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GIRLS OF "EIGHTEEN BUNCH"
TESTIFY IN ORPET TRIAL
Waukegan, III., June 17. The
"Eighteen bunch" had their inning
in the game for the life or death of
Will Orpet today.
The "bunch" now only 16 strong
are school girls, chums of Marion,
and they came into the big court
room half laughing, half frightened,
and took "the stand, one after the
other, to aid the prosecution of the
youth who wrecked the life of their,
Bernice Wells came first to the
"What did Marion say to you when
you left the Lambert home the day
after the party?" the prosecutor
" 'Bernice, I am awfully glad you
could come.' That's what she said,"
the witness answered. "Then she
said she would meet me at Eleanor
Double's home the next Sunday."
"But she didn't meet you?" asked
"She was dead," Bernice answered.
"Did you see MariongowithJoseph
ine Davis to any other room on the
afternoon of the birthday party?"
"I did not."
"Did you see her crying?"
The rest of the girls were sched
uled to follow Miss Wells.
Declaring that the state has
failed in every attempt to connect
Will Orpet with murder of Marion
Lambert, counsel for defense in Or
pet's trial today announced they
would ask Judge Charles H. Donnelly
to take case from jury the minute
the state has finished its evidence.
Reported that Celestia Youker,
jjirl to whom Orpet was 'engaged,
had changed her mind and was
ready to take the stand for the state.
This decision was reached, it was
said, when State's Att'y Dady prom
ised her that, if she admitted her en
gagement, love letters she wrote Or
pet would not be introduced in evidence.
Dady needed her testimony, he
said, to establish beyond a doubt
what he considered Orpet's motive
for desiring to do away with Marion.
The mother of Marion Lambert
took the witness stand yesterday to
deny the testimony of Josephine Da
vis that Marion was unhappy. She
said the tears her daughter shed on.
her birthday were caused solely by
the fact that Anna Paulson, who had
always stayed all night with Marion
on her birthday, had to go home, and
that up to the last hour she saw her
daughter before Marion went to the
fatal tryst in Helm's woods she was
To bring out the fact of alleged
contradictory statements, State's
Att'y Dady has asked Judge Donnelly
to call Percy Longland, assistant gar
dener under Orpet's father on the
Cyrus McCormick estate, as a wit
ness for the court. Dady says Long
land told him contradictory stories
about the cyanide of potassium on
the McCormick estate.
He declared Longland had said
Will Orpet examined the poison a few
weeks before Marion Lambert's
TWO ACCIDENTS WHICH THE
TRUST PRESS DIDN'T HAVE
Two acci4ents occurred yesterday.
In both cases it would be necessary
for the trust press to mention the
names of advertisers in printing
them. So they evidently tossed them
in the waste basket
Michael Niedermeyer, 27, 719
Lahgdon st, was killed when an ice
box fell on him, in the plant of the
Bowman Dairy Co. at 857 Fulton st
George Dickinson, 23, 324 S. Win
chester, was crushed to death by a
fenderless auto truck owned by the
Ward Baking Co. at Plymouth and
3,000 pupils in schools of Wood
lawn to participate In Boy Scouts'
parade. They are trying to get $10,
000 for their organization. ..