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In temperature; light winds, mostly in Washington With the
southeast. Temperatures—Highest. 88, at AsSOCiatpd Prpcc Mpwc
3:15 pm. yesterday; lowest, 59. at 5:30 ^.SSULiaUiU rreSS iNCWS
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No. 33,603. KrlW WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1936-SIXTY PAGES.**** <*» Mean. Aa.oci.ted Pr..,. TWO CENTS.
'KIDNAPING' SELF;
Retracts Story of Abduction
by Two Men, Solving
Virginia Mystery.
ATTORNEY HOPES PRESS
WILL DROP INQUIRY
Case Officially Closed. Is Comment
of Official After Getting
Confession.
Hilda Utterback. 18-year-old Vir
ginia farm girl for whose "abductors”
Loudoun County authorities have
searched five days, confessed today to
Commonwealth Attorney Charles Har
rison that she "kidnaped" herself.
At 1 p.m. Harrison, in his Leesburg
office, handed to reporters this state
ment, signed by the Hamilton. Va.,
girl, who spent last Saturday night in
a vacant house, bound and supposedly
helpless:
"Acting on impulse. I and I alone
kidnaped myself. I will not take time
to recite details, but I deeply regret
my foolish act. I hope I may be for
given for my error.”
The confession was notarized by
F T. Alexander. It was given to
Harrison this morning when he made
a surprise visit to the girl's home.
noiics ior tno 01 vase.
Harrison refused to expand on the
girl's statement. He said his office
had dropped the case, and that he
hoped newspapers would make no
further effort to probe into the rea
aors lying behind the girl’s action.
The incident is closed as far as the
eommonwealth attorney's office is con
cerned. Harrison said.
The girl asked that no attempts be
made to have her amplify her state
ment. Harrison said.
He hailed the confession as a vindi
eation for his office, which had been
subjected to what he termed some
harsh criticism for the manner in
which the case was handled.
The criticism was unjustified."
Harrison said. "The people of the
county were deeply concerned In this
matter, and we followed every line of
inquiry to the fullest."
Sheriff Declines Comment.
Sheriff E. S. Adrian, who has worked
with Harrison throughout the investi
gation. and who was in the attorney’s
office when he made public the state
ment. declined to comment on the
abrupt ending to the bizarre case.
The break came less than four
hours after Harrison told reporters:
' Tou may quote the commonwealth
attorney as saying that the investiga
tion into the Hilda Utterback case
will be continued. It is hoped that
In the future something will turn up
W’hich will lead to the apprehension
of the abductors."
When he made this statement the
puzzle gave every indication of re
maining permanent. Harrison had
just freed, with apologies, the only
two men arrested during the investi
gation of the "kidnaping."
They were Hampton K. Townes. I
37, of 2138 K street, a steamfitter,
and Charles Henry Ball of Claren
don. Va., manager of a base ball
team, who were arrested Wednesday
and released late yesterday.
"I am awfully sorry they were ar
rested and have satisfied myself that
they had nothing whatever to do with
the disappearance of Hilda Utterback,"
Harrison said.
AUbis Were Established.
Both men were acquainted with Miss
Utterback and admitted being in the
vicinity of Leesburg Saturday night.
Alibis were established for them by
Mrs. Robert Cooper, 35. of Leesburg
and Marshall, who told Justice W. A.
Metzger yesterday that the men were
with her at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the!
time Miss Utterback told authorities
*hc was seized by two men in her j
back yard.
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P.W. A. CONFERENCE j
DELAYED FOR STUDY
Beiter Informs Ickes He Desires
More Information Before
Meeting.
By the Associated Press.
A scheduled conference between
Harry L. Hopkins, Secretary Ickes and
a congressional group demanding that
the P. W. A. be given part of the pro
posed $1,500,000,000 relief fund was
poetponed today pending further
studies.
Shortly before the hour scheduled
for the conference, which was sug
gested yesterday by President Roose- I
velt. Representative Beiter, Democrat,
of New York, leader of the group,
telephoned Ickes he wished to obtain
additional information before the
meeting.
