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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1912, Image 6

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Washington, Feb. 1. Today's
session of the Lorimer investiga
ting: committee developed into an
acrimonious debate between De
tective William J. Burns and
Judge Hanecy, attorney for Lori
jner. Burns and Hanecy indulged
in a lot of childish repartee of the
"You're another" kind, and each
made repeated threats to "tell
all" about the other. However,
no one's soul was bared.
Hanecy claimed to have discov
ered a discrepancy in Burns' tes
timony relative to the sleuthing
of the McGoverns. The "great
detective" shouted that the law
yer bad "insulted'' hira again.
"Nobody can insult you," re
torted Hanecy.
"Neither could anybody insult
you," yelled Burns. "You keep
on and I'll show what your repu
tation is."
Chairman Dillingham called
for order, and reproved Burns for
-"his outbreak.
Whereupon Burns declared
that if he wasn't protected from
Hanecy's insults he would protect
himself. ,
Senator Kenyon inferentially
inquired why he didn't go ahead
and do it, and have it over with.
In between these brilliant
flashes of "wit" some testimony
was given relative to the Lorimer
case. But it wasn't half as inter
esting as the scrapping.
Wonder what becomes of the
footprints when the snow melts?
New York, Feb. L Henry
Bensfield, 79 years old, worth'
thousands of dollars, was found
dead of starvation by the police
in his home in Brooklyn today.
By his dead body, was his
daughter, her mind gone, unable
to understand that her father was
dead, hopelessly insane.
The tragedy is one of the most
pitiful ever brought to the atten
tion of the New York police.
Bensfield was a properous
builder. Ten years ago, his wife
died. So deeply had he loved her,
that after her death, Bensfield re
fused to see any of his friends, re
fused to leave the home where he
lived with his only daughter.
The solitude, the loneliness,
prayed on the minds of both fath
er and daughter. There is no
doubt that the father absolutely
starved to death.
He died last Monday. Since
then, the daughter, now 44 years
old, has wept ununderstandingly
by the body trying to get her
father to waken from his "sleep."
In the house were a dozen
stray cats that Miss Bensfield had
cared for. When her father "went
to sleep" she forgot about them.
It was their wailing that attract
ed the attention of the neighbors,
who called the police.
Miss Bensfield has been taken
to an asylum.
o o
French physician has got up a
sort of lightning rod which takes
electricity from the air and pre
vents nan iormmg.

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