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Washington, D C
Knows Who Killed
Serge Rubinstein,
Prosecutor Believes
I* th* AuociaMS Pr«i
NEW YORK, Feb. 16.—The
district attorney's office said to
day it believes it knows who
killed Serge Rubinstein, colorful
draft-dodging millionaire found
slain in his Fifth avenue man
sion, on January 27.
Identities of the suspects were
not disclosed.
But Assistant District Attor
ney' Alexander Herman told a
judge he feels he knows who
"did commit this crime.” •
Mi-. Herman made the state
ment as Herman Scholz, 50-
yea r-oid driver of a luxury
rental car, was held in $25,000
bail in the Rubinstein case.
Mr. Herman said Scholz “con
veyed” a "very interesting idea” j
of kidnaping Rubinstein to some
persons, and that those persons
were his suspects.
Says He Gave Names.
General Sessions Court Judge
Jonah J. Goldstein, before whom
Scholz appeared, told the chauf
“I advise you to tell the police
arid the district attorney who
these men are.”
Scholz replied:
“I did."
Mr. Herman told the court
Scholz should be held as a ma
terial witness because “we feel
his life could be in jeopardy
from the underworld."
The judge then set the $25,000
* Mr. Herman had said last :
night, after questioning Scholz j
all day, that he hoped to obtain 1
through the slender, nervous I
chauffeur information leading j
t 6 the slayer or slayers of
Mr. Herman said Scholz ad-j
mitted planning two years ago i
to kidnap Rubinstein and hold |
him for ransom, but the plan •
fell through when Scholz’ con- j
federate was jailed for burgalry. :
While he was talking with |
Investigators yesterday, Scholz
Queens home was searched by a
squad of 65 detectives. They re
ported finding guns and other j
weapons, newspaper clippings of
the 20-day-old murder, Venetian
blind cord and adhesive tape.
No Comment on Import.
Police would not comment on;
the importance of these discov- j
eries. Rubinstein was strangled, i
bound with Venetian blind cord ;
and gagged with extra-wide ad- I
hesive tape.
Hidden in a trunk in Scholz’
basement, police reported, were i
a submachinegun, a loaded .45-
caliber automatic, a loaded .32
revolver, a .38 revolver, a box of
.3$ ammunition, a blackjack and I
two switch-blsfde knives. Alsoj
in the trunk were the cord and '
tape, j
Scholz said he kept the news
paper clippings to show to his
friend when he got out of jail,i
police said. They quoted him
as saying; "I wanted to show !
the swell chance we missed.” |
Police also disclosed that
Scholz had been shadowed by
detectives since January 29
two days after the murder.
School Band Concert
The Washington-Lee High
School band will hold its annual
concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the j
school auditorium. The 77-piece j
band is under the direction of
William F. Pfeiffer.
Larceny Charge Is Dropped;
Woman Blackmailed Into Act
A charge of grand larceny by !
trick against a 20-year-old |
mother was dropped in Munici- i
pal Court yesterday after Assist- ■
ant United States Attorney Ken- |
neth D. Wood said she was!
blackmailed into the offense. I
Mr. Wood said Mrs. Barbara
J. Clower. 20, of Portsmouth.
Va„ said she was forced by a !
man to defraud Charles P Sher
man of the Charles Ernest Jew
elers, 711 Fourteenth street N.W.,
of two rings valued at $504 by !
means of a bad check. i
The Weather Here and Over the Nation
District and vicinity—Occa- 1
sional rain late this afternoon or :
tonight, low near 32. Tomorrow ;
partly cloudy and colder. i
Virginia Cloudy, occasional
rain, possibly scattered thunder- ;
storms in southwest portion to
night, low 30-36 in west and
north, and 36-44 in southeast.
Tomorrow, considerable cloudi
ness and somewhat colder, chance i
of some rain in extreme south
east portion in morning.
Maryland Occasional light :
fS* >1 C—W—re.
Low Tcmporolwroi and Araai
•f Rrtfipttafion fxpoctod Ton.ght * ~ \ \
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Ttmoorolwr* Pifurvt WWW
W M dw. MOwn. AffO.. PonW. Wind Ww>
A. 01 IMAM 111 ‘-(S3
1 Sod 14,195$ Highfand low. in WOwi
—AP Wirenhoto Mop.
