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VOL. 1,1 V. NO. 251.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 1003.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ACM ACCUSES OTHER OF THE MURDER;
MORE LIGHT ON DEATH OF CARL BRADY
Josephine Collett and
William Nagel Both
WOMAN FAINTS IN JAIL
Under Sharp Fire of Questions
Loses Consciousness and
William Nagel and Josephine Collett,
hi; run sort, are at the Rock Island
county jail, charged with the murder
of Carl Brady on Inland H, Tuesday,
May 0. 1905. Nagel has admitted that
he had knowledge of the murder before
it w;ts committed, and rlaims that Jo
sephine Collett Killed the man. They
were brought to Itock Island from
Mti:cat:ne Saturday night at 11 o'clock
being held on the verdict of the coron
tr's jury whirh held the inquest at Isl
and B, Saturday afternoon.
Woman Mnkf -Mtlo.
Accused by Josephine Collelt of the
murder of Carl Brady, before the
state's attorney. Coroner Eekhart. the
ttbfrifr. and confronted by the woman
who laid the crime to him. William
Nagel this morning refused to make
any statement except that he had noth
ins more to say.
"She knows she lias not told the
truth about that," said Nagel. On be
inn urged to either call her testimonv
false or the truth. Nagel said, '"She did
kill Brady." He avoided her glances,
and when he repeated his charge that
Fhe had committed the murder, Joseph
ine Collett fainted, and was uncon
scious for a few minutes.
Jl was a dramatic scene. Nagel sat
at one side of the table in the jail of
lice, with the officers and newspaper
men sitting near. The woman was sit
tinu in a chair at the end of the tabic,
facing the man with whom she bad liv
ed the greater part of five years, and
who accuses her of the murder which
she had a few minutes previous accus
ed bim of having committed. When
Nagel repeated. "She did kill bim," sin-
threw her hands to her face and, with
a cry, swooned. She remained uncon
scious for some minutes, and this clos
ed the examination which State's At
torney Scott conducted this morning.
Anmlwun to '1'alk.
Shortly after 11 o'clock this morn
ing the woman was brought into the
office, and after an explanation '.hat
she did not have to make any state
ment if she did not wish to, she said
she would tell the story truthfully, and
de-sired to do so.
Her story accuses Nagel of even a
more cruel crime than that which be
lias charged her with in the various
voluntary statements be has made to
the officers and before the coroner's
Jury. She said that some time before
the murder of Brady, she and Nagel
went down the river, and had a boat
stolen from them. They were living
on Geneva island at that time. She
said she was starving on the island,
and that Nagel would not take her to
Muscatine to get provisions, and that
she could not row a boat. The rest of
her story of this terrible crime is sub
stantially as follows, eliminating minor
"Nagel and I never were married,
though I have Known him about five
years, and have lived with him on and
off nearly all of that time. We lived
together on Island B since April or
May. Wiien we went to Island B, Carl
Brady had possession of the boat
where we have lived recently. The
night of the crime we went to the isl
and an hour before dark, in a boat. A
tall man. from Fairport. took us to the
Icdand. Brady was in the potato field,
and we waited an hour before he came.
Will told Brady he wanted to get
ome things corn meal, lard and veg
etables. They talked awhile, and Will
asked Brady to let him take his (Bra
dy's) boat to go back to Geneva island.
"Brady's reply was. 'No. I don't want
to let you have the boat.
"When asked angrily by Nagel why
be would not let him take the boat.
Brady said, 'I dou't like your looks.'
'1 urged Will to go back, but he
" "No. 1 am not going back tonight.'
"I was on the porch, and Will tOid
me not to open my mouth or he'd kill
me. He was quarreling with Brady,
and he swore at bim several times. He
shut the t-ereen door and hooked it.
leaving me on the porch. He pulled
the other door partly shut. I could no
see what was go'ng on. but I could
hear, and Will told me afterwards. He
tells me everything. He killed a man
once at Memphis. Tenn . and has kill
ed s-everal other men. he has told me.
Took I'oul Aritaataitr.
"As Brady was putting some wood
in the stove. Will swore and called him
a name. He shot Brady once, and
while Brady was struggling he was
TAIH WHO COMMITTED MWRVEH.
struck on the head by Nagel with the
butt of the revolver. He had fallen
onto the stove. Nagel picked up a
claw-hammer and hit Brady again with
that. He put a handkerchief in Brady's
mouth to keep him from crying out.
