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^Frederick Police Unable to
| Learn How Woman Was
Wounded or Blaze Started.
By the Associated Press.
FREDERICK. Md, August 28.—
Neighbors found Mrs. Sarah Staub,
63-year-old Daysville farm woman,
lying groaning in a muddy lane near
her blazing home early yesterday
suffering from a-fcullet wound inflicted
under strange circumstances.
A bullet hHd been fired through her
body, entering the abdomen and com
ing out at the back. Her home, where
she lived with her 40-year-old son,
Guy F. Staub. a LeWigtown bartender,
was in flames when the neighbors
found her about 5 am.
Sheriff Roy M. Hiltner said durmg
the day he had been unable to find
out who fired the bullet or how the
Are started in the rock and frame
cabin
Officers Quiz Kin.
The sheriff said Mrs. Staub, hurried
to the Frederick County Emergency
Hospital, in a critical condition, re
fused at first to make any statement,
murmuring only:
"Where's Guy? Where's Guy?”
The officers questioned her son and
her estranged husband, William D.
Staub. about 70, for several hours,
but they were unable to throw any
light on the mystery.
Guy Staub. the son, told his ques
tioners rain-swept roads had pre
vented him from following his custom
of spending the night at his mother's
home. He was surprised and shocked
at the tragedy, he explained.
To Continue Probe.
The woman's husband, formerly a
resident of the Bethel section, had
been living recently near Mountain
dale. Only a short time ago he lost
his Mountaindale property through a
debt judgment.
State's Attorney Sherman P. Bowers
announced a searching investigation
would be continued. He did not dis
close whether he was pursuing a
suicide nr attempted murder theory or
some other angle.
So far the officers have been unable
find the weapon with which Mrs.
6taub was wounded. Sheriff Hiltner
snd Deputy Denver J. Shook plan to
search the ruins of the Mrs. Staub’s
home as soon as they cool sufficiently.
A young son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Harp discovered Mrs. Staub in the
lane near her home. The boy had
gone to the home with his parents
who were awakened in the early i
morning by the fire.
-.
HUNT FOR FLYERS
TURNS NORTHWARD
Pilots Convinced Levaneffsky and
Companions Never Reached
Alaska.
Be the Associated Press.
FAIRBANKS. Alaska. August 28.—
Pacific Alaska Airways pilots said yes
terday they were convinced Sigismund
Levaneffsky and his five Soviet com
panions never reached Alaska on their
attempted transpolar flight from
^loscow to Oakland. Calif, by way
of Fairbanks. The flyers have been
blissing two weeks.
Three P. A. A. planes have covered
100.000 miles of Northern Alaska ter
ritory without finding a trace of the
missing plane.
Sir Hubert Wilkins, noted explorer,
carrying on the search in a Russian
owned 17-ton flying boat, expressed
belief the Levaneffsky plane was down
Somewhere 500 miles on the North
American side of the North Pole.
While Wilkins refueled at Copper
pint, N. W. T., for a third long
distance Arctic flight, three Soviet
planes were at Anderma, in Northern
Russia.
i The Soviet airmen planned to fly :
Abreast 15 miles apart over the North
|*ole to Alaska along the route be
lieved to have been taken by the
Vanished flyers.
American Airman Jimmie Mattern,
who withdrew from the search, said
he planned to remain in Alaska for
the duration of the hunt.
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TEN BEST CITY FARMERS
LEAVE ON VACATION
Members of Boys’ Garden Club
Will Spend Week at Camp
Letts.
Ten boys, who best proved that city
folk can farm, left by bus this morn
ing for a vacation at Camp Letts,
on Rhode River, near Annapolis.
Members of the Boys' Garden Club,
each has a plot of ground, 40 by 50
feet in size, on Anacostia road. Vege
tables of a'l sorts are grown and used
by families of the 90 members.
W. R. Beattie, senior horticulturist
of the Agriculture Department, judged
that the 10 had produced most
abundant harvests. The youths’ ex
penses during their week at the Y. M.
C. A. camp are borne by the Civitan
Club.
