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[From the Daily Herald of May 7. | rit T ri\ rvpvv The Horrible Self-Accusation of the Party to a Crime Committed Years A 2 : 0 . Astounding Death-bed Confession of Madam M. A. Eckert, As Made to Her Nurse, Mrs. Sarah Holmes, on the Night of April 10th, 1888. LIGHT AT LAST, And the Mystery, Which for Nearly Ten Years has Surrounded the Death of John Denn, is Revealed. Tull Report of the Startling Discloures as Communicated to the Nurse. Stricken With Remorse, the Perturbed Spirit Tells How the Deed Was Done, And With Conscience Weighed Down With Guilt Clears Away a Shadow of Suspicion That Has Hov ered Over AN INNOCENT MAN, The Prologue, Play and Sequel to a Trage dy Unprecedented in Annals of Criminal History. AFTER MANY YEARS A Frightful Crime is Exposed and the Facts Therof Given to the World by the Perpetrator of the Deed. Retrospective. In order that the readers of the^ÜKEALD may thoroughly understand the history of one of the most astounding crimes that has ever occurred in Montana and that they may more properly appreciate the disclos ures here following, a detail of the events of the past will be used as introductory hereto, thereby forming the first link of a chain of narratives so startling in their nature as to cause one to meditate upon and ponder over the strangeness of the affair here to be detailed. We begin by going back to the date of the MURDER OF JOHN* DENN. (Herald, October 28, 1879.) A murder, cold blooded, horrible and without parallel in the history of Montana, was perpetrated in this city last night, the victim being John Denn, one of the oldest and best known residents of Helena. The object was robbery, but in this the mur derer met with disappointment. At 9 o'clock this morning a Herald reporter was going down Broadway, when he met two Germans—Nathan Keuhn and Valentine Saul. They had been speaking to District Attorney Johnson, and our reporter heard them say they must find the coroner. Inquiry disclosed the fact that John Denn bad been found dead in his tire-proof warehouse adjoining his store on Wood street, and that he had just been discovered by these Germans. Our repor ter immediately repaired to the 6cene of the murder, and was admitted by an offi cer already in charge. The coroner, Dr. Steele, appeared, and together a visit was made to the cellar, where, with lighted candle, we beheld one of the most frightful sights that it has ever been our province to witness. On the cold stone floor was the lifeless body of John Denn, lying almost in the position of a hoop, his face in sight, with two great holes in the forehead. At his feet lay a bottle and a funnel. He was dressed in close-fitting night-shirt and drawers, and on his feet were a pair of car pet slippers. A space of two feet was cov ered with blood. No weapon of any description was found though diligent search was at once instituted. A coroner's jury was speedily empaneled consisting of H. M. Pärchen, Mike Reinig, E. Frank, J. A. Zeigler, L. F. Evans and Nick Millen. The jury first viewed the body where it lay, then the premises, then had the body removed to the store, and witnesses called. From the indications, it is quite certain that Mr. Denn was in his bed ; that he was aroused by a preten ed customer, who wanted a bottle of whisky ; that he arose, carefully turning back the covers, lit a candle and went into the cellar; that when he stooped down to draw the liquor, he was hit on the top of the head—a blow which crushed a hole in the skull three quarters of an inch in diameter, and that the murderer, to make the deed certain, afterwards hit him two blows on the forehead with equal severity. The murderer then returned to the store and rifled the pockets of his vic tim—at least it is so supposed, for Denn was in the habit of carrying more or less money with him. and his pocket-book was found empty. The key to his safe, which is in the wine cellar, cannot be found. The safe is locked and it is not known whether he kept any money in it. We have it on the best authority that on Saturday last Denn told a friend he had $10,000 hid in the wine cellar. [Then follows the evidence of witnesses, all of an unimportant nature, except as to the accidental discovery of the body by some customers, who, being unable to effect an entrance into the store, went around to the back door, making the dis covery as stated. How daring the inquest a box containing $6,886 60 in money and securities had been found by J. H. Shober, who exclaimed : "Gentlemen, I have fonnd it ; here is Denn's money, and the murderer has been foiled ; I found it, this box, under a barrel." How later in the day the safe was opened and no money found therein. That Mr. Howe, Denn's brother-in-law, had stated that on Sunday there was gold coin in the safe. The article concludes with a biographical sketch of the de ceased ] OX THE FOLLOWING DAY the inquest was resumed though nothing was revealed. Steam and Kuehn, the prin cipal witnesses, were arrested on suspicion. Several days elapsed before the reading of the verdict as all attempts to ferret out the murderer were of no avail. October 29th, 1879, Denu was buried and three days later the jury gave up the task as futile, rendering a verdict to the effect that de ceased came to his death at the hands of some person or persons unknown. NOW LET THE READER note carefully the subsequent occurrences. Extensive rewards were offered, the amounts at one time aggregating $12,000, for the detection of the criminal. Several persons were suspected; many were watched and shadowed; detectives followed trails both hot and cold, all resulting in failure. Years sped by and the matter was abandoned and summed up by the popu lace as a dark, unfathomable mystery A few