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The Madison daily leader. [volume] (Madison, S.D.) 1890-current, July 29, 1909, Image 1

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Thaw Acquits Himself Ad
mirably on the Stand.
Undergoes Trying Ordeal to the Sat
isfaction of His Attorneys and
Friends—Insists That He Is Sane
and Always Has Been With the
Possible Exception of the Brief Pe
riod When Hs Killed White.
White Plains, N. Y., July 29.—Harry
K. Thaw, on the stand In his hear
ing for release from Matteawan asy
lum for the criminal insane, under
went an all-day examination at the
hands of District Attorney Jerome
and acquitted himself to the satisfac
tion of hi( attorneys and friends. He
answered the rapidfire questions of
Mr. .1
croiue calmly and at no time dur
ing his long ordeal was his demeanor
other than that of an ordinary wit
On his way to take the stand Thaw
stopped to kiss his aged mother.
Then he settled back in the-witness
chair and in a low but steady voice
began his duel with District Attor
ney Jerome. Thaw's very first state
ment made a sensation in the court
"I believe," he said, "that in acquit
ting me the Jury was largely in
fluenced by the belief that Stanford
White deserved his fate. Another rea
son I was acquitted was, I believe, be
cause the attorneys on both sides told
the jury that my act was caused by
certain delusions."
Then District Attorney Jerome be
"You are a gentleman and an edu
eated man?" he asked.
A Gentleman and SstoMr.
The witness nodded.
"You believe that a gentleman
should de fend JiIb honor?"
"And If you committed an act in the
deleoaeof your honor would you con-
slder you If Jnatiflcil In committing
perjuty to i .cap.' the couseq lences of
your act?"
"No," rc,it 4 Thaw, staking his
^/Ibsolutely Vure
The Only Baking Powder
made from
Royal Grape Cream of Tartar
—made from Grapes—
Royal Balnng Powder has not its counterpart at
home or abroad. Its qualities, which make the
food nutritious and healthful, are peculiar to itself
and are not constituent in other leavening agents.
K I I V I i I 1 1 1
"They could hardly be called les
sens," said Thaw, smiling. "I talked
with one four or five times."
"Did you ever think that Stanford
White exerted a hypnotic influence
over Miss Evelyn Nesbit?"
"From her remarks 1 thought such
a thing possible. At least he certain
ly had a very strong influence over
Jerome examined Thaw at length
on the testimony given at the trial
regarding Thaw's alleged hallucina
tion that a number of little girls were
locked up in the jail where he was
confined when first arrested.
Declares It Is RubMih.
That's rubbish," *.iid Thaw. 1
Then, did you, dominated by this
idea of noblesse oblige, allow Mr. Lit
tleton (Thaw's attorney) to put this
in evidence?"
"I told him not to, bat he insisted
on using it."
Did your wife reproach you for
lashing these women regarding whom
Mrs. Merrill testified and say she
could get a divorce on that ground,
and did you tell her that she could
not?" asked Jerome.
Are von willing that we should call
|er here us a witness against you?"
Thaw hesitati and his attorney in
terposed an objection, declaring that
he insisted upon the privilege of the
domestic relation, under which he
could keep Evelyn Nesbit Thaw off
the stand.
"Did you ever write a letter to your
wife containing an Improper draw
ing?" asked Mr. Jerome.
On objection of Thaw's counsel the
question was not answered and a le
gal tilt between counsel ensued re
tarding Mr. Jerome'* right to intro
duce a letter written by Thaw to his
Mr. Morschauser, for Thaw, Insist
ed that letters between a husband and
wife were sacred and confidential.
Justice Mills postponed his ruling and
the letter was held up for the pres
Jerome then questioned Thaw abotft
his life at Matteawan. The witness
said he was in a ward with fifty-seven
"Do you believe you have always
been sane?"
"I have always been Mite medlcal
"Could a stranger tell in five min
utes' conversation whether or not you
were crazy?"
"Yes, if he were accustomed to ex
amine lunatics."
"How about Dr. Evans? He at
your trial that you were afflicted with
Takes a Rap at Jerome.
*Ur. Evans,'' replied Thaw after ft
little thought, "was misled. He was
told by Mr. Jerom-i and those con
nected with his office that everything
I said was untrue.'1
"Were you ever fBWMtf" asked
I may have been at one time for a
few moments."
"Were you crazy when you killed
Stanford White?"
