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V t J "WORK IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, Ml MTI Your best friend or your worst enemy." WHATEVER your TASK, let POST-DISPATCH WANTS AID you. The RESULTS can only be The Only Evening Paper in St. Louis- With the Associated Press News Service: (Complete Market Reports) " PLEASANT and PROFITABLE. VOL. 75. NO. 57. ST. LOUIS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 1, 192244 PAGES. PRICE 2 CKNTS ST POST-DISPATCH M r i WOMAN KILLED AMD SEVERAL PERSONS HURT IN TORNADO j Wind at Midnight Demol-j ishes 25 Homes in Two I Widely Separated Sections of Mining City Terrific i J Rainstdrm Preceded the ! Tornado. ABOUT 100 PERSONS ARE MADE HOMELESS I Their Possessions Scattered t X Over Blocks Seven Oc- l cupants of One Destroyed House Escape Without Se- v rious Injury. Qy ths Associated Press. 1 WEBB CITT. Mo., Nov. 1. This 'nlnlng city today checked up on he . damga done by a tor- lado whlch struck at mld- struck at light. resulted in the known h.eath ot one person. Injury of a .(core or more ot others, one. of s hom may die, and demolished 25 homes In two widely separated sections of the city. . The dead: Mrs. NanVy Frand, 63 years old. The Injured: George Barclay, his wife and Lela, t James Campbell, leg Injured. 1 Mrs. M. E. Epprlght. bruised and suffering from shock, I Mrs. Emma Lott. internally . Injured." . Dorothy Gibson, adopted daughter i aof Mrs. Lott, left arm broken. i iieona tjase, iz years oia, aaugn- ter; of Mrs. May Johnson, face cut and bruised. L. C. Epprlght, son of Mrs. M. E. jEppright, thrown from bed and bad-jly bruised. ; Pursley, gash In head. I A number of others also are said fjo hale been injured. . f The tornado struck the outskirts of Webb City, starting at a point cr. he South Hall Street road, south-: eat of town,' lifting and dropping 'figaln at a residence section on South Centennial street, then swoop-ng down on East Daugherty street, (between Webb City and Carteryillo, gain on North Elliott street and ifinally spending itself in the rural districts north of town, i The storm wrecked Mrs. Frart'a ihome, carried her nearly a block ard injured her fatally. She was found lead lying on a mattress inthe yard xf,a neighbor. Her husband, Joseph Frad. was Working at an ice ilant at the time and she was alone )n her home. Internal injuries caused her death. I Few persons In the main part "of the city knew of the tornado having struck until this morning. Preparations are under way to care - for the homeless. Approximately 100 , persons are without homes and their household and personal effects are strewn for blocks. I Hardly a dwelling in the storm's rath -escaped the terrific wind. Por- ' iions of houses were carried hun- ) Jlreds of feet. An unusual lnc.dent was the fact 'hat but one house In the southeast Section, occurled largely by laborer, escaped destruction. The wind failed to topple It over, but literally "wept It with flying debris from the Sther wreckage. . The home of Harvey Shelton, In -is better residence district In the porthwest part of town, was demol-shed, but none of the .seven mem- J)ers of the Shelton family received (ore than slight cuts and sciatches. t - Preceded by Heavy Italn. A terrific rain preceded the tor-. jiado. Hallowe'en celebrators who were still out at that hour said their attention was attracted by a heavy roar and they then observe! the , tornado's approach. ; Two persons were. taken to a local pospltal shortly after the storm, rhlch lasted only a few minutes, had passed.' Others were treated for injuries of more or less seriousness by physicians. 1 Heads of families administered firet aid as best they could to In-: (lured relatives. ' 1 The storm was believed -to have -taken a northeasterly course from her. Although reports of high tvlnds were received ' from other Qolnts, no serious damage was done ftsewhere. as far . as has been arned. u ' ' 4sj , The City Grculation RAIN AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND SQUALLS; COOLER THE TE1IPERATURFS. . . fl."i i a. m. . .." 