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Fire at Coughlin’s Church
Is Drawn Into Inquiry
at Detroit.
Alleged Activity in Group
Brings Action by Michi
gan Warden.
(Another Story on Page 22)
Py United Press
DETROIT, May 26.—The burning
of Father Charles E. Coughlin’s
original Shrine of the Little Flower
at Royal Oak, Mich , last March 17
Is being investigated as a possible
terroristic activity of the Black Le
gion in its fight against Roman
Catholicism, Prosecutor Duncan C.
McCrea said this afternoon.
“The burning of Father Cough
lin’s shrine is a definite part of our
investigation,” McCrea said. “We
have not, as yet, found anything
definite to connect the fire with the
legion, but we are pursuing our in
quiry in that direction.”
The original shrine, a one-story
Wooden structure where the radio
priest gained international fame for
his sermons against Wall-st brokers,
international finance and politics,
was destroyed early on the morning
of St. Patrick’s Day. Its loss was said
to be $30,000 but Father Coughlin
characterized its “intrinsic value as
Coughlin Not Available
At the time, the priest said there
Was no reason to suspect incendiar
ism. Reports of Royal Oak fire
officials bore out his contention that
the blaze resulted from defective
Wiring. Father Coughlin was not
immediately available for comment
pn McCrea’s announcement.
McCrea emphasized that his in
vestigation of the Black Legion’s
activities, which today had spread
to reports of bombings and arson
during recent months, had not turn
ed from other channels into that of
the shrine fire. But he added:
“It is one of those things we are
examining carefully.”
What his investigators had turned
tip concerning the Shrine fire, Mc
jDrea did not disclose.
Two More Prison Guards Fired
While the Detroit inquir turned
Into this channel, the graid jury
investigation at Jackson, resulted in
the issuance of warrants against
lour men on charges of kidnaping
end assaulting a WPA worker.
Warden Harry Jackson of the
Btate prison for southern Michi
gan, announced the dismissal of two
more guards as a consequence of
the investigation. This made four
who have lost their posts for al
leged Black Legion activities.
NcCrea’s investigator, Harry Col
burn, raided five homes and stores
in suburban Ecorse and uncovered
what he said was definite proof of
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Meridian and Washington-St Corner
to Be “Classroom.”
Beginning tomorrow, the inter
section at Meridian and Washing
ton-sts is to become the center of a
pedestrian educational campaign,
Traffic Capt. Lewis Johnson said to
No vehicular turns are to be al
lowed at the intersection, and the
bus zone on the northwest corner
has been moved further north.
Pedestrians will be warned to
“cross with the green light,” Capt.
Johnson said.
Idea Was to Drop Penny Into Glass
in Jug of W T ater.
The police gaming squad, familiar
with almost every type of gambling,
chalked up anew one for the books
At 550 W. Washington-st, police
.onfiscated a gallon jug of water in
which a glass had been placed.
Gamblers were supposed to drop
pennies through a slot in the top of
the jug.
If the penny fell in the glass,
which it usually failed to do, the
winner got a drink on the house. In
the jug police found $1.73.
[Taxi Driver Given Suspended Fine
by Municipal Judge.
Municipal Judge Charles J. Kara
bell ruled today that a reckless driv
er may be one who drives too slow
as well as one who speeds recklessly.
Patrolman Harry Smith said that
Clarence Bartholomew, a taxi driv
er, was halting traffic on Illinois-st
recently by driving too slowly. Bar
tholomew was given a suspended
line on the reckless driving charge.
Showers Possible, Bureau Reports;
Mercury Hits 81 at 1.
No change in temperature is the
weather forecast today, but unset
tled conditions may bring showers,
the United States V/eather Bureau
reported. The te nperature was
rising, reaching 81 at 1 this after
The Indianapolis Times
FORECAST: Partly cloudy and occasionally unsettled tonight and tomorrow; not much change in temperature.
Reign of Terror, Murder Laid to Secret Order
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This triple-thonged whip of heavy leather, fastened to a stout
hickory stick three feet long, was the official instrument of torture of
the Black Legion, Michigan authorities charge. The whip, police say,
was found in the home of Ray Ernest, alleged to be a “brigadier general”
in the organization. Members wore hoods and robes of the type donned
by the officer posing with the lash.
Quit After Dean Is Fired
in Probe of Alleged
‘Diploma Mill/
Central Normal College, Danville,
today had anew president, Dr. C. H.
Griffey, and anew registrar, Chester
Elson, a Danville high school
teacher, following an investigation
of charges that a former dean had
operated an alleged “diploma mill”
in the school.
