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r .1 -1 l' 1. A- ' .i.-.ii.-.'i . I M VOLUME XIV.ii NO. 51 T LIBERAL; SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, JUNE 9, 1921 J. 13. MILLER FOR MURDER OF HENRY SMITH : r i.i -vi - i i f f j- a m m . The mystery surrounding the murder of Hertry B. Smith, young Beaver county, Okla homa, farmer, is in a fair way to be solved. With the arrest of Harry G. Ellis about 8 o'clock Monday evening, the first chapter of the final solution was written and the officers put in possession of sufficient facts that the case is practically unravelled. Harry K. Ellis was brought to the Liberal Hospital several days ago for an operation for appendicitis. Shortly previous to this time the finger of suspicion in connection with the mur ders had pointed toward him. Three men came up from Hooker, two garage men and a barber, and all three identified him as the man who left Smith's j;ar at the Hooker garage. Frank W. Miller, another farmer, was ar rested in connection with the crime last Thurs day at Hooker by Special Rock Island Officer Brice Rezeau and Sheriff H. W. Bridgewater of Beaver county! They picked him up just as he was preparing to board the train for Old Mex ico and they got him in the nick of tinier When arrested he denied any guilt in the affair, but implicated young Ellis. According to Miller Ellis was at his house three times the night of the murder and that he noticed blood on the car but did not mention it to Ellis. It is reported that neighbors noticed blood on the car and questioned Ellis, who said that he had been hunting rabbits and got the car bloody in that manner. ' Miller was taken to Hugoton and given a peliminary hearing in the office of C. T. Parker, county at torney of Steveng county, Saturday morning. He was bound over to the next term of the District court, flit- ( ting in Stevens county next Septem-' ber. i Ellis was placed under arrest fol lowing the identification of him by the Hooker men, and he was yiven a preliminary hearing, with the result that he was -bound over to the next session of the district court in September. This case also, will be tried in Stevens county. . , Ellis, who is still confined to the "hospital as the result of an opera tion, is under heavy guard, and this guard will be maintained until 'such time as his condition permits his "being taken o Jail, which may be sev eral weeks. The ordeal of the examination "Was severe, but he kept his nerve throughout, according to the per sons on the inside. The arrest was made about eight 'o'clock Monday evening, and offi cers worked with Ellis until one o'clock, the following morning try to get a statement, but with only -partial success. Finally he ' agreed to give a statement to Dr. Nelson, 'Seward' county sheriff, the follow ing day. but it' was not until in the afternoon that the statement was made. In the presence of Sheriff W. O. Nelson of this county, C. T. Parker county attorney of Stevens county, "Ed Flummerfelt, deputy sheriff of Stevens " county, County Attorney Gardner of Beaver County, Okla., Dr. F. W. Huddleston, physician in charge, and W. B. '!Khig, stenog rapher, with Sheriff Nelson ques tioning. Ellis made' a confession or -statement of the part he had is the ' "Case.' - , - , 'EIHa telU a straight story, and rH effort to break ft dof, bar 1 so far failed. He maintains his in nocence to the last, and denies all knowledge of the murder with the , exception that he claims Miller told him that he (Miller) had killed Smith. So far as is known the Smith case is in no way related to the Long necker case, and unless subsequent events prove ' a relation, this case J still remains a mystery, but in the Smith case it is evident that one of the two men under arrest commit ted that crime, and until more sub stantial evidence can be developed, both will rest under the charge of murder in connection with that case. Wednesday morning the story of the confession gained circulation and became badly twisted. A rumor was going the rounds that Ellis had confessed the murder, and crowds of excited persons thronged the streets. In at least one instance there was talk of summary Justice bift more level headed person in tervened. At this juncture officers deemed it advisable to give out the statement or confession and a spec ial sd'tiofy of the Democrat was Is sued. When this had been circulated all idle rumors were set at rest and at thin time there is little Ukell hood of any attempt at rough treat ment ' It was not the intention to give out the details and the news had been withheld until prudence dic tated iff being turned loose. Within an hour after the story was released The Democrat had a naper on the street containing the signed confes sion of ' Ellist demonstrating the anil of the naoer to do a bi lob In a hurrv. While the edition was a fl it uncial loss, it trave the people what they wanted and helped to alleviate a situation which might have been serious had not the facto gotten to the people j V":'1.' 