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COURTROOM UNDER HEAVY GUARD AT TRIAL
OF MILLIONAIRE WOOD AND ASSOCIATES
Boston, Mass., May 19. Judge
Crosby today overruled motions to
quash the indictments against Fred
crick E. Atteaux, on trial with Wil
liam M. Wood, millionaire head of
the American Woolen Co., and Den
nis Collins, charged with conspiracy
to plant dynamite during the Law
This means that the case will be
tried by a jury.
Extra deputies were on guard in
the courtroom to prevent any demon
stration during the trial. Sheriff
Quinn claimed to have been warned
that I. W. W. workers, leaders in the
Lawrence textile strike, would at
tempt an outbreak at Wood during
i trial. Quinn did not say where
. -j information came from and it
Vri,r. evident some one played a joke
"Atteaux and Collins arrived in
court early. The former was bored
and frequently yawned during the
proceedings. Wood, the millionaire,
one-time Portuguese immigrant boy,
who fought the increase in the piti
fully small wages of the mill workers,
had trouble getting Into the court
room. He was stopped(by deputies at the
door. "What do you .want here?"
"I have business inside," snapped
Wood, plainly angered.
"Well, no one can get in here to
day without an order from Sheriff
' Quinnr" retorted the deputy.
Wood argued for several minutes
without disclosing his identity. The
officers were firm, and Wood finally
said he was one of the defendants.
The officers did not believe him, and
Sheriff Quinn was called to indentify
The jury to try the three men was
completed .in 55 minutes. Every
member is a workingman.
The defendants were not allowed
to sit with their attorneys, but were
placed just outside the felon's box.
Atteaux and Wood, the two million
aires frequently conferred together,
but paid no attention to Collins.
The indictment on which the three
men are being tried charges that
they, with John J. Breen, already
guilty, conspired to plant dynamite
with intent to injure in Lawrence,
Mass., during the textile strike there.
It further charged that it was the in
tention of the accused to attempt to
throw the blame on the strikers, al
leging the latter had planted the exT
plosive to injure the mill owners and
District Attorney Pelletier, at the
instigation of labor unions, began the
original investigations which result
ed in the indictments. When thecase
was allowed to lag the National
Civic Federation demanded that the
millionaire and his associates be
tried. The federation pointed to the
Indianapolis dynamite trials as an in
stance of the way justice was meted
out to laboring men and demanded
the same treatment for Wood.
The chief witness agahjst the three
nren now on trial will be Breen, an
undertaker and former school com
missioner of Lawrence, who plealled
guilty to planting the explosive and
was fined $500. E. W. Pitman, a
quarryman.Avho was to have been a
government witness, killed himself
after he had been forced to tell to
the 'grand jury what he knew about
the entire alleged conspiracy.
A man on trial in police court had
been duly convicted of theft, when
it was found, on proving previous
convictions, that he was actually in
prison at the time the theft was com
mitted. "Why didn't you say so?"
asked the judge. "Your lordship," re
plied the prisoner,, "I was, afraid ot
prejudicing tie jury against me!"