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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13, 1933" See iHlpe SI 1 1 I miiie i By GRACE ROBINSON. Marijuana madness, modern counterpart of the hashish dream of the mystic East which convinced an up-to-date scientist he had lived a thousand years in an ink yes tertlay became the last shadowy refuge of 20-year-old Ethel Sohl in her battle William J. Graham and James C. McKay, millionaire vice and gambling kings of Reno, who battled, the Govern- Tto escape the electric chair. SI Pontiac, Feb.

12 (P)- Mrs. Catherine Moylan Singh-ton, "Miss Universe" of 1926 and a former genuine Ziegfcld Follies girl, today had won an order temporarily re- William J. Graham (left) and James McKay ment to a standstill at two previous trials, were convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy at 3:20 P. M. yesterday by a Bolstered by the testimony of Dr.

James C. Munch, League of Nations narcotic expert, that reefer-smoking destroys knowledge of right and wrong, the mannish gun-girl closed her defense in Oyer and Terminer Court, Newark; at 3:52 P. M. Tomorrow 17-year-old Genevieve Owens, who played a pliant Trilby to the Svengali of the slender Ethel, will take the witness stand and try to save herself by shifting all blame on her erstwhile pal. Genevieve Squealed.

It was Genevieve, a. product of a Newark slum, who squealed on the criminally precocious Bunny Sohl, and brought both girls face to face with the consequences of their hold-up murder of William Bar-horst, a bus driver. Ethel finished her three-day defense battle without being able to get into the jury's fingers a single one of the evil-smelling marijuana cigarettes her attorney, Gerald Mc-aughlin offered in court. It was reefers like these, she had told her twelve judges, that distorted all sense of right and" wrong and drove her into the mad criminal career that terminated last Dec. 21, in murder.

Of nearly a dozen friends and neighbors from Summit, N. and other towns who came eagerly to court to testify to Ethel's gopd character, only four were permitted to take the stand. William Sauders, white-mus-tached owner of a gasoline station near Newark, said: "She worked for me and I'd trust her with everything I have. Charles Norem, Agnes Caruso and Mrs. Mary T.

Mulholland, long-time neighbors, all said Ethel's "reputation for morality and honesty was excellent." Day Given to Marijuana. Nearly the whole day was devoted to the defense effort to show, through two narcotics experts, the ghastly effects of marijuana smoking. Dr. George C. Schicks, assistant dean of the College of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, called it a "deliriant narcotic drug which upsets the brain." Hours were devoted to the cross-examination of the other expert, Dr.

Munch, from Philadelphia's Temple University. Giggles from spectators over the wisecracks of lawyers produced an ironic spectacle at the close of the morning session. Even Judge Daniel J. Brennan was amused, joining in the banter between Prosecutor Wachenfeld and Dr. Munch.

Only the wo young women, fighting desperately for their lives, 800 Want fo See Someone Executed Eight hundred persons who want to see an execution have applications on file at Sing Sing Prison, authorities said yesterday. Any execution at all ex-cept their own will satisfy the applicants, twelve of whom will, see Charles J. Brown, SO, robber-murderer of Ellenville, N. "burn" on Feb: 24. The beautiful Mrs.

Catherine oylan Singleton once Miss Universe doesn't want her husband to dispose of his reported $500,000 inheritance before she gets her share. She is also seeking separate maintenance with cash enough for herself and sixyear-old daughter. failed either to join the humor of the occasion or to show indignation. The laughter was provoked as the drinking habits of Dr. Munch, were delved into by the prosecution.

"I've only had four drinks in my life," Dr. Munch insisted. "Did they go to your head?" grinned Wachenfeld. "Did you drink all four cocktails at once?" interjected Judge Brennan, his eyes twinkling, and the crowd tittered. The prosecutor poked fun at the loco-weed expert.

i ijij i win Mwr ininm ni mm i straining John H. Singleton, her husband, from disposing of his property. The order was issued by Judge II. R. Holland in connection with Mrs.

Singleton's suit for separate main Federal Court jury. Their third jury found them guilty on all counts after being out twenty-seven hours. Convicted with them were Boise Heed and Allen Comer, named as field agents for the powerful $2,500,000 Reno confidence ring for which, it was testified, Graham and Kennedy furnished police protection and banking facilities. Each faces maximum penalties of seventeen vears imprisonment and fines of $13,000. A fifth defendant, Thomas J.

