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I NOVEMBER 19. 1931. PAETIL Introduction of Enlivening Evidence in Pantages Trial Today Hinges, on Court Decision 1 BABY JOINS MOTHER IIS JAILlTAX EXTENSION WITNESS TELLS Defense Lawyer Quest ions Russian GIRL'S TICKET ON FAVORITE Asks for Child i3 7 4. v-f K- 50 i fh fe ll -I i i 1 hi I 3 A I 1 I 1 1 i I iS i 1 1 1 DENIED PAYERS .1 Moratorium I sible Under' Laic, Says Welch Only Legislature Can Act in Response to Picas December 5 Will Remain Final Day of Period Taxpayers can expect no moratorium in the payment of county taxes this year, It was stated by Tax Collector Welch yesterday. Welch said that due to a recent move on the part of a group of citizens to have the delinquent date for taxes set ahead ninety days his office has received many inquiries regarding the date on which taxes become de linquent if unpaid, unpaid.

Extension of the date rests solely with the Legislature, which is not now in session, he said. At the same time Welch took occasion to announce that all taxpayers should have received their tax bills by last Monday and that if they have not received them should apply for them at the office of the Tax Collector on the third floor of the Hall of Justice. Tax collections for the twenty-four-hour period ending at 5 p.m. yesterday when the tax ledgers were balanced were $784,467.89, bringing the total collected to date to 56. The amount thus far collected is 8.57 per cent of to be collected for the fiscal year of 1931-32.

Last year at this time 7.33 per cent of the total tax to be collected had been paid into the county coffers, according to W. A. Ashcroft, general book-keeper. Taxes now being collected comprise principally first installments, vhich if unpaid by the close of business on December 5. next, will be declared delinquent and subject to a penalty of 10 per cent.

Search for Man Ends in Finding Body at Hotel Missing from his home at 912 Strand avenue, Manhattan Beach, since last Saturday, according to police, W. K. Norton, 46 years of age, was found dead in a hotel room at 640 South Main street yesterday morning. A number of capsules, believed to have contained poison, were given by police as evidence that Norton had ended his own life. The capsules, police said, were found in his vest pocket.

Norton had been dead, apparently, only a few hours when found by a maid. He registered at the hotel, according to police, last Saturday as James Willys of Chicago. Several checks made out to Mrs. M. C.

Norton, found in his clothing, served to identify him as Norton, accord- ng to tne ponce report. Dunaev Unwilling Pantages Witness Left to right Nicholas Dunaev, Dep. Robert Stewart Attorney Jerry Gcisler. Girl Held in Cell Ida Moore Because Ida Moore, 19 years of age, could not get out of jail yesterday her 9-month-old daughter Barbara went to jail to be with her. Arrested by police on a morals charge late Tuesday night, the girl, discovering that she could not get out of jail, told matrons that her baby was alone in a hotel room at 907 East Seventh street.

The baby is still unweaned, she said. She asked that it be brought to her for feeding, which was done. In Municipal Judge Faulconer's court later the girl entered a plea of guilty to the charge on which she was arrested. She asked for probation and hearing on the application was set by the court for next Monday, Judge Faulconer ordered her released without bail to her sister, Mrs. Lola Brennan, 644 West Monterey street, Pomona, pending the hearing.

Looking for a place to live? The largest selection of rental listings In Los Angeles is In Times Classified Ads. "OPEN -j fft Vt tf a.v I it i 1 ti i i i -L i tj .11 IS Pr 1 i I I JUDGE KNOWS GEOGRAPHY AND JAILS EAST INDIAN and Barbara New Appraisal of San Gabriel Tract Planned Another appraisal will be made by the county of 755 acres of land at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon, sought for a spreading ground area and held by the owners for $754,325, according to an announcement yesterday by Supervisor Thatcher, chairman of the flood control committee of the Board of Supervisors. The members of the new appraisal board, hired for ten days and paid $25 a day each, are Dan Lane, a member of the Los Angeles Realty Board: John Kilfoil, professional appraiser; Clarence Urban, real estate dealer, and Wayne Loel, geologist. The board recently adopted a resolution of intention to purchase the property. The hearing on the resolution will be held Monday at 10 a.m.

