Every Girl on Fourth Floor of Factory Will Go on Stand

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

Atlanta Constitution
August 16th, 1913

Mrs. E. H. Carson, mother of Rebecca Carson, and a forewoman in the pencil factory, was put on the stand late in the afternoon.

“How long have you been employed by the pencil factory?”

“Three years.”

“Did you ever see blood spots around the dressing rooms?”


“When did you see Jim Conely last?”

Saw Conley on Tuesday.

“I saw him the Tuesday after the murder. He came to my machine, and I said: ‘Jim, I see they haven’t go you yet.’ Thursday he came again. I told him the same thing. He said that he had done nothing for them to get him about. I said, ‘No,’ and poor Mr. Frank hasn’t done anything, either. He said: ‘No’m, and he’s as innocent as you is. When I said that they would get the murderer when they arrested that nigger Mrs. Arthur White saw on the first floor Jim walked away, and I’ve never seen him to this day.”

“How long have you known Frank?”
“Three years.”

“What is his general character, good or bad?”


“What is Jim’s reputation?”

Cross-examination by Dorsey.

“How often did you ever come in contact with Frank?”
“Whenever he would come up the aisle on my floor.”

“He came up that aisle quite often, didn’t he?”


Was on the Same Floor.

“Wasn’t Frank there when you had the first talk with Conley?”
“Yes, he was on the same floor.”

“When did you see those spots?”

“I can’t remember.”

“Was it blood?”
“It looked mighty like it to me.”

“Tell us everywhere you ever saw this blood?”
“Around the dressing rooms, in the aisles and around the sinks.”

“Couldn’t it have been paint?”
“It was dark and hard to distinguish.”

Arnold resuming direct examination, said:

“You know most of the girls on the fourth floor?”

“We intend putting on the stand every girl on the fourth floor to question her whether or not she has ever been in Frank’s office and seen other girls there or beer bottles.”

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Atlanta Constitution, August 16th 1913, “Every Girl on Fourth Floor of Factory Will Go on Stand,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)