16 Dec 1896, Xenia Daily Gazette
DAYTON, O., Dec. 15.—The largest crowd that has ever gathered in the new Mongomery Court House was present to-day to endeavor to obtain admission to the Criminal Court- oom, where Albert J. Frantz is on rial for his life. The second day was a repetition f the first, being consumed in the ffort to secure a jury. The third feniro of thirty-eight names summoned this morning was exhausted ike the previous ones, and while the State has twice passed the jury the defense continued to excuse members from time to time on premptory jhallenge until it became a weari- oine routine. MORBID CURIOSITY, That morbid curiosity which at- racted such large crowds of young women to the Jackson and Walling rial is repeated here in the Frantz ase. A conspicuous figure in the court o-day was the Rev. Isaac Frantz, a brother of the accused. He is a min- ster of the little Dunkard church at Trotwood, west of this city. It was to his house Albert Frantz went on the day following the tragedy at the Stillwater bridge. He had related iis complicity in the case to his own family at home, and had been advised to go to the brother for counsel. After hearing Albert's story it was the Rev. Frantz who sought Judge Kreitzer and repeated to him the itory of Albert's connection with the crime. He went to the Judge's office in this city two or three times to counsel with him before the body of Bessie Little had been found. He is a patriarchal gentleman, with the Duukard dress, the long, ilowing beard and long dark hair. He evinces tho greatest interest in every detail concerning the selection of a jury. He has been summoned as a witness on behalf of the State, and while his efforts to secure evidence in behalf of his brother and to save his neck have been untiring, the State expects that he will prove one of its most valuable witnesses. The work of selecting a jury may be completed at noon to-morrow, when the opening arguments of counsel will begin. The greatest interests centers in this as developing the plan of the defense more certainly than anything that has yet presented itself.