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Not All "Frozen Truth"

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The trial of the charges made against P. Fred Reimold, Emil Golz, Christian Spaeth, Abraham Polhemus, Wm. A. Gwinner and Michael Staebler, came up in Justice Duffy's court on Wednesday and four out of tbe six cases, those of Messrs. Reimold Golz, Spaeth and Polhemus fell flat. The case against Mr. Staebler was adjourned until June 9, and that against Mr. Gwinner was adjourned until June 13 on account of the absence of his attorney J. F. Lawrence. The testimony offered by the AntiSaloon League, who it is well understood are back of all the cases, was that of Henry Cuthbert, a Toledo detective. He told his story of how he obtained drinks for himself and his partner Henry Shenfield, by means of lying and false representations to the liquor men, substantially as has already been printed in "Frozen Truth," the organ of the league, and stated that he got about $45 for his work. During his cross-examination in the cases against Golz and Reimold Attorney Arthur Brown drew out of the witness the admission that he had persuaded Mr. Reimold to sell him liquor and that he was hired for that purpose, also that he knew he was lying to Reimold when he said that he and Shenfield were bicycle workers from Toledo, and that he had lied to him for the purpose of entrapping him into committing a crime. Having obtained these admissions Mr. Brown proceeded to show in his argument that the supreme court did not give much credence to the unsupported evidence of detectives who are employed to entrap people into committing crimes and stamped them as aiders and abettors and therefore equally liable. It was admitted by Acting Prosecuting Attorney Babbitt that it would be difficult to secure convictions in the light of these decisions and he said he would not ask to have the defendants held so Justice Duffy discharged them. The oath against Abraham Polhemus was dismissed on the same grounds. That against Christian Spaeth was also dismissed as Cuthbert's evidence showed that he went upstairs and was served with beer by someone whom he did not know, and he could not prove that the man was in Mr. Spaeth's employ. The musical and literary entertainment given in the Northside chapel Friday evening for the benefit of the building fund of the new church was an excellent and enjoyable one. The chapel was crowded to the doors and a neat little sum was realized for the worthy object.