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The Omaha Daily Bee
,VOL. 51 NO. 57.
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Administrator Named of Neal
Estate to Be Mutual Friend
Stepson Shares in
Letter Found in Home
Auburn, Neb., Aug. 22. (Special
Telegram.) Mrs. Lucy Neal,
charged with the murder of her hus
band, Ben Neal, at their home two
and one-half miles southeast of here
on the night of August 11, and who
is under bond of $10,000 to aouear in
'justice court Thursday morning to
te arraigned for the alleged crime,
wa.s in Auburn today. She came
from the home of her brother, Wal-
tcrf McCully, a farmer,- who resides
pear Stella, to appear before th.
county judge to have an adniinistra
tor appointed for the estate of her
Jate husband. She was accompanied
to the court house by her daughter,
' Both the women were plainly
dressed in light materials and wore
no symbols of mourning. Sirs Neal
Consented to the appointment of a
.t . r t t t t
:nuiuai inena oi uer nusuana ana
herself, Frank Woodward, promi
nent nolitictan and citizen of Aema-
iia, as administrator. Jt is tnougnt
,clihat Neat's estate will inventory
j $15,000 or more with an incumbrance
cri the 80-acre farm where he met his
death, of $2,000.
Son Is Heir,
".An interesting feature of the ad
ministration of his estate is that his
stepson, Lcland Wright, now an in
mate of the Kearney industrial
school, will be one of the heirs. It
is- reported here that Neal, who had
an antipathy for thevboy. had told
lijs attorneys and his wife that it was
hi,3 intention to make a will in which
he- would bequeath Mrs. Neal. her
daughter, Ava. and Leland Wright,
the stepson, $1 each and that he
would leave ilis estate in such a way
tl'at the wire and stepdaughters
would derivethe income of his estate
for life and then that it should pass
to other hands for the reason that
he did not want Leland to ever have
a cent other than the technical be
quest of $1.
Neat died intestate and his step
son, whom he wished to disinherit,
will be one of the beneficiaries of his
f. Now that Mrs. Neal has been ar
rested, charged with Neal's death,
all of Nemaha county is speculating
on her probable guilt or innocence.
It is the main topic of conversation
on the streets, in, the homes and in
the public places in an parts of the
Tounty. There aft many who do
not belief that she is guilty of the
crime of murder. There are others
who say she is guilty, but who con
done her guilt, should she have been
the one who killed her husband, say
ing that she had had sufficient provo
cation and justification.
Says Facts Not Given.
..Most everyone agree that the
story of the events of the night of
the tragedy, which she and her
daughter told at the inquest, showed
That she had not made a full revela
tion of the facts to the members of
4 the jury and they condemn her more
for this than- thye do for probable
guilt. They all agree that her story
slantial evidence in the case,
docs not tally with the circum-
All of those who were aquainted
with Ben Neal, and many of them
had heard of his previous threats of
suicide, are loth to believe that he
'Committed self-murder. He was an
flptimistic man. He wes in fairly
'good health. He w.u in better tl&an
-.he average financial circumstances.
He lost 120 acres of land recently
by the ravages of the Missouri river,
ijvhich had taken- other hundreds of
acres away from equally unfortunate
neighbors, but his did, not cripple
him and it is a frequent and an al
most foreseen occurrence along the
Missouri river bottoms in this sec
tion and one which has taught land
owners along the river to take it
30 Yers Wife s Senior.
Neal ws 30 yers the senior of his
jte. He was man of high passions,
but in all of his fits of temper hi
found vent' for his anger in words
"and threts rather than action. He
xii a man who was familiar with
fir arms and for some years kept a
revolver in his home. He end his
wife, during their entire married
career, had had a succession of
marital troubles, frequent quarrels,
frequent threats. -
' A year or so ago Mrs. Neal pro
cured Neal's gun, she testified, and
hid it behind a cement block in the
foundation of their house. It was a
big blue steel gun and it' was later
iound by Sherm Kauffman, Brown
Ttlle man, while making repairs at
the house and he later sold it to
another resident of Brownville for
$10, it is alleged.
Neal, when found was lying on
tiie floor of the bedroom. He had a
cheap nickle plated 21 calibre re
Iplver in his right hand. It was
looselyclasped. Two shells had been
exploded. Two cylinders of the gun
were empt)-.. There were two loaded
cartridges in the cylinders, the cter
iire trigger of the gun on n un
.exploded shell. The unfired cart
ridges were colored green by verdid
gree and were oxjdized by age. They
were loaded with black powder.
