WOMAN'S STORY OF BRUTAL ASSAULT
Told to the Police To-Day and a Warrant Issued.
Mrs. Johanna LASCHENSKI Tells a Tale of Long Suffering at Her Husband's Hands.
Has Beaten Her Many Times, She Alleges - Statements Borne Out by Her Battered Appearance.
Mrs. Johanna LASCHENSKI, wife of Stephen LASCHENSKI of 41 Holland street, called at the police station this morning and applied for a warrant for the arrest of her husband on a charge of assault in the third degree. One of the Woman's eyes was so badly swollen that she could not open it and her head was done up in bandages. She said that besides the terrible bruises on her head and face she was so badly bruised about the body from the beating her husband gave her before breakfast to-day that she could hardly walk to the police station to enter the complaint. She said that her husband has been beating her at regular intervals for years and that she had refrained from making a complaint against him heretofore as she was ashamed to go to the police with the story of her troubles. To-day's beating capped the climax, however, she said, and she did not propose to have him beat her any more. She had always been a good wife to him, she asserted, and had taken in washing to assist in supporting the family, while her husband had been going out at night and remaining out late drinking and carousing and spending his earnings.
The assault that was committed on the woman to-day was, according to her story, a most brutal one. She said that she arose early to get her husband's breakfast and to get to work at a family washing that she had taken in. She was preparing the morning meal when her husband began abusing her and calling her vile names. She tried to avoid him, but he followed her around the kitchen heaping abuse upon her and finally he gave her a terrific blow in the face that felled her to the floor. Then the brutal husband, according to her story, kicked her several times in the arms and body. Leaving her in a dazed condition on the floor he left the house swearing vengeance upon her for some imaginary wrong that she had done.
The unfortunate woman was unable for some time to rise from the floor and it was only with the assistance of some of her numerous children that she was finally able to get up. She was then so faint from the severe beating that she staggered about the room in a dazed condition for some time before she finally collected her senses. Several of the neighbors who heard the screams of the woman entered the house after the husband was seen to leave and gave what assistance they could to the injured woman, who had become hysterical and was crying and moaning in a pitiful manner. A doctor was called and the woman's injuries were dressed. The physician advised the woman to go to bed, but she had so much work to do that she felt that it would be a loss of time to give up. At 9 o'clock she went to the police station and told her story.
"If this was the first assault that he has ever committed upon me." said the woman, "I would not make a complaint against my husband, but he has beaten me a great many times and I can't stand it any longer. I don't want to live with the man any more. I have been a good wife to him and I have got nothing but abuse from him. The other day he gave me a blow on the head with a dripping pan and he has beaten me almost every day for a long time. The woman removed the bandage from her head and exhibited a bruise that had caused her face to swell to such an extent that her left eye was closed. She said that she had many bruises about the body that he inflicted by kicks when she lay helpless on the floor.
It appears that on one occasion the woman did have gumption enough to defend herself against the insults and abuse of her husband. She said that while they sat at the table the other night eating supper he called her a vile name. Thereupon she picked up a plate and hurled it across the table at his head. He dodged, however, and the plate missed its mark. She said that seemed to have a good effect on him for a couple of days, but he soon broke out again, and this morning he committed the terrible assault described.
DID MRS. PLANT BURN HER HOME?
Remarkable Evidence in a Case in County Court.
Testimony Showing That She Heaped Piles of Coals in the Sitting Room.
Then Cooly Remained in the House - Was Well Insured - Valuables Had Been Removed - Her Record Bad.
Effie PLANT, a middle aged woman, wearing glasses and black clothes, was placed on trial in County Court this morning for arson in the third degree. The indictment is a long one. It contains many allegations to bear out the charge of arson.
Mrs. PLANT lives with Peter PLANT on Gilmore street. At the time of the fire she lived at 14 Skuse park. The house on Skuse park is the one she is charged with burning. A morning paper said that she is the wife of Napoleon PLANT. That is an error, the officers say. Napoleon PLANT is a nephew of Peter PLANT. Napoleon also lives on Skuse park.
The arrest of Mrs. PLANT comes as the result of clever work on the part of Detectives O'BRIEN and MAGUIRE. They learned that Mrs. PLANT had been suspected of burning other houses and suspected that she set this one to collect the insurance.
