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$50,000 Lindbergh Ransom. fContinued Prom First Page ) sometimes clapped hi* hand to his mouth to shut off his own words. Attorney General David T. Wilcntz asked him: "Did you (live the money to a nvm that night?" "I did." he answered, his voice be ginning to rise. •Who did you give it to?" "To John." "Who is John?" Wilentz' own voice cracked. Bruno Richard Hauptmann!" Hauptmann blanched, turned deep scarlet, and glared at the aged wit ness. Jafsie glared back. Wilentz led up to the identification in this way: "All right, sir. Just a minute. Now, let's get back just about where we started, where we should start. In March, 1932, as result of a letter or advertisement you inserted, did you receive a note?" C. Lloyd Fisher of defease counsel objected to the question as being lead ing. "Yes?" Wilentz pressed. "To look under a table and I would find a stone there," Condon said, "and finding the stone there, that there would be a note under that stone." "As a result of finding the stone and the note, where did you go?" I went across the way as directed by the note, the original note gave as nearly as I can remember—I could tpll in a moment if I saw it—to cross the street, to talk to nobody and to go down to Wittemore avenue." Now, doctor, did you go down Wit temore avenue that night?" "I did." "Did you meet a man there?" Received I-etter. Condon said that he did, and then related his meeting with John, who. he said, was Hauptmann. Then Wilentz asked him what he received as the result of his advertise ment. "I received a letter with a peculiar signature upon it, consisting " All right. Just a minute. I will try to find the exhibit." He showed him an envelope dated March 9, 1932. and postmarked New York. He sked liim if he recognized it. "I received this letter about March 9. 1932, I recollect," Condon an swered. The letter was offered in evidence. "I notice that there is some color ing on that envelope, doctor, that i.*n't altogether white. Was that col oring on when you received it or was it a white envelope?" "To the nearest of my recollection It was white." "Now, in that envelope. I take it. there were some inclosures?" Yes. sir." "Will you take a look at some of these papers?" Wilentz said, handing him several exhibits. "I received this letter within that envelope with the directions on it. and the signature of the three holes." It was received in evidence. As dramatic as "Jafsie's" strange (adventures in the ransom negotiations is the story qf the jail interview with Hauptmann which the State has described as follows: Condon sat with Hauptmann on a bench, the two men occupying the same positions "Jafsie" and "John" did during the ransom meeting in the Bronx. Called Bruno "John." Condon called Hauptmann "John" throughout the hour and a quarter they talked, and both the doctor and the watching witnesses said the pris oner answered naturally to the name. Condon also couched his sentences as much as possible in the language he used in the ransom conference. After he had moved Hauptmann to tears by speaking kindly of his mother in Germany, his wife and his infant son. Hauptmann told "Jafsie" the State official said, that he had acted as the emissary of a kidnap band in the ransom negotiations. Condon then besought him to make a complete confession, naming others involved. The aged man promised to go to President Roosevelt to obtain clemency for Hauptmann if he would tell the whole story. But Hauptmann, tears on his cheeks, became silent. The first witness to be called before Dr. Condon was Reich, the former prize fighter who was his bodyguard and companion during the ransom ne gotiations. Reich presented yesterday a graphic eye-witnfse picture of one of "Jafeie's" most important contacts with the mysterious "John"—the rendezvous in a Bronx cemetery. It was on that occasion that "Jafsie" and "John" ' talked side by side on a bench for an hour and arranged for the return of the slain baby's sleeping garment to the Lindbergh as a ransom token. Reich told how he drove the doctor first to a deserted frankfurter stand on Jerome avenue early in March, where "Jafsie" found a note under a sione. Apparently in pursuance of instructions in that note, Reich then drove the doctor to 233rd street and Jerome avenue to the cemetery en trance. "Dr. Condon got out and stood in the triangle in front of the entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery," he said, re lating that the retired educator stood there for 10 or 15 minutes. c.., u._ Eventually he came back to the car. seemingly "discouraged." the wit ness said. Meanwhile. Reich said he saw a man walk "down south on our side of the street" and he informed "Jafsie" of it. The educator returned