Shot on Left Side.
' The wound which caused his death
was on the left side of the neck.
The bullet went straight in. 'It hit
1L.Mfce lower part of the jaw bone and
J (1 then deflected downward ,. severing
juglar vein and causing1 profus in
ward bleeding. The orifice of the
wound when examined bv Dr.
Vance of Peru, the members of the
yoronors jury, Undertaker Arm
strong, Sheriff Davis, County Attor-v-
nrm t rt Tira, Colaaaa Oac.)
Wives Rejoin Husbands
After 8-Year Separation
Two .Women and Small Sons, Left in Russia When
Mates Came to America, Suffer Untold Privation
Before Escape Effected; Say Bolshevism
Better Than Anti-Red Rule.
Superior, Neb., Aug 22. Special.)
After 8 years' separation, in which
they suffered untold privation in the
midst of the turmoil of banditry,
mureds and rapine in Russia, Mrs.
Lazur Schwartzman and son, Abe,
and Mrs. Morris Copilovsky and her
son, Abe, arrived in Superior to join
their husbands, who have adopted
the simpler forms of their names,
Louis Schwartz and Morris Cohen,
proprietors of the Superior Auto
Wrecking company of this city.
In the fall of 1913, the two men
left Ukrainia to come to this country,
leaving Mrs. Schwartz with hsr babe
of two weeks, and Mrs. Cohen and
her child of four months, until they
could earn money to return to their
They worked in New Nork and
later at Rock Island, 111., finally go
ing to Omaha. After two and a
half years in the state metropolis
they came to Superior.
In the meantime their wives were
experiencing far different adventures
in Ukrainia. Mrs. Cohen, a sister of
Mr. Schwartz, received assistance
from her mother in their town of
Ternovka, but Mrs. Schwartz did
not fare so well and necessity com
pelled her to work' for her living and
support her son.
When Mrs. Cohen's prosperity
waned upon the coming of bolshev
ism, they determined to escape
from Russia into Roumamw after
having endured all manner of grue
some experiences and' suffering in
their native land
While not sympathizing with bol
shevism, the women say that if bol
shevism were in control of Russia
conditions would be better than at
Rail Funding Bill
Passed by House
Effort Fails' to Eliminate Sec
tion Providing "No Pay
ments to Road for Inef
ficiency of Labor."
Washington, Aug. 22. The ad
ministration's railroad funding bill
was passed tonight by the house.
The measure now goes to the sen
. The vote was 214 to .123. . It is
not -the present intention of the sen
ate ta. take up the but Deiore we
An unsuccessful effort was nacie
to eliminate a section which pro
vides that no payments shall be
made by the government to any car
riers "on account of the so-called
inefficiency of labor" during federal
Another provision of the section
which Representative Webster
failed to have stricken out stipulates
that no funds shall be used in mak
ing settlements with carriers which
do not "forever bar such carriers
from setting up any further claim,
right, claim or demand of any kind
cr character against the United
States growing out of, or connected
with the possession, use, or oper
ation of such carriers' property by
the United States during the period
of federal xontrol.
Prooonents of the measure suc
ceeded in voting down all motions to
amend the bill in important panicu-
r : mcr laKe. ne declares inai in answer 10
lars and as passed the measure v her screams he plunged into the wa
cept for a.few minor changes , ism v. exhaus
the iorm in which it. .w.-
During four hours of general de
bate, three members of the com
merce committee besides Mr. Web
ster Representatives Rayburn,
Texas; Johnson, Mississippi: and
Huddleston, Alahama, air demo
cratsexpressed opposition to the
bill. Mr. Rayburn, however, urged
retention of the section which Mr.
Webster urged eliminating.
Contending the government was
bound by previous legislation to
recognize claims growing out of
"labor inefficiency," Mr. Webster
said passage of the bill without
elmiation of the clause to which he
objected would be "a monttruous
repudiation of a solemn contract.
Attacking the bill Mr. Rayburn de
clared the railroads were the
"pampered pet of the government.
Representative Mondell, republi
can leader, asserted enactment of
the bill would do more than any
thing else "to hasten the day when
transportation rates can be reduced.
