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Eyewitness to Daring Armored Car Robbery By Hu Astocioted ft.it DANVERS. Mass., Mar. 26. Stymied in their quest for clues to the bold $681,000 robbery of an armored truck here, police and FBI agents today pushed search for an eyewitness to the huge theft. Danvers Police Chief Raymond Kirwin said law officers “can’t find a soul” who saw the money taken yesterday from the truck : as it stood unguarded at a drug-; store while its crew was having! coffee inside. Three bandits, in a quick and' obviously well-planned job. parked; a stolen 1950 Buick sedan along side the truck, entered it without! apparent difficulty and made off! in a burst of speed down Danvers' 1 main street. No Witnesses Found. “The FBI has combed both sides of the street.” said Chief Kirwin, “checking people who were in stores, but no one was found who saw it.” _ The possibility was not ruled out that some eyewitness hesi-j tated to come forth with informa tion in fear of reprisals—like the killing in Brooklyn of Arnold Schuster after he "fingered” Wil lie Sutton, now on trial for bank robbery. The truck driver and his two guards were questioned until far into the night by FBI agents and State police before being permitted j to go to their homes. Meanwhile, the search for leads continued here and in Everett, where the too getaway cars were abandoned. FBI agents also worked in the Revere area. Loot Raised SBI,OOO. A United States Trucking Co. official set the loot flgurw at $681,- 000 raising the original estimate by SBI,OOO. Left behind in the truck by the time-pressed bandits was $87,000, much of it in coin. While the inquiry here went on. police kept under hospital guard two Massachusetts men who were shot at Madbury, N. H., when they failed to halt as roadblocks were thrown up after the robbery here. New Hampshire State Police Superintendent Ralph H. Caswell said there was nothing found in the pail’s car to link them with the Danvers case, but they would not be eliminated until they were questioned thoroughly. Biggest in History. The robbery was especially marked for the amount of loot, its precisino and its daring. It was the biggest armored car robbery in United States history. The previous largest robbery of an armored car was the $427,000 holdup of a Rubel Ice Co. payroll in Brooklyn on August 21, 1834. It is also believed to be the biggest cash robbery, in the coun try in the last five years—sur passed only by the still-unsolved $1,219,000 robbery of the Brink’s armored car headquarters in Bos ton 26 months ago. Reds and Fascists Continue Italian Demonstrations sty tht Associated Press ROME, Mar. 26.—Fascists and Communist agitators again today sparked student mobs swarming through streets of Rome, Milan; and Naples in new “Trieste for! Italy” demonstrations. The Communists directed the mobs’ ire at the British and Americans. The Fascists lashed out at the Reds. Many were injured In Naples, Including police, in fighting and , stone-throwing. Police picked up ( 120 of the ring leaders for ques- ■ tioning. LOST. AIFOCALS. pick frame; vie. Conn. ave. ana ' Rodman »t.; reward. Call afternoon*, ' Columbia 3444. as CAT, from 723 Nicholson n.w.; 3 yrs. old. male, gray tabby, white t>aws. bib atom- i ach; carries tail straight up; answers to , 5 a . me o.l? 00 • extremely ahy. Reward. RA. 8253. —26_ , CAT. Ught gray. long-haired, female, white , spot under chin: vicinity Lyon Village. Chestnut 3483. —26 CHANGE PUKSE. blk. cloth, containing . 916; In Suburban Cab No. 2t; on March . 2B._AP. BUB7. , EhESAPEA*E RETRIEVERS, two. both ‘ female. 1 rust color with white on chest, other solid chocolate brown; vie. Oreen ■ Meadows, Hyattsvllle, Md.; lost Sunday. Reward. WA 0756. —27 COCKER SPANIEL, March 19. University of Maryland area: male, black with brown eyebrows ann brown markings on chest and feet: answers to name of "Cappy." Reward. Call PETER BROCK. UN. 0702. 27* COCKER SPANIEL. March 23, vie. Lee hwy.. Court House rd.: male; black; 3 yrs.; answers name “Krlngle.” Reward. JA. 8-0771. DOG, black cocker spaniel 8 mos. old; vie Claremont Homes. Arlington. Call JA. 2-2450. —26 DOG. male, small, red. short hair, bobtail, 4 yrs. old; vie. Route 1, Vienna, Va. Vienna 112-W. Very liberal reward. —22 DOG. toy collie, male, trl-color: vie. Flower ave.. Silver Bpring, Md. Reward. SL. 5867. —27 ENGLISH SETTER, male, gray and black; March 20. in vie. of Kalorama rd. Call DU. 1802. Reward. —27 GOLD CIRCLE PIN, set with amethysts; lost Sat. bet. Capitol and downtown. Re ward. MRS. FRAZIER REAMS. AT. 9920. HANDBAG, blue suede, red leather lining; left In Yellow Cab at Union Station Sat urday. 