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Adelaide Mail (Newspaper) - June 27, 1936, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia Haig s Scotland s \ oldest whisky i family wiped out ghastly murders by demented Man in Perth Home wife son and baby boy strangled in Beds Perth saturday. Strangling them with lengths of fishing line and Batter ing two Over the head with an axe a Hairdresser Earty today killed his wife 13-year-old son and 16-months-pld baby. He then committed suicide by cutting his own Throat with two fierce slashes that almost severed the head from the body. The Man s body was found lying face downwards in a Bath full off water and blood. The victims were Harry Griffiths about 34, Hairdresser of Murray Street. Perth living in Wel Lington Street May lands Kathleen Griffiths about 34, his wife Wilfred Anthony Griffiths. 13%. His Eon Ronald Griffiths 16 months. The tragedy was apparently the re sult of sudden dementia. Griffiths a few months ago was an inmate of the Heathcote mental rest Home. The scene of the tragedy was a comparatively new Brick Villa in which the Griffiths family had been living for about seven years. The Dis covery was made today when a Washerwoman was unable to get into the House by the front door which was locked. She communicated with mrs. Griffiths father who arrived at the scene and got a Small boy to climb through a front window. Terrible discovery the lad aged about 13. Found mrs. Griffiths lying on a double bed and the baby dead in the cot. The police were notified and a squad of detectives was soon on the scene. The news spread like wildfire and the Street outside the House was soon crowded by curious sightseers including Many playmates of Wilfred. Entering the House through the Back door which was not locked the Detec Tives searched unsuccessfully for Griffiths until they came to the locked bathroom. The window to the room was locked too. A Constable forced the window and climbed through. He found the body of Griffiths Clad Only in a pair of trousers. It was lying face downwards in the Bath. In a room on a single bed was the body of Wilfred. His head bore a severe Gash and round his neck was a length of heavy fishing line. The other victims of the demented Man s attack were in a front room. Mrs. Griffiths was lying face downwards on a double bed. She had been killed by an axe blow on the head and strangling from another Section of fishing line. The spool from which it had been Cut was lying on a nearby chair. The baby was in its cot he had been strangled. Griffiths had not used the axe on the child whose neck was also bound with line. The axe with which the Man had attacked his wife and son was found beside the double bed. Or. Pearson who was hastily summoned said that All occupants of the House had been dead for some hours. An examination of the House indicated that the tragedy must have occurred at the dead of night when All but Griffiths were peacefully sleep ing. Who was first victim there was Little to How who was his first victim. Investigators suggested that mrs. Griffiths May have received the first wounds to her head in a vain attempt to protect her infant son from strangulation. The generally accepted viewpoint however is that Griffiths killed his wife with the axe and Cord and then strangled his son in an adjacent bed. Whether this was performed Lefoi his eldest son was strangled and mutilated in the adjoining room cannot be stated definitely. But the axe with which both wife and eldest son were battered was found in mrs. Griffiths room. This seems to indicate that the eldest son was the first victim. Apparently the method by which Griffiths slew his victims prevented any outcry for neighbors told the police that they heard no Appeal for help during the night nor any disturbance whatever. Stay in strike threat in civil service London saturday. Britain s civil service is threatened with a stay in strike unless the Treasury agrees to Ini mus i Nat Fri Nar mental clerks. Says the daily mail. Departments affected Are said to be the War office air ministry Admir Alty. Home office and. Board of Trade. Efforts will also be made to drag in the whole civil service including the government dockyards on a sympathy plea. Meanwhile the civil service clerical association has invited opinions from sir William Jowitt k.c., on the Fol lowing Points whether a stay in strike would be Legal in Britain. Secondly if the position of a civil servant differs from any other worker in relation to a stay in strike. Thirdly if it is Legal for a Union to