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against the blood-covered head of his
wife were graphically detailed to the
jury. Only passing attention was giv
en by Wendenburg to the purchase of
the gun by Paul Beattie, a cousin of
the accused. The defence had claim
ed, he said, that on Pa-ul's story alone
was built the case of the pro'secution.
"Do you want any other evidence?"
Beattie's Unholy Passion.
Blood flecked the lower fringe of the
sirt in deep black spots, no mark was
on either sleeve of the coat. The
prisoner had said that he held his wife
with one hand and motored his car
with the other, but the absence of
blood on the arms, the prosecutor
declared, gave the lie to his story. Not
alone with the clothing did the prose
cutor deal. He shouted shame at the
prisoner for his relations with a
mere slip of a girl, from the age of
thirteen until within his own married
life, and held her forth as the motive
for the crime.
"And the prisoner admits that it
was his passion," said Mr. Wenden
burg. "Yes, it was passion, but pas
sion born of the devil, and passion
that sent to death his wife so that he
might continue his vicious pleasure."
Wendenburg concluded his address
a few minutes after 5 o'clock, and a
brief was then given the jury.
The ythen retired and for 58 minutes
debated the evidence in the case. They
strove to forget the story of dissipa
tion. What had been generally pre
dicted was ':rue-their minds were
well made up before they left the
court room. W. L. Burgess, a square
jawed man with an earnest face, was
elected foreman. They balloted and
it was no surprise, they afterwards
declared that all voted "guilty."
They prayed that they might n
take a life in vain and they opened
their consciences to one another for
nearly an hour so that they might go
back to the court room firmly con
vinced of their duty and of one mind.
And in the court room sat Henry
Clay'Beattie, Jr., the sporting page of
a nbwspaper spread4 bef>re him. But
he. did not read long. He folded the
paper and concealed his face in it.
Those who sat near the boy of iron
nerve observed a move in thg twitch
ing of his liips as though moving .a
prayer as he sat with closed eyes
awaiting the return of the jury. He
bowed his head for a moment, ,drop
ped the paper again and began read
ing. Then he whispered a few words
to his father and brother. It was for
them he felt and to them he counsell
A Dreary Scene.
It was nearly dark in the court room
when the jury returned. Three oil
lamps gave meagre lustre to the
scene. Sunset's red rays still stream
ed through the windows. On every
sill rested a telegraph instrument and
operators were tensely awaiting the
verdict Masses of upturned -faces
stared at the jurymen. Xn the minds
of the gaping crowd remained the
.thought of the powerful speech of the
prosecutor and his denunciation of the
man "who exchanged the glow of vir
*tue for passion's feble tapers." The
court asked the prisoner to rise. He
drew himself up calmnly and waited.
"Have you gentlemen agreed upon
a verdict?" asked Judge. Watson.
"We hav~~e," said Foreman Burgess.
The prisoner had confidently ex
pected a hung jury-not acquittal nor
conviction. The .court required the
audience not to manifest its approval
or disapproval whatever the verdict.
"And what is your verdict?" asked
Judge Watson, turning again to
Jurors Shouted Verdict.
"Guilty," answered' Burgess, but
h-is voice was swelled by the shout of
eleven others. Unaversed in law or
the forms of a murder trial, the jury
men had not decided what degree of
murder had been done. It was in
cumbent upon the jury to fix the de
gree, so Judge Watson addressed the
jurymen to confer again on this point
and seven minutes later they conform
ed, this time with the verdict of mur
der in' the first degree.
The prisoner stood erect and mo
tionless. His face, in cc(or a yellow
ish green throughout the day, was
The light of a lamp cast a dreary
shadow on his upturned chin as he
faced the jury. His eyelids sagged,
but did not blink. In steady gaze he
fastened his eyes on the faces of the
12 men who had pronounced his pun
ishment as 'if to per etrate theiri
minds. It was not a resentful expres
sion, however, and wnen the court
asked if the prisoner had anything
to say, he answered:
"Nothing to Say"-Beattie.
"I have nothing to say," and sat
down. The perfunctory motions foi
a new trial were made by counsel for
the defence. The usual granting o:
permission even to argue the poin'
was denied as Judge Watson in a sterr
voice declared that all rulings of thE
court wer on comparatively 'unim.
1ortant details, when Hill Carter, of,
h defence,gmmeiately applied for
a new trial.
Judge Watson told how the yourg
man has stained his own life and that
of the community in which he lived
by his sordid acts. When the trial was
begun, said Judge \Vatson, he had
hoped that Virginia might be cleared
of the crime for which not only the
Stat felt shame, but which the entirr
country deprecated. He had hoped
that counsel would prove the defend
ant innocent, but the evidence he re
gretted to note was all-convincing and
To Die November 24.
"The court in this trial," said Judge
Watson, has endeavored in all its de
cisions to lean toward the side of the
prisoner and in its charge to the jury,
as well, attempted to give him the
benefit of every doubt and every op
nortunity to establish his innocence.
The rulings mostly have been not on
matters of law, but on small questions
"You have had a fair and impartial
trial, Mr. Beattie, and the jury has
done what it considers its duty. There
fore, you have been convicted of mur
der in the first degree, and on Novem
ber 24, between the hours of sunrise
and sunset, you must forfeit your life
to the community. May God have
mercy on your soul."
"My God," Exclaims Judge.
