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J BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE. NEW YORK, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1931 M2 Charges False, Says Edwards To Roosevelt Deals With Rothstein .Denied Gold Accuses Nassau Prosecutor Special to The Eagle Mineola, L. I., Deo. 22 Mystery today surrounded the text of the charges Charles Gold, Long Beach newspaper publisher, has filed with Governor Roosevelt against District Attorney Elvln N. Edwards of Nas sau County. Edwards in a brief statement said he had received from the Governor a copy of the charges and had sent the Governor a blanket denial. He said he would reply in detail as soon as possible. Neither Edwards nor Gold made public the text of the charges. Rothstein Is Mentioned Prom Edwards' statement, it appeared that the charges grew out of his investments in a Farmingdale real estate venture in which the late Arnold Rothstein was reported to have had an interest. Gold issued the following state ment this afternoon at his Long Beach office : "Charles Gold, publisher of the Long Island Chronicle, admits today he has filed charges against Elvin N. Edwards, District Attor ney of Nassau County. Mr. Gold declines to elaborate on the charges, saying the matter is in the hands of the Governor and it is improper lor him to make any statement un til the entire complaint is released by Governor Roosevelt." Edwards commented: "I will say this. I never met Arnold Rothstein in my life. I never talked to him any time or place and i never aid anything with him dt' rectly or Indirectly." He said the Starr Faithful! case was not included in the complaint, "I do own property in Farming- dale," he added. "But any financing that was done was through banks. Acted on Federal Request Questioned about the Long Beach , rum-running, he explained that he had been requested by the Federal Government not to proceed with his case until the Federal case was ended. The latter is now pending, he said. Edwards said Assistant District Attorney Martin W. Littleton Jr. is aiding him in preparing a complete reply to the charges. Gold and James G. Blake, ed ,ltor of the Long Island Chronicle, were indicted Oct. 9 last on charees of criminal libel in connec tlon with newspaper stories linking Mayor Frank Frankel of Long Beach and his former police chief, Morris Grossman, with alleged efforts to intimidate voters at Long Beach primaries. Frankel has started a civil action against Gold for $100,000. Priest Is Legatee Under the Will of Miss McLaughlin Retired Teacher Left the Rev. T. E. Farrenkopf Real Estate and Mortgage The Rev. Tobias E. Farrenkopf of Lindenhurst, L. I., who officiated at the funeral of Miss Margaret J. McLaughlin of 489 Eastern Park' way, retired public school teacher, is given real estate at Port Jefferson it and a mortgage on a house at 613 Kosciusko St., according to her will filed for probate today with Surrogate Wingate. Miss McLaughlin, who was a sister of the Rev. Joseph R. McLaugh lin, rector of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs R. C. Church in Forest Hills, died Nov. 16. ' The will provides that personal property for life and the residuary estate go to a sister, Mrs. Anna Turner, of the Eastern Parkway ad dress. Mrs. Mary May, who died April 25, left a net estate of $66,786, according to an appraisal filed today with the Surrogate. The entire estate goes to a daughter, Mrs. Fannie E. Rothschild, of 425 Sterling Place. , The will of Helen Cassidy, who died Oct. 29, at her home, 181 Adams St.., was filed for probate today. It left art estate of more than $1,000 to Daniel Connolly, a friend, of the same address. An estate of more than $2,000 is left by Frederick Hollenbach of 1429 E. 10th St., to his widow, Estelle Hollenbach, according to his will filed today. Hollenbach died Dec. 4. Charles A. Schuta of 26 Broome St., who died Dec. 8, left an estate of $10,000 to a son, Alfred, of the same address. In the will the decedent expresses confidence that Alfred will take care of Charles, another son, now in a Corona sanitarium suffering from effects of k shell shock. Rose Cohen, who died Dec. 3 at 142 Neptune Ave., left an estate of more than $10,000, according to her will filed today. . A bequest of $2,000 goes to a daughter, Betty Vestrich of the same address, if she is unmarried, with the hope she will use it for purchasing a trousseau." Miss Vest-rich is unmarried, the difference in names being accounted for by the fact that Mrs. Cohen remarried. Mrs. Cohen left only $5 to her husband, Harris