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SHREWD WOMEN CROOK a
la Criminal Walks the Fes la Keep
ing Well Up with Man.
"Women are mxltlng progress slung
trior than one line," remarked uu old
member of tue police force. "A receut
example shows that tliey are quite at
eltlclent ns men in tlie mutter of safe
blowing." AVom:in in the role of safe
blower in new to the police. The fact
Is that the operation of female offend
em has heretofore been confined to of
ferineg of the daytime or of the early
part of the night. Hut here conies a
tory from Tennessee of the srrest of
several women who belong To a gang "61'
expert orackmneu, and who actually
took part lu a isafe blowing In a small
town near Nashville, where they
fobbed a bunk and got $1,700.
"Women have often developed Into
expert formers, sr. for iustauce, In the
receut case of an American woman
.broad, who succeeded In conducting
forgery scheme for a considerable
length of time, and until she had
fraudulently collected a vast sum of
money. They make high-clnss pick
pockets, and, in fact, infinitely more
iucceshful In thin line of work than
"One curious fact In this connection
despite the frequent announcements'
publicly made of offenses of tain kind
committed by women, men ore never
on the lookout for the female pickpocket
unless they fiud themselves in a ques
tionable resort, or In bad company.
For this very reason women And It
much easier to pick a roan's pocket.
They can get closer to men, too, with
out becoming offensive, and can lift the
diamond pin out of his scarf, nip uli
watch and chain or any other valuable
thing he may have before he will ever
dream of anything wrong.
"in that kind of pilfering, too, pe
culiar to kleptomania, Blie Is more
successful because In this Instance of
the way she dresses and woman's pe
culiar demeanor around the counters'
In dry goods stores. If a man, for In
stance, should go Into a dry goods
store and begin to pick up little thingi
and fumble over them, apparently foi
the purpose of Inspection, he would al
ouce arouse the suspicion of every
clerk within visual range. On the
other hand, a woman may do exactly
the same thing without exciting the
least suspicion. It Is simply looked
upon as a matter of comparative ease
for the kleptomaniac.
"But the womau safe blower Is a
new type, ns fur as my experience
goes, and I suppose It simply meant
that the police of the country will soon
be confronted with many new problemt
m dealing with the female offender. "
New Orleans I'lcayune.
Two Indian in Navy.
There are two Iroquois Indians Is
the United States navy. They grew
up together on a government reserva
tion and spent their boyhood days la
hunting and fishing. They were greal
friends and constant companions. Tei
years ago they left tlie reservation t
w-ek their fortunes after the mannei
of the white man. Separating, they
wandered over the country In different
directions, and by a singular coinci
dence each enlisted In the navy a few
years ago without the knowledge ol
Several days ago they unexpected!!
came together again on the gun dwl
of the receiving ship Minneapolis al
the League Island navy yard and re
newed the friendship of their youth.
There was no doubt of their Joy al
meeting, notwithstanding the greetln
consisted simply of a grunt, a hand
shake and a few words In their natlvi
tongue. To their tribe these men wen
known as Leaping Ieer and Whltt
Feather, says the Washington Star. It
Uncle Sam's navy they bear the namei
of Thomas France and John Johns, re
spK-tively. They are described as good
sailor men. .
A Ilutoher of Taate.
There is a butcher In one of th
New Orleans markets who has bull!
up ail Immense family trade entirely
by reason of his tte In doing up par
eels of meat. Ills' modus operandi It
very Ingenious. If he Is handling t
porterhouse he places It between twe
squares of pasteboard, uses a sheet oi
peart gray manila paper as a wrappei
and ties It up with baby blue string
Tie result Is a neat rectangle which
has every appearance of having conn
from Home fashionable drug store 01
confectioner's. Chops and such Uk
be stows away In neat little cardboard
tub, and he keeps a supply of om
pound candy boxes especially foi
chicken livers and chopped sausage
The system Is very effective.
Those Who Iload Novels.
"But," we object, speaking to th
author who has written a historical
novel, "this historical data Is absolute
ly wrong. Why, It's ridiculous to taavt
Oeorge Washington fighting three
duels, lighting battles ho was nevei
"I kuow I took some lltertles wits
George and history," the author ssyi
naively, "but what's the difference!
