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V GRANDE UNION COUNTY, OREGON, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1911.
; T7ILL GO TO CHAIR AT
BEVLAII BINFORD ISSUES 7-
LAST INTERVIEW IS SORRT
Parents and Relatives Bid Farewell to
Henry Beattle Today and Tomorrow
II Goes to the Electric Chair Is
Hopeful Since Adopting Religion a
Friend BInford to Disappear.
Richmond, Vs., Nov. 23. Henry
Clay Beattle, Ja., goes to the chair
some time between 7:20 and 7:20 to
morrow morning. He will arise at
6:30, shave, breakfast and two clergy
men will escort him to the death
chamber while two guards will hold
The father, sister and brother of the
doomed man bade him farewell today
ituu iLcy. ;r""i 'r. - Beattle
la more cheerful since he has accepter!
PARTING INTERVIEW GIYEN
Benlah Disappears and a Re-Born Girl
""" ' Take8 CastoiTg Place.
"New York. Nov. 23. JBuelah BInford,
trae girl for whose sake Beattle dies
, tomorrow, today gave the last Inter
view she will ever give. "If Justice Is
, oelng done, It Is all right I am sorry
for Henry," she said.
"I know nothing of the murder. I'm
going to be born again. I'm going "To
hide behind a new name and forget.
The girl Is living at the home of
.Isador Bernstein, and is contantly un
der the eye of Rev. 'Madison Peters.
She Is working. Next week she will
he operated on for appendicitis.
"I was a victim of Beattle, his cast
off. I was picked from a dozen of his
victims because I was helpless and
had no one to protect me. For God's
sake let me alone. Buelah BInford Is
dead." . . ' .
A chronological history of the case
of Henry Clay Beattle, Jr., 'who Is un
der sentence to die tomorrow la the
electric chair In the Virginia etue
prison, . ,
July 18. While returning to Kich
mond in a motor car driven by her
husband, Mrs. Henry Clay Boattie, J..
was shot and Instantly killed. The
shooting occurred on the Midlothian
turnpike, five miles from Richmond.
Mrs. Beattle was 23' years old and had
been married only one year. ' After
, the tragedy the husband returned to
the home of Tom Owen, an uncle of
his wife, with the body of Mrs. Beat
tie, saying she had been shot by a
tall-bearded man, whom they encoun
tered on tfhe road. ,
July 20. At the coroner's Inquest,
Paul Beattle, Becond cousin of Henry
. Clay Beattle, Jr., confessed that he
had purchased a shotgun for Henry
and subsequently three cartridges, and
had delivered them to his cousin a
day or two before the murder. The
same gun was picked np on the road,
where it w&a said to have heen Jolted
out of the auto the morning after the
shooting and Identified hy the husband
as the one he had taken out of the
hands of the strange man In the struct-
MRS. PATTERSON'S CASE IS HEARD
Defense Calls Its First Witness at the
Denver Sensational Trial. . I
Denver, Nov. 23. Women rioted to
day to gain entrance into the court
room where Mrs. Patterson Is on trial.
Mrs. Patterson was calm throughout.
The police surgeon, Mudd, who arrest
ed the woman, was the first witnes
for the defense. He said Mrs. Patter
son, after the shooting, bore the mark
of a blow In the face, and she toll him
Patterson gave her the gun, and aaM:
"Damn yon; kill yourself," and she
i gle following Che tragedy. .
July 22. Arrest of Henry Clay Boat-
Aug. 14. Indictment of Beattie, baa
ed on the testimony of his cousin end
on evidence showing that he had b.-en
( attentive to Beulah BInford, a girl of
17, for three or four years, and that
their relations had been resumed'a'ter
Beattie's marriage to 'Miss Louise
Owen, of Dover, Del., and even et'er
the birth of their child,' which was
three weeks old at the time of its
mother's death. .,..-..' -
Aug. 24. Beattle pleaded not guilty
to the Indictment.
