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IMPOSSIBLE TO KIDNAP
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER
Men of Wealth and. Prominence in No Danger of
JlJemg Jriela ror Ransom by American Brigands.
THE conspiracy to kidnap John D.
Rockefeller (If, Indeed, such a
conspiracy ever existed), in my
opinion, must surely have failed. It
seems an utter impossibility to secure
the person of Mr. Kockofeller, or any
other man of prominence, and success
fully hold him for ransom.
While any one of the various Rteps
necessary to (he complete fulfilment of
the plan might perhaps succeed, though,
personally, I do not think they would,
it Is completely out of the question to
suppose that chance would so favor the
conspirators as to make each step pos
My conclusion is reached by the most
simple process of elimination. If we
consider for a moment what kidnaping
entails we nnd that necessarily the kid
napers face five problems, which must
be accomplished to consummate the
crime. They are as follows:
First— They lifisf successfully secure
the person to be kidnaped, and this
must be done without doing him any
Second— They must secretly remove
the prisoner, and against his will, to a
safe place of concealment, where It will
be Impossible for him either to escape
or to have communication with the out
■ Third— They must secure such a
prison as outlined above without draw-
Ing the slightest suspicion to them
Fourth— They must have a method of
receiving the ransom demanded with
out submitting themselves to -capture
or revealing their Identity.
Fifth— They must have a certain and
safe means of escape, as an attempt to
arrest and prosecute them would be
inevitable as soon as their prisoner -was
released, no matter upon what terms
the release was rrw»de.
Now, If any one will carefully con
sider these five tasks, hq will at once
see that they present the greatest dif
ficulty. Let us, however, take them up
separately, as in an attempt to kidnap
(Mr, Rockefeller, nnd see just how diffi
cult they really would prove.
Before doing this, however, it Is
necessary for_ n. moment to consider
pome of the surrounding circumstances
and the habits of Mr. Rockefeller. He
is an elderly man, who divides his time
between his house at Forest Hill, near
Cleveland, and on his estate in the Po
cantlco hills near Tarrytown, N. Y.
For the sake of example, we will pre
sume that the attempt to kidnap him
was to take place during his stay at the
Pocantlco hills. These things all the
world knows — that Mr. Rockefeller does
not go anywhere alone; he is always
accompanied; that he. does not appear
outside of his estate except in some sort
of a conveyance, usually an automobile;
Ihat he does not ever leave his home at
The estate at Pocantlco Hills is very
large and consists of thousands of
acres, but, as is natural In a property
so valuable, it is very carefully
Now, in facing the first step, the kid
napers must decide at what place they
will make him a prisoner. To do so
■while he is away from his home would
be to hold up on the public highway
during broad daylight his conveyance,
in which there are always two or more
persons, and after making him a pris
oner escape, leaving no trace behind
them. Remember that this is a district
very thickly populated, Is only twenty
six miles from New York and the roads
are heavily traveled.
Furthermore, to effect a capture In
this manner tho criminals would hove
to be possessed of the most accurate)
nnd exact information as to tho vic
tim's plans. They must know the pre
cise hour at which he will drive out
and the exact routo which he will
travel. They must be certain that they
will not bo Interrupted. They must
have some sort of a conveyance in
which to place their prisoner ami ro
move him to the place selected for his
How could the information desired
as. to his plans be obtained? Only in
one way. From some intimate of the
family or a trusted servant, though
it is doubtful if the servant would
know far enough ahead. However,
either hypothesis Is absurd.
Granting that the Information is ob
tained, what precautions could the con
spirators . take to prevent inteirup
tion In the midst of their capture? Ai
has been pointed out before, it Is a
very thickly settled community and
there is constant traffic upon every
highway. Farmers'. wagons loaded with
freight, people driving about on busi
ness or for pleasure, automobiles dart
ing to and fro, are all about. Assuredly
none would be bo bold as to attempt to
hold up every passing vehicle at the
point of a pistol while they secured an>l
made a prisoner of their man and made
good their escape. Obviously this is
On His Own Grounds
But one course would remain to them.
The capture would have to be made on
Mr, Rockefeller's own grounds. That
course It would seem would be a still
more dlllicult undertaking. To attempt
to storm his house, with Its many str
vants, telephones and telegraph instru
ments, would of course be out of the
question in either night or day. Tho
crime, therefore, would have to be com
mitted in broad daylight (since, us I
have stated. Mr. Rockefeller does not
go out at night), and far enough from
the house to be unobserved. I believe
no one will dispute these premises.
