Olean Democrat, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1890, Olean, New York
1890. "here Is a Successor for Every One Deposed. OP WOOD AM) EVIL. Bforvo ami Ingenuity DJspljiyeiJ by Two Unidentified Burglars at Denver. Charles ltohcii'8 i I In the Careers of Some Famous I (Copyright by Awricau Press Association.) About once in so often some prominent iu police or detective circles an- bouuces that the days of great crimes are Over, that there are no M'cr-c-.sors to tne I i. J M'DCKMITT. famous rascals of a past generation and fchat the machinery of law an'l order has crushed the life and ambitnn out of element. Generally on the heels of an assertion of this sort conies the news of a train rol> jbery, bank burglary or huge swindle, and the self congratulating Hawkshaws have to turn out and hustle on the trail of the successful and rapi.lly fleeing desperadoes. It has been a-sorted also that, because Of improved methods and intricate elec- jtric and automatic surroundings, safe cracking is a "lost yet only the .Other night two men entered a brewery Denver, forced the vaalt, secured In cash, and then calmly sat down to tha dlbcussion of half a dozen bott f beer a box of good cigars that to be bandy. When they inputted they left behind them what is described as the "finest and u most complete set of tools ever seen in Col- orado, and a system of wedges that could not be duplicated in any safe manufactory Of the'United States." Experts admitted that a single man with their sectional L and wedges could open any safe iu ten minutes. Yet these well equipped, intelligent scoundrels came to grief. The day follow- Ing the raid on the brewery they ran against the rock on which the criminal usually goes to The police ttabbed them after a struggle in which one Of the burglars got a pistol ball in the leg. The officers are sure they have the right but they are puzzled because they f. WEST. can't get the men to talk. Tiie one who Was wounded calls himself J J. McDer- mitt. He is a splendid specimen of phys- ical manhood, and is evidently possessed cf a good education. When photographed he assumed the at tittide shown in the accompanying picture. Bis companion, known as F. West, is a thin faced fellow, cool, crafty and ingen- ious. He is supposed to have been the of the tools used at the brewery burglary, but that is a point yet to be es- tablished. Indeed, the two men seem to understand each other and the police tnethods thoroughly. They have been "communed with" in separate cells. MeDerniitt has been told that West has and vice versa, but all such fairy tales have been received with cheer- ful reticence and disbelief. Photographs Of the prisoners have been sent all over the United Suites, but as yet no detective bail been able to "place" them. The men evidently what are termed "high class They have no confidants among the criminal classes. They "do jobs" on their own account, keep their mouths shut, and simply the authorities to "prove Under the circumstances it may be diffi- cult to pin them down for the brewery burglary, wbich is the specific charge on which they are held However, when a man once gets to going behind the bars there seems little let up for him till be That is probably what Charles Roben thinks. He has been known C1IAR1XS KOiiKN 1 lot xpert barsUr, and recently E" n v-rcr vrarV in Ohio mil. fir e rrnon two nutted Vw York ity ,.v-T as Mr n An in the neighborhood he fired. friends xnftVrad severely from asd O'Anford loudly dcplorod hie JNFW SPA PERI bji the footsteps of 1111 int: .i.li i. d AH outcry, and the- MSHUI- ,1 fter her twicv. A-s fl'-d ii i' rec as the retired i-j-rc-hair, a-s 1 it Ls ft r this crime tint I I'olit'n now uniwur. I'ftc McCarlin-y iiO fracture. He Dli. J R. STIEPEL tecovered so rap- Idly that the phj-sician paid little atten- tion to P.TSP, his last call being rather a social one. After a long talk with Dr. Stiepel the physician left him late in the evening. About 4 o'clock the next morn- ing he was found dead. Then several more parties appeared on the scene; they were agents and physicians of eleven insurance companies. And im- mediately after came the officials of some lodges and mutual associations, and within twenty-four hours it was made known that Dr. Stiepel was insured for at least -and that he had lately made great efforts to insure for much more. Here were the elements of a mystery in- At the inquest the room resembled a medical college lecture hall, so many com- panies were represented by their doctors. The brain was found perfectly not a trace of disease or mechanical injury said one section of the medical men, it could not have been suicide from insanity. No, said the other, the insanity may have been functional. The stomach and lungs also were average in condition. Bat