The Daily Capital News from Jefferson City, Missouri on December 16, 1936 · Page 2
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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Wednesday, December 16, 1936
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Lawyer Turns on Blonde in Muench Case D e clares Government's Star Witness Brought Him Into Alleged Baby Fraud Action ST. LOUIS, Dec. 15.—(AP)— Lawyer Wilfred Jones, a defendant in the Tnail fraud trial of Mrs. Nellie Tipton Muench and three others, testified today that the government's key witness, Mrs. Grace Thomasson, was the person responsible for bringing him into the case. Jones is charged jointly with Mrs. Muench, her husband, Dr. Ludwig O. Muench, and Mrs. Helen Berroyer, with use of the mails in an alleged scheme to obtain money from Dr. Marsh Pitzman, wealthy bachelor, by getting a newborn child and making Dr. Pitzman believe it was his child by Mrs. Muench. Jones testified it was Mrs. Thomasson who first asked him to procure a baby "for adoption." "She said she wanted very young child because the people who were getting it were going to raise the child as their own and ' not let the child be looked on as an orphan," he said. Jones asserted Mrs. Thomasson put up the money to produce an infant known as "the Price baby," which died in a hospital five days after it had been removed from the home of Dr. and Mrs. Muench. Explains "Other Deal" When his attorney, Verne R. C. Lacy, asked him what he meant by the phrase the "other deal" in a letter to Mrs. Thomasson in June, : 1035, he said it "meant a child to replace the child who died." Jones denied writing to Mrs. Thomasson in Miami, Fla., last March to return to St .Louis and help him in a "big deal." The government charges the "deal" was the alleged plot to obtain a baby to fool Dr. Pitzman. Mrs. Thomasson has testified that Mrs. Muench offered her money to help find a baby to use in the alleged hoax, and in her testimony she involved Jones, Mrs. Berroyer and Dr. Muench. A baby whose birth Mrs. Muench announced in August, 1935, was later restored by the St. Louis court of appeals to Anna Ware, an unwed servant. DAILY CAPITAL NEWS. JEFFERSON CITY, MO.. WEDNESDAY DECEMBER : 16/1936 Murder Victim Mrs. Arthur C. Utterback, 33. who was found brutally murdered and her body buried in a shallow grave on her farm ne'ar Wichita, Kan. Her slayer, J. S. Stroud, farm hand employed by the Utterbacks, was captured, later, and has confessed to the crime Panic Spreads in China with Kai-Shek Dead (Continued from page 1) country. When he captured the Nanking Generalissimo and his chief lieutenants at Sianfu he broadcast demands for immediaie hostilities against Japan, recovery of Manchoukuo for China and recognition of Communism. In Peiping authorities of the American-endowed Peiping union medical college recalled that some years ago Marshal Chang had been treated there for ths opium habit. "He may have reverted to the drug to give him courage for such a horrible crime," said one. (Because Marshal Chang's : broadcast remained the only authority for news of the Sianfu assassinations some doubt remained of its veracity, in view of the possibility that the "young marshal" might have made his shocking statement to intensify China's panic and chaos for his own purposes. Throughout China and Japan, however, his story was generally credited.) (Marshal Chang's announcement was in apparent conflict with a message received by the Nanking authorities earlier from W. H. Donald, Australian born adviser, to the effect that he had seen the Generalissimo at Sianfu alive and in good spirits. However, Donald did not say when he? had been permitted to see General Chiang. The Australian had flown to the Shensi capital to negotiate for the Generalissimo's release and apparently had returned to Loyang, Honan province.) Others Meet Death Broadcasting from Sianfu, scene of his amazing coup of last week Marshal Chang, one-time warlord of Manchuria, said several of General Chiang's chief lieutenants including men high in the councils of the Nanking regime, also had met death. These included General Chen Cheng, vice-minister of war and chief of staff; General Chiang Tso-Pin, minister of the interior and former ambassador to Japan; General Chiang Fang-Chen, and others not named. The announcement provoked a horrified reaction throughout the Orient. General Chiang, sometimes called the "George Washington of China," generally has been admired for his patriotism and devotion to the nation's regeneration, his modesty and self- effacing character. The man who proclaimed his death, on the other hand, has lost much in public esteem since he lost Mpv,churJa to the Japanese. In cli ies close to the Nanking regime his action at Sianfu was attributed to a desire to regain public T \audits and become a national > no. Those circles pointed to ,/is radio speech, boasting dren since early fall,.the epidemic or what there was of an epidemic apparently reaching its height near the close of last month. Yesterday, approximately 70 local public and