GEN. E. L. MOLINEUX DIES IN BROOKLYN Civil War Veteran Spent a For- tune in Defense of His Son, Roland B. HIS RECORD AS A SOLDIER Once Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion-- How Son Lost His Mind. General Edward Leslie Molineux, the soldier and manufacturer and the father of Roland B. Molineux, who was convict- ed and later acquitted of the murder of Mrs. Katherine B. Adams, and in whose defense his father spent a fortune, died yesterday at his home, 117 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, in his eighty-third year. He was born in London, England, and came to this country in his boyhood. General Molineux was educated at the Mechanics' Society School in this city and when the civil war broke out was Lieutenant Colonel of the Twenty-third Regiment of the New York National Guard. He entered the war as Colonel commanding the 159th New York Vol- unteers, in in the campaigns against Port Hudson, Red River, Petersburg, and in the Shenandoah Valley was com- mander of a brigade. When the war ended, General Moli- neux was brevetted a Brigadier Gen- eral and a Major General of Volunteers. In 1880 he was appointed Brigadier General of the Eleventh Brigade of the National Guard of the State of New York and five years later was appointed Major General of the Second Division of the same. General Molineux was Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion in 1886. He was a director of the F. W. Devoe & C. T. Raynolds Company, paint manufacturers. Shortly after the European war began General Molineux realized that his paint factory would soon be deprived of its foreign supply of color materials, and he suggested to his son that he set to work in the la- boratory and find a substitute for these pigments. Roland B. Molineux worked day and night, and for a time it was believed that he was about to make an important discovery, but each time he failed. It was believed that these disappointments brought on the nervous breakdown that ended in his being committed to the New York State Hospital for the In- sane at Kings' Park last September. In November, 1913, Roland B. Moli- neux's play, "The Man Inside," was produced by David Belasco in this city. The play, which had but a short run, was said to be an accurate portrayal of the author's experiences and sensations in the death house at Sing Sing, where he was incarcerated for twenty months before being brought to trial for the sec- ond time, when he was acquitted.