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Frank Dellatore, the rooming
house keeper, says that the girl has
not paid much rent since she came
here six weeks ago and had been or
dered to move.
In her room the police found a let
ter addressed to her mother, Mrs.
Iona Baker, Danville, 111., in which the
girl said that her husband had mur
dered a man here. In another letter
to her mother were newspaper clip
pings about Shalansky's murder.
The girl claims to have recognized
the picture of Anderson or Ellis as
photograph of her husband, and, des
perate over the knowledge that she
was the wife of a thief and murderer,
she went into the room of one of the
boarders where she knew there was
a revolver in the dresser drawer. She
got the weapon, pressed it toiler left
side and fired, intending to shoot her
self throughthe heart, but the kick
of the gun deflected the bullet .about
Weak, but still able to walk, she
left the 'house and went to a grocery
store about half a block away. There
she managed to tell the grocer what
she had done, and he called the po
lice, who took her to the hospital.
Detectives who interviewed her at
the hospital discredit her story and
have begun a searching investigation
of her own identification.
Dellatore said that a visitor who
called to see thegirl last Monday
morning, the day Shalansky was
found dead in the hotel, resembled
Joseph Ellis, the youth the police
are seeking. Mrs. Anderson was not
in when he called. She told the po
lice at the hospital she had. never
seen her husband since she has been
Investigation- of the murder of
Shalansky shows that it was coolly
planned and waB evidently not the
first of its kind by the murderer. A
curious fact pointed out by the police
is that all of the victims of Ellis were
Jewish second-hand clothing dealers.
After killing-Shalansky, the mur-
.derer discarded a xMax spotted with
blood, walked to a nearby store where
he purchased andther, and returning
to the lobby of the hotel in which his
victim lay dead, he remained an hour
Late in the afternoon the slayer
returned to his room and then going
to the union station, took his suitcase
from the checkroom and is reported
to have caught an east-bound train.
Prom information gathered by the
police Ellis, known also as Brokaw
and Robert Duncan, committed a
similar crime in Louisville last week
and sold in Indianapolis a watch he
took from his Louisville victim.
The scheme the man followed was
the same in each town where he is
reported to have committed these
crimes. He would register at a hotel
under an assumed name, call on one
of the smaller clothing merchants or
a second-hand ealer, and, explain
ing that he had samples he must get
out of his possession, ask the dealer
to go to his room.
.Once in the man's room the pro
cedure was almost always the same.
The victim was struck down or forc
ed at the point of a revolver to sub
mit to being bound or gagged. Then
his valuables were stolen and the
robber, leaving the merchant to be
discovered by hotel employes, de
parted. o o (
MAYBE THEY'RE JEALOUS!
Buffalo, N. Y.r Sept. 24 No more
can Mr. Newly Wed taunt his wife
with the statement that she can't
make bread like his mother made.
Members of the National Association
of Master Bakers have decided that
mother's bread was not pure food.
"Kneading dough with the hands is
imperfect in the first place," said Jay
Burns of Omaha, "because the lumps
of gluten made by flour and water
are not thoroughly mashed. Then
covering the dough while it rises Is
unsanitary, because carbonic acid
gases from the. yeast and flour care
unable to escape." "" .