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u Southern California Interests. EditorialsNewsBusiness'Society-The Drama in ii 111 11 i mil Vol. XLIV. .THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3, 1925.-PART II. 20 PAGES. PpTTT A rrinM f ' Federal lm-'n)- STf.tlf JTWJrULjjfVliV-'iXI Br tba tits Director (lS) MM ill -'Aim 1 -Va'W X VT flOURT REVOKES CHARTER j OF SPIRITUALISTS HERE Action Instituted by 'Times' Strikes at Fake Cults, Pseudo Churches and Sets State Precedent Establishing a legal precedent for the State supervision and control of so-called nonprofit organizations operating under California statutes. Judge Doran of the Superior Court yesterday revoked the charter of the National Independent Spiritualist Association, 514 Lankershim Building, Los Angeles, international headquarters of ' independent spiritualists. The revocation came as a resultT ot quo warranto proceedings filed by Atty.-Gen. Webb, City Prosecutor Frledlander and their staffs, ' following a sweeping Investigation of the activities of fraudulent spiritualists by The Times. The immediate result of the order is to pave the way for similar proceedings against 212 other like organizations in the State, and to annul the subordinate charters of more than 2000 so-called churches, the ordination certificates of more than. 6000 so-called ministers and healers, and the membership cards of more than 65,000 dupes of the association throughout the ' coun-try. . William A. 'Jackson, president of the association'; Lois Jackson, his wife and its secretary, and one ot the directors, were convicted eome time ago before Police Judge Pope on several charges of criminal conspiracy to evade the provisions of regulatory city ordinances. Of the three,- Jackson appealed his individual conviction, the appeal now being under submission In Superior Court: Investigation of the association's activities by The Times followed '"the arrests in 1924 of Dr. Michael . Angelo Crespo and other ordained ministers of the N. I. S. A. on charges ranging from supplying - overnight divorces to ' obtaining money unde$ false pretenses. POLICE POWERLESS At that time the City Prosecutor and the Los Angeles police department were powerless to curb . the activities of fortune tellers, . clairvoyants and the like because the soothsaying trade had universally taken advantage of a provi-., sion in city ordinances which absolved from prosecution any bona-flde holder of a certificate of ministerial ordination In any bona-lide church organization and had, for the most part, possessed themselves of certificates from the N. I.. S. A., which -was then operating under a California State charter. During the progress 6f the in-.". vestigatlon, Charles Sloan of The " Times staff, posing as "Dr. Cham-berlyn Snow of Chicago," a clever , . eastern crook desirous ot pursuing his sub-rosa activities . in Los An-sreles, was: ordained a minister of . the gospel by the officers and Bisectors of the association for the i sum of $175, all negotiations for Hie certificate 'being conducted With President Jackson and In the presence of hla wife and Miss Mona Gardner of The Times. The ordination certificate was issued on November 6, 192. On the following day, ' complaints of criminal conspiracy and other charges against the officers and lirectors of the association and violation of city ordinances against hirty-six clairvoyants,, seers and spiritualist mediums were issued by Prosecutor Frledlander. Warrants ( arrest for those named in the omplaints and of search and seiz-jre for the headquarters were issued the same day by Police Judge Sheldon. DOCUMENTS OBTAINED . During the evening of the same day the majority , of the warrants were served, the - remainder , of ' those named- surrendering later. More than six tons of documents, v papers, ordination certificate's and other data including a "sucker ' list" of some 68,000 names were taken from the offices of the asso elation by the prosecutor's staff and a squad of ' detectives. These papers, examined and classified in the days which fol lowed, resulted in the arrest In (Continued on Page 2, Column 5) SHRINERS Headquarters were opened yesterday for the Shriners' Christmas relief fund in the basement of the Belmont Hotel, 251 South Hill street. For the last week Mrs. Elizabeth Morrison," in charge of the receiving station, has been getting an average of 250 letters a day appealing to the organization for assistance in making hundreds of poor children happy on, Christmas morning,..; ...... Every letter coming to headquarters is investigated by field workers, and a report made as to the worthiness of the sender. Among the communications received yesterday was one from the mother of nine children, asking for clothing, toys and groceries. An-. other : request came from the mother of five. If It were not for this charitable