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TILE OMAHA DAILY BEE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1005.
Eiitor of tha Kidnaping and tfc ErenU
FIC1AL REPORT BY CHIEF DONAHUE
Heart of Omaha Police Force Gives
totalled Uroail of All that
Tranaplrert la (oaaerlloa
THh Celebrated Cane.
'he kidnsplng of Kddle Cudahy. the 14-
year-old eon of Kdward A. Cudahy, the
lllllnnalre packer, from within .1 stone's
throw of the family residence, 618 .3outh
Thlrty-soventh ptreet. Omaha; on the even
ing of December 19. 19"0, the payment of
IX.IVrt In gold to the abductor ami the
safe return of the boy within thirty-six
hours from the time he was taken. Is one
of the most celebrated case of Its kind
In the criminal history of the country. The
Interest the case Itself excited was closely
seconded by the Inability of the authorities
to apprehend Tat Crowe, a man with a
criminal record and a native of Iowa, whom
Mr. Cudahy had befriended and whose
photograph was positively Identified by
Eddie Cudahy and others as one of the
men who did the kidnaping.
James Callahan, an ex-convict, was ar
rested and tried on the charge of robbery,
was positively Identified as a companion of
Crowe- and by Eddie Cudahy as one of
his captors, but was acquitted because It
could not be proven that he received any
of the booty. He was charged with high
way robbery because there was no law on
the Nebraska statute books at that time
to punish the crime of kidnaping a person
more than 10 years old. Laws sufficient to
cover the crime and providing heavy penal
ties have Mnce been enacted, but up to the
present the law has not punished a slnglo
person for a deed like that which startled
the entire civilized world.
Intense Interest In the case did uot end
for months; It furnished the principal news
In the metropolitan papers of this country
for days and .the dispatches teemed with
the alleged whereabouts of Put Crowe, who
never was taken. The Bee had the honor
of first announcing the kidnaping In un ex
elusive story published in an extra about
noon the day after the hoy was stolen.
Another Omaha paper had chronicled the
'fact. In a brief news Item In the morning
edition, that the boy was missing, but It
remained for The Bee to tell that he was
' kidnaped and held for 1:5,000 ransom. The
story was attacked by the other papers
and various Insinuations made as o the
disappearance of the boy, but these charges
were never borne out and subsequent de
velopments supported In substance every
thing that had been printed In The Bee's
hlef Donahue Anticipates Surrender.
On April 25. 1905, In the belief that It
would be only a short time before Pat
Crowe would return to Omaha and either
voluntarily surrender himself or be ar
rested. Chief of Police J. J. Donahue who
held this position at the time of the crime,
prepared a report giving the history of
the affair from his, or the Omaha police
standpoint. The last page of his report
tens wny crowe escaped in the face of a
$56,000 reward. He did It because lie lost
no time In getting away from Omaha. He
needed four days to get on a boat on the
Atlantic ocean and It was five days before
Chief Donahue had evidence sufficient to
demand his arrest. Regarding this the
"In view of the large reward offered, the
publicity given, the case by .the newspa
pers, the active Interest taken by this and
other police departments, private detective
agencies and the public In general through
out the United States, 1 have always been
at loss to understand how Crowe escaped
arrest, but I have recently been reliably
informed that Immediately after the boy
had been returned on the night of the 19th
Crowe went direct to New York City and
within four days after the commission of
the crime was on the water bound for
South Africa, where ha remained, I am
Informed, until about a year ago, when
he returned to the United States, and has
since been In hiding In this country. I was
also Informed some time ago that ha was
In Chicago and that he Intended to visit
the exposition at St. Louis and was also
going to St. Joseph, Mo. I at once com
municated this Information to the chiefs of
police of the respective cities and later re
ceived word from them that while they
had given the matter careful attention
they had been unable to get any trace pf
him. He has also recently visited this
city and has been seen by a few of his
friends, and plans were made to cause his
arrest should he return, but so far nothing
nas materialised. It Is said by those who
have seen him that he has changed greatly
in appearance and would be ahla to n..
(o be considered as he was never away at
night, and said she believed something
had happened to him. I told her I would
at once detail officers to go to ths house,
and after obtaining all Information possible
make a search for the boy.
