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   Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - December 24, 1924, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                             m CON'ST. RU-CTIVE'tef FIN EWS PAPER ELEVENTH 3511. WISCONSIN-RAPIDS, .WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1924 PRICE THREE CENTS POISON SLAYERS GUILTY; PRISON TERMS FOR BOTH RIGHT GETS LIKE, MRS. SWEET- IN 35 YEARS FOR MURDEU OF LATTER'S HUSBAND AT 1NA, ILL. The Shepherds and the Holy Child (By Associated Press) Mfrnt Vernon, 111., Dec. Lawrence M. Hight and Mrs.tElsie Sweetin for the poison muriler of her husband, Wilford Sweetin, early today returned a ver- dict of guilty. Hight was given life imprisonement while Mrs. Sweelin received 35 years in the penitentia- ry. deliberating all night the jurors reported at o'clock tlus morning that it had reached an agreement. The judge and attor- neys were immediately sent for. He- porti'taid the jury had been in dis- over the degree of guilt. DUagrec on Penalty Tjje jury had deliberated about 11 hour-Sj retiring at 10 o'clock last It considered the case almost continuously during the night and this morning except for a short time for breakfast. The jurors stated nfterithu verdict that the jury had finding both defeJyiants guilty from the first bal- lot, there had been a wido dif- ferepfe as to the punishment to be inflicted oh Mrs. Sweetin. The pen- itentiary sentence given her, it was saldj'represcnted a compromise. two of the jurors had fav-1 iioreilr'JnfUcting. the death penalty) None voted for the it of Mrs. Sweetin. Seek New Trial two defep.'lar.ts received the j venuift in silence and with no out- warfjjlisplay of emotion. Attorneys Ifor loth sides gave fonmj notice that they would ask for sfcjiew trial. ;R _____.__ Snow Blocking Highways in Northern Wisconsin hanj (By Associated Press) Superior, Dec. snovNon county and state highways in Douglas county is' fast making roadl'impassable, J. R. McLean, divi- sion -engineer of the Wisconsin high- waj commission, and Conrad Han- son, .founty highway commissioner, declared today. Mr. .McLean started Tuesday on n tour of state highways but was forc- ed toi'stop at Wis. He de- the driving snow had roads on No. 13 beyond that .place impassable. Busses operating between Supev.- ior ami Ashland have been forced to discontinue their service. Tho Super- 101 company, which operates busies to A'shlnmi, will commence plowing open'the road Thursday. Highway 11 from Superior to Solor> 'Spririgs is open. Highway No. 36 running to St. Paul, Minn., is rc- rapidly becoming blanketed by snow it was said. Tho commis- sioner; said county or state highways will "riot be kept open during (he winter.. NIAGARA WOMAN SLAYS DAUGHTER, ATTEMPTS SUICIDE Seek Poison In Body Of McClintock FEAR THAT HUSBAND, SEEK- ING DIVORCE, WOULD BE GRANTED CUSTODY OF CHILD BLAMED KOK CHIME Niagara, Wis., Dec. hat her husband who is suing for divorce in Milwaukee would take away her 4-ycar-old child during the lolidays, Mrs. Amy Belliness, 38, shot and killed her daughter, Cecilia; tnd attempted suicide. The woman s in a critical condition in a, hospi- 1 in Iron Mountain. Husband Sought Child' Mrs. Belliness had been 'ill over a month following an operatic) in Milwaukee, and was recuperating at the home of her parents, Mr. am Airs. Frank Smoyle, where the shoot ing occurred late yesterday after noon. Mrs. Smoyle had gone to tin bank and left Mrs. Belliness aloft with her child. Upon her return sin found the little girl lying dead 01 the kitchen floor and tho mothe crouching in a corner nearby writh ing in pain from a bullet wound i: her brtast. i v A letter 'received by woma from her husband, Charles Belliness recenlly, in which he stated that h contemplated divorce action an would come and get the child on th ay before Christmas is thought t the to comm ir crime. Her parents' iat upon reading the letter she sal le will'never take her'alivq." Claim Woman Deranged In a statement'after the shootii Irs. Belliness said' that all tl lame for it tested on her andi hoped iip -would .die. -'-.7 T Relatives of the wonian declared oday that she was mentally de- anged and that it was necessary for er to be watched continually. Charles Belliness in a suit