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OF BRIBERY CHARGE.
(Co-ntinued from Pagc. 0ne.
heen paid and eleven of us were con
vined that it was merely given as a
rebate in the regular course of bus
icess. and there was no evidence, as
we understood it, that would tend to
make one believe that the money was
given for corrupt purposes. When
the one juror, who was for conviction,
had heard several of the jurors ex
plain their views on the testimony
offered, he came around to our side.
A vote was then taken, and all of
us voted for the acquittal of Mr.
Parnum. We didn't believe that the
testimony of the alleged accomplices
of Mr. Farnum had been corroborated
by the -testimony of others."
Testimony of Wylie and Samuels
The general opinion appears to
have been here that the testimony of
Messrs. Wylie and Samuels hurt the
State's case because of the admis
sions on the stand, especially those of
The Verdit Announced.
Theie came a tap on the door of
the little back room, and it was an
iionteed that the jury had- agreed.
Silently one by one they filed into the
Court room. A small crowd greeted
them. They all wore a serious look,
and those in attendance waited with
]bated breath for the words about to
be spoken. The Court called for the
defendant, James S. Farnum. He had
just entered the room. He was seat
ed by his attorney. It was a mo
ment of suspense for him. A few
words might have been read which
would have meant imprisonment for
him. He was cool and not perturb
ed. He faced the men who held !his
fate in their hands, and without a
sign of emotion heard the words,
"Not guilty." He grasped the
hands of the jurymen and then left
the Court room a free man, in com
pany with his attorneys.
A Great Legal Battle.
The trial just ended was one of the
greatest legal battles eevr fought in
this State. Upon the State's side Col.
B. L. Abney put up an admirable
fght from the very opening moment
of the case until his eloquence pie
tured to the jury the fall of the old
State dispensary and the influences
of the day. At-torney General Lyon,
who worked so hard in securing evi
dence for this and other cases, took
very little active part in the trial
itself. Attorney W. F. 'Stevenson,
who is attorney for the dispensary
winding-up commission, was import-J
ant for the State, especially in the
documentary side of the evidence.
Chairman W. J. Murray, of the
commi.ssion said: "It's hard for us,''
in commenting upon the situation.
Black's Trial Next.'
With the Court's stand& that the
defendant just acquitted shall not he
..separately tried any more at this
term, the next, trial on the list is that
of John Black, charged with accept
ing a .bribe. This case, it is stated,
will be taken up Wednesday..
Charge Fair and Clear.
'The ease went to the jury this
zrnorning at 10:15 o'clock. The charge
of Judge Memminger consumed twen
.ty-five minutes. Although the case
is very complicated and .peculiar
points are involved, Judge Memin
ger explained all points of law very
clearly and the fairness of the charge
was generally commented upon. He
has made a fine inmpression. His re
marks upon the various points of
law were short but to the point.
At the outset, in making his charge
he stated that he wished to call the
attention of the jury to' what was en
tirely material in the testimony pro
duced at the trial. He asked t'he at
tention of the jury strictly to mat
ters that he was about to lay before
them. He stated that -they must first
take into consideration whether or
not the Sate had proved the case be
yond a reasonable doubt. He ex
plained very clearly and succinctly
the different counts in the indict
mnents and the possible verdicts.
WYLIB ADMITS TFAT
HB GOT COMMISSIONS
Columbia, Sept. 23.-Admitting
upon the witness stand that he him
self had accepted various amounts of
money to influence his vote as member
of the State dispensary board of con
trol, Joseph B. Wylie to-day directly
connected the .$1,125 draft previously
referred to in the trial with the de
fendant, James Farnum, stating that
Henry Samuels had eashed the draft
-for him and turned the cash over.
Put through a grilling cross-examina
tion by the defence, the witness gave
as his reason for going on the stand
the assurance of his attorney that if
ne told the whole truth he wvould not
bi prosecuted. "I want to get my
self right ~before the people of the
State," declared Mr. Wylie, "and I
am going to tell the truth."
The State closed its case this after
te-nonn and the end of the trial is
A cordial invit
that reads or he
sure to come to
We want to pres
make our BIG C
Here you will be
It's arn easy matter to
hot air statements or pl
believe them. Realizin
we have adhered strict]
we could produce wher
Honest Goods, Hones
ow in sight. Although no announce
ent to this effect was made in Court,
t is very doubtful that the defence
will put up any witnesses, but will
rly upon the State not having prov
d its case by the witnesses already
'Mr. Wylie's testimony was the
most significant of the trial to-day.
This, however, was not unexpected,
as Mr. Wylie was known -to have ap
peared before the grand jury when
the dispensary indictments were
handed out about two weeks ago. Mr.
Wylie's testimony -was in line with
the charges made in the indictment.
The defence's yhowing was an at
tempt to impeaeh the .character of t-he
witness by having him admit that he
received gifts of money from agents
of whiskey houses.. This the defence
succeeded in bringing out forcibly.
Henry Samuels was another wit
ness for the State whose testimon~y
was in keeping witi1. the charges al
leged, and as -to the cashing of the
draft alleged to have been sent by
the defendant to Mr. Wylie. It is
very probable that the case will go
to the jury some time to-Inorrow, that
is if the defence puts up no witnesses.
There will probably not be any ot.her
motion that will delay the argument
before the jury.
Alleged Rebate Schedule.
:The alleged rebate schedule was
brought into the ease to-day, although
the defence objected. As stated b.y
Mr'. Wylie, the rebates given were
paid in propor~tion to the cost of the
gods, anid were for the ordering out
of the liquors p)urehased from houses
represented by the defendant. Thai
an agreement had been made between
Mr. Wylie and Mr. Farnum previous
to the execution of the orders was
the startling annouiteement made by
the witness. This evidence was ad
mitted by the Court upon the show
ing made that this sort of testimony
tended to prove a corrupt gift which
was alleged in the indictment.
PThe State opened a fire of ques
tions when the witness took the stand
as to the draft from the defendant to
Henry Samuels. Answering the di
ret question as to whether or not he
had received the draft, witness an
swered: "Yes.'' Witness stated that
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