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The Weather In Two Parts 32 Pages FART II LOCAL SHEET If PAGES FORECAST FOR LOS ANGELES AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: L'BMttlrd today and tomorrow with probablr shaver today: moderate tcmprriturc. Mailmam and minimum temperatnr yesterday: 6465. VOL. LI. BROKER DETAILS OIL STOCK DEALS Delivery of $100,000 Check Related by Witness Market Play of ex-Richfield Officials Described ' Margin Accounts Caught in Crash Testified To Stock transactions involving thou sands of shares of Richfield Oil Company stock held on margin accounts which were caught in the general stock market decline in 1929 were the subject of testimony during yesterday afternoon's session in Superior Judge Yankwich's court where C. M. Puller, R. W. McKee and James A, Talbot, former executives of the oil company, are on trial charged with grand theft and conspiracy. A check for (100,000 signed by Puller, delivered by him to Talbot and . then turned over to J. B. Ingoldsby, stock broker, was the high light of Ingoldsby's testimony although he occupied the witness stand all of the afternoon and will return for further questioning this morning. LARGE CHECK DELIVERED Ingoldsby told of the delivery of the $100,000 check while describing a conference between himself, one of his associates, and the defendants in the present trial. The conference took place in October, 1929, the witness stated, and came about after he had insisted on additional margins for various accounts involving stock transactions between his company, Richfield officials and Richfield employees. "Here is your $100,000," Ingoldsby testified he was told by Talbot as Puller's check was presented to him. But before Ingoldsby testified that he had pocketed the check he told of how the scrap of paper representing a small fortune rested on the table between himself and Talbot and of how Talbot "pulled it away" several times before it was finally delivered. JUDGE GETS LAUGH A roar of mirth came from the crowded courtroom when Judge Yankwich, before whom the case is being tried without a jury, remarked : "Well, you are the first broker I ever heard of that allowed a check for $100,000 to remain on a table in front of him." "But you see," the witness replied, "in the end I got it into my pocket." Among his other testimony, dealing in the main with complicated stock transactions, Ingoldsby told of a $50,000 Richfield check sent to his office following a conversation with McKee and credited by him to the Richfield Oil Company account on his books. A day or so after the check had been delivered to him the broker testified he received a telephone call from McKee and was ordered to credit the $50,000 to Fuller's and Talbot's accounts. He stated that his instructions from McKee were to credit Fuller with $25,000 and Talbot with the remaining half of the money. Still later McKee, according to Ingoldsby, telephoned him and in a general conversation requested him to again change the credit and give the entire sum to Talbot. The last request was refused, the witness said. SECRETARY TESTIFIES Before the broker was called to the witness stand Miss Edith F. Taylor, private secretary to Fuller, testified relative to her employer's personal accounts and identified a scries of checks already in evidence against him. Among other things the secretary told of a deal in which she borrowed $35,000 from a local bank on security supplied by Fuller and then turned the money over to him. Later it developed from the testimony that a portion of the note was taken up through a $7500 Richfield Oil Company check. Bank records and deposits having to do with the defendants' various financial transactions were placed in evidence by testimony of O. L. Pangler, Oeorge H. Cllnkscales and W. M. Swyter, all bank officials. OFFICERS PROMOTED Recent promotions affecting California Army Reserve officers have been announced as follows from Ninth Corps Area Headquarters at the Presidio of an Francisco: First Lieutenant P. H. Taylor of Los Angeles and First Lieutenant E. A. Meagher of F.1 Scgundo, to captains and Second Lieutenants O. A. Heap. V. W. Thews and E. H. Clark-son, Jr., of Los Angeles, to first lieutenants. POOR PA BY CLAUDE CAU.AN "Mrs. Ellis seemed real relijioun for a few months, but Ma nays she, stopped sroln to church entirely when the 1 preacher's son quit goin' with her daughter Susie." I DABY'S SNOOZE NOT IN ROUTINE ? Toddler Gulps Five Sleeping Tablets, But Doctors Help Him to Wake Again John Thompson, 17 months of age, of 1109 North Formosa avenue, took an unexpected nap yesterday