Ejected Socialist Slakes
Speech at North Platte
North Platte. Neb.. Aug. 22.
(Special.) August Claessens, one
of the five members of the socialist
group elected to the state legislature
of New York and denied a seat,
addressed a large audience on the
court house lawn here. He, in com
pany with his wife and two others,
are touring the country by auto.
"Co-operation instead of competi
tion, the elimination of the element
of profit in industry, the ownership
by the local and national govern
ment of all public utilities" was the
general theme of his address.
Rob North Platte Store
Six Times in Two Months
North Platte, Neb.. Aug. 22.
(Special.) For the sixth time in
two months burglars looted the
Gamble-Springer grocery store tak
ing cigars and cigarets. This store
has lost $1,600 worth of money and
merchandise thus far. Entrance was
obtained through a butcher shop
next door and the thieves passed
up several hundred dollars in the
Lurcher shop tilt ,
present, for the Denckin, Wrangle,
Kohlcheck and other bandit forces
adopt inhuman and destructive
means of gaining their objective,
burning houses, killing inoffensive
people on the streets, destroying
food and goods in the stores and in
sulting the women, while the reds
respect womanhood, seek to protect
the foodstores and save the crops.
For four years Schwartz and
Cohen did not hear from their
wives. Secret halls were built in the
basements of the Russian homes,
in which to hide when the bandits
were on the warpath and it was to
these "sekrats," as they are called,
that the women would" seek refuge
scores of times each year as warning
came to them of the approach of the
bandits, who many times discovered
their hiding places. v
When the women had the oppor
tunity to escape with their sons into
Roumania, they gladly assented to
accompany a refugee runner and
were hidden in a dark cellar, after
running the guards, remaining con
cealed there for five days and i.ights,
suffering from hunger and thirst.
Finally their guide permitted them
to come from their hiding place and
took them across the river in a "small
boat to Roumania.
.This was about a year ago and
letters came to Cohen and Schwartz
about three months later, the first
word they had received from their
wives since the European war. The
men sent money and after the usual
difficulty in obtaining passports, the
women boarded the Oylmpic at Cher
burg, France, arriving in New York
August 9, when they were met by
Mr. Schwartz. (
Pastor Held for
Minister Arrested on War
rant for Slaying Wife Says
Former Landlady Cause
San Tose. Cal..' Aug. 22. A
"spurned woman" is blamed by the
Rev. John A. Spencer, former Santa
Kosa preacner, ror causing ms
rest on a warri.-.t charging wife
murder. Mr. Spencer, in advancing
this theory, asserted he was inno
cent of any attempt to do away witn
Mrs. Spencer was reported
drowned in Clear lake, Lake county,
July 27; 36 hours later her body was
buried, inereaner certain reports
and rumors reached Lake county
authorities. The body was exhumed
and following tn autopsy a warrant
charging the former minister with
murder was issued. 1
The Rev. Mr. Spencer named the
"spurned woman,", as he . termed
her. He said he and his wife had
lived for a time in the home of this
woman at Santa Rosa and quarreled
with her concerning an account.
Later, he said, the woman made
overtures of affection which he
spurred and from his lack of heart
interest developed a feeling to
which he attributed his arrest.
Unable to Rescue Wife.
Spencer insists Mrs. Spencer was
drowned accidentally when she fell
from their boat at night in Cear
lake. He declares that in answer to
tion prevented further attempts at
The accused preacher is not with
out the sympathy of a woman.
Upon coming here, following the
death of his wife, he made arrange
ments to purchase a bungalow. The
bungalow is occupied by Mrs. E. D.
Barber and it was the plan of Mrs.
Barber and himself, the minister
says, to take in roomers.
Mrs. Barber expressed a desire to
see the former preacher before he
is returned to Santa Rosa. The re
quest, however, according to Sheriff
Lyle of this county, will be denied.
Mr. Spencer was to be taken to
Santa Rosa Sunday night, it was
announced, and instructions had
been received to allow the preacher
to converse with no one except of
ficers. Anxious About Welfare.
Mrs. Barber showed solicitation
for the minister's welfare. She de
clared he had been an invaluable
"business counsel" for her.
Property of the minister and his
wife was put in escrow at his wife's
request, Mr. Spencer said. Three
parcels of property in Santa Rosa,
amounting to half the entire joint
property, was given to Mrs.
