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JHE NEW YORK KIDNAPPING NOW FEARED BYIUXOHUIGK FAUILY ; t" . - Tlieir Rich Neighbor, Mr. Wiilge- xodt. Explains His $1,000 Reward. HABITS OF THE MISSING - BOY Police Believe Little Willie McCormlek Ran Away M or Threatening! Let- s ea. ,tera Mr. McCormk'a Troubl Whether little WlUle McCormlck of High Bridge was kidnapped or not, his father, mother, and many of the neighbors are firmly 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 missing 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 (1.000 for the return of the boy, and who called, at the house to express his sympathy with the family. This reward is unique. Mr. Wlllgerodt. offers it, is a German and a wealthy c?cak 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 except two of the older daughters. - He two young children himself, one of them being ten years old and Just about age of little Willie McCormlck. MR. WILLGERODT'S SYMPATHY. Mr. Wlllgerodt, without any consultation with members of the McCormlck family or any one else so far as reported, "went to . the High Bridge Police Station Tuesday night and told the" Sergeant of the offer he desired to have recorded. The cloak 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 reiiow was kidnapped, for 1 nave asitea my little boy who knows him and some servants off mine who have seen something of child, aaout him. and every report that I- 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 than Mr. McCortnlck'a daughters. Certain It Is that the child la missing. Certain it is, also, that the mother nnd father are broken-hearted over it. When I learned 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 will ever be found." Mr. Wlllgerodt said the reports that he had feared his own child would be kidnapped were all false. He also scouted the idea that the McCormlck child might have been taken by mistake for hia son Oscar. said the children were too much unlike every particular for that Mr. Wlllgerodt called at the McCormlck home last night and 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 that her father and mother were very grateful to him for his assistance. She said, however, that they were all Just as much at sea then as they had ever been, and that while they were sure the child had been kidnapped, they could not formulate the 'slightest Idea as to who might have done the deed. " We have not an enemy In the world, so far as we know," said Miss McCormlck. We have sent word to every one of our relatives who knew Willie, and we have given 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 even given them the names of father's creditors. We do not suspect any of these, but the police wanted something,' and we gave them these." William McCormlck has been Involved in considerable financial difficulty recently, troubles resulting In his remaining in Ludlow Street Jail for some time. Last Summer he was Involved in bankruptcy proceedings. It was suggested that perhaps these facts might have furnished a motive for a kidnapping, where the fact that the father was a poor old man would not suffice. This was whv the names of the 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 said she was perfectly willing for the child's record to be Investigated in every particular. BOY FRIENDS EXCITED. The small boys of the neighborhood, the playmates of little McCormlck, are greatly excited over the disappearance of their friends They say he was a very good boy, and they believe he waa kidnapped without doubt. These boys have learned that reporters and detectives are trying to find out the habits of the McCormlck child, and they talk very readily. Their reports have 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 and the Wild West Show. The theory has been advanced that the McCormlck child went to Ambrose Park last week,' where Col. Cody's rough riders were rehearsing. One story said that he had been frightened away by a chance shot which wounded an acquaintance, and that he had sought the less strenuous excitement of the Sneepe-bead Bay race track. Capt. Titus said last night that Father Mullen, who was one of little Willie's preceptors at church, had told him that some McCortnlck'a playmates had informed the priest that -the child had expreaed an Intention of running away from home and following the WUd West Show. Miss Marcella McCormlck said all such Ideas were absurd.- She said the boy was idolised by bis sisters, of wUom there are eleven. She said he had never expressed any 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 High Bridge Station told a New York Times reporter last night that Policeman Tighe.