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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1913, Image 6

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COLLINS TURNS STATE'S EVIDENCE; IN "
MILLIONAIRE WOOD'S DYNAMITE TRIAL?
Boston, Mass., May 20. Freely ad
mitting his part in the alleged con
spiracy to plant dynamite and dis
credit the Lawrence textile strikers,
Dennis J. Collins today deserted his
millionaire co-defendants, William
M. Wood, president of the American
Woolen Co., and Frederick Atte&ux,
mill supply manufacturer.
After persistent questioning by Dis
trict Attorney Pelletier, Collins ad
mitted John J. Breen, already con
victed of planting dynamite, told him
President Wood "was back of him."
Wood's attorneys made a hard fight
to exclude this testimony.
---Collins admitted hevas with Breen
whetf-several packages of the dyna
mite were planted.
"I met Breen in Boston, Jan. 19,
1D12," said Collins. "Breen asked me
if I would help him out on a little
matter. I said I would.
"We went to a saloon at Washing
ton and Franklin streets and waited
for two men. One was Mr. Rice, and
Lam not sure about the other's name.
He was a stout man. Breen told me
to wait for him, ahd walked away and
talked to them for 15 minutes.
"Then they came back and Mr.
Rice handed Breen a bundle. Later
Breen handed the bundle to me. We
got on the train for Lawrence, but I
kept away from Breen, as he told me
to. I had the bundle. When we got
to Lawrence we rode to Breen's un
dertaking place in( a carriage. I still
had the bundle, which weighed
about 40 pounds.
"I went with Mr. Breen upstairs to
his bedroom. I laid the bundle on the
bed. I asked Breen what it was. He
said it was juice."
"What did you understand by
juice?" asked Pelletier.
"Well, I didn't quite know," the
witness replied. "He didn't say. All
he said was, 'wait until you see the
yjoke Jtomorrow. There'saopg to 1 what had been done was when hq
it' Then h.e took some caps out of
his pocket and gave them to me. He
told me to divide up the sticks into
half a dozen bundles, and gave me af
lot of old copies of the Boston Arner-
ican to wrap them up in, which I did.
"I was still curious about what he'
was going to do, and he said to me:
'Do you know President Wood of the
American Woolen Co.?' "
"I told him I did not, and he said:'
'Well, never mind. It'll be a good
joke, anyhow."
Counsel for Wood objected to this'
evidence, and the court ruled that its
competency as determining the exist-T
ence of a conspiracy must be proven
by other witnesses. .
"I got into a sleigh with Breen,"
continued Collins. "We drove to a
tailor's shop. Under orders from
Breen, I knocked at the door, and
when a man came I handed him one
of 'the packages and told him to keep
it, and it would be called for later.
"We then drove on, passing strike
headquarters. Breen called to a man
and asked where Ettor was speak
ing. He told him the name of the
hajl and we drove there, but it was"
locked up. Breen said he was aw
fully sorry, as he wanted to get some,
of the juice in there. We then went
to St Mary's cemetery and put some
of the juice there.
"We then went back to town and
stopped in a drug store across the
street from Breen's place of business.
"The next morning Breen gave me
another package and told me to take
it to a Syrian printing shop on Law
rence street There was a crowd,
there and I went into a cobbler's shop
next door and told the man to keep
the bundle until it was called for.
"He took it and put it on a shelf
behind the door with a lot of shoes.
Breen had put a pair of shoes In -the
bundle with the juice.''
Collins said the first he know of

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