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S. E. FISK, ...... Editor THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1888. REPUBLICAN CONVENTION. A Territoral Republican Convention will t>e held at Livingston, on the 19th «lay of May, 1888, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of electing two Delegates and two Alternate Dele gates to the Republican National Convention, to lie held at Chicago, June 19th, 1888, to nominate candidates for President and Vice-President of the I'nited States. The several counties will be entitled to representatives as follows : Counties. No. of Dele« ; atm. ........................ 4 ......................... 3 ......................... 5 .........................10 Fergus....................................... ......................... 3 ........................ 5 ............ H Madison..................................... ........................ 4 7 park .................................... ........................ 4 Silver Bow................................. ........................16 Yellowstone............................... ....................... 3 Total...........-.................... The county Republican Committees of the sev eral counties (except Cas«'ade) will proceed to call County Conventions in their respective coun ties, and elect Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Territorial Convention as above desig nated. In Cascade county the County Convention may be called by the member of the Territorial Com mittee of that county. It is desired that ample notice of such Con ventions be given. The following rules have been adopted for the government of the Republican Territorial Con ventions in the Territory of Montana : 1—Delegates and Alternate Delegates shall be electeil in the future to Territorial Conventions, and in the event of the failure of a Delegate to attend, the Alternate Delegate shall cast the vote of the Delegate whose Alternate he is. ~—In the absence of a Delegate ami his Alter nate a majority of the Delegation from that County, shall cast the vote of the absentee. 3— In the absence of all the Delegates and Al ternate Delegates from any county, no vote shall be cast for such county. 4— In the county in which the Territorial Con vention shall be held, when any Delegate and his Alternate Delegate are absent there shall i>e no vote cast in their behalf. 5— Delegates and Alternates must be Republi can residents of the County which they repre sent. Rv or«Ier of the Territorial Republican Com mittee. I. Salhinger, Isaac D. McCutcheon, Secretary. Chairman. THE WEEKLY HERALD. A Valnable Premium List for the Year 1888 . Attention is called to the premiums of fered for subscribers to the Weekly Her ald. The list comprises a large number of interesting and valuable publications, which are sent without charge to all prepaying subscribers, old and new, whose names'are now upon or to be added to onr books. For $3.50 The Herald and any one of the several great weekly prints named in the advertisement will be sent for one year. Prices are stated for The Herald amFone or the other of the illustrated atlases, which we have arranged to furnish. The chances are ten to one that the Democrats lose the House and President, rather than that they will gain the Senate. Another strike is off, that of the Edgar Thompson steel works. Carnegie's em ployes have never had any good grounds of complaint._ The Herald uses no dispatches, special or Associate Press, that are not genuine. This journal imitates none of the fraud business of the "organ " If any one has a copy of the History of Montana and wants to exchange it for other books, a chance can be had by appli cation to the Public Library. "Blaine in New York," is the caption of a bogus dispatch in this nmrniDg's Inde pendent. It is a transparent fraud, and we challedge the Independent to deny it. There was instituted in Helena yester day, by Commander Shaw of Wadsworth Post, G. A. R., a Women's Relief Corps, the first organization of the kind established in Montana.__ —Hon. Wm. J. Galbraith and Hon Andrew F. Burleigh have accepted the in vitations extended by the Grand Army men of Helena to deliver addresses on Memorial Day, May 30th. In the Methodist conference, New York ? to-day, a resolution to postpone the ques tion of the admission of women as lay delegates till the general conference in 1892, was lost by a vote of 132 ayes to 187 nays. _ There is forming among the Western farmers a combination of ample propor tions to take the control of the live stock market out of the hands of the Chicago syndicate of middlemen. We hope for it success. ___ Six delegate are reported as elected by the Republicans of Washington Territory to the Chicago convention. The dispatch is a blunder, of course. The Territory has but two votes in the convention, the same as any other. Another of the interesting Park sketches connected with the tour of the Conkling