order its members to go slow or work to Rule the association s action it is stated will depend on sir William Jowitt s opinions which Are expected on Mon by. Recent widespread stay in strikes have be a successful in France and have Dartly succeeded in Belgium 1 woman saved by neighbor Brisbane. Saturday. Prompt action by a neighbor saved the life of Winifred Howard 25, married when he clothing caught alight at her Horn at West end tonight. Mrs. Howard who was alone in the j House was lighting a fuel stove and after she had ignited some kindling Wood she poured kerosene on the fire while the door was still open. The leaping flames ignited her dress and when she was unable to smother the fire with her hands she wrapped herself in an eiderdown and rolled on the floor. The eiderdown also caught fire but the woman s screams attracted her next door neighbor or. Michael o Mara who rushed in and Tore the burning clothing from her. Throwing the garments out of the window. Mrs. Howard was severely Burnt about the legs body and hands and or. O Mara was Burnt about the hands. I hit b in inn Imi nun i shh h h ? m i ? m i ? i Himi h i Muni i ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? a Guinea for a smile watch for the mail i photographer next Satur j Day. If he catches you i smiling it May mean a i Guinea to you. A photo i graph will be taken at one of he league football j matches of a group of spec j tutors and the person with j the jollies expression will j be awarded one Guinea. So when you see our j cameraman smile i i big Art Union draw thursday the draw for the �1,000 Art Union conducted recently by the news and the mail on behalf of the Royal . Society of arts will a made by the lord mayor or. Cain in the town Hall at 11 an. On thursday. All ticket holders Are invited to the draw. Admission will be free. The names of the winners and the numbers of their tickets will be published in the news on thursday. The Holder of the first ticket drawn by the lord mayor will be Able to choose any painting he likes from the 35 prize paintings donated by leading australian artists. Then the second ticket Holder will have his Choice and so on. The Success of the Art Union will enable a two years travelling scholar ship to be awarded at the end of this year to South Australia s most promis ing Young artist. Prominent race goers watch Start of Downer Handicap Many Well known people attended the Adelaide Hunt club met be at c h it Nahani this afternoon. In i this picture taken on the lawns axe mrs. �. �. Jolly miss Phyllis Reid and sirs. Norman barks. Any the at on lawns axe Hyllis . From stranded ship Auckland saturday. The liner Mariposa while crossing the Tasman on her Way Here Early today picked up an . From the British steam to Iwler Magnolia 260 tons i ashore on Ross Island South of a Tan. The message said that the ship was leaking badly and appealed for another ship to stand by. Six Hurt in crash at St. Peters several minor accidents Cix men were injured when a motor car came into collision with a motor Cycle and then hit a Tram Stan rlar/1 at the of Pavenham Road and Nelson Street St Peters to night. None was seriously Hurt. In other suburbs minor accidents kept the staff of the civil ambulance Busy. In the St. Peters Accident the follow ing were injured Frederick Tilley 19, of Nelson Street Stepney broken ribs treated at Ade Laide Hospital. Horace William weepers 26, of Brunswick place Norwood concussion and lacerations admitted to Adelaide Hospital Leslie Albert Baldock 32, of Reddin Street Richmond concussion and lacerations admitted to Hospital. Walter Ronald Ingerton 22, of Chat Ham Road Keswick injured treated. Frederick Deacon 23, of main Street Richmond concussion and abrasions admitted. Alfred James Allen of Holder Avenue Richmond Cut head and Abra was driving the motor car when it first collided with the motor Cycle Ridden by weepers with Tilley As a passenger. The car then hit the Tram Standard. The Sidecar and the motor Cycle were badly damaged but Tilley the passenger was less seriously Hurt than some of the others involved in the Deacon Baldock and Ingerson were passengers in the car. They were re turning Home from a football match at Payne am. Other Road victims the Road took toll of the following persons in other minor accidents James Patterson of Thomas Street Croydon lacerations. Treated at the Adelaide Hospital after an Accident at Hindmarsh. Edward Conlin of port Road. West Croydon admitted to the Adelaide Hospital with concussion after he had been knocked Down by a motor Cycle in port