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2 Part If RIDAV, AUGUST 27, 1 948 4JLO0angCle0imCflf Kawakita Trial Hear Jurors Witness' Testimony Reread V ML. ! 1 i il ?: 1 REUNITED- Pome !a Lamphere, 22 months old, looks up as mother ohd father have reconciliation kiss. Parents split over decision whether Pamela should have operation for rare bladder condition. Group of physicians aDDOint- ed by Chicago court decreed surgery will be performed. tJP Wireohoto JUNGLE LAW IN ILLINOIS Spider Takes on Snake in Life-Death Battle YORK CENTER, HI., Aug. 26 U.R) Scientists gathered here tonight to watch a "rare" life-and-death battle between a scrapping little spider and an 8-inch grass tnake. The spider was getting the best Of its opponent. The snake bared its fangs, thrashed back and forth, wriggled and hissed, but still could not shake its tail loose from the w;eb that held it fast. The -web Was attached to the bottom of a table in Farmer Norman Lingenfelter's house and the snake dangled helplessly with its head just above the floor. Zoologists from Chicago- theorized that the spider had caught the snake's tail in its web on the floor and then, by shortening the strands, slowly pulled it up by the tail. From time to time the, spider ventured out on the back of the reptile to draw even more strands around it. The snake tried to twist up to attack the spider, but never was able to make it. "I think the spider's going to keep pulling him up until the snake's completely tied up in the web," said Lingenfelter. "He'll be a goner then." Zoologists told Lingenfelter that the snake could go without food for two weeks, but had to have water every day. "Since the spider seems to have the advantage, I gave the snake a little water," said Lingenfelter. "But otherwise I plan to let the law of the jungle take its course." Conrad Nagel Divorced by Lynn Merrick It took her five months to make up her mind, but Lynn Merrick, 25-year old film actress, yesterday severed the remaining ties of marriage to Conrad Nagel, 50, stage and screen actor. N Miss Merrick's final decree of divorce was entered in Superior Court at the request of her attorney, John J. Irwin. She could have taken the step any time since last March 26. The actress won the interlocu tory decree March 26, 1947, when she testified that Nagel had been a bachelor: so long that he made her "feel like a guest In the house" by not permitting her to do the. shopping or give instructions to the servants. Nagel and Miss Merrick were married in Ft. Lee, NX, Dec. 21, 1945, more than 10 years after he and his first wife, Mrs. Ruth Helms Nagel, were divorced. Jaw Slide for Life Will MarAFL's Show The AFL Labor Day show at the Coliseum on the evening of Sept' 6 is to have , more than 30 variety acts, Leonard Graham, arrangements committee chairman, said yesterday. One of them is to be .a 200-foot slide for life from the peristyle. Entire proceeds of the show will be utilized in its production, Graham said. V s i , , .5 i-'' J ALL OYER Actress Lynn Merrick, who has divorced Actor Conrad Nagel. . fctfn.awnin"fH -r-Al..a Primo Camera Daughter Hurt Jovina Maria Camera, 5-year-old daughter of Wrestler Primo Camera, received superficial injuries yesterday when she was struck by an automobile in front of her home at 1950 S Bedford St. The girl was treated at a physician's office for bruises and a cut forehead. Traffic Investigators A. H, Burgess and Larry Samson reported that she ran from behind a parked car into the path of an automobile driven by Robert Dobson, 19, of 2029 S Bedford St. He was not held. Panel Locked Up After Failing to Reach Decision A jury in U.S. Judge William C. Mathes' court yesterday continued its deliberations on treason charges against Tomoya Kawakita, 27-year-old interpreter in a wartime Japanese POW camp. Yesterday's deliberations ended at 6 p.m., when the jury went to dinner before being locked up for the night. Deliberations will I be continued today at 9 a.m. ! First hint as to the course of ithe jury's consideration of evi-jdence in the 11-week trial, includ-i ing testimony of two score wit nesses and 159 exhibits, came in mid-morning when they requested rereading of Kawakita's testimony in his own defense and that of Meiji Fujizawa, ancher Cali fornia-born interpreter at the Oej-ama camp, who appeared as a defense witness. Resume Deliberations However, after hearing Fuji zawa's testimony in its entirety, the jury decided it did