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The Call's News Index
Hereafter Will Be, Found
On the Editorial Page
Four Men Say Taraalpais Vic
tim Was San Francisco
Recognize C'othing and Jewelry
Worn by Woman Slain
on Mo:: -* -
!are C ; «- T and Her I .. eeth.art
Disa;;.ear~'d .."jout the
Same Time
WITH four men separately and
independently identifying the
jewelry and clothing of the
murdered girl whose body was
found on Mount Tamalpais as having
lelongcd to Anna Jensen, a domestic
employed at a boarding house at 1757
Union street, and who has not been
seen since April 1, 3 90?. there developed
yesterday the strongest combination of
clues which hitherte have been pres
ented for the solution of the mystery.
Certain of Identity
The four are certain to a point of
positiveness in their identifications.
They sa ythat not alone idd the girl
wear the bracelt, which all remember
perfectly, and which fits the description
of that found on the girrs body, hut
also state that the dress, hat. watch
and hair are the same, and that the
estfmatfd height and weight" were
those of the former servant girl.
These four until last April lived at
the boarding house at 1757 Lnion
«treet and say that Miss Jensen was
employed to wait on them at table.
Tliey all Knew her for many months
and had unlimited opportunity of ob
serving her jewelry.
The four are James Wood, an em
ploye of the United States public health
and marine hospital, living at 1— 1
Franklin street, Oakland; C. A. Ilolm
l»crg. a motorraan, 1926 Filbert street;
James Westhal!. 2305 Van Ness ave
nue, and J. Glicksman. 1757 Union
ttrft. Besides tliese four at the
boarding house there were throe others
who lived there — Willis Foreman, a
etcam fitter; David Borland, an cm
jjloye of the United Railroads, and
George" Brown. Brown and Borland
ere in Los Ajirclcs and the only man
of the ««riginal sev*>n who could not
lie found is William Foreman.
Description Fits Girl
"The description of tlie jewelry found
on the body of the dead girl," ho said,
-tallies exactly with my recollection of
that which was worn by Miss Anna
Jonsfn, a. domcfctic at a boarding house
at 1757 Union street. Apart from this
the hat which was found by her Jits
t!i«> description of one bought by her
I saw her last.
"L with six othrr men. boarded at
the hous* at 1757 Union street, which
was conducted by Miss Helma. Carlson.
Anna Jensen was a servant girl em
ployed there to wait on us at meals,
end I know her well, having spent
Bah w.m»» g Vi «i«nil * ) iWjiiiMWiiiiiiinnii Itinnn.-- - - . - • \u25a0
much time in her company, hhe wore
sn open work gold bracelet, which she
hmjßht in San Francisco that poems to
*".t the description of the one found on
tile murdered girl's wrist, and a watoli
.ot the same design and make. 1 am
fairly positive about this because I
liad Fern both these articles of jewelry
"Just before she left. Mrs. Carlson's
place she bought a blue hat — I think it
was at Livingston's store in'Fillmoro
Street — which was of the pattern and
tvp*» as dejj.-rihtd as belonging to the
murdered girl.
Many Joints Similar
'Another .-triking* fart is that Miss
Jensen had bought a pair of shoes at
Ko.sonthaVs, the store where the v!c
tim'of the murderer bought hers. This
series of similarities would scorn to bo
too significant to be merely a coinci
•"The Jensen girl was about 25 years
old. 5 feet 3 or 4 inches in
height and rather stout. I should say
tliat she weighed about 160 pounds.
She ram? to tlie bearding house about
a year ago from the Yoscmite valley,
tvhore. she had been employed for- sev
eral montlu? as a cook. Prior to that
time »=ho had boon In the northwest,
journeying from Al;<skri to Seattle and
tlience to Portland. This brings an
other striking point to light, in that it
might explain the fact that the dress
worn by the murdered "girl vr«s bought
i:> Portland..
"My understanding was that she was
nisac'l tq be married to one of the
IcarJers, William Foreman, who was
employed as a, steam fittter in the
United Itailroads' 1 power' house at the
foot, of Fillmore street."
Arier Woods made his statement a
Kf ar«h was made for the other board
ers, who. since the breaking up of the
place, had gone their various ways.
Of the ihrec who could be found all
said tb*t Foreman seemed to be the
jtirl's favorite and that he was tlie
only one with #whom she went out.
