The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on May 25, 1931 · Page 1
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San Bernardino, California
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Monday, May 25, 1931
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.7 THE WEATHER TODAY'S ISSUE 12,740 (Member of A. B. C.) FAIR MONDAY AND TUESDAY EXCEPT SHOWERS IN THE WEST PORTION MONDAY: NORMAL TEMPERATURE; MODERATE WEST WINDS OFFSHORE THIRTY-SEVENTH YEAR TWELVE PAGES 85c a month So a copy MONDAY MORNING, MAY 25, 1931 ill n usfefs Ill rWif o) PICTURES MAY PROVE REASON FOR 1011 ('holographs Showing Lawyer at Gay Party Thought Grounds For Crawford Slaying 'SED TO COERCE ATTORNEY lark Hears Substance of Tale But Remains Silent Though Facing Death Charges (By Associated Press) LOS ANGELES, May 24. Authorities disclosed to-lay what they believe to be lackground of the killings of -harles H. Crawford, boss olitician, and Herbert F. -pencer, editor of a political expose magazine, in Hol- ywood last Wednesday. Meantime, David Clark, former rosecutor, now municipal judge mdidate, accused of the slayings, till refused to say anything, and olice still sought June Taylor, un-erworld character, believed to ave knowledge vital to the case. The theory of police and district ttorney's investigators is that 'lark feared he was about to be exposed" through photographs of imself at a gay party and affl-3.vits from women who were Aere. Jsed in Attempts Ko Corrupt Clark As investigators told the story, he pictures and affidavits were sed unsucrf-'ully In attempts to )rce Clark, "--n a deputy state rosecutor, to "throw" the second rial of Albeit Marco, vice leader. y manipulation of the Jury panel, uperior Judge William Doran assed up the whole panel on his wn motion, however, and Marco .as convicted in a shooting case. nvestigators said the affidavits nd pictures later fell into the ands of Crawford, who just be-ore his death had been opposing 'lark's judgeship race. In this situation, Clark saw him-elf faced with political defeat, loss f reputation and disruption of ome life, the investigators said, fe recently learned, they ex-lalned, that Crawford was con-ected in some way with Spencer nd believed they were preparing o attack him. Vas Friendly Also fo Marco Interests The story of the party was that 'lark, after the first Marco trial, as invited by a "friend," who, un-eknown to him, was friendly also i Marco interests; that women ere there to "frame" him, but that 'ther women and men attending id not know this; that photo-raphs were taken secretly, and (Continued on Page Two) "tandard Wage Will p- Figure in Steel Row (By United Press) ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., May 24. Vage contracts which will be used i the basis for wage negotiations ffecting 500,000 workers were re-cwed today under terms existing 11 present contracts, with no wage uts. Negotiations were between the V'estern Sheet and Tin Plate Man- ifacturer's association and the malgamated Association of Iron, Uecl and Tin Workers, and af- erted directly on 25,000 employes. The statement read: "In refusing to incorporate wage eductions in the new contract, both he manufacturers and the labor mion heads feel that they are but greeing with the dictum of Presi- lent Hoover that wage slashes at his time will retard seriously the estoration of normal business con- litions." Pilot Loses Life as Winds Capsize Ship (Bv United Press) PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 24. James Ritter, chief pilot for the Ytlantic City Flying service at At- antic City, was killed today at finder field when a cross wind lipped over his plane ahd caused t to crash, The machine was only 25 feet rom the ground when the wind urned it over. It fell bottom up, .vith the pilot's body crushed under he engine. Ritters home was In Iventnor. He leaves a wife and four -:- Murder Mrs. Charles Crawford, whose huband was shot to death in what was believed to have been a Los Angeles political fued, and her daughters, Joan, 9 (left), and Eleanor, 11. Eleven-year-old Warren Spencer (inset) lost his father, Herbert Spencer, at the same time. liO T (By Associated Press) BRAWLEY, May 24. Scores of experienced desert men were deployed in a wide arc today over the arid wastes northeast of Pegleg wells, advancing toward the Chocolate mountains in search of Peter Gundcrson, 68, prospector, who disappeared last Wednesday. Gunderson went into the desert for a day's exploration, carrying only a water bottle and a small amount of food. He has been traced into Paradise valley, 25 miles northeast of Niland, but there the trail ends and fear amounts almost to conviction that he is listed among the many prospecting fatalities of the Colorado desert. Camped near Pegleg wells with hi j partner, Jack , Hailey, Gundcrson set out Wednesday to prospect the region for placer showings. When he failed to return that night in accordance with his promise, Harley enlisted the assistance of other miners and searched the desert all night and