party is printed to-day. Several other of these uni«iuely descriptive articles from Prof. Henderson are promised to com plete the series. The scheme of the Democrats to cap ture the Senate might have some chance of success if the scene coaid be laid in the South, but this scheme to carry Oregon and Michigan on a lay oat of free wool, lum ber, salt and ores is highly amusing. When our "ferriner" friends fall out look out for fun or a funeral. The re lations of the editors of the Butte and Helena "organs" are strained, and they are calling one another bad names. The Independent having stigmatized Mr. Koch as a "Dutch churl" or something of that sort, the Miner retorts w i th the epithet. "Can adian chump," hurled at the Independent. This discord between the Democratic hired men, it seems to ns, should be quieted in some way. If the quarrel "goes on it means the spilling of quarts of_gore ; if it quits it will be peace over a bottle of beer. THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. The triple crime, with all its ghastly de tails enacted in broad daylight yesterday in the very heart of our quiet, orderly city by a drunken, jealous, crazy, brutal hus band and father, is enough to give us all food for serious reflection for many a day. There is no occasion for cries of vengeance, for the murderer executed vengeance upon himself and has gone i meet the rewards of his life of iniquitv, and we can well dismiss that part of the case from further consideration. Possi bly the man was insane and in a measure irresponsible, but those who have known him for years and watched his career of brutal cruelty to a faithful, hard-work ing, long-suffering woman and his poor children, will hardly credit the story of insanity as any more than the usual growth of unbridled passion inflamed by drink. This fiend, who was known among us as N. B. Rand, has for years notoriously been pursuing the career which had its natural ending last evening. It is a serious question whether this community is not in a measure responsible lor the crime. It is well known that the matter of lynching the brute has often been suggested, and one sturdy old time resident Mas heard lamenting last evening that he had dissuaded a party of men, who had organized and started for the purpose of riddirig the world of such a nuisance. Mrs. Rand, the poor, suffering wife, was all that shielded her husband from the hand of vengeance. As long as she could endure to be beaten and dragged about her home by the hair of her head, and still cling to and plead for the ruf fian, it did not seem exactly the place for others to interfere. But the result has shown that a great mistake was made. We will not exactly say that Rand ought to have been hung years ago, hut he ought to have been banished and warned never to come again within a hun dred miles of wife and children whom he couuld only treat with abuse. They could have lived better without him. It is a reproach to our city that such a career of fiendish brutality has for years been going on under our eyes without being effectually prevented. The only good thing about the whole is that the wretch ended his life by blowing out his own brains. If he had only begun the bloody work of yesterday where he ended it he would have had a general word of praise, and his funeral would have been attended with some satisfac tion. For the poor woman whose life and toil and suffering ended with that of the brute for whom she lived and died, we cannot do the case justice. It seems as if death would be a welcome release from the toil and torture that she has endured in life. She deserves at least, in our humble opinion, an eternity of happiness to compensate for the wretched life to which she was doomed. If poor humans can have such feelings, we may believe that a God of infinite mercy, justice and power will provide a suitable atonement and compensation. Yea, we are sure such an atonement has been provided, and that she who was found faithful in little will he pronounced worthy of much. We hope, further, that our good peo ple, so suddenly aroused by this tragic shock to a sense of neglected duty, will seek in some measure to make atonement by looking after the welfare of the chil dren. If the poor mother from the spirit world can see her children ten derly cared for and raised to lives of honor and usefulness, she will, perhaps, rejoice that the way to their better life was opened by her sacrifice. Blaine is not only a coward, but he is a liar. There have been times when cattle like Blaine were sent to the front, but somewhere, somehow, the period is ante dated, and it goes back to the days of Hayes.