1 a. m. 12 (noon) i 1 p. in e p. m 68 3 p. m 7 4 p. in 6o Official forecast for St. Louis and vicinity: Kain tills afternoon and to-jiight, with severe thundcr-storms and squalls; colder tonight ; tomor-r o v partly cloudy-and colder. Missouri Rain this afternoon and possibly tonight; sevete thundersto r m s in east and central portions; colder tonight, tomorrow prob-, ably fair; colder in east and south portions. November Illinois Rain tonight; colder in -extreme south portion; tomorrow un settled, with rain in north portion and colder In south and "west portions; strong shifting winds and squalls. SMOKESTACK FALLS IN STORM; 6 MEN HURT Bricks Crush Part of Stove Plant at Belleville, Burying Workers. Six men were seriously injured In a severe wind and rain storm at Belle ville at 9 a. m. today, when a large brick smokestack was blown down at the plant of the Belleville Stove and Range Co., at Third and McKin- ley streets. The injured are Adam Rauth, Ju lius Meyer, Henry Lickenbrock, H. Walker, F. Baum and Edward Freu- denberg. They are at St. Vincent's Hospital. A heavy downpour of rain was followed by a rush of wind and the stack, containing 10,000 brick, top pled' .and "crashed Into the west side of the machine shop, fn which 25 men were working. The six who were Injured were pinned under tfie debris and it was nearly an hour before they had all been dug out. They had been at work on the second floor and were carried with the wreckage to the first floor. The west Fide of the building was so badiy wrecked that the walls had to -be pulled down. Considerable damage was done about the city. Some buildings were unroofed and windows broken and frees were uprooted. A concrete cross on St. Peter's Cathedral was blown down. . TWIN SISTERS ABE REUNITED AFTER 40 YEARS' SEPARATION One of Them Didn't Know She. Had Sister Vntil 10 Days Ago 17- Yhar Search by Other. By the Associated Press STERLING, 111., Nov. 1. Twin sisters, separated for 40 years, were reunited here Tuesday when Mrs. Otto Erickson of Sterling greeted Mrs. Charles II. Ileid of Indianapo lis. Until 10 days ago Mrs. Held did not know she had a sister. 'Then she got word from the Sterling wman. who had searched li'eently fo. J 7 years for some trace of her kin. As far as can be learned the girls were born to a Clinton. Ia., couple. Parental objections to the marriage grew stronger with the birth of the children. and the young mother. heartbroken, died. The baby girls were taken by a Whiteside County couple, and after two years, when the wife of the household into which they had been taken, died, the babies became separated. FORD, MINES AND FARMHOUSE More Interest In House Than In $10,000,000 Coal Deal." Pv th Associated Press. DETROIT, Mich.. Nov. 1. Whlle p. newspaper man questioned Henry Ford yesterday about the reported purchase of a group of Pennsylvania coal mines valued at $10,000,000, the manufacturer continued his inspec tion of an old farmhouse, undergo ing repairs. The farm property seemed to have the greater hold upon Ford's interest. One small mine at Grand Forks, Pa., he said, was purchased Mot day. Ready for Transcontinental I'Msht By the Associated I'ress. SAN DIEGO, Cal.. Now 1. Hope that weather conditions would Ter-mit them to start for New Tork on a nonstop flight by Friday or Satur day morning was expressed today by TJeuts. John A. MacReady and OaK- lcy Kelly; army aviators, who have heen waiting for several wks for a favorable opportunity. The same Liberty 'engine which 1-ept the two aviators in the air here Oct. " and for more than 35 hours will be used In the attempt.' ; " , 1 a. m 2 m m I a. m a. in .. ...:i ; a. rr. t!5 a. m 2 a- o a. m 07 ,V. Daily P0ST-DISPATCH alone approximately Equals "LIES, LIES, ALL LIES." SAYS BERRY OF ARSON CHARGE Owner of Auto Repair School Denies He Schemed to Fire Building to Collect Insur ance. TIPS" TO THE POLICE GIVEN BY HELPER Arson Squad and Firemen, Not- in Uniform, Were Waiting in" Vicinity When Blaze Started. Lies, lies; all lies." That was the comment of John Berry, 74 j-ears old. veteran balloonist, as he heard