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Examination of Bones Show
Man, Woman and Three
Children Killed.
Bis Death Draws Onrtaln Over Trajsc
edy—Crimes Committed Within the
last 20 Tears—Neighbors Can Shed
no Light on Peculiar Ctase.
Five murders at one time,
when he wiped out an entire
family, and one at a later
date, when he slew a male
adult, are crimes laid at the
door of Eugene Butler, the
recluse farmer of Niagara,
whose death in the asylum
for the insane at Jamestown
four years ago effectively
draws a curtain before one of
the most mysterious cases
ever brought to light in the
Examination of six skele
tons found under the Butler
home near Shawnee, this
county, shows that five tnur
ders were committed at one
time, when a man, a woman
arid three children were slain.
At some later date one man
was killed.
Bodies of the five members
of the family were buried in
a single hole, while that of
the other victim was buried
about ten feet from them.
The horrible record of crime was
unearthed by a workman engaged in
excavating for a basement under the
former Butler home. He first unearth
ed the body of the lone victim, which
had been concealed under about three
feet of dirt, under the middle of the
Butler home. The body had been
dropped to its place of concealment
through a hole cut in the floor.
Buried from Outside.
The five bodies were buried in a
hole that was dug from the outside of
the house, under the foundation. The
hole into which these bodies were
dumped, was sloping in nature, and
while time may have rotted the bones,
there are Indications that in order to
hide his crime, Butler was compelled
to break the legs of at least two of his
The foundation wall where the bod
ies had been buried, was disturbed af
ter its construction, which was about
20 years ago. That fact limits the per
iod within which the murders occur
red. In order to bury the victims, the
three bottom stones of the foundation
wall were loosened. In re-fllling the
hole, black dirt was thrown in, and the
manner In which the burial place was
dug, Indicated by the marked lines of
distinction between the black dirt
used as a covering, and the red clay
Clothing Removed.
There is absolutely no trace of
d'bthing of any kind. The dirt about
the skeletons was carefully examined
for trace of buttons, shoeB, etc., but
nothing was found. Indicating that the
bodies had been buried nude—their
clothes probably destroyed by fire,
thus effectively destroying the possi
bility of identification at this time.
Examination of the skull of the sin
gle victim, and probably the most re
cent murder victim, indicates that the
man had a crooked nose, the nasal
bone being slightly' bent toward the
Each Killed 1A Same Manner.
That some sharp instrument was
used in killing the members of the
family, also is indicated. There is a
sharp and clearly defined hole in the
left side of the skull of each. The skull
of the single victim is Similarly mark
Neighbors Can't Aid.
Most remarkable is the fact that
nobody in the Butler neighborhood
has any recollection of a family dis
appearing. BuUer, during his life time,
and during the years that he resided
on his farm, lived by himself. He wan
reticent about his own family history,
and had no intimate friends in the
neighborhood. During the more re
cent years of his residence on his
farm, he grew more miserly,'and llv-'
cl more hermit life.
Skeletons Held at Farm.
The six skeletons are being held at
the Butler farm, having been deposit
ed lit a box there. Their conditions
ahows quite clearly the lapse of sev
aral years between the murder of the
ftunlly of Ave, and the murder of the
single victim.
The entire ground under thy house.
hu now been excavated, and no more
discoveries have been made.
Vfilted by Many.
'-—TfMw* Sunday the Butler farm was visited
by acores of fanners of the neighbor
hood, attracted there by the unearth*
XCootlaaed en
Mr. Hotchklss said Butler, dur
ing the six years that he was eon
fined in the asylum for the Insane,
gaTe trouble only at Isolated pe
riods, although he frequently
made complaint to asylum officials
that "they were after him."
Butler, says Mr. Hotchklss, had
a mortal fear of a kodalc, looldng
upon the picture taking machine
as an invention designed at «niitng
Bound for Mexico Wllere
New Revolutionary Move
ment was Scheduled.
