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CHICAGO, ILL, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 192L
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L M. B. arner of Lexington, N; G, is Willing to Spend Thousands
Dollars in Order to Blast or Blacken the Character and Reputation of
His Wire, Mrs. Morence Varaer, and Prove to the World that
Sonie: White Ladies in the Southland Are Not Above
Consorting or .Mating With Colored Men
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GbL.iL BAXTERMcRA&YIS THE WEALTHIEST
'COLORED MAN IN LEXINGTON. ft C, AND HE IS
CHARGED WITH MAKING LOVE TO MRS. VAR
THE ABOVE AFFAIR IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO
CAUSE THE LATE HON. BENJAMIN R. TILLMAN
OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO SPRING FORTH FROM
HIS GRAVE AND JOIN HANDS WITH HONS.
JAMES K. VAgDAMAN OFMISSISSIPPI AND JOHN
SHARP WILLIAMS OF THE SAME ROTTEN
STATE, HOKE SMITH OF GEORGIA, D. W. GRIF
FITH, HEAD OF THE BIRTH OF A NATION AND
ALL THE OTHER 'NEGRO HATING BLATANT
TO RUSH TO THE FRONT AND ASSIST TO -RESCUE
ALL THE DEAR WHITE LADIES IN THE SOOTH
FROM THE CLUTCHESOF COLORED MEN WHOM
THEYCLASS AS BABOONS, FOR THESE EMINENT
OR DISTINGUISHED STATESMEN CONTEND
THAT EVERY WHITE LADY THROUGHOUT THE
SOUTH WOULD PREFER TO SUFFER TEN MIL
LION HORRIBLE DEATHS RATHER THAN TO
PERMIT ONE COLORED MAN TO EMBRACE HER.
IS CLEARLY EVIDENT THAT MRS. VARNER
Greensboro, N. C Sensational, vivid,
colorful and highly dramatic testimony J tor.
was heard last week in the famous Var
aer divorce ease, now Tein aired in
the Greensboro Federal Court, in -which:
H. B. Tamer, -prosnneat- Lexingiojv
citizen, former owner of the Islington
Dispatch, and former president of the
National Editorial Association, is suing
lis wife, Mrs. Florence C. Varner, for
divorce, and B." Baxter ITeBary,
wealthy colored man for $100,000 for
alienation of his wife's affections. Urs.
Varner, in a counter charge, is suing
'Tamer for $5,000 a year for reason
In his charges against Ids wife Var
Tier claims alleged clandestine meetings,
secret automobile rides, telephone calls,
silent forms of communications and
visits to the Varner home when Varnpr
himself was away. Mrs. Varner has
denied all the charges, and the resnlt-
ine testimony, riven by witnesses of
both sides, has proved highly interest
ing. Defense Springs Surprise.
The defense in the trial sprung a
surprise when at the conclusion of the
direct examination, of Mrs. Varner, dur
ing which she stoutly denied. eveT hav
ing had any wrongful relations with
U Baiter McBary, dismissed ihe wit
ness from the stand without cross-examination.
In a voice charged with emotion, and
seemingly under a great strain, Mrs.
Tamer emphatically denied Jiaving
ever been anything more than & friend
Vainer Maid on Stead.
The second witness called to the
tnd was Anna Miller, who for more
than 20 years had "been & maid-in ihe:
emplov of the Varner family. Her
statements practically .corroborated
those prcn by Mrs. Varner, In whieli
Ae stated that McBary had, come to
the Turner home to see her, She
stated that she and McBary had. been
friends from childhood, and thai le
often came to 'talk over xeminiscetnses
f their carry life and to discuss re
ligions matters. She furtherjstated
tkt she often cookedf or McBary 'after.
ivife died, and at theCxegaest ef
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persons did, as "good. morning, Bax
, "Before God, No, ITeTeXr"
Ij a deposition, which was-, taken .io
hosp.tal in Cincinnati, OhioVTeecfttiy,
rt -as stated that McBary war EI years
c -u uu Vlaiaiv LXJAAU -liiaiWta
When asked if he had ever had illicit
relations with Mrs. -Varner, deposition
Deposition stated that he had never
been- alone with her in his life and
thatshc would not even speak to him
when-jilone on the street.
The deposition further stated that he
was, and had been for the past ten
years, in bad health.
Mrs. Varner "Breaks Down.
