The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on July 25, 1940 · Page 3
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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York · Page 3

Brooklyn, New York
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Thursday, July 25, 1940
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r i " IN IB -; " I ACES THEFT CHARGE Mrs. Mary B. Roberts, right, is parged with having taken $500,000 from her late em-loyer, Samuel C. Thomson, well-known mining engineer, jy misuse of the power of attorney which he had granted her. Above is the handsome home on Ridgecrest East at Scarsdale where the 51 -year-old widow lived with her mother and 1 9-year-old son. CLUBWOMAN HELD IN THEFT OF $500,000 FROM BOSS Mrs. Mary B. Roberts, 51, for20 ears confidential secretary to the ate Samuel C. Thomson, wealthy mining engineer, was under arrest today in her home at 14 Ridgecrest East, Scarsdale, charged with having embezzled at least $500,000 from I Mr. Thomson up to the time of his ' death 12 days ago. I Mrs. Roberts, an active figure In j club and charitable affairs in West-I Chester County, was in a state of 1 nervous collapse when detectives from the office or District Attorney Dewey of Manhattan called on her yesterday. After a medical exam-i lnation, she was permitted to re-I main at home, while women detec U. S. Approves Plans To Stabilize The War Department has given . preliminary approval for the construction of a seawall and breakwater at Jones Inlet, at an estimated cost of $700,000, to halt erosion and improve shipping and boating conditons, it was announced Jointly today by the Town of Hempstead, the County of Nassau and the Long Island State Park Commission. Array engineers will prepare complete engineering surveys, plans and final estimates of cost, it was said, and it is expected that on the basis of this more complete data final approval by the Federal Gov-rnment will be forthcoming in e for appropriate Congressional km at the next session. ftoponents of the project pre- jped their plans at a hearing on 8, at which Col. C. L. Hall, ited States Army District Engi- er, presided, and Army engineers Ive been studying the plans, cost itimatcs and engineering phases f the problem since. The project calls for the construction of a large stone breakwater on the east side of Jones Inlet, similar to the one now under construction at Fire Island Inlet, with a seawall and breakwater on the west side, at a total cost of $700,000. The town, county and State have Jointly offered to defray Beach Employes And Life Guards Cut in Rockaways A decrease in the number of life-fruards and beachfront employes in the Rockaways has been made this year because of city budgetary reductions, it was learned yesterday. Guards on duty along the beach from Far Rockaway to Neponsit total 177 as compared with 204 last Summer. Last year 300 others were employed on beaches. This year there are 152. The entire oceanfront between Beach 19th and 22d Sts. in Far Rockaway has been designed by the Park Department for the exclusive use of surf-casting fishermen, but fishing is barred from all other areas of the beach from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., it was announced yesterday. A ban against oceanfront bathing off Beach 38th St. Edgemere has been effected because of the danger of splitting rocks and the adjacent , Jetty. Work on the erection of the overhead structure in connection with . the grade-crossing elimination between Beach 112th St., Rockaway r:.!K. film ucaLii ou Di.. iminatva.r Beach, has been started. 1 The Chamber of Commerce of the Kockypys is urging that the old . Far Rockaway High School annex at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 68th St., Arverne, be con-Verted into a vocational school in connection with the defense training program. 