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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - September 24, 1933, Galveston, Texas w. L. MOODY co. BANKERS KSTABUBHED ISM. Oro 92ND 167. QALVE3TON, TEXAS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1933.-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES TEXAS' OLDEST JvEWSPAFES ESTABLISHED 1842 PLOT TO KIDNAP WEALTHY GIRL BARED Urschel Case Judge Hands Down Revolutionary Rulings SWEEPS ASIDE DEMURRERS OF MAN IS FREED Judgement on Two Others Held Off and Four Remain Dubious of Fate Oklahoma City, Ok., Sept. 23. rulings by Federal Judge Edgar S. Yaught today swept aside demurrers of nme defendants in the Charles ,F. Urschel kidnaping conspiracy trial, won freedom for one man and a deferred judgment for two others. Harvey Bailey and Albert Bates received no consideration from the judge, who overruled defense mo- tions-without comment Guilt Said Equal. Judge said the three Shannons from Wise, County, Tex., were "Just as guilty" If they har- bored the kidnapers and held their victim, "as If they had kidnaped transported and later collected the ransom." Charles Wolk, one of seven de- 'sndanus from Minneapolis and St Paul, was ordered released. Isadore Blumenleld and Peter Valdar will learn Monday morning whether they must trust their cases to the jury. The four others .Barney Ber- man, Clifford Skelly, Sam Kronlck and Sam Kozberg .wire given no encouragement by the judge, who declared that they may not have known they were handling Urschel money, but that they knew they had "hot'' money in their possession. The prosecution traced and of the paid for Ur- Echel'H release to these four. "No Greater Menace." "This Is a revolutionary proceed- ing said Judge Vaught when defence attorneys had fin- ished arguing their assertions that the prosecution had been insuffi- cient to convict "Kidnaping is as bad as mur- der, If not worse. There Is no great- er menace In the country today. In interpreting the act under which thin case is heard I bear In mind that Ita purpose Is to prevent all The law in the case Is the new "Lindbergh" act passed by con- URSCHEL CASE, Page 5) HOUSTON SELECTED AS NEXT MEETING PLACE OF AS- SOCIATION, In. the final nuslness session of Its two-day annual convention here the Texas Circulation Managers' Association yesterday afternoon elected as president E. C. White, circulation manager for the Hous- ton Chronicle, who succeeds L. E. Brumleu, circulation manager of ihe Houston Post. August Weber, circulation manager of Ths Galves- ton News and Tribune was elected vice president to succeed Harry McNeil of the Corpus Christ! Call- er and Times, while H. E. Mur- phree of the Houston Chronicle was re-elected to his tenth consecu- tivo term ns secretary-treasurer of the association. Matters of Importance to newspa- per circulation were discussed and ten new members were enrolled. Tho membership consists of nbout 45 membrca who represent tho larger papers of the state. The association was puest of The News Publishing: Company last night at a seafood dinner nt John's Oyster Resort, a luncheon at the Buccaneer Hotel and a boatsall on the harbor, the latter sponsored by the Galvfiston Chamber of Com- merce. President White, presiding (Sen CIRCULATION MEN. Page 5) The Weather Galventor. and cloudy Sunday, with llttio chance in temperature; moderate to fresh easterly to northerly winds. cloudy Sunday and Monday; probably showers In lower Rio Grande Vnlley. Moderate to fresh easterly winds on ths coast Wrntliw OtitJook. Southern nnd West Gulf Jn South Texas first part of week, probably In north portion nbout mid- nlo of woek; otherwise fair. Tcni- pcrfttin-M mo.itly nbovo normnl mrly In coolnr In interior In middle or ialUr part of woek. On Trial Marlnus Van der Lubbe 24-year-old brickmason and alleged Dutch communist party leader, was one of five defendants who went on trial in Leipzig, Germany, charged with the burning of the German .reichstag building last February. (Associated Press photo.) DMITROFF AKD COITRT HAVE FIERY EXCHANGES DuTUl, ING TRIAL OF FIVE MEN. Germany, Sept Fiery exchanges between the court and Georgl Dlmltroff, -Bulgarian refugee, during which he admitted he would have committed suicide during his imprisonment If given a today marked the trial of five men charged with burning the reichstag building. Both Dlmltroff and 'Blagol Pop- off, another Bulgarian defendant who was placed on the de- nied any connection with the blaze. The remarks' of the defendant, once leader, of the Bulgarian com- munists, brought a rebuke from Justice