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OSE W. DERBY SHOOTS H
i,'NWI'E, HIS 'HREE CHILDREN AND HIMSELF. 'T ATED BY DESPONDENC `L;ACK OF FUNDS AND NEAR Al ;PROACH OF CHRISTMAS THE CAUSE OF CRIME. Cleveland, O:, Dec. 21.-Roscoe V Derby, a machinist, about forty-fly Sears old, exterminated his famil uiinday by shooting his wife, his thre 'children and then himself. The crim 1s believed to have been due to di spondency over the impoverished co, dition of the family purse and the nea approach of Christmas. The crimes were extraordinary i 'their thoroughness and there was ev dently no mishap in their enactmeni The wife was killed first, while slee, ing.at her husband's side in bed, tw of the children were killed as'the; 'ran hither and thither through th house in the darkness of early morn nug, endeavoring to escape their merci less parent. The third child wa killed in its bed after its elder broth er.iand sister had been killed. The dead are: Roscoe W. Derby 'his wife, Della, Harold, aged eight Alice, aged seven, and Thomas, age( five. .Derby had been down town as lat 4s 11 o'clock Saturday night ostensi bly shopping, but in all probability ob tamirng ammunition for his revolver Seemed Pale and Nervous. When he got home his wife and he talked with a neighbor who had beer calling over the approaching festival Derby seemed pale and nervous shortly after his arrival at home the oighbor left and the Derby family went to bed. The crime is believed to have beer ofiiinmitted about 4 o'clock Sunday morning. Mrs. Derby was shot tc death in bed, two bullets having beer fired into her forehead and a third probably fired after the chil1ren had been exterminated, in the back of the neek. Mrs. Derby probably was kill. ed during sleep, the expression on her face showing no sign of a struggle, and 'it was cplm and peaceful. Two of tje children, however, prob ably had a struggle with their in. turiated parent because they had been awakened by the noise of the revol. ier ,being fired and sought to escape himn, but 'without avail Harold s bode was found lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen, and that of llice in the dining room with her face to the floor' and a bullet in her breast. Harold may have been chased by hie father, as there was 'evidence of flight in the manner in which the furnishings of the kitchen were thrown ibout. Held His Boy and Shot Him. From the location of bullets in his head, the boy evidently was caught by his father in a strong grasp and held while the weapon was placed against the little fellow's forehead and the bullet sent into his brain. There was also evidence of a struggle on Alice's part. The last of the children to die was Thomas, aged five, He had remained in bed, probably still asleep, and also received bullets in his head, dying Instantly. After the extraordinary crimes had been committed the perpetrator of them went into the bedroom where his wife had been killed and lying dcwn at her side, fired a bullet into his own brain and died at his wife's side. A number of poolroom race checks were found about the house, showing that Derby had been trying his luck sn betting. ,The first knowledge of the crime aws communicated in a letter written by Derby Saturday to a friend who lved not far away and which was eat him by special delivery. The let. r was to the effect that when it had been received the Derby family would be dead. When the friend hurried to the house Sunday morning all that had been promised was seen to have .en fulflled. MURDERS HIS SICK WIFE. Fed Fflugradt Then Sends a Bullet Into His Own Heart. Chicago, Dec. 21.-While crazed ith liquor Sunday, Fred Pflugradt, a mchinist, shot and killed his wife ad then committed suicide. Mrs. Pflugradt was lying sick in bed with b week-old baby when without a ld of warning her husband stag red into the room and opened fire. e woman was shot twice in the side lived but a few minutes. Pflu. .at ,then shot himself in the heart. c!hild was uninjured. SPERSONS ASPHYXIATED. Francisco Coroner Concludes All Woeg Accidental. Francisco, Dec. 21.-Six persons phyxiated by illuminating gas night and the coroner con -"at the dases were all acci In most instances a window in each room in which gas f a#nd the coroner called t act that it is popular. ed Stal nresult cannot en ( eak r fiAnds an entrance. arita a oti Fire. ec 11.-Tweaty-five sa4pe With their a t vne Livery Drlvers. Strike Ci l uii.,i' it_ " ourners .to Hide Beriaverien~t r CIicago, Dec. 21.