"I think I was legally crazy, but I
may be mistaken."
"Do you think you did a wicked
thing in killing him?"
"I do."
"Then why did you kill him?"
"Probably for what he did ta WJT
Jerome then reviewed Thaw's fre
quent change of counsel. The wit
ness explained that his disagreement
with the firm of Hlack, Qruber &
Olcott was due to their determination
to try to acquit him on the ground of
insanity, when he knew he was not
insane. Ho admitted, however, that
he might have been insane for a brief
Interval when he kilUd White.
"You must remember," he remarked,
TLe !rt attorru- abandoned
"that these lawyers were influenced in
hatlcif rugni'^lw mo winntflt
dition because they were told that tl
charges I made against White wer-
unt rue."
"Rut were they tree?" demanded
"They were," replied Thaw firmly.
As he left the stand at the noon
recess Dr. Riitton D. Evans nnd Mr.
Morschauser seized Thaw's hand and
said that Thaw had acquitted himself
splendidly. The prisoner went back
to the jail for his luncheon smiling.
First Evidence of Excitement.
The first evidence given by Thaw
of any excitement was when Jerome
probed into the events leading up to
the shooting of White and questioned
him regarding hl3 early relations with
Evelyn Nesbit. The witness measured
his words carefully, with an evident
desire to present this part of his ca
reer in the best possible light. At
this moment Evelyn Nesbit Thaw her
self slid into the seat among the wit
nesses. If Jerome had planned her
appearance to confuse the witness he
could not have brought her In at a
more telling juncture.
Ww. WmWMP*
Thaw insisted that Miss Nesbit was
well taken can of in Europe and in
Paris. He said her chaperone was
the same who two years later hail
gone abroad with the daughters of one
of the most prominent financiers in
the United States. He recalled his
anxiety to marry her and repeated the
story of her reluctance for reasons as
soeiated with her alleged treatment
by White.
Thaw seized the chance to display
his keenness when Jerome, in read
lng one of his letters, made a mistake
in an algebraic question it contained.
Thaw said that the record was wrong
and read from the original letter the
mathematical expression as it should
Senator 8tone Acquitted of Attack on
Negro Waiter.
Baltimore, July 29.—Senator Wil
liam J. Stone of Missouri appeared In
the Central district police court hero
to answer to the charge of assaultlag
Lawrence G. Brown, a negro waiter
on a Pennsylvania railroad train on
which the senator was traveling from
Philadelphia to Washington.
Justice Grannan, after hearing the
evidence, which included a statement
by Senator Stone, decided that the as
sault was justifiable and dismissed
the rase.
Will Support Scotch Brethren
in Their Fight.
London, July 29.—Balloting by the
members of the Miners' Confederation
of Great Britain to decide whether or
not a national strike should be de
clared in support of the Scottish mln
ers, who are resisting a wage reduc
tion of 6 pence a day, has been con
cluded. The ballot resulted In 518,
361 votes in favor of a general strike.
Only fi2,980 voted against.
This unmistakable determination of
the men to support their Scottish col
leagues and the apparently equally de
termined refusal of the employers to
agree to the miners' terms renders
the work of intermediary difficult.
Another conference between the em
ployers and the men will be held at
the board of trade under the chair
manship of Winston Spencer Church
Ill and unless a compromise is then
reached a general industrial upheaval
appears inevitable.
Said to Resemble Jack Simpson.
The Dalles, Ore.. July 29.—A man
said to resemble Jack Simpson, want
ed at Boise, Iduho, to answer to a
charge of complicity In the murder of
former Governor Steunenberg, is un
der arrest hero. The man arrested
Urn #MM «f Nete Neteoa.
Evelyn Neshit Thaw May Use
dence of Mrs. Merrill.
New York, July 29.—The startling
story told at White Plains by Mrs.
Susan A. Merrill about the whipping
of naked girls by Harry K. Thaw, now
before Justice Mills In a proceeding
to ascertain whether the slayer of
Stanford White is sane, may be used
by Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw,
as grounds for a divorce. She showed
much resentful agitation when Mrs.
Merrill related her story and later a
reporter asked her why she had ex
hibited so much excitement.
"Doesn't it mak-j the grandest di
vorce ca3? for me you ever heard of?"
she replied. "I know it Is all true.
I found it out myself. But I found
It out only lately and that Is why I
quarreled with my husband and why
I will no longer give him my aid."
