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' JABBING' YOUR NEIGHBOR IN THE EAR
N. D. .Cochran,,
500 South Peoria St
TeL Monroe 353.
VOU2; NO. f44' , Chrcago, Tuesday, Marcfi. 18, 1913 ONE CENT
THOS. SIVHTH FORGIVES HIS BROTHER JOSEPH
FOR MURDERING HIS'WIFE
Aged Mother Bring Sons Who Hated Each Other fbr
Years Together When Both Are Ar
raigned on Criminal Charges.
There never was a more dramatic
scene in. all Chicago than that enact
ed in -Judge Scully's courttoday.
Two brothers .who had.hated each'
other for -years, who had refused , to
talk' to each.' other' for years, were
The" brothers were Thomas 'and'
Joseph Smith". " Tho'mas-.is charged
with larceny; Joseph with ike mur
der 'of his own sister-in-law, the wife
-of Thomas.' '
Behind the brothers as they were
called before the bar-stood 'a little old
.woman, 'a "woman whose- face, was
'marked " with tears, -whose hands
; trembled, whose knees shook. s.
The woman was Mrs. Ellen -Smith,
63 years:ol'd, the' mother of:the broth
ers ' ' ,f 4 r
The case of Thomas Smith was
called first: Thomas with -Ed hur
ley and: eGorge Williams, is charged
with' stealing a wagonload of butter
and' .eggs .valued at .$3,600"last Janu
ary 28.. He was held to the grand,
jury in. $1,500- bonds -for- .this last'
' March' 3., but jumped his bond...
Thomas as.shakihg when he.was"
called, to. the stand. It was obvious.
that hejwas on.the verge'of a breaks
down. Judge Scully 'asked him if fie
had. anything to say.
And. the accused man broke down
completely and sobbed. . ,
"Judge," he cried, "I wish, that I
had been shot instead- of my wife.
I wish that I was lying cold and dead
instead of her.'.'
"Why idn't you think-,of, that, while
your-wife was" alive?!' asked the
, There was, no answer from the
man on the stand. But his. mother
began to sob also.-. .
Joseph Smith was called", to the
stand. He was accused of the murder
of his, brother's wife, Mrs. Rose
Smith, last Sunday. He -listened to
the reading of the charge sullenly.
Joseph was held, to the grand jury
without bail.-. . . And then a sud
den stillness fell over the courtroom
as everyone turned to look at the two
brothers and their mother.
" Thomas was" still weeping. The
tears, were streaming' down the
mother's face. Joseph wore a bowed,
dejected look. .
"Judge," said Thomas, at last, "f
know I'm in bad, but. can I get will.