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PAGE 2 THE PITTSBURGH PRESS, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1948 I Dare Say O Pioneers! By FLORENCE FISHIER PARRY SAN FRANCISCO I'm Just a working woman. I'm not used to pending money. Oh, I've become quite versed In the ways in which money can be extracted from us by our U. S. Treasury. I'm talking now about t e luntary spending. A n. yway, when I see currency tossed about Mr. Parry in great, fat, heedless bundles and landing not in the laps of the tax-collectors (that is, not directly) but instead into the itching palms of waiters, torch singers and bartenders, I become a little giddy. I guess I'm just not a good person to take along on a Gilt-Edged Fling, with a San Francisco etop-over that might be just up the alley of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor but is plainly not my cUsh. I'm Just not up to it. I don't know ... but it seems to bring cut all the Baptist in me, and whatever's left of "our Founding Fathers that still trickles through rny blood-stream. O Pioneers! t Where do your ghosts roam now? Are you searching out your children? Or your children's children? Are you? For Oh, into mhat strange and unaccustomed paths would you be trailing your tired shades. What For? Here in this fabulous hotel would you be finding many of them. Let me guide you td them, cear dazed ghosts. Let me take you to this table in the Mark Hopkins Peacock Court. There are 12 of us now it's amazing how an entourage can grow in size when a fabulous Spender is the helpless "hostess! The table is. long and laden. Viands and vintages, flowers and favors, spread almost unnoted; for Dorothy Shay, the Hill-Billy chanteuse is strutting her naughty innuendos in a repertoire of off -color songs. Let me introduce you to these revellers, as typical a cross-section of America as you are likely to find. Here; Js a leading San Francisco ciCzfn, whose name would be founaXamong the top supporters 5f the city's industrial and cultural TEfe."! He was a terribly poor boy, scarcely got through grade school, worked all his life, served signally in our three Wars, and whose solid weight is felt behind the worthiest accomplishments of this city. Quite late and rather desperately he is trying to make up for lost time, for he never played, he never had a youth. He's playing hard now, fooling himself that he can. . And spending. Recklessly. Here is a man my age or younger, a middle east farm boy who went west to seek his fortune and found it by the hardest kind cf work. Not oil, not gold that's mined, not sudden strike-it-rich Bonanza. Just sharp, shrewd, unremitting slavish, work. His children are with him, aged 20 and 12. He's spoiling them to death. "Ill have this Strawberry Romanoff. $1.90," says the little girl, after a fabulous repast. The boy Is heading wrong. Abundance comes too easy, life is like a motor car to him swift, sleek, spinning into the black exciting Unknown. Here is a woman whose father was one of the great men of the West. He came out in a covered m-agon, buried his mother somewhere in the desert on the way, walked 40 miles through wilderness to get an education, built himself an empire founded on a rock of strict integrity, bequeathed its keeping to his heirs who since have seen it bitten into, eaten way. We sit for hours In the glittering room fast filling with more smoke, shriller laughter, its dance Soor freighted with the weight of night-life moths whose wings are crushed and sodden. Ho Incentive Left At last the older ones of us leave the heavy-laden sour-sweet-smoky Peacock Court and repair to our rooms. -Why do you spend like this?" I ask. "What would our fathers make or it? Remember, Oh remember how they lived, dreamed, planned!" , So they tell me. Quite coolly, e;utte deliberately they tell me. It is calculated spending. It Is a deliberate letting go. Not "arter us the deluge." Nothing so simple, nothing so selfish. But in its fashion quite as desperate a recourse. -We won't live long." they say. We know our lives are over . . . The motor has died, the brakes are on. it will take the car a little while longer to come to a dead stop, that is all. Yes, as you' say, our fathers and our husbands worked hard, saved, built solidly, earned for their children what they believed was Security, and what for their country they thought was Freedom. Ail that is gone. Where