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VOL. LXI NO. 19,331
Entered at Portland fOrejron
Postofflce as Second-class Matter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1922
PRICE FIVE CENTS
GETS 35 TO 40 YEARS
TAX CUT IN OREGON
WILL BE REQUESTED
STATE COMMITTEE TO ASK
LEGISLATURE TO ACT.
WAR ON PEON PANTS
AT FRANKLIN OVER
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL TO
TOLERATE NEW GARB.
KILLED BY AUTOS
IS LAID TO FRIEND
COUNT BENTINCK'S CASTLE
IN READINESS FOR GUEST.
ANGRY CITIZENS CF ZR AS
WILSON IS SENT
BULLETS WHIZ BY
Whole Nation Surprised
by Extent of Defeat'
359 CANDIDATES BEATEN
Costly Reforms Declared to
Have Offended Property.
LLOYD GEORGE SILENT
Heunion of Coalition liberals and
Asquithians Rtimored in
LONDON, Nov. 2. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) Almost the entire at
tention of the political world today
was absorbed in the surprising re
sult otj the municipal elections, 'n
which labor suffered ah overwhelm
ing defeat. The returns in 70 of
the leading boroughs in the prov
nices show that cut of 574 labor
candidates only 215 were elected,
while the conservatives elected 350
of the 450 nominated.
In London there has been a s'm
llar landslide. Labor had 573 seats
on the old councils, but has only
253 on the new. Labor now holds
only four London borough councils
namely, Battersea, Bermondsey,
Poplar and Woolwich as against
12 councils formerly held, while in
11 London boroughs not one labor
representative was returned.
The complete reversal of the suc
cess labor had In 1919 in the muni
cipal elections is undoubtedly a se
vere disappointment to the labor
' party, and the question, on all sides
Is whether it forebodes a similar
landslide in the coming political
struggle. No doubt the action of
the Poplar council in paying exor
bitant unemployment doles and the
tendency of the labor party in gen
eral to indulge in costly reforms
In the services of janitatlsn, educa
tion and poor relief which, however
beneficial to the community, have
thrown heavy burdens on the' rate
payers, have frightened household
ers into voting against labor.
. Labor Party Dejected.
There le this difference, however,
between municipal and political
elections, that In the former only a
very email percentage of the voters
go to the polls as compared with the
political contests; hence, it is unsafe
to draw inferences from the mu
nicipal results. Nevertheless, the
returns have caused a certain
amount of dejection in the labor
party and satisfaction to those po
litical paTties opposing labor.
Sir Robert Home, formerly chan
cellor of the exchequer, in a speech
at Glasgow tonight, expressed a be
lief that the chief factor in the de
feat of labor had been the women's
votes, and he believed the same
tendency would b0 shown in the
Ex-Premier Lloyd George is still
silent on hi8 Intentions, his silence
giving rise to all "kinds of specula
tion and rumors, among others that
of his possible return to the liberal
fold and the reunion of the coalition
liberals with the Asquithians. Look
ing at political history of the past
six years this appears to be some,
what far-fetched speculation,' but it
is alleged that there are several u
each camp favoring the idea if Mr.
Lloyd George were disposed finally
to separate from the conservative
Mr. Asquith Friendly.
Thla proposition leaves out of
count what would happen to his
conservative colleagues, like the
earl of Balfour, who followed Lloyd
George into the wilderness. An
other question arises who should
make the first move? Mr. Asquith,
who is remarkably free from per
sonal animosity, is reported to have
no objection to reuniting the party
under Mr. Lloyd George, but is dis
inclined to make the first move him
self. Tie whftle matter for the
present remains in the realm of in
Mr. Asquiih, speaking again at
Paisley tonight, replied to a ques
tion' propounded by Sir Robert
Home a few days ago as to whether
Mrs. Asquith would be willing to
join with labor in the event thai
the Independent liberals and.labor
ites combined would have a ma
jority in the next parliament. Mr.
Asquith rather parried the question
and said that personally he would
not join any government if the con
ditions of adhesion meant eubmer.-
' sioiror slackening in either legisla
tion or administration of the 11b-
. eral principles and policy.
