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Alexandria, Louisiana
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Tuesday, August 1, 1939
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TEUFERATURE .Comment Report) WT7 STAGES OF RED RIVER For th 24 houn ending thl momlnf at 1 o'clock Red river fell 1-ttnth and read en the foverntnent gauge 1 feet and 8-tenthi above zero. Shreeport: 2.2; 0.2 fall. .. 741 I M m to ,,00 "con ," M l,mum f"0"" 73.4 to noon LLVii--Nam Associated Presa Leased Win ALEXANDRIA, LA., TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 1939 TWELVE PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS PER COPY $550,000 State Administration Turns Cold Shoulder on Critics; Grand Jury Indicts Leon Weiss and Four Others Governor Accused of Refusing impamai Probe RATON ROUGE, La., ?i Bv A. P.)-The v. ! - . . .cort state adrmnistra- hara - , . , ij.. Ola snuuiuci " ,nme of its critics today while the governor was ac-ted of refusing an impartial probe of Louisiana scan-a s and more indictments ere lodied against favor-to of the late Huey P. Members of the Louisiana .t. University board of super-Srs, accused by the East Baton US01S, rA inrv nf "be- hp, M io an aiiwus bluntlv refused to resign. ThoCitiMns Voluntary Commit- to of Louisiana, a statewide or-Jniation which offered Governoj Earl K. Long the pick of three prominent attorneys to investigate all machinery of state government, said his refusal to consider their proposition meant Louisiana citizens must decide what action they will take "to obtain their rightful purpose." Committee Chairman Joseph A. Airey wrote the governor that "your reply (declining the services of a committee chosen lawyer) can be accepted in no other light than as an outright refusal to permit an independent, impartial and fearless investigation. " The grand jury here late yesterday indicted five persons, one olthem Leon C. Weiss, widely known New Orleans architect whose firm has designed many date buildings costing millions of dollars. Weiss was charged with aiding tod abetting Dr. James Monroe Smith, former state university president, in embezzling $5,750 from the school. Smith was similarly indicted. This was the 40th charge against the bald educator. Dr. Clarence A. Lorio. state senator, resigned president of the Louisiana Medical Society and suspended university physician, as charged with obtaining money under false pretenses from the school on two counts. Jointly charged with Lorio were George C. Griffon, owner of five Baton Rouge drug stoics, and H. B. Andrews, manager of one of Griffon's stores. The indictment against the architect involves a fee allegedly ITI'HN TO PAOF. THRF'.E, TLEASE) Clash Over Bombay Dry Law, $5 UJ J.J iiuunaeu BOMBAY, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) -f ifty-five persons, including 27 Policemen, were injured today in noting that followed a demonstration against enforcement of Bombay's new prohibition law. Six persons in a crowd which packed the police were wounded "J bullets. Most of the others wre hurt by flying stones. since last midnight the 8,500 and liquor shops of Bombay fnd its suburbs have been closed w natives and liquor for forcign-trs is rationed. : Moslem procession protest-m prohibition was stoned by Hl"du onlookers. Police exm-psQci fo- i ,.iu snt herald widespread npw Hindu's8 btWeCn Mo5len iai,nilmldf?ig!,t brought the dry Snto J CC and enorcement Cent? 'Cked licuor estab" cfi ' ,many natives drank cPiGusly of their last legal liquor. JAMOCNTlj'!,E,,!N'" SADfrrn . ' J"ifz. REX "R-M'dniRhl. "AVBfc,er,Th'1 --2St- Louis Blurs. is utor Rigs Up Device Lives of 4-Months Old Twin Boys their -months-old, ftinki'Vn, M toda-to a quick-W.J?un cuntry doctor , un sn ... i fcnfflh, from a fruit i .- v.,(.-n-orcain- four drum rubor of r,;:; ' l""ng ana unary welders' a oxy- . The Urno f- s ae Charloc nd Jifants , 'dinner, horn AnHi n .T Wf,eks a co tho VJite in " ""Ping couch. Thmii, Pow .v. '"eir condition riin i her , cm?'y serious until ?flyfaii.inen their respiration 5 29-ylev ut k ' vjeorco K Viou. r"-L Mark,. call fnr ' M.W,elng shop . A"ten l " W7"1 he obtains . Jar kern the mother Weather Forecast Louisiana Fair tonight; Wednesday mostly cloudy, scattered thundershowers in south portion. Arkansas Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; scattered thundersnowers in extreme portion Wednesday. East Texas Partly cloudy; probably scattered thunder-showers near the coast tonight and Wednesday. LOCAL WEATHER The following weather observations were made by the local governme it observer at 6:30 a. m., today. Maximum temperature for past twenty-four hours 90.2 Minimum temperature 71.1 Wind SE 3. Barometric pressure reduced to sea level 30.111. Dew point 73 Precipitation 0. REV.C.R. LAHEY DIES AT MAYC'S Oakdale Pastor, 27, Son of Boyce Methodist Minister The Rev. Charles Roger Lahey, 27 years old, pastor of the First Methodist church, of Oakdale, died at the Mayo clinic, Rochester, Minn., at 6 o'clock this Tuesday morning, August 