Wednesday, July 20, 1938

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - July 20, 1938, Logansport, Indiana Telephone 4141 For All Departments YOUR HOME TOWN Gfritame VOLUME 93 LOGANSPORT INDIANA WEDNESDAYmKnNGjULYlQTl9MPRICE 3 CENTS Latest Happenings Home Edition of World Events National Guardsmen Disperse Iowa Tunnel Explosion Traps PWA Men OneQuarter of a Ton of Dynamite Accidentally Ignited Victims of Blast Blown to Bits Eight Workmen Are Injured BALTIMORE Md July quarter of a ton of dynamite exploded in a rockhewn chamber 65 feet under ground today and killed 10 public works administration workers and injured eight Two additional workers were overcome by gas fumes in rescue attempts The 10 men most of whosl Bodies we blown literally to bits were Negroes Three of the eight in lured were said to be critically hurt Officials in charge of the project on which the blast occurred could give no explanation for the premature detonation of the nearly 500 pounds of dynamite The blast occurring in a 14 by 14 foot chamber cut in the rock of the Loch RavenMonte Bello water unncl recked the suburban Hamil ton section with its terrific force So deep in the earth was the cham ber where the blast occurred how ever that no material damage was Jone on the surface Ilst Iead The official death Jist named the victims as William Lee Thurmau Keys Robert James Charles Dur ham Luther Randolph Melvin Dukeg James Hough William Bolts Charles Harvey and Henry Sanford I The injured were Thomas Evans John Reed William Nettles Wil liam Geary and Charles Elliott white men and Calvin Tomlini Christopher Tigle and Watt Cols ton negroes Evans Tigle and Tomlin were injured critically The explosion came with terrific force as a crew of 14 men unload ed the dynamite from a cart near the end ot the sevenmile water tunnel Ten of the 14 men died nine of them instantly The final victim died en route to the hos pital The four men in the gang who escaped alive were outside the en trance to the deathchamber par tially shielded by a protruding wall The remainder of the injured were approximately 150 feet away from the blast also partially shielded Elliott electrician in charge of the blasting operation in the cham ber said he was certain the ex plosion could not have resulted from a premature electrical spark The wires connecting the chamber lo batteries were disconnected he laid It was believed the dynamite was detonated by a box being dropped on the solid rock floor of the chamber or per haps a tool failing on a cap Shoots Self Rather Than Face Inquiry cw York Senator Snbnoenaed Taxi Backet Investigation Ends Mic Brotherhood Remains Firm In Op position to Pronosed 15 Per Cent Reduction in NEW YORK July State Senator Julius Berg shot and killed himself today in his law of fice after his wife had pleaded with him all night to tell District Attor ney Thomas E Dewey what he knew aboutthe taxicab rackets Berg was under subpoena to tes tify in the taxicab investigation in which one legislator already had been indicted He told his wife there was too much involved for him to face investigation When she stepped out of the office at 10 a m to get a drink of water he took a pistol from his desk and shot himself Berg a onelegged war veteran was chairman of the motor vehicle committee of the Senate He han dled much of legislation spon sored in the Assembly by Assem blyman Edward S Moran Jr who was indicted three weeks ago charg ed with extortion and accepting il legal fees as a legislator Funeral Rites Held for Tragedy Victim Funeral rites for Bernard M Baer Lojransport stale hospital pa tient who died Monday from in ternal injuries sustained in a scuffle with another patient were held at the Prevo and sons funeral home in Monticello at 2 oclock Wednesday afternoon Rev w L Hargrave in charge Buria was made in the Rivenlew ceiretery Monticello Dr M B Stewart coroner will open his public inquest into the state hospital tragedy at 9 oclock Thursday morning at the admin istration building on the hospital grounds 200 Fowls Bock Home Accused Woman to Face Charges in Peru Court PERU Ind July Len cth Blake 23 of Andersen who has been returned here from Xew Castle where she was arrested re cently will be charged in city court with receiving stolen property Officers state the woman appears not of the criminal type but ap parently was dominated by a man met some time ago in Anderson and who reportedly had threatened her life She showed marks where V said he had struck her The woman allegedly returned KcCheck When Chickens Come Jfonie to Boost Shows Loss Smaller Than First Reported When pullets on the Shirl Jius selman poultry farm in Noble township came home to roost Tuesday night a recheck was made of Hie flock and the owners dis covered that their joss was not as great as first announced Two hundred of the three hun dred fowls reported stolen Tuesday morning were back in their coops reducing the loss in that particular flock to one hundred fowls The Monday night thieves had taken 125 chickens from the Alfred Raymer farm adjoining the Jlusselman place It was found that the two hun dred IMusselman fowls which came back to roost Tuesday night had escaped into a clover field through gate that had been left open presumably by the thieves The chickens had left the