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The Weather .
Occasional Rain Tonight;
Rain-Warmer Wednesday.
Full Weather Report Pace
Final Edition
Closing Stocks
Late News Flashes
ESTABLISHED 1881 VOL Lffi, NO. 206

Rescue Ships Are
Standing By Side
Of Stricken Liner
Three of Them Are Alongside, But It Is Impossible to
Attempt to Get Passengers Off—Hurricane
Raging and Seas Are Vicious
Miami, Florida, September 3 — (UP) — Three rescue
ships, the Limon, the Reaper and the Platano, were standing
by near the grounded steamer Dixie this afternoon, ready to
transfer passengers and crew from the crippled ship when
the seas moderated, according to reports to tropical radio
here. Weather conditions were improving but not sufficiently
to attempt a transfer, reports indicated.
The United Fruit liner Limon, after a race through
mountainous seas against a tropical
hurricane, arrived late today along,
side the grounded liner Dixie and
prepared to take oft 352 passen
gers and crew. i
Llmon Was First
The Llmon was the first of the
rescue ships to reach the stricken
Rescue had been impeded by
failure of the liner to properly lo
cate itself. In its first SOS last
midnight, the Dixie Indicated it
was ashore on Carysfort reef. But
when the Llmon, along with the
(Continued on Page 3)
Lillian Loeffier, Hilda
Bloom Changed Plans
About Sailing on Dixie
Two Waterbury young women,
wlio had originally booked passage
on the steamship Dixie, today dis
abled on a reef off the Florida
coast, missed the disaster by a sud
dden change of plans. The lucky
young misses are Miss Lillian Loef
tler, teacher at Roosevelt grammar
school, and Miss Hilda Bloom, sec
retary to John .A. Ope, Jr., sales
manager of the American Brass
The Misses Loeffier and Bloom
were to leave New. York two weeks
ago for New Orleans On tho Dixie;
The Arrangements would have call
ed for their return on the skip yes
terday and, therefore, they would
have been involved in the acci
dent. g .4
Plans Were Changed
Df»e to the fact that at the time
schools were regularly scheduled, to
open yesterday. Miss Loeffier
v changed the plans and topk the
round-trip to New Orleans on the
Dixie that 'started four weeks ago.
Instead. ?hoi returned to this city
two weeks ago. Miss Bloom con
curred with Miss Loeffier In tho
change of plans. The round-trip
on the Dixie takes two weeks.
Bojth MU» Loeffier and Miss
Bloom stated todgy that the Dixie
is a fine boat. It was built In 1927.
Miss Loeffier Is the daughter of
Works Commissioner Albert Loef
A stealthy meeting, a
rival's threat led Elaine
Chalmers to try to win
the heart of her child
hood sweetheart. I n •
stead Elaine — but read
the rest in the new se
rial, ‘"The Blue Door."
It begins today on page
10 in The
$150 and Costs, With 30
Days in Jail for One
of Offenders
City court imposed heavy pen
alities today on two drivers charg
ed with violation of the motor ve
hicle laws, one an alleged drunken
driver and the other charged with
driving while his license was un
der suspension, James Basil, 37, of
523 North Main street, facing
counts of drunken driving, and
evudlng responsibility, was fined
a total of $150 and costs of $30,
and also given 30 days in jail. Un
able to pay the fine, he was slated
to go to New Haven County Jail
for 200 days. Charged with oper
ating while his license was sus
pended, Edward Belchak, 43, of
Shelton went to Jail to serve 55
days when he was unable to pay
a fine and costs totalling $65. Bel
chak was fined $100 and coats, with
$75 remitted, for operating while
his license was under suspension,
and fined $10 and costs for oper
ating without a license.
Arrested Friday Night
Basil, who must serve 200 days,
was arrested late Friday night af
ter his car. went on a rampage In
the Brooklyn section, striking five
other cars, a trolley car and a fire
hydrant. Be was arrested by Pa
trolman John Walsh, who testified
against him today.
