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WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1938.
PAGE B—1
DATE OF HEARING
Committee Expected to Set
Time for Airing of Views
Today.
LEVY ON INCOMES
PROMISES TROUBLES
Provisions Scrutinized for Legal
Exemptions—Estimate Yield
Forecasts Surplus.
By JAMES E. CHINN.
The full House District Committee
Is expected to fix a date today for pub
lic hearings on the 1939 revenue bill
—a measure that would raise more
than twice the amount necessary to
meet the anticipated budget deficit
In the coming fiscal year.
Meantime, members of the Fiscal
Affairs Subcommittee, who dictated
various features of the bill to the
corporation counsel's office which
actually wrote it, began a serious study
of the various provisions to determine
If their instructions had been scrupu
lously followed.
Already some doubts have arisen as
to certain sections, particularly those
relating to the proposed 1 per cent in
come tax.
Representative Dirksen, Republican,
of Illinois, champion of the income
tax, for instance, urged that a pro
vision be included in the bill which
would tax only that portion of the
SIO.OOO salary which members of
Congress received while actually living
In Washington.
Court Might Have to Decide.
But now, it develops, the phraseology
of the bill is such that a court de
cision may be necessary to determine
on what amount a member should pay;
or the taxable income of any other
person who is classed as a non-resident
and who earns only a portion of his
income in the District.
Corporation Counsel Elwood H.
Seal said the income tax feature was
written to require members of Con
ress to pay the 1 per cent levy on the
full $10,000 annual salary (minus, of
course, the prescribed exemptions)
whether they received all of it in
Washington or in some other part of
the country.
Unless members of Congress live in
Washington for less than six months
a year, the bill regards them as non
residents. And then, it says, a non
resident “shall be taxable only upon
the amount of Income received by such
taxpayer from labor performed, busi
~SLd0ne’, or tan*JJU* property, real
or personal, and from such intangible
property as has acquired a situs located
within the District.”
Studies Provisions.
Mr. Dirksen did not see a printed
^Hy*° .Ule.biU until lat* yesterday
and took it home last night to study
Mmmonf lawyer and may have some
comment to make later on his income
tax plan as interpreted in the bill.
But at the District Building those
learned in the law argue it would be
difficult, without discrimination, to
apply the tax to only that portion of
Uie income received by a member of
Congress while in Washington with
out making a similar allowance to
other Federal employes. As an il
lustration, it was pointed out, many
Federal workers spend their vacation
outside the District. The question
then is raised whether they would be
allowed to deduct from taxable income
the amount called for in the pay check
they receive while not actually living
In the District.
On Capitol Hill, however, It Is
argued that members of Congress are
paid on an annual basis, and not for
a particular session of Congress. It
was pointed out a member on the
Territories Committee of the House,
for instance, might spend six months
out of. a year investigating conditions
In off of the island possessions, and
it would be decidedly unfair to tax
him on the full $10,000 which he did
not earn in Washington.
nuuse Approval Not Expected.
While the House is not expected to
.approve the income tax plan in view
of its rebellion against it last year a
number of members, it is understood,
are preparing to fight it during the
public hearings. Chief opposition is
expected to come from those who op
pose the retroactive feature that would
impose the tax on 1937 incomes.
The other two tax-raising features
provide for continuation of the un
popular business privilege tax on a
graduated scale, and at present $1.75
levy on real and personal property.
The three tax plans are estimated to
yield at least $6,600,000 in additional
revenue in the coming fiscal year, and
less than $3,000,000 will be needed to
balance the budget on the basis of the
1939 appropriation bill the House sent
to the Senate.
Resolution Is Forwarded.
Senator Tydings, Democrat, of
Maryland submitted to the War and
Navy Departments yesterday a resolu
tion from Maryland Veterans of For
eign Wars proposing that sons of vet
erans be given preference in appoint
ments to the Military and Naval
Academies.
