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earlier in the day and he had ap
peared to be his normal self.
The jury's verdict was that Field
had died from paralysis of the-bowels,
due to a bullet accidentally inflicted.
And the chances are all in favor of
the mystery remaining just where
the coroner's jury left it. Even if
Vera Prosser's story be true, there
will be no disposition on anybody's
part to bring her back to Chicago and
reopen the story. Everybody con
cerned would prefer that it be not
WHO VERA PROSPER IS
The Vera Prosser, known in Chi
cago as Vera Leroy, was formerly the
wife of Heese H. Prosser, whom she
killed on a fast Great Northern train
dear Libby, Montana, in June, 1910.
G. W. Miller and A. G. Schaffer, au
tomobile salesmen, were on their way
from Seattle to Cleveland with Pros
ser. The story Miller told of the
shooting was that Prosser got a di
vorce at Seattle, and that his ex-wife
got on the same train the three men
, Miller told Prosser to keep away
from her. While he and Schaffer
were on the platform smoking the
woman went into the stateroom
where Prosser was, sat on his lap and
ordered a drink; then a second and a
Prosser ordered her from the room
and told the porter to bring no more
drinks. The train pulled into Libby,
Montana. The woman hurried from
the stateroom, jumped from the train
and hastened to the telegraph office.
She was told the train stopped but
a moment, but said she must wire.
The train pulled out and left her.
Miller then went into the state
room to talk to Prosser and found
him lying in a pool of blood, with a
bullet hole in his head. Miller work
ed over him, but Prosser died in his
Miller and Schaffer got off the train
at Eureka and went back to libby.
he woman was locked in a room, in
the hotel. She made the coronerJs
jury wait two hours while she
dressed and then swept into the room
in a wonderful gown, wearing $2,000
worth of diamonds.
On August 19 the woman was tried
and acquitted on the charge of mur
der. Last Saturday at Los Angeles she
told newspaper men and detectives
that her husband was Louis Clark
son, a broker, who married her while
she was in a Weber & Field chorus,
known as Viola Gilmore.
The confession she made at Los
Angeles as reported in the New York
Times is as follows:
The Field Shooting.
"I went to Chicago. One day while
in the Annex grill I was introduced to
Marshall Field, Jr. He took a fancy
to me. I told him that I was a mar
ried woman and that I was going un
der the name of eVra Leroy. That's
the 'mysterious and beautiful Vera,
the French girl,' who was mentioned
later in connection with his death.
"After I had known him for some
time he said he was going to have a
party for me. I laughed and sair,
'Hurry.' Well, the party arrived. It
almost made me dizzy to see him
spend money that night. It was wine,,
and more wine.
"A cab took us to a place known as
the Everleigh Club. We had a private
room. One of the Everleigh sisters,
and a girl named Alice, were with us.
Field offended me. I remembered he
had a revolver and I got it. I was in
flamed with drink and told him I
would teach him never to do that sort
of thing again. I aimed the gun at
him and told him to stand aside. The
trigger-must have been very finely
set, for it pulled before I intended.
"Marshall Field fell mortally
wounded. Emma Everleigh and Alice
both saw the shooting.
"Field said to me, 'Don't get ex
cited. I won't tell. Call me a cab
quick and get me out of this, and
don't say anything.'
a "I fainted. Things were reelingso