Janies Olieksman, one of the three, de
c]«reri that the description of the brace
let titi«d that of the one worn by Miss
lU'Kides this he remembered that the
jcn«nt girl wore a tight titling t>lue
Cumiouvd on Page 2, Coiuinu 3
The San Francisco Call.
Judgment for Attack on
Tormentors Lands
Child in Jail
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK. Feb. 10. — Jersey
justice has furnished the young
est inmate of a debtors' prison
on record in the person of Bron
islaw Niemaskek of Newark, 10
years old. He was locked up in
the Nawark jail today on a body
execution issued by Judge Benja
min F. Jones of the Orange dis
trict court for debt.
Several months ago young Nie
maszek and some other boys were
playing in the streets of Orange
when Edmund Wilmanski, 16
years old, and several other big
boy^. began teasing the smaller
one. Finally they grabbed the
youngster by the wrist after
throwing his hat away and
twisted bis arm.
When Uiemaszek got free he
picked up a missile and threw It
at his tormentors. Wilmanski
was hit in the back and cut. As
a result his father brought suit
against the smaller boy and the
action was begun with a warrant
for assault. The damage claimed
was *500.
The court awarded $.o and
costs, amounting in all to $95.35,
in default of which young Nie
baszek was lo<-ked up in the New
ark jail. His lawyer several
hours later secured his release by
having -him take advantage of
the bankruptcy law. The follow
ing inventory of the boy's assets
was filed:
One pair of iihnrM, 10 veutn.
One pair of ntoekinics. 5 cent*.
One null. .10 i-cnls.
One en p. 10 criii*.
Total, T."» <fiiih.
Liabilities, judgment in Orange
district court, $95.35. The boy
was in jail forabout three hours
and, in addition to being the
youngest debtor prisoner in the
world, is the youngest bankrupt.
The machinery of the supreme
court of the state will be neces
sary to adjust the matter.
Engaged to Daughter of Paris
Embassy's Counsel
XEW YOKK, Feb. 10. — Mrs. Henry
Addlson Alexander of--New York an
nounced tonight the engagement of her
daughter, Eleanor Butler Alexander, to
Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of Colonel
Theodore Roosevelt.
Miss Alexander is 21 years old. Her
father. Henry Addison Alexander, was
formerly a prominent New York lawyer,
but now lives in Paris, where for sev
eral years he has been counsel for the
American embassy.
Since ! ie was graduated from Hart
ford young Roosevelt has been learning
carpet weaving at the works of the
Hartford carpet company at Thompson
vllle. Conn. At present he is at work
in the axminster department.
In the late Governor Lilley's terms of
nfli.e Roosevelt was a member of the
Connecticut governor's staff with the
rank of major, but resigned when Gov
ernor Weeks took office.
Redmond Sayv That Support Is
Based on I ledges
DUBLIN, Feb. 10. — John E. Redmond,
who today was re-elected president of
the national directory of the United
Irish league, made an important an
nouncement of his policy at a banquet
given in bis honor tonight.
He said that the. league wa« cele
brating the successful campaign for
home rule in Ireland amd Great Britain.
Ireland has now a party of 72 members,
more' united and more powerful than
any Irish party in the past.
Redmond said he believed that Pre
mier Asqulth was a man of his word.
For the government to pass the budget
and postpone the lords* veto question
was a policy that Ireland could not
and would not approve, but if Asquith
stod to his pledges he would have the
support of the Irish party.
Canadian Northern Backed by
J. P. Morgan in Scheme
WINNJPKG, Man., Feb. 10.— Backed
up by J. p. Morgan and associates in
New York, the Canadian Northern rail
way, represented by Mackenzie & Mann,
it was announced today, has obtained
possession of the great coal mines and
coal bedding areas of the Durismuir in
terests on Vancouver island for $11,
Part of the project is the erection of
steel and iron works on the island.
Five and a half million dollars, ls to
be spent in further developing the
Leader in Movemenl Is Jailed
in Philadelphia
. PHILADKLPHIA, Feb. 10. — Miss
Martha Gruening of New York, a Smith
college graduate, and a leader in the
woman's suffrage movement, was Jn
dioted today on a charge of inciting
to riot. She was arrested in the recent
strike of the shirtwaist operators.,; J. ; .