Snow or snow flurries are forecast tonight in the Northern
Appalachians and the Northern Plateau, while rain is expected
in Southern New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the
Southern Appalachians, the Tennessee Valley and over much of
California. It will be colder in the Lower Lakes area, the
Tennessee Valley, the Northern Rockies and the North Pacific
“TT *
' Mystery Man Sought for Quiz
In Baltimore Witness' Killing
2 Others Questioned
In Brooklyn Slaying
Os Former Convict
By th* Associated Press
1 NEW YORK, Feb. 16 Police
, today sought a mysterious man
' named "Blackie" for questioning
‘ in the gang-style slaying of Jo
. seph Aronowitz. 40, an ex-con
. vict who was scheduled to turn
State's evidence in a Baltimore
robbery case.
> The search centered in New
York and Baltimore.
Police quoted two friends of
i Aronowitz as saying “Blackie”—
»I otherwise unidentified—was one
of a group of men who several
- days ago warned Joseph C.
- Sampson, 31, against giving evi
r dence in the case.
1 Sampson and Aronowitz were
scheduled to testify, in a trial
i starting today, concerning their
, j alleged part in the robbery.
Sampson has been questioned
’ by police along with Martin
I Yamin, 32, an ousted Baltimore
j police magistrate.
; Aronowitz was found dead in
i an automobile in front of a
. Brooklyn coffin showroom yes
terday with two bullet wounds
> in his head.
> Yamin was allowed to go home
early today. He commented to
newsmen. "I’ll be available any
time I am wanted.” Sampson
had earlier left the police station,
. guarded by two detectives.
| Sampson Finally Located.
After searching for Sampson
during much qf yesterday, police
| finally picked him up when he
i appeared at his Manhattan home
;; late in the afternoon. Arono
■ | witz's widow, Jane, had warned
' that Sampson, too, might be
j slated for death.
“You'd better protect Joe
Sampson,” she told police,
j "They’re going to get him next.”
With Sampson when he left
1 j the police station was a woman
! identified as his girl friend,
Ursula Bergman, 32, of Manhat
| tan.
Aronowitz and Sampson had
been scheduled to go on trial in
; | Baltimore today for an at
tempted armed robbery last Sep
tember. They were regarded as
Employe Security
Improvements Seen
! Assistant Attorney General
William F. Tompkins disclosed
i in a speech yesterday that “a
number of improvements in the
Federal employe security pro-
I gram are in the making."
The program has been the
1 subject of hot controversy In
Congress and elsewhere.
H Mr. Tompkins, who heads the
I Justice Department's Internal
; Security Division, discussed the
j operation of the security pro- j
I gram In a speech before a civic
group in Glen Ridge, N. J. He
said President Eisenhower sev- I
I eral weeks ago asked the Justice i
! Department to examine the pro- j
| gram and propose “any changes
which appear warranted.”
“As a result of the President’s ,
request,” Mr. Tompkins said, "a
staff under my direction made
a careful analysis of the program
and we are about to make cer
tain proposals aimed to im-1
: prove its administration, each
of which further protects the
j rights of the individual and is!
designed to avoid any hardships j
I to individual employes.”
She then was supposed to sell
the rings and turn the money
over to the man, Mr. Wood snid.
Afterward she told the entire
story to Attorney William T.
Parker who appeared at Mr.
Wood's office with her yesterday
The rings were returned to Mr.
Mr. Parker declared a black
mail complaint was made in
Portsmouth but a judge had
dismissed it. The man cannot
now be located.
rain in mountains this after
noon. spreading to coast by night
and changing to sow flurries in
mountains late tonight. Low in
20s in west and 30s in east. To
morrow, cloudy with snow’ flur
ries in Garrett County and some
what colder.
Wields— North or northwest
15-25 miles per hour late to
night and tomorrow.
Road Conditions (AAA).
