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ancient watering place, sacred to the
therapeutic bath since Roman times,
the elopement of the late doctor's Rirl
with a recreant student was perhaps
only a topic for indolent jest. But to
the citizens of the Baden summer
capital, more especially the trivial
aristocracy, with whom Lena Molltor
and her family had a. place, the elope
ment was a scandal portentous of dis
aster. Prau Molltor. the widowed
motherv was prostrated. Her friends,
the Frau Baronin A. and the Frau
Professorln B, were tremulous, tear
ful, and full of mispivlng. Such
matches were the spawn of tragedy.
Ruin was certain. Oh, that poor mis
guided cirl of twenty-six!
Jn Paris and other parts, where
they were celebratinK their freedom,
the young1 man and his younff woman
were quite oblivious of all this hulla
baloo until money got to be short, as
money wilL From Paris they were
anally forced to open negotiations
with the bride's wealthy mother.
Discovered Helnossness.
vnw fnr the first time they discov
ered the true helnousness of naturalJ.
attraction, and instinctive mating.
The cowardice and caddlshness of the
man and the ingratitude of the un
natural daughter" were made clear.
In the surge of penitent feeling Karl
Hau and his bride pactcd suicide and
set out to commit it. The boy was
first to .kill his wife, then himself.
He wasn't used to such things at the
time, fumbled his aim and only su
perficially wounded the girl. She
begged for a second and lethal pellet,
but the tint of her blood had undonn
him. Their emotional volcanoes died
away and there was no suicide.
Soon afterward there was a surface
reconciliation with the lron-souled,
outraged mother. The daughter was
given a dowry of about ?50,000, and
the information that she and her hus
band were not recognized in the Moli
tpr set.
Set Oat For America.
Karl Hau and his wife set out for
America. The young man entered
n.r TVaoViincrtnn TTniversitv as a
student, acquitted himself brilliantly.
won his M. A. ana ia jj., sua w
offered the chair of Roman law In
his school, which he at once occu
pied. The young man who had been
too much of a blade for Freiburg and
Baden-Baden, had evidently settled
down and began to show his high
cerebral gift. Those who knew him
at George Washington recognized
him aa a scholar of genuine attain
ment His knowledge of antique and
modern law are said to have been re
markable, and it was believed a ca
reer of distinction lay before him.
And, directly to the point, he was
now himself a professor and thus of
suitable rank to be the husband of
a medizinalrat's daughter.
As so often In this ungrateful
world, the dark forebodings of Frau
Molltor and -her friends appeared to
have been absurdly confuted. The de
spised son-in-law was on the road
to success and station.
Reatsned Fonltlon At G. W. XT.
Then Prof. Karl Hau suddenly re-
I "signed his place at George Washing-
-k. bt rnn iinivprKiiv. iiuiiuicu uu aaao
Tie natl&aal KeaeCIBraaCe Shop SI and their young child, and sailed for
Europe, ills wiie was sent it mo
maternal home in Baden-Baden. The
rvrnfffBRor nroeecded to Constantl-
nnnio niiorn he intended to bespeak
. ...., ..-.- ---
1 of the sublime porte an on conces
sion of Tshlbukll. He spent some
1 Perpetuating
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manner of its develop-
ing and character of its
g printing:.
Our shop is in charge
6 of experts who not only
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g into every film they
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14th St and Pa. Ave.
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"Buy a Motor Car Week"
March 10th-15th
Washington Automotive
Trade Association
has taken this means of
bringing to the atten
tion of the public the
newest and best in the
Automotive field. Show
rooms will be decorated
and open evenings.
Dealers will have on
display their full lines
of Passenger Cars,
Trucks, Tractors, Tires,
Accessories, etc.
time In the Ottoman lands, and later
developments proved that time was
not his sole spending. But, in the
end. the Turks decided not to turn
over the prospective oil claim at
Tshlbukll, and Dr. Hau, out of pocket
and discomfited, hadvto make his way
back to Germany.
The Haus visited for some time
with the Molitors in1 Baden-Baden
before they set out again, ostensibly
at least, for America. It developed
later that Hau had on this visit vain
ly besought his mother-in-law for
more money. It seems this excellent
and forenanded lady not only refuseu
more cash but demanded information
as to her daughter's dowry. The pro
fessor said it was intact with a
Washington trust company. Tho
mother-in-law appears to have
doubted. She sent a cabled inquiry
to Washington and was Informed that
Dr. Hau had withdrawn all of the
money. Apparently a family schism
Returned To Bad Footing.
