Newspaper Page Text
•0 8 Weather Bureau Forecast 1 The OIlJv CVPninif nAnsr Increasing cloudiness and slight . ®yemnK PaP®r warmer tonight, followed by showers to- in Washington With the < morrow; cooler tomorrow afternoon and Actanoiatorl P-ooo night. Temperatures—Highest, 84, at ASSOCiatea rreSS NeWS 3:45 p.m. yesterday; lowest, 59, at 5:15 and WlrephotO Services, a.m. today. Full report on page A-9. Closing New York Markets, Page 10__ _Ye*^^yrritU^n^fr,‘ceut?’734 No. 33,604. w.°5nhiWASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, MAY 2, 1936-THIRTY-EIGHT PAGES. ** <*> M..n. Associated pr«.. TWO CENTS. SELASSIE FLEES CAPITAL WITH FAMILY AS WILD DISORDER IS REPORTED -- * British Minister Advises Lon don Emperor Has Taken Refuge in Djibouti. SHOOTING AND LOOTING GRIPS ADDIS ABABA, MESSAGE SAYS _ I I Departure Interpreted as Collapse of Resistance to Invasion—Mussolini Confers With Naval Chiefs. BACKGROUND— Sweeping all opposition before it, Italian Army in North has been knocking at the gates of Addis Ababa, Ethiopian capital, for several days, the advance conditioned only by road building and bringing up of supplies. Fascist forces in South, meanwhile, have been pressing forward, but advance has been hampered by heavy rains and fierce opposition of Ethiopian troops. By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 2.—Sir Sidney' Barton, British Minister to Ethiopia, advised his government today that Emperor Haile Selassie had left Addis Ababa for Djibouti, French Somaliland. Sir Sidney declared in a wireless message that the Ethiopian capital is the scene of widespread j*_l_ UlOUI UC1 • The disturbances include shooting and looting, the report to British officials from the Minister asserted. Sir Sidney said that the Negus had left for the French port by train. The departure of the Ethiopian Emperor, who per sonally has led the defending armies, was interpreted in British official quarters as the collapse of organized re sistance to the Italian invasion. Ultimate Destination Unknown. The ultimate destination of the King of Kings was declared to be unknown to the British. Emperor Selassie . talked with Sir Sidney before his departure. It was stated the British had not invited nor suggested that the Negus attend the meeting of the League of Nations Council at Geneva May 11, when the Italo Ethiopian question is to be considered. Immediately upon receipt of the news of the Ethiopian Emperor’s departure Anthony Eden, British foreign sec retary, went to the foreign office to confer with British officials. It was understood here that the Empress and Crown Prince Asfa Wosan accompanied the Negus. The British Minister’s report was sent to London by the legation’s wireless. . ... . _ Authoritative sources said it was not possible to confirm whether the Emperor’s ministers accompanied him or whether some type of government remained in the capital. Sir Sidney to Remain. Sir Sidney has not planned to leave, informed sources declared, adding that they anticipated the disorder in the capital might continue for a short period until the Italians entered and estab lished control. Eden, wno remained at me ioreigc office during the morning, declared he would go to Leamington to attend a dinner in his constituency tonight. Authoritative sources said no de cision had been reached concerning Sir Sidney's activities after the pos sible occupation of the capital by the Fascist forces. It was pointed out that he might leave or might be asked to leave. While the Emperor’s departure was considered a grave development in in formed quarters, it was stated that, so far as is known in London, the King of Kings has not abdicated. British officials emphasized that the British Legation has taken all precau tions to guard the safety of approxi mately 1,000 of its nationals still in Addis Ababa. The Legation's defended zone, which Is also open to foreign nationals, is believed already occupied by refugees from the disorder. The British Minister’s report was the first information to be received from Addis Ababa after a period dur ing which messages from London for wireless transmission to the Ethiopian capital were accepted only at the sender's risk. CALLS NAVAL COMMISSION. Mussolini Issues Summons as Army Nears Addis Ababa. (Copyright, 1036. by the Associated Press.) ROME, May 2.