parochial school children did not attend school because of the disease, but it was pointed out that many did i-ot actually have the disease themselves. Quarantine held many from classes, it was understood. Miss Louise Dallmeyer, a teacher in English at the Junior high school, has been ill with the disease since Sunday and is not expected back in classes until after the holidays. So far, hers is the only case reported among faculty members. Mild Epidemic of Scarlet Fever Is Seen as Improved City Physician Declares Situation Will Not Close City Schools Growing tention over a- mild epidemic of scarlet fever in Jefferson City schools was lessened somewhat last night by the statement of W. F. Knox, school superintendent, that "It is my opinion that the situation is improving." Knox said that he had been watching the situation closely for some time, and that as far as the public schools themselves were' concerned, the number of cases had decreased. Dr. J. G. Bruce, city physician, said last night, "The situation, I feel, is not serious enough to warrant closing the public schools." Attacks of scarlet fever have Admits She Was Aid in Smith Plot Unwittingly on Instru- m e n t Pn Extortion Against Al Smith's Son Young Woman Says NEW YORK', Dec. 15—(AP)— Catherine Pavlick described herself today in court as the unwitting instrument of an extortion plot against Alfred E. Smith, jr., as the estranged Mrs. Smith sat and heard the story. Miss Pavlick was testifying for the prosecution .in the trial of Max D. Krone and A. Henry Ross, accused in the present case of blackmailing Samuel C. Stampleman, president of the Gillette Safety Razor Company of Boston, for $5,000. In that case the state claims Krone and Ross, also under indictment for a §12,900 ™ u °f *"?* "shakedown" of Smith, used an- the chamber other young woman, Helen Conboy. The blonde witness testified that altogether she got $1,000 from Krone under representations that it was from Smith—or less than one-tenth of the amount the prosecution him claims was drawn from Miss Pavlick, who told of going to a hotel with the son of the former Neu' York governor after a party in May of 1933, said she signed a paper, containing accusations 'against Smith, without knowing what was in it. Wanted to See Smith After receiving the $1.000, she added, she protested that she wanted no more money and wanted, instead, to "see Mr. Smith to thank him." "Krone said Mr. Smith was very angry with me and did not want to see me," she went on. As Miss Pavlick repudiated any charges against Smith attributed to her, so had Miss Conboy denied the accusations she said she had been led to make against Stampleman. Mrs. Smith, who is suing her husband for separation, sat quietly in the courtroom as the story went forward. Caruthers Ewing, counsel for. Stampleman, told of sending two checks totaling $5,000 to Ross' law firm. He testified $4,500 was turned over to Miss Conboy and $500 retained by Ross' firm. He said he had regarded the affair as "blackmail" but had met the alleged demand to save his client "unpleasant publicity." City lo Don Gala Dress for Stork's Inaugural Affair Uptown Streets to Be Decorated for Affair, Meeting Discloses Jefferson City will wear a gala dress for Governor^Elect Lloyd C. Stark when he comes to town early next month for his inaugural, chamber of commerce directors announced following a meeting yesterday. Plans are under %yay to decorate uptown streets so that the city will look bright during inaugural week. Officials have not yet worked out the type of decoration but said that the ornaments will be placed as soon as Christmas trimmings have come down. The plans call for the display of the United States flag on inauguration day, January ll. All plans will be supervised by members of the chamber of commerce and even the decorating itself will be done under their direction. Other business also was taken care of at the meeting. Arnold Gould, chairman of the community chest drive, announced that the goal of $17,250 had been exceeded by $62. Carl Lane, chairman of the safety committee, reported that a WPA project now under way was the survey of automobile parking conditions here. The safety committee and the police department will receive a summary of the findings of the survey. The annual election of directors, Thorpe Gordon, president «f the chamber of commerce, announced, will be held January 19, at which time a nominating committee will report several names for approval. Fear Grows as Airliner Is Overdue (Continued from Page 1) -i^-o^r^ uj. aucuiei. j.evt:r nave --- ' been reported among school chil- however. Santa Claus will dren since early fall,-. the eidemic here a 8 air i to make the city's ti Undergoes Operation Henry Cason, 1916 W. Main street, underwent a major operation at St. Mary's hospital last night. Attendants said lie was resting comfortably following the operation. George Amos, rear East Elm street, who underwent a major surgical operation Monday night, was also reported doing satisfactorily. that General Chiang was slain because he would not declare war