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"MAN OF MttS.ERY"
.. PUZZLES MILWAUKEE. .
Milkaukee, May 2. This city
has acquired a "Man of Mys
tery," ' . '
.He walked intq Municipal
Judge Neejan's cpurt yesterday
afternoon, a quiet, well-dressed
man of thirty-two, with fallen-in
cheeks and a sombre Jook-ifi his
The man, asked ifvhe might
speak to Tudge Neelan and on be
ing granted permission, fumbled
his.hat in, his hands for. a moment,
his eyes on the ffoor.
At lasthe spoke:
"I wish to be sent to jail, judge.
"Many years ago, I did a great
wrong here in Milwaukee. I
never shall feel right about it un
til I have done penanqe'by serv
ing time in prison- .Please sen
"What is- your name?"' asked
Judge feelan. .
"My name is vell, I would
rather not tell you my Teal name-
but" Leonard Schefferling will
do as well as any other." '
"What was the wrong you
did I" asked Judge Neelan.
"That also T would rather not
tell," said the man, his eys still
oji the floor,'
v-l'Then on what charge do,ypu
expect me to send you io jail?"
asked Neelan. , "' i
"I do not knowi" said the man.
V "I do not understand much-about
such things urts and prispn
sentences and the like. But I
don't care what charge you sen
tence me on so long as I have to
"I can send you to .jail fo'r vagT ,
rancy if you have no money," ...
suggested Neelan. f'
The man. pulled a. thick roll of
bills from his pocket and looked
at it, , "
"I have money," he said. , "But4
I can -gzi rid of that.. Will you ,
excuse me while fcilo so?" ;
''This court will-"be Setting un- '
til 4 o'clock," said NeelaH.
The man walked from the court :
room. He was gone about half
an hour. When he returned he "
pulled hispockets inside QUt.
"I have ncr money now," he t
said, "nor any visible mea'nsof .
support. Please send me to jail '
for vagrartcy." - - 1 .:
"Three mon.ths.in thehouse of, ';
correction," said Judge Neelanf
The court clerk entered tjie
sentence. The bajliff of the ct -tapped
the man .who called him- -
self Leonard Schefferling on the
"Come, with me," said the: baP
liff. .n - ..
- The man walked to Jail with r
thehailiff,,his head bowed all tfoC
way?, v '
Since he entered the prison, the -man
has talked ta none of the
other prisonersV-save only to an? t
swer when spoken.to. Even tHen,
Uie has answered ' in the fewest.
:, iTSJie jailers have .tried to que
'tYon'Sim. They have received no.
sausiacuon. x ne -man win, an
swer na questions as to his iden
tityiils present home, nor the na
ture of the great, wrong he did"
which lie.s so heavily on his con-