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Brooklyn E Weallicr Forecast WaJl Street Stocks, Curb Closing Prices AGLE V ! Br U. S. Weather Bonn Rain, Warmer Tonight. Tomorrow Clearing, Colder Detailed Report on Pate 7 DAILY AND SUNDAY 99th YEAR No. 5 latere In the BrMklja PiiMffin M Cliu Mail Matter BROOKLYN, N. Y., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1940 C7riM 140 THREE CENTS MB go mi ill Finns Admit Capture of 'Anchor9 Fort Report Red Troops Using Koivisto Area As Base for Drives Helsinki, Feb. 24 W) The Finnish high command admitted today that the Russians held the fortified coastal area of Koivisto and had made it the starting point for r.ew drives toward Vilpuri and against strategic Islands in Vilpuri Bay. The daily communique declared the enemy's losses were heavy" in Hails Volunteers Uehinki, Feb. 24 (AP) Field Mar thai Baron Manner-heim today welcomed Steedith and Norwegian volunteer into the Finninh army in an order of the day interpreted to mean a large number of theie volunteer now are on the firing line. "To you who hare left your home and loved one to thare with ut the danger and trial of war, I offer the thank of the Finniih nation," aid Mannerheim, these attacks but did not say whether they were successful. Until today the Finns had not admitted loss of the Koivisto region, which had been the western anchor of the Mannerheim fortress lir.e across the strategic Karelian Isthmus. TWO UNITS 'ANNIHILATED' The communique listed Russian dead of more than 2,350 In yesterday's fighting lr addition to annihilation of two detachments of undated size. To the east, almost In the center of the Isthmus front, the high command said two Russian detachments "which had penetrated our positions were wholly -annihilated," and at Salmenkaita, "the attacking enemy was hurled back and compelled to leave on the field over a thousand killed ' The Finns said "about a thousand" Russians were killed on the Eastern Front in one sector northwest of Lake Ladoga and 350 others In the Kuhmo sector Just below Finland's narrow waist. STORM 2D LINE Helsinki, Feb. 24 (U.R) Many Russian dead were reported today in an official Finnish War communique which said Russian attacks near Koivisto, at the head of the Gulf of Finland, and in the Islands of the Vlipurl Archipelago had been repulsed. Using tanks and snow plows, tens of thousands of fresh Russian troops struck in heavy snow and fog at the second line of the Mannerheim defenses to meet strong resistance which, reports from the front said, held the Red Army in Its tracks. ATTACKS REPULSED Russian attacks were repulsed at Yla-Somme, near Koivisto, and at Kaemaerae. Two Russian detachments, the communique said, were trapped east of Lake Muola inside Finnish lines and were annihilated. More than 1,000 Russians were killed. In the Taipale region, at the opposite end of the Mannerheim Line from Koivisto, repeated Red Army attacks were driven off by Finnish counter-attacks. Northeast of Lake Ladoga enemy attacks were repulsed and the Russians were forced to retreat, leaving 1,000 dead and 15 tanks on the field of battle, the communique said. Two Russian planes were shot down, the communique said. It charged also that the Russian air force had bombed a Finnish hospital train, RED LEADERS MEET Moscow, Feb. 24 (U.R Political and military leaders of the Leningrad area, which is general headquarters for the Finnish war, held a con ference Thursday night, it was disclosed today. Flu Cases Drop Washington, Feb. 24 (U.R) The United States Public Health Service reported today that there were 16,-548 influenza cases during the week ended Feb. 17, a decrease of 35 In one week but almost double the five-year average of 8,591. In the Eagle Today ATlttlon Books - - t - ID Grin and Bear It Heffernan t Helen Worth- Lost and Found- X NoTfl Is Obituaries 7 Pattern Badls 16 Brain Tuwr 1 Bruce BUven Brides n Csssel's Cartoon 6 Christian Science 8 Churches 6 Clifford En- t Comics 17 Crossword lit Dr. Brsdr 17 Editorial Ed Hnthcs 10 Erents Tonlthl- IK Financial 13-14 Garden Corner. 