Kitt, Grant-forgery article; Altoona Tribune, Sept. 10, 1898 pg 5
Grant Kitt Held for Court in Default of $1,000 Bail. RESULT OF HEARING YESTERDAY Albtrt, Aliai Kid," Son, an Accomplice, Tnritd Stata'i Iridete and Ws Siiohargtd by Alderman Bamey. MAHOFACTDRED FALSE PASSES Grant Kitt, who was arrested on the charge of forging requisitions for passes, on the Tennsylvania railroad, is now in jail awaiting trial on the charge. Albert, alias "Kid," Ross, Kitt's accomplice, gave evidence for the commonwealth and was discharged. Samuel March, the clothier, who wai arrested yesterday morning on the charge of being implicated in the forgeries, was discharged at the hearing before Alderman Kamer. District Attorney Hammond took charge of the case for the commonwealt h at the hearing, while Attorneys Dively and Henderson appeared for March. Kitt was not represented by an attorney. It was known Thursday night that Ross would give state's evidence, though why the authorities deemed this step necessary is hard to understand, since there appears to have been ample evidence to warrant the holding of both Ross and Kitt. To a man on the fence, it appears as if there was enough evidence to go all around, to paraphraze Admiral Schley; but all the men who had boueht the epurious passes told nice etories, though they must have known that such traffic in free transportation is by no means regular. A large crowd was attracted to the hearing, which opened before Alderman Kamey at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Ross was the lint witneoS, He testified that he had received passes from Kitt to be sold, and identified several of those shown by the district attorney as having beem sold by him. Two of these passes were sold to J. Ross Mateer for f 15; one to Officer Tompkins for $5, and one to J. B. Raymond for $5. The names on the passes were slightly disguised by misspelling, and Tompkins's pass was made out for "J. B. Smith and wife," Master Mechanic T. R. Brown testified that Kitt was in his employ as a stenographer. When shown the forged signature of his name on the pass requisitions he stated t hat he believed they were not genuine. Foreman Arthur Tiinm stated positively that the signatures of his name shows were forgeries. Alderman J. B. Raymond, who was a witness for the commonwealth, was nest called. Alderman Raymond had been offered one of the spurious passes, but, becoming suspicious, informed the railway officials of the questionable transaction. He was instructed to go ahead and buy the pass, which he did, paying! $5 for it. The pass was so!d by Ross, who had it made out in the name of "R. G. Raymond." The witness stated that he bad heard of Ross's transactions through Samuel March. J. Ross Mateer testified that while in search of cheap transportation he went to March to ask his advice. Later Ross called at his etore and offered to furnish tickets at a reduced rate. When the transportation was brought around by Ross, Mr. Mateer found it in theform of passes. He kicked at first because his proper name was not on the papers, but when Ross explained that the passes were regular he bought them for $15. After Officer Thompkins had explained how he came to buy a pass for $5 written for a certain "Smith and wife," Clerk Gehret, of the Juniata offices, testified that he had seen Kitt practicing writing the name of Mr. Brown about a month ago. Mr. J. B. Anderson testified that none of the names on the spurious passes were on the Juniata shop pay rolls. Proprietor Smith, of the Belmont hotel, stated that he and his wife had ridden to Philadelphia on a pass secured from Ross, but that it was made out in his own name and he thought it perfectly regular. Mr. W. E. Blanchard said his suspicions were aroused first over one of Kittt's requisitions. He asked him about it, but Kitt said it was for his brother-in-law. The strange thing about it was that Kitt could not remember the name of bis brother-in-law. Clothier Samuel March was the last witness. He said that the way he came to have one of the bad passes in his possession was this: Ross came in one night and offered it as security for $5, etating that he needed the money to get a friend out of the lockup. He had not attempted to sell the pass, believing that it would be redeemed. After listening to the pleas of the attornevs, March and Ross were discharged and Kitt held nnder (1,000 bail for court. Being unable to secure the bail he was taken to jail last evening. About (129 worth of passes were shown at the hearing, but the whole amount realized on the forged transportation will probably reach $1,000.