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if HI MEMBER AUDIT WEATHEE VIRGINIA Mostly c'oudy Friday and Saturday, posiibfy showers Saturday In "'west portion Friday; cooler Saturday. CIRCULATIONS Tha Daily Prats Circulation ' audited rtgularly by Audit Buru of Circulation, tK Advartiaae t learning EXACTLY what r. 8U ,0' his monay. VOL. XXXIV XO. 226 NEWPORT NEWS. VIRGINIA. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1929. FOURTEEN PAGES PRTPP ceni-s - iii 5 nm 0 o 1IC1E HOVERS OVER SEA; Illlli OBSERVERS BAFFLED Florida Assured by Meteorologists That Strange Phenomenon Will Not Strike For at Least 24 More Hours. I fTTTRA HtfT.TF.VED SAFE. IS MENACED BY IKiuau Storm Signals, Warning of Lurking Monster, Continue to Be Displayed. WASHINGTON, Sept. 2SAfP) Florida wit virtually assured tonight by tha weather bureau that the hurricane which hai : been hovering on its east coast would not strike before tomorrow morning lometime at tha earlieit and the additional hope was held out that the atorm ha "diminished in intensity." . (By .The Associated Press) Having" administered a furious lashing to Elethera Island in the Bahamas Wednesday night and severed Nassau, the Bahaman capital, from communication with the outside -.world, the tropical hurricane last night hovered somewhere off the eastern tip of Florida. United States Forecaster Richard W. Gray at Miami, fixed the center of the storm at 4 p. m.. at a position "more than 100 miles east and somewhat south of Miami." Mr. Gray said his observations did not indicate whether the storm would move westward or had started do so at that time. He said hnt It was nrobable' the next 24 hours would bring winds of gale in tensity to the extreme lower eas Florida coast. Karller in the day Dr. Carlos Mil 1. sof the Cuban National Obser- vatnrv. said the storm center appar ently was moving closer to Cuba. ThA Relen observatory concurred in this view, but Dr. Gutierres Lanza of Belen. said it was impossible to form a definite . opinion becau th nfnrm was unusual. The national observatory at Havana said the disturbance may offer extreme lanzrr to the Florida keys, but none to Miami. '' At Key West, situated at the south-' rn tin of the Keys, there was little indication late yesterday of an ap proachtng storm. ..The barometer . was slowly falling - but . the. - weather, was clear. Warnings Remain Up Hurricane warnings remained on dls play from Jupiter to,' Miami on the Florida ' coast and- northwest storm warnings flew from Miami to Key West. The populace. Well prepared for whatever may come, had not relaxed Its - vigilance to cope with possible emergency. Storm warnings, taken down on the Cuban coast yesterday morning, were hoisted again when observations Indi cated that the . hurricane might trend toward the island. : -;. ' No word had . come out of Nassau "ast nieht since shortly after noon on tVednesday and fears were entertained -that the storm may have been severe there. The tropical radio which has a station at Nassau was talklnk with its stations at Blmlnl and West End and with the British freighter Domira aground off the Great Abaco yester day but there was no news of Nassau. All but three of the crew of . the Domira abandoned ship today when the seas subsided sufficiently to allow them to use lifeboats. A rumor was current in the Bermudas that the Italian freighter Laconia had foundered off the Bahamas with all hands lost but this was not confirmed. GRAVE FEARS FELT AS CUBAN SKIES DARKEN HAVANA, Sept. 26. iFh-Havana tonight gazed with misgiving upon murky storm-clouded skies and at barometers which had dropped to 29.80. This reading was not low enough to presage an imminent hur ricane, but it dd indicate that the storm centered in the Bahamas had turned south and come closer to Cuba during the day. ReDorts . by the Cuban national observatory and Belen College me teorological department concurred in placing the storm north of Androa Island. Bahamas. They agreed to that it was of hurrlance intensity. There was little definite information, however, upon which to forecast fa ture activities of the disturbance. Wholly Abnormal Weather observers here called the - storm "strange" and "whjjjly abnor mal." That it was headed in west southwest direction was determined, but its vortex could not be placed and its speed