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A.ccecl Mexican Warrior
Made V i c t i m of
Wild Rabble.
Followers of Madero Force Hi3
Opponent for President to
Abandon Address at National
Theatre?Police Attacked
and Many Are
Mexico City. September 3.?Stoned
und forcibly robbed of 3.000 pesos to?
day by a mob of Maderistas. In the
principal thoroughfare of the capi?
tal, General Bernardo Reyes, candi?
date for the presidency In opposition
to Franclfcco I. Madero, was forced to
abandon an effort to address his con?
stituents and to run the gauntlet of
a Jct.-lr.g crowd upon whom the police
hud served orders not to fire except!
as a last resort.
Repeatedly the police charged the
turbulent clement, and the records of
the Red Cross, the White Cross and
tne commissaries account for forty
three wounded as a result of the day's
disorder, Most Of these were injured
by stones, but tnanjr show bruises and
gashes made by the sabres of the
mounted police.
Stoning Climax of Riot.
The stoning of the aged genera) was
the climax of a riot that began about
10 o'clock this morning, and had not
been entirely quelled a.1 a late hour
General Reyoa was scheduled to:
make his Initial speech ut tho cam?
paign to-day in front of the hlg ten
inillion-dollar National Theatre in
course Of construction) LJarly this
morning groups of Maderistas began
forming In various parts of the city,
und threats to interfere with the Re
yeistas' meeting were heard.
Shortly before 10 o'clock the par
UbunK of Reyes began gathering in
Avenlda Juarez and the two elements
? lushed near the western end of the
Alamelda. Near this turbulent scene
General Reyes, his sun Rodolto, and
a group of party leaders drove in an
automobile. Kar outnumbering uis
?supporters, the Maderistas crowded
aboiut his machine, malting difficult
lurther progress. Stepping from the
car, the general rebuked the mob for
its conduct, out his words provoked
jeers, supplemented bl a rain of stones
olid other missiles.
The automobile was abandoned. Its
occupants walked the length of the
Alaine,da, a distance of four blocks,
the croud following and throwing
stoses. Mounted police who had been
trailing the crowds now rode then
horses Into, the mob. which gave way
before them. Entering a building fa,
ing the theatre, Reyes and his escort,
were to the second story, where Reye?
stepped to a balcony with the inlen
tlon Of addressing the crowd.
Victim of Huhhlr.
Such was the disorder, however,
that Reyes's escort attempted to dis?
suade him from the effort. The old
man would not be deterred, and raisi-J
ins hand lor silence. Instead, the tu?
mult grew and chunks of marble and
rockt gathered from the ground about
the new theatre were hurled at the
white-haired figure. A number reach?
ed their mark, and yet Reyes stood
despite the efforts of his son to In
dice him to seek shelter. For twenty
minutes he remained there dodging
missiles which wrecked the windows
?ind signs covering the front of the
building. The police, hated by the
popula'-e as the Instrument used by
1-Maz to maintain order with an Iron
band, had drawn their sabres and
< barged the crowd.
Content with momentary success
and remembering their orders to deal
gently with the mob, the police re?
formed after each charge and held
their position on the opposite side of
the itreet. Emboldened by tho knowl?
edge that the police did not Intend to
attempt drastic measures, tho rabbla
turned its attention to them, hurling
a shower of stones.
Inside the building Reyes's friends
had succeeded In convincing him It
was useless to try to carry out his
Rodolfo Reyes felt for his watch
and It was gone. At least ?. dozen of
the Reyelsta contingent had been the
victims of plckpockuts. By a circuit?
ous route the party went to police
headquarters, reported their losses
und then ptoceeded to the Reyes home.
Meanwhile, in the centre of the city,
the authorities still had the problem
of dealing with the rubble. Orders
were sent to the army headquarters
und soon a troop of cavalry appeared,
ostensibly to assist the polico In re
sotrlng order. Tho army Is not hated
by the lower classes as are the po?
lice. The horscinon wore greeted with
half-hearted cheers, although with sa
' ir.t In hand and cartridge belts filled
i!i*y presented no reassuring aspect.
Give Way Before Troops.
in an effort to clear Avonldas Juarez
and San Francisco, into which the rub?
ble had fled, the troops were set
marching up and down the thorough
lares. Respectfully the rioters gave
way be>ore their advance, closing in
Immediately behind them, leaving tor
the police tho unpleasant duty of
charging and receiving each time a
shower of missiles. At one point In
Avenlda 8an Francisco the popular fa?
vor for the army was shown by occu?
pants of galleries, who threw upon
the parsing column quantities of .'low?
