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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 14, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 14

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of his home
For more than two years the mur
der remained a hystery that was the
talk of the little community. Then
a few weeks ago Mrs. McBlheney, in
fear of her own life and desperate,
she says, went to the" county prose
cutor, told him of her relations, ob
tained at first by physical force, she
says, with Roscoe Hornbaker and ac
cused him of the murder of her hus
bandi Hornbaker was a rural mail
carrier.
After a hearing Hornbaker is now
held prisoner on a charge of murder
in the first degree awaiting trial at
the next term of the district court,
which will be held in June.
Hornbaker admits his relations
with Mrs. McElheney but denies he
murdered her husband. He declares
that she made the first advances by
showing him a picture postcard
showing a mailman kissing a pretty
country lass.
Mrs. McElheney in testifying at the
murder hearing said that her ac
quaintance with Hornbaker began
when her husband was appointed
postmaster at kouisburg, some four
or five years ago.
Mrs. McElheney says her regard
for Hornbaker never was more than
neighborly, but his glance and speech
betrayed more than friendship for
her.
"I belonged to an embroidery club,"
testified Mrs. McElheney at the hear
ing, "and after a meeting in Mrs.
Hornbaker's house in 1911 I stayed
after the others had left, because
Mrs. Hornbaker saidEoscoe, her hus
band, wanted to talk to me. Then
Roscoe made love to me and told me
of the wealth he would have when
Belle, his wife, died.
"He told me that George, my hus
band, was untrue to me and that a
girl who worked in the postoffice was
the only one he cared for.
"Later George told me Roscoe had
spoken tb him about a club in town
consisting of five or six persons and
burg, was shot down in the kitchen T their wives- and one single man and
a girl. They met, played cards and
then exchanged wives and behaved
improperly. Roscoe wanted George
to trade wives with him for a while
but George refused.
"Not long after the exchange prop
osition was suggested Roscoe talked
to me alone in his house. His wife
was in another room. He tried to
love me but I refused him. A few
days later the attempt was repeated.
Then he tried it a third time and in
sisted I do things I knew we ought
not to do."
Mrs. McElheney testified that
Hornbaker finally used force in get
ting her to submit to him, and after
that every time she could find an ex
cuse Mrs. Hornbaker would call her
to the house so that Hornbaker
could meet her; that Mrs. Hornbaker
usually stayed in an adjoining room
while she was with her husband. She
said Mrs. Hornbaker was In a nearby
room the first time Hornbaker gained
his purpose by physical strength.
"I appealed to Mrs. Hornbaker,"
said Mrs. McElheney, "to make him
let me alone. But she said that when
anybody turned her down it made her
revengeful." This was in reference
to the exchange proposition which
Mrs. McElheney's husband had re
jected. "It was her way of getting revenge
on my husband," said .Mrs. McElhe
ney. "She didn't care what Roscoe
did."
Then McElheney was shot and
killed.
"From that time on," declares Mrs.
McElheney, "my only aim in life was
to find out who killed my husband.
"About a month later Roscoe
asked me to come to his house, say
ing he believed he could tell me who
did the killing. I went. -
"Roscoe would not tell me any
thing until I had done what he de
manded of me. Again he forced his
love on me and I had 10 submit.
"Then Roscoe told me my husband
had been killed by two secret service
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