The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on August 8, 1942 · 15
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 15

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Saturday, August 8, 1942
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.V . CCCC SATURDAY SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 8, 1942 SATURDAY: . 3 FRIENDS SPEED ASSEMBLYMN WELCH DRIVE Intensive Campaign Will Be Waged From Door to Door for ' Candidate in Next Two Weeks: ACTRESS MARRIED TO ENSIGN By R. V. JIMERSON Friends of Assemblyman John D. Welch will conduct an intensive door-to-door drive for their candidate throughout the next two weeks, in what is admittedly one of the hottest local battles in the primary election. The sprawling Twenty-sixth District, gerrymandered across two thirds of San Francisco, in cludes part of the old Twenty sixth and part of the old Twenty first District. By combining two districts into one, the 1941 reap jprtionment forced the two in cumbents to run against each other or retire. E'.JXTKD IN 19 0. Neither Welch, who was elected two years ago from the Twenty' . first District, nor Assemblyman Edward M. Gaffney, of the Twen ty-slxth; chose to retire. Both are Democrats, and both are running lor re-election as one of the eight assemblymen who will represent San Francisco in Sacramento next year, . .'-Welch, militantly independent, hzs been given the indorsements of many prominent individuals and" groups in the district, 'and much of his campaign is perforce conducted : by his - friends, as Welch himself is handling two wartime jobs. He is a full time employe of the Moore Drydock Company, making Victory ships, and is also an instructor for the War Production Board in training .men for the shipbuilding industry. He is a native of San Francisco. FOR TAX REDUCTION. Business men and home owners In the district have evinced much interest in Welch's'vote on bills to .reduce taxes, notably Assembly EM 2620, which would have slashed $26,000,000 from the tax burden. Gaffney did not support the bill. " The district Is also interested in Welch's authorship of the San Francisco tidelands bill, which would have placed San Francisco in a more favorable position to secure shipbuilding and other de fense industries. The measure passed both- houses, but died at the hands of Governor Olson, if- , : . ' f - 1 4 i ....... i s. . I . yo 'v n ' If A I : V I i ': I ' f ' r, '-i, f t ' : - .- r: a I I ; Y "!iwi - VXJ-J1; . ! ' ;';-': V; ;v. ,yXMA:!fX- Lyymyry,yy, , yyyy 'y y u-i tw v -:r ; . y I tvt,1-.- :"-ffie::f:n :yy yy s k '-v.-,-v -: J : :y;- 'myy - yy: yy yyyny: : y : t--"y S ...... i y ---.yy- y:-.y yyy .y:yyy -y-yK. 'v :.. ;.. 3.. .;. -f . -:-y y :yyMjryyy..-,y. 'J.:.-.v'4::v.v:!::..';.,.':.:::.: f -y , v ; . .. .. . ' m - X't'? . - '-, .;.v.- :: ::---x-:,v.-:':.:-;; .;,.; ; .i y- ''--'':'::..,--... ifa, 'jrn,J, $4,647,210 Fines Paidby Drivers in 9 41 . EXAMINER BUREAU, SACRAMENTO, Aug. 7. The State Department of Motor Vehicles today reported an all-time high collection of fines and forfeitures in California traffic courts during 1941. Traffic violators paid $4,647,-210 during the year, officials said, bringing to $20,510,707 the total of traffic penalties paid in eight years. Of 575,000 persons arrested by highway patrolmen for infractions last year 564,194 were convicted. Of thi3 number, 11,022 person were jailed or sentenced to road camps, an another 16,982 lost their drivers' licenses. Average fine for. felonies was $148 and drunk driving cost the defend ants an average of $91.05, the highest figue on record. Speed ing fines average $7.99. The department said 22,752 persons w?re arrested for drunk driving, All fines collected were deposited in road funds of the county where the violation oc curred. HELPFUL Ensign Donald Briggs i being aided by his bride, Marjorie Weaver of the films, in cutting their wedding cake with his saber. They were married Thursday night at the Highland Park (Illinois) home of the bridegroom's parents. Ensign Briggs, formerly an assistant film director, and his bride will spend a honeymoon on the west coast before he reports for duty with the Navy. Latin American Folk Music at ISCM Festival By Alexander Fried Latin American music, about'a more fully romantic character, which everyone is now curious,! sometimes sharply imposing, f-00f tha ti,. usually merely florid. .... 