WOODRING’S SISTER
CLAIMED BY DEATH
Miss Lida Cooper Woodring, sister
Of Secretary of War Woodring, died
In Walter Reed Hospital today follow
ing an illness of several months.
Miss Woodring, who acted as hostess
for her brother during his term of
service as Governor of Kansas, was a
native of Elk City, Kans., where she
Was born May 18, 1877.
She was educated in the public
schools and a finishing school at Nash
ville, Tenn. She was a member of the
Daughters of the American Revolution,
belonging to a chapter at Neodesha,
Kans. She was a member of the
Christian Church.
Miss Woodring is survived by her
brother and two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Car
roll of Neodasha and Mrs. A. B. Shaf
fer of Independence, Kans.
* *
Injured in Traffic Mishaps
Ruth Ann Payne of 1510
Gales street N.E., hit by a car.
Slightly hurt.
Ruby Halterman, 15, seri
ously injured. Hit by auto
while running to fire.
fm-- -
Jacqueline Ridgley, 14,
bruised, dashing across street
with Miss Halterman.
—Star Staff Photos.
I
HELD MENIAL
Verdict Returned by Inquest
Jury in Charlotte Hall
Shooting.
The bullet which fatally wounded
William L. Davies. 14-year-old Wash
ington honor student at the Charlotte
Hall Military School yesterday, was
fired accidentally from a pistol which
he had delivered to a classmate the
night before, an inquest into his death
disclosed today. "
A verdict of accidental death at the
hands of Warren D. Sharpe, 15-year
old classmate, also from Washington,
was returned by the inquest jury, sit
ting before Justice of the Peace Harry
Davis at the historic Maryland school.
The Sharpe boy left immediately
after the inquest to return home with
his mother. Mrs. Murial Sharpe, 2115
F street N.W.
Sheriff J. Bernard Love of St.
Marys County, who arranged for the
inquest after young Davies died from
a wound in the abdomen at Emer
gency Hospital here last night, said
the inquest verdict closed the case.
Sent Gun to Son, She Says.
Mrs. Sharpe appeared at the in
quest to testify she had sent the .32
caliber revolver to her son at the
school Monday night by young Da
vies, who was returning after a brief
recess following examinations. She
said she had not wanted her son to
have the pistol, but he had been very
anxious for it, and she finally had
consented to buy it as a present for
him.
The Sharpe boy testified he was
cleaning the gun yesterday afternoon,
preparatory to turning it over to the
officer of the day to keep for him
until shooting practice, because it was
against the school rules for students
to keep guns in their rooms.
“Hung” Cartridge Went Off.
He said he thought he had taken
all the cartridges out of the pistol and
was testing it when one that had
“hung” in the chamber went off just
as young Davies walked into his room
for a visit. The bullet struck the
Davies boy in the lower abdomen.
School officials called a State police
ambulance, which under motor cycle
police escort rushed the wounded boy
the 35 miles to the hospital here.
Young Davies was the son of Prank
W. Davies, 1 Riggs Court, manager of
the University Club, and Mrs. Vir
ginia L. Davies, 1915 1 street.
Mrs. Davies was waiting at the hos
pital when the ambulance arrived
with her son late yesterday. She soon
was joined them by her divorced hus
band, and they waited togther while
an emergency operation was per
formed and their son was given a
blood transfusion from an interne at
the hospital.
The Davies boy, an honor student in
his third year at Chaflotte Hall, and
young Sharpe, a second-year student,
were described as close friends by
their teachers and classmates.
$150,000 FOR CHARITY
The Washington Lodge of Elks has
made charitable contributions totaling
approximately $150,000 during the
past quarter of a century, a report
released by Washington Lodge No. 15
revealed today.
The report, compiled by William S.
Shelby, secretary, was issued in con
nection with commemoration of the
local group’s 56th anniversary and
the 70th anniversary of the national
order. Since 1880, the report reveals,
subordinate lodges over the country
have reported charitable contribu
tions totaling 145,844,031.10. Last
year’s total was $1,400,348.85.
