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Hammond Lake County Times (Newspaper) - February 10, 1932, Hammond, Indiana1/ PAGES Aw TODAY THE LAKE COUNTY TIMES VOL. XXVI., NO. 185. FINAL EDITION Member of International News Service HAMMOND, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY IO, 1932. Member or United Press Associations PRICE TWO CENTS BLOWS Hammond Truck Driver Held for Manslaughter PITIFUL TRAGEDY WHITING MAN WAS VICTIM OF TEMPERATURE FOR REGION I Temperature In Hammond today j nm 40 decree* above aero at 7:30 n. rn. 48 degreed above aero at noon. ; Weather cloudy at noon. THE WEATHER TAX SALES OVER COUNTY SMALLEST EVER HELD Partly cloudy, slightly warmer In extreme north portion tonight! Thursday cloudy followed by rain at night. ACCIDENT BOARD PROBES ^^MTRUANT OFFICERS fj.ars B. Lynde Is Arrested Last Night at His Home in Hammond Lars B. Lynde, 37, Hammond motor truck operator, who figured in the Dunes highway accident which resulted in the death of Maurice Richardson of Whiting last November, was arrested on a charge of involuntary manslaughter last night at his home, 7 I 36 Madison avenue. Richardson, who was a mail carrier and scoutmaster, was taking a short trip with his mother, Mrs. Catherine Richardson, the afternoon of Sunday, November 15, w'hen the accident occurred. He died the following morning in the Michigan City hospital. Because the death occurred in Laporte county, the coroner's inquest was conducted there instead of Porter county where the crash occurred. FAMILY SIGNS AFFIDAVIT Testimony at the inquest was that Richardson attempted to pass two cars on the Dunes Highway. Just beyond the bridge at Bailley-Atown and failed to get back into "line again in time to avoid the truck driven tiy Ltfirs Lynde. The automobile veered from the pavement and rolled down a 15-foot embankment. Coroner John IT. Foster did not return a verdict for some time but indicated that, since it had been strenously denied that Lynde was under the influence of liquor he would hold the death accidental. Nothing further had been heard of the matter until February 4, when members of Richardson’s family appeared at Valparaiso and signed an affidavit, charging Lynde with involuntary manslaughter. A warrant was issued and sent to Hammond where it was served last night by Detective Sommer and Steffey. Lynde was held at the police station over night and was turned over to a Porter county deputy sheriff this morning. Date of his trial has not been set. {SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] CHOWN POINT, Ind., Feb. IO.— The combined county and city salaries of Lake county truant officers now are under investigation by the board of county commissioners. President Charles Baran announced today in releasing the figures which he has compiled for truant officers in Hammond, East Chicago, and Whiting. According to Mr. Baran’s tabulation, Fred T. Busse, of East Chicago, received the following remuneration last year:    $1,550    from the city; $1,425 from the county; $472, in mileage, and $100 in expenses, making a total of $3,097 for | the year. Miss Constance Andrews, also of East Chicago, received $1,138 from the city; $1,345 from the county; $607.22 in mileage, and $297.45 in expenses, making a total of $3,387.67 for the year. Hollis Weesner, of Hammond, received $110 a month from the city and $5 a day from the county. Mrs. Florence Hagedorn, of Hammond, received nothing from the city, but $5 a day from the county. Mrs. Hoskins, of Whiting, received $5 a day for 300 days from the county and $25 a month from the city. The county commissioners are investigating these salaries in order to ascertain whether or not they are too high and thus subject to revision. No announcement of the action to be taken by the commissioners has yet been released. The full force of the depression is reflected in the various county and city treasurers' offices of Lake county where less than a thousand pieces of delinquent property has been sold thus far out of a total number of 18,465 pieces offered. According to a survey conducted by The Time* this morning, the number of delinquencies sold throughout Lake county is comparatively less than ever before in the history of this region. Similarly, the number of delinquencies scheduled for sale exceeds that of any previous year. At Crown Point, the county treasurer, Herman L. Conter, reported that only 300 sales have been recorded to date out of a total listing of approximately 5,000 pieces of delinquent property. The sale ends tomorrow.' night, he said, but he does not expect to record very many sales. In Hammond, the situation is even worse. City Treasurer Henry Heckler’s office reported that only 200 sales have been made out of a total of 7,900 pieces listed. East Chicago is similarly affected. City Treasurer Andrew Rooney’s office informed The Times that only 40 sales have been made out of 3,000 offerings. But Whiting has established the all-time record of the district. City Treasurer Edith Langenham told reporters for this newspaper that no sales at all have been made out of 65 listings. In Gary, virtuall. the same record maintains. City Treasurer Herman L. Werber's office reported that only 400 sales have been recorded (Continued on Page Sir) MRS. ROCKNEY CONDITION IS . NOT SO GOOD ROCHESTER, Minn., Feb. IO.