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ing the newspaper strike in 1912.
"According to the statement of Mr.
O'Brien, the state's attorney's office
has been searching for the four state
witnesses for several weeks. I do
not believe this, as4am one of these
state witnesses. I feel-tliat it is' my
duty to let the state's attorney's of
fice know that I am still alive and in
"When Conductor Prank Witt was
shot on June 15, 1912, I was on his
car as a passenger and saw Frank
Witt shot It was one of the moat
brutal, cold-blooded murders that a
man could think of.
"This coming June 15 it will be two
years, and what has the state's at
torney's office done in the case?
Nothing. They don't care to do any
thing. This man in the state's attor
ney's office and the counsel for the
Newspaper Publishers' Association
simply wish to drop this case. To
prosecute would mean for them to
work agoinst the Hearst political ma
chine. "If the state's attorney's office is
really in earnest to find these state
witnesses, they will find them.
"I am one of them and am not
afraid to go before the court and tell
these gentlemen what I saw of the
cold-blooded murder of Conductor
Frank Witt. Otherwise I would be
lieve there is no justice in the city of
The Information was immediately
conveyed to Ass't State's Att'y James
C. O'Brien, who is prosecuting the
"We have tried to locate Gross
kurth for several weeks," said
O'Brien, "and I am greatly pleased
to get a line on him. We will place
him on the stand."
Over 80 men have been examined
in an effort to get a jury to try the
Hearst sluggers, but up until late to
day only four jurors had been ac
cepted while three other men were
tentatively in the box.
O'Brien admitted today that he
was afraid to use Francis Burns and I
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Burns is the striking newsboy oyer
whom the trouble on the street car
started. Burns asked Friedman not
to scab and the slugger struck him
in the face. Witt interferred and the
three gunmen drew their guns anfi
shot him. f
Tieatate's attorney's office looked
high and low for the missing boy.
Officer Edward Smale located him
after eight weeks' search at a Westj
Madison street boarding house.
Ass't State's Att'y James C. O'l
will make a thorough investigation pt
Burns' mysterious disappearance aid
some startling information may re?
suit from the probe, as Burns is now
an employe of Hearst's Examiner.
Att'y John J. Healy, counsellor the
gunmen, is fighting hard to kfgjp
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