He'll never know and It won't hurt
"Hut the people who read your bok,"
we agu'.li object.
"Surely you know that people whe
read historical novels know nothing ol
history!" he exclaims In Just scorn.
The Poltooniaa Know. '
The Accused But It waa a case ol
absent-mindedness, yer honor. I did
not know what 1 was doing when I
took the coat.
The Judge But, unfortunately foi
you, the officer did. Beaton Tran
Tree Christianity eeaslaU af deedi
rataer thai word.
LONG TRIAL ENDED
Fate of Mrs. Lillie is Resting With Jury
Argument Well Advanced
SAYS SHE IS VERY PECULIAR
Elaborate Summery Wade of State Evidence
-Denies Evidence of Guilt
David City, Neb , March X-T stl
mony In the Llilie murder case wits
finished in short order yesterday and
arguments by attorneys on cither
Bide arc well advanced. County At
torney Evans made an unusually
strong presentation of the case for
the stale, as did counsel for Mrs.
A large number were greatly dis
appointed when the defense rested
their side of the case in that the de
fendant, Mrs. Lena M. Lillie, did
not go upon the stand and afllrro or
deny the numerous statements It is
alleged she made to different persons
on the morning of the murder and
After fourteen days of testimony
taking court convened this morning.
The large district court room was
well filled. The housewives, chamber
maids and servant girls postponed
their customary wash day ana came
out to witness the closing of the most
Important trial in the history of
Butler county. The Jury when
brought into court presented the ap
pearance of having enjoyed the Sun
Mrs. Lillie had the appearance
this morning of one who is under
going a severe mental strain, and who
no doubt appreciates the fact that
the trying ordeal Uncaring the clo.se.
In the icbuttal testimony for the
state Arthur 1'epper was the (list
witness this morning. He said:
"I live about one hundred feet
south of the Lillie residence. On
the morning of the shooting I arrived
at the Lillie house about 5:30 and
assisted Mr. Heath with the blood
hounds. After they left the Lillie
house they went south, part of the
time on the sidewalk. The dog where
the campers were barked and the
hounds went over to the camper's
wagon. I do not think they had any
trail. They acted as if they were
glad to get out,. I was present when
the dogs were started out on the
second trip, and held one of them.
They went down the center of the
street this time, about twenty-live or
thirty feet from where they went the
first time. They went to the callip
ers' wagons again. The dogs wanted
to turn in again and Heath would
not let them. There was a dog tied
under the wagon and this seemed to
be the reason they wanted to stop."
W. D. Westover and I. J. West gave
some rebuttal testimony contradict-
ng Witnesses W. It. Heath and Arthur
At 10 o'clock the state concluded
tho Introduction of rebuttal testimo
ny, and the argument of counsel was
commenced. Ity agreement the ar
guments were not limited.
County Attorney A. J. Evans
opened for the state. He congratu
lated the Jury on their patience In
listening to the testimony Introduced
taking Into consideration the fact
that they had been practically In
close confinement for more than two
weeks. He impressed upon Iheir
minds that they alone were the Judges
Of the testimony and In quoting the
testimony he would give it as near,
correct as he possibly could, He said
" Regard your oaths, remember
your responsibilities, and render a
terdict In accordance with the evi
dence, that In after years you will not
regret what you have done. The wit
nesses in the case have all been be-
, fore you and you are the sole Judges
of their evidence. Tho attorneys for
! the defense have criticised some of
i the evidence for the state, but they
were employed by the officers of Hut-
! ler county, and their acts in running
down the person who committed the
crime were perfectly legitimate, 1
believe that Mi. Ken and Mr. Derby
I have been In lluller county loo long.
their reputations have been too well
established and there. Is tm reason
why they should be attacked as they
have been by the defense! in this nis
"The principal witnesses lot the
defense have tratilled that Hie do
mestic relations of Mr. and Mr.
Lillie were ploasant, afTotlonate and
loving. I do not know how It alerts
you, gentlemen of the Jury, but to
me It Is not sunk-lent; the fact that
they did not quarrel In the presence
of hired help and visitors is nut smll
clcnt; the evidence shows that the
defrtldantCwaa living a double lire;
the letter tn evidence proves this to
be an absolute fact. When has tht
defendant shown one act of affection,
of love. I have failed to discover it.
