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M. LG AZINE BRE00 STER SECTION HERALD VOL. 32 BREWSTER HERALD Friday, June 3, 1932 No. 1 a m News Review of Current Events the World Over Norfolk Boat Builder Confesses Cruel Hoax in Lindbergh Case---Terrible Tragedy at Sea---Gossip of National Polities. By EDWARD REAKING down under long testis. ued examination, John H. Curtis, the Norfolk boat builder who had put himself forward as an intermediary in the Lindbergh baby W. H, Stevens case, confessed to In- specter Harry Wal/h of the Jersey City po- lice that his story was a hoax and his "negotiath)ns" w i t It the kidnapers were en- tirely a fake. He sahl he never knew such persons as those lie named to Colonel Lindbergh ancl to meet whom the dis- tracted father made many trips to sea on a yacht in com- pany with Curtis. In his brief written confession of Ills cruel swindle Curtis said he "became insane on the subject for the time being, which caused me to create the story In Its enth'ety," and that he was "brought back to hls senses" by a telephone conversation with hls wife. Curtis' activities the night of the kidnaping were being investigated. He was locked up and later arraigned on charges of giving false reports that hindered the apprehension of the per- sons guilty of tim crime. If convicted he may be Imprisoned for three years or fined $1,000, or hoth. He waived preliminary hearing. Arrested In Brooklyn for abandoning his family, Frank Parzych, a thirty- year-old narcotic addict, told detec.- tires--and clung to the story after ,more than twelve hours of questioning --that he was one of a band of seven men wile kidnaped the chllq and that the bahy dled after the man carrying hlm down the ladder front the nursery window accidentally dropped him to the ground. The police were Inclined to believe this story was false. Though the authorities of the entire country are of course hunting for the kidnapers and nmrderers of the baby, New Jersey Is still the center of the .operations, and the Investigation there Is In the charge of William H. Stevens, attorney general of the state, and of Prosecutor Erwln Marshall of Mercer county. Neither of these men Is optl- ndstle, fearing the case will be added to the list of unsolved crimes because, as Mr. Marshall said, whatever trail there was is now virtually dead. Tim necessary excessive caution of tim pp. lice while the child was still thought to be alive lessened the chances for solving the mystery. However, Attor- ney General Stevens hy no means gave up. At a conference of state, federal and county police and investigators in Trenton, a plan was established for co-ordinating all activities in the hunt for the murderers. NE of the worst marine tragedies of recent years occurred near the entrance to the Gulf of Aden when the new French liner Georges Phlllppar of the Messagerles Marltlmes sudden- ly burst into [lames and was destroyed. The loss of life is uncertain at thls writing, bat probably about 100 per- sons perished. The survivors were picked up by several steamships and landed In different ports. Two Brlt- lsll vessels took 254 of them to Aden, and they said at least I00 of the thou- sand odd aboard the doomed shlp were trapped In their cabins. Many othelrs lost their lives in tim stormy sea. ROMINENT bankers anti industrial leaders, convinced that pul)lfc fear and uncertainty have prevented the federal reserve system's policy from taking full effect in the stimulation of recovery of prices and of prosper- lty, have formed a committee of twelve to aid in putting to work the hundreds of millions of dnllars being poured into the market ny the system in its program for credit expansion. These gentlemen gatlmred in New York at the call of George L. Har- rison, governor of the Federal Reserve bank of New York, with Owen D. Young as their ehalrntan. The follow- Ing statement was issued: "Governor Harrison of the Federal Reserve bank of New York has called together a conmdttee composed of bankers and Industrialists for tim pur pose of considering methods of mak- Ing the large funds now being released by the federal reserve banks useful affirmatively in devehtplng baslness. "Its purpose will also be generally to co-el)crate with the Iteconstruetlon Flnanee cnrporation and other agen- cies to se.eure more co-ordinated and so more ffeetlve action on the part W. PICKARD of the banking and industrial inter. ests." PEAKER GARNER put forth his own plan for depression relief, and It was indorsed by Representative Rainey, leader of the house. Its main features are : 1. Appropriation of $110,000,000 to be expended by the President In his discretion for the relief of destHutlon. 2. Increase of $1,(X)0,P00,0(X) in the borrowing power of the Reconstruc tlon Finance corporation for loans Lo state and local governments, corpora- tions and lndh'iduals for the purpose of lncreaslng employment. 