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Second Confession ; I, Harry K. Ellis do hereby make this vol- UUIUI V DIHlCIllCUl W1U1UUL U1VUU13C Ul UU11IU1U- ij or threat of violence : , I met Henry B. Smith in Liberal on the evening of May 23rd, 1921. We put a quart of oil in the car at the Ford filling station. Al Buchanan put it in. Then we went to Frank - Miller's to get some money. I owed Henry Smith $10, and we were going to collect some money from Frank Miller. He owed me $13. . And th.en I was going to pay Smith out of that. ' We drove west 12-miles and then we turned south and overtaken Frank Miller horseback, about 100 yards south of the corner. I didn't recognize Frank .until we got right at him and then he hollered at us. We stopped the car, I spoke a few words to him while I was in the car and then I got out and we stepped around behind the car and I told him what I come out there for, and he said he didn't have it and couldn't pay me then and I told him that he had promised to pay me and I told him he ought to pay me that evening. He said he want ed to see me a minute, and he rode over to the fence and tied his horse and called me back away from, the car, and he said he was glad I brought Smith outt it, was worth a thousand dollars to him. He said He was going to. kill him and, I asked him why and he said him and Smith had had trouble up here in town, and 1 talked with him and tried to reason with him and tried to- talk him out of it. and he said I had to kill him myself. Then I told him I ouldn't; that me and the Smith boy had been friends and went to school together. He "said that if I didn't that he would kill me and Ihe Smith boy. Then he pulled out a -gun and said I had to do it or he would kill me. Then I asked him how I would kill him and he told me to knock him in the head with some thing. I asked him for his gun and he said he wouldn't let me have it and I went back to ihe car and Miller followed rile and stood right be side the car and Smith looked off to the east and I shot him in Ihe back of the head. I got out of the car and Miller pulled Smith out and -drug him around the hill, OH the west side of the hill, then he came back and wanted me to heln him and I told him I wouldn't do it and . ,1 - 1.1- got me to drive tne car arouna mere, ana mil ler says "he aint dead yet". He says "give me your pistol and I will finish him up." I hand ed him the pistol and he shot him in the" side of the head. Smith was not dead yet, he was still breathing. Then Miller handed me my gun back, then Millef gazed at him a minute or two and then took his pocket knife and made two or three slashes at his" throat; then Miller loaded him on the side of the 6df himself, and ,1 held one wrist and Miller the other. Miller had one foot on the inside of the car and his . other leg out around Smith's body to hold him on the running board and he told me to drive over to them trees. I drove over, that way and drove up to that old hole and he told me to stop and when I got there at the hole and he got out and pulled him in the hole. He caught hold of Smith with both hands and drug him in the hole and when he pulled him in he got blood on his left knee and then he covered him' up with them old tumble weeds. Then he got on the side of the car and I backed out to that, old angle and I went northwest on that angle and when I come, to the road running east and west I turned east till I came to the corner where we had first turned south and went straight south to Miller's house. When I got the car out to the angle Miller got off and walk ed over to his horse ancLMiller told me to make this circle around so as to cover Ihe tracks of the car, and when I got to Miller's house he had. got there with his horse. He was just turning his horse in the lot When I got there. He come out to the car and talked to me. He told me to go up to Parker's and let on like I was. inquiring where he was and he would go tip to Rube Rawlins',1 And I stayed Up to Park ers about twenty or thirty minutes and I come back to, his house and he hadn't got back yet, and I drove on over, to Mr. Folks and stayed over there until about 11 o clock aid 1 come back to Frank Millers and he was still up out in the yard west of the house, north of the cel lar. He come but to the car where was and talked with me about 15 or 20 minutes. He asked me where I had been and I told him I had been over to Mr. Folks'. We went in the house and stayed, in .there about 15 minutes before "we went to bed. He asked me about the rest of Henry Smith's folks. Hg asked me how manv brothers and sisters he had and I told him then about going to school with Henry Smith. He