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I 0 Age 7 ?-10 11 -- VOL 61 NO 174 Riff SEA HIM rre9 11 Ships Will Be Convoyed II British Continue Blockseet Dorian Says NEED WHEAT FROM Ut Si rodins tiovernment Asks Wash ington for 18 Million Bushels for Unoccupied Part tio(IO WORD FOR GERMANS Marshal Says Nazis Release 220 400 Tons—Seize 108 French Vessels 1 (BF the Asscelated Press) Vichy France March 10— Admiral Jean Dar lan vice-premier informed American press representatives today that French ships would be convoyed if the British blockade of France continued Dar Ian who with Chief of State 1irsluil Philippe Petain and Jean Aehard secretary ' of food supply called the press conference said: ' "If the British continue this block-which I consider Imbecile -I will be obliged to ask permission to provide arms and protection for our merchantmen I will let nothing stand in the way of the French people's eating" Germans More Generous "The Germans are more generous Rn(I more comprehensive of the needs of humanity than the Engkh" he continued 1 Petain said the Germans had re- !rased 2 million quintals (220400 tons) of wheat out of 2700000 which had been requisitioned for the Gernrm army Dalian said be considered the blockade against Germany useless and said he had told that to William D Leahy United States ambassador last night - - -- - A few boatloads 'of wheat will not atl'ect the outcome of the war he Achard read a prepared statement In which he said 5 million quintals 418348300 bushels) of wheat from the United States were needed for the unoccupied zone of France A Call on the U S The French government has communicated to the American govern- I rnent the "urgency of obtaining and transporting" that amount of wheat he said The wheat the secretary continued would go ts the unoccupied I ?one only not to the Nazi-held area end- would be ' distributed under American supervision -' - "I don't want to consider what would happen if wewere obliged to reduce bread rations to 200 Or perhaps 150 grams (seven ounces or five ounces) daily" Achard said adding that the French ate the world's heaviest bread eaters Petain Darien and Achard who were serious and - business-like throughout the interview remarked on the arrival of the Red Cross ship Cold Harbor at Marseilles with food and clothing (The Cold Harbor unloaded part of R I-million-dollar cargo of food and supplies at Seville Spain February 2ti and left for Marseilles with the rest i Ambassador Leahy said be hoped increasing supplies would be sent lcr distribution to the needy civilian rpulation of unoccupied France These supplies" he said "are rats from the American people to the people of France and are symh)llo Of their sympathy for Prance in her hour of need and their friendship a friendship born of common devotion to the same ideals") His Duty to People Darlan tenliarked that he did not know how the British expected to b:ockade Germany by blockading Frcnch Indo-China and in a truculent tone repeated: "My duty is to bee that the French eat Ach rel said the 1940 harvest amounted to no more than 42 mil lion quintals (154125000 bushels) ot wheat of mediocre quality against a normal harvest of o 75 million co intals The government announced that the French merchant Ship Ville de Malunga hiid been captured by a British cruiser south: of Capetown making 108 French merchantmen stized by the British since the French-German armistice fourteen el them since the start of this year It was indicated the French govN nment had sent a protest to the south African government saying that such ship captures were Inez(ikable and could have no influence oil the outcome of the war THE BLOCKADE WILL STAND MMdlemObaNOP 0a Say They AVon't Release 'Their Watch Assoctated Prat) LoNaoN March 10--The British Int miateri today they would continue t cnforce their sea blockade regardlus of any protection for French merchantmen Inforzned circles said they were 1‘11hout official word of the anrouncement by Admiral Jean Dar-him French vice-premier and foreign minister that France intended to "IvoY merchantmeh moving sup-to the French people In unofficial quarters it was frank-admitted that it would be "awkv ird" to have the French navy 4ainst the British fleet but these circles took the view that popular opolion in France would oppose such a move it it appeared that supplies tf're leaking to Germany Some '')plies have been reaching unoccumpa France from North Africa without British interference F S AID HOME TO REPORT otinie)or lir Vie by Emit:espy Will Confer With Null --- (Bp the Astocialed Preis) WASHINGTON March 10—With an 11" r 011 potential dangers tO American intrresta Secretary Hull boa acted (Continued on Second Page) THE - - -- That Italian Spokesman Warns the United States Again (Hy the Aisociated Primo) ROM! March 10—Virginio Clay da Fascist editorial spokesman said