Chester Times, April 4, 1933

Chester Times

April 04, 1933

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Chester Times (Newspaper) - April 4, 1933, Chester, Pennsylvania DAILY AVERAGE NET PAID CIRCULATION FOR SIX MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 2O1 OS FINAL EDITION With All Latest and Best News of the Day 57TH 17558 Daily Leased Wire Reports or United Press UP and International News Service IKS CHESTER PA TUESDAY APRIL 4 1933 EIGHTEEN PAGES 74 PERISH 3 SA VED AS U S AKRON CRASHES AT SEA OFJ BARNEGAT NJHIT BY BOLT Largest Air Cruiser Struck in Storm Along the New Jersey Coast Carrying Most of Queen of the Skies Complement of Men to Ocean Surface and to Lakehurst Sta tion Last Over Chester at 8 Wreckage Sighted i ADMIRAL DIES IN AIRSHIPS PLUNGE German Tanker Rescues Survivors and Scores of Other Craft Rush to Death Toll Includes Rear Admiral Moffett Chief of the Naval Air Officer Reports Giant Ship Caught Guards Sent Lifeboats NEW YORK April A toll of 74 lives the greatest casualty list in the long history of rigid airship tragedies today appeared written across the sky in the crash of the U S Naval into the sea Barnegat Light on the New Jersey coast While more than a hundred vessels and planes of the Navy and Coast Guard hopelessly continued their search for survivors the Coast Guard destroyer Tucker brought the only three living rescued members of the airships crew into New York harbor They alone carried the story of the mighty airships losing battle with the lightning and a terrific windlashed storm which tossed the ship like an eggshell and finally flung it sternfirst to crash upon the sea In a series of messages from the German tanker Phoebus which picked up the four living air sailors one of them dying later in the pieces of description told their rescuers by the rescued ones from the story of a fisherman eyewitness who saw the grim antics of the stricken dirigi happened in the horror of lightning blackness and whirlpool air currents above the clouds can be told Cruising serenely and smoothly through a summerlike night sky the outofseason thunder and light ning storm struck the airship with libtle warning The crew members not on duty were in their bunks When the first streak of lightning shot across the Akrons bow all hands were called to their emergency posts The ship headed for land to avoid the air currents suddenly born into life over the water r Rear1 Admiral William A Moffett chief of the Naval Bureau of Aero nautics one of several highranking naval officers riding as passengers was aboard Others were Com mander H B Cecil Commander F T Berry and CoL A F Masury of the ordnance reserve U S Army all passengers on the last trip of Amer icas air queen The crew and officers to the last man were proud to show their disci pline and coolness before such dis tinguished array of superiors The storm came up shortly after midnight Despite attempts to get above it by dropping ballast the gale caught the airship in its titanic grip and threw it off an even keel With its many engines pulsing furiously the Akron fought to head for thi land and possible safety The gale again roared satantically More ballast Fog closed around The finely adjusted instruments of navigation were useless Lightning The flash surrounded s the ship like the fog The storm took over the encircle ment The ship seemed in the middle of the turmoil of wind and rain and lightning Up and down Down and up The rudder control seemed helpless Lightning Like a powerhouse The ship was darting down by the stern Going down Every man calm at his post Down like a mighty rounded arrow With a terrific impact the great giant of the skies smashed into the sea The airship was virtually demol ished when it struck Many were flung into the water Those in the control car were thown AKRON OFFICER TELLS HOW SHIP mOKFIN FALL LieutCorn Wiley Describes How Giant Began to Descend in Storm HE AH ADMIRAL WILLIAM A MOFFETT Ever since 1921 Admiral MofTett had been naval aeronautics chief Finished his training as an An napolis middy in 1890 Served under Dewcy at the capture of Manila in 1898 and commanded the scout cruiser Chester namesake of this city at the taking of Vcra Cruz in 1914 Got the Congressional Medal of Honor for the latter piece of work Regained Altitude After Dropping Ballast Saved Are at Brooklyn PA HOUSE BEER LICENSING BILL 156JO 22 Rushed Through Chamber and Sent to Senate Changesto Be Made i Bars Would Be Forbidden Wine Served in View of Public Above is shown the Akron as she left the hanjtar ut Lake hurst N Jnt 730 p m yesterday for a training to New England Her trip was shortlived a heavy Atlantic storm sending her crushing clown to the ocean NEW YORK April dramatic firstperson story which told how the illfated Akron had dodged Us terrible doom for four hours before the ship finally crashed in flames into the Atlantic was re lated today by Lieutenant Comman der H V Wiley one of the three sur vivors