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President Is Popular With
Rank and File, Tour of
U. S. Shows.
Strong G. 0. P. Opponent
Might Change Picture,
However, Is Hint.
Tim.. Special Writer
President Roosevelt appears safe for
re-election as of today, eight
months before the balloting.
This conclusion is based on a sur
vey which took the writer from the
Atlantic to the Pacific and from the
Gulf to the Canadian border and
which revealed a still strong faith
in the President among the rank
and file —labor, the farmer, the
salaried worker, small business men
—because of the improvement in
their lot under the New Deal.
The situation, of course, may
change between now and Nov. 3.
Many things may happen. No hard
and fast forecast is possible at this
point. The caliber of the Repub
lican nominee chosen to oppose the
President may have a decided effect
in the months between the conven
tions and the election.
Mr. Roosevelt has lost ground here
and there, particularly in the East,
but no evidence was discovered of
that wholesale sweep which Repub
licans were predicting a few weeks
ago and which some said would pro
duce an "anti” vote such as re
moved Herbert Hoover from the
White House, no matter who the
Republican nominee is.
As yet no one has arisen in Re
publican ranks with either a per
sonal ty or program that seems to
capture the popular imagination,
though the “build-up” is now in
progress, particularly around Ihe
quiet Gov. Alf M. Landon of
Mr. Roosevelt’s hope of returning
to the White House hinges much
upon holding the West, and this is
manifest in the determination of
Republicans to nominate a West
Still Strong in West
Tlie President still is strong gen
erally in the West. He holds firmly
the back-log in the South and will
carry every Southern state. At
tempts to dislodge him there, now'
under the leadership of Gov. Eu
gene Talmadge of Georgia, will be
At the present stage the Presi
dent appears to have the edge in
sufficient Western states, along with
the South and border states, to
return him to the White House
with 266 electoral votes, a majority
of the 531 total. This is without
any consideration whatever to the
industrial Midwest and Eastern
states, some of W'nich I believe he
will carry.
It even leaves out New York, his
home state, which I believe he will
The Western and Southern states
i aking up the 266 total are: Ala
bama. Arizona. Arkansas, Califor
nia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, lowa,
Kentucky, .Louisiana, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ne
braska, Nevada, New Mexico, North
Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas. Utah,
Virginia. Washington, Wisconsin
and either West Virginia or Mary
land. each of which has eight elec
toral votes.
Maryland Less Doubtful
Maryland seems less doubtful now
with the death of Albert C. Ritchie,
New Deal foe.
Beyond this 266, apparently safe
ns of today, there is a considerable
margin in other states not included
in this minimum. The list leaves
out five Western states, Colorado,
Wyoming, the Dakotas and Kansas,
with a total of 17 electoral votes.
Emile Hurja, the New' Deal election
prognosticator, who was so nearly
right in 1932 claims every state
west of the Mississippi.
Also not included are Indiana, Il
linois, Ohio, New York, Michigan,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
and all of New England, with a
total of 231 electoral votes. New
England seems irretrievably lost,
though not conceded by Jim Farley.
Mr. Roosevelt carried only two New
England states in 1932, Massachu
setss and Rhode Island. Herbert
Hoover carried the four others and
Delaware and Pennsylvania to make
up his total of six.
The loss of AAA and NRA has
tended to solidify farmers and the
low'-salaried white-collar worker
behind him.
AAA, NRA Losses Really Aid
The ordinary individual is not
deeply touched by the cry to balance
the budget—though it must be said
that some farmers are expressing
concern about debt, since debt was
so long a personal goblin for them.
Nor is the average person alarmed
by charges of regimentation, com
munism. socialism. They don’t care
so much by what name you call it,
as long as they are getting a break.
The American Liberty League is
more or less s standing joke in the
West. It is proving an excellent
straw' man for the Democrats.
Next to lax administration, most
complaints concern the New Deal
spending program. These come
chiefly from the business and finan
cial fraternity. Republican attacks
on spending have made an impres
sion in the Middle West.
