Is said to have, lasted into the
small hours of the morning.
The suppers were given in the
greatest secrecy. Brownlee's real
estate office is in detached build
ing and the. door "always was
locked and the' shutters closed
tightly when a supper was given.
One white woman, whose name
the authorities are keeping se
cret just now, testified that she
once saw Brownless kiss Pearl
AH this went 'on for nearly a
year, and there never was a hint
of it leaked to the public nor to
the family of Pearl Nugent.
Then yesterday Pearl Nugent
was found dead on the floor of
Brownlee's office. She ha dended
her life by drinking poison.
An investigation was started.
Brownlee and his closest friend,
Charles Houston, also a negro,
Houston is said to have been
one of the chief figures at the
midnight suppers given by
What led Pearl Nugent to com
mit suicide may never be known.
So far as is known she left no note
nor message to her family.
The authorities are much wor
ried over the situation today.
Feeling is running so high among
the whites that it may break into
serious trouble at any moment.
The lynching of Brownlee and
Houston is being talked openly
on the streets.
But in the eyes of the authori
ties this is not the worst danger
threatening the town, for the
Jeast ,spark.might now be enough 1
to precipitate a race
WAS HEARST GUNMAN
Arthur Friedman, Hearst gun
man now under indictment for
murder of Frank Witt, was the
companion of Sonny Dunne, the
escaped convict, shot down while
trying to hold up a North Side
The shopting of-Dunne was the
climax to a series of bold hold
ups on the North Side.
Friedman and he used a red
automobile, and toured from one
place to another, holding up and
robbing each place.
At the beginning of the news
paper lockout, Friedman, who
only is 19 years old, Was made a
deputy sheriff, given a badge and
a revolver, at the request of the
Friedman has been one of the
most notorious of the thugs thus
used by the trust newspapers. Her
was indicted by the October
grand jury for the murder of
Frank Witt. He was mentioned
in connection with the murder of
George Hehr. A
Friedman was a close friend of
the Barrett brothers, who after
they became deputy sheriffs for
the Hearst papers, became the
most reckless criminals 'in the
It is only a few weeks ago since
one of the Record-Herald's gun
men, Edward Meyers, was shot
and killed when he tried tb hold
up the secretary of the Cubs ball
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