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Women To Peer
into Mysterious
Masonic Rituals
But True Male Members
Of Order Of Solomon's
Temple Are Skeptical
England Pioneers
British Society, Unknown
Until Recently, Is Only
Women's Order Now
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 13. - (P)-
Master Masons of America may hear
soon of the founding of a new lodge,
a lodge of women Masons.
There is no doubt, however, says
the Milwaukee Journal, that the
grand lodge of the United States will
refuse to recognize women Masons
as true members of the order found-
ed at the building of King Solom-
on's temple. Masons point out that
there is a women's organization af-
filiated with the Masonic order, the
Eastern Star, that should fill all the
needs of a woman's lodge. But the
Eastern Star does not have the sec-
rets of the men's lodge.
Women Masons of England claim
to have all the secrets, rites and cere-
monies of the ancient lodge.
In a so-called Masonic temple of
St. Ermin's, Westminster, a pictur-
esque, impressive and, in one respect,
an extremely peculiar ceremony took
place recently. It was the enthrone-
ment of a new grand master, head
of the lodge for all Britain. And the
new grand master, under the tradi-
tional regalia of royal blue and gold
with its ornamentation of arcane
symbols, wore a white satin evening
gown. All those who witnessed or
took part i that elaborate ceremony
behind locked doors, wore evening
The event was a gathering of the
.Honorable Fraternity of Ancient
Freemasons, and the Honorable Fra-
ternity of Ancient Freemasons is an
organization exclusively for women -
the only women's Masonic order in
the world. Just as women are barred
from the United Grand Lodge of
England and all other Masonic lodges,
so men are barred from this society,
of which the public generally knew
nothing until the recent ceremony
drew extensive attention from the
Spreads Through Empire
In 1912 this order was founded, its
grand master being the late Mrs.
Boswell Reaid, a descendant of James
Boswell, biographer of Samuel John-
son: It has spread since then
throughout the British empire, its
large membership including titled
women, business and professional
women, practitioners of the arts and
Though composed of women, the
Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons is
quite masculine in its attitude. It
calls itself a fraternity,not a soror-
ity; its highest officer is a grand mas-
ter, not grand mistress; its members
are "brothers," not "sisters."
* The women's lodge is organized
along the same lines as the men's,
wears the same regalia and is said
to have the. same ritual, ceremonies
and secrets. It has not, however,
been officially recognized by the
United 'Grand Lodge of England,
whose grand master is the Duke of
The feminine fraternity worksthe
three craft degrees. It publishes a
magazine and maintains a Masonic
library and engages in various char-

itable enterprises. St. Ermin's, West-
minster, is the temple of the mother
Mrs. Seton-Challen, daughter of
Mrs. Boswell-Reid, herself one of the
founders of the lodge, was the new
grand master enthroned a short time
ago. In addition to "the most wor-
shipful, the grand master of the Hon-
orable Fraternity of Ancient Free-
masons," her titles are "the most
puissant sovereign grand command-
er of the rose croix of H. R. D. M.,"
"the most excellent supreme grand Z
of the holy royal arch" and "the
most worshipful the grand master of
mark Masonry."
Royal Blue For Ceremony
The enthronement ceremony was
attended by members of the grand
lodge and officers of many of the
lodges under its jurisdiction. The
women wore regalia of royal blue and
gold or pale blue and silver, depend-
ing on their rank. Over her evening
dress of white satin Mrs. Seton-Chal-
len wore a gold cloak with a train,
lined with royal blue satin trimmed
with ermine and embossed with roses
and acacia.
A great deal of discussion of Free-
masonry has followed what for most
people has amounted to a disclosure3
of the existence of an organization of+
female Masons. Much of it has had
to do with the exclusion of women
from the ancient order. How com-
plete this exclusion has been and
probably will always be ground for
argument. There are stories of vary-
ing credibility.
One concerns the Hon. Elizabeth
St. Leger daughter of Lord Done-



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Louis Says It'll Be Lights Out For Baer

-Associated Press Photo
Joe Louis won't name the round, but he figures "if I can hit him,
I'll knock him out." Refercipce, of course, is being made to Max Baer,
his next opponent. The Detroit dynamiter is shown telling Bill Robin-
son, noted tap dancer, and Col. Heinrich Pickert, Detroit police commis-
sioner, he'll pick the round after he starts training.
They'v eTaken Security Plans
of Whi-te House Too Seriously

