More Rousell Fraud 1897
THB F. A. A. TE0TO1E. It Culminates in the Indictment of General Secretary Ed . BouselL The United Stales grand jury in session at Leavenworth indicted Ed Rousell, general secretary of the Fraternal Aid association, for fraud. The case has been familiar to the members of the order for some months, but it was thought that It was over when the general council at Wichita re-elected Mr. Rousell and turned down his accusers. The enemies of the general secretary seem to have taken new wiDd and aTe now going after him in good earnest. The case that caused the arrest i what is known as the James M. Rich ev claim. There was a new ledge be ing instituted in the little town o Peoria, in Franklin county. Mr. Rou sell met the organizer on the trair. while enroute to Lawrence from Ot tawa. They had the application spread out on a seat, and a traveling man came aior g, shook hands wiib Mr. Rousell and asked about thebusl eess of the Western Union in Law rence. Mr. Rousell told him that he was out of the telegraph business and was devoting his entire time to the work of the Fraternal Aid. The man expressed a desire to join the order He made the necessary application and Mr. Rousell obligated him on ".he train. He was given a blank and told to go to Dr. Ryder in Topeka and be examined. In a few days the blrink came filled out properly with the ex ception that it was unsigned. It was returned and next tuined up from Ottawa, where it was attested by ; physician. The physician says he re members a man coming to hirn in i hack and saying he bad only a few minutes to remain and wanted to be examined as to his physical condi ion. The blanks were all tilled out and the woik of examining consumed only a few minutes. Richey was supposed to be a St. Louis traveling man, and the Insur ance was made out in favor of Mrs. Mary T. Wriuht, who was said to be his sister. She was. also to pay all of the assessments. In remitting a few months afterwards, she said her crother had been seriously Injured in ' olorado by a runaway. In a few days she reported his death, and in due time it was properly attested. Suspicion was aroused and an investi gation ordered. It was learned that no one knew this James M. Richey, In the town where he was supposed to have been killed, it was learned that no white man had died there in five years. There was no physician in the county by the name given, and it was further learned that the notarial -eal had been purchased in Kansas City by a woman. The claim was not paid. This gave the enemies of Mr. Rou sell a chance and they used it. He was charged with complicity in the scheme to defraud the order. There was a bard fight, but never any in vestigation. The enemies of the general secretary never fought in the open, out ousnwnacicea to tne ena. It ended in the triumphant re election of Mr. Rousell and the defeat of the officers.