the following day. Harley went to Niland Friday and telephoned the alarm to the Imperial county sheriff's office at El Centro, and Sheriff George L. Campbell and Undersheriff Rodney Clark formed a posse there. Still another posse was formed last night, but only footprints leading into Paradise valley were found. Dempsey's Divorce Plans frill Vague RENO, Nev., May 24. Plans of Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion, for obtaining a divorce from Estelle Taylor, actress, were the subject for conjecture in the divorce colony here tonight. Dempsey had resided in Reno six weeks last Friday but he has not appeared at the county clerk's office to file suit for divorce. The new law requires only six weeks residence for divorce seekers. WAR MOTHERS ILL PARIS, May 24. Mrs. George Gertrude Olsen, American gold star mother from Hayti, S. D., continued critically ill tonight in the American hospital. Mrs. Jennie McAblee, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Catherine Lutz, of Buffalo, who have been ill, were improved and probably will leave the hospital tomorrow to accompany the party of gold star mothers on their tour of battlefields. Mellon Agrees Borrowing Planned to Meet Deficit fBv Associated Press) WASHINGTON, May 24. A borrowing program to meet a deficit of $800,000,000 or more this year, and another, uncstimated, next year, stood in sharp relief today against criticism heaped upon the nation's revenue system by treasury heads. Secretary Mellon called for revision of the tax system last night. He thus added his weight to that of Undersecretary Mills, who recently' termed insistence upon a balanced budget "the one means I know of compelling a government to live within its income, and of making the people realize if they I desire to expand the services of the Widow and Orphans -:- Light Rains Reach State Off Pacific (By Associated Press) San Francisco, May 24. A depression noted off California for two days moved onto the Pacific Coast today, attended by showers over the state from the southern citrus region to the Siskiyou mountains. A prediction for generally cloudy weather in the far western states Monday with showers in California tomorrow morning was issued by the Federal weather bureau. Tuesday will be fair and somewhat warmer in California. San Francisco received .33 inches rain, San Jose .62 inches, Sacramento .14, Soda Springs .56, Eureka .20 and traces in Fresno, in the last 12 hours, the weather bureau said. In the last 24 hours Los Angeles received .01, San Diego none, Santa Rosa .32 and a trace at Stockton. Plane Crash Sends Rolph Home by Car (By Associated Press) QUINCY, Cal., May 24. Governor Rolph, contrary to his usual mode, returned to Sacramento today by automobile. He flew here yesterday to attend ceremonies incident to the installation of a Rotary club charter. This morning Pilot C. C. Allen, of the Varney Flying Service, took up Traffic Officer William S. Long on a test flight. The plane cleared the 1,800-foot runway but when 300 feet in the air the motor stopped. The plane landed in a swamp and was slightly damaged. Blast of Manicure - Fluid Kills Woman (Bv Associated Press) LAGUNA BEACH, May 24. Mrs. Ethel Shields, divorced wife of Frank Shields, wealthy St. Louis lumberman, died here today from burns received yesterday when a manicuring fluid in which she was bathing her hands exploded. Mrs. Shields was noted through the Middle West for her beauty. She had been visiting friends at Long Beach for some time. government they must inevitably look to increased contributions In the form of taxes." Mellon reaffirmed the statement of other officials, that borrowing would be resorted to in meeting the deficit. With just six weeks remaining of the present fiscal year, the treasury had a deficit of $985,670,- 314 on May 21. Income tax colleC' tions in the 10 months and two weeks had dropped $315,000,000 un der those of the corresponding period last year to $1,558,000,000, and customs duties had declined $155, 000,000. Miscellaneous Internal rev enue dropped $47,000,000. PDPEHESEHTS SPAIN'S II (By Associated Press) VATICAN CITY, May 24. The Vatican will make strong represen tations to the Spanish republic against last Friday's religious liberty decree, it was learned tonight. Church officials are said to consid er the decree to be a clear viola tion of the concordat still in exist ence between Spain and the Vatican. This question, as well as the burning of church property and the treatment of priests and nuns in Spain, were understood to have been thoroughly discussed by Pope Pius today during an hour and a half's audience with the Spanish Primate Cardinal Segura. The primate was obliged to leave Spain and arrived in Rome last night. Segura talked over the situation with Cardinal Pacelli, secretary of state. The report which Cardinal Segura made to the pontiff and any decision which the pope may have made were kept secret, except the decision to pretest to the Spanish government against the liberty decree which had the pope's approval. The