Episode 229, Scene 3.

Clerk:  Division 12 of the municipal court of Peyton Place now resumes 
        the matter at hand.  The honorable Irwin A. Chester is 
        presiding.  

     [John Fowler is the Prosecutor.  Hannah Cord is in the witness 
     chair testifying in the Lee Webber Hearing.  Steven Cord shows 
     Hannah Cord a photograph of Ann.] 

SC:  Do you recognize the girl in this photograph?
HC:  Yes, of course, it's Ann.
SC:  Let the record indicate that the witness identified a photograph of 
     the deceased, Ann Howard, as being her own daughter. 

       [Steven walks back to the defense table and sits by Lee Webber.]

SC:  These two children, Steven and Ann, did you raise them, Mrs. Cord?
HC:  One of them.
SC:  Which one?  
HC:  Steven.
SC:  Which one?
HC:  The boy.
SC:  What happened to the girl?
HC:  She went with her father.  I gave her to her father to raise.
     But, Steven . . .
SC:  Just answer the questions, please.
SC:  You gave the girl child away.
HC:  To her own father.
SC:  You kept the boy and you sent the girl away to be raised without a 
     mother? 
HC:  Yes.
SC:  When and where was the next time you saw Ann?
     In Peyton Place.  Her father took a beach cottage up the coast one 
     summer and he brought Ann with him.  She was about 10.
SC:  Was there a reunion, then?
HC:  No.
SC:  Do you recall anything unusual that occured during the summer 
     involving Ann and someone else. 
HC:  I suppose you mean the bluff.  When Christopher Webber . . .  When 
     he fell from the bluff. 
SC:  Do you know who it was that was accused of having caused the fall.
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Who?
HC:  Ann.
SC:  Do you remember who accused Ann of pushing Christopher Webber off 
     the bluff? 
HC:  The children.
SC:  Did you know any of the children?
HC:  You were one of them.
SC:  You allowed a frightened little boy to accuse his own sister of 
     something you knew could possibly stain her life forever.

     [Fowler stands.]
 
JF:  Objection, your honor.
JC:  Sustained.  Strike counsel's last statement.

     [Steven gets up and walks over to the witness stand.]

SC:  When was the next time you saw Ann?  
HC:  When she returned to Peyton Place a few months ago.
SC:  And that was 18 years later?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  So from the day she was born until the day she came back, you only 
     saw your daughter once.  Once in 28 years? 
HC:  Steven, you don't understand . . .
SC:  Mrs. Cord I only want the answers to my questions.
HC:  But there is so much more . . . 
SC:  You only saw her once in 28 years?

     [Steven walks back over to the defense table and sits.]
     [Fowler stands.]

JF:  Objection, your honor.  The witness has already answered the 
     question. 
JC:  Mr. Cord. 

SC:  After Ann returned several months ago, did you make any effort to 
     contact her?  
HC:  No.
SC:  Did you ever contact her at all after she returned?
HC:  Yes.  Several times.
SC:  Did you tell her then that . . .
HC:  I never told her I was her mother, Steven.  She only knew me as 
     Mrs. Hannah Cord. 
SC:  To your knowledge, did she ever know that I was her brother?
HC:  Yes, she found that out.
SC:  Did she contact you after she discovered I was her brother.
HC:  Yes.
SC:  When was that?
HC:  The day she . . .
SC:  The day she what, Mrs. Cord?
     The day she what, Mrs. Cord?
     The day she hurled herself off Sailor's bluff because you turned 
     your back and sent her away, like you did the day she was born?

     [Fowler stands.]

JF:  Objection, your honor.  I know this is a preliminary hearing and 
     the court is inclined to be lenient but counsel is continually 
     abusing his own witness. 
SC:  If it please, your honor, I'll withdraw the question.

SC:  Mrs. Cord, on the day of your daughter's death, did she telephone 
     you to say she wished to see you?
HC:  No.  She just turned up without any warning.
SC:  You answered the door?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  And there was your daughter?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  What did she say?
HC:  She said that she had to talk to me.
SC:  Did she give a reason?
HC:  She said that she had just found out that I was her mother.
SC:  She called you, Mother?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  What did you do?

SC:  When Ann called you Mother in the 28th year of her life, what did 
     you do? 
HC:  Well, I just waited, to see what she would say next.
SC:  You just waited to see what she would do next?

SC:  You didn't touch her?
HC:  No.
SC:  You didn't make an effort to readh out to her, take your daughter in 
     your arms?
HC:  No.
SC:  You just stood there and waited to see what she would say next. 
     Somehow I got the impression from Mr. Peyton's testimony that it 
     was a far more emotional re-union. 
HC:  There are times when it is very difficult to show one's true feelings.
SC:  What were your true feelings?  
     Will you describe your daughter's behavior. 

