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DEATH MYSTERY
HOLM JAIL
Coroner’s Jury Asks Further
Investigation in Case
of Handyman.
ft Associated Press.
CAMBRIDGE, Md„ June 22
Three men and a woman were held
today for further questioning in the
death by violence of Elwood Murphy,
a handyman, about 58, after a
coroner’s jury requested further in
vestigation.
The jury declined to reach a verdict
last night despite the assertion by
State’s Attorney Gorman Hill "we
believe (the death) was a murder.”
The jurors continue«d the hearing for
an indefinite period.
The four were arrested near Finch
ville, where Murphy's battered body
was found draped over his bicycle.
Witnesses reported last night the
bicycle was unscarred and his clothing
was untorn. They signed statements'
w hich Mr. Hill said were not complete.
"I don’t believe Murphy received
the fatal injuries at the place he was
found.” Mr. Hill said. No motive for
the death has been established, he
added. Mr. Hill declined to make
public the statements the four signed.
Seeks Special Jury.
Armed with a strongly worded
coroner's jury verdict in another
case, that Fred Brown, 48-year-old
farmer, murdered his young wife and
mother of his child, Mr. Hill pressed
today for a special grand jury to hear
the case.
Mr. Hill planned to confer this
morning with Judge T. F. Insley on
the possibility of recalling the April
term grand jury.
While Brown sat in stolid silence
•and with calm countenance, the jury
brought in a verdict yesterday that the
farmer "deliberately and maliciously”
strangled his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth
Brown, to death.
The latter, 17 years old. was soon
to have given birth to Brown's second
child. Mr. Hill said Brown confessed
killing her and throwing her body into
the Nanticoke River, after weighting
it with four plow points. He said hi.,
wife had threatened to take their in
fant son and leave him after a quarrel.
» Brown did not testify at the hear
ing. but was represented bv James A.
McAllister, former State's attorney of
Dorchester County.
Evidence Before Jury.
Testimony that Mrs. Brown stayed
at their home the night of June 13
after asserting "Fred wouldn't let me
in," was given by Mr. and Mrs. Rob
ert Sackett of Reids Grove. They are
neighbors of the Browns. Mr. Hill said
.Brown confessed killing his wife the
evening of June 14.
Arrayed before the jury for in
spection were the four plow points
which had been bound to Mrs. Brown's
body; her tennis shoes and the anklets
she was wearing, and pieces of her
print dress.
The jury's verdict read:
/"We find Mrs. Elizabeth Brown died
of strangulation at the hands of her
husband, Fred L. Brown, who delib
erately. maliciously and of malice
..aforethought did strangle Elizabeth
Brown to death.”
DR. R. E. DOHERTY
GETS HIGH HONOR
Given Lamme Medal by Electrical
Engineers for Alternating
Current Theory.
The Lamme Medal of the American
l Institute of Electrical Engineers, now
In session at the Mayflower Hotel,
was awarded yesterday to Dr. Robert
E. Doherty, president of the Carnegie
Institute of Technology, for his intro
duction into practice of the "theory
of alternating current machinery."
Dr Doherty also was given a cer
tificate for his work in that field.
Dr. John C. Parker, vice president
of the Consolidated Edison Co. of New
JCork, was elected president of the
group. Other officers named were
Chester L. Dawes, Cambridge, Mass.;
F. Malcolm Farmer. New York; A. H.
Lovell, Ann Arbor, Mich.; F. C. Bol
ton, College Station, Tex., and Lester
R. Gamble, Spokane, Wash., vice pres
idents. W. I. Schlichter of New York
was re-elected national treasurer.
Murder
4 (Continued From First Page.)
, close friend coming forward to identify
the body.
Officer H. C. Carl. Maryland State
police fingerprint expert, reported
failure in an attempt to secure finger
prints yesterday afternoon because of
the condition of the lingers.
