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.The Paid Circulation Average Paid Sunday Circulation for February, 272,956 of THE DENVER POST Yesterday Was 157,558 tTHE DENVER I 36 PAGES I DENVER, COLO., SATURDAY, MARCH VOL. 47--N0. 235 LA EXTRA COMPLETE N EWS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION Morgenthau Urges Cut in Security Tax Washington, March 24.--(A. P.)--Secretary Morgenthau, speaking in behalf of "business recovery," proposed Friday to lift from "American productive enterprise" the burdens of tax in- creases in the old-age insurance system. "At the present stage of business recovery," he told the house ways and means committee, st " :" Inightbe well to change the payroil HITLER RETURNS1 tax schedule to keep tile levies lower than had been scheduled for the next three years. "In periods of incomplete business recovery like the present," he said in testimony giving treasury approv- al to proposals advanced particularly by businessmen, "the contributory old-age insurance system should be so financed as to have the least pos- sible deterring effect on business." So BY NEWSBOYS IN DENVER 6o on Trains and Out of Denver SUNDAY IOn By Carrier or Mail, Daily and Sunday, $1 Monte () 25, 1939 T Takes His Own Life After WITH NO MORE RAIDS IN SIGHT Paid Circulation of the unday Post in Denver and suburl)an territory ,,ow voraget 108,546 atid it Is continuously sroing. B00tNKER TELLS VIVID STORY DURAND Slaying Clerk In P0well i ' Powell, Wyo., March 24.--Earl Durand, 26, mad killer of five men, fired a shot into his own head with a pistol Friday afternoon and died as he failed in a fantastically bold attempt to rob the First National bank here. Durand, for whom 300 peace officers were searching on Sawtooth mountain at the time, was felled by a shot fired by Tipton Cox, Pow ell youth, as the outlaw backed out of the bank, rldragging its president, R. A. Nelson, and Maurice Knut. quickly and we were so excited I can't remember much else." ur t (By BOB NELSON.) (President of the llrst National Bank of Powell.) Powell, Wyo., March 24.--(A. P.)--The front door of our bank was open Friday about 1:30 p. m., when in stepped Earl Durand, the Tarzon whom all the possemen had been hunting. I had known him for years. He said "Hello Nelson." He looked a bit wild but his hair, that he usually wore long, had been cut some time this winter. There were four of us bank employes there and five custom- ers, two of whom I remember, Dr. J. C. Stahn and a farmer, Harry Hecht. The other bank employes were John Gawthrop, teller; Maurice Knudson, the cashier, and Edgar Swallow, the vice presi- dent. "Stick up your hands," Durand said. He had a six-shooter in his holster and a .30-.30 rifle in his hands and his pockets bulged "Open it up," Durand said again, and he started shooting with his rifle. He never shot at any of us, just kept on shooting around the build- ing. He knocked out the windows and fired into the walls, q While he was in the bank I guess he shot at least forty or fifty times. Welt, when Knudson was having trouble with the vault he said: "Open that up or I'll plug you." :Knudson said he couldn't. (Turn to Page S--Col. 7.) with ammunition. "I won't kill you if yoU do what I say but no monkey business," said Durand. "Get over here and line up." He made us all--the whole nine bf us--line up against the wall, with our faces to it. Then he scooped up all the cash in the cash drawers, about $2,000 or $3,000, into some money bags. "Get over here and open the safe," he commanded next. He took Cashier Knudson over to the vault, and the outside was open. son, the cashier, tied together in front Of him as a shield. Tipton Cox, 17, walking along  the street near the bank, heard a shot and saw Durand backing out holding 111' 1' IT a cord with which he had bound R. A. Nelson, president, KILLIRUI and Maurice Knutson, cashier, whom he was holding" in front of i him as a shield. The youth dashed across to a filling station, and as he and the attendant lay on the floor, the attendant passed a rifle to Cox and the youth fired, the shot striking Durand in the chest. Cox said Durand released his hold on the cord binding Nelson and Knutson, staggered and fell back inside the bank lobby. He attempted to rise on his elbows, but drew a pistol and fired a shot from his own gun into his head. Nelson burst the cord binding him to Knutson, grasped a pistol handed to him by someone else in the bank and fired another shot into Durand's neck. The mad killer lay still. He had killed John Gawthrop, young bank clerk, as he backed out the doorway, apparently believing Gawthrop was about to fire on him. Edgar Swallow, ce president, and Gawthrop had watched helplessly as Durand bound Nelson and Knutson and started out lhe doorway, carrying an undetermined amount of cash he had seized" The entire community quickly gathered and Coroner Ray Eas- ton took charge of the desperado's body to conduct an