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A SUNDAY VOL. 5, NO. 38 McGee's Fate Is Sealed By High Tribunal, To Die May 10 lÂ« First Death Sentence to Be Imposed in United States for Kidnaping; All Judges Concur. Rages and Weeps When Informed of Decision Miss McElroy and Father 'Would Rather Not Comment at this Time' on Result of Appeal. Â·. The first death sentence to be imposed in the United States for-' kidnaping was affirmed today by the Missouri Supreme Court, Division No. 2. - Walter H. McGee, leader of the i'ang which abducted Mary McElroy, daughter of the city manager of Kansas City and collected $30,000 for her release nearly two years ago, alternately raged and wept when told his sentence had been upheld. Miss McElroy, tall, brunette and 26, "would rather not comment at this time. "That?answers for both of us," Â«6mmented her father, Henry F. McElroy. , Hanging Set For May 10 Â· Barring, a rehearing by the Su- preme'Court or executive clem- fore May." ency, McGee will be hanged in the Jackson county- jail at Kansas City May 10. The Supreme Court set the date of execution -in its . decision-affirming the sentence. In adopting an opinion written by Commissioner Walter H. Bohl- the three judges of Division of the Suprema Court un- r Â«iriim6usly agreed that tHs "proof sufficiently substantiates '-the-yer- . diet ..of. guilty," and .the , "record ''-piober''discloses iit Â·error.**- Â·Â·"Â· Â· "'" Judgment. Approvedr '.'.''"' .'. "Therefore, the judgment is approved," Commissioner Bphling concluded. . The judges who concurred in the commissioner's findings are Ernest M. Tipton, George Robb Ellison and C. A. Leedy, Jr. "What did they do, bring the rope back to me?" asked McGee as he was escorted from the Jackson county jail to the sheriff's office. Told the cour't verdict, McGee exclaimed: "I'll take it to the supreme court." Tears followed as the condemned kidnaper listened to two deputy sheriffs discuss what arrangements would be necessary to hang McGee, there being no accommodations at this time for a-gal lows room in the new jail. 'Maybe It's a Break' "They couldn't get it ready by May 10, could they?" he asked, anxiously. "Maybe that's a break for McGee Scheduled to Be First to Die In Jackson Courthouse If 'the death sentence affirmed by the supreme court yesterday is carried out May 10, Walter McGee, leader of the gang that kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, not only will be the first person to die for kidnaping for ransom in the United States, but the first person to be executed in Jackson county's new $4,000,000 court house.. It also .will be the first time the Missouri statute making death the maximum penalty for the crime has been invoked. Jackson county's new court house only recently was completed, and the county law enforcement agencies transferred their headquarters to the new structure last Saturday. Tliom-^ as -B. Bash is Jackson county sheriff, and will be in charge of the hanging. Board of Curators Expect No Decision On President Soon Special Committee Would 'Do Well' to Make Recommendation by May. F._ M. McDavid of Springfield, president of the board of curators of the University of Missouri, said here yesterday that a special committee appointed to aid in the selection of a -new president for the university would "do well" make its recommendations "be- No final decision was to be at a meeting of the committee held here yesterday, McDavid said. Dr. Walter Williams, president of the university, .asked last iember.to be relieved of his duties Because of poor health. Three months later, the board asked Williams to remain in office until April;!, arid appointed Dr. Frederick .A v Middlebusb, dean :pf, school ot business arid 'public nainistratioh, to assist in his work. "We will do well to get a on in ommendation to the board of rators by May," McDavid said after a morning session'of the committee. "No publicity will be given to our recommendations until the matter is 'placed before the board of curators." The board president and four other members of the committee had a high stack of written recommendations before them at a conference at a hotel here. McDavid said there were "at least" 75 recommendations before the committee, of which but a few were "active candidates." Committee Members Other member sof the committee who attended yesterday's conference were: George Willson of St. Louis and H. J. Blanton of Paris, board members, Dr. W. C. Curtis, faculty representative, and R..B. Caldwell, Kansas City lawyer and alumnus of the university. McElroy, kidnaped from me." Miss her home May 27, 1933, and kept chained in the cellar of a house near Shawnee, Kan., for about 30 hours until her father paid $30,000--one-half of the amount ori- nally demanded--for her release, kbeen nervous and distraught Teachers result of worry over the prosecution of her abductors. She disappered from her home the night of Feb. 10 last and was intercepted the next day at Normal, HI., on a Chicago-bound bus. She attributed her impulsive Among those who have been mentioned as possible succesors Dr. Williams are: Dr. Middlebush, Dr. Frank P. Graham, president of the University of North Carolina; Dr. M. G. Neale, president of the University of Idaho, and Dr. Uel M. Lamkin, president of the Northwest Missouri State Capital City Youth One of 24 Admitted to flight to her feeling of personal responsibility in the death sentence of McGee. Â·Believe Punishment Merited' "It was my McElroy said, testimony," Miss "that convicted those men. It was the right thing to do, their sentences were just, and I still believe capital punishment is merited for kidnaping as well as murder. "I hold no personal hard feeling against them, and I am sure that they do not hold hard feelings against me. That's what makes the situation all the worse. "I have nightmares about those men and the fates they brought on themselves. I cannot forget them I have visited them in prison. 3 ,ve tried to help their relatives pthing drives me to do this, jot let them go." brother, George Mc. Gee, who guarded Miss McElroi while she was held prisoner, is (Continued on Page 2) The State Board of Bar Examiners Saturday made public a list 24 successful candidates in the Tebruary bar examination. Seventy-four took the examination. The list of successful candidates follows: Kansas City-- Bennett Warner Harrington, Jr., Bruce M. Forrester, Milo Fowler Hamilton, William B. Heidelberger, Joseph Robert Jennett, Charles W. Porter, Ben Easter Pener, John Brooks Pew, Jr., James Joseph Shepard, Sr., Charles Alan Settle, Ozell Trask, Arthur R. Thompson, and Robert M. Zerhring. St. Louis--Paul H. Bates, Jacob Deschu, Honora M. Kahn, Elmer John Meyer, Russell N. MacLeod, and Burris Querin Schumacher. Out-State--John William Cook, Jr., Crane; Fred L. Henley, Caruthersville; Aubrey R. Harrimett Jr., Jefferson City; C. G. Wahl, Louisiana, and David William Wilson, La Belle.