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10,399 Copies Was tho Average Net Paid Daily Sale of the Transcript last month. All figures subject to verification by Audit Bureau ol Circulation. MASSACHUSETTS The Weather Cloudy and colder tonight with . probably snow flurries. Tuesday fair. EIGHTY-EIGHTH YEAR Vol. XXXV No. 235 Of the Dally Issue MONDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 7, 1932 Price Two Cents on News Stands Delivered by Carrier 15 Cents a Week FOURTEEN PAGES Aristide Briand, Noted Statesman, Dies Today "Apostle of Peace" Who Served as French Foreign Minister for Years,.Succumbs to Shock at Paris. Leading Figure in^ Briand-KelloggPact, Outlawing War and in Treaty Signed at Locarno, PROMINENT FIGURE !N LEAGUE Dies Paris, March 1.— (A.P.)— Arlslide Briand, "Apostle of Peace," died at 12.45 o'clock this afternoon. "He died In a coma," said Dr. Marx, his personal physlrlan, "after a stroke from which lie did not rcjrafn consciousness. "lie parsed away peacefully without suffering. Professors Dozelot and Vaqucz and I paw him at 9.30. He was no worse Ihen than he had been for several days and we (lid nol imagine the end could come so quickly." • It was the end of one of the most active careers In modern French po-- litical history. The Ixmt, shaggy-haired old states- man—hn was 69—had occupied the post of foreign minister in one cabinet after another for so long he had adc the office almost his own. It was In thai capacity that, he participated in the B'-iand-Kellogg pact outlawing wnr ns an Instrument of national policy. It was from that office that he played EO important a part in the making of the Locarno pad lhal he became for all Ihe world "The Man of iiocarno." And 11 was as foreign minister that lie conceived (he idea of a "United Slates of Europe," a conccpllon which although it never lias taken concrete form still is being considered by Europe's statesmen. k Bui 11 was nol only as foreign mln- •^sler that he marie history for France. IVte was premier a dozen times. WT Loses Chance for Presidency I The highest ofiicc in the gift of I the people was almost within his grasp last May, but-some of the policies which he hns advocated with all his characteristic enthusiasm had alienated a faction to whom nationalism is gospel. So, when the electors voted at the palace of Versailles 11, was Paul Doumer, of the dignified white bcaid, who became president of the republic. , -It was a blow, but the gladlutor returned to the arena. When.Pierre Laval formed the first cabinet under Ihe new president Aristide Briand . was back as minister for foreign affairs. Last January the lion heart wcak- ... ened and, sick and weary, M. Briand tasked his'young chief to appoint a new foreign minister. Pierre Laval was reluctant at his parting because of matters of high policy. It soon became apparent, however, that the old mutter could not go on and Briand relit cd to his country place at Cocherel. His own doctor called In specialists and although their, bulletins tried to be reassuring, it became known that his heart had weakened. He was at Cocherel when the senate voted Premier Laval out of office, but he had no hand in the reorganization of the cabinet. It was the "first batlle In many years in which ( he was not* participant. Nevertheless, nnd despite the knowledge that his health was bad, his name ran through the gossip as a candidate for premier. It was Andre Tardicu, however, who ci:t the job. Spirit of the League Even then his fume pursued him and when Sir Eric Drummond announced al the end of January lhal he wanted lo be relieved as secretary- general of the League of Nations, M. Briand's name echoed through the •political corridors as his successor. It would have been particularly appropriate, for he was the very spirit of the league. But now the man who had done so much was the weariest man in Europe. He could not come back. tide Briand was premier and foreign minister. In 1917 his cabinet /ell and Georges Clemcnceau, Immortal now Japan's Withdrawal From League IJrged Agitation Increases at Tokyo as the 'Result of Reports from Geneva Telling of Condemnation by Smaller Nations Because of Invasion of China. By Glenn Babb—Associated Press Staff Correspondent Tokyo, March 7—(A-.F.)