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I f Years.
A few weeks ago word was sent
over the telegraphic wires that Pat
rick Qulnlan had killed himself In
his home at Portland. Mich. The
I telegram did not cause much of a
llr. Quintan's name had been for
gotten. A new generation Is read
ing the newspapers, which nineteen
years ago carried stories da.y after
day for month about the remark
,i able murder system of H. H,
Holmes, with whose name the name
of Qulnlan was linked.
I Quinlan proved his Innocence. He
howed that he was only an em
ploye of H. H. Holmes, arch-murderer.
He proved that he was
Holmes' Janitor and caretaker of the
Holmes Castle. 701 Sixty-third
street, Chicago, and nothing more
Tt, He admitted he had helped con-
lt;iD,e . struct some of the secret trap doors
st it . mnj helped lino some of the
exist rooms with asbestos, which it Is be-
Ths lleved aided in deadening the sound
and Cf dying men, but Qulnlan knew
nothing of the purpose of the traps
ufn- he helped to build, and had no part
flea In the machinations of his chief.
W Yet when the body of Quinlan was
fleas. found lying in his room whero he
thou- I had taken poison, a note was found
.lump beside his body. Tho note said:
from "I could not sleep."
thing For nineteen years Qulnlan could
can- not sleep. At night he would wake
ac- i with x start, and find himself cov
d tho red with sweat, his friends say. He
:ther. i would call for help and when a light
care would be brought to his room or
is aS when the electric switch would be
turned on he would recount how he
.ml- '-I was attacked while half asleep by
The fctrange hallucinations,
r dis- I For nineteen years this man had
pirlcr. ''been unable to sleep peacefully be-
e -pi- cause of the awful experiences ho
gs to 3 ndured during his employment by
earestj Holmes and during the period im--linant
times. Holmes Castle was a three-story
is and I flat, looking more like an ordinary
d the f residence than like a castle. In that
place it Is believed four women, at
lpn- I least, were slain. It was the retreat
If to " f the man who also had killed men
jp iv I 'women and children In Philadelphia,
r pro- ! Toronto and Indianapolis.
, d un-" Tne castle was built admirably for
iea it's a murdef shop. A dumb waiter ran
for from the third floor to the basement
are nfl there were no connections with
t long ne dumD waiter on the intervening
eill floors. The conveyance was big
enough to admit of a man riding
k Upon it, On the top floor In one of
the rooms was ligantiC BtOVfe It
m c sr alKht feet high and three feet
in diameter. It was an ideal stove
for tho burning of a human body.
A person could be thrown into the
stove bodily and could be burned to
In tho basement were quicklime
vats. Bodies could be thrown in
quicklime and consumed. The flag
ging in the basement could be torn
up and bodies could bo buried be
neath the flags.
The trouble with the average sla
er Is that he does not know what to
do with the body of hLs victim.
FINDING OF BODY
The finding of the body of a vic
tim always starts the search for the
slayer. If a man could dispose of
tho body he could slay on a whole
sale plan and avoid detection.
Holmes is believed to have built the
castle with a view of hiding bodies
of those he slew. He directed the
work on the building. Qulnlan was
only an ordinary workman who did
what he was told unhesitatingly.
Qulnlan never questioned the au
thority of the slayer. He never
asked who the women were Holmes
had visiting him. He never asked
where they went when they disap
peared. He was an ideal servant.
Born in a small Michigan commun
ity he went to Chicago to make his
fortune. Chicago was about to have
a world's fair in commemoration of
the. discovery of America.
It was a good town to go to,
thought Quinlan. An honest Irish
young man, hla only thought of mak
ing a living was by honest hard
work. That Is why he went to work
for Holmes and worked so wllllng
ly and so faithfully. The other day
w hen he drank the fatal potion he
was middle-aged and broken in
health. He looked as though he had
been carried to the point of death
by tho ghosts of the slain women of
the castlo ho helped to build.
It is said by some of his best
friends that he often reproarhed
himself for his part In the affair.
