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Henry Denies Every Charge
Made by Paul In His Confession to the Court
(Continued From First Page )_
'to hammer the defense from every side It I. no ?xo??eral'on/0h"i /JJ"
the rebuttal, often a perftihetory affair, will ho the vital part of this great trial,
and both Bides are arming for the death grapple. The Commonwealths task
Will be to sustain Paul and destroy Henry. Cousin against cousin, they will
Blond and fight it out to the oitter end. c?n the State measure up to Its work?
\Vcndenbur3 smiled st the question last night?but In Iiis eel! Henry Beattle
was smiling, too.
Crowd Fascinated bj sl^lit.
To the throng jammed within the courthouse and spreading across the
green it w.,v a thing that fascinated the eye?the picture of Henry Beattle
bnttllng for his lif. It was a morbid crowd that believed little the hoy sold.
Olid that yet stood unwearied througn many hours to see and hear it done.
With unruffled front he faced them all. and when men fought and tore one
(another's clothes and sealed trees and risked arrest merely to ].eer stupidly into
his face, he looked calmly back, with lips just parting In a faint, half-scornful
smile. At first he was nervous, as one might have supposed, considering the
Issue at stake For n few momenta in the early mornlnn he seemed 111 ut ease
under the wondering scrutiny of the hundreds packed around him But when
bis voice finally came It wai flat and at a dsad level, like a piece of load. And
Iis the time went on he grew calmer yet and Steadier yet, and before on hour
had passed was the same old Henry Beattle again, unshaken and unshakable.
Illeklng o bit of dust from his sleeve now and then, sipping from a glass
of water at his side, occasionally touching his lips with a hnndkcivhief he held
in his hand through the livelong day. he told his story, and told It well. That
he spoke without effort, as if by rote, can hardly be counted against him. For
Weeks he has had nothing else to thltk about, and it Is scarcely imaginable that
lie should have waited until the eleventh hour to shape his testimony. It was
clearly evident that he had studied It out to the minutest detail and that he was
pre pared for any question that .might come. Many a night he has spent poring
over the record of the coroner's inquest; be had lolled to note none of the
essential statements of the witnesses who had preceded him, it all told for him
now. Whenever there seemed unreason in what he said, he had an explanation
ready Straight to the point ho went every time und sp/eod his whole story
quickly before the jury, and the Jury listened carefully. If he felt strongly ot
:? any time hi. showed nothing of it. Not even the horrible s?ory of the crime
t-l.k him as it came from his lips. Tills he told like all the rest, with no
emotion, He got Into his bloodstained coat and stood up, straightening It
carefully in front, more mindful apparently of the good lit than of the night
of the murder It recalled. Throughout the entire day he looked full into the
faces of the twelve men who are to determine his fate. If he saw uhythlng
there that did not please him ho kept it to himself. The steady working of a
? jawbone muscle signified nothing. M Is an old trick.
Carried Thrusts Skilfully.
The manoeuvres of the cross-eXa miner amounted to little For the most
part Beattle parried the thrusts with case. Wary, careful of every word, he
spoke only when necessary, and then to the point It is said that discrepancies
between hi.- testimony now ami Hint before the coroner appeared at a number
ot places. Two or throe lime? he tripped on some minor issue, but considering
the seven-hour struggle, this was little enough to say. W hen he denied he
did It boldly an.l openly, knowing precisely what it meant. When he admitted
there wos no evasion Such as I is story is. it stands a perfectly clear thing.
Reasonable or unreasonable, he pives it, and bungs to it to the end!
Counsel exhausted themselves, but not Beattle. At nightfall he was as
fresh as when he began. Til.- air grew cool and the crowd began to dwindle
But the witness went on and on and cornel ?u!to content to sit there all night
Marveling at his nervo, the spectators llhaliy wen! tbe,r ?avs ami the court
dispersed. Smiling back at his lather, the prisoner passed within the clanking
jail doors again, and soon he was alone with the crickets and the solemn, pitch-:
black nlirh:. To-day he goes upon the Maud again, bul it will., ?v..r
An hour or two more, and the State will have finished with him
t.rrni Outpouring.
In anticipation of the coming of the]
prisoner to tho stand, a thousand poo- I
pie went Jamming Into a space built
for a hundred. It was an Impossible
thing. The court manfully met the
problem and did its best. A squad of
otllcers were kept busy during the day
holding the eager specta;ors back
Considering the glJUMUnn excellent or- |
der was maintained. i
The countryside wa? astir with thai
birds- Wagons and carts of every I
shape and s:/.e were on the roads with '
the break of day-, and ancient nags i
were pounded into some sort of aril- j
matlon for the drat time in a dosen i
years. Rickety traps rattled by with \
many overloads, and how ihey h*un|) I
together so long no mortal, man can I
eay. Around the courthouse fence the]
whole weatherbeaten collection was I
finally gathered, looking like the back ,
yard of a second-rate stable. j
Later on came the c'.ty crowds in I
caravans of automobile-'. The ho'.!- ,
day In town had turned the office
forces loose, and Hundreds made the'
Journey only to spend the day dlscon- '
solately on the lawn. The building j
itself was stuffed by 10 o'clock, ami
the car? and carts were still coming
until long after noon. The ham-san I
wich man joW out In sixty seconds.!
and devojea. the^rest of the twelve
hours to* a miserable reflection upt n
what he might have coined had' his
foresight been greater Thrifty n.a::
mles carved up great hams \intl! their
elbows arhed. The court green at the
dinner hour resembled a big picnic
Watched by 111? Crowd.