—Premier Mussolini ealled the Italian supreme naval com mission lor defense into conference today as his columns in Northern Ethiopia prepared for a decisive ad vance on Addts Ababa. ' II Duce, acting in his official ca pacity as secretary of the navy, con ferred with the principal Italian ad mirals whom he had summoned to Rome. While no information was issued officially on the scope or direction of the session, it was understood the Mediterranean situation was thor oughly examined. Fascist officials earlier, on receipt of reports the Italian advance had been delayed by fresh obstacles, sought to (See SELASSIE, Page 9.) SHOWERS FORECAST AFTER WARM NIGHT Light Rain Indicated Tomorrow. Temperature Rises Well Into 80 s. Showers are forecast for the week end following a spell of ideal Spring weather which sent temperatures well Into the 80s. The current outlook is for “Increas ing cloudiness and slightly warmer to night, followed by showers tomorrow and cooler weather tomorrow after noon and night." The mercury rose to 84 yesterday afternoon and the low this morning was 59. The temperature was rising toward 80 at noon today under a bright sun. 4 1 MENINGITIS CASE NOT TO BAR INDIANS Ruhland Says Team May Play Here Despite Fact Player Is Stricken. Although he will keep a "close watch” on the players, District Health Officer George C. Ruhland said today : he saw no danger in permitting the Cleveland base ball team to come here for its scheduled series beginning to morrow with the Washington Na tionals, despite the fact that Bruce Campbell. Indian outfielder, is now ill with his third attack of spinal menin gitis. Campbell was stricken with the dis ease in Boston, but health authorities there decided to let the Indians play the Red Sox today. It was said Camp bell's condition had improved some what. Dr. Ruhland directed that a close watch be maintained over the Cleve land players tomorrow. He called in Clark Griffith, owner of the Washing ton club, and made arrangements for every precaution. Dr. William B. Keeler. Boston health officer, notified Dr. Ruhland this morning that Campbell had the dis ease. Boston health officials also no tified New York authorities and said tests of 21 members of the Cleveland club had been made. The tempera tures of the group were reported nor mal, but additional tests will not be completed before tomorrow. Flees _HAILE SELASSIE._ OFFERACCEPTED State Department Provides for Safety of Americans in Addis Ababa. e? the Associated Press. The State Department said today an offer of Great Britain, extending facilities of its stoutly-protected lega tion at Addis Ababa to all American nationals in event of trouble in the Ethiopian capital, has been accepted No report had been received this morning from the American Minister at Addis Ababa, Cornelius Van H. Engert. concerning the situation in the Ethiopian capital, but wireless advices were expected from him momentarily. The British offer of refuge to American citizens was extended short ly after the outbreak of Italo-Ethi oplan hostilities. Its legation at Addis Ababa is sur rounded by a stout stockade, had un derground defense work and is pro tected by a detachment of some 300 Brltish-Indian troops. The American Legation has no such delense facilities. Also, it is located nearer the center of the city. Available information here is that approximately 100 Americans are in Ethiopia at present, many of whom are said to be located in the prov inces some distance from the capital. The greater part of these are mis sionaries. The specific number of Americans in Addis Ababa is not known here at the moment because of the frequent moving about of those in that country. Besides the missionaries, there are four American Navy wireless opera tors in charge of the legation’s pri vate station and less than half a dozen members of the American dip lomatic and consular staff. Secretary Hull has arranged to Confer Monday on the general Italo Ethiopian situation with Breckin ridge Long, American Ambassador to Rome, who recently arrived in this country on a vacation. The State Department later esti mated the number of Americans in Addis Ababa at 53. Yale Athlete Dies. PITTSFIELD, Mass.. May 2 OP).