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OMAHA, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1898.
MAN IN A NWS CELL
Told Pri-st Schwinn That a
Sister Invited Him to
Which Made the Prirst Mad and He Said:
"I hat Man Has Been Where the
' Pope Himself Would 5et
Dare te Enter."
The New York World, March 17,
. Carl Applebaum? Bowery nouae
"lodger and ' general . ne'er-do-well,
stirred up-St Leo's "Mission last night
aa it had never been stirred before.
He invaded the rooms of the nuns, was
saucy to the Mother Superior, slapped
Father Schwinn familiarly on the back
and enjoyed himself thoroughly. ,
Today he is paying the penalty In
a term on Blackwell's Island, and the
nana are recovering from hysterics.
St Leo's Mission is in State street
and is designed to aid German immi
grants who have no friends to meet
them. " Six nuns who do this work
have their cells on the second floor.
Sister Vincenzo is one of the most re
spected of these, and, under the Mother
Superior, has charge of the other sis
ters. k was eight o'clock last evening
.when Sister Vlncenzo left the little
chapel on the first floor to go to tier
cell for the night As she walked with
downcast eyea along the narrow hall
she noticed a light in her room.
It surprised her and she hurried in.
Then she drew back in fear and as
Seated on a low rocking chair be
side her iron cot was Carl Applebaum.
His muddy disreputable feet were rest
ing carelessly on the snow-white linen
covering of the bed. His bat waa Jilt
ed on the back of his head, and pro:
truding from his shaggy whiskers was
a cigar, on which he was puffing vigj
orously. Sister Vlncenzo stared at him and
tamed pale. Then she lifted, her
hands to her face and with one shriek
Her cry alarmed the house. The
five other sisters came running In, with
the Mother Superior close behind
They saw Sister Vlncenzo; then they
saw Applebaum; then all shrieked in
unison and all save the Mother Su
perior fainted. She was made of
sterner stuff. Walking up to Apple
baum she looked him in the face.
"What are you doing here?" she de
manded. "How dare you enter thts
Removing his cigar from his mouth,
the tramp cooly replied:
"One of the sisters invited me in."
The Mother Superior drew back.
Then she called for Father Schwinn,
the priest connected with the mission.
Father Schwinn was waiting on the
stairs outside. He had beard the cries
of the nuns, but the cells are sacred
and he did not enter until specially
told to. ' "
When he saw Applebaum, seated, as
Sister Vlncenzo had discovered him,
Father Schwinn could hardly believe
his eyes. Then walking up to the
tramp he ordered him out
"By what right did you come here?"
he asked. "
Applebaum was not disconcerted!
dapping the priest familiarly on the
back, he replied nonchalently:
"Hello, old boy. I came around to
see you." t 'Ij
Father Schwinn led the man down
stairs and called for the police. Pa
trolman Loner gan responded. Then
Applebaum protested that he had
meant no harm; that he didn't, know
how he got into the piace. He said
he had come to get the address of the
treasurer of the mission and that tie
had been sent by Carl Anderson, a
Central Park gardener.
In spite of his protests he was locked
up, and today was arraigned ' before
" 1 UNCLE SAM His death shall be avenged, John Ireland, though all the powers of h 1 stand between his assassin and
If yoa are loyal'get on this side. If you are not, plead for peace.
"Christ died 1,900 years aeo, ard Spain is a Christian nation. She has set op more crosses in more land, bee-th more rtlf", !d "nder
them has butchered more people tbaa all the nations of the earth combined. Stwitur Juki M. Thurxtou Speech in U. 8 Senate March. th.
Magistrate Cornell in the Center
Street Police Court
To the magistrate he told a pitiful
story and begged to be set free. He
said he had been drinking and didn't
know how or why he had entered the
mission. Magistrate Cornell was dis
posed to let the prisoner go when Fa
ther Schwinn protested.
"That, man has been where the Pope
himself would not dare enter In a
nun's cell," said the priest. "I insist
that he be punished for un awful en
Magistrate Cornell hesitated and
again the prisoner pleaded. Finally
the priest consented to allow a simple
charge of disorderly conduct to be
made against Applebaum. This
was done and theprlsoner was fined
$3. He couldn't pay it and was sent
to the island.
Supreme Court of Louisiana Against the
. For many years the city of New Or
leans has been appropriating publia
funds in aid of some thirty Catholic
so-called charitable institutions. At
the beginning there were but two or
three societies to ask for public aid.