Spencer, he said, and he retained a
ranch near here which has a value
of $9,000. The ranch was leased
Convicted Kidnaper and
Slayer of Boy Must Die
" New York, Aug. 22. Roberto Raf
faele, convicted last week of murder
in the first degree for the killing of
5-year-old Giuseppe Varotta, who
was drowned in the Hudson fiver
after being kidnaped, today was sen
tenced to be electrocuted during the
week of October 3. Six others are
to be tried for the same crime.
Large Fire at Hardy
Superior, Neb., Aug. 22. (Special
Telegram.) Fire discovered at 3
Sunday morning totally destroyed
three buildings and the entire stock
of 'the Rair & Bryan hardware
store at Hardy. The loss is- esti
mated at $25,000, which is partially
covered by insurance. A lot of new
farm machinery, just added to the
stock, was destroyed by the fire,
How to Run
Noted Manufacturer Unfolds
Plan for Revolutionary
Ideas to Make D., T.
& I. Pay.
Points Out Rail Evils
By RICHARD LEE,
1 nlrrmal Sri-vice Staff CorrMpondent
Copyright, 1921, by Iniversal Service
Detroit, Mich., Aug. 22. Henry
Ford, in his first interviw as presi
dent of the Detroit, Toledo &
Ironton railroad, today unfolded the
plan for application of revolutionary
engineering ideas tempered with
plain businss "horse sense" to do
for railroading what he has done
tor automobile manufacturing.
"Despite our deception of ourselves
on the fancied progress in railroad
engineering, the plain, cold fact is
that in railroad eneineenniy today
nobody has ever made a good start,"
said the D., T. & I. president. "We
intend to do it."
Locomotives' weighing one-third
the presnt money-eaters and do
ing just as much work with a frao
tion of the fuel consumption are a
part of the rord vision of the rail
road of the future. Likewise he will
have cars similarly reduced in weight
carrying present day tonnaec at
cheaper rates under supervision of
Detter paid workmen.
Engines Too Heavy.
"The 200-ton locomotive of today
cannot be justified in any way except
as another means for the banking
gentry in their exploitation - rather
than the development of the trans
portation system," he added. "They
only serve to wear out steel rails.
Such rails should last 100 years,
tUtfugh the steel trust wouldn't like
"Furthermore, we will out an end
to the day when storms are able to
paralyze railroads by interference
with the lines of communication. We
will do our train dispatching by wire
less telephones and snap our fingers
at storms and maintenance charges."
In all his discussion of railroading
he was dealing with the future of the
D. T. & I. and not the past. For six
months that former joke in the rail
road family has been under active
Ford management and in that brief
period the nation was brought to
realize that the business of railroad
ing was due for such an overhauling
as he gave automobile manufactur
ing.' Change Not Revolutionary.
JThat was .done without introduc
tion of a single revolutionary idea in
engineering, such as are crowding in
the automobile manufacturers' mind
for the future. That road was turned
into a paying institution virtually
over night by the well-known Ford
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Woman Kills Baby;
Says She Didn't Want
It to Grow in Proverty
Cleveland, O., Aug. 22. Alleged to
hove preferred to see her baby dead
than have it face a life of poverty,
Mrs. Mary Soltis, 26, was under ar
rest at police headquarters today on
a charge of inurdcr. Police Sergeant
McCarthy declares the young mother
admitted she smothered her week-old
child rather than see it live in want.
McCarthy questioned Mrs. Soltis
after the baby s body had been taken
to the morgue. He found two other
children, John, 7. and Mary, 4, cling
ing to their mother's skirts and cry
ing with hunger.
"I smothered the baby with the
bed clothes," Mfs. Soltis is said to
have declared. "I did not want to
see him grow up with nothing ahead.
There is no money nothing. What
could I do? He would be better
She said her husband, John, went
away some time ago in search of
Four Attempt to Break
- - Jail at North Platte
North Platte, Neb., Aug 22.
(Special.) Prisoners in the Lincoln
county jail almost effected a suc
cessful escape by digging a hole
through the brick wall of the cell
house and hiding the bricks inside.
The work was discovered by Deputy
Sheriff Roy Wilson just as the men
were ready to crawl out.
There are only four men in the
county jail here at the present time:
Clark Everett, Floyd Carter, Lay
ton Lougrey, awaiting action of the
grand jury on charges ot automobile
stealing, and John Christ, awaiting
trial on a burglary charge. This is
the smallest number of men ever
held in the local county jail.
