Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 1st, 1913
When court convened on Thursday morning, J. M. Gantt, formerly employed in the bookkeeping department of the National Pencil factory, was placed on the stand for two questions, and he was followed by Harry Scott, Pinkerton detective, who worked as a partner of John R. Black, of the city detectives, in searching for the murder of Mary Phagan.
Solicitor Hugh Dorsey had Gantt swear that he was arrested on April 28 and hold until the following Thursday.
During Scott’s testimony, there were lively tilts of all sorts. At one time Scott became angry with the solicitor and asked him if he were accusing him of withholding evidence, and Dorsey declared that Scott had entrapped him by promising to swear one thing on the stand and then by refusing to swear it.
A moment later the defense was in a rage when Scott swore that Herbert Haas, one of Leo Frank’s counsel, had ordered him to furnish to the defense the evidence he might obtain before giving it to the police.
Luther Rosser, another of Frank’s attorneys, then tried to show that
he had not been concerned in this, and when this was not helld [sic]
admissible, he burst out with the statement, “There’s certainly no
one here who believes that I had anything to do with this!”
Scott declared he told Haas, in the presence of Rosser and Sig Montag, that before the Pinkertons would do as he asked that they would quit the case.