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Prankllnton, La., April 30, 1914 The City of Mexico. By George Fitch. The City of Mexico, capital of the upper floor of Hades for the last two years, is located in the country for which it is named, so far inland that escape is very difficult indeed. Mexico is the most difficult city in the world to live in owing to the fact that it frequently at tains a velocity of several revo lutions a year. Even when it is quiescent, however, it is one of t the intresting cities of America. Those United States cities which feel old and privileged because , things happened in them during ( the seventeenth century should k read Mexico's history with'some 8 care. It has been a civilized t city, so to speak, since 1521. But before that, it was a vast city of 800,000, built of stone, and situated in the middle of a great lake. This lake was cross ed by a single bridge, which made it very discouraging for rivals who attempted to march into town and burn the city hall. When this was finally accom plished by Cortez in 1519, how ever, he not only burned the city and tore down the temple which was as big as a small pyramid, but he reduced the population until it could have found stand ing room in a New York street car. That was the kind of a man Cortez was. His birthday is not celebrated by the oldest Mexican families. Mexico city has about 350,000 people, most of whom seem to be regarded by the contending Mex ican enemies'as superfluous. It is obout a mile and a half above the sea and has climate which would make the city's fortune if it could be bottled and sold farther north. It is Spanish in architecture and disposition, but enough American business bhustle has been grafted on to make it a modern city, full of factories and high finance. Mexico City has a ten acre palace, a cathedral larger and older than St. Paul's, a National Opera House, which has enrich ed more politicians while build ing than the Albany State house did, and several daily newspa pers, which run whenever they do not annoy the administration. It has beautifiul plazas and ave nues, and puts United States eities to shame by its appear ance. But after the American tourist has seen the public squares in which political insur gents are still backed up against a wall and shot, they go back home resigned to homeliness ad health. Walters Guilty As Charged, Without Capital Punishment What Is Considered as Possibly the Most Noted Criminal Prosecution in the History of Our State Was Con cluded at Opelousas on Monday, When the Verdict Was Handed in Against W. C. Walters For the Kidnapding of Little Bobbie Dunbar. The almost epochal event on ] which this celebrated ease has its I origin happened on August 23,1 1912, while the Dunbar family c and a number of their friends i and associates were enjoying ai country outing in a fishing camp I near Swayzee lake, about 12 miles from Opelousas. Friday, the fateful 23rd, shortly t before noon John Oge, a big, E whole-souled planter living near f Sunset challanged Wallace Dun- ( bar, a cousin of the little boy to I a fishing contest. Bobbie was ( thought to be among the children r playing by the side of the lake c and his absence was not noted I until the dinner horn was sound ed and Bobbie failed to respond. t Forthwith the fishermen of the 1 party organized themselves into boy hunters. Part of them drag. i ging the lake and killing 'gators,' while the others parcelled off the I marsh and canebrake so as to beat I it down. Hours were spent in this search I with no avail. Dark came and I the little trail was followed to the I tracks of the Opelousas, Gulf & Nothern railroad, which skirts the Swayzee lake for some distance. Great fires were started as the canebrake district was beaten by the weary searchers and word was sent to Opelousas to bring reinforcements to the child hunt. A special train was obtained and scores of volunteers to beat tbe marshes while the first party snatched a resting spell. Up to this time not a suspicion pointed to a kidnaping. Where could the motive be? Many scouted the thought. Among these was Preston King, uncle of Mr. Dunbar, who in the course of his vigils at an early hour Sunday morning* had encountered an old lame man who had heard about the lose of the boy and wanted to know if Mr. King was a sheriff, commenting on the fine new gun the searcher had. Mr. King offered the old man $250 if he could find any Strace of the child and the lame man said if he knew anything he would be glad to tell it without reward. 