Trustees have canceled the con
tract of Dean N. W. Pinkerton. The
resignations of President Waldo
Wood and Registrar Valentine
Pleasant have been accepted.
“The school board exonerates
President Wood and Mrs. Pleasant
from any alleged irregularities. Not
a dollar paid out for credits has
been paid into the school, declared
Otis E. Gulley, school board chair
Dr. Pinkerton, who had taught
at Central Normal 10 years, could
not be reached but he is said to
have denied the charges in a state
ment to the State Board of Educa
tion and its investigators.
“All of my acts were done by and
in the knowledge of Dr. Wood and
sometimes at his demand. If any
credits were sold, I don’t know by
whom or for whom,” he is said to
have declared.
Seven Statements Claimed
Meantime, the teachers’ licensing
division of the Board of Education,
through Clarence L. Murray, direc
tor of teacher training, disclosed
that further inquiry into diplomas
and licenses issued by the school
would depend on the action of the
State Board of Education meeting
in June.
Floyd I. McMurray, state super
intendent of public instruction, de
clared that he believed not more
than 20 licenses of teachers were
involved, and that in only seven, or
possibly 10, had money been paid.
He said licenses of Central Nor
mal graduates would be studied as
they came before the licensing di
Mr. Murray said that statements
had been obtained from seven stu
dents of the normal school, and that
in four of these it was alleged that
money had been paid for credits
which were not received or for
school work which had not been
President Wood denied charges of
Dr. Pinkerton that he knew of the
alleged sale of credits.
Gov. McNutt said today he had
known of the Danville situation for
some time and had urged the State
Board of Education to “clean out”
the school.
“I think a thorough investigation
should be made of each case where
money Is alleged to have been given
for credits not earned. I do not be
lieve the licenses should be revoked
without a hearing,” he said.
Enroll Early for Test in
Times-Loew’s Local Film
Want a movie test?
Want to see how you look on the
Want to hear your voice in a pro
fessionally directed and produced
talking picture?
All right, then listen to this:
Applications for parts in the real
movie producton, “It Happened in
Indianapolis,” are now being ac
cepted! Here are all the details for
those who are interested, and that
probably means all Indianapolis.
This all-local film is being spon
sored by The Indianapolis Times
and Loew’s Theater. All persons in
the city between the ages of 16 and
22 inclusive are invited to try for
a part in the production which will
be filmed from start to finish In
Indianapolis and with a 100 per
cent local cast.
of this interest-
ON the northeast corner of Mar
ket and Noble-sts is a two
story red brick building housing the
office and wareroom of the Allied
Paper Stock Cos. A hundred years
ago it was the site of Uncle Tom
Magruder’s cabin the original
Uncle Tom of Harriet Beecher
Stowe’s immortal book.
Os course, nonody—not even this
column—can say for sure that this
is so, but it’s one of those things
easier to believe than not to believe,
especially if you have any faith in
the validity of coincidences.
In the first place, there is the co
incidence of Mrs. Stowe’s brother
living in Indianapolis at the time.
Henry Ward Beecher lived on the
site of the old synagog on Market
st, a leisurely walk of two blocks
to Uncle Tom’s cabin, and it is a
matter of record that he often
visited the old Negro. Mr. Beecher
developed a fondness for the old
man and didn’t care who knew it.
He said so.
It is known, too, that Mrs. Stowe
visited her brother and that he took
her to see Uncle Tom. Indeed,
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Senate Committee to Meet
With President Tonight.
■By United Prett
WASHINGTON, May 26. Pres
ident Roosevelt was called upon
today in a final effort by Senate
Finance Committee members to
whip into shape the Administra
tion’s tax bill.
At the request of Chairman Pat
Harrison of the Finance Committee
Mr. Roosevelt agreed to meet with
Democratic members of the commit
tee tonight at the White House.
It was expected that the commit
tee's draft of the complex, revised
bill would be submitted for Mr.
Roosevelt’s approval. Final details
were being ironed out by the com
mittee today.
Hoosier Publisher Dead
NEWCASTLE, Ind., May 26.—Je
thro Wickersham Parker, editor and
publisher of the New-Republican,
died today. He was the son of Ben
jamin S. Parker, Indiana author
and poet.
ing talking picture has a double
purpose. First, it will give local
amateurs an opportunity to test
their ability before the motion pic
ture camera under the same condi
tions as those in Hollywood; and
secondly, it gives the executives of
the industry a chance to take many
screen tests with the possibility that
they may discover a promising
screen personality.
