Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - March 10, 1938, Oakland, California
OAKLAND'S ONLY LOCALLY OWNED, LOCALLY CONTROLLED DAILY NEWSPAPER QFribune EXCLUSIVE ASSOCIATED PfUSS WIR.EPHOTO UNITED THE TRIBUNE? DELIVERY SERVICE IS GUARANTEED If your Tribune does not arrive, phont TEmplcbar 6000 before p.m. (Sunday! a. m.) Paper will be sent at oner VOL. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1938 15 D NO. 69 BUSINESS BETTER HERE Citizenship THAN ANYWHERE: JEFFERS Rush Caused By Pensions Union Pacific President Says Times Are Bad Throughout Rest of Country Business on the Pacific Coast is better than in any other section of the country, William M. Jeffers, new president of I the Union Pacific Railroad, said today in San Francisco. Jeffers came to California to attend the 21st annual "ban- quet of the Pacific Railway Club, to be held tonight in the Palace Hotel. "Business is bad throughout the .United he de- Applications Swamp Bureau Since Social Security Law Passage WANTS DIVORCE HONORED Dr. Mary E. Woolley, presi- dent emeritus of Mount Holyoke College, has been awarded an honorary de- gre of doctor of laws by Mills College. photo. World Menaced Says Dr. Woolley Brute Force Perils Nations, Says Speaker At Mills College Rite Use the sifts of power of thought, j of beauty and spirit to foster har- monious relations with the rest of the world. Thai appeal was mnde to the stu- dents of Mills College by Dr. K. Woolley, president emeritus of Mount Holynke Colleen, and a noted peace advocate, who addressed the student assembly in Lissor Hall yes- terday. Before her speech. Dr. Woolley was presented with an honorary degree of doctor of The pres- entation was made by Mrs. Marian Stebbins. acting president, in the absence of Dr. Aurclia Henry Rein- hardf. president. "Brute force is the great danaer nf the day in which we Dr. Wnnlley said. Dr. Woolley cifcd as examples Sialin. Mussolini and Hitler. She is an advocate of the League of Na- tions. The assembly was preceded by an academic procession of students and faculty Dr. Woolley will address the San Francisco Commonwealth Club luncheon tomorrow and will leave for the South Sunday. United States Naturalization Bu- reau offices in Oakland and Sanj Glared. "But on the West Francisco, as well as throughout the] Coast we find it better thai! 111 j Nation, are being swamped with j any other section." applications for citizenship since thei Commenting on the recent j enactment of the old HRC security; Interstate Commerce Commis- j law, officials reported today. j sion decision, granting a 10 per cent Men and women who have been increase in freight the grav- iin tnr United Stairs for from 30 to' Go years or more are filing their first haired railroad president, who rose citizenship papers to take advantage! to his present position from a yard Of the new law, but they will not be! call boy, said: j able to benefit until two years has! "The railroads in general had I elapsed. Ihe naluralizauon law requires a been hopeful lhat the increase period of ,wo ycal.s ,rom ,he (jme would be larger bul we are williu; first arc taken nut until the to areepl the decision in good spirit applicant is admitted lo citizenship, and do the best we can with it. twu vears nian.v of the applicants must be taught to i MORE BUSINESS NEEDED road and write, as that is part of "It must be made perfectly clear 'no-requirements for citizenship, that an upward trend in business isfBASIS FOR DENIAIj necessary or the rnte increase will' An avowcd "Mention of citizenship for the purpose of bene- fiting under the old-age security law is a basis for denying the appli- cation, officials said. Many of the aliens frankly give this as their reason. "The social security legislation in providing old-age security has cre- ated nn unprecedented condition in the Naturalization Bureau." said Paul C. Armstrong, assistant distinct director of immigration and natur- alization for Northern California. "We are being literally swamped by men and women who have Jived in this country for several score years and have never become citi- zens. CONTINUOUS PARADE "It is; a continuous parade of the I halt, the lame and the blind. .The majority of these persons are on relief, and if they become natural- ized they will receive practically twice as much a month under the Federal old-aye assistance as they do now iVom Stale relief funds. This is what they want. "Many nf these