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fections of the man she loved. She
was being treated for a scalp wound
which she claimed had been received
in the fatal battle. When the anes
thetic wore off she denied her prior
disclosure, but the police, hurrying to
the quest, had-already located the
body of Miss Curland stretched upon
the floor in a pool of blood with a re
volver lying beside her.
"I lied," explained Miss Huffman,
"to prevent suspicion from attaching
to George Garfield. I would die for
him. That's why I lied for him. I
could not let them think he had killed
The mystery has been deepened
rather than cleared by the conflicting
stories of all those arrested.
But through them all runs the ad
mission that the three women loved
Garfield with a surmounting affec
tion which cast every other consid
eration aside. Miss Curland had
fallen under his strange spell seven
years ago when Bhe was but 16.
The other woman who "would die
for him" has known him for five
years, she says. His girl wife he
married in Oakland, Cal., several
months ago. It was the announce
ment to the othef two of this mar
riage that precipitated the tragedy.
During the seven years she asso
ciated with Garfield, Miss Curland's
father tried repeatedly to wean her
away from him. But under the mys
terious power her lover exercised the
old man's appeals were stonily disre
garded, his prophesies of evil unheed
ed. The brother's pleas were equally
"Fannie met Garfield seven years
ago," said Harry Curland, the dead
girl's brother. "That was the begin
ning of the end. She was fascinated
by him when only 16 years old. We
tried to get her back to our life. But
he had her, and he kept her. Garfield
used to tell everyone he was married
to Fannie, and seemed proud of it.
"He used to boast about it in front
of Jeanette Huffman, as if to see
what the other girl would do. Three
T years ago Jeanette threatened to be
revenged upon Fannie. I don t
know why he took the two girls to
Riverside together. I think though,
when they were there he boasted be
fore Jeanette that he and Fannie
were going to live in the orange ranch
"It was all a case of jealousies."
Miss Huffman has been frantic
since the shooting.
"We three loved him Fannie Cur
land; his girl wife, and I," cried the
Huffman girl, after denying her oper
ating table statement
"As for me, I would die for him.
That's why I lied to have him.
"I met George five years ago, and
I loved him more than all the world.
I loved him so much better than my
self, that when three months ago
he told- me he had married another
woman, I determined to give him
up. It nearly broke my heart, and I
thought my life was ruined. But I
told him the only thing to do was to
keep straight, and that he must now
give me up; that he would always
find me his best friend.
"Then he came to me that night
in a wild frenzy, saying that Fannie
had killed herself in his house at
"He had gone there the poor boy
after he had married to try to
break off the drug habit. He was
winning too and would probably
have come out all right had it not
been for women.
"He was lonesome tired of the
fight so he came to Los Angeles
and took Fannie down there with
him. On the way he told her he
was married. They quarreled dread
fully. At the house she found his
marriage license. It drove her mad
and she shot herself."
Sheriff Wilson from the first has
believed the suicide story false.
"It looks like murder to me," he
said, "and many things will have to
be cleared up before the suicide the
ory will be adopted. There is mys
tery surrounding the death of thia'
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