to his post before the cemetery gate. A few minutes later, he testified, he noticed Dr. Condon engaged in conversation with some one in the cemetery. As he watched a man sud denly scaled the 9-foot-high cemetery fence from the inside, leaped down, ran past Condon across the street into Van Cortlandt Park with Condon fol- j lowing him. Presently he saw the two men reach κ shack and sit down on a park bench J near it to talk for an hour before Dr. | Condon returned to Reich's auto mobile. Reich's direct testimony was not finished yesterday, but in his story the State saw at least one important point. The "John" he described scal ing the cemetery fence and jumping from it was a man of great agility, nimble enough—in the State's belief— to carry out the actual kidnaping. His story, together with Lindbergh's description of "John's" voice the night | of the ransom payment, also presented 1 evidence that Or. Condon did confer with a real person in the ransom con tacts. As Hauptmann's trial for his life entered its sixth day. he had been linked directly three times with va rious phases of the case. Lindbergh first Identified his voice as that of the man who received the ransom, next was Amandus Hoch euth, the gnome-like 87-year-old mail. Who told of seeing Hauptmanni driving » "dirty-green" car with a. j ladder in it into the Lindbergh lane March 1, 1932, th· day of the kid- j naping. Then John Perron*, Bronx taxi j driver, identified him aa the man who1 paid him <1 to deliver « ransom notej to Jafsie. "You «re a liar!" Han pi ma η η 1 hissed, end Reiily said tod*y - he I would bring evidence to discredit the ! testimony. i He announced also that three de ! fense handwriting experts, two Ger j mans and an Austrian, were jailing : from Cherbourg to testify Hauptmann ! did not write the ransom notes, j A New York detective, Arthur I Johnson, also satis from Europe to . day. New York authorities said, ι bringing witnesses connected with the ! case Denies Johnson t· Appear. Attorney General Wllentz denied i if ports that Henry "Red" Johnson, ! deported sailor friend of the Lind bergh nurse. Miss Betty Gow. was ( being brought back in an effort to ' repudiate defense attempts to ahnw he might have a guilty knowledge of the crime. The New York Daily News said it has learned that Johnson would sail today and would testify in the case. State authorities said they were "not interested" in a statement by i 1 Charles Garrick, 2fl, of Whittier, Calif., ! ; at Los Angeles, to Police Capt. H. J. ! Wallis, that he recognized Haupt mann from photographs as one of : four persons in an automobile who gave him a ride near the Lindbergh estate the night of the crime. Thev said they were Inclined to discount all such reporta. . FAKNESTOCK NEVER TOOK TOTS TO LINKS, HIS WIFE COMPLAINS (Continued From First Page.) not been in the water since the chil dren were 4 and 3 vears old. "Do you think children of that age should have been taken sailing?" he inquired. She replied rhat the children wanted , to go and that she thought they should ' have been taken. Fahnestock, she added, expressed the belief it was in ! advisable, and would not take them. She also objected to the fact that he had never taken them Ashing. Says Letters Destroyed. Claude R Branch, representing the husband, tsked Mrs. Fahnestock why j she had made frequent trip» to New ! York from Aiken while she had the j children in the latter place. The wife I replied she had gone to the metropo 1 lis to see her lawyer about obtaining a divorce. ι "Is there not one person you saw a great deal more than any other in New I York?" the attorney inquired. I "Yes.·' ; "And have you received letters from that man?" I "Yes." "Do you have rhem here?" ι "No. I destroyed them. I always I destroy letters." Branch, however, then read into the record a letter she admitted receiving i ι from her husband last December 20. : This letter expressed regret that she had left him and declared his hope for ! j a reconciliation. It also related Fahne ' stock's affection for his children and ! his desire to have them with him for Christmas. He stated In the letter that ί he did not Intend to let her take the ; children permanently when she left j him. but only let them go in the hope ; their presence might induce her to re ! turn. I j No Reply Made. The wife said she made no written reply. At one point the wife was asked if ! she knew the age of Mrs. Fahne- ! stock, sr. "Yes." the wife replied, 'Mrs. Fahnestock is 75 years old." The latter, sitting in the court room I beside her son, shook her head in ! ! vigorous denial. The wife said her husband went with the children and her to church on Sundays when they were living together, but that he had seldom, if ever, heard them jay their prayers at