Through a double line of standing
?taring people, spread across the whole
length c.f H.o rear lawn. Ueattie went
with an even stride bidding a .straw
bat over the lower two-thirds of hit
face. On one Side of him walked hi?
nged father and on the other th>- jailer,
who now always dogs his heels It
was not an agreeafble beginning for a
a trylitg day. and the prisoner sei n
glnd to g.-t within the courthouse,.
Rut here were even more of those
questioning, boring eyes that fastened
themselves In fascinated gaze upon
tho boy charged with tht murder of
his wife. Beattle turneu his back on
them at once and sat down But the
eyes were still there?thounh the fnces
were different. There wus no way to
escape them, and the prisoner ?:< II
gave up the task As a last lesort
he stood tip before htm oh this 1
counsel's handsatchel. whb h hai fur?
nished a cdnverilerii shield for bis lace
on many previous occasion*
It neemed a forced calmness'VhSI ?? i
come upon Beattle ai the iaal momeni
)There was no smile upon Ills face now, i
and his movements were not us free
and easy as of yore. Wealing the new i
blue suit brought out for the occasion:
und a white tie with a green Jade
scarf pin, he looked his old Immuoulate
self. He nervously picked up a hand?
ful of letters, and Unding they were!
nut addressed to him. laid them down
again. Then he put one arm around
Ills counsel's shoulder und whispered
earnestly Into his ear for a full min-,
Ute. Douglas Beattle leaned over und
joined in the conference. For fifteen
minutes minor matters occupied the
attention of court and lawyers, and
during this time the prisoner nervously:
twist.-.! a piece of paper, looking upi
now and then, but dropping his head .
quickly again. It seemed as if coun-1
sei were anxious to give him tune to
collect himself. Finally at 10:-IG O'clock
Mr. Smith spoke:
"Call Henry Clay Beattle, .Ir "
The prisoner arose and with a half
smlle Dickering across his Hps walked
to the stand. Now he seemed eager
enough. standing he took the oath |
and an Instant later was In his seat.
He reached for a glass of water atj
once, pulled his trousers straight and'
crossed his long legs. Then he began,
reciting his name. age. residence and
other formal matters. No time was 1
lost In getting to the point.
As to Beulah lllnford.
?i met Beulah Blnford in August ;
h? began. "I was corning down
Broad Street with four or Jive fellows
In my automobile, and somewhere be?
tween Second and Sixth we were at
traded by the, voice of some woman
balling us. Be.ulah 3lnfor<! and an
other K'rl came up and said they want?
ed to tako a ride. I turned the ma
hin? around and they got In with all
i.ve of us That is the first Urne I
e\'-r SSW Beulah Blnford.
?Wore you Introduced to her then?"
The witness smiled.
"Oh! no." he said, "we were not In?
"After a v.!!<-." he went on. "thr*e of
the boys got but. leaving ni" end Hatrj
Harris with the girl* Before they
wen-, however, the boys warned u*
I about Beulah aiii told us to have noth?
ing to do witt. her. We found out het
I reputation then, und I have known It
tver SlhCe ."?!> relations with her <:or.
'? Unued until the fall of 190%. when they
were broken off "
Thereupon Beattle went t,n with more
detail 111? to hi* association with tht
girl, co'nctu ling a ref*renee to th?
birth of a child and the employment
? ?" a lawyei by Beulah *r.d her1 mother
.-? ' J_.I'''
is a blend which will meet the rno.st exacting demands o\
It is grown under the finest rlinruitic conditions find ,r torted blended >??''.
packed by experts who appreciate the Kidgway standard oi quality
Packed in air-tight, dust-proul packages.
75c per lb. 40c. per ? if lb. 20c. per % lb.
May Now be Had in Town at Besl Stores
I that I was not the father of the child,
I I saw nothing to do but cough up the
money. I then became the laughing
I stock of the town. All the boys guyed
me for being so soft, liven Heulah
herself admits that the child wasn't
i mine."
I It was pointed out that "Seattle's ro
1 latlonship with the girl terminated two
years before the prisoner was married.
, "How long had you known the glr:
I who became your wife?"
"Almost aU my life."
I "How long had yo.U loved her?"
"About fourteen months."
"Now tell the Jury What were the re?
lations between you and your wifo
since your marriage and up to the T?.'nc
: of her death "
Beattle wiped his Hps with a tine
cambric handkerchief.
