Times Union from Brooklyn, New York on May 19, 1927 · 25
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Times Union from Brooklyn, New York · 25

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Thursday, May 19, 1927
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83 Mltr Noof Eaition VUC2 CJSNTS trn THE WEATHER: Showf r and Wrmr Today THE LARGEST NET PAID A. B. C. (P CIRCULATION OF 'ANY BROOKLYN NEWSPAPER x i u.4..iuuiumj a. EIGIITIirni YEAR IJROOKLVN. N1SW YORK, THURSDAY, MAY 19. 11)27 20 PAUISS LLED, 50 HURT BY TORNADO M MM e 3 M $2,000,000 LOSS; 5 BLOCKS SWEPT AT INDIANAPOLIS Cyclonic Gales Make Path Through Business District of Midwestern' City. DOZENS OF HOMES RAZED Cloudburst Accompanies Storm That Causes Heavy Damage Several Towns. in By Vnited Prist, Indianapolis, Ind., May 11 Storm damage estimated at $2,000,000 was recorded in Indiana today' following a night of wind storms and deluging rain which swept in from the west on a 75 mile an hour gate. At least three persons were killed nd aproxltnately 60 injured as a. re sult of the storms. The known dead aro thrco railroad men who meet their deaths when a freight train ploughed Into a swollen creek after a bridge had washed away. Damage to Indianapolis property was estimated at $1,500,000. Anderson was deluged with a cloudburst, but the wind Is reported to have done little damage there. Newcastel, Marion, Lafontalne and Huntington suffered from heavy rains. Dozens of Homes Razed. Dozens of small homes and ga rages were virtually razed. Walla of large buildings were torn down and scores of homes were unroofed. Hun. dreds of trees were uprooted. Fall ing signs and flying glass from broken windows in the business district accounted for most of the In juries. ' The storm struck first at Ben Davis, a suburb five miles west of here, leveling two public garages and several smaller buildings. The gale rose into the air and did not touch again until it struck the American Association ball park, within a mile of the Indianapolis business district. Parts of the grand stand were scattered over the neighborhood. The freakish wind then caromed eastward along Washington st, the city's main thoroughfare, Into the business district. Straight through the heart of the city it tire, zlg- glng from side to side of the street Tearing down huge electric signs, ripping cornices off tall buildings. Destroying about $25,000 worth of plate glass and tossing automobiles about. Dozens of persons were cut by flying glass. Several pedestrians caught by falling signs. Hail Stones in Iowa As Dig A Baseballs By Culled Press. Dps Moines. I-a May 19. Hall stones nearly as large as baseballs smashed hundreds of window panes and damaged fruit trees and grains in a storm which was general over Iowa, yesterday. At Byrsnburg, near Oelweln, a cloudburst sent water rushing across highways and culverts. Hcveral cars of a freight train were derailed but no one was injured. A fire caused by lightning destroyed a roundhouse at West Liberty. mm RETI S POSITION OF PILOT BY NEW 01 CI WHERE DYNAMITE TOOK HEAVY DEATH TOLL Backers of Bellanca Flight and Airman Settle All Differences Today. THREE PLANES NOW READY ' Start Within Next 36 Hours! Forecast as Weather Over Atlantic Ocean Clears. ! BLUE TEN T RANSPORTS Li LEY E SCAPES Umpires Rule That Destruction of Vessels Means Loss of 20,000 Men to "Blacks." Path Five Blocks Wide The theatre crowds were Just gathering but none of the, large amusement houses was in the path of the storm! The storm picked off a sign or two here and there for another mile east after leaving the business dis trict and then spread out into a terrific wave five blocks wide. With increased fury the wind rushed on for 20 blocks over this five block swath, leaving hardly a window pane intact in the thousands of buildings in the district, unroof- g hundreds of houses, flattening hundreds of garages and a number of the less substantial dwellings and uprooting trees. Some two feet in diameter. A sign on top of the three story Odd Fellows Halt in the midst of the wrecked area took most of the front wall with it as it crashed on top of a parked taxtcab. Central Illinois Hit By Rain and Winds By Vnited Press. Chicago, May 19. Cyclonic winds and driving, rain storms, which in some places reached cyclonic proportions, caused tremendous damage through the Middle West last night and early today. A. tornada ripped' through. ith principal business district of Indianapolis. Ind., tore down slgni, caved in plate glass windows, overturned motor cars and caught many pedestrians. At least 25 persons were "injured. Driving