Encouraged by public religious politi
cal bigots, many other Institutions
were launched into existence, ostensi
bly for the purpose of extorting funds
from the public treasury, until at last
the appropriations became so great
that the public treasury could bear it
no longer. In 1897 the public treasury
was so much depleted that a move
ment was placed on foot to curtail the
public expenses where it could be done
with the least Injury to the public. At
tentlon was called to these unlimited
and unwarranted appropriations to
these sectarian institutions, but with
out any apparent effect
In many respects the public expense
was reduced, but the last and fatal
blow was struck when the board of
education, composed of about all Cath
olics, voted to reduce the school term
three months each year, and still con
tinue to make the usual appropriations
to these sectarian institutions.
H. C. Orr, a thorough American and
'of the old Revolutionary stock, enrag
ed by the conduct of the enemies of
our public schools, immediately insti
tuted proceedings to restrain the city
of New Orleans from making any more
appropriations of public moneys to
these institutions. The matter came up.
for ' hearing in April, 1897, before
Judge N. H. Rightor, a Roman Cath
olic, who, during the trial, refused to
order certain "sisters" to produce the
records of their institutions. He also
refused to compel a cloistered nun to
appear in court in answer to a sub
poena, on the grounds of her being
"cloistered." and thereby, from a reli
gious standpoint, prevented from ap
pearing outside of the walls of the
Institution in which she is supposed to
When this order was made, John
C. Wlckliffe, the attorney for the
plaintiff, ordered a subpoena served
upon the city clerk, citing him to ap
pear in court and bring with him all
vouchers, etc., bearing on the case. He
immediately took the witness stand,
and, to reply to certain questions, ad
mitted that the receipt for funds paid
to this particular institution was
signed by the sister in person, and
was signed in his office, thus giving
the lie to the claim that a cloistered
nun could not leave her habitation.
Col. Wlckliffe then said: "If this
nun can leave her home to sign a re
ceipt for $2,500, she ought also be able
to come into this court and give testi
mony as required by law."
The judge replied "that would not
require her to do so."
Col. Wlckliffe thensald: "Your hon
or, K la the law." To which the Judge
replied that it made no difference to
him if it was twenty times the law,
he would not sign the order. The in.
vestigations proceeded with disclosed
that nearly all of these institutions
were self-sustaining without public
funds. That the receipts from board
money, donations and from public
begging were more than sufficient to
maintain them. In most instances
these same institutions had moneys
loaned out on interest and invested in
government, stajte and municipal
bonds, one institution alone having
$34,300 invested in stocks and bonds.
Col. Wlckliffe showed them to be
acting in a fraudulent manner through
out. He showed that the House of the
Good Shepherd had been paid $1,700
for laundry work during the year '96,
and that the sewing department had
brought in over $6,000; while the ex
penses for running the two branches
of the institution had been less than
$1,100 actually paid out.
The exposition of these so-called
charitable places astonished the citi
zens of New Orleans in a wonderful
It was the first peep they had ever
had into these public frauds.
The light of day was too much for
them, as was the case when our St
Paul Institution was being ventilated.
Notwithstanding the fraud exposed
and the injustice being perpetrated by
these illegal appropriations, Judge
Rightor decided against the plaintiff
and in favor of the nuns.
Col. Wlckliffe immediately appeal
ed to the supreme court of Louisiana,
which, after nearly a year's delay, re
versed the lower court, and thereby
declared unconstitutional all appro
priations of this character.
The decision in the case saves the
taxpayers of Louisiana alone about
$200,000 per year, and gives a pic
ture of some of the most damnable
frauds by which a political machine
has been kept alive and fostered for
nearly fifty years on American soil.
The church Is all broke up over the
situation, and it is now slowly charg
ing persecution and heaping all man
ner of epithets upon those who would
thus oppose such notorious frauds up
on our public treasury.- ' '
It is pleasing to know that while the
district bench of our country has a
reputation for bending itself to the
politician and church machines, the
supreme bench in most of our states
rises above such, and gives one who
will persist in having the highercourts
pass upon his case, a chance to obtain
Justice. St Paul Breeze.
Would Kldnan a Wltne.
Katie Connolly was an important
witness for the plaintiff in the case of
Seline Clewett against the House of
the Good Shepherd. She has a sister,
Maggie, residing In Duluth, working
in a hotel, earning a humble living.
