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WAS IT TRUE?
THAT’S THE POINT.
Proof Brought Forward for
the O’Neill-Berry Story.
WHY MR. STEIN WAS ASSAILED.
He Makes a Personal Statement of the
Facts of the Case and the Cause Lead
ing up to the Attack upon Him—
The Story Amply Confirmed
by Advises from Savannah.
A PERSONAL STATEMENT.
As far as the LOOKING GLASS is con
cerned, the deplorable imbroglio into which
circumstances have dragged me during
the past week, clearly demands a full and
frank statement from my pen. 1 desire to
preface it, however, with the assurance
that I have no intention whatever of
engaging in a mud-slinging match through
the public prints, for, even if the events of
last Monday had not clearly demonstrated
that 1 would be outclassed in such a com
bat, my strong conviction that private
indignities can not be settled in that way
would prevent me from engaging in it.
My own wrongs must be righted else
where, and in some other manner; what
I desire at present is to acquaint the pub
lic with the exact facts of the case, in
order that intelligent judgment may be
passed upon it.
In the last issue of this paper an article
appeared reviewing the cases of certain
citizens of Savannah who had been
arrested at the Kimball House during the
latter days of the Legislature on the
charge of playing poker. They were all
prominent and highly respectable gentle
men, and it appeared from the circum
stances that they were merely whiling
away the time in a social game in which
it was not possible to win or lose over a
dollar or two. Nevertheless they were
dragged out like so many common male
factors and were eventually taken to the
city court, presided over by Judge John
Berry, and four of them fined SSO and
costs apiece. The cases of the other two,
Messrs. Lawrence and Osborne, were con
tinued until the tenth of January, with
the distinct understanding that they were
then to enter pleas of guilty.
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Entered at the Post-office at Atlanta, Ga. for Second-class Mall Matter.
ATLANTA, GA., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1897.
HERE IS THE PROOF!
Letter From Mr. Jacob S. Collins of Savannah, Confirm=
ing the Story Relative to Judge John Berry
and Solicitor James P. O’lNeill.
Savannah, Ga., Dec. 21, 1897.
Mr. 0. H. Stein,
Dear Mr. Stein: You have my sympathy in your altercation with
I have read the article in the Looking Glass of December 18th.
The statement therein made that the cases against myself and other
gentlemen involved in the Kimball House game of cards, were pushed for
the purpose of satisfying the avarice of Court officials is, in my
judgment, correct, and I find that all the good people of Atlanta and
elsewhere with whom I have conversed upon the subject heartily concur
In the matter of prosecution of Mr. O’Neill and Judge Berry I de
sire to assume responsibility. It has not to my knowledge been charged
that these gentlemen played poker at the Hotel Oglethorpe, in Mclntosh
County, but Hon. Joseph Mansfield, of Mclntosh County, did not hesi
tate to state publicly in Atlanta that he was present and saw Judge
Berry and Solicitor O’Neill playing poker on St. Simon’s Island last
summer, and, if need be, equally as prominent gentlemen of the city of
Atlanta will testify to the same thing. Their names would now be
given but for the fact that their information was given in confidence.
I feel that Judge Berry and Solicitor O’Neill have abused their
official position in pushing the oases against our party, and but for
the earnest solicitation of some of the members of the party, and
other mutual friends I would have had warrants issued for the arrest
of them both, and I may yet take such action, for I do not feel that
they should parade themselves as virtuous when they are anything else,
as I am informed.
Very truly yours,
Price, Five Cents.