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   Miami Daily Arizona Silver Belt (Newspaper) - August 27, 1915, Miami, Arizona                                 THE DAIC  ER BELT  VOL. VIII. NO. 277.  MIAMI, ARIZONA, FRIDAY, A FOUST 27, 1915.  PRICE FIVE CENTS.  Tries To Strangle Wife; Kills Her With Axe ;  Chemist Then Commits Suicide Using Poison  SOME OF THE PROBLEMS GROWING OUT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STRUCTURES AT THE CONCENTRATOR CITY.  THINKS IT POSSIBLE THAT METAL LATH MAY BE USEI)—RECENT ACTION OF CX>UNCIL ON THE TENT HOUSE PROBLEMS.  HELP FOR  FINANCE COMMITTEE GIVES OUT LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TOWARD CELEBRATION.  EX-PRES. POWELL OF MINERS’ UNION RECEIVES LETTER OF AC X'KIT A NOE OF INVITATION FROM GOVERNOR HUNT.  FOUR KILLED AND 18 INJURED ON LINE BETWEEN PHOENIX AND P R ESC X >TT—C ’LC>UI>BURST WEAKENS BRIDGE.  Action was taken at the last meeting of the town council to the effect that no more permits are to be issued for the erection of tents or tent houses anywhere within the limits of the town of Miami, and that all such Btructures now in existence will have to be removed wRhin six months from date. From the number of arrests made and fines imposed recently, It would seem that the requirements of the building ordinance are not generally understood. H. O Tunis, the city engineer, was accordingly interviewed today. He said  “Under this ordinance it is necessary to obtain a building permit from the town before any construction work be started. In the wording of the ordinances this applies to ■‘additions, alterations, or repairs,’ as well as new buildings.  “Applications for these permits are made on blank forms whioh may be obtained from the city clerk or the building inspector. These appli cations are then taken to the building committee for approval, after whioh the building inspector will at once make out the permit for the work.”  At the last meeting of the council Building Inspector Tunis brought up the question of what would be considered fire-proof construction for buildings within the special fire district.  He stated that a number of applications had been made for small business buildings that were rejected as they did not come within the requirements of the building ordinance. And as the parties could not afford to go into the construction of modern concrete buildings they were not able to invest here, but had gone somewhere else.  The building inspector said that he had given the matter a good deal of study, and had come to the conclusion that the cheapest form of construction that would come under Ihet requirements of the ordinance would be the use of what is known as "Hy-rib” metal lath. ISut the use of this material thin concrete walls can be put up by plastering, and without the use of studding. The material can be used for walls, roof or celling, and makes a comparatively chtap metihod of construction, costing oniy about one-half as inucf as brick.  The matter was referred to the building committee to confer with the building inspector and look into V)Lh« merits of this method of construction.  i    —  CX)IJ> WON’T LA8T  By the Associated Press.  WASHINGTON, D. €., Aug. 27.-— The cold wave in the east will not last says the weather bureau. The coldest place is the United States is Sault Ste Marie.  Ex-President George Powell, of the Miners’ Union has just received a personal letter from Governor G. W. P. Hunt, who is now in Boston in attendance upon the conference of governors which is meeting at the “Hub of the Universe,” stating that in all human probability he will be on hand at the Miami Labor Day celebration to be. held on Monday, September 6.  The members of the finance committee today gave out the following list of contributions to the Labor Day fund:  MIAMI  Inspiration Copper Co 1250.00  Miami Copper Co......... 250.00  Miami Commercial Co .....25.00  Chauffeurs’ Union ........ 25.00  Gila Valley Auto Service.... 25.00  Garryowen Theater ....... 25.00  Frank Doran ............. 15.00  National Pool Hall  ....... 15.00  L. J. Dctrixhe, Gem Confectionery .............. 15.0°  Quin Bros. Bottling Works.. 10.00  Gila Valley Bank ......... 10.00  Bank of Miami ........... 10.00  Medin Fruit Stand ........ 10.00  Ryan Drug Co............ 10.00  Kiamy Co................ 10.00  Michell & Anegon .......  15.00  Norris & Kennedy Drug Co. 10.00  Reed Meat Market........ 10.00  Gus Rabb ............... 10.00  Globe Hardware Co....... 10.00  Max Lantin Co........... 10.00  Fred Rolando ............ 10.00  John E. Bacon ........... 10.00  Modern Restaurant ....... 20.00  E. Weaver .............. 5.00  PECULIARITY OF ACCIDENT IS FOUND IN FACT THAT I/OCO-MOTIVE HAD CROSSED THE BRIDGE IN SAFETY.  C. & A. Barber Shop...... 10.00  Ingram & Co.  J. H. Huston Keystone Grocery  Cobb Bros.......  Angius & Thomas lloopes Bros. Knight & Co.  Hugh Foster .. . George Senner .. Dr. Slaughter . . . Jack Harrington . A. Reid ........  10.00  5.00 .5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  By the Associated Press.  PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 27.—The north bound Santa Fe train from Phoenix to Prescott was wrecked at a bridge at Date creek, seventy miles north of here, the bridge being weakened by a cloudburst. Four were reported killed and eighteen injured. The engine passed safely and then the bridge collapsed and plunged the smoker into the swollen stream. The Pullman remained on the track.  