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Widow, 26, Identified
As Material Witness
In Lonely Hearts Case
•y tha AtMciotad Prat* «• j
DOVER. Del., April 21.—A 26
year-old war widow has been
identified as a material witness in
the "lonely hearts” slayings of two
elderly men.
8tate Police
Col. Herbert E.
Barnes said to
Col. Barnes
named the
woman as Mrs.
Dolly Ruth
Dean, 26, of
Dover. He said
she told him
she was living
at the farm
home of Mrs.
Inez Gertrude
Gwrit Brmn*n.
Brennan the day the first man was
slain there.
“We have released Mrs. Dean on
her own recognizance,” Col. Barnes
Mrs. Brennan, 44, a twice-mar
ried brunette, and a son. .Robert,
15, have been charged with murder
in the slaying of Wade N. Wool
dridge, 70. Bedford, Va. Another
son, Raymond , 23. has been
charged with being an accessory.
Col. Barnes said a third son
George. 19, was arrested yester
day at the Lackland Air Force
Base near San Antonio, Tex., and
will be returned to Delaware for
Became Friendly at Hospital.
New Hampshire police will file
charges in the slaying of the sec
ond victim, Hugo Schultz, 66,
Epsom, N. H., Col. Barnes said.
He gave this account of Mrs.
Dean's stay with the Brennans:
She was working as a hospital
aid at the Kent General Hospital
here last October when Mrs. Bren
nan was admitted as a surgical
patient. During the woman’s
seven-day stay she became “quite
friendly” with Mrs. Dean, who
went to the Brennan farm a day
or two ahead of Mrs. Brennan to
“look after the place” during her
Wooldridge arrived St the farm
from his Virginia home October
10, the day after Mrs. Brennan
returned from the hospital. He
was slain and buried in the pig
pen the same day, the State police
head continued.
Mrs. Dean did not witness the
Wooldridge slaying, "but I heard
them talking about it. They were
talking about doing the same thing
to me,” Col. Barnes quoted her as
saying. -
To Bring George Back.
The young woman stayed at the
Brennans for several weeks. She
did all the housework, washing
and cooking. Then she left the
farm and went to live with her
brother. _ . ,.
Col. Barnes said Mrs. Dean told
State police the story after they
sought her as a material witness.
He said he will fly to Teaas to
day to return Georg# Brennan to
Delaware. Ghief Deputy Attorney
C. Edward Duffy is expected to
accompany Col. Barnes either in
a National Guard or cfea^tcrgA
plane. — -*r
The Stptp police previously an
nounced that Mrs. Brennan, Rob
ert and Raymond signed state
ments telling how Robert shot
Woolridge at his mother’s order
and how Mrs. Brennan shot
She had met both men, Col.
Barnes said, through “lonely
hearts correspondence” and plot
ted their deaths with robbery as
the motive.
To Waive Extradition.
At San Antonio, Assistant Dis
trict Attorney C. M. Biery said
George Brennan told him in an
oral statement that he joined the
Air Force “to get away from all
the tension around the house.”
Mr. Biery quoted Brennan as
saying he was away from the fam
ily (arm until 9 p.m. the day
Wooldridge was shot and that
when he returned home his
mother told him he would have
to get up early the next morning
to help bury Wooldridge’s body.
In connection with Schultz’s
death, George said his mother
wrote him to come to New Hamp
shire and "we took the body back
to Dover with us and buried it in
the yard near the other one,” Mr.
Biery said
Texas Ranger Zeno Smith said
last night he was awaiting the
arrival of a warrant for George.
Young Brennan, the ranger said,
has agreed to waive extradition.
He has been serving at Lackland
Air Force Base since February
11 as a basic recruit.
Virginian Is Father
Of 2 Accused in Slayings
DAMASCUS, Va„ April 21 <#).—
George Dether, 74, former hus
band of Mrs. Inez Brennan,
.charged with “lonely hearts”
slayings in Delaware, said here
yesterday he is the father of two
sons of Mrs. Brennan who have
been arersted with theuynother in
connection with the case.
Maryland Rules
Oyster Deadline
Is for Packers
Sp«ci«t Dispairh )s TH* Star
ANNAPOLIS, April 21—The
Tidewater Fisheries Commission
ruled today that Maryland's April
20 deadline for possession of
oysters is intended to apply only
to packers.
Director David H. Wallace said
the commission did not interpret
the law to include .processed
oysters on merchants’ shelves, or
those held by individuals.
The legal oystering season closes
on different dates in waters of
the several counties, he explained,
but the final closing date is April
15. Packers are allowed five days
to shuck and sell stock on hand
! when the season ends.
Soil Experts Convene
To Discuss Erosion
And Pollution Costs
By James Birchfietd
Star Staff CarrMpomfaat
21 .—Agriculture leaders—Federal
and State soil technicians, con
servationists and plain dirt farm
ers—convened here today to dis
cuss the relation of soil depletion
to pollution in the Potomac River.
The one-day meeting devoted
to problems of soil conservation
U being sponsored by the Land
Committee of the Interstate Com
mission on the Potomac River
Basin. It is the first such gather
ing called by a river basin com
pact group. The commission’s
regular spring sessions will be held!
tomorrow and Saturday.