4:16 p.m. Eyeglasses and keys Im portant to owner. Liberal reward. NA. 9080, Ext. 706. evenings; NA. 8640, S a m to 5 p.m —27 COOSE-LEAF BOOKS (2). poems; name "Baum” on covers: reward. Leave with janitor, 1435 N st. n.w. 28* fit INK SCARF. 4-akin, Friday, either on bus or Wilson blvd., at Oakland. CH. 2824. —2B MINK STOLE, short. In n.w. section. Sun. morning. Reward. CO. 4741, Ext. 203; RE. 1100, Ext. 216. —26 RONEY, eight SSO bills pinned together with paper clip, between Bth and Esta. i t and Dixie Pig on Marlboro pike, lost Friday ntgbt; lady ill. Reward. UN. 7324. —26 UN—Lady’s lapel pin. “M. *. F.” Reward. Call HO. 2188. —2B FOCKETROOk! black leather, lady'*, on 14th st. between Aspen and Park rd. n.w.. containing dtentlfication cards, registration and money. Liberal reward. TA. 5864. —26 frURSE black-beaded; In taxi, vicinity Shoreham Hotel. Saturday eve. Keep bag and return keys and rosary. OR. 7494. —27 BING, blua sapphire with brilliants; Fri day, 21st. Kann’s Dept. StOTe restroom. Reward. Phone AT. 0326. —3O _ KING —C. C. 8. nursing ring, cold, ruby setting; sentimental value. Reward. SH. 3669. »—2B SUITCASE containing valuable materials; lost vie. 16th and P. Reward. LU. 4-7000. —27 WALLET, red leather, containing auto reg latratlon and itcenae. personal papers. Finder keep money, return papers. JU. 7-7643. —26 frBIST WATCH. IMP'S, yellow gold. Ham llton. lost Sun., n.w.; inscription at back. Reward. WI. 3231. 2«__ WRIST WATCH, lady's. Seeland. whit* metal, with Mack band; lost Sat. evening st Ga. and Alaska terminal between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Reward. LO. 6-3996. —26 FOUND. fibG." young, male.' tan color; American University Park aectlon. OR. 0346. PUPPY, about 4 mos.. black and white. JU. 8-6478. PEKINGESE, in Arlington. OX. UK. PURSE, in Kresge store, an Fri. Own*r who identifies it, may claim it. JU. 7-6563. after 6. ; WHPEIRBRROW. HD. 2200: 1 i l " 1 " u "fimvggm — mmwmwmwrn. —-w»-,t' g,»jsnw«iEiJjiii immmmmmemm : ■ i DuHnp Robbery —— |pr WS&J&jm „ rmbstomßUrnw HRBRm jF * TL, t U/su W W As VIaMHMHHHHHHHHHHHH HOLDUP SCENE— Danvers, Mass.—Photo-diagram of Maple street, where three gunmen rifled an untended armored car of $681,000. ■ Robbed Banker Says Sutton Chided Him For Being Tardy By the Associated Press NEW YORK, Mar. 26.—A bank' manager who lost about $64,000 in a gun-point holdup two years ago identified Willie (the actor) Sutton today as one of the bandits. But he said he could not iden tify two other alleged members of the holdup gang. Sutton and Thomas Kling are on trial in Queens County Court for the March 9, 1950, robbery of the Sunnyside, Queens, branch of the Manufacutrers Trust Co. A third man charged with the crime, John De Venuta, testified fully yesterday for the State, confess ing his part in the robbery and naming Sutton and Kling as his accomplices. Robert Hoffman, manager of the branch bank, took the stand today and told of his brief en counter with the holdup men. Down to Last Penny. He created a minor courtroom surprise by testifying that the to tal was $63,942.09. I*revious testi mony has produced the same dol lar total, but no previous witness has mentioned any of the bandits scooping up 9 cehts. Mr. Hoffman said he' was met at the door of the bank by Sutton, gun in hand, and taken back to the vault to open a compartment. He said that Sutton “asked ms why I was late,” indicating the care with which the holdup had been planned. He said Sutton, to whom he referred as “Mr. Sutton,” thought the bank had most of its money in the com partment he was asked to open. “Mr. Sutton said he was under the impression we had our ‘big money’—those were the words he used—in that chest,” Mr. Hoffman said in a high, precise voice. Chest Was Empty. He said he explained to Sutton that the chest was empty and that he had left the combination at home. “I wasn’t the least behind in accentuating my pockets were empty,” Mr. Hoffman said, show ing from the witness stand how he had slapped his pockets. Sutton felt the banker’s pockets, he said, and after a few more words said. “I believe you.” Mr. Hoffman said “Mr. Sutton” ordered him down to the cellar with other