0 The people of this section have been thoroughly aroused by the two atrocious murders and there ia now great satisfaction that the mystery is beginning to clear up. The arrest of young Ellis caused a sensation. He is a son of a very prominent Beaver county farmer and the family stands high in the community, and it seemed almost incredible that he could be guilty of so heinous a crime. Without tne story of Miller he has a very eas onable story, and unless Miller can give the offices something to break it down, it will stand up a long time. Whether or not Miller has made a statement is not known. That Miller was arrested in con nection with the crime had been known for several days, but officials had given out nothing and in- the minds of many there was the thought that the 'arrest had turned out to be a "water-haul." However the investigation had been carried on so quietly that the facts did not leak out until Sunday night and then the veil of secrecy was thrown about every movement and few knew there had been important Hovelnnments in the case. Ellis is about 17 years of age; Miller is about middle-age, and un married, i The confession of young Ellis is as follows: ELLIS, at the Liberal Hospital, in ! Liberal, Kansas, on June 7, 191, , relative to the killing, of H. B.. Smith on May 23, 1921. Said statement was made at said time and nlace before W. O. Nelson, , Sheriff of Seward County. Kansas, C. T. Parker, County Attorney of, Stevens County, Kansas. "d Edi Flummerfelt, Deputy Sheriff of Ste-; vens County, Kansas. Gardner,' Contv Attornev of Beaver County,, au.lI w TXT TTullloann- Pnv- UKIUUUIIIB. 1. ... ..w... w sician in charge of said hospital, and , W. B. King, stenographer,, of Liber-j al, Kansas. i Questions by Mr. Nelson. Q. Now Harry, this testimony you areabout to give is being given of your own free will and accord, ; isn't it? A. Yes, sir. Q. You are not forced, or any-j thing of that kind, you are going to voluntarily make this statement of. your own free wlil ana accora, aren't youT A. xes, sir; ana x going to tell the truth all the way through. ' Now Harry, on the 28rd day of May, 1921, where was you? A. I come to town in the morning, got Uawa Km it hami An tha 23rd. I went out with a fellow west of town and went to Frank Millers, started out there about an hour by sun. Do you want me to tell you the road we wentt . Q. Just take your time and teu exactly what yon done. A. We went Mi Rum Vallev school house, and a mile south, and 2 west, and just as we got mere, and as I got out of the car Frank Miller come in his Ford from the north, and drove up to the house, and when as he drove np to the bouse I walked right across the cor ner of the yard, and we stood there by the car and talked a little while, and then he said I could go to the man dox, ana ne wouia get some supper, and he was getting his mall with Sam Green, about three quar-. ters of a mile down there, and I went down after the mail and wnen I come back I couldn't, find him no where, and then I went np to Mr. Parker's, about two hundred yards west of there, and thought maybe he had went np there after water, and the young Parker boy told me they hadn't seen anything of him, and I sat there and talked to them a little while, and went ..back by Miller's and he rtilt wasn't at borne and I went a mile, aeuth and two west to Mr. Folks' and stayed there until about eleven o'clock, visiting with them, and then I eome back to Miller's, and come to Miller's from the south, and when I drove into Miller's yard the car waa headed northwest, and Miller waa right west of the honse. north ef this eld cellar standing in tbe yard, and as well ae i s " rn In I remember, he had on striped over alls, and he come over to the car where I was,' and we talked a lit tle while, and he got me to get put and stay all night with him. The next morninir we cot UD and went over to Sam Green's for break fast. Sam Green's had just got through eating theirselves, and there is where we ate our breakfast. We went