FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1907

(Contributed by Sandy Clippinger)


	Thomas Baldwin of Colfax Murdered Mr. and Mrs. Charles
	Kennedy, Mrs. Simeon Eiseman and her daughter
	Cora Eiseman, All Residing in the
	Same Neighborhood

	Victims Were All Witnesses or in Some Way Connected With
	Recent Indictment of Baldwin - Scenes of Shocking Bru-
	tality Accompanied Killings - One of Victims Mere
	Child - The Prisoner is Now In Jail.


                    THE DEAD.

                    THE SLAYER


What will stand on the records for many years as the most
cold-blooded and atrocious murder in the history of McLean
county, was perpetrated yesterday between the hours of 10 and 11
o'clock on the farms of Charles Kennedy and Simeon Eiseman, three
miles northwest of Arrowsmith.  At that time and place Thomas
Baldwin, of Colfax, shot and killed Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter
Cora and also Charles Kennedy and his Wife, Elsie Eicher Kennedy.

	Revenge the Apparent Motive.
From all the circumstance surrounding the deed, the four
murders were committed by Baldwin to avenge himself on the
victims for their testimony before the recent sitting of the
grand jury which resulted in having him indicted for criminal
assault on the Eiseman girl.  The alleged assault took place two
months ago while the young Eiseman girl was on her way to visit
at the home of Baldwin.  She was at that time working in the home
of the Kennedy's.  The Eiseman and Kennedy farms being located
within a quarter of a mile of each other.

	Had Been Drinking.
The appearance of Baldwin immediately after the shooting
indicated that he had been drinking heavily and on his person was
found a bottle of whiskey containing some white substance, which
was reported to be a poison.  What his intentions with the liquor
were is not known.  Baldwin was in a morass and uncommunicative
mood, and was supposed to be brooding over his fancied wrongs at
the hands of the families from whom he selected his four victims.

	Might Have Been Others.
Soon after the quadruple shooting it was the current report
in the neighborhood that Baldwin was seeking still another
victim, and that he carried the poisoned liquor with the intent
of committing suicide when the work he had set out upon was
finally finished.


	The Murderous Work of Baldwin With 
	His Pistols Showed Atrocious Pur-
	pose Carefully Carried Out.

--All too successful results crowned the efforts of Baldwin
to exterminate his enemies in the two mentioned families
yesterday morning.  He took with him two 32-caliber revolvers and
with them he did the fearful deed.  He evidently started out from
his home in Colfax with this purpose in mind, driving to the
region of the four-fold crime in his buggy.  He first went to the
home of the Kennedy's and killed the man and his wife.  Then he
proceeded to the home of the Eiseman's a quarter of a mile west,
and shot and killed the mother and daughter after a parley with
them relating to the charges previously published.

	Double Murder Unseen.
What happened in the Kennedy home no living person except
Baldwin knows.  The two other persons in the house are now cold
in death each with two bullet holes in their bodies from the
pistols of Baldwin.  Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy were alone at their
home when Baldwin called and whether they engaged in altercation
prior to the fatal shooting was not developed yesterday.  There
were ample evidences, however, that there was a terrific storm of
passion raging when the fatal shots were fired.  Aside from the
pitiful gaping wounds in the chests and heads of Mr. and Mrs.
Kennedy, there were evidences of the firing of several shots,
both from the pistols and from a shotgun.  The latter weapon
standing against the kitchen stove when the bodies were first
discovered.  Mr. Kennedy's body lay upon the kitchen floor, his
head toward the stove and the feet toward the middle of the room. 
He was shot in the chest and neck.

Mrs. Kennedy's body lay in the same room, she also killed by
two pistol shots and her feet lying in the opposite direction
from those of her husband.  Evidences of struggle were about the
room, but mainly in several bullet holes through the doors and
walls, and one charge of shot from a gun having torn a large hole
in the walls of the sitting room.

	Killed in the Road.
At the home of the Eiseman's the double killing occurred in
the highway, where the unhappy victims had fled in a vain attempt
to get away from the murderous designs of Baldwin, who had called
_____ during the morning and engaged Mrs. Eiseman in a parley. 
The members of the family had seen Baldwin coming to the house
and had fled to the cellar and upper rooms to escape him.  They
had been unsuccessful, and when Baldwin displayed a gun the
mother and some of the children flew from a cellar window across
the fields toward the road.  Baldwin pursued them and overtaking
Mrs. Eiseman and Cora in the highway he shot them both to death.

	Children's Shocking Discovery .
Sadie Eiseman and little Ivan Kennedy, who fled by another
way across the fields and out into the road, managed to escape
the wrath of Baldwin, only to reach the Kennedy house and find
the dead bodies of the Kennedys lying stretched upon the kitchen

	Thomas Baldwin Made a Prisoner and
	Disarmed by William Spencer and 
	Son Near Eiseman Home.

--Having killed four people within the short space of
perhaps half an hour, Baldwin fled down toward the East, and
within a quarter of a mile of the Eiseman house he was taken
prisoner and disarmed by William Spencer and his son William,
Jr., who had already captured Baldwin's horse and buggy and
started to look for him.

	The First Alarm.
Otto Flescher, who owns the farm where the Eisemans lived,
was the first living person to give the alarm of the murders.  He
had gone down the road to get the mail from the rural mail box,
and while he was absent the advent of Baldwin at the Eiseman
house and the parity took place.  When Mr. Fleacher returned to
the house he heard of the shooting of the two women.  He went to
the telephone and dialed up the Spencer's house and told the
family of tragedy, stating that Baldwin was heading toward
Spencer's house on the public road.

Mrs. Spencer answered the telephone and she at once took the
startling news to her husband and son, who were in the barn lot.

	Baldwin Sighted.
Mr. Spencer looked down the road and saw a horse and buggy
coming east without a driver and at the same time could see the
head of a man walking in the road over a rise in the ground.  The
Spencers jumped into the buggy and turned it around and drove
toward the man.  On coming up to Baldwin they asked if this was
his rig.  He said yes, and said at the same time that some one
had shot some of the Eiseman women.

	Denies Crime.
When Baldwin mentioned the shooting Mr. Spencer told him
that he (Baldwin) had done it.  Baldwin quickly answered that he
had not done it and further he did not know who was the murderer. 
He stuck to this statement and repeated it several times.

	The Capture.
Mr. Spencer and his son lost no time in getting into action. 
Mr. Spencer jumped from the buggy and went up to Baldwin, who by
this time stood by the wheel.  The son, who had been riding on
the back part of the vehicle, also jumped to the ground at the
same time.

With most courageous action and prompt judgment, young Mr.
Spencer stepped behind Baldwin and grabbed his arms, holding them
to his body, so that his hands could not be used.  At the same
instant, Mr. Spencer, the father, made a like motion and two had
Baldwin a helpless prisoner.
	The Guns Taken.
Baldwin evidently was trying to get his hands in his pockets
and suspecting that he might be reaching for a weapon of some
kind Mr. Spencer stuck his hand in the overcoat and pulled one
38-caliber revolver from his pocket.  Another similar weapon was
taken from the other overcoat pocket.

In searching his pockets the Spencers found a large bottle
of whiskey, which was about one-half full, and in the liquid
floated some white substance.  The weapons and the bottle were
promptly confiscated by the captors of Baldwin, and they all got
into the buggy and started for Arrowsmith.


	Deputy Sheriff Thompson of Colfax the
	First Representative of the Law to
	Get Hold of Baldwin.

--In the time while the above events were transpiring, the
news of the awful tragedies had spread throughout many miles of
territory in the eastern part of the county.  This is mainly due
to the fact that the section is netted with a system of
telephones, and nearly every farmer has one in his house.

One of the first alarms of the murders was sent to Colfax,
and word was gotten to "Jack" Thompson, the deputy sheriff for
that part of the county.  Mr. Thompson was as quick in thought in
taking the trail of the murderer.  He secured a livery rig and
with Fred Ingram as driver set out for the scene of the crimes.

	Overtaken at Arrowsmith.
Meanwhile Mr. Spencer and his son with their prisoner had
driven to Arrowsmith and had reached that place within half an
hour after their capture of Baldwin, the distance being three
miles.  The roads are in good condition and the going was pretty

The prisoner was held at the office of Justice Bain to await
the arrival of Officer Thompson from Colfax, who was on his way
to the scene.


	Murderer Baldwin Put Aboard a Lake
	Erie Train There -- Crowds Watch
	Him Quietly.

--After Deputy Sheriff Thompson of Colfax got possession of
Thomas Baldwin at Arrowsmith, he at once began action to get his
prisoner into Bloomington and in the custody of the sheriff.
Deputy Thompson, Fred Ingram, the Colfax liveryman who drove him
to Arrowsmith, and the prisoner first started to go east,
expecting to make Saybrook and then take the 2 o'clock westbound
train for Bloomington.  He had hardly got fairly started when
Deputy Thompson got the report that there was a crowd at Saybrook
looking for the prisoner, and fearing trouble, Officer Thompson 
and his charge turned right about face and went west to
Ellsworth, which is five miles west of Arrowsmith.

	In Ellsworth Depot.
The entry of Deputy Sheriff Thompson and his notorious
prisoner at Ellsworth was entirely unheralded.  But a half dozen
people at first noticed their coming, though the news of the
awful murders had preceded them to the village.  When the men
reached the station the officers at once took Baldwin to the
depot, for that was considered the best place to keep him, and
the west bound train was then about due, which it was expected to
board to Bloomington.

It took only a few minutes, however, for the news of
Baldwin's arrival to spread around the streets of Ellsworth. 
Every person who heard it hurried to the depot, and before ten
minutes had elapsed there was a crowd of several score of people
craning their necks through the windows of the station trying to
get a glimpse of the prisoner.

	Bloomington Deputies Arrive.
Less than a quarter of an hour after Baldwin and his captors
reached Ellsworth the east-bound Lake Erie train reached there
with Deputy Sheriffs William Kennedy and John Ryan aboard.  They
had been sent by Sheriff Moore to safeguard the conduct of
Baldwin to this city.

The deputies had expected to go to Arrowsmith and get their
prisoner, and the sudden change in Deputy Thompson's plans was
entirely unknown to them.  Officers Ryan and Kennedy therefore
barely had time to grab their coats and jump off before the train
sped on to Arrowsmith.

	Three in Charge.
Deputy Sheriff Thompson was glad enough to see his fellow
officers from Bloomington.  It was then 2:00 in the afternoon and
he had been on the hot-foot after Baldwin since 11 o'clock in the
morning.  Ryan and Kennedy at once took charge of the prisoner in
the depot, while Mr. Thompson took a stroll for some fresh air. 
When the train arrived on which they were to take Baldwin to
Bloomington, all three of the officers surrounded Baldwin and he
was got on board the train without incident or demonstration.

	Crowd Angered but Orderly.
All the time that Baldwin and the officers remained in the
depot, and the west-bound train was an hour late, the crowd of a
hundred or more townspeople and farmers surged around the
platform and talked of the crime and its perpetrator. 
Expressions to the effect that lynching would be none too bad for
him were heard on all sides and such comment as "We ought to hang
him now and same the county expenses were frequently heard.  The
cases of Chism and others were cited to the effect that Baldwin
would get off as easy in spite of his quadruple crime.

When the officers and prisoner boarded the train the
spectators drew close to the cars, but no one made a move or
uttered a word.


                    STORY OF THE ONLY EYE WITNESS  

     Miss Mabel Eiseman, daughter of Mrs. Eiseman and sister of
Cora Eiseman made the following statement to Coroner Rugless:

     I live in Arrowsmith township.  This is my home.  It was
about 11 o'clock a.m. when Thomas Baldwin came to our house.  I
locked the door and he knocked and tried to open the door.  Mamma
went to the door.  I told her to, after putting Sadie and Ivan
and Cora in the cellar.  She opened the door.  He said, "Good
mornin', just as pleasant.  'I was down to see Mr. Bach and he
told me was willing to settle it, and I have come to ask if you
are willing to settle it."  Mamma says, "I do not know anything
about it.  "Is Simeon home?"  Mamma says, "No he is not here. 
Mamma says, "We are not willing to settle this.  You know you are
guilty.  You know you tried to ruin my life when I was a young
girl and now you have tried to ruin my daughter's life."

     "You know I never done such a thing in my life".  Baldwin
then pushed the door partly open and leaned against the door and
put his hands in his pockets.  I knew what was going to happen
after he said he was not guilty.  Mamma picked up a clothes stick
and said, "we told you never to enter this house again.  I want
you to get out or I will take this stick to you".

     He says, "I want to speak to Cora one minute".  Mamma says,
"she is not here " but she was.  I said she was not here because
I did not want him to see her.  He drew his pistol and said,
"Jennie, you are a liar;  you bring her to me".  I screamed.  he
pointed the pistol at me and said, "you keep still".  Then he
turned the pistol on mamma and said "you bring Cora here;  I want
to see her just one minute".  Mamma want to the cellar and told
all the children to go out of the cellar the other way.  The two
youngest ones went to the corn field and ma and Cora went down
the lane toward the road and all this time I was talking to him
(Thomas Baldwin).  I asked him if he will hurt Cora and he said,
"I won't."  He told me to go in the cellar and tell them to hurry
up.  He took me by the arm and we started toward the cellar.  He
looked out the window and saw them going down the lane.  He ran
outdoors and got in his buggy and started after them.  I ran to
the door and locked it.  I went to 'phone Charles Kennedy, but
did not get them.  I then heard a shot and I screamed.  I was at
the 'phone and central asked me what was the matter.  "He has
killed my sister", and central did not understand I explained to
him.  I will send some one out".  Then I heard two other shots. 
I then hung up the receiver and looked out of the window and saw
Otto Fleacher turn and go toward the road.  I saw my mother and
sister running and Thomas Baldwin raised his revolver and shot
and Mr. Flescher came running back towards the house.  I ran out
and asked if they were dead and he said, "I think they are".  I
went down where they were and my mother and sister were both
dead.  I knew that my sister Cora and my mother came to their
deaths by pistol shots fired by the hand of Thomas Baldwin.
                                         "MABEL G. EISEMAN."

	Colfax Deputy Sheriff Relates His Experience
	With the Murderer Enroute to Bloomington.

