Lizzie's Counsel Sustained.
Emma Borden Tells About Burning the Dress.
Mrs. Raymond Swears to Paint On It.
Strange Man Story Barred Out
Hilliard Contradicts Matron Reagan.
GOV Robinson's Trousers Prove a Mascot.
The Arguments Will Probably be Heard Monday.
All the Testimony Has Now Been Heard.
NEW BEDFORD, June 16-The defense is closed the rebuttal is ended, and court is adjourned until Monday morning at 9 o'clock.
The judges and the counsel have gone to their respective homes, but the jury, poor fellows are securely locked in their hotel quarters utterly uninformed as to the why and wherefore hungry for information and thirsty for something else.
We had a very interesting day, the first act of the chief justice being a knockout for the defense, the court having concluded that the man in the woods seen by the good lady who was on the stand at he last adjournment was so remote an object of interest as to be unworthy of an exhibit, in this case.
This has been an odd trial in respect to the raiment novel ties being sprung upon the spectators day after day. The Chief Justice, for instance, favored us yesterday with the sight of a new white stovepipe. To-day Judge Blodgett for the first time wore a white necktie, aiding his always-pale visage in further resemblance to a clean-cut cameo. Gov. Robinson sported a new pair of trousers yesterday, which was a lucky day for the defense, and his associates insisted upon his keeping them on until the close of the trial, that the luck might not be changed.
Miss Lizzie told Gov. Robinson, as he greeted her this morning, that she had not passed a very restful night; and the intimation came, with a cheering smile, that she would feel better by and by.
The decision relative to the admission of the evidence of the Frenchman, who saw the man with the bloody hatchet, was in order the first thing. The Court decided that the evidence could not be admitted, and Mr. Jennings took an exception, stating that he would put in writing just what he had intended to show.
Sarah R. Hart of Tiverton said she passed the Borden house on the morning of the murder and saw the "pale young man" standing in the gateway.
It was current rumor in the courtroom that after the close of yesterday's session the Fall River police got hold at the two boys, Brown and Barnes, and endeavored to make the place rather warm for them because of their testimony as to their visit to the Borden barn. Therefore, the testimony of Painter Charles S. Sawyer, who stood guard at the Borden door the morning of the murder, to the effect that he saw the boys go to the barn, was interesting. Sawyer was one of the first persons to reach the house after the murder. He said Lizzie seemed much distressed. There was no blood on her clothes. He locked the cellar door after he was put, on guard.
TOLD A PLAIN STORY.
Reporter Manning of the Fall River Globe proved one at the best witnesses thus far developed, for without hesitation or zeal, but in a straightforward, businesslike way, told his story of the day clearly and distinctly. He aided in upsetting the police barn theory that no one bad been in that building with the exception of the policemen, and directly contradicted Matron Reagan, who, it will be remembered, testified that she had never said that there was no truth in the story of the quarrel, and also that she knew nothing whatever of the contents of the paper which the Rev. Mr. Buck desired her to sign.
Mr. Manning told in detail of his visit to the Borden house, where he saw all the other witnesses testified to, of his visit to the barn and of his conversation the very day of the publication of the Reagan story with Mrs. Reagan in her own house, to which, with a New York reporter, he made a visit.
At that time she distinctly said he testified that there was no truth whatever in the story as to the quarrel and that she knew nothing whatever about it. Going further in her denials she told another reporter that the story of the quarrel was absolutely false and when he laughingly said: "You are getting into the papers," she replied: "But that has all got to be taken back. There was no quarrel, and I never said there was."
This evidence was as far as it concerned Mrs. Reagan, corroborated by Reporter Hickey, who was with Mr. Manning.
Next to the interest felt in Lizzie Borden, with a possible exception in favor of well meaning Bridget Sullivan, the popular desire has been greatest to see Miss Emma Borden, daughter of the murdered man and sister of the accused.
She is over 40 years of age and looks as a prim, little, old-fashioned New England maiden, dressed with an exceeding neatness in plain black with the impress of a Borden in every feature.
Self-reliance and personal dignity, I should say, are conspicuous factors in her composition. There was no swaying of her slender form, no drooping of her straight-out eye, no quivering of her tight-shut mouth.
Everybody looked at her, but she looked at the counsel only. She first gave an itemized list of Lizzie's property, amounting to deposits in sundry savings banks of about $2500, two shares in the Fall River national bank and nine shares in the Merchants manufacturing company,
She said that the gold ring on Borden's finger was given to him by Lizzie 10 or 15 years ago, she having worn it a long time, and that he prized it highly and always kept it on his little finger, where it was when he was buried.
She produced an inventory of 18 or 19 dresses hanging in their clothes press, and swore in response to marshal Fleet's assertion that the search didn't amount to much, that Dr Dolan told her they had searched from attic to cellar, Bridget taking the paper from the walls and the carpets from the floors.
The court would not allow Mr. Jennings to prove by Miss Emma that it was the custom in the house to dispose of remnants and pieces of dresses by burning, although that would have been a tolerablely good reply to adverse critics who insist that burning was a very odd way to get rid of an old dress.However according to Miss Borden, although Miss Russell said nothing to Lizzie about the burning of the dress where people could see it at the time she did say to her later that she feared the burning of the dress was the worst thing Lizzie could have done. Where upon Lizzie exclaimed:
The girls were thoroughly frightened and after consultation concluded that the only proper thing for them to do was to see Mr. Hanscom and tell him the facts precisely as they occurred.
Her attention was then called to the Reagan yarn about the quarrel between Lizzie and herself. Sentence by sentence she denied the truth of every word, deliberately and emphatically setting at rest, so far as she was concerned the whole fabrication.
Mr. Knowlton's ingenious cross-examination endeavored to prove a condition of ill feeling in the Borden household, but succeeded only as far as the witness herself was concerned.
She said that some years ago her father gave to Mrs. Borden, her stepmother, one-half of a house, of which the other half was owned by her sister, the price being about $1500; that this angered Lizzie and herself, in consequence of which their father gave them what is known as their grandfather's house and that after this the cordial feelings between Mrs. Borden and Lizzie Borden were restored but that such was not the case as between Mrs. Borden and the witness.
The noonday recess was taken while Miss Emma was on the stand and if ever a body of men thoroughly enjoyed a hearty meal our friends the jurors did, putting away, great quantities of corned beef, roast beef, turkey, vegetables, ice cream, cake and fruits; all of which were washed down with that admirable fluid known as aqua pura.
It being noised about the town that Emma Borden was on the stand everybody made a rush for the Court house, but they might as well have rushed to the spire of nearest church, for the good people already favored with seats knew a good thing when they had it and not a soul stirred during the entire recess save such as knew they would have no difficulty in getting back.
The sisters were not allowed to be together, nor later at the conclusion of her testimony was Miss Emma permitted to join her sister at the bar.
The usual notice concerning exhibits having been given, Gov Robinson announced, to the surprise of everybody that the defense rested.