The second Drood “trial” exhibited here was held on April 29th, 1914 at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia.  It was a benefit in aid of the Samaritan, Children’s Homeopathic, St. Agnes, and Mt. Sinai Hospitals.  It was arranged by Judge John M. Patterson, who was president of the Philadelphia branch of the Dickens Fellowship.  The trial court consisted of the judge, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice John P. Elkin; the prosecutor, John C. Bell, Attorney General of Pennsylvania; and John M. Patterson, Judge of Common Pleas.  Defense council was John R. K. Scott, Congressman at Large from Pennsylvania.  Curiously enough, this trial resulted in the acquittal of John Jasper for lack of evidence.