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STATE TRIALS

A Collection of the Important and Interest-
ing Criminal Trials which have taken place
in the United States, from the beginning
of our Government to the Present Day.

WITH NOTES AND ANNOTATIONS

JOHN D. LAWSON, LL.D.

EDITOR

VOLUME V

ST. LOUIS
F. H. THOMAS LAW BOOK CO.

les 42510.9

HARVARD COLI

FEB 24 1916

LIBRARY
Fregit fuod

Copyright, 1916
BY JOHN D. LAWSON

TO

OLIVER HAYES DEAN

OF KANSAS CITY

MISSOURI

NOT ALONE IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LEADERSHIP AT THE BAR AND IN ALL CIVIC ACTIVITIES, BUT IN PLEASANT RECOLLECTION OF OUR MANY YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND OF OUR WANDERINGS BY LAND AND SEA FROM SAN SEBASTIAN AND THE BAY OF BISCAY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF GRANADA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN, THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

PREFACE TO VOLUME FIVE.

The trial of Arrison (p. 1) is the opening chapter of the story of a notable but not uncommon instance of the miscarriage of justice in the United States. The evidence of guilt is clear, and the crime being fresh in the minds of the community, the man is convicted and sentenced to be hanged. Then, on some technical grounds, his lawyers are able to have the proceedings set aside on appeal and a new trial ordered. A long time elapses; the community which, the day after the tragedy, offered large rewards for the discovery of the murderer, has ceased to have any interest in the case and has almost forgotten the crime, and a second jury is found which is persuaded that the prisoner is guilty of manslaughter only. His sentence is imprisonment for ten years and at the end of a portion of that time he is set free. He returns to Cincinnati, but finding that there are some people still living who remember the tragedy and its appalling circumstances and that they may take it into their heads to have him indicted for the murder of Mrs. Allison, he prudently departs for Iowa and is heard of no more.

How was it possible that twelve men could be found who could be made to believe that Arrison's act was without premeditation or deliberation, when he took several days to construct his infernal machine which he sent to his victims by his selected messengers ? How little scruple he had about taking innocent lives in the carrying out of his revenge is shown in his advice to the boys to whom he confided the box, that they ought

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