Items of Interest

An interesting legal point is involved in the Cox embezzlement case, as it turns on the relations existing between the United States and Cuba. Cox is an American charged with the embezzlement of fifteen hundred dollars in Havana. He was arrested in New Orleans and has resisted all efforts to send him back to Cuba. He claims that Cuba is an independent nation under the resolutions adopted by Congress and the terms of our declaration of war against Spain; that it is not a part of the United States, even if occupied by American troops, and is not bound by the laws of the United States. The United States District Attorney contends that under present conditions a criminal captured in the United States can be returned to Cuba where he committed the offence.

Maitre Labori, the leading counsel for the defence of Captain Dreyfus, was able to be present at the court-martial August 22, and take charge of the case. His appearance was the occasion of an enthusiastic demonstration. Colonel Jouaust, the president of the court, read an address in which he referred to the "odious attempt" on Labori's life, and congratulated him upon being able to resume his duties. To this address M. Labori made an eloquent reply. He took up the work of cross-examining some of the government's witnesses who had testified during his absence, and succeeded in bringing out many facts favorable to the prisoner.

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When Weary of Marching
August 31, 1899

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