on Japan as evidence of his warned logic. Horror Reigns The announcement that the nation's outstanding leader had been killed plunged China into deep grief and horror. In Nanking many Chinese said Chiang Kaj- Shek can not be replaced. It was said that the real test of how far he had succeeded in reuniting China would come now, when it must be seen whether China has been so strengthened as to be able to continue the course of regeneration without Chiang Kai-Shek's guiding hand. In Nanking the government of China proclaimed martial throughout the republic. law A "grave situation arising from multiple assassinations" was the reason for this sweeping action, officials said. They referred to the broadcast announcement c£ Marshal Chang. Regardless of the fate of General Chiang the Nanking regime made known "its determination to crush the rebellion in Shensi, led by Marshal • Chang. In keeping with its decision the government continued to movo powerful loyal forces on Sianfu center of the rebellion. Sanfa Claus to Siage Parade! (Continued from Page 1) ^ ots na PPy- nual be city's tiny He is to have his an- at the Exchange National Bank next Saturday and will also hold his annual celebration at the Captol Theatre the same day. On Christmas Eve he will come here to visit St. Mary's hospital. The bank's yearly Christmas party will be held between 2:30 and 5 o'clock December 19th, while a treat is^ in store for the kiddies at the Capitol theatre at the same time. The same throngs, double in number to those who have crowded Capital City stores the past week will be on hand to watch. The jolly Saint asked news writers "to tell everyone that I'm expecting to see them—every single one." Santa said that he was saving a great many surprises for Christmas Eve but that he didn't have much of a chance to see his friends then because he had so much work to do that he rarely could stop for visits. Anyway, he confided, little boys and girls aren't supposed to see him about his work—'he is much too busy to linger with them for long when he and his assistants must cover the whole world. But he can see them today and visit with them, so he's hopeful that all the city will turn out for his parade and other festivities. fliers' eyes trained upon the snow- covered slopes of Mount Timpa- nagos, 12,000 feet high, or 11,200- foot Lone Peak. But one by one they swooped to earth for the night as darkness put an end to their search. Motor cars were dispatched to the mountainous region and other searchers on land worked the territory from Milford to Salt Lake City, a distance of 180 miles. Alvin P. Adams, president of Western Air Express, left.,_Los Angeles by motor car for Milford to join the search. "We have never yet lost a passenger in 10 and one half years of operations," he said. Seven on Board Besides Pilot Sampson and the petite, blonde stewardess, 26- year-old Gladys Witt, the plane, which left Los Angeles at 11:15 p. m. Pacific time lasts night carried: Mr. and Mrs. John Wolfe of Chicago, H. W. Edwards, communications superintendent gf Northwest Airlines, who bought a ticket for Salt Lake City, and C. Christopher of Dwight, 111.', passengers, and co-pilot William Began. In 1933 Bogan received the Cheney medal for rescuing five army men from a crashed plane at Fort Clark, Tex. Fear the plane encountered trouble was increased with a report from Mrs, W. H. Piersop, Pleasant Grove, Utah, who said she saw the crgft—"and it was so low I could tell the color. It was going north and the motor was sputtering. It appeared to have only one motor working and nt times it would be silent altogether." Officials said the plane was stocked with chicken dinners, cocoa, coffee, tea, blankets, pillows and first aid supplies. Missouri Man in Wholesale Fraud Counts Federal Grand Jury Charges 28 Persons with Operating Giant Mail Swindle in Nation PITTSBURGH, Dec. 15— (AP~) —A federal grand jury returned three blanket indictments today accusing 28 persons of promoting a mail fraud scheme in which government officials charged more than $3,000,000 has been collected from 3,000 persons. Postmaster Inspector Alfred T. Hawksworth of Philadelphia, who spent more than 18 months and travelled across the continent several times during his investigation, said: "For about 70 years rumors have been repeated about a mythical Jacob Baker estate in Phila.