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Description: Another Arrest in Ida Fosburgh CaseDate: March 25 1901
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6
ANOTHER ARREST IN IDA FOSBURGH CASE
Nelson Jones, Scion of a Prominent Family,
Charged With Murdering the Girl.
GAVE HER THE FATAL LETTER
He Secured From the Post Office the Poison Package
Police Theory Is That He Mailed It.
Rutland, Vt., March 24.ŚNelson Jones, son of Minor Jones, by whom Ida Fosburgh was employed, was last night arrested, charged with her murder by sending poison through the mail. This has not been unexpected, but as the Jones family is one of the most influential In the State, there was considerable speculation as to what the police would do. Neither young Jones nor his parents seemed surprised when the Sheriff stated his errand and the young man made no objection to accompanying the officer. Young Jones says he is innocent. It is not likely that he will have a hearing until the chemists have finished their analysis of the organs of Ida Fosburgh.
When asked how long he had been working on the Shorehom end or the case, Sheriff Chapman said:
"I had a warrant for Jones's arrest when I left Middlebury for Shoreham last Thursday. Most of the time since then I have spent in the vicinity of Shoreham and in towns across the lake running down clews and collecting evidence. On Saturday the evidence became so strong that I decided to postpone the arrest no longer. I had no fear that Jones would escape. I am not at liberty to tell what our latest discoveries have been."
Sheriff Chapman said that he found by inquiry at Crown Point, N. Y., that Aldace Vondette was not the man who was seen there the day of Ida Fosburgh's death bewailing the fact that she had committed suicide. The man who was mistaken for Vondette is Richard Barror, a farmer, living in Shoreham, who was once quite intimate with Miss Fosburgh, but he is not under suspicion of having been implicated in her death.
Nelson Jones, who is now under arrest, is 25 years of age. It was he who brought the envelope which contained the poison from the Shoreham post office and delivered it to Miss Fosburgh in her room. Fifteen minutes afterwards the girl was found dead and everyone thought at first that she had committed suicide. Nelson Jones told his father and mother that Ida had requested him to go to the post office for the letter and had declared that she would go herself if he did not. The theory of the officers is now said to be that Jones mailed the poison package himself and that he had the girl's confidence to such a degree that she would take anything he told her to take.
The Jones family is the wealthiest and one of the most respected in Shoreham.