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MARCH 14, 1935 public "Ledger Pt in tha o c __ht MANNERS was very much ~lth Mary Lascelles, of and proposed orphan and lived witlt but for some un- reason he opposed the Who was one of the beau- neighborhood, was very and in deference consented to post- for an indefinite is very likely to be and George Manners ever des!rous of rank- s wife. frequently, and Iners called unexpected- suit. Was not at home at the consented to wait between the two men one. to an adjoining room, emerged, twenty min- had a very flushed Lascelles wore a determination. the suitor offered to With Lascelles, but was the house he freed his You f6r the hand of your last time. I have tried nay patience is at an tlme we meet the te- a little different." naturally distracted at the two men she as tnorose and silent for then he took his hat ten o'clock that night to the door of the cot- them the dead and Lascelles. shock and ~ary But before she had George Manners came his face and hands )toed. be had found the body sent the men home remained to try to to the tragedy. were all against 'body was positive that Lascelles, and it that the evidence one who accepted his of innocence and that the sister of the in her power for but in spite of that cted and condemned to the devoted girl did not Worked until she had for the man she she enlisted the services and set about the seem- task of securing evi- exonerate Manners. curious and shock- the crime was the fact tad bad been cut from Lascelles. a costly sapphire ring In the habit of wear- the missing hand had the trial of ~o= PAGE FIVE ners, and when rhe detective---James Shropshire--began his belated task he kept this fact steadily in mind. Wllat had become of the hand con- tainin~ tim sal)phire ring? That was the question he asked Mmself, nor once but a hundred times. The first clue that he obtained was in the nature of footprints around the Laseelles home. Although ninny weeks lind pushed, Shropshire found footprints in the grass. These prints were .carefully meas- ured, as they did not correspond with the size of Manners' shoes. The detective sought the village shoemaker and learned that they were about the size of the shoes worn by a farmer named James Parker. More than this, the footprints when followed led to the house of this man. An examination of his barn dis- closed a knife that had been hidden in one of the stalls. There was a loose board in the floor of the barn, and when this was re- moved the detective found the miss- ing hand buried in the earth. Parker, confronted with the evi- dence, confessed that he had mur- dered Lascelles. He said he had been tempted by the sapphire ring, glistening in the moonlight, and thai; being unable to get it off, had severed the hand from the arm. He was tried and condemned and soon after that George Manners and Mary Laseelles were married. WNU Service. Chriatina Queen of Sweden Christina, Queen of Sweden, was born December 8, 1626, and ascended the throne upon the death of her fa- ther, Gustavus Adolphus, in 1632. Un- til 1644 she reigned under a regency headed by the Chancellor Oxenstierna, and she was crowned in October, 1650. She was notorious for her amours but was generally a benevolent ruler. Scleuce Witnesses Evolution Scientists are now permitted to see evolution In actuat progress because of the discovery ot red quail on a southern game pre::erve. This brick red specimen of the ordinary bob- white is exactly like the rest of the family except as to color. This sub- species breeds true to color even when mated with the usual brown and white birds. It is the first time that natural evolution has ever been witnessed and consequently scientists are keeping a close watch on the birds.~--Pathfinder Magazine. New Sleeping Luxury Ceiba fiber, the product of a tropical tree already widely used for insulating purposes, now bids fair to replace wool and down in the manufacture of bed quilts and comforters. Tests have proven it to be 22 per cent more effi- cient than wool for this purpose and as light in weight as the softest down. In addition this material is said to be naturally moth-proof and resistant to odors and does not have a tendency to "ball up" In the cleaning process as do ordinary comfortable fillers. Iron Age Relics Are Found Relics of an early iron age have been found In the caves at Ballintoy, northern Ireland, by a group of arche- ologists under Dr. J. Wilfrld Jackson of the Manchester museum. The most remarkable and unique find was a roughly finished female figure in baked clay, which was similar to some of the clay figures of Crete and other Med- lterr'mean places of ancient times. A fireplace, built of large water-worn stones was unearthed at a depth of six feet. It was partially surrounded by a wall of similar stones. Among the worked bones were plercers and needles, including a very fine polished needle about two inches long, with a perfectly formed eye. PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE GETS READY FOR SEASON "Play Ball!" is the shout that will soon ring out as the clubs of the Pa- cific Coast League are going into spring training to prepare for the sea- son's opening on Saturday, April 6. An innovation is going to be offered the diamond fans this year in having split-series each week. Teams will play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs- day and new teams will move in for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The opening series will find Holly- wood playing Los Angeles at Wrigley Field; Missions vs. Seals at San Fran- cisco; Beavers vs. Oaks at Oakland and Indians vs. Senators at Sacra-. mento. Prospects are bright for revived in- terest in baseball. All the teams have strengthened with new players and in- terest added. The feature is undoubt- edly the return of Frank "Lefty" O'Doul from the Giants to manage the Seals. Here is a real hero returning home, and one of the most colorful and popular players ever to perform in the Coast League. Oscar Vitt switched to his home town to manage the Oaks, and Frank Shellcnback, a Southern Californian, steps in to lead the Stars. There's a new and local ownership in