Fickert Declares Two of Yes
terday's Trial Witnesses
Will Be Arrested
District Attorney Alleges Whole=
sale Lying and Threat=
ens Prosecution
"Two of the YvltnesseH n-tao irmt iflrd
In the Canboy trial 'today will be
charged with perjury and their cases
taken up by tbe grand jury. I have
tried to 'be ns fair ns possible in the
conducting of this cane and endeavored
to grive these wltneaaei* the benefit of
every doubt, but the circumstances are
so flagrant that I am forced to the ,
belief that they deliberately committed
perjury and I don't intend to stand for
that sort of thins here. I can not jtivc
their names yet, but I will state thnt
they are not policemen."— District At
torney Charles M. Fickert.
That two of the witnesses who testi
fied yesterday in the trial of Michael
Joseph Conboy, former captain of :
police, charged with , the murder of
Bernard Lagan, would be charged with
perjury and their cases taken up by
the grand jury was the declaration
made by District Attorney Charles M.
Fickert at "the close of the hearing
yesterday. Apart from these two, a
warrant charging R. 11. Blumberg, a
witness at the preliminary trial, with
perjury was sworn out - by Miss Mar- j
garet Lagan before Police Judge Deasy.
Blumberg was arrested last evening
and was released on $1,000 bail. V
Who the two witnesses were Fickert;
refused to state, contenting . himself I
with the declaration that they were i
not policemen, several of whom testi- ;
fled. Besides" the policemen the wit-;
nesses were Thomas Dunne Charlton,
a streetcar living" at 1417
Lyon street; R. O.Stother, inspector for,
the United Railroads; Mrs. Louisa Mulr
head, proprietor of the-Seal Rock hotel
and . Conboy's companion during the
early part of the evening on which
Lagan was shot; Charles Barren, .a
deputy sheriff, and Harry Leavemvorth,'
proprietor of a billiard parlor In Market
Two F : avorable to Conboy .;:. ..
Of the testimony, that given by
Barron and L^avenworth was ex
tremely favorable to Conboy, but Fick
ert refused to state whether these, two
were the witnesses who would be
charged with perjury before the grand
jury. , •
From ihe evidence of the! successive
witnesses it was easily seen that Con
boy intended to claim self-defense.
Barron and Leaven worth both declared
that they had soen Lagan advancing
toward Conboy with his coat half off
and in a threatening manner and also
that Conboy tired two shots, calling un
the boy to stop, and as he refused to
obey, lircd the third, which brought him
"1 have endeavored to be as fair as
possible in this case," said Fickert,
"and tried to believe that the two wit
nesses I have in mind were mistaken in
what they said; but so flagrant are
the circumstances that I am forced to
come to the conclusion that they de
liberately committed perjury and I do
not intend to stand for that sort of
thing here.
Cases Will Be Pushed
"And now that this matter has come
to a head I may as .well state that these
cases are going to be pushed clean to
the end. There is a lot of underhand
work going on in this case and it is
going to be stopped. The state has
conducted its side of the case fairly
and justly. It has made no attempt to
houndConboy. It has tried to be just
and fair with him, but the district at
torney's office has no intention of
standing by idly and* seeing porjury
committed in this wholesale manner.
The two witnesses, whom I intend -'t6
try and have indicted by the grand jury
are not policemen. More than that I
can not say at present."
The first witness to be put. up by
the defense was Mrs. Louisa Muirhead.
proprietor of the Seal Rock hotel. She
testified to being with Conboy on the
night of the shooting, but declared
that she left him about 11 o'clock, at
which time he was sober, although she
admitted* he had taken a few drinks.
She denied that there had been trouble
between them on that night.
John Barron, a deputy sheriff, but
who was a clerk'in a cigar store when
Lagan, receivpd his wound, said his at
tention was attracted to the scene by
shouts of "Pickpocket" and "Thief," fol
lowed by the sound of shots.
. VConboy was standing with one hand
against the lamp post," he said, "and
he was ordering the policemen to keep
the crowd back and to get the names
of the witnesses." .
Saw Shooting From Window
C Harry Leavenworth, another cigar
cleric at the time, but now the pro
prietor of a billiard 'parlor ; in .Market
street, said he was in his room and saw
the ; entire occurrence f romfa ' window
ovcrlook'ingtho street.; , Hearing shouts
of "Thief" outside he said he iookVd.out.
"Conboy wasr standing, by "the^lamp
post," said;, the witness, "and 'another
man whom ; I later: learned was i Lagan
. c uutiuncd oa I'ase 2, Column i 4
Husband of Colonel Swope's
Neice Arrested for Murder
and Gives Bail
Another Physician Declares
That He Supplied Active
"Typhoid" Culture
KANSAS CITY, Mo.. Feb. 10.— As a
climax to the lengthy investigation of
the, mysterious death of Colonel Thomas
H. Swope Ootobo.r .*, 1909, Dr. B. C.
Hyde, husband of the late millionaire's
niece, was arrested o»;- a charge of hav
ing murdered the agnd philanthropist.