— (U.P.)—The condition of Mrs. Knute Rockne, widow of the late Notre Dame football coach, was reported today as “not so good,” by Dr. C. F. Dixon who performed a major abdominal operation on her last week. “Mrs. Rockne’s condition has not been satisfactory during the last 24 hours,” Dr. Dixon said. “Her temperature tos*\ She is resting more comfortably this morning, however, than last night." Dr. Dixon said that the next two or three days will reveal whether Mr*. Rockne will recover. BIG BUZZARD SWEEPS OVER BRITISH ISLES LONDON, Feb. J0.—(U.P.)—One of the most severe blizzards of a decade swept over the British isles d northern Europe today, with avy snow, sleet, and bitter gales plunging Britain into arctic weather. Conditions were particularly bad on the east coast, where heavy seas swept over the decks of channel vessels, coating seamen with thick ice and causing intense suffering to passengers. Many channel vessels stayed in port. Fishing boats nought the protection of harbors as menacing breakers, driven by a high wind, tore up long stretches of beach. NEW SUITS MIE FILED New suits filed today in Hammond Superior court included: Milton J. Collins vs. William F. Horam; suit to repieven. Evan Lewis vs. Leo Miller et a1; action to foreclose on mechanic’s lien. MAYR NOT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. IO.—(U.P.) —Frank Mayr, Jr., today answered rumors that he would make an active fight for the democratic nomination for governor by announcing his candidacy for re-election as secretary of state. At the same time all democratic state officials announced they would seek re-election. They are: Floyd Williamson, auditor; George Cole, superintendent of public instruction, and William Storem, treasurer. Speculation has been widespread for several months concerning Mayr’s plans. Democratic party leaders feared that he w'ould actively enter the gubernatorial race against Paul V. McNutt, threatening party harmony. MATTER FOR THE COURTS INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. IO.—(l.N.S.) —Any hope that the somber tread of Herbert Johnson “hard boiled killer" to the electric chair on Friday in the state prison at Michigan City, may be interrupted by executive clemency, is futile. Johnson, doomed to be the third man to die in the chair since Harry G. Leslie became governor, will find any belief in a* last minute reprieve dashed against the record of a non-pardoning governor. “It's a matter for the courts,” Leslie said today, adding that no intercession was contemplated by him, __I_ DOG SAVES HER LIFE NEW YORK, Feb. IO.—(I.N.S.)— Her skirt set afire by tw’o men who first beat her, poured acid over her head and neck and then bound her with wire, Mrs. Lillian Oltmann, 43, today owed her life to the barking of her dog. The woman went into the cellar of her Jamaica home to tend the furnace when her assailants attacked her. After they set fire to the skirt, the dog barked upstairs and the men, frightened, fled. “You'll never live to testify against your husband,” she declared they taunted her before escaping. She was to appear Friday In her s it for separate maintenance from her husband, Harry, |n Jamaica Supreme court. SOUTH SHORE CONDUCTOR GETS JOLT AGE-OLD SYSTEM IS ABOLISHED ECONOMY MOVE IS PLANNED BY BOARD County Council To Be Asked To Provide for County Purchasing Agent Sent to Jail (or Six Months County Board Does Away and Fined $500 (or Failure to Support Mother With Appraisement Cost o( School Loans Because Howard Bybee, 38. of Hegewisch, a conductor on the South Shore railroad, failed to provide support for his aged and feeble mother, he must go to jail for six months and pay a fine of $500 and costs, Judge Virgil Whitaker ruled in Hammond city court yesterday. The pen'-’ty is one of the most severe ever imposed by the Hammond justice. Judge Whitaker said he was tired of having this case on the court docket. He had previously warned both Bybee and the other brothers, he said, that