The winners, named according to
the height of their corn and tomato
plants, are Joseph Sullivan, Robert
Hoddinott, Frank Warner, Edmund
Williams, Edward Tillinghast. jr.;
Rudolph Ruehl, Fred Gebricka, John
Trusheim, William Donnelly and How
ard Hudgins.
NOEL COWARD’S AGENT
TO MARRY PRINCESS
Theatrical Aide Applies for
License to Wed Daughter of
Former Grand Duke Paul.
Bv the Associated Press.
FAIRFIELD, Conn., August 28 —
John Chapman Wilson, theatrical
agent for Noel Coward, has filed an
application for a license to wed
Princess Natalie Paley, daughter of
the former Grand Duke Paul of
Russia.
1 Reached at his Sasco Hill home here
last night, Wilsori said no date has
yet been set for the wedding. His in
tended bride, the ex-wife of Lucien
Lelong, famed Parisian couturier, is
staying at the St. Regis Hotel in New
York City.
In the blank filed in the office of
Town Clerk Samuel Glover, Princess
Natalie's age is given as 31, and Wil
son’s as 38.
It will be Wilson's first marriage.
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British Tourists Increase.
Foreign tourists visiting Britain in
June totaled 33,883, a large Increase
over the corresponding month of 1936.
I
Washington
W ay side
Tales
Random Observations
of Interesting Events
and Things.
LOCK.
WHEN Mr. and Mrs. George
Baumeister left their home
in Newark, N. J., to come
to Washington for a visit
with their brother-in-law, Edward
Spliedt, they discovered for the first
time that they had been living in a
house for 14 years without ever lock
ing the front door.
As he was about to leave home that
day Mr. Baumeister turned back, he
doesn't know why, and tried the door.
It opened. He looked for the natural
explanation—a push-button that had
been set with the latch off. There
was none.
Then for the first time it occurred
to him that the door had no auto
matic catch, needed to be locked "with
a key just like the doors inside the
house. It also struck him that for
14 years he had been sticking a key
in the keyhole, turning the knob and
letting himself into a house that
wasn't locked in the first place.
Thinking back over the possibilities
of innumerable robberies that might
have been facilitated by that door, the
Baumeisters recalled that only once
in the 14 years had their house been
molested. That was by a burglar who
must have spent at least half an hour
jimmying a locked window.
* * * *
ALIBI.
When employes of the Depart
ment of the Interior are late to
work, they are required to submit
directly to Secretary Ickes a writ
ten statement of the reason for
said tardiness. A young man who
was woefully late one morning re
cently set about this duty of ex
planation with what we regard as
a certain flair. He gave as his
excuse:
"Misapprehension as to' time.”
* * * *
SORCERY.
QNE of our friends at the Depart
ment of Justice who likes to poke
around among dusty legal tomes re
cently came across this old English
statute, which we offer without com
ment, being afraid to say a thing. The
law was passed by Parliament in 1700
and says:
"That all women of whatever age.
rank, profession or degree, that shall
from and after such act impose upon,
seduce and betray into matrimony any
of His Majesty's subjects by means
of scent, paints, cosmetic washes, arti
ficial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool,
iron stay', hoops, high-heeled shoes or
bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty ]
of law now in force against witch- j
craft and like misdemeanors, and that I
the marriage upon such conviction
shall stand null and void."
* * * *
FARM.
LITTLE tea room just opposite
the Federal Housing Administra
tion and hard by the National Labor
Relations Board offices has a pocket
size front lawn. A customer going in
for lunch the other day noticed some
vines growing in this two-by-four gar
den and, being something of a farmer
ette herself, stopped to examine them.
They were cantaloupe vines.
* * * *
BIG BUSINESS.
^SIDE to the Securities Exchange
Commission: Was it by your or
der, or did the gentlemen think it up
themselves? We mean that law now
reported to be in effect on the New
York Stock Exchange, making it a
$50 fine to fill a member's pocket with
water.
Understand the statute was passed
to stop the more playful citizens from
going about shooting water pistols into
one another's pockets during dull trad
ing hours.
* * * *
v MISSING.
Standing at Ninth street and.
