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Irvin Adair Brooke Will Rep
resent Maryland in
Star Finals.
Irvin Adair Brooke. 15, a senior in the
Rockville High School, was selected last
night to represent Maryland in The
Star finals of the National Oratorical
Contest May 10.
Competing at the Hyattsville High
School auditorium with orators from
three other counties in the State, the
Montgomery County speaker won on
the first Judges- ballot with his discus
sion of "The Influence of the Civil War
on the Constitution." He will receive a
*100 cash prize and will have a chance ,
to win the *200 award and Summer tour
of Europe presented the ultimate victor
in The Star area.
Gold medals were awarded also to the
St. Mary s, Charles and Prince George's
County representatives last night, as re- j
ward for victory in their territorial
eliminations. The alternate chosen for
Maryland was Miss Louise Baden of
Maryland Park High School.
Brooke, the son of Mrs. Mary Daw- ,
•on Brooke of Rockville, is prominent
in extracurricular activities at his
school. He has played basket ball and
’ base ball, was manager of soccer, vice
president of the senior class, president
of the Dramatic Club, a member of the
Rocket staff and the honor roll and a
leader in other work.
K. J. Morris, principal of Hyattsville
High School, presided at the contest.
Judges were Byron Price, T. H. B. Mc
Knight and Hermann Hagrdorn. A
musical program wes presented by the (
high school orchestra.
MOTHER OF MASSIE
STUNNED BY VERDICT
Mrs. W. S. Massie of Winchester,
Xy.. Breaks Down After
Hearing of Conviction.
By the Associated Press.
WINCHESTER, Ky„ April 30 —
Stunned by the verdict that may send
her son, Lieut. Thomas Massie, 24, to
prison for manslaughter, Mrs. W. S.
;Massie of Winchester, mother of the
' naval officer convicted last night with
three others in the Honolulu lynching !
case, today had no definite plans con
cerning her future course in regard to '
the case.
Informed last night of the verdict,
Mrs. Massie broke down after saying
, ‘'convicted of manslaughter—what does
that mean?” She seemed unable to
. comprehend the full meaning of the
jury's findings.
Mrs. Massie’s daughter, Dorothy, was j
with her when news of the verdict was
received. Both said they had expected
acquittal for the former Winchester
youth. Mrs. Massie said she had made
no plans to go to her son and did not
know what she would do.
FOX THEATER LEASED
BY LOEW INTERESTS
Definite Statement as to Policy
Will Be. Forthcoming
Later.
(From the 5:30 Edition of Yesterday's Star.)
The Loew theater interests today an- ,
Bounced acquisition of the lease of the
Pox Theater.
In a brief message of announcement,
Carter Barron, city manager of Wash
ington Loew’s theaters, said a definite
statement as to the policy of the Pox
Theater in the future would be an
nounced within a few days, upon the
arrival in Washington of a Loew execu
tive from New York.
•'The policy relative to the manage
ment of the present Loew houses and
the Fox will also be announced upon
the arrival of the Loew official from
; :Jfew York," Barron stated.
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C. W. COLEMAN FUNERAL
" PLANS ARE COMPLETED
^Assistant in Library of Congress
Beading Boom to Be Buried
This Afternoon.
Funeral services for Charles Wash
ington Coleman, assistant superintend
ent of the reading room. Library of
Congress, who died yesterday, were to
be held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon
at the ZYhorst funeral home, 301 East
Capitol street Rev. Bland Tucker will
officiate. The body will be taken to
Williamsburg. Va., lor cremation.
Bom in Richmond, he was the son
of Dr. Charles Washingtpn Coleman
■and Cynthia Beverly Coleman. After
attending the University of Virginia he
•became librarian at William and Mary
College in 1893. He had been connected
■with the Library of Congress for about
•JO years.
: EXTORTION CHARGED
Broker Says He Had to Pay $2,000
to Get Out of Speakeasy.
: NEW YORK. April 30 UP).—On a
Complaint of H. C. Murphy, a stock
broker, that he had been "steered'' by
> taxicab driver to a speakeasy on the
second floor of a flve-story building in
West Seventy-second street, where he
Was held a prisoner for 48 hours until
after he had been forced to sign checks
.-for $2,000, 'prohibition agents raided
f’the place today.
; Three men and two women were ar
rested and a quantity of alleged liquor
;‘vas seized.
A_ _ _
Precautions Taken as Four
Americans Are Convicted
of Manslaughter.
(Continued From First Page.)
sentence possible would be a suspended
sentence for that length of time, which
is within the power of Judge Davis.
