"Tell the jury all about it," counseled Mr. Brothers.
"I will," said the witness, drawing her lips to a faint line.
The witness finally found what she sought. It was a $10 note neatly folded. She tossed it to the stenographer's desk in front of her with withering scorn.
"There's your dirty money," she said.
Mr. Brothers picked it up. He unfolded it and studied it.
"This is Mr. McDonald's $10, isn't it?" he asked.
"Yes, it is."
"Do you mind," Mr. Brothers inquired politely, "if I give it back to Mr. McDonald?"
"No, go ahead. That's why I gave it to you."
As Mr. McDonald bowed and pocketed the money court attendants went about busily trying to still the laughter.
It developed later that the money had been given to Mrs. Farry to defray her taxicab fare--she no longer patronizes any other form of transportation--after she had complained of the cost of riding to court from her home in La Fontaine Avenue, the Bronx.
"You couldn't buy my oath for $10--no, not for a million dollars," said Mrs. Farry, as, assuming a more comfortable posture, [she] displayed pink stockings and gold slippers.
The examiner then tried to show, by reading from her testimony before the grand jury, that the witness had told a different story of the events at the Park Central on the night of the shooting of Rothstein. He did not get very far, the witness, with her capable hands folded in her lap, stoutly insisting that she was telling the truth.
Nott, Granting Defense Motion, Says State Had Failed to
Prosecutor Admits It
He and Court Declare Most of State Witnesses Were Hostile and Untruthful
Judge Charles C. Nott Jr. directed the jury in General Sessions Court at 10:47 A.M. yesterday to acquit George A. McManus of the murder of Arnold Rothstein. The State had failed to establish its case against the defendant, said the judge, and there was no alternative except to free him. Thus the killing of the gambler was obscured again in the mists of unsolved crime.
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Publication information: Book title: Understanding the Great Gatsby:A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Contributors: Dalton Gross - Author, MaryJean Gross - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 55.
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