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Saturday, November 24, 1951
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a b a e f g h -ttlli P Hili AD EL. P Hi A INQUIRE. SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 24, 1351 James G. Glark Loans Illegal, Evidence Hints Assistant District Attorney Theodore L. Reimel, who spent a week studying the transcript of Councilman James G. Clark's testi mony before the Federal rackets grand jury, disclosed yesterday that he had "definitely" un- UAWGetslcRise As Index Jumps WASHINGTON", Nov. 23 CAP). The Government's cost of living index climbed to still another new high Oct. 15, reaching a point 10.1 percent above the prices prevailing just before the Korean war. As a result of the rise, a million auto workers will get a cent-an-hour wage increase through "escalator" clauses in their contracts, hitched to the rise-and-fall of the Government index. That one cent an. hour, If not taken away by a later drop in the index, will cost the auto industry 20 million dollars the next year, on the basis of the 40-hour work week. The Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics measures the retail prices paid by average city families for the things they need to live these days. The index of those prices is compared to the 1935-39 period, which is regarded as 100. The Oct. 15 index, under the bureau's new method of computation, was 187.4 percent of the 1935-39 average, an increase of 0.4 percent from Sept. 15. It was 6.7 percent above a year ago. The old-style index, on which the auto contracts are based because they were negotiated before the bureau changed some of its methods of figuring the index, was 137.8 on Oct. 15. PUTEIBSV .WHILE WAJTlNt woman man BAfLT 70S Wit 2-5129 $01 MARKET ADVERTISEMENT Safer Cough Relief When new drugs or old fail to stop your cough or chest cold don't delay. Creomulsion contains only safe, helpful, proven ingredients and no narcotics to disturb nature's process. It soes right to the seat of the trouble to aid nature soothe and heal raw, tender, inflamed bronchial membranes. Guaranteed to please you or druggist refunds money. Creomulsion has stood the test of many millions of users. CREOMULSiON relieves Coughs, Chest Colds, Acute Bronchitis lit with pure, chemicals , rately doctor Whelan's Registered Pharmacists on Duty to Serve You They fill your valued prescriptions fresh drugs and . . quickly, accu- . . . exactly as your orders! SOAP FLAKES Large pkq. Exceptional watches for Exceptional People covered enough evidence to show that the Republican ward leader took money from, the 24th Ward Republican Club without proper authority. Reimel refused to say whether he would move immediately for Clark's arrest. Instead, he said he was call ing the eight members of the club's board of directors to a conference in the District Attorney's office at 3 P. M. next Tuesday, adding : "An awful lot hinges on that meeting with the board of directors." APPROVAL 'INEFFECTIVE - Reimel left no doubt, however, that in his opinion he had uncovered proof that money was taken and some time later "covered" by a board of directors "approval" he considered ineffective. "We have proof that there was money taken," said Reimel, "and although the board of directors gave their oral approval to the 'borrowing,' actually they didn't give Clark the authority in writing until a meeting considerably later. "The authority was in the form of a resolution passed by the board of directors. But even though they adopted such a resolution in my opinion their ratification was ineffective. "A lot of the testimony Included in the transcript does not come within the statute of limitations for a crime of that sort. A lot of it goes back to 1946, 1947 and 1948. We would certainly have to confine our selves to 1949, 1950 and 1951. But there was money taken during that two-year period." CLAIMED INHERITED RIGHT Somewhere in the 255-page transcript made available to District Attorney John H. Maurer by Max H. Goldschein, special assistant to the U. S. Attorney General, Clark reportedly admitted spending about $16,000 of the club's funds in a three-year period but said he was rather hazy about where some of it went. Goldschein was more explicit. He said Clark tapped the club treasury for more than $35,000 because, he quoted Clark as saying, "I am the 24th Ward everything I say goes." According, to Goldschein, Clark later explained that the right to "borrow" funds from the club was a privilege ne "mnented ' with ward leadership Bail Bond Cleric Fired by Clark Continued From First Page covered by the faulty bonds unless proper surety was furnished by Monday. Clark said the excessive bond "was accomplished principally by the duplicate and illegal use of 'short certificates' obtained by legal means from the District Attorney's office as evidence of the