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Bosnvllls Slayer Finally Weak
(CopyrlEht A. C. MoClurt Co.. 1110.)
The One Way.
Ketth said nothing for some mo
Bents, staring up at the light stealing
;ln through the window grating, his
mind once again aolive. The eyes of
'.the black man had the patient look
of a dog as they watched; evidently
j be, had caat aside all responsibility.
:now that this other had come. Final
ity Keith spoke slowly:
"We are in much the same position,
jNeb, and the fate of one Is liable to
be the fate of both. This Is my story"
and briefly as possible, he ran over
'the circumstances which had brought
'him there, putting the situation clear
I enough for the negro's understand
ing, without wasting any time upon
i detail.' Neb followed his recital with
'bulging eyes, and an occasional excla
tuiation. At the end he burst forth:
i "Yb' say dar was two ob detn white
;men murdered one an ol' man wid a
jgray beard, an' de odder 'bout thirty?
I Am dat It, Massa Jack, an' dey had fo'
tspan ob mules, an' a runnln' boss?"
"An' how far out was !tr
"About sixty miles."
"Oh, de good Lawd!" and the negro
threw up his hands dramatically. "Dat
sutt'nly am my outfit! Dat am Mhskh
Walte an' John Sibley."
"You mean the same men with
Whom you came here from Indepen
dence?" Neb nodded, overcome by the dis
"But what caused them to run such
a risk?" Keith Insisted. "Didn't they
know the Indians were on the war
"Sho'; I heard 'em talkin' 'bout dat,
but Massa Walte was Jest boun' foh
to git movin'. He didn't 'pear to be
trald ob no Injuns; reck'ned dey'd
nebber stop him, dat he knowed eb
bery chief on de plains. I reck'n dat
be did, too."
"But what was be so anxious to get
"I dunno, Massa, I done beerd 'em
Italk some 'bout dey plans, an' 'bout
some gal dey wanted ter fin', but I
didn't git no right sense to it. De
tiin'ral, he was a might still man."
"The General? Whom do you mean?
"John Sibley done cslled him dnt."
Then Keith remembered just a
dim, misty thread at first, changing
wlowly Into a clear recollection. He
was riding with despatches from Ixmg
street to Stonewall Jackson, and had
jbeen shot through the side. The
rst of Jackson's troops he reached
'was a brigade of North Carolinians,
commanded by General Walte Qen
leral Willis Walte. He had fallen from
his horse at the outposts, was brought
jhelpless to the General's tent, and an
other sent on with the papers. And
Mrs. Walte had dressed and bandaged
his wound. That was where he had
seen that woman's face before, with
Its haunting familiarity. He drew the
ilocket from beneath his shirt, and
igazed at the countenance ' revealed,
jwlth new Intelligence. There could be
no doubt It was the face of her who
Ibad cared for him so tenderly In that
tent at Manassas before the fever
came and he had lost consciousness.
And that, then, was Willis Walte ly
ing In that shallow grave near the
Clmmarou Crossing, and for whose
jdeath he had been arrested. 'Twaa a
'strange world, and a small one. What
a miserable ending to a life like his
la division commander of the Army of
(Northern Virginia, a lieutenant-Governor
of his state. What strange
combination of circumstances could
ever have brought such a man to this
place, and sent him forth across those
Indian-scouted plains? Surely nothing
ordinary. And why should those bor
der desperadoes have followed,
through sixty miles of desolation, to
strike him down? ft was not robbery,
at least In the ordinary sense. What
then? And how was "Black Bart" In
volved? Why should he be sufficient
ly Interested to swear out a warrant,
and then assist In his arrest? There
must be something to all this not ap
parent upon the surface some object,
some purpose shrouded In mystery.
No mere quarrel, no ordinary feud, no
accident of meeting, no theory of com
monplace robbery, would account for
the deed, or for the desperate efforts
mow being made to conceal It.
Some way, these questions, thus
surging upon him, became a call to
live, to fight, to unravel their mystery.
