Murder on a New York City Trolley [Trial]. Foster, William, Defendant. Remault, J. Edwards. The "Car-Hook" Tragedy, The Life, Trial, Conviction and Execution of William Foster for the Murder of Avery D. Putnam. Governor Dix's Letters. Neither Tears, Appeals for Executive Clemency from the Wife of the Murdered Man, Opinions on this Interesting Case from Profound Judges, Learned Lawyers, Eminent Ministers, And the Press, Nor Judicial Influence, Backed by a Mine of Wealth, Could Save Foster. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., . [ii], 19-96 pp. 3 folding plates, 9 full-page illustrations. Text complete. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Moderate edgewear, spine abraded with wear at ends, faint dampstain to upper corner of front wrapper, moderate toning to interior, some leaves have minor edgewear. $1,500. * Only edition located. As McDade notes, "Foster, while drunk, smashed the skull of Putnam on a New York City trolley." Remault, the author of this account, argues that despite his "sincere pity for the family of Foster," Foster's execution was necessary: "Ruffianism has been and is still rampant in or large cities, and the palsied arm of Justice has hitherto been powerless to check its infamous career." Remault provides dramatic and detailed descriptions of the murder, trial, backgrounds of Foster and Putnam, the public's reaction, efforts to commute the death sentence and sermons, including one by Henry Ward Beecher. The trial judge was Albert Jacob Cardozo, father of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. Albert Cardozo was a Tammany Hall appointee who, soon after the end of this trial, was forced to resign due to corruption charges connected to the Erie Railroad takeover. OCLC locates 14 copies, 3 in law libraries (Harvard, Social Law, Yale). The text captions are in English and German, which indicates the existence of a German edition of this account. We have not been able to locate any copies, however, which suggests one was never issued. McDade, The Annals of Murder 316.
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