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MASSIE FIGHT HAS JUST BEGUN, DARROW DECLARES
is. FORTESCUE
DENOUNCES
HAWfIIIANS
Daughter Collapses When
Verdict Is Brought In;
Officers Console Family
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Ity” verdict for Lieutenant Massie
alone.
That Lieutenant Massie was
mentally deranged at the time of
the killing, and that all four de
fendants should be acquitted on
this account, was the contention
of Darrow. Jar row today said.
“The killing of Kahahawai
was a hard, cruel, fateful epi
sode in the lives of these poor
people.
“It seems impossible that any
one would think of heaping
more sorrows upon their devoted
heads.
“It doesn’t seem possible that
intelligent looking, kindly men
could wish to make their burden
greater and ad<' to the terrible
picture of their wrongs.
“I can’t understand it, but
there are many things in this
world that 1 can’t understand.
“On top of all these people
have suffered, it doesn’t seem
possible that anyone should say
that the black gates of prison
should close upon them.
NOT CRIMINAL TYPE
“They are not that type.
They do not look like any
criminal type.
“The jurors in this case not
only held their fate but the
lives of these people. What is
there for them, now that a
sentence of doom has been pro
nounced upon them.
“The jurors were in a posi
tion to heal up and bind the
wounds and bring love, happi
ness and understanding, but
they saw fit to convict. I
am disappointed—very disap
pointed.”
The decision of the jury was
reached 48 hours after the case
had been placed in its hands.
From the very start rumors pre
vailed that the count had stood
10 to 2, or even 11 to 1, for
acquittal.
Shortly before the decision was
announced, Judge Davis ordered
court into session and asked Fore
man John F. Stone if a verdict
had been reached.
Informed that it had not, Judge
Davis asked if it was in prospect.
He was told that it was, and a
little later it came with stunning
suddenness.
The defendants were surren
dered into the custody of Capt.
Ward Wortman, of the Naval
Base.
Prosecutor John C. Kelley,
elated at his victory over the
noted Darrow, shook hands with
the aged lawyer and smiled
broadly.
Mrs. Fortescue Bitter
A police guard has been placed
around Kelley’s home and around
the home of Judge Davis. Both
have received threatening letters.
The di'endants, buoyed pre
viously by reports that the jury
favored acquittal, were bitter.
Mrs. Fortescue said:
“I expected it. I felt all along
that we would be unable to get
a fair and just trial in Hono
lulu. American womanhood
means nothing, even to white
people, in Hawaii.”
Lieutenant Massie said:
“If I have done wrong, I am
not afraid of punishment.”
“It didn’t surprise me. I
knew we would take a licking,”
was the comment of Albert O.
Jones, one of thv two sailors
on trial. The other, E. J. Lord,
confessed that the verdict
“knocked me off my feet.”
The jurors steadfastly refused
to discuss the case and departed
for their homes in silence. Six
white men, three Chinese, two
part Hawaiians, and one Por
tugese made up the 12 men that
passed judgment.
Clash With Navy Captain
There was a sharp exchange
of words between Kelley and Cap
tain Wortman, of the naval base,
after the verdicts were read. Kel
ley said:
“I would like to arrange for
the custody of the defendants.
“If the representative of the
Navy is present in court I have
no objection to releasing them
in his custody pending sen
tence.”
Judge Davis asked:
“What is the arrangement?”
Kelley replied that he did not
know.
Interrupting, Captain Wortman,
rising to his feet replied:
“You know I was appointed
a special court officer in charge
of these defendants until the
conclusion of this case. You
know damned little.”
There was such a tense air in
the courtroom that Wortman’s
language went almost unnoticed
and the judge took no action.
Defendants Led Away
As the defendants left the build
ing they were preceded by Cap
tain Wortman and were accom
panied by a police guard and
Lieut- J. G. Granville, 'T. s. N„
who carried a pistol.
Lieutenant Massie almost had
to carry his wife to Wortman’s
automobile.
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TO RETRY PALS
OF KAHAHAWAI
HONOLULU, April 30 (I.NJS.).
The retrial of the four half-castes
accused with Joseph Kahahawai
of assaulting Mrs. Thalia Massie
probably will be set next week,
Assistant Attorney General Harold
Kay said today.