— Thomas F. Curtin, jr., 22. Yale base ball captain, ill with leucopenia for the past 10 weeks, died today "at St. Luke's Hospital. Young Curtin had undergone 21 blood transfusions In efforts to over come the disease, a deficiency of white corpuscls in the blood. He played foot ball and basket ball as well as base ball and figured prominently in Yale's defeat of Harvard on the gridiron last Fall. Austria Explains. ROME, May 2 OP).—Austria today sent a written explanation of her new compulsory conscription law to Italy, Great Britain and Prance following conversations with diplomatic repre sentatives of those three nations. RAIN IS FORECAST AS FANS GATHER FOR GEO DERBY Brevity Remains Favorite, With Grand Slam Bidder if Track Is Muddy. SUN AND SHOWERS PLAY GAME OF TAG Fifteen Entriei Appear Certain to Start—Race to Have Gross Value of $50,150. By the Associated Press. LOUISVILLE, Ky„ May 2—Thun dershowers fell here today as thou sands of turf fans converged on Louis ville for the sixty-second running of the Kentucky Derby. A drizzle at dawn turned into a heavy shower, ac companied by lightning. The rain which drenched the busi ness district amounted to only a drizzle at Churchill Downs Race Track at the southern edge of the city. After about 45 minutes the sun shone through the clouds which were thinnest in the East and South. The forecast, however, called for inter mittent showers during the day. At least 15 of the 19 overnight entries, survivors of an original field : of 102, appeared certain to start, rain or shine. Post t me for the race, over the traditional mile and a quarter, route at Churchill Downs, was 4:40 p.m. (C. S. T.) Bare norm The race itself, drawing to this Blue Grass Capital the greatest throng since the post-war depression, will have a gross value of $50,150, with the winner receiving $39,725 net if all the overnight entries accept the issue. The field is one of the largest in re- j cent years and is only three short of j the record of 22 that faced the barrier ; in 1928 when Reigh Count won. The pageantry surrounding the classic was the rno^ brilliant since the boom days of the last decade, some 60.000 fans, from every walk of life, were expected to pack the ram- j bling grandstand paralelling the quar- : ter-mile stretch and wager close to $1,500,000. the largest amount in the last half dozen years. Thousands get only a fleeting glimpse of the horses, however, as they break from the barrier at the head of the stretch, swing past the grandstand fighting for a contending position and then take out over the remaining mile leading to riches and fame. Their knowledge of the race will come from the loud speakers, but they will share the thrills that make the Derby more than a mere liorse race. The drive on Louisville, which started Monday and Increased daily, reached its crest this morning. Rail roe ds, bus lines, airplanes and pri vately-owned cars poured their pas sengers into an already crowded, but gaily celebrating city. Fever Hard to Explain. It is hard to explain this Derby fever. The same horses rur in richer races at other tracks later ii. the sea son but minus the glamour and furor that attends the Kentucky classic. Addis Ababa may be the name of a horse as far as Louisville and her thousands of visitors are concerned. Alvin Karpis broke into the head (See DERBY, Page 2.) RULES COMMITTEE OFFICE ENTERED O'Connor's Desk Ransacked—At tempt Made to Break Into File Cabinet. By the Associated Press. For the second time within a few months the office of Chairman O’Con nor of the House Rules Committee was reported today to have been entered forcibly last night. Whether anything was taken could not be determined Immediately in the absence of O’Connor and his secre tarial staff. Ralph Stewart, colored committee attendant, said he discovered this morning that the door of O'Connor’s private office had been forced. He said he did not know whether the committee files had been dis turbed in an outer office, but that the chairman’s desk was ransacked and