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In the Mind of the People, Although
Anton Novak Has Been Acquitted
of That Charge Isabella. A. Col
litirn, Who Hum a 'lorlKiiKi' on' the
Huzcit Homestead, Most Deeply
intereHted Now.
Albert Buzek, from whose wife's death
bed a bag containing $1,000 in gold my
steriously disappeared, was In court be
fore Judge Lewis yesterday, and with
the aid of a Bohemian interpreter told
what he knew of the present whereabouts
of the money, which was nothing. The
examination was at the instance of Isa
bella A. Colburn, who held a mortgage
on the Buzek homestead that was burn
ed and who claims a lien on the lost
meney which was received for insurance.
The plaintiff was represented by Attor
ney Chittenden and defense was
conducted by F. L. McGhee.
Anton Novak, the man who was acquit
ted on a charge of having stolen the
money in question, acted as advisor to
Mr. Chittenden and Mrs. Mary "Wage"her,
daughter of the defendant, officiated in'
a similar capacity for Mr. McGhee.
Buzek, after a great deal of difficulty;
on account of the necessity of 'transit
ing his~ans?wers, and after much sparring
by the attorneys, finally said that the
last time he had seen the money was
the day before the death of his wife. He
was still of the opinion that it had been
At the conclusion of the testimony the
case was continued until today to allow
Attorney Chittenden to compare Buzek's
Young children, to avoid
marasmus, scrofula, or
rickets, and develop healthy
tissues, bones and teeth, need
fats and hypophosphites. Dr.
W. Gilman Thompson,
Prof. Materia Medica and
Therapeutics, in the Uni
versity of New York, asserts
that Cod-liver Oil is the
best fat for the purpose.
Scott's Emulsion is cod
liver oil partly digested and
combined with hypophos
phites, it gives children
material for rich blood,
iolid flesh, bones and teeth.
joe. and f i.oo, all druggist*.
testimony of yesterday with his testi
mony at the trial of Novak and in the
municipal court. He declared there ex
ist rd discrepancies that he wanted
straightened out.
The defendant charges that there is
a conspiracy to defraud her of the money
and alleges that the arrest of Novak
was a cooked-up scheme to divert sus
Mm. Franz I i-.-liei Telln a Long;
Story of 111-Treatment.
A story of domestic infelicity is related
in the complaint filed yesterday in dis
trict court by Mrs. Louisa Fischer in an
action to secure a divorce from her hus
band, Franz Fischer, a music teacher
living at 725 Martin street. Mrs. Fischers
complaint includes all sorts of allega
tions from being personally abused to be
ing forced to see another woman attired
in her best dresses and a strange baby
hi her children's garments. The suit 13
an echo of proceedings begun in the p o
bate court to establish Mrs. Fischer's in
sanity and which resulted In a summary
According to the complaint the Fischers
were married in St. Paul on Nov. 11, 1885.
and have lived in this city ever since,
with the exception of a short period spent
in Minneapolis. The plaintiff is thirty
five years old and her husband seven
years older. At the time of the marriage
she was a widow and had an eighteen
months' old daughter, Emma, who seems
to have been the innocent cause of a
large share of the domestic troubles.
There are two children living from the
It was on Tenth street, according to
Mrs. Fischer, ' that her husband began to
indulge in a-ngry scolding, and on Rice
street that Mrs. Fischer was compelled
to take little; Erama and go home to her
mother. When she tth'aliy came back on
promises of. reformation and they set up
their household goods on Rice street, ac
cording to the plaintiff,, the programme
of her. misfortune's was varied by her be
ing pushed violently against a door with
the result of rendering her sick and sore
.and Jjreaking' the' floor;, knob. At Rondo
street she again took her child and went
home, but returned "to her husband when
they moved to Minneapolis. Here she
alleges, she was compelled to rent one
of the rooms in her home to a bad wom
an at the instance of her husband, who,
to keep up the excitement, on one occa
sion whipped little Emma until a neigh
bor was compelled to interfere. And thus
the complaint runs up to Feb. 16, when
their affairs were aired in the probate
Orders for Violet Kittson.