Washington drive the other day
was a perplexed fellow who was
almost wringing his hands as he
watched wreckers at work on one
of the old "temporary” Govern
ment buildings.
Every time some one passed by
he’d ask in pleading tones, "Please,
can you tell me what they’ve done
with the Bureau of Animal Hus
bandry? "Here I came down to see
it about, some business, and I find
a man inside with a steam shovel!!”
(Sorry. We don't know ourselves,
but it's probably around town
somewhere.)
* * * *
SILENCER.
pOR this we'll probably be accused
of trying to sell something, but
the story involves a tip given us by
a grandmother, and we nevar pass up
tips from grandmothers—whether on
horse races, fights, weather, books
or remedies for the megrims.
The tip should be joyfully received
by those who have been driven mildly
hysterical listening to those wild-eyed
adventure stories put on the air for
“the children's hour.”
This grandmother listened to
shrieks, groans, rockets bursting in
midair and other cheerful diversions
of the young until she could stand it
no longer. Then she plotted escape.
Now each evening when the time
comes for one of the more vociferous
programs to be turned on by her
grandchildren sne goes to work at her
electric sewing machine. Says the
ru ■ has worked, too. The interfer
ence finally convinced the youngsters
that at twilight young people should
be standing outside watching for the
first lightning bug. not sitting around
the house getting the slats scared out
of ’em.
1,200 Marines Sail Sunday.
SAN DIEGO. Calif., August 28 (>P).
—The transport Chaumont will sail
from here at 2 p.m. Sunday with 1,200
Marines for Shanghai, officials an
nounced yesterday. Aboard the cruiser
Marblehead, acting as eonvoy, will be
108 Marines.
NEW PENSION BILL
Average Oid-Age Benefits of
$80 to $100 to Be Sought
Next Session.
Esr the Associated Press,
Demand* for more liberal old-age
pensions may increase the complexi
ties of the next regular session of
Congress.
Little was heard of the subject dui
ing the recent session, but Represent
ative Crosby, Democrat, of Pennsyl
vania, chairman of an unofficial
Steering Committee supporting the so
called general welfare bill—all that
remains of the Townsend old-age pen
sion plan—said a determined drive for
its enactment will be made next year.
During the recess, he said, members
of the Steering Committee will en
deavor to stimulate support for the
legislation by speeches in the field.
Also, he said, efforts will be made as
soon as Congress reconvenes to unite
all congressional old-age pension ad
vocates under one banner.
Crosby said his group has been
promised a hearing on the legislation
by the House Ways and Means Com
mittee early next January.
The measure would levy a 2 per cent
transactions tax to finance the pen
sions. The bill would provide pensions
up to $200 monthly if sufficient revenue
were derived. Proponents said, how
ever, they believed the benefits would
average closer to $80 or $100 monthly.
Crosby said additional Townsend
clubs are enlisting in support of the
legislation daily and asserted he con
sidered this an indication Dr. Francis
E. Townsend, founder of the $200-a
month pension plan, has “lost his in
fluence”
The Pennsylvanian said the last ses
sion of Congress had been ' encourag
ing" to his group because they had
obtained signatures of 106 House mem
bers to a petition designed to bring .
the bill to the floor for debate. The
previous year only 60 signatures were
obtained.
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MUNIAUUt VlSIlb
AT PARENTS’HOME
Bail Granted Golfing Marvel,
Awaiting Trial on Robbery
Indictment.
Ey the Associated Press.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., August 28 —
Syracuse's Laverne Moore, whose
amazing golf feats won him fame in
Hollywood under the name of John
Montague, was with his parents here
today after the first night spent at
his home in more than seven years.
His plans for the immediate future
are vague, he indicated after his ar
rival yesterday. He may remain with
his parents while, free on $25,000
bail, he awaits trial on a first-degree ,
robbery indictment in Elizabethtown,
or he may go to Hollywood “on busi
ness," he said.
Moore said his plans depend on
the condition of his mother, Mrs. ,
Matthew Moore.
Mrs. Moore expects soon to go to a
hospital for an operation.
Moore is accused of participating '
in the robbery of the road house of '
Kin Hanna at Jay, N. Y., in 1930.