Basil was also arraigned on a
non-support count today but the
charge was nolled, the court com
menting that the matter could be
reopened when the accused got out
of jail.
•*1 drank some wine, and I don’t
remember what happened after
that," Basil said.
"It’s strange,” Judge John F,
McGrath said, “thut you havo
money to run a car but you can’t
support your wifb and fumlly.”
The two penalties were among
heaviest imposed on driving charges
here in some time.
Funeral Was Held Today
From Cathedral—Million
People Along Line
(Copyright 1985 by United Press)
Brussels, ,Sept. 8—(UP) — Bel
gium paid last honors today to'
Queen Astrld in the Cathedral of
St. Gudule, the same church In
which she was married nine years
ago to then Puke de Brabant, now
King Leopold III.
The crowd that watched the
funeral cortege pass through
Brussels was estimated to number
one million.
Thousands clustered from mid
night to dawn in parks opposite
thj royal palace.
Only once hus Brussels seen
larger or sadder crowds. That was
eighteen months ago when the
body of King Albert was brought
back from the mountainside in
southern Belgium from which he
had fallen to his death. All traf
fic was halted, even street cars.
All business houses were closed,
as were coffee houses and res
At 10:15 a. in. there was a fan
fare of trumpets and guns roared
(Continued on Page 9.)
Lucerne, Sept. S—(UP)—The fi
nal session of the Zionist congress
today unanimously adopted a res
olution denouncing the anti-Semi
tic policy of the German govern
“The nineteenth Zionist con
gress,” said the resolution, "raises
Its voice against thh systematic
disenfranchisement and dishonor
ing of Jews In Germany, which Js
making their material and moral
existence unbearable.
“The congress declares that It
will fight for equal rights for Jews
In all countries with the same en
ergy as for the establishment of
a Jewish national home. The Jew
ish question is now, more than
ever, a world problem and the Zi
onist congress therefore appeals
to the nations of the world to help
Jews protect their honor and se
cure their existence." ,
A mile-long line of sorrowing subjects of high and low estate filed past the body of young Queen Astrld
as It lay In state In the “Thinker’s Hall” of the royal palace in Brussels, Belgium. The casket with guard
of high army officers, here Is shown before an altar set up In the black-draped hall. Tltc picture was
sent by wire to Ijondon, thence transmitted by radio to the United States.
New House Majority
Leader For Congress
Acting Leader Edward Taylor, Who Was Filling in for
Bankhead, Who Is III, Is Tried of Position
and Will Quit
They Are Studying Crisis
Existing Between Ethi
opia and Italy ..
(Copyright IMS, by United Frew)
Geneva, Sept. 4—(UP)—Staten,
men of Europe, anxious and alert,
converged today bn Geneva for a
meeting tomorrow .of the League
of Nations oouncil which will start
the Italian Ethiopian ■ crisis to
ward its climax.
The future alignment of the na
tions of Europe, large and small,
the power of the league, even the
peace of Europe and perhaps of
other parts of the world, will de
pend in some measure on what the
statesmen do during the next two
Tomorrow's council meeting Is
an extraordinary one called so that
the 14 council members can con
sider- Ethiopia's appeal against al
leged Italian aggression.
It will be followed September 9
by the annual league assembly, at
which all 67 member nations will
be represented
What Seems Certain
As the statesmen gathered it was
Indicated strongly that:
1— A declaration of war on Ethi
opia and its invasion by Italy is
certain within the next month.
2— There will be no immediate
effort to devise or Impose penal
ties/on Italy.
S—The signing of an- oil conces
sion by Ethiopia granting rights of
(Continued on Page 9.)
i 1
(Copyright 1935, by United Press)
Washington, Sept. 3—(UP)—A
new house majority leader prob
ably will have to be selected for
the second session of the 7<th
congress. It was revealed today
when Acting Majority Leader Ed
ward Taylor, d., Colo., Indicated
he would refuse to continue in that
Failure of Rep. William Bank
head, d., Ala., elected majority
leader who has been ill, to return
next January would directly propel
the controversial issue into a heat
ed democratic party scrap culmin
ating In a caucus, as a result of
Taylor's decision.
