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read in the papers that dynamite had
been found in Lawrence.
"Breen told me that the Syrians
licked "hfrn at the last election, but
that this joke -would teach them a
lesson and would make him mayor of
the city," said Collins.
There was a mill near St Mary's
cemetery, and Collins was supposed
to plant the dynamite near the wall.
"How often was Mr. Wood's name
mentioned?" asked the district attor
ney. "Once or twice, but only when
Breen asked me if I knew him," was
Collins said that on the day Breen
was put on trial for placing the dyna
mite Breen's brother, Charles, gave
him $18 and told him to leave town.
He went away for a week.
"I want you to tell the exact words
that were used regarding Mr. Wood.
I want your exact recollection," de
"I think he said there were mil
lions back of him, and that he wanted
to know whether I knew Mr. Wood
of the American Woolen Co."
"Don't you remember what you
told me about this conversation in
my office a day or so ago?". asked
the district attorney.
"I told you Breen said he had mil
lions back of him, and that if he
did as he was told he would be made
mayor of Lawrence."
"Didn't you tell him that he told
you that he had President Wood and
other big millionaires behind him?"
Counsel for Wood objected to the
question, but were overruled.
"Well, I remember it now," said
Collins. "I am a little nervous to
day. "But I remember now that Breen
did tell methat President Wood was
back of him."
Wood's attorney declared there
was nothing in the testimony con
necting Wood with dynamite planting
and did not cross-examine. Atteaux's
lawyer, however, gave Collins a se-
Collins stuck to the main points of
his story, but was tripped in several
minor details. He said he did not
know the packages contained dyna
mite, or he would never have han
He was paid $50 by Breen, he testi
fied. Breen had always been his
friend, and he knew of no reason why
Breen should have implicated him in
the dynamite planting.
Inspector W. J. Rooney, who fol
lowed Collins on the stand, said
Breen came to him aJn. 19, 1912, and
told him the strikers had planted dy
namite. Rooney wanted to go to the
places right away, but Breen told
him the next day would do. Dyna
mite was planted where Breen said It
would be found.
Rooney's testimony was significant
when he said that he saw Breen
after the latter was arrested.
"Breen told me: 'Inspector, the
truth will all come put some day.
Then you will find out that John'
Breen was not so much to blame as
you think. I can't tell you all now,
but it will be known some time.' "
SOLONS CITE LABOR OFFICIALS
Springfield, III., May 20. Stung by
the charge that trickery and the
special interests were responsible for
the defeat of the initiative and refer
endum in the House, made in a reso
lution adopted by the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor, the House this
afternoon passed a resolution citing
the officers of the labor organiza
tion to appear and explain on what
grounds the charges were made.
REPORT WOMAN SUFFRAGE BILL
Springfield, III., May 20. The
house elections committee today sub
stituted the Senate woman suffrage
bill for the house bill, and" reported
it out for favorable action.
The bill gives the women the right
to vote for presidential electors and
for city, village and state officers not
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