Poison Kills Indiana Woman
By I nil'd Press
BOSTON. March 30.—Mrs. Juanita
Allen. 23. formerly of Mount Ver
non, Ind>, died at City Hospital to
day after swalfbwing a large quan
tity of disinfectant, apparently with
suicidal intent.
The Indianapolis Times
FORECAST: Rain and much colder tonight with lowest temperature near freezing; tomorrow probably cloudy and colder.
On, Off Record
By United Press
CHICAGO, March 30.—For
mer President Herbert Hoo
ver is preparing an address
to be delivered Saturday night
at Fort Wayne, Ind., he said
today. He plans no other pub
lic appearances during his stay
in the Midwest this week, he
Mr. Hoover plans to confer
privately with Indiana Repub
lican leaders at Indianapolis
Friday evening, it was under
stood. Arrangements were to
be made for a small dinner at
which the political situation
will be discussed “off the rec
YOUNG G. 0. P.
State Group Urges Backing
by Democrats in Econ
omy Move.
Young Republicans of Indiana to
day sought support of young Dem
ocrats in an effort to halt the so
called "reckless spending” of the
Roosevelt Administration.
At the same time two other Re
publican groups urged uninstructed
delegations to the Republican state
and national conventions.
Plea of the young Republicans
for Democratic co-operation in an
Indiana youth unity move was made
Saturday at a state-wide rally here.
A resolution was broadcast today
by the Young Republicans of In
diana for furthering a move to make
the organization a “young people’s
The resolution pledged the organ
ization’s support of the Republican
State Central Committee. The
junior G. O. P. organization has an
estimated 15,003 members. One
thousand members were said to have
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Institute Wins Modification
in Appeal, However.
By United Press
The New Deal was awarded a
strategic victory before the Su
preme Court today when the
tribunal refused to entertain the
plea of Burco Inc., a creditor,
that the court decide consti
tutionality of the utility holding
company act at once in the Amer
ican States Public Service Cos.
By United Press
WASHINGTON, March 30.—The
Sugar Institute, Inc., controlling
between 70 and 80 per cent of the
cane sugar refining in the United
States, was held by the Supreme
Court today to have violated the
anti-trust laws in its “code of
ethics” adopted in 1928 to eliminate
"destructive” trade practices.
The court ruled, however, that
the Institute should be allowed sev
eral modifications of the decree of
Judge Julian W. Mack in New
York, who found that the code ex
ceeded toe limits of the anti-trust
The court ruled that while com
binations in industry might serve
a beneficial purpose, the sugar
agreement went too far by limiting
competition in prices.
Meier S. Block Unable to
Accept Post.
Four members of the Marion
County Welfare Board were sworn
in today after Meier S. Block, In
dianapolis merchant, announced
that he would be unable to serve.
County Clerk Glenn B. Ralston
gave the oath of office to Mrs. Karl
R. Ruddell. 2626 N. Meridian-st;
Mrs. Marie Woolling, 6940 Washing
ton-blvd: former Mayor L. Ert
Slack, chairman, 3902 Washington
blvd. and the Rev. Linn A. Tripp,
Indianapolis Church Federation so
cial service director.
Following the ceremony, board
members met with Charles Marshal,
assistant director, Governor's Un
employment Relief Commission, who
explained to them provisions of so
cial security legislation passed by
the special session of the General
Circuit Judge Earl R. Cox, who
appointed the members, suggested
that board headquarters not be in
the Courthouse and advised the
members to proceed carefully in the
administration of their duties.
By United ft ess
HOT SPRINGS. Ark., March
30.—Department of Justice agents,
moving swiftly and secretly, were
believed to have captured Alvin
Karpis and another man and
woman in a tear and flare gas
raid on a farm house near here
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.. March 30.
—Department of Justice agents
hurled tear and flare gas into a
farm house near here today in wha,
was believed a search for Alvin
Karpis, America's No. 1 public
enemy, and a companion.
The house was reported to have
been rented about a month ago to
Harold Hunter, reputed companion
of Karpis. who purportedly was be
ing sought as well as Karpis.
Toll Far Above Average for
Larger Communities,
U. S. Claims.
Report Is Released as Mis
haps Take Lives of Three'
More Victims.