Nebraska Guard to Have
An Artillery Regiment
Lincoln, Aug. 22. (Special.) An
artillery regiment will be the next
military unit in the Nebraska Na
Adjutant General H. J. Paul, an
nounced today upon his return from
the encampment at camp Dodg, Iowa.
that the War department had been
asked to approve the formation of
an artillery, regiment in Nebraska.
Governor McKelvie and Adjutant
General Paul will go to Camp Dodge
next Sunday to review the troops
with Governor Kendall of Iowa and
Farmer Kills Self
Ravanna. Neb.. Aug. 2. (Soe-
cial. John Benisck, 24, committed
suicide by shooting himself through
the head with a revolver last even- 1
ing. He lived about 10 miles south
west of Ravenna, and was one of a
highly respected familv. No cause
13 known for his act
Of Murder Sought
Requisition Papers Issued for
Taconia Hotel Man's Wife
Accused of Slaying Knox
ville Auto Dealer.
Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 22. Re
quisition papers for Miss Maude
Moore, charged with the murder of
Leroy Harth, a wealthy young busi
ness man of Knoxville, Tenn., and re
ported under arrest at Tacoma,
Wash., were issued by the governor
today. The killing was a sensation
Tacoma. Wash., Aug. 22. Mrs.
William H. Stubbs, wire of a local
hotel proprietor, is detained by the
police here in the belief that she
may be Maude Moore, wanted in
Knoxville, Tenn., for murder.
The woman was apprehended last
week but no information was given
out by the police until a picture sent
to Knoxville, had been identified
and a description of the woman, in
cluding a peculiar scar, had been
found to tally with the hunted wom
an. The woman married Stubbs m
Olympia, Wash., in November,
1920. She then gave her name as
Helen Hope of Cleveland.
Maude Moore, according to. in
formation here, is wanted ,for the
murder of Leroy D. Harth, an auto
mobile dealer, which occurred Sep
tember 8, 1919. The girl is said to
have jumped a $10,000 appeal bond
after having been sentenced to 20
years in the penitentiary.
Mrs. Stubbs denied that she is
Maude Moore and declares she will
be released, when two men, now
on their way from Knoxville, arrive
to identify her.
Habeas Corpus Writ
Sought for Hightower
San Francisco, Aug. 22. William
F. Herron, San Francisco attorney,
made public today a petition for a
writ of habeas corpus to obtain the
release of William A. Hightower,
itinerant baker who is being held in
the San Mateo county jail on a
charge of murdering Rev. Patrick E.
Heslin, a Catholic priest. Herron
said he expected to file the petition
The petition alleged "that High
tower was committed without rea
sonable or, probable cause, in that.the
testimony and depositions taken did
not show or tend to show that the
said crime of murder ever was com
mitted by the said Hightower."
Herron said that he has not been
retained as Hightower's attorney,
but is acting for a group of San
Francisco business men, "who feel
that Hightower should receive an
Pastor Serves Only Two
Churches in Half Century
Tecumseh, Neb., Aug. 22. Rev.
H. F. Grupe, pastor of St. Teters
Lutheran church, eight miles south
east of Tecumseh, has been in the
ministry for 50 years and has served
but two churches. At the age of
23 he graduated from the Concordia
seminary in SC Louis in 1871. For
19 years he was pastor of a church
near Cape Girardeau, Mo., and for
31 years he has been pastor of St.
Peters church here.
Reduce West Point Tax
West Point. Neb.. Aug. 22. (Spe
cial.) The West Point city coun
cil has njade the annual levy upon
the property of the municipality for
the coming year, 56 mills, a reduc
tion from last year of 2i mills, not
withstanding the material increase in
ponded indebtedness ,
-No Watchful Waiting Here
Clara Smith Hamon to
Wed Movie Director
Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 22. Clara
Smith Hamon, wIk was acquitted in
Ardmore, Okl., several months ago,
when tried for the murder of Jake
L. Hamon, was married here late
today to John W. Gorman, a motion
picture director. After obtaining
license to- marry, the couple drove to
the residence of the Rev. M. Howard
Fagan. pastor of the Wilshire, Boule
card Christian church, who per
formed the ceremony. :
Mr. . Gorman announced he and
his wife would make their home' here.
