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* ! "J 1 * ' '<- ** V" t^O "-*.-',>' ' N • ' -•• i* • k| IK. ••. LAST EDITION LAST EDITION COMPLETE.AMeOIATID PRESS, LIABtO WIRE v THK Oh«AT. N«W8PAP»«« QP THC SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY FULL AND EXCLUSIVE UNITE" MESS REPORT VOL. XLII 18 PAGES BAKERSFIELD,CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16,1933 TWO SECTIONS No. 172 MEANT FOR WOUND FIVE OTHERS #• BY QUARREL Boettcher's Family and Chief of Police Near ",. . . Break, Reported EX-POLICEMAN IS BEING DETAINED (United Prcit Leated Wire} D ETROIT, .Feb. 16.—Banks reopened all over Michigan today In the course of an eight-day gubernatorial moratorium. Reconstruction of the shaken financial structure of this far-flung state progressed rapidly, despite the foreboding prediction of its jovernor, William A. Comstock, who tarried In Detroit after a hurried trip from the state capltol at Lansing to arrange' for cashing R, F. C. relief checks.. Bishop Offers to Act as Gp-Between, Mediate With Abductors LATE BULLETIN DENVER, Feb. 16. ,(A. P.)—Arnold Swanson, former Denver policeman and a defendant In a pending extortion ease, was arrested today, by operative* from the district attorney's office for qu«st|Bnlng In connection with the kidnaping of Charleir'feoettcher .II, wealthy Denver Investment broker. (United Pren Leated Wire} T^ENVER, Feb. 16.—An apparent ~ break between police and the family of young Charles Boettcher, If, kidnaped Denver millionaire, complicated the search for him today. Unwillingness of Boettcher's father, Claude K. Boettcher, to "put . .his cards on the'table" vas blamed '*by Chief of Police Albert T. Clark for the rupture. The crime has not been solved because the father of the" victim has not taken them Into his ^confidence. Clark said. The Boettchers "regarded Clark's statement as an effort t6 excuse the police failure to turn up any tangible lead In.the case. Bishop Eager to Aid The family was reported ready to name a mediator to deal with the kidnapers. The Right Rev. Irving P. Johnson, Episcopal bishop of Colorado, offered last night to act as a go-between for the Boettchors, but It was not learned whether the family had accepted his offer. Claude Boettcher revealed .he was convinced all notes received by the family since the original ransom note demanding $60,000 was thrust. Into Airs. BoeUchor's hands when her husband was captured Sunday night, were tb,e \york of cranks. He revealed for the first time the presence of a code word In the original note. This word has not appeared In any of the communications revived since. May Free Suspect It was Indicated today that Nathaniel W. Mitchell, 87-year-old so- ctaty bootlegger, would be released. Mitchell was arrested after patrolmen reported he was In an automobile that followed the Boettcher machine away from a restaurant here a few minutes before the kidnaping. Mrs. Boettcher was unable to Identify him as one of the kidnapers at a police Showup. The 48-hour period that Clark set Monday night as an outside limit for solution of (Tie case passed, with the case apparently no nearer solution than It was a few hours after the kid na.pt ng. ' -#-«Mrs. Roosevelt Has Close Call for Life (Associated Press Leased Wire) ITHACA, N. Y., Feb. 18.—Prompt action by the escort of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt narrowly averted her being struck by a train as she was walking up the tracks In the station litre this morning. WEATHER SHU Francisco bay region: Fair tonight and Friday but fog Friday morning: cooler tonight; gentle qlmngeable wind. Northern California: Fair tonight and Friday but fog Friday morn- Ing; cooler tonight; moderate north, and northwest winds offshore, Sierra Nevada: Snow today and tonight; colder tonight: Friday fair; fresh west and northwest wlndsf. Sacramento, Santa Clara and San Joaauln valleya: Fair tonight and Friday but fogs Friday morning; cooler tonight, with local frosts; gentle changeable, wind. Southern California: Fair tonight and Friday; moderate temperature; Bente to moderate northwest and west, winds offshore.^ • ' ' Banks Open in Michigan GOVERNOR URGES BANK DICTATOR DETROIT, Feb. 16. (U. P.)