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PAUL BEATTIE ADMITS HE LIED IN TESTIMONY . -AGAINST
COUSIN, UNDER SENTENCE OF DEATH
Execution of Henry Clay Beattie,
Jr., Set for November 24, Prob
ably Will Be Postponed.
Washington, Nov. 14. Attor
ney Walter C. Balderson admit
ted. this afternoon that Paul Beai
tie made affidavit in his office last
week, repudiating the main fea
tures of his testimony, on which
Henry Clay Beattie, jr., was con
victed of wife-murder.
This affidavit was presented to
Governor Mann today, and it was
for this reason that the governor
postponed his decision on Beat
tie's appeal for commutation.
: It was Paul Beattie's evidence
that convicted his cousin of the
murder of his wife, and led. to his
sentence to death in the electric
, His testimony included such
statements as this, which he al
leged were made to him by the
"I would give anything if I had
His testimony also completed
the chain of evidence showing
.that Henry Beattie had bought a
shotgun shortly before the mur
der of his wife.
The electrocution of Henry
Clay Beattie, jr., was set for No
8 Richmond, Va., Nov. 14. The
aged, white-haired father of Hen
ry Clay Beattie, jr., sentenced' to
death for the murder of his wife.
a personal plea toGovernor Mann
for the life of his son.
Accompanied by the attorneys
for the condemned man he was
closeted with the governor for
over an hour. He asked that the
death sentence be commuted to
imprisonment for life.
The hearing before the gover
nor was secret, and the nature of
the appeal made by the father of
the condemned man, is not
known. Bui it is understood here
that the' basis of the plea for
mercy was a signed statement by,
Paul Beattie, principal witness
against Henry, in which Paul ad
mitted that much of his testimony;
against his cousin, was false.
Consumers Win First Point in 70
Cent Gas Fight.
Chicago gas consumers won
the first move in their fight fpc
cheaper gas today, when the su-
perior court dismissed the de-i
murrer of the Peoples 'Gas Light
and Coke Co. against enforce-"
ment of the mandatory injunction
requiring it to furnish gas for 7Q
Following the overruling of phe
demurrer, Assistant Corporation
.Counsel Hoyne commenced argus
ments on the motion for an in-
junction to restrain the gas conn
pany from violating the ordu
nance passed in July.
Queen Mary says she wont ride
an elephant at the Durbar, but it's
hardly expected that she- will
walk.- - - 'du5