Clipped From Trenton Evening Times
1HE UTIHIER CASE Sheriff Martin and His Deputies , Now on Trial SOME CHARGES DROPPED ProMcutlon Will Try to Prove that Even If HÂ« Did Not Order tbe Shooting There wai a Prearranged Signal to Fire. WILKESBARRE, Pa, Feb. 2 -- fclnce the trials of the Molly Magulre* had a case excited so much interest iUÂ» coal regions aÂ» that of Sheriff Martin and hts 82 deputies, just begun we Luierne county court. Long before the court was called to order the WM crowded, and It was found atry to close the doors. When this done, there were In the corridors hundreds of persons who were unable gain admission. Sheriff Martin and his 82 deputies charged with shooting: and killing 22 Â·trlklng: miners and wounding: more than CO at Lattimer, this county, 10, 1897. The 8? deputies marched In a body and after seating- themselves began to read newspapers, apparently unconcerned. Judge Woodward presided. The first move was made by District Attorney Martin, who asked that special attorneys attorneys for the prosecution, five In number, be allowed to assist him. Counsel for the defense raised no objection, saying that 1,000 assistants would not the commonwealth. The court granted the request. The commonwealth thereupon asked for a nolle pros In the cases of Babcock, William Drum, John Dougherty, Dougherty, J. J. Gallagher, William Mulhall, Fred A. Sleppy, William Costello, William Siewell, Calvin Pardee, Jr, John W. Crooks, Jr., R. C. Warrlner, A. Harris, Samuel Arnold, Craig Anderson and Samuel Gundery District Attorney Martin explained that while the names of these men on the Indictment the commonwealth found that the men were not present the scene of the shooting and therefore could not be held for trial. Mr. ban, counsel for the defense. Objected strenuously, saying that It Was unfair, after the men had been indicted and had had the terrible charge of made against them, to rob them of constitutional right--a fair and impartial impartial trial by jury. The argument lasted 20 minutes, the court then allowed the motion, the nolle pros was entered. The work of selecting a jury began, and during the afternoon seven jurors /were selected before court adjourned. The men thus far obtained are: Ell Weaver, laborer; C R. Shaw, carpenter; Aaron Fallman, ropemaker; Alfred Stevens, clerk, A. H. Shields, carpenter; Herman Gregory, farmer, and Adam Larvon, tinsmith. One of the most interested spectators at the trial Is Rev. G. Aust. He the pastor of most of the men killed and officiated at their funerals. He attended the Injured. He is an Important Important witness for the prosecution. The prosecution committee, which has Its headquarters at Hazleton, claims to have sufficient evidence to convict 15 of the defendants. It is alleged that every one of the IS made threats the morning of the shooting. It is claimed one man said, "I would like get a chance to shoot down some foreigners." Another Is reported to have said: "I will help fill them full holes The country would be better without them." It Is also claimed that Sheriff had an understanding with the deputies. deputies. It has been claimed all along that the sheriff never gave the order to flre The prosecution say this may be true In one sense of the word, the sheriff gave a signal which was as effective as a word by mouth The signal was for the sheriff to his revolver. The Instant he did this the posse was to flre. The lawyers the'"defense say no witnesses will be found to testify to such facts, but attorneys for the prosecution say there Will. Insnnnee Agent Heavily lined. NKW tORK, Feb. 2.--John P. Hickman, Hickman, an insurance agent of New Brunswick, N. J., has been fined $500 and colts by Justice Collins In the supreme court In New Brunswick It alleged that Hfckman wrote up an insurance policy for $1,500 for George J. Krause in a company not licensed business In Kew Jersey. The case made a test one, and counsel for defendant gave notice that the case would be taken to jthe court of and appeals.