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,Tf ' LAST ED I TIO N LAST EDITION .COMPLETE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE THE GREAT NEWSPAPER OF THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FULL AND EXCLUSIVE UNITED PRESS REPORT 'VOL. XLH 16 PAGES BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3,1933 TWO SECTIONS No. 161 GUNMAN ROBS BAKERSFIELD BANK GRAND JURY SCORES KERN COUNTY TAX TOLL MacDonald, Chamberlain, Baldwin, Runciman, Simon Coming CABINET AND PRESS ON UNITED FRONT Will Declare Business , Certain if British 1 View Adopted . By FRANK H. KING (Annorlated 1'rena Leaned Wire) T ONDON, Feb. 3.—Great Britain •^ hopes to convince American public opinion In the next few weeks that a drastic scaling down, or even cancelatlon of the war debts 'will not only benefit the United States, but the whole world. It was stated In highest government' quarters that Great Britain plans to Inaugurate Its campaign as soon as Sir Ronald Lindsay, the British ambassador, returns to the United States. The main purpose will be to counteract• arty belief In tho United States that the debt question merely Involves the payment of money owed by Great Britain, which™ tf not fully discharged, will fall upon the shoulders of the American taxpayer. The cabinet is united behind the views expressed by Neville Chamberlain, chancellor of the exchequer. The News Letter, official organ of Premier MacDonald's Labor party, said today that. Mr. Chamberlain "admirably stated" the cabinet's views in his recent address at Leeds. In that speech he declared a business revival would result from cancelatlon or drastic reduction of the <lebts. COMMENT BY WILL ROGERS BEVERLY HILLS, Feb. 3.—To the Editor of The Bakenfleld CallTornlin: With a million and one home talent problems that ought to be worrying our lawmaker!, why they are etlll excited about the debts. England le paid up till June, 10 why start worrying now about June. Suppose the unemployed had work till June, the hungry food until June, they could reet mighty easy for a while. But they haven't got It. But the debts are paid till June. I bet If you diagnosed all our troubles and listed 'em In the order of their Importance to us right now, you would find debts awful near the bottom. Any problem that Is even temporarily set- tied up to four months ahead Is no problem nowadays. Yours, WILL ROGERS. SENATE EMPLOYE ACTOSENATE David Barry on Grill, Due lo Charges in Article Against Solons MACDONALD WILL HEAD COMMITTEE LONDON, Feb. !!. (U. P.)— The Brlt- ,inh cabinet -today entrusted negotiations with the United States for war debt revision to a committee of five nubtnet members, headed by Prime Minister J. Ramsay MacDonald. Other members of tho committee are: 'Neville Chamberlain,, chancellor of tho exchequer. Stanley Baldwin, lord president of the council, who negotiated the present debt funding agreement '.with America. Blr John Simon, foreign secretary. Walter Runutmun, president" of the board of trade. The committee WHH charged with completing negotiations with the United Stated for discussion of war debta and was made jointly responsible for advising the government of the negotiations. Baldwin's appointment caused con- Blderablo surprise as the Baldwin settlement Is still the subject of severe criticism by political opponents. It was announced that MacDonald would accept the chairmanship of the "World Economic Conference if tho conference is held in London. The government approved the conference program prepared by experts in Geneva, but has no Intention of calling the conference until tho war debts question la settled. It was expected the conference would not meet ocforo midsummer, at the earliest. The Daily Messenger understood that the cabinet's conditions for war debts discussion Included: The discussions must bo along linos jvhlch will not hinder general uanccl- ktlon. There must be no alteration of the Lausanne reparations agreement and no reopening of the reparations question: There must be no further payments under the Baldwin agreement. III Asks Million Dollar Slash *** *** * * + ^ * * * *** + * * * + + * * * Teacher Salary Cuts Urged Claims Blaze Was Work of Incendiary; Edifice Is Destroyed VICTIMS IN PANIC; 14 OTHERS RESCUED Management Asks That Revenge-Suspect Be Arrested (United Prenn Leaned Wire) WASHINGTON, Feb. 8.