—Agitation lor the withdrawal of Japan from the , League of- Nations Increased today as officials and' the public digested reports' from Geneva describing a condemnation of Japan's Invasion of Associated Press (Underwood) as the "Tiger of France." camo in. • . . ,,. „ . . , .Clcmenceau is gone, Foch and Jof- i Arl ,?" d1c Briand lormer premier and fi-2 arc dead. Field Marshal Lord' fme!gl mmls «', ° r France ' w »° Haig and Admiral Lord Fisher of! _ pnsscd away today. England arc with them; General! Diaz, the Italian hero, and Admiral' Von Tirpitz have passed on. Woodtow Wilson is history; Hens Vivianni, the French premier, Lord Asmiilh and Lord Balfour of Greal Britain a;-e dead. Von Bcthmann- Holwegg, the German imperial chancellor, died long ago. King Constan- Tr -n . ,, , tine of Greece and the ill-fated; Keen Regret JiXpl'eSSefl at Charles I of Austria, reign no more.' Czar Nicholas of Russia perished. Dies After Stroke The doctor said M. Briand died at about 12.45 after a stroke from which he did not recover conscious- new. Three doctors, his nephew, M. Billalu; Madame Blllalu, his niece, and his friends, Mm. Pcycelon and I LEAGUE MOURNS BRIAND'S DEATH Geneva Over Passing of French Statesman. Brcquct, were with him when he died. News of hk death was a stunning Geneva, March 7— (A.P.)—Word of the death of Aristide Briand was received with widespread grief in Geneva where the veteran French statesmen was revered as one of the „ staunch pillars of the League of Na- blow to the parliament. Fernand j lions and the grand old man of In- Buisson, president, of the senate, tcrnational peace, broke the news'to the upper house, A hush fell over the meeting of the whose members stood In silence. League assembly this afternoon Premier Tardleu, his voice break-1 when word of his death spread from I ing with emotion, Informed' the; one to another , . . ' League Assembly last Saturday. Even In official quarters the opinion was frequently heard that Japan should withdraw from the League as soon as the present conflict with China if. settled. One official said Japan purposed to retain a garrison in Shanghai's International settlement after the withdrawal of the main expeditionary force now there. Officials said the status of this force, which probably would Include a division of 11,000 men. would be the same as that of the American and British troops which have been stationed there since 1927. Troop trains continued to roll westward across Japan last night carrying reinforcements bound for Shanghai. . .A war office statement said the movement of reinforcements would be limitc'' when Japan was assured that-"Chinese provocative actions" were ended. Hepnrt Chinese Attack Shanghai, March 7—(A.P.)—Japa- nese military officials said tonight peacemakers together again in a hope.'ul atmosphere. The declaration stimulated hopes of softening the atitude of the Chinese government which rejected former peace proposals, declaring the Chinese army would not be evacuated except on withdrawal of the Japanese forces. The indications were late this af- China by smaller nations in the ternoon that the proposed round ta r ble conference of the neutral powers would be discarded in favor of a direct Sino-Japanese parley. Mamoru Shigemitsu, Japanese minister, declared Japan was willins; to withdraw her troops at the earliest practical moment. "Obviously," he said, "Japan.is not anxious to maintain a large army in the Shanghai area. Our forces will evacuate the 12',j mile zone as soon as there is positive assurance the Chinese will not re-enter this area and again become a threat to Japanese live:; and property within the International settlement." He said thai although the lime and place for a new conference be- Iwcen Chinese and Japanese authorities was not yet fixed, there was every likelihood it would be held in a day or so. "The next move Is up to the Chinese," he'said. "We are ready to talk peace conditions at any time. If the Chinese prefer direct negotiations to a round table conference, we have no objections. First, however, It will be necessary, to arrange some kind of a 3,000 Chinese soldiers in the vicinity I truce. The rircscnt situation, with of Li'.iho began an pffcnsivc against tlie Japanese positions there, forcing their troops to take "defensive measures." Intend to Withdraw (By Morris J. Harris) Shanghai, March 7— (A.P.)— Japa- :.cse authorities declared today their troops would be withdrawn from- Shanghai as soon as It was'made certain the Chinese army would not nKBin enter the 12H zone and the offer brought Chinese and Japanese the two armies in contact along a wide front, Is fraught with danger." The United States army transport Grant arrived from Manila this afternoon bringing 177 infantrymen of the 31st.regiment to join the organization here. The Grant also brought four army nurses and a large quantity of supplies for the regiment. The | president Jefferson is expected to ar-' rive tomorrow with another cargo of supplies for Ihe 8,000 American soldiers, sailors and marines now on duty here., Held for Questioning By Bridgeport Police LATEST NEWSpMan Who Says He Rode From New York With Henry (Red) Johnson, Detained in Lindbergh Kidnaping Case, Taken Into Custody Today But Authorities Decline to Divulge His Name, Cannot Give Immunity Trenton, N. J., March 7.