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BREITUNG CASE COMES TO ABRUPT ENDING
TODAY JUDGE CALLS MISTRIAL
New York, Feb. 12. The trial of
Max Heist's $250)00 suit against
Millionaire Edward NBreitung and
Mrs. Breitung, his parents-in-law, for
alienation of his wife's affections,
came to an abrupt ending today.
Judge Hand declared a mistrial,
discharged the jury and gave as the
reason for his action "the extreme
abuse of the press of New York in
reporting this case."
Young Heist's interview with re
porters before court opened yester
day morning was the cause. Several
New York papers printed Kleist's dec
laration that after his secret mar
riage to Juliet Breitung he was
"beaten up" by thugs, both here and
in New Mexico, where her million
aire faither obtained work for him
in a mine.
"Publication of this interview was
exceedingly prejudicial to the de
fense," said Judge Hand. "The ob
vious inference was that the defense
was connected with this assault.
That the press of New York should
print this story during the progress
of the trial is a .fine instance of the
impossibility of obtaining justice in
Judge Hand took action as the case
was drawing to an end. William
Johns, a mine foreman from New
Mexico, had just testified for the de
fense that young Kleist's duties were
not dangerous in the mine to which
the Michigan- millionaire sent him af
ter his elopenient with his daughter.
Mrs. Breitung was preparing to take
the witness stand when Attorney
Nicoll, for the defense, called the
court'B attention to the publications.
Juliet Breitung, daughter of Banker
B. N. Brejtung and wife of Max Fred
Kleist. who is suing her father ahd
mother for $250,000, alleging aliena
tion jaf her- affections, may have been
a modern maid who sought an intro
duction to the one time gardener,
offered him her kisses and finally pro
posed marriage' to him, but whatever
lingering hope Max may have had
that this modern maid still wished to
share poverty with him was dispelled
Breitung was asked by E. C. Crow
ley, attorney for Kleist, if he was will
ing that his daughter should go to
liye with Kleist.
"I am entirely willing' answered
Crowley looked for a moment at
the banker, then he bent over Max
Kleist and asked in a loud voice:
"Kleist, are you willing to take your
Kleist's answer came quickly.
"Yes, I am," but he .did not looko
the right or left.
Then Crowley turned to the mod
ern Juliet and in a dramatic manner
"And you? Are you willing to go
back to your husband Do you want
to live with him?"
She looked straight into the law
yer's eyes. The color surged to her
cheeks and her eyes flashed. She
threw back her shoulders and very
clearly and firmly she retorted: '
"And I am certainly not willing to
go back to him."
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