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Decatur March 26 - m i WE What "Professor" Zanzie :5aid About His...
m i WE What "Professor" Zanzie :5aid About His Pifer Interview. IT COST HIM HEAVILY, THOUGH, He and Mrs. Norman and Lynch All Plead Guilty. A sudden termination w a . put Xluu-b clay to the charge against Leon Zanzie, J. C. Lynch and Emma Norman, of attempting 1 to extort monej from U. I. Pifer. They all three appt arcd before ·Judge Hammer in the county court to answer an. information ind pleaded guiltj'. The court g-ave Z mzic a fine of $3jO and four month? iu jail, the ·woman n iine of $2JO and tnree months in jail and Lynch a fine of $25 and one. month in jail. The case had some dramatic and iu- terc sting- features. It w as after a hard light m the justice's court .m a prelim- torney Mills. inary hearing- that Atlorne v- W. E. Scd- mon happened into the court loom ant iound J. C. Lvnch'telling the court his storj'. Mr. Kcdmoii was interested ai once. H e - w a s attorney foi /an/ic am .Mrs. Norman, but not for Ljneh. lit btopped to see uhat Ljncli was, sa; Ljneh w a s accompanied 'bj- his mother, Mis. Ljnch, the diebbinalvcr and Dr. S. II. S w j i n and .lamcs Keete two fiiends. Assistant State's. At tor niej A. II. .Mills was there eprebentiuj the state. Lynch told the coiut t h a t he wanted to plead guilty kind then told of hi '-onuection w i t l i the case, lie said he had no idea, that he was doing any thing wrong. He thougl t if, was : joke, as much as anything 1 , lie did no: trj- to run away, lie w o n i along- w i l l Zan/ic because that gentleman at-kec him to. lie did not kuov. w h a t cou iiection Sirs. Norman had w i t h Zan/ic or Mr. Pilcr .uul thoug-ht it was largeh in f u n . He had ne\cr 1 ecu in .in 1 scrape befoie and if he got. out of thi one he would be careful not to get ink uny other one. He went to Spring-tick jubt alter the meeting- w i t h 1'ifer, bu he made no secret of his .vhereabouts and wrote back where ic was. lie said it was well Known hat he- going on to St. Louis, whci · he thought he could get woik. James Keefe said he hat! known th« j-oung 1 man a long- time and.had never icnown him to do a n j t h i n f wronif. I)i. Swain spoke a good word for iiim and said his mother needed hi, assistance. outside, not only for my wife, but my sister." '\\']here is your home?" taid the court. "I have no home. J have not had for many years. I have brought up sister." The court asked Mrs. Norman if ivished to make u statement, but he did not. Mr. Bedmon. remarked lor ,ier that she had a 4-year-old child needed her caie. Some ynesUona. That looks bad on her part,' 1 said the court. ''She should ha-v e been her child and her husband and not here with that old man." "How long ha-ve you known Zan/icV" said the court to the woman. The woman could not answer quicklj- ,o Zanzie made reply that fche came him about two weeks ago to "get fortune told," to put it iu common words, although he did not pretend be a fortune teller. He said: "She told me she was here, w i t monej' but was waiting tor a iriend who had some monej. I thought it would be moie a huge joke to in on. the old man and didn't expect rob anybody. I did it more to g-et some -tun out of it. While I am aiol a drinking man J hail been drinking- OB him and has fe\v dajs then and suppose 1 laustUj. had more than 1 knew." "Didn't you ariange to go and money from tlie old man and divide the boodle?" said Assistant State's At- 'Xo, sir." said Xan/je. "This woman as I understood it, eonsideud that had lost in reputation by her connection w i t h Mr. I'lli-i- and ( h a a hold on him thai \ \ o u l d to something lioni him." "She didn't tell 3011 t h a t she been arrested at S u l l h a u lor a house of ill lauie'.'" "Xo, sir." There was more talk between the judge and /!au/ie abuut the araiige- inents made and it ended bj the remaining: "There wa~. a deep seheine to w somebody and PiiVr was to be the uni, unquestionably." Tliiuking a fen minutes he said: "Mr. Zuinic. 1 w i l l hue \ o sentence A on to four months in, ,iail. "Mrs. S'oiman, I w i l l line j o and sentence \ o u to n i n e t j.i.1 ".Mr. Ljiieh. 1 w i l l tine ;\ uu scnlenct- you to t h i r t y d a \ s The "pioiessor" seemed somewhat .shocked at his sentence. L v n e h MSibly pleased w i t h hi^ and Mis-. Norman ne\er let on that she was eon eelncd. L\ nch came up in a few minutes and thanked the .-judge prolu-»el\. lie said he never was in trouble and he would not be again. lie said he was just a calspaw. lie ai ranged tu g-iie senility ior his tim- and then went w a y w i t h the others in the bailiff. The sentences weie about the hea\- iest that Judge Hammer has impobt'd for it in to r. to Olbors Might Flo id. When it appeard that ev rjthiniv had been said and the couit i light be expected to pronounce sentence Mr. Ked- mon ^ -id- "i'our honor, I repieseiit the otlur two persons in this case and I don't know but that they maj- w ant to plead guilty. At any rate, bcfcre anything- is done I would like au opportunity to confer w i t h them." "We cannot t u t this case iu t « o now," said the court. "There is no op- jKirtunitj- to put it off ai d tin re can be no trial of it." "I understand." said Mi-. Uedmoii, "but mj t w o clients may v ibh tt plead guilty and they may w i i h to do so now." Deputj Shc-rifl Sam Stabler was told to bring in the other two and he went ufter them. "Professor" Zan/ic w a l l cd in a I'm minutes later with Ofliecr .Tolin Brpck- ·way. He carne in w i t h a dignified step and the air of a peiso-n of great importance, though he vv mid not put on. any stj le. He looked sc meth