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Schmidt, Confessed New
York Priest Slayer, Be
lieved Counterfeiter.
Trio Had Apartment Where Po
lice Locate Traces of Fraud
ulent Work.
' .New York.. S?pt. 16. Strapping
from New York's river murder its
mysteries, the po.lce today bared the
ntxt crime fathered, they claim, by
Rev. Hans Schmidt, confessed slayer
of Anna Aumuller, and his pal. Dr.
Ernes-. Muret, a dentist by day, and
by night an allrgea counterfeiter.
Muret is under arrest on a technical
harge of having in his possession a
revolver ia violation of the Sullivan
He was arrested early this morning
cftrr defectives ransacking
Schmidt's apartments had uncovered
evidence to show Schmidt a counter
lei'er. This evidence led them to a
flat rented by a man under the nama
of George Miller, in which were
fcund essentials of the counterfeiters'
Schmidt, and Muret, tlie janitre&s of
the building said, and Muret admit
ted, had sprnt long hours together in
the flat. Bertha Zach, said to be em
ployed at Muret's dental office was
taken in'o custody as a material wit
ness. She protested amid sobs ahe
knew nothing of the crime. She will
be questioned later. Search of the
dentist's office revealed in addition to
the equipment a diu'Ist. uses in prac
ticing his profession a revolver, all
kinds of obstetrical instruments
several surgical sas and boasfc--ceps.
Finding these instruments, coupled
with the fact that Schmidt and Muret
had been cronies, led to a search that
something that might directly connect
the dentist, with the murder of Anna
Aumuller. A strong physical resem
b'ance led detectives to question the
dentist as to t. possible relationship
vith the priest. Muret claimed there
was none, hut Inspector Faurot was
of a different mind. A copper plate
from which a bill was struck was
made ir the opinion of detectives by
an expert engraver. It may have been
'he priest, or ihe dentist, but detec
tives believe it a neither. They
nought such an expert today as an
accomplice. The bills were imita
tion 120 yellow backs. A bundle of
M'.U charred by fire was found in the
flnt. Schmidt's jrplenf!'ons of insan
it in the opinion of Coroner Feinberg,
has been dealt a death blow by bar
ing his record as a counterfeiter.
Muret told the police he was born
in Chicago. He is held on $5,000
bail on a charge of having a pistol in
his possession. He waived examina
tion. New York, Sept. 16. A plate from
which counterfeit $10 gold certificates
may have been struck, found in the
rooms of Kev. Hans Schmidt, con
fessed murderer of Anna Aumuller,
led to the arrest shortly after midnight
of Dr. Ernest Arthur Muret, a dentist,
on a technical charge of counterfeit
ing. With Muret was held Bertha
Zack. a girl of 21. as a material wit
ness in the counterfeiting charge. The
Z; ck girl was Muret's housekeeper.
After finding the copper counterfeit
ing in Schmidt's room, detectives ran
sacked the priest's personal papers
and discovered a receipted bill for rent
paid by "George Miller," for an apart
ment at 516 West One Hundred and
Thirty-Fourth street, and there detec
tives alleged they found a complete
outfit for the manufacture of photo
graphic prints, such as might be used
in making counterfeit bills, and half
burned parts of several impressions of
a $10 gold certificate.
Kxamination disclosed Impressions
may have been printed from the plate
found earlier In the night in the rooms
of Schmidt at rectory of St. Joseph's
church, where he was acting as priest
at the time of his arrest for the mur
der of Anna Aumuller.
Mrs. Mary Bowyer, owner of the
apartment at One Hundred and Thirty
Fourth street address, identified Mu
ret as "George Miller." Muret ad
mitted counterfeiting operations with
Schmidt according to Inspector Faurot
la the same breath he cried he was
sorry he ever met the priest- On many
occasions Muret said Schmidt Tistted
C.ie One Hundred and Thirty-Fourth
Ftrret apartment In clerical garb, cov
: 'ng his Roman collar with his hand
until he entered the hallway.
From tenants Faurot said he learned
Schmidt. Muret and Bertha Zack often
Touched the apartment as early as 8
o'clock in the morning, remaining fre
quently until 10 o'clock at night, but
Forfait Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Mcllne
and Vicinity.
Rain and slightly cooler tonight;
Wednesday generally fair; moderate
Temperature at 7 a. m. 62. Highest
yesterday 74, lowest last night 60.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m- 9 miles
per hour.