Again we face the problem of se
curing Informution as to the Intended
victim's plane, and this, as I have said
Is Impossible. Air. Rockefeller, howl
Los Angeles Herald.
ever. Is a constant golf player, and the
knowledge of this would undoubtedly
be in possession of the kidnapers; they
might plan, therefore, to commit the
abduction upon his golf links, knowing
that almost certainly he would be upon
them every day. A snfe and quiet
place on tho links could be selected at
which It could be planned his body
might be seized when he reached it
In tho course of the game.,
On the Golf Links
The game of golf requires at least
two players, and each player has a
caddy— that Is, a boy who carries his
sticks for him. The golfing party,
therefore, would consist of at least
four players, two men and two boys,
at the lowest estimate. This entire
party must be surprised, overcome,
bound nnd hid. It would be necessary
not alone to secure Mr. Rockefeller,
but also to secure the silence during
the time In which the escape was being
made of his companion. There would
be but one way to do this— that Is,
capturing, binding and gagging.
It would take not less than three
men to safely capture this party of
four; It probably would take more. But
for the moment admitting that it were
possible with three men, we must re
member that these three men would
have to make their way into the estate,
eluding the patrol which I have spoken
of before, and hide near the golf links
perhaps for some hours — no easy task
you may be certain.
Now, after having secured their prey
and disposed of his companions, so that
they could not report the outrage, they
would have to again elude the patrol,
but this time with a man who was
bound and gagged — and this in broad
daylight. It does not seem likely that
this could be accomplished.
Overpower the Patrol
Of course by taking a large number
of men the patrol could also be over
powered. No experienced criminal,
however, would venture to take enough
men to do this into hia confidence.
They know that In numbers there is
the danger, almost the certainty, of a
leakage. Your experienced criminal
fights very shy of engaging in anything
that requires more than two confeder
ates, and few could be Induced to go
into an undertaking requiring as many
But for the sake of argument we will
admit that the person of Mr. Rocke
feller had been secured in some man
ner and conveyed without discovery to
a place without the boundaries of his
lands. The problem now facing the
kidnapers is to remove him to the
place where he Is to be Imprisoned
without attracting observation and
leaving no trace behind them.
Many difficulties will present them
selves to prevent safely accomplishing
this task. It is not probable that men
undertaking so desperate an enterprise
would own an automobile. However, If
they did, the automobile would have
to be licensed and numbered, and that
license nnd number you may be sure
would be noticed and noted by various
of the country authorities who are con
stantly on the watch for Infractions of
the speed law. This number would
give a clew which would lead inevi
tably to the discovery of the Identity
of the men.
The same conclusion follows the
hypothesis that they rent a machine.
The number would lead to the dis
covery of the renter, who undoubtedly
would be able to Identify the criminals.
It can be said with safety that it
would bn impossible to establsh a cap
ture if an automobile were used.
They would therefore bo compelled
to use some vehicle which would escape
observation entirely or attract little at
tention. A farm wagon or some sort
of delivery wagon would best suit
this purpose. Even then they would
be almo3t certain to be noticed, ami
when the hue and cry was raised they
would be remembered and the direction
of their flight would be pointed out.
It is probably a liberal allowance to
give them an hour's start before dis
covery of the crime and pursuit. We
will, however, allow them two. Surely
It is not necessary to enumerate the
various reasons why this should be so.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THINGS
What a Shame
"I want ten two-cent stamps," salrt
Mrs. Youngwed, "nnd please charge
them, because I have no change—"
"We don't do thnt, madam," replied
the clerk in the postofflce.
"The Idea! Why not? We always get
our letters from you."— Philadelphia
Two revivalists at Neodesha have
about reached tho limit with a half
l.nge "ad" of their meetings In a local
paper, which reads:
"Ho! Ye People! Special Sale. We
ure here with the goods. The bread of
life. The water of llfel Our price,
•Come ye and buy without money and
without price.' We propose to tell the
mean people of Neodesha how to get
good and the good people how to get
better."— Kansas City Journal.
Gave Him a "Tailor Made"
Kansas City "tough kids" have in
vented some new names for cigarettes.
A dirty-faced youngster about 10 yeurs
old was walking along Twelfth street
yesterday smoking a cigarette which
he had rolled himself, when he met an
other boy. The second lad noticed what
the first was smoking. Taking v box of
cigarettes from his pocket he suld:
"Hey, Jlmmle, trow dat home-mude
puffstlck away an* smoke on of cleee
tailor-made*."— Kansas City Star.
In these two hours the conveyances
such as we have concluded they would
use could not be able to make more
than eighteen miles without attracting
Their haven of refuge, therefore,
would have to be within a radius of
eighteen miles of the place where the
capture was effected. Their prisoner
He swings his arms and rolls his eyes.
The climax then to cap,
Ho gays, as one who sees a prize
Ahead, with joy, "Olt ap"
And then he In a moment brief
Resumes his merry toot,
And hliikh as If with great relief
And golden rapture, "Scoot!"
