UNITED PRESS NEWS SERVICE International Hlugtrated News Picture 8«!rrle«i . JL JLJLJLw' JLls T VOL. XL, NO. 136 LOOTING OF ABANDONED HOMES REPORTED IN FLOOD DISTRICT; FRESNO SWEPT BY HIGH WATER MARYSVILLE, OHIO, SATURDAY; MARCH 5, 1938 By Carrier, 15c a Week WEATHER Cloudy and rain tanlgfei; rofdur S POLICF BROADCAST WARNING TO PERSONS LIVING NKAR CANAL BREAK—WEATHER FORECAST FAVORABLE. FRESNO, Calif., March 5,—Flood • : waters broke through the Herndon Canal five milea north of the busl- snoss district early today and threatening to inundate th(i city: Fresno is 200 miles north west, of Los An- 'geles, end far removed from the Southern California . area that was devastated by floods earlier in the week. '..... Police broadcast warnings of the peril over 1 the iMy'a two radio stations early • this morning and instructed all persons in the vicinity of the banal break to be ready to* evacuate. i ''Only a miracle will prevent the flooding of the business district," one police official said. "Workmen were struggling to strengthen the crumbling canal levees. • ° An estimated 30 square miles of San JoSquln Valley was under water that ranged in depth .from a few. inches to 12 feet The exclusive Flgarden district was under seven feet .of water W-.. .ready as a result.of a break on.the north ot the city. Thrfee hundred, persons were rescued from that area in 'boats. Red Cross workers were supply- Ing food to almost 1,000 persons marooned Jn the Madera County cbt- tpn camps. : LOS ANGELES, March 5.—Looting and isolation, consequent to a devastating flood, were reported today itrcm a dozen communities in Southern California. The toll was estimated at 120 dead, 100. missing, and $25,000,000 iii property damage. Rescuers continued to dig bodies frorri" th6' muck and debris as the flood waters receded. Peoplehere were terrorized fcr~a time last night -when thunder boomed across San Bernardino Mountain and rain began to fall again. A thousand persons who • had returned to their half-flooded homes, fled back to the municipal auditorium where they had been refugees for two days and nights. Forecast Favorable. Reports of a new storm discouraged the 3,000,000 persons in- the vast flood-stricken area, where almost a foot of-water fell In six days, but the weather bureau here broadcast reassuring reports that the storm' was local, and that today's forecast was "clear weather." One of the most desolate areas today was San Bernardino, a city in the foothills 60 miles east of here, where 30 persons were drowned, many were missing and hundreds were still stranded. Looters were at work; IrJ EeTCfBl sections of the flood area. A company of national guardsmen pa- 1 trolled Anaheim, a town southeast of here which was deluged by an overflow of the Santa Ana River, lafter looters smashed doors of liquor stores and helped themselves to the stocks, "Rowboat pirates," mostly youths, wore paddling about In small boats leisurely looting houses in the Santa Monica area from which the residents had fled, Police had .orders to shoot looters on sight, but none had been reported killed air though five suspected looters were tinder arrest Citizens formed vigi- ' lante groups in some places to 'deal with looters. Flood waters, which swept down from the mountains across the great natural basin about Los Angeles, were passing out to the ocean, leaving a ravaged area ot 30,000 square miles. It was the worst flood disaster in the history of Southern California. There were more than 100 towns in the stricken area, and metropolitan Los Angeles was hard hit, the loss there being 13 dead and $3,000,000 damage to streets and bridges. The draining waters continued to create new perils. At Claremont, Calif., today, a form of martial law was in force while 400 men worked on the levees trying to stem the iiow of water .near the mouth of San Antonio Canyon. A hundred families were isolated near Eastern Claremont, where the San Antonio Creek It-it its banks, changed its Course and left many persons is>o- (CoulinUed (jn Dili's 2) MAY LICENSE TRAILERS, TOLEDO, March 5.— The city council has given tentative approval to ordinances to license nnd regulate automobile trailer camps. The proposed law would require frequent health inspections. COURTS ASKED FOR DECISION ON THE PROBE SUIT FILED AT COLUMBUS CHALLENGES ATTORNEY GENERAL RULING ON POWERS OF COM;- . MJTTEE. COLUMBUS, March 5.