HC:  She seemed confused.
SC:  Understandibly.  Don't you agree?
HC:  Yes, I can understand that she would have questions.
SC:  Did you give her the answers?
HC:  To the best of my ability.
SC:  Would you clarify that statement?

     To my own knowlege, your greatest accomplishment involved 
     deception. 

     [Fowler stands].
  
JF:  Your Honor.
SC:  But I hardly think you would boast of it here in this courtroom.

JC:  I can not understand Counsel's repeated efforts to discredit his 
     own witness.
SC:  I'm sorry, your honor. 
JC:  You will strike counselor's digression from the record, leaving 
     only his request that the witness clarify her previous statement. 

SC:  I want you to tell me specifically what questions your daughter 
     asked and the exact answers you gave her. 
HC:  She wanted to know why I had allowed her father to raise her.

SC:  She asked you why she had been given away as a new born infant?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  And what did you say?
HC:  Well, I told her that when Brian . . .   When her father and I 
     decided on a divorce, it . . .   It seemed to be the only practical 
     solution . . . 

SC:  The only practical solution to what, Mrs. Cord?
HC:  Well, to raising the children.
SC:  You felt that the only practical solution to raising the children 
     was to give one to each parent.  And to conceal identity of the 
     other parent and their own identity as brother and sister? 
HC:  Yes. 
SC:  And, did your daughter accept this answer, that this was the only 
     practical solution.
HC:  She seemed to.
SC:  Without further explanation?
HC:  Yes.
HC:  I did explain to her that there are some divorces that are less 
     friendly than others. 
SC:  Was yours one of these?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Did she ask why there was bitterness between you and her father?
HC:  No.
SC:  Not one question?  Not even a simple, why?
HC:  No.
SC:  You're stating that Ann showed no curiosity about something that 
     twisted her entire life.  I know that I would have have had 
     questions and demanded answers and gotten them.
     [Fowler standsl]
JF:  Objection, your honor.  I don't see how counsel's personal 
     speculations have anything to do with the defense of this client. 
JC:  Sustained.  Proceed Mr. Cord, and consider yourself appropriately 
     warned. 
SC:  Yes your honor.

SC:  Mrs. Cord, you testified that Ann came to the Peyton house 
     specifically to ask qustions.  And you answered them to the best of 
     your ability.  And yet now you tell me, under oath, that this one 
     crucial question remained unasked and unanswered. 
HC:  Steven, there are answers that can't be given without hurting 
     people you love.
SC:  You told that to the daughter you denied that you wanted to 
     spare her out of love.
HC:  Not in those words.
SC:  Well, then what words did you use.  How did you justify what you had 
     done.
HC:  I didn't, I couldn't.
SC:  Well, what reason did you give?
HC:  None.
SC:  Was there any excuse?
HC:  I didn't have any.
SC:  Did Ann cry?
HC:  No.
SC:  Did you cry?
HC:  No.
SC:  But in the words of your employer, Mr. Peyton, eyes were red, 
     handkerchiefs were wet. 
SC:  What did Ann say when she left?
HC:  I don't remember.
SC:  You don't remember the last words your daughter said to you?
HC:  Well, It was just some remark.  The sort of thing you would say at 
     a time like that. 
SC:  What do you say?  "Goodbye forever, mother."  Is that what 
     sent you after her. 
HC:  No.
SC:  But you did go to her boarding house late that afternoon?
HC:  Yes, I did.
SC:  The afternoon of her death?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  And did you find her there?
HC:  No.
SC:  The mischief had been done.
HC:  Oh, Steven.
SC:  It couldn't be undone, it was too late.  Too late for you.  Too 
     late for the daughter you never saw alive again.
HC:  But I did see her.

     [Gavel 4 times.]

SC:  Was it after you failed to find her at the boarding house?
HC:  Yes.
SC:  Where did that second meeting take place?
HC:  Her landlady told me she thought she might have gone out to Dr. 
     Rossi's beach cottage. 
SC:  And that's where you found her?
HC:  She wasn't in the cottage.
     She was on the bluff.

     [Murmur in the audience.]
     [Gavel 4 times.]

HC:  Steven.  Steven, please could I just have a moment to myself before 
     we go on? 

     [Steven looks at the judge.]

SC:  Your Honor?
JC:  Very well.  Court will recess for one hour.

     [Gavel 2 times.]

The Court clerk may possibly be Victor Izay.

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