He shot him a number of times nine.
I think he said.
"Brady's last words were, 'O, My
"Nagel is hot-headed, and if he asks
a thing and don't get it right away he
gets terribly angry and wants to kill
After telling this story of the death
of Carl Brady, and answering various
questions, she told of the burial of the
body in the cave. She said Nagel put
rags about the body, and carried it in
a blanket, so that no blood would get
on the floor. She told of Nagels tak
ing several cans of concentrated lye.
and after boiling it a lon time, pour
ing it onto the body. The body was
not taken from the cabin to the cave
until 4 o'clock in the morning. She
says that Nagel went to Muscatine and
secured the kerosene, and that it was
he who pound the fluid over the body
and set it afire.
rvrr Had (.tin.
"I never touched the body," she
maintained. Asked if she ever carried
a gun, and told that Nagel bad charged
her with t be crime, Josephine Collet
"I did not shoot Brady. I never car
lied a gnu in my life, and I can not
shoot one. I am afraid of guns. Nagel
always carries one in his hip pocket."
Asked about her visit to Mr. Ells, at
Muscatine, when she made inquiries
about the boat, she explained by saying
that she knew nothing about the boat,
and that she told what Nagel. who she
claims was standing only a few feet
away at the time, had told her to say.
This led her to tell of the means used
by Nage! to prevent her from telling of
"He kept me mi the island, and as 1
can't row. I could not get oft the island.
He watched me with a gun. and made
me help him scrub the floor and help
repaint it. He made me keep in the
cabin when anyone was in sight, and
never allowed me out of his sight. I
never had a chance to till anyone."
On this, the woman was excused for
a few minutes, and Nagel examined.
He repeated his story told before the
coroner's jury, adding that the skull
was crushed in by the woman, who.
when the body was partly in the cave,
pushed it down with a iwile. He said
he never had the revolv r. and had
never before se-u the woman with one.
He denied bavins secured the lye, and
said she secured it at Fairport. When
accused of having hit Brady with the
gun. he said:
"I am tellinp ou the truth. I've
made a clean confession, and that is
all I can do "
She had said he kept the date in a
memoranda book, but he said that
though be was positive it was May 9.
he kept no record of it.
The only important detail on which
they agree is that the night was a
dark, stormy one and that Brady was
shot with the revolver found at the
cabin. At this point Nagel was told
of the woman's charging him with the
crime. He replied:
"I did not kill that man. I did not
put a handkerchief in his mouth. I
saw the kerostne and the lye put into
the cave, but was not near the cave at
He said $5.tn in money was found on
Brady person, and that he took this.
Shown a 10-cent piece, he said he did
not get it from Brady's clothing.
Brabt Fae t Face.
The woman was then brought in
again, and ashed to repeat her state
ments that Nacel had killed Brady.
She did so without hesitation. She w as
urged by Mr. Scott to tell the whole ei
the story, but Napel interrupted: "She
accuses me of killing that man. I have
nothing to say. She knows better than
that. She killed Brady. Yes. sir, at
torney, she killed tira." Witii thi3
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statement from Nagel. and the eyes of
those present uion her, the woman
The officers are inclined to the belief
that the story of the crime us told by
the woman is nearer the truth than
that told by Nagel. He will probably
be given an opportunity later to make
a further statement. He has continu
ally misled the officers, and told state
ments which he protested were true,
and which he later contradicted or cor
rected. BOTH HELD BY VERDICT
OF THE CORONER S JURY;
NAGEL TELLS STORY
Sheriff Heider, Coroner Eekhart and
States Attorney Scott went to Musca
tine Saturday afternoon, when, word
was received that the body had been
found. An Argus representative
accompanied the officials. They
went to the island, where Na
gel was being held by Deputy Sher
iff E. E. Reynolds, who has had the
case in charge for some time.
On a i rival at the island a grewsome
sight greeted the officers. Standing
back from the shore is Brady's shanty
boat, in which the two prisoners have
lived since the murder. About forty
feet back from the boat, lying in a c ave,
were the half uncovered remains of
he murdered man. The head was
crushed in. the body in an advanced
state of decay, and disintegrated so
that it. fell apart when it was later re
moved and placed in a coffin.