DUNAEV SCORED BY WITNESSES Eunice Pr ingles Manager Discredited on Stand Letter From Girl's Relative Cause of Row Ttco From Texas and One From Kansas Testify Unless barred by a ruling of the court, the second trial of Alexander Pantages for an asserted offense against Eunice Pringle will be enlivened today by a series of witnesses by whom, Defense Counsel Gelsler told Superior Judge Tap-paan late yesterday, the defense hopes to prove that Nicholas Dunaev, the Pringle girl's dramatic director and friend, was part of a conspiracy against the theater man. Geisler's assertion waa made in open court after the Jury had been excused but while the judge was still on the bench. The defense counsel was making a plea for the; admission of this line of testimony. "We have five or eight Your Honor," said Gelsler, "who. we believe, should be allowed to testify in this case.

Two of these witnesses will testify that they heard Dunaev say that he and the Pringle girl were going to split the money after they had sued Pantages. Another witness will testify that Dunaev sand that Pantages would not only book one of his (Dunaev's) plays but many others. Still another witness will declare that Dunaev, after Pantages was convicted at his first trial, had said that now they had Pantages where they wanted him." JUDGE RESERVES RULING Whether the testimony will be admitted involves a legal question that has not yet been decided by the California courts, and Judge Tappaan reserved ruling until today. Prosecutors Stewart and Barnes contend that neither the State nor the prosecutrix can be bound by the acts of an independent person committed after the asserted crime. They asserted further that the defense had created nothing more than a weak suspicion that a conspiracy existed before the asserted crime.

When the jury was excused Ray Chltwood, the first of the defense witnesses along this line, was still on the witness stand, but he had testified as yet to nothing material. He had been asked this question, however: "Did you meet Nicholas Dunaev at Santa Monica Boulevard and North Kingsley Drive some time in December, 1925, and did he there make a proposition to you?" The witness answered "yes," but his further testimony was precluded by the argument of counsel. DUNAEV ON STAND Dunaev was the target of the de fense guns all day yesterday. Called "somewhat unexpectedly to the witness stand by Pantages's counsel, he was obviously a hostile defense wit-, ness and admitted at one point that he "disliked Greeks," glaring at Pantages. Interest in the Russian play writer's testimony centered in a futile attempt of the defense to get an admission from him that he had received a letter from Eunice Prin- gle's aunt in Seattle some time in January, 1930.

Gelsler showed him a typewritten epistle purporting to be the original letter, but Dunaev still denied ever receiving it, although he made a remark, subse-. quently stricken from the record, about "Pantages's purloining the missive. Attorney Gelsler made an attempt to get the letter into evidence, but Judge Tappaan decided that it should be marked only for identification until it is further authenticated. Dunaev also was asked if he was present in Seattle when Miss Prin- gle and her mother visited the aunt last August, but an objection to an answer was sustained. Attorney Theodore Got tsd anker was next placed on the stand in an attempt to show that Dunaev took Mrs.

Prngle to the lawyer's office the day after the asserted attack on the girl and authorized the filing of a civil suit for damages, but objections also were sustained to this testimony. Ike Schwartz, a tailor, provided a bright spot in the sombcrness of the trial. He testified that he used i to run a tailor shop in Hollywood and lived in the same apartment-house on Ivar street where Dunaev was often seen and that he some-, times visited the apartment oc-! cupied by Dunaev and Ivan Samsa-, noff. "Did you stay there long?" asked Giosler as a preliminary question. "No, not very," said the witness with a somewhat sheepish grin, "I was afraid my old lady would come down." TEXAS MEN TESTIFY Schwartz testified that he saw the Pringle girl in the Samsanoff apartment on occasion but was not permitted to testify further.

On cross-examination, Schwartz admitted that since that time he had moved to Kansas and had returned here for the purpose, only of testifying in the. Pantages case. He admitted that his expenses were being paid but denied he was re- ceiving any further 'funds. "I ain't got my return ticket yet," he volunteered, whereupon Attorney Glesler assured him not to worry, and the courtroom chuckled. Other witnesses yesterday were Attorney Louis W.

Schlesinger, for- mer first assistant County Attor- ney of Bexar county, Texas, and A. W. Herbst, San Antonio, city detective, both brought here by the defense to establish that W. C. Pale, a prosecution witness, was indicted for burglary and theft there in 1925..

The prosecution established on cross-examination that the indictments were dismissed in 1927, Pantagrs" was prevented from Taking the stand yesterday by the long argument of counsel on the evidence relating to Duncav's asserted activities. OF CHECK PLOT Member of Asserted Ring Springs Court Surprise. Testimony Accuses Film Publicity Agent Plan to Reap Harvest Forgery Deal Narrated in Surprise evidence intended to show that Al S. Keller, motion picture publicity agent, attempted to organize a forgery ring preying on wealthy motion-picture celebrities and others was introduced in Superior Judge White's court yesterday by Fred L. De Liden, who with Keller and Robert Kalter, is charged with attempting to pass a forged check for $316 on the Bank of America on August 22, last.

