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Two Little Children Hear Mankato Mnx
dered hj an Iniiuman Mother. ,-
One of the Children, Only Four Weaks Old,
Given Eat Poison in Milk.
While Asleep, the Other Child, is Thrown
into a Deep Well and Drowned.^?'5?/
From Eagle Lake on»Tharsday csme
the news of one of the most shocking
and inhuman deeds in the history of crim
inality in Minnesota. Thp deed was
committed early in the week and the
victims were two little children, who
were put oat at the world by an inhu
man mother, who declares that she is
glad she killed them and would do it
The perpetrator of the crime Mrs.
Martha Kester, whose husband is a well
to-do stonemason in Milwaukee and wrho
owns a farm near Lake Crystal, Minn.
-The first victim was a four-weeks-old
babe, and co thio the woman fed rat poi
son in milk.
The child died and while the funeral
was in progress Constable Minor heard
reports that all was not right and sus
pended the service. That evening Mrs.
Kester took her only other child, a two
year-old boy, and placed him in a bar
rel of water with the purpose of drown
in» him, but the little' one's screams
•caused her to fear detection. She took
the child in her arms and carried it a
mile and a half to the farm of Joseph
Richards. There she tossed her sleeping
boy down a seventy-foot well, where he
was drowned. She returned to the vil
lage and told Druggist Cook what she
had done, and started for Lake Madison,
six miles away, with the intention of
"throwing herself into a lake.
He* father, Eric Wirshing. and other
members of the family, however watched
her so closely that she was unable to car
ry out this plan.
Aftei being arrested she made the fol
lowing statement: My husband treated
me very cruelly during the first three
years of our married life. He foiced me
to suppoit him, and, us I did not duiing
the last two years, he frequently beat-me*
and threatened to shoo*" me. On this ac
count I had my father cojue and bring
me home last April. E^er sinee the first
child w..s born I wanted to kill
it, and for nine years have wanted to
end my life I killed the children because
I thought they would be better dead
where God could take care of them, and
I did not want them to grow up to a life
of trouble. I am glad I did it, and would
do it again. If I get out I will commit
suicide. I would have thrown myself in
a well with my boy if I had thought the
•water was deep enough. I searched all
over the hous- for father's revolver to
.shoot myself with, bat could not find it.
I could not find rat poison either. I don't
•care what ttey do with me What can I
do but plead guilty?
Hot Communicated.
To endeavor to sustain one's reputa
tion with threats is a complete give
away of the weakness of ODC'S virtue.
Good tilings and good deeds are gen
erally supposed to speak for themselves.
It isn't exactly necessary to go about the
streets telling everybody how great and
how good yoa are.
Frequent visits to the schools while in
session should chaiacterize a member of
the school board before he commences to
find fault. We doubt if either Dr. Strick
ler or Mr. Silverson has ever burdened
himself to any extent in this respects?
When a member of the school board
threatens a candidate for county office
with opposition if anything appears on
the lot question in the Review, he ex
poses himself and renders further expo
sure on the part of the paper almost un
necessary. S
respect a^man who can keep his
ll word and stand by his statements at all
times. For the same reason we have con
tempt for that person who having de
ll nonnced another when absent is not man
enough to repeat his assertions ^when
that individual is present.
*J?„vThe sweetest
oy in earthly life, akin
only to the joy of a celestical reward at
the close of ai^ure
a3^ n°hle
career^s to
he called a liaf by a man for saying
something harafa and tree about him,
When only a fcsVr moments before he
might hare deemed you a saint for giv
ing him taffy.
Dr. Strickler seems to imagine that
other people will forget his statements
as soon as he does himself. Otherwise
he would le more careful in what he
says when reporters are around.
We are told that the resolution regard
ing teachers, whicn was introduced at the
last meeting of the school board,is to be
passed later on. If it does, we will be
tempted to say that there are some men we
know who really have a habit of seeming
wise without really being wise.
Dr. Strickler tells his friends that the
Review did not correctly report the lot
discussion in the school board meeting.
Then-the records and three members of
the board are not as authentic as Dr.
Strickler. You can draw your conclu
sions to suit yourself. J?s,
If the Review misrepresents '"things
why i-i it that some people get so excited
and wince so much ovei articles that ap
pear in the columns when they imagine
they are not being watched. Further
moie, why do they forestalls© much and
make threats if certain matters are made
public in print*
That resolution introduced by ME,
Silverson protesting against the Ireland
system as practiced in the Stillwater
schools, d( esn't agree with the Archbi
shops views in the least. It is a good
sensible resolution just the same and it is
right that it should have passed. It pro
vides thatno religion be taught in the
schools whatever^jvhile Ireland favors
teaching the Catholic doctrine.