Lloyd George Rapped. '
Premier Bonar Law in his speech
today, contrary to rumors, rather
refrained from personal invective or
indulgence in sharp replies to the
attacks of Lord Birkenhead, Win
stoi Churchill and others, although
he was somewhat sarcastic at the
expense of Mr. Lloyd George, whom
he compared to a drummer in the
army, serving a useful purpose in
time. Mr. Lloyd George, he re
marked. 4 the drumming better
Uutn anyone, but when the charge
h$bA and some had fallen and oth
ers were in the hospital, a drummer
(CtfAUitai en 2. Column 2.)
All Efforts to Get Interview Re
garding Forthcoming Wed
ding Prove Fruitless.
AMERONGEN, Holland, Nov. 2.
(By the Associated Press.) The im
pending arrival here of Princess
Hermlone of Reuss, bride-to-be of
former Emperor William of Ger
many, Is not creating any excite
ment. The princess is to be a guest
at Count Goddard Bentinck's castle,
the one-time kaiser's first residence
The lord of the manor himself no
longer resides in the castle, having
gone to Switzerland in a huff after
a quarrel he is reported to have had
with the local authorities over taxa
tion. The present resident of the
castle, who will act as hostess, is
Count Bentinck's daughter Eliza
beth, who in 1920 married Captain
Siguand von Ilsemann of William's
Both the village of Amerongen
and the precincts of the castle are
wrapped in rural quiet, in strange
contrast to the buzz of pedestrian
and vehicular traffic when William
was a resident here.
The correspondent of the Asso
ciated Press was not challenged
today when he crossed the bridge
over the moat leading to the castle.
The only person visible was a gar
dener who was tidying the lawn.
All efforts to interview occupants
of the castle, however, were vain,
questions eliciting a cold but polite
nessage from the footman, who de
livered them, of regret that those
inside would be unable to see a
A few hours later a large motor
truck, loaded with trunks and hat
boxes, entered the castle gates, and
it was assumed by the townspeople
that Hermlone would spend the
night in Amerongen castle.
ELECTRIC SHOCK FATAL
Body of McMinnvllIe Young Man
Found la Street.
McMINNVILLE, Or., Nov. 2.
(Special.) Charles F. Trawin of
this city was killed last night, ap
parently by an electric shock which
he received from an arc light cable.
The young man's body was found on
Grant street by citizens returning
home from a meeting. It was be
lieved he had taken hold of the
cable by which the light is raised
and lowered and that a short circuit
had been completed. His hands
were, flesh-torn and his clothes
The young man was the son of
Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Trawin of Mc
MinnvllIe. He is survived, alsb, by
two brothers and a sister. Funeral
services will be held tomorrow
morning at the Baptist church. Dr.
L. W. Riley, president of Linfield
college, and Professor E. S. Gardner
will officiate. .
PEOPLE FIGHT FOR COAL
Three Cars Mysteriously Dumped
BUFFALO! N. T., Nov. 2 Several
hundred men, women and children
of Cheektowaga today fought Le
high Valley railroad detectives who
were defending three carloads of
anthracite coal which had been mys
teriously dumped near the Williams
street c'ty line when a freight train
came to a stop.
Fourteen-year-old John Disskow
skl was wounded when the detec
tives opened fire after they were
bombarded with coal thrown by
persons carting off the fuel.
STEEL RAILS ORDERED
Southern Pacific Lets Contract
for 75,000 Gross Tons.
SAN FRANCISCO. Cal., Nov. 2.
The Southern Pacific company haa
placed an order with eastern steel
plants for 75,000 gross tons of rails,
valued at between J3.000.000 and
J4.000.000, for delivery in 1923, it
was announced by the company
Approximately 50,000 tons will be
used on the Pacific system of the
company, providing a total of 330
miles of rails in the west.
BIG DIVIDEND DECLARED
Stock Distribution Announced by
NEW YORK, Nov. 2 Directors of
the American Steel Foundries today
declared a stock dividend of 18 per
cent, equivalent to $6 a share on the
outstanding common stock, payable
December 30 to stockholders of rec
ord December 9.