Cohen, of 469 Pennsylvania Ave., "because he failed to perform the duties and obligations of a husband and because I had no love for him." Alabama Prisoners Find There Is Santa Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 22 M) This will be a merry Christmas for a large percentage of Alabama's prisoners. Governor Miller has given presents ranging from four-day leaves to good behavior paroles to 1,006 con-vlots. THEY CALL Here they are: the bridge tea mof four that everybody is talking about when bridge problems are discussed. In other words, North, East, South and West. Or, in still others: (2) G, S. North, (3) Fred A. East, (4) Fremont L. South, and (1) George F. West. They're all members of the Omaha, Neb., Chamber of Commerce, and with their combined names they just naturally got to playing bridge. Debt Holiday Vote Seen Near Continued from Page 1 lars was invested by Americans in Europe. Senator Wheeler, Democrat, Montana, inquired how much profit was made by the American bankers in floating these securities. "We were in a drunken orgy of speculation, there is no doubt of it," added Johnson. "But," he implored, "let your eyes center on America and Americans for a brief period. Don't be European-minded when distress is upon yours and your own. 'Don't Look Across Water' "Don't look across the water all the time. Look here at America and Americans. ' One representative of J. p. Morgan & Co. told us that one New York bank has $70,000,000 in German short-term securities. Why shouldn't these bankers be for cancellation of the European debts, for a moratorium?" Hungary Moratorium Seen Vienna, Dec. 22 W It was reported in authoritative circles here today that a decree declaring a transfer moratorium on Hungary's foreign debts will be published at Budapest some time tonight. Long Holiday Recess Opposed by Bacon Eagle Bureau, Colorado Building. . Washington, Dec. 22 Representative Robert L. Bacon, Republican, of Westbury, L. I today joined in the attack on the proposed holiday recess or congress. Bacon holds that it is wrong for tne House and Senate to quit work today until Jan. 4. "I believe Congress should stay in session until it takes action on the President's Reconstruction Finance Corporation, for which, there is pressing need at this time," Bacon declared. His attack on the recess followed a conference with Bertram H. Snell, Republican floor leader, and several similar attacks on the floor of the Senate. "If the Republicans had organ' ized the House the Reconstruction Finance bill would have been passed before the Christmas holidays; Bacon said. "As it is, here we are ready to go home for two weeks without having taken a single step to pull the coun try out of the desperate economic conditions it is facing. I am willing to stay here every day even Christmas day to get things going." If the House Is not disposed to continue to sit through Christmas, the Congressman added, he is in favor of having both houses resume on Dec. 28. Kidnaped Girl Is Found Slain Continued from Page 1 taken from their regular duties and ordered to search every house in the district from cellar to garret first for any trace of Marian and secondly for any fire hazards. Manhunt Renewed Searchers Just missed finding the child alive in the opinion of Coroner M. Scott Kearns. No trace had been found of the child's klller.f All the city's man-hunting power renewed the intensive search for Marian's slayer as soon as the body was found. Coroner Kearns was of the opinion Marian was killed at some other spot than where the body was found. He believed the abductor, know ing all buildings near the girl's home were to be searched by a hundred firemen, taken from their regular work for that purpose, flung the body into the 12th St. building to keep the scene of the slaying a secret. A Mother's Intuition 'My baby! My baby!" With an intuition that only mothers can understand, Mrs. Mildred McLean, mother of Marian McLean, shrieked these words today when the telephone rang to inform her that the body of her child had been found. 'Marian was a bright little girl," Mrs .MLean sobbed later. When she was only 4 years old she won a gold pit.;e for guessing the number of bottle caps that were contained in a big glass jar. 