The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on June 7, 1939 · 21
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 21

Los Angeles, California
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Wednesday, June 7, 1939
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IN THREE PARTS 38 PACES Part n LOCAL NEWS 18 Pag tiMes offices 202 Wst Fiwt Strt And Throughout Southern California FORECAST FOR LCS ANGELES AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Fair today and tomorrow, ilowly n. In? tomporaturo. Maximum and minimum temperatures lor yitrdaf7 7i-i5. Complete weather report Pago .18. Part L VOL. LVIII WEDNESDAY MORNING, JUNE 7, 1939. CITY NEWS EDITORIAL SOCIETY THE WEATHER ON THE r ; SIDE WITH E. V. DURLING I Let iem sin7 wfco uiM of the gurgling rill. Or the woodbird's note so wild; My heart still sticks to the good red bricks- For I was -a city child. WALTER LINDSAY. Tiorello," said Mayor Rossi f San Francisco to Mayor La-Guardia of New York City, "your Fair is second to none." o if the 'Mayor of San Francisco can say a thing like that even though he has a fair of his own on his hand, it leaves the rest of us Californians free to speak right out. Mayor Rossi is right. The New York World's Fair is second to none. And if you can possibly get to New York don't miss it. ALMOST CONFIDENTIAL Stevens in Chicago is largest hotel in the world. St. George Hotel in Brooklyn is the second largest.' Most popular of New .York hotels remains the Waldorf-Astoria, new' version of which cost $28,000,000 to construct . . .Billy's Gaslight Cafe, established in 1S70, is still going at 55th St. and First Ave. and is worth a visit. Good place to get a steak . . It is still "Ten Cents a Dance" for the hostesses at the public dance halls. Hostess gets 7 cents of this and the hall 3 cents . . . Shortest street in New York city is Edgar St. It is just 57 feet long ... Every New York fire house has a Dalmatian coach dog. Just an old New York custom. I don't know what kind of dogs the Los Angeles fire houses have if any but I know the San Marino Fire Department has a pair of wonderful liver-colored springer spaniels . . . Majority of Manhattan's fires occur in what is known as the "Old Law" tenements on the East Side. New York's East Side slums are still probably the world's worst . . . New York City is losing money on the Independent Subway which it owns. It costs the city 7 cents for every ride they sell for 5 cents . . . There's a grove of Florida orange trees at the New York World's Fair. But no grove of California orange trees. Maybe somebody should start writing an article, "What's the Matter with California?" XIGHT CLUBS Police control the night clubs here and issue licenses costing S150 each for same. If night club does any .chiseling or puts on a too indecent show the police quickly close it up . . . Edna Ferber is living in the magnificent Manhattan penthouse once owned by Ivan Krueger, the Swedish Match K In g . . . Jack Krindler of the internationally famous "Twenty-One" claims he has been offered $3,000,000 for the property on which his place stands. It may be true. PASSING BY A. Philip Randolph. Fresident of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This organization has over 6000 members . . . Mayor La-Guardia. Born in New York City and brought up in Prescott, Ariz. His salary is $25,000 a year. Has two adopted children. Was a major in air service during war. He has done wonders with New York and is man possessed of plenty of intestinal fortitude. He's an Episcopalian. And if his name was Stuyve-t sant instead of LaGuardia he would stand a good chance of being President of the United States ... Helen Gallagher. Her husband was Ed Gallagher of Gallagher and Shean. Helen runs a restaurant where she serves over 800 steaks daily. She started with one cook and one waiter and now has five cooks and 25 waiters . . . John Harburgor. The John of the John-Frederic Hats for women combination. Other half is Frederic Hirst. Some of their hats sell for $100 each . . . Hattie Carnegie. Dressmaker. Started, in feminine apparel business at age of 12 when she was engaged to trim hats in a wholesale millinery establishment . . .' Fredric March. Actor. Is big hit in play "American Way." lie once earned a living as a collar 'model . . . John Powers. Runs an agency for i feminine models. John says 'he can always use red-haired models. Also claims demand now is for models who are "natural looking" and not of the artificial excessively ..made-up type. Some models got $25 a day ... . Muriel King. Seattle girl who succeeded in the big city. Was once a University of Washington co-ed. : Now has a very popular dress shop. .Katharine Jlepburn likes it. So does Ginger Rogers. Or that's what I have been given to understand. Chiefs Test Made Clear Biological Curve Plan Not Used, Says Olson, but Item Analysis System Rumors around the City Hall yesterday that grading of the written examination for Chief