Wilhelm Buenger that 'TTou're altogether "too and a" threat of special measures "un- less you moderate yourself." "Sentences Meaningless." Typical of Dimltroff's attitude was his rejoinder to a question as to what sentences were Imposed on him in Bulgaria. (Dlmltroff, as well as the other Bulgarian defen- dants, Popoff and Wassil Taheff, have been accused of. bombing a cathedra! In which 200 people were "I have heard I have been con- demned to said Dimltroff, (See FIRE TRIAL, Page 9) FATHER OF STATE SEN. HOLBROOK CLAIMED BY DEATH Eastland, TCI., Sept. D. Holbrook, 85, pioneer West Tex- an and father of State Senator T. J. Holbrook of Galveston, <tled at his home here tonight. Funeral services were arranged for tomor- row at 3 p. m. He survived by brother, T. S. Holbrook, connected with the state department of education, and four daughters, Mrs. w. S. Poo of Eastland, Mrs. Thornton Cooper of Eastland, Mrs. C. W. Ellis of Long- view antl Mrs. Henry Bray of Tyler. Holbrook had lived in Eastland County for 35 years. He retired from ousincss a number of years Government to RoundUpTransient Jobless And Place Them in Concentration Centers Chicago, 111., Sept plan to .corral every transient un- employed person, professional and amateur, In federal "concentra- tion centers" for care and educa- tion was announced today by Harry L. Hopkins, Federal emerg- ency relief director. Hopkins told'the United States conference of mayors that the federal government soon would remove from the shoulders of U. S. WARSHIP TO RESCUE OF 16 AMERICANS Women, Children WitkThoseHeld by Strikers Havana, Sept. American destroyer" Hamilton stood off the" north coast of Oriente Province tonight, ready to receive on board 16 Ameri- cans and Britons held prisoners of striking Cuban workers, but their removal to safety was held in abeyance pending nego- tiations with the strikers. Representatives ot the sugar mill owners planned to leave Havana by In ne- gotiation's. Three .women and five children were among those report- ed held prisoner by strikers, with food running short and no milk for the young ones. New Crisis Affairs in Havana seemed to .be moving- toward a new crisis with threat, of famine In the -capital, spead of disease, and financial dif- ficulties hemming tbe administra- tion of Ramon Grau San Martin no all sides. A rebellious movement In Matsn- zaa Province fell .today, apparently of Its own'weight and the army supporting the- administration turned Its attention to Havana's possible" food shortage, which re- sulted from a strike of warehouse- men, still unsettled. The army started a survey of all the food- stuffs on Havana docks. The American, destroyer moved into position as possible to the besieged sugar mill when it (See CUBAN CRISIS, Page 9) 1EEI KILLED ANOTHER CRITICALLY HURT AND FOUR SERIOUSLY INJURED. Greenville. Tex., flspt. Three persons were Killed, another probably fatally injured and four more were seriously hurt In a head- on automobile collision three miles north of Greenville late today. The dead: Mrs. B. H. Hines, 54, resident of Jacobia community. James Hines, 18, son of Mrs. Hlnes. Orvllle Shankles, 19, Naples, Tex., who hud been picking cotton for the Hines family. The injured: Hullet Knox, 18, Commerce, In- jured internally and expected to die. Alma Hines, 28. Jaccbia commun- ity. Jessie Hines, 19, Jacobia commun- ity. Herschel Hines, 22, Jiicobia com- munity. Bud Estcs, 18, Commerce. Knox and Estes traveling toward Greenville ln thoir car when tliey hit the large sedan in which tho other six persona were riding. Both cnrs were demolished. Labor Leader, Disgusted at Hitler RuZe, Sees Boycott Washington, Sept. IP boycott of German products by American labor was hold probable today by William Green In a otate- mcnt describing tho Hitler rule ns "mediaeval, revolting and sicken- Infr." Saying that "tho terrorism In Germany has ROHO to wilder and wilder extremes and haa rcnuHed in open war on Iho trade union movement and tho torture, exllo and even dcatli of many trade union the president of tho American Federation of Labor addrd, "American labor becoming con- vlnrnd i.hnt Bomrthlnp; more than protoflt. In npcdrd (n dealing with (ho naxls, wo arc being forced to the conclusion that a boycott is the only thing that bring home to the German tyrants the abhorrence In which their rule Is held by the rest of the world." Green said he had "first-hand re- ports from American observers who have visited Germany and who have brought back direct and indisputable evidence of torture and of the complete crushing of (he German labor movement by the Hitler nazl dictatorship.