1 1939. Although the illness of the deceased had been of 'engthy duration, and it was known that his condition was critical, his passing came as a distinct shock to his family and large circle of friends. He was a son it the Rev. C. W. Lahey, pastor of the Methodist church, oi Boyce, and Mrs. Lahey, and was born in Winchester, Ind. He had lived in Louisiana, however, since early youth. He was educated in the public schools and graduated at Centenary College, of Shreveport and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Shortly after his graduation, he became a member of the Louisiana annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal church South, and was assigned as pastor of the Methodist church at Oakdale. He became ill shortly thereafter. On August 25, 1936 he was married to Miss Winnifred Hollo-man of this city. Besides his widow and his parents he is survived by a two-year-old daughter, Mary Emm Lahey. He also leaves three sisters. They are: Mrs. Lester Stra- ham, of Homer, L..; Mrs. Ed Anderson, of Wills Point Texas; Mrs. Pete Hodnett, of Co'fax. The Rev. Mr. Lahey was possessed of a genial and affable demeanor and those rterling traits of character which endeared him to all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and it is indeed sad that he has been stricken down, when just beginning a career which was fraught w'th such great promise, and in which he would have been given an opportunity to have accomplished so much good. Verily, God "moves in a mysteriaus way, Hi wonders to periorm." The body will anive here at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning and will be conveyed to the mortuary parlors of Hixson Bros., where it will remain until 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at which hour the funeral wil. he held. Interment will be made in the Davidson family ploi in the Rapides cemetery in Pineville. 9 ARABS KILLED JERUSALEM, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) British troops killed nine Arabs and wounded 20 others in nn engagement with a large rebel band south of Bethlehem today. Several prisoners were taken. to Save and four lengths of rubber tubing from the father, Louis Faulkner. He telephoned his office to send out a common stomach pump. By the time the drum of oxygen 99.50 per cent pure arrived. Dr. Fisher had most of his home-made apparatus ready. One tube was run through Ihe cover to the bottom of the iar. which had bepn filled with sterilized water. The others were led just through the top. Two were placed in the nostrils of the twins and the oxygen released through the water, so it could be measured. Once the infant's respiration was improved. Dr. Fisher fashioned a nose msk from th stomnrh pump and attached it to the re maining tube. i lia Voters Refuse to Raise Mayor's Pay GREENVILLE, Miss., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Mayor Milton C. Smith won't get that $336.33 raise. In a special election yesterday the Greenville voters defeated by a vo'.e of 743 to 316 a proposal to increase the mayor's monthly salary from $297 to S633.33. Lending Measure Believed Killed by House Action Senate Passes Curtail ed Version of FDR Bill WASHINGTON, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) The House refused today to consider the administration's $1,950,000,000 lending bill, a decision which some members said killed the measure for the session. The vote was 193 against consideration to 166 in favor. A coalition of Democrats and Republicans successfully fought adoption of a resolution setting forth procedure for formal con sideration of the bill, already passed by the Senate in a somewhat different form. Refusal of the House to consider the measure came over th vehement opposition of Majority Leader Hayburn (D-Texas) against such arbitrary action. The shattering blow the administration suffered on the lending bill was expected to prove a severe discouragement to the House leadership in seeking to rbtain action this session on the $800,000,000 housing bill, a companion measure, which likewise already has Senate approval. WASHINGTON, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) House leaders, stepping up their legislative machinery to a fast pre-adj-iurnment pate, sidetracked the administration's housing bill today in a drive for prompt enactment of the senate-approved lending urogram. The senate passed a sharply curtailed version of President Roosevelt's lending bill by a vote of 52 to 28 late yesterday. A smoothly-working combination of Republicans and anti-new deal democrats repeatedly overrode the administration forces to batter down the lending total from $2,-800.000,000 to $1,6' 5 000,000. The house leaders-hip set midnight tomorrow as the deadline lor a final vote. There was no certainty that the chamber would approve the legislation which differs slightly from the senate bill and authorizes loans of $1,950,-000,000. Although the $800 000,000 housing bill already has been approved by the senate, some administra tion backers in the