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CAILLAUX TRIAL PRESENTS THE
BATTLE OF TWO WOMEN
Paris, July 23. A silent battle be
tween two women one fighting with
the lastounfie of her strength against
conviction on a charge of murder, the
other charged with being indirectly
responsible for disclosures which led
to the killing was presented today
during the trial of Mme. Caillaux.
Swinging far from the actual
charge that Mme. Caillaux murdered
Gaston Calmette, editor of Le Figaro,
the trial today developed into a series
of tests of the veracity of the state
ments of Mme. Gueydan, divorced
wife of Caillaux, that she had nothing
to do with the famous "Ton Jo" let
ter printed by the editor. Mme. Guey
dan was called to the stand and the
battle between the president and
former wife of the ex-premier was on.
Between exchanges of angry
flashes between the two women they
played for the sympathy of the crowd
ed courtroom, the judges and the jury.
Mme. Gueydan told of her mar
riage to Caillaux and their divorce,
looking significantly at Mme. Cail
laux sitting in the prisoner's box as
she mentioned the latter.
Of his present wife the former
prime minister has said:
"We lived on terms of utmost in
timacy both of heart and mind. We
were completely happy. My wife was
the most tender, the most thoughtful,
the most attractive companion pos
sible, being at the same time a per
fect associate, wide-awake and well
informed." Of his marriage with Mme. Guey
dan he has merely said it "was never
a happy one."
Mme. Gueydan declared that she
married Caillaux in 1906". She was
formerly the wife of M. Dupre, tax
collector in Paris, but upon her di
vorce from him resumed her maiden
name of Gueydan. It was in 1909 that
a crisis was reached in their married
life. They were then at Mamers, from
which district Caillaux was returned
to the chamber of deputies.
MAN ADMITS HE COMMITTED
PERJURY IN MURDER CASE
Following the investigation by At
torney Charles Erbstein on behalf of
his client, Charles Simmons of 3506.
W. 12th St., Benjamin Levy of 1142
S. Mozart St., who was the state's
principal witness in the murder case"
against Simmons, admitted that he
had committed perjury.
Erbstein brought Levy into the
court of Judge Kersten, where he
forced him to admit that testimony
given in the trial, which resulted in
Simmons being convicted of murder
two months ago, was false. Levy
was an eye-witness to the shooting
of Heine Jacobs of 3508 W. 12th st.
At the murder trial he testified that
Simmons shot down Jacobs without
provocation, while he now says that
he fired in self-defense after warning
Jacobs to let him alone.
The investigation will be continued
today when Mrs. Levy will take the
HOYNE THREATENS CRIMINAL
PROSECUTION ON McCORMICK
State's Att'y Maclay Hoyne threat
ens criminal prosecution of Presi
dent Alexander A. McCormick of the
county board for obstructing the
state's attorney's office by vetoing
bills from there. Hoyne declares
that it is holding up the investigation
of the defunct LaSalle Street Bank
and blames McCormick for the col
lapse of his assistant, Charles C.
Case, who had charge of the bank
"He is just as responsible for Mr.
Case's condition as thought he
brought it about with that end in
view," said Mr. Hoyne. "Because
bills were held up by McCormick, Mr.
Case was forced to work on the
books of tlie banlr, doing the work of
a bookkeeper and expert accountant.
He worked until he collapsed."
County Comptroller Ryan and five
county commissioners were haled be
fore the special grand jury yesterday
to testify as to the county board