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SSOCIAJED PRESS UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE A F W I R E F H O T 0 WEATHER TODAY Fair. Warmer Temperatures Yesterday Hinh, 63; Low, 46 ttt V iL iliJCi A Section 1 iilN FAIR AND FIRST VOL. 46. NO. 353 SUNDAY MORNING, 3IAY 29, 1919 104!) TRAFFIC TOLL, 37 FIFTEEN CENTS K 1 Plj ATM 0 (r i n i MOW: The Day In Indiana By Maurice Early Driving Discourtesy Pouer Alters Poise 25 Touns Aroused Protest City Status IS eiv Law Assailed 0 niSCOURTESY behind the - wheel, which contributes to 85 per cent of the motor vehicle accidents, is actually akin to mental illness. THIS IS THE VERDICT of one of the Marion County Child Clinic psychiatrists. Lecturers for the In-d i a n a p o 1 i s Safety Council explain that per son s who are courteous In their homes and while walking on the streets adopt Incivility, rudeness of behavior or language, ill manners and acts of disrespect when they step on the gas. WHY? The psychiatrist advances reasons for a person changing from a gentleman to a demon when he gets his foot on a lot of horsepower. He is a fellow who has some deep-rooted feeling of inferiority. He may not realize it, but it is there. lie may feel inferior because of some physical reason. Or it may be because of his financial or social position, or his lack of authority and power. HE WAITS for the moment when he can compensate for this feeling of inferiority, the psychiatrist says. His golden moment arrives when he can command the great power of a motor vehicle. Of course some of the discourteous driving results from use of alcohol. Even very moderate drinking will roll back inhibitions and be conducive to thoughtless acts. MORE THAN a score of Indiana towns, many of them county seats, are preparing a storm of protests over the blunder of the last Legislature in mandating them to become fifth class cities. The House and the Senate passed the bill when the members were assured its provisions applied only to the town of Delphi. IF THE LAW is valid, then '25 towns will have to' establish complicated and costly government with a mayor, council, board of works and chief of police. Now they get along with the simple and effective government of a town board. The towns believe with Ralph Waldo Emerson that the "less government we have, the better." BRUCE L. PETERS, Cambridge City attorney, writes that his town's tax rate of $3.08 likely would be doubled if it is compelled to operate as a city. "It would seem that the Legislature ought to ascertain the desires and resources of communities before forcing them into such a situation," he says. OTTO K. JENSEN, chief examiner of the State Board of Accounts, explains no new law-is needed relative to towns becoming cities. The law now provides that residents of towns can hold an election and decide Whether they want city government, JENSEN HAS ASKED the attorney general to give his opinion about the towns-to-citics law, Danville is prepared to bring a suit to have the law declared void. The law has no provision saying when the change of government shall take place. If the towns will be compelled to become cities, they must know soon. Local government officials will start to prepare their next year's budgets within a few-weeks. Governor H e n r y F. Schricker's home town of Knox is one affected by the law. TWO AND ONE-HALF months before the Indiana Farm Bureau's Golden West Caravan special train starts to the West Coast, reservations have been made for all but three lower berths and n few uppers. Glenn W. Sample, tour conductor, says farmer., are asking that another train be scheduled. This cannot be done because of limited accommodations at overnight stops, fee explains. utled Widow 's 6-Mile Hike For Jury Duty Praised Peru, Ind., May 28 (Spl.) Mrs. Rose L. Boyer, 48 years old, mother of three children, today won a judge's praise for walking six miles a day for two weeks to serve on a jury here. "Mrs. Boyer represents the highest type of good American citizenship," Judge Henry S. Bailey, Miami Circuit Court, said. "Without complaint or even mentioning the matter to anyone around the court, Mrs. Boyer has served in two jury trials in the last two weeks, even though it meant walking six miles to and from her home every day," the judge continued. JUDGE BAILEY said he didn't discover the hardship Mrs. Boyer was going through in order to serve until she ended her service. A resident of Perry' Town- ship in the north part of Miami . County, she lives on Ind. 36, three miles east of Ind. 19. To get to Peru for jury duty, she had to walk to Ind. -19 and catch a bus. When she had completed her