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Southern California Vol. XLIII. Steady Downpour Unable to Dampen Religious Ardor as Catholic - t H r S .: f i I v si' ,' ,- '. :)-'. a DSYCHICS' FILES REVEAL I ORDINATION WARNINGS Spiritualists Gave Credentials to Many Despite Knowledge of Unfitness, Notes Show That W. A. Jackson, president of the National Independent Spiritualist Association, Inc., and other officials and directors of the organization named in warrants for criminal conspiracy and other offenses, authorized the issuance of ordination credentials as ministers of the gospel or spiritual healers 2ven after references given by the applicants had warned them igainst the applicants' character and declared them incompetent, was the burden of evidence unearthed yesterday by investigators for City Prosecutor Friedlander in the ton of documents eized at the association's offices Friday night. This discovery Is averred to be lie most startling of evidence yet ncovered in corroboration of the onspiracy charges which resulted vhen Jackson sold a Times reporter under the nom de plume )f "Dr. Chamberlyn Snow of Chi-caRo," a certificate of ministerial authority for $150. COMPIiETlNG SERVICE Meanwhile, police were completing the service of the nearly fifty warrants already issued against advertising clairvoyants, and in the collection of further documentary evidence to put before the prosecutor. Jackson, Mrs. Lois A. Jackson, secretary of the church corporation, and Katherine MacCorkell, its treasurer, gained their release on 5000 bail each Saturday afternoon. And other developments during the day were: The beginning of an investigation by Dlst.-Atty. Chester C. Kempley of San Diego to determine whether violation of statutes by psychics had occurred within his district and jurisdiction with a possibility of calling a grand-jury Investigation. The discovery of a book of "press clippings" In which Jackson is portrayed as a leading figure In an attempt to block the passage of the city ordinance regulating fortune-telling the same ordinance under which the majority of the warrants now out were issued. The discovery of a complete list of ministers, mediums, healers and psychics ordained under the asso- (Continued on Page S. Column 1) I SUMMARY OF HAPPENINGS i IN INQUIRY INTO PSEUDO- J SPIRITUALISM CASE GIVEN t t t t t In the following summary of events of the last seventy-two hours the status of the investigation ot pseudospiritualistic activities in Los Angeles la given: Warrants charging criminal conspiracy, attempt to obtain money by false pretenses and larceny by trick and device Issued against the ten officers and directors &t the National Independent X Spiritualist Association, world headquarters of the Independent Spiritualist church. N.I.S.A. headquarters at 611-14 Lankershlm Building raided on. search warrant and a ton of records seized as evidence in conspiracy charges. W. A. Jackson, president, and fcis wife, Mrs. Lois A. Jackson, secretary of N.I.S.A.. arrested at their home at 223 South J Flower street, now at liberty under bail Katherine MacCorkell, treasurer of N.I.S.A.; arrested at I home, 1060 South Bronson avenue, and her records seized. At c liberty under ball. . . Warrants Issued for thirty-six practicing and advertising psychics for violation of city ordinances regulating fortune telling. Investigation launched by Atty.-Gen. Webb at Saji Francisco to gain evidence for filing quo warranto proceedings to revoke charters of fraudulent church corporations. City Prosecutor announces discovery of evidence of tremendous Import and of existence of other purported Spiritualistic organizations In records seized at N.I.S.A. headquarters. Dist-Atty. Chester C. Kempley of San Diego begins investigation to determine whether violations of law by psychics have extended Into his district and whether grand-Jury Inquiry should ensue. Michael A. Crespo. B.8., M.S., Ph.D., self-styled mlracla man, ordained by the N.I.S.A.. scheduled to appear In Police Court tomorrow morning on charges filed two months ago for violation of State Medical Practice Act. i t i t Interests. . " v fart of tha long prooaialon elation, and a like list, but not complete, of members of the association and the finding of two black-covered memorandum books in which much of the "inside" operation of the organization is set down. The cataloguing and photographing of more than 200 signed and sealed certificates of ordination found in the offices. Preparations to dispatch developments in the inquiry to prosecuting officials in other cities and towns wherein psychics operating under the N.I.S.A. are located these numbering thousands. The dispatch of summarized evidence in the case to the offices of Atty.