was undetermined. Weather bulletins tonight showed little change over late advisory re norts. These said that the storm was moving very slowly in a direc tion that might imperil shipping 1 the Straits of Florida and Bahaman waters and offer some menace the Florida Keys and possibly Cuba. The meteorological department of the Pan-American Airways, how ever thought that the storm migh aealn move to the west, toun jitheast Florida and the Keys but 1 cey affect Havana. V ' Find Woman Guilty Of Slaying Son, 15 BELLAIR, Md., Sept. 27. W Mrs. Hattie Sone, 40-year-old Havre de Grace widow, was found guilty in the second degree early this morning for the murder of her 15-year old son, George, by a jury in circuit court wnicn aenoeraieu Ipss than one hour. The verdict car ries a'maximum sentence of 18 years with the minimum loft to discretion f Jnrltre Walter W. Preston who presided at the 4-day trial Senate Committee Is Told Naval Experts Friendly With Shearer At Parley In Geneva Correspondent Testifies Big-Navy Advocate Frequently Lounged With Them in Hotel Lobbies. WASHINGTON, Sept, 26. (A) Some of the American naval experts at the unsuccessful Geneva naval limitations conference of 1927 were named today to the senate investigating committee as associates in the Swiss city of William B. Shearer, the $25,000 "observer" sent there by American shipbuilders. Drew Tearson, who reported the Geneva fiasco for several newspapers, told the committee that four of the n&val experts lounged fre quently with Shearex in the hotel lobbies at Geneva and that one of them. Rear Admiral J. M. Reeves, frequently expressed the hope that the conference would not succeed." Rear Admiral Frank H. Kchofield, Commander H. H. Frost and Com mander H. C. Train were the others named by Pearson as among those saw "frequently" with Shearer. He said the four stopped at the same hotel as his own. "They and Shearer expressed com mon views," Pearson related. "That antl-Brltlsh views and again3t the success of the conference. In other words, the cards were stacked against success of the conference from the start." Pearson was the first witness be fore the committee to tell of Shearer's activities at Geneva when Am erica, Great Britain, and Japan sought unsuccessfully to reach terms providing for limitations of cruiser construction. As he told his story, 1 .000 HOMELESS IN E VILLAGES STRICKEN Rio Grande District of Western State Faces Food Shortage, Say Reports; Refugees ...Are Given Relief. ALBUQUERQUE. N. M.. Sept, (flV-About 1,000 persons were homeless and with very limited food supplies in the Rio Grande flood district between Socorro and San Marclal, n; M., surveys made by relief workers Indicated today. ' . First efforts, for the reuei oi tne flood refugees came with the dispatch ing of a party of Red Cross worKers from Socorro to the people li the flood-stricken villages as far south as San Marcial. . The State highway department con tinued work on a new temporary roaa through the hills over which it was ex pected additional supplies could do transported, tomorrow. Over a telephone set up in one or the refugee camps near San Marciai this afternoon the Albuquerque Journal learned that 200 persons in the camp had very little food and were anxiously, awaiting supplies from Socorro. The camp can not be reacn-ed from the south because of the high water. . Trains were run in today from elaps to a point Boutlt of Ban Marciai out the railroad Is cut off from the refugee camps north of the town. Ulysses S. Grant Passes at Age of. 77; Was Oldest Son of Reconstruction Executive. SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 26. (IP) Ulysses S.Nfirant, 77, prominent oun Diego resident and eldest son of- the lofA President U. S. Grant, died while aaleen last nieht at Sandberg Lodge, seventy miles north of Los Angles, It was learned today. He apparently was in good health when he retired, friends said. Born in Bethel, Oh.o, in 1832. ir. Grant ' attended Emerson Institute, Phillips Exeter Academy of jsew Hampshire, and received an A. B. de cree at Harvard in 1876. He complet ed his law course at Columbia Unl versitv and was his father's secretary during the last year of his presidential term. After serving as assistant United States district attorney for the district of New York and nracticlng law from 