Addressing the meeting this
morning, Harold A. Kemp, Dis
trict sanitary engineer, described
soil pollution as costly to both
landowners on the headwaters
and to communities down stream.
Sees Saving for D. C.
“Adequate soil conservation in
the basin can reduce the turbidity
of the river by over 75 per cent,”
Mr. Kemp said. "If this is done,
the city of Washington* will be
able to reduce considerably its
cost of treatment of the water.
‘•‘Savings in alum, lime and
chlorine,” Mr. Kemp continued,
“would totafl $34,000 a year at
present costs and consumption;
savings in dredging the reservoir
would save another $12,000 a year,
and savings in cleaning filters at
least $5,000. Exclusive of capital
charges, the savings would be
over $50,000 a year.
“I want to emphasise,” Mr.
Kemp said, “that the farmer will
profit materially in making these
savings available to the people of
MVi Xemp also said reduction
in the turbidity of the river would
save an estimaU4 $«UM0 a year
ln'cggtf of dredgiarthe
tom to keep Ipeifthe navigation
Pointing to the advantages of
soil conservation in reducing
floods, Mr. Kemp said adequate
soil-conservation practices up
stream probably would lower the
peak flood stage in Washington
by 1 foot, and would reduce the
stage by S feeTd^Point of Rocks.
Soil pollution- continued, hgs
flUad many harbors, ana unless
expensive* dredging operations are
maintained, Washington will lose
its value as a port.
Cites Examples on 8ilt.
He said Bladensburg, Md., on
the Eastern Branch of the Ana
costla River, Piscataway, on Pis
cataway Creek in Southern Mary
land and Dumfries, on Quantico
Creek in Virginia are examples
of what happens when silt is un
Urging that the sludge from
sewage-treatment plans be re
turned to the soil, Mr. Kemp said
a new plant being planned for
Blue Plains will dry sludge to 5
per cent water content. This
will make sludge economical for
use on the land within 250 miles
of Washington. The dudge, he
said, probably will sell for about
$7 a ton.
Dr. Hugh H. -Bennett, chief of
the Soil Conservation Service of
the Agriculture Department, said
erosion-produced silt in streams
causes tremendous damage to 10
major classes of public and pri
vate enterprises.
These he listed as public health,
public and industrial water sup
ply, fisheries, valley agriculture,
drainage, irrigation, flood control,
river commerce, Recreation and
electric power production.
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Cashier Who Vanished
With $11,658 Found
Stabbed to Death
**<• Auecittad Prm% •
CHICAGO, April 21.—Rolfe O.;
Dreng, 35. who disappeared last
Friday from his job as currency
exchange cashier along with *11.
658 he was accused of stealing, j
was found stabbed to death yes
Mr. Dreng's body was found in
a ditch near suburban Wheaton
by a highway worker. His mouth
was taped and his hands bound
behind his back. Coroner Samuel
K. Lewis of Du Page County said
Mr. Dreng had been killed with
a large knife or bayonetlike
Coroner Lewis estimated Mr.
Dreng had been dead between
12 and 24 hours when his body
was found. He said the slaying
apparently was committed else
where and the body dumped at
i the roadside.
Mr. Dreng's disappearance was
j first reported last Friday by Abra
ham Greenfield, president of the
Regal Currency Exchange, where
he had been employed as a
cashier for three years.
Mr. Greenfield said he had
gone to the exchange at 5 p.m.,
an hour before closing time, and
found It locked. He said more
than $2,000 in bills was in the
open safe and $11,658 was miss
ing. On Monday Mr. Greenfield
obtained a warrant for Mr. J
Dreng’s arrest on a charge of lar
ceny by bailee.
Police Capt. Joseph Mooney
i said none of Mr. Dreng's personal
effects at his nearby room was
missing. Capt. Mooney said Mr.
Dreng, formerly of Elbow Lake,
Minn., graduated from Luther
College of Decorah. Iowa, and
before entering the Navy in 1940 j
was a school teacher at Gallup,]
N. Mex. He said Mr. Dreng's
sister, Mrs. Margrethe Carter,
who identified the body, told him
her brother was married to
Marian Teslow of Decorah before
entering the Navy and was di
vorced in 1945. She said she
had talked to her brother the day
before he disappeared.
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Girl Paralyzed by Shot
To Get Job Training
Dorothy Kilmer, who was para
lysed last July by a shot acci
dentally fired by a rookie police
man. will so to the Woodrow
Wilson Rehabilitation Center at
Staunton. Va.. on May 1 for voca
tional and physical training.
The attractive 13-year-old girl
visited a group of paralysed coal
miners at George Washington
University Hospital yesterday to
see the progress they are making
under intensive physical training
and medical treatment
Dorothy, who lives at 4606 Thir
teenth street N W. said she is
able now to walk across the room
with the aid of braces and
crutches. At the Staunton cen
ter she will be trained for an oc
cupation. Tests indicate Dorothy
is best adapted for some sort of
clerical work.
The 10 miners at G W. all of
whom suffered smashed spinal
cords in mine accidents, are being
cared for by the United Mine
Workers welfare and retirement
fund. Dr. Charles 8. Wise of the
G. W. suff said all are making
progress. Their dates of injury
igo back as far as 13 years.
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