There are some people in this world,
who if you praise them and overlook
theii mistakes will cling to your necks
and cover you with the warm carieses of
lavish kindness, but the moment the
wheel of circumstances is turned and ne
cessity demands that the public should
be enlightened as to their true inward
ness,—well, they got hot about it and
start a paper with the view of wrecking
\our business. Our feeling towards
such people is generally one of tender
pity for their smallness.
The world still revolves about its avis
the cniverse remains unshaken and the
Re\i,?w continues to reach the usual
number of leaders. Like a meteoric
body bent upon crashing something in
its tremendous rush, but which genei al
ly spends its terrors ere it can work any
haim, there is once in a while a man
whose desire for revenge prompts him to
threaten dire calamity and leads Mm to
try to stop some editor's paper. And
yf»t when that man comes to his senses
he discoveis, whether he wants to or not,
that it wras only his own indi
vidual subscription that he stopped, and
that the paper is still issued weekly for
the benefit of the masses.
It makes no difference whether the re
solution which was introduce?! at the
last school board meeting pertaining to
the discharge «f teachers who should
write or say anything against members
of the school board contained a pjovi
sion of justification or not. What the
teachers do in the schools is the only
criterion by which to judge them. What
they do or say as individuals outside of
the schools, so long as it does not inter
fere with the course of instruction, in
terests the members of the school board
only as individuals and affords no good
ground for discharge. The members of
the board must not make the mistake of
thinking that their official capacity can
be used as a cloak for shielding themsel
ves from personal attacks^ ,-^
«& -i-v j~r J.1 i-*
It W Pass Into the Hands of the People
Who Want a Ifew Pan
This Does Away "w$th the Proposed Beo
hachter it is Thought
Yesterday it leaked out that a trans
fer had been made of the New TJlm Post
by which that journal passes into the
hands of the company of stockholders
who have been busy talking- up a new
paper lately. No particulars can be
learned, but it is an open secret that the
sale has been made. Everything is being
kept quiet for the present, of course, i"«
This facilitates matters considerably.
The public will not now be burdened
with an additional journal and those who
have views,to air will be permitted to
air them.
J. BL IJoench of Minneapolis is- the
new perscription clerk in the City Drug
So He Says hia Latter to the, Minneapolis
Pasting Aside the Marble Slab of Ms
Tomb, He Says He'll Stick.
Ignatius Donnelly, the People's Party
nominee for governor has written a let
ter to the Minneapolis Tribune relative
td certain stories to, the effect that he
would withdraw and in reading it one
sees all of Donnelly's caustic style and
remarkable diction. Here is the letter:
Editor Minneapolis Tribune: Willyou
be lind enough to give me sufficient
space in which to deny certain entertain
ing fabrications of- the public press con
cerning myself fL'tFor a time I was Simp
ly amused by these inventions, but I find
them repeated broadcast until they are
obtaining general credence and are an
noying and distressing my friends.
One newspaper the other day casually
remarked—discussing the probabilities
of the campaign—that I might resign my
nomination foF governor and return to rny
farm. Another kindly suggested that if
if I had any desire to withdraw I could
get my physician to order me to do so
on account of my health. In the hands
of a third artist this grew into a state
ment that I was actually about to give
up the contest. A fourth repeated this
with a supplement—-that«my doctor had
ordered me to resign. A fifth explained
that my sickness was due to overwork.
And then a Dakota paper* kindly re
marked that I had been paid a handsome
sum to gat sick and withdraw. And
thereupon a whole concourse of state
papers has given it out that I am very
sick and absolutely out of the field and
that the People's Party ticket has gone
to pieces.
You remember, Mr. Editor, the old
story of the man who was said to have
swallowed something "as black as a
crow" and the leport grew by successive
stages until it appeared that the unfortu
nate individual had swallowed three
black cro-as—alive at that? Really, if
these inventive and romantic gentlemen
of the press are not stopped in the:r
creative career I shall expect to read, irfffc
a few days, a full account of my last
sickness and death, and all the details of
my funeral, together with the glowing
obituary notices with which the delight
ed newspapers will consign me to my
last resting place.
