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BOYS TELL HOW SADDLE AND
CYCLE CLOB GARDENER THREW
PRUNING SHEARS AT BOY
Talcing of testimony in the trial of
Nick Moga, Saddle and Cycle club
, gardener charged with the murder of
Will Ulrich was begun, before Judge
Geo. Barrett in criminal court' today,
- Ulriclfwas the lad of 15 who died
(M as result of wounds in his back re-
v ceived when a pair .of pruning shears
was imbedded in nis back while he
was walking along the lake edge of
the Saddle and Cycle club's ground.
Two of Ulrich's six companions on
that day, Bert Loftus, 1226 Winne"
mac av., and Rob't McCarthy,6251
Wayne av., today on the witness
stand told how the boys had left the
Argyle beach to go to the Edgewater
hotel pier because there was no other
place where they might dive.
The ultra-exclusive Saddle and
Cycle' club occupies a-$500,000 lot
that extends between Foster and
Berwyn avs., from Sheridan road
clear to the lake. To keep common
people off its beach, the dub built a
fence into the lake.
When the boys went north to the
hotel jfler, said Loftus-and McCarthy,
they crossed the club's grounds after
getting permission from the club's
chef. The waves on the lake were
very heavy that afternoon, especially
when time came to go home, so the
boys had to abandon a plan to swim
around the club on the way home.
If they walked down Sheridan road
' in their bathing suits without a robe'
they would be arrested, so they de
' cided to cross again the Saddle and
Cycle club's grounds by walking near
the edge xf the lake where they felt
they would disturb no one.
. A Young Ulrich was walking a little
w in advance of the rest of the boys.
Inside the fence they met Moga, said
the witnesses, and asked him three
times if there was any objection to
their crossing the grounds. He did
not answer, but turned and walked
away, so they continued across.
"When about half way 'across," ,
said Loftus, "Moga started to chase
Ulrich. He saw he could not catch
him so he drew the shears back over
his shoulder and threw them at Will.
The blow knocked Will ofrthe break
water down onto the beach. He got
up and started to run again, but
dropped after a few feet. Moga
picked up the 'shears and ran away."
The jury here got a start when
Asst State's Att'y J. K. Murphy, in
unwrapping the shears 'for' an ex
hibit, accidentally dropped them on
the floor. The hit the planks with a
clatter and bang. The two steel
blades were perhaps a foot long,
while each handle was as thick as a
baseball bat and about half as long.
Loftus and McCarthy testified that
the boys did not try to force their
way by Moga, did not" "sass" him and
made no threats. They understood
by his actions that they had his per
mission to cross the lot
Frank H. Ulrich, 4902 Kenmore
av., father of the slain youth, told o!
the lad's fight for life against the
ugly wcfimds on either side of ihs
At a regularmeeting of the West
End, Barbers' ass'n at Havly's hall,
26th and Avers av., a unanimous
vote was cast to close all shops on
Christmas and New Year's all day.
The following charges on the
price-lists have been adopted, to go
into effect Dec. 15.
Adult and children's hair cutting
throughout the week will be 25c On
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays it
will be 35c.
All shops to close at 8 d. m. Sat
urdays at 10 p.'m.; Sundays and hol
idays at coon.
Next meeting of the ass'n will be
held Monday, Dec. 18, at 9 p. m.
London. Irish parliamentary par
ty agrees to await Lloyd-Georee's
declaration of Irish policy before de
ciding its future attitude toward gov