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Republican presidential nomina-
teul,, The above picture of the slaye
tion. whtheir arrest yesterday. Reading fr
"I realize that what I am1 about soe
to say will undoubtedly be con-_
demned, denounced or ridiculed as
a bid for the Republican presiden-,(|| (V 0| C
tial .nomination," he said. "It is
nothing of "the sort. This nation
has, come to a pretty pass if a man
cannot say what needs to be said
in the public interest without be-
ing charged with political inten-'
tion. Is there any reason why it Visiting P r o f e s s o r Describes
should be necessary for every man Experiments Conducted at
of the public who is not a candidate Ohio State University.
to keep still lest a candidacy should *_
be imputed, to him?""Experimental work has proceed-

Associated Press Photo.
ers, rushed from Detroit early this morning, was taken shortly after
om left to right, they are Frank Oliver, Fred Smith, and David Black-


Extensive Fog Grounds
Lindberghs in Alaska
NOME, Alaska, Aug. 13-(P)-The
old familiar- foe of trans-Atlantic
flyers, poor visibility, grounded Col.
and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh here
Clouds and ram extended over
almost all Alaska and as far into
the Bering sea as St. Paul Island
where a naval radio station is lo-
cated. Weather reports from Tokio
indicated, however, that favorable
weather prevailed in the region of
F n'-in Tl andnr 1 67 miies o a ~wa



General Denies Plea;I

Former Secretary to Serve
at Least 4 Months.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13-( P)-Al-
bert J. Fall, once Secretary of the
iterior, and now prisoner 6991 in
New Mexico State penitentiary, to-

Prison officials reported late last night that the three slayers
arrived at the new Jackson State penitentiary at 11:30 o'clock.
Although it had been rumored that the road from Ann Arbor
was barricaded and strewn with tacks by a large crowd, the big car
met with no interference. Thousands witnessed its arrival.
By Carl S. Forsythe
In less than two hours after entering the court of Judge George
W. Sample, David Blackstone, 33, Negro; Fred Smith, 22, farmer,
white, and Frank Oliver, 20, painter, all of Ypsilanti, were each
sentenced on four charges to life imprisonment in Michigan State
prison at Marquette. The three men all pleaded guilty to the slay-
ing and burning of Vivian Gold, Anna May Harrison, Harry Lore,
and Thomas Wheatley. They were brought into court shortly be-
fore 7 o'clock, and were sentenced at 8:56 o'clock.
A sullen crowd of 10,000 people gathered around the courthouse
and the adjoining streets. At 10:45 o'clock, police, armed with tear
bombs, parted the mob, and the three slayers were rushed to a waiting
sedan. They were accompanied in the car by five heavily armed depu-
ties, and were followed to the city limits by a motorcycle escort.
No effort was made to prevent the departure, but one report stated
that a large crowd was gathered on US 12, the road which the car took
on the way to Jackson, where the killers were to spend the night before
being transferred again to Marquette prison.
The .three killers sat expressionless in their chairs before the Judge,
telling of probably the most brutal murder, torch slaying, and rape
case in the history of the state. Testimony of Frank Oliver revealed
that the Negro, David Blackstone, attacked Ann May Harrison on the
lonely Tuttle Hill road, while he (Oliver) held a gun over her. Im-
mediately afterwards the Negro ordered Vivian Gold to get out of the
car, and when she said: "I would rather die than get out," he fired at
her as well as her boy companions.
The three men left the home of Otis Oten, alleged to be a blind pig
in Ypsilanti, about 10 o'clock Monday night for Penninsular Grove near
the city with the intention of robbing parked motorists. When recog-
nized by the occupants of the Wheatley car they forced the two couples
to drive to the Tuttle road where the murders occurred. Smith said
on the witness stand that Blackstone shot all four of them there, but
said nothing of the attack made on the girls.
The bodies were afterwards thrown into the car, and the murderers
drove back to the grove to obtain Oliver's Pontiac coach which had
been left when they drove off in the Wheatley auto. From there Oliver
followed the death car to Ypsilanti where Smith stole a shovel from
a First street home with the intention of using it to bury the four. Later
when they arrived at a gravel pit outside of the city, Blackstone was
afraid that it would take too long, and the nmodies were taken to Wilis
road where, after cushions and the floor of the car had been covered
with gasoline, a burning handkerchief was tossed into the car.
Oliver told the court that before the auto was burned the Negro
took the dead body of Vivian Gold from the car and assaulted it.
"Neither I nor Fred did any thing like that," he said.
Before sentencing the men Judge ,Sample told those assembled,
"They can lie in jail a thousand years, and then they won't be fit to
come back to society. Maybe a little can be said for Oliver because
he got into such company. I feel that if it had not been fox' Fred Smith
this would not have happened," The Judge felt the testimony probably
more deeply than anyone present for not long ago he was instrumental
in obtaining Smith's release from prison after Smith had served two
and one half years on a five year sentence for stealing a car. He was
released because of his perfect prison conduct and because of the
blindness of his mother who throughout the day yesterday declared
that her son was innocent.
"I've been thinking about Mom and Dad all day," Smith said while
he was waiting to be taken to the prison. This seemed to be the only
thing that worried him, and that not a great deal. He said that he had
been unable to eat, but that it wouldn't be long until he' would feel
When asked why he did not run away following the murders he said,
"I knew we would get caught sooner or later. No man would do any-
thing like that in his right mind-it was the hooch."
The nineteen-year-old boy, Frank Oliver, told the most complete
story of the three, leaving nothing to the imagination. He was the
, only witness that shqwed any emotion whatsoever on the stand. He
sat in the chair with down cast eyes, torn shirt, and thick lips which
- protruded to make one of the most dejected and expressionless faces