3 Army Planes Make Emergency Landing Toms River, N. J., July 25 Three U. S. Army training planes en route from Langley Field, Va., to Mitchel Field, L. I, were forced VTIria VTh!.! HhoU tives maintained a 24-hour-a-day guard there. The alleged half-mfllion-dollar embezzlement was discovered, Mr. Dewey revealed, when Clifton 8. Thomson, lawyer, of 63 Wall St., Manhattan, son of the mining engineer, made a search of his father's assets and, expecting to find $750,000 in securities which his father had told him existed, actually found no more than $250,000. Mrs. Roberts, investigating police said, had had power of attorney from her employer and had withdrawn and sold securities, using the proceeds in stock market and other "unfortunate" investments. Most of the money, Mrs. Roberts was said to have admitted, was lost. Jones Inlet 50 percent of the cost, with the Federal Government contributing the other half. Will Arrest Erosion Stabilization of the inlet will make it safe for navigation, it was said, and will open up communities like Freeport and surrounding villages to deep-draft commercial navigation. Commercial boating and pleasure boating have increased in the last few years In spite of dangerous navigation conditions in the inlet. The Point Lookout shore on the west bank of the inlet has been slashed away at an alarming rate and under the new plan for improving the inlet this erosion will be arrested. The Long Island State Park Commission is prepared to grant the necessary easements and permits for construction of the large east breakwater. Improvement of the inlet will provide a safe entrance to the State Boat Channel which now extends for 20 miles along the inside of the beach from Jones Inlet to Fire Islr.nd. Opposition to the proposed improvement has been negligible, it was said. At the Feb. 8 hearing those opposed to the project were Hans F. Kammeyer of Freeport and George W. Bishop of Rockville Centre. G. W. Hill Defends Tobacco Industry In Anti-Trust Probe President George W. Hill of the American Tobacco Company, one of eight major tobacco companies accused of violating the Sherman anti-trust act by monopolizing the industry, said today in a letter to stockholders that the Government's prosecution was intended to "promote economic theories wholly foreign to American principles of fair competition and enterprise. "If the prosperity of an industry, the growth and successful operation of a company, its interest in its stockholders, were to be made cause for attack, then we (the American Tobacco Company) could scarcely expect to be immune. Having nothing to hide and being confident that our company was doing no wrong, we voluntarily made available to the Department of Justice all of the company's records and files, and during the entire period of its investigation ... the department has not found it accessary to subpena a single document." Hill said that the company's increased volume "in turn is refltcted in benefits to the farmer who grows the tobacco." "Despite a certain group of theorists Inside and out of Government office," he concluded, "that remains the only sound way to benefit the farmer increased consumption, increased markets, increased demand for his produce." to make emergency landing near here last night when their gasoline supply ran low, according to State police. t 'h 1 j ii in rfil. L. I. GOP LEADER HELD FOR JURY IN PAY FORGERY J. DeLiso, Road Foreman, Accused of Getting $87 For Fictitious Worker Special to the Brooklyn Eagle Smithtown, July 25 John De Liso, president of the San Remo Republican Club and a foreman in the town highway department, was released in $1,000 bail to await action of the grand Jury when arraigned before Justice Royden W. Klein here yesterday on a charge of forgery In the third degree. De Liso is accused of having placed the name of John Morelly on the highway payroll as a part-time worker when no such person was employed. Each week, it is alleged, he would sign that name on the payroll and indorse Morelly's paycheck. It was estimated that he had received $87 since May by this method. Highway Superintendent Robert Walsh signed the complaint against De Liso after he had received a report from a storekeeper that the latter allegedly had been cashing checks made out to John Morelly at his store each week. Assistant District Attorney Harry Brenner questioned members of the road gang and failed to find a John Morelly when he called the roll. De Liso, who organized the San Remo Republican Club a number of years ago, was recently elected to a third term as president by acclamation. Murder Suspect Held in Rifle Theft Charles J. Farley, 24, of 90-05 175th St., Jamaica, under investigation by District Attorney O'Dwyer as a suspect in the holdup slaying of Patrolman Nicholas Moreno, was being held today in $500 bail on a charge of stealing a .22 calibre rifle from a gasoline station at 186-43 140th Ave., Springfield, on June 11. Farley was arraigned with Frank Chamberlain, 18, of 43 Bartlett St., also held in $500 bail, in Queens Felony Court yesterday after Louis