I _ .
WHEN HIT BY CAR
City’s Traffic Toll for 1938
Raised to 14—Several
Are Injured.
The death of a woman pedestrian
last night brought the city's traffic toll
to 14 so far this year as other Wash
ington accidents injured five persons,
at least one of them seriously. Nine
teen traffic fatalities were counted here
for the corresponding period last year,
police reported.
Mattie Blockwell, 56, colored, 1317
Q street N.W., was fatally injured by
an automobile which struck her, police
reported, as she was standing in a
''safety" zone on Fourteenth street
N.W. near Q.
The car, according to investigators,
was operated by John E. McHugh, 59,
of 1813 East Capitol street, an employe
of the Government Printing Office. He
was released in custody of Representa
tive Healey of Massachusetts to appear
at an inquest.
The injured woman was removed to
Emergency Hospital in a taxicab and
pronounced dead of a fractured skull.
Two Girls Injured.
Two girls were injured, one seriously,
when knocked down by an automobile
while running across the street to see
a burning car at North Carolina and
Pennsylvania avenues S.E. Ruby
Halterman, 15, of 207 Sixth street S.E.,
suffered internal injuries and shock,
lacerations of the left ankle and
bruises, while her companion, Jac
queline Ridgley, 14, of 212 Sixth street
S.E., was bruised about the face and
head. They were admitted to Provi
dence Hospital.
The driver, Benjamin C. Albright, !
44, of 1322 Massachusetts avenue S.E., j
was charged with reckless driving. !
Clarence Littleton, 34, of 71412 Sixth
street S.W., driver of a dairy truck, i
suffered a fractured shoulder and
bruises today when his truck over
turned following a collision at Glebe
road and Lang street south, Arlington,
Va. He was taken to the Alexandria
Hospital by the Alexandria Rescue
Squad.
William Griffin, 40, colored, and his
brother Willis, 36, of the 400 block of
South Columbus street, Alexandria,
the occupants of the other car, were
ordered to appear in court at Arling
ton on Saturday. The brothers were
given first aid at the hospital for minor
cuts and bruises.
A coroner’s jury yesterday afternoon
held Mrs. Florence S. Sindell, 46. of
5465 Nebraska avenue N.W. for Police
Court, under the negligent homicide
act, as the driver of the car which
killed Kenneth L. Fenton, 14, on Broad
Branch road, near Brandywine street
N.W., last Sunday.
Mrs. Sindell told the jury she knew
nothing of a dent found in a front
fender of her car and denied that her
machine had knocked young Fenton
from his bicycle. She testified the
youth fell from his bicycle a short dis
tance in front of her car as she was
returning home from choir practice at
the Unitarian Church.
Father Corroborates Story.
Mrs. Sindell’s story of the accident
was corroborated by her father, Jacob
Sorber, 66, of Reading, Pa., a passenger
in her car, and the only witness to the
accident in addition to his daughter.
The youth, son of Fireman Thomas
Fenton, 3332 Channing street N.E.,
suffered a crushed skull.
Three-year-old Ruth Ann Payne,
1510 Gales street N.E., was treated at
Casualty Hospital for a sprained left
wrist and shock after she was struck
by an automobile while crossing the
street in front of her home.
Billy Houston, 6, of 1448 Park road
N.W. was cut about the face when he
ran between two parked cars in the
3200 block of Pine street N.W. and Jult
the side of a moving automobile, po
lice reported. He was treated at Gar
field Hospital.
Marie Butler, 19, colored, of 939
Westminster street N.W. was slightly
injured when an automobile careened
against her following a collision at
Tenth street and Rhode Island ave
nue N.W. She was treated at Freed
men’s Hospital.
