The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 22, 1949 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 22, 1949
Page 7
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WEDNESDAY. JUKE 22, 1949 BLCTBEVILLE (ASK.) COURIER NEWS FACE SEVEN Insanity Defense In Speegle Trial War Experience* To Be Blamed for Mountain Killings YELLVTLLE, Ark., June 22. W)_ Defense attorneys sought to prove today that Kenneth D. Speegle, decorated combat veteran, was Id- sane (rom his war experiences when he allegedly killed two men fein the Ozarks Mountains near here "last September. Speegle Is being tried on a first degree murder charge for the fatal shooting of Arkansas State Trooper Sidney V. Pavatt. A similar charge is pending against him In the fatal shooting of Zue B. Crook retired railroad man. Prosecutor Gene Moore has indicated he wil ask the Jury to condemn Speegle to death in the electric chair. Defense Attorney Arthur Woods in Ws opening statement pictured Speegle as a battle-shocked veteran "who was fighting the war al over again" while roaming the mountains as an AWOL soldie from Fort Lewis, Wash. Treated far Shack Woods said he would prove tha Speegle, alone in a foxhole, had repelled three Japanese ^attacks in the fighting on Lu/on.'Later, he said, Speegie received four weeks of treatment for combat shock and since has had recurrent mental lapses. Speegle's formal plea was innocent "by reason of insanity." Over defense objections, the state yesterday was allowed to introduce a purported confession from Speegle. Lt. H. R. Peterson of the State Police testified Speegle related at Little Rock recently that he shot Crook and moved into the latter's mountain cabin; then shot Pavatt as the latter approached the cabin during an Investigation. Peterson said Speegle told of^feigning amnesia. He had been sent to the hospital for a mental examination. The state finished its direct testimony late yesterday. Boy Confesses 1942 Slaying Of Brother, 8 HITLER'S YACHT—The "Grille," once the gift of the German people to Adolf Hitler ,»ove« into the East River past downtown Manhattan skyscrapers purchased from the BrlUah admiralty by George Arjda, Middle East industrialist and British consul at Tripoli, the craft will go on display In Hew York for charity (AP Wlrephoto). Non-Segregation Order Results in 2 Race Clashes Read counei Newt Want Ada ST. LOUIS, June 22. (/P>—A racial clash between Negroes and Whites flared in a St. Louis park yesterday iver a non^egregation order. Eleven persons were injured, two riously. Police redoubled their watch to- ay to prevent a new outbreak. The series of fights started over hites and Negroes using the same wimming facilities—a city-owned »1 in a North St. Louis park. The Negroes were swimming in le pool under a new rule that op- red the gates to them. At the peak of the outbreak, an stimated crowd of between 4,000 nd 5,000 was at the scene. It has been the city's policy to egrcgatc races in playgrounds and xx>ls. The city has two outdoor anti our indoor pools for whites anc hree indoor, pools for Negroes. After the first report of violence Mayor Joseph M. Darst rescinde* White House Gets Cotton Statistics Bill WASHINGTON. June 25 W)—The Senate yesterday approved and aent to the White House legislation de- rove the collection Sties .The House bill signed to in of cotton stall passed by the Senate without opposition, amends an April 3, 1924, £t to make these major changes n the statistical work: 1. Permit octton-mlll operators o prepare cotton consumption and mill activity reports he order allowing Negroes whites to swim together. an< About 250 white boys and 50 Negro youths went into the poo at the opening -time In Fairground Park—three blocks north of Sports man's park, home field of the S' 1-ouis Cardinals and Browns base ball clubs. After about 45 minutes severa Negroes left the pool. Police sai white boys, armed with clubs knives, attacked the Negroes. On Negro was cut on the head In th fight. Police escorted the rest from the park and told them to go horn Toward evening, large groups teen, agers. arid adults gatherec around trie park. Several bicycle cars and truck belonging to Negroe were damaged. ' Ten persons suffered Injuries in the'second outbreak. More than 400 police were rushed to the park to break up the scattered fights. the basis f business months, rather than alendar months. 2. Remove the mandatory provision of the 1924 bill requiring thai he census director mail copies o: otton reports to all cotton ginners manufacturers, 'warehousemen and all dally newspapers. 3. Provide for issuance of cotton ginning reports on a governmenta work-day. Some of the dates pre scribed In the 1924 act. a Senate committee had claimed "occas onally fall on a Saturday or othe non-work day." Memphis Hotel khooting Trial In Second Day MEMPHIS. Term,, June M "he trial of a 52-year-old Atlanta ather accused of (hooting his daughter's wartime lover went Into ts second! round today. Albert I. Cheaaher is charged with assault to murder. The state con- ends he shot Army Sgt. Henry G. Hynds. 