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Oldest Newspaper ESTABLISHED 1873 New York Gang Kidnaved Woman Is Freed Without Ransom - MRS. DONNELLY NOT HARMED DURING 36 HOURS IN CAPTIVITY Wealthy Founder of Garment Company and Negro Chauf feur Abducted Wednesday WERE KIDNAPED BY TRIO Only One of Abductors Was Discourteous, Kansas City Woman Tells Officials Kansas City, Dec. 18.—<>P)—Nervous but unharmed after almost 36 hours In the “filthy - ’ rendezvous of three kid napers, Mrs.* Nelly Donnelly, wealthy founder of a Kansas City garment company, and George Blair, her ne gro chauffeur, were freed early Fri day. They were released from a motor car near the Kansas Avenue bridge on the Kansas side of the city and soon were back at the Donnelly home. Their return marked the end of a per iod of anxious waiting by her hus band, Paul Donnelly, and his attor neys who were at a loss as to how to get in touch with the abductors for the delivery of $75,000 in ransom, de manded under a threat of death to Blair and blindness for the woman. L. M. Siegfried, chief of police, said he was certain no money had been paid. Mrs. Donnelly said she and Blair were taken from the rendezvous about 30 minutes before they were put out of a motor car. Was Kidnaped Wednesday The kidnaping occurred at her home Wednesday. As Blair drove into the driveway another machine pulled In. Three men got out. Blair was forced to move over from the wheel and two of the men got in to the rear seat with Mrs. Donndlly. As the car moved away the men started to blindfold her. “That got my Irish up,” she paid, “and I fought. But they finally got the sack over my head.” Blair also was blindfolded and, af ter a 20-minute drive, they were transferred to another car. “We went out Brookside boulevard to Huntington road," she related. “I was kicking and screaming all the way, trying to attract the attention from the stream of motorists. We were taken into a dark house. I was seat ed without delay and they immediate ly told me they wanted money.” She was compelled to write as one man dictated. Had Bed and Cot She said the captives were tied hand and foot. The abductors had provided a bed for her and a cot for the chauffeur. She said they were fed milk and crackers and that only one of the men was discourteous. She described the house as “filthy.” “Then the thing got out (referring to the news of the abduction) and they told me they realized they never should have taken a woman and that they were going to release us.” Less than an hour later the two were released. Former Senator James A. Reed, neighbor and counsel for Paul Don nelly, also said no ransom had been paid. Mrs. Donnelly exprescd belief she had been kept on the outskirts of Kansas City, Kansas. She said she could hear cows and chickens about the place. German Railroads Held Unable to Pay Basel, Switzerland, Dec. 18.—(A*) — The Young plan Committee of experts decided Friday by unanimous vote that the German railways will be un able to meet their non-postponable reparations payments next year. The experts accepted a sub-commit tee's report which contained" the statement it will be impossible for the railways to balance their budget in 1932, even though the unconditional payments, which the Young plan places upon them, should be turned back to them now through the Hoo ver plan. This disclosure was accepted as the first official indication the experts’ final report would contain a recom mendation for a moratorium on con ditional payments rather than • for cancellation. What Do YOU See? HARRY HERSCHLEB. Under wood Typewriter company: “It seems that the advene con ditions prevailing have caused a more neighborly spirit amongst J business men. “When one man hears of an other’s success ih closing a sale, be is spurred on to more effort himself. * “The needs of the unfortunates have drawn people of all creeds together for charitable effort more so than ever before. “Also, though hope doesn’t fill pocketbooks or stomachs, it helps. “The ability and stamina of the ordinary man on the street to hang on is about the . most marked characteristic that 1 note at the present time.” THE BISMARCK TRIBUNE * « Woman Is Freed | MRS. NELL DONNELLY PROJECT PLANS ARE OUTLINED FOR 1932 BT COUNTY COUNCIL Special