The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1938 · 24
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Sunday, April 3, 1938
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8 SUNDAY MORNING. "ATOIL 3, 1938. PART II. Old Murder Confessed Ruth Muir Slaying at La Jolla Two Years Ago May Pe Solved PRIZE LIVESTOCK PARADED AT JUNIOR REPUBLIC FIELD DAY Flowers-Out ai Ventura Variety of Blooms to Greet Motorists in County Today t Along El With i Ed Ainsworfh CHINA CITY (Los Angeles,) April 2. They even have a streamlined, draRon down here in this new-old Chinatown that is being built out of a woman's dream, some ancient blacksmith shops, bamboo, movie sets, crumbling adobes and some saucy little up-to-the-minute Chinese shops. The streamlined dragon didn't Etart out to be one. In fact, it was part of the mechanism of the flagpole on the old Times Building. Why it was made in that shape nobody knows, but it is a dead ringer for a fire-spitting dragon, emblem of China. It is made out of black iron and is about seven feet long, with a most terrifying expression. Mrs. Christine Sterling, creator of Olvera street and the driving force behind China City, got it from the Los Angeles Wrecking Company, wreckers of The Time3 Building, and is going to use it for a flagpole again, putting the flag of China in its mouth. RIGHT "FEEL" This Chinatown, being created here to form a center for the Chinese driven from their old homes by the building of the Union Station, is. an amazing combination of the new and the old. It would have delighted the soul of Harry Carr, for whom the main entrance gate on North Main street is named. There is nothing "synthetic" or "phony" about it. It wanders around in twisting corridors and up and down stairs (some of the paths hav-" ing nine turns to keep the devil out,) through little gardens' (at least they soon will be,) around ponds in which lotus blossoms will float and through little rock-paved courtyards, THE SIZE Anybody who has taken a glance at the little shops being built out in the open and thought they form China City is badly mistaken. Some of the most interesting parts are under roofs in the old buildings that have been re-etored by the workmen. A complete Chinese theater completely inclosed by bamboo some of it eight inches in diameter will be one of the features inside. REAL ARTISTRY The men who have planned, built, repaired, patched and dec-orated the oriental village have really put their hearts into the work. William Tuntke is the architect. Tom Kemp of Paramount Studios has been in charge of construction. Mrs. Sterling, who knows what it is to take a lot of dilapidated buildings and turn them into something picturesque, as she did with Olvera street, has been on the job constantly overcoming the many difficulties that arise to delay any sort of idealistic task like this. Now, though, the realization of the dream is near. ENTHUSIASM The Chinese themselves are r ithusiastic now that they have seen how practical Mrs. Sterling is. They are joining in with gusto. One group is putting up a fine cafe with all-Chinese capital. Others are moving into the ancient adobe and brick buildings up and down the street. A hand laundry and other typical Chinese enterprises have opened up, attracted by the magnet that this center of oriental atmosphere provides. That is where Mrs. Sterling is wise. China City is just the center, the nucleus. Rambling Chinatown will be encouraged to develop around it as it washes. XAUTICAL SETTING Johnson Sing and Luke Chan are building a setting like the inside of a big junk. They're even going to paint "Matson Line" on the crazy old tin chimney sticking up through the roof." ' ' The herb doctors are reserving space. One old fellow has volunteered to p 1 a y Chinese music. China City is turning into a reality fast. Seme of it may be open next month. I want to be there when they dedicate the Harry Carr Gate. .Harry would have liked the free and easy ' way the whole thing is coming along under lUrs. Sterling's direction. More power to the big black dragon on the flagpole ... I EL CENTRO, April 2. (?) Ucw hope for a solution to the two. year -old 6laying of Ruth Muir, former San Antonio (Tex.) woman, at La Jolla, came today from Sheriff Robert W. Ware of Imperial county, who wild he had in custody a man who