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farmer and stockman, upheld his at
tack on Henry Campbell, nearest
neighbor, to whom at the pistol's
point he had given the choice of
death or emasculation.
The choice: Sudden death "at the
pistol's point or a death-in-life as the
victim of the surgical blade
The fate that Stanford White met
at thehands of Harry Thaw or that
which" Jack Cudahy tried to wreak
on Jere Lillis in Cudahy's Kansas
City home! x
That was the problem before
Henry Campbell as Byrd Choate con
fronted him beside a lonely road
where they had drivenrin the shade
of a cedar forest
He thought of the fruitless years
before him If he should choose to
live; he thought of the wife and baby
who had watched their breadwinner
drive away at Choate's side.
He looked Into Choate's eyes and
saw no flinching there. He consid
ered the pistol; he considered Jhe
"The knife!" said Campbell.
Byrd Choate is out on $5,000 bail,
but keeping away from the scene "of
Mrs. Choate, who had left her hus
band the day before the attack n
Campbell, is at a brbther's home
She denies any wrongdoing with
Campbell is staying at his farm,
but has made trips to Wingo and
' Mayfield, looking for Choate. Phy
sicians are not certain he will', live
until the trial. Campbell also denies
Mrs. Choate frequently spent the
night at the Campbells' home, they
say, when her husband was absent
But Mrs. Campbell supports the de
nials. A third woman will figure, in the
trial and is expected to give sensa
tional evidence Mrs. Dunnigah, dl-,
T vorcee, who lived with the Ohoates.
They talk of nothing else at Win
go, three miles from the Choata
farm, and of little else at Mayfield.
Choate owns most of Wingo. It is
a little market townrwith a business' -street
one block long and 300 feet
wide. On one side of the street are vtt
brick stores; on the other side are
frame shacks; in the middle are
water- troughs and hitching posts
where the tobacco planters of Graves
county tie their horses. At the head
of the street stands the bank of
Wingo, in which Choate is a heavy
Sidewalks in front of Choate's ,,
stores are filled with men and boys
discussing the "cutting."
Mrs. Campbell stood m the door
way with her baby and watched
Choate and her husband drive away
the morning of the attack.
Choate iad driven past and invited v
Campbell to a ride. In the shadow
of a dense woods 300 yards away he
halted. He displayed a pistol and
handcuffs and gave Campbell the
choice between death and the opera
ation. Campbell chose the knife!
The memory of Mrs. Campbell
standing in the doorway may have
saved his life.
Then Choate gave himself up to
the town marshal of Wingo. They
took him to Mayfield on the Fulton
Paducah local. '
. There he was freed on $2,500 bail.
But Campbell's friends objected, so
officers went to Hickman, home of
Choate's father, and brought him
back, the bail being doubled. Charge
of mayhem is laid against him. J
Preparations are under way for a
sensational and hard-fought trial at
the next term of district court in
Both Choate and Canip'bell are of
prominent families. Campbell lacks .