STRANGE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN PAPERS.
MURDEROUS PERVERTS. That the murders of sis women in Dayton, Ohio, were committed by a single individual is the theory of Dr. pharles H. Clark, former clinical director of the Government hospital for the insane, at Washington, and now superintendent of the Cleveland State hospital for the insane.
"Circumstances identical in each case point to a single murderer," said Dt. Clark. "The facts in the Dayton series have been published broadcast. Yet nc similar crimes have occurred elsewhere. This is an argument for a single murderer. This monster is selective. His victims have been nearly of an age. Their circumstances in life have been similar. AU were gir's attractive In face and form.
"The best evidence that all sis murders were committed by a single individual is the fact that In each case the victim was strangled. This—the use of the same method in several cases—is typical of the pervert. The Dayton monster ha? a prototype in 'Jack the Ripper,' the London murderer. Once the pervert has taken life in a certain manner, thereafter he cannot be satisfied except in that identical way. "Perversion usually lasts through life. As long as the pervert is free he is bound to commit more crime. In my opinion this pervert is not only sane, but responsible. "When convicted of crime, he should be punished as any other criminal." WILL ON A DOOR MAT. A step -was made on Monday, February 15, at Cambridge, 'Massachusetts, towards the settlement of tlie rival claims to the fortune .left by a notorious Boston miser named Benjamin Hadley (or Radley). The case refers to the remarkable story of "Wills found on a doormat," reported last July.
After Hadley's deatfa. at East Somerville. U.S.A., In December, 1907, a will, drawn up the previous January, was propounded, dividing the property, whioh was of the value of £200,000, between three Boston (U.S.A.) nephews. Many other claimants sprang up, and rival wills were propounded in the interest of persons living at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the chief beneficiary in each being Mrs. Elizabeth Rflckley, described as the dead man's adopted daughter.
According to the first will she was to receive £110,000, and according to the second £ISO,OOO. These w-llls and the documents concerning the case reached the persons interested by post from an anonymous sender, or were left on Mrs. Ruckley's doormat. A mason named Francis Skrlme, declaring himself an old companion of Hadley, later appeared, and said he had sent certain documents by post to the lady's solicitor, Mr. Charles G. Jones, who was named as sole exi-cutor .n one will, and according to the second was to receive £1000.
Counsel for the beneficiaries under the American will desired permission to show that the second English will was a forgery. Mr. Roger L. Warren, the attorney representing Mr. Jones and the other English claimants, has withdrawn from the case. A Scotland Yard detective appeared as one of the witnesses. The judge rejected two of the English wills, on the ground of the similarity of the signatures of the witnesses. A third English will was not presented, and there is loft apparently only the Somcrville will, over which there Is also a contest among rhe three nephews on the ground of undue influence on the part of one of the beneficiaries. GRAMOPHONE AT A FUNERAL. A "New York Tribune" dispatch from Evansville, Indiana, states that the funeral of a prominent minister of that city, who died a few days ago, was marked by a novel and striking feature. In accordance with the minister's dying request, the funeral oration delivered at the- graveside was one which he himself had composed aud had spoken into a gramophone. The large crowd which had gathered round the grave listened with deep attention to the gramophone oration, delivered in the well known voice of their dead pastor. Another impressive feature of the graveside service was a gramophone recital of a special prayer, also composed by the deceased minister. MISS MARGARET fLLINGTON SEEKS DIVORCE. An "amicable separation" between the famous actress, Miss Margaret Illiugtou, and her husband, Mr. Daniel Frohman, the well-known American theatrical manager, has just been announced In New- York. The separation Is preliminary to a divorce action by Miss Illington, who seeks annulment of her marriage on the ground of incompatibility of temper.
Miss Illington, who is more than a score of years the junior of her husband, has been suffering from a severe nervous breakdown, and is at present recuperating in a San Francisco hydropathic establishment.
She declares that she and Mr. Frohman are the best of friends, and that she has no reason for seeking divorce beyond the fact chat she abhors the stage, and as Mr. Frohmnn cannot give up his theatrical career, they must go separate ways In life. That is the "incompatibility," and, according to Californlan laws, quite s-ufneient grounds for divorce. As to her success on the stage, Miss IIHngton says it was made despite her dislike for the life. Mr. Frohman has been bent ou making her a star, while she only longed for quiet domesticity and the joys of motherhood. To an interviewer the actress said: "There is nothing in life worth while for a woman." she added, "except home with her own husband lo love her and kiddies to keep her busy. If a girl loves the stage, then she gets h?r compensation as she goes aiong:*bnt I hate it. I want warm human love. I never enter my dressingroom without wishing I was finishing my last engagement. I've rebelled, collapsed, and fainted, till I dread and hate the profession. I want what other women want. Let little stage-struck girls remember that there's only one thing for a woman in this life —a man's -name, heart, protection, aud home."
Mr. Frohman, though he regret's his wife's decision, will not interfere with her action. "Yes, we are separated," he declared: "but there is no scand-al connected with the case. I hope to remain friends with Margaret as long as 1 live, for she is a splendid woman." MODELS AS WIVES. Models of dressmakers are not always models of wives, argued a lawyer when pleading iv the Divorce Court for a Paris costumier. This person had a particular fancy for models. He married one long ago. w-hereupon she ruined his business, and drove him to seek and obtain a divorce. But not content with this experience, the fashionable dressmaker married a second model after he hnd recovered a part of his lost fortune. She turned out no better than the first, and did even worse by running
away w-ith an "amant." The lawyer concluded as follows: "Do not refuse my client the divorce he asks for. There are still plenty of other models in the Rue de la Paix and the Place Vendorae, and perhaps
" The Court very generously granted the dressmaker the divorce he asked for, leaving him at full liberty to choose a third "mannequin" for Ids wife.
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