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CRAFT 7. .the air, -was Columbia to- its the -(AP) Naselai of was m. 'Pacific to was the wait made be .-' Dempseys Escape As Blast Wrecks Hollywood Cafe Police Inquiry .Begun After Fashionable Russian Restaurant Restaurant Is Destroyed By Explosion Shortly After Luminaries in -Film World Depart; Several Hurt Accident Scene. '· 77 ~3 *~ L OS ANGELES, June 7.-- (AP)-- Shortly after a party film luminaries had left a fashionable and exotic Eussian cafe in Hollywood at. midnight, ·- terrific blast wrecked place. A- fire, thought to have had its origin in. an arson, by investigators ; from .the county fire warden's and sheriff's offices, preceded the blaze. ' ' *· Ten persons were Injured in the · THREE YOUTHS PLEAD GUILTY IN PL CASE Condition ' o f - . Immorality Disclosed'By Court . . . . . Pr6'c.eedi;igs Felony .chdrg'es. against three young men were dismissed in city court today and they were permitted permitted 'to- plead-.;; guilty, of 'fornication. Sentence will, be .imposed Saturday morning. v - . ' · - . - · ' . The courtroom "was -cleared of spectators^- w-hile .the -three,' Merle Clontz of Sunset and Kenneth Hunter Hunter and Leonard- Dawson of Riverdale, Riverdale, faced. their accusers and' heard the charges against them in -detail. The two young" UiiitsJi- girls,- 15 and 16 -years of age, who were' In- volved.-didjiat appear. in'-cqurt, but remained in an adjoining room. . Assistant ' County Attorney. Fred J. Cohway. said that although the girls 'were : under . age .-.' he had loarned-'that they have been guilty of moral' misconduct upon -numer- ous'occasiqns, 10 'or -12 instances' of their.; association with .minor -boys .having'-; come to- -his .attention. ;. ·', -·'.'T.he'.'/.'girls,' 1 ; he "' dec'are(l,;;."say ,the^w£re;:w.ith -minor" boys ! prforyio- th'eir'^ssobiation- :with these" l .y oiirig · ' , -y -y -recommended''rsome" len'^ lenoy.'ior'; Hunter, and -p a lyson.-.ibut, said C16htz--.has"' the rep'utation-;6t a 'seducer'" -and sh'oufd -;be '.-confined t'o;'"jail;''at''ieast un til -he'.'is' cured of disease::..'. .. ' '^-·' -'' ; ; . . . - - . . ' ,, .The"'giris both declare, he"..coh- explosion,' two of whom may These are the former Russian 'eral Theodore Nddjensky, 50, and Irving Strother, 34. Among, the guests' whose timely departure saved, them from similar injuries were,. Charles Chaplin, the Marquis' de la Falaise, Colleen Moore and her husband, John McCormack, Renee Adoree 'arid Jack Dempscy and! his wife/Estelle Tay- ·lor. . INQUIRY CONDUCTED The theory of a leaky "gas pipe was scouted by county investigators. investigators. ' A careful investigation said to have revealed several peculiar peculiar aspects of the occurrence. Circumstances indicated,. thc-y said.' that the attendant fire might 'have been caused:- by a candle placed, the basement of the establishment. After questioning Jacques Nera- doff, the manager, at iength, officials- officials- pointed out that his gas was not .plausible because the 'fire started nearly an hour before', the explosion.. They, believed' that leaky gas pipes would xiave caused the detonation -soon after the fire- started. The . officers InttmateI that arrests might' be made. OTHERS INJURED In addition .to . Lodlinsky and Strother,, Chief . Turner of the rfounty . ' department was injured injured when the blast ·' blew him 'through', a: doorway. Others who were burned or hurt -include Captain Captain W. B. Clinton, 3S; Lee K. Grogan, Charles Wil'dey. Carl Rein- muller and M. C., Carson, all fire- men. , ,-.- ; ' · ' . _ _ _ · _ · - _ ' · - ' _ ' · · · Chaplin aind the i other motion tu're;?2£le1j:r'itles were'; -warned when .the ifiire' atattcd.iin an:adjoining;an' an:adjoining;an' ' shop'. CThoy- left quickly.- "it'--.T£aa p '.iriear.iyyan:. hour later' when "flie''e3:ploslpn -occurred. ' It' was; ,to" : tti"js :.lapsVof time";, that- inspectors fronvthe^dffice .of^-the · county .fife warden and the Sheriff's office doubied' ;the ; manager's ^theory a gas 'explosion · resulted'.

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 07 Jun 1928, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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