The Brooklyn Citizen from Brooklyn, New York on December 22, 1928 · 1
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The Brooklyn Citizen from Brooklyn, New York · 1

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Saturday, December 22, 1928
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YIATIIIR INDICATIONS Fair to-night arid to-morrow; slowly riling temperature; gentle irt , able winds. VOL. LXXXIV., NO. 172. BROOKLYN, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1928.-12 PAGES- PRICE TWO CENTS (r- JtMJui www A .J Gr5) ffiWEM n pro :l!5 Ifl. "J . WHALEN PLANS NEW CHANGES IN POLICE Other Groups Working from Manhattan Headquarters Are Slated to Follow Homicide Squad Wants Responsibility Spread Over Boroughs Confers With O'Brien : Police Commissioner Whalen to-day was turning: his attention to the reorganization of the bureaus and squads that have tor years been the department's chief bulwark against the crime waves that spread time and time again over New York City. ' " With half a week of spectacular pro- motions, demotions, resignations, retirements and the like safely under bis belt, and changes which saw old police heads fall in rapid succession and sew leaders elevated to prominent ports in the Whalen "battle-ax" assumption of the Commissionership, the latter evidently has decided that further personnel shifts can wait while the frontline position of his "army," as he terms the bluecoats, reintreiiches itself. 1 ' This morning Sir. Whalen and bis new Chief Inspector O'Brien spent more than an hour in conference. Announcement of the abolision of quads operating from Manhattan headquarters and covering the whoe city, is expected to be made to-day. Mr. Whalen favors a plan whereby separate squads wquM operate' in each of the, five boroughs...;..,." ,..-. .. . ,, yttMif the homicide squad, one of mora than 20 year's standing, was dissolved by Mr. Whalen.. A poor record in recent murders !led to the end of this squad, Mr. Whalen said. The Industrial, boiuj, and safe and loft squads, as 1 well as the detective siuad formerly assigned to Inspector Coughlin are expected to be done away with. : v In effect the reorganization placed Chief Inspector John O'Brien it the head of both the uniformed and detective divisions and Inspector Edward P. Mulrooney in command of the detective divisions. Responsible for conditions in their boroughs are Deputy Chief Inspectors Thomas P, Cummings for Brooklyn, James S. Bolan for Manhattan, Michael A. Lyons for the Bronx, Thomas J. Kel-ley for Queens and Thomas H. Murphy for Richmond. Mr. Lyons bad been in charge of the Brooklyn forces and was shifted to the Bronx in the departmental reorganization. Deputy Chief Inspector Cummings, under the Warren administration, was Inspector of Hack Licenses. He takes the place of Deputy Chief Inspector Lyons, who was in command in Brook- lyn for a number of years. Last night the Commissioner abolished the homicide squad and 'retired its founder and chief, Inspector Arthur A. Carey, on tho pension of a captain yesterday afternoon. Carey refused to re- sign. Mate of Woman Who - Eloped, Asks Divorce '- MINEOLA, L. I., Dee. 22. Stanley C. Watson, of Rockvlile Center, filed suit for divorce in Supreme court here yesterday, against Edythe' Watson, prom, inept in Nassau County Society circles, who figured in a sensational elopement with Reginald Erskine, also of Rockvlile Centre, last May. Both Mrs. Watson and Erskine were choir singers in a Koekville Center Church. The Watsons were married in 1013 nud for years took an active part in social events in Rockvlile Center. The " suit Is undefended, Mrs. Watson having withdrawn an answer she filed some t'me ago. Justice Edward J. Byrne took ill? papers under advisement. According to the papers Mr. Watson and Erskine were located at No. 1001 Cuttmnss street, Philadelphia, by Deputy hlicriff Evans of Nassau County, and L-ctoetfve Scofield of rhlladVphia. Fin iSody of Agti Woman, Skull Fractartd, in Retiring Room SARATOGA. N. Y., Dec. 22 (United Press). With her skull fractured, Mr. William H. Carr, an aged woman residing with two son on a fttrm about three mile from here, was found dead in the retiring room of. City Hall late , . yesterday. A halt Inch depression over the left ear Indicated a blow of great force had b?tn, atrucif. , , ,. , SQUADS UNGER MAY BARE ROTHSTEIN PART INDRUGTRAFFIC Banton Hints Sentence Will Be Lightened Considerably 'If He Speaks United ' States ' District "Attorney Charles H. Tuttie was reported ready to-day to prepare another narcotic case against Joseph Unger who