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Wednesday, March 24, 1937
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Pi,, . THK MOCK I iMD AM The Veather Probably rain turning to snow and colder tonight. EIGHTY-SIXTH YEAR NO. 135. ASSOCIATED Pit EM UNITED PRESS ROCK ISLAND, ILL., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1937 TWENTY-TWO PAGES. MEMBER AUDIT BtTkEAQ CIRCtTLATIOH PRICE FIVE CENTS. CHEERS AT QUIZ ON COURTS BILL ANGER SENATOR Princeton University Head Calls Plan Step To-. ward Fascism. NEW PROPOSALS MADE Washington, March 24. (United Press.) Chairman .Henry F. Ash? urst threatened to order senate po- It - . 1 . 1 . J.. ,11 ... committee room of spectators today after sharp exchanges over President Roosevelt's ctfurt plan evoked outbursts by the .audience. Ashurst gave his warning when applause and cheering by spectators marked a disoute between committee members during questioning of President Harold Dodds of Princeton university. Dodds opposed the Roosevelt court plan. The dispute broke out when Senator William Dieterich, Democrat, Illinois, charged Dodds was "not helping this committee at all" after the Princeton executive declined to suggest what sort at constitutional amendment he favored as a substitute for the court plan. - Senator Edward R. Burke, Democrat, Nebraska, protested Diete-rich's questioning, evoking applause from the audience. "It looks to me like the gallery Called 'Reflection on President Senator George McGlll, Democrat. Kansas, Joined in to say: "This witness has reflected on the president of the United States and, in a way, on the senate. I reserve the right to question this witness as I see fit." Senator CarlA. Hatch, Democrat, New Mexico, supported Mc-GiU and the audience demonstrated rigorously. Ashurst, after assuring his committee colleagues they would b allowed to continue questioning Dodds. warned the audience no more outbursts would be tolerated. ' Louis J. Taber, master of the National Grange, testified as the day s second witness opposing inn Judicial plan. Taber proposed : eplltttngntha proposed court bill nil O iwu jmiia. o uumiii votes on5 the supreme court reorganisation and the changes proposed for the lower courts. He praised the Roosevelt administration's aid for agriculture but insisted that if any fundamental chants Is needed It should be effected by constitutional amendment rather than the court method. 1 While the committee dispute wa raging, first administration comment appeared on Chief- Justice Charles Evans Hughes statement opposing enlargement of the supreme court. Attorney General Homer ?. Cum-mings issued a 2-sentence statement saying: V "The statement of the chief Justice is interesting. I hope it will be given careful study, as it will be the subject of discussion as the debate goes on." Dr. Dodds testified before the eomraittee as opponents of the president's plan presented their third day of testimony attacking the proposal. Simultaneously, two senators advanced measures to remises or alter the Judiciary pro gram, v-v Wheeler Proposes Law. Senator Hatch "proposed r amendment to the president's measure which would permit the number of supreme court Justice to fluctuate between nine and 15. senator u i iuh rv. vvueeier, ituiu-crat, Montana, foe of the plan. Introduced a bill to end child labor -i . ii ina servo a muuet iur iar- reacuiag ana euuuuxuu; icgis lation. "Tnt amcnament would conform ja th as, mvuimm ftrnnriBort In th president s message but not incorporated In the- bill introduced." Hatch said. "The bill at present (Continued on Page Two.) MISS EUSTICE HELD WITH SIX OTHERS ON KIDNAPING CHARGE Milan Bridge Lists as Abutment Gives Vay Chicago. March z. (Associated Press.) The nocturnal ''marriage" poratlon counsel, to Miss Marguerite Eustlce drew nearer the denouement today, with- seven prln ctpals held under bond on charges or kidnsplng. The "onae,' wno auriDUiea ner Vaanri f mm th nrAllnilnarw hrr Inc to approaching motherhood, was held to the grand Jury yester day along with her parents and four other witnesses to the alleged -ceremony performed at Morrison, 111., early on the morning of Feb. 3. Felony Court Judge Frank M Padden - said O'Brien's midnight nde was, in me conns opinion, a "kidnaping." He added, however, .he did not believe any of the de fendants wss a "professional kid naper." . Bound over, with