Hemingford herald. (Hemingford, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1895-190?, September 13, 1895, Image 6

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Born of tlio Stories That Ilnvo Crept
Into l'rlnt Regarding tho Conduct of
the Medical Students at Mlrhtgnn
If F HALF tho stories
' I told about tho con-
It duct of tho medical
students at tho Ann
I Arbor University
5J nre true, that Insti
tution contains tho
biggest lot of ruf
fians In tho coun
try. The revolting
character of the
stories that have
lately been sont out
has prevented some of the leading
newspapers publishing the facts. These
stories certainly do seem beyond belief.
Norman Cameron, ono of tho students
recently expelled, now on tho editorial
staff of tho Detroit News, first brought
tho charges beforo tho public.
The story that aroused tho Iro of the
faculty of the university against Mr.
Cameron nnd led to his expulsion was
ono telling of a brutal so-called "Joke,"
whereby a student In the medical de
partment had been compelled to cat
tho flesh, of a human being whllo pur
suing his studies In tho anatomical lab
oratory. Mr. Cameron was a member
of the graduating class of the law de
partment and tho correspondent of the
Evening News here. His father Is" tho
Rev. Dr. Cameron of Boston, Mass., a
former clergyman of New York city.
Mr. Cameron was expelled just six
weeks previous to tho time of gradua
Ever Blnco he began his work ns a
newspaper correspondent ho was har
assed by tho law faculty. Ho waB
given to understand that his writings
would have to bo toned down, and that
only such news as reflected credit on
tho Institution would be tolerated. But
lie felt that ho owed a duty to tho paper
ho represented, as well as to tho public,
for tho Ann Arbor University is a state
Warwick M. Downing, another law
student, and tho representative of the
United Press and tho Chicago Tlmes
Hcrald, -was almost expelled two
months previous because ho reported
tho circumstances of what Is known
hereabouts as tho Klrchner case. Pro
fessor Otto Klrchner, of Detroit, while
delivering a lecture to the junior law
students, was driven from tho platform
by tho nolso and cat-yells of tho stu
dents. This exhibition of ruffianism
,was the talk of the town, and when Mr.
Downing made a rcferenca to It in an
article ho was quickly summoned be
foro the faculty and told that If he re
ported anything detrimental to tho uni
versity ho would bo expelled,
The story of Mr. Cameron's trouble
Is an Interesting one. A short time
previous to his expulsion ho sent to a
newspaper a story of a medical student
who uto a sandwich In which human
flesh had been substituted for other
meat. Tho "Joke" was perpetrated in
tho dissecting room. Tho victim, Fred
erick von Wldeklnd, familiarly known
as the "baron," look one blto of the
mess and swallowed It. He then took
another before he realized what a hide
ous and barbarous act had been done,
but being a plucky man he refused to
Bhow any signs ot distress In tho pres
ence of the other students. Luckily ho
was able to discard what ho had eaten.
As the bodies are pickled in arsenic
this probably saved his life. Von Wide
kind was ill three days nevertheless
from the effects, and it was feared at
one time that blood poisoning had set
When tho "baron" learned that Mr.
Cameron had got Into trouble on ac
count of exposing this piece of brutality
he went to the faculty and narrated tho
circumstances of the case. So far no
action had been taken to punish tho
perpetrators of the deed, though the
correspondent was expelled for writlag
It up. This is exactly what the egislaT
ture proposes looking into at Us next
Shortly after the article waB printed
.the University Daily, a paper published
at Ann Arbor, came out with a long ed
itorial, the main thoughts of which are
aid to have originated in tha brains
Sf ear-tl the professors who caused the
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expulsion, It' branded tho story as
"fake" and Mr. Cameron an an arrant
falsifier who maliciously did all ho
could to besmirch the reputation of
tho Institution.
