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Pampa, Texas
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3PAGE SIX THE PAtlPA DAlLif NEWS, frampa, fex&g MONDAY EVENING, JANUARY 28, WILENTZ CAUSES HAUPTMANN TO FLOUNDER AND GROW PALE DEFENDANT ADMITS HE TRANSPOSED CERTAIN LETTERS FI.FMmGTON. N. .T.. Jan. 28. (/pi—With mixed confidenw and defiance Bruno Ulcliard Ilaupt- mann confronted Attorney Gcti- e.ral David T. Wllcntz todav ami waited for the state to take up p.npw its pounding (cross-examination. The old-fashioned courtroom was tense with expectancy, for everyone looked to the Hauptmann-Wilentz duel for the dramatic highwater m«rk of the four-week old trial. Rigid admission rules were c)"moed down by Sheriff John H. CuHiss for the court session. Attorney General Wilentz, dark and trim in a grey double-breasted suit, wns at the prosecution table ca'ly. He talked animately with state aides. As the court filled up, Clifton Webb, broadway dancing star, and O'aie Nelson, orchestra leader, took reserved seats in the front row of the audience. Prosecutor Anthony M. Hauck, of the state's staff who was not present in court Friday because of a severe cold, was on hand before court time apparently fully recovered. Hauptmnnn, his wrists firmly secured by guards, was guided to his seat twenty minutes before court was called to order. Pale but seemingly unconcerned about the throng of spectators, he wore the same stoical expression that has so frequently characterized his court entrances and exits. There was a faint half-smile lurking about his lips. Wilentz started cross-examination. Q. Mr. Defendant, have you ever been up in an airplane? A. Yes, in Los Angeles. Q. That was a pleasure trip? A. Yes. Q. On that trip west your wife and Kloeppanburg (Hans Kloep- penburg, a friend were with you? A. Yes. Q. Were you on a boat anywhere on that trip? A. I can't remember. Q. Do you remember paying 75 cents a piece for a ride on a boat, for. yourself, Mrs. Hauptmann and Klocppenburg, altogether $2.25? A. I can't remember. G>. You won't say you didn't? A. I can't remember. Q. You kept an account of your expenses on this trip to California? A. Yes. Q. Groceries, and everything? A. Yes. O. You kept accounts every day since you arrived in tills country? A. Not the first day. In a year or two. Q. Once you started keeping accounts, you kept every item? A. Not every item. Q. You kept the money your wife earned, the money you earned, the jnrney people owed you? A. Yes. Q. And at the end of the year you figured up what you and your wife were worth? A. Yes. Figures 'True' Q. You've always been very careful about figures? A. Well, I'd say so. Q. You've always been very careful about money? A. Yes. Q. You were trying to accumulate money for your family right up to 1931?' A. Yes. Q. When you put the figures in the book, they were correct—truthful figures? A. Them figures are true but I left some cf them out of it. Q. Whatever the figures are in the book, that is honsst and true? A. Yes. Q. You don't want to change that, Mr. Hauptmann? A. I saved money besides, and my wife should not know. Q. Oh, you were hiding it on your wife? Fisher objected. Lindbergh, seated dirsctly in front of the witness behind the state's table, looked carefully at the accused man. Wilentz's voice had raised gradually during the questioning, until it reached the scornful, insistent pitch that marked Friday's cross- eXamination. Q. You were hiding a lot of things from your wife? A. No. About Airs. Henckcl Q. When did you first meet Mrs. Henckel? A. In 1932. As Wilentz drove forward with queries on the relationship with Mrs. Henckel, the defendant resorted more frequently to his "can't remember" reply, Q. Was Mr. Henckel there Ihe first time? A. His sister— Q. I'm asking you about Mr. Henckel? A. I can't remember. Q. Din't you know that two weeks after .you .met her she introduced you to her husband? A. I guess that's correct. Q. That was when your wife was in Purope, eh? , A. Yes. Wilentz clapped his hands, and