days ago died Mrs. M. A. Eckert. That demise caused a revival of the dread subject and in order that the chain of cir cumstances may be continued the follow ing from Friday's Herald is reproduced: On the 27ih day of October, 1879, in the evening, the citizens of Helena were startled with the announcement that John Denn, then one of the best known mer chants in the city, had been found mur dered in his wine cellar, located at the corner of Jackson and Wood streets, where the Pelican saloon now stands. Investiga tion immediately following led to the dis covery that a more brutal or cold-blooded murder was unparallelled in the criminal history of Montana, but the object most desired—the detection of the murderer— ne\er was consummated, and after futile search for the criminal, in which numerous persons were arrested and subsequently discharged, proof against them not being conclusive, the matter was summed up as a deep mystery baffling all investigation, and further efforts were abandoned. NOW, nearly ten years afterwards, comes a denouement, which if true, forms a feature more startling and terrible in its nature than the murder itself, the revela tion of which sequel remains for the Her ald to unearth and bring to light, and tell its readers in time who the murderer of John Denn was. For the [»resent it will suffice to chroni cle only portions of a certain confession made by the late Mrs. M. A. Eckert, whose demise was noted yesterday in these col umns, and which was confided to an atten dant under sworn secrecy to never reveal it until after her death. Strange as it may appear, the Herald has it on the honor and integrity of its informer that every statement given is the truth, and given as made by the one now stilled in death. As nearly as possible in our informant's own words, is the etartling exposure given as follows : "Mrs. Eckert told me on her dying bed who it was that MURDERED JuHX DENN. She told me she had a terrible confession to make to me and could not sleep or even die without telling it. She imparted this information to me one night during her illness and shortly before she died. She asked me to come to her bedside; I refused at first; told her I did not wish to hear it ; asked to be excused. She was unre lenting; said if I loved her I would listen to her. She eyed, me intently; her thin cadaverous face lit up and with skeleton ized arm and hand beckoned me to her side. I approached hnd placing my ear to her lips, heard her enfeebled voice SPEAK OUT THE NAME of one who murdered John Denn. In af fright I looked at her. 'Can this be true ?' I asked. "As true as my God," she re plied. She then told me the circumstances of the killing ; how they had haunted her through life ; her sleepless nights, ravings, visions, and sufferings of the damned she experienced since the occurrence. How she had never made the confession before to anyone, and only confiding it to me be lieving that her hour had come and she could die easier. She told me more, but which I shall not repeat at present. She told me of books and papers, property of Denn, that had been in her possession though subsequently destroyed. It was a horrible revelation. Dazed and bewilder ed I could scarcely believe my eyes and ears, and though reluctant I was to be made the possessor of the now dead woman's mind, I felt that she at least felt relieved by the strange confession. I can say no more at present." SHOCKED BEYOND EXPRESSION, our. reporter listened attentively to the narrative, saying not a word throughout its course. In expectancy had he awaited the name to be revealed, but at the conclusion of the tale no information had escaped the informer's lips tending to show who the guilty party was. "Can you not, now that you have kept your promise with Mrs. Eckert, give me the name ?'' asked our reporter. "Not at present," was the reply ; "when I am ready, you shall be the first to have it." "Is the murderer in Helena ? ' "No." "Is the murderer a man or woman ?" was asked. No reply. "Is the murderer dead or a'.ive ?" Still no reply. "let us change the subject for the present," was the admonition given our reporter, and with the assurance that the name would be forthcoming in due time, the scribe took his leave fully satis fied that murder was at last to out, "for though it had no tongue it would in time speak with a most miraculous organ." Without doubt the murderer of John Denn is coming to light, and after many years the name of the one who committed the deed, be it man or woman, dead or alive, has been pronounced by her whose life for some strange cause has been haunted with the reminiscenses of the ghastly tragedy. And yet, upon reading this, it may be asked , " In what manner became she con nected with the circumstances? or, how came she in possession of any information she gave in her dying hour?" That answer remains yet to be told. Saturday's Herald continued the nar rative as follows: No greater sensation has more startled the citizens of Helena than the Eckert confession, the account of which was first imparted to the public through the columns of the Herald last evening. No sooner had the first copy of the Herald left the press than it became bruited about that the evening paper contained one of the greatest sensations of the day, and like wild-fire spread the report of the strange denouement to the Denn tragedy committed years ago. The interesting sheet was eagerly read by all who could obtain a copy and not until a third edition had been run off' was the public satisfied. True, the information most desired remains still untold, yet the Herald believes that as it was the first to go on the scent and first obtained and gave pub lic information of the latest chapter of the mystery, it will also make any succeeding