1878 to 1893, Mr, Grant moved to San Diego, opened a law office and built the U.500,000 U. S. Grant hotel here. . , S. C. Rains Cause Heavy Crop Damage COLUMBIA, S. C, Sept. 26. (IP) Heavy rains, chiefly in the nyth-west section of the state, which have been in progress the past 36 hours and steadily gathering momentum, tonight had wrought heavy road and crop damage In South Carolina. The only reports of casualties paused bv the floods came from nropnwood. where nearly a dozen horses were drowned. , The animals moving with the troop of the 60th United States Cavalry from Fort Oe-lethorne. Ga., to Camp Jackson Columbia, were swept off their feet bv the current in Ninety-six creek. Fifteen members of the troops nar. rowly escaped drowning. NEW III X GQ FLOOD EX PRESIDENT'S SON DIES IN CALIFORNIA sometimes demurring at answering questions of Senator Allen. Republican. Kansas, Shearer crouched for-ward on a chair directly behind the witness. Occasionally catching the eye of newspaper men, Shearer would grimace and point a finger at Pearson. As the newspaperman left tho stand. Shearer snarled "get that bud back here to answer this question!" Pearson returned at the committee's request and answered a question propounded by Shearer's counsel, stating in the affirmative that his former wife is a cousin of Mc-Cormlck Goodheart, an attache of the British embassy in Washington. Pearson was anxious to say that Admiral Hlleary P. Jones, retired, of the navy, and Hugh Gibson, ambassador to Belgium, the two delegates of America to the parley, worked "sincerely for an agreement." . He said they never met Shearer. Describing Shearer as a "lavish" spender at Geneva and the resident of a "luxurious apartment," Pearson said the "observer and reporter" for the shipbuilders attended the news paper conferences, passed out memoranda, and was "primarily interested that the conference should not succeed." With the story of the shipbuilders who sent Shearer to Geneva now before it, the committee adjourned (Continued on page 2) STEADY DECREASE OF IN PAST EIGHT YEARS C. & O.' Freight Claim Agent and A. R. A. Representatives Tell Convention of ; . Safety Growth That the cost of all the railroads in the United States of damages to freight In shipment has declined during the past eight years from an average of three for each, $100 worth of freight to three-fourths of one cent for the same valuation was the statement which was made to the convention of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway loss and damage freight commission here yesterday afternoon by A. L. Green, special representative of the freight claim division of the American Railroad association. The convention opened its annual two-day session at the Hotel War wick here at 11 o'clock yesterday morning, with an address of wel come by Mayor Thomas B. Jones. Mr. Jone3 briefly sketched tne history of the city and outlined lus industrial opportunities, and stressed the good feeling between the city and the C. & O. J. W. King, freight claim agent of the C. & O , was the principal speaker at the morning session, poiting out to-the delegates tnat tne C. & O.'s ratio of damage payments has . dropped from 2.97 per cent of freight revenue in 1920 to one-fourth of one per cent In the year 1928. About 100 delegates, from all branches of the railroad's operations freight claim agents, enginemen, trainmen, station menfl and otners are attenling the convention, whose purpose is the promotion of cooperation amone the railroad, shippers. and receivers of freight to the end of reducing damage to freight in transit. "Safer Servoce was adopt ed as the convention motto. Official of the C; & O. at tne conference include . V. croons, general manager; E. I. Ford, assistant general superintendent; W. S. Butler, superintendent at Russell, K v SL W. Tavlor, superintendent at Covington, Va.; H. E. Webb, sup- (Continued on page i) Funny Feelings' Lead Tailor into Role of Slayer NEW YORK, Sept. 26, (IP) A confession that he had pushed James J. Tucker, 6? wealthy paper box manufacturer, ofr a Brooklyn elevated platform yesterday after noon, causing his death, was made to polics today by David Bernstein, 47, a tailor. Police were working on th theory that Tucker's death was accidental, when Bernstein walked , into a poilce station this morning and