the was the trouble. Their condition was that of nephritis. They were thoroughly diseased. Was it natural, or the result of some cor- rosive poison? The former, said tbe phy- sicians, was barely possible, the latter most probable. Then several more insurance men ap- peared. The doctor had for some time shown a most unnatural ansiety to insure, and some of the companies' physicians had rejected him on the ground that he was slightly insane. lie had inquired anx- iously whether the insurance would be paid in case he died by accident, and had admitted in one case that his life was threatened. So these physicians put forth tbe theory that Dr. Stiepel was "under the control" of someone who was inducing him to insure heavily, and that he then com- mitted suicide. Perhaps the "control" knew that he was going to do so, and per- haps had the power to compel such fiction. There the matter rests. The policies were made payable to his wife and child. He had but one. No particulars of his pre vious life can Ije discovered. Fie took no one into his confidence, and his wife was even more reticent His body was cre- mated, as that was known to be his choice, and the insurance men now h.ive the task of proving the cause and method of his death. ________________ He Bobbed Hia Bride. One of the most puzzling facts in crime is that the average criminal can marry so easily and so generally such good women. George Hardy is the last brilliant instance. He had a nice wife and a pleasant home at Prairie avenue, Chicago, and last June he abandoned her, taking all the available family cash. A few days ago he married Laura Hall, of the same city, a very beautiful young wo- man, who had some in cash, and went with her to New York city. Two days later she applied to the police, stating A Prrtty A Wasbingi-oii young worn in had an ex- perience the other day that will hardly to duplicate. She Mapped before jail's jewelry o look .it window di-play, and placed one of t-rr feet on a brokcu prating It nronzh. and she conMn't her-fif So down on fhe rvcan to cry from fright and pain an1, tK.ii r-'.-r was at onoc I i d Tre police came an-1 made t n fr VT> had i yj K> i-; at M f- it f .nd 11 .-it i s a U'l- r .d r.i r i nj] i 71 T) i u t t t t i r U .t M ,L i Ake i. i e -v. ,t :i T t i .r d 'h. .ni cauwc i a k t-> lie h terror. Some Arc Actual and Others Arc Imaginary. O: T'J A CLERK. The In tiie 11 Much More tt Scl- Collection of lior.ci. New York and Mysteries. The aricii-iit Egj-ptiaus had a cheerful habit cf introducing a skeleton ut their THE DKL'O STOHE feasts, that all might be reminded in the hour of rejoicing of the inevitable future which was to bring disease, death and the judgment of the gods. A New York city druggist has recently set up a skeleton back of his prescription case -which is as grim and hideous as any that ever grinned at an Egyptian banquet, and which has a mission to perform equally important with that.of its old predecessors. Its duty i.s to remind a careless cierk that if he makes any more errors in compound- ing prescriptions he will send soma inva- lid untimely to kingdom corns and involve his employer in a "heap of trouble." It is a grim but constant warning against neg ligence. So they had and have their poor relics of forgotten wired hones of slaves slnm at Thebes or tramps carved up at Collevue Bat such as they are visible, tangible, practically harmless, though grewoome of tispact. They are not nearly so appalling other skeletons that stalk abroad, and the nir, and peer in the face, and stare over one's couch at the still hour of midnight with hollow, fleshlesss, gleaming eyes, stir- ring the hraia to all bortt, of wild imagin- ings. Among these latter is that time hon- ored old pnrty known as the skeleton iu the closet. Ho or one of his kind, has re- eeiitly fvur ii with a family at In- wor.'i, X. Y There, with relatives whose TOWNSEXD FELL. affection he deserved and received, lived Mr. John Townsend. a retired lawyer of fortune. Mr. Townsend had traveled far, and viewed many strange sights in foreign hinds, but his verdict, after much journey- ing, was that earth offered no more pict- ures ue views than those to be obtained from the Palisades of the Hudson. To feat-t bis eyes with the panorama of nature displayed from these historic heights it was the ex-lawyer's wont on nearly every One day to journey southward to New York city, cross the river to the Jersey side by means of the Fort Lee ferry and pass the hours of sunshine wandering along the heights So far as can be ascertained this was the programme he carried out on the day of bis day when his body was found at the foot of a cliff with the skull smashed and a 3S-caliber bullet in the brain. He left home cheerful, happy and vigorous, the weight of sixty odd years