August 24.-Commencement of the
trial. Prosecution Introduced evidence
to show that Beattle had taken the gun
bought for him by . Paul and secreted
it along the Midlothla pike, at the
scene of the murder, and had thero in.
duced his wife to get out of the auto
mobile and shot her. ; Paul Beattlo tes
tified that Henry, several days after
the murder, had confessed to h!ni that
he had shot his wife, saying: "I'm
sorry that I did It. I wouldn't do it
again for 11,000,000.' " ?' ;
The defense bent every effor to
break down the testimony of Paul Be
attie, whom they described as a "mor
al weakling," and tried to ascribe his
testimony to a desire to escape from
the "ugly fix" he was in. However,
Tni' tAHtiraony. was substantiated. In
its important features by other wit
Sept 4. Henry Clay Beattle, Jr.,
took the stand In his own behalf aud
on cross examination held to his prev
ious statements In regard to his wife
being shot by a strange man who held
them up on the road. ;
Sept. 8. The Jury in the case re
corded a unanimous verdict of guilty.
This verdict was believed to have been
influenced not only by the strong di
rect evidence of Beattie's guilt, but
also by the testimony of his relations
with his "affinity," the BInford girl,
which was supposed to have furnished
the motive for the crime. This young
woman, scarcely more than a child,
met Henry Clay Beattle, Jr., when she
was but 13 years old and two years
later gave birth to a child alleged to
have been his son. v;
, Sfpt, 9. Walter A. Watson, the trial
Judge, " sentenced Beattle to 'die' on
Nov. 24. '.u.;
Nov, 13. The supreme court of ap
peals of Virginia denied the petition
for a writ of error. . '' - 7 . '
Nov. 15. The young wife Murder
er's last hope of escaping the electric
chair was wiped away when Governor
Mann declined to Interfere with the
sentence and Issued a signed state
ment In which he stated that he had
followed the case with the closest at
tention and declared his belief that
Beattle had had a fair trial and merit
ed the punishment Imposed upon him
by the jury and court.
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DEFENSE FIGHTING EYEHl INCH
, GAIN ADYANTAGE.
Object to Allowing Juror Green's Ex.
cose on Account of Illness.
Hall of Records, Los Angeles, Nov.
23. Because their' peremptory chal
lenges are running low Darrow inter
rogated lengthy all , talesmen today.
Jurors Green and Sexton were sent- to
their .homes today. Green's wife is
sick as Is Sexton's brother. ,
E. S. BIsbee, a farmer, was passed
by the defense Jor cause and also by
the prosecution." He made the eleventh
occupant. ' . v
. Judge Bordwell and counsel for both
sides conferred during the recess." It
is understood the court Is Impressed
with the circumstance of Mrs. Green's
condition and Is inclined to exercieo
his discreton and excuse Green.
Darrow says they can't consent to
this as they are already at a decided
disadvantage because their cballonge
against the three temporary jurors
were disallowed and they don't want
to risk wasting peremptorles getting
another permanent Juror.
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QUARREL OVER A IIAL7 DOLLAR LEADS TO THE
DEATH OP TRAMI' WITNESSES ON STAND
TELL STORY DIFFERENT TO THAT MADE TO
POLICE FITZGERAiD LIVED TILL MORNING
TABLOID OF EYE N TS.
3 Three men partake of lunch at
Shaffer house Tuesday evening..-.
6 Quarrel commences at , a card
game. Fitzgerald said to huve $
struck Sahles three times. Axa $
used with fatal effects on Fitzser-
aid.., : ; t . .. 7 '
Victim dies Wednesday mom-
4 lng. . " ' ' . ".-.;
Officers uncover crime Wedn-
3 day noon. Three suspects ar-
rested two hours later.
Coroner's inquest accuses John
Taft to Meet Workers.
Washington-, Nor. 23. President
Taft will be host to all members of
the republican national committee at
a dinner at the white house December
11. This regarded at the commence
ment of the' real campaign work.
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Eye witness' story disputed by
the police. 7 -
John Sahles, a loiterer about town
and inclined to trampdom. Is accusod
by a coroner's Jury of having struck
the blow that killed Fitzgerald the
tramp whose body was found yester
day noon at the Shaffer house brutally
murdered. The verdict was reached
following a short hearing of a fow Im
portant witnesses at the chapel of tie
Henry ft Carr morgue this forenoon.
