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   News and Tribune, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1933, Jefferson City, Missouri                                WEDO NAT NEWS TRIBUNE SECTION ONE 16 PAGES VOLUME 3 NO 35 A SUNDAY COMBINATION OF THE MORNING CAPITAL NEWS AND EVENING POSTTRIBUNE JEFFERSON CITY MISSOURI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24 1933 CONFESS PLOT TO ABDUCT MORGAN NIECE Nurse and Filling Station Manager Admit Extortion Attempt and Kidnaping Threat in New York NEW YORK Sept A bold plot to kidnap the niece of a Morgan partner even while she pre pared her wedding trousseau was revealed today by authorities who held a nurse and a filling station manager for the crime were arrested in Yonkers by who used the old dummy package lure to trap them at a rendezvous and charge them with attempted extortion against Mrs John K Dougherty society leader bride and heiress to millions She is the niece of Russell C Leffingwell partner of J P Mor gan Co and the daughter of Franklin A Batcheller wealthy Yonkers resident and stock broker The kidnap scheme upset plans for her wedding brought federal agents to the Batcheller mansion as house guests and converted an elab orate church ceremony into a com paratively simple house wedding The nurse held is Virginia An tionette de Palma 23 The filling station manager is James Medley of Yonkers Thomas S Cullen in charge of the department of justice agents in New York said the pah had admitted the crime and told him they sought money so they could be married They were charged in a warrant with conspir acy to violate the Lindbergh act Began Last Month The dramatic events that brought the plot to light began early last month A1 womans soft voice telephoned Mis Batcheller and told the wealthy matron she needed said And if we dont get it we are going to kidnap your daughter Hel en and blow up your home Mrs Batcheller was terrified A few days later the threat was re peated and letters began to arrive The Batchellers notified Police Chief Edward Quirk of Yonkers who urged that department of jus tice agents be called The demure 19yearold Batch eller girl accepted the events with out excitement while agents of state and nation worked unceasingly to protect her Every telephone call was traced and after a few weeks authorities began to weave their clues together They told the Batchellers to nego tiate with the letter writer The letters kept coming and fi nally one gave definite instructions that a package with should be left near a light pole in Yonk ers No One Appears A package was left Nobody ap peared Then t came a letter directing Batcheller to go to a certain bill jifcki in Yonkers and get a note he find Detectives followed the instructions and got the message which told the family it was to leave the cash at a billboard last night Detectives and federal men took up their guard near the spot at dusk After dark a man strolled by paused and looked back Then with out further ado he retraced his steps Detectives shadowed him and made the arrest Meanwhile officers noticed a wo man sitting alone in a car not from the scene They questioned her She appeared frightened and an swered the description officers said of a person who had called the Batcheller home At Yonkers headquarters Police Chief Juirk said she admitted her guilt and identified herself The man followed suit Quirk said Administration Turns to Aid Lagging Agriculture Roosevelt Summons Financial Leaders to Work Out Credit Plans for Reinvigoratecl Price Lifting Drive To Put Idle Millions to Work 2 SLOT MACHINES SMASHED BY CHIEF One crashing blow into the vitals of a slot machine and worth of illegal property was destroyed in Police Court yester day morning Chief of Police Bruneiswung the hammer He struck one blow and stopped to study the effect Then he rained blows upon and into the mechanism which according to experts is so constructed that it pays the house for every it pays the gullible The first ma chine to be destroyed was an obsolete and war weary old hunk of wires and screws but the sec ond one was brand new The chief had to get set before his blows had any appreciable ef fect IDENTIFY MAIL BANDIT SUSPECT AS GEO KELLY Wrecked Armored Car Traced to Desperado Gus Win kler Also Sought DEVIL KILLING CASE REMAINS DEADLOCKED SULPHUR SPRINGS Tex Sept jury deliberating the case of Coy Oakley fanati cal backwoods preacher accused of murder for the devil slaying of Bernice Clayton 3yearcld cripple continued deadlocked today Since receiving the case Wednes day the Jurors have given n oindi cation of nearing an agreement CHICAGO Sept nation wide hunt for George Ma chine Gun Kelly suspecc in half a dozen major crimes of the south west was focusing on the Chicago area tonight A picture of a man known local ly as J J Rosenberg suspected owner of thearmored car wliicrrTftg ured Fridayin a daring mail mes senger