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Frightful Scene on a Crowded
Chicago Street.
Aflame from Head to Foot She Speed
Along I'ntil KxliauHted and Dying, Her
Clothes Burned Oft and Her Flesh
Roasted Five Honrs of Agony Relieved
by Death Graphic Description of the
Sickening Event Vain F.ft"ort of the
Chicago, Jan. 8. The sight of a young
gin enveloped in flames from head to foot
running along the street with hands ex
tended and screaming for some one to save
her was witnessed by pedestrians and resi
dents in the neighborhood of West Chi
cago and Milwaukee avenues last night.
The speed with which she ran fanned the
flames into such fierceness that scarcely a
vestige of her clothes remained when she
was picked from the middle of the street
halt-conscious. Those who witnessed the
awful sight vere so horrified that scarcely
a hand was lifted to assist her. She sank
to the ground from sheer exhaustion and
because the destroying element had
wrought such frightful injuries that, al
though frenzied with fear, she was unable
to proceed further iu her desperate race
from death.
Was Soon to Have Been a Bride.
The unfortunate woman's name was
Margaret Osterkamp. She was employed
as a domestic in the family of Charles
Kindlers, a baker, at 4S5 Milwaukee ave
nue. In a few weeks she was to have be
come the bride of Henry Weise, of 87 Fay
street. The only words that she uttered
after she had been carried into Kindler's
Louse from the street were in a request
that "Henry" be sent for. It was Henry
that she called on continually during the
five hours of agony that followed her awful
experience and it was that name that rested
on her lips when death relieved her suffer
ings. Cooking Supper at the Time.
Exactly how her clothes caught fire no
one will ever know. She was cooking sup
per for the family at the time, and there
was no one else in the kitchen but her mis
tress' infant boy. The front room of the
house is occupied by a store kept by Mr.
Kindlers. Between it and the kitchen is a
narrow hall flanked by bedrooms. It was
in the doorway of this hall entering into
the store that Miss Osterkamp was first
seen by any members of the family after
her clothing had caught tire. The store
was filled with customers at the time.
Mrs. Kindlers was waiting upon them, her
husband being away. The little stuffy
storeroom was but dimly lighted. The
flickering rays of one oil lamp produced all
the light by which Mrs. Kindlers made her
The Customers Fanic-Slrtick.
When the hall door was pushed open by
Margaret and she stood there in the center
of a column of fire that filled the narrow
hallway Mrs. Kindlers' customers fled into
the street horror-stricken and she herself
was transfixed to the floor. The weird
eight looked more like a manifestation of
the supernatural than a human being
meeting her fate. Mrs. Kindlers did not
realize what she saw until Margaret ran
across the store and back through the bed
room into the kitchen, screaming as she
ran, "Mrs. Kindlers, save me. Firel Fire!"
Mrs. Kindlers followed her back to the
kitchen, and as she ran after her snatched
a blanket from one of the beds.
Saved by Her Mother The Doomed Girl's
Terrible Race. ' '
Margaret was driven to desperation by
this time, and increasing torment drove
her to race along the hallway again, into
the store and out through the door left
ajar by those who had fled in dismay at
her appearance. Mrs. Kindler's attempt
to catch the burning woman was
brought to an abrupt end by a sight that
met her gaze in the kitchen. On the floor
was seated her baby. Surrounding him on
all sides were burning fragments of Miss
Osterkamp's clothing that had dropped off
as she rushed past him or had been torn
off in her frantic efforts to extinguish the
fire. The baby's clothing had already
caught fire when its mother made her ap
pearance, r Clasping him to her bosom she
saved him from death.
Vain Efforts to Save Her.
