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rasli things. Esther Deagen Is the
mother 'ofra boy and a girl, 4 and 5
She met Cass when she was run
ning a millinery shop in St. PauL In
this manner she supported her chil
dren. Her marriage had been a fail
ure and divorce porceedings were
Cass gradually 'won a place in the
disappointed woman's life. He com
forted her and evinced a strong at
tachment for the children. She
thought she saw in him all her hus
band had failed to be.
Then he began to make love open
ly and with a fierceness that carried
the woman and broke down every
obstacle. Her fondness for him grew
30, that finally tired of the struggle in
St. Paul, she says she consented to
take the children and go away with
They went to Dubuque, la., first.
There she charges he first began to
3how his real character. According to
the story the woman told the federal
officials this morning, he proposed
that she do things against which her
But she had gone too far now to
turn back and she followed him to
Chicago. Here they registered at
the Windsor-Clifton hotel. By clever
talk and his unfailing good humor,
she says, he managed to make her
forget what had happened in Du
buque. It was on Christmas eve, when she
was trying bravely to respond to her
children's plea for a visit from Santa
Claus, that her disillusionment final
ly became complete.
That night, she charges, he went
out with all the valuables she liad
and never came back. After waiting
a few days she reported her case to
Two detective sergeants, Buckley
andKelly, visited Mrs. Deagon just
as she was receiving a telephone call
from Cass. The detectives traced
the call to a chop suey restaurant on
Cottage Grove av. and there found!
Cass dining and jollying Ruth Allen,
a very young girl. She told the po
lice they were going to Memphis,
Ten., where he had promised to
A larceny charge against Cass,
made by Mrs. Deagen, was continued
until Jan. 7. The federal officials
took immediate charge of the case.
In Judge Landis' courtroom a high
priced battery of lawyers, led by Wil
liam S. Forrest and Hobart P. Young,
argued all morning that the indict
ment against William Ruf us Edwards
should be quashed. The judge set
the hearing over until late today.
Miss Cor, who met Edwards while
working in Chicago, cahrges that
Edwards took her to St. Paul under
promise of marriage and there se
duced her. Edwards is now married
to a young society girl and niece of
Sen. Moses Clapp, She has made a
brave fight for his freedom.
Forrest talked along to the tune
that Edwards' relations with Miss
Cox were legal.
An attempt to discredit Miss Cox
was recently branded by Judge Lan
dis as a plot.
Harry Walsh is being held here
while local agents are betting in
touch with federal authorities, in the
southwest concerning the activities
of a ban dof white slavers who are
said to be sending girls to Texas and
FIGHTS ON FOR RACE PROOF
Denver, Col., Dec. 29. Mrs. -Alma
Bone Little, "the bride without a
race," who is trying to prove herself
of white and not negro parentage,
will terminate her quest for proof in
Denver. Word was received jtoday
that she has left Cincinnati and will
reach here tomorrow. '
In Cincinnati she obtained affidavits
from the negro""' woman, who, she
says, was her foster mother, Mrs.
Luella Wade Jefferson. It Js said the.
papers declare Mrs. Little was mere
ly an adopted child and had no negro
blood. . . ..