of Police was reached through the use of a "biological curve," which some members of the Police De partment considered the ultimate in "screwiness," yesterday caused President Emery E. Olson of the Civil Service Commission to state that the "item analysis system' was used. Wherever candidates who took the test got together they were puzzling over the method 'used, several declaring that the ques tions in which they know they scored high were thrown out by the examiners. There was a suspicion ex pressed on the part of some of ficers that the examiners graded on some questions and chucked out others, apparently with the idea of placing some favored men in a strategic position, prior to the oral test. INQUIRIES MADE The rumors got to Mayor Bow-ron, who was joined by Dean Olson for discussion of the sit uation. Olson contacted Commissioner Guy W. Wadsworth Jr., after which Dean Olson said: "The examination followed the customary item analysis used in all civil service jurisdictions. When the papers were graded, all questions which were answered by 05 to 100 per cent of the applicants were discarded as not being indicative of any comparison between the abilities of the men. "In a like way, all questions which less than 5 per cent of the candidates were able to answer were discarded as too difficult. "All applicants were treated alike on the remaining ques tions. The fact that we used the item analysis system, which h''s nothing to do with the biological curve, in no way changed the way the men came out." XO NAMES ATTACHED He declared that uo names were attached to the papers when they were being graded. That the entire job was handled by the written board, with final results presented to the commission. The Mayor expressed the opinion that "if ever an honest test was held in the city, this was it," and expressed complete faith in the integrity of those who gave the examination. It was stated that the official time for filing any protests with the commission will expire Friday at 5 p.m. and it is expected that the list will be , formally approved early next week, so that' the Police Commission may obtain official certification of the three highest names, in order to choose the permanent chief from those three. CONFERENCES HELD Who will be selected still remains a mystery, but it is known that the Mayor has been holding conferences with the Turn to Page .3, Column' 1 Charge Dismissed in Traffic Tragedy Girl Driver Without License Exonerated Charges of driving without an operator's license against Norma Dorn, 23, who struck and killed a pedestrian while taking her first driving lesson, yesterday were dismissed by Municipal Judge Joseph L. Call. Miss Dorn struck and injured fatally Will S. Bixby, 69, at Fountain and New Hampshire Aves. last May 15. At a hearing before Deputy City Attorney Stanley Jewell, May 22, Miss Dorn, who is the daughter of Rev. J. G. Dorn of the Hollywood Lutheran Church, admitted she had no driver's license because it was the first time she had driven a car. Bones Found Near Torrance Examined Twelve bones, apparently human, found in a sun-withered paper sack by members of a highway maintenance crew at Highway 101 and Parkway Ave., in the Torrance district, yesterday were given to County Autopsy Surgeon Frank R. Webb for examination. The bundle was taken to Dr. Webb by the Torrance Chief of Police soon after its "discovery. COSTUMES OF ORIENT WORN AT COMMUNITY FETE ; ' f' Wk&j 'ill , ) -1 h GAYETY MARKS MILESTONE Group showrr here helped make celebration of first anniversary of new China City a success yesterday. Leff to right, front row: Mrs. "M rfir--T-r---:-";. - I -i 3 III is -A I Si . ; ,t - - I I i y-fWM.,. .,111 I f ' ; Ef-1' I , - I . 1 zjj Kv . -'V, irvV-y K Z1 " v4 ' V! ! 0 ;i , ' HMMMNHNWiTf hk-.Wi I f 4-ty m HimnTWI-l n- ti i Ull'ftlll lT.l l ' ill Ifllll' W(h M ilF lHH II HIIIIIMIIMIMilll Tlill f I ORATORS KEPT HIM BUSY Dr. Po Chee Fung, who translated speeches in English and Auditorium Gets Building Permit Way Cleared to Improve Pan-Pacific Structure in Gilmore Island Area Interests controlling the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, in the so-called Gilmore Island area, yesterday were in a position to receive a permit at once to proceed with structural improvements within the building to make it safer and more fireproof. Following a plea made by Raymond . Haight, attorney for the auditorium owners, the Board of Supervisors instructed William J. Fox, county building director, to issue the permit for the improvements pending the adoption of the ordinance exempting' the property from the R-4 zoning regulation . adopted last week. The company plans structural improvements to cost . about $80,000 bringing the entire auditorium investment up to $200,000. Women on Charities Staff to Protest Dismissal Today More than 20 women employees in the County Charities Department to be dropped from the pay roll June 30 in the county government's economy program are scheduled