"I never spoke n cross word to my1
wife In my life, nor she to me. I cb.nl- 1
I lenge anybody to contradict this. Our
relation! were always of the most of-;
fectlonate character I don't see how
we could have hem happier *Jbo'
knew all about Beulnh, as all the town
dhl But 1 told her myself. I made a|
clean breast of it all "
The Norfolk jaunt with Billy Samp
son came to the fore. This brought'
Henry and Beulnh together again some j
months after the marriage. The wit?
ness admitted that his wife knew noth?
ing of this. He declared, however, that j
the meeting was an Incident that han
not been sought or desired by himself, i
and that when he left Norfolk he pbsi- I
lively told the woman not to conto to
Bichmond, and warned her that *f she
did come be would have nothing to do
with her. Later on she arrived In town,
nevertheless, but was only Stopping j
over a few days bn her way to Lanville, t
where she Intended to open an o.stnb- i
llshment of her own But up to the
last Beulnh hesitated to make the finui
Hing. She went to Henry and begged;
him to help her After a while he]
agreed, out of pity for an outcast who |
was striving to start life anew. Ho
consented to furnish a small Hat on j
condition thnt she would get Intu th?-'
straight path again, and Bouldh' prom?
ised, saying she would try to secure n ,
respectable Job In some Richmond store.
As for himself, his purpose was only j
to lift the unfortunate girl to a decent
life again. He had no Idea then or atj
any oilier time of resuming bis associa-.
lion with her. The witness declared j
thai he had once before helped a aim- j
liar creature in ;i similar case, und gave '
the name of the woman. ? 'I
"Whal were your real feelings for)
Hetiiah Blnford? bid you love her?"
"Certainly not. She was Just a wo
man of the town. I couldn't love a j
woman 1 couldn't respect or trust, c*he i
was nothing t more' than this to me. I
Other men were golrtc with her In the
same way. She told me so herself, and i
1 knew It on my own account anyhow." j
Jus? n I.title (Mirth.
?The "l?e.?r Kid" letter was here
dragged forth again. It referred to the
Hat In question. But It was also
weighted with loving terms.
"That was just a little taffy or gush;
of the kind that you give a woman of
that .-.oft." Heattle explained, with a]
In his chair In the corner of the bar:
Ihe elder Beattle sat with lowered
eyes. DotlglttS chewed a piece of gum |
Slowly. The boy's answers were com-1
Ing cleurly und to the point. By this'
time he was entirely at his ease. Nowj
und then he even argued u point.
The examination veered. The name'
of Paul, the accusing cousin, had been
previously mentioned, und Henry had;
declared that he had never placed any I
confidence In this member of his fam?
ily: that he saw little of him and that I
when Paul ever came to the storu i
somebody was posted to watch him.
"Did he come to the store often?"
"He came Chiefly to get money from
me or to beg something out of my
father "
l*aul a Mar, He Says.
Now the prisoner declared that Taul
had simply again proven himself a liar,
lie admitted part of the cousin's story,
but denied all that portion oi It essen?
tial to the Commonwealth. He said he]
had no communication whatever with
bis cousin on the night Paul says Henry |
asked him to buy the gun. As to the'
Saturday night trip, when It Is sup-'
posed that the gun was delivered, the
witness went Into gre-it particular. He
admitted that Paul tame to the store
In Man'-hester early In the evening.
When Henry eloped his side of tho
store he came out. and seeing Paul, of?
fered to carry him home. With great
alacrity Paul agreed This was a short
time after 10 o'clock. The two set
forth In the automobile, heading to
w'ari Richmond. There was trouble
with the lumps About five or Ten mln
lltea was lost in this way. In addition,
ft took about ten minutes to .make the
trip to Richmond, which place the prls
oner though he reached about 10:30 P.
M. This would have fixed the time or I
his departure from Manchester at about]
B 10 p. M Wendenburg scored a small I
point here. Some defense witnesses j
have asserted that Henry did not go]
from the store until 10:20 P. M? and i
counsel were endeavoring to show that!
the gun wan delivered to Paul Beattle i
a f?-w minutes before io o'clock_be- '
fore Henry had ever left Manchester
Luring hin testimony the prisoner him?
self staaed that he did not quit the
store "until 10:20 or 10:26." A f-w mo
menta later he said he reached Paul
(Seattle's house "at 10:SO or i<<:i?." In
till Sani? breath he admitted that it had
taken him about ten minutes to make!
the trip and that ab*"' ten more niln-|
utes were lost tlnkr .ig wlt*> th?? tamps I
Wen? to ?>er Xeulafc,
Concerning the route followed on this;
Bai irday flight Journey, Beattle de
'Ured that after reaching Richmond
hi arehl ? !? either Ninth or Hoventh
tree! ?>, Grace and th?nce westward
to Paul Beattle'? house. He denied
BstSi thai lit /.ad ever fctoppi-d at or
/.?at r.irtr, and Broad Htreets, or that..
