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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
From the September 27, 1897, Chicago Record:
Jacob Melber, a butcher, was a witness who told of seeing a strange woman in Wheaton, Ill., May 6. He was expected to identify this woman as Mrs. Luetgert, but he failed to do so. When he was asked the place of his residence, he replied: "I live down on Clark street and I eat anywhere I can board."
From the September 28, 1897, Chicago Tribune:
[Melber questioned by defense attorney William Vincent:]
"I was standing at the corner and taking a drink. I got up about 5 o'clock, do you understand, to take the half-past 5 train, and that lady, she was coming down Main Street, as I call it. She came from the north side, and she spoke to me, she said, 'Good morning.' And she asked me the way to Elmhurst. She told me that she had a sister in Elmhurst, by the name of Miller. I said I am sleeping at Mrs. Miller's last night. I am a butcher. I come out yesterday and I am going in this morning again...
"She was a small woman, and I think I could not tell very much about it because she had a shawl over her head. This way, you know, just the frizzles sticking out in front, the curls... She had a jacket on, but I cannot tell you what kind of dress it was. It was covered..
"I cannot say that I ever did see her before... I do not know who she was, only I know what she told me."
"Had she been pointed out to you?"
"She has been, yes, sir. There is a woman has been pointed out to me... There is a woman has been pointed out to me on the corner of Diversey avenue, right on the fence there, by a man that was looking for work in the middle of March 1895."
"How did you happen to be at that place in March 1895?"
"Looking for work in Luetgert's. There was a small woman pointed out to me right by the picket fence... That woman was there and he told me in German: 'Here comes the old woman. Probably the old man will be around here soon, too."
"Was the woman you saw at Wheaton the same woman you saw at Luetgert's sausage factory?"
"Pretty near to it, but I would not swear, but that was pretty near the same-sized woman... In weight, I cannot tell you it. I cannot tell you by her figures, the color of her hair, or anything like that, because when she went in the sausage factory she went right in the second door, and that man that was with me told me in German, 'There comes the old woman,' and told me that the old man would be around soon. That was in March 1895."
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.