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   Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - February 16, 1938, Joplin, Missouri                                rHK WHATHKti M1880UR1-Ratn in aoutn, snow or rain In north portion Wednesday; colder Wednesday In northwest; somewhat colder In east and south Wednesday night and Thursday, with possibly Bnow Thursday. KANSAS-snow in north, snow or rain in soutn, colder In cast and south portions Wednesday; Thursday considerable cloudiness, rising temperature In west and north-central portions. ARKANSAS-Rain In south and freezing rain In north portion. Much colder Wednesday; Thursday cloudy, colder In extreme south portion. OKLAHOMA-Freezing rain, probably changing to snow and much colder with a cold wave Wednesday; Thursday cloudy, warmer In northwest portion. lobe FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS District Edition VOL. XLII. NO. 163. Publication Office 111 East fourth Street JOPLIN, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 16, 1938.-TEN PAGES. Published Every Morning Except Monday PRICE FIVE CENTS. TO APPEAR TODAY IN SLAYING PROBE Is Subpoenaed to Appear This Morning Before Grand Jury Investigating Mitchell Death. MRS. MITCHELL BEFORE PROBERS THREE TIMES Widow of Slain Man Leaves in Tears After One Appearance-Several Others Are Summoned. Joplin Allocated Million By WPA for New Projects Plans for Work Will Be Drawn at Once to Provide Jobs for 2,000 Additional Workmen in Jasper County, Most of Them Here-Man-Month Allowance Doubled, Materially Reducing Cost of Projects to Sponsor. BY A STAFF COHBE8FONDENT. Neosho, Mo., Feb. 15.-Constable Roy E. Hance of Seneca was subpoenaed late today as a witness to testify tomorrow morning before Newton county's special grand jury that is investigating the murder last December, 28 of Norman E. Mitchell. Hance, a leading figure in the ounty investigation of the druggist's slaying, has accused Logan E. Hunt, a former convict, of the crime. Hance killed Hunt and Carl Smith in a gun battle January 12 at the Hunt home east of Seneca. Prints on Bottle. Examination by fingerprint ex perts in Washington, D. C, established that Hunt's fingerprints were on a vinegar bottle found near the Mitchell home the night of the murder. At an inquest, a coroner's jury exonerated Hance in the double killing, holding that the constable acted in self-defense. Hance was wounded in the hand in the sensational battle. Eight other witnesses already have been subpoenaed for tomor row's session of the grand jury. In the second day of the investigation, the grapd jury called 10 witnesses, among them three women. One, the widow of the Blain druggist, appeared three times during the day before the jury. Dressed in black, and displaying no outward signs of emotion, Mrs. Mitchell appeared at the courthouse at 9 o'clock this morning and ** waited in an outer room with her adopted daughter, Mrs. Melvin Aldrich Comstock, and brother, Tracy Helphenstine. The latter two also were called to testify during the day. Mrs. Mitchell In Tears. Mrs. Mitchell was preceded into the grand jury room by Mrs. George Schier, 3029 Joplin street, Joplin, who went before the grand jury the first time at 9:20 o'clock. She emerged at 9:45 o'clock when Mrs. Mitchell was called for her first appearance. Again at 10:20 o'clock in the morning Mrs. Schier re-entered the jury chambers, although she remained only a few minutes. Following a short morning recess, Mrs. Mitchell for the second time entered the jury room and shortly before noon emerged with tears in her eyes. She sat for a few moments in the outer office of Prosecutor Wayne Slankard, wip-Jj*g her eyes with her handker-' 'chief, before going downtown for lunch with her daughter. Mrs. Comstock, whose husband is in the United States navy medical corps, was in the Panama Canal Zone when her father was killed. She was before the jury only a short time. Mrs. Mitchell went back into the jury room following the noon recess and shortly before 2 o'clock was dismissed for the day. Dr. Barnard on Stand. Dr. W. C. Barnard of Seneca was subpoenaed at noon today and appeared before the . jury about the middle of the afternoon. He was the first person known, authorities have stated, to have examined the body of Mitchell after it was discovered by the widow. Other witnesses who testified today were Ray Linton, a farmer living near Seneca; Earl Don Starr, a brother-in-law of Hunt; Butch Price of Noel, County Judge Roy Myers of near Racine, Sheriff Beech W. Bridges and C. E. Jeffries, county clerk. Linton, according to Hance, said he saw Hunt and Smith driving toward Seneca 'the night Mitchell was murdered. Slankard, who is aiding the grand