house said they were urging its advocates to let it lay over until the next session. They said chances of approval would be improved by the delay. Senate Leader Barkley (D-Ky), elated over the senate approval of the lending measure even in its drastically-redured form, told reporters that adjournment now "is up to the house." There was some speculation on Capitol Hill that Mr Roosevelt might take a hand in the congressional situation in an effort to in-rure approval of the housing measure and enactment of a lending program approximating his recommendations. His proposals envisioned loans totaling $3,060,000,000 in addition to the Ur using funds. RUMANIANS ON BANK OF TISZA Artillery in Position to Bombard Hungarian Village BUDAPEST, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) The of Hungarian news agency said today that Rumanian . artillery was drawn up on the left bank of the Tisza river in position to bombard Tecso, Hungarian village on the opposite bank. The agency said the action followed the wounding of a Hungarian frontier guard by a Rumanian guardsmen at Tecsm, in southeastern Hungary, early today. Two clashes were reported from that section Saturday and Sunday nights. The Hungarian agency said the clashes came after Rumanian guards had fired on Hungarian rafosmen on the river and shots had struck a Hungarian customs house. Last nicht, the statement continued, a Hungarian guard patrolling a bridge was shot. Sporadic shooting was reported through the night until 7 a. m. In Bucharest official sources p rfrnirri stiv surh horder in- cidents occurred- j DEFICIT Dr. Smith Taken to Baton Rouge; Daughter III Anxious and Depressed, He Awaits Permission to See Her BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Anxious and depressed, Dr. James Monroe Smith today waited in a jail cell for a physician's permission to go t'j his dangerously ill daughter's bedside in Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium following a swift dash from the New Orleans federal jail near dawn today. Her condition, following childbirth illness that gave Smith his first grandson, was so grave physicians forbade Smith to call lest the shock of seeing him suddenly prove fatal. The young mother rallied during the night, giving rise to hopes she would recover after reports last night she was dying. "Thank God I'm here," murmured Smith as he walked wearily into the jail about 4 a. m, haggard and a gray stubble of whiskers on his face. He was awakened at New Orleans about 2 a. m. and told to dress for a trip, as "Marjorie is sick. "I knew then it must be something awful," Smith said in his first statement to newspapermen today. "1 knew they wouldn't let me out unless it were something very very bad." The resigned former president of Louisiana State University 's held for lack of more than $200,-000 band on 40 charges. Dr. Smith's daughter gave birth to a son, her first child, two weeks ago, on the day that he: father was transferred to New Orleans. Her husband, O. W. Ware, is under indictment charging that he aided and abetted Smith in his flight to Canada. Smith told of an incident in the ride to Baton Rouge which caused his heart to sink. "These boys were driving me along the street here, a-nd we passed a funeral parlor. I saw a great crowd of people there and my heart dropped. "I'm too late,' I told myself, but then I realized it was the last service for some ether family." On the outskirts of the capital, the automobile picked up a radio bulletin ordering Dr. Smith to be taken to the jail instead of the hospital, because a doctor's orders had superseded the authority of the law. "Thank God, thank you for the word," he said to a reporter who told him his daughter had rallied. Mrs. Ware rallied after a b-lood transfusion, and her doctor said he feared the shock of seeing her father would bring a setback. So Dr. Smith was taken to his "old room" in the jail here to wait for word from the doctor saying he could visit his daughter. A second transfusion was planned today. Shortly before midnight U. S. Judge Wayne G. Borah gave permission for Smith's transfer with instructions that he must be returned to the federal jail by Thursday. The 40th charge against Smith was made late yesterday. He was one of five persons indicted by the parish grand jury on charges of obtainnig money from the State University under false pretenses. Leche's Name on Sign Painted Out PONCHATOULA, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Richard W. Leche's name was painted out of a large state highway sign on a bridge construction project here last night with black paint. Other names blotted out were those of Dr. John K. Griffith, congressman from the sixth district; State Highway Engineer Harry B. Henderlite, and L. P. Aberna-thy, former highway commission- er, now under indictment in Baton Rouge The only name untouched on the big sign on one of the main streets here was that of Governor Earl K. Long. Gibraltar Question 'Will Be Resolved' MADRID, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) The