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MOTHER OF SLAIN WOMAN ON
STAND IN CARMAN TRIAL
Mineola, L. I., Oct. 20. That jeal
ousy was the motive Mrs. Florence
Carman had in slaying Mrs. Louise
Bailey was the opening statement
made to the jury today by Dis't Att'y
Smith in his outline of the case.
The prosecutor laid special stress
on the dictograph found in the Car
man home. He told the jurors how
Mrs. Carman, suspicious of the doc
tor, had taken the dictograph on trial
under an assumed name and later
had purchased it outright, saying she
was perfectly satisfied with it.
Mrs. Carman's movements on the
night of the murder were described.
Smith told how Celia Coleman, the
negro maid, saw Mrs. Carman come
downstairs, clad in a kimono just be
fore the fatal shot was fired, how she
went outside and then returned just
a few seconds after a shot was fired
and how she went back upstairs.
Mrs. Jennie Duryea, mother of the
slain woman, was the first witness.
She had been on the stand but a few
minutes when she broke down and
wept. Court procedure had to be
stopped temporarily until sne recov
The district attorney asked her
when she last her daughter.
"On the night of June 30," she
"You never saw her again?" asked
"No," answered Mrs. Duryea and
as she spoke she burst forth sobbing.
Had Mrs. Florence Carman been
assured that her trial on a charge of
murder was a mere formality and
that she would be a free woman with
in a few days, she could not have
shown less concern or anxiety than
was displayed today when the taking
of testimony began.
The jury completed within five
hours yesterday, it was expected that
the state would strike at the heart of
its case today. It is impossible to
imagine, however, that it will be more
than a velvety blow. The calm, un
ruffled, cool serenity of Mrs. Carman,
on trial for her life for the murder
of Mrs. Louise Bailey, dominates the
entire courtroom. Not an attorney
raises his voice above a soft parlor
.conversational tone. When one or
two talesmen answered questions
yesterday in a loud, firm voice they
did not seem tofit in well. They did
not "belong." They jarred upon the
quiet, orderly proceedings.
The trial of Mrs Carman is dis
tinctly a "highbrow affair." You
rather expect them to serve tea at 4
o'clock, but they don't. There is no
rude craning of necks and shuffling
of feet as spectators shift and squirm
to obtain a better view of the at
tractive defendant or turn an ear that
the words of counsel may be heard
to better advantage.
The courtroom was crowded to ca
pacity, but all caught the spirit of the
occasion and remembered their man
ners. And it was not an extraordin
ary crowd that was packed in the
courtroom. The people were just
the ordinary garden variety that you
meet every day. But in the center
of that big room is the "control" of
the entire throng. That "control" is
Mrs. Carman, severely correct, smil
ing when it is proper to smile, stif
fly dignified when it is in time to be
dignified, and, above all, calm, cool
and apparently satisfied. If Mrs. Car
man has any fear for her life she
doesn't show it.
In the white high-ceilinged court
room she sits beside Dr. Carman and
her counsel as she might sit as the
leader of a social function. Her smile
is always the same. When it is time
to smile, you know just how far Mrs.
Carman's lips will part, just how
much of a twinkle there will be in her
eye, and to just the extent the smile
will be permitted to crease wrinkles
in her pale "cheeks.
The newspapers are getting out
"extras" and tie film companies are
busy taking on "extras" to appear
in war scenes,