Ho blamed himself for not suspect
ing Holmes and turning him up to
the police. Yet he could not bo
blamed. Every thing in Holmes Cas
tle seemed to be right. There was
no sign of murder there. Every
thing was quiet and still. The rooms
were lined with asbestos and the
dying victims never made a sound
that reached the outsldo world.
There at night In tho dark house
they met their death.
Some of them wero asphyxiated.
It la believed. Others wore stabbed.
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Others were shot, according to the
opinions of investigator. No one
knows. Holmes knew and the vic
tims perhaps could tell harrowing
tales if they could talk, but theyr are
gone and Holmes has been hung for
his crimes, so In this world no one
ever will know.
How many crimes Holmes devised
no one can tell. Tho first thing to
attract the attention of tho world
was the sudden, horrible death of
B. F. PSetzel. a ihemlst. in Phila
delphia He died In such a man
ner that It seerued ho had been
making chemical experiments and
had met with an accident Mien his
chemicals exploded. Holme-, whoso
right name was Herman "W. Mucl
cett, telegraphed to St Louis to the
homo of Mrs Pletzcl and told her to
rome to Philadelphia and Identify
It is alleged that Holmes met Mrs.
Pletzel and informed her the body
was not that of her husband but
that her husband had his life in
sured for 10. 000.
"He's saf- in Canada." Holmes
told Mrs Pletzel. "He had itim
frame up this body. It Is t-o badly
mangled by the explosion that no
one can ever recognize it Tou
identify it and we 11 get the insur
ance. Your husband said for me to
gl e you half and bring the otner
half to him."
Mrs Pletzel later confessed that
she Identifcd the body without be
lieving it was that of her husband.
She thought it was a big swindle
game on the part of her husband
and she entered into it readily She
brought her three children. Alice,
Nellie and Howard with her. Alice
was 15 years old. Holmes sepa
rated her from her children and
took them to Toronto, Canada,
Later the bodies, of Alice and
Nellie were found In the cellar of a
building Holmes had occupied at
I IP FROM CROOK
RJB E ALED HOLMES.
Marian Hedgepeth is the man who
drat directed attention to Holmes.
Holmes was conducting a drug atoro
In St Louis when he was arrested on
a minor charge and placed In jail.
There ho met Marion Hedgepeth,
noted as an out and out criminal.
Holmes asked Hcdgepeth to tell him
the name of some St, Louis lawyer
who could give him assistance In
putting over an Insurance swindle.
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ITPPER LEFT H. H.
Holmes. Upper right
Holmes Castle. Below
j Patrick Quinlan.
Hedgepeth said he gave him the
name. In return Hedgepeth was to
get $500. The swindle was con
summated. That is Pletzel was
killed in Philadelphia in order to col
let the Insurance, but Hedgepeth got
Then Hedgepeth notified Chief of
Police Harrlgan of St. Louis that he
had "the biggest insurance swindle
case the police ever had to deal
with anywhere, anytime in the
He sent that message to Harrlgan
October 9. 1894. Pietzel had died
September 3. 1894. That failure to
deal squarely with Hedgepeth is
doubtless what cost Holmes his
liberty and life and checked his
long career of crime. Police at
once set out to hunt for him. The
Philadelphia death of Pietzel had
caused them some wonder, but tho
word from Hedgepeth made them
doubly cure of crime. They trailed
Holmes to Toronto, where the
bodies of Alice and Nellie Pletzel
were found. Later they found the
body of Howard In Indianapolis and
Identified it as that of Howard, be
cause of some peculiar playthings
he had. His body had been burned
In a stove and the bones alone were
Holmes was found In Boston and
arrested. He was going under tho
name of Howard there. He was ar
rested July 14. 1895.
