Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on March 11, 1936 · Page 17
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i & THE National Whirligig .... WASHINGTON- By RAY TUCKER SLOGAN Republican issue-seek- ers welcome the Black ' Committee's seizure of telegram- duplicates like a college freshman Vfreets a money order from home. As a result of some counter-sleuth- . ing, they confide that the most sen' national yarn hasnt been sprung . yet. When the time is ripe, they will charge that office telephone wires of Representative Chester Bolton of Ohio have been system' atically tapped. The eavesdropping is supposed to have started as soon as the Ohio Representative was named co-chairman of the Joint Republican Congressional Committee. Telephone Company experts are understood to have confirmed Bolton's suspicions, but the iden-ity of the alleged tappers has not been discovered. The point most people miss though the Republicans don't is that thisissue can be tied in di rectly with the larger question of the New Deal's allegedly unconsti' tutional aspects. GOP-ers admit they were making no headway with their cry of "rally 'round the Con stitution." But if they can link it with wire-tapping and telegraph raiding, they think they can dramatize it into a winning slogan-next November. 0 tt CRITICAt'PresHent Roosevelt has a fine flair for phrases. Though. few note it, he studs his speeches with biblical allusions which touch a sympathetic though forgotten chord in listeners' minds and hearts. He tags a measure or policy with provoking catchlines. "The good neighbor" pronouncement is the best example of this forensic ability. He demands the same world-skill from . his aides. - He frequently corrects a Cabinet member whenever an awkward expression creeps into iiis reports. The latest victim was Rex Tugwell, who airides himself on his magic with he language. At a recent meeting of the National Emergency Council, Dr. Tugwell submitted a report in which he explained that some of his funds were "encumbered." "That's a bad word, Rex," inter-ruped the chief. ,'"Try something else." The 'council members immediately .broke out with a rash of suggestions but none exactly suited the President. It's a safe bet, however, that the word "encumbered" won't appearjn the resettlement report when it is handed to the press. PUZZLE Detailed dissection of the Roosevelt-Talmadge ote in the recent county contest in eorge has upset several widely held economic and political theories. Altough the President's overwhelming victory may -depress antijSNew Dealers'who banked on Talmadge as a powerful reinforcement, it also puzzles the White House. Roosevelt defeated the Georgia Governor 40 to 1 In ihe county's one good-sized city, and only 2 to 1 in the rural sections. In this district at least his polities appealed more to small merchants, manufacturers and artisans than they did to beneficiaries of AAA checks. If this sentiment prevails in other sections of the country, the political strategists in both camps may be forced to alter their battle plans. Another unexplained factor is that the county has received almost no Federal funds in the form of WPA projects. What New Deal enemies refer to as "political subsi dies apparently failed to influence the balloting. Though surprised at tne trends, '. u. R.'s friends operate on the theory that all's well that enas wen. CHAFING Inside word at the War Department is that Major-General Hagood will have plenty of time to repent be fore he is restored to active service. The unadvertised explanation ""is that he is expected to retire vol untarily if forced to chafe in idle ness for long. He loves the restless life of any Army post. Solving difficult technical problems of organization and . preparation is his hobby. He detests the ordinary social stuff of many military centers, never attends teas and parties. Hence it is suspected that ne will quit unless they give him work to do. Though the White House doesn't appear to have heard of the Hagood incident, insiders say the order relieving him from duty was thoroughly discussed at a Cabinet meeting. The first five words of the order "By direction of the President" meant just what they said. 6 FUND Private utilities' nose- thumbing tactics have un wittingly swelled Harry Hopkins' 0 Occlusive ?f?flx?jft& Frt 2,r:is.$crviet Uniteo Vtut Aiociliont 5 tfbun? VOLrCXXIV- OAKLAND, CALIF., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1936 D 17 NO. 71 CHEST WORKERS SEEKING LAST $78,000 Tenants Periled in Apartment Blaze CAM en They ! 