Weinhardt, William W, Johnston Grand Larceny Case

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Weinhardt, William W, Johnston Grand Larceny Case - far to He wan t will MRS.JOHNL GRIFFITHS ALSO...
far to He wan t will MRS.JOHNL GRIFFITHS ALSO JOHNSTON'S DUPE, IS CHARGE Widow of Late Consul General to London Lost Several Thousand Dollars Through Professors Land Speculations, It Is Alleged* [Special to The Indianapolis .Star.] , LAFAYETTE, Ind,, Sept. 19.TMFredertek Sypujs Johnston, former member of the faculty of Purdue University, was returned here from New York, where he was arrested Saturday by Detective Weinhardt of this city, charged with grand larceny. was was Juet It is alleged that Johnston wao not only the Agency through which the late Mrs. Lavlna Jones* and her daughter, Miss Georgianna Jones, lost about $22,000 t but also through which Mrs. John U Griffiths of Indianapolis; widow of the late Consul General Griffiths at London, lost several thousand dollars, Mrs. Griffiths is an aunt of Mrs* Johnston* ! Miss Jones Piles Charge. The specific charge on which Johnston was arrested was made by Miss Joneo in an affidavit filed in a local court, in which she alleged that on May 24, 1913, Johnston stole $2,700 from her mother* It had been rumored for some time that Johnston had defrauded Mrs. Jones, but the charge was kept quiet in hope of apprehending him. Daniel P.. Flanagan 'and Walter Friel, attorneys for Miss .lones, accompanied the detective and Johnston from Chicago to Lafayette. It is said that Johnston did notUike to comeback here"under the charge to face his old friends and that an effort.was made in Chicago to corn- promise tho case. Johnston, it Is understood, used some of the money ho obtained from Mrs, Jones and Mrs. Griffith** for land speculations in Texas, Mrs* Johnston was formerly Rose Cavins of this city, and was a girlhood friend of Miss Georgianna Jones, and their intimacy continued until after the death of William Jones, fathar of the alleged victim of Johnston's wiles, Got Widow's Money. After the death of William Jones, Johnston, who was then Ideated in Texas, having been successful in one speculation In Texas lands, wherein he had realised $6,000, and knowing Mrs, Jones hod inherited nomo money from her husband's estate, he, it is charged, induced i her under a promise of 10 per cont pet annum and ample security for the iavoBtmont In improved Texas farm lands, to sell her property in Lfayetfi and intrust him with the proceeds to use in speculations. Of the amount of funds in the Mrs. Jones estate and for which he is accountable to the legal representative, the money invested that can be found is farm of 320 acres. At the time of transfer from Johnston to Mrs, L,, D. Jones, the abstract of title for the oamo on its face that the title had been divested from John L. Griffiths and wife a Judgment brought in Leon County, Texas, and that after rendition of the Judgment John L, Griffiths and wife transferred the same to Frederick Johnston and he knowing, it Is alleged, that no title, transferred the same to Mrs, D. Jones. The consideration mentioned in the from the Griffiths to Johnston was '$1,600 and f 1*0111 Johnston to Mrs. L, D. Jones was $4,800. i Upon arriving here tonight Johnston sal/1 he was not prepared to give bond now, but might make arrangement for bond in a day or two. Attorney Raid that his'bond would likely be fixed 1 at $10.000* Johnston was taken to the Hotel Lahr, where he slept In the room with Detective Weinhardt, ; In an Interview he admitted that he had been careless In obtaining titles fqr land, and that he was sorry for Mimt Qeorglamm Jones, who had trusted with the money left her by her said that he was now broke, but if ho was given ample time he could his shortage good. He said that he an Interest in a Florida land company, and wat* at present receiving a salary $250 a month. This was barely enough to keep himself and wife, he added. seemed to take his plight in a philosophical manner, and says that tho war the cause of some of his business deals falling through. .4 ^ . Mrs* John I* ^Griffiths now lives at AnrogansetVl* I,

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 20 Sep 1915, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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