The four corners made by the intersec
tion of Milwaukee and West Chicago ave
nues were crowded at the time that Mar
garet ran into the street. After the first
instant of surprise had passed a general
alarm of fire was raised. This cry reached
the officers in the police station and the
firemen of truck No. 19. a few doors west
on West Chicago avenue. By this time a
number of men had tried to catch the
woman. Officers and firemen with hand
chemicals joined in the attempt. Women
fainted at the sight and strong men turned
their faces away. She first rau north, then
back again almost .'to - Chicago avenue,
where she again turned and continued her
flight until iu front of her place of employ
ment , :
Like H anted and Wounded Deer.
Here she circled round and round like a
deer fatally wounded by a hunter, and
then sank to the ground limp, the burnt
flesh literally falling off in places. She had
been incinerated alive. She was burnt on
every inch' of her body from bur head to
her feet. The few tatters of her clothes
that still hung to ber body crumbled away
as she was being picked up and her shoes
fell from her feet as she was being carried
into the house. , Dr. C. BerUchnigen did
all he could to allay her. terrible agonies,
but saw that she could not possibly live
and advised that she be taken to the county
hospital, where she died.
Mr. Wainfleet, a parson at Molesworth,
Me., is the poorest paid,, preacher in the
country. He strives to prolong life on the
tlender salary of three dollars a week
lie Talks This Time of "Progress" and Is
Toloiatit of Cannibalism.
New Yokk. Jan. 3. 'Bob" Ingersoll has
written a pw lecture which he calls ''Pro
gress." He delivered it at the Broadway
theatre Surdi.y night. In it he said: "In
the beginning our ancestors dwelt in dens
and caven, gnu wing bones and digging the
roots of herbs for food. People nowadays
hold up tlitir hands in horror at the idea of
man eating his fellows, as happened in the
past, but in my opinion he fared very well.
What better subjects for food could he
have found? !f he must live on his fellow
man, that's t je best way of doing it."
Some I"o!l irnl Changes He Wants.
He advocate 1 restricting the right of the
franchise to tie owners of homes and pass
ing laws for encouraging the establish
ment of homes which, he said, were the
nation's greatest need. He wanted laws
passed also th it would prevent us becom
ing a race of landlords and tenants; that
would compel landlords to sell all the land
they had aud tddn't need. He referred to
the Briggs anc Mclilynn cases as showing
that the Komf n Catholic and Presbyterian
churches wer progressing and expected
that soon the latter body would receive
him into its fold.
He Has Good and Bad Days, but Has Not
Had a Relapse.
Washington Jan. 3. "Mr. Blaine is not
as well as ho was yesterday," said Dr. John
ston last evening. "Mr. Blaine is about the
same." This was what the attendant at
Mr. Blaine's r vidence said. "Mr. Blaine,"
Dr. Johnston said, "has not, however, suf
fered a relapsf , such as that which occurred
fifteen days ao. Mr. Blaine is simply not
as well as he was Sunday. Yesterday he
was feeling v ry good. Mr. Blaine has his
good and his 1 ad days, like most other in
valids. There is nothing in his present con
dition to excit i alarm and I do not expect
to see him ag.iin to-night." There was a
rumor on the street last evening that Mr.
Blaine had suiTered a relapse, but later in
telligence had a reassuring effect and it is
not thought that anything serious threat
ens him.
Which Are Respectfully Referred to the
Declaration of Independence.
Spiunufielh, O., Jan. X There was
great excitenu nt at West Liberty yester
day over the discovery that a whitecap no
tice ordering nil negroes to leave the town
had been post -d in prominent places dur
ing the night. A mob attempted to lynch
Grant Jacksoi , a mulatto who-eloped with
Bessie Hinkle, a pretty white waitress at
the Grand Union hotel here, but he es
caped to the woods. A terrible outbreak is
feared. Jackson was tarred and feathered
last week by tie citizens of West Liberty,
but he returned in spite of warnings, with
the above result.
Said to V ave Killed Miss Ay em.
SAcr.AMF.XTo.Cal., Jan. 3. The author
ities here have just received news of a sen
sational chara :ter implicating George Jef
fries, a Southc-m Pacific railway engineer,
in the murder of Miss Ayres at Brighton.