—(A. P.)—Governor A. Harry Moore told newspaper men today that he was powerless to grant immunity to the kidnapers of the Lindbergh baby but added that he would be willing to withdraw Hie police if Col. Charles A. Lindbergh should request It. The governor received reporters at their request in his chambers in the State House. Powers Loies Appeal Charleston, w. Va., March 7.— (A.P.)—Harry.F. Powers, under sentence to be hanged March 18 for the slaying of Mrs. Dorothy Prcssler Lcmke, of Northboro, Mass., was denied a review of his case by the State Supreme Court . today. The court made no comment in refusing the appeal. LAMB DENIES ANY DEMAND FOR RANSOM State Police Official Says There Has Bcen'No Contact With Kidnapers. APPEAL MADE TO UNDERWORLD Bridgeport, Conn., March 7—(A.I'.)—A man who said he rode from New York to Bridgeport last Wednesday with Henry (Rod) Johnson, detained for questioning in the kidnaping of the Lindbergh baby, was taken into custody here today. Police, who refused to disclose his name, took him to police headquarters for qiieslioninf:. HK Johnson, friend of Miss Betty Gow, the baby's nurse, was picked up in West Hartford Friday. He was taken to Newark, N. J., yesterday. chamber of deputies. Both houses adjourned. It wn.s disclosed that the statcs- : Everywhere it wa.s said that the world had lost one of its most courageous advocates of international n '?, n ' sf Od ° ct ,°" madc lhclr reBlll " r friendship and -undersUmding. f*n U of O 1t\ In M*« i»m.itln.v r. M jl.*< ..**•>. -. • . . . . ••"••"••" ' e>* call at 9.30 In the morning an*, find- Ing him no worse than usual, left to make other calls. At 11.45 M. Briand suffered a stroke and the nurse called the doctors back Immediately. Dr. Marx .arrived just before he died and the others about fifteen minutes later. • • Throughout his long Illness M. Briand refused to permit his doctors to issue bulletins because of political reasons and his desire not to alarm his friends. Even when he died the doctors, by his own direction, told the government officials first before making their public announcement. In eulogizing M. Briand today, Paul Hymans, of Belgium, described the statesman as "the incarnation of the ideals of peace," and the "glory of France." When M. Hymans announced his death all the delegates, the men in the press box and the spectators In the galleries rose spontaneously to their feet. ENTRY OF COOLIDGE SUIT IS POSTPONED ANTI-HOARDING DRIVE GOES ON Aristide Briand, was 69 years old. Recently he retired as foreign.min- ister in the cabinet of Pierre Laval, Northampton, Mass., March 7—(A. because of ill health and since' then P->—Entry of a $100,000 suit against he has been under the care of: his ' fol ' mcr President Calvin Coolidge and physicians. . i 'hi New York Life Insurance coin- After his retirement he went to • pnny ' b ™'B- nt by Lewis B. Tebbetts, his country place at Cocherel and • 1: s ' Mo '' !ns » ra nce agent, was took no part in the reorganization of t .°? fly P^'P 01 ^ ""til April''4. The the government when Andre Tardleu '• By a ™°»"«d by Attorney succeeded Premier Laval. Last week it wai rii^ln^ri tiiof ,. """'°" had returned the heart specialists who were' al- lending him. At that time it was intimated lhat announced Charles E. Weinberg of Springfield, I counsel for Tebbetts. The postponc- the former presi- the New York Insurance Washington; March. .7—(A.P.)— The great, war-like offensive against hoarding: swung into .action today, signalled by President Hoover himself .in a silrring appeal for a demonstration' of the people's faith in Iheir country. Al Ihe "zero hour late lasl night, Ihe president faced a battery of microphones In thu White House cabinet room to tell his nation-wide radio audience thai il was time for every citizen to stop out against the harmful economic forces that have hampered recovery, with releasing hoarded money the big objective. "The American people," said Mr. Hoover, "have al this moment one of the greatest opportunities In their history to how an assured confidence and an active faith in their own destiny which is the destiny of, the United States—and by thai faith we shall win Ihis battje." ASK NEW TRIAL FOR HATHAWAY Taken to Knglewood Hartford, Conn., March 7—(A.P.) —State Attorney Hugh M. Alcorn and County Detective Edward J. | Hickcy were understood to be continuing their inquiry today into the story told them by Henry (Red) Johnson, held for questioning about Uic Lindbergh baby kidnaping. "We'll be hard at