Without a thought of tho conse
quences Uio young man took up the
cudgels In his own behalf In a two-column
article which was printed In tho
same paper tho next day with a few
words of comment that served to make
Mr. Cameron's caso seem all the strong
er. Mr. Cameron asserted that the
story was true, and declares further
that a newspaper had the right to print
facts, and that he was under no ob
ligation to hide disgusting perform
ances. But what hurt tho most was a
paragraph which said that It had been
notorious for years, and is notorious
yet, "that the medical students not
only here, but In practically every other
Institution of the land, novcr lose an
opportunity to Indulge In hideous and
nauseating Jokes with tho sacred re
mains of the dead.
"It is common rumor," the paragraph
went on, "that tho medics of tiur uni
versity, when the legislative party was
here, had prepared slices-of liver and
other portions of the human anatomy
to fill the solons' pockets, but they for
tunately for tho good name of our alma
mater did not visit tho anatomical la
boratory. Dozens of law students are
similarly treated every year. Tho pro
fessors In the medical departments
must know these facts, and they havo
never taken any steps to prevent
Scarcely had the paper containing
this screed reached tho streets beforo
Dr. Charles B. Noncredo, professor of
surgery, and Dr. J. Playfalr McMur
rlck, professor of anatomy, called upon
Mr. Cameron and, after condemning
him bitterly, threatened his expulsion
from the university. Dr. Nancredo
said that If ho would make a retraction
In the paper and apologize for tho
"roast" on tho professors all stops
would be dropped. A partial apology
was given and accepted on these terms.
But tho young man now admits that he
made a mistake, for tho wily professor
turned this apology against him at tho
faculty meeting.
Tho following evening tho press cen
sorship at the university was estab
lished. Tho senate, composed of oil
tho full professors, mot and adopted
rules governing tho kind of reports
student correspondents should In the
future send out.
Mr. Cameron set about getting affida
vits to the statements ho made, and In
two days ho collected over thirty from
his fellow-students as to what had been
going on In the laboratory. Human
flesh throwing seemed to bo a common
thing, as that was what tho majority
testified to. Ono young man declared
that ho went Into the medical headquar
ters carrying an umbrella, and that
when ho came out It was half full of tho
Inner portions of a human body. An
other student had a blood-soaked
sponge hurled at him, which spattered
and ruined his clothes. "The stench
was foul," ho said. Another had an car
put Into his pocket, and others had por
tions of the body too loathsome to
mention pinned on their coats. One
young man had a bleeding piece of
flesh thrust down his neck.
Tho faculty then brought a little more
pressure to betr. Tho students wha
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if their names remained on tho state
ments they would subject themselves
to expulsion. Many of them got' scared
and came around and nsked to havo
their affidavits back, and they wcro re
turned. Tho law faculty met next. Mr, A.
B. Marx, one of Detroit's business men,
was In Ann Arbor. He went before the
faculty with young Cameron and gave
his experience. "I was up visiting the
dissecting room a few weecks ago, as I
take an Interest in our state univer
sity," he Bald. "Hardly had I como
Inside the room before I was struck
on the faco with a piece of human flesh.
I looked around to seo whero It came
from and three or four moro pieces
struck me In the back ot the head. I
beat a retreat, but they continued their
unseemly actions until I was out of
reach. They oven threw at me from
tho windows, laughing in great glee."
Tho faculty refused to listen to tho
affidavits remaining, some nineteen in
"You are charged," said tho dean of
the department, Jerome C. Knowlton, to
Mr. Cameron, "with writing an article
harmful to tho university." Mr. Cam
eron replied that the article was writ
ten with good motives, and that it
would have a tendency to stop any fur
ther abuses. Tho faculty refused to
listen longer, nnd having been given
but a twenty-minute hearing, he was
asked to leave the room. Tho vote of
tho faculty was not unanimous in favor
of expulsion. Professor Bradley M,
Thompson maintaining that a great In
justice was being done.
Ann Arbor citizens wers much
aroused over the matter, for these al
leged medical "Jokes" have been the
talkj of the town, and the general feel
ing Is that the faculty have been very
negligent in their duty. It is almost
Impossible for a medical student to ob
tain rooms in the better class of board
ing houses, it is said.
At the last session of the legislature
a bill was framed making it a penal
offense for the students to tamper with
the remains of the dead, but In tho final
hours of the adjourning rush it was laid
aside for more Important measures.
This bill will undoubtedly be passed
at the next session.