revelations that may transpire. What has been told our readers comes from a source undisputed, and should the matter here end the Herald will rest content with having repeated only a narrative commu nicated by one standing alone between the living and the dead, and the one alone con versant with the horrifying confession. The public will of course arrive at conclu sions; detectives will again go on the scent; s arm isos will prevail and rumors fly with the wind; yet so long as our informant declines to divulge the name now so greatly desired, so long will the details of the dreadful tragedy be sunk in the sea of doubt. So much for the present state of affairs. as to other circumstances anrmnnriincr th* ♦ratrftffV and SubSCOUent death-bed confession of Mrs. Eckert, it may not be amiss to give a few expressions heard on the streets regarding each of the occurrences. Of course until the facts are proven and made known there will be many in doubt, while others have no hesi tancy in stating even at this early hour that all information so far imparted to the Herald is undeniably true. The honesty and integrity of the nurse is undisputed, and her hesitancy in now making known any further details of the confession is only due to the stern contemplation ot the affair and the consideration as to the pro priety of at this moment divulging the secret. The Herald believes that aft ir a careful study of the occurrence whenu counsellings may prevail by other minds being brought in consumption, if it should be decided that it will be to the good of the public to make any further disclosures, the revelation will be forthcoming. Other wise it may die in the breast of the nurse, thus continuing the mystery as before. on the streets could be heard almost any story desired, one even to the effect that a written confession had been found, making the entire exposure. Others prevailed wherein were implicated in the crime every man, woman or child within the circle of acquaintances of the deceased. Local detectives held the secret in their inside pocket, while others displayed it pinned to the lappel of their coats. Some proclaimed the confession as emanating from and being the vagaries of a mind stricken with disease; others that deceased was naught but rational when she made the nurse her confidant. The morning paper, in its enterprise, was going "to show up the whole business," while the Sunday Record had a clincher on the entire racket. And so on, resulting in the one conclusion : "After all, no one yet knows WHO KILLED JOHN DENN or what Mrs. Eckert had to do with or knew of the affair." Concerning Mrs. Eckert, it has been noticed by those intimately acquainted with her, that during the last few years of her life she was possessed of vague foreliod ings, often stating to her friends that she was undergoing mental tortures due only to the damned, and that she was being subjected to a hellish existence on earth' and doomed to live under the shadowed disease of heart and mind forever incura ble. Little was thought at that time of the terrible mental struggles within her, and only now is the unfortunate woman's hor rible agony being realized. Of her was to day told the following incident which occurred last summer in this city, as going to show her state of mind at that time as connected with the mystery. A gentleman said: "I was well acquainted with Mrs Eckert. Her actions were ever peculiar, her mind being in such a condition as to make it in deed pitiful to at times see or speak to her. One morning last summer I arose and came down Wood street. At the corner of Jack son, where workmen were then excavating for the new Pelican building, and where stood the old cellar in which John Denn was found murdered, I saw Mrs. Eckert, her face pale and ghastly, her hair dis heveled, and a troubled look on her coun tenance. 'Why, what are you doing up so early ?' I asked. For a moment she made no reply, then suddenly turning her eyes toward the cellar and pointing thereat said in a dramatic tone, T am WATCHING THAT ACCURSED SPOT !' " The following was overheard in the Cos mopolitan hotel lobby this morning, as expressed by an old timer who is thoroughly conversant with all the facts: "The sensation of the season was the Herald's article of yesterday, giving to the world th.- news that on her death-hed. Mrs. M. A. Eckert had made a confession to her nurse disclosing the name of the murderer and the blood-curdling event of the murder of John Denn, a wealthy mer chantof Helena,on the night of October 27, 1879. There was an unprecedented demand for the paper, and. I am told, the large extra edition was soon exhausted. Old timers gathered in knots last evening after reading the paper, and recounted to each other the incidents of the murder as they remembered them; named the half dozen or more different men who had been suspicioned of the crime; and dwelt partic ularly upon the hanging by the vigilantes a few years ago of Jessraug, at Dillon, and the efforts that were made at the time to get him to confess to the murder of Jno. Denn; how Jeesrang, when let down for the third and last time before being swung into eternity, stoutly denied that he knew anything about the murder ; how, notwithstanding this denial, it has been generally believed that he was the murderer ; and it was late at night before many of us "old timers" retired, only to dream of John Denn ; his murderer, and the strange revelation as made public through the columns of the Herald." MRS. HOLMES AGAIN INTERVIEWED. This forenoon our reporter again called on Mrs. Holmes, at her home on Water street. "Have you anything to communicate this morning that will help us to clear up this mystery?" was asked. "No, I believe not. I wish you would make one correction, however. The