The memory of that sweet-faced wom
an who had bent above htm when the
;fever began Us mastery, appealed to
jhlin now with the opportunity of serv
lice. He might he able to clear this,
'bring to her the truth, save her from
despair, and hand over o Justice the
murderers of her husband. It was up
to him alone to accomplish this no
one else knew what he knew, suspect
ed what he suspected. And there was
but one way through escape. To re
main there In weak surrender to fate
could have but one ending, and tbr.t
itwlft and sudden. He had no doubt
as to "Black Bart's" purpose, or of bis
ability to use the "Red Light" outfit
ATALE Of THE PLAINS
CBy Pamdall Paddish-
""""AifTMOR Of My Lady Or THc South."
WHEM WILDERNESS WAS KlNG. TC.CTC
lu.uTRATiono By DcARBnNct.viLi.
I ly evident, and there would be no de
I lay In execution all they were wait
I Ing for was night, and a lax guard. He
glanced about at the walls of the
room, his eyes gTown hard, his teeth
"Neb," he said shortly, "I guess that
was your outfit all right, but they
were not killed by Indians. They
were run down by a gang from this
town the same fellows who have put
you and me In here. I don't know
what they were after that's to be
found out later, but the fiRlit you put
up at the camp spoiled their game for
once, and led to your arrest.
failed to get what was wanted in
Carson, and so they trailed the party
to the Cimmaron Crossing. Then I
got on their track, and fearing the re
sult, they've landed me also. Now
they'll get rid of us both as best they
can. These fellows won't want any
trial that would be liable to give the
whole trick away but they have got
to put us where we won't talk. There
Is an easy way to do this, and that is
by a lynching bee. Do you get my
The whites of the negro's eyes were
very much In evidence, his hands grip
ping at the bench on which he sat.
"Fo" de Luwd, yes, Massa Jack, I
sho' does. I corroborates de whole
"Then you are willing to take a
chance with me?"
"Wlllln'! Why, Massa Jack, I'se
mo'. I'se sho' gwlne ter be yo' nigger. I
What yo' gwlne ter do?"
Keith ran his eyes over the walls,
carefully noting every peculiarity.
"We'll remain here quietly Just as
long as It Is daylight. Neb," he replied
finally, "but we'll try every board and
every log to discover some way out.
Just the moment It grows dark enough
to slip away without being seen we've
got to bit the prairie. Once south of
the Arkansas we're safe, but not until
then. Have yon made any effort to
The negro came over to him, and
"I was layln' on a board what I'd
worked loose at one end," , he whis
pered hoarsely, "back ob de bench,
but I couldn't jerk It out wld'out
something ter pry It up wid."
"Where Is It?"
"Right yere, Massa Jack."
It was a heavy twelve-luch plank,
part of the flooring, and the second
from (he side-wall. Keith managed
to get a grip next to the black fingers,
and the two pressed It up far enough
for the white man to run one arm
through the opening up to his shoul
der and grope about below.
"There's a two-foot space there," he
reported, as they let the board settle
t ..IIa.,! .Invarn Inti rmaltlnn "Tin Konlf
, , I.
a( 1,Iii Kii II. 1 1 ti iw nnict ha mtt tin rt
piles. I reckon w could pry that
plank up with the bench. Neb, but It's
liable to make considerable racket.
Let's hunt about first for Borne other
They crept across the floor, testing
each separate board, but without dis
covering a place where they could ex
ert a leverage. The thick planks were
tightly spiked down. Nor did the
waTls offer any better encouragement.
Ketth lifted himself . to the grated
window, getting a glimpse of the
world without, but finding the Iron Im
movable, the screws solidly Imbedded
In the outside wood. He dropped to
the floor, feeling baffled and discour
aged. "It will have to be the plank back
of the bench, Neb," he announced
briefly, wlplug the penrplratlon from
his luce. Tt down there, and work
It as loos as you can without making
any noise, while I keep my ear to the
door aud listen for soy Interruption."
They took turns at this labor, dis
covering a loose nail which gave an
opening purchase at the crack, thus
enabling the Insertion of a small wood
en block, and tosurlng spaoe for a
good finger grip when the right time
came. A sleepy Mexican brought in
their dinner, and set it down on the
bench without a word, but on his re
turn with supper,, the marshal acoom
puiled him, and remained while they
ale, talking to Keith, and staring
about the room. Fortunately, the sin
gle window was to the west, the last
rays of the tun struck the opposite
wall, leaving the space behind the
bench In deep shadow. Whatever
might be the pi wis of "Black Barf
and his cronies, Keith was soon con
vlnced tbey were unknown to Hicks,
who bad evidently been deceived Into
thinking that this last arrest had
created no excitement,
"That's why we picked yer up so
early," he explained, genially. "Bart
said If we got to yer afore the boys
woke up they'd never hear nuthln
'bout It, an' so thar wouldn't be no
row. He didn't even think thar'd be
enny need o' keepln a special guard
ter-nlght. but I reckon I won't take
no such chance a that, an I'll have
couple o' deputies prowlln" 'round fer
luck. When Carson does wake up,
He left them tobacco and pipes, and
went away evidently convinced that
had oerformed bis full duty.