not want to review Kawakita's testimony after all and retired to resume deliberations. One juror asked to hear the testimony of Sgt. Ralph W. Montgomery, former POW who was the first prosecution witness, as to the cesspool ducking of J. C. Grant, but ftie transcript showed Montgomery did not describe this incident. In all, 13 overt acts of treason are charged but the court ruled only one need be proved to find the defendant guilty. William W. Andrews, insurance man and attorney of 1815 Lu-cretia Ave., was chosen foreman of the jury, the communication revealed. Citizenship Question Kawakita's testimony and that of Fujizawa, who befriended the American prisoners, dealt at length with the citizenship question which has been a major defense contention. Judge Mathes instructed the jury they must find that Kawakita was an American citizen owing allegiance to the United States or he could not be guilty of betraying it. The Grant incident was the second of the 13 acts charged. After being locked up for the night at the Rosstyn, the jury of nine women and three men resumed their deliberations at 9:30 a.m. When they returned to court an hour later to hear the testimony, they appeared to avoid looking directly at the defendant. A dozen spectators who have faithfully attended every session of the trial lounged in the near-empty courtroom awaiting the verdict. Some of them were middle-aged women, mothers and relatives of veterans, who kept a grim vigil, admittedly hoping for a conviction. Kawakita's father, Yasaburu Kawakita, retired produce merchant, also was waiting to hear the fate of his only son, whom he accompanied to Japan in 1939. Former Prisoners Leave I None of the 35 former prisoners, survivors of Bataan andCor-regidor, remained in attendance. The5r, as well as defense witnesses flown here from Japan, returned home after testifying. Immigration officials have been watching the trial closely, in view of the defense claim that Kawakita abandoned his American citizenship in 1943. Attorneys were agreed, however, that any deportation steps that might be taken would be the subject of new and separate proceedings. Evidence at the trial indicated that Kawakita formally renounced his Japanese citizenship prior to returning here in 1946. If convicted of treason, he automatically would lose his American citizenship and thus become truly a "man without a country," observers noted. "V" . . - a. a -. SHACKLES Juvenile Officer A. L. Erickson examines chain shackles with which 9-year-old Darlene MacDonald is said to have told police she was bound in home. Time photo ARRESTED Gordon G. MacDonald shown with his wife, Mrs. Marian Constance MacDonald, when arrested last night on child neglect charge. With them is son Lamont. Tim photo Hotel Man Dies in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 (JP) Frank McEniry, assistant manager of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and once with the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, died of a heart attack at his home today. He leaves his widow, Marion McEniry, women's editor of the San Francisco Examiner, and a daughter, Ann. House Inquiry Into FCC 1946 Ruling May Bar Antireligious Broadcasts . WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 A ' Congressional Investigation starting Wednesday was ordered today into a 1946" decision by the Federal Communications Commission relating to the rights of atheists for free radio time to reply to religious broadcasts. Rep.. Harness , (R) Ind., chairman of the special House, committee investigating the FCC, eaid that some radio and religious groups contend the Commission by its decision and sub sequent actions has indicated that radio station licenses might be revoked in the future if they refuse antireligious broadcasts. An attorney for the committee said the 1946 decision grew out of a protest by an individual against stations in San Jose and San Francisco. He sought revocation of their licenses because they refused to make time available to him. by sale or otherwise, for broadcasting talks on the subject of atheism. .The protest then contended, the attorney said, that the question of the existence or nonexistence of a Divine Being is a controversial issue. The FCC renewed the licenses of the stations with a statement discussing freedom of speech. Harness contends this statement is "vaguely worded" and said it has brought bitter attacks from radio and religious groups. He