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GIRL WIFE CONFESSES SHE SHOT BETRAYER;
CHUM TELLS POLICE WHEN MAN IS ARRESTED
Fort Worth, Tex., March 6. He
had robbed her she was only 14
years of age of her honor.
So when she met him in the street
she took him riding in her fiance's au
tomobile and killed him.
This is the written story she tells
in her confession, and although she
says: "I thought I could do it that
way and make it all right," she will
"be tried for murder.
The girl is Mrs. Katherine Harri
son, 15, wife of Charles Harrison, son
of a Fort Worth banker.
The man was W. R. Warren, 60,
proprietor of a boarding house. He
was killed by shots from a revolver
Dec. 23 on a lonely spot near Bend
For two months police and county
detectives sought his slayer.
Then they arrested B. G. Wiggins,
who, with his wife, was passing
through Fort Worth.
Mrs. Harrison's friends had been
told of the confession. One of them,
Emma Lois Guinn, thought the man
ought to be released. Her conscience
sent her to the county attorney's of
fice. Five hours later police had arrested
Mrs. Harrison and her husband, taken
a confession from them and placed
them under $2,500 bonds on a charge
Doctor You have nervous pros
tration. Buy a ticket for California
Jones But I can't leave by busi
ness. Doctor You don't need to give
the ticket to your wife. Judge.
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
March 6. 1725. The superiorcoun
cil of the colony of Louisiana took
measures to fortify the French post
in Illinois against a threatened at
tack by the Fox Indians.
of murder. Mrs. Harrison was Kath
erine Vance before her marriage.
Revenge revenge that gnawed in
to her soul as acid etches brass
made her kill Warren, she charges.
She met him about Nov. 1. A girl
friend introduced them. One day af
ter that Warren met her uptown, she
says, and when she left him he kept
She went to his home at the South
ern hotel to get the parasol, and he
locked the door and forced her by
threats to yield herself, she says.
The night of Dec. 22, 1915, she
(then Miss Vance) was 'sitting in
Charley Harrison's automobile on
Mam sL, while Harrison was across
the street getting a shine.
Warren same along.
"I thought it would be a good time
to take him out and kill him," she
states calmly in her confession, "so I
asked him to get in and take a ride."
No one was in the car but Warren
and Harrison, she says. The girl
drove the car past Arlington. Pre
tending a tire was down, she stopped
the car. Warren alighted.
From Harrison's automatic pistol
she poured a rain of lead into Warren,
she confessed, as he sank to his
knSes, wounded by the first shot
The story toldhy the Guinn girl in
volved several other persons besides
the Harrisons one of them the wife
of a minister. There were five per
sons, men and women, in the party
besides Warren, Miss Guinn charges.
"The girl saved the law the trou
ble of executing Warren," Charles
Harrison, 20, said today. "The law
says that a man who attacks a 14-year-old
girl must die". She exacted
only the legal penalty."
Wiggins never was in danger after
his arrest, Harrison said. Had there
been any danger of Wiggins being:
punished for the crime, Mr. and Mrs.
Harrison stood ready to give them