(To Do Continued.)
ens and Gcnfessss Crime.
Hide. Basket Filled With Dishes,
Knives and Forks and Kitchen Uten
si Is for Use in Future Home Lives
of Parents Incured.
Evansville, hid., Aug. 28 William
Ue, twenty-two years old, confessed
that he murdcrd his father, Richard
Lee; nU mother and younger brotner,
Clarence, and then set lire to the fam
ily home at Uuonville early Thursday
in the hope ot concealing the crime.
In verbal ami written statements to
Sheriff Davis I.ee said that his motive
was anger because his parents would
not consent to his maniuge with Mlna
Tayloi. which be had planned for
Thursday evening, and would not give
him money wUh , which to set up
'When the confession was made pub
lic oiliceis started with I.ee In Mil au
tomobile for t!:e state reformatory at
Jeffcr;iivHle to prevent possible mob
Ie hud previously mad', a state
ment that ho had killed his 'ather in
self defense with an axe after the
father had murdered his wife and
yoi'Tig"r son, but Sheriff Duvls 'pressed
the restless prisoner for "the true
story," and I.ee. uskln for pen and
ink, wrote a haltingly worded confes
sion and afterwards pierced together,
in answers to questions, u full descrip
tion of the cilme In the three-room
cottage at Bconvllle.
Tells Story of Crime,
I,ee said that he went Wednesday
nSMt Newburg and led on hi.
fiancee. They talked of the arrange
ments for their wedding. He had $100
in the bank, but had spent It. He
knew his parents had $50 In the
house. He returned home late at
night and his mother reprimanded
him. He told her he was determined
to bs married the following day and
she answered he should not, that he
must stay at. home.
doing to his own room, Lee said
he "brooded until he was out of his
mind." Suddenly he rushed Into the
room where his father, mother and
brother slept. "I grabbed nn axe -by
the door," he SHld, "and struck at my
father, but hit my mother. My broth
er rose up and I struck him. Then my
father. vl had been outside, ran in
and started to ginb uio by the throat
1 hit. him and he fell. I w::s scared so
had I did not know wl at I was doing
What scared me was that my father
had threatened my life and I was an
gry at what my mother had said."
Lee said he lit a match to see What
he had done and then dropped the
flaming stick on the bed where his
mother's body lay. "The flames flashed
up and blinded me," he went on, "and
I Jumped into my room, put on my
trousers and ran to alarm the neigh
bors. I wo'ld not have done this
thin? for anything if I had hnd any
sense at all."
The lire in the Ue home wns put
out before the bodies, the skulls
crushed, had been more than scorched
and the youth stolidly helped carry
them otit to the lawn. Insisting that
he did not know how they came to
Packs Dishes for Own Use.
Evidence produced refuted Lee's
statement that he rushed from the
house Immediately after he had start
ed the Are. basin, stained with
blood, in which he had washed his
hands, was fovnd. Long, gray hairs,
rupposedly his mother's, clung to the
rides of the basin. Hidden behind a
door was a basket filled with dishes,
knives and forks and kitchen utensils,
vtileh, it Is believed, he had packed
with the lda that he would escape
the consequences of the murders and
soon have his own home. The lives
lf his father and brother were Insured
for $700 and this would have come to
him on theii death and that of his
Ie Is Illiterate and has been an
Idler since boyhood, according to testi
mony at the toroner'B Inquest at Boon
ville. His father, a plasterer, appeared
to fear him and supplied him with
Sacred Stream Not Found.
Toledo. O., Aug. 28 Members of
the Revised Spiritualists, who left
Flndlav. O., last spring for California,
where they were to seek the banks of
a sacred stream or spring, are strand
ed, according to word received here
from those In the party. Their funds
nave run low nnd twenty-six men,
wnmn and children now are facing
McClure Shot From Ambush.
