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HASKELL ACQUITTED.

INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE!.

(Received 8.20 a.m.)

LONDON, April 4. Governor Haskell; -Governor of Oklahoma and formerly treasurer of the Democratic National Fund, has been acquitted on his second trial for "graft," the jury considering the evidence insufficient to warrant a conviction.

The charges against Haskell arose out of those brought by W. R. Hearst against Senators Foraker, Bailey, Sibley and McLaurin. They included an affidavit by Frank S. Monnett, formerly AttorneyGeneral of Ohio, to the effect that Haskell and Frank Rockefeller had arranged to pay Monnett 500,000 dollars if he would stop the progress of the prosecution of the Standard Oil, and a court record showing that Haskell had tried to stop the Attorney-General of Oklahoma from proceeding against a subsidiary company of the Standard for business operations carried on in defiance of the law. It was further alleged that Haskell promoted "wild-cat" schemes in Wallstreet, organised the Federal Steel Co., and operated in Indian lands under circumstances not free from guile. Mr Haskell declared that it must be another Haskell who figured in the Monnett affidavit, and called for an Investigation. He resigned the treasureshfp, but retained the governorship, confessed nothing, and threatened to prosecute Roosevelt for libel. Then he was put on trial for trust law breaches, but the jury has failed thrice to agree.

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HASKELL ACQUITTED. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 81, 5 April 1909

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