service it w-as past time for her last bus home. Judge Bailey offered to drive her home and it was on the way that he learned of her sacrifice. SHE TOLD the judge that even though it meant getting up Television Broadcasts Fh Speedway Views Picture One Fage 3 Indianapolis had television for ; .,a the first time yesterday. It was 40 minutes of WFBM-TV from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But it convinced those lucky enough to be in front of a TV screen that television is, at long last, a reality here. THE BROADCAST was in the nature of a test of WFBM-TV equipment. It showed the crowds, the motion and the speed of the Speedway on the final day of qualification. Tomorrow, the station will make its formal debut with its first sponsored show and will make good its promise to televise the 500-mile race. After the 40-minute test from the Speedway, the station returned to its test pattern now almost a familiar sight to Indianapolis TV watchers. Tomorrow, WFBM-TV will be poised at the Speedway to catch the entire pageantry of the 500-mile race. Three cameras will tell the race story. Many of the 3,000 Indianapolis TV sets in privata homes will be tuned to the race and neighbors and friends of the owners will gather for a full day of watching the newest electronic marvel. WHILE THE STAR'S Speedway staff spends tomorrow at the track, those who are assigned to office duties will keep watch over TV. A receiver has been set up in the office of the newspaper by the Griffith Distributing Company, and during the test telecast made yesterday was a center of attraction for all employes. L. S. Ayres & Co. will be the first sponsor of a telecast from Indianapolis. The WFBM-TV station will start the showing of the film, "Crucible of Speed," at 10 a.m. (CDT) tomorrow under Ayres sponsorship. The film, produced by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, depicts many historic happenings of the Speedway and features in it such merchants of speed as Wilbur Shaw and other great drivers. '." ; AFTER the motion picture of about 25 minutes, Ihe TV casting will be switched at once to the Speedway itself and the first television program from the track will be under way. Ayres and 20 other retail concerns plan to use show-window or show-room TV displays. In most cases they have set up pro- Wuiii Ad Service TODAY . T e I e p hone tomorrow's Want Ads today from 4 p. m. to 7 p. m. Call ATIamic2lll The Want Ad Counter will be closed all day today. THE STAR Q'p MRS. ROSE L. BOYER before dawn, fixing breakfast for her family and making the long hike to and from the bus, she felt it was her duty to serve on the jury. "Many other citizens would have sought to be excused under less pressing circumstances," the judge said. Mrs. Beyer's son William is a senior at North Manchester College. Her two teen-age daughters, Maxine and Verda Mae, live at home. teeth e railings in front of show windows because store officials! believe many persons will want i to see the film and the Speed- way events themselves in the television sels which will be in the window display areas. i his own defense and told his ver-ironoiri I In i sion of the savaSe fatal struggle. JLi Vclllo VlllC ,He claimed he was kicked re peatedly in the face until blood t r( choked his'throat and he IPQllfV lflin screamed for mercy. Those UKsttUlj Lldlll screams went unheeded, the pe- diatrician testified. Jailed Ex-Mate Tells the baby specialist, an ex- rC c I ni ! serviceman and Phi Beta Kappa Ut Spumed 1 leading scholar, testified the husky engi- ! neer drew a knife on him and the Evansville, Ind., May 29 (Spl.) i two 'ought all over the narrow Helen Doris Merle, beautiful 1 Evansville College homecoming ! queen last year, was shot to death by her ex-husband in her ( bedroom here tonight after she i scorned his attempt at reconcili- j ation. i Richard Thomas Merle, 26, ! told police he shot her because "she wouldn't come back to live with me." , , MERLE, sitting with head bowed In his former wife's bedroom, the smoking pistol still in his hand, submitted meekly to arrest when police arrived. Detective Lt. Marvin Huff said Merle told him he "held down j the trigger" of the .25-caliber j Colt automatic until it quit fir-; irg while she dressed to go to a ! dance with another man. ' The 25 year - old brunette, : Turn to Page 12, Column S 59 Die In Accidents As U.S. Starts Holiday By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's holiday death toll rose to 59 last night. More than three-fourths of the victims died in traffic accidents. Besides the 46 killed on highways, five persons drowned and seven deaths were attributed to