Emphasie Laid on Live stock Work By Burleigh Organization Extensive livestock operations will be undertaken by local farmers in 1932 under a program outlined by the Burleigh county agricultural council, H. O. Putnam, county agent, announc ed Friday. Special emphasis will be placed on livestock work with hogs and beef cattle listed among the major projects for the year. Under the plan, 4-H clubs tin the county will continue programs already started, stressing livestock production and the raising of alfalfa, sweet clov er, millet, and sudan grass as fodder crops. In the home economics division, plans were set forth to reorganize jun ior clothing clubs, promote organiza tion of food clubs, and encourage the continuation of other projects already undertaken. In connection with livestock plans, the council urged the adoption of a program calling for extensive develop ment of the Industry within the coun ty. Among recommendations was a proposal to stage a junior livestock show in connection with the annual Achievement Day in September. The committee urged that farmers assist in locating breeding stock, con tinue purebred sire campaigns, con tinue baby beef club work, partici pate in feeding demonstrations, and [attend agricultural conferences. I It also was urged that farmers rais- I ipg hogs procure better breeding stosk, maintain sanitary pens, and encour i age the formation of pig clubs among i boys. | A series of meetings held in co operation with the Northwestern Crop ' Improvement Association are expected ito bring about a number of soil tests with the idea of improving soil con : ditions. The advisibility of using j phosphorous on certain types of land I will be discussed as well as feasi bility of using certain fertilizers, i Farmers were asked to cooperate jwith and assist the wool pool when -1 ever possible and to take advantage of ; the ram sale and exchange to be held ' next fall. Culling, disease-prevention, and ca’- ponizing demonstrations will feature the poultry projects for the year. In addition encouragement to poultry clubs and the Missouri Slope Poultry show was urged. The council went on record as fav oring the continuation of gopher era dication work and . the practice of making shelterbelt plantings. , Members of the council are: George H. Will and Walter Sellens, Bismarck; Erwin Anderson, L. E. Heaton, Jr., P. P. Bliss, and Mrs. P. P. Bliss, Mc- Kenzie;- Anthony Erickson and Enock Anderson, Wilton; A. J. Norlln, Me noken; Tyler Johnson, Sterling; Mrs. A. E. Kopplin, Wing; Mrs. Emil Enockson, Mofftt; and P. M. Gosney, Sterling. Haughty Navajo Indians Are Humbled By Three Bitter December Blizzards Gallup, N. M., Dec. 18—</P>— Three December blizzards have humbled the haughty Black Mountain Navajo Indians an end sought by the white man since 1865, but unsuccessfully un til near-privation turned them to the Great White Father Friday. More than 60 years ago, the fa mous Indian scout, Kit Carson, subdued the belligerent Navajo* and took them to a government reservation near Fort Sumner. A large grdup of the Indians fled Into th# Black Mountain region. 200 miles northwest of here. From their escape. 66 years ago until the present they had LENZ AND JACOBY WALLOPED HARD BY NEW BRIDGE PAIR Theodore A. Lightner, Culbert son’s Latest Partner, Proves Real Star GET LEAD OF 4,965 POINTS Have Good Run of Cards and Usually Make Most of Them; Argument Rages New York, Dec. 18—(/Pi —' The great- ( est swing of any session of the con tract bridge world series left Ely Cul bertson and his new partner—Theo dore A. Lightner. a scintillating star of his system—4,96s points ahead of Sidney 8. Lenz and Oswald Jacoby Friday. In the eighth session the Culbertson side won five of six rubbers and gained 4.555 for its greatest lead in points. It also went into the lead in rubbers won for the first time, having taken 28 compared with 26 for the representatives of the "official” sys tem. Lightner Is substituttlng for Mrs. Culbertson so she can prepare for Christmas. He will be Culbertson’s partner again Friday night and at the sessions next week—Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoon. , He had a good run of cards and usually made the moat of them. His technique, especially in play, aroused the open