Washington, June 28.—Inside
details of the plot to restore the
Huerta regime in Mexico, nipped
in the bud by the United States,
began trickling through the net
of official secrecy, while General
Huerta and Orozoco enjoy the
freedom of a $16,000 bond. It was
disclosed weeks ago that Huerta
was trying to get General Itur
bide, living in New York, to Join
It was denied pwipwinnii that
any sanction was given from
Washington. Many other prom
inent Mexicans are involved and
prosecutions may follow.
Officials of the department of
Justice were surprised that the
men were released on bail, and
ordered a close watch.
El Paso. Tex.. June 28.—Gen.
Huerta declines to make any
statement until after the hearing,
set for next Thursday.
Washington, June 28.—State
department today advices said
General Carranza is rushing
troops to Mexico City and that
fighting is still going on in
the outskirts of the city, and
that a repetition of the "tragic
ten days," proceeding the Mad
ero overthow with added horror
is feared.
El Paso, Texas, June 28.—General
Vlctorlnao Huerta arrived in El Paso
Sunday, cheered by hundreds of Mex
ican refugees and sympathizers on
this side of the border. He is detained
at Fort Bliss, a virtual, if not formally
acoused, prisoner of the department
of Justice of the government
(Continued on Page 6.)
with the Teutonic allies in Galicla.
Claims of victory are substantiated by
Russian admissions of retirement
south of Lemberg, and also a new
council of war at the front presided
over by the emperor with leading mil
itary men, including Grand Duke
Nicholas, while in Petrograd the re
cent retirement of the war minuter Is
to be followed by other changes.
The German advance on Warsaw—
from the East Prussian border—Is
slow. It is affirmed that German at
tacks in the Shavliandnare river re
gions across the Nlemen were repuls
The Italians olalm the Austrian at
tempt to retake the heights of Zell
lenkofel was unsuccessful.
British aviators claim to have drop
ped bombs on Smyrna, with TO casual
ties In the Turk gairlson.
A statement attributed "to the ,Serb
ian minister to Italy, Is that Serbia will
refuse to make separate peace.
Terrific Artillery
The new blow at the Polish capital
has been preceded by aterrlfie artil
lery action. The faet la recorded by tha
Russians themselves, but tt Is too early.
jfc yr ft t*
"Somebody Alter Him," Belief of
Butler in Asylum for Insane, Says
Snperintendent-Buried in N. Y.
Eugene Butler, the recluse Ni
agara farmer who supposedly was
the murderer of six persons whose
skeletons were found under But
ler's former home near Niagara,
unearthed Friday afternoon by a
workman who was excavating for
a basement, was possessed of the
hallucination that "somebody was
after him," according to Dr. W.
1. Hotchklss, superintendent of
Uie state asylum for the at
.Tain estown.
ills life. He believed that If any
body ever succeeded In taking a
picture of him—he, Butler, would
The recluse used to tell asylum
officials of Imaginary enemies that
he had before being committed to
the Institution. After commit
ment, Butler maintained these
enemies had followed him into
the institution.
Butler died In 1011, and Iris
body was shipped to Middlecort,
N. Y.. for burial, that place be
ing his former home, and he had
many relatives there.
Butler became dangerously In
sane in 11)04, when he took to rid
ing about the country on horse
back at night, screaming at the
top of his voice. His estate was
valued at considerable, and was
divided between New York state
London, June 28.—Naby Bey, the
Turkish ambassador to Italy, yester
day went to the Italian foreign office
and demanded that he be given his
passports, says a dispatch from Rome
to the Exchange Telegraph company.
No declaration of war between Italy
and Turkey has yet been Issued by
either country.
Representations Made to
Japan were Received Week
After China Acceded.
Peking. June
United States
has served notice on Japan and China
that it will not sanction any treaties
that disturb the rights of the United
States in China.
I«gal Precaution.
