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TODAY, MARCH 4.
BOY DENIES HE KILLED PLAYMATE Children Tell Two Versions of Tragedy: Child Accused • of Murder ORA. lnd„ March 4.—"1 did not •hoot Kenny Hlnvlnf" « boy's hroau. •} look squaraiy into yours. "Ho did nor- the PJM of other children look squarely Into your*. And there you have ort'i "child ■utrdrr mystery." Henny hlavlu. T, died M hotim •ft »r a rifle bllllrt pierced hta tody Thanksfrivln* day. «. Cecil Kurkett. 11. playmate and next door neighbor, com on trial at Knox thia month on a fimt de ®rc* murder Indictment. Kvery Importuß witness for the prosecution and defeas* Li t child •f tender ymn, Thus children'* hearts must he plumbod for truth by th* 11 adult* In the Jury bo*. Ocir» eye® never leav* yours as be tell* and retells th* story of the tra*e<ly without variation. lie carr fully draws a diagram •f the Rurkett houM and yard where Benny Slnvin waa shot. On thta plat he tracer hta every step at the time of th* ahootin* with out hesitation. STAR WITNESS 19 11 YEARS OLD The state's star witness In Fred •rick Sehcrmann. also 11. Ha too. tells a straightforward Mary—and It directly contradicts llmiwt every detail of Cecil'* morr When the word of Cecil la weighed against that of Frederick, •ach will havs other children of ilnvuir years to corroborate their Statements. Cecil's otne-yeer-old brother. AW (Ted. wIU be In court to support hi* ■tory. Other* of the (even Burkett children will be In court to testify, the none of them n* Benny ehot. Elsie Flavin®. *lx. wIU be there, art If Arbert Slav In. three and a half, I* adjudged accountable, hi* piping voice will be added to the chom* against Cecil. The only facta that prosecution •rd defense a*ree on are: THAT Benny Slavln t* THAT a bullet from a rifle owned by Cecil Burkett killed htm. THAT the tragedy occurred In the Burkett yard. Dr. Q. W. Campbell, deputy cor oner. ear* that Benny died from a wound caused by a bullet that en tared below the eleventh rib. ooureed horizontally thru the Intestines and left the body on the right (Ida. James A. Dllts. prosecuting attor ney. says the bullet passed straight thru the body without any deflec tion la Its course. 1 W. J. Reed, defense attorney, see* ' that the bullet struck a rib as It entered the body and was deflected horizontally thru the body. Br 1.1-IT EVIDENCE 18 IMPORTANT Establishing ,the eowrse the buret took means establishing the truth or falsity of Cecil's story. Prosecutor Dllts says that 8 would havs been impossible for Benny to have held a :2-caUber rife to bl* aide and fired burlaoD tally thru the body. If the shot were accidental It would have ranged upward thru the body, unless deflected by a bono. Reed contends that the latter was the case. Adults are disagreed on the only question that they could hare set tled In the trial Twelve adult m'.nds must decide whether a child deliberately Is ly ing— Or whether a child's Imagination has created a fabric of realism that appears to the child to be the truth. And •• they so decide, Cecil Burk ett. an 11-year-old boy, will pay the death penalty, go to prison, or be freed. RUSSIAN BOY 1 SAFECRACKER A Russian boy of 17. picked up prlday forenoon by Detectives John F. Majewski and Don M. Blaine, con (eased, police say, that It was he who looted the s-'Lfe of th> Italian Import ing Co, lOtVi King St., Thursday ai*ht. All of the 157.50 taken from the Safe wa* found on the boy. He was turned over to the Juvenile depart ment. without hi* name having been repealed. Entrance to the building Is sup posed to have been made thru a rear door. The doors of tbe safe had not been locked. Chinese Merchants Held; Carried Guns Harry Lew and Goon How. Chl ,|l«»te merchants, were srrested by Patrolmen G. W. Christy and E. Vallet at Third ave. and Vesler Way, Thurwlay night. In possession of two pistols. They are charged wlLb carrying concealed weapons. Loot Baker's Coat but Overlook Silver Thieves who atole I/O In currency from the pocket of H. Munson's coat In hid bakery, f.409 Hillnnl ave , Thurwlay afternoon, left behind them a botr of sliver, which *u In Another pocket of the coat. Seattle Gold in Steamer Robbery VANCOt'VEH, H. C, March 4 Bome of the (old stolen from the •tearnshlp Kmpr< i of ft u Kit la, » m •Unsigned to W«-lls Fargo A Co., Seattle, it waa learn'-d today, and some to a Seattle hank. It la catl mated the robbers g'>t $7,f,00. Congratulations Wired to Harding Preald' nt-el«-ct Harding waa acnt a mexaage of congratulations today by the Young Men's Republican club, a King county orcanlwitlon. The dla patch was signed by Jamm I! Klnne, president, uid Koy C. Lyle, aecre- Urf Frtderick Schermann If you were on a jury, and these two boys were xritnesses, and their itories conflicted — l vhich one would you believe f They «*»" be pitted