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lis!$$$$$&. r?% MRS, CLARA HAMON FOUND NOT GUILTY ON MURDER CHARGE Jury Returned Verdict in Forty Minutes—Clara to Visit at Home of Her Sister —Mrs Jake Hamon Not In formed of Verdict. Ardmore, .March IS.—Clara Smith Hamon acquitted. Jury deliberated forty minutes. Ardmore, Okla., March IS.— Freed of the murder charge of shoot ing of Jake L. Hamon, Clara Smith 1-1 am on today planned to visit Wil son the home of her sister. Later she will go to El Paso, where her father is seriously ill. .Mrs. J. L. Hamon, who retired to her home when the jury left the court room yesterday, has not yet been notified of the "not guilty" verdict. Km ly Story of Acquittal Ardmore, Okla., March 1—Claia Smith Ilamon late today was acquit ted 011 a charge of having murdered .lake U Hamon, Republican national committeeman from Oklahoma and railroad and oil promoter. The jury,was given the case at 4 0 p. in. and returned to the court room 40 minutes later. B. F. C. l.au^libridge, 73 years of age, fore man, said only one ballot was taken a secret one, confirmed by rising vote. Clara Hamon obtained the infor mation fully seven minutes before the verdict was rendered in open coari. -and sat, surrounded by mem bora of her family, half smiling, half afraid to believe the nods of as surance that were bent toward her. When T. W. Champion mounted the bench and received an affirma tive response to this question: "Gen tlemen, have you reached a verdict?" her face followed the motions of the judge as lie read the verdict from Mr. Laughridge. walked across the court room an'1 handed it to the clerk, who read it ill a nervous, fal se!!. voice. CiiUiilit in ISrotln-r's Arms Clara Hamon gasped audibly in tin- tensely silent court, room, drop ped forward in her seat, only to be seised from behind by her younger brother, "Jimmie". squeezed violent ly and kissed on the left cheek. Tears came to her eves and the other mem bers of her family cried with her as she crossed to the jurors and halt ingly .thanked them for their verdict. siio cume to the press room to thank tlu newspaper workers, cling ing to the arm of Sheriff Buck Car re! t. and her brother and, with (ears streaming down her face, said: "1 am the happiest woman in the world." She used a secret passage from the court room to escape the crowds which threatened to overwhelm her and went to a lower floor of the county building where she sat for some time receiving congratulations. Tonight her plans for the future were incomplete, she and members of her counsel of six attorneys said. She is considing a number of busi ness propositions, according to Wal ter Scott of Forth Worth. Texas, one of her counsel, but what she shall do in the immediate future is undeter mined. Her Future Undecided She probably will remain in Ard more a day or two at, the home she leased to be here for the trial, and then probably will go to Wilson. IS miles west of here, to stay with her sis. tor for a few days. Her father, .1. 1,. Smith, is seriously ill at El Paso, Te.v.ts, and it was stated she might return there to be with him in the last, days of what is termed an illness which may be fatal. Xone of the members of the fam ily of .lake L. Hamon was in the court room when the jury returned its verdict. Mrs. Hamon. the wid ow, and her son Jake L., Jr., 19, left when the case, was placed in the jury's hands. Mrs. Hamon at that time was in tears and had wept vio lently as Attorney General S. P. Creeling, in charge of the prosecu tion. had referred to her several times in his plea to the jury as a neg'ected wife, honorable mother, and to young Jake as a noble boy, and to 11 year old Olive Belle as a sweet little girl. Olive Belle was in court only on the opening day while Mrs. Hamon attended all sessions, morning and afternoon, except two. clad in deep mourning and sitting directly oppo site Clara Hamon, 30 inches away. Not once during the trial, which began a week ago today, did the two women appear to become conscious of each other except on the days they testified, when each regarded the other closely. Mrs. Hamon Not Told Vet Tonight at the home here of Mrs. Jake b. Hamon. it was stated that sho had not been told of the verdict and that she would not be until to morrow, because of her physical and mental condition. Jake L-,.Jr., said that if his mother was given the in formation of the acquittal after such brief consideration by the" jury it "would- tend to throw her into a col lapse on the verge of whieh she is right now''. Young Jake made no comment, in quiring however as to the details of thet court room scene when the ver wdict was returned and- as to hew aClara Hamon lias accepted^ tho ac scjulttal. •jQit&gu Mr Hamojt was shot1 On:, the night ..'of November 2 last as. the culmina- 1,0,1 °r what wa# brought, out in cvi- & 6*c inti odneeg at' the tfi^l as: be* femg a wuoiuk tight" with the yoimg defendant M6 died five day* later* Clara Hainotr fmiAedlat6ly i v fee au(l it was established during the trial, upon instructions of Mr. 1©C0 A i diu.oi e, dei)»rtii^'tMi- No*»mier 22 """n ariiiiMMiiimiriiiii and Prank L. Ketch,' former business manager for Mr. Hamon and now ad ministrator for the' HMn)n estate^ andv upon $51000 furnished her 1»'. Mr. Hamon thru Mr. Ketch. She wont to Chihuahua City, Mexico traveling part way across Oklahoma and Texas by auto. She surrendered to the