1 ' ' u rf S(Ss " v ' ' : 'I' i EXTENDED TO L ATTAIN Workers Out to Raise $11,000 A Day Between Now and Tuesday; Success' Foreseen '11 Continue to Have Home - If Ghest Is Filled KTHE nave Week-Day Column Miss Katherine "Jackie" McGaire just stopped long enough to throw on a negligee before she started down fire escape during an early morning fire in an apartment house at 231 7 Fruitvale Avenue. - -Tribune pholo. By FRED NOLAND . There was victory in the air today as 5000 volunteer workers for the Community, Chest tackled the formidable task they have accepted of bringing in $78,000 between now and next Tuesday evenitig. "We will terminate our campaign1 efforts in a grand report dinner,''1 Dr. Benjamin Black, general campaign chairman, announced at the report luncheon yesterday noon which marked the end of the originally scheduled campaign period. "Let us make this a victory dinner. If we do, we must produce $11,000 daily from now on. We must make return calls on those who have heard our story and taken fthe nVatteTot'gtvtrrgH Undercon sideration.' We must return to those who, able to do more, have given inadequately. We must get in about 5000 more donors in order to have the same number of givers we had last year. "When we have done all these things we need have no fear that we will be weighed in the balance and found wanting." A spirit of cheer pervaded the workers as the final workers' luncheon was ended and plans for report sessions tomorrow and Monday noon at the Y. W. C. A. with chairmen, colonels arid majors were repeated. Proof that workers'are still on the job was given by the fact that 3577 new pledges for $14,348 brought the total for the appeal to $422,215. "In the interests of humanity we can not lag," Black said. "I appeal to householders and business people to receive the Chest workers with courtesy. They are performing faithfully a difficult piece of work, work that is of value to the whole community. "We have obtained 84.4 per cent of the total needed. We must not There is a warm, cheerful playroom for Billy, Anne. Tony and Bob at the Catholic Day Nursery where ihey can stay while mother works. These four, leading members of the nursery's Kinder Band, will be assured this protection through 1936, if Chest workers get $78,000 by Tuesday, leaders say. MICE CHEW UP COUNTY BOOKS O relief cjiest by $90,000,000, although his spending policies pain them almost as much as F. D. R.'s public program. When President Roosevelt first announced that he had allotted $100,000,000 to Morris Cooke for rural electrification, he explained that private companies had contracted to borrow 80 per cent of it almost immediately. But Cooke has loaned only $4,000,000-odd in more than a year and hardly a cent has been taken by the private cor-, porations. They didn't keep their bright promises to the President. ; The reason is that their legal ad visers counseled against it. The C lawyers warned that the utilities vould enter court with soiled hands in opposing PWA grants to municipal plants if their pockets were . stuffed with Cooke's 3 per cent . loans for construction of transmission lines. Some companies paid higher rates for money than borrow from Uncle-Sam. So REA's $100,000,000 was cut to one-tenth that amount and the balance was turned over to the boondoggles . (Copyright, 136, tor Tin Tribune) ,l,i,..r..i.ll.,,l, - 8 -; ''' '''' :-::.--:.m,r.:i-hi .IJ..!. Hj-jm 1 JLiJL Mrs. S. E. Figner (left) and Mrs. E. E. Blaice, residents of the apartment, are shown here inspecting the damage after firemen were forced to ch op away an entire wall in order to get to the flames. . . t-lj,' Tribune pholo. Fire Escapes UsedJn Early Morning Fire; Woman Faints A fire, believed to have originated in an incinerator chute, caused $7500 damage to the Fruitvale Arms Apartment House at 2317 Fruitvale Avenue today. The blaze was discovered by Mrs. Sarah Kelgo and her sister, Alice, who reside on the top floor of the three-story building. The two women shouted fire, and at the same moment smoke was noticed by a passerby, who turned in an alarm. A second alarm called out more apparatus, and the firemen, directed personally by Chief William G. Lutkey, confined the damage to the third story and the roof of the building, which is owned by the San Jose Pacific Loan Company. Mrs. Alice Garrett, manager of the house, who resides on the first floor, fainted from excitement, firemen said. The apartment occupied by B. S. Quayles, Fred Murrick, Dorothy Nelson and Catharine McGuire, and H. O. Canavan. all on the third floor, were damaged by smoke and water, firemen said. The blaze, Lutkey said, starting in the incinerator chute, apnarently had beep smoldering for some time. It ate its way up a narrow stair way to the roof, where it was checked by streams of water. Damage Suit Starts In Superior Court Selection of a jury began today. in the court of Superior Judge Leon Gray as a $10,200 damage suit against the East Bay Municipal Utility District went to' trial. The suit was filed by Mrs. Lillie Todd, who stated r i V it " s f 1 1 ! - .. wmi j "Fire, everybody out!" shouted Miss Sarah Kilgo, who was the first tenant to smell smoke. She joused sleeping occupants of the third floor where the blaze broke through the wall of the building. Tribune photo. in her complaint that on March 30, 1935, he was injured when the auto- nlobile in which she was riding on Foothill Boulevard crossed an air legedly carelessly constructed cul vert or bridge which the district bad built into the street lose sight of the fact, however, that we are still $28,000 under the inadequate amount obtained in 1935." Deaf mute children, wards of St. Joseph's Home, provided a principal program feature yesterday. Two tiny boys gave an exhibition in tap dancing, "hearing" the rhythm of the music through their feet. Major divisions which have exceeded the amounts collected last year were honored. They include: Central Committee, Corporations, East Oakland, Public Employees, Japanese and Chinese. The Public Employees under Lew F. Galbraith are "Over the top" with $57,371, 104 per cent of their quota. The Chinese group has been over for several days. At the conclusion of reports the cooking and household management students from the Central Trade School, who have been on the job daily since report luncheons began, staged their annual "kitchen parade" through the assemblage. They were headed by Martin W Kliewe and Mrs. Delia Chandler. L. A. Blockade in Hands of U. S. Judge LOS ANGELES, March 11. (U.R Jurisdiction of .Federal courts in connection with a plea that the Los Angeles "bum blockade" was a violation of constitutional rights today rested with Federal Judge AJbert Lee Stephens. Judge Stephens took under advisement the protest of Assistant City Attorney Leon P. Davis that the case was outside Federal jurisdiction. The American Civil Liberties Union, representing Harold Langan, Hollywood mining rnan, opened' the court, battle with a demand for an injunction against Police Chief James E. Davis and his "foreign legion" which has been checking transients at the California' border. Examinations Are Held For Oakland Police Posts Mice that have been entrenching themselves in the Registration Department of the Hall of Records were literally on the run today as Joe Kingston's one-man campaign of extermination progressed. Yesterday, about 10 a. m., there was a muffled but audible "thwack" in the record room. Joe ran in and emerged a moment later triumphantly, with a trapped mouse. It was all of two Inches long. , "I'll bet this is the one that gnawed the label off the ink bottle," Joe opined as he placed the rodent-vandal in a pasteboard box and started off to exhibit him. At present, the Registration Department is virtually "mined" with mouse traps. Kingston has been having daily conferences with Harry Nugent, hall janitor, to plan thq strategy for placing them. It all began, when one mouse gnawed the label off the ink bottle. The clerks kept getting the ink mixed up with the glue pot, nearby, and this gummed up progress. Then one morning one of the women clerks left an oversize apple in her drawer for lunch. When the noon siren blew there was only half an apple. Nugent reported that evening that the day's "bag" included an extra fat mouse. Sandwiches the kind with cheese filling have been disappearing with monotonous regularity, too. "We ve catiRht dozen so far and we're only started," Kingston announced. "Why they gnawed their way half through a bundle of registration eertiflcates before indigestion made them slop." Kingston who is chief registrat tion clerk and naturalization deputy, added one precautionary measure to his list today. He locked up his choice political cigars in the steel safe. Oral examinations for promotion, in the Police Department to the positions of captain, lieutenant and lieutenant of inspectors were under way today by Civil Service authorities. No vacancies have occurred, but the Civil Service is building up the eligiblejist, Five are taking the captain examination, seven ' the lieutenant, and 10 the lieutenant of inspectors. Questions were being given by Lieut. Com. L. M. Edelman, of the United States Naval Reserve. FIRST PRIZE IN 'WAR' i i I J i ' lSllIllfciiiiW!l - ' i - , V , , ... . . - J Mice are menacing irreplacable records and, affidavits at the Ala meda County Hall of Records. When this was discovered, traps were , set among the deeds and other papers the rodents were destroying. Here is Francis Gliozzi with the first "prisoner" (indicated' by arrow) taken in the campaign. Tribune, pholo. Police Check Murder - Story of Oakland Boy SAN JOSE, March 11. Authorities today were investigating an asserted Denver, Colo., murder of an aged man, described to them by 16-year-old Arthur Ellis, who gave his address as 450 Fifth Street, Oakland. Ellis was arrested yesterday with Fhinp Kirkpatrick, zz, lormer JJen-ver soda fountain clerk, who, Ellis said, told him that he beat the aged man to death with an iron pipe, stole the latter's automobile and came West. Horse and Stranger Fail to Return EL CERRITO, March 11. El Ccr-rito police today are seeking a man who rode off with a horse belonging to the Kensington Riding Academy, ' A man about 30 years old approached William A. Stuart, manager of the club, and explained that he wanted to have his picture taken on a horse. Stuart provided the man with a horse. BRIDGE AND 1939 FAIR SITE 5 , y '','- : , . 