Mrs. Gorman has been engaged since
last April in making a film under his
Bumper Corn Crop,
But Potatoes and
Fruit Are Failure
West Point, Neb., Aug. 22. (Spe
cial. Favorable weather for an
other week has helped corn along
very materially towards its maturity.
It is now getting hard and is prac
tically out of danger. The crop
promises to be much more abundant
than last year.
Meadows and pastures were never
in better condition than at present.
The potatoe crop throughout this
section is not very satisfactory, the
yield proving much less than was
anticipated. Prices are advancing
locally. The fruit crop of the county
is practically nil, the early frost
having effectually destroyed all
chances in this line.
Poultry has done especially well
during the entire' season. The egg
and poultry shipments of the spring
and summer have aggregated much
more in volume than for some years
past, although prices have been ab
normally low, especially for eggs.
Railroad Heads Change
Name of Nebraska Town
Lincoln, Aug. 22. (Special.)
Until today there were twin towns
in Nebraska. For years there has
been a little town between Luston
and Sutton by the name of Lyman.
Recently, the Burlington opened an
extension to its line at Haig and
one of the new towns was named
Since that time postal authorities
have experienced trouble in sending
letters addressed to Lyman, Neb.
Today, Burlington and Union Pacific
officials decided to name the Lyman
between Ltishton and Sutton, Bixby,
in honor of R.; A. Bixby, veteran
Burlington station agent at Lushton.
New Field Assistant
Lincoln, Aug. 22. (Special.) Miss
Maxine Biedelsheimcr of Beatrice to
day was appointed field assistant in
the state bureau of child welfare. Her
alary win be ?1,5UU a year,
Woman Found in
Grave, Says Son
Man Says. Story Untrue
as His Wife Eloped to Den
ver With Chauffeur
. Granite City, 111., Aug. 22. Police
Chief Clark today declared the body
found in a shallow grave,, near here
and erroneously identified last week
as that of Mrs. Serena Gilliland of
Cincinnati, is that of Mrs. Nora Dor
man, and arrested Arthur Dorman,
38, and John, 16, husband and son of
the woman, charging murder. The
arrests were made at Junction, 130
miles southeast of here, where the
elder Dorman was employed as a
Although the elder Doman denies
knowledge of the murder and de
clares his wife had eloped to Denver
with a chauffeur, the younger Dor
man, according to Chief of Police
Clark, confessed that his father con
fided to him that he had murdered
the woman. The son's admission is
said to have been made after two
hours of questioning. The boy, Chief
Clarke declared, said he had been
sworn to secrecy by his father.
"Father told me he choked mother
and hit her on the head with some
thing," - the alleged confession re
cites. "Please do not tell him I told."
The Dormaiis formerly resided
here. Mrs. Dorman was employed as
a waitress and disappeared June 8
last. 1 The following day Dorman ap
peared at her place of employment
and demanded $19 wages due her.
Officers of National
W.C. T. U. Re-Elected
San Francisco, Aug. 22. All offi
cers of the national Women's Chris
tian Temperance union were re-elected
today for another year by large
majorities. Mrs. Anna Gordon of
Evanston, 111., was continued as
Other officers are: Vice president,
Mrs. -Ella A. Boole, Brooklyn, N.
Y.; corresponding secretary, Mrs.
Frances C. Parks, Evanston, 111.; re
cording secretary, Mrs. Elizibeth P.
Anderson, Fargo, S. D.; assistant re
cording secretary, Mrs. Sarah Hogue,
Lincoln, a.: treasurer, Mrs. Mar
garet C. Manus, Evanston, 111.
Suspected Slayer of Auto
. Man Is Ordered Released
Sioux City. Ia., Aug. 22. Max A.
Wilson of Hawarden, la., who has
been held a prisoner for several
days, on the charge of having mur
dered W. A. Laphatn of Sioux City,
a prominent automobile dealer, July
26, was ordered discharged from
custody today by County Attorney
Ole Naglestad. ,
- The Weather -
Nebraska Fair Tuesday and prob
ably Wednesday; not much change
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South Dakota Bankers in Dep
ositions Brand Head of
Firm's Testimony as "De
Hearing Resumed Today
Branding as "deliberate false
hoods" much of. the testimony given
by O. A. Brictson, head of the
Brictson Manufacturing company,
in a recent hearing in federal court,
two depositions taken by Robert J,
Webb, Omaha attorney, from G. J.