resting lightly upon a yet stalwart pair of shoul- ders. He reached Lydeckcr park, a wild and lonesome portion of the Palisades, and was ST. n no more alive. There in that lofty and tangled solitude occurred the tin solved mystery of bis taking off. rAvrr.ru At the inquest riiM-overy of the corpse two w cre awnm to. Ac eirding to one To'anwnd by tbe ferry accorling to She ct.or be ha'e p-r.e T--> Sower Yirk. --rrr -1 Jersey C ;v And tAken t-.i r for Enp'.ow r. fr rn r' st t Pi. l.j T-) the n -XT j bj t w ri.lT Bill- 1 thf The bui'.ft brad, aod hair Ir.riiottiwK Is k cT t urr.el. But, after hearing all testimony, the coroutr'b tiry dei-ided that Mr. udn't tt carr, rneutal or in world, and who did not carry a (oinmitti'-d suicide. It bet-iiuse of this veixut the uuexpluinublo surround Ing ircuinsianct'S of the affi'.ir that tin- dead mati't, relatives is re 110' oitertainicy the gnm sKt'k'ton of (ioubt. The skeleton of anxiety a prominent place in the household of Deujarnin II. Campbell, u prominent politician and null lonaire of Chicago. One night recently Mr. Campbell, who is n shattered invalid 75 years of age, arose and left his home at- tired in troupers, dressing gown and slip- pers wandered about the streets a while and was seen by several people. Then he disappeared, leaving no clew be- hind. It is .said that a loss of CoOO.O'JO in an un- fortunate business venture had worried him greatly. Yet this could by no means have crippled him fiuancially, as his estate is valued at nearly Gve times that amount. A quarter of a century ago he was a great friend of Gen. Grant, and was by him ap pointed United States marshal for the northern district of Illinois. His fortune came largely from judicious estments in street railways. One theory regarding his disappearance is that he has committed suicide by throw ing himself into Lake Michigan. The other, and the one held by the family, is that he is demented and is being cared for by strangers who cannot identify him. The skeleton of suspicion will accom- pany William J. Baldwin, of Atchison, Kan., to the grave. Five years ago his sis- ter was murdered and he was charged with the cri me. The evidence, it id said, was very weak, but the jury held it to be sufficient, and returned a verdict of guilty, which meant life imprisonment. Yet the man's wife and mother believed in him despite the verdict. They carried the case clear to the United States supreme court, without avail. Then they began to work for a par don, and tbe other day succeeded in A VERY LIVELY LAD. r WILLIAM J. BALDWIX. ting one, Baldwin being released just in time to attend the funeral of his only child. Opinion is divided as to the man's guilt or innocence, and will doubtless remain so. He at least has the satisfaction of know- ing that those nearest and dearest to him believe that he never committed the crime, and perhaps some day the truth may come to light and give him ample vindication before his fellow men. I; a-iy event, however, the skeleton ac- or the skeleton sentimental is not a or agreeable chum. He is too silent, too forceful, and, even in his ideal shape, too matter of fact. In his ancient capacity as a monitor I doubt if he kept the courtiers of Pharaoh from swigging one cup the less, and, grown familiar to tbe clerkly gaze, the articulated bones back of the druggist's prescription counter may prove an incentive not to caution but to recklessness. These other skeletons, though, these skeletons of the imagination, are more lia- ble to put on flesh than they are to become indifferent or to disappear. Scandal, trou ble, disgrace, things, unmer- ited though they be, abide with many until the welcome hour of release bids the tired victim shake off his mental incubus and join the gray old world's army of actual, unoffending but unhandsome skeletons. TOO HANDY WITH A PEN. The Career of en Expert Forger Finally Closed. Julius K. Dillman is the last man to achieve a peculiar fame in the criminal line. His method was so very peculiar that one can only wonder how he es- caped detection so long, yet there was a certain gen- ius in it and a coolness worthy of a general. His line was forgery and bis method was to walk into a bank bareheaded and with pen behind his ear.as if be bad J. K. DILLMAK. jilst desk at a neighboring rtore. aud present a check for some amount less than and did it so well that he never failed, getting the cash in o- e instance at a desk where there was hanging at the time a police circular of warning with a good description of him. He is a New Yorker, he says, but he began his forging career in Georgia early in 18S8. In March of that year he appeared hi San Francisco and cashed checks as follows: March 17. oae for 160. 