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Chester Times (Newspaper) - April 5, 1933, Chester, Pennsylvania DAILY AVERAGE NET PAID CIRCULATION FOR SIX MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 2O1O8 FINAL EDITION With All Latest and Best News of the Day 57TH 17559 LeasedWire of United Press UPV and International News Service INS CHESTER PA WEDNESDAY APRIL 5 1933 PRICE TWO CENTS SHIPS PLANES COMB SEA FOR AKRON DEAD TWO PROBES PLANNED Search Resumed Off New Jersey and Delaware Shores Miles Below Scene of Disaster Which Claimed 73 Lives Off Barnegat iri City Designated as Center of Rescue Few Twisted Bits of Big Airship Found Assistant Navy Secretary Roosevelt Assigned to Conduct Investigation Pledges It Will Be Survivors to Be Star Wives and Friends at Lakehurst Await News From tion Is Stunned NEW YORK April of the Atlantic for the Akrons dead was renewed by ships and airplanes today as official Washington moved toward an investigation of the most costly disaster in the history of aviation Hope of finding anyone alive was abandoned and in all probability the death list will stand at 73 From Barnegat south to the Virginia Capes the fcavy and the Coast Guard doggedly searched the parently to no avail Radio messages received at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this morning indicated noadditional bodies had been found Three United States Cortland Saga more and at least a dozen airplanes covered a wide radius The hunt was extensive and thorough as that started by the wireless flash of the Akrons crash off Barnegat in a thunderstorm early yesterday Today however the sea was fairly calm and the fog which prevented the rescue of many by the German tanker Phoebus had lifted The body of a lone victim lay the Atlantic City morgue where the i ITTTTV searching craft were ordered to I VVU oAVJiD D 1 WILEY TELLS BATTLE TO SAVE AKRON IN DESCENT Ballast Dropped Ship Nosed Up in Vain Rud der Wires Snapped Lightning1 Flashed Con Former Chester Boy Is a Victim Of Akron Disaster When the airship Akron took its fatal plunge into the Atlantic Ocean off Barnegat City N J yesterday morning it carried Frank Cooper 35 an aviation machinist to his death Cooper was a Chester boy having been born and reared in this city The family formerly resided on Wil son street near Second streetand young Cooper had attended the DeweyMann public schools in the rVmino 1 ftOH Fnrvf i Tenth ward Many former playmates stantij uurmg jwere Krieved 0 lcarn of nisjdejxth Fall Into Sea I By HERBERT V WILEY 1 Executive Officer of the U S SAkron when they yesterday scanned the casualty list were bring all victims found Another body lay in the morgue of the Naval Hospital at Brooklyn and two men who died on a rescue mission were at Lakehurst the Akrons home Of Rear Admiral William A Moffett chief of Naval Aeronautics and seventy other officers and men aboard the Akron there was as yet no trace arid no hope remained that any men from the airship had been saved ex cept three whose rescue was reported In first dispatches telling of the dis aster LEAPFROM4KRON Enlisted Men Survivors At LIEUTCOM HERBERT A7 WILEY RESCUE BLIMP FALLS 2 BROWN OFF BEAOHIAVEN Crowd on Shore Sees N Y Police Plane in Attempt to Save All NEW YORK April Akron flew about 425 hours the first three months of this year in all kinds I of weather The start of her last J flight Monday was routine except we i i hrid on board that distinguished naval officer Admiral Moffett our beloved j chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics of j i the Navy I Wo left Lakehurst about 730 on a i regular scheduled flight intending j to work with radio direction finding stations in New England Since it j was foggy over the coast of New Engj j land and were not duein New i I England until morning it was decided to cruise inland to Philadelphia and I south around the edge of the fog About 830 when we were some twentyor thirty miles south of delphia lightning was seen ahead i and the course was changed to the i east very shortly thereafter when we received a report by radio that there was a thunderstorm at Washington SENATE PLANS RUSH BEER BILL Hopes to Pass It in Timeto DIRECTOR NA FOR FOREST JOBS AT YEAR Robert Fechner Given Plum in Executive Order by Roosevelt President Outlines Means to Carry Out Unemploy ment Program WASHINGTON April President Roosevelt in an executive order today outlined the means by which his unemployment prog ram will be carried out The order culled for the appointment of Robert LOST AKRON SKIPPER Get It tO Thursday Pinchot HARRISBURG Pa April State Senate today set itself to steer to Governor Pinchots desk by April 7 beer control legislation for Pennsylvania The bill before the Senate provided for division of the state into 10 con trol districts In nine of them state executive officials would name boards of three members to issue licenses In the tenth Philadelphia the county courts have the licensing power ncnoL lfitms plan is full of Fechner us director of emergency con 0H