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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 51 NO. 60.
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OMAHA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1921.
By (I nr). Dally tuMtr. I7.0i Oilly !. IS;
Sanity. 12-Mi It talaM It UalU Ut.t. Gttttft tt Mole.
Boone County W. Va., Sheriff
With 300 Deputies Fight
ing Large Body of Armed
Men at Blair.
Residents Flee Town
Charleston. W. Va., Aug. 25. H.
W. B. Mullins, prosecuting attorney
of Boone county, located at Madison,
reported this evening that Sheriff
Don Chafin of Logan county, with
300 armed deputies, is now engaged
in battle with a large body of armed
men at Blair, in Logan county.
Blair is near , the Boone county
line. Mullins said that "authentic
reports" he has received are to the
effect that residents of Blair, includ
ing old men, women and children,
are fleeing the town in the direction
Mullins said "a large group of
heavily-armed men" had reached
Rock creek, three miles from Mad
ison, this evening. He said he could!
not estimate the number.
' Blair is said to be one of the few
mining towns in the Logan field or
ganized by the Untted Mine W orkers
of America. The president of the
local union at Blair was in Charles
ton early this week.' and according
to C. r. Keeney, district president
of the miners, reported that the men
there were "prepared for trouble"
and had "dug trenches to protect
themselves from possible attack in
the hills surrounding the town."
Say Fighting "Local."
' The town is located about 10
miles from Logan and "trouble has
been reported from there frequently
of late," Keeney added. Officers of
the United Mine Workers here de
scribed the fighting at Blair, as
"local" and "not connected with the
Marmet situation or including men
from Marmet camp."
A man who said he was Sheriff
Don Chafiu answered the telephone
in the office of the Logan county
"What is the situation in Logan
county?" he was asked.
"We are not giving out any infor
mation," was his reply.
Asked whether there was fighting
gong on at Blair, he said: "
"I cannot-say anything about it;"
as he hung up the .receiver.
Phone Wires Cut.
Pittsburgh, Aug. 25. Sheriff J. L.
Hill of Boone county told The
Associated Press over the long dis
tance telephone that all wires be
tween Madison and Blair had been
cut and; that he was without infor
mation concerning, a reported; u-
Western Roads Oppose
Reduction on Hay and
Grain Freight Rates
Washington. Aug. 25.-Rcductions
in freight rates on grain and hay
asked by the western states, would
result in an annual loss to the west
ern roads of $63,700,000 and would
reduce their return on capital in
vested to 1.67 per cent, L. E. Wctt
ling. manager of the bureau of sta
tistics for western carriers, testified
before the Interstate Commc rce mi
mission. Earnings of western earners on
freight traffic for the current year
will amount to only $143,887,000, the
witness estimated. v.
He testified that even in the lace
of wage cuts made by the railroad
labor board, effective July 1, the re
ductions asked would be disastrous
to the carriers.
I. W. W. Organiser Arrested
As SUer of Ex-Soldier
Pierre, S. D., Aug. 25. Deputy
State Sheriff N. J. Folsom late Wed
nesday notified State Sheriff Shanks
at Pierre, that he had taken the
murderer of W. D. Henderson, an
ex-service men shot at Wolsey, S.
D., Julv 15, into custody at Devils
Lak. N. D.. and was bringing him
'AMnrnn No further information
wa contained in the message beyond
the fact that the man captured was an
I. W. W. organizer.
Masked Bandits Hold Up
Mail Car of Texas Train
Denison, Tex.. Aug. 25. Sheriffs
posses were scouring the surrounding
country in a search for two masked
bandits who early Thursday morning
robbed the mail coach of a Missouri,
Kansas and Texas limited as it was
entering this city. Although no com-
authorities intimated that the robbers'
loot may reach a half million dollars.
One suspect who was driving an
automobile believed to have been
used by the bandits, was arrested.
Illinois Man Confesses
To Murder of Wife in June
Granite City. III., Aug. 25. Arthur
Dorman confessed, Police I hief Clark
said, .that the body of the woman
found murdered and buried in a
crude grave in a wheat field near here
June 16, was that of his wife, Nora,
and that he had murdered her. He
said she had been "extravagant"
with his meager salary, "had gone
out with other men," and had allowed
him and his son. John, only $1 a
week apiece spending money.
