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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 06, 1913, Image 3

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Mayor Carter H. Harrison, Cor
poration Counsel Sexton and a score
of prominent lawyers and judges
were put on the stand as character
witnesses when the defense opened
today in the trial of two alleged con
spirators in the plot to "get" Clar
ence S. Funk, who was a witness
against ex-Senator Lorimer, and the
defense created surprise by announc
ing that, neither Attorney Donahoe
nor Detective Steiffel, the accused
men, would be put on the stand.
This sudden change of plans by
counsel for the defense promised a
speedy ending of the trial. It was re
ported that the defense would rely
solely upon the character witnesses
and would not attempt to combat the
confessions of Mrs. Josephine Hen
ning, John G. Henning and otehrs
who testified that they were tools in
the plot to ruin Funk. Arguments are
expected to begin Saturday morning
and the case may go to the jury be
fore Monday.
aMyo rHarrison swore that he had
known Attorney Donahoe for nearly
40 years, and testified to his good
reputation for honesty and integrity,
prior to his indictment. Other wit
nesses who had known Donahoe for
from 10 to 30 years made the same
statements, and the defense expected
to put on character witnesses for
Stieffel late this afternoon.
Among others who testified for
Donahoe today were Circuit Judges
Frank Baker and J. II." "Walker; Su
perior Court Judges J. H. Fitch, Ar
thur Gridley and J. M. McSurely and
Deputy Sheriff J. W. Peters.
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Two brothers, Anton and John
Bojczuk of Horendka, Austria, lost
their lives today because they failed
to heed the warning, "Don't blow out
the gas."
The men arrived in Chicago yes
terday and registered at the Adams
'Hotel, 515 W. Adams street. They
were shown their room by the clerk.
Ten hours later John Cosack, who
had the adjdining room, smelled es
caping gas. He notified the clerk and
and they rushed into the room oc
cupied by the brothers. They were
both dead.
Dr. Ottoman Zar Adusht Hanish's
discredited sun cult has broken up
another family. The attempted sac
rifice of her two children to the fan
tastic ideas of the sun worshippers
has proven too much for Mrs. Anna
M. Plainer and yesterday she filed
suit for divorce against Anton
Plainer, 1517 N. Park avenue, one .of
Doc Hanish's train-bearers.
Mrs. Plainer, through her attorney,
Charles G. Hoffman, alleges that
Plainer desired to have Hanish make
gods of their two children, and that
in order to become "gods" the chil
dren were made to suffer by the rites
of the sun cult.
The bill says: "Your orator shows
unto your honors that the defendant
is a member of the cult conducted
under the leadership of one Hanish
and that in the exercise of the cult
defendant will not allow complain
ant to prepare any food necessary for
the proper nourishment of herself
and growing children and compelled
her to follow certain dictations of the
Hanish cult, which are contrary to all
ideas of civilized conduct."
Attorney Hoffman says that
Plainer forced his wife to practice
all sorts of ridiculous exercises.
Plainer, according to the lawyer, used
to make her take some sort of a
water cure to clean out the evil in
fluences and also make her sit and
gaze at one spot on the wall for
hours to promote concentration.
Mrs. Plainer says her husband
comes from a wealthy Austrian fam
ily. The sun cult worshipers are ex
pected to put up a fight to keep the
Hanish charges out of the bilL

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