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STORY OF WITTSHOOTING TOLD
TO BARRETT JURY
.The story of the wild west gun
play on a street car.June 15, 1912,
which ended in the fatal shooting of
Conductor FrankWitt was tbld the
jury today by Ass't State's Att'y Jas.
C. O'Brien at the opening of the trial
of Ed and Charley Barrett and Ar
thur Friedman, newspaper sluggers,
who are charged with Witt's murder.
"The evidence will show, gentle
men," said O'Brien, "that on the
night of June 15, 1912, two boys got
on a northbound Wells-Sheffield car
at Adams and Fifth avenue. At the
same corner the Barrett brothers and
Friedman got on. One of the boys
recognized Friedman and called him
a name. Ed Barrett slapped him in
"Frank Witt, the conductor, asked
him not to strike the boy again. Ed
Barrett then said to Witt, "Why, you
, shut up or you'll get yours."
Ed Barrett then swaggered through
the car nourishing a revolver.
"The car by this time had reach
ed Washington street. The ni0tor
man, William Enz, who hadieard the
excitement and saw the gun, got off
the car with the intention of calling
Police Sergeant Joseph 'F. Halligan,
who was standing on the corner. One
of the defendants pointed a revolver
at'hini and ordered him back.on the
"About this time Ed and Charley
Barrett began firing revolvers. Frank
Witt cried out, "'Don't shoot.' But a
moment later his prostrate body tum
bled out into Fifth avenue, with a bul
let in the abdomen. The three de
fendants stayed on the car.
"In the meantime, Sergt. Halligan
had heard the shopting and together
with two other policemen ran to
wards the car. As they ran they fired
five shots into the front vestibule of
the car where the defendants were
standing, Charles Barrett was
wounded by a bulletin the melee.
liBefore-tlje others would surrender,
it .was neressary tot Officer Sederberg
to point a revolver at them. They
were taken to the Central Station
while Charles Barrett was removed to
a hospital. They made no statement
whatsoever at the time of their ar- r
"The evidence will further show
that there was no crowd on the car
or near it. The defendants were in no
danger. The passengers on the car
were-mostly women and children.
"The evidence will further show
that the defendants had no right to
carry revolvers at that time. The
law.specifically states that private po
licemen can only carry weapons at
their place of employment."
Hearst's Chicago American show
ed its interest in the defense of the
three gunmen at the outset when
Harlan K. Saunders, attorney for the
American, appeared at the trial to
gether with John J. Healy and Ed
ward S. Day, counsel for the defense.
Saunders, Healy and Day objected
to the testimony of Sergt. Halligan
who was placed on the stand be
cause they claimed they had not been
notified he was to appear. They were
allowed to question him privately.
He testified as to hearing the shots
and seeing Witt fall from the car. He
substantiated O'Brien's statement as
to the arrest of thexmen.
Mrs. Minnie Lutz, sister-in-law of
Witt, testified as to his death.
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Club life for the workingman is to
be developed on a large scale in Lon
don. A certain labor palace is to be
erected at a cost of $250,000 which, '
in addition to providing meeting,
halls, diningrooms and other fea
tures of an up-to-Hate clubhouse, is
to include a large moving picture
'theater. , ,