Mail Tribune 100

March 9, 1918, continued

BUTLER GIVEN INDETERMINATE TERM IN PRISON

An indeterminate sentence of from one to fifteen years in the state penitentiary was imposed in circuit court today on William E. Butler, who shot and killed Joseph Donald Stewart and was convicted of manslaughter. Butler received his sentence stoically.

Before pronouncing sentence Judge F.M. Calkins asked Butler if he had anything to say. "Nothing," replied the prisoner, "except that I am innocent."

Immediately after sentence was pronounced, O.C. Boggs, attorney for Butler, moved for an order granting thirty days stay of sentence in which to file a motion for a new trial. This was granted. It is probable that the defense will move for a new trial and if that is refused, an appeal may be taken to the supreme court.

"The importance of the conviction of Butler," said County Prosecutor Roberts this noon, "lies in the effect that it will have on that small element of men who resides in the hills and remote places of the county who are prone to take the law in their own hands and make a practice of law violation. Most of the people of these sections are orderly, law-abiding persons, but there is a mind that seems to have no regard whatever for law, and it is on the latter element that Butler's conviction and penitentiary sentence will have a sobering effect."

JUNIOR RED X

So many beautiful lessons are taught in connection with the Junior Red Cross work. Perhaps the one recurring the oftenest is that of giving and expecting nothing in return. The child who learns to forget his own wants and to give freely to those in need about him has already laid hold of that faith which is the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Friday was Salvage day at Washington high and Roosevelt schools, and quantities of clean old clothing, bedding and kid gloves found their way to headquarters. These will be worked over into comfortable garments for the soldiers and refugees by the women of the W.C.T.U.

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