MAKES A NOISE LIKE A PIPE DREAM -

  ANONYMOUS LETTER RECEIVED BY ACTING

  GOVERNOR HARPER- REPORTING TO COME FROM THE MAN WHO SHOT MARSHAL FRISBEE


Denver - Saturday, August 24, 1907 - That there is honor among
criminals was demonstrated this morning in anonymous letter received
by LT. Governor Harper purported to be from the man who fired the
bullet that killed Marshal Frisbee of Lamar last winter and for which
Andrew Johnson narrowly escaped the hangman's noose at Canon City.

While Johnson had persistently refused to divulge the name of his pal
the one who is believed by the authorities to have been the real
murderer of the Lamar officer, this same partner in crime is repaying
Johnson's friendship by endeavoring to shift the blame from the
latter's shoulders to himself.

Legibly written, having no address or signature, and with the postmark
so blurred in the stamping that the name of the town is unrecognizable
the letter is believed to come from the man who was with Johnson when
the Marshal was shot and was able to evade capture. The letter was
very brief. There

was no attempt to excuse the crime. It simply said:


"Governor Harper, Andrew Johnson did not kill Marshal Frisbee. I was
the one who killed him. This is the truth."

Governor Harper has received so many letters and messages in regard to
the reprieving of Johnson that at first it was thought the letter was
a hoax but the more the matter was thought about, especially when
taken into consideration with the fact that Johnson is known to be
concealing a great deal he knows about the murder, the more positive
the Governor became that the letter came from the real slayer.


Johnson reticence and the inability of the officers to locate his
companion on the night that Frisbee was shot will probably result in
the second man never being punished for his crime. Johnson apparently
will never disclose his identity and the man himself unless he is
constructed differently from most criminals, will never give himself
up to save his pal. There's said to have been a movement started to
have Johnson placed on parole later on. It is hardly likely that this
will be done as long as the present administration remains in power.