the details of an alleged plot to burn his aviation and automobile repair school at 3910 Washington boulevard to collect 2000 fire insurance. The story was related by Berry's employe, Don S. Scarborough, 36, cf 404C Delmar boulevard. to detec tives at police headquarters, in the presence of Berry, who was arrested at 1:10 p. m. yesterday, following a fire at the school. The case will be presented to the grand Jury. An hour before the fire Scarbor ough had informed city detectives that he was Involved in a conspiracy to set fire to the building in which the school was located. He said that arrangements had been made to 'spring the trap" at 1:10 p. m. .He was directed by the detectives to go ahead with the plan, and the police arson squad conferred " with Firo Chief Tanzer Firemen in Waiting. As a result of the conference 15 firemen, not in uniform . and equipped with chemical fire extinguishers, were waiting in the vicinity ot Washington boulevard and Van-deventer avenue when the fire broke out. Detective Sergeant William Murphy of the arson squad and four other detectives also were concealed in the neighborhood, one of the de tectives being stationed near a fire- alarm box. At 1:10 p. m., flames and smoke burst from a rear window on the second floor of the Berry building. The waiting firemen rushed in with their extinguishers, a 'detective hiding in the alley signaled the detective at the fire alarm box. who turned in an alarm, and other detec tives grabbed .Berry. Scarborough and one of Berry's pupils as they ran from the burning building. The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes, although the flames had spread rapidly throughout the entire upper floor and the rear part of the lower floor. Firemen reported that upon entering the building they en countered an odor of gasoline and sulphur. Scarborough had Informed detectives that gasoline was to be the chief factor of the Are. Kmploye's Story. This thing was planned Monday," said Scarborough when the prison ers reached police headquarters "Berry told me he needed money to pay bills and rent. He asked me to help him set fire to the place, and. said that as soon as he collected the $2000 Insurance he would be in a position to pay me $40 a week. "This is between the two of us. and it will go through if neither of us talks," he told me. "We rigged up a small wooden box with a strip of sand paper tacked to the bottom. Then we nailed a block to the side of the box near the top. To this we attached a stick with a bolt so that it would serve as an arm. W e placed matches in the low er end of the arm, measuring the outfit so that when the arm was moved tne match heads would scrape along the sand paper and Ignite. "The box was then stuffed with shavings, soaked with gasoline, and th.e box was placed behind the framework of a motor truck. A gal Ion can of gasoline was placed on the seat of the truck and tilted 5o that it couai easily be upset. A strlng was attached to the neck of the csn and another string was fastened to the upper part of the arm in .he box. Berry called the arm the 'trigger. j. no siring were tnen run through slits in the flooring so that they coujd be pulled from the first floor. Another gallon can of gaso line was placed on another truck and a string attached to that can was run to a landing .midway between the nrst ana second Hoars. Method of Signal Described. "1 was to Ignite a third can of gasoline on the second floor, start an automobile to 'backfiring and then rap on the Ifoor three times with a hammer. That was to be the signal for Berry to . pull the r.wo strings on the first floor and as ran downstairs I was to pull the third string on the landing. The Contlaaed Pagt 2, Column 'J. i MAN AND ACCUSER IN . ALLEGED ARSON CASE i ... ...T71 1 W-y Y CAPT, WILD GEESE ON AUTO RADIATOR GIVE TRAFFIC SIGNALS Kesidents Kenuchy. yTowri Shock bv Waterfowl snocK ny waierrowi Given Shock Brought From Missouri. j Br the Associated Press. WINCHESTER, Ky.. Nov. 1. Winchester residents have recovered from the shock received recently when an automobile was driven