Is our Incentive? Suppose I do save that hundred dollars or so that I gave the waiter for our dinner? Of it I would actually be saving only twenty dollars. That's what this fancy dinner really cost me or my children, (what's the difference?) Twenty dollars. "The rest will be seized and used by that now seasoned spender. Uncle Sam. We can't take it with us and we can't leave it behind. -So what do I do? Cheat? Oh, that's done, I know, our taxes have made lots of people dishonest; but somehow it's all too preposterous, it isn't worth cheating about, really, one has to live with one's bringing up, with what of our fathers ahd grandfathers is still left in us. -So I spend. I really spend. In a bic way. As do most of us who fcav it." Pin '$ ft- L'i '.' ' ' , Hit ' v ' ffe .1 ( w i2 f r 0 I v; .-'1 CAROLE LANDIS Carole with her Pittsburgh Carole Landis Takes-Own Life l Continued from Page One) to avoid it. I love you, darling, you. have been the most wonderful mom ever and that applies to all our family. . . . Everything goes to you. Look in the files, and there is a will. . . . Goodbye, my AngeL pray for me. Your Baby." Yesterday Harrison telephoned Miss Landis about 11 o'clock to check on his luncheon date with her. Miss Landis maid, Fanny May Bolden, said she was asleep. T was detained- I rang her again at three," Harrison" told reporters. The maid said she still was sleep ing, and I thought that strange. I went to her home, which is near mine, and the maid and I knocked on her door. We entered and found her." The maid said Harrison's face twisted when he saw the body. "Oh, no, honey!" he gasped, "why did ou do it" Harrison called a doctor and then the police. Harrisons Denied Separation Miss Bolden said the suave, Brit ish actor and Miss Landis had dated constantly the past few weeks. A few months ago the gossip columns reported that Harrison and REX HARRISON Friend jound Carote't body. Miss Palmer had separated, and that the actor was dating Miss Landis. Later the Harrisons denied sepa ration rumors. The actor telephoned the news to his wife in New York. She was to fly to the cinema capital today. Attorney Jerry Glesler, represent ing Miss Landis in her suit to di vorce Theatrical Producer Horace Schmidlapp, was to see her today to discuss a property settlement. "I don't think this divorce haul anything to do with her suicide," he said. Sold Her $100,000 Home Her press agent, Ed Ettinger, said he didn't think her career had made her unhappy, either. He said she recently was financially em barrassed, but had sold her $100,- 000 home. She also was assured comfortable alimony from Schmid lapp and was to make a movie for Eagle-Lion Studio here and another in England next September. She had suffered a recurrence of malaria, but friends said she had never been despondent about that. The movie star acquired the malaria while entertaining troops in Equatorial zones. Miss Landis still was an estab lished star although her box office appeal was greater a few years ago. Fans still flocked to see what Artist James Montgomery Flagg once de scribed as "her startling physical silhouette, bordering on the magnificent." The daughter of a San Bernardino, Cal., mechanic, she became the hit of a dozen films but was the flop of four marriages. She married Writer Irving Wheeler when she was a sweater girl of 15. The union lasted 25 days. Cabaret Crooner She crashed the movies via San Francisco. In the bay city she crooned in cabarets then moved south to snare a chorine's Jobin a movie in 1937. Dance Director f usby ' ' ' f I s Ty? f MAJ. THOMAS WALLACE hXLSband in happier days. o o Oakdale Pilot Carole's Third Carole Landis, whose suicide1 was discovered yesterday, was married briefly to a former Pittsburgher after a "storybook romance." Unfortunately the marriage had the "Hollywood ending" It was dis solved shortly by divorce. Major Thomas Wallace, who spent his youth in nearby Oakdale, was the third bridegroom of the glamorous film star.