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Cecil Allen, Trans-Pacific Flier, Loses Life
When Craft Plunges to Earth Less Than
Three Miles From Start.
Benny Howard of Chicago, flying his Howard special “Mr.
Mulligan.” flashed across the finish line at 1:40 p. m., today,
as the first arrival from Los Angeles, in the 1935 Bendix
trophy race.
’Detail, on Cecil Allen's flying cared on Page 3).
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30. —Cecil Allen, trans-Pacific
flier, was killed today when his speedy, barrel-shaped plane
crashed shortly after he took off in the fifth annual $15,000
Bendix air race to Cleveland.
Meanwhile, eight other pilots, including famed Amelia
Earhart and Col. Roscoe Tur
ner, apparently were thunder
ing safely toward the East,
seeking the $4500 first prize
Allen, an Oklahoman. was
crushed to death as his ship struck
a potato field in Van Nuys, less than
three miles from Union Air Ter
minal. starting point of the Bendix
•He was the last contestant to
leave, his takeoff having been de
layed by trouble with his fuel tank.
Amelia Is First I'p
The first flier to get into the air
was Miss Earhart. who sent her red
Loekheed-Vega skilfully down the
runway, followed in order by Roy
O. Hunt, flying a Lockheed-Orion;
Benny Howard, in a monoplane of
his own design; Royal Leonard, in
a specially designed plane; Col.
Turner in a Wedell-Williams; Rus
sell Thaw, in a Northrop Gamma;
Earl Ortman. in his Keith-Rider
“Silver Bullet." and Jacqueline
Cochrane. Northrop Gamma
Favored to win was Col. Turner,
holder of the transcontinental rec
ord of 10 hours and 2 minutes.
Allen was flying a specially con
structed ship regarded generally as
the fastest in the race and the most
dangerous. It was a Gee Bee No. 7"
and was named “The Spirit of
Right" in tribute to an unnamed
w’oman who was said to have helped
finance it in order to advertise a
religious magazine.
Shaped Like Barrel
Blunt-nosed and shaped like a
barrel, a speed of 321 miles an hour
was claimed for it.
It was said at the airport that
Allen's mother pleaded with him
thus morning not to start in the
race because of the gasoline tank
The plane,*since rebuilt, was re
ported to be tne one 'Vhich Jimmy
Doolittle flew in the 1932 air races
and which last year dashed Russell
Boardman, trans-Atlantic flier, to
his death, in IndianapolLs.
Allen's body was pinned in the
wreckage and could not be freed
Residents in the vi unity reported
they were awakened by the terrific
roar of the motor of Allen's craft.
Then the motor was killed. Allen
apparently having sensed that he
was going to fall. He prevented a
fire as the craft crashed, but he
failed to save his life.
Col. Turner Refuels
Rf! I nit<4 Prrs
WICHITA. Kan . Aug. 30—Col.
Roscoe Turner and Royal Leonard
landed their Bendix speed racers
here within a few minutes of each
other today, refueled and then con
tinued to Cleveland.
Col. Turner landed his Wedell-
Williams racer at 10 44 a m . took
on 15f gallons of gasoline and five
gallons of oil and left at 10:53 a. m.
The Indianapolis Times
Fair tonight and tomorrow. Continued cool.
“This martial law stuff • . . .
Aviator and Wife to Make Indefinite
Stay at Farm.
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30.—Minnesota was host today to
Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh.
The aviator and his wife swooped
down from the skies here last night
about dusk, landed in a farm field
and immediately went to the home
of Mr. and Mrs. George Christie for
an indefinite visit. Mrs. Christie is
a half-sister of the flier.
Government Gets Control of
Bituminous Industry.
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WASHINGTON. Aug. 30.—Presi
dent Roosevelt today signed the
Guffey bituminous coal control bill,
launching the Federal government
into anew venture in industrial
regulation which he asked Cong->sr.
to undertake, despite doubts as tJ
its constitutionality.
Two principal reasons were seen
as having impelled Mr. Roosevelt to
fight for the measure, despite much
opposition in the recent Congress:
1. He staved off a series of coal
strike threats by promising its en
actment. The latest truce expires
Sept. 16.
2. The act will provide a new’ test
of the extent of Federal powers over
industry under present eonstitu
ticnal provisions.
