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by by per commission, authoritative the the m today the the is most TOO HAPPY TO TALK, MARY M'ELROY SAYS KANSAS CITY, May 27-(APS--"Say that again!" Mary McEIroy exclaimed jubilantly today when informed Governor Park had forestalled the hanging of her kidnaper, Walter McGee. "I'm too bewildered to say anything more," she added. "I'm too happy about it." CARRY APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT Ask That Sevier's Refusal to Approve Increase In Rates Be Set Aside REQUEST DISTRIBUTION OF IMPOUNDED MONEYS Rates Equivalent to Those Charged Before 1922 Restored By O'Malley Attorneys for the 73 stock fire insurance companies who were denied a 16 2-3 percent rate increase Thursday by Judge Nike Sevier in Cole county circuit court today carried the fight against the decision to the state supreme court. The attorneys filed an appeal from Judge Sevier's ruling and asked that his judgement that the increase was disallowed and that $1,750,000 in impounded premiums should immediately be distributed to policy holders be set aside. Judge Sevier ruled against a similar motion last Friday but granted leave to appeal to the state supreme court. Fire and windstorm insurance PHI COMMUTES PENALTY OF ILT McBEE TO LIFUI CELL Mary McElroy's Appeaj for Clemency for One of Men Who Held Her Captive 30 Hours Is Honored IMPRISONMENT MEETS DEMANDS OF JUSTICE' 'Not Convinced That Hanging Will Prevent Kidnap- ing' But Believes In Capital Punishment, He Says . The death sentence of Walter McGee, first imposed in the United States for kidnap- ing, was commuted to life imprisonment today by Governor Guy B. Park. Commutation of the sentence announced by Woodson * Avt. i*ii.* wiiiu^Lui ju iiiiui uiiuv: rates equivalent to those charged prior to the 1922 reduction order have been restored .by R. Emmet O'Malley, state superintendent of insurance, pending settlement of the long drawn out litigation. The old rates were re-established May 1, O'Malley announced in a formal statement Saturday night. Proposals for the settlement of the for S2.50 company the for the each rates wee k n J (Continued on Page 2) was Cockrill, executive clerk in the governor's office, just two years to the day after McGee kidnaped Miss Mary McEIroy in Kansas City. Captive 29 Hours McGee was awaiting execution May 31. The Governor was to liave announced his decision .on the plea for commutation of sentence Saturday, but because of illness he decided to wait until today. Miss McEIroy, daughter of H. McEIroy, city manager of Kansas City, was chained to a basement wall 29 hours while her abductors negotiated for $30,000 ransom. The sum was paid and the'girl released unharmed. ' *-Wl am not convinced-that the hanging of this man will preveh kidnaping any more than that the hanging of a murderer will pr'e vent further murders." . Governor Park said in a written statement. "I believe in capital punishment, but under all of the circumstances of this case, I feel that imprisonment in the penitentiary for life will meet all the demand of justice." No. Bodily Harm lo Girl The chief executive said it wa difficult matter to considei this case alone, disassociated from other cases of kidnaping that been and are not attracting general attention, but this has been 7 INCH OF f«LL WIPES OUTBIILLG1E Baseball and crop planting in this vicinity received another set- ' «·«.» nuo u._i.ij back today, a heavy rain fall at my ,, P ur P° se ' . ,.. noon bringing the total for the nre- .,,.,2*%*?TM ° f M ' SS ° UI V l»e said, noon bringing the total for the preceding 12 hours to seven-tenths of an inch. Rainfall for the month is 6.35 inches, one of the wettest Mays in recent years. The scheduled baseball game tonight between the Senators and Chinese All-Stars, was postponed when it became apparent the grounds would not be in playing condition. A slight fall was registered on the Missouri river gauge, the stage dropping from 16.23 above mean low yesterday to 16.18 today. TWO FORGERY SUSPECTS ARE RETURNED TO JAIL George W. Hill and Jack Clardy, charged with forgery, were held in the county jail in default of $3,000 bond each following arraignment before Justice Foster S. Wheatley today. Clardy is charged xvith forgery and Hill checks. requiring with cashing forged were arrested last named at ACCIDENT GOES HOME ''fix five years as the minimum and death as the maximum penalty for this crime. It is not contemplated therefor that every person convicted o£ kidnaping should suffer the death penalty. "I am convinced from a careful perusal of this case, and from the knowledge from the general state of public opinion at the time of the trial, that this defendant received a sentence which he would hot have received under normal conditions of a calm state of public mind. "No death or bodily harm resulted from the crime. The victim and her father are of the opinion the punishment is excessive and have asked that it be commuted. The defendant's attorney who proffered his services to the defendant, according to the record, did not preserve the rights of defendant at the trial and for reason many points of error could not be considered by the supreme court on appeal. 'Justice Should be Equal' l; The brother of the defendant, while not a party to the actual kidnaping, yet a co-conspirator and accomplice and active in detaining the victim, has been pun- isiied by imprisonment in the (Continued on Page 2) ( in to boy. an of of pointed so We to

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  1. Jefferson City Post-Tribune,
  2. 27 May 1935, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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