Dorsey Steers Clear of Felder Controversy

Dorsey Steers ClearAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Journal

Saturday, May 24th, 1913

Says He Will Not Allow Himself to Be Drawn Into Row of Attorney and Detectives

Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey said Saturday morning relative to the Felder affair:

“This controversy will have no bearing on the prosecution of any one who may be indicted in the Phagan case. I have no reasons to question the good faith and sincerity of Colonel Thomas B. Felder. Also, I am certain the city detectives are not ‘double-crossing’ or misleading me as has been suggested.”

Mr. Dorsey would make no statement relative to the grand jury following Chief Lanford’s suggestion that it was “up to them to act” in the Felder matter.

In the detective’s dictagraph [sic] manuscript, which purports to record a conversation between Attorney Felder, A. S. Colyar and G. C. February [sic], in Williams House No. 3, Mr. Felder is quoted as saying he could “control” among other officials, the solicitor general.

Solicitor Dorsey is quoted as saying in reply:

“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 opinions in the matter. In fact, I know nothing whatever of the affair except what is generally known to the public.

“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 or detectives,” replied the solicitor when asked if during his conference in regard to the Phagan case. Colonel Felder had made any expression in regard to the present situation.

“The latest conference I had with Colonel Felder was when he came to my home last Sunday night to confer upon the Phagan case. As I announced publicly some time ago, I worked with him as I have done with others interested in probing the matter. I received what information I could from them, but kept my own theories and results of investigations to myself.

“As far as I know, there had never been any disturbing force in operation between the city detectives and Colonel Felder,” he replied to a query on this point.

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Atlanta Journal, May 24th 1913, “Dorsey Steers Clear of Felder Controversy,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)