work sponsored by Al Malalkah Temple, A.A.O.N.M.8-, there would be hundreds of youngsters and their parents who would not participate in Yuletlde cheer. , The organization la receiving gifts of toys, clothing, food, fuel and numerous other things, all of which will - be placed In homes where It Is needed the most. Motley H. Flint is chairman of the fund, this being the nineteenth oonsecutive time he has served. Mr. Flint originated the idea nineteen (Continued nn Pre 2. Column J Cast away from you all your transgressiona ... and make you a cew heart and a new spirit,' for why wui ye Eieklel xnli, jl TRIO NEARLY DROWNED AS CAR UPSETS Closed Sedan Hurled from Bridge in Crash Lands in Venice Canal Upside Down By a "Times" Staff Correspondent VENICE, Dec 2. Huddled In the Interior of their small sedan which rested on Its top In four feet of water, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Raymond and their 6-year-old' son Raymond. Jr., were saved from drowning in the Aldebaren Canal by the quick action of three rescuers tonight. Police are looking for the driver of a large car which knocked the Raymond machine from the bridge spanning the canal at Riviera avenue and .then sped away. The sedan was shoved over the cement guard and fell twelve feet into the canal. The Raymonds were eaved from drowning because all the windows of the sedan were closed, preventing the water from flooding In. The three remained penned in the machine for more than four minutes. C. W. Rogers of 259-Aldebaran Canal and two other men hurried to the scene and broke in the windows and extricated the Raymonds. Raymond, still clutching the wheel, sustained a broken nose and bruises. The child was removed in a semiconscious condition, caused by water he had inhaled, and also had suffered lacerations on the neck. Raymond and the boy were taken to St. Catherine's Hospital. Mrs. Raymond, who escaped with minor Injuries;- was able to go to her home at 354 Sixth avenue, Venice. OFFICIAL OF MEXICO TO SPEAK TODAY Moises Saenz to Talk on International Relations at Hotel Clark Luncheon Senor Moisee Saenz, Under-sec-retary of Public Instruction of Mexico, will speak at a special luncheon at noon today at the Hotel Clark under the auspices of the Council on International Relations. The address will be the first of a series he is to give this week. Mexico Is making rapid strides along educational lines, Senor Saenz says, and his addresses will deal with matters pertaining to education development and international relations .between his country and the United States. He was graduated with high honors from Washington, and Jefferson College and took a post graduate course at Columbia. His rise in the educational field since his return to Mexico has attracted attention. ,- .. The subject of his' first talk here (Continued on Page 2. Column 2) OPEN YULETIDE DRIVE !' I " r r V e - . ti vi f- J - V , -v f J - - r , i 4 k Helea ScuSins Writing to Santa Claus RAIL BODY ENDS PHONE INQUIRY , : Question of Higher Rates in Commission $ Hands Decision This Month Likely on Business Issue Chamber and Bledsoe Offer Pleas Against Plan The question of whether Los Angeles telephone subscribers must continue to pay the present higher rates and whether many business subscribers muistkpay considerably higher rates after January 1, now rests In the hands of the State Railroad Commission. That body concluded yesterday-the Investigation it has been conducting into rates which it authorized the Southern California Telephone Company to charge. Although the commission made no announcement, it Is understood that it will endeavor to announce Its decision this month Inasmuch as one class of rate particularly complained of will go into effect January 1, unless it accepts the suggestion of Benjamin F. Bledsoe, attorney for the Retail Dry Goods Association. He proposed that the commission postpone the January 1 effective dates until it has opportunity to examine the November and December finance of the company. The suggestion was received without comment by the commission. MORE STUDY URGED "The equltableness of the system of business telephone rates which the commission has set up is open to grave question and the present (spread of rates should be given further careful study before compulsory measured business service is made effective January 1," Robert D. Sangster, manager of the industrial division of the Chamber of Commerce, submitted to the commission on behalf of the chamber's board of directors. "A readjustment can be made with justice to the company and Its patrons and In such a manner as will not hamper business and Industrial Interests in relation to telephone costs." The board of directors of the chamber submitted an exhibit showing sixteen groups of business subscribers, numbering individually some 600 businesses, and showing how enormously some of the monthly bills of these firms will be Increased if the commission's order, directing all business telephones to go on metered rates; January 1, goes into effect. 