29 Dec. 1896, Cincinnati Enquirer

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29 Dec. 1896, Cincinnati Enquirer - TUESDAY, DiSCEMiiEK ill), ; 1890. PLAY Made For...
TUESDAY, DiSCEMiiEK ill), ; 1890. PLAY Made For Clemency. Fran tz's Attorneys Hope To Avert Electrocution. Particular Stress Laid Upon Second Degree Murder. Prisoner Winr-es Winr-es Winr-es Under Prosecn-torPatterson's Prosecn-torPatterson's Prosecn-torPatterson's Arraignment. Colonel Nevin, Jude Kreitzer and Attorney Attorney Van Skaik Plead For Their Client. srsciat. BtsPATca to tit rsariara Dattos. Ohjo, I e-ember e-ember e-ember ZS Th great est orowd that ever AAaerrbled at the Montgomery Montgomery County Courthouse waa present to day to hear tba final a.-ciimr,ts a.-ciimr,ts a.-ciimr,ts In the trial of Albert J. Frants, charged with the mur der of Resia Utt. The crowd waa so lara- lara- and tha exci'.emer.t man!fted so creat that tt was deemed best to have ( extra guard with the prisoner. Frantx waa pale and nervoua. His eyes wer red and w-ollen. w-ollen. w-ollen. as If he had slept but little Aa soon as Frantx had taken hts seat Ms Istar, MLits Mattle Frants, walked up and kissed him passionately, and his brother saac and his aged father pressed both his ar.ds In a warm grasp. Not only Frantz. but nearly all of h s relatives wept at In- In- ervals throughout the arguments. During the addreajs of Assistant Prosecutor J. C Patterson, Frantz lma-ed lma-ed lma-ed his tuad and nulrmed In his clrilr. It waa a scathing rralgnment of the lefendant. Colonel Koliert Nevin. who made the chief arKument fir the defense, was elo quent and forcafu'. It seemed apparent hat hla only hope ass to save the prisoner from the death penalty. Ills analysis of the crime of murde- murde- in the first degree waa so elaborate as to show In itself that the defense would be highly gratified with a StU-OND StU-OND StU-OND ITGRT5E VERDICT. Colonel Nevlrt iiawJcd upon Superin tendent of Police Thomas J. Farrell a de served compliment. He said: "Hehind the defense vu that able, astute. noble, magnificent Chief of Police, Thomas J. Farrell." It was just lOrlK o'clock when Assistant Prosecutor Patterson began his opening ad-dre-. ad-dre-. ad-dre-. ad-dre-. ad-dre-. MR. PATTBRSCrS-'S PATTBRSCrS-'S PATTBRSCrS-'S INTECID1 'r-milT 'r-milT 'r-milT RITMAiRKS. He argued that the prisoner w a.s guilty of murder In the first defcree. He declared that either Frantx, with malice and premedita- premedita- lon, murdered Beasle Little, August 27 last. or ne was absolutelj- absolutelj- Inn-icent. Inn-icent. Inn-icent. The state wanted no compromise. The verdict, upon the evidence, must he either guilty or Innocent. Innocent. Mr. Patterson told, in burning words, how the poor kIH. as the state claims, was lured to the lonely Stillwater bridge, murdered and thrown into the river He analyzed the nature of the fatal wound, declaring that surgical science proved beyond a doubt that Bessie Little, a young girl, unfamiliar with the use of firearme, a woman, with the natural natural physical weakness of her sex. could not have firad two larce bullets INTO HER BKAIN. 'Furthermore," be said, "it Is very doubt ful that any one. however strong, would have been able to commit suicide In sue! manner. But eliminate. !f you please, all the conduct of Frants up to the moment he found- found- Beasle Little's prvy'rate body at hla side. What would an hoinrahle lover, even n ordinary man. jfuiltles of her death. have dune when he found, a.s he claims, Bes sie Little had sbtt herself Would he not cry: 'Bessie! Bessie! Oh! my God! Bessie! Are you dead? Help! Help: Some one come, for Clod's sake, and help rue save my dar ling! What did Albert Trar.tz do? He threw her body into the wlf; current of the merciless river, even before he knew that she was dead. What do we find Albert Frantz doing tlie very hour after the death of Bessie Little? We rind him writing; a love letter to Miss Cart, to whom he alreaitr had proposed a marriage." Mr. Patterson referred to the effort of the r,cB" o "i" u me lehwmonv or Gun smith Polnoe, who sold Frantz the mvnliw ana tnetr total absence of anv attemot to show where Bessie Little nur,4iaaeil tha eapon with which they falsely claimed aha had taken her own life. He closed In an eloquent appeal to the jury :o deal with Albert Frants aa they would deal with the uenponer ana murderer or tne wife or daughter Id their own homes. 