Tired of Acting Leader.
Taylor said that he was "tired”
of acting In the "acting" capacity.
"I am not going to continue as
acting leader next session" he said
before leaving for Colorado, “I
think we should have a regular
majority leader next session.”
Whether Bankhead will bo able
to return is considered problemati
cal. Close friends have Indicated
he will not be able to take over
active duties, and may resign. Other
sources, however, believe he will
be back on the Job next session.
He was elected at a democratic
caucus shortly before the last ses
sion. Taylor, however, was merely
selected, and has lacked the out
right caucus backing of the , ma
jority. When he was chosen it was
expected that Bankhead would be
back on the floor in a few weeks.
Strong Man Needed
Other house leaders consider it
vital that a "strong man” have
the majority leadership post next
session. The Patman bonus-infla
tion issue will come up for a vote
early in January.
The Krnzler-Lemke $3,000,000,
000 inflation farm mortgage bill
may likewise be forced to a vote.
4 petition for a vote had 207 sig
natures of members, 11 sljiort of
(Continued on Page 8)
Final News Flashes
Brockton, Mass., Sept. 3.—(UP)—A thief
who apparently posed as an electrician stole
$5,600 in cash from the newly-opened Enterprise
Department stores in downtown Brockton today.
The money represented the receipts of Saturday
night and this morning. Mary McNally, super
vising cashier, discovered the theft when she
went to the money container to add several
hundred dollars before sending it to a bank. The
money was in two canvas bags which was inside
a leather container. Both the bags and the con
tainer were taken.
Jacksonville, _Fla., Sept. 3.—(UP)—The
center of the tropical disturbance harrassing
south Florida was about 40 miles west of Punta
Rassa and moving northward, the U. S. weather
bureau reported in its 12:30 p. m. advisory.
Winds of approximately 50 to 65 miles per hour
may be expected on the west gulf coast north
ward to Clearwater this afternoon or early even
ing, the advisory said. Punta Rassa is 15 *miles
southwest of Fort Myers.
Littoria, Italy, Sept. 3.—(UP)—Commen
datore Leone, mayor of Littoria, the first city re
claimed by Premier Benito Mussolini from the
Pontine Marshes, volunteered today for war serv
ice in Africa with three of his sons. He is the
father of 12, nine of whom are under military
Rescue Vessels Were
Held Back By Raging
Seas Off Florida
(Copyright, 1935, by United Press)
Miami, Sept 3—(UP)—High seas
and hurricane winds today beat
back three rescue vessels making
a dramatic attempt to rescue per
sons from the Morgan liner, Dixie,
fast aground on Carysfort Reef off
the Florida coast. Closest to the
Dixie, which went aground during a
hurricane last night, was the
tanker. Reaper. The Reaper was
riding out the storm about a mile
abeam of the stranded liner, but
dared not attempt a rescue lest It
share the fate of the Dixie.
Other Vesselsre dose By.
Two other1 vessels, the United
Fruit liners, Llmon and Platano,
were reported "very close.” The
steamer Watertown was ploughing
toward the scene through heavy
seas, but it was believed at least
20 miles away. The Coast Guard
cutter, Carabassett, out of Port
glades and the cutter, Saukie, out
of Key West, were pushing toward
the Dixie’s location at top speed.
The Reaper appeared to be the one
vessel in position to effect a rescue
by lifeboats. But the seas were
still too rough for such an attempt.
However, the storm was moder
ating, but storm warnings were
still posted. In the area. Shortly
after 11 a. m., E.D.T.. the wind in
the vicinity of the Dixie was still
blowing at between 24 to 36 miles
an hour.
