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Gamely Fighting for Life, Beattie
Tells His Story Unshaken
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Jones C harges Senator
With Llackmailing
Railroads. I
Says Swanson Gave Judgeship
Away While Incumbent Lived.
Large Crowd at Jefferson
Applauds Two Candidates.
Clyde Saunders Again
In the presence of an audience vVUch
nearly filled the Jefferron auditorium,
and which was attentive, appreciative
and enthusiastic, Representatives W.
A. Jones and Carter Glass last night
made the final presentation of their
case before the people of this city.
Although the hearers were kept until
a late hour because of the nature of
the ar.-anger>*rht8 for thjc evening, .
there was little restlessness, and Mr.
Glass, vho made the concluding ad
dress/following his arrival from Church
Hill, delighted them to the end.
New material was Introduced by Mr.
Jones In the form of another letter
from Senator Martin to Mr. Glasgow,
saying in spite of his previous appeal
for funds that Mr. Flood would prob?
ably win. This, said Mr. Jones, showed
that the letter previously made public,
calling for money, was Intended as a
scarecrow for the consumption of the
railroads. The latter missive, Mr.
Jones contended, wag blackmail, in?
tended to hold up the railroads and
make them put up the money, giving
them police that unless they did so
they would lose their leader and friend
in the Legislature?Mr. Flood.
ftnp.t Saunders Again.
The address of Mr. Glass at the Jef?
ferson was' In large measure along
the linos of the speech which he has
been delivering throughout the State.
However, he Introduced some phrases
in a "?'ay which captured his audience,
which Included some things not here?
tofore said.
The gieatest volume of applause of
the entire evening was given to his
announcen nt' that he did not want
the support of the Clyde Saunderses.
of Richmond, nor of the Jiinmle
Trehys. of Norfolk, nor 6T the Alvah
H. Martins, of Portsmouth. "I would
not," he said, "take a commission to
Washington tainted with tho support
of men 'ke that. If they can deliver
the vote of Richmond and Norfolk,
these cities need salvation worse than
I need the senatorshlp."
Somewhat incidentally. Mr- Glass, re?
ferring to Senator Swanson, said: "He
can't tell the truth about anyffciing."
"I charge," ho said, "that my oppo?
nent gave away a circuit Judgeship
while Governor to a personal friend,
when the incumbent was stricken with
paralysis and five months before tho
latter died."
Charles V. Meredith presided, and
fContlnued on Second Page.)
Insists He Always Has
Upheid Workingman's
Recounts Many Measures on
Which He Has Voted in In?
terests of Men Who Toil.
Criticizes His Opponent for
Refusing to Meet Him in
Joint Debate.
"I have always consistently upheld
the cause of labor." declared Carter
GlaBs before 300 men at L'berty nail
Is the East End last night- "I am
willing for any honest committee of
the Federation of Labor to go through
my papers and scan my record for any
flaw In ray stand on the labor question
When there was a bill In Congress
to establish a Bureau of Commerce
and Labor, I wanted the measure
changed so that there should be a
Bureau of I^abor alone. I voted square?
ly on this proposition, but Swanson ran
out and dodged this vote. I wanted
to see a laboring man In the Cabinet
of the President of the United Stales."
Facts Kept iiack.
"Swanson." he continued, "has clrcu
lated a card showing my vote agalr.fct
a so-calleu employers' Lability law in
the General Assembly, but he deliber?
ately kept back the fact that I stated
on the door of the Senate that the bill
had been brought In but three days be?
fore adjournment, that It was a sham
and a snare; that it was the Identical
bill which the Governor of New York
at the unanimous request of the labor
organl-' .lc :s had vetoed. At the next
session I voted for an employers* lia?
bility bill that was worth something.
When the State Federutlon of Labor
sought to attack me on my labor re?
cord, I Issued a pamphlet. which I
have here.
"It contains a letter from James B.
Doherty, our preseat Labor Commis?
sioner, tolling of my work for labor,
a latter from Eugene Withers, au?
thor of the employers' liability meas?
ure before the ConsUtutional Conven?
tion, saying that 'among its most un?
compromising and vigorous advocates
was Carter Glass, who particularly
asketj to bo paired when sick. He
never failed or faltered.' I also had
the hearty Indorsement of Benjamin j
R. Catlln. president of the State legis- !
latlve board of the railroad employes, |
who said that 'few public men Jn Vir?
ginia \*ere cnoro entitled to the grati?
tude of railroad employes than Carter
Glass. It was largely through his aid
that we succeeded In winning this
fight. The working people have no
better friend than Carter Glass."