admiration of his opponents Lenz and Jacoby suffered damaging sets. They went down 15 times, once on a grand slam effort, doubled, and once on a bid of one. doubled, on which they lost 1.000 points alone. ’Strategic’ Pin Harts The IJDOO point loes was due to a strategic paaa by Culbertson after Lightner had doubled in order for CUlberteon to offer his best suit, Cul bertson’s strength was mainly in the suit bid by Jacoby- physically. (Continued on page nine! DINNER WILL' OPEN CHURCH CELEBRATION Many Pioneer Members of Bap tist Congregation to Speak at Session Celebration of the fiftieth anniver- ( sary of the First Baptist church will; get under way at 6:30 o’clock Friday evening with a banquet in the; church parlors. Among those in attendance will be! many pioneer members of the congre- j gation and pastors who have served it during its half-century of activity in Bismarck. Among the special guests will be Mrs. Miriam Williams, widow of Rev Wilfyams. who gave the main address when the present church building was dedicated in 1906. She is the mother of Mrs. Clare Nelson. 320 Mandan St. Mrs. Nellie Evarts. an active mem ber of the church for many years, will serve as toastmaster. Her daughter, Miss Gertrude Evarts. will read the list of pastors affiliated with the church in the 50 years since it was founded, and also greetings' from a number of them. A. program composed of shorir ad dresses and musical numbers will fol low. Floyd Roberts will give a vocal solo; William Mueller will give a vio lin number; Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain will speak on “Bismarck in the Eighties:” Wilt Craven will speak on “Notes of Early Days;” Esther Jacob son will sing; Mrs. R. D, Hoskins will, relate “Memories of 40 Years;" and a trio, composed of Mesdames J. P. French, H. F. O’Hare and Charles Staley will sing, “Memories of Gali lee.” Following sill be a talk on “My Memories of the Past 15 Years.” by Rev. O. 8. Jacobson, former pastor; a vocal solo by Mrs. G. J. Worner; a talk on “The State Convention and the Church.” by Dr..Rred.E..Stockton. Fargo; a talk. “Young People and the Church,” by Rev. W. H. Bayles, Hu ron. S. D.; and a talk. “A Forward Look, 1 ’ by Rev. Jackson. In closing the entire assembly will sing “Auld Lang Syne.” spurned all attentions and | proffered aid. They Uved by themselves, observing their an cient customs and performing the wildest dances found in the Na vajo country. But a runner has come out of the mftunuiM to the Salina Springs trading post, the nearest settle ment, and asked for relief for his fellow tribesmen and their flocks. Superintendent John Hunter said he gathered from the runner the Indians were not starving, but that supplies were low snd fear of consequences caused their first appeal to the whites in history. Supplies will be started lmme | diately. BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY. DECEMBER 18, 1931 City Gains Fame from Legion Effort The manner in which Bismarck’s active American Legion post, is put ting this city “on* the map” is illus trated by the above reproduction of a cartoon appearing in the last edition of the American Legion Monthly, ex servicemen’s magazine which goes to more than a million veterans of the World war. The cartoonist was Wallgren, fa mous for his caricatures of doughboys and staff artist for the “Stars and Stripes’’ newspaper published over seas by the A. E. F. during the war The Inspiration for the drawing was a report sent to national headquarters of the Legion by the local post cover ing its “Open Your Heart” campaign for 1930. Since its publication num erous other Legion posts throughout the country have adopted the Bis marck idea, according to information received here. Here’s what the Legion monthly has to say of the Bismarck enterprise: Issue Warrant tor Man Suspected of Shooting NEW OFFENSIVE IN MANCHURIA IS PLAN OF JAPANESE ARMY Announcement of Drive Against Bandits Made Following Friday Conflict Tokyo, Dec. 18.