—A dictator for all the banks of Michigan, a.n expedient unparalleled In American history, was urged by Governor Willlam A. Comstock today as the way to reconstruction out of the state's present financial chaos. The governor's proposal woa made here In the automobile capital of the world. He had hastened here from the Capitol at Lansing, while bankers all over the state prepared to reopen their Institutions today under a special loophole -provision Comstock made yesterday In hls ; eight-day bank moratorium decree. ', « Despite today's reopening of most Detroit banks, with 125,000,000 available for emergency use, the Union Guardian Trust Company djd not plan to open. It was the precarious financial position' of that bank- that' led to the .bank 'holiday. The reopened banks were prepared to pay 5-per cent of deposits,' under an arrangement by the Detroit Clearing House Association. Prince of Wales Censors Film of His Own Career (Unite* />>•..,, Leaned rtire) LONDON, Feb. 18.—The Prince of Wales became a film editor and censor la*t night when 'he edited a film covering various phases of his own life and out the film from 50,000 feet to 6000. "Cut that," the Prince said at times, and "hold", when he wanted a longer look at certain parti of the film. The Incidents Included In the film went back as far as the Prince's Investiture In 1911. TONER ACCUSED COMPLAINTS FILED (United-Preis Leased Wire) MIAMI, Fla.,' Feb; 16. — Complaints charging-assault and attempt to commit murder on four counts were filed late today against Gluseppl Zangara, who attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt last nlffht. The Information against Zangara was prepared by County Solicitor Charles A. Moorehead, He said the complaints did not mention. Mayor Anton CermTTk of Chicago or Mrs. Joseph H. • GUI, two of Zangara's victims. ' Although, the' assassin's bullets missed Mr. Roosevelt, he Is named as one of those against whom Zangara "Intended, to commit murder.""We merely mention the other four victims of the shooting," he said. "Then If either Mrs. Gill or Cermak should die we will change the charges to first'degree murder." WASHINGTON, Feb. 16. (U. P.)— It will be impossible for the federal government to. prosecute Gluseppl Zangara, would-be assassin of President-elect Roosevelt, Attorney General Mitchell.said today. "There, 'la no federal statute," Mitchell said today, "which'makes It on offense to attack the president or the president-elect. AVe have every confidence the Florida state authorities will prosecute the case vigorously." HEARS NEWS; SYMPATHY EXTENDED (United Press Leated Wire) WASHINGTON, Feb. 16.—Not even news of the attack on President-elect Roosevelt could cause Vice-President- elect Garner to relax his long-standing rule against being disturbed at night. Garner, who would succeed to the presidency In the event of Mr. Roosevelt's death, has long had a rule forbidding his hotel to ring his telephone after 6 p. m. The hotel refused to break the rule to permit newspaper men to give him word of the attempted assassination. Finally, the clerk agreed to place under the' door of Garner's suite a copy of a United Press dispatch telling of the attack. Garner said he did not look at it until.he arose today. By that time a pile of messages' had accumulated under the door. "It is most fortunate that tho prea- Ident-eleot escaped unharmed," Garner said. "It Is' hard to understand the type of mind that would seek to kill an innocent man, a man who nan done nothing to harm anyone." ' Later, Speaker .Garner sent the following telegram to 'Mr. 'Roosevelt at Miami: "Infinitely rejoiced at your escape. May the good Lord bn with you. John N. Uarner," . • Claims Doctor Asked "How MuchHn;^* 4 or "Him--"' Regarding Site (United p'rett Leased Wire) LOS ANdELBS, Feb. 16.—f estifyln* before a state Senate Investigating committee, Frank Hart, real estate broker, today accused Dr. J. N. Toner, state director of Institutions, of demanding to know "how much there would be ln.lt for him" If ho threw his influence toward purchase by the state of the Dunn ranch near Saugus as a site for a prison. The question was put one month ago during a conference at the Blltmore hotel, Los Angeles, Hart said. Grave Charge Previously, three months before, Hart testified. Doctor Toner asked him If He would be "anxious to learn of a friend of the administration who would be a help in disposing of the property," Hart said that he had replied affirmatively, and that then Doctor Toner gave him the name and telephone number of Jack G. Kuhrts, broker. * Kuhrts Is the broker who negotiated sale of the Lewis ranch In Ventura county to the state as a site for a mental hospital, receiving $20,500 commission. On the stand yesterday, he was examined as to what he did with $10,000 In $1000 bills' he admittedly withdrew In cash after depositing his commission. The Dunn ranch was under consideration as a site for an intermediate state prison for first offenders and post adolescents. Toner Deniea Charge Doctor Toner was called as the next witness. He categorically denied that he had ever discussed Kuhrts with Hart, but said he believed he had called Hart on- the telephone at one time, as he was th communication with various brokers. OF 6016 BANKS REVEAL (United Prcst Leated Wire) WASHINGTON, Feb. 16.