1 EXAMPLE GIVEN The exhibit showed that a group of Associated General Contractors "whose September bill was $771 would have had to. pay $1735.76 for the same service if the January 1 rates had been in effect then. Similarly a group of members of the Downtown Business Men's Association paid $5232, and would have paid $7859, increase 50 per cent; Plumbing Credit Association paid $2157, would have paid $2825, Increase 31 per cent; Realty Board, 89 per cent; Restaurant Association, 84 per cent; Master Printers' Association, 33 per cent; Metal Trades' Association, 20 per cent; Music Trades' Association, 35 per cent; Radio Trades; Association, 20 per cent; Southern California Credit Association, 96 per cent; Vernon Southeastern-Industries Association, 91 per Cent; Southern California Milk Dealers Association, an 8.6 per cent decrease. Bledsoe protested to the commission that the measured service rates proposed for compulsory payment January 1 are "unjust, unfair, inequitable and discriminatory." ' INCREASES . SHOWN' - He showed how the commission had Increased one-party residence subscribers' rates 26 per cent; two-party, residence, 16 per cent, and then offered typical examples of what the . new measured service would do to his clients. He said that in September Barken Brothers pUd a bill of $1047.97, and that if the new service had been com- (Continued on Page 2, Colomn 4) 1 ANYTHING WRONG? I'LL SAY NOT! Actress-Countess Joyous on Arrival yy&yi jJ , , , njg Peggy Hopkins Joyce THE Countess comes! Peggy Hopkins Joyce Countess . , ivxorner lor two souo years now stepped off the train yesterday afternoon on her arrival here direct from Paris. The sun was shining and she smiled the famous Peggy smile, for she has been having a terrific cold Oh, a terrible cold! " ' "Hot stuff!" said Peggy, not the Countess. She said the same thing when asked if she had patched up her troubles with the Count. "Did not know there had been any troubles," she declared. "People just think there might be and they guess. No troubles at all every thing Is hot stuff." Direct from Paris with Peggy came the loveliest finch fur coat, and in it Bhe look every inch a Countess. - The top piece was a close-fitting, little black hat with perhaps some trimmings on it. But Peggy doesn't need any trimmings. Her blue eyes and her smile won all the attention. Peggy 1 here to be" shot, not for heart-breaking, but in the films. Down at the Santa Fe to meet her were P. A. Powers, under whose production banner Peggy will sail; Erich Von Stroheim, who may be her director in a picture GOVERNOR TO NAME JUDGES Eighteen Appointments to New Municipal Courts Here to Follow Supreme Court Decision Eighteen appointments to the new Municipal Court in Los Angeles, which will be established February 1, 1926, ar to be made by Gov. Richardson as the result of the State Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of the provisions of the constitutional amendment adopted by the last Legislature establishing municipal courts In various cities. Police Court Judges, if properly qualified, become Municipal Court judges. Justices of the peace of Los Angeles township, however, will retain their present offices to serve those portions of the township outside the corporate limits of the city. It had been expected in some quarters that these justices of the peace, of whom there are nine in Los Angeles, would be transferred to the new Municipal Court in the same manner as police judges. JUDGE DISQUALIFIED There will be twenty-four judges of the new Municipal Court in Los Angeles. Cf seven Police Court judges, six will go on the new court. . The exception is Police Judge Cyil Sheldon. He is dls-(Hiallfled,' according to the records, for taking his place on the new court by the fact that the Supreme Court decision upheld the Municipal Court regulation that judgei must have been admitted to tht practice of law in the State at least five years before- the date of taking office, and must be electors of the community. Sheldon, It Is said, was admitted to practice March 13. 