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   Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - January 15, 1938, Joplin, Missouri                                THE WEATHER MISBOURI-Fair Saturday and Sunday; rising ' t�mp�rature Saturday, and In east and south Sunday. ' KANSAS-Generally fair Saturday and Sunday; warmer Bat* urday. AHKANSAB-Fair, warmer Saturday; Sunday cloudy and unsettled. OKLAHOMA-Partly oloudy, warmer Saturday; Sunday partly cloudy. VOL. XLII. NO. 136. Vubllcatlon Ulttc* 111 East Fourth Street lobe FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS JOPLIN, MISSOURI, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1938.-TWELVE PAGES. i'ubllnhod Kvery Morning Except Monday PRICE FIVE CENTS HUNT AND SMITH LINKED CLOSER TO MITCHELL SLAYING Farmer Tells Officer He Saw ; Two Driving Toward Seneca Shortly Before Murder Occurred. ONE HAD SHOTGUN, RAY LINTON SAYS Story Regarded as Important Link in Chain of Evidence Surrounding Mystery Grime. Special to The tolobe. Seneca, MO., Jan. 14.-Constable Roy B. Hance declared tonight that investigators are moving closer toward a solution of the Norman E. Mitchell murder case\as a result of rapid developments growing out of a gun battle Wednesday night in which he killed two men he sought to question in the Mitchell case. Hance said he learned from a farmer today that Logan E. Hunt and Carl Smith, the victims of his blazing pistol1, were seen driving toward Seneca from their farm house the night Mitchell was murdered, December 28, only 40 minutes before Mitchell was shot and killed in the basement of his suburban home. Lives Near Hunt Home. The Seneca constable said the Earmer, Ray Linton, lives about three-quarters of a mile west toward Seneca from the Hunt place. He quoted Linton as hayjng stated that about 8:10 o'clock the nigi'it Mitchell was murdered he saw a car coasting down hill on highway 60 from the Hunt farm. Linton said, according to Hance, that the car stopped beside the highway not far from.his honie and that lie went down to see what was going on. The farmer was quoted'as ... J,.avia^lsaid he_xecognized .Hunt and BmiflT and that Hunt had a shot; Sun. The men were having difficulty getting their old model pickup truck started, Hance said he was told, but it finally was started and they drove bii west toward" Senecu. Investigators fix the time Mitchell was slain as about 8:50 p. m, Hance aid he regarded Linton's story an l   an Important link in'the  chain  of evidence. Fingerprints on Jar. Hance said he and highway patrolmen today had enlargements made of fingerprints taken oi Hunt following his death, and that the prints were compared with enlargements already made of fingerprints taken from a vinegar jar containing liquor, found in a lover's lane close to the Mitchell home the night of the murder. Hance ile-. clared that comparisons showed definitely that Hunt's left index and. left middle finger prints were on the jar. "That," the officer asserted, "definitely, puts Hunt at the scene of the Mitchell crime." A further check of the fingerprints is to be made by the federal bureau of investigation in Washington, where the vinegar jar was sent and where Hunt's'fingerprints are being sent. A report is expected to be made ' tomorrow on a ballistic test by the state highway patrol in Jefferson City of a shotgun shell found near the vinegar jar the night of the Mitchell slaying. The shotgun Bhell and the sawed-off shotgun found in the Hunt home have been sent to Jefferson City. An effort will be made to determine whether that shotgun discharged that particular shell. Bought Gun in Oklahoma. Another development today, Hance said, was information from an elderly farmer, who until recently lived within a quarter of a mile of the Hunt farm, that the sawed-off ehotgun found in the home was purchased two months ago at Pawhuska, Okla., by Hunt. Hance quoted his informant as having said that Hunt told him he bought the shotgun at a sale in Pawhuska while he was visiting there. Hunt had relatives residing in that area. Hance said investigators now are inquiring into Hunt's acquaintances and associations in search for a motive to the Mitchell murder, but � that little progress has been made. Investigating officers revealed today for the first time that they have- been investigating a mystery of the withdrawal of five $100 bills by Mitchell from a  Seneca bank only a week before he was murdered and the apparent disappearance of the money. As officers explained the Incident, Mitchell appeared at the Seneca bank and said he wanted 10 $100 bills. The bank had only three, which he took, and the following "�' day he obtained two more