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Wilkins' Pilot Carries Legion Emblem From Alaskan Post to Paris v. 4 i Xf -- - iC amn " r 1 rioniT T ' ' on i n"i 'r 'i r ji4;KUALt,jL.. Center An air view of the nnlnr reennns nhniit fiOfl miloc cnnth nf w:ii.; . j t--, Left American Legion officer with Carl Eielson, holding emblem, which the Legion post of Fairbanks, Alaska, presented to Eiclson for delivery to Paris, France. The presentation was made just prior to his departure as the pilot of the Wilkins plane that crossed the Pole to Spitzbergen. Right Commander Byrd (left), also a successful North Pole flier, with Captain Wilkins looking over the polar flight months nun. r . of numbers is Issued to him. Any on '. lound using a missing license i arrested. As a result of the new sys-" " tern SO percent of the missing licenses1 ' " are now returned. Twenty-seven forgeries of licensef1"' cards were discovered last year. Tho Police Department now has a seal, t, ". Wilkins' Flight Wipes Off Two Arctic 'Islands' From Map, Declares Stefansson Sale of Taxicab Licenses By Drivers Forces Drastic City Drive to Clean Up Evil th Nnnh Dl from a Brooklyn repair shop, according to the Deputy Commissioner. A chauffeur who reports his license missing must stand trial before Deputy Commissioner Ruttenberg and explain satisfactorily before a new set stamping machine and a specially T. ' constructed typewriter to frustrataj - duplication of licenses, the Deputjr'.', Commissioner said. Commissioner Ruttenberg asked the co-operation of the public in , Tiffany & Co. Eifth Avenue & 373 Street Pearl Necklaces Capt. George H. Wilkins and his pilot, Lt. Carl B. Eielson, did not plan to fly direct over the North Pole, according to Dr. Isaiah Bowman, director of the American Geographical Society of New York, one of the sponsors of the Arctic flight, but only across territory adjoining the Pole, where exploration would open up new areas hitherto unseen by man. As a result of the flight. In the opinion of the explorer, Vllhjalmur Stefansson, maps of the Arctic regions will have to be changed, eliminating some of the "islands" and other "lands" which had been hitherto recorded on the basis Qf inadequate exploration and which Wilkins and Eielson found not to be there. One of the imaginary land bodies which the Wilkins flight has now eliminated from Arctic maps is Kee-nan Land, reported more than half a century ago by a New England whaling skipper. Saw No Mountains. As Wilkins and Eielson passed over the supposed location of the island, Stefansson declared, "they could see lar and wide, without any indication of those mountains which the whalers thought they had seen 100 miles north of their ship. "This was not particularly surprising, for in the spring of 1918 Storker Storkerson, Wilkins' colleague and mine, had gone by sled 200 miles north from Alaska, off the mouth of the Colville, had camped on an ice floe and drifted with lt 450 miles during six months, living by hunting as the floe zigzagged, and taking soundings proving the ocean there to be from 10,000 to 15,000 feet deep. These soundings and the Wilkins' flight about 100 miles beyond them clearly abolish Keenan Land, which should never hereafter appear on any map." No "Harris Land" Either. ' Several hours later the Wilkins plane swung "across the eastern third of the hypothetical Harris Land, deduced from tidal observations by the late Dr. R. A. Harris of the United States Geodetic Survey. Our previous expedition had put a serious dent in that imaginary almost continental island, for we had taken soundings almost a mile deep right on the eastern edge of lt. .This Atlantis of the Arctic is now sunk forever." The Wilkins' flight also, according to Stefansson, gave added testimony that Admiral Robert W. Peary was the true discoverer of the North Pole, back on April 6. 1909, and that Dr. Frederick A. Cook, who had been at first accepted as the true discoverer, did not reach the Pole. ' Proves Peary Was First Stefansson said: "Cook reported the definite discovery of land about 84 degrees north latitude and 105 degrees west longitude. Now, with the weather perfectly clear. Wilkins and Eielson approached these two reported lands on a course to take them through the gap between If they were small Islands or across either of them If they were big, but they saw no land, or, Read 'Em and REAP cases wnere ine pnuwgr&pii insiao thp rah la nhvinnslv rtnt. the lilcenMa' of the driver. Pollock Cushing Dickstein to Type James COP INVESTIGATORS FACE FIRE IN PROBE OF TAXI LICENSES Drivers Getting Cards Despite Criminal Records Inquiry Made Citywide. Chief Inspector Lewis J. Valentine, confidential investigator for Police Commissioner Joseph A. Warren, today refused to discuss the investigation which he is conducting Into the issuing of hack licenses