16 Real Estate 18 Robert Quillen 17 Shipping S Rocletr 4 B ports 10-1! Theaters 1R Want Ads Woman's -Weather - -14-18 4 7 Two More Solved by :4:S:':'f '!:.Lfi:J:-: ."'riX J ;pi'6H :;?;J irvv : 'f. l' wmi m A H'- IsnpawtisMsV. jtsis 1l iiiml'i) 'iZMl, to, issm ' Albert (Hooks) Gaettl, already under Indictment for one murder, has admitted to another slaying and the shooting of a detective, thus solving two puzzling crimes. Gaetti's confession is another link in District Attorney O'Dwyer's war on crime. (Eagle Staff photo.) Britain Denies Domination Is Aim of Allies Chamberlain Hints At Bid to U. S. to Aid In Post-War Pact Birmingham, England, Feb. 24 (U.R) Prime Minister Chamberlain, in the most explicit statement of war aims since the war started, said today that the Allies were fighting against Nazi world domination, to secure the right to live for small European States, to abolish the spirit of militarism and to gain Independence for the Poles and Czechs. In the last of a series of "war preparedness" speeches by Cabinet ministers, Chamberlain said the Allies did not want domination themselves and did not covet anybody's territory. They were fighting, he said, to right wrongs which Germany had inflicted on people who once were free. And Germany herself, he said, could do more than any other nation to re-establish confidence "since she herself has done most to destroy it." WANTS RELIABLE PROOF "When she is ready to give reliable proofs of her good will she will not find others lacking in the will to help her overcome the economic difficulties that will accompany the transition from war to peace," he said. "In our aims there Is nothing humiliating or oppressive for anyone and on such a basis we on our part should be ready to seek a settlement with any government that had subscribed to those aims and given proof of its sincerity." Chamberlain almost contemptu-osly criticized Russia's war on Finland. Chamberlain Indicated that Britain would welcome United States participation In the reconstruction of Europe after the war. NEXT STEP UP TO NAZIS "It is for Germany to take the next step to show us that she for Continued on Pare 2 Jackie Coogan and Ma Divide His Earnings Los Angeles, Feb. 24 f) Jackie Coogan and his mother have finished dividing up what remains of the $300,000 he earned as a child movie star. Superior Judge Emmet H. Wilson approved a final accounting of the receiver named when Jackie brought suit to recover the proceeds of his earnings. The judge overruled objections of the mother, Mrs. Lillian Bernstein, to payment of $2,100 in dividends from an insurance policy on her son's life. The money assertedly was paid to Coogan on his demand dur ing the litigation with his mother. Shootings O'Dwyer Drive on Crime Nets Pair in Murder and Wounding of Cop District Attorney O'Dwyer's drive to rid Brooklyn of vicious criminals, which has already netted half a. dozen notorious mobsters held for murder, swept on today with two more men already in Raymond St. jail for homicides additionally charged with killing a lunch counter proprietor and shooting a detective. Both crimes had been puzzling the police for months and their solution announced early today by Assistant District Attorney Turkus follows the arrest yesterday of Harry (Happy) Maione and two of his gangsters on homicide charges and the arrest on Feb. 2 of Abe Reles, Buggsy Goldstein and Anthony Maffetore, also for murder. ADMITS MURDER The latest link forged In the cleanup chain involves the statement of Albert Gaettl, 25, a Manhattan gangster in the Brooklyn jail on one murder charge, who has admitted to the District Attorney that he is responsible for the murder of Samuel Chioccola of 84-136 102d Ave., Ozone Park, In Port Washington on Nov. 30, last. Gaetti's signed confession also admitted, according to Mr. Turkus, that he shot Detective James Furey of the Queens Homicide Squad last Dec. 13, after the holdup of the Richmond Hill Stamp Company at 113-01 Liberty Ave. IMPLICATES ANOTHER Gaetti's confession also implicated George Dolny, 22, of 3011 Avenue M. in both crimes. Dolny and Gaetti are both under indictment for the murder of John Edward Glass. 