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FRIENDSHIP OF 20 YEARS AGO AND A" MURDER TRIAL
Mrs. Delia Olds on left Atty. W. E. Southard, and on right Atty.
Fred O. Robertson.
Spokane, Wash., July 26.
Bringing out a maze of inter
woven lines of interest extending
back 21 years, broken for a per
iod and now connected in a dram
atic way, the trial of Delia Berg
man Olds, 29 years of age, on a
charge of shooting her husband,
Dr. W. H. Olds, 60 years of age, is
the most unique ever chronicled
in the criminal annals of Spokane.
When Delia Bergman was a
child of 8 years, W. E. Southard
was a fireman on the Georgia
Central railroad. Boarding next
door to the Bergman family of
five, whose head was a carpenter,
he daily; saw the two little tots
now Mrs. Olds and her sister,
Mrs. Frank Yeon playing with
their, juvenile companions.
Husky "Bill" Southard's return
from work was a signal of joy for
the youngsters in the neighbor
hood. It meant candy, sweet
meats and jovial companionship,
for he had a hpst of stories learn
ed in a boyhood down in "Ar
kansaw." Delia was his favorite.
He was "Uncle Bill" to her.
Once when a mad dog raced
down a residence street in At
lanta, "Uncle Bill" proved as he
is proving now a source of
strength and defense for Delia.
Paralyzed by fright, the little girl