Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Rolla Men Guilty; Two Given Terms.Date: January 16 1913
Newspaper published in: Houston, MO
St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 9.
Carl H. Evers and Bode Payne, former promoters of a railway to be known as the Missouri, Arkansa & Southern, pleaded guilty this afternoon in the federal court here to charges of trying to sell counterfeit bank notes.
Evers was sentenced to serve a year and a day at Leavenworth and Payne to serve thirty days in the Phelps county jail. An indictment against Harry B. Burke was quashed. Elbert E. Young, also under indictment on the same charge, is serving a term in the Missouri penitentiary for another forgery. His case was continued.
Young, Evers and Payne were prominent citizens of Rolla, Mo. They were acquiring capital to promote the railroad when federal officers accused them of attempting to sell bank notes printed for the German National Bank of Northern Kansas. The bills were authorized bank notes, printed by an engraving company, but had not been signed by the officers of the bank. How the railroad men came into possession of the bills never was divulged.