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THE HEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, MAKjCH, 30, 1912.
FREE EEIN GIVEN
, AS HEARING ENDS
(f ontttued from First P(l
wi tor lb purpose of playme- upon tin
feelings of this coroner' Jury snd try
ing to turn the minds of Jurors from Iho
real facts tn tbe case. It Is Inhuman; It
Is unthinkable that any man, no matter
bow sealous In the Interest of his cileat,
should (0 to the length of torturing and
racking that client In order to strengthen
a case for her," Patrick protested
against Murphy's remarks and charged
Chief Brlgs' attorney with attempting
., cloud the evidence and arouse the pas
sions of the jurors by Inflammatory ora
tory. Marshy Overrate.
Coroner Armstrong overruled Murphy's
protest. Another clash came when At
torney Patrick, la cross-examination of
Chief Briggs, attempted to Impeach the
chiefs own testimony.
Coroner Armstrong bad been sworn as
witness and had described the course of
the bullet that killed Blunt It entered
from the rear over the left hip and too
a diagonal course to the tight until I
left the body. Chief Briggs testified that
he shot from the right side of the road
If the testimony as to Blunt's attltud
at the time he was shot Is true, that
testimony, taken with Briggs' statement,
would tend to clear Briggs of the respon
sibility for Blunt's death. If Blunt sat
on the wagon seat, bis back directly to
ward tbe pursuers, a snot fired from the
right rear could not have sent a bullet
on the course that was taken by the
bullet that killed Blunt
B rises as Kxpert.
Chief Briggs declared that a man may
be shot at as close a range as three feet
without powder marks appearing on the
clothing or body. Cross-examining, Pat
rick asked the chief If In tbe Olson mur
der trial at PapUlion recently ha did not
qualify as a expert witness and testify
that powder marks would show when the
shot had been fired from seven to four
; Vigorous protest against the queetlot
Was made by Briggs counsel, llucn
wrangling over the point followed, and
the coroner ac last ended the argument
by ruling that Briggs must answer.
Briggs denied having so testified. Pat
rick said be will show by transcript o'
tbe Olson trial evidence that the chief
did so testify.
Sari audits Killed Blaat.
Sheriff Grant Chase, sheriff of Sarpy
County, dec is red that one of the con
flicts fired the shot which killed the
Sheriff Chase told his story of the
chase la few words. He told how he and
Chief Briggs and John C. Trounton pur
sued the convicts until within fifty yards
f them. He ssld:
"I stood up and said, 'We've got you.
Now you surrender. I'll stand between
you and the posse.' They threw up their
Then Briggs aid, 'Drive on Ilk hell
'Then the convicts ssld, Oe to hell you'
-and opened on us. They flred tbs first
shots. Their firs was so strong we tried
ta get down under cover as best we
could. I gut out and rsa to ths side of
tbs road asd was going to shoot one of
tbs horses la ths Deck. , My rifle sights
were full e( mud. Bo me body hollered,
'For -Cod's sake, sheriff, they've sot a
bead aa you.'" ,,
"1 dropped and then there was a rain
of bullets around me.''
Asked Net ts Uwl. '
He was cross-examined by 1. T. Bailey
f P pi I Hon, formed county Judge of
sarpy county, and one of ths counsel tor
ths Blant family, Sheriff Chase ' said
that Uoyd Blunt a brother of ths young
man who was killed drove up lo him.
Briggs and Trouton as they were wearing
ths convicts and told htm not to shoot
antll Roy was safe.
Mr. Bagley asked: "When Iloy'e
brother came up there; told yon not to
boot until he was safe. Isn't It a fact
that you turned around and said. "To,
hell with Blunt; we are going to get;
"I did not," declared Chase, em
phatically; 'sad ths boy will bear m
out la this," bs added, pointing toward
Uoyd Blunt, who with tbs rest of ths
Blunt family occupied a row of seats
directly behind ths witness stand.
"I don't -cars what he says," spat out
Bagley. "I want yeu to aay whether or
not you said that" Chase repeated his
denial la eves more emphatic tone.
Was II vera Sebe-rf
Question as to whether Sheriff Myers
of Lancaster county, who was one of the
pursuers, was drunk or sober created an
other sensation at tbs afternoon silting
.A. f. Kmper. who drove) tbs rig IB
which Hyers pursued, was the witness.
Empey swurs bs and Hyers were some
distance behind tbs rig 1a which Briggs,
Troatoa and Chase were riding. The wit
ness said Hyers wanted blot to pass the
other pursuers sad rua a abreast of tbs
osnvict wee-on ee that Hyers could pick
off one of ths oowvkrta. Empey refused
to So so. but, sbsemng a young maa
tiding borsebark short distance to tbe
rear, suggested that be mtgbt lend bis
bores to ths sheriff. The young maa
was wilting. Hyers mounted lbs horse
and rods on. but did not est muck neaier
ths convicts. .
ays Hrere Was gebee.