Ann Loring, whom you may have
seen in M-G-M’s “Robinhood of
El Dorado,” started in a similar
This is no invitation to go to
Hollywood. Rather, it is an invita
tion to get a taste of movie-making
as one of the actors right here in
Indianapolis, to see yourself in pic
tures, to hear your voice speaking
from the screen, to work under a
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Sullen and disheveled, hiding their faces, this group of suspects in the vigilante slaying of Charles A.
Poole stood mute on arraignment in a Detroit court. They were held without bail for further examination.
Murder warrants were issued against 25 alleged members of the Black Legion, as authorities started a far
flung investigation of the organization. The Legion is declared to be patterned after the Ku-Klux Klan,
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Telling her story of terror to Jackson (Mich.) police, Mrs. Maida
Every is shown here with her son Ralph as she accused Ray Ernest,
Jackson state prison guard, of leading a hooded band which flogged her
husband. Paul Every died a few weeks later, the cause being given as
heart disease. The victim had been a member of the Black Legion and
is alleged to have been slain to' seal his lips when he tried to quit the
St. Louis Man Is Charged With
Vagrancy; Bond Set at S2OOO.
Police picking up pickpockets to
protect purses of persons expected
to people the Speedway said they
produced one in the person of Ted
Bell, 31, Negro, who gave his address
as St. Louis. He blithely admitted to
police that he had been arrested
“about 100 times,” they said.
Bell was arrested this morning at
Illinois and Washington-sts and is
held under S2OOO bond on a
vagrancy charge. Bell was arrested
on the complaint of Harry Bledsoe,
4064 Graceland-av, who charged
that Bell tried to pick his pocket
yesterday morning on a West In
dianapolis bus.
Half-Mile Area Swept by
San Francisco Fire.
By United fy-ett
SAN FRANCISCO, May 26.—Fire,
sweeping through millions of feet
of stacked lumber and endangering
a half dozen ships, spread over a
half mile front today.
Blazing oil on the surface of the
channel added to the hazards.
Three large lumber yards were in
flames. The endangered ships, two
of them loaded with lumber, were
trapped in a flaming sea and were
cut adrift.
Great columns of dense black
smoke were visible for miles around
San Francisco Bay.
Ignore Subpenas to Appear Before
Congressional Committee.
By United Prett
WASHINGTON, May 26. —The
“Townsend revolt” against the
House old-age pension investigating
committee spread today to subordin
ates of Dr. Francis E. Townsend
when two of his lieutenants failed
to appear in answer to a subpena.
John B. Kiefer. Chicago, and the
Rev. Clinton L. Wunder, New York,
both members of the directorate of
the Old Age Revolving Pension, Ltd.,
followed their leader today in his
dramatic defiance of the congres
sional committee.
50,000 Acres in New Jer
sey Ravaged by Flames.
By United Prett
TUCKERTON, N. J., Mpy 26.—A
forest fire which burned five men
to death and ravaged Cv 000 acres of
cranberry bog and shrub timber
land was burning itself out today.
Unless wind arises and whips the
dwindling flames over fire lines
hastily dug up by 2000 men that
battled the forest fire for 24 hours,
danger of additional damage ap
peared remote.
A half dozen fires smouldered in
five southern New Jersey counties
but the most destructive blaze was
between Tuckerton and Chatsworth.
This fire started Saturday night and
reached its peak shortly before last
midnight, when it trapped a group
of CCC workers and volunteer fire
fighters. Eight men were burned
seriously. They were treated at hos
Price Off IV, Crate After Bitter
Lonf and Short Battle.
By United Prett
CHICAGO, May 26.—May wheat
prices broke 4% cents a bushel in
the final minutes on the Chicago
Board of Trade after a spectacular
battle between longs and shorts in
the last session for closing out May
Gives his plat
form as a presi
dential candidate
★ ★
Frank Knox
Use of British Cruiser by
Selassie Seen as
Cause of Anaer.
(Copyright, 1936, by United Press)
ROME. May 26.—War talk was
renewed today while Emperor Haile
Selassie aproached Gibraltar in a
British warship on his way to Lon
Mounting anger seemed to point
clearly to anew period of dangerous
tension. Great Britain was spot
lighted once more as pursuing poli
cies inimical to Italy.
Anger was expressed not only be
cause Britain put a cruiser at the
disposal of the Emperor, but at the
prospect, which Italians regard as
a. certainty, that with his arrival
London will become a focal point
for a campaign of anti-Italian
Under the surface, indications are
that Italian leaders are alarmed at
what they consider the Increasingly
dangerous European situation.
Emperor Apparently Eager to Spare
Britain Embarrassment.
By United Press
LONDON, May 26. Emperor
Haile Selassie, apparently eager to
spare the government some of the
embarrassment which his visit to
London might cause, has informed
the foreign office that he desires to
remain incognito during his stay in
Great Britain, it was learned today.