—A suit on file In common pleas court .today contested an attorney'general's ruling which made It necessary to abandon the special Senate committee graft investigation when the General Assembly adjourned sine die. The suit was brought by Miss Agnes B. Dickinson of Columbus. As a taxpayer, she asked the court, to hand down a declaratory Judgment on the 1035 ruling of former lAttorney General John W. Brlcker that legislative committees pass out of existence coincidentally with sine die adjournment. The petition named Lt. Gov. Paul Yoder, presiding officer of the Sen- pte, as defendant. Miss Dickinson contended that the legislature is the creature of the constitution, that its members hold office for two years, and that each House has power. :to .obtain through, committees information that may guide It In actlrig: upon matters Uh- del'^co^ideratiorir^r^rkeTy to~be presented in the future. The petition charges that the resolution creating the graft Investigating committee stated It was to investigate the necessity for appropriations to be used through December 31st, 1938, and that the committee as well as other committees should have legal validity until expiration of members' terms on ithat date* • SYNTHETIC GAS AIDS AVIATION SECRET OF HIGH POWER FUEL IS BUTENE GAS COMBINED WITH PETROLEUM. SAN FRANCISCO, March 5.— Synthetic gasoline, the dream of scientists for the past 18 years, is being produced in California in large, commercial quantities, . The product is a little more costly than the ordinary gasoline, but is being fashioned especially to meet the most exacting requirements of (he high-power-compression motor, such as is used in aviation. The search for synthetic gasoline began in 1820 when the country first began to realize that with the great development which the automobile was taking there must be either a close conservation of the world's supply of petroleum or else the development of some synthetic substitute. , Petroleum Used w Base. The synthetic gasoline now being manufactured still depends upon the existence pf petroleum, but it serves the double purpose* of conserving the world's supply of the latter while at the same time producing a gasoline of superior quality, Original experiments that were begun back in the '20s for the manufacture of synthetic gasoline were based upon the possibility of utilizing the gaseous hydrocarbons which occur naturally in crude petroleum. The process as perfected is based upon the same idea. The raw material used in manufacturing the new gasoline is the olefln gas formed as a by-product in the handling of crude petroleum. There are three different kinds of oltfin gas that are given off, but the one i) 35 Dead as California Suffers Worst Flood NORRISHITS TVA INQUIRY BY CONGRESS "FATHER" OF HUGE UTILITY PROJECT OPPOSES CHAIRMAN'S DEMAND FOR CONGRESSIONAL PROBE. Flood washing cut railroad bridge near Loa Angeles Worst storm In many years causes more than 35 known deaths and millions in properly damage in southern California. The picture shows a Southern Pacific Railroad bridge being washed out by a raging torrent near Los Angeles. Observe the torrent of water In the background. SECOND ROUND TOURNEY TILTS ARE ON THE SCHEDULE TODAY BYHALIA DEFEATED UNIVERSITY HIGH LAST v NIGHT- HOT BATTLES ON TODAY'S LIST. .Byhalia defeated University high of Columbus by a 31 to 19 score in the first round games of the Central District tournament played; Friday. The Washington Township boys had 6 battle In the first half, which ended 14 to 11, but got under full E team in-trio second session, and were never In danger*. _JleBults Jn the Central District tourneys ~on Friday were: . , District Class A. Mt. Vernon, 42; North, 29. East, 34; Southj 30. Newr.rk, 45; Wcstcryillc, 20. District Class B. Mlllerport, 43; Sparta,, 38. Thuraton, 27; Summit, 25. Canal- Winchester, 28; .Miftlin, 23. Waldo, 29; London, 25. Byhalin. 31; University, 19... Granvjlle, 28; Danville, 21. Grovepolft; : 26; Plain" City, 25 (overtime). Upper Arlington, 39; New Holland, 15., ; Milford Center was to meet ja Radnor at 2 o'clock this afternoon; Marysville was to play Ashville at 4 o'clock, and.Byhalia is to clash, with Granvllle at . 8 o'clock this evening; Other games today are: 1 p. m., Berlin vs. Hebron; 3 p. m., Pickaway Township vs. Utica; 6 p. m., Miliersport vs. Thurston; 7 p. m., Canal 'Winchester vs. Waldo; 9 p. m., Upper Arlington vs. Groveport. The summary of the Byhalia- University game: Byballa B. F. T. White, if.... 4' 3 11 Coakley; f. 4 Q » Hahn, if.'. ' f i 3 Harris, c.. 2 1 5 Wright, g i 2 4, JolUfT, g 0 0 0 Totals 12 7 31 University B. F. Lemon, (f o 0 Cheney, f... o 0 Chaters, .f , i o Nobbs, 1. o 0 Livingston, c 0 1 Geerln, c., o 0 Fowler, gj. 3 o English, g o 0 Hill. g... ? 4 2 Gruber,, g. , o 0 T. 0 Of 2 0 i o ei o 10 0 Totals 8 3 19 MOTOKIST BURNS. MARIETTA, O., March 5.— Trapped in his automobile after jt collided with a truck, Ernest Caldwell, 30, of Marietta, burned to death. FOKT COHMANDEH DIES. FORT THOMAS, Ky., March 5.