8TRESS Laid on Ilci uit.lt e Testimony For a Second-Denree Second-Denree Second-Denree Verdict. Gentlemen of the Jury: Tou promised all concerned that you would form no con elusions In this cause until at the close of the argrumenta and tbe charge of Hts Honor you would return to the room pro-trMed pro-trMed pro-trMed for your deliberation, lock the doors behind you. and there consider In your own minds. without passion, without prejudice, with. out the influence of assumed logic, or of brilliant eloquence, the problem which you have been called to solve." Such were the words of Colonel Robert M. Nevin, chlf counsel for Frantz. in opening his arxiiment for the prtwner's life. He took up the elements necessary to murder In the first degree, laying particular stress upon tha requisites of premeditation aad "malice aforethought- aforethought- Colonel Nevin then traced fhe history of Bessie Little and declared that, being waif, there waa nothing to show that she did not inherit a mania for suicide, which developed that memorable night when she took her life. He referred to tbe insanity In the Studebaker family, of which Frantz' mother was a member. He spoke of Bessie Little beinaj much older than Frantx. call rot attention also to the fact that under the law of the land a woman is mature and of ago at 18. while a man does not attain ma-Jotity ma-Jotity ma-Jotity until 21. COLOKBI. NX YIN'S EX CUE. The speaker excused Frantz's failure to marry her by the fact that he waa under are. and that, aa his father objected, he could not have obtained a license without perjuring himself. Colonel Nevin declared that Frantx bad loved Bessie, if poaalbt. more than ahe loved him. Colonel Nevin declared that Bessie Little died with a broken heart because of failing to troiain ner loner-rmtneri loner-rmtneri loner-rmtneri rorgiveness, and because of the dtse-race dtse-race dtse-race she hod aofrae- aofrae- ed because of the unkind tongues of meddling meddling neighbors, whatever els may hav been the mtsfortunee of her love for Albert Frantx. He endeavored to demonstrate by Hie cirevTmstances surrounding the girl that she was tn Just such a atate of mind aa would prompt her to end her sorrows by ending ending her life. On tbe other bend, ho ej-stuad ej-stuad ej-stuad that there waa no positive evidence tending to show that Albert Frantx ever thought of klllirur bis sweetheart. Raising bis voice to a thunderous pitch Colonel Nevin declared that, whether Albeit Frants died or lived, whether be waa convicted convicted or aco ul t ted, tb time would come when it would be proved that be never pur-ehaaed pur-ehaaed pur-ehaaed a revolver at Dodds'e guns tore of Gunsmith Poince or any one ease conaooted wdth that establishment. He ararued that Frants must hav bees either absolutely innocent or the greatest actor the world baa ever known te have appeared tn a paroxysm of grief aa Intense when - be entered tbe residence of bra pastor aad told that hie sweetheart, bis promised wife, bad shot herself. He de-elared de-elared de-elared that the action of FrAmta ia throw-Ins; throw-Ins; throw-Ins; Bessie Little's body into the stream waa one of tbe etrongeet proofs of Fraats'a in- in- nocence. Knowing that the stream waa deep and tbe current swift at the Stillwater bridge. ba couid bave thrown her off into the water without first shoot ins; her. had be desired to take her life. V alllLE jIPPIIAXS , For Frantx Made By Jlaido Kreitxer and AMoewejr Van Skaik. Judge J. W. Kreitxer. of counsel for the defense, waa the next speaker. Tbe greatest,-, greatest,-, greatest,-, greatest,-, mletake made ' by Albert. Frantx. tbe