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1918: MURDER OF AH FEE; December 2, Part 2.

"Another 'eternal triangle,' two angles of which were Mongolian and one Caucasion, was broken up last night when Ah Fee, husband of the white known as Lucile Fee, was shot and killed in the back room of his Clarkdale laundry by Chin Len Jaun, who has been following the occupation of laundryman at Cottonwood. All indications are that Chin Len Jaun, who is said recently to have made Mrs. Fee a present of some valuable diamonds, crept up to the back door of Fee's establishment and shot him in the back while he was bending over a washtub. Jaun, who was arrested between Cottonwood and Verde less than an hour after the shooting, refuses to discuss the case. Mrs. Fee also declines to make a statement and it is evident that the authorities are going to have no little difficulty in getting to the bottom of the trouble." (Bisbee Daily Review; December 8, 1918; page 4.)

SLAYER IS BROUGHT TO COUNTY JAIL: Chin Len Juan, Who Shot Cottonwood Man Named Ah Fee, Will Await Trial in Superior Court in Prescott.

"Under-sheriff J. H. Robinson made a trip to Clarkdale yesterday and brought back three prisoners for confinement in the county jail here. Two of the men" will do time on misdemeanor charges and the third is "named Chin Len Juan, who on Monday shot and killed another native of the Flowery Kingdom named Ah Fee. Juan is to be held here until his case is called in the Superior court."

"The shooting, according to Mr. Robinson, took place in the laundry owned by Ah Fee at Cottonwood, the assassin having shot his victim through the liver, producing a wound which caused the man's death a few hours after the shooting. Fee was at work washing some garments at the time the other Chinaman sneaked into the place and shot him from behind. The story told by the prisoner is to the effect that Ah Fee had, through some unexplained means, been able for some time past to 'shake down' the other celestial for certain sums of money every so often and tiring of paying tribute to the wash house Chinaman, Juan put him out of the way. The slayer attempted to escape from the scene of the shooting and was half way to Verde before the cops overtook him. In the meantime he had disposed of the gun with which he did the shooting, and officers have so far failed to locate it. It is understood that a number of the Prescott and Jerome Chinamen have raised a fund with which to assist in the prosecution of Juan. Ah Fee having been a member of the same Tong society as a number of the local Orientals."

"Ah Fee's wife, the white girl named Lucille, formerly an inmate in the old Prescott red light district, came over to Prescott yesterday from Cottonwood, and is to remain here until the slayer of her husband is put on trial. Mrs. Fee, who is a pretty girl of 21 years of age, was arrested at Jerome in the spring on a Federal warrant charging her with possessing opium. She was in jail here for several weeks, and later entered a plea of guilty in the United States court. Judge Sawtelle paroled the girl, with the understanding that she return to her parents home on the coast. The girl left Prescott for her home, but it seems did not remain there long, going back to her Chinese husband."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; December 11, 1918; page 4.)

"PRELIMINARY HEARING: Sheriff Warren Davis went to Clarkdale yesterday and took with him Chu Leong Jun, the man who is being held on a charge of murdering Ah Fee, another Celestial, at Cottonwood early in December, the defendant's preliminary hearing having been booked for yesterday afternoon." (Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; January 22, 1919; page 6.)

"MURDER CASE COMES UP IN COURT"

"THE CASE: Two sides of a triangle are said to have been formed by the two Mongolians, Chun and Fee, with Mrs. Ah Fee, reportedly an attractive American girl as the third. It is claimed by the state that Chun found himself enmeshed in the charms of Fee's wife, and finding that she did not respond to his advances during the presence of her husband, determined to get the incubus out of the way. He is alleged to have accomplished his purpose, insofar as removal of the troublesome husband is concerned, by means of a pistol shot in the back."

"This occurred at or near the Fee laundry near the bridge at Clarkdale, it is said. Fee had just bought the laundry from Charlie Loo for the prosperous sum of $600, but did not survive the passion of 'Chung' long enough to enjoy the fruits of his patient toil." ...

(Prescott Journal-Miner; March 21, 1919; page 2, columns 2-4.)

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