question of Gibraltar will be "resolved satisfactorily" by Spain under the leardership of Generalissimo Franco, the controlled Spanish press declared today. Front page editorials noting the 235th anniversary of Britain's acquisition of the fortress recalled that England took Gibraltar during the war of the Spanish succession "a fight among Spaniards which was approved by the English so they could achieve an old plan to snatch the Gibraltar peninsula." Federal Officials Confer in N. O. NEW ORLEANS Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Elmer Irey, chief of the intelligent unit of the federal department of internal revenue, arrived here today to confer w'th O. John Rogge, assistant U S attorney general in charpe of federal investigation under way in Louisiana. Irey said he expected to leave tomorrow night to return to Washington He said he was here 'to see if we need any more agents in Louisiana" in connection with the income tax probes. Irey refused c comment on the reported investigation of the "Second Louisiana Purchase", a term applied to the federal government's quashing of income tax evasion indictments against several state administration leaders following the death of Senator Huey P. Long. Patterson Turns Down Dock Board Presidency Offer Appointment to Sue ceed Seymour Weiss Refused NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) A. B. Paterson, president of the New Orleans Public Serv ice, Inc., today anounced he had refused to accept presidency of the New Orleans dock board, pro-ferred him ten days ago by Gov ernor Earl K. Long, to succeed Seymour Weiss, indicted by a fed-eial grand jury here for mail fraud. He said it would be impossible for him to assume additional burdens which would be imposed by the -work. Governor Long, advised last week of Paterson's decision, has given no indication of whom he would call upon to serve. Paterson's statement follows: "I apreciate very much the ten der of the position as president of the dock board, but regret that 1 am unable to accept. "With every desire to serve the public to the extent of my capa city, it is impossible for me to as sume the additional burdens of this office. It would mean a tre mendous task for any one im pressed with a sense of respon sibility to our city and port. "In addition to the duties which devolve upon me as president of the company with which I am connected, I am presently serv ing on several public boards and also on as many civic bodies as my time and health will permit." When proferred the post, Pater son, widely known in state innus trial circles, asked for a few days time to consider acceptance. missimippTto vote august 8 6 Gubernatorial Candidates in Northern Part of State JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) With Democratic primary election day August 8 just one week away, Mississippi's gubernatorial candidates yet are without a burning issue of debate. Six of the seven candidates moved their campaigns into north Mississippi yesterday, and spoke to from two to six audiences, and each had a different subject to stress. J. B. Snider atacked "professional politicians." Mike Conner warned against "last-minute misrepresentations," Thomas Bailey spoke out for farm-to-market roads, and Judge Paul Johnso.i gave praise to President Roosevelt. Speakers for the injured Lester Franklin asserted other candidates were using the Franklin platform, George Ritchcy spoke for reduction of the sales tax, and Dr. Mark W. Gantt, in a s'ate-ment, predicted "the largest quiet vote in the history of the state." Jam Makes Cotton Insurance Doubtful WASHINGTON. Aug. 1 (By A. P.) A legislative jam in the House made it doubtful today that totton crop insurance would be enacted at this session. Representative Fulmer (D-SC) tried to call the measure up under unanimous cor.sent yesterday, representative Wolcott (R-Mich) objected, declaring it was too important a bill to be disposed of in that way. Later, Fulmer told reporters he did not know whether there would be another chance before adjournment to call the bill up for action. He added, however, lie-would ask its consideration if he found a chance. AT LSU Alumni Seek Resignations of Supervisors BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Tom Dutton, president of the Louisiana State University Alumni Federation, said today that the alumni would continue their efforts to obtain resig-r ations of L. S. U. board of supervisors members who served under Dr. James Monroe Smith, resigned university president. The parish grand jury also recommended the resignations in a special court report but the board announced it would remain ii.tact. "The matter will be referred back to the alumni council," Dutton said. "I don't know what the next step will be but the alumni council will continue its fight." Leon Werss Signs His $10,000 Bail BATON ROUGE. La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Leon C. Weiss, prominent New Orleans architect under indictment here in connection with State