Humor and tragedy go hand in
hand in letters to the President and
Mrs. Roosevelt from citizens asking
help or advice. Here. is one published
in the New York World-Telegram
from a man in the Southwest who
was caught in the drouth with a
mule on his hands that he hadn't
finished paying for.
"Dear friend," he wrote Mrs.
Roosevelt, "I am writing a few lines
in regard to the mule. I have bought
a mule from the ERA last year, and
because I did not pay for the Mule
they was going to take the mule away
from me.
"I do not denie that I did not pay
anything on the mule. By the time I
got my land ready for planting the
weather turn off dry and I could not
get anything to come up. So that is
why I did not pay any on the Mule
because I did not make enough to pay
for the mule."
Another correspondent in the West
wrote the President:
"I want you to send me a car and
send me U. S. Check Book I am tire
working. The weather is hot for me.
But it inthe car, check book, no one
$3M,0_0 00000O
U. Pr1XIn
Power To Issue Currency
And Regulate Value Of It
Helps Government
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13. -(iP) -
The government has been "making
money" in a big way out of its power
to issue currency and "regulate the
value thereof."
Seigniorage in currency issued un-
der the silver purchase act and on
coins turned out by the mints has
boosted total "profits" on the money-
issuing privilege in the past year and
half above $3,000,000,000, treasury
figures said today. That included
$2,800,000,000 arising from revalua-
tion of the dollar in gold.
Nearly $150,000,000 has been real-
ized from printing silver certificates,
representing the differences between
the cost of the metal and its monetary
value of $.29 an ounce.
In addition, the treasury has rung
up in its cash register since June,
1934, about $70,000,000 in other seig-
niorage income. Demand for small
coins increased substantially. Mint-
ing them returns lucrative profits
over the cost of the silver, nickel and
copper used.
But Uncle Sam is the only one in
this country taking big profits out of
money manufacturing, according to
treasury officials.
Despite a five-fold increase in the
amount of counterfeit notes and
coins seized during the depression,
secret service men said there was no
indication that makers of bogus mon-
ey were getting rich.
On the contrary, William H. Mor-
an, chief of the service, insisted it
was a poor business for the average
countefeiter, what with the risk of
getting caught, the penalties and the
capital necessary to get started.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13.-The last
vestige of the 1933 Roosevelt Economy
Act was wiped out today when Presi-
dent Roosevelt signed legislation re-
storing all pension benefits to veter-
ans of the Spanish-American War,

will know where it is. Be sure to
A former soldier has written ask-
ing the government to set him and
his wife up in business. He has
decided that West Virginia would be
an ideal location.
"We would like a home," he wrote,
"also a building to run a store, keep
groceries dry goods and all around
the store. Also have a filling sta-
tion by the store. We would like this
home and store in the hills . . . The
government did not do anything for
me after I got out of the army."
From a northern state a woman
"I wrote you a long time ago and
your wife. I fell out of bed three
times since. The Dr. here was here
the day I hurt my back. I asked one
of the girls to tell him to come to
my room, but they told me he was
gone. The pills were the wrong kind
and I kept having stomach trouble.
"The family in my home on my
place, through carelessness, burned
the house after my daughter died
by an operation. They brought me
here and moved all my two trunks
full of clothes. All my nice go-to-
meeting clothes were burned up. I
could tell you a lot more.
"Oh, if some man would come and
marry me, but he must be a Christian,
and I ask you to furnish the house I
live in and I wish you would ask peo-
ple to help buy dishes and things
to keep me with. If I get a husband
with some money he must have an
automobile. If Rockefeller or Car-
negie would help I would invite
them all to come to dinner sometime
if the Lord lets me live."
Another woman went to a local
relief board and did not get the at-
tention she thought she should have
had, so by way of explanation in her
appeal, she wrote: "I have told the
relief board about my shape and they
say it is because I live on my father's
Liquor Probe
Is Carried On
LANSING, Aug. 13. - () - A sub-
committee of the legislative county
collected information on which to
base changes in the state liquor law
while a new member of the state
liquor control commission, Frank E.
Gorman, prepared today to take of-
fice and insist on liquor traffic re-
forms demanded by Gov. Fitzgerald.
Among those whom the committee
intends to question in its search for
suggestions to strengthen the present
act are:
Former Chairman Frank A. Picard;
John S. McDonald, the present chair-
man; and V. F. Gormely, at present
the only Democratic member of the
commission; Mrs. Frederick M. Alger,
who resigned from the commission a
week ago today; William J. Nagel,
former managing director of the
commission under Picard; heads of
municipal police forces, and Commis-
sioner Oscar G. Olander, of the Mich-
igan State police.
Speaker Shroeder of Detroit at-
tacked the appointment of Gorman
a few minutes after it was made on
the grounds it allowed his city no
representation on the commission.
McDonald is from Grand Rapids
and Gormely from Newberry. Gor-
man lives in Lansing, and Fitzgerald
insisted on a Lansing man to guar-
antee the daily attendance at com-
mission offices of at least one member.