Karly In the afternoon the main
body of rioters was broken Into small
j-rroups which paraded through tho
streets, halting at Intervals to listen
to a harangue by some member.
Francisco I. Madero left town at 2:30
this afternoon for Pueblo, the first
atop In his '"itinerary through the
I ?,
California Will Assail
Federal K ight s in
Supreme Court.
State Officials Will Ask Court to
Establish Precedent by De?
claring Treaty With Italy
Unconstitutional?Case Re?
sembles the Japanese
School Question.
Washington, D. C, September 3.?1
One of the most serious attacks ever
[ made on the treaty-mak'Dg power
I of the United States will mark the
: opening of the coming of the Supreme
Court of the United State* next month.
The Italian government, through Its
consul-general on the Pacific .coast,
will argue that the United States pos?
sesses broad enough treaty-making
power to deal with the settlement of
i estates of foreigners who die In this
I country without leaving wills. Public
; officials from California will contend
, that the Federal government has no
j such power, and will ask the court to
I do what It never yet hau done, declare
j a treaty unconstitutional. More than
j that, twenty nations with treaties eltn
i liar to this one between the United
j States and Italy will await the decl
, slon of the court. In many respects
i lh>: question Involved resembles the
j Japanese school question In California
j during the Roomivell administration,
i and It Is said that the decision would
! control the latfer qmextlon should It
ever arise again.
*l'lte Onne at lasiip.
The case which the Supreme Court
will be colled upon to conalder arose
over the settlement of the estate of
G?lseppe Ohio, an Italian, who die<j In
' San Joaquln county. Cat., without a
i will, but with $1.064 In a bonk.
Salvatore L- Kocdo, Italian consul
general In California, claimed tne right
to settle the estate. Bo did George
U. Thompson, public administrator In
I San Joaquln county. The Supreme
! Court of California. d<:atded against the
! Italian official.
j A long at ray of counsel for the Ital?
ian cause has presented a brief of Its
j argument This brief points out that
the present case was In litigation In
! California about the time the Japanese
' school question wan of paramount ln
; terest It adds: "While it la not In
j tended to Intimate that this may have
influenced the decision in this case.
I which is not put on the ground of the
, unconstltutlonallty of the. treaty clause
i referred to, yet possibly the atmos
i phere of the State of California may
1 have Insensibly caused Its learned
courts to gravitate toward a view of
! State rlghfs. which seems in conflict
i with our constitutional law and in
! conflict with prior decisions of the
! court of California Itaolf."
May Overturn (iiivrmmrnl.
Counsel for Thompson. In a brief
lUeTT, dwells at length on the, power
of the United States to make such a
treaty. It Is asserted that If the
treaty-making power can take away
from the state the right to provide for
the administration of estates within its
I territory then there are no reserved
i rights In the States aB against the
j treaty-making power, and the treaty
'making power may overturn our en
I tire scheme of government.
The brief declares that such broad
' treaty-making power would reduce the
States to admlnstrat've departments or
j provinces of the Federal government,
and reduce the Federal government It
! self to a President and Senate pos-,
! sessing the treaty-making power.
I Sacrifice Property, and Xovr None Is
lieft In Town.
Caddo, Okla., September 3.?For the
I first time in Its history Caddo to
! night has no negro residents. The
I blacks have also fled from much ol
the surrounding country. The exodus
I started this morning from the tirst re?
port of the killing of Horace Gribble
a. white farmer, by negroes last night
and continued throughout the day. Xa
warning notices wero necessary. The
blacks took fright at the temper ol
the whites and feared to remain an
i other night. All outgoing trains wer?
crowded, while extra facilities were
j required for the handling of their bag?
gage and express. More than 1,500
! purchased tickets for McAlesfir, Mus
? kogee. Atoka, Oklahoma, and Bonham,
I Whiteright and Denlson, Texas, and
I smaller towns. The ticket s?he?