paid briskly, "Now let's get back to the accounts." Q. Let me ask you were you l:appy when you found the $14,000 in gold. Did you laugh? . A. No. ,: Q. Did you call your wife, did you tejl your wife? A. No. Q. Were ypu honest with your wjfe when you found the > money? Wife Bought Furniture Q. Didn't she work and save for you? A. The $14,000 had nothing to do with my wife. Q. Didn't she buy the furniture for your house? A.'Yes. Q. For the furniture, didn't she pay every dollar for it? A. Out of cur bank account. Q. But she gave you every dollar she had? A. So did I. We were partners. Q. And you were partners, weren't you, when you kept from your wife the finding of that $14,000? A. Why should I make her excited. Q. When you were keeping the other account books, you wcr? [•hen ting her. then, weren't you, when you didn't tell her of the mcney you were hiding then? A. I was keeping a surprise for her. I was going to build a house some time. Wilentz swung to a new attack. Q. Did you know Mr. Brent in your stock trading? I A. I don't know, what's his first name? I Q. Do you remember his wife I introdurinp you at the Steiner- Rcus; stock house? A. Oh. yes. Q. Did you ever tell Mr. Brent net to tell if your wife asked where you were a certain night? A. No. Wilentz produced a German- American dictionary which Hauptmann allegedly studied while awaiting trial in the county jail. Frederick A. Pope, defense counsel, objected. Wilentz; asserted Hauptmann had learned to spsll certain English words after his arrest. Justice Trenchard admitted the dictionary in evidence. The aggressive little interrogator then displayed handwriting charts for comparison of ransom note and Hauptmann script. Wilentz asked if it wasn't Hauptmann's "habit to put "n's" before "g's." Hauptmann denied it. "Now, Mr. Defendant, look at this word 'singature,' " Wilentz indicated the ransom note word. "Notice the 'n' before the 'g?'" A. Yes. Q. Now that is a habit of yours, Isn't it, putting the 'n' where it doesn't belong? A. No not a habit. Q. Never did it at all? A. I don't remember. Q. Would you be surprised to find out you had done it? A. I don't know. Wilentz, his voice loud, showed him one of his own checks. The witness paled slightly. Q. Is that your check? A. Yes. Q. How much is it? A. $74. Q. .Spell seventy. A. S-e-n-v. Q. You have an "n" in there?' A. Yes. Pope objected asserting the spell- Ing of "seventy" was not the same as "signature" the misspelled word in the ransom notes . Justice Trenchard ruled Haupt- injinn should answer and granted Pope an exception. Q. Now take a look at this exhibit, at the word "New York." The 'attorney general indicated the New York of the ransom notes and of Hauptmann's conceded writing. He pointed to a little curl at the end of both "n'si" Hauptmann Writes Q. Did the police tell you to put that on? A. No. I do it myself. But those words, there's a whole lot of difference. Th:y are not the same. Q. Do v-i *r? Nnw York—that York in the ransom paper. Take a look at this fconk. D'.d you write that first New York? A. Yes. Q. Take a pencil and put a line undeij the fir& r|3w York; ;the next and the next. Hauptmann slowly drew lines as directed in a small black note book with a ye'.row pencil, resting the book on his knee. The defense did not object to introduction cf the book ,but examined it for several minutes. Wilentz asked for a short delay to permit the jury to examine the underlined "New Yorks" in Hauptmann's note book. He directed the jurors' attention to the "New York" on the chart enlargement of the address on the sleeping garment package. Another chart went up. Hauptmann swung around in the witness chair as if fascinated by the evidence. Pope objected to the attorney general pointing out specifically the disputed word from the wrapper, for comparison with Hauptmann's underlined words. Justice Trenchard sustained the objection. Wilentz, before proceeding with tl^a chart, placed a large ledger in the prisoner's hands. Identifies Handwriting, Q. Take a look