It was considered doubtful if
Prosecutor John C. Kelley would
handle the case. Inasmuch as Mrs.
Massie must be the principal wit
ness against the four men. She
has become openly antagonistic
toward Kelley as the result of his
cross-examination of her during
the “honor slaying” trial.
Kay said the assault retrial was
expected to follow the trial next
week of Joseph Young, a half
caste accused of attacking a 16-
y ear-old Chinese girl. Charles
Cassidy, Kelley’s assistant, will
act as prosecutor in the Young
trial.
MORGAN FIRM
FACES PROBE
A compete investigation of the
market activities of a number of
big traders, including Percy A.
Rockefeller, Matthew C. Brush,
Bernard E. Smith and Thomas E.
Bragg, over a period of years, will
be made as a part of the Senate
inquiry into Stock Exchange
speculation, William A. Gray, spe
cial Senate attorney, announced
today.
Gray will take a staff of special
investigators and accountants to
New York next week to begin
“searching the records” of all big
traders. This inquiry will cover
several weeks.
The activities of J. P. Morgan
<fc Co. in connection with stock
promotion and bond flotation will
be investigated. Gray said. If the
developments justify it, Gray as
serted, Morgan will be called as a
witness.
Chairman Norbeck (R.) of
South Dakota, of the Banking and
Currency Committee, revealed he
will leave Washington tonight for
his home to participate in Thurs
day’s primary, in which he is seek
ing renomination to the Senate.
Toscanini, Gatti
End 17-Year Feud
NEW YORK, April 30 (I.NJS.).
! After a long friendship had been
broken by a bitter enmity and a
silence of 17 years, Arturo Tos
canini. operatic conductor, and
Giulio Gattl-Casazza, general di
rector of the Metropolitan Opera
Company, had ended their feud
today. Toscanini called on the im
pressario after conducting a bene
fit performance here. He will re
turn to today.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Lord’s Father
Believes Him
Innocent
MILFORD, Mass., April 30
(I.N.S.). —Commenting on the
verdict of guilty of manslaugh
i ter against his son in the
Masie-Fortescue “honor slaying”
trial in Honolulu, Samuel Lord,
father of E. J. Lord, sailor
co defendant, said today:
“I have believed all along
that my boy is innocent and
I hope everything will come
out all right”
He said he had received a
reassuring telegram from his
son a few days ago.
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ROOKIE FIREMEN AT PRACTICE
ONE OF THOSE brave fire laddies of the New York department shows one way
of leaving a “burning” building 1 . The department won’t stand for that old gag,
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'4 HALF CASTES
PROTECTED
HONOLULU. T. H„ April 30
(I.N.S.).—Fearing violence, Police
Chief Weeber today sought to
lock up the four remaining de
fendants in the Ala Moana at
tack case.
The four men, who with Joseph
Kahahawai were accused of as
saulting Mrs. Thalia Massie, are
now at liberty under bail pend
ing their retrial.
Chief Weeber sent detectives
to interview the four half-castes,
but all refused the protection of
the jail.
The National Dailv
SENATORS LEAN
TO G-CENT TAX
ON STOCKS
Decision by Finance Group
Awaits Treasury Estimate;
Bill Seen Inadequate
A plan to impose a flat tax
of 6 cents a share on stock
transfers, but with a maximum
limit of one-fourth of 1 per
cent, gained favor today
among members of the Senate
Finance Committee engaged in
rewriting the new revenue
bill.
The proposed Senate tax would I
constitute a reduction of the !
House rate on stocks costing more
than $24 a share. Both rates
meanwhile would be less than
the existing law on stocks cost
ing less than $8 a share.
Decision Delayed
This particular situation de
veloped because the House
adopted a rate of one-fourth ot
1 per cent, as compared with
the existing law, which imposes
a flat tax of 2 cents a share on
transfers.
The Senate plan would impose |
a straight tax of 6 cents on I
each share transferred, but pro
vided that in no case should the
tax exceed one-fourth of 1 per
cent.
A decision on this tax was de
layed while Treasury officials esti
mated what revenue would be I
raised by the taxes already j
adopted in committee.
Administration leaders predicted
the estimated total revenue from i
the bill in its present form would I
fall far short of balancing the ,
budget. P
Home Brewers Hit
They said the committee’s ac j ■
tion in striking out all import |1
taxes and some of the special ex- ;
cises would seriously reduce the
anticipated revenue.