for diy- rce claims Ms wife is not a fjt and ropdr persftft'.tb; of his hildren. Marinette county authorities ar- ived here today and will make an nvestigation into the affain Spooner, Badger Basket Is Held Ineligible (By Associated Press) Madison, Dec. Spoon- er, st'nr forward of the Wisconsin basketball team who was out of.ilic injuries to his knee, was dcctared ineligible .for further com- petition bn tho grounds that lie has 'lie n.axltmim of three years of competition, it wns Icnrncd today. Votes, of the nthlclic officials oC the western conference on the question were'.announced here. It held that one vqfirs competition at Coc college and years here made him in- eligible. Vll ;No Christmas Paper In'nccordancc with the 'eslab- lishejd custom no edition- of Jhe Daily Tribune will be pilVfined on Christmas Day, Thursday, De- cember 25. (By Associated Press) Sjpvcns Point, Wis., Dec. Ea'l- road employes responsible in any way for the safety of the Soo Line passenger, train which plunged into the Cliippewa river nt Cliippcwa Falls last Saturday killing eight per- sons and injuring seven others were exonerated of blame by a conference of railroad and state officials here last night. General Superintendent C. E. Ur- hahns, Minneapolis, said after the accident' the investigation hud showi the wreck wns due -to a broken boll in a switcli caused by the cold fol which no one squid respon- sible. Besides Mr. Vrlialms the confer ence. was attended by representative1 of Mlc interstate connnorci; coinmis sior. and the state railroad .cumniis sion. Chippcwa Falls, Wi.--., Dec. In fi-rniation thus far revealed as to th cause of the derailment of the obsci vation ear of the Minnc-api'li-'. Paul and Sault Marie laij here no ld K.. Brings Joy Of Children 'OOR KIDS OF CITY FROLIC AT ANNUAL PARTY GIVFA' BY MANAGER DANIELS OF THE HOTEL WITTEll Joy and bliss, unconnnecl, spon- aneous as only could DC shown by children, often icnicd; joy that brought gladness U> the hearts those who were lucky enough to sec the expression of glee ind Jtnppiness brought into the faces if the was the annual ilotcl Witter Christinas party fur I In: poor children of the city, given Tuesday afternoon in the hotel din- ing room by Manager Lester P. Dan- Nincly-thrcc children were .the of aUair.'pjev Daniels, who was aided in invilinj; tho needy children by Mrs. R. M. Gibson, who also-.asr iisli-d at the .parly. Plans for the party, which is an annual affair with MY. Daniels, were formulated lo'.ig ago. Each year il has Iicc-ii'Mr. Daniels'' intention to make Hint party a greater success than the previous one. That this pnrty far overshadowed that his! year was the opinion of who were present Tuesday and at tin party in 1'K'J. Everything that would tend to lighten tin- heart of an American youngster was provid- ed for the Plenty (if footf, toys, nutf, music, a Chrirt- "'s tj) be enjoyed by homes to be called for by taxis, bu ,vho can keep some America young stcrs at home'when they know tha one of the most joyful events of th year is to be given in their honor Others, loads and loads of then waited at home for tho taxis, Mrs Gibson having previously arrange a schedule by which the childre could be gathered according to lo cnlity. V At four o'clock the doors of th huge dining room were thrown ope (By Associated Press) Chicago, Dec. body of Villiam McClintock, "the million ire will be exhumed to de- ermine whether typhoid fever killed im three weeks ago while Miss sabelle Pope, his fiancee, waited al is bedside with a marriage license Robert E. Crowe, state's attorney nil Coroner Oscar Wolfe, who have tailed an examining inquiry inti he death at the instance of Harr Olson, chief justice of the municipa ouj-t, said pathologists will make a pec'tol, search .for poison or other natter, in vital organs. doath' occurred a few months became of age ihd took possession of a 'ortune left him by hi.s mother when 4 years old. In his will, signed a few lays after lie become of age, the en- Jivo estate was left to William D. an attorney whose wife was :he youth's co-guardian with A. E. Richmond., also.an attorney. Provi- sion was made for an life an- nuity for Miss Pope SS. PEIER AND PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL BURNS FIRE, DISCOVERED AT THIS