He came to Washington later in the
l day, however, and secured the co
operation of Dr. Richard M. Rosen
^berg, deputy District coroner, and John
®Styers, a Treasury Department clerk,
■described by police as an authority on
■fingerprinting.
W By using a chemical prepared by Dr.
r Rosenberg, they succeeded in obtaining
good prints from the fingers of the
woman about midnight, as her body
lay in the rural undertaking establish
ment of W. H. Hutchins & Son, near
Prince Frederick, Md.
Hastening back to Washington, the
Investigators checlsed through the F.
B. I. files and about 4 a.m. today
« matched the prints.
Corpl. Magaha, leading the investi
gation for the Maryland State police,
and other officers then went home to
bed, returning to resume their investi
gation later today.
A few hours before the identification
was made Maryland authorities were
told of a woman having been seen
attempting to escape from a man in
an automobile bearing District license
tags Sunday evening, near the spot
where the body was found Monday
morning.
Man Tells of Fight.
It was .about 7 a.m. Monday when:
two colored men noticed the body, with
the head and shoulders floating above
the water in Lyons Creek, beside a
bridge on the Southern Maryland bou
levard—the route from Washington to
numerous Chesapeake Bay beaches in
Southern Maryland.
James C. MacKenzie, a carpenter
who lives near Camp Springs, Md.,
told authorities he and his wife were
driving to North Beach late Sunday
when they saw a woman struggling
with a man in a parked car about a
quarter of a mile from the creek,
toward Washington.
Of the same general appearance as
the dead woman, she was kneeling on
the front seat of the car, with the door
open beside her, and screaming "let
me out" as a man beside her held her
hands. Mr. MacKenzie said.
“That looks like a fight,” Mr. Mac
»
Goats Flown From Ohio in Chartered Plane
Pilot Bill Payne returned to Washington yesterday with a cargo of five Saanan goats, which
he had picked up at a farm in Alliance, Ohio, to augment the dairy herd of S. M. Barnard of
Herndon, Va. Shown tugging at one of the flying goats. —Associated Press Photo.
— — — ---—
TAX HAIM FOUGHT
Marion Star’s New Owners
Attack Assessment in
High Court Plea. \
Fy the Associated Prpss.
A tax dispute growing out of the
sale by President Warren G. Harding
of his interest in the Marion. Ohio,
Star reached the Supreme Court yes
terday. ^
Tlie Brush-Moore Newspapers, Inc.,
owner of the Star, filed an appeal
challenging a $3,350 Federal income
tax deficiency assessment for 1930
and 1931.
Part of the contract for sale of the
paper provided that an agreement
would be made whereby Mr. Harding,
after he left the presidency, would be
employed as editor for 10 years at
$13,300 a year.
In the event of his death the money
was to oe paid to Mrs. Harding or to
his estate.
The contract for sale of the paper
was dated June 18, 1923. The Presi
dent died in California the next
August 2.
Although contending that no em
ployment contract had been executed,
the purchasers said a compromise was
effected “under threat of suit from
Mrs. Harding."
The money was paid to Mrs. Harding
until her death, in 1924. In 1930 and
1931—the years at issue—it was re
ceived by Mrs. Abigail Harding Lewis,
one of Mr. Harding's sisters.
In filing its income tax return for
those years the newspaper sought to
deduct the amount paid Mrs. Lewis on
the ground that it was an ordinary
and necessary expense.
The Board of Tax Commissioners
declared, how-ever, that the payment
was part of the price of the President’s
interest in the paper. The Sixth Cir
cuit Court of Appeals sustained the
assessment.
STAGE VETERAN DIES
NEW YORK, June 21 UP).—Jack
Squires, 43, veteran of many musical
comedy roles on Broadway, died yes
terday of a heart attack.
He played the juvenile lead in the
road company of "The Chocolate Sol
dier.” His other musicals included
"Very Good, Eddie,” "Yours Truly,"
"Artists and Models,” “Rio Rita” and
"The Laugh Parade.” He was born in
Camden, N. J.
