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KIDNAFPED CHILD RECOVIED o
Little Willie Whitla Restored to His
rather's Arms-Was Found at
Cleveland, Ohio. March 22.-Little
Willie Whitla, who has caused the
police of the country endless worry
since he was kidnapped from schooi
in Sharon, Pa., last Thursdav. was
returned to his father at the Hollen
den hotel here tonight at 8.30 o'clock.
In compliance with an arrangement
entered into between the kidnapped
boy's father and an - agent of the
kidnappers here today, the boy was
placed on a street car on the outskirts
of the city and started to the hotel
shortly after 8 o'clock. Two boys,
G. W. Ramsey, and Edward Mahon
ey, recognized the lad on the car and,
taking him in charge, conducted him
to his father, who was in waiting.
.The boy wandered about the hotel
lobby unannounced for several mina
tes, asking bell boys for his father,
before the latter knew his son was in
the big foyer. Tbe moment the anx
ioirs parent heard that a strange
boy was in the hotel he rushed across
the lobby, grasped him in his arms
and smothered his face with kisses.
An attempt had been made to dis
guise the lad. He wore a pair of
smoked glasses and a large tan cap,
which was pulled down over his ears,
and the father said it would have
been difficult to have recognized the
boy in such a garb had he passed him
on the street.
Willie is in perfect health. He
says that he :has been well treated,
and ever since his capture has been
constantly indoors. He believes that
he was taken from Sharon to Warren,
and thence to New Castle, Pa. It is
his opinion, expressed in a happy,
schoolboy way, that he was in Ash
tabula on Saturday night, at the time
his father was to leave his $10,000 in
Flat Iron Park.
Whitla senior refused to state
whether he had, paid the ransom or
-not. He said that he received a letter
today from the kidnappers at his
home in Shiron,, saying that if he
called at a confectionery store in th e
east end of Cleveland, he would be
told how to seeure his boy unharmed,
and "well fed."
Father Goes to Cleveland.
Shortly after noon 'he left Sharon
for Cleveland. He was urnaccompa'
nied. His immediate fam~ilv and the
private deteetives h~e had in his em
ploy he apprised of the proposed se
cre meeting, but insisted that he
make the trip alone. Every one of
them was warned that he must be al
aowed to go unheralded and no at
tempt at the capture of the kidnap
pers now be made. Wh.itla was cer
tain that if he -spoiled the plans of
hiis son's captors tonight, he would
niever see the lad again. His experi
enee 'at Ashtabuila served as a warn
About 2 o'clock this afternoon, he
went to a candy store in the East
End. With him he carried the $10,000,
expecting that it would be demanded
of him there.. He was met by a wo
manl, who detailed to him the terms
of the kidnappers. With all the eag
e.rness of a distracted parent Whitla
agreed to them imimediately. Detec
lives in his employ say that he paid
the money, but on this point the fath
er declines to' commit himself. Half
an hour later he returned to the Hol
lenden hotel and awaited develop
ments. As he waited in the hotel
dlobby and corridors Whitla was in a
higihly nervous condition. A few
newspaper men walked over to talk
to him. "In heavens name, men, do
not say anything to me. I am on the
verge of nervous prostration,'' he
said. "I expect the boy will be back
tonight, 'but I cannot state positively
whether he will be returned safe and
sound. Do not ask me to reveal the
alleged settlement. That might ruin
all of 'the plans.''
For more than an hour Whitla anx
iously a>waited in the lobby, smoking
black eigars and 'muttering to him
self. Detective Perkins sat near him
and pleaded with him to have pat
ience. A friend approached and
Whitla walked into a secluded corner
of the hotel and talked to him in
monosyllables. His eyelids twitched
Willie Well Treated.
In the meantime little Willie was
being treated kindly, and even at this
time does not realize what danger he
was in. The woman in the candy
store had d'one her duty. She com
mnunicated with the captors of the
boy and told them that the father had
made no attempt to trap t.hem. The
boy was brought from his unknown
hiding place to a car line in the east
end of the city.
The kidnapper. according to Willie,
was chleerful1 enough. The young-ter
and his caiptor Skipped in schloolboy
fash ion toward th'e trolley line, jest-.
ing in thle meant;me. .
A few rod- fromi the~ ear line the
in these." The sides of the black
yarn cap were pulled carefully over
the boy's ears. A slip, which Willie
was to hand to the conductor, was
put in the boy's pocket. It read:
"Send this boy to the Hollenden ho
.tel double quick."
Willie says the man told him that
if anybody asked him who took him
to the car line to tell them it was
"All right, Mr. Jones," answered
Presently a car came into view and
the mysterious Mr. Jones drew the
bov closer to him
'Well, Willie, you are going down
town now, and you will see your pa
pa pretty soon, he said. .
