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the murder,, was unable to identify
Enright as the man who shot Altman,
was put on the stand-by the prosecu
tion. And in the six montha' that had
passed since the coroner's inquest his
memory of what happened in the
Briggs. House bar March 22 had so
improved that he was able positively
to identify Enright as the man who
9 shot Altman.
Irish took the stand, and swore
that he had been in the Briggs House
bar March 22, and .had seen Enright,
fire the shot .that killed Altman.
The defense put on witness after
witness who swore that Enright was
not the man.
But it made no difference. The
jury had been reading the bitter,
prejudiced stories in the newspapers
for months, and their minds were in
capable of judging clearly.
. On October 28, 1911, Maurice En
right was found guilty of the murder
of Altman by a jury of his peers.
,On November 11, Attorney Erb
stein appeared before Judge McSure
ly and .moved for a new trial for En
right. While the motion was before the
court, Alfred E. Juergenson, a freight
traffic manager who chanced to, have
some business in the court house
. that day, dropped into the criminal
EnjHght was pointed out to Juer
genson." "Why," safd Juergenson, "that isn't
the man who shot Altman."
And then Juergenson told how he
had heard the shot that killed Alt
. man; how immediately after he had
almost been run d&vvri by a man es
) caping from the 'Briggs House bar, a
man who was desperately trying to
stuff a blue steel revolver into his
pocket as. he ran. i
"I was going to stop the man,"
Juergenson. said, "but as he saw me
he slowed up." . '
"What's happened back there?" Jie
said. "Did you hear the shot?"
" Juergenson was asked why he had
not come .forward with this evidence"
"Why," he said, "I always supposed ,
that Enright was the man who had
run into me; the evidence seemed so
conclusive according to the news
papers that I never dbubtecl it."
About this time, one John H. Doh
erty.came back from a long visit to
He heard about the Enright trial
for the first time, and immediately
filed an affidavit, in which he swore:
That on March 22, 1911, he had
been in the Briggs House bar; that
he had been standing three paces
away from Vincent Altman at the
time of the shooting; and that, just
before the shot that killed Altman
was fired, he had heard Vincent Alt-
njan.say: "Dutch, you
;" that he was certain about
the name "Dutch."
But Judge McSurely denied the
motion for a new trial.
And on November 13, 1911, Enright
was sentenced to life imprisonment in
Joliet penitentiary for the murder of
Attorney Erbstein filed a. bill of
exceptions. This also was defeated.
Enright went to Joliet December 14,
Since then, Enright's friends and
his. foes, the newspapers, have been
Enright's friends have been using
every effort to accumulate proof of
his innocence of the murder of Altr
man. Other influences were at work
to block these efforts possibly news
paper influences. ' (
Enright's friends were winning
nevertheless. Man after man who
had been in the Briggs house bar on
the day of the shooting was located.
Many were found who had seen the
actual shooting, and who could de
scribe the man who fired the shot.
Not one of the descriptions tallied
witlj that of Enright. All of 'them
did with that of Dutch Gentleman.
Last fall, a tremendous effort was
made to secure, signatures to a,.peti-