The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 12, 1955 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 12, 1955
Page 12
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BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS Young Convidec Killer Dies In Electric Chair That Thote Who Trkd Him Bt Present Unheeded MUNTSVILLE, Tex. (AP) — A young convicted killer wh had invited to his executio the detectives who caugfr him, t-he men who prosecute him and the jurors who trie him died early today in. th electric chair, Woee of those he had invite were there. He did not even bothe to read a, statement he had wri 1 ten questioning; the death sentence Donald Hawkins Brown, 24, wa brought into the state prison deatr chamber at 12:02 a.m. while oul side the prison walls his youni wife, mother of two children, ani his mother waited. He surveyBL the chamber, a half smile on hi. face, and remarked' "I don't see the district attorney or any of the prosecutors here. Then he was strapped in the death chair. The first electri< charge struck him at 12:04 a.m. and he was pronounced dead two minutes later, As he stepped to the chair, he handed newsman Don Reid, o Huntsville, a "prepared state ment" which he had said earlier he planned to read before his execution, "Great Issue" "Capital punishment . . . has become the great issue here where I have lived among the dead," the note said. It said if the death sentence was to be feared by criminals and the public and was to be a "deterrent to crime" that the public and prosecutors "should be here." The note questioned the wisdom of the death sentence and said it "made martyrs of these men and placed, at the feet of psychopaths an adventure to be desired." Brown's ,plea for clemency was turned down by the parole board yesterday. Newsman Reid, who has reported hundreds of executions, said Brown, after receiving the news, did not follow the death row tradition of remorse and the brave front but asked that Dist. Atty. Henry Wade and his staff of Dallas, the arresting: detectives and the jurors come to the execution. "This is their party, you know," be said. "I hope they will enjoy ! it." | Brown was convicted of shooting i Edwin Campbell, '25, to death on j New Year's Eve 1952 and burning j the body in the victim's gasoline- soaked automobile. Testimony revealed Campbell, a loan collector, had been trying to collect back payments on Brown's automobile- He was arrested 14 days after Campbell's death. Officers found him living in a Fort Worth trailer camp under an assumed name. Although blood-soaked clothes and some of Campbell's personal effects were found in Brown's former residence in Dallas, he maintained a plea of innocence to the end. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1955 More Farmers Growing Trees . As Crop Now WASHINGTON '$ — More farmers are growing trees as a crop than ever before in the nation's history, the American Forest Products Industries Inc. said yesterday. This industrial trade group said farm tree acreage last year totaled 33,692,000 acres, an increase of 3,573,000 "over 1953. This is more than the total acresage from which soybeans, barley, rye and flaxseed were harvested last year. A further increase of five million' acres in tree crops was fore cast for this year. Like to See His Picture IONIA, Mich. I/Pi — Robert V. Dyke, 45, called the Grand Rapids Herald arrd invited the newspapei to send a reporter and photogra pher to "cover a good murder.' He said he was going to kill How nrd Clagg, a hardware store own er, for dunning him about an over due S75 bill. The newspaper called sheriff's officers. Deputies said Van Dyki was waving a loaded shotgun a Clagg when they arrived. Officers arrested Van Dyke and held him for investigation of attempted murder. Double check ...when you buy auto insurance! T — Jce Jiow muefp you eon sov« with Alhlato't low lotei. tlitot* M fomoiu far tan, loir claim atlltmenlt, Amos Ray Pembcrton Allstate Ayent for Mississippi Co. 603 W. Ford, Osceola, Ark. Phone 236 STOCK COWfAHV TROTrCTKlN Mead's Slashes Prices On Quality Menswear Terrific Savings on Clothing by Hart Schaffner & Marx and Other Famous Makers HART SCHAFFNER & MARX SUITS Fine Woolens-All sizes-Smart Styles Reg. $85.00--Now $64.50 Reg. $75.00 - - Now $57.50 Reg. $65.00--Now $49.50 Reg. $59.50--Now $44.50 TOPCOATS By Hart Schaffner & Marx & Others Reg. $75.00 - - Now $57.50 Reg. $65.00 - - Now $48.50 Reg. $49.75 - - Now $34.50 Reg. $33.75--Now $22.50 SPORT COATS By Hart Schaffner & Marx & Others Reg. $50.00--Now $34.50 Reg. $39.50 - - Now $25.50 Reg: $29.95--Now $17.50 Reg. $24.95--Now $14.50 SLACKS By Hart Schaffner & Marx & McGregor Reg. $22.95 Reg. $19.95- Reg. $12.95- Reg.$ 8.95- - Now $15.95 - Now $ 14.95 -Now$ 8.95 -Now$ 5.95 Mens Jackets Reg. 7.95 Now 4.00 Reg. 13.95 Now 9.50 Reg. 29.95 Now 20.50 Reg. 47.50 Now 28.50 One Large Group—Broken Sizes Florsheim Shoes Reg. 20.95 Now 13.50 Reg. 21.95 Now 14.50 Reg. 24.95 Now 16.50 Refunds-No Exchanges All Sales Are Final ONE GROUP OF EACH: BELTS - GLOVES WOOL SOCKS

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