told Lieut. Joseph Gassman that he "got funny feeling" and "want craiy." Authorities said they be. Ileve Bernstein may have committed other killings in this manner. "Something told me to push him off," Bernstein said, "so I crept up behind him and pushed him off." He was asked If he had ever pushed a woman or a child. "I would have pushed any one," he answered. "The only reason I pushed the man was because he was nearest to me." Bernstein said ha had never seen Tucker before. Bernstein, father of four children, said he has been out of employment for two years and this had preyed on his mind. FREIGHT LOSS SHOWN BROW UNLEASHES BROADSIDE VOLLEY AT VI DEMOCRATS Coalition Candidate For Gov ernor of State Says "Machine Leaders" Playing "Hand-in-Glove" With Tammany. .- 'ARTY HEADS FLAYED IN 18,000-WORD ADDRESS 'Oft-Repeated Claims" of Progress Under Administrations Are Scouted, by Speaker. ROANOKE, Va.. Sept. 26. JP- Dr. William Moseley Brown, coali tion candidate for governor, declared here tonight that the Democratic "machine leaders in Virginia are Btill playing 'hand in glove' with tho Tammany element" , and that they have made-a signal failure in many respectg "despite their ' oft -repeated claims of having a corner on progressive ideas in our state". The short ballot, fee tax system. election laws,, seafood laws, conduct of the Shenandoah National Park! project, and the general tax program were among the subjects ascribed to the present administration which drew sharp criticism from the dual nominee of the Republican and anti-Smith parties . in an 18,000- word speech. The Democratic leaders In Vir ginia insist upon their devotion to the dry cause," the speaker said. They loudly proclaim theri allegi ance to the principles of prohibition. They insist that they are in favor neither of the repeal nor modification of the eighteenth amendment. They, even announce that they will accept no aid from the Democratic national committee for conducting their campaign. But despite all these avowals of their sincerity of purpose, they continue to negotiate with the leaders of the anti-prohibition movement in the state and nation. Their strongest ally is the chairman of the Democratic national committee, who accepted his job for the express purpose of uslrig the national Democratic- party as a means of "'getting rid of the damnable prohibition law." . "Desires to Serve State" Declaring " that he was actuated only by the'desire to serve his stat and his people, the coalition standard bearer said that the members of the conventions which nominated him put principle above party, and the welfare of the state above mer9 party considerations. An impartial appraisal, he said, of the political (Continued on rage ui War on Noise in N. Y. Is Launched in Move - NEW .YORK, Sept. 26. (Associations representing property interests of more than $7,000,000, have Joined to form a permanent commit tee to, fight the noise evil in New York. -.: V. . Clement Jenkins, , manager of the Sixth Avenue . association, ex plained that eleven large organizations, including some of the largest property owners and stores In the city, have come to realize that "they have a great ' common property interest in lessening the noises of New York." -. , ... Special Federal Court To Meet In Norfolk Today To Consider Oyster Dispute NORFOLK. Va., Sept. 26. (IP) A special federal statutory court, composed of a Judge from the United States court of appeals and two district Judges, will convene here tomorrow to pass on the constitutionality of the state law which provides that private oyster planters in the York river, near . Gloucester point, may have two years time to remove planted oysters from public rocks. It is alleged that the rocks were erroneously leased to the private planters by the state oyster inspectors. Judge John J. Parker of the United States circuit court of appeals, Judge D. Lawrence Groner of the district court for eastern Virginia, and Judge Isaac M. Meekins of the district court for eastern North Carolina, will compose the court. The action is a petition filed by the Gloucester Seafood workers' Associ ation and three independent oyster tongers for an interlocutory injunction against the planters and state and county officers to restrain them from carrying out the state law. ; Judge Groner last