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KIDNAPPING NOW FEARED BYIUXOHUIGK FAUILY ; t" . - Rich Neighbor, Mr. Wiilge- Wiilge- Explains His $1,000 Reward. OF THE MISSING - BOY Believe Little Willie McCormlek Ran Away M or Threatening! Let- Let- s ea. ,tera Mr. McCormk'a Troubl Whether little WlUle McCormlck of High was kidnapped or not, his father, and many of the neighbors are convinced that he was. Mrs; McCormlck was hopeful up to yesterday morning that her little son would be found, but the afternoon her daughters say she up hope, and last night she was completely prostrated. William McOormick. tbe father of the child, was in a state of collapse night, also. In fact, the condition of Mr. an4 Mrs. . McCormlck was such they were unable to see Oscar E. F. Wlllgerodt. who has offered a reward of for the return of the boy, and who at the house to express his sympathy with the family. reward is unique. Mr. Wlllgerodt. offers it, is a German and a wealthy merchant. He has a beautiful home Ogden Avenue, Borough of the Bronx. overlooking Central Bridge. Mr. Wlllgerodt lives Just down the hill from tbe McCormlck family, but he has never become acquainted with any of its member two of the older daughters. - He two young children himself, one of being ten years old and Just about age of little Willie McCormlck. MR. WILLGERODT'S SYMPATHY. Wlllgerodt, without any consultation with members of the McCormlck family or any one else so far as reported, to . the High Bridge Police Station night and told the" Sergeant of the he desired to have recorded. The merchant said at his home last night a New York Tim as reporter: It is a terrible thing that a child should kidnapped. I firmly believe this little was kidnapped, for 1 nave asitea my boy who knows him and some servants off mine who have seen something of child, aaout him. and every report that heart" is a good one. 1 do not believe he fMisfway. for be was well treated at home, Hisramily are nice people, and I don't believe there are any nicer girls anywhere Mr. McCortnlck'a daughters. Certain It Is that the child la missing. it is, also, that the mother nnd are broken-hearted broken-hearted broken-hearted over it. When I how distressing the situation was, felt impelled to do something. I will pay reward of l.Ouo very cheerfully If the is returned to his parents. I know how would feel if my child was kidnapped. I not believe, however, that this child ever be found." Wlllgerodt said the reports that he feared his own child would be kidnapped were all false. He also scouted the that the McCormlck child might have taken by mistake for hia son Oscar. said the children were too much unlike every particular for that Mr. Wlllgerodt at the McCormlck home last night expressed his anxiety to do everything his power to secure the missing child. Miss Marcella McCormlck. the oldest daughter and the active head of the house these trying times, told Mr. Wlllgerodt her father and mother were very to him for his assistance. She however, that they were all Just as at sea then as they had ever been, that while they were sure the child been kidnapped, they could not formulate the 'slightest Idea as to who might done the deed. We have not an enemy In the world, so as we know," said Miss McCormlck. We have sent word to every one of our relatives who knew Willie, and we have the police the names of almost everybody who has ever had any relations with We have told them the names of all our servants of the past few years, and have given them the names of father's creditors. We do not suspect any of these, but police wanted something,' and we gave these." William McCormlck has been Involved in considerable financial difficulty recently, troubles resulting In his remaining in Street Jail for some time. Last Summer he was Involved in bankruptcy proceedings. It was suggested that perhaps these facts might have furnished a for a kidnapping, where the fact the father was a poor old man would suffice. This was whv the names of creditors were furnished to the police. , Miss McCormlck said she had made inquiry among all the neighbors to ascertain they were acquainted with any wlldness his part with which the family was not familiar. She said that every report of boy was as good as could be. She she was perfectly willing for the record to be Investigated in every particular. BOY FRIENDS EXCITED. small boys of the neighborhood, the playmates of little McCormlck, are greatly over the disappearance of their They say he was a very good boy, they believe he waa kidnapped without doubt. These boys have learned that reporters and detectives are trying to find the habits of the McCormlck child, they talk very readily. Their reports not. however, been of any practical assistance in clearing up the mystery. The boys all agree that Willie McCormlck was greatly Interested In Buffalo Bill the Wild West Show. The theory has advanced that the McCormlck child to Ambrose Park last week,' where Cody's rough riders were rehearsing. story said that he had been frightened by a chance shot which wounded an acquaintance, and that he had sought the strenuous excitement of the Sneepe-bead Sneepe-bead Bay race track. Capt. Titus said last night that Father who was one of little Willie's preceptors at church, had told him that some McCortnlck'a playmates had informed priest that -the -the child had expreaed an Intention of running away from home and following the WUd West Show. Miss Marcella McCormlck said all such were absurd.- absurd.- She said the boy was by bis sisters, of wUom there are She said he had never expressed great interest In Col. Cody's enterprises, and that he could have had no motive for leaving his own home. On the other hand. Sergt. Boehm of the Bridge Station told a New York reporter last night that Policeman Tighe.- who patrols -the -the "beat" Including McCormlck home, had stated to him Willie McCormick's father had often him late at night if he had seen the anywhere on the streets. Patrolman felt that the case was one of run-- run-- and the other policemen of the neighborhood neighborhood express the same opinion. - Capt- Capt- Gannon of the High Bridge 8tatlon very active in the McOormick case yesterday, although he expressed the belief the boy had merely run away from He spent considerable time at Police Headquarters discussing the case with Capt.- Titus and Deputy Commissioner Devery. Capt. Gannon has expressed a number of theories concerning this case, at one time having stated that he thought it was a kidnapping.. He said yesterday: yesterday: . W'hy don't the family tell all they know -this -this case? Thev are keening back Now. there has been $U missing the house ever since the boy ran He took that to have a good time it was lying loose oil the dining-room dining-room dining-room The letters the McCormlcks received Tuesday threatening dire penalties upon child if a ransom of 2U0 in gold was forthcoming, were regarded yesterday a cruel hoax. The hoax succeeded in hastening the prostration of Mrs. McCormlck. One of these letters bad directed Mr. McCormlck to leave the money at a certain point at Third Avenue and One Hun ana lnirty-rutn lnirty-rutn lnirty-rutn utreet. decoy package was placed by the police the spot specified.' and detectives were stationed to watch the place ait night.' one appeared. - , , . MORE THREATENING LETTERS. Tbree more letters bearing on the case received ty .the McCormlck family yesterday. . These letters . were not given by the police, to whom they were delivered, delivered, last night. ' Mlae Marcella McCormlck said this of them: - ' The first of these letters said that the saw Willie in front of The World on Park Row about 10 o'clock Saturday morning. He was nervous, according mis iniuruiiuiL, una wan warning rapiaiy, followed by a well-dressed, well-dressed, well-dressed, apparently very agitated man. The description given the boy tallies very accurately with what lootud like. The letter was not signed. It was mailed at Station R, tbe oho In whose district our home is. "The other two letters were in the same handwriting as the two we received on Tuesday. They mad threat ainuiar to

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 04 Apr 1901, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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