Huntsville Weekly Mercury (AL)
Huntsville Weekly Mercury (AL)
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Description: Bass Frazier Located - After 3 Years of Mystery

Date: January 27 1904

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 8. Column 1

After Years of Mystery News
Comes of Former Tech Student
Atlanta, Jan. 21.—After three years of mystery and unexplained absence Bass Frazier, the former Tech student from Union Springs, Ala., has been located.
Young Frazier is a corporal in the Twenty-sixth United States infantry stationed at Fort Ringold, Tex. His family has known of his whereabouts since last July and while they have made no secret of their knowledge, only a few of their friends knew the facts until a day or two ago.
Young Frazier, then a student at the Tech, disappeared from Atlanta in January 1901, just four [sic: three] years ago. The peculiar circumstances leading up to the disappearance caused the wide spread impression that he had been kidnapped and foully dealt with. Searching parties were organized, rewards were offered and the brothers of young Frazier came to Atlanta to assist in the prosecution of the search.
It now develops that while the search was under way young Frazier was in San Francisco and later in the Philippines in the ranks of the Twenty-sixth infantry under the name of J. E. Williams.
The following telegraph from Union Springs, Ala., tells of Frazier’s disappearance.
Union Springs, Ala., Jan 19.—Bass Frazier, the young man of this city who disappeared from Atlanta in January 1901, and was believed to have been kidnapped, is in the United States army.
On Jan. 9, 1901, Frazier left Atlanta and went direct to Denver, where he enlisted in the Twenty-sixth infantry.
Frazier then removed to San Francisco and embarked for the Philippines, where he served two and a half years. He was engaged in some of the hottest fights of the campaign and acquitted himself excellently.
Last July he was returned to Fort Ringold, Tex., and has since communicated with his people here.
He had enlisted under the name of J. F. Williams. Until then he was unaware of the disturbance caused by his disappearance and supposed kidnapping. Learning this, he decided to re-enlist instead of coming home. This he did on the 6th instant and was immediately appointed corporal, with flattering prospects of early promotion. He is now enlisted in his own name. On account of the good standing of his family his disappearance created excitement throughout this section, especially here, where friends were solicitous concerning him. All this while the facts of his whereabouts remained closely shrouded in mystery although he regularly communicated with his people here since last July. Today the Bullock County Breeze learned of the matter and was given full information. Thus, it became known to the public, although it has been guarded as a secret by those who have heard from him. It just happened not to become general talk. All his friends here are glad of young Frazier’s safety, and are confident that he will make a splendid soldier.

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