TO ARRAIGN SEVER TODAY.
Tried to Raise Money by Fraud to Study for the Ministry.
Jesse Sever, 25 years old, operator of a bureau for "missing relatives," who was arrested here on Monday and charged with using the mails to defraud, will be arraigned at 10 o'clock this morning before United States Commissioner Q. Q. Chaflin, Jr. Sever is being held under a bond of $5,000.
Sever, according to the authorities, has admitted he sent letters to persons seeking missing relatives advising them to send money to the Palace hotel, 427 Minnesota avenue. Sever was arrested when he went to the hotel to claim the mail written in answer to his letters.
Sever told the federal inspectors yesterday he decided on the scheme in an attempt to get money to attend the Taylor University, Upland, Ind., where he wished to study for the ministry. In his letters he is alleged to have written, he represented himself as the "Rev. W. S. Matthews," a Baptist minister.