at page 5, is that your handwriting? His voice was almost a whisper when he answered it was. Do you remember the experts testifying the the "g's" and the "n's" being transposed? A. There were so many talking, I can't remember, Q. I call your attention to the word "1-i-g-t-h," and "r-i-g-t-h." Hauptmann looked at the chart. Q. Now you had a iDabit of doing that? A. Habit? Q. Yes every time there was a "gh" in the word? A. No, not a habit. Q. Never did it at all? A. Maybe I make a mistake some time, I don't write often. Falls To Answer. Q. Oh but you write a' great deal, don't you, keep a bookkeeping ledger, write long letters? A. Only rarely. Wilentz thrust the ledger back into Hauptmann's hands and bade Win read the name of a stock listed there. "Curtiss Wright," said the witness. Q. Spell it, the last word. A, W-r-i-h-g-t. • Wilentz then pointed out the ransom word "r-i-h'-gTt" and asked Hauptmann if both were not spelled the There was no answer. Wilentz produced the loose jmpes of a German-American dictionary, asking Hauptmann if they were his. The defendant replied, "I never saw dat! My dictionary was that thick" (indicating about 2 inches with thumb and finger). He smiled as he answered as though he appreciated a little victory for lilmself. The questioning reverted to Hauptmann's expense accounts during the California trip. Wilentz pointed to the various items on a particular page. Q. I showed you. the first page of the trip—that must have been otter July, 1931? Spells 'Signature.' A. Yes, after July, 1931. Q. Then the book is not 6 or 8 years old? A. Well, you asked me before about the one word "b-o-a-d." Q. While counsel is looking at the book spell signature? A. S-i-g-n. Q. Ah, g-n? A. That's correct I think. Q. When was the first time you heard of Col. Lindbergh? A. Right after his flight to France. Wilentz then had the accused pronouncing Lindbergh. "Lindburgh," said Hauptmann. "Say Col. Lindbergh." "Mr. Col. Lindburgh." "Again, louder." "Mr. Col. Lindenbergh." "Got an extra 'n' in there," snapped Wilentz. "Lindbergh," said the witness hurriedly. When Hauptmann called the name of Lindbergh the colonel sat staring at him, listening intently. Wilentz then had Hauptmann read his letter of May 21, 1931, in which he wrote to his broker asking for delay in adjusting a debit balance of $74. Q. You wrote that letter to your broker? A. Yes. Q. That was in May, 1931, that right? A. Yes. Q. You remember writing "dear sir" and "debit" in that letter? A. Yes. "Take a look at those "d's" in the ransom notes," said Wilentz. Jury Examines Letters. Pope again objected that Haupfc- mann should not be required to draw comparisons with charts he did not make. Wilentz shifted the defendant's attention to the letter again, getting again from him that l\e wrote the "d's" in."dear sir" and "debit." "We'll let the jury decide," he said. The crowd shifted and rustled in their seats as the jurors, one by one, examined the letter. Q. Now you kept accounts of all your transactions until July, 1930? A. I did. Q. And then you stopped? A. Yes. Q. Why did you stop? A: I can't remember. Q. When did you start again after May, 1930? A. I started, I guess on the trip to California. Q. Stopped in 1928 and started again in 1930? A. 1928-1930, I can't remember. Q. Didn't you keep fur accounts in the little book? A. A little. Q. Then you began again in 1932? A. Only on brokerage accounts. Q. You didn't keep fur accounts in your bank? A. Very little. Face a Gray Mask. Q. Then you lied when you said you didn't keep any fur accounts? A, Only a little bit of the furs. Hauptmann explained that Fisch kept most of the fur accounts. Wilentz showed the prisoner a ransom note and asked him to read a certain line in . it. The witness's face was a grey mask as he studied it. "The baby would be back long ago," he began haltingly. "•You would not get any results from police, because this kidnaping was planned a. year already." Pope objected to prompting from Wilentz in Hauptmann's reading of the ransom