upon the approval of so-called "hack Investigators" who are patrolmen assigned to each police station. The inspector, however, admitted that the investigation is city wide and is not confined to the activities of one particular station house. The inquiry was started through the activities of the "hack investigator" of the Empire Boulevard police station and through the arrest last Friday of Solomon Cohen by Capt. Oscar Reimer, in command of that station, after Cohen is alleged to have given him $50 to pass five applicants for hack licenses who had given fictitious addresses. Isaac McLaughlin, who was the "hack investigator" at the Empire Boulevard precinct, committed suicide on April 13 at his home at 141 Shepherd ave. The "hack Investigators" look up the records of the various applicants and any who have been convicted of crimes are supposed to be refused licenses to operate taxicabs. It was intimated from an authoritative source that the investigation when completed may cause a stir in police circles. A number of cases of men with police records holding licenses to operate taxicabs are said to have been discovered by Inspector Valentine. Fire Capt. W. H. Nash Dies Capt. William H. Nash of 107-70 1 07th St., Richmond Hill, who retired from the New York Fire Department in 1915 after 32 years service, died yesterday at his home. He was an acting battalion chief in the department in 1912 and was injured several times in line of duty. He received a number of medals for bravery. Captain Nash was the son of the late Battalion Chief William H. Nash, who was killed fighting a Are in 1878. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Jane Redmond Nash. The funeral will be held from his, late home Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock; thence to the R. C. Church of St. Mary Gate of Heaven, where a requiem mass will be offered. SERVICES FOR H. W. IVES Funeral services for Henry W. Ives, of 20 Greenfall ave., Kew Gardens, prominent insurance man, who died suddenly in London, April 12, will be held In the Falrchild Chapel, 86 Lef-ferts pi, Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock. The services had been planned to be held tomorrow evening, but due to delay of the vessel bringing the body to tjjis country, they will be held Wednesday. MRS. C. A. STADLER DIES Mrs. Pauline Stadler, wife of former State Senator Charles A. Stadler, died Saturday at her home in Fort Myers, Fla., of a stroke. She Is survived by her husband and a sister, Mrs. Clara M. Frickenhaus, of this boro. The funeral will be held tomorrow with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. NoTNJ Henceforth, and Forever Safelll Front line trenches of first mortgage! on income-earning properties, supported by tht artillery of a $15,000,000 Guarantee I 5H PRUDENCE-BOMDSl Safe as s fort in peace I Safe si s port in a itorral Now, Henceforth, and Every Minute to Maturity! Asle for Literature OOmm Opaa Moodar UatU a P.M. The PRUDENCE COMPANY, Inc. ViJtt f mrfilta ,1 K. r. Il.l, f ( Bifl. J)t MidMon At.. II 4 ltd St., Kin York lei Rfmarn St. lel-IOiamim An. Brooklyn. N.Y. Jamaica. N.T. i Mall or Lirrra Name W -ii The Theaters WILKINS WILL HOP OFF ICEBOUND ISLE WITHIN FEW DAYS (Continued from Page 1.) change Telegraph, Scandinavian rights reserved) Capt. George H. Wilkins started from Point Barrow, Alaska, on Sunday. April 15. at 10 a.m., Alaskan time. The starting place had to be al tered as the runway proved too short for the heavily-loaded machine, whose weight was 2,022 pounds and whose cargo was about 4,050 pounds, thus requiring a runway at least a mile and a quarter long. The machine needed a speed of 50 miles an hour before it' was able to rise. A new runway was covered with loose snow and this was trodden down for a width of only five feet so that exact steering was necessary to avoid a crash. The ice also has to be leveled. Captain Wilkins, during his flight, passed places where Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary had been. He sighted Grant Land and passed about 300 English miles east of the North Pole. The weather was fine with little fog. Flew Above Clouds. Throughout the trip he maintained an average altitude of 1,000 feet, but at times it was necessary to ascend to J.sou leet to get above the clouds. He sighted no land that had not been discovered previously and there were no signs of animal life on the ice. Captain Wilkins succeeded In taking observations 200 miles from Svalbard (Spitzbergen), but the visibility then became too bad. Approaching Sval bard the first sight of land was when he caw the two-pointed peaks of Prince Karl Promontory. A violent storm was raging at the time and Captain Wilkins had to make a hurried attempt to land. This was made exceedingly dlmcult and dangerous by sudden gusts of wind, but a landing eventually was madn