8. A-bond Issue of $l,000,000,000 for construction of federal public works In the interest of revival of Indastry and increase of enq)loyment, this ex- pense to be met by a tax of on. third of one cent a gallon on gasoline. UR senators are not yet willing to give us real heer. even as part of a plan to bring relief to the unem- ployed. By a vote of 24 o 61 they re. Jected Senator Tydlng's amendment to the tax bill. This amendntent would have legalized 2.75 per cent beer with a tax of 24 cents a gallon upon it which was calcuh|ted to yield $200,000,- 000 annually for amortization of a construction bond Issue and an addi- tional $200.000,000 to $300,000,000 that would have allowed that amount to be stricken fl'om the tax bill. ITH the near approach of the Democratlc na|hmal convention speculation as to the chances of Gov. FrtLnklin D. Roosevelt for the nomlna. tion grows Intense. H I s pre.conventlon manager, James A. Farley still believes he will be r, ominated on the first roll call. lie asserts lloose- veil will be sure of 691 votes to 463 for all otler aspirants, and that before the tally clerk gets down as far as Wyoming and the Owes D. territories, e n o u g a Young states will change their votes from fa- vorite sons to put the New York governor across the two-thirds line-- 770 votes. One of tbe most prominent of the "dark horses" has taken hhnself def- initely out of the running. Owen D. Young, who had a large and hopeful body of supporters though he never had been an' avowed candhlste, made the "final" announcement that he would not accept the nomination If it were of- fered him. In a letter to John Crow- ley, publisher of [he Times of Little Falls, Young's home town, he said his reasons for this decision were "so con- trolling as not to be open for argu- ment." It was assumed the chief of these reasons was Mrs. Young's ill health. A L SMITH has by no means sur- rendered. In a radio address he set forth his personal 'platform con- taining planks designed to cure the Ill..' from which the country is suffer- Ing. The main features were: Balance the nathmnl budget, A manufacturers' sales tax to meet the $1,5(X),t)00,000 deficit. Redaction of national expenditures to an "Irreducible mln[mum." Opposition to a veterans" cash bonus. Repeal of the Eighteenth amend. ment. lnmmdlate modification of the Vol- stsad act, to permit wines and beer. His previously proposed bond Issue for public works to relieve unemldoy- meat, the bonds to be amortized by proceeds from a wine and beer tax. Defeat of Preshlent Hoover's pro- posal to relieve unemployn|ent through funds of the reconstruction finance board. Clothe the [ reshleut with power to extend, if need be. the nmratorlum on lnternathmal debts "until a real solution can be reached." Suppress "all blocs whlcli bedevil legislation." ENATOR WATSON of Indlana. majority leader of the senate, does not think congress can possll)le get through Its necessary business with out a summer session before June 14. when the Republican national conven- tion opens, so he proposed to other leaders of hoth parties that a recess be taken from .hme 4 to July 11 Speaker Garner demurred, believing all legislation can be disposed of be fore June 11, so a decision was post- poned until June 4. If it appears then that congress can end its work by June 11, the recess plan will not be pressed. OU T. IEICHEItS. a daring Amer- lean aviator, was the first of this year's crop of would-be transatlantic flyers, and he failed. Hopping off from Harbor Grace. he sought to fly to Paris with a landing at Dublin. But he got lost in the clouds when nearly across the ocean, came down not far from rhe south end of Ireland and was picked up by the steamship President Roosevelt, whose commander, Captain Fried, and chief officer, tlarry Man- nlng, have rescued many persons from death at sea. APT. ROBERT DOLI,AR, the aged and spectacular dean of the ship- ping and lumber industries of the Pa- ellis coast, died at his home in San Rafael, Calif., after an Illness of sev- eral weeks. Born in Scotland in 1844, he began work as a lad in Quehec and rose steadily to the dominant position he held al hls death. The coast guard lost ;ts able com- mandant when Rear Adndral F. C. Billard passed away In Washington, where lie reshled, lie was fifty.eight years old and had been ill two weeks. ENRY L. ST1MSON. secretary of state, returned from Geneva, says his conversations there convlm'ed him that Europe agrees wllll the United States on what can and must be done in regard to the far eastern situation and will co-operate with Uncle Sam. lte Is certain neither Japan nor Rus. sin wants war, and he indicates that the great powers will strive to keep the Manchnrlan trouble locallzed, at least for the present. Ilowever, the authorities tn Washington are rather alarmed by the military situation in