speaker declared, waa tn cast ins; tba cotpe of bis sweetheart Into tba river. Instead cf brlnsrlnaT it back ta tha rlty aad tug Mataeli up ta the atitboritir for UiwaU-catioa. UiwaU-catioa. UiwaU-catioa. : He Ielonad the tmthfuZneaa of hDa MolJIe Cart s asaertioa that sh eonatdcrod Frants her -reg-ular -reg-ular -reg-ular -reg-ular eontpany. aad do-c'.ared do-c'.ared do-c'.ared that a youns man 'caned KaapfdactT waa really lha object of t.tr affectjon. Cane were cited to which teaoeeat roe bad beam executed on clrcti matantuU eeldaoeax. Tb speaker- speaker- eonteaded that Joha Heroy aad dauahter could not have beard a scream at the bridge before tb abota wer fired, ba-caus ba-caus ba-caus thetr boaoo waa too far away. Ua declared declared that If Beast Utrle wera abto to t- t- ttfy aha would aay: "Spara that young saaa a Ufa. H la tnnoceat of my Mood. I took my life because I waa tired of bvinc. Driven from home, and aeeporxlent to my eta aad misfortune. I aouarbt relief tn death." Tho aaat ar-!Kent ar-!Kent ar-!Kent for tho defines waa made by W H. Van Skaik. H said that the srooecotkan would yet ask. vjy aia not Bewale Itti take her '-f '-f '-f In a public place or anywhere w-rth w-rth w-rth ourTOundtatrs thax would deitaonatraite sulci!' I 11 ten you wrhv " h. aa-.i aa-.i aa-.i -tn. -tn. a lattar a har wrote to tn defemdant father she said that anieaa he permitted Albert to marry her oh wwold take her Ife. and she would do It at expense expense of his family. Hasn't ah fulfilled that threat? 'Omtlemen of tb Jury, w hae anown that Bessie Utile repewtediy declared aba Intended to take her life." Me Van elk a tie deopArad halt riSIOS WOnM show Altiert Kraotx never wrote th letter to Mtas Mollie Cart at o'clock at Burnt an hour after Beasie Littles death. He waa too much excited to write anything. He must hay written Vl earlier In the day and flat eat H U n m The Court adjourned at 3 o'clock thla evenlne until it o'clock to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow morning. when Mr. Van Skaik wUl resume hla apeecr.. OTHER BESSIE la Mi Benneu, Who Tell Abont a Revolver and Morphine. Contrary to expectation, the defenee In t reduced no testimony to-day. to-day. to-day. The efforts of Superintendent of Police Thomas J. Farrell prevented the attorneys of the prisoner from endeavoring; to show that a traveling man took a revolver away from Bessie Little, on one occasion, to prevent her from commit ting fcuiol'ie. The Superintendent this morning summoned to his office Mra. Bessie Benneti. who proves to be the "Bessie" of the traveling man e story. Instead of Bessie Little. Mrs. Bennett ia a young woman ot line apfiearance. Mrs. Bennett said: Rome month before my marriage I was In company with a traveling man. I owned a revolver, and happened to arrow it to him. He endeavored to take it away from me and we had a playful scuffle. I became somewhat alarmed lest the weapon would be discharged, and after that determined TO P1FPOSS or IT. A few days later I sold it at Ltndsey's gunstore. I had no Intention of committing committing suicide, but the traveling; man Joked me to that effect and said he Intended to take the pistol away so that I could not kill myself. "It has also been told that I attempted to buy morphine, after being deprived of the pistol. The fact seems to be that the traveling man has been talking very wide of the mark, but that there are some clr-sumsaances clr-sumsaances clr-sumsaances which seem to aubstantlate his story. Soon after I saw him I did go to a drugstore at which he sells goods and endeavored endeavored to buy some morphine. I had no Intention, however, of using; it to kill myself, myself, but wanted it simply to take for medi cinal purpose, i am the Bessie In the case so rar as the traveling man Is concerned, and am not afraid lo go upon the witness stand and tell all about the matter." RKPtAlTD HER STORY. Superintendent Farrell took Mrs. Bennett o the courthouse, where she reneated her statement to the Court and the attorneys. n