson said, when she caught sight of Pearl In the arms of Mrs. Matteson. From that moment Mrs. Thompson was u A ? ?' those captivated by the beautiful child. She immediately set out to gain possession of her. In her tight for the child Mrs. Thomp son had qualifications that enabled her to distance the others in the courts. She was well known because of her charitable work and besides she had ineanB. Mr. 1 hompson was at that time man agerof the Thompson Harness Companv in Minneapolis. The Thompsons had many friends and all these assets were used in the battle. To make her position more firm Mrs Thompson went to Elk River while the habeas corpus fight between the Greens and the Mattesons was pending. She was there made legal guardian by the probate ^urt ot Sherburne county. This was done with the full consent of Pearl's mother. Consequently, when the case was again called there was a new party to the fight Judge Hicks decided that Dr. Roup and lus nieces had not shown a proper regard for the girl, and said Pearl should stay with the Mattesons. n5?ra- Thompson put in her claim, vv line Mrs. Matteson was carrying Pearl away triumphantly in her arms attorneys for Mrs. Thompson were preparing a new writ of habeas corpus claiming Pearl through the guardianship papers issued in ?cjJK River. Child Given to Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Matteson was watched as she left the courthouse. When Judge Hicks issued the writ he was followed to the office of William A. Kerr. Fearing Mrs. Matteson would leave the city with the priae so dearly won. Sheriff James H. Ege guarded the railway sta tions with deputies while he served the writ in the office of Mr. Kerr. The office was the scene of confusion immediately. Mrs. Matteson. with Pea^l In her arms, darted to the door and out into the hall. When Sheriff Ege fol lowed, friends Interfered to stop him. Spectators who ran from the other of fices took a hand, some to help the sheriff and others to help Mrs. Matteson. whom they deemed a woman in distress The sheriff finally won, and the opposing parties returned to the courthouse. The case was continued until the next day. To make sure that Pearl would be there for the final struggle, Judge Hicks ordered the sheriff to take her to his home. At the trial were Mrs. John S. Pills bury. wife of former Gov. Plllsbury; Mrs. R. A. Mendenhall, Dr. Martha Ripley now superintendent of the Maternity Hos pital, and many others were there to back Mrs. Thompson. The guardianship papers were honored and the case settled for all time. Mrs Thompson took Pearl to the sheriff's of fice at the command of the court. Sheriff Ege said today that "Wash Dem Clouds Away" was a favorite baby song of little Anna Witz. She sang it to the delight of the jail officers and prisoners alike during her three weeks' stay at the county Jail ip Minneapolis. END OF THE TWINFEST. Volksfest to Include Singing So cieties to Be Held Today. CINCINNATI. Ohio, June 26.?With the stroke of midnight tonight the thirtieth turnfest of the North American Gymnas tic Union practically closed so far as the athletic contests and other matters of widespread interest on the program of the week's festivities were concerned. To morrow the formal closing of all contests will be followed by a meeting of the Judges who ara to award the prizes. There will also be a reunion of the pioneer turners at the hall of the Cincinnati Turngemeinde. In the afternoon a volk fest, at which many of the leading sing ing societies will participate, will be held. Longboat Beats Shrubb Again. TORONTO, Ont., June ^6.?Longboat, the Indian runner, defeated Alf Shrubb in a twenty-mile race here tonight. Time 2.02.10. SAYS WIFE WOULDN'T MEET HIM WILLIAM BONELL 6 WALLOWS CARBOLIC ACID AND DIES. Commits Suicide at Early Hour This Morning' While on a Public Thoroughfare. After receiving a message from his wife that she had an engagement and could not meet him last night, according to his final statement, William Bonell, a paperhanger, twenty-four years of age, of 300 2d street southeast, took a fatal dose of carbolic acid while standing at the corner of 8th and East Capitol streets about 1 o'clock this morning. Michael Burke and James Glllen, watch men on the railway Improvements along 8th street northeast in the vicinity of East Capitol street, discovered Bonell leaning against a fence near the corner about 1 o'clock. When they went to him he requested that he be sent to a hos pital. "What for?" one of them asked. "I've taken carbolic acid," he replied. "If you don't believe It, smell of my breath." The ambulance of the Casualty Hospi tal was called and Bonell conveyed to that institution. He died within a few minutes. While awaiting the coming of the ambulance he told the watchmen that he had been working on a roof all the week and had earned $24. He called up his wife last night, he said, and asked her to meet him. She replied that she had an engagement and could not do so. "1 didn't want to live that way," he muttered to his auditors. FALLS FROM WINDOW IN SLEEP Somnambulistic Negress in Serious Condition Prom Two-Story Tumble. Susie Carson, colored, about thirty years old and living at 244 3d street southwest, is at the Casualty hospital in a critical condition in consequence of the falling from a second-story window at her home early this morning while walk ing In her sleep. The woman and her husband, Cartia Carson, employed as a waiter at the Na tional Hotel, retired about 11 o'clock last night with all the windows and doors leading into the room open. Shortly be fore 1 o'clock this morning the husband was awakened by hearing a crashing noise through one of the front windows, and a thud on the pavement below. He saw his wife was