-'1 "I believe this evidence will be laid openly before our ho continued, adding tho annual meflting; of the federation is to bo held in Washington on Oct. 2. (Sco BOYCOTT SEEN. Parr, B) local relief organlzationB the bur- den of supporting tramps. "Hitchhiking oa the highways will be combatted on a nation- wide Hopkins said. "So will bmnmlnjf on freight trains. "City and state authorities will be called on to pick up transients on local vagrancy laws and turn them over to federal authorities. "Concentration centers will be established in every state, prob- ably several of them In more populous states, and In them the transient will foe given a new chance In life." Hopkins said that In addition to proper food, clothing, housing medical care, the; transients would be educated' by strolling "white collor" workers, of whom he said thousands had become transients In recent months. (See TRANSIENTS, Page 9) Substantially Raised Farm Prices Within Two Months Newest Goal of Roosevelt WASHINGTON, Sept. increases- in farm prices "all along' the in the next two months today was marked off, as the goal of the Roosevelt administration through extension of the cotton loan plan to drive farm pur chasing power upward. Production control will be defi- nitely linked with the plan of credit extension, farm officials said. They expressed belief this would guard the government against monetary losses and that the credit extended would reflect the a'drainistratlon's own confidence in its drive for re- covery and better prices and" re- SPECIAL" SESSION IS NEAR HALF-WAY MAUK WITH LAWS IN-FORMA- TIVE STAGES. Emergency legislation pending fore an extraordinary meeting of the Texas 'legislature remained In formative stages today as the ses- sion heared the half way mark. of the- preliminaries to floor action had beec cleared away, however'-and tangible developments toward final passage were expected during the coming week. Governor Miriam A, Ferguson convened the legislature Sept. 14, to pass laws to provide for issuance of up to in relief bonds and to provide for disbursement of the funds and to revise or modify the anti-trust laws to permit Texas industries to obtain maximum bene- fits from the national industrial re- covery program. Committees of the house and sen- move the efforts from the realm of price-fixing or stabilization. Plan Early Parleys. Both Secretary Wallace and George N. Peek, the farm adminis-. trator, prepared for early meetings with representatives of producers of major crops to consider definite plans for applying' a method' eimilar to the .cotton loan program which they announced yesterday after conferences with President Roose- velt One purpose 'of the :plan Is to boost farm r prices- at-. a" rate rconi- ihenfiuratei increases in. indus- trial prices. There have been com- plaints that the prices of materials (See LEGISLATURE, Page 9) CHINESE FEAR NEW INVASION BY JAPANESE Pelping, China, Sept. ultlmaturn to a Chinese irregular general that he evacuate a city in North China and reports of wide- spread killings and pillage by ban- dits led tonight to fears that Japan may relnstitute military operations in the North China' demilitarized zone.- A Japanese military plane carry- ing machine guns dropped leaflets over this city threatening immedi- ate action unless Gen. Fang Chen- Wu leave Hua'iju with his 1000 fol- lowers. Despite the threat, however, Fang and his army remained in possession of the town and levied tribute from the Inhabitants. fSee FARM PRICES, Page 9) WOULD PROD PURCHASING POWER IN IINE WITH HISENG COSTS. Washington, Sept. ging predit and farm prices today turned the eyes of federal econo- mists to a close watch of the de- veloping plans of President Roose- velt for prodding purchasing power stride, with rising industrial, costs. i Credit problems, and labor trou- bles, coupled with labor disputes and reorganisation of the NRA into EL permanent-working unit to claim the close attention of recovery ad- ministration officials. r Strikes In various parts of the country brought from Senator Wag- ner of New York, chairman of the national labor board, an appeal to labor to resort to such stringent means only as a last step. Meanwhile the recovery adminis- tration continued hearings on the newspaper publishers' code and ap- proved modifications of the blanket code to bring canva's goods and (See BUYING POWER, .Page 9) OUTRAGEOUS CHARGES INCENDIARISM IN RESIDENCE FIRES FORTUNE By Patricia Wciitworlh 6 The story of a man who lost his memory, who awakened to find himself in an utterly