people cannot even read or write their native lan- guage. Except for a few spoken words, they know no English. They even seem surprised when they arc told they must file first papers no matter how long they have been in this country." Joseph Kingston, deputy Alamcdn- County clerk in charge the nat- uralization office in the Courthouse, said applications for citizenship had mean nothing." Despite the recent storm damage thrbughout California, which Jef- fers said cost his railroad from to in damages, the agricultural outlook is good, no reported. "And when crops arc good, busi- ness for the railroads is he said. "The railroads depend a lot on the agricultural output." Jeffers said he had no idea of the cause of the business recession. "I can see no good reason lor the wish I knew what really caused he added. "The future situation is perplexing. ON PRIVATE PAYROLLS "The great h.ope. for 'a return to normalcy lies in puUing people back on private payrolls where they belong." Jeffers. who due lo his position as j head uf one uf the Nation's largest i railroad tystcms is <.'ne of the great- est employers of labor, expressed the utmost confidence in labor unions as represented in the rail- roads. "The various unions of railroad workers represent the finest type of organized labor and provide: an ex- ample.for all others to lie said. Of labor unions in general, Jef- fers commented: "They must respect 1hcir con- tracts with the employer. They must remember that capital is entitled lo a fair return on its investment. STRIKES. STRIFE MUST END "They must stop these incipient, run-away strikes, and the fight be- tween the A. F. of L. and the C. I. O., with business in the squeeze, must cease. "It is hotter to have a lot of cm- ployed men and women at fair! Aahmcs Temple of the Shrine, and wages than a few at high wages." JMrs. Gillis, will be honored at'a for- Speaking on the- Government reg- mal reception and at the Hotel illation of the railroads as carried Oakland, Saturday night, nn through the Interstate Commerce: Other events pbinned by Ihe Commission, Jeffers praised the Shriners during thp coming weeks work of the I. C. C.. but said it! include a Saint Patrick's Day parly, j should be expanded to lake in all Wednesday, in the Shrine Audi-jatirj Jn increased months. many fold in recent Shriners to Honor Chief Saturday Potentate Kenneth C. Gillis of Mrs. Velma Capone, 28. blond wile of Ralph Ca- pcne, brother of the one- time Chicago gang czar now serving lime at Alea- traz, filed suit for divorce in Chicago today charging P. Wircphoto. Capone's Brother Sued for Divorce CHICAGO, Mnrch Velma Capone filed suit for divorce today against Ralph Cnpone, brother of Al Capone, charging cruelly. It also charged him with having "beaten, struck, pinched and choked" her. Capone was described in the bill Statistician Hits Parity For Stockton Lowering of Freight Rote Would Upset Whole Structure, Claim Lowering of the terminal freight rate for the Port of Stockton would be a discrimination against San Francisco Bay terminals, according to testimony given before a Federal Maritime Commission hearing in San Francisco today by M. J. Mc- Carthy, statistician for ;i San Fran- cisco traffic concern. McCarthy was called to the stand as the second witness against the valley port's move fur rates on a par with those charged in other coast I harbors, a campaign being com- j batted by ship concerns and the Ports of Oakland and San Francisco. Under direct 'examination by Chalmers G. Graham, counsel for various steamship lines involved, and Murhell C. Baer. attorney for Ihe Port of Oakland, McCarthy sub- mi tied technical ciala tending to show that the overall rale from any California point lo various Euro- pean ports is virtually the same. WOULD UPSET RATES Removal of the differential which now exisls between the Stockton and Bay rales, he testified, would upset Ihe entire rate structure and work a disadvantage on interests having heavy Investments in Bay .Kirnors. Following the noon recess Mc- Carthy was submitted lo cross- examination by J. Richard Town- send, Stockton port attorney. At the hearing under subpenn, but not called during the morning session, were Mark H. Gales, secre- tary of the State Board of Harbor Commissioners al San Francisco, and C. D. Cavallero, president of the California Prune and Apricot Growers' Association of San Jose. DUE TO TAKE STAND Both men brought records of Ihci organization and were expected lo lake Hie stand laic in Ihe after- noun. The nature of their testimony was not disclosed in advance. Examiner Robert Kumiss esti- mated, at the close ot the morn in; session, thai the hearing would con- tinue through nr.xt week. Stockton has already presented its case. in receipt of come." 