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Excluded as Spectator At Trial of Her Maid By fh« Associated Brest NEW YORK, Dec. 12.—Actress Tallulah Bankhead was excluded as a spectator today from a real life courtroom drama concerning her off-stage life. Judge Harold E. Stevens ordered all witnesses cleared from the courtroom at the opening of the third day of the trial of her for mer personal secretary and maid, Mrs. Evyleen R. Cronin, 59, charged with forgery and grand larceny from the star. Miss Bankhead, expected to tes tify for the prosecution, was the only person to leave. The judge said he issued the order on "the court’s own motion." Defense Attorney Fred G. Mo ritt yesterday had accused Miss Bankhead of making "facial re marks" and had asked the court to make her “shut up.” Says She Can Smoke Now. Mr. Moritt said her attitude in terfered with his opening re marks. in which he asserted the missing money went to buy "co caine, booze and sex” for Miss Bankhead. “At least. I can smoke now," Miss Bankhead commented after leaving the courtroom. She went to a witness’ waiting room and complained about the heat. The windows were opened. Later, lin attendant came in and closed them. Miss Bankhead screamed: "I asked that those windows be opened, darling.” The real-life drama involving the 48-year-old actress attracted 150 spectators to the 11th floor courtroom in the Criminal Courts building. Flashbulbs and motion picture lights outside the courtroom gave a theatrical touch to the proceed ings. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom. Miss Bankhead also swept from the courtroom yesterday capping a performance that ranged from tears to coughs. She left the trial for 20 minutes after defense coun sel asked the judge to make her “keep her mouth shut.” Disguested With Tactics. She told newsmen she walked out because she was “disgusted with the tactics’’ of Mr. Moritt. Mr. Moritt twice complained of Miss Bankhead's “sounds and facial expressions.’’ He said these alleged actions “might be all right on a radio program” but not in a! courtroom. General Sessions Court Judge Harold E. Stevens refused to rep rimand her, saying he saw noth ing disturbing in Miss Bankhead's conduct. The stage-screen-radio - televi sion star, obviously angry, lis tened to Mr. Moritt make these statements in his opening re marks to an all-male jury: ‘•‘Reluctantly, we shall prove' that the lady (Miss Bankhead)' was rarely sober. Champaghe. dope, booze—she lived on that scale.” Took Care of Gigolos. “My client took care of Miss Bankhead's gigolos (she had “three lovers within three months ENTER TALLULAH—New York.—Making no attempt to mask her feelings. Actress Tallulah Bankhead walks behind her for mer secretary-maid, Mrs. Evyleen Ramsay Cronin, 59, in a corridor on her way to court. —AP Wirephoto. that we know of”)—that was the, money for sex." “Tallulah Bankhead taught Mrs. Cronin how to roll marijuana cigarettes. ... I want to shield the names of those who smoked them, whom she paid and the parties.” (He challenged the State to ask Mrs. Cronin the names.) “When Mrs. Cronin used to go to her for money she used to beat her unmercifully.” (Mr. Moritt said this made his client afraid i to ask for money, so she paid out her own funds for Miss Bank head.) “The language she (Miss Bank head) used every day—I won't tell you. My client will.” Miss Bankhead and the State prosecutor claimed these state ments were part of a plot to threaten her into not pressing the case against- the white-haired Mrs. Cronin. Comments on Case. To newsmen. Miss Bankhead I had these remarks: On hCr walkout—“I should have walked out this morning.”' ’ On her coughing—A “natural bronchial condition ... an old af fliction.” On Mrs. Cronin—“This woman was In burlesque before I was Dorn.” On the various allegations by Mr. Moritt—"I never had her buy dope for me ift my life and she never bought sex for me. Nor did I ever buy any of them for my self.” On the trial and her career— "Do you think I would stand up in this case if it was not for black mail. the most despicable crime in criminal law? I am old and tired; I lose everything if I lose the good will of the public." COAL BLACK DIAMOND EGG $13.64 VA. NUT $17.88; STOVE $18.13 VA. PEA $14.68: POCA NUT $16.10 POCA STOVE & EGG $17.95 PA. STOVE 523.05; NUT $22.90 PA. PEA $19.05; BUCK $15.85 BRIQUETS $20.15 TOKS CHEERFULLY DELIVMRtD , IMMEDIATE DELIVERY ORDERS TAKEN DAY OR NIGHT Ceil Dtllmtl In Bin T. Toll* Bin ALASKA COAL CO. NA. 5885OT. 7300 . Blackmailer Trapped As He Accepts Money From Intended Victim An admitted blackmailer wasi held on $5,000 bond in Municipal! Court today for threatening to hang a laundryman's dirty linen on the line. Police said Lonnie (The Weasel) Jackson, colored. 