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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1917.
TELLS OF PLOT TO KEEP ELSIE PHELPS FROM TESTIFYING
OF CLEANUP DEALS
Also Says That He Paid Monej
to Sutton to Keep Him
Quiet About Suit
case. (Continued From Far On.)
man Lowry and Davis were brought
in as regularly as any other prisoners.
The car was stolen Irom a Mrs. Bing
ham and I can get her here if you
wish. It is a county case and up to
the county attorney to set the bonds."
Brother of Elsie Phelps.
Raymond H. Lowry, brother of El
sie Phelps, and employed by Missouri
Valley Oil company, was placed on
stand and quizzed by Attorney Rine.
He said a man named Jess Davis
asked him Thursday to prevail on his
sister (Elsie l'helps) to tell the truth
when called to testify at Maloney
"I asked Davis what he thought
my sister would say that was not the
truth and he said Paul Sutton had
arranged her testimony. He said
my sister is in bad and I should help
her out. He said I would be paid
well; that I should know that when
Tom Dennison says it will b paid I
should know that money would be no
object," said Lowry.
"Were you refused bail?"
"I was." '
City Attorney Rine said he would
show that reliable persons offered
bail and it was refused.
"What were you charged with?"
"Buying a stolen auto from Davis."
Davis Denies Plot.
. Jess Davis, alias Jess Ecford, ad
mitted speakirg to Raymond Lowry
regarding Elsie Phelps.
"Did you tell Lowry it would be
worth his while to see his sister re
garding her testimony at this hear
ing?" "I did not."
"Say anything to Lowry about a
Davis was brought from the po
lice station to testify.
About Smith Murder.
Detective Rich was called to stand
and was questioned by Attorney Baker
relative to Smith drug store murder
and arrest of a suspect by Detectives
Sutton and Anderson on May 10. Sut
ton charged the suspect- was irregu
"C. V. Warfield and John Lee saw
the prisoner and did not identify him.
He was held several days and re
leased by direction of the arresting
officers after citizens were given an
opportunity to see him," testified
Denies Knowing Mrs. Melson.
Thursday Detective Sutton denied
he had been at the home of Mrs. Mar
garet Melson, SIS South Nineteenth
street, with Elsie Phelps, or that he
even knew Mrs. Melson. He made
similar denials during the preliminary
hearing at Chadron, whereihe testified
against the nine men charged with
Mrs. Melson, now residing at 610
South Twenty-fifth avenue, called to
the witness stand Friday afternoon,
was questioned at considerable length.
"You know Mrs. Elsie Phelps?"
tsked Attorney Elmer Thomas.
Knew Elsie Phelps.
"Yes, met her in spring of 1916 at
the Riverside and she has been at my
house many times.
"How old is she?"
"Well, acquainted with her?"
"About your height?"
"Not as heavy as I am."
AttorneyBaker took witness, ask
ing: "Who was with her at your house?'
"She was with Sutton and others."
"Where did you first meet her?"
"At Riverside. You know how you
got acquainted." .,
"Did you see Else Phelps at your
place last fall and where did you live
"Yes, at 514 South Nineteenth
"Was Officer Sutton there?"
"Yes, she came first and Sutton and
linger came later. Sold them beer."
"Sell ber to Sutton?"
"Yes, to Sutton and her.' '
"Did Unger drink beer?"
Would Dethrone Maloney.
"See them again at your place?"
"Did Officer Sutton tell you he was
Kugel's man; that they would de
throne Maloney and he would be chief
"Yes, he said he did not like
Maloney and was going to dethrone
him and the way he talked, I thought
he wanted protection money."
"Who was with him then?"
"Elsie Phelps. They were sitting on
a bed together and he had his shoes
"Served them beer in bed?"
"Yes. She wanted highballs, but I
only had beer."
"What did your husband say?"
"He said Sutton told him he had
spoken to me about protection after
Talked of Bath Houses.
"Speak to Mrs. Phelps about her
hath house?" '
"Yes, she said she wanted to put
me' to work in her bath house. They
did not pay much at bath houses, but
I could make a lot of extra money
from patrons of the bath house."
