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By FREDERICK TREVOR HILL A Unique Murder Trial as Described by the Foreman of the Jury, In Which Is Revealed the Most Astound ing and Inconceivable Act of Rascality. Copyright, 1305, by Harper Bros. CM— . «-»-»o PROLOGUE. Tue office of foreman on tlie jury in the People versus Emory case falls to the lot of Mr. Lambert, a literary man. whose qualifications lay in his absolute ignorance of the case, Ferris Barstow, h man of tenacious tendencies, is the lawyer for the accused girl. Alice Em ory. former private secretary of Greg ory Slaw, who was found murdered mysteriously in his home. In present ing the case to the jury Denke Gilbert, the prosecutor, explains the facts in detail, and the evidence nil points to the guilt of the accused. The fore man, homeward bound, assists Barbara Frayne. a young horsewoman, and un willingly listens to a declaration on the Emory case. Barbara believes Miss Emory to be innocent. The foreman visits the scene of the murder. View- J Ing the home from the outside, he over hears Madeleine Mapes, the housekeep er. endeavoring to persuade Betty Field, another servant, to forget all about a blue skirt she had seen the former put in the furnace. At this mo ment Barstow's assistant. Mr. Hunt, visits the women in an effort to get them to leave the neighborhood where their testimony might injure the ac- ; cused. The trial opens. Lambert forces : valuable testimony from the architect who had drawn the plnns for the Shaw house. Gilbert produces evidence that forged Shaw checks were made out to the order of Alice Emory. When court adjourns Lambert gets a message to call up 22 Follicet and is told by Miss Frayne that she occupied Miss Emory's room on the night of the murder and that Miss Emory was not there. Soon thereafter Lambert is approached in a dark lane by a man who Lambert be lieves is Barstow's assistant, Hunt, but j who calls himself Gilbert's assistant and gives the name Corning. This man tries to worm from Lambert his reason for desiring to leave the jury, but fails". , Lambert is "warned he shouldn't leave ; for Ilefryville without first consulting the judge. Lambert ignores the warn ing and plays the part of hero, with Barbara a witness, by saving Miss ; Mapes and Betty Field from what looked like a runaway. The driver is pitched off his seat and is badly hurt. He proves to be Hunt in disguise. The defendant is led into the court leaning heavily on the arm of her lawyer. Bayne. a juror, characterizes it as "sham" to Lambert. Gilbert produces evidence to show Shaw swore he was unmarried. Barstow and Gilbert have many tilts, and the latter has the courtroom locked "while he examines Madeletne Mapes about the blue skirt which Miss Emory gave her. The testimony further implicates Miss Em ory. Barstow next takes the witness and tries to place suspicion on her. He questions her so viciously that Miss Emory protests. This he ignores, and in her anger his client rises. He at tempts to hold her. She frees herself and calls him a coward as Miss Mapes faints. Bethna Field is terror stricken when questioned about the blue skirt. Gilbert makes an unusual move by calling Lambert, the foreman, to the stand. Uncomfortable Moment». 1 STAKED at the speaker In as tonishment as lie asked me to become a witness, scarcely be lieving my ears, but before I had completed the wondering inquiry ■which rose to my lips Barstow had in terrupted with a protesting roar. "Your honor, this is outrageous, barefaced intimidation of the jury! I object and protest. You cannot toler ate such action sir! It is insulting to the dignity of the court!'' The passionate outburst brought half the spectators to their feet, and the Ravel crashed upon the desk again and again, the Judge leaning toward the excited audience in a threatening atti tude. "Sit down!" he shouted angrily. "He seated, every one of you! Another minute and I'll clear the benches. Officer, arrest the next man or ■woman who rises." The commotion gradually subsided, but the old jurist continued glaring in dignantly at the crowd for some sec onds after order was restored. Then he turned to Barstow with an expres sion of menacing severity. "1 object!" Barstow again almost shouted. "The court; a cannot coun tenance this proceeding in any manner whatsoever. If it does the case may as well end here and now, for no ad verse verdict rendered by a jury under euch circumstances would stand for one moment on appeal." "I will assume the responsibility of sustaining the verdict in this case," retorted Gilbert meaningly. "Of course you will," sneered Bat stow. "But I warn you there's enough queer law in this case already to keep you busy without making it utterly ridiculous." Every note in the man's voice was Irritating, and I began to suspect that he was deiberately seeking to anger the judge, but how lie dared rouse the V r •AZtSOt "Yes , sir; I can." old gentleman at such a crisis passed my comprehension. Suddenly it occur red to me that he might be endeavor ing to provoke the court into deciding against him, and as 1 