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his head out of the front vestibule,
waving a gun. and shouting to a
crowd: "If you don't stay away
from here I'll shoot."
Serg Plynn answered short and
sharp: "I didn't see anything like
On the basis of these questions
asked by Healy and the replies of the
police sergeants, the Tribune and Ex
aminer have for the past two days
printed stories giving an impression
that there'Was a rioting mob around
the car when Witt was murdered.
The only "crowd" of any kind be
fore the murder is testified to by
Serg't Halligan. "There were 50 or
60 boys and men in front of the
World office," he said, "but nobody
knew anything about a trouble on
a street car until shots were fired and
Witt was killed. Then they came
running, of course. But there was
nothing that could be called a riot.
The boys and men standing in front
of the World office were as surprised
as anybody. All the shooting hap
pened in about a minute of time.
There is nothing I am so sure of as I
am that the crowd came on the scene
after the killing of Witt. Whatever
the cause for the murder, it can not
be blamed on the crowd."
Henry Grosskurth of 2138 Jackson
blvd., who dramatically walked down
from the witness stand and pointed
at Edward Barrett as the man he saw
shoot Witt, faced a fierce cross-examination
from Healy. During the
past week Grossfurth has -lived at the
Hotel Bradley with John F. Murphy,
detective assigned to the state's at
torney's office. Healy's questions
aimed at 'showing that a baker who
never- earns more than $3.50 a day
might have his testimony affected
through living in a first-class hotel
"room with bath."
Healy's cross-questions were snarl
ed and tangled and went into the
finest details of distance', time and Jo
cation. The bakery worker hesitated
and thought over his replies care
fully. "Healy kept away from simple
Anglo-Saxon" words such as people
use In everyday talk. The questions
were put in long, heavy Latin legal
terms. Grossfurth often wanted the
question asked over again.
In closing, Healy made a play at
the jury by asking: "Do you have
difficulty in understanding my inter
rogation, Mr. Grossfurth?" And the
bakery worker balked and sat look
ing at Healy in the eye.
"Why do you hesitate?" was the
next from Healy. And before the wit
ness was really sure that he is really
any more of a hesitator than Healy,
came another question:
"Did you ever have any mental dis
ease, Mr. Grossfurth, or have any
members of your family ever had any
Ass't State's Att'y O'Brien object
ed and the court sustained the objection.
"How yo' feel after de strawberry
festibble, deacon.? Yo' looks fine."
"Dass all right about lookin' fine,
sistah, but while yo' can't see it?i
Ah'm all broke out wif a strawberry'