NO LEGAL EVIDENCE AGAINST THOSE HELD AT CHICAGO.
Emma Goldman Will Be Set at Liberty Today When Her Case Comes Up.
CHICAGO, Sept. 23.—The
nine anarchists who have been under arrest here since the assassination
of President McKinley were today given their freedom, Judge Chetlain
so ordering after the prosecution had answered that there was no
legal evidence against them. Emma Goldman was not a party to the
proceedings. Her case is set for hearing tomorrow before Magistrate
Prindeville, where she, as well as the nine men freed today are
charged with conspiracy to murder President McKinley. The cases
in the lower court with reference to the men are, of course, nullified
by the action of Judge Chetlain today. Miss Goldman will also be
set at liberty, as Justice Prindeville has agreed to take such action
in her case as the upper court took in the cases of the men.
When the court ordered the liberation
of the prisoners there was not a trace of jubilation in their faces.
They were sent back to jail, where they collected their belongings,
chiefly magazines and newspapers, and then came down stairs, where
they met friends and members of their families. For the first time
they showed evidence of pleasure. The party then departed in various
directions, refusing police protection to their homes.
Emma Goldman received the news of
the liberation of her friends with a laugh.
“I guess they’ll have to let me go
now,” she said. “It has been shown that the men named as conspirators
with me did not conspire; and I fancy they would have trouble trying
to show I conspired all by myself.”