I'u'dl tut left the ma'.hlfie to go to a
pawnshop On Orare Htreet the
Is w*nl OUI again and while he
?'?*> readjusting (hem a policeman?
lip and BpOke to him
After /.?. Wenl on to Paul Baatfle's
arid |*f| i.'.,, * i hie front door.
?"/.?f.t-ri di<j you go then?" i
"7?/ f;< ;iar. Blnford ? "
Y',t */i hr,-ir or two Beattle and the
y ? ?'.y* theI ?/.d an automobile
rld4 we* of the Incidents of the
evening i
.'.;?. ?h4 get In <lw automobile?"
"*??? dm." J
I. been a *?'/? fn the'^au
<;?'?.?,.. would tiit K*ve^a**n It?'*
? ? ? ? t-rtstAly would." -' * ;
'. 11 > ev< r or;*?"
"'/.' ? ?/,<t,, t.>,\ Th*r? was no gun
Jin ?)?*? euti>f/>/;b|le lo sea"
> l/??:'7 >:< ?>]ab j*?er or, Beattle pro
'??<:?': ><.tf.,-w?rd pi'klriK up Billy
??.??.?. ? > <i tfct Byrd Klreet Htntlon.
I .. . fi (.< 4 n? a gun In
. ?*< r,u fuMjuy rtSStll? did not
;;? :-? bw( Ofl Monday night, the
tiff of ? /.? rnurdar, he v/as nut
w'.'r. t ? t kr*U>
l'.:v ?"./. i;A ?/!?> lake yo.ir wife
?u' !!???. <;? >?'<?' h* wet ask'd.
"Three or four times a week."
Denim \*t"tit>le ?Jim Story.
This much Beattle admitted. Ho
spoke with the utmost coolness. Not
un eyelid lllckerod unless a ray of sun?
light struck It or a fly hovered near.
There was not a tear; not a single
sign of emotion. Now und then the
witness leaned ovpr und sipped from
a glass of water. Frequently he
touched a - tndk 'sohlet to his lips.
The whole pun . tory ho denied em?
phatically, declaring that Paul Heattle
was lying, outright. He hud never
asked his cousin to buy him a gun
?ind no gun had eve- been delivered
to him. if he hod wanted anybody
to purchase u murderous weapon for
hint he would surely, he said, hot have
commissioned his utterly unreliable
and untruthful cousin to do this work
for him. As to his subsequent Idcntl- \
Heat I on of the srm. he said ha meant I
only that it whs the gun which had
been found. T/he night of the homicide (
was very dark. There was no moon.
"1 had no way to see the gun clear- 1
ly. I simply took It and pitched It
Into the car. All 1 know about It
Is that it is a single-barreled shot- i
Describes the Murder*.
ft was now time to describe the '
homicide itself. Beattle went steadily \
on. The crowd was straining to catch 1
every word. The little room was pack- j
ed to tht. point of suffocation. On the |
outside were hundreds of people. Near?
by trees, commanding a view of the
witness ch.ilr. wer- tilled, small, tern- i
porury platforms had been erected at
tome points and every now and then
one would come down with a crowd,*,
Spilling Its contents onto the green to '
the huge delight of all the rest. Every
car and wagon brought u fresh load >
There seemed no end to the people.
Chesterfield was seelr ante sights I
this day.
"I left my house a few minutes after
S o'clock." the witness said, i opened
the oarage to get the machine. I had
to pump up a tire In which Hier? wus
a slow puncture | started out Co
wanlln Avenue, and went by Mr. Car- i
son's house. 'Dundee.' on my way to ;
the Owen house on the Midlothian
I'lke. A short distance beyond Dundee ?
there is a little dip. anil hue I found
that the tire was Hat again. There1
was nothing to do but get out and '
put on a new tire. The wheel is a |
particularly hard one to manage, and;
it took me a long time. I was nearly
?in hour late when 1 got to the house
of Mr Tom Owen, where I was going
to see my wife. Finally I got there.
I chatted with Mr. Owen a few min- j
utes. and then went upstairs where
Louise was with the baby. 1 leaned
over and kissed her and sat by her
sid> a few min <tesi 1 tried to stick
my linger in the baby's mouth, and my
wife called my attention to the fact)
that my hands were very dirty from
working in the road with the puncture.',
1 wont off to the bathroom tu wash i
my bunds Mrs Owen, her mother, j
showed me the way. and then she left i
the room. My wife got up to dress.!
and the baby started to cry. She said, j
'Isn't that aggravating?' and stopped
to nurse it again. 1 played with l!ie
btkby some, and presently Mrs. Owen
came back and said Dr. Mercer wanted
me to get a prescription for her.
v\ Ife Proposed spin.
"After the baby had been quieted Lou?
ise asked her mother to stay with the
child, and we started out. Homebody
told my wife she hud better put a
coat over her thin dross. She couldn't
lind her wrap, and dually put on Tom .