21, wanted either $300 or the privilege of showing off some nude photos of the laundrymait in one of his off duty moments. Lonnie, who lives in the 600 block of Twentieth street N.E., ad mitted, police quoted him. robbing the home of Benjamin Holmes, 46. colored, of 2030 E street N.E., last November. His haul, he said, in cluded the photographs. A short time later, Mr. Holmes, who operates the Ee-Zee Wash at 1239 Seventh street N.E., began receiving phone calls to the effect that $300 in the caller's hand would prevent him from showing, the photos to the laundryman’s, business friends. Under arrangements wuth De tective Sergts. Thomas F. Harty and Randolph L. Dunn, Mr. Holmes agreed to a meeting. At 1:50 p.m. yesterday, with the policemen in the back room, the transaction—with a padded roll j of money—was completed and the! police nabbed Lonnie. He was charged with house breaking. blackmail and carrying a concealed weapon—an open knife stuck in his belt band. Church Leader Assails 'Retreat From Problems' By th« Associated Press BUCK HILL FARMS, Pa., Dec. 12,—Dr. Siegfried E. Engstrom. a religious leader from Minneapolis, yesterday rebuked many churches for “retreating from problem areas.” He told a Rroup of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A. that such action “appears to indicate that churches are more interested in self preser vation than in soul preservation and more interested in the church ;as an institution than in the com munity around it.” Dr. Engstrom, executive director of the board of American mission of the Augustana Lutheran Church, shared panel discussion by experts on church extension at an assembly of the council's divi sion of home missions. Dr. William D. Powell, general secretary of the Philadelphia Council of Churches, said Protes tantism stands to gain vital ad vantages by taking an inter-de nominational approach to its work in new housing developments. Gov. Driscoll Rejects Presidential Candidacy By the Associated Press TRENTON. N. J.f Dec. 12.— Gov. Alfred E. Driscoll of New Jersey said flatly yesterday, "I am .not a candidate” for the Repub lican presidential nomination. Gov. 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The tabulation still was incon clusive despite a count of about three-fifths of the ballots. The amendent was one of 24 on the ballot. It would replace the old Boswell Amendment, ruled out by a Federal Court in. 1949 on grounds it discriminated against Negroes. With 1,542 of the State’s 2,444 boxes reported. 40,082 votes were counted for the measure and 37, 996 against. Vote Was Light. The vote on the measure was extremely light. No public cam paign was made either for or against it. The chief Interest within the State was centered on a $25 million road bond issue. It was approved. The voter amendment would give the county boards of regis trars wide powers in determining! who could register to vote. It would not interfere with present voter lists, however. There is no official estimate of the number of Negro voters in Alabama. The number is small in comparison with white voters. The new amendment would re quire voters to be of good char acter, take a written questionnaire, “embrace the duties and obliga tions of citizenship.” and sign an anti-Communist oath. Generally, it drew support from those who sponsored the Boswell amendment, which was adopted after its backers campaigned on the grounds that it would restrict Negro voters. Alabama’s population is about 30 per cent Negro. No Reference to Race. The new voter proposal makes no reference to any race. Its sup porters contended it was not aimed at the Negro, but would exclude persons of little or no education or of low character. Alabama now has few voter qualifications. Any resident with ;$300 in assessed property, or who xan meet minimum educational 'standards, is eligible. The State’s poll tax law is not affected by the amendment. It requires payment of $1.50 per year from the ages of 21 to 45. Per sons over 45 who have not paid th« poll tax must pay $36 to register. 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