Kenzie remarked to his wife as they
sped by. He did not stop to investl
gate, assuming that if anything serious
developed it would be noted by other
motorists. Traffic was heavy at the
time.
Dress Is Similar.
Mr. Mackenzie examined the dead
woman's dark blue, red-flowered cot
ton print dress at Prince Frederick last
night, and said it was similar to the
one worn by the woman he had seen
on the highway. He was not able to
recognize the body, explaining he had
not looked closely at the woman’s
face as he passed the struggling pair.
State’s Attorney Arthur W. Dowell
of Calvert County said the incident
reported by Mr. MacKenzie appeared
to be the best clue yet developed in
the case.
"Leads’* Prove Vain.
Investigator had followed numerous
other possible “leads” without success
in efforts to unravel the mystery of
the womans identity and how she
came to her death.
State and county authorities still
are investigating reports of a bru
nette dressed like the dead woman
being beaten by a fat man at North
Beach last Friday evening, and seen
two hours later on the highway near
Lyons Creek, crying and attempting
to<* hail passing motorists. However,
they were frankly skeptical of con
necting these incidents with the ap
parent murder.
Poison Death Is Possibility.
A post-mortem examination by Dr.
Page Jett showed Mrs. Lewis ap
parently had been killed sometime
after noon Sunday. She had not
drowned because there was no water
in her lungs. Dr. Jett found no
definite evidence of the cause of death,
asserting he believed she either had
been poisoned or smothered to death.
A dozen cuts on her face and head,
which looked as if they had been in
flicted by sharp bits of glass, could not
have been fatal, he said. Contents
of her stomach were being analyzed
for poison.
Officers believed she may have been
one of a Washington week end party
at one of the beaches on Chesapeake
Bay.
One of the cuts an her head may
have been sufficient to cause uncon
sciousness, Dr. Jett said. Then her
assailant, officers theorized, may have
smothered her to death and tossed
her body into the creek from the
bridge on the highway en route back
to Washington.
k M.
Indicted as Spies
(Story on Page A-l.)
William Lonkoicski, believed
to be a German resident, who
icas one of the 16 men and two
women alleged to be members
of a Nazi spy ring who were
indicted by the Federal grand
jury in New York.
Werner George Gudenberg,
also believed to be a German
resident, indicted in the spy
case. Gudenberg fled to Ger
many recently in the wake of
Dr. lgnatz T. Griebl, who made
his departure for that country
on the eve of the spy inquiry
in New York.
Threat
_(Continued Prom First Page.)
to watch for the arrival from abroad
of a "suspected person.” Officials were
said to have photographs and a full
description.
The main gates of the Woolworth
heiress’ new home were locked. -Sev
eral plainclothes men patrolled the
grounds and tradesmen were admitted
only if they could show credentials.
Despite the precautions, however, a
nurse wheeled the winsome, sandy
haired baby around the grounds in
his big black carriage during the
morning.
Scotland Yard authorities said they
had provided no special guards or
other protection and disclaimed
knowledge of a kidnap threat. An
official said he had no "confirmation”
that police had been mobilized, but he
did not directly deny the report.
In March, 1936, a month after Lance
was born, reports of similar threats
were denied. Later, however, a man
was sentenced to four ^nonths’ im
prisonment* for demanding money
from the countess for "exposing” an
imaginary plot.
The slim, beautiful countess has be
come one of London’s leading so
cialites. She was a central figure of
the London season after her return
from India a short time ago.
Settled in London in 1935.
She and her second husband settled
in London November 7, 1935, after a
three-months’ honeymoon in Denmark
and Prance. Her first husband was
the late Georgian Prince Alexis
Mdivani They were divorced in Reno
May 13, 1935. He was killed the fol
lowing August in an automobile acci
dent in Spain.