"As It was quite late there were not
many officers on duty, who could be
specially detailed on the case, but de
tectives M. F. Dempsey and Peter Jorgen
sen were at once sent ti the home of Mr.
Cudahy. A special detail was also made
to make Inquiries of all hack drivers and
street car' men with a view of as
certaining whether any of them had
carried that night a hoy answering the
description of young Cudahy, and to also
go to the depots and the Kast Omaha and
Iourlas street bridges to ascertain. If
possible, whether any one answering his
description had left the city, Detectives
Dempsey and Jorgensen, In company with
Mr. Cudahy and others, made a thorough
search of the neighborhood and visited the
homes of some of the boys, who were fet
low'students of young Cudahy at Creighton
college. The search and Inquiries were
continued throughout the night, but no
Information was obtained regarding hi
OMAHA MEN AND THEIR HOBBIES
me average police officer on the street
without fear of recognition. The fact that
he was on the water four days after the
commission of this crime explains why he
was not Intercepted by the many tele
grams sent out by this department, as It
was five days after the kidnaping had oc
curred that Information was In our pos
session sufficient to warrant the sending out
of telegrams asking for his arrest. I still
have In my possesion a warrant charging
Crowe with robbery, alleged to have been
committed on the 1:1th day of December,
1900, and I hope that In the near future
either his arrest will be made by this or
some other department or that he will vol
untarily surrender himself."
Cillers Story of the Crime.
The report of Chief of Police Donahue,
which is the most reliable history of the
case, as it respects theories and rumors an t
tells only what occurred, begins: "About 11
O'clock p. m.. December 18, 1900. I received
a telephone call at my residence, 8li N.
Seventeenth street, from Mrs Kdward A.
Cudahy. who Informed me thut between
I.S0 and 7 o'clock that evening she had
lent her son, Edward Cudahy, Jr., on an
rrand about two blocks from their
residence; that she and her husband had
gone out that night, and she did not see
hira again before they left the house, but
presumed he had returned until Informed
by the servants on their return about half
an hour before telephoning me that ha
had nit. I questioned her as to the likeli
hood of his having gone to one of the
theaters or to the home of some of the
neighborhood boys. She said that was not
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Letter From Kidnapers.
"Early the next morning (December 1?)
Detectives J. H. Snvace. H. V. Dunn, J. T.
Donohoe nd Henry Heltfeld were also de
tailed on the sase, and I also detailed all
available patrolmen to take up the search
I then went out to Mr. Cudahy's residence
and had an Interview with him. at which
time we arrived at the conclusion, the
boy had been decoyed away, but did not
realise the purpose. I came back to ths
office and made arrangements with different
livery barns to furnish rigs for the use
of the officers In the search, and about
:30 that morning I received a telephone
message from Mr. Cudahy saying that
letter explaining the situation had been
found In his yard by one of the servants
and requesting that I go to the house at
once. I did so, and found there Detectives
Dunn and Savage, Mr. Cudahy, and Mr.
J. C. Cowln. The letter was read over to
me by Mr. Cowln, the following being
substantially a copy:
OMAHA. Dec. 19. I900.-Mr. Cudahy: We
have kidnaped your child and demand
$:'5,Oi0 (twenty-five thousand dollarsi for
his ssfe return. If you give us the money
the child will be returned as safe as when
you last saw him. but if you refuse wo
will nut arid in his eves and blind him:
thn we will immediately kidnap another
milMonatre's ehlld that we have spotted
and demand $100,000, and we will get It, for
he will see the condition of your child and
realise the fact that we mean business
and will not be monkeyed with or cap
tured. Get the money all In gold, live, ten
and twenty-dollar pieces; put It In a grip
In a white wheat sack; get In your buggy
alone on the night of December 19 at 7 p.
m. and drive south from your home to
Center street: turn west on Center street
and drive back to Ruser's park and follow
the paved road toward Fremont; when you
come to a lantern that Is lighted by the
road, place ttie money by the lantern and
Immediately turn your horse around and
return home. You will know our lantern,
for it will have two ribbons, black and
white, tied to the handle. You must place
a red lantern on your buggy, where It can
Ha nlulnlv aeen. ao we will know VOU a
mile away. This letter and every part of
It must be returned with the the money,
and any attempt to capture will be the
saddest thing you ever done.