—Aggregate resources of 6016 reporting national banks on December 31, 1932, the date of the recent call for statements of condition, amounted to $23,310,974,000. Tills was an Increase of $744,979,000 since September 30, 1932. Acting Controller of Currency F. G. Await, In making the announcement today, Bald that the total on December 31 last was a decrease of 11,351,212,000 from December 31, 1931. Deposits on December 81, 1932 aggregated $18,518,107,000, which was an increase of $836,190,000 since September, but a decrease of $726,240,000 for the year: COMMENT BY WILL ROGERS] SANTA 'MONICA,'Feb. 1*—(To the Editor of The Bakercfltld Call, fbrnlan:)—Thit depression mutt have finally.hit the Senate, they are investigating It, If they want 'to know what, la holding back re. lief meaaures all they got to do Is look In the mirror. Papers atated today that Mr. Hoover la going to laaue a denunciation of Congress and the Senate, Denounce 'em? Everybody la •urpriied he hasn't shot 'tm. Your*, WILL ROGERS. DDT STATES Wets Win 13-Year Fight Against Prohibition Measure 63 FOR RESOLUTION WHILE 23 OPPOSED Garner Confident House Will Pass Proposal, Next Monday (United Press Leased Wire) TT^ASHINGTON, Feb. 16. — The " Senate today voted to repeal the Eighteenth amendment. The vote was 63 to 23., The issue now goes to the House where Speaker Garner, planning to bring it to a test Monday, insists he has sufficient votes for passage. The resolution passed today provides for outright repeal of the Eighteenth amendment, but assures protection to dry states from the liquor traffic. Ratification would be by state conventions. If the resolution is successful In the House It will be submitted to the states for ratification. Three-fourths of them must approve the new amendment. Immediately after being advised of the Senate action on repeal, House Majority Leader Henry Ratney summoned a Democratic party caucus to meet tomorrow for the purpose of binding the House majority to vote as a solid unit for repeal. Galleries Crowded Packed galleries watched the Senate take the first step toward conclusion of a 13-year wot fight against national prohibition: A solid body of House members lined-the back wall. Triumphant wets, whose Hues had seemed to weaken earlier In. the day when Republicans deserted almost flat repeal for some protection against the saloon, got back In line and.swept all 'amendments aside. Among the amendments shouted down viva voce or defeated by record votes was a proposal by Senator Glass, Democrat,' Virginia, to substitute a repealer protecting dry states and prohibiting consumption of liquor In plades "commonly-known as saloons." Senator Reed, Republican, Pennsylvania, who earlier had announced he would move to reconsider the vote by which concurrent congressional power over, the; saloon was eliminated, desisted when the Glass amendment was rejected, Senate Roll Call The Senate roll call on repeal: For: 63, Democrats, 33—Ashurst, Bailey, Bankhead, Barkley, Black, Brattan, Bulkley, Bulow, Byrons, Clark, Connally, Coolldge, Dill, Fletcher, Harrison, Hayden, Hull, Kendrlok, King, Lewis, McKellar, Neely, Plttman, Reynolds, Robinson, (Arkansas), Russell, Smith, Swanson, Trammel!, Tydlngs, Wagner, Wulsh (Massachusetts), Walsh (Montana). Republicans,. 29—Austin, Barbour, Blngham, .Blaine, Couzens, Cutting, Davis, Frazler, Glenn,, Grammar, Hale, Hastings, Hebert, Johnson, Kean, Keyes, La Follette, McNary, Metcalf, Moses, Nye, Oddle, Patterson, Reed, ShortrdsG, A'andenbergT, Woloott, Watson, .White. Farmer-Labor-: l—Shipstead. Against Against: .23, Democrats, 9—Cara way, Costlgan, Glass, Gore, Logan, McGlll, Sheppard, Stephens, Thomas (Oklahoma). Republicans, 14—Borah, Brookhart, Capper, Dale, Dickinson, Goldsborough, Hatflelrl, Norbock, .Vorrls, Robinson (Indiana), Schuyler, Hmoot, Stelwer," Townsend. • ' Pairs Pairs on the voto were announcer MANIAC SHOOTS MAYOR OF CHICAGO, FOUR BYSTANDERS WOUNDED ANTON J. CERMAK BUSY, HONORABLE Foreign-Born and Poor, He Attains High Places by Own Efforts LATE BULLETIN MIAMI, Fla., Feb. 16 (U. P.)— Mayor Anton J. Cermak of Chicago, wounded by an anatiln's bullet, was sleeping at 3:20 p. m., and physicians decided against !•• suing another report on hit condition. (United Press Leated Wire) CHICAGO, Feb. 16.