holdup and the slaying of a policeman was identified Chief of Police William Schoemaker said as that of Kelly Who made the identification was a carefully guardedpolice secret but Schoemaker intimated it was by a close acquaintance of Rosenberg Shortly before police announced this progress in the widespread hunt for the slayers of Policeman Miles Cunningham and the robbers of the Federal Reserve Bank mail truck Theodore Rosenberg who had been broughtto the station on an anon ymous tip was released Theodore Rosenberg established his a reputable citizen Meanwhile two men still were held by police in the search for the robbers and gunmen who killed Po liceman Cunningham in their es cape after holding up the bank mail truck They were Joseph Bergl Cicero motor car dealer and friend Chief Schoemaker said of Gus Winkler sought as possible engineer of the robbery plot and Charles Philips a west side garage man Police suspect Bcrgl of having or dered the armament for the fort ress car used in the robbery and left behind when the slayers fled in an other machine Philips has denied any knowledge of the owner of the bandit car but Chief Schoemaker considered the detention of both men so important that he ordered them booked for murder if habeas corpus writs were sought A bill of sale bearing the name J J Rosenberg was found in the car Chicago police were asked Thurs day to seek Kelly following receipt of threatening letters by U S Dis Continuea on Page 2 WEATHER COLORFUL SID CATC REGAINS HIS SIGHT NEW ORLEANS Sept J Catts who won the governorship of Florida by mixing oldtime preaching with an appeal to people in the country for their votes is looking at the world again for the first time in five years Catts left New Orleans today for his home at Defuniak Springs Fla after a three weeks treatment here for blindness When his phy sician removed bandages from his eyes yesterday he greeted his daugh ter Mrs Elizabeth C Padericfc with Why Bess I didnt remember how pretty you were Hes slill wearing dark glassses but he can see things about him MISSOURI Partly cloudy slight ly cooler in northwest scattered showers in south portion Sunday Monday party cloudy Weather outlook for the period Sept 25 to Sept 30 For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri val leys Generally fair over SQIJI oc casional scattered showers over north portions temperature mostly uormal WENTZVILLE VOTES TO BUILD WATER PLANT WENTZVILLE Mo Sept a vote of 305 to 19 citi zens of Wentzville today sanctioned a bond issue with which to build a municipally owned and op erated water plant and distribution system Federal aid in financing the project will be sought WASHINGTON Sept President Roosevelt has summoned his financial leaders to work out plans to assure the credit for his reinvigorated pricelifting drive that now is focused on lagging agricul ture Release of millions of dollars in closed banks and a pumping into trade channels of other idle millions now on deposit in banks was de scribed today as the main objective of the parley which has been set for tomorrow night By moves this week and others still in contemplation the adminis tration is stirring sagging farm prices to new activity Cotton and wheat advanced today with the an nouncement that the government stood ready to loan on minimum prices in agriculture commodities Mr Roosevelt has said he wanted farm prices to catch up with indus trial prices in the upward swing promoted by the NRA campaign He is relying on the promise of federal backing to stimulate the bankers to extend the needed credit to support the expansion drive Immediate inflation of currency has not been indicated but this weapon is in the hands of the Pres ident if he requires it Secretary Woodin heads the group called into conference for tomorrow night by Mr Roosevelt OtHers un derstood to have been invited are the heads of the Federal Reserve Board the Reconstruction Corpora tion the Bank Deposits Insurance Corporation and the Farm Credit Administration The administration proposals of this week to loan up to ten cents a pound on cotton held by producers and to purchase surpluses smother ing numerous commodity prices are regarded by Mr Roosevelt as forms of inflation There have been indications he was willing to go farther price lifting direction if necessary with the hope it would not be nec essary to expand the currency Senator Thomas re sumed tonight his campaign for in flation in a formal statement sum ming up the reasons for his recent telegraphic poll of Congress on that subject Sentiment of the country as re flected through members of the Senate and House Thomas said is overwhelmingly in favor of imme diate use by President Roosevelt of some part of the monetary powers to raise the price level which Con gress delegated to him through the Thomas amendment The country needs and wants immediate and ra tional inflation Thomas said he would leave for