Coast Guard officials at the For!
Lauderdale base said they did not
believe the seas would be suffi
ciently quiet for small boat rescue
attempts for at least another 24
Needed No Imincdiutc Aid
The fact that the Dixie had wire
lessed the Reaper shortly after the
(Continued on Page 9.)
Bridgeport, Conn., Sept 3.—(UP)
—The identity of a woman found
swimming unclothed in Long Isl
and sound four miles from shore
early Sunday morning after bat
tling a choppy sea and cutting wind
for more than six hours, was es
tablished by police today through
employment agency records.
She was Mrs. Alice Sterling
Kelly, 31, this city, und readily ad
mitted it when officers confronted
her at a hospital where she was
taken suffering from cold and ex
She said she was deserted by her
husband several years ago and
worked as a domestic; Her three
children, she said, were being cared
for in a state institution.
When tuken from tho water she
gave her name as Mrs. Alice Wet
zel, and said she came here several
weeks ago from New York.
Police doubted her story that
while walking through Seaside
Park Saturday night she was "seiz
ed with a sudden dcsiro to go
swimming.” hid her clothes behind
a statue, donned a bathing suit and
jumped into tho sound. She could
not account for tho loss of the
bathing suit.
Whitman, Mass., September 3—
(UP) — Four bandits, their leader
masked, held up the proprietors of
the Toll House, widely-known res
taurant, and escuped with money
and jewels totaling $3,200 late last
The quartet confronted Kenneth
and Ruth Wakefield at their home
Just after they had closed their
nearby restaurant for the night.
The gunmen ransacked the house,
and then froced Wakefield at gun
point to go to the Toll House and
empty the safe of about $200.
Stuffing the proceeds into their
pockets, the gunmen forced Wake
field to their car, drove him loo
yards and dumped him on the road.
Secretary Of State In \
Important Statement
About Present Crisis
Einer William Sundtrom
Is Fighting Toughest
Scrap of His Career
New Orleans, Sept 3—(U.P.)—
Captain Einer William Sundstrom,
fighting the greatest battle of his
career from the bridge of the
Liner Dixie to-day, Is a gray
thatched veteran of the ocean
Of Swedish extraction with pro
nounced sea-gotng antecedents, he
sailed first at the age of 16 as an
ordinary seaman on the British
Barque Madagascar from Brooklyn
on a 92-day voyage. He spent three
years in sailing ships, advancing
through the grades to quartermas
Joined Morgan Line
In 1903 he joined the Morgan
Line as quartermaster aboard the
Freighter El Siglo. In 1908 ho re
ceived his certificate as second
mate of the Freighter El Paso,
later serving in the same capacity
on the El Monte and the Topila. In
May, 1917, he was appointed mas
(Continued on Page 2.)
Only 170 in Whole Nation
With Four Fatalities
in This State
(By United Press)
(Copyright 1935 by United Press)
Rain and abnormally cool weath
er over a major portion of the
United States saved more than 200
lives yesterday, insurance actuaries
estimated today.
Fewer than 170 persons were
killed in holiday traffic accidents,
whereas on Labor days for three
years back the toll has exceeded
Insurance statisticians had pre
dicted that more than 400 would
die on highways yesterday. Only
the ruin and cold, keeping picnic
parties at home, holding crowds
at resorts to ordinary week-day
figures, and enforcing cautious au
tomobile driving. prevented the
prophecy from being fulfilled, they
A national survey by the United
Press revealed only 162 traffic ac
cident fatalities reported to police
California Leads.
California, one of the states
which escaped the general bad
weather, had the largest state death
toll, 26. Eleven were killed in Ill
inois, and 10 in Iowa. Five of the
IOWA fatalities occurred as the
result of a motorist's race at 80
miles an hour with a truln.
Seven were killed in New York,
five In the Metropolian area of
New York city. Effect of the
weather on traffic was demolished
at Coney Island, where 500,000
persons Jammed beaches Sunday.
