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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
On September 26, 1897, the Chicago Tribune reported:
Word came on Sunday from far Nebraska, at Tekamah, that Attorney H. Wade Gillis of that village had seen Mrs. Luetgert. The attorneys for the defense at once set on foot at inquiry and found that the substance of the Western attorney's information was this: A woman, who said she had deserted her husband in Chicago, went into his office on May 27 and inquired about a divorce. She refused to give her name and was much excited. Later Mr. Gillis came and attended one session of the Luetgert trial, heard some one describe the missing woman, and came to the conclusion that she and his would-be client were one and the same. Luetgert's attorneys will not further investigate the report.
On September 27, 1897, the Chicago Times-Herald reported:
THE TIMES-HERALD telegraphed its correspondent at Omaha yesterday...
The response: "H. Wade Gillis is an attorney of Tekamah, Teb., a town of 300 people, forty miles north in Burt County. He is a reliable man, being an attorney of considerable local practice. He has been county judge and held other political positions of trust. He has lived in the state a long time, and can be said to be in every way a very reliable witness. If Gillis says he saw Mrs. Luetgert the people who know him will believe what he says."
On September 30, 1897, the Chicago Record reported:
Luther Lafin Mills left last Tuesday for Tekama, Neb., where he is investigating the story of H. Wade Gillis and others who claim that Mrs. Luetgert was in that town after May 1. It is thought by the defense that the result of his investigation will be to bring three new witnesses into the case.
But on October 9, 1897, the Chicago Tribune reported:
Mr. Mills ... denied that he had been out in Nebraska hunting up alibi evidence for the case. Instead of being in Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Mills were in New York City at the time.
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.