Coroner Bacon, 'Attorney Eakln an J
Chief of Police Walden conducted Sh
hearing. Fred Blomqulst and Scutty
Burke are still in Jail but will likely
be held only as witnesses. v
A half dollar was responsible for
the brutal murder of David Fitzgerald
In the Shaffer residence In Nbrtfi Lftf
Grande Tuesday night. This became
an established fact today when at the
inquest to determine the nature of the
tramp's death and events leading up to
it, a boy about 19 years of age living
near the stock yards, testifying before
the coroner's Jury related the awful
tragedy from the standpoint of an eye
witness. A fist fight starting over a
four-bit piece lead to the killing and
the deed was enacted in the presencb
of the boy whose name is Adolph Moll.
But the blows struck with the axe were
not immediately fatal and strange cir
cumstances decreed that when the in
juries did claim their victim the man
who had wielded the weapon was pres
ent and saw life expire.
Two Witnesses Tell Stories.
The terrible tragedy which was un
covered yesterday noon when the life
less body of tbe tramp known as Fitz
gerald, a frequent visitor to La Grande
from nowhere in general, was connect
ed up by two witnesses testifying be
fore the coroner's Jury.
Trouble Commences Early.
The tragedy occurred about 10
o'clock Tuesday night but the victim
did not die until 6 o'clock Wednes
Adolph Moll, tbe boy, tells a straight
forward story. His youth and inno
cence made his story clear although a
severe brogue made It hard to deter-
Sahles and knocked him with a jab
to fhe , right cheek. " He fell to the
floor and when he got up was knocked
down again but in the falling, struck
the floor at another spot. Arising the
second time, he was again knocked
down and this time fell on an axe
which Moll had used a few minutes be
fore to split some wood to keep the
fire going. Moll did not know Just
how Sahles got the axe in his hands
but remembers that he saw Sahles
arise tbe third time from the floor and
with the axe strike Fitzgerald several
blows. Sight of blood spurting sick
ened the boy and he fled, terribly scarr
ed. At that time, there was another
mn In the house, but he was drunker
than the others and was sound avcep
on a bunk and did not know what was
going on. . His name Is Scotty, There
the story lapses and little Is known
again until about 6:30 the next morn
ing when Timothy Palmer, a brother
of John Palmer, proprietor of ' the
Palmer (house, picks up the stor am
relates It up to the time of the death.
- Palmer testified that about 5:30
Wednesday morning, Sahles came to
the Palmer house in search of Tim, but
found he had gone out. A third party
was sent after him and eventually
brought Tim to the hotel where Sahles
said he had committed an act that he
was sorry for. He was, Instrumental
In leading Palmer to the house of the
previous night'B brawl and when they
reached here, they saw Fitzgerald
standing up near a bunk, his head ter
ribly beaten In and bloodsoaked. Fltzr
gerald was given a pint of whiskey by
Sahles and the wounded man drained
It to the last dregs, gasped and fell
over dead. Palmer says he advised
Sahles to give himself up but nothing
was done. Some talk of calling a doc
tor was made but the matter was drop
ped, Fitzgerald had not spoken a
word, says Palmer. Palmer's story be
fore the coroner's Jury differed from
that related yesterday. He said yes
terday that he and another man went
down to the place about midnight but
found fighting within and Palmer left,
depositing three bottles of beer under
the sidewalk. On the witness stand
he said that he went down there about
9:30, and in this Moll corroborates
him, but he did not stay long. It ap
pears that a fight had taken place pre
vious to that time In which the' atoye
was knocked over. Palmer says he
left and did not return until about 6
the next morning. Still later Wed
nesday morning about 7:30, he and
Fred Bloomquist went down to the
house to get the bottle left there the
night before. Consequently , Palmer
was at the house twice the morning af
ter the killing. ;
Other witnesses of minor ' Import
ance to the case were called before
the coroner's Jury.
Police Dispute Stories.
Last night when Palmer became
alarmed and confessed that his story
correct, yet the most vital point is in-
volved in Moll's testimony. Was clio
Quarrel sufficient to indicate that
Sahles was fighting for his life, or was
the blow with the axe struck with lit
tle or no provocation? t
The preliminary hearing may he tak
en up tonight but more likely tomor
row. Another point' at Issue is whethe.
Sahles Is the man's right name, let
ters in his possession read Fred r.utr,ke
and Palmer persists In calling him
Fred. A man has been found who
knows Sahles, but who is silent and
morose, refusing to divulge any de-j
talis as to his Identity.
