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Did Not Hold Them

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The esarnination of Walter SVarren, Mooroe Kendall, Mrs. Kate Neff, Mary Neff and Alice Kearney who were charged by George W. Beckwith with bsing ooncerned in the death of his son George D. Beckwith, was held before Justice Pond on Monday, and after a searchiag investigación lasting for over seven hours the accused persons were discharged, the evidence against them being of the most flimsy uatnre. None of the accused seemed to lose their self-possession in the least, although all were fully aware of the unpleasant position they were in. As Walter Warren said, "I never doubted how it would turn out. All I hated about it was the confineroent in the jail. I would rather it had gone to the circuit court than not have the matter cleared up. Kendall and I are innocent and have told all we know of the matter and the women knew no more about it than they have already told the sheriff." The testimony was much the same as that given at the inquest. Ou cross examination by Martin J. Cavanaugh, who appeared in behalf of Kendall and Warren, Drs, Schmidt and Shaw succeeded in getting their testimony more unitelligitle tnan ever, in faot, so much so, that it was not worth much from a medical standpoint. Dr. Schmidt's final conclusion was that he would not swear the man was dead when he was put into the water, while Dr. Shaw said "I think death was caused by shock, the result of the blows he must have received. Dr. E. A. Clark gave the same testimony as he did at the inquest, that Beckwith died from drowning. He backed up his evidence with good reasons for tne conclusión he had formed. Other witnesses sworn were R. A. Snyder, of Chelsea, and H. G. Prettyman, of Ann Arbor, who had searched for Beckwith 's missing hat; Henry Kleinschmidt, who, with his wife was in the buggy that passed Warren, Kendall and the Neffs as they were going home the night of the cirons; James Tice, who found the stone on which Beckwith said his foot was resting; Wm. Clark, the farmer who was called up by Kendall and Warren to ask him what they should do after the drowning; Ezra Yonngs, Wm. Dormán and Gottlob Rieth, of Delhi, who saw Armstrong on the fatal cight; Louis Barth, Mrs. Kate Wagraff, Bussell C. West, C. J. Burrows, Geo. W. Beckwith, of Chelsea and Geo. W. Beckwith, father of the dead man, whose testimony had but little bearing on the case; also Sheriff Judson and Ransom Armstrong, who rehearsed the same stories they had previously told. At the conclusion of it all Mr. Cavanaugh asked for the discharge of the aconsed. Prosecuting Attorney Kirk said he did not wish to hold them any longer in jail on the evidence they had and did not even wish to have that evidence transcribed by the stenographer. Justice Pond accordingly discharged the accused parties and the crowd in the court room evinced their satisfaction by hand clapping vociferously. The death of George D. Beckwith is as much of a mystery now as it was the day his body was found in the liver. Public opinion is divided as to whether his death was caused by foul means or not, but there is no one who does not hope, if he was murdered, ;bai the persons who did the deed will be brought to justice.


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