rains through Central Illi nois are reported to have, caused considerable damage and some loas of life. Ths worst of ths storm struck in the vicinity of Peoria, where at least flvxe dead have bean reported. The driving rain, which quickly flooded streets In Peoria and nearby towns, la said to hsve been general over all nearby counties. In Iowa heavy rains coupled with damaging hail storms sre reported q have caused considerable dame-ge- By United Press. Newport, It. I., May 19. The big guns of the Blue forces, defending the Southern New England coast against a ''foreign invasion," have "sunk" 10 "enemy" transports. This was disclosed In a decision announced hero early today by the umpires of the Joint Army and Navy maneuvers, now belna; carried on off the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut shores. Loss of the 10 transports under the terrific defense bombardment represented the most vital blow yet struck in the great War game. The umpires ruled that the sinking of these vessels meant a loss to the enemy of 20,000 of a theoretical force of 75,000 men. Langlcy Not ".Sunk" Six enemy fighting planes and one spotting plane had fallen under fire from Blue anti-aircraft guns, according to the umpires. The Black fleet had some cause for theoretical glee, however. In the fact that the official Judges decided that the airplane carrier Langley had not been sunk. Previously it had been reported unofficially that the Langley had "gone down In an engagement with the destroyer Lawrence of the Blue fleet. 1 According to the umpires' decision, the Blue forces have lost their flagship, tho cruiser Concord, with all on board, including Rear Admiral N. E. Irwin, and the destroyers Lawrence and Sturtevant. Blue Forces Helpless. Late yesterday the Black Fleet raised havoc with the defense all along the Southern New England coast, from Fort Rodman, New Bedford, to Fort Mlchie, off New London, Conn. Except at the latter stronghold, which has a partial armament of 16-Inch land guns, the Blue forces were helpless against the superior range of the battleships. Fort Rodman and the local Forts Adams, Oetty and Greble probably would be in ruins today had the bombardment been anything more serious than a game. No movement of defense troops has yet been ordered. MaJ. Gen. Preston Brown, commander of the Blue Army, Indicated he would not separate his units until the "enemy" attempted an actual landing. ny EDWAftn v. iws. Roosevelt Field, L. 1., May 19. The strife and disputes which for several days have threatened tho chances of the Bellanca monoplane Columbia getting away on the New York to Paris flight, ended early today. The plane will fly, driven by Clarence Chamherltn and Lloyd Ber-taud, the original co-pilots. This was settled at 1 o'clock this morning after several hours dlicus-slon between Charles A. t-evlne, financial backer of the Columbia's flight; G. M. Bellanca. designer and part owner of the plane, and Ber-taud. The terms and conditions under which Chamberlin and Bertaud will fly have not been signed, but agree-ment was reached on most points, including distribution of prize money, which will be divided equally between the two flyers, Levlne to re ceive none. At 8 A. M. today Bertaud told newspapermen there had been a amicable discussion of the differ ences between him and Levinc a satisfactory nature." 43 DEAD, 43 HURT IN SCHOOL BLASTS BLAMED ON MANIAC Coroner' Jury Meet to Fix Responsibility for Disaster in Michigan Town; Bushels of Dynamite Found in Ruins; Treasurer of School District Believed to Have Set Off Explosives in Revenge for Heavy Taxation That Got Him Into Financial Straits. From P. A. Thoto. Suddenly bereaved families in Bath, Mich., are slowly making funeral arrangements fnr the victims of the dynamite exnlosion that wrecked this schoolhouse. A maniac is blamed for the blast. fll FOSTER EATOK. iVxitcd Press tlaf Corrijo((iiM 1 Bath, Mich., May 19. The town of Bath, crushed by th tragedy that took the lives of 38 school children and 5 adults," bowed also under the weight of financial worry today as Clinton County Coroners met to fix responsibility for the dynamiting of the Bath consolidated school.' ' Deaths during the night raised the death list to 43, and 4cs pitiiuuy mangled children Jay in hospitals, many of them critically injured. BELMON I MEETING Differences (Slight The "differences were slight said, and they were cleared up by teh talk. Ho said he had instructed his attorney to withdraw the lnjunc- tion he obtained yesterday, which would have held the Columbia on the ground. ' "We are seeking a flight, not fight," he said. Levine's