1922. Justices of the peace are eligible to appointment to the Municipal Court bench if properly qualified. Justice Joseph Marchettl. who was the subject of a test case, will not be eligible to appointment, as he will be about two months short of the required five years' practice on February L We will continue aa Justice of the peace for that I ortion of his territory outside the corporate limits of th city. APPLICANTS REDUCED ' Gov. Richardson Is now in Southern California, having come to Los Angeles yesterday. Applications for the position of Municipal Court Judges, which carry a salary of $6000 a year, originally numbered 160. This r.umber has been reduced, by withdrawals and disqualifications, to 111 for the eighteen positions open in Loa Ang-lea. The following list of attorneys who hava made application for or have been suggested for appointment aa judges of the municipal (Continued on Page , Column ) (Countess Morner) or two Peggy having quite a bit to say about these things herself; K. Offeman, West Coast representative of the P. A. Powers Productions; and Ben Westland, business manager for Von Stroheim. All their wives came with them to make the reception seem more well, sort of homey. The first story that will be submitted for Peggy's approval, according to Powers, has been written especially for her by Cosmo Hamilton, to be released under the Associated Exhibitors' banner. There may be one picture, there may be four. Who knows? Peggy hasn't had time to decide. - She just arrived.1 TO date she has finished one picture, not yet released, under title of "The Skyrocket," written by Adela Rogers St. Johns and directed by Marshall Neilan. At the station, waiting for the train stood Jackie Coogan, all dressed up like well, Just as any of us would like to dress to go down to meet Peggy. But Jackie told the reporter he was there to greet his father, coming from New York with Marcus Loew and Lee Shubert. Jackie admitted to the reporter that he was darned glad Peggy was coming, but he was all keyed up over seeing his dad again. His mother was there with him, and bore out this statement. VENICE MAY BE DANCE ZONE Ordinance Can Legalize Amusement on Sunday Says Opinion of City Attorney f ; The City Council may legalize Sunday dancing at Venice by creating by ordinance an amusement zone, according to the opinion rendered yesterday by City Attorney Stephens. The legal opinion will be re- ferred to the Council for action thla morning. ' The opinion, in brief, states that the Council may enact valid legislation permitting a departure from th general prohibition if it deems fit. The paragraph containing tha subject matter of the report is aa follows: "It Is, therefore, my opinion that If your Honorable Body determines that the proper safe-guarding of the public peace, health, safety or morals requires the prohibition of public dancing on Sunday, but that the necessities of the situation do not require complete prohibition and will be met by something less, and if. In that connection, you determine that the exemption of a limited amusement center at the seashore within the former city of Venice la a justifiable departure from such general prohibition, then such exemption, is valid and will be sustained by the courta." The opinion was asked of City Attorney Stephena by the Council following the request of the Venice Amusement Mens' Association for an amusement sone. Venice, until its consolidation with Loa Angeles, enjoyed Sunday dancing, and was one of the leading beach resorta of Southern California, but last Sunday, for the first time in many years, dancing ceased. MINNESOTAXS TO MEET The Minnesota society will have a reunion tomorrow evening In Music Art Hall at S South Broadway. There will be a program of music and roll call of counties. All Minneaotans . are invited, whether or not the are mambera of the apclety. CITY P.T. A. WILL ! CELEBRATE DAYi First Formal Observance in Ten Years More Than 35,000 Members W ill Take Part - Association Result of Club Founded in '80s More than 35.000 members of the Parent-Teacher Association today will recognize Parent-Teacher Day in Los Angeles, tne first tlmo the work of the -association has been formally celebrated wince 19L5. One hundred and seventy-one units of the organization will participate in exercises in Helmunt High School, First and Uelniont streets, from 10 a.m. today, until late in the afternoon. Mrs. V. O. McCullough, president of the Los Angeies Federation ot the Parent -Teacher Association, will preside over the program of the day. which will be opened by Rev. James A. Francis and Rev. Bob Schuler. The principal address scheduled on the program will be delivered by Mrs. Susan M. Dorsey, city superintendent of schools. Music will be furnished by the Belmont High School orchestra and the'Mothers' Glee Club of the- Humphreys-avenue school. Much of the program will be given over to an exposition of the progress and development of the Parent-Teacher Association since its organization twenty-six years ago. This development will, be traced in detail by the directors of the various departments and committees of tho association. The Parent-Teacher Asoclatlon was created as the result of efforts in founding mothers' clubs In the '80s and early '0s by Miss Mary F. Ledyard, then city supervisor of kindergartens. These clubs proved so successful that on May 8, 1900, Miss Ledyard called a mass meeting of the mothers' clubs of Los Angeles, and with Prof. James A. Foshay, city