The countess renounced her United
States citizenship last December 16
and adopted Danish nationality. She
issued a statement then, explaining
her action was due entirely to family
reasons and in no way would weaken
the ties that bound her to the country
of her birth.
Bad Egg Made Good.
EVANSVILLE, Ind., (/P).—A man
walked into City Court and announced:
"My name is Egg, and I’m bad and I
want to be sent to prison.”
Judge Marlon J. Rice accommodated
Wilfred E. Egg, 29, of Jasper, by giving
him a 60-day sentence at the State
penal farm on a charge of intoxication.
"Boy, I feel like a good egg now,"
Egg saiA.
A
ROPER FORECASTS
OPTORN By FALL
Secretary Declares Excess
Wholesale Inventories Are
Largely Removed.
Secretary Roper said today business
statistics indicated a business and in
dustrial upturn was likely this summer
, or at least by fall.
I "Economic skies are definitely clear
I ing,” the Secretary said in a prepared
statement to the press.
"Many wise business leaders are now
; taking and all should take advantage
of the summer season to implement
their plans and methods for participa
tion in the inevitable and now forming
forward movement.
"Announcement has been made of ,
large sums to be expended for plant I
expansion and improvement under the j
realization that where no wealth is :
created, none can be accumulated nor j
distributed. Bumper farm crops are
beginning to move as reflected by !
rising demands on transportation.
Credit is abundant and available.
Aroused Initiative Seen.
"The merchant, the wholesaler and
the manufacturer should prepare now
| to turn with the tide in order to avoid
i lost motion in the upward swing. I. ;
therefore, am encouraged by the fac
! tors above enumerated and look to
aroused initiative which will bring a
gradual and not a dangerously acceler
ated business, industrial and economic
upturn.”
The Commerce Secretary said among ■
the encouraging factors in the 1
economic situation were the reduction
of excess inventories in the hands of
retailers and wholesalers and the re
moval of legislative uncertainties by
the adjournment of Congress.
Inventories Decrease.
Mr. Roper announced that a survey
of wholesalers’ stocks showed inven
tories on June 1 were 14 5 per cent
lower than a year ago, removing a
major obstacle to increased factory
production. The decrease in inven
tories has amounted to 9 per cent since
early February, he said, and the only
wholesale line in which inventories are
higher is the heavy hardware business.
He added:
"Since wholesale inventories are the
most important single measure of ac
cumulated stocks in the hands of busi
ness. these figures clearly indicate that
excess inventories, as one cause of the
present depression, have been largely
removed.”
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QUIET JULY 4 PLEDGED
ANNAPOLIS, Md„ June 22 (Spe
cial).—Annapolis is due to have the
quietest July 4th in its history.
Police Commissioner Thomas G.
Basil said he had instructed police to
carry out the letter of the law and
arrest proprietors of business concerns
selling fireworks, as well as those
who discharge them.
_(Continued From First Page.)
this fight and the gloves agreed upon
will be used."
Gen. Phelan convinced Black and
Roxborough that the rule specified no
maximum weight for gloves and said
in effect that for all he cared Schmel
ing’s gloves could weigh six tons.
Louis’ handlers revealed that Trainer
Jack Blackburn, Manager Black and
Eddie Meade, manager of Henry Arm
strong. would be in the champion's
corner.
Schmeling, at the moment, expects
to have only Max Machon and Ed
(Doc) Casey of Detroit in his corner.
Skies Threaten Rain.
Meanwhile overcast skies and muggy
weather threatened rain.
There was no rain, but weather
forecasts were not particularly encour
aging. "Occasional showers and not
much change in temperature” was the
latest prediction.
There was no hint of any postpone
ment, however, at the offices of Mike
Jacobs’ 20th Century Club. Even
should rain fall, Mr. Jacobs would
wait until late afternoon before post
poning the bout until tomorrow night.
W. B. Beckwith of the United
States Meteorologist Department flew
to a height of about 12,000 feet around
11:30 a.m. (E. S. T.) and reported the
skies probably would remain overcast
during the remainder of the day. He
also forecast occasional showers or a
light mist between 6 p.m. and mid
night.