But the court also has authority to
fix the punishment anywhere between
these extremes.
In addition. Gov. Judd has the power
to pardon any or all of them.
Judge Davis fixed next Friday as the
date for pronouncing sentence and the
lour were put In custody of Capt. Ward
Wortman. U. S. N.. and taken to Pearl
Harbor for the night.
Verdict Was Surprise.
Public reaction to the verdict varied.
Generally it was a surprise because
rumors had been circulated the jury
probably wouid convict Lieut. Massie
only. Few expected the conviction of
Mrs. Fortescue.
Comdr. R. W. Bates, head of the
Navy shore patrol, said he expected no
disturbance in the city and would not
order additional sailors for patrol duty.
“I don’t think it is necessary,” he
said, ’ the personnel can take care of
itself.”
William B. Pittman, attorney for
Horace Ida, one of the four remaining
men accused of attacking Mrs. Massie,
asked a police guard for the Ida home.
Pittman also represented Kahahawai
In the first attack trial, which ended
in a jury disagreement. The lynching
victim was abducted by Mrs. Fortescue
and the Navy men from the Judiciary
Building while making his daily re
port to the court last January pending
retrial of the assault charge.
Shortly after the jury disagreement
in the attack case Ida was seized and
beaten by about 20 men in a vain
effort to get him to confess. After the
lynching Ida and his co-defendants.
Ben Ahakeulo. Henry Chang and David
Takai, who had been at liberty under
bond, voluntarily went to jail for pro
tection. More recently, however, they
left the jail for their homes.
Returned to Jail.
Last night they were placed back
in jail as a safety precaution.
The conviction gave a notable vic
tory to John C. Kelley in his first case
as Honolulu's new public prosecutor.
He was appointed to office as the result
of the political shake-up following the
abduction and slaying.
In spite of his victory, Kelley re
mained in a complicated position with
relation to the figure connecting the
two cases—Mrs. Massie.
As a defense witness in the lynching
case. Mrs. Massie figured in an angry
clash with the prosecutor when he
sought testimony from her that she
had had differences with her husband
a few months before the attack last
September. Angrily she tore up a
paper which allegedly contained^ her
written admission of a rift. Kelley
arose and said:
"Thank you. Mrs. Massie. At last you
have shown ycurrelf in your true col
ors.”
Some naval officers contended Kel
ley's remark would prevent him from
prosecuting the forthcoming retrial of
the attack case. He announced it would
be retried, but declined to say whether
he would head the prosecution.
Clashed With Kelley.
The conviction of the lynching case
defendants also was prefaced by an
angry outburst of Mrs. Missle at Kelley.
Just after the jury had been called
into court by Judge Davis, who wanted
to inquire about its progress, Kelley,
Lieut, and Mrs. Massie and Lord met
as they were leaving the Judiciary
Building.
Lord, naturally good natured, took
Kelley's hand and said:
•'No hard feelings.”
Massie, who had been given a ver
bal lashing oy Kelley In the closing ar
guments, likewise shook the prosecutor's
hand.
"If I ever had anything against you,
Mr. Kellev-” Massie began, and Kel
ley Interjected:
’“I haven't anything against you per
sonally, nor against your wife.”
Her eyes biaz ng with fury, Mrs. Mas
sie turned on Kelley.
“No, you haven't anything against
me!” she hissed.
Fear Navy Reprisals.
Massie soothed her. but she was
sobbing w'hen he led her away to an
automobile.
If Ilelley acts for the Territory in
the attack retrial Mrs Massie of ne
cessity will be his chief witness.
Outwardly the city was quiet last
night, but many citizens interpreted
this as ominous. The streets were al
most deserted and only small crowds
attended the motion picture theaters.
Among the small groups on the streets
the verdict was the invariable topic of
discussion.
V. s. CAN’T INTERFERE.
Massic Case Defendants Subject Only
to Territorial Jurisdiction.
Only territorial officials have author
ity to grant leniency to the four con
i victed yesterday in Honolulu of man
slaughter for the slaying of a Hawaiian,
j Department of Justice officials said
today Lieut. Thomas H. Massie, Mrs.
Granville Fortescue, Albert O. Jones
and E. J. Lord occupied the same posi
tion in respect to the territorial au
thorities as Urey would have to State
authorities if they had been convicted
i in State courts.
1 They were convicted in the terri
i torial courts on charges of having vio
I lated the territorial laws, ar.d Federal
authorities have no power to intercede.