— Miner. The author of the above contemptible slander is a person of the name of Koch, a renegade Republican whose apostacy to his party exiled him from Colorado and dumped him into the sanctum of the Dem ocratic organ at Butte. The Denver Journal of Commerce , alluding to his antecedents, says : "Moritz Koch will be remembered for his services a few years ago as one of Denver's indefatigable ward politicians. For a time he kept a saloon. He accompanied the Colorado delegation to Chicago and created a sensation there by carrying a live eagle into the convention hall and holding the noble bird aloft while the delegates cast their ballots for James G. Blaine." Such is a leaf in the political history of the apostate. No other editor than Koch, Democra^c-r Republican, con nected with the press would so much de grade himself as to become the defamer of Blaine. The services rendered by the illustrious statesman to Montana entitle him to the lasting gratitude of every citi zen of the Territory, and we rejoice to know that, whatever his politics, no Mon tanian lives that does not admire the great ness and grandeur of the man and is proud in the knowledge that his generous friend ship in need was never withheld from oar people. _ Free trade apologists would have the people believe that the rich men of the country were chiefly the product of manu facturing under the stimulus of protection. Those who assert this do not believe it, and any one can easily ascertain the falsity of the assertion by making an inventory of the rich men within their range of infor mation, and ascertaining how they made their money. It has been done by specu lation, fortunate investments, inventions, railroad building and various other ways. More rich manufacturers can be found in free trade England than in protection America. That is a curions specimen of monopoly that protective tariff produces, which is open to 60,000,000 people scattered over aa area of 3,600,000 square mile3. A a to 6 a [From the Daily Herald of May 3 1 HELENA'S HORROR. A Fiend Incarnate Murders His Wife and Child, Then Sends His Worthless Carcass Into Eternity. N. B. Rand, the Notorious Wife-Beater, the Party to the Crime---A Cow ardly Ruffian Who Has Been a Terror to His Pamily and Neighbors For Many Months. THE TRAGEDY IN DETAIL. About 6 o'clock yesterday evening throngs of people were seen hurriedly wending their way in the direction of Breckenridge street, and while no one knew what had transpired each one seemed bent on discovering the cause of excite ment. A Herald îeporter hastily made his way to a house surrounded by hun dreds and there saw the victims of a tragedy and learned the particulars of one of the most atrocious and cowardly crimes which has darkened the pages of our country's history. Rand, a man well-known in police and court circles,shot his wife and eight-months old child, ending the bloody work by suicide. The death of his wife and him self soon followed the shooting, while the little one still lingers, though death is honrly expected, it being shot through the spine, and the lower portion of its body paralyzed Rand has become notorious as a wife-beater, and in the last few months has been arrestfed several time on the charge. Less than a month since he was incarcerated for indulging in his favorite pastime, but lately released owing to the intercession of his wife, who secured hail for him in the sum of $500. After his release he was better natnred and made no demonstrations towards his wife until yes terday morning, when be again assaulted her and left the house. Returning about 6 o'clock he approached his wile, caught her by the head and pulled he- from the chair on which she was sitting. Mrs. Rand dispatched one of the little children for help. The child had proceeded bnt a short distance when she heard a gun shot. Turning she saw her mother running across the yard with the baby in her arms. Then another shot was fired and she saw her mother fall with the child underneath. Scarcely a minute elapsed when another shot was heard from the house. The shots attracted a large number ot persons to the honse, who proceeded to the aid ot Mrs. Rand. It was found that one bullet had struck her in the shoulder, pass ing through her arm, while the second struck her near the spine and passed through her right breast. The last bullet also penetrated the body of the child the mother was carrying iu her arms, breaking its back and lodging in the flesh on its side. Rand had been twice married and has a son, a grown up man, by his first wife. Rand's second wife had been bis legal partner for some two years, although they have lived together as man and wife for over eighteen years. TUe issue or tlie second marriage were Willie, Nellie, Alice, Charlie and the baby, ranging in age from 18 years to 8 months. Mrs. Rand was as industrious and economical as her husband was worthless and extravagant. She has labored diligently, and had the esteem of her neighbors as a faithful wile and a good woman. But her husband refused to recognize her estimable qualities and his abuse be came so frequent that his wife was com pelled to appeal to the authorities for pro tection. He has been under arrest three times in