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Wants Clothes Described Right

The slayers themselves seemed more perturbed over the heat in the courtroom than the ordeal of the trial. When reporters hurried to the jail to question them at the end of the day’s proceedings they found both in their shirt sleeves. They had nothing but criticism to offer in regard to the weather. Leopold demonstrated his ability to tell time by watching the sun’s rays as they strike a series of notches on his cell grating. Loeb exhibited a new wide belt he is wearing and when chided by the newspaper men quickly retorted: “If you were well dressed, you would have one too.” If the court proceedings were an ordeal to the two unusual youths they did not betray the act by their actions or their conversation. 

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Stephen Leacock

"Newspapermen learn to call a murderer ‘an alleged murderer’ and the King of England ‘the alleged King of England’ to avoid libel suits."