to appear today before the Board of Supervisors to lodge a formal protest to their discharge. According to the women, who are among 170 county employees notified last week that their jobs would terminate, their dismissal from the service at this time is unfair inasmuch they have been employed from three to five years in their present positions and are entitled to take qualifying examinations for" dictating machine operators who are to be hired to supplant them. ' In setting today' as the time for hearing the protest, the supervisors yesterday Instructed County Manager Wayne R. Allen to confer i with the Civil Service Commission in an effort to. modify its rules to make seniority the basis for retaining workers. This action followed a ruling of Claude McFadden, Deputy County Counsel, that neither the Eva Ling, Daisy Lee, Mary Chan, Dorothy Sin; rear row: Mrs. Winge Lee, Fong Yun, Mrs. Christine Sterling, called "Mother of China City," and Mrs. I. W. Luck. Board of Supervisors, nor department hfjads, are legally permitted to dismiss employees in violation of sivil service regulations. Bids Received for Dam Power Line Sealed bids from two private contracting firms for the construction of a third power transmission circuit from Los Angeles to Hoover Dam were received and opened by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners yesterday. The bidders were Johnson & Co., Inc., and Griffith & Co., who offered to construct the 258-mile, 287,500-volt power line for $2,241,-870, and Associated Constructor's of Los Angeles, consisting of five contracting firms, whose bid for1 the job was $2,308,406.30. . It has not yet been determined whether the line will be "built by private contractors or by the Bureau of Power and Light's own forces. Arthur J. Mullen, board president announced. Chinese at celebration. Tlmfj photo Skouras Replies to Warner Bros, National Theaters Head Answers Complaint on Double Features A charge that Warner Bros, consistently showed double features in their own theaters was made last night by Spyros P. Skouras, executive vice-president of National Theaters Corp., in reply to a statement by Gradwell L. Sears, general sales manager of 'Warner Bros. Pictures, that the latter company is withholding its pictures from sale to National Theaters because of the double feature policy.. "If Warner Bros, aspire," said Mr. Skouras, "to the' honor of being the standard bearers of the abolition of double features, they should abolish double features in some. 300 theaters which they own and operate themselves. For instance, the Warner Bros. Beverly Theater, in Bevely Hills has recently played double bill such attractions as the following: "Four Daughters. Valley of the; Giants; Wings of the Navy, Yes My Darling Daughter; Dodge Turn to Tage 2, Column 3 New China City Celebrates First Anniversary of Birth Speakers at Formal Party Felicitate All on Overcoming Obstacles During Year With "tea in a boat for luck" China City celebrated its first anniversary yesterday. Sheathlike Soo Chow costumes of pale satin embroidered in bright flowers were worn by the Chinese maidens. who played hostess. Members of the China City Merchants Association, resplendent in black satin caps and mandarin jackets, were enthusiastic over the accomplishments of their first year. Basin Parley Airs Problems Difficulties'Met in Use of Hard Water Discussed by Experts That ring in the bathtub, scales in the tea kettle and skin-'ritating curds in clothes fresh from the family wash loomed yesterday to plague 100 experts from seven States in session here to wrestle with problems arising among the great water projects being developed in the Colorado River basin. Engineers and scientists who without a qualm started unbelievably huge dams, irrigation systems and hydroelectric plants throughout the great basin now must deal with the fact that the water contains chemicals requiring different handling in homes, in agriculture and in industrial plants. THREE-DAY PARLEY The expert s, representing Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and California, are attending a joint conference of the Committee of States and Colorado Drainage Basin Committee. It began Monday and ends today. It is working with United States Reclamation Bureau officials, directed by law to devise projects for utilization of the great river's vast waters in mostly an arid country. Addressing the conference, Assistant Chief Engineer Julian Hinds of the Metropolian Water District, which is bringing some of the water to Southern California, said that the water as procured is too "hard" for convenient use in homes. MAKES BATHTUB RING That is what makes the bathtub ring, runs up soap bills, scales water pipes and vessels, forms mean curds and does a lot of things like that to the housewife and plumbing, he explained. On the other hand, some speakers pointed out that if the water is "softened" too much by treatment in chemical plants then "there won't be any lawns