The American note to China and
Japan, sent early in May, is described
by offloials here as merely to conserve
the rights of Americans in future liti
It is referred to as a legal precau
tion, and officials wishea it to be taken
Into consideration In phrasing treaties
which China and Japan may make as
a result of recent negotiations.
Monterey, Mex., June 28.—The food
shortage here is evidently a thing of
the past, having been settled with the
opening of transportations to the in
Vienna, June 28.—(via Amsterdam)
—Dr. von Bethmann-Hollweg, the
German imperial chancellor and Gott
leib von Jagow, the German foreign
minister, arrived in Vienna today to
confer with the Auatro-Hungarian
foreign minister. Baron Burian von
Rajecz. During the day Dr. von Beth
mann-Hollweg had an audience with
Emperor Francis Joseph.
The tide of battle again is flowing fensive, the first clash having develop
ed a bayonet encounter, the result of
which neither side records.
Berlin and Vienna do not .make ref
erence to the conflict, in. this region,
confining their statements to the Ga
lician situation where victories are
claimed in various sections, from the
Bessarabian frontier to Rawa Ruska,
north of Lebmerg.
What is more important, the Ger
mans claim that the Teutonic forces
have crossed the Dnelster northwest of
Hallcz and have driven the Russians
some miles into the hills. j..
Thorough Reorganization.
Not since the war began hu the
English public been so convinced that
it will be a long one. Those whotoek.
this view months ago were called -pes
simists, but now it is generally admit
ted that the Russian armies must fight
for months to come under tremendous
disadvantages, and that In the mean
time, the much-heralded big geheral
movement on the western, front must
be Indefinitely postponed,, while the
entente powers thoroughly reorganize
their methods.
Germany Just as Bus jr.
While the campaign for. tnunittons
In QgMt Stftabt i**. ttrafcfeVttWWt
OwxMb W. Miller.
Charles W. Siller, former district
attorney for Indiana, is chief eounsel
for Thomas Tajrgart, Mayor BeU of
Indianapolis and. other official* of the
Indiana capital ihho have been Indict
ed for bribery anil blackmail in con
nectlon with elections last year. Miller
won national prominence by prosecut
ing the dynamiw conspiracy case in
the federal couinn Indianapolis two
years ago.
Four Unable to Explain their
Presence at Former Gov
ernor^ Estate.
Atlanta, N. J,,. June 28.—(Four men
who were arreted during the night
by the militia guarding former Gov
ernor Slaton'a rauidence. were placed
in jail and are held pending action
by the military authorities.
The men wer% found on the road
in a car near thei( residence and failed
to give a reason, for their presence.
The twenty-six men arrested Saturday
near the Slaton estate still are held.
Dam is Destroyed to
Hast^i End of Flood
Juft«' £lfE-An official state­
ment Issued at triHeadqturatera of the
general staff follcBta:
"On,the Tyrol-TYentine frontier long
range artillery duels continued at sev
eral points.
"In Carniels last night the usual
vain attack on Freikefel was repeat
"West of the Pass of Monte Croce
our troops occupied the summit of
"Along the Isonzo frontier our pro
gress beyond the river is developing
slowly but without pause. To hatsen
the subsidence of the floods origina
ting along the lower Isonzo the des
truction was ordered of the Monfal
cone canal at its mouth. The opera
tion waa conducted courageously by
a detachment of engineers under a
violent fire from the enemy.
"Storms on the afternoon of the
25th and the night of the 26th hind
ered the action of our troops, es
pecially in the mountainous part of
the theatre of war."
Ottawa, June
of sever­
al members of Canadian troops with
addresses in the United States are in
today's casualty list. They include
Joseph Burt Pratt of Virginia, Minn.,
died of wounds Herbert Ramsden,
Detroit, Mich., and Elmer C. Golds
worth,, Pacific Grove, Cal.