the mother must be provided for. According to testimony given by Mrs. Carl Bybee, sister in law of the defendant, she has taken care of the mother for 12 years. She told the court the mother was becoming too much of a care and expense, and she couldn't take care of her any longer without help from the brothers. Howard Bybee said he would appeal the sentence as soon as he had hired an atternoy. When questioned as to his mother’s whereabouts, he said he did not know, but thought she was with his brother Carl, who lives at 6412 Monroe street, Hammond. Carl was not in court and Judge Whitaker ordered Court Clerk Walter Green to immediately issue a bench warrant ordering him into court today. The court ordered a delay in removing Howard Bybee to prison until after today's court session when every member of the family was ordered to be present. GREEN PUTS UP BOND OF $5,000 fSPECIAL TO THE TIMES] CROWN POINT, Ind., Feb. IO.— Herman Green, Gary councilman, for whom a warrant was issued last week charging an illegal contract with the city of Gary, appeared in. Crown Point yesterday afternoon and posted a surety bond for $5,000. Green’s arrest was ordered after testimony had been heard in an injunction suit asking that the Gary board of safety be restrained from carrying out a contract by which a man, said to be In reality an employe of Green, was to paint two fire stations, using Green’s equipment and paint. Green, in testifying, admitted that he was to receive a per cent of the contract price. {SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] CROWN POINT, Ind., Feb. IO.— The age-old system by which school fund loans have been made in the past by the county government, was abolished yesterday by the board of county commissioners. Under the old system, Anton Tapper, Louis Mott, aud, Henry Masse, all of Hammond, appraised North township loans and received $3 plus milage for each appraisal. Earl Cole, John Fisher and Eugene Prohl, all of Crown Point, appraised loans for the remainder of the county at the.'sa-qe rate. Under the new system introduced by the county commissioners yesterday, applicants for loans must pay the cost of appaisals before they are made and thus assure the county government this revenue. Charles Baran, president of the board, who sponsored the change, explained that in the past loans were made and the necessary fees never were collected In a large number of cases. He cited numerous defaulted loans, some of them several years old. This loss, he said, must be sustained by the county unless action to foreclose is instituted. Mr. Baran decried the looseness with which some of these loans allegedly were made. He said that in the future, loans will be effected only after the most careful scrutiny of the applicants’ ability to retire them. BURNHAM MAN HELD {SPECIAL TO THE TIMES] CROWN POINT, Ind., Feb. I 0.—Lake county taxpayers will save $200,000 a year through the employment of a purchasing agent with supervision over all county purchases and contracts, Charles Baran, president of the board of county commissioners, informed his colleagues yesterday. Ile announced that he will ask the county council to appropriate $5,000 at their forthcoming meeting Feb. 17 and 18 with which to pay the annual salary of such an agent. “The county spends $1,000,000 a year for supplies," Mr. Baran said. “I believe that if these supplies were purchased in the same manner that private corporations buy their necessities, we could save at least $200,000 a year.” Mr. Baran aded that purchases In the past have been made with little regard for economy. This was caused, he said, by the lack of a central purchasing department with powers to authorise all expenditures on a business-like basis. PASS ON ALL CONTRACTS He would establish such a department with full authority to pass on all contracts and purchases. This authority, he said, would extend over every department in the county government, including the poor farm, the tuberculosis sanatorium, the highway department, and all of the elective offices. “Our purchasing agent,” he continued, “would be an expert in that field. He would be experienced in all of the manifold details of marketing conditions, price fluctuations, and similar technical matters. “Furthermore, he would operate under the direct supervision of the commissioners’ court through the medium of requisitions and carefully itemized claims for purchases. Thus, in that manner, every taxpayer would have the opportunity to scan all purchases and contracts in detail. They would know how much was paid for each article, from whom it was purchased, and how much other competitors would sell It for." Mr. Baran would pay this agent $5,000 a year. That Is the amount he will ask the county council to appropriate next Wednesday when the councilmen meet in special session to authorize an issue of $400,-000 in scrip. BOB RUSSELL IS DEAD AT CEDAR LAKE Restaurant Man Had Color-(ul Lite at Summer Resort BIG JAPANESE OFFENSIVE IS THREATENED TODAY {SPEC!A* TO THE TIMES] CROWN POINT, Ind., Feb. IO.