- - - - -RAF Pilot First Early in the war, Tom Wallace left Pasadena, Cal., to which he had moved with his mother, to become an RAF pilot. He soon transferred to the U. S. Army Air Force. In 1942 he met Miss Landis when she and other movie players were making a tour of American bases in England. They fell in love and were married Jan. 5, 1943. At the time Carole said "this story has nothing but happy end ings." She was wrong. War Separates Couple The couple was quickly separated by the war. They managed to hold a happy reunion in New York six months later. Then MaJ. Wallace completed his missions and was stationed at the Santa Anna, Calif., air base. Miss Lndis returned from an entertainment tour in the South Pacific. On Sept. 30, 1944, Miss Landis' studio announced that she and Maj. Wallace had separated. The star gave no reason for the break. They were divorced soon after ward and Miss Landis went on to another marriage. Relatives of MaJ. Wallace here say they have "sort of lost touch" with him. Some think that he is working for a rubber company in Akron, O. Berkeley spotted her and fame and fortune took her from there. She first starred in the movie "One Million B. C." Other films Included: 4TuTnabout,', "Four's a Crowd," and "I Wake Up Screaming." During the war she gave up the movies to tour European, North African and South Pacific Army camps with Martha Raye. Mitzi Mayfalr and Kay Francis. She also made tours with Jack Benny and Martha Tilton. But in her personal life. Miss Landis found only unhappiness. Her second marriage to Broker Willis Hunt Jr. lasted two months. She married Air Force Ace Capt. Thomas C. Wallace in 1943, but they were divorced two years later. The actress wed Schmidlapp in New York in December, 1945. Miss Landis was the third Holly wood star to end her life In the past dozen years. Lupe Velez, the "Mexican jpltfire." gulped sleeping pills Dec. 14. 1944. Thelma Todd was found dead in her auto Dec 16. 1935. CRUMPLED IN DEATH, the body of one of Hollywood's beautiful women. Actress Carole Landis. lies in the bathroom of her home. She took her life, police say, with an overdose of sleeping toilets. Death Steers Clear of City; District Toll 17 Fayette County Hit Hardest as 5 Die Pittsburgh escaped without a holiday fatality as residents cele brated Independence Day with a long weekend. But holiday swimming and auto accidents accounted for 17 deaths in the Western Pennsylvania area. Hardest hit was Fayette County where five lost their lives. A Wash ington County resident also was killed. Not included in the holiday toll was one Pittsburgh auto deatn. Harry J. Smith, 55, 5014 Penn Ave., died about 4 a. m. Sunday from shock and hemorrhage shortly after being struck by a taxi. Deputy Coroner Stanley Guzenski reported that Mr. Smith was hit by an Owl Taxicab driven by John Wayne King, 26, 52 Strauss St. at Sixteenth St. and Liberty Ave. The holiday victims were: AUTO ACCIDENTS Farris DeSafey, 50, 523 Franklin Ave., Canonsburg, Washington County. Betty Jane Sinsley, 25, Union-town. Fayette County. Pete A pone, 63, Brownsville, Fayette County. ' Mrs. Emma Balsey, White, Fayette County. SWIMMING ACCIDENTS -Robert WhetzeL 19, McClel-landtown, Fayette County. Wllbert llohenshelU 20, Martin, Fayette County. Whetzel was killed Sunday night when he struck the low diving board in a high dive at Maple Grove Swimming pool. He suffered a broken neck and died almost instantly, authorities said. An attempt to swim the Monon-gahela River near Greensboro brought death to HohensheU. After swimming out about 100 feet from the Fayette County side, he went under water and disappeared beneath some moored barges. His body was recovered eight hours later by Greensboro volunteer firemen. It was the third sudden death in his family, one brother having been killed by a street car and another in a steel mill. Three Injured Mr. DeSafey was the victim of an auto crash on Route 519 yesterday about a mile west of Bridgeville. His son and two other men were injured. Police said the auto plunged over an embankment into a creek near Sylvan Grove. The driver, police reported, was Philip Ahwesh, 28, 445 Woodland Rd.. Canonsburg former Duquesne University and professional football star. Two other persons were injured seriously in the crash which took the life of Miss Sinsley. Their auto struck a tree near Marion. Pa. as they were returning to Uniontown from Sunset Beach Sunday. Robert C. ' Cornish, the driver, according to police, is in critical condition with a fractured skull in the Morgantown, W. Va. Hospital Jan Ranallo, 14, WickcUffe, O. was also seriousy injured. Businessman Killed Mr. Apone, a Brownsville businessman, was killed by an auto in Uniontown Saturday while Mrs. Balsey died in an automobile accident near Melcroft, Pa. A Mt. Carmel, Pa., bride of 24 