242 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
by those who Ustened to him, to show the court how illegal was the indictment in every respect, how loosely drawn; how deficient in definite statement, and how no court of any grade — not to say a court of such high distinction as was this — could for a moment permit such an indictment to have a standing. But it did stand, the Court overruUng the motion and directing that the trial should proceed.
At this moment the doors of the balcony were opened, and the ladies of Betlflehem, preceded by Mrs. Fritz, ffied in, taking the seats that had been reserved for them. As they came in, a Catasauquian, rising to his feet, said that, while he was there to prosecute the prisoner to the bitter end, he would say that he was blessed with a good wife: "Let us give her three cheers!" They were given, all rising, and he could have had more just for the asking for them.
No attempt wiU be made to describe the scene of that famous trial. Witnesses were caUed on behalf of the prosecution that promised well at the start, but under the cross fire of counsel weakened, until, at last, all they had said against the prisoner was turned in his favor. Inter¬ jection of witticisms between opposing counsel, mingled with unheard-of rulings by the Court, were wont to set the tables in a roar; " quips and quirks and paper buUets of the brain " were shot forth on all sides, rebounding to and fro, until court, judges, attorneys, prisoner, and aU held their sides as they bent backwards and forwards in un¬ controllable shouts of laughter. The gravest men there were swept into the wild whirl, while the jolUest simply shouted as they wiped the tears from off their cheeks. At last, the speeches of the counsel on either side having been made, the Clflef Justice, summing up the evidence in a most masterly manner, proceeded, after a conference with his associates, to announce the decision of the court.