De Liden pleaded guilty to forgery and asked for probation. His hearing was fixed by Judge White for December 4, next. According to De Liden's testimony, Keller conspired with him on three previous occasions to pass forged checks, furnishing sample checks from the accounts of Lupe Velez, motion-picture actress, and Victor Heerman, director, and Mrs. Heerman. De Liden stated that he prepared the checks and deposited them.

SAYS PLAN FAILED De Liden declared from the witness stand that Keller, who represented these persons and assisted them In preparing their income-tax reports, supplied sample checks to aid in preparation of forged checks, asserting that they could not be caught because if the bank detected the forgeries Keller would be the first person to receive notice. The plan failed, however, according to the witness, because the bank called Keller's office during his absence and instituted an investigation. Shortly after these checks were forged, De Liden said, Keller suggested a plan to obtain sample checks from a large Los Angeles bank from the accounts of numerous wealthy patrons. UNDER CROSS-FIRE In forming the plan, Keller contacted William O'Dea, former bank employee, who was to obtain the checks from a friend still employed In the institution, De Liden asserted. It developed, however, that O'Dea was not in favor of the scheme and aided police in arresting the three defendants.

De Liden will resume the Witness stand this morning for cross-examination by defense attorneys. According to Joseph Choate, deputy District Attorney prosecuting the case, De Liden probably is the last prosecution witness in the trial. MORTGAGE PLOT CHARGES VOTED (Continued from First Page) ers who are foreclosing on proper ties, so that they will recognize Basic equity values which are found to exist in each property on fore closure. In this manner investors in obligations sold by the previous management of the company will be protected. Aside from the noteholders' trust, the receivers are perfecting the or ganizatlon of a business trust to hold and conserve the values exist ing within the receivership estate, The business trust, In co-operation with the noteholders' trust, will issue certificates of interest to preferred and general creditors," which the receivers hope will result in realization by creditors of maximum returas out of the involved affairs of the American Mortgage Com pany.

The time for filing claims here tofore arranged by the receivers has been extended thirty days until December 21. LOOSE-WILES TO BUILD SOON (Continued from First Page) penditure of about $100,000. The fac tory project to follow will be i much larger development, rising to nve stones in height. The en tire program here will total approxi mately $2,000,000 in cost. When the factory building is com pleted President Wiles said the company plans the manufacture here of its specialty lines and that this -factory will be the only one of twenty, other than the one the company operates in New York, to produce tnese specialties.

Production here will provide for western dis tributlon. J. A. H. Kerr, president of the Chamber of Commerce lauded the company's intention to start con struction work at this time, declar lng it is concrete evidence of the val ue of this market.

Tall Bandit in Three Hold-ups Described as the same bandit who assisted in the $350 cash robbery of John E. Thomas, cashier of the Langendorf Bakery, 1818 West Sixty-second street, a 30-year-old man, six feet tall, blond, and dressed in a light tan suit, perpetrated two other robberies yesterday before the noon hour and escaped despite efforts of police In all divisions to bring him to Justice. Less than an hour after the bak ery robbery the man appeared af un'soutn Flower street and took $785 in checks and $30 cash from Max Kaufman, and left after binding the victim hand and foot. He next Bppeared at Adams street and Broadway and boarded an automobile driven by George H. Fox.

With the bandit's gun in his ribs Fox was forced to. drive 'to Fifty-fifth and Alameda streets, where he was forced from tHe car and the ban dit drove away in the machine. Richfirld Stenographer Told Race Doeat May Win Her Fortune When Thelma L. Hartman, stenographer in the main offices of the Richfield Oil Company, fainted yesterday she had a perfect right to. The reason was contained In a cablegram she.

had received from London Informing her that a $1 ticket she holds in the Irish Hospital Sweepstakes, turf classic to be run in England, on the 28th is on. the racer Pard, favorite to win. Several hundred thousand dollars will go to Miss Hart-man, who lives at 1516 North Hobart Boulevard, If Pard Is the winner, while her ticket Is worth several hundred dol lars now, regardless of what happens to the horse. COLDER WEATHER PROMISED Subnormal Temperature Forecast in Los Angeles and Vicinity for Today Below normal temperatures are promised for Los Angeles and vicinity for today and Friday by the United States Weather Bureau. The skies will be clear, the forecast states, the threat of rain from the north having been dissipated.