The delegation has suggested to the
President that instead of the entire
relief appropriation going to Hopkins’
Works Progress Administration, $700,
000.000 be set aside for supplying 45
per cent grants on P. W. A. preflects.
The remaining 55 per cent, under Bel
ter’s plan, would come from funds of
communities or from loans by the
R. F. C.
No funds for additional P. W. A.
projects were requested by the Presi
dent in his relief message. The Pres
ident indicated recently that he was
opposed to earmarking any of the
money because of P. W. A.'s higher
cost per man put to work.
■■■■■■■ • ■
* Farouk Leaves France.
MARSEILLE, France, May 1 (AP).—
The 16-year-old King Farouk of
Egypt boarded the B. 8. Viceroy of
India for Egypt today to receive the
crown of his late father. King Fuad.
100 Dead in Cyclone.
RANGOON. Burma. May 1 </F).—
One hundred persons were reported
today to have perished in a cyclone
. w» the Arakan coast of Burma.
*
V
Admits Hoax

HILDA UTTERBACK.
—Star Staff Photo.
PLANESAHDTANKS
May Day Celebrations Are
Without Violence in
World Capitals.
By tfle Associated Press.
MOSCOW. May 1.—A fleet of 750
war planes flew over Red Square in
the greatest aerial review of Soviet
Russia's history today as part of the
nation’s May day celebrations.
Tens of thousands of troops paraded
through the square tn a demonstration
on the international labor day, of the
Soviet union’s military power.
More than 100 speedy pursuit planes
flew low over the center of the city
followed by dozens of new-type twin
motored bombers, while hundreds of
larger bombers and fighting planes
passed in mass formation at a greater
height.
Dictator Joseph Stalin, surrounded
by members of his government in the
reviewing stand on Lenin's tomb,
waved his cap at the planes.
a. anna rrsiuir ncvicw*
Three hundred tanks, ranging from
small swift machines mounting a single
gun to huge land "battleships" with a
whole battery of artillery, featured the
last part of the review.
Noteworthy among the tanks were
65 amphibians which bolsheviks said
were capable of crossing rivers.
The tanks were preceded by 60 trucks
mounting heavy anti-aircraft guns and
48 trucks carrying huge searchlights.
The number of troops participating
in the parade was less than that last
May day. but greater emphasis was 1
placed on mechanical and air equip
ment.
Similar reviews were held in prin
cipal towns and cities throughout the
Union. Altogether, more than 3.000
planes were estimated to have been
in flight simultaneously.
Civilians in Demonstration.
The display in Red Square was fol- :
lowed by a great demonstration of f
civilians, scheduled to last until
nightfall. |
More than 1,000.000 persons were ;
expected to pass through the square
during the day. *
The American Embassy staff, with 1
the exception of Ambassador William
C. Bullitt, who was away on a trip, !
witnessed the parade from the diplo
matic stand next to Lenin's mauso
leum.
War Commissar Klementi E. Voro
shiloff. speaking to soldiers massed in
the square before the parade, de
clared the Soviet Army stood ready
for world peace, “but it is prepared,
i See MAY DAY,' Page~5~)
nAAArun *r mn a iniirn
nuuotfLLi hiiu umnntn
MAY ATTEND CONVENTION
Both President Roosevelt and Vice
President Garner will go to the Demo
cratic National Convention in Phila
delphia next month to be formally
notified of their nominations. Senate
Majority Leader Robinson believes.
Senator Robinson expressed himself
to this extent today at the White
House after a long conference with
President Roosevelt. The Democratic
leader stated he had discussed con
vention plans with the President, as
well as the legislative situation on
Capitol Hill.
"Regarding the prospects of ad
journment," Senator Robinson said,
“we are still hoping it will be possible
for Congress to finish its work early
in June."
HELD DUE TO BIG
TAX RISE OR BONDS
Commissioners Cite Need
for Revenue to Push Five
Year Program.
