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PROBE INTO GIRL'S DEATH 1
LEADS TO MORE MYSTERY
WHkesbarre, Pa., July 9. The
mystery surrounding the death of 18-year-old
Alice Crispwell, whose body
was found in Harvey's Lake - last
Monday, only deepens with investiga
tion. Herbert Johns, one of the girl's
sweethearts, is being held in jail for
But the big question is whether or
not the girl was murdered, and a les
ser, but quite important one, is
whether, if she were murdered, it is
not more likely that a disappointed
suitor committed the murder rather
than Johns, the successful lover.
An autopsy was performed on the
body of the girl, but it has not led to
much light being thrown on the mys
tery. "There are teeth imprints and fin
ger marks on the girl's body," said
Dr. F. J. Higgins, who conducted the.
autopsy. "I am convinced murder
Coroner James Marley spoke in
"There is absolutely no indication
of causes for any one wanting to put
the girl out of the way," he' said.
"There are bruises on both sides of
the forehead that look like teeth
marks, although they could have
been inflicted by a jagged stone or by
falling. Personally I do not incline
to the murder theory."
The letter written by Johns to
Miss Crispwell at the time her body
was lying at the bottom of Harvey's
Lake blackens the night surrounding
the girl's death.
The letter indicates that Harrison
Cann, a one-armed rival for the heart
and hand of Alice Crispwell, and.
Johns had agreed to swim across
Harvey's Lake July 4th, the winner
to take the girl.
There is nothing in, the letter to
indicate if this extraordinary bargain
were kept, nor, if kept, who won.
A rumor among the cottagers at
Harvey's Lake says that the two
rivals did swim against each other,
and that Cann, despite his loss of an
arm, won. But at the end of the
race, according to this rumor, which
cannot be traced to and definite
source, the girl threw her arms
around Johns' neck and laughed in
Cann's face, saying she would not
marry him if he swam the Atlantic
Harrison Cann has not been arrest
ed, but he is under constant surveil
lance by order of County Detective
Holman and State Trooper Freeman.
The letter Johns wrote to the girl
Sunday shows one of two things,
either Johns is a past master in cov
ering a crime or he is innocent of any
guilt in connection with his sweet
heart's death. The letter runs the
gamut of emotions; it is just the sort
of letter a man devotedly in love with
a young girl might be expected to
write; it is gay, humorous, candid,
and in one place drops to pathos in
intimating that the girl was forget
ting him while he could never forget
The one strong circumstance back
ing the accident theory is that Alice
Crispwell was subject .to epileptic
The girl's body will be-Jsuried to
morrow morning. Coroner Marley
has impaneled a jury to sit Thursday
and hear evidence. Johns hopes for
his release under bail after the in
He named his new dog "Aeroplane,"
And when his friends asked why?"
He said, " "Tis most appropriate.
His native place is skye."