The ordinary wife would not be
transacting business and the husband
know nothing about it.
"Mrs. Lillie, it seems to me, is a
peculiar woman. No doubt her
business relations were unknown to
her relatives. Her relatives and
friends are here, have been during
all of this trial, and not one of them
have been on the witness stand to
tell of her transactions. On tho 23d
day of October she telephoned to Mr.
Uunyon about the deals she had with
him. She knew about $200 or $300 in
margins were due. She met Mr.
Uunyon that evening but said noth
ing to him about paying this. She
went home and told the sewing girls
about having a large amount of mon
ey in the house. There is a circum
stance that is very peculiar. Anoth
er circumstance on this same day is
that she spoke to her husband about
the dogs being poisoned. She knew
she owed Uunyon at least S200. Why
was It that she departed from her
usual custom of putting the money
In the postorlSce that evening, saying
she wanted to deposit It In the bank.
Another circumstance is that the door
across the hall on that particular
evening was closed."
Mr. Evans here discussed In detail
the shots that were lired and the
statements made by Mrs. Lillie.
"She walks across the room," said
Mr Evans, "tells the girls to get up
and light a lamp, walks down stairs,
without returning to the room where
Mr. Lillie lay, and Is found at the
telephone. She tells Mr. lien that
the reason the burglars could see to
fire the shot In a vital spot was that
the moon was shining on Mr. Lillie's
face. This was at an hour in the
morning when wagons were upon the
street, people were, on the sidewalks.
do you believe, gentlemen, that a
burglar would wait until this par
ticular time in the morning to coin
nut tills crime?
"Hert Hall tells you what he did
that morning; this Is reasonable and
natural. Mrs. Lillle told the girls
across the hall that some one had
shot Harvey. She told others the
same. Mrs. Lillie says that tho man
stood on tlie west side of the bed
and north of the stovepipe. Again
she says he was just south of the
stovepipj and again that he was
standing close to the head of the bed.
She gives a complete description of
the man to several witnesses. I he
girls across the hall heard the shots.
They did not hear Mrs. Lillie fall on
the floor or the man run down Mairs.
They did not hear Mrs. Lillie come
out in her stocking feet unci walk
across the hall, saying nothing to
Harvey. She did not shake him.
She said he breathed heavily. I tell
you she knew what had happened.
"Harvey Lillie. was lying on his
back. Grant that, his head was
urned to the west, his head buried In
the pillow, no man could stand where
Mrs. Lillie says he did and shoot
Harvey Lillie In the head as he was
Mr. Evans exhibited to the Jury
the curtain, window and screen, and
from the experiments made argued
that the state had -proven that it was
impossible for a man to stand where
Mrs Lillie says he did and powder
burn the curtain and glass as they
were In tho Llilie bedroom.
"I say," said lie, "the shot that
killed Harvey Lllllo and tho shot that
went through the window was fired
from the east side of the bed."
When court convened this afternoon
the large court room was crowded to
Its utmost capacity and the halls
leading thereto were lilled with peo
ple unable to gain admitlance. Tho
argument of Mr. Evans continued:
"When Mr. Hall said to Mrs. Lillie
that sh ; was suspected she laughed
and said they could not prove It.
I say that Mrs. Lilllo was the only
one that had the opportunity to com
mit Ibis crime, We do nut know tho
I extent rj her dealings on the board
1 of I rude. On tho 28th of October she
r turned from tho coroner's ury and
I luld ln-r sister-in-law that they were
inquiring about her business and she
wrote n letter to Mr. Uunyon where
I In site asked lilm to stand by her
and oe careful what he said. This
I l iter whs written four days after the
John Iteese has been appointed re.
;ceiver of the Brbken How land ofllce.
Louie Werner, one of Beatrice's
oldest citizens, started for Germany
St Patrick's Catholic church at Mc
Cook burned with a loss of $4,500,and
Miss Elizabeth Kay and Eugene E.
Tracy were married by ths Rev. Wal
ter E. Matthews at Loup Ci fay.