Carter county sheriff at El Paso and returned to Ardmore on Christmas day. Trial lis Remarkable The trial has been remarkable by its startling developments, according to counsel. A-jury was obtained in less than six hours actuai court time. Mr. Hamon was! decLared in testi mony to have said that Clara Hamon came to his bedside, placed her left hand upon his forehead and fired the bullet into his body with the tiny automatic pistol held in her right hand. Clara Hamon's defense was built about a plea of self-defense and jus tifiable homicide. She did not deny that she pointed the pistol at him, saying that she feared for her life, but asserted that the weapon was discharged when Mr. Hamon struck her with a chair and that the bullet was fired as the chair hit' the pistol or as it fell from her hand under the impact of the blow. Her Story Attacked That part of her story was the sub ject of much discussion in the clos ing argument for the state, to break down her plea of self-defense. He look the pistol in his hand to show the jury that it could not be dis charged by a blow and that if a hand holding it was struck, the muzzle of the weapon would fly up, while the course of the bullet thru Mr. Ha mon's body was downward. i Arguments of three members of' the defense counsel and the closing argument of Mr. Freeling occupied ?he entire time of today's two ses sions of the court. The defense bit terly attacked the Hamon interests, alleging a fight on Clara Hamon by the Hamon millions in which the mil lions of associates were allied. Gov ernor J. B. A. Robertson of Oklaho ma also was assailed for having sent the attorney general here to pros* cute the case, asserting his action was unique. Mr. Freeling upheld the governor's action, asserting it was proper thru (he county attorney, James H. Math ers. having been retained as a de fense attorney before ho assumed of fice. Mr. Freeling denied defense al legations of politics and that the Ha mon interests had brought undue pressure on Governor Robertson. Freeling tonight said that he left the case without any feeling of ani mosity. "As I said in my closing argumentl to the jury—'Your verdict'-is my ver-| diet. 1 shall accept, that.'" he stated During her trial it was brought out that Clara Hamon had made a I statement that she believed that Mr. Hamon had left a will in which pro vision was made for her and that it was being kept, secret, until after the trial. Tonight her attorneys were uncom municative as regards rumors and reports that they, in view of the young woman's acquittal today, in tended immediately to bring suit a gainst the Hamon estate for an in terest for her. hist ruction to the Jury Judge Champion's instructions to the jury consisted of thirty-four ar ticles in seventeen typewritten pag es. His reading of them required thirty minutes. The instructions said: "In this case, the defendant, Clara Smith Hamon, in support of her plea of not. guilty, claims as a justifica tion for said homicide, that she act ed in self-defense of her person that is, that the defendant did the kill ing, but that same was done to pre vent- the deceased front either kill-j iiig her or doing her seriously bod- ily harm. "It is the right of every person to act in defense of her own person, where she is assailed in such a way to. make it reasonably appear that her life at tlio time w.as in imminent danger. "You are instructed that before a person can justify a killing upon the plea that she acted in self-defense there must not only have existed, at the time of the killing, reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the deceased to either take the life of the defendant or to do her some great.'personal injury, but in addition, thereto, it must reason ably have appeared to the defendant that there was imminent danger of such design being carried out. Killing Is liast Resource "It is the law that it is the duty or a person, if threatened with dan ger to Jier life or of great personal injury, to use at the time all reason able means apparent to a reasonable person under the circumstances to avoid such danger or apparent dan ger with safety to herself before tak ing human life. "It is not enough that the slayer may have believed herself in danger unless the facts and circumstances are such that the jury believe that at the time of the killing she had rea sonable grounds for such belief. The court charged the jury on homicide, and- manslaughter in the first and second degrees and brought out the different points of justifica* tion. Article 11 was.paid special atten tion in connection with the Clara Hamon case,. It follows: "You are'instructed gentlemen of S.he jury, that' homicide^ is excusable when committed-* by accident' or mis fortune or iw dofag-: any lawful act by lawful means with usual caution •tlitd without any unlawful intent. "Second/when committed: by acci doirt.and misfortnne and in the heat of passion, upo» any sudden'iaud suf ficient provocation or upon a sud den combat jir6vld6d' that- no undue Udvaiitago is tfiken nor any danger* OUB weapon used, and that the kill ings isuot doaviiit a cruel or unusual fltouuer v ?, '.