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MRS. OLSOti'S HUSBANE
St. Paul, Minn., April 8. Out of all
the sordid details of the story of her
degradation told by Mrs. Oscar Olson,
stand forth the figure of her husband,
who shot and killed Clyde Darling, a
wagon driver, because of his relations
with Mrs. Olson.
Olson,-college, professor, dreamer,
with, a visionary outlook on life, is
proving himself a man.
If he is freed and Olson will know
his fate within twenty-four hOur&" ,
he and the woman, who bears his
name will go away to ;start life over
amid new surroundings.
The woman sinned. But she has
paid with her testimony on the wit
ness stand, tearing her own character
to pieces, casting away her woman
hood, that her husband, whom she
had 'wronged,, may gd free.
A story, of a stormy, tearful jnter
view between Olson' an'd his wife be
fore she went on the witness stand
has just leaked out
Olson did not want the woman to
makfTthe sacrifice. He loved her, re
spected her believed" Darling had
forced her to yield to his xlesires
against' her will and did not" want
her -branded faithless before the'
"I will go to the gallows" first," Ol
son is reported to have declared, his
arms around his wife, who was cry
ing on his shoulder.
A"Let the state urge any motive it
desires. I 'will stand on- the defense
that I shot the beast in"self-protec-tion."
Under such conditions. Olson knew
that his case was weak. His lawyers
knew it. The woman knew that with
out her story her husband wxuld un
doubtedly be convicted.
She-pleaded with .Olson to be. allow
ed to. tell of her meetings with Dar
ling. Olson was obdurate. He would,
not agree. His lawyers urged it was
his only chance. Still the professor
y PROVING SELF A MAN
refused to. sanction the plan.
It is notbelieved Olson knew of his
wife's intention to tell of her rela
tions with Darling when she' went on
the stand. His actions a's he sat as
a table behind his lawyers plainly in
dicated his surprise, and even, anger.
"I had improper relations with Dar-
ling,", said the woman in answer to' a
' The man appeared to crumple and
relaxed limply in -his chair at the
woman's -words. His suffering was as
great as hers. ' Several' times Olson
was on the point of interrupting her.
A-pl'eading look from his wife, and he
remained silent, covering his 'face
with his hands and bowing his head
on the table.
Once when Mrs. Olson collapsed
from emotion Olson jumped from his
chair and started to her assistance.
: He was restrained by his attorneys.
Every action, every look, of both
.the man and woman, shows that they
still love each other. They want their
chance to finish their lives together.
Olson 'is on trial for murder be
cause of the woman. If he goes free
it will, also be. because of her. The
man realizes the latter as clearly as
The unwritten- law is the defense
presented 'by Olson's attorney, who
began the closing argument this aft
ernoon." The professor was portrayed
as the outraged husband, driven to
kill his wife's betrayer to save her
honor and his own life.
Sobs could be heard in the court
room as the attorney pictured the
happy home df the Olson's before
Darling came to leave death and dis-'
honor in his trail.
The case will go to the jury tonight.
The scene around the courtroom
yesterday afternoon when Mrs. Olr
son was-being cross-examined was a
terrible arraignment of human na
In the witness chair sat Mrs. Olson,
her figure shaken with sobs as she