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THE BEE: OMAHA. MOXPAY. DECEMBER 4, 1011.
SEEK TO UNMASK CONSPIRACY
Otheri Ecported to Be Implicated in
, Los Anjelei Explosion.
UOHT 03 J. J. M'NAMABA'S PLEA
Not la rallfornla at Tim of Wmk
lnl of Tlmrs rinnt A ttorarr
for Prorraloa Siri I)r-
frnse Mad No (aaarr.
153 AN'OELKS, CAI.,' Dc. S.-'Th
Vnlted Ptatta ftovrrnmrnt and ih Call
fornla authorltlrs are ro-oixratlng td un-
covr one of th tnt t(ntlc eonsplr
aclra vw concclvtd In the Matory of thla
Thla wa the - declaration today of At
alstant District" Attorn? AV. Joseph Ford,
second In commarrd to District Attorney
John B. KWdrrlcka. and th man who
m arrpeted lu Indlafcapoli fr allrlrd
lllrfral extradition of John J. McNamara.
"It Is only a quratlon now of whether
the federal governmrnt or fti tl
authorities can rearh certain persons bet
ter and bring ttem to Justlco more
effectively," continued Mr. Ford.
The latter hna been In charitc of the
gathering of evldrnre for the prosecution
and while his chief, District Attorney
Fredericks, waa resting on a ranch near
here today. Ford occupied tiimaelf with
the details of the McNamara case, lie
admitted that the proeniOin had tinder
surveillance In other part of the country
soma prominent labor trailers alleged to
hare been Involved In the Times expln
alon, but said that arrest Might t'lrat b
made by the federal government til con
nection with its investigation.
' Hrfel-e Federal Aid. -
"The federal government lias shown
very dlapt anion to assint us and we are
helping them as much as possible," he
Tha vigor with which the federal gov
ernment la pressing its Investigation Into
the conspiracy which la alleged lo extend
over the tnllre country, haa been In
creased within tha last fortnight, accord
ing to well Informed persona here, and
In proof of this. It la observed i..at
Vnltod states l!trlct Attorney A. I. Mc
Cormlck now la In Washington and
Vnlted States twitrlct Attorney Miller of
Indlanapolle and Plstrlct Attorney Fred
erick ar In close communication.
Evidence desired ' by the federal gov
ernment In Indianapolis from this placet
will go forward a quickly as It la ashed
for, Ford nld. Thla question hna been
raised repeatedly and local authorities
have bot stated their position until to
day. . .
The ramlf 'cfctldns- of tho matter are
aald ti) be bo extensive that It would
cause no surprise here If the subject
had been brought to tho attention of
JTealdeht , Taft and Attorney dcnurai
Wlckersham. - -
" Grand Jury to He. Farmed.
To give the proaecutlon here more
elbow room In. Ha campaign a grand
Jury will be empanelled within a week
to act Immediately upon tha return of
Judge -Ueorge It. Mutton, presiding
magistrate of the aupcrlor courts of Loa
Angelta county, who la now In Chicago.
M. A. Schmidt and Vavld Kaplan,
jointly Indicted with the McNamara for
the Times disaster, have not been cap
tured., but tha atata. It Is believed, haa
a good . flu (6 their whereabouts and
they may be apprehended within a fort
night 't istit others, aald to have had
much to do with; the direction of tha
destruction; of the Lc Angeles Times
and with other , explosions, we reported
to be Implicated by Information now In
the hands of the stato's authorltlea and
tha' federal government may be the flrat
to bring theae men to- trial.
Assistant District Attorney , Ford de
ntal tha state had entered Into any
agreement by which other prosecutions
were) to be circumscribed by the con
fession of the McNamara.
"Tha confession concerns the future of
two people-James II. and John J. - Mc
Namara. There haa been no. agreement
not to prosecute others, nor Is there any
other consideration Involved," he de
clared. "The McNamaras agreed to
plead guilty and take their chances on
the aentenoe. It la absurd even to think
that we could make a promise aa to
their aentenoe. That la a matter tor the
court to determine."
Judge Walter liordwell. It w.i pointed
ont today, haa not been In communication
with the district attorney's office at any
time concerning the pleas o( Utility, and,
furthermore, haa not dlacumetf tha matter
With anybody. Hitherto ha haj not pre
sided In any important criminal cases,
but as one member of the state's counsel
put It, he "has a rood deal of the milk
of human kindness, and will do the right
Tha judge, It Is believed, will ser leno
James B. to life Imprisonment, and Jtiln
J.. It la said, will get twenty yeara.
Under Qtetiwrole laws this would mean
that John J. might be released from
custody In a few years.
tUsI aa Joka J.' flea.