— Col. Rowland T. Lemley, commanding officer of the Fort Thomas rnilltary post, a part of the Tenth Infantry, tiled tonight. WOMAN WOEKS LONG HOURS. SOUTH WEYMOUTH, Mass., March 5.—An 84-hour . work week for 84-year-old Mrsf Sophia Matilda Orcutt is 'routine to working In, her own grocery and light lunch stand here. She bought the store, when she was 58, and saya her activity probably keeps her out of a wheel chair. PLANE SEARCH STRIKES SNAG WEATHER ^CONDITIONS HAMPER EFFORTS TO LOCATE WRECKAGE OF BIG ' AIRLINER. 8'JTUDENT BESTS FACULTY. ^UDSON, O., March 5.—Herbert Tepper. junior at Western Reserve Academy, surpassed even faculty members in the final standings of a-current affairs test given at the school. He has led his class In tho test for four consecutive years. ilNK TROTSKY : IN SPY RING FOHMEB RUSSIAN AMBASSA DOR TO BRITAIN MAKES . ; . SENSATION CHARGES • • 'AT •TRIAL." ••••'":••••*"•' FRESNO, Calif., March 5.—Flood waters gushed into the- city today,) bringing a new obstacle to the j MOSCOW, March 5.—Christian Rakovsky, for years Russia's ace diplomat, asserted today at the mass trial of 21 Bolshevik leaders fo treason that Great Britain accepted him as Russian ambassador only after learning he was associated with Leon Trotsky.. / Asserting that Trotsky was . a British agent, he said that he, himself, after being shown a forged letr NO GAME FOR MAYOR. PORT CLINTON, O., Mnrch 5.— Mayor Frtd Slrwtcrbeck wns drm-- onstrating how basketball shou.'d be played. His Honor slipped and fell while "shooting for n basket" and his head struck a wall. He sufferer) a fractured skull. Mayor Siauterbeck was a basketball star in 1911 WASHINGTON, March 5.—Sen. George W. Norriz, Ind., Neb., "father" of the Tennessee • Valley Authority and a supporter of most New Deal policies, accused TVA hairman Arthur E. Morgan today of "hindering" the . agency's program. Norris suggested that Morgan resign; ' ~ : Norris cast his lot in the TVA directors' "feud" with Majority Members David E. Lilienthal and Harcourt A. Morgan, by bitterly denouncing the chairman as a "bad boy who won't play because he has not had his own way." Norris 1 attack followed President Roosevelt's authorization for publication of a statement by the majority TVA members assailing the chairman, as pursuing a policy of "rule or ruin." The statement was dated Jan. 18, before Chairman Morgan's recent denunciation of his co-directors and request for a congressional inquiry. " ^ The Issue of Chairman Morgan's resignation was precipitated Wednesday night by the chairman himself whe'n he charged that the Internecine war wa* no "mere family quarrel" but concerned "honesty, openness, decency, and fairness In government." He denied that the power issue was the primary cause of differences but that he had "contended with an attitude of conspiracy, spcrctiveness, and bureaucratic manipulation, which . has made the proper and effective conduct of TVA business increasingly difficult" Chairman Morgan's statement wag made after a Tennessee federal court - commission - had denied $5,000,000,000' damages to Son. George L. Berry, D., Tenn., for marble properties inundated by TVA overflow. -Morgan charged that his colleagues had entered a' /'friendly agreement" with • Berry, and that only his personal intervention had kept the'two-from perpetrating unfair and costly decisions on the public. BOY-GENIUS' WAS SLAYER 15-YEAR-OLD YOUTH WHO HAD NEVER BEEN SPANKED ADMITS KILLING MOTHER. CHICAGO, March 5.—Theodore Danielsen, who, thought he had been bringing up a musical genius, decided today to forgive his son for killing his mother. Daniclsen , interviewed his 35- year-old son. Theodore; Jr.. in jail last night. Teddy told him that he had killed His mother with a bread knife. Father and-son wept together >and the father listened to the boy'g story, his arms around him, his head bowed. "I'm still .your friend.' the father eaid. "Keep your chin up/You're all I have left." JTo police, 'Danielsen said: • "He has a very quick temper. We never spanked him." Teddy played Die piano well and his teachers called him an "embryonic genius." Mrs. Danielsen, who also played the piano well, imade him practice two hours daily. Teddy killed her Thursday. She was making a cherry pic In the kitchen. He came in. She had learned that he hadn't been, to school for two weeks. She reprimanded him and he picked up the bread knife off the table and ran it into her throat. He took $5 and her jewelry from his mother's purse and fled. Police arrested him yesterday. L Teddy told police that he killed his mother because she slapped him and scratched his cheek and seemed about to slap him again. ' . LEVINEPKS 'HEW.CONTACT': IN MESSAGE , . . .. . , wch ~ " tcd to search for a TransaconUnental and! him, was taken to a dinner at a Western Airways Liner • that has '(London restaurant to meet the chief been missing since Tuesday night j with n'nc persons aboard. A score of. airplanes, assembled for thn search, were quartered at the airport here and a break in a flooded canal five miles north threatened to inundate most of the city. Rains and snowstorms in the mountainous area 60 miles northeast of here, where the plane was last reported 1 , have hindered the search for four days. Weather conditions boded that there would be little or no flying today.. Ground parties, traveling on skis or snowshoes, were able to make little progress in the mountains, .