-Gen. Webb at San Francisco to further his investigation toward the institution of quo warranto proceedings against the corT poration that their charter might be revoked. In the evidence found relating directly to the prosecution of the conspiracy charges, one of the outstanding files relates to the application and subsequent ordination as a minister of Emilie A. Eber-hart. Mrs. Eberhart filed her application as a psychic medium on April 12, 1924. She said she had been indorsed by the Christian Philosophical Institute of San Francisco and gave Bishop Wilbert LeRoy Cosper of that institution as a reference. As another reference she gave the name of Mrs. Anna Turner of Pasadena, herself a director of the N.I.S.A. The text of the letter received 1r4MiMr MONDAY ' - - nf m U ahown above marching In tha Is Los Angeles getting the police protection to which it is entitled? Following are the reports of the principal criminal activities in the city of Los Angeles for the twenty-four hours ending at 4 p.m. yesterday. In each case the name given is that of the victim. ' ' ". ASSAULTS BY BANDITS John O'Keefe of 4401 Moneta avenue, at 868 West Vernon1 avenue, by bandits who took dayj receipts of his butcher shop amounting to S1150. L. D. Green of 1203 Irola street, at Pico street and Ardmore Boulevard, by hold-up man. Edgar Thompson of 1235 East Adams street, on street in front of that address by armed bandit. .James R. Hamilton of 282 Belmont avenue, at 679 Central avenue by two bandits. HOLD-TP CASES Mrs. A. Levitin of 601 East Twenty-third street, at Twenty-third and Main streets, by two armed . bandits. Shell oil station at 951 La Brea avenue, by lone automobile bandit. RamonajHotel, 620 South Grand avenue, by two bandits. Carl Carlson of 4134 Prospect avenue, at Effle street and Bates avenue, by -wo bandits. Clarence Zubieta of 1818 Ocean View avenue, in front of his home, by armed bandit. ' BURGLARY REPORTS E. Wilkhol'm, at 119 North Lake avenue. A. D. Edmunds, at. 906 South Grand avenue. Agnes Longevln, at 675 Valencia street. White and Swanzey, at 1146 West Santa Barbara avenue. R. P. Reagan, at 1545 West Jefferson street, Ray Buckles, at 665 Mission Road. H. J. Merrlweather. at 910 West Third street. Carlos Hernandez, at 146 8outh Alameda street. Charles A. Miller, at 416 Clarence street. H. H. Winslow at 1831 East Second street. Mrs. R. S. Preston at 421 West Adams street. Mrs. C. W. Berg at 1611 East Thirty-third street. Chas. W. Fenlmora at 4343 Glas-sel avenue. A. Benson at 1201 South Fourth avenue. Mrs. Turner McBane at 168 South Catallna avenue. Marie , S. Jones at 2255 West Fourteenth street. Max Shur at 6541 Santa Monica Boulevard. Mrs. B. A. Selten at S136 Marathon avenue. A. L. Owens at 910 West Third street. C. Goldstein at 6136 Manhattan Place. Triester and Bloom, Jewelers, at 642 West Sixth street. C. U McCabe at 519 Temple street. AIRPLANE STOLEN Leo Nomls of Clover Aviation Field, Santa Monica, one Curtis airplane, from hangar. TIIEFTS FROM AUTOS Ralph W. Clinton of 1823 Diamond street. South Pasadena, at Broadway near Fourth street. Mrs. L. E. Fetsch of 1216 East Sixth street, at Third and Main streets. O. G. Patrick at 1153V4 West Thirtieth street, at Forty-sixth street and Moneta avenue. Joe Harwlck of 6129 East Sixth street, at Flcket and Fourth streets. Jack C. Mlntx of 1043 Sanborn avenue, at Fifth and Hill streets. E. 8. Rush of 6419 Pollard street. at I.os Angeles and Ninth streets, Walls Wheeler of 1002 Magnolia avenue, at same address. G. K. Mlls of 237 South Ver- THE LA HOCRS Jjj (Continued on Pago 9, Column 4) MORNING, NOVEMBER 10, 1924. PART 1L "'f" ' Laity ot Cnurcn in Commemoration rain past tha reviewing stand at Pico and Ardmera atraata, aa part of FIFTEEN TAKEN IN DRY RAID NET Three Women Are Arrested at Vernon Club Man Goes Free, Wife is Held Because She Has Flask Two Prisoners Shoiv Fight to County Officers County prohibition officers accomplished early yesterday what rain , failed to do, tha breaking up of a merry party at" the often-raided , Vernon Country Club. A force' of twenty men under George Contreras, "chief , Investigator of the District Attorney's office, in charge of Wright . Act -enforcement, descended on the place between midnight and dawn and took fifteen prisoners, Including three women. One of these gave her address as the Biltmore. She was Mrs. A. J. Phillips. She was accompanied at the Country Club by her husband, but as she had the bottle "and he had none he was not arrested. He scurried off to arrange the S1000 bail he was told would be required for her. SHOW FIGHT Two of the prisoners showed fight. John Hennessey of 1620 South Main street, considerably intoxicated, kicked one of the officers in the stomach, according to the