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photograph of Alfred Oliver and his
bride in a newspaper.
"That's Louis and he's -married
again," she" exclaimed.
Alfred, believed to be Louis Hard
ing, the escaped convict, was arrest
ed as a bigamist. His pretty bride
stood firmly by him until Mrs. Hard
ing took the witness stand.
"That's my husband, and he es
caped from the prison at Green
wood," said Mrs. Harding, pointing to
the accused Georgia banker. Oliver's
witnesses who had known him for
several years testified that he" was
not Harding, but the wife's testimony
Alfred Oliver was sent to the state
penitentiary for four years for big
amy. His wife, believing herself
married to Harding, who already had
a wife, was granted absolute divorce.
Police sent Alfred Oliver's picture
broadcast and one fell into the hands
of the sheriff at Greenwood, Miss.
He wired to the governor of Georgia
that Harding was wanted in Missis
sippi to serve out a 10-year term un
der the name of Harding.
So when Alfred Oliver's bigamy
term was ended, a sheriff of Missis
sippi met him at the door of the
Oliver continued his fight for lib
erty, insisting that it was his twin
brother they wanted, but he was
placed in the penitentiary and even
identified by residents of Greenwood
"I'm' not him, and I'll prove it to
you some day," he told his jailers.
The other day Alfred Oliver went
before the court to make a final, de
termined fight to prove that he was
serving sentence for his twin brother;
that he served four years in Georgia
as a bigamist because of-the mistaken
identity and lost a wife and fortune,
"My twin brother, who now is
known as Harding," said the prisoner,
"is the man you want. He has nine
toes; I have ten."
Chancellor Jones looked over Ber-
tillion measurements of Harding and
those of Oliver. It was true, as the
prisoner" said, that Harding has only
nine toes, while Oliver has ten.
The chancellor then granted an or
der freeing Alfred D. Oliver.
FIGHT OVER NIOTHER LEADS
FAMILY AFFAIR INTO COURT
Mrs. W. A. Tilden, wife of the presi
dent of the Fort Dearborn National
Bank, will appear in Judge -Boyer's
court in Evanston Wednesday and
stand" trial on charge of disorderly
The arrest is the result of a family
feud with her brother, Dred G. Mer
rill, and her sister, Mrs. M. L. Brown.
The argument concerns what is to
become of thei raged mother, Mrs.
Mrs. Tilden, who it appears gov
erns everyhting in the best "400"
rules, desires Mrs. Merrill to end her
days in a sanitarium surrounded by
the care that only hired attendants
Merrill and Mrs. Brown, however,
are rather old-fashioned. They be
lieve that their mother should be
given love and care in her old days.
They don't want her to go to a cold,
The fight started when Mrs.' Tilden
cancelled a tango tea engagement
one afternoon and appeared in Judge
Owens' court seeking an order to
compel the removal of her mother to
a sanitarium. Immediately Merrill
got busy. A fight ensued.
As a final means of keeping his
mother i nthe home of his sister, Mrs.
Brown, he had Mrs. Tilden arrested.
COUPLE FROZEN TO DEATH
The bodies of Frank X. Kachelhof
fer and wife were found last night in,
their basement home, 1101 Orleans
street. The man was about 79, the
wife a year or two less.
It was learned that until old age
had made him incapable the man was
a good workman. He had honestly
earned his place.
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