strange AND the struggle be- tween two women to guide his ONE laved him' and sought to free him from the clutches of 0 THER who saw an op- portunity to reap a gold- en honest from the man's helpless condition. Starting September 26 THE NEWS New Orleans, Sept. Senator Huey P. Long charged in a statement today that threr at- tempts had been made to burn down his home on fashionable Audubon boulevard. Two fires occurred at his home early today, the first at 1 a. rn. and the other nt a. m. Each was discovered by a policeman on the beat, who called the fire de- partment. The first started In a washroom and the other in the basement, dolne damage estimated at A few months ago fire started In the senator's garage under his house and burned one of his auto- mobiles. Tho fires undoubtedly were of incendiary origin, said Senator Long. "What good anyone expects to accomplish for himself hy burn- ing down my house, I am at a loss to Senator Long added. When the fires started this morn- Ing, Mrs. Long was at home with her three cnlldren. She attempted to call firemen by telephone, but the phone was dead and the po- liceman pulled a fire call box. Senator Long was ca'led at ft downtown hotel after the second blaze and hurried home. Jn a statement he said ho had spent past two nlRbts nt the hotel because he suffered from hay fever nnd his doctor ndvl.ird him to ntay away from the foliage on. hln grounds. I This Papoose Named "Blue Eagle" This young man's name, Franklin' Delano Blue Eagle Knaplnskl, was chosen by his patriotic mother, Mrs. Frank Knapinski of Milwaukee. Of Indian descent, Mrs. Knapinski said "Bme Eagle" was a name long honored in her family. (Associated Press Search for Kelly Focussed On Chicago Area as Picture Of Car Oumer Is Identified r George (Jjachine ..Gun) Kelly, crinies of. the Southwest, was tonight. A picture of a man known'iocal- ly vas "J. 'J." -suspected owner of the armored car which, figured Friday in a daring mail messenger holdup and the slaying of a policeman', was identified, Chief "of Police William Schoe- maker said, as that of Kelly. Identifier Secret. Who made the identification was a carefully guarded police secret but' Schoemaker intimated it-was by a close acquaintance of Rosen- berg. Shortly before police announced this progress in the.- widespread hunt for. the slayers of Policeman Miles Cunningham and the robbers of the federal reserve bank .mail --V nationwide 'hunt 'fo suspect in "half a dozen focussing on the Chicago area (See KELLY HUNT, Page 9) BROWNSVILLE IS WARNED TO MAKE READY FOR BLOW Brownsville; Tex., Sept, W. J. Schnerbusch, weather bureau observers here, tonight warned residents of Brownsville to prepare for winds of gale force and heavy rains about midnight tomorrow from the tropical storm now mov- ing ncross the Gulf of Mexico. Schnerbusch said that If the hur- ricane keeps Its present course and speed, it was expected to move In- land between Brownsville and Cha- mal tomorrow night, Chamal Is about 125 miles soiitH of Browns- ville. However, the weather man said, It Is possible that the hurricane might change its course slightly north of west-northwest, and In that case the center of the hurri- cane would pass "very near" Brownsville. He advised that although there is no cause for undue alarm, since the present storm does not compare to that which the lower Rio Grande Vnlley Sept. 4-5. residents should prepare for winds of gale force. Schnerbusch was of the opinion that if the center passes near (See STORM WARNING, Page ft) MEfLP CITY, COUKTY AND STATE OF- FICERS ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE. Tex., Sept eph B. Keenan, assistant -United States attorney general, today urged city, county and state "offi- cers to co-operate with the federal government in intensive campaign crime. j Keenan was the principal speaker at a special meeting of the league of Texas municipalities called for the-purpose of considering crime prevention. Before the.end of the session the league had.1 instituted procedure to bring about compliance with two "of Keenan's suggestions. It adopted resolutions requesting Governor Miriam A. Ferguson to submit to 'the current special session of the legislature bills to.establish a cen- tral state bureau of criminal iden- tification and to prevent the sale of machine guns to any one except officers. Tho league also authorized- the appointment of a committee headed by Mayor G. H, Zimmerman of CRIME DRIVE, Page .9) REPRESENTATIVE HORNORJS DEAD Washington, Sept. resentative Lynn S. Horner of Clarksburg, W. Va., died here to day after an Illness