University signed his $10,000 bond this morning at the parish courthouse. Weiss left a few minutes after being fingsrprinted and sign;ng the ootid which was posted by the Triny Universal Insurance Co.. Dallas, Texas, represented by Joseph C. Meyers, New Orleans. As photographers flashed pictures, Weiss commented: "I don't see wry they let you in here." Weiss refused any statement. Before Weiss left the courthouse he chatted a few minutes with Mrs. James M. Smith, wife of Dr. Smith, indicted former president of Louisiana State University who was brought here early today from the federal jail at New Orleans to be near the bedside of his seriously ill daughter, Mrs. Owen Waller Ware. Mrs. Smith had come to visit her husband. Shortly afterward Weiss and Joseph C. Meyers, representative of his bonding company, were permitted to talk with Dr. Smith for a few minutes in Dr. Smith's prison cell. Immediately afterward Weiss left the court house evidently to return to New Orleans. Citizens to Press Efforts to Have Attorney Chosen Voluntary Group Wants Probe of State's Affairs NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Shouldered aside by Gov ernor Earl K. Long, the Citizens Voluntary Committee of Louisi ana indicated it would press its efforts to have an attorney chos en by the group probe the state's entire administrative life. The statewide organization, which offered the governor the choice of three prominent law yers as an investigator, was turn ed down by the executive. Committee Chairman Joseph A. Airey termed this action of the governor an outright reiusai to permit an independent, impartial and fearless investigation to be made." If the governor's action is fi nal, Airey said in a letter to the executive, it would become a matter for the citizens of the state to determine what action they should tuke to accomplish their purpose. That purpose, Airey continued. was to obtain a "full and thor oughgoing examination of all departments of our state and of in stituting prosecutions as that ex amination may show to be neces sary. He said the committee would meet today or tomorrow to decide what further action would be taken. The governor, in declining the committee's offer, said in part: "I have no right to shirk or in anywise relegate to other persons fu lfillment of my duties, no mat- j ler how keen the mind, pure the j (NOW TIRN TO PACK XIXt, PI.EASr.) f IGARET BOOTLEGGER NEW YORK, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) The first man m New York City to plead guilty to cigaret "bootlegging" picked his own punishment a 30-day jail term. The alternative penalty offered Joseph Ward, 23, by Magistrate Thomas A. Aurelio last right was a $250 fine. Investigators for the city collector said Ward had sold 15 cartons of cigarcts here without payment of th? nne-cent-a-package city relief tax. AUDITORS REPORT TO SUPERVISORS; BOARD ASKS LOAN AUTHORITY BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Louisiana State University auditors today advised the state board, of liquidation that there was a $550,000 deficit in the school's funds for the 1938-39 fiscal year, and asked authority to borrow that amount on behalf of the school. Dr. Paul M. Hebert, acting president named as sue- cessor in June to Dr. James Monroe Smith, requested authorization to borrow that he might start the university anew with a financial balance. The board authorized polling members of the legislature for the needed authority. The fiscal year ended Joe Goes Before Ouachita Jury Dillon to Testify Charges of Irregularities at L. T. I. Being Investigated MONROE, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Twenty witnesses, consisting chiefly of officials, teachers fctiii nmates of Louisiana Traininf, Institute, had testiifed before the special session of the Ouachita parish grand jury at noon today. The jury, which convened Monday, heard eight witnesses yesterday and twelve this morning. It was reliably reported today that other witnesses besides the 2i originally summoned in the investigation of alleged irregularities at L. T. I. had been called to appeal before the grand jury. Whether or not these witnesses were called in connection with the probe of affairs at the school or to testify on other matters to be investigated by the jury was not learned. Au thoritative sources have revealed that alleged law violations of parish and city officials are expected to be brought before the grand jury for investigation. Dr. Harvey Dillon, whose dis missal as superintendent of the institute brought about the special session, is expected to appear at this afternoon's session of the jury, it was learned. Following Dr. Dillon's dismissal, charges of irregularities were made by the board of commission ers of the institute by State Sena tor James A. Noe, a candidate for governor. Judge David I. Garrett then called the special session of the grand jury to investigate the charges. Senator Noe already has appeared to testify. He spent approximately 25 minutes in the grand jury room. Members