Frank Ballew Arrested 21 Jul 1923
of to in BALLEW GOT SHACKLES AT COUNTY JAIL Ex-Sheriff A. G. Davis, Loaned Irons To Father Who Had "Enlisted His Sympathy"—Says Parent Wished To Frighten Daughter Into Obeyance. Better Anything T h a n Geneva, Is Position Former Former Official Takes—Had Irons There, Gave Them To Ballew, Forgot Them --Says He Did Not Advise Advise Chaining Or Switching. Switching. Kx-Shcriff A. C. Davis loaned Frank Ballew the log irons with which Ballew Ballew later shackled the ankles oT his daughter Florence, 13. Ex-Sheriff Davis, now a state automobile automobile license agent, said Saturday morning that, Ballow had enlisted his sympathy by repeatedly coming to Mm with his woes anent Die alleged waywardness of. Florence. Ex-Sheriff Davis, when asked if ho had let. Ballew have the irons, said in an aggrieved rone: "Well, yon have already written it up,'- and tho news reporter replied: "In the writing of it the belief of officers was expressed thai yon never ie.t Ballew have Din shackles, at least: for the purpose they were put. to." Wanted to Scare Her Davis said, "Ballew came to mo almost every clay for a lime and told me about the girl. Why, he said, sho would even get out of her bed at night and run away down town. "If I had a girl 1 would rather try almost anything rather than ha.ve her go to Geneva. Some of them sent, there have not come out very well. (Geneva is the location of the school for incorrigible girls). "I never told Ballew 1o shackle the girl or to switch her, as 1 understand the article, yesterday said. The irons happened to be at the ofllce. Ballew was after me to help him. He took the irons shortly before 1 left, .office. We had never used them even on a man. with Ho said he might scare the girl thc*m into obeyanco. Later I forgot IK had the irons. "You can ask Miss Welch (county nurse) if 1 have not done more than my share for dependent and delinquent delinquent girls. She will tell you." Seems Unconcerned Ex-Sheriff Davis was told today that Ballew had told officers after his arrest that the sheriff who gave him the irons had told him to use them and that officers refused to believe Ballew. Before taking the irons the father had had his girl named an "incorrigible "incorrigible child." She was later paroled to a relative and remained at home. Batlew Remains a Prisoner A demand is heard expressed that officers watch Ballew and protect; his girls against further cruelties in. reprisal reprisal in the event ho is released on bond. Ballew remained a jail prisoner prisoner Saturday morning.. Hot anger was the community's answer Saturday afternoon nnd night to the story of the shackling of the girl and allegations of what amounted amounted to cruelties to the older daughter May, a consumptive on her death bed. Certain neighbors of Ballew's claim that some time since, when BalleAy was single for a. time, his small chil-' dren, afraid of the darkness of the house at nights with the father down town somewhere, remained outside in the cold for hours awaiting his return. return. . Florence, tho roconl. prisoner in irons, was ono of these.