The Pueblo Indians are a moral race
Th;y have resisted all attempts ot trad
ers to Introduce whi3ky and playl
carua in tneir miast.
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Tlio Strange Murder of Mro. Weddell,
a Drlde, and tlio Bulcldo of Jier Vnnnjj
Husband Tho Day Traffodjr of Horn
Itocont Years.
IAQARA has seen
many romantic,
strange deaths, and
over its brink the
most beautiful wo
men have passed, as
havo men who have
made their mark in
life and were exalt
ed in tho leading
One of the most
romantic as well as
the saddest tragedies at the great cat
aract was tho suicide of a handsome
Spanish woman, who leaped over the
Horseshoe Falls In the autumn of 18(2.
It was In the old stage-coach days,
when the lumbering four-in-hand
played such a prominent part in a trip
to Niagara. Ono evening In the early
part of October the stage coach from
Buffalo drove up to the 'door of the old
Cataract House, and one of tho first
persons to alight was a handsomely
dressed woman, whose age could not
havo been moro than 2G. Tho elegance
of her apparel and appearance denoted
a lady of wealth and refinement. She
sent a card to the clerk on which was
printed tho name "Miss Evelyn Barrios,
Philadelphia," was registered and as
signed to one of the handsomest rooms
in tho old hostelry. Miss Barrios was
about tho hotel for several days, and In
conlldcnco told the landlord that she
was there to meet her affianced, n
wealthy gentleman from the Quaker
City, and that on his arrival they were
to bo married. She visited the falls al
most dally or wandered along the river
bank, looking nt the roaring, tumbling
waters far below ns they rushed alons
to tho whirlpool. Two weeks passed,
and tho betrothed of tho Hlspanian
maiden, for Buch sho proved to be, did
not como and he sent no message to the
faithful, waiting woman. Each day
Miss Barrios Impatiently awaited the
coming of tho rumbling old stage, and
each tlmo turned from her window, a
faco clouded with disappointment The
third week sho passed almost entirely
in her room, and tho servants com
mented on tho fact that she was al
most always In tears. Ono bright moon
light night Miss Barrios left the hotel
shortly after tea, saying that sho would
"go for a stroll, It being such a charm
ing evening." Sho wandered away to
tho falls. Two coachmen saw her sit
ting on a largo rock overlooking the
cataract, and by somo strango intuition
decided to watch the woman. For near
ly an hour sho sat there, then suddenly
arose, walked to the edge of the rock,
Jumped into the river and was carried
over tho falls. Word was taken to tho
hotel, nnd tho landlord went at once
to tho room so lately occupied by his
fair guest. Her trunks were packed
and locked. On a table were two let
ters, ono addressed to the proprietor,
tho other to her lover. In the first was
a large sum of money, with directions
to deduct enough to pay the bill and
that the balance should bo used to give
to give a Christian burial, in case her
body was ever recovered. "Without
love, my life Is without hope," read the
letter, "and my lovo will not come."
The very next night the great stago
coach drove up to the hotel and a dis
tinguished and dlgnlfled-looklng gentle
man alighted and registered as Dr.
George B. De Feece. Ho hastily glanced
over the register for several days prior,
and then asked tho clerk If Miss Bar
rios was a guest of the house. In re
ply, the clerk handed him tho letter
addressed to him by the fair suicide.
The stranger read it', and a strange
pallor came over his face as ho ten
derly and carefully folded it and put
it into his pocket. For more than an
hour he stood at the window, then
turning asked tho clerk to send a man
with him to tho spot whero the tragedy
took place. . After visiting it, ho re
turned to tho hotel, and the next day
employed a dozen men to search for tho
body, offering a large reward for Its re
covery. It was found late In the after
noon below the rapids, and two days
later the Doctor left the falls with the
body, without giving an explanation or
disclosing his or the suicide's identity,
N, other than their names.
