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MISTER NEE FROIM NVASHINGTON, D. C.
The grand jury indicted both Ward and Gerber.
For this I was very glad. The documents were prepared
and immediately forwarded to Sheriff Clark who
was still in California. As soon as he received them
he and his two prisoners left for Fort Worth.
When the trio arrived the papers made a big splurge
about their arrest and hinted at a sensational trial.
Through this publicity, Peter J. Nee, a man of
wealth from W\ashington, D. C., discovered they were
the same pair who only a short time ago had swindled
him out of a fortune.
I shall never forget the meeting between Charles
Gerber, E. J. \Ward and MIr. Nee. It was one of the
most dramatic I have ever seen. It had all the elements
of melodrama which borders on broad farce.
Nee and I went into the Sheriff's office together.
Sheriff Clark, Milton Williams, one or two officers and
the two prisoners were already there.
Mr. Nee without hesitating walked over to Ward.
He was so close he could have touched him. He looked
up into the thief's face and said:
"You are my man! I positively identify you as
the one who brought this weight of trouble down upon
my head. You are the man!"
He kept his eyes riveted on Ward's as if to force
Ward continued to stare at him blankly with a well
feigned expression of perfect disinterest.
Nee's hand shot out toward him accusingly. He
gathered himself for a final bout.
"Ward! John! . . . You know me, you recognize
me! Why in God's name don't you say so?"
\Vard continued to look as vacant as a double blank
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/66/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .