HOW.JOHN STETSON SIGNED HIS WILL. HIS COUNSEL SATS HE WAS VERY ILL. BUT HIS MIND WAS CLEAR. Boston, July 15.—The first'hearing on the petition of Charles M. Fattee for the allowance of the will of John Stetson, the theatre manager, was begun this forenoon in the Suffolk Probate Court before Judge Grant. Adah Richmond was not present. The case is a three-cornered fight between the relatives of Mrs. Catherine Stokes Stetson, who seek to sustain the will which gave Mr. Stetson's whole estate to her; Adah Richmond, who claims that she was the decedent's lawful wife, and consequently entitled to a widow's right to his property, and the testator's father, John Stetson. Dr. O. G. Cilley, Mr. Stetson's physician, and Dr. Noyes, a veterinary surgeon, who were witnesses to the will, did not answer to their names when called as witnesses, and they were defaulted, the former being understood to be away on his vacation.' Charles H. Pattee, co-executor with Mrs. Stetson of the will; and John Stetson's intimate friend and counsel, then took the stand. He admitted that the testator was critically 111 a year ago last March, and afterward suffered from a broken limb, but he maintained that Mr, Stetson's mental condition remained unimpaired. The witness testified regarding previous drafts of wills and hints about drawing them that had come to his notice. Ho admitted that when he married Mr. Stetson to. Miss Stokes he delayed a long time before filing the return of the marriage with the Register of Marriages. Witness said he drew the will in January. 1896, and gave it to Mr. Stetson within a week of Its preparation. On April 1C Dr. Cilley called witness to Mr. Stetson's house and said: "Charley, he Is going to die. He has pneumonia" This was excluded. He went to the room and had a talk with Mr. Stetson. He told Mr. Stetson he was very ill, and added: "If I were you I.would sign that will." Mr. Stetson replied: "I am superstitious about that. I think if I signed the will I'd die anyway." Mr. Stetson took a glass of llthla water and dozed. Then Dr. Cilley propped him and then the will was signed. Mr. Stetson talked all that afternoon with perfect coherency. After Mr. Pattee's testimony the case was continued until Monday, in case the two missing witnesses can be produced. Otherwise, it will go over till September.