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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 24, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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Louis C. Ehle, lawyer, former pres
ident of the Kenwood Country Club,
dummy owner of a string of cotton
seed oil mills for the Armour-Swif t
Morris stockyards-crowd, was called
a tool of "a 'confidence man, black
mailer and loan shark" by Federal
Judge Amidon in Minneapolis yester
day. The court ordered Carleton Hud
son to turn' back to Mrs. Caroline
King $10d,000 of property, some of ib
located in 'Chicago and held in the
name of Hudson's daughter, Mar
guerite. .
Ehle, formerly a confidential man
of the beef trust, was Hudson's' law
yer... Hudson has operated in Chi
cago 20 years, but was never un
masked as guilty of "fraud, force and
blackmail" until this year. When
Ehle was pulled down irom his beef
trust jol as dummy head of $3,000,
'000 worth of cotton on mills over
Texas, Arkansas and ' Tennessee,
Hidson got hold of Ehle and suits
were started against J. Ogden Ar
moury the Swifts and Morrises in
the local courts.
Former Circuit Judge Arba N. Wa
terman, .with Hudson and others,
claimed Ehle owed them $128,000.
The only reason Ehle got such a
bunchC.of money from them, they
stated, was because in every way he
seemed to be the real owner of the
$3",0pq,000 Lou?s CEble Cotton Mills,
Inc.' They showed a report by R. G.
Dun & Co. saying Ehle had plenty of
cash, always paid his debts and was
a real magnate.
A threat went with the suits; The
bills filed in circuit and superior
courts here both said -the Armour-Swift-Morris
companies were' a mo
'ribpoly and a 'conspiracy in restraint
,of trade. It was intimated that the
'Sherman anti-trust law-was violated
'and unless the packers came across
-viti cash to pay'Ehle's debts Ehle
"would "equeal," tell in open court all 1
J the damaging facts he might know.
aoout tne Deei trust, iearnea Dy mm'
while acting under cover as dummy
owner and dummy operator of. cot-ton'-oil
mills for the trust.
John Barton Payne, who defend
ed the packers in the federal suit,
replied to the bill in superior court
Questions that Hudson wanted an
swered Payne said were "impertinent
and irrelevant." In three short
months Carleton Hudson has been
dragged down from a high place as
a capitalist, a pillar of the Moody
church and a solid citizen to where
he is crushed and discredited, with a
federal court record as an amazing
swindler. '
At the Minneapolis hearing it was
testified that Hudson went out to the
home of Mrs. King one night when
there were rumors' she was going to
start court action against him. -He
talked to her softly of hislife aims,
his interest in the Moody church and
all "churches, and how he, as a 'big,
strong man, was the protector of
hef, an old woman of 74. He talked,
And he talked. In the end her head,
tilted back on a chair and her eyes
closed. Then, while she slept, Hud
son ransacked the house and gath-
ered in every last letter and scrap of
paper that she might use against
him. When she awoke Hudson was
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Christmas ''con" man onewho
works only among jewelry stores and
when the clerks are too busy to
avoid mistakes made his appear
ance in the city Wednesday. Detec
tives who know of his "Christmas
work" in former years believe that
he has retired 6r jthe season with
about $4,000 in jewelry.
He gave the name "A. Travers,
Montreal," and appeared at the best
State street jewelers. Carefully
picking out a costly jewel Ate showed
his letters of credit and paid for the
article 'with a draft This was forged,
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