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WIDOW OF REAR ADMIRAL EATON CHARGED WITH MURDER
, ARREST FOLLOWS INQUEST MYSTERY UNSOLVED
VI was in constant fear my husband would! poison me or Ihe girls."
Statement of Mis. Eaton, Made Before Her Arrest, Charged With Poison
ing Her Husband, Rear Admiral Eaton.
"I was afraid lest the Admiral would poison me." Mrs. Ralph Keyes,
Contradictory statement of Joseph Prouty, a neighbor:
, "I never saw a man show so plainly his mortal "Bread of poison."
Hingham, Mass., March 20. The
long awaited climax in the mys
terious death of Rear Admiral1 Joseph
Giles Eaton,J U. S. N., retired; his
hasty burial with absolutely no naval,
honors, and' the subsequent secret in
vestigation by the district attorney
came today when Mrs. Jennie May
Harrison Eaton, his widow, was ar
rested, charged with murder. .
'Even-after her arrest secrecy was
maintained by the authorities as to
what they ,had discovered.
Admiral Eaton was.poisoned. That
was brought out at the inquest this
"morning. When the poison was
bought, or how it was .administered,
Since March 10 attorneys for the
state and Mrs. Eaton "knew the ad
miral had been poisonedr Notwith
standing " this, I)isfrict Attorney
Parker several times declared sus
picion was directed at no member of
the admiral's family.' "
Secret movements, of Mrs: Eaton
and her two-daughters, step-children
of the 'admiral, have been-' closely
watched. Early this week one -of the
daughters made a hurried trip to Bos
ton. The district attorney is. believed
to know the object of the visit,-but
refuses to make it public.
Mrs. Eaton was evidently not sur
prised at her arrest. Her attorney,
also, knew of the intended move of
the district attorney. '
Two officers drove to the Eaton
home this morning in a closed auto.
Vheu-.they returned-5 to;ttte"court-
room Mrs.. Eaton .was with them.
The, report had been spread that she
was wanted merely as a witness.
Mrs. Eaton was calm and collected
as she stepped from the auto and en
tered the courtroom. She smiled and
spoke to friends standing near.
J"en minutes later she was. being
arraigned, charged with the murder
of her husband. She pleaded not
guilty, and the case was continued
until March 28.
Immediately afterward she return
ed to the auto that had brought' her
from home, and with two .officers as
a guard started on the 35-mile ride
to the Plymouth county jail, where
she will be held without bail until .her
The woman's conduct throughout
the proceedings showed she had been
prepared for the brdeaL- She main
tained her composure and her vbice
did not tremble when she pleaded..
There have been frequent charges
and countercharges of attempted
poisoning within the Eaton family
since the death of an adopted baby
boy in 1909.. Mrs. Eaton has said she
believed the admiral poisoned the
child. Her daughters have repeatedly
said they feared the admiral
Rear Admiral Eaton, who served
during the civil war, retired from ac
tive service in 1905. His last duty
was command ol the New York navy
yard in 1905
Chrolonogical History of Eaton Case.
March 8. Admiral Eaton died. .
March 8. Police-began secret in
vestigation. Undertaker CharreU