confessed to the crime. The Sheriff added, however, that the man, Basil Coleman, appeared to be "mentally unbal anced" and that he confessed and denied the confession several times. ATTACK AIMITTKI Arrested by El Centro police yesterday in connection with an attack on Magdalena Sagyna, 10-year-old schoolgirl, the transient laborer was quoted as admitting to that crime and the attacks on two unidentified girls at San Diego. Sheriff Ware was not prepared to say what credence could be given the mans confessions, Coleman was turned over to two police officers from San Diego for further questioning. SLAVING STORY TOLD "The man is mentally unbal anced," said the Sheriff. "Evi dence indicates he is a degen erate. I asked him about the Ruth Muir case and he began to tell me about it, his state ment conforming to the facts in the case. He said he did not attack Miss Muir." Coleman's sordid story, Sher iff Ware said, was that he slew the Y.W.C.A. secretary that moonlight night in August, 1936, because the 48-ycar-old woman rejected his advances. He said he struck the woman with a heavy log he found washed up on the beach and then, in fear, hid her body. SEMES OP CRIMES Miss Muir's slaying was one of a series of similar crimes in San Diego county that have baffled police. She was visiting her elderly parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Muir. She had gone out late at night for a walk along the beach front and had stopped to sit on a bench in the moonlight at a nlace overlooking the ocean called "Lovers Retreat". Several strands of hair clutched in he hand, her broken classes and a comb were the only clews found. AWARDS MADE FOR AMARYLLIS FAS ADEN A. April 2. A fea ture of the Southern California Snrinsr Flower Show in Pasa dena todav was announcement of William Herbert medal awards to amaryllis growers throughout the world, the winners including two exhibitors at the local show. Those announced as winners in a telegram from William Hay-ward, secretary of the American Amaryllis Society, mw in -Florida, were Jan De Graas of Sandy, Or., and Cecil Houdshel of La Verne, the loca: exhibitors, and Maj. Albert Pam. London, Eng.; Pierre S. Du Font. Wilmington, Del., and Ernst A. Krelage, Haarlem, Holland. The medals represent one of the highest honors given flower fanciers. This year's show at the Civic "Auditorium, w-hich closed today, is the first Pacific show in which the American Amaryllis Society, has participated. Pacific Art Group Elects New Officers LONG BEACH, April 2. (flV- Evelyn S. Mayer, associate pro fessor of art at San Francisco State College, was elected presi dent of the Pacific Arts Associa tion at the close of a three-day conference here today. The next convention will be held in San Francisco. Mrs. Ly-dia F. Sargent, art supervisor of San Francisco public schools, was named vice-president, and Frances Nugent, Los Angeles, secretary. Two Cripples Fight It Out Today for Golf Honors at Inglewood INGLEWOOD, April 2. A strange spectacle will be seen on the Potrero Golf and Country Club course tomorrow at 7 a.m., when two men, similarly crip pled, will compete for golfing honors. A few days ago Judge A. F. Monroe, recent winner of a golf tournament, was lunching in the clubhouse and chancing to gaze out the window, he saw another cripple plodding along on the green and hitting the ball with unerring aim and a powerful stroke. Like himself, the player. " - " ' ' I f ,) f .. for, , i k ---r . A " ' : , jfA Fred Bailey, left, and LaMar Hickenlooper are shown T'y I ; jf '-"A explaining workings of school press for Mary Janssen. I . ...7; .W? I W . OJI Kenneth Walker, left, examines calf, the charge of Kenneth Voorhess, center, and Irwin Cooper, at field day held yesterday by citizens of California Junior Republic. Admiral's Rites Set for Tuesday Head of Hospital -at Santa Barbara Dies Unexpectedly SANTA BARBARA, April 2. Military funeral services will be conducted in San Diego Tuesday for Rear-Admiral Norman Jerome Blackwood, retired, who died unexpectedly at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, of which he became superintendent three months ago. . .' The admiral had been ill for some weeks, but his condition was not considered dangerous until shortly before the end. HIGH TRIBUTE FAII) Harold Beard, president of the hospital board, today