Road. Judge s son Hurt Brisbane saturday. Critical in juries were received today by Patrick macros san son of the senior Puisze judge or. Justice macros san when he was pinned beneath his car after it crashed into an electric Light pole on Hamilton Road breakfast Creek. The pole snapped in two and fell across the overhead wires dislocating Tram and motor traffic for half an hour. Macros san is associate to his father. Lucky escape when car goes Over Bank Sydney saturday. While driving Back to Sydney last night or. J. P. Bennett a Sydney business Man had an amazing escape from death about eight Miles from Gosford on the Pacific Highway. His car ran into some Loose Metal on the Side of the Road careened Over an embankment and Slid Down 200 it or. Bennett received Only Abra and raises. . Housewives help sought in census of Home meals the first step in the Commonwealth nutritional advisory committee s Australia wide inquiry into the suitability and value of the family dietary will be undertaken on wednesday when a seven Dav Home census and analysis of meals will be launched. Sir Stanton Hicks professor of physiology and pharma cology at the Adelaide University who will be in charge of the inquiries in this state Hopes to secure the successful and enthusiastic co operation of All South australian House wives. They will be asked to Supply particulars of the Cost of food supplies for. Each of the seven Days. The form for this purpose will be published daily in the press. Housewives will be asked to give their name address the Day and Date relating to the particulars the number of persons in the House males and females and the Ages to the nearest birthday anniversary. The questionnaire will seek the Fol lowing food details what food did you buy today giving Quantity and Cost from the milk supplier. Butcher. Egg and butter Deale. Grocer. Greengrocer. Baker. Cake shop. Fishmonger. Rabbit dealer. Confectionery and Sweet shop. Ham beef and Small goods dealer. What beverages and drinks what did you use thai you produced at Home such As milk eggs fruit and vegetables what meals were obtained by members of the family outside the Home other than meals carried from Home state nature of food with approximate quantities but not the Cost. It is expected that at least 3.000 housewives in this state will be pre pared to assist the committee in its important inquiry. Of that number 500 will be used to gauge the average food budget of the South australian family. It is hoped to make the state inquiry a Model one. Already splendid support for the Campaign has been forthcoming. About 40 medical students have undertaken to Supply a budget on the above lines on their family requirements for a week in each month. The seven Day census through the press will be Only the first step. The inquiry is expected to take two years to Complete but interesting interim re ports will be issued from time to time. After the census is finished House wives in All classes of society will be interviewed to secure Fuller particulars about their diets. The will be to obtain 100 families at least who will for a period of three months maintain the Supply of particulars. At the end of the three months another 100 families will be asked to co operate and this practice will be continued until the inquiry ends. By this Means any inconvenience involved in a Long period will be avoided. If the inquiry reveals that some families cannot buy food necessary to the maintenance of Good health an Effort will be made to place these articles within reach of their purchasing Power. Housewives All Over the state will be advised on what to eat and efforts will be made to discover whether they Are using the most nutritious parts of the food supplies they buy. A Booklet showing the most Valu Able foods in a practical household diet Wil shortly be distributed through out South Australia. Another aspect that the inquiry will touch on will be the importance of australian produced foodstuffs to australian people and householders will be encouraged to use the products of their own country. Newstead team in Centenary basketball carnival if Happy spirits will win m atches the Newstead team will go a Long Way in the Centenary Basket Ball carnival which began at the u University Oval this afternoon. The team were in a Jolly mood when asked to pose for a picture. Back Row b. Wurfel r. Quartly j. Facey and j. Hill front Row j. Wilder a. Wild Captai Nat a l. Green. Big Holiday sports list there will be sports for everybody on monday the King s birthday holi Day. In addition train