' amounted to nearly $1.000. Cattle, hogs
i and crop* were sacrifice^ at ridiculous
? prices in order to raise money, while
much other personal property was left
behind. Farmers were In an angry
; mood following the report of the klll
j ing, but the community is quiet to
i night since the negroes have fled. A
j large Sunday crowd at the depot
! cheered each departing train which
carried the blasts from the town. The
three negroes arrested for the killing
were taken In an automobile to Tlsho
mlngo. Officers there at first hesitated
i to keep the prisoners, fop.rlng a mob
I would pursue them and attempt a
I lynching. There w.-;s no ngltation here
in favor of such a demonstration.
GeorBe D. Atlee Shoots Himself After
Honeymoon Trip.
Philadelphia, Pa., September 3.?
George B. Atlee, senior menvber of the
Arm of George B. Atlee & Company,
bankers and brokers, committed suicide
to-day by shooting himself In the head
at his home in Cynwyd, it fashionable
suburb. lie had just returned from
a honeymoon trip to Canada with his
I bride of three months. Atlee. who was
j only thirty-one years of age. broke
down about four months ago from
! overwork and became a physical
physical wreck from nervousness and
I wreck from nervousness and In
' aomnla.
Intimates There Was
Deliberate Plot to
biscredit Lim.
Refuses to Name Persons In?
terested in Blackening His
Reputation, but Makes State?
ment in Own Defense.
Quotes Letter Showing
Confidence of Taft.
Berlin. September 3.?David Jayne:
Hill, the retiring American ambassa?
dor, on the eve of his departure from
?fTerlln, has broken silence with re?
gard to his retlgnatlon which was ac?
cepted by President Taft last April.
The ambassadnr gave out a statement
to-day fritlmuting that there had been
a deliberate intrigue to discredit him
and misrepresent the reason for his
"1 cannot leave Utrmany," says the
amoissador, "without expressing ap?
preciation of the kindness I experi?
enced here, particularly from His
.Majesty, who generously Intimated his
wish to confer upon me an honor
which the lavs of my country forbid
me to accept I have, however, con?
sidered It proper to receive from Ills
Majesty as a souvenior of our agree?
able relations a piece of percelaiii from
the royal potteries, and I wish to make
a public acknowledgment of this mark
of friendship.
??Lea-end" Wildly Circulated.
"At the time of my resignation In
April there was much speculation re?
gal ding the reasou therefor, and a
legend concerning my course in the
negotiations between my government
and Germany over the potash contro?
versy was carefully prepared and
widely circulated, posit vely declaring
on alleged authority that my conduct
?was displeasing to the Department of
State. Under such clrctfmstances the
duty of a ioyal diplomat Is silence., and
faithfully I performed this duty.
"1 have believed that the American
people, careless as they often arc of
reputation. love fair play, and know?
ing thnt the official record there would
speak the truth at the proper time 1
have taken no notloe of either the
source or the. motive of these allega?
tions I have now no comment to make
upon them.
"On leaving office six months after
; my tfcsignation I believe that it will
be a pleasure to the President If I
make public at this time an autograph
statement made by him some months
ago. which should effectually silence
and extermlna? the lr>g?nd wrilch cer?
tain newspapers 'nave endeavored to
keep alive. Ho says:
"'I write now to assure you that I
never had the slightest reason to criti?
cize your course \n? service at the
very Important post oi BerlllJ- You
have vindicated your appointment In
every way, and it has given me pleas?
ure to deny emphatically and catego?
rically that your resignation grew out
of any disagreement on the part of the
administration with your conduct in
this country's relations with Germany
In regard to the potash or any other
question.I write this to you for
you are entitled to have a full state?
ment as to your satisfactory serviee.
written by him whom you have worth?
ily and well represented at the great
capital of Berlin ' "
Honor Guests at Luncheon.
Ambassador Hill was not willing to
Indicate more closely the persons he
believes were Interested' in discredit?
ing him. The ambassador and Mrs.
ilili will leave Berlin to-morrow ufter
r luncheon which will be given in their
honor by Herr von Klderlen-Waechter,
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to which
Dr. von Bethmann-Hollweg. the Im?
perial Chancellor', Representative Rich?
ard Bartholdt and C. B. Wolffrarn. the
special ambassadors of President Tnft
to the unveiling of the Von Steuben
monument; Brigadier-General B. A
Garllngton, Inspector-General of the
United Stutes Army, and Grigadier
General William W. Wltherspoon,
United States Army, and Brigadier
Army War College, have been Invited.
The porcelain to which the ambassa?
dor refers is a magnificent vase, three
feet in height, decorated with pictures
of the Emperor's palace.