as many months for abusing his wife. When he returned to his home yes terday evening his family were waiting to welcome him, but the demon in his nature asserted itself and he committed the awfnl crime mentioned above. The scene of the tragedy presented a sad and sickening sight. Surrounded by friends, who had summoned a physician, Mrs. Rand lay on a bed gasping lor breath. Her injuries were pronounced fatal by the physician on his arrival, and iu twenty minutes from the time of the shooting her spirit had fled. Her entire thoughts seemed not to be lor herself but her children. In piteous tones she iiujuired of those in at tendance if her baby had been injured. Knowmg that death was inevitable and wishing to comfort the dyiDg victim of a fiend's brutality, she was told the little one was sate. This seemed to relieve her' Then she told of some money in her pocket and of a still further amount concealed in her stocking, which she requested be given to her baby. Then she murmured the name of one of her daughters. Both approached the bedside and piteously begged their mother to speak. The dying woman en deavored to do so, but was unable to utter a sound. Slowly she raised her hand and rested it on her daughter Nellie's shoulder. It remained but an instant and then dropped to the side of the mother. A last gasp, a convulsive shudder and her soul winged its flight. The scene at the death bed was one of a nature so sad as to re main forever present in the memory of those who witnessed it. The orphaned children could not be comforted, and sor rowing friends and neighbors, with quiver ing lips aDd moistened eyes, were too much affected to administer comforting consolation. In the adjoining room lay the murderer and suicide. He was on his left side with feet toward a side entrance and his man gled head toward the room in which his dead wile lay. His head was blown into fragments, his blood, brains and pieces of his skull bespattering his clothing and everything in the room. He had made a successful effort of his attempt at self-de struction. The weapon used was a Win chester rifle 45 60 Ou the floor lay a blank cartridge, presumably one of those ejected from the rifle after having sent the ballet through his wife It is difficult to ascertain what trans pired in the house prior to the shooting. Nellie Rand, who witnessed a portion of the scene prior to the shooting, says her father came home drunk and began to abuse his wife. He called her all manner of vile names and dragged her about the room by her hair, at the same time strik ing her. Mrs. Rind then sent the little girl for assistance, and while she was on this errand the shooting occurred. C. F. Martin heard the first shot, and lookiDg towards Rand's house saw Mrs. Rand with her baby in her arms, running in the direction of his dwelling. Rani followed, took deliberate aim at the lleeiDg woman and again fired. Mrs. RaDd fell forward, her baby underneath. He, in company with others, ran to the scene and then a third shot was fired. The house was entered and Rand found dead, lying as described above. Mrs. Hoyt, a neighbor, who was among the first to minister to the dying woman, is of the opinion that Rand committed the deed through fear of having to return to jaiL Mrs. Hoyt has only words of praise for Mrs. Rand, who, she says, was an in dustrious and a good woman, who had sub mitted to a great deal ot abase from her husband In the absence of Coroner Morris, Justice O'Donnell empanelled a jury consisting ot R. B. Harrison, H. Hallowav, N. D. Hilger, Pat Kneeland, George Reed and August Olson, and an inquest was held. A verdict in accordance with the testimony was re turned. Money to the amount of some $330 was found on the person of Mrs. Rand. The shooting crested an intense excite ment and threats were openly made that if the murderer had not committed suicide his trial and execution would not have been a tax to the coanty. He would un doubtedly have been hanged to the nearest and most convenient tree or telegraph pole had he not made sure to take his own worthless life. In the midst of unusQal regret at the death of Mrs. Rand and the mortal wounding of her babe, there is but one sentiment in regard to the marderer and that is that his death is a boon to sur viving relatives and the community at large. No one regrets his decease, bat there is profound regret that he should have prevented others putting an end to his worthless existence. It would have been a more fitting finale to useless life. NOTES Rand was forty-six years old. He originally came from Oidtown, Maine. In 1852 he came west and settled in Oregon, but afterwards came to Montana. His son says that insanity runs in the family. One of the deceased's uncles hanged himself and another one also committed suicide. He disappeared from home and some time afterwards his remains were found in a hollow log. He could only be distinguished by the buttons on his