apparent determination to keep Bertaud out of the plane, it is understood, was due to his "bceom lng sore" because he thought Ber taud "talked too much" when the differences of opinion arose over the original contract. There will be another conference today, at which the new contract will be drafted. ' In the meantime,' weather condi tions over the Atlantic are- reported to be nearly favorable and it would surprise none of the followers of the enterprise If one or all three planes being groomed for the flight got away within 36 hours. Charles A. Lindbergh, who moans to fly a little Ryan monoplane Spirit of St. Louis, is ready, and the giant monoplane America, to be flown by Capt. George A. Novllle and Bert Acostn, under command of Commander Richard E. Byrd, prob ably will be ready by tonight, after completion of Its weight-carrying tests. Byrd May Go First. The impression that Byrd will get away first is gaining favor of those who have studied preparations, and it is the general opinion that when he does start, he will make the goal. Nothing is being left to chance. There is not the slightest dissension in the camp. Every test flight has shown the plane to behave perfectly. The scientific equipment Includes everything neccssrry to make for success. Byrd Is an experienced navigator, and will give all his at (Continued on FnUoving Page.t Confesses Getting $100,000 In 100 Queens Burglaries Read Brooklyn Times For News of the World The- Brooklyn Dally Times is supplied by the full report of the United Press Associations, ths greatest world-wide news service, Correspondents of the t'nltcd Press are located In all ths principal centers of the enlirs globe, and they are instructed to report all happenings of general Importance. ! Some of the greatest news beats In newspaper history have been cored by the U. P. READ THE BROOKLYN TIMES . for XEW8 OF THE WORLD. Joseph Frey. who has admitted theft of more than $100,000 worth of valuables In one hundred burglaries of Queens homes. Is In Long Island City Jail awaiting sentence Monday. Frederick Pfelfcr. a Jeweler, of $07! Jamaica ave., Woodhaven, It being held for the Grand Jury on a Charge of receiving a portion of the stolen goods. Stolen jewelry worth 110.000 has been found in his store, police say. Frey pleaded guilty to burglary In ths third degree and grand larceny In the first degree yesterday when he appeared for trial before County Judge Adel In Long Island City, He was ready to stand trial until h saw the tt witnesses called to testify against him. Then be weakened. For more than a year Frey looted homes In Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill snd Jamaica. He was arrested la Norwich, Conn. PENS MM Large Crowd, Nevertheless, to See Renewal of Toboggan Handicap. The Belmont Park meeting will sret under way this afternoon. It was not the best of , weather that srreeled opening day at the Newmarket of America. Rain fell in tlie morning and continued in the afternoon, and while weather conditions will have some effect on the attendance, still there is such deep-rooted Interest In what Belmont has to offer that a large crowd made its way out to the Queens course. Karly track trains out of the Flat-bush ave. station and the Pennsyl vania atation of the Long Island Railroad were pretty well filled. Xhousands rolled to the track In automobiles. At the Turf and Field Club where society foregathers, there was a scene of animation at luncheon. The Ma-nice homestead, which is the home of the club, presented a beautiful picture. In fact. Belmont Park as a whole was a lovely scene. Since the fall meet of 1926, lots has been ac complished to the end that Belmont triall outrank all American race courses in the matter of beauty and appointments, and visitors were de lighted with what they saw. Saratoga alone can rival Belmont. While rain came down in the inorn- insr. the track was not really affected in the early afternoon as the precipita tion was not heavy enough. However, it appeared likely that by the time the Tobceran rolled around ' tho going would he dead. -- The Toboggan is one of the lead- ins; sprint races. It has generally h.n won by a good horse and to day's renewal will be an exception. A. first class field is entered, includ ing Pomney. best two-year-old of 1925. Chance Play, Macaw. Sarmat- Icus, Pantella, Amberjack and Color Sergeant. . Chief Interest centered on Pomney. It is said that the son of Sun Briar and Cleopatra Is himself again. That being the case he will tie a nam horse to beat. Chance Play, one of t he finest looking horses In America tM the toDweight. 