jury in the questioning, said the other witnesses subpoenaed for tomorrow's session were: Trooper Paul Hardy of the Joplin state highway patrol division; Dorln Higglns of Joplin; a Mrs. Cooper, Bud Stout, Ed Stegall, Lon Box, Fred Shearer and Polka Buzzard, all of Seneca. The jury, called last week by ^Circuit Judge Emory E. Smith was sworn Monday morning and beard five witnesses during the first day's session. Today the last witness was dis missed by the jury a few minutes after 4 o'clock and shortly afterwards adjourned until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. V - Joplin has been allocated approximately $1,000,000 in new WPA projects to stimulate employment, John J. Saunders, street commissioner, was advised in a conference here yesterday afternoon with Otto Ruhl, district WPA project engineer. The new projects are to be drawn at once and started as quickly as they can be prepared and formally approved by WPA officials. It is the aim of WPA, Saunders was advised, to provide jobs for approximately 2,000 additional workmen in Jasper county, most of them in Joplin. Additional funds are to be allocated to other municipalities in Jasper county for projects in those communities. The amounts to be thus distributed were not announced. All new projects are to bfr approved on a basis upon which the city will be able to handle them as sponsors, Saunders said he was told. Ruhl came here for the conference with the street commissioner yesterday afternoon, following a morning long distance telephone call in which Ruhl said that WPA has doubled its. man-month allowance on projects, increasing it from $5 to $10 a man-month. In other words, instead of allowing only $5 a month in cash for materials for each man employed, $10 for material  purchase will *be allowed. ,        . This, Saunders pointed out, will materially lift the burden of expense upon the city to handle projects, making it possible to carry out many jobs with a relatively small cost to the city. The $1,000,000 in projects is to be for new work, in addition to completing projects already approved or under way. Saunders said his engineering department will start work lmmedi ately mapping new jobs to submit to WPA for approval. They will be storm sewer, street grading, sanitary sewer and paving projects, each classification to be grouped as one project although several differ ent jobs will be in each. One project which the street commissioner said he has in mind is completion of the improvement of the new city cemetery on the McClelland park road. It is planned to build storm sewers for proper drainage and to pave streets in the cemetery tract. Curbings and gutters also will be built. A large number of street grading projects also will be grouped In an other project to be worked up as quickly as possible. More street paving and additional storm sewer jobs will be included in other projects. Saunders said it is his understanding that the new projects are to be approved in line with Presl dent Roosevelt's recent proposal for more relief work to relieve un-employement during the, next several months. TWO JOPLIN MEN HURT IN ACCIDENT CHARLES . ARCUIARICS   AND FELDC K. EBERLEIN INJURED NEAR(SED ALIA. BULLET IS FATAL TO HITCH-HIKER TWO COMPANIONS OF YOUNG MAN TO FACE MURDER CHARGES TODAY. II. 8. PUTS NAVY BUILDING UNDER VEIL OF SECRECY Change in 18-Year-Old Publicity Policy Declared "In Interest of the Public Welfare." ROOSEVELT'S NEW PROGRAM CONSIDERED President Says Experts Contend Fleet Should Be Large Enough to Defend Both Shores. Two prominent Joplin business men were injured, one aeriously, when a motor car in which they were riding overturned on a highway about three miles west of Se-dalia early last night. Charles H. Arcularlus was seriously Injured and Felix K. Eber-lein less seriously hurt. They are in Bothwell hospital at Sedalia. Dr. John Carlisle, who attended the two men at the hospital, telephoned Jay T. Anderson of the Anderson Undertaking Company here details of the accident. Skids on Wet Pavement. The mishap, Anderson was told, occurred shortly after darkness had set in. The car skidded on the wet pavement and  overturned. Arcularlus suffered a fractured pelvis and broken collar bone and minor injuries. Eberlein received a fractured wrist and minor cuts and bruises. According to Dr. Carlisle, Arcularlus and Eberlein said they were en i-oute from Kansas City to Washington, D. C, where Arcularlus planned to transact business. Eberlein, Dr. Carlisle said, probably would be dismissed from the hospital within a few days, but that Arcularlus would be a patient there for some time. Arcularlus is a. retired business man. Eberlein Is manager of the Felix K. Eberlein insurance agency, 112 East Fourth street. Arcularlus resides at 832 Pennsylvania avenue Eberlein'a home is at 522 North Moffet avenue. FORT SMITH REALTOR'S WIFE KILLED IN CRASH Linden, Tex., Feb. 15.