coat. William, the eldest son of the murdered wife, left home two years ago. He is an industrious boy and is said now to be the owner of some land and several head of CAttlQ. This is the second happening of the kind in Montana in the last seven months. In October last a man named Miller, whose wife he did not support, was seen to enter the laundry of the Scott House, where Mrs. Miller was ironing some napkins, she being employed at the hotel as chamber maid. Soon a couple of shots were heard and Mrs Miller ran into the office of the hotel, her clothing about her breast on fire. Exclaiming her husband had shot her she was hastily cared for by some persons in the office, but survived only a few minutes. Meantime the husband, who started to follow her, changed his determination, put the muzzle of the pistol to his breast and sent a bullet through his heart. He died instantly. Mrs. Miller was also shot through the heart. The indignation and excitement was as intense there as that here yesterday, and had Miller not killed himself he would have been hanged by the citizens despite the officers of the law. The little infant still lives, though Buffer ing excruciating agony. It is to be hoped that the murderer and his dead wife will not he buried side by side. That would prove an ignominy the latter little deserves. The funerals of the murderer Rand and his unfortunate wife, will take place from the residence to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. » Sheriff Hathaway is the happiest man in town to-day. He says that Rand's self destruction has saved himself and the community considerable trouble. Buried With Its Mother. The infant son 1 aged eight months] of N. B. Rand, shot by its miscreant father, died at 2 o'clocK tnis moinim:, Jtfirr several hours of great suffering. The little inno cent was buried with the poor mother, whose last maternal act was to shield her babe when ruthlessly murdered by the demon Rand. The funeral of the trio, father, mother and child, took place this afternoon, and thereby ended the last act of a tragedy which it is hoped may never be repeated in Helena. CHAT WITH TIIE CHAIRMAN. The Head of the National Republican Committee Speaks of Blaine. Pittsburg, May 5. —In an interview to day Chairman Jones, of the national Re publican executive committee, said so far as Blaine's health was concerned he was as well as he ordinarily is. He said : "Blaine has not decided to he a candidate; he has not asked his friends to make an aggressive movement in his behalf; he has not written any letters declining the nomi nation the second time, and it is not true that he will be on the ocean and ont of the reach of telegraph when the Chicago convention is in session. BlaiDe said he desired to remain aboad two years, but feared he would not be able to do so. I would not be surprised to hear he was comiDg home "next month, or that he would stay until next year. There is no denying the fact that ever since the declination that there has been a growing sentiment amoDg Republicans that Blaine should accept the leadership of the party in the next great battle. This movement has great strength and will be powerful if not the most powerful element in the convention. I do not think that it is the intention of Blaine to come out squarely for any condidate. He is only human, and may of course say so, and as my friend I wonld like to see him nominated, and such expression would have great weight." Bad State of Affairs in Alabama. Montgomery, May 4 —A special to the hertiser reports a had condition of affairs Lowndes county, growing out the recent nching of a negro murderer by a white jb. The negroes have been threatening ngeance, it seems, and to-day the sheriff, th a posse, went to Sandy Ridge and ar sted fifteen negroes. On their way back Hayneville, the county seat, the posse îre encountered by a nob of armed groes. A conflict ensued in which two bite men were wounded and several groes killed. After several volleys the igroes dispersed. They are reported to I assembling again in large numbers, and e sheriff has telegraphed to the Governor r troops. Four companies from Mont tmery are now leaving for the scene. Another Railroad. Winnipeg, May 4 — James Roger*. • ell known railroad engineer, le*. , orning for the Pacific coast. It *® f JjJ i is making the trip in the ii»u merican syndicate of capita 9 > mtemplating buildiDg a r M .. . tint on the Northern Paci* or Manitoba Alaska, skirting the ea?* rn 8lo P e of the ocky Mountains. Cascade runnel. ACL, May 4-The Northern Pa road wires vere down yesterday, d comes to-lay.t^ lbe 1 " t b t la f mite was- 1 red in the Cascade tun terday at ten minutes past noon, fill berunniDg through the tunnel ane **t. _____ c i Ride Through the Scottish Highlands. York, May 5. —Mrs. Andrew Car s received a letter from Airs. James e, accepting an invitation to join legie coaching party through the I from the Daily Hearld of May 4] CAN THIS BE TRUE? Mrs. M. A. E;kert, on Her Dying Bed. Reveals the Name of the Murderer of John Denn. Prologue to a Startling Denouement, the Sequel of a Crime Committed in Helena Nearly Ten Years Ago. MURDER WILL OUT IN TIME. A Strange Narrative as Told a Herald Re porter by a Nurse who Attended the Deceased During her Last Illness. Who is the Perpetrator of a Crime Com mitted so Many Years Ago ? 