Dividends on common and pre
ferred stocks are not due until De
cember. It was stated that no
change in the d'vidend rate was
CHILE GETS $18,000,000
Bid of New York Bank Accepted
SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 2. (By the
Associated Press.) The Chilean
government today accepted the bid
of the National City bank of New
York, an associate corporation of
the National city' bank, for a loan
The loan will issue at 81, will
bear 7 per cent interest and mature
in 20 years, with a 2 per ceftt amor
tization after two years.
New Yorker Is Caught in
Fighting in Italy.
FUSILLADE IS HALTED
Unpopular Deputies Flee to
PATES - BEING SHAVED
Fascistl, Seeking Amusement, Put
... National Colors in Paint
on Luckless Heads.
BY RAYMOND FENDRICK.
fCm'caso Tribune Foreign News Service.
Copyright, 1922, by the Chicago Tribune.)
ROME, Nov. 2. J. Pierpont Mor
gan of New York was a witness of
a communist attack on members of
the fascistl. Mr. Morgan was on a
train en route from Paris which on
leaving Rome ran parallel to a train
carrying members of the fascistl.
In the northern part of Rome com
munists fired at the fascistl train
and bullets whistled above Mr.
Morgan's car which, however, was
not hit. i
Fascisti officers stopped the
Socialist and communist deputies
have begun fleeing from' their
homes here, not to save their lives,
but to save their whiskers.
The fancies of the thousands of
young fascisti who are still un
mobilized have turned to lighter
things now that their serious work
is finished and they have started
chasing communist deputies, shav
ing their pates when caught and
painting the national colors . on
The first of the deputies sought
was Signor Bombacci, who is called
Italy's Lenin. He escaped, but the
fascisti caught his secretary, who
sported a luxuriant forest on his
chin. That disappeared and like
wise all the hair on his head. Then
his bait pate was painted with red,
white and green str'pes and he was
exhibited from a balcony to a boot
Tar and feathers are not popular
in Italy, due" to the cost of tar and
to Italy's lack of petroleum
. The fascisti are trailing the rad
ical deputies, who are more fearful
of red, white and green headaches
than real danger.
MUSSOLINI'S DAY 15 HOURS
Premier Expects All of Ministers
to Work Equally Hard.
ROME, Isov. 2.-r(By the Asso
ciated Press.) Benito Mussolini, the
new premier, in addition to working
15 hours daily "exacts" this is a
favorite word of his that all his
ministers also shall work hard.
To each member of his govern
ment .Mussolini has allotted a task.
(Concluded on Page 2, Column 4.)
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I I If f I IDOJNG "THfJSE V VI 1
I I 1 rft whAy:aliad VlVlll
M 1 I lK Hat I wYu. liP
If III It I I ACTUALLY'
Court Expresses Re
Could Not Be T
MTSKEGOy Cicbc' 2. Amid
the cheers o 'hdf -c angry cit
izens crowded?1 intv surrounding
the circuit court c oers here to
day, Raymond E. Wilson, confessed
abductor of 12-year-old Rosalie
Shanty, was sentenced to imprison
ment at Marquette for 35 to 40
years. The court expressed the re
gret, a life term could not be im
Thirty minutes later Wilson was
on his way to prison, heavily guard
ed by deputies who feared they
might be unable to cope with the
The kidnaper disposed of within
12 hours after his arrest, Muskegon
tonight turned to the relief of the
child mermaid, who was reported
slowly recovering from mistreat
ment and exposure at a farm house
near Dublin, Manistee county.
Mckenzie pass closed
1 7 Inches of Snow Reported ia
Highway on Mountains.
EUGENE, Or., Nov. 2. (Special.)
Snow to the" depth of IT inches
was found in the road at the sum
n it of the Cascade mountains on
t'i McKenzie hiss way yesterday.