DETAILED ESTIMATES
OF COSTS ARE SOUGHT
Flan Calls for Purchase of 44
Parcels of Land. Construction
of 24 Buildings.
BY DON S. WARREN.
Tax increases or flotation of a bond
issue appear to the Commissioners to
be impending if Congress is to ap
prove a five-year school expansion
program, estimated roughly to cost
$25,000,000.
Announcement to this effect was
made today by Commissioner Melvin
C. Hazen after he and other District
officials had listened for two hours to
pleas by school authorities for a new
five-year building program, including
purchase of 44 parcels of land, con
struction of 24 new school buildings
and enlargement of 45 existing struc
tures.
Commissioners Hazen and Daniel I.
Sultan were convinced of the need for
the new program, but delayed action
on the specific land proposed by the
Board of Education to await more de
tailed estimates of costs and study of
possible means of financing.
Urge Prompt Artion.
Board of Education members and
the official staff of the school system
urged the city heads to act promptly
and send their plan to the Budget
Bureau so Congress might authorized
the program at this session.
Hazen. Sultan Budget Director
Daniel J. Donovan and Acting Corpo
ration Counsel Vernon E West all
declared there was a "very slim
chance” of any action at this session.
Hazen* said he favored making a
separate proposal out of the school
building plan rather than to incor
porate it in a District development
program for 5 or 10 years, which
Hazen has directed the District Tax
Committee to prepare for considera
tion next session. Hazen previously
had indicated the school needs would
be considered along with others.
The Commissioners said school of
ficials had asked that a portion of
District tax revenues be earmarked
separately for the school building
program. The Commissioners were
not convinced that would settle the
question at all.
Estimates Required.
"We cannot send a five-year build
ing program to the Budget Bureiu or
to Congress without showing more
accurately the estimated costs and,
more important, proposed means of
financing plans. ” Hazen said.
"Even if the Federal payment toward
the National Capital expenses was
not reduced below the present $5,700,
000, and even though the real estate
tax rate were raised from *1.50 to
$1.70, we would still not have enough
money,” he continued. Maj. Donovan
voiced the same view.
“It appears that if the need is
for a program costing $25,000,000
over five years, there must be an in
crease in District revenues," Hazen
continued. "Schools now are getting
a million dollars for expenses and
under this program, about *4,000,000
more would be required.
"Without an increase In the Federal
payment, it, therefore, appears that a
long-term bond issue would be needed
if existing taxes were not increased or
new forms of taxation adopted.”
Committee to Study Plan.
The Tax Committee, now headed by
Acting Corporation Counsel Vernon
West, will be directed to study the
problem. Last Summer it was created
to report on proposals for a boost In
utility taxation, proposed increase m
the gasoline tax to 3 cents, adoption
of an automobile weight tax. adoption
of an inheritance tax and other sug
gestions.
District building officials empha
sized chat they must consider rot only
the cost of purchase of more land and
the proposed construction projects, but
also the increased maintenance costs
resulting from the consequent need for
more teachers and other school work
ers and the care of the properties.
They said the school authorities
had made a strong case of their needs,
but the city heads did not pass judg
ment at the time on the size of the
program.
Fog Hides Ships in Ice.
BUFFALO, N. Y„ May 1 (#).—Fog
so heavy that the warmest sun of the
Spring had not been able to scatter
it by midforenoon hid ships fast in
the ice off Port Colborne today. The
sun was welcomed by shipping men
here, for it is expected to hasten the
break-up of the 40-mile ice field
blocking the port of Buffalo and cost
ing them thousands of dollars.
fWAKE ME EARLY^
/Mother dear, For im ]
j I To BE QUEEN of roc/
V_Go.p 7
! A MAY DAY FANTASY.
Anacostia School Eliminates
Homeivork in Six-Week Test
Experiment Looks to End of Outside
Tasks—Supervised Study in Longer
Class Periods Will Be Begun.
A six-week experiment looking to
elimination of all homework by pupils
will be inaugurated Monday at the
Anacostia Junior-Senior High School.
' it was announced today by Chester N.
Holmes, principal.