This means that the government
will be able to regard him as a pri
vate person. He will be received with
deference and will be met by gov
ernment representatives. It also is
likely that early in his visit he will
meet King Edward and government
leaders. But he will not be the gov
ernment’s guest nor be greeted with
the ceremonious honors customarily
afforded a foreign sovereign.
Four Transports of Troops Reported
on Way to Tientsin.
By United Press
TIENTSIN, China, May 26 Four
Japanese army transports laden
with infantry and cavalry are on
their way to northern China, it was
announced officially today.
The transports are due at Chin
wangtao, on the coast, Friday, and
the troops will arrive here Friday
They will be quartered at the gi
gantic new Japanese military air
drome and barracks which is near
ing completion on the Hopei plain
three miles from Tientsin, capable
of quartering 15,000 men.
Report for Year Shows Total of
$2,194,994 Spent for Construction.
Building permits in Indianapolis
increased during the year, a report
made by William F. Hurd, building
commissioner, showed today.
Mr. Hurd’s report for the year
ending May 23 showed 341 permits
were Issued for buildings valued at
$2,194,994, compared with 134 per
mits for a valuation of $1,221,936
during the preceding year.
Times Index
Births 8
Books 13
Bridge 10
Broun 13
Clapper 13
Comics 21
Crossword ... 6
Curious World. 4
Editorials .... 14
Fashions 10
Financial ....16
Fishbein 14
Flynn 16
Forum 14
Grin, Bear It. 13
Hunt 13
Jane Jordan.. 10
Merry-Go-R’d 13
Movies 15
Mrs. Ferguson 14
Mrs. Roosevelt 10
Obituaries 8
Pegler 13
Pyle 14
Questions 14
Radio 6
Scherrer 14
Science, Dietz 14
Serial Story .. 7
Short Story . .21
Society li
Sports 17
State Deaths. 9
Wiggam 13
Entered as Second-Clas* Matter ••••
st Postoffice, Indianapolis, Ind.
Lack of Space, Employment
for Prisoners Held
Biggest Handicaps.
Institution Heads Seeking
Means to End Idleness
Among Inmates.
The two greatest problems
faced in the operation of Indi
ana’s six penal and corrective
institutions are lack of space
and useful employment for
These facts were disclosed from
the last available reports by institu
tion heads today, as the Central
States Probation and Parole Confer
ence opened in the Claypool.
Indiana State Prison, Michigan
City, with a total of 103 acres and a
planned capacity of 2300 inmates,
has a population today of 2466 pris
Statistical reports show that the
average inmate at the prison is a
previous offender serving a 1 to 10
year term, 30 years old, married and
having one child, unemployed, lit
erate with education up to one year
in high school and in good mental
and physical health. He is Ameri
can born of American born parents,
white, uses alcohol, smokes and left
home in his 'teens.
Os a total of 2417 prisoners ques
tioned, 1004 were first offenders and
1413 were “repeaters.” jDf the same
total 1491 pleaded guilty, 863 pleaded
not guilty and 63 pleaded insanity.
Os 892 prisoners questioned at the
Indiana State Reformatory, Pendle
ton, 256 were first offenders, 486
were re-committed and 150 had pre
viously been guilty of misdemeanors.
Although the average cronological
age of the 894 reformatory inmates
was 22 years and 7 months, the aver
age mental age of 885 was 12 years
and one month.
Annual Cost Per Man $230
Prisoners over 30, except those
convicted of first or second degree
murder or sentenced to life impris
onment are sent to the prison.
Those from 16 to 30 generally are
sent to the reformatory.
The average gross cost for a man
each year in the prison, which has
an average daily population of 2375,
is $230.66.
In his report dated June 30, 1935,
Warden Louis E. Kunkel of the state
prison said:
“May I once more urgently re
quest . . . that you exert every pos
sible effort to secure necessary ap
propriations for new buildings.
“The hospital for criminal insane
is not of sufficient size to properly
care for a rapidly increasing crim
inal insane population. At the
present time we have a number of
men who should be housed in the
criminal insane hospital, but lack
of quarters prevents.
“Idleness presents a continual
problem and, at the present time,
plans are being made to further
eliminate the hazard of idleness
among inmates.”
Population of the reformatory,
with a capacity of 1400, is 2146 to
day. At the Indiana. Woman’s
Prison, Indianapolis, it is 149. There
were 1006 prisoners at the Indiana
State Farm, Putnamville, June 30,
1935; the average daily attendance
at the Indiana Boys’ School, Plain
field, is 478, and at the Indiana
Girls’ School, Clermont, 271.
