Suspect admits to murder, 1936

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m in m HUMAN CHAIN SEEN AT RESCUE LABORS j "Please Hurry; Can Last Only Day More," Pleads Dr Robertson By ALFRED J. MONAHAN MOOSE RIVER MINE, N S, April 211 went down into the darkness, only one-tenth as far down as that black chamber where two haggard men await release or death and it was too much. I stayed just long enough to appreciate to a feeble degree the horror of being buried alive 141 feet underground. I could not get back soon enough to the clean air and the warmth of the Spring sun. The labyrinths of the underground are for the worms and the moles. Men should die under the wide sky or in the reverential quiet of their homes. Theyknotted a stout rope around my waist and gave me a miner's metal helmet with a carbide lamp on the visor. I went down the ladder of the Reynolds shaft, round by round, with my eyes turned up towar dthe patch of sky framed by the walls of the shaft. i Twelve feet down I came to the mouth of the three-foot shaft which cuts at an angle through rock ledges in the direction of the main shaft and that dark, quiet place where a dead man and two others, scarcely alive, sit in an awful gloom. Th gagged walls of the rescue shaft had been hastily shored up with short sections of timber. In some spots the timbers sagged alarmingly and a movement of the foot would dislodge a cascade of shale. The rattling of the miniature rock slides brought my heart into my mouth. Crawling on hands and knees, I peered ahead into the blackness of the tunnel. I thought I could detect a glimmer of light from the lamps of the miners farther down the shaft. m I II I n III DROPS DEAD IN P. 0. BUILDING Coffey Was Inquiring About His Bonus Part of Human Chain One miner was crawling a few feet ahead of me. Another was in hack of me. In the. narrow passage I felt trapped. The air was dank. Water trickled down the rock walls. In places it bubbled out almost like a spring. The miner follow ing me told me it was good to drink, but I didn't stop to sample any. I think I began to regret a little that I had come. I remembered they had . In the Federal Building to make inquiries concerning his bonus, Joseph T. Coffey, 45, Brookline. a World War veteran dropped dead in the Veterans Bureau today from a heart attack. CofTsy, who is married and comes from Tulsa, Okla, collapsed as he was making inquiries about making out an application for the bonus. Dr Stephen J. Dalton of the Veterans Administration staff at the building pronounced him dead. Officials of the bureau were making arrangements this afternoon to have Coffey's body sent back to Tulsa fot burial. Confesses to Bathtub Murder HELEN KELLEY RECEIVES $500 said max anoiner cave-m imgm . f ij ri l tj r close the Reynolds shaft, the one Maiden Uln WlMier 01 by which I had entered. j We went deeper into the: fii l r L f i L ground, bent double as we walked i UlUUC 11 UVCI U LUllie&l and in some places crawled. Around a slight turn in the shaft I saw the form of a miner silhouetted against the light from his helmet. He was the last man in a human chain that was receiving the broken rock and slate Mine Continued on Page 19 Bulletins - SSSk WHAT THE MARKETS DID TODAY NEW YORK STOCKS Rallying tendencies appeared in the trading, but were combatted with selling moves, especially in the fourth hour. In the last hour, recovery was showing better form, though the list closed irregular. Westinghouse was up nearly three points, and American Can two points. McKeesport lost two points. Chrysler had a point gain. Borg Warner was strong. Johns Manville was up three points. BONDS Priceswere lower in all groups, with secondary rails weakest. NEW YORK CURB Trading fairly active; pricesgenerally on offside. BOSTON STOCKS Prices irregular; Eastern Massachusetts first preferred strong feature, up five points. GRAINS Mainly off. Wheat mixed; corn steady to firm. COTTON Prices a little firmer. LIVESTOCK Cattle strong; hogs off 10 to 15 cents. STERLING Lost small fraction. Complete financial reports on pages 22 and 23. H Demure but very happy, Miss Helen M. Kelley of 341 Highland av, Maiden, came to the Globe office yesterday forenoon to' receive a check for $500, as her reward for winning the Globe's $3000 Proverb Contest A complete list of the contest winners was printed on page ! 