Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on May 31, 1936 · Page 36
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 36

Pampa, Texas
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Sunday, May 31, 1936
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DAILY MW9, fexai *m%tf. V 31, 1936. Temple Houston's Speech At Trial of Fallen Woman Noted Example of Oratory In a newspaper found by Myrtle Simihons of Pampa recently, was discovered n copy of nn ext^mpo- rarieous speech delivered to A jury a»' Woodward in the fall of 1889 by dot Tftfaiple Houston, whose|father was Gen. Sam Houston, first president of the rspublic of' Texas. Temple Houston's widow wrll attend trie. Panhandle Centennial-; here this week. , . f Thl9 i»pceeh has beeji described as sw,a£rng a jury and saving a soul, and has been quoted throughout' the world. Houston, who vol- vUntartfy-acted, as 'attorney and obtained acquittal of his client by this ofatton, despite the most direct evidence 'of guilt, was known during thffi'BO's and 80's and until his death as tne most eloquent jury pleader in the west, and the following account of ths trail and conclusion of Houston's nddross to the jury, is taken from an old Copy of the Woodward News published immediately after the oc- qurrence. It since has been Irans- lat£d into many languages: • "Last Friday there was tried in the district court at this place before Judge Burford, one of the most remarkable CUSPS in certain respects ever, disposed of in the territory. One of the women of the town. (name delotsd) was prosecuted for plying her vocation and running a bawdy house. Something about thn case aroused the indignation of ^Temple Houston, who instantly and Voluntarily undertook her case. Kx- posiira had impaired ills voice and he only addressed the court and jury, in a calm conversational tone. After referring to the legal questions involved and discussing the evidence, he bent over toward the jury so^ he could almost have laid his fiands on the shoulders of each, and in a low clear voice closed his address with these words: "Gentlemen, you heard with what cold cruelty the prosecution referred to the sins of this woman, as if her •onditioii was her own preference. The evidence has painted you a picture of her life and surroundings. Do you think that they were of her own choosing? Do you think that she willingly embraced a life so revolting and horrible? Ah, no. Gentlemen, one of our SBX was the author of her ruin, more to blame than she; then let us judge her gently. What could be more pathetic than the spcctaele she present*? An immortal soul in ruins. Where the star of purity once glittered on her girlish brow, burning -• -shame has set its seal forever. And only a moment ago they reproached her for the depths to which she had sunk, the company.she kept, the life she led. Now, what else is left her? :"Where can she go and her sin © not puisne 1 her? Gwtl2mr>n, the very promises of Oocl an; denied her —by man. He ;;nid: 'Come unto mr> all ye that labor and nr? heavy ladsn and I will Rive you rc^t.' She indeed has labored and i? linavy laden, but if at this instant K\\S were to kneel down brforc us all and confess her Recle-mm- and be- •rach His tender mercies, whpre is the church tliat would receive? And even if they accepted her, when she passed the portals to worship and to claim her rest, scorn and mockery would greet her and thc"e she met would gather around them their skirts the mcr'j closely to avoid the pollution of her touch. "Would you tell me a single employment where she could rcalr* 1 : 'Give us this day our daily bteatl?' Her own sex would slurink from her as they would frcm prvMlcnr?. Society has reared its relentless walls against her. and only in thn irinidly shelter of the crave can the bftr.iycd and broken hrait ever find Ih;: Ilrd'irmiM'.s promi^d n:,l. Th.ry l.nlrl you of her a:,Mnne>( names as fleeting as I lie shadow;; on the walls, o[ her fins, her hablls, but they never told you of her sorrows, and who .shall tell what her heart, sinful though it may he, now feels? When the remembered voices of mother and .