primates only public com ment so far was a fervent exclamation when he arrived, "pray for Spain." The future plans of the cardinal were not made public but he is expected to remain here several days in order to give a full report on conditions in Spain and to confer with officials of the state depart ment regarding the church's course. Pilot and Passenger Die in Air Tragedy (Bv Associated Press) WAYNE, Neb., May 24. Guy Strickland, 42, pilot, and Wayne Putman, 20, Naper, Neb., were killed late today when the airplane Strickland was piloting struck a down current of air, went into a tail spin and crashed four miles northeast of here. Strickland, who lived in Wayne, righted the plane just before it struck the ground, witnesses said. The wreckage and the bodies burned. 1 Two Injured When Bombs Are Hurled (By United Press) LONDON, May 24. Exchange Telegraph dispatches from Lisbon tonight said two persons were in jured in the Portuguese capital at 7 p. m. when two bombs were thrown into two of the city's principal streets from a viaduct in the center of the city. The streets were thronged with holiday crowds when the bombs exploded and a bad panic resulted. The bomb throwers escaped. Novelist Declares Jazz Age Finished (By United Press) NEW YORK, May 24. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the novelist who gave the jazz age its name and "discovered" the flapper, believes that the age of jazz has ended, according to a letter just received from him by his publishers, Scribners. Fitzgerald said the jazz age lasted 10 years, from the suppression of the May Day riots in 1919 , to the stock market crash in 1929. R SLAYERS TOLD Details of Gruesome New York Murder Revealed by One of Participants in Deed STORY CHECKED, CONFIRMED Broadway Night Life Character Lured Into Car on Pretext Of Stealing Diamonds 'Bv United Press) NEW YORK, May 24. Harry Schlittcn, alias Harvey, confessed today he witnessed the murder of Vivian Gordon, Broadway night life character, and he named the men who strangled her to death, Police Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney announced tonight. She was killed, the confession said, after she entered a car with three men, one of whom she intended to help rob of $250,000 In uncut diamonds. The slayers, according to the reported confession, are: Harry Stein, already held on first degree murder charges in connection with the case; Samuel Green-berg, alias Green, arrested Sunday afternoon while on $4,000 bond as a material witness in the case. Complete Story of Killing Is Recited Greenberg will be charged with first dorree murder. Schlitten, according to Mulroon-ey's announcement, which was read dramatically In his office while Mayor James J. Walker, District Attorney McLaughlin of the Bronx, and detectives who worked on the case looked on, told a complete story of the killing. His story, Mulrooney said, had been checked by police and had been confirmed. The Gordon murder mystery, coming when it did at the height of the Inquiry into the conduct of the New York magistrates courts, threw the city and state into tur-mail, for Vivian Gordon, red haired, attractive, once committed to prison on what she termed a "framed vice charge," had promised to testify concerning the framing before Referee Samuel H. Seabury. She was killed the night before she was to testify. Daughter of Woman Committed Suicide Shortly thereafter, a 16-year-old girl, Benita Bischoff, daughter of John Bischoff and Vivian Gordon, who had known her mother only as an artist, an accomplished dancer' and entertainer famous in New York, was so mortified that she killed herself when she learned the revelations concerning her dead mother. The confession, read as It was, was interpreted by Mayor Walker as a "vindication of the police department It explained the murder as follows: "On the night of Feb. 25 at Grand avenue and Thirty-eighth street, Stein and Vivian got in the (Continued on Page Two) Finance Wizard to Face Prison Term (Bv United Press! CHICAGO, Mav 24.-John "Jake the Barber" Factor, seedy Chicago hair trimmer of 20 years ago turned suave International financier, will learn tomorrow the formal charges upon which the British government hopes to extradite him to London where he is accused of swindling citizens of some $5,000,000. Attorney for Godfrey Haggard, British consul in Chicago, will present 250 pages of depositions to United States Commissioner Edwin K. Walker, detailing "Jake the Bar ber's" alleged dealings in Rhodesia copper, and other worthless secure ties. Flagstaff Mexican Slashed With Knife (Bv United Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 24. Jose Garcia, 25-year-old Flagstaff Mexi can, was stabbed to death during a duel in a railroad drainage tunnel near here today. His body, bearing numerous wounds, was found by Gregorio Hernandez. Bloodstains and the condition of the ground near the tunnel, indicated the youth had participated in a desperate fight, then tumbled over an embankment In an effort to escape from his assailant, believed to have