A. M, DESTROYS MAIN BUILDING; NEW ADDITION DAMAGED BY WATER SPOUSE DERANGED mm CLAIMS ioughJon Man Morders Smcide Houghton, Wis., Dec. Clark- CO-year-old laborer, killed his vife, aged 3G; in the kitchen.of their tome 'here today by striking her over the head with a hammer, knock- ng her and then- slash- ing- her body to ribbon's with a butch- er knife. Clark then slashed his own wrists. Mrs. Clark was still .alive when neighbors and Deputy Sheriff Louis Cartoncy broke into the house a few minutes later, but died as she was being taken to a hospital in Still- water, Minn., in an ambulance. Clark weak from loss of blood, was arrested and rushed to Hudson, Wis., where he was lodged in the' county jail. Associated Preis) Green Bay, Wis., Dec. for Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly Cashman who is 'the plaintiff in a divorce to tion brought against her husband State Senator John E. Cashman rested, his case shortly after openini pi the. jjtujt here today fol lowing the perfunctory testimony o two character witnesses. Senator Cashman resumed th stand a short'time after and upo cross examination he stated that i IjJlS jnyestefl several thousand of dbllariv'in a Chicago bank actin us a trustee for his Cas) man, jr., to whom was deeded an 80 acre tract of land, three days befor the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Cash man on April 24, 1923, Brothers in Institutions Allegatisns mental derangi merit .in at two members Mrs. Cashmari's immediate famil were made 'yestertlav afternoo when Atty.-Y.-R. Minahan for th Fire that was discovered shortly before six a. m. this morning totally destroyed the SS. Peter and Paul Parochial school, Second street north, causing a loss of approxim- ately The old building was completely gutted by the flames bile the new addition, recently com- cted, was damaged extensively by ater. The loss is fairly well red by '.T.surance, John Schnabcli r., treasurer of the church, stated- oday. Origin Not Known The origin of the fire could not je learned this morning because at he water that flooded the i'here the fire is supposed to tartcd. It is believed, however, a defective chimney or wiring causx ed the blaze. Setae, it is said, cling >o the theory of spontaneous com- bustion. When first discovered, at about a. m., by Henry Hess, janitojj he flames had gained much way and had broken through loor and the walls near the main entrance to the building. The alarm, ivag immediately turned in to tho, city fire department who were capped frozen hydrants and Tact that the fire was tween the walls of Uie building! which was of brick veneer tion. Defective hose also proved severe handicap to the breaking at inopportune and welting the firemen who welrS soon covered with ice.- The fire fought in a temperature of 12 jrees lelow zero. Hyrant Frozen Upon arrival of the ,fire depart- rnent, hose were attached to nearbjs hydrants one of which was found ta be frozen; It was some time beforer sufficient streams could be thrown on the fire to successfully check the varice of the flames, which had! spread to all parts of the building, advancing rapidly between the buck, .outer wall and the inside wall wobd construction. Attempts to raise ladders to second floor; of the building were tile, the ladders proving too short oT defense asked Tier if it were truejto be of After fighting the she had two brothers in institutions I flames for nearly an hour, during which for the mentally deranged suffering "delusions %of persecution." MivCashrnan's reply to the ques- tion was that one of her brothers was in a and the other had a. nervous .breakdown and was recovering. Kept Wife in Bed When Senator Cashman took the stand for cross examination he de- nied that he had laid hands on hi.s wife with force excepting one night to try to hold >er in bed when sho insisted on building a fire at 1 o'clock in the morning. ci-timnarnclioti, "Id fc.. tU district; aUoMioy'-announccil u r ing frja.i a confjlfciicc-Tof J b. railroad officials at" Stevens 'Point. Children Knjoy Itcfsaid was found in the evidence presented al l''.c meeting to warrant criminal a'jtif.ii. Dinner Shortly after two o'clock Ill- youngsters started arriving. They were supposed, to remain at their and the children inarched to vnus by the Favcll orchestra to the: places at the long banquet tabl There they wove given a real Chris mas dinner and enjoyed a progra that had been arranged by Manage Daniels. The children themselv were asked to aijd to the program xnd responded with recitations and song? that added to the merriment {the affair'. 