The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on January 7, 1940 · 9
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The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri · 9

Kansas City, Missouri
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Sunday, January 7, 1940
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THE KANSAS CITY STAK SUNDAY JANUARY 7 1910 n EYE ON DONNELLY III Name Comes to Front as Missouri Democrat! Study Governorship SITUATION IS MUDDLED pcarmont Statement Eliminating Himself Throws the Field Wide Open EE AKOUXD THE CORNER Many Believe Springfield Man It Ready to Enter— Others Mentioned By George K Wallace iTif Star's AfUjourf Correspondent) Missouri's Democracy or at least that part not now riding Javorites Is preparing for an additional shuffle of the cards in the field of candidates for the party's nomination for governor in this year's primary elections Rpccnt days have produced new nutations' which In the immediate eks ahead bid to change materially the present picture of the gubernatorial nomination 'contest Contributing to a great extent was the statement by Russell L Dear-mont definitely removing himself irom consideration l'irt Mentioned Weeks Ago Almost overnight the name of Phil M Donnelly lawyer and veteran i-tate senator' from' Lebanon has moved to the front to command attention among possible entries Donnelly was mentioned some time ago but he apparently gave the suggestion little encouragement Suddenly the talk of him has blossomed out with clear indications that quite a bit may be heard later Donnelly is a veteran member of the legislature He served one term in the house and has been in the senate since 1924 where he has been mi outstanding member with a wide knowledge of statecraft Mast political observers agree that Lawrence McDaniel St Louis entry has the inside track for the guber natorial nomination as the situation stacks up today McDaniel starts with formidable backing in his home city and while Kansas City's Shan non faction is declared unpledged to any candidate the fact remains many of the Shannon following has lost no opportunity to boost him 'ot All in St Louis Fledged There are groups in St Louis however not tied to McDaniel and still looking over the field of the ambitious Also the Pendergast and AFTER THREE WEEKS OF IT KANSAS CITY FINDS WINTER NO LONGER A NOVELTY Mentioned ro Democratic Nomination for Governor State Senator Phil M Donnelly or Lebanon Mo other organized contingents In Kansas City are as yet unattached to anyone for governor and noticeably uncomfortable over the present outlook These' Kansas City factions now are training their political sights around sharply in hope of landing on what they consider a "winner" Around the corner and believed ready to jump in for the governor's nomination is Dan Nee oi spring-field internal revenue collector for Western Missouri Close by and teetering on the plank is Roy Mc-Klttrick attorney general Allen McReynolds state senator from Carthage first to announce has freshened up his campaign with renewed activities and literature from his Jefferson City headquarters dealing with problem of state and legislation v' ' Some Suggestion of Briggs Also as the- scenes begin to shift boosts are heard for Frank P Briggs newspaper publisher and strs senator from Macon who was the majority floor leader in the last assembly i ' M REYNOLDS SPIKES STORY Report lie Might Withdraw Candidacy Denied (B the Anotiatti Prttt Jefferson City Jan 6— State Senator Allen McReynolds of Carthage tonight repudiated a St Louis report of several weeks ago that he might withdraw his aspirations for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination ' :-" '' - -' "I have never entertained ny thought of withdrawing from the race" he said ARTHUR E SPENCER DIES ' d Comes to Ucan ot Joplln Lawyers at II VBy The Star t Qvlt ServittV JcrLiN Mo Jan 6— Arthur E Spencer 71 dean of Joplin lawyers and one of the most widely known lawyers in Southwest Missouri died today at his home after a long illness In 1938 he celebrated his fiftieth year in the practice of law in Joplin He was for years active In Republican politics and twice went to Republican National conventions as a delegate from the old fifteenth district Funeral services will be Monday ' ' " 'J " ft I A NEW PERRIGO BUBBLE FEDERAL MEN ARREST THE "INVENTOR" FOR MAIL FRAUD FLAKES FALL WHERE THEY MAY— Kansas City downtown shoppers have stopped shielding themselves from snow as they did when winter first descended on the city about three weeks ago The downtown scene yesterday found the shoppers taking ths snow and the 14-degree temperature as a matter of fact '- —Kannj City Star Photoarapht "SOUP LINE" FOR THE BIRDS-James Logan of Scout troop No 72 of the Milton Moore school places suet and cracked corn in one of several shelters the troop has provided and which the members provision twice a week ' - 'TRACK' VOTES IN SNOW PRECINCT 'WORKERS FACE A BUSY AND COLD TWO WEEKS IlCRistratlon Hooks Close limitary 20 Letters to Be Sent by Canipnigii Committee Remind Citizens Precinct