Daily News from New York, New York on March 17, 1934 · 99
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Daily News from New York, New York · 99

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Saturday, March 17, 1934
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DAILY NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 17,' 1934 LINOY'S VIEWS HIT Air Mail Kick Is Challenged ByChamberlin By ARTHUR F. DEGREVE. (United Pre8 Staff CorresoonJU WASHINGTON, D. C, March 16. A study in contrasts Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and Clarence Chamber-lin, who was the first to follow the Lone Eagle's trail across the Atlantic appeared before the Senate Post Office Committee today. Lindbergh, a world hero, wealthy high-salaried adviser to two privately owned air lines, and the holder of a large block of aviation securities, bitterly criticized the Government's recent cancellation of air mail contracts. Chamberlin, not so widely known abroad, but almost equally well known in the United States a working air man with a modest income, who said he had never been associated with an air line that held a Government contract d e f e n d e d - the Government's action. Lost $5,000 Job. Lindbergh charged that the operators whose air mail contracts had been cancelled were "convicted without a trial." He called it "the most unjust act I ever have seen Clarence Chamberlin testifying yesterday. in connection with American justice." Incidentally, Lindbergh lost a $5,000-a-year retainer from Transcontinental & Western Air Transport, Inc.J when that airway's mail contract was revoked. Chamberlin asserted that there were "plenty of reasons" why the air mail contracts should have been cancelled. He named two air lines which at the time, he said, used unsuitable and obsolete planes for passenger carrying, because their equipment was manufactured by associated companies, and their interlocking relationship made the use of the inferior equipment advantageous. He named as lines which at times used inferior planes, when superior ships were available, the United Air Lines and Eastern Air Transport. United, he pointed out, is controlled by United Aircraft. Eastern is owned by North American Aviation. Didn't Feel Comfortable. "At certain times they have operated planes built by associated companies that I did not consider suitable, or as safe as others available, for passenger work," he Chamberlin admitted he had flown in some of these planes but (Continued on page 4. cot. 1) i : I 5 i -I I f I She Wears v.- , -- -I s" . , i is - " . v v I x r ' i - - - .v , - I - -st - r - K c S J " ' - ' & 1 v ijf " '" "48 Katharine Hepburn in "Morning Glory" the role that won 1931's award as Hollywood's best actress. Films Crown Hepburn, Laughton Year's Best By SIDNEY SKOLSKY. HOLLYWOOD, March 16. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made its annual awards for the outstanding achievements in the motion picture field at their banquet in the Ambassador Hotel this evening. These awards mean to Hollywood what the Pulitzer prize means to the dramatists and novelists. It is the picture people's 'main incentive to strive for an "artistic achieve ment" in an industry where their worth is judged by box office figures. At tonight's banquet the winners, while movieland looked on and applauded, were presented with bronze statues. To the profession these statues are called Oscars. "Cavalcade" Selected. Here are a few winners who now have a Jittle Oscar in their home: , The award for the best production went to the picture "Cavalcade." The prize for the best performance by an actress went to Katharine Hepburn for "Morning Glory." The prize for the best performance by an actor went to Charles Laughton for "Henry the Eighth." The cameraman who carried off (Continued on Page 23) Jury Hears How Judge Bought in for $25,000 . " ' By ROGER DAKIN. HOW an ambitious lawyer went out with $15,000 in a paper package and bought himself a judgeship from a New Jersey political boss was dramatically described yesterday in a presentment from a Passaic County, N. J., Grand Jury. The jury roundly condemned the buyer, Common Pleas Court Judge William B. Harley of Passaic, and New Jersey State Controller John McCutcheon, described as the seller. But the statute of limitations pre vented indictment. Judge Harley, whose renomina-tion was refused by the Jersey State Senate last Tuesday, admits the Crown i v f . , Wr4 - Charles Laughton in "The Private Life of Henry the Eighth" the role J hat earned him the palm. he paid Boss McCutcheon $25,000 