The Choctaw Herald. (Hugo, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 21, 1911 Page: 3 of 12
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Arson Octopus Stretches
Tentacles Afar $2
HE remarkable death In
Jerney City of a "flre-
bug" who was killed
through lils own clumsi-
ness while setting nre to
a building which he hud
been hired to burn down
has not often been sur-
passed as an example of
prompt retrlbutWe Jus-
tice. "Hoist with his
own petard" la such a
■worn old phrase that one hesitates to
use It now, but Prank Walsh, burglar
and incendiary, must have felt Just
that way when the can of gasoline
which he brought with him to Ignite
the office of the Long Dock Milling
company suddenly exploded and
wrapped him in deadly flames. His
agonized yells brought help sufficient
to sa*e the building but not to save
bis life. He had been hired for )10 to
<!o the Job In order to cover up
fraudulent entries In the cashier's
books, but be dropped his cigarette In
the gasoline can and thus "dumped
the fat in the fire" with a vengeance.
But however dramatic the fate of
clumsy Walsh and the consequent ex-
posure of bis accomplices may be by
themselves, they have a deeper signifi-
cance when viewed in tfce light of the
recent discovery that there exists a
country-wide arson trust, with head
quarters In Chicago and representa-
tives In nearly all the large cities, the
members of which make a business of
setting fire to buildings skillfully. In
order to enable the owners to collect
large sums of insurance.
Murder as a fine art. the scientific
management of arson, together with
the proper strategy and conduct of
private warfare, are subjects perhaps
Seller understood In Chicago than any
where else In the world. Lest any of
her great sister cities should feel en
fious of Chicago, let It be admitted
that Berlin ami Vienna also have their
fire gangs, Paris exhibits a pretty
taste In Apaches. New York foBtera
Paul Kelly associations. Madrid has
Its garroters and Canton Its high-
binders Yet the following tale shows
that the Chicago savans have fopileH
business principles to crime In a man-
ner far excelling the coarse efforts of
On the fourth floor of No. 2&j South
Market street, In the Windy City, wa«
situated the goodly clothing establish-
ment of L Dreyfus & Co., wholesalers
It was operated by the brothers Leo-
pold and Lazard Dreyfus, who had ap-
parently an extensive city trade The
brothers were extremely liberal buy-
ers of clothing stockB. and the stuie
was visited by swarms of customers.
Gossip had It that more goods were
carted In than could ever be disposed
of. and that many of the customers,
so called, carried away fictitious bills
in the spring of this year a set of
private Investigators began to pry Into
the affairs of Dreyfus & Co. Inquiry
at Dun's and Bradstreet's brought out
the fact that the firm owed its cred-
itors $35,000. An expert who visited
the store In the tulse of a retailer
Judged that goods valued at $20,000
lay on Its shelves and counters. The
insurance carried totaled $28,000, di-
vided among eleven companies. Includ-
ing the United States Fire, of New
York. As tbe result of further snoop
Ing around among tbe clothing trade
It was also discovered that Dreyfus
A Co. were slow pay, and the manu-
facturers who sold tbem goods were
pressing for settlement.
This confidential Information was
carried by secret agents to a certain
Slav saloonkeeper in tbe poorer quar-
ters of tbe town. A glass or two of
sllvowltz was drunk, there was much
conferring and nodding together of
heads In the back room of the bar, and
finally the saloonkeeper said:
"Send Jacob to see Leopold Drey-
Jacob was the prtenomen of this
go-between, who was believed by bis
family and friends to be a solicitor
of fire Insurance. And who could
doubt the appearance borne out by
the policies and stacks of papers that
he carried, bis familiarity with rates
and his glib line of talk that indicat-
ed long experience in the business?
It was thus that he approached tbe
elder Dreyfus, remarking on the large
stock of goods and saying, "Let me
write you an additional policy of
"I'm carrying every cent the com-
panies will allow me to," replied tbe
"But insurance Is good. In these
times"—the visitor batted bis left eye
Just a trifle—"you can never tell what
will happen—a fire, for Instance, with
total loss. In that case the $28,000
you carry now would be too little "
"Look here!" said tbe merchant,
suddenly. "I don't believe you are an
insurance man at all What do you
"Very well, Mr. Dreyfus, very well.