The detectives learned that Jeffries, who
has a wife and two children in Oakland,
was married 1 i Miss Ayers on July 8 last
under an assu ned name. She thought he
was unmarried, and it is reported that her
discovery of his perfidy and her threat to
expose him lec to her murder. Jeffries has
been arrested.
Dressed In the Warden's Good Clothes.
CoLUMBt-s. O., Jan. 3. While the offi
cers and prisoners of the Ohio penitentiary
were witnessing a minstrel performance
by convict am.iteurs Sunday Charles Mey
ers a Cincinn tti pickpocket serving four
years, and The mas Wing, a burglar from
the same plac , escaped through the roof,
and descendit g through the warden's
apartments donned each a suit of the war
den's clothes and walked out past the
front guard, w ho took them to be visitors.
They were cat lured after a lively chase of
ten miles.
And the Groom Is Still Missing.
Kkosauqua. Ia., Jan. 3. Quite a social
sensation has been stirred up at Mt. Zion
by Arthur Ct leman's disappearance at a
most inopportune time. He had success
fully wooed the charming daughter of the
postmaster, Miss Myrtle Ager, and a
sumptuous wedding was prepared for
Wednesday night. Everything was iu
waiting, but the groom failed to put in an
appearance. Vhe guests waited till the
midnight trai n, but the groom was still
missing and h is not yet been heard from.
Had 800,4K0 Gold In Salted Down.
New Yobk, Jan. 8. When the property
left by the lato Wilson G. Hunt was over
hauled by his executors they found $800,000
in gold coin. The purpose of the old mil
lionaire in keeping such a large amount of
money lying idle will probably neverJbe
definitely known, but is generally conceded
to nave been because he knew srold was
safe to be wort h its "face," while he was
afraid of silver and paper under the manip
ulati jn of a co agression al majority.
Lied on the Worthy Couple.
WASHtNCTO, Jan. 3. It is stated at the
interior department that there was no
truth in the published statement that Dr.
Eastman, the aseucy physician at Pine
Ridge, and his wife had been dismissed by
Captain Brown, the agent.
The Reward Should Fetch 'Em.
VlBOQCA, Wis., Jan. 8. A reward of
$300 was offer k1 yesterday for the capture
of the robbers who held up County Treas
urer Johnson Saturday night. No clew as
to their identity has been secured, neither
has any trace of their movements.
Deatli Cheats the Sheriff.
South Haaex, Mich., Jan. 8. Nature
has cheated both justice and Judge Lynch
in the case of Andrew Blank, the Covert
wife murderer. While the people were
talking of stringing him up to a lamp post
and the authorities were arranging evi
dence death seized him.
An Alaska Miner Sure He Has
Located Him;
Story That the Rel Murderer of Million
aire Knell Is a Terson of Wealth Who
Pays the Suspect for Assuming the Bur
den Not Credited by Windy City
Sleuths Evidence They Have Theory
That 'the Alleged Murderer lias Been
Killed by Accomplices.
Spokaxe, Wash., Jan. 3. The where
abouts of Tascott, the alleged murderer of
Banker Snell, of Chicago, whom the de
tectives have unsuccessfully sought for
years has undoubtedly been located in
Alaska. Jules Beauvais, the well-known
and reliable mining man and owner of sev
eral rich mines in Slocan county, is stop
ping in this city for a few days, havirg re
cently returned from Alaska, where he is
interested in several mining properties. To
a reporter he said he spent all last summer
in Alaska. On various occasions in Sitka,
Juneau and other places he saw and con
versed with William B. Tascott, accused
of the murder of Snell. "I knew him per
sonally while living iu Chicago," said
Beauvais, 'and when I first met him in
Sitka he recognized me and I did him. I
had a talk with him on various subjects.
A Subject lie Doesn't Like.