into' the city with two wild geese perched on the radiator giving traffic signals in the 'honk-honk" peculiar to that species of water- fowl. This event marked the second at tempt of Judge J. M. Benton to propagate in Kentucky a strain of wild geese, reputed to be found only in certain sections of Missouri. Geese of this strain, according to claims advanced by Missouri own- s, are imbued with a trait not to be found in other members of the species. They are easily educated to replace horn on automobiles, and when perched on the radiator of a car, it has been claimed, such a goose will keep a vigilant watch over the traffic and "honk" at the proper time, thus relieving the driver of the necessity for constant vigilance. Last spring Judge Benton received a shipment of eggs from his .Uncle, Lish" Covington, of Clay County, Mo., but efforts to hatch the egga were not successful. The appearance of the educated geese here marked the arrival of Covington himself, who. determined that the benefits accruing to auto- mobilists of Missouri should not be denied his Kentucky kinsmen, brought a brace of the famous geese to be used in establishing the strain in the Blue Grass. LENINE MAKES FIRST PUBLIC SPEECH SINCE HIS ILLNESS Premier. In Good Physical Condition, Says Russia Would Seek Near. East Peace at Parley. By the Associated Press. MOSCOW, Nov. 1. --Soviet Moscow is now assured that Premier Lenlne is In good physical condition and fine spirits. He spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since his prolonged' illness, making an unheralded appearance before the workmen's and peasants' parliament. Russia WQUld make a strong stand at the Lausanne conference to make a 'Near East peace, the Premier said, explaining that the question of the straits would be particularly emphasized by the Soviets, whose diplomacy, Lenine thought, would be Just as successful at Lausanne as it had been in the Far East. x N... Co-Eds to Wear Hair Slicked lUc-. By the Associated Press. FORT WORTH. Tex.. Nov. 1. The unshaved athletes of Texas Chrlstia. t University, who have foresworn i-hav-ing until the footftall team wins a game, were Joined yesterdn by a large group of young women students who vowed to wear their hair slicked back until football victory U achieved. JOHNf RFDDY TtJJ l ' "... " .Y- mam yx". ? :llJ Vwcx--V-'V3 OON.C-SCAPBOROUGH i .iff. Daily Globe-Democrat V.? Times Combined, WORK RESUMED IN. ITALY AFTER FASCISTI TRIUMPH Tens of Thousands Are En Route to Homes From Rome After New Ministry Members Take Oaths. COMMUNISM HAS . NO PLACE IN NATION All Radicalism Rendered a Paralyzing Blow, for the Moment at Least Labor Temples Were Raided. By the Aaaoclated Press. ROME, Nov. 1. Italy will be on the road back to normalcy today. after a most exhilarating week tha saw the younger generation rise power and in a great triumph overthrow, the older politicians. Tens of thousands of lh vigorous young Fascisti and their enthusiastic admirers, who accompanied them here from all over the land, were on the way back o their homes today. Yesterday theirs was the thrill of a real Roman triumph in which a million people made the streets ring with plaudits for King and country, after Dr. Benito Mussolini and his new Fascisti ministry had taken their oaths before the sovereign. Doubled Home's Population. .As soon as this formal ceremor.y had ended, the black-shirted boys and men who brought about the rise of Mussolini marched as. victors through the ancient streets of the city, crowded with a vast concourse that for the day doubled the population of Rome. Today the flush of triumph gave way to the drab business of toil, individual and national. Dr. Mussolini was at work early, and he said he was going to see to li that every- I w.