Sequel to Old Stories.
Washington, September 3.?Ambas?
sador Hill's statement regarding his
resignation from the Berlin post was]
n sequel to stories set afloat upon the
announcement of his resignation Jast
spring and his own declaration later
that neither potash nor lack of wealth j
had anything to do with his retire- I
mcnt. The Inference was that the
post at Berlin, a highly desirable port?
folio, was wanted for Ambassador
Delshman, then at Rome, next in rank
for the place, and a close personal
friend Of Secretary of state Kpox. Mr.
Ltelshman was htter appointed. Act?
ing Secretary of State Wilson \v>s in j
Baltimore to-night, and no |o/ jvas
obtainable from the department with j
regard to the Incident.
When I'M. Mill's appointment at-Ber-i
lln was decided upon three and a half '
years ago. it was announced that ho
was personally unacceptable to Em- :
per or William, and that he had of-:
fended Prince Henry on the hitter's
visit to tho United States In 1303, hu: I
these were quickly dented. The Em- ;
peror announced he had no objection
whatever to him. Dr. Hill had m> 1
sooner reached his post than gossip
usaln became active concerning him- ]
self and his family and their demo-]
critic ways. Since the resignation In?
cident last spring there has been a
general shift in the diplomats ser?
Huge I'lnnt Destroyed,
Winnipeg, Man., September >.?The
huge plant of the Hall of Mines Smel?
ter Company, covering thlrrcon acres
of ground, just outside the city of
Helson, B- C, burned to-day. The
ions Is $750,000. 1
Prisoner Ready Now
for His Final Fling
With Death.
After Waiting for Three Days
to Testify in His Own Behalf,
Beattie Will Meet Wen- 1
denburg on Cross-Exam
ination in Terrific
Ready now for his final fling with
death, Henry Clay Beattie, Jr., charged
with the brutal murder of his wife,
will go upon the stand In the Chester?
field court to-day, and tell in hlB own
words exactly how she was shot by a
highwayman while motoring quietly
along the Midlothian Turnpike at
night He Is eager for the supreme
offort?eager to give that Jury a story
of the crime from the lips of the sole,'
eyewitness. There can be no testimony!
from the highwayman himself, who
has vanished; should he come forth it
would simply be to utter his confes?
sion and ask for mercy.
The twelve men who have listened
patiently to the evidence for the past
two weeks are ready, too, to hear the
closing word from the prisoner at the
bar. They have seen highwaymen flit
across the stage: they have heard of
the prisoner's alleged confession. Bent
to the world in the voice of the cousin:
j they have been silent while the State
? was building up its proof that the gun
j was bought by Paul, they have seen
j that same gun In court, blood-stained
j and ghastly?the one bit of physical
evidence that may send Beattie to his
doom; And now they are waiting for
: a story of the crime from the Hps of
I one accused.
IVultlns for Three Dnyi.
For three days Bcuttle has been pro
pared and anxious to give his evidence
In court, but ..13 lawyers waited while
building up a fabric of defense or else
attempting to tear down that which
! wus built by ..ie State. The last word
; Is In?only the prisoner's evidence
mu.-t come before the case of the de?
fense Is closed.
As he steps quietly Into the witness
chair this morning Beattie will find
himself in kindly hands. L.ed through
! the tragic events of that still more
j tragic night by Harry Smith, his friend,
j he will give to the jury a clear, cold
statement which he hopes will send him
! forth free and unafraid. The direct
, exajtilnaf!on need not be long, but
j will be sufficiently long to give the
boy his bearings?to let him feel his
, way and be prepared for the most ter
: rible ordeal of hl3 life when he falls
' Into the waiting claws of Wendenburg.
The sudden shifting from the pleasant
I lanes to the road which leads perhaps
I to death will cut to the heart. From
; the prosecution he expects no mercy
', and no mercy will he get.
Must Keep Hin Hend.
Once he breaks under the cross
examination?once he loses control of
j that nerve which has stood by him
i through all these cruel dtyi?his caae |
will be hopeless. He must ke-?p his.
head, and those who have watched'
him In'the court believe that he willI
come forth unscathed. The only fear:
la that he has been over-train."-.I. that
he has been waiting so long for this
vital day that he will fall to measure!
up ajs the man of steel. Regardless of:
that evidence which has been heaped!
up against htm. regardless of that,
chain of circumstances which Is weili
nigh complete, he must stand or fall!
on his fling to-day.