mg 1 ike Sir Henry Irving in "Hamlet." His slender face was smooth sha\en, but ivilh a black beard just .'bowing. He wore a two inch collar t h it was fresh. He w a » in black clothes He took a seat and was in confeience w i t h his attorney for a few naomer ts onlj\ Mrs. Norman came in a moment later. She was all in black, too, w i t l i a big- black hat that spread out on both sides of her head like a double ]i lir of wings. Apparently the did not un lor»taud just what was froiug on. because it took some little time to maki* an explanation. Finallj Air. Kcdmon sa d his tlieut; were ready to plead guill}. "I would like to make i buel' statement," said he. "M die its, although ·thej do not consider themselves g u i l t v reali/e that technically he\ may bt and have decided to take mj- advise unc plead gxiilty." "Iliad better tell jou," said the court, "that if they t h i n k they iare not i j u H t y . they had better not plead guilty. Thej need not e.xpcct to get oft ea'-j by coming in non." "I understand -that," f- lid Mr. Ittd mon. "Wo ai w i l l i n g to l e i v e the whole matter to the judgment of the court." Then the attorney w e n t over tin whole transaction brieflj, sajing Mrs Norman came to Tteeatur three or foui daj - s before Ml'. Pifer did and met hm Saturday. That night th ;y stopped a' the Inman restaurant, oi cupying *ep aratc rooms. Thej-went to the 13runs wick Sunday, registering as man anc ivife. Ho said they djd not threatei Pifer but as lie- seemed o anxious to give up something to le( p tlie mattei ' quiet thej' took his papt r. which Mr Mills knew, and the attn-nevs knew was not a note and could not be col Iccted. Zau/lc'a Statexne 4t Zaiunc and Mis. Xorm in were boll asked bj- the court if t h e j pleadei guiltj- and thej- said thej- Jid. Then h read the extreme penalty $300 fine ant t.ix months in jail. Xan/ ic w as askec if he cared to make a sh foment. said: "I can add nothing- to w h a t mj- at torney lias .said. While I believe tha technically I am guiltj- c f this offeni it does, not'seem to ine'/tha t the evident will show that any o^ us were wilfullj or maliciously guilty of vhat might bi called an extreme crime. I haie alway tried to lead the life of a. gentleman and am not a criminal. am not mak ing a plea for leniencj', lecause I real ize that justice will be done, but if on a plea of g u i l t j . The information charged the three people "with \mlawlullj and malie- touslj threatemnir to accuse U. I. w i t h a certain misdemeanor, adultery w i t h the said Emma Xoinian. w 1eiit to e^.toit money, and did u n fully and maliciously e\toifc $20 in money and » note for $SOO." Although Xan/ie and M i ^ Noiman liave -pleaded guilty and been .sentenced lor extorting money they can still be indicted bj the grand juiy it wishes to do so, for eoiispira v, that is a penitentialy offense. Ljuch is out ot it when lu- sentence is HABDY HBLD THEM. Outcome of the Henrliic In tbo Justice tlie Peaco Court. J u s t i c e Haid.v, on Thursday, arguments m the case of Zan/ue and \hs Norman, the alleged blackmailers it U. T. Pifer. The arguments, began it 0 o'clock iu the morning and lor seveial hours. It was the hardest ought catc that has lome up in police courts in a long time. LeTorgee ind lledmon for the defendants made most brilliant detenbo, but it was unavailing. Mr. Haidy Uouml both de- :endaiits over t o the J u n e 10 ibondb in ach case, attempting- extoit monej. and conbpiracj, making th * total bond for oat'h defendant inzic amlOiIib. Noiman w e n t il. Ljnch was icported 111 an evening paper to have been discharged irom custody. 'Ihal W.IT not the ease. Justice Hardy, on dismissed the charge of larcenj tigainst all defendant-, but held them on two charges,, conspnacy and attempted extortion. The latter charge was Wednesday dismissed as to Lynch. His iboncl was h\cd bj- Justice ttlarily at Chailes King was belore Justice dj- jestcrdaj on a charge of selling- mortgaged piopertj to Thomas Ooake. Ho w a s bound over in the .sum lie- w e n t back .to jail. .fustice Provost had t w o cases dismissed \cstcrday for want of prosecution. One was the oa-e of Jcsbe B. Bcnuctt -vcibiis A. O. and Sadie and the other-was the e;i*e of J. ·vei.siiii Biidley Sanis for a, rant bill. is understood the la/tter will come again. l lo is BROKE THE SWITCH STAND. Singular Outcome of the Accident to William HitHkett. "\Villiam Haskett, the tramp who injured in trjimj to boaul a jasaenger train early yesterdaj- morning, was able to limp about j-esterdaj- and got out ot town last .night. it seems that the man did not catch foot in n crossing frog, as he stated, ibufc struck a small iwiteh, Aland instead. The -wonder of t!he accident was that he broke tlie switch bquare in two when he struck it. aailroad m«n were aiixio-us to get a. look ail him, as he was the first thej' had ever 'henird of who -was to break a switch stand unaided. wonder was that the force ot the did aiot break his leg, but beyond bad 'In uiaf lie was uninjured. Ol For l!io WliBlon. llev. Fathers Fiunegan and Sherman will arrive from St. 1/otiis tomorrow and the mission at'St. Patrick's ·will IjegiTi ISundaj'. It will last for weeks. TJie evening services during ·the first week will be for women because the attendance would otherwise be so large that many of there is any leniency to be Jiad I akj could not find room. The tor it. I agfc on behalf of roy peopleiTices wall be ooen to boti PA PER I

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  1. The Daily Review,
  2. 26 Mar 1897, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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