—Senator Norris, Republican, Nebraska, formally moved In the Senate late today that Sergeint-at-Arnif) David S. Barry be removed from office for writing a magazine article assorting that Rome Senators and Representatives have sold their votes for money. . Senator Coiizens, Republican, Michigan, moved that the amendment be changed to suspend Barry until February 10 at 4 p. m., when the Senate would take action. Senator Aphurst, Democrat, Arizona, pleaded for "forbearance," saying the Senate must retain Its dignity and not show "It Is so thin-skinned." He said many vile charges were rrtado against the Senate In "cheap shows" and, In view of Barry's 12 years of faithful service, tho Senate should reserve judgment at least 12 hours. STATE GRANGE'S WAR AIMED£MOUITON (Associated Prens Leaned Wire) SACRAMENTO, Feb. 3.—The California State Grange's movement to recall Governor Rolph centered on Director of Agriculture Dudley Moulton today as many rumors hinting cessation of hostilities If he be ousted, were heard, denied and renewed. The Grange, headed by George H. Sehl- meyer, took , exception to Moulton's policies some time a'go. One of the first things the director did when he took office was to ousl O. W. Newman, a division chief, who promptly became Sehlmeyer's assistant. Reports Conflict Reports of compromise offers were conflicting. Some were that the state administration approached the Grange offering to ma.ke certain changes In Governor Ralph's official family If tho agricultural organization stopped the recall campaign. The governor himself denied this from his San Fran- cisCo hospital bed with the statement he knew nothing of any such movement. P. T. &T.NETINCOME ASKS $55,000 BALM SALINAS, Feb. 8. (A. P.)— II. V. Folletto of Oakland today filed a suit for $55,000 against Ray Hainey, whom lie accused of alienating his wife's affections. Boll) men formerly owned Mitoinoblle agencies in Monterey, where they were socially prominent. THE WEATHER San Francisco bay region: Fair and mild tonight and Saturday; moderate east and northeast winds; fair Sunday. Northern California: Fair tonight and Saturday: local frosts Saturday morning: fresh north and northeast winds offshore; fair Sunday. Sierra Nevada; Fair tonight and Saturday; continued cold; moderate north and northeast winds; fair Sunday. Sacramento, Santa Clara and San Joaquln valleys: Fair tonight and Saturday; frosts' Saturday morning; gentle changeable winds; i fair Sunday. Southern California: Fair tonight and Saturday; mild; moderate to fresh east and northeast winds offshore; fair Sunday. ( Associated Presn Leaned Wire) RAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3.— Consolidated net income of $18,217,207 for 1932 was announced here today by the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company In a report on file with the California State Railroad Commission. After payment of $4,290,000 in dividends on preferred stock 'tile balance available for common stock dividends was equivalent to $6. 26 a share after preferred dividends. The report said a- deficit of $1,337.79? remained after payment of the 1932 common dividends as compared with a (Associated Prenn Leaned Wire) /CLEVELAND, Feb. 3.—A mystert- «8 fire burned nine women patients to death In a suburban sanatorium dormitory early today. The women broke from their rescuers en route from upstairs sleeping quarters. By the time nearly a score of other patients had been taken out, the panic-stricken nine, who had fled back to their beds, were beyond aid. ' The dormitory was destroyed. Bight of the nine bodies which had beeti recovered by fire fighting crews were tentatively Identified: Dead Mrs. Lottie Roback, 32; Miss Helen Kovack, 49; Mrs. Agneg DorHhg'ton, 78; Mrs. Loraine Dean,- 76; Mrs. Dannie Laundon, 54: Miss ISthel R. Zlpp, 24; Mrs. Mary Bennett, 73, all of Cleveland; and Mrs. Isabel McBrlde, Newcastle, Pa. Miss Gladys Fraser, 30, of Cleveland, was missing, and efforts were being made to Identify the ninth body. Charges Incendiarism Charges of incendiarism were Immediately made by the management. Dr. William Glendennlng, staff physician and husband of the superintendent of the sanatorium, asked the sheriff to arrest a man he suspected of revengeful activity. Tho shrieks of the terror-stricken women rent the chill night as the flames ate rapidly through the frame dwelling. The smoke and heat soon ecame so intense that entrance to rto cottage In which 24 women pa- lents and three sanatorium employes lept became Impossible. Discovered by Nurse