release of prior bail liabilities." He added: "This abuse could not have occurred had an employe of this office carried out written instructions furnished him for his guidance in approval of real estate for bail. "I am, therefore, dismissing Mario Picano, the employe involved for failure to perform this important duty." Clark added that "neither the city nor any citizen has suffered any loss by this dereliction, and I am making immediate demand upon the professional bondsmen involved that they post sufficient surety through a reputable bonding company to prevent any such loss from occurring." rv4? fSz p- Wit ' :t v; rVfN5: 1 A X V g- V -4 i View of the crowd on Market st. east of 11th yesterday. Central-city was jammed as about a half million persons descended on the shopping district, knotting traffic on main thoroughfares and jamming buses, trolleys and subway lines. 500,000 Shoppers in Midcity Held in $3000 Bail In Teen Dope Sale Knot Traffic in Yule Rush Boy Bear Killer Enlisis in Navy ST. PAUL. Minn.. Nov. 23 (UP). A 17-vear-old boy who killed three angry bears with five rfle bullets gave his snapshooting talent to the Navy today. John Bradshaw, Jr.. left for boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, near Chicago. Bradshaw slipped into a bears den while hunting deer last week. When the 475-pound mother bear and her two-year-old cubs charged at him, he shot all three with his 30-30 rifle. Continued From First Page Herbert J. Kitchenman toured the center-city area when the jam began to develop and promptly assigned 45 extra foot patrolmen and five extra motorcycle patrolmen to help handle the rush. Reserve forces were concentrated in the area bounded by 8th and 16th sts., Arch and Chestnut sts. CALLED 'VINDICTIVE' The day brought charges, however, that police were being "vindictive" in their enforcement of traffic regulations in at least one central-city district. George N. Nicholson, president of the Arch Street Business Men's Association, blamed the crackdown for "driving away business." Kitchenman cited recent complaints from the Arch Street organization concerning lax traffic regulation and asserted that police were "merely enforcing the law." The sudden rush to the shopping district yesterday meant delays for motorists and passengers in all types of surface vehicles. Because of the jam, cars, buses and trolleys moved at a snail's pace. STREET BEING REPAIRED A major bottleneck developed on Chestnut st., between Broad and 15th sts., where workmen were engaged in a street repaving job. With a considerable stretch of street blocked off, traffic was tunneled through slowly. Honking autos and clanging trolleys were lined up for several blocks. Taking note of criticism of the paving job in the midst of the Christmas rush, city officials asserted that the contract for the work had been let several months ago as part of a general resurfacing and repair program. "We didn't foresee a rush of this scope wnen the wort was Begun, one official declared. AUTO TRAFFIC JAMS Auto traffic jams developed at a number of intersections, particularly Broad and Chestnut sts. and Broad and Walnut sts. On Chestnut st., trolleys were delayed to the point where it took 20 to 30 minutes for a car to move from 22d st. to Broad st. Central-city stores, usually open Wednesday evening, closed at 6 P. M. last Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. They were open last nignt instead, ine Wanamaker store was open from 9 A. M. to 9 P. M. and others from noon until 9 P. M. In addition, schools throughout the city closed Wednesday. With the intervening Thanksgiving Day holiday, yesterday became the first day most children could get into town to see toy departments and visit with Santa Claus. COMPLAINED OF TRUCKS Kitchenman indicated that the pre-Christmas rush might continue, but said extra police would be as signed as needed to keep traffic mov ing. He said additional detectives also were being assigned to the mid-city area to guard against pick pockets and purse-snatchers. The Arch Street traffic dispute was of longer standing. Several weeks ago, merchants in the area complained that heavy trucks, city employes' cars and even police cars were using the section as a "public garage" Vithout interference. Nicholson said that police had swarmed into the area after the complaint. URGES PARKING METERS "Street men have been increased mounted men patrol Arch st. and motor police rove up and down the street," Nicholson said. "Are the po lice trying to correct traffic infringe ments or trying to kul business on Arch st.?" He asked for "intelligence in handling the problem." "The police enforce the laws,' Kitchenman said. 