Miss Eustlce, on bonds ranging from 1500 to 12.500 were Dr. William ' Eustlce, dentist of Elizabeth, III.; Mrs. Eustlce, George Casper of Elizabeth, Frank (Little Caruso) Penicara, James Norman and Joseph Abbata cola all of Chicago. f r ..... . . Leaning at a dangerous angle, the bridge over the southernmost branch of Rock" river, between Rock Island and Milan today appeared likely to topple Into the water. The above view was taken looking south across the damaged span. The south pier of the bridge was damaged in the recent Rock river flood and Jamming of ice, and there, has since been a gradual crumbling and washing away of the pier, causing the bridge to settle. (Argus photo), . , j FIRST MOVES TO INGREASETAXES OF STATE MADE Revenue Committee Will Hunt New Methods of Assessing. Springfield. 111., March 24.(As- sociated Press.) On the trail of new taxes, the legislature hurried the creation of a special committee today to consider revision of the Illinois revenue'. system. "It is evident that the present revenue sources are Inadequate," said a joint resolution adopted by the senate after leaders of both houses had conferred with Governor Horner, As the governor held further ses sions with appropriations sub-com mittees In an effort to balance the I1S.SS4.2S3 ' top-heavy budget, Speaker Louie E. Lewis said the house would promptly adopt the resolution to put five members of each house on the revenue committee.. Added income sources for the state government would make It unnecessary to slash the new budget. The administration expressed fear that the state's relief load would become heavier if the WPA is curtailed. , i May Extend Sales Tax. The resolution, sponsored by James O. Monroe of ColUnsville, senate revenue chairman, declared: "The present tentative state bud get clearly indicates the need of establishing and determining new methods of obtaining revenue for the administration of the state's governmental functions. ; The most immediate question to come before the revenue group will be whether the retail sales tax rate is to drop automatically to 2 per cent on May 1. If that Is done, new revenues must replace it. Monroe's sugges- Span Across Southernmost Branch of River Settling as Masonry at Pier Crumbles At 2:45 o'clock this afternoon, Hennepin canal workers stationed at the Milan bridge house reported the southernmost span over Rock river was still settling and that it was about six feet down at the end where a pier is crumbling in the water. Emergency temporary repairs were started today on the south abutment of the southernmost bridge over Rock river between Rock Island and Milan, after the span tilted at a dangerous angle last night, causing cessation of traffic between the two cities on United States highway 67, beginning at 9,:30 p. m. Not even pedestrian travel is permitted. , J , ;' (Continued on Page Two.) BOY'S KIDNAPER IIANGSIBELF Body of Slayer of Argen-. tine Heir Found Hanging in Cell. Buenos Aires. March 24. (United Press) Jose Gancedo, confessed kidnap-slsyer of 2-j ear-old Eugenlo Pereyra Iraola, heir to a vast cattle fortune, committed suicide In Jail early today, police said. Guards found him hanging In his cell at Dolores prison In Buenos Aires province when they changed shifts this morning. Ho had tied one end of his cloth saab, worn in place of a belt, to hia cell bars and the other around his neck. 4 Gancedo, an Itinerant ranch worker, was held for trial for murdering the- child he confessed luring from Its playground in front of th Iraola ranch -- near here. . , - - i Because of the social and polit ical prominence of the Iraola fam ily and the fact it was the first kidnaping of Ita kind in Argentina. the case attracted International attention. ... When found. th child's body was nude and It bore several bruises. The boy was kldnaned Feb. 25 and his body discovered in a cornfield near the ranch - four days later. - . - Rubble masonry of ths stone abutment washed out due to high stages of Rock river of this and previous years. At the height f the most recent flood a large Ice floe lodged against the span. The bridge today had settled three feet at the southeast corner. Wallace Trelchler, county superintendent of highways, was directed by the stste division of highways to take charge of emerg ency repairs. He said the abutment rests on solid rock, and that he expects the span can be