'Marian could count all the way up to luo, and she knew her alnhabet, too. On, I hope they find the monster who was so horrible to my baby! The electric chair would be too good lor himl" IT A BRIDGE JVATURAL-AND IT IS ESCAPES BOMB Santa Monica, Cal., Dec. 22 W) Fearing a plot against her life, Marion Davies, film actress, had her house under guard today while authorities Investigated the sending to her home of a Christmas package which contained smokeless powder, 20 small lead slugs and matches set against sandpaper. Detectives said explosion of the bomb would have caused serious injury to any one nearby. Selah B. Strong, Uncle of Judge, Left Estate to Kin Four Children to Divide Property of L. I. Man Valued at Over $20,000 Riverhead, L. I, Dec. 22 The will of Selah B. Strong, voluntary United States weather observer at Setauket since 1885, who died at his home on Strong's Neck Dec. 4, was filed for probate today In the Suffolk County Surrogate's Court. According to the petition accompanying the will; the estate is valued at "more than $20,000." Mr. Strong was an uncle of Supreme Court Justice Selah B. Strong. Justice Strong is not mentioned in the distribution of the estate since it is to be divided equally between a son. Russell, and three daughters, Kate, Cornelia and Elizabeth Strong. Russell and Cornelia Strong are named executors. KEEP GOAL LINE INVIOLATE Vernon, Texas (IP) The Vernon High School football team, although tied in one contest, wound up the 1931 season with a record of not having its goal line crossed. y- ; Killed by Sea on Her Christmas Trip Home New York Woman on Pilgrimage to Ireland Loses Life When Violent Gales Hit Tuscania . "35 Other Passengers Injured A storm on the Atlantic brought to a tragic end, accord ing to dispatches received here today, a hopeful Christmas pilgrimage to her home in Ireland for which Mrs. Sarah Rodgers had labored for 15 years. It was the second time Mrs. Rodgers had taken the trip eastbound across the Atlantic since her arrival in this coun try, as a fresh-faced young Irish girl, In 1901. Husband and Son in Ireland She had left a husband and a baby son in Ireland, and a number of times her husband followed her here, but somehow things didn't go well with him. He returned to the 70-acre farm in County Derry, Ireland. Once 15 years ago Mrs. Rodgers went back to Ireland, for a visit. Then she came again to the United States, and for a decade and a half was employed as a cook in the home of Robert McBratney, head of the McBratney linen firm of 121 Franklin St., Manhattan. She saved money. She wanted to pay one more visit to her Irish home. She was 55 years old now, and she longed for a Christmas with husband and son on the County Derry farm. Killed as She Neared Home On Dec. 12 she sailed on the Anchor liner Tuscania, bound for Belfast and Glasgow. And then, in miuixxmi, a uemeuuuus swrm i struck the Tuscania, one passenger midocean, a tremendous storm Kaplan Excuse Is Challenged Continued from Page 1 the Fire Department until a few years ago." Thomas C. Murray, director of examinations for the Civil Service Commission, announced that the examination would be held less than 24 hours after Kaplan had issued his statement. Subjects of Tests The subjects and credits of the mental examination and how they will rate are as follows: Administration, 7; law and ordinances, 3; report, 2; total, 12. It will be necessary for the candidates to have at least 70 percent in order to pass the written examination and their average must be at least 80 percent of the totals. Only 24 men who are holding the rank of deputy fire chief are eligible for the examination. They include: Thomas P. Doughertj Gerhardt E. Weber John J. Flood John Davln Raymond L. George Patrick Walsh James W. Heflernan P. Buttenschoen Henry B. Helm David J. Kidney John J. McEUigott George J. Langford R. D. McAmmon George T. McAleer F. F. Mahoney John J. O'Connell Francis Murphy George O'Shei Elmer Mustard James A. Quinn Joseph O'Hanlon Asthur B. Wright John J. C. Waldron John F. Norton Trading In bonds slowed HMHM This examination comes after The Eagle tried for six days to secure from the Civil Service Commission some Information concerning the delay In naming a fire chief from the 24 deputy chiefs eligible for the examination, he job pays $12,500 a .year. Deputy fire chiefs receive $6,300 a year. Kaplan refused to be interviewed on the subject or give any information on the matter until after The Eagle had published a story setting forth the facts last Sunday. Hints Special Legislation Yesterday the head of the com mission made the assertion that New York City lacked qualified fire engineers and that he might have to secure special legislation from the Municipal Assembly to enable him to go outside the State to secure a nonresident engineer. It is reported that the man Mr. Kaplan has in mind is Charles Shaughnessey, former