inquest. "'Put Up Your Hands: 1 Want , That Money," Durand Orders. Nelson said Durand entered the lobby during the noon hour, unshaven, dressed in blue overalls and a heavy canvas jacket and carrying a deer rifle. "He said, 'put up your hands--I want that money'," Nelson related shakily. "We recognized him instantly and knowing he was desperate, gave him the money in the cages. He stuffed the sack of money inside his jacket, then bound Knudson and me to- gether and started backing toward the door. It all happened so County Attorney Ray Steadman, sitting in. the sheriff's of- fice at Cody, received the telephone call from City Treasurer Clyde Ellidge of Powell, notifying him that Durand had been killed. Steadman turned to Undersheriff Noah Riley, whose head still is bandaged from the wound Durand inflicted with a milk bottle when he escaped from the Cody jail the night of March 16. When Steadman told the deputy what had occurred, Riley burst into tears and wept hysterically. He has remained at his post, altho i still dangerously ill from a concussion. Attorney Identifies Durand and Says He Can Never Forget Face. Steadman hurried to Powell by aulomobile and as he strode into the bank lobby and stopped to look down at Dnrand's body, he gazed long, then remarked grimly: "That face is so impressed on my memory that I'll never forget it. That's Durand, all right. I'm glad he's dead. It's hard to say that about anyone, but in this case I can't help it." News of Durand's death was broadcast by short wave radio immediately to the base camp radio on Bear Tooth mountain, where Sheriff Frank Blackburn and thirteen chosen sharpshooters had been searching since dawn or Durand, with bloodhounds nif- fins futilely for his trail. Durand, meanwhile, had jumped unexpectedly out of a thicket in Clark's Fork canon and confronted Harry Moore of.Cody, a radio operator for the posse, and a companion of Moore named Simpson, forcing them to take him by automobile to Deaver, then to an abandoned coal mine five miles north of PoweI1, where he put them out of the car and drove on. Verne St. John, owner of a Powell drugstore, said Durand en. tered the bank with his gun exposed, walked to a teller's window and scooped up all the loose cash. "I ran out to the door of the store when I beard a shot," St, John said. "My store is right across the street from the bank. "They were shooting at Durand from the inside and from the street. I saw him drop to the sidewalk just outside the door. He Specifically, Morgenthau presented three - alternative proposals to cut down the tax rate now planned for employers and employes alike in the near future. MORGENTHAU GETS SUPPORT OF ROOSEVELT. At the White house, President oosevelt backed up Morgenthau's suggestions and said the administra- tion was working on a change in the social security reserve provision, with the view of restricting this fund to a protective amount sufficient only to take care of old*age pay- ments over a period of from three to five years. Roosevelt told his press conference the existing reserve provision had been properly criticized because it involved the possibility of an unlim- ited reserve. He added, however, that it was not true the government was going to build up a 40-billion-dollar reserve. Morgenthau gave his testimony (Turn to Page 17 --Col. I.) The POStMAinTelephone2121 : THE WEATHER 'Tis a Privilege to Live in Colorado, Friday--Sun rose in Denver at 5:57 a, m. Sun sets in Denver at 6:16 p. m. There are 12 hours and 19 minutes of sunlight in Denver Friday, four minutes more than on Thursday. Highest temperature in Denver on Thursday, 66; lowest temperature on Thursday night, 46. Denver and Vicinity (radlur, 20 G e r m a n y Expected to Take Recess as New Ter- ritory lsConsolidated. Berlin, March 24.--(A. P.)--Adolf Hitler returned to Berlin Friday from his triumphal journey to Memel, his latest acquisition, entering the i capital of his expanding realm with- tour the fanfare of previous home- comings. The special train which brought the reichsfuehrer from Swinemuende, his Baltic naval base where he had landed from the pocket battleship Deutschland, reached Berlin at 1:30 P'Is Nazi followers saw in develop- ments of the two days since Hitler left for his battleship dash across the Baltic to Memel significant new ac- cretions to the strength of greater Germany. Incorporation of Memelland into greater Germany and negotiation of a Rumanian trade treaty have clinched the last links in a band of fiendly neighbors along Germany's (Turn to Page 10--Col. I.) SUIT PROPOSED OVER SPENDING OF STATE FUNDS miles) -- Partly  Illegal Payments on Lower Cnightl o u dand y F rsatur.I day Bedford and Annear Accused of day; little change in t e m p erature; I o w e s t 1 r r i day  Appropriations. night about 42 de- grees; Sunday, fair. I A civil suit to recover $94,817 from Shippers' Fore- cast (radius 250 State Auditor Homer F. Bedford, for- miles)--Protect