If you remember, some twenty years ago
Charles Ross was kidnaped In New York
Cltv and Iiw.ono ransom asked. Old man
Ross was willing to give up the money,
hut Hums the arreat detective, with oth-
I ers, persuaded the old man not to give up
I the money, assuring him that the thieves
would be captured. Koss aiea 01 a nrontn
heart, sorry that he allowed detectives to
dictate to him. This letter must not be
seen by any one but you. If the police
or some stranger knew Its contents they
might attempt to capture, although entirely
ira nit vour wisn. or some one itiikhi. una
a lantern and represent us, thus the wrong
party securing the money, ana tnis wouia
be as fatal to you as If you refused to
f:lve up the money. Bo you see the danger
f you let this letter be seen.
Mr. tjuuany, you are up aiiim iv,
there la rtnlv one wav out. PUT UP THE
MONfctr- Money we want and money we
will get. ' . -
"11 vmi rtim T rive un dp next iMt.ii win
v. ho aim that we mean business and
you can lead vour noy arounc onna mu
rest of your days, and- all you will have
Is the dam copper sympathy. Do the right
thing by us and we will do the same by
you. If you refuse you will see the saddest
sight you ever see.
Wednesday. Dec. 19.
THIS NIGHT OR NEVER.
"Follow these Instructions and no harm
will bcfs.4 you or yours.
Cine Afforded by 'Phone.
"While we were discussing the letter Mr.
Cudahy was called to the telephone by a
man who asked If he had received It. Mr.
Cudahy replied he had not, and the person
telephoning immediately rang ore. Mr.
Cudahy then asked central for the number
of the telephone which the man had used.
The number was given to him, and on look
ing it up it was learned that the telephone
was located in a livery barn conducted
by W. S. Glenn at 3014 Leavenworth street.
I Immediately sent Detectives Dunn and
Savage to the barn, which is in the neigh
borhood of eleven blocks from Mr. Cudahy's
residence. They had no conveyance and
went to the barn on foot. On arriving
there they fqund Frank .Glenn, a boy. In
charge. He could give very little descrip
tion of the man who had used the tele
phone, stating that he was on the lounge
when the man came In, and while he saw
htm go to the telephone and heard him
call up some number, he did not notice
him particularly. Ha said f the man
mounted a bay pony on leaving the barn
and rode west to Thirty-first street and
then turned north at a very fast gait.
Later on Mr. W. 8. Glenn, proprietor of
the bam, was seen, and while he said he
saw the man ride away from the barn, ha
was unable to give an accurate description
of him. Detectives Dunn and Savage Im
mediately telephoned this information to
the police station, giving as accurate de
scription of the man and pony as they had
been able to obtain, which description was
given out from the station to all officers
On duty as soon as possible.
"No trace of the boy was obtained
through the Inquiries made of hack drivers,
trainmen, brldgenien and street car men.
This fact, together with the manner In
which the letter was received, and its con
tents, and the Inquiry by telephone, led
me to believe that the boy was hidden
somewhere within the city limits, or not
far outside, and that by a thorough search
of the city we might be able to locate the
place where he was detained. With this
end In view I called out the entire police
force, and Mr. Cudahy suggested that he
call nut a number of the men employed by
him at the packing house to Join In ths
search. This suggestion was followed out
and about noon fifty or sixty of Cudahy's
men reported at my office and were sent out
In squads of two or three In charge of one
of our officers. The search was carried on
during the afternoon In the west and north
par's of the city, extending as far north
as Florence, all vacant houses being ex
amlned, and one searching party, was within
one block of the Melrose Hill house, which
was afterward Identified as the place where
the boy was detained. v
Debatlac Ik Itaaeosa.