Tuesday granted the tongers a temporary restraining order against the several planters, restraining them from taking oysters from the disputed grounds untlUthe statutory court can pass on the questions involved. G-ound of Petition The Virginia state supreme court of aDneals has held that the state law In the case does not conflict with the state legislation, but the tongers are asking for the interlocutory injunction on the grounds that the law la in violation of the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the TTnlted States. The tongers clarim that the disputed area is public prop ertv and that they should have a rieht to the oysters there. The tong ers are now restrained from taking the oysters or from interferring with the planters by an injunction granted the planters by the circuit court of Gloucester county. . . The tongers' petition before the court tomorrow asks for the inter locatory injunction to restrain the defendants from carrying out the "King" Cotton , 1 f J M j ; i 7 s ' f -11 f y A ""'v- - J 4V nl i Rachel Tarver, 19, above, will reign as "King Cotton" in Memphis, Tenn., when the Mid-South Fair, the National Cotton Show and the Southern Dairy Show are held jointly from Saptember 29 to October 6. Miss Tarver is a student at Mississippi State College for Bishop Says if Additional Legislation is Found Necessary, People Will Expect it to be Enacted Promptly. WASHINGTON, Sept. 26. VP) The hubbub over prohibition conditions in the District of Columbia has prompted Bishop James Cannon, Jr., chairman of tha board of temperance and social service of the Methodist Episcopal church. South, .to express the convle tion that if additional enforcement legislation is found necessary "the people will expect it to be promptly forthcoming.." . ' .This opinion 1 contained in a report he Is sending to the church press con cernlne the work of the several Inter national religious conferences which he attended recently as an- official dele gate. The report reads In part: , "The impression which , President Hoover made upon these , Kuropean leaders was the thing which struck me most forcibly In my contacts, with them in the great social and religious gatherings. ; Their estimate is that he has a constructive mind of the first order, highly developed by . study and experience. - With such ability joined to his high conception of -duty and patriotic purpose they expect "him to make one of our greatest presidents. They think that , his Impact upon national and international questions in the short space of six months has been tremendous and unparalleled.' ' "A striking example of the Hoover method of handling- Important subjects Is found in his reply to the statement of Senator Howell on lack- of prohibition enforcement in the District of Columbia. In this statement, which should receive the hearty, ;enthusiastlc (Continued on-Page i-2). " state law involved, and also to restrain them from carrying out the Injunction granted the planters by the circuit court of gloucester county. ' ' ' - , The defendants in the action are Harry R. Houston, commissioner of fisheries; C. H. Muse, state oyster inspector in charge of operations In the disputed area; D. D. White, sheriff of York county; T. E. Hall, sheriff of Gloucester county, and several private planters T. J. Blake, S. D. Blake, H. Taul Blake, J. C. Tillage, C. A. Tillage, T. J. Tillage, and J. H. Jordan. : - Closson Investigates Deputy Marshal George F. Closson served subpoenas on the defendants last Saturday and at the request of Judge Groner, made a personal investigation in the disputed area. Mr. Closson made a report to Judge Groner on the conditions, but . the report has not been made public. It was made on Monday, and the next day Judge Groner issued a temp orary restraining order against the planters, restraining them from tonging oysters in the disputed area until noon tomorrow or until further orders were iscued by the court. Vo further orders have been Issued, and the injunction will expire at noon tomorrow unless the statutory court takes some action In the matter. Under the federal Judicial code, Governor Byrd and Attorney General John R. Saunders had to be notified of ,the convening of the statutory court five days before its scheduled meeting, These officials were notified Friday. They were not summoned to th hearing, and, according to information from Richmond, are not expected to attend. Mr. Saunders will W represented at the hearing by Leon M. Brazile, his assistant, according to dispatches from Richmond. The Virginia commission of fisheries will be represented by Allan D. Jones, of Newport New, CANNON'S VIEWS ON DRY LAW WRANGLE AT CAPITAL GIN LOUGHRAN'S FISTIC TO Ambitious Philadelphian Hope lessly Beaten Down by . Tigerish Onslaught of Garrulous Sailor From Boston. 