Let's get down to business. If your
place should burn you would get th->
$28,000, eh? You owe more than that,
It Is true, but you needn't go Into
bankruptcy When you have collect-
ed tbe $28,000 all you need to do Is to
make a compromise with your cred
I tors and you can retain the larger
part of the money for yourself. Yes.
a fire would be quite timely Just now,
and you know as well as I do that In
surance companies are in the business
to pay losses "
"What! You come here and tell me
to set my place on fire?" answered the
"Not a bit of it," said Jacob. "It
Isn't done that way. You can go out
of town while the Job Is being pulled
oft Mr Dreyfus," and be looked the
merchant squarely In the eye, "I will
take all the responsibility and do tbe
Job for $5,000."
Jacob Saved himself from being put
out of tbe office by a hasty exit. He
Immediately reported lack of progress
to tho saloonkeeper. The latter bad
a mall order department as a branch
of his secret business. Among tbe
confidential letters mailed to mer
chants by the chief of the arson Indus
try went several to «Le head of the
Dreyfus firm; and meanwhile the dlf
Acuities of that establishment were in-
creasing Creditors'threatened suits
and unsatisfied Judgments meant
bankruptcy. Tbe arson crowd kept
tabs on every move, whether of the
brothers or of their angr> creditors.
Finally, at the correct moment. Jacob
called ^eopold Dreyfus on the tele-
phone and made an appointment to
renew the dicker. He met the mer-
chant In his office and made tbe fol-
lowing bargain offer:
"I'll burn the whole place—every
suit of clothing, every article In It—
no :.aivage—for $2,000 You must pay
me $300 down and contract to pay tbe
balance of $1,700 as soon as the In
surance money is collected Those are
positively our lowest term. Take * m
or leave 'em."
"How about the risk?"
"There will be no risk. To avert
suspicion you must take me in as an
employe. You yourself can be as far
away from Chicago as you like!"
With that Jacob produced his arson
contrsct. an extraordinary document,
which assigned to the sa'nonkeeper
• 1.700 of the total insurance on tbe
Dreyfus place. The merchant fell in
with tbe plan. He signed tbe agree-
ment to pay the saloo .keeper In the
event of a fire, and handed Jacob the
$300 earnest money. The Ingenious
conspirator was put on the employes'
roll and Intrusted with the door key
to lock up the store st night snd opon
it In tbe morning.
On the Saturday half-holiday of
June 3 Jacobs admitted ulmself to tbe
store after hours and opened six flve-
galion cans of gasoline which had
been sent there concealed in the inno-
cent-looklng shipping caset. used by
the firm. Starting at one end of the
shop, he poured the oil In a stream
that meandered the length of the
A' r. with the partially emptied cans
distributed at strategic points among
the piles of stock. At right-angles to
the stream he stretched a ball hour
time fuse, lighted with a mat-h the
end farthest from tbe oil, and, locking
the door behind, quietly went on bis
In all these operations Jacob had
applied with his best skill tbe prin-
ciples of scientific management adopt-
ed by the arson trust. The telltale ex-
celsior shavings and give-away kero-
sene soaked paper have long since
been discarded by the Chicago savants
in favor of the quick, sharp, succes-
sive explosions of gasoline, which de-
stroy the exploding cans and the stock
of merchandise almost simultaneously
Not only Is tbe evidence burned up,
but the firemen and salvage corps
have no chance to save any of the
stock of goods, which salvage would
reduce the amount of tbe Insurance
But on this occasion something or
other went amiss. Tbe fire fighters,
arriving quickly, scented tbe odor of
gasoline. After the fire was put out
and an investigation made, an unex-
ploded can of gasoline was found back
In a corner. Michael F. Sullivan, the
fire attorney-of the city, sent for the
brothers Dreyfus. Leopold had spent
the day of tbe fire at Oray's Lake, a
resort fifty miles distant but Lazard
had worked in tbe store , that same
After more than six hours of sharp
examination by the fire attorney and
the police Leopold Dreyfus broke
down-and confessed that he hired
Jacob and tbe saloonkeeper to de-
stroy the store. He told the story ol
It substantially as given above. He
Implicated many others in a wide net-
work of conspiracy that startled even
the detectives by tbe astounding reve-
lation of a systematic, scientific arson
PINION'S but a
_,. makes us scan
Ths outward habit by the Inward man.