pleaded guilty yesterday to placing $2,000,000 worth of narcotics on; board a train bf-und for Chicago. '. .Tuttle and. District Attorney Joab Banton will confer to-day in regard to U user's case. It was said that the sentence, which will be imposed on Jan. 4, might be lightened considerably if Unger would tell all he is alleged to know about connection of Arnold Roth-stein with the drug ring. Ilothstein was iatally wounded in the Park Central Hotel on Nov. 4 and since then evidence has been adduced tending to link him with the narcotics ring said to be operatinghere and in foreign countries. Mrs. June Boyd, whose Chicago home was raided oil a tip furnished by Unger, will be continued in bail as material witness, Alvin Sylvester, Assistant U. 8. Attornew, said to-day. Agents found $500,000 in narcotic in Mrs. Boyd's home when they raided it, and she was Immediately brought here for questioning. BANKIN MADRID WINS $2,850,000 LOTTERY PRIZE i ; Institution Found to Hold , Lucky Ticket in Spanish Draw MADRID, Dec. 22 (United Press) The Banco Germanico won the first prise of 12,850,000 in the annual Christmas lottery. The draw was. held to-day. While the bank would make no statement on it winnings, the impression prevailed that the lucky , ticket might have been purchased for a foreign in dividual or group. . . "" Price of the tickets for the lottery come high and groups person fre quently pool their fund to buy a single ticket or part of one. Early report from provincial towns revealed that a number of the winning ticket in the lottery, the agregate of which ran into millions of pesetas, were held by groups of persons. The seventh prize of 1133,000 was won by the patrons of a market in Cadis. The winner gathered in a body and cleebrated the event. KING IS BETTER AFTER SPENDING A'TAIRNIGHT" Condition Reported to Continue Serious May Be Definitely On fad LONDON, Dec. 22 (U. P.) King George was holding to-day the slight. improvement in his condition noted nearly a week ago. A bulletin issued by his physicians shortly before noon and timed at 11 :30 a. h., said : "The King had of air night. His Majesty's condition remains unchanged. "STANLEY 1IKWETT, "HUGH KIGBY. "DAWSON OP PENN." The bulletin was timed at 11 :30 a. m. The King's actual condition continued to be serious, although not so alarming as it had been during several periods in more than a month of illness. Medi cal circles feel that he may now be definitely on the mend for the better. Well-informed circles attribute the King's powers of resistance to his cus tom while in good health of taking an after-dinner "constitutional." The King followed the habit in all good weather,, whether at Buckingham Palace, AVindsor Castle or Sandringham, While in resident t Buckingham Palace, the King would walk twice every evening arouud the lake in the seclus of the palace grounds.,-... .- - He frequently took horseback rides be fore breakfast along Rotten row the fashionable riding road in London., LEADING ISSUES HOLD STEADY IN EARLYMARKET Several Stocks Hit New Records But Prof it-Taking Causes Irregularity Trading on the Stock Exchange waa quiet in early dealings to-day, but prices continued to bold steady to firm in a long list of issues. Fractional gains were recorded in such issues as Bethlehem Steel, Chrysler, Westinghouse Electric and Anaconda Copper, while slight declines were made by Consolidated Gas and New York Central. " : . There was nothing in the overnight new to affect the market adversely. Weekly trade review continued optimistic, stressing the holiday business of the mercantile establishments, which is expected to set new records. -. Week-end profit-taking waa in evidence shortly after the opening and the list presented a slightly irregular appearance. United States Steel eased off to 157 and Radio 1 to 379, but other leaders held firm. Mail order stocks were atill in demand but' they moved in a narrower rang than yesterday. ' National Bellas Hess made a new high. Motor shares firmed up nnder the lead of .Paskard. General Motors, however, declined ',4 point to 194Vi following its four point advance yesterday. " - Railroad stock were quiet with prices firm. Amusement share held atgady, featured by Warner- Brothers pictures. Among he special issue to show substantial gains was American International which moved up 3 points to' 130. Chile featured the coppers, rising 1V4 point to (SO. In later dealings Anaconda soared to 1134. P National Bella Hess crossed the 200-mark in the first fifteen minutest reaching 200 V4, up 2 and a record high. Amrejcan International also