West via Pennsylvania Turn
pike: Scattered icy spots.
i jlj|
—AP Wlrephoto.
j; potential witnesses against Ya
. min and John DiTammaso, also
of Baltimore, who are accused of
I: helping plot the robbery.
‘ j Yamin, who lost his Baltimore
, police job under a charge of
larceny conspiracy and has been
| living in New York recently, was
seized for questioning yesterday
‘ morning. His attorney, Elihu W.
; Golden, applied to the State Su
-1 preme Court to get him released
and was granted a hearing lor
' today.
Lawyer Protests.
Mr. Golden angrily protested
1 that Yamin had been held for 13
• horns without being allowed to
see his lawyer. “This is unheard
of,” the lawyer said after being
kept waiting five hours to see
, police officials.
Aronowitz was slain a day
; I after he came north from Miami,
where he had left his wife and
their 2 Vi-year-old daughter.
The murder victim had served
a year in Los Angeles County
jail for a 1953 narcotics violation
and before that spent another
year in jail at Tallahassee, Fla.,
' on counterfeiting and narcotics
Police reported that Arono
witz’s bail in the Baltimore rob
bery case had originally been set
at $40,000, but he fought to have
|it reduced to SIO,OOO. At the
| time, they said, he was warned,
i “You're crazy! If you go out of
here on bail your life won’t be
worth a plugged nickel.”
Executive Awarded $950
In Dispute With Airline
By th* Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 16.
!—A Federal Court jury today,
awarded $950 in damages to a
New York oil company executive j
who said he lost money by being :
| refused airline passage.
Herschel C. Smith of Hastings- i
on-Hudson, N. Y„ sued Eastern '
Air Lines.for $16,673 for ex-i
emplary damages, claiming he'
missed schedules because he was j
.j refused a seat on a Tallahassee-1
! to-Tampa plane December 30,
! 1953. after being given a reser- i
: vation.
Mr. Smith said several per- 1
i sons, including Representative
! Sikes, Democrat, of Florida, and
; former Senator Claude Pepper
of Florida and their wives, bought
j tickets at the airport immedi- !
ately before their departure.
The airline said Mr. Smith 1
| lost his reservation by failing to
j reconfirm it within six hours
: before departure of the plane, as
required by regulations.
! *
Seasonal Temperatures
Seen in 30-Day Forecast
The eastern third of the Na
tion can expect below seasonal
normal temperatures until the
Ides of March, the Weather Bu- 1
: reau pointed out today in its
30-day forecast.
But for the next few days the
prospects are for something
close to a normal high of 46.
After today, when readings in
the mid-50s are exDected, the
mercury will drop off a bit, but
nothing like last week end’s cold
Possible * scattered showers
were forecast tonight, with to
morrow partly cloudy. Fair skies j
are expected again Friday.
| Kl**r Kmart.
I _ . (From U. S Engineer*.)
Potomac River cloudy at Harpers Perry
I »n«l muddy at Great Palls; Shenandoah
cloudv at Harpers Perry.
(Rradlngs Washington National Airport.)
Yesterday— Pet Today— Pet.
! N f'°n 40 Midnight 87
| P-m. 41 h am. 82
j 8 pm. 87 10 am. . 80
! Seenrd Temperafurea This Year,
j Highest hit. on January 2.
Lowes;.. 10 on February 3.
High and Law at XI Haurs
. Ending H AM. Taday.
High. 40. at 4:IS p.m. .
Low. 30. at 3:40 a m.
I , •‘Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey.)
. Today. Tomorrow.
r 2:3, am. 3:30 a.m.
kSi o:2lia.m. 10:20 a.m.
!**•*• -~ .3:050.m. 4:02 p.m.
The San and Moon.
_ . . Rises. Seta. i
gun. today 5;4n
Sun. tomorrow «:5S 5-47 ,
Moon, today 2:37 a.m. 12:03 p.m ,
■Automobile lights must be turned on
one-half hour miter sunset.
„ ... Precipitation.
Monthly nreclpltat.on i„ Inches In the
! Capital (current month to date):
Month. 1055 1054. Avg Record.
January 031 2.3(1 3.24 7 8:1 ’3?