     --Deputy Jack Thompson, who had the distinction of making
the arrest of Baldwin, talked intermittently of the part he took
in the tragedy last evening.  He said that he was first advised
of the crime at Colfax about 11:14.  He immediately jumped into
his buggy and accompanied by Squire Fred Ingram drove hurriedly
to the scene.  They found Baldwin in the telephone office at
Arrowsmith in the custody of Justice of the Peace Lanes of
Arrowsmith.  The first thing that the officer did was to lock all
the doors, as the crowd was gathering and he could tell from the
angry remarks said that only a leader was required to pull off a
	The Two Guns.
     He asked for the revolvers carried by Baldwin and they were
given to him by Mr. Lanes, in whose possession they had been
placed.  There were two revolvers, one of 38 caliber and the
other 32.  Both were new.  The 38 had every chamber full.  The 32
contained one load and five empty shells, showing that the
smaller weapon had been used for the fatal work.  It developed
later that Baldwin had purchased the larger gun at a Bloomington
gun store on the day before the murder and when he was here to
consult his attorney about the grand jury indictment.  The
smaller gun had been secured in a trade at Colfax.  In taking a
search of the prisoner's pockets, the deputy found a large
quantity of cartridges of both calibers, showing that Baldwin had
gone prepared for a wholesale bombardment if necessary.
	Carried Poison.
     Among the other things in Baldwin's pocket was an ounce
phial marked "strychnine" but without the name of the druggist
upon it.  The bottle was empty.  In another pocket was found a
bottle of whiskey.  When asked what he did with the strychnine,
by the deputy, Baldwin replied that he had emptied the poison
into the whiskey.  "It makes it taste better."   He replied that
his horse had run away and he did not have a chance to do so.
     The only mark of any kind on Baldwin's body was a small
abrasion on the third finger of his right hand.  The skin had
been knocked off and the wound had bled slightly.  Just when the
skin was broken, Baldwin did not state.  It is presumed that he
injured himself in clambering in or out of the buggy.

	Planned to Write Letters.
Another interesting find by the deputy was that of two plain
white envelopes, each containing a blank piece of white note
paper to correspond.  The envelopes and paper were not soiled,
showing that they had been in Baldwin's possession but a short
time.  On the back of one envelope was written simply.  "Mr.
Simeon Eiseman."  That was all.  It is presumed that he had
planned to write a note to the father of the dead girl but
whether before or after the crime, could not be positively

	Walked to Ellsworth.
The deputy did not consume much time in making a search of
Baldwin's pockets.  He did not find anything additional except
the pocket-knife belonging to the prisoner.  The deputy decided
shortly afterwards that the place was getting too warm for him
and when he heard the crash of broken glass he decided to leave
with his prisoner.  Accompanied by Mr. Ingram and Bert Thompson,
the quartet left through the back door and got away unobserved. 
They walked through corn fields and over stubble, and by using a
round-about route, finally reached Ellsworth.  Baldwin was
handcuffed as soon as Thompson reached him and walking was a
painful operation for the prisoner.  He made so complaint,
however, about slow progress.  Approaching the Lake Erie &
Western track when a train was heard, the deputy tried to flag
it.  The train was a freight and the signals of the men were
ignored.  There was nothing to do then but to walk to Ellsworth
and the party after reaching there, waited in the depot until the
west bound train arrived.  They were joined by Deputies Ryan and
Kennedy some time before the east bound train was due.  Deputy
Thompson remarked last evening that he was never so glad to see
any one before in his life as he was to see the two stalwart
officers jump from the train.  He knew that it was only a
question of time until the angry residents of Arrowsmith and
vicinity would locate him and he dreaded the consequences of an
attempt to take the prisoner away from him.

	Arrival in Bloomington.
The west bound train finally rolled in and the party rode as
far as the "Y" southeast of this city.  There by direction of
Sheriff Moore, the train was stopped and the party who were
joined at the "Y" by the sheriff and Special Officer Reynolds of
the C. & A. and carriages were used to convey the officers with
their prisoner to the county jail.  They drove to the back
entrance thereby again eluding a big crowd numbering perhaps
1,000 which had assembled to greet them.  There was no serious
demonstration at the jail here but the sight of the throngs
aroused some concern among the officers.

	Baldwin Will Not Talk.
Deputy Thompson remarked that the mind of Baldwin did not
dwell upon the crime.  He did not discuss it and when asked about
it, talked instead about something else.  He constantly referred
to his buggy and horses and all the time on the walk from
Arrowsmith to Ellsworth, he kept looking around and asking
plaintively about his rig.  This appeared to work upon his mind
more than anything else.  When pointedly asked why he killed the
four, he replied with emphasis that he did not do it and in fact
knew nothing of the crime.


	Story of the Killing at the Official Inquisition
	Was Not Completed Up to Last Evening.

--Corner Rugless went out on the afternoon train and
impaneled the jury for the official investigation of the four
killings.  After the jury had viewed the bodies of the dead and
the two houses where the tragedies occurred, they returned to
Arrowsmith and met in Justice W. W. Lane's office.  The testimony
of Mabel Eiseman, which is printed in full in another column, had
already been taken at the home of the girl.  The following were
the other witnesses examined and their statements:

William Spencer, Sr. is a farmer living northwest of
Arrowsmith near the home of the Eisemans and Kennedy.  He said he
was at his barn when his wife yelled to him that Tom Baldwin had
shot some of the Eiseman family and wanted witness to stop him,
as he was coming down the road.  My wife did not know which ones
of the Eisemans' had been shot.  I and my son ran down the road
and saw a horse and buggy coming down the road from the west,
without a driver.  Son and I caught the horse, turned around and
drove back to the west till we met Baldwin.  When we met him
didn't know whether he could see who was in his buggy.  Baldwin
got to Gilmore's gate and went in and was talking to my daughter. 
As he turned to come out, I met him with the horse and buggy.  I
asked him if his horse had got away from him, and he said yes.  I
stepped out of the buggy, and as Baldwin stood by the wheels, my
son, who had been on the hind part of the buggy, came up and
grabbed him around the waist.  At the same time I seized him in
the same way.  He did not resist.  Baldwin said some one had shot
Cora and Mrs. Eiseman, and I said, "yes, you done it."  He denied
that he had done it and said he did not know who had done the
shooting.  He did not at any time acknowledge doing the shooting. 
From what I have since learned, I am sure that Baldwin did do the
shooting and killed Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter Cora.  Am also
satisfied from what I learned that he killed the Kennedy's.  My
son and I took two guns and a bottle partly full of whisky from
Baldwin.  Mr. Gilmore arrived and with my son and I found another
revolver.  Four shots fired out of one revolver.  The other
revolver was full of cartridges and we found 7 or 8 cartridges
loose in his pocket and took possession of them.  Told him to get
in the buggy and he did and brought him to Arrowsmith.  Revolvers
and cartridges were turned over to Deputy Sheriff Thompson.

William Spencer Jr., told the story much the same as his
father.  Baldwin wanted his overcoat.  It contained a bottle of
whisky and a box of Smith & Wesson 38 calibre cartridges.

Otto Flescher owns the farm and Mr. and Mrs. Eiseman and
family reside there and kept house.  He told the coroner that he
saw Baldwin driving rapidly down the lane toward the road, up
which Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter were fleeing.  Baldwin drove
down the road after them and drove past them when he got out of
the buggy and began shooting.  Cora Eiseman, when he passed them
started to go through the hedge on the north side of the road
into March's orchard, but Baldwin fired one shot and she ran back
to her mother.  Mrs. Eiseman stepped between her daughter and
Baldwin and he shot them both.  The bodies fell to the ground
side by side face downward.

R. E. Larimer resides one mile north of Kennedy's.  Mrs.
Larimer heard over the telephone that Baldwin had been at
Kennedy's and Mr. Larimer at once got on his horse and went over,
suspecting trouble.  When he got there William Eicher, father of 
Mrs. Kennedy, and Ray Gilmore, were there.  Mr. Larimer pushed
open the door and found the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy lying
on the kitchen floor.  Beside the stove stood a Winchester pump
gun.  Mr. Eicher grabbed it but was at once disarmed as he was
terribly excited and it was feared he might do himself harm.  The
gun contained four loaded shells and one empty.

Frank Kruger testified that he was at Kennedy's when Baldwin
arrived and they all engaged in conversation, Kruger went to get
a grain dump and Baldwin helped him load it onto the wagon. 
Baldwin arrived about 10 o'clock.  He and Kennedy went into the
driveway of a shed and held quite a little conversation in a low
tone.  It was about 10:05 when Mr. Kruger left.  He noticed
nothing unusual in the actions of Baldwin and did not suspect
that such a tragedy would follow so soon.

After hearing the testimony of Mr. Kruger, it was decided to
adjourn the hearing until Friday at 10 o'clock, when it is
expected other witnesses will turn up.

The jury was composed of James McMackin, W. W. Lane, Bryce Reid,
Charles Brown, Joseph Smith and H. B. Ruggles.  After hearing the
above testimony the hearing was adjourned till today.


  Scene at the House Where Mother and Daughter Met Their Deaths.

--It was a desolate scene which greeted the eyes of a
Pantagrapher when he entered the Flescher house where Mr. and
Mrs. Eiseman and family had resided for several years.  The house
stands on a knoll, about an eighth of a mile south of the main
road leading east and west, two miles north of Arrowsmith.  A
narrow lane leads to the house.  There is but one door giving
admittance to the residence.  This is at the south side of the
kitchen which forms a sort of an ell on the east side of the
house.  Many sympathizing neighbors were there to aid and comfort
the stricken family.  Mabel Eiseman and her sister, Sadie, sat on
a couch in the sitting room which is just west of the kitchen. 
Simeon Eiseman, the bereaved husband and father, occupied a chair
and his large frame was convulsed with sobs and he refused to be
comforted.  The orphaned children were denied the tears which
would have lightened their load of sorrow.  To the south of this
sitting room is a bed room and in a bed lay the bodies of the
mother and daughter side by side, just as they had been carried
from the roadside.

        Their Wounds.
There were two bullet holes in Mrs. Eiseman's breast, either
of which would have caused instant death.  They were close
together and showed the clear eye and steady hand which had
sighted the revolver and pulled the trigger.
        Three bullet holes in the daughter's body showed that
Baldwin's aim was true, the five times he pulled the trigger in
the road.  One bullet entered just back of the right ear, another
penetrated  her left arm and entered her side and a third entered
her back near the kidneys.  Her hair was matted with her life
blood and the two bodies, lying side by side, told gruesomely of
the bloodiest tragedy that has been recorded in the annals of
McLean County.


        Evidence of Frightful Carnage in the
        Home of Dead Husband and Wife.

--Half a mile further east and an eighth of a mile north of
Eiseman's is the place where Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Kennedy had
spent many happy days with their prattling little son, who will
know no more the loving care of a doting father and mother. 
Here, too, the deadly aim of Baldwin was manifested in the two
bodies which lay on the floor in the kitchen.  The house is just
east of the barn and corn cribs.  The farm is owned by Sain Welty
of Bloomington.  Mr. Kennedy's body lay with the head to the
north and but a few inches from the cook stove.  Mrs. Kennedy's
body was at the west side of the room, her head being to the

There were four bullet wounds in Mr. Kennedy's body.  One
had entered just under the right ear and had probably severed the
jugular vein as the wound had bled profusely.  Another was in the
left wrist, a third in the left breast just above the nipple and
a fourth an inch below the left nipple.  These latter two had
evidently penetrated the heart.

Mrs. Kennedy had been shot twice.  One bullet entered her
left breast and the other had entered her head just under the
right ear.

	Bullet Missed Mark.
One of the leaden missiles had evidently missed its mark.  A
bullet hole was found in the door leading out of the kitchen to
the east.  The bullet had also gone through a door to a
smokehouse or summer kitchen ten feet east of the kitchen and
then embodied itself in the wood at the farther end of the smoke

	Shot Through Partition.
Standing by the cook stove when the bodies were found, was a
Winchester pump gun.  One shell of this gun was empty.  Where the
load had gone was easily told by an immense hole in the partition
between the sitting room and bedroom.  The gun had evidently been
fired from the kitchen as a portion of the door casing between
the kitchen and sitting room had been torn away.  The charge
buried itself in the foot of a bed in the bedroom at the extreme
west side of the house.

	The Gun Theory.
The Theory was freely expressed that the shotgun had been
fired by Baldwin in an attempt to fix up a self-defense theory to
save himself.  However, it was apparent to all that Charles
Kennedy nor his wife would have been able to place the gun as it
was against the stove after they had been shot.  It took several
minutes yesterday afternoon to replace the gun in position, and
certainly Kennedy could not have so placed it with Baldwin
shooting at him.

	Killed at Close Quarters.
Evidently Charles Kennedy was shot at close quarters.  His
wrist, where the bullet entered it, was powder burned, showing
that Baldwin must have been but a short distance from him when
that shot was fired.

	Telephone Wires Cut.
The first arrivals at the Kennedy home found that the
telephone wires had been cut.  Mrs. Kennedy had telephoned
neighbors that Baldwin was there and he had evidently heard her. 
The wires had been cut inside the home just above the instrument. 
Those who arrive first spliced the wires and telephoned the news
of the tragedy throughout the neighborhood.

	Blood on Doorknobs.
Leading from the sitting room of the Kennedy home is a door
in the south side.  Over this on the outside to keep out the cold
had been nailed oil cloth.  The murderer had evidently gone out
this door after his bloody deed, as the inside and outside door
knobs were each marked with blood and the oil cloth had been
violently wrenched from its fastenings, the slayer having
evidently dashed from the room.



	Mabel Eiseman Witnessed the Visit of Baldwin
	to Her Home Before the Shooting

--Yesterday morning Cora Eiseman, who worked at Mr.
Kennedy's, went home to assist her mother, as her sister, Mabel,
was suffering with a sore arm.  Little Ivan Kennedy accompanied
her.  Mr. Eiseman departed early in the morning to shovel corn
for James Pike, who resides four miles southeast of the Eiseman
home.  To a Pantagrapher, Miss Mabel Eiseman told her story as
follows:  About half past ten they received a telephone message
that Baldwin was in the neighborhood.  They then went upstairs to
watch for him.  In a few minutes they saw him come driving in his
buggy.  Mrs. Eiseman took Cora and Sadie Eiseman and Ivan Kennedy
to the cellar.   She and her daughter, Mabel, remained in the
kitchen, and had locked the door.  Baldwin came up and demanded
admittance.  Mrs. Eiseman told him he was not wanted there and
for him to go away.  He said he had seen States Attorney Bach and
wanted to settle the matter.  Mrs. Eiseman told him she would not
listen to a settlement, that he had tried to ruin her when she
was a girl and then had tried to ruin her daughter.  He denied
the charge, and then insisted on seeing Cora.  Mrs. Eiseman went
to the cellar and started Sadie and Ivan Kennedy out the outside
cellar door, towards the corn field at the west of the house. 
Then she and Cora started toward Frank Marsh's place, which is
just across the main road north, and probably a quarter of a mile




WEST                                                      EAST
                                        Road to
      Kennedy's          Spencer's      Colfax
         +                  +              +           
 +                  +                                +
Road to            Eiseman's                       Road to       
Ellsworth                                          Arrowsmith                                

----The above rough sketch of the scene of the four tragedies
near Arrowsmith shows the relative position of the houses.  Both
the Eisemans and Kennedys live on an east and west road about
midway between Arrowsmith and Ellsworth and about a mile and a
half north of these places.  Eiseman's house is a quarter of a
mile east of Kennedy's and the house of William Spencer is still
further east of Eiseman's.  At Spencer's home Thomas Baldwin was
captured by the Spencer men


They had secured a good start while Baldwin was parleying with
Mabel Eiseman.  Just as he started into the house to look for
them he spied them hurrying toward the main road.  He darted out
of the house, jumped into the buggy and followed.  He met Otto
Flescher who had been down the road to get the mail out of the
rural free delivery box, but Flescher did not attempt to stop
him, as he did not know anything was wrong until attracted by the
screams of Mabel Eiseman, who at once divined Baldwin's purpose. 
Baldwin, when he reached the main road, turned west.  Mrs.
Eiseman and Cora were hurrying in the same direction, evidently
having determined to take refuge at the residence of Mr. Marsh. 
Just as they were opposite Marsh's orchard Baldwin passed them in
his buggy, stopped and jumped out.  Cora darted for the hedge
fence on the north side of the road, evidently hoping to get into
the orchard and out of his way.  One bullet stopped her and she
ran back to the south side of the road where her mother was
standing.  Mrs. Eiseman stepped between them, when four more
shots rang out, and mother and daughter lay dead side by side. 
Baldwin then started east on foot, his horse having gone on east
alone until stopped by William Spencer and his son, who also
stopped Baldwin when he came up.