— Robert Russell, who has been in the limelight at frequent intervals through his long residence at Cedar Lake, where he operated a restaurant, died last night at his home after an illness of two weeks with heart disease. He was 75 years old. Last summer Russell was indicted for manslaughter after he had fatally stabbed Julius Horst, Crown Point painter and decorator, who had called at the Cedar Lake resort in an effort to collect a bill. Because there were no witnesses to the killing and Russell claimed he had been threatened, the charge was dropped last fall. Later Russell through court action made a financial settelment with the widow. Russell’s last bid for publicity came only a few weeks ago when he contracted his fifth marriage. He had alternately been the husband of two women, Mrs. Ollie Russell and Mrs. Mae Russell, marrying Ollie twice and Mae, his final choice, three times. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from the Linton chapel in Crown Point. The body will be taken to Oak Ridge cemetery, Chicago, for burial. By H. R. EKINS (United Press Staff Correspondent) (Copyright, 1932, by United Press) SHANGHAI, Feb. IO.—The Japanese air force swung into action today all along the front from Shanghai to Woosung in a desperate effort to blast ou the Chinese, but the tattered Chinese flag still fluttered in the cloudy grey sky. A general offensive was feared. Japanese bombers zoomed low, dropping tons of high explosives. Chinese anti-aircraft guns and a handful of swift pursuit planes harassed the attacking aerial fleet. The air attack was reinforced by heavy shell fire from the Japanese artillery positions. Salvo after salvo was fired broadside into Chapei. On the Woosung front IO miles below Shanghai, Japanese warships continued broadsides to reduce the Chinese fortifications to submission. The Chinese executed a Japanese steamboat captain captured on board his ship off Lunghua arsenal above Shanghai. The Japanese was taken, to military headquarters. After a summary hearing, he was shot. Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura, commanding Japanese forces, as-sertel that the “Japanese navy is attempting to restore order.” “We are seeking to maintain our (Continued on Page Six) U. S. OPERATIVE ADDRESSES N.I. LAW OFFICERS Law enforcement officials from a wide territory gathered at noon today at the Rothschild restaurant in Hammond for the monthly session of the Northern Indiana Law Enforcement association. Chief Callan of the Chicago area of U. S. Secret Service and Tim Galvin, Hammond attorney, were the principal speakers following the luncheon. President Tom Martinson had booked the government operative because his experiences have show'n that crimes committed either on the railroads, in the cities, or in the industries were committed by the same criminals and it was thought that a realization of this would result in even closer cooperation among the different law enforcing groups. Mr. Galvin was chosen because of the stirring address on law enforcement which he delivered recently at the banquet of the Hammond chapter of Fraternal Order of Police. ACTION OF PHYSICIANS UNCERTAIN Information as to What They Will Do at Medical Meeting Unobtainable FAR EAST CRISIS No information could be obtained at press tKme today whether or not the Lake County Medical society will consider the all-important is sue of full-time, or salaried, physicians for township patients at their regular meeting tomorrow night in the Mercy hospital at Gary. Dr. E. M. Shanklin, of Hammond, secretary of the society, referred the reporter to Dr. Joseph Pugh, of Hammond, president. Dr. Pugh, however, could not be reached at his office this morning. His secretary reported that he will not be in his office until this afternoon. The issue at stake involves the elimination of the present fee system for treating township indigents. Members of the Lake County Medical society long have opposed the discontinuance of the fee system. Recently, the issue was complicated by the announcement of County Commissioners Charles Baran and Richard Bielefeld that they are vested with the legal authority to employ township doctors on a fulltime, or salaried, basis. They said they would invoke this (Continued