report, and an additional charge of disorderly conduct was placed against him after he had been subdued. George J. Holy of 6500 De Longpre avenue did not go so far physically as did Hennessey, but used so much bad language that the officers put a disorderly conduct charge against him also. Holy had nofllquor. Yesterday's raid was the first large one directed against a road- nouse since the Christmas holidays of last year, when Federal Prohibition Director Hunt started a series of descents on these re sorts that was followed by his resignation. WARNING GIVEN That the raid was entirely unex pected was apparent when the officers arrived. A uniformed at tendant outside the place had on- (Contlnuod on Pago 2, Column 4) WOMAN KILLED IN TRAFFIC ; Fifteen Injured, Two of Whom May Die; Driver of Car in Fatal On woman dead and fifteen persons Injured, two of whom may die, was tha toll in traffic accidents in and near Los Angeles yesterday. A majority of the crashes wore caused, reports to police stated, by the slippery pavements and difficulty oi driving In the rain. The dead woman was Mrs. W. O. Butt, 48 years of age of 3408 Dayton avenue. She was killed instantly and her husband, W. O. Butt, 60, and their daughter, Laura, 14, were injured, the husband probably fatally, wben the car driven by Mrs. Butt was struck at the intersection of Pacific avenue and Oliver street, Los Angeles Harbor, by a car driven by II. C. Patterson, 20, 211 Atlantic avenue, Long Beach. DRIVER ARRESTED Patterson was arrested by Detective Lieutenant Farrell of the harbor police on suspicion of manslaughter and police were search lng for three girls, said to have been riding with Patterson, who were reported to have nd. Patterson told police the accident was caused by the slippery pavement which prevented effective application of the brakes. The collision occurred at tha foot of an Incline, Patterson's car was descending the Oliver-street hill and Mrs. Butt's machine waa ascending the Incline of Pacific avenue. Tha latter car was turned over, pinning tha occupant beneath It. Mr. Butt's body was taken to Palm and McLinn undertaking room at Los Angeiea Harbor. Butt J OCTOPUS IS BATTLED BY THREE MEN Monster is Killed Off Santa Cruz Island After Two-Hour Fight A devilfish measuring more then, seventeen feet in greatest diameter, killed after a two-hour battle off Santa Cruz Island, was brought Into Long Beach harbor yesterday by W. W. Counts, Eddie Arthur and Orval Solanker. The great beast was caught on hook and line in ninety feet of water, the men declared. The octopus is one of the largest ever taken in Southern California waters and will be mounted or display. . . :, Counts, Arthur and Slonaker went to Santa Cruz several days ago' to cut holly for' the Christmas trade and for a few days of fishing. Saturday Counts hooked the monster, which nearly pulled him out of the boat before his two companions could come to his assistance. Then followed a two-hour battle before the octopus was tired out enough so that it could be drawn to the surface, but at last it was hauled Into the boat and killed by a blow from an ax. It showed fight still when hauled aboard, but the fishermen knew how to deal with It and kept out of reach of the snaky tentacles until opportunity presented itself for the finishing blow. New Year's Day Set for Start on Club's Home Actual construction work on the new Edgewater Club In Santa Monica Is to begin January 1. This fact was revealed to newly enrolled members recently In the course of tha first giet-together meeting. More than 1200. Including members, their families and friends, were present. R. J, Connors, head of the organization that conceived the plan for the beach club outlined In considerable . detail what will be built into the seven-story $650,000 club home to rise at the Junction of Pico Boulevard and the boardwalk, and for which ground will be broken on January 1, 1925. Crash Arrested and his daughter were being treat ed at Hillside Hospital at the har bor. Mrs. Minnie Furst, 35, of 6503 Sixth avenue, suffered a possible skull fracture and Internal Injuries that may cause her death when a car in which she was riding collided at West Adams and Hill streets with a machine driven by John B. Rodman, 1819 Whit-tler Boulevard. Neither Rodman, nor Charles H. Rowley, 2815 South west Drive, who was driving the car In which Mrs. Furst . was a passenger, received other than angni injuries. Mrs. . r urst was treated at Receiving Hospital and later taken to tha Angelua Hoi,l- tai. SIX HURT IV CRASH kix persona were injured in a collision at Bruce and Pico streets between a car driven by Arthur zaz, 25 years of age. of 3727 H Maple avenue, and one operated by 8. H. Gentry, 300 Halldala avenue. The Injured are Szasz and the passengers In his car. Their names are: Mrs. Szaxz, 23, same address: Mrs. Mary Kiss, 62, and Katie Kiss, 42. both of 617 West Seventy-sixth street; Joe Schmidt. 