today the British aid bill was "open intervention in the war against the axis" which eventual ly may bring into play the Rome Be lin-Tokyo 'pact "with many disagreeable surprises to England and the United States in the Pacific" "Isolated in its elementary reality" he said "Roosevelt's gesture Is a deliberate unprovoked move toward war" Admitting only the possibility that passage of the bill would prolong and complicate the war the authoritative editor said the bill could not affect its outcome "It is not enough that arms munitions and other war means leave the United States" he said "They must reach their destination" fARLEY RETURNS WITH PLEA Stronger Tie With south America Urged Atter Trip (BM the Associnted Preec) NEW YORK March 10---James A Farley former postmaster general returned on the liner Argentina today from his first trip to South America and said this country should try even more than it has to improve cultural and economic relations with the neighboring continent He would not discuss his own business and political plans ' tREED IN ABR-AMOWITZ CASE Washington Polly° Absolve Four Men in Slaying of Bride (By the Associated Press) WASHINGTON March 10—The police absolved four men today of implication in the slaying of a 29- year-old bride of one month Mrs Rose Simons Abramowitz of Kansas City who was strangled to death in her apartment Saturday Barney N Abramowitz formerly of Kansas City an attorney for the social security board was expected to leave tonight with the body for Kansas City where funeral services will be held DENY A CHURCHILL DEATH Report Stoing Leader's Daughter Is Killed IA False (tlif Me Associated Press) LONDON March 10—A report circulated In London today that Sarah Churchill Oliver actress daughter of Prime Minister Winston Churchill had been killed in a recent bombing but her husband's secretary said later: "She is quite all right" She was reported on the way to Bradford to appear at a concert The Downing street press bureau also announced in referring to the report of Mrs Oliver's death: "There was a rumor to that effect but there is no truth in IL"- HYMIE CAPLIN TO PRISON Manager of Champions Gets From Five to Ten Years — Mr the Associated Press) Nrw ' Yomc March 10--Hymie Caplin who has managed five world champion boxers was sentenced today to from five to ten years in Sing Sing prison on his conviction of grand larceny He was accused of being the financial backer for a ring of card sharps Judge Peter J Brancato told Caplin that the sentence was severe and that he was showing no mercy because "we like a good fighter but we look down on a cheat who hits below the belt" SINK AN ITALIAN CRUISER British Sub Torpedoes 3069-Ton Warship in Mediterranean (By the Associated Press) LONDON March 10—The British admiralty announced today that one of Italy's fastest cruisers a sistership of the 111-fated Bartolomeo Co Neon! tuAl "almost certainly" been sunk by submarine attack in the Mediterranean - "An Italian cruiser of the Condottieri A class has been torpedoed and almost certainly sunk by one of our submarines" ' the admiralty said adding that an escort of Italian destroyers apparently had picked up some of the survivors The Bartolomeo Colleoni and her three sister ships were reputed to be among the fastest cruisers in the world with a speed that was designed to permit them to overtake destroyers In their trials one of them was reported to have reached a speed of forty-two knots An Australian cruiser and British destroyers sent the Bartolomeo Colleoni to the bottom of the Mediterranean last July 19 The other three ships of the class are the Giovanni Delle Bande Nere the Alberto di Giussano and Alberico da Barbiano all of 5059 tons and mounting eight 6-inch guns All ships of this class were built in 1930 (The Italian communique of Saturday announced that a warship of medium tonnage bad been sunk in the Mediterranean front an undetermined cause and that a large part of the crew had been rescued) HARRIMAN OFF TO LONDON Rail Esecutive Will Help Speed Deliveries of AVar Aid (By the Associated Press) New Yosn March 10--W11liam A Harriman board chairman of the Union pacific railroad left for Europe in the Atlantic Clipper today as President Roosevelt's personal representative to expedite deliveries to Britain under terms Of the aidto-Britain bill With him was Anthony J Drexel Biddle Jr returning to London as ambassador to the Polish and Belgian governments and minister to the Norwegian and Netherlands governments in exile MRS MoORHEAD BETTER Mrs William B Moorhead 200 West Seventieth street who underwent an operation Friday at St Luke's hospital was ' reported improved today rrolrigymmofiMitrFPICPPIrlW SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE—Principal clues in the slaying of Miss Leila Adele Welsh early yesterday in her bedroom were a bloodstained hammer and