Jccor.ing to word telephoned to the
lffjceif the Cascade national forest
'here. T,e highway will be closed to
iraffc from this time on, as It
iwonld be impossible for cars to buck
through t?.e deep, wet snow, said
While rain has been falling in the
valley it has been snowing in
the high altitudes, according to the
0LC0TTS TO BE HONORED
Republican Women to Entertain
Governor and Wife Tonight.
Governor and Mrs. Olcott will be
guests of honor tonight at a ban
quet to be given at the Chamber of
Commerce,. Oregon building, by the
women members of the republican
state central committee's executive
committee. The committeewomen
will be assisted by the Multnomah
county central committee, the chair.
women of the Olcott-for-governoif
committee. Jt J,
The programme will include sev
eral political speeches and musical
HOME WRECKED BY BOMB
Eleven Inmates of Building Nar
rowly Escape Death.
GLOBE, Ariz., Nov. 22. Eleven
persons escaped possible death here
today when the house occupied by
the families of Albert Rabogliatti, a
moving picture theater owner, and
his brother, Dominice, was almost
completely wrecked by an explosion,
believed by the police to have been
the result of dynamite placed under
Faust, 6-year-old son of Albert,
suffered a broken arm, and two
other sons were bruised. Another
PRETTY, BUT IT CANT ACTUALLY BE DONE.
Body Appointed by Governor Ol
' cott Preparing Report Advo
cating General Reform.
SALEM, Or., Nov. 2. Recommen
dations for legislation intended to
decrease taxes in Oregon will be
made to the legislature next Jan
uary by the state committee on tax
investigation appointed last year by
Governor Olcott under an act of the
legislature of 1921. The recom
mendations are summarized in a re
port made to the governor today. A
final report is now being prepared.
Recommendations to be made to
the legislature are:
. State income tax,, equitable pri
mary assessments, supervision over
local expenditures in the many units
of government that have taxing
power, consolidation of state de
partments, organization of a statis
tical bureau, sinking fund for the
redemption of all bonds issued for
public purposes, law to prohibit fil
ing on water power sites for specu
lation, ' that all payments for in
heritance taxes be converted to the
irreducible school fund and a rec
ommendation against . further issue
of tax exempt securities by the
sLate of Oregon or by the United
The members of the committee ap
pointed by the governor are I. N.
Day, chairman; Henry E. Reed, vice
chairman; Coe A. McKenna, secre
tary; C. S. Chapman and Charles A.
Brand, all of Portland.
Various misunderstandings rela
tive to taxation are ironed out in
the report. t
ARMORY DESK ROBBED
Attempt Made to Steal National
Guard Payroll Checks.
What is believed to have been an
attempt to eteal the payroll checks
of the service company, 162d infan
try, Oregon nationa. guard, resulted
in the theft of $55 from the desk of
Captain R. M. Conner some time
yesterday afternoon. The checks
for the soldiers had been locked in
a small army safe and placed in
Captain Conner's office. About noon
Captain Conner went to, the bank
to cash a check for $55 and, return
ing to the armory, he placed theT
money in a drawer in his desk.
When he returned to the armory
last night he found the door open
end his desk broken into. Papers
were strewn over he place and the
'fconey was gone.
COTTON CROP ESTIMATED
World Production for Year Held
About 16,750,000 Bales.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 2.
World production of all kinds of
commercial cotton for the current
year will apprpach 16,750,000 bales,
according to figures compiled by
the census bureau and made public
today. From present Indications, a
statement by the bureau adds, the
world crop will be about the same
as last year. American production
for this year has been figured by
the department of agriculture at
Consumption during the year
ending July 31 aggregated 20,047,
000 bales of the world's supply, ac
cording tc the bureau's reports.
World stocks on hand on that date
I were given at 9,536,000 bales.
California Leads All in
LOS ANGELES WORST CITY
General Increase From 1917
to 1921 Is 28 Per Cent.
MISSISSIPPI IS LOWEST
South Carolina and Kentucky Are
Next Smallest, With 4.3 Deaths
to 100,000 of Population.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 2.