-ShrilRting irom the espionage of union ipt kets and fearful that funeral .narties would be attackos' by 0- striking livery driv, ers, many C',cago families have re frained from publicly annohncingf their bereavement. In the yaults of several undertakers lie the bodles of persons about whose death the utmost secrecy is maintained and whose gun erals will be postponed until after the settlement of the strike. In other cases the stricken relatives have ar ranged for evening funierals and pri vate burials, of whibch no announce ment is made. The disgraceful scenes that-attenid ed several funerals held on Saturday, when union pickets attempted to inter. fere with the removal of bodies, `h:ive led to health department offlcials to sanction the secrecy that' is bing preserved. The undertakers ha've been informed that t'i less . public safety demands it, burials will not be insisted on until such a tine as fu neral parties shall be safe from moles tation. Practically no attempt was made by funeral parties Sunday to reach the cemeteries and the day was firee from disturbances. MOTORMAN DROPS DEAD. rerrible Catastrophe Narrowly Avert ed at Des Moines. Des Moines, In, Dec, 21.-When ear 159. loaded with passengers, arrived it the Central station of the Des Moines street railway last night, it vas found that it had been guided by Providence, as Motorman Glardtone ay stone 'ead on the front platform, vhere he had fallen as the result. of L stroke of apoplexy. His last act was to turn off the cur 'eat two blocks from the .tation and he momentum carried the car the re naining distance. His car had but a noment beture descended the longest and steepest hill in the city, at the base of which is a sharp curve. Had le been stricken during the descent a errible catastrophe would have re ulted. His wife was at the station vith his.hunch when the car arrived .nd fainted upon learning of his death. VESSELS DRIVEN ASHORE. [lerce Blizzard Along New Foundland Coast Plays Havoc With Shipping. St. John's, N. F., Dec. 21.-During a erce blizzard Saturday the schooner ausan was driven ashore off St. John's. ler crew, after twelye hours in an pen boat, made port Sunday morning, adly frost-bitten. The schooner Mary Ellen went shore at Trepassay. The crew clung o the rocks all night and suffered, ter iblv from exposure. The schooner Fashoda went ashore t Green's Pond. The crew escaped. It is feared that the schooner Direc or has foundered with her crew of even men. GEO, SETZLER THE HOUSE FURNISHER NEW GOODS FOR THE HOLIDAY TRADE IF YOU WANT A NICE Chair, Rocker, Side-board, China Closet, Chiffoneer, Buffet, Etc, WE HAVE THEM SPECIAL LOT OF PICTURES To Close Out at HALF Price WHITE SEWING MACHINES ThG King of Sall Sewig Mac.nes GEO. SETZLER~pRauimendm MEotma ROOT SUPPORTS IN IRAL WOOD, CItes ' Reasons Why That Offloe > ISeulId Be Promoted. Washi~gton, ,ec. 21.-The letter o1 S-c'etiy ootf t6 Sei.ator Proctor; ict. ang chairman of the committee on foi.. sign affairs' dated Nov. 18, last, giv. lng a resume if the military record of Cenerai Leonard Wood and qtating the chief considerattohs which led 4t his nomination- as a major geifor I; was made public Sunday. After quot ing from remarks commendatory to leneral Wood" made by Generals Miles, Lawton, Grahain and Forsyte, ne latter recites that "'upon these and imilar evidences of fitness, President IcKinley appointed General Wood colonel of the First volunteer cavalry n May, 1898." The secretary also luotes from the commendations of generals Young, Wheeler, Sumner and hafter on General Wood's conduct in ,e Santiago campaign and says Gen iral Wood's appointment as comnian ler of the Santiago province appea.s o have been based upon, a statement nade by General Shafter in a dispatch o the department in which he said ie had thought General Wood "by far he best man to leave in command of antiago." The secretary then revsiws General Vood's subsequent rfilltkry career, tates the conditions governing pro, iotions and condludes with the state ient that General Wood's nomination in the regular order of seniority. ILENT FOR TWENTY YEARS. Vlsconsin Man Seeks Freedom rby Confessing to Murder. Milwaukee, Dec. 21.-A special to ie Sentinel from Grand Rapids, Wis., iys: Twenty years ago Marvin M. enner of Westfield was convicted of Lurdering John L. Healer of the same lace. He. pleaded not guilty at the me, but was sentenced to prison for Fe on circumstancial evidence. For venty 'years he has maintained that was innocent. Now he has made: confession of his guilt and has ap led to 'Governor Lafollette to change Le sentence to murder in the second kgree, thus setting him free. Cohen Goes Free at Last. Minneapolis, Dec. 21.