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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 3
Tragedy and Comedy in Standard
Following nro AHSociutod ProsH
dlspatchoH: WuHhlngton, D. C,
Jan. 13.- Whlla In Chicago on De
cember 21, CHIcIirlBt Qtownrl, u ne
gro law clerk, told tho Honato cam
paign funds committee today, ho was
kidnaped by "gangsters," taken to
tho ofllcc of tho Chicago Examiner
and robhod of a numbor of lottors
and papers, including two letters to
him from formor Senator Forakor.
Tho men who kidnaped him, he
said, told him they wore policemen,
oxhlbitod what purported to bo war
rants and attempted to make him
bolievo tho Examiner office was a
polico station. .
A story of how copies of letters
from John D. Archbold to Mr.
Forakor and other public men wore
taken from the Standard Oil com
pany's New York office and sold to
tho Now York American, Now York,
by W. W. Winkfield and Charles
Stump, negro messengers employed
by tho company, was told by Stewart
who said he was om ployed by Mr.
Forakor to investigate whether cer
tain alleged photographic copies of
letters published were forgerieB.
Stewart told of his interview with
William Winkfield, a colored man,
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who was formerly employed as con
fidential messenger in the Standard
Oil offices. .
"A chance remark by Charles
Stump, a clerk in the office, of how
an employe had sold some financial
secrets of the corporation for which
ho worked, led Winkfield and Stump
to attempt the sale of some Standard
Oil secrets," Stewart told him.
The witness detailed Winkfield's
statement to him, showing how
Winkfield and Stump wrote to Hearst
after first "hounding out" the New
York World, and how they finally
met Fred Eldredge, a night editor on
one of the Hearst papers.
"Winkfield said he was given a
list of 200 names of public men,
whose letters to or from tho com
pany would bo valuable," Stewart
testified. "I understood that the
letters were photographed in the
office of Hearst's New York American.
Stewart described how a search
was made for him in Chicago by de
tectives and "gunmen" in December,
at tho time ho was in that city look
ing for information from Winkfield.
Ho declared ho was arrested by a
group of police and forced to enter
the office of the Hearst newspaper.
"I recognized in Mr. Lawrence, Mr.
Heart's manager," said Stewart, "a
man who sternly asked these 'gun
men:' 'Officers, have you searched
the prisoner?' I told him he need
not try to hold court in the Hearst
building. Ho replied that he pro
posed to get some information be
fore I went. He later allowed me
After consultation with ex-Senator
Foraker, Stewart said he had
decided not to prosecute his alleged
abductors until after he should have
Winkfield was ill today and unable
to appear. Stewart will resume his
A NEGRO CONFESSES
Washington, Jan. 14. W. W.
Winkfield of Chicago, formerly em
ployed by the Standard Oil company
as a messenger, today told the sen
ate campaign fund investigating
committee how he and another em
ploye named Stump took two letters
from the desk of John D. Archbold
of the Standard Oil company and dis
posed of them for $1,000 each. He
also told of soiling a copy of a tele
gram for $1,000 and lending two
copy books of letters, for which $500
was paid. Of the amounts received,
Winkfield said he received half.
Winkfield said he could not recall
the contents of the two letters or
tho telegrams, to whom they were
addressed or the signatures attached.
He said that the letters were taken
in the fall of 1904 and published by
the New York American. He did not
know what letters had been taken
from the copy books.
Winkfield testified that in 1904 he
was employed by the Standard Oil
company in New York as a messen
ger, and Stump, he said, was em-
?J?d?w -a clerlc' Winkfield
said that m the autumn of 1904
after reading in the New York
American regarding certain tele
grams sent to gome one in Washing-
Sw SPke 2 StumD and another
office boy named Frank Morrill, em
ployed in Mr Archbold's office
"Morrill said he knew of a tele
gram and he said he would let na
see it," said Winkfield "A counte
of days later he showed it to us 1
made a copy of it and put it in th
hands of Stump and he disposed of
holiday.'111116 Ut iU th6 DaPer 0n a
bohafrL8?1? h0 did not remem-
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