at the bank. $100 Bills Not Found. A few days later, according to the investigators, the bank received a shipment of money, including several $100 bills, and telephoned MltchftjV. that they had the addl-(ConttJ>�ie -The United   States   has   protested   to Japan once; more against violationj of  American  property  rights  in China. The state department announced today that Consul John M; Allison at Nanking had notified the Japanese embassy in Nanking that Japanese . soldiers continued to enter American property there and remove goods and employes of American institutions, despite a previous American protest. Give No Explanation. Allison cabled that the soldiers did this without giving notice of, or reasons for, their action. Allison, who was consul at Tsinan and went to Nanking to take charge of the embassy after the Japanese occupied China's capital, cabled last week that there had been considerable looting of American property. The employes ot American institutions mentioned in Allison's dispatch today were believed to be Chinese.' Informed persons said conditions in China, and the status of 15,000 Japanese at Davao, Philippine Islands, probably would be the subjects of a report to the president by Paul V. McNutt, American high commissioner for the Philippines, when he returns to tWs country in February. PRESS SUPPORT ASKED BY STARK GOVERNOR SAYS FIGHT .FOR HONEST   ELECTIONS   AND ECONOMY WILL GO ON. Poison Found in Man's Stomach. Hastings, Minn., Jan. 14.-UP)- Dr. Harold N. Wright, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Minnesota, testified in district court today, that poison commonly used to kill rats and bugs was found in the stomach of Louis Johnke, a packing house worker, whose widow, Mrs. Beatrice Johnke, is on trial, charged with first degree murder in her husband's death. HOURLY TEMPERATURES Temperatures had dropped to a low of 28 degrees at 11 o'clock,last night from a high of 37 at 6 o'clock in the afternoon. A year ago yesterday the maximum was 52 and the minimum 19. Hourly temperatures: l a 3 * s 6 7 8 a. a. a. a. 10 U Noon - .381 .37 .36 .36 .341 .33 .32 .31 .30 .30 .......,..;32jir p. w. m. to. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. p. m. .34 .36 .37 .37 .37 .3D .34 .82 .31 .31 .28 32|Mldnlght .........28 inter-BtaU colter        Urtl"-A4T. St. Joseph, Jan. 14.-UP)-A plea for continued co-operation of newspapers . toward carrying out the program launched by his adminis tration was made tonight by Governor Lloyd C. Stark. The governor, speaking before the Northwest Missouri Press Association, asked continued support for eight major undertakings of this program "in which all citizens of. Missouri are vitally Interested, because it affects every one of us, regardless of politics or station In life." Names Undertaking*. He named these undertakings as highway safety, liquor enforcement, honest elections, economy, in government, elimination of "chisel-ers" from old-age assistance and re lief rolls, war against disease, extermination of gambling, and prosecution of "loan sharks." "Such progress as has been made during the past year in launching this program and putting It in effect," Stark said, "has been largely due to the cordial, friendly and helpful co-operation of the newspapers of Missouri. Without that co-operation we could never have accomplished a thing. With.. It there Is nothing within reason for the public good that cannot be realized." Governor Stark repeated the note of optimism he struck in his Jackson day dinner speech at Springfield, asserting the business recession would be short-lived "if we would all talk and think less about hard times and turn our faoes toward the future." INVESTIGATOR INJURED BY BOMB EXPLOSION Los Angeles, Jan. 14.-UP)-A bomb exploded today in the automobile of Harry Raymond, undercover investigator and veteran former police and detective chief in southern California cities, seriously injuring him. The bomb exploded when he pressed the car starter in his garage. Raymond has been doing investigation work for A. Brigham Rose, an attorney In the bankruptcy case of former Police Commissioner Harry ID. Munson. Rose also is attorney for the citizens' Independent vice investigation committee, called the "CIVIC", organized by Clifford E. Clinton, leader of a minority reform group in the 1937 grand Jury. Both Rose and Clinton expressed belief that the bombing resulted from Raymond's connection with the Munsoo case. GEORGES BONNET CHOSEN TO FORM FRENCH CABINET Former Finance Minister Will Set Out Today to See if He Can Organize a New Government. WAVE OF STRIKES CONTINUES TO SPREAD Acute   Financial   Situation, Caused by Fall of Franc, Watched by U. S. and British Diplomats. Paris, Jan. 14'.