"When I mentioned his connection with
the murder of Suell he appeared to dislike
to talk, and while he answered questions
on the subject without hesitation, he
would quickly change the conversation
into other channels." Beauvais related
further that Tascott had been in Alaska
nearly all the time since the murder, and
makes no pretence of concealing his iden
tity. He has made a little money at times
prospecting and dabbling in mining prop
erty, but during the past summer was
hard up and drinking heavily. Beauvais gave
him money on several occasions. Tascott
said that the mystery of the murder would
soon be cleared up and then he will have
plenty of money.
Sensational Tart of the Story.
Tascott and his connection with the
murder is well known to many miners in
Alaska, and in conversation at various
times with different men he has always in
timated that the murder was perpetrated
by a person of wealth and influence, and
the general inference is that Tascott was
heavily bribed to take upon his own shoul
ders the odium of another's crime. Beau
vais, when asked if it was possible that he
was mistaken in Tascott's identity, said:
"It is impossible for me to be mistaken in
the man, for I know him quite well." Beau
vais is a well-known and responsible min
ing man in this city and all vouch for his
reliability and truthfulness.
The Evidence They Have of the Guilt of
Tascott Himself.
Chicago, Jan. 3. The police do not be
lieve the story telegraphed from the north
west that William Tascott, the supposed
murderer of Millionaire Snell, is in Alaska,
or the story originating here that well
known Chicagoaus and not Tascot t were
the murderers. Sihe pursuit of young Tas
cott has never been abandoned, and Inspec
tor Ross, who has had charge of the case,
yesterday made public some of the evidence
in his possession on which he bases his be
lief that Tascott is the murderer. In the
office of custodian of police property are a
small russett leather hand-bag, a plain
gold rinu with a ruby setting ami a pile of
shirts and other clothing marked "W. B.T."
Jennie Was Not To Re Hired.
The goods were recovered in a St. Paul
pawn shop a few months after the murder
was committed and the police believe
themselves to have leen a few days behind
the hunted men at that time. The story
related by Inspector Ross described an
offer by the police department to place
Jennie Clifford, a woman with whom Tas
cott had been intimately connected, on the
secret service pay-roll in order that she
might follow the then newly-developed
clew. The offer was refused. According
to the story told yesterday Tascott spent
the early part of the night before the Snell
murder in the Clifford woman's house. He
brought with him the hand-bag now in the
custodian's office containing a pearl
handled revolver and a number of drills.
Frightened Her Into Silence.
During the night the Clifford woman ex
amined the sachel, and being detected at
the work by Tascott was frightened into
silence concerning its content. Shortly
after midnight, the story goes, Tascott left
the Clifford woman, taking with him the
small valise. Its contents were found next
morning in the Snell house on Washing
ton boulevard. They were identified by
Tascott's mistress. Some weeks later the
police had traced Tascott to St Paul and
found that he had disposed of the sachel,
some of his clothes and a few books ell a
pawnshop. They were fully identified by
the Clifford woman and friends of the miss
ing man.
Theory of Tascott's Fate.
A theory that has been vouched for on
good authority by friends of the missing man
is that he was killed by emissaries of those
interested in Snell's death. They admit
that the route mapped out by the police
department as that taken by Tascott is
correct They think, however, that the
fugitive never reached Winnipeg, although
that was his probable destination. They
maintain that he was overtaken and killed
in the northwestern part of Minnesota.
His body, they claim, is concealed some
where in the unsettled parts of the state,
and they blame his accomplice? in Chicago
for bis inexplicable disappearance.
"Bud" Kipling Is a Daddy.
New York, Jan. 8. A daughter was
born last Thursday to MrsRudyard Kip
ling, the wife of the well-known writer,
who is spending the winter at Brattleboro,
Vt Mrs. Kipling was Miss Carolyn Bales
tier, sister of C. Wolcott Balestier. the
writer and collaborateur with Mr. Kipling.