128 pounds. Next comes Macaw with 127. Pompey has a drag in tho weights with only 120 pounds to shoulder. It looKs line one of these three to annex tne major portion of the added money, although Sarmatlcus may be knocking at the door. j Sound of Human Heart Beat Amplified Ten Trillion Times Hundreds Listen at Doctors' Convention to Noise Like a Giant Treading an Empty Hall Heard in the Street. Washington, May 19. The sound of a human heart beat was amplified ten trillion times before the American Medical Association's convention here. It was said to have been the greatest sound amplification ever achieved in history. In the Washington Auditorium Building hundreds listened while a sound like a giant treading an empty hall filled the entire structure and could be heard iii the street. of Philadelphia, Dr. C. J. Gamble, amplified the heart beats by the use of an electric stethescope. A short time before. Dr. H. Clyde Snook, of the Bell Telephone laboratories, co-edeveloper of the powerful stethescope, with Dr. Gamble. Dr. H. B. Williams, of Columbia University: Dr. Richard Cabot, of Har vard, and Dr. Paul White, of Wash ington, D. C, gave simple demon strations of its magnitude. GEN. MOTORS AT 200; BALDWIN AT RECORD Rails Strong; Solvents Soars; Oils in Supply. ' General Motors proved the sensa tional feature shortly after the opea- Insr of the Stock Market today on a gain of 1H points to 200 H. a new record high for all time. fpeclal stocks continued extreme ly strong at opening, Baldwin aiso making new high record. . aiany other stocks. Including Msck Trwka, American Smelting end Wa-bskh common w ere In brisk demand at advances. Baldwin was up IH to III. Wabash was In special demand in connection with special developments moving up IS to (I. and rlni were made by Baltimore a Ohio, fnlon Pacific and Missouri pa-lflr, lr. a Steel was In active demand, advancing V to 1Tlt. Commercial Solvents B made a n"w htih record at op t potnta fMl were In supply at further decline Call money renewed st 4 cent, - Like Rain on Tin Roof He touched his finger lightly on the rim of the tiny microphone. It sounded like rain on a tin roof. As he pcUed a string attached to the disc, a roar of thunder seemed to shake the building. "Now," Dr. Snook said. "I am going to place the microphone against the side of my face and move my teeth lightly across each other." It sounded like the beating of gigantic drums. "I will open and close my mouth," the doctor explained. There was a ripping, rending sound and then a loud clink like a boulder thrown on a sheet of steel as his teeth met. "Even the muscles of your fingers give off distinct sounds," he stated as he continued his novel experiments Dr. Snook waggled his thumb back and forth In front of the sensitive detector. "Bwlsh-boom, swish-boom." came the sound. ' "That Is amplified only ten trillion times," the doctor said. "I could step It up until even the noise of light renected from a wail could be heard." Ant Scratching Its Rack The machine is so powerful, he continued, that tt could be used to hear an ant scratching its back. The main purpose Of the development of the Instrument was the treatment of heart disease. By its use many doctors can listen In on the beat of a pateitn's heart, with the rush of blood sounding like a gigantic waterfall, as they diagnose the case. It Is also equipped so that sounds not essential to the experiment can be screened out. The elecrtical stethescope was perfected after nine years experimental wrok through the co-operation of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Harvard and Columbia Universities and electrical engineers. The entire mechanism is contained in a box approximately three long by a foot and one-half wide. Principles of the microphone and loud speaker have been combined in its manufacture. - For Racing Information See Following Page. SHARKEY-MALONEY BOUT POSTPONED Put Off Until Tomorrow on Account of Bad Weather. Tex Rickard today announced that the Sharkey-Maloney fight scheduled for the Yankee Stadium for tonight had been postponed until tomorrow night because of bad weather. The fiaht will go on tomorrow at the time scheduled for tonight, Rick ard said. ' The radio broadcast of the fight will be moved up until tomorrow, starting at 10 P. M. eastern daylight time, instead of :30. as had been arranged for this evening. The broadcast will be over the WJZ network, comprising stations WBZ. WBZA, WRC. WJR and KYW. $215,000 FOR SEAT ON STOCK EXCHANGE Sale Arranged at $5,000 Over Previous High Mark. Sale of a Kew York Stock Exchange seat has been arranged at $215,000, subject to approval of