yard in which they had been confined before the family arose Tuesday morning and therefore were unaccounted for when the early morning check was made Officers have found no clue as to the chicken thieves who visited the Noble township farms CHICAGO July icsentatives of railroad labor and management reported progress today in their conference on a pro posed IB per cent wage cut affect ing 900000 employes of the na tions 142 Class I carriers Discussions between the car riers joint conference committee and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen were recessed until Fri day to enable the management group to meet this afternoon with about 1000 representatives of the Railway Labor Executives asso ciation comprising 18 other unions H A Enochs chairman of the carriers committee said when the rocess was taken j We have made some progress but this is a timekilling proposii tion in which both sides are spinnI ng the plate sparring for location1 and position Wilt ne jVary Albert F Whitney president ot the trainment said progress lias been made for such a large confer ence All the joint conference com mittee is made up of good practical vailroad men who know the prob lems of the industry Whitney occupied the floor dur ing most of the morning meeting discussing group insurance and re tirement pensions for railroad workers Jsbor is skeptical of these piums as an effort to wean em ployes away from the union Whitney said Experience has shown that such efforts are un successful Whitney insisted railroad work ers would refuse to accept a wage cut of any kind of any shrinkage In wages because they feel it would adversely affect prosperity Withdrawal of the wage cut proposition would help the coun try toward prosperity on which it already has started he said Enochs challenged as absolutely untrue on its face charges made by Whitney yesterday that rail roads have spent for propaganda in the last 17 years Newton Iowa Under Military Rule after Striken and NonStrikers Clash in Pitched Battle Thirty Injured NEWTON la July nationa guardsmen armed with machine guns and bayonets broke up a pitched battle today in front of the Maytag Washine Machine company plant s At least 30 men were slugged kicked and otherwise man handled in a fight between nonunion employes who attempt ed to enter the plane and union strikers who resisted their ettorts The battle raged for almost an hour before the arrival of guardsmen who had been dispatched to Newton by Gov finno11 to enforce martial law in this city of 11000 persons and adjacent territory The fight had gotten completely out of control of the few policemen stationed at the plant when Maj Gen Mafhew Tinely commander of the troops and Maj Wiliard Gaines the National Guard turfved in response to an emergencycanr They leaped into the middle of the melee ordered dispersal of the crowd and warned that the city was under martial law But the fights continued It was estimated that 1000 persons in cluding several shouting clawing women in the throng All civil courts were ordered re placed by military courts with Maj Frank B Hallagan Des Moines acting as judge advocate The Maytag plant largest factory in the world devoted exclusively to ihe manufacturing of washing machines was closed May 9 when union employes refused to accept a 10 per cent wage cut The em ployes ire members of the United Legion Band to Play at Riverside Tonight Marches overturesand ord time favorites are included in the pro gram to be1presented by the Amer ican Legion band under the direc tion of Omer Collins at the River side park pavilion tonight The complete program as an nounced by Mr Collins fallows march Boys of the Old Brigade by Chambers overture Fountain of Youth by King selection Uncle Toms Cabin Southern Melodies by Lampe march 18th Regiment by Pannella some old time favorites Dinah Dark Town Strutters Ball Alexanders Rag Time Band etc overture Atillia by Losey march Onward and Up ward by Goldman and Star Spangled Banner Mrs Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America an affiliate of the Committee for Industrial Or Tlie plant was reopened Monday when 425 employes members of a backtowork movement who agreed to accept the pay cut were permitted to pass through C I O picket lines and reenter the plant Operations also were conducted yesterday with about 500 men on the job Mobilization of the troops was started immediately after the gov C7nors proclamation was issued They will consist of 207 men and JS officers from the first batallion 16Sth infantry Des Moines of Peru Passes PERU Ind July Mar tha Means 65 widow of Rollin Means who passed away in 1912 and a resident ot Peru for the past 42 years succumbed to a heart ail ment at oclock Wednesday morning at the home of her son Raymond Smeltzley 74 East War ren Street following an illness of two weeks Mrs Means was a native of Wa bashhaving been horn there No vember 22 1872 Surviving are the son by a former marriage Ray mond Smeltziey and a brother William Hipskind of Wabash Tile body was removed to the Drake Funeral Home here where it will he prepared for burial pending the arrangement of funeral rites Report Progress At Rail Wage Parley Conference is Recessed Until Friday Outbreaks Result in Martial Law Arrest Six Members of Countless New Features