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VILTRAX. FREE, GOES TO WIFE AIID SOI Greets Boy in Office of Peter Van Man Convicted of Murder on Testi mony of Boy Released on Action of Assistant State's Attorney Dismissing Case. "IT'S SO GOOD TO GET OUT IT MAKES MY HEAD ACHE" Vlissingen, Son's Benefactor, and Then Hastens to Wife Plans to Start Him in Business. MIt'a arood ( Ret atatt The air. war lrlrail. wmr fan 11 r. aail all. Atal It makes my head arke!"-Joha Wlltrax John Wlltrax, imprisoned for eighteen months on the charge of murdering 6-year- old Paul Pasczkowskl. stepped forth from the Jail yesterday a free man. He was taken at once to the office of Pe ter Van Vlissingen. the wealthy real estate man who had befriended him. Here be awaited the arrival of hrs son, whose testimony had brought a sentence of twenty-five years upon him. Sheds Tests of Joy. . Aa he paced restlessly back and forth, his bloodshot eyes shedding tears of Joy and his sunken features expressing a new appreciation of life, he turned to Mr. Van Vlissingen and tried to speak. His voice choked, and in broken English and with great emotion he cried out: "It's sq good to get out; the air, my friends, ,rny family, and all; oh. It makes my head ache!" When it was established that the confession of the boy Julius could not be used against his father. Assistant State's Attorney John R. Newcomer consented that the charge of murder against Wiltrax be dis missed. As the result of this Judge Kersten ordered the release of Wlltrax. Talks of Wlltrax'a Flaas. "No definite plans have been made for providing Wiltrax with a business. We who are Interested in the man will give him a start, and if he shows his desire to do the right thing he will undoubtedly get along all right," said Mr. Van Vlissingen. "Has Wlltrax anything to start on?" he was asked. "Well, he is in the next room," said Mr. Van Vllasingen, "with nothing but a nickel la his pocket. But when he leaves this of- I flee," he concluded, significantly, "he may have a dollar or so." After Wiltrax had been down town for some time Mr. Van Vlissingen telephoned for his son Julius, who has been under the real estate man's care. The boy came running into the office, and was told that his father was in an adjoining room. . ; . - . Boy Boasdi Into Ilia Arm. . In an Instant the lad bounded into ths arms of ' his father. The two stood for a moment In each other's embrace without saying a word; then Mr. Van Vlissingen stepped out and left the two alone. From the office the father and son went together to 471 Canal street to see Mrs. Wiltrax. In that neighborhood Wiltrax was received with enthusiasm by his Polish friends. He and his wife cried with Joy over his freedom. A crowd gathered la the saloon below them. It Is said that as soon as Mr. Wlltrax settles Into a business and gets a home his son Julius wlll return to him from the care of Mr. Van Vlissingen. j History of the Case. Wiltrax kept a saloon at Hanson Park and the slain boy lived on the floor above. The boy disappeared early one morning In May, 103, and a few days later, the body was found buried beneath several Inches of dirt in some near by woods. A bullet wound In the temple showed the cause of death. The Cragln police aoon after arrested half a dozen boys, including Julius Wiltrax. on the theory that one of them had shot Paul accidentally. Julius made a written confession to Inspector Wheeler to the effect that he had seen his father shoot and kill Paul Pasczkowskl. Later the boy said he had Tied and declared the confession was secured from him by tnreats 01 tne ponce.

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 12 Nov 1904, Sat,
  3. Page 10

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