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tion to a not guilty verdict The
twelve men all laughed, nodded their
heads or murmured "Not guilty."
Two of the jurymen wore William
Hale Thompson Republican club but
tons. Testimony of Serg'tsJohn Farrell
ran as follows:
"Oct 5 about 4:15 they was 125
garment strikers come across the
Van Buren st bridge near Market
They come along a while before tc
get their pay. We let 'em pass ther
but we wasn't going to let 'em go this
time. I asked 'em to disband. The
wouldn't do it I told 'em decisive
then to disperse. They refused. Well,
we told 'em they was under arrest
They made a rush for the patrol wa
gon. They seemed anxious to get
into the wagons and acted like they
"You didn't hear about a Jewish
girl, Rose Goodman, fainting in one
of the wagons, so the other girls had
to break the windows of the wagon
in order to get air to revive her, did
you?" asked Cunnea.
"And you didn't hear that when a
physician examined her after she
was taken from Harrison st station
that there was a fracture of her
breastbone as a result of being forci
bly thrown onto the floor of the pa
trol wagon you didn't hear about
"You did hear some screaming that
afternoon though, didn't you?"
"Yes, there was some screaming."
Cornelius T. Murphy, mounted cop,
said he ran his horse to the bridge
when he heard "a lot of yelling and
"They was jeer-er-ing awful," said
Murphy. "I rode my horse up on the
sidewalk and blocked them from
coming on. Till I came they was
pushing the police back toward Mar
"How many police officers were
ttTheyjaaust of been ten or twelve."
"And these girls were pushing the
police back toward Market st?"
"Yes. And when I while I was on
the sidewalk, they jeer-er-ed at me."
Then Murphy smiled. He remem
bered something kom-a-kul.
"They called me a Rooshyan Kojak
or something like that"
About this time Judge Graham was
getting tired of the farce. He in
terjected: "Have you got the horse here?
Possibly he might have more mater
ial evidence than is being produced."
One by one the seven cops all said
the crowd on the bridge was 125 or
150 in number, about 75 girls. All
made the same estimate. From the
last two witnesses Cunnea drew the
admission they had talked over their
testimony and agreed on similar
All the cops agreed that the strik
ers came across the bridge two by
two and there was no jam till the
mounted cop straddled the sidewalk
with his horse. That made all the
marchers in the rear wonder what
was doing up front
All further agreed the nearest gar
ment shop was a half block away
and on the other side of the street
John H. Scheffe, Wm. Winger, Wal
ter C. Bleloch, Max Buchbinder, Ed
win J. Toomey, Wm. Lengoscher,
John P. Jackson, Roy W. Williams,
Jno. S. Stuart, Geo. A. Heintz, Jacob
A. Hoagland, Jno. W. Rubenkamp.
"The arrests never should have
been made in the first place," said
Ass't State's Att'y John Herren. "It
was absolutely impossible to make
even a shewing at successful prose
cution on such slender evidence. Sec
252 of the criminal code says if two
or more persons assemble for the pur
pose of disturbing the peace or com
mitting any unlawful act and do not
disperse on being commanded by
public officers they are guilty of un
lawful assembly. In this case there
was lacking evidence to show pur
pose to commit an unlawful act"
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