Death of an Eminent Instructor.
BOSTON, Jan. 3. Professor Norton Hors
ford, the eminent Harvard instructor iu
chemistry, the benefactor of Wellesly col
lege and archologist, died Sunday in
Cambridge, Mass. Professor Horsford was
born in Moscow, Livingston county, N. Y..
July 27, 1818.
The Great Inaugural Ball. .
Washington, Jan 3.. The place of hold
ing the inaugural ball next March, about
which there has been some discussion in
the past two weeks, has been settled. Sec
retary Noble has given the inauguration
committee permission to use the pension
bureau for the event
Shown our great mark down sale on cloaks, jackets and new markets last week hv
induced us to throw out 100 MORE (one-hundred) Misses' and Children's Si
on our half price counter. These remember are to be sold at iust ONE HAT K tv,
price we have been selling them all season. ine
Of about 50 (fifty) 50 ladies garments of various kinds. Not all the latest 1
some from last vear. some from the season hefnt-p Imt oil .1 le.-,.
ii 7 .1 1 ti rm trarrnents .n.i
cm en inv. u1111v.cn jl iuh jjiiv.v- ui ji cipicv.c, wiiiie mey last, take your nick
One lot 65 ladies' newmarkets (carried over) $2 apiece, heavy .warm and subsrm
. - . -..v.... tun uC UU
when the present lots are closed
o clock.
Sale begins promptly on Tuesday mornim
at 8:30
One lot gray fancy stripe jackets, vary latest
style, down to J3.S7.
One lot brown mixed, P'eat back, new warn),
hesvy melton jackets, have been selling at $9 50,
bought too many, ani will close what we have
lift at $5.67 a piece,
' Yon will not Fee men values offered again this
year or next.
A big miscellaneous lot of black reef er j icketa
with fur collars, fur edged or fur faced. Were
$.", were $6, ioms were $6.50, tome and fT.SSO.
All, ail, marked down to one priee J3.62. The beet
of there will be likely to go fast.
We fini we now have some 900 garments on
hnd. Mnny more than we expected would be
left on January 1, and in order to make quick
sales and get sharp returns we have carved and
cut prices nearly all along the line. Russian
blousee, worth $9 we close at $3.63. Tbose worth
$7 50 go at 3.6J. Lots o! jickets marked down
from $10 to $7. 50 and from $14 to $9.
One lot plain black reefer Jackets, are all good,
and every one would tell at the price we ate now
asking for them, bnt for special purposes and to
strengthen this advertisement we will stll the lol
(only ooe to each customer) at $2 25. Make early
selectfons. High priced garments all shaded
flown, some a quarter off. others one third off, and
still others at one half price.
It was our good fortune the other day to buy
some 250 pairs bed blankets with a discount of 20
per cent be?ow early prices. Our good fortune Is
your', for this saving all goes to our customers.
Nearly the entire !ot are gre? and colored blan
ket and the mot deeirable lot of merchandise
we have had this season. Another exceptional
opportunity was on 13 bales of lied Comfort,
which we are In pos tion to sell ju-t 17 par cent
below early prices. This is is something that
should interest all intending bujers, as It shows
just so much clear ca-h in your pockets.
Something Ne v. A larjre lot of all wool scar
let twi:i flannel by the pound.
Lot One-Heavy twill, pure cochiieal scarlet
dye, in lengths two to five yd, at 4c an ounce or
61c a pound.
Lot Two rinc and heavy pare soa let twlil
excelledt quality, firm and strong. 3c per ounce or
80c a pound.
1720, 1722 and 1724 Second Avenue.
A Tramp Murderously Avtautt a Farmer
and Ilia Wife.
