Pretty Girl is Arrested

Will Be Taken to Missouri on Serious Charge

 She is Needed as Witness Against Man Who is Alleged to Have Deserted Family for Her—She is Accused of Accepted Bribe to Disappear Before Trial

 Los Angeles, December 9, 1906

Lulu Griggs, a handsome girl, is in the City Jail. This very silent prisoner is wanted in Paris, Mo., on a charge of receiving a bribe. Detectives Jones and Boyd yesterday arrested the girl and she will be held pending the arrival of an officer from Missouri, on whose description the arrest was made. 

Yesterday the handsome prisoner refused absolutely to talk. She said, “ I have nothing to say,” and what is more, stood by the declaration. From the information in the possession of the local department, it appears that she is needed as a witness in an important criminal case in Paris. Sometime ago she is alleged to have received a large sum of money provided that she left the State before the trial. She was with her brother in this city when the detectives found her. 

The case in which she is wanted as a witness is one of the State of Missouri against Hugh D. Mudd, a wealthy citizen of Monroe City. Without her testimony, it is said, no case could be made against him. 

It is alleged that the girl, when only sixteen years old, left Monroe City in company with Mudd, going to St. Louis and then to Hot Springs, Ark, where they were arrested. Miss Griggs claimed that she had been induced to leave home on promises of good positions in the city. Mudd, who has a wife and eight children was at once indicted for enticing the girl from home for immoral purposes. 

When the case was called for trial the State was forced to ask for a continuance on the grounds that the prosecuting witness had disappeared. 

Sheriff Nolen is on the way to this city to take the girl back. She is the daughter of poor parents and is one of a large family of children.