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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 28, 1913, Image 5

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ATTORNEYS CLAIM NEWETT'S CHARGES WERE
BASED ON GENERAL RUMOR
for twenty years, declared he had'
never seen Roosevelt take more than''
a single glass of wine at any dinner
Marquette, Mich., May 28. That
the alleged libelous statement pub
lished by Editor George Newett in
his little paper, Iron Ore, was based
upon general discussion of Col.
Roosevelt's habits by Northern Mich
igan men was brought out in argu
ments made by Newett's attorneys
in the damage suit brought by the
ex-president and now being tried
here.
Newett was not malicious, but act
ed In good faith, based on general
rumor, when he printed the charge
of drunkenness against Roosevelt,
according to Newett's attorneys in a
long argument to the court.
They wanted to introduce evidence
that Roosevelt was generally believ
ed ix get drunk. The colonel's attor
neys Insisted that the only state
ments to that effect Newett should
have allowed to introduce are" those
'which Newett heard before he print
ed the "alleged libel.
" A decision for the colonel's side
may bar a great mass of the affidav
its gathered by Newett, along the
route of Roosevelt's travels.
The noon recess was taken before
Judge Flannigan' had ruled' the ex
tent to which the defense might go
In proving their contention that com
mon report was that Roosevelt was
Intemperate.'
Gilson Gardner, Washington cor
respondent of the Newspaper Enter
prise Association; John CaUan
O'Laughlin of the Chicago Tribune,
and Robert Bacon, ambassador to
Prance under President Taft, were
the colonel's witnesses called for to
day. Gardner was wanted for fur
ther cross-examination on his testi
mony yesterday, when he declared he
had known the former .president in
timately for 13 years and had never
seen him under the Influence of
liquor.
O'laughlln, the first witness of the
morning,-who has known the colonel
or other function. O'Laughlin acted
as personal secretary to Roosevelt"'
through much of the hitter's grand
tour of Europe after his return from
Africa, and has traveled with him
frequently. Attorneys for Newett'
tried to get from O'Laughlin an ad-
mission that before Newett's alleged
libel the rumor was current among'
newspapermen that Col. Roosevelt
was m the habit of using liquor to
excess. '
"Every reputable newspaperman!
knows that is a lie," declared
OLaughhn, with visible anger. 2.
Gardner, who had also traveled
with Roosevelt through Europe after'
his African trip, testified to the col-
onel's abstemiousness. Both news-'
papermen denied the colonel had ever
become intoxicated at any of the fa
mous Gridiron Club dinners in Wash-3
ington. The defense will try to fix
one of these dinners as a time when'
CoL Roosevelt was alleged to be In-
toxfcated:
Acrowd that packed the court-'
room found (tg greatest amusement'
In watching the restless plaintiff.?
The colonel Is almost constantly In
motion. He nods, kicks his feet and
tubs at his watch chain, repeating
the testimony of witnesses inaudibly'
with his lips.
In contrast, Newett, sitting a scant
yard from the colonel, appears stolid
and uninterested. He gazes stead-
fastly at the floor and seldom talks1
with his attorneys.
During an argument between at-
torneys this morning Roosevelt
moved up closer to Editor Newett.
The editor pitched his charr around,3
so that his back was to the coloneL8
Roosevelt was beaming on "Witness
OLaughlin, and by mistake once
came near confiding his pleasure to0
Newett, He caught .himself in time,
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