servation work at a salary of annually less the 15 per cent salary reduction vested in the secretaries of war agriculture interior and labor the power to appoint an ad visory council established in the treasury a fund of sub ject to requisition by the director on approval of the President reim bursementto departments furnishing supplies reimbursement to depart ments for other services rendered The order follows By virtue of the authority vested in me by the act of Congress en titled An act for the relief of unem ployment through the performance aa uiiuiiusiaLuim We continued to the northeast and polltlcs nd he Lo keeP Politics to the east ahead of the storm and observed it seing for a while lightnnig out of the beer business The licensing board plan repre W i WJL ILAklllkl t S i 1 only to the south but after a few mini entcd the concession of state Repub I Three Are Picked Up After Dirigible J3 Crumpled in Wind utes the lightning was again seen to leaders to the Democratic fac the west and finally after we had I uon mthe legislature and redeemed passed the coastline the lightning ex tended in all directions By the time we had reached the a promise made when the Democrats helped pass the control measure in the House The bill is the Sowers coastline the fog was general and Conner bill the House approved but tended up to about 1600 feet which u been Amended so much few was the altitude we were flying We cruised to the eastward for nearly an hour and with lightning all around us the captain changed the course back over the land We sighted some lights which we con sidered to be the coastline at mid night and the course was again set to seaward to the southwest The Continucdvon Page Seven BEACH HAVEN N J April Tragedy piling on tragedy the nonj rigid dirigible J3 out of Lakehurst T M T tp aid in the Akron rescue work JUmp 10 l crumpled yesterday into the Atlantic Ml GOTTSCHALK DIES IN HOSPITAL Art ledm airships long as three average blocks only a few twisted bits of duralumin and pieces of torn fabric had been found Atlantic City was designated the center of rescue operations when it became evident that the currents of the ocean had carried bodies and wreckage rapidly south along the coast while cruisers destroyers surf boats and planes hunted fruitlessly yesterday off Barnegat The body of Lieutenant Comman der H E MacLellan was brought here at 10 p m on Coast Guard Cutter 213 which found it afloat 30 miles off Atlantic City The cutter reported much wreckage but all in bits near where the body was sighted A report from the steamer George Washington that it had passed what appeared to be an inflated bit of fabric at latitude 3931 longitude 7412 sent the cruiser Portland flagship of the rescue fleet to that position off Southern Jersey during the night The reports from the Cutter 213 and the George Washington made it apparent that unless bodies or bits of wreckage might have been washed ashore in isolated sections of the coast above Atlantic City all further operations must be concentrated to the south At Lakehurst the flag at the naval air station flew at full mast though the New Jersey town was in deepest mourning Most of the victims lived near the town and many left wid cws In addition to the personal grief felt over the disaster there intruded the belief that Lakehursts days as a busy airport were over With the Akron gone the Los Angeles expected to be sold or otherwise disposed of because of age and the new Macon scheduled to make its home port in California the future of Lakehurst appeared dark Adding to the sorrow of the town was the tragedy of yesterday when the Blimp J3 joining in the search for Akron victims crashed into the sea Lieutenant Commander David Ervin Cummins 37r commander and Pasquale Bettio machinists mate were killed Five others were res cued by a New York police seaplane Henry L Roosevelt assistant sec retary of the navy pledged last night that a complete investigation NEW YORK April Of the Akron largest of sea ciash of the Navy Dirigible Akron jumped partially clear of the crum pling ship just before it hit the water it wasdisclosed today t Tothis act they attributed their escape according to Paul H Harris second class pharmacists mate of the Coast Guard Destroyer Tucker which yesterday landed the three surviving members of the Akrons crew at Brooklyn Navy Yard The lone commisisoned officer sur vivor Lieutenant Commander Herbert V Wiley gave his personal escape story to the press late yesterday but the enlisted men survivors Second Class Machinists Mate Moody E Irwin and Boatswains Mate Richard E Deal were still una ble to see visitors today at the Navy Yard Hos pital Harris was sent over to the German Continued on Seven crumpiea yesterday into the Atlantic OnarimfiW of offshore here and added two to the j at Marcus Hook Victim of Heart Attack days toll of lives Five men were rescued by a New York police plane The dead were Lieut Commander David E Cumminsin cominantl Pasquale Bettio mechanics mate The rescued are Iricul J Hr Thornton