Charles E. Lemonds, 45, and George
Snody, 39, both of Silver Spring, Md.,
were severely cut and bruised when
an automobile driven by the former
overturned on Dale drive after strik
ing an electric light pole. The men
were taken to Washington Sanitarium
in Takoma Park by the Silver Spring
Rescue Squad.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TALK
Richard J. Davis of San Jose, Calif.,
will speak on "Christian Science:
God’s Law Revealed in Spiritual Heal
ing’’ at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the First
Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia
road and Euclid street N.W.
Mr. Davis is a member of the Board
of Lectureship of the Mother Church
in Boston. His lecture will be broad
cast.
V
SENATE D. a GROUP
MAY TAKE UP AID
PROBLEMS TODAY
Move to Restore Pennsyl
vania Avenue Bridge Item
Backed by Tydings.
SUBCOMMITTEE PUSHES
FORWARD ON MEASURE
Fails to Reach Decision on Charg
ing Street Lighting to
Highway Fund.
By J. A. O’LEARY.
Washington’s unemployment relief
needs for the coming fiscal year may
come up for discussion when the
Senate subcommittee handling the
1939 District supply bill resumes hear
ings at 2 o’clock this afternoon.
The subcommittee also is likely to
reach highway items today, which in
volves the question of whether to re
store funds eliminated by the House
for starting a new Pennsylvania Ave
nue Bridge across the Anacostia River,
Senator Tydings, Democrat, of Mary
land took the lead yesterday in a
move to restore the bridge item by
addressing a letter to the subcommit
tee in support of the project.
The House rejected a budget esti
mate of $650,000 to start the bridge,
and substituted $300,000 to repair the
old structure, on the theory other
projects to relieve downtown traffic
congestion should be given priority.
uiiuci Approval.
The traffic projects approved by the
House were for underpasses at Dupont
and Thomas Circles, and a grade sep
aration structure on K street north
west near the Rock Creek and Po
tomac connecting parkway.
Moving more rapidly than usual, the
subcommittee yesterday afternoon
heard a number of municipal depart
ments discuss detailed changes in the
House bill.
Other witnesses during the after
noon included Judge Fay Bentley of
Juvenile Court and Judge John P.
McMahon of Police Court. Last year’s
bill involved a dispute over whether
control of the new Police Court Build
ing should be in the Commissioners,
or the court. The current act as
finally passed gave the Commissioners
jurisdiction over all buildings used by
the District government, and, acting
under that provision, the House this
year transferred funds for custodial
care of the buildings occupied by Po
lice, Juvenile and Municipal Courts to
the Commissioners.
Lighting Issue Unsettled.
The subcommittee yesterday discus
sed whether the cost of street lighting
should remain in the general revenue
fund or be made a charge against the
special highway fund, but no conclu
sion was reached. Street lighting was
left out of the House bill entirely after
the House had rejected a committee
recommendation that it be charged to
the highway fund. The Senate, how
ever, will restore it under one or the
other of the two funds. If it goes
back to the general fund, it will add
$765,000 to the expected $2,000,000
deficit requiring additional taxes.
While there is money in the highway
fund to cover the cost, the transfer to
that fund is opposed in the House
on the ground of diversion of highway
revenues.
If the advisability of raising the
$900,000 unemployment relief fund
now in the bill comes up today, it will
be only to hear municipal officials.
Civic organizations will not be heard
until later this week or early next
week.
MRS. ADELLA ANDERSON
IS PNEUMONIA VICTIM
Body of Mother of Sanitary Gro
cery Advertising: Manager to
Be Taken to Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Adella Anderson, mother of
J. Arnold Anderson, advertising man
ager of the Sanitary Grocery Co.,
died yesterday at her home. 7611
Mrs. Anderson
Georgia avenue
N.W. Death was
due to pneu
monia. She would
have been 79 on
April 11.
Mrs. Anderson,
for the last six
years a resident
of this city, for
merly lived in
Pittsburgh, where
her husband, the
late James A.
Anderson, was in
business. She was
the mother of the
lat.p .Tamps FI An.
derson, former secretary and as
sistant treasurer of the Sanitary
Grocery Co., who died last No
vember.
