The People of the State of Michigan - - - (Complainants)

VS

William Shimmel - - - (Defendant)

Jacob Bolema

†††††††††† Cross Examination

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CROSS EXAMINATION BY MR. PARK.

 

 

Q

How old are you?

A

15 years old.

 

 

Q

Your father goes to Nunica about every week, does he?

A

Yes, sir, most of the time.

 

 

Q

Then from Nunica he takes the car and goes to Coopersville?

A

Sometimes.

 

 

Q

Did you ever go with him?

A

No, sir, hardly ever.

 

 

Q

Did you ever go to Muskegon with him?

A

Oh once in awhile in the fall sometimes.

 

 

Q

Did you in the month of April 1906 go to Muskegon with him?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

What?

A

No, sir, I did not, I donít think I did.

 

 

Q

Did you during the year 1906 go to Muskegon with him?

A

Yes, sir, I did.

 

 

Q

How many times.

A

Why I think probably once.

 

 

Q

Now you say he goes to Nunica, he drives to Nunica and then goes over to Coopersville about every two weeks?

A

No, he donít go to Coopersville every time.

 

 

Q

But drives over to Nunica every week?

A

Almost every week, yes, sir.

 

 

Q

Leaves about the same time that he did this morning when he goes to Nunica?

 

 

 

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A

Sometimes he goes in the afternoon and sometimes he goes in the morning.

 

 

Q

And when he goes in the morning he starts between seven and eight oíclock?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

What time does he start when he goes to Muskegon?

A

Most of the time early in the morning.

 

 

Q

Do you see people pass along that road where you live afoot quite often?

A

Sometimes.

 

 

Q

You have met people on the road that you didnít know at times?

A

Oh yes, sometimes.

 

 

Q

Quite a number of people passed along on this road during the year 1906 that you didnít know?

A

Well I donít know, I think I didnít see very many.

 

 

Q

But you have seen people go along there afoot?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

And you had seen people during the month of April 1906, go by there afoot, hadnít you?

A

Most likely.

 

 

Q

Is it hilly between your house and where your father was there at the time that you saw this stranger?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

Is it perfectly level?

A

Yes, sir.† There is one little knoll there, a little over eighty rods.

 

 

Q

Is it high land or low?

A

Low land.

 

 

 

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Q

Is there very much brush in between there?

A

Yes, sir there is some brush.

 

 

Q

Where is the brush - - in the road?

A

No, sir, there is some brush back of our land there and just across on the south side of the road there is brush there.

 

 

Q

What kind of brush is it?

A

Willow brush and popular mostly.

 

 

Q

Willow and populars?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

Are they very thick?

A

Some places they are thick.

 

 

Q

How big a patch is there of brush?

A

There is forty acres there and some of it is clearly out a little bit.

 

 

Q

That is all south of the road is it?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

Now you say it was about ten minutes after your father left that you saw this stranger?

A

I guess it was about ten minutes, yes, sir.

 

 

Q

And the place that you saw this stranger was about two rods this side of the knoll?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

And after your father drove over the knoll, you couldnít see him?

A

No, sir, I could not.

 

 

Q

How long did it take this stranger to go from that fifteen rods east of the knoll to where the top of the knoll was?

A

Oh I couldnít say.

 

 

Q

About a minute?

 

 

 

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A

No, I think it took him longer than that.

 

 

Q

Did your father drive out of the yard on a trot that morning?

A

No, sir, he didnít.

 

 

Q

He went out slowly?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

The horses walked a pretty good gait?

A

Oh pretty good, yes sir.

 

 

Q

You think it took him about ten minutes to drive sixty rods?

A

I think it must have been something like that.

 

 

Q

It took about ten minutes?

A

Something like that, yes, sir.

 

 

Q

You say your father got home that day in time for dinner?

A

Just about, yes, sir, maybe a little after.

 

 

Q

You had dinner at twelve oíclock, did you?

A

I think somewheres around there.

 

 

Q

What did you do during the forenoon?

A

Well I couldnít say what I did do.

 

 

Q

You couldnít say?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

Could you say what you did the day before?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

Nor the day after?

A

No, sir, I could not.

 

 

Q

You say that afternoon you took up a pit of potatoes?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

What did you do with the potatoes?

A

Planted them I think.

 

 

Q

Planted them the next day?

 

 

 

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A

No, sir, I donít think so.

 

 

Q

Planted them that week?

A

I couldnít tell.

 

 

Q

What did you do with the potatoes when you got them up to the house - - put them in the cellar?

A

No, sir, I donít think we did.

 

 

Q

You didnít put them in the cellar?

A

We havenít got a cellar.

 

 

Q

Did you leave them in the wagon box?

A

No, sir, we put them in the grannery I think.

 

 

Q

How long did they stay in the grannery before you planted them?

A

I couldnít tell.

 

 

Q

Did you plant any potatoes during the month of April 1906?

A

I donít know, but I think we did.

 

 

Q

You would not swear you did?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

Nor during the month of March?

A

I donít know, we might have but I donít know.

 

 

Q

You would not swear positively whether you did or did not?

A

No, sir, I could not.

 

 

Q

Who was with Mr. Adkin when he came there that day?

A

His boy.

 

 

Q

He had been there with his boy before had he?

A

I donít know, I think he was there.

 

 

Q

You had seen his boy before hadnít you?

A

I think he was there before but I didnít see him that time.

 

 

Q

You didnít see him when he was there before?

A

No, sir.