-CP)-Georges Bonnet, diplomat and financial expert, tonight tried to pull together the shattered remnants of the people's front and form a new government to solve the labor and economic problems that forced Camllle Cbau-tomps out of office. Bonnet, finance minister in Chau-temps' cabinet and like him a radical-socialist, promised to give President Albert Lebrun his answer tomorrow to the president's invitation that he form a new ministry. Bonnet Bald he would begin Interviews tomorrow in his effort to set up a cabinet to succeed the Chautemps government which re signed early today. Silent on Monetary Stand. The men he mentioned he would see'all are former premiers-Leon Blum, Edouard Harriot, president of   the   chamber of deputies; Edouard Daladier, minister of national defense in the Chautemps cabinet; Senator Joseph   Caillaux;   Albert Sarraut, and Joseph Paul-Boncour Bonnet declined to answer ques tlons on whether he was maintaining a stand against exchange control.  He said they were "inopportune." At least two other persons refused the post before Bonnet accepted the task of whipping the communists, socialists and radical-socialists once again into the people's front that ruled France for 19 months. The still spreading wave of strikes and the threat to France'* prestige among her already wavering allies in central Europe hastened Lebrun's efforts to obtain a new government. Guardsmen Patrol Paris. In the "red region" of northern France, 10,000 workers demonstrated their "vigilance" and support of the communists outside Valenciennes metal factories. The communist support of strikers and insistence on foreign exchange control was the immediate cause of Chautemps' downfall. Mobile guardsmen, whose weapons on riot duty are carbines, patrolled the streets of Paris, Diplomats of the United States and Great Britain-linked with France in the monetary accord that sought to bolster the falling frano -watched the situation closely, French statesmen feared a protracted crisis might loosen British-French ties and discourage American sympathy, leaving France virtually Isolated amid western European rivalries. So acute was the situation France asked the League of NationB to postpone the council session scheduled for Monday. The Bank of France suspended foreign exchange trading and gol3 WOMAN SAVES BANK $30,000 IN HOLDUP Sounds Alarms That Locks Vaults and Tellers' Safes-Robbers Obtain Only $4,000. Cleveland, Jan. 14.-(/P)-Last February when the Bird brothers' gang robbed the Lorain Street bank of $18,866, Miss Mary Pro-bala, 28 years old, ran into a washroom and* stayed. When thrco robbers entered today she did the same-but saved the bank $30,000 in cash. An alarm was installed in the room after the other holdup. She sounded it today, locking the bank's main vault and tellers' safes. The men obtained only the $4,000 on the counter and fled. Two of the Bird gang, Frank Bird and James Wldmer, are serving federal penitentiary terms for the Lorain Street bank robbery last February. Frank Bird's brother, Charles, still is at large. Treasurer J. P. Cieary, who estimated the loot, said the automatic locking system was installed aftor theJ3irds* raid. jj ROOSEVELT FIGHT DIRECTED AT ALL HOLDING CONCERNS President Would Abolish Top Banking  and Industrial Companies, as Well as Power Giants. BERLIN PROTESTS ATTACK ON HITLER HULL  REPLIES  EX-AMBASSADOR DODD ENJOYS RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH. (Continued on page 2) Washington, Jan. 14.-UP)-Secretary Hull met an official German protest against a bitter anti-Hitler speech by former Ambassadpr William E. Dodd today with an explanation that American citizens enjoy the right of free speech. Hans Helnrich Dieckhoff, the German ambassador, visited the state department to tell Hull that Dodd, who recently resigned from the diplomatic corps after five years as American envoy at Berlin, had insulted Hitler in an address In New York last night. Aroused by Statements. In particular, he was aroused by Dodd's statement that under Hitler "almost as many personal opponents were killed In five years as Charles H (king of England) executed in 20 years of the seventeenth century," and that Hitler is "now more absolute than any medieval emperor of Germany." Hull replied that Dodd had resigned his ambassadorship, was now a private citizen and, therefore, enjoyed the freedom of speech guaranteed him by the constitution. The secretary did not imply either that Dodd's expressions coincided or did not coincide with thoBe of this government, officials said. At Berlin, a three-line reference to the German protest was all that was permitted to be printed today. The item carried by the semi-official news agency, the Deutsches Nachrichtenburo, merely stated the German ambassador had protested against Dodd's "insulting references to Germany and the fuehrer," in New York last night. "We don't propose to take further notice," a government spokesman said. WALL STREET AMAZED AT STAND HE TAKES Executive Refuses to Recommend   Modifications   of "Death Sentence" Clause in Utility Act. Given Year for Forgery. St. Louis, Jan. 14.