"During the afternoon I again called on
Mr. Cudahy. and at that time he seemed
to be of the opinion that it would be best
to pay the money. I told him I did not
luius. 11 auviaaoie 10 pay tne money so
soon, as I felt satisfied that with the num
b-r of men engaged in the search we would
be able to find the boy within twenty-four
hours, as everything Indicated he hud not
been taken away from the city. He said
he believed the only safe way out was to
pay the money, and as the boy's life was
worth more to him than t5.0rt), it had then,
fore become purely a business proposition
with him. During our conversation 1 sug
gested that he fill the sacks with material
other than gold and place them as directed,
and that I would arrange a detail of offi
cers along the road, stating that I believed
we would be able to effect a capture of ths
DR. W. II. CIIRISTLE-Teacliing the Young Idea.
kidnapers 'In this manner. This he posi
tively objected to, stating that he did not
want any Interference with his plans, al
though he did not say what his plans were.
or anything done that would endanger the
welfare or life of the boy, and that he
should like to have me direct my men ac
cording to his wishes until he obtained pos
session of his son, but at no time did he
state to me that he Intended to follow out
the directions of the letter. Under the cir
cumstances I could do no less than comply
with his request. He said everything would
be left in charge of Mr. M. L. Sears, an
attorney for the Cudahy Packing company,
who would direct all movements for the
balance of the evening and night
"I returned to the office and arranged for
a detail of officers to report to Mr. Scars
at Mr. Cudahy's residence. Instructing them
to follow out the directions of Mr. Sears.
Shortly after the officers had arrived at the
house one of them called me up on the tele
phone and Informed me that Mr. Sears had
told them that Mr. Cudahy did not want
them in sight about the house; that he did
not want any one interfered with who
might come to or in the vicinity of the
house during the night; that it was not a
matter of dollars and cents with him; what
he wanted was the boy, and that l e did
not want anyone Interfered with who might
come with a second letter or to return the
boy. They said 'they were to stay in the
barn and that there was an electric bell
from the house to the barn which would
be .used to call them, if needed. I In
structed them to follow out the Instructions
of Mr. Sears, as he had full charge.
Boy Retoraed AH Right.
"About 1:30 that night Mr. Sears tele-
been returned unharmed. I asked him to
permit the officers to see the boy for the
purpose of getting a description of the
men who had kidnaped him, together with'
any other particulars that might aid us
in their capture. Mr. Bears stated that
Mr. and Mrs. Cudahy and the boy were
all exhausted and had retired for the night
and had left word not to be disturbed.
I then asked him to have one of the offi
cers telephone me, which he did, and I
Instructed him to insist on seeing the boy
in order that we might obtain information
that would enable us to continue our in
vestigations more intelligently during the
night. The officers appealed to Mr. Sears,
but he still refused to permit them to
talk to the boy, saying that Mr. Cudahy
had left positive Instructions not to be dis
turbed. This practically ended any fur
ther action on the part of the department
that night, as we were unable to get any
Information as to the direction of the
place where the boy had been confined or
description of the men who had kidnaped
him. I, however, gave instructions to have
the bridges and depots watched, and to
als) take into custody any one who was
unable to give a satisfactory account of
Father's Story of Drive.
Concerning the drive with the IJ5.000 In
gold into the country and placing it by
the roadside the chief of police says noth
ing, as neither he nor any of his men were
allowed to accompany Mr. Cudahy. In
The Bee of December 21 Mr. Cudahy was
reported as follows. As to Mr. Cudahy
being alone in his own statement was later
amended by M. L. Sears, an attorney for
Mr. Cudahy, who stated that "his ci.tle
buyer, Paddy McGrath, went with nlm,
because he was afraid to have him go
alone, although he Insisted upon doing so
"There was something about the tone of
tha letter which those men sent me, that
precluded all idea of fear. I was confident
the men meant business. I believed that If
I carried out the instructions of he note
my boy would be brought back. There was
no serious thought of a holdup in addition
to the kid na;iing.
"The note from the kidnapers came in
the morning. Arrangements were made at
once with the Omaha National bank tor
the money. The entire sum, J25.000 in
gold, came from that bank. It was brought
to my house at o'clock In the afternoon.
Following the Instructions of the note I
left the house at 7 o'clock. It was then
Just after dark. I was alone in a light
wagon drawn by a fast team. The horses
are good travelers and as far as the roads
were in good condition they went along
at a pretty good gait. I don't think I had
gone very far from the bouse, driving along
Thirty-sixth street, when I heard a wheel
man behind me. As I turned into Center
street and reached the end of the pave
ments I observed that tha bicycler still fol
lowed, and then the idea occurred to ma
that he was some on detailed by the kid
napers to see that I carried out my part
of the agreement In starting from the
house without company. The Mder re
mained about the same distance behind
for a couple of miles. I guess, and then he
turned off from tha main road and dis
Foaad the Slanal All Right.