-Off)-Mrs. R. Salisbury Walker of Fort Smith, Ark., was killed and her husband, a Fort Smith real estate dealer, injured seriously today in an automobile collision near here. The two were en route home after a trip to Mexico. A charge of negligent homicide was filed by County Attorney Parks McMichael against Rogers Lacy, Longview, Tex., oil man, whose automobile, McMichael said, collided with the rear of the machine occupied by the couple. Lacy, who was unhurt, made bond of $1,000, and continued his journey* SOLDIERS FOR POLICE DUTY IN CAPITAL URGED Washington, Feb. 15.-OP)-Federal troops should be used to stop crime in the national capital, Representative McGehee, democrat, Mississippi, told the house today. He said the crime conditions were the worst of any city in the country. A member of the house District of Columbia committee, which is sort of .city council for Washington McGehee said he would have a bill drafted which would authorize the secretary of war to assign 1,500 soldiers to street patrol duty. Carthage,. Mo., Feb. 15.-A young man about 25 years old, believed to be Raymond Eugene Galther of Terre Haute, Ind., died at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon at McCune-Brooks hospital from a revolver shot wound in his head which two companions said was self-inflicted while the three were riding in a motor car this afternoon about 10 miles east of here on highway 66. The two companions, Jerry Lank-ford, 26 years old, of Mount Carmel, 111., and Willis Henry Bell, 25, of Evansville, Ind., brought the young man to McCune-Brooks hospital for treatment. Bullet In Brain. The bullet entered his right cheek, near the nose, and ranged through the brain. Elza Johnson, asssitant prosecuting attorney, announced tonight that first degree murder charges would be filed against Lankford and Bell tomorrow under instructions from Roy Coyne,' prosecuting attorney. The announcement was made after the two prisoners were questioned at length by Coyne and other officers. Lankford was removed to the city jail at Joplin. Meanwhile, officers said they are endeavoring to obtain an expert to take a paraffine test of Lankford's hand to determine whether he had fired a gun recently. Coroner A. N. Winchester of Joplin examined the body tonight and said the bullet ranged through the man's head at the same level. The bullet entered near the right cheek bone and pierced the skull in the back. An inquest was called for 7 o'clock Wednesday night at the Knell service home. There were powder burns, officers said, on the back of Gaither's right hand. This indicates, they declared, that Gaither did not hold the gun in that hand when it was fired. Lankford and Bell told officers they picked up Gaither, a hitchhiker, at 9 o'clock this morning near Lebanon, Mo., and.- were told he was en route to Arizona for his health. Some distance east of here, the two men said, Gaither asked to �ee a .38 caliber revolver which was in a glove compartment of the two-seated car. The men said the gun, which belonged to Lankford, was not loaded but that Gaither said he had a shell which he believed would fit the gun. Bell was driving the car. Lankford said he handed the gun to Gaither and then turned to watch the road ahead. About three minutes later, the men told police, they heard a shot. Lankford said Gaither, who was alone in the rear seat, slumped and the gun fell to the floor. Lankford said he picked up the gun and replaced it in the glove compartment and then held his hand over "the wound to stop the flow of blood. Bell drove here and was directed Washington, Feb. 15.-(IP)-The United States navy clamped a lid of secrecy upon its warship building progress tonight-reversing a publicity policy of 13 years standing. Whether the purpose was to keep certain data from foreign powers was not stated. Officials explained merely that the new policy was "in the interest of the public welfare." Periodically, in the past, fhe navy had made public percentage figures showing how much progress had been made with the hull and machinery of ships under construction. Delays in construction were shown. Details Are Omitted. The monthly report issued today, and dealing with three-score men of war now being built, omitted these details. Observers understood the omission was part of a general tightening up on information. The possibility has been discussed that the United States may join other powers In building battleships larger than the present treaty limit of 35,000 tons. Today's navy report listed 63 warships