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Mrs. Susie Hayward's Deposition

HICAGO, ILL.,  July 20. - Big Chicago knows nothing about the excitement that has stirred several strange hearts within her midst to-day.  The interested parties were Dr. J. C. Hearne and wife and R. H. Stillwell and Mrs. Susie Hayward, the latter being the star actress in the part of the Hearne-DeYoung engagement played in this city this afternoon.  It will be remembered that in his deposition taken at Hannibal, R. H. Stillwell testified that he believed, from information received during the past few weeks, that Dr. Hearne and his (Stillwell’s) step-mother, now Mrs. Hearne, murdered his father in Hannibal in December, 1888.  He testified that a large part of that information was secured from Mrs. Susie Hayward, whose home is in this city.  The interested parties came here for the purpose of taking Mrs. Hayward’s deposition, and at 1:30 this afternoon an interesting scene was presented in a little room in the law office of Moran, Kraus & Meyer, 79 Dearborn street.  There were present Notary Austrain, Nat C. Dryden, of St. Louis and Judge Hendrick, of San Diego, attorney for Dr. Hearne; Geo. A. Mahan, of Hannibal, attorney for Mr. DeYoung, Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Hearne, R. H. Stillwell, Mrs. Susie Hayward and two stenographers.  Awaiting in an adjoining room were a number of newspaper representatives, eager to be admitted to the inner chambers.  They were not, however, kept in suspense very long.  A. L. Clarke, Mr. DeYoung’s personal representative, as tenderly as possible, informed the press “gang” that Mrs. Hayward had stated positively that she would consent to giving her deposition only upon his solemn promise that newspaper men would be excluded and that her testimony would not be published.  Dr. Hearne made a vigorous kick.  He said that the doors were thrown open to the press during the examinations at Hannibal and he saw no reason why there should be a change in the programme here.  But no  change was made and the press was excluded.

The witness was in a shiver of excitement when she commenced her story, evidently being apprehensive of bodily harm at the hands of Dr. Hearne and wife, whose secrets she was about to give to the world.  Close to her sat R. H. Stillwell; in fact, so close that the right foot of the pretty witness, encased in a dainty oxford, was on his chair during the entire examination; she felt that her life was temporarily in his keeping and he seemed to realize the responsibility of the situation and was willing to assume it regardless of what the emergency might be.  Mr. Mahan conducted the examination in chief.  He realized the  extreme nervous condition of his witness and governed himself accordingly.  Soft of voice and unassuming in manner, he plied the questions, and sentence by sentence, slowly but surely the witness drew from her inner soul important secrets seriously affecting two lives that had been buried for years.  During the recital Mrs. Hearne sat only a few feet away, with nothing to obstruct her view of the witness, with her features as if cut in marble, listening to every word, and within her being a veritable cyclone of rage was placing her rapidly beyond self control.  When the witness was in the middle of one of the most damaging sentences of her story, Mrs. Hearne, with nerves strung to the tightest tension, her face wearing almost a death pallor and resentment depicted in her large, fierce eyes, involuntarily began to leave her chair as if to leap forward and devour her enemy with the ferocity of a tigress.  The notary observed the agitation and expressed the hope that there would not be a scene.  During the examination Mrs. Hearne sank back into her chair and remained quiet during the remainder of the proceedings.

Witness stated that her age was forty-five; that she lived in Chicago four years; that she lived in Hannibal, but left there prior to 1888; that she knew Amos J. Stillwell and wife; that she knew Dr. J. C. Hearne by sight and had met him once or twice.

Mr. Mahan:  Did you ever talk with Dr. Hearne?  
I decline to answer how it  came about.

Just state what was said by either of them.  
What I saw was an accident and I don’t think I have to tell those things.

Just state what you saw by accident.  
I saw nothing.  Witness stated that she had a talk with Mrs. Stillwell about Dr. Hearne; that she knew C. P. Heywood, George W. Haines and R. H. Stillwell.  That she met the latter gentleman in Chicago, June 26, 1895.

Mr. Mahan:  What did Mrs. Stillwell say to you about Dr. Hearne prior to the murder of her husband?  
She stated that she had become attached to him and asked me to have a talk with him about this attachment.  I talked with him in Mrs. Stillwell’s parlor; he said he was attached to her and was anxious for her to have a divorce.  I told him it would be a foolish thing for her to get a divorce; that he could not support her; that she was so extravagant she could not live on a man’s salary; he replied that of course she would have alimony; Mrs. Stillwell said Dr. Hearne had great influence over her.

Did you hear anything about something that transpired at Mrs. Stillwell’s home one night when Mr. Stillwell returned from St. Louis?  
Dr. Hearne was in the house when Mr. Stillwell returned; he (Hearne) said that if he had met Stillwell in the hall he would have shot him; I said to him then:  “You would be a murderer and would be hanged.”  He replied that the people in Hannibal would have thought it was a burglar.  I do not remember of Dr. Hearne saying that Mr. Stillwell was not a fit companion for his wife.

When you said to Dr. Hearne that Mrs. Stillwell could not get a divorce and could not get alimony, what reply did he make?  
He said he could have Mr. Stillwell slugged for two dollars and a half.

Did Mrs. Stillwell ever write you in regard to a divorce?  
Yes, but I do not remember what she said.  I  got a letter from her the day of the murder, but I do not know where the letter now is; it may have been destroyed.  It was a very ordinary letter about dressmaking; she stated that she was getting along nicely with Mr. Stillwell, was well contented and very happy.

Did you meet Mrs. Stillwell after the murder in Hannibal?  
I did, at the home of Mrs. Chas. T. Hayward.

What did she say to you?  
She said she trusted me as she trusted her God.

In the talk you had with Dr. Hearne what was said about the discontinuance of his visits to Mrs. Stillwell?  
He said he was visiting her in the capacity of a physician and would not discontinue his visits.

How came you to meet at Mrs. Stillwell’s?  Did you send for him?  
Mrs. Stillwell asked me to meet him there.

Did you know the relationship between Dr. Hearne and Mrs. Stillwell?  
I knew they were very friendly.

Dr. Hearne retained additional counsel in the person of Nat C. Dryden, one of the most noted criminal lawyers in the state.  The doctor seems to realize that he will be indicted.

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