Fknton", Mich., Jan. 3. An atrocious
crime was committed early Sunday even
ing at the house of La ton Uoeh, a farmer
living one mile east of llurand. About
two weeks atro Jxecli employed a tramp
named MclJuire to do chores. Sunday Mc
Gu ire, on the pretext of securing rabbits,
prevailed upon Leech to accompany him to
the woids. After poing a short distanx'
McCuire struck Leech on the back of the
head with an axe, fulling him to the
ground. After striking Leech several
more blows Meliuire dragged his victim to
the barn and returned to the house.
All Done for Forty Doller.
He there secured a pun and shot Mrs.
Leech through the back portion of the
neck. After assaulting her the fiend de
parted, leaving the woman in an uncon
scious condition. Mrs. ,eech did not re
gain consciousness until Monday morning,
when she aroused the neighlorhood. Great
excitement prevails and if caught McGuire
will probably lie lvnched. Mr. Ieech is
still unconscious and there is little hope of
m recovery. Kotii-ry was tbe incentive
of the crime, but McGuire secured only $40.
Their Ocalh the Result of a Choleraic
Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 8. Dr. J. J.
Robertson, penitentiary physician, returned
yesterday from St. Louis bringing the re
port of Dr. Curtman, who has been hold
ing tests for three days of the viscera taken
from the bodies of two dead convicts. Dr.
Curtman held eight testa, each one result
ing the same, showing the absence of ar
senic. This settles the poisoning theory,
and now every one believes the disease
among the convicts is a type of cholera.
Dr. Putnam Dickinson believes that the
disease is not contagious or infections, bnt
was caused by drinking contaminated
water or some similar entrance of organic
Bought Vp 300 MUca of River.
Cincinnati, Jan. 3 The Chesapeake
and Ohio railroad has made a bold and
winning stroke. Quietly for months it has
been securing all the important ferries on
the Ohio and Kanawha rivers from Char
leston to Cincinnati. In addition it is
given out on excellent authority that they
have secured control of every steamboat
line navigatina the two rivers except the
White Collar line.and they are negotiating
for that.
What Morgan Thinks of Veat.
Washixgtox. Jan. 3. As the disnatehea
have given what Senator Vest thinks of
Indian Commissioner Morgan, it is only
fair that they should give what Morgan
thinks of Vest. Morgan's comment ou
Vest's letter in which the former la oalii
a "narrow-minded bigot" was: "I have no
respect lor senator V est personally, and I
have no respect for his opinion on any
Frightful Accident to a Boy.
Vandalia, 111., Jan. 3. Frank H.
Brown, residing four miles west of here.
was loading straw into a wagon when his
14-year-old son approached him unobserved
Just as his father raised the pitchfork and
was struck with full force, a tine of the
fork entering the boy's left eye, tearing it
uoui its socttet.
The Long and Short of It.
ST. Louis, Jan. 3. Walter H. Martin, a
manufacturer of wire ornaments, 6 feet
and 1 inch tall, 50 years old, gray haired
and very wealthy, married here Sun
day at the residence of the bride's parents
Tina May Smith, 14 years old and small
for her age. The Smiths are well-to-do
Cleveland NaiU a Bomance.
New York, Jan. 3. Referring to the re
port that he was a member of a syndicate
that was buying St. Louis railways, Cleve
land said yesterday: "It is a lie made np
of the whole cloth. I have not invested
any money in the manner stated, and I do
not intend to go into railway speculation.
My Uma will be too much occupied In the
near future to allow me to enter Into specu
lation even U I deseed ip, which I do not."
You wish a piece of Diamond Jewelry,
You wish a Wa tch,
You wish a Clock,
You wish a Fiae Pin,
You wish a pair of Ear Kings,
You wish something in Solid Silver,
You wish a pair of Opera Glasses,
You wish a pair of Gold Spectacles,
You wish anything in our line
You can surely find it at
Tnird and Brady Sts., Davenport, Iowa.
jV iwV jS i"V
Mni.iui rviixirm i
-Bedropm Suits-
Nevbe heard of prices,
1809 and 1811 Second Avenue.
mw. Second Street. DAYEXPORMOWi

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