near a boat in the neighborhood ol Dean Mad s Island. The airmen then had been flying 21 hours at more than luo miles an hour. Steered by Sun. For steering purposes Captain Wilkins found the ordinary magnetic compass very useful and in addition used a sun compass. He had been supplied with a spe cial map of the Polar region by the American Geographical Society, bul was able only to get a rough map of Spitzbergen, consequently the navigation was remarkable in view of its landing In Svalbard only about five miles south of Kings Bay, the place originally decided upon and where Captain Wilkins expected to meet the Italian explorer General. Umberto Nobile. The Captain had planned to give General Nobile, who intends to fly his olrigible Italia over the North Pole, information to help him select his route. Stayed In Plane. Captain Wilkins and Lieutenant Eielson were held up more than five days on Dead Man's Island by a severe storm. The thermometer registered 45 degrees below zero and the airmen had to spend their time in the plane to keep warm. Their fcod supply was sufficient for six months. At 3 a.m. Saturday they decided conditions were good for getting off again. Twice the motor ran full speed but the machine did not move. At the third attempt Captain Wilkins got out and, holding on to a roDe attached to tne plane, pushed the ma t-nine 10 give n tne necessary Impetus to ride. They succeeded in starting. but to the pilot lt seemed a long time ueiore ne neara wilkins yell: "On board again." The paptaln had provided himself with a tent and food in the event he couldn't have climbed aboard. At the height of 1.000 feet. Bar- entzburg was sighted. The landing was effective there at II a.m. The fliers' first thousht was for the safety of their airplane and the motor was covered with a double tarpaulin to prevent lt cooling too quickly. Tills had to be done in a temperature 27 degrees below rero. Didn't Pass Over Pole. Copenhagen, Denmark, April 23 WP) Capt. George H. Wilkins is quoted by the Svenska Dagbladet as saying at Green Harbor, Spitzbergen, that he did not pass over the North Pole on his flight across the polar regions but flew over Grant's Land, west of Greenland. Plans Antarlic I light. The Los Angeles Examiner In a copyrighted article today said mat Captain Wilkins' next great lllcht would be over the uncharted wastes of the Antartic. J. K. Northrop, engineer, who de signed Wilkins' plane, and a few associates In disclosing the plans, said iney were lar enough advanced to make It certain that the filer would be back In Los Angeles In four or five weeks. This Indicated the possibility of a race between two exploring ex peditions In South Polnr renlons that of Wilkins with a seaplane and thnt of Commander Richard E. Byrd with three planes. Wilkin is eager to learn If there is an unbroken continental chain r.t the Pole, from the Australian side the region has been seen. Captain Wilkins plans to go aboard a whaler Iniit Hos Bra and past South Victoria Land. There he and Ills pilot nlnn to launch their seaplane and taking to the air swing toward Kins Edward VII Land. EXPECT STEWART TO 'TELL ALL' IN TEAPOT OIL QUIZ Colonel May Prove Hidden Influence Behind Lease of Fields to Sinclair. By BASIL MANLY. ( Special Correspondent of The Eagle.) (Copyright 1928, Brooklyn Daily Eagle.) Washington, April 23 When Col. Robert W. Stewart, chairman of the board of directors of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, takes the witness stand before the Teapot Dome Investigating Committee tomorrow, it is expected by members of the committee that he will tell the whole story of the leasing of Teapot Dome and the distribution of the Liberty bonds of the Continental Trading Company out of which Secretary Fall was paid $233,000. This testimony is expected to be forced by the newly discovered evidence ih the hands of the committee which is held to indicate that Stewart secured approximately one-fourth of the Continental Trading Company bonds and cashed the coupons on them In two successive years. This is in direct contradiction to Stewart's previous testimony before the committee that he did not know anything about the bonds, had not received any of them, and did not personally make a dollar out of the transaction. Now Anxious to Tell Story. Intimations have come to the com mittee through sources which are be lieved to be in touch with Colonel Stewart that he Is now anxious to tell the whole story and thus if possible clear himself of the indictment for contempt which Is now lodged against him in the District Court as well as possiMa Indictment for perjury grow ing out oi nis previous testimony. It is understood also that Stewart feels that he is now relieved from any obligation to place himself in jeopardy in order to protect Harry F. Sinclair. Clips Liberty Bond Coupons. The