Hopson Denies
Large Profits
From Utilities
SQught-For Magnate Goes
Before House Committee
For Testifying
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13. - () -
Assertions that he or his associates
had taken profits of $2,800,000 in de-
pression years when stock dividends
were being passed were labelled a
"distortion" today by H. C. Hopson,
who controls the Associated Gas and
Electric Co.
Hopson made that statement be-
fore the House Rules Committee af-
ter describing inquiries about his in-
come as "unfair" and "prying."
The Senate Lobby Committee had
received testimony from S. C. Ross,
accountant for the New York state
utility investigation, that Hopson or
his associates had collected $2,800,-
Asserting that was largely a repe-
tition of testimony given before the
New York investigating committee,
Hopson said:
"That is sch a mass of misstate-
ment, distortion and so forth, that I
wouldn't even make an effort to go
into it at this time.''
A Senate committee investigator
was waiting for Hopson with a sub-
pena when the house committee's
morning session ended. The utilities
executive, however, was herded
aboard an elevator and other persons
kept off.
Among those who failed to get
within reaching distance of Hopson
was the Senate man with his subpena
directing Hopson to appear befor
the Black Committee.
The House hearing was recessed
subject to the call of the chair, and
Hopson was instructed to keep him-
self in readiness to testify again.
Hopson had been sought for some
time in conection with the lobby in-
One 'Valjean'
Meets Another
At Prison Door
Two Escaped Killers Turn
Themselves Over After
Living Model Lives
LANSING, Aug. 13. - (P) - Two
state prisons swung their gates today
- one to release a prisoner who vol-
untarily paid his debt to society and
the other to receive a man from whom
the state will demand the same pay-
The State Prison of Southern Mich-
igan released Ralph Thompson, con-
victed killer, who prison records show,
escaped from Marquette Branch
Prison, married, and became a model
citizen in Cleveland, and who gave
himself up after 13 years of freedom.
The Michigan Reformatory at Ionia
received Nathan Corlew, who escaped
in 1922, stole the deputy warden's
car and $40 and disappeared. Corey,
like Thompson, married and created
a good name for himself while evad-
ing his prison sentence.
Thompson was sentenced to serve
a life term for the killing of his land-
lord, Henry Picotte, in Ontonagon
County; in 1916 and escaped in 1920.
In 1933, threatened by a former pris-
on acquaintance who recognized him,
returned to prison.
Recently Gov. Fitzgerald, in view
of his rehabilitation, commuted his
sentence to 6%Y2 to 25 years, making
him eligible for immediate parole.
He left the prison today to return

to his job, his wife and six step-
Police arrested Corlew in Muncie,
Ind., and communicated with reform-
atory authorities. He has a wife and
stepson. Corlew's attorney wrote
Gov. Fitzgerald that he had been em-
ployed in a position of trust where
thousands of dollars passed through
his hands. He was sentenced in Ea-
ton Circuit Court, Sept. 10, 1921, to
serve one to 14 years in the reform-
atory for forgery. He was paroled
Aug. 16, 1922, violated his parole, and
was returned to prison Nov. 25, 1922.
He served until his escape.
Corlew's attorney wrote the Gov-
ernor that his case closely paralleled
the story of Jean Valjean in Victor
Hugo's "Les Miserables." Thompson
already had been tagged with the
title "Michigan's modern Jean Val-
jean." Gov. Fitzgerald was asked to
extend executive clemency to Corlew.
Schiller-Mayer Betrothal
Announced At Luncheon
An engagement of interest to Uni-
versity students is that Dorothy
Schiller, daugher of Mr. and Mrs.
George Schiller, Ann Arbor, to Henry
Mayer. Mr. Mayer is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Mayer, Ann Ar-
The announcement was made at
a luncheon given by Mrs. William
Skinner Saturday at the Haunted

T heir Romance

-Associated Press Photo.
Fresh impetus to rumors that Jean Harlow, platiiun-haired screen j
actress, and William Powell, also of the films, will be married was given
when the two were discovered ina Santa Barbara, Cal., store shopping
for pots and pans.
Shilohs Famed Drummer Boy
Marches To His 84-th Birthday