workers the toilers who go from door to door gazed discontentedly through steamy windows and out into the eddies of swirling snow last night They looked at the wail calendars and shivered Only two more weeks remained for registration The books will close January 20 for the February 13 city election a busy two weeks But because the final registration campaign was planned before the snow and the temperatures fell they faced a busy two weeks Ten thousand residents whom the reform groups believe can be rallied to their cause at the polls remained unregistered a poll made by (he workers showed ' - ' ' A list of the unregistered voters had been prepared by-the united campaign committee and they will receive the following letter from the committee this week: 1 "No matter how fighting mad you get when you read what the City hall gang has been doing with your tax money it isn't going to do a bit of good if you are not registered "Our latest checkup sjjpws you have not yet registered for the most important election in Kansas City's history That Is the amendment election February 13 - If this amendment is not passed there will be no 1940 election to throw out the machine "February 13 is as important to Kansas City as the Fourth of July signing of the Declaration of Independence was in 1776 Enough people want to sign Kansas City's declaration with a great big "X" to win the election But remember the opinions of people who are not registered do not help on election day Kansas City needs you "Will you do this much for yourself and Kansas City? Will you put this letter in your pocket or pocketbook and carry it with you until you register? The last day is January 20 If you go to the election commissioners' headquarters at the court house ground floor Twelfth and Oak streets right away you will find it easy to register- Then you can tear up this letter Thank you" TALKS TO WOMEN The League of Women Voters will carry on a series oi registration talks before women's organization? Another letter will go from the united campaign committee to business organizations The letter: "Your help is needed in getting your employees and your friends registered for the most important" election in the history of Kansas City February 13 "You are perfectly within your rights when you urge your employees to register by January 20 Registration Is non-partisan There are no laws to limit your activity in this regard but on the contrary it is regarded the duty of each citizen to register and to urge all others to register "We are inclosing a card which if placed on the bulletin board will remind many of your employees that they cannot vote unless they are registered Will you post this card in a conspicuous place and thus help to make the Important election February 13 the decision of all the eligible adult citizens of Kansas City? "We are also inclosing some registration memo slips If you or some member of your organization can find out who are not registered you can provide them with these slips and thus materially aid in reminding them to register Please let us know if you need more of the slips" The cards urge immediate registration and transfers wlwre voters have moved since they last voted TERM IN LIQUOR SEIZURE Carrying 1218 Year in Jail Driver of Car l'inls Gels a Samuel Williams 42-year-old T6-pekan who was arrested at Olathe December 19 with 1248 pints of liquor in his car was sentenced to a year in jail when he pleaded guilty late yesterday before Judge G A Roberds of the Johnson County District court to charges of possession and transportation of liquor He also was fined $100 on one count that of possession Williams told Judge Roberds he had obtained the liquor in East St Louis 111 and was "working as a driver" for a "liquor distributor" in Topeka He said he was to receive $25 for ma -ting the trip Confiscation prociedings are pending against the Buick coupe he was driving 1 i i t Williams began serving the sentence immediately and Judge Roberds ordered the confiscated liquor destroyed The order is expected to be carried out within a few days RED CROSS MEDS WORKERS ' i (v Women Here to Prepare 10000 More Dressings for War Victims More women to aid In the preparation of surgical dressings for Europe's war-filled hospitals are needed by the Red Cross here Mrs William B Henderson volunteer work chairman said last night Rooms on the twenty-first floor of the City hall are' open from 9 to 3 o'clock every day but Saturday Mr Henderson said for work on 10000 dressings and a variety of articles for local veterans' needs The Kansas City Red Cross has already shipped 6000 surgical dressings and 900 winter garments to France for Polish refugees ' TO PLUG SALE TAXTeAKS City to Clamp Don on Evasive Out of State Buying Harry Gorman city treasurer said yesterday his off ice would proceed immediately to enforce an ordinance covering excise tax on all tangible merchandise purchased out of this state for consumption In Kansas City " The ordinance passed October 16 is aimed at the practice of purchasing motor cars in neighboring states without paying the 2 per cent Missouri