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'!ZJ PENSACOLA JOU ft MAL. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 29, 1919.
Established 1866
This Agency has paid to its policyholders
about
FOUR MILLION DOLLARS
BEST COMPANIES . BEST SERVICE
nowfss Bros. Agency
INSURANCE
Also Genera! Agents Equitable Life.
20 South Palafox Street
Phone 22
cam out he was gone. I then went
to the employment office to locate
Schmidt and then to the dock. I found
Schmidt and Frank there.
"I told Prank that I was sick and
had to go to bed. .Frank said that
he was going over to get a drink
and we went together. He got a bot
tle of whiskey and insisted that I
drink with him. ; I told him that I had
quit. He took a drink. I took off
my coat, sat " on the bed and drank
the medicine ana some water. j?ranK j ments,
took another drink. He kept asking
me if I was his friend. He said: 'You
know who your friends are?' I said.
'No, I don't.' 'You know damn well
Eight Steps Necessary
to Ratify Peace Treaty
3a
Wartime Prohi Law Not
, to Be Suspended Yet
(Continued from page one)
aext y;ar at 175,000 officers and men,
with a provisio authorizing the presi
3ent in case of an emergency to in
crease this number to 190,000, was
reachel today by the house and senate
lonferces.
After. more than six hours debate,
'.he senate late today voted 57 to 2
o reject the committee amendment to
:he sundry civil bill proposing to elim
inate !300,000 provided for continuing
he tariff commission. Senators War
ren, of Wyoming, and Smoot, of Utah,
iroted for the amendment, which would
lave virtually abolished the cpmmls
lion. ' '
LEAGUE COVENANT
IS DENOUNCED AS
BIG WAR TRUST
New York, June 28. The League of
V attain a was denounced as a gigantic
var trust tonight by Senator Johnson,
it California, In an address before a
nass meeting here, called by tho
eague for the preservation of Ameri
jan it dependence. He demanded re
pudiation of the league covenant.
Similar demands were made by Sena
:or R-ed, of Missouri, and George
Wharton Pepper, of Philadelphia,
Shooting of Penton
Held Justifiable
(Continut-d from page one)
FRED C. WAITE
THE LIFE INSURANCE MAN1
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Phone 912.
Mrs. Maroena. She denied that her
name wa ParchenI, when called to
testify. Her story told of physical
outrages suffered at the hands of Pen
ton, who she said, beat her unmerci
fully with the butt end of a revolver,
identified at the hearing as the weap
on which Penton used when firring at
Cox.
. F. K. Bayless, special officer at the
shipbuilding company, threw light on
the report that it was Penton's atti
tude towards Mrs. Cox which had in
directly led up to Friday's quarrel and
th subsequent death of Penton. He
said that Penton had several times
made the assertion that if Cox did not
quit interfering with his business,
(meaning Mrs. Cox) that he was goins
to kill him. Ha stated that Penton
had reiterated many times his Inten
tion of separating Mr. and Mrs. Cox
in order that he might have a clear
field for his cQurtship.
Cox's Statement.
Bodily assaults on Mrs. Maroena,
made by Penton, wer direct causes
of the shooting, according to the state
ment of Cox. Penton was endeavor
ing to have his former friend "stick
to him" through trouble which he
feared would be the outcome of his
mistreatment of the woman.
He said: "Yesterday morning I was
sick, but I went out to-the gate until
every one had come in; then I went to
one of the boats with Schmidt to see
about some hose and a fire extin
guisher. I went to the house for some
medicine that the doctor had given me
the night before, In company with
Mr. Schmidt, telling him that I should
be out in a few minutes. When I
Tnot. Penton said: 'I am about to ge.
a beating on account of that old wom
an and I want you to stick to me.
Cox said he then called him a vile
epithet, reached for his gun, aiming
at his heart and shot twice. I then
aimed at his right temple.
"When I shot, he fell back. I saw
the blod spurt, but didn't wait to
see If he was dead. I went over to
Superintendent Crenshaw's office to
tell him. I saw Hurst at the gate and
told him. Crenshaw said that I had
better telephone the sheriff. Van Pelt
was out, so I left a message for him
to come to the ship yard at once. I
went and sat down by the gate, asking
Crenshaw to take, me to town so I
could give myself up. when Brewton
appeared and told me to come with
him. Later I was put in jail."
Questioned further as to difficulties
between Penton and Mrs. Maroena,
Cox 'said" that afte.r he had taken his
medicine, while standing on the
threshold between the dining room
and his bed room, that Penton struck
him a blow on the face. ."I dodged
back, when Frank came with his gun
and I got mine. There had been no
previous trouble ; except the , other
night when Frank whipped the lady.
Frank said that if I said anything I
would get the hell kicked out of me.
I said that it was none of my affair
and that I didn't want him to talk of
shooting me. Frank said: 'Go to bed.'
I said: 'Go to hell." He said that he
did not see Penton hit the woman and
that he had been asleep at the time
of the quarrel between them.