Manchuria because of" the continued concentration of troops ahmg the frontier. APAN is in a state of ferment and the occhlental mind can scarcely figure out what the results may be. Premier Tsuyoshi lnukal was assas- sinated by a group of young army taen an 0 at the stuue time mil- itary terrorists raid- ed and hmnbed vari- ous buihllngs and did other damag in To- kyo. These events signalled the out- break of an actual roll. ltary revolt agatnst the existing govern- meat and its course T. Inukal in national and espe- e I a I I y international affairs, lnukal's cabinet resigned and plans were made to install Klsaburo Suzuki, new president of the Selyu- kai party, as premier. But tim rep resentatlves of the army served no. tire that a national cabinet must be formed not based on political par- ties. The vice cater of staff declared the army would refuse lo approve any nomination for war minister in a party cabinet. The constRution pro- vides that the war minister nmst be a general of the army, so the army can prevent the formation of any ministry that it disapproves. ARRY J. LEIK, superintendent el Mount McKinley National park In Alaska, and three companions climbed both peaks of the mountain, the first time this ever had b e e n accou|plished, and discovered that tragic disaster had befallen a group of scientists headed by Allen Carps who had attempted to scale the mountain for the pur- pose of measuring cosmic rays. Carpe himself and Theodore Koven lost their lives. K o v e n's body was Alen Carp found on M uldrow glacier, and it was certain that t'arpe had fallen into a crevasse. The lost leader was regarded as the ablest mountalneer In Amerh'a. He was working under the dh'eqtlon of ['rot. Arthur H. Compton of the University of Chicago, who had expected to Join him In Alaska to continue the cosmic ray study. Two other members of Carpe's party, E. P. Bekwltb and Percy T. el/on, Jr., both of New York, were safe. encaml,ed on the ghlcler. I,eik reported. Beckwith was seriously Ill with fever and was rescued by air- plane. N. D. Spadevcockia, also of the party, had left the camp to seek aid and was missing. OPE PlUS XI Issued an encyclical entitled "t,huritas ('hrlstl" In whh, h he called tile world to praye,', penance and mortification to save Itself from "'tile peril of terrorism slid anarchy" and "the still graver evils that are threatening." For this purpose he set aside a perh)d of eight ,lays for "rel)ar atlon" on the octave of the feast of the Sacred Heart, beginning June 8. (, 1932, Western Nuwspapez Uulon.I WASHINGTON NEWS ITEMS OF INTEREST Brief Resume of Happenings of the Week Collected for Our Readers. THE MARKETS Portland Wheat --r Big Bend bluestem, hard winter, 71c; soft white and western white, 61c; hard winter, northern spring and western red, 59c. Hay--Buying prices, f. o. b. Port land; Alfalfa, Yaklma, $14. Butterfat--Pound 13@15c. Eggs--Ranch, 13@14c. Hogs--Good to choice, $3.50@4.00 Cattle---Choice steers, $6.00@6.50 Lambs--Spring, $4.00@4.50. Sesttle Wheat--Soft white, western white, hard winter, 62c; western red, 61c; northern spring 63c; bluestem, 72c Eggs--Ranch, 13@15c. Butterfat--Pound 15c. Hogs--Good to choice, $4@4.15. Cattle--Choice steers, $6@6.50. Sheep--Spring lambs, $5@5.50. Spokane Cattle--Steers, good, $5.50@6.25. Hogs---Good to choice, $3.75@3.85. Lambs--Good to choice, $4.50@5.00. The Wilson Creek school dtstrt has voted a 3-mill extra tax levy need. ed to retain an accredited high school and six instructors. A gang of burglars operating in Top penish stole merchandise worth more than $1200 last week from tbe general store of E. M. Condon & Co. Resolutions favoring the substitu- tion of a state police system for the highway patrol have been adopted by the Okanogan county Pomona grange. Indians of the Yakima reservation have protested against paying the state of Oregon a $5 license fee to fish for salmon' in the Columbia river. Tetanus, or lockjaw, following a powder burn from a toy pistol, has taken the life of ll-year-old Bobby Clark of Seattle, after a desperate fight. Operation of the Kelso city library without any paid staff during June, July and August was decided upon by the library board at its meeting last week. Adolph Saarinen, 50, a bachelor, committed suicide near his home at Cloverdale, south of Kalama, last week by igniting a charge of dynamite against his body. Resumption soon of work on city of Seattle's Skagit light hydro-electric project appeared likely, as officials checked bids of three contractors for ]proposed construction. Walter V. Zelinsky, former deputy auditor of Pierce county, has been sen. tenced in the superior court to serve from three to five years in the state penitentiary for embezzlement of county funds. Two men held up the First National bank at Elms last week, scaplng with between $6000 and $7000 in cur- rency. In thelr haste