remembered his boast tint any adverse verdict of the jury would be overturned by the high er courts if the prosecutor's request should be granted I became convinced that this was his settled purpose. "Mr. Lambert. I will ask you" - I leaned forward ns the judge ad dressed me. but Barstow waved me back with both his arms. "Don't answer the question, Mr. Foreman!" he shouted. "I object, your honor! I object! Tf you interrogate the juror now I warn you the case is ended, and you will be held responsi ble"— "1 will be held responsible!" the old gentleman thundered, his face flush ing with anger. "What do you mean, sir? You are offensive and—and inso ent. sir. and I warn you to—to— Your objection is overruled, sir. Now sit down." "Exception!" Barstow's eyes were glittering with excitement, and I could see faint traces of a dangerous smile on his lips | as he uttered the sinister rejoinder. "Mr. Lambert, do you solemnly swear that such answers as you shall make in this cause, between the people and Alice Emory, shall be the truth, , the whole truth, and nothing but the I truth, so help you God':" I bowed my head over the Bible j which the court attendant placed in ; my hand, and, looking up. met Bars- : tow's evil leer of triumph. "Now, Mr. Gilbert, proceed with j your examination." directed the judge. | The confusion of countless witnesses | must have bewitched the chair in whi'-li i sat. for my brain whirled mad ly and for a moment I could not have told the prosecutor my name. "Mr. Lambert, declare any fact, of which you have personal knowledge affecting this cause." Barstow's arm shot out. and his hand fluttered in protest ; is the pros ecutor framed hi< question. "Don't: answer, Mr. Lambert!" he shouted. "I object!" "Objection overruled," snapped the justice. "Exception!" Gilbert repeated his question, and as he phrased it I partially regained my self possession, "Shortly after the close of the first day of this trial." I began. "I was in tile neighborhood of the Shaw farm house. and. never having seen it, I stopped and inspected it from the out side. and while doing this I inadvert ently heard a conversation between Miss Madeleine Mapes and Mi-s Bet tina Field." "Stop!" thundered Barstow. "I ob ject; This is not the witness' personal knowledge. It is hearsay and not binding on" - "Objection overruled ami granted," interposed the judi M r. 1 inrstow," he continue 1 further interruption, it. that you statement •ption ■ Now, save erruption, it. is understood object to each and every if t Iiis witness, and each of your objections is overruled and an ex ception noted. Will that satisfy you?" "Yes. sir. and I am also salNticl that t ho further continuance of tins trial is a waste «time, and I request von to discharge i bo jury." "I decline to grant the rennest " "Exception." "State the subMan'-o versation you heard. M prompted his honor. the eon Lambert," "As nearly as I can r answered, speaking to tin Mapes warned the other •member." i jury. 'Miss woman that if talkorl to«» much or lipoaiiKi con futed shf might bo guilty of munlo!'.'' Hid thoy talk about any particular farts in th ( . <-ase: M 1 lu* judge s question bounded as though whispered in my ear. '♦Yes. the subject of the blue skirt was discussed, and Miss Field asked Miss Mapes how slit was to answer : ! ' certain questions which might be ask ed concerning it." "Such as what?" "Miss Field seemed to fear she might be asked if she had ever seen the blue j skirt, and Miss Mapes told her to say ! she hadn't. Then Miss Field said j something about having seen it in the j furnace, and Miss Mapes asserted that j her companion didn't really know that it was a skirt she had seen there and advised her to deny all knowledge of it." Often as I had thought of this con versation I never realized the damn ing effect of it until I repeated it In court, and the silence which followed | was ominous of the impression it ere- I ated. "Did you hear anything else?" I hesitated as Gilbert put the ques tion. and 1 saw Barstow watching me narrowly. "Yes." I answered steadily. "I heard a conversation between Miss Mapes and a man who claimed to represent Mr. Barstow. in which Miss Mapes m;is urged to leave the state with the Field girl and remain away until after 1 the trial." "Did you learn the man's name?" i "Miss Mapes referred to him as Mr. j Hunt." Gilbert paused and. turning to one of his assistants, stooped and whispered in his ear. "Have you' anything further to de clare. Mr. Lambert?" he inquired. "Yes, sir." I responded. "I received information over the telephone that Miss Mapes had occupied Miss Em ory's room on the night of Mr. Shaw's death, but Î cannot positively swear who talked to me over the wire." Barstow rose and. moving to the far end of the jury box. stood watch ing me with embarrassing intensity. "The night before last, a few min utes after 1 received the telephone communication," 1 continued. "I was interviewed by a person whose voice ] recognized as the man called Hunt, who had talked with Miss Mapes in the Shaw farmhouse. He introduced himself, however, as Mr. Abel