sales tax The effective date of the ordinance set for November 1 was delayed to allow the city treasurer's office to set up a 5-man bureau which will devote itself exclusively to tracing out-state purchases : - ' A MEETING OF NORGE MES Dealer! From Missouri and Kansas Attend a Sales Rally Here A sales meeting of 100 Worge deal-erg m Missouri and Kansas will be held tomorrow at the Bellerive hotel E G O'Harra of Detroit vice-preddent in charge of sales will speak T H Condon sales manager of the Armacost-Norge company distributor in this territory will direct the meeting COMING EVENTS TRADE KEY IN SESSIONS HARDWARE AND LUMBERMEN MEET HERE THIS MONTH Business Optimism Is Expected to Bo Keynote of tho Former — 'National C of C lleml Speaker W Gibton Carey Jr Two veteran trade associations whose annual conventions and shows have been held in Kansas City for more than half a century return to the Municipal Auditorium this month: Approximately 4000 delegates are expected to attend the fifty-first annual convention of the Western Retail Implement and Hardware association in session January 16 to IB Three thousand retail lumber dealers will meet with the Southwestern Lumbermen's association January 24 to 26 and reactions of these 7000 dealers constitute a fairly accurate index of business conditions throughout Missouri Kansas Oklahoma and Colorado WILL BUY WITH CONFIDENCE Frank H Spink secretary here of the Western Retail Implement and Hardware association believes deal ers will buy with confidence at this year's show "in anticipation of moderate price Increases in some lines" Sale of space already is approximately 10 per cent ahead of 4he same period last year The 200 exhibits have gone "streamlined" this year In marked contrast to the days when monkey stoves wooden churns snapping jack plows harness and tally-ho car riages were staple items in hardware shows this year's exhibit will feature something for every member of the family There'll be sporting goods games and wheel goods all types of farm implements building hardware paints tools ammunition and radios and electrical appliances kitchen cutlery and household gadgets for mother A national viewpoint will be given the hardware dealers this year with the arrival of W Gibson Carey Jr New York City president of the United States Chamber of Commerce and head of the Yale & Towne Manufacturing company Mr Carey will be the principal speaker January 17 which has been designated as "Hardware day" Representing the implement men will be W L Clark president of the Farm Equipment Institute Chicago Rivers Peterson managing director of the National Retail Hardware association Indianapolis will also be a principal speaker LOW COST HOUSINO A TOPIC Among the 3000 lumbermen this year low cost housing new types of materials and the government's relation to the construction industry will be principal topics for discussion Ninety exhibitors have already reserved space in the lumbermen's show which will feature all types of building materials Business among lumber dealers according to E E Woods association secretary is S per cent better than last year Leaders among the lumber industry who will be speakers for the THIS WEEK IN KANSAS CITY TODAY At the Kansas City Art Institute first showing of paintings by the late Pauline Palmer and the works which won the national high school competition 2 to 6 o'clock thereafter daily and tomorrow Wednesday and Friday nights At the Nelson Gallery opening of the Kansas City Camera Pic-torialists show also collection of seventeenth and early eighteenth century French paintings on loan: 2 to 6 o'clock thereafter daily except Monday MONDAY "Photographic Materials Old and New" a lecture by William Crick 8 o'clockyat the Art Institute - City Golden Gloves tournament 8:30 o'clock Exhibition hall TUESDAY Professional boxing Memorial hall Kansas City Kansas 8 o'clock Golden Gloves tournament 8:30 o'clock Exhibition hall Matinee subscription concert by Kansas City Philharmonic orchestra in Music hall 3 o'clock WEDNESDAY Naismlth league ' basketball games Municipal Auditorium 7-30 o'clock H R Knickerbocker war correspondent speaks in Music hall 8:30 o'clock ' "French Portrait Painters" a lecture by Paul Gardner at the Nelson Gallery 8 o'clock THURSDAY Finals Golden Gloves tournament Exhibition hall 8:30 o'clock "Golden Boy" starring Eric Linden at Music hall 8:30 o'clock FRIDAY Interscholastic basketball games 4 o'clock and 7:30 o'clock Municipal Auditorium "Golden Boy" 8:30 o'clock at Music hall SATURDAY "Golden Boy" 2:30 o'clock and 8:30 o'clock at the Music hall fifty-second annual convention include Roger Finkbine president of the National Retail Lumber Dealers association Des Moines W E Difford managing director of the Douglas Fir Plywood association Tacoma Wash J S Bryant managing director of the Asphalt Shingle and Roofing Institute New York City Ralph W Carney Wichita who will discuss merchandising and Fred H Ludwig Reading Pa who helped draft the retail lumber code and recently represented the construction industries at a government conference in Washington W Gibson