morn ing paper says Mrs. Eckert made the con fession to me ten days before she died. This is a mistake. I quit nursing Mrs. Eckert sixteen days before she died, and it was eight days before I left that this con fession was made to me." "Why did you leave?" "The reason I left was that Mrs. Eckert refused to take medicine and broth from my hands. She was very cranky, but we never had any words. I consulted Dr. Steele, and he said that I had better leave. Mrs. Eckert never said an unkind word to me while I was there." "Do you know whether the statement made by Mr. Showe to the reporter of the Independent is correct, to the effect that Mrs. Eckert was in Virginia City the night of the murder?" "I do not know whether it i3 true or not. She might have been there or in the States for all I know. But if MRS. ECKERT WAS IN VIRGINIA CITY that night, I think she never would have told me what she did !" Being informed that Miss Maggie O'Mal ]y had been employed as assistant nurse for Mrs. Eckert, our reporter called to see if she could furnish any additional infor mation that would assist in unraveling the great mystery. Miss Maggie, a bright young lady of about eighteen years, will ingly told what she knew. "I was employed to assist Mrs. Holmes in nursing Mrs. Eckert. She was very ill when I went there, and would not allow any one to do anything for her but Mrs. Holmes. One morning, shortly after I went there,and about three weksbeforeshe died, Mrs. Holmes came into the kitchen looking pale and worn out, and asked me to make her a cup of coffee, and while I was pre paring it Mrs. Holmes said : "Oh, Maggie, Mrs. Eckert told me som ething^horeid last night. It is an awful thing, but I think I shall never tell it on account of Jesse. ["Jesse" is Mrs. Swobe, daughter of Mrs. Eckert.] " Soon after this—perhaps it was that day—I heard Dr. Read say to Mrs. Holmes: "When that wowan" (pointing to the room where Mrs. Eckert lay) "dies, there will be THE GREATEST SENSATION that has ever occurred in Helena !" "Mrs. Holmes said to the doctor that Mrs. Eckert had confided to her a great secret, which she had promised not to re veal while she (Mrs. Eckert) lived. The doctor advised her to do as she agreed." "Mrs Holmes told me she had advised Mrs. Eckert to make a confession to the priest, who visited her a number of times, but she was afraid Mrs. Eckert had not done so." "One evening Mrs. Holmes and I went to the postoffice. Returning, when near the foot of Broadway, we met Officer Bashaw and Mr. Lawrence. Mrs. Holmes informed Mr. Bashaw that Mrs. Eckert was very low, and she did cot think she could live long. Mr. Bashaw said, 'My God ! I must see her before she dies.' They afterwards came to the house, and I saw them talking to Mrs. Holmes, and I heard Bashaw say to her, 'Find out everything you can,' and Mrs. Holmes replied that she would not do it. Mrs. Holmes soon after told me that Mr. Lawrence wanted her to buy the bed, that there were probably valuable papers secreted therein ; but Mrs. Holmes said she would have nothing to do with it." "It was my first experience in nursing, and the way Mrs. Eckert talked at times would make my blood run cold. At one time I heard her mutter— 'disgraced at last! Twenty years hard labor all gone. Naked I came into the world, naked I leave it'.' Then she tried to tear her clothes." "Again she tried to raise herself in bed, and, wildly swinging her arm around cried out: 'I see THE DEYIL STANDING THERE at the foot of the bed and little black angels are floating all around me!" "One day I was breaking some ice and I heard Mrs. Eckert call out to Mrs. Holmes: 'What is Maggie breaking that ice with?' 'With the hatchet,' replied Mrs. Holmes. 'The hatchet! the hatchet!' screamed Mrs. Eckert; 'put it away ! Tell her to take the butcher knife !" "As I said, it was my first experience in nursing, and when Mrs. Eckert refused to take medicine and nourishment from Mrs. Holmes, and Dr. Steele advised us to leave, I was very glad to come home." "Miss Maggie, have you read the pub lished reports of the affair in last night's and this morning's papers, and if so can you give any further light in the mat ter ?" "I have not seen the papers—in fact, I did not know anything had been pub lished about it. But I think I have told you all I know about the matter." SUNDAY'S INDEPENDENT, contained the following communication which is self-explanatory : Helena, May 5.— [To the Editor of the Independent.]—I have read this morning's daily and am much surprised about the rumors that are afloat about my mother. At the first place Mrs. Holmes, the so called "professional nurse," must have been slightly out of her mind when she made this statement. For her truth and veracity I would not vouch, nor rvould any other respectable citizen. I came here from Portland, Oregon, to attend to my mother's illness, like any daughter would do under like circumstances. As for the murder of John Denn my mother has never revealed or said anything to me. I think Mrs. Holmts ought to be made tell by law what she knows about it. She states in your daily to the reporter that ten days before M. A. Eckert's death she made this confession. She was discharged on the 15th day of April and Mrs. M. A. Eckert died on the 3d day of May, and she (Mrs. Holmes) had not seen mother alive since she was discharged. How comes it now that Mrs M. A. Eckert made a confession ten days btfore her death. That goes to show that it is a lie made out of whole cloth. Another falsehood : The so-called "ptofes8ioDal nurse" said I was closeted flvo L'MIIO wtik my mother XXo^r Jooa Mrs. Holmes know that? She has not seen mother since she was discharged. I have proved by the day and night nurse that I was not closeted with mother five hours. In the first