said he would take the car to Hook et the next morning and then we w"eDt In and went to bed. I told him just befor we went to bed that I felt like we was both going to get caught, and he said that if I didn't tell he didn't think we would ever get caught. He said for me to never tell no difference what was done to me and he said he would never tell, then we went, to bed. We got up a little after sun-up and went over to Sam Green s for breakfast, We went from there to Clarence Brown's and come back by Mr. Bray's and stopped there a little while and then came back to Frank s and stayed there about 30 minutes, then he said he thought we had better try and get that car into Hooker. He drove it from here to Shumway's and we stopped at a mud hole before we got to Shumway's and he washed some of the blood off the car and I put water in the car at Shumway's and throwed another dipper full of water on the car where the blood was and drove the car after we got to Shumway's unti aiBiiaiMaiiiii)!r SEE US FOR A PRICE ON YOUR NEW HOME Paul W. Light & Company The Home Builders MnniiwiMMiroiaiMiimM m mil Wi VWWf '.-.Ml W Jk.'V. Ml I ill! WW I I I rpr. ,, I,,- M M 4 Capital and Surplus do not always denote the strength of a bank. A Bank of real strength has charac ter, age, experience; a record for sound finance and service to its patrons. These are points to be taken into consid eration when making your choice of a Bank, and it is by these standards that' WE ask to be judged. Th First National Bank J. E. George, Pres. C. E. Woods, Cashier C. W. Law, Assistant Cashier Oldest Bank in Seward County Strong, as the Strongest Liberal, Kansas we got to the Tyrone road that led into Tyrone from the west and then he got out and told me to write that letter, the second one, and he said he was going into Tyrone and he said for me to take the car into Hooker that they know ed him in Hooker and he couldn't go down there. He told tne to leave the car in the name Of H H. Brown and he told me to have if wash ed tthd htiVe the batteries charged, and he told me fo mall Ht letter when I got to Hooker. I left Miller there aifd I don't know where he went from there. "I haven't seen him since. I got into Hooker about 11 o'clock and I en quired of a man by the name of Murphy where I could leave the car to have It washed and shined and the batteries charged and he show ed me the oarage and I took it down there and give them the order and give in the name as H. II. Brown and I went from there to the res taurant and I eat my lunch and then I wrote this other letter and I Went from there to the barber shop. I just set there in the barber shop I didn't get shaved, and I went from there to the depot and bought me a ticket tor Liberal I come in Liberal on No. 2 when I got in my car and started home and was caught in the rain at Art Frank's and I drove in there and there is where I staved all night Tuesday night went home Wednesday evening and we went fishing and never Cot back, until about 11 o'clock Wednesday night, and Thursday morn ing I listed for papa and Thursday evening about four o clock me and led Plunk went out to Mr. Folks' to take the Folks girls to Hooker to a show. Me and Ted got back home i 1 i ' 1 Y- 1 , T 1 .. 1 . . n unursuay mgm ano rnuuy uiuriuug i iukcu sick and was brought to the hospital Friday evening, and here is where I have been ever suice. , DnpKhnn hv Mr. Morcan: Was there a cream can in tne car. les mere was; wum-r taken it out and throwed it out. south of the road. Q. What became of the tag off the car A. I taken that off Tuesday morning he- fore I got to Hooker. Q. What did you do with it t A. I threw it out in the wheat field. 9- Did you start to take that tag off at any time before this? A. Yes. I started to take it'off at his place and he did not want it taken off there, he start ed to take it off himself when he got off the car on the Tyrone road, but there was a wagon coming from the east and he didn't do it and he told me to take it off before I got into Hooker. Q. When you got in the car and started Fii-fl yu look back ,0 8ee wht had become of Miller?. j A. I looked back twice and he was still standing there by the corner. Q. How close was this wagon to him when you last saw him? , 1 , , q A. About 250 vards. Q. But it was going right toward him A. Yes. , Q. What became of Smith's cap? A. Miller threw it out beside the road where Smith was shot. Q. On Thursday following this murder did you stop at arty place between Liberal and Folks? A. I slopped at Parker's. 1 Q. What for? A. To find out where Miller was. Q. What did you want of Miller? A. I wanted to know where he was so I wouldn't meet up with him with those