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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1913, Image 2

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poUqev ''what we wan0ovfi'ncLDUtis
where your., wife, is. just, now." -
"I'll tell you thewhole story," said
Clarkson., "It was this way.. . . . My
wife used to he just as much intere's
ed in missionary work as' I am my
self. She used to go with me to the
House of Correction and such places
to .offer religious consolation to the
unfortunates therein confined.
"Well, one day she .saw this Owen
D. Conn at the- jail. . Conn Was ac
cused of .burglary. But he was well
dressed, and soft spoken, and gentle
manly. ....
"So my wife talked to him for
quite a time, and the day after that
she went back there and talked to
him some more.
"Conn got out of jail here, and was
immediately sent to Milwaukee,
where he was badly wanted by the
police. At Milwaukee, he broke jail
and was sent to the Wisconsin pen
itentiary at. Waupun.
i A "While he was in Waupun he cor
responded with my wife. It was this
that made me suspicious that all was
not well. I read one of his letters to
my wife. It breathed passionate love,
and. talked about her kisses.
"When Conn was released from
-the Waupun penitentiary, he came di
rectly to Chicago. That was shortly
before last Christmas.
Conn called to see my wife. In.
view o"f the letter he had written her,
I did not wish my wife to see him, I
told her so. But it made no differ
ence. "Conn saw my wife. He saw her
several times, and one time, when I
objected to his seeing her, he drew
a revolver and told me to mind my
oym .business: v
- "Then last Christmas eve my wife
put our five children to bed. She
kissed them and' said good-bye to
"I wondered why she did this.
Later ! understood. I saw her leave
my home with Conn and two other
men, and go toward a street' car. I
followed her. I asked her where she
wcs going. She said: Ob, for a car( .
ride. L commanded her not to. go
with these men. But she did go with
them . r
"i did 'not see her again for a long;
time. Then it was she who came to
me, to beg for a recdncillation. I
would not be reconciled with her. .1
could remember too well th'js. man
Conn, and how he had written about
her kisses.
"I understand that Conn only' took
my wife wfth him as far as .Omaha
andsthere deserted her,' leaving .her
penniless. But I do not know about '
that, and . . . it is not tor, 'me to
judge my wife."
- This was, the sum and total of "the
minister's explanation of his wife's
desertion of him for a- society bur
glar. N ;
It carried the general impression
that Conn .was a sort of male .ser
pent who hypnotized female birds
into, doing anything that heXwished '
them to do from loving- him to
stealing for him.
The police went from the Rev. Mr. '
Clarkson to Will T. Davies, warden
of the county jail. ,
Davies' is "a gent with a full knowl
edge of the value of newspaper pub
licity to anyone in politics. Sa he
rushed to- back, up Clarkson.
"Conn always fascinated women,"
he declared. "It came natural to
him. Mrs. Claripon ' was not 'the
only one, although she was the one
he was most successful with. f
"Mrs. Clarkson is -a beautiful wo
man. She is small, and very bright, . '
and has" a beautiful complexion.'
"But she was not the only one. . ,
There was another woman she is
gray-haired and the mother of two
sons. She lives fii Evanston she is
widely known as a mission and rev
ligious worker.' Conn fascinated her
and was so successful in doing so
that she" would do anything for him.
- "I'm going ta stop tKis sortpf,
thing. I'm not going to haveany'
more young wbnien who -are "fell-

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