Steamer Adrift at Sea
Portland. Ore.. Ausr. 25. The
Mrfiin ImnAPttf nieMM 91 sf
south of the mouth of the Colum
bia river, has been helplessly drift
ing since August 19, with her engine
room flooded and wireless out of
commission, according to a wire
less message to the navy radio sta
tion at North Head relayed to The
Associated Fress, .
Mexican Bandit Chief
Executed by Rurales
El Paso, Tex., Aug. 25. Mexican
rurales have executed Domingo
Domingues, alleged bandit leader,
and another alleged bandit, and are
pursuing members of a band who
are said to have killed Bennet
Boyd, 18. of El Paso, on the- Ojitas
ranch, Chihuahua, and Sterenson
Bunk, storekeeper, in a raid last
week, according to word reaching
This information was brought by
travelers from the vicinity of the
Ojitas ranch, who made a report of
the killings to O. P. Brown, former
bishop of the Mormon church in
The rurales or rural police, have
driven the band near the American
boundary and United States offi-.
cials have been asked to watch for
N.-S.-F. Firm Insists
Stock Not Be Sold
Say Fowler Family Should
Not Be Allowed lo Sell
Shares Unless Same Priv
ilige Granted Others.
Fremont; Neb., Aug. 25. (Special
Telegram.) Thirty Fremont stock
holders of the Nye-Scbneider-Fow-
Icr company held a meetinar to con
sider the organization plan sent out
from Chicago by a stockholders'
Creditor banks havp sinirpd the
aid of Julius Barnes in the reorgan-
lzauun. ne is 10 nc piacea at tne
head of the company and given an
option on 55 jer cent of the stock
to assure him ot complete control.
The option provides that he may
purchase the stock before August.
1922, for $40 a share, and have five
years to exercise such option at 5 per
cent annual compound interest based
on the $40 a share. Price of the stock
is subject to such modification as
may be revealed by an appraisal as
ot August l, lyjl, of the properties
to be. made by Vice .President van
Vechton of the Continental and Com
mercial National bank of Chicago, in
no case to exceed $60.
The reorganization plan provides
that Frank Fowler and members of
his family deposit their entire hold
ings and then additional stock will
be put into Mr. Barnes' hands
through certificates issued through
the depository banks at Chicago to
make 55 per cent of the stock out
standing. At least 12 per cent more
must be deposited with the Chicago
stockholders' committee, to give the
latter two-thirds for absolute control.-
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Stockholders have received no
statements to the condition "of the
company They are ignorant as to
whether the valuation of stock as
set out by the protective committee
coincides with the values shown in
the inventory made by the firm. The
attending stockholders are eager for
the company to continue in busi
ness and stated that they merely
wanted to take steps for the good
of all concerned. W. J. Court
right, local attorney, " is attend
ing a meetirig in ' .Chicago today
looking after local interests.
' Stockholders adopted a set of
resolutions in, line with the results
and decisions formed at the con
ference in referring to Mr. Fowler,
former president of the N. S. F.
company. The resolutions state,
"We insist that Mr. Fowlef . and
family, as holders of the largest sin
gle amount of stock, do not sell the
same unless the rest of us have the
same privilege. And we, as between
ourselves, should none of us sell un
til we get a report from the execu
tive committee on a basis that we.
can all sell if we wish."
Noted American Inventor,
And Scientist Dies in Paris
Paris. Aug. 25. (By The Asso
ciated Press.) Peter Cooper Hewitt,
American scientist and electrical in
ventor, died in the American hospital
here tonight. Mrs. Hewitt and his
two sisters were at his bedside.
Charley Chaplin to Visit Old
Home; to Be Cone 3 Months
Los Angeles, Aug--25. Charles
Chaplin, film comedian, left Los
Angeles today for New York City
from where he plans to sail for Eng
land, his native land.
Giuseppe Ristori was the
, son of an Italian fisherman,
but he early showed abilities
above the average and became
one of the secret police of
Italy. The story of his rise is
filled with hairbreadth escapes
from death and dangerous
clashes with the worst of the
criminal gangs of Italy. One
of the most thrilling incidents
of his career forms the plot of
It is another of the seric3,
The World's Greatest De
tective Cases," and one of the
best. What Ristori, son of a
peasant, accomplished in this
case, makes plain his success
in attaining the position of
one of the most famous and
most feared detectives in Italy.
