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THREE NEW YORKERS CONVICTED OF MURDER
MAY BE INNOCENT OF CRIME
New York, Sept. 14. With the
confession of. Joseph MulhoUand of
the part he and three other men
played in the murder of Mrs. Eliza
beth Nichols, aged wealthy widow, a
year ago, another chapter was added
to New York's remarkable record of
convictions in which every effort is
now being made to show that inno
cent men were sentenced to death or
The confessions of Mulholland and
Arthur Waltonen, arrested in Iron
wood Mich., absolve Onni Talas from
actual participation in the murder of
Mrs. Nichols. But Talas, a mere'
youth, is now in Sing Sing, sen
tenced to life imprisonment
Two other cases which have at
tracted wide attention are those of
Charles P. Stielow, convicted of the
murder of Charles B. Philps and the
hitter's housekeeper, and Thomas
Bambrick, sentenced to death for the
alleked murder of Policeman George
Stielow has been snatched from
the death chair repeatedly and an
other man was finally found who
confessed to the murders, though he
later repudiated his statement,
i Fifty affidavits were filed at Al
bion, N. Y., yesterday intended to
show that Stielow is not guilty of
the murders for which he is sen
tenced to die.
Stielow's confession is declared to
have been dragged from him by third
'degree methods and two Sing Sing
physicians stated in their affidavits
that Stielow is susceptible to influ
ence of stronger characters, and, un
der threats, wpuld likely say what
ever was suggested to him.
Bambrick was sentenced to die
tomorrow morning. He was saved
at the last moment only a few weeks
ago by a court order. Owing to the
discovery of new evidence, Dis't Att'y
Swann. intimated today ie might aski
for another reprieve for Bambrick.
Affidavits have been received indicat
ing that Bambrick may be innocent.
Frank Meehan, now in Sing Sing,
has sworn that he saw Dapping (jj
killed and that a tall man shot him.
Bambrick measures only 5 feet 5
inches, and when taken before Mee
han the latter swore positively he
was not the man who killed Dapping. ,
STRIKE HITS ATLAS TAXICAB '
Seventy-six of the 95 regular chauf-
feurs of the Atlas Co. taricab con
cern are on strike today, according
to T. FT'Neary, secretary of Chauf
feurs' Union 727.
The Atlas Co. denies that there is
even a strike, for people are often
charry about 'using taxis of a com
pany against which there is a strike,
thinking green drivers are apt to
have accidents. '
But Neary says the Atlas did lit
tle business today except run what
few cars they have drivers for around
the loop to make a!n impression.
"We couldn't call a 100 per cent
strike," said Neary, "because the
confpany knew it was coming and
broke in about 20 strikebreakers
weeks ago. Then they fired three
union organizers and that brought
on the strike.
"The lockout of some of our men
is not our only grievance. We demand
that the company abandon its prac
tice of selling uniforms worth $30 or
$35 to the men for $47.50 and of
charging the men for car breaks for -
wBich no driver could be held re- SJ
"The company lays aside a certain
sum from each man's salary as a
bond for car breakage. A driver must
pay for breaks and so much per inch
for scratches, except tire trouble. I
have known of drivers having to pay
$150 for breaks. "
"The driver hasn't a leg to stand, ""