an attempt made to break into a cabinet. The office is on the third floor of the Capitol Building. Capitol police called in fingerprint experts of the Washington police to take fingerprints from the cabinet and the outside door. Stewart said Ihe office also was entered and apparently rifled last September. BAN ON JAY-WALKING URGED BY VAN DUZER Commissioners Also Told of Need for More Teeth in Driving Regulations. i ' Adoption of a ban on jay-walking in the downtown congested area was proposed to the Commissioners today by Traffic Director William A. Van Duzer. He suggested also another amend ment to the traffic regulations to put more teeth into the rues regarding obedience by automobile drivers to traffic direction by policemen. Maximum penalty for violation of traffic regulations is a fine of $300 or Imprisonment up to one year in de fault of payment of the fine, or a straight jail sentence up to 10 days. Police Court jddges as a rule levy punishment much below the possible maximum. Van Duzer told the Commissioners the proposal had the approval of the Commissioners' Traffic Advisory Coun cil. * Woman Sheriff Nabs Zioncheck For Speeding in Carolina Toivn | Representative Arrested in Tiny Vil lage While on Honeymoon—Officials Hold Him in Drug Store. Caught by a woman deputy sheriff, j Representative Marion A. Zioncheck was under arrest for speeding once more today and held in a drug store in the tiny town of Shallotte, N. C. The madcap Congressman was ap prehended by Mrs. M. B Russ. 44, whose husband. J. A. Russ, has been sheriff of Brunswick County four j years. Driving his bride of four days south ward toward Myrtle Beach, S. C., in his now-famous black roadster. Zion check was halted by Mrs. Russ after a three-mile chase out of Shallotte, a village of 214. “He didn't say much—he couldn’t say much,” Mrs. Russ reported on long-distance telephone concerning the usually loquacious "Who, me?” j man on his honeymoon. Mrs. Russ accompanied him back to Shallotte and at once telephoned Alex andria. Va„ authorities, who yesterday j ordered his arrest the first time he !hould put foot or automobile tire in that city. Fined in Alexandria. Judge James R. Duncan in Alex andria Police Court yesterday ordered forfeited a $200 bond posted by Zion check on a speeding charge placed against him the day before. He also imposed fines totaling $66 against him after the arresting officer testified Zioncheck was speeding 62 miles an hour at a time when school children were going home. Zioncheck retained Attorney Maurice Rosenberg and was bailed out by a j professional bondsman. Instead of waiting for trial Zioncheck left for! some fishing at Beaufort, N. C„ 150 , miles northeast of Shallotte, Judge Duncan issued a bench warrant for; him. "If Alexandria wants him first, they ' can have him,” Mrs. Russ declared. "It's first come, first served you j know.” If it is all right with Alexandria for Brunswick County to fine him first. Deputy Sheriff Russ will take Zion* ! check to the county seat of South port, where he will be arraigned be fore J. W. Rouark. Judge Duncan said to a Star re porter he would not ask North Caro lina to hold Zioncheck for his Juris diction. The trouble would not be worth the money, he said. Attracted Attention. Zioncheck, Mrs. Russ said, appeared in Shallotte, which lies at the head j of a long inlet from the Atlantic, at | 10:15 a m. today. He halted and pro- j ceeded to make enough telephone calls to attract the attention of Shallotte citizens. Mrs. Russ, who had parked her small car near the drug store, the hub of Shallotte activity, looked closely at Zioncheck, the Zioncheck car and Mrs. (See ZIONCHECK, Page ».) Prosecutor Says He Did Duty in Pinning Abduc tion on Hilda. By a Stall Correspondent of The Star. LEESBURG. Va.. May 2 — Common wealth Attorney Charles Harrison said today he did “what I conceive to be my duty to the citizens who elected me" in pinning the “abduction” of Hilda Utterback on the girl herself. He expressed the hope that “this childish prank by a girl whose lovable disposition is a by-word to all who know her will soon be forgotten.” Harrison, Loudoun County prose cutor, made these declarations in a 