"Swanson," said Mr. Glass, "has re?
vived an old charge which Is not based
on a single fact. 5>o one 4v*r sought
the facts about my record on tho
labor question. There is fco truth In
(Continued on Second Page.)
Following Is a complete atenosTraphlo
report of the direct examination of
Beery Clay Beattle, Jr., In the Chea.
terfleld Clronlt Court yesterday?
Q Mr. Beattle, please state your
full name.
A. Henry Clay Beattle, Jr.
Q. Tour age.
A. Twenty-six.
Q. Your residence.
A. 1529 Porter Street. South Rich?
Q. Your occupation
A. I am In business with my father,
between Eleventh and Twelfth on Hull
Street, Sputh Richmond.
Q. What Is the nature of the busi?
A. General mercantile business, dry
goods .shoes, etc
Q- What are your particular duties
or occupation at your father's place?
A. I have charge of the shoe depart?
ment end the gents' furnishing depart?
Q. How long have you had charge
of that?
A. Full charge three or four years.
I have been there eight years.
Q. Do you do the buying for your
A. I buy all the shoes anH nearly
all the gens' furnishings.
Q. What have been your business
hoiirs for the last year or more?
A. I go down every morning at half
past 7 and open the store.
Q. Do you open the store?
A. Yes. sir.
Carries Keys to Store.
Q. Do you carry the keys to the
A. Yes, sir.
Q. How long have you carried the
keys to the store?
A. Ever since I have been opening.
Q. How long Is that?
A. About a year or more.
Q. Do you remember when you
father caVne out of tho hospital or
went to the hospital?
A. It was when he went to the hos?
pital that I started opening the store.
I don't remember the exact date, and
ever since then I have been going down
at half-past 7 and opening.
Q. Come as near as you can to the
A. I said It was about a year. I
really don't remember.
Q. Now. Mr. Beattle. what relation
to you Is Paul Beattle?
A. My second cousin.
Q. Have you ever hud any confiden?
tial relations with him In any way.
shape or form?
A. No. sir.
Q. Has he ever been your intimate
In any way?
A. No, sir.
No Confidence In Paul.
Q. Have you ever placed any con?
fidence or trust In him during his lifo
as far as you can recall?
A. None (in the world. f?^
Q. Have you ever gone around with
him or visited with him or visited at
his house socially?
A. I never went to his house In my
Q. Has he ever run around with
A. No, sir.
Q. If there have ever been any re?
lations between you, what have they
A. The only time I have seen Paul In
the lust year or so he came over to
tho store to get money or beg my
father for something, and he was
never left a minute then that he wii
not watched.
Q. Did the men In the store have
any confidence In him?
THE COURT:?I don't think he can
state that. Ho can state the nature
of his mental attitude towards him,
not that of others,
Q. \\ as that your feeling- toward
A. Yes. sir. and I -
Q. Well, you can't say anything, His
Honor says, except your own feelings.
You had no confidence In him, then,
did you, Mr. Beattle?
I A. None in the world
Q, Did you ever trust him with
anjr secret you had in your life?
A. No, sir.
<J. Did he ever trust you with one?
A. Not to my knowledge.
Wken He Met Beulah.
1 Q. Now, Mr- Bealtie, how long h&ve
[ you Irnown Beulah Blnford?
I A. I met Beulah Binford in August,
j 1907.
I v- How did you get acquainted with
-her? 1907 is four years ago?
A. Yes, sir. I wbs going down
' Broad Street with four or five fellows
In the machine, and somewhere be
I tween Second and Sixth, 1 don't re
! member exactly where, some one at
| traded my attention by hollering at
I ub. It was a woman's volet.. I turned
around and this girl asked me to tuke
I her riding. So we slopped the car,
j or. rather, I stopped the car. and she
j got in the machine, she and another
' girl, with the nvo fellows that were In
I there. That was the first time I ever
j saw her.
Q. Were you, or not, formally intro?
duced to her on that occasion?
A. Introduced?
Q. Yes.
A. No, sir
Q. Dili you know who she was then?
A. No, sir: 1 had never seen her
Q. Did siie know any of the men in
the car?
