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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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Hans Schmidt and Anna Aumuellerv
Ossining, N. Y., Feb. 18. Hans
Schmidt, unfrocked New York priest,
who killed Anna Aumueljer, cut her
body into pieces' and cast it' into East
river, was electrocuted at sunrise to
day.' He died denying his guilt and
giving his last message to his old
mother, in Germany.
Seldom have more dramatic
scenes been witnessed in the famous
death chamber than that was pre
sented as Schmidt stood before the
chair, an ebony and silver crucifix be
fore him, addressing the witnesses of
his execution in a last farewell to his
His dying message made from di
rectly in front of the chair was.entire
ly unexpected. As the rubber mat in
front of the chair was reached he
snapped aside the reaching arms of
waiting guards and rasped sharply:
"One minue, please, one minute,
until I say my say." The guards, be
lieving he was going to struggle
against seating himself with death,
stepped back.
"My Lord and God I must," inteiw
rupted Father Cachin, prison chap
lain, in an admonishing( tone, but
Schmidt, repeating the words hur
riedly after their third repetition by
the priest, hastened on with his dying
.statement: ,
"My last thought is for my moth
er." His voice rang sharp against
the silence of the little room. "Please
give my mother my last good wish.
It Is for her. I "
"My Lord and my God," again in
terrupted Father Cachin. Schmidt
then quietly repeated the prayer, sat
down at its conclusion and died with
out uttering another sound.
During the night Schmidt issued a
statement through his attorney deny
ing that he killed the Aumueller girl
and asserting she died from the ef
fects of an illegal operation.
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And now comes still another dis
quieting rumor that Japan is fortify
ing Turtle Bay. Oh those pesky Japs!
If the mikado would pay a cash in
demnity for every gray hair he has
added to Uncle Samuel's luxuriant
crop we could retire our national
debt, muy pronto.
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