paid high tribute to the surgeon, explaining that he had come to Santa Barbara to retire after an unusually busy career, and had been prevailed upon to accept the hospital superintendency after a considerable need for his services was demonstrated. Admiral Blackwood was born in Philadelphia January 3, 1866, and entered on his Cottage Hospital duties on his seventy-second birthday. He was a student at Franklin and Marshall College when ap pointed to the Naval Academy in 1S83. Upon graduation, he went to Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. SERVED MANY HOSPITALS He served as commander of naval hospitals at Canacoa, Philippine Islands; Boston, New York City and at Bremerton on Puget Sound. He had during his career commanded the United States hospital ships Solace and Mercy. He was for a time director of the Provident Hospital in Chicago. Boy 2, Burns to Death in Trailer RIVERSIDE, April 2. (ZD-Donald Parkerson, 2 years of age, was burned to death today in a fire which destroyed the automobile trailer in1 which he lived near Desert Center. Arthur L. Parkerson was burned seriously trying to rescue his son. County Coroner White said the fire apparently was started by an oil stove. Outfall Sewer Repairs Started ANAHEIM, April 2.T-Workers under direction of W.P.A., have started repairing section two of the Orange county, joint outfall sewer. was on crutches and was left-handed. Judge Monroe, who presides over the Inglewood township iustice court and who in rhilH- hood was afFinfantile paralysis, victim, hastened out to meet the stranger, -whb gave his name as McGuire and said he is an en gineer at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Santa Monica. McGuire also said he was a childhood victim of infantile' paralysis. The latter invited him to break- fast at Potrero tomorrow and to his eighty-first birthday anniver-play a round of golf. Isary Monday. it e U '. ! 'I. I ; V . s ii:. ' H St, i 7 l' A:f'Vi' 7Vr ' - 7s7V ; Edwin Irving is shown exhibiting his prize lamb, part of livestock project, for the benefit of Margaret Pittman. Times photos FARM STUDENTS REVIEW . ACTIVITIES AT CHINO CHINO, April 2. Nearly 250 agriculture students, members of sixteen Southland high school chapters of the Future Farmers of America, were guests today of the 120 citizens of the California Junior Republic. The occasion was observance SILT REMOVAL AID UNAVAILABLE VAN NUYS, April 2. Learn ing that public funds cannot be expended for removal of silt from private homes and that there is no money available from Los Angeles county for adequate flood control, local residents to day prepared to bear the burden of expense following a mass meeting here. Flood sufferers were advised by city and county officials who appeared at the meeting sponsored by the Chmmber of Commerce that unless there is sufficient silt and debris on their property to form a health menace, that nothing can be done about its removal. A $33,000,000 project for flood control for Los Angeles county was outlined by representatives of the flood control engineering department but it was said the funds are not available. Complaint Issued in j link-Yard Slaying SANTA BARBARA, April 2. Dist.-Atty. Heckendorf today filed complaint charging John Lom-bardi, 29 years of age, with the murder of Elwpqd Crawford in a junk yard last Sunday night. Police report that during a quarrel Lombardi struck Crawford with a plank. Judge at Milestone SANTA . MONICA, April 2. Judge Fred H. Taft will celebrate of the Republic's annual open house and field day. The field- day program opened at 10 a.m. and was marked by judging contests in dairy cattle, beef cattle draft horses, hogs, lambs and poultry. Members of participating delegations brought picnic lunches and partook of t h e m at the grounds of the dairy barn, where Republic citizens served fresh milk. Following lunch, the judging contests were continued and late this afternoon there were inspec tion tours directed by young cit izens. These included visits to the ; kitchen and dining room, laundry, automobile - and wood- shop, gymnasium, athletic field, farm, dairy, hospital, print shop, government buildings and cot tage dormitories. Southern California high schools represented at the event included Hemet, Chino, El Monte Canoga Park, Perris, San Bernardino, Puente1, Newport Har bor, -Corona, Torrance, 1 Bonita Van Nuys, Chaffey, Excelsior, Valencia and Encimtas. Awards in the judging contests will be announced later. Bride, 85, Dies at Long Beach LONG BEACH, April 2.