.More light waa thrown today on why
John J. MoNamara pleaded guilty to the
charge of dynamiting the Llewellyn Iron
worka and why the state did not lnil
on a plea as to indictments against him
for having, with his brother, James H..
wrecked the Times building and caused
the death of twenty-one persona. It was
asserted that John J. McNamara could
not have been sentenced for a greater
crime than that of niMislaughtcr in con-
nectlon with the Times disaster, aa he
was not In California at the time. The
aentuice under that statute Is only from
one to ten yeara.
Aa far aa the Indictment for blowing
up the Ueello Iron work Is con
cerned. Ortle 12. McManlaal confessed
that John J., paid Him money to blow up
the building and the atate'a cam.-. It was
aid, was here more complete. The
dynamiting clarte, too. It Is unserved.
la punishable by a sentence of not Irs
tftan a year, but there la no maximum
penalty, and It may be from one to
ntnety-nltie ytaia. within the discretion
of the court.
The Indictments aguliixt John J. In con
nectlon with the Times disaster will not
be pressed now but they will stay on
record to be acted upon uccordlng to
the wishes of the proitvcutlori. That the;
will hang aa a leverage upon John J. Mc
Namara la admitted by official of the
tttldrore Agalaal J. U.
1 Tha prokecution claims that It had an
Incontrovertible maaa of fact heaped ut
4gaJust James II. for the Time expaisioi,
and among thote waa the signature o
1. B. Lsryce (the name aald to have been
uaed by J. B. McNamara) on hotel reg
isters throughout the country and rail
road tickets and letters received by him
The proaecutlon has In Its possession
evidence showing the signature of J. 11
Bryce on hotel register st various places
at the time other explosions occurred bu.
Lis connection with them the. state 1.
not prepared at thla time to divulge.
-.The atate officials aald today that be
fore the McNamaraa confessed. Inform
tiun of the atate'a Intention to try anc
Invotee other labor leader In the caa.
k4 rwachud couuaei for the defense be
suae of the activity of the prosecution
with certain Important witnesses.
"There labor leaders." declared a mem
ber of the persecution today, "may not
have had criminal acquaintance with the
McNamaraa but they were In rommunlca
tlon with t';em at certain tlmt and
f I aces which would have canwl distaste.
Details of the struggle for the testimony
of witnesses present a realistic story, cov
erlng activity In many cities.
fio ( kasee for Ilrfenae.
"Many wltreeefS came over to tis In the
last few week." aald Assistant District
Attorney Ford, "and they brought with
them money used to get them. You
would be surprised at the number that
came to our side, voluntarily, too. The
fact la we frustrated the plan of the
other side to win by tllogltlmat means,
and they knew they could not win If they
took their chances on legitimate pto
cedute. becauae we had a chain of damn
ing evidence. I worked on every detail
of It and know that they were up agalnat
a stone wall whichever way they turned."
The money m which witnesses were al
leged to have received from person who
wished them to ally themselves with the
d fens was aald to amount to a consider
able rum, and Frederick estimated that
It would cover mora than all the reward
ffered for the arrest of the guilty
parties. The defenue, even to date. It
was aald, had no knowledge of the fact
that some witnesses would turn upon 11
when It came to the giving of testimony.
Against such odd a these , the defense
would have been battling and, to mem
bers of the prosecution, therefore, the
surrender was not surprising.
Franklla to Da I'roaeeateil.
That the plea of guilty by the Mc
Namaraa did not preclude the prosecution
from activity In any other direction or
with any other person was evidenced to
day by the announcement of Assistant
District Attorney Ford ' that he would
press the charges of bribery against Hurt
H. Franklin, a detective employed by the
defense. He declared, however, that If
counsel ao desired when the ease came
up tomorrow, a continuance to some
other reasonable date would not meet
with objection by the proaecutlon.
Asked If there would be any more ar
rests, Mr. Ford declared that It would
depend on the testimony of certain wit
nesses In the Franklin case.
"There may be tome sensational de
velopments, however," he remarked to
an eastern newspaper Correspondent who
contemplated leaving here soon, "and
you had better not leave for at least an
He Was nuked If he thought that within
another week Some arrests In connection
with the conspiracy to blow up the
Time building or the Franklin caae
would he made, but he declared himself
unable to discus the matter at this time.
Franklin, who Is out on flo.OuO ball
furnished by counsel for the McNamaraa,
would not discus hi cane today.
Among rumor that circulated tonUht
wa one that Milton A. Schmidt, also
under Indictment for tha Time dynamit
ing, was In town and under surveillance.
Thin wus denied by Attorney Ford.
"I don't know anything about It, and
I would know if It were so," he said.
Confers With Wlckersham.
