Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
July 23rd, 1913
TRACE FOUND HERE OF NEGRO SAID TO HAVE SEEN PHAGAN SLAYING
Sister of Will Green Tells Police He Slept at Home at Hour Girl Was Slain; Jim Conley, Factory Sweeer [sic] Again Grilled.
The two negro principals in the Phagan case—Newt Lee and Jim Conley—were put on the grill together in the cell of the former in the county jail by Solicitor Dorsey and his assistant, Frank G. Hooper, late Wednesday afternoon.
Present at the cross-examination were J. M. Gantt, former pencil factory employee, and Detectives Starnes and Campbell, the officers who have had charge of Conley for the past several weeks. After half an hour’s questioning Gantt left the jail. Solicitor Dorsey and the others remained and the questioning of the two negroes continued until a late hour. Conley was then taken back to police headquarters.
Here are Wednesday’s important developments in the Phagan murder mystery:
Bloodstained glove of Mary Phagan is said to have been found on the first floor near the place the discovery of her pay envelope was made.
New evidence is found tending to establish the identity of the negro, Will Green, said to have seen the attack upon Mary Phagan.
Newt Lee, negro night watchman at the pencil factory, undergoes a grilling examination at the hands of Solicitor General Dorsey and his associate counsel, Frank A. Hooper.
J. M. Gantt, expected to give sensational evidence for the prosecution at the trial, is in conference with the solicitor and present at the grilling of Lee.
Leo M. Frank tells Sheriff Mangum that he is eager for the trial to begin, and will be ready when it is called Monday morning.
Solicitor Dorsey announces that he will insist that there be no further delay.
It became known Wednesday that the defense in the Frank case had been informed that the negro, Will Green, who is said to have been shooting craps with Jim Conley the day that Mary Phagan was murdered and to have seen her attacked, and the Will Green living at 105 Thurmond street, Atlanta, are the same person.Continue Reading →