And so I push aside the marble slab
of my tomb and stick my head out long
enough to protest (however much it may
disappoint the world) that I am not sick
or dying, or dead that I have no physi
cian, and cannot -recollect that I ever
had one, that I never was in better
health in my life that I have not thought
for one instant of withdrawing from the
contest for the gubernatorial chair that
on Monday next I begin a series of 75
speeches, in all parts of the state and
that I propose to make the coming cam
paign the liveliest ever seen in Minnesota
If my excellent friends, Hon. Knute Nel
son and Hon Daniel Lawler, doubt the
truth of any of these statements I shall
be happy to have them both accompany
me, and we will discuss the questions of
the day in a good natured, courteous and
incisive manner, for the entertainment
and enlightenment ol the voters
Neither is it true that the People's
Party state ticket is in the throes of dis
solution. Hon. John L.. Macdonald has
not withdrawn for the benefit of Mr.
NethawayfeJ, Hon. Eittel Halvorsen has
not resigned the nomination for lieuten
ant goTOrnor||§It is true that three of
the candidates on the electorial ticket,
for good and sufficient reasons, have
withdrawn, but their places will soon be
filled. ttSBStSS^!^^&
We are advancing to certain triumph.
The wiping out of the 97,000 majority
given to Cleveland in Alabama four
years ago, and the carrying of that state
for the People's Party ticket by 80,000
majority, is sufficient evidence-that the
whole line ofSouthern states will go down
in November next like a row of bricks
while the Republicans, west of the Mis
sissippi, will scarcely have enough shreds
of popular support left to cover their
nakedness, as they stand shivering be
fore the bar of public opinion.
No, Mr. Editor, this is not the time
for the-People's Party of Minnesota to
disrupt, dissolve or absquatulate. Yours,
in excellent healt
A specid to the Pioneer Press from
Quincy, this shite reads as follows: Min
nesota's modem mp Van Winkle, Mr
Herman Harms, who has slept almost
constantly for the, past'seventeen years
has oneo more wakened from his sleep.
Bis case ista-most phenomenal one, and
it is attracting more and more attention
from day to aayJEWithin the past year
he has been visited by several prominent
physicians who have investigated* his
case from a medical standpoint.
It is now about one year since he last
awoke at which time he remained awake
for a period of two weeks—taking the
usual amouot of sleep. Mr.Harms is now
liviig on the Buzman farm, one mile
and a half east of Quincy. He moved
here from near Utica, this state.
Some seventeen years since, when
Hctrms was living in Illinois, he was at
tacked by a,g«vere fever and he had in
tense £faitt in his head. After the febrile
symptom had passed away this sleepi
ness came? 'Snpon him. His physieians
advised him to try a colder elimate
whereupon he moved to Minnesota. This
was in 1878. During-his stay in Illinois
he did not sleep all the time, but since
ormng to tnis state he has slept incess
antly with the exception of eighteen
months beginning with 1881,two months
of 1880 and two weeks of last July
While he is sleeping he can only be
awakened by his wife touching him light
ly on the head. Calling or sfiaking will
not rouse Mm in the least. In this par
ticular alone his is a strikingly strange
case. z^
He takes no nourishment^ a"t* all to
speak of but when he* does eat it is al
ways in the night. After eating he im
mediately falls asleep. He has become
terribly emaciated of late and has aged
greatly in the past year. Mr. Harms was
born in Germany in 1838. In 1863 -he
was married to Miss Lydia Buzmann.
Five children have been born to them
the last one in 1891. All the children
appear to be as bright as the average
child. The eldest boy, Willie, was a
victim of melancholia and in 1882, at
the age of only twelve \ears, committed
suicide by hanging himself to the plow
handles while in the field plowing. It is
generally thought that the boy inherited
this morbidness.
Viewed by Others.
A school duster in a neighboring
town^ecently tried to have his board
adopt a resolution wheieby any teacher
might be per-emptorily expelled, who
dai ed to say anything against any mem
ber of that boarcfe ^The man ougnt to
be governor of Moscow or still better,
Czar of Kussia —St. Peter Herald.
