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The Sacco-Vanzetti Case and the Grim Forces Behind It


But was the bandit car in the Bridgewater holdup actually a Buick? Benjamin Bowles testified glibly that it was a large dark Buick; but under cross-examination he admitted that he had not paid particular attention to the car, and in fact did not know of what make it was. (Page 39, trial record).

True, Richard Grant Casey said it was a Buick; but Casey testified that Vanzetti wore a cap, while Cox and Mrs. Brooks swore it was a hat. Harding, too, called the car a Buick; but his qualifications for identifying automobiles were never illustrated in court.

Case Stirs Italian Chamber

This case has caused a noticeable stir in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. It has been the subject of extensive debate there, and demands for fair play for the two defendants in America were made in speeches by Ella Musetti and Leon Mucci, members of the Chamber.

When these two made their demands they had in hand a detailed report on the whole case from Morris Gebelow, a New York newspaperman who journeyed to Rome in November after spending many days in Massachusetts investigating the facts.

Deputy Mucc's activity in behalf of the two accused was something more than an abstract appeal for justice for two of his countrymen. Mucci was formerly a member of the Boston bar, and knew what had been done in other times to innocent aliens in New England. In 1912, he was a law-partner of George E. Roewer, Jr., and was one of the attorneys who defended Ettor, Giovannitti and Caruso at Salem.

As a result of the activities of these two Deputies and others, the Italian government cabled instructions to its ambassador at Washington and its consulate at Boston to make an exhaustive scrutiny of all contributing factors. Adding to the governmental record in this inquiry will be the report of the Italian consulate at

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