Ura. Florence C. Varner broke down
and sobbed audibly in the Federal
Court when she heard Fred O. Sink,
star witness for H. B. Varner, tell how
news of Mr. varaer's wife alleged
relations with Baxter McBary, affected
the Ijexington man.
"Oh, God, why didn't you bring me
a message that she was dead," Sink
declared Mr. Varner exclaimed when he
told him in Greensboro of alleged oc
curences in Lexington on August 9, in
volving alleged relationship between
Mrs. Varner and McBary.
It was at this juncture of trail that
Mrs. Varner burst into tears. It was
the first sign of grief since the trial
Mr.-Bink said that at request of Mr.
Varner lie bad made all preparations
for Mrs. Varner 's trip; had purchased
her ticket, given berapwards of $1,000,
Mr. Varner lad directed and purchased
two traveling bags for her, shipped all
the furniture she desired and had
finally taken, .lier to Salisbury at her
request and put her on train.
"If -you are innocent, I hope you are
proved so soon if you are guilty I hope
to heaven you never have another mo
ment's peace as long as you five," io
- Mr- Sink, I am innocent." This
was farewell conversation between
Fred O. Sink and Mrs. Florence 0.
Varner on the night of August 12, "Wed-
Inesday, when. jshe entrained from Salis
bury for her, mother's "home Jn Utah.
Mr. Sink told the court.
Telejheoa People Testify.
Thursday afternoon the aost sensa
tional testimony wa.given by Bob Bed:
wme, an employe .ox tne lexmgipn
Telephone. 'Exchange. He -testified that
one meats previous to toe time t& 40-
year-oH boy were) going to eaarp, he
was eraDloyedjtitJie exchange between
the ioarsof.9 p. .and. 7ta One
night (he waaat certain of -the date)
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THE THIRTY-FIRST STREET ANNEX OF THE LINCOLN
STATE BANK WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST MOD
ERN BANKING ROOMS IN CHICAGO.
THE WAINSCOATTNG CONSISTS OF ITALIAN AND
VERMONT MARBLE, THE WALLS ARE DECOR
ATED WITH IMFORTED CAEN FRENCH STONE;
THE INTERIOR WOOD WORK IS HEAVY MAHOG
ANY AND HIGHLY POLISHED BRONZE ORNAMENTATIONS.
HON. SHER1DAH E. FRY,
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THE CAPITAL STOCK OF THE LINCOLN STATE BANK
OF CHICAGO HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM $200,
000 TO $300,000 AND THE SURPLUS HAS BEEN
INCREASED FROM $20,000 TO $30,000.
HON: GEORGE F. LEIBRANDT, PRESIDENT OF THE
LINCOLN STATE BANK, STATES THAT RIGHT
NOW IT HAS $200,000 ON HAND TO LOAN ON
REAL ESTATE IN SUMS TO SUIT THE BORROWERS.
High-class Lawyer, Associate Judge of the Municipal Court
cf Chicago for 12 years, who would make a splendid candidate
for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
He declared that in the years of 2918,
1919 and. 1920 it was not an uncommon
thing for No. 53 to caH No. 117. Ho
did sot know who answered the tele
phone at No. 117 at all times.
On cross-examination he admitted
that during his nine years at the ex
change he had heard only one message
exchanged between McBary and Mrs.
Varner, However, lie said that McBary
on a number of occasions conversed
with Anna Miller, the servant of the
Varners, about religion and foreign
Paul Grimes, then took the stand and
practically corroborated Bedwme's
testimony reeardine the night the
message from McBary to Mrs. Varner
"Meet Me at the Bridge."
Mrs. Hildred Anderson,- an employe
of Meyer's department store, this eity,
and, a former employe at the Lexington
Exchange, testified that on one occasion
Nor 117 called 53 (she contended that
No. 53 was McBarjr's number) and that
she heard the following message : " (I
have the papers, meet me." After
hearing thisl she said her attention was
attracted to another number, and that
upon returning to the McBary-Varner
line, she heard McBary cough and hang
up the receiver. On another occasion,
Mrs. Anderson testified that McBary
called and said: "-Meet me at tee
bridge at 2j 'clock."
On cross-examination sne saia sne
didn't remember the exact dates, our.
that they soon parted, the man going
one way, the woman another.
Mr. Sapp plunged into a tongh cross
examination. He frankly asked the
witness if his story wasn't a "fixed up
proposition." Hunt emphatically de
nied any association with a scheme.
McBary leaves. Varner Lot.