chief examiner to the local commission, but now chief examiner for the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission. That the delay in holding an exam ination for fire chief was being investigated by the Hofstadter Legis lative Committee, in addition to other matters in the Fire Depart ment, became known yesterday. Henry Hunt, associate of Samuel Seabury, is in charge of the investigation. Aside from saying he was considering the matter he gave no indication of what his probe had revealed. was killed and 35 were Injured. The dead passenger was Mrs. Sarah Rodgers. Passengers landing at Glasgow, according to the Associated Press, told a tale of terror. Passengers told a tale of terror. The vessel was struck, they said, by a gigantic wave which swept many of them off their feet. The ship was turned around head on once on Tuesday and once again on Wednesday, they said, by the force of the gale. On Wednesday night, they said, many of the third-class passengers were in the accommodation com-panionway when a tremendous sea swept over the vessel, hurling men and women arouno in the swirling waters on the deck, and only the coolness of the crew prevented a panic. "All over the ship passengers were thrown to the decks and groups of people who were talking before the wave struck found themselves in a heap," said John McGulre, a pas senger. The scene afterward was remarkable, McGuire said. The dining rooms, cabinet and lounges were flooded with nearly two feet of water and passengers in evening water aim pciaat.-iit:rsf clothes were drenched. Traylor Urges 'Unfreezing' of Assets by Pool Calls Hoover Finance Plan First Prosperity StepBacked by Ecker Washington, Dec. 22 () Mclvin A. Traylor, president of the First National Bank of Chicago, told a Senate committee today the greatest step, that could be taken toward prosperity would be the aid of the Government In unfreezing" the assets of closed names. Traylor estimated the frozen assets at $2,000,000,000, with another three-quarters of a billion tied up through hoarding resulting from the psychological effect of the failrue of banks. Senator Glass, Democrat, Virginia, agreed with Traylor that the bill docs not permit loans to closed banks. He said it calls for loans to banks, but that a bank "ceases to be a bank" when it ceases to function. Proposes New Dan The slender, outspoken Traylor asserted "If you restrict the operation of this corporation to collateral that is reasonably liquid you are not going to reach the situation that needs help." Traylor proposed that a closed bank with assets of a million dollars, for example, should pledge the entire amount to the proposed corporation as security and receive a $250,000 loan which would permit pay;g depositors immediately 25 cents on the dollar. The failure of these frozen assets to get back into circulation, he said is as "big a handicap to the return of prosperity as is unemployment." President Hoover expects Congress to get to work on the reconstruction corporation early next month, and said today he has Congressional assurance it will be passed. Insurance Head Backs Bill Frederick Ecker, president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, told the committee establishment of the $500,000,000 credit corporation was badly needed because of heavy borrowing on policies. Ecker, a solidly built man with graying hair, attributed the heavy demand for loans to depressed economic conditions. He said 32 percent of the total $1,300,000,000 Invested by life insurance companies is being required to meet loan applications this year. Speaking in a low, serious tone, Ecker reminded that insurance companies have large holdings of railroad bonds. Calls Rail Aid Vital He asserted the present rail emergency is greater than that of 1920," .which followed the return of the roads to private operation after the war. , . The bill under consideration would permit the Government to make loans to railroads and Insurance companies as well as banking in stitutions. Senator Blaine, Republican, Wls consin, asked Ecker If the railroad emergency were not one "that is going to increase as time goes on. He pointed to the competition of trucks, buses and pipelines and the prospect of a St. Lawrence water way. "Why not give aid to other trans portation agencies," Blaine asked, "rather than pour money into de funct institutions?" Co-ordination Urged Ecker replied, We must have the railroads," adding that the solution of their problem lies in "co-ordination of all our transportation facilities." Senator Couzens of