work tomorrow," Alcorn told newspapermen last r.ight at the close of a conference .with Hickcy, who had taken Johnson to Englewood, N. J., after he had been grilled here for nearly 30 hours, i Alcorn said he could give out no ' information on the case and declined to elaborate on his plans for further action. Johnson's car was still held at the county building. The man himself Hopewell, N. J., March 7— fA.P.l— Capt. J. J. Lamb of the slate police announced today that no demand for ransom has ever been made for the kidnaped Lindbergh baby and that neither the Lindberghs nor tho police have ever had any communication from the kidnapers. This statement was in direct contradiction of Information given out j H(ck aml ch , cf _, n Gro!rnnp mi investigating forces at the Llnd- j o£ W est HarUord, took him by aulo- "Salvy" Spitalc and Irving Bitz had authorily to act as go-betweens in negotiations for the baby's return, apparently was an action taken inde- pcndcnt of the authorities, for the latter professed ignorance of the action. Spitalc and Bitz have been looked upon as gang allies in the past. They were named by Jack (Legs) Diamond in a statement to a newspaperman (which was published posthumously) ns the men who shot him down hi the Montlccllo hotel (New York) attack that nearly cost him his iife. Spllaie was questioned late last year in connection with Diamond's murder, but was- not held, j Newspapers today theorized on the \ significance of the Lindbergh's ac- j lion in naming gangsters as BO-be- Iwecns. Some of them saw in the announcement an Indication that Col. Lindbergh had heard directly from the abductors and lhat the naming of Spttnle and Bit?, 'was the i result of Mich communication. This morning's New York Amerl- was spirited away from a cell on the j ca!) sald a communication "accepted basement floor late Saturday after- | as a v;llld mc ssagc from the child's noon, while the building was filled with newspapermen. -j Only last week, when his health iad been shunted into the back of Ihe national mind by the events . which marched on without him, he came back quietly to Paris to near the heart specialists who were attending him. The doctors would not be specific then about the state of his health, but It became more certain he was desperately ill. Death came loday at his own home In the Avenue Klcber while his friends still were hoping he would I be strong enough soon to go south to recuperate. His last major role in'the drama of world aJTairs was at Geneva where he presided at the first session of vjhe League of Nations council over the conflict in Hie Far East. . The battle of Shanghai had not yet come and the sphere of action still was confined to Manchuria. The Chinese were demanding protection of their "political independence and territorial integrity." The Japanese said they were in Manchuria only to protect their own citizens. It- was a delicate position. The council aeted-^some have said «lnce then that it acted precipitately —with a demand that Japan put an «nd to her activities. The fighting went on, but when Ut was brought to Geneva again Bri^fid had gone. With his passing one name Is add«a co ihe roster of the war chiefs who have gone. an answer until April 25. Mr. Coolidge and the insurance company of which he is a director are charged'by Tebbelts with damaging his business and reputation as T,,.-., „,, , .. i an insurance expert in a sei-ira of They said he would remain in . pamphlets and a radio talk. Tebbetts Paris until it has been determined; asks $50,000. each for compensatory and punitive damage. , A radio address by the former president and pamphlets of the address allegedly printed and distributed by the New York company form the basis of the action. A summons was served, on the . insurance company January 15 and papers were left at the Coolidge home.here, by Sheriff. Henry J, Sargent on February' Sth. Ihe patient was not improving but Ihe doctors declined to make any specific statement regarding the state of ills health. whether It would be advisable for him to go to the south of France for a rest and convalescence. MOVElFPREYENT WAR PROFITEERING State Campaign Opens Boston, March 7—(A.P.)—Massa- chusetts' anti-hoarding campaign opened today with a luncheon at the company will not be required to file | Boston Chamber of Commerce. Frederic S. Snyder, chairman of the Massachusetts division of the citizens' reconstruction organization and president of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, called upon every agency in the state to join In the drive to return hoarded money to Washington, March 7—(A.P.)