31st, one for (GO-. April 7, oae for April 9, one for May 10, two for each, and then in rapid succession five for each, the last on Jane 5. In November be appeared again and cashed two checks for 135 each. He 1 hen married a beautiful and estimable young lady and disappeared for a time. Recently he "resumed business" in Sao Francisco and was caught. Then evidence came in rapidly showing that he bad "worked" Dallas, Tex., Columbus, Ga.. and other places for small amounts. In but rooms vr.re found blank checks on many imitation signatures of many irms, with a great vanety of pens and rubber stamps fixed tc "O. the check? occasion might demand. The yoi 5 wile was heartbroken. Sne be- ber to be rommerciaJ and was evidently m complete icr-Tanoe of hte crimes D.llnxan. finding that he bad a long in prison in prospect, made full confession, declaring that be had Tv- dead'." from m in or -atber another f -TTBV t-T- .-a f erms he aud his younger brother Jack got two cartridges where the men were blasting, and planted them where they would do tbe most good, in the boys' minds, but the "touching ofE" was a trifle premature, and here is George's account of the results: "Jack and 1 were only seven feet off when up went the milk house anil Joe's house and the chicken house all to pieces, and we hadn't time to ihink when the sec- ond cartridge went off and tore up the whole bank. Then littler than me, 'cos he's went a flying down the hill, and I only save-1 my life by holding on to the branches when 1 went up into a tree in the chicken yard. "You just ought to seen the lirel It went right up the hill through the orchard and vineyard and burned a lot ot other people's wood, but they got it out at last. I just tell you what, you're got to know how to use this dynamite if you want to have any fun with it." Both boys escaped serious injury, and now the people on the coast are wondering what their next exploit will be. REMARKABLE BONE GRAFTING. A Delicate Bit of Surgery Attempted at New York. JoTinny Gethius is a New York boy and Yip is a spaniel dog, and they have lately been very much "attached." In fact they have literally grown together, and, so far as a leg apiece goes, have become one bone and one flesh. All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Dr. A. M. Phelps, surgeon at the Black well's Island hospital and lecturer at vari- ous medical colleges, who maintained that a dog's leg bone might be grafted on to same being made to serve the turn The operation was no doubt the most curious in the annals of surgery The boy was born with a defective section in his lower left leg. It ceased to be in effect it so the boy would havft up to be a cripple for life. Above and below it the bone was sound and the flesh aud blood connection sufficient to nour- ish it. The boy had undergone no lessH t ban six operations and borne them like a hero; the leg had been broken, splintered, scraped, "exsected" and reunited in various ways and still no union took place Then Dr. Phelps determined to make the experi- ment of "bone grafting.1' Yip, the spaniel, was selected because his foreleg bone was of the same size as John- ny's. Both were made insensible by thetics, and the boy's leg and all the dog, except the leg, encased in plaster canU which made them perfectly immovable. Then, by a process too intricate and tech- nical for popular description, a short mo- tion of Yip's leg; was sawn out, great can being taken to prevent hemorrhage and leave sound dot; above and below the ex- section, this inserted in the vacant section of the boy's leg, and properly joined at each end to his leg bone, and then dog and boy were firmly fastened. The theory was that the circulation of each would r JOHKXT A.Jft> TTP vivify the annexed bone till perfect union took place; then the dog could be ampu- tated from t he boy, and Jive ont bis dog days with one short leg The doctors are of course mightily in- terested, and there are more prophecies than ten columns like this would bold. Tbe strange feature w that both and hoy have eaten and rested fairly well, tbongk impatient and restless at over the ne> vere confinement Critical xtirgpons do not donht that tbe dog can be cut off and the boy survive, hut whether t he canine bone section will become thoroughly humanized, and so grow with Johnny growth and strengthen with his strength, ia quite an- other thing. If it this boy with a "dog gone" shinbone will be a perennial subject for the paragrapbers. Tragic In Hospital. Romance and traced y. and U the recent '.bloryo' Mrm. Man ha Ixwec. of New York city On the lOtb of JnJr bong Martha Craw, ran with and mirr.H Charles t i r in V to tl.< Unrlen thf of thert his wife. Tnen tee r rr truth ont itjough of biw-n cntn'cal f.-r.-n rh idhood, buw spent )ean ia prison raalcs u aa forger In a brief latcrval of liberty able wta UN tort of Utte rWSPAPER!