night. She said she had been told the children had not been saying their prayers since they have been at the home of their grandmother. ι Fahnestock. in asking the court to award him custody of. the children charged his wife as admitting she was "infatuated with a certain man of prominence." In an apparent effort to keep his name out of the case, counsel had referred to him through out the hearing as "the man." The request for a private hearing was made by Attorney Claude R. Branch. Providence, R. I., representing the husband. Branch told the court it would become necessary to present evidence which "will reflect very seri ously upon Mrs. Fahnestock and an unnamed man with whom she is said to be infatuated, and who is not a party to this proceeding." Says Windows Nailed. Mrs. Fahnestock told of coming to Washington with her father, and of going to the Massachusetts avenue home, where she was refused admit tance. "The butler said the door would not open to me. I went around back and found them nailing up the win dows. I didn't know whether my children were there and became nerv ous. fearing my husband would place them on a steamer for Europe. That was the reason I engaged detectives for the home. I was shadowed my-1 self by a man, who dogged my foot- 1 steps from the moment I stepped off 1 the train." Mrs. Fahnestock then related how j she went to the house after ob taining a court order permitting her to see the children during the after noon. "I didn't want to enter that house ι myself, and did so only when I found \ there was no other way to see my j children," she declared. She said she was kept waiting at ! the front door 9»i minutes on this ! occasion. Going back two days later, | she said, she found the older child j was ill and not receiving what she considered proper care. SMASHTHATCOLD ι —before it starts Don't sit back and hope that j those sneezes won't amount to | much—while you're waiting the j cold may be entering the serious stage. At the first suspicion of a cold, get Ephedrinated Vapex Nose j Drops—a few drops in each nostril j will help smash that cold before it ever gets a real start. Ephedrinated Vapex Nose Drops are different from any cold remedy ever made. They contain Vapex, ' that famous war-time discovery for j colds and ephedrine, the doctors'ι "standby" for nasal treatment of > colds. Ephedrinated Vapex Noae Drop· open up the nostrils and let through ' j the fresh air vhlch is so necessary : ' ! if a cold is to be stopped. You'll ; | ' feel these nose drops penetrate and ; soothe the cold-inflamed passages ι In your head. Ask your druggist ; for a bottle of Ephedrinated Vapex ; • Nose Drops and get quick relief from that cold.—Advertisement. .! Condon Testimony Recalls Drawing of "John," Showing Likeness to Bruno Hauptmann Above are two sketches of "John." the Lindbergh kidnaper, which James T. Berryman. a ports cartoonist of The Star. drew, two months before Bruno Hauptmann's arrest, from a description given by Dr. John F. Condon. Underneath for comparison are photographs of Hauptmann. IN CONNECTION with the appear ance of Dr. John F. Condon as a prosecution witness against Bruno Richard Heuptmann. it was re called here today that a verbal description of "John." the kidneper, which "Jafsie" gave from memory to James T. Berryman. Star sports car toonist. enabled the artist to draw a portrait, which proved to be a re markable likeness of Hauptmann. Two sketches which Berryman drew at Condon's home last July for the Division of Investigation of the De partment of Justice—two months be foie Hauptmann's arrest—are repro duced herewith today. The originals now are in possession of the Depart ment of Justice. · Berryman was commissioned by the Division of Investigation to confer with Condon in the Bronx and at tempt. from Condon's recollection of "John's" appearance, to put down on paper a portrait resembling as close ly as possible the man to whom ' Jafsie" handed the $50,000 Lindbergh ransom. At that time Hauptmann had not been heard of in connection with the Lindbergh kidnaping. Division oft RUNNER SHOOTING CASE IS CONTINUED Prosecution of Union Station Robbery Suspect to Await Victim'» Recovery. The case against Ernest N. White, jr., 22. of 701 Fourth street, accused of shooting and robbing a Riggs Na tional Bank runner at Union Station December 17. was continued until January 22 by Police Court Judge Gus A. Schuldt today to allow Prank M. La Porte, the bank employe, who was robbed of S 1.900. more time to recover from his wound and appear in court. While's bond was fixed at S15.000. Arraigned on a second charge— that of robbing the Atlas Liquor Store, 7 L street northeast, of $427 wv Christmas eve—White was ordered held for the grand jury under $10.000 bond. White