said he does not intend to see the right of freedom of speech used as a wedge to drive religion from the air. Bowron Action Awaited on Pay Boost Measure As Mayor Bowron delayed his decision, speculation was rife in the City Hall j-esterday as to whether he would sign the ordinance, passed by a 10-to-4 vote of the City Council Wednesday, granting salary increases to members of the Police and Fire Departments totaling $2,303,000 annually. Disapproval by the Mayor meant practical defeat of the measure as it would take 12 affirmative votes to override the veto in the Council. $5,000,000 Annually The Mayor previously had said that he favored a much more modest salary increase than asked by the two uniformed departments, and pointed out that through the operations of the so-called salary-step plan, the increase granted Wednesday over a four year period would amount to approximately $5,000,000 annual! j'. In the Council, Councilman John Holland, suspecting that the Mayor might not either veto or approve the measure, thus letting it automatically become a law in 10 days, saw trouble ahead. Opinioji Asked Holland said this would put the entire responsibility on the Council and he introduced a resolution asking the City Attorney for an opinion as to the position of the Council in the matter. Holland, who was one of those who voted against the salary increases, declared that a section of the city charter provides that no obligations shall be incurred without funds with which to meet them, and reminded his colleagues that they had been warned that there is not enough money in the reserve fund to meet the increased salary demands. SUBWAY PASSENGERS NEAR PANIC AS MYSTERY PACKAGE EXPLODES NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (JP) Scores of subway riders were thrown into near-panic today when a mysterious package, carried by an unidentified man, exploded and burst into flames in a Brookjn train. Police theorized that the paper-wrapped package may have contained a bomb or other explosive. The police bomb squad collected remnants for examination. None of about 200 passengers in the BMT subway car was seriously injured. Witnesses told police that they heard a muffled explosion and the package, balanced on the man's lap, burst into flames. He hurled the package to the floor. Women screamed and men struggled with closed car windows as heavy smoke billowed through the car. One passenger played a fire extinguisher on the burning package, putting out the flames. When the train reached the next station the man who carried the package disappeared in the crowd of passengers. In unrelated incidents power cable blowouts in two subway powerhouses halted traffic on two subway linos in Manhattan and the Bronx tonight. Trains were stranded between stations, which became jammed with passengers. Traffic was held up for 30 minutes to an hour. Two firemen were injured. Artie Shaw Must Pay Wife $150 Week Alimony NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (JP) A State Supreme Court justice to day ordered Orchestra Leader Artie Shaw to pay $150 weekly temporary alimony to his wife. Kathleen Winsor Shaw, author of "Forever Amber," pending trial of matrimonial suits filed by the couple. Shaw seeks an annulment of Musicians and Film Studios Extend Pact NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (U.P.) The existing contract between the AFL American Federation of Musicians and the major motion picture studios will be extended for one year without change, it was announced tonight. Wages, hours and working conditions will be the same. Agreement to extend the contract one year from Aug. 31, 1948, was reached shortly before midnight between the union and representatives of 20th Century Fox, RKO, Republic, Warner Bros., Universal and Columbia Pictures, the announcement said. i the marriage, charging that di vorces granted him and his writer-wife in Mexico in 1916, prior to their marriage, were voidw In an earlier action, the orchestra leader based his annulment suit on the ground that Mrs. Shaw had refused to bear him children. Mrs. Shaw, charging cruel and inhuman treatment, filed a cross-suit, asking a separation. In addition to temporary alimony, Shaw also was ordered by Justice Samuel Dickstein to pay his wife $3500 for counsel fees. Matrimony and divorce are not "novel experiences for either Shaw or his wife,". Dickstein said in his decision. He added that the band leader "has been before the public eye both as a result of his professional proficiency as a ,. 