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i"to a compromising situation with
the two girls in their Clarendon
Junkermann is a millionaire, mar
ried and the father of a 23-year old
- girl who is to be married Oct. 20 to
t the scion of a wealthy and prominent
Attorney Harold W. Jirka, counsel
for the two girls,, says Junkermann's
pose as the victim of a "gang of
blackmailers" is not at all becoming.
He paints Jtonkennann as a wealthy
' roue who ruined two young country
girls, established them in a flat and
then paid them to cover his sind.
Jirka told the ptory to a Day Book
reporter this morning. Peggy Reed
sat at his side and confirmed his ver
sion of the affair. Jirka said:
"Junkermann, one of the financial
and political rulers of Cedar Rapids,
met these two girls when they were
mejely school girls. Peggy is the
daughter of a Cedar Rapids farmer.
Doris is an orphan and lived with her
uncle, Mr. Berryman, a small drug
gist of Springville, la., who did bus
iness with the Churchill Drug Co.
"After Junkermann met the girls
- he lavished expensive gifts on- the"m
and started Doris to business college
on the -promise that when her course
was completed he. would make her
his private secretary.
"One afternoon he asked the girls
to call on him at his office while he
was alone. He gave them candy.
The candy, they claim, made them
dizzy. They allowed Junkermann
liberties. After this he held them in
"Last spring he suggested they go
to Chicago, where he would, give
them plenty of money for their main
tenance. The girls .say he Reared his
wife would discover the affair.
"When he, installed them in the
flat on Clarendpn avenue he made
frequent trips to Chicago. Finally
Tggy became disgusted with hervlife
' asked him for a settlement
When he balked she engaged me
through a mutual friend in Cedar.
"Shortly afterward X was asked to
go to Cedar Rapids at Junkermann's
expense. For an entire week I was in
daily conference with John Grimm,
his attorney. At the end of the week
they finally settled with the girls for
55,000 cash and two notes of $5,000 JQ
It is this sum that Junkermann
says is the basis of his blackmail
charge. His attorneys, C. E. Wheeler
and John Jay, have been in the city
conferring with Clabaugh for several
Wheeler andTay have visited the
managing editor of every newspaper
in Chicago. The Tribune, Herald,
Examiner, American, Daily News,
Journal and Post boved to their re
quest and agreed to hide Junker
mann's identity from their readers.
Following are three letters Jirka
said the girls received from" Junker
mann. The first is addressed "Messrs.
Byrne and Reed gentlemen," to
throw curious persons off the scent,
Jirka says: ' '
Messrs. Byrne and Reed Gentle
men I am duly in receipt pf your
much scented communication' and
can only plead rush of business for
not giving them prompter attention,
and that it was not lack of interest
in not writing you and advising you
that I should be only too glad to lgok
over your entire Adam and Eve line.
I am confident that if we ever get
together on the case, and you give it
your joint and energetic attention,
that there simply will be nothing left
and the entire reserve stock will be
completely exhausted. It is short and, '
needs careful nursing, but the terri- fa
tory to be opened, being new, should
work wonders. "
According to present indications it
will probably be impossible for me
to be in the city before- July, but I '
hope it will be early in thetoonth, so
that I will not miss the opportunity "
of seeing the line. Be sure to ieep