(Continued on Page 2.)
New Haven, Conn., Sept 3—(U.
P.)—M. M. Moore, AVashlngton, D.
C„ assistant regional director of
the WPA, to-day was appointed
acting director of the division of
projects and planning for the ad
ministration in Connecticut.
Moore, named by State Director
Matthew A. Daly, will retain his
status with the national administra
tion and his work in this state will
be to suggest appointment and con
duct the trulnlng of engineers and
develop a permanent stnff.
His division and assistants are:
Waterbury, George M. Callahan;
Hartford, Clyde W. Gleason; Mer
iden, Miss Mary M. Bughart, and
two assitant directors, as yet un
named, to take charge of profes
sional and service projects and di
rect educations1 plans.
Woburn, Mass., Sept. 3—(UP) —
The body of a New Britain youth,
one of four Connecticut men who
were "riding freight” to Maine in
search of work, was found on the
railroad tracks near the Merrlmac
Chemical Works crossing early to
The body of Stephen Nasaruk,
23, of 35 Olive street, New Brit
ain, was found by a crossing ten
Ills three companions were ar
rested when they arrived at Ber
wick, Me. Charges of unlawful use
of the railroad ware lodged
against Tony Bharkus, Thompaon
vllle; Stanley Bablskl, Windsor,
and Felix Danuk, New Britain.
No (Ml Concession Will Change Her Policies—Italy
Loses One Claim Against Ethiopia By Neutral
Ruling—Britain Has Her Side on Concession
Washington, September 3 — (UP) — The attitude of
the United States toward the threatened Italo-Ethiopian -
conflict will not be altered as a result of the reported con
cession granted an American concern, Secretary of State
Cordell Hull said officially and emphatically today. In
response to newspaper inquiries Hull said it had been diffi
cut to obtain full details concerning the reported concession,
especially inasmuch as this government had not been con
sulted or informed by those interested.
Names and Addresses oi
Each Given — None
From Connecticut
New Orleans, Sept. 3—(UP)—
The passenger list of the S. S. Dixie
First Clasj
Mrs. M. Hackett, Baton Rouge,
La.; Miss Lillian Buckley, Min
neapolis; John Kerr, New York; G.
G. Camp. New York; Miss Alison
Wright, Brookline, Mass.; Geo. F.
Outland, Jr., Los Angeles; Mr. and
Mrs. George F. Outland, Sr.; Miss
Ann Angelin. Brooklyn; Miss Jos
ephine Angelin, Brooklyn; Charles
J. Badger, Houston; Lyle W. Kerr,
San Antonio; Miss Ethel T. Haugen,
New York; Miss A. Cinder, Brook
lyn; Miss H. Linton, Brooklyn:
Miss Phoebe Palfrey, New Orleans;
Miss Helen Wharton, New York;
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ratner, Sun
nyslde, L. I.; Philip TIttet, New
York; Arthur Wieda, Paterson, N.
J.; Mr. and Mrs. Ray K. Thomp
son, Eugene, Ore.; Miss Jeanne
Soule, New Orleans; Miss Ann Hag
gerty, New Orleans; W. I. Bingham,
New York; Joseph E. Campone,
(Continued on Page 2.)
G. 0. P. National Commit*
tee Has Plan to Force
Him Out of Picture
(Copyright 1035 by United Press)
Washington, Sept. 3.— (UP)—A
republican national committee
plan to obtain Herbert C. Hoov
er's public and definite withdrawal
from consideration for presidential
nomination was revealed to-day by
in influential member of the g. o.
p. high command.
Prediction was made by the
United Press that Mr. Hoover
would remove himself from con
sideration during the autumn. In
quiry developed, however, that the
prediction was not based on any
expression of intention by the for
mer president.
It represents the judgment of
certain party leaders aware of the
plan to approach Mr. Hoover.
Direct Question Coining
As outlined here the direct ques
tion is to be put privately to Mr.