and two auxiliaries under construction, five fewer than a month ago. Since last month's report the light cruiser Brooklyn and other craft have been completed. The January report had indicated that the completion of 15 destroyers and the aircraft carriers Enterprise and Wasp would be delayed. The navy now has building, today's report showed, two 35,000-ton battleships, the North Carolina and Washington; two aircraft carriers, the heavy cruiser Wichita, seven light cruisers, 16 submarines, three 1,850-ton destroyers, 32 1,500-ton destroyers, a seaplane tender and a destroyer tender. Future Strength Considered. Meanwhile, the discussion of future naval strength continued on Capitol Hill, and at the White House. American defense experts believe, President Roosevelt said at a press conference, that the United States must have a navy strong enough to protect both Atlantic and Pacific shores. He said the experts contended the United States could not ignore the possibility of a future attack from east and west. He cited the consensus of defense experts after a reporter inquired whether he opposed an increase in Japan's naval ratio to the United States. He made no direct answer to the question. A suggestion that Great Britain be permitted to maintain a fleet larger than the United States went into the records of a congressional committee today. Representative Fish, republican, New York, opposing the projected $800,000,000 expansion of the American navy, told the house naval committee that Great Britain "in all fairness" needs a bigger navy than this country to protect her far-flung possessions and trade routes. Not in Fear of Attack. Fish repeated his willingness to see Japan attain naval parity with this country. "I'm not afraid of the United States being attacked," he asserted. "What I do fear is that this proposed super-navy (of the United States) will be used for attack." Subjected to close cross-examination, Fish said he would be in favor of a naval ratio of 6-5-5 for Great Britain, the United States and Japan. He declared Japan could not successfully invade the United States unless it had a navy more than twice the size of this country's. In response to questions by Representative Church, republican, Illinois, Fish said he believed the United States was prepared for and "undoubtedly" had discussed "with naval and foreign officials of Great Britain parallel action in the Far East." Asserting this meant the same as "concerted action," Fish said he was convinced the American people are "absolutely opposed" to the United States taking any form of parallel action. FLIER FAILS TO FIND CAMPONJCE FLOE First Attempt to Locate Four Russian Scientists Blocked by Poor Visibility. Moscow, Feb. 15.-(IP)-The first rescue flight attempting to locate the camp of four Russian scientists adrift on an ice floe off Greonland failed late today because of poor visibility. Gennady Vlasoff, piloting a plane from the Soviet rescue ship Taimyr, which earlier had reported herself only 14 miles from the floe and within sight of the explorers' signal fires, flew for two hours during the afternoon without finding the camp. He finally landed on the ice beside the icebreaker Murman, which took him aboard for the night. Pilot Vlasoff reported the visl bility was poor and grew less favorable during the flight, so that he was unable to see the snow hut occupied by Commander Ivan Papanln and his three comrades, Other flights were planned tomorrow from both icebreakers which were only about 10 miles apart. The ships were unable to advance farther Into the Ice mass. PRICES TOO LOW, ROOSEVELT SAYS PRESIDENT   HINTS   GOVERN STENT MAY ACT TO CHECK DECLINE IN VALUES. SNOW AND RAIN FALL IN STATE; Highway Patrol Warns Driving Will Become Hazardous if Temperatures Continue to Fall. COLUMNIST M'INTYRE WILL BE HONORED Every Minister at Gallipolls, O., to Take Part In Funeral-Business Houses to Close. LOWS AROUND 25 TODAY PREDICTED Pavements Slick in Kansas City and St. Joseph-Precipitation Beneficial to Kansas Crops. (Continued on Fags 2). Washington, Feb. 15.