—A constitutional amendment to permit be | the freezing of prices at the outbreak ~~ of a Storrrt Warning Posted Washington, March 7. — (A.P.) — r«ommendedto con be wealher bureau loday issued .. """ B " u ™ co uon - the following storm warning: AdV T y: Warnings' ch^ged 9.30 a - m -> to northwest storm warnings pn based° "on manv monthn • n,..^M ., . . 1 e imi n nrnni, f eliminating piofils from such con- et by President Hoover. north of New York to Portland, Me., nnd northeast storm warnings continued north of Portland to East- moving iiortheaElward. '": Committee Introduces Revenue Bill to House circulation. "Buy or bank" was the keynote of the luncheon meetin; and investment in the new government "baby bonds" was urged. Chinese Lack Clothes Shanghai—(A.P.)—A nudist cult promoter might do right well here without much sales talk. Utilitarian Chinese, who customarily pawn winter clothing in summer and vice versa have been so hard hit by war and floods many, have had to hock both sets and now are in a qiiaridry. , .Providence, R, I., Mnrch 7—(A.P.) —Arguments for and against the granting of a new trial for Elliott R. Hathaway-of Fall River, who last I June was convicted by a Newport county Superior court jury of the slaying of Miss Vcrna Russell, student nurse of Portsmouth, were made today before the Rhode Island Supreme court. George Hurley and John H. Nolan, representing Hathaway, son of a Massachusetts legislator, urged the court to order a new trial. Assistant Sigmund W. Fischer, Jr., appearing for the state sought lo have Ihe conviction upheld. bcrgh ostale lasl week that a note had been pinned to he nursery window sill demanding ransom nnd threatening harm text of the note was made public. It .was reported this note demanded- $50,000 for the baby's return but, Ihis never was officially confirmed. Capt. Lamb made his announcement today at the morning press conference at which lie replied to a long prepared questions. mobile to Englcwood where he later was turned over to authorities atj captors," had reached the Lind- berghs and thnl it gave assurance that "the baby is alive nnd safe." However, early today Captain J. J. Lamb of the state police was asked: 'Has any communication purport- nis raii&uHi iiim . Newark, xhc two officers remained i ing to come from the kidnapers and to the baby If the „..„,„,„,, ' SODSA'S FUNERAL SET FOR THURSDAY .Washington, March 7—(A.P.)—A snow-hushed capital sheltered today the body of John'Philip Sousa, the great'march king, whose career as a bandmaster over forty years led him to the pinnacle of international acclaim. Sousa died In ^Reading, Pennsylvania, early Sunday morning. II was just a few hours after Ihe 77-year- old conductor had directed a rehearsal of local band. He attended a banquet given in his honor, retired to his room, and'was found shortly after by his secretary, stricken by a' heart attack which snuffed out his life. They brought his body to Washington—home. He was born here, and here his father obtained him a place in the Marine'band when 13 years old. He wlll.be buried Thursday at Congressional cemetery with, such honors and ceremonies as his family will accept. ; . Stalrnirnls Conflict Hopewell, N. J., March 7—(A.P.)— Has ransom .been, demanded for the Lindbergh baby? I . Capt..J. J. Lamb.of.the.stale po- I lice said definitely.loday.thai no such demand had. ever.been made. Bui last>wook -a-civilian friend of Col.- Lindbergh,- closer- to him than any police -official, -said Just as definitely that- a- ransom note had been left by-the kidnaper. • Who-is'rif/'.l, and what Is the purpose of -the one- who has given misleading information? ] Did Ihe- civilian • informant, who ' would not-let-his-nn-me be used, i think that-by-erroneously announc-1 ing a ransom-demand Irad been made he could hurry-the--kidnaper into making his- demands known • lest some Impostor -reap • the reward of his crime? Was • Ottpt.- -Lamb- • following the common police - procedure of using the press to -mislead the • criminal? Did he-think-that-by- saying no ransom note- hftd -been -received he could stating that- the baby Is 'alive and well' been received?" His reply was: "No such messages have been received by this department." Asked concerning: any develop- 1 mcnts, Captain Lr.mb replied: "There Is nothing new." Noeommcnlnf any kind was forlh- dVc\"M,"Ho!dcnr"aitorncy,"'nnd Pro- i coming from the Lindbergh, estate bate Judge Walter Clark. II was not, where Colonel and Mrs. Lindbergh announced what connection the last j have secluded themselves from in- three men had with the case. I tcrviewcrs throughout the days of John Johnson of West Hartford, I search. brother of the sailor, who arrived at | Statement By Racketeers his home Wednesday, emphasized I A statement given by Spl ale ana the visit was not unexpected. He said ! Bitz to lnc New York D? ' j| y New£ overnight In New Jersey giving de- tcctlvcE of lhat stale a full report on the result of their questioning of the sailor, friend of Miss Betty Gow, the baby's nurse. In the conference yesterday afternoon with Alcorn, Hickey and Gronan were Dr. Henry N. Costello, Hartford medical examiner; Bcne- Henry Johnson had told them several days previously he was coming to see them. Washington, Msrch 7—(AP)—The new revenue bill; designed to bring $1,096.000,000 into, the depleted I "rations. ity will be afforded for debate. However, tl is expected to be adopted by I that branch without substantial al- i the eariy p.