place she was too weak ; second, she could not talk ; then Drs. Steele and Read had forbidden us all to talk to mother. She iMrs. Holmes) is either trying to blackmail some of our respectable citizens or trying to get some money from me. The idea of her being an old acquaintance of mother's —that is perfectly laughable. I think if mother knew anything about the John Denn affair she would have told me, and for myself I would tell immediately if I knew, for such things ought to come to light. Now, Mrs. Holmes, tell what you know and don't brag. Don't consider our feelings. I have never done no one any wrong and furthermore, you are not in my thought. Yours respectfully, Mes F. A. Schwabe. The Confession. The foregoing cutting epistle quite Daturally would provoke a reply, and Mrs. Holmes, after reading it, did not stand long on the order of doing, but acted at once by sending yesterday for the Herald reporter, he to be accompaued by an officer and some other gentleman of standing in the community. The trio, consisting of L. Molinelli, Sheriff Hathaway and A. J. Fisk, proceeded immediately to the resi dence of Mrs. Holmes on Water street, where they were ushered into the parlor, being met by the lady at the door. After some unimportant conversation Mrs. Holmes began : "Gentlemen, I have sent for you in order to conclude and complete the narrative of the confession of Mrs. Eckert, began with Mr. M. last Friday. First, however, I de sire to make some personal explanations concerning myself and Mrs. Schwabe's card published in the Independent yesterday morning. Not that I care anything about her attacks on me, as I leave it to a just and intelligent public to say, after they have heard my statement, as to what my motives were lor not revealing the secret sooner. I have resided in Helena many years and I am willing to put my record for honesty and integrity, truth or veracity in the scale of public opinion with any one. As for her charge of "blackmail," I ask any sensible person wherein could I adopt or carry out such a plan even did I desire to do so? I had exposed part of the con fession to Mr. Molinelli, with the promise that he should be the first one to receive the remainder, in case I ever made it known. At the time of the first interview I did not think I would ever reveal the name. Why? Through charity to Mrs. Schwabe and sympathy and love for the children she was rearing. I was in hope the secret would die within me, and yet I felt I was in duty bound to reveal it to the world in time, as Mrs. Eckert told me to do if I de sired. Yet, now that Mrs. Schwabe defies and insults me and asks me to tell all I know, I feel in duty bound to speak, and it is with no malice or ill will, but on the contrary do so believing it to be only just to one man especially in this town, and the community at large. So much for Mrs. Schwabe's card." NOW THE HORRIBLE RECITAL. "Gentlemen," the lady continued, "my name is Mrs. Sarah Holmes, and as God is my j udge, what I am about to tell you is truth and only truth, and I now make a statement which I will reiterate in any court or on my dying bed. To begin: At about 2 o'clock in the morning of the twenty-fourth day be fore Mrs. Eckert died she called me to her bedside and told me she had a terrible confession to make to me. Her words startled me. She placed one finger to her lips and in low guttural sound indicated to me to approach nearer to the bed. Trem blingly I went to her; partly raising, as by some supernatural power, upon the bed, she threw her sunken eyes upon me and as I eaid : 'Promise me that you will never so long AS I AM ALIVE give away what I am about to tell you ; will'you?' 'Please don't tell me anything, Mrs. Eckert,' I replied ; 'I don't want to hear it.' 'If you care for me or love me you will listen to me,' she hissed as loud as her enfeebled voice would permit. 'I would rather tell you this thau any one I know of. I must tell you,' she continued, 'and you must listen to me. I have suffered the tortures of hell too long ; I cannot sleep, I cannot die without telling it. Listen ; Mrs. Holmes, do you know who killed John Denn?' " 'No,' I replied; then said, T always thought that a man (now dead) named Williams did it.' '"You are away off',' said Mrs. Eckert. 'Listen again. Shober has been blamed ; I have tried to blame him. I have tried to bring myself to the pitch of accusing him and I have told the officers as much, but there is nothing in it. IT WAS NOT SHOBER that killed Denn. I swear it, though I tried to make people believe he did. Now close all the doors and come to me quick. I will tell you—see if Maggie is asleep; cover her up—is Lou asleep? Close the doors—sh, sb, sh; oh, Mrs Holmes, this is a fearful night; horrible phantoms flit before me. I must tell you; it is weighing me down; killing me; oh ! insufferable tor ment. They tell me to leave here; ha, ha ! leave here; don't I leave here and don't I come back ? I cannot leave here. What hideous power draws me and holds me to THIS DAMNED SPOT? Denn was murdered and I am glad my boy Harry was not here at the time. You wont fear me if I tell you who did it ? You won't leave me? You won't repeat it if I live? If I die, tell it if you feel disposed; if I live we will go to Paris together; I will buy you a nice home. Come now, listen; put your arms around my neck ; put your ear to my lips. "Oh, I cannot, Mrs. Eckert," I cried; "please don't tell me." "Come !" she shrieked ; "you must hear; I cannot sleep; put vour arms around me ; I—I— I KILLED JOHN DENN. "My God, I don't believe it. It cannot be. Mrs. Eckert ; you are dreaming, delirious." "Yes, yes; Madam Eckert killed John Denn WITH A HATCHET—WITH A HATCHET." This is a fearful thing to tell, but it is as true as there is a God. "With