- who patrols -the "beat" Including the McCormlck home, had stated to him that Willie McCormick's father had often asked him late at night if he had seen the boy anywhere on the streets. Patrolman Tighe felt that the case was one of run-- away, and the other policemen of the neighborhood express the same opinion. - Capt- Gannon of the High Bridge 8tatlon was very active in the McOormick case yesterday, although he expressed the belief that the boy had merely run away from home. 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, he at one time having stated that he thought it was a kidnapping.. He said yesterday: . W'hy don't the family tell all they know about -this case? Thev are keening back things. Now. there has been $U missing from the house ever since the boy ran away. He took that to have a good time with it was lying loose oil the dining-room table." The letters the McCormlcks received Tuesday threatening dire penalties upon the child if a ransom of 2U0 in gold was not forthcoming, were regarded yesterday as 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 dred ana lnirty-rutn utreet. A decoy package was placed by the police at the spot specified.' and detectives were then stationed to watch the place ait night.' No one appeared. - , , . MORE THREATENING LETTERS. Tbree more letters bearing on the case were received ty .the McCormlck family yesterday. . These letters . were not given out by the police, to whom they were delivered, last night. ' Mlae Marcella McCormlck said this of them: - ' " The first of these letters said that the writer saw Willie in front of The World office on Park Row about 10 o'clock Saturday morning. He was nervous, according iu mis iniuruiiuiL, una wan warning rapiaiy, followed by a well-dressed, apparently very much agitated man. The description given of the boy tallies very accurately with what Willie lootud like. The letter was not signed. It was mailed at Station R, tbe same 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 Manilla those con manded that with. They ' At the Hi was aatd Capt Gahn Sergeant on could not mi McCormlck had been Miss faith in the! John Murra trolley line. boy. anawei Ing boy on Capt. Titus vestigated found the dence. He the man sit Ambrose Capt. Tit xo coney morning to aerectlves mick's nil and nosslbl last night t very few that his new Two Bridge Sta at work day night no ty tnem. after 1 young McC kidnaDDed. midnight h tell where be home yesterday, leaving talned In those letters and de- certaln conditions be complied Jwere mailed at Station R also." ch Bridae Station last night It. thht no letters had been given to n. At Police Headquarters the duty at the desk said that he y what detectives called at' the house, but that no new letters retorted to him. . McCormlck said she had no reality of the identification by r, a conductor on the Bay Ridge wno said tnat ne nad seen a ig ihe dascrlDtlon of the miss- tils car last Thursday morning. said.- however, that he had in- M array's records and that he man to be worthy-of all eonfl- ia ne reil convinced from what Id that the bov had rone from Park to Sheepshead Bay. V3 sent a number of detectives I.-fand and Sheepshead yesterday look for the missinc bov. Tbe Kk with -them four of McCor- natea te assist in the search Identification. Capt Titos aitld at owing to the rain and storm cttlldren were out playing, and meh had no success in gaining any information, detectives attached , to the High von.' Brownell and Ward, were locking for the missing child ail but up to a late hour last developments had been reported .apt. uannon said last uignt. Police Headauarters. that kirmlck certainly had not been He said he- expected that by s detectives would be able to the boy was. and that he would afterward. sobn nfct ts He was many, pock crackers aril grimed little sustaining drovend A LITTIJE WANDERER FOUND. Four-Year-pId Midget with Mouth and Pockets! Full of Crackers Picked bp by Policeman. hungry, for every one of his was bulging out with soda he clutched tightly in his he fts t a big paper bag full of this er. And he did not seem (either, as he was swept along stream of humanity emptying out Avenue elevated train which bad at the City Hall Station yea- aftermoon, for he went right on eat- tkers. in the big, hurrying crowd, ex- faur-year-old boy, seemed to be somdwhere. As for him, he Just tentedly along until he came leading to the Brooklyn Bridge. seoned to hesitate a moment as to should go to Brooklyn or re- frightened. in the big of a Third Just arrived terday ing tbe era Every