Slayer of G-Man Faces
Swift Court Action Here
The Unted States government
planned to move swiftly here this
afternoon to avenge the murder of
Nelson B. Klein, Department of Jus
tice agent.
At 2 a special grand jury will re
port to Federal Judge Robert C.
Baltzell and before nightfall an in
dictment is expected to be returned
accusing George W. Barrett. Hamil
ton’ (O.) exconvict, of the slaying.
Mr. Klein was, killed at West Col
lege Corner. Ind.. on the - At of
Aug. 16. Accompanied by Donald C.
McGovern, another Department of
Justice agent. Mr. Klein had trapped
Barrett, who rated as an expert
marksman while he was in the
Five bullets from Barrett’s pistol
Troop Rule Is New
Trick of Capitalists,
Fiery Socialist Cries
‘lt’s Just Misuse of Authority to Establish Despotism in
U. S.,’ Leader Asserts, Urging Terre Haute Fol
lowers Into Renewed Action.
Times Staff Writer
TERRE HAUTE. Ind., Aug. 30.—“1 wish I could stay and help you
boys tight this thing out.”
With this statement Norman Thomas. 51-year-old Socialist party
leader, yesterday afternoon opened an informal conference with mem-
Ders of his unofficial staff in Terre Haute, where capital and labor have
oeen battling for months.
Gathered in the room were tall, mustaehed Harlan Woodsmall,
Terre Haute lawyer, who has been fighting the labor man's battle for
several months; Aaron S. Gilmartin, short, snappy Labor and Socialist
defense committee secretary; long-haired, bespectacled Leo Vernon,
Indiana’s Big Show Will Be
on View Tomorrow,
Starting at 6.
'Trucks rumbled through the gates
of the Indiana State Fair’s grounds
this afternoon.
Cattle, sheep and hogs w’ere un
loaded. Last minute brushes of
paint w ! ere given booths of exhibi
tors. Fair officials gave final in
structions to gatekeepers, judges
and other aids.
And all was in readiness for the
opening of the eighty-third annual
Indiana State Fair at 6 tomorrow
The fair's first day will admit free
children under 12 years of age.
Judging of 4-H pig and sheep will
feature the opening in the ribbon
decorating division of the exposi
Harness racing in the afternoon,
Indiana University's stage show,
numerous band concerts, a medley
of rides of the Rubin and Cherry
show’s on the midway, are other
feature awaiting Fair visitors on
opening day.
Approximately 125 farm youths
opened the twelfth annual state fair
boys’ camp today at the northwest
corner of the fairground under the
direction of W. R. Amick. Boys be
tween the ages of 14 and 20 years
were eligible for the encampment.
In the meantime, in the Women's
building. 4-H Club girls were kept
busy throughout today attending
classes in home economics, baking,
and farm home management.
Deputy Sheriffs Investigate Scene of
546 West Side Theft.
yeggs struck again in Marion
County last night. Deputy sher
iffs today were investigating the
cracking of the safe in the Smitha
Garage, 4850 W. 16th-st. Speedway
City. The loot amounted to $46.50
-"id a counterfeit 50-cent piece.
riddled the Federal man's body.
Barrett was wounded in the gun
battle and is now in City Hospital
here under heavy guard.
United States District Attorney
Val Nolan will present the case
against Barrett as soon as the spe
cial jury panel of 23 members is
sworn in.
According to police records,
Barrett was tried twice in Kentucky
He has been married five times,
records show. Barrett's long police
record shows that when once
arrested he had 21 pistols in his
possession and a number of cut
If he is indicted, as Federal
officials expect. Barrett will be tried
in Federal court here.
Is anew capitalistic trick . . . .
freshly out of the Vigo County jail;
Powers Hapgood, ardent Indianapo
lis Socialist, and quiet Joseph
Jacobs. Labor and Socialist defense
committee counsel.
Prematurely white-haired, Mr.
Thomas, tall, gaunt, raw-boned and
energetic, looks like a business man.
Deep-voiced, he speaks resonantly
and enunciates clearly. Although
a Doctor of Literature from Prince
ton. Mi-. Thomas says things like "I
Sitting, on the corner .of the
dresser in his little hotel room yes
terday afternoon, he queried local
Socialists about the Terre Haute
“It's Start of Fascism"
“This martial law’ stuff is anew
capitalistic trick,” the labor oattle
scarred veteran said. “Why, it’s
much better than getting an injunc
tion and not half so conspicuous. If
ahowed to go on it wouldn’t be any
time before there would be a score
of the same kind of Fascist dictator
ships like the one in Vigo and Sul
livan Counties stretched across the
“This situation here is the begin
ning of Hitlerism in Indiana.” Mr.