Mrs. Pletzel told her part in the
afflr and tried to atone by fisht
lng for the conviction of the man
who had made her a widow and
had slain three of her beautiful
In Chicago the record of Holmes
was looked up. When he was un
der arrest in Philadelphia awaiting
trial for the death of Pletzel word
.ame from all parts of tho United
Slates that Holmes, or a man an
swering his description, had taken
women from their town and the
unfortunates had never been heard
From Fort Worth came the In
formation that Miss Minnie Wil
liams and her sister, Anna, had
been led away by Holmes several
years before and no one had ever
heard of them. It was found that
Miss Minnie Williams had entered
Holmes castlo under the supposi
tion that she was to be the wife of
the arch-slayer. She sent to Fort
Worth for her sister. Anna, to be
a bridesmaid at the w:diing.
The sisters had JG0.000 worth
of property In Forth Worth. They
were induced to borrow heavily on
the property and that Is the last
anyone heard of them. Minnie, the
bride-elect, died before the wedding
In Holmes Castle Anna, the brides-mald-to-be.
also died without ever
having a chance to wear her bridal
clothes What happened to tho
bodies no one knows for certain.
In the fine of the chimney, whlh
led from the big stove on the top
floor, hair was found. It Is believed
that the hair was that of the sisters
as It corresponded to their hair The
theory was advanced at the time
that the sisters were thrown Into the
stove and burned. The suction of
the flue carried the hair up In the
flue, where it remained as mute evi
dence against Holmes.
From Davenport, Io., came an
other story of disappearance and
Holmes name was linked with that
too. Mrs.v Julia Connor and her
daughter were the missing ones.
AND DAUGHTER LOST.
For more than three years prior
to 1 895, Mrs. Julia 1 Connor and
her daughter, Pearl, had been mlss-
ing from their friends in Iowa.
Mrs. Connor had gone to Chicago
v.ith her husband and daughter to
work in a drug store conducted by
Holmes. The drug store failed and
Holmes gave the property to Con
nor. Mrs. Connor was so taken with
his generosity that she ceased to
love her husband. She returned to
Davenport and Connor obtained a
Then she returned to Chicago, os
tensibly to open a boarding house
in Chicago or the suburbs. She and
hor daughter never were heard of
again. When Holmes was arrested
in Philadelphia, relatives of Julia
Connor claimed he killed her.
Many bones wero found around
Holmes Castle. He explained they
were beef bones. He explained that
the flat had been used as a restau
rant during the World's Fair at Chi
cago and that much meat was used
there. He explained that the huge
dumb waiter was used to convey
food. He explained that the as
bestos was to make the house fire
proof and to keep out cold.
He had an excuse for everything.
He admitted he was crooked. He
explained that he went to Toronto
to smuggle furs into the United 111?!
States. He admitted knowing alt
the women ho was accused of mur-
dering He admitted knowing Piet- Ewg
zel. He denied killing any of them. H&l
Damaging evidence against him Bb
were buttons of the women he was KhI
charged with killing, which were
found in his castle. bIH
But the defense of Holmes netted LH
him nothing. He swung from the hI
gallows for his crimes.
Though Holmes paid for his mis- jlfl
deeds with death, Qulnlan suffered Bl
much more than he. He was ar- LH
rested with Holmes but freed.
When he went back to his Mlchl- W
gan home he found himself the cen- Btf
ter of eyes Everywhere he went he
was stared at or else he felt he B .
was stared at. While the rest of K'
the world forgot Holmes, the little Be- ' .
town Where he lived always re- K ''
hearsed the story. .
No wonder the honest Irish Janl- flk I
tor finally picked up a piece of paper H
and wrote, "I could not sleep." No 'K I
wonder that after writing that slm- I
pie line which told a story of nine- Q
teen years of suffering and horror, E
that he took poison and ended it R
HOW ANIMALS AND BIRDS SLEEP
Sleep, indeed, Is a "gentle thing,"
It Is the supremest form of rest
Our notions of rest during sleep,
however, are likely to be a little up
set when we come to survey the dif
ferent postures assumed by various
animals during sleep.
