Citizens Deny Authority for Using Their Names

Citizens DenyAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Journal

Sunday, May 25th, 1913

Capt. English, Robt. F. Maddox and Others Comment on Dictograph Interview

Captain James W. English, president of the Fourth National bank, Saturday gave The Journal a statement to the effect that he has had no connection whatever with Attorney Thomas B. Felder’s investigation of the Mary Phagan murder mystery.

Robert F. Maddox, vice president of the American National bank, made a similar statement.

Captain English said:

“I don’t know what Mr. Felder could have had in mind when he made the statement, if he did make it, that I, among other citizens, was backing him in his efforts to solve the Mary Phagan murder mystery. I never had a conversation with him or with anyone representing him in regard to the Phagan case. In fact, I have not conferred with anyone about the case, beyond casually asking some of the city detectives their theory of the case, and casual discussion of the case with friends. I want to make it clear that I have never talked with Mr. Felder, with anyone representing him, or with anyone associated with him, in regard to his efforts to discover the guilty party.”

Mr. Maddox said:

“I don’t know whether Mr. Felder made the statement, attributed to him in the dictograph manuscript or not. So far as I am concerned, I have had no connection whatever either directly or indirectly with Mr. Felder’s investigation of the Phagan case.”

The statement to which the above statements are made in reply, is that part of the dictograph record where Mr. Felder is quoted as telling Febuary and Colyar that some of the best citizens in Atlanta were backing him (Felder) in his investigation, and as mentioning the names of Captain English and Mr. Maddox.


Governor oJseph [sic] M. Brown declined to comment on the alleged statement of Mr. Felder to the effect that no matter who was governor he would be able to have any man turned loose who got the papers for him. “I do not believe that the people of the state of Georgia expect a statement from me,” said the governor.

In this connection the statement of Governor-elect John H. Slaton is in substance that of Governor Brown. “I do not think any reply to Mr. Felder is expected of me. He has never approached me on the question.”

Solicitor Hugh Dorsey said:

“Why, there is no use for me to deny any such remarks as those attributed to Colonel Felder, and I certainly do not wish to express my opinion in the matter. Colonel Felder never expressed to me any intention of taking steps to attempt to show graft or fraud on the part of the city police and detectives.”

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Atlanta Journal, May 25th 1913, “Citizens Deny Authority for Using Their Names,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)