several hours before his usual afternoon sleeping period, according to Hollywood police. He climbed a chair and found a bottle of sleeping tablets in a medicine case at home. He had eaten his fifth tablet, police said, when his mother discovered, him. Police Surgeon Carey was forced to use emergency measures to revive John after he was admitted to Hollywood Receiving Hospital. After an-hour's sleep at the hospital the baby was returned home. COLLECTOR OF TAX HAS GRAND RUSH Receipts for Last Day TomI $3,416,752.25 With Millions Still in Mails Large mail remittances with cash payments made at the office of County Tax Collector Welch yesterday resulted in the final day's col lections totaling $3,416,752.35, a rec ord for any one day of the present fiscal year. Failure to pay taxes being collect ed by the county for the fiscal year of 1931-32 by the close of business at 5 p.m. yesterday subjected all unpaid taxes to a penalty of 5 per cent as well as a charge of 50 cents for each item on the tax bill. When the tax office closed yester day the ledgers showed total payments of $89,085,671.08, or 71.07 per cent of the $125,360,944.33 to be col lected for the fiscal year. On the corresponding date last year 72.75 per cent of the total tax to be col lected had been credited on the books. However, It is estimated that between $30,000,000 and $33,000,000 is contained in unopened mail. Several days will be required to credit these payments, which are expected to bring the total collected up to last year's figure of 92.02 per cent. The tax office closed to the public last night until June 8, next, at which time the delinquent tax list will be published and payments with penalties will be received until June 30. Miller's Will Gives Estate to His Widow The entire estate of John B. Miller, public-utilities magnate who died on the 14th inst., goes to his widow, Mrs. Carrie Borden Miller of Pasadena, under terms of his will filed yesterday for probate. The value of the estate is not given except that it is in excess of $10,000.. The will was drawn and signed eight days prior to the testator's death. The document purposely omits provision for two sons and two daughters, who are John B. Miller, Jr.. Morris B. Miller, Mrs. Phila M. O'Melveny and Mrs. Gar-rlta M. Nobles. It was asserted this statement had been Included in the will to clarify the intention of the testator to bequeath everything to his widow. The proicrty, according to the records, consists of real estate, stocks and bonds of undetermined value. Rail Official to Be Honored A luncheon meeting will be given tomorrow in honor of C. J. Bris-ter, vice-president of the New York Central Lines. The board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce yesterday completed the program for the event. Guests of the luncheon in the directors' room of the chamber will Include Guy Robertson, an executive of the Central Produce Terminal of Detroit, and the full staff of the Los Angeles office of the New York Central Lines. Brlster will arrive this morning on the Southern Pacific. LIEN SHARK WAR REVIVED McAllister Offers Resolution in Council to Halt Abuse of Foreclosure Proceedings Councilman McAllister yesterday revived the war against "lien sharks," who prey upon property owners who allow assessment bonds to default, by Introducing a resolution asking for several remedial actions. His resolution was referred to the Public Welfare and Legislative Committees. In the body of his resolution Mc- McAUIster asks that a plan be worked out whereby the property owner may be defended by the City Attorney, City Proeccutor and Pub lie Defender; that the Bar Association lnvrslinate conditions and lien-shark attorneys with a view to bringing disbarment proceedings; that the grand Jury Investigate to determine whether criminal proceeding should be Instituted,- and that Cjty Treasurer Powell make a weekly report to the Council of the foreclosures so that the whole at-fair may be given full publicity. Storm Plays sU 'jftifSfif,?t$P&i&. Fishing barge Emigh LLOYD WILL AID SHRINE IN RAGE ANT Film Comedian to Act as Grand Marshal for Bay City Event Harold Lloyd yesterday informed William H. Woodfield, director-general of the Shrine convention in San Francisco in July, who flew down from the north to consult with the film comedian, that he will accept the position of grand mar- -. v , i shal of the elec-V-v) trlcal pageant j Will Ui- f' ,max the Bay 2 '" City event. -r Woodfield ex 4 - Harold Lloyd pects San Fran- Cisco will entertain close to 500,000 during Shrine week, many of whom will visit Los Angeles for the Olympic Games, which open