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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 20, 1913, Image 7

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DIGGS PLAYS COWARD ROLE TEARS DOWN
THE CHARACTER OF WARRINGTON GIRL
netoken the man who would never
"lie like a gentleman" to save the
honor of a woman, but that he should
so bitterly attack the character of the
San. Francisco, Aug. 20. Maury I.
Diggs, one of the defendants in the
Diggs-Caminetti white slave case,
not content in hiding behind women's
skirts in an attempt to save himself
from the consequences of his sinning,
inboduced, when placed on the wit
ness stand, every scintilla of evidence
that would irretrievably blacken the
character of Marsha Warrington, the
Maury I. Diggs.
girl he is accused of ruining when she
was an 18-year-old high school
scholar.
Diggs' shifty eyes, his defiant man
ner of talking, his sullen bearing all
girl he professed to love such a short
while ago caused agasp of dismay
in the courtroom.
He was permitted to tell his story
without interruption by the prosecu
tion, and this is the miserable tale he
told volubly with theatrical hesita
tion at times, in order that he might
make an impression on the jury:
"I wanted to leave Sacramento
alone, but Miss Warrington insisted
on accompanying me. 'You are not
going to leave us, are you?' she ex
claimed. "She persuaded-Miss Norris to join
the party when Miss Norris de
murred. She called Caminetti a
'piker once because he refused to
go to San Francisco, saying he need
ed the money it would cost to pay
his wife's hospital bills, and she told
him that it was all framed up and
he must go."
Elaborating his defense, he said he
was frightened into the Reno trip.
He swore he was told that Thomas
j Warrington, Miss Warrington's
i father, had declared he would kill
his daughter if she continued her ac
( quaintance with Diggs and that he
would kill them both if he found them
together.
I The witness' also told, with evident
relish, of a party at his own home
' at which Misses Warrington and Nor
ris, as well as his own and Camin
etti's wives were present. On an-
, other occasion he said the six of them
went to a dance together.
After Miss Warrington had insist
ed On going to Reno -&ith the two
men, Diggs said Caminetti told her:
"I want to go on record as doing my
best to persuade you girls not to ac
company us. If we are going to be
arrested, we don't want to be ham
pered by women."
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