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guilty punished for their crimes.
- .The fatevo the .McNarnaras is not very important. They stand as self-confessed murderers of the Jbasest sort men who ' tried to institute a reign of tencor-by tak ing innocemrlives. The questions thatrare agitating Los Angeles oday are these: - -Why did the McNarnaras con fess1 just -when they did on the r bHiS JHhv1 John J,' McNamara. eve of the Los -Angeles city elec tion? ,- What has the recent arrest of -Bert Franklin, chief investigator for the defense, on the charge of the:bribery of prospective jurors, to do with the confession -of the .McNarnaras? . Is Franklin guilty of attempted bribery? $, If so,, who supplied the money, who authorized the bribery of jurors? , And di(Tthe attorneys for the defense agree to have the McNa rnaras confess on condition that the men behind the attempted bribery should be allowed to es cape the just vengeance of the law? - These thing are considered more important in Los Angeles than the fate of the McNarnaras. Attorney Clarance C. Darrow, chief counsel for the McNamara defense, has admitted that he knew of the guilt of James B. Mc Namara, dynamiter of the Times building from the first. He says: "Jim McNamara didn't intend to kill anybody.' His dynamite broke the gas mains. That was the real cause of the tremendous explosion that followed, and that cost 21 lives. He told the truth about it. Because he was not a murderer at heart, L decided to do my best to save his life." - 'Then why, asks Los Angeles, did you allow James McNamara to confess at this time, just before an" important city election? And Darrowanswers: "I was forced to. The prosecu tion 'showed the strength of its hand. It was the only way I could save James McNamara's life-," The reply of the supporters of Job Harriman, Socialist candi date for mayor of Los Angeles, and one of the counsel of the Mc Namara defense is a reconstruc tion of the way in which Dar row's "hand was forced." They say; -. - --.