U. S. TO CONTINUE
TWO MELLON SUITS
Financier's Death Won't Affect
$3,000,000 Income Case or
Aluminum Litigation.
By the Associated Press.
Officials said yesterday the death
of Andrew W. Mellon would have no
effect on the Government's $3,000,000
tax suit against him nor on its anti
trust suit against the Aluminum Co.
of America.
Mellon, as one of the principal
stockholders, was named by the Gov
ernment last April among 36 de
fendants in the Aluminum Co. case.
The Justice Department charged that
the firm was engaging in monopolistic
practices, and sought to have it dis
solved The suit is awaiting trial in
New York. I
The Treasury's tax claim against its
one-time chief is based on his 1931
income tax return. It is pending be
fore the Board of Tax Appeals. Treas
ury officials said any judgment the
Government may win would be ap
plicable against Mellon’s estate.
BIDS FOR TWO VESSELS
TO BE OPENED NOV. 17
Bids for the construction of a de
stroyer tender and a seaplane tender
will be opened November 17, it was '
announced yesterday by the Navy '
Department, which explained that
building funds were made available
in the third deficiency appropriation (
act.
Contract plans and specifications
for these two auxiliary naval vessels
now are practically ready, it was
said. Advertisements inviting bids
from private shipbuilders will be
issued next month. Under the leg- ,
islation authorising the" craft at least
one of the vessels must be built in
a Government navy yard.
George Pollock Co., Sacramento,
Calif., yesterday was awarded a con
tract for $2,790,875 for a new dry
dock at the Mare Island Navy Yard. ■
Career Ends
CLINTON B EILENBERGER,
(Stem on Page A-l.J
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Death in Shadow of Hell Gate Bridge
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Where a beachcomber found the body of a woman crammed into a barrel on the rocky East River shore yesterday in the
shadow of Hell Gate Bridge. New York. Police said the barrel, shown in circle, apparently teas rolled over the ledge above, but
caught among the stones and failed to roll into the Hell Gate tide, which probably would have carried the body out to sea.
' —Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto.
PACT OF MINES
DECLARED ILLEGAL
Postal Official Hits Proposed
Contract of Companies
as “Monopotistic.”
85 the Associated Press.
Karl A. Crowley, solicitor of the
Post Office Department, ruled today
» contract for co-operation between
United Airlines Transport Corp. and
Western Air Express Corp. is illegal
>nd monopolistic.
Crowley described the proposed con
ract between the airlines as intended
o permit the two companies to op
■rate a through plane service between
New York and points east of Salt
jake City to points west thereof and
0 the terminus at Los Angeles.
Passengers boarding the plane east
if Salt Lake City might remain on
joarcf at that point and rontinue to
heir destination at Los Angeles or
my intermediate point, west of Salt
-<ake City, the department said, had
he contract been approved.
"It is clearly the intent of Congress
hat monopoly in the air transport
services of the United States should
rot. be permitted.” Crowley said.
"If the proposed contract should be
ipproved. then similar arrangements
would be made by the three larger
iviation companies with the smaller
lirmail contractors which would neces
sarily result in complete control
if the air transport industry and of
he carriage of mail by airplane be
soming concentrated in the hands of
1 few large monopolistic corporations.
No agreement which may result in the
ireation of such a situation should
receive the approval of the Past Office
Department and no such agreement is
within the letter or spirit of the air
mail act. * * *
"I am of the opinion that the con
tract entered into between United
Mrlines Transport Corp. and Western
kn Express Corp. • • * is contrary
o the provisions of the airmail act of
1934 as amended.”
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\RMED PAID HOLD UP
LOCAL LIQUOR STORE
Escape With Undetermined
Amount—#95 Is Stolen
From Apartment.
Two colored men armed with pistols
leld up a liquor store at 2901 Sher
nan avenue shortly before last mid
light and escaped with an undeter
mined amount of money, police re
lorted.
Alvin M. Fugitt, 18 Ninth street
lortheast, reported $95 in cash was
itolen from a dresser drawer in his
ipartment by some one who entered
;hrough the bathroom window.