Corn ing, one of the prosecutor's assistants, and attempted to find out what 1 had learned about the case outside the courtroom, saying that if I would tell him everything he would endeavor to persuade the court to excuse me from serving on the jury. I declined to give him any information, and yesterday I encountered him driving Miss Mapes and Miss Field in a closed carriage along the Follicet road." "Did you have any conversation with him then?" "No, sir. There was an accident, as I think your honor knows, and the man was badly injured. I know noth ing more about this case except what 1 have heard in the courtroom." Gilbert turned and nodded to his as sistant. who immediately rose and left the room. "I have no further questions to ask, your honor." "Now, Mr. Barstow." The judge glanced at the defendant's counsel, who still stood beside the jury box, but the lawyer, instead of answering directly, moved to the rail and addressed the stenographer. "Counsel for the defendant does not participate in the examination of the juror," he dictated, "but lie requests the court to take notice that the wit. ness-juror carries in his pocket a newspaper containing an account of this trial and praising his efforts on behalf of the prosecution. I clapped my hand against my side and discovered with dismay that the sheet Miss Frayne had given me was protruding from my pocket. It needed only this to complete my humiliation and chagrin, and I felt my face crim soning as I turned to the bench. "I have not read the paper, your hon or." I blurted out. "It. was intrusted to me for safe keeping, and I have seen nothing but the headlines and those only by accident." There was a titter in the audience, and as I glanced over the room 1 saw Barbara Frayne rising from her seat and instinctively 1 shook my head. "Do you demand the discharge of the juror upon the ground that he has this newspaper in his possession?" Barstow hesitated, watching me with an insinuating smile. "It isn't necessary," ho responded at last. "One good reason is enough, and, having given more than one already, I will let well enough alone." If the judge had been upon the point of yielding. Barstow's indifferent -al most contemptuous — answer would have changed his misd, and I could not understand the man's deliberate of fensi votiess. ■Fudge Dudley addressed me. "Mr. Lambert," he began, "'answer me on your oath as a juror. Have the facts and occurrences which you have related had stich an effect upon your mind that you cannot render a fair and impartial verdict in this case on the sworn testimony heard by you in this ( courtroom?" "1 would rather be excused serving, your honor." T replied. ' I stated my position before the tr gait." "Yon ha\e not answered my question, sir." he responded. "Can you render an impartial verdict on the sworn tes : tiniony. disregarding all matters which ! have reached you. directly or indirect ly, outside the courtroom?" "Yes. sir; 1 can." His honor nodded approvingly as I spoke and turned again to Barstow. "Have you any motion to make, sir?" he inquired. ' |To be continued.] from and I a 1 1 io AGlanceatCurrentTopicsand Events Sell Live Chicks For faster. New York, March 30. — The novel though thoughtlessly cruel custom of giving live chicks as Easter remem brances lias found wide popularity during the present week, hundreds of the Huffy little "peeps" being sold by downtown dealers. The chicks for convenience in carrying were usually ! placed in small white boxes, in which air holes were punched and tied neatly with white or lavender ribbon. These sell at. a quarter each in such quantities that the supply in some shops is exhausted, and new lots from the incubators are ordered. The practice, though unique, caused considerable criticism because of the fact that the chicks were bought large ly for the amusement of children. The early death of the tender sifts in the hands of unthinking youngsters is as sured. and. though the idea in the ab- ; si t .u t is a pretty one. a continuance of the custom is expected to meet, with opposition from the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Our Reserve Army of Sixteen. Washington. March 20. Not" long ago three army officers were testifying be fore a house committee on the matter of a bigger army, when one of these officers remarked that the reserve army if the United States numb I ! cprcsent at ive Augustus red sixteen. P. Gardner f Massachusetts happened to be près n Hioto by American Press Association. Representative Augustus P. Gardner of Massachusetts. ent, and with his ever present sense of humor he resolved to give the sixteen a dinner. He wrote to the war de partment for their names and ad dresses. and the war department be came slightly irritated. Nevertheless, the list was furnished. As Washington looks at it. Mr. Gard ner has mapped out a pretty big task for himself. Inquiries by friends re cently drew from him tue smiling in formation that he had been so busy on the shipping and immigration bills that he hadn't time to think much about the dinner, bur that he intended to go through