\u25a0The warrant r.pou which arrest was
made was issued at the l request of At
torney John G. Paxton. executor of ' the
Swope estate. First degree murder is
The warrant says that Doctor Hyde,
with felonious Intent, administered
strychnine to Colonei Swope on the day
of his death. Across the back of the
complaint filed by Paxton asking for a
warrant Prosecute r Virgin Conkling
wrote above his signature, "I hereby in
dorse, this comylaint."
Wealthy Men Sign Bond
Doctor Hyde learned that a warrant
was being sought, and, with his attor
neys, went to the prosecutor's office to
await the return of Conkling. He sub
mitted to arrest without demanding to
hear the warrant read. The party then
went to Independence, Mo., where Doc
tor Hyde was arraigned before Justice
W. F.Loar. The physician pleaded not
guilty. :He was released, on a bond of
J50.000. His preliminary hearing was
set for February 17.
The bond was signed by. F. P. Ncal,
president of the Southwest national
bank, and H, F. Hail, president of the
Hall-Baker grain company; M. D.
Scruggs, , a livestock dealer; William
McLaughlin, a horseman, and John G.
Cleary, Frank P. Walsh and Judge
John Lucas, -attorneys. These are all
wealthy men.
The arrest followed quickly after
Judge Ralph S. l^tts'naw^allcd a grand
jury today to investigate the death of
Colonel Swope.
Death Mv; ifies Family
The death of Colonel Thomas 11.
Swope was 'attended by circumstances
that mystified ' the millionaire's fam
ily and close friends. Dr. Hyde had
treated Colonel Swope in his last hours
and had, in signing the death certifi
cate, given apoplexy as" the cause of
death. .
When, in December, an" rpidemtic of
typhoid fever raged jn the Swope
household, in which eight persons were
.stricken, and one, Chrisman Swope, died
under conditions that caused much.ap
prehension . among the attending
nurses, **ohn G. l'axton. ,tho executor,
and Mrs. Ixigan Swope, the mother
of Chrisman, instituted a vigorous in
vestigation. Dr. Edward L. . Stewart
came forward with ; the statement that
November 10 Dr. Hyde had obtained
from him an active typhoid culture.
Hydes' Illness Questioned
, Doctor Hyde himself suffered an at
tack, stated to be typhoid fever, De
cember "20. Doctor Stewart later sup
plied the. prosecuting attorney with
interesting evidence bearing on Doctor
Hyde's' illness.
Doctor Stewart said that, although
Doctor Hyde's blood was placed side
by side in an incubator with blood
taken from a typhoid patient in a Kan
sas City hospital, it remained absolutely
sterile. Of typhoid and contained, no
typhoid germs. \u25a0
After it whs decided that the bodies
of (Colonel Swope and Chrisman 'Swope
should be disinterred, Paxton and Mrs.
Logan Swope recalled Doctor Hyde's
insistence that he be permitted to act
as physician for the. family, . although
Dr.:G. T.Twyman had for years served
in that capacity.. . .-
Former TrouLles of Hyde
Doctor -Hyde's ; name has previously
figured before the public. In August,
1597, Doctor Hyde, then police surgeon
of Kansas City, was ousted from office
because of alleged inhuman treatment
of Annie Clements, a negress who had
attempted to commit suicide, and Avho
had come under' his care at the police
station. I ,; :'\u25a0': -• .V
. Doctor Hyde's name was' even more
conspicuously in. the newspapers in the
winter of IS9B-9, when he was charged
with grave robbing..
In 1005 attention was again directed
toward Doctor, Hyde, >when it became
kriowu that he : had clandestinely mar.-';
ricd Miss ' Frances / Swope, a niece of
Colonel Thomas 11. Swope, June 21 of
that year, ati Fayetteville, Ark., and
against the wishes^ of ;her mother. "
Following the announcement of Doc
tor Hyde's marriage to Miss Swope Mrs.'
Sarah H. Frank of Kansas City brought
suit 'against Doctor' Hyde asking^ dam-,
ages for ; breach of promise. \u25a0 This case
was settled out of court. . •;. . -£~ V-
Government- Elaborates Series
of. Nevyy Measures v
'/,- BRUSSELS, Fen- rlo.'-^Thcr 10.'-^Thc '"govern
ment ;' has 'elaborated a* series 13 of . meas :
urea l for reforms^ih:the^adnUnistration'
of affairs ol tUftßelEi^-.Cone'ol' -' '."t
Swope Murder Charge
Dr. and Mrs. B. C. Hyde of Kansas City.