Commander Wiley told his story aboard the const guard vessel Tucker It was flashed by radio to the U S S Portland and intercepted by the coast guard cutter Champlain moored at Staten Island Sighted thunderstorm about 30 miles south of Philadelphia about two zero hour five t845 and proceeded on cast and northeast course said Wileys report Light night mostly to south ground obscured by fog Ship in good static condition Approxi surface Dirigible Disasters Following is a list of major dirigible disasters since 1920 August 25 largest built recently purchased by U S govern ment exploded in midair over Hull England killing 64 February 21 struck high tension wire at Norfolk Va fell to ground and exploded killing 34 December 21 diri gible Dixmude fell into sea off Silician coast Crew of 52 lost September 3 caught in storm near Cambridge O crashed with loss of 14 lives May carrying General Umberto Nobile and party crashed on flight to North Pole Nobile and most of crew rescued but six men never accounted for October 5 crashed near Beauvais France on flight to India 43 killed During the World War 19141918 j mately 5000 pounds Heat heavy he was commandant of the Great m vicmity of Jersey shore at 10 o clock Surrounded by lightning at night Night atmosphere not very turbulent Ran east course until about I1 then crossed to west at Sighted land on ground and changed to 130 degrees Ship began to descend rapidly from flying altitude 16000 feet Dropped ballast About 003 1203 a m ship began to descend rapidly from flying alti tude 1600 feet dropped ballast for ward and regained altitude Throe minutes later seemed to be in center of storm Ship began to shift about violently Called a11 hands Ship com menced to descend Stem inclined Dropped ballast Rudder control carried away Descent con Lakes training station at Chicago JINX PURSUED Sabotage Plot Stern Dam age Killing of Sailors NEW YORK April The Naval dirigible Akron largest air vehicle ever sent aloft by man was beset by misfortune throughout its brief career tinned to water Ship demolished Even before its christening by Mrs j upon impact Herbert Hoover on Aug 8 1931 a In lightning flash saw many men sabotage ploc was discovered Wreckage drifted rapidly WASHINGTON April FIND BODY OF AKRON OFFICER The btxly of Lieutenant Commander H 12 McCIellan was picked up from the sea thirty miles off Atlantic City it was announced nt 1 p m this afternoon by League Island Navy Yard officials The hody was recoveredby the Coast Juard Patrol Boat No 213 while oniisiiir in latitude 39 decrees minutes north longitude 73 degrees 18 minutes west was received toy telephone from the Coast Guard station at Cape May M J FRENCH DIRK IDLE CRASHES ST NAZA1KE FRANCE April 4 French iwval dirigible E9 crashed and was destroyed nl the village of Guermande ivhtlc on trial flight from the Rochefort Naval Base today Two of the crew of twelve were The dirigible was valued at 1000000 Francs Foes Attack Measure in Debate County Man Defends It Th e M cas u re M a v B e Revised Objections to M c e t Rear Admiral Lost on Akron Worked 12 Years to Build the Service BREWERY OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR RUSH Chester beer drinkers who have been bemoaning the fact that the Chester brewery will be unable to produce its quota of the amber cheer in time for Brew Years can rest assured that their wants will be cared for by the local plant Officials of the Chester Brewing Company this morning seated that they will be prepared on Friday to deliver all orders sent to the local brewery whether in case lots or in kegs They will receive their supply from another brewery the plant operates upstate A fleet of trucks will leave the upstate brewery at mid night Thursday and arrive here in time to make early morning deliveries to a display advertisement on another page partmenfc of Justice agents Commissioningof the ship resulted in aCongressional dispute over its airworthiness it was found almost 11 tons overweight but accepted ic was decided there were no de fects Soon after it was put in use at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station when a Congressional Committee traveled from Washington for a ride and in spection a gust of wind ripped part of the stern away and necessitated major repairs The Akron traveled to the Pacific Coast to join in Pacific Fleet mancau vers At the Camp Kearney Calif base two members of the ground crew were swept aloft during the landing and killed while a third was rescued only after two hours of dangling at the end of a rope These were the major mishaps written into the log of a craft that for size speed maneuverability and complexity represented the utmost in the design of lighterthanair craft The giant spidery steel structure of the Akron was still it was designated only as when thesabotage plot was charged Paul F Kassay former Austrian Naval officer one of the workers was arrested in Akron and charged with attempting to weaken the structure