Meanwhile, the latest items to
fall victims to the committee's
“soak everybody” policy were
horse racing, yachts and home
brewers.
A 10 per cent tax on pari
mutuel tickets was written into
the bill with the hope that It
would bring at least $25,000,000 a
'year revenue.
A graduated license fee rang
ing from $lO to S2OO was imposed
on domestic built yachts. The
fee on foreign built yachts pur- l
chased by Americans subsequent j
to January 1, 1926, will be double j
the domestic fee.
Marie Dressier Off
Today for Europe
NEW YORK, April 30 (1.N.5.).
Marc Connelly and Robert E.
Sherwood, playwrights; Arthur
Bondansky, orchestra conductor;
Marie Dressier, actress; and
Yehudi Menuhin, violin prodigy,
were among notables scheduled
to sail abroad today.
SATURDAY—APRIL 30—1932
Gibbons Raps
Massie Case
Verdict
By FLOYD GIBBONS
(Cupyrifht, 1932, by International
Nawa Service)
NEW YORK, April 30.—1
am astounded—shocked I
The Fortescue-Massie case
is legal mockery.
Ok.:. MSK
FLOYD GIBBONS
She will need all of them
in Hawaii.
Manslaughter—of course it
was.
And justifiable manslaugh
ter if there ever was justifi
able manslaughter.
HMTTLES
DEFENSE UNIT
(Continued From Page One)
ment bureaus, but made his
j action subject to congressional
I veto. This has delayed reorganl
' zation until after the next Con-
I gress is called.
The net result of three-days
' work on the Economy bill was
savings of $38,043,000 with in
j definite savings to be accom
iplished through future reorgan
ization. A total of $66,500,000
I had been stricken from the
$200,000,000 bill.
Committee Split
Members of the Economy Com
mittee, which presented a unani
mous report to the House, were
fighting among themselves, and
neither Republican nor Demo
cratic leaders attempted to en
force party discipline.
The chief hope of those in
charge of the measure lay in
roll-call votes before the bill is
finally put to vote. Members,
they believed, may change their
attitude when called upon to
i write a record which their con
i stituents may see in print.
Few Favor Vet Cut
Far-reaching revision of vet
erans benefits, particularly affect
ing World War and Spanish War
veterans, found few supporters de
spite the proposed saving of $48,-
000,000 a year.
The split in the Economy Com
mittee was emphasized when Rep
resentative Ramseyer (R.) of
lowa, took Byrns to task for op
posing one of the main provisions
of the bill.
Ramseyer said it was under
stood members of the committee
would stand by the bill even
though they disagreed with some
features.
JAPAN TO SIGN
CHINA PACT
GENEVA, April 30 (1.N.5.).—
With Japan abstaining, the
League of Nations Assembly to
day unanimously adopted a reso
lution empowering the mixed
commission at Shanghai to nego
tiate a permanent truce and
arrange for evacuation of Japa
nese troops.
The resolution, previously
adopted by the special Sino-Jap
anese committee of 19, was read
to the assembly by Paul Hymans,
president of the committee.
The resolution was prepared on
the basis of the activities of the
mixed commission in Shanghai.
M. Nagaoka, of Japan, ab
stained from voting because of
his country’s refusal to recognize
application of Article 15 of the
League Covenant to the Shanghai
dispute.
He said, however, that Japan
agreed to withdraw her troops
from Shanghai “with the short
est possible delay’’ and announced
Japan would sign the accord at
Shanghai Monday.
Tokyo to Guard
Against Uprising
TOKYO, April 30 (1.N.5.).
Police have been ordered to take
special precautions to prevent any
untoward incidents developing
from the May Day parade Sun
day in which 13,000 workers of
the steel mills union will take
part. Communists organizations
throughout the country have
planned demonstrations.
Longshoremen Take
Pay Cut, End Strike
NEW YORK, April 30 (1.N8.).
Longshoremen returned to work
today on the piers of coastwise
shipping companies, ending a
two weeks’ strike which failed to
prevent a pay reduction from
75 cents an hour toe 67 cents.