agaitist each other in the comino trial at Knnr, lnd„ for the murder of Benny Slat-in. Cecil flurkett is accused of shooting Benny; Frederick Sehcrmann is the state's star witness, litre are their stories: •••I • • • HERE'S MORE ABOUT HARDING STARTS ON PAGE ONE and went up the steps Into the oap itol. Harding went at one* to the president's room and CooUdgs to Vice President Marshall's office. Mrs. Harding and others of the party went into the senate gallery. WIfJWN OOES I P IN THE EI*EVATOR Wilson, unable to climb the long flight of stairs, was driven to a side entrance and taken up to the preeldent's room In an elevator. Hording, wearing a high silk hat and a dark blue Chesterfield over coat. drove to the White House tn Join President Wilson for the drive to the capltol Wilson leaned on the rsne which he carried In bis right hand. His left arm he car ried bent cloe* to his side. In tbe senats gallery, Mrs. OooV Idge, her two young son* snd the Incoming rice president's father sat In the front row near Mrs Hard ing and the father of the new pre* IJ Ait Calvin CnolMge. Jr, amused him self reading tH» "Roundabout Wash ington" folder of a rubberneck wagon company. By 11 JO the crowd outside the capltol stretched beyond the limns of the rapttol ground*. The sun had warmed the sir and the wind had died down, making It practi cally a perfect Inauguration day from a weather point of view. Th« Cntted States marine bend formed a great splash of color directly In the center of the throng. Its bright red coats and blue trousers stand ing out In rlvld contrast to the oven-oats and fur* of the spectator*. The band played favorite airs so hour before the Inauguration began. YOrNO MAN ORATES ABOLT NAPOLEON The crowd greeted With cheers and laughter the announcement by a young man that he was making a t>wt of the voice amplifying ap paratus In the Inaugural star.d. which was expected to carry Har ding's words to the very edge of the rrwit assemblage. When the young man finished an oration about Napoleon, scattered shouts from far back showed that tbe amplifier was working. Charles E. Hughes. Incoming sec ret Ary of state, was the first new cabinet member to enter the senate chamber. He sot In the rear dur ing the business session, chatting part of the time with Governor Hpronl. Pennsylvania. When Hert>ert Hoover, new sec retary of came In be was seated beside Hughes. Mrs. Warren G. Harding entered the members' gallery of the senate a f"w minutes before the business session. She wore a dark blue dreui with collar facing of lighter bine and dark bat with plum* trimmings. President Wilson, on advice of his doctors, did not stay for the InatiK uratton of Harding. He left after rlgning bills and went at once to his new home. CAOINKT MKMBKRS ON lUUTULK AN SIDK The Hardin* «Mn»t *1 ember* writ! grouped in the bc.ua. to on the rfpuMlrui Henator Cummin*. lowm, prenldent pro torn, of the f'nate. pre*lde<l. and H'natom lywlice and Inder uoort. the two party leader*. con irtltuted th« committee to notify l're*ldent Wil*ou of the Impending adjournment of con(rrei«. "The president ha* no further communication to fend the c*>n- Vru.i." Lodge reported to the wn ate. Wood row Wllwm. rettrln* ftf«\ dent, pa*»ed thru the crowd on hi* departure from the capltol, all but unnoticed. Vlc» Prwrldent Onolldir*, tn the senate. wan Inaugurated *hortly after J2:20. Wilson did tiot »ltne*« thin, as planned. After the renate ceremony, the a* *emhle<j officials, diplomat* and army officer* started a »low inarch from th'.' *enate chamber to the eaut front of the capltol. The dlaabled noldler* had more pep than any other of the epectator* While the crowd Itself mood ellcnt, with It* eye* on the cn*t door* of the capltol, waiting for the appear ari'-e of Hardin*, the noldler*, wrap ped In blanket* and alttlng In wheel chair*, chaffed and joked each other continually. Much laughing tt "<l loud eile* of "When do we eat.'" were heard. band ookh into CAI'ITOI, TO (JET WARM I Member* of the marine band found ■ their flnicer* growing *o cold they could no longer bold their Inatru WHICH WOULD YOU BELIEVE? ' FREDERICK fcCHERMANVS STOIC Y W* were playing. Ms and Cecil Burkett. and Cecil told mt to go get the bird iiwU Ocll and Benny tim up lltore Mid Cecil had U>« run and while t was trying to (ft the nest out of the tUrd bol I heard a shot fired and I heard Benny crying and when I turn ed amttnd Cecil hod the |un and I ran and told Mr* Hlavln. Cecil never did like They never could (tt slong. The Burkett children were always pl< kmc on Benny. lienny was a nice hoy to play with ind easy to get along with. After the ehot wv fired Alfred Burkett wU to bis brother. Cecil Burkett, "Now you are going U> get ItT menta, snd a recee* In the musical program permitted then *o enter the i capltol and vet warm The