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PAGE EIGHTEEN ATTOfcNEY R, !R. TIFFANY, FREErORT, QUESTIONS CONSTITUTIONALITY ARGUES CONTENTJONS-BEFORE JUDGE H, L HEER, AT GALENA Gets Separate Trials for Ralph' M. Hammond, "IV. G. Siemcn—^Air- port Injunction Dissolved bought "highballs" at the airport. Her sister, Leon a Johnson, and Ed Kraft, also dry "snoopers," testified at the hearing that while they were in company with Mrs. Brooker and her husband, L. P. Brooker, no liquor was purchased at the airport. In view of the testimony as opposed to the affidavit the court dismissed the proceedings. The Indictments were against John Carney and Ben Wilmarth, operators of the place; Fred Oldonberg, owner of the land; j Bates Bartells, an employe of the place. Caucus Notices ''Special to Journal-Standard) Galena, HI, Feb. 13.—Arguments were heard hei-e yesterday before Judge H. L. Heer in the case of the people vs Fred E. Hammond, Ralph M. Hammond, and Wallace G. Siemen former officers of the State Bank of Stockton on a motion to quash the indictment returned by the November grand jury. Attorney R. R. Tiffany of Freeport, representing the defendants, challenged the constitutionality of the law under which they were indicted and also raised various objections to the legality and form of the indictments. The. constitution of Illinois, he said, provides that all laws relating to banking and the bank act, before they have any force and effect, must be submitted by referendum to the people at the nest general election following the passage of the act by the legislature. The defense contended - that the act of the legislature under which the defendants were indicted had never been submitted to the people for a vote as required by the constitution. The defense also contended that the act was so broad in its terms and language that it included within the terms all banks and bankers in the state of Illinois and a United States supreme court decision was read to show that the act had no application to national banks or bankers and it was argued that the act under this decision only applied to a portion of the class of bankers enumerated in the terms of the act, and that the law was void because of its uncertainty. It was also contended by the defense that the new banking law of Illinois of 1919 repealed the act under which the defendants were indicted. • In Illinois, however, the state has no appeal and if the motion was sustained the defendants would have been freed. Judge Heer, therefore, overruled the defendants' motion. Separate Trials Granted The defense then filed a motion for separate trials for Ralph M. Hammond and Wallace G. Siemen, being the only two defendants interested in the indictments. This motion was granted by the court. The defense filed another motion for a bill of particulars and this motion was granted by the court. The defense filed a motion for a transcript of the testimony of Justin Jaeger, a witness for the state who testified for the grand jury and whose name was not endorsed on the indictment by the foreman of the grand jury. During the argument of this motion the state's attorney of Jo Daviess county consented to furnish a copy of the same and the motion was allowed by the court. No intimation was made by the state's attorney as to which of the defendants, Wallace G. Siemen or Ralph M. Hammond would be first placed on trial. Charged with Embezzlement The three defendants were indicted on charges of embezzlement in connection with the failure of the State Bank of Sto-jl-.ton. Fred E. Hammond, president of the bank, pleaded guilty to the charge several weeks ago and was sentenced to an indeterminate term in the state penitentiary at Joliet and is now serving there. Ralph M. Hammond' was vice president of the bank while Wallace G. Siemen was cashier.. No dates were set for the trials of either Ralph M. Hammond or Wallace G. Siemen. Dissolve Injunction After hearing evidence on a petition for a permanent injunction against the Galena airport Judge Heer dissolved the temporary injunction and dismissed the action for permanent injunction. It was alleged that liquor was sold at the airport, which is located on the land adjoining the Galena golf course. The state presented an affidavit from Mrs. Ethel Brooker, dry "snooper" residing at Sterling, in which it was set forth that she Waddams Township Republicans Republicans of Waddams township will hold a caucus in the town hall on Saturday afternoon, February 22, between the hours of 2 and 3:30 o'clock.—Clifford E. Scheider, committeeman. Ridott Z Republicans The Republican voters of the second precinct, Ridott township, will meet in caucus in A. F. Borcher's store on Monday February 24, from 2 to 4 o'clock to nominate a township ticket. John J. Coi-des, Committeeman. Buckeye 1 Republicans The Republican caucus for Precinct 1, Buckeye township, will meet in the town hall on Monday February 24, from 1 to 2 o'clock. Ray Folgate, committeeman. Buckeye 2 Republicans Republicans in the second precinct in Buckeye township will meet in caucus in the council room at Cedarville on Monday February 24, from 1 to 2 o'clock. W. H. Frank, committeeman. Florence Township Republicans Republican caucus will be called for Florence township at the town hall, Monday^ Feb. 24th, 2 p. m. Clayton H. Parkinson, Committeeman Florence '•> ownshlp Democrats Democrats of Florence township will hold a caucus on onc'ay morning, February 24, from 10 to 12 o'clock. The meeting will be held in the town hall. Henry Muchlenhoff, Committje;:ian. CHARGED WJIH PASSING COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY OF LARGE DENOMINATIONS Chicago, Feb. 13.—{/Pi—Charged with passing counterfeit $50 and $100 bills, Clyde W. Prazier, 28, and a young woman companion, both of Aurora, were arrested today in a hotel at Joliet. The girl gave her name as Billie Burke and said she was 23 years old. Frazier was said to be married and the father of two children. Federal agents said they had been hunting the pair for several months. They will be returned to Chicago. TAFT PASSES ANOTHER"" "VERY RESTFUL NIGHT" Washington; Feb. 13—(/P)—The brief but encouraging reports from the bedside df William Howard Taft continued today, attendants reporting that the former chief justice had spent a "very restful night." Optimism has been tempered, however, by the knowledge that Mr. Taft is more than seventy years of age and that he was suffering from a complication of serious ailments. His physicians are directing all efforts toward preventing a relapse until the one time president is definitely out of danger. of to a of in of MAYTAG WASHERS Repairs—Sales Ridgway Electric Company Chocolate Mint Patties Bittersweet Coating;—A Real Patty. 39c Pound 20c for % Pound Order ice cream for Washington's birthday 48 hours in advance. Attractive

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 13 Feb 1930, Thu,
  3. Page 18

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