-CP)~Ambro8e Luther Forbis, 20 years old, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty today to charges of forging WPA checks while employed as a WPA pay roll clerk in Jefferson City, and was sentenced by Federal Judge George H. Moore to one year and a day In a federal reformatory. Roman Candles Directed at Sparrows ********** Curious Throng Watches City Firemen With a firey display of Roman candles, city firemen early last night let loose a barrage of fireballs that covered the fronts of hotel ann office buildings at Fourth and Main streets. The objective-to frighten all roosting sparrows from their sleeping quarters, Ff . . ,ut, sizzle, sizzle, ft . . .ut, sizzle, sizle etc . . . went the premature Fourth of July exhibition. Merchants and pedestrians complain the sparrows are a public nuisance, members of the city council explained. The council left the matter in the hands of Dr. V. E. Kenney, commissioner of health and sanitation, after discussing shotguns, air rifles and dynamite and deciding thos'e methods might break some windows. Shortly before 6 o'clock firemen loaded into booster truck and a hook and ladder wagon, pockets filled with fireworks of the super-super Independence day celebration variety, and roared out of Central station. With firemen stationed at vital points, Hoseman Fred (Dutch) Wetherell passed out a supply of matches to/s�ch fireman. At a set time* the matches scratched and the display got off to a flaming start. "Humph, if the police caught my boy doing that this time of year they'd put him in jail," one earnest but misunderstanding woman declared from her curb-side view of the spectacle. Patrolman Lawrence (Tiny) Stogsdill, standing near the v;oman at the time, grinned sheepishly and moved slowly jp the street. However, the outspoken critic of the display was not the only misunderstanding spectator among the throng that gathered at the downtown intersection. A few were heard discussing the possibility that maybe the firemen were just a little "off" and reasoned police, standing In the middle of the street waving cars first one way and then the other, should herd them back Into their fire wagons and out of town. "Looks to me like those boys go to enough fires In a day without getting out here at night and trying to set fire to the Connor hotel and the Joplin National bank building," said another. But the sparrows-they moved away on swift wings. However, by the time firemen were back to central station with their trucks and spent candles, the birds had returned, bringing with thorn countless mora to view the display. Washington, Jan. 14.-UP)-President Roosevelt startled the business world today with an emphatic call for abolition of holding companies in all lines of industry and finance. He told his semi-weekly press conference In unmistakable terms that his ultimate aim was the elimination of such concerns not only among the power utilities, as now partially provided by law, but in banking and other business and Industrial fields. Wall Street frankly was amazed. Experts on corporation financo were quick to say that more than half the companies whose securities aro widely held arc holding companies, in some degree at least. A Complex Question. Of the latter, they said, many actually aro operating companies owning outright control of subsidiaries, and thus differ from the pyramided type of holding company to which Mr. Roosevelt has objected in the past in the utilities field. So complex was the question posed by the president, in fact, that many financial men said they thought there might be qualifications which Mr. Roosevelt had not mentioned at his press conference. Regarding the president's criticism of holding companies in the banking field, and his attack upon "remote control" of local banks, they estimated that four companies control banks having assets of $3,000,000,000. When or how Mr. Roosevelt proposed to carry out his idea was left to conjecture. Some students of political events thought he might touch upon the subject in his forthcoming message to congress on "harmful" business practices. Others felt specific proposals would not be advanced that soon. The