on Page Sir I MRS. YAGER IS DEATH VICTIM Mrs. Cora Yager, widow of the late Frank Yager, died last night at St. Margaret’s liopsital. She resided at 1022 Bauer street, Hammond. Mrs. Yager, who was 56 years old, had resided in Hammond 22 years. She leaves a son, George E. Frederick, and a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Adams. The body will lie in state at the Emmerling chapel after 3 o’clock this afternoon and the funeral will be held there at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. Elmer Jones will officiate and the Order of Eastern Star will participate in the service. The body will be taken to Cedar Park cemetery. Chicago for burial. m my CARS, POULTRY, RIKE ARE GOM MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Feb. IO.— Relatives of William Doe, 41 years old, of Burnham, III., will be without the liquor that he promised to deliver to them for a celebration. Doe was arrested by the night car squad, Patrolmen Arthur Menke and Walter Stults at the intersection of Chicago and Ninth streets this morning at 3:45 o’clock. The Illinois man was stopped for investigation and.the six one-gallons cans filled with alcohol were detected inside the auto. Police at first were skeptical of the authenticity of the name Doe which he gave, but Sergeant Richard Fritz finally recognized the man as a former Michigan City resident and an employe at the Pullman plant. Doe wan arraigned before City Judge Robert E. Glasscott this morning when he pleaded guilty to three charges, transporting booze, driving while intoxicated and the unlawful possession of liquor. Judge Glasecott withheld sentence ordering Doe to be brought before the court Friday when judgment would be imposed. His bond was set at $1000. The Burnham man said that he was transporting the boo e to the home of his father-in-law. UNFILLED U. S. STEEL TONNAGE NEW YORK, Feb. IO.— (I.N.S.)— Unfilled tonnage of the U. S. Steel corporation during January decreased 87,203 tons to a total of 2,648,150 tons, according to Its monthly report released today. Unfilled orders of 2.648,150 tons on Jan, 31, 1932, compared with 2,-735,353 tons on Dec. 31, 1931, 2,933,-891 on Nov. 30. 1931, and 4,132,351 tons on Jan. 31, 193L Two automobiles, a bicycle and some poultry were reported to Hammond police as stolen within the last 24 hours. The automobiles were the Oakland sedan of E. S. Rose, 6427 Madison avenue, and the Essex coach of G. B. Lanman, 6331 Forest avenue. The Rose car was stolen from the home garage and the I^anman car was stolen after It had been parked on Sibley street, just vest of Hoh-man avenue. The stolen bicycle belonged to the son of Dr. M. F. Sullivan, 6426 Mor-rafne avenue. It was taken from the garage. Mrs. Margaret Bartoszek, 4605 Oak avenue, lost the poultry. Her hen coop wa* entered last night. Some chickens and ducks are missing but Mrs. Bartoszek isn’t certain how many. NO HOPE FOR BABE’S SANITY NEW YORK, Feb. IO.—(U.P.)— Baby Diana Moore’s “1000-to-l chance for sanity" was wiped out today as noted surgeons said there is no hope for her to be other than an idiot. They examined the 13-month-olfl child when her mother, Mrs. Lillian Moore, 19, demanded a sanity-or-death operation for it. “The child is microcepholic," an official statement by the Neurological Center said. “She had a congenitally undeveloped brain and nervous system. She cannot be benefitted by any surgical proceed-ure.” Mrs. Moore took her child back home today. She said she would spend lier life trying to teach the child to use its arms and legs properly, a function its brain ailment now prevents. CAR IS PUSHED OFF CONCRETE; 2 ARE UNHURT Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharp, who reside at 7345 Northcote avenue, in the Woodmar district of Hammond, escaped injuries Tuesday afternoon when their car was forced off the pavement into a ditch east of the Kennedy avenue viaduct on Michigan street. They were driving west when a truck, also westbound, swerved and forced their car off the concrete. The sedan was badly damaged, but the. occupants were unhurt. The truck was driven by Earl Jennings. Clarence Miller, 13, of 855 Truman street suffered a two-inch laceration along his left ear last evening in an accident at Calumet avenue and Truman street. He had started across Calumet on foot and was knocked down by a car driven by William Curtis, 6405 Calumet avenue. Curtis took the boy to St. Margaret's hospital for treatment. Denzil Sanders, 455 Michigan et., was arrested last night after his car collided with an ornamental light post on Michigan street, between Sohl and Jesse avenues. He is charged with reckless driving. NELSON NAMED TO STATE POST BY GOV. LESLIE Two members of the state board of pharmacy, who came to Hammond this morning, brought first announcement that Gov. Harry G. Leslie had approved the board's appointment of C. Robert Nelson of Hammond as inspector for the board of pharmacy. Mr. Nelson is the son of Carl E. Nelson, Hammond pharmacist, and BULLETIN NINETEEN BOLTE ARMY HEADQUARTERS, SHANGHAI. Feb. IO.