350-word statement issued after he read in a Washington newspaper this quotation of the girl’s father, H. Stanley Utterback, Hamilton, Va., farmer: 'T swear by God Almighty that Hilda did not do it herself. She was talked into signing the statement." The confession, made public at 1 p.m. yesterday, stated that “I and 1 alone kidnaped myself.” When he handed It to reporters, Harrison said the in vestigation was at an end after five days of search for the two men who. according to the girl, seized her in the yard of her home last Saturday night. Shortly after Harrison obtained the girl’s signature on the document, which was witnessed by Deputy Sheriff E. S. Adrian, Hilda collapsed from shock and hysteria and was placed under the care of Dr. W. C. Barr, jr. Harrison disclosed that he had re ceived information from Hilda in a conversation Thursday which con vinced him the abduction was a hoax. “The statement I asked her to sign yesterday was merely a brief outline <See “KIDNAPING,’’ Page 37) GEORGE A. HARRIS DIES Potomac Joint Stock Land Bank President Stricken Suddenly. George A. Harris, president of the Potomac Joint stock Land Bank since 1920, was stricken suddenly in his office in the Munsey Building shortly before noon today and died within a few minutes despite efforts of the rescue squad to revive him. Harris lived at 3625 Sixteenth street and is survived only by his widow. He had been head of the bank, under supervision of the Farm Credit Ad ministration, since it was founded. He was a native of McConnellsburg, Pa. A VANDENBERG SAYS Insists He Is Not Seeking Nomination Despite Michigan Boom. His request to Gov. Prank D. Fitz gerald of Michigan to present his name to the Republican National Con vention does not make him an active candidate for the presidential nomi nation, Senator Vandenberg of Michi gan insisted today. “The Michigan Republican State Convention generously instructed the Michigan delegation to the Cleveland convention to present my name," said Senator Vandenberg. "In acknowledg ing this courtesy to Gov. Fitzgerald, who heads the Michigan delegation, I have told him that, if it is to be done, I shall be happy to have him do it—and as briefly as possible. Delegation Unpledged. "But the delegation is unpledged— at my request. It is free to vote as it pleases. I have not sought a dele gate here or elsewhere and I shall not do so. I have not sought the nomination and shall not do so. My (See ^VANDENBERG, Page 8.) FEDERAL MEN TAKE ‘Public Enemy” No. 1 Seized in New Orleans and Rushed North. By the Associated Press. ST. PAUL, May 2—Sullen, travel weary and shivering. Alvin Karp is, the outlaw, was brought back to St. Paul today to face trial on kidnaping charges. Department of Justice agents who trapped the Nation's most notorious gunman in New Orleans l*te yester day returned him here in an over night pAne ride. Escorted personally by J. Edgar Hoover, Depytment of Justice head, and a squad of picked agents. Karpis was landed here at 8:47 a.m. (C. 6. T.), slightly more than 12 hours after the heavily armed party flew north ward out of New Orleans last night. The desperado, wearing thin Sum mer apparel In a temperature Just above freezing, was hustled from the big liner to a heavily armed automo bile, surrounded by machine guns, and taken direct to the agents' head quarters in the Federal Building. Arraignment Date Undecided. Whether Karpis would be promptly arraigned on indictments charging him with the abduction of Edward G. Bremer, banker, and William Hamm. Jr., brewery head, was not im mediately determined. Within an hour after his arrival, Hoover met reporters in the Federal building. He Ignored them at the air port, where the plane was backed into a National Guard hangar, with the transfer from the liner to an auto mobile being made behind closed doors. Making a short stop at St. Louis for refueling around midnight, the party was tied up at Kansas City from 2 a.m. until 5:30 a.m. (Central standard time! because of unfavorable flying weather. uunng tne enure trip ana stops me prisoner was manacled inside the plane. Rushed to U. S. Building. Upon arrival here his feet scarcely touched the earth as the agents