There is sympathy somewhere for |
this hoy waiting now within the'
shadow of death. There is sympathy
for his old father; there Is sympathy]
for that little sister at home?for that
motherless babe that may yet grow up|
under a blot more terrible than th.at!
which has stained Its name before. But j
j there Is not much sympathy for the!
prisoner from those who believe In!
his guilt.
Under that wise law which lifts the;
jury beyond earshot of the public, j
beyond reach of newspapers, the \
twelve men who have the fate of I
Beattie In their hands are deaf to the'
clamor, the talk from without. They
must measure the case upon the ev|-|
dence; they must say if that evidence;
proves beyond all doubt that the ac-1
cused is guilty. . Under the common I
interpretation of that same law he ;
must either die or go free, for first'
degree murder Is the charge against .
him now. There is always, however,
the possibility of a mistrial, and a
mistrial In a case like this invariably
P'ays into the hands of the prisoner .
at the bar.
Expect Great Crowd* To-Day.
Though tr.e scene was qylet yester- '
day, already there are indications that
the little courthouse at Chesterfield
will be banked by a moving multitude
to-day. The holiday crowds will un
odnsotousiy be drawn In that direction, ;
but they will not see und they w'H ]
not hear. The space In the courtroom
cannot hold more than u carload of j
Win, th? expectation or rushing thej
trial with all due speed without vio?
lence to the court, the session to-duy 1
may be prolonged Beattie will go upon!
the stand as the echo of the opening'
cry is resounding through the room. I
Two hours ni the most may be suffi?
cient lor the direct examination, and,
then Wendehhurff will take him
In hand and still huvo him in hand
at the recess hour and again In the
afternoon. When he is done there will,
come the State's evidence 'n rebuttal,:
but at best the verdict will hardly ho!
reached before, the end of the week.:
Beattie held his own 1 emnrkably 1
well with Wendenburg at the coroner's!
inquest, but at that time Wendenburg
h.'d only been an hour In the case. The!
evidence has been gathered since.'
Little things and b?g things, nil in-1
erl.utlnatlng, have been revealed since
the day of Beattif's'arrest. There is!
much to bo explained, much to he
made clear. Should he collapse undeer
(Continued, on ThixdHpiuceli
Photo by W. W. Foiter.
Complete Report of What He Said, Before and
After Arrest, as to Murder of Wife by High?
wayman on the Midlothian Turnpike.
Denied Paul's statement.
On the confession of his cousin. Paul
Beattie, that he had purchased and
delivered the gun with which Mrs.
Beattie wus murdered, Henry Clay
Beattie, Jr. was arrested at his home
on the afternoon of July 21, on a
charge of wife-murder. He had been
on the witness stand for some time
that morning at the home of Coroner |
Loving. When he went to his father's,
residence for dinner he was not under]
arrest; when the afternoon hearing \
was resumed he was in custody.
The Tlmes-Dlspatch of July 22 car?
ried B full report of the inquest. The]
examination of Henry Beattie on that
occasion maa- have strong bearing on |
what he may say at the, trial to-day.
The report Is reprinted below:
Attorney H. M. Smith rose and stat?
ed that it was proper for him to Say
under the clrcumstnnces that as 're?
vealed by the newspapers, and from !
the conduct of the Inquiry, a suspicion |
was Oirected against ti. C Beattie. Jr.;|
husband of the murdered woman, and ;
that on advice of young Seattle's I
friends he had been requested to be j
present. Mr. Smith declared that he!
had advised Mr. Beattie to tell every- j
thing he knew in relation to the kill- j
lug of his wife.
Ucattle Teil? Story Again. ?
Judge Gregory resumed the ques?
tioning Interrupted at the former sit-'
tip-.; by the Inability to secure a Ste?
nographer! iisklng young Beattie when,
where and under what circumstances i
und by What means Alts. Beattie camej
to her death. Beattie thereupon told j
again or tn'j night of the crime In1
detail, saying he had left the Owen ?
home to go to a drug store to get a !
prescription Piled for Airs. Owen lt|
was about 10 o'clock, and he had aug- I
Rested that the drug store might ho.'
closed. Dr. Mercer, who had written
the prescription, said the next hion- ?