Poruiii, Olv'a., Aus. 28 Charles Ms
Clii'e. nn adherent of Pony Starr, who
on May :'. last killed three members
nf a mob that nttaeked him, was shot
lOiti killed from ainliush here. There
Is no r'nc tf. ' Clare's nssallnnt. Me
Clure had been "(rued to leave town.
Ccnlsy rocks Out Kline.
I.o-t Annelis, Cal, Aug. 28.-Franklo
Conlev of Kenosha, Wis., knocked out
Patsy Kline of Newark, N. .1., in the
foui'eenth round of what was sched
uled to have been a twenty-round fight
before the Pacific Atli'etlc club at
FOR COUNTRY HOMES!
J nil 1
0 '. '
From Saturday's Inily.
W. 11. (ii'ithnm of Aviu'ii was in
town yesterday on business.
..Mrs. Sain Lout? returned to
South llend yesterday, after visit
inR: friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Meisinner
went to Henson today to spend
Sunday at the home of P. M.
J. W. Holmes, from Murray,
was lookiiiK after some business
mailers in I he county seat yester
August Kngelkemeier, from
west of Murray, was in the city
today, coming u for n short visit
with his county seat friends.
Cilen Perry, one of I tie Journal
readers from south of Plat 1.8-
inoulh, was in the city yesterday,
and while here paid this ulllce a
J. fi. Snavclcy, from near Mur
ray, was a county seat visitor to
day, coining up this morning for
a short visit with coimly seat
Mr. and Mrs. (leorge M. llild
ami daughter, Helen, went to
Omaha Ibis morning to see Mr.
Hild's sister, who is ill at the Im
William Puis, from west of
Murray, was a county seat visitor
today, driving in from bis home
to look after some business mai
lers ami visit willi his many
From Monday's Dally.
Jacob Kamm of Avoca was in
II. E. Lloyd came in from Lin
J. Lohnes of Cedar ('reek was in
George Lutz of Cedar Creek was
in lown Saturday.
George Kamm of Alvo was in
town Saturday on business.
G. II. Wolfe of Alvo was a
visitor in Plattsmouth Saturday.
C. T. Graham returned to Avoca
Saturday, being here on business.
H. A. Giithmann returned to
Murdock this morning, having
spent Sunday here.
John KalTenberger went to
Denver and the San Luis Valley
Saturday with the Ilosencrans'
Sam Waugh, a former Platts
mouth boy, returned to Lincoln
this morning, after spending
Sunday with Kd Fricke.
iMirwood Lynde came down
from Omaha Saturday evening and
visited .with friends here, going
lo Union Sunday, where he visit
ed his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. 11. K. Foster and
little daughter of Union drove to
this city yesterday morning and
spent. I he day at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. L. G. Larson.
Dr. Herman Grceder has re
turned from Toronto, Canada,
where he attended the Interna
tional Convention of Veterinari
ans. He reports a great conven
tion. W. G. Mathews and wiTe were
called lo South Omaha yesterday
on account of Hie serious illness
of his father, Colonel . G. P.
Mathews, who has been a sufferer
from chronic troubles.
C. F. Vallery and William Hum
mel were in I he parly that went to
the San Luis Valley Saturday.
This style of lighting
use it at the jets or stove and no faster.
The entire machine is automatic in opera
tion and requires no attention whatever except
to occasionally put in
that takes only a few minutes of your time and f)
will last from two to three
FEW F1I1S I
I Well Remembered Here, But He Had Reputation of Being a
Desperate and Dangerous Man Negro Murderer Says He
Killed for Revenge, But Names No Specific Reason.
The account in last evening's
Journal was read with much in
terest by the older residents who
remember very well Charles Viall,
the hotel man at Fremont, who
was killed night before last by n
Viall was a saloonkeeper here
at one time, aud his reputation as
a dangerous man was wider than
the limits of Plallsmoulh. There
were many stories told about him
on the si reels yesterday and to
day, but there were few en
comiums for him. Allhotmh he
was cleared of Hie murder of Wil
liam Armstrong, many of those
who heard the evidence in I he
case shake their heads when the
verdict of the jurv is discussed.