-Mrs Bessie McKillop St. John, 85 years of age, died here today, a Driae of thirty-three days. .She and Spencer St. John, 90 were the oldest Couple to be mar ried at Monterey. They were wed there last February 28. She lived 'at 1084 Minerva Court and was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church,, Los Angeles Compton Postoffice Has Busy Quarter COMPTON, April 2. The larg est quarter in the history of the Compton postofRce, with the exception of the Christmas period, has just been completed. Postmaster Clark Wallace reports. Receipts since January 1 totaled $16,314.93. IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DEBT BEING" DISCUSSED WITH R.F.C. EL CENTRO, April 2 Propo sal for Imperial Valley Irrigation District debt refinancing is being discussed with Reconstruc tion Finance Corporation officials in Washington, Evan T. Hewes, district chairman, announced today. Hewes has returned from Washington, accompanied by School Oratory Winners Named REDLANDS, April 2. Win ners in the oratorical and declamation contests for high schools of Southern California, held at the University of Redlands, were announced today. Mary Ann Riddle, El Centro, won the humorous declamation contest, with Fred Jennings, San Diego, second. Jack Edwards, Hollywood, won the dramatic declamation contest. Alexis Smith, Hollywood, was second. Bill King, San Diego, received first place in the declamation con test, with Lawrence Miller, San Bernardino, second. Jean Ann Morton, Santa Monica, won the original oratory contest. Robert Hine, Beverly Hills, was second. Bill Kitchin, Fresno, won the extemporaneous speaking con test, with Irving Hillman, Beverly Hills, second. Upland Citrus Crop Half Harvested UPLAND, April 2. Harvest of the navel orange crop in this district today is at the halfway mark. Started late in December, pick ing and packing of a near-record crop ' will be continued at the present rate until about June 1. Thirteen citrus associations are working at near-capacity. Activities will continue up at this rate until all fruit is on the way to markets of the world. Total navel shipments since start of the season are 1550 carloads. In addition to this total there have been shipped from here 382 cars of lemons and twenty-one cars of Valencia oranges. . 1 Death Takes Pioneer Country Doctor LAGUNA BEACH, April 2 Dr. James P. Boyd, 84 years of age, former well-known country doctor of Orange county who settled in Santa Ana forty years ago died this morning at his home nere, 330 Park dvenue. He retired and moved to La guna Beach about a year ago. . Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of Messiah, Santa Ana. He leaves a sister, Miss Rosa Boyd of Lagu-na Beach. Aviation Editors Visit March Field MARCH FIELD, April 2. Twenty-one editors and reporters of aviation magazines and daily newspapers of New York, Chi cago and Los Angeles were welcomed by Brig.-Gen. Delos C. Emmons, commanding officer here, and made an inspection tour of this Army aviation base today. ANTIQUES WANTED Highest .prices paid in cash. . . Collections or single pieces. Write description first letter will call distinct no object. P.O. Box 528, Hollywood Robert Fullert6n, chairman of the district bondholders' committee. Fullerton and the district chairman discussed with Jesse Jones, head of the Reconstruc tion Finance Corporation, and the R.F.C. board of directors, a debt refunding program. The bond holders committee has agreed it would be willing to accept. Term of the proposed refunding plan would require bond holders to accept 75 cents on the dollar for 50 per cent of outstanding district bonds, with 50 per cent- of outstanding securities exchanged for par value bonds. Emil Schram, formerly chief of the drainage division of R.F.C. and now a director of the cor poration, told Hewes and Fuller- ton that money R.F.C. agreed to advance recently for a refunding loan to the district at 75 cents on the dollar still is available. If values justifying considera tion are established by the re vised report, he declared, the drainage department of R.F.C. would renew consideration of the loan application. Bondholders