When your family are tired of the
same things, try a few changes like
the following. Such dishes, though
nothing expensive or new vary the
diet and make a pleasant change In
Potato Surprises.—Take three cup-
fuls of mashed potato, six Ublespoon-
fuhl of breadcrumbs, a tablespoonful
of butter, salt, pepper to taste, one
egg. and three cooked sausages. Mix
all together, except crumbs and sau-
sage, and form Into bslls, putting a
small piece of sausage in each one.
Dip In egg, roll In the crumbs and try
in hot fat
Cottage Pie.—Put a layer of mashed
and seasoned potatoes In a buttered
baking dish, add a little gravy, pep-
per and salt and a few drops of onion
Juice, and a little chopped meat; re-
peat and finish with potato on top.
Dot with bits of butter and bake.
Poached Egos, Portuguese Style.—
Cut six even sized tomatoes In halves
crosswise, take out the pulp and- Jill
them with the following stuffing:
Fry four small onions or shallots In
one tablespoonful of butter, add three
tablespoon fuls of bread crumbs, one-
teaspoonful of chopped parsley, one ta-
blespoonful of chopped suet Season
with salt, pepper, paprika and grated
nutmeg: then add the yolk of an egg
and mix all together. Place In the
oven to brown, and serve on a round
of buttered toast with a poached egg
pn top, neatly trimmed. Garnish with
parsley and serve hot
Bread Pudding.—Take a cup and a
half of milk, one-half cup of sugar,
two slices of bread, lightly buttered,
and one egg. Beat the egg and sugar
together thoroughly, add the milk
slowly, beating all the Ume. Place
the bread In a baking dish and turn
the custard over it The bread will
rise to the top of the dish like a crust
Allow It to stand one hour, and then
bake fifteen minutes in a very hot
oven. Serve immediately with cream,
sugar and a little flavoring added.
This pudding If nicely made and baked
is as delicate as a souffle.
WOMAN'S heart Is a hidden
tarn in a high mount
' thlt «">ay Is better than
MORE ABOUT APPLES.
Each family has its twn favorite
dishes, but a few new ones are always
welcome to the cook. The following
Through the fdrtber confessions of ; no' b® Ecw to everyone, for as
- "—*— " • ■* ■- — | there is nothing new under the sun"
1 It would be impossible to find any-
tbe elder Dreyfus it was hoped to ex- .
pose the whole crooked league of dls- ■ w°ul<I be impossl
honest merchants and paid setters of 11,1:1,1 entirely fresh.
A dessert which is both pret-
ty and delicious Is baked
honest merchants and paid setters
fire, a league, It Is said, that has
caused at least a fifth (more than 700)
of all tbe Chicago fires In the last
decade, .that has extended Its opera-
tions from New York to Portland.
Ore., and that ha reaped a yearly
profit of $750,000 for the saloonkeeper
who Is Its bead.
Leopold Dreyfus, however, killed
apples with nuts. The apples are
peeled and cored, put Into a baking
dish with a little water and sugar,
then fill the cavity with-chopped nuts.
When they are half cooked serve cold
with whipped cream.
Another nice dessert Is apple
■ uuwetci, Kllivu ---x. urasen IS apple
himself next morning In his Michigan meringue. Core and bake the fruit
avenuA home, whither a police detec- 1 an<1 "tuff the centers with Jelly or or-
tlve had taken him at his own request an8e marmalade. Beat the white of
to jee his wife and children before go- an eSg. add sugar and pour over the
Ing to the police court The dlscov- j apples, then brown In the oven.
ery of his arson and the tr gle of his A rosy apple will make a very
financial affairs had driven him prac- pretty dessert Cook it after coring,
tically Insane. The saloonkeeper and | without paring, in a little sugar and
Jacob vanished. "
High Cost of Living In Japan.