superintendent of schools, presiding, the Los Angeles Parent-Teacher Federation came into existence under the name of the Los Angeles Federation of Mothers' Clubs. In 1902 the federation voted to join the National Congress of Parent and Teacher. On .the advice of that b,pdy the. local organization became the State Congress and at the present time is functioning under the name of the California Congress ot Parents and Teachers. .Throughout the State . the many parent-teacher associations work as units of this congress. Mrs. Dorsey paid the following tribute yesterday to the Parent-Teacher Association: "A long line of varied service to the school children of Los Angeles marks the history of the Parent-Teacher Federation, and never were its ministrations more beneficent and bounteous than at the present time. "In the last eleven years of Irs activities there are to its credit the starting of the cafetery in the ele-mentery schools (under the name of penny kitchens.) of the day nursery for children of preschool age, and, greatest achievement of all, the serucing of the Yale Clinic. In more recent years those activities which stand out as especially indicative of the spirit and accomplishments of this organization, are the raising of a milk and food fund, amounting to thousands of dollars each year, which fund provides for hungry school children and the securing of scholarships for students who, without this help, would be forced to leave school and enter upon some sort of work to help support the family. "From a small beginning the work of the Parent-Teacher Federation has grown to amazing proportions, embracing many departments, each of which is bent upon some form ot beneficent service to childhood. "All honor and success to the Parent-Teacher Federation!" DAM PROJECT IRONED OUT San Gabriel Canyon Issue Nears Settlement When County Agrees to Find Water The differences between Pasadena and the County Flood Control district, which threatened to delay the building of the San Gabriel Canyon dam, were irnode out in conciliation committee hearing. The county, it was agreed, will submit a plan to the Pasadena city authorities within ten days, assuring that city of a water supply from the Ban Gabriel River during the construction of the dam, and If it proves acceptable Pasadena will withdraw its objection to the construction ot the railroad the county proposes to build up to the dam site. , Two more cities made application yeeterday for reservoir sites In the canyon, Alhambra and Whit-tier. These applications, it was said, will not interfere with the construction operations. They were made with an eye to the future merely. AGREES TO CO-OPERATE City Attorney Howard of Pasadena stated the rase of his city before the committee, declaring he represented 70.000 to 80,000 people directly aud 130,600 more indirectly. Pasadena, he said, must find additional water supply or be dried up in four or five years, causing the lose of a tremendous investment. "If we can be soured of water we are more than anxious to (Continued na Ff 2. Column 1) FIRST WOMAN ON 'Y' STUDENT COUNCIL iifv- V- (-A . 1.4 . '"' 1 I Keystone Photo Miss Elmere Lewis Elected unanimously by her fellow students. Miss Elmere Lewis is the first woman to be made a member of the student council of tfie Y. M. C. A. schools, It was announced yesterday. She is the only woman on the student governing body Of a Y. M. C. A. on the Pacific Coast, being named for the honor at a recent meeting of students at the Women's Athletic Club. Miss Lewis, who is specializing in public speaking and memory training, received her earlier education in Leipzig and also studied later In St. Louis. NEW SCHOOL SOUGHT FOR LOS ANGELES Fundamentalists Plan to Have Institution Which Will Cost $1,500,000' Fundamentalism1 as opposed to modernism in the realm of religion will have Its innings in Los Angeles If the plans of President F. II. Ross of the University of Los Angeles to build a- new college hero are brought to completion. A meeting to discuss the campaign for the erection of the proposed new school, to cost nearly $1,500,000 will be conducted at Trinity Methodist Church tomorrow evening, beginning with a supper at 6:30 o'clock. Fundamentalists of all denominations are invited. Among the speakers will be Revs, Fred H. Ross, Frank Stevens, H. Clay Need ham, M. M. Horton, It. Zurbuchen and E. E. Taylor. The University of Los Angeles was Incorporated (six y?ars ago and, according to articles of incorporation, must always be maintained as an interdenominational institution. General courses in college work are planned and postgraduate work leading to the M. A. degree. The first unit of the university is now being operated at 841 Harvard Boulevard. The plant is known as the California College Rnd is valued at about $130,000. This college has been in existence for fifteen