-.siv oics cnr3?iH in the business of j the nation followed suit. He made it plain that he was going to rule with an iron -hand tl Italy might tha L k roctnr tn & better eco- nnner bn restored to a better eco nomic basis, and a more powerful place in international affairs. . Communists Silent. For the moment at . least, oom-munism has no part in the life cf Italy. The onslaught of the Fascisti has rendered all radicalism a paralyzing, blow. Carrying their battle into the labor temples and the meeting places of their antagonists. :he militant Nationalists have seized the records and rosters and burned then. Politically, the chief topic in Italy today is what tho fortune of the new Cabinet will be when it goes before the Chamber of Deputies. One thing is certain. If Mussolini's Government does not receive a majority in the Chamber he will have Parliament dissolved and then the Fascisti will take their cause" to the country. Mussolini made this clear last Monday when he built a new Cabinet .at the request of the King. . Messatro to America. Premier Mussolini has sent the following message to Secretary of State Hughes at Washington: "In assuming the task of government at the request of his majesty the King I am addressing to your excellency my most cordial good wishes, and I venture to express "my confidence in the friendly, economic and spiritual collaboration of our two countries. Such collaboration will be rendered all the more agreeable by the fact that the Italian people look to the noble American nation with full confidence that it will understand and estimate the valne of the efforts accomplished by the Italian nation for the realization oi a common victory." It developed today that Premier Mussolini had sent a reply to the letter of sresignation from "Count Sforza. which was received yesterday, reproaching him for his action and asking him to remain at his post. AMBASSADOR RICCI OFFERS RESIGNATION By the Associated Press. ROME, Nov. 1. Vittorio Rolandi Ricci. Italian Ambassador at Washington, has presented his resignation, like hid colleagues. Count Sforza, Ambassador at Paris, and Senator Frassati. Ambassador at Berlin, wishing to leave Premier Mussolini free to choose his own trusted men for such important posts. FASCISTI SPOJL KRASSIN'S PLAN Russian Puts Off Ills Vacation Trip to Italian Riviera. Special wireless to the Tost-Dispatch snd ChVaco Iay- News. iCopyrtght. ) BERLIN. Nov. .I.--Vacation plan of Leonid Krassin, Russian Foreign Trade Commissar, have been spoiled br the Italian Fascisti. He intended to depart for the Italian Riviera with his family Thursday, for six weeks rest. It is learned, however, he ha put off his departure, "as he does not trust the black shirts." BILL COLLECTORS NOW EXPECTED TO 60 ON A PILGRIMAGE TO ROME New Italian Premier Yeans Ago Left Debts to Ber Paid When ' His Ambition Was Realized. By the Associated Press. GENEVA, Nov. 1. B: ENITO MUSSOLINI, whose spectacular rise to the Italian premiership- has excited world-wide interest, spent an exciting few years in Switzerland. He was pursued over the frontier at Chiasso by Italian gendarmes, who had a warrant for his arrest. Upon his arrival at Lucerne he was arrested as a vagabond. Political friends came to his aid. He entered the University of Lausanne, but as he was a revolutionary Socialist he was finally expelled from Switzerland. Then he went to Trent, in the old Austrian Tyrol, whence he also was expelled in 1911. Upon the declaration of a general amnesty he 'left Trent for Milan, where he founded the newspaper Popoli Italia. . He aroused the hatred of the Socialists In the conduct of his paper, however, by his. campaign in favor of Italy's entrance into the World War on the side of the Entente. He left a number of small debts in this city and at Lausanne which upon his depart ure he laughingly promised to pay when he should become a member of the Italian Government. THOMAS NELSON PAGE Former Ambassador and Widely Known Author Succumbs at Home of Relatives. Ey the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Va, Nov. 1. Thorn as Nelson Page, former Ambassador to Italy, and widely known author, died at the home of relatives In Hanover County, Va., today, accordiug to a report received . by the News-Leader. r: - Page's " death was sudden.4 The first Intimation Richmond relatives had of his Illness came this morning when they were called to the plantation where