from there to Clarence Brown's five miles and three-quarters' from there. I went up there to try to collect a broom corn seeding bill, and then' we come back by Mr. Bray's and we talked to them a lit tle while, and then we come back to Frank Miller's, and drove up over there and I was going to stay there and catch a wnv hack to Liheral that evening, and Frank says. No, we will go to Hooker and we will get back time for that. Finally he coaxed me to go with him to Hooker, and when we got four miles and a half from there he says "Let's stop and wash this blood off the car." There was blood on the running board, and pjt two dipperfuls of water into the radiator, and he washed the blood off, and we drove right straight in to Hooker. We stopped at Shem- way's right south of the Kansas line and west of Tyrone. It is a mile eo from Miller's down to the state line and take fhe fog on the Ka"-i line east, and Shumway lives right up on tne mil, ana we went from there right straight into Hooker. O. What did vou stop at Shum way's for? A. To wash the blood off. - It must have been about eleven o'clock when we got into Hooker, and I parked the car in front of the drug store, and he told me he would go in and get some cigars, and for me to drive the car up to tne arair" and he said for me to have it washed , and shined and have the battery, charged, and he would be right up there. I stayed there at the garage1 he told me to stay there and I stayed there some time, I guess twenty minutes, or maybe thirty, i and he hadn't never come, and Ii walked back there, and he met me I at the drug store and we went to the restaurant and ate a hamburger apiece, and drank a cup of coffee, and so when we got through with : that he picked up a piece of paper i and envelope, ana he called me back I there and he told me what he had : done, he had murdered Henry Smith ; and he said that I had to write that letter to Pete Smith, and I first re fused to do it, and he said if I didn't write thnt. lpttpr nnH Hn ha aai1 that I was the next boy for him.' And then he pulled out a different I envelope and paper qut of his pock- et and made me wrte a second let- j ter, right there in the restaurant I wrote two letters. - I And we went from there to the barber shop, and he got a shave and I set there in a chair and waited and the barber asked me if there was anything for me, and I told them No, I was Just resting. Went from there to the postoffice, and mailed this here letter that he mail ed at Hooker, and went from the" to the depot and he brought both tickets, and bought one for Tyrone and bought mine for Liberal. And as we was 'coming on the train, just, before we got to Tyrone, he said if I ever squealed he was going to kill me. I got in Liberal on No. 2 Tuesday evening, and went home Tuesday night I was home Wednes day all day and went fishing Wed nesday night, and Thursday I went back out to Mr. Folks', me and an other boy, and we taken the girls to a show in Hooker. And 'went home Thursday night from . there, and Friday morning, I taken sick and brought me to. the hospital Friday evening, and here is where I have been ever since Q Where did Miller get off? A. He got off at Tyrone. Q. What was his idea for getting off at Tyrone? A. I don't know that And one thing I left out When he told me about that murder. I says, "Frank, why did you do a dirty trick like this'" I says, "Hank Smith is 'Wen4 of mine.' and I says "I went to school with him,' and he told m to go on and write that letter and rit my darn mouth, it wasn't none of my business. . . . Q. This first letter yon wrote . A. I wrote both letters at Hook er there in the restaurant v A Anil vnn hamded one ? ' A. Ha made me date one at 'Hk hart, and dated it two or. three day ARREST NEPHEW FOR THE Detective Picks Man Up Sheriff Bridgewater Oklahoma, Goes James E. Longnccker. a nephew of John Longnccker, who was found murdered at his farm home southeast of Liberal in Beaver county, Oklahoma, was placed under arrest by a de tective at Chariton, Iowa, a few days ago, charged with the crime. ' Officials refuse to discuss the case, but a rumor is cur rent to the effect that Longneckcr was in this vicinity about the time of the murder, and that a search has been under way since that time, resulting in his arrest in the Iowa town. News of the arrest cilme several days ago, but was not given out, and only today was the fact made public. Sheriff Bridgewater has gone to Iowa after his man, and he will be returned to Beaver county for