Fred W. Passon, colored, 2300 block
>f Georgia avenue^ gave police theJ
tame of a suspect he believed stole
574 that was hidden in a suit case
ind€T his bed. Police said the suspect
lad a criminal record in New York
-ity.
A handbag containing $17 was
matched from Carol Healy, 37, of the
Cordova Apartments, by a colored
nan who escaped through a vacant
ot near Connecticut and Florida
ivenues last night.
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THIEVES DUPE VICTIMS
TO OBTAIN LOOT OF $178
Two “flim-fiam'’ larcenies, involving
otal loot of $178, were reported to
jolice late yesterday.
Mrs. Lydia Porter, 223 B street
lortheast, reported that a gypsy or
Indian woman known as Mary Brown
made off with $103 in cash and a large
lameo ring value at $80. Tjfie woman
lad been treating her for an illness
or two weeks, Mrs. Porter said, and
resterday persuaded her to let her take
;he money and ring to a church to get
,hem blessed. She failed to return.
The other victim was Richard Hart
veil, colored, 1300 block of Ninth
street. He said he got into conversa
;ion with four strange colored men
yesterday evening. They suggested
;hat if he didn't Want to lose his
money, it should be WTapped in a
landkerchief and replaced in his
locket.
One of the strangers kindly wrapped
Hartwell's $15 in a handkerchief and
returned the handkerchief to him.
When he got him he found It eon
“"JT~
3,000 Tivins Flock to Indiana
For Sixth Annual Reunion
PORT WAYNE. Ind., August 28 —
Doubles predominated In confusing
array today as approximately 3.000
twins flocked to this city by air, rail
and automobile for their sixth annual
national reunion
Prom as far away as the Pacific and
Atlantic Coasts they came to enjoy a
two-dav fete of fun. They had no seri
ous problems to solve, no weighty
questions to debate. All they had to
do was to look at each other and "talk
it over.”
Top attraction on the opening pro
gram was a parade laie in the day
through the downtown area. The
twins planned to square off tomorrow
and compete for sundry prizes which
only doubles could win.
Mrs. Henrietta S. Billings, 81, of
lajh i-uigeies. uiiu., nurriea uy airpmne
and bus to be one of the first arrivals
and put up a claim for ‘ coming the
longest distance."
"Why, I wouldn't have missed this
for anything.” she exclaimed, a bit out
of breath. "You know, last year I
broke my leg and couldn't come I was
just sick, because I wanted to come so
much. I've been to three conventions,
and I'll be on hand for a lot more.
, Mrs. Billings' twin sister. Mrs. S. W.
Camby of North Judson, Ind., joined
' in praising the reunion.
Early registrations showed twins had
! come from Iowa. Colorado. Mississippi.
Kentucky. Florida. New York. Illinois.
Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania. North
Carolina. West Virginia, Missouri,
California and Indiana.
TAX OF $35,000,000
SEEN FOR MELLON
Family'* Holdings Have Value of
$243,000,000—State to Get
80 Per Cent of Levy.
By the Associated Press.
PITTSBURGH. August 28—Tax
attorneys estimated yesterday that the
Federal inheritance tax on the estate
of Andrew W. Mellon would exceed
*15.000.000 and might run as high as
$35,000,000/
An attache of the register of will’s
office, which will collect the tax for the
State, said the estate of the former
Secretary of the Treasury would prob
ably exceed that of his brother. R. B
Mellon, which has arranged to pay the
State approximately *12,000.000.
Howard M. Johnson, secretary to
Mellon, declined to estimate the
estate's assets, but during Mellon’s
income tax appeal in 1931 the family's
holdings were disclosed to have a
value on today's market of about
*243.000,000.
Much of this wealth has since been
transferred to the Coalesced Co. with
200.000 shares of stock being given
equally to Paul Mellon and Mrs. David
K. E. Bruce, Mellon's children.
Johnson said the Federal inheritance
tax was graduated from 65 per cent
on estates between *10.000,000 and
*20,000,000 to 70 per cent on all assets
above *50,000,000.
He declined to estimate the time
that would be required for filing an
accounting.
