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ANNENBERG GOES TO TRIAL BOTH SIDES OF
SHOOTING SCRAPE GIVEN DON'T AGREE
Attorney W. S. Forrest, represent
ing Max Annenberg, Tribune slugger,
gave his client a coat of lily-white at
the opening of his trial on a charge
of shooting down Alexander Belford
in Maxwell street, July 12.
Forrest related many illuminating
sidelights on the character of the
well-known chieftain of Tribune
gang. He said Annenberg didn't car
ry the gun with whcih Belford was
shot. The gun, according to Forrest,
was the property of Ben Kendall, a
reporter, and was, very handily, lying
on the floor of the automobile when
Annenberg decided to shoot.
The shooting took place when the
Tribune gang was getting away after
taking a flashlight picture of an al
leged gambling house at 813 Maxwell
In connection with the gambling
house, Forrest said that gambling
was flagrantly exploited in the Max
well street police district This is rank
ingratitude to Capt. James O'Donnell
storen, wno neany got nimseii in Daa
for the nice way in which he treated
Annenberg after the shooting.
The selection of the jury was com
pleted this 'morning. Only routine
questions were asked the veniremen
and the trial was speedily begun.
Assistant State's Attorney John
Fleming conducted the prosecution.
Forrest was assisted by ;Benj. Bach
rach, attorney for Jack Johnson, and
S. E. Thomasson, one of the Trib
une's many lawyers.
Fleming's opening address was to
the point that Annenberg Tecklessly
fired int oa crowd of men and women
and struck Belford, Vho was stand
in gnear the corner chatting with
friends when he was shot down.
According to Forrest, Ben Kendall
He was then told to get Edward Wei-
gle, a photographer, and go over for
flashlight pictures: On the way down-J
stairs he met Annenberg, who volun
teered the use of his car. They were'
later joined by two of his men. On'
the West Side they were met by oth
ers who were to stand "firm" in casei
Then he told vividly how Annen-i
berg only fired when a mob threat-
ened him and he thought they were
in imminent danger. He described
Belford-stealthily sneaking up on the
car with his hand working toward his
hip" pocket. Then Annenberg fired'
and sped out of danger.
Alexander Belford was placed on
the stand by the state. He utterly re
futed Forest'B statement' that he had
was given an assignment by Walter rany gun. or that he "made any move
u. nowey, city eoiror oi ine ttid, j towara tne automoDue.
to investigate gambling.- He reported
that -he had found two- on-Halsted,
street and one on Maxwell street-
Belford said he was 23 years old.
He said that on the night " of the
shooting he 'had returned-home froa
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