38, of 49 Franklin Road, West Engle-wood, a bridegroom of only three months, who was shot on Jan. 21 in a bar at 708 5th Ave. Glass was kidnaped and brought into the bar by his two captors who attempted to hold up the place. During the holdup, Glass attempted to free himself by throwing a glass at his captors and he was promptly shot throught the eye. The murderers escaped but a few days later were arrested and indicted. Both men were questioned at Continued on Page 2 Light Snow, Rain To Pelt City Today Light snow changing to rain, and a temperature of 40 degrees is forecast for New York' and vicinity this afternoon. Rain and warmer weather tonight will be followed by clear skies and a drop In temperature tomorrow, Quadruplet Dies I Jasrvr Aln Feh 94 (ll.P)PaH.h and Charity survived today but Hope was dead. Six weeks old, one of the quadruplets born to a sharecropper family, she died last night of colic in Jasper County Hospital. Her sisters, Faith and Charity, and her brother, Franklin, were well and thriving. Oslo Nations Meet to Fig ht For Neutralty Sweden Goes Off The Gold Standard Calls Parliament Copenhagen, Feb. 24 P) With the flames of two wars threatening to engulf their countries, the Foreign Ministers of Denmark, Sweden and Norway jointly sought today means of halting the sinking of their ships, bombing of their towns and viola tion of their territorial waters, "while still maintaining their neutrality. Foreign Ministers Dr. Peter Munch, Denmark; Halvdan Koht, Norway, and Christian Gunther, Sweden, scheduled meetings this afternoon and Sunday. Koht declared before the first ses sion that "the sharpened sea warfare" and its effect on the Scan dinavian countries would be one of the principal topics for discussion. "Parallel action" by the three countries will be considered, he said. Even as the Foreign Ministers gathered, word was received that another Danish vessel, the 1,206-ton Aase, had been sunk in the Atlantic with the loss of 16 lives. However, the United Press reported, Gunther was delayed in Stockholm as Sweden faced a difficult diplomatic situation as a result of Russian denials that Red army planes had bombed the Swedish frontier town of Pajala. Sweden went off the gold standard as the government convoked a special session of Parliament for tomorrow afternoon. ANXIETY MOUNTS Anxiety mounted in the Scandinavian countries as these problems faced their statesmen : 1. Repeated sinkings of Norwegian, Swedish and Danish ships by submarine and mine action. The three countries already have lost more than 50 ships with a loss of 600 lives. 2. Settlement of the Altmark in cident in which British warships invaded -Norwegian territorial waters to seize 299 British seamen imprisoned on a Nazi ship. 3. The bombing of the Swedish town of Pajala near the Finnish border. Sweden said Russian planes did the bombing; Russia has denied it. The conference of the three ministers is their second since last Dec. 7 when they met at Oslo to consider means of negotiating peace in the Finnish-Russian War. CHARGE 'PUREST PIRACY' Even as Koht left Oslo last night for the conference, the sinking of two more Norwegian ships and the setting fire to a third in the North Sea were reported. Norwegian newspapers attacked unrestricted submarine warfare as the "purest piracy" and the Shipping Times asked whether it "would not be a fair situation if deliveries to Germany from Norway were reduced by one loading each time the Germans sink a Norwegian ship." OSLO SENDS PROPOSAL Oslo, Feb. 24 (U.R) The Norwegian Government instructed its legation in London today to propose to Britain that the Altmark incident of a week ago, when a British destroyer seized 299 British seamen from the German prison ship in Norwegian waters, be referred to an international court. A week ago last night, after the Altmark had cleared the Norwegian port of Bergen, the British destroyer Cossack forced her onto, shore ice in Joessingen Fjord and boarding party, guns blazing, clambered aboard and released the Imprisoned seamen. Norway at once vigorously protested British invasion of Norwegian waters as a violation of her neutrality. Britain countered that the Norwegians had been lax in their duty as neutrals. Germany also protested to Norway. Knife Left on Chair Kills Boy Violinist Santa Monica, Cal., Feb. 24 (if) Ten-year-old Benny Knypstra Jr. of Mar Vista finished his violin lesson and sat down to relax in an overstuffed chair. An eight-inch knife, which had been used to sharpen a pencil and forgotten, pierced his back. He