9 However, when the little hat was found and identified as that n of Bobbie, the agonized father Csounded the alarm broadcast and offered a reward of $1000 for'any Sinformation leading to the where k abouts of the boy.' To this a sheriff Womack, of. East Baton Rouge parish, whose sympathies had been aroused, though he was unacquainted with the Dunbars, offered $500 reward. Friends of the Dunbars employed detectives and a private fund of several thousand dollars was raised. Opelousas was in sackcloth and ashes for days, and during the search business was suspend. ed, while huudreds called on the stricken mother and father to offer their sympathy. From all parts of the state and the south came letters of sympathy and many contained clews of the boy, or suggestions as to how to find him. One clew came which looked as though it had a basis. A mu latto woman had been seen, Sep tember 2, at dusk, near the Baton Rouge ferry, dragging an unwill ing child towards the Valley de. pot. The cnild answered, in many respects the description of the Dunbar boy, but for some reason the woman was not de tained and she and the boy dis appeared. Meanwhile the search had been continued without avail from Florida to Texas, and the small funds of Dunbar and his friends were exhausted. Mr. Dunbar mortgaged his home to continue the search, always confident that his child was alive. Mr. Dunbar became convinced that his child was in the hill country of Mississippi, some where near Poplarville. on ac count of frequent reports of an old man with a little boy, which had come during December, Jan uary and February from Poplar ville, Picayune, Columbia and Tylertown. On several occasions the little boy's foot had been ex amined at Bilbo and Carriere, but the agents of Mr. Dunbar reported it was not the right one. The child was then in the possession of a stiff-kneed itiner ant tinker-musician, called Wal ters, and the old man called him Bruce Anderson. Early in April Dr. Anderson, of Hub, a small saw-mill town near West Columbia, wrote Mr. Dunbar declaring he believed the old tinker had his child. About this time the women of Hub became enraged at the old tinker because he whipped the little boy brutally, and they de cided to take the child out of his 5possession. Dr. Anderson tele graphed Mr, D~Pubar to come to Hub and examine the little wan derer. The day following Mr. Dunbar went to Hub and was so well satisfied that the boy was his Bobbie, that te caused the arrest of the man Walters. The child was very dirty and unkempt at this time. It had on a dirty, little greenish-blue dress so covered with grease and filth that it was stiff. Its legs and arms were scaly with dirt and it was as wild as a fawn and seem ingly afraid to talk or recognize Mr. Dunbar. Nevertheless Mr. Dunbar was sure the boy was his own. To make assurance doubly sure he telegraphed to Mrs. Dunbar to come to West Columbia, where the child had been left in the possession of Jeff Wallace, a one armed deputy sheriff of Marion county, Miss., after Walters had been arrested and taken to Co lumbia. Mr. Dunbar went to New Orleans to meet his wife, and on the night of April 21 Mrs. Dunbar arrived with her hus band at West Columbia and was met by sheriff Stanley J. Hathorn at the train. The excitement in the village was intense. Scopes of armed farmers had come from various districts hearing of the capture of Walters, and the feel ing against the prisoner was running high. Before leaving the train Mr. Dunbar cautioned his wife against an identitication of the child, as he said he did not want the wrong man hung. He feared Walters would be lynched. This same feeling was expressed by Sheriff Hathyrn and others at West Columbia. As the Dunbars walked around the dusty road to the Wallace house, the sheriff had almost to tight his way through the crowd of country folks, Mrs. Dunbar knelt by the side of the bed and offered up a prayer before she spoke to the child. Her recognition was in stantaneous, but she could not give it out at that time for fear of a lynching. Her prayer was one of thankfulness for the re covery of her boy. The child refused to awaken and was fret ful. So after a dramatic scene in the half light Mrs. Dunbar said: "I would rather wait until morning. I am not certain." And thus was Waiters' life saved from popular violence. The next morning the dra matic recognition of Bobbie was accomplished, and Mr. Dunbar said: "Tell the world that Bob bie is found." Two days of public rejoicing followed at Opelousas, after the arrival of the long-lost child, and the child identified himself by recognizing playmates and call ing them by names. He also re called animals, pets and circum stances that happened prior to the kidnapping. Dr. Shute. the family physician, who brought the child into the world, com pleted the Identification by scien tific means. Givernor Brewer, of Missis sippi, was not sure of the identi fication and decided to withhold action on the apolication for the requisition of Walters by the Louisiana authorities, until the