	Bodies Taken Home.
News of the shooting soon spread throughout the
neighborhood, and neighbors carried the bodies of Mrs. Eiseman
and her daughter to the home and placed them, just as they were,
on the bed to await the arrival of the coroner.  A blue sunbonnet
dropped by one of the women in their haste, lay within a few feet
of where the tragedy occurred, all the afternoon.  Where the
bodies were picked up, the brown grass was marked by two
splotches of blood, and two tortoise shell hair combs reposed

	Ivan Kennedy's Tale.
Pathetic in the extreme was the brief but tragic tale lisped 
by little Ivan Kennedy when he and Sadie Eiseman returned to the
Eiseman home.  When they fled to the corn field, as told by Miss
Eiseman, they wandered on through it out upon the road and then
to Charles Kennedy's.  After viewing the tragedy there, they
trudged back to the Eiseman home.  Ivan was asked by neighbors,
who knew nothing of that tragedy, why he came back and he lisped
"papa and mamma gone".  He was told they must have been somewhere
about the place, and he replied "no, they gone like them"
pointing to the bodies of Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter.  Then
only was it known the full extent of the murderous career of
Thomas Baldwin.

	Significant Remark Explained.
The remark of Mrs. Eiseman to Baldwin that he "had tried to
ruin my life," when a girl.  She was a sister of Baldwin's wife. 
Once, Mrs. Baldwin desired that she come and assist her in some
work and Baldwin went after her.  It is alleged that on this trip
he tried to take advantage of her but was repulsed.


	The Troubles of Baldwin and Eisemans and
	Their Attempts to Settle It.

--The cause of the dreadful tragedy can be distinctly traced
to the charges recently brought against Baldwin and which has
been told of at length since his recent indictment by the grand
jury.  The charge of rape brought against him by Cora Eiseman
followed several months during which the matter had been an open
secret in the Baldwin and Eiseman families.  The facts and family
relations which preceded the event that led to the killing are
these:  Thomas Baldwin and Sim Eiseman married sisters.  The
families were intimate as would be usual under such circumstances
and there was a constant visiting back and forth between the
children, as well as the older members of the family.  Mrs.
Baldwin died last summer and Baldwin made his home with his
youngest daughter who is about 14 years old.

The offense against Cora Eiseman is alleged to have taken
place on the 24th of October last.  On that date Baldwin visited
the Eiseman home and asked Cora, 14 years old, to go home and
spend Sunday with his daughter.  This was on Friday.  Cora
Eiseman went with him.  She returned home on Monday.  Baldwin
bringing her and there being no apparent change in their
friendship.  Within a few days, Cora is said to have told Mrs.
Charlie Kennedy of the assault made upon her and which she said
took place while on the road when she was going with Baldwin on
the preceding Friday.  Mrs. Kennedy told Mrs. Eiseman and within
a few days Baldwin received a letter from an attorney in this
city asking him to call at his office.  Baldwin did so and found
Eiseman there and was confronted with the story told by the
little girl.  Baldwin denied it entirely and was very heated in
his argument over it and in his denial.  Sim Eiseman, it is
understood, agreed to settle with him for $1,000.  This was
gradually lowered to $800 and to $600 and finally an agreement
was entered into which read as follows:

December ?, 1906.
Received of Thomas Baldwin, of Colfax, Ill, the sum of $525
and in consideration of the same I hereby release and discharge
the said Thomas Baldwin from all damages suffered by me on
account of a claimed assault committed by the said Thomas Baldwin
upon my daughter Cora Eiseman on or about the 24th day of October
1906.             signed:  S. Eiseman.
                  witness: Sain Welty

It is said that Baldwin at that time said that he was
innocent of the charge but that he would pay his money because
his daughter begged him to do it, to save the family from the
strain of such a charge.  Baldwin had supposed the matter ended
and when he was arrested on the indictment, found by the grand
jury he was almost violent in his rage.

	Spent Day Here Wednesday.
Thomas Baldwin spent much of the day Wednesday in this city
and visited the office of his attorneys Gillespie and Franklin. 
He left their office just before supper Wednesday night after a
long talk with them in which the charge was discussed.  He made
no threats but he said once "they must not get up and tell lies
about me,"  He had not been drinking Wednesday and while
remaining adamant about the charge against him, said nothing to
lead his attorneys to suspect that he held such desperate
intentions.  He believed that he was being prosecuted and said to
his attorneys that he had settled once with Eiseman and that the
grand jury had passed the charge against him once and that it had
been presented a second time, showing malice from someone.  He
said that he had heard that Eiseman had said that he would "get a
home out of Baldwin on this charge".

Thomas Baldwin was formerly a man who drank heavily.  Some
few years ago he was elected alderman of Colfax on the whiskey
ticket and the following year had taken the pledge and ran on the
temperance ticket and was again elected.  He was popular and the
mass of the people and during his long residence in Colfax was
known as a man violent in his temper but likely to be just.

	Shocked at Arrest.
It is said that Baldwin was surprised and shocked at his
arrest on the charge.  He at first refused to go with the deputy
saying that the matter had been fixed up.  When convinced that he
must appear he appeared dazed and extremely nervous.  This
continued during his visit to this city when his bond was given. 
Since then he has spent much of his time here in consultation
with his attorneys.



	Supervisor Kennedy, Father of One of the Victims,
	Tells How He Learned of His Son's Murder.

--Thomas F. Kennedy, for many years supervisor of Martin
township, was at the home of his dead son yesterday afternoon and
related to a Pantagrapher how he received the first news of the
awful tragedy.  He told it with dry eyes, for he said that the
full impact of the affair was not realized, and he could not weep
for very bitterness.  He said that yesterday morning he received
a telephone message that some one had been killed down in the
vicinity of his son's home.  He at once started for the scene and
on the way learned that his daughter-in-law, Elsie, was a victim
of the murderer's aim.

Then a little later Mr. Kennedy said he heard there were
four dead people, and his son Charles was one of them.  He could
not realize the fact even when he reached the home of his son and
saw the bleeding bodies of the couple lying on the kitchen floor.

	Tells Story of Trouble.
Mr. Kennedy related the story of the troubles between
Baldwin and the Eiseman girl, which occurred several months ago,
much in the same way as it is told else where in this issue.  He
said that when the Eiseman girl had told Mrs. Kennedy about the
alleged impropriety of Baldwin, Mrs. Kennedy had told the girl to
at once tell her mother, but Cora seemed reluctant to do so.  Mr.
Eiseman had also wanted that it be kept from the grand jury if
possible, and he and Mr. Eiseman asked the Arrowsmith member to
refrain from bringing it up, owing to the notoriety which it
would bring on all.  However, the final day of the session it all
came out in the jury room and they were not responsible for it.


	Life Histories of the Four Murdered People
	Recounted in a Brief Way.

--Mrs. Charles Kennedy was but 27 years of age.  She was
born in the city of Bloomington on June 15, 1880.  Her name was
May Elsie Eicher and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Eicher.  The family lived in Bloomington until Elsie was 13 years
of age, when they removed to Arrowsmith.  Elsie was married to
Charles Kennedy on February 14 nine years ago, and there was one
son born to them, Ivan, who is now 6 years of age.  Besides her
parents, Mrs. Kennedy leaves three brothers, Lawrence, Melvin and
Parke, the last two living in Bloomington.  Mrs. Kennedy was a
member of the Christian Church from early childhood and was a
very highly esteemed woman in all the circles where she moved.

	Mrs. Eiseman.
Mrs. Eiseman was 49 years old January 17 last.  Her maiden
name was Jane Smith.  She was married nineteen years ago to Mr.
Eiseman and three children were born to them.  Mabel, aged 17; 
Cora aged 14, one of Thursday's victims, and Sadie, aged 11.  She
was a member of the U. B. church, but had been prevented from
attending regularly of late by ill health.  The arrangements for
the funerals of mother and daughter have not yet been made. 
Three brothers, Isaac Smith, of Gibson City;  Andrew Smith of
Jefferson, Iowa and Steve Smith, residing in Nebraska also

	Charles Kennedy.
Charles Kennedy would have been 31 years old next August. 
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kennedy of Colfax and a most
ostensible young man.  Seven years ago February 14 he was married
to Miss Elsie Eicher of Arrowsmith.  To them, was born one son,
Ivan, now about 6 years old.  Mr. Kennedy is also survived by two
brothers, Ora and George, of Colfax, and two sisters, Mrs. Harry
Smith of Cooksville and Mrs. Frank Harman who resides five miles
south of Colfax.


	Great Throng Gathered to Greet Baldwin
	on His Arrival in This City 

--When the train reached the "Y" with Baldwin a carriage
with officers was in readiness to remove the prisoner as it was
thought unsafe to unload him at the regular main street station
on account of the crowd that had collected there.  The news of
the awful crime had spread about the city with wonderful,
rapidity and a large mob had gathered at the county jail, all
eager to get a look at the murderer.  The gathering at no time
looked particularly dangerous, but there was no way of telling
what might materialize.  The carriage containing the prisoner was
driven around by a circuitous route and came to the jail from the
rear.   Baldwin gave his captors no trouble in the least and he
was taken hurriedly from the carriage into the jail, all the time
maintaining complete silence and seemingly in a dazed condition. 
The crowd that had gathered around the jail about a thousand in
all, made no attempt to interfere with the program and all the
danger was past.

	Had Picture Taken.
When once within the county bastille, the criminal was
hurried to the cell room and locked up.  A Pantagraph reporter
was admitted to the jail and a flash light of the prisoner was
taken.  The sheriff, the reporter and the photographer entered
the cell room and found Baldwin in one of the corridors with
several other prisoners.  He was walking around at the time, but
was saying nothing.  "Come and have your picture taken", said
Sheriff Al Moore, opening the door.  Baldwin replied, "all right"
in a cheerful manner and came out into the small room to be

Baldwin was smiling and did not show any trace of
excitement, although he kept shaking his head from side to side
in short quick jerks, and his face had a blank, dazed look.  He
was extremely nervous and all of his movements were of a jerky
nature.  He was attired in a common black suit and he wore no
collar.  His hair was not even ruffled, and to glance at him one
would take him for a prosperous farmer who had worked hard all
his life and was now living cozy on the fruits of his labor.  He
sat up straight for the picture and when the flash light exploded
with a loud noise he gave a quick jump and let out an exclamation
but immediately relapsed back into the chair.	

	Settled Down to Prison Life.
The sheriff said to him that was all, and with a pleasant
smile the murderer of four people walked back to the cell
corridor.  He sat down on a bench and looked around him and was
still gazing abstractedly when the reporter left.  No one was
allowed to talk with him, but his attorney, Mr. Gillespie, who
was to defend him on the charge of rape, saw him late in the 
afternoon.  Quite a crowd hung around the jail for some time
after the prisoner had been taken in, but the number gradually
decreased until all was quiet.

	Baldwin's Property.
It was stated last evening by a well known merchant of
Colfax that Baldwin was not a rich man.  Mainly his property
consists of real estate in Colfax and $10,000 would probably be a
safe estimate of his holdings.  He had run a grocery store in the
village for some time, but this has been disposed of.

	Move for a Conservator.
Deputy Sheriff Thompson, who arrested Baldwin yesterday,
also arrested him last Thursday when he was indicted by the grand
jury.  The deputy while in the city a week ago remarked upon the
queer actions of Baldwin and had his doubts at the time if the
prisoner was responsible.  He remarked to a friend that he
believed Baldwin to be "nutty".  In fact, a movement had been
under way for some time to have a conservator appointed for him
as some of the residents of Colfax did not believe that he was
quite right in his mind.  Attorney Gillespie stated last evening
that he had planned to go to Colfax today and circulate a
petition to have a conservator appointed as he believed that some
one should be appointed to look after the affairs of the old man. 
Had he gone yesterday morning, the tragedy might have been

Mr. Gillespie remarked last evening that Baldwin was a man
of peculiar temperament.  It was not safe to argue with him or
cross him.  It required diplomacy to handle him and it was best
to let him have his own way apparently and then carefully advise
him at any point where he might go wrong.

	Talk With Prisoner.
Attorney Gillespie visited his client at the jail after his
arrival yesterday afternoon.  The old man was apparently somewhat
dazed and did not talk at length about the case.  He told the
attorney when asked why he killed the four, that he did not do
it.  He then referred back to the criminal assault case and
appeared to be anxious to talk about that.  "I am not guilty." he
asserted.  "They swore lies about me but I was not guilty."  The
lawyer realizing that the prisoner was in no condition of mind to
talk about the case, did not press matters but left him stating
that he would be back and see him today.



	Only Child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy
	Restates in a Childish Way What He Saw.

--It would have touched a heart of stone and brought tears
to the eyes of a battle hardened soldier to hear the words of
little Ivan Kennedy yesterday as he told with childish simplicity
of the dreadful events of the day, which had taken away from him
a father's strong arm of support and the loving care of a mother,
and left him an orphaned baby.  For scarcely more than a baby is
he, his round ruddy cheeks and his frank, innocent face;  his
head of flaxen hair, neatly combed, all formed the parts of a
picture of pathetic interest.  He little realized what the day
had brought him, though he knew that his father and mother were
no more.

Little Ivan came into a room at his Grandmother Eicher's
house, where a Pantagraph reporter was sitting, and when asked
some questions about his experiences, at first only nodded his
head.  Then as his embarrassment wore off he told in short
sentences how he had run home from Eiseman's house to escape the
murderous assault of Thomas Baldwin and had found his own father
and mother dead upon the floor of the kitchen.