Owen's raincoat. We got the pro- :
scriptlon, and started out to the drug
store. This was about three-quarters
of an hour after I had arrived ut the ;
Owen house. We went on down the,
road to Woshlngton ?v Barly's drug;
store. It was dosed, but Hie clerk',
was sitting behind, and we got him '
to open the place. We stayed there
about ten minutes While the clerk j
was filling the prescription I went out1
to the machine with my wife and stood
on the running - boa rd. When I saw |
that the man had finished, I went in
side and mot him and asked him for a '
box of candy for my wile. I wanted :i ,
pound box of almonds, but the clerk:
had none except ifi-cent quarter
pound boxes I got one of these, und
we started buck to the pike. When
we got to the Owen house. Louise sand,
'Dot's take m little spin up the Mid?
lothian Koad.' It was her suggestion,
und not mine. 1 had no Intention be?
fore that of Rolim up there. But she
wanted the trip, and I was only too
qlud lo give her this pleasure. site
was In a very good humor, and so
wns I.
Held I'p by Highway man,
"We went on out the pike traveling
slowly?about fifteen miles an hour.
Three big automobiles passed us go?
ing at a high speed. My wife finally
asked me. to drive faster so as not
to let any others get by and cover
us with dirt. I did so. and we went
on laughing and talking.
"The last thing 1 remember before
I turned around was a row of cedar
trees. My wife remarked what lino
Christmas trees they would make.
Finally I hacked Into a man's yard,
turned around and started back. About
three-quarters ot a mile from che
place where I turned nround I saw ?
man come from the left-hand side of
the road. He was so r]o.se that I
kr.ew if I didn't stop I would hit him.
I put on the brake and slopped the
car. He said. 'What are you trying to
do; run over me.?' I said, 'Notl but I
ought to.' As I sold that I reached
over to take oft Hie brake and let the
rer go.
"Then he raised Hie gun and pointed
at me und said, 'Stop, or 1 will shoot
von." I didn't say anything, not want?
ing to aggravate him. I Just thouglft
ho was kind of crasy. I had no Idea
he re illy inet.nl It. I put on the clutch
and the ear lurched forward. The man
pulled up the muzzle and tired. My
wife f'-ii over behind ine. t at once
Btopped the <ar and lumped out. The
< tir had gone a few feet, and when 1 got
The man who Insures his life Is
wise for his family.
The man who insures hia health
is wise both for his family and
You may insure health by guard?
ing it. It is worth guarding.
At t he first attack of disease,
"v which generally approaches
through the LIVER and mani?
fests Itself in innumerable ways
And save your healths
out the man was at tho rear end of It.
! went ufter him. and he lifted tho
Knn and hit at me. I caught the
blow partly with thy hands and partly
on my face. I was somewhat duzed
at first. I got tho gun somehow, and
tho man ran off up tho road. I picked
the Knn up and throw It Into tho rear
part of tho oar. My llrst thought
was to get the gun away from tho
man. I didn't run after hi in because
my nc\t thought was for my wife. I
hurried back and felt her pulse -nd
henrt. but could not tell whether sho
was dead yet or not. I hollered
'Murder' and 'Help1 and honked the
horn, but nobody came I saw there
was no use In trying; to get help hero
and It was easier to get back homo In
che machine. The engine was still
running. It had never stopped. I got
in tho car. with my loft arm around
my wife. I handled the wheel with
?ny right hand. The throttl,. was wide
open. I went about llfty-flvo miles an
?lour. Just before we got to the Holt
Line I put nf wife's body in the left
seat so that It would not full down,
and then I got out and Nxed the lights.
Then I wont on. We Jumped about
two feet In the air when wo crossed
the Boll Line When we wont by tho
-S curve Just before you get to Owen's
1 o'ise I don't know whether l held
my wife or not. It Is a very difficult
iurn with both hands, even In the
daytime. Finally we got to the house
and we carried Louise Inside."
Gave Every AHKlMiince.
The scene at the Owen house was
described by the witness He declared
that he had rendered every assistance
possible to the officers who were soon
swarming around. Ho tol,] them about
the gun in the machine, and was sur?
prised that It could not be found, it
was Beattle himself who suggested
some of the people present begin a
search for the weapon. He also told
the detectives where he had turne.I In
the road, and ottered t point It out
to them at once. But they refused to
lot him go. saying ho was In ho fit
condition to run an automobile As to
the so-called red gauntlet, he said lie
did not handle the cat at a'.l after the
murder, and knew nothing of what
was don-- to il >>r to anything found
In It. Referring to the testimony of
those who said tho husband showed
little or no concern over the death of
his wife. Beattle declared that ho was
u sa mutter of fact with great eort de?
liberately controlling his emotions In
order the better to assist the detec?
tives. As to t'ne placing of the ma
ch'no over th<- blood spot, he had per-1
sonall) had no part In It Others had
done Ods. und had assumed that they
were doing it correctly until he did
so on the court green n few days ago.