two days after the Shrine electrical show. J. A. Bicgan, who designed and built the floats in the La Fiesta electrical exhibition last year in Los Angeles, and who has created virtually all the floats in similar various local events, has been engaged by the Shrine to do the same work in San Francisco. Woodfield informed Lloyd that the Shrine is prepared to build 90,-000 seats around the Civic Auditorium in the Bay City. G rand-daughter of Alienist Dies After Operation Little Gwen Aubrey, 6 years of age, died at the Children's Hospital yesterday morning, following a double-mastold operation. Because of her fairy-like, baby - dignity and sweetness, she was known to her many friends as "Princess." The "Princess" was the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Huntington Williams, who have reared her from babyhood, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Aubrey, having been divorced. When Dr. Williams was called to Honolulu three weeks ago as an alienist in the Massle case, Mrs. Williams accompanied him and this was the first time they have ever been anywhere without the little girl. Her own mother and father sped to the hospital and remained there day and night after the operation, the little patient having remained unconscious three days before she died. Mrs. Williams Is rushing back to Los Angeles on the first available boat but Is not yet aware of the baby's death. Alllster states that between February 1 and the 14th Inst. 1070 foreclosures were brought, 938 of them being brought directly in Superior Court. He cites one instance of charges against a lot In Eighty-fifth street where the delinquency Is $8.84. These penalties aggregate $101.61. which Includes $75 for attorneys' fees, with a further anticipated charge of $24 for service on six defendant. In the term to which he refers McAllister states that one concern brought 383 , foreclosures, . another 381 and another 04. THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 21, 1932. Havoc W ith Beach Victim of Storm pounded by waves as gale blew her 1 : SHORT WEEK DRAFT ASKED Five-Day Plan Would Cut Cost and Increase fobs, Shaw Asserts at Supervisors' Meeting Establishment of a five-day week for employees in county government, affecting many but not all the 11,000 workers on the pay roll, was discussed yesterday at a conference of members of the Board of Supervisors with the County Bureau of Efficiency. At the close of the meeting the 4 bureau was instructed to draft a plan for the shorter work week to be submitted to the Supervisors before the adoption of the salary ordinance for the fiscal year of 1932-33. Action on the ordinance must be taken before June 1, next. The five-day week, rather than a seven-hour day, was favored by a majority of the officials present at the conference, it was said after the meeting behind closed doors. A general outline of the plan was submitted by Supervisor Shaw, chairman ot the county-wide committee on employment stabilization, who has been advocating the shorter work week for industrial plants and governmental departments alike. Supervisor Shaw pointed out that Los Angeles county, through its bureau of employment stabilization, actually has saved approximately 75,000 persons from losing their Jobs in 6850 industrial concerns where the five-day week has been adopted. Afore than 1300 different employing activities have adopted it in the county, he declared. It was generally agreed the five-day week cannot be established in all the departments of county government, but In many cases. Supervisor shaw said, a large saving can be effected. Also, he says, where work can be staggered more persons will be given employment. Arg uments in Tenth Street Action Begun Arguments were begun yesterday before Superior Judge Gates in the suit brought by Edmund Slama, wealthy steel man, in which he seeks to enjoin the city of Los Angeles and its officials from proceeding further with the $10,000,000 Tenth street Improvement project. Last week. Presiding Judge Arch-bald granted a temporary Injunction upon filing of the suit, restraining the city from proceeding further and arguments In Siama's petition for a permanent injunction are expected to be concluded today. Some 500 property owners have already been awarded interlocutory judgments in condemnation suits. The plaintiff resides in the assessment district, which affects a total of 21,000 property owners. CHAMBER SCHOOL BOOK CHARGES MEET DENIAL Any alarm felt by Los Angeles parents that school children of the city mlht be gazing at pictures of horse cars Jogging along Main street or Broadway during geography