DflPPEfl, BREEZY
IS HUEY AFTER
TIRADE
Calmly Sums Up Court
Decisions After Assailing
Own Party Yesterday
Fresh and dapper - after his
dramatic attack upon the
Democratic leadership in the
Senate and the House. Senator
Huey ]’. Long (D.) of Louisiana
| appeared today before a sub-
I committee of the Senate Judi
ciary Committee in support of
his bill to amend the Sherman
antitrust law.
He parked a new stiff-brimmed
straw hat upon a chair, laid a
half-smoked cigar upon the ma
hogany center table in the com
mittee room and summarized
Supreme Court decisions bearing
upon restraint of trade.
The attack on Senator Robin
son, Democratic floor leader, yes
terday by Senator Long was mini
mized by Democrats, but gave
them serious cause for alarm.
Long branded the whole leader
ship of the Democratic party as
“incompetent” and threatened to ;
vote either for a Republican or a
farmer-Laborite next fall if the
opposing candidate offered a plat-|
form calling for redistribution of
wealth.
SHANGHAI BOMB
VICTIM DIES
SHANGHAI. April 30 (1.N.5.).
Japanese Officials appointed a
special committee today to ar
range for the funeral of Dr. Y.
Kawabata, president of the Shang
hai Japanese Residents’ Associa
tion, who died from injuries re
ceived in yesterday’s bombing in
Hongkew Park.
An elaborate ceremony was
planned at which the thousands
of Japanese in Shanghai were
expected to pay homage.
Gen. Kenkichl Uyeda, second
in command of the Japanese
Shanghai army, was reported do-1
ing well as could be expected I
after an operation in which all [
the toes of his right foot were
removed.
TOKYO, April 30 (1.N.5.).
The Emperor’s day bombing in
Shanghai will not halt the Sino
•Japanese peace negotiations or
result in any unfriendly interna
tional relations on the part of
Japan, a foreign office spokesman
declared today.
Third Bridge Burned
By Manchu Rebels
HARBIN, Manchuria,, April 30
(I.N.S.).—Another bridge on the
eastern extension of the Chinese
Eastern Railway was burned by
insurrectionaries early today in
the course of a raid behind the
Japanese lines. The bridge was
the bird wrecked in the course of
three days.
The fig
ure of jus
tice is that
of a wom
an. Take
the scales
out of her
hand and
give her a
gun.
Let her
call her
sons and
b r o t hers,
her father
and her
h u s b and
to her side.
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Composer to Appeal
Jeritza Lawsuit
VIENNA, April 30 (1.N.5.).
Max von Oberleitner, Austrian
composer, announced today he
would take
an appeal in
the • $5,500
suit which he
brought
against Maria
Jeritza. and
which was de
cided in f..
vor of the
M etropolitan
opera prima
donna.
Von Ober
leitner claim
ed Jeritza had
ordered a n
opera "Adel-
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heid,” which he composed, and
then had refused to accept it.
She denied giving him any spe
cific order.
Hitler Challenges
Hindenburg Election
BERLIN. April 30 (1.N.5.).
Adolf Hitler, Fascist leader, to
day formally
> I
W’ &
ABOLF HITLER
federal election court, charging
that the Hitlerites had been il
legally prohibited from broad
casting -peeches during the
campaign and had been sub
jected to police persecution.
Von Sternberg Still
Strong for Movies
NEW YORK, April 30 (IJN.S.).
Josef Von Sternberg, leaving for
the Hollywooc hullabaloo that
has embroiled him and the extoic
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J
VON STEBNBERO
Marlene Diet
rich in threats
of lawsuits and
ostracism from
the movies, be-:
lieves in the
silver screen as!
an art.
Back on the
West coast Von
Sternberg will
face the ire of
the studios he
left because he
resented the
changes de
manded in Miss
Dietrich’s new
picture, but he is unconcerned.
He said before leaving:
“I would welcome a rest. I
have had flattering offers from
both stage and screen here and
in Europe, but I’m not con
sidering any of them.”
Home seekers who wont to eatablinh
themselses ’o u home of their own will
find a timeiv home selection in the
Hetil Estute for Sale Columns of the
ClaNtdfled Section.
c h a Ila nging
the constitu
tionality of
the recent
election to the
Presidency of
Paul von Hin
denburg, who
defeated Hit
ler in the sec
ond or run
off poll.
Fascist head
quarters an
nounced suit
had been filed
on behalf of
Hitler in the

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