"All the time on tha way out there I
wasn't thinking of much but getting back
the boy. It waa pretty dark and some
times when the road was rough I had
to drive slowly, and perhaps waa a Ultls
Impatient on that account. Of course I
reaJUed that a food deal depBdd 00 fal
lowing carefully the Instructions contained
In the note, hut there was never a minute
when I doubted that I would find the signal
Just as it was described and that ujie money
would reach the men for whom It was In
tended. "I guess I had driven about five miles
when I caught sight of the lantern. The
spot was a lonely one In the midst of a
wood about a mile In extent, and about
two-thirds of the way up a hill. The
lantern was right at the edge of the road;
Just a plain commonplace lantern such as
a brakeman carries, and It was swung on
a stick planted upngnt in tne grouna.
There were some black and white ribbons
tied on to the stick as it had been stated
In the note there would be. I alighted
from the wagon, took the bag of gold
from the place under the seat and left It
there close t3 the stick In plain view, as
there was no grass, or at least none tall
enough to reach to the top of the sack. I
didn't stay there a minute, but turned tha
team around at once and drove away.
Confident Outlaws Would Keep Faith.
"There was only the bicycle and a soli
tary farmer driving a team in sight during
the trip out to the lantern and back home.
The rider, as I said before, I saw on the
way out The farmer was passed when
I was returning home. He was Jogging
along paying no attention to anyone, and
for that reason I paid little attention to
him. It would be hard to tell what I was
thinking about during the drive back, any
more than to say that my thoughts, natur
ollly, were on my son's return. I wondered
how long the abductors would be in bring
ing him back to the house, but I had no
doubt that they would use all possible
dispatch, because they obviously wouldn't
want him with them any longer than they
had to have him after the receipt of the
ransom. Then, too, another circumstance
that reassured me was that I had placed a
note in the sack with the gold, containing
the instructions to send my son back that
"I don't recall the words of the note
but the message was to the effect that I
had promptly complied with their demands
In regard to producing the money asked
of me and that I expected them to comply
as promptly to my request to bring back
my son that night. I felt that they would
do this. The request was placed with the
note written to me the one which they
asked to be returned. They were both in
the sack. I didn't stay up after I returned
home, because I. felt pretty sure that Eddie
would be home very soon. Consequently we
were expecting him when he walked Into
the house early In the morning."
Commend'a Bee's Fnterprlae.
Mr. Cudahy was not averse to telling the
details of the drive and he Joked over the
persistency of the reporters who had vis
ited him during the day. many of them
being special correspondents of eastern
newspapers. He said The Bee , had pub
llshed nothing but the facts In connection
with the case ever since the discovery that
young Cudahy was missing. The story
printed In the noon extra, the second day,
giving exclusive details regarding the pay
ment of the ransom was correct In the
main, being In error only a few Incidentals.
"As far as the story In the main Is con
cerned," said Mr. Cudahy, "It h absolutely
correct and The Bee showed comendable
What the Boy Told.
Eddie Cudahy told the story of his ab
ductlon to a reporter for The Bee the morn
ing of the day that he was returned, De
cember 20. Later the published interview
was confirmed In a typewritten statement
by M. L. Sears and indirectly by Mr.
Cudahy himself, when he commended The
Bee for telling mly the truth concerning
ths whole affair. Eddie Cudahy was re
ported as follows:
It happened while I was on my way
home from Captain Rustln's. It waa about
8 o'clock, I should Judge, and very dark.
Just as I got In front of General Cowin's
residence S32 South Thirty-seventh street
two doors from home, two men sprang in
front of me and thrust pistols In my face
I don't know where they came from. 1
didn't see them until they stood within
three feet of me and had me covered with
their revolvers. One of them said:
" 'I am the sheriff of Sarpy county, and I
want you. You are Eddie McUee. and you
have stolen S'jOO from your aunt. Come
with us. Don't make any outcry, for It
won't do any good.'
"Well, I auppoaed It was simply a case of
mistaken Identity, and that all would r
cleared up In a few minutes, so I went with
them without a struggle.
