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It is with pleasure that we inform our readers that the Wisconsin Eclectic Medical College, so-called, and its proprietor, the alleged "Dr." Fred Rutland, have come to grief. "Dr." Rutland was arrested in Chicago last week, and held over in five thousand dollars bonds to appear before the federal grand jury of the Northern District of Illinois in answer to a charge of carrying on swindling through the United States mails:
For many months we had been in receipt, from time to time, from various members of the Association, of letters and circulars issued by this precious rascal, in which, in varying terms all more or less evasive, it was evident that diplomas were offered for sale at prices ranging from thirty-five to fifty dollars. We first induced one of the daily papers of Chicago to take the matter up. They sent a reporter to Rutland's house, as already stated
"DR." RUTLAND IN THE TOILS.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(11):515-516. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440110037008