WASHINGTON. I Dec. S.-8everal con-
ference have been held between A. I
McCormlck, Vnlted State district attor
ney In Los Angeles, and Attorney tien
era! Wlckersham, but both deny1' that '
those have to do with the McNamara
dynamiting case. Mr. McCprmlck : de
clared his business was devot)-d 'entirely
to the discussion of the government's cqu
templated aotlon against the "plumbing
trust" on the Faclfld coast.
BIRM WOtl.U RBVGAL BIO 11. HT
Plaaa for Federal Investigation DIs-
casard at Indtaaaaolla.
INDIAN A POLLS, Deo. "..-Plans for the
federal Investigation that may uncover
men alleged to have been Implicated
with the MoNamara brothers Id dynamll-
ng operations in many states went for
ward In conferences In this city today.
Detective 'William J. Burnt discussed
with United Status District Attornej
Charlea W. Millet the evidence to be
presented to the federal grand jury when
It resumes Its sessions December It
Neither would make a public statement
In relation to the details of their, con
"We shall not rest until we have
brought to justice all those connected
with th dynamiting outragee throughout
the country," said Mr. Hums. "I .am no
respecter of persons, and whether th
men antedated with th McNamaras are
higher up' or 'lower dowu' they will be
Any exposures that may be made will
come; through Indictments, If Indictments
sr returned, for violation of the federal
t'.tttute regulating Interslute transporta
tion of explosive, said Mr. Miller, In
talking In a general way of th grand
Jury's probe. In several different direc
tions, he said. Information wa being
prepared for the grand jury tending to
show that the McNamaraa, Ortle Mo-
Muhlga! "and others" had violated the
ton fere with Klrby.
Along thla line Mr. Burn conferred to
day with J. Klrhy. Jr., president of the
National Association of Manufacturers,
and D. M. Perry, a former president of
th organisation, which la Interested with
the erectors' association. It Is announced,
In a crusade atralnat alleged depredations
aimed at employers that maintain the
"open ahop" principle.
The National Frectora' association la
represented on the scene of the inquiry
by J. A. U. Dadorf. assistant to Walter
Drew, executive officer of the associa
tion. He arrived today.
Several detectives In the employ of th
association have been. In the city for
weeke and are said to be watching th
movement of persons presumed to have
been concerned with John J. McNumara'i
affairs during the yeara he wa in thla
city aa secretary of the International
Association of Bridge and Structural
Iron Workers, whose books and corre
spondeno are now in the hands of the
edeial grand Jury.
"The fact that two men are to be pun
ished for dynamiting ta not the most Im
portant feature of thla Investigation,"
atd Mr. Hadorf. 'Tho member of the
.National Krrctor' association are In
.crested chiefly In exposing and bringing
to Justice the person responsible for Kx.
explosions, destructive of bridge and
trui'tuial Iron work, since August, VMi.
.n many utati s, trom Massachusetts to
Hi Pacific coast,
Naatbrr of alea (uarerard.
"The property dotroyed was that o.
companies employing nonunion Iron work
.is. The Cost of tills campulKti of ler
.orUm waa enormous and It was system
atically carried on. We assert that a
.uinbi-r of men U-sldt) the Mc.Vamarat
concerned In the plans for theae
.xplualons and we propose to assist In
ery way in uncovering them. We shal.
dnd every assistance to the federal au
noritie and we have every assuranc.
hat the Investigation will be moat thur
No' Information was available here to
dgUt of th whereabout of Frank M
Kyan, president of the Association of
Iron Workers. Acting Secretary II. H.
Horkln aald he waa advised that Mr.
Hyan would arrlvo here tonight from At
lanta, Ua , where he was yeterday. He
had heard nothing from him today, he
said. He added that no meeting of the
executive board of the Iron workers' as
sociation would be called to take action
in regard to the McNamara brother un
til Mr. Ityan's return to the headquar
"Do you continue to affirm that you
personally do not believe that the exec
utive board should repudiate John J.
MoNsmura a secretary-treasurer of the
organisation?" Mr. lockln wa asked.
"I have been quoted to that effect."
he answered, "but now I refuse even tc
ay whether or not I was quoted cor
rectly. The executive board will de
termine our policy."
Will Travel extensively.
From Indianapolis Mr. Ilurna said he
was going to Cleveland, O , and thence
to New York and that he probably would
be back In Indianapolis later this week,
but he was not sure. He aald he expect?
t go to the Pacific coast In a short time,
all of hi travel being In connection with
the McNamara case.
While here Burns reiterated his state
ment that rtamuel Compel', president of
the American Federation of Labor, knew
almost from the beginning that the Me-
Namarss were guilty of the charjres
against them. In this connection the de
tective said with some feeling:
"When Mr. Compere say he wa aiir-
pr1ed and that the M :Namarus had de
ceived hltn In declaring their Innocence,
he tells what la not true. Mr. aomprr
knew the McNamara Were guilty nd
hi known It all along. He knew It at
the time he and the head of the Inter
national unlona conferred In Indianapolis
on the question of ratalng funds for th
defense of the prisoners. Borne of the
other union men knew of tholr guilt too.