evidence now In possession of the committee shows that on Dec. 15, J922, and again on Dec. 15, 1023, E4swart deposited to his personal account in the Continental and Commercial Bank of Chicago, of which he Is director, coupons clipped irtm 3'i percent Liberty bonds to the amount of $13,903.75. As these Millions are payable semi-annually this would represent the interest on $794,500 in Liberty bonds. The committee has net yet revealed whether It has succeeded in checking the serial numbers of these bonds with the numbers of the bonds purchased for Dm Continental Trading Company out oi the profits of the oil deals In which Colonel Stewart participated as a guarantor. It is known, however, that these bonds are of the same series as those of the Continental Trading Company, that they represent approximately one-fourth of the total amount ol these bonds and that Stewart did nut cash coupons from a similar amount of bonds eitner In 1921 or 1924. This circumstantial evidence Is believed to Indicate that theia bonds were In fact St 'warts thars of the Continental Trading Cemcany fund. Transfers Bonds. Th fact that these bonds were apparently not in Stewart s possession in 1924 is also deemed to be important, s It corroborates Information from a reliable source that during that year, when the Teapot Dome Investigation was particularly active. Stewart transferred his share of tho bonds to the Standard Oil Company of Indiana. His reason for transferring these bonds Is alleged to have grown out of the fort that the profits of the Continental Trading Company, out of which the bonds were purchased, were osrlved from a fraudulent transaction us which his compnny was made to pay an unduly high price for crude oil In order to create a margin of profit for the Continental Trading Company. In addition to this evidence lndl Contln'iod on Page to. WOMAN ENDS LIFE BY RAZOR SLASH Clara Rose, 53. of 531 Drew ave, committed suicide yesterday afternoon by cutting her throat with a rstor. She was found on the floor of her bedroom by her sister. Mrs. Rebecca Finger, with whom she lived at the Drew ave. address. According lo Mrs. Finger her Muter had been deiproulent because of III health. Mrs. Helen fJumlcl. XI. committed iilrlde by gas In the kitchen of her home t 315 Jamaica ave . yesterday, according to the police. She left this note. nlrlrccd to her husband: "Dear Ham: You will be a bettor man tor this. Helm." Till tAOLI CLASmrtlD MICTION III mianilt mtnr a ktirlnf snarl far f. Fourth Deputy Police Commissioner Nelson Ruttenberg, who is in charge of the Hack License Bureau at 156 Greenwich st., Manhattan, revealed today that he is taking drastic means to diminish the number of taxicab licenses reported lost. He said an investigation conducted by himself and Inspector Thomas P. Cummings had dlsclased that taxicab chauffeurs gave their licenses as I. O. U's. for debts, put them up as money in dice games or loaned them. Of the 63,000 licenses issued last year apDrox-imately 6,000 were later reported as lost and 2 percent of that number returned. This led to the investigation and to the subsequent discovery that some chauffeurs were either selling or lending their licenses to undesirables. Drivers Stand Trial. Several licenses were recovered from a St. Nicholas ave. lunchroom and 10 A Judgment Rendered owe A yourself the peace of mind and your family the continuing complete protection afforded under a Life Insurance Trust. Talk to our trust officer about it. la 1 m M its FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BROOKLYN ESTABLISHED HJ BROADWAY OFFICE Broadway and Havtmtyar Street DOWNTOWN OFFICE j6 Court Stmt I'nJtr I nittd Slant Ctvtrnmtnl Sufurviiitn DIRECTORS lotrrn Mt'SFa JOHN w. mm ftAHt'KI. H. COOMI4 hi rimr . irma C ( Mdl.l MA1 IS i H. r. Trme I'TTO r TUS HiauA a. mm MM I HUM 1AI. IllHl.lin tlAVII HI ST I. At W A ITS MATII H. I1AV MOW AMI) . USf l.K)i;i Hnl MA ),. 1AMM f. CNAWtnRI AK.tllUtC. !! .iilpiii..r " as Wilkins says, even any sign in the ice below that there might be strong currents such as lands produce in the ocean. "They saw nothing that could even Indicate land until dark clouds appeared on their left-hand side. But that was only when they came to west longitude 75, or approximately across the trail of Peary going to and coming from the North Pole in 1909. So these clouds could have meant no land, for that district was covered by Peary on two different expeditions. Besides, he had with him on his last journey In that region not two or three Eskimos but practically his whole party, includ ing Bartlett, Borup, MacMillan and Marvin. All Wilkins saw was land to the south, and that was the vicinity of Cape Columbia, the land near est the North Pole from which Peary made his start in 1909, when the Pole was first reached." CASSESE UP AGAIN ON LIQUOR CHARGE Ex-Bootleg