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ff r n r r r in - WHY WHY LOWE CONFESSED, Ills rail Deserted Him After He Was Arrested, Sayj Prosecuting Attorney. KANSAS CITY, MO., Oct. 17 —County Prosecuting Attorney Frank M. Lowe places implicit confidence in the confession of W. W. Lowe, the self- confessed train robber, at the same time he declares there is very little chance to convict any of the accused men. He bases his claim on the theory that train robbery is such a common thing in Jackson county that every intelligent and law-abiding citizen disqualifies himself for jury" duty in such cases by keeping thoroughly posted on all the details of every robbery. robbery. "The consequence is," said Mr. Lowe, "that when the jury is selected to try these cases .every man on it will either have gotten on by delibarate perjury in order to befriend the accused accused or will be so ignorant he cannot be made to understand the evidence. "There have'been many, theories advanced advanced as to why Lowe made his confession," confession," continued the prosecutor, "lots of people asserting that he had been bribed to make it. I will tell you just why he made it. He had been engaged engaged in a train robbery with a crowd of men whom he supposed were his friends. He was arrested and held for ten days and no move was made by them to come to his assistance. Several Several , times ho was on the verge of- confessing, but each time held back in hopes they would do something for him. Finally he became satisfied that they had deserted him and were going to let him be made the scapegoat and railroaded to the penitentiary while they enjoyed the money he had helped to steal. Then he concluded to try and save himself and he made his confession. confession. Just note the difference between between his case and that of Jesse James. As far as anyone knows Lowe had always been an honest man and his father before him had been honest, yet no one rushed to his assistance when he was arrested and no one tried to have him released on a writ of habeas habeas corpus. "The court house crowd has raised !$!>,000 to defend Jesse James and swear he shall never go to the penitentiary. They have hired a lot of detectives and have set them to work looking into the facts connected with Lowe's confession, confession, and claim that when the case comes to trial the city and railroad detectives will not dare to press it. It will be pressed fast enough, but as to securing a conviction that is another another thing. There are plenty of deputy deputy marshals and deputy clerks to go into court and swear to alibis for John Kennedy. Kennedy and James are warm friends and when the former was out of jail he spent most of his time hanging around James' cigar stand in-the court house:"

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 21 Oct 1898, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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