employes, “admonished us” to staty there and then “he went away.” Under cross-examination, Mr. Hoffman said he got his best look at Sutton before going to the cel-1 lar and that look lasted no more than five seconds. De Venuta yesterday said he j turned State’s evidence “for my wife and unborn child.” French Begin Strong Drive Against Indo-China Reds By th* Associated Press SAIGON, Indo-China, Mar. 26. —The French high command an nounced today the launching of a strong drive against elements of a Communist-led Viet-Minh regiment 18 miles horthwest of Hue on the coast of Annam. The command said “many bat talions” of French troops and parachutists were thrown into the fight to crush the Viet-Minh troops, who have been harassing French outposts in Annam. It added that French troops had effected a junction for a concerted push, despite strong enemy resistance. Fighter bomb ers from the aircraft carrier Ar romanche were closely supporting the land forces. M Choose from cm THese wUawVI Famous r Hakes %**TAL STKINWAY I KIMiAIL I wU* «J?c. PU o* SOHMM 1p i i*» • ** uUB ‘ Igulrranssn \ ttu% CAllf ! vaiiiplelli 1108 G St. N.W. ■ District 84*4 Two Rockford Papers Hit by Strike Over Telelypesetters' Use By the Associated Prvss ROCKFORD, 111., Mar. 26. [ Printers employed on Rockford’s ’ two daily newspapers continued a , work stoppage today in a dispute which the union said was over handling of mailed feature ma terial in teletypesetter tape. Both , | papers edntinued to publish. Teletypesetter is a manual tape ’ control over linecasting machines. ' Under the system which the union . objects to, feature articles are supplied by mail from a central source to be fed into the line casting machines. The AFL International Typo -1 graphical Union contends spot news matter on a press associa ’ tion circuit may be handled in 1 tape by its members but that fea ture articles supplied by mail must be set in type manually. 70 Printers Out. 1 About 70 members of the print ers’ union left their jobs Monday on the Morning Star and the afternoon Register-Republic after ! a printer was dismissed for re ’ fusing to handle press association teletypesetter tape. The union ' said it would handle no outside teletypesetter tape until a con -1 tract Is signed that includes a disputed clause concerning mailed r feature tape. The publisher and the union have- been negotiating on a new contract since the expiration of an agreement September 30, 1951. Rockford Consolidated Newspa pers, Inc., publisher of both dailies, termed the stoppage a strike. The union called it a lock out. Continue to Publish. Both newspapers continued to publish. Four other craft unions not involved in the dispute con tinued to work. Some newsroom employes who are members of the CIO American Newspaper Guild refused to-cross picket lines set up by the printers. Spokesmen for both sides said all issues had been resolved ex cept the clause pertaining to the setting of mailed feature material by teletypesetter. J. H. Ford, secretary-treasurer of the Rockford ITU local, said the union has refused to handle tape supplied by- mail on the ground that it would put printers out of work. New Spy Probe Rumored As Jury Calls Chambers By th* Associated Prill NEW YORK. Mar. 26—A sur prise Federal grand jury appear ance by Whittaker Chambers has set off reports of a new spy in quiry. Mr. Chambers, one-time Com munist courier and principal wit ness against Alger Hiss, was closeted with the jury for 80 min utes yesterday. He*wouldn’t say afterward what it was about except questioning was on “matters which were familiar to me.” Reports that a new espionage investigation was under way could not be confirmed and United States Attorney Myles J. Lane would not comment. Mr. Chambers testified at the Hiss trial that the former State Department official gave him de parmental secrets for a prewar Soviet spy ring. Hiss, convicted of perjury for denying Mr. Chambers’ story, is serving a five-year Federal prison term, but has petitioned for a new trial. Property Management THE management of real property demands besides the prime requisite of integrity i and sound judgment, experience, specialized knowledge and organized effort if it is to pro duce adequate return at low maintenance and Operating cost. It is a full-fledged profession. Our Management Department brings to the supervision of your property the same profes sional quality which the doctor brings to your health, or the lawyer to your legal problems. Randall H. Hagnkr A Company! IMC9B»BMm Realtors | 1321 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Telephone: DEcatur 3600 ■ | —1 Letter Reveals Leonardo Otter To Build Bridge Over Bosporus I ty th# Associated Press ROME Mar. 26.