8 Alth0(jgh aU thp two d , pfr. day and Friday matinees i of the; forimnces were admirable, Thurs- imernauonai oocieiy iot,8 program in itself was thef porary Music in U. C.'s W heeler r,i,ct -Jt t .i a ' It can hence be generalized that;waR -htah,- f it! . 9nH Hf,, ful inter-play of clarinet and viola (Rudolph Schmitt and Walter Herbert). Latin American composers, good and not so good, follow quite the same stylistic trends that European and American composers have been following. Extraordinarily fresh and larming were "Music for Chil dren" by Luis Gianneo (Argentina), and "Seven Miniatures on Brazilian Fork Themes," by Fruc-tuoso Vianna (Brazil). Both these works yesterday were among a beautiful series of piano performances by Bcrnhard ' Abramo- witsch. Three songs by Mexico's Carlos Chavez (Soprano Loraine Camp bell) expressed' a lyricism that was folkishly simple but pro found Three Hurt in Reno Plant Explosion F.ENO (Nev.), Aug. 7. (AP) An explosion and ensuing fire at a potato chip factory here today seriously injured, two employes and a fireman and caused damage estimated at several thousand dollars in downtown Reno. ! No great Impression was made by three very Ciallic songs of Andre" Singer. (Yugoslavia) "and. a Sonatina" (Remington. Schmitt, Miss Tilly) by Donald Fuller (U.S.A.). ! 'j - - , Yesterday's event did courtesy; to two modern music veterans who are now Calif ornians. Maxim Schapiro played Arnold Schoen ! berg's exquisitely mystic - "Six Short Piano Pisces" and Ernest: Bloch's appealingly pictorial and songful -"Poems of the Sea Bloch's powerfully dramatic and and ruminative Sonata . was Sanity Hearing for Druggists Killer On Thursday an Oboe-Piano 'played by Abramowitsch. Sonata (Merrill Remington and Margaret Tilly) represented the Russ-Argentinian, Jacob .Ficher. The work was brief and hardly plausible. "Spring Sonata,"' by Argentina's Jose Maria Castro (Pianist E. Robert Schmitz), had Schapiro joined Violinist Sascha Jacobsen in "Sonatina" by Charles Jones ?(San Francisco), Abramowitsch concluded yesterday's interesting concert with an impetu ous' but' empty , "Toccata" of Jacques de Menasce (Austria) Shootin'est Police Chief InHospital;TrialDelayed Police Chief Leo Bunner Jr. ot Instead, when Judge John R. Superior Judge Alden Ames yesterday ordered an insanity hearing, for 24 year old Warren Cramer, charged with the holdup slaying of a San Francisco drug clerk, after a six page letter addressed to the judge by Cramer threatened: "There will be two less members of the police department when I am released." Cramer, "black sheep" son of an Oakland dentist, allegedly killed Druggist Ernest Saxon here July 5. Thursday he abruptly changed his previous plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to a plea of guilty. He did so, spurn ing advice of his attorney, An drew Eyman, and belittling the assertions of Eyman that Cramer had once been committed to a public institution for the insane. Yesterday, in a backhanded scrawl, Cramer told Judge Ames: "I write this for your better .'understanding:' of my case. I am guilty as charged. I have twen in prison before and was. t onee'eommitted for Insanity., I have reverted to type. I mm , guilty. .'.:. r": ' ! i "Should you be so weak minded or unconscious of your pub?, lie duty as to give me life imprisonment, let me remind you that I shall be eligible for parole In seven years and there will be two less members of the police department when I am released. When I regain my freedom, J swear III get them. You will live to regret such action," ; Judge Ames said he would turn ElflETH Tl KEEP GIRL SLAYING Gill1,1 I Jeweler Says Won't Make Move Monday to Save Self From Death in Auto Court Killing Leslie B. Gireth, dapper Glen dale jeweler, does not intend to volunteer one statement from the witness stand Monday which will save him from San Quentin's gas chamber for the slaying of his sweetheart, Dorena Hammer. If Superior Judge Lincoln S. Church, before whom he will appear for sentence, invites him