moved into new high ground, gaining ii points, to 140. Columbia Grapbophone firmed up 2 point to 70. Early losses were reduced a the seat aion progressed and the upward move ment was again In progress in maofl sections of the list before the Bed of the first halt-hour. NEW -"J f y It The $5,000,000 Riverside Church being constructed at Riverside drive and 122d street, Manhattan, was swept by nlflrent structure. The picture above show the firemen battling the blaze. The Riverside Church is being boJt for pastor of the 'Park Avenue Baptist Church, by John D. Rockefeller, Jr, and others of the congregation. MWYTODAY SEES ROOSEVELT ON APPOINTEES , . i Conference May- Make Albert Conway, Boro Man, Secretary cf State Questions of patronage are expected to provide Governor-elect Roosevelt with a few busy days. ' Democratic Leader John H. McCooey is in conference with Mr .Roosevelt this morning at the Gor- -ernor-elect'a home, No. 40 East Fifty- sixth street There is nothing definite in view being discussed, Mr. McCooey stated yesterday, but it is possible that the name of Albert Conway, Brooklyn lawyer, will be mentioned in respect to the Secretaryship of State, a post left vacant by Robert Moses. Frank L. Morris of Warsaw, chairman of th Wyoming Count. Democratic Committee, is being urged by Democrats in Western New York to succeed Frank R Utter, head of the Division of Standards and Purchase In the Executive Department at the Capitol. Mr. Morris waa his party' candidate fog Congress in the Thirty-ninth ROCKEFELLER CHURCH SCORCHED BY F1RL wit . I ' . f , rvn. V V : " It Tili .r-oi"- 1.. . i' y ' : V '' "" - I t ' 'rm0i.4 Congressional District at the last elec tion, but has never held public office. A delegation of Western New York Democrats will call upon the Governor-elect next Thursday to urge the appointment of Mr. Morris, who is indorsed by the Democratic conference of the Eighth Judicial District, in which nearly all the Western New ; York counties are represented. . , Terming the prlsent taxation system a patchwork, Mr. Roosevelt promised yesterday in an address at a luncheon of the Merchants' Association a scientific study of the entire problem in this State. The Governor-elect said the current tax system had "just growed, like Topsy," and told of the need for a more modern interpretation of the whole subject. It was learned later that his declaration might presage his appointment of a commission of experts to make a detailed investigation of all phases of the Stste tax system with a view to general revision. Runner "Iziy" E'mtlvn Mxy Reenter Prohibition Service WASHINGTON,, Dee. 22- (United Press). At least one member of the famous dry team, if'Isxy and Moe," who several years ago played havoc with the bootleggers of many American cities, may soon be on the job again. "Issy" Einstein, it was learned today, has taken a Civil Service examination to re-enter the prohibition service, from which he rcsgined about three years year sago. Izay and Moe Smith gaine .'-'ame by a combination of vaudeville ' stunts and Sherlock Holmes achievements in their dry work. POIICERECOVER REST OF BAILEY LOOT IN GARAGE Articles Stolen from Another Boro Home Also Found Hidden Detective Arthur De Marrais, of the Classoa Avenue Station, whose arrest of Erich Erich, the "iron bar burglar," for the theft of $100,000 worth of jewelry from the home of Frank Bailey, No 33S Clinton avenue, recovered additional Bailey property last night, and incidentally loot in another burglary which had been kept quiet by police. De Marrais found a large quantity of silverware hidden in the garage occupied by Erich in Glendale, Queens. Part of it was identified by Bailey. The re-malnderwaa said by police to hare been stolen several hours before the Bailey robbery from the showplace home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Dickinson, No. 260 Hancock street. The Dickinson home, set bark 04 spacious ground and surrounded by a high iron fence, was robbed on Dec. 1 of silverware valued at more than 11,000. The robbery bore the earmarks of the . 4 0 1 1- 7-e vi es which badly damaged the nag the Rev. Harry Emroon Fosdick, ' . "iron-bar burgler,'' the wondow bar having been bent out of, shape by the intruder, as in the Bailey robbery. Mrs. Dickinson identified her property. The various pieces of plate were being finger-printed last night to further con-, nect with the burglaries. Meanwhile, Erich is held at the Raymond street jail, following his indictment. Customs Guard Held Charged With Truing To Shoot Longshoreman . Arthur Bissett. 