(By the Associated Press.) There
were 10,168 deaths from accidents
caused by automobiles and other
motor vehicles, excluding motor
cycles, during 1921 in the death reg
istration area of the United States,
comprising 34 states and containing
82 per cent of the country's popu
lation, the census bureau announced
today. That was an increase of
1065 over 1920. The death rate for
100,000 population was, 11. 5, com
pared with 10.4 in 1920. California
led all states in the death rate,
while among the cities of 100,000 or
more population Los Angeles led.
There was about 28 per cent in
crease in the automobile death rate
from 1917 to 1921, while the actual
number of deaths in 27 states for
which data are available increased
41.2 per cent. Deaths in the reg
istration area by years were an
nounced as follows: 1917, 6724; 1918,
7525; 1919, 7968; 1920, 9103; 1921,
Rate ia Cities Increases.
The rate for 100,000 in the cities
was 15.8 last year, an increase of
.8 over 1920. Total deaths ini the
cities numbered 4415 last year, an
increase of 299 over 1920. By years
the deaths in these cities were as
follows: 1917, 3207; 1918, 3609; 1919.
38081 3920, 4116, and 1921, 4415.
OtMbe 34 states in the registra
tion area, California had the highest
rate, with 24.4 for 100,000; Con
necticut was second, with 15.5, and
New York third, with 15.4. Mis
sissippi was the smallest rate, 2.6,
while South Carolina and Kentucky
both had the next smallest, with 4.3.
The largest increase in the rate
for 100,000 for the states was in
California, with 3.3 more than in
1920, while New Hampshire showed
the biggest decrease in the rate,
with 2.8. Twenty-six of the states
showed increases, seven decreases,
and one, Pennsylvania, showed no
New York Deaths Lead.
New York state registered the
largest number of deaths, with'
1632, an increase of 222 over 1920,
while Delaware had the smallest
number, with 17, a decrease of 62.
The rate for 100,000 and the num
ber increase or decrease in that
rate as compared with 1920 Bhows:
California 24.4, increase 3.3; Colo
rado 12.6, increase .23; Montana 8.3,
increase .2; Nebraska 7.9, decrease
I; Utah 11.5, increase .2, and Wash
ington 14.5, increase 1.
In the 66 cities, 40 showed In
creases in the Fate, while the re
maining 26 showed decreases. Los
Angeles had the highest rate, with
27.1 for 100,000, an increase of 3
for 100,000 over 1920. The smallest
rate was reported by New Bedford,
Mass., with 7.2, a decrease of 1.8
Albany showed the largest in
crease in its rate, over 1920, with
15.5, and Houston was second, with
11.6. Memphis had the largest de
New York city had the largest
number of deaths, 885, an increase
of 112 over 1920; Chicago the second
largest number, 669, an Increase of
97, and Philadelphia third, 100, a de
crease of 36.
COAST HEALTHIEST PLACE
Oregon Has Next to Lowest In
fant Mortality In Country.
SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. 2. Cali
fornia. Washington and Oregon are
the three healthiest states in the
union from an infant mortality
standpoint, while San Francisco car
ried off the palm for three consecu
tive years, ending with 1921, for
having the fewest deaths of infants
bom alive of any city of its size in
the nation, the state Doard of health
said today in a special report.
Washington and Oregon even
excel California when it comes to an
absence of health risks to infants,
the report said. Although the Seat
tle deaths were two for each 1000
last year, whereas the San Francisco
deaths were 61, the Washington in
fant has what might be literally
termed "the best chance in the
world" for gurgling his or her way
into the pinkest and healthiest sort
of childhood. In Portland there were
but 48 infant deaths to each 1000
of the population last year, and the
state of Oregon at large is almost
"neck and neck" with Washington
in the race for first honors as the
The ability of babies to keep cool
during tho summer months and the
old Pacif'c coast standby "climate"
are given as the principal reasons
for the healthy babies.
Pittsburg, Pa., shows the highest
Student Body Votes to Cease
. Demonstration Against Tor
Sartorial freedom and tolerance
won at Franklin high school yester
day when the student body, by a
vote of 510 to 427, decided to recog
nize the rights of peon pants and
Spanish skirts, and to end the dem
onstrations against the wearers of
these alien nether garments.