years, but last year the property was turned over to the University of Los Angeles, under which organization the school is now operated. Two other schools, the College of Bible Training at Huntington Park and the Free Methodist Junior College at Herman, are affiliated with the University of Los Angeles. According to Mr. Taylor, director of the expansion campaign, characteristics of the University of Loa Angeles are that It is "thoroughly Christian, pledged to the fundamentals and scriptural holiness; each recitation being opened with prayer and with Bible study required of each pupil." The fish industry in Canada has become exceedingly active following a campaign of intensive newspaper advertising. part yesterday at the government SAFETY ADVOCATES MEET W omen Consider Plans for Safeguarding Life and Limb on Slate's Thoroughfares Spokesmen for 170,000 women of California backing the movement recently inaugurated by the California Public Safety Conference for the promotion of safety and especially the cutting down of the annual death tolMn this State from automobile, accidents, attended the meeting of that organization at the Alexandria yesterday, called for the purpose of co-ordinating the work ot the different bodies interested in this nroiect. methods. The meeting was eon- The alms ot the Public Safetv Conference, which functions under the auspices of the women's division of the California Development Association, were outlined by Mrs. E. F. Easton of San Francisco, chairman of the conferene. and plans of co-operation were discussed by various speakers. including representatives of the city and county and of different organizations committed to the education of the public in safety Jfarry C WE MIGHT have so many war airplanes that we would have to pry them apart to look at the aun But they wouldn't do any good If they were not in the hands of a disciplined Army, OLC V No rOLUBLE COL. MITCHELL matter . what the verdict of the Mitchell court-martial, it Is bound to do a lot of harm-It has shaken the faith of the people of the United States In the discipline of the Army. Were the lines of discipline drawn as tightly as everybody believed they were. Col. Mitchell would Just aa soon have thought of dynamiting the Capitol as of making accusations against bis superior officers in the newspapers-. The Mitchell case is not merely a boll; it Is a symptom. FIYGERS IV THE PIE The real trouble with tha Army ia that the distance ia too short between the halls of Congress and the headquarters of the General Staff. The, green grocers, country lawyers or what have you of Congress can't find it in their hearts to stop monkeying with the Army. : They get on the military and naval committees; and, once there, can't keep their . flngera out of the pie. GRAND THRILLS The truth is, they like tha thrill of being saluted by sen tries; of taking Old Man Pick les of the Eighth Ward back home out to the battleships; and letting him hear the salute guns boom. ARMY POLITICS Believe me, brethren, . I could some certain tales unfold about politics in the Army; but I can keep still even If Col. Mitchell'a tireless vocal cords can't. ?'-' is enough to say that condl tions are little short of shocking.' And those who deplore it most are the Army officers themselves. H ELP! help: These Congressmen even let West Point na polls alone.' Every time a cade" for hazing or some of discipline, somi . goes waddling up Zlt House sounding th tween wheezes as he X ; Making the nation safe u cipHned force Is one thing; ting the son of Boss Google heimer get kicked out of the' academy is another. w rilEX WAR COMES When it comes to a show down in war the politicians will, aa usual, make a scared retreat, and the Army will scramble together a fighting force and go out and get killed as usual. FIGHT OR DEBATE But the impression made of our peace-time Army is disillusioning. - ' If there had been any Col. Mitchell in the famous Light Brigade, the war would have been over before they got through quarreling as to whether they should charge or write; home to the London Times about the affair. COMEBODY BLUNDERED J Ai 1 matter of fact there was one thing they didn't tell ua in our school days, about th "noble Six Hundred" who had to ride "into the Valley pt Death" and die. The reason that "somebody blundered" was because politics got into the Briti ish army. ducted under the chairmanship of Miss Grace Stoermer, chairman of the Southern District of the safety conference. "The movement to promote aafe-ty waa launched by the conference several month ago. particularly in an effort to reduce the number of auto deaths," said Mrs. Easton. "When it la considered that last year there were 1385 persons killed in auto accidents, the importance of taking steps to rera- ( Continued on Page 2, Coin ma )

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