would be required to pledge at least 66 per cent of outstanding bonds, which would be turned in at 75 cents on the dollar, to make it possible to qualify for the loan, the director said. Consummation of this plan would result in approximate reduction of $14,000,000 in district debt service charges. Benefit Circus Today Planned for Church OXNARD, April 2. A charity circus will be given at Goebel's Lion Farm, Thousand Oaks, to morrow at 2 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the building of a com- munitv church. . . Body of Elderly Found Crushed PASADENA, April 2. Discov ery of the body of J. A. De-Young, 82 years of age, of 1442 North Fair Oaks avenue, who disappeared four days ago, was the solution to one of four missing persons cases on police records here. DeYoung"s body was found by Boy Scouts of Altadena in a canyon near Fair Oaks avenue. The man is believed to have climbed to the top of a sharp 100-foot ridge and apparently lost his balance and fell to the bottom. The body was taken to the Chamber Head Named WHITTIER, April 2. Orrin Gallup has been elected presi dent of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. IVIIECi KIDNEY TROUBLE CAUSES YOU TO GET UP MIGHTS When Bladder is Irritated When Passage is Difficult When Backache Bothers Flush Poisonous Waste and Acid From Kidneys GAIN IN HEALTH' If you aren't feeling just right are nervous have dizzy spells and occasional backache tudy your kidneys and learn more about yourself. Through the delicate filters of the kidneys, acid and poisonous waste are drawn from the blood and discharged from the body thru the bladder sometimes these filters become clogged with poisonous waste and kidneys do not junction properly they need a good cleaning. VENTURA, April 2. Spring flowers and blossoms make their formal 1938 debut in Ventura county tomorrow. Thousands of motorists, pro vlded Jupiter Pluvius doesn't in. terfere, will crowd the highway for the year's first real display. Here is where to go for wild flowers in this county: OJal Valley Lupines and masses of Brodiaea near Matill-Ja Canyon, with yellow violets along many, roadsides. Santa Faula Fields of wild mustard along highways leading Into the city. Santa Paula Canyon Wild purple lilac on Ojai grade and a few scattered areas of California poppies, Brodiaea, lupine, dwarf yellow daisies in Steckel Park. Fillmore Slopes bordering the highway east of Fillmore blus with lupine and a large apricot orchard white with flowers. Almond, apricot and peach blossoms may be found in various sections of the county. Board Votes Six-Four-Four Education Plan . RIVERSIDE, April 2. (vP)-Offl. cial approval of the "six-fouf. four" public educational system in three Southern California cities was given by a unanimous vote of the State Board of Education here today. The action gave legal recognition to the four-year junior colleges in Pasadena, Compton and Ventura. The step was mandatory under a law passed by the last session of the State Legislature to simplify financing from school tax funds. Under the six-four-four plan the last two years of high school are combined with the two in junior college. The board voted to hold it next meeting at Sequoia National Park next July 1. Queen Race Opens for Pioneer Days EL MONTE, April 2. Nornl-nations for queen of El Monte's fourth annual Pioneer Days' celebration, May 21 and 22, now are open, according to Mrs. J. D. Cleminson, chairman of the queen contest committee; Local organizations have been asked to sponsor candidates. Nominations close April 20 and an election will be conducted April 29. The queen and her attendants will be honored at elaborate coronation ceremonies May 7. Observance Today MONTEBELLO, April 2 The thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Friends work in Montebello will be observed tomorrow. Pasadena Man Beneath Ridge Turner & Stevens Mortuary. He leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and , Mrs. J. A. DeYoung, Jr., of Pasadena. IK1 DETECTIVES Con Help You FAMILY or BUSINESS TESTIMONY IN COl)RT MEN tr WOMEN Aatnti, Guordi, Weddings, Parties, Homes by day, week or - month. OPEN NIGHTS AND SUNDAYS -FREE CONSULTATION. Be sote, use NICK HARRIS DETECTIVES TR. 8643. 411 W. 7. Nights & Sundays. Cilir HIIitIi L.f Hiltrl ! 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