'We don't make them. The Arch st. business men complained that the parking laws were not being enforced and we sent more men to the street to enforce the laws." Nicholson said some long-range program of relief should be in the making. He suggested the installa tion of parking meters and the eventual construction of under ground garages beneath Reyburn Plaza and near the entrance to the Delaware River Bridge. Robber Buys Pie, Holds Up Woman A well-dressed thug robbed Mrs. Josephine Bunio, of 149 W. Dauphin! st., of about $25 at pistol point last night at her seafood restaurant at the Dauphin st. address, police said. Mrs. Bunio told detectives the man bought a pie, and while she was ringing up the sale he pulled out a nickel-plated pistol and demanded, "Give it all!" She said she scooped up the bills and gave them to the man. There were no other customers in the store. Strause 'Elected' On Flip of Coin Here are two of the new matched styles in LeCoultre watches, the Aristocrats, either model $71.50. Perfect for the bride and groom or an anniversary. Unequalled in value! Other LeCoultre watches in matched styles to $225. Prices include Federal Tax PAY AS LITTLE AS UP TO A YEAH TO PAX WEEKLY OR MONTHLY Seven Stores to Serve You IBAlfMS Jetcelers t Silversmith PHILADELPHIA CAMDEN ALL BARR'S STORES OPEN EVERY EYE. 'TIL XMAS Store Held Up As Crowds Pass While hundreds of central city office workers passed tne jewelry store of Samuel Link, at 267 S. 15th st. shortly after 5 o'clock last night, an armed bandit forced Link to turn over S10 in cash, a wrist watch and cigaret lighter. The thief then escaped with na accomplice, who had been waiting outside. ! Link told Detectives Earl Barnes j and Edward Dickinson, of the Second Division, 12th and Pine sts., that the man entered the store and offered, to place a deposit on the watch, which was in the window display. The jeweler was removing the watch from the display window when the man, he said, pointed a revolver at him and told him "this is a holdup." The bandit demanded that Link turn over the cash contents of his pocket. The jeweler gave "him $10. The bandit grabbed the watch and a cigaret lighter from the window display and ran out the front door where he was met by a second man who had been standing by the door. The two ran through the office workers passing by and fled east on Manning st. toward Broad. Indiantown Gap Arrests Bare Wide Tool Thefts Special to The inquirer LEBANON, Pa., Nov. 23. The theft of thousands of dollars worth of tools and automotive equipment from the Indiantown Gan Military Reservation was disclosed today at a hearing be fore Justice of the Peace Nathan j Two Get $62,000 In Kansas Bank KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 23 (AP). Two men robbed the Johnson County National Bank and Trust Co., at suburban Prairie Village, E?an., ol an estimated $62,000 today. .Banfc employes said the men knocked at the door just before opening time and asked to be let in. When the only employe in the bank refused to let them enter, the men pulled a gun and forced her to open the door. as employes entered, they jvere herded into the lobby. While one of the robbers, armed with a rifle. watched the employes, the other forced the cashier to open the vault. Thirteen employes were herded into the vault. They released them selves with a key after the robbers left. Sundell, who held three men in bail for action by the Leoanon county grand jury. The suspects, all of whom pleaded guilty to larceny charges, were identified as Thomas Buggy, 29, of 415 W. Grand ave., and Eugene F. FisselL 31, also of Grand ave., both of Tower City, Pa., and Francis A. Nau, 24, of E. Market st., Williamstown, Pa. All three. State Police said, were civilian employes at the National Guard motor pool. Buggy and Nau were also members of the guard. State Trooper Joseph L. Pochyba and L. W. Leinthal testified the thefts took place over a period of more than a year and were discovered by State officials when an accounting of the equipment was made. An investigation was ordered by State Adjutant General Frank Weber and the arrest of the suspects followed on Nov. 16. More than a truckload of the loot was recovered at the homes of the three men, Pochyba testified. Stolen, the State policemen said, were automobile and truck parts, hard-to-get tools, anti-freeze and other items, all earmarked for use Dy the Pennsylvania National Guard. Pochyba said other civilian employes are involved in the thefts, and predicted more arrests. Sundell held Fissell in $1000 bail and the two others in $500 bail each. Coolc, Desperado, Found Sane by Jury EL CENTRO. Calif., Nov. 23 (AP). Desperado William E. Cook was found sane today by a jury in Superior Court. Judge Luray Mouser announced that he would pronounce sentence on the 23-year-old killer next Friday. The finding on sanity means that Cook can be sentenced to death in California's gas chamber for murdering a Seattle salesman, Robert H. Dewey, on the desert near here last Jan. 6. Cook is already under