a butcher knife which William J Myers police technician is examining SWOPE POOL APPROVAL PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SIGNS THE ORDER FOR $180000 Transfer of Documents to Jefferbelt City Then here Will Be Followed by Assignment of Laborers WASHINGTON BUREATI THE KANSAS CITY STAR 610 ALBEE BUILDING (By s Member ol The stars stall) WASHINGTON March 10--President Roosevelt today signed the WPA approval of the $180000 swimming pool project for Swope park at Kansas City The documents now will go to Jefferson City then to Kansas City for assignment of laborers to the project It calls for three swimming pools a bath house and landscaping at the north end of the Lagoon in the park The WPA allotment is for $100000 and the city's share will be $80000 Everything was set in Kansas City for a quick start on the pools when word was received the President had approved the project Complete plans have been prepared by the park board and copies of them are in the hands of the WPA administration here - There will be some delay while the routine steps are taken at WPA headquarters In Jefferson City but that federal agency has been seeking projects here which would employ labor Therefore it is not believed there will be unnecessary loss of time The plans create ' a beautiful recreation spot at the north end of the lagoon There will be a main swimming pool 100)(165 feet flanked on the west by a 40x70-foot diving' pool and on the east by a wading pool of similar dimensions There is pro vision for three sand beaches dress- I ing rooms tennis bibles shuffle boards and parking space for more than 500 motor cars Between the pool development and the lagoon will be a landscaped space for subsequent erection of a boathouse BRITISH "BRAVO" ON AID London Shows Gratification by Flying U S Flags LONDON March 10—United States flags wer0 brought out today in various sections of London to show British satisfaction at the senate passage of the British aid bill Official comment was withheld however pending final action The press glowed with praise for the United States ' ASK LOAN BID WEDNESDAY County Judges Seek Bids at St Louis and Chicago - The Jackson County court In its meeting at Independence today said nine banks and investment houses in St Louis and Chicago had been asked to tide the county through March with a loan A GARDEN CLUB MEETING The WyandOtte Garden club will meet at 8 o'clock tomorrow night at the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce Mrs Scott Handley will be hottess Spring and Easter table settings is the theme of the month Sunday Accident Spurt Aitmen SUN mON tuts qtro3 Moo 110 spa 11(63 11) iirti -lx 47) X VJ) X r2) liZLIN VJ) 11'I lke')Ig© Pa 22j ?(c)g? V2))(Z Seventeen traffic accidents yesterday resulted in injuries to six persons three drivers a bicycle rider and two passengers Motor car deaths to date 8 Same period in 1940 4 Deaths in 1940 - 24 Personal iniuryaccidents173 Same period in 1940: 191 AS CITY STA1 KANSAS CITY MARCH 10 1911-MONDAY-18 PAGES TOOLS LEFT BY THE SLAYER (Additional Pictures on Page 3) rl TIIE WEATHER-FA 12 midnight '35! 9 a m 34 1 a m 35:10 a m 14 2 4 m 3411 a m 35 3 I m 34112 noon 36 4 S 111 341 1 p in 37 5 a m 331 2 p m 43 e a m 321 3 p m 45 7 a m 331 4 p in 46 8 a m 341 Unoffitial W The Forecast—Kansas City and Vicinity: Cloudy becoming fair tonight with a low near 25 Tuesday fair high near 36 degrees' Relative humidity 630 a m 77 per cent Relative humidity 12:30 p m 67 per cent Wind velocity 12:30 p in 20 miles from the northwest River stage today 56 feet fall of 6 of a foot Lake of the Ozarks 6:30 a m 34 feet below full reservoir 4 Precipitation in twenty-four hours ending 6:30 a m: 01 inch iaovernment forecast for grain area on market page) BEATER TO BE WPA BEAD Actinic Commissioner Ts ?coml Hated to Ile the Chief t (131 the Associated Presi1 ' - WASHINGTONs March 10—Howard O Hunter of Illinois was nominated today by President Roosevelt to be works projects commissioner Hunter has been acting commissioner since the death of Col Frank C Harrington BOMBS ON ITALIAN TRAIN Direct Hits Are Seared In Ethiopia Withal Say EGYPt March 10---British bombers ranging ahead of imperial land forces thrusting toward the vital Addis Ababa-Jibuti railway in Ethiopia scored direct hits on a train near Diredawa and the station at Addagalla Saturday night the R A F command announced today Despite a battle put up by Italian fighters the R A F attackers were said also to have heavily blasted the Diredawa airdrome Elsewhere in Africa the communique said R A F crews bombed Italian porAtions about besieged Cheren Eritrea the harbor at Tripoli chief port of the Italian Libya in North Africa and airdromes in Tripolitania unconquered area of Western Libya 1 SEED FOR MACHINE EXPERTS Daily Interviews Are Held for Lake City Jobs The Remington Arms company till is