to scoop the money from the vault they overlooked a bundle of $20 bills. As the result of an election ths Butte and Peach school districts are to be consolidated with the Creston district. The merger will make it possible for the Creston high school to retain its accreditation. Auburn has a new industry, de. signed to protect cabbage and cauli- flower plants from the root maggot, and it is to be manufactured commer- cially. Robert Bates and Ralph' Wal- ton will handle th output. About 2700 acres of slashing at Lake Cle Elum will be burned under super- vision ot Wenatchee national forest officials. The slashing and burning are incidental to .clearing land that will be submerged by the federal dam. Tacoma firemen have notified the city council that they will refuse to accept the 10 per cent cut in wages voted by the council. The present wages were voted by the people and it is claimed the council has no au- thority to reduce them. While Glen Womack, 11, and Claud Woodworth were fishing from a raft on swollen Yaldma river near Selah bridge young Womack lost his bal- ance, fell into the stream and was swept against a clmnp of willows on a partly submerged island. Glen Schuler, ex-Boy Scout, swam to the island and rescued the boy. They were pulled ashore with a rope by Deputy Sheriff GanG. A campaign against earwigs is be lng launched at Kelso, under the su- pervision of Miss Helen Caldwell ot Huntington, W. Va., who has special- izod in the extermination of pests for Several years. Her efforts will haye the support 9f the Kelso chamber Of commerce. A 2 per cent city tax on gross in. come of all public utilities operating in Aberdeen was propose d last week by the city council as a ean8 of raising r0venue. The matter was re- ferred to Mayor H. E. Bailey and Cor- poration Counsel E. E. Boner for in. vestigation. Bids for the Longview postoffice have been called and will be opened in Washington, D. C., on June 27, ac- cording to word from the national cap- itol. The plans, drawn by Bebb & Gould, Seattle architects, provide for a brick structure, with "the cost lim- ited to $210,000. An aftermath of an ill-fated picnic party which started from Seattle to Chehalis last summer was the award of Judgments by a jury to five per- sons, totaling $9940, against their host. The host, Louis Nockas, their suits said, hit a telephone while traveling 50 miles an hour, injuring them. Three men executed a daylight es. cape Sunday from the Clark county Jail at Vancouver by sawing the bars of their cell. Donald Green, who sawed out of his cell last summer and was caught several months later in Seattle, and J. L. Smith and Harvey Madding, were the three to make the break. Add to the annals of unusual haI penings: Seven year old Kenneth Ringstad fell asleep at the circus at Seattle last week, fell six feet from a bleacher seat,, broke his nose and bruised his elbow. His father, R. A. Ringstad, a fisherman, was watching a trapezist at the time, and did not see his son fall. Willard Abels and Kenneth Um- phres of Walla Walla report that they saw a hair seal about three feet long in the Tucannon river, Columbia coun- ty. Credence is given the report from the fact that chinook salmon spawn in the Tucannon. Seal follow the sal- mon run. The one reported was 400 miles from the ocean. The Scott Mills Dehydrating com- pany of Salem, Or., plans to immedi- ately erect a plant at Yelm to dry 500,000 pounds of blackcap raspber- ries. The berries to he dried will be used from the last part of the crop, which will relieve the growers of the problem of marketing berries of tbe second and third grades. Work is progressing rapidly on the $55,000 federal customs and immigra- tion building at the Canadian line, 12 miles north of Metaline Falls. A crew of 25 men are at work building the brick customs station building and two frame residences for the officers. The buildings are located within a few feet of the line, on the American "Oyster currency" totaling $30,000 will soon be in circulation in Raymond according to plans announced this week. The currency will bear a spe- cial "oyster motif" design and will be issued in denominations of 25c, 50c, $1 and $5, serially numbered. The scrip will be issued to deltositors in the defunct Raymond bank to the amount of 10 per cent of their proofs of claim. The'supposed granddaddy of all the razor clams was caught last week at Oyehut by George Stolz, Ocean City clam digger. The huge mollusk was seven inches long, slightly more than seven inches in girth and weighed exactly one pound. At the Warren- ton Packing company shed, where it was turned in, the weighers marveled. Fisheries department inspectors esti. mated that the clam was 6 years old. William Silhna and his sister, Mrs. Rose Aurltt, were killed last Monday when a bomb placed in their automo. bile went off Just as they were turn ing into a ranch