When asked how he escaped from Baldwin with his pistols,
Ivan said, "Oh Sadie and me run around another way and went to
the corn field.

He followed the story to the time when he said the Eiseman
girl reached the Kennedy house and he was asked what he saw
there.  "Just them dead people."  Sadie went in and when she saw
them came out crying then we run back to the house". 

Asked if the sight frightened him, Ivan shook his head for a
moment to answer and answered, "but Sadie screamed when she saw
her mother lying by the road."

These two children had to pass the bodies of Mrs. Eiseman
and her daughter on the road and then reached the Kennedy house
and found two other corpse.

When little Ivan got back to the Eiseman house he told the
family that his father and mother were "gone".  They asked what
he meant and the boy replied. "Gone, just like the people out in
the road" (referring to the corpse of Mrs. Eiseman and her

	Thomas Baldwin's Family.
Thomas Baldwin has six daughters.  At his house with him are
two daughters aged 14 and 16.  There are four married daughters. 
Mrs. Lotta Williams, Mrs. Emma A. Gran and Mrs. Scott Horner, all
of Colfax, and Mrs. James Harris, living in the country near
Colfax.  All are well to do and respected people.

	Tribute to Charles Kennedy.
Mr. Sain Welty last night in speaking of Mr. Kennedy said
his wife, who were tenants of his said:

Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy were the finest of people.  They had
lived thee years as my tenants and Mr. Kennedy had just signed a
lease for another three years.  He was a capable and honest
gentleman and his death is a distinct shock to those who knew
him.  Mrs. Kennedy formerly lived in Bloomington.  She was a
cultured young woman, and the death of these two young people is
a loss to the community.



This is the house where lived Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter,
Cora, who were shot by Thomas Baldwin, Thursday, as they were
 trying to escape from him after he had called in a threatening
mood to talk over the trouble between the families.  At the
corner of the house on the lower right hand corner of the picture
is the cellar door through which Mrs. Eiseman and Cora, as well
as Sadie Eiseman and Ivan Kennedy fled in their effort to escape
Baldwin.  He pursued the mother and daughter to the road, where
he shot them.  Sadie and the Kennedy boy ran around another way
and reached the Kennedy house.

This is the home of Charles Kennedy and his wife, Elsie
Eicher Kennedy, who were both murdered by Thomas Baldwin.  The
bodies were found lying in the kitchen on the north side, the
opening off the porch leading into the kitchen.  The view here
shown is from the south.  One of the bullets fired, presumably by
Baldwin, went through the kitchen door and also through the two
doors of the summer kitchen, shown on the right of this picture. 
The oilcloth had been torn off of the porch doors in Baldwin's
mad assault on the house.

This is a photograph of the spot alongside the public road
where the bodies of Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter, Cora, were
found after the shooting.  Their hair combs were lying on the
white pieces of paper shown in the picture when the photograph
was taken.  Under these pieces of paper were large blotches
formed by the life blood of the victims of the murder.  Directly
opposite from this spot, on the north side of the road, is a hole
in the hedge fence through which cora Eiseman tried to escape
from Baldwin, but after being shot by him she returned to where
her mother lay, and their bodies were found together  when the
first witnesses of the tragedy arrived on the scene.

THE EISEMAN CHILDREN.                                 
        Here is a picture of the Eiseman children, taken a few years
ago, when the daughter, Cora, who was murdered on Thursday, was
about 8 years old.  She was 14 at her death.  Cora, is the one
standing at the left of the picture.  In the center is seated
Sadie, the youngest daughter, and the one who fled with Ivan
Kennedy when the shooting occurred on Thursday.  To the right is
Mabel, the oldest daughter, who relayed to the coroner the only
story of the shooting which was told by a living eye witness of
the murders of the Eisemans by Baldwin.



        Eiseman Funerals This Afternoon and the
        Kennedys on Sunday - Other 
        Developments of the Day.

--The funeral of Mrs. Jane Eiseman and her daughter, Cora,
will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the Greenwood
United Brethren Church, three and one-half miles northeast of
Arrowsmith and the burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, near
there.  Rev. J. W. Baker, of the Christian Church of Arrowsmith,
will have charge.

The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy will be held at
10 o'clock Sunday morning from the Christian Church in Arrowsmith
with Rev. Mr. Baker also officiating.  The interment will be in
the Wiley Cemetery at Colfax.  The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy
were taken to the residence of W. T. Eicher in Arrowsmith shortly
after the murder and will be conveyed from there to the church
tomorrow morning.  Both funerals Saturday and Sunday will be
attended by a very large company of friends, all anxious to pay a
final mark of respect to the victims of Thursday's tragedy.

        Report of Former Killing.
Thomas Baldwin is reported to have killed a man in southern
Indiana twenty years or more ago.  This was common talk on the
streets of Colfax yesterday and some of the older residents
recalled a report that reached their ears shortly after Baldwin
first took up his residence there.  According to the best
recollections of those who discussed the story yesterday. 
Baldwin, while a resident of southern Indiana, was served with a
warrant by a deputy sheriff.  He declined to accompany the
officer and in the struggle that followed it is said he killed
the officer.  He then fled and made his way across the Ohio river
in a boat.  This was according to report some years prior to his
location in Colfax.

Deputy Sheriff Mahoney also recalled yesterday an incident
connected with the grand jury which was in session two years ago. 
A Mrs. Nance, a poor widow, of Colfax, was indicted on a charge
of blackmail.  As the story was told, Baldwin had been accused by
the 14 year old daughter of Mrs. Nance of making an improper
proposal to her.  She told her mother and the latter told a
neighboring woman.  This neighbor upon the request of Mrs. Nance,
who could neither read or write, wrote a letter to Baldwin
demanding $10 and threatening to expose him if he did not remit. 
Instead he had Mrs. Nance indicted.  When Deputy Mahoney went to
serve the papers, he found Mrs. Nance in great poverty and did
not have the heart to serve the papers and bring her to
Bloomington.  He told her of the circumstances and she
voluntarily accompanied him although without a cent of money. 
After coming to Bloomington, Sheriff Edwards released her on her
own recognizance and the attaches of the sheriff's office raised
money to pay her expenses while here and her fare home.  The case
was never prosecuted and was forgotten by all until the murder
was committed this week.

	State's Attorney Active.
State's Attorney W. R. Bach was actively engaged yesterday
in an effort to counteract a possible defense of insanity.  He
sent representatives to Colfax, Arrowsmith, Ellsworth and other
places where Baldwin is known to secure statements from persons
intimate with Baldwin and were inclined to disbelieve any theory
that he was insane, either previous to the murder or at the time
of the killing.  Mr. Herbert S. Thompson, the Arrowsmith
attorney, represented the state's attorney at the coroner's

	Had His Nerve to the Last.
A story showing Baldwin's nerve and possession of mental
faculties was told yesterday by Deputy Sheriff "Jack" Thompson. 
When the carriage arrived at the jail, Baldwin coolly surveyed
the crowd and remarked that if he had a gun, he could keep those
fellows off.  In the south he said one man was worth as much in a
case of this kind as twenty northerners.

	Inquest Ended.
The coroner's inquest was ended after a fifteen minute
session yesterday.  No material evidence was brought out.  The
verdict is printed in full elsewhere, holding Baldwin for the
four murders.

	Actions in Jail.
Baldwin spent yesterday in jail in a morose and untalkative
mood.  He has nothing to do with any of the other prisoners and
sits by the hour pondering.  The other men in jail watch Baldwin
like a hawk, fearing he may attempt suicide.  There is a
superstition among prisoners as to suicide in jail, and they
would be the first to prevent such an act if possible.




	States Attorney Bach Takes Action to Mete Out Justice 
	In a Legal Manner to the Slayer of the Four Arrowsmith People.

	Special Session of the Grand Jury for Next Week and Trial
	at the February Term -- Coroner's Jury Holds
	Baldwin on the Charge of Four Murders.

	The Coroner's Verdict.
"We, the jury sworn to inquire into this case, do find that
Jane Eiseman, Cora E. Eiseman, Charles C. Kennedy and his wife,
Mrs. Elsie Kennedy, came to their death by a pistol shot from the
hand of one Thomas Baldwin, with murderous intent, and we
recommend that the said Thomas Baldwin be held to the grand jury
for the murder of Jane Eiseman, Cora Eiseman and Charles Kennedy
and wife, without bail."

--With nothing happening to balk the present plans, Thomas
Baldwin will, within a few days, answer to a court of justice for
his fourfold murder.

It is quite possible for all preliminaries to be made that
the present term of court may dispose of the murderer, and such
are the plans that are being perfected.  State's Attorney Bach
said yesterday that as far as he could make it possible there
should be no delay of justice and that if the Baldwin case had
the benefit of any delays it would be after he had fought with
all the means that lie in his power for a speedy trial that the
residents of the county outraged and horrified by the tragedy may
have nothing to criticize in the working of the law that will
mete out justice to the murderer.

	Grand Jury Monday.
Today the state's attorney will present a petition to the
court asking that the grand jury as at present still empaneled,
be summoned to report for duty Monday morning.  The members of
the grand jury appointed at the December meeting of the board of
supervisors have not been discharged and can be brought into
special session at the call of the court.  This call the court
will be asked today to make, and it is altogether likely that the
grand jurors will again assemble on Monday for the legal
indictment of Thomas Baldwin.

	Their Names.
The men drawn on the grand jury last December have had a
strenuous time.  They had, before the Baldwin murder, an
unusually large list of important indictments and the history of
the county presents no other similar body who at one session has
dealt with so many unusual and important matters.  The John B.
Wren matter, the various charges against Helen R. Dixon, with
their sensational features, and the previous indictment against
Thomas Baldwin, made a record-breaking list, without the last and
most tremendous situation which will come to their official ears

The men who will return and serve in this duty are:

J. A. Cusey, Heyworth.
William Sigler, Sr., Leroy.
John L. Clayton, Leroy.
James Hale, Glenavon.
John Trotter, Bellflower.
David Bierbowen, Arrowsmith.
J. W. Weldner, Leroy.
Alf Hawes, Downs.
E. E. Jones, Bloomington.
Julius Dietrich, Bloomington.
E. L. Houghman, Covel.
P. C. Baird, Stanford.
John W. Vance, Danvers.
C. J. Strimple, Bloomington R. R.
A. C. Fairfield, Normal.
Ellis Watson, Colfax.
John Kerber, Anchor.
W. A. Curry, Lexington.
J. D. McKinney, Hudson.
William G. Gradis, Hudson.
T. Jay Andrews, Gridley
John F. Wightman, Chenoa.

	Trial at This Term.
The indictment of Baldwin will be the work of a few hours,
and it is, according to the state's attorney, quite probable that
the case may be tried before the adjournment of the February
term.  Mr. Bach intends to insist, as far as lies in his power to
have the hearing set for the week of criminal cases, which will
begin at the end of the civil suits now pending.  Doubtless the
attorneys for Baldwin will ask a continuance, but the state's
attorney believes that the court will recognize the demand of the
people for a speedy trial and a quick serving of the sentence,
whatever it may be.

Delays of the law are proverbial in such cases, and Mr. Bach
hopes to push the present case through with no such charge as
that to be made by the public.  Feeling is high and the public
are entitled to consideration when they demand that swift justice
follow the man whose desperate acts have shocked and startled the

	Flowers for the Dead.
A Cooksville popular subscription has been sent to the home
of Charles Kennedy in earnest remembrance, a floral design of
beauty.  Mr. Kennedy was last season a member of the Cooksville
ball team and was popular and had hosts of friends.  Mrs. Kennedy
was also well known there and in their memory the handsome design
has been made and sent.

Who With His Wife Was Murdered         She With Her Husband Was
by Thomas Baldwin.                     Shot to Death by Baldwin.


Whose Body Was Found on the            Colfax Officer Who Took 
Roadside, Killed by Baldwin.           Charge of Baldwin After

He is the bright-looking little boy who 
is now an orphan, both of his parents
being taken away from him by the mur-
der of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy 
by Thomas Baldwin on Thursday.  The
Kennedy lad is 6 years of age.  He is
now staying with his grandparents, Mr. 
and Mrs. William Eicher, in Arrowsmith.
and the picture (on the right) shown 
was taken for the Pantagraph on the
porch of the Eicher home.




Probably not before in the history of this country have so
remarkable scenes been presented on two successive days as those
connected with the funerals of the four victims of this awful
tragedy.   Saturday and Sunday the people of the eastern tier of
townships in this county practically gave themselves up to the
rendering of the final rites for Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter
Cora and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy.  No other topic was
discussed on the days when the mortal part of the unfortunate
four were to be laid in their last resting place.

	Mrs. Simeon Eiseman.
Mrs. Eiseman was 49 years old January 12th last.  Her maiden
name was Jane Smith.  She was married nineteen years ago to
Simeon Eis(e)man and three children were born to them, Mabel,
aged 17, Cora, aged 14, one of last Thursday's victims, and
Sadie, aged 11.  Mrs. Eiseman was a member of the U. B. Church,
but had been prevented from attending regularly of late by ill
health.  Besides Mr. Eiseman and Mabel and Sadie, she is survived
by three brothers, Isaac Smith of Gibson City, Andrew Smith of
Jefferson, Iowa and Steve Smith, residing in Nebraska.

The joint funeral of Mrs. Simeon Eiseman and her daughter,
Cora Eiseman, was held last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
the little Greenwood Church of the United Brethren faith, located
about three and one-half miles northeast of Arrowsmith.  The
occasion was one of the saddest that has ever been the fortune of
Arrowsmith to bear.  The bodies of the mother and daughter laid
low by the hand of a murderer were followed to the grave by one
of the longest processions that has ever been seen in the eastern
part of the county.

The services at the Eiseman home were held at 1 o'clock and
the residence was not of sufficient size to hold the people who
came in an effort to show their sympathy for the living and their
love for those who were cold in death.

The services were in charge of Rev. P. Baker, the pastor of
the Christian Church at Arrowsmith, and his utterances were given
with deepest feeling.  He spoke but briefly on the crime itself,
but stated that crimes of that sort show a bad condition in the
community.  A need of strengthening the ties for the safety of
the home is apparent.  Those of the community should take steps
at all times to render the sanctity of woman more safe.

The beautiful example of the fall of the sparrow and the
marking of the same by God on high was sighted to show that even
in this dark hour that there is a guiding hand that rules the
lives and destinies of man.

The remarks of the speaker, delivered as they were, made a
deep affect on the hearers.  The Greenwood Church did not hold
one-half of those who attended.  The majority of the women were
able to get inside and the men formed a dense crowd on the
outside of the church edifice.

The interment of the ill-fated daughter and her mother
occurred in the little country church yard beside the Greenwood
Church.  Here the mortal clay was carried by loving hands.  The
pallbearers of the daughter were all young girls, as follows: 
Misses Leta Talmadke,  Rose Smith, Nellie Crawford, Belle
Fliuspach, Mamie Pike and Gershie Curtis.