259 Paroled Last Year
The State Clemency Commission
in five sessions from January, 1935,
through January, 1936, was able to
hear 1742 cases. Os this number
259 were paroled, 150 commuted, six
pardoned, 17 paroled and fines re
mitted, one commuted and fine re
mitted and one final discharge for
parole granted.
Only two paroles were revoked,
but 1163 petitions for clemency
were denied and 105 cases were con
tinued. 9
The commission, which each year
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Fair Demand Is Evidenced for Rails
and Utilities.
By United Prett
NEW YORK, May 26.—Moderate
profit-taking this afternoon reduced
gains of fractions to 2 points made
in the morning on the Stock Ex
Most of the leaders remained
above the previous close, however.
Ralls and utilities were in fair de
Those five cute little
Dionne sisters are about
to celebrate their second
birthday tomorrow. In
observance, The Times
will publish tomorrow a
special Quins’ Birthday
Edition. A full page of
the latest Dionne pic
tures, in natural color, is
included in the six-page
Law Will Permit Scientific
Attitude on Sentences,
Prof. White Says.
Address Is Heard by 450
Delegates Present From
40 States.
Through the newly created
Division of Corrections in the
Indiana State Department of
Public Welfare, it will be pos
sible, for the first time, to
give scientific determination
of sentences a fair trial, Dr.
R. Clyde White, Indiana Uni
versity Social Research direc
tor, said today.
Dr. White, who has supervised
numerous surveys and studies on
crime and penal reform, was a mem
ber of the Governor’s committee of
experts who assisted in the drafting
of the new Public Welfare Act.
He spoke at the opening session
of the third annual four-day con
vention of the Central States Pro
bation and Parole Conference in the
More than 450 delegates repre
senting 40 states are in attendance.
The conference, to continue for
four days in the Claypool, is ex
pected to bring more than 450 dele
gates here to create co-operation
between states in probation, insti
tutional care, parole supervision,
and rehabilitation of probationers
and parolees in general.
The program, in charge of Philip
Lutz Jr., Indiana Attorney General,
is to be composed of addresses and
discussions on nearly every phase
of parole and probation.
Scully Opens Conference
George T. Scully, conference
president, and superintendent of
Illinois parolees, delivered the open
ing address at 10.
Mrs. Sarah Schaar’s Legal Aid De
partment Supervisor of the Chicago
Jewish Welfare, also addressed the
“Through the new Public Welfare
Act,” Dr. White said, “Indiana now
also has the machinery for a thor
oughly modern administration of
penal and correctional institutions
and agencies.”
He said that the new act makes
possible the employment of a tech
nical staff to determine the fitness
of a prisoner for parole and gives
the state department full power to
obtain good supervision.
Clemency Law to Be Used
Emphasizing the difficulties of
good parole work, he said that, “if
parole can be granted according to
scientific principles, as we now be
lieve it can, and if the object of cor
rectional treatment is to restore the
offender to society and make a good
citizen of him, then there should not
be any arbitrary obstacles to the
application of a scientific treatment,
such as fixed sentences.
“Under the Welfare Act there
seems to be a way of overcoming
this obstacle sufficiently to give
scientific determination of sentence
a fair trial. This can be ac
complished through the law relating
to clemency,” he said.
“The Governor has the power to
commute any sentence. The Divi
sion of Corrections is required by
the law to initiate proceedings look
ing toward commutation of sen
tences, after which the Commission
on Clemency examines the case and
makes recommendations to th®
Treated as Patient
“What is proposed here is that
the State Department take as its
major premise regarding the offend
er, the proposition that he is a pa
tient and should be treated with
the same scientific acumen as an
insane person would be treated.
“When the offender is ready for
parole, he is released as a conval
escing patient and is supervised by
a battery of experts, with the parole
officer of the county acting as the
family physician.”
Prisons are necessary evils and
they should play as small a part as
possible in the life of any person
who is expected to return to society,
Mrs. Schaar told the conference. She
said that, as at present constituted,
the prison has only a negative place
in the treatment of crime.
Mrs. Scharr stated that the train
ing of a probation and parole offi
cer should include an ability to ana
lyze personality and to use such
analysis in treatment.
“It should include a thorough
knowledge of community resources,
educational, vocational, religious,
recreational, medical and the like,
and should include skill in integrat
ing these resources in the service of
the probationer,” she said.
In his address Mr. Scully con
gratulated Indiana on being the
first state to recognize the value and
necessity of compacts between states
for reciprocal supervision and after
care of probationers.
He urged that the convention
adopt a resolution urging the co
ordination and standardization
among the states of the many and
various state systems. He said only
14 states have adopted intersttuj

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