»The good people of New Ulm are hav
ing an intensely bitter school war, and
wliat is surprising is that it is as near
about nothing as can^be. It has always
been a tolerant community. Its first
ssttlement was by Turners, and for some
years thcie were no church societies, but
with increasing numbers these came, ancl
to-day all the leading religious denomi
nations are well repiesentecLr The Tur
ners have always been an important fac
tor but at the late school election the
question of church division got into the
contest, and the gentlemen elected, while
intelligent and competent, were suspect
ed of hostility to the Turners and favor
ing the displacement of Prof. Nix, who
belongs to that society, and substituting
a gentleman belonging to one of the
churches. This is only suspicion, but it
is strong enough to arouse a feeling of
intense bitterness, and though Germans
are generally noted for their conseiva
tism the meetings of the New Ulm board
of education are almost as bitter as cat
fights. At a recent meeting a resolution
over which a big fight was waged was
introduced providing that any teacher
who might speak disrespectfully of a
member of the board should be peremp
torily dismissed. Another fruitful mor
sel is the fact that following the elec
tion the REVIEW published a page criti
cism of the contest, in which prominent
citizens of Catholic and Lutheran
churches were criticised and expressing
sympathy for the defeated. The author
ship of these articles was charged to
Prof. Nix, the superintendent, and this
has something to do with above resolu
tion. New Ulm is to have a new paper
printed in the German, language, and to
espouse the cause of the newly elected
members, so severely criticised. In the
intensity of this excitement all other is
sues are lost sight ^f—even the pending
presidential contest dwarfs into insigni
ficance. There is really nothing of
practical importance to the schools that
entere into this fight, and while it is bit
ter to the utmost intensity, and may
leave its effects for years, to those out
side the agitated circles it looks Eke
^nrach aoo about nothing."—Mankato
The Prelate Wants the OathoKc Helicon
Taught in the Schoola-
Ha Admits, However, -that Protestants
Have a Eight to Kick Against
The Minneapolis Tribune "of Sunday
contains a special from Stillwater which
needs no introduction. It explains, it
self and was as follows: As Rev. Lf^H.
Marey stepped off the train to-night on
his return from his"annual vacation he
was met by a ^Tribune representative
with the querya&§? **Jr
Morey, what was there of inter-
est to thevpnblic in that famous inter
view between yourself and Archbishop
Ireland?" $rx
"It was agreed upon between the arch
bishop and myself not to say anything
of the interview, but as I see mention of
it has been made in the Tribune, I may
as well give you the facts in the case.
Two weeks ago Wednesday John 9*Brien,
a director of St. Michael's parish, asked
me if I would meet Archbishop Ireland
,at his home the next day. I agreed and
Tuesday morning Mr. O'Brien, Arch
bishop Ireland and myself were closeted
in Mr. O'Brien's parlor. I didn't know
the object of the meeting until the arch
bishop branched out on a talk of the
school matter, crediting me with having
some interest in the question. He
charged the public schools with being
Godless and professed a desire to intro
duce religious elements, into them. I
suggested that when I went to school we
recited the Lord's prayer and read from
the Scripture, and asked how they were
driven out. He confessed that it was
la' gely owing to Catholic protests.
"I again suggested that committees of
all religious denominations meet and
formulate a ritual to be used as a text
book containing leligjons instructions
that wouldjaot by objectionable to any
sect, and that no person of good morals
could object to. He objected on the
ground that I would not confess to the
Catholic idea, admitting that what the
Catholics wanted was the teaching of
religion in the schools. He cited an in
stance in which the state legislated in a
matter of religion, requiring the obser
vance of the Sabbath, and remarked that
th*- state did not do that for the sake of
religion, but to require the observance of
Sunday as a day of rest. He said:
"Why not legislateimmediately in that
way in the matter of the public schools,"
claiming that by such a plan the state
would immediately arrange religion.
"I objected to the Sabbath asnot being
a parallel case, the Sabbath being com
mon to both Catholics and Protestantsr
but that the Catholic religion, which he
was advancing in his plans, was not com
mon to both Catholics and Protestants
The archbishop frankly admitted that the
Protestants' onscience had good reasoii
to be offended when sisters of charity
were introduced into the central public
school buildings and placed over Protest
ant children.
"I asked if I might infer from that
that the garb of the sisters of charity
had a teaching force.^ This he practical
ly admitted.
"The archbishop is a very astute and
plausible talker. He makes a very
vorable impression upon most people
but, as I said to nim, his" plan involves
the impossible condition of seeking reli
gious instruction by the state in schools
which is contrary to the laws and condi
tions of the state. I suggested that this
plan was one that could stand only on
its merits and in the eye of the law this
religious element robbed it of all merit.
He seemed confident that some' com
promise would be arrived St by which
the difficulties would be met. I gained
from him the information that his efforts
are by no means considered at an end.