This principle of law has been ac
cepted fer years. If the offense had
been committed on a Federal reserva
tion which had brought it into the Fed
eral courts, then the President would
have power to pardon the convicted
persons
——————-—e
Insurance Charter Granted.
RICHMOND, Va.. April 30 (Spe
cial).—A charter has been granted to
Julian T. Burke, Inc., of Alexandria
authorizing it to conduct an insurance
agency business, with a maximum capi
tal limited to $20,000.
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Daily articles, written and illustrated by Ed Decker, famous
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of The Star, beginning Sunday, May li Don’t miss them!
Verdict of Hawaiian Jury Goes Against Them
LIEUT.
THOMAS U.
I MASS'S
clarence!
DAQROW I
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LORD
[MRS. FORTESCUE and M RS. MAS SI E
ONE
Mother and Husband Show
No Emotion as Verdict
Is Given.
BY RUSSELL OWEN.
By Cable to The Star.
HONOLULU, April 30 (N.A.N.A.).—
When Mrs. Granville Fortescue, her
son-in-law, Lieut. Thomas H. Massie,
and the two Navy enlisted men, E. J.
Lord and A. O. Jones, were found guilty
of manslaughter in the killing of J.seph
Kahahawai yesterday afternoon the
verdict came as a distinct surprise and
shock to the defense. Clarence Darrow.
chief defense counsel, announced im
mediately after the verdict that an
appeal would be taken to the Supreme
Court and then to the Ninth Circuit
Court if necessary.
The verdict came soon after Judge
Charles S. Davis had called in the
jurors to ask them if they could agree—
so socn that fcr a time the public
prosecutor, John C. Kelley, could not
be found. The first man to appear was
Mr. Darrow. who evidently was nervous
and worried although he smiled. He
had put his whcle heart into the case
and given all his strength.
Next came Mrs. Fortescue with Mrs.
Thalia Massie, who, for the first time
in the court, wore a light blue dress
with a white hat. her dress on the ether
days having been dark and somber.
Seme little time before, Lieut. Massie,
Jones and Lord appeared and just after
they arrived the Jury came in looking
as expressionless as usual.
Long Wait Painful.
Then there was a wait until Mr
Kelley arrived, a wait which became one
W strained silence, for the spectators
didn't chatter as usual. So painful was
this period that while the Jury tried not
to look at the defendants, those await
ing the verdict anxiously scanned the
faces of the men in the box. Mrs. Massie
put her arm into her husband's and
Clung tightly to him.
Finally Mr. Kelley appeared, just as
Judge Davis looked out from his cham
bers on the side to see if every one
were ready.
When the Judge took the bench he
looked at the jury and raid:
"Gentlemen, have you arrived upon
a verdict?"
The defendants were standing, and
for a moment Mrs. Massie stood beside
her husband as if she. too, were charged
with the crime and meant to take part
in the proceedings, although she prob
ably was Just dazed and hardly knew
what she was doing. A bailiff stand
ing by Lieut. Massie motioned her to
sit down, which she did reluctantly.
The form sheets on which the verdict
was written were taken from John
Stone, foreman of the jury, by a clerk
ind handed to the judge, who read them
through quickly and then gave them to
the clerk to read. The clerk's voice was
trembling with nervousness and his
hands shook as he read the first one:
"Thomas H Massie, guilty of man
slaughter, leniency recommended.”
Mrs. Massie Sabs.
There were great sobs as Mrs. Massie
reached cut and clung desperately to
her husband, who leaned over with his
jaw working and patted her on the
shoulder. But when he looked up again
at the jury he smiled faintly and lifted
his shoulders. There was not a quiver
in his body.
Next the clerk read?
"Grace Forte-cue. guilty of man
slaughter. lenience ic'^mmendc.’."
Mrs. Forte-rue half rml’e-J and lifted
her chin defiantly, not a movement of
her eyes or lips portraying anv emo
tion. She was much more self-con
tained than she often had been
through the trial.
Albert O. Jones and Edward J. Lord,
the two enlisted men, then were found
gu.lty, with re-omm-ndations for leni
ency. Jones was red. but Lord half
shrugged his shoulders.
Mrs. Kassil's sobs became half hvs
tericr.1 end then the calmed a little"as
her hu bend lecn-d over and said:
"Don’t cry. darl ng."
It wav the on’y sound In the court
room and ira iy rocetators were visibly
effected and weeping with her. Evei,
. :me cf the jurcr.', seemed affected. The
v Ivrs of re oral Navy men broke into
muffled, b it furious exclamations and
the wav the Navy felt was made obvi
ous a few moments le.ter.
