Clipped From The Dixon Telegraph
Jehovah Witnesses Damage Suit in Final Arguments Peoria. 111.. Aug. 31 — f AP; — Closing arguments are scheduled tor today in tne L. S. District Court trial of a 5170,000 damage suit by Jehovah's Witnesses against 21 Wyanet. HL, citizens and their village. However. Judge J. Leroy Adair v.as first expected to rule on motions by both sides for directed verdicts. The Wyanet defendants have filed a counterclaim for S26,-500 damages. Suit Followed Riot The law suit developea from a not m the Wyanet v.llage park last Oct. 23. The religious sect contends the Wyanet "people broke up their meeting and deprived the sect members of free speech. The Wyanet people claim the Witnesses piwoked the riot for the purpose of claiming damages Testimony in behalf of the Wyanet defendants was completed Mrs Max Morel of Princeton. III., testified she broke off a friendship with a member of the sect. Mrs. Margaret Dyke, because. Mrs. Morel said. Mrs. Dyke i Mer.- served beer and discussed Bible at the same time. Dyke is one of tne Jehovah's r.esses who brought the sul "I also told her," Mrs. Morel said, "that since my husband was o-.erseas (in military service cculdn't associate with her s: she belonged to a group vri did not salute the flag." Frank (Bud) Olds, 29, one the defendants, testified he Mrs. Dyke shooting d; dota night club in 1939. Admits Gambling Under questioning by defens* lawyers. Mrs. Dyke said she gam bled — but before she became s Jehovah's Witness. Dr. Carl Xelson. mayor o'. Princeton. 111., testified he treat ed Orville Olds, one of the Wy anet defendants, for scalp wounds after the not. He said he took three stitches in Olds" scalp. He also said he treated Gail Thomas, another defendant, for apparent stab wounds in the bac.-; after the melee.