Carey Jr president of the United States Chamber of Commerce will be guest of honor at a dinner January 17 given by the Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Muenieoacn Business leaders ot Missouri Kansas Oklahoma and Texas have been invited to attend with the chamber membership Preceding the dinner an informal conference of Missouri and Kansas council of the United States chamber with business leaders of the Southwest will be held at 2:30 o'clock Joseph W Evans Dallas vice-presi dent of the national chamber will preside Invitations have been extended to the chamber secretaries of Missouri and Kansas to a luncheon at the Hfrfftl Muehlebach the same day to meet with the Kansas City chamber staff FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MOVED SINCE THE LAST ELECTION You May Transfer Your Registration by Filling In and Mailing" This Coupon to the Board of Election Commissioners Courthouse Kansas City Mo My full name is I am registered from (Print name as registered) (Houm numbtrl in numbtrl My present address 'lS-H v - Apartment number (Stretll Floor Date Room number (Sign registered) NOTr An? oter unibli to IS all nmt mart tr l Ptnan t tht mla of!lc tad h hU mrli wHnM b t tiitrM ofltews : — Dr P C Chang professor of edu cation and philosophy at Mankai university China will speak at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday at the Hotel Muehlcbacli Dr Chang will address the student body of the University of Kansas City Friday the Lions club of Independence in Memorial hall Friday and the World Peace council Saturday The United Jewish Charities will hold its annual dinner at 6:30 o'clock tomorrow night at the Hotel Muehlebach Dr Maurice J Karpf of the Graduate School for Jewish Social Work in New York City will speak Miss Emelie Levin executive director of Jewish charities will report on the program for 1940 HERE TO PUSh'mANVEL DAVIS E H Winter to Confer With (i O P lender Here E H Winter Jefferson City campaign manager for Manvel H Davis candidate for the Republican nomination for United States senator will confer with Kansas City and Jackson County Republicans here Tuesday and Wednesday Mr Winter former lieutenant governor will have headquarters at the Hotel Phillip FINDS WINTER AT LAST ALEXANDER FROM WOOLLCOTT SUN VALLEY HERE Old Home Town Has More Snow Than Idaho Resort He Says as lie Contemplates Possibilities of Skiing Alexander Woollcott arrived here in the snowstorm late yesterday from Sun Valley Idaho where he had gone to condition himself for appreciation of the tribulations of the Finnish-Russian war and found E J? & Ik I a- f- w m —Kantas City Star Pholoaraph Wakm ArmtB Needed More Hm Than ai Sun Vaixky Idaho Alexander Woollcott Comments more snow in a moment than was furnished him in a week's stay at the Idaho resort The New York writer and radio spieler is visiting at the home of Mrs Lucy Drage 4348 Locust street whom he knew during boyhood years spent in Aldine place on the West Side here He will speak Wednesday at Lawrence Kas and indicated that until -thai time he might practice skiing here or rehearse for the title role in "The Man Who Ctme to Dinner" a play satirizing the rotund Mr Woollcott and his sentimental whimsies Mr Woollcott carried a cane wore corduroy coat woolen suit dark blua shirt and white : bow tie under a fuzzy snap-brimmed hat on his arrival amid a pile of baggage HAIG'S DIARIES HELD BACK Field Marshal's Documents Won't Be Published During War (Copyrljiftted cable by tuoierf wire to tht flew York Times Tht Kansat City Star end the Chicago T'taxne) London Jan 6— The diaries of the late Field Marshal Earl Haig containing secrets of the World war will not be published until after the conclusion of the present war and even then large sections will be withheld it was learned today Earl Haig put a 20-year ban on the publication of the documents consisting of 800000 words in thirty-two volumes which have been locked up in a steel cabinet at the British museum The 30-year period expired January 1 but the two trustees of the Haig diaries have decided to postpone publication on the ground it would be inadvisable during the present war He Is Charged With Repenting Hon of Thirteen Yearn Ago Involving "Ether Power" Engine Harry E Perrigo an electrician who 6tartled Kansas Cltlans thirteen years ago with a fantastic device for drawing electricity from the air was arrested in Los Angeles last night on a secret federal indictment here charging him with mail fraud in connection with obtaining money from "Investors" in a similar "free energy" machine he later carried to higher levels After the expose of his fake apparatus for electric ether generation here in August 1927 Perrigo "improved" his machine and went about the country seeking other investors collecting more than $100000 from businessmen who believed he had invented the impossible according to Otto Schmld an assistant United States district attorney AFTER A LONG SEARCH Perrigo was arrested today by postal inspectors headed by L A Johnson of Kansas City who had been searching for the "inventor" since he was