February. 2.10 0.85 2.44 8.84 84
: March 3.07 303 8.84 T»l
. April ... 3.30 .%(!« 1113 >0
May 2.08 3.08 J 0.4814 ‘33
J“ n * 1.24 3.41 10.04 •QO !
J ulv , 1.7(1 4.28 10.03 'BO
August ... 3.15 4.75 14.41 28
September 0.0:1 4.12 17.45 •:«
j October ... 4 Oil 2.85 8.81 •37
I November ... 1.78 2.73 7.18 ’77
December 2.82 281 758 ’Ol
Temperatures In Vartans Cities.
• H. L H. L.
Abilene . 74 30 Key West 68 82
Albany 35 « Knoxville 54 31
! Albuquerque 02 35 Little Rock 70 52
Anchorage 10-10 Los Angeles .so 511
At anta ot ,18 Louisville 52 40
; Atlantic City 45 20 Miami 70 03
, Baltimore 44 28 Milwaukee 35 20
Billings 40 24 Minneapolis 34 17
I Birmingham 03 30 Montgomery 07 30
Bismarck 30 is New Orleans 72 54
Boise 40 27 New York 34 17
Boston 35 20 Norfolk 52 33 j
j Buffalo 31 20 Oklahoma C. 07 34
Burlington 31 IS Omaha 42 28
; Charleston 01 40 Philadelphia 42 20 !
i Charlotte 02 33 Phoenix 70 48 i
i Cheyenne 48 23 Pittsburgh 33 24 I
i Chicago .10 3 < P’tland. Me. 32 23 !
Cincinnati 43 30 P tland. Or. SO 31 j
Cleveland 35 30 Raleigh 58 30
Columbus 30 20 Reno 03 33 j
j Dallas 72 47 Richmond 54 28 ;
Denver 50 2s st Louis 50 37 !
Des Moines 42 3: Salt Lake C. 41 21 I
Detroit 33 7P San Antonio 75 02 j
Duluth 20 17 San Dleao ?5 02 f
Fort Worth 73 48 g Francisco 00 51
i Houston 73 54 Savannah 05 51 i
Huron 41 70 Tamoa 7c 40
; Indianapolis 44 2* Washington 40 30
taek'onL 71 5 1 Wichita S 3 32 l
Arguments Voiced
For 3 Cities Seeking
6.0. P. Convention
By Gould Lincoln
The Site Committee of the
Republican National Committee
today heard representatives of
Philadelphia, Chicago and San
Francisco present arguments for
the sslection of their cities for
the Republican National Con
vention in 1956.
The Site Committee is to re
port its recommendations to the
full national committee tomor
row. Final decision is with the
national committee. t
Representatives of the broad
casting systems also appeared
before the Site Committee and
urged that the Republicans “hold
i their national convention in the
j same city as the Democrats.
This was tantamount to advo
cating the selection of Chicago,
which has already been picked
by the Democrats. Their repre
sentatives said they did not be
! lieve it would be possible to have
!the same television coverage as
was given in 1952 if the con
ventions were held in different
: cities. t
They also pointed out that it
would cost each network $225,-
000 additional if the conven
jtions were held in different
.cities. The estimated cost for
| each network if the Conventions
'are held in the same city is ap
proximately $600,000 for the
Physical setup.
Cow Palace Offered Free.
j Radio broadcasting, it was
said, presents no sAch problem.
| The llth-hour entry of San
I Francisco in the contest for the
j Republican National Convention
j has thrown a monkey wrench
! into the plan to hold both con-
I ventions in Chicago, at least
I temporarily. Thomas Gray, rep
| resenting the Mayor of San
j Francisco and the Downtown As
sociation, told the Site Commit
i tee San Francisco was ready to
put up $250,000 for the Repub
lican Convention, the sum of
fered by Chicago and by Phila
delphia. Also, the Cow Palace
would be provided for the use
of the Republicans free of
The Cow Palace, Mr. Gray
said, would seat 16,800 persons
with accommodations for 2,000
standees. He said that while
the hall was 6 miles from the
downtown hotels it could be
reached in 15 minutes byway of
new and improved highways. He
said, too, that San Francisco
has 62,000 hotel rooms and that j
10,000 first class hotel rooms!
were now under option for the
use of Republicans.