seeking to obtain expert toolmakers and machinists for work in the Lake City small arms ammunition plant Interviews are being held daily at 911 Fidelity building and those selected are to be sent to the head plant at Bridgeport Conn for training for supervisory Jobs Four Remington officials arrived here today for conferences They are D F Carpenter director of production of the company E E Swenson to be works manager of the Denver plant:NJ H Chasmas division manager and Herbert R Door works manager here CREEKS SWEAR TO FIGHT Premier Says They Will Die Bather Than Be Subdued (By the Associsted Press) AMEN GREECE March 10--Orecks are edetermined to die rather than be subdued" Premier Alexandros Korizis told workers yesterday expressing confidence that "we shall win a brilliant victory over all enemies of our country" Representatives of half a million Greek workers in Athens and Piraeus answered the premier with a declaration that "the spirit of the working class is unimpaired" and that labor is "determined to undergo any sacrifices regardless of any danger" Sixty Britons including all but two members of the British legation staff in Sofia will leave the Bulger-tan capital tonight aboard a special 4-car train for Istanbul Turkey (A British broadcasting corporation broadcast heard in New Yoric said Georze W Bernie! British min-niter to Botts left this morningl The Budapest newspaper Peat Raid In a dispatch from Sofia that Bulgaria planned to demobilize all her reservista on the grounds that the men were needed to till lBEEB11 and that Bulgaria no longer was threat' cried ION —Kansas City Star Photographs CLOSE-UP OP WEAPONS—This view of the instruments of death shows blood on the pounding head and chisel-like blade of the 4-pound 11- Ot InC2 14-Inch-long hammer and on the sharp blade of the II li-inch butcher knife COLDLY WAITS TO KILL MURDERER TAKES HIS TIME IN WELSH SLAYING Premeditation Di Shown In A ell POIIS Search for Gag Blocking or Bedroom Door and Oilier Details The maniac wluS killed Miss Leila Welsh planned carefully took his time Be was on watch behind the house long before the young woman entered her bedroom and even after he set about the deed his movements were &liberate He likely was in the bedroom more than a half hour investigators agreed after a reconstruction of the facts First he used cotton gloves indicating premeditation He brought along several weapons including a heavy hammer and a butcher knife THOUGHT OF A GAG -Arriving at his poet in the rear went into the garage of the neighbor at the rear and took a handful of discarded clothing from a box Choosing from among several old shirts he dropped one in the yard and kept the other probably for use as a gag if necessary The plotter first tried out each of th two windows to see which made the easiest ingress The screen of the north window he had pried loose from the hook but apparently found that getting in was a bit difficult because the sill was higher from the ground than the east window This window had no screen and its sill was but four feet from the ground Perhaps it was not even locked The Welsh family had lived part of the time in the country near Lee's Summit where country habits perhaps had not led to locking of doors and windows such as is common in the city 1 SILENT IN AN ENTRANCE The east window was opened slowly without awakening the sleeping girl and the killer entered almost silently But inside the room did he flash a light or turn on the room lights? Neighbors did not notice nor-did the girl's brother and mother asleep on the same floor and only a hall's distance from her bedroom Next he closed the bedroom door tightly and moved a chair against it This took time and quiet handling Now he approached the bed Possibly he first pressed the bundled shirt against his victims mouth strangling any attempted cry Or he may have hit her first with the hammer crushing her skull and then stuffing the shirt against the mouth as she struggled in death 1 The throat was cut with the I butcher knife and the shirt was found later stuffed in this gaping wound Then the fiend used the knife to cut at the pajamas shredding them and finally cut a large piece of flesh from one hip COVERS VP THt BODY Next he carefully covered his vietlin's body with the bedclothes covering the blood so at first glance from the bedroom door there was no sign of death Sometime during the awful business the maniac must have become alarmed One heavy thud was heard by Miss Welsh's mother dur- ing the night and even by a neighbor asleep in the home across the back yard This neighbor's dog had barked Was it this that frightened the murderer so that he dropped the heavy hammer on the floor and then fled? The hammer was found later near the foot of the bed The knife was stuck in the ground in the yard outside The portion of flesh was dropped about 900 feet