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THE 3IORXIXG OREGOXIAX, TUESDAT, MAT 11, 1909.
BOYLE SftYS UNCLE
Convicted Man Tells Tale Df
Long Blackmail and Final
STRONG DENIALS ENTERED
Both Whitla and His Brotlier-ln-'Law
Say Story la Lie Boyle and Wife
Enter Vpon Sentence in
(Continued From First Page.)
steps they would have to take to get a
review of the case.
BOYLE TELLS OF BLACKMAIL
Obtained Money From Planner of
Kidnaping, Then Told Whitla.
MERCER. Pa., May 10. Before he was
taken from here to the penitentiary at
Pittsburg today to beRln a life sentence,
James Boyle, the convicted kidnaper,
made the statement which both lie and
his wife have been promising and which
they said would "shake the country."
The statement follows:
"The complete history of the kidnaping
of Wllllle Whitla, the origin of same
and what led up to it :
"On the morning of . betweeen the
hours of and , Dnn Reeble, Jr., was
found dead on the idwalk In Youngs
town, and over the prostrate form was
Harry Forker. of Sharon. Pa., holding
In his right hand a package of letters
gathered from the sidewalk near the
"As he was about to depart he was
intercepted by the writer and a man
who has since parsed to his reward, Dan
Shay, a saloonkeeper.
Boyle Got Four Letters.
"In Mr. Forker's hurry to leave the
scene he foiled to find two envelopes that
contained four letters. The name were
picked up by Shay and later taken to his
place of business.
"The writer and Mr. Shay examined
and read the contents of same, which
proved beyond a douht the presence of
Mr. Forker there at that time.
"The letters were written by a lady,
two from a party in New York and the
others from Cleveland. Ohio. At a later
date Mr. Forker" was apprised of the
fact that the wrR er held these letters in
his possession and asked If he could use
the same. A letter was Immediately
sent the writer by Mr. Forker, stating
that he (Mr. Forker would like to have
a personal talk with the writer, and a
meeting took place a day or mo after.
"Mr. Forker acknowledged he would
pay for the letters. The amount not be
ing considered sufficient, was refused,
and from that day on and up until
March, 1908, the writer, on the pretext
of exposing the letters and the coinci
dence of Mr. Forker being discovered
tending over the prostrate form of Mr.
Keeble. had received at different times
amounts of money from Mr. Forker to
Demanded $6000 at Once.
"About six months ago. when I re
turned to Sharon with my wife. I met
Mr. Forker and Informed him that un
less I received JfiOOO between then and
the time I Intended to leave Sharon, I
would hold the secret no longer.
"He then informed me that it was? im
possible for him to get that amount, but
some time in April. 190S, he was to get a
certain amount of money and would
then settle with me. On my leaving
Sharon, March 12, IPOS. 1 went to Cleve
land and wrote to Forker as follows:
" 'Dear Sir: I have decided not to
wait any longer in regard to the money
proposition, and if I don't hear from you
oon there will be some exposing.'
"March 16, 1009. I received an answer
to the same, which read as follows:
" 'You knew the circumstances and the
promise I made you when you left here,
bt If you really are as desperately In
need of money as you profess to be, I
will outline a little plan which, with your
co-operation, can be very successfully
carried out. via., the abduction of J. P.
Whitla' s eon. I can arrange to have the
boy brought to Warren, O., due there at
11:18. with an escort.'
(There is no signature' to the letter.)
Kidnaping Is Carried Out.
"I left Cleveland at 8:15 A. M., and ar
rived at Warren at 10:46 A. M., then pro
ceeded to Xlles. O., by streetcar. I ar
rived at Warren at 11:18 A. M., but. fall
ing to see the-boy and his escort. I got
off at Warren and remained in the vicin
ity of the depot.
"About ten. minutes later, boy and es
cort arrived, and 1 was then Informed
that they drove from Sharon to Warren.
