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whether the boy be of the earth or
the spirit -world, he is not the son of
her 'husband, the Tate Lewis Kraft,
and he has no claim on the Kraft
name oi; fortune.
When Lewis Kraft, political "boss"
of Cincinnati 'andjight-hand man of
"Boss" Cox, reached middle life
years ago, he discovered that he was
tired of humdrum domesticity and
he sought solace in spiritualistic
seances. Prom a sweetheart of his
youth long dead, he received spirit
messages. The spirit voice -whispered
of a "spirit child", that would come
to him as a precious token of his
lost love. Mrs, Plymouth Weeks, a
medium, voiced the spirit messages,
and they told Kraft that Mrs. Weeks
would be "physical" mother to his
A child was presented, to Kraft and
he acknowledged it as his own. When
he died six months ago he be
queathed it part of his fortune.
Immediately after the terms of the
will became known, Mrs. Dora Funk
Guien, wife of a farmer at Washing
ton CoUrt House, Ohio, brought ha
beas corpus proceedings to recover
the "spirit child," which she claims is
hers. She says she gave it to Mrs.
Weeks at its birth, because she was
then unable to support it. ,
And Dora Punk-Guien has more
than her mere word to offer in proof
of her motherhood. She will bring
into court her two sons, Samuel and
Lorenzo, who, she claims, are broth
ers of Lewis Kraft, Jr., and sons of
the same father. She will ask the
judge to compare the three boys and
note the striking resemblance they
.bear to each other. She will also pre
sent a picture of Baby Lewis which
shows a distinctly protruding ear,
and she will point out that the
""spirit child's" ear "stands out" too.
The picture showing the protruding
ear is her main reliance in proving
her motherhood of the boy called
Speaking of the tragedy that de
stroyed their family life, Mrs. Kraft,
wife of the dead politician, says,: "Af
ter I heard of my husband's relations
with Mrs. Weeks I had a long talk
with him. I told him that, with
God's strength back of me, I would
endeavor to go on with my life as
though the biggest thing of all, my
husband's love, had not been taken
away from me.
"I said I would remain Mrs. Lew
Kraft until death parted us. I said
that I would keep his house, care for
him if he were ill, and that we would
try to hide from the world the aw
ful thing that he was doing.
"He agreed, and we began a new
life that lasted until he died. As
time went on, Mrs. Weeks, knowing
that he loved children, urged him to
have an heir to whom he could leave
the most of his fortune. It was soon
after that I heard of the 'spirit child.'
But he is not Lew's son. He has no
claim to his fortune or to his name."
As Lew Kraft, Jr., is named as
beneficiary in Kraft's will, he will re
ceive the $40,000, whether or not the
court decides he is a "spirit child,"
or just an ordinary youngster who
ought to be playing baseball instead
of wearing a halo. '
WHO'S WHO IN THE SPIRIT
Lewis Kraft, friend and right-hand