The fire was discovered by M. Smith, a male nurse, who spread the larm. Two nurses, Mrs. Kthel Craig .nd Miss Florence Farrell, quickly led 7 women sleeping In the three up- talrs rooms down the stairs. They had succeeded In reaching the mllway when lashing tongues of flra te up through the floor. Several patents, panic-stricken, broke away rom tho nurses and fled back up tho talrs. Rescuers, working frantically, sue leeded In removing several by lad- dora quickly hoisted to second flooi windows. Unconcerned The patients brought outside the lormltory by the nurses showed llt- le concern at their sudden awaken- ng and flight. Attendants paid some once they wore taken to nearby dor mltorles, returned quickly to sana orlum routine, going quietly to bed after first Insisting on their usual baths. Mrs. Virginia Glendennlng, superln- endent of the Institution, said tho 'Ire caused damage of about $10,000. She said all of the 23 women patients vould have been saved had they uom- >r oh ended the danger and walked out quietly. DEATH OR It FOR surplus balance of $1,252,575 common dividends in 1031. after Earthquake Shakes Area Near Fresno fUnitcd I'rfHH Lea«ed Wire) FRESNO, Feb. 3. — A severe earth tremor struck Big CreeU, Shaver lake Florence lake and Huntlngton lake east of here, last night, according ti reports received in Fresno today. Residents of the district reported the shock lasted two or three second and that It had no noticeable direction So far an known, residents reported there wero no anow or landslides any where In tho district which may hav caused the shock. Thoy described the tremor us "mor like the concussion of a giant bomb. 1ST (Vnitrd r'renn Lranrd Wire) BERLIN, Feb. n.— An emergency decree providing death or long prlrnn terms for pollllcHl terrorints was considered by tho government of Adolf Hitler todny to curb (net-eating fights and fatal street brawls. A similar decree was promulgated lost summer and had the desired effect of restraining political outbreaks. Tho decree was withdrawn when the country became quiet politically. Reports early today Indicated that the disturbances were continuing In several parts of Germany, especially In the Rhlnelund, despite police precautions. Many cities followed Berlin's example and banned op'en air meetings likely to create political excitement. Tne government was reported to plan a meeting 'of prime ministers of all the German states to dlacuss action against Communists and means of counteracting political disturbances generally. Irand Jury Declares 50 Per Cent of Tax Cash Goes to Schools; Big Reduction Is Favored [TRGING a concentration o£ tax'-'payers to the end that approximately $500,000 may be saved In Cern county achool costs, und point- ng out that half of every tax dollar s spent on tho public schools, the Orand Jury recommends a salary cut of 30 per cent for every teacher receiving more than $100 a month, asserting that few teachers receive as small n sum as this and many of hem receive $300 a month. During 931-32 the schools received $3,254,954 lere, the Grand Jury finds and admits hat "Intelligent school officials have already nc9ompllshed savings amount- ng to $394,000." The Grand Jury urges not only the assistance of school officials but tho co-operation of the taxpayers as well n making this economy, with the assertion that, there are morn than 100 ndependent school boards levying assessments In this county and that these bodies can defy outside supev- Islon. Face Double Tax "Under present laws," writes the Grand Jury, "the state pays $30 per pupil to the county and the county pays $30 for elementary and $70 for high school pupils. How flimsy the structure of this $3,000,000 annual enterprise IB Is Indicated when one of two possible contingencies Is. laced: (I) Knactment of the law now before the Legislature to cut. off the state's contribution of $80 per pupil to tho county, and (2) financial distress of the oil industry and other corporations which now pay 83 per cent of Kern county taxes. Should the Legislature withdraw state support, local school taxes will double. Should one major oil company be delinquent with one tax payment, the whole county government. Including tho schools, goes on tho financial rocks. Balancing Budgets "We hear a lot about 'budgets' those days and feel that budgets protect us. There are two ways to balance a budget: Ono Is to make elaborate plans for spending and then assess tuxes to pay