The pallbearers of the mother were the following friends of
the family.  Messrs. R. Teagler, Will Dysert, C. Gilbert, D. P.
Kauffold, John Jacobs and Harvey Wipp.  The singers who sang the
hymns for the sad services were:  E. E. Lawrence, Miss Maud
Cline, Miss Eva Spencer and Wallace Johnson.

                            MRS. SIMEON EISEMAN, Mother of Cora 
                            Eiseman and sister-in-law of the man  
CORA EISEMAN                     who committed the murders.

                     MR. AND MRS. CHARLES KENNEDY.


--Sheriff Moore had a picture taken the other day of the two
pistols with which Baldwin shot to death the Kennedys and Mrs.
Eiseman and her daughter near Arrowsmith.  The above engravings
are from the photographs taken for the sheriff.

It has been repeatedly stated that two revolvers were taken
from Baldwin when he was met in the road by William Spencer and
his son and disarmed.  One of these was a 32-calibre and the
other a 38.  In the above picture the 32-calibre is the upper one
shown.  This is the weapon with which it is supposed that Baldwin
did all the shooting, and which caused the death of the four
people.  When it was taken from Baldwin this revolver contained
only one unexploded shell, and the others were empty.  The
38-calibre gun was full of shells, none of which had been fired. 
The latter weapon was also clean and unsmoked by powder, giving
the appearance of never having been used.  All this leads to the
opinion that all the shooting was done with the smaller gun.

Baldwin told conflicting stories about the smaller of these
guns.  He related to Deputy Sheriff Thompson at Colfax that he
traded for the weapon in Colfax.  When he reached the jail here
he said to some of those around him that he got the gun while in
Bloomington on the day preceding the shooting.

The effects of the shooting on the bodies of the victims
showed that at least ten different bullets had been fired by
Baldwin.  This shows that if all the shooting was done with one
gun it must have been reloaded at least once.  How many shots
were fired which went entirely astray and hit nothing will never
be known.  A box of 38-calibre shells was found on the person of
Baldwin when he was captured.

The bottle of whisky with the white powder in it which
figured prominently in the testimony before the coroner's jury is
now in the possession of the coroner, while the pistols are in
the possession of Sheriff Moore.  No analysis has been made to
ascertain whether the white powder in the whisky is poison, as it
was supposed to be or not.  This fact would have no material
bearing on the case, hence it is useless to go to the trouble of
having analysis made.



	County Prosecutor Says Nothing Less Will Satisfy State
	in Case of Thomas Baldwin.


	Developments of the Day in the Case --
	Grand Jury to Meet Tomorrow.

--State's Attorney Bach announced yesterday that he intended
to make a fight for the death penalty for Thomas Baldwin, the
four times murderer now in the county jail.  Mr. Bach repeatedly
stated his firm opinion that Baldwin was perfectly sane at the
time of committing his crimes and reiterated his determination to
use every effort in his power to secure his legal execution.  Mr.
Bach said that he believed that Baldwin could be brought to trial
within three or four weeks at the longest.

A prominent professional man stated yesterday that he
thought the extreme penalty should be inflicted in the case of
Baldwin.  "A dangerous precedent seems to have established itself
in this county" he said.  "For years there has been no legal
hanging, although murders have been frequent enough, heaven
knows.  It is my firm conviction that a single hanging would have
a most excellent effect in reducing the number of homicides in
this county." 

	Theory of Kennedy Killings.
The horrible crime of last week continues to be an absorbing
topic of conversation to the exclusion of almost everything else. 
Of the many theories advanced as to the exact manner in which
Baldwin killed the Kennedys, for there were no eye-witnesses to
the first tragedy -- the one originated by Herbert Thompson, the
Arrowsmith attorney, who represented the state at the coroner's
inquest, seems the most plausible.

Mr. Thompson has figured the sad affair out as follows: 
Baldwin had been talking with Mr. Kennedy and his hired man
before he entered the house and destroyed its inmates.  He had
been assisting the two men, who were loading a piece of farm
machinery in the barn and drew Mr. Kennedy aside to talk with him
privately.  The two entered a big corn crib and conversed quietly
for a few minutes.  Then they came out and the hired man inquired
of his employer as to what Baldwin wanted.  "Nothing much but he
doesn't want to hang around here long", Mr. Kennedy is said to
have replied.

It developed at the coroner's inquest that Baldwin talked
with Kennedy and his man for some time before the killing.  He
conversed rationally and commented on the fine team of horses the
men were hitching to a farm wagon.  You could get $500 for them
in the Bloomington market," Baldwin said, "and I've a good notion
to offer you $400 and take my chances."

	Shot From Behind.
Then, Mr. Thompson thinks, Kennedy and Baldwin went into the
house.  Here Baldwin shot Kennedy from behind, the bullet taking
effect in the back of the head.  Kennedy reeling turned and faced
his murderer.  As the latter raised his pistol again Kennedy
threw up his left hand and Baldwin fired again.  The wounded man
fell, the second bullet having clipped his wrist and passed into
his neck.  Just then Mrs. Kennedy opened the door into the room
and was greeted with a bullet through the heart.  She fell on her
face and Baldwin put another bullet through her body.  Kennedy
was lying near his wife and in his death agony this fact was
proven by the bloody marks where his fingers had scratched on the
floor.  Thinking, perhaps, that the man was not yet dead, Baldwin
walked over and fired two more bullets through Kennedy's chest.

	Frightened by Dog.
Then Baldwin was frightened at hearing a scratching on the
door through which Mrs. Kennedy had entered and which had closed
of its own accord.  Crazed with fright Baldwin whirled around and
fired through the door at which "Sport", Kennedy's dog, was

Then, still following Mr. Thompson's theory, it is thought
that Baldwin walked over to the corner of the room and cut the
telephone wires, using a pair of scissors he had found in the
room of death.  Standing beside the telephone was Kennedy's
repeating shotgun.  Seizing this weapon Baldwin discharged it
through the partition of the room and then leaned it still
smoking against the cook stove.  Then he left the house to
continue his murderous career.  How the Eisemans were killed is
well known.  Mr. Thompson's theory seems, under the
circumstances, a plausible one.

	Shows Orderly Mind.
Some evidences of the fact that Baldwin's mind has been in a
perfectly orderly state since his incarceration in the jail have
come to public knowledge.  Among these is the report Baldwin is
said to have sent to his daughter at Colfax a check covering his
balance in the Colfax bank, to the very penny.  It is reported
that Baldwin's bank book had not been balanced up for several
months and if this be true the fact that he carried in his head
the exact sum due him on his account, for which he made his check
to his daughter since he has been in jail, is regarded as
remarkable under any circumstances.  It certainly goes to show
that Baldwin is not suffering with any great amount of "brain
storm" at the present time.

Another fact of similar nature is related to the effect that
Baldwin sent to his daughter at Colfax an order for $4. which was
the sum due him for four days attendance and work on the town
board, of which he was a member.  He seemed to have a perfect
recollection of this matter.

	Reputation in Colfax.
A citizen of Colfax who was in Bloomington yesterday made
the statement that Baldwin was generally regarded there prior to
the present trouble as being a man of more than ordinary
intelligence, and that he was considered a man of good business
judgment and well balanced in his mental capacity.  People who
have been dealing with him for many years have had no reason to
think him unbalanced in mind, or in any way different from scores
of other citizens in the ordinary walks of life.

	Seeks Lost Uncle.
The postmaster at Colfax has received a letter from one L.
S. Fisk, of Emporium, Pa., in which the writer says he had
noticed an account of the crime of Thomas Baldwin.  He had an
uncle of that name, whom he had not seen for thirty years, and he
wrote to inquire of the Colfax man is not his long-lost uncle.

	Scents Millionaires' Plot.
One of the most curious things which have come out in
connection with this whole affair is a letter received by Chief
of Police Lang.  This letter was written by some person in St.
Louis, who did not sign their name, though the post mark shows
that it was mailed at St. Louis.  The writer signs himself "Fair
Play," and he tells his version of the murder of the Kennedy's. 
He says that Martin Maloney was a multi-millionaire of St. Louis
who was killed some years ago, and that since his death a
conspiracy has been formed by some of the other millionaires of
St. Louis to get Maloney's property.  This they are seeking to do
by killing all the heirs, or putting them in insane asylums. 
Some of the heirs were named Kennedy, and lived in Illinois and
the number of violent deaths among them, the writer says, is
sufficient proof of the plot.  The Arrowsmith Kennedys, he
thinks, are among those marked for death.

A peculiar feature of the letter is that it was sent to Gov.
Deneen at Springfield though it was addressed to Chief Lang on
the inside of the envelope.  Gov. Deneen forwarded the letter to
Chief Lang.  It is presumed that the letter was written by some
insane person.

	The Faithful Dog.
A good deal of sentiment attaches itself to "Sport", Charles
Kennedy's dog.  The faithful animal refused to leave the house
after the murder of his master and mistress and he kept faithful
watch over their bodies until they were removed for burial.  When
little Ivan Kennedy told the neighbors of the tragedy that had
entered his home he said among other things:  "They're all dead
over there, except Sport."

	Grand Jury Tomorrow.
The grand jury will convene at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon
to consider the case of Thomas Baldwin, the Colfax murderer. 
There have been twenty-five summonses issued for the witnesses
that will appear.  These will include Mabel and Sadie Eiseman and
their father, the Spencers, who first laid restraining hands upon
Thomas Baldwin and others of the neighbors and friends.  The
testimony will, much of it, be the same in substance printed in
the Pantagraph Friday morning, as told to the coroner at that
time.  Practically no new material features have been developed
since the publication of the coroner's inquest testimony.

One of the witnesses will be little Ivan Kennedy, the
6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy.  The child was
the first to discover the dead bodies of his father and mother
and while not understanding the tragedy, he can tell in his
childish way of the scene of the crime.




	Sitting of the Special Body -- Administration
	of Estates of Victims is Begun in Court.

--At 2 o'clock this afternoon the grand jury, in special
session, will convene.  The jury, as has been stated, is brought
together to consider the Thomas Baldwin and his crime of last
Thursday.  There have been twenty-five witnesses summoned and it
is unlikely that there will be a report tonight, although the
indictment is a foregone conclusion and the proceedings of today
a formality.

	Possible Change of Venue.
Already the belief is spreading that the attorneys for
Baldwin will begin their fight with an attempt to secure a change
of venue.  If successful, this change probably would not have any
result on the ultimate verdict, but it would make delays of the
case more possible and put off the hour when Baldwin must face a
jury.  Motions for continuance might be of more avail in another
county and possibly that will be the prime consideration that
will move Baldwin's attorneys in making such application.

The state's attorney has announced that he will try the case
as speedily as he can and that there will be no delay even beyond
the present term, unless it is forced upon him.  This statement
by the prosecuting attorney will act as a stimulus for those
attorneys having the Baldwin case in charge.

	No Fifth Victim.
As if the tragedy at Arrowsmith were not horrid enough as it
actually happened, some unfounded reports have sought to make it
worse than it was.  One of these was to the effect that there was
a fifth victim of the shooting, it being an unborn child.  There
is no foundation for this assertion, as reporters of the
Pantagraph were assured on the day of the tragedy by members of
the family of the unfortunate victims after the report was first
started.  This report was of the same sort as a sensational
statement printed by a local paper that there were 3,000 or 4,000
surrounding the jail at the time when Baldwin was brought in, when the most liberal estimates of
people who were present placed the crowd at between 500 and


	Guardian Also Named for Only Son of 
	Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Kennedy
	--Relatives Appointed.

--Another chapter in the tragedy of last Thursday, when Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Kennedy were shot to death by Thomas Baldwin was
shown yesterday in county court with the application of the
administrator for the estate of Charles Kennedy and for a
guardian for the child, Ivan Kennedy, the little son of Mr. and
Mrs. Kennedy.  William P. Eicher, father of Mrs. Kennedy, will
receive the appointment of administrator of Charles Kennedy's
estate, and Thomas F. Kennedy, by request of Mr. Eicher, will be
made guardian of little Ivan, 6 years old.  The child will have
property to the amount of $4,000 and a bond of $500 was given by
Mr. Kennedy.

Both Mr. Eicher and Mr. Kennedy were at the court house
yesterday.  Mr. Kennedy talked a little of the tragedy to his
friends, but both men were still too much impressed with the
horror of the tragedy to talk much of it.




	Father and Son Who Caught and Disarmed Murderer
	Here to Testify Before Grand Jury.
--Among the forty or more witnesses who were summoned to
appear before the grand jury yesterday none had a more
interesting story to relate than did William Spencer and his son,
William Jr. who were the men credited with the capture of Thomas
Baldwin after he had shot his four victims near Arrowsmith last
Thursday.  The Spencers were not particularly anxious to talk
about their part in the tragic affair, for they considered that
they did nothing more than their common duty under the
circumstances.  However in the mind of the public generally they
have been considered heroes in a way ever since the occurrence,
and many of the people in and around the court house yesterday
asked that the Spencers be pointed out to them for they wanted to
get a glimpse of the men who had taken and disarmed Baldwin when
he had all the opportunity for still further carrying on his
murderous work.

In view of the visit of the Spencers to the city to tell the
grand jury of the capture of Baldwin, the story may be recounted,
it being related to the grand jury in much the same manner as
told to the coroner's jury on the day of the shooting.  The first
word of the tragedies came to the home of the Spencers by a
telephone message from Mr. Fleacher, who owns the house where the
Eisemans lived, and who reached his house soon after Mrs. Eiseman
and her daughter had been shot.  Mrs. Spencer answered the
telephone, and she at once rushed to the barn lot where Mr.
Spencer and his son were and told them that Tom Baldwin had shot
somebody at the Eiseman house and that his horse was then coming
down the road toward the Spencers.  Mr. Spencer and his boy ran
out to the road and saw Baldwin's horse and buggy coming from the
west, with no one in the buggy.  At the same time they saw the
head of a man just visible above the rise in the road.  This they
presumed to be Baldwin.

The Spencers soon had charge of the horse and buggy and
turning it around they drove west to meet Baldwin who was walking
down the road.  Sr. Spencer was in the seat of the buggy and his
son had got on behind.  When they came up to Baldwin they asked
him if this was his rig.  He said yes, and at the same time
announced that someone had shot Mrs. Eiseman.  Mr. Spencer
quickly answered:

"Yes and you did it".

Baldwin emphatically denied that he had done the shooting. 
At the same time Mr. Spencer jumped from the buggy and went
toward Baldwin who had by this time come up so that he almost
touched the wheel of the buggy.  The Spencer youth had jumped
from his place at the back of the buggy and while his father and
Baldwin were parleying, he got behind the murderer.