This delighted Willie. He swung
on to the car quickly, according to the
conductor. "fr. Jones" paid the
boy's fare and then got of the car
and disappeared' after waving a
Presently Edward Mahoney, aged
17, sat down in the seat with the boy.
Mahoney, like most evary other per
son in Cleveland last night, was look
ing for Willie Whitla. So he started
Boy Discovers His Identity.
"What's your name" he queried.
"Jones," answered Willie, as his
kidnapper friend had told him to do.
But Mahoney was not to be fooled.
He called his friend, Ramsey, over
from another part of the ear and
sholwed him Willie. He suggested
that it might be the missing ohild.
Then Willie showed them his trans
fer slip, saying that he should be
put off at the Hollenden hotel, and
they were convitced it was he.
The boys took Willie to the hotel.
He skipped through the doors ahead
of them and into the lobby.
Willie did not see his father. moth
er, or sister in the lobby. Walking
over to the clerk he asked: "Have
you seen my pa-pa?'
"Who is he, boy!'' he was asked.
'Oh, I'm Mfr. Whitla's Willie,"
Father 'and Son Meet.
The crowd nearest the boy who
heard the words rushed in around
him. The father and this boy were
then brought together and the rapid
ly increasing erowd gave - frantic
cheers for them both. Father and
son went to the former's room. Then
through the door came 'these words,
spoken by the father to the boy's
mother, on the long distance tele
phone: "Oh, mother, I have Willie
b.ere in my arms. He is safe. Glory
to God, mama, it is the happiest night
of my life.''
Fully 2,000 people gathered in the
hallways and lobbies of the hotel.
Those who were unable to get into
the hotel stood on the sidewalk and
shouted for a glimpse of the boy.
Again and -again they called his name
and implored his father to bring him
:ut and let them look at him. - Whitla
aquiesced to 'the request of the crowd
and carrying the boy on .his shoulder,
walked down into the lobby. Mount
ing a raised platform in the centre of
the lobby, Whit]? gave every one a
hance to see both father and son.
Cries of "speech,'' caused Whitla
to say a few words as follows:
Whitla Makes Speech.
"This is my son. He was lost and
is found again. If I live a thousand
years, I never can do enough to re
pay the press, the police and the peo
pe who all have done noble work in
helping to find my boy and in ex
tending their sympathy to me and
my family and relatives.''
The father then sought to induce
the child to say a few words in re
sponse to the crowds' demand, but,
frightened, Willie began to cry, so
'the assembilage cheered ihim again
and desisted;,An its efforts to make
Later the boy related his story to
his father and the newspaper m:en, as
"A man, tall and with a black inus
tache. came to the 'school house
Thu rsday and told my school teacher,
Mrs. Anna Lewis, that you wan:ed
me at your oflice. I wenit out to a
buggy ,with him. Un the way down
town. he asked me to address a let
ter to you. I did this, and then drop
ed it into a mfail box. He was aw
"We went from Sharon to Warren.
The man, who was the same one who
brought me to the car line tonight.
was nice to .me. He tucked the robe
about my legs. Gee, he was good.
"When w'e got to a place the man
said was Warren, the man lefit the
buggy in the road. Then we got on
what I think was an electric ca.r. I
was sleepy when we got on the car.
"When we got to *a town that the
man called New Castle they took me
'to a big building and turned me over
to a woman. She wais good to me.
The hospital. or whatever the build
nv was, was a1 clean place. There
was a man there who I think was a
doctor. Hie looked like a doctor he
ause be had short, merry whiskers.
"The pople in the hospital told
me to do. If I did not obey them they
said they would take me to a place
called the pest house. where folks
that have emallpox have to go. I
walked the chalk just like a good boy,
papa, like you've -told me to do.
"On Saturday night I was taken
away from the hospital, and I tthink
we went to a town called Ashtabula.
We travelled in a buggy and on foot.
Early in the morning we went back
to the hospital. I heard one of the
men say: 'There will be nothing do
ing tonight, I guess.'
"They told me I was taking a lit
tle vacation. I was not going to be
hunt, they told me, so I just acted
nice and had a good time playiDCg
around th-e hospital. I knew I would
get back home all right, and just
supposed 'Mr. Jones' was one of my
father's friends, who was treating
me nice because you wanted him to
treat me that way, papa, dear."
Ransom was Paid.
Cleveland, 0., March 22.-Before
retiring for the night. Mr. Whitla
admitted that he had paid $10,000 to
the woman in the candy store. It
was in currency and bills. The wo
man did not count the money. Mr.
Whitla believes .the woman was an
Italian, -but refuses to disclose her
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