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badly bruised, and John Lysnath,
5032 Princeton ay., and his. mother
locked up as a result of fight
Chicago Jews started prayers for
Mendel Beilis today.
Njck Tetas, 3350 W. Madison st.,
robbed of $16 on Halsted st. car.
Death of Special Prosecutor North-'
up's father has halted vote fraud inquiry.
DAMAGED GOODS" PLAYS PROMINENT PART'
IN HOTEL SHERMAN TRAGEDY .
There is playing at a Jpcal theater
"Damaged Poods," a play depicting
the effects of the social evil.
To this play William G. Ellis, a
wealthy man from Cincinati, took his
wife night before last. It was in the
nature of wedding anniversary. He
didn't know the plot of the drama.
Its story deals with a young man in
the throes of an incurable blood dis
ease. The next day, in their rooms at
the Hotel Sherman, his -wife was
found dead. Her throat was cut Four
bullet wounds were in her body. El
lis was suffering from a bullet wound
and several knife Guts. He had final
ly realized he was "damaged goods."
At the Bridewell Hospital, where
the man was taken, he talks of a
suicide pact But the police are skep
tic. "I am insane," he moans at the
hospital. "Any man who tries to kill
himself is, insane."
"What would you think of a man
who fried to kill his wife," a police
man asked meaningly.
"He would be insane, too," replied
the man on the bed,
Financial troubles were given as
the reason for the tragedy by'EUis.
Then he said his wife had been
friendly with a man in Canada.
"I came to Chicago Sunday," said-l
Elks, m telling his story of the crime.
"My wife came here ahead of me.
She was so beautiful I couldn't trust
her. I found her here at the home
of some of her relatives, Mr, and Mrs.
Morris Ebersole. I discovered that
she had exchanged letters and tele
grams with a man named Caudwell,
yiho lives on Brantford, Canada. One
telegram arranged for a meeting at
the Auditorium Sunday.
"It was then I determined to die.
But I didn't tell her at first,' I wanted
to have a final wedding anniversary.
With the Ebersoles we went to the
theater. The play was "Damaged
The man turned his head away ag
though in mental pain when he men
tioned Brieux's play. He spoke with
"After we all had supper together,
my wife and I went back to the hotel.
J then apcused fcer 0f being untrue to
me. She broke down and wept, ad
mitting "the charge. I told her there
was nothing else for me to five for,
"Then she said: "I'll die with you;
you know my shame; I don't want
to live any more."
"I gave Jier the gun and slje shot
herself. Then I shot myself and we
sat lookjng at each other and waiting
to die. It seemed hours. Nothing
happened. Nothing but the burning
sensation of the bullet wound. I got
my knife and handed it to her. She
slashed her own. throat and lay back
on the bed. Then I cut mine. I think
I fainted then.
"It seemed hours after when I
awpke. The sup was shining. I
heard the clatter of traffic in the
street below. I found I could arise. I
wrote some letters to friends in Cin
cinnati. Then I telephoned Ebersole
at his office in the Majestic building.
After that the police came."
Part of the man's story has been
exploded by doctors, who claim that
two of the bullet wounds in the wo
man's body could not possibly haye
If the man lives and is arraigned'