the President to define the expres sion rational inflation 25 CASES DOCKETED FOR MARIES COUNTY Twentyfive civil cases including two divorces and five criminal cases are to be tried in the Maries Coun ty Circuit Court at Vienna during the present week The parole docket and a number of motions are to be taken up by Judge Sevier tomorrow and the jury will probably not start work until Tuesday Claud Knight and Elmer Knight are on the docket twice one charged with burglary and larceny and again for felonious assault Clarence Blankenship is to be tried for bur glary and larceny Munzo Hinson faces trial for selling whisky Clint Hinson and Haley Hinson are joint defendants in a burglary and lar ceny case Dave Johnson is accus ed of driving while intoxicated Judge Sevier was summoned to Kansas City early yesterday because of the critical illness of John Free man Mrs Seviers father Free man who is a former resident and well known here has been in ill health for several months 2000 MINERS REFUSE TO CALL OFF STRIKE FORT SMITH Ark Sept their leaders more than 2000 miners in a mass meet ing here today voted to refuse to end the fiveday old strike in the ArkansasOklahoma coal field but David Fowler provisional president of District No 21 of the United Mine Workers of America announc eel Ihe issue would be taken before j each local union in the district j Fowler was shouted down by the miners when he appeared to urge them to return to their jobs I am confident that more than half of the miners in the district will be on duty Monday and that all will fee back at work in a few days Fowler said after the meet ing The miners voted for a walkout in protest of the alleged violation of an agreement for a wage adjust I ment 16 AMERICANS AND BRITONS HELD IN CUBA Kept Prisoners by Strikers While U S Sailors Stand Ready to Come to Their Rescue HAVANA Sept The American destroyer Hamilton stood off the north coast of Oriente prov ince tonight ready to receive on beard sixteen Americans and Bri tons held prisoners of striking Cu ban workers but their removal to safety was held in abeyance pend ing negotiations with the strikers Representatives of the sugar mill owners planned to leave Havana by airplane to participate in the ne gotiations Three women and five children were among those report ed held prisoner by strikers with food running short and no milk for the young ones Affairs in Havana seemed to be moving toward a new crisis with threat of famine in the capital spread of disease and financial dif ficulties hemming the administra tion of Ramon Grau San Martin on all sides Rebel Movement Falls A rebellious movement in Matan zas province fell today apparently of its own weight and the army supporting the administration turned its attention to Havanas possible food shortage which result ed from a strike of warehousemen still unsettled The army started a survey of all the foodstuffs on Havana docks The American destroyer moved into position as near as possible to the besieged sugar mill when it be came known that food supplies were running short Besiegers had threat eried cut off the water mains leading to the homes of the for eigners The mills are about a mile and a half from the coast line They are owned by American interests including groups represented by Percy Rockefeller and Vincent As tor Down the island in Camaguey province Juan Bias Hernandez con tinued his revolt reports reaching here saying he had engaged govern ment soldiers in a skirmish near Jatibonico Ten rebels including three of Bias Hernandez sons were taken prisoner the reports added and two soldiers were wounded by machine gun fire Compromise Possible The outbreak in Matanzas prov ince led by Isidor Rodriguez and others came to a quick end when the rebels decided to abandon their activities and return to their homes The Matanzas movement was be lieved the result of a miscarriage of plans for a simultaneous outbreak throughout the island Political negotiators still sought a solution for the situation created by the demands of Graus oppon ents that he resign and the refusal of his supporters to agree to such action Conferences were held throughout the day with some po litical circles believing a compro mise was not impossible JOHN KIELEY APPOINTED John Kieley active young Demo crat of this city yesterday was ap pointed an inspector in the food and drug department of the State Board of Health by Commissioner E T McGaugh Kieley will as sume his new duties Oct 1 01ALLEY WILL SEEK IMPROVED INSURANCE LAWS PlAns to Send Recommenda tions to Governor for Special Session ST LOUIS Sept Amendments to the Missouri insur ance laws to restrict companies in their investments will be recom mended to Gov Guy B Park by R Emmet OMalley State Superinten dent of Insurance OMalley said here today OMalley said he would ask the governor to include this subjectin his message convening the legisla ture in special session