the Exchange. It was a new high price and an advance of $5,000 over the last previous sale. 1 One of the explanations for the unprecedented rise iii Stock Exchange seats was the tremendous growth in transactions. From January 1 to May I 1, inclusive, sales on the New York Stock Exchange totaled :01.lj0,400 shares, compared witn iii.sis.ouu shares in the corresponding period of 19:i. an increase of 17,570.900 shares. cr 16 per cent Average daily trading from the first of the year was 1.798.661. Bond tran sactions up to 'May 16 totaled $1,498,-"9S.000. against $l,:38.908,0OO, a gain of l!59 M4.M0. or SO per cent. New listings are running at the rate of between $4,000,000,000 and 15,000,000.000 annually. The new school house, pride of the county, the cost of which caused high taxes which were alleged to have so craxed Andrew E. Kehoe, treasurer of the school board, that he dynamited the structure and killed himself as well, was virtually In ruins and the already overburdened, heavily bonded community faced the necessity of rebuilding the costly structure. . Bushels of Dynamite With the swiftness and destructive-ness of a war-time barrage, untold bushels of dynamite believed to have been secretly planted under the foundation of the school by the financially despondent Kehoe, turned the left wing of the structure Into a shambles early yesterday. Stunned by the enormity of the tragedy and unable to explain the motives of any human being who would plot such an act, Bath's 700 citizens somewhat dumbly united in the general opinion that "nothing, like it ever happened before." "This is too much for this village to stand," said Robert Gates, father of a 16-year-old student who was hurled bodily through a window by the blast. Wife of Maniac Found-Dead in Fire Ruins By United Prttt. Lansing, Mich., May 19. The charred body of Mrs.' Andrew E. Kehoe, of Bath,- wife of the man responsible for the dynamiting of, the Bath consolidated' school yesterday, has been found In the' ruins of the Kehoe farm on the outskirts of Bath Village, rela-fives of the family here were advised today. , , The Kehoe home was destroyed by fire of mysterious origin which started about one hour before the school was demolished yesterday. It had been partially wrecked by an explosion. ' .' ' the debris, calling, 'Daddy, daddy, come and gr me.' - "At that time I did not know that my own boy had escaped serious In-Jury when he was hurled through 4 first-story window by the blast. But I decided I would not say anything about it and kept on working to get that little girl free. . ' "There was a heavy board pinning her down and I made up my mind the only thing to do was to break it free, so I nulled on it with u t The State should take had. at the same time calling to tne gin. 'Yes. your daddy, will be there In a few minutea' . The -next moment I had broken the board and pulled out the girl.' i o t TENNIS COURTS OPEN $ Playseounds Ready for Racqusteers Prospect Psrk Not Until Msy 28. Tark Commissioner Browne announced today that the tennis courts at Highland Park. McCarren, Mc-Klnley. Sunset and Betsy Head Playgrounds are now open and ready tor play. The three hundred courts In Pros pect Park will not be open until Sat urday, May zs. ' - Permits for the use of the courts can be secured by addressing Com- si (Kroner Browne at rrospect t-srs. enclosing s check or money order for one dollar for a season permit. a hand and help us get back on our feet. We were just beginning to pay off the bonds on that school, now we have nothing but a double debt, and the loss of two-score members of the community." News of the tragedy spread rapidly through the State of Michigan. By the time frantic parents and friends had reclaimed the last of the broken forms of the victims late yesterday, a solid line of auto mobiles stretching literally for miles along every road leading into the town choked every highway. A State trooper, long In the service, admitted he had never witnessed a traffic Jam equalling it. The Tragedy Re-enacted. Every home in the village, most of which were in mourning, waa ablaxe with light far into the night, while hundreds of citizens and visitors crowded the streets and re-enacted the tragedy. During the early evening scores of villagers appeared as if shell-shocked whenever news photographers snapped the ruins of the school. With the coming of the first dusk of tragedy, however, members of the diminutive community haltingly told accounts of the explosion. Martin G. Mtllpman, 72-year-old resident of Bath, told of running to the school with the first blast, and of "pitching in to save as