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Trial Of Sheriff Martin

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Wilkesbarre, Pa., Fet. 8. - Before the trial of Sheriff Martin and his deputiea i was resumed Judge Woodward stated that he had received an anonymous letter stating that if he did not do certain things something would happen, and a threat was made. The judge said: "The man who wrote this will probably hear what I have to say, and I want : to teil him that he is a scoundrel and : a ooward, and that no such dishonorab!e means will in any way affect my judgment." Judge "Woodward ruled out certain evidence given Monday by John Costello, a witness for the prosecution, and which had been objected to by the dej fense. During the course of Costello's : testimony he said he had said to Deputy Hess, referring to the shooting of the strikers. "This is a nice thing you have done." Costello said he replied angrily: "Shut up, or 111 treat you the same 1 way," at the same time levling his rifle at Costello's head. Costellc was then recalled and asked to go on and teil what he saw on the road from Farley's hotel to Lattimer. He said that he had seen eight wounded men lying along the road and three dead men. He said that he did what he eould for the wounded, and that he had found no weapons on any of them. Evan Jones, the chief of pólice of West Hazleton, testifled that the strikers reached West Hazleton on the afternoon of the shooting and there met the sheriff and the deputies. They carried a flag and talked rather loud, but they had no arras and made no disturbance. The sheriff told them that they could not march to Lattimer and that they must go home, whereupon he. Jones, induced them to go back and 1 showed them how they could march by a side street. John Lynch, the next witness, testifled that he was ïiWest Hazleton when the strikers arriTd and that they were unarmed and orderly. The sheriff told some of the strikers they had better get out of the way as there was Hable to be trouble if they did not disperse. The witness further testified that Deputy Manly struck him with a gun as he was moving off the Street and that another man had also been struck. One deputy pointed his gun at a striker and said: "I could get a bead on that fellow." Deputy Ferry told a man who was sympathizing with a striker, whose head was bleeding, that if he did not shut up he would blow his head off. Witness denied, on cross-examination, that he had a black jack and tried to hit a deputy with it. Herman Pottinger of Hazleton said that while he was at West Hazleton on the day of the shooting, Deputy Henry Deihl threatened to "blow my brains out if I did not get off the road." Another deputy said: "I bet I drop six of them when I get over there." The cross-examination failed to shake Pottinger's story.


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