I have asked each man in impor tant position in the insurance de partment to give me a statement of any changes in the law which his experience has convinced him are desirable for the protection of poli cyholders OMalley said When these are received I shall make up a program and ask the governor to include it in his call I have not discussed the subject with the governor but I have no doubt he will ghi rnc his support in efforts to strengthen the insur ance laws I conceive it to be the duty of the state to place In the law such restrictions as are necessary to make certain that an insurance company can and will meet to the fullest extent the obligation it as sumes when it issues a policy Thi obligation is as great in times of business depression as it is in times of prosperity There should never be the necessity for an insurance moratorium I think the assets of every in surance company should be at least 25 per cent liquid It should be possible for any company to convert at least 25 per cent of its assets into cash immediately and without loss From my observation as Super intendent of Insurance I have reached the conclusion that com panies get into hard lines through Continued on Page 2 SALLY RAND GETS A YEAR IN JAIL Nude Fan Dancer Also Is Fined by Jury in Chicago CHICAGO Sept Rand of fan dancing notoriety t was convicted of presenting an indecent dance by a jury in Municipal Judge Joseph H McGarrys court today and sentenced to a year in jail She was also fined and costs The charges were based on her appearance in a Loop theatre fol lowing presentation of her act at a Worlds Fair concession which brought her considerable publicity The jury deliberated about two hours after receiving the case During the trial the dancer in street garb save a version of her act and testified that she was covered with a white cosmetic preparation to give her a statuelike appearance She asserted that this met objec tions based on the allegation of nudity Judge McGarry overruled a mo tion for a new trial for the dancer but granted her sixty days in which to appeal the verdict Her bond was fixed at The dancer has been arrested fre quently during the summer because of objections of police to what they termed her Lady Godiva version of the terpsichorcan art Heyday For Bums Passes to Piit Tramps In Concentration Camps CHICAGO Sept plan to corral every transient unemployed person professional and amateur in federal con centration centers for care and education was announced today by Harry L Hopkins federal emergency relief director Hopkins told the United States conference of mayors that the federal government soon would remove from the shoulders of local relief organ izations the burden of support ing tramps Hitchhiking on the highways will be combnttcd on a nation wide Hopkins sntd So will bumming on freight trains City and state authorities will be called on to pick up transients on local vagrancy laws and turn them over to federal authorities Concentration centers will be established in every state prob ably several of them in more populous states and in them the transient will be given a new chance in lifi Hopkins said lhat in addition to proper food clothing hous ing and medical care the transients would be educated by strolling white collar work ers of whom he saiti thousands had become transients in re cent months About 75 per cent of the hundreds of thousands of tran sients on the road at present Hopkins said are recent vic tims of the depression as dis tinguished from hoboes of long standing Conditions for them are in tolerable relief is given them by local authorities Of ten they are driven from city to city poorly fed improperly dressed and with no housing facilities Such conditions must not continue Hopkins told the mayors that the commissary system of pro viding relief through grocery orders was undermining the morale of 15000000 unem ployed RELEASE ONE DEFENDANT IN KIDNAP TRIAL Chas Wolk of Minneapolis Ordered Freed Pleas ofj Others Ignored But Judge Studies Their Cases OKLAHOMA CITY Sept AP Unprecedented rulings by Federal Judge Edgar S VaiiRht to day swept aside demurrers of nine defendants in the Charles P Ur schel kidnaping conspiracy trial won freedom for one man and a deferred judgment for two others Harvey Bailey and Albert Bales received no consideration from the judge who overruled their defense motions without comment Bailey bank robber machine gunner and prison breaker is al leged to have directed the kidnap ing plot Bates and George Ma chine Gun Kelly the latter still a fugitive were named in govern ment testimony as the actual kid napers Charles Wolk one of seven de fendants from Minneapolis and St Paul was ordered released Isadoro Blumenfeld and Peter Voider will learn Monday morning whether they must leave their cases to the jury The four Bcrinan Clifford Skelly Sam Kronick and Sam given no en couragement by Lhe Judge who de