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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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concrete information from the police
have been resisted. The woman's
identity was first given out as "Mrs.
H. De Warder, from, out of town."
Later the police refused to deny or
verify a rumor that she was a Chi
cago society woman.
From what little could be learned
of the woman's story, it is known
that she was shopping in Field's, that
she took a taxi intending to go to
The Fair, and that later she instruct
ed the chauffeur to drive to 138 N.
State, where she entered the hair
dressing parjor of Burnham & Co.
When she got there she discovered
her loss.
A woman who was in Burnham's
when the diamonds were missed said
the name of the owner was Mrs. Ida
F. Stehle, 908 E. 42d pi. A reporter
called Mrs. Stehle. Mrs. Stehle at
first denied her identity, saying
"Mrs. Stehle was out of the city."
Later she admitted who she was and
said the matter was in the hands of
the Mooney Boland Detective
Agency. To a direct question she re
plied that she was not the owner of
the diamonds.
The woman informant of The Day
Book said her chauffeur had noticed
two women and a man examing the
contents of a black bag, which one
of three had picked up near an auto
in front of Burnham's.
The owner of the diamonds, a stylishly-dressed
woman answering the
description of Mrs. Stehle, called on
Jas. V. Larkin, chief of detectives,
this morning. She reported the loss
and seemed to feel that she either
lost the gems or was robbed of them
in Field's. At the detective bureau
and Mooney & Boland's it was said
that the diamonds were valued at
$15,000 or more."
At the special service dep't of
Marshall Field's it was admitted the
woman had reported her loss to the
store detectives. A search was made
in thp ladies' waiting room and in the
different departments she had visit
ed. Their statements indicated that
the woman believed she had lost
them in Field's.
The name of Marshall -Field's store
figured prominently in the first in
formation gotten from the police.
Later their name was hushed up and
the energy of the police centered on
the two women and man who were
examining the black bag picked up
in front of Burnham's.
At Burnham's it was given out
that the woman, between sobs, ex
pressed her belief that thieves had
trailed her through Marshall Field's
store and had there robbed her.
Neither Marshall Field's nor Mrs.
Stehle would say who hired Mooney
& Boland to trace the diamonds. Wm.
J. Sutherland, vice pres. of the agen
cy, said $1,000 would be given for in
formation leading to the recovery of
the gems or information concerning
the ones who now have them in their
The trust papers have been cover
ing up the robbery, finding it a dif
ficult feat to publish the story with
out giving Marshall Field & Co. some
unpleasant publicity.
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Boston, FebM7. Capt. Charles A
Pollak, master of the German steam
ship Kron Prinzessin Cecilie, seized
by federal authorities, testified on
the stand here today that the engines
of the vessel had been damaged on
orders from a representative of the
German government.
Auto bandits snatched grip con
taining $1,800, part payroll of the
Weiboldt Construction Co., 1534 W.
Van Buren. H. P. Fisher, paymaster,
was hit by one of the bandits.
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Minneapolis, Minn. Downtown
section threatened by fire, which
gutted Narragansett bldg., occupied
by shops and piano sales company,
with loss of $250,000.

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