<ist;rs whom she must see no more on this earth fall again like music on her rrnnc; soul, and she could not. return and must not—no. not in thn life, for the seducer has destroyed the soul. "You know the story of tlir- prodigal son; but he was a son. He was one of us, like her destroyer. But for the prodigal daughter there is no return. Were she with her wasted form and bleeding feet to drag herself back to her girlhood home, she. the fallen and the lost, what would her welcome be? Oh, consider this when you come to decide her cause, for she is before us and we must judge her. Tlvjy sneer and scorn at her. We should respect her giief, and I tell you that there reigns over her penitent, and chastened spirit a desolation that none, no—none but the Searcher of nil hearts can ever know. "None of us is utterly evil; and remember that when the saffron scourge swept over the city of Memphis in 1878, a courtesan there opened wide the door of her gilded palace of sin to admit the sufferers, and when the scythe of the reaper swung fast and pitiless slic was angelic in her minislcrings. Death called her in the itildst of her mercies and she went to join those whom she triad to save. She, like those the Lord forgave, was a sinner; and yet I believe that in the day of reckoning her judgment will be lighter than those who prosecute and seek to drive off the earth such poor unfortunates as she 1 whom you are n jiiflse. "They wi-h to fine this woman and make her leave. They wish to wring iroi'i her the wages of her .shame, the p:ice of this meditated ii.justice: to i.ik-2 from her the little monay ;;he mi°ht have—and God knows. gsntJemcn. it came hard enough. The old Jewish law told ym that Ihe price of a dog nor the iiive is Mich as she should come with the house of the Lord, and I ::ay unto you that our justice, fitly .',;-mboliKPci by woman's form, does not n-.ik that you add aught to the wo?s of this unhappy on" who only iisks at your hands the pitiful privilege of bein» left alone. "Th? Maslcr while on earth, while II;; spake in wrath and rebuke to (he khv>s and riilois. never reproached one of these. One he forgave. Anr.ther He acquitted. You re>:'"ml; n r both. And now, looking 1:1:011 Iliis frienrlJrvis outcast, if any nf us can sav unto hrr. 'I am holier ll'an thoii,' in the rcs.pcrl which she is churned with sinning, who i.s lie? The Jews who brought the woman before the Savior have been held .uji to execration of the world for L!.()00 years. I plways respected them. A man who yields to the reproaches of his conscience as they did has the clement of good, in him, but thr( modern hypocrite has no such compunction'-. If the prosecutors of this woman whcm you are trying had brought her before the Savior they would h:<ve accepted his challenge and each one gathered a rock and stoned her in the twinkling of an eye. "No, gentlemen, do as your Master did twice under t\1c same circumstances that surround you. Tell her to go in peace." The jury acquitted the woman as soon as it reached its room. From the. day of the trial Minnie Stacey was another woman. There is today a small city in the Panhandle of Texas where her name is honored and revered, .she became its angel of mercy during a devastating epidemic. Houston's old homestead six miles north of Kenton, where though he spent but little time, is one of the noted places of the Panhandle region because of the fame its onetime owner bore as an orator . _. —OtT' Yugoslavs Cut JapanesR Trade BELGRADE (/Pj—To curtail Japanese imports to Yugoslavia, the finance ministry has decreed that importers must obtain permission from the national bank for Japa- nescs payments, which will be regulated according to purchases .made by that country here. In 1935 Japan .shipped goods valued at $96,000 to Yugoslavia, but bought only a fraction of that. to visit her son, W. H. Morgan, and family. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Thomas and son, Billle Jo, their daughter, Mrs. Udell Richerdson, and Mr. Richerdson have returned to their home In Oklahoma after a short , visit with relatives here. Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Bones and baby have returned from a vacation trip. Bridge Furnishes Entertainment at Winton Home Mrs. Owen Winton was hostess to a party of friends Tuesday afternoon. Bridge tables were gay with spring colors, centered with green baskets of pink roses. . Mrs. L. A. Estes scored high at visiting her sister, Mrs. O. B. Stone, bridge, Mrs. P. T. MeNamara low. and family. Mrs. Jim White received the travel- Ing prize, and cuts went to Mrs. Ted White and Mrs. Albert Brannon. Other players were Mrs. Hazel Rains and Mrs. Bob McCoy. Sandwiches, ice cream, cake, and ten were served. _ KINGSMILL NEWS KINOSMILL, May 30—Mrs. Morgan, enroute from California to Oklahoma, stopped here thls ( week Ray Singleton of Bridgeport is Mrs. Al Moore is very ill this week. Mrs. David Childress is visiting in Dalhart. Miss Annie Williams of Canyon is the guest of her brother, Howard Williams, and Mrs. Williams. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Mitchell have moved view. here recently from Plain- Boy Celebrates Eighth Birthday The eighth birthday of Randall Clay was celebrated with a party Friday afternoon at the home of his parents. Mr. and Mis. Jess Clay. Games were enjoyed' for an hour, then refreshments of strawberry ice cream, cake, and lollipops were served. Guests were Billy Hugg of Shamrock, Patsy Miller, June Brown, Joan Clay, Jackie Rains, Bobby Carmichael, Jackie Fletcher, Jerry and Joe Chrysler, Billy Tarpley, Walter Spoonemore Jr. GETS CAMPUS OFFtCE Henry Wilder, son of Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wilder of Pampa and junior in the textile engineering department of North Carolina State college at Raleigh, has been elected secretary of the college chapter of Phi Psi, national textile fraternity, for next year, from the college says. a dispatch District Singers Coming to LeFors The semi-annual singing convention of the Panhandle district will be conducted at LePors next Sunday, in connection with the monthly meeting of the Gray County Singing convention, it is announced by C. K. Ward, county chairman. John P. Taylor, district chairman, and his committee will be in charge. The meeting will begin at 2:30 in the Baptist church of LeFors. All lovers of gospel singing are invited. The district convention meets twice yearly, on the first Sundays of June and December. _ PARADE TO FORM Women's Auxiliaries of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will meet with those two organizations at the Legion hut this afternoon at 1:45. when the Memorial day parade will be formed to start at 2 o'clock. Church Memorial Service Planned 1 For This Evening A memorial service in honor of departed members will be conducted this evening at 8 o'clock Ih First Methodist church. Mrs. 6. fi. Cas» key has arranged a program, and the Rev. Will C. House, minister, will speak on Memorials of the Bible. Mrs. John B. Hessey will pay tribute to the memory of members who have died the past year. Two vocal solos, Face to Face, by Betty Ann McTaggart, and God's Tomorrow, by Mi's. J. M. Dodson, will be a part of the program, and the organist will play The Star- spangled Banner, Santa Lucia, and ' ' bffer- f. "the La Marsellaise as prelude, tory. and postlude, respectively. 'The public is invited. Victor Moore, veteran comedian, has been on the stage 40 years. *r f «^_- ^r «-y «" » V iA£%m&& l In planning your gift for Ihe girl who will be married in June, you will surely find that nothing is more acceptable than an Electric Mixer. The new mixers are used daily for whipping, beating, and mixing. They do better work than can be done by hand and tho labor they save makes the gift one that is always appreciated. The New MJJter will last many years. They are truly ideal gifts for weddings and you find nothing more acceptable as an anniversary gift for Ihe giirl you married some years affo. You will find » number of good standard mixers at your electric dealers. Soutlitvesteirif PUBUCBERVW& Corny exiw tti*f»i-»> We Recognize the SUSTAINED , Of Panhandle Pioneers — Who discovered and developed the Panhandle Ranch and Farm Lands. Of Panhandle Oil Men — Who discovered and developed one of the world's largest and richest oil and gas fields. Of Panhandle Scouts — Old and New — Who have contributed and are still contributing so much to Panhandle development. Of The Pampa Junior Chamber of Commerce — Who conceived the idea of a mammoth, annual tribute to Panhandle Pioneers and who have worked so consistently and so efficiently since in furthering their dreams. And of the hundreds of other organizations amd Individuals over the entire Panhandle who are contributing' so materially to the success of the Panhandle Centennail Celebration, June 2-3-4-5. We particularly commend the fine work of General Chairman R. G. "Dick" Hughes, the Pampa Business and Professional Women's Clubs, the Press, Radio, Pampa Oil Supply Houses and Lumber- Yards, the Adobe Walls Area Council of the Boy Scouts and all others who have had a part in this Big Panhandle-wide Celebration. Board of City Development And Chamber of Commerce . •' • * Pampa, Texas I.

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