Kassay confessed they said that he intended the Akron should never take the air His plan according to the confes sion was to omit rivets and braces feet WILEY MUTE ON ARRIVAL BROOKLYN NAVAL YARDS April sturdy grey away Discipline in control car perj Rcar Admiral William who was aboard the Akron when it crashed at sea last night has been working 12 years to build up the naval air service and the Akron was his pride and joy Moffctt has been chief ofthe Naval Bureau of Aeronautics since it was organized in 1921 The grayhaired plainspoken admiralopened an office thcu in the rear of the Navy build ing where he could watch airplanes from the windows and started a campaign to make the U S Navy air force second to none He was especially enthusiastic about dirigibles He conceived the program which gave the navy the the newly completed haired man who stood on the bridge of the dirigible Akron as she rocketed out of a stormy sky to destruction on the waves came into this port to day with two comrades who went through that death plunge and lived one who died He is Lieut Commander H V Wiley and the chart of disaster in Continued on Thirteen ILLFATED AIRSHIP PASSED OVER CITY The illfated U S Dirigible Akron was last seen by Chester residents as it sailed over this city shortly after 8 p m yesterday The Akron was sighted twice yesterday afternoon as it cruised in an airline above the Delaware River Last night the hum of the propel lers attracted the attention of scores of persons who saw the outline of the big gas bag silhouetted against the sky Shortly afterwards a storm broke and many concluded the big vessel was speeding toward Lake iurst to escape the fury of the storm the others were rescued Some of the latter LIBBY HOLMAN AND BABYLE AVE HOSPITAL The luxurious room at the Phila delphia Lyingin Hospital which for many weeks shielded Libby Hol The dirigible sprang Into flames j man Reynolds and her tiny infant after striking Perhaps it was the lightning or the gasoline As the discovery of the wreckage 15 miles off Barnegat Light spurred the rescue flotilla of warships coast guard vessels and planes to new ef forts in their search for survivors an emergency hospital was set up at Bar City N J with doctors nurses Continued on Page Thirteen ROOSEVELT GRIEVES OVER AKRONS LOSS son was empty today but the whereabouts of the former Broadway songstress and her offspring were shrouded in complete mystery Although Libby and her son left the hospital Saturday so secretly that not even her physician Dr Nor ris W Vaux was informed the de WASHTNGTON April President Roosevelt today conceded the loss of the dirigible Akron pnd her crew and in a brief statement char acterized it as a national disaster The statement follows The loss of the Akron with its crew of gallant officers men is a na tional disaster I grieve with the na tion and especially with the wives and families of the men who were station at Lakehurst waiting Radio messages from the craft pro Continued on Page Thirteen Akronfs Official List of Officers WASHINGTON April TNS aboard the U S S Akron and their home addresses were Commander F C McCord Washington Lieutenant Commander H V Wiley Xew London Conn Lieutenant Commander H E MacLellan Westerly R J Lieutenant R F Cross Jr Eliz abeth N J Lieutenant H M Westcoat Mc Arthur Ohio Lieutenant II J Catons ville Md Lieutenant C F Miller Staten Island N Y Lieutenant Morgan Kedfield New York City Lieutenant Wilfred Rcshncll Malone X Y Lieutenant C T Washington Lieutenant G CCalnan Water town Mass Chief Machinist G C 349 Huron avenue Renova Pa Ships can be replaced but the na tion can ill afford to lose such men as Rear Admiral William A Moffett said Libby intimated she was going ancj shipmates who died with him upholding to the end the finest traditions of the United States navy LIGHTNING THE CAUSE neither to a large estate which she leased recently near Wilmington Del nor to the home of her par ents in Cincinnati NEB Akron and Macon The Akron was like a member of the family to the admiral When business did not keep him here Moffctt went to Lakehurst where he could see and perhaps make a flight in the huge ship He was gratifiedespecially at the success in storing airplane1 within the interior of the ship and nxde many flights to andfrom the Akron while it was in midair Yesterday he chanRed abruptly from his custom and drove by auto mobile to Lakehurst instead of using Continued on Pape Thirteen Chairman of House Naval Committee Acts May End Airship Building WASHINGTON April Investigation of the Akron tragedy was ordered today by Rep Vlnson of Georgia chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee He said The Navy Department will im mediately order a court of inquiry and the House Naval Affairs Com mittee will hold an investigation to determine the cause and circum stances of the accident Shocked by the Akron tragedy members of Congress wore almost a unit today in demanding ex haustive investigation