from the bedroom and next the slayer threw away his cotton gloves This ended the trail which police seek to pursue to a solution In one of the most brutal crimes in Kansasl City's annals a crime in which there was no robbery no criminal attack and seemingly no normal motive for revenge It was the work of a cunning but abnormal mind police are certain - Leonard C Kline 1113 Bryant BR HA 1833 omitted in new phone book —Adv A VICIOUS SLAYER Police Probe Indicates Careful Planning In Death of Leila Adele Welsh THE SHIRT CLUE IS TRACED Discarded Darment of Neighbor !lad Been in Trash Box at 6118 Harrison Murderer May Have Watched Girl Undress Then Entered Her Bedroom NO ARRESTS IN CASE Laboratory Examination of the Hammer and Knife Show No Fingerprints BULLETIN think we have pretty good clue" J A Punt lllll e chief deputy sheriff said this after noon on leaving ihe Welsh h With McKee Welsh 3616 East Fortythird street an uncle of the slain woman Purdome went to hisoffice As Purdome and the girl's uncle left the Welsh h Jack Gibbs an investigator arrived and shortly with several men from the sheriff's office left the residence in a motor car A close check of the physical facts and questioning of about twenty-five persons all later released left police this afternoon leaning strongly on the belief a vicious sadist murdered Miss Leila Adele Welsh in her bedroom at 6109 yard e thought o f the Pee'sibili-t f A neighbor 1114 WAR' onalime in h - the victim might scream:" So he 1 the night:' went into the garage of the neigh- Th e shirt the killer stuffed into bor at the rear and took a handful the neck wound he cut with a of discarded clothing from a box butcher knife was identified today It L Choosing from among several old had been discarded by John shirts he dropped one in the yard Elaclunan 6118 Harrison street in a mei kept the other probably for use box in his garage directly at the rear 38 a gag if necessary police of the Welsh yard In a statement I The plotter first tried out each tc Blackman also told or A the two windows to see which hearing a thud coming from his made the easiest ingress The screen back yard Sunday night His dog A the north window he had pried barked in the basement 00se from the hook but appar- The slayer evidently had taken a !ntly found that getting in was a handful of discarded clothing from n nt difficult because the sill was the boX in the Blackma garage rligher from the ground than the Another of Blackman's discarded sast window shirts was found in the Welsh back yard apparently where it had been thrown away by the slayer Perhaps This window had no screen and is sill was but four feet from the round Perhaps it was not even he used the one shirt as a gag in the °eked The Welsh family had lived crime police speculated iart of the time in the country near Chief Seeks a Solutioll :ee's Summit where country habits Chief Reed James Byars chief of rrhaps had not led to locking of detectives and Farley were all work- ioors and windows such as is corn- ing on the crime The mother and non in the city brother of the slain girl were to be SILENT IN AN ENTRANCE questioned more late today They The east window was opened were In the home when she was 'lowly without awakening the sleep- slain The mother heard a noise rig girl and the killer entered al- and the brother asleep on the davennost silently But inside the room port in the livingroom slept through lid he flash a light or turn on the the night undisturbed vom lights? Neighbors did not no- Young Welsh has a bedroom on re nor did the girl's brother and the second floor of the home police nother asleep on the same floor said but had lain down on the Ind only a hall's distance from her davenport and gone to sleep Saturiedroom day night Next he closed the bedroom door Chief Reed personally in charge ightly and moved a chair against of the investigation returned to his t This took time and quiet office at headquarters at 12:45 iandling o'clock this afternoon to receive Now he approached the bed Pos further reports He had spent most ably be first pressed the bundled of yesterday and last night on the 1 hirt against his victims mouth case 1 trangling any attempted cry Or "1 have no information to meke le may have hit her first with the public" he said 'We are working lammer crushing her skull and then on the case" turfing the shirt against the mouth Police NtleSiffl the player might 1 s she struggled in death ' I "have watched Mios Ill'elhh prepare I The throat was cut with the for bed waited until she fell iutcher knife and the shirt was found ater stuffed in this gaping wound nideep and then quietly forced the hen the fiend used the knife to eaPt idlitIOW of the bedroom and ut at the pajamas shredding them crawled in nd finally cut a large piece of flesh The possibility the intruder could rom One hip have entered Miss Welsh's bedroom