miscellaneous causes. WITH THE HOLIDAY week end barely 36 hours old, California suffered the heaviest loss with nine dead. Seven lost their lives in road accidents. Two men were killed near Oxnared when their light plane crashed during a fishing flight. Illinois and North Carolina, each with seven dead, were in second place. All the North Carolina victims were killed in one accident, a collision on slippery pavement near Shallotte. America's celebration of Memorial Day will cost a total of 215 lives, the National Safety Council has predicted. THE DEAD by states, listing the causes as traffic, drowning and miscellaneous in that order: California, 7-C-2; Connecticut, 0-1-1; Georgia, 1-0-0; Illinois, 5-1-1; Indiana, 1-0-0: Iowa, 2-1-0; Kansas, 2-0-0; Michigan, 5-0-0; Minnesota, 2-0-0; Mis- Gu iity ' In Km if Killing Held Murder In 2d Degree Ycrdict Carries Prison Term Of 10 Years To Life Cedar Rapids, In., May 28 (IN'S) Dr. Robert C. Rutledge Jr. was convicted tonight of soc- ond degree murder for slaying his wife's alleged seducer during a savage Cedar Rapids hotel room battle, A jury of nine men and three women returned the verdict in Linn County Court after deliberating 3 hours and 41 minutes. Such a conviction carries a sentence of from 10 years to life. The prosecution claimed Rut-ledge camelo Cedar Rapids with intent to lay in wait for Hatt-man and murder him. The prosecutors pictured the lanky physician as a "jealous, revenge" killer who also was motivated by-rob be ry. THE D F. F E N S E countered that Rutledge fought for his life in the struggle with the athletic engineer and claimed Hattman's mortal wound was self-inflicted during the contest for the knife he allegedly drew on the physician. Mrs. Rutledge, 25 pounds thinner since the ordeal began, took the stand in an effort to save her husband's life and bared her soul in his behalf. nG t a ju y ii, 1U4H, sailing excursion with Hattman "i tn? Mississippi River, of double Bourbons he bought for 1 her in bars and how he forced I himself on her in her npartment. Rutledge went to the stand in tumiiius ui int.- riuiL-i nuusevuu room. They tumbled into the hall in their ,life-or-death struggle over the knife, Rutledge declared. The handsome doctor demonstrated to the jury, with aid of one of his attorneys, how he held Hattman's arm from the rear and how he believed the fatal wound was self-inflicted. The prosecution subjected Mrs. Rutledge to a similar barrage of questions about her story of her "seduction and debauching" by her fellow-worker. Both sides introduced medical testimony in support of their widely-divergent contentions. Much ado was made about the length of the knife Rutledge said Hattman whipped from his pocket at the start of their scrap. Rutledge testified that he Turn to Page 12, Column 4 souri, 0-0-1; New Jersev. 2-0-0: New York, 3-1-1; North Carolina, 7-0-0; Ohio, 5-0-1; Pennsyl-vania, 4-0-0; Vermont, 1-0-0; and Wisconsin, 0-1-0. On Inside SECTION 1 U.S. rpportPd as demanding that Russia act to settle long overdue lend-lease account rage 2. Showdown test on whether economy bloc will have Its ,, way with Congress expected soon when Senate acts on three -billion -dollar foreign aid bill Page 4. Senator Vandenberg says North Atlantic Pact will be as successful In working for peace as Monroe Doctrine Page 4. New military pay Increase bill, giving advantage to enlisted men, near introduction and held likely to pass Page 4. Man admits slaying wife and dismembering her body; says she nagged him too much Tage 4. ' r Linda Darnell Arrives Victory Trophy To Race Winner Film Star Prepares For '500' Activity Hollywood's lovely Linda Darnell arrived in Indianapolis yesterday to kiss the winner of tomorrow's 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to present the Borg-Warncr trophy. But, as she stepped from her plane, Miss Darnell had a wifely kiss for her husband, Pev Mar- ! lc' Oscar-winning acc Holly- wooa camera man. And Miss t)arnell also had an opinion on the Rita Hayworth-Aly Khan romance. "There can be such a thing as too much publicity," said the charming Linda. MISS DARNELL wore all the glamour of Hollywood, but she and her husband appeared none the less, a typical young married couple. They have been married six years. Linda arrived in the city after playjng a four-a-day personal appearance in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pev, who is both race enthusiast and "hot-rod" owner, in addition to his camera mastery, dropped off here Friday. When Linda landed, however, Pev hurried to the plane at Weir Cook Municipal Airport to meet her and help his "tired little Turn to Ttgt 12, Column 