The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on November 6, 1927 · Page 67
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The Justice and witnesses gathered In court promptly at the designated hour, but Frauleln, or Lady, whichever you prefer to call her, failed to appear. As It was necessary for the veterinarian to examine the disputed marks before he could testify, there was nothing to do but wait. It probably was the first time In the history of Woodbury county that a court waited for a dog. But finally Exhibit No. 2 made her appearance and the veterinarian, after examining the spots, decided that they were birthmarks. He said be bad vaccinated Ten-ill's dog on her left hip. So far as Terrlll was concerned it was a "dawg-gone" case, for the learned Justice decided that the dog was the rightful possession of the Adam family, the baby spanking and the cat playing tests notwithstanding. I awj.!Klir fell BY WILLIS F. FORBES. 10UX CITY, la., Nov. I. Old King Solomon of biblical fame undoubtedly was a who old bird, but it-is doubtful if ever in all his varied and colorful career he teas called on to settle a more perplexinp judicial problem than that which recently confronted Charles Lockic, a Sioux City justice of the peace. Lilco that famous trial over which the biblical Solomon pre-aided, the cane which confronted this modern magistrate was one of disputed ownership. It had to do with a dog and a beautiful dog it wan a fine, bright eyed, intelligent German police dog of undoubted aristocratic ancestry. The contending claimants were Gerald Adam and C. C. Terrlll, both well known and highly respected citizens with unimpeachable reputations for veracity. Kurh claimed the dog and appeared in court, ably seconded by legal talent, ready and eager to produce conclusive evidence of their right to ownership. Adntn testified that he had purchased the dog from Miss Alice Spalding, well known Sioux City socloly woman, and that the dog Inter had disappeared. Miss Spnlilliig took tho stand and corroborated Adam's story, positively Identifying the animal as one she had sold to Adam. Terrlll, seconded by other witnesses, contended that the dog belonged to him. .If a said that the animal had been given to him when a pup ind that he had raised it, F. HelUiuan, ho, Terrill said, had given him the dog, was present and substantiated this story. He also Identified the dog. Itlght at tho beginning a dispute arouc among the litigants us to the dog's name. Adam snld that its proper nuine was Frauleln, that being the namo which appeared on its pedigree papers. Terrlll said that the correct name was Lady, a that was what she bad been christened when be first obtained her. Unfortunately, the dog seemed to understand both German and English, as she responded to one name as readily as to the other. For purposes of discussion In court the Justice ruled that the dog would be known merely as Exhibit No. 2, and a tag bearing that Inscription wm attached to ber collar. Doth sides of the case were prepared with Ingenious plans to prove to the justice that the dog was theirs. Mrs. Adam, the plaintiff ' mother, informed the court that she could prove It was her son's dog by means of Its fondness for cats. She said that Frauleln always bad played with cats and she bad brought with her tho family cat to prove her contention. The Terrlll faction, however, strenuously objected to this test as being no test at all. They had brought with them snother dog which they claimed wbs a full brother of Lady and thny snld that It wouldn't chaso the cat, cither. So. as the Justice and the epectators breathlessly looked ou, the rat was re- Win ntf fT The dog which caused all the trouble. leased In front of Lady's alleged brother. Apparently the brother dog was little interested In tho fate of his sister for be had to be awakened from a sound sleep. He opened his eyes Just In time to see Miss Kitty retire beneath the office safe. The dog slowly got to bis feet, ambled over to the safe and poked bis nose under the strong box In the general vicinity of the cat. Whether or not ho and the pussy came to some sort of a whispered understanding during this process could not be ascertained, but when the cat finally was retrieved and held In front of the dog's nose he merely sniffed and retired to his corner where he proceeded to go to sleep once more. The male dog wa much better behaved In the courtroom than was the female, who had to be taken out of tho room so that the hearing could be eou-ducted quietly. But, of course, he was only a disinterested spectator and she was Exhibit No. 2. This test having failed, the Terrills presented a teat which they said would prove conclusively they were the rightful owners. They said that -whenever anyone yanked a baby in Lady's presence the would streauously object. So they bad brought 6-year-old Phyllis Thcison, Ter-rill's granddaughter, to court to prove the argument. The second test was conducted rather informally In an adjoining room where Exhibit No. 2 had been taken in disgrace. It was carried out without the consent of the Justice. While the spanking process was going m the dog began to whlno and Jabber. It whining and jabbering could be construed as a protest against tho spanking, then the dog protested. But it had been protesting so much during the whole trial that even this could hardly be taken as conclusive proof of Identity. Mrs. Adam further contended that Exhibit No. 2 was her son's dog because it had a habit of sleeping on a davenport with Its head on a pillow and because It would stand on its hind legs and drink out of the kitchen sink. Dut unfortunately there was no inviting davenport nor kitchen sink Included In the courtroom