Shortly after the railway line w
opened a couple came to the falls. That
they wcro newly married every ono di
vined, and they made no secret of tho
fact Almost daily they wandered
about alone tho river, and to the falls,
and then again through the fields and
about tho littlo village. Their appear
ance denoted wealth and refinement
They were never out of each other's
company, and it seemed that Cupid had
not erred when he brought about tho
union of such lovers. They registered
from Boston and gave the name of Mr.
and Mrs. Edward Weddell. Threo
weeks after their arrival Mr. Weddell
started out ono afternoon for a walk,
and mentioned to the clerk that his wifo
was Indisposed, which accounted for
his going out alone, a thing he had
never done before. When tho hour for
supper arrived Mr. Weddell had not
returned. As It neared the close of tho
supper hour tho hotel people sent a
waitress to tho room occupied by tho
couple to advise tnem of tho fact. The
girl made every effort to carry out her
instructions, but repeated knocks failed
to bring a response. The door was tried
and gave way to gentle pressure. Tho
girl peered Into the room and saw Mrs.
Weddell outstretched on the bed. Sho
stepped to the bed to arouse her and
found that the woman was dead. An
examination disclosed the fact that sho
had been strangled, and the ptlnts of
the murderer's fingers were found on
her swollen and blackened throat. On
the foot of the bed was a purse con
taining money, but a careful search
failed to reveal more of the couple's
Identity than was known. A search
was made for Weddell and the next
day his body waB found on. the Cana
dian sldo In a pllo of brushwood, where
It had lodged. He had jumped over tho
falls after having murdered the woman
he called his wife.
A tragedy of recent date la that of tho
cruel murder of Mrs. Arthur Day by
her husband and his slter, which took
place on the Canadian side. Day lived
in Rochester, N. Y and had committed
bigamy by marrying a handsome young
woman with whom ho was desperately
In love. For two months he had led a
double life, living with each a portion of
the time by making each believe that
his work required his absence from the
city half of each week.
Day soon came to the conclusion that
it would bo but a short time beforo he
would be discovered, and decided to put
Mrs. Day No. 1 out of the way. Ho
enlisted the sympathies and services .of
Mrs. Annie Qulgley, a widowed sister,
and a plan was formed to take tho
wlfo to Niagara Falls, whero Day was
to push her over Into tho river abovo
the falls and let tho current carry her
down to her death. If tho tragedy
was over discovered Day and Mrs.
Qulgley were to swear that it was an
accident It was a delightful Sunday
morning In sunny June that tho trio
took the train from Rochester. Mrs.
Daay left her E-year-old boy with her
mother-in-law to go on tho fated ex
cursion. After reaching tho falls tho
party visited nearly every place of in
terest, but no opportunity presented
itself for Day to carry out his intended
designs, on account of tho people that
were met at every point Late In tho
afternoon the party reached a place on
the Canadian side opposite tho whirl
pool rapids, where the banks rise per
pendicularly to a height of over a hun
dred feet. Mrs. Qulgley sat down on a
log under somo trees, whllo Day and
his wife sauntered along tho bank of
the river. Day looked carefully about
and saw that no one perceived them.
Calling his wlfo to look at the swirling
waters of the whirlpool far below, he
pushed her over the bank. Sho fell
about eighty feet into a crevice made by
jutting rocks, and in a position that her
body could not be seen except by lylris
down and looking over the bank at the
point from which the unfortunate wo
man had been pushed to her death.
Day and his sister took the evening
train to Rochester. The gateman at
the station In that city saw the three
depart in the mokrning. and the two re
turn at night, He knew Day and asked
in a Joking way if his wife "had fallen
over the falls." Day replied that she
had gone to Canada to visit friends.
This information was imparted In a
casual way to the writer, who knew
Day, and who, at that time, was a re
porter on a morning paper. The news
paper man started to find Mrs. Day,
and was surprised to find a Mrs. Day
No. 2, This fact aroused his suspicion,
and the police were notified. Detect
ives, arrested Day on the charge of
bigamy, suspecting that Mrs. Day No.
1 had met with foul play. The clew was
taken from the visit to the falls, and
John C. Hoyden, chief of the Roohoster
detectives, arrestad Mrs. Qulgley. Sho
told an entirely difTer-it story as to
tho whereabouts of v sister-in-law
than had been told by Day. Finally
Mrs. Qulgley waB taken to the Falls
and asked to show the officers over the
Eame route she had taken on Sunday.