excursions and rom tar Trine in Tnp Hills Ami Fth noun try will Cater for thousands of Holiday makers. The Centenary train will leave for Victor Harbor at 9.42 ., and will return at 4.35 . The Centenary poli tical science school will hold its Clos ing sessions at Victor on monday. Here is the sports diary racing . Meeting at Victoria Park. Football port v. Norwood league game at Adelaide Oval association matches and Amateur league trial game in morning. Coursing concluding Day of St. Leger meeting at mount Gambler. Rugby interstate trial match at Jubilee Val 3 . Soccer gala Day at Hindmarsh Oval. ? cycling port Augusta s Centenary 75 track events at Prospect Oval sports. Athletics barriers 2v-mile Road race and event for walkers 10.15. Hunting Buckland Park Fox Hunt. Kit shooting Holiday matches at Gaw Ler. Illunga and port Augusta. Baseball West Torrens v. Onka paring Goodwood ground 10 Golf club competitions. Tennis East Torrens hard court tournament at weather Likely Tomor Rev unsettled weather with rain is Likely tomorrow. The government meteorologist or. Bromley said today that it was too Early to fore cast the weather for the Holiday on monday but it was possible that the disturbance might have passed and � weather have cleared up by then. ? marriage of lady Moulden quiet ceremony Melbourne saturday. Lady Moulden widow of sir Frank Moulden formerly of Brougham place. North Adelaide was oui Tiv married to to i afternoon to or. Basil Buller Murphy barrister of Melbourne son of or. And mrs. Eustace j. Murphy of Melbourne. She wore a charming backless gown of Dull Nigger lace Over beige geor Gette with a train. With this was a lace jacket with Collar and cuffs of Kolinsky fur. Her hat was a Brown French Felt the Crown banded with Kolinsky and she wore a shoulder Spray of Brown Slipper orchids. There were no attendants at the wedding and after the ceremony the Bride and bridegroom entertained about a Hundred guests at a cocktail party As a House wanning for then new Home bordello Toorak Road too Rak. Among the Adelaide guests at the party were the Bride s sister mrs. C. S. Hutchison of Wykeham Belair. Mrs. Owen Moulden. Of Unley and mrs. Guy Makin of Forth Ade Laide. Miss Florence Davies a life Long Friend came Over from Perth to to be present. Tomorrow the Bride and bridegroom will leave by car for Sydney. Or. F. V. Smith weds monday Melbourne saturday. The marriage of or. F. Villeneuve Smith k.c., of Adelaide and miss Isabel Gordon daughter of or. And mrs. Arthur w Gordon of Essendon will be quietly celebrated in Melbourne late on Mon Day. Members of both families will be the Only persons present. The time and place of the ceremony have not been made Public. Miss Gordon will not Wear a conventional bridal gown and veil but has chosen a formal afternoon frock and hat As her wedding attire. Two of the Bride s Sisters will be the wit Nesses. After the ceremony or. And mrs. Gordon will entertain a Large number of guests at a reception at the new embassy beginning at 5.30 . Or. Villeneuve Smith with his Fiancee and his daughter. Miss Lindley Villeneuve Smith were present at the party Given by or. And mrs. Basil Buller Murphy at bordello. Toorak. After their wed Ding today. Quorn Council poll Quorn saturday. Messes. R. C. Lewis and Trevor Williams have been nominated for the extraordinary tit. Cancy in North Ward of the Quorn Council. Stop press test Cricket London winning the toss in the first test at lords today Allen the . Captain sent All India in to Bat on a wicket drying in the warm Sun. Scores merchant b. Allen 35 Mushtaq Ali c. Langridge b. Allen 0 Hin Lepar b. Robins 26 c. K. Rayudu . B. Allen 1 nazi Ali ., 11 Amar Singh c. b. Robins 12 Palia 8. Sundries 4 total 5 for 97 lunch. At one stage Allen took three wickets with 11 balls Only one run being scored off them. British Golf title 215 h. Cotton 72, 73. 70 221 Dallemagne 72, 74. 75 Davies 72, 76, 73 223 Gadd 74, 72, 77 224 Boomer 74. 75, 75 225 Sutton 75, 72. 