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BENSON LEADING
BV1080 VOLES
Gallagher Tops Democratic
Candidates — Stassen
Ahead in G. 0. P. Race.
By the Associated Preu.
MINNEAPOLIS, June 22.—Gov.
Elmer A. Benson today held a com
manding lead over former Gov.
Hjalmar Petersen, his opponent in a
bitter race for nomination as Parmer
Labor candidate for Governor, as in
complete returns from Monday’s
primary election straggled in.
Leadership of the State’s dominant
political party was at stake in the
voting, which, for a time, see-sawed
to give the advantage first to one, then
to the other candidate. Gov. Benson
piled up a big margin in the Twin
Cities and the Northern Minnesota
iron range districts, labor strongholds,
while Mr. Petersen drew his strength
from the rural districts.
Democratic Race Close.
Early today, with returns in from
3,169 of the State's 3,739 precincts,
the vote stood 187.413 for Gov. Benson
and 178,333 for Mr. Petersen.
A close race was also in progress in
the Democratic party, with Thomas
Gallagher, young Minneapolis at
attorney, holding about a 2,500-vote
margin over the nearest of five op
ponents for the gubernatorial nomina
tion, Fred Schilplin, St. Cloud pub
lisher.
Returns from 3,116 precincts count
ed in the Democratic race gave Mr.
Gallagher 19.694; Mr. Schilplin. 16.
958; Michael Murray, 14,946; Victor
Anderson. United States district at
torney for St. Paul, 8,807; Charles
Lethert, 4,088, and Joel Anderson,
2,826.
Leading the Republican field of
four, Harold Stassen. Dakota County
attorney, had an apparently unbeat
able advantage over Martin Nelson,
twice the Republican nominee and
twice defeated by Farmer-Labor can
didates in general elections.
With 3,070 precincts reported, the
returns gave Mr. Stassen 109,786; Mr.
Nelson, 64.835; Mayor George E
Leach of Minneapolis, 50,865, and
Harson Northrop, 2,940.
LANDSLIDE FOR BARROWS.
Lead Over Fernald in Maine Rare Is
Nearly 50,000.
PORTLAND, Me., June 22 (/Pi.—
Gov. Lewis O. Barrows’ avalanche of
votes which buried State Senator Roy
L. Pernald’s bid for Republican guber
natorial nomination, stood at nearly
50 000 today.
Virtually complete returns in Mon
day's primary gave Gov. Barrows
72.830, Mr. Fernald 24.387. The Bar
rows lead was more than double the
19.000 majority by which he was nom
inated two years ago over Blin W.
Page, Skowhegan banker.
A clean-sweep for all major Repub
lican incumbents automatically placed
them against Democratic nominees,
also chosen Monday, in the September
State election which often has been
termed by political leaders as a
weathervane for national sentiment.
The September ballot line-up will be:
Governor—Barrows against former
Gov. Louis J. Brann <D), Lewiston,
unopposed in the primary for a third
term nomination.
United States Representatives:
First district—Representative James
C. Oliver (R.) against Harold B.
Emery iD>, Limington.
Second district — Representative
Clyde H. Smith iR l against F. Har
old DU*ord i Di. Waterville.
Third district—Representative Ralph
O. Brewster (R.) against Melvin P. Rob
erts (D.), Fort Fairfield. Neither had
opposition.
—.-.—
Film Shown in Court.
During the damage suit of a worker
for injuries received in a lumber mill,
a film of the huge saw in operation
was screened for the benefit of the
jury, in Napier, New Zealand. The
man claimed he had been injured
while operating the saw, and the pic
ture showed it in slow motion as a
description of the work done was given.
“You are the first jury in a British
Dominion which has had the honor
of seeing evidence this way," declared
Judge Blair.