Present Cases for Cities.
Mason Owlette, Republican
national committeeman for
Pennsylvania, and Bennett
Towsley, representing the hotel
people, presented the case for
Chicago was represented by
former Senator Brooks. Chester
A. Wilkins, executive director of
the Convent Jo- Bureau, and M.
E. Thayer, general ‘‘manager of
the International Ampitheater. i
. Following the hearing this j
morning the Site Committee at- ’
tended a luncheon with the
Republican National Finance
Committee which also met here,
It is expected that the Site
Committee will announce its
recommendations this afternoon.
Fifzhugh Green Named
Aide to USIA Director
Fitzhugh Green of Washing
ton today was named special
assistant to L. S. Briggs, chief of i
the United States Information
Agency’s press service.
Mr. Green, former assistant to
the chairman of the Federal
Trade Commission, lives at 1522
Thirty-fourth street N.W. He is
a trustee and officer of the
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The Federal Spotlight
Hearings Planned Soon on Bill
For Retirement After 30 Years
By Joseph Young
Chairman Johnston of the Senate Civil Service Committee
has announced his committee soon will begin hearings on legisla
tion to permit optional retirement of Government employes at
full annuities after 30 years of service, regardless of age.
Senator Johnston, sponsor of the bill, said there is great need
for such legislation. It is ones*
of the measures being strongly
pushed by Government employ
Johnston dis
closed his
plans in a
speech before
the 17th an
nual conven
tion of the
National As
! sociation o f
; Superv i s o r s.
Department of
Defense, at
the Shore ham
• The South rm *-
Carolinian also predicted favor
able committee action on his j
1 bill to increase the salaries of
| classified and postal workers by j
an average 10 per cent.
! A pay raise for classified and ‘
i postal employes should also have
a salutory effect on increasing ;
; the pay of Federal per diem (blue j
collar! workers whose salaries;
are set by Government wage
boards. Senator Johnston de- j
** * *
raises for thousands of Govern
jment engineers and other tech- j
' nical personnel has been au
thorized by the Civil Service'
Commission. The increases!
were predicted by The Star last!
Acting under the new law au- j
tliorizing hiring of employes in
hard-to-fill jobs at rates above j
the starting grade salary, the
commission last night gave agen
cies permission to pay higher
; wages for these groups of en
-1 gineering and scientific jobs.
They include all types of en
gineering positions except en
i gineering aides and draftsmen
They also include physicists,
chemists, mathematicians, arch
itects. electronic scientists, met
allurgists and patent examiners.
All these jobs are m Grades
5 and 7.
Instead of the $3,410 starting
rate of Grade 5, agencies may
now hire for these jobs at a sal
ary of $4,035 (the sixth step of
the grade). The starting rate of
Grade 7 in these jobs has been
increased from $4,205 to $4,580
(the fourth step of the grade).
All present employes in these
jobs, who are now paid less than
the new minimum starting pay.
will have their salaries increased
to the new minimum rate.
The CSC estimated that the
average increase given to present
employes in these jobs will be
about $427- a year.
The commission estimated
there are about 6,500 present
employes in these jobs, many of
whom are receiving less than the
new starting pay rates author
ized by the CSC.
| The law was approved by Con
gress and signed by the President
lait year to enable the Govern
ment to attract and retam key
scientific and technical person
eraI members of Congress have
sharply criticized the Civil Serv
ice Commission for setting age
limits for applicants for Fed
eral jobs.
Representatives Yates and
Price, both Illinois Democrats,
declared the practice Is in direct
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violation of the law approved by
Congress in 1952 abolishing age
limits in Government positions.
The legislators criticized the
35-year-age limit for tax col
lector jobs in the Internal Rev
enue Service. A 36-year-old
man, a bowler and softball play
er, applied for one of these jobs
but was turned down because he
was “too old.”
Many other jobs, such as
guards, agents, inspectors and
policy-type work, also have 35-
year limits. Other Federal Jobs
cannot be filled by persons over
45 years old.