—Leonardo Da Vinci the great Italian artist and architect, submitted plans in 1503 . for building a bridge across the ! Bosporus to link Europe and Asia. ‘ This was disclosed In one of his -letters published here today for ■! the first time. ■ | In a letter to Sultan Baizet nos , i Turkey; Leonardo offered to build a bridge from Pera to Constan tinople (now Istanbul) “so high that a ship with open sails can > pass under it.” . i Dimensions of the bridge were to i be 134 feet above water. 1,140 feet i long and 75 feet wide. 11 Turkey is still considering build • ing the bridge. Recently Istanbul municipal authorities called for . bids, and blueprints have been t drafted by the German Krupp I Boy Kisses Brother 1 Before Dying Under . Burning Tractor r I By the Associated Prsu j DUSTIN, ’Okla., Mar. 26—A farm boy, unable to free himself. ,! died beneath a burning farm i tractor after kissing his younger ! brother goodby. [ Richard Dale Foreman, 14, and l|his 11-year-old brother, Glendell, were riding on the tractor when 1 it suddenly swerved, overturned, [ | and, burst into flame. Glendell was thrown clear but ■ Richard, the diiver, was' pinned 1 underneath and unable to free his ! leg. The younger boy couldn’t move the flame-swept machine. He began beating at the flames with J;his coat in a desperate effort to ’ put out the fire. ' Richard called to Glendell, told , him to kiss him goodby, and then | said he should stand back as far : as he could. He died before pass ersby could put out the fire and I free him. $1,476, tl4 Is Lias 'Final'U.S. Tax Offer By Ss« Associated Press ’ William G. Lias dangled a sl.- 476,114.78 “final offer” before Government officials today and told them it was more than they could collect by suing him for in come tax delinquencies. Lias is the Wheeling (W. Va.)i man described by Senator Wil-j liams. Republican, of Delaware ■ last fall as “a notorious rack eteer” and the “dictator” of rack i ets in West Virginia and Southern ■ Ohio. With a tax lien for $2,244,944 pending against him, he faces . hearing in the United States Tax i Court here April 7. His offer was made yesterday through his at torneys in a letter to Attorney ; General McGrath. At the same time Attorney ! Thurman Hill disclosed that the Attorney General had rejected a > $1,250,000 settlement offer made 1 on March 21. I The newest offer was based on, s “the exact amount of the alleged tax deficiencies asserted against” s Lias for the years 1942-47, the ! Automatic Cigarette Sales Corp. ■ for 1944-45, and Zeller’s Steak • House, Inc., for 1943-48. Lias is the principal owner at the firms, • located at Wheeling. i His settlement offer proposed i i a down payment of $700,000 with i j the remainder to he paid in three annual installments. engineering and munitions com pany. The strait, between the Medi terranean and the Black Sea. divides Istanbul. One part of the> city is in Europe, the other ini Asia Minor. A photographic copy of the; Leonardo letter was obtained by Prof. Franz Babinger of the Uni-i versity of Munich last year from the secretary of the Society of | Turkish History in Istanbul. Prof.' Babinger said the authenticity of the letter was proven by a docu ment in Paris containing a draw ing of the proposed bridge. In the same letter, which took four months to be delivered from Genoa to Istanbul, Leonardo also offered the Sultan two' of his in ventions. a windmill and machine to pump water out of ship’s holds. Agriculture (Continued From First Page.) suggested he lease the Camp Crowder buildings for grain storage. Mr. Easley never hadj been in the grain business. Mr. Easley began to line up j partners. One was an old friend of 20 years’ standing, Paul B. Edwards. Mr. Edwards at the time was on the Federal payroll, looking after the Camp Crowder buildings. Another partner taken into the venture was Mr. Nee, a former internal revenue collector in Mis souri. and one-time Democratic candidate for Governor. Mr. Nee suggested another partner—Mr. Myers. * Was In Tax Difficulties. Mr. Myers ran a string of coin operated machines in Kansas City. The Government was toying to