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LA$T EDITION LAST EDITON
"CAPTAIN ENGLAND' GOUVERNEUR MORRIS'
FAMOUS STORY, STARTS TODAY
THE DAY BOOK
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VOL.2, NO. 231 Chicago, Saturday, June 28, 1913
METHODIST MINISTER ACCUSED BY
CHOIR GIRL IS FOUND GUILTY
The Rev. MacRorie, Married and Father One Child,
Brings Twin Sister of Edith Nelson Into Court to
Confuse Jurors, and They Suspect Him.
Elizabeth, N. J., June 28. The
Rev. Willis S. MacRorie, a Metho
dist Episcopal minister of Somerville,
N. J., -was found guilty of misconduct
with Miss Edith Nelson, 17 years old,
formerly a member of his choir, by
a jury here.
The minister ruined his own
chances of acquittal by suddenly pro
ducing in court Alice Nelson, twin
sister of the girl with whom he was
accused of having had immoral rela
tions. Alice Nelson is so like her sister
that the jurors could not tell the two
apart. Instead of confusing the jur
ors as the Rev. MacRorie had intend
ed, this convinced them that some
one had something to conceal
They concluded after two hours'
debate, that MacRorie was the one
with something to conceal and
brought in a verdict of guilty.
Under the New Jersey law, the
Rev. MacRorie may be punished by
a $50 fine or six months in jail or
Besides this, he will have to face
a trial before the Methodist Episcopal
conference of the Newark district,
which probably will mean his expul
sion in disgrace from the church.
Up to the time he had Alice Nel
son brought into the courtroom, Mac
Rorie's defense was going well.
The prosecution introduced his
signed confession. MacRorie took
the stand and repudiated it, making
a dramatic appeal to the jurors,
which visibly affected them.
"I signed that paper," he cried. "I
admit it! But I did not know what
the paper was. I did not know it wa3
confession of anything so diabolical