witli it. There is one feature, however, that is causing Mr. Gardner's friends con siderable merriment, the matter of transportation. The list shows that there will be one fare to be paid from Porto Tüco. two from S.iin Francisco, another from Pike county, Pa.; ten from New York and Brooklyn and others from Indianapolis and West Philadelphia. But: Mr. Gardner is rich enough lo humor his whin. Hill to Start Cattle Boom. St. Paul. March 30. University pro fessors under the direction of James .J. llili will conduct a live stock cam paign throughout the northwest, it was announced at the First National bank, to which institution the pro fessors are attached. Howard It. Smith, processor of ani mal husbandry of the University of Minnesota and author of "Profitable Stock Feeding," resigned his chair to direct the work, which has already started. Mr. Hill's campaign will be exhaustive in character and territory. Professor Smith began bis campaign by talking to groups of farmens and bankers, lie will explain how to raise stock and how to finance the enter prise. War Horse's Life Is Twenty Days. London, March 20. Twenty days is the average life of a horse during the present war, according to an American horse contractor here. But the life of a horse nevertheless, le declares, is twice as long as that of a motor ve hicle. The contractor s;(id: "Some horses last longer tlrin twen ty days, but they're exceptions, for the fearful condition of the roads puts si horse out of commission in le*s than three weeks. Motor vehicles are sub jected to terrific wear as a result of bad roads and heavy loads. At the end of ten days the average motor lor rie is ready for rebuilding and often for the scrap heap." The computation is based oil risks from explosives also. To Secure Lasting Peace. London, March 27. An organization known as the Union of Democratic Control has been formed by a number of distinguished Britishers to lay down principles to guide the framers of the j peace terms with a view to securing a j lasting peace by giving the people of' movement, conquered provinces the right to settle their own destinies and reducing inter national armaments. The executive committee of the union is composed of Hamsey Macdonald, M. I*.; Charles Trevelyau, M. IV, Arthur Ponsonby. M. P., and Norman Angell, the leader of the international peace Women Could Have Averled War. Paris. March 28. Mme. Despard French, sister of General Sir .lohn French, who is on a visit to Konen, delivered an address on the subject of "The Entente Cordiale Among Wo men." She said that If women had made their influence more strongly felt in public life, if they had better under stood their role in all its domains, they would have been a barrier against which the ambitions of those who wanted war would have been broken. Mosquito Extermination Raises Values. Mosquito Extermination Raises Values. Atlantic City. X. .T.. March 30.--Dr. Thomas J. Headlee, entomologist at the New Jersey experiment, station, told the New .lersey Mosquito Exter mination association that mosquito ex termination had increased shore prop erty values from .lersey City to Ktim son by at least $0.*loo.uoo. More than 1.000,000 persons had been relieved from tiu< pest, ho said, and the cost to none of the counties was more than -0 cents per capita. The association asked the state to in crease its appropriation for mosquito extermination from $20,000 to .$.">0,000. 1916 Shakespeare Celebration. New York. March ".o. The three hundredth anniversary of Shake speare's death, in 101(1. will bo cele brated all over this country if pres ent plaits arc carried out. A prelimi nary meeting has been held in the Kussell Sage foundation building un der the auspices of the festival com- | raittee of the local Drama league. The purpose is to give pageants and processions illustrating Shakespeare's plays in many cities and towns. Leading actresses and actors will form a stock company and tour the coun-j try in these plays. Must Swim For Diplomas. Princeton, N. J., March 30.—Unless the students at Princeton university learn to swim before graduation sev eral members of this year's class will not receive their diplomas. A regula tion made by the faculty in 1011 re quired students to test in swimming. This regulation has not beeil carried out. but this year it is the intention of the university authorities to see that it is put into effect. Several members of the senior class have not as yet passed the test, which is to swim 200 yards, showing a mastery of two strokes. First Hebrew American Governor. Boise, Ida., March 20. Moses Aiexan der, Idaho's new governor, is said to be the first Jew ever elected governor of a state in the history of this country, Born in Germany sixty-one years ago. lie came to this country, when a lad of fourteen, with Iiis parents, who settled iu Ohillieothe, Mo. Mr. Alexander be gnu his business career as an appren tiep at $10 per month, but in a few years had acquired a business of ltis own. He early took an active interest. iu public affairs, and in time was elect ed mayor of <Tiiilicothe. In 1801 