"What was Sheriff Hyers conditloa-
whether drunk or sober?" asked Begley,
"Did not you say In the presence of
Harry eiabaugh at Papillion that Hyers
was half drunk?
"I did not"
Witness denied having made an affi
davit for Hyers and denied having re
ceived any money from Hyers except
pay for driving and for a pair of gloves.
Brlcs la the Clear.
Chris Peterson, near whose home the
convicts made their last stand, testified
that the horses of the convicts' wagon
broke Into a furious gallop when the
first of the four men in tbe wagon fell
He indicated he thought the driver.
Blunt, must have been the first men
killed. He said "he saw one man, whom
he described as Briggs, get out of 3
buggy and fire while all four men wen
unhurt The shot did no damage, and
the man returned to the rig. Several vol
leys were fired by both tides and tbe
first man fell. ,-
Start ef laqaest Delayed.
A dramatic recital by Chief of Police
Briggs of South Omaha of ths pursuit of
snd battls with the three) convicts who
recently escaped from tbe Nebraska pent- I
tentiary featured the flrat session of the
Inquest over the body of Roy Blunt, the ;
young farmer who was sn Innocent
victim of ths shooting. Tbs Inquest
was held at Springfield. - ' 1 j
Briggs' story was a frank one and he 1
admitted that he bed no thought of, the
young men's life, once ths bsttls was on.
"My life wss ss much In danger as
was Blunt's," declared Bliggs. I
"I was tbs center of their attack and ;
after I was started I wss bound to fight ;
until dead." ;
Seated within an arm's length of the
chief sat ths widow of the dead man.
She bad little Interest in ths proceedings,
however. If sppesrances counted; the
seemed daxed by the scene around her.
Her parents and thoss of young Blunt
also occupied seata near the witness.
Opera Hoses Crowded. '
Ths opera houss where the inquest is
being held waa crowded to Its capacity,
every aisle and the stage being used for
standing room. Many who cams from
tbe country did not have thi theater
during ths neon hour, having brought
their dunch baskets with them.
Clashes between attorneys were fre
quent snd at limes personalities were In
dulged In. These became so serious at
times that tbs coroner appeared In a
quandary as to what actios to take, Whan
this condition came up ths attorneys ap
parently try common consent settled the
matter among themselves without a rul
ing, j '
i Old Jfst Thlak at Daarrr.
"Did you realise that an Innocent man
was la the wsaon snd that his life wss
(n danger every time you fired!" In
quired Attorney Patrick, on cross-examination.
"No mora thsn my own," wss ths reply.
"Didn't you think you might be taking
the life of an Innocent man?"
. "I didn't think anything about It" - -
"Could you not nave effected lb cap
ture of these men by strategy. That la,
to shoot ths horses or run ths wagon
down?" " . .
"They were firing at us. I tried to make
them surrender by calling' upon them to
throw up their bands, but renewed firing
waa the answer I received aad shot was
striking me la the face from their guns,'
, ;' Atterneye Clash. ,
Another extended clash between Manes!
occurred at this point" ' " ... ,
Chief Briggs mads sharp resly-to sev
eral questions, and ths exchanges b
Have you before. this tnstanos shot
Into a crowd of men one of whom was
SB innocent person?" inquired counsel. ,
''1 never bad ' such denpsrat men to
deal with," replied Briggs.
. Maay Csssa A rase. '-" . i
Chief of Polios peeanue of Omaha with
nineteen polios officers of that city war
among tbs witness subpoenaed. They
presented a formidable array when they
arrived. County Attorney Jamlesan eon
suited' with 'attorneys and officials snd
decided no attempt would be made to
dltarro those present, although it Wat
knows that many men cam armed.
Metabere at ths families of the dead
man and hid wits same In Just before the
processings were begun and wars given
seats near ths Jury The young widow,
almost oblivious of what was happening
about bar, sat with her eyes on ths floor.
Coroner B. B. Armstrong was ths first
witness called. He went Into detail of
the bullet wounds found oa Blunt's body.
Hs could not tell by ths nature , of
wound whether the bullets were of large
or small eallbar, and . neither whether
rifle or revolver ballet. This has been a
mooted question, as "ths convicts wars
armed with shotguns and revolvers and
tbs officers with rifles. .- .
On cross-examination, lbs 'clothing of
the dead man waa exhibited and was the
subject af the first dash. Ths bloody
oust wsa produced and brought forth a
dramatio scans. Attorney on each aids
charged opposlag sunset with lack of
feeling for the widow snd parents of
ths dead maa. Coroner Armstrong waa
himself on toe stand and rapped the at
torneys to order attar 'some sharp ex
changes. .,, . .
