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TIBIAL OF CRAIG FOR MURDER OF DR. KNABE
EXPECTED TO BRING SENSATIONS
Shelbyville, Ind., Dec. 2. That Dr.
Helene Knabe, Indianapolis woman
physician, committed suicide, will be
the defense of Dr. William B, Craig,
dean of the Indianapolis Veterinary
College, charged with her murder.
Henry K. Spaan, Craig's attorney,
outlined the defense this morning in
his opening address to the jury. He
said he would prove that an engage
ment never existed between Craig
and Dr. Knabe, and that the defend
ant was no more familiar with her
than were other men.
Craig, a tall handsome Scotch
man, did not appear to be listening
to the words of his attorney. He
maintained the same air of disinter
ested calm that characterized him
yesterday when he was evcoriated by
the state's attorney, and held up as
By Qraig's side sat his little 15-year-old
daughter, the most pitiful
figure in the trial. She will take the
witness stand and attempt to show
that her father could not have been
at Dr. Knabe's the night of her
If the suicide theory fails, then
Craig's life is in the hands of this
brown-haired, red-cheeked school
girl, who gazes wide-eyed around the
courtroom and watches every move
of the attorneys.
Leaning forward in his chair, she
listens eagerly to every word. Sev
eral times during Craig's arraignment
by the state's attorney she leaned
over and placed her hand in her
father's, and whispered in his ear.
In her eyes blazed mingled anger for
the state's attorney, and pain at the
things he was saying of her father.
"Dr. Knabe was a woman of mas
culine temperament, strong, big and
ambitious," Attorney Spaan told the
jury. "She was the kind of woman
who, when defeat faces her, commits
- Harry Webster, the detective hired
by clubwomen to hunt down the
slayer of Dr. Knabe, was severely
criticised by the defense for methods
he had employed.
"Dr. Craig took Dr. Knabe home
from the veterinary college where
both were lecturers," said Spaan,
"but so did other doctors and pro
fessors. Dr. Craig loaned Dr. Knabp
money, we shall show, but so did
other men, because she did not have
a large practice and continually was
in financial difficulties."
Referring to the state's charge
that Dr. Craig was seen peeping in
at Dr. Knabe's window, Spaan, after
stating that Dr. Knabe was a woman
of rare physical perfection, said:
"The defense will show that many
men have been seen peeping in at
Dr. Knabe's window, which was close
to the sidewalk."
State's Attorney Inman denounced
Craig as a monster of immorality,
and declared he had seduced two
girls, and then refused to marry
them. This line of attack was shut
off by the court.
Inman also charged that two ma
terial witnesses for the state, one, a
former housekeeper of Dr. Craig's,
had mysteriously disappeared.
Indianapolis. Geo. E. Davis, con
fessed dynamiter, and Harry Jones,
sec'y-treas. International Ass'n of
Bridge and Structural Iron Workers,
indicted, charged with conspiring un
lawfully to transport dynamite and
Albany, N. Y. Appeal in case of
Charles Becker, convicted of murder
of Herman Rosenthal in New York
city, opened yesterday.
A popular lecturer once classified
his audience as follows: The "still
attentive," the "quick-responsive,"
the "hard-to-lifts," . the "won't-ap-plauds,"
and the "get-up-and-go
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