sentence of 300 years at Alcatraz Federal prison for the kidnap killing of five members of the Carl Mosser family of Atwood, 111. A 20-year-old West Philadelphia bootblack was held m $3000 bail yes terday as a peddler of narcotic drugs to teen-age users. The suspect, Mel- vin S. Wilcher, of Yewdall st. above Market, was arrested Thursday at his shoeshine stand at 52d and Market sts. Wilcher, charged also with posses sion and use, was seized by Detec- S tives Thomas Regler, Richard Ed-! wards and Michael Ianarelli of the narcotics squad. The detectives said they retrieved a vial containing five capsules of heroin which the suspect threw into the street as he was arrested. The arresting officers said the youth had a clean record, and that suspicion did not fasten on him for some time. When they kept finding addicts among teen-agers after supposedly having cleaned up the area, they intensified the search for the new source, and began suspecting Wilcher after they saw him talking to young people known to be addicts. Wilcher, detectives said, told them he was introduced to the drug habit by one of his customers. Alumni to Honor Dr. Eisenhower Dr. Milton S. Eisenhower, presi dent of Pennsylvania State College, will be honored by the Perm State Club of Philadelphia at a dinner at 7 P. M. Monday at the Warwick. .Dr. Eisenhower will speak on the activities of the college. He will be introduced by Jack R. Aldrich, presi' dent of the club. Youth Ends Life In Family Quarrel READING, Nov . 23. Following an argument with a brother and his mother, a 19-year-old Kutztown youth went to the yard of his home this afternoon where. State police said, he shot himself through the chest. He died several hours later in St. Joseph's Hospital here. State Trooper John Beemer, of the Reading barracks, reported that Robert L. Wessner, of Kutztown. engaged in a dispute with Marlin. 16, one of his five brothers, and his mother, Viola, before he took the shotgun and went into the yard. Charles Sokol, of 42 E. Main st., Kutztown, took Robert to the hospital. nx m m v 7 Dr. C. 6. ALGASE DENTIST' H.urs9to8wp"L N. Appelnlmant NMdarf OtMABKITST. ) Fireballs Reported Seen in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, P. R., Nov. 23 (UP). The green fireballs reported in the skies over New Mexico and the Southwest recently seemed today to have bounced to the tropics. Several persons in San Juan, Ma-yaguez and the Virgin Islands claimed to have seen the same phenomena at different times and days this week. Prof. Nestor Figarella, of the Uni versity of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, t reported : "At about 10:30 P. M. last Monday I saw a strong green light moving from a southern to a westerly direc-ticfn along a diagonal line and coming down from above. It increased gradually and before it disappeared, the light became intensely, bril- Uantlv Green, lllummatine its tra- i jectory. I noticed clearly that it was round in shape and that it lasted about 10 seconds." Widow Who 'Died' Is Eager To Live as One Newly Born Continued From First Page Son-In-Law Held In Theft of $700 A son-in-law who, police said, left Philadelphia Oct. 18, the night $700 disappeared from the home of Benito Santos. 908 W. Boston ave., gave himself up last night to Detective John McBride, at the Third Detective Division. Santos' son-in-law, Frank Bose-man, 25, of 12th st. near Cumberland, was slated on burglary charges. He said he had taken a trip west. The money was taken from a wallet in a second-floor bedroom while Santos was out. Special to The Inquirer READING, Nov. 23. A toss of a coin sent Edgar Strause, Republi can, back into office today as a coun cilman in nearby West borough for a four-year term. When the Nov. 6 election votes were counted, Strause and his Democratic opponent, Fern Rauenzahn, daughter of Justice of the Peace Ray Rauenzahn, were tied with 83 each. What to do to break the deadlock? A flip of a coin was suggested. Both parties agreed. So today Strause and Miss Rauenzahn met in the office of County Commissioner Ralph M. Lord, in the Berks County Building, here. Strause insisted that the honor of calling the turn should be Miss Rauenzahn's. "Heads," she chose as Lord flipped a quarter. It came down tails and Strause, a carpenter at the Wernersville State Hospital, was in gain. Resorts MIAMI BEACH, FLA. Molester of Girl Sought by Police Police of the Germantown ave. and Haines st. station last night were searching for a young man who attempted to molest a 10-year-old girl in Awbury Park, Washington lane and Ste'nton ave. The girl, whose name is being withheld by The Inquirer, was playing in the square when the stranger approacnea. Frightened by his advances, the child ran home and told her parents. Police were notified and searched the area, but the man had disappeared. Disguise Fails The SEA VIEW Bal Harbour. Mi. ml Urarh. Writ for fre color brorhnr. PALM BEACH. FLA. Hunter Shot to Death BRADFORD, Pa., Nov. 23 (AP). Oliver H. Olsen, 46, of near Brad ford, was shot to death by an unidentified person while hunting in Mc- VII H Rriru RiiTiin&r unm i.r.