—The colorful career of Mayor Anton J. Cermak was Interrupted by a would-be assassin just as he approached the crest of one of the steepest political hills any man ever climbed. A bullet, supposedly Intended for President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, cut down Cermak at Miami, Fla., last night. The Injury sent him to a hospital at one of the most critical periods of his life, just when he needed all his already overtaxed strength to carry on his many battles against odds which at times seemed overwhelming. Hard Worker Since he became mayor of Chicago In 1931, Cermak has been doing the work of a dozen men. Several times Ills strength seemed to be falling. Six months ago he took a trip to Europe, visited the Chechoslovakian hamlet where he was born, returned with renewed vigor, and took up his fight for rejuvenation of Chicago along a score of fronts. When Cermak took office the tide was at "low ebb" In the second largest The municipality Teachers wore unpaid and clamoring for their money. The city had the reputation of being "gang-ridden." The World's Fair of 1933 was in prospect. City's Betterment, Aim To the man who had risen through years of constant fighting from the position of a paid laborer In a coal mine to that of mayor In a city ol 3,300,000 people, all roadn led In one direction, toward tho betterment ol l.lnit L'lty. He refused to follow any othnrs. Ills attacks on gangsters, often city In America, faced bankruptcy. as .follows: For-Long, George, I ) °" i °™'l>; directed, brought muttered Wheeler, Copeland and Broussard thr * ats ° f . ™prlsalH. He answered by Democrats, and Carey, Republican; « e » d| n& "'« Personal police squad Into against, Senators Fee, Howell and Thomas of Idaho, Republicans. Senator Schall, Republican, Minnesota, was not recorded. In pairing absentees on the vote It was necessary , to pair two "eyes" with one "no" because of the necessity of obtaining a two-thirds vote for passage. 'CORBETT WORSE NEW YORK, Feb. 18. (U. P.)—The condition of James J. Corbett, former! heavyweight boxing champion, became ' slightly worse this afternoon. Ho hud' u troublesome night und sccmiiU weaker'' thin nflornuun after a fitful morning imp: (Continued on Page Two) ATTENTION! Other atoriei in'connection With the attempt to assassinate President-elect Rootevelt,'-tn which five psraons, Including Mayor Cermak of Chicago, were wounded, are oar. ried on pages 2 and 17 of The Call- fornlan. CHEATS DEATH FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PRESIDENT-ELECT SAVED IpOJIIAN Courage of Mrs. W. F. Cross in Seizing Assassin's Arm Praised (United Press Leased Wire) MIAMI, Feb. HLj-The courage of one small woman, who pitted her strength against the determination of a crazed gunman, probably saved President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt from Injury or death. Mrs. W, F. Cross, wife of a Miami physician, who seized the pistol arm of Qluseppl Zangara and grimly matched tho muscles of her 100-pound body against him, today told how she was ablo to divert the anarchist's aim. "My mind grasped the situation In a flash," she said. "I said to myself, 'he's going to kill the President.' I caught him by the arm and twisted It up." Sat on Same Bench Chance throw Mrs. Cross and Zangara together on the same bench near the president-elect's automobile. "So many stood up In front of me," she said, "that I couldn't see, so I stood on one of the benches, and this man stood up with me. The bench nearly folded up. * ' "I glanced up at him and aaw he had a. pistol. He began shoot. Ing toward Mr. Roosevelt. I grabbed hit arm and puihtd It with all my strength Into the air, and called for help. A man named Tom Armour also grabbed his hand, and the next thing I knew some other men had reached him and were choking him." In the excitement of the moment, Mrs. Cross said she could not tell how many shots were fired. The rapidity with which she acted was shown In the fact, related later, that In order (Continued on Page Two) APPEAL TO SOLONS (United Press Leased Wire) LINCOLN, Xeb., Keb. 16.-^Two armies of farmer marchers today carried to the Nebraska State Legislature their demand for relief from mortgage foreclosures, forced sales and evictions. Heated arguments over the specific demands to be made and a dispute among leaders a short time before the march split the farmers into two hog. tile grdups. The first band of marchers, estimated at 2000 men allied with the Farmers' Relief Council, set out from the state fairgrounds and marched downtown to tho Capitol. There llioy mot another group of approximately the game number belong ing to the Farm Holiday Association. ROOSEVELT TELLS OTJfAIHB Intended Victim, on Way North, Minutely Describes Horror Affair By FREDERIC A. STORM . (United Prest Leated Wire) ' M IAMI, Fla., Feb. 16.