An impassioned defense of tore
ador trousers by a factulty member,
a half dozen stirring addresses by
leaders of the student body, calling
for freedom in dress and costume
won the day for dress radicalism.
Following the formal discussion of
the peon pants at the general as
sembly held for that purpose, the
students filed back to their class
rooms, and by secret ballot made
known their will. In the future any
dress, however fantastic, will be al
lowed on Franklin campus as long
as that dress conforms with ordi
As a result of yesterday's decision
peon pants' popularity soared and
stocks diminished in downtown
clothing stores. One large estab
lishment reported that no. less than
a dozen youths, evidently high school
students and two of whom ,were
known as Franklinites because of
Franklin pins, purchased especially
colorful and picturesque pairs of
peon pants. Campus rumor asserted
that peon pants will be the most
popular attire when school opens
next Monday morning. A dozen girls
are reported to have said that, now
the ban has been removed, they
would take to Spanish skirts.
Yesterday's discussion of the peon
pants problem by the high school
students would have done credit to
many a legislature. Barbara Blythe,
Frank White and Marveldare Fel
lows, leaders in student body work,
pleaded for unity among FranK
llnltes and an ending of the vio
lence,'' hatred and discord engen
dered by the demonstrations against
peon pants .and Spanish skirts.
Professor Rodwell of the science de
partment spoke In behalf of peon
pants and denounced the direct ac
tionists who resorted to violence in
their attempt to drive the toreador
trouser wearers from the school
According to prominent Franklin
students, the peon pants war is now
over, and no further demonstrations
will be staged against the wearers
of these costumes.
JUDGE MARTIN FAVORED
Choice as Presiding Jurist of
Customs Appeal Court Likely.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Nov. 2.
Appointment of George E. Martin,
associate judge of the United States
court of customs appeals, as pre
siding judge to succeed Marion De
Vries of California, resigned, was
said in high official circles tonight
to be under serious consideration by
No new appointments to the court
are expected until after the com
ing elections, but Judge Martin, who
is from Ohio, is declared to be at
present the most likely choice of
the president for the office of pre
siding judge. For the other vacan
cies of the court advisers of the
president are understood to have
urged the selection of Representa
tive George M. Young, republican.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
-YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature,
52 degrees; minimum, 39 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; northerly winds.
Amerongen awaits arrival of princess,
ex-kaiser's bride-to-be. Page h
Bullets whistle past J. Pierpont Morgan's
train. Page 1.
British labor la overwhelmed. Page 1.
Miller and Smith close in New York.
Autos In year kill 10,108 persons. Page 1.
Candidates tor house report nominal cam
paign expenditures. Page 2.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle defends famous
Davenport brothers. Page 6.
Pegy Caffee killed Mrs. Meadows, says
Mrs. Phillips. Pago 1.
Torturer of mermaid geta 35 to 40 years.
Wedding contract is found on youthful
elopers. Page 3.
Warrant ready for service by Investi
gators of Hall-Mills double murder.
Beveridge'A drive in Indiana real revela
tion to readers. Page 8.
Finehot seems choice tor Pennsylvania
governor. Page 4.
Washington state voters apathetic. Page 7.
General tax reduction in -Oregon to be
asked by state committee. Page 1. -Olcoit
denies he ever favored higher
taxes. Page 15.
American ieague may see managerial
shakeupsi Page 18.
Jefferson blanks Commerce, 0 to 0. Page
Commercial and Marine.
Another advance in local flour prices
Foreign loans and rails lead in bond ad
vances. Page 27.
Trade excursion to South America
. planned. Page 26.
Spectators' retreat for decline clearly in
dicated. Page 27.
Large holo found in dredge Portland.
Grain market gives way to pressure.
Portland and Vicinity.
Catholic children at health show. Page 20.
Wife of American fights exile order.
Democrats roused by citizens' ticket.
War on peon pants at Franklin over.
Edsel .Ford here for conference. Page 4.
Everything ready for fair and bridge
parade tomorrow night. Page 4.
Weather report, data and forecast. Pace
Peggy Did Killing, De
clares Mrs. Phillips, ;
STAR WITNESS IS ACCUSED.