The new plan, to be continued until
the end of the present semester, will
mean an extension of the usual school
days of 30 minutes, all classes con
vening at 8 30 a m. instead of 9 a.m.,
as at present.
Holmes said the first 15 minutes
every day will be devoted to study un
der supervision of the teachers and
that regular class periods will be ex
tended from the present 43 minutes to
55 minutes.
The 55 minutes will be divided into
two almost equal periods, one to be de
voted to recitations and the other to
supervised study. Classes will adjourn
at 3 pjn.. as at present.
Anacostia will be the first school in
the city system to try out the "no
home work" plan. Holmes suggested
it to school authorities, who gave their
approval of the proposal.
"The plan is wholly an experiment,"
Holmes said. "We have felt that
supervised study In the class rooms
can accomplish more than the as
signment of work to be done at home.
At the end of this term we will check
over what we have done and draw
whatever conclusions we can reach on
the value of the experiment.”
Anacostia now has an enrollment
of 569 pupils, ranging over the six
grades of the junior and senior high
schools.
The faculty is composed of 22
teachers, averaging 25 to 26 pupils
per teacher.
Stretching the day's work was op
posed by some of the teacher*, it was
understood, whose principal objection
was to adding the 30 minutes in the
morning rather than tacking it cm at
the close of the day.
CAPITAL DEFENSE
Orders All Able-Bodied Men
in Addis Ababa to March
Northward.
BACKGROUND—
Striking swiftly to conquer all of
Ethiopia before the costly campaign
might be hampered by heavy
rains, the Italian generals have
succeeded in telescoping the poorly
armed defense of Ethiopia's King
Haile Selassie on both north and
south fronts. Fall of Addis Ababa
has been imminent for days, the
advance conditioned more by sup
ply than the resistance of the
northern defenders.
by tnc Associated Press.
ADDIS ABABA. May 1.—Emperor
Haile Selassie today ordered all able
| bodied citizens in the vicinity of the
Ethiopian capital to march north to
morrow in an attempt to halt the ad
vance of Italian troops.
The march to the north will be led
by Ras Getachou.
The Emperor recommended that his
soldiers carry provisions sufficient to
sustain themselves for five days.
The capital is now practically de
serted except for police, to whom has
been delegated the task of maintain
ing order in the city.
The Emperor, who vowed that Ethi
opia would fight “until the last soldier
and the last inch," returned from the
northern front and made a dramatic
entrance late yesterday into Addis
A ha ha
He had camped at dawn in the En
totto Mountains, 10 miles from the
city, where he summoned his cab
inet and chief officers. He came to
'the capital late in the afternoon, as
tonishing natives, who had feared
the Italians were ready to make their
entrance.
Visits Old Palace.
The Emperor first visited a church
and then went to his old palace,
where he conferred with officials until
a late hour. His appearance was
unchanged and he was not disguised,
as Italian sources had reported.
"The majority of our army is not
destroyed and the morale of the
troops is excellent,” he told the Asso
ciated Press.
‘‘The Italian advances are Import
ant in length, but insignificant in
width and far from bringing the in
vader a decisive victory, as claimed
oy him.
"Even occupation of Addis Ababa
does not signify destruction of the
empire.
"The invader, not satisfied with
arms superiority, has not hesitated to
use against us means condemned by
(See WAR, Page A-4.)
Death Laid to Motorman.
URBANA, Ohio. May 1 (^.-Cor
oner D. H. Moore held today a motor
man’s failure to atop at a siding
caused the head-on crash Tuesday of
two C. & L. E. interurbans. Two men
were killed and 13 persons injured.
Practical Joker
Is Outjoked on
His Wedding Day
Handcuffs Delay Capital
Man's Honeymoon in
JSetc Orleans.
Max E. Menk. who among his col
leagues at the Farm Credit Adminis
tration has something of a reputa
tion as a practical joker, was out
joked and handcuffed on his weddihg
day. according to information coming
to his office here today from New
Orleans, where he has been assigned
since November.