'a substantial in- forms of transportation, railroads, highways, waterways and air. Jeffers will leave tomorrow for Los Angeles, where he will spend a few days before returning to his headquarters in .Omaha. torium, a Gillis by reception member.- for Potentate of Rockridgn Lodge Mnrch 22, .at Rockridge Hall. 544D College Avenue, and an April Fool's dance and Big Apple [contest in Ihe Auditorium, April 2. Capone Discharged From Hospital Al Capnne, one-time Chicago been discharged 7. prison hospital ork in the prison yard, il was reported today. A month aeo Capone was placed in the hospital following a mental breakdown. Al thai time it was believed he was to be transferred lo a Federal prison hospital. Wreckage Points Sea Death of Two SALINAS, March wreckage of a small rowboat scat- tered along the beach near Ilio Del Mar today mutely told of the fate of Ted Heneckcn. of Monterey, and Ernest Culler, of Oakland, as vic- tims of a stormy sea, it was believed relatives. The fishermen were last seen 01 the evening of March 1, as they rowcn away from the Moss Landing wharf in high waves whipped up by nn off-shore gale. They were headed for thrir motor fishing craft anchored a half-mile off shore in Monterey Bay. An intensive week-long search was ended when' H. .1. Hnneken, father; Andrew Hcneken, a brother, and the wife and 6-year-old daugh- ter of the- missing fisherman, dis- covered bits of a skiff strewn .on the sands. MEN 0' WAR UNLIMBER BIG GUNS FOR BIG WAR GAMES Styles Gets Year In Jail, Probation Samurl W. Styles, 35, son of the late deputy district attorney, Harry StylcF. today was placed on proba- tion for six years, with a one-year torm in the County Jail as a provi- sion of the sentence. Sentence was pronounced by Su- perior Judge Edward J. Tyrrell, be- fore whom Styles had pleaded guilty to a charge of grand theft preferred by a finance company from which I he had assertedly embezzled large k Bums. The specific charge was based fon embezzlement of Styles was arrested January 16 in Dodge City, Kans., and pleaded guilty when returned here by officers, Sales Head Held On Income Charges Arraignment of Norton Fried- lander, executive of a San Fran- risco motor sales company, was con- tinued today until March 17 when he appeared before U. S. District Judge A. R St. Sure on a charge (of income tax evasion. Frirdlandor was indicted -by the Federal Grand Jury for allegedly having failed to pay some in [axes during the period from 1028 !o 1H32. Bail was reduced from to S2500 today at the request of Fricdlnnder's attorney, Charles F. JUNGLE GOLD COLONY PROMOTER ARRESTED Aldmedan Accused of Securities Law Violation With Exploration Scheme Heavy Snows Veil Fate Of Air Liner Schemes which, police said, included the mining of fabu- lously wealthy gold claims, purchase of a luxurious schooner, colonization of the virgin Honduras jungles and establish- ment of a strange religious cult, caused the arrest today of "Dr." R. A. Lassitcr, 40, of 1332 High Street, Alamcda. j lie was charged with one count of attempted grand theft; FRESNO. March and two counts of violating the State corporate securities act. mountain snows which blanket the Hope for Finding Lost Plane Wanes Until Spring Thaws Arrive With guns ready, this nest of U. S. destroyers stood ready today to churn through Pacific waters for six weeks of naval beginning Monday. The theater of operations extends from Alaska to Hawaii and west to the Asiatic coast. The two gun turrets marked "E" proclaim perfect marksman- ship of the crews. These are new P. photo. He pleaded not guilty before Police Judge Chris B. Fox. The preliminary hearing was set for March 14. Skepticism of Howard Grafton. -17. veteran miner, when the "Doctor" t spoke freely of "panning" in! gold from the rich sands of Hon- duran streams in two hours, led to the arrest of the self-styled "empire builder." Oration lives at 2557 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland. COLONIZATION PLAN The colonization plan, according lo police, including the recruiting of University of California students .with requisite "financial back- "young blood'' for