78 Smithers 75, 73,77 227 Good 75, 73, 79 228 c. A Whitcombe 72, 77, 79. Gold share trading out of step with mine activities by a special staff correspondent most people will admit the truth of the adage that All that glitters is not Gold. There Are however Many hard ened investors who Are puzzled if not perturbed at the prolonged slump in Gold mining stocks. It is paradoxical that present trading in Gold shares is in inverse ratio to the extensive developments that have lately taken place on the practical Side. The revival of Gold mining in Australia especially in Western Australia is an accomplished fact. Production of the Metal has increased substantially activity at established mines has been accelerated abandoned have Bee reopened and brought into profit Able production new Fields Are being tested and developed and much additional capital is being spent on prospecting. One Adelaide authority claims in fact that More Money has been sent since the revival began and More is being spent and More production is being opened up than at any previous stage in the history of the West australian Goldfields. But the share Market generally has been slow to respond to these develop ments. Leading Adelaide share brokers with whom the subject was discussed this week seemed optimistic enough about the future of the Industry. It is obvious that the Market has not yet fully recovered from the unfortunate reactions following the Boom of 18 months ago the dominating reason for which was the remarkable credulity of Many people in their desire to get Rich Quick. Most of these investors had no in Terest in the Industry As an Industry. Their was to buy shares today for 2/ or 3/ and turn them Over in the course of a few Days at double the Price. They made few inquiries if any about the Constitution and prospects of the company in which they were investing their Money. Capital and patience it was not surprising that new companies were quickly floated to satisfy this widespread eagerness for a Gamble in Gold. Experience has shown that the expenditure of a Large amount of capital is necessary to produce satisfying re sults. Brokers Are emphatic in their View that new mining ventures must have sufficient financial Back ing to enable them to Stan up to a Long patient developmental pro gramme. Similarly too a High de Gree of patience is called for from shareholders in these concerns. Where companies have exhausted their capital and the results have Dis closed values and Ore reserves far be Low prospectus promises it has Natu rally Berio difficult for Thea to obtain additional assistance from the Market. Australia was unprepared for the Boom in mining developments that Fol Lowed the Rise in the Price of Gold. Firms accepted orders for supplies of machinery and equipment that they were unable to fulfil. This seriously embarrassed companies that had promised production by Given dates. There is evidence that the Indus try is now much better organised and that services and labor Are available in sufficient quantities to keep Pace with the extent to whih capital is eager to assist its expansion. One very important phase in the re Vival of australian mining has been the Success of or. Claude de Bernales in obtaining millions of pounds of English capital to develop a Large group of mines in Western Australia. Some of the de Bernales Are rapidly approaching the stage when they will be reproductive and their Success or otherwise Between now and the end of the year must have a great influence on the Public attitude towards Gold investments and consequently the share Market dividend list grows another promising sign is the Addi Tion of several new companies to the dividend list in the past six months. The Market cannot for Long ignore re sults. As the now select list of dividend payers increases so the desire of investors to Purchase Gold stocks will the moment the Adelaide Market for Gold stocks May be regarded As fundament buy sound but in the opinion of brokers it is a discriminating Market. With a number of mines in production others going into production this year and More in 1937. Conditions Are gradually improving. The average purchaser of Gold stocks today prefers the established min or those with distinct possibilities and either producing or on the verge of producing. The Field for the discriminating in Vestor is not a wide one judging from what the experts have to say. One broker asserted that Only about 5 per cent of the flotations in recent years had come up to expectations. Another seemed to make much the same claim when he said that 95 per cent of the Gold stocks listed on the Stock Exchange were unattractive pro positions. So to invest wisely and cautiously we must be capable of sifting the wheat from the chaff. Back to Gold stocks \ apart from bitter experience with companies of the wild cat Type the re covery of Industrial and other invest ment stocks has probably in the past year or so diverted to those normals a lot of Money that otherwise would have Beer speculated in Gold stocks. Brokers however think that Gold will come to for renewed at Tention. 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