Besides the son with whom she
lived at the Georgia avenue address,
she is survived by another son, O. R.
Anderson, New Kensington, Pa.; two
sisters, Mrs. C. M. Rorah and Mrs. H.
M. Underwood, both of Pittsburgh; a
brother, Ralph E. Riggs, Pittsburgh;
four grandchildren and one great
grandchild.
The body is resting at Hines’ funeral
home, 2901 Fourteenth street N.W.
It will be taken tonight to Pittsburgh.
Funeral services and burial will be
there Friday.
CAREER PLAN IS TOPIC
Public Discussion of U. S. Service
Program Set for Tonight.
A public meeting devoted to dis
cussion of the career program for the
Federal service will be held at 7:45
o’clock tonight in the departmental
auditorium.
The meeting is sponsored by the
Council of Personnel Administration.
F. P. Brassor of the Securities and
Exchange Commission; Dr. R. W.
Kelly, Home Owners’ Loan Corp.;
Malcolm Kerlin, Department of Com
merce; W. H. McReynolds, Treasury
Department; Maj. Sidney Morgan,
Tariff Commission, and Dr. L. J.
O’Rourke, director of the council, will
participate in a panel discussion.
Senator Smathers Marries Miss Foley
Couple Boards Plane for Miami After Surprise
Ceremony at Fairfax.
Senator and Mrs. William H. Smathers left by airplane for Miami, Fla., shortly after they
were married today at Fairfax, Va. Shown with them at Washington Airport is the Senator's
12-year-old son by a previous marriage, Benjamin. —Star Staff Photo
ENATOR W. H. SMATHERS of
New Jersey and Miss Mary
James Foley of Winter Haven,
Fla., were married quietly in a
surprise ceremony this morning in the
historic old courthouse at Fairfax, Va.
Immediately aftertthe ceremony the
Senator and his bride motored to
Washington Airport to board an East
ern Air Lines plane for. Miami, Fla.
They announced they would spend
a week's honeymoon at the Boca Ra
ton Club, Boca Raton, Fla., and then
return to make their home at the
Senator's Washington residence, “Four
Winds," 5016 Moorland lane, Bethes
da, Md.
Although Senator Smathers dis
closed his plans to marry on Capitol
Hill last week, the time and place of
the ceremony had not been an
nounced.
Bride Is 38.
The wedding party motored to Fair
fax this morning and obtained the
license a few minutes before the
ceremony was performed. Senator
Smathers gave his age as 47. Hisi
bride is 28.
The ceremony was performed by the
Rev. R. Carl Maxwell, pastor of the
Fairfax Methodist Episcopal Church
South.
Witnesses were the Senator's mother,
Mrs. B. F. Smathers, Waynesvilie, N.
C.; his daughter by a previous mar
riage, Miss Billy Smathers. and two
sons, Joseph B. Smathers and Benja
min F. Smathers; an aunt of the bride,
Mrs. William Abbot Coleman, Arling
ton, Va.; a friend, Fred Yale of Atlan
tic City, and the Senator's secretary,
Harry Irwin Finley.
The bride wore a midnight blue
ensemble collared in gray fox fur, blue
suede shoes, a small hat of the same
material as the ensemble, trimmed in
royal blue, and a corsage of pale pink
camelias, with lilies of the valley. She
carried a bag of hand-tooled Mexican
leather.
Is Native of Virginia.
The bride is a native of Berryville,
Va., but has lived most of her life in
Winter Haven, where her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. James W. Foley, moved when
she was a small child. She received
her education at the Gibson School,
Winter Haven: St. Mary's at Raleigh,
N. C., and Rollins College, Winter
Park, Fla.