A Federal census report, issued
today, revealing that Indianapolis
has a considerably higher traffic
death rate than the average large
city, plus the fact that three week
end deaths brought the Marion
County 1936 traffic roll to 29. spurred
police and city administration in a
new safety drive.
First triplicate stickers, consid
ered fix-proof, w'ere issue to po
licemen this morning.
Figures released by the Federal
Census Bureau show that Indianap
olis had an average of 28.1 traffic
deaths per 100,000 population for
a 52-week period ending March 14,
as compared to a general average in
86 cities of 17.5 deaths.
For the corresponding period in
1934-35, the general rate was 19.1,
and the Indianapolis rat* was 38.6
deaths per 100,000.
Automobile accidents, including
collisions with railroad trains and
street cars, the bureau reported,
account for five out of every 200
deaths in the United States.
Bright Side of Picture
The only bright side of this pic
ture was the fact that for the four
week period ending March 14 the
number of deaths from automobile
accidents reported in 86 large cities
was 482. For the preceding four
week period the number was 486.
This is the first time since 1930 that
the death figure has fallen below
500 in any four-week period.
Latest victims, none of whom
were injured in the same accident,
William R. Weidenhorn, 78, of 812
lora Orton, 32, Negro, of 323 W.
Joseph Van Leer, 51, Negro, of
2151 Highland-pl.
Funeral services for Mr. Wieden
horn, who died in his home Satur
day of injuries suffered March 8
when he was struck by a hit-and
run automobile at College and Fair
field-avs, are to be held at 2 tomor
row in the Moore & Kirk Funeral
Home. The Rev. George W. Snyder,
First United Brethren Church pas
tor, is to officiate. Burial is to be in
Crown Hill.
Mr. Wiedenhorn. a baker, was born
in Philadelphia, Pa. He came to
Indianapolis when he was 6. His
parents died two years later, and he
was reared in the home of the Rev.
Max E. Stern, Second Reformed
Church pastor. --
Four Survive Him
Survivors are the widow, Mrs.
Elizabeth Wiedenhorn: three daugh
ters, Miss Nellie Wiedenhorn and
Miss Blanche Wiedenhorn of Indi
anapolis, and Mrs. B. Earl Puckett
of Douglaston, long Island, N. Y.
Mr. Orton was killed in an auto
mobile-truck accident at 20th-st and
Northwestern-av early yesterday.
Ora Payr.e, Negro, 40, driver of the
car, hit a parked truck, police said.
Payne and three other Negroes
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Reports 1935 Profits Up 76
Per Cent.
By United Press
NEW YORK. March 30.—Presi
dent Alfred P. Sloan Jr., of General
Motors Corp. charged today, in his
annual report to stockholders, that
the New.Deal has "definitely post
poned recovery.”
General Motors sales and earn
ings last year were the highest since
1929, he reported, and net profits
exceeded those of 1934 by 76.46 per
The corporation pay roll in
creased 22.7 per cent over 1934. The
average increase of the hourly wage
rate was 5 per cent.
Policies of the Roosevelt Admin
istration that have disturbed normal
economic processes and increased
government, expenditures not only
will cause incre >ed taxes, Mr. Sloan
said, but i duced production
through necessitating higher prices
and decreased consumption.
He recommended that industry
assume a vigorous role in shaping
national policies toward sound
economic development.
General Motors’ net sales last
year were 34 per cent greater than
in 1934—51,155,641,511 against $862.-
672.670, he reported. The 1935 net
profit was $167,226,510, or $3.69 a
share on the average number of
outstanding common stock shares.
In 1934 the net profit equalled $1.99
a share.
Special Issues Attract Attention;
Sugar Stocks Firm.
By United Press
NEW YORK. March 30—Stock
market trading was extremely quiet
today and price? were irregularly
Special issues attracted some at
tention as Checker Cab ran up to 64
for 4*s gain. J. I. Case was strong.
The general list moved narrowly.
Sugar Issues were firm.
