thomas bracken ny times oct. 1893
TOOK A "OOOXER-OUT" "OOOXER-OUT" "OOOXER-OUT" IN COURT. But It W ain't Strung Eaesth to Affeet Lawyer Tardy at All Sorloasly. Lawyer Ambrose II. Tnrdy made an ex hibition of himself in the Court of General Sessions yesterday by taking- taking- a big dose of " knocker-out" knocker-out" knocker-out" mixture to prove to a. jury how harmless tho stuff was. Not Jong afterward be found the services of a stomach pump agreeable, and to all appearances he was none tbe worse for his mock-heroio mock-heroio mock-heroio argument without words. Mr. Purdv was defending Thomas F. Bracken, an ex-convict, ex-convict, ex-convict, who haa served two terms in prison. Bracken was Jointly indicted with Jehn Hendrix for robbery in the first degree and administering the " knocker-out," knocker-out," knocker-out," a solution with which to drug liquor ao as to render the poison drinking it insensible. The victims were Frank J. Sullivan and his nephew. Eugene F. Sullivan, who lived together at 1 Second Street. The Sullivans had a little parly in their rooms on the night of Oct. 2, and among those invited was Hendrix. He broueht with him Bracken, whom he introduced aa 'Mr. Shatter." All drank beer, and about midnight the Sullivans lost consciousness. It was 4 o'clock the next morning before tho uncle regained his senses, and tbe nephew remained in a stupor for twelve hours longer. Considerable of the Sullivans property was nussiug, inoluding three overcoats. two suits of clothing, a diamond-snake diamond-snake diamond-snake ring, and . The money had been taken from t rank bulHvan s pocket. A detective found Bracken in his room. in 1- 1- ourth Street on Oct 4 lying asleep on a bed. On the bureau was an ounce vial containing what afterward proved .to.be chloral hydrate. Tbe vial was about half fun. ihe detective awakened Bracken tnA nun mat ne was a prisoner, and added inat resistance meant death. Brack et! rose aau said ne was readr to an to court. He wanted to change his collar linst. He moved toward the bureau, and on the way tossed a"lf-ounce a"lf-ounce a"lf-ounce vial under the bed. This, it was found, contained about one-sixth one-sixth one-sixth of au ounce of chMtrnl hydrate. Bracken was told why he had been arrested, and he is said to haw re marked: 'Oh. tret out! I didn't clvn the vonno feller enough to kill him. This all comes of my beiu' mixed up with Hendrix." in tne course ol tbe trial before Judge Fitzgerald yesterday, it came out that the Sulli vans' property had been left in a' Bowery lodging house, and the ring sold to the night clerk for $15. Tbe clerk gave the ring to a woman living in East Seventy-third Seventy-third Seventy-third Seventy-third Street, from whom it was re covered. Eusene Lederere. chemist for tha TToalth Board, testified tbat the lkauid in the vials found by the detective in Bracken's room was chloral hydrate, and Coroner's rbyslcian Uonlan (aid the drnir waa a not. son, and when taken in sufficient quantity wouiu cause ueatn. Assistaut District Attorney O'Hara fln. ished his. case very quickly, and then Mr. ruruy askod tne judge to dismiss his client, ibis motion being denied, Mr. l'urdy said: " Defense rests.'' Mr. O'Hare began summing up. He said tbe "knocker-out" "knocker-out" "knocker-out" stuff was a poison, and it migm nave miica botn tne sullivans. "Nonsense!" broke in Lawyer Purdy. Let me take bottle." nointinir to the smaller of the prosecution's exhibit. The vial was given to him and he placed it to nis nps. drikiug oft the contents. Everybody looked astonished, and Lawyer Lawyer Purdv beamed trinmnhant. AftAr Mr. O'Hare had finished talkino- talkino- a racai taken to "permit a juryman to transact some- some- liii port ant business. Mr. Purdy took advantage of the lull to visit the Cosmopolitan Hotel and have his stomach relieved. He said afterward he nau taken cniorai beiore. and be waa prompted to make the test before the jury. following the case of au Illinois lawyer wn ace poisoned cake in the courtroom. The Illinois lawver won his nu Mr Purdy lost his yesterday, the jury convicting convicting Bracken. Heudrix is locked up, and will be tried later. It is thouirht Mr. Purdv took abont eighty grains of chloral hydrate. Twelve grains is an ordinary dose, although in ex- ex- tremo caes tnree times tne amount is given, it is calculated that 120 grains w ouio prove iaiai. Mr. Davis called the attention of Judge Fitzsorald to the lossof the State's The Judge said he would take no action at tbat stage ol tbe case.