O'Dell, alias Thomas W. Sloan, was acquitted. Graham and McKay watched apprehensively as the jury filed back in at 3:18 P. M. They had won two jury disagreements before in 1934, when a jury was deadlocked fifteen and a half hours, and in 1935, when a second jury wrangled for fifty-two hours.

The two gamblers seemingly realized their luck had soured. Judge Thanks Jury. Foreman Emil Beck first reported the acquittal of O'Dell and then read off the other four names. "Guilty as charged by the Government," he announced loudly. Justice illis Van Devanter, retired member of the United State Supreme Court, who presided over the trial as a District Judge, thanked the jurors for their services.

In his charge, exercising his right to comment, he had expressed the opinion that Ihe Government had proved it case. Prosecutor Elated. The verdict afforded great elation to the prosecutor, Assistant. United States Attorney William Power Maloney. "This is emancipation day for Reno," Maloney said.

"They had their foot on the throat of that State for years. They owned that town lock, stock and barrel. You couldn't open even a restaurant without them. The government has been trying to -clean up Reno for fifteen years." Van Devanter set the hearing of motions for Monday, but indicated he may sentence some of the defendants then without further delay. The trial commenced Jan.

24. Q. When did you start smoking -J marijuana cigarettes, Dr. Munch? A. In 1921.

I only smoked two cigarettes. Q. What effect did it have on you? A. It made me think I got into an ink bottle and lived in it thousands of years (laughter). Q.

And when you came out of the ink bottle after nine thousand years you were still in your chair? A. That's right, (laughter). IJiiiiiitf 'Conscience-Killer3 Blizzard Strands Passenger Train Alamosa, Feb. 12 (JT). A raging bizzard stranded a Denver and Rio Grande Western passenger train tonight near the lofty summit of Cumbres Pass in Southern Colorado.

Railroad official here said they believed there were ten passengers aboard the train. Conductor Frank Edminston, who waded three miles through deep snowdrifts to telephone here said the and train crew members made themselves comfortable while waiting for rotary snow plows to cut through to their rescue. Kdminston said there was sufficient food on the train to last several days. 4'v' 1 tenance. Singleton was Raid to be in St.

Tallin await ing settlement of the estate of his father, Marvin Singleton, telephone company executive and coal and oil operator who died Jan. 20. Says He'll Get $500,000. The plaintiff contended her husband vtas heir to approximately Mrs. Singleton entered the 1926 leauty contest as Miss Dallas (Texas) and she and Singleton lived in Dallas after their return from a honeymoon in' the Orient.

They were married in in Yuma, and have a 6-year-old daughter, Sylvia. Lot Track of Him. Mrs. Singleton charged non-support and cruelty. She said she had been living recently in Mt.

Vernon, N. and -had not known of her husband's whereabouts until his lather died and she learned he was in I'ontiac working as the manager of a furnace and refrigerator concern. Heir Broke, Friends At St. Louis Claim. ISmi-lal lo The Nr St.

Louis. Feb. John H. Singleton, whose prize beauty wife Mocked his disposal of his father's fortune by a court order today, not only wasn't spending any money hut he didn't have any to speak of, friends here said. They levealed the young oil heater company employee had to borrow 25 from his firm to make th trip here for the probate of his father's $5,000,000 will.

7 A V1 Mrs. McCormick Is II! in Chicago (rial to The Newel Chicago, Feb. 12. Mrs. Leander Hamilton McCormick, prominent in London and Chicago society waa seriously ill in Presbyterian Hospital today.

So critical was her British Head Off Japanese Cotton London, Feb. 12 (P). Stevedores at Southampton refused today to touch twenty-two bales of Japanese cotton goods which arrived from New York on the Berengaria. The cargo had been scheduled for trans-shipment to Funchal, Madeira Island, and probably will be returned to New York. condition that Allister McCormick, her son, was summoned from California to her bedside.

Mrs. McCormick, the former Constance Plummer, is the widow cf the Dr. James C. Munch (lett) and George C. Schicks, of Rutgers University, look ever a marijuana cigarette, such as Bunny Sohl said the smoked.

founder of the McCormick fortune..

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