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Description: Why Trunks Were Searched - Mrs. BoyesonDate: August 27 1903
Newspaper published in: Bamberg, SC
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3
THE NEWS OF A WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Why Trunks Were Searched.
J. T. Harris, proprietor of White Stone Springs hotel, has furnished a statement reciting the reasons for the searching of Mrs. Boyeson's baggage in an endeavor to recover jewelry stolen from the guests of the hotel.
He says that several of the guests reported that the woman was seen in the room from which the valuables were taken, and he was only carrying out their wishes when he ordered her trunk searched. She was afterwards exonerated.
It seems that no warrant was procured by the woman's request, and she signed an agreement to permit the search without the necessary paper.
Mrs. Boyeson has employed attorneys to bring suit against Manager Harris for injury to her reputation.
Mrs. Boyeson is a middle aged woman of refined manners and appearance. She was suspected of theft at Whitestone and was followed to Spartanburg. Nothing incriminating was found among her effects.
Telegrams received by business men in Spartanburg confirm her statement that she is a member of a prominent Chicago family. She claims that her trunks were searched without process of law and that her permission for such search was gained through coercion. She also claims that sectional prejudice is causing her to be persecuted.