Thomas said. “It’s just another case
of the misuse of authority to es
tablish despotism in America.”
Powers Hapgood, Indianapolis So
cialist, spraw’led across the bed in
the room, tired from loading toma
toes all day Wednesday and a
strenuous speech at the mass meet
ing held on the Vigo County Court
house steps yesterday, asked Mr.
Thomas about further action.
Hold Some More Meetings
“Sure, go ahead and hold some more
meetings in both counties. Strike
while the iron is hot,” the one-time
Presbyterian minister said, w’ith a
forceful gesture.
“Somebody asked me several days
ago if I was going to see the Gov
ernor before I spoke here,” Mr.
Thomas said. “Since when must I
see the Governor or anybody else
to get permission to exercise the
right of free speech.
“According to Mr. Woodsmall. this
injunction we are sponsoring will be
the second one of its kind ever to
be filed. The other one, a case in
Texas in 1932. is a good precedent.
The injunction was sustained and
made permanent.’’
Approves Note to McNutt
Before going out to attend an
other conference with labor leaders
Mr. Thomas approved a telegram
which the mass meeting had re
solved to send to Gov. Paul V. Mc-
Nutt. The telegram read:
“Several thousands meeting today
in Terre Haute under auspices of
Labor and Socialist defense com
mittee resolve to express determined
intention to end all martial law’ in
Vigo and Sullivan counties and de
mand immediate revocation of all
martial law’ decrees.”
Mr. Thomas spoke at the mass
meeting held last night in the
Terre Haute Labor Temple before
starting on a speaking tour through
Pennsylvania and the New England
22.104 Men. Women Now Work on
WPA Jobs In State.
Men and women in Indiana who
are working on Federal works prog
ress administration projects totaled
22.104 today with the starting of
21 new- projects w’hich provided jobs
for 1169 additional persons, it was
announced by state WPA officials
A permit? For free speech? This Is pespotism!!
IS NOW 2800
Sheriff Ray May Throw His
Support to Leonard.
Is Rumor.
Claude E. (Slim) Shover .. . 8166
Arthur (Pee Wee) Leonard 5471
The Rev. R. M. Dodrill 4873
‘Jake Feld 3093
Donald Neal 1521
Sheriff Otto Ray 1142
C. E. (Pop) Young 1045
Howard C. Smock 1034
“Dr.’’ Walter Neukom 864
Dr. William A. Kemper 839
(Photos of Brown Derby leaders arc on
Page 15).
Measuring himself by mirror, hat
stretcher, and barber shears today,
Claude E. (Slim) Shover, street
commissioner, told his friends and
enemies that the Brown Derby
| w’ould sit atop his dome on the
' night of Sept, 5 at the Indiana
j State Fair.
With the fair’s opening tomorrow’,
i “Slim" hoped to increase his lead
of 2800 votes from the farm vote.
“All he’ll get is a band of goats
balloting for him and that’ll butt
him out of the race,” interrupted
Arthur (Pee Wee) Leonard.
“Beat Shover” Is Cry
The first powerful rumor of the
campaign's last days w’as that
Sheriff Otto Ray and his henchmen
promised to shift their voting
strength to Leonard in one wild
effort to head off any chance of
Shover winning the chocolate crown.
“Beat Shover!” rang on the high
ways and byways of the city.
Even the Rev. R. M. Dodrill.
pastor of the Broadway Baptist
Church and “lone eagle” among Re
publicans represented in the race,
forecast that votes would stream
from a herd of G. O. P. elephants
in an attempt to defeat the affable
street commissioner.
Final Ballot Monday.
The final ballot in the derby to
select the city’s most distinguished
citizen will be printed Monday and
that final ballot must be in the
office of The Indianapolis Times by
9a. m. Tuesday morning. The win
ner, w’ith his tentative crowm on his
head, will be shown in photo and
prose in The Times home edition of
that day.