24 year old, of No. 442 Sixty-first street, a custom guard for the last four months at pier No. 2, Bush terminal, was in the line-up a, police headquarters to-day charged with felonious assault. . The complainant against' Bissett is Charles Carter, a Negro longshoreman, of No. C23 . Washington avenue, wh charges that Bissett held his revolver againts Carter's stocmach and attempted to shoot him, but for some unexplained icason failed to do so. Detective Hendry and Fitzgerald, of the Fourth avenue station, arrested Bissett shortly after midnight at the pier,, where they had hurried in response to telephone calls for Longshoremen that a Ciistoms guard was running amuck. They relieved Bisset of his gun and locked him up without resistance. He was to be arraigned in the Fifth Avenue Court . Trtatnry Balantt WASHINGTON, Dec" 22 (United PreaO. The Treasury net balance for Dec. 20 was KUS.0O7.499.6S. Cu;jms receipts this month to that date were 530.m636.0L . H1EED1FICE REDUCED 10 BLACK SHELL Nearly Completed $4,000 000 Church Almost Ejire4 ly Destroyed by Hand Firemen Have Arducsi and Futile Task The nearly completed Riversidi Church, the "Rockefeller church" whicl the Standard Oil magnate was con' structing for Dr. Harry Emerson Ti dick, was reduced to a blackened khel by a fire which steadily licked am crumbled the huge edifice through thi night The damage is put at $1,000, 000. The flame that swept through) and over the $4,000,000 structure bej ure beJ did nod r thi; tween 121st and 122d streets did burn themselves out until early morning. Police estimated that a crowd ol nearly 100,000 here and in New Jersej watched the huge church building slow ly give way to the fire. - Practical!) everything inflammable about the struc ture was burned, the Same at timeaj leaping 400 and 500 feet in the aiq from the top of tha high tower. Several , policemen and firemen were injured. The Riverside Church was to have been the largest Protestant church in) the United State and was being built as Dr. Fosdick communal place ol worship "for all the disciples of Jesus. . The funds for its construction cam mainly from the Rockefeller coffers. Tho Rockefeller carillon of fifty-three belltj was to hare been transferred from the Park Avenue-Baptist Church, and tha addition of seven new bells would have ' made it the largest carillon in the world.1 Los Covered by Insurance ' Some" time will be required to determine just how much damage mas.done and how much of the work will have to be done. over. Most of the exterior had been completed, ecept for the installation of the windows. The financing of the church had been completed before the fire, and it is known that the entire loss is covered by insurance. , Police reserves kept blocks around the church clear of the thousand of spectators. It was the most spectacular fire since the Sherry-Netherlands Hotel tower burned. Slightly injured were Sergeant Mi-chae McNamara, of the West 100th street station, with a sprained right wrist ; Fireman James Long, Engine Co. 44, with a lacerated right hand; Fireman Hawthorne, Engine Co, No, 53, with sprains of both wrists- and exposure,' and Fireman George Poryer, Ea- " tine Co. No. 7, with a lacerated head. The Origin of the fire is undetermined, but the cause of its pread waa the wooden scaffolding on and in the building. Flames spread quickly, and the high wind blew the sparks and burning arrow in all directions. Occupant of neighboring building were sent out into the streets when the fir threatened to spread. Water cascading down the burning building from the fire hose tine played by firemen was almost immedi-' ately frozen and many firemea . slipped and fell on the ice. Four Alarms Sounded The first alarm waa sounded by a passerby. Deputy Chief Webber who responded sent in two more alarm and then a fourth which brought fire apparatus from every part of the city. Fire Chief Kenlon assumed command of the hard fight, and Fir commissioner Dor-man and Chief Inspector O'Brien were on hand early and stayed all night. Aa emergency hospital was created aearby with equipment from the fin department ambulance and from Knickerbocker Hospital and other. Dr. Harry M. Archer, fin department surgeon, presided over the honpital. A steam heating plant in which oil waa the fue) used for the church boiler is being blamed, and the man in charge of the three boiler is being sought for questioning. Cleami House figntt Bank clearings, $1,311,000,000; Clearing House halartce, 1151,000,000; Federal Reserve Bank credit balance, $125,000,000. V

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