a hatchet— is Lou chopping wood with a hatchet ? If she only knew what that hatchet had done she would never touch it. Horrible, horri ble ; I went in the night to Denn ; called him up; took a bottle; wanted liquor; went in the cellar with him AND HIT HIM A LICK." [The exact expression as used by Mrs. Eckert]. There she stopped. She asked me for some wine. She drank a little, then said : "I swear to this. Twenty years hard labor—worked twenty years tor this. There are no papers to condemn any one. What papers there were I have destroyed. I feel relieved." Mrs. Eckert then went to sleep, awaken ing after a lengthy nap with the remark : "Oh, such a relief !" She appeared to have acquired renewed vitality and seemed higher spirited. Her mind was perfectly clear as she again warned me "not to give it away if she lived. After she was dead she did not care, as it would harm no one." In a conversation held with her subsequently she said she thought she had been shadowed through this country and[Europe but that 1IU XfLMXJ Lw«J tn o^4»V* her. At another time she told me she never went in the camera obscura— dark room—of the gallery as she always imag ined some one stood behind her. "Now gentlemen, that is all I can tell you; I will take a solemn oath to the statement, and in explanation for uot making it before will say it was on account of Jesse (Mrs. Schwabe) and the children. That is why I kept quiet. As regards the statement about Jesse being closeted with her mother, I will explain by paying that Mr. Schwabe told me that Mrs. Eckert kept Jesse about her bed for five hours at a time. Mrs. Eckert, in her confession gave no motive for the killing ; neither did she say anything about any money. What appeared to trouble her most was the act itself and the unjust accusation of Shober." OUR REPORTER GETS THERE. I By Mr. Fisk) : "Mrs. Holmes, in order that you may be set at right before the public, state why this information was not impaited before." "Simply, as I have stated, on account of Jesse and the children. When Mr. Moli nelli called on me the first time I did not even dream that he or any one else knew anything about this matter. W T hen he came he questioned me so closely that I knew he was in possession of many facts concerning the confession. Where he pro cured them I do not know. Then I told him what appeared in Friday's Herald. He told me things concerning the confes sion that I knew to be true, yet did not admit them to him, as I then believed I should never reveal them. Then it W 2 S when I promised him that if further reve lations were made he should be the first informed, as he had been to see me first. (By Sheriff Hathaway) : "Do you be lieve that the hatchet used around Mrs. Eckert's dwelling by the nurse Maggie, and others, to be the same with which the deed was committed ?" "I do. All the circumstances go to show it to be the same. The sight of it or men tion of it drove her into hysterics. She could not bear to hear of it being used, yet when it was out of her sight she inquired for it." DEPUTY U. S. MARSHAL QUIRK was seen by our reporter to-day. To ques tions put he answered : "I knew Mrs. Eckert well. I know Mrs. Holmes, and I believe all that she has stated as coming from Mrs. Eckert. Past circumstances force me to that conclusion. Let me tell you. About a year ago last winter Mrs. Eckert came to my house late one night and called me up. She appeared delirious and agitated. She said: 'Quirk, what do you know about the murder of John Denn?' I told her I did not know much, though I had my suspicions. She said : 'SHOBER KILLED JOHN DENN,' and I think he is trying to kill be. Don't you think he intended to kill me when he threw me on the lounge?' I told Mrs. Eckert not to speak that way, that John Shober would not harm a fly. He was not that kind of a man. 'Shober murdered that man; I have said so to others, and I will prove it on him.' I went and told Shober of the conversation. Shober said if she (Mrs. Eckert) did not keep her d—d mouth shut he would have her sent out of town. Subsequently I saw Mrs. Eckert; she came again to the house; in fact came repeatedly for several nights. I then told her what Shober had said. She became frightened; colored up, grew excited and left the house with a fiendish laugh say ing:" , ' HA, HA ; WE SHALL SEE.' In conclusion I can only say that all I have heard as coming from Mrs. Holmes, believe to be the truth. John H. Shober had no more to do with that unfortunate affair than either you or I." IN CONCLUSION. With the foregoing, the Herald, so far as it is concerned, here ends the subject, leaving it to the public for consideration. of As it was the first to go on the scent it be came also its duty to follow up the trail and make public any disclosures bearing on the affair. Rumors flew thick and fast ; the character of innocent persons was as sailed ; inuendoes were numerous. In view of all of which, the investigation was made and carried out to at least one definite conclusion, namely, that uutil the contrary be proven, the world is now ;n possession of the latest phase of the mys tery—the death-bed confession of Mrs. M. A. Eckert wherein she proclaimed—"I killed John Denn." [V/OIU the Daily Hearld of May 8 ] MRS. HOLMES EXPLAINS, And in the Following Card in Reply to the Statements Made by Mrs. Schwabe, Terminates the Controversy. To the Editor of the Herald:— in justice to myself, I ask that you allow me sufficient space in which to reply to a few of the statements said to have been made by Mrs. Schwabe against me, promising herewith to hereafter end all newspaper controversy so far as I am concerned. Mrs. Schwabe states publicly that I have had some trouble. I did, though not in the manner she presents it, and I will tell how, as briefly