The witness hud not even examine.)
the car to see If blood could get
through; at this time, however, he
believes firmly that this could and did
"I told everything to Tom Owen
when I f^ot back home with the body
of my wife," said Beattle. somewhat
bitterly, 'and I told exactly the same
thing at the coroner's Inquest, and 1
am tailing It here now. Mr. Owon has
testified here and made a very fair
statement of what I said. Why should
I In the meantime go about and m.iko
other contradictory ' statements. as
some people have said hero? I have
not done any such thing I n-ver sold
the man was on the rlt<hl side of tho
road. If there whs blood on the gun
I don't know how it got there unless
It camo off my nose when the man hit
me. Mr. Owen has stated himself that
my nose was covered with blor.d when
I got hack. Now. It Is the most nat?
ural thing in tho world for a man
to put his hand at once to u spot
where he has been hit. I don't say
that 1 did this or that I didn't. I just
dor i know. But If I did I probably
got blood cn my hnnd.s. and this may
explain what some people have claimed
to be bloody finger prints on tho gun "
"Don't argue your case, sir." said
Mr. Wendenburg. sharply.
Mr. Smith intimated that he had cau?
tioned Beattie not to try to argue
while on Hie stand, and he now
repeated the caution
"I will try to bring all the facts out
as wo go along, Mr Beattle." he said
That MriMige to Ilealsh.
The examination hod now been
brought up to tho Wednesday follow?
ing the murder, which occurred on
Tuesday night. The witness proceeded
further to denounce Paul Belittle us a
falsifier. He flatly denied sending
Beulah Blnford the message quoted by
Paul, but admitted that his cousin
come to nee hlrn that evening Paul
brought word from Bculoh telling
Henry she was sorry he was In trouble."
and asking him to call her up.
"I told Paul Beattle to tell Beulah
Blnford to lot mo alone and not bother
mo, and that Is the only message I
sent her. Paul came back the next
evening, but not to bring an answer,
because I didn't expect any. I osl&t'd
Beulah. I did this ' because lit the af?
ternoon Scherer hud been questioning
mo about going with her. 1 was
anxious to keep all this from coming
out. I didn't seo thnt H had any
bourlng on the case and I wanted to
spare my family. I told Soberer this,
and he will have to admit it. At that
time I didn't have Btiy Idea I was
going to bo arrested. I did not learn
this until later, and that nlirht I went
to Mr. Smith's with Mr. Wells and
Mr. Sandifer. I hod told Paul to And
out of the police had boon after Beulah,
nnd he said he would go by her house
and ilnd nut. I told him I would call
him up that night t.. see what ho had
found out. and2 offer leaving Mr.
Smith's I went to Seventh and Main
Streets nnd called him up. Ho said
the pollre hud not been after Beulah.
This Is the whole true story of tho
telephone message.
Denlen Story of Confession
Very calmly, ?.Ith ..o show of Indig?
nation or ny other emotion, the
prlsonor denied that he hod confessed
to Paul Beattle on that Thursday
night. When he had the talk with
his cousin they wort standing on tho
brightest port of the porch and a num?
ber ot people, were walking about. If
ho hod desired to confess he would
not hove selected such a spot for It.
"Did you tell Paul Beattie you wish?
ed to Ood you hadn't done It . nd
would give a million dollars to undo
"No, sir." ,
"Did you say you couldn't Imaglno
how those damned detectives found
*ut it was No. 6 shot?"
"No, sir. I don't see any sense in
that anyhow. The doctors could have
got tho shot out of my wife's head
nnd found out what slr.e It wos easily
The direct examination was nearlng
its close. A fow odds nnd ends were
disposed of. Beattle denied that ho
was on the Midlothian Road near tho
scone of the murder at tho time stoted
by tho Commonwealth's witness, Ko
land Sydnor. . He also declnred thnt
on the trnglc ride he did not stop onco
until he wos held up by the highway-,
man. If the Bon Air boys saw any
machine standing in tho road it was
not his. Not nt any tlmo did his wife
j stand on the running bourd.
I "My wife never left her seat at any
time until she foil out of It dead after
the man shot her." he declared.
Uy this tlmo the dinner recess was
I near. There was some question as f
whether or not the ptisonor ahouio
take the automobile and give the Jury
a demonstration of how the crime oc?
curred. It wns subsequently decided
that this be not done. As he left the
stand temporarily Beattle stooped-,
picked up a yellow sheet of paper, and
smilingly handed It to a young wo?
man who had dropped It.
With the court's announcement of
adjournment came a mob piling In
through windows and doors. Those
inside had no chance to got out. The,
sheriff and his ollicers fought des?
perately, but could not force the
swarm of people back. Evidently those
who und stood on the lawn through?
out the morning were determined to
^-??i a better vantage ground for the
afternoon. .Stuffing themselves with
sandwiches and small pies In advance,
they dived Into the courtroom while
hunger drove the others out, and when
these latter came back they found no
Inch of room. They now had to climb
the trees and mount the rickety boxes. I
It wns a complete reversal. I
The CroMt-KxRinlnntlon.