"How many times were Sutton and
Elsie Phelps at your place together?"
"I dont' n. ember."
"Did Sutton pay you for the
"No, because I was afraid of him."
"Did he pay you for the beer?"
"He paid me 25 cents and ofners
paid $1 a bottle."
Was On Morals Squad.
"When Sutton and Elsie called at
your house was he on the morals
"Anything unusual happen at your
house last night?"
"Yes. Anderson and another man
looked all over the house and said I
had been reported as having a dis
"Were they looking for Sutton
"I dont' think so. They should
have come two months ago and they
would have found something."
"Did Sutton ever raid your place?"
"No. He asked me who was pro
tecting me. I told him I had a horse
shoe around my neck."
Stampedes the Crowd.
.Attorney Rine asked:
Attorney Rine asked:
"How do you account for the fact
you never were pulled?"
"Can't account for it."
"You ran the house for assignation
purposes before Sutton went there?"
The witness created a furore by
referring by name to a man who was
in the council chamber, and by relat
ing his hasty exit from her place on
a certain occasion last year.
"Officer Unger knew you were sell
"When Sutton first went to your
house, did he say he was an officer?"
"I knew he was."
"It was impressed upon you that he
was a police officer?''
"He wouldn't be in a house long
before he would let you know."
"Every pay protection money?"
"No. But Sutton said he was work
ing out of Kugel's office and if I
treated him right I would not be ar
rested, but the side might and when
they did, he would quit.
Cot Into Case By Talking.
"Were you in an automobile the
other evening and followed Sutton
and Elsie Phelps?"
"I was not."
"How did you get into this case?"
"Just by talking too much. 1 tn'.d
a woman friend and I suppose she
told Mr. Dolan."
"Did you see Dolan?"
"Yes, he came to see me and
brought Mr. Wolf with him."
"When did you last see Elsie
"Last April, at my house."
"How many times did Sutton and
Elsie Phelps go to you house?"
"About fifteen times."
"You were rather chummy with
"Did Elsie ever speakto you of Sut
ton's position in the police depart
ment?' "Yes, she said the was going to be
one of the head fellows."
Honeywell Takes Stand.
W. R. Honeywell, bricklayer and
erstwhile sociological worker, was the
star witness at yesterday morning's
session of the trial. The witness un
wittingly furnished as much merri
ment as an average audience could ab
sorb at one sitting.
Honeywell was placed on the stand
to refute charges made by Detective
Paul Sutton on Thursday that the
witness had been released by Ma
loney after Sutton made the arrest,
and that Maloney neglectfully failed
to give the Honeywell case the atten
tion justice seemed to demand.
In his testimony Sutton explained
that the arrest was made at the in
stance of Mrs. Honeywell, who
charged her husband with having been
implicated in a suitcase robbery in
Omaha seven years ago, when dia
monds, bonds and valuable papers
, Paid Graft Money.
The Honeywell case was cited by
Sutton as one of a series to show that
Maloney had usurped the functions of
a court in his disposal of some of the
cases made by detectives.
Honeywell related that he paid Sut
ton $2a on or about December 15,
1916, because he feared the detectives
would harrass him with knowledge of
the suitcase matter and thereby cause
him to lose his job. He said that
"Red" Willaims had been seint by Sut
ton to him to serve as go-between;
that he prepared an oration which he
was to have delivered in the Audito
rium under auspices of the ministers;
that he submitted a manuscript of the
address to Tom Dennison through
Henry Pollock, serving as special
messenger! that he worked with Rev.
John F. Hawk, pastor of First Re
formed church, and'' Rev. Earl Bo
wen, pastor of Pearl Memorial church,
and with Ezra Fields of the court
house in his city government uplift
Going into details of his city-wide
cleanup activities, he declared he had
made some investigations on his own
account and found that Mayor Dahl
man was "honest, but enjoyed a good
time now and then."
"Not since May 1," corrected the
His exception of the mayor in his
general charges of official neglect
aroused much laughter. Pinned down
by City Attorney Rine, the witness
admitted he knew of no specific
act of misconduct on the part of any
city official, but declared that Com
missioner Kugel knew of general con
ditions in Omaha and the other com
missioners were jointly responsible
for such conditions.