* 0 < the WM Arli , ™ treasury In the fiscal year beginning June 30, was introduced today in the House. Framed by the ways and means committee, it embarks the government on a new course of levies through IU broad manufacture! sales lax of 2'iCo from which $595,000000 is expected to be returned. Consideration !-? slated to begin late in the week, with passage expected next week. Efforts lo amend the bill are lo be made in the House. Speaker Garner Its fate in th cScnate is uncertain. None of the new taxes is retroactive. The sales tax, expected to'aZtect 140,000 manufacturers, becomes effective 30 days after enactment, while the various excise levies become effective 15 days after President Hoover signs the bill. Boosts in Individual and corporate Income tax ore not payable until March 15, 1933, and apply on Incomes of the current year. The manufactures sales tax system Is to be operated through a licens'ns system lo prevent levies. pyramiding of Only Two Outstanding Happenings OverSunday Stripped of all rumor and speculation, there hsri. been only . two outstanding developments in the Lindbergh kidnaping case from the lime the Transcript went to press on Saturday up to this morning. The first came Saturday night, when Col, and Mrs. Lindbergh, over their signatures, issued a typewritten statement naming "Salvy" Spitale and Irving' Bitz, two underworld characters op- crating a '-'beer racket" In New York; as their "go-betweens" in any negotiations the kidnapers might suggest.'How or why the Lind- berghs came to. select .these two men was not made known. The police professed entire ignorance on .this point, Indicating, that It was an independent move t»ken by Col. Lindbergh himself. The second was the secret removal-of Henry (Red) Johnson from Hartford, whence he was taken in an automobile-first to Englcwood, N. J., and then to Newark, where he was questioned at length. The questioning brought out the fact that Johnson, Betty Gow. Johanson Junge of Newark, a marine surveyor, and Junge's wife, who works for Mrs. Dwight Morrow, were to have gone out , on a party together on' the night of the kidnaping, but that Miss Gow, when called on the telephone by Johnson, said that she would be unable to go because of the unexpected decision of the Lindberghs to remain at their home in Hopewell. Johnson and Jungc, according,to the report Riven out by the police, thereafter spent the evening together. Junge was questioned with Johnson as to their movements, Authorities Baffled (By Robert J. Cavag.naro) Hopewell, N. J., March 7— (A.F.J— Nine telephone lines poured "hot lips" inlo the garage on the Lindbergh estate today. The mails added hundreds more. Rumor, fantastic and bizarre, ran riot. Yet all available trustworthy information and all clues, tips and theories boiled dov.-n to the facts: The 20-month-old heir of Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh has not been found; (2) there is nothing to Indicate thai (minorities have knowledge of his whereabouts; make the-kidnaper believe the first and, despite various reports, there is j note (if they?-was-one) had blown away and -send- another which might simplify the-polfce hunt? This inrrttcr-of'the-ransom note is but one phase-of the case concerning which -divergent' reports have been made by- poHee- nnd- private investigators.