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HYSTERICAL CHARGES MADE BY
.A Hearst reporter stirred things
up at thismornlng's session of the
I Butts legislative committee, which is
J probing the voting machine deal.
-9 Edward B. Merriott, the Hearst re
porter who went to Ottumwa. Ia., find
told Attorney Duke he would be dis
barred .if he testified in this case,
1 jumped to his feet, demanded the
1 right to be heard and made some
u He said .Keeley and Czarnecki
I wanted $50,000 each out of the vot
ing machine deal and that Ex-Gov.
J Deneen had been offered thousands
' of dollars to drive Andy Lawrence
out of the state,
j Merriott was visibly excited, but
was, calmed down and told to sub
mit his affidavit to the committee,
and that possibly he would be called
later If there was anything he wanted
to say. He filed an affidavit
In his affidavit Merriott says he
was In Ottumwa, la., from Aug. 2 to
12 this year, and saw Gray, Pickler,
Arrison, Duke, Chas. A. Walsh and
others in regard to the statement of
Att'y Duke, mixing Andy Lawrence's
name In the voting machine deaL
He said Gray told him that Barr of
Empire Voting Machine Co. told
Gray, Pickfer andj Arrison he had
made a mistake In not giving Jim
Keeley $50,000; that Gray and Arri
son -met Deneen at Ottumwa,- and
Deneen said he understood they owed
Ban $1,000 on a business deal, which
u he offered to make good If they would
1 come to Chicago and testify; but that
they told Deneen they didn't know
Lawrence or. anything about him
having' anything to do with the vot
ing machine deal.
Also that Arrison came to Chicago
with Walsh In January, 1911, but
didn't know anything about Law
rence having anything to do with
He said also that Deneen and Butts
have $15,000 to get evidence con
necting Lawrence with the deal, and
that the Tribune would come across "
with more; and that Walsh, of the
Hearst Independent League, intro
duced Barr at the office of the elec
tion commissioners, but Barr wanted
to meet Lawrence. Walsh went to
Lawrence who said he didn't want to
meet anybody connected with voting
Yesterday Francis W. Walker,
criminal lawyer, appeared before the
committee, said he represented A. M.
Lawrence, and protested against a
statement of Atty. Duke of Ottumwa
l)elng accepted as evidence, as it was
hearsay on hearsay.
This Duke statement is the one
that has kieked up all tfie fuss and
dragged the Hearst crowd into "the
Pickler, Gray "and Arrison are Ot
tumwa men who claim they were to
get $1,500 for getting Barr of the
Eniplre Company In touch with the
Hearst people in Chicago, whom
Barr said were "in control." Duke
had represented them as attorney.
Deneen is trying to get the Duke
statement into the record.
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