- delphia which for various reasons has been unprobated. "Numerous heirs associations have been formed with the idea of forcing distribution of this nonexistent estate. The promoters in the three associations indicted today claimed it to be worth anywhere from $1,800,000,000 to $3,000,000,000. "It is the biggest mail fraud case I believe the department has ever encountered, involving both in numbers of persons and money more than three times the cele- Constable Won't Take Job; Hasn't Money for Bond KANSAS CITY, Kas., Dec. 15 — (AP) — William Callaway, Prairie township constable- elect, told Wyandotte county authorities today he couldn't take the job, didn't want ijk in the first place, and hoped they could "see some way out" for him. "Even if I did want it," he wrote, "I don't have the money ($10) to spare for the bond." He explained he hadn't filed, but four friends wrote in his name. Telephoned for confirmation of the letter, he said "I am 59 years old and I don't feel like getting out at night and prowling around .... there's another angle to it, too. I have all the work I can do as janitor of the high school here." Springfield Firm Offers Power Cut Proposal Counters Order Mode by Public Service Commission A counter reduction of $157,000 annually in the electric rates at Springfield, Mo., was proposed to the state public service commission yesterday by two representatives of the Springfield Gas and Electric Company. This was offered by John S. Farrington and William H. Swift, He referred to the conviction of Oscar M. Hartzel in Iowa on charges of defrauding scores by representations that he had found a descendant of a son of the English adventurer who needed money to help collect his heritage. Hawksworth named William Cameron Smith, who he said was a native of Canada, as the most prominent leader in the three associations cited in the indictments today. Inspector Hawksworth said his department investigated estates c-f more than 200 Jacob Bakers in Pennsylvania and found them all closed. Indicted with Smith in the first group were 12 defendants. The second group included: C. street cars. promise by the company, which protested the reduction of $215,000 authorized Oct. 23 by the commission was confiscatory. W. M. Anderson, commissioner who wrote the report, said later the commission would have a rehearing Monday on the $215,000 reduction order, then consider the counter proposal. If the latter were accepted, he said, it would be with the understanding the commission retained the right to authorize future reductions if it saw fit. Originally, the Springfield utility had submitted a plan to make a reduction of $131,000 annually ^n electric rates, and substitute I trolley and motor coaches for A. McCollum, Mendon, Mo. — --— — -..--^ vb<~.i»Ab»4i V~14. I.JU.L- V»VJliJJ.lllO The last group included: E. E/ sion's rate of reduction would Baker and O. S. Baker, Desoto, Kas, Strike Talk Starts in Coal Mining Area WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—(AP) —The soft coal industry notified the United Mine Workers tonight that they would be asked to increase their work week from 35 to 40 hours after next March 31, with no increase in wages. Strike talk started immediately in coal circles 'here. The miners have been generally expected to ask either for a 30-hour week or a pay raise—or both—in the wage agreement to replace the present contract that expires March 31. John L, Lewis, the miners' president, was out of town and could not be reached immediately for comment, A reduction in the industry's wage bill, operators told the miners in a letter, was necessary to place the industry in a more favorable competitive position with other fuels. The operators who signed the letter represent the entire Appalachian coal field, extending from central Pennsylvania, to Tennessee. All other coal wages are based on the aAppalachian agreement. Capital Into High WASHINGTON, Dec. 15—(AP) —The capital shifted into high for a dash toward second term objectives today as President Roosevelt returned to the United States from the peace conference at Buenos Aireg. There was a quickening in the tempo of congressional and administrative preparations for the next four years. Business Statistician Sees Signs that Point lo Better Business Year than '36 Zinc Firm Workers Get Wage increase BARTLESVILLE, Okla., Dec. 15 —(AP)—W. H. Leverett, newly appointed general manager of the National Zinz Company here, announced today a pay increase nf 25 cents a day for the plant's more than 400 employes, effective tomorrow. Leverett said the wage increase would boost the monthly payroll M approximately $2,500. Leverett was named general manager succeeding the late W. Hal Gill. CLEVELAND, Dec. 15—(AP)— Col. Leonard P. Ayres, business statistician and vice president of the Cleveland Trust Co., surveyed the business prospects for 1937 today and found the signs pointing to a business year better than 1936. Wholesale and retail prices and the cost of living probably will advance, he said, but he predicted that the increases would not be very large. "We are at present," he said, well along in the process of recovery. And the rest of the world is ^still farther along. "The conclusion seems justified that genera] business will be better in 1037 than it has been in 1938 m spite of the unrest that prer vails in much of the world, the labor difficulties which may develop here, and the new legislation that the congress may en- I HC L« The economist said "it seems clear that we are destined to live under a system of managed economics for a good many years to come, and quite regardless of the outcomes of the next several presidential elections. "This conclusion seems warranted in part by the fact that governments seldom voluntarily relinquish powers that they have gradually