hurried him from the plane to the waiting car. thence to the Federal building. Hoover, who said he planned to go by airplane to New York this afternoon, divulged some of the details of Karpis’ capture. He emphasized no reward would be paid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Indication no ‘tips” were received from persons seek ing the $7,000 price offered for Karpis’ arrest recently. Hoover said Fred Hunter, captured with Karpis, w’as being held in New Orleans, pending decision as to whether he will be tried on a mail robbery charge or a postal offense. CAPTURED WITHOUT SHOT. Woman Companion and Man Also Held in New Orleans. tCopyrlght. lyab. oy the Associated Press.) NEW ORLEANS, May 2.—Federal agents whisked Alvin Karpis north ward in manacles by airplane today to answer for kidnapings, murder and robbery that made him the Nation's most hunted criminal. The gunman, a survivor of the TSee KARPIS, Page 12.) SUBSTITUTE IAX PLAN URGES LEVY ON yim BASIS Manufacturer Declares Ad* a ministration Program Dangerous or Fatal. LEAN YEARS PROVISION HELD VITAL PROCESS Corporation Assessment on An nual Earnings Held Blow to Employes. BACKGROUND— After rating to pan the bonus. Congreu wai aiked bn the Pre*1 dent to legalue neu taxer to finance the outlay ar uell at to provide fundi for farmeri u ho co-operated uitti the AAA. rendered defunct by the Supreme Court The Preildent imurrd a violent reaction from mcmberi of Congrei* and business n»n through hu rec ommendation for a tax on corpo rate lurpluiei initead of the tradi tional lei y on corporate income. The bill embodying thII feature hai parted the Monk, uhe'c all revenue laui mutt originate. p. me AtMxUled Pun A New York business man urged lh« Senate Finance Committee today to substitute tor the House tax bill a revenue piogrsm lhai would levy taxes on a three-year basts rather than or. annual earning' Stanley A 8weet president of Sweet Orr Ac Co, clothing manufacturers, termed the administrations proposal to tax undistributed corporation income "dangerous and possibly fatal to the average concern ” His statement, read by his brother. Reginald L. Sweet, at the Senate hear ing on the House bill, said that under such a tax law. hu company "would have passed out of existence long ago ' He explained the company had made profits In 18 out of the past 20 ygan. but had carried through four losing * years by virtue of earnings stored away In the better yean. Aided fcmplo'M. ‘ Had we tailed to provide adequate reserves In the prosperous period for the losing years which we know will always occur, we could not give our employes steady work and reasonable wages in the days when they need it most," Sweet laid. As an alternative to the House plan. Sweet suggeated a bill "whereby a tax could be assessed on the earnings of a company over an average period of not less than three years, such as is working so successfully in England." Under such a plan, he said, the losses of one year could be deducted from the profits of others and taxes would be levied on "a truer picture of the earning power of an enterprise." Would Simplify Tax. Arthur T. Davenport of New York urged the committee to simplify the "windfall" tax against refunded proc essing taxes. He said the bill's clause for collection of 80 per cent of the refunded taxes would cost both busi ness and Government millions of dol lars to administer. John W. O'Leary of Chicago, speak ing for the Machinery and Allied Products Institute, warned that the undistributed profits tax would bring "social insecurity" and result in “in tensification of the peaks and valleys" of industrial activity. He said it would not only hinder re covery now. but would make business cycles more frequent and severe in the future. Chairman Harrison called his Fi nance Committee into an extra Sat urday session, as the committee re ceived new requests from business men for opportunity to testify. Among the groups awaiting their turn was a delegation from the Chamber of Com merce of the United States. ROOSEVELT WILL SPEND WEEK END ON POTOMAC Dr. Raymond Moley Is Expected to Be One of President's Guests. President Roosevelt will spend the week end cruising