Holding out manacled hands in
front of him. the accountant walked
into a New Orleans police station and
muttered plans of revenge against an
unidentified ‘'friend.”
“Just wait until I get back from my
honeymoon." he is said to have re
marked. He had just married Marian
Vizard, whom he met since he began
his special work at the New Orleans
Federal Land Bank.
Officers removed the bracelets after
calming him long enough to learn
that the "friend" had handcuffed him
immediately after the wedding and
delayed the start of his wedding trip.
He and his bride then departed for
Louisville and the Kentucky Derby.
RITTER HOLDS OFFICES
Ousted Judge Believed Refusing
to Accept Verdict.
MIAMI. Fla.. May 1 1/P).—Halstead
L. Ritter, ousted as judge of the
Federal District Court here by the
Senate, today continued to occupy
his offices and observers believed it
indicated he would not accept the
impeachment verdict as final.
There was no comment from the
former judge or his Miami attorney,
Carl T. Hoffman, but It was Indi
cated a statement on the subject
would be issued by Hoffman within
the next few days.
Upon his return here April 18
from Washington after the Senate’s
unfavorable vote the gray-haired for
mer Denver and West Palm Beach
attorney said he would remain in
Miami for the practice of law.
Readers’ Guide
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Cross-word Puzzle_D-6
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Lost and Found.A-11
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Louisville Hears All Is Not
Well With Widener
Favorite.
Pv the Associated Press.
LOUISVILLE. May 1—Reports that
all was not weil with J. E. Widener's
Brevity spread over Churchill Downs
today as eighteen 3-year-olds, includ
ing all the favorites, were named for
the sixty-second running of the Ken
tucky Derby at Churchill Downs to
morrow.
The rumors regarding Brevity, 7
to-1 choice, spread following the un
expected entry of Mrs. P. A. B. Wid
ener's Dnieper, a stablemate, and a
none-too-impreMive workout by the
favorite. Yesterday Danny Stewart. :
who handles Dnieper, said his horse
would not be named.
Pete Coyne, trainer of Brevity, em
phatically denied that anything was
wrong with his famous colt, but
dockers were none to impressed with
Brevity's workout of 52 1/5 seconds
over the sticky and holding 'rack.
Dnieper Is Entered.
Albert Mott, stable agent, was the
first in the secretary's office to file
the entry of Dnieper, but when asked
w'hy he did not also enter Brevity, re
plied: “Not yet." He "refused to
amplify his statement.
Brevity's entry was not long in
following, however. Coyne filled out
the blank himself and with a smile
said:
"He should win tomorrow. He's
a Saturday horse, having won all his
races on that day."
With the exception of Dnieper and
Holl Image, a long shot from W. E.
Schmidt's Superior Stable, the entry
list created no surprises.
Dnieper’s name was first in the
box. but in rapid order came: Morton
L. Schwartz's Bold Venture, C. B.
Shaffer's Coldstream. E. R. Bradley's
Bien Joli and Banister. William Du
Pont, jr.’s. Goldseeker, the only filly:
William Woodward’s Granvillp and
Merry Pete. Teufel from the Wheatley
Stable. Bomar Stable’s Grand Slam
and Forest Play, A. C. Taylor s Indian
Broom, the Fighter and Sangreal from
Mrs. F. C. Mars' Milky Way Farm.
Mrs. Silas B. Mason's He Did and
Mrs. B. Franzheim’s Silas.
Showers Expected.
Thunderclouds hung low over ihe
Downs this morning as the trainers
stepped their charges through short
workouts. The racing strip was sticky
and holding from the rain of two days
ago, with the weather man holding
out little hope for clear skies this
afternoon. Showers also are in pros
pect for tomorrow.
Coyne had planned to show the
early morning railbirds that Brevity
could run in the mud, by sending
him a half-mile in around 46 seconds.
The colt, with Wayne Wright in the
saddle, missed the mark by more than
six seconds, however.
After working the Bradley pair 5
furlongs in l:034s, Dick Thompson,
trainer, said Banister probably would
not start if the going is heavy.