the South American "get rich quick" colony. Lassiler was arrested al his rooms by Oakland Police Inspectors J. C. R. MacDonald and C. C. Covill, after he chatted engagingly about the plans, the officers said. Part of the scheme, MacDonald said, was to found "The Mythical Order of Ihe Ancient Miirac Crucis" with Lassitcr as "chief imperial im- in Ihe jungle ''paradise." In spile of the fact, however, that Hit: "doctor" spoke glibly of 'mil- lions lo be made in South America, MacDonald said the man had pawned his suit for here on March 2. According to Grafton, he'went to see "Dr." Lassiter in answer to a newspaper ad which said: ''Scientific wants men. some money, join organization, open new country, plenty of gold, oil, timber and water, New schooner, equipment, new ORGANIZED IN Lnssitcr, he said, declared he had a 400-sq uarc-m i le concession in Honduras with an option lo buy 1100 square miles additional land. He was asked lo invest from 5500 to in membership in the "American Scientific Congress, a California corporation. Officers said the.corporation was organized as a non-profit organiza- tion on September' II, ]fti7. They added that in I93R Lassiter, on a similar pretext, obtained.' a boot through public subscription, but turned back after they were 50 miles on their way to "riches" be- cause the boat was "unseaworthy." MacUonald said when liu de- manded security for nny investment. "Dr." R. A. Lassiter pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges today after his ar- rest in connection with a Honduras gold mining pro- motion plan. he might make Lassiler told him a Slli.OUO insurance policy on the schooner he was purchasing would protecl him. Lassiler admitted. MacDonald said, lo having asked Theodore A. Mc- Cown, 1G11 Scenic Avenue, Berke- ley, instructor In anthropology at the University of California, to supply him with a list of students who might wish to make the trip. He said McCown refused. According to MacDonald, 13 "pio- neer investors" would work during the first year of colonization re- imbursing themselves and excess profits would be used lo bring new "colonists" to the scene. Later, as the profits rolled in, "royalties" high mountains, hide the T. W.-A airliner in an area which has been virtually combed from the air in the week-old search. Two planes took off again today from Chandler Field to resume I what is generally conceded .by the searchers as an almost hopeless tfisk. I Experience has told the air search- ers the sky liner, if it the Sierra, will be a snow-coveted shape, in no way resembling a plane, and will not be found until the snow melts. V' NO CLUES FOUND T. W. A. officials said the hunt from the air today will cover van area- south of the east leg of the air line's radio beam, embracine mountain country 50 miles south and 100 miles east of the Big Creefc district, where the plane last was seen the night of its disappearance. A ground crew headed by Lewis Goss of the air line is en route ,''tp Fresno after questioning residents of mountain areas in the vicinity of Portervillc, three rivers Bakersfield without obtaining a tangible clue. (loss reported by telephone he had learned of several conflicting re- ports of planes heard the night the airliner disappeared, but the air line's officials still regard the Bass Lake and Big Creek sections as the most likely territory in which to center the hunt. KEEP UP SEARCH Air line's officials said they in- tended keeping at least one plane engaged in the aerial search in- definitely. They said they will de- pend upon volunteers and forest rangers for the ground search until such time as some tangible clue'is obtained or the plane is sighted from Ihe air. Weather conditions in the area searched today were reported fair, with the anticipated new .storm ap- proaching off the Pacific Coast holding oft San Franciscan Dies On Hawaii Visit Winfield Scott Vanderburg, 89, resident of San Francisco for the last 30 years and a former senator in Ihe Oregon Legislature, died Tuesday at Honolulu, according''to would be paid to the orginal group, word received here. WHERE THE BIG GUNS ARE MANUFACTURED This is one of Ihe few existing photographs outside of Navy Department files showing interior of the naval gun factory on the Anacostia River near Washington, D. C. Here" 8000 men are constantly employed building or repairing naval guns. The guns are rebored- after firing a limited number !of P. Wirephoto.