Harry Karl, the negro who stud
him, was arraigned before a
justice of the peace yesterday at
rremoiit. He said: "I plead
guilly and waive preliminary ex
amination." He has no atlori.ey.
He says he has been arresltd
twice before, once for singing on
They will be joined at Denver by
several others interested in Hie
Coslella estate in I he famous val
ley. J. A. Pollard, jr., of Salem was
in town Sunday, a guest at the
Mrs. II. M. Young of Murray
passed through lown today on her
way lo Omaha to spend the day.
Mrs. George S. Rosen wall re
turned to La Platte this after
noon, after a shopping trip here.
F. W. Hager of Lincoln return
ed home today, lie came here for
I he funeral of David Hawksworth.
Mrs. F. N. Iler.lng returned to
Lincoln this morning, after
spending Sunday with Mrs. .luhn
Miss Gwendolyn Garlow return
ed to Columbus today, niter visit
ing at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
J. II. Donnelly.
R. L. McKlwain of Kansas City
"is visiting his brother, 11. A. Mc
Klwain. He is on his way to San
Francisco, where he will locale.
Mr. and Mrs. .lames Newell nfj
Chicago, who have been visiting'
at various northern points for the'
past several weeks, arrived in this
city yesterday morning for a few'j
davs" visit with relatives and!
Kd W. Scharer returned to llur
lington, Iowa, this morning, afler
coming here to attend the funeral
of David Hawksworlh. He is an
old friend of the deceased and was
much grieved at the news of his
Henry Snoke of Tipton pi inel
was in Hie city today looking after
some business mailers and in
cidentally lalkhiK some politics.
Henry is one of I he live-w ire
democrats of his precinct and is
very popular with all who know
him. We are always glad to see
him, as he is one of the, truest
friends the Journal can boast of.
makes gas just as you rs
carbide and water, and
weeks at one filling.
Dfci-nrDc :,; 3K
KILLED AI FREMOtiT
a street in C.olVey ville, Kan.ia,
ami once in Omaha as a sus
lie said that he had once room
ed at Hie Midland hotel, that Viall
hail "done him dirt," and he had
determined on revenge. Yester
day afternoon he secured a re
volver aud later went to llio
hotel. "The old man was behind
the counter," lie said. "He looked
at me kind of hard and as ho
raised his hand toward a drawer
in the de.sk I fired. He kind of
fell back into a chair and I lired
Viall whs 71 years or age ami n
veteran of the civil wiw. serving
in a Pennsylvania regiment, Ho
had lived in I'renionl about twelve
years, most of the lime running a
rooming house or hold, and for
Hie last few years had conducted
the Midland, a hold of a cheap
grade. He leaves a widow ami
two children by a former wile,
Holier! Viall of Nehawka. Neb., ami
Mrs. It. Hauman of Fremont.
C. R. Woodruff of Omaha was in
Miss Mary K. Foster relumed
from Union today.
Frank Sieczowski went lo Oma
ha this f flernoon..
R. W. Dyson or Nebraska City
was in town yesterday.
Henry Reichinauu of Klin wood
was in town today.
Miss Lillian llookmeyer went
to Omaha Ibis afternoon.
Chris and Fred Dreamer of
Alvo were in lown today.
Mrs. Harllelt of Omaha uas a
isilor in Plaltsmoulh Sunday.
George II. Mail II Weill lo OijQfSul
loilav, where he will visit friends
D. K. Woodward of St. Louis
was a guest at I he Riley Sunday.
II. F. Comer and J. W. Coiner
of Union were in town today on
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Peterson and
, Milton and Lnella Peterson were
here yesterday, guests at the
Miss Kleanor Worth oT Council
ItliiIVs came in today to attend a
bridge parly given this afternoon
by Mrs. H. N. Dovey.
Mrs. R. N. Schlaes went to Oma
ha today to spend a few days with
Roy McKlwain of Kansas City
arrived in Hie city yesterday
niornlui.' for a brief vsit with
In folks, before departing for
San Francisco, California, where
he will make his future home. Roy
has resigned his position with tho
Jaccard Jewelry companyof Kan
sas City to accept a better one of
a similar nalurc in San Francisco.
After a brief visit wilh his mother
ami brother, II. A., he will take
up his westward journey lo the
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