10. of near Amarlllo. when the soldier tried to adopt his daughter's alx-year-old child. Mrs. Betty Jean Orle'ba. 25, Chessher's daughter, waa present at the FORT SMITH, Ark., June 22 WV —A conscience-stricken brother's rtory has reopened an Investigation Into the wartime slaying of an eight-year-old boy here. Sheriff Prentice Maddux said Charles Owens, 18, came to his office yesterday to relate that he accidentlv shot to deatli his brother. Preston, on Nov. 20, 1942. The boys and a third brothei then about four, found a pistol a their home, Maddux said Owens tolt him. Demonstrating what "I'd do t the Germans," .Charles said h placed the supposedly-empty weap on against Peterson's forehead an pulled the trigger. Maddux report ed. Preston fell, mortally wounded. Charles told his stepfather ami his mother, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Gates. Preston had shot himself accldcnl- ly. Officers accepted that version. Maddux said Charles told Mm he'd joined a church and his conscience had been bothering him. Owens was held without formal charge. Officers tentatively planned a hearing on a charge or involuntary manslaughter for him at 10 a.m. Friday. Woodmen of the World 'o Meet in Son Antonio C. A. Cunningham ,of Blythe- ille, will be among the 600 members of Woodmen of the World when that group holds it« Sovere- gn Camp convention In San An tonlo, Texas, June 37. The program villl be dedicated to Woodmen War Memorial Hospital near San Antonio and special guests will be wives of members. The five-day session will hear rejwrts of the organization's activities during Die pasl two years and lay plans for its program during the next two. Named College Head JACKSON, Tenn., June 21. VP)~ B. A. Short, former superintendent of public schools at Conway, Arlc., has Been appointed vie* president of Lambuth College here. Dr. B. Z. Womack, school preident, announced yesterday that Short will take over the newly-created port July 1, Make this Golden Discovery for Yourself ! GOLDEN'tier Made with Seagram's Ancient Bottle Gin Nature Conducts Big Excavation Project ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah, 3,000,000 tons of rock and dirt out — (fi*l —Kature is busy carrying of Zlon canyon each year. That's the amount scientists estimate Is eroded and carried away by the little Virgin River In the half- hotel room conference where the shooting occurred and Is charged accessory before the fact. She and her father pleaded self defense. Rynds, testifying from a wheel chair in Criminal Court, told the Jury he was "Intimate" with Clies- sheVs daughter In 1*41 In Washington, while ahe was separated from her first husband,. William Webster of KnoxTille. A child was bom the following year, he said, and "she advised me t was mine. I was of the opinion t could have been/' Hynds said he did not see the defendant again until 1041 when she telephoned him at the Milan Tenn., recruiting station and asked him to adopt the child. He said a hotel room conference was arranged to settle the matter The discussion turned into a heated "lather and daughter argument, he said, and ended with the shoot ing. five Seamen Killed As French Ship Sinks DUNKERQUE, Prance. June 22. M>j—Uve steam killed five Belgian seamen, trapped in an engine room, hen the cross-channel vessel prln- cen Astrid struck a mine last night nd »nk four miles off the French coaat. Twenty of the 415 passengers ere hurt In the disaster. The blast ripped a hole in the underside of the ship and smashed Lpe fittings In the engine room. The •ush of escaping steam fatally scalded the Jive screaming crewmen whose bodies went down with ne ship. Five other seamen were mrl by the steam. Channel boats reached the scene within a few minutes and began aklng off the survivors. NEVER AGAIN—Jean Marie Henderson, 1'fi, (above) promised not lo do it again after she was rescued from face of 150 foot cliff, at Spokane, Wash. She was saved after tumbling 50 teet down cliff when her suspenders snag_ged a bush and gave her time to hang on. A neighbor woman crawled down cliff and lifted child to safety. (AP Wire- photo.) Sues to End Service OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla., June 22 liP)—The Frisco Railroad has filed suit in federal court to eliminate passenger train service between Hugo. Okla., and the Arkansas line. The railroad would force the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to authorize the abandonment. This the commission has refused to do. Livestock mile deep canyon. The gorge grows deeper each year, mainly because the stream has a rapid fall of 50 to 90 teet per mile. .Contrary 'to common belief, chlg- gers or "red bugs" do not burrow underneath the skin. HOPE. June K. WV- Dr. Lewis Webster Jones, president of the University of Arkansas, win speak to the farmers of Southwest Arkansas at the university's Fruit and Truck Experiment Station here July 1. NATIONAL STOCKYARDS, 111., June X, W>)—(USDA)—Hogs 9.000; active; 25 to 50, mostly 25 higher; 1«0-240 Ibs 21.25-50; top 21.50; '240170 Ibs 20.75-21.25; 270-320 Ibs 19.1520.15; 140-170 Ibs 19.75-21.00;' 100130 Ibs 17.75-19.5O; sows 400 Ibs down 16.50-18.00; over 400 Ibs 14.0016.25; stags 11.50-14.00. Cattle 2.5OO; calves 1,000; opening trade active and unevenly higher on steers and'heifers; about l.OC above last week's close; one short load choice medium weight steers 28.00; severa] loads and lots low good and low choice steers 25.25 27.00; good to choice heifers and mixed yearlings 25.00-21.25; med lum to good 2300-25.00; cows mod erately active and mostly steady good cows 18.50-19.00; common anc medium 16.50-18.00; canners an' cutters 12.50-16.50. 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