as possible : Years ago I bought a piece of ground on Ten Mile and a young man disputed my right to the ground. My husband tried to show him by the papers that I owned the ground. He struck the papers from his hand and would not look at them. I paid the late T. J. Lowry for advice ; he said to order the fence taken down, which I did. The young man was always angry at me and tried every way to make me trouble, which at last he did. The fence blew down one n ; ght and the next morning some of our cows were in the field. There was uothing in the field except some weeds, yet I ordered my little girl, then nearly nine years old, to run and drive them out. As she was driving out the cows the young man came with a large four-horse whip and struck the cows. My little girl asked him not to strike them. He swore at her and strnck her over the shoulders and neck. I saw him do it and ran to my child across Ten Mile, and she was screaming. I said "Are you not ashamed to strike a child?" He called me a name and said he would strike me. I said : "You had better not.' He jumped over the fence and did strike me and knocked me down. My husband came to town to have him arrested. Sheriff Bullock hunted him for two days and did not find him. I then told him he had better find him. So next morning he found him all right. Mr. Chadwick was my at torney, and Col. Sanders represented the other party. Judge Hilger was in office then. The young man was put under $500 bonds to appear before the grand jury. He did, was not indicted, but was tried before Judge Totten and was made to pay the full fine, and I would say right here his sisters were never mentioned that I know of; they were two of the best girls in the Territory and no one can say otherwise, and when Mrs. Schwabe thinks that Mr. Shober pays me to keep still or that it is money that I am after, her brain can not be evenly balanced. I never said that Madam Eckert killed John Denn nor never will. I said Madam Eckert told me she herself killed Denn. She may have been ib Virginia City or New York for all I know, but she told me that as long ago as she danced in the Hurdy House that 4/% Lorrnir îYIAnAV frOfU Dpiin She eaid he used to lend money to afl the women. I do not know anything only what she told me. I remember when she went to Virginia City to take care of the man that was shot. She was just as jeal ous of him as she was of a gentleman in this city. And I would say, Mrs. Schwabe, this much, that your mother went to California and got you to go to Portland and said she would help you and that when you got to Portland she told Mr. Schwabe to make a bunk for himself and rustle as she had done, and when you wired for a hundred dollars to be added to the fifty that she had sent you she said: "How ungrateful she is ; let her stay with her Dutch husband ; if she came it would be to pick my dead body:" and I eaid, "Mrs. Eckert if you have got to die, you cannot carry your money with you," and by my advice she sent lor you. And now, Mr. Independent , because you got left, don't blame me; the Herald came to me first, secured what information I then made public, and exacted from me the promise to give first to them any further disclosures that might be made. At that time I did not intend to say anything more. When Mrs. Schwabe publicly told me to tell all I knew, I did so. As for my children, I shall always defend them ; especially so when a man goes after them with a four-horse whip. As to my char acter, it is open for investigation. I have lived here twenty years; let the public judge. Hereafter I shall have nothing more to say. Respectfully, Mrs. Sarah Holmes. INTERNATIONAL LAW. The or Rights of Naturalized Citizens Stated by Secretary Bayard. Washington, May 8. —Concerning the enforced military duty required by France of naturalized American citizens, Secretary Bayard has instructed Minister McLane to inform M. Flourens that the government of the United States holds a decree of naturalization granted by it to French citi zens, and it is not open to impeachment by the French government either in executive or judicial branches, and if it is alleged to have been improvidently issued, a remedy can be had by applicaeion to the Depart ment of State. You will further say, writes Secretary Bayard, that if subjection to forced military service of American citizens whose cates you report is based upon an assumption that they are not citi zens of the United States, this Department asks for their immediate release and for proper compensation for loses which they have received by such detention. It can not be admitted that American citizens not charged with any crime should be detained under arrest for even a single day after their proofs of citizenship had been pre sented. Iu such cases like this the United States can never admit the propriety of submitting to ordinary delays of judicial action. In Favor of Blame. Pittsburg, May 8.— The Republican convention to nominate a candidate to represent the Twenty-fourth Congressional District unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing James G. Blaine, and directing the delegates representing the district in the national convention to vote and use all honorable means to secure his nomination in the event of his candidacy for President. instructed For Rusk. Milwaukee, May 8. —The Second and Seventh Congressional Districts of the Re publicans to-day selected delegates to the national convention and instructed them for Governor Rusk for Presidental candi date. _ _ Severe Hail Storms. London, May 6.