lessons were set at rest yesterday by statements of school-board officials1 answering charges made by a statistical research committee of the Chamber of Commerce. A report prepared by the com-mlttce stated that misinformation exists in grade school geographies Which would lead young scholars to believe Los Angeles boasts of approximately 500,000 population, no harbor, commerce or Industries. The report Indicated that one textbook found In the public school library informed pupils that Southern California Is practically a desert. In of the material used by them the school board officials made haste to explain that children In Los Angeles schools are getting an up-to-the-minute picture of the city and California, one that convinces them that horse cars, bucket brigades and the town hall with Its hitching posts and carretaa art but Pleasure Craft 'it . 4 V aL . 4 . MID Wide World photo ashore at Redondo. GERMAN TO STUDY FILM ARTSHERE Government Official on Mission of Amity Finds Artistry Surprising In Hollywood for several months to study artistic and production phases of the motion-picture indus try, Dr. Martin Freuden t h a 1, memoer oi tne German .Foreign Office, of Berlin, said on his arrival yes terday that he is t. "surprised at the high degree of artistic development in motion pictures, stage drama and music evidenced ,ntUt y0UrPR MARTIN country." preudenthm.. Dr. Freuden- I thai as a German government representative, hopes to pave the way for close co-operation between German and American motion-picture producing through the survey and study he plans to conduct here. His headquarters are at the Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Boulevard. Following a law education the German visitor studied music in Cologne, receiving an orchestra conductor's certificate. He has been interested in drama and motion pictures for many years and was selected by his government for the local mission because of his artistic qualifications. RAINBOW JUBILEE SET Members of the Rainbow Division Veterans' Association of Los Angeles will celebrate a Rainbow jubilee at the Parte Inn at 8 p.m., tomorrow, as a preliminary gesture toward the promotion of a carnival ball to be given by the association at the Shrine Auditorium May 28. The purpose of the ball Is to raise funds to defray expenses of the national Rainbow reunion, to be held here next July 13 to 15, inclusive. memories and that the electrlc-llght and horseless carriage are here to stay. The ancient volumes unearthed by the Chamber of Commerce's committee, with their delightful bird's-eye views of a sailboat standing out of a mud flat, stage coaches and Indians In war paint, if such views they contained, are merely used for reference books and their number Is almost negligible, Robert H. Lane, assistant superintendent of schools, stated. "These books are u-sed for their historical value and are offered to school children for purposes of comparison and not as modern texts," said Lane in referring to two twenty-flvc-year-old volumes mentioned In the report of the Chamber of Commerce committee. "Our geographies are nevermore than two years behind time," said Miss Ethel I. Salisbury, director of elementary courses in the schools. "And we don't allow the Los Angeles and California scenes to grow (Continued on Page 1, Column I) FISHING BARGES WRECKED BY RAGING COAST GALE Coast Guard Battles for Lives of Crew of Melrose, on Rocks; Emigh Driven Ashore A gale of almost hurricane proportions raged in from the Pacific yesterday to lash the Southern California coat in its fury, endangering scores of lives, driving two helpless fishing barges ashore, and rendering perilous the plight of four other barges. Crews of the United States Coast Guard, which figured in many thrilling rescues along the coastline during the day, were battling desperately last night to save the lives of the crew of five men aboard the barge Melrose, dashed against jutting rocks 400 yards of: White Point. 