-(/P)-The administration may take steps to stop the decline of commodity prices, President Roosevelt Indicated today. He told reporters that prices are too low, and should go up-but not too much. A report on the price situation by a group of federal statisticians, who began conferences today at the treasury, is expected to be on Mr. Roosevelt's desk by Thursday. Stand at 80 Pet. of 1936 Level. Latest figures of the labor statistics bureau show that wholesale commodity prices are only about 80 per cent of the 1926 level, which Roosevelt has described as a normal level. A year ago the index was 85.4. The immediate concern of federal economists recently has been the continued tendency of prices to fall although the decline in industrial production seems to have stopped, at least temporarily, and retail trade has not suffered, comparatively speaking. , While prices fall, retailers and wholesalers tend to withhold purchases of new stocks, waiting for more advantageous prices at the bottom of the decline. Officials say that as long as orders are curtailed, industry cuts its output, reducing employment and weakening the ability of the public -to buy. Gold Move May Help. Some officials indicated that yesterday's action of the treasury in partially abandoning its gold sterilization program was intended to bolster commodity prices. They said that, at least psychologically, the action was inflationary and might strengthen prices. The conferees at today's treasury meeting declined to disclose the trend of their discussions, but it was learned they were concerned more about Individual prices than averages. Many government economists have argued that composite price averages are meaningless. Al though the avei-age may reach a selected "normal" point, some in dividual prices may be far too high and others too low, they say. They contend, for instance, that early in 1937 metal and building material prices advanced more rapidly than other prices and got out of line. Even now, the administration apparently regards steel and building material prices as too high, and any price-raising action which the president may undertake will be designed to raise only those other prices which are regarded as too low. St. Louis, Feb. 15.-C45)-A blanket of snow covered St. Louis and eastern Missouri tonight as  sleet  and heavy mist fell In most other  se tlons. The return of wintry weather] brought a warning from the state highway patrol at Jefferson City that roads in all parts of the state will be hazardous tomorrow If temperatures continue to drop. The patrol reported bridges throughout central Missouri were slick tonight. St. Joseph Streets Icy. Sleet at St. Joseph, driven by a 1,5-milc-an-hour east wind, made streets icy there. Driving was hazardous in Kansas City as a freezing mist clung to the pavements. Jefferson City also reported sleet and mist throughout the day with a total precipitation of ,12 of an inch. Snow began falling here this morning, but had little offect on traffic conditions. At Springfield .58 of an Inch of rain fell during the day. Roscoe Nunn, weather bureau forecaster, said temperatures, generally at freezing or below throughout the day in most parts of the state, would continue to drop during the night. He predicted low temperatures of about 25 degrees Gallipolls, O., Feb. 15.-{IP)-Odd Mclntyre's "neighbors" agreed tonight that ho would have wanted a simple, unpretentious burial, but his home town Chamber of Commerce laid plans for one of its biggest clvlo observances to honor him. The columnist's body will arrive here tomorrow from New York, where ho died Monday. A Chamber of Commerce delegation will meet the cortege at Huntington, W. Va, Evory minister in this town of 7,000 will take part In tho funeral Thursday. Business houses, schools and publio offices in Gallia county will close. Only a few of Gallipolls' present residents knew Mclntyre personality (he left hero 38 years ago) but all mourned him. "He made Gallipolls," observed H. W. Wetherhold, Gallipolls Tribune editor. "His stories made people come here. Everybody hero regarded him as a neighbor." JURY IN WRIGHT CASE STILL OUT TWELVE GIVE NO HINT AS TO HOW THEY STAND ON INSANITY PLEA. SENATE CONFIRMS MILLIGAN DESPITE ATTACK DY TRUMAN Latter Charges Vote Fraud Prosecutor and Two Judges Entered Conspiracy hi Kansas City. DECLARES DEMOCRATS CAN'T GET FAIR TRIALS He Asserts Otis and Reeve* Are  Violently  Partisan- His Vote Only One Cast Against Appointee. Heads Shoe Company. St. Louis, Feb. 15.-UP)-Presley W. Edwards, St. Louis broker, was elected president of the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Co., today, succeeding Luke E. Hart, attorney, who has been president and counsel since October, 193/4. Four-State District Is Drenched by Rain Heavy rains drenched the entire Four-State district throughout the day yesterday. On the extreme north and east portions of the Joplin district some snow was reported, following a night of rainfall. The downpours extended south into Arkansas and Oklahoma and over eastern Kansas. At Bentonvllle, Ark., rainfall Monday totaled 2% inches, surpassing by .36 of an Inch the normal rainfall there for the month of February. Pastures and grain fields throughout the southwest part of Missouri absorbed the steady downpours. Puddles of water stood in fields and roadside ditches were bankfull. There were no reports of streams rising in the district. At midnight last night the Empire District Electric Company reported ice was freezing on highways at Sedalia and that light mists were falling at Springfield and at Ozark dam. Rainfall In Joplin for the day totaled 1.05 inches. Although skies were heavily overcast late at night, rain had stopped falling shortly after 8 o'clock. Fruit trees in northwest Arkan- FRENCH STEEL WORKERS THREATEN TO WALK OUT Paris, Feb. 15.