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1936
m B "' si ■
Drastic Regulations May
Force Closing of Local
Schools, Is Claim.
Changes in rules governing bar ad
missions, made today by the In
diana Supreme Court, may force
three Indianapolis law schools to
disband unless they can comply
with the new requirements by
Sept. 1, 1937, Remster A. Bingham,
secretary-treasurer of the State
Board of Law Examiners, said.
Schools now on an approved basis
are at Indiana University, Val
paraiso and Notre Dame Uni
‘versities. he added.
Climaxing a lengthy campaign by
the Indiana and American Bar As
sociations. the state’s highest
tribunal made changes which Mr.
Bingham says he believes will put
Indiana on a parity with most other
states in the matter of admission
Admission to the bar. the court
ruled, now r can be granted only to
studentsof accredited law schools or
those who have studied in ’ law
The approved schools must require
their students to pursue three-year
courses if they devote all their time
to their studies, and longer if they
are part-time students.
A library of at least 7500 volumes
must be provided, the school can not
be operated as a commercial enter
prise and it shall hire a full-time
instructor for each 100 students or
fraction thereof.
Other changes made by the court
reduce the number of examinations
an applicant may take from five to
four and raise the cost of admission
for attorneys from other states.
“In a little more than four years.
Indiana has progressed from the
most backward state in the matter
of admissions, to a front rank posi
tion in this matter,” Milo N. Feight
ner, Huntington, president of the
State v ßoard of Law Examiners, said.
"The court’s action should be com
mended by every lawyer in the
12,000 TO GET WORK
800 Miles of State Highways Are
to Be Bettered.
Improvement of approximately
800 miles of Indiana state highway
system between now %nd Aug. 1 is
expected to provide employment for
12.000 men, the State Highway Com
mission announced today.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann
3-Way Parley Planned as
Powers Wait Hitler Reply
British Cabinet Leaders
Approve Conference
on Defense.
P.y United Pri ss
LONDON, March 30.—Cabinet
leaders today approved a plan for
early British-French-Belgian staff
conferences on joint land, sea and
air defense against an unprovoked
attack on any nation of the three,
it was learned authoritatively.
The conferences will begin prob
ably April 6.
Apparently with a view to placat
ing German uneasiness ; i the staff
talks, it was learned, Great Britain
intends, when the time seems propi
tious, to enable the German gen
eral staff to join in the talks so that
all four nations can arrange de
fense plan against attack.
Co-operation among air forces is
to occupy first place and naval co
operation second. For at least two
or three years, harnessing the
British army to the three-power
schemes would be symbolic rather
than strategic.
Balmy Weather, to Leave,
Bureau Says.
The freezing weather, which the
Weather Bureau has been expecting
for the last two days, probably is to
arrive here tonight accompanied by
rain, it was announced today.
Tomorrow is expected to be cloudy
and colder. A high pressure area
in the Northwest, which is moving
in this direction, is going to cause
this change, the Weather Bureau
The mercury made a steady climb
this morning.
Times Index
Births 17 1 Movies 13
Books 11 1 Mrs. Roosevelt 6
Bridge 11 Music 9
Clapper 11 Pegler 11
Comics 19 Pyle 12
Cross Word . 8 Radio 9
Editorials ... 12 Serial Story . 7
Fashions 7 Simms 11
Financial ... 18 Short Story . 19
Gardening .. 8 Society 6
Hoosier Editor 12 J Sports 14
Johnson 11 j State Deaths 20
Merry-Go-R’d 11 i Want Ads ...16
Kntered s. Second-Clas. Matter
at l’ostoflfice, Indianapolis, Ind.
Expected Statement by Der
Fuehrer May Fix
Europe’s Fate.
Scripps-llowartl Newspaper Alliance
PARIS, March 30.—Europe today
awaits with utmost anxiety tomor
rows pronouncement by Adolf
Coming as it does on the heels of
yesterday’s plebiscite, the Fuehrer’s
reply to the Locarno Powers tomor
row may fix the fate of Europe.
Though keenly aware of the tre
mendous utakes involved, London, is
increasingly pessimistic. And Paris
is even more so.
