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STROUSS MONEY HELPING GERTRUDE PATTERSON
WOMEN PROTEST AGAINST CRUEL GRILLING
Denver, Colo., Nov. 27. Much
of the elaborately- built up testi
mony of the state against Ger
trude Gibson Patterson, on trial
for the murder of her husband,
"Chick" Patterson, was torn to
For two, successive days, Spe
cial Prosecutor Horace G. .Ben
son cross-examined Mrs. ,Patter
son. He used all the arts and wiles,
which ' have caused" him to
cbme known asthe greatest crim
inal lawyer in the west.
' So brutal has been his cross-
examination of the woman, that
hundreds of letters have poured
in upon Judge Allen, who is sit
ting in the case, from Denver wo-
met, asking ttiat Benson be forc
ed to deal more gently with the
accused woman. '
v And, all Benson's cruel grilling
has been toward one end. 'He has
been, trying td prove that Mrs.
Patterson lies when she says that
she was mistreated and beaten
and kicked by her husband. He
has been trying tofprove that the
opposite was the case, and that
Mrs. Patterson was physically
stronger than ther husband, and
This afternoon, the defense
played its trump cafd. It .intro
duced as evidence letters written
by "Qiick" Patterson to his wife.
Most of the letters are un
printable. But they prove this much.
They prove that "Chick' 'Patter
son did know of his wife's con
nection with Emil Strouss, thel
Chicago -millionaire, although her
declares over and over again inJ
his own private diary that, until
two days before the day she slew!
him, he did not know of Strouss.
And they also prove., that Pat
terson did subject his wife to
cruelties .and indignities.
In support of these letters, the.
defense introduced three wit
nesses, Ida KellyRose Gard and;
Mrs Nettie White.
Ida Kelly and Rose Gard were
in the city jail when Mrs. Pat
terson nrstjtvas taken there after
the shooting. 'They swore her.,
face was ted and bruised, .v.
Mrs. White swore that she
saw "Chick" Patterson strike hi
wife with his closed.fist on th?
street one day. She said she: '
wanted to call a policeihan an?
have him arrested, but that Mrss
Patterson begged her not to say:
"This man is sick." T
The defense also called Dis-f
trict Attorney Elliott, whom
Mrs. Patterson, employed as her
attorney in her divorce suit. H&
said that Mrs. Patterson had told
him her husband struck and beat
her, and swore at her, and had
showed him black and blue marks
about her body touppor't hen
For the first time today it be-j,
came known that Emil WC
Strouss, the Chicago millionaire
to whom Mrs. Patterson savs her?
husband sold herior $k500,, h'as
been helping in her defense. fI
Thew revelation ,camet when