suffered Moral Aid Expected From United States In Arms Reductions Announcement on Memorial Day Awaited in International Circles of Paris By JOSEPH E. SHARKEY (Associated Press Writer) PARIS, May 24. Moral help from the American Government and the American people in pushing for ward reduction of armaments Is generally expected In International circles In Paris. The opinion is being expressed that American encouragement will be sorely needed if any serious hopes are entertained as to the success of the general disarmament conference at Geneva next February. Since it has been a tradition for American ambassadors in France to make important political pronouncements on Memorial day, there is considerable speculation as to whether Walter E. Edge will touch on the world's desire for disarmament during his speech next Saturday at Suresness cemetery. Expect Agreement Against Increases The most ardent advocates of disarmament, it is learned, are expecting no more than an agreement to refrain from increasing land and air armaments to result from next year's gathering. It is believed here that Germany will not be satisfied with such a solution, because she has always wanted what she call3 a leveling of armaments, meaning reduction of those of the former allies to something approaching Germany's strength or else a right to increase her arms to a point approximating IS IN CRASH (By Associated Press) CLEVELAND, Ohio., May 24. James D. Cleveland, air mail pilot, was killed early today when his plane crashed into a mountain near Bellefonte, Pa. Cleveland left New York at 10:30 p. m. eastern standard time, bound for Cleveland. On account of poor visibility he was flying blind. When near Bellefonte, according to National Air Transport officials, he lost his bearings and crashed into the side of a mountain. The plane caught fire immediately afterward, and the 1,000 pounds of mail he was carrying were destroyed, N. A. T. officials were unable to say whether any valuable mail was in the shipment. The plane was due in Cleveland at 12:30 a. m. This is the first accident on the "hell strip" of the New York-Cleveland air mail run since Tommy Nelson lost his life near Cleveland in 1929. Barnes Is Reported Saved From Disease INDIO, May 24. Al G. Barnes, veteran circus owner, was reported recovering from a serious attack of pleural pneumonia today by his physician, Dr. Russell M. Grey. Dr. Grey said Barnes was resting comfortably after a major operation to drain the patient's lungs, and that he was "practically certain" to recover. - BOMBS HURT 15 ATHENS, Greece, May 24. Fifteen persons were wounded in the Macedonian towns of Cavalla and Drama when bomb explosions occurred, messages received today said. Officials said communists were suspected of being responsi-. ble for the bombings. III President Rests as Plan For Economy Is Approved (By Associated Press) ORANGE, Va., May 24. President Hoover relaxed today at his Rapldan camp after approving preliminary plans to embellish and continue next year a postoffice department economy program calculated to save $38,000,000 this fiscal year. Postmaster General Brown and the assistant postmasters general rested with him after agreement on a program to increase efficiency and effect economies. The former officials returned to Washington late in the day the third department group to arrange reduced ex-the President's order those of France, Poland, Czechoslo vakia and Rumania. At present there Is no official indication in Paris the 1932 conference will be postponed, or that France wishes such a postponement. One or two extreme nationalist organs like La Liberte have started a campaign for postponement, on the grounds that France runs a risk of having the 1932 meeting re sult in increased armaments for Germany, while those of France are stabilized. The positive attitude of Foreign Minister Aristide Briand against the proposed Austro-German cus toms treaty is regarded here as a sign of a new French determination to adopt a firm policy on International problems, which seem to affect France's national security. Patriotism Is Aim Of Youthful Group Virile forces are seen at work In the country to foster this attitude, especially among the powerful organizations, known as "Youthful Patriots." This is a more moderate body than the Italian fascist party, but has similar patriotic aims. The organization held its annual convention today at La Rochelle, The aims of the Youthful Patriots is to bring about union among political parties at home, and to combat socialism and communism and to encourage a vigor ous policy on all questions linked with preserving France from future aggression. SEEK MIST AFTER SLAYING (Bv United Press) PHOENIX, Ariz., May 24. Police of four southwestern states joined forces tonight in an effort to apprehend a motorist, driving a bloodstained automobile, for questioning concerning Arizona's second desert murder mystery this year. The body of a man, believed to be. Frank J. Fanning, 27, of Los Angeles, was found on the desert near Gila Bend, Ariz., Saturday