Mrs. Merrill, after relating that
more than 200 girls called on Thaw
in answer to advertisements for cho
rus girls and actresses, said that sli
had seen Thaw lash partly nude girls
with a dog whip, which was exhibited
in court, and with a riding crop and
another whip.
Emphatic Ag Proposed
Duty on
President Declares That He Will In
sist on Not Over $1.25 and Is Pre
pared to 8tay in Washington as
Long as Necessary to Secure a Sat
isfactory Bill—Also Objects to
Agreement on Glove Schedule.
Washington, July 29.—Congression
al visitors to the White House report
ed that President Tafe is not satisfied
with the supposed agi cement of the
house and senate tariff conferees. Mr.
Taft Is said to have expressed him
self in emphatc terms regarding lum
ber and to have declared that he
would insist that th$ rate on rough
lumber should not go over $1.25.
It was reported that a rate of $1.R0
had been agreed upon, but members
of the house conference committee
and other representatives hurried to
the White House to say that with the
president's help they would stand out
for the lower figure.
The president also made his posi
tion clear on the glove schedule. The
house raised the rates on the better
class of gloves far above the, Dingley
bill figures. The excuse for this was
that a strong effort Is betng made in
this country to build up a glove in
dustry. The senate cut the house
rates materially and in this instance
the president finds himself on the side
of the senate. He was insistent, ac
cording to his callers, that the senate
rutes should be accepted. Strong In
fluences are at work in the house to
keep the rates up, but, as was the
case with hides, a number of the sen
ators and representatives who saw the
president declared that he would win
his point if he persisted.
President Taft is willing to stay in
Washington as long as anybody else
provided he can get a satisfactory bill
In the end and the prospect of a de
lay in beginning his summer vacation
is said to disturb him no longer.
Senator La Foliwtte talked with the
president regarding the necessity of
establishing a commission of experts
to get at the facts of the tariff and to
inform congress. The president, it
was said, is strongly in favor of a
commission and had hoped that the
present tariff bill would carry one.
As matters. now stand the bill will
authorize the president to appoint a
commission to assist him solely in
administering the maximum and mini
mum provisions of the bilL
Lumber the Subject Now Under Dis
Washington, July 29.—That hides
have been traded for lumber In the
preparation of the report on the tar
iff bill was reiterated about the Cap
itol in connection with the report that
the tarifT conferees had agreed to the
retention of the senate rate of $1.50
per thousand on rough lumber.
When the conferees met they took
up the glove schedule, but the action
I was largely perfunctory, as it prac
i tically was agreed that the house in
creases should prevail. In both
houses, around the conference room
and even in the minds of the con
ferees the lumber question was much
more pertinent than the glove ques
Meantime the pot was boiling along
the Northwest border. Senators Nel
son and Clapp in one end of the build
ing and Representative Tawney in
the other were stirring it. They, as
well as many other senators and rep
resentatives, were quite incensed over
the change that had been made and
many assertions were heard that no
report for a higher rate on lumber
than the house had fixed could be
adopted by the house.
It was believed to be different In
the senate. The low lumber men of
the senate generally had been anions
the insurgents who had voted against
the bill originally and they were hope
less of preventing the adoption of the
conference re|ort in that body. This
Ftate of mind was due largely to the
fact that they did not believe the hide
men would stand with them In oppo
sition to the report
Reyes' Successor Will Be Chosen on
Aug. 3.
Bogota, Colombia, July 29.—The
resignation of President Reyes was
presented to the Colombian senate
and unanimously accepted. August 3
was fixed as the date for the election
of his successor to finish the consti
tutional period which ends Aug. 7,
Cholera Situation Causes PattfB nt
Polotsk, Russia.
St. Petersburg, July 29.—Dispatch
received from Polotok, in the govern
mcnt of Vlti i.sk. the only city in Rus
sia aside from St. Petersburg whet
the eh olera has made much headwn\.
say that Polotsk is in full panic owin
to the Insufficiency of the sanitary ail
ministration and the shortage of phy
sicians. Forty cases, of cholera are
ported daily and to cone with this si*
uation there are only five doctoi
Many stores have been closed and nn
well to do persons are fleeing from t).
Spanish Batteries Bombarding
Camps ot the Enemy.
