February 26, 1913

Considerable light was thrown on the past life of B.T. Ingham, who was found dead in his room at the Holland Hotel yesterday by M.G. O'Malley, state manager of the Fraternal Brotherhood, who had a lengthy conversation Saturday with Ingham, both being guests at the Holland."Ingham told me several things concerning his past life during our conversation," stated Mr. O'Malley today, "and in view of the mystery regarding his past they may be of interest.

"Ingham told me that he was born and raised at Waco, Texas, and that he was a graduate of Ann Arbor. He seemed well educated. He stated that he was a steeple jack by profession and had formerly been an engineer in the employ of the Great Northern, running out of Missoula, Mont. I presume that by following up these statements his relatives may be located."

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Believing that an inquest in such cases as the one held Monday over the remains of B.T. Ingham, who was found dead in his room at the Hotel Holland yesterday, is entirely unnecessary and that it is only a needless expense to the taxpayers, Frank L. Tou Velle, county judge, announced this morning that he would disallow any tax bills rendered to the county by the coroner for an inquest under such circumstances.

"The holding of an inquest is very necessary in certain cases where there is some suspicion that a crime has been committed," stated Judge Tou Velle, "but to hold an inquest where there is no suspicion of crime is a needless expense, and I do not propose to see the taxpayers imposed upon in this manner any more than in other ways.

"This is the second time to my personal knowledge that a needless inquest, with its expense to the taxpayers, has been held. The first was over the remains of William Vincent, accidentally killed in the presence of a score of witnesses. Vincent himself spoke of the manner in which he lost his life before he died. Yet an inquest was held costing the taxpayers over $70. This bill, however, was disallowed by the former county court, and when presented to us last month, again turned down. This will be the fate of all bills for inquests where there is no suspicion of a crime in connection with the death."


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