hours, Mrs. Archie L. Everett, was killed and her husband seriously injured Saturday when their car overturned on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset. Robert J. Martin, 22, Butler. Pa.. was killed in a headon collision on' Route 508 near Saxonburg, Pa. yes terday. Dies In Plane Crash In Erie, Pa.. Merle J. McCarthy, 38-year-old flight instructor, died Sunday of injuries suffered Satur day when his light plane crashed near Port Erie, Pa. Two passengers were injured. Death claimed Henry Keffer, R. D. 1. Derry, Pa. when he was hit by a car four miles east of Latrobe Sunday. Lightning struck and killed Henry Mayberry, 54, New Castle, on Sat urday while repairing power lines In Lawrence County. He was an employe of the Pennsylvania Power Co. Six persons lost their lives on Friday night: Richard Ppmeto, seven, Tarentum, died in a fire, Frank Zona. 22, and Louis Deli, 22, both of New Castle, were killed instantly when their car struck a truckload of steel on Route 18, North of New Castle. MP? nn &i3&QF - ; vc-vJ r -w--if W Cv -V v VH- v - . - ! r . ' kz v At f A y - Z i - ,X -sw h' sm'' il CROWDS INSPECT DEATH Lennon. of 1834 Laketon Rd., afternoon. Police are holding Wilkinsburg Man Slain in East End (Continued from Pagz One) spector Dean asked the youth, still belligerent and defiant. "Because he wouldn't do what I wanted him to drive me away, Manuel snapped back without a trace of sorrow for his action. "How many times did you shoof him?" "Twice," the youth replied. Mr. Robey and Mr. Flannigan made formal identification of Man- uel as the hold-up man. and other witnesses to his flight from the murder scene did likewise. Employes of the Fallon company did not know Mr. Lennon had been shot until Dorothy Kadora, 22, of 608 Duquesne Ave., Carnegie, a clerk, went to the front of the building to see what had happened to his car. Called Employer "I saw the car come up over the curb and stop," she said. "I went j out and saw Mr. Lennon slumped in the seat and I called Mr. Fallon." Mr. Fallon, owner of the company, saw his salesman had been shot and telephoned the police. Mr. Lennon was married. His wife and a six-year-old daughter, Jane, survive him. He was employed by the Fallon Co. for four years, ... According to Juvenile Court records, Manuel's case has been pending since last August, following his arrest on July 6. There have been several hearings but decision was delayed "to see how he would ad just," it was said at Juvenile Court. Hospital Patients See Fireworks Exploding Firecracker Injures Youth St. Francis Hospital winked at the "Quiet Please" signs last night as sky rockets burst high above nearby Arsenal Park. 'There may have been some com plaints," a hospital official said to day, "but I doubt if they were from any of our patients." The big Fourth of July fireworks display in the Park, just five blocks away, was part of the hospital's planned recreation. 'Patients had been looking for ward to last night for weeks," the official said. "Those who could, went out on the porches to watch." Permit Granted Two other hospitals, St. Margaret's and West Penn, in the same vicinity, said no complaints had been reported. A permit to stage the fireworks display was granted by the Dept. of Public Safety. There is a City ordinance prohibiting such displays within a half-mile of any hospital. But St. Francis gave permission. Safety Director George E. A. Fairley today complimented the Bureau of Police for. its part in enforcing a "safe" Fourth of July. Ordinances Enforced This was done as police upheld the State and City ordinance against the sale of fireworks or discharging "crackers" without per mits. Mr. Fairley said, "We have en deared ourselves to the fathers and mothers of Pittsburgh who don't have to read long lists of reports of children blinded and crippled by the use of high explosive fireworks." There was only one injury from fireworks reported yesterday, in volving a South Side boy. Police also arrested two men yes terday in the 300 block of Grand view Ave., Mt. Washington, for il legally discharging fireworks. Jerome Plantz of 1708 Fox Way, said he was on the steps at S. 18th and Wharton Sts. when a boy ran past, throwing the cracker at him. Young Plantz threw up his arms to ward off the firecracker and It exploded by his right hand. Police took him to South Side Hospital where his fingers were treated. Fined $10 The two other "casualties" were Ben Richardson, 18. of 48 Magda- lena St. and Robert Quallich. 