Yda Addis Storke Guilty Of Libel

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YDA ADDIS STORKE GUILTY OF LIBEL Sensational Trial Ends in Conviction. JURY OUT OVER FIVE HOURS TARRIES PURPOSELY TO SPARE THE WOMAN. — -♦ — Charge Against the Writer Was That She Slandered Dr. Winchester in Various Anonymous Letters. ♦- - Spei ia! Dispatch to The Call. SANTA BARBARA. June 21.— The jury in the case of Yda Addis Storke, charged with criminal libel, returned a verdict of guilty this evening, after having deliberated five and a half hours. Senator Boyce finished his closing argument at 12:15 o'clock. The District j Attorney then spoke, and the jury retired at 4 o'clock. The defendant left i the court room, which was filled with visitors, all anxious to hear the verdict of the jury. At 9:20 p. m. the defend- j ant returned. At 9:28 the jury, fol- j lowed by an immense throng of specta- i tors, entered the courtroom. It is said i the jury reached an agreement early, but held back the announcement be- > cause it did not want to report before j the crowd that remained in the courtroom in the early hours of the evening, wishing to spare the accused woman as much as possible. Finally the County Clerk read the verdict: "We, the jury, find the defendant guilty." The defendant was given until 10 o'clock to appear for sentence or make a motion fur a new trial. Mrs. Storke was indicted by the Grand Jury in December last on a charge of sending libelous letters to Dr. S. A. Winchester. The twon had been flooded with the anonymous letters making charges of the vilest nature against Dr. Winchester and Dr. Martha <'ase, a young woman practicing here. Scores of letters were received in May. June and July, IS9B, and the postal authorities took the matter up. A detective traced the authorship of the letters to Mrs. Storke, but. fearing the case could not be made in the Federal Court, the matter was laid before the Grand Jury. Th" defense tried, to connect a number of prominent persons here, including the divorced husband of Mrs. Storke, with the authorship of the letters, claiming there was a conspiracy to drive her from the city by connecting her name with the letters. The trial has occupied the Superior Court, Judge ( »ster of San Bernardino presiding, for three arid a half weeks. Great interest was taken in the trial, the court room being crowded at all times. Y<la Addis Storke was once wellknown in Southern California newspaper circles and was considered a brilliant writer. Since tho cnmmoneoment of the libel suit the wife of Dr. Winchester, th>complaining witness, has instituted proceedings for a divorce. • j i Sana! favor| : ; fe| I ' I ' I ; : i Gen\ ,

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  1. The San Francisco Call,
  2. 22 Jun 1899, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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