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This Week in History: Serious leak in office of well-known engineering company, men suspected

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This Week in History

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago.

There has been a serious leak in the office of the Everett Engineering Company and the firm name, which had always stood for honor and integrity in West Virginia, was under a cloud. The Everett people had made a secret investigation of some mining property and a report of its value had reached the opposition before the Everett client had been given a report with the result that the property had been snapped up by an opposing company.

The papers were full of the coup and the resident of the Everett Company was very angry. Someone had sold him and branded his firm with shame. The finger of suspicion pointed to three people, Colonel Gwynne, chief engineer and treasurer of the company; the young business manager, Noel Clavering, who had heard the secret of the property’s worth from the Colonel’s own lips, and Alan Barrett, mineral expert for the Everett people, who had been in the office when Colonel Gwynne returned with samples of ore from the property.

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Preceded by an intense bombardment of high explosives and poison gas shells, picked troops from four German companies buried themselves against the American positions on the right bank of the Meuses, north of St. Mihiel, again early Sunday morning, but were completely repulsed after terrific hand-to-hand fighting. The enemies’ casualties in the four days’ fighting are estimated at between 200 and 400. Of this number, more than 100 were killed.

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Following days of brooding over groundless accusations that he was a German spy, E.A. Hess, a baker, born in Germany and naturalized in the United States 21 years ago, shot himself at Fort Collins. Hess bought $200 worth of Liberty bonds. He already had $800 worth of earlier issues.

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