—(/P)—Plans for a new and extensive military campaign against alleged bandits in Manchuria were annomiced by a spokesman for the war office Friday as reports were received of fighting in which one Japanse and 14 Chinese were killed, and several wounded. A dispatch to the Rengo News Agency from Tientsin, China, said the Chlnchow situation has become so acute the Japanese residents of Shanhalkwaii decided to evacuate. The new military campaign, the war office spokesman said, will be a drive against bandits in the territory Just north of Chlnchow. Reports also were received that ban dits are unusually active around Changchun, Hellintun and other points. Field Marshal Prince Kotohlto Kanin was selected Friday as chief of the army general staff to succeed General Hanzo Kanaya. It Is the .first time since the Russo-Japanese war a prince of the royal blood has received the post Prince Kotohito is a kins man of Emperor Hirohito. Mississippi’s Flood Conditions Alarming Jackson, Miss., Dec. 18. —(AP) —Flood conditions reached alarming propor tions Friday in portions of two states northern Mississippi and the El dorado section of Arkansas. The village of Kenova. near Eldo rado, Ark., was swept by overflow from the Quachlta river and Smack over creek and residents fled their homes. Highway and railroad traffic in that section was demoralized and numerous oil wells were flooded and were forced to case operations. The Yazoo river and its tributaries jin the northern part of Mississippi [continued to rise rapidly Friday and ! their overflow spread over fields and highways in a manner that threatened to bring flood conditions equalling those of 1927 to that delta area. Capital Publisher Cited for Contempt Washington, Dec. 18.—(£*> —Edward B. McLean, publisher of the Washing ton Post, was cited for contempt of court Friday for sending a daintily wrapped Christmas box to his home containing a summons for his estrang ed wife to appear in a Latvian court as a defendant in divorce proceedings. An order requiring McLean to show next Tuesday why he should not be held in contempt and Imprisoned was signed by Chief Justice Alfred A. Wheat of the District of Columbia su preme court upon petition by attor neys for his vdfe, Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean. They contended the newspaper pub lisher, now in Latvia, had violated a court Injunction forbidding him from proceeding in any way with a divorce actlpn begun there. Chieftain Slain SANIA CUU4* ASSISTANTS- U«» *nrt rose. Bismarck. up OLD TOYS REPAIRED FOA XMAS Distribution f-To Nteoy While Santa Claus may have his G. H. Q. at the North Pole, his P. C. for several weeks before last Christ mas was a storeroom at Bismarck. North Dakota, with sixty members of Lloyd Spetz post composing his sup ply corps. With the aid of the other po6ts all through Western North Da kota, the Bismarck Legionnaires as sembled old toys. With, hammers, saws and paint brushes they made these like new. At Christmas time, with the help of Boy Scouts and the Red Cross, they placed the toys in homes which otherwise might have known no visit from Santa Claus. As with the toys, so also with food and things to wear. Milton Rue. "Ooen Your Heart Chairman” said Friday the record made during the campaign last year probably will be surpassed this year. A complete report covering all phases of the work will be made to the pub lic when a check-up of the work done is made after Christmas, he said. Charge Edward Race With Shooting N. D. Man in Minneapolis • Minneapolis, Dec. 18.—(A 5 ) —A war rant charging Edward Race, 39, Min neapolis. with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Andrew Erickson as he sought’ to defend his sister, was issued Friday, Chief of Po lice William Meehan announced. The sister of the slain man, Mary Ruth Erickson, has been in jail since the shooting but she was expected to be released Friday, Chief Meehan said. Miss Erickson had been a voluntary prisoner because of her fear of the man sought. The Ericksons came here from Kenmare, N. D., where the par ents reside. Chief Meehan said a photograph of Race had been identified by a pawn broker as the man to whom he sold the weapon used. The purchase had been made at 6:10. p. m. Wednesday, and an hour later Erickson was shot as he stepped from the bath room of his sister’s apartment to intercede in his sister’s behalf. Chief Meehan said witnesses also had been found who told of Race hav ing related to them he killed Erickson. The chief said he expected the arrest of Race in the next 24 