the former Ambassador had gone for a rest. The end came at 1:20 p. m. Mr. Page served as Ambassador In Rome from 1913 to 1919. He was born on Oakland plantation, Hanover County, Va,,-on April 231853. After completing his education at the University of Virginia, Page delivered public lectures for a number of years and devoted most of his life to authorship. v Ambassador Page's home was !n Washington, D .C, but he epeot much time .in New Tork. 5 Page was engaged in writing a volume of his reminiscences when he died. His wife died two years ago. DEED WOULD TRANSFER BURIAL PLOT, 4 FEET SQUARE, FOR DOGS instrument Received by Recorder, but Is Accompanied by No Filing Fee. Transfer of a' 4 -foot-square burial plot for two dogs, .n Pine Lawn Farm on Kehr's Mill road. In St. Louis Coupty, from Charles H. Schroeder to Jacob Siler, was Intended in a deed mailed yesterday to the County-Ttcorder. but was not accomplished because the deed was not accompanied by a filing fee. ' , : Pleasure vehicles are to be kept out of the field in which the grave Is situation, la the deed is filed, and pedestrians are to be prohibited -Tom using the monument as a lounging place. The great object of erecting this monument to the memory of two pet. Intelligent dogs." th document concludes, "is that the publio may see and be led to think and to act treat all animals with kindness and they will reward their friends by their act; yes. and by their voices, too." CAROLINA MANUFACTURERS GET iAIL TERMS FOR INCOME FRAUDS Four Cotton Mill .Men Plead Guilty of Kvadlng Federal Income Tax Law. By the Associated Press. , GREENVILLE. S. C Nov. 1. Four South Carolina . cotton manufacturers, who pleaded guilty today In the United States District Court here to a charge of evading the Federal Income, tax law were sentenced to prison by Judge IL TL Watkins Campbell Courtenay and. St. John Courtenay of Columbia. . were each fined $10,000 and sentenced to serve eight months in the Greenville county jail. Ashmead Courtenay and Henry Rutledge Buist, of Charleston, were each fined $3000 and Riven jail sen-i tences of three months. and Exceed Daily Star DIES VIRGINIA r.'iRS HI INTERVIEW; DENIES SHE KNEW OF II LINGS Wfidow of Rector Says She Was Not on Phillips Farm on Night of Tragedy. "DON'T WISH TO PUNISHED," Asserts She Felt No Enmity Toward Mrs. Mills and Knew of No Love Letters Written by Singer to Dr. Hall Has No Vindictive Feeling. j By the Associated Press. . NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J., Njv. 1. Breaking her silence today for the first time, Mrs. prances Stevens Hall told reporters that she was absolutely ignorant of how her husband, the Rev. Edward Wheeler Hall, came to meet his death with) Mrs. Eleanor, R. Mills, choir singer, on Phillips Farm, Sept. 14. " . VAINVRIGHT -BREWERY CEASES OPERATION About 50 Men Employed There : From 12 to 35 Years 'Affected by the Shutdown. Prolific production of home brew In St. Louis is given as the reason for the closing today of the Wain-wright Brewery, at .1015 . Papm street, by Harry E. Wuertenbaecher, president of the St. Louis Brewing Association. . " Founded In 1850, a block from the present site, by Samuel Wainwrlght, the plant has been In continuous operation since. In 1884 a new plant was built at the present site. About 50 workmen, who have been employed for frm 12 to 85 years, will be affected by the shutdown. Largely because of these em-ployes the plant has been kept In operation for the . last two years, Wuertenbaecher said, though sales have fallen off steadily, due to the preference of St: Louisans for the home-brew product over the beverage and root beer made at this plant. No other commercial use is contemplated for tho plant.! Tho association hopes for relief of some sort In the near future. .the . president said, which - might enable them to open on the thriving basis of the old days. The production of tho plant totaled 170,000 barrels a year, when U was running to capacity. - The business of the Wainwrlght plant will . be transferred to the Hyde Park bottling plant, at 1716 Cass avenue. All