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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 25, 1911, Image 27',
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GERTRUDE 'PATTERSON SUBJECTED TO CRUELEST
CROSS-EXAMINATION IN HISTORY OF WEST -
Denver, Colo., Nov. 25. Ger
K trude Gibson Paterson today was
subjected to' the most terrible arr
iaignmentoi a women that ever
took place in the courts of the
Under the terrible fire of ques
tions rained upon her by Special
Prosecutor Horace G. Benson,
the woman writhed and quivered
and trembled and wept.
Twjce she broke down utterly,
and while the proceedings of the
court were halted, she sobbed
'hysterically, until at last she (was
supported from the courtroom
for a breath of fresh air.
Once she fainted,, and lay
across a tabje before the jury in
. white' stillness while the. men in
the courtroom sat looking at each
' N Benson is perhaps the clever-
' est criminal lawyer in the Middle
West. And he is merciless in his
fte is striving to tear the veil
t.from the very soul of;. Gertrude
Patterson, and to do so, he is
working as a surgeon would,
probing with keen questions and
sudden twists of the knife of
Yesterday Mrs. Patterson tes
tified that the husband she slew
""had treated her like'a beast, beat
ing; and kicking her because she
would riot earn tnoney for him by
her own shame.
' Toda'y Benson produced a
package of letters from Mrs. Pat
terson o her husband.
He asked Mrs. Patterson if she
were the author of these letters.
The- trembling woman looked
them over, blanched, but admit
ted that she had written them.
Then Benson read the letters
to the jury.
They were full of endearinfi
terms. "Semi Mate," she 'called
her husband in them, and "Dear
est Chick," and "Pet", and "Heart
of My Heart,"
Benson laid the letters on the
table arid turned to the jury.
"These letters were written by
this woman 'to the husband she
slew," he said, slowly and quiet
ly. "Thiywere written just after
"Chick" Patterson had been forc
ed, for the sake of his health to
leave Chicago for Denver."
Then the Prosecutor turned
and pointed a finger at Mrs Pat
terson. "You wrote these letters, 'full
of love and endearment, after the
time when you told the jury yes
terday your husband had treated
you like an animal) after he had
demanded thaf you enter a life of
shame to earn money for him.
"Why did you write such let
lters if he had treated you so?"
Mrs. Patterton Jhung her head.
Her lips moved, but her answer
could not be heard. Benson
went on. ' -
"We, shall prove to the jury
how you- came to write these let
ters. . '
"You were liying with Strouss
at the time. You were leading
a double life.
"While you were lulling youc