or gardens at the homes." So, the water must be made to possess a proper balance of hardness and softness. It dare not Turn to Page 3, Column I Wallace Beery Asks Guardianship Petition Filed Seeking to Control Daughter's Funds Guardianship over the estate of his 8-year-old daugter, Carol Ann, was sought yesterday by Wallace Beery, film actor, in a petition filed, in Superior Court. Beery said he already has set aside approximately $6000 for his daughter and intends to enlarge the sum from time to time. The petition, according to Attorneys Henry T. Moore and Herman Welkpr, seeks to guarantee Beery control of Carol Ann's finances ' until she becomes of age. The actor pointed out that the action in no way affects the property settlement made with his recently divorced wife, Rita, which gives each custody of Carol Ann for six months every year. The girl is now attending a Beverly Hills school while in custody of her father. Fair Skies and Gentle Winds Forecast Today Fair weather and all that goes with it, including a slowly rising temperature, will, be enjoyed in Los Angeles today, according to the United States Weather Bureau. .Winds will be moderate west and northwest off the Coast. Yesterday's lowest temperature was 55 at 6 a.m. High was 72 in the afternoon. Every speech made at the for- mal party in the Junk Cafe was given twice. Once it was an address by an important Chinese official. Next it was a completely graphic translation by Dr. Po Chee Fung, who gave the Chinese or English version as needed. FOUNDER TRAISED Fong Y'un, president of the Merchants Association, welcomed the guests in Chinese and paid special tribute to Mrs. Christine Sterling, leader of the founder group and the guiding spirit of the Chinese community which was to replace the old Chinatown razed to make way for the new Union Station. Gone was the bitterness of a year ago, when the orientals, driven from their homes, feeling unwanted and lost, started a half-hearted attempt to build a new community. HAPPY ASSURANCE Instead of bitterness there was a happy assurance. The Chinese had weathered a year in new surroundings, beset by obstacles a destructive fire, threat of a new condemnation to make way for the construction of a customs house. Congregational Minister K. N. Leong expressed the sentiment of the group when he said: "This Chinese City was an uplift for China's people. Its beauty and cleanliness will be a credit to our people in the future. OWE TRIBUTE "We owe a great tribute to the founders for the effect upon the morale of our people in Los Angeles. And the Venerable One, our benefactor (Mr. Harry Chandler) we should always remember him, for holding us together, helping us to keep our identity." Leong praised the orientals for holding to an ideal of beauty in downtown Los Angeles. He expressed a desire that all Chinese become public spirited and join in civic affairs not just in China City, in all of Los Angeles. "By this unselfish way," he said in closing, "we best can glorify our race." GOING AHEAD "Ho la ma!" Mrs. Sterling said in greeting, amid enthusiastic applause. "We go along and work every day, and these mile stone parties come along and almost make us cry. "After that fire," she continued, "When we saw everything blackened and charred, our lease canceled, a custom house planned that was when your spirit changed the picture. And now we are going ahead and I predict an enormous Chinese area here. "But I must warn you," the 'Mother of China City' said Turn to Page 2, Column 2 TODAY'S FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS BY DURWARD HOWES WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 RICHARD BLACKMORE, 1823-1!H)0. A legacy ertabled him to abandon his law practice and settle down to gardening and writing for the rest of his days; . his masterpiece, "Lorna Doone," was published in more than 40 editions during the author's life, time. MADAM CAXTACUZENE-GRAXT, 1876. Her life has been colorful and exciting almost since the day she was born in the White House during the administration of her grandfather, President U. S. Grant; she married a Russian prince and lived in his country until the revolution drove them out; back in the United States, she spends her time putting her treasured memories into book form. CHARLOTTE, EMPRESS OP MEX ICO, 1810-1927. Wife of the Em-pcror Maximilian; it was she who persuaded her husband to give up the quiet life at Miramar in exchange for the crown of Mexico; when his short and stormy reign ended in tragedy, Char lotte lost her reason and spent the rest of her long life in complete secjuslon. KNT'D RASMUSSEN, 1879.1933. Famed Danish explorer and one of the few authorities on Eskimo life and language; he was well fitted for his position, since one of his maternal ancestors .had been an Eskimo; he himself was born in Greenland and he began ' his Arctic explorations as soon as he finished school. Copyright, i3t

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