Carnegie Heiress and Fiance
I-»-_
Louise Carnegie Miller of New York, granddaughter of the
late millionaire, Andrew Carnegie, with her fiance, J. F. Gordan
Thompson, an Edinburgh attorney. They were visiting Dun
fermline, Scotland, her grandfather’s birthplace. The couple
received a wedding gift of linen from residents of the com
munity. They will be married next month at Skibo Castle,
near Dornoch. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto.
SLAYER OF BOY
PLEADS 10 JURY
Man Who Shoved Lad Off
Cliff Seeks to Evade
Electric Chair.
By the Associated Press.
ALPINE, Tex., June 22.—Francis
Marion Black, jr„ pleaded with a
shirt-sleeved jury of West Texans to
day to save him from electrocution
for his confessed MacAbre murder of
a 13-year-old boy.
The unemployed piano tuner is ac
cused by the State of throwing Mar
vin Dale Noblitt off a 400-foot cliff
to collect a *5,000 insurance policy
on the boy's life.
“I started several times to shove
him over,” a confession introduced by
the State yesterday said. ‘T had quite
a lot of trouble getting up my nerve 1
to do it. But I finally • • • put my
right hand on his belt and my left
on his left shoulder and shoved him
off the cliff.”
The confession related that Black, j
badly in need of money after lasing
his wife’s savings in stock negotia
tions, decided to hire a boy under pre
tense of adopting him. He persuaded
Mrs. Bobbie Smith of San Benito,
Tex., to give him custody of her son,
Marvin Dale, on the promise of cloth
ing and educating him in return for
work.
Black's statement related he origi
nally planned to drown Marvin Dale
but learned he “was a good swimmer.”
Then. Black said, he bought the boy
a bicycle, ”in the hopes he would get
run over by an automobile and save
me the trouble of doing away with
him.”
The fatal trip to the mountainous
Big Bend area near here early this
month followed. Black related. He
said that after he plunged Marvin
Dale to death he went to the bottom
of the cliff “to make certain he was
dead.”
Radio Interference Measured
By Engineers Trying to End It
Ever since 1896. when the British
issued a patent to Marconi for an
‘‘odd device.” radio receivers have been
seized by occasional fits of howling,
purring and squealing.
Now a Utopia of perfect reception
is nearing—if human nature doesn’t
trip up science. So thinks Peter L.
Bellaschi. delegate to the summer
convention of the American Institute
of Electrical Engineers meeting at the
Mayflower. But he is cynical about
the human nature.
About five years ago he and his
fellow scientist C. V. Aggers plunged
into a metal-sheathed room in Sharon,
Pa. They have come out bearing
sheets of statistics and a new word.
The word is “microvolt.”
‘‘It would take 110.000,000 micro
volts to make the light in that bridge
lamp burn,” said Bellaschi yesterday
in his hotel room. “We use the term
in measuring the amount of inter
ference entering your radio, and we
can measure within two units. With
our instruments we have made a great
scientific advance, for we can now
determine radio noise quantitatively
as well as qualitatively.”
Radio whoops and hollers come from
three sources, he said. There is “true
static,” due to lightning and “the
little flashes of light you can see on
a summer night if you look closely.”
There is transmission distortion, which
comes from the bouncing together of
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the waves which shoot up to the heavi
side layer in the upper air and those
which stream along the ground. Then
there are the noises due to appliances
in your home and near it—the special
field of study of Aggers and Bellaschi.
These can be cured by using special
filters, having appliances properly de
signed, and by increasing the strength
of the signal to be received through
super-power radio stations and better
antenna.
"But all this will require co-opera
tion,” Mr. Bellaschi remarked.
He said that the spark gap trans
mitter is being used extensively in
Europe in propaganda warfare. While
one nation sends out programs, an
other is engaged in making an intoler
able roar through the entire wave
band of the region. Still more effec
tive sabotaging machinery may be
developed, unless the situation can be
cured by international agreement, he
thinks.