Coupled with the insistence upon a most sweeping investigation was apparently a growing doubt in con gressional minds about the value of such lighterthanair craft as the Akron and the Shenandoah which cracked up over Ohio eight years ago with loss of life Rep McCHntic D of Oklahoma said today it xvas doubtful if construc tion of another dirigible would be attempted It is nearly impossible for men to handle such a tremendous airship with the enormous lifting power they possess said McClintic I doubt if Congress will ever again authorize such a costly experiment Of course I deeply regret the tragedy which cost the lives of no many nne men Rep Fernandez D of Louisianna HARRISBURG April a vote of 103 lo 09 the House of Representa tives defeated the Administration Code of Representative Elhvood J Turner Delaware laslnight following Turner Delaware lastnight following forty minutes Party lines were broken ns some administration members voted for the bill The Democrats split but enough voted against the bill to make Its de feat certain The vote at first was 101 to 10J those for and against the bill being deadlocked Paving tha fof re consideration however Representa tive Witkin and Sowers both of Phila delphia changed their votes from aye to nay before the official count WHS completed The Republican organization con sidered the bill the keystone of its economy program It will probably be amended to jnceb objections and an effortwill be mode to vcvivVit and place It on the calendar Representative Turner and Repre sentative Joseph G Stcedle Alle gheny spoke for the bill defending its economies placed by its sponsors upward of for the blen ilum while Representatives Andrews Cambria Kane Allegheny and HARRISBURG Pa April ConnerSowers court licensing system lor beer and wine control passed the House of the Pennsylvania Legislature todav by the surprising vote of 156 to 22 A lastminute agreement between the Philadelphia organisation and tha Democrats sent the bill to the Senate on a promise amendments would ba made there The Senate referred the bill to its finance committee The highly dis puted measure was handled in routina fashion and aroused no comment The committee headed by Sen John T McClurc regular Republican stal wart from Delaware county is ex pected to make many changes to bill What the amendments will be was not determined and several members failed to find out what changes wera contemplated The bill will be changed in Senate to meet any objections Houss members may have We want to rush it through before April 7 said Rep Clinton Sowers Philadelphia Reps Fitzgerald of Eric and An drews of quickly asked whose objections would be met Your objections replied Sowers and no further questions were asked The ConnerSowers plan which Governor Pinchotsaid he will veto in its present form provides thab county courts Issue wholesale and retail li ccnsese and that the State collect a Continued onPajyc Twelve CLOUDY WEATHER RAIN IS FORECAST Cloudy skies are predicted in East cm Pennsylvania New Jersey JDela warc and Maryland There willbe increasing cloudiness tomorrow fol lowcci by rain in the afternoon or at night The highest temperature here yes terday wns 66 degrees at 445 p m and the lowest was 50 at 7 a m The average of 58 was 11 degrees above normal for the date and two decrees above the average April 3 last year Maximum temperature for the dateIs 78 established in 1892 and minimum 27 in 1894 Sunrise today was at 540 a in and sunset will be at 628 p m East ern Standard Time SURVIVOR OF AKRON CRASH Contimied on Ftifrc Twelve GAS TANK AT HOOK SKIDDING AUTO HITS STORE FRONT Continued on Paprc Thirteen j Lightning striking the city fire alarm system during the storm last OF CASH evening was the causeof the two whistle blasts and the sounding of the tower bells and gongs in the fire WITH COMM WILEY A fiasiv of lightning which struck one of the gas tanks at a plant of the Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook but no wise damaged the plant last night brought four fire companies and more than 200 resi dents out of their homes in a heavy rain to the riverfront section of the borough where they soon dispersed after learning the cause of the pyro technic display The stack which Is said by officials of the plant to carry off a wild gas forwhich the company has been un able as yet to find a use was setoft following a bolt of lightning about 930 oclock and in an instant the sky was brilliantly illuminated Almost as quickly someone In the neighborhood sounded a fire alarm to which the Marcus Hook Viscose Linwood and Friendship fire com panies responded As the firemen went to the plant residents in the locality who had not retired for the night hurried to the river front Upon the arrival of the firemen plant bosses of the night shift explained the origin oC the fire and assured them thai the plant was in no danger After that the crowd dispersed and the excitement subsided When Joseph Blng of