indicted June 9 He is charged with duping the wealthy Robert Granert family of Chicago out of $25000 in 1936 collecting about $85000 from two Los Angeles businessmen In 1230 and taking $3000 from Dudley Watson of Wichita Kas In 1934 according to Schmld The indictment alleges Perrigo obtained "things of value" from Robert Granert and Watson but makes no mention of the two Los Angeles businessmen The amounts which Perrigo obtained from the "investors" were given out by Schmld after an investigation by postal inspectors Behind Perrigo's first "free energy" machine exposed here in 1927 also was the money motive Numerous persons poured all the way from $1000 up to $10000 into the dream BURSTINB OF THE BUBBLE The bursting of the Perrigo bubble here came in the midst of what was supposed to have been an electrical test of his device forced on Perrigo by authorities Schmid said Perrigo Induced the Granert family to invest $25000 collecting the money in five installments from January to May of 1936 The elder Robert Granert later was killed in a motor ctt crash and the Terrigo contract passed on to his heirs Robert O Granert mentioned in the indictment as ohe of those defrauded is a son Schmid declined to disclose the names of the Los Angeles men The indictment charges that Perrigo from July 1 1936 until the date of the return of the indictmeut against him devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money by means of "false and fraudulent promises" POWER FROM THE AIR The true bill charges Perrigo pretended to investors he wa the inventor and builder of a machine for extracting electricity out of the air that his invention was a device for electrical ether generation and that he displayed to "persons intended to be defrauded" the device In the form of a dynamo and represented that the device would extract electricity out of the air in "unlimited quantities" and generate it into power for general commercial purposes principally for air lines for flights of transport planes Perrigo is charged in the indictment with displaying to Watson and Granert a pretended power machine consisting of an electric motor coils and other parts which he repre sented would develop electrical power by extracting electricity from the air SAID PLANS IN OPERATION Schmid said Perrigo went so far as to tell Granert and Watson that he had his power machine in operation in an airplane especially built for a 15000-mile climatic test to Alaska and over desert country and also told them he had made arrangements with large commercial transport air lines for the use of his machine It is charged further that Perrigo had photographs taken of an ap paratus resembing an electric dynamo and an electric motor to dis play to "persons intended to be defrauded" Schmld said Perrigo personally solicited and obtained "large sums of money" to be used presumably for the development of the invention and signed contracts with his backers for the payment of additional money LETTERS TO INVESTOR The indictment sets out that Per rigo in furtherance of the scheme to defraud sent letters to Robert Granert on November 12 1937 December 21 1937 March 8 1938 April 7 1938 May 24 1938 July 25 1938 each telling him of the "progress" of his invention Each letter is the basis of a count of the indictment Counts seven and eipht charge ha sent similar letter- to Wat-son on 1 March 25 1037 nri August 22 1937 ' Aurusc 9 1927 when PerrlRos 1 fantastic device was exoosed hv Tn Star the Belter Business bureau and the Missouri blue sky commissioner it was termed by authorities as "tha biggest and best planned fake of th last decade" Among the Kansas Citlans who had shown an interest in PerriRo s device at that time were Lou E Holland then president of the Chamber of Commerce and Cel Pulll E T-f Aflripruftn oonoval rvnnnM I of the then National Air Transport Inc and vice-president of the I Transcontinental Air Tra report later merged into Transcontinental Air Transport Inc HELD HERE BY PETS LOSS California Visitors Delay Depar ture to Search for "Ebony" Dr and Mrs Floyd Rogers and their two young sons holiday visitors from Orovllle Calif have had J their stay lengthened a week by the disappearance of their pedigreed cocker spaniel Ebony Last Tuesday two days before the Rogers family had planned to start driving back to California Ebony wandered out of the yard at the " home of Mr and Mrs Richard A Hammond 2234 East Sixty-seventh street terrace where the Rogerses have been staying Mrs Rogers and Mrs Hammond are sisters Floyd Rogers Jr 9 years old and Bobby Lee Rogers 6 had been eager to get back to school and Dr Rogers was concerned about being away t from his patients so long But tha whole family voted to stay here until Ebony could be found An in-'" tensive search has been on ever since I Ebony is as black as his name and has long silky hair He was wearing a DiacK collar nti had no license tag Dr Rogers is offering a reward ' to his finder Start the "Sew Year flight Rptnlte to join the thnunnndi of car iiuneri who tare and bpnrfit br patronising 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