•although it had been established by persons who heard the motors of an airplane Tuesday night, that the air liner had gone down somewhere within a 30-mile radius of a power house at Big Creek, in the Sierras. I of the Russian Section of the British Intelligence Service in 1Q24, a year after his appointment as ambassador. "I went to Moscow," he said "and talked to Trotsky. Trotsky said the forged letter was only an excuse. He agreed that we were to work with the British Intelligence." Nearly $1,000,000 filched from Soviet government, funds has been smuggled into the hands of Leon Trotsky, exiled war lord, to finance his intrigues for a new Russian revolution and murder plots against Josef V. Stalin and other Kremlin leaders, it was admitted last night in the trials. Arcady Rosengoltz, former commissar of foreign trade and a veteran revolutionary among those on trial for their lives, said that since 1931 Trotsky had been paid a total of $985,000-—money diverted from foreign trade funds. HE ART BALM IS AWARDED SOIL PROGRAM DATA OUTLINED UNION COUNTY REPRESENTED AT DISTRICT MEETING HELD IN BELLEFONTAINE. STEUBENVILLE, O., March 5.— A district meeting on the soil A jury of twelve middle-aged men conservation program was held awarded Cora Lillian Burnham, Saturday in Bellefontaine, with W. divorcee, "$10,000 late yesterday forJH. Treese, Union County chairman loss of the affections, of the Rev. Harold C. Zeis, Episcopal rector. and Secretary Marjorie Spain and; Helen Coe, clerical assistant, at- The jurors, most of them farmers, tending the session, listened four days to the story of an Information was given at the eight-year 1 courtship between the slim New York secretary, one-time. meetinj relative to the listing of farms for the 1938 soil program, movie organist, and the stocky j The township committees in the clergyman. They took less than four hours to give their verdict. ARBORETUM POPULAR. county have about completed checking the ' 2500 farms in the county as the first step in the establishment of separate farm! goals for this crop year. T. B. Roaham, BOSTON, March 5.—A recent i member of the committee, is now census showed that Harvard Uni- checking farms on the.county bor- versity's Arnold Arboretum, one of j ders. : the biggest botanical gardens in j Mrs. Dorothy Long of West Seventh Street has accepted a position In the soil conservation office to succeed Miss Jean Wyeth, who has accepted a position as secretary to County School Superintendent Gale W. Baldwin. the world, now 'has 6,500 varieties of living plants under cultivation. A magnet for townsfolk and tourists, the Arboretum has been visited by us many as 40,000 persons in a day. Moving Picture Studios Resume Their Operations; Film Stars Had Financial Losses During Flood By FREDERICK C. OTHMAN HOLLYWOOD, March 5.—All the permanent waves were dried out, the dripping mascara was replaced with new and the movies were making epics again today, almost as if Hollywood's greatest Hood never had been more than a drizzle. The sun was shining so brightly that the mud on the studio lots was turning to dust—and Director William Wellrnan was complaining again about the lack of clouds. He's doing a picture called "Men With Wings" and he's got to have clouds in the sky S.Q the audiences can see that his airplanes really are moving. Chick Chandler, the 20th Century- Fox comedian, was recovering from the greatest-fright of his life. He looked out tha window of his flooded canyon home to see dozens of human arms and legs, all mud- covered and seething in the water on his lawn. His eyes grew big^and his knees knocked hard, until he discovered that the slaughter was caused by thi wreckage of a sculptor's studio u[i the hill. The arms and legs turned out to be plaster props. Things weren't quite so funny (or King Vidor, the Paramount producer. He was in the midst of [mourning the damage to his home, when tAts. Ruth A. Hubbard, his neat door neighbor in Beverly Hills, sued for $100,000, She charged him with negligence because a pile of dirt which a contractor had