the bill, and tho other is to estimate carefully the amount tho taxpayer can contribute without wrecking his own budget and cut expenditures to that figure. Heretofore, we have undoubtedly followed tho first system, but today wo must change to the second system. Oil men told this Jury that there is Imminent danger that they cannot longer pay 71 per cent of tho total cost of Kern county government." Eliminate Nonvltals In urging salary cuts for teachers, the Jury "Insists" the real economies must come from "reforms In administration and the elimination of every nonvital activity." Tho Grand Jury has confidence In Messrs. Chenoweth, Healy and Splndt, as heads of our school systems hero, to make the savings with the least Interruption In efficiency. Categorically the Grand Jury asks: "Need we spend $20,000 on agricultural Instruction of farm children ant $5000 on a farm adviser and $40,000 on an agricultural commissioner at a time when every farm activity Is producing a disastrous surplus? Save on Aviation "Cannot we postpone Instruction in aviation for a few years and save »10,000? "The advocate of teaching the 'three Rs' even prets apoplectic when he be moans hauling children to school In public busses 'to save their legs' ant then paying salaries to Instructors tc exercise these same legs In the sclioo yards. The Grand Jury admits that it and the public might do foolish and harm fill things If allowed to revamp the public schools, and for this reason I urges the revamping be done by those I who know all the facts and .veo "all sides," to-wlt, Messrs. Chcnowoth, Healy and Uplndt, The Jury adds that night schools for adult education should be self-supporting or temporarily discontinued. HIGHLIGHTS OF REPORT QLASHINQ reductions In county administrative and school expenses O totaling between 9750,000 and $1,000,000 recommended. Reductions of salaries ef school teachers earning more than $100 a month by 30 per cent. Consolidations of many departments of county government, with the suggestion that road districts be consolidated and duplication of road manchlnery be eliminated. Suggested elimination of more than 100 tax-levying bodies of the county outside the control of the supervisors. This suggestion Involves school districts, special abatement districts, many road and lighting districts, and other district entitles of the Ilk. One dollar out of every three goes for taxes. Cut down on this enor. moue burden, urges the Grand Jury. "Stop passing the buck" and start In on these economies in our own county government and schools, It continues. If nothing Is done In the way of reduction the charter form of government is a tacit Implication. Taxpayers must reconcile themselves to less paternalistic service and public coddling If the taxes are cut. Theft of $31,000 from the county treasury last year was investigated by the Grand Jury which embodied its findings In Its complete report but saw no cause for any action other than that now being taken In the courts. Investigatory Body Says Taxpayers Are Facing Confiscation of Homes and Businesses Here J administrative and school bud- ots totalling between $750,000 and 1,000,000 wero recommended today n the final report of the 1932 irand Jury, In tne belief! "that the itxpayer, the source of the revenues of county government, Is in ictuul danger of losing his home or his business due to greatly decreased Incomo unions the county lowers Its loll of taxes." Tho report, fcenr- Jury Submits Report on County Treasury Holdup GLASHING reductions In county TJ1 QR tllC SCCOlld time lit JP as many months, the East Bakersficld branch of the First National Bank was held up late today, by a lone, unmasked but armed bandit, who locked three employes in a vault and escaped with an unknown sum of money believed to have amounted to several thousand dollars. George Gunter, manager of the branch, and Chris Ar- chulctla, fellow worker, and young Joe Martin, a messenger front the bank's main office downtown, were the three who were locked in the vault by the bandit. Police, who rescued the three .bank employes from the vault, said that there was no clue to the avenue of escape employed by the ban- rpHE Grand Jury made of some $31,000. might, throw, light SEN. CLARK TAKES SEAT WASHINGTON, Feb. 3. (U. P.)— Bennett C. Clark, son of the late Champ Clark, was sworn In today a« the junior senator from Missouri, C. A. Johnson Would Like Rolph's Place tl'nitrd I'rrmi Lrantti \\ Ire) SAN DIKCIO, Feb. 3.