26, 859 South Wall street, and John Hangos, 32, 4507 South Park (Continued on Pago t. Column Editorial s - lti tAdt. Host Follows Bishop in Flooded Streets -if Uia calebration vi tha founding of WOMAN OFFERS SHOSTEDCLEW Mystery Witness Figures in Kidnaping Case Details of Plot and Escape Plans Revealed Police Withhold Identity of Their Informant A mystery witness, whose name was withheld by the police but who was said to be In danger herself of arrest for kidnaping, furnished the nollce vesterday with the first definite clew as to the manner in which June Shosted, 6 years of age, was whisked from sight following the kidnaping at Forty-third street and Grand avenue last Wednesday. The' woman was interviewed by Assistant Captain of Detectives Vernand and Detective Lieutenants Schubert and Tralnor and was reported to have told the police were the kidnapers obtained the car they used, the name of the unidentified driver of the car and how the kidnaping and the escape were planned. The kidnaping came as the climax to four legal battles in which Mrs. Lola Pollan, wife of an advertising man of Pittsburg and Detroit, and her sister, Mrs. Elsie Shosted of 4306 South Grand avenue, fought over the child's custody. Mrs. Pollan is admittedly the natural mother of the child, while her sister has reared her from Infancy and has adoption papers obtained several years ago In Minnesota. COURT CONTEST The court struggles brought to light the assertion that Sirs. Pollan waa unmarried when the child was born and that she named ore Richard Mftlton as the father. Mrs. Shosted testified, however, that the father of the child waa Earl B. Schanholzer, her own first husband, and that he confessed to her on his death - bed. The child was seized by Mr. and Mrs. Pollan in a daring daylight attack on Mrs. Shosted, she told the police, and as a result of her story warrants charging child stoaiing were issued by the District Attorney against the pair and "John Doe," the driver of the car. Following a general grilling of friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Pollan In the vicinity, the police located the woman, whose name is withheld, and who is said to have admitted that she helped plan the kidnaping. The woman related details of a plot which was abandoned last April and which, she said, centered about two thugs who were hired for $25 each to "knock out" Mrs. Shosted and escape with the baby. The woman declared that she was responsible for abandoning the plan and that she was present In a downtown hotel when Mrs. Pollan "paid off" the thugs and agreed to drop the plan temporarily. KIDNAPING PLANNED Following the dropping af the llan, the woman said that she and Mrs. Pollan corresponded in a code which they had arranged and that they laid all tha plana for the future kidnaping. To one of the Investigators, the woman revealed three plans which she said had been considered. They were: A dash eastward by train a few hours after the kidnaping, to get Into a State where sentimental reasons might Interfere with the extradition of a mother for the stealing of her own child. An automobile trip by obscure roads to San Diego and ncrosa tha border by a little used road several miles east of Tla Juana, thence to Ensenada, thenoe across to Vera Cruz and by steamship to Europe, probably to Franc, where Pollan is said to own property. Chartering ot a motorboat in Los Angeles Harbor tor a cruise out' to tha path of ocean-going ships to make connections with a vessel known to be in the lclnlty unequipped with radio and bound for South America. Tha woman, according to tha (Continued on I ago 8, Column 4; NcivsBusinessSociety - The Drama, DrMJTTT A rPTXTJBr ixvrai o.u !-- 7,ru a W-L uun. X lWxl tha Holy Nama Society. qiHOUSANDS BRAVE STORM 1 IN HOLY NAME PARADE - ' Marchers in 650th Anniversary of Society Number 20,000; Body's Aims Revealed in Speech Six hundred and fifty years ago the Holy Name Society was established bythe Pope among laymen to combat the Al-bigensian heresy which questioned the divinity of Jesus Christ. And to celebrate the anniversary nearly 20,000 men, members of the society here, marched yesterday afternoon for two miles and a half in a continuous, driving rain, over streets at times flooded with water over the marchers' shoe tops. First in line strode Rt. Rev. John J. Cantwell, bishop of the local Roman Catholic diocese, and behind him contingents from every local parish, boys just confirmed, youths, middle-aged and aged men, all struggling through the water with equal exposure. END SEEN IN