MOton Hedrick, who lives three or
four miles from Lexington, testified
that he was in the habit of visiting
the Davidson capital three or four times
per week and that he had seen Mrs.
Varner on numerous .occasions. One
night in Jannary, 1919, between the
hours of midnight and 1 a. mn he de
clared that he saw a "man coming away
from the Varner premises and that he
watched him until he identified him as
Mr. Sapp pat Hedrick through a
gruelling examination. The witness
he saw a woman abont the size of Mrs.
Varner, wearing clothing similar to
those he had seen Mrs. Varner wear,
enter the auto. He further testified
that abont a week after that time,
while standing near the Methodist
Church, opposite the Varner home, he
saw McRary drive up in front of Mr.
varner 'a home, and that a woman.
whieh he stated, filled the description
of Mrs. Varner, got out of car and
entered the Varner home.
Upon cross-examination Davis said he
could not swear the woman on either
occasion was Mrs. Tamer, but that he
thought it was her. He said that cur
tains enclosed the ear. Mr. Sapp asked
the witness if he hadn't been accused
of selling whisky. He said that-he had
but that he was innocent.
Richard Davis, a brother of Her
bert's and also an ex-policeman and
admitted that he had slept in McRary 's who was with his brother when he saw
house and he (Hedrick) owed McBary a MeBary and a woman. He corroborated
little, money. - j his "brother's testimony in most re-
Uppn the opening of -court at 1:30. spec ta- However, he testified that it
" taW sit ;n hx . Birf.T- STL about 10 T- u No. 53, (McBary ' tele-
oeing n-able to attend court, is North phone namber called No. 117 (Mr. Var
Molina: that li Va".!, i;a ner inmiher. Hb declared that when
xtt Carolina; that le hadlkBOwa Mr.
o Mrs, Varner for 0 yearsj that ie
No. 53 called he asked Psal,Grimesv
stndent in, the. offieeif he wasted 4o
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-noiywitutliemtoth, T0to of Hieneed
?n and colored manNare irieads;r4at
wneriaa once asked aim to k aa
ws in Ha n iexiagtoB;
Jt Tamer id sent aim ts pletsre
was exhibited at-theeaarag sal
Tal carfe; ihzt Tvmaf j jg
J with ids gun; that Var2er ofW
rkm to write -article for Jus
1TPer the LexlngUm DiatAf,
J1 e was aecustoBsed to raise ia
"aw's homo to -see. Aama TGBerer
varaer, at request -of eifter; Jfcifc
o'clock Frank Xoontx, an ex.-polieeman
of Lexington, testified that in July,
1918, about 3:30 a. m. he heard a noise
in the rear of the Varner premises and
that he walked up the alley way and
found MeBary coming from the rear of
tho Varner lot. In reply to a question
as to what he was doing there at that
hour of night McBary said: "My cows
have gotten put and I thought J aaw
one of them came here."
.Burton Gives Vital -Story.
T M. Burton, for the past three years
that MeBarv called between the hours
of 8 and 9 o'clock in either August agent of the American Bailway Ex
or September, 1919. She stated that press Company, declared that in the
she knewMcBary's and Mrs. Varner's- middle of August, 1919, that he placed
voices. ' himself in a lumber yard in tie. rear
Mr. Sapp put the witness through a of the Varner property and saw Mc
stiff cross-examination. She told him Bary enter the lot. A. bit later, the
ehe-hadived in various -sections of the witness said, he heard a door open and
t -I- T-KiVT4nft. Danville arid Lex- ahut. This was abont 10 p.m. He
iagton. She left Lexington over a year saw him no more that night.
ago, coming to this eity to lire, ner m we summer oi fxo ajunon saw
mother being. with. her. he w JKfcBary pass up the alter in
jj3 BeeV fox nine years an employe tuq Tear ox toe varner noise aooux
nt "ttm telephone exchange, testified ivwu pm. i&. cua noi, see nun come
thatinthesamiaerof 1916, lefore Jury out. Ho seated that he was certain
15 So. 5JaHed No. 1177 intended it was McBary, as he passed withia a
rasteaing-frem tho atari but Ms atten- couple feet of him.
Una was called to another aamoer. .curion ease a coear siaiement on ai-
lHoweyer, he declared that he returned rcet examination, but tumbled into alt
jtii i;n ?r Hmftto hear: " xouTl nes o,
the two sea listened.
he Teeogaiaed the-two voice as bew
those ef MeBary aad Mrs. varaer.