Mr. Darrow seemed quite depressed
Uv the verdict. His whole huge fram«>
a* sunk into itself rs he slid down on
a chair, and his chin fell toward his
che t. Geerge Leisure, his associate
was equally downcart and sat with a
ctern look on his face.
The mafic- of sentence was discussed,
and Judge Davis fixed next Friday a;
9 o'clock in the morning for the sen
tence.
Delivered to Navy.
Then came the question of custody
until that time and nobody seemed
quite to know what were the terms of
agreement between the territory and
the Navy regarding custody. Finally
Barry S. Ulrich, assistant prosecutor,
who had charge of the case In the be
ginning, said he recalled that the
agreement was for custody by the Navy
until the end of the case. Mr. Kelley,
who became prosecutor after the agree
ment said if there were a Navy officer
present who would be responsible for
the defendants and produce them In
court, he would make no objection.
At this point, Capt. Ward Wortman,
commander of tre submarine base, rose
and said, hesitatingly, his voice half
audible and shaking:
“I was put in charge till released by
the court."
Capt. Wortman then turned to Mr.
Kelley and cried, angrily.
"I don't sec wny Kelley doesn't know
that and why Ulrich doe-n't know that."
Mr. Kel’ey turned and glared at him
“I don't know it ' he said, and Capt.
Wortman called back:
"You know darn little.”
Judge Davis looked reprovingly, but I
did not say anything, allowing as he h ’s
all along for the strained feelings on
both sides. Then he excused the jury
and the jurors leit the building gladlv.
The defendants followed, Mrs. Massie
Boy Lost
THREE-YEAR-OLD IS UN
IDENTIFIED.
This young man was found wander
ing on the street near Fifteenth and H
streets northeast today by ninth pre
cinct police. He couldn’t tell them his
name, so they gave him a penny and an
orange and sent him to the Receiving
Home for Children, where he will be
held until his parents come and get j
him. -—Star Staff Photo.'
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Robinson Offers to Battle
for Leadership After
Verbal Attack.
'Prom the 3 30 Edition of Yesterday'i Star.)
By the Associated Press.
Senator Robinson of Arkansas chal
lenged Senator Long of Louisiana to a
contest over party leadership in the
Senate today after an unprecedented
revolt by the fiery Southern Senator.
Previously the minority leader had of
fered to quit his post whenever a ma
jority of the Democrats desired it.
Long, in a revolt against Robinson's
policies, had resigned a few minutes
earlier from the Senate committees to
which he was assigned by Democratic
leaders.
The Louisiana Senator based his at
tack on Robinson upon the Democratic
leader's opposition to a resolution to
limit all incomes to *1.000.000 a year,
and lifetime inheritances to *5.000,000.
HONOLULU AND WASHINGTON
BOTH AROUSED BY KILLING
History of Fortescue-Massie Case Reveals
Conflicting Emotions and Counter
charges of Hawaii' Crime Wave.
By the Associated Press.
HONOLULU, April 30—When Mrs.
Thalia Massie. blonde young wife of a
Navy officer, became bored at a party
one night last September and went
alone for a walk toward Waikiki Beach,
she involuntarily provided the start of a
series of seething events which con
vulsed Hawaii and reverberated in
Washington.
Mrs. Massie was seized, beaten and
criminally attacked, allegedly by five
men, among them Joseph Kahahawai,
young native athlete. She said Ka
hahawai broke her jaw and assaulted j
her when she prayed for mercy. The
five men were brought to trial but the
jury disagreed.
Resentment sprang up in the Navy
group constituting a generous portion
of Honolulu's population, against what
was termed the hoodlum class Naval
circles charged the police with ineffici
ency and with being undulv friendly
toward the native and Oriental ele
ments lor political reasons.
Rumors Spring Up.
Rumors sprang up about the attack
victim and her husband, Lieut Thomas
H. Massie, U. S. N. One was that Mrs.
Massie had npt been attacked, but mere
ly had been seeking notoriety; another
linked her name with that of a Navy
officer acquaintance of her husband,
and still another said It was Massie
who broke her jaw and that he was
getting a divorce.
Rear Admiral George T. Pettenglll.
commander of mlnecraft in this area,
informed Admiral Richard H. Leigh,
commander of the battle force of the
United States fleet, that Honolulu was
unsafe for the wives of naval officers.
Some wives reputedly armed them
selves for protection. The Navy shore
patrol was enlarged to preserve order.
Disorders began. Horace Ida. one of
the five accused by Mrs. Massie. was
seized and beaten in an attempt to get i
him to confess. Clashes between in
dividuals and between groups in the
streets brought extraordinary police
measures.