they own two miles east of Presser. The explosion seal the gas tank 200 feet ahead ct the car, threw Mrs. Auritt's body 20 feet to one side of the car and hurled Sill man, who was driving the machine 75 feet away. The bodies were badly mangled. Superior Judge Otis W. Brinker de. clared at Seattle that he was sorry h could not impose a whipping post pun. ishment ou Edward Halverson, 21, of Tacoma., in sentencing him to a year in the county jail for beating a girl. Halverson was found guilty of second degree assault two weeks ago for beating he gave Miss Beulah DePew( 19, after a dance. A drinking party preceded it, testimony showed. De lense counsel served notice of appeal charging a blackmail vlot. BANK ROBBERS KILL A DEPUTY SHERIFF One of Murderous Gang in Michigan Caught. Grand Rapids, Mlch.--i)eputy Shpr- lff Charles Knapp of Lowell, tllirtyo eight fears old, was shot and killed and a ten-year-old boy was Wounded by four b andRs who a short Ilme pro: vlous had robbed a branch of the Grand Rapids Savings bank of $fi,07. James Ga]tagher, Detroit, who was take in custody by state police soon after the shooting of Knapp, was lden- tiled as one of the four bandits who robbed the bank. When identified, Sheriff Fred Kelly, Kent county, said Gallagher broke down and admitted "he nflght" have bad somethhtg to do g, lth the bank robbery but denied be- ing Implicated in the killing of Knapp. Followlng the robbery the handIts made a quick getaway in a large se- dan. Their route over M-21 was through Lowell, and Knapp was notl- fled to be on the outlook for them. Riding a motorcycle, he drove along- sh]e the automobile as It neared Low- ell. He ototloned the drh, er to stop, but Instead the bandits opened fire, a bullet penetrating Knapp's chest. He dled later in a ltospital. Kenneth Smltlh ten, Who was standing on the street In Lowell, was struck by a stray bullet. Less than one minute was requh'ed by the bandits in robbing the bank. The5 forced Cashier John Smitz to shove out what money was on the counters and made no attempt to en. ter lhe vault. Two tellers and two women clerks In the bank were not molested. Lovington, Ill.--Flve bandits armed with three machine guns took $400 from the Hardware State bank after taking five prisoners in two hours and wrecking the village teleplmne ex- change. They drove into town early in the day nnd seized Night Watch- man Wilbur Reddlng. He was forced to dh'ect them to the hmne of Homer White, the hank eaMder. White and his wife were forced into the bandit car attd lhelr five-year-old child left sleephtg In the home. Their next stop was the telephone exchange where they seized the op- erator nnd wrecked the apparatus. The glrl operator, Mrs. White, Bed- ding, and Boone Dawson, night watchnmn at the courtbouse, were dragged into that buihllng and tied up. The bandits then stole tools front a garage and took White to tim bank where lie was forced to open two safes. After a leisurely Inspec- tion of the cash book to make sure he was not holding hack funds, they departed xlthout ntolesting the time lock ln'otected vault. 16 Nations Ready to Sign Moratorium Arrangements Wasblngton.--AII sixteen European debtor nations to the United States have at last agreed to sign the mora- torium refunding arrangement, and withln two weeks the contracts to re- pay a total of $250,000,000 will be duly signed on the dotted line, the Treasury department dlselosed. This aetlon will terminate five months of aetlvity by the State and Navy de- partments, which have sought to ob- tain the slgnatures of not altogether enthusiastic debtors during five months of protracted negotiations. The real concluding event In the htstory of the moratorium will not appear until col- lections are actually made. Chicago Youth Kills Himself in an Airplane Chlcago.--Several thousand feet shove the city of Chicago a youth killed himself in an airplane hecause his dreams of hecmulng an aviator had came to iaaught. He shot hhnself to death. The y(uth was Ernest Lengyel, age nineteen, a messenger boy employed In Oak Park, who took a $3 slght-see- lag rlde in the platte and then as the pllat was abou! to descend, fired a bullet from a sawed-off rifle Into his left temple. "l dld It In a phme," he sald In a note, "because I wanted to die happy." Oppose Federal Work at Present on St. Joseph River Washlngton.--An unfavorable report on the St. Joseph river, Michigan and Indiana, with regard to any federal [Inprovenlen|s at present, was nlado to congress hy the War delatrtment following a navigation, flood control, power developutent and irrlgatlon sur. vey of the stream. Truck Cargo Is 3 Drunks, Half a Ton of Dynamite Ottmuwa, Iowa. -- Earl Price of [)raids WaS arrosted charged with drlv- lag whlle Intoxicated. On his truck tt-e sherlff found two other Intoxlc.tted men, two gallons of alcohol and 1,000 pounds of dynamite.