San Francisco, June 28.—The
twenty-seventh annual convention of
the Wholesale Saddlery association
convened today at the Inside Inn on
the grounds of the Panama Pacific
International Exposition. More than
600 delegates attended. Of all the
non-military Industries of the country
the saddlery business is perhaps the
greatest beneficiary of the great Euro
pean .war. The demand has steadily
exceeded the supply since the war be
gun and the manufacturers are now
recovering from the slump which had
struck their business when the auto
mobile became the rage. The conven
tion will adjourn July 2nd.
be assumed that Germany Is straining
every fiber to the same end and call
ing into play her inventive skill, so as
to increase the deadly mechanisms of
war to offset the inevitable and terri
ble drain on her men.
The present consensus of opinion
among military writers in London is
that Germany Intends further to press
her eastern victories with another bat
tering-ram stroke toward Warsaw in
an endeavor to seize that city and the
whole line of the Vistula.
The line of offensive, now directed
from the Prsasnysz -region, is. along
the valleys of the Omulew and Orxyo,
tributaries of the river Narew, which
flows across north Poland and Joins
the bend of the Vistula above Warsaw.
Grenades Employed in
German-French Fight
Paris, June 28.—A terrific battle, in
which both combatants resorted to the
use of hand grenades, was fought by
the French and Germans In the vi
cinity of Quennevieres and near the
recently captured German position
oalled "Tha Labyrinth.". according to
1 n»,
I«J9 Jfcntlb
Cannot Give up Submarine,
But Want to Provide Safe
Traffic for Americans.
Exact Nature Not Known—
Is Immediately Sent to
President Wilson.
Washington, June 18.—A favorable
reply by Germany to the last Ameri
can note was indicated in today's state
department advices from Berlin.
The adv^.e came from Ambassador
Gerard riul notably is the first of a
definite nature received since the last
note on submarines was sent. The ex
act nature was not divulged, but it is
of a sufficient nature to put the offi
cials in an optimistic attitude. It was
communicated at once to the presi
dent at his summer home.
Cannot Give np Submarines.
Ambassador Gerard based his ob
servations on the favorable effect of
the visit of Dr. Anton Meyer Bernhard
had produced on the German officials.
German officials are eager, according
to Gerard, to give an answer that will
avoid war, but at the same time can
not give up the submarines, but are
endeavoring, he says, to find a method
whereby American travelers will be
Hand to Hand Fights
Develop in West Front
Paris, June 28.—The following offi
cial communication wait Issued by the
war office:
"On the fronts to the north and
the center there has been no infantry
action. A rather violent artillery en
gagement has occurred, particularly
In Belgium and In the region to the
north of Arras.
"In the Argonne there have been
several local engagements, without
modification, however, of the lines,
either on one side or the other.
"The fighting on June 26, and dur
ing the night of June 26-27 at the
Calonne trench was very violent, de
veloping In some cases Into hand to
hand encounters. The Germans made
use of flaming liquid and sheltered by
clouds of fumes reached their former
first line. They were repulsed with
heavy losses.
"We hold all the former first Ger
man lines, as well as those parts of
the second line which we had pre
viously conquered.
"Into the east of the grand trench
on the ridge south of the ravine of
Sonvand, the section of a trench on a
front of about 120 meters, occupied
last evening by the enemy, was re
taken by us In the night, with the
exception of about thirty metres.
"The artillery action continued all
this morning In that region and was
very spirited: likewise to the north of
Flirey and on our front of La Hays.
"A German areoplane dropped two
bombs on St. Die, a woman was kill
Chicago, June 28.—W. J. Bryan
may yet address the Sons of Teutons,
if satisfactory arrangements can be
made. The statement is made by G.
F. Hummel, chairman of the commit
tee on arrangements.