juiiire Brown s private room. The result was that the defense decided to droD the plan to show that Bessie Little bad a re volver and contemplated suicide with it. H. I Vler. wno travels ror the Hall rtruat- rtruat- house. of Kalamazoo. Mich., is the drum mer In the affair. His friends claim -that -that he either became confused as to the iden- iden- ity of Bessie Bennett and mistook her for Bessie Little, or that he has been misren- misren- resented by those who desired to use him for tho benefit of Albert Frantz. TO ARMS. CONTIXI'ED FROM FIRST PAGE. charge of piracy will be made on account of an alleged naval battle with a Spanish gunboat, in the Investigation of which Scott Wike. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, is now on his way to Hafana on the Government steamer from Tampa. Wike passed through Key West to-day, to-day, to-day, but would not talk. The Three Friends Is ex pected In Jacksonville to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow In charge of a Special Customs Collector from Key West. Captain O'Brien, who accompanied the vessel on the laat voyage, arrived m Jacksonville to-day, to-day, to-day, and disclaims all knowledge of a fight with the Spaniards' gunboat. The steamer Dauntless, at 6 o'clock this afternoon, suddenly oast off moorings and made for- for- St. John's bar under a full head of steam. A revenue cutter followed. This move Is supposed to signify further imme diate operations, as the Dauntless was seen to take off a large amount of supplies all ready on a wayside dock before heading down the river. Before the departure of the Daurtless many prominent Cubans were seen sround her wharf. Owners of the Three Friends in this city seem to be avartina- avartina- the stronaest endeavor to keep tbe vessel free for such work tnat sue may ue called upon to do. IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE. Havana. December 28. Julio Sanguilly, the American citizen who waa arrested in 1SH3 charged with conspiring against tbe Government, and who waa sentenced oy court-martial court-martial court-martial to Mfe Imprisonment, appealed and obtained a civil trtaJ, whlota has been rotnir on for some time past, was formally sentenced to-dsy to-dsy to-dsy to Imprisonment for life and to pay half the expenses or tne trial. He a aa suosequenuy aeciarea insolvent. PLASNINa A COUP Macro la Now Reported; Also That He's Much Alive. arxciAi. nisrATcsi to tii Ksotriaxa. X Nxw Yorx, December 28. The Ward Una steamship Vlgilanda arrived from Mexican ports by way of Havana this morning. She stopped at Havana on December 24. An officer officer of the VigUancia said that While the vessel lay in the harbor of Havana he learned from several Cubans tn that city that the belief prevailed there among the adherents of tbe Cohan eanso that Macao waa not only not murdered, but Is bow plan Ding a eonp d'etat tn Matanaaa. They base their belief oa a story told by a passenger en a train which skirts tbe boundary of tbo Province of Mstairtaa, wbo declared that be saw General Macao pase-mc pase-mc pase-mc near by at tbe bead af kla troops aa tbe train moved slowly alone. "There are marry other reasons why It ia rtasmaBH te auppose inat stacee la still in the sand of tbe Itvinr. said the omoor. There oaa not been exhibited la Havana one souvenir of. tbe leader's death. Wbv Spaniard migat have token some part of I hie clothing aa evidence even, if they failed : ct .oodIr- .oodIr- Then yon ma. be certain that would havvebeea paraded before tbe public with ail tbe Joy eae Spejuarda would naturally teol If they were sure Macee waa dead.- dead.- ... - - . . , OFT FOR CUBA. . - Kino Indianapolis Boya Will JTotsi tbe Patriots iSlarnnl Corpa. araeran nmrareat to rare xiracraxa. Ixnuxaroui. December 28. Nine yecrng men of. this city, under tbo ieadersbip of Thomas W. Smock, who haa made a study of signal service, leave to-rnorrow to-rnorrow to-rnorrow for Jack- Jack- ' mww. ve? . ' m 1 JULIO SANGUILLT,

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