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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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CHICAGOAN WHO KILLED KIN
LEAPS TO DEATH
New York, Jan. 27. Having killed
his wife and daughter by crushing
their skulls with a hatchet" and ax,
Nathan Pullman, a -former Chicago
insurance agent, ended his wife here
today by leaping from the third story
of a Third avenue hotel.
The bodies of Mrs. Pullman and
Mrs. Gertrude Bazell, the daughter,
were found in the tetter's home late
last night, several hours after Pull
man had told a relative his wife was
ill and then disappeared. The tra
gedy followed a family reunion which
was marked by exchanges of pres
ents, a theater party and other fes
tivities. Relatives and friends of the
family could find no explanation for
the tragedies. It is believed, how
ever, that Pullman suddenly became
insane.
Pullman appeared at the hotel late
yesterday, about an hour after the
time the murders are believed to have
been committed. Though he regis
tered as "Mr. Jones and wife," ex
plaining that his wife would arrive
later, no woman appeared.
After plunging from the hotel win
dow Pullman was hurried to Flower
hospitaL He died within a few min
utes. Several incoherent notes were
found in his pocket. Three of them
contained the quotation: "The wages
of sin is death."
One note said : "I wish they should
not worry over these two because the
ones I am addressing are better off
without them."
In the hotel room the police found
a note, reading:
"Good-bye. Ta-ta everybody. I
guess I'll make good. I am going
away on a long journey." The note
was not signed.
Nathan Pullman disappeared dur
ing afternoon, telling housekeeper
his wife was ill and he was going for
medicine. Later the housekeeper
called an officer. They stumbled over
Mrs. "Bazell's bodv. The woman was
dressed for the street and is believed 1
to have been killed as she entered the
room to visit her month. Mrs. Pull
man's body lay across the bed. New
ax and a hatchet, bloodstained, lay
under the bed. There were few signs
of a struggle. Fingerprints upon
towei witn which murderer washed
will identify him, police believe.
None of Pullmans' relatives knew
of any family quarrel that could have
led to murder of the two women.
The Pullmans came to New York
from Chicago three days ago. They
had lived in Chicago at 1922 Hum
boldt av. and at 3850 Langley av.
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HE WAS A WONDER, A WORKER
AND. LASTLY, A SAD SIGHT
New York, Jan. 27. Many lovers
of horses recall Flash in the Pan, the
spectacular racer that won several
fortunes for his owner duroing the
days when tracks were not dotted
with autos. Not auite so manv will
remember him as he annearfid draw
ing a heavy truck belonging to John
Scallon. But just two will remem
ber the pathetic picture he presented
yesterday as he dragged his weary
bones toward the zoo. where he was
to perform his last service to human
ity as food for the animals there.
One of the two who were im
pressed by the spectacle was an of
ficer of the Society for the Preven
tion of Cruelty to Animals, who
stopped Harry Finnan, the driver, and
asked his destination.
"We're on the way to the zoo,
where I'm going to let them use the
horse for food for the animals," he
said.
The officer cast his eyes over the
sagging, aching body of the horse,
then drew his revolver. The boy
driver was turned over.to Children's
society as a violator of the ordinance
regulating use of dumb animals.
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J. J. McNamara, patrolman Shef
field av. station, discharged from the
force after testimony that he was
drunk and arrested man who was'
waiting on corner for street car, k.
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