I warned the party to take the boy ip
along the Pittsburg & Western track,
leave him there and that 1 would attend
to the rest of it, which he proceeded
"I brought the boy to Niles, O., from
there to Ashtabula, and then to Cleve
land. On March 22. I received a letter
from Mr. Forker stating that some one
had informed Mr. Whitla that they had
recognised his boy on March IS. in Niles,
C, and that Jamee Boyle, of Sharon,
was with him: also thnt Mr. Whitla was
afraid to divulge the information for fear
the' boy might come to harm, and telling
me to be careful and be on the alert, and
that when I received the money to Imme
diately surrender these Yonngstown let
ters, to send eame to him at Sharon, and
on Tuesday. April 23. to turn' half of the
ransom money over to hnn. and he would
turn over the same to the party who
took Willie Whitla to Warren.
Tells Story to Whitla.
"Vpon learning that my name was
. mentioned in connection with the case, I
met Mr. Whitla personally In Cleveland,
at Fifty-third street and St. Clair ave
nue: showed him the letter that passed
between Mr. Forker and. myself; also the
Yonngstown letters, and Mr. Whitla
promised that if I would substantiate the
truth of the Youngstown letters he would
see there would be no prosecution.
"I then surrendered through Mr. Whit
la all the letters that were in my pos
session, and the world knows the result.
J was arrested and convicted and de
prived by my own counsel of telling my
story on the stand. T informed, my wife
the boy was brought in order to escape
being qtwrantlnod in the pesthouse and
we were to be handsomely rewarded for
taking care of him.
"Thi unforttmate woman -wa duped
from start to fintsh in regard to the boy,
and I was duped from the moment 1 let
the letters go into Mr. Whitla's posses
sion. As my counsel afterwards Informed
me. I had nothing to show or to prove,
and that it was a matter of veracity
their word against mine. T had given
or I had, ud haw X an
tied for. This story is as true as there
is a God above us.
(Blamed) "JAMES BOYLE.
"Mercer, Pa., May 10, 1909."
FORKER MAKES STROXG DENIAL
Whitla Also Brands Boyle's State
ment as "Malicious Lie."
SHARON, Pa.. May 10. (Special.)
Harry Forker, whom James Boyle im
plicates in the kidnaping of the Whitla
boy and also attempts to connect with
a murder in Youngstown. O., is x a
brother of Mrs. Whitla and uncle of
the stolen boy. He is wealthy and
bears a good reputation. Although
there had been intimations that some
relative was implicated in the kidnap
ing, the citizens of Sharon were aston
ished at the charges made by Boyle.
His story finds some believers, but they
are in the small minority. Mr. Forker
declared the Intimations, although
without the slightest foundation, were
not new to him, as he had understood
for some time such a statement was
Mr. Whitla was greatly vexed when
he learned of the publication of the
statement. He pronounced the whdle
story a malicious falsehood. Forker
"I know absolutely nothing of this
case. There is nothing to it. I only
know Boyle as I know other mem
bers of his family, as residents of
Sharon. I have never had any dealings
with him. I do not know the woman
who is said to be his wife. I ca'n' con
ceive of no reason why Boyle should
make such a statement, unless it be to
get even with the Whitla family for his
Prosecution Seeks Direct Evi
dence That He Was Par
ty to Bribery.
HAD CONTROL OF BOARD
All Other Directors Dummies Who
Did His Will He Told Wilcutt
to Enter "Payment of $200,000
as ' Loan by Company.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 10. The 18th
week of the trial of Patrick Calhoun,
president of the United Railroads, for
bribery of the Supervisors in :906, opened
today with the prosecution engaged in
CONVICTED KIDNAPER, WHO ACCUSES ANOTHER OF
rib ' : - , . y l
HiiKtiliairi rJVinMrrrtii iisv'rini mu iiiiVMTiniwtQa&.
prosecution following the abduction.
Boyle never showed me any letters.
Boyle did not see me In Cleveland. The
whole story Is a willful, malicious and
After Boyle's statement had beeome
public Mr. Whitla denied that he had
seen Boyle or talked with him in
Cleveland prior to his son's return and
the arrest of Boyle.
"The whole statement." he-ald. "is a
willful and malicious lie."
He called the statement given out by
Boyle "rot" and "scandal," and denied
it throughout in the most emphatic
MRS. BOYLE TRIED SUICIDE
Took Morphine In Cell Husband
Had Rasor Secreted.
MERCER, Pa May 10. That the
threats of a double suicide made
by ' Mrs. Boyle last night were
not mere idle words was shown today
when it became known that a razor
which had been secreted in his clothing
was taken from Boyle today, and that
Mrs. Boyle had taken what she says
was "enough morphine to kill two peo
The morphine was taken between
midnight and daylight, but had little
effect on the woman. In the cell ad
Joining Mrs. Boyle's thers is a woman
who is said to be addicted to the use
of morphine, and who has been sup
plied with it during her Imprisonment.
Mrs, Boyle Is said to have secured sev
eral tablets from this woman and to
have swallowed them. She was ren
dered partly unconscious during the
night and was very sick this morning.
It is believed ' the effect of the mor
phine caused her to collapse in the
courtroom. Fearing an attempt to carry
out their threats. Sheriff Chess had
Boyle carefully searched before taking
him. before court today. A rasor wa
found secreted in his necktie. As a
further preoautlon. Sheriff Chess today
took from Mrs. Boyle three' hatpins and
removed all the glasses she had in her
Sheriff Chess is of the opinion that
Bovle Intended last night to kill his wife
and then himself. . Last night Boyle made
a request that he be allowed to visit his
wife iu her cell, that they might talk
over some private affairs and arrange the
details of their appeal. The Sheriff put
off granting the request.
Mrs. Boyle became anxious and inquired
why her husband had not been allowed to
REEBLE DIED AS DESCRIBED
Youngstown Police Records Bear
Out Statement of Boyle.
YOUNGSTOWN. Pa.. May 10. The po
lice records here confirm the statement
of James Boyle so far as the death of
Dan Reeble. Jr.. is concerned, but not as
relates to Harry TVrker. Reebla died
In June,- 1S95.
Patrolman Michael Donnelly talked
with Reeble only an hour prior to his
death. Leaving Reeble Zonnelly was
less than a block, away on his beat when
he heard a noise in the direction of the
Mauser building. He returned and
"found Dan Reeble. Jr., on the sidewalk,
living, but unconscious. . No one was in
Reeble was in the habit of sitting on
his window sill, before retiring. No one
ever has been suspected of knowing
the exact manner of his death.
Pan Shay, mentioned by Boyle, was a
saloonkeeper here, and died about tw
the endeavor to forge the connecting links
of its chain of evidence which are vital,
inasmuch as they 'are intended directly to
implicate the defendant with the alleged
offense. The first several weeks of the
taking of testimony passed without inter
jection of Calhoun's name into the in
terrogations, but in. the last five or six
days the character of the evidence has
changed and nearly every witness has
been questioned as to the relations of the
defendant -to certain aspects of the case.
Calhoun in Absolute Control.
Most of the day was given over to the
investigation of the minute books of the
United Railroads directors, which were
used by Secretary George B. Wilcutt. of
the company, to refresh his memory.
From the questions asked it appeared
that the prosecution was seeking to show
that Calhoun was in absolute control of
the Board from the time of his election
as president in 1905 .and that the ma
jority of the directors were merely dum
mies, holding but a single share of stock
Mr. O'Gara drew out a statement that
Mr. Wilcutt had known nothing of the
J200.000 deposited to Mr. ' Calhoun's
credit in the mint, or of any action by
the Board of Directors looking to the
electrifying the cable lines during the
period in question. Over the objection of
the defense a letter, written to Mr. Wil
cutt by Calhoun in September, 1906, was
placed in evidence. It contained instruc
tions to credit the United Railroads
Company with $200,000, to bear per
cent interest annually. This credit, the
witness said, was entered in the ledger,
but the book was eent Kast last year
when the books were audited. The witness-said
that he did not know whether
he asked how this money had been dis
bursed. Ruef and Ford Hobnobbed.