died in a hospital. Movie Cowboy Slays 'Varmint'' Who Had Called Him 'Yellow' Hollywood, Feb. 24 (U.R) Jerome B. (Blackjack) Waid, 49, bewhlsk-ered, shaggy-haired motion picture cowboy, was in jail today for slaying another movie cowboy so dramatically that spectators thought he was acting. Blackjack said he killed John Tyke 45, after a long feud. He said Tvkc had called him yellow. "Them's words no man worth the powder to blow him to hell will take," Blackjack said. "So I went to my car and got my gun. I shot him once through the windshield,'' Says He Saw Girl in Taxi Before Murder Witness, Ex-Convict, Gives Tangible Clue In Mystery Slaying A taxicab driver was sought by police today as one who could throw light on the baffling murder of Miss , Frances Marks, 23-year-old book- j keeper. i An unnamed witness has told in- j vestlgators, that he saw her in a j cab in the vicinity of where her strangled, frozen body was found In a ditch on E. 101st St., Manhattan, Thursday morning. The body was found 10:55 o'clock and she had died, the autopsy indicated, between 3 and 4 a.m. According to the police, she was seen alive in the taxi-cab at 3:15 a.m. Assistant District Attorney Jacob J. Rosenblum of the Homicide Division and his staff questioned 46 persons, during the night in a session that did not conclude until after 2 a.m. today, and among them found one who was apparently among the last to see the Marks girl alive. WITNESS EX-CONVICT Mr, Rosenblum said the witness was a Negro, a habitue of the Little Italy neighborhood in which Frances Marks met her death. The man, whose name was not revealed, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years for rape in 1913, Mr. Rosenblum said, and in 1922 was arrested a second time for an attack on a woman. The man was finally released but police were asked to examine further into his I record and his activities on the! night of the murder. Among the 46 questioned, all of whom were released without giving any important Information, were Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Dexter of 1661 Carroll St., at whose home Miss Marks had boarded. Police meanwhile pressed their investigation of the telephone call which the girl made to a "late date" in the early-morning hours Thursday. The girl telephoned from the garage on E. 98th St., Manhattan, where she was working at nights to supplement her earnings as a book-keener durine the dav In n cilir house. Charles Adams, the Negro watchman in the garage, heard Mus Marks telephone information, get a' number and then speak to that number. He did not hear the I conversation. SEEK TO TRACE CALL The telephone company is cooperating with the police in trying to trace the call. Another telephone call made by the girl that night has been tracked down and yielded little towards the solution of her mysterious slaying. That call was made to Irving Idelowitz, at his drug store, 302 E. 100th St., Manhattan. Police questioned Idelowitz all day yesterday and learned that Miss Marks called him about a weekly payment she had made on a $50 loan. Idelowitz arranged for the! girl to get a loan which she in turn j had given to a man in the pickle company where she once worked. He lost bis Job and was getting married and Miss Marks arranged for the loan. 'CLUE' COLLAPSES A snapshot of a young man found in the girl's purse collapsed as a clue in the murder mystery when the picture was identified as her brother Jacob. ' The girl's body was without shoes when it was found in the excavation. Police yesterday found a pair of women's black suede shoes at Sunrise Highway and 230th Place, Laurelton. They were brought to Manhattan to see if they fit the girl. Several other pairs of shoes picked up in various parts of the city have failed to fit the girl. Dr. Thomas A. Gonzales, chief medical examiner, revealing the result of the autopsy, said the girl had been strangled to death, that there was no evidence of liquor and that she had not been criminally attacked. The girl died about 3 or 4 a.m. Thursday. Her body was found at 10:55 a.m. that day. There was no doubt that she was slain elsewhere and brought to the excavation. Tyke fled and Ward got out of his automobile and ran after him in high-heeled boots and tight blue leans. He