Chief of Police Walden, Officer Mc
Lachlen and Officer Ebersole 1.0
rounded up the suspects and obtained
the evidence In such a short time pre
being roundly complimented today.
The trick was Veil done for less than
two hours after the discovery of tiie
body the Wan who did the fiendish wt
was. in prison and the witnesses to the
affair in tow. , 7 ' '
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! 18 FOREIG
TAFT AND KNOX CON
FER ABOUT CHINESE
One Killed and Other
,e Smith, a
nany. struck a ..ullde8, con"
traction blocP",? " tu 1 C-
Oakland. Cal.. b
cashier of the s
streets. Tli L demolished
and Smith killed. vaF. Walther, sup
erintendent of construction of the Se
curity Building company was per
haps fatally injured. Miss Annie Carl
son of San Francisco was seriously
i hurt. Miss Carlson told the police that
Smith was trying to frighten her by
reckless driving when the accident
happened. ,' - 7
GEIUIAX SHIP COXES TO
AID OF FLEEIXG WHITES
Mancuii Not Alone Object of Tenge
auce for Foreigners of All Kindi Are
Falling Before the IU'belg Dispatch,
es From China Worry President
- Taft and Secretary of State Knox.
Shanghai, Nov. 23 Messages gay tho
German gunbont Ottes rescued ISO for
eigners who were trying to reach the
coast on the upper Yangtse Klang riv
er. It is doubtful If they would hav
succeeded If the war vessel had hot
arrived. " . -
Peking, Nov. 23. -Massacres of for
eigners and Manchus In Shan SI prov
ince continues. It Is estimated that
2,000 Manchus bav been slain and
foreigners also are reported slain at
mine what he said, and furthermore,
he did not know the names of any of to the police during the afternoon of
the participants. Tuesday evening at yesterday was wrong, he told' a Btory
about 4:30 o clock Fitzgerald Invited Btory that does not jibe in every par
ticular with that given today on the
witness stand. He said late last iright
to Officer McLachlen that he and Blom
qulst went to the Shaffer house yes
terday morning Jo see how Fitzgerald
was getting along, and that he went
back later,;, about 6 o'clock", with
"Dutch" or Sahles as his name prob
ably Is. This Is taken to be the real
facts In the case. -Then too, Palmer
said on the stand that 'Fitzgerald had
not spoken yesterday morning when he
drank the whiskey offered hlaa by
Sahles. Last night during his confes
sion he said that Fitzgerald did say a
few words. ' ' . 7 '
Moll's Story Deputed. ;
The fact that there are no marks on"
Sahles face today, is taken by tre po
lice to indicate that he was not knock,
ed down by Fitzgerald as Moll claims.
They assert that three blows severe
enough to keel the man over would
leave scars of some sort y
While there seems to be no doubt as
to the general trend of the stories told,
the general outline is deemed to be
him to go to the deserted (house near
the ball park to eat supper. He went
and found by the time the supper had
arrived, that Fitzgerald and the man
who later did the killing, John Sahles,
were to be guests. Moll went up town
and purchased some articles for sup
per, returned to the shack and pre
pared the meal. About 10 o'clock that
night, the three Moll, the "man with
a' scar" who was Fitzgerald, and the
"man who hit him with an axe" decid
ed to start a' poker game. The boy
didn't have any money and Sahle
gave him four bits to "get In the game"
As they sat down Sahles placed four
bits-on the table along with that the
boy had placed there. Fitzgerald
reached for the Moll ante and taking
It, placed It In his pocket with an oath
saying there was no one In town who
could take it away from him. With
these words be got np and started to
pnll off his coat. Sahles told him to
go outside If be wanted to fight but
the fellow persisted in starting trou
ble, say Moll. Fitzgerald struck at
PACKERS WANT APPEAL.
Talte Case Before Justice White, Try
lng to Get an Andlence.