MMflta, Morocco, July 89.—Th"
Spanish batteries are ceaseless I v
bombarding the camps of the Kahy!
tribesmen at the foot of Mount Gu
ruga. Several of the camps have
been burned, but It is the concensus
of opinion here that until the Moors
are dislodged from Mount Gurufa.
which is 3,000 feet high and domlnat'
the entire peninsula, the Spanish ]«i
sitions around Melilla will be con
Ftnntly threatened. To accomplish
this object it is intimated that 2"..
000 men will be required.
The facilities for treating the
wounded here are utterly
A theater ijas been converted into a
Oraa, Algeria, July 29.—Reports
from Melilla are very pessimisti
General Mariana, head of the Span!
troops there, is described as being
tremely unpopular with his men. The
camp at Sidi Mura and Mount Atai i
you, w here the Spanish dead w
buried wher-3 they fell, are threatened
with epidemic.
Jeffrlee Pests a Forfeit of $5,000 in
New York City.
New York, July 29.—James J. Jeff
ries posted a forfeit of |5,000 with
Robert iSdgren, a sporting writer,
evidence of good faith to meet Ja»
Johnson in defense of the heavy
weight championship title. Johnson
claims the title by virtue of a victory
ovei Tommy Buruns in Australia last
Jeffries had planned to post the for
felt a few days prior to his departure
to Europe, but decided quickly after
reaching here that the sooner the un
certainty regarding the matter wn
settled the better It would be.
"I have posted this sum," said Jeff
rie.s," to show my friends that I am
In earnest in my declaration that I am
willing to defend the title of heavy
weight champion in a fight wttb Jack
Union Pacific Stock Makes New
High Record.
New York, July 29.—The feature of
the stock market at the opening wa«
by Union Pacific commot
to a now high record above the
mark. On Jules of fi,00(» shares at the
opening th stock sold from 199% to
200%. United States Steel common's
response to the Increased dividend
was an advance of one-half point on
sales of 1,100 shares. The r«st of the
list was active and strong.
Laughs Himself to Death.
Chicago, July 29.—Owen Rowley,
forty years old, laughed himself to
I death. His cousin, Edward Rowley,
cracked a joke while they were sitting
on an iron railing at Wells and Indf
I ana streets and Owen's spasm of
I mirth hook him ofT into the
ment, fifteen fret below.
Your choice of Roond or Oblong
Rose Decorated Vegetable Dishes
Regular 25c values. z
Peter Marquart
Madison State Bank
Insolvent Alaskan Railroad to Be Sold
by Order of Court
Seattle, July 29.—The insolvent
Alaska Central railroad, when It is
sold by order of court this fall, will
become the property of the bondhold
ers, among whom Is J. P. Morgan, the
principal factor In the Copper River
and Northwestern railroad, in con
struction of which 3,000 men are now
at work.
The Alaska Central Is projected to
run from Seward, on the coast, to the
Yukon river and there are large coal
fields along the route. Fifty-three
miles have been built but are not be
ing operated.
Machinist Earning $15 a Week Passed^
as Wealthy Man.
New York, July 2,J.--BenJamln Nit
tlnger, who was found dead with a
bullet in his brain in Newark, N. J.,
on Sunday night, the eve of his mar
riage. is now believed by the police to
have committed suicide instead off
having been murdered.
The young woman to whom he was
•ngaged declared that he had repre
sented himself as being wealthy and
that immediately after the wedding
ceremony he was to have taken her to
a 110,000 home which he said he had
provided at Elizabeth, N. J.
The police have learned that Nit
tlnger was a machinist, earning less
than $15 a week, and that instead of
being wealthy he had
had ft hSfd
to support himself.
& Son
Clement Walks,
Foundations, Bridges,
Culverts, anything
and everything
Guaranteed CemeUt
or Leave Order# With Hackett & Sutton
Green 263
Vice President
I Magnets to Clean Roads.
Bond nnthorlties nre Interested
as to the
ill 1
novel miicliinc now being tested out
on race cc urses in France. The ma
chine is n two wheel vehicle with elec
tric magnets suspended close to the
ground from the axle, which picks np
nails nnd small bits of metal, some
times so costly to owners of raoin£
stock. They look to a general use of
the device 011 American automobile
thoroughfares In the United States to
diminish the number of tire punctuimi
Baking Powde
Received Highest Award
Cbtuf*, 1907.
Caskets and Fattend Supplies
Calls Answered Day or Night
Phone 114 MADISON, S. ft
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