shipments next 36 hours from temperatures as follows: NOrth, 30 degrees; east, 35 degrees; south, 40 degrees; west, 35 degrees; mountain passes, 20 degrees. C o 1 o r a d o--Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday; little change in temperature; Sunday, fair. Wyoming  Generally fair Friday night and Saturday; little change in temperature; Sunday, partly cloudy. Kansas -- Considerable cloudiness and unsettled Saturday. Nebraska--Generally fair Satur- day. New MeXiCo--Unsettled Friday night; Saturday, partly cloudy. Montana--Generally fair F r i d a y night and Saturday; Sunday, partly cloudy. North Dakota--Partly cloudy Sat- urday. South Dakota--Generally fair Sat- urday, ADDITIONAL WEATHER IORTa ON I'G ,t COLUMN e.' mer state treasurer, and former State Auditor Thomas Annear which they paid out the first eighteen months of the current biennium on third, fourth and 'fifth class appropriations is asked in a memorial measure to the attorney general scheduled to be introduced in the house of represen- tatives late Friday. Representative A. B. Bailey of San- ford, Republican, said both Bedford and Annear had violated the state law on appropriations by paying out state money on these classes whm there was not enough money in the general fund to pay even first and second class appropriations. While Bailey's memorial, which if passed will be an order to Attorney General Byron G. Rogers to take ac- .(Tum to l'age e--. 1, Z.). Today's Pictures Today .... -" Reach m":e Bodies o, ,wo 00,eo00a, d.,u,,, were shot down Wednesday evening by I n ey , Earl Durand, Wyoming :'Tarzan" killer, when a posse attempted to rout him from a natural rock fortress in northern Wyoming. The body of Orville Linabary had fallen across the legs of the body of Arthur Argento, as shown here. Durand had slipped down during the night, stripped the shoes from one body and taken the leather laces from the boots of the other. One of the boots may be seen in the middle of the picture. The men standing around are members of the posse. Durand killed himself after he had been wounded in an attempt to rob the bank at Powell. ,Associated Press Wirephoto crawled back part way on his hands and knees. Then he took his own life with one of the revolvers he carried." The shooting occurred just as a posse of picked sharpshooters were working their way to the top of Sawtooth mountain, where they believed Durand had fled after breaking away from a natural fortress in adjacent ridges. He had held more than 100 men at bay while in the fortress and had shot and killed two of the possemen who sought to oust him. When it was learned Thursday afternoon that be had fled the fortress, the search was started. But Durand, wily in the ways of mountain tr&ers, did not flee into the wild country where they would be certain to look or him. Instead, he doubled back to his home country--the Powell flats. While the outlaw was staging his t bank holdup in Powell, the posse of [camp gave rise to a report that the Sheriff Frank Blackburn was far  had trapped Durand there. up in the Sawtooth mountain. Shots/ The posse, which left Friday morn- heard from the mountain at the base I (Turn to Page 3--43oL 13 ---4 Ex-Colorado Boy 'Feels Sick' After Shooting Durand " (By TTON COX.) Powell, Wyo., March 24.--(A. P.)--I shot Earl Durand today, It was a good thing to do, I guess, but I feel sort of sick about it now. When it was all over he was bloody from head to foot. I am 17. I am a junior in the Powell high school. I was walking back to school after dinner when I saw a lot of people running and milling around dnwn the He turned then and sarted shoot- street. Somebody yelled at me from Otis Routlette's filling station: "Get inside the filling station be- fore you get shot. Earl Durand's in the bank." I ran inside the station. There were six or seven men inside the station. Just after I got inside, shooting started inside the bank and we all ducked down. Roulette took down a .30.30 rifle from a shelf and loaded it with shells. We were ducked down and cramped together. I was kneeling just inside the filling station door. I saw Durand come out to the bank door. He stood in the door and shot across the street into the drugstore down the street away from ins at the station. :Roulette handed me the rifle. I was kneeling inside the station door. I aimed. I pulled the trigger. I hit hirn, .in the breast, I think, and Durand stumbled back inside the bank. There, they tell me, Durand shoe himself in the head with his pistol and then Bob Allen picked up Dur- end's rifle and shot him in the head, too. I went in the bank afterwards and saw him. He looked awful. I feel pretty sick right now, It was the first time I ever shot at i anytme. I live on a ranch eight miles aboxe Cody with my folks, Mr and Mrs. E R. Cox. But I stay in Powell when I go to school We used to live in Colorado, aL Delhi, down by I Junta. We moved to the ranch up here in i934.