45,000 FAITHFUL SEE SHORT, FIERCE BATTLE Talkative Tar Goes Step Nearer Heavyweight Crown Vacated by Gene Tunney. YANKEE STADIUM, New York, i T- that gpt 26. W in a coraeuatu was swift and stunning. Jack Shar key, bombastic sailor from Boston, swept back to the top of the heavyweight brigade tonight with a sen sational three rouna viewy Tommy Loughran. . A crowd Of 45.U00. drawn iu spacious American League ball park by the lure of the final heavyweight spectacle of the outdoor season, sat astonished and silent as the temperamental tar, at times the most gifted of the present crop of heavyweights, suddenly turned tiger again and crushed Loughran from the picture in just 27 seconds of the third session. , , The crowd that paid approximately tinn nnn for the evening's entertain ment saw one of the most amazing endings of modern fistic battles as Loughran. rendered helpless by a vi cious left hook to tn poay ana that crashed full on his cnin, toon a count of five, rose to his feet and stood dazed in a neutral corner as Referee Lou Magnolia counted mm out. . Seldom, in all his varied career i success and disappointment, has Sharkey appeared to better ad- vantaee. From the opening gong, Loughran, a slight favorite, was almost helpless before the vicious gob's nntt-pr and confidence. Ruon in the short span of their appearance, Sailor John outboxed the former master of light heavyweights, out-speeded him with sharp left Jabs, and handled ambitious Tommy with ease in the clinches. " With startling suddenness, the fast, careful milling of the - first two rounds turned into a slaughter in the third. The gong still was echo Ine in the huge ball yard when Shar key, as though finally loosed from a leash, dove across the ring, rammed his left to Loughran's body and then smashed home a winning right to the chin. The blow caught the surprised Philadelphian a glancing crack on the chin and he toppled backward to the floor, his head resting across the lower rope In his own corner. . Tommy didn't seem to be greatly hurt for he climbed to his feet at the count of five as 45,000 of the (Continued on page 8 1 . " Stephen M. Sparkman, Former Representative. From South-. ' em State, Dies at Age of 80. WASHINGTON. D. C, Sept. 26. UP) Stephen M. Sparkman, 80, for 22 years a congressman from the first Florida district, died suddenly at a hotel here today of heart failure. The body of the former legislator was to leave here tonight for Tampa, Fla., for burial. His daughter, Mrs. Mamie Hart, of that city, who was with him when he died, will accompany it. . " ' Mr. Sparkman came to Washington two weeks ago for a visit and after ten days here went to New York returning here last night. While a member of the house, Mr. SparRman had risen to the chairmanship of the rivers and harbors committee in which capacity he had served for six years until his retirement in 1917. Hawaiian Earthquake Causes $100,000 Loss HILO, Hawaii, Sept. 26. W) Dispatches from Kealakelua in the Kona district late today said damage estimated at $100,000 was done by the earthquake at 6:25 o'clock last night. Persons were reported roaming tne streets, fearing disaster. The earth was continually trembling as a result of Jtva movements within the slumbering volcanoes.