The killed were Dr. Durphy, the veterinarian of FlagstafT; Grady B.eck, a bridgeman, who w-as riding in the smoker: an unidentified negro, and one other man whose body was pinned under the wreckage. Among the injured were W. H. Merritt, county surveyor of Yavapai; J. C. Bradbury and Mrs. Angus McKay, wife of a mine superintendent.  Engineer Ptntland and Fireman McNetlly, who jumped to safety, aided the other trainmen in rescuing the injured from the creek, wbion was six feet deep. The wreck occurred eleven miles from a telegraph station and It was eight hours before help arrived.  COUNT BERNSTORFF, ACTING ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM BERLIN, HAS NOTIFIED SEC. LANSING OF THE GERMAN POSITION.  FULL SATISFACTION WILL BE GIVEN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SINKING OF THE STEAMER ARABIC.  By the Associatec Press.  WASHINGTON, D. C.. Aug. 27.— Count BernstorfT, acting on instructions from Berlin, notified Secretary Lansing that “full satisfaction” will be given the United Statis for the sinking of the Arabic. The ambassa-!dor explained that Germany would i make more than a mere disavowal if jit should be found that the Arabic had been sunk without warning.  BRYAN BLAMES ROOSEVELT  By the Associated Press.  KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 27.— Commenting on the developments following Theodore Roosevelt's speech at Plattsburg, ex-Secretary Bryan said:    “Glad to notice that  Secretary Garrison was disposed to restrict the camps to the work for which they had been established. During the last two weeks they seemed to have served more as a platform for jingoes’ talk than for instruction in the arts of war.”  Frank Gassaway .......... 10.00  Happy’s Restaurant . ..  B. B. B. Store .......  New York Store......  Fair Store ..........  Pure Food Restaurant . Martin's Restaurant . . Jensen’s Soda Fountain  Arizona Gem Co......  Famous Store........  J. T. Lewis ..........  Miami Furniture Co. .. Union Clothing Co. . .. Jensen’s Shoe Shop ...  Elegant Store ........  A. A. Edwards .......  A. Subinsky ..........  Isom’s Cafe ..........  Fred Farrar     ......  A. Gonzales .........  J. Cassay ...........  Arizona Meat Market .  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  5.00  3.00  3.00  3.00  3.00  3.00  2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 1.50 1.00 1.00 1.00 2.00 2.00  BLAME IS PUT ON ROGKERFELLER  By the Associated Press.  WASHINGTON, D. €., Aug. 27.— The responsibility for the strike of coal miners in Colorado in 1913 and 1914 for the disorder and suffering that followed is placed squarely on the shoulders of operators in a report by George P. West, made public today by the Commission on Industrial Relations.  The Colorado Fuel and Iron company, controlled by John D. Rockefeller, is declared to have been the leader in formulating and carrying out strike policies. M/r. Rockefeller and his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., are charged, first, with the selection of incompetent and reactionary agents to serve as evecutive officials In this company,and, second, with giving their heartiest endorsement and support to these officials after they had taken action that precipitated the worst of the troubles.  Mr. Rockefeller, Jr., is charged with having approved measures to coerce the state government of Colorado and with having flouted the will of the president of the United States.  RUSSIANS LOSE OLITA  By the Associated Press.  BERLIN, Aug. 27.—The Russian fortress Olita, thirty miles south of Kovno, has been evacuated.  T BY A CRAZY PRIEST  By the Associated Press.  WINONA, Minn., Aug. 27—Bishop Patrick Heffron, of the Winona diocese, was shot twice while at St. Mary’s college today. Rev. Al Lesches, a demented French priest, did the shooting. He had been at the college seeking an Interview, which the bishop declined to give. He appeared in the library, wdiere the bishop was reading, and fired twice without warning. He was arrested. Hope for the bishop’s recov-ern is entertained.  AT MIAMI BY BERT ROSE, A SOLICITOR FOR COBB BROTHERS AT 5 O’CLOCK LAST EVENING—ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE AFFAIRS WHICH HAS EVER OCCURRED IN THE DISTRICT— JEALOUSY SUPPOSED IX) BE THE CAUSE OF THE TRAGEDY.  STOCKING DRAWN AROUND WOMAN’S NECK; UNLACED SHOE ON RIGHT FOOT—MERRILL SON OF FORMER CONSUL GENERAL TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. WAS CHEMIST AT INSPIRATION AND KILLED HIMSELF BY TAKING CYANIDE OF POTASSIUM.  (Continued on Page Four.)  CAPITAL AT MEXICO CITY By the Associated Press.  WASHINGTON. D. C., Aug. 27.— General Carranza will move the capital to Mexico City Sunday as a step in an effort to obtain recognition by the United States.  TO SELL WATER TO TOE COUNCIL  At a meeting of the Miami town (ouncil Wednesday night the council acquired the Joe Proohaska water works system. Members of the council made inquiries as to whether water could be obtained from the Van Dyke water system.  The following telegram was this morning received by Attorney F. C. Jacobs from Cleve W. Van Dyke: “San Francisco, Aug. 27, 1915. “F. C. Jacobs, Globe, Ariz.  “Sell town council water meter rates understanding temporary arrangement.  “CLEVE W. VAN DYKE.”  Strangled and beaten to death by her husband, who then swallowed a deadly dose of Cyanide of potassium, the dead bodies of Gerit Randolph Merrill and wife were discovered sliortly after 5 o’clock last evening at their home on Copper Glance Hill by Bert Rose, a solicitor for Cobb Brothers.  