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But Diggs did not say what was
the necessity for the two men going'
to Reno ifthey were not going to
take the women, since the only
threats' made against them were con
tingent upon -their dropping the
friendship of Miss "Warrington and
In urging Miss Norris not to re
main behind, Diggs testified that Miss
Warrington said': "It will be a pretty
mess if you stay behind while we
three are away. You'd tell everyone
where we were and for that reason
Tm not going to leave you."
"Did Miss Warrington really in
duce Miss Norris to leave Sacra
mento?" asked Judge Van Fleet.
"Yes, she did," answered Diggs.
Miss Norris never would have gone if
it had not been for Marsha's impor
tunity." On cross-examination he admitted
that he was introduced to Miss Nor
ris' mother as "Mr. Fisher."
Prosecutor Sullivan asked Diggs if
he was not afraid of being prosecuted
on account of his relations with two
other girls, one 15 and one 17, but
be evaded the question by replying
that his only fear was on account of
his relations with Miss Warrington.
Without seeming to realize that he
was revealing his own degradation,
he tried to bolster his case by telling
of relations he had with Miss War
rington in his wife's bedroom during
a visit the two girls and Caminetti
paid to his home while Mrs. Diggs
"Did you take Miss Warrington to
your bedroom?" asked the prosecu
tor. "She took me," said Diggs.
"Any .relations between you
"I'd rather not say."
The prosecutor insisted, and Diggs
admitted it. j
Sullivan denounced this hesitancy
as an attempt to influence the jury.
"Didn't you get your own counsel to
refer to this on Miss Warrington's ex
amination?" he asked. I
"I don't remember," Diggs replied,
but when Attorney Devlin took up
the re-direct examination Diggs said
he wished to elaborate the bedroom
"Misses Warrington and Norris
and I were in the living room. Cam
inetti was in the kitchen mixing cock
tails. We drank them. Miss Norris
lay 'down on a couch. 'This is no
place for us,' said Miss Warrington.
'Isn't there some room where we can
go?' We went to the bedroom. Miss
Warrington threw herself on the bed
and I beside her.
" 'What would Mrs. Diggs say if
she saw us now?' asked Miss War
rington. " 'I don't know,' I told her."
Attorney Roche of the prosecution,
in, Ms speech to the jury made -a sav
age arraignment of Maury Diggs.
The gist of Diggs' testimony, Roche
asserted, was that he and Caminetti
intended to take the two girls to Reno
"to escape prosecution and then re
turn to tie shelter of their own
homes and the wives and children
they had abandoned, leaving the
girls, the victims of their passions, to
go down into the depths."
It is the concensus of opinion that
Diggs' brutal and indelicate story has
injured his case. The jurors gasped
in astonishment as Diggs related the
scene in his own bedroom with Miss
Warrington and told of the latter's
contemptuous remarks concerning
her triumph over the absent wife.
It is expected the case will go to
the jury by night.
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The patent office has issued 1,070,
383 patents up to date. The new
commissioner of patents, Thomas
Ewing, is the - second genera
tion to hold office under the roof of
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ings grandfather, Thomas Ewing of
Ohio, was the first secretary of the
Department of the Interior, having
been appointed to that office March 8,