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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1912, Image 2

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fcjew York, March 20. Shamed
and humiliaed by her arrest for
smuggling jewels, Mirs. Blanche
M. Carson, 50 years old and so
cially prominent in San Francis
co, hanged herself today.
Last night she 'fled from the
Hotel Wolcott, where she had
bden living since her arrival from
""Europe, last Monday. She reg
istered at the Hotel Broztell,
Fifth, avenue and 27th street, and
got a room on the eighth floor.
All nighf long she brooded
over her disgrace and the loss of
her jewels, worth $20,000, which
were confiscated by the govern
ment. Then she tied one end of
a trunk strap to a radiator in her
room, put the other about .her
neck, and jumped from 'the win
dow of her room. I
Occupants of the Knicker
bocker apartments opposite sav
her body, swaying from side to
side, ahd notified the manage
ment of the Broztell hotel.
The body was tepovered. It
was still warm, "but the smuggler
was rfbiteyBead. - ,
Mrs. Carson arrived on the
steamer George Washington last
Monday. "V)Jhen questioned by
the customs officers, she declared
that she. had a few loose pearls,
which she had purchased in India,
and for which she had paid about
$800. She .said that these pearls
were all the dutiable articles she
had with her.
The government experts ex
amined the pearls. They laughed
at the valuation of $800, and de- J
elated them to 'be worth about
$10,000. The pearls were senf
to the Appraiser. He valued them
at $7,500.-
Mrs. Carson was called to the
office of Surveyor Henry, and
questioned. After a lengthy ex
amination, she broke down and
''I bought the pearls in India,"
she said. "I paid about $8,000 for
them. I did not want to pay duty
on jewels so valuable. So I lied. H
"I smuggled in other Articles of "
jewelry, too. T had two diamond
earrings hidden in my hat, and
other diamonds in my clothes and "
in corners of trunks'."
Surveyor Henry confiscated all
the jewelry, while Mrs. Carson
wept. Then she asked if she
could go.
"You are under arrest," said
Mrs. Carson was taken before
U. S. Commissioner Carpenter in
Jersey City. He fixed her bail at
$2,000. She1 gave a letter of credit,
on la London banking firm for
one thousand pounds ($5,000),
and, was released.
She went directly to the Hotel
Wolcott, and packed up her
things, which she ordered taken
to the Broztell. She followed her
belongings, and sat up all night,
thinking of her disgrace.
A search of her effects at the a
Broztell revealed $1,240 in cash, w
and a sheaf of letters addressed
to prominent residents of Pacific
Coast cities. There also was. a
letter, for the attorney who had
helped her in the smuggling case,
Harrison Osborn. It read;

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