The highest temperature recorded here yesterday was 69 deg. with 49 deg. as the minimum. A sharp gale blew over the city yesterday whirling sand and debris over the streets. A maximum wind velocity of twenty miles an hour was reached, according to the Weather Bureau records.

At Re-dondo the commercial fishing fleet rode at anchor all day on account of the rough water. A heavy sea made trips to the fishing barges difficult. At Los Angeles Harbor no trouble was experienced. Orange county points were sheltered and the sea fairly smooth, according to reports. The storm, which for the second time within a few days, deluged he north reached Porterville in the San Joaquin Valley yesterday with .05 of an inch of rain recorded.

According to William V. Menden-hall, supervisor of the Angeles National Forest, the recent rains have ended the fire threat for the year and fire emergency guards, lookouts and patrolmen who have been on duty since May have been assigned to construction work. Of the thirty- five workers twenty-five will be placed at work on firebreaks and trails. Except for short periods, according to Mendenhall, the summer was a favorable one from a fire protective standpoint. There was an absence of incendiary fires.

Until the 10th inst. only thirty-five forest fires had started since January 1 and ten of these were caused by lightning, Mendenhall reports. Burned areas 2500 acres. HAMLIN GARLAND WILL TALK AT U.S.C. RALLY Promising to be a cultural feature of the University of Southern California 1931 homecoming program, Hamlin Garland, American novelist, will deliver a lecture Thursday evening, December 3, at the University of Southern California under auspices of Epsilon Phi, national honorary English fraternity.

The subject of his address will be "Roadside Meetings With Famous Authors." The author of more than thirty books, Garland's "Daughter of the Middle Border" won the Pulitzer prize in 1922. He will arrive in Los Angeles next Tuesday. ADVERTISING TALK BILLED The first of a series of three talks on "Advertising Typography" will be given by Bert Morris of Viggers at the weekly meeting of the Junior Advertisers Club today at 6 p.m. on the ninth floor of the Chamber of Commerce Building. Men less than 28 years of age, who are actively engaged in advertising or the allied graphic arts are eligible for membership in the club, ft KALEIDOSCOPE OF OFFERINGS Whether your preference Is for classical or jazz, of course, you enjoy good piano music.

Why not own a piano? Look Classification 240 brand-new mahogany Beckstein grand will for cash at big discount. This is only one of the several piano bargains offered in today's Times Classified Ads. There are many unusual opportunities in the "For Sale" columns. For instance, Mahogany tea wagon $6.50 Classification 245. If you want a diamond ring an advertiser in Classification 249 is leaving the city and must -sacrifice blue-white $225 ring for $75.

Also $750 one and one-half carat diamond and platinum ring for $223. Then this advertisement appears today in Classification 235. "We must raise cash our entire $75,000 new stock, of furniture and rugs at ALL DAY SATURDAY" BROADWAY HILL SEVENTH and bhang and ganja, which contain that potent alkaloid which miraculously lifts one out of one's routine misery, but which also renders one disposed to cut, burn and slay. Roda and his employee, Harry Singh, through Interpreter Lai Chand Mehra of the University of California at Los Angeles, swore In Hindustani, by the velvet-eyed houris of paradise, that they didn't know the mora-ceous plant in their back yard was marihuana, and, therefore, illegal. Their impressive Mohammedan salaams to the arbiter of justice did not Impress Judge Schmidt.

"The court will take Judicial knowledge of the fact that the original marihuana plant comes from India and is well known to inhabitants of that country," 'said Judge Schmidt. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse for Its violation. The defendant is, therefore, found guilty." Fire Commission Seeks Facts on Unused Station President E. R. Werdln of the Fire Commission yesterday was making inquiries in the City Hall as to the status of the lot in Reseda on which the city recently completed a fire station for which the department has neither men nor equipment.

According to information furnished Werdin, Mrs. D. E. Mahan, who sold the -subdivision on which the lot is located to G. F.

Sloan has filed suit in the Superior Court against the company, the city and contract holders for performance of contract or foreclosure because of asserted nonpayments. The information given Werdln is that the city still owes $950 on the fire-station lot, which is Included In the litigation. In the absence of men and equipment for the station, Werdin seeks to have the city use the improvement as a branch City Hall for Reseda and the valley. PIGEON TRAILED IN MONEY PLOT (Continued from First Page) tlonists was tied to the bird's back. The police plane already was in the air when the pigeon, circling, gained altitude and chose a direction of flight.