Portland, with Buddy Ryan coming back as manager. Kettle Wirts at Sacramen- to is another new manager, and Jack Lclivelt holds forth again with the Angels, as does Dutch Rcuther with Seattle, and Gabby Street with the San Francisco Missions. The Seals have an attraction for their spring training games in that they will play the All Professional Japanese baseball team--the first rec- ord of another country taking up our national pastime in a professional way. Opening games will take place in San Francisco March 9 and 10. Lefty O'Doul, who is bringing in the All Japanese professionals, declares that they play class double A ball, and will give the Coast League clubs a battle. STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN AT GRADE CROSSINGS (The Catalina Islander today pre- sents another of a series of instruc- tive articles, based on recent court de2 cisions concerning motor vehicle oper- ation in California, as prepared by Ivan Kelso, Automobile Club of South- ern California Counsel). Grade crossing accidents arc much too frequent considering the measures to avoid them which have been taken by public authorities and by railroad officials. It must be that motorists are much too careless at such places. Mr. Justice Spcnce of the First Ap- pellate District Court has just written an opinion in a case where a collision occurred at a grade crossing at which the railroad company customarily maintained crossing gates and a flag- mail. On the occasion of this collision the flagman was temporarily absent and the crossing gates were not in use. A truck driver, noting this, started over the crossing without stopping, or looking carefully, or listening for ap- proaching trains, notwithstanding the view to his right was badly obstructed bv freight cars standing partly within the street. Justice Spence said a traveler may not blindly rely ut~on the customary safety devices and run upon the tracks w~thout exercisin~ any care whatever for his own safety; that "a rMlwav eross~n~ i~ ~tself a r~lace of dane:er and is an effectual warnlna" of, a w~rn;n~" which must always be heeded, and the exercise of ordi- narv care in travel~n~ over such a place is not excused by the ne~li~,'ent om{ssion of the railway coml~anv it- self to exercise reagnn.4ble care" In other words, we cannot justly com- plain of the carelessness of the ra~l- way company when we ourselves ,re careless. Alwavs Stor~--Tmnk--and Listen at a rMlwav grade crossing. -~---- :" O : -------- Catnlin~--"T. all the world no trip like this." SHOULD TIGHTEN UP EXPENDITURES NOW Twentv-two bills which wouht peT- mit Calffornia's political subdivisions to issue bonds without submitting the:n to the vote of the people have been introduced into the legislature, according to the finding of California Taxpayers' association's study of pro- posed legislation which will affect tax- payers. These twenty-two bills, according tc James Mussatti, executive secretary of the association, authorize the issu-, ancc of revenue bonds for lmrposes running all the way from sewage and sanitary systems to the construction of homes. "These bills," said Mr. Mussatti,. "not only would make it easy to in- crease greatly the public indebtedness of California, but they would also en- large the powers of existing political subdivisions and would provide for the creation of new districts and public agencies at a time when the t~tx.Pay- ers are least able to pay." Pointing out that the present au- thorized public indebtedness against the people of California for federal, state and local purposes is $3,305,000,- 000, which is equal to about 50 per cent of the total taxable assessed value of the state, he declared that to make it possible to issue millions more without authorization of the people through the unsound political financial: device of revenue bonds wouht injure: the credit of the state and jeopardize the present standing of California's Imblic securities. "Easy methods of borrowing money arc the source el govermnental extravagance," Mr. Mns- satti stated. "The plight of many of the special assessment districts of Cal- ifornia stands as silent testimony to the, folly of making it easy to incur indebtedness. "The supersalesmanship that gave California its improvident organization of irrigation and reclamation districts would, under the revenue bond system, make an opportunity to promote pro- jects of all sorts, which eventually would add to the tax burden of all. Sinking ourselves under a load of public debt will not bring us out of the depression. This is no time for Cali- fornia to scrap the good provision of our Constitution which requires ap- proval of a two-thirds majority of the electors to sanction bond issues." --: O: PAY INCOME TAX BEFORE MARCH 15 John P. Carter, Collector of Inter- nal Revenue, has stated that taxpay- ers should make return and pay in- come tax before March 15th to avoid penalty for delinquency. Collector Earter also said that de- lay will have no bearing on the pub- licity feature of the law, as no pub- licity of returns will be made until after the filing period ends on March 15th: Returns not filed by that date will be penalized regardless of wheth: er the publicity section remains or is repealed. If it is repealed, no pub- licity of any return will be given out, no matter when it was filed. Collector Carter cautions all taxpay- ers not to be misled by unauthorized statements to delay filing their re- turns, until they have to pay a pen- alty for delinquency. He urges all persons to file their returns at once to avoid the last minute rush, and to avoid the danger of being late, and having to pay for it. ----------- : O : ~----- GAME FISH OF CATALINA Marlin Swordfish (Tctrapturus mitstt kurii). Broadbill Swordfis'h (Xiphias gladius). Dolphin (Corphaenus hippurus). Black Sea Bass (Stereolepls gigas). Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnns macrop- terus). Albacore (Thunnus alalonga). Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus). gcllowtail (Serioia dorsalis). California Bonito (Sarda chiliensis). White Sea Bass (Cynoscion noblia-). Ocean Bonito (Gymnosarda pelamys). ~" 0 : ----,---- OUr Adlet Colunm helps. Try it.