Thus, late in 1000. the relationsbe
tween Dr. Hau and his wife's fam
ily had returned to as bad a footing
as that whereon they stood in iuuu,
at the time of the elopement. The
professor and his wife left the ma
ternal roof, -and the wife proceeded
to London, where she put up at the
Cecil and awaited her husband. Some
days afterward, about November p,
1000. the doctor' arrived, not many
hours ahead of the news that Frau
Molltor had been shot through tho
heart in Baden-Baden. She Had been
summoned to the local podtoffice
by teleDhone to receive in person an
important package. Walking along
a residential street in the dusK wun
an' unmarried daughter, Olga Moll
tor. she had hpen shot from behind
by a bearded man, who disappeared
in the shadows and escaped.
Arrested In Xjondon.
The next day Dr. Karl Hau was arrested-
on information from Germany
and heTd In London to await extradi
tion. After some delays he was re
turned to Baden, -Incarcerated In the
Jail at Karlsruhe, the capital of the
duchy, and prepared for trial.
Some months later tho trial of Dr.
Hau developed into one of the most
remarkable homicide actions in dec
ades. The progress of the case was
watched from America, from England,
from France and Turkey, since each
of these countries had a connection
with the man's history. Hau had, in
fact, become an American citizen, a
fact of whose protective benefits he
declined to avail himself. In Ger
many the trial was a sensation of
genuine magnitude, leading to sharp
local division of sentiment and even
to riots.
Circumstantial Evidence.
The case of the prosecution was a
clear-cut structure of circumstances.
The motive was established through
Frau Molitor's wealth, her penurious
treatment of the son-in-law, his
waste of his wife's dower, his ex
travagant tastes and his loose hand
ling of money. It was shown that
the death of the widow was calculated
to cause a division of the estate
among half a dozen children, thus
bringing about $100,000 to Mrs. Lena
Hau. Hau's appeals to the widow for
funds in the course of his recent visit
to Baden-Baden were proved.
It was shown that the largo watch
dog belonging to Frau Molltor had
been poisoned a day or two before
I the woman's death. Also, a hoax tele
gram had been sent a few days
earlier, apprising the mother of her
daughter's perilous illness In Paris.
It was1 the contention of the state
that this telegram had been sent by
Hau In the Hope that the shock of
the news would kill his mother-in-
law, that lady having long suffered
from organic heart trouble. The fact
that the daughter was not in "Paris
and was not ill, re-enforced by a v&gue
Identification of Hau as the sender of
the telegram, seemed' to establish
some such motive.
Didn't Die of Heart Attack.
But Frau Molltor had not died of
heart attack. The state contended that
the son-in-law had then realized the
need of open murder. It was shown
that he"had been in Baden-Baden at
the time of the murder and had fled
from the town immediately after
ward, leaving part of his baggage be
hind. It was also demonstrated that
he had brought a false beard and
wig of a local barber, and anotner
similar set of disguising hair from
one in Frankfort. Finally it was
brought out that Hau had bought a
gray overcoat like the one worn by
the assassin. He admitted that he
had bought such a coat and had after
ward thrown it overboard in crossing
the English Ghanncl.
In tho face of this uncontroverted
evidence the conviction of tho man
appeared certain. Yet a lartre part of
Germany had Its doubts of the result,
and In Karlsruhe the mob appeared to
be strongly sympathetic with Dr.
Pat Up Subtle Defense.
The man's defense was subtle and
Machiavellian. No one but a fellow
of fine mental powers and marvelous
self-control could have put up so splen
did a fight against such Insuperable
circumstantialities. Hau admitted, in
view of the certain proof, that he had
been in Baden-Baden and that he hid
bought and worn the disguise 'In
scribed, but he denied oategoricallv
all the circumstances of the shootlnt
He said his wife had stood to benefit
to the extent of only about 517.500
by the death of her mother, whose
estate was greatly overvalued. Hi
pointed out that he had won a pla
for himself in America and that N
prospects there were good. Intimating
that he must have been mart to com
mit murder under such circumstances.
CIII8 sanity had previously been at
tested by the clinic at Freiburg, hi."
own university.)
Explained Ilia Dlnnrulae.
