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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
VoL 1, No. 300 Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1912 One Cent
COUNTY EMPLOYE ACCUSED OF USING POWER
TO FORCE GIRLS TO DRUG AND ROB
An extraordinary story brand
ing him as master of crime and
degradation led to the arrest to
day of J. Paul Folsom,' clerk in
the 'office of the county clerk and
brother of Master-in-Chancery
Folsom, of the Circuit Court.
Folsom is accused of using the
information he obtained in the
records of the county - clerk to
force girls to lure and drug and
rob his friends.
Folsom was accused by Ger
trude Sutter, stenographer of
Senator John E. Madigan. Miss
Sutter was arrested for drugging
and robbing' Oscar Bird, 4816
North Robey street.
Miss Sutter at first protested
her innocence. Later she broke
down and told the story which
has put Folsom behind the bars.
She repeated her story h court
when arraigned before Judge
-"I robbed Bird," said said. "I
got about $250. I didn't want to
do 'it, but Folsom made me."
"Are you the slave of this man
Folsom?" asked the court.
"Yessaid Miss Sutter, and
burst into weeping.
"1 am not the only girl whom
Folsom uses," she said. "Hehas
me in his power. He can make
me do what he wants. ' Last night
he came to me and told me that
Bird, was a very good friend of
"'Bird has plenty of money,'
he said. T know him well, so I'll
introduce him to you1. Then it's
up to you. I'll $ee that he's put
to sleep, and then you can get his
money away from him.'
"I met Folsom downtown, as
he directed. I waited for him in
a cafe. Pretty soon he came in
with Bird. He introduced me.
Bird had $278 in his pocket when
I met him. I got him to go to a
hotel and took his money. I gave
Bird substantiated the greater
part of this story. He said he
must have been drugged- in the
cafe. Miss Sutter says that if
Bird was drugged, Folsom did the
While Miss Sutter was in
court, her employer, Senator
Madigan, came in.
''This is some mistake," he said
to the reporters. "It must be a
Miss Sutter covered vher face,
with her hands.
"It is no mistake," she said. "I
Senator Madigan then told the