Rumored Again

Hitler Trains
Storm Troops
Against Foes
Emasculated In Notorious
Purge, Troops Now To
Fight Church,_Jews
BERLIN, Aug. 13.-(P)-The Storm
Troops, after a year's eclipse, are be-
ing reorganized as a quality unit of
Nazi defense against the "state en-
emies" of Semitism and . "political
The fate of the Reich's Steel Hel-
met veterans meanwhile became in-
creasingly uncertain.
That something is going to happen
to the Steel Helmets, whose leader
is Franz Seldte, minister of labor, was
indicated by publication of the bare
announcement -that Reichsfuehrer
Hitler had discussed their future with
The discussion was regarded as
highly significant in that the Steel
Helmets are now held "reactionaries"
and "questionable characters." As
such, they are forbidden to join the
Storm Troops or Sturm Abteiung,
new standard bearers of the Hitler
policies .
Victor Lutze is leading the Storm
Troopers, who are rebuilding the or-
ganization by eliminating all but
"idealist fighters."
The housecleaning of the Storm
Troopers was ordered a year ago
to "purge" it of Communist members.
The troopers continued to regard
themselves as the backbone of the
National Socialist thought, but their
functions were restricted.
Nazi circles recently decided they
had been too bluntly alienated, and
realignment was begun.
Lutze said the revamping has been
careful. The troopers are given thor-
ough instruction in their weekly meet-
ings and ordered to carry on the
campaign against Jews and "political
A reliable informant said the troop-
ers are urged to remember that "it
isn't enough to be anti-Semitic, but
you must learn to hate Jews."
An increase of anti-Jewish pla-
cards is noticeable here, especially on
private automobiles.
Kenneth Johnston lost a watch
near Phillipsburgh, Kas., eight years
ago. Recently his brother Donald,
while plowing, found the watch. It
still runs.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13. - ( P) -
Deep in the southland, against which
he fought as a youngster, the "drum-
mer boy of Shiloh," now Brig. Gen.
John Lincoln Clem, U. S. A., retired,
today will observe his 84th birthday.
Idolized for decades as a childhood
hero, he is now in retirement at San
Antonio, Tex., War Department re-
cords say.
The events which will keep him
probably forever on the pages of
American history began when the 10-
year-old youngster ran away from
his Newark, O., home to enlist.
Union army recruiting officers
laughed at the earnest-faced boy and
more than once his irate father
marched him home. Undiscouraged,
Johnny ran away again, attached
himself to the 22nd Michigan regi-
ment and refused to leave.
Amused soldiers admired his
"spunk" and fed him until the regi-
ment's colonel agreed in May, 1862,
to enroll him as a drummer boy, the
youngest in. the Union army.
Johnny was a born fighter.
At Shiloh, the records say, he was
in the thick of battle drumming a
charge when a bursting shell wrecked
his drum and knocked him fiat.
Johnny leaped to his feet, seized a
musket and blazed away at the ene-
At Chicamauga he again disting-
uished himself. Union forces were
retreating and Johnny, hampered by
short legs and his drum, dropped be-
A Confederate , colonel overtook
him, started in amazement at the
impish figure before him, then
laughed. His chuckle was shortlived.

Johnny raised his sawed-off rifle
and shot him through the chest.
The remainder of Johnny's war
days were far from quiet. -He was
wounded at Atlanta while carrying
dispatches and was held prisoner for
two months after his company was


McNamee, Hit By
Box Racer, Still

In Bedc

AKRON, O., Aug. 13. - (R)- Gra-
ham McNamee and Tom Manning,
radio announcers injured Sunday
when they were struck by a tiny racer
in a national Soap Box derby, still
were patients in the city hospital
Physicians said MacNamee was
under observation for a possible brain
Hospital attendants said Manning
was suffering from a strained back.
They indicated McNamee may be
able to leave the hospital Wednesday
but that Manning will be confined

State and Liberty -,
Watch Repairing.


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Aging 'Toy Bulldog'
Still Has A Punch
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 13. - () -
There are still plenty of teeth left
in the toy bulldog from Rumson.
Mickey Walker demonstrated that
fact last night by blasting out a two-
round knockout win over Lou Poster,
Pottstown, Pa., puncher, in the sec-
ond bout of his comeback campaign.
Of course, the once mighty bulldog,
two-weight champion, doesn't fight
with the fury of the days when he
was tearing through the, middle-
weight ranks, and he's somewhat
flabbier now than he was then - but
he can still hit.
A sell-out crowd of 11,000 fans,
largest of the season, saw him whip
over a vicious left hand smash- a
typical Walker left hand -that put
Poster away for the count in 28 sec-
onds of the second round, despite the
fact that Mickey, who scaled at 173,
gave away 10 pounds.
Walker was vastly improved over'
his first comeback start, a couple of
weeks ago, when Jimmy Anderson
outpointed him in New York. Before
last night's fight, Mickey had said
he would hang up his gloves forever
if he lost - but he won, so he'll go
right on throwing leather.l
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