Cornish. N. H., June 28.—President
Wilson settled down today for the
first vacation of the summer. He was
up early and motored to the golf
French war department this after
noon. The report adads that a Ger
man surprise attack on Arracourt,
near the Lorraine border, failed, and
that twenty bombs were dropped by
French aviators on the Doual and
neighboring railway stations. The text
of the statement follows:
"There Is nothing to add to our
communication of last night concern
ing the region to the north of Arras,
except that the Germans have suc
ceeded in getting a footing again on
the Creux d'Ablairi road to Angres,
along a front of about 200 metres,
(800 feet.)
"An intermittent bombardment took
pla£e during the night between Neu
villi and Angres.
"Between' the Oise and the Alsne
great activity was displayed during the
night, especially near Quennevieres,
where, after a combat In which hand
grenades were used, a feeble attempt
was made by the Germans to advance
from their rtrenches. The attempt
was easily repelled.
"In the Argonna forest at Bagatelle,
the Germans made an attack of ex
treme violence early in the. night.
After a very hot struggle they finally
were repulsed-
JoUet, June 38.—Edmund M*
Allen, warden of the state peni
tentiary planned to assume his
official duties again today.
Exhumation of the body of Mm.
Allen Allen and the re-opening
of the inquest, still is doubtful.
Particles taken from under the
fingernails of Campbell, the negro
convict, contained no trace of
blood, according to analysis of tlio
coroners' physician.
Summons Servers Seek Wife
—State Anxious to Get
Her Testimony.
New York. June
servers were sent by Deputy Attorney
General Cook today to summon
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw to testify there
in the Jury trial to determine the in
sanity of Harry Thaw.
Agents who have been watching the
woman are unable to say whether she
would accept the summons.
She is at 7hateauguay Lake. N. Y.
Cook wants her to repeat to the jury
the alleged statement that Thaw made
at Matteawan saying "when I get out
of here, I suppose I shall have to kill
The state knows nothing officially of
the attitude of Evelyn Thaw towards
testifying as she has not been inter
viewed by the authorities.
Prior to taking testimony today.
Justice Hendricks warned newspaper
men that the "trial of this case in the
newspapers h^s got to
Crews of Five Universities
Meet in Sport Classic
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., June 28.—The
oar and oarsmen are supreme here
today, when twelve crews representing
five universities, meet in the annual
regatta of the Intercollegiate Rowing
association. Special trains, steam
boats and autos brought thousands
of spectators. The weather is ideal.
The crews represent Cornell, Penn
sylvania, Stanford, Syracuse and Co
Anaconda, Mont., June
28-—P. E.
White, proprietor of the Five Mile
house, west of Anaconda, was shot
and probably fatally wounded by one
of two men who attempted to hold up
the hotel. Though wounded White
fired a shotgun. Rady Stevanovich
was hit and captured. Two posses
have gone to the hills searching for
the other outlaw.
North Dakota: Fair tonight
Tuesday not much change In
7 a. m. 65, Max. 82, wind. 0
miles S. W.. Precipitation .09,
Barometer S0.02.
Calonne trench, fighting continued all
night. Our positons and our gains
made previously were maintained in
their entirety.
"In the Lorraine region the enemy,
after firing a number of incendiary
shells on Arracourt, attempted a sur
prise attack on the town with a com
pany and a half of men. The attempt
"There Is nothing to report on the
rest of the front.
"On June 26 our aviators dropped
about twenty bombs on the station at
Doual, (fifteen miles northeast of Ar
ras), and on the neighboring stations.
Serious damage appears to have .been
caused at the Doual station."
Russians Again in
Retreat on East Front
Vienna, June 28.—The Russian
forces, which for several days made a
determined stand at positions to the
east of Lemberg, are again In retreat
along the entire front in that region,
according to an official statement is
sued tar the Austro-Hungarlan gener
al staff.
'Siif/ii.i vi5'
Thief River Falls Endanger
ed When Great Mass of
Water is Loosened.
Hail Losses at Several Points—Hitter*
dal Elevator Blown Down—One at
Leeds Burned—Heaviest Rainfall ot
Years is Registered.