left after the building of his new house, had, engulfed her home with 1,000 tons of mud; All actors and actresses were present and accounted for, after a day and a night of real terror for some of them. Madeleine Carroll, in her Malibu Beach home, probably had the most harrowing experience. Her house was buffeted by the sea on one side, by landslides on the other, and by water in sheets from above. The heat was off, the lights were out. and her phone' wouldn't work—and she said there were times when she wondered whether the world was coming to an end. Crews Were digging away mud which actually engulfed automobiles oil Sunset Boulevard, near the Trocadero, night spot of the stars, while in a downtown Los Angeles store window, a three-inch trout was swimming peacefully in a gallon jar. It had been caught by an excited lady pedestrian who saw jt swimming down Grand Avenue, one of the city's main streets. She said she caught it with her reticule. Finally there was the rueful comment of Bob Burns, the funny man, surveying $10,000 damage to his newly erected home, who said: "And I le/t Arkansas to ec-t away from floods!' 1 Warner Brothers gave up hope of locating its rubber whale, which swarn down the stream at the height of the flood, leering at spectators on the banks. This sea-going beast, a prop in a recent picture, last was seen heading lor sea near Cutalina Island. FATHER OF KIDNAPED MAKES ANOTHER APPEAt TO ABDUCTORS OF SOW. NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., March 5.—Intermediaries for Murray Levins sought another meeting today with the kidnapers of his 12-year- old son, Peter. '. The ransom of $30,000 was ready, but tho father and attorney, revealed one attempt to pay It and recover his son had failed. An intermediary was unable to contact the abductors at a meeting place somewhere in New York City, of which New Rochelle is a suburb. Levirp confirmed reports that ho had received several notes from the kidnapers. He telephoned the office of Detective Ralph Rcifcnberger and dictated this statement: "Last note received by me demanded $30,000. That amount la ready, The go-between directed by that note tried very hard to deliver the money^ but failed. He is still willing to act, and so am I. I ami sura any other reliable person selected by the holder of my boy would also be willing to act." Polico, who have not entered the case officially because of Leylne's desire, to keep a clear channel to his home, were well acquainted, howevr, with various details. They revealed the father was notified by telephone on the night of February 24th'that his son had been kidnaped that afternoon. FLEET'C-IN-C' QUICK THINKER ADMIRAL BLOCK, EMIGRANT'S SON, FAMOUS FOR ABIL- ' ITY TO MAKE DECISIONS QUICKLY. WASHINGTON, March 5.—Admiral Claude Charles Bloch, coni- mandcr-in-chicf of the U. S. Fleet,, will be the hea •'. r.ibiter in the annual spring war r:--:es in the Pacific. The son .of an c in i ;;rant from the former German IPnhernia (now Czechoslavakia)..l5loch is 59 and reputed to be one of the hardest workers and quickest thinke'rjs in the navy. , Men who have risen in the ranks •with Bloch marvel at his ability to reach important decisions with a minimum of effort and time. "His mind seems to work a fraction faster than any high naval officer I know.'' Admiral J. O. Richardson, an old shipmate of Bloch's in. his early days, remarked. • "And he's one of the most' Industrious men I know, too," Richardson said; "There is never any wasted time with him." Despite his rigid adherence to duty, Bloch, in his leisure hourts, spends his time much as anyone else might, Richardson commented. ,He plays a fair game of bridge and is "quite pleased" if he "breaks a 100" at golf, Richardson said. He has a keen sense of humor, likes to dance and mingle with people. He is an easy talker and a pleasant companion. In his early days,. Bloch was one of the best informed men in the navy on armor-piercing projectiles, it is said. At one time he was chief of the bureau of ordnance in the Navy Department with the rank of rear admiral. SLAYER FACES DEATH CHAIR CLEVELAND, March 5.—Carl Ferrito, 20, must .die in the electric chair for the slaying of Patrolman Virgil T. Bayne in a gasoline station driveway last Dec. 18. A jury of eight men and four women late yesterday brought \n a verdict of guiity against him after only 00 minutes of deliberation in the court of Common Pleas Judge Lee E. Ske-ti. Judge Skeel immediately sentenced to death the youth, who iaid on the witness stand that he killed Bayne and Purolmau Gerald W. Bode in self-defe/iM. because htf though', they were robbers. His execution is scheduled for June 13.
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