Befors the Inquest wss resumed tn the
afternoon It bsoama apparent that ths
Inquest never will end the Blunt
aad that regardless ef what verdict may
bs returned by ths coroner's Jury at least
on lawsuit and probably mors will bs
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shoulj be conducted 1n aa orderly, 'calm,
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Let no excitement or prejudice in sny
way Influence the'lury In this investiga
tion. On this occasion the name of the
state of Nebraska I at stake, snd let us
see to it aa cut lens that nothing occurs
here to In any way reflect upon the good
cltlsenshlp of Bsrpyeoun.-y and the state
of Nebraska.' Meraember, In this mat
ter that two wrongs never make a
rtgnt and two extremes never solve s
problem. It will, avail-no one anything
to proceed with undue haste or arrive
at a conclusion based upon prejudice, pas
sion and feeling.
Remember, also. In this matter that
these officers were In pursuit of desper
ate men mere human devita, as It wars
and that In the pursuit aad capture of
thee desperadoee the officers took their
own lives In their hsnde and courage
ously performed their duty, and If what
may seem to be an unnecessary taklns;
of life occurred, remember that It waa
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curred in thie desperate pureuit after
oeeperen nws was acciueniai.
1 say to you who may be assembled en
this occaatim te calmly snd JustlfleMy
swslt careful Investigation of the facta.
It will serve ne good purpoes either to
this community or to ths bereeved rela-
1 - m. U7 utiiu .1 11 ntmj
When this situation is appreciated. I sn.
sure thst the good people of this com
munity snd the bereaved friends will
counsel moderation in ail particulars. Any
violation of Isw and set of lewleesnee.
win be a stain apoa ths name of our
fair stats, and will not In any way com
pensate for the violations of Isw thst
have already taken place.
1 I submit these few lines ta the people,
assembled oa the occasion of the coro
ner's lnveetiatlon In a spirit of profound
sympathy for bereaved friends and rela
tivessand for the purpose of calllna your
attention to tbe necessity of being calm
I This eorooss's Jury should receive svl
I dence. in bay Judf meet. In a room by
itself and call witnesses ss they se fit
to. 1 hsve been Informed that it la tbe
purpose of the coroner So bold this In
quest In tbe opera boaes ss that the
.-rowds may bs sccommonsted. - Gentle
men, this la a serious snd grievous mle
ak. You start In. by this proceed Ins. tat
hs form of aa entertainment. It mare
he solemnity and dignity of tn aceaetoa.
Entertainment or eatisfacttoa of curi
osity seeks la not the aim or object
n this matter. This tnvestiiarloa should
ha conducted bv the members ef the
xroner's Jury with the asstataoc of the
county attorney and the coroner, tn sucn
1 manner that a witness would not feel
.he embarrassment of carious eyes. In
this way a witnea could snd would be
1 mors liable to tell the plain truth, tree
from toe scorn an cnttcsrm 01 use con
( oelty seekers. By bsvtng this Jury, with
the county sttorney snd the twoner In
s room by Itself fa ths presence of a
i witness whs Is glvMs- testimony, then
, a dignified and orderly procedure souid
j be carried out-
I But to have the proceeding in aa opera
t bouse savors ot a show or an entertaM-
country would seise upon It as something
to color up in glaring headlines.
With every confidence) in tbs integrity,
snd fairness of the coronet's Inquest ot
the people of this county. I submit to
you, without further remark, the coa
slderstlon of this Important mstter.
your. reePfony ft
Seed Cora Experts
Preach New Gospel'
to Three Thousand
CORN! NO, la, March .-Speclal-Be-for
an audience that taxed the capacity
of tbe Adams county -court houss her
last evening agricultural experta from the
state agricultural eollegs expounded tbs
laws of good tanning, featuring the Im
perative necessity of testing ssed Cora
this spring. This meeting rounded out
the second day of tbs Burlington's seed
corn and soil (pedal Itinerary of tw
weeks. During tbs day meeting were
held and seven towns and fully 130
people were addressed oa tbs subject now
so vital to lows' prosperity this fall.
Ths first meeting of ths day wag at
Cumberland at I o'clock. Despite tbe
early hour there wu a larger crowd af
farmers who bad driven ever nwddy
roads ta bear the lesson to he offered
them. At afsassna and Con tensile both
audlenos coaches oa ths special were
filled to the platforms. Whlls ths roads
are muddy farmers, unable to work la
the fields, are wllUng to bravs ths Incon
venlencs of ths roads to reap the benefits
offered by this train with Its experts.
At Greenfield the meeting was held in
the court house, which wss packed.
Judge Rsuser. who Is holding ooourt here,
adjourned tbs session pending the lectur
hour. Orient furnished tws carloads of
Interested farmer. Preacott gavs a big
attendance and thee Corning was reached
far this evening's meeting.
Prof- W. H. Stevenson of tbs stats agrt.
cultural college of ana Joined the spe
cial train today and delivered bis first
lecture here last sight After covering
tbs seed corn testing subject bs gave sn
Interesting discussion oa ths soil problem
that I on of permanent Interest ts
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