The story of Ristori, written
by Nazariene Daan Kannibelle.
crime investigator, is one of
the features of
Next Sunday's Bee
Liabilities of Largest Floor
ing Mill in State Will
Run Close to
Omaha Firm in Charge
With liabilities of close to $1,000,
000 the Welis-Abbott-Neiman Milling
company of Schuyler, Neb., largest
of its kind in the state, went into
the hands of a receiver yesterday.
Federal Judge Woodrough named
the Peters irust company to act in
that capacity. C. J. Claassen will
serve for the trust company, which
put up a $a0,000 bond.
Bankruptcy proceedings were start
ed in federal court yesterday by Carl
Modesitt, holder of $15,000 stock.
Lost Huge Sum.
The company lost the huge sum
of $688,612.15 between July 11. 1920.
and July 2, 1921, he states in his
petition. Depreciation of company
property will bring the total loss up
to $I,UU0,UU0, he says.
total liabilities ot the company
are listed at $888,015.28. There is
$806,705.83 owed to banks in New
York, Illinois and Nebraska, of which
$575,000 is totally unsecured and
$231,705.83 is secured by drafts for
merchandise in transit. More debts
and taxes, amounting to $82,309.45
raise the liabilities to the $888,015.28
While expressing the belief that
the company, with increased capital,
could be run so as to be advantage
ously sold, the petition requests the
judge to take such action as is re
quired to close up the company's
Want Assets Sold.
"The assets should be sold and
converted into cash to pay debts and
capital stock liabilities on several .is
sues of preferred stock," the petition
Eastern hanks are said to have de
clined to furnish the capital needed
to effect reorganization and keep
the company from going under.
the company is said, in the pe
tition, to have disregarded its con
tract to preferred stockholders in
failing to maintain a redemption
fund for the purchase of outstanding
bonds. The deficit in this fund is
I he capital stock of the company
is given as $1,500,000. There is out
standing: S464,900 in common and
$475,000 in preferred stock.
Trading in Futures
Not Affected by New
Grain Control Bill
Chicago, Aug. 23. Signing of the
Capper-Tincher grain marketing
law by President Harding brought
flood of inquiries to gram ex
changes as to whether contracts for
future delivery must be closed out
before the measure becomes effec
tive. "The new law," said Secretary
John R. Mauff of the Chicago Board
of Trade, "recognizes the legality
of futures trading. It provides reg
ulations for grain exchanges under
a commission composed of the sec
retary of .agriculture, secretary of
commerce and the attorney general
of the United States. It provides
that co-operative bodies that be
come members of exchanges must
assume the same financial responsi
bilities as other, members. Neither
the ,tax nor the penalties of the law
are to be imposed until after four
"It is unfortunate that critics of
the exchanges have spread reports
that the new law is to eliminate
futures trading. The economic value
of contracts for future delivery has
been recognized in this law."
American Oil Men
Start for Mexico
New York, Aug. 25. A delega
tion of prominent; American oil men
left here Wednesday, on a special
train for Mexico City, where they
will confer with officials of the
Mexican government on differences
arising from taxes on oil export.
The delegation was made up of
Walter C. Teagle, president of the
Standard Oil company of New Jer
sey; J. W. Vandyke of the Atlantic
Refining company; Amos L. Beatty
of the Texas company, and H. F.
Sinclair of the Sinclair Consolidated
, Edward L. Doheny. the fifth
member of the delegation, who is
now in. Los. Angeles, plans to join
the party later in the week.
Railroad Unions Unable
To Agree on Strike Ballot
Cleveland, Aug. 25 After two
days of conference in an effort to
prepare a joint strike ballot to the
409,000 members of the five big rail-
! road transportation labor organiza
tions, the chief executives, executive
committee, members and assistant
grand officers of the engineers, fire
men, trainmen, conductors and
switchman were unable to agree on
the wording of the ballot and the
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
decided to prepare a separate bal
lot, the other four organizations
agreeing on one ballot.
The ballots, it was understood, will
be mailed to the members next week
and a referendum vote completed
about October" 1.