Maggie received information that her
sister, Katie, was doing a great wrong
In testifying to some plain, cold facts
that did not help or please the House
of the Good Shepherd. Maggie was
furnished with plenty of money and
shipped to St. Paul last Friday, and
proceeded to the office of Attorney
O'Brien, who in the meantime, had
gone to Minneapolis.
Maggie went on a still hunt for her
sister, visiting several places on the
West Side, but she failed to find her
there. When Mr. O'Brien returned the
next day, however, she was duly in
formed,, and proceeded to find her sis
ter. When she reached her home, in
St Albans street she received a cor
dial welcome, and they proceeded to
She informed Katie that she must
prepare forthwith and accompany her
to Duluth, and remain there until af
ter the trial. Katie claimed that she
was subpoenaed, and that she could
not, nor did she want to go. Maggie
said she would have to go, and that
she would call to her aid a policeman
and compel her to go. Kail was or
dered to e ready by I o'clock, when
she would ran and get her. Maggie
instructed the ludy of the house not to
let Katie go out of the house, and
particularly not let her see Mr. Butts,
the attorney. Muggfe railed again the
same afternoon, and left word that she
would call again Sunday morning at
o'clock. MukkIo callud, and made.
the uhiisI demand, and Instated that
she got ready at once. Katie again re-'
fused. Maggie said that under no cir
cumstances, would she be permitted to
testify agalnta the sinters, eyen if H
was the truth.' She said Katie would
bo hilled if she did.
Katie was stubborn, however, and
told Maggie that she only intended to
tell the truth, Mid that she had been
subpoenaed and would not go.
Maggie ashed to seo the subpoena
which was shewn her, whereupon she
took the subpoena from her and tore
It up and pounded her against the
The lady of the house, however, put
a stop to that kind of business, and
Maggie was compelled to leave.
In the afternoon Katie went down
town to visit a lady friend, and re
turned home on the Selby avenue
cable car. She alighted at St Albans
street and proceeded toward her home.
When she and her bodyguard reached
the little park, a man approached
them, whllo another man remained a
He asked her If her name was Katie
Connolly, and receiving a reply In the
affirmative, he informed her that Mag
gie boil sent him to see her and in
form her that she waa very sorry for
the trentment she had given her In the
morning, and that she wanted to apol
ogize and make up friends again. He
said that Maggie would take the night
train for Duluth,' and wanted her to
come down with him and see her off
and "make up."
Katie refused, and said she did not
want to see her sister under such cir
cumstances; that her sister had never
taken any interest in her before, and
that she only came down at the in
stance of the O'Briens to get her out
of the way.' lie again urged Katie,
but she persisted hi refuHlng. where
upon her todysuard requested her to
move on toward home.
Katie started homeward whereupon
this villain grabbed for her, but was
Intercepted by her bodyguard." The
infernal scoundrel then Jumped upon
her guard, striking him several times.
Both clinched, and the guard knocked
him down, and, giving him a few
punches, he, with his accomplice, who'
up to this time had taken no active
part, escaped toward Selby avenue.
The guard feared to follow the wretch
es, fearing that some others might be
In the plot, and yet get Katie. The
neighbors were immediately aroused,
and, had the wretches been found,
there would have been a "necktie so
cial" long to be remembered.
Maggie was determined to get Katie'
out of the way. She had plenty of
money to pay all expenses of the trip.
She told, her she could come back
after the trial, and that she would
have a nlre time, and she would see
to It that no harm was done her.
She told Katie she herself would pre
fer going to jail for contempt rather
than testify against the sisters.
She said that if Katie testified
against them nhe would get killed.
It shows conclusively that nothing
is too low and mean -for the defense
to resort to to defeat the ends of jus
tice. They know full well the enor-'
mlty of the crime they have commit
ted and of the ultimate consequences.
Their action, however, is in keep
ing with the old inquisition age. This
will, however, delay justice for. only
a short season, as the time Is not far
distant when this contemptible and
illegal Institution will be shown up
in its true light bofore the world, and
respectable people will cease to be
duped into contributing to its support.
Had any strange country treated
Americans as has this sectarian pris
on, there would not be a brick left
standing on another at the place of
Had they succeeded in kidnaping
Katie, they doubtless would have come
into court and' swore that she went
willingly, that she became a willing
prisoner, and doubtless go as far as
they tried to go in Miss Clewett's case
by swearing that she really asked to
This will doubtless be the last at
tempt to kidnap in 3t Paul.
Kidnaping has already been de
clared against, not only by the courts,
but many eitlseus of St Paul, who will
see to it that justice will not be da
layd In future eases. The Breeze. j
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