On a smaller scale, he laughed,
neighbors can be "pretty unpleasant” if
they are careless—or want amusement.
"With an electric razor you can
produce 90,000 microvolts, and 1,000
are enough to be troublesome. For
real results, however, use a sun lamp.
They are very high in wave frequency,
and can ruin short-wave reception for
blocks.”
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NEARBY STATES
GETP.W.A. FUNDS
Maryland and Virginia Each
Receive Grants for Eight
Projects.
Eight P. W. A. grants for projects
in Maryland and eight for Virginia
were included in the first announce
ment of pump-priming allotments to
day.
Among the Maryland projects were a
municipal building at Colmar Manor,
a highway project at Hyattsvilie. some
street paving at Riverdale. waterworks
improvement at Cumberland, court
house improvements at Ellicott City,
school buildings in Frederick County,
a school at Scaggsville and a fire en
gine house at Shipley.
Virginia will receive grants for
school buildings in Fairfax, Pittsyl
vania. Montgomery and Botetourt
Counties, a sewage system at Broad
way, a college building in East Radford,
an administration building in Fred
ericksburg and a municipal building
in Phoebus.
Colmar Manor was gven a grant of
$4,500 for a one-story brick municipal
building, which it is estimated will cost
$10,000. The building will include a
garage and auditorium for municipal
and community meetings.
The grant for Hyattsvilie totals $60,
750 for highway construction, which
will have an estimated total cost of
$135,000. The highways scheduled for
improvement were not announced.
A grant of $53,100 was provided for
highway construction at Riverdale
and the total estimated cost of which
will be $118,000.
Fairfax County. Va., was allowed a
grant of $169,000 for beginning con
struction of schools at Lincolnia,
Woodlawn. Gum Springs and Semi
nary and for additions to schools at
Anrrtmdale. Centreville, Chesterbrook.
Fairfax. Franconia. Groveton, Hern
don. Lorton. Lee Jackson and Falls
Church. Estimated total co6t of these
projects will be $375,550. The four
new schools are necessary replace
ments of old and unfit buildings and
the additions are necessary to relieve
overcrowding, it was announced.
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QUEEN’S MOTHER ILL
Daughter Flies to Bedside of
Countess of Strathmore.
LONDON. June 22 VP).—'The seri
ous illness of Queen EHizabeth's 76
year-old mother, the Countess of
Strathmore, today caused another
daughter to make a flying trip to her
London bedside.
Lady Rose Leveson Gower, the sec
ond daughter of the countess, flew
from the Isle of Man. The Queen, in
residence in Buckingham Palace, al
ready was in London.
FIRES SWEEPIN6
WESTERN CANADA
Flame* Are Soaring Along 250
Mile Front in Province
of Alberta.
Bt the Associated Press.
EDMONTON. Alberta, June 22 —
Forest flres, termed the worst In Al
berta’s history, swept across a 250
mile front today in Western Canada's
bush country.
The flames spread rapidly in the
wake of a hot, rainless spell, causing
heavy timber losses. Fires threat
ened sawmills and farm homes and
at least one community, Caroline,
with a population of 50.
Telephone communications with
Caroline, 50 miles northwest of Cal
gary, were broken yesterday.
Heavy black clouds of smoke hung
low over Edmonton, Calgary and
Lethbridge, grounding airplanes.
Flights from Prince Albert and other
Northern Saskatchewan points were
cancelled.
The fire raged over an area ex
tending from the British Columbia
border to Rochester, 50 miles north
of Edmonton. Flames were uncon
trolled in the Sturgeon Lake area, 250
miles northwest of Edmonton, and
were sweeping along both banks of
the Smokey River, southeast of Orand
Prairie.
J. A. Hutchinson, assistant provin
cial forestry director, said the flres
were ‘‘the worst in Alberta's history.”
Brussels sprouts was sold in the
markets of Belgium as early as 1213.
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