Attorney Had Cold Feet.
Honeywell explained that his career
as an uplifter was cut short because
W. L. Baughan, his attorney, had cold
feet and failed to go through with a
meeting which was to have been held
with the executive committee of the
Ministerial union at the Young Men's
Christian association, to arrange for
his (Honeywell's) appearance at the
Auditorium to deliver his oration, de
scribed as Ins masterpiece. Me added
that Paul Sutton put a few finishing
touches on the manuscript and he in
sisted that it was his purpose to "in
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flame the community against the city
The witness said he was hostile to
j the city government, and his oration,
which was never given, was lo have
been the torch that would illumine the
way to civic righteousness.
Honeywell on Stand.
W. R. Honeywell was next placed
on the stand by leaker. He related
that during last November he was
arrested by Paul button on request
of his wife. On Thursday Sutton
testified Maloney released Honeywell
without giving his case proper inves
tigation. According to Sutton, Hon
eywell was charged with a diamond
"My wife," testified Honeywell,
"charged me with having been im
plicated in a suit case robbery at
Webster street depot and that I stole
diamonds. Kovcrnment bonus and
valuable papers. My wife left me to
live with .rarnam Delere, brother-m
law of Steve Thrasher. She left mv
rooms at 403 North Seventeenth
street to live at 1720 Capitol avenue.
When I was arrested Mr. Maloney
had me in his office. My wife was
there and Maloney told her he
thought it was all a family mixtip;
that Mrs. Honeywell had left her
husband to he with the man she lived
with. Maloney found nothing on
records to show tlieit of the suitcase
referred to by my wife. My wife
left the station with Walter Jardine,
nephew of the councilman.
Files Statutory Charge.
"I filed a statutory charge against
my wife and Delere. Sutton and Cun
ningham arrested my wife and Delere
while drinking in the rear of the Ed
ward bar. When the case was called
I agreed to withdraw the charges if
my wife would leave the city.
Assistant County Abbott said "it
would not be fair to withdraw the
charges, because she had taken nearly
everything from her husband except
his wooden leg. We decided to let
her go, but she went back to her old
"There still was a spark of love in
mj heart for her. She again took up
with Delere and a man named Flynn.
I raided her room again and gave
Flynn a terrible beating, breaking
both my hands. Complaint was made
that I used brass knuckles on Flynn.
That was at 1819 Cass. I had been
warned by friends to be careful, be
cause my wife had a suit case charge
hanging over me."
Give Money to Sutton.
Baker: "Did you talk to Sutton
about the suit case matter?"
"Yes, 1 gave Sutton $25 to suppress
the matter two tens and a five at
Sixteenth and Dodge streets. He
took the money. I also offered money
to Cunningham, but he would not
"When did you give Sutton
"Last December, between 18th and
"Then what did you do?"
"I went to the Ministerial union in
Young Men's Christian association
building on Arbor day and told them
I thought the town needed cleaning
Club Over His Head.
Honeywell explained that Paul
Sutton held the suit case matter over
"I prepared a manuscript for the
"What was done with manu
"1 think Tom Dennison has it."
"What were you to do with the
"I was to give an oration at the
Auditorium about May 15, undt- the
auspices of ministers."
"Did you include all city commis
sioners in your manscript?"
"All except Mr. Dahlman."
"What were you going to do to
"Going to let him get by. My in
vestigation showed that he was an
honest man only he wanted to have
a little fun now and then."
(Roars and laughter.)
"Did Sutton approve your man
script?" "Yes and he added a few lines,"
"What about the suit case and the
No Diamonds in Suit Case.
"There were no diamonds. Six
years ago Frank Edwards and I left
Chicago. We checked the suit cases
and Edwards gave me the checks. We
went to the Palm hotel and Edwards
told me we had a pretty good haul.
Said we had baggage of a Turk and
had his passport and diamonds. I
did not know whether they were
same cases checked at Chicago.
"In one grip was a passport
through Europe and complicated
maps. One was a map ,! i bomb.