Miss Eleanor Sears' Arrival at
Burlingame Raises Ques=
tion, Will Feud Cease ?
KurlingHme" iind San Matco. to say
nothing of those who figure in the
social limelight of this city, will doubt T
less" liail witli delight the news that
Miss Xl pa nor Sears, or "El eao," as she
is better known by her intimates; lias
returned to California and for the next
few months, will, be the guesi;:o£. Mr.
and .Mrs. Francis Carolan v at| ; the
Crofsways and at Del Monte.'.! '.
Miss Sears arrived, -unheralded- from
the oa.«t yesterday; with her maid and
her luggage and was met^ at the' Bur-
Hngame rtopot : by .the Carbla n. equipage.
Before- the cloud of dust in wluch.'she
whirled' away had completely/subsided,'
the, gossip had begun -to spread, around
the town, -I mingled -V\y Ith amused con-,
jeeture. ' y
It was recalled that on the. occasion
of her last- visit hofe Mis?"tscars .was
the;guest of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ho
bart.-'between'.'wliom and the' Francis
Carolaris existed a, feud.' deadly-; and
deep. While she" was with theHobarts
the little t episode occurred in which
Hobart covered himself ? !with tinsel
glory .by/ pulling: Carolan's ears- at a
polo . same and throwing down the
gauntlet for a 'mere bowing acquaint
ance in place of the' intimacy that for
merlyexisted* \u25a0 «** .. \^v
Now Miss Eleanor Sears, the Hobarts'
much, feted guest, is again on the' coast,'
but the guest of the house. of Carolan,
and ,the r curiou3. wonderi what will-be
the outcome." 3Vill Walter" humble his
lofty pride and call. -'on* his last year's
guest? Will the Carolan - menage- in
clude him at \ one of their banquets?
Or will they;drift_into; the common-,
placejof armerely /formal: nod- as : they
pass by?;/.' -;\u25a0'.. _ \u25a0. ' \u25a0 • X' -^y
, These are. a few of the questions'that
are agitating the social aspirants, down
the" peninsula. However, as. Miss; Sears
'has; a mind and a wilpof flier, own, u her
arriva limay restore peace'to the' ranks;
and -if 1 thevfeud -has nbtl, cooled '.down
.she-maS^be^tsie means of:"extenu'in'g'>tke
I'olive ibranctuv-; \u0084......-• • -:<--<_;
%orlhv>est wind;
temperatufje^ 62; mmivuim. 40.
<?!gߧg4£r ;£QR%OD AY— Cloudr,; pos
\*stbljkJZ<nKTrxt-ipghljjjitiht east winds* chang
ing to sduih:™ ""* -
R:\olutk :ir' Also, Boldly Cap»
ture Steamer at Managua
and Escape With it
I MANAGUA, Nicaragua. Feb. to!— The
Revolutionists, 1,200 strong, under lion
erals Chajnorro and 'Masis, 'captured
Matagalpa this morning. \ . '\u25a0 .
4On receipt of the . news that .Mata
galpa.' has been taken by -Chamorro,
authorities hero declared . thatth«v city
was . undefended, \u25a0government / troops
having evaluated' it. . :?;*-•>:
\u0084lt is rumored, .however, tuat-thcrlr
surgents* defeated General I'orto Car
rero, who was in command of SOO men
near -Muymuy and thatthey continued
on ;to Matagalpa- without- 1 Opposition.
There they"- requisitioned all govern
ment m*Mvand'supplies, as when Boaco
was taken. . - : ' •
Matagalpa is- -the capital of ' Mata
galpa'. department, • about 127 • miles
south!: of Jinotega. • It has a popula
tion 0f '9,000.- Matagalpa is SO -miles
in»'a 'direct line- from Managua.
The ; steam'er Managua ; was captured
at", her wharf today by a group of 30
young; men of the .conservative,' party,
headed by Alexander Soloizano, a rela
tive' of Fernando sSoJlzanor5 SoJlzanor. leader' of
this party a^ Managua, who is a politi
cal prisoner.