—Franklin D. Roosevelt came home from a peaceful vacation last night to face a volley of bullets and to see five persons, one a friend, shot down by a man who said he hated all the rich and powerful. Mr. Roosevelt himself escaped unharmed. Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago, one of the wounded, was given only an even chance to live today. At least one other victim, Mrs. Joseph Gill, wife of a Florida utility magnate, was in a critical condition. The president-elect escaped injury by the narrowest of margins. The assailant was a crazed Italian brick' layer from Hackensack, N. J. He rose in a crowd of thousands, which had turned out to welcome the president-elect, and spattered bullets around the Roosevelt automobile. The assailant, Guiseppi Zangara, 33, and his roommate, Andra Valenti, were held safely by police after aroused Floridans had' threatened violence. Mr. Roosevelt delayed his scheduled journey to New York so he could visit his friend, Mayor Cermak, and the other injured in Jackson Memorial Hospital this morning. His new schedule calls for his departure from Miami at 10:15 a. m. The injured, in addition to Mayor Cermak, were: Mrs. Joseph H. Gill, wife of the president of the Florida Power and Light Company. A bullet entered her lower right chest, passed through the stomach and lodged in the muscles of her back. An emergency operation failed to yield the bullet. She was said to have an even chance (o survive. Miss Margaret Cruise, Newark, N. J., slightly wounded. William Sinnott, New York detective, shot in head. Russell Caldwell, 22, slightly hurt. Mr. Roosevelt arrived here aboard Vincent Astor's yacht, Nourirmhal, at 7 p. m. yesterday after a 10-day cruise of southern waters, resting in preparation for the ardors of the presidency. Jovial, tanned, appearing fit In every way, he received newspaper men to discuss his trip, and conferred briefly with Intimate advisers. Then he left the yacht to accept the formal welcome of Miami officials and to drive in a motor parade to Bay Front Park, at the end of Flagler street, the principal business thoroughfare of the city. Thouiands Awaiting Speech A crowd of a thousand awaited there—Miami folk, residents of neighboring 1 Florida cities who came to cheer the Incoming chief executive, tourists from all parts of the country. Mr. Roosevelt spoke briefly from the rear of an open automobile. As he concluded at 9:33 p. in., ant] the crowd broke Into waves of cheers, Mr. Roosevelt leaned over and shook hands with Mayor Cermuk, who was standing on the running 1 board of the car. Then the presldimt-eleet sut down abruptly—and at that moment (Gont4mie<i on Page Seventeen) (United Frets Leased Wire) • ABOARD ROOOSEVELT SPECIAL TRAIN, En Route to New York, Feb. 16. — President-elect. Franklin D. Roosevelt this afternoon told newspaper men his experiences as a tar* get for the bullets of a frenzied "hater or presidents and kings." Slttlnc comfortably In the drawing room of his private car, Mr. Roosevelt spoke calmly, and showed no trace of the ordeal in which he saw his friend, Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago, shot down, and four others wounded. Roosevelt's Version In his own words, between puffs on a cigarette, he sketched the details of the frantic two minutes covering the event. "I have heard so many accounts myself," he said, "that I have been trying to think what really happened, as I saw It." "After I had finished speaking," he (Continued on Pago Two) ADVERTISERS' INDEX ALTA VISTA-LINCOLN MARKET....... I A. & P. MARKET • BAKERSFIELD GROCERY I BAKERSFIELD MARKET 8 BAI LIN'S SHOP 12 BAKER8FIELD MEMORIAL PARK 6 BROCK. MALCOLM, COMPANY 3 COCONUT GROVE 10 COFFEE, HARRY 2 EL TEJON DRUG CO 12 FIKE GROCERY I FOX CALIFORNIA 10 FOX THEATER 10 GOODNIGHT, DR 12 HENRY HUSTON BARBER SHOP 12 HOTEL EL TEJON 12 HUFF, JOHN R 7 I. G. A. STORES I KIMBALL I STONE « MITCHELL'S MARKET I MONTGOMERY WARD & COMPANY.... IS NATIONAL MARKET 7 NILE THEATER 10 OPPORTUNITY I PALMS MARKET ( PHILLIPS MUSIC COMPANY 10 PLETCHER. DR 10 PRESTON, 'DON C 10 REDLICK'S 10 REX THEATER 10 RIALTO THEATER 10 SAFEWAY AND PIOGLY WIGGLY 4 8CIOT8' DANCE 10 SECURITY MARKET 0 SERVICE DRUG COMPANY 10 SMITH. RALPH L., GROCERY SMITH, MEL, MARKET TENTH STREET MARKET , VAN METER, DR VIRGINIA THEATER , WASHINGTON MARKET WEILL. A.. INO WEILL'S BEAUTY PARLOR 12 WITHAM 4 BOOTH It I

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