Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 4th, 1913
Negro’s Recitative Manner of Telling His Story Gives Impression That He Has Rehearsed It Many Times
Jim Conley Monday morning recited his story to the Frank jury.
Newt Lee last week told his.
Above all other things, Jim’s testimony was glib.
Newt’s was deliberate.
For more than an hour Jim spoke smoothly, evenly, unhesitatingly to the jury, as though his story had been polished by careful rehearsal to himself.
Scarcely once was he interrupted. Solicitor Dorsey’s only warning was slower speech. Jim’s story came so readily to his lips that he spoke faster than the jury could follow. He never paused. Incidents which he alleged to have happened months ago were told by him as though they were vivid and fresh in his memory.
No witness since the trial began has been so glib of speech as Jim. None has given such minute details. None has inclined so much to dramatic incidents.Continue Reading →