-(JP)-Thirty thousand northern steel workers confronted Premier Camille Chau-temps' government with a virtual ultimatum tonight that it persuade employers to grant pay increases within 36 hours or face a strike. Even as the workers' demand reached Paris, the government's bill for creation of a labor code to end strife between workers and employers was being criticized in the chamber of deputies. Both conservatives and the extreme left attacked the proposed measure. Union leaders warned Louis Os car  Frossard,  minister  of state, that the whole northern France In dustrlal district was "ready for action." Workers syndicate leaders at Lille, after taking the steel strike vote, pleaded with their followers to "keep calm until Thursday." (Continued on Page 2) Los Angeles, Feb. 15.-{&)-The jury that found Paul A. Wright guilty of manslaughter In less than four hours deliberated today the apparently more difficult task of determining whether he was sane when he shot his wife and John Klmmel to death. With more than twice as much time already consumed In deliberation on the airport executive's insanity plea, the four women and eight men who heard the month-long trial and yesterday's brief court session, had given no Indication late today when a verdict might be expected. Lawyers Talk With Judge. The Jury was taken to dinner shortly after 8 o'clock (central standard time) tonight. Previously attorneys for state and defense had conferred with Superior Judge Ingall W. Bull. They declined to say what was discussed, but indicated tho Jury would bo kept at Its deliberations at least until tomorrow morning unless it had reached a verdict in the meantime. The usual crowd of spectators haunted the courtroom where the frail fcuslncss man told In lurid details from the witness stand how he shot Eyelyn McBride Wright and his friend and business associate after he said he found them in an abnormal embrace on the piano bench in his living room early the morning of November 9. If Wright Is found to have been sane on that morning when, he testified, he found their riddled bodies at his feet after a period of unconsciousness, his conviction on two manslaughter counts calling for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison will stand. The minimum would be five years.    t. Should the jury find he was temporarily Insane he would be freed. A deadlocked jury would necessitate a new trial. Girl, Improved From Ordeal, Casts No Light on Brothers Whereabouts Infer-BUt* CottMT "riclu-u-upt"-Adr. Special to The Globe. Pittsburg, Kan., Feb. 15.-Vivian May Walker, 8 years old, who with her older brother, Bert, 12, left their home here Sunday morning on a bicycle adventure, had regained strength tonight to answer some of her mother's questions regarding the whereabouts of her missing brother. Vivian May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Walker, was found late Monday afternoon near the old Blue Rock mine a mile southwest of Waco suffering from exposure and lack of food. Her brother has not been found. The little girl told her mother her brother had left her about midnight Sunday night to go for help. How she ascertained the time was not known. Her brother was reported seen at 9:30 o'clock Sunday night at a farm house a quarter mile from where the little girl was found. She told her mother her hands became "very cold" and that she took off her dress to wrap the numb hands. She replaced the dress later. The little girl, when found, had neither a hat nor coat and had spent all night Sunday in the open. Early Monday morning the temperatures dropped below freezing. Vivian May could give no clew as to where her brother may be, but told her mother that he was not in one of the holes. The vicinity in which she was found contained several abandoned mine shafts, some of which are d1 One of the searchers was lowered today down the Blue Rock mine shaft. He found the shaft partly filled with water. Heavy timbers were floating on top of the water. The shaft is said to be approximately 300 feet deep. Other shafts in the vicinity, none as deep as the Blue Rock, also were examined. Searchers followed the bank of Spring river for considerable distances without a trace of the missing boy. Spring