—Carl Alexander Johnson, Han Diego attorney and former Democratic candidate for governor, announced today that he would become a candidate for governor In the event an election to recall Governor James Rolph Is called. Buy-American Plan Proposal Defeated (linttrd l'resn Leaned Wire/ WASHINGTON, Feb. 3.—Tha Senate today defeated 57 to 16 an amendment to tho "buy American" proposal which would luivo removed tho prohibition against government expenditures for foreign-produced raw materials provided the latter were manufactured in tho United States. a detailed X Investigation of the robbery of tho county treasury of $31,000 last year, when Hay Holmes, deputy county treasurer reported two daylight bandits hold him up while ho was alone In the office and took in'oney from him hold for tho Buena Vista Water Storage District. The Grand Jury reported It found no evidence on which to hose any Indictment or criminal action. Its detailed report of Its Investigation-follows verbatim: Many Questioned "This Jury responded to the request of police and enforcement officers and Inquired diligently into the robbery of the Kern county treasury which resulted In the loss Kvery person who on tho baffling robbery was questioned but (lie mystery remains unsolved. Broadly speaking, tho word of the deputy county treasurer stands unconfirmed that ho was robbed; the suspicion that he was not robbed Is unproven. The only known fact Is that $31,000 disappeared from the treasury and after numerous court trials the Insurance policy protecting the Kern county treasury from robbery will bo asked to jjiako good the loss. "Evidence submitted Indicates the following.complications which contributed to .the amazing tangle: For Safe Keeping "The Buena Vista Water Storage District, as provided by the laws governing such organizations, levied assessments to retire bonds and pay interest. This money was turned over to the county treasurer for safe keeping. Because of confusing legal advice, based, on conflicting interpretations of Hie law by the attorney-general's office, the treasurer kept the water storage district funds separate from tho county funds. He received them on his own receipt and disbursed them on warrants drawn by the storage district officials. County funds, on the contrary, "re deposited In banks, with elaborate safeguards, anil are received and disbursed only with the county auditor's endorsement. Water storage funds accumulated to as much as several hundred thousands at yarlotiH times uml were kept, for convenience, in $1000 blllp, In a billfold in the treasury. No audit was evrr made of these funds, though a. monthly audit was made of all other county funds. County funds draw interest from the bunks of deposit, so eventually the thought arose that storage district money should draw Interest. Out on Interest "The county treasurer asserts that the storage district officials suggested that he arrange to earn Interest on their deposits, and In a dlslinterested desire to benefit them, he did make deposits of thesu funds In the I'. S. i Uulldlng and Loan Company. Storage ! district officials deny that they authorized any such loan or asked for Interest. There seems evidence thru Interest-earning was considered, und one letter Is offered by the storage district that such ending was forbidden, which letter tbc treasurer declares be never received. Meanwhile deposits were made from the funds up to $, r i5,000 In the building and loan company. Impending dlsbursemento resulted In the Healing down of these clcpoBlta to s;oin<: $11,000. At tills stage the building and loan company went Into bankruptcy, tying up the $11,000 of storage district money. Immediately steps were taken by the water district to recover those funds from the treasurer, on tho ground that bond Interest was duo, and notice wae served that the water district would demand the nionej 1 on a given date. Treasurer Absent "Tho county treasurer, confined to his home by Illness, arose from his slrk bed to attend a state convention of county treasurers whero Important matters of interest to treasurers wero discussed. While he was out of the county at this convention, tho treasury was robbed of the bill file In which some $111,000 of tho storage, district money was kept. Mr. Holmes deputy treasurer, stated that Just before 'noon on June 25, 19H2, when ho was alono In tile treasurer's office delaying bis locking tip In order to