Probate Judge Bazille yesterday Issued
two orders in the matter of the guar
dianship of Alfred S. Klttson, incompe
tent. Tile monthly allowance of $166 66
from the estate Is revoked, and hereafter
Kittson will have to live on the Income
Of the $68,0000 held in trust for him until
his thirtieth birthday under the will of
Norman Kittson.
Violet K. Kittson, the guardian, is em
powered to receive from the trust com
pany the balance of $24,600.38 due from
the first half of the trust, but she is
bound to neither withdraw nor pay out
any of the money without a specific or
der of the court.
•Mi 2* th * r °o« at « c< i urt y« BtCT <say Annie
Mladon, of 821 Morton street, and Mary
Haberkorn. of 25 Sherburne avenue, were
adjudged Insane. Both were committed
to the state asylum at Rochester.
The appraisers appointed by the court
yesterday filed -their report in the pro
ceedings begun by the Minnesota Trans
fer Railway company to condemn land
for the extension of its stock yards and
terminal facilities at New Brighton
The hearing on the final account of the
guardianship of Frank D. Cooler, who
is trying to secure his release from th«
asylum at Rochester, Tvas set for hear
ing in the probate court yesterday, but
was continued until April 11. Maj."Espy,
the guardian, filed the account with his
resignation, and the continuance was
granted at the request of Herchmer
Johnson, Cooley's attorney, who wanted
further time to go over the account.
James E. Morehouse, a clerk in a
wholesale saddlery house, yesterday fil
ed a petition in voluntary bankruptcy in
the federal court. The liabilities are
given as J7.430.10 and the assets $354, of
which $4.85 is in cash.
Dr. Bole, of St. Panl, Gets Into Trou
ble at Rose Toivn.
Through inadvertance and failure to
comply with a technical requirement. Dr.
R. S. Bole, of St. Paul, has run amuck
with the supervisors of Rose township.
Recently he has been treating a family
named Lulus for diphtheria, and, as
usual, he made a report to the city board
of health, but failed to notify the board
of supervisors, as required by law.
The matter was called to the attention
of the state board of health, and the lat
ter called the attention of Dr. Bole to
the law In the premises.
Some spicy correspondence followed,
and, as the doctor insisted that he was
right, a conflict ensued, the result being
that he was cited to appear before Justice
Gould on the charge of violating the
health laws. He was held to the grand
jury, giving bond in the sum of $300.
Mrs. Knapp Seeking Divorce.
Emeline Knapp yesterday commenced
an action in the district court for a dl
yorce from her husband, Emerson F
Knapp, on the ground of desertion. Ac
cording to the complaint the Knapps
were married at Kansas City, Mo., in
«Sr il- I BB7 ' a ? d lived to &ether untU June,
1596, when the plaintiff alleges that her
husband packed up his clothes and left
for parts unknown.
She further claims that while at home
he Indulged In pistol practice in the
house and frequently abused her and
threatened her life. Mrs. Knapp says
she is thirty-three years old and her
husband is five years older.
Caah but No Will.
The special administrator of the estate
of Robert Bryant, deceased, yesterday
reported to Judge Basille that the safety
deposit vault in the German-American
bank had been opened and was found to
contain $1,000 in cash, but no will.
An order was issued by the court per
mitting the special administrator to car
ry on the daily business belonging to the
Grand Jury Wwk.
The grand jury yesterday spent the
forenoon in considering tax matters,^ and
m the afternoon examined witnesses In
the cases of George Sametz, George Far.
r el \. and char les Thompson, all charged
with larceny. The ante-chamber was
crowded with witnesses In the jail cases
Former County Auditor James H
Burns was closeted with the Jury for
several hours, and Robert Seng and "W.
K. Johnson, who had been subpoenaed,
were in attendance, but were not called.