crowd was much Interested In the Harding automobile, a hlfty olive green brougham, which drove up to a stairway beside the Inaugural stand, and waited for the president. The chauffeur was dressed In a livery that exactly matched the beautiful shiny green of the car. Ited Cross nurses distributed rig arets to the soldiers. Directly hri I front of the Inaugural stands three I color truants took their places, the ! guards st the corner*. | To while away the waiting, which i wa» somewhat uncomfortable on ac I count of the persistence of the wind, a group of enthusiastic Harding I boosters back In ths t rowd began | trying to sing, but were so bniuerd fully "ranted." that they quit HARDING I .FADS M \IM II PROM SENATE CHAMBER H trdlng led the procession from the senate chamber to Uio east front of the capltoL .The senate clock was turned back twice In order to show "senats time," conforming to the *< hedule require ments. The program, by real time, wa* delayed half an hour. The head of the procession, coin posed of the house and wnate prras galleries, headed by Gua Karger. of Ohio, reached the east front of the capltol at l!:4> p m. Next came members of the house, oyer 400 strong They were escorted lo a place rewrved for them by ma rine*. The senate followed, and took Its stand at another reserved place. All eyes watched for Harding. The arrangements started ont smoothly. In great contrast to those four years ago, and eight years ago. Marine* circulated thru newsjiaper men close to the Inaugural stand, demanding credentials. As time went on. further refresh ments were served to the soldiers. Sandwiches were handed and were greeted with enthusiasm. The wind got going again and everybody begun stomping feet and waving arms In a vain ati>snpt to ke«-p from shivering. The crowd got Impatient and be- J scan to yell. Several time* false alarm* of Hnrdlng'a arrival on the Inaugural platform were created by i the antics of these exubertant per | sons. Members of the senate and house rot a generous amount of sp pla use from the onlookers when UxQr were recognised. At I 15 p m. Harding entered the Inaugural stand with Mrs. Harding. Mrs Harding and Mrs. Coolldgs, wife of the vice president, advanced lo the outer ralliujc of the stand, where they were given a warm greet ing by the crowd. Mrs. Harding was very happy. Vice President Coolldpe and the member* of tbe concessional com mlttee on arrangements drifted Into ' the stand* following Harding, and the band plnyed a lively air. The onth was administered at l:1t by Chief Justice. White. James D. Maher, clerk of the supreme court, held the Bible, which Harding kissed Immediately after taking the ouUi NO MILITARY ALLIANCES, IS HARDING VIEW IIV RAYMIIM) C'IJAPPKR WASHINGTON, Mirch 4 A solemn wurnlnif that America stand* ready to rcHlot any attempted rever sion of civilization waa sounded by President Warren O. Harding In hla Inaugural address today. Ami-rlca, he said, so<k* no part In directing the d««tlnle* of the Old World, hut ahe la toady t<> enter an association of nations for conference and conn ne| which will not Impair the soyr clirnty of the t'nlted States. Me d»' r|a.#l flatly against pertnunent null t«ry alliances, "Our eyes will never he blind to a developing menace, our eiira never deaf to the call of clvlllaaitlon," he oald. "There waa no American failure to resist the attempted reversion of civ- TIT F SEATTLE STAR Cecil Burkctt CECII. 11l BRETT'S STORY Predty Pchermann and I were cleaning the straw out of ths martin house. I was Just going Into ths hums with some straw to burn when I benrd a shot. The d>sir Is on ths east si da. The •hot came from ths south side of the house I dropped ths straw sod ran arotml ths corner of ths house Benny Slavln was crying and run nlng down ths hill to his housa. 1 had put the gun against the bouse so ws could chase off the sparrow* If they coins about ths martin house. I did not shoot Benny. It* mast have been fitaylng with the rifle or dragging It on the ground wheu the trigger caught In the weeds. • I was where I couldn't see Benny when hs was shot. dilation, there win be no failure to day or tomorrow." Harding added later. "We shall give no people Just cause to make war upon u«," he said at anothfi* point. "Ws hold no na tlonal prejudices; we entertain no spirit cf revenge, we do not hate, w* do not covet; we dr<-am of no con quest nor boast of armed prtfwew*. If. despite this attitude, war Is forced upon us, I earnestly hope a way may be found which will nullify our Indi vidual and collective strength, and consecrate all America, maieria/ly and spiritually, body and soul, to na tlonal d'frnsn. "T can vi lon ths WWJ republic where every man and woman I* called under the flag tor assignment to duty for whatever service, mili tary or civic, ths Individual Is best