Breweries Here Operating Lossv ThelrOwners Assert, v That every brewery has b4n operated at a loss during the three years that Federal prohibition has ben in effect. In the hops that some change in the present laws may be made within the next year," was stated In a joint letter recently sent by the seven St.1' Louis Breweries, manufacturing - nonalcoholic bever ages, to their, 2000 union employes, proposing a 1 Oper cent reduction In wages, : r, v -.; Following conferences between employers and union officials, as told yesterday, a tentative compro mise settlement was reached, by which the brewers agreed to a 5 per cent reduction' for all union . em ployes receiving $20 a week or more. Turkey Prices Lower. Or I h A mrltrl Prvnr. " s SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. 1. Whole raiers opened lvzz quotations oa dressed turkeys today at from to 17 cents s pound cheaper than In 192!,The pew low quotation Is $5 cents per pound, compared with 58 cents in lt21. r r . Teats Ccz&bitd by GVES 1 SEE ANYONE SHE DECLARES The rector's wife, at an interview in her home, arrang ;d by her attorney, Timothy M. P'eiffer. asserted that she had absoli tely no knowledge of the shooting. thaL she was not on the farm the night ot the double shooting, that she bore no enmity towaro either Dr. Hall -tr -Mrs.! Mills, and thnt she had knowledge of any lay letters having' passed between them.. u'' - Asked if she were holding ' any thing back, in order to protect any-1 one near-' and dear to her, the replied: , :'V . - ' - "Positively no. : She asserted she ntlll belie??d her husband had been true to' her.' Asked her feeling toward Mrs. Mills, she ';: replied t " ' "I don't know what to say." Asked About Reward. Asked why she had no reward for solution of the crim. she replied: "I think It would e awful." ; When she was ask sd If she did not j wish to see the mu rderer punished j she replied: ; . "j "I don't 'wish to see anyone pun- i Ished." a . : She explained that) she meant that ., I she had no vindictive feeling toward j anyone and, that she wished .the i murderer apprehended only because v i she did not think it safe for, society to have him at large. ".. Mrs. Hall said she knew of noth- J lng In the life of her husband which , 1 could have involved him In a mur- i der and that she was absolutely. lg-, j norant of any motive that could have existed for the crime. . . Asked what she would have done ff she had known of any intimacy existing between Dr. Hall and Mrs.- j Mills, the rector's wife said: j. , would have spoken to him." . ' . " Asked If she believed in divorce, she declined to answer. J . " V Dramatic Scene. . -'" It was a dramatic scene when h scbre of reporters, who have hen tryng for weeks to Question Mrs. - HaJVwere ushered Into the study of' the rector, in which Or. Hall prepared his sermons. The reporters formed In. a semicircle around the room. Seated at a desk in the center the rector' wife a middle-aged, oman dressel entirely In black, bespectacled and solemn. : She sat with her armi- folded and at no time during th In terview did she give way ' to emotions. , -;' "', , - ' y ".. After the newspaper men hsKTbeen ushered into the Han home. Mrs, Hall's lawyer withdrew, leaving his client alone with the reporters. The Interview lasted about an hour and a -half. . :- , ; 5 The questions started with one ' which concerned the story told "bf Mrs. Jane Gibson, who claims to have been on the Phillips farm the night of - the murders and to haya -been an eyewitness f to the double slaying.; . . - 1 1, "Denies Presence on Farm. ; Q. Have you an comment -1 make, Mrs. Hall, oa jfcat part of Mr. Gibson's statement in which Bhesaitl -. you were - present pn the phllHp : farm on the night t Sept. H? A. r" What eomratnt coulu I make?.'. - Of ; course, that was not, so, and ttn -- J i sit . . - : Q. Toti weren't were? A. J er-talnlv wss not. . i . 0i TMA toU leave Tonrfcr-'V. r any - time that. nUrht exeept :yrfr " CesrttsiM mm: Tmmt&fVjr " er - 7 ,,'. Iffi-V, I r 1 L c C 1 t 1

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