Han's master subtlety, howcvtfr,
was his explanation of his disgulscl
presence in Baden-Baden. He said
that a wild and uncontrollable pas
sion had sprung up in him for T.Is
sister-in-law, Olga Molitor, and thnt
he had been drawn back to her by
this impulsion. He did not dare to
visit the house of his mother-in-law,
from which he had so recently de
parted with his wife, so he had re
turned Incognito, to lay in wait for
the young woman. When she indig
nantly denied the existence of any
love between her and her brother-in-law
he plausibly explained that tho
chance to declare himself to her had
never been given him, and that tnia
very fact had lured him back and
forced the disguise upon him.
The sensation created by such a'
revelation and its concomitant suh
ntMnn., mh best be imagined. The
people of Baden, where the snobb'.Mh
and close-fisted Frau Molltor was far
from popular, accepted the statement
of tho professor with eager belief,
and the family linen was washed both
in court and gossip.
Saw Two Bearded Men.
Finally, a titled woman neighbor
of the Molitors testified that on the
evening of the shooting she had left
her villa to mall an Important letter.
As she was standing at the post box,
she said, a man wearing a palpable
false beard had passed her. Despite
the disguise she had recognized Dr.
Hau. She had wondered about tho
incident, but was aware of the fam
ily's troubles and merely asked hor
self what was happening. As sho
walked back to her home, she salj,
she passed Frau Molltor and her
daughter, Olga, going In the direction
taken by the disguised Hau. This
seemed natural but interesting to her.
But, she said, she had also" noticed a
second .bearded man, wearing an iron
grav natural beard, instead of the
blxk disguise of Hau, skulking after
tho Molitors. It whs probably thla
man, she said, who "had shot the
widow In the back a few moment
Theoretical Explanation.
The defense then set up a theo
retical explanation of the murder.
The claim was made that either this
second bearded man or Frauleln Olga
Molltor had .fired the fatal bullet.
The widow had been killed by a ball
from a revolver held close to her body.
Likely" enough, said the defense.
Fraulcin Olga had noticed the man
skulking behind her mother and had
drawn a revolver to defend herself.
In her nervousness she had acci
dentally fired the fatal shot. The
young woman passionately denied this
story. Nevertheless, it was a possi
bility which the friendly public ao
But the Jury made short work of
convicting Htfu, and the court imme
diately imposed the death penalty.
A riot followed, the reserves Jiad to
called, and the capital city of
Baden was in an uproar for a night
Petitions began to pour in, demand
ing a retrial for Hau. But the state
went ahead with orderly arrange
ments for the execution.
Wm to Be Beheaded.
In Baden and -some others of the
South German states' the penalty of
death was at that time and may still
be Imposed In the oldeudal manner.
The condemned were beheaded with
the ax, like many better men in the
spacious past This "was to "be thu
fate of Karl Hau. The fact that the
man was an American citizen gave
this country a particularly gruesome
shiver at the Idea, for beheading has
never been In order here save among
the autochthonous red men. "Whether
Hau would have preferred the
languors of the Sing Sins; death house
and the electric chair is 1n doubt
But, as things happened, the man
nd the public were spared this hor
tpr. The throne of Baden was vacant
'ajt the 'moment, and the incumbent
duke, accepting the coronet during
Hau's imprisonment, Included the con
victed murderer lit the customary am
nesty. Prof. Hau .was thereby com
mitted to prison for life.
Disaster Had, Indeed, Come.
The tragedy predicted by Frau Moil
tot's friends at the time of her daugh
ter's elopment had been dlrely accom
plished, proving that misalliance will
sometimes mlsally. How v fully the
forecast of disaster had come true
needs to be remarked. Tho widow
was- dead of an assassin's ball; the,
son-in-law was a life-long prisoner
for th crime; the unmarried daugh
ter, Olga, had been sadly besmirched
In the trial. And. to crown the catas
trophe. Mrs. Lena Hau, the girl whose
elopement had been the seed of all
this malforturfe, had found the burden
too heavy and thrown herself Into a
Swiss -lake.
Now, It appears, fresh evldecco ha
been found which may upset thc ra-
tionale of all this misery. Perchance
it will be shown that a brilliant youa.
PXOfessor has been branded -mur&rer
and spent twelve years In prfeen hi
vain., that a woman's- aarae and honor
have been needlesslr natfoaed. a
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