1 Repeated efforts to get a breeches buoy to the decks of the barge so that her crew might be drawn to safety had failed at a late hour, and fears were expressed that the craft would be battered to pieces before morning under the terrific impact of the pounding seas. The Melrose, formerly a San Francisco ferryboat, had lost her stern anchor shortly before nightfall and had been blown shoreward. Her SOS crackling across the storm-lashed waters brought a daring Coast Guard craft to her vicinity, but attempts to get a line aboard her failed. ARMY LENDS LIGHTS Two 500,000.000 candle-power searchlights of the Sixty-third Coast Artillery at Fort MacArthur were taken to the scene of the rescue attempt at White Point to aid the Coast Guardsmen in their efforts to save the doomed barge's brew. The five aboard are Fred Burt and O. C. Smith of San Pedro and Frank Marsac, Joe Ural and Sam June of San Francisco. At Laguna Beach earlier in the night the eighty-seven-foot fishing barge Charles Brown, once notorious as a Japanese narcotic runner and a "death ship," was washed ashore before the fury of the driving seas. Dent E. Paxton, one of the owners of the barge, who was aboard when she dragged her anchor before the gale and was beached, was hauled to safety by a line in the hands of coowners of the craft, Jack and Ralph Tubbs. RAINBOW ANCHORS The fishing barge Rainbow, whfcl; for hours had been adrift with six men aboard off Long Beach, was attempting to vide out the gale half a mile off Sunset Beach last night, her crew having managed to get an anchor heaved when her doom seemed imminent. A Coast Guard cutter was standing by. Throngs of persons on the shore watched mountainous seas break over the helpless barge during the late after noon. Riding at anchor two miles off shore, the barge Olympic, with four men, two women and a baby aboard, was breasting the giant seas and late last night was reported able to ride out the gale. At Ventura the 435-foot tanker Cathwood, loading at a dock, narrowly escaped being battered by the heavy se,as against the loading pier after her anchor lines parted and an oil line became entangled in her propeller, rendering her motors useless. The oil line was disentagled by the tanker's crew, however, and the craft was able to leave Ventura later under her own power. The tug Peacock had been dispatched from San Pedro to render aid. The fishing barge Emigh, owned by Capt. W. L. Norstad. with no one aboard, severed her anchor chain seven miles offshore when the gale struck her and was driven shoreward, heading for the Redondo pier. The craft struck a sandbar 150 feet from the pier, was washed over the bar by mountainous breakers and finally stuck fast on the forty-flve-foot surfllne a short distance from the pier, huge breakers washing over her 200-foot length. Oft Huntington Beach " a" craft known as Bill's Barge with several men aboard was drifting shoreward after having parted her anchor chain. The barge was dangerously close to the Municipal Pier and working in rapidly. At Long Beach, George Weather-sham, 22 years of age, a carpenter living at Wilmington, and Capt. John Gundcrson of the Veelron, 1131 Gulf avenue, Wilmington, were rescued in the Long Beach outer harbor by the watcr-taxl Chief, after their small boat had been overturned by heavy seas. The Chief reached the scene Just as Weather-sham was swept from his hold on the overturned boat. Men aboard the taxi dived for him and brought his unconscious body to the surface. Gunderson also was exhausted. Both men are at St. Mary's Hospital, Long Beach. Rain fell at Pasadena and Olen- (Continufd on rage 2, Column 1) ALLISON HAZY ABOUT GIFTS Ex-Receiver Can't Remember if He Gave Money to ' fudges, He Declares at Court Haring Facing an unexpected barrage of questions in open court yesterday afternoon, Charles F. Allison, former receiver and central figure in the receivership-racket investigations, could not remember whether he had ever given money to Los Angeles Superior Court judges. He also was unable to recall howthe investigation now under way by much he had contributed to cam paign funds of jurists, how long or Intimately he had known them or If he ever had purchased clothing for Judges Guerln or Stafford, a fact which has been admitted by both or the latter. To practically every question along these lines Allison answered: "I don't remember." Finally, asked to explain his lows of memory, Allison asserted be didn't know what these questions were leading up to and wanted to protect the constitutional rights. Off the witness stand later he admitted having to mind CITY NEWS - ACTRESS STARS IN SURPRISE WEDDING Gertrude Messinger ALUMNA OF 'OUR GANG' NOW BRIDE Gertrude Messinger of Kid Film Fame Elopes to Wed "Boy Friend" Lead Three months after she was issued a license here to marry James F. Gaither, Jr., sound technician at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, Ger trude Messinger, graduate of "Our Gang" comedies and now a featured picture player, yesterday eloped to Santa Ana and wed David H. Sharpe, former circus acrobat and later featured in the "Boy Friend" series of motion pictures. "You say they were married this afternoon?" queried Gaither when questioned as to what brought about the elopement. ' "Well, all