message on business practices may be expected in about 10 days, the president has indicated. Asked if he Intended to use the taxing power, the president replied that he had not arrived at that point yet. However, he said, there were various ways of doing away with holding companies without forcing them into bankruptcy. Favors "Death Sentence" Clause, Mr. Roosevelt's views were given in connection with .a detailed analy sis, requested by reporters, of a memorandum left with him Novem ber 23 by Wendell L. Willkle, president of the Commonwealth and Southern Corporation. His talk with Wiilkie was the first of a series of so-called "peace" confer ences with utility heads, designed to bring about extensive private utility construction. One of Wlllkie's requests was for modification of the so-called "death sentence" in the holding company act, which became effective January 1 and which forbids the super-imposition of moro than two hold ing companies upon a group of operating companies. Enforcement of the clause has been delayed pend ing a supreme court ruling on the constitutionality of the act's regis tration provisions. The president said that under no conditions could the "death sen tence" he modified. He reiterated that owners of $600,000,000 of electric utilities securities controlled most of the total of $13,000,000,000 of such securities outstanding. He likened this to a 96 inch dog being wagged by a four inch tail. The president spoke of control of local banks being lodged by holding companies In money centers far away. He said the little banker was dis appearing as the result of being controlled from New York. That, he added, was a bad thing. In view of ample community funds and federal supervision and deposit insurance, he saw no reason why local banks could not support themselves. Asked if he considered invest ment trusts in the same category as holding companies, he said not unless they voted the stock they held. To Squeeze Out Water. He said the water and wind was comparatively small In the capital structure of operating utilities and that in recent talks with the heads of such concerns they had agreed there was some way for squeezing it out without hurting the companies. But it was an entirely different .(Continued on page Sues for Million The father of Marian Shad-ley (above), 16 years old, beauty contest winner, suod Chicago's Ogden Hill Business Men's Association for $1,000,000 for "shame and humiliation" he claims she suffered when presented with a prize-a certificate for liquor-in a contest sponsored by the association. MAE WEST RADIO SKIT CONDEMNED FEDERAL     COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION HITS "ADAM AND EVE" FEATURE. OF PROFITS TAX IS House Subcommittee Heeds Plea of Business In Drafting a New Revenue-Raising Plan. CHANGE IN CAPITAL GAINS LEVY URGED Group Says Proposals Will Ease Load of Small Companies and Stimulate Trade Substantially. Washington, Jan. 14.-UP)- Mae West's recent  "Adam   and   Eve' radio skit drew formal condemnation today from the federal com municatlons commission. The commission said the feature by Miss West and Don Ameche and the dialogue between the actress and Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's dummy, "were far below even the minimum standards which should control In the selection and production of broadcast programs." No Further Action Now. Chairman Frank R. McNlnch wrote Lenox R. Lohr, president of National Broadcasting Company, Inc., that "in view of your recognition of the objectionable character of the program in question and of your assurance that greater care and caution will bo exercised In the future, the commission had decided to take no further action at this time than the writing of this letter in condemnation." McNlnch said that, when the 59 stations which carried the program apply for renewal of .their licenses, "commission will take under consideration this incident along with all other evidence tending to Bhow whether or not a particular licensee has conducted his station in the public interest." View Not Accepted. He commended National Broadcasting Company   for   apologizing for the program, but added: "We are unable, however, to accept the view expressed in your letter that the broadcasting of these features was only 'a human error in judgment'." Under the present statute, Mc-Ninch said, the commission has no power of censorship, "but this power and responsibility rests squarely and unavoidably upon the licensee." Representative Connery, democrat, Massachusetts, calling the broadcast "sensuous, indecent and profane," asked in the house why tho government had taken no action against the stations which used the program. Representative O'Malley, democrat, Wisconsin, said tho radio Industry probably should have a board of censors similar to that of the movie companies. Connery agreed and suggested that perhaps the government should censor future programs If sponsors did not. SEN. CAPPER OPPOSES NEW JUDGE FOR KANSAS Washington, Jan. 14.