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What was Mitsunaga telling
the Japanese minister?
The reporters soon found out.
Mitsunaga had confessed to
knowledge of the mufder. But he
had not confessed to committing
the actual murder. He implicated
a white man. This was his con
fession in brief:
"I went to Mrs Wilson's house.
She was there. She put me to
Work, scrubbing floors and clean
"I worked half a day I think
it was until 1 o'clock and then
a whitle man came to the door and
rang the bell.
"Mrs. Wilson answered the
door bell, and let the man in. They
went to the kitchen. I was in the
bathroom at the time.
"I heard them talking in a loud
voice for a time, and then I heard
a fall. It sounded like a body fall
ing. "A few minutes later, the white
man came into the bathroom, and
pointed a revolver at me.
" 'Come with me,' he said, and
I was afraid and went with him.
"He made me go to the kitchen,
and Mrs. Wilson was lying there
on the floor. There was a pool of
blood around her head.
"The white man sworeterribly
when he saw her, and then he said
"'You take her feet; I'll take
"He still kept the revolver
pointed at me. I was Very
frightened. I picked up Mrs. Wil
son's legs. The white man took
out his handkerchief.
"With one hand, the white
man twirled the handkerchief
around until it was like a rope.
Then, still using only one hand,
he placed it under the womans
"He caught up both ends of the
handkerchief and lifted the wo
man's head. She was quite limp,
but he made the handkerchief
tight perhaps to make sure.
"He made me lead the way
down into the basement of the
place, and in the basement he
made be topple her feet into a
packing case. Then he doubled
up the rest of the body and cov
ered it all with straw.
"After that he made me go to
the kitchen in front of him, and
he kept the revolver pointing at
me all the time. In the kitchen he
looked at the blood on the floor
and on the baseball bat, and
swore fearfully. Then he ordered
me to clean it up.
"I did it, because I was fright
ened of the revolver, and after it'
was all done, the white man curs
ed me, and told me I would be
killed if I ever talked.
'When everything was done,
he went! away from the house, and
when J was sure he had gone", I
ran away, too.
"I was afraid of the place, and
I was afraid of the white man
with the revolver, and I was
afraid of the police.,
"So I went down and got some
money a man owed me, and left
Denver, and changed, my name,
and wore spectacles: " for a dis
guise. "I am very sorry I did not tell
the police in the first place. Then
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