hours. The complaint was signed by De tectives Clarence McLaskey and John Harmon and was issued by S. Paul Skahen, assistant Hennepin county attorney, after hearing the story of Miss Erickson, who said Race believed her brother was another suitor. BURLEIGH FARIiRS AWARDED $6^26^6 Win Thr«e-Year Battle Against Soo Line After Prairie Fire in 1928 Burleigh county farmers have won a verdict of $6,226.36 after aj three-year battle against the Soo; Line Railway company in a court action to recover damages suffered from a prairie fire Oct. 5, 1928. The farmers claimed the fire was started by employes of the railroad who were burning grass and weeds along /the right-of-way near Welch’s Spur in Telfer township. Grass, crops, hay, fencing, and buildings burned in the fire. A Burleigh county district court jury brought in the verdict in favor of the farmers at 10:05 p. m., Thurs day, after deliberating almost 12 hours. The farmers had asked $12,000 in the suit. Plaintiffs were Warren Taylor, Oscar Kershaw, Alfred Born, A. Giovononoi, Orin Dutton, George Scarborough, O. P. Welch,, Fred Smith, Thomas Homer and Henry Crawford, The verdict stipulated how the award should be divided among the plaintiffs. Ally of Roosevelt Dies in Connecticut Farmington, Conn.. Dec. 18.—(A*)—, Herbert Knox Smith, 62, political allay of the late President Theodore Roosevelt In the Bull Moose progres sive movement of 1912, died ‘Thursday of heart disease. His widow. Gertrude E. Smith, is a national leader in the league of wom en voters. HOUSE EXPECTS TO PASS MORATORIUM BEFORE MIDNIGHT Senate Finds Little to Do and Adjourns Without Settling Moses Affair LAMONT AND MEYER HEARD Internationally - Known Banker Tells of Foreign Loans Made By Morgan Washington, Dec. 18.—(AP) —The House became fully moratorium minded Friday, debating the Hoover proposal in the expectation of ap proving it before midnight. The Senate, meanwhile, found lit tle to do and adjourned without an other try at breaking the deadlock over Moses as president pro tern. The president had house leaders in for breakfast, winning a promise fn m members of both parties for rapid consideration of economic proposals. < Committees stayed active. On the Senate side Thomas W. Lamont—in ternationally known-banker testi fied the public was unduly alarmed over the foreign security holdings of American banks. Eugene Meyer, federal reserve board governor, told a House com mittee the president’s proposed “re construction corporation” would suc cor business. The House publje lands committee decided to defer until February hear ings on the public lands bill formu lated by President Hoover’s commis sion. Chairman Evans, Montana, was in structed to confer with the Senate public lands committee at a later date. May Probe Wage Rates Chairman Connery of the House' labor committee said he would pro pose an investigation into wage rates and would summon labor department Officials and William Green, presi dent of the American Federation of Labor. The Massachusetts democrat said he would introduce a resolution Sat urday calling for the inquiry. Made No Specific Plea Representative Snell, the Republi can floor leader, said the president did not make any specific plea for non-partisan action, but talked to the Democratic and Republican leaders present as though they were a united group with a common purpose. Snell added he personally believed the Democratic leaders were willing to cooperate in full on emergency eco nomic legislation. The house banking committee yes terday approved the land bank bill and Snell and Rainey tentatively agreed on the floor that it would be brought up ip the house for action Monday. At a press conference called by Walter Newton, one of the president’s secretaries, he said in answer to ques l tions that the railroad situation, known to bulk large in Hoover’s mind, had been touched on “only in its broader aspects.’’ Amendment Just Mentioned It was understood at the white house that there had been mention, but no lengthy discussion, of the amendment added to the moratorium measure Thursday, barring cancella tion or reduction of debts. Before the house banking commit tee. Myeer said “lack of confidence and fear” were largely responsible for the tight credit situation and the ex isting economic conditions. “I believe a bill of this kind would restore confidence in many areas, and that alone would be commendable,’ he said. With a capital of $500,000,000 fur nished by the government, the cor poration would be authorized to issue bonds not exceeding $1,500,000,000. The white house took its first for mal notice of the attack upon Presi dent Hoover by Representative Mc- Fadden, Republican, Pennsylvania. (Continued on page nine* Aged Crone Holds to Dream as Veteran Mississippi Rivermen Predict Disaster Keokuk, la., Dec. 18.—(AP) — A 68-year-old woman’s dream to float ‘down the Mississippi in a flatboat, is going to be realized she says, despite predictions of veteran river men that she can not succeed. The woman, Miss Randi Lerohl, former scrubwoman of Superior, Wis., now 43 days out of St. Paul, her starting point* is de termined to carry on even though she is now almost penniless. Her face is raw from exposure td the elements, but she won’t give up. And warnings given her at every port of call go unheeded. “I started, didn’t I? I can’t give up what I started.” It is an ambition she had had more than 20 years. She has been told repeatedly it cannot be done. At Fort Madi son men who inspected her 20- foot craft said it could not nego tiate the rapid waters that lay before her. One man said he couldn’t drive a nail irto the boat, so rotten was it. Wh?n she arrived from Nauvoo, 111., Thurs I Gang: Chief Slain j JACK (LEGS) DIAMOND Death came to Jack Diamond, noted New York gangster and one-time bodyguard of Arnold Rothstein, noted gambler, early Friday in a rooming house at Albany, N. Y. NORTH DAKOTANS TO SAVE THOUSANDS BY REDUCED OIL RATES Reductions Will Run Up to About 20 Cents Per 100 Pounds, Expert Says North Dakota’s freight bill on pe . troleum and petroleum products from !the mid-continent field will be re duced several hundred thousand 'dollars a year is the result of a re vision of the rates ordered by the In terstate Commerce Commission, It was estimated by the state railroad commission here Friday. | The reductions will run up to about 20 cents per 100 pounds, E. M. Hen dricks, rate expert for the commis -1 sion, said. At the maximum reduc tion, the freight saving will amount to about one cent a gallon he said. Bismarck, Dickinson, Mandan and Jamestown receive reductions of about 20 cents per 100 pounds, ac cording to Hendricks, while Williston and Minot’s reduction will run about 18 cents, with Devils Lake 15 cents. | Hendricks said that a revision of oil rates in 1928 gave North Dakota reductions about 30 cents per 100 pounds from mid-continent fields, ef ! fectlng a saving of appoximately (500,000 a year on oil shipped Into North Dakota. I The Interstate Commerce Commis sion said many adjustments were ; needed to make the North Dakota rates and rates to points north and west on the Great Northern railroad between Duluth and Pipestone, Min nesota, reasonable. The companies charged rates on oil which went into effect in 1928 were out of line with ; rates to nearby sections affected by recent adjustments. They asked for reparation. j The railroads were directed to make adjustments of their rates by March 15. The principle changes were based on percentages of the rates on first class freight. These percentages were 22.5 per cent on first class to Fargo and related points; 25 per cent to Jamestown and related points, and 26‘4 per cent to Mobridge, 8. D., and related points. All rates are based on the distance of the haul. Differentials betweens the points in the affected territory and Duluth and other Minnesota points were ordered to be retained. NOMINATIONS CONFIRMED Washington, Dec. 18 —(JP) —The sen ate Friday confirmed the nomination of George R. James of Tennessee and Wayland W. Magee of Nebraska to be members of the federal reserve board. day, her feet were in six inches of water. But her dream lies south. There she will be able to take things easier; just work enough to keep her going and regain her health. In the little trunk in the bow of the crate-like craft she bought 44 days ago in St. Paul she has everything she owns. This trip has cost her more than had she gone by rail. Miss Lerohl cannot swim. She has never been in a boat before, except when she came to this