A. Yes. sir.
Q. I don't suppose it is necessajsr to |
call any names, unless Mr. Wenden
burg Insists upon it. This was In Aa
I gust, 1907?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Was the other woman Henrietta
A. Henrietta Pitman was standing
j in the doorway with these girls, but J
! she was not the one that took the i
ride with us.
Q. You don't know whether she got I
In the car or not, is that what you
Warned by Sidney Wllhon.
! A. She did not get in the car.
Q. What was Beulah Blnford's repu?
tation lit that time?did you find out
A. Well, that afternoon, when they
got In' the oar It was about C or 7
o'clock In tho summertime. All of the
rest of ^the fellows got o'Ot with tho
exception of a fellow named Harry
Harris and myself, but Sldnoy Wllbon.
beforo he got out, told mo not to have
anything to do \v!\h her.
MR. WENDENBURG:?I ask that
that be excluded.
THE COURT:?Yes, sir.
0. Did you llnd out what her gen?
eral reputation was?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What was her general reputation
at that time?
A- Well, she was a girl Tunning
about the town.
Q. Now. Mr. Beattle, how long- did
your relations continue with Beulah
Blnford, and when were they broken
A. I broke off >vlth Beulah Blnford
in the fall of 1908.
Q. What was tho cause of the break?
ing off?*vaj,e to the Jury?
A. Well, she went to Washington
she and her mother.
Names Lawyer Moaby.
Q. Did she want any money or ask
for money?
A. Yes, sir; she wrote to me and asked
for money, and I wouldn't send it. The
next thing I hoard of them I got a let?
ter from a lawyer In Richmond asking
me to come over to his office, and 1
went over there?
JUDGE GREGORY:?Give hia name
WITNESS:?Mr. N. Thomas Moaby.
Q. He was their lawyer, was he?
A. Yes, sir. I went to his office and"
he told me?
MR. WENDENBURG:?We object.
Q. You need not state that. As -
consequence of what you heard from
them and their employing a lawyer,
what did you do?
A. I didn't see anybody else that
would, and there was nothing else to
do but fork up the money.
Q. Did that terminate your relations
with her?
A. Yes. sir After that 1 was the
laughing stock of the whole town.
MR. WENDENBURG:?We ask that
that ho excluded.
THE COURT:?He can tell that as a
matter of fact, If he knows It as a fact.
WITNESS:?That Is a fact.
Q. Do you mean the whole town or
the boys that you ran with?
A. All the boys guyed me for being
so soft In forking up money. I told
them alley picked n&e out because they
thought they could get something out
cf me. Beulah Blnford swore at the
coroner's Inquest Hint I was not.
MR. WEN PEN BURG:?We object to
that, what they said. j
THE COURT:?The declaration of the
mother that the witness Is not the
father of the child Is evidence.
Long llefore Murrtagr.
Q. Now. then, the breaking off of your
relations was at what time, nt Mosby's
A. I don't remember the date. f
think It was?I think it was February
or Murch.
(..>. Four years ago, did > ou state, or
three years ago?
A. That was 1909. February. I think
it was. 1909, as far as I can remember.
Q. How long before j our marriage i
was it?
A. I was married the 21th of August,
101); i'. was about eighteen months
Q. That was the time you -paIB tho
money, in February, 1909. When were
the relations broken off?
A. When she went to Washington.
Q. When was that?
A. I don't know the month. That
was In the fall of 190S. I think It was
about October or November.
C}. So those relations were broken offi
In 190S. nnd you wore married n 19)0?'
A. Yes. sir.
Q. Nearly two years afterwards?
THE COURT:?I think it la a little
over two years by his calculation.
MR SMITH:?I did not make It quite
(Continued on Eighth Paae.)
Flatly Denies Story of Gun-Purchase and Confession,
and Boldly Lays Himself Open to New Onslaught
by Commonwealth?Shows No Fear or
Emotion of Any Sort.
While a thousand hostile eyes stared him through and through, and law?
yers vainly tried to break his iron nerve, Henry Beattie sat through seven long
hours yesterday and without the flicker of a lid or the quaver of a tone told
all the story of the life and death of the girl for whose murder he now Stauda
charged before tho Commonwealth.