Then Mrs. James M. O'Dowda. school
teacher, was bound, beaten, gagged and
criminally assaulted in her home. Lui
Kaikapu. native burglar who had es
caped from Oahu prison, was suspected
Captured, he confessed the attack and
was returned to prison for life.
A week later, on January 8, while
making his daily report to the court,
pending retrial of the Massie attack
case. Kahahawai was lured into an
automobile by a fake summons. An
hour or two thereafter, at the end of
a wild chase toward Koko Head, just
outside of town, police stopped an auto
mobile driven by Mrs. Graqville For
tescue. mother of the attack victim,
and containing Massie, and E. J. Lord.
Navy enlisted man, and the sheeted
body of Kahahawai.
Three Are Arrested.
The three were arrested on the spot
and the fourth suspect, Albert O. Jones,
was artested later at the Masste home
Public feeling surged high. The four
accused of the killing were given Into
custody of naval officers at Pearl Har
bor as a measure for their safety.
Army and Navy enlisted men were
barred from the city temporarily.
Flowers and messages of encourage
ment were showered upon Mrs. Fostes
cue. In an undertaking establishment
banked w ith blossoms lay the body of
the young native. Large crowds, most
ly natives and Orientals, visited the
bier. Many natives were indignant.
Kahahawai's weeping father said the
young man had taken a native oath
that he was innocent of the attack
This was accept'd by many Hawaiians
as conclusive proof of his Innocence
A grand jury at first refused to in
dict the four accused of the killing, but
under the urging of Circuit Judge A. M
Cristy, which the defense later termed
judicial coercion, returned an indict
ment charging second-degree murder,
the penalty of which is 20 years to life
imprisonment.
40 Attacks Denied.
In Washington a report of naval of
ficers that about 40 wemen had been
attacked in Hawaii within a year was
made public, but was promptly denied
by civilian authorities here.
The United States Senate ordered a
Department of Justice investigation of
law enforcement here A special session
of the Territorial Legislature changed
some of the criminal laws and au
thorized reorganization of Honolulu's
pclice and prosecuting systems
In his 75th year, Clarence Darrow,
noted criminal lawyer, came out of re
tirement to defend the four accused of
the killing.
Judge Cristy was disqualified from the
trial by a defense affidavit of prejudice
John C. Kelley, new prosecuting attor
ney, presented the territory's case be
fore Circuit Judge Charles S Davis.
As the trial started, the report of Seth
W. Richardson, Assistant Attorney Gen
eral, who made the Justice Department'
investigation, was made public He re
ported finding no organized crime here
and said sex offenses seemed fewer pro
portionately than in mainland localities
of similar population. He recommended,
however, that the Federal Government
"assume closer responsibility” for law
and order in the islands.
With an array of gruesome exhibits—
blood-stained sheets, rope, clothing and
other articles taken from the death car
and from the home of Mrs. Fortescue—
Kelley swiftly built up a vivid circum
stantial story of how Kahahawai was
kidnaped by the four accused and taken
i to the Fortescue home, where he was
: shot to death.
Massie on Stand.
I Darrow called Lieut. Massie to the
: stand. The young officer told how he had
arrived home, to find his wife brutally
beaten end sobbing out the story of
| the attack; how the case preyed on his
mind, and how rutrors circulated after
the attack case jury disagreed.
Massie said he and the three other
defendants plotted and carried out the
abduction. He said be confronted
4
Kahahakai with a pistol, demanded a
confession and that his mind suddenly
went blank when Kahahawai said, "Yes,
we done it.”
Dr. J. Thomas Orbison and Dr. Ed
ward Huntington Williams. Los Angeles
alienists, testified Massie suffered from
"shock amnesia” the moment of the
tragedy.
The defense case ended in a spec
tacular scene with Mrs. Massie on the
witness stand. Between showers of
tears she told of the attack and her
subsequent ordeal and how it affected
her husband.
On cross-examination Kelley handed
her a paper, supposedly written by her
self in a psychopathic examination and
purporting to contain an admission of
differences with Massie a few months
before the attack.
“This is a confidential paper between
a physician and patient. Where Ad
you get it?” she demanded.
Kelley insisted she say whether she
wrote it.
“I refuse to answer.” she stormed,
and tore the paper to bits while spec
tators applauded.
State Produces Alienists.
“Thank you. Mrs. Massie.” said Kel
ley angrily, "at last you have shown
yourself in your true colors.”
In rebuttal the prosecution produced
three alienists, Dr. Paul Bowers, Dr.