A momeit later by the side of his
father and his brother, Douglas, theiri
heads bowed in grief, walked young
Beattie in the darkness toward his
cell a hundred yards away. But the
drama of the day was not over. A
sharp report and a flash rent the
"My God," exclaimed Judge Watson
as through his mind flitted the same
thought that startled hundreds around
,.But it was not another tragedy. The
prisoner was seen walking calmly on.
The detonation was an unusually
heavy charge of a photographer's
Tears in Solitude.
The crowd lingered at the Jail and
peered into the cell Illuminated by a
single lamp. On-the bed with his head
in his hands sat Beattie, his father
and brother beside him. Jailer Cog
bill sent the cenrious away. Only a
few saw the prisoner break down and
weep in the solitudie of the cell.
An hour later the hamlet was de
serted. A few hundred yards away
from the stone wall in a small hotel, 12
men gathered 'teir bel6ngings in sil
ence and one by one, they drove away
into the darkness to thjeir simple
homes, from which, for a fortnight,
they had been'absent.
Beulah Binford's Bole.
Beulah Binford, the girl of the un
derworld, the "girl in the case,"
whose relations with young Beattie
furnished a damaging feature of the
prosecution's case, did not figure as
a witness at the trial. Neither side
was willing to call her. When releas
ed from jail, where she had been held
as a possible witness, she disappeared
,and later turned up in New York,
where she was posing for motion,pic
tures at Staten Island and nursibg
Siith's Plea for Beattie.
Step by step during today arguments
Attorney Henry M. Smith, Jr., asso
ciate counsel for the defence had en
deavored to show that Beattie's story
was entirely compatible with his ac
tions and the testimony before the
jury. He reviewed the evidence to
indicate the danger of circumstantial
Attorney Wendenburg showed the
shirt that the prisoner had worn and
stated that if the wife's lifeless body
had lain against this shirt there would
be blood stains upon it. He referred
to th'e clothes as mute testimony to
the prisoner's guilt. He ridiculed the
idea of a bearded unknown giant
highwayman and laughed at the idea
of this little stripling of 156 pounds
(Beattie) disarming a man such as
described. Mr. Wendenburg said that
young Beattie on the night of the mur
der put on the oldest suit he had.
"He Was too Cheap."
"He was too cheap," he said, "to
soil any but the oldest suit he had
with the blood of his wife.".
The prisoner nervously fingered a
Idenial-two fingers denoting that he
had worn the suit twice before.
The arguments were concluded at
5.08 p. m. Judge Watson had the jury
exercised in the open air for fifteen
minutes or so. When the prisoner
also was given a brief airing on the
lawn, a big crowd surged around him
and he ,asked to be taken to his cell.
soon he resumed his seat at the bar.
IJudge Watson promptly delivered his
Iaddress to the jury.
At 6.08 p. m. the jury returned to
the court room and announced its ver
diet of murder. It was sent back to
1fix the degree, and after being out
Jabout nine minutes returned with the
Iverdict of first degree.
Attorney Carter for the defence, at
execution in which to file his appeal 1
for a new trial. Prosecutor Wenden-I
burg objected and sentenced was pass
PLE.iDS FOR LIFE
OF TOU IllEATT.E
Chesterfield C. H., Va., Sept. 7.
For five hours in a hot and murky
court room, Hill Carter, with a plea
full of pathos and argument, today
sought the hearts Qf 12 jurymen in
an effort to secure the acquittal of
Henry Clay Beattie, Jr., indicted for
the murder of his wife on the Midlo
thian turnpike last July.
At sunset Mr. Carter concluded, and
tomorrow the great battle of the trial,
the clash between Harry 31. Smith,
Jr., of the defense and A. L. Wenden
burg of the commonwealth is schedul
ed. A verdict is expected some time
during the night.
From the deth of an argument in
which he unsparingly denounced Paul
Beattie, cousin of the accused and
principal witness against him, as a
weakling and falsified, Mr. Carter at
times fairly shouted to the, jury as
be leaned over the bar, but when the,
day was drawing to a close his voice
sank to a whisper of impassioned ap
Closes With Appeal.
"If you, gentlemen of the jury," he
said in conclusion, "can, within the
sanctity of your oath, prevent the
pressing of the poised chalice to the
lips of this aged father, his heart al
ready bleeding from the stab of thej
dagger which took away a life, if
you can, I say, spare him the son,
within mercy to bring in a verdict of
whom he lovkes- so dearly, I ask you
The lean man of wrinkled brow and
sunken cheeks who sat beside his ac
cused son dropped his eyes and rais
ed his fan to conceal the trembling of
his lips. Young Beattie, stared hard
at the jurymen. For a moment thr-re
was silence in the court room. Then
Judge Watson 'without comment ad
journed court until 9 o'clock tomorrow.
Instructions to Jury.
The day began with the reading by
Judge Watson of the instructions to
the jury. In these attention was
drawn sto the frailty of the alleged
confession of Henry to Paul and the
manner in which it came. Other
points in the story 'of Paul which re
lated to the conversations or meetings
of the two cousins alone, unsupported
by witnesses, were held up as requir
ing careful scrutiny.
Asked Women to Go.
When court convened at 10.30 o'clock
Judge Watson declared that counsel
in the ftrgument today might refer to
portions of testigaony "not fit for la
dies to hear," and requested all. wo
men in the court ro~om to leave.
Judge Watson then read the 21 sep
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