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The people of Logansport were
with Mrs. Lang. Theyjcnew her
pitiful story, '
'The husband for whose sake
she had committed-murder stood
by her stoutly.
"She isn't guilty of murder," he
said, over and over again. "She
was crazy when she did it. The
way people talked about her was
enough to drive anyone crazy."
But Prosecutor M. L. Fansler
and Police Chief Mowissaw only
in the story a good case, and rush
ed Mrs. Lang to prosecution.
At first Fansler was going to
prosecute her for first degree
murder, with its penalty of th
gallows or life imprisonment.
But he seemed to realize he
never could convict her on that
charge, and.'sd'thanged it to man
slaughter. When the trial opened today,
the court rtfom was crowded with
fashionably 'dressed women, all
curious to see their "Ugly Duck
ling" sister in her trouble.
Near the front sat Joe Lang,
smiling hope and encouragement
to his ugly wife. Near him sat
James Clark, the father.
Beside a big policeman sat lit
tle five-year-old Julia Copple,
(laughter of the murdered woman,
star witness for the state.
The trial was short. Little
Julia was put on the stand. She
was white with fear, and she
shook with sobs.
Brokenly, she lisped out the
story of how Mrs. Lang had come
to see .her mother; how she had
gone with her mother to the door; 1
how "mother had said some
thing;" arttf then "bang! and her
mother fell down all bloody."
The child broke .down com
pletely every few minutes. Judge
Lairy and Prosecutor Fansler
would speak kindly to her and
lead her on with tne story that
was to send a woman to the pen
itentiary. It was pitiful. It did not seem
right that this babe should be led
in to swear away a woman's lib
erty. The prosecution rested. " Mrs.
Lang was convicted. The trial
judge made a speech.
At the end of the speech he pro
"I'll wait for you, Liz," said
Lang. "I'll be near the prison all
the time. I'll be at the door when
you come out." '
"Forgive me, Liz, for all I've
done," sobbed 1Clark. "Forgive
Little Julia Copple suddenly be
came hysterical. Her shrill,
frightened scream rang, through
the coijrt room.
i "I want mamma !" she wailed.
"I want mamma !"
Nearly Bad Enough.
Clerk I'm afraid I can't let
you havethat drug, sir.
Customer Why not? Do I
look like a man who would kill
Clerk Well, I wouldn't say
that, sir; but if I looked like. you
I should be tempted.
A healthy sheep eats six times
its weight in food in a year.