to take the stand, he may do so, but he has no voluntary statement to make. 5IOTIVE NOT KNOWN. This was his decision announced yesterday as District At torney Ralph A. Hoyt prepared to introduce four witnesses to fix the degree of the jeweler's guilt. And unless Gireth takes the stand, observers pointed out, the motive which caused him to fire three bullets into the body of the young meteorological student as she lay sleeping beside him in a San Leandro auto court probably never will be known. TECHNICAL WITNESS. For, although Gireth has con fessed the shooting and all the subsequent events, he has never given a conclusive motive for the murder. Hoyt announced his only wit nesses would be Frank McCamp- bell, manager of the auto court when Gireth and the young woman 'registered as man and wife and where her body was found; Deputy Sheriff Richard E. Condon; Dr. Gertrude Moore, autopsy surgeon, and Dr. Ben jamin W. Black, Alameda County alienist. Auto Dives Into Slough; Welder Dies STOCKTON, Aug. 7. Pinned in his automobile when it plunged into the waters of Trappers Slough off Borden Highway near here, Loyal Luther Horton, 23, Oakland shipyard welder, lost his life today. Horton's companion, Everett Lee Beals, 42, 634 Sycamore Street, Oakland, escaped from the submerged car and dived several times in vain to save Horton. Bcals told the highway patrol that Horton had swerved to avoid an oncoming machine but lost control and the car overturned into the slough. Horton had been en route to Sacramento to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Enos Horton. His Oakland address was 633 Cleve land Street. ' SUPERVISORS EXPECT TO ACT SEPT; 1 ON MARKET ST. LINE Board Advises Mayor State Appraisal of Trolley System, Boyd's Report Will Be Ready Then Supervisors should be ready September 1 to sit down and bargain on lease-purchass of the Market Street" Railway, Supervisor Chester R. MacPhee, finance committee chairman, advised Mayor Rossi by letter yesterday. : Following Thursday's stormy committee session, at which Rossi accused the board of "blocking" unification of the city's street railway systems, MacPhee contacted the State railroad commission and was told that its appraisal of the Market Street company properties, requested by the board. ! should be completed by the end ; of the month. ; BOYD REPORT NEAR. " r I Controller Harold J. Boyd's re-! port on financial facta involved in tne proposed lease-purchase deal, is expected to be forthcoming in about two weeks. Accordingly, MacPhee requested that Rossi arrange to have Harry B. Lake, representing the principal Market Street Railway bondholders, come here September 1 from New York for conferences with the mayor, public utilities commissioners and supervisors. "I will comply with the request forthwith," said the Mayor. "That's what I've been trying to accomplish all along to get everybody together around the table and negotiate a final deal." BOARD URGED TO ACT. In a letter to MacPhee, the mayor - suggested . that, when Lake arrives, the board of supervisors resolve itself into a committee of the whole, prepared to meet constantly, if necessary, with city officials and other Interested parties to the end that this matter may be disposed of as soon as possible." When Lake was here In May, Rossi and utilities commissioners did the preliminary negotiat ing which led to their recom mendation that the city pay a basic price of $8,350,000 for the Market Street lines, on seven-year terms totaling $11,534,415. MURDER CASE PRESSED fxifiyy yy v'iCyyyy-Sy-yyy,"?'iy ! ? -y V"'H. -iiyy- - . ' : ' : ' ; -Ml i y", yy:ny:y.y::;yy--y -yy:x I i:i: ; : . - yy ' '- I f .'7 -v.:v--ii f K : y I ; 'ft":""' y ' ' 1 ! i ;v:::-:4: :v- I f- . I PROSECUTION Mrs. Lucien Doyen, who accused Mrs. Mary Slater of killing her husband, Lucien Doyen, is een conferring with prosecutor, Leslie Gillen. ' ' ' - ' Photo by San Franclsio Examiner, Cornelius J.Ryan. Dies From Injury Cornelius J. Ryan, veteran executive of N. Gray and Com pany, funeral directors, who had beon ill since July 1 when he was injured in an automobile accident, died yesterday. . ! Mr. Ryan, who lived at 2980 California Street, was a member of