The authorities claim that Mrs. PLANT has been arrested before. Her picture is said to be in the rogues' gallery at headquarters in Newark. N.J.
When Mrs. PLANT's name was called the woman arose from her seat in the back of the room and nervously walked forward. Her hat was surmounted by several black plumes, which bobbed back and forth as she moved about anxiously in her seat.
Ira L. WARD appeared for Mrs. PLANT and Assistant District Attorney WIDENER for the prosecution.
Thomas SKUSE was the first witness called. He is the owner of the premise alleged to have been fired by Mrs. PLANT. He did not see the fire, but examined the premises afterward.
"I saw coals scattered about on the floor," said Mr. SKUSE. "The carpet was burned and the coals had burned into the wood. I asked Mrs. PLANT if she had any insurance and she said had."
Anna Bolger, of 16 Skuse park, was the next witness called. She insisted that her name was "BOLGER," and not "BULGER," as one of the examining lawyers insisted on calling her.
"Now tell the jury the whole truth about it," said Mr. WIDENER pacifically.
"Of course I will," said the witness firing up. "Do you think I ever came here to tell anything but the truth?"
Mrs. BOLGER said she was upstairs in her house at about 7:10 o'clock in the morning of April 14th last. She lives next to Mrs. PLANT's house. She happened to look over to the PLANT dwelling and saw a fire burning fiercely on the floor in the middle of the sitting room.
"I saw Mrs. PLANT go into the sitting room," said Mrs. BOLGER. "I didn't see her go out."
Witness said that just before she discovered the fire Peter PLANT went out calling back to Mrs. PLANT that he would be back in a few minutes.
Witness said that there was no blind on the window through which she saw the fire, also no curtain so far as she could see.
Cross-examined Mrs. BOLGER said there is just enough room between the two houses for a coal wagon to go in and turn around. In the sitting room there was a stand and on the table was a big lamp. The fire was on the floor almost under the table. When the flames blazed up high they caught on the table.
Mrs. BOLGER watched the fire for ten minutes before she went downstairs, and then she went out and told Mrs. Napoleon PLANT.
"Now, why did you wait so long before you went out to tell the neighbors?" asked Mr. WARD.
"Ah, I knew better than to do anything else. I knew Mrs. PLANT was in the house. The house had been on fire before. I came down to save my own property."
"Why didn't you go over and put out the fire?"
"I did that once, and small thanks I got for it. She accused me of stealing things from the house then."
Witness denied that she harbored any ill-feeling towards Mrs. PLANT.
"Now, didn't you see Mrs. PLANT with her fingers burned and scorched and hear her crying for help?" Asked Mr. WARD.
Witness said she never saw Mrs. PLANT smoke.
Napoleon PLANT was next called to the stand. He knows of the defendant. He remembered the fire. He said that from what he had heard defendant is not married to Peter PLANT, although they live together.
Witness said that when he got into the house the floor was afire. The furniture was also blazing. He related a conversation with PLANT which did not contain anything important.
PLANT said that the defendant went by the name of Ann THOMPSON, also Mrs. PLANT. "She has a number of names," said he. Witness said the defendant and old Peter PLANT have been living together as man and wife for eight or nine years. He calls her his housekeeper.
On the re-direct-examination witness said that the defendant is also known as Mrs. BASTIAN.
Amelia PLANT, wife of Napoleon, took the stand. She remembered the fire at the PLANT house. About twenty-five minutes after Mrs. BOLGER called her attention to the fire the defendant came in crying.
"I said to her: 'What, your house afire again?' She began to cry again and went back to the house. Then she came back again and said she "wished somebody would call the fire department."
Witness also said that she heard Mrs. PLANT say to several people in the street "I'm glad it burned; I'll get my insurance now."
The witness said that Mrs. PLANT "hollered this out loud." She said "it was a great habit of Mrs. PLANT to holler out." Mrs. YORKEY and Mrs. TONAEY, neighbors, also heard Mrs. PLANT holler.
Attorney WARD tried to get Mrs. PLANT to say that she had a grudge against the defendant.
Ada L. SAVARD remembered the fire. She said that she saw Mrs. PLANT go away from the house with the baby carriage. The baby was in the carriage when she (didn't get the rest of the article.)
Captain KITTS Overcome by Weakness at the Four Corners This Morning.