—Despatches from India announce that Delhi and Moradahad had been visited by disastrous hail storms, about 150 persons having been killed. Our attention has been called to mon by Dr. Goodwin, of the First Congre gational church of Chicago, on "Eli, the Last of the Judges." Those familiar with the Scripture narrative know that Eli had some very bad boys, whose wickedness plunged the Israelites into disaster, dis grace and distressing bondage for a long time. But we fail to see anything in this historical incident to justify Dr. Goodwin or any one else iu asserting that human nature is continually gett : ng worse. The Bible teaches that those wao depart from observance of the laws of God will suffer in consequence, but it also teaches that th<»3e who obey these laws will prosper. We may well admit that the fiowardness of children and the relaxation of parental authority argue ill for the future of this country. But we have faith that there will be a change for the letter in this respect; that the day is coming when children will be generally taught uselui occupations, play less and eDjoy it more. Dr. Goodwin cer tainly overlooks one great and important fact that the Scriptures teach and that is the presence and assistance of the Holy Spirit in the world since the resurrection and ascension of Christ, in a sense very different from what was known to the world before the Christian era. We con fess to being a confirmed optimist, believ ing the world is progressing and general humanity improving, and that this will continue.__ It is a matter of some regret, no doubt that the United States has lo3t its mer chant marine, but it was not sacrificed to the tariff', it fell a victim to the priva teers of the solid South, the same that is booming Cleveland and free trade. The mines of California greatly expanded our marine, for the only way to reach Cali fornia between 1850 60 was by vessel. Now we have railroads. The reason why ship building did not revive when the war was principally the fact that iron ships have displaced wooden ones and steam has done away with sails. But neither our capital, skill, energy or labor have been idle in the meantime. In 1860 there were but little over 30.090 miles of railroad, now the r e are over 150.000 miles. This represents an investment of $6,000,000,000, and the inci dental benefits in the way of increased values of land and its products is as much This has been worth more to us than all the commerce of the world. If we had spent our money for ships instead of railroads our wealth would have been less by several billions. We had a very different problem to solve from England. The British had to go on to the sea to find room for growth, while we had a vacant continent to occupy. Any one who says we did not choose the better part and have not properly attrnded to our business doesn't know what he is talking about._ Not only are the wool-men ot Montana deeply interested in the defeat of Cleve -a -—i .U. ron r aaur owners of silver, lead aud other mines are equally interested to defeat the reduction of duties on ores. Helena just now has high hopes based upon the erection of great smelting works. None of us do or can over-estimate the value and importance of such works in the vicinity of Helena, but every mover in the enterprise must know that the passage of the Mills revenue bill and its sweeping reduction of the duty on ores will jeopardize the erection of such smelting works or render very precarious the profits of such an enterprise. Take away from Montana her stock and mining interests, both imperilled by Demo cratic policy, and we should like to know what foundation is left for her prosperity. The present campaign is to be no Quixotic foray against wind-mills, but it is one of bread and butter, dollars and cents, pros perity or disaster, life or death to Mon tana. Even an experiment of Cleveland s policy, no matter how speedily rectified, would cost Montana a million dcliars. The fear that it may possibly succeed has cost our people already thousands of dollars. What would be the result of removing the duty on manufactures of silk in this country may be seen and studied iu the fate of Macclesfield, England, the great center of the silk manufacture in that country. England abolished the tar iff on silk, thinking her own fac tories sufficiently strong to com pete with the French. But French goods took possession of the market and have kept them ever since, while thou sands of the houses stood empty and the skilled workmen fled from the "doomed town," many of them coming to this coun try and aiding to build up the business at Paterson, New Jersey. It is less than a month now till the St. Louis convention meet» and renominates Cleveland. There is not likely to be any one else named. The only contest will be for a candidate for Vice President,and over the platform. If Cleveland is the candi date we hardly see how it is possible to make any platform other than his last message to Congress, and as Republicans we prefer to see the contest fought on this issue, and between the same candidates on both sides. Of course we all understand that the Republicans have only the North ern states to work in, but on the platfoim of protection we believe Blaine, or any other good Republican, can carry every Northern state. The failure of Wm. Coleman & Co., of San Francisco, is charged as being in a measure the result of the Democratic in cendiaries in Washington monkeying with the tariff and threatening to put borax on the free list. The Democracy is so anxious to cultivate our marine that they are will ing to let our industries on land go to ruin. The waters in the Upper Mississippi are said to have reached the highest poii c ever known. It is a fortunate thing that high water does not come st the same time to all parts of the great Mississippi. If the rains that are now drenching Montana are general there will soon be a flood in the Missouri, and the two combined would make good swimming in Louisiana.