Cincinnati Daily Enquirer Friday, March 9, 1866 Sisters and James Roosa continued, announcement of verdict.

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 - a a THL VEBD1CT. Like a death-knell, the deep...
a a THL VEBD1CT. Like a death-knell, the deep tones ft tbsi bell broke the stillness of Lebanon lhl morning, at half-past four o'clock. If the wakeful prisoner is guilty, it tells him that just about this boor on that horrid morning after the murder, he arrived at home. . The bell has scarcely sounded until there sre hurried footsteps in the streets; in fifteen minutes the court room is nearly filled with men. Tbe Judge appears aad lakes his seat. "Call the defendant into court," he order,, and soon Coovert is brought in by Sheriff Butler, and plaoed in ihe chair left for him before the empty seats of the jury . He is olosely followed by Mrs. McNeal, his sister, who, whatever else may be aaid of her, has shown a devotion lo her unfortunate and abandoned brother during this trial that has shown to all ihat her heart can feel like a sister's. There is no chair for ber, and she stands behind the prisoner with her hands resting on his shoulders, or uait protaot-ingly about hia aeck- The door beside the Judge's benoh ia unlocked, and in silenoe the jury men resume their accustomed seats. Mrs. McNeal has passed to ber brother s side, aad ha knelt there, passing hei arm through hia. A chair is given her, and she sits beeid, him and clasp, her brother's hand. The Judge directs the olrrk to call the jury. It is done; each one responds, aad the clerk reports all present. The prisoner has no tears in his eyes; there is no tremor on his lips, but thsre is such a wild, haggard, unearthly look upon bis countenance as tells that his mind is in a state of excitement bordering en frenxy. There is no other woman in the house but the prisoner's sister. She does not ery eat, but clings to her eoeviot brother ss if shs were a part of his being. Tbe clock points to half-past five. "Gentlemen of the Jury, says the Judge, "have jou 'agreed upon a verdiot?'' The ticking of the clock is the only sound beard, until the Foreman, Jacob Randall, arises acd answers: "We have." "How do ou find the defendant, guilty or not guilty ?" again asked the J udge. "Oc iltt ! ' was the terrihlo answer of the Foreman, still standing in hts place; and Samuel Coovert, for the first time in the progress of this trial, gave evidence of retting. Me did not cry out; ne snea so tears, but simply threw his head back on This titter s shoulder in utter helpless abandoLmrnt. Prca, thr rw York Cltlva.: "Dead Decks." We sre a people apt to take suggestions

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 09 Mar 1866, Fri,
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  • — Cincinnati Daily Enquirer Friday, March 9, 1866 Sisters and James Roosa continued, announcement of verdict.

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