The cross-examination began. Wcti-|
donburg advanced cautiously, but was I
soon In the thick of it. snatching up |
every word and pinning the witness
down to precision In every detail. I
Beattle slipped once and said ho sent
Heulah Blnford away to school to "get I
rid of her." The lawyer was after i
him relentlessly, demanding the mean- '
Ing of the words, The witness floun?
dered about for a while, Wendenburg
prodding him at every step. Finally
he declared that he used the expres?
sion to indicate that he cared nothing
for tne girl, and did not send her
away to educato her for himself, as
some people tho ght. In this connec?
tion It came out later that recently,
though married. Beattle has been In
the habit of "going out" every Mon?
day, Thursday, and Saturday, and that
these evenings were usually spent
with Beulah Blnford At least this
latter was true of the week before
the murder, and would have been true
of the next, as Beattle had begun It
with a visit to the* girl on Monday,
the day before Mrs. Beattle was killed.
Stole Will Strike Hack.
Sharp questioning failed to shake
the witness In his assertion that dur?
ing the week preceding the homicide
he saw l'uul Benttle but once, and
then on Stutirdny night, as he had
previously described. In overy par?
ticular he denied Paul's story of the
Thursday night meeting when, accord?
ing to the other's story, the gun pur?
chase was arranged. Then Wenden?
burg made another move. He drew
r. peatedly from the witness Hat and
unqualified denials of any statement
that he met Paul Beattle anywhere]
on Thursday night or any other night
except Saturday during this week.
The Oommonwcalth will come back
fiercely on this point with a swarm of
witnesses. Its object is clearly In?
dicated by a question put by the
? ? oss-examlper;
"If .lohn Joseph should testify that
you came to ?h?rt and Main Streets
In your automobile and that Paul
Beattle got In It with you; and Prank
Mason, a customer In Joseph's store,
should' testify to the same thing; and
young McEvoy should testify that you
came Into his saloon with Paul Beattle
and got a drink, and Jim Brltton. then
in the store with McEvoy, should tes?
tify to the same thing: and Mrs. Paul
Beattle should state that you came
to her house In an automobile with
her husband, and Mrs. Noland, a
neighbor, should say the same thing?
If all these witnesses should testify,
as they will do later, what will you
then say about meeting Paul Beattle
that night?"
"I will still deny It."
The matter of automobile lights also
brought a momentary embarrassment
to the witness. P.eferring to the fact
that the highwayman was to the rear
of the machine when they grappled,
Beattle stated that the back light* on
an automobile were not for the pur?
pose of Illuminating the road, but to
give warning to other cars approach-.
Ing from the tear. Very often these]
lamps were colored and were useless
so far as furnishing light is concern?
ed. Hence for practical purposes the
highwayman was In the dark. It was
now brought out, however, that on the
Saturday night trip with Paul the
lights were changed and one of tho
powerful side lamps was put on the
rear. It waa still then: when the mur?
der occurred.
"So you had a bright light behind
that night?"
"Yes. sir."
"Then the grisly-bearded assassin
was not In the pitch dark, after all.
Why didn't you tell the Jury you had
iL different light on the back that
"Well, there was no reason to tell
It. and no reason not to tell It."
Finally Beattle slated that the big
lens was turned on the automohU.? '
number, and that the side of the lamp
directed backward really gave no good
light. It would hardly extend two
feet, he thought.
niarr Kept Out.
Beulah's fervid d'ary. a series of
loving messages to the prisoner, ex?
tending up to the day before the mur?
der, was produced, but rigidly ex?
cluded by the court. Mr. Wendenburg
fought hard, attempting a number of
different expedients to get the pen?
ciled pages before the Jury. AH failed
Regretfully the lawyer pushed th?
little book back Into an envelope. At
all events, a few points came out.
"Did ""you love Beulah Blnford dur?
ing these recent weeks while yout
wife was still alive?"
"I didn't love her then or any other
time, and I don't love her now."
"Didn't eho love you?"
"I don't know; 1 can't speak for
"Didn't .?he tell you so?"
"Maybe she, did; suoh women usual?
ly do."
"Didn't you kiss her every time you
left her?"
"Every man does this with thosa
"So you treated her Just as you did
your wife?"
The court demurred at the compari?
son, and the question was promptly
Tho famous envelope of the no less
famous "Dear Kid" lvtter wa, at last
put Into the record. Beattle admitted
frankly that It was In his handwrit?
ing. This envjjlopo fixes the dato of
tho missive nt July 14, four days be?
fore the murder. Mr. Wendenburs
read It through, and then dissected It
phrase by phrase. Finally he got to
the burning end.
"Oceans of love." he read. "What
did you mean by that?"
The crowd tittered.
"Brimming with kisses." he read
again. "What did you mean by that?"
"Nothing. Just some gush."
Oilier I'olnta Brought Out.