Forest Play also is listed as a doubt
ful starter if the track is muddy.
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“Bomb Factory” Discovered.
WARSAW, Poland. May I —
Several Jewish-owned shops were de
stroyed today by a bomb explosion at
Ovwock. Police said they discovered
a "bomb factory” in a nearby village
and arrested 12 members of National
ist. anti-Semitic organizations.
TAX BILL UNSOUND
Edmonds Expresses View of
Philadelphia Chamber
Before Committee.
TREASURY DENIES
SURPLUS AIDS IDLE
La Follette Asks Increase in Sur
tax on Individuals to Raise
$226,000,000.
By the Associated Press.
Business opened fire on the admin
istration tax bill before the Senate
Finance Committee today when the
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
branded it “an unsound piece of legis
lation.”
The Philadelphia chamber's view
was expressed by Franklin Spencer
Edmonds, chairman of its Committee
on Taxation and Public Expenditures.
The tax program was condemned in a
resolution by the convention of the
Chamber of Commerce of the United
States, which adjourned last night.
Before Edmonds took the stand, the ■
Treasury had completed its defense of
the bill with a flat denial that cor
porations in the aggregate had used
surplus accumulated during boom
years to provide employment during
the depression.
Haas Is Questioned.
George C. Haas. Treasury research '
director, who voiced the Treasury con*
elusion an the basis of internal reve
nue figures, was closely questioned by
Senators and challenged on some
points by Senator Bailey, Democrat, of
North Carolina.
The latter contended the Treasury
figures showed reserves had been used
to keep plants running instead of go
ing into bankruptcy.
Edmonds said the plan to tax un- j
divided corporate earnings was "fis
cally unsound" and "does not meet
the necessities of the American people."
He asserted the business interests of
the country were compelled "in self
defense” to oppose all new forms of
taxation until every “extraordinary ex
pense," except that lor unemployment
relief, was eliminated.
Edmonds' Contention.
Experience had shown, Edmonds
contended, that in larger corporations,
the accumulation of a surplus had ;
tended toward stability In dividends, !
"provided the average f net earnings :
is maintained.”
Bailey challenged a contention by
Haas that corporations would have the
same opportunity under the bill, as
they do now, to accumulate reserves
during prosperous years.
Senators King. Democrat, of Utah
and George. Democrat, of Georgia also
questioned Haas somewhat critically. I
Senators Conally. Democrat, of Texas
and Barkley. Democrat, of Kentucky
aided the witness on occasions.
Haas argued that under the bill cor
porations could retain from 30 per
cent to 40 per cent of their income
without paying any more taxes than
at present.
.“While your statement is true," Sen
ator Hastings. Republican, of Dela
ware intervened, “the corporation
would pay in taxes 50 per cent of the
amount retained."
"The same thing is true now\Haas
replied.
Dciiric wuav o
to raise $226,000,000 a year by increas
ing surtax rates on individual incomes
was advanced by Senator La Pollette.
Progressive, of Wisconsin to help close
a revenue gap between the House tax
bill and President Roosevelt's request.
La Pollette offered his plan as
members of the Senate Commit
ate began a search for new revenue
in response to Secretary Morgenthau's
demand that they raise the full $517,
000.000 lost when this year's A. A.
A. processing taxes were invalidated.
Treasury experts estimated the
House tax bill would raise $620,000.
000 of permanent revenue annually,
but only $180,000,000 of the $517.
000,000 of temporary revenue asked
by the President. Chairman Har
rison of the Senate Committee said !
the deficiency would have to be met
and indicated he hsftl found a way.
Harrison would not discuss his
plan. It was understood, however,
that it was not the new levy of
processing taxes on commodities that
President Roosevelt suggested as the
means of raising the temporary
revenue.
La Pollette had Treasury estimates
showing his plan to start the present
4 per cent surtax on Incomes of more
than $3,000. instead of more than
$4,000. as in the existing law. would
raise the needed revenue, with the
surtax running up to 75 per cent
on income in excess of $5,000,000.