Ajeeordlsg to Sedwke, MeBary aaidi
5I11 fee; dawn o ifewialsatesf ' aal
fitt Mrs. Varaer repEedi."Al right"
iuv " TJwiaa buS. ae &ei ioJW
flri-"Let watefe aad.aee if Ke
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T .Wl 35 adautes w jaw-3feaiylW A-.
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nanism: naea a xn v -
te ike alkr afr taraed ia4o the aSey-
rPke to Mr. and MrarVPr am Tfea iriteea effldiaH 7
Poie to him in jSEe.aa ftwjwtwt 4wa the alegr.
f frrmhlfl -iKn Ftl Rinn run.
tho crossoxaaiiaatioa. He
the eonversatioaaura were laose ot ecacu w w iewu w, mw
McBary aad Mrs." Varaer. This oe- everal blao prints in hk peoemoa.
earreel after 10 p. , said the aritaess. .Ho was enderthe fire ef the pkiati's
"This ended the telephoae folk .testi-"attorney abeal 40 saaates.
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iL IT Haat of the Valentino Leah .L-exiHgtfa, declare oe aight tie
CbMaar Lexjagtea, testified that to- let. ef Aagast, lflt, Vtwesa. Jlw ioare
TLSi" iiMiinii r r""n. abestllp. . of Iff aad 100 Velock t atat he
li ,.w-iiajaTy aad Mrs- Varaer stand- saw aa aafcwsefeife eater lii alley ia
la a.th Kvassti. State atreei aad the rear at tie Varaer hoc. Ha m
- - -i l. .iiJ.. iiinTTiu "i fin Vilin . T. Ill m
Tiw , h MBin it ma bi w -p., j -- - j " .,
was between 11 and 12 o'clock at night
and. that the automobile drove in the
reear of the Varner home. He was
not able to identify the woman enter
ing the car as Mrs. Varner, but he was
certain the man was McBary.
A. H. Evans, postal clerk, and H. L.
Beck, traveling salesman, testified as to
the good characters of the Davis men.
Allen Richardson testified that Rich
ard Davis had told him practically the
same story as he told ia the court. He
also testified that daring the first few
days of July, 1919, he saw Baxter Mc
Bary enter the Varner premises from
the rear and then turn into the lane,
leading to the house. This occurred
about 12:30 a. m. He didn't see him
after he entered the lane.
upon cross-examination an attempt
to bread down the evidence was made,
.but Biehardson descended the platform
in pretty good shape.
McBary Eecdvea Note.
J. L. TOIson, who stated that he oper
ates a eaf e. belonging to C. D. Thomas,
testified that as he was going home.
about 1 a. in. one morning in July, 1920,4
ho saw a wpraan which he took to be
Mrs. Varner, get out of aa anto, whieh
later went to McBary 's home.
"Wilson further. testified that-two or
three, weeks after the anto episode Me
Bary was in the cafe and that ho saw
him. look in the direction of the Var
ner home; that a shade was raised and
lowered. A few minutes later McBary
went out ef the restasraat and went to
the post oSee., Ia the" meantime Mrs.
Varaer west at of her hence and gx7a
Aunt Anas Miller a Bote whieh the old
servant brought to McBary ia. front of
us post asce. MeSary Tead the. note
aad then wadded it apj said wilsea. '
ITOsea was- aS but ajssiEtd by
When tho officers of the Lincoln State
ip&nk of Chicago moved into their pres
ent bank building at 3105 S. State
street some eight or nine years ago
they labored under the impression that
it would be plenty -large enough for
many years to como and at that time
they honestly thought that they were
really building much wiser than they
thought but time has amply proven
that they were agTveabty--inislaUen far,
for the past five or six years the Lin
coln State Bank has been awfully
crowded for more room for ever since
its existence its business has been in
creasing at a very rapid rate and in
order to hold onto the large volume of
new business and to aeommodate the
ever increasing army of new depositors
until finally its officials were actually
forced to seek larger quarters some way
or other for its thousands of patrons
and at last they decided to construct
the 31st street annex to the 'Lincoln
State Bank whieh is right in the rear
of the mother bank and the main en
trance to the Annex will be on 31st
street just east of State street.
