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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 17, 1913, Image 2

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andlohn Schmidt, fhe -money maker.
I have long studied ii& problem of
over-population and, as Dr. Moliere,
' decided to make a medicine to pre
vent the birth of children. Too many
were being born, especially among
the poor." "--..
He declared that his study of eco
nomic conditions then convinced him
that the "scarcity of money was the
cause of much evil. God gave him
the idea of counterfeiting and distrib
uting the money equally among the
poor of this country and Germany."
Father Evers, the Tombs chaplain,
says Schmidt received two letters to
day, both addressed in feminine
bands. One was from Cleveland and
the oer from Chicago. Schmidt was
apparently greatly Interested in them,
reading both o,ver a few times and
smiling slyly.
It is believed that Schmidt, posing
as a doctor, has performed illegal
operations; it is declared he made up
a pill .and sold it as Dr. Moliere's
remedy, which was supposed to pre
vent childbirth.
That he kflled-Anna Aumuller be
cause she possessed too much knowl
edge of his actions and perhaps be
cause she had threatened to betray
him, there is little room for doubt,
tt is claimed that he spent much of
his time in the flat of Dr. Muret, and
that frequently women were present
Sshen Anna Aumuller was not includ
ed,and the conduct of the party wag
jo boisterous that other tenants com
plained. William J. Flynn, Chief of the U. S.'
secret service, arrived in New York
today and will assume charge of the
prosecution of Dr. Muret for having
jounterfeiting apparatus in his pos
session. Chief Flynn declared that both
Muret and Schmidt anBwer the de
icriptions of men who have been
looding small New England towns
urith bad twenty dollar treasury notes
'or a year past. - J
It has been learned that Muret
$pmes from.Manz, Germany, and .the
! ra"rT"1V?'morv haTOPon Tio ant SrhmlrJt
in personal appearance ead the de
tective department to believe they
maybe related.
Dr. Muret continues to call
Schmidt a "thief" and to berate him
bitterly. The priest, howeyer, eems
anxious to shield Muret and declares
the doctor had no part in the crimes
of which he is accused.
Many young married couples
whose wedding ceremonies were per
formed by Schmidt are greatly wor
ried concerning the legality of their
marriages. It is reported that
Schmidt performed many marriages
without demanding licenses and had
made no record on the church books.
Investigation at St. Joseph's rec
tory revealed evidence tending to
show that Schmidt had robbed par
ishioners and had stolen money
from a visiting pnest while
the latter slept. The wallet belong
ing to the priest was found in
Schmidt's room.
Anna'Hirt, who was employed with
Miss Aumuller at the St. Boniface
rectory, declares that Anna "came to
see her on August 30, and that with
tears in her eyes she said she was
very unhappy and in great trouble.
A physician has further strength
ened the theory that Schmidt feared
the girL He claims that, dressed as a
layman, Schmidt called at the physi
cian's office and stated that the girl
ha'd threatened to kill him.
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Pontiac, III., Sept. 17. Nearly 40
boy inmates of the state reformatory
have appeared before the board of
managers to tell stories of alleged
cruel treatment at the hands of at
tendants in the investigation-now be
ing carried out.
Public opinion is divided concern
ing the merits of the investigation,
many persons believing the boys'
stories without question, while others
pronounce the inquiry a political
move to justify the removal of pub
lic officeholders. ' -

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