collect $675,000 in back income taxes from him for 1042-1946. Dur ing those years, Mr. Nee was the revenue collector having jurisdic tion Over Mr. Myers. At the time Midwest was set up, Mr. Nee was attorney for Mr. Myers, trying to get him out of the Income tax jam. None of these men had experi ence storing grain. So they brought in John Stark, a veteran at the business. The five men then incorporated Midwest, and began business. First Mr Nee got in touch with a former business associate Mr. Bernard, then regional director of the War Assets Administration. As such, he had control of Camp WHY O NOT • IT COSTS NO MORE TO PARK AT THE CAPITAL 6ARA6E 1320 New York Avenue N.W. CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH BALES—SERVJCB New Cojor Beauty in Porch Shades See These JVeather Resistant WOOD SLAT ROLL SHADES for PORCH, BREEZEWAY, SUNROOM All These Colors: Order Now • Tan Natural • Dark Green for Summer • Cherry Red * Cajjojy Delivery *• Chartreuse e Cairo • Sunshine Cream Blue • Tea Rose #May We Call and Demonstrate! RE. 6262 - ON 13th STREET DrkperiM, Sh.d,*, Venetian Blinds -. SO Years Shading the Windows of Washington L k ms Ml Jhl Bjif ; ... j&Jh B&k IfflfcM **so' - I flj HS Three guards who were in a drugstore for coffee while their armored car was being robbed are questioned by Harold Klem (right), official of the United States Trucking Corp. They are (from left) Lawrence Johansen, Dennis Walsh and Joseph Riley. —AP Wirephotos. Crowder. Mr. Bernard apparently promised orally to let Mr. Nee lease Camp Crowder buildings. Mr. Myers, meanwhile, offered to store between 2 and 6 mil lion bushels of grain at Camp Crowder for the Agriculture De . partment. $25,006 Put in Venture. I Woodrow Walton, as head of the Agriculture Department’s Commodity Office In Kansas City, i promised to store at least 2 mil lion bushels of grain with Mid- Iwest. He later put it in writing in a “supplemental” contract. (John Cowan, assistant di rector of the Kansas City office, testified there were only two other such deals in the Kansas City area. One was negotiated by Carl Rice, Democratic na tional committeeman from Mis souri.) When Midwest got this promise, it formally leased the Camp Crowder buildings and signed the storage agreement with Agricul ture. Then the partners put their first money into the venture—a total of $25,000. The inexperienced men had plenty of trouble—grain for stor iage arrived faster than they could unload it. Some of the buildings 'collapsed under the weight of the grain. And, as a result of the Korean war, the Army asked the ; return of some of the buildings. The grain had to be shipped out ; sooner than expected. This cut heavily into the profits that Mid west sought. Senator Williams has com plained that Midwest got extra ordinarily favorable terms in leas ing the building from Camp Crowder. Agriculture paid regular ' storage rates to Midwest. No Financial Statement. Testimony showed, however, that Agriculture signed the stor age contract without getting Mid west to file a statement showing its financial assets. All compa nies storing Government grain are required to file the financial statement, but Midwest didn’t. As a result, nobody at Agricul ture discovered that Midwest at the time of signing the contract had no cash assets and that the firm’s president. Mr. Myers, was in an income tax dispute with the ; Government. If Agriculture had 1 known this, it would have required , Midwest to triple the bond it ! was putting up. The committee heard two Agrl ‘ culture employes in Kansas City. , Miss Helen V. Parsons and George \ Leaf STORE, OFFICE OR SHOWROOM • In the heart of the financial and business district o CAFRITZ BUILDING | 1625 EYE ST. N.W. Approx. 2,500 sq. ft. with air condi | tioning, large show windows, sound proof ceiling, recessed flourescent lighting. # IMMEDIATE POSSESSION PARKING IN THE BUILDING CAFRITZ 14th end X N.W. Dl. 9080 THX EVENING ST UR, Washington, D. C. • .. • -V WKDNBSDAX. MABCH *6. IMS G. Hall, blame each other for letting the Midwest case go through without. the financial statement. Then Mr. Walton, his voice as deep as his purple shirt, volunteered that he signed the contract with Midwest, had over looked the lack of a financial ATLANTIC CITY 1 SALISBURY • la I For Air Rosrvaliont, EVERYWHERE Phans ST. 4500 or your travtl agent AR WATCH FOR THEIR WEDDING! 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