child recognized his playmates, was recognized by his family and gave other unmistakabli evi dences of being Bobbie. On April 80, the other mother, Julia Anderson, was brought to Opelousas for a test. The illiter ate North Carolina domestic fail ed utterly to recognize the child. Half a dozen childreni were placed in a room and she was told to pick Bruce. After several at tempts she gave up the test, ex claiming. "Gentlemen, I just kaint be sure." During the test she had said three separate children strongly resembled her lost boy. One was about 8 years old and white headed; the second was less than four and had darker hair, and the third was younger than Bob bie and had different colored hair. When Robbie was finally brought in she had to acknowl edge she wasn't sure. May 1, when the boy was brought to her alone she identi fied him at once and wept be cause she could not take him back to North Carolina with her. She said Bruce Anderson had no scars like Bruce Anderson had no scars like the Dunbar boy, but the photos resembled her child. "In my heart, 1 know it's Bruce," was all she would say. They also said they could prove by letters, a money order re ceipt and other documents that Walters and the child were in Mississippi from July to Sep tember, when the old man went to the Charity hospital in New Orleans to have his leg treated, and from October until April, when he was arrested at Hub. Governor Brewer appointed John M. Parker to hold a test in New Orleans to give the Pearl River county friends of Walters a chance to identify the boy. This was held at the Monteleone hotel June 7 and resulted in Mr. Parker deciding it was Bobbie Dunbar. On June 18 Governor Brewer signed the requisition for Wal ters and forwarded the docu ment to Governor Hall at Baton Rouge. When the trial day came Ope lousas'courthouse was filled to caplacity. Every hotel and room ing house was full and rooms 'in private homes were at a prem. I ium. Sheriff Swords and Judge Pavy gave every falicity to in sure an impartial jury. The witnesses of the first day told of the kidnapping of the child and its recovery at Hub, Mississippi. Several also men tioned circumstances showing the child had identified himself i as Bobbie Dunbar. Mrs. Dunbar testified she rec ognized the child at first sight. She found white marks on his body, indicating ha has beean whipped. Sensational evidence was given by Dr. IR. G. Hawkins, of Palmetto, La., who said he found footprints of a man and a boy between Swayze lake and his home. Five witnesses, four from McComb, Miss., and the fifth from Liberty, Miss,, swore they saw Walters and the boy at Mc Comb City December 18, 1912; that the child said his name was Bobbie and that the tinker ex hibited a postal card with a pic ture of Bobbie and the reward. They said Walters posed as a secret service man and said he was taking the boy back to Ope lousas to claim the reward. W. O, Stogner said Walters was at his hume in Tylertown, Miss., in April, 1913, and admitted he was in St, Landry parish in August, 1912, but denied com plicity in the kidnapping. The state traced Walters by various witnesses thru Louisi ana and established his presence in Opelousas and Lake Swayze vacinity. The prosecution then estab lished its alibi and argument in the case was started Saturday afternoon continuing till mid night when adjournment was had till Monday morning, at which time District Attorney Garland concluded the argument and the case went to the jury at 11:07 o'clock. Vote first stood three for hanging and nine for life impris onment and only after five hours deliberation did they agree on "guilty without capital punish ment." Under the circumstances the verdict was probably the most satisfactory that could have beer; rendered. Bobbie is safe in the undisputed possion of an ideal mother. Walters is spared to fight on, and "fight on" his at attorneys evidently mean to do. as they issued a statement fol lowing the verdict, that they would expend every dollar they own and every energy possible in their further effort to free the "tinker." Action for new trial will be started at once while Walters will be removed to jail in another parish to await hearing. Phone No. 47 for Cheap Feed for Cash. F. M. Brown's Feed Store at the Farmer's Union Ware House willsellyou all kinds of feed stuff at rock botrom prices. Come and see for yourself. 'ATE OlP O'tor) * ITY OF TOLO. JlAN. J. C(i;ENEY makes olth that h' Is senIm rurtr, r of lhe Iri r; f I. J. (IiE'ul & Co.. ,imlig J . ,:lls hi the City if l'oledo. ('oulty and State |us a ir,.d, and that ,lid firm aill raly the Bum of IMNE IlitNDrHE:I DOL.LAIAM fIr each and evcry O r(f C(ATAI(RH tLhaLt annlolt be cur y) tne use of !IALLS CATAtIUl C'rtE. FRANK J. 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