Where Is the thing- he urges on,
Whose speed he hardly doubts?
I murmum ever and anon
When "Get therol" shrill he shouts.
I pause a bit and look at him,
And he his yawp lets loose
Again and shrieks with vigor, "Skim!"
And after that, "Vamoose!"
Where does his keeper strong abide
That now so crazy seems?
Then In a way preoccupied
He "Jump!" most loudly screams.
"Tls now one who apparently
This creature knows quite well,
Nothing my wonder, says to me,
As one who'd break a spell: —
"That man la not at all Insane,
His head Is level quite,
And now he works with might and
For all the coin in sight.
"For Slump & Blump his thought up
While tluia he wildly broods,
In finding new and winning name*
For all their breakfast foods."
would have to bo removed to the place
of concealment selected for him, which
must be his permanent one, and this
place of concealment would be within
the above radius. It -would then bo
necessary to remove the wagon to some
other place, as that wagon driven by
strangers would have been certain to
have attracted attention from men
When young men blush, and pale, nnd
You may be sure* of this —
Especially If they <lo not cut—
That something Is a-mlss!
"I have given up smoking." "Why,
you tried to give it up nnd you
couldn't." "I had no wife and
mother-in-law to help me then."—
"Whnt kind of a man Is Dickers?"
"Stingy, If he believed In the ortho
do* idea of future punishment he'd get
some satisfaction out of the prospect
of free fuel."— Washington Star.
"Pop." "Yes, my son." "What Is
horse sense?" "Horse sense, my boy,
is shown when the animal turns hia
nose the other way us a. gosollne ma
chine passes on the road."— Yonkers
"Few people know how to love wise
ly," remarked tho man who comments
on things. "And when a man gets reul
wise he doesn't love," replied Senator
Badger.— Milwaukee Sentinel.
Tess— So you're really engaged to
him? I thought you said you wouldn't
marry him if he were the last man in
the world. Jess— Well, he Isn't, lg ho? —
Philadelphia Ledger. , ,
William A. Pinkerton
TO THE SOUTH WIND
O warm, wet wind from thn south,
Come, talk to me, list to my prayer;
You have touched Her soft hair,
Maybe, moved a dear curl,
or, perchance, happy wind, kissed her
O breath of the spring from thn south,
Say, soft, scented wind of the south.
Was my Lovo's not the name that you
From the throat of the earliest bird?
Is It not of my I.ove. that the breeze
Kings soft to thn murmuring trees?
Don't you think that It seems —
Truly, don't you Infer,
From thn low, liquid whisper of half
They aro clVeamlng and talking of Her?
Uut, wind of the. south, you are blind,
you are blind!
To be loavlng behind
Thosii «yes, and those curls, and that
If I were you, wind, I am sure I would
From the north, though the snow
And the hail and the ice followed fast.
And the sting of my blast laid the flow
ers all low;
Though I blackened the buds on the
trees in my flight,
And turned the green white: /
Through the tho foroats I'd rush.
And th« strong tr«ea I'd crush,
And I'd bend down the weak,
Till I reached the glad end of my hur
There I'd sink to a sephyr and touch
Her dear cheek.
And die to a calm on Her Up,
working by the roadside, pedestrians or
neighboring farmers, especially since it
was driven by strangers. Even so, the
wagon would undoubtedly be traced
and its driver would be forced to have
a most carefully prepared story to de
ceive the police. Personally, I don't
believe he could do this.
The Pocantlco Hills are too far from
New York or any other thickly popu
lated section that could be reached In
time to hide the prisoner from the tu
mult of many people. It would appear
that this surely was an insurmountable
barrier to undertaking the crime, even
if the previous things, difficult aa they
seem, could be accomplished, and there
would still remain a far more difficult
thing to do— the negotiations for the
payment of the ransom and Its actual
payment without incurring capture or
It would be a comparatively eaßy
matter to establish communication. A
letter to some friend or business asso
Made It a Thorough Job
At Cochteo recently the justice of the
peace and ex-offlclo coroner of that
precinct had trouble with an unruly
Mexican and the latter tried to kill
his honor, whereupon the Judge pulled
his "trusty" and killed the Mexican.
He then ordered the constable to sum
mon a coroner's Jury to investigate
the death of the defunct plsano then
before him, and the Jury brought in
a verdict exonerating the judge. At
the end of the quarter the official put
In a bill for $10 to the county for hold-
Ing the inquest on the extinct son of
Montezuma, whom he had dispatched
hence, and the bill was allowed by
the board of supervisors. — Tombstone
Only Afraid Once
"Can you honestly say that you were
never afraid In battle?" asked the tac
tician of the old veteran with a wooden
"Well, no; I don't think I could say
that," was the reply.