According to an article In' Osaka
Asahi, prices hare gone up In Japan
over twofold In the last twenty years,
while the purchasing value of tbe cur-
rency has sensibly declined. Tsking
the average rate of prices in Janu- ~ ~ —- •- «• «*• i"" roast.
ary. 1887, at 100 and the value of the apples must be tart and cooked a
currency at th4 same time at 100, the long Ume t0 be thoroughly seasoned
<~ miA .. . ' with thft inirAii
water. Remove the skin carefully and
the rosy cheek of the apple will be a
thing of beauty. If not enough o( the
rosy hue comes off, scrape the Inside
of the cooked skin and paint It back
upon the apple.
Apples make a delicious sauce for
meats when spiced as any fruit This
makes a nice sauce for pork roast '
rate of prices In 1910 would be 228
and the value of currency 43. accord-
ing to a table published by the Bank
Another table published by the
same banks shows that the advance
in the prices of Imported goods has
b< en comparatively small, while the
rise In tbe price of goods produced
for the home market and for export
has been greater. Compared with
the advance In prices In other coun
tries the Japanese rate of advance
haa been about 2 per cent greater
than that In London and New York.
This may be du- to some special In-
fluence, Buch as the enormous ex-
pansion In the amount of money in
"1 should think, with all your mou-
sy, you would have a nice yacht"
"I would only I can't think of any
eutlandlsb tame for s craft that has
pot already been used."
Anothsr One Heard From.
Train Guard—Madam, this is the
Aunt Jemima—Why, so It li.
Thankee, young man. (Produce*
with the spices.
For apple amber, chop three-quar-
ters of a pound of applet peeled and
cored, and four ounces of suet. Mix
with six ounces of bread crumbs, two
ounces each of flour and sugar, two
well beaten eggs and a little grated
lemon peel and nutmeg. Butter a plain :
mold, thoroughly beat the batter, turn j
it in and cover the mold with a cloth,
giving the pudding s chance to swell, i
Boil about three houra. Serve with j
Dog's Death Killed Her.
The shooting of her dog so shocked
i Mrs. William Duble of Atco. Camden
j county, Pennsylvania, that she soon J
j died. The animal was suffering from I
; some malady, and Mrs. Duble con-
A TRAIN LOAD OF TOBACCO.
Twenty-four Carloads Purchased for
Lewie' Single Binder Cigar
What Is probably the biggest lot of
all fancy grade tobacco held by any
factory In the United States has Just
been purchased by Frank P. Lewis, of
Peoria, for the manufacture of Lewis'
Single Hinder Cigars. The lot will
make twenty-four carloads, and Is se-
lected from what Is considered by ex-
perts to be the finest crop raised In
many years. The purchase of tobacco
Is sufficient to last the factory more
than two years. An extra price was
paid for the selection. Smokers of
Lewis' Single Binder Cigars will appre-
ciate this tobacco.
'-Peoria Star. January 16, 1909.
An Unsleeping Youth.
"What business do you think your
■on will adopt?"
, "Can't say," replied Firmer Corn-
Tosael.i.J'hut Judging by the hours
Josh keeps,! should say he was nat-
urally cut out to be a milkman."
To have what we want Is rlchea,
but to be able to do without Is power.
His Dignity Intact.
The two footpads had explored the I «n< Mrs.
derly pedestrian s nock.t. senled to havln8 11
She went to the scene of tbe shoot
elderly pedestrian s pocketa and found
nothing but a dollar watch and a few
other things of little or no Value.
"If you will make another search of
ay right trousers pocket" he said,
you will find a dime, which will pay
jour fare to a more prosperous part
of town And now. gentlemen. If yo
will hand me back my bunch of keys,
we shall consider this unfortunate and
disappointing episode at an end
Thanks. Good night"
Ing and covered up some bloodstains.
On returning to the house she said to
"I feel awfully sick." A few mo-
ments later, clutching at her throat,
she cried out "I am dying!" and soon
after fell dead. —
Mrs. Duble had been a sufferer from
heart trouble, and her physician be-
lieves that the shooting ot her pet
brought on an acute attack.
'I have a terrible cold," he com-
plained. "My head feels all stopped
"Have you tried a vacuum clean-
er?" she queried sweetly.—Judge.
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