—(U.P.)—The Japanese were accused by Chinese army headquarters today of “perfidy** In trying to “draw the fire” of the international settlement’s foreign troops upon the Chinese. A statement issued by the route army headquarters called the world's attention to what it claimed was a plan of the Japanese to entangle the Chinese In the wrath of the foreign patrols of the International settlement. The Chinese have been warned by the powers of the settlement against retreating into or violating the settleemnt. BULLETIN WASHINGTON, Feb. IO <U. P.)—The destroyer Parrott, now senior United States naval vessel at Nanking, deported to the navy department today that OI American citizens are remaining at that city, and the situation there la quiet. BULLETIN WASHINGTON, Feb. IO.—<I.N. S.)—Evacuation of American residents of Shanghai has been considered by officials here as one of the possible eventualities, hut the step will not be seriously contemplated    until the American consul    general ad vises that conditions wnrrant It. It was with the possibility of evacuation in mind that the major part of the Asiatic fleet was rushed to Shanghai to “stand by.” The American    government would be loath to order the evacuation as it would mean leaving millions    of dollars worth of American property at the mercy of Chinese and Japanese forces. Big» Kiggpi 111 -*>V sSorMimail SALARY REDUCTIONS ARE DISCUSSED INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. IO.—(U.P.) —Salary reductions for government officials were discussed today by the state tax survey committee in a public meeting at the statehouse. The topic was the first taken up in the committee's consideration of various proposals for retrenchment in government expenditure. Another phase of the subject will be aired at a public meeting February 25, when revision of the highway system will be discussed. Education and its relation to the cost of government will be the topic for discussion at a meeting March IO. C. ROBERT NELSON for the last two years has been manager of the Nelson Drug store in Calumet City. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Purdue university with Ph. C. and B. S. degrees, is a registered pharmacist in both Indiana and Illinois and has many years of retail experience to fit him for this position. His duties w’ill be to inspect the drug stores and other places of business, where drugs are sold, and see that the I harmacy and drug law's of the state are being complied with. He expects to move to Indianapolis March I to take up his official duties and establish his office in the state house. BULLETIN SHANGHAI. Feb. IO.—(I.N. SD—A fighting unit of 24 Chinese women soldiers was wiped oat in a brave defense of the village of Woosnng when it was invaded by Japanese forces two days ago, It was revealed today. The modern Amazons, fully armed with old-fashioned rifles and long bayonets, had been guarding the road on the outskirts of the village, according to C’nrl Lemoke and Harvey Dunean, American business men who encountered them Monday. Today the two Americans returned to the village for .the purpose of photographing the strange soldiers, only to learn that Japanese now occupied the posts which had been held by the women troops, and that the wnmeu had been wiped oat la the Japanese advnnrr. MCLEER IS SUFFERING FROM ORDEAL Veteran Hammond Lawyer Confined to His Home as Trial’s Aftermath William J. McAleer, veteran Hammond attorney, today is confined to his home as the aftermath of the nervous strain to w'hich he wi subjected w'hile representing Peter W. Meyn, president of the closed First Trust and Savings bank, of Hammond, in the Jasper Circuit court at Rensselaer yesterday. From his home, he issued the following statement in collaboration with Joseph Conroy, the other defense attorney. “Prosecuting Attorney Robert G. Estill had his cases perfectly prepared and demonstrated the attitude of a great prosecutor, in that when the law was satisfied, he let his kindly traits aid in softening the pain that follows from such an unfortunate occurrence." The two defense lawyers refer to the plea which Mr. Estill made for deferring sentence upon Peter W. Meyn until May 5. Mr. Estill agreed with the defense that Mr. Meyn can accomplish more good in assisting in the liquidation of his enormous estate, than he could by going to prison. “I am more interested in helping the creditors and depositors of Mr. Meyn’s bank than I am in sending Mr. Meyn to jail right away,” the prosecutor said. As a result of his plea, Special Judge Elmore Barce deferred sentence until May 5, but he informed the lawyers that he will not grant another continuance at that time. I ENACTED IN COURT Father and Son Admit Their Guilt and Kindly Judge Passes Sentence lo.. BULLETIN MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Feb. -I .P.)