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BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, MARCH 3, 1924 Charles Britt Sentenced to Spend Rest of Life in Prison Action of Judge Mahon Follows Jury Verdict of Guilty ( ' F OR murdering Robert Sears, Taft oilworker, Charles Britt was sentenced sentenced to spend "the rest of his nat- ura] life at San Qucntin prison," Judge .1. W. Jiahon, department two of the superior superior court, passing sentence this morning after Britt had been found guilty, by jury trial, for tho scfcond time of first degree murder. In passing sentence Judge J. W. Mahon Mahon declared that ho found some difficulty difficulty in establishing a motive for tho shooting of Robert Sears, at Jack Goodwin's Goodwin's roadhouse on the Taft highway a year ago. The judge, however, hazarded hazarded an. opinion us to the probable motive for the. shooting, which resulted in Sears' death, stating: "In my opinion thoj things which led to this affair were whisky and a woman —that is the only sensible conclusion I am able to arrive at In this case." In Better Spirits Britt, In tho custody of Deputy Sheriff Sheriff Fred Eng, was brought Into court this morning at 10 o'clock, but sentence was not rendered until 11 o'clock. Britt appeared to be in better spirits than at any time during his trial, and on one or two occasions even smiled slightly. The convicted man was sworn to tell the truth by Fredrick Hoar, deputy clerk of the court, after which he was Interrogated, In the customary manner, by District Attorney II. E. Schmidt, w'ho had charge of the prosecution during during Iirltt's two trials. In response to Schmidt's questioning Britt stated that he had been b'nrn in the state of Illinois during the year of 1892. He lived and worked on his father's father's farm in that state until he was 18 years of age. His education had been obtained In the grammar schools and had ended formally with his attainment attainment of the eighth grade at 15 years. The convicted man averr«-d that his home training had been good, but that outside of his home it had been both good and bad. Britt admitted that he, drank and gambled somewhat but denied denied that he was addtcto to the use of drugs. By way of vocational attainments attainments he said that he had worked as a carpenter, plumber and painter. Was Divorced Britt, on the stand, stated that he had been married once and that his wife had divorced him. When asked whether he had ever been arrested before, Britt replied that he had been arrested for "fighting." Before the court passed sentence tho district attorney read into the record, which will be sent to the state prison board, a brief description of the crime for which Britt had been convicted. His statement, in substance, was that Britt had shot Sears; at Jack Goodwin's roaclhousc on the Taft highway, on or about April 28, 1923, using a 38 caliber Colt's revolver. Testimony of tho witnesses witnesses had been, according to his declaration, declaration, that Sears was an unusually mild mannered man and had offered no provocation for the shooting. Britt, the' district .attorney said, had been drinking drinking but he was not too drunk to know what he was doing when he shot Sears. After sentence had been passed Britt arose and walked over from the witness box and thanked Judge Mahon for a fair and Impartial trial. Britt was then taken back to the county jail to await committment to San Quentln prison. "Hoof and Mouth" Disease Discovered at Stockdale Club According to Chairman James I. Wagy, of the board of supervisors, H. A. Jastro,,.recently requested by Governor Friend W. Richardson to serve on a state hoof and mouth disease committee, has been considering considering the possibility of placing the Stockdale Golf and Country club under quarantine. Jastro is quoted as giving the reason for this drastic measure because because of the prevalence of this disease among golfers and not cattle. According to Wagy, Jastro has stated that Stockdale golfers are given to "hoofing" about the course'all day "and then mouthing about their game all' ' If this fact is found to b< true from germ cultures of golfers showing a positive virus, those who go in for the noble game may find themselves quarantined until the disease has died out. Californian Ad Man Talks Before Boosters at Noonday Feast The value of homo, ownership was the keynote of an address delivered at the Monday luncheon meeting of the Boosters' club by William Quinn, manager manager of the classified advertising department department of The Bakersfleld Callfor- nlan. Quinn pointed to five salient rea-- sons why a resident should own his own home and he enumerated these as follows: First, a home Is a man's greatest earthly asset; second, It ties him firmly firmly up to the community; third, It makes him a better citizen; fourth, a home is a bonaflde investment and fifth It stands for self-preservation. Quinn stated that to make a really progressive city there should be 78 per cent home ownership. Bakersfield, ho asserted, is represented by 01 per cent and he added at this point: "BakeriJ- fleld must b*3ome a city of homes and the remaining 20 per cent that Is needed to put it in the front rank of permanent permanent citizenry, added to the list of owners." Property Values Quinn interspersed his .remarks with declarations of increase In property values and pointed to the development of this city in the past year. Leigh H. IrwJn, representative of tin- Morning Echo, supplemented tho remarks remarks of Quinn by adding: "Homes are the foundations of civilization and the first step toward civilization was taken when men ceased to wander and began to wrest from nature tho necessities necessities of life." When man had acquired sufficient ingenuity to build a house, he was then protected fully from the animals and tha elements." Pointing to the community value of home owners,

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  1. The Bakersfield Californian,
  2. 03 Mar 1924, Mon,
  3. Page 7

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