When the point was reached where the
murder had been commtted she broke
dbwn nnd made a complete confession.
The body of the murdered woman was
recovered and a medical examination
Showed that many bones had been bro
ken In the awful fall and that death
had been instantaneous. Mrs Qulgley
was turned over to tho Canadian au
thorities and the officers returned to
Rochester with the remains of the un
loved wife. Day was told of the con
fession of his sister and Anally admit
ted his guilt Hewas not told of tho
recovery of the body, but was asked by
the officers if he would go and point out
the spot that it might be recovered and
decently buried. He consented aa4
Canadian officers arrested him.
Their Department of tho Cotton States
Exposition Will Reflect Credit on the
Sox They Want to Excel Mrs. Potter
Palmer's Hoard.
(Special Correspondence.)
lng to have a great
International expo
sition this autumn,
beginning on Sept
18 and ending on
Now Year's Day,
and Its biggest
feature Is to bo a
woman's depart
ment, which was
created and has
been and will bo" conducted by women.
Tho merchants and bankers, tho rail
way magnets and cotton kings of the
metropolis of Georgia came to the con
clusion in January, 1894, that tho best
interests ot their community demanded
a world's fair larger than anything be
foro seen In tho south. They organ
ized, raised moro than $1,000,000, and
entered into negotiations with every
body in tho fair lino both on this con
tinent and in Europe. After tho enter
prise was woll under way tho, women
of Atlanta determined that they should
havo a great department of their own,
something liko tho Woman's building
in tho Columbian Exhibition at Chi
cago. They wanted to demonstrate
what southern women could do and havo
done; to Bhow southern women what
their sIsterB in other parts of tho coun
try wero accomplishing; to Introduce
ne,w. industries for their. ..sex in tho
south, and to increase tho attractive
ness of tho exhibition. They met sev
eral rebuffs at tho start. Many of tho
men said that all the sparo money that
could bo raised was required for the
exposition as already designed, and
that it there was any sparo money it
could bo Invested with better results in,
a Midway Plaisanco or a Ferris wheel
than in a woman's building. Then two
or three of tho men remarked that a
woman's department did not amount to
shucks; that women could not run a
big Bhow by themselves, and that oven
if they did get up an exhibition it
would not bo attractive enough to draw
five persons a day.
Tho opposition fired tho feminine
hearts, and tho women ot Atlanta
agreed to havo a woman's department,
a woman's building, and the biggest
show, of its sort tho country had ever
seen, oven if they all had to go without
new gowns for a year.
Tho women met, formed a tempo
rary organization, and picked out tho
persons they wanted to run the great
machine. They selected a board of
women managers, forty-one in number,
representing all the great social forces
of tho Btato ot Georgia. All forty
on wero women of distinction.
Some wero society leaders; others
wero writers, amateur musicians,
college graduates, amateur artlBts,
or tho owners of great estates.
They formed a visiting board of per
sons of national fame, consisting ot the
wives of the President, Governor-General
ot Canada, and the governors ot
states. They appointed representatives
from tho forty-nlno states and terri
tories, including the District of Colum
Vitn hnrmin'- ns far as nossiblo women
belonging to Georgian families who had
prospered in other parts of tho Union.
They also organized committees in the
largest cities, and engaged speakers
and workers from fifty women's organ
izations of the United States. In this
way they virtually enrolled a regular
army. The general-in-chiet was Mrs.
Joseph Thompson of Atlanta. Her aides
wero the managers and the executive
committee of fourteen members. The
loRfila were the chairmen of twenty
tight standing committees, each one
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devoted to somo occupation or calllaj1
in which women aro interested or ota.
ployed. Tho rank and fllo wero tnV
members ot theso committees, tho state
representatives throughout tho country;
and tho state and local committees i
the more populous communities. Clerks,
stenographers, and typewriters wero
engaged, and the work went on rapidly
Tho women used their homes as
offices. They had also an office in the
Aragon Hotel and another In the busi
ness quarter of tho city. Tho distribu
tion of work enabled the board of wom
en managers to do many things at tho
same time. Whilo all were raising
money, ono group were nrranglng for
a woman's building. This was designed
by Miss Ellso Mercur ot Pittsburg, who
was selected in the competition of somo
thirty architects. Tho building was
begun immediately, and is now com
pleted. The architecture suggests tho
colonial homes of the south, with a
large amount of the classical finish and
The womon raised tho money for tho
building and other purposes, but It was
slow work. The committees subscribed
much, and so did their friends and
neighbors. They gavo teas and musl
cales, plays and entertainments, shows
and exhibitions, games and dances.
