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Shriver, of Charleston, IlL, to whom
she- was married at Hannibal, Mo.,
two years ago.
The marriage was soon broken up.
Mrs. Shriver returned to the home of
her mother, Mrs. R. B. Robinson, a
dressmaker living at 713 South En
glish avenue, this city.
She filed suit for divorce in the
circuit court of Sangamon, county.
The divorce was -granted on statu
tory grounds April 17 last. By order
of the cburt, Mrs, Shriver's maiden
name was restored to her.
Mrs. Shriver's attorney during the
divorce proceedings was C. Fred
Mortimer of this city.
Sam Davis, the liquor dealer who
has admitted he had something to do
with the preparation of the affidavit
charging immorality against O'Hara,
was attracted by the beauty of Mrs.
Shriver many months ago.
C. Fred Mortimer is attorney for
Sam Davis. Through Mortimer,
Davis obtained an introduction to
Mrs Shriver several months ago, be
fore Mrs. Shriver even had applied
The name of Attorney Mortimer
runs all througSthe conspiracy.
Mortimer is the attorney who led
the disgraceful attempt to hreak up
the session of the O'Hara commis
sion held in the Leland Hotel two
Mortimer also appeared ass attor
ney tor Boss Dick SullivanV under
sheriff of Sangamon county, when
Sullivan was summoned before the
bar of the senate and ordered to pro
duce the affidavit he had talked of
It Is said that it Is true that Maude
Robinson, or Mrs. Shriver as she then
"was, stayed at the Sherman House In
Cnicago January 17, -18 and 19 of
It is said that Bhe was there with
Mabel Davidson, said to be a daugh
ter of former Gov. Davidson, of Wis
consin, and that the two young wo
men engaged in many interesting!
Tiumming parties" witn men.
Miss Robinson la reported to hava
told many conflicting stories of what
occurred during the three days after
her return to Springfield, using the
name of Thomas Vredenburgh, the
millionaire's son, and on one occasion
saying that "Mr- O'Hara was one of
the party but wasn't with them very
These conflicting stories of Miss
Rdbinron are said to have reached
the ears of Sam Davis, the whisky
dealer, and Davis, Sullivan and At
torney Mortimer directed the draw
ing up of the affidavit
They pledged their words to Miss
Robinson, it is said, that the affidavit
never would be used publicly, but
merely "to keep O'Hara, quiet"
Shortly after this, Miss Robinson
Is reported to have told a number of
her friends that Sam Davis had given
her $500 for a vacation trip.
Davis is said to do a real estate
business besides dealing in. whisky,
and either to be agent for or owner
of, a lot of Springfield tenderloin real
He was subpoenaed before the
O'Hara commission to be grilled
about this real estate, and it was be
cause of this that he was so- anxious
to hush up O'Hara.
Davis and Maude Robinson If she
really comes back to Springfield
probably will now be among the Urst
witnesses summoned before the Et
telson special investigating commit
tee of the Senate.
Senator Samuel A. Ettlqson said
today he would not fix the time of
the first session until he had consult
ed Senator Dailey of Peoria,
It was decided that the first session
of the committee would be held in
Chicago tonlorrow, buf the latest
Maude Robinson-Sam pavis revela
tions may change this.
Thomas Vredenburg, named as the
second man In the Sherman House
party In the affidavit,, was not In tms
city today. In his office it was said
the lumber millionaire had gone to
Chicago and might go frdm there fy f