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Morals Court'this forenoon.
And WjlliamB utterly failed to
prove hiS(ase against either the man
or the woman, and they were dis
But here is what the testimony to
day did show:
It showed that Williams' had used
the O'Hara commission as a catspaw
to grain an end of his own:
It showed that Williams had gone
before the O'Hara commission, told
the commission hsHcnew of a case
that- would prove interesting to the
- commission, and thus induced the
commission to give him the John Doe
XJiat, armed with these warrants,
Williams went to the woman's private
room and broke into it.
That Williams had had one of the
men he was pleased to call his "In
vestigator" living In the woman's
rooming.house for several, weeks.
That this investigator spied upfon
the woman while pretending friend
ship for her.
Note. While the introduction of
testimony to this effect was barred,
Detective Sergeant Harding says that
ho has information that the woman
in .the case kept Williams' investiga
k tor in eating money for a week before1
Williams had the woman arrested.)
This "Investigator," one B. Harris,
of 848 LaSalle avenue, took the stand
for the prosecution today, but was
unable to.prjjye any case against the
i he testimony today also tended
to show that Williams had accepted
Sjve dollars from the woman in -the
case one week before he caused her
Detective Sergeant Harding swore
on the stand that the woman told him
that Williams had called on her one
week previous t5 her arrest and"
asked her to come to church. She-
refused, and then, to get rid of Wil
liams. gave him five' dollars for his
church. " -t
The first witness against the man
and woman today was B.Hanis.';
- - .-- -1
Harris is a 'salesman for Slegel,
Harris swore that he went to stay
at "the woman's "rooming house
March 24. He did not explain wtiy
he went there. He said that he knew
the woman ; -i
Harris said that he had seen the
accused man and woman n bed to
gether. He was asked. when' (ne had
seen this. He said that he had seen
it on the night Williams and has
cohorts brpke into the- woman's
room.. Harris,- it appeared; followed
Williams an'd the 'detectives into 'the
room. This was the only night he
had seen anything of this nature.
The only other testimony, that
Harris could offer for all his -spying
was not very terrible. It was that
once or twice he had seen 'the wo
man going into her room when the
man already was' in there. .
W. C. Senisbaugh, who said he, was
a dental surgeon,f ollowed Harris .on
the stand.' Senisbaugh is a member
of Williams' congregation. He also
acts as an inyestlgato'r for William's.
Senisbaugh,. who was reported to Nt
have stolen a number of letters from
the man iff the' case to the' woman
in the case, was not possessed of
much information on thestarid today
or else his memory was. bad. '
He.said ihat,he had caliedton Har
ris while. Harris -was living at the
rooming house at 1361 North. Clark
street on several occasions, and that
he had discussed the case of the
woman and the man with Harris.
The Rev. Elmer h. Williams, mis
takenly called the fighting 'parson."
then .was called, to the stand. Wil
liams was asked if he had' had tbe
man, and woman arrested.
"Well ah" he began, important
ly, "while I ah would, nofrgo. so far
as. to. say that I had them arrested.
I might ah say that 'I had been in--
strumental in naving them arrested."
Williams .was asked how he be
came "instrumental''' in causine the
arrest He. explained that he had" se-'.
cured twp warrants for 'IMr, and Mrs.