Costa Rica Carrying Out
Occupation of Territory
San Jose, Aug. 25. Occupation of
Coto, near, the Panama frontier, is
being carried out rapidly by the
Costa Rican government in pursu-
ance of the Loubet-While award
uiet Life, in Paris
Chicago Tribune table, Capjrlfht, 1921.
Paris. Aug. 25. It is the quiet life
for Peggy Hopkins Joyce this til"'
Q1i ic livSnor in an vnfMliv i
in the Hotel Majestic, near
L.toiie, Willi a mam. ane rises v
nnnn liuirlip iisuallv at the RitS
motors in the Bois de Bolougne duri
ing the afternoon and frequently
dines at the Cafe do Paris. In the
evening she attends the theater.
Pceev refuses to see anyone ex
cept a mysterious stoop-shouldered
young man known as M. De Mcrion,
Weak Girder Is
Blamed for Wreck
Of Big Dirigible
Gondolas Under Airship Be
come Death Trap for Mem
bers of Crew Following
By Tha Annotated Tress.
Howden, England, Aug. 25. The
cause of the disaster to tlie tx.-, ac
cording to the best information oh
tainahle here, the base of the destroy
dinVible. was the breaking of a
longitudinal girder amidship, made of
an aluminum alloy, cutting trie air
shin in halves. An explosion of
either hydrogen or petrol occurred
immediately after the girder gave
way and flames burst through the
structure, fcut the explosion, it is de
clared, was not the cause of the
breaking up of the airship.
The break occurred in the part of
the airship where a girder was
strained when it was first brought to
Howden. The girder had been re
inforced, however, and the ship
found to be perfectly air worthy, it
was said. None of the authorities
here, it was said, would venture any
opinion regarding the cause of the
To Hold Public Funeral
London, Aug. 25. The American
and British victims of 'the disaster
to the ZR-2 at Hull last evening
will be accorded a great public fun
eral, probably in London, it is con
sidered certain. The air ministry to
day had the project under advise
ment and an announcement regard
ing it was expected at any time.
Meanwhile, all Encrland. orofound-
Iy stirred by the destruction ot the
giant dirigible the greatest of all
air disasters is giving expression to
Americans Had No
Authority on ZR-2,
Hull, Aug. 25. It was- learned
today that the admiralty had not
authorized the American airmen
to accompany the ZR-2 on its
fatal trip. Air Commodore Mait
land took the responsibility in his
own hands. He invited the Amer
ican officers and crew to take up
positions throughout the ship,
where they were assigned under
American control in order to give
the future navigators the greatest
possible opportunity for obtain
its deeo feeline of mournine for the
victms and sympathy for those be-
rcaved. In London the atmosphere
(Tura to Fate Two. Colnmn Fire.)
Bodies of War Heroes
Saved as Fire Burns
Hoboken Army Piers
Hobokcn, N. J., Aug.- 24. Five
hundred bodies of American soldier
dead, awaiting shipment to the
homes of relatives, were removed
to safety when fire of unknown
origin swept over the army water
front reservation here, destroying
piers five and six, and an adjoining
army storehouse and barracks.
Pier four, at which the giant liner
Leviathan and the transport Whea
ton were docked, was saved with
difficulty. The flames licked the
sides of the Leviathan, damaging a
small section of the woodwork on
the bow, and the forward mast, but
a fire boat wedged its way between
the liner and the burning pier and
successfully fought off the flames.
When the fire broke out Capt H.
S. Wilbur, officer of the day, called
out the entire army personnel, about
1j0 men, who started removing the
bodies. Four hundred longshore
men, on duty at nearby piers, as
sisted. Minneapolis Tramway
Granted Increase in Fares
St. Paul, Aug. 25. The state rail
road and warehouse commission
granted the application of the Min
neapolis Street Railway company
for a 7-cent cash fare, or four tick
ets for 25 cents, effective September
1. The present fare is 6 cents
The new rate is temporary and
will remain in force until the com
mission has had an opportunity to
determine a "fair" valuation of the
company's . property on which to
make the basis for a permanent fare.
A FULL page of photographs
of scenes at Camp Brewster,
where Omaha Y. W. C. A.
girls frolic in summer, is a feature
of The Bee rotogravure section for
Swimming classes, enjoying in
struction in the camp pool, and
other camp activities are repre
sented. There's an interior view
of the mess hall at chow time and
photos of the "huts" which accom
modate many of the camp visitors,
It id a page that will especially
interest Y. W. C. A. members and
their families and friends.
i At Last
- ' ' "T
Peace Pact With
State of War Formally
Brought, to End With Ger
many in Berlin at
5 tSrt O'Clock.