Verne Fowler pleaded guilty to a
charge of stealing hides from a Rock
Island freight house at Fairbury.
rians are being completed for tlx
erection of a $20,000. Young Men's
Chritslan association builuing at Be
atrice. A lodge of fifty charter members
has been organized by the Ancient
Order of United Workmen at Bur
George W. K'lnsor, who has livec
at l'lal tsmoutli thir ty-five years, diet
at the age of "9. lie leaves a widow
and a grown son.
The Louisville mill, owned by CD.
Tappan, was discovered to be on tire
and in an hour was a ruin. The loss
may reach $1(1, 000.
C. E. liowlby has been appointed
county treasurer at Wilbcr, to suc
ceed J. H. Dougc, 'who will remove
to the state of Washington.
It is reported that a steam laundry
will be built at Tecumseh by a num
ber of eastern capitalists, who have
been looking over the ground.
The Grand Island public llbrarj
board is advertisng for bids for tbi
construction of the Carnegie library,
which is to be completed Novemberl .
Tetcr Miller of Fremont has beru
arrested on the charge of cruelty U
animals. He left an old horse tied
to a tree w it bout care for several days.
The Rev. M. 1). Burg. pastor of tlx
Lutheran church at Beatrice, has re
signed and will go to I'onca. He has
been pastor at Beatrice for three
The Papallion schools have closed
until March 16 on account of an
epidemic of scarlet fever. There ar
a number of cases of this malady al
Summer parks near Grand Islam!
are inundated. Wood river being out
of its banks. Still further damage
is ant icipated from floods caused bj
Frank Braid, who resided in Platts
mouth for several years, and who was
implicated in a bold robbery commit
ted at Hamilton, la., on New Year'i
eve, was sentenced to eighteen years
in the penitentiary at Knoxville,Ia.
Tho Farmers' Co-operative Grain
and Live Stock association is to b?
incorporated with a capital stock o
$000,000. The charter will be filed as
soon as $23,000 has been subscribed.
The headquarters will be at Lincoln.
The Commercial State bank ol
Barneston is opened for business.
The concern has been incorporated
with a capital stock of $0,000, tl.i
Incorporators being J. M. Howe,
president; Henry 4 nfelt, vice pres
ident,; A. U. Staher, cashier.
Tlie following is Cass county'i
mortgage record for February; Earn)
mortgages filed amounting to $W),
923; released, $14,143; city mortgagei
filed, $41.08; released, $5,732. In
farm mortgages I her is an increiis1
of $45, (KM) In comparison with sarin
month last year.
Several head of horses belonging f
Ambrose Jacobs, a prominent framei
residing near Wymore, died sudden
ly one day last week. It, first wat
supposed they had been poisoned, bill
the supposition now Is that the
were fed hay wlhch was mixed wit!
a poisonous weed.
The department store of Diers Bros,
at Fullerton was burned causing i
loss of $10,000. The Blake building
In which the stock was located stiller
cd to the extent of $l,00t). Defective
wiring Is supposed to have caused tin
fire. The loss Is almost entirely cov
ered by Insurance.
At the regular meeting of tin
Plattsmouth Board of Education Prof
E L. Itouso was re-elected superln
tendent of the city schools at a salarj
of $1,350, being a raise of $150 ovet
the previous year. His services hav
ing been entirely satisfactory to thi
board and to tlie citizens.
As the result of an article publish
cd in the Nebraksa City Hih Sehoo
Times relleetlng on the principal o
the school, t he board of educalloi
has suspended the editors of tin
paper upon the refusal to apologlzi
to the pilncipal. The paper wil
hereafter be under the censorship o1
tho principal before publication.
A comluil tec of the Federal Ion o
Labor made a request of Manage
McCualg of the National Starch com
pany and of Manager SiafTord of tin
Great Western Cereal mills at Ne
braska City for an increase of 2j
cents an hour for the employees o
tho two plants. Manager McCual
has referred the matter to headqtiar
tcrs. Manager Stafford said he would
pay no attention to the request untl
the employees ask It.
UP TO MR. MARSH
Sesste Charges Him With Misconduct is Office
Secretary of State Marsh is charged
by the senate committee of abuse ol
authority and gross overcharging in
the purchase of nearly $10,000 worth
of supplies ostensibly for the legisla
ture. Claims to the amount of $2,718
filed with this committee have been
investigated, but bills amounting to
$7,000 filed with the house for similai
supplies have not been looked into.