Caridad, 22, of 288 Smith St., another suspect in the Moreno murder, was held in $25,000 bail in Brooklyn Felony Court on a charge of looting $204 of clothing and jewelry from a tailor shop at 217 Smith St., on Feb. 4. $50,000 Movie Camera Leaves on Plane for Coast A motion picture camera, valued at $50,000 and said to be noiseless in operation, was aboard a Transcontinental Western Airlines strat-ollncr today bound for the Twentieth Century-Fox studios at Hollywood, Cal. The machine, weighing 150 pounds, the first of ten such cameras to be constructed, was insured by T. W. A. officials for Its full value before it was placed aboard the plane last night at LaGuardia Field. Cameras now in use at most of the studios cost about $15,000. Girl, 15, Dies of Injuries Suffered in Pool Plunge Nancy Schulman, 15 - year - old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Schulman of 248 Franklin Ave., New Brighton, S. I., died last night In St. Vincent's Hospital, West New Brighton. The girl broke her back July 14 when she plunged into the shallow end of the pool in the Goodhue Playground, New Brighton, and struck her head, FANTASTIC CRIME TALE UNFOLDED BY YOUNG SUICIDE Pens Confession, Leaps From 9th Floor Repents Leaving 'Swell' Family Niagara Falls, N. Y., July 25 (P) A fantastic tale of crime reaching from Hollywood to New York was revealed by police as they Investigated the purported confession of a youth who leaped to his death from ft ninth floor hotel window early today. Police Lt. Timothy Toohey identified the youth as Jackson Brown, 21, of Chicago. He said Brown left a note addressed to Chicago police, listing crimes which included holdups, mail robberies, jewel robberies and bogus check thefts in cities reaching from Coast to Coast. Police Immediately communicated with Chicago authorities in an effort to establish the youth's identity more fully and to learn whether the "confession" was genuine. Police said a birth certificate found In the youth's clothing indicated he was born in Winthrop, Mass., the son of Leon and Pauline Porter Brown. Detective Martin Wager of the Niagara Falls Police Department said the youth's note was penned on hotel stationery, and began: "I have willed it that I would never go to Jail because it's so easy to Jump out of a window. I can't live my life over again, so lt has to be this way. "I'm one of those smart fellows who ran away from the swellest family a man could ask for. "I think I should go to the top floor because I'm too Ignorant to die 3 More Reported Poisoned by Fish The number of Brooklynites stricken last week with food poisoning from infected smoked fish rose to 37 yesterday, as the Health Department received reports of three additional cases here. The three, all adults, were affected about a week ago and are convalescing, according to Health Commissioner John L. Rice, but the cases were not reported until yesterday. Previously, the illness of 34 persons and the death of a five-year-old boy in Brooklyn had been reported, leading to an investigation by the Health Department. Mayo Trial Postponed The trial of John W. Mayo, 26-year-old Washington newspaper artist, accused of breaking into his wife's apartment at 131 Joralemon St. on June 6 and shooting her roommate, Lila Belle Andrews, was postponed today until September. Women forever smart dark sheer with off V on white A summer-into-fall fashion .. , in jet black, navy or brown vertically ribbed sheerest rayon . . . with white-as-snow scroll-edged detachable pique . . . Fits divinely . . , the skirt flaring with easy grace! Main Floor Sports Shop 1b cme rnruant prooltlyn 15 Hanover PI. off Fulton Larrer ,0rdcr, I j Sizes by mail ' or j i 33 10 phone !. i 56 MAin . if 4-4353di ..... U CITY WONT FIGHT RETIREMENT OF FIRE CHIEF, AIDES M'Elligott Again Orders Pensions for Self and 7, Stays as Commissioner Fire Commissioner John J. McEl-ligott retired himself as fire chief and retired seven other officials of the Fire Department on substantial pensions in a special order issued yesterday the same action that was scored last February by Mayor LaGuardia as aiding a "hand-picked few" and which led to a court battle. The Fire Commissioner retired himself only in his rank as fire chief, and not as commissioner, a civilian office. His pension as fire chief will not start, however, until he has retired as Fire Commissioner a position which carries no pension rights. The new order was based on a decision by the Appellate