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T. R. READY TO FIGHT CHARGE
' THAT HE IS A DRUNKARD
Marquette, Mich., May 26. Theo
dore Roosevelt came to "Marquette
today to fight the charge that he is
His suit for $10,000 damages
against George A. Newett of Ishpem
ing, owner and editor of Iron Ore,
a weekly mining paper, came to trial
in the circuit court at 2 o'clock this
afternoon. During the last presiden
tial campaign Newett published the
statement that "Roosevelt gets
drunk, and that not infrequently, and
all his intimates know it"
Attorneys for Col. Roosevelt de
clared they were not fighting Newett
al6ne, and that monetary damages
were not at stake. The ex-president
wants his reputation vindicated, and
seeks to Bet at rest stories spread
by other people besides Newett
Newett asserts he can prove his
statements, and also claims he had
the privilege of attacking a public
character running for office. Affi-
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tor, at heavy expense, which are al
leged to support his charges against
Roosevelt Newett denies the allega
tions that the money for his defense,
which will be costly, has been sub
scribed by trusts.
Dr. J. B. Murphy and Dr. Arthur
D. Bevan, who attended Col. Roose
velt in Chicago after he was. shot
last fall, are expected to testify for
the ex-president that he showed no
signs of alcoholism while under their
care. Newspaper men and prominent
politicians will also take the stand in
Roosevelt's behalf. Affidavits have
also been secured to counteract those
in. ,Newett's possession.
Some of the Newett affidavits are
said to charge that on some of
Roosevelt's speaking tours through
Ohio it was necessary for attendants
to support him -from the train, snd
that he appeared to be intoxicated.
An effort will be made to rush the
trial, so Roosevelt's character wit
nesses, most of whim are public men,
.can return to their business. The col
onel himself will be one of the first
Col. Roosevelt stopped in Chicago
yesterday afternoon on his way to
Marquette, and toured the city in a
taxlcab. He was unrecognized by the
crowds on the street The colonel
attempted to get into the Lincoln
Park zoo after closing hours, but
Park Policeman Martin Burns stood
in the path.
"I am Col. Roosevelt," explained
the ex-presldent to the cop.
"I recognize you, sir," answered
Burns, "but it is 5:10, and visitors
are-not allowed after 5. Orders are
orders, and go for everybody here."
OAK PARK WOMAN IS ONE OF 36
KILLED AT LONG BEACH
Long Beach, Cal., May 26. Mrs.
Mollie Gates of Oak Park and Mrs. E.
E. Bush, Quincy, 111., were among the
thirty-six dead as a result of the
Municipal Auditorium collapse after
the close pt the "Empire day"
The death list may be swelled, as a
number of the injured are in a criti
cal condition. Of the thirty-six
corpses now lying in morgues and
undertaking establishments here,
only one is that of a man. All the
others are women, girls and little
boys, most of the victims being aged
A grand jury investigation was
formally demanded in a petition sub
mitted to the district attorney by
British or Canadian residents of Long
Beach, who had friends or relatives
killed in the crash. The prosecutor
has already detailed officers to ob
serve the ruins with a view of discov
ering what caused the collapse.
So, David Starr Jordan has resign
ed his college presidency In order
to work for world's peace. Luck,
Davey! As prexy you were a dandy.
As dove of peace, may your beak be
full of olive trees.