The tragedy doubtless occurred late Wednesday night, as the evidence tended to show that both the victims were about to retire for the night when the murder and suicide were committed. The cause of the tragedy is not definitely known, although it is believed that jealousy on the part of the husband was the motive. It appears thit Mrs. Merrill was very much dissatisfied with her surroundings in Miami and had determined to leave for San Francisco on the 7th of next month, much against the desires of her husband. It has also been learned that she was receiving mail through the Globe postoffice and this fact may have become known to her husband and so enraged him that the tragedy resulted.  FOUND BY BERT ROSE  Rose, who called daily at the Merrill home for grocery orders, first suspected that something was wrong there when Mrs. W. F. Kelly, a neighbor of the Merrills, told him that she had seen nothing ail day of either Merrill or his wife and because of the previous trouble they had had she feared that something tragic may have occurred. Rose accordingly went to the house and, getting no results from a continued knocking on the door, he went to the rear of the house and peered through the screen with which the back porch is enclosed, with the result that the body of Merrill was discovered lying on a couch. Rose immediately obtained assistance and enough of the screen was taken out to admit of entrance.  GREWSOMK DETAILS Upon entering the bedroom the body of Mrs. Merrill was then found lying on the ibad with the head hanging down over the upper part about half way to the floor. A silk stocking had been drawn tightly around her neck and her skull crushed with a blow from an axj, which was still lying on the bed. A great pool of blood from the wound in her head had formed on the floor. Whether death resulted from strangulation or from the wound is not positively known, but it is thought that her outcries while being strangled caused Merrill to strike her with the axe. It appears tihat he had pressed a pillow over her face in an attempt to stifle her calls for assistance. The only clothing on the body was a night gown, which had been drawn up around her shoulders during the struggle. An unlaced shoe was also on the right foot. As the stocking had been drawn on, it is thought that there had been an altercation and that site had started to dress hurriedly in order to leave the house. It is believed that she was sitting on the side of the bed putting on her shoes  when her husband seized her and commenced to strangle her, for the rug on the floor was thrown fback as If from her feet when she was forced back on the bed.  TOOK CYANIDE OF POTASSIUM  Merrill’s body was lying on a couch on the screened porch with one arm hanging over the side and the hand resting on the floor. Near his hand was a granite cup which it was discovered had contained cyanide of potassium and it is assumed, pending the inquest, that he had swallowed enough of that poison to cause death. There was no marks of any kind on the body except some blood on the left eye which it was discovered came from the wound in his wife’s head. A thorough search was made for any letters he may have written in explanation of the deed, but nothing was found HUSBAND AND WIFE QUARREL  Merrill came to Miami on the 7th of last May and was employed as as-sayer at the Inspiration concentrator. His wife did not join him here until the 8th of the present month. It appears that they quarreled continually and for that reason were avoided by their neighbors, who knew’ but little concerning them or the'.r past life. It has been learned, however, that Mrs. Merrill had been married before, but whether her former husband was dead or whether she had ibeen divorced C'as not known. One story is that her former husband was connected In some way with horse racing and had been successful and able to provide for her in a much better manner than her present husband was* able to do. This enforced simple manner of living proved to be very disagreeable to her, as was evidenced by a remark made to one of her neighbors while washing some clothes. This remark was to the effect that this washing was the first she had ever done and she hoped that it would be the last, and that her people w-ould never hear that she had been forced to do such work.  FATHER IVOR (X)NSUL GENERAL  It has been learned from papers found that Merrill’s father is a practicing dentist in Pasadena, Cal., and was formerly vice consul general for the United States at Sydn y, Australia. Merrill was twenty-eight years of age. The age of his wife was not learned, but people acquainted with her state that she apptared to be about thirty-five years of age. The whereabouts of any of the members of her family have not yet been burned. Merrill’s father was notified of the tragedy tills morning and advice from him regarding the disposition of the bodies is expected sometime today.  The bodies have been removed to the morgue, but the inquest, which was to be held at 1 p. m. today has been postponed until next Tuesday.  A later search of the house resulted in the discovery of a letter addressed to Mrs. Merrill from a friend of hers at Jerome. From the contents of this it has been learned  (Continued on Page Four.)   

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