Michigan, influential in railroad legislation through his chairmanship of the Commerce Committee, has turned thumbs down on the plan. Proposing instead revival of the 1920 Transportation Act, which authorized Treasury loans to railroads, he pointed out yesterday that a revolving fund of $314,000,000 still re mains for this purpose. That statute helped pull the railroads out of their postwar troubles. The law still is on the books, but a revision requiring that loan applications be made within two years has made it inactive. P. A. Benson Testifies Philip A. Benson, treasurer of the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, was one of the bankers who testified before the Senate Committee yesterday. He said, among other things, that the mutual savings banks of New York had approximately $800,000,-000 in railroad bonds, and that similar banks in other sections of the country held a great deal more. "We know that their maturities this year are close to $200,000,000," he went on. "In addition to that, they have unsecured loans and unsecured obligations that will have to be paid probably. And they are In this position: "The savings banks will not buy railroad bonds at the present time, due to the impaired earnings of the railroads." Comerford Funeral To Be Held Tomorrow A solemn requiem mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Holy Cross R C. Church, W. 42d St., Manhattan, for Joseph Comerford, 33, a member of the -firm of Part ridge, Curtiss & Comerford, foreign exchange brokers, who died sud denly on Sunday from an attack of acute indigestion at his home at 2015 Dorchester Road. Mr. Comerford had been engaged in the for eign exchange brokerage business in New York for the last 15 years. During the World War he served in the Aviation Corps, stationed at Mineola, L. I. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mabel A. Comerford, two brothers, Eugene and Jeremiah Comerford, and two sisters, Gladys and Anna Comerford. Please tend check for Eagle's Neediest Cases. - Mysteries in Vause Case Still Unsolved 1. Why did United American Lines secretly pay Vause $250,000 for "services" in negotiating pier lease? 2. What were Vause's "services" that never appeared on the record? 3. With whom did Vause divide the "slush fund?" 4. Who is mysterious "Frank Baxter" to whom Vause said he paid $35,000? 5. Who comprised "potential trinity" in Dock Department that had to be "reached?" 6. What political pressure, If any, was brought on Sinking Fund Commission for approval of leases? 7. Why has not city administration acted in matter of corrupt lease? Vause Makes Final Appeal Continued from Page 1 to act for Vause because both of Vause's attorneys, Max D. Stejer and Nathan D Perlman. are engaged in other courts. The Circuit Court late yesterday filled the mandate on its decision denying Vause a new trial Judge John C. Knox of the District Court, to whom the mandate was delivered signed en orer for the commitment of Vause. Vause and Schuchman were to have appeared for surrender at 10:30 a.m. today. Meanwhile, Federal Attorney Medalie was notified of Vause's intention to apply for the stay. The proceedings incident to the formal surrender of Vause before Judge Knox were thereupon postponed and Medalie began preparation of the argument he will make before Judge Manton in opposing the stay ' Judge Manton is expected to make his decision as soon as the argument is concluded. If It is ad verse, Vause will he required to stir render tomorrow morning to begin his term. Pier Fee Mystery The crime for which Vause has been convicted is not the thing that has aroused greatest public interest in him. From the standpoint of the public welfare, allegations made by former Federal Attorney Charles H. Tuttle that Vause split $250,000 in fees he received from the United American Lines for obtaining a North River lease have loomed as far more im portant. Efforts by Tuttle and District At torney Crain, and later by Samuel Seabury to get at the bottom of the Vause pier fee splitting, and the identity of political higher-ups who may have received some of the money have been fruitless. The mail fraud and conspiracy indict ments of which Tie has been con victed are based on the collapse of a private financial enterprise, the Columbia Finance Corporation, ManWhoHelpedBuild The Monitor Dies Hastlngs-on-Hudson, N. Y., Dec 22 Dr. Daniel Draper, who helped to build the Monitor and was di rector of the Meteorological Obser vatory of New York in Central Park from 1868 until his retirement in 1911, died yesterday at his home here. Dr. Draper