The Senator is the son of Dr. and
Mrs. B. F. Smathers of Waynesville,
N. C. He went to Atlantic City after
his graduation from the University of
North Carolina Law School at 19, and
in 1922 became the youngest Court of
Common Pleas judge in New Jersey
history. Later he served as first assist
ant attorney general of New Jersey
and as State Senator from Atlantic
City, when he defeated Senator War
ren R. Barbour for the seat.
Senator Smathers’ first marriage to
the former Miss Syd Brady of Atlantic
City ended in a Reno divorce several
years ago.
The Senator met his bride, an at
tractive brunette, last winter while she
was visiting Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife
of the Senator from Florida. She has
been the guest of Senator Smathers
and his mother at his home here for
several days.
D. C. TO TIGHTEN
Rules Designed to Prevent
Type for Ice Cream
Be,ing Diverted.
Strict new regulations governing
milk shipments into the District, de
signed to prevent supplies intended
only for ice cream manufacture from
being used illegally for fluid consump
tion, will be considered by the Com
missioners Friday at a public hearing.
Proposed new rules have been draft
ed by Corporation Counsel Elwood H.
Seal after months of conferences with
Health Officer George C. Ruhland and
Dr. R. R. Ashworth, head of the food
inspection service.
Charges have been heard for some
years that large quantities of milk
shipped here for ice cream manufac
ture have been diverted to fluid milk
purposes, but officials say they have
been unable to get evidence that would
permit prosecutions. Milk to be used
for ice cream manufacture does not
have to measure up to the high stand
ards maintained here for fluid uses.
Under the proposed revised regu
lations, all persons shipping milk here
for ice cream manufacture would have
to obtain a permit from the District;
the supplies would have to meet with
requirements of the State from which
it was shipped; and the shipments
would have to be consigned and de
livered directly to an ice cream manu
facturer holding a permit from the
District.
me proposed regulations rurther
would provide that all containers used
in shipment of milk for ice cream
manufacture must be sealed and bear
the name and address of the consignor
and the consignee, the date of the
shipment, place where sealed, time
and place of pasteurization and the
District importation permit number.
The new rules also would'specifically
forbid the use of such containers for
fluid milk uses and forbid the ship
ment here of any milk for ice cream
manufacture which contains more than
100,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter.
BAND CONCERT.
By the Marine Band Symphony Or
chestra at • o’clock tonight In the
auditorium, Marine Barracks; Capt.
Taylor Branson, leader; William F.
Santelmann, second leader.
Senate Whip
Has Own Way
Of Reporting
As Senate whip, one of the daily
tasks of J. Hamilton Lewis of Illinois
is to announce absentee Senators.
When the roll was called today Sen
ator Lewis announced that Senator
Smathers, Democrat, of New Jersey
was away on a matter of “domestic
urgency.”
Senator Smathers was married this
morning to Miss Mary James Foley of
Winter Haven, Fla., at Fairfax. Va.,
and left shortly afterward for Florida.
JUDGES OPPOSE
COURTHDCAST
Only Judge Curran Favors
Proposal to Radio Traffic
Cases.
A proposal to broadcast actual pro
ceedings of traffic cases direct from
Police Court to help make Washing
ton motorists "safety conscious” en
countered opposition from the Police
Court judges today.
Only one of the four judges who
take turns sitting on the Traffic Court
bench approved the proposal ad
advanced by Chairman Schulte of the
Traffic Subcommittee of the House
District Committee.
Judge Edward M. Outran said he
would favor broadcasting some of the
traffic trials, but Judges Hobart New
man and Walter J. Casey flatly op
posed the suggestion. Presiding Judge
John P. McMahon, who is understood
to oppose broadcasts from the court,
said he would consider the matter if
asked to do so by Mr. Schulte.
The Judges were polled after the
National Broadcasting Co. had offered
to carry 15-minute broadcasts, prefer
ably in the morning hours, in line with
Mr. Schulte’s proposal, over Station
WMAL. Kenneth H. Berkeley, general
manager of Stations WRC and WMAL,
communicated the offer to Mr. Schulte,
who said he would take it up formally
with the judges who sit in Traffic
Court.