of the board. J. Lloyd Warren, president, and also president of the Ouachita parish police jury; S. L. Digbyand A. S. Tidwell, Jr., also were summoned as witnesses and have given testimony in the investigation Other witnesses were not identified, although several boys dressed in the uniform of the institute were present this mornins and some were called into the grand jury room. Others waited to be called this afternoon. Judge Garrett, after he had charged the jury yesterday, warned the press and radio not to make public the names of witnesses. Long's Statement on De-ducts Hot Yet Ready BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Governor Earl K. Long said today he had not yet prepared his answer to the charge of "de-ducts," or deducting 5 per ce:t of salaries of state employes for the benefit of the Louisiana Democratic Association. The governor announced at a recent speech at Alexandria that he would issue a statement about the "de-ducts" on August 1 that would "please" the people of the state. But today the governor delayed preparation of the statement until tonight or tomorrow because he said he had not "gotten around to that yet." Maestri Denies Taking A ny Dishonest Money NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Mayor Robert S. Maestri, . declaring he had been advised to I take no notice of "unfair attacks" upon him, announced he had not "taken a single dishonest dollar." In response to allegations which he said were carried in a publication he did not name, the mayor said ordinarily he would have taken action against the "author of these charges," but nevertheless will remain silent "even if the attacks are repeated and made worse." June 30, four days after Smith resigned as president and fled to Canada just before huge financial irregularities at the school were charged against him. The finance committee received the report of the auditors at a meeting last night and laid the deficit before the board of liquidation today. Governor Earl K. Long, chairman, presided over the meeting of the board. Among members of the finance committee who appeared were Colonel Troy H. Mid-dleton, acting vice president and comptroller of the university and two new members, Lewis Gottlieb and John Doles. The auditors told the board that the deficit represented over-expenditures of legislative appro., priations for the university while Dr. Smith was president. A three-fourths majority vote of the legislature is necessary to authorize the board of liquidation to borrow the money. State records showed that thd legislature appropriated for L, S. U., mainly through taxes dedicated to the university, approximately $3,500,000 for each of ths fiscal years, 1938-39 and 1939-40. Prior to this period the turns appropriated for the university were not so heavy, ur. smita urged the legislature to appropriate more money for the growing institution. ' As a result the soft drink tax proceeds were given over to swell the funds. This tax yielded about $750,000 a year. t Ex - Stenographer Asks for $500 a Month OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 1. (By A. P.) A former chief justice of the Oklahoma supreme court planned to cross-examine his one-time stenographer today as she testified in her suit for a degree validating their marriage and asking $500 a month support money. In her petition, M?deline Bran-iff Branson stated she and Fred P. Branson were married in a civil ceremony a Tarrytown, N. Y., in February, 1930 just seven years after se applied successfully for a position as Branson's stenographer Branson admitted in his statement that he "went through a pretended marriaje ceremony" but declared it was illegal because six months had not elapsed since his first wife, Eula Branson. divorced him. Branson told the court he had spent more than $44,000 on Made line since their marriage and that financial reverses new made a heavy cash settlement impossible. He denied Madeline's estimate that he had a forture of $250,000 and declared the plaintiff could examine his safety deposit box and "have all the stocks and bond they can find." 2 Young Marines Accused of Killing NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 1. (By A. P.) Two young marines were held in the brig of the aircraft carrier Ranger today facing charges of killing F. T. Jennings, 49-year old Augusta, Ga., sales man. Warrants were sworn out last night by Detective Leon Nowitzky for Wallace E. Miller and Lawrence M. King and steps were taken to have them released to civil authorities here. The mayor's statement follows: "I, as mayor of this city, have not taken a single dishonest dollar and I challenge any man to attack my reputation for honesty either personally or officially. "There has been distributee! in the last few days, in those portions of the city of New Orleans where it is considered that it would injure me most, copies of a newspaper published in a neighboring town, containing charges (TIKX TO PAGE SEVEN, PLXAJB)

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