It indicated t'C owner of the suit case
knew German, French and Turkish
"What was done with map of the
"Edwards took it, but I made a
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copy and gave it to Special Agent
Cashman of Union Pacific."
"What happened to Edwards?"
Thought He Jumped from Bridge.
"Last 1 heard he was on way here
from Chicago and when a man re
cently jumped from bridge I thought
it was Edwards."
"Was this the grip or suitcase mat
ter for which you gave Sutton $25 to
Honeywell explained that he was
working with Paul Sutton in connec
tion with Omaha Ministerial union.
"When did you begin to work with
Sutton?" asked Attorney Rine.
"About March 1."
"What were your relations?"
"We were perfect friends."
"When you gave Sutton money was
it the understanding he would sup
press charge against you?"
"There was no charge against nir,
but he was to suppress any talk
against me, so 1 would not lose my
job. Through the influence of Sutton
and the pressure lie could bring I
had to swing one way or another."
"Because of fear of pressure Sut
ton could bring to bear, you joined
him in an investigation of city gov
ernment, did you?"
"I made my choice because I was
hostile to the city government on ac
count of its actions in connection with
my wife's caie and for fear I would
have to leave town."
"What is the given name of the
Flynn you mentioned?"
"Dick Flynn. I think Mrs. Honey
well and he have left the city."
"After your fight with Flynn, who
was the officer who said they did not
want you very bad?"
"Sutton winked at Wvalt."
"This manuscript; when did you be
gin to prepare that?"
' "On or about latter part of March.
I had it completed about April 22. Be
fore giving it tt- the Ministerialunion
I gave it to Rev. Earl Howen."
How did you happen to see Mr.
Fields on this case?"
- "I was instructed by Red Williams,
go-between for Sutton and myself.
Williams on the Inside.
"How did you meet Red Williams?"
'le introduced himself soon after
I gave Sutton the money, said he
knew I had given Sutton money. I
thought Williams was interested with
Sutton on a cleanup. He said he was
on the inside."
"What else did he say?"
"Sutton thinks you know more
than he though; you did and you can
"You just inferred that Williams
knew you gave Sutton money?"
"He knew, because he would not
have said what he did if he did not
know. I received my instructions
"Why did you c'eliver your manu
script to Mr. Dennison?"
"Because I thought there was some
double-crossing going on."
Signs Name of Mille;.
"Did you sign the manuscript?"
"I signed the name of Miller,
"Any first name?"
"Just made a flourish and let her
"And you were to affiliate yourself
with the Ministerial union?"
"No, I was to inflame the Minis
terial union so that they would go to
the r.id of Mr. Sutton."
"And that is why you turned the
manuscript over to Mr. Dennison?"
"When did you meet Mr. Ctshman
of the Union Pacific?"
"When the United States declared
war on Germany."
"You recognized something in the
suit case as suspicious?"
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"You made a sketch of the bomb,
"Yes, from memory."
"And you did not tell anybody
about wiiat was in suit cases until
seven years alter i. happened?"
"duly my wife."
"You kept quiet about the suit
cases?" "Yes, for my own benefit."
"To whom did you speak about
your cleanup matter with the Minis
"To Grace Phillips, former stenog
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"What did you tell her?"
"Told her she had better leave
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"You knew her?"
"Spoke to her a hundred times."
"Ever associate with her?"
To Attack Council.
"You were going to attack the city
"What did you know of the men
"Only what I learned through Red
"No names were to be mentioned?"
"Well, 1 investigated and found that
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"And the only man you mentioned
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"Then it was all innuendo and sug
gestion?" "Not exactly, but the manuscript
may look like that."
"Only copy of your manuscript was
given to Dennison?"
"When you made up ymir mind to
go into a crusade against city gov
ernment tn whom did you speakr"
"To Paul Sutton. Red Williams, Mr.
Fields, Rev. John Hawk and Rev.
Orders from Sutton.
"How did you happen to go to
Rev. Mr. Bowen's place?"
"Sutton instructed me to take manu
script to Mr. Fields so that he could
refer me to Rev. Mr. Rowcn. He
said Fields was interested in the vac
cination controversy with Dr. Council."
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