covnts ur THt BODY before she got home and hid there Next he carefully covered his vie- was discounted by police There incs body with tha bedclothes was no likely plate to hide without she entered the bedroom the in- vestigators said and moreover the a-n-d—Oe-o-r-ge-W Welsh IL 27 a son who also was at the mother and brother of Miss WelAh home Saturday night but heard ne were on the first floor of the home disturbance were not at the home before Miss Welsh returned home today Police guarded the residence The girl's mother and brother were Puzzle In the Quiet at the home of Mrs Welsh 's brother Yet how the slayer got in the 'Edgar L Fleming 5817 Rockhill road bedroom and killed Miss Welsh I todayboth in a state bordering on without her awakening or struggling !collapse Friends were at the Flemwas a puzzle ing home with them Mrs Marie P Welsh the mother Farley issued a pick-up order occupying a bedroom on the westrfor a blond youth about 22 years old end of the house said she heard a who was seen yesterday morning In thud once after her daughter had a drugstore at Sixty-third street retired at 1:30 o'clock but heard no and Troost avenue with a bandage scream S on three fingers of his right hand Police peeulated whether the Although It was not believed the slayer struck Miss Welsh an intme youth was Implicated the police dediate killing blow with the hammer sired to question him he left behind then rot her throat Deputies to Welsh Farm and a large piece of flea off her J A Purdome chief deputy sheriff hip which he took with him alien stiIit deputies to the Welsh farm on Outer Belt road eight miles dotting it in a bark yard 100 yards southwest of Lees Summit for clues from the Welsh home that might lead to solution of the Neighbors on either side and at killing the rear apparently heard no dis- Purdome attempted' to question turbance except the barking of the Mrs Welt13 early this afternoon at Blackman dog the home of her brother but she was Nobody Is under arrest connec- too distraught to talk he said tion with the case police said el-though chief Reed cloaked some of (continued on Second Pace) Chief Says its a Fiend's Work Chief L B Reed said this afternoon twenty-three men were busy on the Leila Welsh slaying case "I have worked on many crimes the last seventeen years" he said 'and this ks one of the most vicious It 14 the work of a fiend There was no evidence of robbery no evidence of criminal assault and the crime went far beyond any motive for revenge" Evidence today showed the intruder had tried first to enter the north window cf the bedroom the chief added Its screen had been pried loose frotn a hook and there were fresh pry marks The east window which had no screen finally was used for the entry was a Kansas City realton I The mother and George W Welsh IL 27 a son who also was at the home Saturday night but heard no disturbance were not at the home today Police guarded the residence The girl's mother and brother were at the home of Mrs Welsh's brother Edgar L Fleming 5817 Rockhill road today both in a state bordering on collapse Friends were at the Fleming home with them Farley issued a pick-up order for a blond youth about 22 years old who WaS seen yesterday morning in a drugstore at Sixty-third street and Troost avenue with a bandage on three fingers of his right hand Although it was not believed the youth was implicated the police desired to question him Deptitiem to Welsh Farm J A Purdome chief deputy sheriff stibt deputies to the Welsh farm on Outer pelt s road eight miles southwest of Lees Summit for clues that might lead to bolution of the killing Purdome attempted' to question the investigation with secrecy The hammer butcher knife and shirt left by the slayer were in the police laboratory for examination as was the blood-stained bedclothing Thomas Farley of the homicide squad said the hammer employed weighing about four pounds with one end rounded and the other pointed in chiFel fashidn was of the type normally used for dislodging railroad tie spikes The initials "UP" on it indicated Farley said it had once been the property of the Union Pacific railroad Nothing I Stolen Robbery is not considered a motive because Miss Welsh's watch and pieces of Jewelry lay on the dresser when her mother discovered the body about 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning Miss Welsh attended the police circus Saturday night with Richard W Funk 3619 Bales avenue with whom she had dated occasionally the last four years After the circus they went to a cocktail lounge then to the Welsh home which Funk left shortly before 1:30 o'clock He gave police a statement detailing how he drove home after leaving Miss Welsh At the Skelly Oil company offices where he is employed as a clerk in the calculating department Funk said the young woman was her "usual cheerful friendly self" Saturday