aboard the presi dential yacht Potomac on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. accom panied by a few friends. The Presi dent plans to leave during the ear\y part of the afternoon and will return to the White House shortly after dark tomorrow. Mr. Roosevelt will take with him some work to dispose of. but no doubt will devote most of his time to leisure. Dr. Raymond Moley, whose visits to the White House have not been so frequent in the last year, Is expected to be one of the guests. Others will be Col. Arthur Murray and Mrs. Murray of the Isle of Sell, Argyle. Scotland, who are old friends of the President; Capt. Wilson Brown, principal White House naval aide, and Mrs. Brown, and Miss Marguerite La' Hand, the President's personal secre tary. Readers’ Guide Page. Amusements .C-18 Answers to Questions.A-6 Art . B-2 Books _B-3 Church News_B-5-6-7 Editorial .A-6 Finance .A-10 Lost and Found_A-7 Music _B-4 Radio .A-8 Serial Story.B-7 Short Story_ C-18 Society._..A-7 Sports _ C-ll-12 Washington Wayside.A-8 Women's Features...B-8 * By the Associated Press. LOUISVILLE. Ky., May 2.—The line-up for the sixty-second Ken tucky Derby at Churchill Downs listed according to post positions with owners, Jockeys and probable odds: Prob. Odds. Horse. Owner, Jockey. (For fast track) a Banister E. R. Bradley J. Renick 12-1 b Merry Pete William Woodward T. Malley 4-1 Indian Broom A. C. Taylor O. Bums 10-1 He Did Mrs. Silas B. Mason C. Kurtsinger 20-1 b Granville William Woodward J. Stout 4-1 Bold Venture Morton L. Schwartz I. Hanford 10-1 a Bien Joll E. R. Bradley L. Balaski 12-1 d The Fighter Mrs. F. C. Mars A. Robertson 15-1 b Tuefel Wheatley Stable E. Litzenberger 4-1 • Forest Play Bomar Stable D. Brammer 8-1 e Grand Slam Bomar Stable R. Workman 8-1 c Brevity J. E. Widener W. D. Wright 7-5 d Sangreal Mrs. F. C. Mars M. Gamer 15-1 Gold Seeker William du Pont, Jr. M. Peters 30-1 Coldstream C. B. Shaffer N. Wall 20-1 Holl Image W. E. Schmidt No boy 50-1 Silas Mrs. B. Franzheim W. Gamer 50-1 A—E. Jt. Bradley entry. • B—Trainer James Fitzsimmons entry. C—Mrs. P. A. B. Widener—J. E. Widener entry, D—Mrs. F. C. Mars entry. E—Bomar Stable entry. Probable post time, 4:40 C. S. T. Colts and geldings carry 126 and fillies 121 pounds. Scratches—Dnieper, Seventh Heaven. * • * Reaguer Fear of Chair Shown In Implements for Suicide BY WILLIAM S. TARVER. Strong indications that William H. Reaguer. convicted yesterday of second degree murder, intended to try to kill himself if sentenced to the electric chair, are in possession of District Jail authorities. Prom the time he left the Jail for District Supreme Court to hear the verdict of the jury which tried him for the penknife slaying of 21-year-old Willie Mae Wood, until he returned, a strict watch was maintained to prevent his harming himself, It was learned today. Pears of his jailers were somewhat abated today, however, when his joy at escaping the death penalty became more and more apparent. Thomas M. Rives, superintendent of the jail, said his suspicions were aroused on finding a bathrobe cord, fashioned into a slipknot, and half of a broken spoon in Reaguer’s cell. The suspicions seemed to be confirmed by the manner in which Reaguer bade farewell to a guard. "Good-by,” he said to Raymond Peak as he was leaving for court. 'T don't know whether I’ll be alive when I come back." When the 57-year-old Culpeper, Va.. undertaker learned, however, that the law would not exact his life in payment for the life of Mrs. Wood, his attitude underwent a great change. On the return trip to the jail he was jubilant. "I sure am glad I didn’t get the chair,” he is quoted as saying. Then again, “Just look at those trees. I tell you, the world never looked as beautiful to me as it does now.” Reaguer attempted to take his own life on October 12, the morning he almost severed Mrs. Wood's head from her body. When found, one wrist had been slashed, one arm deeply cut and he was lying across her lifeless form in a downtown hotel room. Reaguer’s attorneys also seem sat isfied with the second-degree mur der verdict and indicated they would not appeal. The indictment against the undertaker charged flnt-degree murder.