Chester pike Glcnoldcn attempted to bring an automobile to a stop at a traffic light afc the intersection of Oak lane and Chester pike Glcnoldcn about 11 oclock last night the vehicle skidded OH the slippery highway curb and plunging through a plate glass window badly damaged the brick masoriary work under the windowIn front of a drug store operated by Humphrey Lloyd on the northeast corner of the two highways Blng n mail carrier connected with the Glcnoldcn post office was driving west on the highway and when nearcd the intersection the traffic light turned red In order to avoid passing through it he applied the brakes causing the car to swerve to the building The machine was slightly damaged but Bing escaped unhurt MAY MARKET PLANS At a regular meeting of the Ches ter Hospital Alumni Association to night plans will be discussed for the annual May Market The officersoC the association are Miss Anna Strain president Miss Anne Mills secretary and Mrs Thomas P Fcnncll treasurer Charles R Long editor and pub lisher of the Chester Times this morning followed closely every detail of the Akron disaster He was particularly interested In ic rescue of Lieutenant Commander i ELWYN MOTORIST NAMED DEFENDANT Suit has been filed at Media by Mrs Caroline T ShofT of Drexcl to collect compensation for the 1 a o cof H v Wiley the only officer to be I reaLh of her husband Frederick C saved in the air horror On November 1030 Mr Long the guest of Commander Wiley j filfd aboard the Los Angeles on a flight from Lakehurst to Philadelphia and to New York and down the Atlantic Coasfc to Barnegat Light then back to Lakehurst Commander Wiley was a very able officer and navigator said Mr Long this morning I was particularly Lieutenant Commander W V Wiley former commander of the navy ShofT who was the victim of an auto mobile accident on February 2 The by Attorney William J iicsof Times Morris Mailman tells us the cheap est looking thing at a bargain sale is a man carrying his wifes bundles Market tip is to look put for a bad slump In prices of capping machines 5galIon crocks funnels and small rubber hose Two fellows arrested in Upper Darby for running an uninspected auto left their false molars as se curity until they could raise thefiiw Dudley P Bell of Elwyn whose Putting teeth in the law so to speak it is claimed ran down Mr Shoff as he was attempting to cross the Baltimore pike at Shadeland avenue on the boundary between Lansdowne and Clifton Heights Bail in the sum of was set by Impressed wilh his ability to handle i JudjcJonn u Broomall to insure the the birr Los Angeles which later was dffcndrints presence at the trial of dwarfed in size by the new Akron Vr by I rejoice that he wns saved and rf course I deeply regret the terrible i of life among the trained men i and officers of the Akron The loss of Admiral MofTett one of ire FAIRBURY Neb April stations throughout the city shortly dirigible Xos Angeles is shown with his son Gordon at a window of the Los j worlds leading aeronautical experts Six bandits with machine guns robbedafter 9 oclock The first tap came Angeles Commander Wiley and two enlisted men arocar to be the only j is a terrible the First National Bank of toi in at 905 and the second at 912 survivor of the Akron disaster lie arrived In Brooklyn at noon States clay abducted two women who were later released and shot their to freedom Keith Sexton bank clerk was shot flve times when the bandits forced him to serve as a shield as they left the bank He was reported near death blow to the United the case U S TREASURY BALANCE WASHINGTON April The Treasury net balance for April 1 was 543733057315 Expenditures that day were Custom receipts for April 1 were 571119071 AS THE AKRON WORLDS LARGEST DIRIGIBLE AWAITED DEDICATION A Reading factory reports endless demands for pretzels And our guess is that most of those ordering em want endless pretzels Aviation expert says trips to Europe via the stratosphere will be made in 6 hours in the near future Heres hoping the prices will be on a much lower level Its pretty nbar time for tha Japanese cherry blossoms to appear at Washington but most DemocraU are going there these days looking for a plum GIRL DRINKS POISON FOLLOWING QUARREL Becoming despondent following a j quarrel with her boy friend last j night Helen Kencc 18 of 123 Hayes street went to her bedroom and drank j the contents of a vial of poison in a I suicide attempt The young woman was found writh ingin pain by relatives who took her j to the Chester Hospital where she re to medical treatment She fwas later taken home Superintendent of Police Deaven port objects to asking criminal sus pects foolish questions Objection sustained I The Weather WASHINGTON April Pennsylvania Fair tonight and Wednesday Warmer Wednesday Western Wednesday increasing cloudi ness and warmer followed by showers Wednesday night TODAYS TEMPERATURES 6 a m 7 a m 8 a m 9 a m 10 a m 48 11 a m 48 Noon 48 1 p m 49 2 pm 48 43 50 54 55 ;