furniture, so these tests could not be carried out. Somebody suggested that, inasmuch as Exhibit No. 2 and the malo dog claimed to bo her brother, resembled each other, a blood test might serve to settle tho argument. , This was deemed Inadvisable, however, and finally In desperation Justice Loekle asked It either side could produce Identification marks to uphold their claim. The Adam faction hailed this sugges- Our "Indian" Vegetables In the American vegetable garden eight principal food products had their origin in the Indian crops existing here before the advent of the white man. These Include beans, corn, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomato, potato and sweet 1)01810. Vegetables of old world origin are far more numerous. The United States department of agriculture lists twenty-four of importance cucumbers, eggplant, muskmelon, watermelon, okra, asparagus, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale and collard, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, onion, parsley, parsnip, peas, radish, salsify, spinach and turnip. But the value of the crop of the eight native veg-tubles is considerably greater than the white man has not "tamed" any native Since the discovery of America the twenty-four of foreign origin, ready brought from warmer parts of plant which the Indians had not al-America, but notable Improvements have been made In the quality' and yields of most of these vegetables. Champion Centenarians Grandma Almatia Bennett of Boa-ton celebrates her one hundred anl first anniversary with a one-hundred-mile automobile ride, a dinner, a dance and an airplane flight. Madame Marie Charlotto Davenport, 103 years old. is touring America giving beauty lectures. We told you the other day that women are good sports! PUZZLED OVER MOTIVE OF -DANCER'S -DEATH THE familiar tragedy of a broken heart masked by painted smiles and the footlights lias been re-enncted once more. this time far from Broadway in a lies Moines hotel. Helen Mae Smith, 19-year-old ilancer known to the stage world as Cecil Gold, took her own life here Oct. 23 and officials who established the girl's true Identity are now puzzling over what was the motive for the tragic death. Was it unreciprocated love or an inferiority complex? The girl's lifeless body wg found btretcbed out In tho bathroom of her hotel quarters, two farewell notes near-1 But two weeks before fhe had danced and smiled as one of the nuwt comely und attractive members of the "Cnnadlan Csper" company, a TublU Theater corporation stnge attraction. Tired of Lif. Official pronounced tho death due l.i swallowing a lrg quantity of chloroform. Of tho two fari'well notes ouo was addressed "To Whom It May Concern," uud the other to Jack Mead, juvenile actor of the Ralph Bellamy players at the Princess theater. To tho world, the little i hoi us jiirl asserted she was "tired of life." Hut, tin letter written to Mr. Mend suggested an-oilier possible motive. Helen Mao Smith asked the youthful actor to "not ! iifhamed of me," and declared "1 can l" t lady if given the opportunity." Tho letter addressed to "Whom It Ma t'onoorn" read: "There Is no one at fuult. 1 just grew tired of it all. 1 am not coward. If you grew tired of a show, would you not leave it? 1 am tired of life! 1 am not afraid; tuy conscience U clear. I have no people. What money I have pinned In my clothes and what money you can realize on my trunk, 1 should have enough for burial. Thank you, sincerely Cecil Gold." Des Moines Sunday Register ii h i ib i swum mmm Wm III IlliW Mllll m. M WMJjM - 7- ' H fl tip,. : rtf Chorus of the "Canadian Capcri' company. Helen Mae Smith, pretty dancer, who took her own life, at extreme right. The girl was known here as Cecil Gold and Cecil Moore. The latter namo she used professionally. That unreciprocated affection might liave caused tho girl to end her life, Is scouted by officials who were told by Mead that Helen Mae was not Invited to accompany him on an after theater party the night beforo she committed suicide. The former chorus girl camo to Des Moines from Kansas City, her bom where the "Canadian Capers" company iiBbanded. The show had shown here at the Capitol theater two weeks before. While In Pes -Moines she met Mr. Mead, through a mutual friend. Had School Report Cards. The day before she was found dead, Helen Mae dined with Mr. Mead, following an automobile ride In the early morning. Shortly after 11 o'clock Sunday night, Miss Smith appeared In the lobby of the hotel, and after Inquiring as to whether she had received a telephone call, asked to be directed to a nearby restaurant, A bellboy stated shs left Instructions that callers were to be told she would return lforo midnight. Mr. Mead did not learn of the girl's tragic death until after Park A. Findley, Polk county sheriff, had been called to examine tho body, found hy a hotel chamber maid. When the girl's father, J. W. Smith of Kansas City, came here to identify Cecil Moore as his youngest daughter, be entirely exonerated Mr. Mead. The girl, who was born at Washington, la., had not been seen by her father for more than two years. Among her effect was found several high school report cards, testifying she had been a student at Manual High school, Kansas City. They bore the names Zezala Allison Smith. Through this clew Polk county officials reached ber father and the subne-ijuent Identification. The father told officials his daughter trequently suffered from melancholia, and many times became despondent when she feared she was considered in-' fcrlor to others. Letters found among her personal b-lotigings disclosed she had several other love affairs. Sunday, November 6, 1927

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