In explaining his opposition to the
proposal. Judge Newman said the
broadcasting of routine traffic cases
would bore radio listeners the first
time and "they would not listen again.’*
He said the only way Traffic Court
broadcasts could be of any educational
value would be to ‘‘stage’* the trials.
TRUE BILLS FACED
BYII BUS DRIVERS
Conspiracy to Commit Lar
ceny Is Charged in Theft
of Fares.
An indictment charging conspiracy
to commit larceny was returned today
against 11 Capital Transit Co. bus
drivers who allegedly took money from
fare boxes by means of a duplicate
key.
According to police, James C. Jack
son, 28, one of those charged, impli
cated all the others. Jackson alleg
edly admitted making the key from a
sketch he drew of a key he saw hang
ing in the window of a Capital Transit
Co. garage at Half and M streets S.E.
While on sick leave he is alleged to
have made arrangements with the 10
other drivers to open their fare boxes
at the end of the buses’ runs each day
and split the proceeds. The alleged
thefts began January 8 and continued
until Jackson’s arrest last week, police
said.
Others charged with part in the
conspiracy are Augustus Jenkins, 42;
Holmes A. Omdorf, 29; Theodore R.
Willoughby, 29; Robert R. Rawls, 25;
Paul A. Bishop, 29; Thomas P. Sliney,
42; William C. Lunsford, 29; Harry
E. Gibbons, 25; Roy K. Swann, 39, and
John P, Johnson, 38.
Daniel W. Kingsbury, 42, who was
employed for four days in the office of
Representative Albert Thomas of
Texas shortly before Christmas, was
charged with forging the legislator’s
name to a $25 check, which he al
legedly cashed at a restaurant near
the Capitol. Kingsbury was arrested,
police reported, while representing
himself as Representative Thomas and
attempting to pass another check in
Philadelphia.
A charge of performing an illegal
operation on a 19-year-old married
woman was lodged by the grand jury
against Claude E. America, 50, of the
2900 block of Yost street N.E. The
woman survived.
Other* Accused.
Others indicted were:
Margaret E. Johnson, Harry Wells,
James E. Allen, John Byrd, Robert L.
Waters, Cleveland Lockwood, Arthur
Whlsaker, Edward J. Osenberg, grand
larceny; Prank C. Goins, Jack Over
ton, James H. Lemon, Mary F. Lemon,
Rudolph Coleman, Marion J. Bennett,
Leroy Day, Joseph L. Kunkle and Oe
I ear Heal, joyriding; James Brown and
* %
Genuineness of Letter Pro
duced by Defense Chal
lenged During Trial.
POINT AT ISSUE TURNS
ON SALES CONTRACTS
#_
Head of Bankrupt Motor Firm
Charged With 16 Cases of
False Pretenses.
The authenticity of a document
produced by the defense in the Dis
trict Court trial of William J. Nolan,
head of the bankrupt Nolan Motor Co.,
was challenged today by Assistant
United States Attorney John J. Wil
son.
Mr. Nolan and his former employe,
Benjamin D. Jenkins, have been on
trial for two weeks charged with 16
cases of false pretenses and one of
conspiring to commit false pretenses.
Throughout the trial, the testimony
has been dull, and spectators and
judge were startled from their bore
dom this morning by pointed questions
shot at Mr. Nolan on the witness
stand by Mr. Wilson which concerned
the genuineness of a letter introduced
late yesterday on Mr. Nolan’s behalf.
The letter, which bore the signature
of R. M. Sigwald. former Washington
manager of the Universal Credit Co.,
indicated Mr. Sigwald knew 45 condi
tional sales contracts Mr. Nolan nego
tiated with Universal Credit for ap
proximately $30,000 previously had
been sold to the Munsey Trust Co.
It is this alleged double hypotheca
tion of the same contracts, represent
ing the same automobiles, which forms
the basis of all the charges.
