Putrich and Miitka did their best to provide their witness testimony, although it was difficult for Mrs. Putrich, a native Croatian speaker, because the regular court interpreter could not be obtained for the morning session. Putrich provided testimony through a substitute interpreter and testified that “She took a baby into her arms and ran ‘down the road,’ returning when the firing ceased.” However, despite attempts to provide her account of the events, Mrs. Putrich was dismissed and recalled later, with today’s testimony stricken from the record, because the stand-in interpreter proved to be inadequate.
When Mrs. Miitka took the stand she testified that she witnessed the events after the shooting started. She did not know how the trouble began. She claimed she saw the deputies (“strangers” as she called them) standing close to the house with their guns shooting directly into the open windows of the Putrich house. Mrs. Miitka wasn’t sure how many men there were, only that there were many, and that one of the strangers was shooting at “every window.” The Calumet News noted that interest in the Seeberville case was high and the courtroom where the inquest took place “is crowded daily.”
In other news from the strike, intimidation cases are cropping up regularly in the local papers. Mile Lonchar, a striker, was arrested last night and sat in jail today on the charge of assault and battery. He was sentenced to sixty days in jail after throwing a stone at a deputy on the C&H property. Mone Orlich was arraigned this evening in 1913 after being arrested for intimidation of several workers passing through the C&H field last night. Orlich allegedly shook his fist at these men, threatened them, and warned them to quit working for the mines. A postal employee from Calumet was one of the men stopped but claimed he was not threatened by Orlich.