He was determined to push this
program as an alternative to process
ing taxes, contending the latter were
nothing more than “sale taxes on
food.” which “even the most ardent I
advocates of the sales tax never |
proposed.”
Defendant Unmoved as Jury,
Out Since Yesterday,
Returns Verdict.
SENTENCE OF 20 YEARS
OR MORE IS PROVIDED
Culpeper Undertaker Accused of
Killing Young Woman in
Hotel Room Here.
BY WILLIAM S. TARVER.
With a composure which con
trasted strangely with his former
emotional state. William H. Reaguer
today heard a District Supreme Court
jury declare him guilty of second
degree murder in the penknife slay
ing October 12 of Willie Mae Wood,
21-year-old bride.
The verdict came at 10:30 a.m.,
after 9 hours and 16 minutes de
liberation by the jury of 12 men,
who were locked up at 10:30 p.m.
when they failed to agree. The jurors
returned to the court house at 8:40
am. and at 10:10 o'clock announced
they were ready to report.
Defense counsel received the ver
dict with obvious satisfaction and in
dicated there would be no appeal.
For nine days they had fought with
every means at their command to
save the 57-year-old Culpeper. Va.,
undertaker from thp electric chair.
Twenty Years to Life.
Sentence probably will be imposed
next Friday by Justice Oscar R. Luhr
ing. who presided at the long trial.
Under the law, Reaguer may be im
prisoned for from 20 years to life.
News that the jury was ready spread
quickly and the small, second-floor
court room was filled to capacity
when the veniremen filed in. None
of the relatives of the accused or of
the slain girl was present.
"How do you feel?" Alfred Gold
stein. one of Reagucr's attorneys,
asked him.
"Well—you know—nervous, of
course." the defendant replied, with
a smile and a shrug. He was well
groomed and only his hands betrayed
his inner feelings. Many times during
the trial Reaguer had broken down
and wept uncontrollably, and only
yesterday, during arguments to the
jury, he burst into tears.
Reaguer Walks Out Calmly.
As the jury foreman announced the
verdict Reaguer turned to his attor
neys and asked what was said. At
their response he nodded his head,
without changing expression, and
walked calmly from the court room,
in custody of a deputy marshal.
The double defense of insanity and
drunkenness had been urged by his at
torneys. James A. O'Shea. Goldstein
and Burnette Miller. At their request,
the judge had instructed the jury tc
return a verdict of not guilty because
of insanity if they found Reaguer un
able to distinguish between right and
wrong or unable to resist the wrong.
If they concluded he was so drunk at
the time he almost decapitated Mrs.
Wood that he was unable to entertain
a deliberate intent, the judge said.
they could not convict him of more
than second-degree murder.
Yesterday afternoon, after the case
had gone to the jury. Reaguer enter
tainer himself in his court house cell
by playing cards with his guards.
Early today, it was said, ne appeared
about to break, but soon got himself
under control.
The body of Mrs. Wood, who only
17 days before her death had married
Herbert R. Wood, a Virginia highway
employe, was found just before dawn
in a downtown hotel room. Reaguer,
who had slashed one of his own wrists
and deeply cut his arm with the same
knife used on her, was lying across
the girl's lifeless form
"Double-Crossing” Charged.
A Government witness quoted him
as saying: "This woman double-crossed
me. but she won’t double-cross any
one else.”
Assistant United States Attorneys
Irvin Goldstein and Cecil Heflin argued
to the jury that jealousy over Mrs.
Wood’s recent marriage caused
Reaguer, her suitor since she was 15
or 16. to slay her.
The principal forensic fireworks ol
the nine-day trial occurred yesterday
in the closing addresses by Chief De
fense Counsel O'Shea and Assistant
United States Attorney Goldstein, who
demanded the death penalty in an
impassioned appeal
“The wraith of Willie Mae Wood
stands behind me,” he shouted, “one
arm pointed at the defendant and with
eyes turned toward you. demanding
the vengeance of the law.”
Roundly condemning the defense for
(See REAGUERTPage~A~6.)