Ing wojlld be time enough. j
With his wife In the car lie drove to
Washington ft Karly's drug store, Iii '
Swaiutboro, which was closed, but the >
dork was sitting In the rear and an?
swered u knock. The clerk went back j
to fill the prescription and Beattie j
stood on li, running-board of the car
talking with his wife, who asked him ]
to get her a box of candy. lie p.ild j
for the prescription when ready, bought j
the candy and .started the cat out the >
Midlothian Pike Before turning Into J
North Street to reach the. Owen homo, i
his wife proposed a spin up the road.
It was not necessary to get back with
the medicine at once and he consented
"I went on out lite turnpike." he con?
tinued. "We passed one auto Hying. Jt
left a lot of dust, and as we were run- j
nlng slowly we had the dust for several!
squares. Whon we saw unother. my:
wife suggested that we go faster ao as
to leave the dust for them. We pass- i
ed a third car coming this way as we
were going out. We kept on to the |
place where 1 turned around. I can j
show you the oxact spot whore we ran
Into a gateway to turn outj hut t don't
know whoso place It was.
"Wo had started biu:k, and had got-'
ten perhaps a half mile or a mile,
coming a Ion R talking, when I saw some
object m the road. I put on the brake
ana the car stopped with the man at
the sloe of the machine. He spoke up,
'What the hell are you trying to do?
run over me?' 1 said we ought to have
done It; that ho had all the road and
plenty of room. I reached down and
put on the clutch to sturt. when he
said 'Stop! If you don't I'll shoot
you," and raised the gun and pointed
It at me. 1 had no Idea he would real?
ly shoot, and started th: car. .lust as
1 did he raised the gun and tired. I
pulled the brake on hard and the car
stopped instantly. My wife fell over
behind me as r leaned forward In the.
"I Jumped out and started for him,
running back all the length of the
car. He caught ;he gun by tho barrel
and threw It up to hit me. 1 caught
tt;e gun as it came down, broke the
strength of the blow with my hands, |
and jrot this blow on the nose front I
the end of the stock. I held on to the.
gun, and either the force of the lick
or my pulling made him let go. and 1
tell back In the road. I sat down, as |
it were. I Jumped up as he was run- i
uing away. ! threw tho gun In the '
back of tiie car and found my wife ,
had fallen over on the bottom of the
car. 1 picked her up, resting her
across the two scats, and tried to feel
he.- puls- and heart, but I was so ex?
cited I couldn't tell whether they were
heating or not l e.illod for assistance
and blew my horn. No one cam", so I
started hack to tho Owen home.
"About half way back the front
lights went out, either from fast run-j
nlng or from getting water in the j
tanks. I jumped out a:\d looked in j
illy coat for a njatch, an.i found It itiie
coat) on the rejtr seal. I lit the lamps 1
and ran down to the Owen place." !
Mr, Smith ohfocted to his client's ;
Cigarette us not proper oil the witness
stund, und the examination proceeded. ?
As to the position of Mrs. Renttio
in the car after the shooting, the wit-1
noss said he found her with her head
toward the wheel lying down on the
Iloor doubled up. Ho pulled her up ]
by her waist Into the left scat. Wherri
he held her with hor head bent over
forward. Her feet were banging out,
on the left side, no that he stepped on j
her clothes in getting In the car
Siiarpl; Questioned.
"If your wife fell as you have do
Scribed," he was asked, "can you ox- j
plain why there Is very little blood 1
in the bottom of the car. and why
most of It is under your seat? Why
Is It that the pool of blood didn't show
In the bottom, but only In tho seat?"
"1 suppose It was while I was hold?
ing her. I don't know how long she
fell over."
"Can you give any explanation jt
tho pool of blood In the road?"
"I didn't know it. was there until
they showed It to me."
"Why didn't you arouse some nelgh
(Contlnued on-Third Pago.)
Would Testify, He Says,
Even if HeWereto Die
the Next Moment.
NOT afraid Tq
Prisoner Admits That Friends
Have Urged Him Not to Give
Evidence, but He Is Unwill?
ing to Remain Silent "When
Others Have Branded
Him in Court.
Glad of Chance
to Go on Stand
"I am very Bind to get thin op?
portunity of going on the ntand.
In fact, tbey couldn't keep me oft
If they tried," said Henry C. Beat
tic, Jr., laut night.