Lieut W A Cockell Chief Radio Oper ator Harlcy Manlojv Mechanics Mtte Georgrc and Mechanics Mate Walt Myers All were men who knew well the officers and crew of the Akron They responded with alacrity to the call to Continued on Page Seven RESIGNS POST HARRISBURGPa April of W J Stiteler Jr as manager of the State Workmens Insurance Fund was announced by Governor Pinchot today Stitelcrs position paid annually He was Pinchots campaign manager in cen tral Pennsylvania in 1930 1 30 Children Mourn Their Fathers in Akron Crash Dr Leon Gottschalk for the past 27 years connected with the Quar antine Station at Marcus Hookdied at 930 oclock this morning in St Agnes Hospital Philadelphia He had been a patient there for the past threeweeks after suffering a collapse at Atlantic City where he had been ordered for his health He was 56 years old The physician who was known to hundreds of captains and pilots from ocean liners and down to the smallest craft which plied the Delaware dur ing the past quarter century began to fail in health about a year ago but remained on duty It was this devotion to his post associates said which ledto his collapse He suf fered a heart attack at the seashore and upon his return to Marcus Hook was ordered by the government to the Philadelphia institution where he between life and death for the three weeks Dr Gottschalk was one of the most popular members of the United States Public Health Service He possessed a record of rare integrity and loyalty his service data at Wash ington containing not one mark Continued on Papc Fourteen would recognize it Ls such Another change effected in the Senate provided that all licenses Continued on Page Fourteen XJ S TREASURY BALANCE WASHINGTON April INS Treasury balance as of April 3 58832842 expenditures customs receipts FORDRYREPEAL Statewide Referendum for Delegates Victory Shows Wet MILWAUKEE April An overwhelming vote in favor of re pealing the Eighteenth Amendment was being tabula ted consin today following the statewide referendum to elect delegates to the repeal convention Incomplete returns indicated a wet victory by a four to one majority In the first 1545 of the states 2899pre cincts to complete their vote tabula tions the candidates pledged to re peal were leading by a vote of 343 960 to 77250 Almost every ballot was a solid vote either for fifteen repeal dele gates or fifteen drys with few split tickets Votes of individual delegates will be tabulated later Present figures in dicate the count on straight tickets only The individual count was not expected to vary greatly from the total vote In Milwaukee traditional center of beer interests wets piled up a ma jority of more than 10 to 1 In River Hills exclusive Milwaukee suburb the vote was 90 for repeal to 3 against Drys who had conceded before Continued Fourteen of useful work and for other pur poses approved March 31 1933 it is hereby ordered thnt the purpose Commander F C McCorcJ who was in command of the Dirigible Akron wiicii the Queen of the Air plunged into the Atlantic The voting skipper was one of lhf73 victims of the dis uster RITISH PUSHING OVIET EMBARGO of carrying out the provisions of said act Robert Fechner is hereby appointed direc tor of emergency conservation work at an annual rate of compensation of less the reduction pre scribed in subparagraph sec tion 2 title II of the act of Congress Moved Up in Envoy Not to Return to llussia LONDON April bill credit of the United States govern ment approved March 20 1933 The Secretary of War the Secretary of Agriculture the Secre tary of the Interior and the Secre tary of Labor each shall appoint a Continued on Page Fourteen CO entitled An act to maintain the permitting an embargo on Russian imports wns moved to second reading in the House of Commons today by Sir John Simon foreign secretary Simultaneously it was disclosed authoritatively thnb Sir Esmond Ovey Bitish ambassador called home from Moscow would not return there regardless of whether diplo matic negotiations are broken off or continued It was felt publication of a British white paper frankly revealing his strong attitude on the arrest of six British subjects would make his posi tion in Moscow difficult The powers in the bill will not be exercised in any event before April 18 Sir John tolcf the House in mak ing his motion but we ask the House lo give us those powers now The AngloSoviet trade treaty ex pires April 17 and the trial of the arrested Britishers starts April 9 or IN BRIEF SESSION Routine matters occupied the time of the county commissioners at their weekly meeting in Media yesterday Bids were opened for printing 5000 marriage license application and cer tificate blanks and the order was placed for the lowest of four bids The commissioners voted to require from all tax collectors surety bonds to the amount of riO per cent of their tax duplicate totals THIRD WARD MAN INJURED IN FALL After falling over a fence at Ninth and Ward streets early this morn ing John Ferrigan 64 of 130 East Third street walked a mile and