- Use of Tobacco Basis of Effort To Bar Minister CUMBERLAND, Md., Sept. 26. (JP) Recommendation that a pastor who had been on trial for two years be not passed as a deacon because of his use of tobacco today threw the second business session of the 154th annual Baltimore conference of tha Methodist Episcopal church, South, in session here, into debate. At the suggestion of Bishop Collins Denny, presiding officer, the report was returned to the committee with the hope that it can adjust tha difficulty. The pastor whose use of tobacco was criticized was Rev. Henry W. Craver, pastor at Augusta, W. Va. The report that he be not passed as deacon by the conference was submitted by W. J. Whitesell, of Ronceverte, W. Va, for the committee en admissions. . IIS ED SRREDS BY SHARKEY AGED FLA. SOLON IS CLAIMED BY-DEATH 2 Fliers Leap From Falling Plane Above Camp Stuart Links Smallest Vessel Enriches U. S. by Sum of Six Cents NORFOLK, Va, Sept. 26. (IP) The treasury of the United States is richer tonight by six cants as the result of the visit to Norfolk today of the little British Foremost 43. The tug has a net tonnage registry of only three tons and the six cents represents the tonnage tax collected at the customs house at the rate of two cents a ton. The Foremost arrived here from St. Johns, bound for New Orleans where she is to pick up two oil barges to be towed to St. Johns. She was in all of the southeast storm Saturday and Sunday but came through without a scratch. Members of the crew, which numbers 14, said the little craft "weathered the storm like a chip." She stopped here for bunker coal and is said to be the smallest vessel ever to enter and clear the custom house. PANTAGES' WIFE IS Fear Felt For Life of Woman Awaiting Sentence of From One to Ten Years. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Sept 26. JP) Mrs. Lois Pantages, convicted of manslaughter for the death of Juro Rokumoto, following an automobile collision, today was confined to her bed and physicians reported her con dition as "extremely grave." The -wealthy society 'woman collapsed last night after hearing the verdict, which carries a' prison sentence of one to ten years. A bulletin Issued this afternoon by Alexander Pantages, multimillionaire theatrical man, said his wife was Buffering from severe shock and the crisis was expected late in the day. " " " ' "'We do not know whether Mrs. Pantages will live or die," he said. A staff of physicians, headed by Dr. E. C. Fishbaugh, was attending the woman at her home. Defense Attorney W. I. Gilbert expressed the belief that, because of Mrs. Pantages' condition, she would be unable to appear in court tomorrow for sentencing. He said he planned to ask the court for extension of her freedom, which was granted last night on the $50,000 bail In effect since her arraignment nearly three months ago. ' Gilbert said a motion for a new trial would be filed tomorrow, but denied previous reports that probation would be asked. CONFESSES SLAYING Plot of Fanatic to Seize Reins of Quasi-Religious Order Bared in Police Probe. CHICAGO, Sept. 26. (IP) A negro fanatic's plot to seize leadership in a . quasi -religious mystic society was blamed today by authorities for yesterday's gun battle that cost the lives of two police'men and one cult-Ist. Ira Johnson, lanky, bewhiskered negro, who calls himself the "grand shiek" of the Moorish Science Temple of America, confessed that he fired the shot that killed Detective William Gallagher. He admitted further, according to Assistant State's Attorney Harry S. Ditchbume, that he had planned to kill Charles Kirkman, whose kidnaping precipitated the shooting. Johnson. Ditchbume asserted, planned to put Kirkman to a ritualistic death, seize his credentials and take charge of the cult. Johnson also stood accused of another slaying. A negro Janitor pointed him out as the one who fatally stabbed Claude Greene, "International treasurer" of the cult, two months ago. The "grand shiek" was the target of an attempted attack at today's Inquest when Fred Hunt, brother-in-law of Gallagher, elbowed his way past witnesses and police and rushed at the negro, exclaiming: "You've caused a lot of grief for our family." Hunt was restrained by policemen. 200 Are Affected By Escaping Fumes BERLIN, N. H.. Sept. 28. (P) Two workmen were overcome and 200 others affected by chlorine gas which escaped from a tank ear In the rear of the Brown company plant here tonight. Alfred Duval was taken to a hospital and George Piper was sent to his home for treatment. The gas spread throughout the city. GRAVELY ILL AFTER CONVICTIQI. BY JURY CULT E Crash of Navy Observation Craft Into Hampton Roads Swells Membership of Caterpillar Club. OCCUPANTS LAND SAFELY FROM 4,000-FOOT HEIGHT Loosened Motor Throws Ship on Night Formation Flight Out of Control. Whirled through space on parachutes when the motor from their plane departed its moorings and