4 " . , ' ;""s''' '"y y, I Je ' . ! mm"?""' "y '; , ' '.. -, - A - 1 t t 1 - This shows how the island; which will be the location of the San Francisco World Fair in 1939, has grown since Army engineers began the tasK ot tilling the 4,U-acre Yerba cuena ahoals site, 'it also sh how the island will appear in relation to the location of the cantilever span of the mammoth San Francii r in rr i ri 1 n l l t . I . t i uaKiand cay Drwge. uyae zunaeriana pnoio. , TRAVELS This k a story bou a story which went round and round but finally returned to is original sources. It seems that Hilton Melby, assistant city attorney, told a good yarn to Jack Collier, also an assistant city attorney. Collier thought - n,nll 4V,a .tnrv that ha 4rtM it Andrew "Mike". Smith, executive se:retary to the City Manager. Some time later, Collier happened to tell Melby that the yarn had been told to Smith. "Did he laugh?" inquired Melby. "He did," reported Collier. "Very much?" "Tremendously. He almost rolled 1 the floor with laughter." "That's interesting," said Melby. "Smith was the one who first told the story to me." FUN 11 s not generally known, . but even the grim sleuths 01 the police department, who track down murderers and other criml-' nals, have their moments of playfulness and good, clean fun, although a policeman's idea of a joke is always a practical joke. . For instance. Insnectnr T. TV Tnhin recently summoned the inspectors for a ceremonial meeting, where Inspectors Eugene Murphy and Lou Jewell were to be signally honored. Tobin announced that these distin guished sleuths were promoted to the positions of aids to the Department of Justice, and he read a lengthy telegram from its. chief, J. Edgar Hoover, congratulating them auu icgieiung mat ne couia noi Da present to hand them the badges personally. He then presented them, with the badges. They were-toy badges, bought at a 10-cent store, and they bore the iegena: junior i'once." ANOMALY Rising the pages of bur Knavish notebook we ran across the following entry under a recent date: Noted one of life's little contradictions this morning. A window washer with a long-handled brush was busy washing the windows of a French laundry. ' He was a pale little man. with a jet black mous-fache. His yellow drying cloth, thrown over one shoulder, stood out against the dark blue of his shirt like one of those old time cavalry capes put oh inside out He seemed to be using much more water than was necessary. He stood in a puddle which was augmented every time he dipped his brush into the pail at his side. But it was when he applied .the wet brush to the laundry window that the above-mentoned contradiction was most in evidence. Painted in large letters upon tne wmaow, find giving the little man's effort! the lie in its mutely eloquent way, was a sign reading: DRY CLEANING. NO SALE Captain J. Frank 1NO tflLt. of Central Police Station almost achieved a remarkably successful record as vendor or salesman of chocolate bars, soda pop, cigars, cigarets, peanuts and chewing gum recently, but by a great exercise of will power sidestepped the business and continued to act like a police captain. He and his . cohorts were raidlnsj an alleged lottery headquarters, where they also sold confections on the side. During the visit of Cap- , tain Lynch, various owners of lottery tickets arrived to, cash in. The captainmet them courteously enough, and asked what he could do for them. Each visitor, suspecting that something was wrong, began to yearn to buy something. "I want a chocolate bar," said one of them, producing a nlckle. "Never mind that," suggested the captain. "How about your lottery ticket?" "But I want a nickle's worth of chocolate bars" "Ticket, please," demanded the., captain. 'Or a package of chewing gum 'Ticket, ticket, ticket, ticket ticket," insisted the captain. He finally got the ticket and ar rested the owner, after which an other victim would stroll in and notice that something was wrong, when he would demand peanuts, cigarets or soda pop. s The captain admits he could have achieved a 100 per cent record as a salesman-Because there was a great demand for all sorts of refreshments; instead of accommo dating the customers as a good salesman should, he hauled them into the police station, which no real salesman would ever think of doing to a customer. -THE KNAVE SAYS: IOWS ancisco- The hands of time were turned back to the harrowing days of 1914, when Chancellor Hitler or-' dered his German troops into the demilitarized xone of the old battle fronts .... Yes sir! It looks like Adolph has taken The .Watch on the Rhine out of hock. The French became so alarmed that they cancelled all leave for soldiers, and rushed thousands of them to the border .... Poor . old France! The mere sound of goose-steps causes goose-pimples, It seems to me the next time the powers start drawing up any territorial agreements, they should at least hire an efficient . office force .... From the way those treaties have been torn up, lately, somebody must have made a lot of topographical errors. : So Remember; When it comes to observing war agreements, Hitler believM in every nation for Itself . . , A sort of "Dutch treaty." (Copyright. 1936. tor Tht Tribunal ;

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