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EAST AND WEST MEET IN TWO TRAGEDIES OF LOVE
AND PASSION IN TODAY'S NEWS
Two stories of love and passion,
strange as any conceived by brain
of novelist, are contained in to
One is a story of the east; one
of the west. Kipling has said
that never can east and yest
meet. Yet east and west do meet
it, these two stories. Tiey are
essentially alike; only their
method is different.
The story of the west comes
from Scran ton, Pa.
A woman is on trial there for
the murder of her husband. She
is Mrs. Minnie Lee, of Lanesboro,
Pa. The charge against her is
that she poisoned her husband by
putting arsenic in his food.
That part of the story is sordid
enough, common enough. It is
the motive that makes the story
stand out. The closest friends of
Mts. Lee, friends who have stood
nobly by her since the day the
hand of the law first touched her
shoulder and the grim charge of
murder was entered against her
name on a police blotter, give this
excuse for her:
"Mrs. Lee," they say, "chose
the lesser of two evils. She loved
her husband. She loved him be
yond life itself. When she saw
him caught in the toils ofa vam
pire, she thought it better that he
die in innocence than that'he live
a life of moral crime."
The "vampire" is Mrs. Rose
Sherrick. She is the state's chief
witness against Mrs. Lee.
There is little doubt Lee wqs
poisoned. He took sick' shortly
after Mrs. Lee told her closest
friends, "I would rather see my
husband dead ,in his grave, and
follow him to the gtave, than see.
him in the arms of that woman."
The famHy physician, Dr.
Lyons, was called in, and( could
not find out what ailed the pa
tient. Dr. Lyons finally became
suspicious, and asked that Lee be t
removed io an hospital. Mrs.
Lee-refused to allow this. One
week later, Lee died.
Dr. Lyons voiced his suspicions
then. All the things that Mrs.
Lee had said of, rather seeing her
husband in the grave than violat
ing his marriage vows were "re
Lee's body was opened. Aw
senic was found in the stomach.
Mrs. Lee was arrested, and held
During the six months she has
spent in jail, awaiting her trial,
which opened yesterday, Mrs4
Lee has grieved constantly over
the death of her husband, and
often exptessed the wish that she
could follow him
It is expected that Mrs. Lee
will bewailed to the stand to tell
her own story first thing tomor
row. She appeared in court to
day in deep mourning and leaning
heavily on the arm of her daugh
ter. She is 40 years old; her
daughter is 18. :
The story of the west, comes
from Seattle, Washington. zl
Yesterday the mutilated body,
of a man was found in a trunk" uf
the baggage room of the King1
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