fell overboard, Lieutenant James W. Baker and Avia-tionMechanic's Mate J. F. Benck of Hampton Roads Naval Base, Norfolk, last night joined tha caterpillar club by landing safely on the golf links of Camp Stuart after dropping from the dizzy height of almost a mile. Unruffled and unperturbed by . their narrow escape from deatn, the fliers nonchalantly soug a telephone and reported tha accident to the Naval Base, then ' proceeded to the ferry slip and took a boat for Norfolk. The machine, which was out of control when the birdmen took to their chutes, careened crazily in mid-air during its wild flight , earthward, rolled and dived and looped, finally crashing on the alge of Hampton Roads vith a detonating roar heard for blocKS around. Then it caught on tire. The naar-tragegdy occurred at 7 o'clock last night. Both men , escaped unscathed. In some manner yet undetermined, the engine,, a 450 horsepower radial motor, was loosened from its base and fell out. Within a few moments, apparently sensing that their only salvation lay in their parachutes, the fliers leaped out into the blackness -far above Camp Stuart. . It was the first parachute leap for both fliers and thus the caterpillar club was swelled, by two. Plane Is" Destroyed The plane was destroyed. It fell about 60 feet from the shore of the golf course in about two feet of water and the gasoline tanks caught fire when it struck. . The motor, badly damaged and with the propeller broken, struck in a few Inches of wa ter near the shore.. The plane, of about 34 wing spread and a Vaught land machine, was on a night lormanon over isewporc News with two others of the air sta tion's observation plane squad No. 3. The other two ships proceeded to the air station. A flare was dropped by one of the other planes at a height of over 4,000 when it was found that the crippled ship was out of control, the light from which was seen over most or the city. J. T. Murphy, an East End resident, having Just observed the planes pass overhead, saw the flare a few moments later and suspected that a crash had occurred. He drove to the golf course and met the fliers walking along the roadway. Mr. Murphy took them In his car to the nearest telephone, at a confectionery store at Twenty-fifth street and Wickham avenue, where Lieutenant Baker reported tha crash to the air station. Leave City on Ferry 'Mr. Murphy then took the fliers to the boat harbor, where they left on the ferry within a few minutes. The plane was a complete "washout." A tangled mass of broken and charred wreckage, It was at once the objective of a small crowd of boys and men who began stripping from It wing fabric and other fragments as souvenirs. The engine was broken In the fall. One blade of the metal propeller was broken off, the other badly bent. Officers of the air station dispatched a boat to the scene of the crash as soon as informed of it to salvage the engine. They said that they did not care about the plane Itself but that they hoped to save something of value from the motor. A guard was placed over the wreckage at about 10 o'clock by blue-Jackets from the Naval Base. Officers at the base had previously asked police headquarters here to place a guard until relieved by a naval squad. An investigation is to be made of the cause of the accident, they explained, and they feared that souvenir hunters would destrov any evidence that might lead to an explanation of the cause. All Entries in Air Derby Safe SPRINGFIELD, Mo.. Sept. 26. tfV-AH of he five pilots remaining in the International Air Derby between Mexico City and Kansas City arrived here late today. Colonel Art Goefcel. the only entrant representing this country continued to lead tha fliers In elapsed time, although Captain Luis Verdeja, one of the four Mexican pilots still In the race, landed here first. French Ace Ready For Lonfr Journey LE BOURGET FIELD, France, Sept. 27 (AP) At dawn today Dieudonne Costa, famous French flyer, had his airpiana whld from its hangar and prepared tor tha start of a mysterious flight, ostensibly toward Siberia foe a long distance record. New York also is mentioned as goal, at it is understood Atlantic wathe is better than mid-European, ."iostt has aboard 1350 gallons el fuel, sixty nations of oil and a goes stock of food.

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