Both Wife and Phone, He Says, Are Expensive and Necessary

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Constitution
August 16th, 1913

Ike Haas, well-known manufacturer, was put on the stand during Friday afternoon.

“How long have you been in Atlanta?”
“Four years.”

“What is your business?”

“I am a manufacturer.”

“Do you know Leo M. Frank and his general character?”


“Is it good or bad?”

“Very good.”

“Did you hear your telephone bell ring on the morning of April 27?”

“No, but I heard my wife answering it.”

Hooper on cross-examination:

“Your wife woke you up?”

“There is some little difference between a wife and a telephone, isn’t there, Mr. Haas?”
“Yes; but both are expensive and necessary.”

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Atlanta Constitution, August 16th 1913, “Both Wife and Phone, He Says, are Expensive and Necessary,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)