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MAJORS INDICTED ON SIX COUNTS, Admits He Swindled St. Louis Merchants Merchants With Bogus Checks and Notes. TWELVE FIRMS VICTIMIZED. Failure to Find Employment Caused Him to Resort to Fraud, He Says Well Connected in Sedalia. THE VICTIMS. William Prufrock. furniture dealer, No. 406 North Fourth street; HO. Henry M. Holtgreae, No. 1427 Sarslleld place; $12.50. L. Y. Krcgel Collin Company. No. HOI North Eighth street: $15. F. J. rinerman. Mound City Coffln 4 Company, No. 2200 North Second street,; $20. F. W. Hanpeter, Eleventh and Palm streets; $10. E. H. Dyer. Mound City Paint Com- pany; $20. G. J. Meyer of Meyer Bros. Drug Company; $10. J. H. Conrades Chair Company, sec- and and Tyler streets; SS. H. L. Chaso Bag Company, No. 1G North Second street: $15. Fulton Bag and Burlap Company, No. 611 South Seventh street: $20. I. H. Strauss, saddlery. No. 1308 Washington avenue; $12.W. Six indictments were found Monday against Jesse W. Majors, who was arrested Saturday cenlng by Detectives Harrington and Schmidt on a charge of fleecing various merchants by means of bogus checks and notes. Twelve merchants hae Identified him as the man who under various aliases fraudulently obtained from them sums varying from $10 to $20. Majors admits the charges against him, and declares he must have len "crazj" when he did It. He Is connected with a good family of Windsor, Mo. His father conducted conducted a hardware store for several years in Sedalia, Mo. While his father was there JESSE W. MAJORS. young Majors obtained a knowledge of Sedalia Sedalia which he used to advantage while operating with St Louis merchants. Two weeks ago Idajors came here to seek a position, he said. After walking the streets for three or four days, he declared, he found himself without any money. Being Being in absolute want, he said, he went into Prufrock's furniture store and Introduced himself as E. G. McGlaughlln, a business man of Sedalia, and succeeded in cashing a check for $10. He then succeeded In obtaining obtaining money In a similar manner from other merchants. At Meyer Bros. Drug Company, ho Introduced Introduced himself as J. E. HIlIIs, Jr., the son of a prominent merchant, of Sedalia. Gus Meyer told lflm to produce papers, which would show he was Hillis. Majors went out. In an hour he returned with a telegram stating he was "all right." Mr. Meyer cashed a check for $10. Afterwards Afterwards he discovered that the check was bogus, bogus, and Majors had written the telegram himself. To Mr. Dean, of the Hadley-Dean Glass Company, Majors Introduced himself as George Bard, the brother of William Bard of Sedalia. Mr. Dean telegraphed to Sedalia and ascertained there was no George Bard. Other aliases were: Charles Johnson and John M. Morton. One of his favorite plans was to call upon his intended victims after banking hours, and represent himself as a traveling salesman or agent from Sedalia. When he was only 18 years old he was arrested In Kansas City. Mo. At the age of 26 he fell Into the hands of the police at Louisville, Ky., where his picture and measurements were taken for the Bertlllon gallery. Majors Is now 33 years old. Chief of Detectives Desmond had a picture picture of Majors taken Monday. It will be sent to all the larger cities of the United States. yxHLasF"jaiSsVBB j if-tt iitti HctflBasJiaBBr ;" av

Clipped from The St Louis Republic26 Mar 1901, TuePage 14

The St Louis Republic (St. Louis, Missouri)26 Mar 1901, TuePage 14
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