The new annex is two stories high,
fire-proof and strictly modern in every
respect. .The interior finish of the new
banking room which is one of the finest
this city is a thing of beauty to
behold, was executed by the George B,
Stewart Company, interior decorators
and wood finishers, 108 N. Dearborn
street, everything in the spacious bank
ing room is very pleasing to the eye,
as atated before the wainscoating all
around tho room consists of fine and
the most expensive Italian and Ver
mont marble and above the wains
coating tho walls are decorated with
imported French Caen stone, tho illumi
nations are perfect in every respect;
the safety deposit boxes and the hnge
safety deposit vaults are absolutely fire
and burglar proof and the highly
bronze trimmings in connection with
the rich mahogany wood work will for
a liing time to come leave-a lastirg.and
pleasing impression on the minds of all
those who will frequent tho new annex
to the Lincoln State Bank.
Broadly speaking all the space in the
new annex aside from the offices of its
head officials, will be devoted to tho
commercial end of the banking business
whieh will enable the bank to take care
of thousands of new patrons in all of
its banking departments.
Hon. George F. Leibrandt, the wise
and far seeing president of the Lincoln
State Bank of Chicago, expects to be able
to throw the doors of the annex open
within the next ten or fifteen days aad
be good and ready for the new rush
of business which is constantly Sowing
into the Lincoln State Bank.
President Leibrandt also desires to
let the public know through the col
umns of this newspaper that the Lin
coln State Bank has on hand at the
present time more than two hundred
thousand "dollars whieh it will loan on '
real estate in sums to suit those who
desire to extend their business to take
up old mortgages or to improve their
vacant or their income property.
im thrr wen taadts elace together; "Within a few ptiaafeaae tsstfiid that 'Mr. Sapp upon, cross examiaatiaa.
Mr. Sapp hammered kim fiercely. Tho
itness was obviously unable to handle
More Vivid. Testimony.
L George W. Petty Lexington, testi
fied tha he saw Mrs. Varner and Bax
ter McBary enter .an alleged house of
bad repute in Greensboro during the
summer of 1915.
Petty, who was the seventh witness
to take the stand, said ne saw Airs.
Varner and McBary board train No. 36
at Lexington and watched them get off
in Greensboro. He followed them along
Ebn street, ho said, and saw Mrs. Var
ner enter a- building just above a local
hotel. McBary, ho said, who was fol
lowing her, also entered. Petty said he
was walking about five steps in the rear
of MeBary and Mrs! Varner about 15
steps ahead. "Sao went upstairs in
the' building just below Celgg's hotel,
stairs adjoining the street," he said ia
reply to question.
"What did MeBary tot'
"Bax passed oa by tha steps, Jooked
up, crossed the street- aad Jooxed as
the window in the building and about
two or three minutes later recressed
agaia and went ap the stairs, where
Mrs Varner had gone."
"Did yea see them againl' -
""What did yea dot" ' , ,C ,
' Abont a siaate r'two later I went
upstairs: and looked ahJjat."
"Did yoa see anybodyf "
"Not a aoaL"
"Hear anything!!-heTwas aaked.
"Everything was? perfectly staL
To corroborate Petty' testimony,
Policeman Wray and Jeffreys, of the
local police force, were placed on the
stand. They testified that during the
summer of 1915, when this incident is
alleged to have occurred, Petty camo
to them and pointed the house, out.
Both men stated that at the time it was
known as a house of bad repute and the
"worst of men and women went
Hon. Timothy J. Fell, who occupier
an extensive suite of law offices on the
eleventh floor of the Chamber of Com
merce BuQding, easily ranks among the
ablest and the most successful lawyers
!a Chicago. For more than twenty
years Mr. Fell, who always conducts
himself like a high-class culturedlfeea-..
tleman, has been a constant subscriber
of this paper and ne would make .a
jJanil'r eimdidaiA (of 3nd7ft tit 4hn Cftr.
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enit Court of Cook County this coming.
Henry Beck, brother-in-law of Bev.
H. E. Stewart, suddenly died Tuesday
evening oa. a Mbaon train which was
headed for Chicago. Funeral services
were, held overhia remains Thursday.,
morning 'at tho undertaking parlors: of -; .
Kersey, MeGowan & MbrseH, 3615; In-' ..
diana avenue. -, Interment at liaeoln '.
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Prof..W, "VK Fisher, of Evanstoa, HLt "'
who holds dowa a responsible position
ia the ofiee of Hon; Ed. J. Brailagej,
Attorney General of Ilinoia, OtiaSaBdjV
lagvhas eeapletely recovered abTfislath,,
!,.- ucuifj uiwruwa ler $a
pastr three weeks. v ' . .