San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3 and Pacific Parlor No. 10, N. S. G. W. He is survived by hi widow, Emily, and three sons an-l Ihree daughters, Boyd Again Heads Regional Service Controller Harold J. Boyd was re elected yesterday to his fourth term as chairman of the city's regional service committee. The group' was organized in 1939 for! the purpose of fostering closer relations between San Francisco and nojphboring communities in northern and central California. Slash Proposed in Alameda Tax Rate Down 5 cents went Alameda County's proponed 1942-43 tax rate yesterday as the board of Widow Held lor Trial in Noice Slaying City to Spend $500,000 on Fire Fighting The fire department yesterday moved to add to its auxiliary fire fighting equipment with a requisition that $499,380 in equipment be purchased with funds from $500,000 fire protection bonds which were sold several weeks ago. , The requisition was approved by Mayor Rossi. Included in the' request for equipment were: Twelve chief's automobiles, $12,000; three battery wagons, $36,000;. . twenty- three one and one half " ton 27.690: thirty truck Mrs. Mary Slater, black clad, childless widow rcrurrd of slay-ltrucks. ing the father of three children.jbodics, $6,000; 178,000 feet of two was murned to the County Jailland one half inch hose. $178,600: supervisors adopted a tentative yesterday to await trial for mur- Sismcse connection, $12,000:xre-budget calling for $15,118,092 in dcr before the superior court, ducing valves, S21.000; 10,200 annual expenditures. I Sixty-nine years old, Mrs. Slater stirrup pumps, $52,530; thirty-six ffci K,iBf' ,m ,i .1"" uk:iBLU uiiiwo way radios, a,ouu; laaaers, . 6 i Lucien Doyen, her downstairs -m. .Vlnr ralW the tho -hiofe u":'""' ill ii.riiiWIS in i.ic .VMLaim, lOllIlCl llCtlirJICII fO SIIISGFoniing to have a few drinks.' No . . . ;one objected to that until he got i "obstreperous" . and asserted hp j could shoot around corners. " Police came both the Larkspur and Corte Madera departments 4. vaiicu tact, uic vuici C! a . u v..u State psychiatry board o asked that tne case be continUed bars, was "indisposed last night because "Leo Is too 111 to appear and didn t appear in Larkspur tonight. Police Court to face charges of; Judge Flor looked sympathetic disturbing the peace and illegal and ordered the chief to appear discharge of firearms. . jnext Friday night at the same time. . -- Chief Bunner, in uniform, had jLOSt 111 TaXIS LiOVC IOIICFS - jambled over the Corte Madera- ijaiKsfjur line cany- inursaay GIRL'S DEATH PROBED SACRAMENTO, Aug. 7. (INS) Authorities today investigated the death of pretty Sophie Vickers, 27, formerly of who was struck taxi tax rate of $1.30 per $100 in ,as sessed valuation, compared with the 1941-42 rate of $1.35, said George Janssen, board chairman. The total was ?573,1"3 less than last year's figure of $15,632,130. Janssen explained that .this resulted largely from reductions totaling $812,000 in the cost of caring for the aged, blind, children and indigent poor, The difference, between this saving and the reduction in' the budget total results from in creased salaries and other costs, the chairman said Complaints and criticisms' of the budget will be heard by the board at meetings August, 10 to 20. Adoption of the final budget is set for August 27. New Motor Coach Line to Shipyards A new motor coach line, No. 47, will be inaugurated between downtown Richmond and . the Richmond Shipyards tomorrow. Alfred J. Lundberg, president of Key System, announced yester day. . The service, divided Into two operations, will serve all three by a yards and the prefabrication l plant. neighbor, July 15. . , Upon completion of her story before .llfihicijial Ji:d:ie Peter J.I r.iuians yes-.orc.ry, urs. si-tor was ordered held to answer to the superior court.' Leslie. Gillen represented the district attorney's office during the Municipal court he?ring, and the widow of the victim, Mrs. Lucien Doyen, testified. ' i New Rector Named) For Trinity Church The Rev. Sumner Walters has been elected to succeed Dr. Don ald Brookman as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1668 . Bush Street, Dr. Harry A. True, senior warden, announced