When Ambassador-at-Large Von
Ribbentrop flew back to Germany to
report to Hitler, he left British For
eign Secretary Eden convinced that
few if any concessions might be ex
pected from that direction. Yet
Eden has made it plain that unless
Germany makes some constructive
move for the sake of European
peace, further progress will be diffi
Nations Want Assurance
What Britain and France want
most of all is assurance from Hitler
that the Rhineland will not be re
Fortification of the Rhineland
would precipitate a crisis of the ut
most gravity. France is frightened
by occupation in force and reforti
fleation. She could not easily go to
the aid of Russia. Poland. Austria
or the Little Entente in the event
of German aggression, as treaties
call for her to do.
The British are as aware as Is
France that Germany will soon be
the strongest power in Europe. Un
less she can be brought into a
general peace pact the only pos
sible security for Britain, France,
Belgium and Italy is some sort of
40 Said to Be Dead. 120 Injured
Following Italian Raid.
By United Press
ADDIS ABABA, March 30.—Harar.
second city of Ethiopia, was reported
in smouldering ruins today after a
merciless bomb and machine gun
attack by 37 Italian airplanes. The
town was undefended.
Early" reports said that 40 persons
were killed and 120 wounded. The
church of St. Savior, the Catholic
church mission, the radio station,
the prison, the Egyptian hospital,
were reported destroyed. A large
part of the Swedish hospital was
reported in ruins.
Jersey Pardons Board to Decide Whether
Swift Series of Developments Is
to Delay Execution.
Hoffman Aid to Introduce Evidence Linking
Fisch to Crime, Is Report; Wilentz
Appears Unworried.
(Copyright, 1936, by United Press)
TRENTON, N. J., March 30.—The New Jersey Court
of Pardons assembled in solemn session at the Statehouse
today to decide whether a swift series of fantastic develop
ments in the Lindbergh kidnaping will delay the scheduled
execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann tomorrow night.
Investigators and members of the court hastened
across the wide, sun-tioored sidewalk in front of the dingy
gray stone building before the court convened bearing ex
hibits and new evidence to aid Gov. Harold G. Hoffman in
his battle to prevent the execution until the Lindbergh mys
tery is solved.
Chief among the investigators was Robert W. Hicks,
Bruno Turns to Religion as
Hour of Scheduled
Death Nears.
(Copyright. 1936. by United Press)
TRENTON. N. J., March 30.
Bruno Richard Hauptmann, with
death only hours away, has turned
toward religion and “forgiven" the
men who prosecuted him.
It was learned today that under
the guidance of his spiritual adviser,
the Rev. John Matthiesen, the con
demned slayer is now engrossed in
prayer. His attitude is, in contras!
to that at his Flemington trial in
January, 1935, when he spent his
time reading Wild West and detec
tive stories.
The change has been gradual.
Hauptmann still is not what might
be termed deeply religious but Mr.
Matthiesen’s kindly teachings have
brought him back to the Lutheran
faith of his fathers.
The minister, whose confidence
in Hauptmann’s innocence is un
swerving, recalled the occasion when
the German carpenter “cleaned his
heart” of feeling against Attorney
General David Wilentz and other
members of the prosecution.
Mother Is Confident
By Uniied Press
KAMENZ, Germany, March 30. —
Bruno Richard Hauptmann’s aged
mother, apparently confident that
her son will not die tomorrow night
as the convicted kidnaper of the
Lindbergh baby, was an early voter
in yesterday's Reichstag election.
She was suffering from a cold,
which she said she caught Friday
while standing in the market place
listening to Adolf Hitler's speech
over a loud speaker.
River Receding Above New
Albany, Report.
As the flood-swollen Ohio River
spread slowly through the lowlands
near Evansville today, McLain S.
Collom, weather observer, predicted
a crest of 44.5 feet Wednesday.
With flood stage in Evansville at
35 feet, the level reported today
was 44.2 feet. Most of the residents
in the lowlands south of Evansville
evacuated their homes as the river
continued to rise.
Upstream from New Albany, the
river was falling, but observers pre
dicted it would be several days be
fore normal levels are reached.
