The Terre Haute Star, 23 March 1950, 5.
THE TEREE HAUTE STAB, THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1950. Woman Charged With Witchcraft Lacks Broomsticks, Black Cats WILMINGTON, Del., March 22. —(AP)—"Do they mean I'm one of those things that fly around on broomsticks?" Mrs. Helen Evans 23-year-oM woman charged with practicing the "art of witchcraft," asked today. "If that's what they mean, then I should have a big black cauldron and be stirring things up in it. shouldn't I?" the slim, nervous woman asked a reporter. "Why, I should even have black cats crawling around," she said. Does she have any black cats? "No, only a Great Dane puppy named Baron." •f + + WHEN Mrs. Evans goes on trial some time next month, she'll be tried under an old British law that dates back to 1603 when James I —son of Mary of Scotland—was King of England. Leon De Valiriger, Delaware's chief archivist, traced the present day witchcraft and conjuration portions of the state law to the first year of King James. The penalty has been modified from "public whipping and .sale into slavery" but the statute still is on the books. Under Delaware's revised code of 1935 the maximum penalty for practicing witchcraft, conjuration, fortune telling or dealing with spirits is $100 and one year in jail. - + + + JAMES GALLO, attorney for Mrs. Evans, petitioned Judge Thomas Herlihy, Jr., yesterday to postpone the trial for a month on grounds Mrs. Evans is bedfast as the result result of a heart ailment. The request was granted and Judge Herlihy observed: "It is unbelievable that a charge of practicing the art of witchcraft could be brought in ttie enlightened enlightened state of Delaware." He wouldn't elaborate. Gallo declined to discuss the case except to remark that he feels Mrs. Evans was arrested on a wrong charge. "I believe," he told a reporter, "the charge will be changed." He wouldn't elaborate. elaborate. Mrs. Evans is accused of taking money from a young woman for advice on a cure for nervous condition. condition. She was charged with telling telling the woman she was under a curse which could be cured by Mrs. Evans upon payment of S10. DETECTIVES said Mrs. Evans gave the woman some bread and sugar wrapped in a handkerchief and told her it would probably help her. "Yes, I believe in little things like that," said Mrs. Evans. "I have great faith in little charms, religious medals and such things as that Is there anything wrong with it? I learned them from my grandmother when I lived in Bridgeport, Conn." Mrs. Evans said she is a "character "character reader and handwriting analyst." analyst." She denied threatening a curse and says she offered her accusing client help only when asked for it. She says she accepted ?3 as a free will offering. Nobody seems to be able to remember remember the last case of this type in Delaware. Albert W. James, attorney general, said he is unfamiliar unfamiliar with the statute. Since it speaks of witchcraft as an art, James says he is at a loss to explain explain what it entails. ty courts. She was awarded custody custody of one child and the father was ordered to pay S7.50 for support support every two weeks. Wife Granted Divorce Edythe M. Bradbury yesterday was granted a divoree from Joseph G. Bradbury by Superior Judge Clay A. Phillips in the day's only domastic relations hearing in coun- How to Hold FALSE TEETH More Firmly in Place Do your false teeth annoy and em- 1 holdi S "false teeth more firmly and more cSmforSlly. No gummy J^-*!^ S"EL«J5?!*,ffl5r t iSao^ today at aw *£*«•