ROOSEVELT BACKS
FOOD AND DRUG BILL
Hopes New Law Can Be Enacted.
Reiterates Desire for Ship
Subsidy Measure.
By the Associated Press.
President Roosevelt said today he
was still hopeful that a new pure
food and drug law would be enacted
by Congress.
He also reiterated a hope that a
direct ship subsidy bill be passed
before adjournment. Both statements
were given in response to questions
at his semi-weekly press conference.
The Senate passed a food and drug
bill last session to replace the 30
year-old existing law, but the House
has never taken any action.
After months of study and dis
agreement, the Senate Commerce
Committee two weeks ago reported a
ship subsidy measure providing icr
grants to shipping lines and ship
building companies to make up the
difference between foreign and do
mestic building and operating casts.
1
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Zioncheck’s Reckless Driving
In Alexandria Costs $266
By a StaO Correspondent of The Star.
ALEXANDRIA. Va., May 1—A *266
penalty for reckless driving and dis
orderly conduct was assessed against
Representative Marion A. Zioncheck
in Police Court here today during
the defendant's absence on a supposed
Florida honeymoon with his "tele
phone” bride of a few days.
Judge James R. Duncan ordered a
*200 bond forfeited when Zioncheck
failed to appear as his name was
called. The judge fined the absent
Zioncheck $50 for reckless driving
and $10 for disorderly conduct, adding
*3 costs on each charge.
Today’s assessment brings to well
over $300 the amount which the law
has taken from Zioncheck in the
last fdrtnight It cost Zioncheck *70
in Police Court last week when Judge
Walter J. Casey fined him *35 for
speeding, orderj^ $35 in collateral
forfeited and assessed a SZO penalty
for contempt of court.
Motorcycle Policeman George Ell
more testified Zioncheck drove his
high-powered roadster 62 miles an
hour in Alexandria on Mount Ver
non boulevard yesterday afternoon
at about the time homeward-bound
school children were on the streets.
At the time he was halted in his
shiny, new roadster, Zioncheck was
accompanied by his bride, the former
Miss Rubye Louise Nix, 20-year-old
P. W. A. stenographer, whom the Rep
resentative married Tuesday after a
whirlwind courtship, begun when Miss
Nix called him on the telephone.
Attorney Maurice D. Rosenberg, who
was retained by Zioncheck yesterday,
was overruled when he asked the
judge for a continuance until Friday.
Rosenberg told the court Zioncheck
had assured him he was on an urgent
' (See ZIO|CHECK, Page 4.)
Snakes Finally Recaptured
After Taking Over Train Car
By the Associated Press.
CINCINNATI, May 1*—A down
railway express workers, searching
cautiously, discovered three-non
poisonous snakes at large in an ex
press car today, after warnings had
accompanied a speeding train all the
way from Georgia to Florida.
A gopher, a coach whip and a pine
snake, hissed defllance from behind a
wire netting protecting the car’s
steam pipes. Each was about 7 feet
long. Only the pine accompanied ita
defiant hiss with indications of bel
ligerence.
Joe Stephan, son of the manager of
the Cincinnati Zoo, removed the
snakes without difficulty and put them
In crates beside two similar contain
ers. in which poisonous snakes for
the Detroit Zoo were being shipped.
The snakes, shipped from Fort
Lauderdale. Fla., escaped from their j
crate as the Louisville & Nashville
train, the Flamingo, sped through
Georgia. The car was sealed and
much of the express removed here in
the hunt for the reptiles had to be
reloaded onto south-bound trains for
points between Cincinnati and Al
bany, Ga.
Henry James, chief car loader, or
ganised the express company workers
into a "bucket brigade” when the
hunt started soon after the Flam
ingo’s arrival.
Because of advance warning that
some of the snakes were poisonous
the workers leaped into the car quickly
and as quickly retired to hand their
box or crate hurriedly down the line.
Each container of fruit, Spanish
moss and cut flowers was examined
carefully and shaken vigorously, but
for more than an hour there was no
(SeeSNAKM, Pa*jj3.)

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