PNEUMONIC OUTBREAKS No Deaths Since Friday and No Cases Reported Since Thursday The condition of the pneumonic plague in the two small districts where It has appeared here waa given as follows yesterday In the daily report of Dr. W. M. Dickie, secretary of the State Board of Health: No new cases and no deaths. Total number of cases, thirty-six. Total number of deaths, thirty. There have been no new cases reported since Thursday and no deaths since Friday. Health of - flclals considered this as very en- couraglng and expressed the hope the disease has been stamped out. Of the six cases remaining at the General Hospital, some are conceded a chance for recovery. Those who have remained the longest are considered to have the best chance. The dates of entry of the six are: Mary Costello, a nurse, October 24, last, and others on October 26, October 27, October 31, and the 6th and 6th lnsts. CRIME WAVE SWEEPS ON Five of Nine Robbed Angelenos Go to Hospital for Treatment After Bandit Attacks Emboldened by the apparent Inability of tha police to check tha prevalont crime wave, thugs and bandits, operating in various sections of the city late Saturday night and early yesterday morning, added a series of assaults to a long list of depredations. In nine robberies reported to the police within the last twenty-four hours, five victims were sent to the Receiving Hospital for treatment after having been attacked by hold-up men. A fifth victim, a student, who. attempted to flee from a pair of ban aits, was nrea upon before he was overtaken and robbed. Ho barely missed being struck by bullet. John O'Keefe. a butcher, of 365 West Vernon avenue, was found unconscious in his front yard by a passerby early yesterday morning. Later ho reported to the University police that he had been trailed from his place ot business late Saturday night by two hold-up men. As he approached- his home he was hit over tha head with a blunt Instrument. When he regained consciousness he missed $1150 In money and checks, tha receipts of the previous day a business, which ha carried on hi person, HIT. ON HEAD u. D. Green of 1203 lrolo stree. was followed by two footpads when ha alighted from a street car at Pico street and Ardmora avenue. Aa ha noared his home ha was I Br the fit j Dir ctarr UK4,ISI They marched prldefully be cause of the rain, as evidence that they were not merely1 fair-weather Christians. The rain made a strange coincidence. For the celebration of the same event at Washington, D. C, a month ago found thousands marching in a heavy rain; and still more recently it rained during the parade for the same occasion at San Francisco'. On those occasions, like the one here yesterday, the church laymen turned out eagerly to show that they welcomed the sard ship as a test of faith. WADE THROUGH WATER The parade formed at Flgueroa and Washington streets, and moved out Pico street to the Catholic Girls' School at Pico street and Ardmore avenue, it took the parade more than an hour to pass a given point, and all the time the downpour was steady and heavy and the streets at certain low points flooded with water a foot i deep, filling the marchers' shoes . with water. But the stalwart form iof Bishop Cantwell striding ahead encouraged the marchers and there J were no stragglers; the bishop stands better than six feet and his silk hat under his umbrella could be seen from far in the rear. - Eleven brass bands and a band of Scottish bagpipers and drummers were in the line, and whi'a the horns filled with water and the drums had to be nuiti'led by their watertight covers, the bam'.i played almost continuously and (Continued on Page a. Column 5 felled by a blow or the head. Hia asallants got only $1. Green called tha Wilshire police who took him to the Receiving Hospital. He was treated for a budly lacerated scalp. Edgar Thompson, a truck driver of 1235 East Adams street, was struck over the head with a blunt Instrument as he stood in the door way of a pool-hall at 1468 Cen- Ural avenue. When he missed 113 he called the University police. The officers questioned a number of witnesses but were unttble to learn the Identity of Thompson's assail-' ants. James It. Hamilton of IS2 Belmont avenue was attacked in the hallway of a rooming-house at 579 Central avenue by two assailant who attempted to hold him up. Ha was struck on the head when he resisted the robbers who wera foiled in their attempt. Hamilton was treated for a scalp wound at the Receiving Hospital. FIRE ON STUDENT Carl Carlson, student, of 4134 Prospect avenue, waa stopped by two armed bandits at Ettla street and Bates avenue. Instead of submitting to search, Carlson turned (Continued on rnjjo 3. Column 5) I

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