Robert Faus and Dr. Joseph Catton,
who, although barred from observing
Massie because of Darrow's objection,
testified that in their belief he was
sane. In a caustic exchange with Dar
row, Dr. Catton pictured Massie. a na
tive of Kentucky, as a sane, normal
Southerner stirred to anger and ven
beance in firing the fatal shot.
In a pie* of more than three hours.
Darrow emphasized the insanity and
unwritten law aspects of the defense
and asked the jurors to apply the
Golden Rule in judging the accused.
"If these people are sent to prison
it will place a blot on these fair is
lands that not all the waters of the
Pacific can wash away," said the aged
defender.
“And when people come to your
beautiful isle,” he went on, “the first
place they shall want to see is the
pentitentiary. And men will marvel
and wonder at the cruelty of man and
the injustice that has been done here.”
Kelley excoriated Massie in his clos
ing argument and again hinted that
the naval officer had not told the truth
on the stand.
"He couldn't hide behind the skirts
of his mother-in-law-," shouted the
prosecutor, "nor behind the r.wo sailors
who helped him."
Kelley Claims Sacrifice.
Referring to Mrs. Massle's testifying,
Kelley said:
“They sacrificed that girl for his ego
and made a Roman holiday for the
crowd that disgraced this court with
applause.”
"If you let these people go.” Kelley
argued, "they will make Massie an ad
miral, because he and Admiral Pratt
think alike. They both believe in lynch
law.”
Calling each juror by name, Kelley
closed with:
"Without being swayed by mercy or
by admirals—for in the language of
Smedley Butler I say, ‘To hell with the
admirals!'—there is no reason why you
cannot bring in a unanimous verdict of
guilty.
We do not ask for vengeance—only
justice.
VIRGINIAN DIES ABROAD
W. H. Gale Was Retired Officer of
U. S. Foreign Service.
The State Department announced to
day the death at Rome, Italy. April 25,
of William Holt Gale, retired officer of
the United States foreign service, a
native of New York City, whose home
was at Leesburg, Va
Gale entered the foreign service in
1906 and after 23 years’ service at va
rious posts throughout the world re
tired in 1929 while consul at Budapest.
During the Spanrh-Amorican War he
was a member of the 71st Regiment,
New York Volunteers.
SHIP OFFICERS SAY
POET HILLED SELF
Friend Verifies Story That
Hart Crane Jumped to
Death From Liner.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. April 30.—The story of
the death at sea of Hart Crane, young
Cleveland poet and winner of a Gug
genheim Foundation prize in 1931, was
told yesterday as the ilner Orizaba ar
rived from Mexico City and Havana.
He died a suicide, ship's officers and
friends said, because of financial de
spondency and the belief that "there Is
no place in the world today for poetry."
Alfred G. Mason, purser, said he saw
Crane pass his office, clad in pajamas
and a light top coat, at 11 45 a m. Wed
nesday. He went to tile top deck.
Search for an Hour.
“Passengers said,” Mason related,-I
"that Crane walked aft along the play
deck to the stern. He quickly dropped
his coat and made a neat dive over the
rail before any one realized what he
was going to do.
"The alarm was given at once, the
ship was stopped, life belts were thrown
Into the water and a lifeboat put out.
He came up once but was seen no more,
though we searched at least an hour.
His body was not found.”
Mrs. Marguerite Cowley, writer and
painter and a close friend of Crane's,
who was a passenger on the liner, said
he had been living in Mexico for the
last year and had done one "beautiful,
fairly long poem,” though the epic poem
Mexico he intended to write “never got
started.”
Despondent Over Money.
He was constantly despondent over
money, she said, and melancholy over
the state of poetry in the world.
Just before he took his plunge, she
said, he came to her stateroom, across
the ship ircm his own. and said he
"wanted to say goodby.”
“Of course, I didn't dream what he
meant,” said Mrs. Cowley. “I was
having a stewardess dress a sMght burn
on a finger and told him I would cee
him at his cabin In a few minutes.
Then I heard some shouts and ran to
his cabin. He wasn't there and when
I reached the top deck they already
were lowering a boat in search for
him.”
Mrs. Cowley's divorced husband
Malcolm Cowley, also a writer, met th~
ship. He said they had known Crane
about 10 years.
NAVY SYMPATHETIC
WITH LIEUT. MASSIE
Varied Comment on Conviction
Made by Ranking Officers
at San Francisco.

By the Associated Tress.
SAN FRANCISCO. April 30—Varied
comment from high ranking officers cf
the United State: Navy here with the
fleet, followed news of the Honolulu1
jury verdict in the Massie-Fortescue
case.