Supreme Court Callendar.
The books for the supreme court cases
will close today. So far there are only
186 cases, as against 181 oases a year
The court will open a week from to
George 9t*pnea«on,
Th« Inventor of the leoomotiT*. was
born In England In 1781. In 1829 he was
awarded a pri*e of £BM for his first
locomotive, the "Rocket,"
The Improvements upon Steph»nson's
Rocket' have been most wonderful dur
ing the past twenty-five years, until to
day we have the ponderous engines
which pull the Milwaukee's Pioneer Lim
ited every day In the year between the
Twin Cities and Chicago and Milwaukee
-the only perfect train In the world.
Bteph6nson died *t sixty-seven, in 1848.
Fiend* Tread on Skirt* In Order to
Hear Them' 'kip— — TUe Braid Snip
per Another Degenerate Not at
All I iicoinmon A Massachusetts
Bachelor of Prominence Who
Should Be Locked Up.
Krebs, the" slasher of women's dresses,
is one of a type of degenerates of which
a group of physicians m Paris have made
a curious and interesting study. Instances
of this and other forms of hysteria in
the male human being are sought eagerly
and the circumstances inquired Into
minutely. As a result, after five years
of record-making-, Dr. Louis Latour and
his associates have made a remarkable
collection. Krebs belongs to a class fre
quently met with. To him, as to all
others afflicted with similar mental per
version, the cutting of a silk dress with
a penknife gives as much pleasure as the
listening to a symphony by a devotee of
music, but it must be silk, and nrust
be worn by a woman on a cloudy day.
The pleasure is lessened if the day is
bright and clear, and the slasher, except
In rare instances, finds no satisfaction
in cutting any other sort of dress goods.
In 1894 a man was captured in Vienna
who confessed that in one year he had
ruined no less than sixty-one dresses
with a peculiarly shaped knife which had
been made for the purpose, it had a
handle which fitted into the hollow of
his hand, and an elastic cord concealed
inside his coat enabled him to snap the
knife out of sight in an instant after
he had used it. He was a member of
a respectable family and had a comfort
able income, but ho said the temptation
to cut every silk dress he saw waS Irre
sistible. The sight of one caused him
to break Into/.ia profuse perspiration and
a tremuiousness that- he could not con
trol. The same physical symptoms were
observed in a young" Parisian of good
family, wh» for- years, pursued ..: the
strange pleasure of ruining silk dresses.
He used an^aprdlnary penknife and? in
variably seleoted^ black silk. Like the
Viennese slasher, he perspired profusely
whenever he- •*&*-. a woman wearing a
dress of that description, and it was that
which ultimately led to his detection.
Allied to the slashers are what "the
French doctors call "treaders." These
are men who find delight In treading on
the trailing skirt of a woman's dress and
causing it to rip or tear. They become
wonderfully expert and oan pretend so
easily that their action was an accident
that tow of them have been arrested. It
will doubtless Interest many American
women to knVw 1 that the proportion o(
accident* In stepping upon the hem' of
their garments is about seven in ten. Dr.
Latour figures out that In three cased
out of ten th« dress tearing Is by design
and that of all American cities New York
and Boston present the largest popula
tion of this class. They are not known as
the slashers are— lndeed, it is doubtful if
the majority of people are aware of their
existence at all. The American corre
spondent* ot the Franca scUntists&ssert
that they are all over the country and in
great numbers in the large cities. Detec
tion is difficult because the defense of ac
cident is always difficult to prove.
There is in a Massachusetts sanitarium
a man who two years ago in Boston en
joyed a fair degree of prominence in mer
cantile circles. He is a bachelor and gave
frequent entertainments to friends in his
handsomely appointed, apartments. He
was a man about town, a Son vlvant, and
enjoyed the friendship and esteem of
many of the leaders in art and literature
in Boston's exclusive set. He had one
peculiarity known to his intimate friends,
and that was a violent antipathy to red
apples. They made him ill, and he was
known to avoid certain streets where he
knew there were stalls on which red ap
ples were displayed.