jacked upright and made usable, pending permanent repairs. Four or five days will be re quired to Jack up the bridge to that It f may be used for vehicle travel, althought tt may be opened for pedestrian use tomorrow. Mr. Trelchler said. Conrad If. Schadt, Silvia, is the contractor In charge of this phase of the work. O. P. Goeke, Dixon,! district highway engineer, and other, district highway representatives conferred on the work today at the bridge site. Was Inspected Yesterday. By coincidence, the bridge became impassable just a few hours after the site was visited yester- (Continued on Page Two.) REOPEN MURDER INQUIRYOF 1 928 Body of Girl, 5, Found in Boiler ; 'Boogey Man . Hunted. Winnipeg, Minn., March 24. (United Press.) Search for the "boogey man" slayer of 5-year-old Julia Johnson, for nine years a baffling mystery to authorities, was reopened today with discovery of the decomposed body of the child in a disused, rusted heating plant boiler. On April 25. 1928, Julia was playing In front of the modest home of her parents. She disappeared. Frantic widespread search followed. The parents recalled that three days prior to her t disappearance the child ran sobbing to her mother with a story of a "boogey man" who "tried to get me." She described a man with - a brownish grey beard and mustache. That was the only clue. For nine years no trace of the child was found. j; ., YesteTday Wilfred Adamf entered the basement of at) old building into which he planned to move his work shop. He Inspected the rusted boiler. An apparent bundle of rags, stuffed In the boiler attracted his attention. He Investigated, The "bundle" was child's body. Relatives of the missing child Identified clothing and a child's ball, found with the body, at belonging to the missing girL Tractor Concern Denies . Defiance of CJ.0. Union Peoria. 111., March 24. (Associated Press.) Officials of the Caterpillar Tractor com pen v denied today published reports that the compaony had refused to recognize the Committee for Industrial Organisation as the sole bargaining agency for Its 12,000 employes, l - . A C I. O. field worker said he was "confident of a final agree ment." A meeting or workers last Monday night was adjourned until April ft. - v Department Head to Speed Work on Span F. Lynden Smith, director ol the Illinois department of public works and buildings, said at Springfield today that work on the damaged bridge across the southernmost branch of Rock river between Rock Island and. Milan will be speeded. In order to provide for early resumption of traffic In a telephone appeal to Mr. Smith. The Argus was assured that every .possible means will be utilized at once to alleviate the condition which has virtually cut off the city from its ' primary trade area. "We will rwph the work with all possible dispatch declared Mr. Smith, "because we well appreciate the seriousness . of the situation with . which Rock Island Is confronted in having its only direct highway approach cut off. The people of Rock Island may rest aasured that no time will ' be lost la remedying this situation." , EIGHTEEN DIE IN BURNING BUS ON ROAD IN ILLINOIS Passengers Are Skating Derby Contestants; Five Injured. OVERTURN NEAR SALEM CREW ABANDONS SHIP Forty Take to Lifeboats After Ex- plosion oa Freighter. Honolulu, T. ' H- March 24. (United Press.) A radio message front the Panamanian line freighter Fijian today said there was a ter rifle explosion la the forward hold of the vessel and that Captain Al fred Parker and the crew of 40 were forced to abandon ship and take to the lifeboats. The message was Intercepted by trie united states coast guard cut ter Shoshone in mid-Pacific. It said some of the members of the crew were Injured but gave no de tails. Position of the Fijian was given as five miles from Arutura Island, about one thousand miles from the Shoshone. It was assumed the Fijian, crew would bead for the is land in the lifeboats. Most of the Fijian crew were reported to be orientals. The freighter left San Francisco March 2 for the South sea islands and Mel bourne.: It carried no passengers. It was one of the boats that stood by the British motorship Silver- larch during Its recent fire. Early reports Indicated the Fijian was aoomeu. Salem, 111., March 24. (Associated Press.) The Salem hospital today reported that they had been Informed 18 persons1 had been killed and