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Witness in dynamite conspiracy trial1!
gives sensational testimony
Boston, Mass., May 21. For the
first time In the trial of William M.
Wood, Frederick E. Atteaux and Den
nis J. Collins, charged with conspir
acy to plant dynamite and discredit
the "Lawrence textile strikers, At
teaux's name was brought into the
evidence when John J. Breen, Law
rence politician and undertaker, tes
tified he had held a conversation with
the millionaire manufacturer about
Breen was the chief witness for the
prosecution today. He has already
been convicted of planting dynamite
during the strike and was fined $500.
Breen caused a storm of objections
from the defendants' attorneys,
which were overruled, when he said
Atteaux introduced him to Ernest J.
Pittman, a wealthy mill contractor,
who is alleged to have furnished the
Pittman committed suicide imme
diately after being subpoenaed to tes
tify before the grand jury.
Breen, a heavy-set man, slightly
bald and about 45 years old, was
plainly very nervous when he began
his testimony. He said he knew both
Collins and Atteaux, having met the
latter on a train about two years ago.
Atteaux, he testified, telephoned
him a few days prior to January 20,
1912, and asked him to come toNhis
"He asked me if I was interested
in the strike," declared Breen. "I told
him everybody in Lawrence was in
terested. We talked for two hours
abqut the strike.
"Atteaux said he knew Cpmmis
sioner of. Public Safety Lynch, and
asked me to interest myself in keep
ing certain persons In Lawrence
quiet. He asked me to report to him
anything that would interest him in
"When did you next see Atteaux?"
asked the district attorney.
I went to report on conditions to l
him," answered the witness. 1
"What was the conversation ?"- r
"I told him that times were pretty
troublesome up there. He said
yes.' I said that the talk of blowing-
up the mills was getting pretty hot.
"He said, 'is that so?' and I told
him it was. I told him if I was doingl
business with those fellows I'd use
their own methods. '
"He asked me what I meant, and IJ
told him I'd plant some dynamite to'
scare the strikers." J
Breen said that Atteaux asked him-5
whether he could get hold of any dy-
"I told him no," continued Breen
"and .he asked me whether I knew7
Pittman. I said no. Then he called'
up on the telephone and got hold of
The defense objected to the state-
ment that Atteaux got hold of Pitt-'
"What did you hear Atteaux say?"'
" 'Is this Mr. Pittman? I want you
to come to my office at once,' " thel
witness testified were Atteaux's)
"Pittman showed up at the office in'
about an hour. He and Atteaux con
ferred in Atteaux's office. Then a
liftle while later Pittman came out
and said to me:
" 'Do you want to go through with'
this all right?' I told him yes. Then
he told me to meet him later on. - I
Breen said Atteaux was not pres-
ent at the conversation, but came
back later, after Pittman had gone.
"What didhe say to you?" asked"
the district attorney.
"He said, 'Well, John, it is pretty
expensive going around this way. Da
you need money?' I told him yes, that
I'd have to pay menvto help me.
"He told me he hacfno money with
him, but he would get some and
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