- -Tito police situation is complicated by-the-facb that the investigation- at-the-Lindbergh estate is being participated- in-nob,-only by the state constabulary-but also by detectives from-Newark-and-Jersey City. In several- -Instances • -information oblained from-police of- one of these cilies has nob jibed- wit-h -stalcmenls by police of -the other city or by the state police. At today's press conference Capt. Lamb was asked -when it would be possible to- secure an 'Interview with no definite Information that the kirt- napers ever have communicated with the Lindberghs since they stole "the most famous baby in the world" from its crib last Tuesday night. L Complete information on Ihe progress of the hunt for the child was becoming more difficult to oblain because of an apparent lack of full details on the part of state police in whose charge the hunt Is presumed to be. Although- no man In recent years has been the recipient of as much 7-pontaneous publicity us Col. Lindbergh, Jie never has courted it, nor has he cared for it. Under the.pres- ent circumstances he has followed a policy of leaving all dealings with the press lo the state police, except for the appeals for the return of his child which have been made over the Col. Lindbergh to-clear up numerous | joint signatures of Mrs. Lindbergh discrepancies. snd i;?:n3Elf. "There are'no discrepancies given Independent'Action cut from hcrc, J ' Capt. Lamb replied, The brief announcement Saturday, and wonld'say no more. ' I over the Lindbergh signatures, that Senate Committee Delays Action on Kidnaping Bill Washington, March 7. — (A.P.) — The Seiialb judiciary commitlee lo- day postponed. action on a bill to make Interstate kidnaping a federal oflense-punishable by dealh, believing lhat to acl oil.it' now would, endanger safe return'of the Lindbergh bafby, ' For more than an hour, the com- mitlee discussed the Lindbergh case and' the pending bill' by Senator Patterson (R., Mo.) and concluded that to pass on It now would frighten the kidnapers, add to the agitation and publicity "and work against the child's safe return. Chairman Norris (R., Neb.), also polatexl out that any. action which might be taken on the bill would not apply to Ihe Lindbergh case anyway as 11 would nol be 1 retroactive "The committee," he Said, "favors some action'on the subject, but we do not think If Is opportune to do it now, "The committee feels lhat one of the troubles about the Lindbergh case now Is that there Is so much Bitz to the New today said: "We were asked by a representative of Col. Lindbergh to net for him in the hope lhal Ihe kidnapers would get in touch wilh- us. We had no ulterior motives in sacrificing ourselves —because sacrifice it is—lo aid Ihe Lindberghs. We hope for no personal profil whatsoever. "Further, we have not been In communication with the kidnapers, nor have they been In communication with us." -The naming of Spitalc and Bitz did not close the door to any other method of communication the kidnapers might prefer. "We will follow any other ir.sthod suggested by the - kidnapers that we can be sure will •y ] bring the return of our child," the I statement of the Lindberghs said. How the Lindberghs happened to select Spitale and Bitz as go-be- tweens remained a mystery. The general belief here Is that the Lind- berghs felt the kidnapers would be more willing lo deal with someone they believed would have the gang viewpoint, than with lawyers or the Lindbergh family Itself. Commissioner of Police Mulrooney of the New York City police said he had no knowledge of the election of Spitale and Bitz until il was published by the newspapers late Saturday night. Spitale spent .Sunday visiting numerous hangouts-where outlaws are known to hang out, and in passing the word to his allies to be on the watch for any word of the kidnap- ing. "If this was a professional job," he said, "I think I will be able to obtain tho baby's release. If amateurs did !t, I am not so sure. They might not be willing to trust me." Henry (Red) Johnson, the sailor friend of Miss Betty Gow, nursemaid to the stolen baby, still was detained early today. He was arrested in Hartford, Conn., late last week when police found his automobile and a milk bottle In it. He has been ques- lioned at great length since thai lime, bolh by Connecticut and New Jersey authorities. Today he waa held by Newark police. There was no Indication that he had made any statements Involving either himscll 0' Miss Gow in the kidnaping. In accordance with Ihe procedure insisted on by police, reporters htd to submit their questions in advance and were not allowed lo ask for more deflnile answers than .the police cose now 15 Liiat, LUCID is »u mui-n viv - vw , publicity that even if the abductors ] chose to give. For that reason several wanted to'gel in touch with them- of today's answers failed entire y to and bring the baby back they couldn't I clear up. mailers which are still » do It without-getting caught." mystery. Typical of this was the an- Chalrman Norris said further that swcr as to Betty Gow's movements between the time she put the baby to bed and the time the kidnaping he would not vote for a measure which makes a death penalty mandatory for kidnaping and added he does, not think the committee would r«DOft vtffo .»measure, • i was discovered. (Concluddt on Page Two),

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