--. . trinttrtimt worn", writ for oiw'troehirt, ,uh,. j Kean county yesterday, Dot, 10, Tries To Give Blood AUSTIN, Minn., Nov. 23 (AP). I IMMIE LUTHER dropped his tf voice as low as it would go and called Red Cross headquarters. "I'd like to give some blood for our boys in Korea," he said. "That's grand," replied the Red Cross girl. "Is there anyone else in the family who would like to give?" "Ill talk to the wife," said Jim-mie, "but put me on the list now." The Red Cross girl hung up, then called the A. C. Luther home again and asked for Mrs. Luther. James Luther, his surprised mother told the Red Cross, is 10 years old. And he'll be on the waiting list for some time. The Red Cross doesn't take blood from minors. interviewers promise before she would proceed not to use her first or middle names. And does she remember anything when she was deep in the land of the shadows? No. Nothing until she t eosnnrt ineared consciousness a week after Lieesport dose is one and a half). LIKE STARTING ALL OVER "My first conscious impressions were of perfect geometric patterns of all colors and shapes sailing along as though in water," she recalled. "I think it may have been prisms of light trying to break through before I could open my eyes. The light seemed to hurt. I could hear all that was being said around me, but my eyes were like a baby's. It was like starting all over again." Mrs. Butler always had managed well with her life a varied and always useful life. But she geared 36 years of it up until last January to that of her husband, the superin tendent of a San Jose hospital. FELT WORK WAS DONE His death, creating a gigantic vacuum, led her into wnat sne cans her first real error. She dropped her numerous activities. They had in cluded such things as Girl Scouts, in which she once was active alongside the late Mrs. Herbert Hoover. She felt her work was done. Her children were self-sufficient. She decided on a happy ending. "No, I wasn't depressed," she insisted. "I've never really reached a de pression point except when I went to Europe last September and saw its frustrated people." The night of Nov.. 7 she was alone in her apartment. She went across the street and ate a good dinner "ineludins two cuds of coffee and my favorite ice cream oh, I had a grand time." WATER SAVED HER LIFE She returned and gulped the sleeDine tablets. She would make doubly sure by getting into a bathtub of warm water and bowing face down. But she lost consciousness in the tub before she could do this ably saved her life. He explained that the water, growing colder, probably decreased her need for oxygen. It was something like animal hibernation, he said. "Some animals, like snakes, vary their needs with their environment,". he explained. "If your regular mechanism goes haywire, you slow down like a snake. Her metabolism was so slow, the need for oxygen was small. "The coldness of the water drove her blood centrally. RATE OF ABSORPTION CUT "It may well be that the rate of absorption (of the sleeping pills) was affected. These rare cases usual ly are associated with cold as a body in a snowdrift." The doctor's hibernation - cold water theory was his explanation as to why her brain cells were not damaged even with an imperceptible heart beat, respiration down to once a minute (normal 12 to 20) and her blood pressure below 40 (normal around 130. She took the pills about 8:30 P. M. Nov. 7. A maid found the body the next morning. A physician ex amined her about 10:30 A. M. He could detect no heart beat, no res piration, no blooa pressure. A cor oner's deputy agreed with the find ing. The death certificate was signed. It was another two hours after morgue car sidetrips to other places before her body reached the morgue. HOPES TO REDEEM SELF "I am afraid T selfishly forgot the thousands of women who have faced the same problems,' Mrs. Butler said. "I have had a terrific example of getting another chance and I hope to redeem myself. (By going away to where she is little known and starting anew with a relative she will not identify). "All my life I have had two ex pressions which have meant a great deal to me: evervthine is for the best. Wipe the slate clean." That is whv from now on she is just T. K. Butler. Will she try again to take her life? "Oh, never," she replied. "I'm not a fool! Every woman is entitled to Her physician disclosed this prob- one error. That one was mine." M 81 , MOTOROLA f "&T0 I s&. ?3&&t w. r- I I wrn? fii (TnrnrriTfiT) 3 hi I I I W I 'II Razor-sharp 20-Inch pictures. Filtered-Clear of r 8 li I "" "1 I J . 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