Seeing that something ought to be done quickly, young
Spencer sprang up to Baldwin and grabbed him in such a way as to
pin his arms down at his sides.  The father promptly seconded the
motion, and he then got hold of Baldwin.  Together they had him
fast, where it would have been impossible for Baldwin to use the
weapons which he still carried in his coat pockets.  It took but
a few seconds for the Spencers to take away from Baldwin, first
the bottle of whiskey full of the white power which he carried,
and then the two revolvers and a box of cartridges.  At this time
Baldwin was protesting that he had not done the killing at

After disarming Baldwin, the Spencers took him in his buggy
to Arrowsmith, where they kept him till the arrival of Deputy
Sheriff Jack Thompson, of Colfax.

Mr. Spencer and his family have lived for many years in
their present home, which is on a farm about a quarter of a mile
east of the Eiseman place in Arrowsmith




	Special Session of the Grand Jury Ends and is Let Go.
	Subject to Recall.

	Time of the Colfax Man's Arraignment Not Announced
	How Jury Presented Papers.

--The grand jury called in special session to consider the
crime of Thomas Baldwin made its report to the court yesterday
afternoon and returned three true bills for murder against the

The coming into the court room of the jury with the
indictments followed a two days' session during which forty
witnesses were examined.  The inquiry into the killing of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Kennedy and Mrs. Eiseman and her daughter Cora was
exceedingly thorough and while there was no doubt in the minds of
the jurymen from the beginning as to the indictments, yet the
details of the crime were made clear to them before the bills
were found.

	Jury Not Discharged.
The course of the trial of the Minonk Coal Company was
checked yesterday when word came to the court room that the grand
jury had finished its deliberations and was ready to report.  The
twenty-three men who had just heard the details of the horrible
murder that shocked the community last week filed into the court
room and took their places before the court.  In answer of Judge
Harris as to whether or not they had agreed upon a verdict the
foreman, A. C. Fairfield, stepped forward and presented to the
court the papers that made the formal and legal charge of murder
against Thomas Baldwin, once a leading merchant of Colfax.

The jury was instructed to disband and to hold themselves in
readiness to be called at any other time before the close of the
present term of court.

	The Indictment.
There was nothing in the papers placed in the hands of the
court that indicated that a man's life depended upon future
actions laid down upon the base supplied by them.  In the usual
legal phrasing the papers state that Thomas Baldwin, of legal
age, is in the opinion of the jury, guilty of the crime of the
murder of Charles Kennedy, Mrs. Charles Kennedy and Miss Cora
Eiseman.  The papers were very small and quiet looking to hold
such possible consequences.

	The Fourth Indictment.
The indictment of Baldwin for the fourth one of the
murderers will be returned later in case it is deemed necessary
or in case three murders are not enough to secure the sentence
which the prosecution will ask for.

	The Arraignment.
Within a short time Thomas Baldwin will be brought into
court to be arraigned.  The time that has been set for that
purpose will not be made public, as there will be an effort to
avoid the crowd that would congregate should the day and hour on
which Baldwin will be brought into court be made public.  There
will be little time lost and this formality will be gone through
with as soon as the records are written up.  At that time there
may be some action taken which will give a sign as to the time
that the trial of the case will commence.  There was no crowd at
the close of the grand jury's deliberations when the report came
in, as the result of the sessions had been a foregone conclusion.




The Colfax Murderer Unexpectedly Arraigned in Court and Motions
to Quash Are Made.


Prisoner Was Very Calm During Proceedings in Court
Yesterday--Further Moves Next Week.

     -Monday, April 1, is the date that State's Attorney Bach
will ask to have set for the beginning of the trial of Thomas
Baldwin for murder.  Before that time the attorneys for Baldwin
will use their best efforts arguing motions to quash the
indictments against Baldwin and will then make a plea for a
change of venue.  If the case comes to trial in this court the
date of April 1 will be set by expressed desire of the state's

	Was Arraigned in Court.
     This decision followed the formal arraignment of Baldwin in
court yesterday afternoon.  It was shortly after half-past 2
o'clock when Sheriff Moore walked up from the jail accompanied by
a short, stout and rather shabbily dressed old man, who was not
manacled, but who sauntered along beside the sheriff as if he had
been taking an afternoon stroll.  There was nothing in his
appearance to indicate that he was on the way to be arraigned for
a crime which might cost him his life and the people who met the
two passed them casually.  Sheriff Moore goes in and out of the
court house many times a day, and the man with him yesterday
afternoon attracted no more attention than do the others who pass
in and out any and all minutes of the business day.  The couple
proceeded quietly up stairs to the court room.  Judge Harris and
the clerk were there and the states attorney, Messrs. Gillespie
and Franklin.  Attorneys for Baldwin had not been notified of the
action and there was a slight delay while they were summoned by

	Baldwin is Calm.
     The news that the prisoner was in court spread and people
began to gather in the court room and by the time that the
proceedings were over the room was half filled, but it was a
crowd of those who had happened to be about and who had not been
called there by any special interest that they felt in the case. 
There was no demonstration and no crowding, just a moderate

     Baldwin said nothing throughout the proceedings.  He stood
in front of the court with his hand on the railing while the
attorneys arranged the details of the orders that were made
against him on the judge's docket.  The quivering of his hands
and head that was marked before Baldwin got into trouble, was
present, but not noticeably increased.  The murderer looked like
a fairly prosperous farmer who had led an easy life, had three
good square meals a day and most of the good things of life for
which he cared.  He was self-possessed and indicated no special
stress of excitement.

	Motion to Quash.
     Mr. Gillespie, for Baldwin, stated to the court that he
wished to enter notice to quash every indictment and each and
every count thereof.  He further wished to make no plea that
might stand in the way of his making a motion for a change of
venue for his client.  This motion for a change, Mr. Gillespie
announced, would be made, not on account of prejudice of the
court, but on the second ground laid down in the statute, that of
a prejudice of the inhabitants of the locality in which the crime
was committed sufficient that the defendant could not have a fair
and impartial trial.

     The court instructed Mr. Gillespie to file his motions to
quash by Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock and allowed him until
Wednesday morning to make ready for the argument of these
motions.  Arraignment was waived for the prisoner, which means
that the formality of reading the indictment to him was dispensed
with and the order entered recording the motions to quast.

     At the close of the proceedings, which occupied about twenty
minutes, Sheriff Moore and Baldwin walked back to the jail as
quietly as they had come and exciting absolutely no comment on
the streets.

	Change of Venue.
     The attorneys for Baldwin yesterday stated that they can ask
for a change of venue on the ground of prejudice at any
reasonable time after it has been discovered, even if that should
be after the trial of the case has absolutely commenced.  They
said that this they would certainly ask for their client if they
ascertained anything that in their opinion made it the best thing
to do for their client.  There is no hurry about it and that
motion is something that may drop almost any time.

     In all there are fifteen counts against Baldwin.  Indictment
8357 charges murder in five counts and the name given in the
indictment is that of Cora Eiseman.
     Indictment 8358 has also five counts and Charles Kennedy is
named as the person against whom the crime of murder was

     Indictment 8359 has five counts in the charge of murder, and
Elsie Kennedy is named.

     The name of Mrs. Eiseman does not appear on any of the
indictments and the presumption is that her name was reserved in
case, through some technicality such as lurks around the corner
in all litigation, the present indictments whould be set aside. 
Then there would remain one other charge from whence an
indictment for murder could be made.  There are thirty-seven
witnesses to each indictment as given.

	Further Moves Next Week.
     There will be nothing further done in the Baldwin case until
Tuesday morning when the motions to quash are filed.  The
arguments on these will follow Wednesday and the holding of the
court on these motions will be of interest.






	Trial of Damage Suits Temporarily Postpone
	Arguments on Motions to Quash
	Other News of the Courts.
     -The steady progress of the Carroll damage suit in the
circuit court has temporarily crowded off the court program the
arguments on the pending motions to both the murder case against
Thomas Baldwin and the Helen B. Dixon cases.  In the former the
motions to quash have been filed and are on purely formal and
usual grounds and the arguments on these motions have not yet had
a chance to get the ear of the court.  The same is true of the
arguments to quash in the Dixon case.  They were set for last
Thursday and are now a week overdue, owing to the illness of Mr.
Franklin, one of the attorneys, and to the fact that the
attention of the court is occupied.  It is possible that both
these arguments may wait over until the first of the week and be
heard by Judge Myers, who will be here at that time. .....




	Action for $2,500 in Favor of Ivan Kennedy
	Begun Against Murderer of the Boys Father.


	Details of the Statements Made by the Prisoner as
	Site of His Petition for Removal of Trial.

--Two interesting moves were made yesterday in the case of
Thomas Baldwin in the county jail on a charge of murder.  A civil
suit brought by the administrator of the estate of Charles O.
Kennedy against Thomas Baldwin for the benefit of Ivan Kennedy,
the boy 6 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Kennedy, was
perhaps the most unexpected of the two proceedings.  The other
lay in the signing by Thomas Baldwin of a petition to be
presented to the court for a change of venue, and which petition
sets up in detail the reasons for the asking.

	The Civil Suit.
There was filed in the office of the circuit clerk yesterday
a suit in case, in which, William P. Eicher, administrator of the
estate of Charles O. Kennedy, brings suit against Thomas Baldwin
for $2,500 for the damage to the Kennedy estate by the death of
Charles O. Kennedy.  The Statute provides that in such cases
whoever causes injury to an estate by wrongful action places
himself in a position where there is a right of action by the
administrator of the estate.
The declaration in yesterday's civil suit will allege the
killing of Mr. Kennedy by Baldwin and the damage that such
killing has been to the survivors, from the standpoint of the
estate.  Little Ivan Kennedy depends upon the criminal case
against Baldwin, to, as far as possible, right the wrong that has
been done him in the loss of his parents, but the civil suit
filed is a formal one, the damages of which are fixed in
proportion to the value of the estate owned by Charles Kennedy.

This is somewhat of an unusual proceeding, although within
the letter of the statutes.  The same character of suit, it will
be remembered, was brought against Merritt Chism by Harvey
Freeland, the son of Mrs. Chism, who met her death by her
husband's hand.

	For Change of Venue.
There has been prepared and will be presented to the court a
petition signed by Thomas Baldwin asking for a change of venue. 
The reasons for the request are given and are briefly stated. 
Baldwin says that he believes that he will not receive a fair,
and impartial trial because the inhabitants of Mc Lean County are
prejudiced against him.

The petition says that the news of the killing has spread
over the entire county and has reached the home of friends and
citizens in each township in said county.  Two daily newspapers
are published at the county seat of said Mc Lean County in the
city of Bloomington -- the Pantagraph and the Bulletin have
enough circulation throughout the entire county and central
Illinois.  The Pantagraph has a daily circulation of about 16,500
copies and a circulation of from 2,000 to 10,000 in the county. 
A weekly edition of the same paper has a circulation of about
3,900 for the state and is a paper of great influence and power. 
One of the other of said newspapers reached practically every
home in said county.  Immediately after the defendant's arrest
for the offense charged in the indictments each of said
newspapers published one-sided statements in relation to the
homicide which were calculated to create and did create a lasting
prejudice against the defendant among the citizens of the county.

	Newspapers Influence.
It is further said that there are many other weekly
newspapers published in said county, some of which reach every
town and neighborhood in the vicinity.  These weekly newspapers
published one-sided and exaggerated accounts of the circumstances
surrounding the killing which were calculated to and did create
an undue prejudice in the minds of the people against this

The feeling was so intense against him that when the
defendant was arrested in the neighborhood where the crime is
charged to have been committed that the officer who had him in
charge barely escaped the violence of a mob of citizens who
sought summarily to take the prisoners life.  The defendant was
being detained by an officer in a small building in the village
of Arrowsmith in said county preparatory to being brought to the
county jail at Bloomington.  In said county, distant about twenty
miles, and while the officer was there in charge of the prisoner
in said building, the window lights were suddenly broken in and
the life of the defendant threatened by the mob.    The officer
succeeded in saving the life of the defendant by an exit in the
rear part of the building and escaped through fields by
circuitous route to another railroad station, from which point he
was brought to within two miles of the city of Bloomington, where
the train was stopped to accommodate the officer and to give him
a chance to secretly deliver the prisoner to the jail.  The
sheriff of said county was notified from time to time of the
danger of the citizens organizing a mob to take the defendant
forcibly from the jail and to hang him in defiance of law.  To
such an extent did this feeling and purpose exist that the
sheriff arranged to call to his assistance the police of the city
of Bloomington to resist the anticipated violence.  On the
evening when the defendant was placed in the jail, a crowd of
hundreds of people congregated at said jail and many threats of
violence were heard.

Petitioner further shows that in both the said Bulletin and
Pantagraph since defendant's confinement in jail, have been
published many and diverse interviews, purporting to be had with
the state's attorney of said county, all of which interviews have
been one-sided, unfair and tended to create and have created an
undue prejudice and was in the minds of the citizens of said
county against the defendant.

	Quote From Papers.
The petition further quotes from articles in various papers,
saying that these were calculated to influence the people.  The
resolution of the board of supervisors relative to the payment of
expenses of the Baldwin trial and the petition of States Attorney
Bach that preceded the resolution, both of which were published
in the Pantagraph during the recent board of supervisors
proceeding, were contained in the petition in full.

	The Insanity Charge.
Petitioner further shows that the state's attorney has
learned that he will plead insanity as a defense against charges
in the indictment and that in harmony with the state's attorney's
request, and the resolution of the board of supervisors, the
people have employed an attorney who resides at Arrowsmith where
the defendant was sought to be mobbed and that said attorney has
procured affidavits from citizens who saw the defendant and
observed him on the 28th day of February, 1907.  And that
affidavits from each citizen at the time when the people in the
vicinity were in a high state of excitement and anxious for
revenge were procured on the question of the defendants sanity or
insanity and many citizens were committed by said attorney and
many affidavits have been procured that the defendant was sane at
the time he committed the offenses charged in the indictment.

Petitioner further shows that the procuring of said
affidavits is highly prejudicial and unfair and is calculated to
seal the doom of the defendant in advance of the trial and is
most contrary to and against the administration of the law.

	The Affidavits.
An account is also given of the affidavits placed at the
voting places by the state's attorney and to be signed and
returned to the states attorney for presentation to the court. 
The text of these affidavits have been published.

	The Churches Also.
Further the defendant alleges that on the Sunday following
the said 28th day of February, 1907 and on divers other times had
occasions from the pulpit of various churches in the city of
Bloomington and from pulpits throughout the county, the ministers
have discussed the tragedy and have created an undue and very
strong prejudice against the defendant and thereby further
narrowed his chances to procure in said county a fair and
impartial jury.