one half to Seventh and Kcrlln streets before he collapsed from pain Residents in the vicinity who saw the aged man reel called police and Patrolmen Taibot and Pedrick re moved the victim to the Chester Hos where physicians said he was suffering from rib fractures and a badly sprained back FORMER MAYOR DIES HARRISBURG April INS John Kelkcr RoyaJ 74 former mayor of Harrisburfr died suddenly at his home here yesterday LONDON April British government has decided against returning Sir Esmond Ovey to Moscow as ambassador it was un derstood here today British officials insist however this docs not imply rupture of diplomatic relations with Soviet Russia Sir Esmond was recalled to London to confer with the foreign office re garding the nrrest and impending trialof six British employes of Mel ropoUtanVickcrs Ltd British elec trical engineering concern on charges of sabotage MOSCOW April Soviet Government softened its atti tudetoward British subjects accused of sabotage today consenting to the reclasc of three of the men on bail William H Thornton John Gush ney and A W Gregory were released When bail totalling 55000 rubles was provided Bail for William Mac Donald W3s refused Continued on Pasre Seven To the Citizens of Chester Tomorrow April6is a day set aside by the President of the United States and designated as Army Day the President being to focus the na tion and the people oi tnc c on the deeds of the Army in the stress of war and in the paths of peace This the anniversary of the entrance of the United States in the great World War where the nation gave the best of its men and their best effort in the great cause It is extremely fitting that the City of Chester who gave so much in men and the lives of men should particularly emphasize this occasion May I therefore ask that flags and bunting be displayed and the dtlzen body generally participate in proper WILLIAM WARD JR LAKEHURST April and bewildered by the tragedy which engulfed them when their husbands vanished with the giant Akron wives of the gallant navy heroes stood for news flashes here today clinging desperately to the hope that some of the ships crew have sur vived the disaster Approximately 130 children were left fatherless by the deaths of sev entyfive officers and men who lost their lives on the Akron and che rescue blimp J3 according to an un pfficial checkup The list may be increased officers declared when a complete report is prepared The empty hangar of the mam moth airship is a constant reminder of their grief to the wives of enlisted men asthey make constant trips to the office of Lieutenant Commander Continued on Papc Fourteen AKRONS SISTER SHIP TAKES TO AIR SOON AKRON O April The roar of motors reverberated through the GoodyearZeppelin airdock today as workmen went soberly about their task of preparing the US 5 Macon sister ship of the destroyed Akron for her maiden flight 1 The huge dirigible now the Navys Jorily rigid airship is scheduled to make her first trial flight next Mon dy Dock tests are practically com pleted and only orders from Wash ington will hold up the projected flights i In all major construction features the Macon is identical with che i Akron She is 785 feet long and has a helium gas capacity of 6500000 j cubic feet A few minor changes in i design such as improvements in i streamlining to increase speed have been incorporated in the new ship Members of the Macons crew many 1 of whom had served on the Akron went determinedly about their various duties sobered by death of shipmates I on the Akron The designers and builders of the ship were satisfied j that both Macon and Akron were the i staunchest and most airworthy jlighterthanair craft that science j and human ingenuity could conceive i All employes of the GoodycarZep jpelin as Naval offi j cials stationed Mad been in not to talk with reporters Plowshare Turns Up Coin of Seventeenth Cen tury ATLANTIC HIDES ILLFATED AKRONS DEAD Near the old Morgan station on the Chester Creek branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad at the inter section of the Dutton Mill and Ches terCrcck roads there stands an un pretentious appearance quite similar to most wellkept rural homes that dot the countryside of this county On the land Immediate adjacent to this farmhouse members of the Lcni Lcnapo tribe or Delaware Indians once lived These tribes had once been a powerful and warlike nation but had been conquered by a northern and western assemblage known as the Five Nations consisting of the Mohawks Oneydas Onondagos Cay ugrts and Seneca tribes After the Five Nations had con quered thf LcniLenape group the latter were permitted to occupy their land but had to subject themselves ro a sort of vassalage that excluded them from engaging in war and ac cording to Indian ideas of such mat ters they were placed on a footing with women They remained in this to the Indians degraded manner until the last remnant of the nation had left the shores of the Delaware As far as the actual territory held Continued on Page Five GENERALLY