21. of 1005 St. Paul St. They were fined $10 each by Magistrate William H. K. McDiar- mid for discharging the Xlrewors. AUTO in which Robert Wilkinsburg. was slain this a 16-year-old youth who is Stale's Democratic Leaders Anticipated Ike's Refusal Pennsylvania Delegation Solidly Behind Truman as Presidential Candidate Gen. Eisenhower's statement knocking down, for the second time, the Eisenhower The Pennsylvania delegation to the Democratic convention, in overwhelming majority, f has been nailed down for President Truman from the outset. Neither Mayor David L. Lawrence t . . i -1 TnV.H T r nu.uunr, jvane, principal iriieis in .muht-gheny County, were eurprLsed by Gen. Eisenhower's action. "I never thought that Eisenhower would be a candidate," Mr. Law- rence said at his noon press conference today. "1 felt that what he said In February was still his position. Mr. Truman will be the nominee and the next President." Left Out on a Limb "It leaves a lot of smart people out on a limb," quipped Mr. Kane Both local leaders have been ardent pluggers for President Tru-! day ordered the Grand Jury reman and discounted the Eisen- convened at the request of U. S. hower movement at the start. j Attorney Owen M. Burns. Likewise, TJ. S. Senator Francis' This is the third recall for the J. Myers of Philadelphia, who said body which already has issued five yesterday before the Eisenhower statement was issued: "I am at a loss to understand how so many people can be beating the drums for a man about whom they know so little. Nobody knows j where he stands." Mathews Confident Democratic State Chairman Philip Mathews of Carlisle said. before the Eisenhower statement was issued, that he was confident of Mr. Truman's nomination on the first ballot. Two Pennsylvania delegates, how ever, were trapped by the Eisenhower statement, especially Delegate John E. Sheridan of Philadelphia, a lormer congressman. "Anybody." Mr. Sheridan had said yesterday, "would be better than President Truman as head of the ticket." And Delegate R. R. Nippy) Edwards of Muncy had announced that he would support General Eisenhower for the Democratic nomination "up to the time he definitely says no." Dravo Employes Seek Firm Shares Appeal Ruling Of Orphans Court i Nine elderly employes of the Dravo Corp. today appealed to the State Supreme Court to preserve their Interests in the estate of the firm's late co-founder. The appeals sought to reverse a ruling made last January by Orphans Court which denied them gifts of shares because of a pro posed compulsory retirement plan. Eleven men were named by Francis R. Dravo to share a third of the $200,000 estate on the death of his wife. Mrs. Fanny M. Dravo. Mrs. Dravo is still living. Since the will was probated in 1934. two of the men have died. Six others are now directors of the corporation. The will provided that the mens families would benefit if they died in the service of the company, but not if they left "by resignation or discharge for reason except physical or mental disability." Under the plan now proposed by Dravo and upheld by Orphans' Court the company retirement would be optional at age 65 and compulsory at age 70. Retirement solely because of age. under the plan, would mean for feiture of the Interests of the nine employes. 3 Landlords Accused Of Charging Too Much Federal suits accusing three land lords of overcharges were filed here today by the Office of the Housing Expediter. Thp suits ask the landlords to nav back the money and to stop'cused In a year or so for trying to charging so much. Those accused are: Fall Leads to Death Frank McMullen, 78, of 235 Dith-rldge St., died in St. Francis Hospital yesterday from a fractured right hip. The coroner reported he fell on the floor of his home June 30. charged with shooting'him to death after Mr. Lennon resisted orders to use his auto for a getaway from a holdup in East Liberty. (Story on Page 1 ) . "boom" for President, didn't ' tj) c.i4 i.ooQ i New Housing Gyps Await Grand Jury Latest Cases Termed 'Flagrant' Some of the "most flagrant and willful" examples of veterans housing gyps in the nation will be 'Considered by the Federal Grand Jury here on Thursday. Federal Judge R. M. Gibson to- indictments charging faulty construction of veterans' houses. Vets to Testify Eubpenas for Thursday show that