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JIMMY WALKER SAYS HAS NO MEANS WHEN PRESSED BY DEBTS 'IXDND'ON, Feb. 25.— (/P)— Buffeted by New York creditors and English police regulations, James J. Walker, former New York mayor, told . a chancery court today- that he -was so broke his 'present wife, Miss Betty Compton, had to. pay .their, joiiit .traveling ' : Savings as an actress. • ... ,The dapper Jimmy was still dapper -but he was worried when he was called to answer to two judgments against him for bills allegedly run up by his first wife- iNew York, Then he emerged to find tha is* status as a legal resident o£ 'Great Britain was in. jeopardy because of his failure to comply with regulations and register with the police in London. Such failure subjects one to the possibility of fine, imprisonment, or deportation — on occasion, all three. Informed of this last straw in the steadily mounting burden- of grief, Jimmy exclaimed: "I* am willing to do -anything- except give up my citizenship!" LONDON, Feb. 25.—W "Walker, with lots of bills .due but unpayable, told a chancery court today how he once made a $25,000 salary as mayor of; New York, got $10,000 of it for his very own, and is now reduced to 55,000 of which he pays out 40 per cent. He described this financial maze in v answer to two summonses from American companies which are trying to collect bills. He testified that his movie actress wife, the former Miss Betty Compton, financed their honeymoon and a recent trip to Spain. "I can make no offer at this time," Walker said, replying to questioning by Counsel for Sommers,. Inc., who with the GO East 65th St. Corporation brought ac- 'tion. »• "I have no means," he added. Walker said that during his recent tour of the continent with his wife, the former Betty Compton .stage actress, Miss Compton paid the bills. "During the time you were may. of New York," the Sommers' attorney asked, "you were possessed of considerable wealth?" "No," walker replied, "I had a salary of $25,000 a year, over .$15,000 of which was given to mv then wife, who caused these

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  1. Corsicana Daily Sun,
  2. 25 Feb 1935, Mon,
  3. Page 9

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