' Befliff," Atii. 25,-tBy'The Asso.
ciated Press.) The" treaty of peace
between Germany and the United
States was signed here at 5:30 o'clock
The delay in signing, which was
scheduled for Wednesday, resulted
from an unexpected technical point
raised in connection with the for
malities as arranged by Ellis Loring
Dresel, the United States commis
sioner, and Dr. Friedrich Rosen, the
German foreign minister, yesterday.
, Signing Postponed.
The ceremony of signing was to
have occurred at noon Wednesday
at the foreign office, but it was post
poned at the request of Mr. Dresel,
who asked the privilege of query in?
the Washington government on the
At both the headquarters of the
American commission and the Ger
man foreign office it was said that
the. technicality which involved the
delay did not affect the contents or
character of the treaty, as both gov
ernments reached . a full accord on
the official text some days ago.
German editors had been sum
moned to the foreign office Wednes
day for a discussion of the treaty,
but the conference was postponed
pending receipt by Commisslcnjr
Dresel of a reply from Washington.
Although the point which was re
ferred to Washington is said to be
of minor technical importance, Com
missioner Dresel preferred to obtain
a ruling upon it from the American
State department. ,
The signing occurred in the office
of Foreign Minister Rosen in the
Wilhelmstrasse. The ' function oc
cupied about 10 minutes. Ellis Lor
ring Dresel, the American commis
sioner who was seated opposite the
foreign minister at the latter's desk,
signed both copies of the treaty first
and then pushed the document across
the desk to Herr Rosen, whe affixed
his own signature.
Contains Three Articles.
The German foreign minister, in
signing, expressed , gratification at
this act for the resumption of friend-!
ly relations between the two nations,
Mr. Dresel replying with reciprocal
treaty . consists of three ar
ticles, the preamble citing sections
2 and 5 of the Porter-Knox peace
resulution. -Article l says:
"Germany has undertaken to ac
cord to the United States and the
United States shall have and enjoy,
all the rights, privileges, indemni
ties, reparations oY advantages speci
fied in the aforesaid joint resolution
of the congress of the United States
of July 2, 1921. including all the
rights and advantages stipulated for
the benefit of the United States in
the treaty of Versailles which the
Unt;ed States thall jully eijoy, not
withstanding the fact that such treaty
has not been ratified by the United
Disastrous Fire Reported
. To Be Raging in Moscow
London, Aug. 25. Fire started in
the most thickly .populated part of
Moscow several days ago and still
is burning, it is asserted by the Hel
singfors correspondent . oi . the
Central' News. Several hundred
houses have been dcstro'r;d. the
1 correspondent says.
Women Badlv Hurt
In Auto Accident
Driver of Machine Disappears
After Bringing One of Pas
sengers to Auhurn.
Auburn, Neb., Aug. 25. (Special
Telegram.) Two ' women were
seriously injured when an automo
bile driven by an '-unidentified wan
turned turtle on the,. highwayy 4wo
and one-half miles east of Stella.
Mrs. Abie Ahart, Dow City, la.,
sustained a deep gash extending the
entire length of her face and up into
the scalp. The flesh was cut to the
bone and part of the lip was severed.
Two hours were required by a
physician at the Auburn hospital,
where the woman was taken follow
ing the accident, to stitch the flesh
. The other woman, whose name has'
not been learned, sustained several
broken ribs and severe bruises.
The driver ; disappeared after tak
ing Mrs. Ahart to the hospital. Ac
cording to Mrs. Ahart, the car in
which they were riding was almost
run down by. another machine as
they turned onto the main highway
atan intersection.. To avoid a col
lision their driver swerved to one
side and the machine crashed into
the ditch, turning turtle and then
righting itself. . The second car did
not stop. . The driver of the car in
which the two women were riding
was uninjured, according to Mrs.
Ahart, who claims ignorance of his
Thirty Persons Led
From Burning Tenement
Over Ironing Board
New York, Aug. 25. Thirty per
sons, trapped on the fifth floor of a
burning tenement house, were pilot
ed to safety over an ironing board,
six inches wid at one end and nine
inches at the other, which was held
on the edge of two roofs, while the
endangered people, among them a
woman 70 years old, crawled across.