five seriously injured when a special chartered bus crashed into a bridge abutment this afternoon two miles west of here and overturned. Witnesses said the bus broke into flames immediately after the crash and fear was expressed that the death list might mount higher. Every available ambulance in the city was rushed to the scene. The hospital reported that five of the victims were brought in In a critical condition from burns. Tha dead were taken to funeral homes in the city. Charles Furcell, Salem newspa per man. estimated 20 persons had been killed and five seriously in jured. Trucks and passing passenger automobiles were pressed into serv ice to bring the dead and Injured into the city. So terrific was tha Impact that the motor was thrown many feet clear of the wreckage. ' Witness Phones Newspaper. St. Louis, March 24. (Associ ated Press.) Calvin Zimmerll, a resident of St. Louis, telephoned the Post-Dispatch from Salem, 111., today that he s&w a burning overturned bus on United States highway 50, three milea west of Salem. The newspaper telephoned W. E. Johnson, a Salem reporter, who said only five persons escaped from tha bus, which was enroute from St. Louis with participants in a roller-skating derby completed here last night. r At toe Coliseum, where the derby was held, official! said 20 roller-skaters . and two chauffeurs were on the bus when tt left here. The accident occurred, Zimmerll Informed the Post-Dispatch, when tha bus sideswiped a culvert, turned over on Its side and caught fire. He said both the driver and the relief driver were thrown through the windshield. The relief driver, whose name Zimmerll did not obtain, said f the bus had been chartered to take the roller-skaters to a derby at Cin cinnati. Ohio. Chrysler Sift-Down Reported By Congressman As Settled; ees to President Agr Confer SENATORS ASK ROOSEVELT TO DO SOMETHING Texas Congressman Pushes Bill for Investigating Strikes. CRASH FATAL TO FIVE; TWO HURT Freeport Man, Passenger in Orchestra Truck, Is Injured. . Austin, Texas, March 24. (Associated Press.) Five persons were dead and two seriously Injured today after a collision yesterday between an automobile and a dance orchestra's . truck. Two musicians and three passengers of the private car were killed. Another member of the orchestra, John H. Heldeu of Free port, HU was critically injured. The other person injured was a passenger In the car. A witness to the crash said he was driving over a hill when the orchestra truck passed him. At the same instant, ha said, a sedan drove over the Incline and crashed sideways Into the truck, both vehicles then turning over several times. Heiden wss a former student at the University of Illinois, where he played with the Hall Macklin band, he was Injured In 1934 In an accident at Waco which claimed two lives. The dead In yesterday's crash: Santord Henry. Salt Lake City, Utah; Edgar Williamson of Ogden, Utah, both musicians; Ed Davenport of Pallas, owner of tha sedan: his negro chauffeur. Earl Roberts, and Donald Tarr of Kingsman county, Kansas, a pasaenger. Driver in Sidney Snulh Death Crash Wins Suit Chicago. March 24. (Associated Press.) Wendell Martin, 35, of Wasetka, was awarded $50,000 damages by a circuit court jury for Injuries suffered Oct. 20. 1935. near Harvard, 111.. In a motor accident in which Sidney Smith, cartoonist. was killed. The plaintiff, allowed the full amount of his suit against executors of the Smith estate, con tended he suffered a broken jaw and hip when his car was struck by Smith's machine. mDBEBGHS CONTINUE TRIP. New Delhi. India, March 24. (United Press.) Colonel and Mrs, Charles A. Lindbergh left In their airplane today for Karachi. They said they may spend the night at Joanour enroute. , ROPER FLAYS TACTICS Miss Perkins Says Detroit Trouble 'Socially Different' Washington. March 24. (Associ ated Press.) Informed senator sources said today President Roosevelt has sgreed to meet congressional leaders tor a discussion of the sltdown strike situation when he returns from Warm Springs, Ga.. this week-end. Majority Leader Robinson. Dem ocrat. Arkansas, previously had said a conference of congressional leaders would be necessary this week-end if the situation has not cleared up" bv that time. He de clined to confirm or deny the report of a conference with the president . ' Those who said such a confer ence would be held