out of the room, and, suspecting she had fallen, rushed down stairs and into the street, where he found the woman moaning pitifully and unable to move. At the hospital, where she was hurried ly removed In an ambulance, it was etated no bones were broken, but that very serious internal injuries In all likeli hood were sustained. The hospital phy sicians worked on the injured woman un til a late hour this morning, when it was said her condition seemed somewhat better. EARLY MORNING BLAZE. Brickyard of Hall & Neal on Fire. Flames Quickly Subdued. Fire alarm box 052. at 15th and East Capitol streets, was pulled shortly after 2:30 o'clock this mornine for a fire in the brick yard of Hall & Neal, 18th and C streets northeast. Engine companies 8 and 11> and truck <r responded and In a short time had the blaze under control. GEORGIA ARBITERS ACT. Decide Against Seniority of White Firemen Over Negroes. ATLANTA. Ga? June 20.?The Georgia railroad strike arbitration board tonight decided against the seniority of white firemen over negroes. The arbitrators, however, placed a premium on intelli gence among firemen, which it is believed will ultimately result in the gradual elim ination of all except the moSt expert ne gro firemen. The arbitration board was composed of Hilary A. Herbert of Montgomery, rep resenting the Georgia Railroad Company; Thomas Hardwick of Georgia, represent ing the firemen, and Chancellor Davis C. Barrow of tlie Georgia University as um pire. Their decision was worded guardedly and did not in any case deal directly with the race problem. Their most direct reference to the seniority problem yas in the words: "We find against proposition C." This proposition read: * "All firemen when hired shall be placed in freight yards or hostling service, and senior white firemen shall have prefer ence of engines and runs." Tiie award made the pay of negro fire men equal to that of whites. The negroes have been receiving from about 20 to 50 cents per day less than whites. WOODWARD IS PRESIDENT. Washingtonian Elected Head of Baptist Missionary Union. PORTLAND, Oreg., June 2?.-At to night's session of the Baptist Missionary Union the following officers were elected: President, S. W. Woodward, District of Columbia; vice presidents, I. W. Parker of Nebraska and George C. Whitney of Massachusetts; recording secretary, H. A. Wilbur. Ohio; foreign secretary, Rev. Thomas S. K. Barbour; home secretary, Rev. Frederick P. Hoggard; treasurer, Charles W. Perkins. TEN DEATHS IN NEW YORK. Wholesale Exodus From the City on Account of Heat. NEW YORK. June 26.-Soaring from 78 at 6 o'clock this morning to a maximum of 90 at 4 o'clock this afternoon, today's boiling heat resulted in at least ten deaths in 4he greater city, sent scores of victims to the hospitals, and inspired a wholesale exodus from the sweltering city to bathing resorts, the parks, the suburban districts and even out to sea in boa's. Demands of Japanese Denied. HONOLULU. June 26.?The sugar plan tation managers in the Island of Hawaii have unanimously denied the demand of the Japanese laborers for an increase in wages. On this Island there Is no change In the strike situation. The strikers and the planters both remain tlrm and there Is little prospect of an early termination to the trouble. The Privileges of Wealth. Frnm l ife. Even to us who know that the love of money is the root of all evil It is aston- | ishing to what lengths of folly that love will run, and how utterly unrelated it is to need. The poor are greedy, often enough, but for the insatiate look amonc the very, very rich. And all for what? i One privilege of excessive means nuwa- j days in New York is Intimacy with the scions of disgraced families, that fell into j the pitch kettle in their overexertion to ! get rich enough to be respected. And an- ! other privilege is the amb'tious marriage, and another (very popular) is divorce, and another is sport, and another is to float around in Europe, leaking money from large holes, and being seen. None of these privileges looks valuable enough to induce a solvent concern to pervert ! the rectitude of its scales, nyr is it di rectly for them that that kind of thing is done. That comes, when it does come, as part of the habit of thought that meas- j ures all achievement and success by dol lars. and reckons right as dollars cap tured, and wrong as dollars missed, and worth as dollars bunched. Of course, that habit of thought is a d's ease, like drunkenness, or the morphine habit, or erotomania; but many there are who have it, and many more who flirt with it and work overtime to catch it, and will die its victims. They suffer from confusion of values, thes^ pitiable people. | Seeing that money is good to have, they get to suppose that it is the one thing in- j dispensable, and, proceeding under that ; obsession, strip life itself of every valu able to pay for it, ' T Elsie Sigel's Body Carted to Newark and Back. ATTEMPTED TO LEAVE IT Chinese Restaurant Keeper Would Not Have It Dumped on Him. GIRL DEAD OF ASPHYXIATION Analysis Shows That She Was Not Strangled?Stomach Baffles Dr. O'Hanlon. NEW YORK. June 35-The New Tor* police confirmed tonight the new phase of | the Sigel murder case brought to light in Newark, N*. J., today?that I^eon Lin* was in Newark early in the afternoon of : the day of the murder with a heavy oval i topped trunk, like the one in which the body was found, on hi* hands, and ? pressing anxiety to be rid of it. It has been ascertained that he attempt ed to leave the trunk in the Newark rcs l taurant of Li S'.ng. Hut prudent Li Slnif would not hear of having the trunk dumped on him. James Halstead. the Newark cabbie who is understood to have driven I^eon and his burden of terror back