killed him. firinz as he ran. I "I fed that varmint for on to 10 years," he said. "He was always pes- i terln' me and wanting to fight." j .Bystanders ana otner movie cowboys, who witnessed the shooting at Columbia Square in the center of Hollywood, thought they were watching a scene being filmed. The crowd fled when a stray bullet chipped a piece of tile from a drug store's :'oot. Death Etuis Career ' ' " " t f ' - V - - , I . .5 1 " 7 it - , 4 t L - V - - J 1 Borough President Raymond V. Ingersoll Ingersoll Was Veteran Foe of Tammany Hall Crusader for Brooklyn Improvements Also Had Fine Record as Labor Mediator itajinond Vail Ingersoll lived to se ' take a major part in two political revolts, 20 years ai . ., in New York, against the domination by Tammany Hall. He was part of the "reform" movement of 1913 which resulted in the election of Mayor John Purroy Mitchel, and the following year was named by the Mayor Park Commissioner of Brooklyn. That reform movement was shortlived, ending with the defeat of the Mitchel ticket for re-election. Two decades later the same forces led to another sweeping de- ieat. 01 lammany. inis ume 11 wasn't called "reform," and it was! Mayor Acts to Block Fire Chiefs9 Pensions Mayor LaGuardia arrived at City Hall at 11 a.m. toca7 and within five minutes had called into his office Corporation Counsel William C. Chanler and Commissioner of Investigation William B. Herlands to map out a program to stem the pension tide that broke in the Fire Department with the sudden resignation of Commissioner John J. McElligott and the pensioning off of eight other department heads. Stanley Howe, executive secretary of the Mayor, and Fred V. P. Bryan, first assistant corporation counsel also took part In the conference. Assistant Fire Chief Joseph O'Hanlon of Brooklyn was In the ante-room waiting to see the Mayor. All inquiries at Fire Headquarters about the mass resignations were referred to the Mayor. First Deputy Commissioner Elmer Mustard, named Acting Commissioner by the Mayor, said today it was "quite evident other applications for pensions are being contemplated." Mustard said since the Mayor has not accepted McElligott's 'esigna-tion, the latter is still the commissioner. TO RULE ON LEGALITY Mr. Chanler was called in to report to the Mayor whether the wholesale resignations are legal, it was understood. Commissioner of Investigation Herlands plunged into a searching probe of the moss retirements on orders from Mayor LaGuardia who, furious at what he considered a trick of the men Involved to get higher retirement pay than would N. J. Legislature Backs Barring Paupers' Vote Newark, Feb. 24 (A1) State Senator Homer Zlnk (R.-Essex), chair man of the Joint Legislative Emergency Relief Committee, expressed today general approval of a report which urged the removal of State Relief Director Arthur Mudd and the imposition of a pauper's tag on every "adult, able-bodied male of sound mind" after three continuous years on relief. The affect of the tag would be to disfranchise those persons. built on a wider base, with perhaps a keener awareness of the Tammany shortcomings and the city's needs. Again Raymond V. Ingersoll was In the thick of the planning for the revolt, and when the election (of U933) was over he was Borough Continued on Page 2 be due them under the new pen sion plan beginning July 1, insisted that "they can't do that." McElligott himself, the Mayor agreed, was protected by law In his action and was entitled, after 35 years in the department, to retire on full pay of $11,250 a year. But he would fight to the limit, the Mayor said, the retirement of the eight other Fire Department officials on two-thirds and three-fourths pay instead of half pay as provided in the new pension plan. BORO CHIEF RETIRES Included among the eight was Deputy Fire Chief James W. Heffernan, in charge of Brooklyn and Queens, who was retired on a pension of $5,000 a year. Commissioner McElligott, who was removed to St. Clare's Hospital, 415 W. 51st St., Manhattan, yesterday, had sent his own resignation as Fire Chief and Fire Commissioner to the Mayor earlier In the day. The commissioner was suffering from a streptococcus throat Infection and influenza. "I am nrnmnt.erl in rtnincr ra " Via saId ln a