in all for his job. McCutcheon denied it. Harley's friend, Attorney E. Robert Coven, told the story in detail to the jury. . . "Harley was very anxious to get the appointment," Coven tes- (Continved on page 10) Police Find Cyanide In Miller Shop By ROBERT CONWAY. A CAN of cyanide of potassium, the kind of poison used to spike tea offered to Mrs. Elizabeth Miller of Spring Lake, N. J., was found last night in the workshop of her husband, Robert C. Miller, contractor and prominent Legionnaire, accused of attempting to murder his wife as she approached motherhood. V Jeers urown Last Prayers As Trio Hang Editor's note: One of the mott unuMual account of an execution warn carried in the column of the Memphis, Tenn., Pree- Scimitar yesterday. It described the execution of three colored youths at Hernando, Miss., and is quoted herewith in part! Hernando, Miss., March 16. Three Memphis negroes, Isaac Howard, Ernest McGhee and Johnny Jones, crying aloud their prayers for forgiveness, were hanged here shortly before daylight today for assaulting a 17- year-old schoolgirl of -Holly Springs, Miss. The negroes were brought here by 100 heavily-armed National Guardsmen in buses and automobiles. The execution was witnessed by Memphis policemen, a dozen women and many idle curious in addition to the National Guardsmen who lined the corridors. Each negro went to his death singing and praying while the crowd jeered and taunted. A dozen girls stood in the corridor and giggled as they peered through bars of the jail door. Hernando negroes objected to the condemned men being buried in the negro cemetery, so the grave was dug on the county-owned ground at the poorhouse. Crowd Wisecracks. Howard began praying. A deputy stuck his head into the room and said gruffly, "come on, boys." Gen. Grayson said, "let him pray." There was a thud as Howard's feet struck the concrete floor. His neck was broken. Somebody laughed and it spread over the crowd. "So long, Bad Boy," wisecracked another spectator. One of the physicians pulled back the clothing on Howard's chest and placed a stethoscope over -the heart. "Get quiet please, so I can hear Isaac Ernest Howard McGhee Their deaths a Dixie holiday. his heart beat," the physician said gravely. Blood began trickling from beneath the black mask over Howard's face. "I'm a pallbearer," remarked a spectator. Laughter again swept over the crowd. "Hell, if you can't hang 'em, just throw 'em down to us," growled a spectator. There was a long delay. McGhee, (Continued on page 7. eol. S) -; 1 A small quantity of the poison had been removed from the can, which originally held a pound. The can was discovered deep rrt a shelf in the rear of the workshop by Police Chief Russell Hur-deu of Spring Lake and County Detective Harry Crook while tht silver-haired war veteran, a prisoner in Monmouth County Jail, was telling his side of the poison tea mystery for the first time. "This clinches our case." declared Prosecutor Jonas Tumen after Crook turned the poison ovtt Elizabeth Miller tbout her rivals. to him. "We'll ask the Grand Jury for an indictment next week." . Another important discovery yesterday was that of three poison pen' letters sent to Mrs. Miller during' the time her husband is accused of having given her te poisoned with cyanide of potassium. Interviewed in his cell, Miller declared they were blackmail letters written by a man who figured in his wife's life before h married her. Only One Signed. The last of the defamatory letters, all of which were typewritten and only one signed, was received on Saturday, March 10, when Miller is accused of making the third of four attempts to servo hiswife with poison tea. This was only two days before the birth of her youngest baby, a girl, last Monday. Miller's arrest la.st Tuesday night on the attempted murder charge came after Mrs. Miller's brother, Maxsted Clinch, also a prominent legionnire, accused the husband. . The other two letters, found when Crook broke into the private safe in the Miller home yesterday, were -postmarked Jan. 19 and Feb. 22 during the period when Miller was meditating murder, according; to Tumen. Letters Spared Miller. J v; Mrs Told Tumen announced that the poison pen letters sent to Miller were all signed "LeRoy" and defamed Mrs. Miller's character. The letters did not attack Miller's character, although this report was deliberately circulated by police earlier in the day for what they explained were tactical reasons. "Nevertheless," said the prose- (Conlinued tn page 9, eol. I)

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