The report on the' comparatively in
significant claims filed with the sen
ate committee for approval is that
the prices should not be allowed.
The committee was not instructed by
the seriate to make further investiga
tion and to pay only such part of the
claims as seem to be just.
Secretary Marsh was in a rage ovei
the turn of affairs. W. II. Clark,
who has been Mr. Marsh's chaperons
since he came into state ofllce and
who has been appointed for the sec
ond time as custodian of the supply
room and superintendent of purchas
es, has countersigned many of tho
claims. Mr. Clark has also held an
appointment under Postmaster E. It.
Eizer of Lincoln. Mr. Marsh has ap
proved the claims as just and correct.
The other members of the board
of public lands and buildings had
nothing to do with the purchase oj
with the auditing of claims, as such
bills go direct from the secretary ol
state to the committee of the two
houses. The abuse of authority in
the purchase of supplies by Mr Marsh's
predecessor caused the legislature a
few years ago to pass an act limiting
the amount that can be bought be
fore the session opens and requires
Subsequent purchases to be made by
resolution of the branch of the legis
lature desiring to buy. Mr. Marsh
admits that he had violated this law.
Some of the supplies, notably 111
yards of Wilton velvet carpet at $1.05
a yard, could not be found by the
committee. Mr. Marsh said he had
not bought it and that it was not in
the state house. Later to a report
er he said he was mistaken that it
had been bought and delivered. A
Janitor, W. L. Nauslar, still later in
the day, said he had informed Mr.
Marsh several times that the carpet
was rolled up in a closet on the top
floor of the building, that Mr. Marsh
replied when so Informed that he had
repeatedly told Mr. Clark to have it
returned to tlie dealer as there was
no place for it and that it was not
wanted, but that the dealer had not
come for it.
The janitor made his statement
during the 'afternoon after Mr. Clark
had announced that he had found the
carpet. This search was made after
W. E. Hardy, the dealer, had stated
positively that he had delivered every
particle of goods ordered. It was
then up to Mr. Marsh and Mr. Clark.
One of the committeemen when in
formed of the discovery of the mys
teriously missing carpet, said :
"What do you suppose would have
become of that missing carpet after
the legislature hud adjourned if our
committee had not made its report?
If it was not ordered as was first
stated, or if it was not needed and
there was no place to put it, as Mr.
Marsh is said to have; told the jani
tor, or if it was ordred as later stated
by Mr. Marsh, why was it rolled up
and put in a dark closet and why
did Mr. Marsh approve the claim?
Secretary of State Marsh, when
asked to make a statement in reply
to the committee report, said the re
port was made up of a pack of "d d
i lies," and he believed it was instigat
ed by persons outside of the legisla
I ture for "personal reasons." The
'committee making the report com
prises leading members of the senate,
men prominent in the state. Sena
tors Cox of Hamilton, Harrison of
Hall, Norris of Pawnee, Anderson of
Saline and Saunders of Douglas.
Mr. Marsh said:
Wilton carpet was bought. It was
purchased and supplied in fact."
Your committee on accounts and
expenditures lias been handed the
following bills for legislative supplies:
Omaha Printing Co., 12 bills ag
Hardy Furniture Co,, carpet and
carpet lining 000.15
Harley Drug Co 40.00
Thesee bills are all certified to by
Secretary of State Marsh as being
correct and as having been purchas-d
by him for account of the legislature.
Your committee was unable to find
any authority vested in the secretary
of slate, for making such purchases,
Oilier than that found In section 4 of
article 2 of chapter 83 of the compiled
statutes which provides that "he
shall furnish the legislature and the
officers thereof all necessary fuel and
stationary when so directed by reso
lution of tin- legislature or cither
Hoy's Life lieaten Out,
Beatrice, Neb., March 7. Nels
Nelson, a boy who was employed
about the elevator of the Central
Granaries company at Fllley, was
killed In some manner as yet only
conjectured. II. M. Mlllcr.'the mana
ger, had occasion to look for Nelson,
and was surprised and shocked to
find his lifeless Iwdy on the floor of
the engine room. Apparently Nelson's
clothing had got caught In the belt
ing and his life beaten out as tho
body was rapidly whirled about.