Coroner Eekhart empaneled a jury
"ore nosed of L. R. Blackman. foreman,
O. B. Hampton. James Lewis, R. A.
Sears, F. W. Foster and H. Snyder, and
the inquest was held at once. After
examining the witnesses, and hearing
the voluntary statement of Nagel, the
(Continued on Page Eight.)
A Location of cabin boat in which murder was committed. B Cave in which body was thrown and burned
with kerosene. C Location of second cave similar to that in which body was buried.
The above sketch is a rough outline of the scene of the murder. Island B. in Drury township, on which the
murder scene was laid, is one cf the numerous islands lying along the Illinois shore. It is about seven miles above
Muscatine, and a few miles below Fairport, Iowa. The Iowa shore line is not shown in the sketch. Island B is
nearly three-quarters of a mile in length, and at the widest point is not quite a quarter of a mile in width. On the
upper end. where the cabin boat was 1 seated, is a well, a cave similar to that in which the body was placed, and i
number of small buildings. The upper end of the island is covered with brush and trees. The lower end of the isl
and, not tdiown in the drawing, was cultivated by Brady, and here he raised corn, potatoes, and garden 'nick. Whi n
Nagel and the woman went to the isla id, Brady was in the fie Id. The island was formerly the property of S. Smal
ley and A. Smalley, but has since changed hands several times. It is understood that Brady purchased the piece of
ground where he had his garden. The Drury inland and Island A do not figure in the story of the crime. Gcncv.i
island, a part of which Is shown in the drawing, lies near the mid ile of the river, and is a small. low island. It
was on this island that Brady's cabin boat was located for some time, before he moved to Inland li tarly in the
spring. Nagel first took the officers to Geneva island to search for the body. It is something over a quarter of a
mile from Island D to the Illinois shore, but the island lits well within the Jurisdiction of Illinois.
ZEIGLER RELIEF EXPEDITION IS
ADMITTED TO GE A FAILURE
Telegram Received From Dr.
Oliver Fassig at Shan
NOTHING FOUND THERE
North Atlantic Full of Ice Magdalena
Expected to Return to
Baltimore, Aug. 7. The News today
received the following cablegram from
Dr. Oliver Fassig. of the Zeigler relief
"Shannon Island, via Edinburg. Aug.
7. No members of the Zeigler expedi
tion at Shannon island July 21. Much
ice in north Atlantic. Reach New York
ek to Viirnii)'.
It is understood here that the Magda
lena. having failed in its purpose, will
now return to Norway.
TAFT PARTY DINED
Maj. Gen. Corbin Does Honors
for Gentlemen From This
ADMIRAL ENQUIST PRESENT
Toasts for President Roosevelt and
Russian Emperor Brilliant
Manila. Aug. 7. Maj. Gen. Corbin
gave a dinner this evening to the gen
tlemen of the Taft party. Rear Admir
al Enquist. of the Russian navy, and
staff, were present. Corbin toasted
President Roosevelt and Taft toasted
the Russian emperor.
K quint Much A ll'rrtetl.
Admiral Enquist, who was much af
fected, then arose and made a profound
salutation. At 8 o'clock 3,000 attend
ed a brilliant reception given by Gov.
Wright at the palace.
FRENCH FLEET IS IN PORT
Arrives at Isle of Wight on Visit to
Waters of England.
Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 7th.
The French fleet dropped anchor in
Solent today to spend a week. Heavy
downpours of rain throughout the
morning drenched the decorations
ashore, and shrouded in a heavy mist
the great gathering of yachts and Brit
ish warships collected to welcome the
GUSTAVE IS AGAIN
REGENT OF SWEDEN
Stockholm, Aug. 7th. King Oscar is
leaving the Capital in search of quiet
and rest and Crown Prince Gustave
will again be appointed regent. z
UHE DOtOJ 'RIVE'R
INGA HANSON IS
Salvation Army Girl Who Had Sensa
tional Trial, Taken to
Chicago. Aug. 7th. Inga Hanson, a
former Salvation Army girl, convicted
of perjury in a personal injury suit
brought by her against the Chicago
City railway, was taken to the peniten
tiary at Joliet today, to begin an inde
terminate sentence. Since her trial
several months ago Miss Hanson has
been confined in the Cook county Hos
pital, claiming to be still suffering from
the effects of a paralytic stroke result
ing from her injuries.