Precipitation .04 inch.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 67, at 7
a. m. 98. .
Stage of water 2.3, a fall of .1 in
last 24 hours.
J. M. SHERIER. Locj-.I Forecaster.
Evening stars: Mercury, Jupiter.
Morning stars: Saturn. Venns. Mars.
Planet Mercury in superior conjunc
tion with the sun at 3 p. m.: changes
from a morning to an evening star.
Renins west by south In the early
they never spent the night there. The
last rent for the O20 Hundred and
Thirty-Fourth street apartment was
paid Aug. 25. last, when the police say
th ) landlady received $22 from
Schmidt. On the same date Schmidt
paid $5 deposit on the Bradhurst ave
nue apartment where he confessed
he killed the Aumuller girl. Muret
bears a strange resemblance to
Schmidt. Schmidt, Faurot declared,
had not been questioned about Muret
and had not given him the lead that
led the latter's arrest Muret, the po
lice say, admitted he was practicing
dentistry without a proper license!
from the state. He studied dentistry
in Berlin, he told the police, and in
New York, but failed to pass the ex
aminations. Muret, the detectives say,
is a notary public and a member of
the Dental Protective association of
Chicago, 111., Sept. 16. President
Crouse of the Dental Protective asso
ciation said: "I find Muret's name on
our membership list, but don't remem
ber him. He joined the organization
two years ag6 from New York city. I
do not believe he ever practiced in I
Aschaffenburg, Germany, Sept. 16.
Parents of Schmidt, confessed murder
er of Anna Aumuller. declared he was
hereditarily abnormal. Several mem
bers of the family are confined in asy
lums for the demented. There have been
four suicides in the family in five
New York. Sept. 16. A gold watch.
Sirs: handkerchief and clothing rotted
by long exposure 01 weather, gave tne
police today a little clue to the identi
ty of a man whose body was found
yesterday in a clump of bushes on the
New York Central tracks at Hastings-on-Hudson,
a suburb. His skull was
punctured with a hole. A slingshot
near the body left little doubt he was
murdered. Close to the body was a
woman's tan gloves, new and unsoiled.
The police bent their energies to find
ing a woman whose behavior near the
scene led to the discovery of the body.
A path worn in the tall grass from
the street to the thicket indicated
some one made frequent visits to the
spot since the man was killed a month
or more ago. The element, 'id liii
li'.Je but the skeleton.
Bad Blood Between Two Not
ables Results in Sensational
Berlin Murder.
Berlin, Germany, Sep'. 16. Profes
sor Heinrich Mass, a court painter and
social leader, today shot and killed
Court Chamberlain Von Westernha
gen, courtier, soldier and captain of
army reserves. A slap in the face led
to the professor's act, which took place
before the bar of a clign'fled court of
honor, where the men had agreed to
submit their differences on the ques
tion "whether a duel was necessary.
There had been bad blood between the
two for some time. r
New Haven, Conn., Sept. 16. August
B. Miller, engineer of the White Moun
tain Express; Bruce C. Adams, con
ductor; and Charles H. Murray, flag
man of the Bar Harbor Express, are
held criminally responsible for the fa
tal wreck on the New Haven road
at North Haven, Sept. 2, by Coroner
Mix, who handed down his finding
late yesterday.
Belfast. Ireland. Sept. 16. Sir Ed
ward Carson, leader of Irish unionists,
landed in Ireland today. The object ot
his visit, it was said, was to inspect
the volunteer army being raised in
Ulster to support the provisional gov
ernment which would be brought into
existence ln case the home rule bill
becomes a law. The Ulster army is
said to be thoroughly organised and
had attained a strength of 100.000 men.
This number the leaders expect to be
I doubled when recruiting is completed.
Habeas Corpus Proceed
ings at Littleton, Conn.,
Are Suspended
Court Names Custodians for
Prisoner Extradition
Warrant Hearing Next.
Colebrook, N. Y., Sept. 16. Harry
Thaw, with his custodians and a train
of contending lawyers, left at 6:17 for
Littleton, N. H., to appear in federal
court in a habeas corpus proceedings
brought to checkmate the attempt to
rush him back to New York.
Littleton, N. H., Sept 16. Thaw in
joint custody of Federal Marshal
Nute, and Sheriff Drew of Coos county,
arrived here shortly before 9 o'clock.
Crowds greeted Thaw at every station.