Clarence Darrow told the labor men at
that meeting in Indianapolis that he did
not believe I had done any 'planting' on
dynamite, Darrow knew that I did not
frame up thla caae and told them ao.
"Mr. Oompera knew all the time that
the prisoners were guilty."
MONEY PAID WIFE OF JUROR
(Continued from Page One.)
that of Bain and Lockwood are believed
not to Include all tha attempts to affect
th verdict of the Jury which ha come
to the attention of the prosecution, and
District Attorney Freder;cka Is given as
authority for the statement that still an
other sworn Juror had been tampered with.
The McNamaras are to be aentenced to
morrow, but the work of the prosecution
here to apprehend other persons Involved
will go on aa a corrollary to the In
vestigation of the federal government
which la believed to extend over a much
More arrest and possibly more Indict
ments when the grsnd Jury Is empanelled
are looked for here as a result of the
con'e-e'nn o the teVeii .-K),rg
Maya Lafcor Leaders Knew.
Organised labor was represented at con
ferences of counsel at which It waa de
cided to enter plea of guilty for the
McNamaras. This much waa admitted
today by Clarence S. Darrow, chief coun--.
o niti ii.tim.
. "I sent telegrams to labor leaders to
come here for a conference," he said, "but
I did not', and could, not iell them what
It was about.- I thought they would un
derstand. I sent one telegram to Sam
uel Oompera asking for a representative
t9 advise with me. Edward Nockels, sec
retary of the Chicago Federation of
Ijibor, came and made their confession."
Nockela alio wa here shortly after the
trial began and talked with
Namaras at the county Jail. He dennrte
soon, however, and did not return until
fortnight ago. He denied reDeatedlv
that hla second visit had anything to
do with the case.
Attorney Darrow declared today that
docket i knew the situation and accepted
he solution reached as the most nrac.
ticable one. '
More garprlaea Promised.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. Deo. t.-"8ome
persons that apparently have been ao aa-
tounded by the pleas of guilty of the
McNamara brothera at Loa Anaelea. jtisv
soon be still further amased," said a rep
resentative of one of the employers' or
ganisations watching the federal In
quiry here Into the alleged natlon-wlda
dynamiting conspiracy, today. "No one
at all Informed believe the McNamara
were alone In operations that covered 100
explosions from coast to coast and cost
an enormous sum of money."
Accountants and stenocranhera that
proceeded today with examination of
records and correspondence of the Inter
national Association of Bridge and Struc
tural Iron Workers, in the federal grand
Iviry chambers, were seeking evidence. It
was learned as to the exact disposition
of certain funds of the association.
Specifically the feleral Inquiry 1 a to
whether or not th atatute governing the
Interstate transportation of dynamite ha
been violated. A to the visit of Detec.
live Wlllla n J. Burn to this city yes-
terday It Is Intimated that prosecutions
on mora serious chirges may follow if
the federal grand Jury returns indict
ments against men alleged to have been
higher up" In the McNamara con
st I racy.
Plana further to disclose the Identltv
of these person were formulated by
Mr. Burna and United States District At
torney Charlea W. Miller yesterday.
JIPHICMK tOtHT HECO-VEES
Parkers aad Indvaeadeat Tobacco
He Will Appear.
WAilHNUTON. Dec. a-Tomorrow
promises to be a busy day for the su
preme court of the 1'ntted tJtste. That
tribunal reconvenes after a two weeks'
recess and Important declslona are ex
pected In aevetal of the many cases now
under consideration. In addition to de
ciaitns, attorney for th Chicago beef
packer ar expected to make an attempt
to have the court stay the packer' trial
til th violation for tha Sherman antl
Still another unusual move will be the
attempt of the leaf tobacco board of trade
of the city of New York to get the au
tireme court to review the reorganisa
tion f the tobacco col poratlon. Thla
.uove will be based on the ground that
the reorganisation decree of the 1'ntted
states circuit court In New York re
cently announced wa not In accordance
ith the direction of the supreme court
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.lia second atorv w-iml.iui et - i
ast inar.1. louay resulted lu the reunion
of two bioinera who had not seen each
other for twenty years The Injuied man
,av Ids name as J. WllUerscheid J A
,. illwrisctieid. member of the fire board'
..eaid of thtt accident and uoon Inv '
at night, today resulted in the
of two bi oltlera m hn .....
.ion. discovered that the victim was hi. I
lining brother. The Injured man wa. A
tliioved to a hosuilal wh.ie. It i- . I
, u wUl meter. '
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