When darkness finally drove the unwilling court to end the day the boy
was still upon the stand, fighting gamely as he had begun, showing no evideasa
of fatigue, no sign, even slight, of weakening. With a fortitude born ot 4tf?
peratlon and a calmness that had its being in the knowledge that upon it de?
pended the issue between life and death, he faced the supreme moment, casting
his die with a skill that drew the wonderment of aJl who saw the sight Coolly
then he stepped from the chair, and wh'le the swarming crowds melted away
In the dusk, leaving him alone once more, went back to his dismal cell again,
happy In the thought that he. had struck with no puny force at the fetters
binding him fast. With the beginning of the eleventh day he will come into It
again, all the stronger for the night's rest, all the surer-footed for his experi?
ence at the opening. As well expect the earth to swallow him suddenly as to
look for Henry Beattie to weaken now. Guilty or Innocent, no battering ram
of counsel can knock him do.vn, and no seductive voice lure him Into the pitfalls
spread across his path. With a hawk's eye he watches every move and smilingly
turns aside. What the State wins hereafter, it must be by others. The prisoner
will yield it little or nothing.
Erred Deliberately, If He Erred at All.
Where Eeattle erred?If he erred at all?it was by cool deliberation, and not
by accident or lack of Insight. Now and again he might have affirmed enough
to save his face, but Instead of this he flatly denied, laying himself open to
an onslaught later, but grimly hanging to his tale. Not all that he said was
clear and convincing. He was glib at times to the point of exasperation, and
spoke too evenly and unemotionally of things enough to shake any man's soul.
Of the midnight murder and the fearful ride homeward with the dead body of
his wife In his arms he told with scarcely a respectful pause, much less a show
of sorrow. There seemed but one thing before him now?the gathering shadow
of the death chair around him. Against this he was bending all his wits, and
tears had no place In the dav's work. Perhaps after all if he had burst with
grief he would have got no more praise than he does now. In this respect he
stood to lose wh'chever way he turned?a cold-blooded monster or a sniveling
hypocrite. He chose to suit himself, and did it fearlessly, letting the conse?
quences take care of themselves.
When weak spots began to appear in his story, as they did before the day
was done, he did not rely upon the bald statement of the facts, as one might
expect In an unvarnished tale, however inexplicable, but set out to argue, as it
he realized the need of bolstering. It was skilfully done In Ita way. but did
not hell? his case. Time anil again counsel on both sides halted him, and event?
ually the court took a hand and held him down to the bare roiltal But even
then he would catch himself wandering off into some explanation ot how it
might be true that something he claimed could in fact have happened.
state Prepnrlug line). Stroke.
Out of the whole day's mass of testimony one feature stands conspicuously
as the thing which may make or break the case. Boldly, with no qualifying
proviso., squarely bringing the issue before the court, he denies not only all
of Paul Bet tile's story of gun purchase and confession, but even the Thursday
night meeting with Ills cousin, when the plun for securing the weapon is
^understood to have been worked out. There was no effort to becloud the point
and admit enough to ire: by, repudiating the rest. ' I saw Paul Beattie on Sat?
urday night, and on no other night or day during the whole week before the
murder." he asserts flatly, and there It stands, The cross-examiner, taking no
chances, clinched the denial then and there, and now no escape from It Is pos?
.Within a few hour-; the State .vill come back with Its master stroke, as It
claims, ami upon it much will depend. Six witnesses will sw -ar that Paul ami
Henry Beattie were together that Thursday night. They were seor. at three
places, it Is charged ? in front' of d small store at Short and Main Streets. In a
barroom on Can Street, and at Paul's house on Randolph Street. If this tes?
timony is clear and unshaken it will shatter the hopes of Henry Beattie. for It
one main portion of his story Is proven false, the test will drop to pieces of
Us own accord. On the otln-.r hand, If the Stato falls here It stands In danger
of falling in the whole The lines will be sharply drawn and bitterly contested.
At this moment the State seems to hold the stronger hand.
liebuttal win Tell the Tale.
As a matter of fact, the appearance of the prisoner upon tha stand, and
the remarkable witness he made In his own behalf, have changed the whole
aspect of his case.' What has gone bet?re Is a bagatelle. Everything else may?
be forgotten now. To-dtiy It Is Henry Beattie ugainwt all the rest, and the
half-smiling boy looks on unafraid..- if the Commonwealth can break his story
down, the Commonwealth wins, but otherwise not. There is tio hope of disturb?
ing the prisoner-witness himself, The work will have to be done through
others, and when tho rehuttal beglns'theso others will come forth one by en*
(Continued on Eighth Page.)

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