Appears to Have Come Apart.
The letter appears to have come
apart just above Mr. Sigwald’s signa
ture and to have been taped together
again.
"Did you discuss with your counsel
whether the lower part of this letter
is wider than the upper part?" Mr.
Wilson demanded today of Mr. Nolan!
who had gone on the stand in his own
defense yesterday.
"I did not,’’ Mr. Nolan responded.
Did you discuss with your counsel
that the pieces of paper on which this
letter is written are of a different
1 color?" Mr. Wilson pressed.
The witness replied in the negative.
"Did you discuss whether the type
writing on the two parts was the
same?" the prosecutor continued.
Letter and Copy Introduced.
Mr. Nolan gave the same answer.
The questioned letter and a carbon
copy of another letter which Mr. Nolan
said he wrote to Mr. Sigwald were pre
sented in an effort to substantiate Mr.
Nolan’s explanation of the transac
tions which resulted in his indictment.
He testified that Mr. Sigwald told
him to put the 45 contracts tempo
rarily in a bank until the Universal
Credit Co. could take them. He ex
plained that the arrangement was that
he was to repay the Munsey Trust Co.
as soon ps Mr. Sigwald could get au
thority from his home office to take
the sales contracts.
All the sales contracts concerned
taxicabs sold to C. B. Ryan, president
of the Yellow Cab Co. of the District.
The Government contends Mr. Nolan
sold spurious contracts for the same
automobiles to the Universal Credit
Co., and that the second set purported
to be for the sale of automobiles to the
Minute Cab Co., which Mr. Ryan also
headed.
ine theory of the Government's case
that the second set of contracts was
sold to the Universal Credit under
false representations is contradicted
by Mr. Nolan’s testimony, supported
by the letter.
This letter, which bears the date
March 30, 1936, was presented as the
reply of Mr. Sigwald from a letter
from the Nolan Motor Co., a carbon
copy of which was presented to the
Jury.
How Document Reads.
The questioned document reads, in
part:
“You no doubt will see that the in
surance policies covering these taxi
cabs will be sent to us from the bank
which I understand is carrying these
contracts, or some one from our
branch will stop in and pick them up.”
The effect of this letter, Mr. Wilson
explained, would be to show that Mr.
Sigwald knew all the details of the
transaction and that there was no
misrepresentation on the part of
Nolan.
Cross-examined vigorously by Mr.
Wilson, Mr. Nolan said he never no
ticed the tape holding together the
two parts of the Sigwald letter until
"about a week ago.” He denied that
he taped the letter or had any one
do it.
HOUSING COMPARED
Low-cost housing experiments in
Washington will be compared with
similar projects in Sweden at an
open forum tonight at Friendship
House, 619 D street S.E.
Prof. Eric Ktjellstrom of George
town University will discuss the meth
ods used to meet the Swedish hous
ing problems, while Mrs. Blanche
Leeton will discuss the Washington
situation.
Walter J. Morgan, housebreaking and
larceny: William E. Dennison, Sidney
L. Scribner, Robert Harris, Andrew R.
Walker, LuciusH. Herford, Oadra Nel
lie Lawson, Cecil G. Lawson, Robert
W. Metz and William Oates, robbery;
Sylvan P. Taylor, forgery and utter
ing: Charles Phillip Morris, Columbus
Phillips, Harold Lancaster, Thomas
Bumbrey and James Sloan, assault
with a dangerous weapon: Beulah
Wood, Ralph Marcontoni, Con
stance Marcontoni, Frederick John
son, Blanche Johnson and Theodors
R. Johnson, viollation of the Liquor
taxing Act; Judson S. Helm, mail
theft; Albert H. Andrews, violation of
National Motor Vehicle Theft Act;
Charles Davis, housebreaking and lar
ceny; Juanita Hicks, narcotic law vio
lation, and George Butler, rape.
The grand Jury ignored charges of
Joyriding and grand larceny against
Jake L. Comer.

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