EFFECTS OF FEVER
REACH THIS CITY
Southern Pine Lumber Company Re
moves Its Offices Here From
Owing to the state of embargo in the
southern states, the auditing force of
the Southern Pine Lumber company
has been removed temporarily to
Rock Island from the south. M. M
Cruise, formerly located iu Rock Is
land, and J. M. Hubbel and laniily, also
formerly of this city, have arrived and
are occupying offices in the Masonic
Temple, adjoining the main office of
the company here. The other auditors
will be in the city in a day or two, and
until the yellow fever scare is, over in
the south, the auditing force will con
duct its work from this city. The
headquarters of the company were
at Hammond. La., and from there the
department conducted its fork through
the southern states. The embargo has
made it impossible for the auditors to
travel through the south, and the im
pediment to the work became such
that it was decided to remove to Rock
Island. The offices will be here only
PRISONERS TO JAPAN
About 40,000 Being Transferred from
the Island of Sak
halin. Tokio, August 7th. Disposition of
the prisoners of Sakhalin island is now
tinder consideration. They will prob
ably be taken to the Russian or Japan
ese coast and be transferred to the Rus
sian authorities. I'nder a pre-arrangc-ment
the Russian prisoners of war on
the island, 40,o0o in all, are being trans
ported to Japan.
Storm in Indiana.
Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 7. A severe
electrical storm, accompanied by a
heavy downpour of rain, did much dam
age in southern Indiana. The loss is
estimated at over $m,ood.
KILLED AT ORION
A. H. Tiffany, Young Burlington
Brakeman, Meets Fatal
WAS ON HIS SECOND TRIP
Attempted to Board Coach on Siding
and Was Thrown Under
The top of his bead cut cleauly off
by the v.iuels of one truck of a car.
A. H. Tiffany, a young brakeman on
the C. B. &. Q.. who resided at Gales
burg, was instantly Killed yesterday
morning near Orion, in Henry county.
Tiffany was making his second trip
on the road as a brakeman. There is
little to show just how he came to fall
under the wheels.
There is a passing track about a
quarter of a mile north of the town,
and here the freight train stopped to
cut otT some cars. The caboose was
cut off. and as the train could not buck-
down to get it, the caboose was started
with a pinch bar. The conductor toUi
Tiffany to get on and ride down to
make the coupling. As the car was
moving rapidly down the grade. Tif-
iany attempted to get aboard, but in
some way supped, anil went under tlu
wheels to bis death. The conductor.
realiziug instantly what had occurred,
stopped the car before the second
truck reached the mans body, then
The man's brains were exposed, and
the top of the skull cut. cleanly off
It was a shastlv siirht that the con
ductor met When he rc:iched the
ground. Tiffany bad tried to Ret on the
I ron t end of the cabose. The coroner
of Henrv count v denutiaed U .1 Fuller
ton. the justice of the peace, to hold
the inquest, which was conducted yes
terday morning. The verdict was an
open one, giving the cause as accident
al. The remains were at once taken
to Galesbnrg. win re burial will be
made. The deceased was 2S vears of
age and leaves a wife and cUTMren in
IN AN IOWA HOTEL
Mrs. C. H. White, Sister of Mrs. E. J
Burns, Subject of a Murderous
Mrs. C. If. White, sister of Mrs. E.
I. Burns, of this city, had a narrow es
cape as the result of a murderous, at
tack at the hands, of the night clerk.
Wood Adams, in the hotel of which
her husband is proprietor, ar St'tourney.
Early in the morning Adams entered
Mrs. White's room, and attacked her
with a mineral water bottle, striking
her several blows on the head in his
o tempt to murder her. The lady was
rendered unconscious, and the scound
rel who had attacked hi r. thinking her
dead, went to his own room and cut
five gashes across his throat in an ef
fort to kill himself. He was taken into
the custody of the sheriff and will live.
