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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, September 30, 1949, Image 50

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Mother of Four Faces
Maryland Grand Jury
In Death of Infant
A 39 - year - old Washington
Grove (Md.) mother of four faces f
grand jury action on a man- ■
slaughter charge in the death of
a new-born boy last June.
Mrs. Irene Nancy Douglass was
ordered placed under $500 bond1
by Judge Alger Y. Barbee in
Rockville Police Court yesterday
after the judge described her
story of the events surrounding
the infant’s death “too incredible
to be consistent with innocence.”
Mrs. Douglass is accused of
forcing her 14-year-old daughter
Anne to place the new-born baby
In an air-less cardboard box
which then was allegedly placed i
In a closet and afterwards in a
closed trunk.
Story Also Held Incredible.
Anne, the principal prosecution!
witness, told a story which after
wards was also described as “in
credible” by Defense Attorney
Robert Beall: She said Mrs.
Douglass told her husband John,
a 41-year-old carpenter, of the
birth, and he buried the body un
der the family home.
Both Mrs. Douglass and her hus
band were placed on the stand by
Mr. Beall in an effort to win the
mother’s release at the preliminary
hearing. Judge Barbee ruled, how
ever, that Mrs. Douglass’ story of
being unaware of the pregnancy
until the time of birth was “in
Testimony Disputed.
Mrs. Douglas said that at the
birth of the boy last June, “there
was no evidence of life whatso
ever.” She contended the infant
was only of about six months’
development, but Dr. Prank J.
Broschart, county medical ex
aminer, disputed this.
Mr. Beall, in cross-examining
the 14-year-old daughter, got an
admission that if she could not
go to Chicago, she had threatened
to “bring shame on the family.”
Mrs. Douglass was released un
der the $500 bond pending action
of the jury, which convenes in
J. W. Hiscox Retires;
Fair Exhibits Head
Joseph W. Hiscox, 70, who has
been in charge of Agriculture De- j
partment's exhibits at fairs
throughout the United States and
abroad, retires today after 32
years’ service.
Mr. Hiscox, who lives at 1820
Upshur street N.E., estimates the
educational exhibits and displays
he has handled over the years
amount to some 2,000.
As an indication of the magni
tude of his operations, 800 of the
exhibits were of carload size.
Mr. Hiscox also has handled de
partment exhibits to cities in Bra
zil, Spain, England, Germany,
Prance and Canada.
He was appointed by the Presi
dent as Federal commissioner to
the California Pacific Interna
tional Exposition at San Diego in
1935. There he helped select the
site of the Federal building and
developed plans for Government
participation of various agencies.
In March, 1942, Mr. Hiscox re
ceived special recognition from
the International Association of
Pairs and Expositions in the form
of an honorary membership for
his long service in this field.
It was the first and only time
the association had awarded an
honorary membership.
Two Children Die, 4 Hurt
In West Virginia Fire
By th« Associated Press
ELKINS, W. Va.. Sept. 30—Two
small children died today in a fire
which swept a portion of a seven- j
room frame home here.
The mother of the youngsters,
Mrs. Maynard Daniels, was re
ported in critical condition at a
hospital. Mr. Daniels and two
other sons also were burned.
Dead are Roger Daniels, 2, and
Clifford Daniels, 3. They were in
an upstairs bedroom. Roger was
dead when firemen finally were
able to reach the small brothers,
and Clifford died a short time
later at the hospital.
Hospital attendants listed the
other children burned as Eddie, 6,
and Donnie, 5.
Mrs. Burley Isner, a neighbor,!
told firemen the flames suddenly
swept from the kitchen of the
home, where there apparently was
an explosion, about 8 a.m.
Mrs. Isner said Eddie and
Donnie ran from the house, at
tempting to beat out flames on
their clothing. She said she
helped them extinguish the Are,
then summoned ambulances and
the fire department.
Col. Donald Nelson Ends
31 Years Army Servile
Col. Donald H. Nelson, chief
of the Signal Corps Career Man
agement Branch and pioneer in the
development of the armored car.
will retire from the Army today
after 31 years of service.
Col. Nelson was with the First
Armored Car Squadron in 1928
when he assisted in the design and
testing of communication and
armored vehicles. He was Signal
Officer of the Second Armored
Division during World War II.
He lives at 200 North Park drive,
Arlington, Va.
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