many as I coma. Rut I couldn't stand it for long. he said. "I had taken four bodies nut of the ruins, when Kehoe, be lieved by everyone to have planned tho nntlre disaster, drew up to the curb in front of the wrecked school and called out to fcmory r.. nuycK, superintendent, who was supervis ing the worn or rescue. Both of the men stood talking at the curb for a few minutes, when suddenly Kehoe's automobile was blown to bits. He and Huyck were killed outright Nelson McFarran. a passerby, was also killed, and Glenn Smith. Bath's postmuster. was mortally wounded, with both legs severed at tho knees. ' "When I saw Mrs. Smith rush over to her husband and gather his broken form Into her arms, somehow I lost all the strength I had had. I was trying to saw off a plank that held a little girl captive in the wreckage, but I couldn't work the aaw, and a man working beside me said. 'You had better go home.' I did." Heart -Re ml lng Scenes. Robert Gates was one of the first to reach the school after the explosion, snd told of heart-rending scenes with the breathless arrival of mothers and fathers. "Mother after mother came running into the schoolyard, and demanded Information about her child and. on seeing its lifeless form lying on the lawn, broke Into instinctive sobs and swooned." he nald. "In no time more than 100 men were at work tearing away the debris of the school, and nearly as many women were frantically pawing over the timber and broken bricks for trace of their children. I saw more than one woman lift clusters of bricks held together by mortar hesvter thsn the average man would think of handling without a crowoar. I found one dead girl, arid was working beside Guy Rlchsrdwn. a father, when I heard a little girl burled a foot below the top level of Two Saw Explosion. "She was not injured, fihe was the daughter of the man who was working right beside me. . Richardson gathered her into his arms and took her to Mrs. Richardson, who was working in another section of me scnooi at the time." .. Two elderly citizens of the Tillage saw the actual explosion, which occurred while they were holding a conversation rural-fashion over the fence adjoining their homes next to ' the school. . . "The whole east 'wing seemed , to lift up about four feet" one of them said. "The walls caved outward, the roof toppled Into the Interior and a heavy cloud of smoke spread out In ; all directions. Then we heard the screams of the children, and saw the ' women folks come running from , every direction. For a few minutes we could not understand what had happened." Saved from death In the first blast. Superintendent Huyck met death 10 minutes later after seeing every one of the pupils of his class climb to- safety. "Mr. Huyck was giving us an ex am in -ag,' " Anson McNatt a pupil, said in describing the explosion. "We were in the upstairs room In the last wing, the old part. I was sitting near the door, Mr. Huyck was at tho front of the room. Explosion at :4S A. 11 "The explosion came at 9:45. The door blew open and the windows blew out There was a dull jar and I Jumped to the door to look out The hallway was littered with plaster. The plaster came down off the ceiling and the light shades dropped, too. "I Jumped to the door and tried to run out. But the hallway was full' of smoke and plaster. Then ' Mr. Huyck yelled for us to climb out ths. window. We slid down a shed room and Jumped to the ground or climbed down the ladder." (Against the east side of the wing there was a low addition with a sloping roof, which starts near the second story windows and slants within eight feet of the ground.) - . "Mr. Huyck saw that we were all out safe and then went to the front to see what he could do. It was ten minutes later that Kehoe's automobile blew up. I understand that Kehoe called Mr. Huyck up to the car. Cause of the dynamiting was placed by Bath citlsens at the door of Kehoe, the school beard treasurer, who. It was agreed, was disgruntled at the school authorities for vtlnr the expense of ths consolidated school. The Increased taxation, they said, contributed to his Inability to , meet a mortgage on his farm, which ' today lies In smouldering ruins. as the result of his first insane act Fired Own Farm Building . Pieced together by authorities. The story of Bath's black eat day tteran shortly after 1A.M. yesterday. When Kehoe set fire to his own farm buildings about a mlkt from the school-Then, tt Is believed, he set off tno blast at the school. While talking with Hurts a few minutes later, he apparently became appalled fer . tta .i

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