clared that they may not have known they were handling Urschel money but that they knew they had hot money in their possession The prosecution traced and of the paid for Ur schels release to these four Twin Cities defendants whose plea is that they knew nothing ol the kid naping but handled the money in a liquor deal Denies Shannon Plea Judge Vaught turned down the plea of an attorney for R G Boss Shannon his wife Ora and son Armon that they were coerced un der the death threats by Bates and Kelly to keep the kidnaped oil man on their farmnear Paradise Tex The evidence he said shows that the Shannons knew there was a kidnaped man in their home and they guarded him then they would be just as guilty as if they had kid naped him transported him and collected the ransom Fear of individual punishment is no excuse for a violation of the law This is a revolutionary proceed ing today said Judge Vaught when defense attorneys had finished ar guing theirj assertions that the pros ecution testimony had been insuf ficient to convict Kidnaping is as bad as murder if not worse There is no greater menace in the country today In interpreting the act under which this case is heard I bear in mind that its purpose is lo prevent al kidnaping The law in the case is the new Lindbergh act passed by congress in June 1932 This is the first time it has been invoked That isnt the way things are done said Judge Vaught as he be gan his ruling on the four Twin Cities defendants and singled out the manner the Urschel money was handled Knew It Was Hoi Money The court will not ignore the fact that the papers were filled with the fact that Urschel had been kidnap ed that he had been held for ran som and ransom was paid All of these things convince the court that these Minneapolis men had guilty knowledge of the money The court then overruled motions for Berman Skelly Kozbcrg and Kronick and took under advisement the cases of Blumfeld and Waldcr The latter two were connected by association only with the other four when the money was being han dled Rewards totaling were pledged today for the capture of Kelly and his wife Kathryn by a group of Oklahoma Citians headed by C P Colcord capitalist and pio1 neer peace officer i The price on Kellys head was set at 510000 that on his wifes at 000 ICKES TELLS MAYORS TO QUIT QUIBBLING CHICAGO Sept Mayors of American cities were admonished by an administra tion spokesman today to slop quibbling and complaining and to step up to the governments tvindow and get their shares of the federal pub lic works fund The speaker Harold L Ickcs Secretary of the Interior and ad ministrator of the fund denied with vigor charges in resolutions adopted by the 80 mayors in convention that technicalities in Ihe public works bill had caused weeks of delay in allocating funds for needed projects He criticized such charges as showing poor sportsmanship AIR COMPLAINTS AGAINST FORD MOTOR COMPANY 0 f i i c i a 1 Consideration of Charges Under NRA Will Begin Monday DETROIT sept linm L Mills publicity chairman for the local NHA committee in subur ban Dearborn revealed tonight that steps will be taken Monday for of ficial consideration of complaints which have been received against the Ford Motor Company Dear borns largest employer The first step Mills said will be the selccticn of a compliance board action which lie added had been delayed in the hope that thp Ford company would sign the NRA automotive code and thus put itself into a position to be represented on the board We had hoped Mills said to Imve both Lhe Ford company ami Its employes represented before going intoUicse complaliits bu1L seems now that we must so nlicifti out them1 The complaints Mills revealed are of three classes The first is based on the recent hiring of men recommended by the local American Legion the complainants alleging that this amounts to a discrimina tion against former Ford workers The second has to do with a dollar aday welfare and the third group allege that they arc over worked There are war veterans Mills saiclt former Ford employes who were laid off as long ago as a year or two years and who have not been reinstated These men complain that they should be given preference over veterans now being employed most of whom they say never worked for the Ford company The complainants for the most part are not members of the Amer ican Legion or the Veterans of For eign Wars or have lost their mem berships because they were unable to keep up their dues These men are inclined to believe I that they might get jobs had they Continued on Page 2 PRICE 02c FUGITIVE Is A GUN BATTLE Two Highway Patrolmen Kill Alleged Forger Near Willow Springs Girl Companions Uninjured WILLOW SPRINGS Mo Sept two girls crouched beside him unharmed Bud Love 30 wanted for check forgeries in sev eral Ozark towns was killed tonight near here in a running gim battle with State Highway Patrolmen and a deputy sheriff