Meanwhile from below and ad
joining windows, firemen sent up
two walls of water to keep the res
cued and rescuers from choking
with smoke, and to keep the flames
trom destroying their precarious
bridge. After it was thouglt every
body had been taken over the roofs,
it was found that one woman was
missing. riremen round her uncon
scious on the floor o her bedroom
and carried her over the ironing
board to safety. Fire did compara
tively little, damage-..
Iowa Student Dies While
. On Vacation in Colorado
Denver," Aug. 25. Lowell Barry.
26, Clarinda. Ia., a student of the
University of Chicago, died here fol
lowing an operation for appendicitis
which struck him suddenly at the
Estabrook ranch, near Wellington,
Colo., where he was spending his
vacation. Barry was rushed to a
Denver hospital on an early morning
triin, but physicians were unable to
save Ins lite, carry was said to
have been a leader in athletics at
the University of Chicago, which he
attended for the last two years.
Alschuler in Kansas City
To Hear Packers Wage Case
Kansas City, Aug. 25. Judge
Samuel Alschuler of Chicago, federal
arbitrator for -packing house em
ployes and their employers, is here to
hear complaints of packing house
workers in Kansas City, Kan., Den
ver, Omaha. Oklahoma City., St.
foseph and Sioux City,
Navy Men Hope
Hurt Blimp Work
Although Deprecating Catas
trophc, Officials Plan to
If Congress Willing.
Washington, Aug. 6. Despite-
the loss of the ZR-2 before actually
becoming naval property, officers of
the naval bureau of aeronautics con
fidently hope the navy will be per
mitted to continue its rigid airship
program. They point out that Amer
ica already has a gigantic hangar at
Lakehurst, N. J., completed at a
cost of $2,000,000 and capable of
housing two ships of the size of the
ZR-2, as weil as. other complete fa
Although appropriations were
stopped before the ZR-1, was com
pleted most of the necessary struc
tural material is already manufac
tured and awaiting assembly, much
of the envelope has been fabricated
and nearly " all the material for its
completion purchased at a cost of
Much Helium Stored.
For months the naval gas extract
ing plant at .Fort Worth, Tex., has
been storing helium gas and suffi
cient gas of this type has been as
sured to fill the envelope of a ship
as large as the lost ZR-2.
Plans for the ZR-1 call for an air
ship of slightly smaller size than the
ZK-2, a length of 670 feet, diameter
about 80 feet, and gas capacity of
approximately 2,200,000 cubic feet.
The total cost is estimated at $2,500.
000. While designers of the ZR-2
departed somewhat" from the struc
tural lines ' of the Zeppelins, the
naval designers said their plans for
a ship incorporating the latest de
velopments of the original rigid
builders, the Germans, of whose
plans more than 100 were filed here
Build Own Ships. .
The reports that the ZR-2 fell in
two pieces tended to cause belief in
naval circles that structural failures
were the prime cause of the
disaster, brought about perhaps by
too sudden a strain on some weak
It is not. thought that the navy
will endeavor to purchase from
England any of its remaining rigid
crrships, but that construction in
America will be undertaken if others
Italian Commander and
Chauffeur Held as Speeders
Santa Barbara, Cal., Aug. 25. The
drivers of four automobiles carrying
General Pietro Badogilo, commandei
ot the talian army, and his party
from San Francisco to Los Angcics
were arrested for speeding at Santa
Maria, near here today. The drivers
were ordered to appear in court in
10 days. Members of the party said
they were hurrying in response to
word that a crowd was waiting to
greet the generalMn Santa Barbara.
The Weather -
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Nebraska Generally fair Friday
and Saturday; slightly cooler Friday.
Iowa Showers Friday; cooler in
northwest portion; Saturday prob
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Lapses of Decorum and Mark,
ed Sympathy for Woman
Resume Hearing Today
Auburn, Neb., Aug. 25. (Special
Telegram.) Frequent gales of
laughter, curious for a nuirdci hear
ing, and lapses of decorum, in
which marked sympathy for Mrs.
Lucy Neal, defendant, was evidenced
characterized the inquiry into the
death ofhcr husband, Ben Neal, the
r.ight of August 11.