yesterday. The Rev. Mr, Walters has been rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda snce 1935. ' . $10,000; nozzles and fittings, $50,000; auxiliary fire stations, $32,000; architectural services, $1,S50, and administrative ex pense, ?600. Rossi declared he had not been able to learn how much of the requisitioned equipment would be made available to the city, but announced the fire department would take all it could get ., San Francisco civilian defense headquarters announced also that fourth class of instruction, for special interior wardens" will start Wednesday at the Palace Hotel TAX REFUND UPHELD The Ninth Circuit Court of Ap peals yesterday upheld the peti tion of the Empire Star Mines, Ltd., of Grass Valley, for refund of $4,599 in social security taxes imposed in-1939. The decision affected thirty miners .working under a "lease agreement." i S.F. Sets Meet on Disease Control More effective wartime control of venereal disease in San Francisco will be discussed by city, State, Federal and military authorities at a meeting called by Mayor Rossi for Tuesday aft ernoon. The meeting has been arranged at the suggestion of Regional Supervisor Edwin James Cooley of the social protection section. Federal Security Agency, author of a plan for co-ordination be tween the police, courts and health department ' ' iller Waves t o Show Guards They Forgot to Bind Arm; Dies in Gas Gel! Maurice L. Briggs, 27 year old Guards who strapped him to Briggs was convicted of mur Tie's my favorite cabdriver," Kitty Carlisle, vaudeville singer, said yesterday of W 1 1 1 1 a m Brown, husky pilot of a San Francisco taxi. ' - Miss Carlisle, currently playing In "Show Time" at the Curran Theater, turned up at an her hotel yesterday minus expensive purse. An hour later Brown restored It to her, saying she had left it jand took him to San Rafael, where in his cab. "It contained ?23 In cash, and a package of old love let'ers worth much more to me, the singer said. he was lodged in County Jail. His ? .'Ether, Inspector Leo Bunner of the San Francisco Police Depart ment, bailed him out with 5100 sand had him transferred by ambulance to an Oakland hospital Jjqs Angeles youth, died in San Quentin's gas chamber yester day for the murder of Nat Rosen berg, also known as Nat Ross, one time movie producer. , Briggs,' who insisted that he would rather die than serve a life term, accepted death calmly, al most stolidly., As he started for the chair had hurried from the chamber and slammed the door behind them when Briggs recalled them. He waved one arm to show that it was free and that the . guards had not completed the preliminaries of the execu- dering Ross in the rag reclaim ing plant operated by the former movie producer. Briggs asserted that Ross was attempting , to steal the low of his young wife. Betty, employe : of the plant. Briggs, himself, had worked for Ross but had been discharged a the. chamber he turned to War-!"0"- muicKiy, tney remeaiea me; month earlier. He used h:s first den Clinton Duffy and remarked: Imistake-and eight minutes later j unemployment insurance check "Everythine U O. K, war- jDr. C. P. Marple pronounced,to purchase the rifle with which den. Goodbye jBriggs dead. I he killed Ross. cnr h s En Bane lo Hoar Ai eat raz Kitlnaper-s Flea For the second time In Its history, the Ninth United States Circuit Court of Appeals sat en banc yesterday to hear arguments on . the petition of Thomas II. Robinson, Kentucky-kidnaper of Mrs. Alice Stoll, fcr release from Alca-trnz on a writ of habeas corpus. Arguing- for Robinson, Attorney Frederik Walss based his claim for the fcidni"cr's frr-clo-n en three counts t''"t neblnwtn was Is?""? t'-e rime of. his trial In Louisville In 1936; that he was deprived of the right to counsel, and that he was not a free agent represented by counsel when he pleaded guilty to the kidnaping charge. United States Attorney A. X Zirpoli opposed the Insanity claim on the grounds the circuit court had no right to go behind the Federal District Court's findings at the t'.rite. lie es!:ed for and rer??ve 1 H submit bri?fs and c?r?sl- tions regarding the claim for counsel.

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