Mrs. Maroena.
Mrs. Maroena testified that she had
always known Penton and Cox to be
on friendly terms except at the time
of the quarrel Tuesday night. She
said that while Penton was watering
the yard he told her to have a tub
of water ready for him when he re
turned. This she did. "He did not
come in until 11 o'clock," Mrs. Maroe
na said, "and he abused me for sit
ting up late when I told him that the
water was cold. He said: 'C3 damn.
why In the hell did you wait up for
me?' as I turned down his bed. He
chewed the rag. I saw he was drunk
and didn't care what he did. I ran to
Mr. Cox's room, begging him to pro
tect me. Mr. Cox came out; Mr. Pen
ton told him to go to his room. Mr.
Cox told Mr. Penton to step to hell.
Mr. Penton told me to leave and I
left. He was so fussy all the time, he
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(Continued from page one)
amendments, tfce process of ratifica
tion coud go on.
The senate is not empowered to
change a single -one of the 80,000
words of the- covenant without the
consent of the 'ether powers. It can
lvwever, make its ratification enn'
Jtional upon the adoption of amend-
uienis. xnat Is, it can say:
"We ratify the Teaty provided, that
article 519 be stricken out, or that
a new article be added to read as fol-
I'm your friend, he 'insisted. I said, ""T, . " .l rae e ratification
I don't know whether you are or i? fter 'Other pow-
. avtcpisu ie conditions named.
If the senate refuses to ratify the
treaty It is considered likely that a
new peace conference will be called,
for none of the allied powers would l.e
willing to be a party to a trea.y to
whfch the United States? was not a
party. We hold the money-bag, and
cur wishes must be consiJered.
Inasmuch as this is the first war
in which the United wtats has had
so great, a number of allits. it is not
at all unlikely that the supreme coi.rt
may be asked to cutline Ju6t what tfie
pewrra of the senate will be.
was ready to give 10 answers for one
word."
had
Mrs. Maroena said that she
..uusjrivccyer lur me two men
since June 12th, that nobody else had
been there during that time and that
they had always been on friendly
terms heretofore.
F. E. Bayless, when brought to the
stand, stated that he was on duty at
the time Mrs. Cox lived in the house
with her husband, that he did not
himself know of any trouble between
them and that he was ignorant of the
facts which caused . Mrs. Cox to leave.
He knew both men. he said, and that
Cox had never threatened Penton in
any way, shape or form, but that Pen
ton had made repeated threats against
Cox. So far as he knew, he continued,
they were both peaceable, law-abiding
citizens. Her stated that he had ex
amined the wall where the shots fired
by Penton penetrated.-one high and
one low," and that there were no chairs
anywhere near the dead man's body.
He said that he saw Judge Johnson
pick up the revolver which he identi
fied, as Penton's and take out two
blank ' shells.
F. D. Hirsch, special officer at the
plant, to whom Cox surrendered him
self, said that he knew nothing of the
shooting except what Cox had told
him. He said that he had heard Pen
ton say that he slept with -a gun un
der his pillow so that "if Cox made
a crooked move," he could kill him.
He said that he knew of "little outs"
that existed between Mr. and Mrs.
Cox, but that he saw nothing and
heard nothing except remarks to that
effect made by Penton.
Lester Van Pelt, another witness,
stated that he was simply at the plant
on a visit at the time Penton was
killed. .He had heard no remarks, but
was looking for trouble between the
men about Cox's wife, but that he had
never heard Mr. Cox mention her one
way or the other. :
B. W. Mclntyre, special officer for
the city, who went to the plant to
view the body, stated the position of
the dead man, his head ast, his feet
west, which was substantiated by
other witnesses. He said that thero
was a hole in Penton's right temple
and a revolver by his side on the
floor. '
-Andrew Schmidt, who worked un
der Penton, gave a description of his
position after death.
Thomas II. Johnson, also . an em
ploye of the company, stated that he
saw the outcome" of the tragedy purely
by accident, that he knew nothing of
the Cox's private affairs, either before
or after the death of Penton.
TVade Cobb, nephew of Penton, said
that he did not know whether his
uncle was intoxicated at the time of
the shooting and that he was ignor
ant regarding his habits in this -re-
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spect. He had heard - .'one or two
words and his uncle say that he was
going to "shoot or slap" Cox. He said
that he lived in the house with his
uncle and that the difficulty was over
the old woman.
Earle " Martin said that he knew
nothing; he only saw the body. He
had heard nothing of the case and of
no previous arguments. ,
It is understood a reconciliation
has been reached between Mr. and
Mrs. Cox of the dlffernces said to
have had their origin iome weeks ago
when she refused to jve longer with
her husband under existing domestic
conditions at the small house they oc
cupied at the ship plant and he de
clined to move out.
It is considered as probable that
Mose Penton, a cousin to the deceased
and a member of the police force at
the plant, may succeed to the office
of chief.
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