The State Journal.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 14. 1876.
THE DYNAMITE PLOT,
Career In Europe
A Correspondent oi the London Daily
News, writing From Bremen respecting
the explosion, says: "The author of this
appalling catastrophe died at Dremerhayen
at 4,80 p, m. on Thursday last, death re
sulting from the self-inflicted wounds.
Alter being trepanned on Thursday morn
ing his state was such as no longer to ad
mit ol his undergoing a legal examina
tion. The name William King Thomas,
alias Thomson, under which he passed for
many years, seems to have been fictitious.
He refused to give any inUrmation respect
pectiug his past life. In conversation hesaid
he wasa native in New York, to w Inch place
his parents had emigrated some thirty
years ago. Another statement is to the
effect that they went to New York some
time between the years 1830 and 1840, and
subsequently moved to Virginia.where he
was educated. He taught on the Conled
erate side during the secession war, and
is said to have distinguished himself as a
blockade runner between St. Thomas and
New Orleans, lter the capitulation of
Richmond he came to Europe, and lived
?artly in England and partly in Germany,
n 1872 he resided with his iamily in the
Hotel de Pologue, in Leipsic.in which city
he lrequented the best society, and was
particular intimate with the American
Consul, with whom he one day went to a
watchmaker, of-whom he inquired if he
, could construct him a clock with a power
ful hammer.which would run several days
but the mechanic could not accomodate
him. This mechanic still possesses (he
card given to him by Thomas on that oc
casion, bearing the inscription, 'Mr. Thom
as, August Strasse.' About this time came
to the Leipsic Easter Fair a c.lever maker
of turret clocks named Fuchs, of Berne
burg, who learned from a friend from
Mohrstedt that an American in the August
Stmsse could give him some profitable
employment. Fuchs immediately pro
ceeded to the address of Mr. Thomas, who
was then living in elegantly furnished
apartments. He described Thomas as be
ing a tall, stately man, with whiskers cut
in the English style. He was commission
ed to make a clock which would run eight
days. The order was not executed at the
time, as Fuchs was not able to understand
the broken German in which Thomas in
structed him suQiciently to enable him to
perceive clearly what was necessary in
the mechanism of the clock. On the 9th
of march, 1873. Thomas visited Fuchs in
Berneburg, and informed him that he had
been in Vienna, where ho was told tliaj
only Fuchs was capable of constructing the
work. He wanted tho machine to go for
ten days without ticking,and also that the
elevator or hammar which should strike
the hour when the clock had run down
should possess a concussion power of thir
ty pounds. On being asked for what pur
pose he required this clock. Thomas replied
that he had many manufactories in Amer
ica, principally of silk goods, and that the
new piece ol machinery was intended to
tear simultaneously a thousand threads.
It was to be finished in April, and the
workman was to name his own charge.
For the better guidance of the workman,
Mr. Thomas left with him a model clock,
which he said had been prepared in Vien
na. On tho 20lh of April, the work being
completed, Fuchs went with it to Leipsic
and met Mr.Thomas in the Hotel Pologne
as arranged. The latter examined the me
chanism thoroughly, listen with great at
tenion to the explanation ol it. and ex
pressed delight of the noiseless works. He
tried the elevator, the fall .ol which was
equivalent to the pressure of thirty pounds
weight, and, indeed, was so that a portion
of the veneer of the polished table sprang
off. The clock ran ten days as ordered,
and was the first thing of the kind that
Fuchs bad ever constructed, he having
hitherto only made watches and clocks to
go eight days. Thomas subsequently or
dered by letter twenty similar machines,
from which it may be interred that he did
not intend to be satisfied with the com
mission of one crime. The model has been
banded over by Fuchs. to the Court in
Bremerhaven.From Leipsic Thomas made
several journeys, and returned six months
ago, when he settled with his iamily at
Strehlen, near Dresden. Here, too, he
stood In the good repute in the American
colony. Having taken Fuchs, clock about
with him on various expedition's it seems
to nave got out ot order, as lie bad it re
paired at a shop in Bremen. The explo
sive material was probably purchased in
America, to and irora which coun:ry he
had made many voyages. He refused to
divulge its character, describing it always
as polishmg-powder" when registering
it. Ho had wound up the watch on the
day ou which the mosel was to depart, so
that as according to his calculations, the
, sbin would have been blown to pieces in
mid ocean he himself had landed at South
amptonwhere he intended to put his
beavily insured cases and packages on
beard. At Bremen he shipped a valuless
barrel, stated to contain caviar, which
was insured tor 8,000 marks. Judical
searches have been made in Dresden,
which have brought to light several iron
cases which it seems were ordered by
Thomas. These have, of course, been
taken possession ot by the Court. Thomas
most postively denied having any accom
plice in his dreadful design. The suspicion
that his wile knew anything of his infern
al plan is groundless. Immediately upon
the first telegraphio report ot his being
weunded, before it was dreamed that be
was the cause ot the explosion, she hur
ried to his bedside little thinking to ar
rive in Bremerharen at the very time
when forty three victims of his heilish
plot were being carried to their graves.
She has moved in the very best society
both in Leipsic and Dresden. Her evi
dence, as well as her letters, show that
she had led a happy life with the deceas
ed. According to the Wescr Zeilung she
did not mention ber maiden name on ac
count ot regard tor her tamily and rela
tions. She marled Mr. Thomas eleven
years ago, but never knew anything of
his iamily or connections, she does not
even know his name to a certainty. She
had looked up to him with love and confi
dence never inquiring into his affairs. Shu
considered him an honest, good-hearted
man, although he was liable to extremes
of temper, sometimes passing from great
kindness to the utmost violence. He loved
his children tenderly. And this is tho man
who for years has been planning a diabol
ical crime, and making preparations with
the greatest nonchalance lor the execution
of a hitherto uuparelled iniquity. His
journeys to America separated him much
from his wife. He probably brought his
clock with him the last time he came over.
He told his wile on leaving lor Bremen
that he was going to Berlin. Mrs. Thom
as.intended to retnrn to Dresden after the
burial of her husband. The number of the
dead amounts already to more than eighty ;
altogether, in dead and wounded, the
number ot victims exceeds two hundred.
Traces ot bodies continue to to be found
in the outer harbor. A private letter lrom
Hamburg states that the explosion was
heard at Oldesioe, in Ilalstein.
During tho thirteen months ending Jan
ury 1, 1876, there were pardoned trom the
Illtnois State Penitentiary 134 criminals.
Of these, seventeen were murderers, sev
en of whom had been sent up for life; six
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murderous assault, and seventy-two of
theft, robery or burglary.
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