ed so far in discovering what makest
good and bad voice, in the physics
and physiology of speech and just
how the speaking mechanism works,
that conclusive results may bel
available in two years or so," said
Prof. G. Oscar Russell, director of
the speech clinic and Sound Re-
search laboratories at Ohio State
university and inventor of Laryngo-
Periskop, in an interview follow-
ing the lecture at the Natural Sci-
ence auditorium yesterday.
"Deaf children at Ohio State
School for the Deaf were taught


g'i c i 1Sdl, ,Vol111a a
~C~~5~1 ~~""J' ~ "'y' Iday lost his last hope of clemency
where the Lindberghs have a fueldaromthishas of cemency
supply cached. from the hands of a former fellow
When the rain ceases everything cabinet member, President Hoover.
is in readiness for the Lindberghs From Attorney General Mitchell
to leave for Safety Bay, 21 miles came the announcement that Fall's
from here where their monoplane plea had been settled without even
was moored Tuesday when the Col- being submitted formally to the
onel decided that the Nome river White House for discussion.
would not permit of a take-off with As explanation he pointed to a
a heavy fuel load. om paratively recent executive or-
er, providing that when the judg-
Authority of Machado and prosecutors in a case ad-
Challenged b Rebels vised against complying for a plea
byRsofclemency, it is rendered null and
void save in exceptional cases. He
HAVANA, Aug. 13.-(AP)-The rev-handed a slip of paper to waiting

the national treasury, but I also sound production so that they could
know the credit in the U. S. is good. reproduce any pitch within any oc-
The nation can borrow the money tave of the piano guided by the
for this need if it will." eyes and cutaneous sensations on
tthe cheeks," Professor Russell said.
'PHICE "The old belief that quality dif-
ferences in voice could be account-
ed for by resonance has been prov-
EA Ted unfounded," Professor Russell
said, "and the long held theory
that bad voices were due to head
cavaties and absence of antrims
Second Increase in Two Weeks has also been exploded."
Will Become Effective Laryngo-Periskop, Professor Rus-
Ne Snda sel explained, is a machine used in
NextSunday. taking moving picture photographs
o Tf the organs of speech while in
DETROIT, Aug. 13-{R'}-An in- action. The mouth can be kept in
crease of 1 cent in the retail price natural conversation while a snug-
of milk in the Detroit area, with a ly fitting piece of apparatus is held
corresponding increase of 25 cents over the tongue, Professor Russell
a hutdredweight in the prices paid said.
members of the Michigan Milk Pro-
ducers' asociation, was announced Brucker Names Gillis,
today.B.Ns l
The price increases, the second Gordon for Positions
to take place within a few weeks, LANSING, Aug. 13-(IP)-Judge
will be effective Sunday. The in- Arthur Gordon of the common
crease is a result of an accord be- pleas court of Wayne county was
tween producers and creamery op elevated to the recorder's court of
erators at a meeting Wednesday. the city of Detroit by Gov. Brucker
.While- the agreement was being today. He takes the place made
reached between farmers and the vacant when Judge Arthur Kilpat-
creamery men, William H. Cloud, a rick of the recorder's court was
Grand Blanc milk producer and appointed to the circuit bench to
distributor, was before Gov. Wilber succeed the late Judge Alfred J.
M. Brucker's milk price commission Murphy.
making a charge that the Michigan To take Judge Gordon's place in
Milk Producers' asociation partici- the common pleas court the gov-
pated in price fixing deals. ernor appointed Joseph A. Gillis,
Cloud said that the association an assistant attorney general. Gil-
is "not run for the farmers but lis is the second member of the
for distributors and by the dis- state legal staff to be placed on the
tributors." common pleas court, the governor
"I think the price is already fixed previously having appointed
before they start," he said. Charles Rubiner.


olutionary challenge to the author-'
ity of President Gerardo Machado
was spreading over a great part of
Cuba today, on the basis of dis-
patches from the provinces.
The government itself reported
that rebel forces were concentrated
in 49 places which were distributed
throughout the six provinces, but
thickest in Santa Clara and Pinar
Del Rio. The number of detach-
ments unofficially was estimated at
between 80 and 90.

newspapermen, upon which was
"None of the persons so consult-
ed in this case advises clemency
'nd the Attorney General has de-
termined there is no reason to make
a special order submitting the pa-
ners to the President.
"Under the rule, the papers will
be automatically filed away with-
out further action. This court
amounts to a denial of the applica-
Thus the former cabinet officer,
who was sentenced to a year and
a day in prison and fined $100,000
for accepting a bribe from Edward
L. Doheny must continue in con-
finement for at least four months.
3 Die, 5 Badly Burned
in Battle Creek Fire
BATTLE CREEK, Aug. 13-(P)-
Three men were killed and five
nfI m -n 7 3Ann Anof them


Waterman Dies
Week's Illness

Donald Waterman, 16-year-old
son of Prof. and Mrs. LeRoy Water-
man of 1835 Vinewood Blvd., died
at 1 o'clock this afternoon at a
local hospital after an illness of a
1 -Y
American League
Philadelphia 5, Detroit 1.
St. Louis 9, Boston 6.
Chicago 10, Washington 8.
New York-Cleveland-rain
National League
Cincinnati 17, 4, Boston 3, 2.
St. Louis 8, Brooklyn 5.
Pittsburgh 7, 1, New York 5, 6.
Chicago 3, Philadelphia 4.

omers were, uuiiiCu, vii; vi vilt 11

so severely he is expected to die, in
an explosion and fire in a garage His story is as follows:
on the outskirts of Battle Creek to- "I met the other two men at Otis Otens' home. I only had one shot
day. Two of the dead were iden- of whiskey, but the other men had been there for some time. I was
tified as Floyd Carlyle and Robert driving my car-a Pontiac coach. They ask me to drive them to Pen-
Fenton, employes of the garage. ninsular grove, and we left about 10:30. Blackstone was the one that
The third victim was tentatively made the suggestion, and we parked there until about 12 o'clock when
identified as Clare Higgins, of we saw a car drive up and park. I remained in the car, and the other
Nashville. two men went up to rob them. There were no other cars around, and I
Albert Latta, another employe of could see the forms of the two as they went up to the car which wag
the garage, was reported near about 25 feet from my car. Blackstone and Smith came back and told
death in a hospital. Through a me that they had been recognized, and that they were going to take
confusion of names a William Latta the boys and girls out a ways so they couldn't report them.
was at first reported dead. (Continued on Page Four)

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