Hero and there other significant
points were brought forcibly out- The
witness denied that ho had said during
the morning that until his wife asked
him to go "for a. spin" he had not In?
tended taking the turnpike trip that
nig ill. The record shows that he did
make this statement. He declared
flatly that on his wild Journey home
with the body he met no other car
whatever; the new K?stelberg story
may hijve a bearing here. He said
that after starting out on the pike he
did not once leave the main road, this
disposes of the belief that the defense
would try to show that Beattle
branched off into a side road for a
few moments; It also gives the Com?
monwealth firm basis uguln for Its
argument that by a process of elimina?
tion the car standing beside the road
and seen by the Bon Air boys must
have been Beattic's.
When the car reached the scene ol
the homicide the front lights were
burning brightly, but Beattle saw no
man In the road until he suddenly
bobbed up. The stranger came from
the left side of the road, but ho was
not noticed by the man In the automo?
bile until he was near the middle of
the thoroughfare. Not only this, but
Beuttie diu not sec the gun until the
man lifted It to his shoulder, ulthough
h- had stopped the car and engaged In
a conversation with him. Ir. splto of
the fact that an uncouth vagabond
was pointing a shotgun at her hus?
band, Mrs. Beattle did not scream or
make any outcry whatsoever. She went
to her death In Htience In order to
avoid the danger of striking a man
fifteen feujt away, on a wide toad, Beat
He <ilil not simply swerve or turn uslde,
but ai tuully stopped his machine?an
extremely unusual thing for an automo
blllst. There was absolutely no mo?
tive, the man bad no provocation. Thu
assastiin had plenty of opportunity to
run as soon us he fired tho shot, but
Instead of this he walled to grapple
with Beattle and then ran?up the
roud. Koine witnesses have claimed
that he told them the highwayman run
"Into the woods." The witness now de?
nies that he ever made such a state?
ment. The highwayman was a six
foot, 200-pound man; Beattle stands
about five feet eight Inches and weighs
about 135 pounds. These things the
Commonwealth emphasized as showing
tho unreasonableness of the wholo
The bloodstained clothes wer?
brought out. and the witness slipped on
the coat in order to display the spots
on it. Beattle has no definite recollec?
tion of when he had the coat on or off
or what part of the car It was In at
certain times. He was too wrought up
to notice such things at the moment.
The gruesome details of the placing of
the body In the ear and tho method In
Which Beattle held It to keep It from
falling out on his ride back to thu
Owen home were spread before the
Jury. It Is. evidently the aim of tho
Commonwealth to show that Beattle
placed the- body across both seats and
sat on It This he has previously de?
nied violently. Ho told the Jury ex?
actly how he hold the body, illustrating
by moans of gestures and once by put?
ting his arm around a little boy stand?
ing near him.
Sunset had come and gone, by this
time, and tho supper hour was draw?
ing near. The crowds -were thinning
out and the air was growing cool again.
B'-attle had been on the stand more
than seven hours, but was still collected
and calm. He took sips of water more
frequently now, however. The court
was anxious to conclude with the wit?
"It Is impossible to conclude with
him to-night." said Mr. W'endenburg.
"I don't think we are progressing
with this witness as we should havo
done." the Judge declared.
Both sides explained that they hud
done their host. The court was not
disposed to yield.
"I cannot possibly conclude with the
witness to-night." Mr. Wendenburg re?
"Well, go ahead, and we'll see wheth?
er we can get through or not," snapped
the Judge.
In n few moments tho cross-question?
ing continued. But darkness was has?
tening over the Chesterfield farms. Fi?
nally the stenographer gave up and
called for a light. Thereupon the court
adjourned, setting the opening of the
now day an hour ahead of the usual
time. The Judge Is determined to push
on, and counsel protest In vain.
(Continued From First Pago.)
two years. You were married In what
A. August 24th, 1B10.
Q. The relations were broken oft in
the foil of 1903?
A. Yes, air?not quite two years.
Knew Wife All Hin Life.
Q. Now, Mr. Beattle, how long have
you known your wife?
A. Well, I have known her practically
all my life.
Q. How long- had you been In love
with her before you married her?
A. I really don't know when was thd
first time I?
Q. Well, approximately? ^
A. I reckon It was twelve or fourteen
Q. For twelve or fourteen monlhH you
had been In love with her before you
mnrrled hor. Bcforo 1 leave that point
1 want to ask you how you regarded
Beulah Blnford during the tlmo you
ran with her and up to the time you
broke off relations with hor?
A. I regarded her as any one else did.
Q. Did you have any love or affoctlon
for her?
A. No.
Q. Did she understand that?
A. She could not have understood it
Q. Were other men associating with
her at tho same time you were?
A. Yes. sir.
Q. Did you know that?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did she make any bones of It?
A. No. sir; sho told me.
Q. And you know It, independently
of her?
A. Yes. sir.
Q. Now, Mr. Beattle, what were your
relations?you were married In August,
1910; "your wlfo was murdered on tho
18th day of July. 1911. What were the
(ConTlriued on Eleventh Page.)

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