many veterans' living in a housing plan in North Versailles Twp., near McKeesport, have been ordered to appear as witnesses. Assistant U. S. Attorney Elliott W. Finkel said the charges involve the construction of about 40 houses. He said witnesses include the buyers of the homes. Veterans Ad ministration officials, officials of the Federal Housing Authority, and independent contractors. "Further investigation of these complaints." Mr. Finkel said, 'show tlie most flagrant and willful violations of thousands in the nation brought to the attention of Federal officials." I'alse Impression 'Created Announcement by Federal authorities that some contractors would be allowed to get off with mere money restitution for faulty construction,, he said, has created a false impression. "If we discover deliberate and flagrant violations," he explained. "there will be criminal prosecution. Onlv minor violations and "bor derline cases," he said would be al lowed to settle by restitution only. The Grand Jury began investigation of faulty construction in May and returned four indictments. It was reconvened last month and returned another indictment and was excused June 24. U. S. Opens Talks On European Union Defense Alliance May Get Arms Help WASHINGTON, July (i UP The United States today opened talks with five European powers about the possible role this country will play in eupport of their defense alliance against Communism. Ambassadors from four of the five Western European Union nations Britain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands conferred with Undersecretary of State Robert A. Lovett for 75 minutes. Canada's ambassador also participated in the discussion. The "exploratory" talks represent the beginning of a new phase in U. S.-European relations. It represents an "exploratory step" down a road that given congressional approval may lead to the furnishing of U. S. military aid to Western Europe in the same way we now are furnishing economic aid. Daughter of Film Broker Signs Movie Contract ATLANTA, Ga. (UP) Hugh Prince, a film broXer, might be ex- pictures. His six-year-old daughter. Ginger, has been signed to a seven-year contract by a Hollywood producer. Veterans Loans AUCKLAND New Zealand has granted rehabilitation loans to over 60,000 ex-servicemen. VFW Chief Doubts Ike's Ability to Win Had Vets' Votes, State Leader Says if nominated. Gen. Eisenhower would have swept the GI vote, but it is a question whether he would have been elected. This post-morten observation of the bust of the "Draft Ike" boom came from Frank C. Hilton, commander of the Department of Pennsylvania, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He made the statement during an interview on the eve of th 29th annual encampment, which opens tomorrow at the Hotel William Penn. Questions Motive Mr. Hilton was Inclined to believe the Democrats are more interested, in being pulled out of a hole rather than in the general himself. And when considering the overall vote. It Is doubtful that Gen. VI' VFW CMDR. FRANK C. HILTOV Doubts Ike could have been elected. Eisenhower would have carried the country. Mr. Hilton said. However. concerning generals in hiKh public office. Mr. Hilton doesn't think they should necessarily be disqualified from the White House. Was GOP Delegate Mr. Hilton, who was an Army captain In Italy during World War II. said he was speakinK as the commander of the VFW rather than a private citizen. The 39-year-old salesman from Berks County, was one of Pennsylvania's 73 Republican delegates which eventually went all-out for Gov. Dewey at the Philadelphia convention. Of the issues to be discussed by the 1000 VFW delegates. Mr. Hilton said one of top priority is housing. He lashed out at the 80th Congress, which he said "failed miserably" in providing housing legislation. Politician to College ATHENS, O.. July 6 Paul H. Ballard, who recently announced he would seek re-election as stat representative from Jackson County, today was named business manager of Ohio University. Joins Engineering Firm NEW YORK. July 6 Dr. Karl Cohen, nuclear scientist, has joined the industrial engineering firm of H. K. Ferguson Co. as technical director for atomic activities. It's Just as True. Today Psalms 103:24 "Hoxo great are Thy works, O Lord. Thou hast made all things in wisdom." V A ?y4. t t r ' ' ' , J 't i

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