girls. Q. Did you find out anything about him? A. They told me he had left the middle of the evening, horseback. Q. Did they say what way he went? A. They didn't know. The above statement consisting of five typewritten pages, was civen bv me in the nres- ence of W. S. Morgan, Carter Prine and C. T. Parker, freely, voluntarily, without and threat of violence or promise of favor or immunity, ana is a true and correct statement of all my actions so far as thev concern the murder of Henry B. Smith on May 23rd, 192.1 Liberal, Kansas, June 10, 1921 HARRY K. ELLIS, Witnesses : C.T. Parker, W. S. Morgan, Carter Prine. Third Confession Statement of Harry K. Ellis, relative to the killing of John Longnecker. u Wednesday, 4-2721, Henry Smith and Frank Miller came to my father's to borrow this gun. Papa and mama was in town: I 10 "enry smith himself, but thev didn t tell mo wlmf i, ar itmnf..s1 ..lK ll ..I , . . V ""-J Willi 11 U that time, but they said thev would bring it ,"T " 1 uuk 1 loiu mem me cun uiuii 1 ueiong 10 me; it Dctonged to papa. That was about eleven o'clock Wednesday morn ing. They brought it back about two o'clock that same dnv. and hnth nf ilw.m im Mn " ..w.i iuju All t: 1 1 1 a I they had murdered John Longnecker, and they iuiu me wnui uiey muraereo mm tor. They murdered him for money. They got between WOO and $700 off of him. They told me that they thought they left about $10 on him. Henry Smith gave me a $10 bill when he gave the gun back to me. On Friday night after wards, they had literary at the school house. Henry Smith taken me from the school house to John Longnecker's after his car, and Henry Smith cranked John Longnecker's 'car for me ' himself and tnkpn tho far Hnurn tn th riml - - - it 1 . .V. . 1 1 L section Vine west and went 2 mil tnnth and half a mile east. I was drivinn Loncnecker's car. Henry Smith was driving his own car fol- 1 ...2 If . ill . . iuwiiih uie. ne 101a me 10 leave it mere at 'the half section line, and we went back to the School' llOURP in hit tnr T tnnlr Ilia onila mil - " - - m wiv V . 1 1 w I of Longnecker's car and the bulb out of the frwif lirrht onI mif fka K11IK in Unnn.i C.U' """ caii4 SUl lilt; UUIU 111 hjlllllll a utf Vlfhon wo tint Ynr g tlta cslissx1 KMian 1 vm iv n vs uuvn VJ ovilUUI IIUUOVi Henrv Smith took the coils out of his car and 'put them in my car. The coils are still out to my place, one or them under the back seat and three in the grainary. hid in the maize in the northwest corner of the east bin. Henrv Smith said that he would come back there and. get the car and sell it and give me half the money. That is all that was done about that unlil this come up about Henry Smith's murder. On the Friday before Smith was murdered, I was out in the Folk neighbor hood. I saw Miller Friday morning, and he told me to bring Henry Smith out there Mon day evening, and he told me that he was going to murder Henry Smith himself. He told me to bring that gun of papa's along. I met Henry Smith here in town Monday; then I talked to Henry about it. He was anxious to go out there himself. I told him I would put the oil and gas in the car and he said, no, he would pay for it himself. It was about an hour by sun when we started out and he was murdered just as I have told you in other statement, right south of the corner where we overtook Miller on horseback. Miller told me to come out of Liberal on the , road straight west and he says to come late Monday even ing. That night when Miller and I went to bed, Miller laid his gun tip on the shelf. , The above statement is made by me free ly, voluntary without threat of violence or promise of immunity or favor. HARRY K. ELLIS, (The above statement was made by Har-' ry K. Ellis in our presence and read to Him in our presence and signed by him in our pres- . ence. June 11th, 1921. 3:30 a. m.) . C. F. Parker. B. L. Rezeau, C. E. Prine. On Wednesday, May 25th, 1921, I heard the Smith's ring on the telephone and listened in on the conversation and it was Pete Smith . and his mother talking. Pete told his mother that they had found Henry; that he had been knocked in the head, but he was alright, and all he remembered was that somebody knocked him in the head and took his car from him. . Witnesses , C. F. Parker, B. L. Rezeau, C E.'Prine. Miss Jane Rice,' milliner st Gor- man's, left Sunday for Wichita and other eastern point. She will return here for the fatt. season. Miss Pauline Washburn of near Forgan, Oklahoma, took the train for Hutchinson Wednesday for a short business and visiting trip. '' ' Mr. Lear has painted his resi dence on North Washington. It ii whit and very attractive, nestled in a grove of heavy shade trees.