Washington, Nov. 23. Mayer, and
Miller, beef packers attorneys, arrived
from Chicago today and filed a record
of the packers' case at the office of the
clerk of the supreme' court.'r; Theft
they communicated with Chief Justice
White's secretary In an effort to ar
range an appointment. They declined
to state the nature of the motion they
will make to get action by White to
stay the trial of the packers at Chi
cago. '. r'- ;'v ',; " ' i , :
battio at Hankow. Five thousand bod- '
lea are on the field, 7 ... - 7 ' 'v.
Uncle Sara Debating. (
Washington, Nov. 23. President
Taft and Secretary of State Knox hur
riedly conferred today following the
receipt of dispatches regarding the
massacres of foreigners In China. ; It
is understood they discussed the ad
visability of sending troops from Ma
nila immediately. ijx
Tien Tsin, Nov.' 23.-The murder of
Dr. Tegendre and other French mis
sionaries at Nlng Yuan Fu Is confirm
ed today. .
Nanking in Uproar.
Nanking. Nov. 23 Foreigners are."
fleeing. Eleven thousand Imperialists
are awaiting an attack by the rebel
"by lend and chaos exists Inside the city
walls! General Chang today refused
to surrender the city, and hordes ot
revolutionists are ready to battle. ;
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Farley at Rome.
Rbme, Nov. 23. Cardinals Designate
Farley and Falconlo arrived here to
day from the United States. Cardinal
Designate O'Connell is expected to
reach Naples tomorrow from Bo3ton.
SPECIAL APPEAL FILED I3DIEDI.
Jndge Wright Holds That Men Must
Be Given Trial on Old Charge.
Charities and Correction.
Columbia, S. C, Nov. 23. Columbia
today welcomed a large number of dis
tinguished visitors from all partfl or 7
South Carolina, who have gathered in
the city for the third annual state con
ference of Charities and Correction.
The sessions will last two days and
will be devoted to the discussion of a
wide range of subjects. President
Mitchell "of the University of Smith
Carolina, Frank B. Gary of Abbeville
and other persons of wide prominence
are on the program for addresses.
Washington, Nov. 23. In a scathing
decision. Justice Wright, of the Dis
trict of -Columbia supreme court re
fuses to dismiss the contempt charges
against Go'mpers, Mitchell and Morri
sonheads of the American Federation
of Labor. They are declared in con
tempt ot court for placing the Bucks'
Stove & Range company on the unfair
list of the Federation's Journal. This
means an attempt will be' made to
force the labor leaders to trial again.
The United States supreme court last
spring dismissed the defendants, then
under Wright's sentence but allowed a
Atlanta, Nov. 23. Angry, exDrer.
slons of disapproval met the announce
ment that Judge Wright had decided
Gompers and the other officers of the
American Federation of Labor must
face trial. The convention immediate
ly adopted resolution roasting Judge
Wright. The convention endorsed the
report of Oompers.
Regarding Wright, Gompers sU:
"Insofar as my case coming before
fore Judge Wjight . Involves men of
organized labor as defendants, he Is
mentally incompetent to render a fair
and impartial decision."
Labor Convention Indignant j
Through their attorneys, the three
labor leaders filed a notice of special
appeai. . .''.'.' '
Western Theological Seminaries. 7
Oberlin, O., Nov. 23.--The first for
mal meeting ever held by, the theolog
ical seminaries of the west for the
purpose of exchanging views concern
ing the work of such institutions con
vened at Oberlin college, today for s
three days session. The prominent
preachers and educators here to ad
dress the conference Include Profes
sor Graham Taylor of the Chicago
theological seminary, Dr. G. Johnato't
Ross of Montreal, Rev. J. Ross Steven,
son, D. D... of Brooklyn, John P. 'Molt
of New York city, and Bishop V. VT. ,
McDowell of the Methodist Episcopal
church. - .,.-',' -..
CASE TO JURY
DEFENSE CLAIMS HEN'S CIIASAC
TEM IS SMIRCHED.
Girl Calm and Sereno and Case Is Glr
CB to Jury's Hands,
Lincoln Center, Nov. 23 'Miss Chanu:
berlaln's tar and feather case wont to
the Jury shortly before noon today. The
testimony adduced' indicated tha mo
tive was the alleged relations of the
girl with two men and reflection on
the character of some married women.
Water Famine Believed. "
Seattle, Nov. 23. The water situa
tion is relieved today. The auxiliary
plant began operating at Lake Wash
ington this morning. :