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FINAL EDITION , . . FINAL' EDITION
DEAF, DUMB, BLIND, CRIPPLED AND POOR GIRL
STARS AS A "SWEET GIRL GRADUATE"
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, j2gg oa 500 South Peoria St
Editor and Publisher, 'gp' dytt TeL Monroe 353.
VOL. 2, NO. 225 Chicago, Saturday, June 21, 1913
TRIAL OF THE NEWSPAPER GUNMEN WHO
MURDERED FRANK WITT PUT OFF AGAIN
Attorney for Newspaper Trust Now Says the Newspaper
Gunmen Were Not to Blame History of This
Case of Newspaper Government,
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Is human life so cheap and newspaper pull so strong in Chicago that
ex-convicts in the employ of Chicago newspapers as sluggers, gunmen and
strikebreakers can murder unoffending citizens in the streets, with no fear
even of going to trial?
It looks that way. Yesterday the trial of the murderers of Conductor
Frank Witt, who was killed on his street car June 151912, by newspaper
gunmen, who had been sworn in as deputy policemen or sheriffs, was con
tinued to the September term of court.
And no attempt has been made to punish the newspaper gunmen who
murdered George Hehr, a teamster, on August 8, 1912.
For over a year the trust newspapers that hired ex-convicts and had
theni made deputy sheriffs and policemen to help crush locked-out and
striking union workers of the newspaper offices have said little or nothing
about the Witt murder.
Today, however, they run a story to the effect that another contin
uance was granted in the case against the newspaper murderers of Con
ductor Witt because John, J. Healy, attorney for the Chicago Publishers'
Association, has discovered evidence that the "strike riot" during which
Witt was murdered was brought about by a plot to deliver Charles and Ed
ward Barrett into the hands of a moh.
According to The Examiner, Healy now claims he can prove that Witt,
the murdered man, was" In a plot to deliver the Barretts into the hands of a
mob; and he wanted a continuance to give-him time to get a witness, Carl
Maehre, here from Montana.
And The Examiner says the defense will produce forty witnesses to