served an apprentice ship of five years at the Novelty Iron Works in New York, gaining an Insight into naval construction, and assisted in building the Monitor and other vessels during the Civil War. When the New York Meteor' ological Observatory was established in 1868, two years before the United States Weather Bureau, Dr. Draper was appointed Its head. Harry Butt, Legion Official, Is Dead Harry Butt, vice commander of the Queens County American Legion, died yesterday at his home, 90-12 214th Place, Queens Village, after a brief illness. He was 40 years old. Mr. Butt was born in Fiatbusn and was associated with the Brighton Auto Exchange in Brooklyn for the past 19 years. He received two citations for bravery in overseas service with the 115th Infantry. He was active in both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Military funeral rites of both groups will be held at the home Thursday morning. Burial will be In Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Butt Is survived by his wife, Minnie; a daughter, Virginia; his mother, two sisters and two brothers. DELANO SEEKS POST Lyman Delano , executiv vice president and director of tha Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, has asked the Interstate Commerce Commission authority to serve as director of the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad. 'Hello Graiuldaddy9 Chases Hoover's Cares Atcay for Day Washington, Dec. 22 W) President Hoover tossed aside the cares of Chief Executiveshlp for a moment today to become Just a grandfather, welcoming two blue- eyed, blond-haired children into their second home the White House. Too impatient to await their arrival inside the White House he stepped onto the open portico as soon as their automobile swung into the grounds. Within a minute he had an arm around young Peggy Ann, with an affectionate kiss for her, and a pat for Peter Hoover, who clung to his leg. A cold, misty day and heavy falling rain failed to dampen the warmth of that greeting. Nor had it prevented Mrs. Hoover from giving an equally royal and affectionate welcome at Union Station to her son, Herbert Jr.; bis wife and MUSEUM PREXY Yi ii&ptl! William Sloan Coffin, a member of the firm of W. & J. Sloane & Co., was elected president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at a meeting of the board of trustees yesterday. Mr. Collin has been acting head of the museum since the death last May of Robert W. de Forest, president. Myron C. Taylor was chosen first vice president. 12 Raids Net 13 Prisoners, Plus Gallons of Rum Men ArrPHlPl in Various Paris of Brooklyn llrM Under Bail for Hearings Thirteen liquor law defendants were arraigned today before Federal Commissioner Epstein and held ' in bail of $1,000 and $2,00 each for hearings Jsn. 4.i, They were ar rested in 12 raids made In Brook lyn and Queens last night. In the garage at 31 St. Felix St. Morris Martini, 21, 424 Avenue I, was arrested and a seizure was made that included 126 quarts of sauterne, 12 quarts of champagne 24 quarts of Rhine wine, 45 quarts of vermouth, 60 quarts of sherry, 72 quarts of port, 24 quarts of bene dlctine, 36 quarts of Scotch whiskey and 540 quarts of gin. John Scott, 36, was arrested at 377 7th Ave., where 378 quarts of homebrew beer and 7 quarts of whisky were seized. Daniel J. McCarthy, 47, rrested at 1157 Fulton St.; 10 half-barrels of beer, 10 quarts gin ando 4 quarts rye whisky. Ralph St. Clair, arrested in his cordials store at 464 Fiatbusn Ave; 104 pints whisky, 48 pints alcohol and 33 quarts gin Herman Axman 45, at 94 Spencer St., a five-gallon still and 65 gallons alcohol. Charles SchifTer and Edward Kelly, at 1526 Myrtle Ave., 12 pints whisky and three half-barrels of beer. John Gallagher, 27, at 144 5th Ave., 2,010 quart bottles of home brew, 5 gallons whisky and 5 gallons alcohol. The others arrested were Gus- tave Molctenhauer, 37, at 567 Wilson Ave.; Jacob Klein, 40, at 270 S. 5th St.; Eugene Ahem, 489 Fiatbusn Ave.; Mike Jacoby, 39, 110 Norman Ave., and Harry Sullivan, 23, 90-37 160th St., Jamaica. Dancer Is Cleared In Blue Law Case You can make motions to piano accompaniment on Sunday and not violate the law, Magistrate Stern ruled in West Side Court, Man hattan, yesterday. Mary Wigman, dancer, and Solo mon Hurok, her manager, received summonses Sunday night at the Chanin Theater, 226 W. 46th St., on the complaint of Powell Crichton of the New York Sabbath Committee. the two children when they arrived on an early morning train from the West. "Hello, granddaddy," cried Peggy Ann, age 7, as