Will Grace Annual Fair HELD FATAL ACCIDENT INDIANAPOLIS Ind July 20 Wilson 6S whose r struck antl Mr last Satnr rrn in stolen brush to a local store and voluntary manslaughter Wilson a secured a refund on it j merchant policeman resides on rural route 7 Resident m Cuss nnd surrounding counties await the annual Cass county fair which starts Sun dny iuiy and continues through Julv The fairground adjacent to Spencer nark Is a jec hive oi industry this week ns final preparations jre being made to handle the various divisions he annual cxliihit and attractions Buildings arc being conditioned lor the lionsinz o exhibits the race track Is being placed in condition tor the harness race events the grounds are being staked off for the concessions shofvs t door mercantile exhibits etc and details are beimr visitors 5afetT Always interested In making the fair a more at tractive educational and entertaining institution the board has added a number of new features this Climaxing the Sunday July program at the liur will be the headon collision of two automobiles scheduled for oclock In the afternoon a oi Ihe B Ward Beam International Congress of Iarcdevils thai will be duplicated S oclock night All fair concessions and greater Mows midway teatares of the be in oper Ition the Sunday program and continue In op ration throughout the week i j he high srliool ban MIC American Ugmn band have been secured to imnide band m j MC lor the week Twelve vnudevilie will be pre sinted jn ironl of the grandstand each afternoon i loud Family Defendants Charged With Con spiracy to Commit a Felony Following Grand Jurv Inquiry SOUTH BEND Ind July members of the family Otto Cloud former Macy Ind banker whose financial affairs are under investigation today were leld under J5000 bond each after their arrest here last night on charges of conspiracy to commit a elony Those taken into custody Richard Cloud 29 of Rochester and Paul Cloud 33 of Bourbon sons of toe banker the elder sons wife Mrs Paul Cloud 27 Mrs Virginia Erwln 23 a daughter and ler husband W Henry Erwin 24 of Bourbon and Oran VanLus 23 nanager of the Cloud store at Ro ihester The charges grew out of an in estigation by the St Joseph ounty grand jury one of the e inquiries launched following he closing of the Citizens Bank at tacy which Cloud formerly head d for liquidation Investigations by the Fulton ounty grand jury the St Joseph ounty grand jury and state bank xaminers were started after the tate department of financial in titutions filed notice in Miami cir uit court June 30 of the closing nd liquidation of the Citizens bank f Uacy The Fulton county grand jury hich has been investigating oper ions there was expected to mak report of its findings today Also under investigation is th Cloud Sons Electric Applianc firm which operates stores in Ro Chester Fulton and Bourbon Th company now is in receivership Reports elder Cloud TnVlreaIy ls at liberty micie bond in a South Bend cour on a charge ot obtaining monej under false pretenses over a period of several years persuaded customers to sign two or more copies of conditional sales con tracts and then obtained loans on each copy also are under investi gation Reports also have been circulated taat Cloud used the same securities to obtain several loans from dif ferent institutions Boyd Peterson receiver for the Cloud company reported that an inventory Of stock in the company stores showed a tbtal value of Expect Passage By Legislature Controversial Law Compelling Dislay of Registra tion Certificates on Windshields Is Expected to Be Discarded at Special Session INDIANAPOLIS Ind July measure re peahng the controversial windshield titleholder known as the gadget law was speeded toward final age in the Indiana house of representatives today Presented by Rep WinHld K Denton D Evansville the measure would abolish the 25 cent fee now assessed for the certificate card container and would leave the display of registration certificates the same as it was before the eadeet aw was passed by the 1937 legislature g Under this system the cards would be posted any place within the drivers compartment so long as the registration number descrp on of the car name and address of the own er were plainly legible from the outside Motorists would not be forced to purchase any tvoe of container from the state ipe or House Approval Apparent After short debate the bill wag approved on second reading and sent to the engrossing committee for preparation to be passed prob ably tomorrow Indications were that theHouse would approve the Denton hill without further ado as soon as it returns from the en grossing committee Centre Seeks PWA Grant for School Repair Condemnation of part of Present Bullcllnir Will Xccesshate Construction Says Trustee nd evening of the fair Three days of fast harness race events wllli three rnces scheduled for each aft ernoon Wednesday Thursday and Friday are an lunnccd On Monday night the first annual saddle horse show of the Cass County Saddle Horse club will be the chief feature This new local event Is attracting much attention from horse lovers espeically among those who recently have taken np horse riding as a recreation The annual Old Settlers Day picnic will he held Tuesday under auspices of the Cass Countv Histori al society This