2 South Americans Lead Distance Trek To Race I Icture On Tag 12 There was little doubt last night who had come farthest to see the 500-mile race. Senor German Granda Vas-quez de Vclasco, Lima, Peru, his lovely blond wife and their 16-year-old niece had a firm hold on the long-distance record this year. Senor Granda is en route to New York for the Rotary International convention. And, w hile he was traveling, he said, he thought it would be a good idea to visit Indianapolis, see the race and visit with friends. So they arrived last night at Weir Cook Municipal Airport. THE GRANDAS have quite a few "very- good friends" in the : good old Hoosier capital. Among them are Edward S. Dowling, Elmer R. Krueger, Karl Zimmer, Sidney E. Fenstermaker, Edward W. Little, Mrs. Lillian Kreps, Maurice Early, columnist for The Star, and Stephen C. Noland of The News. Some of the Indianapolis acquaintances Senor Granda met on his first trip here back in 1946. The rest he got to know while they were in South America on the Chamber of Commerce goodwill tour and per sonal trips. laundry custo-MOST OF THEM were on mn have been hand at the airport last night to'eneaeed In extend to the Grandas, at the tracking the wah. conclusion of their long trip by . air, a hearty, old-fashioned, hug-: Indianapolis and Indiana ging back-slapping Hoosier wel- Fair and somewhat warmer Sun-come ; day. Monday mostly cloudy, and While in Indianapolis the vis-! warmer with local showers or itors from South America will Pages Of Today's Sta Senate- Democratic leaders about ready to open Round 2 of Truman administration's drive to repeal the Taft-Hartley Bill and substitute a more "liberal" measure-Page 7. Western Allies foreign ministers propose end of military government In Germany and union of whole nation under Bonn Constitution, but Russia's Vishinsky appears cool Page 12. German Communists prepare to set up Soviet government In Eastern Zone in apparent attempt to give Russia another bargaining point In Big Four conference at Paris Page 12. SECTION 2 Laundry itrike front quieter t i i q LINDA HAS BIG KISS FOR Hl'BBV stay with the Kruegers. Then, tbe Kruegers will drive them 1o New York to attend the Rotary meeting and from there to Montreal, Canada, to see Senor Gran-, da's sister, who is the wife of the general consul from Ecuador. A man of posiiion and influence in Lima, Senor Granda is a chemical and civil engineer. He holds a professorship in mathematics in San Marcos University, is active in the Rotary and was the United Nations delegate from Peru to the Agricultural Conference in London. THE TRIP HERE, which be- j gan Friday night on Pan Amer - ica. Airlines' El Inter-Amer-, imersecuon-icano Constellation airliner, was HE WAS THROWN' out as it uneventful, Senor Granda said, struck the tree. The driverless "We were in Miami, Fla., yes- j car, still under power, struck an-terday morning in time to visit j 0,hcr trr.c-thcn crs;sed the high- some friPnds there before tak- ing the plane for Indianapolis," he commented. He said he likes Indianapolis because some people he considers his best friends live here and "you can't buy friendship." The Weather Joe Crow Says: At the Speed-w a y today they're washing the track, while for several days thunderstorms. r but pollre say tempers of pickets seem shorter Page 1. Indianapolis double patrols In attempt to keep crime front quiet over Memorial Day week end Page 1. section 1 fiit Adam 7 Dr. Barton 7 Mllorlmit 6 MoTlti 9-11 MuMbauni 7 Radio . S Minrhrll 7 SECTIOJC 2 Tilt BnlMlnr S Futurri A Hnkhlra 4 Srhooll 2 Trarrl 2, 3 sec. s Pate Art IS Bnoka ......... 1 1 Srldrr IS Br Th War,... S Hub f alrnrf.r.. .11 Clnk Federation. .15 rontralnlatlona ...14 Va.lko ni .ft rrMViiif iia t n Fur Toil 13 Leilon Amlllarr. IS lt'i Talk, Trrna.13 Mrmnrial Day Vrrae 17 Parliamentary Lav Spade Palhian ... 4 Sabdrba, Sqalrea. .1.1 The Imide Story. . 9 j Wrddlnn. r.ntaaemrnta . 3 White Collar Oirl. 3 i Why Grim Old?. .12 ; SKCTIO.V 4 Pair .1-11 SECTION Ii life f are .9, S ..1-3 finanrtat Sporta a . e Slayin To Award Driver Killed h Wild Crash Russell Hurkhardt, Auctioneer, Victim rirturc On Page 5 Russell Burkhardt, 44 years old, Indianapolis auctioneer, was injured fatally at Ind. 67 and Lyndhurst Drive late yesterday in a spectacular accident in which his car, driverless after the first crash, ran wild, crossed the busy highway and ended up in a ditch. Burkhardt's car ricocheted after being in collision with an other car, then crashed into a 1 tree at the southwest side of the way. and plunged into a ditch. Burkhardt, 3815 West Washington Street, who was returning from an auction at Moores-ville, died an hour and a half later in General Hospital. The driver of the other car, David Wiggs, 31, Owensvillc, was injured slightly. He was treated at General Hospital and released. There were no passengers in either car. STATE POLICE last night in- vpstip-atpH thp nossihilitv nf a ! o - - i . . j large sum of money may have been stolen from Burkhardt's pockets before he was taken to f the hospital. V t . i I V. , & . i im. V s.3 i, l - ," ft 4 lvJl---' """""i His , wife told them her hus-'i(ji?