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inquest info John v kopf murder - I TELL OF KOPF MURDER Irrrmesszs AT THE INQUEST...
I TELL OF KOPF MURDER Irrrmesszs AT THE INQUEST AC- MIZE SENATOR FARNUM. 4 Three Persons, Members of the Lorimer Faction In Thirteenth Ward Republican Club, Tell the Coroner's Jury That George Roberts Was Or.. , dered to "Get" the County Commis.. stonerStuding of the Ballot Boxes Is Described. The Lorimer faction of the Th)rteenth ward club political fight, which resulted. in the death of John V. Kopf on Nov.213. ha Its innings at the coroner's inquest yesterday. Nine witnesses, all followers of the murdered commissioners took the stand and testified to the stabbing by George Gill Roberts and the part whiclii State Senator Frank C. Farnum played in the affair. These men, said to be the strongest witnesses against Farnem. now under bonds ot $20,000. were on the witness stand during the morning and afternoon sessions of the Inquiry at the Warren avenue station. Three of them testified that as Kopf approached the Judges' table after the cry had gone up that the ballot box was being stuffed they heard Farnurn say: Get Kopf." They were George A. Coffman, an employ6 of the sheriff's office. John Lenehan, an employe lathe office of the clerk of the Criminal. court. and James NI. powers, a telegrapher. Other WitnessestDid Not Hear Words. Another, Constable .7; M. Bongo. testified he heard somebody say those words, but could not tell from whom they came. The other witnesses said that they had not heard the words. They were: James H. Coffman. elevator conductor. Fort Dearborn building. Daniel ht. Elliott. attorney. C. A. Perrin. an election clerk for Kopf party. William Gregorl, employe 4) f Probate clerk's office, brother-in-law of William Lorimer. Thomas Woods. colored, employed by Bongo as stableman. Woods' testimony was the most severe upon Senator Farnum. who was present at the afternoon session, when the colored man testified. It as the only, evidence introduced to show that there had been a conspiracy or plot hatched to " slug " some of the Kopf partisans, and was aimed at the senator. Attorney Kickham Scanlan. counsel for Farnum. attempted to show that Woods Is a creature of Bongo?, and that he has been a. professional witness in many. previous cases. His questions at the close of the coroner's investigation were intended to show that Woods was arrested last summer for horse stealing by Bongo,. who saved him from punishment by interceding with the court. and later gave him employment. Coroner Hoffman. Deputy C. V. Barrett, and Assistant State's Attorney Holt conferred and concluded to bar all questions as to the past history of the witness. Tells of Plot to "Do" Kopf. Woods testified to the following story: That he had gone to the club headquarters at 14CA) West Madison street on the morning of the election.. and that he had overheard conversations pointing to a plot to " do up" Kopf and others of his party. He said that he saw Farnum and Roberts in consultation, and that Roberts had said on walking away. " Leave it to me," and that later he heard live men talking. that W. J. Jackman had declared he would " have nothing to do with' it." and that another man. whom be did not know, explained that the man whom Farnum shook hands with or for whom he bought a drink was " the man." The statements of the witnesses went to show that Kopf had protested against the barring of his clerks and judges, and that the voters in line had refused to cast their ballots. Farnum then called upon George Jensen, a park policeman, acting as clerk. to vote, and he had tried to put a bundle of ballots into the box. A cry went up that the box was being stuffed. and Kopf ran forward. He had Just stepped upon the platform when Roberta stabbed him with a pocket knife. State Has Many Witnesses Yet. ' The state is endeavoring to show that the attack was unprovoked, and still has seventeen more witnesses to place on the stand. The defense has not yet stated who will be called to represent the Farnum side of the fight. but it is probable that the inquest will not be concluded today. - In --20..10mSIn G. on In on ds-

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  1. Chicago Tribune,
  2. 19 Dec 1905, Tue,
  3. Page 13

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