to New York that ^ame day, could not be found to night. When the police lay hands on hnn they will take him to the property room at headquarters and ask him to Identify positively the trunk in which the body was found as the one he dro*e from New | ark to New York with a crop-haired Chinaman as his only living fare. Asphyxiated, Not Strangled. The mystery of just how Elsie Sigel was killed was cleared up to some extent to day with the announcement of the results of the coroner's autopsy, supporting In s way that the murder was not premed itated. but committed on the spur of the i moment by the Jealousy-crazed Chinaman. Dr. O'.Hanlon of the coroner's office said | tonight that there had been found no rup . tured blood vessels, such us always ao I coflpany death by violent strangulation, ; but that, on the contrary, there was ev idence of conization of the lungs, such as always goes with death by asphyxiation. The analysis of the contents of the stomach is not yet completed. On ac count of the advanced statu of decompo sition in which the body was found it has presented many difficulties. There is absolutely no confirmation of the statement made to the police by a clerical friend of the Sigel family that j Elsie ever married Chu (Jain. I^eon Ling's rival, who Is held under bond i as a material witness. Chu Gain Denies Marriage. Chu Gain protested that he has sor rows enough without being made out a widower. Police Captain Galvin, who 1 was detached last night on leave of ab sence. relumed to town this morning as suddenly as he left and was back on his post again tonight without a word | to say. Whatever his clue might havS been, it seems not to have materialized. The district attorney's office today had Ong Fung, an English-speaking Chinaman, up for a little quiz on the Chinese tongs and their possible affilia , tions with the case. j On^ Fung told the authorities that noth^, : ing was known in Chinatown to connect i Leon with either of the tongs, and that j apart from his membership in the Chi 1 neso Masons (which the Masons deny) i the only other society to which he be longed was the Four Brothers, wbici* 1 embraced all the descendants of four j fabled demigods who lived in the cloudy! days before even Chinese history began and who gather now for nothing mora violent than to vaunt their descent. Even if Leon Ling is caught and his ease comes to trial it seems little likely fron? a statement made tonight that the care fullyv guarded Elsie letters will ever bo made public in their entirety. Parts of , them must be used in evidence, but there ) are other parts, it was said tonight, of i which the family is still ignorant. Hststend, the cabman employed by ths. Lawrenz Livery Company of Newark. N. J.. who told the police that he hauled a Chinaman and a trunk from LI Ling's restaurant in Newark to a house in 8tli avenue, presumably the place where Elsie Sigel's body was found, was brought to police headquarters tonight. He looked at the trunk in which the body was found, and it is understood that he identliled it as the one lie hauled, al though the police would not say so. PITTSBURG CAB STRIKE ON. Conductors and Motormen Quit Work in Early Morning. PITTSBURG, June 27.?Conductors affd motormen of the local union of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employes began leav ing their cars at il o'clock this morning Several cars were left in the downtown streets, deserted by the crews. By 5 o'clock this morning the men say not a car in Greater Pittsburg will he operating. Pickets have already been sent out from union headquarters to the five down-town car barns. As each crew completes their run, the cars are stopped either at the barns or on the streets, and the crew reports to the car barn to turn in their time. The strike order was made effective at 12 o'clock. THE CZAR AT STOCKHOLM. Cordial Welcome Given to the Rus sian Emperor. STOCKHOLM. June 2<?.?The Russian imperial yacht Standart, with the im perial family and Foreign Minister Iswol sky aboard, arrived here this afternoon under the escort of Jive warships. The Swedish royal yacht, with the king and queen and the foieign minister, CouiU Taube, on board, met the Standart. Both I royal parties landed and were greeted by j civil and military officials, after jvhidv they proceeded to the palace. The city in beautifully decorated in honor of the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Rus sia. A state banquet was given at the palace tonight, .'150 guests being present. Most ccrdial toasts were exchanged by Kins Gustav and the emperor, both the , monarchs dwelling on the closeness of 1 the family ties and the excellence of the relations between the two countries, whfeh recently was consolidated by a solemn po litical agreement. -* _ Bishop Wright to See Sons Fly. DAYTON, Ohio, June 'M.?Bishop Milton Wright will go to Fort Myer to see his sons, the Wright brothers, re sume their aerial flights. He will be accompanied by another son, Reuchliu Wright. The St. Louis at Honolulu. HONOLl'LC, June 2?;.-The cruiser St Louis arrived here this afternoon and dropped anchor close to Rear Admiral ljichi's training squadron. The Japanese cruisers Aso and Soya will k*>ep open house tomorrow. Various receptions and entertainments have been planned for Rear Admiral Ijichi and the officers and men of his squadron. Russian Police Chief Assassinated. WARSAW, June 1!C.?Gen. Sytin, chief of the gendarmerie, while returning to Klelce today was ambuscaded by bandits who fired several volieys at him. The general was shot through the breast and died tonight of his wound. His daughter, who was accompanying him, was killed. A patrol sent in pursuit of the bandits lost one killed and one mortally wounded.