Vice Admiral William H. Standley
commander of the cruisers of the fleet’s
scouting force, said the verdict was not
a surprise for him
’T am sure Lieut. Massie will have
the sympathy of the Navy,” he added.
Rear Admiral C. S. Kempff. cruiser
division commander, said: "It's only
the first round.”
Rear Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, head
of the 12th Naval District Board of
Inspection and Survey, received the
news with the remark:
"Isn't that a shame—I didn't believe
it was possible.”
Rear Admiral W C. Cole, com
mandant of the 12th Naval District, j
said: ”1 couldn't see anything else
from the evidence adduced and the
charge of the judge bin this verdict. I
feel that justice and law in the ab
stract has been upheld.”
It was at Admiral Cole’s home on
Yerba Buena Island near San Fran
cisco that Miss Helene Fortescue. sister
of Mrs Thalia Massie. was a guest on
her arrival from Honolulu last Winter.
Utah Governor Sounds Plea
to End Party Strife in
Address Here.
Party harmony, adoption of a con
structive platform and abolition of the
! two-thirds rule of nomination at the
• net oral convention were urged upon
Democrats by Gov. George H. Dern of
Utah last night in an address before the
Women's National Democratic Club.
Attacks Republicans.
Gov. Dern, who came here from the |
Governors' Conference at Richmond,
Va., attacked the Republican party as
! the party of “panic and poverty,” and
| declared that whereas "for 40 years it
kept in power by misrepresenting the
i Democrats as the party of 'hard times,’
i the Republican chickens at last have
i ccme home to roost .”
The Democratic Utah Governor was
! guest of honor of the club at a dinner
I at the club house, 1526 New Hampshire
avenue, and was introduced to mem
bers by former Gov. Nellie Tayloe Ross
of Wyoming.
He said the Democratic party has an
I excellent opportunity of winning the
November presidential election, "pro
| vided it has an enlightened program
i and provided it does not get into a cat
1 and dog fight in its own ranks."
Paraphrases Smith.
Paraphrasing former Gov. Alfred E.
Smith's words, Gov. Dern said he was
“one of those Democrats who will ‘take
off their coats and vests' for anv can
didate the party may name at its na
I tional convention.”
I Gov. Dern concluded with a scath
ing attack on the Smoct-Hawley tariff
act. which, he said, was largely re
sponsible for the present depression.
MARION FORTESCUE
TAKES NEWS CALMLY
Daughter of Honolulu Case Defend
ant, in London. Spends Day
In Her Room.
By the Associated Tre-.s.
1 LONDON. Aorll 30— Marion For
tes.ue, daughter cf Mrs. Granville For- ;
tes:ue ani sister-in-law of Lie ’t.
Thomas H. Massie. who were convicted
of manslaughter in Honolulu yesterday,
learned ot the verdict by cable this
morning.
She is a student at Oxford Univer- !
I sity. Friends said she took the news
calmly, but intended to spend the day
j in her room. They added that she does
net intend to leave the university be
fore the end of the Spring term, no
matter what sentence may be imposed
on her mother and brother-in-law.
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JUDGE DAVIS KNOWN
AS STRONG PROSECUTOR
Fresiding Jurist at Massie Trial
Has Had Long Record as
Court Official.
‘ By the Associated Press.
HONOLULU. April 30 —Circuit Judge
Charles S. Da r v ho presided at the
I honor slaying trial of Lieut. Thomas H.
[ Massie and three others, is known as
one of the most vigorous prosecutors j
Hawaii ever had.
He became city and county attorney !
after serving as deputy in that office.
He has also served as United States
commissioner.
Virtually all of the 42 years of his
life have been snent In Honolulu.
Judge Davis is known as a man with
liberal views, but with strong conscious
ness of his duty and a high respect for
the law.
He attended Cornell and Harvard and
<vas graduated in 1916 from Stanford
University. He served in the Officers
Training School at Camp Hancock. Ga ,
i during the World War. His appoint
| ment as judge was in 1925.
weeping bitterly with her arm around
her husband's shoulder. It was said
later that the delay in finding a verdict
was due to a desire on the part of some
members of the jury to let Mrs. Fortes
I cue and Lord off.
Mr. Darrow said after the verdict that
| he was disappointed and all Mr. Kelley
j would say was that the verdict was just
«Copyright. 1932. by the North American
Newspaper Alliance. Inc.)
Offers Challenge.
