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There were pathetic scenes and much dramatic evidence on Wednesday, February 17, at the trial at Nashville, Tennessee, of Colonel Duncan Cooper; his eon, Robin Cooper; and John Sharpe, a former sheriff, for the murder last November of United States Senator Carmacli in the streets of Xasbville. Four weeks were occupied in finding a jury to try the case, over 3000 citizens being summoned and examined. In the result, says the correspondent of the "Daily Telegraph," "the jury have been chosen chiefly for their Ignorance, half of the members being unable to read and write, and the fact has excited much bitter criticism." Describing the scenes in court, the correispondent says that Mrs. Carmack, the senator's widow, was half-carried, half-as-sisted into court, and was moaning as she was placed In her chair. Her little , son Edward, ten years old, stood by his mother, patting her shoulder, and trying to keep back his tears. The widow was so overcome that her evidence was mercifully restricted to the single admission that she last heard from her husband on the ninrning of his deaMi. Mrs. Eastman, one of the best known (Society ladles In the South, who was speaklug with Senator Carmnck when be was killed, said: "Senator Cnrmack was swinging along, his eyes lighted up with a pleasant look, and we bo"i stopped. I had begun n sentence, when from behind mc enmc a voice, saying, 'Well, here you are. Wp have the drop on you now.' "I saw Mr. Cormack look over my shoulder with, a look of surprised inquiry. Aβ he did bo he ran bis right band back into his pocket and drew slowly a pistol. It seemed to catch. I put my hands to my face. Then the voice began again behind be. and it said, 'You cowardly scoundrel, hiding behind a woman's skirts. You get out, you dastard.' When I saw the revolver I jumped to one side and turned tbe revolver In the senator s hand. It was upside down—that Is he hold It by the barrel. I put up both hands,'"she added, "and jumped back. I heard a shot, and turn»d. "I then recognised Colonel Cooper. Then I saw young Cooper, and heard two other shots flred so rapidly that I thought they were simultaneous. Young Cooper was standing near mc, his arm extended as though in the act of firing a pistol. Senator Cnrmack was lying in the gutter in a pool of blood, and I turned and denounced Colonel Cooper, telling him he was a brutal murderer, and that he hnd taken advantage of my presence to kill a man without giving him the chance of a dog, and that I would rather be the dead man in the gutter than be him." Evidence was given of a note written by Colonel Cooper saying that Mr. Carmack would bp shot |f bis (Coopcr'e) name were mentioned again in the "Tennessean," a paper owned by the murdered senntor. [A New York cable, dated March 23, stated: Coj Cooper and his son Robin have been found guilty of murdering Senator Cormack. They have been released on £f>OOO bßll. pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.]

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MURDER OF A SENATOR., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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MURDER OF A SENATOR. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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