4 , I 1 , - ' v j S - St - - r i t - s i - 1 f v f ' ' Artie Shaw musician as well as his five un successful matrimonial ventures, some with equally prominent women, before the instant fiasco." CIO LAWYER THROWN OUT OF STRIKE HEARING JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 26 (JP) Rep. Clare Hoffman (R) Mich., to day angrily ordered a CIO attorney thrown out of his hearing on strike disorders at the Aeroquip Corp. Climaxing a sharp, fist-shaking exchange, the Congressional in vestigator ordered out Nicholas Rothe, associate legal counsel of the CIO United Auto Workers. Two State troopers escorted Rothe out of the room. The exchange was prompted when Webb Magnor, UAW international "representative, jumped to his feet and shouted at a com- ARMY RETRIEVES AIR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS NEAR H0LLISTER HOLLISTER, Cal., Aug. 26 (JP) Army officials from Alamo-gordo, N.M., today retrieved "upper air research" instruments which they said had gone "quite a bit farther than 20 miles up." A large parachute and two plastic-encased packages of the instruments were found by a post office clerk, Fred La Selve, 29, while hunting 35 miles southwest of Hollister. As directed by a note on the packages, he notified Army authorities at Alamogordo. An Army plane with four men aboard arrived to take charge of the instruments and give La Selve his $25 reward. The pilot, Lt. Bernard Gallagher, said the instruments had gone "quite a bit farther than 20 miles up." hut did not say whether th instruments were released from a balloon or from a supersonic rocket. pany witness, "It's a lie, just like a lot of this other stuff." Hoffman rose from his chair, shook his first at Magnor and said, "You can't do that in here. These days of intimidation are over. You have no courage except when you're surrounded by your own gang." Then Rothe leaped up to declare: "I object to your challenging the courage of any man in this room. You have no authority to do so." Hoffman ordered him out. Colorful Ritual Shifts Warship Iowa Command Battleship Iowa changed commands at the harbor yesterday, the last colorful ceremony before the big warship goes into mothballs. She is tentatively scheduled for decommissioning next month, to be tied up at San Francisco. The entire ship's company, numbering 2000 officers and men, gathered in the shadows of her 16-inch guns for the reading of the orders. Capt. Solomons Relieved Capt. Edward A. Solomons, who took over the ship 16 months ago, was relieved by Capt. William F. Jennings. Solomons will go back to Washington, D.C., for duty with the office of Chief of Naval Operations, while Jen nings recently came from there, where he was in the office of island governments. Both saw extended sea duty during the late war. There were sentimental moments during this last ceremony aboard the charter member of Task Force 58, for the personnel who had shared so much together soon will be dissipated variously over the Navy's command. Helped Smash Japs The Iowa was a new ship in 1943. Today sea warfare has swung to exalt the carriers to top rank. But in those few years the Iowa took up the "Tirpitz Watch" on the Atlantic; carried Roosevelt to the Teheran conference, and then helped smash the Japs at Kwajalein and Eniwetok. She tasted first blood at Truk, sinking several ships; then marched ahead to Tokyo Bay to receive surrender. Drifting Boat With Five in Crew Hunted The Coast Guard last night was alerted in a search for the 40-foot fishing boat Carrol Jean, which was reported adrift with a crew of five persons about SO mile3 southwest of San Diego. In a rescue in that same area the Coast Guard cutter Perseus yesterday towed to San Diego the 38-foot fishing boat Nina. Another cutter towed a disabled craft to Santa Monica from a point 13 miles northwest of Santa Barbara Island. Two men aboard the latter craft; the 40-foot fishing boat Solano, were identified by Coast Juard officials as G. B. Hayworth and James Palese, both of Canoga 1'ark. They said they had drifted for two days after their engine broke down. . NEGLECT CASE Boy Lashed in His Chair, Police Say An elevator operator and his -blind wife last night were arrested on child neglect in maintaining an unfit home for their three children at 308 N Virgil Ave. Taken into custody by juvenile officers were Gordon G. MacDonald, 33, and Mrs. Marian