I can say Is we are still good friends. She got a good fellow and I hope they are happy." But a different tone of comment came from the home of the 20-year-old bride, through her mother, Mrs. Josephine Messinger. "Sharpe Just talked faster than Mr. Gaither," said the mother. "I don't know where they will live. Honeymoon? What will they use for money? Indeed I did not attend the ceremony. I've given Gertie a car and clothes, mortgaged my home to get her ahead and now she does this. Well, I guess that's life." Sharpe. prior to his picture advent, was a circus tumbler. Mrs. Messinger stated. He Is the 22-year, old son of Harry Sharpe, St. Louis (Mo.) sportsman. BIDS FOR BRIDGE OVER BOULEVARD OPENED Bids for the construction of the bridge in West Boulevard spanning the Pacific Electric tracks and Venice Boulevard ere opened yesterday by the Board of Public Works. The Lynch-Cannon Englnccrinir Com pany, with an offer of $59,986.78, was jow among nine bidders. Plans call for a reinforced concrete structure with a thirty-foot roadway to replace an old wooden bridge. tne grand jury into the receivership matters. Allison's appearance in court was In connection with filing his final report as the receiver for six former Julian oil wells in the Santa Fe Springs district, a receivership from which he, was discharged several weegs ago after the Investigations began. Also appearing in court was Attorney Culbert L. Olson, representing litigants who objected to paying receivership fees of $1000 a month to Allison as receiver and to ' - a - 3r Jr- (Continued en Pae 2, Column 2) EDITORIAIP - SOCIETY , vac v ancer v- jeep Marry Carr t ( v ARRLING, sweetheart I lof you" are the words that Anna Sten, the new Russian film star, thinks she will need most in Hollywood. That will do for a starter; but as quickly as possible she should alsb learn to say: "Gimme a round-trip ticket to Reno." GREAT BUT SMALL The naval parade was the grandest show I have ever seen; but in another way it made you shiver. When you think that that nine-mile array of warships constitutes the sole defense of an enormous country and 120,000,000 people, the display becomes pitifully small. In any war that is likely to occur, we will stand or fall by the Navy. As a matter of stern logic, no one can escape the conclusion that we ought to have about six such fleets. IS IT REALLY? 1 Giuseppe Fumasonl, one of our most talented spaghetti gobblers, has demonstrated that it is possible to eat two pounds of spaghetti with his hands tied behind him. It can be done, but is it really necessary? OUR NEGLECTED ISLANDS Something will be done with the channel islands off the coast of Southern California if the plans of the State Chamber of Commerce mature. This magnificent group should constitute a little world of summer. With the exception of Santa Catalina, most of them are barren and forsaken. The discoveries of archeologists show that all of them were once densely populated. These early people must have had some source of water that has since been forgotten. If a new prison is to be established somewhere in this State, one of the most remote and desolate of these islands would offer a site. - - SAVE THE RIVER BED The oil men who want to rush the City Council are at it again. This time before the Planning Committee of the Council. It will be a tragedy if oil wells are permitted to be dug in the most beautiful part of the Los Angeles River bed opposite Riverside Drive. Some day the river bed will be parked and utilized for what can be the most picturesque and attractive feature of this city. No plans have ever been outlined as yet. It is our ace in the hole. W have made a mess of Just about every artistic possibility of this city. Lets preserve this chance. Oil-well derricks will ruin its pos-sibillties forever. Dozens Seek ChappeVs Job Forty-eight applicants for the position of secretary and chief exam, iner of the County Civil Service Commission, to fill the vacancy caused by the recent ousting of Sam J. Channel, will talc written pxam. inatlons today. The forty-eight ad- juagea eugioie to take the examination were chosen from a total of 121 who filed. B. A. Davis, acting secretary. Is among those who will take the examination. The examining braird Is rnmnr1l of W. A. Johnstone, former president of the State Civil Service Commission; Emery E. Olson, University or ooumern uamornia faculty, and H. A. Payne. County Auditor. AUNT HET BY ROBERT QUILLEN "John likes the new baby all right. He' just poutin like all men do because it's gettin all the attention ,1

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