Sitting by an open window he made
it a plan to talk with idlers. Per
haps S00 persons, including a musical
comedy company, in town for the
night, 6warmed around him at the rail
road station. A two-horse carriage
conveyed Thaw, his guards and law
yers to the federal court building.
The little court room was filled
shortly after 10 o'clock. The general
public was not admitted, but 100 of
the select friends of the court, at
tendants and the like managed to gain
admittance. Outside the building a
crowd, with women predominating,
jammed the street from curb to curb.
Judge Aldrich took his seat at 11:05.
After hearing arguments the court
suspended the proceedings. No date
was set for a future hearing. This
was a victory for Thaw, since the New
York authorities were anxious to have
the writ quashed.
Marshal Nute and Sheriff Drew
were appointed to continue as cus
todians of Thaw.
Attorney Shurtleff, for Thaw, point
ing out that the extradition hearing
was to be held in the rear future,
probably tomorrow, asked that the
habeas corpus hearing be postponed.
Attorney Jerome objected. "There is
no federal issue involved," he said.
and I feel constrained to say the
writ was obtained under circumstances
which approach very near to trifling
with the court."
George Morris, one of Thaw's New
Hampshire lawyers, answered Jerome.
The application for the writ was en
tirely regular, he said, while the war
rant which New York sought to get
for Thaw was a mere subterfuge.
"We have no assurance that Jerome
would not take Thaw at once if an
extradition warrant were signed," he
In an open discussion with Jerome,
after announcing the suspension of the
hearing. Judge Aldrich said that a
search of the statutes had failed to re
veal to him any law under which a
man in Thaw's position, a lunatic
charged with a crime, could be ex
The judge said the case was not ad
journed, but suspended, and suggest
ed that eirher side notify him within
e!x days when they were prepared to
go on with it. The suspension was
not a menace to the interests of either
Eide, said the court. It was agreed by
counsel on both sides,' after talking
with the governor over the telephone,
that rhe extradition hearing would not
be held until Sept. 23. The crowds
cheered Thaw as he was driven to a
hotel for dinner.
Showers Not a Hindrance to Big
Mercer County Fair
at Aledo.
(Special to The Arg-ua.)
Aledo, HI., Sept 16 Despite the
inclement weather the Mercer county
fair opened today. The exhibits are
more numerous than ever before. Ths
cattle, swine, horses and other pens
are filled with entries and those who
visit the event are promised an in
teresting display.
' Tomorrow will be Alexis day. An
excellent card of races has been ar
ranged. The rain has proven bene
ficial instead of a hindrance. The
roads have been put in excellent con
dition and if sunshine is the rule for
th rest of the week, great crowd3 of
visitors are expected.
Rockfcr? Students Earn $22,736.
Kockford, 111., Sept. 16. Rockford
high school students earned $22,736
! during the summer vacation nearly
j $?,tO0 nror than last year. William
j Jackson led with, f 2S6.
Careful Pilot Is Crushed to
Death in 150-foot Drop at
Galesburg Fair.
Galesburg, 111., Sept 16. Aviator
Maximillian Liljenstrand, better known
asLjMavJUme, was, almost instantly
killed on the Galesburg district ' fair
grounds yesterday afternoon in the
presence of his wife and, 5,000 spec
tators as he was trying out his aero
plane preliminary to a flight later in
the day.
At the moment of the accident he
had been making a circle of the field
and was about 150 feet high. The ma
chine was 200 feet east of the grand
stand, occupying one of the seats of
! hich and ln ful1 view ot the machine
was his wife.
Just before he reached the grand
stand it appeared as if he was about
to alight in the crowd and evidently
he appeared to be afraid to come down
because of the crowd.
He then ascended some distance and
as he made a turn the north wind
caught the right wing of the machine
and caused it to snap and break. The
machine turned turtle and came down
with a crash, pinning Lillie to the
His wife started up from her seat
crying: "My God! lie is dead! He
is dead!"
Spectators rushed to the field and
lifted the unconscious form of the
aeronaut from the wreckage. He was
bleeding from the nose and mouth,
and the physician who examined him
said that nearly every bone in his
body was broken. He died within
three minutes of the time of the fall.
Mrs. Liljenstrand was so deeply af
fected when she saw the body that
she fainted. A physician's services
were required.
It was not determined last night
where the body of Lillie will be sent
for burial. The inquest will be held
this morning.