bod 1 cept this going sauntered to the steps Then he whether he main in with three arms, and was doing would carol spied him carried html down stairs The little knee ings action of the him did no between bl was four louis Carr. " Me " an' dlv m By questioning him tnat Thlrty- the extent body could Street Ferr4 Carr, and from the Headquartc Manhattan. Then he saw a woman packages and a baby in her concluded to follow tier, and so ' as fast as hia short legs him. when a bridge policeman and. taking him in his arms. to the bridge telegraph office wanderer wore a military cap. laced snoes. and niacx stoca- somewtiat the worse for wear. The policeman in lnterferrlng with disturb him, In the least, and ot cracker he said that he old, and that his name waa s yirs brudtr a regtllar las -fourth e tHe put me on de tar." he lisped. de crackles." third degree process of he officer managed to get from brotner sold papers at the Street Ferry, but this was the Information gleaned. No-found about the Thirty-fourth who knew of a newsboy named diminutive traveler was taKen Oak Street Station to Police s to be kept until called for. WAND Hia Halludl offj Says Patrolman Forty-sever eth Street when he wa claimed: " Say. river to bottom.' and Pollcemanl man and something the station Farrell tha two years Martin said uncle, Albert knitting mi derlng about Martin examination. Harrisburg. look trien tiie A Demand for thd At the re Borough night at th Fifty-ninth olution was! of Education proceedin and ing the Tr.u pose ot eni more yara On recom Statutes, Bi lution was Principal o lish compu training, music for teachers in A comm,uril read and ing Henry roon Schoo ougha of M unexpired ending on ll p4 Charged Got LONG In the suit accountant & Fleming, for a bala gave a preme claimed. McKenna gaged to m at fairs at solution of the books completed H fcubaequen the firm claimed the balance that Free E The Free of the May 1 will ninth Street! L-nder the tory Inspectors Statistics will be foued Free Kmplift-ment Stale ERING MAN'S STORY. nation. Causes His Arrest- He la from Harrisburg. Schoonmaker of the West h Street Station was at FlfU- nd Ninth Avenue last evening s stopped by a man, who ex- cer, I'm going down to the ; for my friend. He s at trie I'm going to feel his pulse." Schoonmaker looked at tne decided that there must be matter. He look the man to house, where he told Sergt. he was Aleck Martin, twenty-. bid, of " Nonesburg." Penn. he was a shipping clerk for his t Martin, proprietor of a large I, and that he had been wan for seven or eignt days, sent to Bellevue Hospital for There he said he was from THE BOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD. for More Recreation Space Truant Institution -An gula Appointment. ar bi-monthly meeting of the School Board which was held last Board of Education Building. (Street and Park Avenue, a res- adopted requesting the Board i to licauire bv condemnation the land and premises at 219 it Twenty-first Street, adjoin- nt School. This is for the pur-rglng the school and giving It skace. Tfie.ndatlon ny tne committee on -Laws, and Legislation, a reso-also adopted calling upon the the Normal School to estab-tory courses In music, manual yslcal training, drawing, ana tudents Qualifying to become the public schools. cation from the Mayor was ordered placed on file, appoint- M. uroni, inspector or uora-s In the Sixth District. Bor-nhattan and the Bronx, for the portion of a five-year term, l, iwn. Jbly EXPERT ACCOUNTANT'S SUIT. 6,000, Received $8,500 and Verdict for the Rest. ISllAND CITY. April 3. The Jury pf James McKenna, an expert lof Manhattan, against Brown bontractors, also of Manhattan, ice due for services rendered. verdict for the plaintiff In the 8u- Courjt to-day for the full ampunt (had testified that he was en- ke an accounting of the firm s time when a suit for the dls- tjhe firm was pending. He found a bad shape, and after he had worn valued nis services at received 8,.iOO on account, the suit for the dissolution Of s withdrawn and McKenna he hail been unable to obtain due him. ' Iri His I tlr loyment Bureau to Move, i Employment Bureau, a branch Department Of Labor, on remove from 30 West Twenty- to 107 Bast Thirty-first Street uBuupauon act tne state ac- s and the Bureau of LAbor form one department, and at the same address as the Bureau. ' - JfT'RIJtG Qifs oLATERLING larly aDDroDriatefnr and M A'S T E R may be selected at GORHAM CO.. th the full mmM HSe4!ttInn of workmanship r GORHAn Broadway and

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

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