According to advices received here by
Mr. Burns today. Mrs. White is getting
along nicely with every prospect for
COLORED MASONS ARRIVING
Came to Attend Conclave of Illinois
AUmt 75 delegates are in the city
to attend the session of the Colored
Grand Chapter. Royal Arch Masons,
of the Illinois Jurisdiction; which in
cludes the chapters in Illinois, Minneso
ta, and Iowa. The same delegates will
largely attend the big com lave of the
Colored Grand Commandery. Knights
Templar. The session of the Grand
Chapter opened at 10 o'clock this morn
ing at Prince Hall, when? the sess-ion.T
of the Grand Commandery will also be
held. The feature of the we k's con
clave will be the big picnic at Huber's
garden Wednesday, and the street pa-J
rade of the knishts, Wednesday after
Small Blaze Up Town.
An electric wire led tt a small blaze
in Otto Adams' machine shop, a on
story building at 4.Vn; Siv:h avenue,
about seven o'clock this morning. Tho
dpartmenr was called and quickly had
control of the situation. The loss is
Alien to Speak at Turner Hall.
Frank G. Albrn. of Moline. candidate
for the republican congressional nom
ination, will address a republican
meeting at Turner hall, tomorrow eve
ning at 8 o'clock.
Handling of Fever Held
Largely Question of
MUCH BEING GIVEN
Plin to Continue Campaign Till
FrostDay For a Gen
The yellow fever rejKrt to noon to
day was as follows: New cases in New
Orleans. 4; total cases. 5:t7: deaths, 3.
otal deaths, les. Dr. White, of the
.Ydoral forces, took charge of the fever
ttiu'ion at New Orleans shortly be
.'o;e noon today. The decrease In tlu
number of new cases and sub foci over
Sunday and up to noon today In New
Orleans is hopeful. The strenuous work
instituted by the New Orleans authori
ties on the appearance of the first case
Inly 1:1 is fast bringing results.
Kill nine Mnnry.
New Orleans, Aug. 7. With J70.li()
immediately in hand, resulting froru
;he assessment of the citizeus of New
Orleans, no difficulties whatever Mand
in the way of the immediate inaugura
tion of federal control of the fever sit
uation. t f.NN n )ny.
Dr. White estimated the expenses of
the eradication at $l.."00 to $2'00 per
day. or from $lV.t:Ht to $240,000 for
four months, which would carry the
campaign into December, by which
time frost is expected.
I"u 1 1 Authority Granted.
Every authority wanted by the fed
eral bureau is assured. It is expected
all the resources of the federal govern
ment will be used in obtaining modifi
cations of the extreme quarantine reg
ulations now ia effect so New Orleans
will be able to resume commercial re
lations with surrounding states.
(rnrrnl C ImibIbk l"p.
Eight hundred men started on a gen
eral cleaning movement. This force is
to be largely added to tomorrow and
Wednesday, when there will be a gen
eral suspension of business for clean
Dolphin and Mayflower With
Convoys Going to Ports
mouth. SAIL TODAY FROM NEWPORT
M. Witte Makes Excursion Alone to
Visit Historic Spots Near
Newport. R. I., August 7th The
yachts lolph!n and Mayflower with
convoys bearing the Russian and Jap
anese commissioner to Portsmouth.
sailed from this harbor today under
ideal conditions, the heavy fog of yes
terday having been burned by the sun.
With the exception of M. Witte, who
Is in Boston, the members of the Rus
sian and Japanese parties were ou
board their respective vessels.
(um l Train.
Boston. Massv, August 7th. Owing
to the inability of the squadron bear
ing the peace plenipotentiaries to
reach Portsmouth sooner than. Tues
day, M. Witte. Sr.. of the Russian plen
ipotentiaries, txik the opportunity to
visit the historic places of Boston and
Cambridge, and will leave on the eve
ning train fer Portsmouth.
STRIKE SITUATION THE SAME
Both Telegraphers and Railway Com
panies Claim Victory.
St. Paul, Aug. 7th. There is little
change in the teienraphcrs' strike sit
uation to-lay. The Northern Pacific
and Great Northern continue in their
aritude that the strike is broken. The
telegraphers rt?H maintain the block
ade is complete.
Father of Prof. Bell Dead.
Washington. Auj; 7ih. Alexander
Melville Bell, father of Prof. Alexander
Graham Bell, died today.
LA FOLLETTE WILL
Madison, Win. Aug. 7. It was an
nounced today unofficially, but from an
authoritative source. Gov. LaFollette
will relinquish the office of governor
early in September to go to Wafchlng
ton as United States senator in October.