Constance MacDonald. The children, Lamont, 2H; Jeremiah, 5, and Darlene, 9, were taken to Juvenile HalL Policemen G. W. Barber and H. C. Evans said they found the younger boy lashed in a high chair with clothesline rope. On a makeshift table were the remains of the children's dinner boiled rice and boiled carrots, the officers said. Tells of Chain The parents were not at hom when the officer first arrived, they reported. MacDonald later explained that he had taken his wife to a physician s office for treatment of asthma and bronchitis. The girl was quoted by the officers as saying that her mother occasionally bound her and Jeremiah with chains when they misbehaved. She added that she and the older boy were forced to kneel in gravel as a form of punishment-and exhibited scars on her knees. The investigators said Jeremiah slept on an old wicker chair on the back porch of the three-room house although there was a vacant bed in the living room. Makes Admission MacDonald admitted, the officers reported, that the children "were probably not getting the best of care," and said he wished "someone would do something about it." The father said he makes but 85 cents an hour and is financially unable to obtain help for his wife in caring for the youngsters. Officials of the city's animal regulation department took charge of Mrs. MacDonald'S see-ing-eye dog, a German shepherd named Beauty. Fare Increase Approved for Burbank Lines Burbank City Councilman Floyd ' J. Jolley said yesterday that the Council's Transportation Committee has recommended, a fare increase for Burbank City Lines in hope of making it easier to settle the higher-wage strike that shut down the lines Wednesday. The lines had petitioned for Council permission to aboiish tokens which cost 25 cents for three. Tlv Council may act on the recommendation Tuesday. The recommendation calls for elimination of tokens for adults and for the sale of two for 15 cents to school children. The cash fare is 10 cents a ride. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen's 15 members who constitute the lines' staff struck for 15 cents an hour more pay. Drivers now get $1.20 an hour, mechanics S1.42V. The company has offered 5 cents more. No company-union meeting took place yesterday. Some 3000 daily bus riders were left without their customary transportation by the strike. The lines traverse 1000 miles a day with fiv busses on four routes. CORN REDESIGNED TO BRING TASSELS IN EASIER 'REACH BROOKHAVEN, N.Y., Aug. 28 (JP) A geneticist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory today announced he has succeeded in redesigning the field corn plant to bring Its usual 14-foot top tassels down within reach of the average man. Dr. Ralph W. Singleton said the new corn plant was produced by crossing and Inbreeding tall and short corn until the gene hereditary-controlling unit Inside the cell which determines short-n3R8 became predominant.- The reduced gene controls the length of the stalk by telescoping the Inter-node, or space between the joints. Singleton said. ENEMY 'CAPTURES' GENERAL AND STAFF IN MOCK ATTACK Headquarters of the California Air National Guard:s 62nd Fighter Wing was considerably embarrassed yesterday when top officers from Brig Gen. Leonard E. Thomas on down were "captured" by armed units of the "enemy" 188th Fighter Squadron, New Mexico. As Gen. Thomas and his staff worked over plans to attack Selig-man Air Field, Arizona, today through a screen of 18?th Mustangs (the attack was postponed from yesterday because of weather) 30 commandos from the New Mexico unit landed at Burbank in a C-47 transport. They swarmed into the headquarters building, carrying Tommy guns, carbines and .45's, captured the general and his staff and theoretically smashed all radio and radar installations at the field. Today's attack on the New Mexico field by B-2ft bombers and F-S0 (jet) and Mustang fighters will be the last major operation ot the two-week Air National Guard encampment at Tan Nuys, Burbank and San Bernardino. Finale of the encampment Is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow when planes of the wing will pass in review before Gov. Warren or Lt. Gov. Goodwin Knight; Maj. Gen. John E. Huddleson, 4th Air Force commander; Maj. Gen. Curtis D. O'SuIlivan. adjutant general of California; Ray Darby, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and other officials.

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