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LUNACY TRIAL FOR CRITIC OF
If Hadrian H. Baker gets clear of
lunacy charges instigated by judges
of circuit, county and municipal
courts, Raker will have to stand trial
for criminal libel, according to reports
in the criminal court building.
Baker was let go from custody of
the county court yesterday on order
of Judge Scully. But he must go to
trial before a jury Tuesday when a
verdict is expected on whether he
shall go to state asylum at Kankaee.
Att'y Wm. A. Cunnea argued in
court for Baker yesterday and said
the main point in the whole case is
whether a man has a right to speak
the truth about judges and courts. If
what Baker said is not true and is
vicious in its reaction on the judges,
then Baker should be held for crim
inal libel rather than lunacy.
"I have as much respect for the ju
diciary as I have' for the executive
committee of the teamsters' union,
when they behave themselves," said
Lunacy Commisioners Russell and
Hall were on hand. It was stated
they would report on Baker's mental
condition at the jury trial Tuesday.
"The question arises: After the
alienists have made their examina
tion, who is going to examine the
Dr. Russell took a smile for himself
on this. Dr. Hall kept his face sol
emn and changeless as the front door
of a bank.
"I don't understand this case," said
Cunnea. "I want to get at the facts
in it This man printed criticisms of
judges. I do not know whether those
criticisms were true or libelous. I
am not able to see, however, the jus
tice of suddenly arresting this man
and throwing him in jail for this
offense with the bonds fixed at $25,
000, an amount higher than that fixed
County physician's data on phy
sical examination, of Baker showed
stated he "co-ordinates properly," ne
has "no delusions," his father died at
92, and he has a mother living in
California, aged 87.
Mrs. Baker was roused over the
handling of her husband in what the
doctors called "the examination for
"His arms were black and blue
from the twisting and pulling given
his muscles by the testing ma- j
chines," she stated to reporters. w
Lynchburg, Va. Fireman Grover
Baldwin, Roanoke, Va., killed; Brake
man Wright seriously scalded by ex
plosion of Norfolk & Western locomo
tive. Washington. British anger at
American Consul General Skinner of
London may prevent his return to his
post En route here to confer with
state department officials regarding
British interference with American
San Francisco. While no damage
was wrought by last night's earth
quake, people of San Francisco and
other cities still are nervous.
Washington. An armistice has
stopped fighting between Villa and
Carranza forces until after a Pan
Boston. Lying in bathtub filled
with scalding water, body of Mrs.
Priscilla J. Crowinshield, Marblehead,
found in room of Parker House.
Lafayette, La. Mrs. Andre Fore
man mother of twin baby girls united
by formation similar to that which
joined famous Siamese twins.
Calumet, Mich. Snow fell in Calu-r
met Heavy snow storms over Lake"
Superior reported by captains of
snowbound vessels. 9
San Francisco. Well defined earth
quake felt here last night. No dam
age reported. 5
New York. Kenneth G. Triest, 19,'
son of Wolfgang Gustav Triest, en-'
gineering firm of Snare & Triest,
under arrest in London, as spy.