country from Norway. If the river freezes, she says she’ll skate. Nothing else matters except to reach the south in the way she has started. What, she asks, is the cold, the leaky boat, the dis comfort, the loneliness, compared to satisfying her ambition—the same urge that led her Viking forebears to cross seas in open boats ? Today she set about getting ready for the next lap of her journey. The Weather Fair tonight; Saturday probably rain or snow; not much change. PRICE FIVE CENTS JACK DIAMOND 1$ SHOT TO DEATH IN HOUSE AT ALBANY Noted Underworld Figure Was Celebrating Latest Vic tory Over Law GANGLAND STRIKES QUICKLY Accomplishes Feat Which Arm of Law Had Failed to Perform Legally Albany, N. Y., Dec. 18.—(AP)— Fresh from a new vindication by the forces of law and order which he had flouted most of his life, Jack (Legs) Diamond was killed Friday by mem bers of the underworld in which he had long been himself a sinister fig ure of ever-growing power. Thursday night he was acquitted on a kidnapping charge and he was still celebrating his victory with high revelry in a rooming house near the capitol when gang guns suddenly spoke out the final verdict. The arm of the law, which so many times had reached for him, had reached once more in vain, but the arm of the underworld struck, and did not miss. As gang bullets at last ended the career of the former bodyguard of Arnold Rothstein, the fair-weather friends who had gathered to celebrate his latest victory over the law fled into the darkness and it was not un til about two hours later that the murder was discovered by police. Body Still Warm Diamond’s body was still warm and his twisted features showed he had died in agony. He had been shot down so often during his tempest uous career that he had achieved the reputation of being practically “bul let proof,” but at last he had been fatally wounded and he waged his last fight against death alone. The gang leader's widow and Mrs. Wood, the proprietor of the house where Diamond died, were held as material witnesses. The shooting was done by two un identified men, who burst into Dia mond’s room and sent three pistol bullets into his brain from close” range. Mrs. Wood, owner of the rooming house, said she heard the shots, the men dashing down the stairs, and then the sound of a rapidly depart ing automobile. There was one bullet wound in the back of the head. Two other bullet marks were seen on the cheek. Mrs. Diamond, at the police sta tion, sobbed, moaned, and smoked cigarettes incessantly. “I didnt’ do it,*' she kept repeat ing. “I don’t know anything about it.” Had Just Come Home Mrs. Wood is reported to have told the police—and this did not agree with earlier accounts—that Diamond had gone out and returned to the house between 4:30 and 6 o’clock. The automobile in which he returned drove away as soon as he entered the door. A few minutes later she heard the three shots and then the sound of men rushing down the front stairs. They paused a second in the hall, and she heard one say: “Oh, hell, that’s enough.” Then the front door was slammed and the men hurried away in a sedan. Diamond was found not guilty Thursday at Troy of kidnapping James Duncan, 20, a farm boy. After receiving a hearty kiss from his wife, Diamond rushed away from the courthouse without saying any thing of his plans. The state had tried once before— also unsuccessfully —to send Dia mond up for an alleged attack upon Duncan and Grover Parks in Green county last April. In addressing the jury John T. Cahill, state prosecutor, had con jectured that Diamond had- mauled and tortured Parks to impress Marion Roberts, his chorus-girl companion. The ending of Diamond’s career marked the fourth time that he had been a target of rival gangsters’ bul lets. When “Little Augie” Orgen, lower east side gangster, was killed in 1927 “Legs” was with him and re ceived three bullet wounds. In Octo ber of last year two men invaded his hideaway in a New York hotel and shot him five- times, but neither he nor his show girl sweetheart, Marion “Kiki” Roberts, who was found in an adjoining room, threw any light on the attack. The third shooting occurred in April of this year when gangsters drilled him with buckshot as he stepped from a Catskill, N. Y., roadhouse.