It was qwite amusing to me on the after
soon of the same day of our parochial
interview, to lead in the Tribune that the
archbishop had declined a conference
with a representative of your paper on
the subject and preferred to talk about
the washouts, after his giving mean hour
and a half in the morning. Archbishop
Ireland and I parted on quite friendly
terms, but nevertheless we werer both
frankly agreed tor disagree.'^!
Dr. Bartlett had no business 'to resign
ftom the, management of the St. 'Peter
asylunfcEf he was free from the char-J Herman Gehrke was down from
macle, against him. lie should haTe* w*od county yesterday^
B. J. West Jt. of Wymaa Partridge &
Co. of- Minneapolis paid.our city a short, -r
visit on Wednesday. Mr. West ,1s cqn^
^idere* one of the best posted men of
our state as- regards the early Indian*
history of Minnesota and is perfejefrfi*/
versantwith Bryant's anjiHurd's histoC]'
ries of the massaerei^ronVhi^ exten§fr
sive travels he bar met* ajid become^
personally acquainted with ©Way of m£s$**
pioneers as well a* many of *^%e1ijf,
civilized Indians. He expressed lipase^'*
much pleased with NeWv-Tbr and -**.
pronounced ifii^one of the mostb^tt^
fuUy situated cities in the state!'
expects to pay as a second visit with tftft#
purpose of making historical researches.
Ifi**t|ffE3ering'"his resignation to the
hospital board, Dr. Bartlett makes a con
fession -of" official miscondnfet. Other
wise ne^should have-held out against the
houndiigs cf bis enemies until either one
or the other was made to appear as be
ing clearly in the wroag. As it is now
fhe public can onJy attach suspicion to
the man who backs out in the fight. r«
The Well-known Jurist Deniesthat he wil
Make Speeches for the Peepfe's *J*f
,,*£- Party, „,,
But alas for the people's party they'
£re not true. Saturday afternoon Judges
Gresham made the statement to a lepor^jyS
tei that he would deliver no speeches
during this campaign. He was questioned
concerning the statement given the press
recently by Chairman Tagbenack, cf the^ir^
People's party af St. Louis to the effect j|p 1
that he has concluded to take the stump
in the interests of the third party and
would make^an-opening speeeh*at Tndiii- "2
anapolis the latter part of this month*,,
Taubereek claiming to have received fe
this information from George C. Stoll
chairman of the state central committee
of Indiana t© whom it was alleged Judge
Gresham had written. The judge said
the statement was made without auth-jT t'
ority that he should make no political 3j&"
speeches during the campaign. The |Qj
judge was asked to give his views on
the political situation, but answered that *?*,
he did not wish to discuss the subject.** f-j
Wlien asked concerning the truth of the
Indianapolis special to a Boston paper
in which Chairman Stoll declared that
the judge would take tae stump, Judge
Gresham said that he had not known
Mr. Stoll and had had nocommiinieation
with him, and that his fiist answer cov-j
ered his reply as to the contents of the*
Indianapolis dispatch. He declined to
discuss the platform and principles" of
of the People's Party. When asked
what he had Jo say, if anything, as to
the reasons given by IndianapolisRepub^
licans why he could not antagonize the
Republican party^fie replied that as an
American citizen ne considered it his
duty to vote according to his conviction
and that he owed no slavish obedience
to any party. r» *t* ^D'*2S
Judge Thurston was also much' excit
ed over the reports so industriously cir
culated and ridiculed the idea in the fol-»
lowing language:
After Mr. Blaine's defeat, I knew it
war variously reported that I was great
ly disappointed and did not like the idea^
of supporting MJ& Harrison, but there
was no ground for such an idea* I fav
ored Blaine's nomination, and am not
ashamed of it, but when the convention
selectedlifr. Harrison, my personal. feel
ings were buried in the party success. I
am to do some Republican campaigning,
and I will address the Wisconsin Repub
lican league at Milwaukee Aug. 24, and
on Sept. 1st, I will speak at the meeting
of the National Republican League &t
Buffalo, (gphe RepubBcais/ will~ win
Nebraska^rithoat a doubter.
the BrillianT Nebraska ^J^%
Judge Thurston,
Orator, Makes a Similar State
During the week reports have
current among People's Party nranagers
to the effect that Judge Gresham and
dge Thurston would assist the popu
lists in the coming caiBpaign. The effect
of such aid .of course can be imagined,
and the stories caused cypte a sensation
in old party circles

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