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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 17, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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"into a condition of delirium." .Said
Leo Frank was nervous. Frank trem
bled facing the dead -body of Mary
Phagan.- Frank was not cool like an
: innocent man.
Next day the whole front page was
; taken up with a story" oLJiow Frank
thad once been caught in a woods with
a little girl. The human nut who had
'witnessed it posed for his picture
printed in the Georgian. The two
holder newspapers, Journal and Con
stitution, .proved the-story a lie
(Hearst's Georgian admitted two days
afterward it was a lie in small type
r on an inside page.
Next on the front page in big type
was an affidavit by a sporting woman
named Formsby. She swore Frank
phoned her the day of the murder to
keep a room for him at her house
(because he had a IRtle girl. The worn
fan afterward took back the story.
Hearst stories said Frank was a
Lrich Jew running after Gentile girls;
pis wife, ready for divorce, sore at
her husband, didn't go to see him
after his arrest for one week. All
pthese proven lies at trial.
With big crowds in Atlanta set on
a hair-trigger, ready for anything,
talking of lynching, Hearst's Georg
ian flashed this story: -On the night
of the murder of Mary Phagan
Frank would not sleep with his wife,
(slept on the floor; told his wife he
(was going to kill himself because he
had killed a girl. This kicked up some
(excitement in Atlanta. And prejudice.
"Damn the Jew" became a regular
t chorus. Other papers showed
story a fake. Hearst's Georgian
tea it m small type, inside
;e.
Another front page story: Report
Mr for Hearst's Georgian finds a boy
who says he met Mary Phagan on
Street car the day of the murder and
she told him she was going to office
of Leo Frank, but was afraid of him
because he had made advances to
her. Story proven false. Boy since
then sent to state reform school for
Iheft
A bloody shirt,a tangle of hair on
a lathe in Frank's pencil factory and
alleged to be Mary Phagan 's,-an a
splash of red on the floor all ware
made excuses for Hearst extras and
claims of "scoops." Later all these
shown to be""plants." City physician .
at trial testified hair not Mary Pha
gan's. The "blood" was red paint
The "bloody shirt" was never intro
duced into evidence. i)
Atlanta was getting wild. The
chorus of "Damn the Jew" was rising.
They were ready to believe anything
about the pencil manufacturer. Some
big Hearst headlines: "We Have Suf
ficient Evidence to Convict Frank,
Say Detectives," "Leo Frank on the
Grill," "Evidence Against Frank Con
clusive, Say Police, "Police Say They
Have Frank in Net," "Dorsey Adds"
Startling Evidence of Frank's Guilt,"
"Dorsey Says Frank Is Fast in the
Net""
During 30-day trial of Frank,
Hearst had extras out every day.
Each day an editor "analyzed" testi
mony and shot it full of bitterness
against Frank. Because of wild mobs
two other papers asked Judge Roan
to have verdict delayed from Satur
day till Monday. Both Frank and
Judge Roan threatened with lynch
ing. Governor had militia ready un
der arms, ready for call. Frank and
his lawyers warned by judge not to
come to court
And Hearst's Georgian on that day
put out 14 extra editions. They were
eaten up. It was like feeding a ire
with gasoline.
Frank was convicted, sentenced to
be hanged. Judge Roan stated from
the bench he was "not convinced" of
Frank's guilt Atlanta Journal called
it legal murder and asked jiew triaL W
AH the time that a wide clamor was
on for fair play for Frank, Hearst's
Georgian stood pat for "hanging the
Jew."
Foster Coatee, managing editor for
Hearst, dropped dead on the street
one day. Why? Newapapermensay

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