Hoover in such a way that he must
either renounce political aspira
tions or, by silence, acknowledge
that he is ut least willing to run
Promoters of this strategy to
corner Mr. Hoover with regard to
his 1936 Intentions fell that some
thing will have been accomplished
(Continued on Page 9.)
New York, Sept. 3—(UP)—The
nation’s largest city took a mo
menluous step toward public op
eration of utilities today when
Mayor F. H. La Guaydia signed a
bill authorizing a referendum ut
tbe November election on the
question of constructing a J49,
600,000 "yardstick” power plant.
The mayor signed the measure af
ter a brief public hearing at which
the Consolidated Gas Co., made a
futile effort to stop the forces It
set in motion when it offered the
city a power contract that munic
ipal ofliclals. considered exorbitant.
Subsequently Consolidated, con
trolling the Metropolitan Utilities
setup, tried to make its peace by
offering drastic reductions but
Mayor La Guardla said he would
not be satisfied short Of a city
plant that could act as a check on
private Interests. Consolidated
fears the public plant may be the
opening wedge in an effort to re
place it by city power. ,
If approved the referendum
would authorize construction with
federal funds of a plant on city
owned property designed primarily
for supplying city buildings al
though, under present plane, sur
plus power will be sold. i
ouiuticui iiuui uiauuu uvvu
received, however, Hull said, to
state that regardless of what the
nature ot this concession may be It
will not affect the attitude or pol
icy of this government.
Treaties Call for Peace
Hull again called attention to the
commitments to maintain peace by
which most ot the nations of the
world are bound by one or more
He expressed the hope that no
nation will be diverted for carry
ing out the treaty obligations.
“It has not thus far been possi
ble to secure the full facts relative
to the reported oil concession
transaction in Ethiopia,” Hull said.
“The reported concession, as I
stated on last Saturday, was made
(Continued on Page 8)
That Was Number Up to
Noon Hour—Owners
Well Satisfied
Approximately 250 cars were in
spected up until noon today at th*
newly-opened testing station on
Freight street, with state officials
of the motor vehicle department
pronouncing the response of local
motorists to the initial examina
tion here “gratifying.” The reuo
tjon of Waterbury drivers to the
tests, which are now entirely vol
untary, compares favorably with
that In other cities where the ex
aminations have been conducted.
Owners Reconciled
Car-owners are apparently rec
onciled to the fact that their
machines must eventually be pre
sented for Inspection and are anx
ious to get the test completed,
ofllciajs said.
Work was being finished on the
three stands erected opposite the
office of the New Haven railroad
company on Freight street today
and the necessary testing appar
atus was Installed and in operation
shortly after 8 o’clock. A crew of
15 Inspectors is employed In the
work here under the supervision
of Joseph Jordan of the state mo
tor vehicle department.
To Reduce Crew I
Mr. Jordan directs the establish-’
ment of the stations In each city.
The local crew will probably be
reduced to 10 or 11 men after to
day and will hereafter be under
the supervision of Thomas Lump
While It was Impossible to ob
tain the number of rejections this
morning, It was believed that It
would run as high as 50 per cent.
Inspectors based the estimate on
tho number of cars rejected In first}
day tests in other cities.
Were Always Busy
The line of cars was not exces
sive, although large enough to
keep the crew of Inspectors con
stantly on the move. It extended
at times nearly as far as the
Freight street bridge. A space of
approximately 200 yards is requlr
(Continued on Page 9.)
—v rr?yWs
Meriden, Conn., Sept. S—(UP)
—Funeral ecrvlccs will be held
Wednesday for Lyman Hussey
Call, 78, former Connecticut de
partment commander of the C. A.
K.. who died yesterday after an
Illness of a week. A native of Lev
ant, Me., he served In the Civil
war with the First Maine Cavalry.
Aft r tho war he lived for several
years at Waltham. Mass., and
came here In 1886. A son survives.
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