The Civil Service Commission
justifies the age limits on the
! grounds that some jobs are haz
! ardous or demand physical
j strength and energy. Commis
; sion officials also claim that j
other jobs are trainee-type posi
i tions which reqilfte young per
i sons who will work their way up
| the service.
However, these explanations
are considered flimsy by Repre
-1 sentatives Price and Yates, who
I are demanding that the age
j limits be dropped immediately.
The existence of the age limits
on various Federal jobs was
j called to the attention of Con
gress by the International As
sociation of Machinists (AFL).
** * *
i PAY—The House Civil Service
j Committee today will hear offi
; cials of the Bureau of Labor
j Statistics regarding cost-of-liv
ing factors involved in the Fed
eral pay raise legislation. Both j
| the House and Senate Civil
Service Committees have re
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Ex-D.C. Pilot Killed
In Carolina Jet Crash
| Air Force Capt James F.
Furuholmen, 29, formerly sta
tioned in Washington, was killed
, yesterday when his T-33 jet
trainer crashed near Verona, 1
: n. c.
Capt. Furuholmen. assigned to
I Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter,
S. C., was returning from the
I Cherry Point (N. C.) Marine Air
’ > Station about 50 miles north of
1 j Verona on tlte last leg of a rou
| tine pilot proficiency flight.
! ; Capt. Furuholmen formerly
’■j lived at 2423 E street N.W. He
j was a 1946 graduate of West
‘ j Point.
He is survived by his widow, a
I daughter, 7. and a son, 4, living
j in Sumter, and his parents, Col.
and Mrs. Bjarne Furuholmen
j] of Eustis, Fla., who lived at 4808
1 j South Twenty-third roafi, Ar- |
] j lington, until last September,
| when Col. Furuholmen retired
! from active service. j
vised their plans on completing
Federal pay raise hearings this
week and now expect to finish
! next week instead.
** * *
GPO WAGES—Public Printer
Raymond Biattenburger will be
gin meetings this week with var
ious craft groups of employes in
the Government Printing Office
regarding their requests for pay
increases. The first sessions will
be with the electrotypers, stereo
typers, photo-engravers, offset
photographers and negative cut
ters. Wage meetings with other
crafts in the GPO will take place
in the months ahead when the
j present wage contracts expire.
I Craft employes in the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing also
have a keen interest in the wage
; talks, since their pay is pat- j
\ terned after the GPO salary j
I scale.
The various unions in the GPO !
are also seeking a 37 \ 3 -hour
work-week for their members.
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As Legation Here Probed }
Reports that an anti-Com
munist demonstrator threw a:!
rock at the Romanian Legation-'
here last night were being in
vestigated today by Metropolitan
; Police.
Capt. Albert Embrey of the 4 '
third precinct said he had re
ceived a report about the rock .
throwing incident, but did not
know if it were true. He said'
he had’detailed a lieutenant to
check with, officials of the Com-*'
munist-controlled Legation.
An inspection of the prem- ;
ises. however, showed a small
section of a barred basement’.'
window at the tradesmen's en- .
trance had been knocked out.
The passageway leading to the ,
window is protected by a large' ‘
gate of iron bars.
Meanwhile, he said a special '
detail of policemen were as-,
signed to patrol a "short beat” ‘
in front of the Legation and?
residence located at 1601 and’
j 1607 Twenty-third street N.W. ,
A representative of the Lega- ?
tion, contacted by telephone,
denied that any incidents had-•
occurred during the night.
Trade Outlook Discussed •;
As Civic Group Meeting
An estimated 300 members of
the East Central Civic Associa
tion last night heard Dr. Joel T. •
Atkinson, professor of economics
of George Washington Univer
sity, and Albert E. Baker of the
Board of Trade, discuss the busi
> ness outlook for 1955.
I Both speakers predicted that
the up-turn in business during
the last quarter of 1954 will pre
vail through 1955.
i The Randle Junior High
School 90-voice glee club sang
j four selections during the meet- ’
ing in the Scott Montgomery
; School, 415 P street N.W. Frank
D. McKinney, president, con
ducted the meeting.

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