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screwing up her hardened face.
"I'm in the theatrical business,"
she told the coroner. "My last
engagement was with the 'Win
ning Miss' company. I am not
employed at present; I haven't
been for a year."
"Were you ordered to keep out
of Dusing's saloon on Southport
avenue about a year ago?" asked
"Was Ed Masterson connected
with that in any way?"
"No: it was Ed Matson, an
"Did you ever have trouble
with William (Buck) Master
But she did not see the stab
bing of Walter Masterson yester
day. She said that she left the
saloon just before it occurred.
, Samuel E. Foos, attorney for
the Barretts, tried to get the girl
to say the Mastersons were gun
men and bad men. He failed.
Deputy Coroner Conrad asked
"Were the Barretts known to
you as gun fighters and stab
"I read in the papers about
them," she said.
"What did you read?"
"About the Witt case, that Ed
Barrett shot, Witt, the street car
"Was what you read in his
All through the trial, Attorney
Foos tried to show that a shot
was fired by someone at someone
just before the stabbing. Blanche
Williams was the only one who
in any way supported this.
"I was just running out of the
door," she said, "when I heard a
shot, a revolver shot. I am sure
I heard it."
Presumably from the line taken
by Foos he will try to set up some
sort of self defense plea when Ed
Barrett goes to trial.
The job Foos has on his hands
now is to get bail for the two
Barretts and have them released.
He will make application for this
in a day or so. From the way
State's Attorney Hoyne spoke to
day, he is not likely to get it.
Foos yesterday made his most
biggest effort to save Henry Bar
rett, the younger brother, and the
one who started the quarrel.
He tried to play oh the jury all
the way through. He intimated
that it was lawless and brutal of
the police to lock up all the wit
nesses and hold them for the in
quest. He hinted that the Mas
tersons were a tough lot, and that
the Barretts were not so bad.
Coroner Conrad stopped this line
of insinuation several times. Once
he told Foos that he "knew very
well he was employing a deliber
ate trick to influence the jury."
The two Barretts were captur
ed Sunday morning about one
o'clock by Policemen Mathias
Pape and Charles Mallon. They
were on the steps of their home
at 2244 North Halsted street.
They had no coats or hats on, and
were numbed and shivering.
Policeman Wm. M. Parker tes
tified that when the Barretts were