reported that the president has agreed to meet leaders In response to numerous request for them that ha inter vene In the situation. Mr. Roosevelt will arriva in Washington Saturday morning. His aids at warm Springs. Ga., said he would discuss the strike "along with other matters ' with the lead ers. - Will Consider Investigation. Robinson's suggestion coincided with an announcement by Repre sentative Dies, Democrat, Texas, that the house rules 'committee has arranged a hearing Wednesday on hi8 resolution for a sweeping investigation of the sit-down strike situation. Robinson said ' "conditions relat ing to the sit-down strike are approaching a crisis. If the situation does not clear up. in my judgment It will be desirable for legislative authorities to confer about the end of this week." "I do not believe it would be helpful to attempt to. anticipate conclusions. Frank i EL Gannett, publisher and chairman of a group opposing President Roosevelt's supreme I Gets Letter Threat i ' v. .:. .- a: v -:.--..-. . -. - ..r - .v AJlJTA MAT WONG. Hpllywood. March 24. (Associated Press.) Maniacal extortion threats against the family of David O. Selznlck. film producer, and An na May Wong, Chinese actress. were disclosed . by district attorney's investigators today, A note received by Miss Wong yesterday threatened to disfigure her for life and cripple her father unless she advanced $20,000 for financing a motion picture. Captain Clyde Plummer said. , Another letter. Intended for Mrs. David O. Selsnick. asked for $20,000 In unmarked bills on pain of bodily harm to her young son and to her father, who was not mentioned by name. He is Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. Believed to have been selected aa a third victim of the extortion plot. Plummer said, was Dr. E. J. Foots,, chlropracter and Spanish-American war veteran. Dr. Foots, who turned over to Plummer a threatenlnc note which he said he also had received, was held as a material witness. Ttie messasa commanded him to re ceive the money as Intermediary and hold it for further instructions it he wisnea to survive. (Continued on Page Two.) Today Bock Island. Crumbling of pier, causes sharp list in bridge over branch of Rock river. Augustan ' college choir to give Chicago concert May S. Robert P. Galbratth tells Republican meeting he will seek industrial development of city. Tests to be made of farm soil in county. Jewish residents to begin : observance of Passover on Friday. . Blake Specialty company employes , to get 10 per cent wage boost. Expect contract for Seven-: teenth street road job to be let this week. Final session of present county board to be held tomorrow. . Davenport. Federal district' court to convene April ft. ' Dr. Henry O. Hansen elected president of Iowa , Optometrlc association, Paul Gerlscher to face charge of larceny of motor vehicle. William M. Brandon candidate for Rotary club district governor. Walter Wlchelmann, 41, dlea; funeral Thursday. XoUnc. Judge Albert M. Crampton and George A. Schrader, clerk, reelected to city court ' posts by margins of nearly 2 to L - Greater state support for schools urged by E. P; Rutting. Seventy-three St. Mary's parochial school pupils on honor roll. - EasTsfolIae. Mrs. N. A. Hanson named president of newly organized Red Cross chapter. Battle Snow and Sleet Storms in Northwest Area Minneanolis. March 24. (United Press.) Wind driven snow and sleet' swept across Minnesota and the Dakota today, crippling communication, grounding airplanes, impeding highway traffic and de laying trains. Additional snow was forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Hmtt now driven before wind that blew in gusts up to 40 miles an hour, blanketed southeastern Minnnrta in a denth of more than six finches and blocked secondary roads. Highway snow removal crewa were battling to keep main routes open. Vlrtn11v all " telenhonlc and telegraphic communication in northern South Dakota was crippled by the worst sleet storm in seven years. ' Damage was esti mated at $500,000. Highways were impassable in the north portion .of that stste. Tha snowstorm extended across most of North Dakota and into Montana. Temneratnrea tonnled to near zero levels In portions of tne norm- west. - - . . Hardest bit hr the mow and sleet were communities in oortn-ern South Dakota. United States h rhviv No. 12 was .