"At the corner of Thirty-seventh and
Jackson streets they loaded me Into an
open buggy that was standing there, then
climbed in themselves and made me sit be
tween them on their knees. We drove away
very leisurely southward on Thlrty-ssvtnth
"All this time I was talking to them, try
ing to convince them that they had the
wrong person, that my nam wasn't Eddi
McGee and that I had pot stolen V0 from
my aunt, but they paid no attention to me.
When they deigned to make any reply at
all they merely grunted. If didn't occur to
ma to study their faces closely, a fact
which I tooahad occasion to rtg-rtt, but
It perhaps wouldn't hsve availed me much
If I had. as thMr slouch hsts were pulled
down over their eyes, and thrlr coat collars
were turned up over their chins, and about
all I could see was their noses. It was very
dark, too, and the men kept their faces
averted as much as possible.
Arouses First plclou.
As we spproached the Ieavenworth car
line I saw a car coming toward us from the
west. It was brilliantly lighted within, and.
as It slacked up at the crossing I caught a
glimpse of the conductor and recognised
There Is a man who knows me.' I ex
claimed. That conductor will identify me;
call to hlmV
Immediately my captors turned the
horse westward on Leavenworth street and
whipped him into a gallop. One held the
reins and piled the lash, while the other
selxed me roughly and tied a handkerchief
over my eyes. Then, of course, I began to
realise the true situation. I knew then that
I had been kidnaped, and stories I had read
of horrible cruelties visited upon hostages
flashed through my mind.
"We continued to drive rapidly. It seemed
to me for the greater part of the night, and
during all this time my captors exchanged
not a word. They seemed to have had
every move planned In advance, so they
knew Just what to do and where to go. I
could tell by the Jolting of the buggy thet
we were driving over rough, unpaved roads
most of the time. Finally, however, when
it seemed to me ..hat it must be near morn
ing, the vehicle suddenly struck paved
streets again, and by a sort of sixth sense
I felt that we were in South Omaha. In
deed. I caught two or three whiffs from the
packing house district, and this assured me
that my conjecture waa correct, though, of
course, I had no sense of direction; north,
south, east and west were all one to me.
"Finally the vehicle came to a standstill.
One of the men got out and tied the horse.
while the other held me. Then they lifted
me out-end one of them tied my hands be
hind me. The other examined the bandng
over my eyes to make sure It waa secure.
The next move was to lead me up a flight
of rickety stair steps and Into a room that
had a damp, musty smell.
Pot Irons on Illm.
"I could tell Dy the way the men's foot
steps resounded throughout the house that
it was vacant and stripped of furniture,
observed also that they struck no light.
would have been conscious of a sense of
light had they made one, for the bandage
could not have excluded all Its rays. The
men still moved about in absolute silence,
exchanging no word. One of them found an
old rickety chair some place and pushed
me down upon It. Then he removed the
cords from around my wrists and substl
tutcd for them a pair of handcuffs with
chains attached, and made the latter fast
to the rungs of the chair. A pair of leg
Irons were clapped upon my ankles, ind
the chains of these were also locked about
the legs of the chair.
'In this uncomfortable position I spent
most of the twenty-four hours of my in
carceratlon, though at one time, for
period of about five hours, I should Judge,
the chains from my wrists were removed,
and I was permitted to He down on the
floor. One of my captors kindly provided
an overcoat which served as a pillow
tried to sleep, but my nerves were too
badly shattered to permit of It. I think
I fell Into a light dose, however, for flf
teen or twenty minutes. ,
"During all of this time I ate but once,
though the man who waa with me often
asked me if I wanted anything. Once
said I did. and he went and got me a cu
of coffee and some crackers.
"I forgot to teli you that as soon as
was chained to the chair one of the men
went away, but he kept returning at inter
vals of every few minutes, when he would
tap lightly upon the door and would engage
my 'guardian In a whispered conversation,
I couldn't catch a word of what they said.
After each one of these Interviews the man
on the outside would go away, and after
a moment or so I cbuld hear the tinkle of
telephone bell which sounded a long way
off. I believe they were in telephonic conv
munlcatlon with some person or persons In
Omaha all the time.