- -. $*ifs*ltofei»fr' Set Out^i Pa«ui^Kt|fKJ 12?I*:, ^You are fiirtiUsr:/ instructed^ gentlemot) of the jury, that homicide is justifiable vbeu committed by any "First—When-resisting an attempt to murder a person or to connhit any felony upon such person. "Second—When committed iu the lawful defense of such person or when there is a reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a fel ony or to do some great: personal in jury and imminent danger of such design accomplished by the person 1c riled." "You are instructed that dying declarations admitted in evidence should be considered by you under the same rules that govern in deter mining the creditability of witness es who testify from the stand. What "Guilt" Requires "If .you find the defendant guilty of the murder, as charged in the in formation, it is your duty to assess Iter punishment at death or by im prisonment at hard labor in the pen itentiary for life. "If, after considering all of the evi dence and the instructions, you have reasonable doubt of the guilt of the defendant, then you will acquit her •ut in the event, after consideration given to the evidence in this case and these instructions, you do not enter tain a reasonable doubt of the defen dants' guilt as to any one or more or all of the offenses herein submitted to you, then you will return your verdict of guilty as to such offense of which you do not entertain a rea sonable doubt yet, whatever doubt i ty be entertafiied by you, arising out of the evidence and these in structions as applied to it, such doubt must be" resolved in favor of the de fendant," The court charged the jury on hree points, in the event the verdict is guilty: Murder, death or life im prisonment first degree manslaugh ter, four years to life imprisonment, and second degree manslaughter,, with a minimum fine of $1. U. N. D. PROFESSOR AT PEACE CONFERENCE. AIDING LIBERIA Grand Forks, Mar. 21—The Uni versity has in its faculty a man who officially participated in the great world peace conference. Professor Harry A. Miller, who joined the "U" staff recently as teacher of ac counting. was appointed by the Sec retary of State as one of the two Americans to co-operate with two black men of Liberia, Africa, to re present that small republic in the ad justment of rights and claims in the final settlement of the World Wat affairs. In a recent convocation ad dress he told of his work in Ver sailles, o fthe audience with Clem enceau. and of meeting others of the great leaders. He also described the inauguration of President King, the present head of the oldest Negro Republic. He stated that Liberia is a country of 2,000.000 people, near ly all native' African Negroes living in small villages, mostly in simple mud huts. Monrovia, the capitol, and metropolis has a population of 2, 000. Students of history will be interest in learning why Liberia should be represented in part by A mericans, and why the chief city was named after James Monroe. Dr Miller's description of the final meet ing of the peace conference, when the fi_ve German representatives came forward one at a time, and signed the great document, was' dra matic. It is of interest to note that the university was represented in this conference by one of its graduates, Howard Huston, of the class of 19 17, who was a clerk in the American delegation. HEAVY FINES PAID BY MOONSHINERS IN NORTH DAKOTA Dickinson, March 21.—Those who desire to aid and abet lovers of the cup in which lurks' the serpent by manufacturing "rocky" had best have a care or Uncle Sam rail get them if they don't watch out And when our good uncle takes the mat ter into his hands it is goodnight for the luckless offenders. He is no respector of persons and he doesn't even stop with a small fine but adds a heavy tax upon your property and insists upon payment. Three farmers of southern Stark and northern tietflnger counties, who have persisted in dabbling with the stuff found this out to their sor row last week when they received notice from \V. E. Byerly, internal revenue collector, that it is up to them to pay and to remit within ten days. 1 The men in question are Peter Siller, who had been assessed' $227.00 George Hoerner, $2,300 and John Meininger, who must pay $5,000. Four others who were ar rested together with the above, in the recent raid, must also pay big fines, the total amount of which has not Tet been fixed. Federal officials are said to be quietly at work gathering evidence against a number of others who are known to be engaged in the opera tion of private distilleries as a^ lu crative sideline to legitimate busi ness ventures and many arreBts are expected to follow within a short time. County officials are also de termined to prosecute all offenders found within their jurisdiction. Clf AltGKI) WITH STEALING CATTLE Maiidau, N. D., March IS.—Jacob C. Baszler of Mercer county will go on trial here Monday in district court on the charge of stealing cat tle l'rom farmers and ranchers of Mercer county, and shipping .them to St. Paul, where they are alleged to have beeu sold. Haw WouM You Uln to SeaWfcat Irvin Nbrwood (Ps.) Saw? .. V0necu4tomer.toidme.tlut after using one large packet* of JUt-Snap. he got FORTY-EIGHT dead rats. Hoy many irion? dead he couldn't see. he doesn-'Qcnoiv. Ritnember' rati br(61 fast ind dw Unsr.wan! worth o propctty." 3Sci65c.f!25. '.v-m. J,.:- Soldmigiaraatctd by V «Pr Hi B. -'iVli4te Ctfmpaur H? 1 n,j Janirmttnrir' If'dwts Company THE WEEKLY ALERT I' 4u. Copyright 1921 Hart Schaffncr ft ?,Iarx S A F. •. .- .," ,S AV,.-:,Y .?• .. '.-•••* '"f j* Jk W--"- w. n. -:•.! .•V:,.vt"-.-v.*' ,! .i' T! 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