fitted, where ws may call to unlvsr ssl service every plant sgency or fa cility, all In the subllms sacrifice for country, and not one penny of war proflt a ahall Inure to the benefit of private Individual, corporation or combination, but all above the nor mal shall flow fcto the defense cbest of the nation." RXPRESSES DESIRR Poll WORM) (Ml It p The league of nations was not mentioned, but schemes of "super government" were unsparingly de nounced. The new evecntlee pledged himself to recommend a way to approxlmats disarmament, and exprsoaed a desire to join with other nations In plans for mediation, conciliation and arbi tration. clarification of International law and establishment of a world court. j Enlarging on this doctrine of good 'will, be raised a fervent prayer for peace, both among nations and -among men. "Mankind needs a world wide benediction of under standing," he said. After outlining his International proirrsm in a general way. the new president approached Uis climax of his sddress. "I would rejoice to acclaim the era of the golden rule and crown It with the autocracy of service," he snld. "I pledge un administration wherein ail the agencies of govern ment are called to *erv» snd ever promote an iJnder itandlng of gov ernment purely as an expression of popular <v 11L "I accept my part with single mlndric** of purpose and humility of spirit, and Implore the favor and guidance of God In His heaven. With these I am unafraid and con fldently face the future. "I have taken the solemn onth of office on that imssige of holy writ, wherein It Is asked: 'What doth the require of three but to do Jurt ly. and to love mercy and to wulk humbly with thy God?' This I plight to God <uid country." COOLIDGE IS INAUGURATED VICE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON, March 4—Calvin Coolldge of Massachusetts was In augurated vice president today with cerenionle* of brief simplicity In the senate chamber, witnessed by n dis tinguished assemblage of diplomats ami high offtrlala. Coolldge, In a short Inaugural .id dress, declared that the greatest function of the United States senate "I* the preservation of liberty." anil added that "the great object for us to seek hero Is to continue to make tills chamber, as It w.i* Intended by the fathers, the citadel of liberty." f'oolldge's remarks about the con ■tltutlon, defining tlie powers of the vice w-as t;iken as Indica tion he would not sit with the imhl net, us' suggested during tho cam paign Coolldge expressed assurance the senate will "continue to function as a great legislative body %Uhout pas sion arid without fear, unmoved by clamor, but most sensitive to the right" Marshall, in his retiring address, said he Is not being demoted "Into the ranks of the average American citi zen for 1 nevar roac above thein." FREDERICK & NELSON FIFTH AVENUE AND PINE STREET Wmm§m smiT Bandeau Brassieres, 50c —these are of the pink mesh fabric that gives such good service. 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The decisive vote was In the hands of A. J. Ityan. farmer labor member from I'lerce county, anil wan an un known quantity up to the ttine of the final ballot. lioth sides had claimed sufficient ballots to control the situation, and constant lobbying was going on thruout the day to prevent the miscarrying of plans. When the l>lll cam* up for passage an effort Win made by Senator VV. Ixiii Johnson, Spokane, to add a sec tion that would have referred the bill to the people at the lU2I general election. This was voted down, 18 to ZD. In opening the fight, Hlshop charged that the bill was framed to give the cities everything they wished In the matter of control, but won so framed that It would place the burden of taxation upon the country districts. 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Harding Telegram* of congratulation wore wired Thursday night to President elect Harding by tho Chinese Bap tist church. •ho Chinese Y. M. C. A., the CMn« so National league, the Chlpese National Welfare nocdety and the Chinese IJenevoleat a.ssot la tlon, all of Seattle. Penitentiary Term Is Given to Forger Sentence of two to 10 years In the state penitentiary was Imposed on R. J. Weir. recently convicted of forg ery, by Judge Calvin S. Hall Thurs day afternoon Weir's motion for a flow til.U was dunietL A Single Demonstration Will Convince You We carry a complete line of Brunswick Phonographs ranging in price from slls to $1,500. A style and finish for every one. CONVENIENT TERMS ARRANGED The New March Records have arrived. (They are good) maffhtJCusicXm^ I 1216 Third Av<\ IM. I'nlvwsUy ami Hmram. I'lxmc Mate SIM Women's and Misses' Gymnasium Bloomers, $1.75 AN exceptionally 1o w price for these fall cut Gymnasium Bloomers of black sateen. 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