night "Leila likes to it and talk so after the police circus we went to a cocktail lounge in the Hotel Phillips Leila doesn't drink She sipped a coke and I had one drink She said nothing but of the ordinary and Rockhill road early yesterday - lae–iTa—likes to sit and talk so So far no helpful fingerprints had i after the police circus we went to a been found on the hammer and cocktail lounge in the Hotel Phillips butcher knife used by the slayerI Leila doesn't drink She sipped a Neighbors were being questioned as coke and I had one drink She said to suspicious characters seen in the nothing but of the ordinary and ! locality Every tip was being probed1 didn't appear worried about any- Thomas Farley inspector in charge 1 Funk said he "didn't know" if of the homicide squad said and he anyone else dated Miss Welsh He welcomed more I met her six years ago at a fraternity dance and had been going with her To Room as She Sleeps occasionally until a year ago when "The way it shapes up" he assert- "we began going out together three ed "Miss Welsh's bedroom was en- or four times a week" The subject tered through a window while she 1 of marriage never had been was asleep She was killed without broached he adde& enough noise being made to cause To name After a Call her mother brother or neighbors to The youth first learned of the investigate although the mother and death about 11:30 o'clock yesterday a neighbor heard a muffled thud when he received a call at his home enough noise being inane to cause To Home After a Call 1er mother brother or neighbors to The youth first learned of the inwstigate although the mother and death about 11:30 o'clock yesterday a neighbor heard a muffled thud when he received a call at his home 'A neighborrtliii figliga one—time in from the Welsh family sayirig "some- the night" thing terrible has happened' He The shirt the killer stuffed into drove to the hornet being one of the first outsiders to arrive there after the neck wound he cut with a the crime was discovered He told butcher knife was identified today police what he knew and offered to It had been discarded by John L do what he could to help In the inElaclunan 6118 Harrison street in a vestigation Funks parents said box in his garage directly at the rear o they first heard what had happened f the Welsh yard In a statement about 3 o'clock yesterday to police Blackman also told or Funk was graduated from Central hearing a thud coming from his high school in 1933 He has been back yard Sunday night His dog employed at the oil firm six years barked in the basement He formerly was a master councilor The slayer evidently had taken a in the mother chapter here of the handful of discarded clothing from the boX In the Blackmap garage order of De Mo lay Masonic youth organization Another of Blackman's discarded Phyllis Wetherill M14 shirts was found in the Welsh back- Miss Holmes street a sorority sister of yard apparently where it had been Miss Welsh when they attended the thrown away by the slayer Perhaps University of Kansas City told he used the one shirt as a gag in the police about Miss Welsh being asked crime police speculated for a date last December by a Chief seeks a Solution young man she did not know but Chief Reed James Byars chief of who Introduced himself over the detectives and Farley were all work- telephone The police questioned ing on the crime The mother and that young man they said and brother of the slain girl were to be absolved him from any connection questioned more late today They with the crime or intent to annoy were In the home when she was Miss Welsh slain The mother heard a noise snere was no evidence the slayer and the brother asleep on the daven- assaulted his victim police repeated port in the livingroom slept through today the night undisturbed Father at Family Farm Young Welsh has a bedroom on George Winston Welsh father of 1 the second floor of the home police Miss Welsh was at his farm home said but had lain down on the near Lees Summit when the tragedy davenport and gone to sleep Baur- occurred it was learned today In day night ill health for some time the father Chief Reed personally in charge has lived there several years and was of the investigation returned to his visited by his family at least once office at headquarters at 12:45 a week o'clock this afternoon to receive Mr Wash lives with Mr and Mrs further reports He had spent most John W Hatfield caretakers of the of yesterday and last night on the 100-acre farm in a brown stucco case home Hatfield said Mr Welsh uti "I have no information to make home I able to drive a motor car was at public" he said 'We are working I on the case" home Saturday night and yesterday He said he drove Mr Welsh to Kan-Police guesserl the slayer might I hate watched Miss Welsh prepare sas City daily for treatment at a pri- I vate hospital Mrs Welsh