The ship followed, flying above the bird, with Officer Church directing the pilot and watching the pigeon through powerful glasses. In ten minutes the bird settled down at the west end of Monrovia and flew into the loft of W. A. Vogel, who told police he had sold the pigeon ten days ago to a young man whom he described as a German about 22 years of age. Vogel expressed the opinion that the bird had not had sufficient time in which to become accustomed to its new loft and had obeyed its homing instinct when released, returning to its more familiar loft.

The Colborns told police they have no idea as to the identity of those making the extortion attempt and are at a loss to account for its being directed at them. 'Whataman' to End Stage Work days are over for Guy E. (Whataman) Hudson, spouse of Mrs. Minnie (Ma) Kennedy-Hudson, he declared last night at the end of a three weeks' vaudeville engagement. As he made his appearance at the R-K-O-Hlllstreet Theater he said he hopes he will never see the back of a stage again.

"The stage? Not for me," he said Wearily. Following the ill-starred venture of Ma Kennedy-Hudson and her husband into vaudeville in which Mrs. Kennedy-Hudson finished one week's engagement at San Francisco, Hudson completed the contract appearing with Joe Laurie, Jr. Hudson said he has no future plans, but' may go back to Los Vegas, where he has prospects of a Job. Meantime he will rest at Hermosa Beach.

When a native of Mother India mounts the witness stand and takes oath that he knows not the shrub cannabis indica Indian hemp Superior Judge Schmidt, who knows his geography as well as his pharmacopoeia, suspects that all is not well. This explains the six months' sentence in the County Jail that Roi Roda, East Indian Mohammedan, drew, despite his protestations in the name of Allah that he didn't know marihuana from sagebrush. Patrolman C. A. Gray had testified that he found thirty-three well-developed cannabis indica (or sativa) bushes growing in his truck patch.

And experts testified cannabis sativa (or indica) is marihuana. The State Poison Act forbids the growing of that plant, because, as Judge Schmidt held every East Indian should know, it is the source of hashish, OLYMPIAD EXECUTIVES VISIT CITY President and Secretary of American Committee to Meet Local Officials Avery Brundage of Chicago and George W. Graves of Detroit, president and secretary, respectively, of the American Olympic Committee, will arrive in Los Angeles today to confer with the organizing committee of the games of the Tenth Olympiad, to be celebrated in Los Angeles from July 30 to August 14, 1932. The American Olympic Committee is one of fifty-eight national Olympic committees throughout the world which, next year, will organize, finance and steward the teams of their respective countries' to the games at Los Angeles. During their visit Brundage and Graves will look over the stadia, auditoriums and water courses which will be utilized during the Olympic Games next summer.

They will also go over plans for Olympic Village where the men athletes from all over the world will be housed and fed during the competitions. All these facilities are being arranged for by the Tenth Olympiad committee, which is the organizing committee in charge of all preparations for the games. This committee works directly under the authority and direction of the International Olympic Committee, the central world governing body of modern Olympism. BROTHER FEARS GIRL LOST DUE TO AMNESIA Fears for the safety of Miss Prances E. Scales, who disappeared last Thursday morning from her residence at 5613 Lexington avenue, were expressed yesterday by John E.

Scales, her brother, who lives at 706 Wilton Place. Police efforts-tp locate the young woman so far have proved futile. The brother believes his sister may have suffered a nervous breakdown or may be the victim of amnesia. When last seen, Miss Scales, who is 26 years of age, was wearing a light red woolen dress, brown shoes and hose, a black coat with fur collar and cuffs and a brown felt hat. Miss Scales 5 feet 6 Inches tall, weighs 138 pounds and has light brown hair and hazel eyes.

HARBOR COMMISSION POSTPONES REMOVAL Another attempt by Council to assign space in the City Hall, now used by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission as executive headquarters, to the Bureau of Budget and Efficiency, was blocked by the commission yesterday when it placed on file a -communication from the Council assigning the board's assembly room to the bureau. The Council communication suggested that the board could use the Board of Public Works meeting room for its sessions, and continue using ths thret remaining rooms It now holds for's office' staff. Flannel Pajamas Defy Coldest Nights! 4 Smart Styles! $1.95 DGone is that old-fashioned antedated "anti-flannel" once, you have seen Bullock's 'flannel pajamas. Four two-piece styles, two without but with boyish frog trims; two with collars. Tailoring, styling, and fabrics of superior Bullock quality.

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