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Both Refuse To Yield

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Chicago, Nov. 16.- If Mra John B. Ketcham, better known in the neighborhood of 3421 Indiana avenue as Mabel Wallace, persista in her determination to buiy her husband's body in her own lot at Forest Home cemetery there will be a contest over the remains. The brcther of the dead man is determined to carry the casket back to Toledo, O., with him. If the widow expects to come out of the fray victorious she must show her marriage certifícate to Chief Deputy Coroner Mandelbaum, something ehe has heretofore refus-ed to do. This was the prospect in view when at 10 o'clock in the morning a coroner's jury took possession of the luxurious back parlor in the widow's home and commenced the inquest over the remains of tbe clubman. The investigation will ■with little doubt be continued until a later date as the analysis of the stomach of the deceased is not yet completed. The opening of the official inquiry gave prospect of trouble. The widow had stated positively that her husband would be buried in her lot. lïrother Insista Vpon H is Right. With equal determination George Ketcham, the brother, had expressed his intention of taking the body to the family lot in Ohio. He went so far as to engage Daniel Horan, an Eighteenth Street undertaker, to take the body to Toledo and there Ínter it. As a flrst step the undertaker applied to Chief Deputy Mandelbaum for a death certifícate, but was refused. "None will be issued until after the Inquest," was the ultimatum from the coroner's offíce Mr. Mandelbaum will then decide into whose possession the body will go. "Thia woman," he said, "will have to show me her marriage certifícate before she secures possession. If she thus proves she is his wife, she will, of course, be accorded the custody of the remains. If not, the brother will be intrusted with the casket. By the looks of things, I rather expect a disputé over possesion of the body." Neighbors of the widow expressed it as their opinión that she would yield. to the brother's claim, in pite of her previous attitude. Must Await Official Report. Chief Deputy Mandelbaum took charge of the inquest in person. "We wlll have to continue it," he said, "as the analysis of the stomach will cot be finished short of two days, perhaps. Dr. Noel is conducting this end f the investigation, and of course our jury must receive his report before it can reach an intelligent verdict. Do I thlnk the analysis will bring startling disclosures? No, I do not, but we are acting on the safe side. The circumtances seemed to cali for an investigation, however. The post-mortem showed the liver was almost gone as the result f heavy drinking, and it is my opinión death was due to natural causes." George Ketcham was one of the first wltnesses called at the inquest, and it Tras the coroner's intention to adjourn ■wlth his evidence. Dispatches from Emporia, Kan., where Mabel Estelle Wallace was tried on the charge of rnurderIng her first husband, John B. Walkup, relate the circumstances under which Bhe met him, his sudden and suspicious Jeath shortly after their marriage, and ber subsequent trial and acquittal. She met Walkup at New Orleans in 1883, when he was mayor of Emporia. They were married at Covington, Ky., in July, 1885. Waltup Died Suddenly. Exactly one month after the marriage, Walkup died suddenly. A post-mortem examination revealed traces of arsenic in his stomach. The young wife was arrested on suspicion. The prosecution attempted to show that she had pur■chased arsenic at Clndnnati before they Ftarted for his home in Emporia, also that she had applied to several drug stores for poison, but she refused to sign the record showing its purchase. The trial lasrted three weeks. The defense made no denial that death had resulted from arsenic, but claimed the man was in the habit of using it as medicine and by accident had taken an overdose. When the young and beautiful girl took the stand in her own defense, jurors and even lawyers wept over her testimony, and a verdict of acquittal was returned. She had only one friend during that trial - a wealthy man named William Jay, who interested himself in her behalf and paid the expenses of the trial.


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