- blocked ty ririfta . a-' Summit. Tha Dakota Central .Telephone company re ported 1.300 poles flown and lines (Continued on Page Two.) HELEN TAYLOR OF FILMS CRITICALLY INJURED IN STUDIO Hollywood. March 84. (United Press.) Helen Taylor, dark-hatred actress sister of Estelle Taylor, Jack Dempsey'a former wife, lay critically injured today In a Holly wood hospital as a result of a film studio fall, and may be disabled for lite. The actress fell down a studio stairway and injured her spine. She has been a patient at Cedars of Lebanon hospital sine October but her injuries were kept secret, at her request, so that her sctther and sister should not know. Finally learning of Helen's critical condition. Estelle rushed here from New York. She brought their invalid mother, Mrs. Martha Hoy lan, here to the sister's bedside. Estelle planned to hurry back to New l York for radio - work this week. Injury has dogged Helen Taylor. Previously she wss painfully burned in a gas explosion at her noma. ..,, --... v MICHIGAN MAN SAYS TERMS TO BE TOLD LATER Governor Murphy Denies Truce Rached- at Conference. THRONG HOLDS RALLY Speakers at Mass Meeting Intimate Ford Com pany Is Next Washington, March 24. ( AscnriofoH Pros. T?atJ resentative Rabaut, 1 Demo crat, Michigan, told the house today the Chrysler automobile strike in Detroit had . been settled; and that the settlement would be announced officially at 3 p. ra. Rabaut limited his an nouncement to the house to the fact that he felt the statement was "news" to which the members were en titled. Later, he told reporters through "financial circles.M He said he had no - Information concerning details j. of the settlement but assumed they would be forthcoming with the formal announcement. . "Possibly they are being held up for the benefit of the market, be added. Adjoin mm t, Lansing. March 24. (Associated Press.) Governor Murphy's automotive strike conference adjourned at 1:30 until 3 o'clock this after noon. Murphy's only comment was that the conference so far has been satisfactory. None of tha other conferees made any state ment. The governor denied that any settlement had been reached, -and said there had been no communication between any one at the con ference and any one in Washington. 1 The recess taken here rame short- Iv after Representative Rabaut had "announced" in the national house of representatives that a settlement had been concluded. When the ' conference here re sumes, the governor said. Homer Martin, president of the striking United Automobile Workers, and other union official may join tha discussions which this morning; brought -together Wslter P. Chrysler and John L. Lewis. Seven Bosk te Lansing. ; Detroit. March 24. (Associated Press,) Seven officials of the United, Automobile Workers and tha Committee tor Industrial Organiza tion, some of them abandoning a strike conference with Chrysler cor do ration executives, beaded this) afternoon for . Lansing ' Mich where Walter P. Chrysler and John, L. Lewis were meeting with Governor Prank Murphy. . Whether they wera to form a union "board of strategy for dis cussions with Lewis, the C L O. chlftain. was not disclosed. Homer Martin. U. A. W. A. pres ident, beaded - the group which tarted for the state capital shortly after noon. Others were Richard T. Frankensteen and William Man ger, both international, otflcera; Adolph Germer. a C I. - O. rep resentative, and George & wuion, O. E. . Zimmerman and Charles Thomas, heads ol Chrysler local unions. Martin. Frankensteen and Ger mer conferred briefly with Lewis here this morning, and the group was reported to hsve decided on the trip to Lansing after a call from tha bushy-browed labor leaaer. Settlement Terj Sear. Asked If a settlement of the dispute that has left mora than eo.OOO Chrysler workers and soma 50.000 in other automotive plants tdla might be reached today, a spokesman for the group said he believed it was "verv near." Both Chrysler and Lewis had Qualified their acceptances of Gov ernor Murphy's invitation. The corporation chairman said he would "not be traded into a plan to remove tha striken. ' Ha reaffirmed the company's stand tt could not recognize any group as sole bargaining agency for Chiys-ler employes.' ; Lewis told the governor. Tour message suggests that I confer under duress." He told reporters (Continued on Page Two.)

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