To begin with the human race,
the majority of mankind probably
sleep lying upon the right or left
side of the body and with the knees
drawn up toward the chin. But cer
tain African tribes, for example, He
upon the back, with the head, or
rather the back of the neck, resting
on a bar of wood supported on two
short pillars. N
The elephant, apparently, invar
iably, and the horse. commonly,
sleep standing This la really as
tonishing. Aside from the apparent
difficulty of maintaining the boay
during these long periods of uncon
sciousness, one would have supposed
that a recumbent position in the
case of both these animals was Im
perative. Cattle and their kind com
monly sleep lying down, and during
many hours of the day they lie
down, as when chewing the cud.
More curious still, there are crea
tures which invariably sleep hang
ing head downward, suspended by
their hind feet The bats afford a
Case In point Among the birds we
meet with the. same strange habit In
tho little hanging parrots of India
and the Malayan region. In this
they differ from all other bird,
which Invariably sleep with the head
turned tallward over the back and
the beak thrust In among the feath
ers between the wing and the body,
not under the wing, as Is common
ly believed No explanation has
ever been offered to account for this
strange habit. It is followed even
bv the penguins, wherein the feath
ers are so short as to fail complete
ly to cover even the back. Owls
are, perhaps, the only exception to
And. by the way, the only other
animals which thus turn the head
backward after this fashion during
sleep are certain peculiar tortoises
known as "side neck" tortoises Cer
tain blrd sleep while resting on one
leg This curious pose is woll seen
In long-legged birds, like storks and
gulls DuCkS generally sleep on
Open water, and to avoid drifting
shoreward, and therefore Into the
d-incor gone, they keep constantly
paddling with one foot, so that the
body always is circling round the
chosen sleeping area.
Tho sloths sleep suspended by
their feet and the head tucked In
between the. forelegs The no less
remarkable African pottos, or Blow
lemurs, assume a similar pose, but
they attach themselves to a venicsj MS
instead of a horizontal bough, so H
that the body rests with the head K
upward. No animal, save man, Rl ' '"
sleeps upon his back. Kt''"
Some animals are said never te TCp
sleep, and this Is because the eyes g-.
are never closed. The hares, snakes K
and fishes are commonly supposed JB I
to enjov this unenviable distinction- K
The notion is, however, quite erro- Kg '
neous. Whales and their kin are gg
often quoted a sleepless creatures. -
It Is supposed that If they made this IB
mistake they would promptly $
As a rule, darkness induces sleep. R
With many animals, however, the m&
reverse Is the case, as with the bats
and owls, for example. The reversal V
of the usual order has been brought MX
about by the nature of the feeding E
habits. . i
Finallv one comes to the question, .
where does sleep begin? This Is hf RE
no means easily answered. One is faH
inclined to draw the line at the in- WX
sects But since all living things im
plants as well as animals display ifcp
periodical states of quiescence, per- mi
nnp we shall be near the truth in E
regarding sleep as universal among fe,
living things. Tn the case of plants
It is enforced by darkness, save W R,
the case of many bacteria and fungi. 1
which, like evil deeds, grow under
the covar of darkness. kh.
How to Be 100 Years Old. &
Celebrating her 102d birthday
down in Philadelphia a few days
ago. Aunt Mary Bender, with hair 4fc
not vet wholly gray, and with
strength enough to do her share of TO
the work, told how to keep young E
in spite of time. p
"Just take care of yourself and
nature will do tho rest. Karly to WM
bed and early to rise. Be careful
what you eat Look on the bright E
side of things and keep busy." g
Aunt Mary ought to know. Her IS
granddad lived to be 104. and both Hfc.
of her parents crowded the century g,
"Keep busv!" There you have the n
big end of the recipe. Of course. g .
you must also try to keep healthy R.
that Is, you mustn't wilfully abuse K
the body God gave you.
But to keep busy, to keep inter- m
ested in congenial and useful serv- Sf
Ice is the main thing Idleness
kills Fretting .oils. Grinding on ..
and In the machinery kills. But
Wholesome, interesting, wcll-var.ea
work that never kills. ,R..'