statement announcing the resignation, ' by reason of the long 1 years of gee and ais0 owing to tne uncertainty of the future due 1 ' Continued on Paje 3 Germany, Italy to Sign New Commercial Pact Rome, Feb. 24 (U.R)-JDr. Karl von Clodlus, German economic expert, and Senator Amadeo Giannlnl will sign a new German-Italian commercial agreement late today, it was learned reliably. After the signing which will occur in the presence of the Italo-German Mixed Financial Commission, Clo dlus will proceed to Bucharest where he was expected to increase German demands for increased exports of Rumanian petroleum products to Germany. Official 64, Won Note as Civic Leader Family at Bedside As He Succumbs Following Operation Borough President Raymond V. Ingersoll died at 11:50 a.m. today in Long Island College Hospital, where he was operated upon Wednesday. Mr. Ingersoll was 64. Mrs. Ingersoll and members of the Borough President's family were at his bedside when the end came. Mayor LaGuardia, informed at City Hall of Mr. Ingersoll's death, dropped everything and rushed to the hospital. He was too shaken to say comment, except to say: "This is a terrible shock; I am going to the hospital to see Mrs. Ingersol at once." Mr. Ingersoll had been ill since the middle of December when he was stricken with pneumonia at his Summer home in Duck Island, Northport. He was taken to the hospital early this week for the operation. News that the Borough President's condition was critical was learned early this morning when Mrs. Ingersoll and other members of the family hurried to the hospital and a room was engaged for the Borough President's wife in the hospital. At 11 a.m., Superintendent Bernard McDermott gave out the fol lowing bulletin: "The condition of the Borough President has taken a turn for the worse and must be regarded as critical." The bulletin was signed by Dr. Lowell B. Eckerson, Dr. Tasket Howard and Dr. Fedor L. Senger. MAYOR, MORRIS ARRIVE The Mayor and Council President Newbold Morris arrived at the hos pital at 12:40 p.m. and went imme diately to the room. The Borough President was well on the road to reeov$-' from the pneumonia attack when the abdom inal complication was discovered and he had to be removed to the Huntington Hospital for preliminary treatment. " After a short period ln that hospital he returned to his country home and later was brought to Brooklyn. The operatijn was performed by Dr. Senger and Dr. Howard T. Lang-worthy, well-known boroueh uro- logical specialists, and Mr. Ingersoll I was reported to have withstood the 'surgical procedure exceptionally well. Yesterday it was announced that the Borough President had spent a restless night and that he was beginning his third post-operative day, which was recognized as a critical period in his illness, but that his condition was "generally favorable." Daughter Is Born To Wife of Italfs Crmvn Prince Naples, Feb. 24 UP) A daughter was born today to the Princess of Piedmont, Belgian wife of Crown Prince Umberto. The eight-pound, ten-ounce baby, third child of the Crown Prince and Princess, and her mother were reported doing well. Younger sister of three-year-old Prince Victor Emmanuel, who may be Italy's king some day, and five-year-old Princess Maria Pia, she will be named Maria Gabriella. Queen Elena came to Naples where most of Italian royalty has been born In the past two centuries last night, and King Victor Emmanuel was expected today after which a preliminary baptism, the so-called lustral water rites, probably will take place. Crown Princess Marie Jose, the Princess of Piedmont, Ls the daughter of dowager Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. Crown Prince Umberto arrived lrt Naples two hours after the birth. He telegraphed Pope Pius XII, who replied, imparting his benediction cii the new princess and her parents. The Hot Scat Somerville. Mass., Feb. 24 (.V -Harold J. Ronco. 40. buiit a fire with newspapers under the chair in which his wile, Ruth. 38. was sitting. They took her to .he hospital with second degree burns. Harold went to the police station charged with drunkenness and mayhem. Eagle's Annual Real Estate Review and Home Buyers' Guide Will Be Published Tomorrow II

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