note. "Well, he asked me what it was," Wilentz replied. Q. Didn't you stop keeping those accounts when the idea of kidnaping the baby came? A. I didn't have any idea. Q. I want to show you a little book. Is that handwriting yours. The page with 1930? A, Yes. Page by page the attorney general had him Identify his own handwriting. Refuse;) Pencil. "Don't study it," he barked once or twice. "Don't study it. Just tell me if the writing is yours. "It is." His voice was flat as he repeated that "it |s" for page after page. Q. That's not yours—cross It out withi a pencil? A. No. Hauptmann shook his head to refuse the proffered pencil and indi-' eating the wYiting was his. . Wilentz rested his elbow on the arm of the witness chair, his head a few from Hauptmann's, as he continued queries on the writing in a low tone. Hauptmann's answers were very low, scarcely audible across the room. Q. Those drawings aren't yours? Wilentz referred to some sketches. A. I don't know. Q. How about that window? A. is that a window? Q. Is it? A. I don't know. Q. You can make out that ladder there, can't you, with the dowel pin. The drawings occurred in the sec- ticn of the book showing accounts for early part of 1932. Wilentz continued with queries on the accounts, asking Hauptmann to identify his handwriting. More Pictures Q. There's some more pictures, a child's drawing? A. Yes, a-child's drawing. Q. What -are those pictures, a pinochle score? A. A kind of a card game. Q. But not your handwriting? A. NO. '•:-' "Now you've almost to the end, tell us what's In .your handwriting," Wilentz want «». "Tljafs toe on* of the book, the last page you didn't write—if there's any doubt about it cross It out." Hauptmann crossed out the last page and thumbed the others. Hauptmann continued, prompted by Wilentz, to circle letters and words he didn't wri'e. When he stopped Wilentz offered the book in evidence. Drawing of Ladder Wilentz directed the witness' attention to the drawings of the ladler and window. Q. Would you say those were the drawings of a little child? A. It's not my drawing. Q. Would you say a little child did It? A.Yes. Wilentz had him mark the portions he did not consider his with the circled letters R, X, and H. A recess for five minutes was taken at 11:21 a. m. Q. Now in April 2, 1932, you remember Dr. Condon's testimony that was the date he paid you $50,000? A. $50,000 (In a surprised tone? Q. Now with reference to that particular day, April 2, all you had in your stock accounts was 50 shares of Warner Bros.? A. That's right. Q. And your bank balance then was $202. $202.20? A. Yes. Q. And you had a mortgage for $3,750 which, you and your wife had bought? A. Yes. Q. In 1929, you had, you said, about $3,500 in cash at home? A. $3,500. Q. In 1931, about $4,000? A. Yes, Q. That was the cash you were hiding on your wife? A'. Yes. A. Yes. Q. When did you put $4,300 in circulation? A. Oh, '30. Q. On April 2, 193Z you had $4,300 in cash? A. Yes, about that. Kept Money In Trunk Q. Where did you keep the money at home? A. In a big trunk. Hauptmann explained the trunk was used for storing Winter and summer clothes. Lindbergh took up again his steady scrutiny of the witness as he testified. Mrs. Hauptmann regarded her husband encouragingly. Q. You had clothes in the trunk. And what else? • A. Feather bed. Q. It was a dry place, wasn't It? A. Of course, it was dry. Q. Where did you keep it? A. In the front room. Q. In what room? A. In the big closet in the front room. Q. Was the trunk locked? A. Yes. Q. Did your wife have a key? A. No sir. Q. In the front room where you had your Vi'ctrola—your radio, where you entertained your friends —so safe you could keep it hidden? A. Yes. About Mortgage Q. That was the safest place in your house? A. I guess it was the safest. Q. So safe you thought it was the plnce to keep it away from your wife? A. Yes. I knsw my wife goes there only a few times a year. Wilentz pointed to Hauptmann's note book, when he computed his worth in 1929 as $2,066 and his wife's as $1,031. Q. The mortgage was the only, one you had—you put that in the book? A. Yes. Q. You owned $2,800 worth of stock nnd put that in the book? A. Yes. Q. This was your yearly inventory? A. Yes. Q. Now read this line, what does it say? A. Cash at home $10. Q. Not $3500? A. No. Q. Not $300? A. No. Q. But $16? A; Yes, but that's the reason. Tlmt was all my wife knew of. At Wilentz's request Hauptmann estimated his worth at the end of 1829 was between $9.000 nnd $10,000. Q. That was your assets In 1920 except, the money you were hiding from your wife? A. Yes. Hauptmann rccorclrrl Hie snlnvlos he nnd his wifp mnd:. lie testified but did not include he made in overtime woik. "That's the money." he explained, "I kept, from my wife." Q. How much did you have In Europe? A. Billions. Q. Billions? A. That wns during inflation. Q. Whnt did you hnv? when you came to the United States? A. About $100. Accounts Not Accurate Q. So you and your wife came here and worked hard, nnd kept strict accounts, nnd at, the end of 1928, you were worth $6,666? A. Yes. Wilentz permitted Hauptmann to explain at length the entries in his salary book. He said they were not always quite accurate. Hnuptmann interpolated nn ex- p'tiintlon the accounts were "general." Q. So general that when you got $4C.50. you put $49.50, dollars and cents? A. Yes, but not the overtime. Wilentz led him through other items where the cents were included until the account book was closed out in July 1930. Q. How many weeks was that after the Lindbergh child was born? A. I don't know. • • Q. Who did you build houses for in extra hours? A. Mr. Brill, Mr. Huberland and Mr. Steikoff. Q. But you did put in these extra hours in the book? A. I gotta put them in. Wilentz showed him a little black book and Hauptmann agreed he had written the entries. Q. These are exactly the same natations—one is a copy? A. Yes. Q. At the end of the year 1926, you had $3758? A. Yes. Q. Then you have the year-1927 nnd you were up to $5780? A. Yes. Q. And you wrote down the money in the house, didn't you? $112? A. Yes. Q. And in 1929, you had $6666? A. Yes. 'X's' Compared Q. Look nt this "x" In the book, docs it look like this "x" (in the word "Bronx" in Hauptmann's drivers license). A. Not exactly. Other "x's" were pointed out by Wilentz in the- disputed writing with the question: "Does it look like this? Hnuptmnnn answered to each "I don't thing so." nook Admitted Pope objected when Wilentz offered the pngo in the little black finance book in evidence. "H will bo admitted," said Justice Trenchnrd. "But he's offering only a page of the book," said Pope. "I'll offer the book," said Wilentz. Pope demanded "why?" Wilentz asserted the purpose of the book was to show Hauptmann "wasn't telling the truth about the money at home," to show his handwriting and to show his financial system. The Justice admitted the entire notebook over Pope's objection allowing an exception. Q. Now in May 1931 you had $3500 at home. A. Yes. Q. $3600? A. I guess 1 Rot a little, bit more. Q. Maybe $4000. A. Yes. Q. Somewhere between $3500 and $4000? A. Somewhere between $8,900 and $4,000. Q. Now you got a letter from the broker for $74.89? A. Yes. Q. You weren't doing as well as a broker as a carpenter? A. No r had to Work and I couldn't go to brokers. Q. In May 1931 the marlcet wns bad and your broker asked for $74? A. Yes. No Answer Q. So you wrote 1 him to wait a few days and you would pay? A. I don't remember. I guess maybe. ,., Q. Where dW you get it from, you had $3,500 in that trunk at home? There was no answer. Q. But you had $3,500 in your home In 1931? A. Yes. See WILENTZ, Page 3 ITCHING. anywhere on the body- also burning irritated skjrv soothed and helped by Resinol ROBERTS The Hat Man Factory Hats . . . Just Hats Finished Located in DeLuxe Dry Cleaners n one movm Smokers of Chesterfield are funny that way, you can hardly move *em. They evermore like 'ejm, and they evermore to 'em* Che$ttrfi$ld$ an wilder ««• they

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