-Joe Cohen, e much indicted Ames collector of ,raft," is to go free.. Judge Simp in Polled the last of the fourteen in, atmnents that have been found ainst him, sustaining the demurrer at evidence he had voluntarily given. fore the grand jury was being used ~ainst him. Destroyed by Incendiary Fire. Peabody, Mass., Dec. * 21.-The -orge W. Brown glue works, operat by the American Hide and Leather mpany, in South Peabody, were mned Sunday, causing a loss of 00,000, and throwing seventy-five )rkmen out of employment. The e is believed to be of incendiary lain. Calling cards at The Gazette office. ALARM IS: 1IRfASNI BRITISH NEWSPAPERS FP.EARFU THAT A CLASH MAY OCCUR IN THE FAR EAST. GRAVE CRISIS APPROACHINI RELATIONS BETWEEN RUSSI8 AND JAPAN NEARING THE BREAKING POINT. London, Dec. 21.-The mornini newspapers display increased alarn over the aspect of affairs in the fai East, rather from the fear that some unforseen incident may precipitate e conflict than from any belief that the resources of diplomacy have become exhausted, the opinion being still al most universal that both Russia and Japan are anxious to avoid war. The Morning Post, which is inspired in the Japanese interest, makes a sug gestion which may possess signifi cance-namely that Japan should cul the Gordian knot by declaring a" pro tectorate over Korea. The paper con tends that such a solution would com. mend itself to all the powers with the exception of Russia and that it miight even be welcomed at St. Petersburg ii it be true that Russia does not flesire war. The special cablegrams from the far East published in this morning's news. papers throw no new light on the sit. uation. but all are agreed that Japan has not sent an ultimatum to Russia. The correspondent of the Daily Tele graph, who after a'tour of Manchuria has arrived at Nagasaki, expresses the .belief that there will be no war, cer tainly not before the spring and that Russia does not want a war before she has consolidated her position in Manchuria. She is apprehensive, how ever, of the strength of the~ Japanese ,fleet and over the attitude of China and Great Britain. The correspondent doubts if there are as many, as 100,000 troops south of.Mukden, or whether the stores there will last for six months. Electric !lihts have been installed at Mukden. The correspondent believes that Port Arthur is over-fortified and says: S"ll positions cannot be defended as not half of them are yet provided with guns. The Russians are preparing for the investment of Port Arthur, but will make a fight to secure Dalny from occupation." G, GRAVE, CRISIS APPROACHING. Japanese Officers in China Start for P gr . Home. " Peking. Dec. 2l.--While no news has been received at the Japanese legation that Japan has sent an utimatum to Russia. it is recognized at the lega tion that a grave crisis is approach ing. Major General Yamani, the Japanese military attache, and the Japanese colonel , who has been in structing General Yuan Shai Kal's troops, have both started for Japan. ;The native press recently reiterated a circumstantial story to the effect that in the event of Manchuria being retained by Russia it was the inten tion of Great Britain to establish a protectorate over the Yang Tse val ley as compensation and to appoint a viceroy therein, so that her prestige in the far East would be equal to Rus sta's. Some of the native papers give Waf Wu Pu, or Chinese foreign board, as authority for the story. This fic tion is largely credited and gravely discussed and is creating hostility against Great Britain. It is suspected that the story has been fostered by un friendly agencies appointed for the purpose and the British legation is investigating its origin. FIGHT WITH BURGLARS. )ne Policeman and a Night Watchman Wounded. New York, Dec, 21.-A gang of five )urglars, surprised while leaving the ,)fce of Isaac A. Sheppard & Co., in ?earl street, after having blown open he safe, had a running fight last night sith the police, during which one po. iceman and a night watchman were shot, and one of the burglars captured. Ihe. noise occasioned by the blowing ºpen of the safe aroused the whole ieighborhood and the police reached he scene just as the burglars were naking their escape.. One of the ,urglars was knocked down and cap ured. but the others got, away. The rilsoner, who gave the name of Walter )avis, is believed to be a Western rook. The only booty which the urglars secured was a strong box aken from the safe, the contents of rhich are unknown. Neither police ,an nor watchman was seriously in ured. _ PWO MORE BODIES RECOVERED. fine Persons Known to Have Perish. In Walden University Fire. Nashville, Tein., Dec. 21.