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania
will receive 80 per cent of whatever
funds the Federal Government collects
in inheritance taxes.
Most financial observers agreed that
Mellon's estate would exceed *50,000,
000 despite bequests of more than
*100,000,000 during the last 25 years.
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H. 0. L. C. ANNOUNCES
NEW WORKER POLICY
Employes of Future to Be Taken
From Civil Service Whenever
Practicable.
New employes of the Home Owners’
Loan Corp. hereafter will be drawn
from civil service registers wherever
practicable, Charles A. Jones, general
manager, announced today.
This policy will be followed all over
the country. In the absence of civil
service ellgibles, instructions are to
make the fullest possible use of lists
maintained by Federal and State em
ployment agencies.
The new policy, Jones pointed out,
s in accord with instructions issued
By President Roosevelt last August,
kt that time the President expressed
satisfaction with the progress made by
She H. O. L. C. In co-ordinating its
personnel more closely with civil serv
ice standards.
Since then, Jones said, continual
progress has been made in improving
smployment standards. Arrangements
have been made with the Civil Service
Commission to use its facilities in fill
ing vacancies and making new ap
pointments.
3,000 GREET TAYLOR
LONDON, August 28 UP).—Robert
Taylor was greeted at Waterloo Sta
tion last night by 3,000 screaming
movie fans who almost mobbed him.
The actor escaped through a lug
gage elevator and even then police
had difficulty in protecting him.
Women fainted in the surging
crowd at the station.
t
'OVERTIME’ WORKED
BY A. F. L.’S COUNCIL
Crowded Calendar Keeps Members
Busy—Green Reports Lewis
Group Failures.
Ft the Associated Press.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., August
28.—The American Federation of
Labor's Executive Council worked
overtime today on its crowded cal
endar.
Ordinarily, the council works only
five days a week, its members advo
cate a five-day week and believe in
practicing what they preach.
Since several members have Labor
day speaking engagements and must
leave the seashore by next Friday at
tne latest, however, the council de
cided to meet this afternoon to work
on a report to the Denver convention.
President William Green reported
to the council yesterday that hun
dreds of textile workers were "turning
thumbs down” on the C. I. O. organi
zation campaign and joining A. F.
of L. unions.
Green presented reports from both
Southern and New England organizers
showing 15 locals had been organized
recently and several more likely would
be brought into the A. F. of L. fold
soon.
TWO KILLED IN FALL
OF “MAGIC CARPET”
1.500-Pound “Prop1’ Being Used
in Eddie Cantor Film Crashes
to Ground.
By the Associated Press.
HOLLYWOOD. August 28—The
collapse of a 1,500-pound "magic car
pet" on a studio sound stage in ar
Eddie Cantor picture, which killed
one property man yesterday, resultec
in the death of another today.
Harry Harshka. 36, died this morn
ing of his injuries. Last night Philc
Goodfriend. 47. died a few hours aftei
the "props" fell.
Two others suffered serious injries
Cantor was scheduled to ride th«
"carpet" today, studio officials said.

MISS KATE S. TERRY,
82, DIES IN HOSPITAL
Funeral Services for Retired Gov
ernment Employ Set
Monday.
Miss Kate S. Terry, 82, of 11 R
street northeast, retired employe of
the Government Printing Office, died
yesterday in a local hospital after a
long illness.
Miss Terry was the daughter of the
late Judge E. S. Terry and the late
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Terry. Her father
at one time was a circuit judge in
Indiana and later a member of the
Illinois State Legislature. Afterwards
he held important positions here at
the General Land Office and In the
War Department.
A resident of this city for 55 years,
Miss Terry was retired from the Gov
ernment service a number of years
ago. She leaves three sisters, Mrs.
Lena T. Minor and Miss Cora A. Terry,
both of this city, and Mrs. Emma
Morris, Long Beach. Calif.
Funeral services will be held at 11
am. Moioday in St. Agnes Episcopal
Church. I Burial will be in Rock Creek
Cemetery.
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FOUND IK BARREL
Widow of Maxie Gordon,!
Dope Peddler, Found Dead
on Bank of East River.