19 in last Sunday's Globe. I "Was I surprised," exclaimed Miss the Sunday Globe that I had won the Proverbs Continued on Page 16 THREE ESCAPE AFTEHOBBERY Officers' Shots May Have Wounded One Cruising around Roxbury In search of a stolen car that they had sighted earlier this morning, six officers, including Capt James T. Sheehan of the Roxbury Crossing Police Station, arrested two of five men who two minutes before had participated in the robbery of $458 from the Shawmut-av Garage, 829 Shawmut av, Roxbury, shortly after 10 o'clock this morning. One of three others who got away in the stolen car, which was later recovered on Parmelee st, Roxbury Holdup Continued on Page 10 Suspect Admits Slaying Her i A. P. Photo JOHN FIORENZA Upholsterer's helper who has confessed slaying of Mrs Nancy Titterton, according to New York police. This photograph was made a few days ago when Fiorenza was on his way to New York Police Headquarters in an automobile to be questioned. FENWAY PARK LINEUP RED SOX WASHINGTON Racing Results Almada rf If Hill Cramer cf 3b Bluega Manush If 2b Myer Foxx lb cf Powell McNair es ss Travis' Werber 3b rf Reynolds R. Ferrell c lb Knhel Melillo 2b c Bolton Grove p p Bokina Umpires, Quir.n, Ormsby and Mc-Gowan. AT HAVRE DE GRACE FIRST RACE $800, claiming, 2-year-olds, 4V furlongs. Making Time, 114, Hunter....... 6.60 4.60 3.60 Vivola, 111, Dabson 18.30 7.30 Slump, 112, Knapp 3.60 Time, 0:55. Rocky Mount, a-Scout Plane, a-GoId-craft, Queen Blaze, Gayette, Capt Yarbrough, Silver Palm, f-Tuleyries Ruby, f-Jeanne Fetzko also ran. a-Mr and Mrs W. M. Jeffords entry. f-Field. Slight Fire at Navy Yard An alarm was sounded at 11:29 this forenoon from box 4122 at the Boston Navy Yard for a slight fire Jn London staging at the power House, caused by the bursting of an ,ce'J"ene tank hose which was leaking. The explosion was slight and officials at the yard say there was practically no damage. The blaze in the wooden staging was extinguished by workmen before ihe arrival of the apparatus respond-irg to the box alarm. THE GLOBE'S BOOK GAME It's Not Only Entertain, ing It's Educational ! Send Three-Cent Stamp for a Free Tabloid With First IS Pictures See Comic Page for Cartcon No. 31 $3500 IN CASH PRIZES PURE ORANGE JUICE. BUTTERED TOAST, and COFFEE 15c HOT WHEAT WITH CREAM . CEREAL 10c FRIED SCOTCH HAM L and fct7t7, lUAilfcU tlNto- ? LISH MUFFIN 15c YEAR FOR HAWKES AND FINE OF $500 Imposing Sentence, Judge Dillon Commented on Mackey Testimony THE WEATHER United States Weather Bureau forecasts: For Boston and its Vicinity: Threatening rainy weather thisafternoonand early tonight: partly cloudy and cooler late tonight and Wednesday; moderate southerly wind shifting to northwesterly and increasing tonight. For Southern New England: Rain this afternoon and probably early tonight, sngntiy comer tonignt; Wednesday partly cloudy and colder. For Maine: Rain tonight, Wednesday partly cloudy and cooler. For New Hampshire and Eastern New York: Cloudy and cooler, preceded by rain this afternoon and possibly tonight: Wednesday partly cloudy and cooler. For Vermont: Rain, changing to snow and colder tonight; Wednesday snow flurries and colder. Boston observations, 8 a m: Barometer, 29.64 inches; ternperature, 47; maximum, 59; minimum 43; wind ennth siv miles: snrinkline: humid ity, 82 percent; precipitation, a trace; j total this montn, j.ia incnes. Morning temperature readings: New York, 58; Washington, 66; Chicago, 34; Miami, 72; Minneapolis, 28; Churchill, Mani, 8 below zero; Mt Washington summit 27, snowing, wind southwest, 52 miles; snow on ground on summit and at base, 11 inches. It was 82 at Chicago and New Orleans yesterday, and 88 at Kansas City and St Louis. & At'------.--.