she rushed on to the White House portico and her cry was echoed by Peter. The Chief Executive had eaten breakfast earlier with the younger Hoover son, Allan, who arrived late last night after a part-flying, part-train trip from Los Angeles. The President this afternoon went down into the capital's crowded shopping district to buy Christmas toys for his grandchildren. Only a few knew of Mr. Hoover's shopping trip in advance. He went to F St, Washington's nearest approach to Broadway, unnoticed at first by many in the crowds. Peggy Ann and Peter lost no time in making the White House their own. Ships in Peril As Fog-Cloaked Winter Arrives Volemlam and Morro Ca.lle Nrarly Ram Wall and Pier in Ray The first day of Winter arrived today with lots of fog and rising temperatures. The for?, which extended over a wide aira along the Atlantic coasfe and inland to the Great Lakes, settled over New York Harbor shortly before 9 a.m.. delayed harbor craffc and was responsible for two near-accidrnU to liners. The Volendam of thf Holland America line had clenred Quarantine, inward bound, after 8 o'clock and before the fog had become very thick. A few minutes later tha Ward liner Morro Castle followed her. By the time they had reached ths upper bay the fog had become so, heavy both vessels had to proceed1 with great caution and at reduced speed. Both Reverse in Time The Volendam was heading directly into the Battery wall when the pilot saw land In the midst of the white fog barely 100 yards ahead. Engines were reversed at full speed and the Volendam, with her 66 passengers shaken up but unharmed, proceeded on her right course up the North River. The Morro Castle, similarly, wa within 50 yards of South Ferry, heading directly for the unseen slip there, when it too suddenly loomed out of the fog. The Morro Cas'tle'a engines also were reversed and she continued up to her dock at Pier 14, East River. Weather Clear The Volendam docked at 8:10 o'clock, the Morro Castle at 10:20. At 10:30 the weather had improved somewhat, with visibility - quarter of a mile in the upper bay. The wind was Rtill from the south and rain was falling. Within the city the official thermometer got up to 48 at 9 a.m. and continued to rise. "The trouble is," said James H. Scarr, the weather forecaster, "it'a too warm. It's too warm for winter. The temperatures are high all the way from the Lakes regions. And that causes condensation, which ia mist and rain." The official temperature had risen to 52 at noon, against a normal 31 for this date for the past ten yeara. Mrs. W. Edwin Thorp Dies; Rites Thursday Mrs. Elizabeth Carlisle Thorp, widow of W. Edwin Thnrp, died t-day after a brief Illness. She resided at 375 Park Ave., Manhattan, where the services will be held at 11:30 a.m. .Thursday. Mrs. Thorp was well known In Brooklyn, whera she and her husband resided for many years. He was at one tims a trustee of the Central Congregational Church and senior partner of J. H. Thorp tc Co. He also was a director in several corporations. Ex-Senator Calder Has 4th Grandchild The birth of rormer United States Senator William M. Calder's first grandson was announced today by Commander and Mrs. Robert C. Lee of 522 3d St Mrs. Lee Is the former Elsie Calder. Her son was born at Methodist Episcopal Hospital and weighs ten pounds. He will be called Robert Corwln Lee Jr. Senator Calder's only other grandchildren are the three daughters of Commander and Mrs. Lee. BLAZE IN CELLAR ' A small fire broke out In the cellar of a two-story brick building at 303 Rockaway Parkway, owned and occupied by Flora Morsanon, yes terday afternoon. The cause of the blaze was not determined. Damage was slight. When the honors are easy for ice With bated breath, millions of ardent bridge players throughout America are following the proeresa of the "battle of the century" now being waged nightly between the two world-famous contract stars and their "systems." But whichever side triumphs, we venture to suggest that for every-day bridge players one of the most effective aids to good biddingand good-tempered playing is not to be found In the instruction books of either system. Rather, It is to place a tall glass of beverage. generously filled wilh clear, sparkling Knickerbocker ice, within easy reach of each player at the table, where Its welcome coolness can act as an antidote to the heat and ten sion of battle. Knickerbocker ICE Company Buy your car the a. n. . s. way See Authorized Dealers USED CAR SPECIALS Thursday in Classified Section

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