King Freed Dozen Times in Two Years. Anthony Cas&ese, 40, of Grand blvd., Baldwin, L. I., who several years ago served two years in the penitentiary for bootlegging on a scale that earned him the title of "King of Bootleggers," was again brought Into Federal Court today on liquor law violation charges, During the past two years he has been arrested on such charges at least a dozen times, each time to go free again with the collapse of the com plaint against him. This time he was held in $1,000 bail by Federal Commissioner William J. Wilson for alleged possession of a pint of whisky in his restaurant at 168-40 Jamaica ave., Jamaica, and for main, taming a nuisance. . Governess, If, Plunges Six Stories From Hotel Miss Elsie Bottjer, 30, of 1138 Olm- stead ave., the Bronx, early this morning leaped or fell eight stories from a 10th floor room of the Hotel Hermitage, 42d st. and Broadway, Manhattan, to the roof of a two. story extension. She was taken to Bcllevue Hospital ih a critical condi tion, suffering from a fracture of the skull and other injuries. The police learned that Miss Bott per, a governess, had been forced to quit work recently because of a nervous ailment. At the Bronx address It was said she left home yesterday morning to attend religious services and did not return. storms over unknown areas, with a zero temperature In the cockpit, who aimed at a pin point on the Arctic map and hit lt despite fog and blizzard, who landed safely on Dead Man's Island and took off again after weathering a five-day storm In the cockpit, is a young American of Norwegian ancestry. Captain Wlikln gives him full credit for his skill. Roald Amundsen, who discovered the South Pole and flew over the North Pole and who knows what he Is talking about, calls the Wllkins-Eielson journey "the greatest flight ever made." Commander Byrd. with fine spirit, lauds lt as a far greater flight than his own nonstop air journey from Spitzbergen to the Pole and return. But we are not forgetting the heroes of yesterday even as we laud those of today. This afternoon the tri-motored Ford plane, piloted by Major Fitzmaurlce and Bert Balchen, which carries spare parts and relief supplies to the Bremen, landed safely on Greenly Island. At this moment the work of equipping the Bremen with a new propeller and repairing her under-carrlage Is under way. By tomorrow repalrN should be completed and on Wednesday the flight to New York by way of Canada should be resumed. It looks as though all the diverse racial groups of New York City would (tet a chanre to welcome some record-breaking hero before the years adventures are completed. This week it Is hats off to the German and the Irlnh. We have enough enthusiasm fcr brave men and brave deed to give the heartiest greetings to all who rie--rve It. So let us crv "Horh sollim 8le leben" and "Erin go bragh" even an we study tin the cheers most likely to appeal to Wilkins and Eielson. Arthur Music Reviews by Edward Today's Big News By H. V. KALTENBORN Photoplays These Are Record-Breaking Days in Aviation Martin Reverting by Rian by Book Gossip by These are record-breaking days. Two Oermans and an Irishman fly the Atlantic from east to west, an Australian together with an American flies over tne Top of the World, Ray Beech, American, flics over Day-tona Beach In a motorcar at 207.55 miles per hour. Only a few weeks ago two Americans, Haldemann and Stimson, broke the world's endurance flight record and an Italian airman flew over a measured course at Venice at a higher rate of speed than any one had ever flown before. As one remembers that It required eight years from the time Alcock and Drown new over tne Atlantic In 11)19 before Lindbergh made his memora ble flight, this series of record-breaking achievements scored In a lew weeks' time becomes the more astounding. It Is worth recalling, loo, that, dcxpite all the new speed records made by new Wanes. Alcock and Brown, In their Vlckers-Vlmy bomber, made a faster flight over the Atlantic than any of their successors. Wilkins description of his flight. written for the New York Time with no one to help him do the wrllitig, Is a grapnic srory or a modest mans triumph over difficulties. If any man deserved hi surces he did. Is the fourth year in which he lius bucked away at the innumerable oh-slaclrs opposing hi ambition to ex plore the unknown Polar region Irom the air. He ha smashed live ulanrs. risked his life a hundred time, bc.n lost In the Arctic wastes, hn aban doned a plane on the le flclj ar.d pent a mrnlli walking bark to the nearest F.nklmo village. And aftT each failure and misadventure l.e jifs: started in again Carl Flelwn. the pilot who steered the Wilkins plane through Arctic Jo Ranson On Back Page The Feature Section of The Eagle ! fv-- A i '1

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