May 14, 1906 (Monday)
GAPON MYSTERY SOLVED: Word out of St. Petersburg and Finland indicates that the fate of Father Georgi Gapon (right) has been determined. His corpse was found hanging from a nail in the upper chamber of a villa in Finland. Some man had rented the villa on April 8 but the landlord hadn't seen that person since April 11. So, she told the authorities, who entered the building recently and found the corpse. Authorities are certain that Gapon was killed before he was hung on the nail. The face had decomposed but other evidence indicates they found the body of the missing labor leader, who was linked with last year's Bloody Sunday. Revolutionists have suspected that Gapon has been spying for the government. That's the current thinking, anyway.
ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE TALE THAT CAN GIVE YOU A SHUDDER: Sad tales continue to trickle in from San Francisco, nearly a month after the earthquake struck. E.T. Johnson, part owner of a restaurant that was destroyed has finally found what he thinks are the bones of his partner, Theodore Hansen. Here's how Johnson tells what happened:
On the morning of the earthquake, I was just getting up. My partner was lighting the fire in the front part of the restaurant. When the shock came the front part of the building collapsed. I was able to escape the back way. I at once sought to rescue Hansen. I called for him, but there was no answer. I madly tore away the debris hoping that I would find him and be able to drag him to a place of safety. The fire came so rapidly that I was driven away and was compelled to leave poor Hansen under the collapsed building.
He had returned to the site every day, looking for any sign of Hansen. He found the bones yesterday.
I hope that he was killed outright and did not have to suffer the torture of being burned to death, Johnson said.
A CHAMP WITHOUT A CHOMPER: Boxing champ Tommy Ryan (left) visited briefly with friends in his former hometown of Syracuse. He was riding the Lake Shore Limited from his farm in Michigan to New York City. As he talked with friends yesterday as the train paused at the station, he kept his hand over his mouth, explaining he had lost his false teeth. It didn't happen in the boxing ring. It happened yesterday morning in the bathroom on the train. He said, When I was making my toilet in my state room this morning I laid my teeth on the wash stand. It was one of those bowls that fold up, and when I finished washing, I punched the button and modern mechanism did the rest.
When he lowered the bowl, the teeth were missing. He's still a champion, I think. He's gotta be about 36. He spoke of a possible match with "Philadelphia Jack" O'Brien. Someone asked where he got his tan. He reminded them that he was farming, near St. Joseph, Mich. He also spoke of his fondness for Syracuse as the train pulled out and he waved to people on the street and at hotel windows.
I tell you, Syracuse is all right. You can't get away from it. Nearly every time that I have come home from the Pacific coast I have met a person or two from Syracuse on the Overland. Wherever you go you meet a Syracuse person or hear something about the town. If I wasn't farming I guess I would live here.
SCHOOL FIGHT TURNS DEADLY: Seven-year-old William Songrin died at his home in Schenectady yesterday, about two weeks after getting into a fight "with several little boys" on their way home from school. Doctors say the cause of death is peritonitis. Despite his bruises, his parents thought the injuries weren't all that bad. A physician was called to the school May 10. (The fight was May 2.) By that time the boy was beyond saving. The coroner might make an arrest.