1 Tells Life of Savior The Kcv. Father William Reding, SS. l-'clcr and Paul Catholic churcii, was called upon to talk to the happy youngsters and responded with an interesting lecture on the life of our Saviour. As the speaker brought out the life and story of Jesus Christ he resorted to questioning the young- sters' a? to their knowledge of the Saviour. Prompt and correct an- swers at all times yav: one, when one younghor, when asfei whose birthday was. being celebrat- ed, paid, "Snhta ClausV Ally. T. W. Braieau then told of the life of Santa Ciaus and Santa (Continued on Page Kour) i Rotarians Renew Christmas Spirit At Party Tuesday After the gifts were distributed the modern Santa, who wore the aji- liarel of an aviator in contrast lo the Santa of the reindeer age, gave an interesting talk on the meaning Christmas and applied the Ho-' and jingling of Sleigh bells. At the i lary interpretation of the meaning Two Santas visited the Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday. xOi-.e was a modern Santa Glaus (Rev. Gard- ner A. the other was the old faithful St. A. Nor- They arrived amid sliouts time many of the firemen: suffered from frozen hands and faces, a second alarm was turned requesting aid from volunteer fire, fighters. Fire Chief A. C. who has been confined to his home jecause of illness, answered the first call, but was forced to retire aftei i few htmrs. Scores of local citiztn.s. answered the second call and relief ed the weary and-almost frozen fire> men, who, after a few minutes rest, returned to their posts in an effort to quench the fire. In keeping the flames from the- new addition the fire fighters wcrej forced to gain entrance to that por tion.of the building and fight' thai advance of the flames from positions inside the addition. Defective host broke within the building and befoio. the water could be turned off the rooms were flooded to a considelabld- extcnt. Damage occurring in thnj, building was caused by water, bufc' prompt action on the part of children and Sisters of the church, (Cotinucd on Page Four) foot of a beautifully lighted Christ- mas tree, the artistic creation of E. B. Smart, they presented gifts to the Rotary brothers. Each one was a toy or other article, ably and humor- ously selected to represent the voca- tion and ju-ofession of the member. Given to Kiddies At the conclusion of the award of gifts, it was decided to send the toys lo the Christelas children's .party given by Manager L. P. Daniels of the Hotel Witter, with the. hope that thfj toys would find youthful owners arid would be' enjoyed. Mac- Whorlcr was designated to convey the gifts to the party with greet- ings to the youngsters from the chib. of the day. Dr. MacWhorter said .that the day was not designed for feasting, for the material giving and receiving but for the honor of Christ's coming and that the day would not be properly observed without attendance at some church. He contrasted the words Christmas and Xnias, paying that Christmas stood for Christ and Xmas stood for notltin.tr as X nltant nothing-. The tme-observance of Christmas ne ccssitntcd the doing away wltk the thoughts which XmaS brbught forth to -the original Christian ideals of Christmas. The program was regarded as one of the most interesting and appro- priate ever given by the club. Yuletide Festivities at White House to be Simple Washington, Dec. of Christmas in other years before family circle was broken crowded in upon President and Mrs. Coolidge day ns they prepared for their secondi- Christrna-; in the White House. With the approach of the holidays, bringing frdsh faniiulers of the los.t.- pf Calvin, the younger son. who ini. past: years contributed much to Uiej: season's merriment, made were with a view to simplest observance. There will he no Christ-', mas tree and no guests other than' Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Stearns ol'. Boston, who arrived today,   

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