An afterthen tor crowd witnessed the start of the fatal race In Wil low Springs Loves sedan passed a patrol car occupied by Patrolman Edward C Brown and Nathan H Massey and Deputy Sheriff Wade Baldriclge The officers immediately gavc chase the patrol siren clearing Ihe main street of excited specta tors At the cnst edge of Willow Springs Brown said the patrol car drew up beside Lores machine and Mnssey yelled its the law Instead the driver stepped on the gas heading toward West Plains A shot by one of the patrolmen punctured a tiro on the speeding machine and it swerved wildly nnother shot flattened the remain ing rear tire but Love kept on and turned into a dusty side road Pearl Madden 21 and Margaret Stages ID of Thayer whom Leva had met at the Oregon County Fair a few days ago had been nslcep in the front scat beside him They woke up and the Madden girl shouted at Love to stop The officers said pistel Hasher reppatcdty as hlscarcfiitefrcav drivingthe antipi pompd five pistol shots at him and Massey fired four or five buckshot loads at him from a riot gun The back of the front scat of Loves car was torn up by the riot gun but neither of the girls was hit Love finally slumped over the wheel and the car slid to n stop in a ditch FARMER KILLS WIFE 2 OTHERS IN ANGER BILLINGS Mont Sept P Perry 55 shot and killed his wife their daughter Thelma Perry 16 and a farm hand Ernest Vanice 34 today officers said in anger over a divorce action instituted by his wife Perry a rancher near Laurel Mont surrendered here to C W Dcmel county attorney A Billings lawyer said Mrs Perry had called him an hour before the shooting and instructed him to file a divorce suit against the rancher The lawyer quoted her as saying she and her husband quarreled fre quently and I cant stand it any longer Officers reported Perry said he slew his wife and daughter after Mrs Perry had ordered him to leave the house Vanice was shot when he came upon the scene later officers sakl Perry was held for investigation 40 VETERANS SIGNED TO DRUM CORPS HERE Interest in Ehc organization of the drum and bugle corps by the Jef ferson City American Legion post is increasing Organizers reported yesterday they already have approximately 40 exservice men signed for member ship in the drum and bugle corps organization of which was started only several days ago The American Legion committee working on the corps reported yes terday they expect lo have the 64 piece unit completely organized and equipped within six months from now Instruments arc to be ordered soon Meetings will be held each Friday night at the American Legion club rooms at the courthouse and the members plan to devote one night each week in completing organiza tion of the drum and bugle corps and later to practice Membership in the drum and bugle corps is open to all vetertans of the World War in Jefferson City TWO LICENSES ARE ISSUED BY LE PAGE Marriage licenses issued by Re corder Henry LcPage yesterday went to the following couples Otto Rossbach and Ruth Jahreis both of Russellville They will be married at Russeliville this after noon by the Rev O Rossbach pns tor of the Lutheran church there and father of the bridegroom Victor J Hackers of Jefferson City and Helen F Cook of St Louis They will be married at Linn today ELECTED PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ASSN Miss Ann Hcisler professor of Public Health Nursing at Washing ton University St Louis yesterday was elected president of the Misj soviri Public Health Association at j the concluding session of Us ninth annual meeting here She suc ceeds Dr E M Lucke of Hannibal Herbert Bosch of the State Board of Health here was named secre tary of the organization The Missouri Water and Sewage Conference meeting here jointly with the health association chose L P Andrews of Sedalia chairman and Hugh Brown of Vandalia vice chairman REWARD IS OFFERED FOR KELLY OKLAHOMA CITY Sept a description of George Machine Gun Kelly most hunted criminal in America for whose capture dead or alive a reward wns posted by wealthy Oklahoma City citizens to day Kelly whose alias is R G Shan non the name of his fatherinlaw is 35 years old 5 feet 9 12 inches tall weight 177 pounds medium muscular build blue or gray eyes dark brown hair medium ruddy complexion Kelly and his wife are wanted for the kidnaping of Charles F Urschel at Oklahoma City and for threats against principals in the trial of the case reward is posted for Mrs Kelly Kelly until recently was a small time bootlegger FIND DYNAMITE CACHE DENVER Sept teen sticks of dynamite were found today in the basement of a Denver house where police captured Albert Bates on trial at Oklahoma City as one of the Urschel kidnapers TRY OUT NEW PROGRAM NORMAN Okla Sept classes under the new NRA leisure time program at Oklahoma University today drew 537 students taking 37 subjects   

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