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in such a way as to discredit the girl,
according to her attorney, F. J. Kar
asek. Now the attorney has filed suit
against the Herald on behalf of the
girl for $100,000.
John Wesley Hill is a paL of ex
press Taft and Andy Carnegie. -He
is generally reputed to be the "highest-paid
preacher in the country.
Karasek says he has been informed
that Hill rakes in $10,000 weekly for
work as preacher, head of the "Peace
Forum" and talking for the Repub
lican national campaign committee
to boost Hughes for the presidency.
Miss Covington and Karasek make
the charge that when the girl filed a
similar suit in New York several
months ago, C. E. Morse, Republican
boss in Missouri, visited her at the
Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York
and offered her several thousand
dollars if she would withdraw her
suit and sign an affidavit exonerating
The girl further says that since"
the original suit was filed she has
been threatened with disgrace by
"powerful men and has been told that
no newspaper would credit her
charges against the political
Miss Covington, an attractive and
intelligent young woman, met Hill
several years ago, according to her
story, while the preacher was chas
ing around the country urging the
election of Theodore Roosevelt to
the presidency. The preacher be
came attracted by the girl and gave
her a position as secretary.
Later, the girl says, he made love
to her, representing himself a widow-'
er. She says she has found out he
has been married twice, has two chil
dren and that his second wife is stilh
"When I discovered he was mar
ried I went to him and demanded an
explanation," said Miss Covington.
"He assured me that everything
would be all right in time. But he
erew colder when I begged him to
-- his promises."
"When It realized he had no inten
tion of marrying me I filed suit in
New York. Then began a series of
threats, coaxing and anonymous let
ters. I heard ugly rumors that I
would get nowhere with my New
York suit; that his influence was too
powerful, so I decided to begin suit
in Chicago. It seems that his influ
ence reaches even here. The Herald
story, I believe, was meant to dis
The Herald story said that "friends
of Dr. Hill believed the girl's suit""
was blackmail. But none of the
"friends" were named in the story.
When Miss Covington first filed
suit against the preacher it startled
political and 'spcslal circles. Hill
travels high. His best friends are
among the financiers and national
politicians. In addition to Carnegie
and Taft, Hill enjoys the friendship
of John D. Rockefeller.
On the platform Hill has a great
way of mixing the bible and Repub
lican politics. He starts off with a
prayer and winds up by linking Char
ley Hughes' with the Lord. Hill is said
to have beena discovery of the late
Mark Hanna, one-time national boss
of the G. O. P. His first campaign
work was done for Pres. McKinley.
TAKE WATER FROM BOYS' HEAD
HAS GOOD CHANCE TO LIVE
Thomas Barder, 4, 1318 E. 90th sL,
S. Chicago, may get the benefit of
the one chance in a thousand that
was granted him when his parents
submitted to an operation on the
boy's head. Dr. H. J. Millstone, 9119
Commercial av. performed-the opera
tion Thursday. Pour ounces of wa
ter were removed from he boy's
head. His condition today is favor- "
Gary, Ind. Aetna Explosives Co.,
employing 1,000, shut "down on ac
count railroads refusing to accept
war munitions for shipment Every
Gary industry likely to close If rail
strtke"ls called. ,- ," -
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