Flittie and H. E. Haroldson, bank
ers of Brookings, S. D., were filed
with the clerk of the federal court,
The Brictson hearing before Judge.
Woodrough will be continued at 9
Flittie's deposition resets the
stage for a dramatic interlude in
the slock company's affairs, staged
in the Brictson offices in the Wood
men of the World building, Omaha,
on February 9, 1921.
It was the date on which Flittie,
Haroldson and another stockholder,
Cobel, came to Omaha to induce
Brictson to buy back their stock.
They came only when repeated
letters, telegrams, and .telephone
calls, asking for an accounting of
comoauv affairs, were totally ig-,
nored by Brictson, Flittie sets forth.
The trio came m the morning,
stayed all day and declined to leave
until Brictson agreed to reimburse
them, according to their testimony.
This Brictson did, only after consult
ing his wife, said to be the brains of
the Brictson organization.
"We came in the morning, talked
with Brictson awhile, told him what
we wanted," reads Flittie's statement.
"He said it was rather sudden, like
love at first' sight, and he would
want time to think it over. We ap
parently didn't make any progress;
conversed about Henry Ford, the fi
nancial situation, etc., and no head
way was made until one-half hour
before train time, in the evening,
when we told him we would sell our
stock to him and retire as directors,
after which he went and consulted
his wife for a few minutes, come
back and said:
Buys Back Stock.
"AH right, gentlemen!"
Haroldsen's testimony here aug
ments Flittie's with this statement:
"I made up. my mind if J3rictson,
wouia not ouy my siock. m wumu
leave it on his desk, properly assigned
to him and sever my connection
with the firm entirely. I also had
my resignation as director and stock
holder in mv possession," said Har
oldson, who is president of the First
National bank at brookings.
Brictson naid them with checks
on the First National bank of Oma
ha, post-dated seven or eight days
ahead. ' . ,
The reason the men assigned lor
desiring to get out of the company
was that they "were not satisfied
with the way the company was man
aged and that repeated requests for
a complete audit of the books were
Audit Never Presented.
The last board meeting was held
April 29, 1920, with Lee Huff and
a Mr. Taylor present. At that time
it was agreed that the audit be pre
pared for a July meeting. This meet
ing was never held anrt the audit
never presented to stockholders, they
Flittie nroduced as exhibits, seven
letters and telegrams Jie had sent
to Brictson, inquiring for the audit,
II of which were ignored.
On the stand last week Brictson
testified he had never had any deal
ings or communications with Flittie
during the dates in question.
Flittie denied he ever made the
statement, as alleged by Brictson in
his testimony, that the reason the
trio wanted to get out was, because
brictson wouldn t come across.
He branded it an absolute false
He denied he ever tried to 'black--
mail" Brictson on a salary proposi
tion. Passed Up Salary.
"A salary of $800 was voted to me
as secretary of the company at a
directors' meeting held at the Fon
tenelle, but the next morning Brict
son came and told me the companv
could not afford to begin payment of
my salary then, so I agreed to drop
the salary matter.
If Brictson said anything about
'blackmail' then he is 'mistaken or j
telling a dcliberat falsehood,' " said
r littie. w ho is president of the Cham
ber of Commerce at Brookings.
rough today is on an application for
the appointment of a receiver, begun
by H. E. Close and other stockhold-'
Mrs. Ohenchain and Burch
Given Week's Continuance
Los Angeles, Aug. 22. A week's!
continuance in entering their pleas j
to the indictments charging them j
with the murder of J. Belton Ken-i
ncdy was granted today to Mrs,!
Madalynne Obcnchain and Arthur'
C. Burefa. ;
The postponement of this proceed-;
. - A 1 on
ure 10 ."iugusi &y, was oracrea by
Judge Sydney Reeve, on motion of
Attorney Richard Kittreill. who
asked the additional time because the
defendant's chief counsel Paul W,
Schcnck. now in Arizona, wished to
be present when the pleas were en-1
1 1 1 11 m t
Meter Burglar Guilty
Reno. New, Aug. 22. Compton R.
Hubbard, meter burglar wanted in '
nine cities, today pleaded guiltv in 1
district court to grand lareeny'and'
will be sentenced at 11 tonwjv
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