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— never was consummated, and after fatile 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 bailling 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 tijn of which secjuel 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 present 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 ander 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 troth, and given as made by the one now stilled in death. As nearly as possible in onr informant's own words, is the startlmg exposure given as follows: "Mrs. Eckert told me on her dying bed who it was that MURDERED JOHN DENN. She told me she had a terrible confession to make to me and coaid not sleep or even die without telling it. She imparted this information to me one night daring her illness and shortly before she died. She asked me to come to her bedside; I refused at first; tola ner i am not «>i.l w i«». 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 and 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 l>een 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, eaying 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 von 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 maa or woman ?" was asked. No reply. "Is the murderer dead or alive ?" 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 he forthcoming in dne time, the scribe took his leave fully sq<j r fied that murder was at last to^ çft time though it had no tongue it wy D3 organ." speak with a most m^r r 0 j j 0 h n i> enn Without doubt the mg - a ft er many years is coming to ligh^ w ho committed the the name oft^ or woman, dead or alive, deed, be i^^ oanC ed by her whose life for has beeg^ Ke cause has been haunted with ^FVeminiscenses of the ghastly tragedy. 2nd 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. Memorial Anniversary. Washington, May 4.—Cox, of New York, presented in the House a bill for ap propriate reference to a memorial from Generals Schofield and Slocnm and other members of the Army of the Potomac askiDg for an appropriation of $25,000 to aid in meeting the expenses of a fraternal union of survivors of the Army of the Potomac and the armies of Northern Vir ginia, to be held on the battle field of Gettysburg in Jaly next, to commemorate the 23th anniversary of that conflict. Died. London, Alay 4.—The death is an nounced of Sir Charles Tilston Bright, one of the projectors of the trails Atlantic cable. T _ _ Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria. [ From the Dally Herald of May 5.]J WHO KILLE» DENN? The Mystery as Deep and Unfathomable as it Was Ten Years Ago. All Efforts to Procure from the Nurse the Name of the Murderer of no Avail. The Secret as Deep in the Breast of the One Living, as Hushed in that of the Dead. WHAT MEANS THIS DARK MYSTERY? A Batch of Interviews, Comments, Opin ions and Expressions as Gleaned by a "Herald" Reporter Tolday. Naught Undaunted, the Investigation Will be Continued. 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 braited 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; surmises 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 surrounding the tragedy and subse«juent 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 coarse 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 unlisputed, and her hesitancy in now making known any further details of tne conreoeioa is only due to the stern contemplation of the affair and the consideration as to the pro priety of at this moment divulging the secret. The Herald believes that after a careful study of the occurrence wherein counsel lings may prevail by other minds being brought in consultation, 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 caught but rational when she made the nurse her confidant. The morning paper, in its enterprise, was going "toshow 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 forebod ings, often stating to her friends that she was undergoing mental tortures dne only to the damned, and that she was being subjected to a hellish existence on earth' ami doomed to live under the shadowed disease of heart and mind forever incura ble. Little was thought at that time of tb terrible mental straggles within her nor - only now is the unfortunate wonrwas to rible agony being realized, „(dent which day told the followingnis city, as going occurred last summeind at that time as to show her stsYne mystery. A gentleman connected ^ said:, as well acquainted with Mrs Eckert, ^.er 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 tronbled look, on her coun tenance. 