"Han anybody tried to keep you
from tbo witness stand?" be \\un
"Yes, some people think I would
weaken my rose If I sbould testify,
but I have told them, and I say now,
that I'd bo on that stand and tell a
story If I thought I were going to
lie killed the next minute. I want
to tell the Jury my story, and when
they hear It I am confident that
their verdict will estnbllnh my Inno?
cence and thnt I will walk out of
that courtroom n free man."
Chesterfield Courthouse, Va,. Septem?
ber 3.?Seeing before him a hope of a
future in whlc-n the shadow of a death
by law shall no more hang over his
head, Henry Clay Beattie. Jr., charged
with the murder of Ms wife, stated
emphatically this afternoon that he
would go on tue witness stand to?
morrow morning and tell In his own
way and In his own words the story
which he believes will save his life.
Though he Is beginning to show
signs of the terrible strain under
which he haa been laboring, the pris?
oner la still choorful, and arenas to
have no dread as to what tho day will
bring forth. He has spent much time
In reading over the "minutes of the
coroner's Inquest, the verdict. o| which
charged him wUh murdering his wife,
and the story which he wlU tell to?
morrow .will vary not a Jot from the
story he told before.
Certain He Can Convince Jury.
B?attle Is anxious to go on the
stand, for he appears to be firmly con?
vinced that he can convince the Jury
of his Innocence. Harry iL Smith. Jr..
of counsel for the defense, seems, too.
to bo saUsfied that the twelvte men
"will belleva Henry rather than his
wealei^g cousin, the boy upon whose
testimony the -prosecution res^s Its
chief hope.
Mr. Smith, accompanied by Douglas
Beattie, visited the accused and held a
brief conference with him this after?
noon under a wldespreadlng oak. As
attorney and prisoner monferred in
the open, the twelve men upon whom
Henry's fate must finally rest reclined
not far away under anothor tree.
Just before Mr. Smith departed a
.staff correspondent of The Times-Dis?
patch was allowed to speak to the
"I am very glad to get thla oppor?
tunity of going on the witness ntand,"
he sold. "In fact, they couldn't keep
me off If they tried."
??Has anybody tried to keep you from
the witness stand?" lie was usked.
"Ye", some people think I would
weaken my case If I should testify,
but I hare told them, and I say non,
thnt I'd bo on thut ntaud and tell u
story lr I thouRht I were roIiir to be
killed the next minute. I want to tell
' the Jury my story, nud when they hear
it I am confident that their verdict
will establish my Inuneenee nnd that
I will walk out of thnt court room a
free man."
Certain of Acquittal,
. Beattie spoke unreservedly and em
! phatlcally. Whatever others may think,
[ Henry Beattie believes that he will be
acquitted of the charge of murdering
his wife. He stood for a few moments
nervously picking his teeth and watch?
ing his attorney and his brother enter
an automobile In the roud. He waved
his hand in farewell and patted it
collie dog which dashed up to- where
he stood. But his respite was brief.
Jailer Cogblll laid his hand gently on
the young man's sleeve and slowly
they walked into the Jail.
Mr. Smith appeared more enthusias?
tic and hopeful than he has appeared
since the beginning of the trial. "I am
' confident," he said, "that Henry can
clear himself. .lust consider that what
lias been s.tld against him has been,
entirely circumstantial evidence, and
Mr. Kastelberg's testimony shows the
danger of relying upon circumstantial
evidence. It was only by accident that
we discovered Mr. K?stelberg, and we
had almost to drag him Into court. m&
testimony jhows that It was he whom
the boys saw fixing an automobile on
tho side of the road the night of the
murder, and doesn't that raise a big
doubt as to the a?her evidence Which
the prosecution has brought out?
"It's a question of veracity between
Henry and Paul." he went on. "and I
reckon the Jury will soon decide tht>
issue when they hear Hetirv tell his
own story of the nffalr. je*
"In my experience I ha\o always
found that an Innocent man wants to
tells his story to the Jury. I leave It
to the prisoner himself to, determine
whether he shall go en the stand,
and Beattie has always been insistent
that he shall tell his story in his own
PrlKoner Karly to Bed
The Jury spent the day comfortably
walking about and Joll'ng under the
trees on the court green. In the morn
In? thev -.vent to Salem Ritpt.lst Church,
where two pewa were reserved for
them. The pastor bad l.e.-n forewarn*
ed that they would attend, and tuere
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