"Then you were afraid?"
•*Yes; but only once."
"Have you any objections to giving
me the particulars?"
"Not at all. I had lent the captain of
my company $10. and when we were
rushed into a fight and I saw him tak
ing the lead and exposing himself I wus
afraid he'd get killed and I'd lose my
money.'VCblcago New.. .\3mBKJBSStL
19 0 5
elate, stating the sum of money.de
manded, and permitting the answer to
be published In the personal columns
of a dally paper, would be a simple
method, and there would be no risk of
detection. But, supposing the 'person
agreeing to pay the price appeared.'
how could the abductors receive the
money without being arrested?-' ' ;■ i;
It Is incredible to suppose that! the
friends and family of the kidnaped
man would not make every ■ effort , to
apprehend the criminals. Therefore
they would Inform the authorities as
to the exact manner, the time and
place In which the money was to be
paid, and the authorities would, with
out question, no matter what the
method was, succeed in arresting the
person who was to receive the reward.
There Is no possible way In which ho
Let that be accomplished and the
rest would be simple. There Is positive
ly no way to get around this point, or
at least, none that I can conceive of."
In Order to Escape
In order to escape, therefore, '■ they,
■would' have to set their captive free.
Undoubtedly he would . have some
knowledge of where he had been and
of what sort of men had made I him
It might be suggested that he would
be kept blindfolded during his entire
captivity, and that when captured hla
kidnapers wore disguises. For : the
sake of argument we will admit this.
And we will- admit, too— and this. ls
quite improbable — that he could not
hear them nor form any idea of where
ho was being taken. iMBHH
"We will go further and admit that
during his captivity he gained no Intel
ligence of his surroundings, but there
must come a time when he will regain
his freedom, and remember that *la
within the eighteen-mile radius of, his
home, so If he were left .bound and
gagged he would be discovered within a
short time, and the moment he was dis
covered his captors are as good •as
captured, for the scent' would be taken
up at the place he was found and the
criminals would have too short a start
to again hide their traces.
It seems to me that long before this
the reader will have decided that the
crime is out of the question. But if he
is still doubtful, and says that It :1s
possible to accomplish every one of tho
five necessary problems, let him con
sider how exceedingly difficult they
are, and then think if It Is within rea
son to Buppose that a few men — two,
three or four— with all society against
them, to be so favored of fate ns;to
safely carry out each step in succes
sion. It Ik impossible! It is impos
sible by every law of chance. Only a
miracle would permit or it, and mira
cles are out of fashion.
In surrounding circumstances there
is little or no difference between For
est Hill at Cleveland and the Pocantlco
hills at Tarrytown. It is not neces
sary, therfore, to go over the same
ground twice, and the conclusion .la
Inevitable to kidnnr> John D Rock* .
feller would' be an absolute Impossi
IF YOU WOULD BE POPULAR
Be. a good listener.
Never worry or whine.
Study the art of pleasing.
Bo frank, open and truthful.
Always bo ready to lend a hand.
Bo kind and polite to everybody.:
Bo self-confident, but not conceited.
Never monopolize the conversation.
Take a genuine Interest in other peo
Always look on the bright side of
Take pains to remember names and
Never critlclso or say unkind things
Look for tho good in others, not for
Cultivate health and thus radiate
strength and courage.
Forgive and forget injuries, but never
Rejoice as genuinely In another's suc
ccer as In your own.
Always be considerate of the rights
and feelings of others.
Have a good time, but never let fun
degenerate into license.
Learn to control yourself under the
most trying circumstances.
Have a kind word and a cheery, en
couraging smile for every one.
He respectful to women, and chlval
rous In your attitude toward them.
Meet trouble like a man, and cheer
fully endure what you can't cure.
Believe In tho brotherhood of man,
and recognize no class distinctions.
Whistled for a Hundred Miles
The Katy flyer came In and went out
whistling Tuesday morning, continuing
the piercing shriek all the time the
train was standing here.
It whistled one long blast reaching
from Oswego to Verdark, a distance
of 100 miles, which is no douht the
longest whistle on record. A grain, of
sand or some other hard substance had
got stuck In the whistling valve and
all the frenzied engineer could do wai
to let her shriek.— Pryor Creek Clipper.
The Judge's Little Joke
It Is told of the late Judge Bhattuck
of Oregon that in a case before him on
one occasion both sides were , repre
sented by attorneys somewhat I noted
for mishandling the king's English. : A«
the Jury was being Impaneled one of
the talesmen, a German, pleaded to be
excused, saying; "I unterstant not fery.
gut English." "Well, .don't let , that
worry you," responded the Judge, >,t'for,
you are not likely to, hear. any very,
good English hi thU ca»e."— Law NoU».