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They went on -with their discussion.
Lyle spoke 37-minutes, others spoke
as long as they choose. When the
meeting was about to close I arose
and asked the chair if I could read
three letters which I had. He asked
me if they pertained to die cases
under consideration and I told him
they did absolutely. He said he could
not give me the permission. Members
of the audience oh all sides began to
shout "unfair," "be fair," "let him
read the letters," etc., etc.
I started down the aisle. They be
gan to jibe at m6 and I jibed back,
and the audience was with me. They
kept clamoring to let me read the
letters. Amid this clamoring the chair
undertook to put a motion to ad
journ. I then dared him over and
over again to submit the question to
the audience as to whether or not I
should have the floor, but he refused
and put the motion. Less than half
of the people voted to adjuorn. He
then said that those who had ad
journed could go, the others coujd
remain if they choose.
I then" took' the platform and as
soon as I began to speak Davis led a
rush for me and an avalanche of
about eight to twelve men forced me
down the steps into the side aisle.
I struggled with them the best I
could. They held my arms and over
powered ine temporarily by numbers.
During tnis scrimmage I saw Lyle
either trying to hit me or push at me.
I got my right arm loose from my
elbow down and gave him a punch.
The last I saw of him he was going
toward the floor. In a very short time
I had succeeded in freeing myself
from the men who were struggling
with me, and as fast as I got my arms
loose they stood but of range.
Right at-this time two policemen,
one of them at least in uniform, came
and took hold of me. They told me
I could not read the letters, insisted
that I desist. I told them to get hold
of the "Tribune Hoodlooms" who
raised the row, that I was a peace
able man, but they insisted that I de
sist from reading the letters, and this
prevented me from reading them.
I stayed around until the lights
were put out. The people were still
clamoring for fair play. Men and
women congratulated me by the
score, and as they passed down the
street by me they said they were with
me and denounced the methods em
ployed by the leadership of the meet
ing to suppress me.
Hayden N. Bell,
Assistant State's Attorney. '
Acting State's Attorney Frank
Johnston, Jr., is indignant over the
treatment accorded Bell and also the
charges made against the state's at
torney's office by John H. Lyle.
"The charge that this office does
not thoroughly prosecute the cases
wherein the defendants accused of
serious charges against girls is abso
lutely false," said Mr. Johnston.
"The records and data concerning
the Goodkind and Vrettos cases are
open to the public. Any man who has
not been placed on trial has been
made to wait because he was out on
bail, and because the extra judges
who are hearing criminal cases have
an agreement by which only pris
oners at the county jail will be tried
immediately. Those who are enjoy
ing temporary freedom on bonds
o o r
DOZENS HURT IN RIOT
Minot, N. D., Aug. 14. The return
of the 59 I. W. W.'s after being es
corted by citizens to Burlington road
several, miles west caused a riot in
which dozens of men were injured
and 27 members of the I. W. W. ar
rested. "When placed in already overcrowd
ed Jail new prisoners started revolt.
Jail doors battered down and deputies
summoned to help fire department
quell rioting within jail with aid of
heavy stream of water.
Eleven more arrests made today
as result of street meeting,