trial. Whether or not Longnecker will return without a requi sition was not known, so Sheriff Bridgewater went to Okla homa City for the purpose of securing the document with which to bring him back to that state. .. ... Rumor has persistently connected the name of he nephew with the 'crime, but it has not generally been known that the officers were looking for him. ' It will likely be several days before Longnecker can be given a hearing at the Beaver county capital. later. I don't know how many days later. I refused to write the second letter, and I refused to. write that t.wi"e. and he told me I just had to. ll n H Vl o wn irninff fn lrtll m t T hadnt. It was up to me to write that letter, or my life.. P. Ami one you dated at Elkhart and dated one ? A. He made me date the first one at Tyrone. Q. That was the first time you knew anything about this murder? ' v-ns when he told me to write them letters, right there, was thr firr' I Vnew anything about it. Q. Do you know who you went out there with that evening rode out there with? A. No, I can't think of that fellow's name. I would know his face if I would see him. He helped us seed broom corn out there at several different places. Q. Do you know any place he helped Can you name any place? A. I think he helped up there at Blythes, and he helped I think up to Kinser's. I don't know which one of mi Ainsers ne did help at. He helned twn nr thron i.v. Q. Jake Kinser's? Ans. I don'tl piiyw wueuier n .was jane or BiU.. I don't know what their names are. And the car I went out that evening in was a 1916 model touring ear. Ford car. Q. Dp you remember whether or not you seen any blood on Miller's rjothes the next morning? A. No, V 1 K- ""ember anything boat that I dont even remember ' .G.7e'; hoy saying anything nnont It I don't remember any- about the blood only just the blood on the car,, and I never noticed the blood on the car until 'Tier we left MilW. - rr i. u Thtle VI t much, just where the fender and the ranning connect up, on the left hand Q. Did you notice any cap or hat n h oarf A Kit I .... " . . ..v, wa. , a mows mil any. Never noticed that mat being .i. ii, n-ro, neuner. n . &T 1. I A- AVI. A. AM . . now in rvgnru w wiw s v" this car A. I never noticed the 1 at all. I don't know whether it I J - . . 1.am we got into Hooker, or when it was 0 You don't know' anything -hou that? A. I am Just telling "01 just wnat i mow. i f. And yon say Miller owes youT k. n-,ui m 118.00. . .X. 1 C VI. , ' . O What dees be owe you this v?.00 for? A. ror leeaing oroou "ivn for him. " ' . . '" I. Harry K. Ellis, hereby state hat the above and foregoing state IwulJIM MURDER OF LONGNECKER at Chariton, Iowa, and of Beaver County, After the Man ment covering five pages, relative to the murder of Harry B. Smith ia made toy Ime feely, voluntarily, without fcndue influence, oppres sion or threat or violence. or any promise of immunity, knowing that the same may be used againBt me in prosecution. I state that the same has been read to me in the presence of the witnesses whose names are subscrib ed hereto, and that at this time it is the full and true statement of all my actions connected with the mur der of Henry B. Smith. HARRY K. ELLIS Witnesses: C. T. PARKER FLUMMERFELT THOS. O'LEARY W. S. MORGAN The officials of three counties have participated in the case; Sew ard and Stevens counties of Kansas, and Beaver county, Oklahoma., and they have worked well together. County Attorney . Parker of Stevens county and County Attorney Gard er of Beaver couty, have co-operated with County Attorney Davis of Seward county, and the different officials each did their part in run ning down the murderers and gath ering evidence in connection with the case. Mr. Parker retured to his home, in Hugoton Wednesday afternoon, after everything had been settled, having been here the greater part of the time for the past week. Other officials have returned to their home towns also. The case la now np to Stevens county, insofar as the present arrests are concerned, and Mr. Parker is in charge of the case. Sheriff Nelson deserves much cred it for the part he has taken. He has worked hard, and his efforts had much to do with bis securing of the confession from young Ellis. County Attorney Davia took a keen interest, despite the fact that , it was a case from another county, and did hi part well, while the dep uties' were on the Job In good shape. It is to the credit ef all toe offi cers that the caee has 4evfelope thus far and is soon to ke cleared op.