-UP)-Senator Capper, republican, Kansas, termed tonight "entirely unnecessary, uncalled for and a waste in public funds," proposals for new district judge for Kansas. Both house and senate judiciary committees have offered bills which include an additional judge for the state. Capper asked Chairman Ashurst, democrat, Arizona, of the senate judiciary committee to be heard In opposition to such action. Car Battery Stolen. Charles McCallam, 1308 Pennsylvania avenue, reported to police last night the theft of a battery out ot his motor, oar. Washington, Jan. 14.-CP)-Newly-completed tax revision recommendations should stimulate business substantially without lowering the government's income, a house tax subcommittee declared today. It handed to the full house waye and means committee 63 recommendations for tax changes, including proposals for extensive modification of the two levies which business men have criticized most- those on capital gains and undistributed corporate profits. Tho full committee arranged to begin public hearings on them tomorrow, when treasury spokesmen are scheduled to testify. Principle Declared Sound. The subcommittee contended the principle of the undistributed profits tax was sound and should be retained, that complaints about hardships resulting from it were exaggerated, and that the Beverlty ot normal Income and undistributed profits taxes on corporations "has often been overstated." But it suggested a multiplicity pf changes in corporate taxes which it. said should -eliminate some causes of hardships and inequality and ease the tax load of small companies. , The subcommittee contended, too, that the application of Income taxes to income derived from capital gains was "justifiable on economic, equitable and practical grounds." Noting an argument that the capital gains tax had accentuated stock-market slumps and advances, it countered with a declaration that: "The underlying business situation and tho related speculative temper oif the times are primarily responsible for stock-market and real-estate booms and collapses." Alterations Recommended. Yet tho subcommittee recommended alterations to provide: "A smoother and more gradual step-down of the percentage of gain ' or loss to be taken into account for tax purposes, thus eliminating tha inducement to concentration of transactions at certain intervals, with its accompanying accentuation of rises or declines in values." It suggested that more liberal deductions of capital losses be allowed, and that gains be moved out of range of the highest surtax brackets on Individual Incomes. The latter would, accelerate llqui- . dation of large blocks of overpriced securities, give "added mobility to the capital market," an4 encourage "investment of capital in new productive enterprises," the subcommittee said. Covering what Chairman Vinson, democrat, Kentucky, called "tha whole field of internal-revenue taxation," recommendations embodied suggestions for: Repealing more than half a dozen excise taxes, such as those on chewing gum and sporting goods, which yield about $28,000,000, but cost about that much to collect and administer. Reducing exemptions from estate and gift taxes. Higher Insurance Tax. Raising from 15 to 16 per cent the present tax on insurance companies. Increasing from 20 to 22 per cent the tax on foreign corpora- , tions having places of business in this country. Virtually none of the' benefits, contemplated for most corpora-* tlons would be given to a group of firms whose stock is owned by a few persons and whose operations "are likely to be used for tax avoidance," the subcommittee said, They would be subjected to a surtax, added to the levies that, would be imposed on most companies, which would bring their total payments almost to the level, of those under present law. The subcommittee's report advocated no changes in the excess _ profits and capital stock taxes. Congressional experts said the new corporate tax proposal, operat-ing through a series of credits- and f deductions, would work out In"' practice so that all corporations, having annual income of less than $25,000 would be exempt from any undistributed profits tax. They would pay a normal income tax graduatel from, 12% to 16 percent. The highest effective rate 3j�pUc-{Continued. W   

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