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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 17, 1911, Image 6

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killing James B. McNamara is on J
trial, lhen will come evidence
' regarding the actual cause of the
destruction of the Times and, in
this connection, the state hopes to
overwhelm the defense's case by
sneer weight of evidence. ,
It will try to prove that explo
sions took place in both the
rooms, where great batteries of
stereotyping and composing
linotype and sterotyping ma
chines, operated? by gas and using
enormous quantities were con
stantly working, tl will call 100
witnesses, in an endeavor to
show that, because of these ma
chines constantly operating all
night previous to the explosion,
the defenses' theory that gas shat
tered "the building is absolutely
untenable. '
The state asserts that numer
ous .witnesses will absolutely
swear that it would have been a
physical impossibility for enough
gas to have been stored in the
Times building near Ink Alley,
where the explosion took place,
to explode from any cause and
that, therefore? the dynamite the
ory is the only logical one.
When court, opened today, the
jury "box was filled, nine of the oc
cupants being subject to peremp
tory challenges. Both sides be
liev.ed that there were not iewer
than four, and probably five, ac
tual jurors in the box.
Both refused to take any one
into their confidence but the men
expected by experienced court at
taches to survive the use of' per
emptory challenges were : Clark
'tional bank; C. A. Heath, farmer, ,
of.Comptdn; William J. Andre,
carpenter, of Lo,s Angeles, a,nd J.
B. Sexton, farmer ahel xeal estate ,
dealer, of Alhambra. , ,
In addition to thesefour, Al
exander Gribling, retired harness
maker of Whittier, and Willet
Brunner, locomotive engineer,
were considered by many court
attaches as having a good chance""
Qf remaining, although attorneys
for the defense and other court of
ficials thought ,the state .Would
chajlenge them.
The defense has determined to
I challenge G. H. Elliott, 75 years
old, retired gardener of Santa
Monica, vho believes fn the dyna
mite theory, and Jacob Lansing, v
fruitgrower, who was reported to x
"have declared that he had no'
doubt of McNamara's guilt, but
-vvhoinsisted oa the stand that he
had no 6pinion in the case.
In addition, the defense was
still considering the case of Maj.
Brewster C. Kenyon, Spanish war
veteran and'oil operator, and was
expected to eliminate him because
his associates at Long Beach
adopted "resolutions commending
JDetective Burns' arrests in this
case.
Detective Burns to Be Tried for
Kidnapping Next Spring
Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 17.
William J. Burns, the 'detective,
and James Hosick, Los Angeles
special officer, whose investigations-resulted
in the indictment
of John J. and James B. McNa
mara for alleged dVnamltinp-. will
McLain, cashier Pasadena Nar I be triecTHere the cdmio& spring

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