—Walter Meyn, SS* former vice president of the closed First Trust md Savings bank, Hammond, became No. 1511*0 as he entered the Indiana state prison today. Meyn, who pleaded guilty to a charge of making unauthorized loans, began serving a two to 14 year term. (BY A TIMES STAFF MAN) RENSSELAER, Ind.. Feb. I 0.—Hammond’s once richest family felt the stunning blow of adversity yesterday afternoon at the hands of a philosophical, small town jurist. Deserted by their friends and by the host of men who, at one time owed their entire fortunes to the financis.l astuteness of this family, Peter W. Meyn and his son, Walter president and vice-president respectively of the closed $8,000,000 First Trust and Saving* bank, of Hammond, entered pleas of guilty to charges alleging violation of state banking laws. With them was their employe* and friend, Adam H. Dorsch, assistant secretary-treauurer of th* institution. He also plead guilty to* a similar charge. BID LAST GOOD-BYE When the court proceedings vers concluded, Walter Mej n and Adam Dorsch bid a tearful and painful good-bye to the loyal members of their immediate fami ies who remained at their side to the last, and prepared to spend the next two years, and maybe lodger, in th* state penitentiary at Michigan City. The elder Meyn, white-haired and suffering from a seve *e throat affliction, wa* granted a stay of sentence until May 5 so that he may aid in liquidating his enormous estate for the benefit of his creditor* and depositors of the t>ank. Stark drama tinged the entir* court proceedings as the three defendants went through the cumbersome legal procedure. And above it all, the earthly, philosophical personality of Special Judge Elmore Barc^ small country lawyer of Fowler, shone with sympathetic brilliance. JUDGE IS PAINED Obviously, the legal necessity of sending two young men to jail for a period of two to 14 years, pained the kindly old judge. L is clear blue eyes at times gazed vrtth fatherly solicitude upon the prisoners. But he was powerless to evade the dictates of legal justice, or of manmade laws as Walter Meyn oalled them. “Go to jail determined to com* back honest men," he advised them, “for ft you conquer your own soul, you conquer the world ” These words softened the blow that had fallen on men who, at on* time, had enjoyed th 9 confldenc* and the respect of the r fellowmen, and who, at one time, h id controlled the financial destiny of their community. The arraignment of Peter W. Meyn was especially dramatic. There he stood before the bar of justice, white-haired and crushed by the adversities of the list year. His silver-haired wife, partner in his brilliant success and fellow sufferer in his difficulties, bravely sought to encourage ler husband with her tear-filled ey*>s. HUSH IN COURTROOM Mr. Meyn said little as he faced Judge Barce. His threat affliction caused the muscles in his neck to contract. He spoke with difficulty when he uttered the f Ueful word, “Guilty!’’ Judge Bares looked out into the distance of the open window. An ominous hush spread over the courtroom, filled with curious townsfolk of this sleepy village. Tears welled into the eyes of the aged banker. His lav/yers gazed pensively at their hand I spread before them. The tenseness continued fnr several moments in the strained silence of conflicting human emotions. It finally was broken by William J. McAleer, veteran attorney of Hammond, who was defending Mr. Meyn. “Your honor," Mr. McAleer said in a low voice, “this defendant has turned over his entire fortune to the creditors and depositors of the bank. He is now serv ng without pay to help United States Commissioner Charles Surprise trustee of the estate, to liquidate it. Mr Surprise informed me and the prosecuting attorney that he would not know what to do with "he comfier; estate without the assistance of Mr. Meyn. DUE TO GO UNDER KNIFE Then, too, the defendant is afflicted with a serious throat ailment and will soon be forced to un- (Continued on Pagf Sis)

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