FAIR WARMER WEATHER Generally fair and somewhat warmer is the prediction in Eastern Pennsylvania New Jersey Delaware and Maryland Rain is expected to morrow The highest temperature here yes terday was 55 degrees at 245 p m and the lowest was 44 at 11 a m The average of 50 was two degrees above normal for the date and six degrees above the average April 4 last year Maximum temperature for the date is 80 established in 1882 and min imum 25 in 1874 Sunrise today was at 538 a m and sunset will be at 629 p m Eastern Standard time REPORTED MISSING Relatives of Amanda Prunty 18 yearold Negro of 522 Central ave nue last night reported her disap j pearance to police No reason for her 1 leaving home could be ascribed When she left she wore a blue coat over a white dress and a mans soft hat 2D HOUSE VOTE PASSES TURNER ECONOMY BILL Defeated on Previous Trip Measure Is Revived Vote 105 to 98 Sponsored by Representa tive From This County Age Pensions Pushed HARRISBURG Pa April after unexpected defeat the Turner economy bill led the parade of governmental costsaving measures through the stats legislature today toward adjournment within 30 days A successful coup engineered by the Republican state organization saved Rep Ellwood J Turners Measure changing the administrative code and set again in motion the rest of the economy schedule the leaders had mapped to finance unemployment re lief Opposition of Governor Pinehot and state Democrats sent the Turner measure crashing to defeat in the House when it was first considered Turner claimed savings of would be effected and the governor said they would be less than When the organization saw the vote going against the plan it switched two of its followers to the opposition Then it went to work to win to its side some that had voted against the bill The plan succeeded Pinchot fol lowers and Democrats were startled to see a motion to reconsider the defeat approved and more to see the BRIEF SESSION HELD BY CITY COUNCIL i Two sets of plans for the proposed sewage disposal plant as prepared by Robert Wheeler consulting engineer in charge of work on the new inter cepting sewer system were submitted to the members of City Council in session yesterday afternoon for their consideration and approval prepara tory to the plans being sent to Harris burg for approval by the state de partment of health The countersigning by of Finance Luttrcll of a contract be tween the city and Vlnccnzo DiFran ccsco Llancrch contractor for con struction of Contract 18 the Delaware River interceptor unit of the new sewer system was approved by Coun cil Two resolutions offered by Director of Public Safety Powel providing for cancellation of bonds following re moval of display signs from buildings were adopted A transfer ordinance presented by Finance Director J j Luttrell was passed on first reading A resolution by Highway Director G J Hunter providing for agreement between the cityandReading Rail way relative to permission to extend sewer pipes under railroad right of way at Front and Clayton streets was adopted BODYOF MISSING MAN IN RIVER The corpse of a man found float ing in the Delaware river opposite the Sun shipyard yesterday was identified as that of Thomas E Brax ton 58 Negro of 1020 West Ninth street who had been missing lor five weeks The funeral of the victim will be held tomorrow from an under takers parlor and burial will be pri vate MAYOR WARD TO SPEAK Mayor William Ward Jr will ad dress the congregation of St Lukes C M E Church Fourth street and Central avenue at the evening serv ice next Sunday Rev Dclbert Kill son is director in charge of the eve ning program The weatherman predicted light rain for here Monday night We dont know how heavy it was but it was plenty The State House passed the beer bill yesterday After tomorrow mid night millions of Pennsylvanians will start paying the beer bill Herman Kestner has been real busy for the past few weeks Oh no Herman isnt busy repairing bicycles this season Ask Nick the former driver The way our lawmakers at Harris burg fussed over good beer one might think it contained 32 per cent of alcohol Japanese army officials have de creed that men under five feet be accepted as recruits Looks like that army is going to be a little short The census report that 346 per sons in Pennsylvania were engaged in making alcohol during 1932 only goes to show how many still oper ators the censustakers missed A candidate for mayor in Hastings Neb declares that if hes elected hell make all office holders wear overalls Probably to bluff the publio that they are working In some section of Europe tha Hitler mustache is all the rage It seems to be causing some rage in every civilized country if we know anything WASHINGTON April a stern Cloudy followed by rain tonight or Thursday Warmer Thursday Western Pennsylvania Cloudy probably rain tonight and Thursday warmer TODAYS TEMPERA TUBES 6 a m 7 a m 8 a m 9 a m 10 a m 42 11 a m 56 44 Noon 57 50 1 p m 58 52 2 p m58 54
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