BOGUS NOBLEMAN FREED. ~ "I Am Being Hounded by the Police," Complained Spaulding.

January 17, 1908

"I Am Being Hounded by the Police,"
Complained Spaulding.

J. R. Spaulding, alias George Frederick Spate, alias Oscar F. Spate, who recently set Pittsburg agog by playing the English nobleman and promising to introduce several millionaires to the King of England, was released by the police after being held until 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The three-named man was arrested near Twelfth street and Walnut streets Wednesday while in company with a woman. Before being released, he admitted that his name was Spaulding and that he had "flurried" Pittsburg.

Spaulding told Inspector Ryan that he had really come here for the purpose of opening up a confectioners business, but now that the police had been so "sassy" he might go somewhere else.

"I did think of remaining here," he said, "and now that I have seen how easy it is I thought I would like to become a detective. I think I would make a good one, all right."

Spate or Spaulding said that he was being hounded and not given a chance. He thought that a "little mistake" like he made in Pittsburg ought to be overlooked. Instead of that, he said, he was being pursued wherever he went. He said that he was advised by influential relatives to go West. His half brother in Chicago, he said, would back any enterprise he began.

"Out here," the inspector told him, "we expect every man to have some occupation. No one here is so rich that he doesn't have to work at something, and no one out here wants to be introduced into ultra-exclusive English society."

Spate shed a few tears when the inspector spoke of every person being expected to work. It appeared to hurt his feelings.

"Well, after all," he said finally, "I believe I'll stay here. You must not be surprised some day in the near future if you find me holding down the job of society editor of one of your local papers. I think I am well fitted for that."

Inspector Ryan told him that such positions here were held by women so far as he knew but he added: "If you succeed in getting on, come around and interview me." Spate promised and left the station.