-ril fband usually had S300 or more fastened in his pocket with a paper clip after an auct'on sale. State police found only a little more than SI in, his pocket. They said the money might have. dropped from his. pocket Turn to Tbic" 12. Column S Solemn Memorials, Big Race Awaited By U.S. The stage was set today for a gigantic Memorial Day observance over the length and breadth of the land and its i companion snorts niece the an- niai TnHiannnnlis SOfl.Mile Rare. I ' - Tomorrow's celebration, sol emnized by rites for the nation's war dead, bade fair to be one of the largest in history. As they bow in tribute to the heroes who gave their lives in conflict, Americans were urged by President Truman to pray for nermarient peace. FROM FA M E D Arlington Cemetery near Washington to little rural churchyards all over the country, tiny flags will fly j and graves will be laden with ! flowers on the 81st Memorial! Day. The long holiday week end, Race Field Is Fastest In History Last-Day Qualifiers Oust Slower Racers; Metzler Hits Wall By BOB STRAXAIIAN Sports Editor An 11th hour burst of speed on the final day of qualification yesterday "bumped" five slower cars and set a field of 33 fastest in history lor the running of the 33d 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow. The grim battle for places in the field took its toll, too, for 38-ycar-old George Metzler, freshman driver, was hurt critically as his car plowed into a retaining wall as he tried in vain to coax it to greater speed. Qualification came to a dramatic close when Manuel Avulo, Burbank, Cal., sent Bill Sheff-ler's Offcnhauscr Special winging around the course at 127.317 m.p.h. in his final lap to push the fifth car 1o the sidelines. He was yesterday's fifth qualifier and he needed that burst of speed bad'y to bring his average for the 10-mile sprint up to 125.799, AVTI.O'S TIME was the slowest in the field but it served to displace Ralph Pratt in the Bel-anger Special by the narrow margin of .034 m.p.h. All the more remarkable was the fact that it was Ayulo's first ride in the Sheffler car, which earlier had spun twice under Tommy Mattson. After Mattson came out of his second slide on the southeast turn he climbed out and started afoot across the infield. A guard quoted him as saying: "That's enough. To hell with it." AND THE SLIGHT Avulo, son of a Peruvian father and an American mother, drove as though he were going to take it to the place designated by Mattson in order to get into the field. Four others besides Ayulo drove as though possessed and called on their cars for unprecedented speeds to crack into the "hot" field in the wild and woolly finish which kept a crowd of 10,000 in the seats until the final red stopping flag of Starter Seth Klein was unfurled. THE OTHER qualifiers yesterday were Bayliss Leverett, Glendale, Cal., in his own Offen-hauser Special at the day's fastest speed, 129.236; Bill Cantrcll, Louisville, in the Kennedy Tank Special, 127.191; Fred Agabash-ian, Albany, Cal., in the second Maserati owned by Indianapolis Race Cars, Inc., at 127.007, and the veteran Emil Andres, Blue Island, 111., in the second Tuffy Offy entry at 126.042. Cantrcll, who had qualified earlier in the Fageol Twin Coach Special, was bumped out of the lineup by the superior speed in the closing of qualifications and was the only pilot who succeeded in finding a car fast enough to break back into the 33 starters. OTHERS ELIMINATED on the final day were Merrill (Doc) Williams in the Sarafoff Special; Henry Banks, Compton. Ca)., in a Federal Engineering Special: Ralph Pratt, Detroit, in one of Murrell Belanger's cars. Turn to Sec. 5, Page 1, Column 8 , traditional beginning of the sum- mer season, was the signal for the opening of many resorts and for throngs of vacation-bound motorists to hit the highway. It brought the usual grim warning from the National Safety Council: More than 215 persons would die from auto accidents alone as some 30 million cars jammed the roads. The dead from auto accidents Turn to Pnife 12, Column 6 Average April SUNDAY STAR rirmlalioK h melt of ' 256,000

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