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The Barnard--curtiss Suit

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Tic final teBtimo-uy in the Curtis-Barnard rase was djlivered Wednesday forcnoon, and Ihe summing up commsnced in the alternoon. Dr. Kedzie had testified in relation to the inílaraaMlity of gasoline, and.thelawaigoverning explosiona of glas?, and eoncluded that the forcé which broke the Curtisa lamp carne from the iaside, and was due to explosión. Dr. Foster Pratt, of Kalainazoo, expressed a milar opinión, af ter 1Í9 experience with repeated lamp explosión?. Theforenoon of Wednesday was taken up with rebuttiug teatimony on the part of the proseeution, and redirect by the defense. The counsel was particularly sharp, in exainiuation, on bofa sidas. Mr. Curtisa swore that his wife never called Mrs. Barnard tad namea in his presence. Witnesses also nwore that the pin shown by Mrs. Baraard in the jül as the oue which made the raarks upou her taoe whirii Mm Curtía' Coger were claiuied to have made, waa not the s.ime pin produced in court, and one of the Henderson famiiy admtttsd that Mts. B.xrnard was much agilated whea s!ie reacbsd home irom church the night ol Mrs. Cartltf death. The people's rebutUng ta;tiinony wiw conüidered rather damaglng to tho defendent. Mr. Taylor comrnouced; up, bat the court adjourned hetoi-o ho coucluded. Mr. Lothrop and Moore ■will follow, and Mr.Baldwto vrill concludethe argument nf counsel. The 'esümony on tho p".rt of the defenseclosed wilh Mrs. Barnard's statement. Slie gave a rlear account of her acquaintance and relations with Mr. Curtís and family, and then spoke of the last fatal night as follows: 1 went that evening to the FresDytenan caurca tat. I do not think there was a full room tbatnigbi. I startcd from that teinperance meeting at fiftcen minutes paot 5 for Mr. Henderton'a. A.t the Presbytenan church I stopped a few moments. There were lampa lighted on my route, one near the postoffice. From the clmrch to the postoffico it is a Ehort distaace. From the postoffice I turned and went on to a bliek chureb, and then retraced my steps to a street where there were no sidewalks. -Went to a bridge, cressed the bridge, weat on af ter turning to the right until I carne to a large brick house, and then turned üround and caine back inlo the viliage and went to the Baptist chureb. Mr. Potter was praying when I went in. Mr. Moore followed Mr. Tay!or, and dwelt at ength upon the unquestioned previous good chaiacter of Mre. Baraard, having a comfortabie home, a kind hustrand to whoin she waa attached. He alludeJ to the fact of the mirk on the lef t cheek being a bruise and a serateb. Tho other marks on the right sideof her face correspond exactly with the two projecting poiuts on the pio, which vúlentlv inflicted the injury. Mr. Lothrop cloBed an eloquent argument about 6 o'clock, and court adjourned until this evening, when Judge Baldwin will oocupy the time ior the prosecution with his closing argument, Ex-Judge Baldwin oí Pontiac, closed the argument Friday at 10:30 a. m. Wa argument on the part ol the people was a very powerfulone. Judge Hooker's charge to the jury occupied a bair an hoar, and was regarded aB an impattial one. The jury retired at 12 o'clGck. and at a little bolore 9 returned a verdict of not guiity. Mrs. Barnard, whohad been anxiously waiting lor this moment, now the decisivo time had come, was almost overeóme. Shewas accompanied to the hall by ker lady triends. The re port was immediately ehouted on the stieets Hosts of f rienda flocked to Mr. and Mrs. Barnard to offer congratulations, which were also bostowed lavishly upon the attorneys ■nho had securedthe desired re6ult.


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