‘‘I wish to say,” Robinson replied,
that when the Senator can convince
a majority of the Senators on this side
that he or another can perform the
functions of minority chairman better
than the present occupant I shall be
glad to surrender that measure of au
thority which I have so ineffectively
employed.”
At another point he said: "It is not
conceivable to me that even the great
genius in statesmanship, the Senator
from Louisiana, if given a free hand
and unlimited control could quicklv solve
all the problems that embarrass this
Government and its people."
In a dramatic flourish. Long had
stood on the Senate floor and sent his
resignation from all committees to the
desk after attacking the leadership of
the party by Senator Robinson and
others.
The Louisiana Senator shouted, “I
want to resign from every committee
assignment given me by the Democratic
j party,”
Prefers Farmer-Laborites.
He announced that if a candidate for
I the Farmer-Labor party representing
his views on redistribution of wealth
faced a candidate like Robinson in the
Fall presidential elections he would vote
for the Farmar-Laborite.
He said he would vote for a Repub
lican candidate favoring limitations on
swollen incomes over a Democratic
candidate with the views of Bernard
M. Baruch.
When his resignation from the Com
mittees on Naval Affairs. Manufactures.
Commerce and Inter-Oceanic Canals
had been read. Senator Long demanded
in a great shout:
"There has got to be another leader
ship responsible to the American peo
ple in the Democratic party in this
Congress. It may take two or four or
six years, but there's" got to be another
leadership.”
"Only Remedy in Democracy.”
‘ The people know they can't get any
redistribution < of wealth) through the
Republican party,” Long sold. ‘They
have no hope cf prosperity through
victory at the polls of the Republican
party.
“The only remedy and their only
salvation is from the Dcn'.oe.atc p_.„y.
And here we have a Democra.lo a .c -
ship in the House and Senate thrt is
coming out for the sales ti;;ca l:i5„: d
j cf laying taxes on Baruch, *.ccue. :i or
and the like.”
M KELLAR DOUBTS
FAIRNESS OF TR’AL
Tennessee Senator Says Judge Who
Presided at Indictment Vio
lated Law.
By the Associated Press.
Senator McKellar, Democrat, of Ten
nessee, said today in a statement he
did pot believe defendants in the Mas
sie case in Honolulu “got a fair trial.”
"Local prejudice evidently controlled
the decision,” the Tennessee Senator
said, adding that the judge who pre
sided over the grond jury which re
turned the indictment of the four
Americans "should be impeached.”
"And if I were a member of the
House I would move for his impeach
j ment,” the Tennessee Senator said.
He apparently referred to Circuit
Judge A. M. Christy in Honolulu, who
presided over the grand jury. After
that body had attempted a “no true
bill” report in the cases. Judge Christy
told its members that they should retire
from the jury if they could not recon
i cile their convictions with the testi
mony and the law.
“The indiement was void.” Senator
McKellar said. "The indictment was
found by the judge instead of the grand
jury. The judge had no right to find
an indictment. He had no right to re
fuse to receive a report of no true bill
i from the grand jury. He violated the
law in both these instances
"These people were guilty either of
murder in the first degree or Justifiable
homicide.” he said. “I believe If they
were guilty at all they were guilty of
justifiable homicide and should have
been acquitted.”
Several weeks ago McKellar Intro
duced a resolution for a Senate Investi
gation of conditions In Hawaii, but no
action was taken on it In view of the
inauiry made in the islands by the De
! partment of Justice.
BANKER WINS APPEAL

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 30
The Tennessee Supreme Court today
! reversed the c:nviction of Rogers Cald
well, former investment banker, who
was given a one-to-three-year prison
sentence in Criminal Court at Nashville
on a charge of fraudulent breach of
trust.
The case was remanded to the David
son County Criminal Court for a new
trial.
Schoolboy Safety Patrol Paraders
Contingent* from the Henry and Immaculate Conception School* which took part In the schoolboy patrol parade
this morning which was sponsored by the American Automobile Association.
Darn Those Socks
That's exactly what they need. You look at
them and wonder what to do alfbut it. You
have been too busy with a hundred and one
things and couldn’t get to it. If only some
one could relieve you of the job!
There are many fine women who would be
glad to do that job for you on a reasonable
basis. They need work to help support some
person dependent upon them. Some are
widows. Some have husbands out of work.
Some are single women who always supported
themselves and want to continue to do so.
, They don’t want charity. They are eager to
work.
Why not have one of these worthy women
do that darning—perhaps some mending—for
you? It will make vou happy and bring a bit
of sunshine in the life of a woman eager to
make herself useful and remain self-supporting.

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