Four persons were ldlled In
Saturday's storms In North Da
kota—two at Bismarck, one at
Jamestown, and one in Grand
Heavy property damage was
done in several districts in both
North Dakota Minnesota.
The rainfall, which was 2.15
Inches in Grand Forks Saturday,
and which reached nearly three
inches at some points, was the
greatest in many years.
Flood conditions have been
created in many small rivers, and
the Red river at Grand Forks la
rising at the rate of four Inches
an hour.
At Thief River Falls. Minn., a
dam was partially dynamited that
the remainder of the structure
might be saved.
At Hltterdal. Minn., an elevator
was blown down last night by a
fierce wind storm.
Leeds, N. D.. suffered the loaf
of an elevator and two coal
by lightning.
Wire service is stUTln bald
and at noon today one telephone
wire was open between Graafl
Forks and Minneapolis, the TM.
State having no service, and the
Northwestern but one wire.
Telegraph service north of
Croolcston Is Impaired seriouty,
while telephone service south of
there is out.
Hie Red Lake rtver reached
flood proportions today at sev
eral points as a result of heavy
rains during the past three weeks,
the situation being made acute
at Thief River Falls where the
Kretzschnar dam. providing pow
er for the city's electric plant and
the big Hanson A Barren floor
mill, was partially dynamited to
remove the possibility of the •Im"
washing out.
Hie upper portion of the dam
when blown out permitted a rush
or water that washed out the »w«n
race at the Hanson A Barren dam.
The dynamiting, however, re
duced the tension on the big dam
to such extent that no further
damage Is anticipated. Hie rtver
still Is going up, waters pouring
Into the Bed Lake river from
Thief river and several other
At Red Lake Falls the big dan*
owned by the Byllesby interests of
Chicago is withstanding the enormous
strain laid upon it. The water there
Is flooding over the dam to a depth
of two feet.
Pumps Moved Back.
In Grand Forks the Red River Pow
er company was forced to remove its
water pumping plant from the water
side to higher ground.
The present stage of the water is
the highest this year, and it is going
up here at the rate of four inches an
hour today.
Looked Dangerous.
W. H. Brown of this city, manager
of the Red River Power company, was
notified last night by the manager at
Red Lake T^lls of the dangerous out
look there. At that time a small
Island in the Red Lake river at Red
Lake Falls, opposite the 8telnhart
mill there, is completely covered by
Reports of dam troubles at Crooks
ton. rife during the day, indicate that
such trouble as is experienced is be
ing guarded against by the use of
sand bags. The big dam, four miles
out of Crookston, which is the big
gest dam in this section of the north
west, is fully capable of withstanding
the great rush of water.
Hall Damage at Thief Rtver.
More or less hall damage was done
in the district near Thief River Fklls
Saturday, the loss being uncertain as
The Tankee-Robinson circus wm
showing In that city Saturday, and
the city was filled with farmers when
the storm broke. 'Many of them were
unable to reach their homes till Bun
Damage at EUendale.
At Bllendale, N. D., a very heavy
hail damage is reported. Maddock,
New Rockford and a district in the
Mouse river region also bad hall losses
of a material nature.
Jamestown Fanner Struck Down.:.'.'.,
Jamestown N. D., June 28.—-Carl
Greelund, a farmer or Stutsman coun
ty was killed by lightning at bis farm
Saturday. Mr. Greenlund was In the
pasture at the time looking after some
cattle. The clouds were threatening
but there was only a slight sprinkle
of rain when the bolt flashed. Mr.
Greelund was found prostrate and but
six feet away from a cow whlch-was
also killed.
The deceased Is a well-known real
dent of Stutsman county with a large
asquaintance in the vicinity of Bo
chanan and Plngree. He was about
40 yean old and Is servived Vy
widow and several small children.
The coroner, Dr. T. L. PePuy of
Jamestown was notified of the acci
dent but no inquest was considered
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