was identified by La Porte it Casualty Hospital Monday as the man who shot and robbed him. LEWIS COREY SIXTH TOWN HALL SPEAKER "Economics of Communism" to Be Topic of Former Brookings Institute Fellow. Lewis Corey, economic historian and former fellow of the Brookings Institute, will be the speaker at the sixth meeting of the Town Hall of Washington at the Shoreham Hotel next Sunday night. Author of "The Hou.se of Morgan" and regular contributor to the Amer ican Mercury, the Nation and the New Republic, Corey will discuss "The Economics of Communism.' This lecture will be the first of a series of three on the significant political forces in Europe today and will be followed by the usual panel discussion. The lecture will begin at 8 o'clock. Members of the panel will be an nounced later in the week. cials admitted It was "just a 100-to-l shot" that Benvman might be able to produce a likeness of the kidnaper, but the artist agreed to undertake the unusual assignment. The sketches which Beri vman drew after several hours with Condon were pronounced by the latter: "The near est likeness to John I've seen." Copies of the drawings were given to mem· bers of the division's special Lind bergh squad in New York City. When members of the .squad finally arrested Haupimaun they were struck with his similarity to the Berryman sketches. I Attorney General Cummings. in a ' radio address. expressed his amaze ment at the resemblance. The draw ings were placed on exhibition at the Department of Justice. Avoid Intestinal Fatigue Many people suSeriog from In testinal Fatigue, commonly called Constipation, do not know what it is to feel good. One or two J£-Z Tablets for a day or two ar« just what these people need. They have more "pep" and step livelier than in years. Dizziness, tired feeling, headaches, when due to constipation, disappear. Surely makes a difference. See for your self. You get 60 little E-Z Tablet· for 25c. At all good drug «tores. —Auvertisenseut. CAFE MAN CLAIMS HAUPTMANN HUE, ——————— Prosecution Spurns Story of Californian That He Saw Bruno. By the AKKOciftted Pre*·. LOS ANGELES, January 9 —Charles Oarrick, 39, was questioned by police today after he declared he was "cer tain" he could identify Bruno Richard Hauptmann as tbe man who asked him the way to the home of Col. Charles A. Lindbergh the day the Lindbergh baby was kidnaped. Authorities in New Jersey, where Hauptmann is on trial, said they were "inclined to discount" such stories and - were not interested in the statement of the Whittier, Calif , restaurant proprietor. Rebuff Surprises Police. Police :ook Oarrick's statement last night after receiving information that "he knows something about the Lind bergh case." The man said the reason he had not given authorities the in formation before this was that he did not want to be taken from his tamily in California. Detective Capi. Hubert J. Willi? of the homicide detail gave iuil credit to Oarrick's statements. He aaid be waa surprised that New Jersey authorities appear disinterested. Oarrick aaid he lived on the John Dersl farm 3 miles from Hopewell. Ν J., In 1913. On the night of the kidnaping, March l, ha said ha atarted to laavt the village and alked lor a rid· from a pawing automobile· In the machine, he aaid, were two women and two men. one of whom he aaid he was certain" was Hauptmann. "I know Hauptmann was one of the men in the front seat from pictures in the newspapers and the /act he spoke with a German accent," Oarrick said. "And thi.« man. Hauptmann. asked me where the road branched off that led to the Lingbergh home." The automobile in which the four persons were riding, Oarrick re counted. «as a black, or dark blue ι Chrysler) touring car with New York license plates. He said he was given the ride around 3 or * p.m. Oarj-ick said he would be willing to return to New Jersey to aid the prose cution of Hauptmann provided bis ex penses were paid. « ROBBERS TAKE $2,350 IN CASH AND GOODS More than S3.350 in cash and pruperty was obtained last night in hold-ups and thefts from homes and automobiles. In an attempted hold up Mra. Sally Shea, SO, of 1006 Douglas street northeast was choked and spattered with mud by an as sailant who fled when she screamed. Mrs. Shea told police she was at Tenth street and Rhode Island ave nue northeast when a man asked the way to Hyattsville and, before she had time to respond, grabbed her and threw mud in her face. The man left m an automobile occupied by another man when she called for help. Jewelry, clothing and medicines, valued at SI.545, were reported stolen from the automobile of Edward C. Wilson. Suck Hill Falls. Pa., while the machine wa* parked in the 1600 block of Twenty-ninth street, where he Is staying. Jersey's Case Held Weakened By Use of Surprise Witness Hochmath's Testimony Expected for Days—Kathleen Norris Assails Lawyers for Trial Tricks. BY KATHLEEN MORRIS. FLEM1NGTON, N. J., January 9 • Ν.