cash last ininuto warrants for officials who frequently asked such favors at noon on Hattirdays, ho was helc up. He was Klamllng Inside the large vault making change between a $10 bill and somo $1 bills from the billfold containing tho water storage district funds, when someone enterec tho office. He stepped out of tho vault, with tho billfold in his hand and was ordered by a man at tho window, at the point of a gun, to deliver the billfold. Another inai stood Just Inside the door. Mr. Holmes says he passed the billfold through tho window, the robber with his lef hand dumped Ihe contents on the desk, gathered up the money, turned and departed, followed by his coin panlon. Then, as the rohbers dls appeared, bo touched off the burgla alarm, which sounds outside the build Ing. Different Reports "The courthouse was practically empty at the time. The Janitor wa on an upper floor, tho elevator mai saw nobody and all clues of hurriedly rli'parllng visitors proved empty. Two belated officials think they recall two men answering the description of the robbers coining down a stairway near tho treasurer's office. Dr. Fred f'rciiKo reports an automobile hastily hacking out of the driveway nortli of the. fourtlion.se, raining the suspicion that the "thieves" Instead of leaving by the main entrance, ran downstairs to the basement and escaped from the nortli basement entrance, past Ihe library. Pollen. sli"rlff's deputies and detectives hired hy Insurance companies wore (itilckly busy but oonfesw vln Uavls, was tendered Superior Judge H. B. Lambert late today. | Tho Grand Jury for 1M2 la a.s t'olows: Louis J. Urandt, Udward A. Kelly, Mrs. Guy Merrill, K. \V. Browster, foreman; A. R. Tblele, Frank Schamblln, Mrs. James O'Connor, B. .'. Jones, Henry Walde, W. I 1 '. Hub- mrd, Marvin J. Davis, Otto Clausen, 3d ward Champncss, Howard J. Scott, William T. Gleason, A. W. Kincald, Harry Hake, Mrs. H. H. II. Hunt and Mrs. C. B. ViUurlo. Salary Cuts Urged On salaries fixed by state law the Grand Jury recommends a reduction of $42,000. This recommendation was reported In the county government bill. For salaries controlled by tbe Hoard o' Supervisors tho Grand Jury recommends a cut. on ull thoso of more than $100 R month 1o conform to tho aforementioned reduction In tho proposed county governmunt bill. This, the jury estimates, would effect an- otlior saving of $00,000 a year. Teachers' Salaries On salaries of school officials and teachers the Grand Jury recommends a 30 per cent cut for every pay chock of more than $100 a month. This the jury 'estimates would result In un annual saving of $195,000. Apropos of th"Bse trenchant reductions the report reads:" "Also essential to any real economy and the only Justification for tho salary cuts r.-e- ommended, that every economy possible by consolidation, elimination and rearrangement be inado In every department of government. We have designated certain departments where It seems obvious large savings ran be mado, our recommendation being that severe budget slashes bo made In every department and that tho adjustment to theso decreased appropriations be required of tho officials In charge of their administration. Such bildget cuts may easily total $600,000, which added to the salary cuts should reduce the county government costs from $750,000 to $1,000,000. Taxpayers Must Co-operate "But the taxpayer must realize that to obtain any such highly desirable goal, he, himself, must co-operate and must accept less detailed and elaborate service from the government. He cannot enjoy present paternalistic coddling, ask government to do for him much that he formerly did and should now do for himself without paying for such service. Elaborate service, high taxes; less service, lower taxes. There Is no alternative and the law of supply (taxes) and demand (services) Is In force." According to the report this foregoing statement might well serve as a complete summary of Ihe detailed report, but 26 additional foolscap pages wero added to detail tho opinion of the Orand Jury in connection with the proposed economic curtailment. A summary of the complete report follows, with tho explanation of the Grand Jury thut Its report was unanimous and with no dissenting voices: Wrecking Drains "The cost of government must be reduced!" This .statement the Grand Jury took as UK dominant thesis. "Unrefuted statistics," the report mads, "Indicate that one dollar out of every three of the