'Why, what are yon 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 1 .' " WHAT AN OLD TIMER SAYS. 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 the news that on her death-bed, Mrs. M. A. Eckert had made a confession to her nurre disclosing the name of the murderer and the blood-curdling event of the murder of John Denn, a wealthy mer chant of 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 to as a few years ago of Jessrang, at Dülm, and the efforts that were made at the time to get him to confess to the murder of Jno. Denn; how Jessrang, 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 morniDg 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 yon leave?" "The reason I left was that Mrs. Eckert refused to take medicine and broth from my hands. She was very cranky, bet 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 yon know whether the statement made by Mr. Showe to the reporter of the Independent is ctirrect, to the effect that Mrs. Eckert was in Virginia City the night of the murder?" "I do not know whether it is 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'Mai* Jy had been employed as assistant nurse for Mrs. Eckert, our reporter called to see if Bhe could furnish auy additional infor mation that wou'd 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 weks beforeshe died. Mrs. Hoi mes came into the kitchen looking pale and worn out, ani asked me to make her a cop of coffee, and while I was pre paring it Mrs. Holmes said : "Oh, Maggie, Mrs. Eckert told ME SOM ETHiNGjHORKiD last night. It isau awful thing, but I think I shall never tell it on account of Je sse. ["Jease" is Mrs. Swobe, daughter of Mrs. Eckeit ] "Soon alter this—perhaps it was that day—I heard Dr. Bead say to Mrs. Holmes: "When that wowan" (pointing to the room where Mrs. Eckert lay) "dies, there will he 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 agretd." "Mrs. Holmes told me she had advised Mrs. Eckert to make a confession to the priest, who visited her a number of times, hut she was afraid Mrs. Eckeit had not done so." "One evening Mrs. Holmes and I went to the postoffice. Returning, when nea. the foot of Broadway, we met Officer Bashaw and Mr. Lawrence. Mrs. Holmes la/UrmeH Mr. Bashaw that Mrs. Eckert was very low, and she did not think she could live long. Mr. Bashaw said, 'My God ! I mu9t 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 tnat she would not do it. Mrs. Holmes soon after told me that Mr. Lawrence wanted ner to buy the bed, that there were probably valuable papers secreted therein: hut 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 ar«»und cried out: T see THE DEVIL STANDING THERE at the 1'oot of the bed and little black angels are floating all around me!" "One day I was breaking some ice and 1 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; 'pat it away ! Tell her to take th«i butcher knife !" "As I said, it was my first experience iu nursing, and when Mrs. Eckert refused t<' take medicine and nourishment from '•*> Holmes, and Dr. Steele advised u ä I was very glad to come hon*? a E u "Miss Maggie, have v^affair in last lished reports of - J K 8 papers,aod it so night's and this »urther light in the mat - can vou giv«' ter ?'' « not seen the papers—in fact, I '•hot know anything had been pub lished about it. But I think I h?ve told you all I know about the matter." A PERSONAL EXPLANATION. To the Herald and its readers: The report having been assiduously circulated to the effect that I am in possession of the name of the murderer of John Denn as confessed by Mrs. Eckert, and am retain ing all knowledge thereof for the purpose of publishing it in my paper— The Sunday Record —to-morrow in order that its sale may be enhanced, I take this method of denying in toto any such motive as has been imputed, and in con tradiction thereof will Btate that all infor mation regarding the affair that I am pos sessor of, ha9 been published iu the Her ald as I felt in duty bound it should be while in its employ. Lambert Molinelli, Editor Sunday Record and City Editor pro tern Helena Herald. A FIRE HORROR. Seven Persons Burned to Death. Arlington, Neb., May 4. —At 6 o'clock this morning a fire was seen on the larm of widow Freeze, one mile ont. A posse ot citizens went out, and were horrified by the charred remains ot seven human beings, only identified by their stature, as follows: Old lady Freeze, Fred Gratelu schen, his wife and three children, and Fred s brother Louts, scattered in different parts of the barn among the horses and cows, some fifteen of which were also burned. One theory is foul play, another is that each one ot the family aimed o save the animals. All failed and were suddenly suffocated The daughter, who is sway visiting, is the only surv.vor of the family, but ir is reported that the hnea man cannot be fonnd. Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria.