The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, April 19, 1931, Page 1, Image 1

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One dollar - per year is
the cost of the automobile,
traffic and travel accident
Insurance policy issued to
subscribers. ' ; .
Hiker Picked up and Given
Ride Forces Davidson to
Enter Basement of Va
cant House, Robs him
Attack Comes When Horn
Is Sounded Accidentally;
Wound may Prove Fatal,
v Physicians Fear
. PORTLAND, Ore., April 18.
(AP) H. P Daridaon, 2," pres
ident of the Oregon - Canning
company, was In a hospital here
tonight suffering from an abdom
inal stiletto wound inflicted by a
hiker -who had been given a ride
by Davidson.
The stiletto penetrated his ab
domen about three inches and
pierced the bowles, physicians
said after an operation. They
said they could not make a defi
nite statement concerning his
condition until he had rallied
from the operation.
, Davidson told Holger Christof
ferson, chief criminal deputy
sheriff, he was en route to New
berg, where the canning company
is located, when he overtook a
hiker limping along the highway
with a pack on his back .
Davidson offered the man a
ride and as they neared a vacant
honse near Rex, Ore., the 'man
ordered him to stop and, threat
ening him with the stiletto, took
him to the basement of the
house and robbed him ot about
5. The stranger then demand
ed his watch and ring. David
son was carrying a low priced
watch Instead of bis. usual watch
and the robber cursed . .him . in
disappointment and ordered him
back to the car.
Attack Follows
Horn's Bonding
As he entered the car David
son accidentally sounded the
horn and the bandit struck 'him
over the head and delivered a
blow to the abdomen and ran.
Davidson did not realise he had
been stabbed until he had re
sumed his drive. Then be be
came nauseated and, discovering
the wound, he turned about and
drive eight -ilea to his home
where a physician and an ambu
lance was called.
Authorities said Davidson's de
scription of his assailant, who
was about 30 years old, weighed
about ISO pounds and was dark
complexloned, corresponded with
that of a man who Friday night
jheld up G. Yamada, -Japanese
, farmer, living near the scene of
, today's robbery.
Reporter Faces
Extortion Case;
Avers Frameup
SEATTLE, Wash., April 18
(AP) John W. Nelson, veteran
Seattle and Takima newspaper
man who has been active here in
a campaign to recall Mayor Frank
Edwards, today was charged In
Justice court with extorting $990
from George -B. Avery, city utili
ties superintendent by threatening
to have "defamatory" . articles
puMished against Arery and Dan
Boyle, streets superintendent, "In
a Seattle newspaper."
Released later on $2,500 ball.
Nelson accused "high city offi
cials" of attempting to frame him.
PORTLAND, Ore.. April 18
(AP) The United "Westslde club,
an organization composed of 5 2
organizations on the west side of
the Willamette river, today ad
dressed a resolution to the state
highway commission and the Ore
gon state tunnel commission ask
ing full consideration of the pro
posed widening ot the Tualatin
valley highway between Beaver
ton and Hillsboro.
The resolution said Washington
county has ottered to help finance
the widening of the highway with
a four-toot strip of concrete be
tween Beaverton and Hillsboro.
PORTLAND, Orw April is
( AP ) -Announcement was
made here today the 88th anni
versary of the founding of the
provisional government In Ore
gon will be celebrated at Chanv
poeg memorial building and
park May 2. It also will be the
81st celebration of Oregon's
'Founders, Day.
The president of the day will
be Judge F. II. D'Arcy, pioneer
of. 18S5 and president of the
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The XJ. 8.1 Cruisers Asheville and Memphis have arrived at Puerto
r Cabexaa-with marines after a run of forced speed to succor the
small detachment of marine and civilans surrounded by bandits
In the Kicaraguan city Reports come through that Agustino San
dlno (inset) is coming through the Pispis Trail at the head of
a large force of rebeia to aid ia a Joint attack on Puerto Cab
exas. Above picture shows the landing forces of the C S. S. Ashe
Tflle in full equipment,:
New Nicaragua Plan
Said Best for Safet y
Withdrawing Protection in Interior Explained
; As Move to Bring Americans to Coast -
: ; Where Help Will be; Effectual
WASfflNGTON, -April 18. (AP) -Secretary Stimson
today characterized the measures recently taken by
the government as constituting "the most effective way to
protect the American and . foreign civilians ; suddenly ex
posed" to the danger of outlaw raids in the jungles of east
ern Nicaragua. , I
' . . o Repeating his declaration . of
; BOMBAY, India, April 18
(AP), -To the roar of 31-gun sal
utes,' India bade farwell to Vice
roy Irwin today and formally In
ducted Lord Wllllngdon as his
successor for the next. fire years.
Replying to an address from
the municipality of Bombay, Lord
Irwin adopted a grave tone con
cerning India's future tempered
with expressions of hope and con
fidence. -
"The stiffest part of the hill is
yet to come." he said. "The ul
tlmat. issue ot that for which we
are jointly striving lies Indeed in
other and wiser hands but I know
my own hope and confidence in
its ' attainment is shared by . that
old, trusted friend of India to
whom I am now handing over my
duties and responsibilities - Under
providence may he guide India
to peace and happiness."
while erowas on me snore uui
tered their - handkerchiefs in
"bon voyage," Lord and Lady Ir
win boarded the liner "Viceroy of
India." i
Want Wider West Side. Road
Founders Day to be May 2
Wounds Self With Shotgun
Hotel man Missing, Report
Oregon Pioneer association in
.1910. I
' KLAMATH FALLS. Ore.. April
18 (AP) Will Enloe, 73, was
believed near death here tonight
from what authorities said was a
self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Enloe, who lived, here with his
son, was sal to have shot himself
in the head this afternoon because
ot grief OTer his sister's death.
He received a telegram from
Kansas City last night telling of
his sister's death and later told bis
son he did not care to lire. . ' .
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' OAKLAND. Calw . April 18
(AP) The disappearance ot Hen
ry Wagner, 4 5. reputed wealthy
hotel man of Klamath Falls, Ore.,
was reported to Oakland police to
day by Michael Morrice, Oakland,
whom wagner came to visit last
Saturday. . Morrice said he feared
foul play. s
Police were told Wagner left
Morrice's home for a shave short
ly after he arrived from Klamath
Falls and disappeared. He had
$1,000 In cash in his pockets.
Morrice said, and was wearing two
diamond rings valued at $3,000.
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yesterday that the government is
determined not to send troops in
to the interior. Stimson said it
was better to warn Americans
there of the donger, give them op
portunity to escape to the sea
ports and leave the task of sub
jugating outlaws to the Nicaragu
an national guard, specially train
ed for jungle warfare.
American warships at three
porta of eastern Nicaragua, the
statement went on, will remain to
protect American life and prop
erty "until the danger is over."
Meanwhile commanders of these
vecsels the cruiser Memphis at
Puerto Cabexas, the gunboat Ashe
ville at Cape Qracias a Dios and
the gunboat Sacramento at Blue
fields reported "all quiet" In
their respective ports.
Stimson said recent outrages in
eastern Nicaragua were attribut
able to "the mythical patriot San
dino" who "in the hour of his
country's desolation" following
the Managua earthquake "chose to
send his outlaws across the coun
try." v The outlaws, ' Stimson said,
have been shown by captured pa
pers and by their actions to "have
been engaged in a deliberate plan
of assassination . and pillage
against helpless civilians."
ROCKTFORD. Colo. April 18.
(AP) A fast : passenger train
swept down oft the automobile ot
Charles - Clemons and his family
near Jtockyford today and snuffed
out the lives of four persons. On
ly a baby survived.
vThe baby was reported at a
Rockyford hospital to be critical
ly Injured. The dead:
Mr. and Mrs. Clemons, a son,
10. and a daughter, 12. -
The bodies of the father and
two children were carried half a
mile on the front of the locomo
tive. It was raining at the time
ot the aecldent and authorities
believe Clemons did not see the
approaching train.
Hoover Catches
Limit of Trout
On the Rapidan
ORANGE, Vav April 18 (AP)
President Hoover today caught
20 mountain trout the limit al
lowed under Virginia law on his
first visit of the season to his
camp on the Rapidan river.
The chief executive caught 12
tlsh this morning and eight this
afternoon, f These, together : with
a large catch by other members
of the presidential party, were
eaten tonight at dinner. . ;
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Salem, Oregon, Sunday Morning, April 19, 1931
dedicate re
Evangelical Building Just
; Completed Here to be
Opened Formally
Appointments may Include
Transfer of Rev. A. P.
. Layton, is Hinted
Business of the 48th Oregon
Evangelic al conference was
brought to a close here yesterday.
and the delegates and visitors
will give today over to aiding
with dedication of the new Evan
gelical church, Summer and Mar
lon, in which the sessions hare
been held.
That will be the program to
day, save for two major digres
sions: junior preachers will be
ordained by Bishop Q. E. Epp at
10:45 o clock this morning, and
the bishop will read conference
appointments tonight at 7:30
While every effort has been
made to keep the appointments
under cover until tonight, it has
leaked out that there will prob
ably be a surprise in store for
many of the Salem eonrreeatlon.
w. a a a. . a .
n is saia uuue aumoniauvety
that Rev. A. P. Layton, who has
served the local charge for the
past three years and who gave
his whole energy to realizing con
struction ot the new chureh home
here, will be appointed to anoth
er pastorate.; ', v .
Portland Minister - j
May Come' Here
With this change, there is hint
that a Portland minister may be
assigned to the local charge. A
comparatively large number of
other changes are said to he
booked for the Oregon Evangel
ical pastors.
Of chief Interest to Salem peo
ple Sunday will be dedication of
the new church structure at 2:-
45 o'clock this afternoon, and
dedication of the Robert Morton
pipe organ at 2:15 o'clock. The
sacred concert will be played by
Helen Ernst, well known Port
land organist.
Morning Program
Solo, selected. Mrs. Kamp.
Solo, 'Light", John . Prlndl
Scott, by L. C. Maves.
Anthem, "Blessed is He That
Cometh," choir.
Sermon by Bishop G. E. Epp.
Ordination of junior preachers.
Afternoon Program
Sacred pipe organ concert by
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The Mill City-Detroit road Is
again open to traffic after being
blocked for nearly a fortnight by
slides brought on by floods more
than a week ago. The late stage
went through Friday from Mill
City and auto traffic already was
resumed yesterday.
Reports from Detroit tell .of
many men being on the ground
there alreay waiting to get jobs
with the William Plunkett com
pany when it begins to carry out
its contract for road construction
above that community. - Sim Phil
lips, local manager of an employ
ment agency, has volunteered his
help in placing workers and a re
precentative of the contracting
firm has notified him it will be
glad to use his service If they are
needed. . '
The county court reports that it
has had many applications for
work on he new road.
Education is
Without Cost
To Taxpayers
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Shelton are
going to cut down on taxes and
yet provide their children with an
education. v
Recent settlers in Marion coun
ty from southern California, the
Sheltons discovered after arrival
that school district 115 In the Elk
Horn area has no schooL The
Sheltons have two children, one
nine years of age and one 11-
How to giro them an. education
became the problem. .
They came to Salem yesterday,
talked the matter over with Mrs.
Mary Fulkerson, county superin
tendent, and the three agreed that
the Sheltons could conduct school
in their own home. A course ot
study wil be outlined by Mrs. Ful
kerson, to whom regular reports
will be given.
. "I'm going to giro my children
an education If I have to give up
my land. said Mr. Shelton.
"Don't do it," counselled Mrs.
Fulkerson. "You've got a job and
a living, which means a lot now.
Stay with your work and I'll co
operate" to see that the school's
furnished." :
PENDLETON, Ore., April 18.
(AP) La Grande high school
won first place In seven events ot
the quadrangular track meet here
today and captured the meet with
a score of I8H points.
Election for
Spain Called
Early in May
T MADRID. April 18 (AP)
The new republic of Spain is
planning to hold Its first elections
early in May to set up a "national
assembly" and establish a consti
tutional government to supplant
the present provisional government.-
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' The Associated Press learned
from reliable sources today that
present plans are to speed up the
elections, .scheduled for June by
the former government, and to
hold them, at the latest, within the
first two weeks in May. Members
of a eonstltutent assembly will be
selected, it was said,-but senators
and deputies to parliament will
not be voted on.
Designed to be In operation by
June, this assembly will write a
new republican constitution and
arrange for the transfer of power
from the government of President
Niceto Alcala Zambora to a per
manent one.
Criticism of Survey as to
Mountain Water may
Feature Session
Discussion ot the city's pro
posed purchase of a 1000-gallon
pumper for the fire department
and possible criticism of a sur
vey of costs for a mountain wa
ter system, tor Salem looks as
highlights at the city council
meeting tomorrow night.
The purchase ot the fire de
partment pumper has been be
fore the . council several times
but each time a final decision
has been side-tepped and the
matter left In the hands of the
fire department committee. A
number of equipment salesmen
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on board cefalu
Thirty of Nerve-Shattered
Americans Arrive at
New Orleans
(AP) Thirty Americans, men,
women and children tragic . and
nerve-shattered, arrived In Amer
ican waters aboard the steamship
Cefalu today, refugees from the
latest outbreak of banditry in
Many of them penniless and
with nothing left save the
clothes they wore, they docked; at
New Orleans tonight, bringing
with them tales 'of massacre and
guerilla warfare.
The bodies of two of the nine
Americans killed in the Nicara
guan bush during the past week,
lay In the hold of the Cefalu,
whose pennants flew at half staff
as she steamed up the Mississippi
Bodies ot Two
Brought Home
These were Marine Captain H.
C. Pefley of Philadelphia, slain
at the head of a detachment of
Guardia National while trying to
beat off a bandit attack on Puer
to Cabezaa; and William L. Sel
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SAN DIEGO. Cal., April lg
(AP) Bearing up bravely under
the memory of the horrors
through which they passed when
the town of Managua was levelled
by an earthquake, the first of the
refugees from the quake zone, all
women and children, arrived here
today In the United States army
transport Somme.
Crowding the outboard end of
pier No. 1 as the while hulled,
transport steamed up to its berth
were officials- tf the army, navy,
marine corps and Red Cross, to
gether with relatives and friends
ot the survivors. Those of the
(5 refugees who were In need
were cared for at once. Husbands
ot many of them will arrive here
Monday in the navy hospital ship
Relief, it was reported today.
Special Sunday
School Service
For Conference
' Special Sunday school services
are announced by the First Evan
gelical church, corner Marion and
Sumner streets, A. P. Layton,
pastor, with visiting members of
the Oregon conference participat
ing. .v.f . . : ; . - 1 -1
The senior group will hear
Rev. G. L. Lovell of Portland,
Rev. C. S. Bergstresser, and Rev.
E. D. Hornschuch of Canby in
short talks. Rev. A. L. Launs
bury and Rt- William Radlma
eher will address the young peo
ple's classes: and Miss ' Helen
Bier and Rev. F. W. Launer will
talk to the beginners. ; -
The three divisions meet at
-45 a. m. ..
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Question of Trimming Cost
Million and Half to
Be Threshed out
Drastic Changes to cut out
Duplication Also on
, Bpard's Program
There will be a change in stage
set on Monday. Instead ot the
familiar hall of representatives
in Salem where the prison in
quiry has been going on for two
days the scene will shift to Ar
lington club, Portland, where the
board of higher education will sit
in judgment on the fate ot educa
tional Institutions in Oregon. It
promises to be of dramatic In
terest rivaling the hearing held
last week in Salem.
. Specifically, the board will have
before it the following matters:
1. Report of the heads of
the higher institutions how
they can reduce their budgets
by ft, 500,000 during the
eighteen months beginning July
2. The report of the survey
commission which recommend
ed drastic changes In the set
up of the university and state
3. The recommendations of
the governor, who has previous
ly . urged . economy and Is
expected to urge complete re
organization of the administra
tion of the higher schools.
The problem ot saving money
Is complicated by the problem of
the division of education. The
survey report which was made
public April 30. called for Identi
cal work In the first two years at
Corvallis and Eugene, and sharp
division of work in the last two
There has been a rising protest
against the recommendation to
put all upper division science
work at Corvallis. confining the
university to a school of letters
and professional schools. A group
of distinguished citizens address
ed a letter to the board objecting
td such a severance.
Caution warnings have been
Issued by former members of the
old board of higher curricula
which against blind accept
ance of the survey report who
fear that "while the operation
may be successful the patient may
Probably Rtar. '
Chamber Sessions
The hearings are to take place
in Portland, but If past history Is
an index the hearings will be
star chamber sessions. The
board of higher education meets
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(AP) The lights and shadows of
the field on which the 1932
struggle fori the presidency will
take place gradually are being set
these days.
Although the party conventions
will not be held for more than a
year, hardly a week passes with
out a development which may be
reflected In the campaigns for
nomination and election. Through
It all, too. runs the realization ot
practiced observers that the set
ting might be radically shifted by
unexpected twists,
v That president Hoover wants
and can get a renominatlon ap
parently . Is being taken for
granted by his friends. He has
held his political peace and the
expectation in Washington is tht
he will continue to do so, for th
time at least.
Meanwhile, speculation on tha
Democratic nominee buizes on
and on. The latest element en
tering in was the weekend news
about Newton D. Baker, indicat
ing he would do nothing to win
nomination bu; would accept it If
the convention chose him. The
Clevelander, secretary of war in
the Wilson cabinet, was described
as having shown "great Interest
In the party's platform ' but no
interest In possible candidates."
Golf Partners aid Tooze
In Establishing an Alibi
PORTLAND, Ore,, April 18.
(AP) Three" members of a golf
foursome were called as defense
witnesses to the Tooie-Brown li
quor conspiracy trial In federal
court here today to help Walter
L. Toose. Portland attorney and
one of If defendants In the trial,
account for his mTements .last
April 30. r
The government charged that
the evening of April 30. 1930,
Toose and Joseph Brown, alleged
leader of a northwest liquor ring,
participated in the delivery of a
quantity of liquor in Portland.
Tooze. In his own defense to
day, testified that he played golf
that afternoon and worked at his
office In the evening. Martin
Hawkins, Charles J. Shelton and
Clarence Butts substantiated his
tMtlmAB that he was one of a
foursome at a Portland country
Prison lea
Distorted . Reference Made
To Foreign Birth at
Prison Hearing -
"Lester Adams is a con
temptible liar" is the charac
terization made by Allan
Carson, attorney represent
ing Henry Meyers before the.
prison inquiry, with refer
ence to 'the signed, article by
Adams in the Portland Tele
gTam of last night. In his
article Adams said: "Attor
ney Carson told one witness
that his birth in a foreign
country was a stigma".
"My father was born in
Ireland," said Carson last
night, "and my mother in
Canada; and ever were I of
such a low mentality as to
say. that a person foreign
born was under a stigma I
should not - have had the
heart to do it." i
"The fact is that there had
been, throughout the hearing
thus far, imputations that
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UNION CITY, Tennf, April 18.
(AP) George Smith, 18-year-old
negro accused of attempting
to attack a white girl, was taken
from Jail here today by a. crowd
of men and hanged from a tree
In the county courthouse yard
while hundreds of persons
thronged the grounds.
Sheriff J. D. Hubba said, "But
we didn't want to take bis
place." He added he saw no guns
in the crowd. ..
The lynching was accom
plished quickly and most of the
crowd dispersed in orderly man
ner. The negro's body was cut
down 46 minutes later and taken
to a mortuary. . ,
Smith had been held as the
negro who entered a home here
last night and tried to attack a
young woman. Her scpeams
aroused her father and the in
truder fled. Bloodhounds led of
ficers to 8mith, but he had not
been Identified definitely as the
Chief Deputy Sheriff Luther
Johnson of Union City, said he
"doubted" any arrests would be
Puerto Cabezas
Quiet Despite
Attack Rumors
gua, April 18 (AP) This sea
port town in northeastern Nicar
agua was quiet tonight despite
the circulation ot many rumors
that Insurgents were planning an
attack. -
United States naval vessels are
In the harbor and most ot the res
idents were sure that there would
be no trouble so long as landing
forces were so quickly available.
On the whole there appeared to
be no likelihood the city would
be evacuated.
R. J. Salassi, local manager of
the Standard Fruit company, re
ported that Americans inland
were leaving their homes for Pu
erto Cabesas. fearing attack, but
this evening none of these report
ed refugees had arrived here.
club that day and Shelton testi
fied he worked with Tooze at his
office that night.
- Under cross-examination Tooze
admitted he and Brown had been
in the Ticinlty charged by the gov
ernment but that it was not the
night of April 30.
Toose admitted he had asked
Brown to go with him to Seattle
last summer to locate Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Hodgson, other de
fendants, and said he went there
tocollect money due him for legal
wrk. He denied any connection
with the liquor trait lc the govern
ment alleged the Hodgson's con
ducted. '
Attorneys for Tooze announced
other witnesses would be called
William A. Brown, another de
fendant, was called Jagt before
court adjourned
Fair tonlit and -Monday,
frosts at night; Max. tern
peratnre Batarday 57, Mm.
2T, clear, north wind, river
8.0 feet, no rain.
Engages in Tilt With
Kay Over Testimony
Of Discharged man
Crawford's Knocking
Of Oregon Flax'
Brought out
Governor Julius L. Meier con
tinued yesterday to steal the
show .at the board of control
hearing on the conduct ot Peal-.
tenjlary Superintendent Meyers as
he alternately acted as prosecu
tor, inquisitor and Judge.
The dramatic note of the hear
ing which was adjourned at noon
Saturday until 9:30 a. m. next
Tuesday, came in a tilt between
the governor and State Treasurer
Kay over the admission ot certain i
testimony from Robert Crawford, L
at one time manager of the state
flax industry. -
"I'm not going to be made a
monkey of in this hearing."
charged the governor fiercely, as
he rose to his feet to urge Craw
ford to proceed with bis testi
mony. Previously be had tes'i
fied that on three occasions he
had been removed And now "for
the -first time in 10 years I bare
a chance to explain to the public
why I was fired".
Meier Overrules
Other Members
"You have answered my 'ques
tion and there's no need fur
further explanation." interposed
Kay and Secretary of State Hess
Joined 'with' the state treasurer in
objecting to further testimony
from Crawford in explaining his
discharges. - L
. "I want all the racts and I may
have a lot more to say before this
hearing Is concluded," stressed
the governor. "I orerrule your
Meier declared be would not
be surprised If the hearing took
a week when Kay objected to
extraneous testimony as unduly
prolonging the taking of evldeaee.
Inference made by Governor
Meier that gambling had been
prevalent In the state peniten
tiary In special amusement
rooms provided by Superintend
ent Meyers and documentary evi
dence Introduced by Allan Car
son, counsel for Meyers, showing
that Crawford had urged English
Importers to. ban convict-produced
Oregon flax fibre provided other
high spots In the morning's
gathering while like the opening
session on Friday, drew a largo
audience. Spectators again were
on hand an hour before the
nroceedlngs started. During the
akng of testimony the crowd
frennently applauded.. Its sym
pathies very apparently being,
with the governor and against
the prison superintendent be
seeks to remove. Each time
Meier made a dramatic thrust,
the crowd cheered and evident
'ntrodueed to suooort the alleged
proper eonduct of Meyers, brougM
hoots and cat-calls
Hank President
Wl'l ne Called
, Meier announced at adjourn
ment that Tuesday J. C. Alns
worthy. president of the United
States National bank In Portland,
would be called to testify retard
ing a 9100,000 loan made the
flax industry In 1929. The gov
ernor said he would also subpoena
Vathan Strauss of Flelscbner.
Mayer and company to seek an
Axnlanation from him about cer
tain transactions between his
concern and the state penlten-
The rase was opened yesterday
morning with L. C. DeMytt. flax
Industry employe, first taking
th stand.
Mueh of DeMytt's testimony
was of a technical character and
dealt wHh the flax plant facili
ties, an Inventory made at the re- ,
quest of the late Governor Pat
terson in the year 192T. and coat
of operations. He Is foreman of
the fiutehlnr mill at the prison.
DeMytt testified thst the ever
head cost of operating he flax
nlanf was excessive, and that be
bad been advised that this cost
could be reduced one-half. Item
of overhead exoense mentioned
specifically by DeMytt Included
the purchase of electric power.
aa and oil and transportatl
Inventory Low
The witness also charged that
the Inventory of flax products at
the prison was too low. and that
the contracts preferred a merit
system to receiving a small wage,
At this stage of the beariag
Governor Meier turned to DeMytt
and asked whether he had any
knowledge of a petition circula
ted recently at the prison la tho
Interest of Mr. Meyers. DeMytt
said he had.
The preamble of the petition,
as quoted by DeMytt. read:
"We guards of the penitentiary
consider Mr. Meyers a fair and
Just superintendent and Indorse
bis administration." DeMytt .said '
the petition was called to his at
tention by one of the guards at
the prison. . .
"1 also want to ask another
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