All ballots from today through
Monday will be good until the race
Who will be victorious for the nat
of hats? Who will parade to the
State Fairground on the night of
Sept. 5? Who will speak to a Fair
crowd in front of the race track
grandstand an be crowmed king?
You name him! Vote as often as
you like. Today’s ballot is on Page
Times Index
Bridge 18
I Broun 21
Church News 14
! Comics . - 31
j Crossword Puzzle 3i
! Curious World 31
Editorial ... 22
Financial 30
Food Pages 24, 25
j Hickman—Theaters 22
| Junior Aviation 16
Pegler 21
Radio ... 10
Sports 26, 27
Stamps „ 18
Woman's Pages 18. 19
New gurg-antted tires 15c wk. Save
i SI.OO up. Hoosier Pete.—Adv.
Entered as Second-Class Matter
at Postortice. Indianapolis, Ind.
Increase of the civil city tax
rate w’ith the addition of $150,000
to be used for purchasing material
for the city’s share of the cost of
track elevation was planned to
day by Mayor John W. Kern.
Mayor Kern in a letter to city
council members pointed out that
the city now’ has $51,000 in funds
for track elevation and that w’ith
the request for $150,000 in the new
budget the Federal government
would look with favor tow’ard
granting Federal aid for the city’s
portio’n of the cost of the project.
The mayor will have a confer
ence next week with officials of
the Pennsylvania Railroad and
the Indianapolis Union Railways
regarding their aid in bringing
track elevation to the city.
Urges People to Rally to
Defense of Country.
(Copyright, 1935. by United Press)
ADDIS ABABA. Aug. 30.—Em
peror Haile Selassie called on his
people today to rally en masse to
the defense of their country, fear
less of Italian planes, tanks and
The emperor’s weekly Light of
Peace, sounded the rallying call for
freedom, calling on his people to
forget their differences and unite
for their country. Families were
urged to give their sons willingly
to the cause.
Apparently w’ith a view to calm
ing the alarm caused by the em
peror's recent instructions to the
people on how to act during air
raids, the weekly said:
“Airplanes can not destroy the
whole country. Tanks can not climb
(Turn to Page Fifteen)
Son of Late President Indianapolis
Coal Cos. Files Petition.
Ernest N. George, son of the late
John A. George, president of the
Indianapolis Coal Cos., today filed in
Probate Court a petition to set aside
the probate of his father's will. Mr.
George charged that Roy C. Shane
berger. Albert L. Miller and Milton
K. Foxw’orthy. trustees of the es
tate. filed the will for probate with
out his knowledge.
Hourly Temperatures
6 a. m. .54 10 a. m. 60
7 a. m. ... 54 11 a. m. 61
Ba. m. ... 55 12 (noon).. 62
9 a. m 58 1 p. m. 64
Wanted: 50 Worst Cars;
Lay Off, Grammarians
Are there 50 worst autos in the
(The Worst Auto Editor will not
answer grammarians who call to
say there can be only one worst
auto—or anything else for that
matter. The Worst Auto Editor
knows that, so leave him alone.)
If there are 50 worst autos in In
dianapolis The Indianapolis Times
and the State Fair Board want
them in the Worst Auto parade on
Sept. 6. The parade will begin
downtown and will go to the fair
A permit? For free speech? This is despotism!!
All Brussels in Mourning as
Beloved Queen Re
turns Home.
(Copyright, 1935. by United Press)
BRUSSELS. Aug. 30.—The body
of beloved Queen Astrid was brought
to Brussels today and placed in
state in a silver and black draped
reception room at Laeken Palace to
aw’ait a funeral Tuesday.
It was taken to the palace in a
motor hearse, escorted by cavalry,
from the Gare du Nord, where it ar
rived at 8:30 a. m. (1:40 a. m., In
dianapolis time) in a special funeral
train from Arlon on the Luxem
bourg frontier.
Soldiers lined the route from sta
tion to palace and behind them were
thousands and thousands of silent,
grieving people, many women were
A guard of honor w r as placed over
! the double casket in the palace re
ception room.
King Leopold had left the train
| at outlying Leopold Station, unable
to face the crowds of his subjects
in the streets. A few minutes after
the coffin arrived at the palace, he
went into the reception room, his
lip bandaged, an arm, its fir.gers in
gauze, in a black silk sling.