Battle on Road Is Described
FATAL BLOWS DENIED
Woman Companion Is Charged
With Wielding Weapon When '
Victim Seemed Winning.
LOS ANGELES. Nov. 2 Peggy
Caffee wielded the hammer that
beat the life out of Mrs. Alberta
Meadows, according to testimony
given here today by Mrs. Clara
Phillips, accused of the orime.
Peggy Caffee was the state's star
witness against- Mrs. Phillips and
accredited with being the only eye
witness to the aireged slaying by
Mrs. Phillips told the events lead
ing to the killing of July 12, of
Mrs. Meadows' alleged statement
that she was preparing to run away
with Armour Phillips, husband of
the accused slayer, and of a
fight that followed between her and
Mrs. Meadows, and said that when
Mrs. Meadows was getting the best
of the fight Peggy Caffee rushed
in with the hammer.
"Peggy came with the hammer
and struck at Alberta and beat her
with it, and everything went black
before my eyes," was the dramatic
climax of her testimony.
Huxband'a Accusation Denied.
The defendant first related tifr,
peningg on the Friday preceding is
slaying. That night, she said, h
husband. Armour I Phillips, ac
cused her of "spending the nisrht
with a man at Camp Baldy." She
said that she denied this and asked
Phillipa who had told him that
Phillips, she said, replied that it wa
Mrs. Julian McElroy.
The next day, Mrs. Phillips con
tinned, she followed her husband t
Mrs. McElroys home and there)
heard him repeat the accusation, but
that time declaring that Mrs. Mea-
dows was his informant. Mrs. Mc
Elroy, she said, told Phillips th
charge was not true, that she her
self was with Mrs. Phillips at the
Sob Corrobatea Mother.
Mrs. McElroy, who testified to the
same effect earlier in the day, also
asserted she had made accusations
against Phillips concerning his ac
quaintance with Mrs. Meadows. She
said that members of both Phillips' "
and Mrs. Meadows' families had
"begged Armour Phillips to ceas
his attentions to Alberta Meadows."
Julian McElroy, eon of the last
witness, corroborated his mother's
testimony about the conversation
the Saturday before the slaying and
also that he had heard Phillips say
that he had "planned a trip" with,
Mrs. Meadows. McElroy added that
Mrs. Meadows had told him that
Mrs. Phillips thus gave her ver
sion of the slaying.
It was a tale of jealousy and aU
leged false accusations which, ac
cording to the defense contention,
caused her to go into a "brain
storm" on July 12 last, the day Mrs. '
Meadows was beaten to death with,
Circumstance Are Detailed.
Mrs. Phillips detailed the circum
stances leading to the arrival of
herself, Mrs. Caffee and Mrs. Mead
ows at the hillside spot where the
slaying occurred and told of how
the three talked over the relations
of Mrs. Meadows and Mr. Phillips.
According to her testimony, Mrs.
Meadows admitted that she loved
Phillips and was preparing to go
away with him.
"Then she slapped me and w
fought, and we fought," said the
witness, and went on to tell the
details of the struggle. Finally,
she said, Mrs. Meadows had the best
of it and the witness had called
And Peggy came with the ham
mer and struck Alberta and beat
her with it, and everything went
black before my eyes," she said.
Her attorney halted the direct ex
amination at that point. "Take tha
witness," he said to the deputy dis
trict attorney, and cross-examination
began at once. Mrs. Phillips
was so discomposed, however, that
little headway was made for som
time with the cross-examination.
Elder Sister Testifies.
' Miss Ola Weaver, an elder sister
of the defendant, earlier in the day
had told the jury that at various
times, when the family was living
in Texas, her father would enter a
room where some member of tha
family happened to be, bringing a
knife with him, and would ask the)
relative to kill him. She eald she
had overlooked these Incidents in
her direct testimony yesterday.
She also said that the defendant,
Mrs. Phillips, had been "abnormal"
from childhood and had been sub
ject to such convulsions or fits as
she described in her direct evidence.
After these attacks, she said, the
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