of severa months. He was 57. Horner, a democrat, was elected to congress from the third West Virginia district in 1930 and re- elected in 1932. He never held any other political office. Shortly after the close of last year's campaign Horntr suffered heart ailment which confined hir to bed for several months. Report oi Foreign Trade Is Most Unfavorable in Years Washington, Sept. ica's largest unfavorable foreign trade balance in seven years was reported today by the commerce department for the month of Au- gust in which imports exceeded ex- ports by Despite the quantity decline in exports and the rise in imports from the total for July commerce department experts interpreted the figures as encouraging. Ordinarily, the balance is on the other of the lodger, with Amer- ican business men selling more abroad than they buy In foreign markets. Including August, only four months in tho last 72 have shown unfavorable balances. August exports totaled 000 aa compared with 194 QQO in July and in August 1932. Imports stood at while tbe July figure was S142980- For 'the first eight of 1933, exports aggregated 000, as compared with In J932. The imports totals were and The eight months gave a favorable bal- ance of for 1933 and of for 1932. The Increased imports were prin- cipally hides and skins, up 000: leather manufactures, coffee. cotton manufao- (Sce FOREIGN TRADE, Page 6) PAIR TRAPPED BY OFFICERS ADMIT GUILT AFTER ARREST Federal Agents JTrfliZ for MontKj Society Bedding Plans Are Upset New Sept." A bold plot to kidnap the of .a even wliile: she prepared her weddingf trousseau was revealed: today by authorities who1 held ancl a filling station. manager for .the crirnej .Thsy were arrested In Tonkers' officers who used the .'old dum- my package lure, to trap them at a rendezvous and charge" them with attempted extortion against Mrs! John K. society' leader, bride and heiress to millions. Wedding Upset. She is the niece. of Russell G; Lefflngwell, partner of J. P. MorT an Co., and the daughter of ranklin A. Batcheller, .wealthy Tonkers resident and stock broker: .The kidnap .scheme, plaits for her wedding, brought federal agents to the. -Batcheller mansion as .house guests and converted an elaborate 'into a comparatively 'simple '-house wed-, ding. ..r. x -Tne nurse held is Virginia. An- tibriette .filling station ..manager is'James. Medley of 'Thomas. 3. In charge of 'department of justice agents, in New .York, said -the pair had admitted the crime -and told him they sought money' so they could be married. A.federal judge here Issued a warrant against .both -charging them with conspiracy to violate "Lindbergh" act, TKe dramatic events that brought the plot to light began early last month when Mrs.'-Dougherty, thi Miss Helen Batcheller, was prepar- ing to wed. Desperate Threat. A woman's soft voice telephoned Mrs. Batcheller and toid the wealthy society matron she needed The voice said: "And if we don't get It, we ar< fiing to kidnap your elen. and blow up your home." Mrs. Batcheller was terrified. In-: vitations for her daughter's wed- (See KIDNAP PLOT, Page DSIVEIl OF ACCIDENT WAS UN- AVOIDABLE. Struck by an automobile when she stepped out into the street at 29th and Boulevard about 7-o'clock last night, Mrs. Ira Theresa Brook't 59, a resident of the Letitla Rosen- berg Home for Women, died a short time later at John Scaly pltal. A charge of negligent homicide was filed against H. J. Nolan of 3032 Boulevard, who was driving the ear. that struck Mrs. Brooks. Nolan, an employe of the ferry company, was released under bond. He.told police that the elder- ly woman stepped In front of hia car and that it was impossible to stop in'time. He took her to the hospital. Mrs. Brooks is survived by two sisters, Mrs. F. J. Neville of Har- lingen and Mrs. Bessie Hagen of San Antonio and a brother, Fred Brooks of Corsicana. Funeral serv- ices will be at o'clock this aft- ernoon from the funeral home of Malloy Son, with Rev. L. Bow- man Cravon officiating. Interment will be in Galveston Memorial Park. Mardl Gras in Galveston Is synonymous with merriment. Already the Boosters Club Is making: planti for the 1934 cele- bration, one which Is expected to be a fitting successor to that of 1933. Gay und brilliant narades, ex- citing nationwide interest, a beautiful rcromonv In which a junior kins nnd are crowned ancl n scintillating coronation ball, participated in hy lovely younir Indies from va- rious Texas of these arc to he part of tho 1934 wle-. brat Ion. Plans for the commjr went ho discussal In tho forth- comlnjr Oct. I edition of Tue News. j