Division on May 31 upholding the right of the Fire Commissioner to order the retirements and to set the rates of the pensions. Reached for comment last night, Mayor LaGuardia said: 'This order merely conforms with the order of the court. I decided not to appeal the court's de cision. This merely maintains the status quo." Mayor Investigated Commissioner McElligott's orig inal order, issued on Feb. 23 last, was rescinded by the Mayor, who ordered an investigation of the pension order. Mr. McElligott had voted himself his full salary of $11,250 a year as a pension and set the pensions for his associates at from two-thirds to three-quarters of their regular pay. Others affected by the order were Deputy Chiefs George L. McKenna and James W. Heffernan, each $5,000; Chief Medical Officer Joseph B. Smith, $4,725; Capt. George J. Foster, $3,000, and First Grade Fireman John P. Ryan, $1,950. Place $1,500,000 Order Combustion Engineering Co., Inc., has received a contract for installation of a large high pressure forced circulation boiler for the Montaup Electric Co., involving roughly $1,500,000. It is understood that Combution Engineering will probably close additional substantial contracts In near future. Frederick ' LOESER CO., ftm Also ( Garden Qit JULY CLEARANCE PIANOS ENTIRE STOCK FLOOR SAMPLES, MANUFACTURERS' SAMPLES. DEMONSTRATION AND TRADE-IN PIANOS Group 1 598 to $159 SMALL CONSOLES AND SPINETS. Many tyle to choose from. All look and round like new! -Group 2 $160 to $295 FAMOUS MAKE SPIN-ETS. Beautiful designs. Mellow tones, responsive actions. Group 3 $188 to $298 BABY AND P A R LOR GRANDS. Each one an exceptional Iniy! Supply is limited! Many othrr vnluci in pianos Jnrluclin(t Stcinway, Knabe, etc. Come early for bfM (flection! Convenient Payments At-ranged. Piano Salon-Fourth Floor. Faltoa it Bond, Br.oklya TR.' 1-tlOI Fitskli. tt 9th. Ctrdei City C. C 1800 Mrs. Cornelius N. Bliss Jr., L. I. Socialite, Wins' Divorce Special to the Brooklyn Eagle Reno, July 25 Mrs. Evelyn Byrd Dows Bliss has divorced Cornelius N. Bliss Jr., grandson of a former Secretary of the Interior. She charged cruelty. A sealed agreement provided for custody of their two children, Cornelius 3d and David AddLson Bliss. The boys are 3 and 2. The Blisses were married in St. John's of Lattingtown at Locust Valley on June 24, 1933. Since their marriage they have lived In Glen Head. Mrs. Bliss Is the daughter of David Dows of Charl THRIFT DAYS AT WEBER AND HEILBRONER FORM-FASHION SHIRTS 20 off Whites and Fancies The hest-fitting shirts you've ever worn because they're tailored in a new way that eliminate bulking and bulging. FORMERLY S2.50 to $5 69 (3 for Comfortable weights and weave. All regular stock. Holies, Sweaters Pajamas, Underwear also substantially reduced USE OUR EXTENDED CHARGE ACCOUNT SERVICE WEBER ce HEILBRONER 381 Fulton Street (Opposite Ihrough Hall), Brooklyn TrodKWO'k ffgil't'rf r IROOKLYN EAGLE, THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1940 ton Hall, BrookviKe. Her greatgrandfather was David Dows, president of the Produce Exchange. Mr. Bliss is a grandson of the late Cornelius N. BILss, Cabinet member under President McKinley and one of the founders of the American Red Cross. His father is a director of the Bankers Trust Company. Pope Receives Cudahy Vatican City, July 25 (U.R) John Cudahy, United States Ambassador to Belgium, was received in private audience by the Pope today. SALE! Tropical Worsted SUITS $ carry. Tailored to the strict specifications for which Weber and Heilhroner is justly famous and very attractively priced at $22.30. Drop in today and put your summer on ice. SALE OF TIES 95 S2) formerly l formerly $1.50 formerly $2 and $2.50 Thousands of smart ties from our regular stock SALE OF HOSE 39 69 formerly 50C formerly Wolff of Brooklyn Union To Attend Conference W. C. Wolff, domestic sales manager, Brooklyn Union Ga Com pany, will attend a meeting of th American Gas Association Refrigeration Committee to be held July 26 at the Palmer House, Chicago, III, it was announced by John W. i West Jr , secretary of the commit tee. Plans for the first quarter of the second year-round gas refrigeration campaign sponsored by the committee, which will begin October, 1940, and close September, 1941, will be drawn up at this meeting. 22.50 NO CHARGE FOR ALTERATIONS these fine suits are lightweight rcUtions of the smartest worsteds we $l.65 (3 for S2) l

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