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The diamond drill. (Crystal Falls, Iron County, Mich.) 1887-1996, July 25, 1897, EXTRA!, Image 2

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whore she stopped for a time
and talked with the girls there.
Before leaving home, Pearl
told her folks that she intended
to go berrying the following day,
and so, when she got down just
below the sand-cut on the West
ern road, she turned off on a by
path and went over the hill to
the cemetery. Her tracks are
plainly visible in the sand alonty
this route and they show thft
she went up as far as the ceme
tery, where she turned and cut
across from the Mansfield road
to the old Blaney road. Just as
she was passing onto the latter
rad she was met by Mrs. John
Gersky, who, with her mother
and several children, were out
picking berries. Mrs. Gersky
spoke to Pearl but received no
reply. This was the last time
she was seen alive. Prom where
she struck the road, her tracks j
in the sand indicate that she
passed down thojroad as far as
Blaney Creek. This creek is
not over half a mile from the old
ball ground and the road to it is
a very lonely one a place,
it seems, fitted by nature for
the perpetration of such a das
tardly crime. After reaching
the creek she turned and came
back on the road about fifty
rods and it was at this place
that the body was found.
SUSPENSE.
Night came on and no Pearl
returned to the Morrison home,
but yet, her parents did.inot feel
like giving any alarm, as they
know Pearl's disposition and did
not like . to make any unneces-
sary trouble. Mr. , Morrison
started out to hunt her up, how
ever, and was out most of the
nightv returning to the Western
location at daybreak next morn
ing, where he searched until
about 8 o'clock when he came to
town and asked' for help. A
number of men and boys started
for the other side of the river
and they searched until noon,
when things began to look so
serious that they returned to
town and organized a searching
party. About fifty men were
gathered together and they re
paired to the old ball ground to
organize.
THE FIND.
In the meantime a tramp came
to the Brooks residence, near the
Western location, and gave a
small copper breast join with a
tiny American liag in it to one of
the Brooks girls, saying that he
got it off the dead body of a girl
that was laying over across the
hill. He. asked the girls to go
with him and he would show
them the place. They hesitated
at first but finally consented to
go with him to the place he in
dicated. He took them over and
showed them the corpse and
they hastened back to notify the
ollicors when they met the ad
vance members of the searching
party and conducted them to
the spot. About thirty feet
from the road, in a clump of
bushes, and shaded by a large
pine stump lay the body of the
dead girl. There was a small
hole in the ground and the body
had been thrown into it, which,
with the bushes, weeds and
stump, completely hid it frorn
view. The searchers had passed
within ten feet of it during the
morning without seeing it, and
the judgment of all is, that only
a miracle would bring it to the
attention of a person that did
not know.it was there. One
look was enough to convince the
most obdurate that it was a case
of outrage and murder.
The clothes were badly torn,
showing that the v 1 i i had not
'accomplished his purpose with
out a struggle. The gloves
worn by the girl were torn into
shreds, and the underclothing
was torn from the body. Tho
body was badly bruised, and
blood was oozing from the mouth
and ears. The tongue protruded
from the mouth and the condi
tion of the face and neck showed
that she had been strangled to
death.
Dr. Darling, who happened to
be on the ground at the time;
w a s sumi n o n e d , a n d p r o uounc e d
it a case of murder.
HELD ON SUSPICION.
Peter Bons, a tramp, is locked
J up in the county jail and circum
stantial evidence points strongly
to him as the man who' murdered
Pearl Morrison. He tolls a very
plausible story, however, which
the closest questioning local
talent cs- pour into him
fails to shake. Bons is a
typical tramp both in dress and
manners, and the pair of hands
which he carries about with him
are unmistakable evidence of his
aversion for work. His nerve is

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