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ironworkers' appeal starts
zoline Makes charge
The battle to overthrow the con
viction of thirty of the ironworkers
and labor union officials in the dyna
mite conspiracy triaT-atJndianapolis,
opened before the UnitedStates Cir
cuit Court of Appeals today, and ar
guments were to continue for three
Neither Senator John W. Kern nor
Clarence Darrow, noted labor attor
ney, whose services were sought by
the convicted men, appeared to ar
gue the appeal. E. M. Zoline of Chi
cago, and Chester H. Krum of St.
Louis, represented the appellants,
and District Att'y Chas. W. Miller of
Indianapolis, who conducted the
prosecution of the dynamite trial, will
argue for the government. v
None of the convicted labor heads
was in court when the fight began.
Zoline, in his opening argument,
made the direct charge that the con
victed men were not given a fair trial
before Judge Anderson at Indianapolis.
"These men. were not treated fairly
at Indianapolis," he asserted. "Their
conviction should be wiped out. No
encouragement should be given to
trial judges who multiply charges
against defendants, and by trickery
of law send men to prison."
Zoline attacked the conviction on
two main grounds, alleging that the
indictments were faulty, and that the
consolidation of the cases at Indian
apolis was without precedent, preju
dicial to the interests of the indicted
men, and prevented them from offer
ing an adequate defense in each sepa
"The indictments charged these
men with aiding and abetting a con
spiracy, and also with conspiring,"
said Zoline. "The two offenses are
the same, and we, therefore, had the
spectacle of men heing twice placed,
in jeopardy in the minds of the jury
ior ine same ouense.
"The indictments -were- inexact
They were in general terms and this
1 fact, coupled with the court's ruling,
allowed the government to introduce
any evidence it saw fit, without giving
the defense a chance to combat spe
cific accusations, a condition that
tended to confuse the jury.
"The consolidation of the cases
created a strong prejudice against
the indicted men. Men were con
victed of participating in transactions
in distant states of which they knew
nothing, on the theory that they all
were engaged in a gigantic conspir
acy. o o
BOSSES KICK ON LA FOLLETTE'S
Sen. LaPollette's seamen's bill, one
of the most decent bills that has ever
passed the Senate, will be bitterly
fought by the bosses of twelve Lak.e
Michigan steamboat lines.
Yesterday they held a meeting and
selected representatives to voice their
protest at the meeting of the Ass'n
of Lake Passenger Steamer Lines,
which will be held in Cleveland.
The bill in question requires Great
Lakes steamers to carry sufficient
lifeboats to insure the safety of the
passengers, and to carry crews of
not less than two able seamen to
each lifeboat. The bill aims to pre
vent the repetition of the several
terrible steamer tragedies.
The bosses are putting up the old
cry, "it will cost too much money."'
But Congress, with the memories
of the Titanic and the Gen. Slocum
tragedies fresh in mind, will probably
pass the bill.
SYMPATHIZER NOT GUILTY
Calumet, MichwOct. 29. Mrs. Jos.
Kobich, a copper strike sympathizer,
charged with felonious assault upon
mine guards, was found not guilty
by a jury of ten men It was impos
sible to find a full jury of unpreju
diced men to try the case.
Deputy sheriffs arrested -nine strik
ers for hooting incoming strikebreak
ers on their way to the Red Jacket
mine. They were later released.
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