-..- . . 5 ? : s of? , I t t it I - .fi"H Jk, ' ' ' " j 31 V MRS NANCY TITTERTON Whose body was found in bathtub of her New York apartment John Fiorenza, an upholsterer's helper, is alleged to have cor. fessed the murder. Strong comment on the trial testimony of Dr Charles E. Mackey, member of the School Committee, was made by Judge David F. Dillon in the Suffolk Superior Court this morning, as he imposed a sentence of one year in the House of Correction and a fine of $500 on James W. Hawkes, vice president of the Musicians' Union, who was found guilty by a jury Friday of conspiring to solicit a bribe for Dr Mackey from Joseph Wag ner, assistant director of music in Boston public schools, to gain his promotion to the position of director. The court denied a stay of sentence and Hawkes went to Deer Island. John J. Devlin, who turned state's evidence after pleading guilty to the same offense, and to solicit-in" a bribe, will be sentenced later. "I think the jury was impressed," Hawkes Continued on Page 10 Globe Features Uncle Dudley. Lippmann . . . Dorothy Dix . PIECE OF TWiE BRINGS SOLUM Upholstery Worker Confesses Attack on Woman Writer NEW YORK, April 21 (A P) John Fiorenza, a paroled convict and upholsterer's helper, admitted the slaying, of Mrs Nancy Evans Titterton today after police had traced the crime to him by a piece of cord found under the author's body. Police Commissioner Lewis J. 1R F.milv Post ...26 .18 Financial ..22, 23 I .26 Hollywood ...30 tj,,v,l J ." 97 ! ixiuuscaum j - Anagrams 28 Movies-Stage ..29 j Valentine announced the solution iSK. iEover: to the case, on which 65 detectives Comics ....28, 3lRadio 24;had been working, a few hours Confidential . . 26 Short Story . . . 30 , f t tne 24-year-old Fiorenza was Urcss-wora ...juowcij which Mrs bound. Titterton had been and Political Advertisement ROBERT T. BUSHNELL WBZ 7:15 Tonight Buthnell for Governor Committee Chis. 11. Brown, 520 H.ih St., W. Medford Culbertson ...30 Sports -"Ml Deaths 19 Wiggam 29 Serial Stories "Frank Merriwell" 30 "Rebel Bride" 31 TREASURY BALANCE WASHINGTON, April 21 (A P) Treasury receipts for April 18 were $8,596,113; expenditures, $24,003,343; balance, $2,589,643,068. Customs receipts for the month were $20,214,693. The Temperature Today The thermometer at Thompson's Spa records the temperature up to 3 p m today as follows: 193S 1936 1935 1938 3am., 6am.. 9 a m. , 12 m... 57 55 58 60 50 A9 53 61 lpm 59 2pm 58 3pm So arrested. For 11 days, Valentine said, detectives had traced the manufacture and sale of the cord the sole clew through factories in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky. . They learned it was a special kind used by upholsterers, and finally discovered similar twine in the shop where Fiorenza worked. Mo hart hppn under surveillance. Valentine explained, since he and three other men reported discovery of the body on April 10. Valentine said Fiorenza admitted assaulting the 34-year-old author and then strangling her. Ho was traced, the Commission er said, by a piece of twine with Sent to Repair Divan Fiorenza is 24 years old lives on 65th st, Brooklyn. Valentine said the youth told him that on Thursday, April 9, the day before the slaying, he was sent to the Titterton apartment to receive instructions for repairing a divan. At that time he saw Mrs Titterton. The next morning, Valentine quoted him, he returned to the apartment alone, seized Mrs Titterton, placed a gag in her mouth, and bound her arms. After she was dead, the story continued, he placed the body in the bathtub, and cut the twine from her hands. Fiorenza returned to work, and came back with Theodore Kruger, of the upholstering firm to de-live the divan. They found the door to the fourth-floor apartment ajar, and called two building superintendents. The four men found the body face-down in the tub. Fiorenza and the other three Mrs Titterton Continued on Page 2

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  2. 21 Apr 1936, Tue,
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