Even Mrs. Neal, charged with first
degree murder, and her daJghter.
Aye. 16, only other inhabitant of
the house when, the fatal shots wera
fired, joined in the peals of laugh
ter. - ,
Testimony of Joel Turner, neigh
bor of the Neals, and the naivete of
Mrs. Charles Buck, to whose home
the women fled after the shooting,
occasioned the amusement,
' Hearing Resumed Today.
The hearing will be resumed at 9
Whether Mrs. Neal's nightgown
was stained with' blood when she
turned in the alarm was the import
ant issue of conflicting testimony by
Joel 1 timer said it was blood
stained. . ,
Mrs. Buel and Miss Millie Web
ber, school teacher at Auburn, and
Joe Wright, Mrs. Neat's brother-in-law,
testified it was not.
A legal battle ensued when attor
ney for the (defense asked County
Attorney Armstrong to produc? the
gown worn by Mrs. Neal.
The prosecution objected, stating
three days' notice must be given.
Attorney Hawxby, for the defense,
contended he wa? willing to stay the
hearing three days in order to pro
duce the garment.
Order Gown Produced.
Justice Eustis, presiding, put an
end to the controversy by the iol
lowing order: "If I have the right,
I order that gown produced."
Joel Turner, first on the stand,
testified he knew Neal for four years
and knew him to be nght-hanaen.
He said he examined Neal's wound
in the neck several times after Dr.
Vance, the doctor, had called his at
tention to the fact. The first time
he saw a black mark about the
wound, but stated he did, not think
it to be powder. His examination
was bv lamn and flashlight.
"The neck of the dead man was
close to the floor, and had what
looked like clotted blood around it.
No blood was oozing out of the
wound, but out of one nostril.
Gets Big. Laugh.
Witness testified he had heard Mrs. ,
Neal testify at the inquest "she broke
. This caused an outburst of laugh
ter in the court room in which Mrs.
Neal and Ava joined.
Turner stated that Neal's head was
lying in the door and that his body
blocked it he heard Mrs. Neal
testify that her husband was lying in
bed when she was awakened by the
shot fired, and ran.
In answer to the query whether
Mrs. Neal could have passed around
the body without jumping over it,
his reply was:
"I don t know how last she is a
foot." whereuoon a second gale of
laughter swept the' court room, the
f.i. Tsl wnmaii inininff apam.
When he testified to seems: blood .
stains three inches long on the back
of Mrs. Neal's kowii, he was -asked
to describe the material and texture
of the gown.
Not Familiar With Gowns.
I'm not familiar with handling them
gowns, he replied, wnereupon tne
courtroom rocked with laughter
Miss Webber, the school teachei
who soent several hours with Mrs.
Neal the next day and assisted her,
at 4 in the afternoon, to change the
nightgown for some outer clothing,
positively refuted this testimony.
Charles Buck, first witness put on
by the defense, said he too examined .
the wound on Neal's neck. He said
it looked like dark smoke around the
wound but he never saw smoke
burns on a person's face. After the
wound was washed, there was still a
dark streak around it, he said. He
did not see blood stains on Mrs.
Buck denied that fscal was 'lying
with his wound next to the floor. He
said, positively, the dead man was
lying on his right side. '
Heard Woman Scream.
At the conclusion of Buck's testi
mony, County Attorney Armstrong
read from Mrs. Neal's testimony:
"Can we keep this gown?" and her
answer: "You can, so far as I am
Buck's wife testified she was awak
ened that night by sounds which she
took to be horses breaking out of
boards. Soon she heard women
screaming and exclaimed:
"Something's wrong up at Neal's.
I heard the women screaming."
She dressed hurridly but Mr. Buck
was downstairs first. When the
Neal women rushel in, she asked
them what was the matter.
They were in their underclothing
and did not answer but kept wringing
their hands and screaming. The
women remained there until 4 the
next afternoon, when some relatives
came with dresses for them. Both
women were in nightgowns and Mrs.
Buck said she did not see the before
mentioned bloodstains. ...
Tell of Threats.
Cross-examined by the prosecu
tion, Mrs. Buck said she could not
tell whether the noises she heard
were gun shots or not.
Asked if she had not said that Ava
Neal had said to Mrs. Ezra Huston,
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