This does not seem bo very hard to
New Yorkers, but in tho south there
is littlo sparo money. Nevertheless,
they Boon got togother $50,000. Besides
finishing tho woman's building, they,
will beautify tho grounds around it,
from tho littlo lako in front up to tho
Imposing main entrance. Tho purpose
is to produce tho effect of a luxuriant
homo In tho country, surrounded by
lawns and blossoms, ferns and shrub
beries. Unllko most exposition buildings, tho
woman's building has been constructed,
not to bo demolished when tho-fffir i3
over, but for permanent use. After tho
fair It will bo a school as well as a
museum. The collections will bo chiefly,
of the kind used In cabinets ot indus
trial schools, scientific halls, and col
leges to Illustrate lectures on tho high
er arts and sciences. In this manner
tho board of woman managers hopo not
only to mako tho woman's department
tho greatest feature of tho Atlanta ex
position, but also to mako it an educa
tional institution for tho benefit of tho
women of tho south for years to come. 4
Most of tho twenty standing com
mittees aro devoted to tho collection ot
exhibits and similar work. Tho com
mltto on agrlculturo and horticulture
will bring together flowers and fruits,
vegetables and Bavory leaves, nativo
flavors and spices, seeds and bulbs,
roots and barks. In a second class it
will havo preparations mado from
these raw materials preserves, pickles,
Jams, marmalades, Jellies, dried and
crystallized fruits, dairy products; In
short, every nrtlclo out of which the
'Aiuoiv tnt' KBrnener,- una tuo-nw.iov -
earn a living. Tho department of bee
culture will show tho systems of stor-
Ing and treating honey and wax. Thd
colonial committeeo promises to bd ono
of tho most Important of all. Georgia
is rich In colonial relics, as aro also
Alabama and Mississippi. Tho women
of all threo states havo offered moro
relics for exhibition than can bo used.
Tho committee will merely pick out
tho best and the oddest in order to
glvo a complete idea of life as It was la
tho eighteenth and tho first half of tho
nineteenth century. Among theso relics
aro muskets and long rifles, such as
wero used In the old Indian wars,
blunderbusses that look like musical
Instruments, horse pistols almost as
large as small cannon, swords that wero
worn by Marlon'9 mpn, saddles and
bridles and spurs and harnesses that
wero fashionable when Washington was
young, Jackspits which unfortunate
dogs wero obliged to turn by means of
small treadmills by the side of tho
Ultchen chimneys, ancient clocks, can
delabra, flint and tinder boxes, watches
that weigh a pound each, massive jew
elry and guinea gold, state uniforms
and ball robes. Tho exhibition will
show all tho features of colonial life,
from tho clumsy log house of tho forest
to tho mansion of tho opulent planter.
Tho comraltteo on confederate relic3
will mako a line display of objects, il
lustrating tho history of the lost cause.
There "will bo tattered flags and rusty
guns, swords and torn uniforms, paper
money and queer newspapers, home
spun garments and home-made nltro
and gunpowder, dispatches and docu
ments, books and records saved from
Are and water, fragments of shells amd
rusty cannon balls, flattened rifle bul
lets and bent bayonets.
The committee on culinary art and
cooking schools will give tho people of
Atlanta an opportunity to enjoy what
tho New York public have had for five
years. It neither Mrs. Rorer, Prof.
Cornelia C. Bedford, nor Prof. Olivia
Tracy dons the enowy cap and apron,
somo bright southern girl will holci
classes in which the raw material
will be transmitted Into toothsome ila-nen.