It was often remarked that, while a
charming companion, he was one of the
clumsiest and most awkward man in the
city of Boston. He was forever falling
over women's skirts and his confusion
and apologies were painful, because they
were so frequent. He never went to any
public place that he did not tear a dress
at the waist or rip the lower part of the
skirt oft with his feet. This happened so
often that he became known as "Old
Clumsy Foot."
In the early part of 1896 this man called
on a well-known alienist and asked if it
were possible to cure a man of a mania
for tearing women's clothes. It was his
own complaint, he said, 1 and had grown
upon him so that he became alarmed and
determined to seek medical advice. His
story was a remarkable one and opened
up an entirely new field of investigation
into perverted mental conditions. He had
no other whim or vagary, he said, except
a strong dislike for red apples and a
constant desire to tread on every long
skirt he saw. What was supposed to be
clumsiness on his part was design. The
pleasure he experienced was when he
heard the good r-r-i-p. He would work
a whole afternoon exercising ail his in
genuity to find a dress that promised to
tear instead of becoming displaced. In
a year he had trodden dtliberately upon
between 1,000 and 1,200 skirts.
When the Frenchman came to examine
Into this new phase they found "tread
era" in all the big cities where they had
correspondents. There are hundreds of
them in Paris and in Berlin and London
and in the large cities of the United
The "snipper" has existed for nobody
knows how many hundred years. In the
reign of Queen Elizabeth there is a recqrd
of a young man who was flogged public
ly and put in the stocks for half a day
as punishment for snipping off the long
hair of a young woman In the streets of
Coventry. The most celebrated "snipper"
ever known was probably Geoffrey Rams
gate, who lived in London about 1808 or
1810. He confessed to having deprived ISO
young girls of their braided hair, not for
the purpose of selling It, as was general
ly supposed, but te gratify a desire h«
could not explain. Hair-snipping has
usually been practiced for commercial
purposes, as a braid above eighteen Inch
es long will bring a tidy little turn from
dealers in human hair and no question*
asked. But there Is not the slightest
doubt that a vast amount of It is due to
an Impulse similar to that which drives
men to slit silk dresses into ribbons.
Most of the "snippers" caught in the
neighborhood of New York have been old
men. A patriarchal-looking scamp was
caught in Williamsburg a few years ago,
after he. had snipped the braids of half a
dozen little school girls. He didn't know
why he did it, because he threw the hair
away as soon as he got It. The authori
ties in Philadelphia had a year's hunt
after a "snipper" about twelve, years ago.
He was a sly fellow and eluded capture
so long that he threw one section of the
pity into a state of great terror. When
i taken at last his excuse was that of all
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others of his class. He did It Just
for fun, and said It gave him the same
pleasure that he experienced when he
listened to the deep bass notes of an
organ. One curious result followed his
arrest. Ever so many young girls cut off
their own hair, and pretended that they
had been despoiled by a mysterious man
in a tall black hat.
This hysterical and morbid sympathy
spread from one city to another, and
girls despoiled themselves In such num
bers that It looked as though a brigade
of snippers was abroad. So far as known
there has never been a woman hair snip
per, except, of course, in the case of re
venge, hatred or jealousy. The Parisian
Investigators say that the men who out
women's hair are generally pale and
have a weak muscular development.
They are usually rational on all other
subjects. , . ,
LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 28.— Dr. W.
Godfrey Hunter, United States minister
to Guatemala, now In this city, is taking
steps to save the life of Churchill Guth
rey, an American under sentence of death
in Honduras for filibustering. Guthrey
was formerly a lawyer at Marshall, Mo.
Secretary of State Hay has ordered the
gunboat Maohias to investigate, and tha
American conaul will secure a stay of
The Southern Railvra.v Exhibit
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Watson, Temperance Lecturer. .
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