liver is about a half mile south of the vicinity Jn which Bert had left his little sister shivering in the cold while he went for help. Bloodhounds brought to the scene Monday night from near Golden City were taken home early this morning after rain had washed the already faint trail of the boy. The dogs had trailed the boy southwest from the Blue Rock mine until the trail disappeared. Approximately 50 persons were at the scene this morning participating in the search. Rain which fell most of the day hindered in the search. Vivian May will be questioned further this morning and is. expected to give a more coherent story. She is being kept in bed under a doctor's orders and is being questioned only at Intervals. The brother and sister rode away from their home Sunday morning. A brother, Harold Walker, and an uncle, Bud McGuire, traced the children to Waco by making inquiries of persons who. bad seen them. j Washington, Feb. 16.-W�-Maurice Milligan, Kansas City** vota fraud prosecutor, received senate confirmation today for another term as United States attorney for the western district of Missouri despite a sharp attack on his record by Senator Truman, democrat, Missouri. Truman told the senate that Milligan and two republican judges, Merrill E. Otis and Albert L. Reeves, had entered Into a "conspiracy" against democrats involved itt cases before the district court. Truman voted against Milligan'* nomination, but did not ask the senate to reject it because, he said, President Roosevelt had made it as a "personal appointment." Truman's was the only vote against confirmation. Fair Trial Impossible, He Say*. "I say to this senate," Truman shouted, "that a Jackson county, Missouri, democrat has as much chance of a fair trial In the federal district court of western Missouri as a Jew would have in a Hitler court or a Trotsky follower before Stalin." He said Milligan saw "eye to eye" with the judges because of fees granted him In bankruptcy proceedings in the district court, and added the attorney was not "morally qualified" for the position. Senator Clark, democrat, Missouri, who recommended Milligan for both the first and second terms, said he had known the prosecutor 25 years and never before had heard any question raised about his morals. He added that any fees taken by Milligan were sanctioned by law. Truman replied that he was talking of Mllllgan's "public morals, not his private morals." Uphold by Republican. Senator Bridges, republican, New Hampshire, urged the senate to con- � firm Milligan's nomination. "When the president is right, w* should uphold him," he said. "Mr. Milligan has made a great record in prosecuting some of the worst frauds ever seen In this country." Bridges asked Truman whether "because a man has done his duty In a vote scandal, he should be penalized." "I've never asked that he be penalized," Truman replied. "I asked that he be appointed as special prosecutor and that a district attorney acceptable to the democrat* of Missouri be appointed." The New England senator said 112 persons were shown at one tim* by Kansas City registration books as residents of a vacant lot. In some wards, he said, registrations dropped sharply after the vote prosecutions. While Truman explained that ha would not oppose confirmation because President Roosevelt had named Milliman as a "personal appointment," he added that "approval of this district attorney is an approval of the Hitler-Stalin tactics pursued by the district court of western Missouri." Called "Hero" of Newspapers. He said Milligan was made a "hero" by the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Any reward for the prosecutions, he said, should go to one of two deputies who handled the detail work and actual trial of the cases. In a single case, Truman said, Milligan received more in fees than his total annual salary from the federal treasury. He said Otis and Reeves were "two as violently partisan judges as have ever sat on a federal bench since the federalist judges of Jefferson's administration." "These two judges have made it perfectly plain to Mr. Milligan," he said, "-and he has been able to see eye to eye with them, due to the' bankruptcy emoluments-that convictions of democrats is what they want." Lawyers, he said, are afraid to de-fend these persons, and the grand juries have been "handpicked." Judge Reeves* Replies To Truman's Speech Kansas City, Feb. 15.-OP)-A gov* ernment prosecutor, whose "box? score" now is 50 won, none loot and 112 left, got new authority today to pursue his purge of Kansas City** vote scandals. The senate In Washington; 1 confirmed  the  reappointment of .(ConUnued on page JQ, 00   

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