[Oakland CA: 1881]. 21, 3 pp. Frontis portrait of Dr. LeFevre. Stitched in original printed pink wrappers. Light wrapper wear [couple of closed margin tears, wear along spine, slight discoloration]. A pristine text. Near Fine. The final three pages print the prospectus of Family's Defender, "An Independent, Non-Partisan, Non-Sectarian, Monthly Magazine and Educational Review."
"This is another case of a husband's shooting a man suspected of being his wife's lover and getting away with it" [McDade]. Montgomery, this pamphlet's author, was hired specially to prosecute Schroder. He had recently retired after a long, successful career as a trial lawyer, in order to devote his energies to reform in public education. But this case induced him to return to the legal wars: "Dr. LeFevre had for many years been my dentist, my client, and my friend ... I believed him to have been foully murdered by an assassin who, after killing him was seeking to destroy his reputation by falsely charging him with the seduction of his wife in order to paliate the murder." Angered by this libel upon his now defenseless friend, he decided to "assist in the prosecution of the murderer." He did so without fee.
However, his efforts-- "to vindicate the good name of the slandered dead and to assist to the extent of my humble ability in protecting society against a repetition of similar deeds of blood in the future"-- failed: Schroder, a man "considerably addicted to playing cards and speculation in stocks," was acquitted. In fact, says Montgomery, Schroder committed an "unmerciful beating of his wife" to force her to testify to a "criminal intercourse with Dr. Le Fevre" that had never occurred. And LeFevre, in his dying declaration, said that Schroder had murdered him "without any cause!"
McDade 589. Rocq 923. Cowan 439. Item #37661