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The Mystery Carefully Analyzed and
THE SUICIDE THEORY UNTENABLE.
He Knew He Was a Marked Man and
Loaded Himself With Insurance
Policies—He Was Undoubtedly
Assassinated By Someone
Who Feared He Might
Tell in Court.
That the strange and terrible taking off
of Baker A. Bass on the morning of Friday
before last still remains a profound and
apparently inexplicable mystery is largely
attributable to the fact that nobody has
applied a careful analysis to the known
circumstances of this remarkable tragedy.
That done, the case ceases to be a mystery
at all, and so plain and evident are the
clues that lie between the lines that it is
difficult to understand how they have been
so persistently overlooked.
To begin with, let us disentangle the
facts from the great mass of irrelevant
matter that has obscured the case in the
papers, and state them plainly. At about
4:15 on the morning of Friday, the 30th of
August, Baker A. Bass, a commission
merchant with a shady record, left his
home on the corner of Courtland and Ellis
streets to open up his store. At 4:30, or
thereabouts, a shot was heard and Bass
was found dying on the pavement on Ivy
street near the entrance to the alley that
runs through to Peachtree at the side of
the Grand Opera House. He had a bullet
wound behind his right ear, and his shirt
collar bore marks of having been jerked
violently outward from the rear. Both
button holes of the collar were torn out
and the back showed the prints of fingers’
Clutched in his right hand was a cheap 38
calibre revolver with three empty and two
loaded chambers. His hat was lying near
by, but there were no evidences of a
struggle other than those stat' d. Bass
never spoke, and died about noon.
These, briefly enumerated, are all the
known circumstances of the death. In the
wide discussion that has since followed
public opinion has divided on two theories
—that of suicide and that of murder. The
suicide theorists (among whom are the
entire detective department) point to the
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