Mail Tribune 100

April 18, 1917


Denial was made Wednesday by B. W. Paul of Paul's Electric store of the truth of a rumor that his sister had been executed in Germany for writing to him a treasonable utterance against the kaiser.

"I am not a German, nor have I ever had a sister in Germany," said Mr. Paul. "It was the sister of a friend of a friend of mine in Portland who was executed.

"Several days ago I received a letter from my father in Portland telling me that this friend of my friend had received a letter from his sister in Germany in which she told of deplorable conditions and suffering among the people of that country and wrong, incidentally, that 'the kaiser ought to have his head shot off.'

"At the bottom of the letter was a terse comment made by the German censor who reviewed the letter to the effect that for her treasonable writing the writer had been executed that day.

"The story is true for Mr. Underwood of the Portland Credit Men's association, who addressed the Medford Business Men's association last Monday night, who told me that he had seen the letter."


Mrs. Nan Strickfadden and Mrs. L. Dreyfus of Seattle at a preliminary hearing today confessed their part in the plot to burn the Strickfadden residence here March 17 for the purpose of collecting insurance. The confession coincided, the officers say, with the statement made by N. E. Hemphill, just before he was found dead in the Eugene, Ore., jail where he had been placed last Wednesday after being arrested for complicity in the plot. Mrs. Dreyfus and Mrs. Strickfadden were arrested in Seattle about the same time. Mrs. M Garwood, of Medford, Hemphill's employer in the land business, is held in connection with the plot on $5,000 bail. She was arrested with Hemphill in Eugene.

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