Evansville is protected by 36
Coast Guardsmen, six power boats
and two survey airplanes.
More than a score of refugees are
being cared for at Canneltony More
than 500 persons residing in the low
lands near Evansville have been re
moved to higher ground by WPA
Headquarters have been estab
lished near Evansville by the Red
Cross and Salvation Army.
Meanwhile, a renewed Red Cross
appeal was made today in Indian
apolis. The Marion County total
reached $19,225.99 by this noon.
Sergeant Apparently Victim of
Heart Disease at 49.
Police Sergt. Maurice Roscoe Wil
kerson died today at his home. 2007
N. Harding-st. apparently of heart
disease. He had seemed to be in'
good health Saturday when he was
last seen by his fellow officers. Yes
terday was his regular day off.
Sergt. Wilkerson, who was 49 was
unmarried and lived with his mother
and sister, who survive him. He was
appointed to the force in 1920 and ;
was made a sergeant in 1931. I
a Washington detective, who
carried a small box-like device
that resembled a bureau
Hicks said it was a model he used
in measuring sawcuts on boards
from the attic of Hauptmann’s
home in the Bronx—boards which
were alleged to have been used in
the ladder which the kidnaper built
to climb into the Lindbergh nursery
and steal the child.
“Admits” Baby Kidnaping
Attorney General David T. Wil
entz apparently was convinced that
sensational week-end developments
which might have delayed the exe
cution, had been discounted as
harmless to the prosecution.
Tile developments included the
arrest of Paul Wendel and the fil
ing against him by the chief of
Mercer County detectives a charge
of murdering the Lindbergh baby.
Wendel, seized in New York on
Feb. 14. had confessed to Burlington
County Detective Ellis Parker, in
vestigating for Hoffman, that he
kidnaped the baby. When brought
to the jail here Saturday night he
repudiated the confession.
Wilentz and County Prosecutor
Erwin Marshall agreed that the
confession was untrue and said the
murder charge would be dismissed
tomorrow—shortly before the Haupt
mann execution—when Wendel is
scheduled to be taken before the
grand jury.
It was learned that Detective
James S. Kirkham filed the murder
charge without instructions from his
superior. It also was stated that
Kirkham and Parker long have been
Claims New Evidence
C. Lloyd Fisher, arguing for the
court to exercise its absolute pow
ers to delay execution or to com
mute sentence, and Frederick A.
Pope, also of defense counsel, con
ferred briefly just before the court
Fisher said he had “some new
evidence,” but declined to comment
Only seven of the eight mem
bers of the court were present.
Judge George Van Buskirk was ill
and unable to attend.
Before the court met, William
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Victim Collapses After Draft Blows
Out Flames.
Two women were overcome by gas
today when a draft blew out the
flames of a kitchen stove burner.
Mrs. Vivian Brankamp, 20, who
collapsed in the front room of her
home. 832 Dawson-st, was taken to
City Hospital for treatment. Her
mother-in-law, Mrs. Omelia Bran
kamp, 65. became 111 after she had
gone to the back yard and shouted
for help.
A neighbor. Irvin Ressinger, 42,
828 Dawson-st. threw open the win
dows in the house and called po
lice. The women had been heating
water on the stove when the burner
went out.
Congressional Supporters Seek to
Restore Harmony With Clements.
By United A'rm*
WASHINGTON, March 30. —Dr.
Francis E. Townsend took personal
charge today of the defense of his
old-age pension plan before a con
gressional hearing to be resumed
He expected to confer with his
lieutenants to lay defense plans and
to prepare for his expected appear
ance before the House investigating
committee later this week.
Congressional supporters of the
Townsend movement sought to bring
Townsend and his co-founder. Rob
ert E. Clements, together to restore
Harmony to the high command of
the organization. Clements, who re
signed last week, is to resume his
testimony Wednesday before the
House group.
Charles M. Schwab’s Mother Dies
By United Brett*
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., March 30
Mrs. Pauline Schwab, mother of
Charles M. Schwab, died today at
her home near here. She was 93.

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