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VHe told me was coming back
Friday." Johnson, and the white woman
who married him, were arrested
at Battle Creek, Mich., this morn
ing. They were found in Pullman
berths on Grand Trunk train No.
6, bound for Toronto, Canada, by
Battle Creek officers on advices
from Charles F. De Woody, spe
cial agent of the department of
justice in Chicago.
They were dragged from the
train and thrown into the city jail
at Battle Creek, where they will
be held until U. S. District Attor
ney Wilkerson decides what to
do with them.
Johnson is now under federal
indictment for white slavery. He
was allowed his liberty on $30,
000 bail, some of it put up by his
mother and some by a white man.
White slavery is not extradi
table, and therefore the govern
ment warned Johnson not to
leave the federal judicial district
of northern Illinois.
Johnson said he would not try
and leave, and then carefully laid
his plans to escape the country.
He bought a residence at- To
ronto in the fashionable Hill
Crest district of the city.
He and his wife, two negro
friends and his white valet and
first knight of the bedchamber,
Joe Levy, slipped aboard the
Grand Trunk train at the Forty
seventh street station at 11:38
o'clock last night.
At the same hour a maid at the
Johnson home at 3344 South Wa
bash avenue, was. explaining to
I newspaper men that the negro
pugilist was in bed asleep.
DeWoody heard of the flight
of the negro and the white
woman at an early hour in the
At 2 :45 a. m. DeWoody got the
chief of police of Battle Creek on
"This is DeWoody of Chica
go," said the department of jus
tice man. "The Grand Trunk
train going north is due there in
"I know it," said the Battle
"Well, Jack Johnson's on it,,
and " began DeWoody.
"I've got you, Steve," said the
Battle Creek chief. "And I'll get
Battle Creek hung Up.
The police held up the train for
twenty-five minutes while they
searched the sleeper for Johnson
and the woman.
Johnson denied he intended to
leave the United States for good.
"Ah couldn't afford to let my
mother's house go, besides the
bond Ah have up. Ah was just
going to see mah old manager
Tom Flangan, and make arrange
ments for mah fight at Paris with
Johnson did nof mention that
he had bought a hou.se in Toronto.-
Nor did he mention that he
had only bought single-trip tick
etc to Toronto for himself and
As soon as he was placed in jail
Johnson asked to be allowed to
talk to DeWoody over the tele
phone. He was permitted to do