Mr. Alexander removed to Boise, Ida., and engaged In the cloth ing business. This business prospered until in time he had established a chain of seven stores in various cities of Idaho and Oregon. For the past fifteen years he has been president of the congregation Beth Israel of Boise, the only Jewish congregation in Idaho. Entering politics, he was twice elected mayor of Boise, tlie first time in I s 07 and again in 1001. In 100S he was nominated for gubernatorial honors by the Democrats, and, although defeated, ran 7.000 votes ahead of the national ticket. Last September Mr. Alexander received the regular Democratic norui Mose3 Alexander of Idaho Is of Jewish Birth. nation for governor at the state pri mary election. He made a canvass of the state on the issue of lover taxes and greater economy in tlie public serv ici • piment 1 was .elected over his op a good plurality, although the state is normally Republican by from 12.000 to 15.000. He was the only Democrat elected on the state ticket, and the legislature is Republican in both branches. 114 A J Rich on Belgium 's Bread Line. New York, March 20.—Dr. Percy 11. Williams of the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, who went to Belgium in December to take chargo of the feeding of nearly a million peo ple in the province of Liege, is back home. At the offices of the commission for relief in Belgium. 71 Broadway, Dr. Williams talked of his experiences in the stricken country. The picture he painted was one of the blackest misery, a whole nation plunged into deepest despair. "My whole impression," said Dr. Williams, "after all these weeks in Belgium is one of tlie deepest gloom. 1 never saw a smile. People go about waiting, waiting. They are neither frightened nor are they hoping. They arc just waiting. It. is simply a land of 7 .000,000 people who are living oil black bread and soup. Many of their homes are iu ruins. Many of their close relatives are dead or lost. There is no work. For example. I went into a lace store one day at Liege. There were several clerks, but they told me I was the only person who had been in the store that day. "Another impression; it is a country of old people and of children. There Mere over 700.000 children in Belgium before the war between the ages of one and nine years, and they are there now. At Vise, for example, where there is no longer a house, where the whole little city is gone, I saw chil dren. children everywhere. They are Jiving in cellars and going to school in sidetracked and wrecked passenger cars. We gave them two meals of food a day so that they might keep in school. nor Sumter The Man Who Succeeded Cole Blease. Charleston. S. ('.. March 20. Rich ard Irvine Manning of Sumter, win* succeeded Cole L. Blease as gover f South Carolina, is n banker and planter, and many of his ances tors have been prominent, in the af fairs of th" state. Mr. Manning was born in South Carolina in ISÔ0 and was educated in the common schools of ounty and the University of Virginia. Ho left college before being graduated and returned home to be a. Mm j j i ; : j j j Richard I. Manning, Now Chief Execu tivc of South Carolina. planter. His ambition was to enter i f| lf , ] aw , | in t he was obliged to give • up the study of this profession because ! of poor eyesight. Mr. Manning went to the Baltimore convention as a delegate at large from South Carolina, lie was an original Wilson man and with the other mem bers of his delegation cast every ont» of his votes iu the convention for Woodrow Wilson. Boston Is Still the Hub. Boston. March 20. i'upi's of Boston get. more instruction in the "three it's" than those of almost any other largo city in the country, according to n re port of Frank Ballon, director of the municipal bureau of educational meas urement. Investigation showed, he said. 2d per cent of the time in grammar schools in Boston is devoted to reading, while the average in fifty other cities is 21.5 per cent. In arithmetic and writing i the Boston percentage is slightly above the average. Pupils there give much less time to spelling and more to sci ence than elsewhere. Elgin Marbles In Safe Place. London. March 2S For the first time since 1 s 1 <». when they were tak en from Greece, the Elgin marbles, one of the most valuable collections of statuary in the world, have been re moved from the room in the British museum, visited for nearly a century by connoisseurs from till over the world. The collection has now been placed in the basement as a precaution against Oerman aeroplane raids, but the public will be able, owing to clever lighting arrangements, to inspect it as usual. Wonien to Act Against War. Amsterdam. March 2N. An interna tional women's congress to discuss what steps shall be taken by women for the prevention of future wars and for the promotion of the political liber ation of the women of all countries was de-ided upon at a meeting of rep resentatives of leading women's or ganizations in both neutral and war ring countries held here. The congress will be called to meet at an early date in some neutral coun try.