IN A PRISON CELL
MRS. LILLIE HAS LIFE OF CONVICT
JURY SAYS SHE IS GUILTY
CONVICTED OF HEARTLESS MURDER OP
VERDICT 'QUICKLY SPREAD
Court Room Pscked ss Jurymen FHc Is, I
No Uotowerd locitfent Follows
Rawest For Life Seatence.
We, the jury in the above entitle
case, being duly empanelled and!
sworn, do find the defendant guilty
of murder in the first degree, audi
recommend that she be imprisoned
for life. (Signed)
A. C. Pool, Foreman.
David City, Neb., March 4. -This)
was the verdict rendered by the jury
in the Lillie murder ease at precisely
3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
As soon as tlie jury had agreed up
on the verdict tlie news spread rap
idly and in a few moments people
were seen running from all direction
toward the court house, and befora
the defendant arrived the large dis
trict court room was completely pack
ed with humanity. A large portion,
of the audience were men, with nob
to exceed twenty women present.
Each person as he entered the court
room door wore an anxious look, and
loudly whispered: "What is the ver-i
Mrs. Lilile, accompanied by he
father, brother, Mrs. Grisinger. bee
sister, and Sam Lillie, brother of tba
murdered man, arrived at 3:20. They
all took their usual stats in the court
room. While Mrs. Lillie looked
bright, she had the appearance of
anxiety as to what the verdict of tho
twelve men was. As they marched
in she looked at each one carefully.
When Clerk Starks read the verdict
Mrs. Lillie sat motionless and when
the word guilty was pronounced not
even a quiver of the lip was noticei
able. Counsel for the defense asked
that the jury be polled. Clerk Straka
called the name of each individual'
juror and when he arose propounded!
the question: i
"Was this, and is this your ver-T
diet?" and the juror individually re-!
sponded in clear and distinct tones:
In his instructions to the juryi
Judge Good, after giving, in legall
language, the ground for prosecution,
summed up the material allegations
of the information in part asofllows:,
a "That on t he 24th day of October
1902, the defendant purposely and
feloniously did make an assault upon
Harvey Lillie with a certain pistol.
"That she made such assault ot
her deliberate and premeditated mal
ice to kill and murder Harvey Lftlie.
"That with such pistol at the
time the defendant did inflict upon
the head of said Harvey Lillie one
mortal wound of which he died on
the 24th day of October, 1902.
"That such assault was made by
the defendant upon said Harvey
LiUie in the county of Uutler and
state of Nebraska.
"It is provided by law that if any
person shall, purposely and of delib
erate and prcmediated malice kffl an
other every person so offending shall
be deemed guilty of murder in tha
first degree, and, upon conTictton
thereof, shall suffer death or shaH be
imprisoned in the penitentiary dur
ing life in the discretion of the jurf.
"The court instructs the jury that
circumstantial eviden c is legid tmd
competent in criminal cases, and If it
is of such a character as to exc ute
every reasonable hpyothesis other
than that the defendant is guilty, U
is sutllcient to authorize a convte-.
"The court further . instructs tha
jury that what is meant by circum-,
stantia! evidence, in criminal cases,
is tho proof of such facts or circam
stanc.es connected with or surronad
ing the commission of the crime
charged as tend to show the guilt ot
innocence or the party charged, and
if these facts and circumstances are
sufficient to satisfy the Jury of tha
guilt of the defendant beyond a reas
onable doubt then such evidence la
sutllcient to authorize a verdict Ot
"The jury are instructed that In
order to warrant a convict ion of mur
der on circumstantial evidence, each,
fact necessary to the conclnrtM'
sought to be established must ha
proved by competent evidence beyond
a reasonable doubt, and all tho facta
and circumstances must be consistent
with each other and with guilt of
the defendant, and consistent with
every other reasonable hypothesis or
conclusion, and all the facts taken
together must be of a conclusive na
Did Not Send the Poison.
Grand llapids, Mich., Mnrch 4. A
Jury in the circuit court at lonla tO
day brought in a verdict of not gnlltf
in the case of Ilailey Kreckas 0!
Lowell, charged with attempting to
murder George Merltt of Caranaa, by
tending him a poisoned beadacto
powder. Ths case grew directly out
nf the kininir of Mrs. Ada Kluasa of
Lowell a year ao by a poion
der tent through the mailt.
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