people's Income Is now collected In taxes, which In hard times Is K drain which wrecks millions of personal budgets." The report continues to recite strikes of taxpayers, particularly In Chicago: municipal salaries In arrears In oilier states; teachers going without salaries dit. The holdup occurred just before 3 p. m. Sergeant Bob Cornwall, desk man at police headquarters, said that first Inkling of the holdup came" shortly after 3 o'clock. A citizen notified police that there was a "pounding" going on In the bank. Uses Radio Sersoant Cornwell Immediately telephoned the bank. There was no answer. He notified roving motor patrols via the radio broadcasting system at police headquarters' and In a few minutes officers were at tho bank and had aided tho tliruo trapped men to leave the vault. Gtintor and Archulottn wore vie- tlni.H of the first hnldup iibnut a month (iRo mi dtold pollrs that today's robber bore n striking resem- liliini-e to one of tho two who commit tod the first crime. According to the bunk employes, tho innn was aliotit 27 yours nf ago, und carried .38 calibre, automatic. He failure Ilolinos story. to t race robbers. Mr. maintains Ills unsupported Madt Good $11,000 "Tho county ire-usurer, through his personal bondsmen, made good the $11,000 tied up In tho building "nd loan, which money eventually will probably be recovered. .Suit brought by the sUtriige district against the treasurer, after going through the Superior Court, HIM Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, finally .settled tho debated question to the effect that the water district funds were 'county funds,' should have boeii so handled and that the county Is responsible for responsibility for disappearance of $31,000 has been put up to the insurance companies who protected Kern county apiilnst loss by robbery. TlniB the matter stands, but It Is understood the Insurance companies will bring and the then from conclusion this premise strikes that "any program them. Thus final making goud the (Cuntinued an I'ayp Fatten) wclghe dtibout 135 pounds and had a two-ilay growth of beard. Ills hulr was black and complexion light. He worn a brown tweed overcoat and a dirty grny cap. Tbc Get Large Sum amount of money which the bold gunman received In today's rubbery had not been determined within an hour after the holdup occurred, bank officials said, but It was believed that the bandit obtained a "large roll" of money in the loot. When the first holdup occurred about two months ago two bandits obtained approximately $OSO In silver loot. Neither was apprehended. British~kill French Proposals on Arms GENEVA, Feb. 3.—A final attack led by the British delegation today killed the French plan before the, world disarmament conference general commission. The British launched the final onslaught after criticism by the German and Italian delegates, with only Czechoslovakia actively supporting the French. which threulens to ruin the taxpayers threatens every governmental function, no matter how admlrohle or essential. . . . Public salaries should be reduced to compare more Justly with the reduced Income of taxpayers and iiimessentlal governmental activities should be carefully but ruthlessly eliminated lest such thoughtless outlays imperil our schools ami relief measures." "Buck Passing" The report launches Into the UlffU-ul- 1 ties of making reductions, citing us :i striking example the "loud" talk of economy at Washington but with active opposition to every designated curtailment. It Is all a business of "buck passing," reads the report and this proclivity extends to this very city. However, "while mortgages are taking homos from the taxpayers til" (flvtttinurd on Page ADVERTISERS' INDEX PHI 10 AU8TON BEAUTY SCHOOL BAKERSFIELD MEMORIAL PARK. BAKERSHELO UARAGE BENNETT'S BROCK. MALCOLM. COMPANY. CHICAGO COLLEGE OF BEAUTY. CHICKEN SHOP COFFEE. HARRY EASTERN DRUG COMPANY EASTERN OUTFITTING COMPANY FAMILY SHOE STORE FOX CALIFORNIA FOX THEATER GALATA8 BROS GOODNIGHT, OR HOTEL EL TEJON KERN POULTRY MARKET KIMBALL 4 STONE LA GRANADA BALLROOM LE ROY GORDON BEAUTY SALON NATIONAL DOLLAR STORE NATIONAL SHOE STORE NILE THEATER PENNEY. J. C., COMPANY PHILLIPS MUSIC COMPANY. .. R. 1 B. DRUG a READER'S JEWELERS 8 REDLICK'S « REX THEATER 6 RIALTO THEATER SHOLAR'S STINSON'S MARKET TOM'S TROPICAL INN.... TRIBBLE GLASS WORKS.. VIRGINIA THEATER WICKERBHAM COMPANY 1 WITHAN 1 BOOTH IJ

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