Near the close of the session two wait
ers of the Cosmos Club told of having
seen Abraham Ruef and Tirey L. Ford
at luncheon together at tne club in May.
1908. Following them. Louis A. Fox,
Ruef's chauffeur from July 30, 1906, to
September, 1906. told of a trip to ihe
railroad company's office in August. The
defense brought out discrepancies in the
testimony of these three witnesses by a
comparison with the evidence given by
them, at the Ford trials.
The last witness called was "Victor A.
Rossetti, confidential clerk of the W7ells-Fargo-Nevada
National Bank, where the
company had an account. Transcripts of
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WM. LAN A HAN A. SON, Baltimore, Md.
the books of the bank, showing the ac
count of the company duringr April, May,
June, July and August, 1906, were read
into the record, but their significance
was not shown, as the witness was still
on the stand when court adjourned for
SAYS CHRISTIANS DID IT
VALI OF AD AX A TRIES TO SHIFT
BLAME FOR 31 A S S ACRE,
Says More Moslems Than Armenians
Killed, but Figures Denounced
CONSTANTIXOPLB, May 10. A tele
gram received from the Vali of Adana
today says 1924 Moslems were killed and
538 wounded in the recent disturbances,
while only 1455 Armenians were slain and
382 wourfded. These figures, it is alleged,
comprise the casualties throughout the
This statement is considered here as
false, made with the object of throwing
the responsibility on the Armenians to
justify the numerous arrests of Chris
ians, which, it is reported, continue.
W. TV. Peet, of the American mission
board, is supplying the funds contributed
in the United States and Great Britain to
six center Adana, Tarsus, Alexandretta,
Latakia, Baghohe and Kewab. The con
tributions amount to about $20,000.
A8IA MINOR QUIETIXG DOWN
But Robberies and Attempts at Ar
son Still Continue.
ADAJvTA, May 10. The situation here
and throughout the province is improv
ing. The government is beginning to re
store the plunder and the people are re
turning to their homes, many of which are
still standing. The military commander
has sent troops into the country districts
to maintain order and enable the refugee
farmers to harvest their crops.
Many Armenians and a few Moslems
are still in prison and even now deliberate
attempts are made to burn the Armenian
houses. Various robberies are recorded
and valuables from a safe in a German
flour mill have been - carried away.
Nevertheless, conditions are very differ
ent from what they were only a few days
Rev. Mr. Lawson and Rev. W. N.
Chambers have gone to Hadjin to aid
American women teachers there. Rev.
Stephen R. Trowbridge is proceeding to
Aintab. while Dr. F. F. Bhepard has gone
to Bayhohe, where a great majority of the
male residents ha vet been killed, m
WOMAN BITES OFF HIS EAR
Neighbor in Turn Has Mrs. Cclia
Riggs Arrested for Mayhem.
OREGON CITT, Or., May 10. (Spe
cial.) Mrs. Celia Rlggs, of Clackamas
Heights, was today arrested on a
charge of mayhem on a complaint made
by John Gengfler. The two are neigh
bors, and last Winter were involved in
a fight over some chickens that got Into
the wrong yard.
Mrs. Riggs. in her excitement, bit oft
a piece of Gengler's .ear, and she was
arrested on n assault and battery
charge, entering a plea of guilty. Jus
tice Samson fined her $5 and remitted
the One. Today Gengler swore out a
warrant charging mayhem. The case
will be tried next Thursday morning.
The woman is represented by Attorney
George C. Brownell.
Chinese Gambling Games Raided.
Raids made by Police Detectives
Tichenor and Howell last night on two
Chinese gambling dens resulted In the
capture of a number of Chinamen who
were taking part in the games, and the
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