and her for bed waited until she fell daughter were at the farm one day I asleep and then quietly forced the early last week Hatfield related east window of the bedroom and After graduation at the University crawled im' ‘ of Kansas City Miss Welsh taught school two years at Knoxville Ill The possibility the intruder could then returned here to live with her have entered Miss Welsh's bedroom mother in the Rockhill road home before she got home and hid there miss Welsh was a beneficiary of was discounted by police There trust funds totaling 865000 left by was no likely place to hide without i B Welsh Her grandfather grandparents Mr and Mrs James attracting Miss Welsh's attention SUS ei sp irtelloolteMosimwom1411101wwwlonlefitymmorfrummmliveM1116nuomormowlemmunowimmoVirimAinommilkrommommommonnotwimallimouwooninetTormolw sAboftftok4takiiikma16ww4itinallaial MAIN EDITION P PIC 11Thin City9 CP ritil ko A-4 Else s here 3 Cent STINT OM PLANT Contractors' Crew Puts Up Tem porary Buildings and Oround Leveling Begins SPEED TO BE KEYNOTE Bomber Assembly Unit of De tense Plan Must Be Ready in 120 Dais STEEL WILL ARRIVE SOON Railroad Tracks Are Being Built to Handle the Daily Ship manta Work on the 75-acre bomber assembly plant site in the Fairfax district was started today A "dredging" machine shuttled back and forth skimming the top of the ground to remove vegetation from the soil A crew of about twenty-five men was at work and Lon Whiles fore man said others would be employed as the project progressed Slane in Line for Jobe A small shed was the first temporary structure erected and there a line of men from Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas and Jackson Clay and Platte counties in Missouri waited to see Whiles or Arthur Row construction superintendent about employment The war department awarded the contract for construction of the bomber plant to be operated by North American Aviation Inc to the G L Tarlton Construction company of St Louis William Mc- Donald Construction company of St Louis and the S Patti Constructiort company of Kansas City on a joint bid The organization on the construction site today were key men of the Patti company Engineers locating building lines were Sam Kaplan and George Kvaternick A cold wind swept across the site of the plant which will have more than 1 million square feet of floor space but there was no delay in putting machinery to use as quickly as it arrived Construction shacks were to be erected today and tomorrow and then a crew of workmen will be assigned to the task of erecting a tense around the site to keep crowds from interfering with the construction work Kaplam said - Pile Drivers In Next As soon as the ground is leveled and all the vegetation removed pile driving machinery will be pet to work driving pilesa which foundation blocks 'Of the Structure will rest Workmen from the Kansas City Industrial Land company are constructing railroad tracks to the building site Its first use will be for delivery of 5000 tons of steel now being fabricated at Muskogee Ok The steel will begin arriving at the site shortly before March 20 Delivery will be made at an average rate of 250 tons daily The war department in its agreement with general contractor sped-lied that construction be finished within 120 days which would make the completion date sometime next July BUY BONDS ON JOINT BID Fairfax Alrport Issue Drivel PreIlium of $2213 Kansas City Kansas today sold its $750000 issue of airport bonds to pay the $600000 cost of purchasa ing the Fairfax airport and adjaa crnt ground east and north to the Missouri river and the $150000 cost of preliminary grading The successful bid was submitted Jointly by the City National Bank and Trust company of Kansas City the First National Bank of Chi' cago and Harriman Ripley & Co New York The bid was for par and accrued Interest plus a premium of $2243 on the entire issue The rate of interest determined by the bidders will be 3 per cent on the first $190000 and 1 per cent on the remaining $560000 KANSAS CONVENTION HERE Home Eennom Wit Meeting Is Shifted From Manhattan Ka - A state convention of home economic teachers scheduled to be held in Manhattan Kas will be moved hostesses and all to the Muehlebach hotel March 21 and 22 Shortage of housing facilities due to construction work being done at Ft Riley made necessary the change of convention sites Miss Florence Palmer home economics supervtsor In Kansas City Kansas explained In connection with the convention the Kansas Dietetic association will also hold its annual meeting at the hotel THE CLOUDS TO MOVE ON A Clear Sky Iv Porecovt for Toy II ight anti Tomorrow — The clouds that brought a surd prise rain of 07 of an inch last night are expected to move out late today leaving a dear sky for tonight and tomorrow The low 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