The capture, of the steamer" waa ef
fected after an exchange -of about 50
shots.. The conspirators, some of whom
were disguised •in women's" garments,
boarded the ; steamer, and it is reported
that^ three of them were killed. The
crew was' overpowered in less than five
minutes, but the whistle, of the vessel
spread the alarm. -
v Fifty cavalry men clattered through
the streets^ to the wharf, but arrived
only to see. the. Managua disappearing.
.The city. Immediately, was filled", with
troops," and the' police "arrested 50 men,'
"among whom were the telegraph and
.telephone operators who failed- to give
the- alarm." \u25a0 * \u25a0 - \u25a0
The American' consul, Jose Ollvarejs,
was stopped by the police. from making
his way one. of the streets,
but. he. insisted on his rights, 1 and was
Dertaltted -to 1 proceed.' ..
Advised Against Investigation
by Officials of Explosion
. at Sanatorium
Love Letters to Miss Smith,
Victim of Outrage, in Hands
of Prosecutor
Sonoma District Attorney Cer*
tain Attempt Was Made to
Murder Young Woman
Expects to Prove Paternity of
Child and Establish Mo
tive of Crime
[Special Dispatch to The Call\
PANTA nOSA, Feb. 10.—Startling
disclosures made today, coupled with
the unearthing of important docu
mentary evidence, convinced th«» au
thorities murder was attempted
last Saturday night when the tent house
occupied by Miss Lou Etta Smith and
her illegitimate infant-son at Dr. Wi!
lard P. Burkes health resort was blown
up with a charge of dynamite, the
force of which j->cked on their founda
tions substantial structures 100 yards
Gradually the haze surrounding what
was at first reported to be an attempt
at suicide on the part of an insane
woman is being dispelled and the pro
portions of a cleverly planned plot to
do away with the lives of tn*o human
beings whose existence was trouble
some are being outlinedl Earn suc
ceeding day is supplying important
links in the chain of evidence around
the person or persons guilty of the
outrage, and tonight the authorities, an
nounce that but little more is needed
to furnish absolute proof on which the
Sonoma county grand Jury will be
asked to return indictments.
Developments of Cay
Letters written by Dr. Willartl -P.
Burke to Miss Smith, extending over a
period of several years; heartless state
ments of a significant character made
by members of the physician's family
concerning the victim of the explosion;
reluctance'on the part of those in
charge at the sanatorium to have any
investigation whatever, and an unwill
ingness'on their part to aid the officers
of the law; practically a dlrrct rharg*
that evidence which might be useful in
a defense is being manufactured; the
testimony of several responsible per
sons that Miss Smith had never dis
played any trace of insanity; the fact
that a confidential man had .been up
braided for Informing the authorities
that an explosion had occurred, and the
fact that Dr. Willard P. Burke has sup
ported Miss Smith during a period of
several years —these were some of the
disclosures which engaged the atten
tion of the authorities today and caused
the Issuance of a strong statement by
District Attorney Claretve F. Lea to
night in repiy to a request for informa
tion: -^> r.*>
Expects to Prove Guilt
••We have been able to secure evi
dence." said that official, "whl.-h will
play a very important p»rt in the solu
tion of the mystery surrounding the
blowing '"up of the tent occupied by
Miss Smith and her s*on. but in the
intercut of justice 1 fan not make the
facts known at this time. lam more
firmly convinced than ever that murder
was attempted and am using every re
source at my command to secure evi
dence which will preclude the possi
bility of a doubt of guilt, before I take
the matter up with the grand jury.
Several important links are still miss
ing in'the chain of evidence, but I feel
confident that they will/be discovered
within a very short time."
Interest in the mystery surrounding
the explosion is intensified by the exclus
ive information published In The Call
this morning to the etfeet that letters
were in existence which would play ar
important* part :in the "solution" of the
mystery and would tend to throw light
on the paternity of the illegitimate
child who by a seeming miracle escaped
beins blown to atoms Saturday night.
Today District Attorney Lea admitted
to.a. representative of The Call that
such letters were in his possession.
Written by Dr. Burke
The, district attorney admitted fur
ther that the letters had been given to
him. to. Miss Smith, to whom they were
written by Dr. "WHlard P. Burke during
a period extending over several years.
Regarding the contents of these let
; ters Lea. will make no statement what
ever, but it was learned from, an
authoritative.source that they contain
many terms of endearment and regard,
were usually accompanied by a check
of generous proportions or a promise
of money and passed.between thecor
respondents surreptitiously. In so fir as
the.doctor's family was concerned, it
can also be stated on the admission of
lira. Alfred Burks, aistar in law of Urn*

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