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LEAF OF WRITING A LINK IN MYSTERIOUS CASE
"I didn't kill Pollock, but everyone thinks I did. So I 9m going
to end my troubles by suicide. God. help me. Yoii will find my
body in the river. Amen. . t
ly canyon on the Nine Mile road,
Of all the weird clues that hob
up unexpectedly during the
course of a murder investigation,
the strangest ever brought to the'
attention of Spokane, Wash., au
thorities was harided to Captain
of Detectives Martin J. Burns re
cently in the form of a statement
printed with a lead pencil oil a
single leaf Of the dogwood tree..
sage renewed active work into the
murder mystery ot James U. rof
lock, auto liveryman.
The mysterious message that
may mean-the final solution of the
Pollock murder, and which au
thorities naturally pj-estime was
written by Preston Thayer,
sought ever since the murder on
September 14, when Poljock was
shot and beaten to deatlnnlQne-
was found by Walter E. Flowers5,
a botanical authority.
Flowers was searching for a,
rare type of plant$ife on the river
bank in the afternoon when he
spied a whisky flask containing,,
the leaf with the inscription bob-' "
bing up and down in a shallow
inlet in the riven He picked it.
The receipt of the mute mes-1 up and opened it out of idle cur-,rf
iosity. The significance of the..
message startled him. He stoo--
Iped hjs'explpration ,and hastened
nome, wnere ne maae a pnoto
graph of the leaf.
Or 0 jTI
Tecldy Dad, what are ancesvl
tors? Pather Well, I'm one ofb
yours j your granddad is another.
Teddy Oh, but why is it that3
folks brag about them ? jt