gained and have become accustomed to exercising. "For the rest it seems warranted by the even more potent fact that our people have become convinced that the national government can control economic conditions, and so the people have decided that henceforth' the government must solve their problems." Co). Ayres predicted a continued increase in building construction next year and a larger volume of freight traffic. To Ask Legislature for Memorial Building Fund COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 15— (UP)—Resulting from active student leadership during the current school year, the demands for completion of the Memorial Union building on the University of Missouri campus were represented by concrete evidence today as petitions were being circulated among students requesting Presi dent Frederick A. Middlebush to ask fund? from the state legislature to complete the building. The Union building has been a subject of sporadic agitation for the past several years, with a movement being prominent during last year to buy the old Y. W. C. A. building to be used as a jtudent union. ' However, the drive weakened and was finally killed several weeks ago when the building passed into private hands. The utility declared the commis- : confiscate its property" by making it impossible to set aside an adequate depreciation allowance." Discovers Christmas Good Time (o Watch the Traffic (Continued from Page 1) the intersection after the lights had flashed red. Later a similar sort of survey was made at the corners of Miller and Madison streets and Miller and Monroe streets. Miller runs along in front of the Junior college building, the other iwo streets named, paralleling each other on the right and left side of the build ing. At Miller and Madison a fifteen minute check was made between shortly after 12:30 until about 12:49. In the fifteen minute period 31 cars pulled up to the Miller street boulevard stops on either side of Madison. Of this number 24 made a complete stop, four hesitated and then proceeded without making the stop, and three flashed on past the intersection without so much as pausing. At Miller and Monroe streets, another fifteen-minute check was made between 1:35 and 1:50. In that time, 22 cars approached the boulevard stops on Miller street, Nineteen came to a dead standstill, one hesitated and then proceeded onward another failed to even slow down and still another stop ped only when a crash with t southbound Monroe appeared inevitable. street auto Movie Outburst Brings Arrest in Fraud Count DALLAS, Tex., Dec. 15—(AP) —Kibitizing when he saw five aces dealt in a movie poker game caused the arrest of A. M. Patchin, wanted here on a mail fraud indictment, Clyde Hood, assistant district attorney, said today. "Throw one of those aces away," Hood said Patchin shouted, leaping to "his feet in a Los Angeles theater yesterday. A routine investigation showed the federal charge against Patchin. Hood said he will be returned here for trial. The 'Trite Gifts" of the Christinas season will be the one you selected at— 3CHOTT BROS., CLOTHIERS 116 E. High St. 666 SALVE for NOM Drop* COLDS prlc« 5c, lOc, 25c Hope Morgan Ends Life in Remorse Fit Body Found Hanging from Shower Bath Fixture with Pajamas Making Silkei. Noose LANSING, Mich., Dec. 15 — (AP)—Hope Morgan, who killed her best friend, hanged herself in the county jail today after a plea that "the world forgive me for what I did in a jealous mood." Scrawled notes found on magazines in her cell told her remorse for shooting Elizabeth Giltner, daughter of a Machigan State college dean, to death a week ago aj the two addressed invitations to Miss Giltner's approaching wedding. "I merely thought Bess was going to have something I never \yould have," the 25-year-old relief administration stenographer wrote, adding, in the margin of an advertisement picturing a happily married couple, "I couldn't stand the fact of being the only one left." Only One Unwed Friends said Miss Giltner's marriage would have left Hope the only unwed member of their social set. . Tonight Dr. C. W. Bradford, one of two psychiatrists named by Circuit Judge Leland Carr as a sanity commission to examine I Miss Morgan after she was charged With first degree murder, said the young woman "suffered from an anxiety neurosis based principally on feelings of inferiority and insecurity." Dr. Bradford said Hope visited Miss Giltner the afternoon of the killing plagued with terror of the social contacts awaiting her that evening when she was to have been a hostess at a bridal shower. As the two discussed Hope's fears of a nervous breakdown, he said, Miss Morgan decided she would shoot herself. "Realizing that in an hour or two she would be dead," Dr. Bradford continued, "she watched Bess, who was in a very happy state of mind, and realized that her closest friend was getting away from her. "Numb With Fright" "She felt numb with fright and because Bess looked at her and commented on her queer expression the only thought she had was to shoot." 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