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Mail Tribune 100

March 3, 1915

Another special venire, the fourth, was ordered drawn by Judge F.M. Calkins of the circuit court this morning to fill the jury box in the Loris Martin trial. The state has exhausted all its pre-emptories, and the defense all but two. It is expected that a full jury will be secured this afternoon, and the taking of testimony in the case begun in the morning.

Eleven men sit in the jury box, but three or four of these face excusement. The court this morning instructed the jury to refrain from reading any local paper during their period of service, and any outside article bearing reference to the trial in progress. The court's remarks followed a motion of the attorney for the defense that the jurors be re-examined, for fear prejudice has been caused as the result of an article appearing in the Morning Sun headed "Tamper With Loris Martin Jurymen." This article brought a rebuke from the court.

A large percentage of the jurors excused from service said they had fixed opinions, formed by reading newspaper articles of the crime. George B. Carpenter, a special venireman under examination, said that he had formed a fixed opinion from hearing a discussion of the case by both the prosecutor and Attorney Reames. He qualified his statement by saying that he had requested the opinions of the two lawyers and had a knowledge of both sides of the issue. The eight special veniremen drawn Tuesday afternoon were exhausted in an hour. But one additional man was secured. Most of those called were business men of this city.

During the morning session the court was compelled to caution the crowd against restlessness, most of those present being prospective jurors and witnesses. Over 70 witnesses will be called. Many of these are from the Trail district, and after the adjournment of court visited Martin in the county jail. Among the number were his mother, sister and other relatives.

Martin appeared in court in his shirt sleeves, wearing a pair of blue overalls showing the effect of wear, and heavy mountain shoes. He was garbed almost as he would have been were he in the mountains. When brought to the county jail the day after the crime, he wore his Sunday clothes.