Petitioner further alleges that Simeon Eiseman, the father
of said Cora Eiseman, falsely and maliciously and for the
fraudulent purpose of blackmailing this defendant and thereby
obtaining from him a large sum of money, wrongfully, willfully,
extortionately and maliciously charged this defendant with having
made a criminal assault of his little daughter the said Cora
Eiseman, on the 16th day of November 1906, and petitioner further
says that such charge was absolutely untrue, false, maligns and
without any foundation in fact and was made against him by said
Eiseman for the sole purpose of extorting from the defendant a
large sum of money; and that the said Simeon Eiseman attempted to
extort first the sum of $1,000, then the sum of $800, then the
sum of $600 and failed in the attempt, but did finally succeed in
extorting from this petitioner the sum of $525 and receipted

	Time Too Short.
Petitioner further shows that if he might have a fair and
impartial trial, that such trial cannot be given him at this
time;  and he further shows that the State's Attorney has
notified petitioner and his counsel that petitioner is to be
placed upon trial immediately, within, to wit, the period of
three weeks, which will be at a time the prisoner alleges when
excitement will be as high and the prejudice of the inhabitants
against this defendant will be as strong as it is shown to be at
this time by this petition, and petitioner assigns that as any
special reason why a change of venue could be granted him to an
unprejudiced jurisdiction.

The defendant alleges that all of the allegations and facts
set forth in this petition are true and that on account of the
existence of the facts herein set forth, the petitioner fears he
cannot and will not, and will never receive a fair and impartial
trial in said county because of the prejudice of the inhabitants
of the county against him;  that the facts upon which he founds
such belief are those set forth in this petition, and your
petitioner therefore pleads for a change of venue in this case in
pursuance of the statute in such case made and provided.





     In the name of humanity which is outraged and shocked by the
horrible crime committed near Arrowsmith Thursday the perpetrator
of that crime should be brought to speedy trial.  The facts as to
the tragedy are beyond dispute and there is no question as to the
identity of the guilty person.  Under such conditions the
indictment and trial of the offender and final disposition of the
case should not occupy more than a few weeks.  There is no reason
in the world why the grand jury should not act at once and the
case be brought into court without delay.  There is every reason
on the contrary why this should be done.

     It is the common excuse for delay in such cases that the
state of public sentiment following immediately upon the crime
makes a fair trial difficult if not impossible.  This is
absolutely untrue.  The fairest trial that could be given to this
man Baldwin is the trial that is most prompt.  The enormity of
the offense is more fully and correctly realized today than it
will be tomorrow, or six months, or a year hence.  Men are prone
to forget and while the innocent blood that has been shed would
continue to cry for vengeance through a delay of a year or more
and while society would continue as long to demand the protection
of the courts the cry might not be heard as plainly as now and
the demand would have less force through the dullness of memory
and the common forgetfulness due to the thousand and one other
matters that may come up to engross the attention of the people.

     As the good deeds of men ought to be acknowledged and
rewarded promptly the evil deeds of men should be judged in the
courts and rewarded with like promptness.  Now--and not in the
next six months or the next year--is the accepted time to proceed
with this case.  Grand juries and courts should not lend
themselves to a policy that lessens the sharpness and certainty
of justice.
     Those who oppose the speedy course of the law are not
desirous of a fair trial.  It is an unfair trial that they want. 
There was never a more misleading and false plea than the plea of
delay in murder cases in the name of fairness.  The public has
been deceived, overreached and imposed upon by such pleas while
the absolute fairness that should govern the case has not been
secured but has been defeated.  To put this case off through any
pretext or excuse is to defeat the chance for justice in the
outcome and to encourage and condone murder most foul.

     To charge this demand for a prompt proceeding with the case
to the mere spirit of vengeance on the part of the public--the
mere desire to see the culpert pay the penalty--is likewise
false.  The cowering wretch with his hands more than double-dyed
is only one part of the problem.  Behind the whole case stands
the community--the innocent girls and women and men who make up
society and who may be the victims of the next locherous and
murderous scoundrel who may turn loose his devilish instincts
upon them.  The demand for speedy justice is primarily a demand
for protection of all that is most sacred in this world against
all that is most fiendish and wicked.
     If the people of McLean county who are menaced in their
lives and in their homes every hour that this case is needlessly
delayed actually believed that they would be put to the double
burden of a long drawn out case--a burden upon their treasury and
their lives--they would have a pretext for summary justice.  They
would have a pretext at least for battering in the jail doors and
taking the murderer to the nearest telephone pole and disposing
of the case in their original capacity.

     But no such pretext should be given.  The people have
created the laws and the courts to meet such cases and those
should answer with a promptness and a vigor that will meet the
imperative demands of the situation.

     In the name of the people, therefore, and in the name of
justice and the God of justice to whom all must answer let the
grand jury and the court proceed at once.  The quickest judgment
will be the highest vindication possible of the good name of
McLean county and all its people, while every day that the case
is delayed will add to their peril and their shame.




	Judge Myers Denies Motion of the Attorneys 
	for the Arrowsmith Slayer of Four.


	Statements in Newspapers Made Subject of Main 
	Contention - Judge Myers Remarks in Denial.

--Thomas Baldwin will be tried for the crime of murder in
McLean County.  This was decided by Judge Myers yesterday, when
he denied the motion for a change of venue presented by Baldwin's
attorneys.  Baldwin made a plea of not guilty, which was entered. 
Nothing was done with reference to the setting of the date for
the commencement of the trial and it is likely that the next move
will be a motion for continuance.  Baldwin sat in the court room
for two hours yesterday morning and heard the story of his crimes
and the events that led up to them.  He was apparently unmoved. 
There was no crowd in the court room and it was not generally
known that the hearing was taking place.

	Petition is Presented.
There were a dozen people in the court room yesterday
morning when Mr. Gillespie, for the defendant, presented to the
court the petition for a change of venue in the cases pending
against Thomas Baldwin.  The petition as read to the court was
the one printed nearly in full by the Pantagraph a few days ago. 
Mr. Gillespie at the close of the petition said:

"This petition is our argument, your honor."  and sat down,
leaving the way open for State's Attorney Bach, who arose with
his reply to the petition.  This was also a typewritten document
of some length.

	Resume of Contents.
It will be remembered that the petition for a change of
venue gave as the reasons for the petition that the people of the
county were too much prejudiced against Baldwin to give him a
fair and impartial trial.  The influence exerted by the
newspapers of the county were declared to have been against
Baldwin and the articles published were said to have been
one-sided and calculated to incite mob feeling.  It was also
declared that the state's attorney had given interviews to the
papers in which he said that he would push a speedy trial and
that he would exact the death penalty.  Also, that the state's
attorney had caused to have circulated affidavits to be signed by
residents of the county protesting against the change of venue
contemplated.  Further, the petition set forth that the state's
attorney, learning that the defense was to plead insanity, had
secured affidavits from residents of the locality in which
Baldwin had lived to the effect that he was sane.  The remarks of
ministers of the churches who had spoken of the crime also came
in as reasons why the defendant could not have a fair trial. 

Briefly, the reasons for the petition lay in the influence
supposed to have been exerted by the newspapers and the clergy
and by the work on the case that has already been done by the
state's attorney.

	Main Points of Answer.
The reply made to the petition by the state's attorney said
that he opposed the granting of the petition.  He denied that the
people are prejudiced and that the defendant could not have a
fair trial.  He told the story of the alleged assault upon little
Cora Eiseman which was the cause of the tragedy and told some
details of that assault that had not before been made public. 
Mr. Bach said that the motive of the petition was to gain time. 
He said that delay was what the attorneys for Baldwin were
attempting.  He protested that Thomas Baldwin knew right from
wrong when he committed the crime, despite the opinion of Dr.
Wall, "a comrade of the defendant's attorney."  Mr. Bach insisted
that the articles published concerning the tragedy, instead of
inflaming the people, counseled faith in the laws and belief that
it would be promptly enforced.

	The Affidavits.
There was a formidable looking bundle before the state's
attorney and it developed that it contained the affidavit
protesting against the change of venue.  There were 964 of them,
listed by townships, for the convenience of the court.  These
were supported by the statement of Mr. Bach that the presentation
of such affidavits was sanctioned by the supreme court and that
there was nothing unusual in securing them.

Mr. Bach further said:

"As for the newspapers, I don't want to try the case in the
papers, but what can we do?  We cannot keep from the papers and
from the people records that the public demand.  I have not
sought publicity in this matter.  The crowd before the jail when
Baldwin was brought in, instead of being a bloodthirsty crowd, as
the petition would indicate, was simply a crowd of curious
residents.  The people were curious nothing remarkable about
that.  Baldwin was not afraid.  He walks back and forth from the
jail to the court house and there are no crowds now;  the
citizens are conservative and are waiting for the courts to give
him a fair trial.  The people are confident.

"The history of Mc Lean County shows that a man can get a
fair and impartial trial here.  There was no necessity of
bringing into that petition details of that rape case.  That is a
case that can never be tried - the witnesses are dead - but by my
answer I think I have shown that the charge of rape was well
founded.  I don't want a change of venue.  The people don't want
a change of venue.  There is no necessity.  They say that
one-sided accounts of the tragedy have been published.  Are there
two sides to this matter?  There never was but one side to this

Mr. Bach ended by saying:  

"Give the defendant a fair trial, but also give the people

	Blesses the Press.
Mr. Gillespie, for Baldwin, arose and said that he did not
think that the answer, as read by Mr. Bach, answered the issues
of the petition.  He said that the issues of the petition were
peculiar to the present case and authorities held no similar case
where there had been interviews with the state's attorney before
the case had been commenced.  And there were no authorities that
told of newspaper articles as incendiary as those published in
the county papers.

Mr. Gillespie said:

"I don't suppose the Pantagraph meant to advise violence but
the editorial on Baldwin was the most incendiary thing ever said
in the county by a newspaper.  If a conservative newspaper can
say such things, a strong sentiment among the people is shown. 
Further, the state's attorney declares in the papers that he will
try this case in three weeks.  I would not want to make a play
for popularity by rushing a man into his grave, it is customary
that one term at least intervene and it is customary for the
state's attorney to ask for the continuance that there may be
time for a fair and impartial trial.  Haste and deep feeling is
shown on all sides and no man should go to trial in the face of
these things.  The Pantagraph and the board of supervisors have
acted differently from their usual judicious conduct and I do not
believe that the court will join the newspapers and the
publications and go with the edited crowd."

	Wordy Encounter.
Mr. Bach - cooling yourself is the issue of the petition,
Mr. Gillespie."

Mr. Gillespie - "If we are going to be hurried into a trial
now, let us have a jury as cool as those people will be, when
they have time to cool off.  Mr. Bach apparently wants to try the
case now, today.  This is not the trial of the case.  Mr. Bach
doesn't know all sides that there may be to this matter.  It is
irregular and unusual to force us into a trial now in this

Mr. Franklin for the defense spoke briefly along the same

Then Mr. Bach said:  "I don't believe I have conducted
myself in a precipitate manner.  It is my duty to want a speedy
trial of this case.  This got offered by counsel ----".

Mr. Gillespie: - "I want to object to that kind of talk."

	Petition is Denied.
At this point Judge Myers stepped upon the battlefield.  He
said that there had been too much prejudice shown by the counsel
on both sides.  He said that one of the elements of a fair and
impartial trial lay in a fair and unheated treatment of
preliminary moves such as the change of venue motion, and that
heated arguments on motions of that kind, were out of place.  He
said that the court must assume that the prisoner is neither
guilty or innocent until the trial.  The court further said that
he wished that the trial of cases in advance in the newspapers
could be avoided.  He said that he realized that it was the duty
of a newspaper to report facts, but it was without their province
to discuss whether or not a man was guilty or not guilty.

As to the complaint of delay the court said that such
complaint had no application in courts of justice in this county. 
There had never been an unreasonable delay in the trial of
criminals in this court.

In closing the court said:

"I don't believe there is that prejudice in this county that
a fair and impartial trial cannot be given this man.  I have
respect for this county.  There are thousands of men in it and I
cannot believe that there are not 12 men to give a fair trial to
this prisoner.  As to the extreme measures taken by the states
attorney, I do not approve of them.  He is to be commended for
his zeal and I do not intend this for a personal rebuke, but
circulating affidavits broadcast at an election adds to the
difficulties of this case as well as any newspaper articles have
done.  However, I believe a fair trial can be had in this county. 
"This petition is denied."

	Further Moved.
It was all over and the crowd, that had been gradually
gathering, dissolved and for the time the Baldwin case was out of
sight.  There is no appeal from the decision of the court on the
denial of the petition and doubtless the next move will be a
motion for continuance.  This may be made at any time within the
next two weeks, as the Baldwin case was not scheduled when the
criminal docket was made up.
	Appearance of Prisoner.
Baldwin and Deputy Kennedy were the sole occupants of the
jury box during the proceedings of yesterday.  Baldwin looked
comfortable and in better condition than when he made his other
appearance in court when he was arraigned.  He was called to the
bench yesterday and made a plea of not guilty and as he stood
with his hand on the rail, the trembling of head and hands was
noticeable but as he sat in the jury box, he was a calm and
interested spectator.  He sat, the most of the time with his head
resting on his hand and did not follow with his eyes the
movements of the speakers.  But his eyes were alert and when the
details of his trouble preceding the homicide were given, he
moved restlessly in his chair.

But at no other time did he give evidence of special

There was a general expression of satisfaction after the
result of the hearing had been made known that the petition had
been denied.  The people are anxious that the trial be held here
and are well pleased with the present conditions in the case.


	Personal Property of Victims of Arrowsmith Murders
	Went at Auction -- Boy at Grandfather's.

--The latest chapter in the tragedy which three weeks ago
shocked the entire county, when four persons near Arrowsmith were
shot to death by Thomas Baldwin, was enacted yesterday, when the
property of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy, two of the victims, was
sold at auction on their farm near Arrowsmith.

The administrator of the Kennedy estate had advertised the
sale of the farm implements and household goods of the Kennedys
and in spite of the gloomy weather of the day there was a large
crowd of people gathered at the farm.  Many of them were perhaps
attracted by morbid curiosity.

The property as a general thing sold at good prices, and the
bidding was spirited.  One team of horses owned by Mr. Kennedy
brought $502.50 and other stock and implements sold at
corresponding figures.

The farm which the Kennedy's occupied has been rented by Mr.
Ellis Henline who will occupy it this summer.  The farm belongs
to Mr. Sain Welty, of this city.

Ivan Kennedy, the young son of the couple who were killed,
is now staying at the home of his grandfather, Thomas F. Kennedy,
the supervisor from Colfax.  The little fellow is becoming
accustomed to the lot of a fatherless state and all that the
loving hands of his relatives can do for him is being done.