Maximillian Liljenstrand came to
this country from Sweden about 10
years ago and settled in St. Louis,
starting as a street laborer. Through
political influences there he opened the
Lillie Construction company and se
cured large street paving contracts.
About four years ago he entered
the aviation game, organizing the Pio
neer Aviation company. This organ
ization purchased a machine from the
Wright brothers and Andrew Drew,
who was killed last June, and Walter
Brookins were hired to fly in.it. They
entered the 1911 carnival on the Chi
cago lake front, but the profits from
the venture did not satisfy Lillie. He
discharged both men and two years ago
learned to fly himself at Kinloch field,
St. Louis.
The following year Lillie came to
Chicago and started the aviation
school at Cicero and, according to offi
cials of the Illinois Aero club, taught
more men to fly than any aviator in
the country. It is also said he carried
more passengers than any other bird
man. ' -
Just before he left with his wife for
Galesburg last Saturday, C. M. Bought,
who once flew for Lillie, wished him
good luck.
"That Isn't necessary," Lillie said;
"the worst that can happen to me is
a broken arm."
Recently he was testing the um
brella plane for Harold F. McCormick.
Lillie was 30 years old-
Woman Guardian of Husband.
Milwaukee, Wis, Sept. 16. Because
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he was judged incompetent of man
aging his own fortune, reported to
amount to $40,000, Judge Karel in the
county court here yesterday appointed
Mrs. Minna Knowles special guardian
for her husband, Richard Knowles.
Knowles refused to appear as a wit
ness in yesterday's hearing and was
declared in contempt of court. In
stead of fixing a fine or jail sentence
Judge aKrel immediately gave a de
cision in favor of the woman. .
Returns from Summer Home to
Find Legislation Progress
ing Nicely.
Washington, D. C, Sept. 16. Presi
dent Wilson returned from Cornish
today on a train an hour late. The
president found the administration
currency bill well on its way through
the house and tariff differences be
tween the house and senate well on
their way to settlement. Some ad
visors thought the tariff bill might
come before him for his signature
WiLier decorations were in place at
the White house and blazing hearth
fires greeted the president.
The first thing the president did
was to receive several hundred dele
gates to the international congress of
refrigeration. The president shook
hands with all, but made no speech.
Secretary Bryan had a conference
with him on Mexico.
Aberdeen, Miss., Sept. 16. In a fight
in which one used an axe and the other
a revolver, Dr. H. F. Broyles, Mis
sissippi state senator, and E. F. Hen
dericks, a Tennessee timberman, kill
ed each other near Greenwood Springs
this morning. '
Broyles started to repair a dam.
Hendricks interfered. As Hendricks
fired a revolver Broyles struck him in
the head with an axe and both fell
Brookline Field Limited to Half
the Entry List Notables in
the Match.
Brooklin. Mass.. Sept. 16. The 19th
ODen golf chamDionshin of the United
States started today. Today's field
was limited to half the entry list,
which reached the record of 170. Be
sides the interest aroused by the pres
ence of Vardon, Ray. Reid, Tellier, and
other foreign players, there' w as con
siderable speculation at the start as
to the probable standing Friday of
the Americans, McDermott, present
champion, and McNamara and Brady.
The starters will play a double round
of the course, then wait a day while
the second division of the field has its
innings tomorrow. Thursday the best
32 on each day will start the cus
tomary 72-hoIe medal play contest for
fh3 championship.
Surviving Participants in Mem
orable Battle Over Field
Some Foot Races.
Chattanooga. Tenn.. Sept. 16. Heavy
cloudstttvered over" Chattanooga .To'
day, the second of the 47th annual
encampment of the Grand Army of Re
public and Allied Organizations. The
feature today was the reunion of vet
erans who participated in the battle
of Chickamauga. These veterans
passed the morning in tours over the
The challenge for a 100-yard foot
race recently issued by Colonel K. L.
Smith, 69, of Detroit, Mich., a union
veteran, has been accepted by Pri
vate M. Wolf; aged 80, a local con
federate veteran, to take place Thurs
day. Smith is said to claim the veteran
championship of the United States for
any distance. Three other Union vet
erans announced they would contest
for championship honors with Smith
in a three-mile race. This race will
also take place Thursday. These vet
erans are George Howe, 70, Port
Huron, Mich.; Colonel S. G. Barnes, 69,
Pittsburgh, and William Heinshon, 69.
. Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 16. Over ten
thousand men have joined the strike
movement started by transport work'
j ers here and building and other trades
are greatly affected. There Is con
siderable suffering among the poorer
classes both in the Irish capital and
in other towns of the south of Ire
land owing to the rise in prices of
foods brought about by lack of trans
portation facilities.
Liverpool, Eng.", Sept. 16. The ef
fect of the transport workers' strike
in Dublin was felt on this side of the
Irish channel today when 3,000 work
ers at Liverpool docks and on various
railways struck in sympathy, refusing
to handle Irish goods.
All railway stations and the north
ern dock were made idle and great
piles of goods. Including large amounts
of provisions, which are badly needed
in Dublin and other parts of southern
Ireland, accumulated in the yards.
Three Robberies at Peoria.
Feoria, 111.. Sept. 16. The police to
day reported that three business
hoU8e? v-.er ntered by thieves some
I u,ue """5 naiuraay n;gnt. ine value
of the goods
taken is estimated at
Des Koines, Iowa, Sept 16. John j of six to nothing the city council ot
F. Wade, chairman of the Iowa board ! Zion City last night expelled Aldei
of control, died at his borne here early j man John H. Sayers and R. R- Owens,
today of apoplexy. Ke was a former .charged with misconduct In connection
state senator and a brother of ex-Con-i with the municipal election April 15,
gressman Martin Wade, national denvtl913. The aldermen were elected last
9cratic committeeman from Iowa. I spring on an Independent party ticket
Most Valuable Cluster in
World Picked Up in a
London Street.
Said to Have Been Destined for
Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt
When Stolen.
London, England, Sept. 16. A
workman this morning found on a
sidewalk practically entire a pearl neck
nace, valued at $625,000, stolen July
16 while in transit by mail from Paris
to London.
The man was going to work ln
Highbury, in the northern district of
London, when he noticed the pearls
lying in a heap, carelessly wrapped in
a piece of tissue paper. Picking them
up; he found there were 58, and took
them to the police station. He first
passed the pearls by, as he thought the
package merely a hall of waste naDer.
j He kicked it with his foot, felt some
thing inside, and decided to take a
closer look, and as a result found the
package contained a number of large
The necklace originally was com
posed of CI graduated pearls weighing
all together 1,250 grains. The center
nearl weighed over 47 grains. At
Scotland Yards, where the pearls
were taken, they were identified by
Max Meyer, a diamond merchant, who
owns them. The necklace is said to
be the most valuable ln the world. It
was rumored at the time of the theft
that the necklace was destined for
Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt. On Sept. 2
three Englishmen and two Austrians
were-arrested for trying to dispose of '
some pearls in London.
The reward of 150,000 will probably
go entirely to the workman.
Current opinion is that the thief who
had the jewels, realizing the imminence
of danger of arrest, "lost" the pearls
where they were discovered by the
workman. Only a single pearl forming
part of the necklace Is missing.
Judge Coster Orders Destruc
tion of 6,248 Bottles Seized
on Boat at Muscatine.
Muscatine, la., Sept 16. Ordr was
issued yesterday by Judge Coster for
the destruction of the 6,248 bottles of
beer seized on the raid of the steamer
Mississippi here two weeks ago and at
3 o'clock Constable William Haney
and a half dozen men started ln to
carry out the order.
The funeral procession consisted of
three hearses carrying the soldiers to
be executed and six executioners. A
secret place had to be secured to keep
away the curious and also thirsty
crowd and hither went the procession
in charge of Chief Undertaker Haney.
The mourners were numerous and
i many.
It certainly was a sad sight. The
beer bottles were all given broken
necks, the amber contents were al
lowed to filter Into the soil and thence
into a stream that flows near this
town and which is traversed by steam
boats for which for purpose of secrecy
is not named here. f
Each bottle was seized firmly ln
the hand (not tilted either) and then
brought in sharp contact with a rock
or a hammer. Tbi3 had a tendency
to break the bottles and thus was the
work of destruction accomplished.
Many volunteered to help but for
many reasons the kind offers of as
sistance were not accepted.
The boose has been lying in state
In the dog house next to the city bum
mery, under lock and key. Although
much booze has been destroyed in
Muscatine in the year gone by this
beer party is the saddest one ever
held here.
Say ers and Owens Found Guilty
of Misconduct in Connection
' With Election.
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