several hours before the motorist sought was released by Fort Worth, Texas, authorities. Driving the bloodstained machine, the man was arrested In Fort Worth where he told of a holdup and ' shooting near Gila Bend, in which "Frank Fanning was wounded and returned to Los Angeles for treatment." He was released later. An appeal was sent to peace officers of Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to join In the hunt for the automobile, and to .rearrest its driver. Officers Guarding Negro From Noose (Bv United Press) RICHMOND, Mo., May 24. Armed deputy officers tonight guarded a 24-year-old Negro while Mrs. May Wrisinger, mother of the girl he is charged with attacking, pleaded with citizens to "punish" the prisoner. Paul Haman, the prisoner, denied he attacked the girl. "We are prepared for any mob that comes," said Sheriff R. C. Wil-lard. A group of citizens gathered about the jail Friday night and Saturday morning, shouting threats to the Negro. There were no attempts to storm the prison, however, and the crowd was dispersed. in as many week-ends at the Rapldan. Plans for cutting war and interior department outlays' have already been launched. Officials at other de partments will meet with the chief executive at later week-end confer ences at the' camp. The group )f postal officers laid before Mr. Hoover a review of the drive for economy he ordered last summer, showing the $38,000,000 saving for the year to end June 30, out of the $843,000,000 appropriated. The plan agreed upon contemplates a saving during the next fiscal year of $15,000,000 uu" Ibe SS41.000.000 annrnnrlutlnn. SEVERAL HURT IN EFFORTS 10 mm rnrrnnsii UN hKttUUIVI Guards Wage Two-Hour Fight To Subdue Prisoners as Frame Structures Burn Down FIRE DEPARTMENT BALKED Efforts to Quench Flames Meet Opposition of Angry Mobs At Eastern Penal Farm (By Associated Press) VANDALIA, 111., May 24. Prisoners at the Vandalia state penal farm put the torch to five temporary wooden dormitories tonight then battled with guards nearly two hours in attempt ing a break for freedom. Four escaped but were captured while several were reported to have been, wounded. Hooting and shrieking defiance, the 600 odd prisoners, most of them sentenced for minor offenses, milled in the barbed-wire enclosure, hurled rocks, and tried to club their way out. But by 10 p. m. (central standard time) guards and Vandalia police had herded them into a corner of the farm and encircled them with a cordon of gunners. Frame Structures Flared Up Quickly The frame buildings flared up like torches, and the Vandalia fire department was balked In an effort to save them as the prisoners hindered efforts to connect fire hose. Chief of Police O. A. Hibbard was slugged by a prisoner, and sev eral guards were reported to have been hurt in the melee. The farm, designed for the more tractable of the state's convicts, lies outside of town. It is un-walled, barbed-wjre fences only encircling the grounds. The flare-up was the second this year. In April, five convicts were shot and wounded as they attempted to fight their way to freedom. Men Were Kept in Temporary Housing The outbreak was described by Col. Frank Whipp, superintendent of prisons, who arrived as it was going on, as an attempt by the prisoners to escape under cover of the fire. The men had been living In temporary wooden sheds but were to be moved Into newly-completed brick buildings next week. It came in the wake of rioting at the twin upstate prisons in Joliet, HI., when inmates at Stateville ruined many of the buildings, and (Continued on Page Two) Fastrate Plans To Regain Power (Bv United Press) LIMA, Peru, May 24. The gov ernment announced today the frustration of a plot to restore Lieut. Col. Luis M. Sanchez Cerro, former head of the military government, to power. Several persons were arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the present provisional government headed by Dr. Samanez Ocampo, whose regime was established af ter Sanchez Cerro was forced to retire. Sanchez Cerro, leader of the suc cessful Arequlpa revolution last year, had planned to return here to be a candidate for constitutional president in the forthcoming elections. 4 Suggests That Old Men Face War Fate (By Associated Press) KANSAS CITY, May 24. In an address at St. George's Episcopal church here tonight, the Rt. Rev. Alfred Oilman, Episcopal bishop at Hankow, China, proposed that in event of war men 40 to 60 years old be sent to the front with the young men left at home. "Older men have had all of llfe'i experiences," said the blbhop. "WhJ not let them die? The young mer. have a rlnht to discover life." Bishop Gilman said the Nationalist government in China wu usiny old men la armies. l-t- e i, a te S d 's ry ba y m le ial a te ed es be ry ch A, 88 ho 8F-ttd If y. p- ey he )S9 Ira er- It y. siy re-la ins tel ny ts, hy lse ell A. W. is les srs mt ws rt. m. of he all or l a n ral Ji fte ng ms up cal es. ze, est he n da d ire ng ng ist ey isa id ist 1 he id o- n-

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