By the Associated Press.
I NEW YORK, August 28.—The body
S of the comely young woman found
| stuffed in a barrel on the rocks beside
East River here yesterday was iden
! tiffed today as that of Mrs. Essie
Gordon, widow of Max i One-Eyed
Maxie i Gordon, notorious narcotics
1 peddler.
Gordon was killed in an automobile
accident near El Paso. Tex., last July
31. He had served one prison term
after being convicted on a narcotics
charge in Boston.
Benjamin Joseph, a friend and guest
at the same hotel where Mrs. Gordon
resided in New York, led to the
identification of the body today.
After reading a description of it in
the newspapers, he prevailed upon the
night manager of the hotel to enter
her room. They found that the bed
had not been occupied. Joseph then
viewed the body and identified it.
Joseph, according to police, said he
had an engagement with Mrs. Gordon
for Thursday night, but that he was
"stood up.” He said he did not see
the woman after that.
Detective William Jackson of the
homicide squad made the investigation
which determined that Mrs. Gordon
was the widow of "One-Eyed Maxie." j
He said he also had learned that she '
: had been twice married, the first time !
to Isadore Mustman a Boston butcher. I
Tony Casanova, a beachcomber, |
found the barrel in which Mrs. Gor- j
don's body was stuffed. Medical Ex
aminer Jacob Werne said she had been
stabbed nine times with an ice pick. I
The point of the instrument was im- i
bedded in her skull and a bullet was 1
found in her brain.
The barrel evidently had been shoved
over a 15-foot embankment near the
Triborough Bridge with the idea that
it would be taken by the swift-running I
tides of Hell Gate and be washed out j
to sea.
Instead it bounced down to a stony
ledge 4 feet from the water's edge and
clung there. A beachcomber encoun
tered it in his search for driftwood.
BRITISH SHIP TO SET UP
RADIO STATION IN PACIFIC
Establishment of Commercial Air
Route Between Canada and
Australia Seen.
By the Associated Press.
SUVA. Fiji. August 27.—The British
warship Leith left last night for tiny
Canton Island with two wireless op
erators. building material and equip
ment to establish a radio station in
the equatorial Phoenix group midway
between Fiji and Hawaii.
Rumors have been frequent that a
British commercial airways line would
be installed between Australia and
Canada, following surveys of the route
by warships in the South Pacific.
American enterprise has been busy
in the same area, a Pan-American
Airways Clipper having made a trip
between Alameda. Calif., and Auck
land, New Zealand, last March.
Canton Island is the sandspot from
which the joint United States-Na
tional Geographic Society expedition
observed the eclipse of the sun last
June. The island is claimed by Great
Britain.
PLANS BAPTISM
The House of Prayer for All Peo
ple, 601 M street, will hold a baptism
tomorrow morning and a religious
parade in the afternoon. The bap
tism will take place between S a.m.
and noon at the Francis Junior High
School pool. The parade will start
at 2:30 p.m. at Sixth and N streets,
go out N to S, thence to Eighteenth
street and back to N. The House
of Prayer was founded by Bishop
C. M. Grace.
Earle Meadows Hurt.
TOKIO, August 28 bP).—Earle
Meadows, co-holder of the unofficial
world pole vault record of 14 feet 11
Inches, dislocated his shoulder today.
Meadows was competing with a United
States team now touring Japan. He
probably will be on the sidelines for
the rest of the tour.
I
MY EXPEDITED
ON TAX AVOIDANCE
Congressional Experts Gear
Inquiry With Eye to Spe
cial Session.
B> the Associated Press.
Congressional tax experts, exploring
the need for general revision of the
Nation's revenue structure, geared
their Inquiry today with an eye to
the possibility of a special session.
Representative Vinson, Democrat,
of Kentucky, chairman of a House
Ways and Means subcommittee as
signed to conduct the Investigation,
said the group would return to Wash
ington two or three weeks in advance
of the next session of Congress,
whether it is called in November or
January.
In the meantime preliminary sfudtps
are being made by Treasury officials
and employes of the Senate-House
Joint Committee on Internal Revenue
Taxation.