Captain Giles F. KITTS, who was one of the victims of the Wesley Wheeler gang, was overcome by weakness twice this morning in the vicinity of the Four Corners. He resides at No. 590 West avenue, and came down town this morning on a North and West avenue car to transact some business. Just as the car reached the Four Corners, about 9:30 o'clock, the captain fainted. The conductor called Officer MOYNIHAN, who assisted the old man to Post's drug store where he became somewhat better after a few moments.
He left the drug store and attended to some of his business. About 11:30 o'clock he was overcome again while walking in front of the Wilder Building on Main street east, and fell to the sidewalk. Officer CAZEAU assisted him to the Central Cigar Store and summoned the City Hospital ambulance, in which he was conveyed to his home. Captain KITTS has been in the hospital almost all winter and a few months ago had an operation performed for the removal of a growth in his stomach. He is an aged man and had not fully recovered from his illness and the effects of the operation when he tried to go about to-day.
MR. WIDENER SELECTED
President of Alumni Association of A.M. Chesbrough Seminary.
Assistant District Attorney Howard H. WIDENER was yesterday elected president of the alumni association of the A.M. Chesbrough Seminary at North Chili.
The graduating exercises of the seminary were held last evening. A large class was graduated from the institution. The address to the graduates was delivered by Prof. Benson H. ROBERTS.
Charles BROWN Was Sent to Elmira Reformatory by Judge STEPHENS.
Charles BROWN, a cigar maker, who is under indictment for grand larceny in the second degree in stealing $1.43 from Mary LANGSWAGEN May 30th last, pleaded guilty in County Court to-day.
Assistant District Attorney WIDENER moved the sentence of the prisoner. Attorney Ira L. WARD made a plea for leniency. Judge STEPHENS sentenced BROWN to imprisonment in the State Reformatory at Elmira.
BROWN is an old-time pickpocket, although he is only 22 years of age. He has been convicted once. The crime was committed on Main street last Decoration day. Mrs. LANGSWAGER lives at 19 Gilmore street, she was in the crowd and felt a tugging at her pocket.
"Officer, I've been robbed," she screamed running up to Officer HURLEY.
HURLEY saw BROWN running through the crowd with the pocketbook and immediately arrested him.
WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY.
Florence WHITNEY Admits That She Stole From Her Brighton Employer.
Mrs. Florence WHITNEY, a good-looking young woman, pleaded guilty of grand larceny before Special County Judge STEPHENS this morning and asked to be sentenced.
"Your honor," said Attorney Ira L. WARD, "there is some question as to the articles which Mrs. WHITNEY took. She denies that she took all of them."
"That being the case," said Judge STEPHENS, "I will put this matter over until to-morrow."
Mrs. WHITNEY was taken back to jail. Last spring she stole jewelry valued at $500 from Dr. J.P. WHEELER in Brighton and was arrested in New Haven, Conn.
CHIMNEY CAUGHT FIRE.
Small Blaze in House on Waverly Place This Afternoon.
An alarm of fire from box No. 39, corner of Caledonia avenue and Atkinson street, at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon, summoned the department to the house of George DORSEY, No. 11 Waverly place, where a chimney had caught fire.
The blaze was extinguished by the use of chemicals in a few moments. The damage was nominal.
One Found on Railroad Tracks and Returned to Owner.
Frank AYLESWORTH notified the police today that his bicycle was stolen last night from the corner of Lake and Lyell avenues. Raymond BRAYER of ?? Taylor street also reported to the police to-day that his wheel was stolen from SS. Peter and Paul's church last night. Mr. BRAYER was agreeably surprised to find his wheel in the possession of the police. It was found on the Central tracks by Officer J.J. LYNCH. It had evidently been abandoned there by the thief.
The police also have a Wagner wheel that was found in front of 72 Smith street last Saturday night and was turned over to Officer WHITE, who took it to the police station, where the owner can get it by proving property.
CUT HIS HEAD.
Sylvester CLASSEY Injured on Central Avenue This Morning.
Sylvester CLASSEY, aged 26 years, employed in the repair gang of the Central road, fell on Central avenue this morning and cut his head. Dr. KING was called and stopped the flow of blood. Lieutenant STETSON then called the City Hospital ambulance and had the man taken to that institution.
At the hospital it was found that the injury was not severe and that the wound did not require any stitching. The man left the hospital inside of an hour after his arrival.