 	No Probability of Further Adjournment
     -State's Attorney Bach announces he is ready for the trial
of Thomas Baldwin on the charge of murdering Charles O. Kennedy
and wife, Mrs. Eiseman and Cora Eiseman.  Messrs. Gillespie and
Franklin, Baldwin's attorneys announce that they are getting
ready and that they will be ready for trial at the date fixed,
the 22nd of April, which is one week from next Tuesday.  It is
stated that, at the present time, there is no reason for asking
for another continuance in the case and that unless something
develops before the time set for trial that both sides will be

     Thomas Baldwin at the county jail is leading a quiet
existence.  He was visited a few days ago by his daughter, Mrs.
Williams, and his daughter Bee.  To them he talked of family
matters.  Baldwin's physical condition, his attorneys say, is not
as good as it was at the time of the homicide.  A few days ago he
fell on the floor of his cell in a faint, from which it was
difficult to arouse him.  He keeps to himself in the jail and is
watchful that he is not pointed out to callers.

	Physical Condition of Prisoner Said to Indicate Little
	Likelyhood of Recovery-Court Notes.
     -Following the granting of a postponement of the trial of
Thomas Baldwin for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Kennedy,
Mrs. Eiseman and Cora Eiseman, the formal motion for continuance
was filed by Baldwin's attorneys Saturday.  The motion was a
foregone conclusion and was arranged for when the postponement
was granted.  The postponement, as will be remembered, was made
upon the report of two physicians who visited the jail and
examined the physical condition of Baldwin.  It was their opinion
that he could not stand a trial at this time and that if the
trial was commenced that it would likely be interrupted by a
physical collapse of the prisoner.

     The trial of Thomas Baldwin is not quite as certain as the
annual collection of taxes.  It is now understood that his trial
will be arranged at the close of the civil docket for this term
and which civil docket will begin on May 8th.  Before the extra
venire of jurymen is made for that occasion, however, there will
be another examination of the prisoner by physicians that the
court may be assured that his condition is such as to make a
conclusion of the trial likely.  It is not desirable that there
should be the extra and large venire made and the witnesses
brought here at great expense to the county, and then it be
discovered that the condition of the prisoner is such as to
preclude the possibility of his going through a trial.

     That would mean a great expense and nothing gained.

     The physicians who examined Baldwin recently said that he
was in worse condition than they had believed and if there is not
a decided change for the better before the time for the setting
of the case, it is certain that no trial will be entered into.

     Those with Baldwin at the present time say that he is
failing all the time and predict that there is no recovery in
prospect for him.

     A demurrer was filed by Baldwins attorneys yesterday in the
civil suits brought against him by Simeon Eiseman for the death
of his wife and daughter.

	No Court This Week.
     Court adjourned Saturday until next Saturday.

	Interview With Prisoner Reveals Fact That His Condition is Not
	So Bad and He May Be Tried.

     -There was a meeting in this city yesterday, with the states
attorney, of the three men most interested in bringing Thomas
Baldwin, the man resting under the charge of murder, before the
court.  These men were W. P. Eicher, the father of Mrs. Charles
Kennedy, who fell before the bullets of Baldwin.  T. F. Kennedy,
the father of Charles Kennedy, and Simeon Eiseman, the husband of
Jennie Eiseman and the father of Cora Eiseman, the innocent cause
of the tragedy.

     These three men met at the office of States Attorney Bach
and went with him before Judge Myers, where a long discussion was
had of the conditions that exist in the Thomas Baldwin murder
case and of the prospect of a trial of the man at this term of

	Baldwin in Jail.

     Before visiting Judge Myers, the three visitors and Mr. Bach
went to the jail.  Thomas Baldwin was called to the bars and Mr.
Bach talked with the man.  Both Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Eiseman--Mr.
Eicher was not then present--declined to speak to Baldwin.  They
watched Baldwin while he talked with Mr. Bach, but neither Mr.
Kennedy or Mr. Eiseman wanted to speak to the man who had wrought
the tragedy that had saddened them.  Baldwin talked to Mr. Bach
in his usual manner and the only discernable difference in his
condition since he went to jail was an increase in the nervous
shaking of the head.

     Mr. Bach said yesterday, following the interview with
Baldwin, that he believed that Baldwin was in suitable condition
to appear at his own trial.  Mr. Bach said that he had discussed
Baldwin's condition with the physicians who had made the
examination some weeks ago and that the main symptom that
appeared to be alarming, was that Baldwin had "nervous heart." 
Mr. Bach said that he was ready for trial and that he should use
every effort to get a trial and to get it at this term of court.

     Following the visit to the jail, the interview with Judge
Myers was had and Mr. Bach said later he believed that the trial
of Baldwin will begin this term and the physical condition of the
prisoner was such as to justify it.

	Last of May Possible.

     There are three weeks of civil cases to be heard and the
Baldwin trial will be set immediately following the civil suits
and preceding the rest of the peoples cases.  This would bring
the hearing of the case the last of May and unless there is a
commission to pass upon Baldwin's sanity before that time, the
prospect is favorable that he will be brought before a jury and
that the case will be heard.  ....


	Slayer of Eisemans and Kennedys, Near Arrowsmith, Succumbs 
	To Physical Collapse.


	He shot Charles Kennedy and Wife and 
	Mrs. Eiseman and Daughter
	Had Gradually Grown Weaker.

--The hand of the Almighty intervened yesterday to settle
the account between Thomas Baldwin and the People of the State of
Illinois who had charged Baldwin with the murder of four citizens
of this county on February 28.  While Baldwin was in the county
jail awaiting the trial of a court on the charge lodged against
him by the people, death came and took him away from the
jurisdiction of bailiffs and courts.  The death penalty might
have been the extremist verdict of the law had his case come to
trial, while among the alternatives might have been his
incarceration in an asylum.

	Death Came Unexpectedly.
While Baldwin had been steadily failing in health ever since
his arrest for his quadruple crime near Arrowsmith, and had been
rapidly sinking during the last few weeks, yet his dissolution
itself was something of a surprise to the attendants at the jail
and his fellow prisoners.  He had been in the hospital department
of the jail for the past couple of weeks.  With him Tuesday were
Charles Romans and Don Wilson, two prisoners on minor charges. 
Baldwin was very much weakened Tuesday and was on the verge of a
physical collapse, but nothing unusual was noted in his condition
Tuesday evening.  Along about half past four yesterday morning
Wilson turned on his bunk and looked toward Baldwin.  He noticed
that there was something strange about the mans appearance as he
was lying on his back with his mouth open.  He went to him and
found that his hands were cold.  Further examination easily
showed that life was extinct.

	Had Been in Bed a Week.
Baldwin had hardly left his couch in the hospital ward for
the past week or ten days.  It will be remembered on his
appearance in the court room some two weeks ago he was then
almost a physical wreck.  People thought that perhaps there might
be shamming in his case, but the doctors who had attended him
were sure that his weakened condition was genuine, and in fact
was almost at the end of his physical endurance.  Shortly after
he had been in court, Sheriff Moore put Baldwin in the hospital
in the jail and from that day till the time of his death he only
left the room once.  That was on circus day, June 5, when there
had been some wild rumors of a mob about to attack the jail. 
While the sheriff gave little credence to these reports he
thought as a matter of precaution that he would take Baldwin down
stairs for the time being.  He was immediately afterwards
returned to the hospital and remained there until he died.

The cause of his death, according to the physicians
attending him was a general weakness due to poor nutrition and
failure of his physical powers, the  effect of mental condition. 
When Baldwin was arrested he was rather a stoutly built man
weighing perhaps 180 pounds; when he died he was a mere skeleton,
his flesh having nearly all wasted away.  He had practically
eaten nothing for many days and the fire of life was kept going
simply by consuming the tissues of his own body.

	His Crime Recalled.
The crime for which Baldwin was awaiting trial is still so
fresh in the public mind that its details need hardly be
rehearsed.  On the morning of February 28, of this year he went
to the homes of Simeon Eiseman and Charles Kennedy, both located
about three miles northwest of Arrowsmith, and there shot and
killed Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy and Mrs. Eiseman and her
daughter, Cora.  The shooting was done with a 32-caliber
revolver, which was found in his possession along with another
pistol when he was captured immediately after.  It seems he had
left his home in Colfax on that morning and driven first to the
home of the Kennedys.  Just what happened between him and the
Kennedys will never be known, as no one heard the conversation
which probably preceded the shooting.  All that was positively
known was that Charles Kennedy and his wife were both found dead
in their kitchen immediately after Baldwin had left the house, he
having shot each of them twice in the neck and breast.

From Kennedy's house, Baldwin preceded to the home of the
Eiseman's about a quarter of a mile east.  Mrs. Eiseman and her
children saw him coming and tried to hide from him.  Some
conversation was had between them and Baldwin insisted upon
coming into the house when Mrs. Eiseman and her children ran down
the cellar stairs and tried to escape through a window and across
the field.  Baldwin saw them running and followed Mrs. Eiseman
and Cora.  On reaching the highway he shot each of them twice and
they fell dead by the roadside.  Two of the other children, one
of whom was Ivan Kennedy, the little son of Charles Kennedy, had
escaped from the Eiseman place and ran to the Kennedy home where
they found the bodies of Ivan's parents on the kitchen floor.

	Baldwin's Capture and Incarceration.
After the quadruple tragedy at the two homes, Baldwin walked
east for about a quarter of a mile along the road, and, when in
front of the home of William Spencer,  Mr. Spencer and his son,
William Jr., having received word of the killing by telephone,
came out on the highway and stopped Baldwin and accused him of
the deed.  They then took from him the pistols which he carried
and the ammunition with which he was supplied.  The Spencers then
drove to Arrowsmith with their prisoner and kept him in a room
there until Deputy Sheriff Jack Thompson, of Colfax, arrived to
take charge of him in the name of the law.  Thompson conveyed his
prisoner, by a circuitous route, to Ellsworth, where he was
turned over to Deputy Sheriff's Kennedy and Ryan who went out
from Bloomington.  They brought him in on the afternoon train and
dropped off at the "Y" being conveyed in from that point by
buggy.  He was taken in the county jail by the back door, thus
eluding a large crowd of people who had gathered out of curiosity
to see the prisoner.  There was no demonstration of any kind and
Baldwin was put in the prison and took up his routine of jail
life along with the other prisoners.

	Origin of the Trouble.
The trouble which indirectly resulted in the quadruple
shooting by Baldwin, was the charge made that Baldwin had
assaulted Cora Eiseman.  This charge had been presented to the
grand jury at the February term and an indictment had been found. 
It had followed a series of quarrels between the Eisemans and
Baldwin, out of which a monetary settlement had been arranged. 
The Kennedy's had, it is understood, appeared as witnesses before
the grand jury in regard to this matter and on that account it is
supposed had grown the bad feeling between Baldwin and Mr. and
Mrs. Kennedy.

	Legal Moves in Case.
A special grand jury was called in the case of Thomas
Baldwin and three bills were returned against him on March 7. 
The taking of testimony in this session of the grand jury
occupied two days and it was remarkable for the seriousness of
those who were called and for the spirit of tragedy that pervaded
the proceedings.

The next legal act in the Baldwin case was the filing of a
civil suit by W. P. Eicher, the administrator of the estate of
Charles and Elsie Kennedy.  The sum of $2,500 was fixed as the
amount by which the estate of Charles Kennedy had been damaged by
the act of the defendant.

A motion for a change of venue was made on March 20th.  It
was set forth in the papers filed by Baldwin's attorneys that it
was impossible for him to receive a fair trial in this court and
the prejudice of the people of the county was commented upon. 
The case was argued at length before Judge Myers and the motion
denied.  During these proceedings Baldwin occupied a seat in the
jury box in the court room and was an interested spectator.  The
nervous trembling of the hands and head were noticeable but he
was alert and watchful of what was going on.

An effort was then made for a trial of the case at the April
term preceding the civil docket as is the custom of this court. 
A postponement until the end of the civil docket was asked and

The time was then set for the hearing and a special venire
of jurymen was summoned.  A motion for a continuance was made in
the case and argued at length.  The motion was made on the ground
of Baldwin's health, and as he sat in the court room he was the
picture of physical distress.

There was a striking contrast in his condition then and that
of the short time previous when he had appeared in court.  At
this last appearance he was hardly able to walk alone and
appeared unconscious of what was about him.  The continuance was
allowed on the affidavit of four physicians who had visited him
at the jail and who gave as their opinion that he could not stand
the strain of trial.  That they were correct has been
demonstrated by the finale of the case.  The Baldwin trial was
set for last Monday and had it been commenced there would have
been two or three weeks of work in the case and the spectacle
would have been as predicted by the physicians that of a dying
man on trial for his life.

	Coroner's Inquest.
An inquest was held over Baldwin's body yesterday morning at
11 o'clock.  Coroner Rugless summoned the following men to form
the jury:  C. W. Perkins, Harvey Johns, W. O. Stimple, J. A.
Stimple, George Lloyd and John Jewell.  The body was inspected at
Coleman and Flinspach's undertaking room and the jury then
adjourned to the coroner's room at the court house where the
testimony was taken.  Mr. T. B. Williams, Dr. J. L. Yolton and
Carl Lawrence testified that death was due to general paralysis
and the verdict was so made.

	Burial in Bloomington.
The body was taken to the vault in Bloomington cemetery and
it is expected that funeral services will be held Sunday.  The
relatives are thinking of interring the body in Bloomington
cemetery.  They intend to exhume the body of Mr. Baldwin's wife,
who is buried at Colfax and expect to bury the two side by side
in this city.  Final arrangements will be made when all the
relatives have a conference.

	Hears of Objections.
Yesterday, after the death of Thomas Baldwin had been
reported all over the county, an unknown man called State's
Attorney Bach up from Colfax and said that the people of that
town would not stand for the burial of Baldwin's body there.  At
Colfax, last evening, no one had heard of any objections.
JUNE 13, 1907.


	Interesting facts Unearthed by State's Attorney
	in Search for Evidence Against Murderer.

--When death stepped in and took Thomas Baldwin beyond the
pale of justice, a great deal of work on the part of State's
Attorney Bach was nullified.  In the filing cabinet of the
prosecuting attorney is a box filled with evidence, letters,
copies of former indictments and other material that was to be
used against the Colfax murderer in his trial for the killing of
four.  Now, of course, this information and proof is of no
practical value and Mr. Bach knows things about Baldwin's past
life that probably no one else does - or ever will.

"Do Niostate niel nix bonum" does not apply to Thomas
Baldwin, according to State's Attorney Bach.  Mr. Bach went on to
tell of how he had discovered in his search for evidence against
Baldwin, the traces of a number of crimes.

	The Indiana Crime.
He also had a copy of the indictment returned against
Baldwin in Switzerland County, Indiana, for "assault with intent
to kill."  This case was decided against Baldwin, taken to the
supreme court and remanded and tried once more.  Baldwin
receiving a three months jail sentence and paying a fine of $75. 
He served time in state's prison while this litigation was going
on.  The opinion has become general that Baldwin had been
acquitted in this instance, but the facts secured by Mr. Bach say
different.  As will be remembered by those who read the newspaper
reports, Baldwin was an officer of the law at the time of the
assault for which he was imprisoned and fined.

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