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* Of this amount $616.21 has been collected as costs of suits and paid to the Treasurer of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL,

BOSTON, Jan. 20, 1904. To the General Court.

In compliance with Revised Laws, chapter 7, section 8, I submit my report for the year ending this day.

The cases requiring the attention of the office during the year, to the number of 1,928, are tabulated below :

Bastardy complaints,
Collateral inheritance tax cases,
Corporate collections made without suit,
Corporation returns enforced without suit,
Dissolutions of corporations, voluntary petitions for,
Extradition and interstate rendition,
Grade crossings, petitions for abolition of,
Health, State Board of, petitions against,
Height of buildings, limitation of, cases arising therefrom,
Informations at the relation of the Civil Service Commissioners, .
Informations at the relation of the Commissioner of Corporations,
Informations at the relation of private persons,
Informations at the relation of the Treasurer and Receiver-Gen-

3 355

91 242 82 48 129 20 48

1 13 9

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eral,

81

14

11

7

22

Indictments for murder,
Land-damage cases arising through the alteration of grade cross-

ings,
Land-damage cases arising from the taking of land by the Harbor

and Land Commissioners, Land-damage cases arising from the taking of land by the Massa

chusetts Highway Commission, Land-damage cases arising from the taking of land by the Metro

politan Park Commission, Land-damage cases arising from the taking of land by the Metro

politan Water and Sewerage Board, Miscellaneous cases arising from the work of the above-named

123

234

commissions,
Miscellaneous cases,
Public charitable trusts,
Settlement cases for support of insane paupers,

56 213 46 10

CAPITAL CASES. Indictments for murder pending at the date of the last annual report have been disposed of as follows:

DEMETRIO BAGNI of Plymouth, indicted in Plymouth County, February, 1902, for the murder of Elizabeth Ferioli, at Plymouth, Oct. 22, 1901. He was arraigned Feb. 28, 1902, and pleaded not guilty. William H. Osborn and John J. Mansfield were assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. In June, 1902, the defendant was tried by a jury, before Hardy and Stevens, JJ. The jury failed to agree upon a verdict, and on Oct. 5, 1903, this indictment was placed on file. The case was in charge of Asa P. French, district attorney.

ANDREAS SAMICZKI of Southwick, indicted in Hampden County, September, 1902, for the murder of Anna Samiczki, at Southwick, Sept. 14, 1902. He was arraigned Dec. 24, 1902, and pleaded not guilty. Charles C. Spellman was assigned as counsel for the defendant. On Dec. 29, 1903, he retracted his former plea, and pleaded guilty of murder in the second degree. This plea was accepted by the government, and on Dec. 29, 1903, the defendant was sentenced to State Prison for life. The case was in charge of District Attorney John F. Noxon.

EDWARD CARTER, alias GEORGE EDWARDS, and GEORGE H. BLAKE, indicted in Middlesex County, June, 1902, for the murder of Thomas Keefe, at Everett, Feb. 20, 1902. They were arraigned June 12, 1902, and pleaded not guilty. John J. Walsh and Thomas P. Riley were assigned by the court as counsel for the defendants.

On Oct. 13, 1902, the defendants were placed on trial by a jury before Harris and Lawton, JJ. The result was a verdict of not guilty for Blake and a verdict of murder in the second degree for Carter. On June 8, 1903, Carter was sentenced to State Prison for life. The case was in charge of District Attorney George A. Sanderson.

Indictments for murder, found since the date of the last annual report, have been disposed of as follows:

WALTER SMITH of Clinton, indicted in Worcester County, May, 1903, for the murder of Thomas Smith, at Clinton, April 23, 1903. He was arraigned May 22, 1903, and pleaded guilty of murder in the second degree. This plea was accepted by the government, and he was thereupon sentenced to State Prison for life. David I. Walsh was assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. The case was in charge of District Attorney Rockwood Hoar.

GEORGE L. O. PERRY, indicted in Middlesex County, February, 1903, for the murder of Agnes McPhee, at Somerville, Oct. 3, 1902, and Clara A. Morton, at Belmont, Nov. 1, 1902. The prisoner was not arraigned. He died on March 8, 1903. The case was in charge of District Attorney George A. Sanderson.

NICOLO FIORE, indicted in Essex County, January, 1903, for the murder of Bennedetto D'Pietro, at Haverhill, Dec. 3, 1902. On Feb. 2, 1903, he was arraigned, and pleaded not guilty. Edmund B. Fuller was assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. At the September sitting, 1903, of the Superior Court, the defendant was again indicted for manslaughter. Upon this indictment he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to not less than fourteen nor more than seventeen years to State Prison. The indictment for murder was placed on file. The case was in charge of District Attorney W. Scott Peters.

JOHN MAROTTA of Boston, indicted in Suffolk County, June, 1903, for the murder of Katherine J. Keenan, at Boston, April 26, 1903. He was arraigned June 9, 1903, and pleaded not guilty. Frank Keezer appeared as counsel for the defendant. On Oct. 27, 1903, the defendant was tried for manslaughter, and found guilty by the jury. He was thereupon sentenced to State Prison for not less than ten nor more than thirteen years. The case was in charge of District Attorney Oliver Stevens.

MARY E. AMBLER of Rutland, indicted in Worcester County, for the murder of her infant child, at Rutland, Jan. 21, 1903. She was arraigned Aug. 17, 1903, and pleaded guilty of murder in the second degree. This plea was accepted by the government, and thereupon she was sentenced to the Reformatory Prison for life. John W. Sheehan was assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. The case was in charge of District Attorney Rockwood Hoar.

The following indictments for murder are now pending:

WONG CHUNG and CHARLIE CHin of Boston, indicted for murder in the second degree, in Suffolk County, November, 1903, for the murder of Wong Yok Chong, at Boston, Oct. 2, 1903. They were arraigned Nov. 11, 1903, and pleaded not guilty. Charles W. Bartlett, Michael J. Creed, Thomas J. Barry and Edward T. McGettrick appeared as counsel for the defendants. In November, 1903, the defendants were tried by a jury before White, J. The result was a verdict of guilty upon the indictment. Exceptions were taken, and the case is now pending. The case is in charge of District Attorney Oliver Stevens.

GEORGE WILLIAM HERBERT, alias HUBER, indicted in Berkshire County, January, 1903, for the murder of Gertrude Ottillie Bertha Rentall, at Monterey, Sept. 14, 1902. He was arraigned July 21, 1903, and pleaded not guilty. William Turtle and Charles Giddings were assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. No further action has been taken. The case is in charge of District Attorney John F. Noxon.

Rosario DISANO of Stoughton, indicted in Norfolk County, September, 1903, for the murder of Hiram H. Poole, at Canton, Aug. 2, 1903. He was arraigned Sept. 11, 1903, and pleaded not guilty. James E. Cotter and Frank Keezer were assigned by the court as counsel for the defendant. No further action has been taken. The case is in charge of District Attorney Asa P. French.

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