He asked that the casket be
opened. The guard of honor re
tired and the king stayed for a few
minutes in the room alone looking
I at the face of his w’ife, killed near
Lucerne yesterday when an open
touring car which he was driving
sw’erved from the road as he turned
to look at a map which Queen As
trid. beside him, was holding.
The queen’s body w’as shrouded in
white. She had a few lilies in her
j hand. The face showed little sign
1 ol injury except for a laceration on
her left temple.
Dowager Queen Elizabeth, never
(Turn to Page Three)
Injuries Received From Robber
Trap, Police Charge.
1 Hi/ t'nifid PrixH
LAFAYETTE. Ind., Aug. 30.—Ed
ward Schidler, 24. was held under
heavy guard in a hospital today
while he received treatment for a
bullet-torn shoulder alleged to have
been sustained in a burglary at
Schidler said he wounded himself
accidentally while squirrel hunting.
His condition was serious but not
immediately critical.
Authorities charged he was
wounded by a shotgun trap set up
by Clifford and Robert Biddle after
repeated theft of foodstuffs from
their home near Lafayette. The
trap was arranged so that it dis
charged when the door was opened.
ground and twice around the race
Entries must be in The Times
office by 5 p. m. Sept. 3 to be good,
and the auto must be bad enough
to attract attention, but good
enough to make the parade under
its own power. Prizes amounting
to a total of $75 will be awarded.
Already there is one car in the
lineup that has iron wheels in
stead of the regulation ones, and
one Ford has parts of every edition
since 1913. Look ’em over and enter
Two Men Arrested Here by
Secret Service Agents
and Police.
Pharmacist's Son Trails
Quarry Until 'G-Men’
Join Him.
Federal Secret Service
agents and Indianapolis police
this afternoon held two men
as nation-wide distributors
for a desperate counterfeiting 1
ring that has flopded the
country with bogus $lO bills.
The men were seized here yester
day and their arrest kepi secret
while the Federal agents spread a
dragnet for other members of the
Detectives said SSOO in skillfully
made bogus money was found in
the automobile of one of the prison
ers as he was arrested in front of a
downtown hotel.
Police said the prisoners were
Charles W. Starling 26. of 1376 N.
6th-st, Columbus, o. and Condon
Myers, 36, of 400 Wesleyan-av,
Chillicothe. O. According to Federal
operatives both men have criminal
records involving counterfeiting.
They have been sought in every
state, police said.
Recognized Bill as Bonus
Seizure of the men came after
£,ailing had passed a counterfeit
bill in the John F. Steeg drug store
at 2502 Centra 1-av. Mr. Steeg, who
had been victimized by counterfeit
ers three times within the past
month, recognized the bill as bogus.
Jack Steeg, 16-year-old son of the
drug store proprietor, trailed the
man wmo had passed the bill and
kept him shadow’ed until Federal
agents, who had been notified by
Mr. Steeg, made the arrest.
The search for the distributors of
the bills has centered in Indiana,
Kentucky and West Virginia for the
last three weeks, secret service oper
atives said. Thousands of dollars
in bogus bills have been given to
merchants in the three states in
that time, it was reported.
Hotel Register Checked
Myers w’as apprehended when
one of the secret service agents
checked a hotel register after Starl
ing admitted he was living in the
downtown hotel. The agent noticed
that Myers had registered a few
minutes after Starling and had
given an Ohio address.
Myers’ room was searched, and
the agents found S3OO in currency
in his suit case. They awaited his
return to the hotel.
As Myers drove up. the Federal
men surrounded the car, searched
it and found $570 in bogus bills
hidden behind the instrument
board. In a compartment they also
found a large quantity of drugs, be
lieved to have been purchased in
order to pass the counterfeits.
Federal Men Join Search
When Starling entered the Steeg
store and handed Mr. Steeg a bogus
bill, a clerk attempted to engage
him in conversation while Mr.
Steeg telephoned the Federal
When Starling left hurriedly, Mr.
Steeg's son. a Shortridge High
School student, followed him.
Mr. Steeg noted the direction that
Starling had taken. When the
Federal men arrived he accom
panied them on the search and saw
his son following closely behind
Starling, who made no resistance
when arrested.
Federal agents said Myres was in
volved in a counterfeiting plot in
Cincinnati in 1933 and that Star
ling had been sentenced in Salt
Lake City, Utah, for armed bur

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