event will be staged In Spencer rark with a picnic dinner to be served at the noon Ivonr and a program presented In the afternoon Also on Tuesday snch events as the team pull ing contest pony races Bicycle races Ham Derby lioman standing races chariot races etc will be staged and all iH clnb exhibits wll be placed on Wednesday Is Logansport day when the harness races with In purses will be started The guldeless wonder horse chariot races and running races are also track attractions that afternoon Another series f three harness races is soiled iiled for Thursday designated as Cass County Day iree attractions anC many other features are scheduled for Ihe afternoon and evening thai dav Friday is Jlerchaiits anil Farmers Dav with har ness races and other closing day specialties an uounced as entertainment oi the fair Former Peru Attorney Heads Camp PERT Ind July H Callaway former Peru attorney has teen appointed commanding officer in charge of CCC company No 3528 located in a camp near Eaton O according to word received here Callaway has been a CCC camp of ficer for several years and is a first lieutenant of the 335th Infan try Reserve Before accepting a position with the CCC Callaway had a law office in the RhodesDitzler building Forecast Indiana Some what unsettled to night and Thurs d ay slightly cooler tonight ex cept in extreme southe aat por tion cooler Thursday in south por tion With the new portion of the Royal CentreBoone township school building erected at Royal Centre ten years ago condemned and o dered raxed Trustee William Goo rich and his township advisor board are making plans to me the emergency During the summer months i far the new addition the bull ing hag setted about twenty inche it is said drp to ground condition under the base This condition ha greatly weakened the structure an following a recent inspection stat authorities condemned the huili ing ordered it be closed to all mee ings and instructed officers to hav the building razed The old portion of the buildin and the gymnasium are not affec ed by the ground condition an therefore will be used next year an in the future The trustee and his board ar now working on plans to erect new building to house the higr school or a new site located nort of state road No 16 now owned b he school organization The oli structure v ill be used to house th grades of the township Plans call for the razing of th condemned building with WPA labor the securing of a PWA eraut to help finance the new struc ture The new building is not ex peeled to bp ready for occupancv until September 1940 Material from the building to be razed will he salvaged and used in erection of the new high schoo plant IEE grades will be housed in other portions of the schoolplani and in privately owned buildings of Royal Centre Quake Takes To of Life ATHENS July 20 UP A aeavy casualty toll was feared to lay in an earthquake which center ed 30 miles north of Athens and ac cciding to early reports partially destroyed several villages Incomplete reports listed 20 kill d and 100 injured The villages of Neapalatia and Sfendali wore reported in ruins and he villages of Tanagra and Kakos alesai suffered severely Consid rable damage was done at Tatoi vhere one of the royal palaces is ituatcd Athens felt a violent shock There was no damage but townspeople i fled in alarm to the open The House also suspended the rules and passed 82 to 0 a meas ure appropriating for ex penses of the special session The Senate marking time until some of the administrations re lief and recovery measures were enacted by the House decided to consider in committee of the whole the administrationsponsored meas ures to redistribute welfare cosU and establish a tuberculosis hos pital for southern Indiana These bills are companion bills to measures already introduced in the House and boing considered by the lower chambers ways and means committee A heckling resolution to for give U S Sen Frederick Van Nuys for hjs stand on the Presi dents supreme court reorganiza tion bill was introduced by Sen Ralph H Jernegan R Mishawaka butwas defeated after a roll call minute message ins TO DISFLATOK IfOT TO DISPLAY Most of us like to display our ahlerements virtues and posses slons to the envious eyes of Much of this may be done uncon sciously hot It Is done all the same The woman who paints her nails oo red wears extremely expensive ors talks of her famous friends and entertains wltli undue lavish ess Is simply manifesting this In iorn desire to attract attention Likewise the man who boys nusslve mansion on an nnneceesar ly expensive street discusses his Ig deals In publicand prates bout his financial holdings etc The young and old married and Ingle male and female savage nit civilized all have tuelr own ecnllar way of displaying the hlngs of which they are most roud Human though It may be It does ot add one whit to our statute and be farther we carry It the closer e approach the ridiculous Few are entirely free of this weakness sothe question naturally arises which Is the Ideal way to Isplay our virtues Inasmuch as we seem bent on doing sot The best way said a friend to ause comment and elicit admira ion for that Js what we are seek nif ir the simplest way Be exccn onally modest In all things he Is right afer all ont jou agree I