-Two gore bodies were taken from the ulna of Rust dormitory of Walden uni ersity Sunday. The list of known dead now .num Hers nile and two students are yet naccounted for. Several of those everely injured by jumping from the u:ntng building are still in a critical ondift.ion, but no further deaths have ceurred. In both white and negro burches prayers were offered and ollections taken up Sunday. ALEXANDER HAFF SUICIDES. )uspended New York Postal Official to Have been Tried for Robbery. New York, Dec. 21.--Alexander Hat, he suspended superintendent of for ign malls in the New York postoloce, rho was to have been brought.to trI* efore the federal cOurt this. week for ebbing the mals. killed bhitmelt SuW sy night by shooting. Hat had been Modet r aw wueaks, the appoob M 1N. R ,S Q V . f,. -,I , 1 -Y A l,. Rescue Party Finds bodles of Men ln prisonrt In isle. Royale Mine. Houghtoi Mich., Dec. 21.'A part, bf iminers reaohed the surface ifro the workings of the Grand Portage section of tiheIsle lRoyale mine Sun day afternoon, having been down foui hours, and report finding the bodiei of Charles, Petersoni, aged forty-two his son Axei, aged twenty-one;,.,ani John Gregorvich, where they'had bees overcome by gas while fleeing fron the fire in.thB shaft of the Isle Royali 'minn. Then were working on the eighth level and finding escape cut off by the flames fled into the aban doned workings to the north of then until they could go no further. Fath er and son were found together, witl Gregorovich a little distance fron them. CONFINED TO HIS ROOM. S*enator Hanna Suffering From a 8$ vere Cold. New York, Dec. 21.-Senator Mar cus A. Hanna, who was too ill to at tend the banquet of the national ex ecutive committee of the Civic Fed eration Saturday evening, was con fined to his room at the Waldorf-As toria all day Sunday. He is being at tended by Dr. Calvin Adams, who said that the senator, had a severe cold which was in ho way serious, but that he had advised Mr. Hanna to remain within doors for the present. Heavy Loss by Fire. Georgetown, 0., Dec. 21.-Fire Sun. day caused a loss of $100,000 to the stores of J. W. Wirthlin, of Hoppel Bros., and of William H. Hannon and to Miller's ,saloon and cafe. TELEGRAPHIC BREVITIES. William J. Bryan arrived at St. Petersburg Sunday. The centennial celebration of the Louisiana transfer at New Orleans ended Sunday. A sixty-mile gale is sweeping the Virginia and Carolina coast, but no re ports of shipping disasters have been received. The steamer J. T. Hutchinson, which left Detroit on Thursday for Buffalo, arrived there on Sunday under her own steam. isaac Chambers stabbed his brother Joseph to death Sunday night as the result of a quarrel which began in d saloon at Omaha. President Schurman of Cornell uni versity defended the course of the United States in the Isthmian affair in a speech at New York Sunday. Thomas D. Yates, a prominent club. man of Chicago, was struck by a cable car Sunday. night and died a few hours later. He was forty-three years old. According to reports from Hayti a revolution is feared there which may result in the assassination or at least the incarceration of several ministers and delegates. Clarence Cantrell and William Shipp were fatally wounded and William Cantrell and George Shipp slightly wounded in a shooting affray in Pauld, ing county, Ga. Congressman J. A. T. Hull of Iowa, chairman of the committee on military affairs, denies the report that he will' resign from congress to accept a gov ernment appointment. E. W. Meadaugh, for many years general counsel of the Grand Trunk railway, died at his residence at Groose Pointe Farm, Mich., Sunday, after an Illness of a year. Order cut flowers at tlulings green house. tf ADAM AIRTHI Agent for Browning King, & Co., NEW'YORK. SUITS TO MEASURE $20 OVERCOATS AND ULSTERS $25 English Corduroy Suits. ' Call and See Samples. BRLKNAP BLOCK. This is the Time When You Want FIRE INSURANCE torth Real Estate load t Title Co. )ffer you"The Best at the Same Cost." , We will meet all competition and will 'appreciate a share of 'our Business. (First Publication Nov, 20, 1903,--6W) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. 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