"The man who kept watch over me was
drinking heavily all the time. At first he
didn't talk at all, but after we had been
alone together for six or seven hours he
began to get garrulous. He talked about all
aorta of things, and his talk . rambled
though whether from drink or design
couldn't say. Finally he became bolder.
Two or three times he touched upon the
subject of my abduction, and I gathered
from his remarks that there were six men
in the gang of which he was a member. He
said one thing which was very much to the
point, and which startled me.
Waatrd the Little Girls.
" 'Do you know.' he asked, 'that we hav
been watching that house of yours out
there for the last two months? Well, we
have. What we really wanted waa to get
one of the little girls your sister, but w
didn't get a chance. Finally we became
desperate and determined to take the bull
by the horns and nab you. And I guess It's
all right. You've acted first-class, my boy.
You'll be back with your folks In a few
"The only way I had of reckoning time
was by the sense of light and darkness. I
knew when Wedensday nigh( came, because
it got very dark In the room. The night was
about four hours old. I should Judge, when
there came that light tap at the door with
which I had become familiar. There was
another whispered conversation and then
my captor told me I was to be taken back
home, I never experienced such a sens
of Joy In my life. The two men tightened
the bandage over my eyes and unlocked
my Irons; then I was led down the craiy
staircase again and placed upon the seat
of the same vehicle in which I had ridden
to the place. The buggy turned a sharp
corner and drove leisurely away.
Told to "Git."
"Again I rode over rough, unpaved
streets. I could tell distinctly that we were
npt driving In a direct course, for the buggy
kept making turns, first in one direction
and then, in another. I could ste that they
were trying to confuse me so that I couldn't
retrace the route. Finally we stopped: the
chains were taken off, the bandage was re
moved from my eyes, and I was told to
"At first I was so dazed I didn't know
where I was. While I was standing still
in the middle of the street, looking about
me and trying to get my bearings for It
waa pitch dark the driver hit the horse a
sharp lick with the whip and the vehicle
dashed out of sight. I ventured one glance
at It as It rounded a corner, but waa able
to note only that two muftUd figures still
occupied the single seat.
'Then I suddenly got my bearings. The
locality was very familiar, and I was but
a few blocks from home. They had set
me down at Thirty-sixth and Leavenworth
"I believe I would be able to Identify tha
man who was with me In the room so long
by his voice If by nothing else. He had a
peculiar voice, and I will never forget It.
I could also Identify tl.e stairs to the old
empty house. Of course I didn't see them,
but they were badly worn and creaked In
such an unusual way that If I ever walked
up them again 1 should recvgulz them In a
t hief Gets the Sews.
In the report of tne chief he says that
Eddie Cudahy told him that only on man
approached him and that the other man
sat in th buggy, which stood near the
curbston at a point near by; also that th
Leavenworth street car was not running,
lav id Ma?
Our foreign buyer has secured a great bargain in
LA CE CURTAINS and SCOTCH MADRAS They
have just come in and ice find them very exclusive design.
They were bought at 2o per cent below the regular value
and ire will give our customers ths bemjit of our good
fortune MONDAY and TUESDAY.
CliVMA DMAS. 50 inches ride, per yard, MX, ROc 40c
FIGURED ADH AS, 50 in. vi,le, in hro tone and rouHi- , 1 "7 C-
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Thtyan great bargain, St inches wide, all colors, per yard, c,
SCOTCH NET CURTA1S 34 yds. long, 60 in. tride, a strong
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LA CE C VR TAIXS, very latest, worth, per pair $k. 00. Sale
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TIIREE-TA NEL WEATHERED OAKSCREEX, worth T 7 C
$5.00. while they last .... f J
Miller, Stewart & Beaton
I3I5-I7-I9 FARNAM STREET.
l TT 77 - a,-!.. - -a i ' '1
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Have a Bite
Oysters that make your mouth water.
CI&.m Chowder, just like it tastes at the seashore?
Lobster tx la. Newbur, steaming, savory, delicious.
Brook Trout Wouldn't a nice one right from the
cold mountain stream taste good?
Prairie Chicken, plump and tender.
We serve every delicacy that the market affords, as well
as all the plain, substantial and homelike dishes.
Everythln new and clean, service quick, complete, genteel.
Lobsters and Shell Fish received dally from the Atlantic.
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1415 Farnam Street
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