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and Mrs. Sidney L. Berry, a beauty
They had testified that during a
joyride Miss Cox had told them that
she had conspiredwith federal offi
cials to indict Edwarda and that the
officials had got part of her $17,500
breach of promise judgment won
Yesterday, in a remarkable story,
clearly told, Ada Cox denied she had
ever told this to the trio and her side
of the case was supported by the tes
timony of Charles F. De Woody, spe
cial agent of the department of
justice and Ass't Dis't Att'y Harry
Judge Landis sprung a surprise this
morning when he recalled Hughes
and Cummings and began a search
ing examination of their actions in
the past few days.
Under pressure, Cummings ad
mitted he had received $75 from Mrs.
H. B. Turner, mother of Mrs. William
Hughes this morning said he had
first showed the affidavit, stating
what Miss Cox had told him to Sam
Small, city editor of the Examiner,
and then turned it over to B. J.
Meyer, head of a detective agency.
But the Chicago Herald in some way
printed the story first.
The judge asked Hughes why he as
a reporter turned the affidavit over to
Meyer and allowed his own paper to
Small, however, insisted he had
first told his city editor and then
Judge Landis ordered Sam Small to
appear in court.
Judge Landis also asked Hughes
about his movements after he had
left the federal building last night.
He answered that he had taken Mrs.
Edwards to her hotel, where he met
Cummings. He said he left her room
at 5:30 p. m. and went down to the
bar but later returned.
Cummings said he and Hughes had
been with Mrs. Edwards and her
mother until 9 p. m.
Landis questioned Cummings
closely about his connection with the
case. He said he had met Mrs. Turn
er about Aug. 20. Under grilling he
admitted that she had given him $75
for expenses, out of which he paid
his share of the "joy ride" at which
he and the others cUim Ada Cox told
them the story of a "frame-up."
De Woody testified he had never
met the Cox girl until the Saturday
before the Monday on which the in
dictment against Edwards was re
turned and that he got into the case
through orders which James Wilker
son, then district attorney, received
from Washington. He said Miss Cox
was right when she said that no
money was passed to federal officials.
Judge Landis recalled Hughes and
Cummings this afternoon in an ef
fort to find out whether they had
discussed the case this morning.
Hughes said they had not, but Cum
mings said they had.
Landis asked Cummings if he knew
if Hughes had any interest in the
case other than as a newspaper re
porter. Cummings said he had been
pledged not to tell.
"Was there a woman involved?"
"Yes," replied Cummings.
Judge Landis, in an effort to get
at the bottom of the affair, put Miss
Cox through a severe examination,
but the girl's story was not shaken.
"Did you ever say to these persons
that you paid $2,000 to De Woody and
that there had been corruption in this
case?" District Attorney Clyne asked.
"I am positive I never said that,"
Miss Cox answered "The Edwards
case was not mentioned by me be
cause I did not know that these men
knew anything about my case."
"Did you ever pay any money to
De Woody or any other government
officer in connection with this?"
"I most certainly did not"
She denied ever having discussed
the case with Hughes, Cummings
and the Berry woman.
Harry Parkin, ass't dis't att'y, sup
ported her story.