Stresses Inquiry’s Aim.
Stressing the inquiry was designed
to eliminate "inequities and injustices"
from the tax laws, Vinson said he had
mapped its scope in conferences with
Roswell Magill, Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury, and other tax authori
ties, "to be sure we will be able to
finish what we start."
The Kentuckian said the subjects
listed for review include the undis
tributed profits tax, so-called ‘'nui
sance" taxes, proposed codification of
the revenue laws, the capital gain
and community property taxes and the
controversy-laden subject of reduc
tions allowed mining and oil com
panies for depletion.
Vinson explained the subcommittee
sought to determine what, if any,
"cushions” should be provided under
the undistributed profits tax for firms
desiring to use their surpluses for debt
payments and plant expansion.
Case of Weaker Corporations.
‘'Particularly in the case of weaker
corporations, such as those just com
pleting bankruptcy reorganizations,
there probably ought to be special con
sideration given." he said. "Instead of
taxing every dollar, there mav have tc
be lower rates or other concessions
provided."
Vinson said there had been no pub
lic hearings on "nuisance taxes" since
they were revived in 1932.
No public hearings will be held on
the proposed revisions until the sub- ,
committee has presented Its recom
mendations to the full committee, he
said.
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50 SHOE REPAIRERS
FORM UNION HERE
C. I 0. Organizers Balked as New
Group Announces Its A. F. L.
Affections.
Faced with a C. I. O. organizing
drive. 50 workers in four of the city’s
largest shoe repair shops have formed
a union which they intend to affiliate
with the A F. of
L., it was an
nounced last
night after an
agreement was
reached with em
ployers.
N e g o 11 ations
which resulted in
signed agree
ments with the
Golden Star Shoe
Renew ers. the
Star Rapid Shoe
Repair Co, the
Diamond Shoe
Repair Co. and
s. p. Troiano. the Globe Shoe
Repair Co. were handled by commit
tees headed by Salvatore Paul Tro
iano. president of the Washington
Shoe Workers' Union, and H. Zoslow,
representing the employers.
The union members received pay
increases averaging 20 per cent, a 48
hour week, overtime pay and one
week’s vacation under terms of the
agreement. Zoslow said. Previously ths
employes had worked a 54-hour week.
The union was formed and nego
tiations started after organizers for
the United Shoe Workers of America
began seeking members in local shoe
repair shops, it was said.
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BRIDEGROOM, 92, DIES
Housekeeper, 72, Had Married
Him as "a Business Proposition "
WAQUOIT. Mass.. August 28 <&■ —
Edward J. Crowell. 92. a bridegroom
of six months and an old stage
coach driver, died today.
In March, Crowell married his 72
year-old housekeeper. Carrie Lizzie
Pulsifer. who described the marriage
as "a pure business proposition to
inherit his big house and be taken
rare of for the rest of my life." It
was Crowell’s third marriage.
For 20 years, 1880 to 1900, he drove
a two-horse coach to meet incoming
vessels from New Bedford. Later he
became postmaster of Waquoit, serv
ing for eight years before entering
the hotel business.
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President 1 att
Still Retains
Travel Record
Roosevelt Still 10,000
Miles Shy of “While
in Office” Mark.
By the Associated Press.
President Rooseveit, who travels
much and likes it, was still nearly
10,000 miles shy today of equaling
William Howard Taft's 114,000 mile
age “while in office" record.
But he has invitations pending
which, partially accepted, would carry
him far beyond Taft's total.
The late President and Chief Jus
tice, however, chalked up his 114,000
miles in four years, from 1909 to 1913.
Mr. Roosevelt is approaching the end
of his fifth year in the White House.
Before leaving for his Hyde Park,
N. Y., home this week the President
had traveled 104,271 miles by land
and water since March 4. 1933. He
covered 96.838 miles up to 1937 for an
average of almost 25.000 a year. Since
January 1 last he has gone 7.433 miles.
The President's current trip to Hyde
Park is his fourth there this year. He
has invitations of long standing to
visit the West Coast of South America,
the Philippines, the West Coast of the
United States and many points In the
Interior.
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