Λ.Ν.ΛΛ.—The State attorneys ■sprang the much-heralded surprise witness on the Hauptmann defense and I confess they—or rather their witness—surprised me. too. The "sur prise" was no more a surprise than the "incog" of visiting royalty really means an incognito. Rumors, mur murs, expectation of this witness had been rumbling about the couri for days; moRt of us knew what he was going lo say, and he said it. We bad guessed and heard and pieced tigether the idea that this old man—almost 87 he is. and he lives in a farm house on a New Jersey country road—would assert that. 011 the morn ing ol March 1. 1932, he saw a man driving a shabby green ηιοΐυι car past his house, that the man almost got into difficulties on the turn of the road that is light there, and that the man was Bruno Richard Hauptmann. The witness, Amandujs jHochmuth, was «luiust too feeble physically to speak. It aeemed to me that the prosecution made an unfortunate move in placing this old man on the stand, and that the defense profited visibly. Answered Heaitatlngly. He had the air of a person—at least to my th in kin ι he bad auch an air— Inaiructad and warned beforehand ai U> what he must aav and what he must not say. He answered hesitatingly and cautiously. It was when he de Died having told any one in advance what he was to say on the stand that I lost my breath, and with it all con fidence in him, for I—the merest spec tator of this fantastic scene that is unrolling before our eyes in the Flem ington County Court House—had heard practically all his testimony reported as long ago as Friday, almost word for word. The way lawyers act sometime? seems strange to «omen. They bring the heat of competition into what should be merely the dispassionate processes of the law. Sitting in this New Jersey court room, where a young German car penter is on trial for his life, one wishes that the processes of the law were a little simpler. Ti-ial by jury and the accustomed proceedings of counsel on both sides represent generations of painful evo lution. all aimed toward one thing civic honesty. Ihe basic idea is and always has been to discover the truth, and 10 give the accused man a chance to be vindicated and exonerated if he is innocent. Job to Discover Truth. We are not here in this Hauptmann case to trap, befuddle, outwit or confuse any witness; presumably we are here to discover the truth. The defense is to present a view of such facts as help to prove the prisoner's innocence; the prosecution is obliged to make sure that the State does not free a dangerous criminal. The judge and the jury have their equal re sponsibilities to view the proceedings with an unbiased mind and to render verdicts a s honst as their knowledge will permit. Isn't that all there Is to it? Why. then, are lawyers permitted to dawdle over irrelevant testimony. : to put on "trick" witnesses, to harass well-meaning, simple folk almost into insanity on the stand? A case is surely only as strong or as weak as the truth makes it. When Amandus Hockmuth went down into the court and placed his trembling old hand on Bruno Rich ard Hauptmann, identifying him a* ι tbe driver of the aforementioned mot/·!· car and the custodian >t ; looked like a ladder," my credulity was strengthened to the bursting 1 point—and I am a gullible woman. They say that he said, "I'm sorry for I you" to Hauptmann. Personally I felt a little sense of ι surprise—or was il regret?—that the prosecution, with so strong a case already indicated against Hauptmann, must yet reach for such a weak prop. Whether Amandus Hockmutn really saw' Hauptmann on that March morning we don't know. He ma ν honestly believe he did But it is hard to credit him when he says he did not confide the nature of his testimony to some one—possibly ro many persons—days before he was called upon to give it. If that testi mony of his really surprised t h» attorney general and his assistant*. ! then they knew less about this rase Friday than I did One doesn't want to be hard on a fellow creature of ts7 But ·· iiy do we have to have thia sort of thine in a court room? There is a guarded ness. a weariness about som» of these ! witnesses that indicates fear, /ear of what? Simple truth ought not to oe afraid. «Copyright ΙΡ.ΊΛ bv Nor1 h American Newspaper Alliance. Inr » — — φ ... . Bombay Police Slay 7 Moslems. BOMBAY. January 9 (JP).—Sevrn Moslems were killed and 20 Injured today in Ajra. in the State of Ichal karanji. when police fired into a crowd of 300 Moslems attempting to prevent the arrest of one of their compatriots. 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