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Insurance Company Safe
Containing $217 Stolen
A safe containing $217.42 and
records was taken last night from
the offices of the Mutual Life In
surance Co. of Washington, 724
Ninth street N.W., it was reported
to police today.
The safe, about 2 feet square
and weighing more than 200
pounds, was taken from under a
counter in the fifth-floor office
apparently on a dolly cart stored
in the basement of the building,
police said. The office door had
been jimmied open and the cart
was found on the first floor.
The safe was missed by Harry
O. Walters, president of the com
pany. Police said a safe was taken
from another office in the same
building about a month ago. It
was recovered in the Anacostia
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Libel Suit Threatened
On Charge Noronic's
Captain Was Drunk
Sy *K» AueciataS Pr»»i
CLEVELAND, Sept. 23.—At
torneys for Canada Steamship
Lines threatened today to file a
$250,000 libel or slander suit
against any one
maintaining the
captain of the
s hip Noronic
was drunk when
Are struck his
ship at Toronto.
“That is the
most positive
denial I can
m a k e,” said
Frank Wilkin
son, attorney
for the line In
Toronto, after
C. Ralph Will
son of Cleve- *"■ **l,k wiumii.
land teStiAed here he thought
Captain William Taylor was In
toxicated during the Are.
The captain himself denied
vigorously that he was drunk,
when reached in a Toronto hospi
tal. He is recuperating there from
bums received in the Saturday
morning blaze that took some
132 lives.
The sworn statement that
started the controversy was made
by Willson yesterday before a
hearing for Ohio survivors of the
disaster, conducted by Cuyahoga
County Coroner S. R. Gerber.
"I’d swear he (the captain) was
so confounded drunk he could
not have been on the ship," said
Mr. Willson.
He said he did not smell Capt.
Taylor's breath, but said he saw
the captain "supported by two
policemen on the dock near the
taxi stand."
Return to Ship Prevented.
On this part of Mr. Willson’s
testimony, Attorney Wilkinson
said: "The only time Capt. Tay
lor was in contact with police was
when they forcibly prevented him
from returning to the ship.”
Another survivor who followed
Mr. Willson on the stand. Miss
Anne Marie Malone, also of Cleve
land, gave a different version of
the captain’s decorum before and
after the lire broke out.
Miss Malone said she was sitting
in the social lobby of the parlor
deck after dancing had stopped
at midnight.
"At 1:10 or 1:15 a.m.’’, she said,
"Capt. Taylor came up the stairs
in civilian clothes. He was snappily
dressed in a dark coat and soft
hat. He bowed a greeting to us
and then continued up the stairs
very proudly.”
She called him a “noble man,”
and said she thought he was
heading for the pilot house.
"Within a couple of minutes,”
continued Miss Malone, "Capt.
Taylor, in his civilian clothes,
screamed a frantic “call the fire
department,” ran down ‘B’ deck
and disappeared in the center of
the ship.”
Denial Given Support.
In denying Mr. Willson’s testi
mony, Capt. Taylor referred ques
tioners to Capt. Albert Galloway,
shore captain of Canada Steamship
Lines. Capt. Galloway readily
supported Capt. Taylor, saying the
Noronic skipper was nbt drunk.
"I was with him,” said Capt.
Galloway, "from the time his ship
docked Friday evening to about 10
p.m. and he hadn't had a drink
then.
"I saw him again immediately
aftei he came off the Noronic-early
Saturday morning. He was in a
nervous state, soaking wet, burned,
' but he certainly was not drunk.
“There was no evidence of his
having had a drink—none at all.”
Yesterday's inquiry here was
made for Canadian authorities.
There will be another hearing to
morrow in Toronto. Then Mr.
Gerber will conduct a third inquiry
in Detroit Monday to interview
survivors there. *
Witnesses here testified that
there was no fire alarm, that
members of the crew failed to co
operate properly in extinguishing
the blaze and that facilities for
fighting the fire were poor.
New Liner to Join Fleet
The Persic, a new twin-screw
refrigerated liner 561 feet long,
with capacity of 514,000 cubic feet
for refrigerated cargo alone, soon
will enter the United Kingdom
Australia-New Zealand service.
Soviet Zone Will End
Ration on Most Food
By tht Associated Press
BERLIN. Sept, 23.-*The Soviet
zone economic boss said today all
food except meat would go off
ration in Soviet-occupied Ger
many next year.
The announcement, in an in
terview with the Soviet-licensed:
Berliner Zeitung, followed charges
in yesterday's Western Berlin
newspapers that Eastern Germans!
were suffering from lack of food.
Heinrich Rau, chief of the East
ern Germany Economic Commis
sion, said “the general food sup
ply of the Soviet zone has im
proved and will continue improv
ing.” He said even meat and meat
products would be ration-free by
the end of next year “when the
magazines will be full of food.”
All food in the Soviet zone,
except salt and ersatz coffefe, is
now rationed.
The only exception is a chain
of Soviet-controlled grocery stores
and restaurants. They sell food
"free' at prices which cah be paid
only by Communist “activitists”
and a select circle of intelligent
sia.
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SOFIA, Bulgaria, Sept. 23 UP).
!—Sugar rationing was abolished
| today in Bugaria.
Tests of Aerial Defenses
Begin Tonight in Britain
By th« Associated Press
LONDON. Sept. 23.—Warplanes
of the United States and four
Allied nations roar out over Brit
ain, beginning tonight, in a test
of the island's aerial defenses.
Three nations linked with Brit
ain in the Western Union defense
pact—France, Belgium and Hol
land—are joining the Royal Air
Force and the United States Air
Force for the first time in war
games here.
New ideas for the defense of
London and port cities will be on
trial. The exercises will last
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