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The Storke Divorce Suit Still on Trial
The Storke Divorce Suit Still on TriaL The Defendant Tells His Story of the Marital Trouble. He Believes That His Wife Is of Unsound Mini Ho Had So Suspicions at the Time of His Marriage, bat the Occurrences at San FranoUco Caoaed Him to Suspect Queer Doings. Brach office. No. 713 State street, where news, advertisements and orders for The Times are received. The trial of the divorce case of Yda Addis Storke vs. Charles Albert Storke continued in the Superior Court yesterday. c. a. storjee agula took the stand and testified that when he had married Mrs. Storke he had no suspicion of her unsoundness of mind. The occurrance at San Francisco caused him to suspect, but It was not until the attempt to commit suicide about last January, that the suspicion was verified, Early in December the witness went home one evening- and found the plaintiff in bed. Later she got up, having; a vacant look in her eyes, and went around the room feeling: oi tne wau until Bhe found the door. She went out. The witness followed her. She returned and went to bed. A doctor was called some remedies applied. During; the trial of A. J. Lawrence, charged with murder, Mr. Storke and Mr. Stevens were attorneys for Lawrence. Mr. Storke had been in the courtroom assisting in the defense. Mr. Stevens had, in addressing the court, referred to the witness as his "assistant." . Mrs. Storke resented this and wrote a note to her husband stating that Mr. Stevens had Insulted him, that It must be stopped and if he did not stop It she would. Witness .laughed and said he would take care of that, and paid no further attention to it. That night Bhe continued to persist that the witness make Stevens appologlze In open court. Witness refused, as It was nothing that required an apology. At 10 o'clock the witness went to bed and said she was too nervous to sleep and she would lay on the lounge and read. I was awakened at 11 o'clock by her movements in the parlor. I looked toward the parlor and saw her bending over, scratching something on her dress. I was curious and watched her. Very soon 1 saw her dress on Are. I sprang from the bed, put out the fire, burnt my hand and called to her aunt to come down. The plaintiff called to her aunt to remain where she was. I then told. uci lu go quietiy 10 oea or x. wouia can in the neighbors, when she said: ! can't stand this." Iu the morning sbe was hysterical, and kept insisting that I make Stevens apologize. When I went down for the mall she asked me to bring, up the jewelry that I had in the safe in my office. I did so. She took it and laid it away, and then lay upon the lounge and asked me if I was going to make Stevens apologize. I told her no, and she became frenzied, and tore the curtain from the window, and hurled a book across the floor. I went away. "She had requested Tommy to go see Mayor Barber and send him to her. Tommy bad done so. Mr. Barber came to me first and I told him the state of affairs. He went up and saw her; she related the story of Mr. Stephen's insult, and told the Mayor that she wanted to go away and asked him for money to leave. He put her off in some way and came down and told me. I got some opiates and went home. I gave her some of the opiates and she quieted down and went to sleep. The next morning she again asked if I was going to make Stephens apologize. I answered no, and she said that if I did not she would go to the prosecution and tell all she knew of the case. She summoned Mr. Boyce, one of the attorneys for the prosecution, but he refused to listen to her. She went over to the courtroom and told Lawrence that she was going to hang him because Stephens had insulted her husband. Sbe also wrote something: to a witness on the other side." At one time in San Francisco she had refused to come back unless Tommy was sent away. She said that she was going to take the next train for Santa Barbara, and would kill Tommy. Mr. Storke had been so exercised about it that he had written down to the sheriff to look out for the boy. In the course of the examination a letter received by Storke was introduced. It was a typewritten letter, and unsigned. It was written from Los Angeles, and stated that some one had given Mrs. Storke a 38 call- bar pistol and told her to kill him. The letter was filled with personal abuse of Mr. Storke. The writer did not give his name, he stated, because he did not want to be summoned as a witness. At the afternoon session the defendant again took the stand. The direct examination of the witness was concluded and the cross-examination begun. Up to the clos. ing hour nothing ot much importance was brought out; the testimony consisting mostly ox waai tue witness meant oy suppressed excitement and emotion. The cross-examination will be continued this morning.