They found a pool of blood in the rear of the Newport boat house and bloodstains on the doorknob.
From there the trail of blood led to near the dancing pavilion where a carriage had been standing.
Complete mystery surrounds the finding of a trail of blood and a tuft of woman's hair dam public are unable to determine whether the suspicious circumstances are the result of a tragedy performed there late Thursday night or whether it is a practical joke or perhaps some ordinary circumstance which will later be explained.
The rumor of a woman being murdered and her head found along the bank of the lake came to Pottsville late yesterday afternoon and Chief of Police Davies with Officers Graeff and Spencer drove to the Run where they made an investigation.
The murder theory is discounted by the fact that the hair found had the appearance of having been combed from the head and rolled into a ball.
The water at the point where the supposed body was thrown is not more then three feet in depth for a distance of 30 feet from the shore.
A history and other information along with pictures of Tumbling Run will be presented here.On the other hand the murder story is scoffed at by the majority of people who, remembering that Thursday night was cold and particularly cold at the Run, the ground too hard frozen to have left the imprints of carriage wheels.The members of the Newport boat house club do not relish the notoriety they have gained by the blood tracks leading to near their house and the stories that have been in circulation that the body of the dead woman was found in their house with her throat cut from ear to ear.Between 1 and 2 o'clock this afternoon the Nellie Bly Boat Club and a large number of guests, headed by the Third Brigade Band, loosed their moorings at their headquarters, "Stixey" Michael's restaurant, and marched to Tumbling Run, where they spent the afternoon in aquatic sports and dedicating their handsome new boat house.The members of the club wore light caps of many colors, linen dusters - the latter to keep off the mud - and each blue badges inscribed with the name of the club, while each guest was supplied with a white souvenir badge.Below are three articles from the Pottsville Republican surrounding a mysterious case that occurred at Tumbling Run in January 1907.Read all three and enjoy the sensationalism and style of the news reporting of the period.The circumstances gave rise to the belief that a woman had been murdered, carried to the far side of the dam and then thrown in the water.Henry Reichert made the discovery and William Falls who is acting as watchman at a number of boathouses at the Run, states that he heard a carriage pass along the road about midnight Thursday.The carriage wheels were tracked out the road, across the bridge where the creek enters the cove and then down to Sandy Beach where the carriage stopped and turned around.Blood stains served to lead the officers to a point along the dam on the far side where, between the Conrad and Whalen boat houses there was evidence of some heavy body having been placed on the ground.