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Subject: [Bklyn] Brooklyn Standard Union - March 23, 1931 - DEATH - NEWS - MARRIAGE
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 19:40:09 EST

Astoria Man at Wheel as Car Skids 150 Feet in Yonkers

Four persons were dead and several others were suffering injuries today as
the result of a wild ride down a steep grade at Yonkers in an overcrowded
automobile which ended when the car skidded 150 feet, jumped the curb and
crashed into two trees.
Miss Betty SALLY, 725 Tenth avenue, Manhattan, the only person to escape
injury, said the foot accelerator stuck as they reached the decline and Henry
FYFE, the driver, of 2411 Forty-first street, Astoria, lost control of the
car. Police blamed the accident on overcrowding.
The dead were:
Fred SALLY, 35, 1148 Thirty-first avenue, Astoria;
Mrs. Mary SALLY, 30, wife of Fred;
Thomas BYRNES 32, 531 West Forty-ninth street, Manhattan;
Rose MURPHY, 505 West Fifty-second street, Manhattan;
Joseph ROSCELLO, 28, 720 Tenth avenue, Manhattan;
Frank KING, 25, 515 West Fiftieth street, Manhattan;
Anthony SALLY, 28, 715 Tenth avenue, Manhattan.
None of the injured was in a serious condition.

Police today are closely investigating the story told by Joseph DE CANIO,
collector for the Borden's Milk company, who reported yesterday afternoon
that he was held up and robbed by two men who accosted him on Freeman avenue
between Hancock street and Vernon boulevard, Long Island City. He claims that
$160 in collections was taken from him.
DE CANIO, who lives at 35-15 Vernon boulevard, Long Island City, said that he
was walking along the street when two men in a Chevrolet sedan jumped out of
the car, stuck guns in his ribs and relieved him of the $160 in cash. He gave
part of a license number which he obtained, 7N-12-5___. A checkup of all cars
near that number showed that none of the cars was stolen.

Two men, both found wandering in the neighborhood of South Fifth street and
Bedford avenue, are in Greenpoint Hospital suffering from wounds which, they
say, were inflicted by unidentified assailants. The men, found within a short
time, say they do not know each other and insist they were not together when
they were attacked.
Alfred ACHBEL, 48, of 229 South Ninth street, was found at South Fifth street
and Bedford avenue with blood streaming from his head. He said he was beaten
by a man he never saw before. Besides the wounds on his head, his body showed
signs of being kicked and beaten. His condition is serious.
A short time later, Murray LANDSMAN, 20, of 717 East Sixth street, Flatbush,
was found at 278 South Fifth street, which is near Bedford avenue, also
beaten about the head and body. AT Greenpoint Hospital, LANDSMAN said he had
no idea who beat him or why he was attacked. LANDSMAN had been knifed in the
back and his scalp was cut badly.
Neither ACHBEL nor LANDSMAN could give an accurate description of his

Plans Announced for Quiet marriage to Melvyn DOUGLAS, Leading Man

Helen Mary GAHAGAN, star of "Tonight or Never," now playing at the Belasoc
Theatre, Manhattan, and Melvyn DOUGLAS, leading man in the same play, will be
married quietly on Easter Sunday, April 5, at the GAHAGAN home, 17 Prospect
Park west, according to present plans.
Miss GAHAGAN'S father, Walter H. GAHAGAN, a prominent contractor and builder,
died a few months ago.
The announcement for the forth coming marriage was made yesterday by Mrs.
Walter H. GAHAGAN, mother of the actress, to set a rest rumors regarding the
engagement and wedding.
Miss GAHAGAN, who is 30 years old, has sponsored many concerts for Berkeley
Institute of which she is a graduate. She attended Barnard College and made
her Broadway debut in 1922 in "Manhattan". She was hailed as "the coming
Barrymore" when she appeared in "Dreams for Sale" not long after. Other plays
in which she has been seen are "Fashions for Men," "Chains," "Leah Kleschna,"
The Sapphire Ring," "The Enchanted Cottage," "Young Woodley" and revivals of
"Trelawney of the Wells" and "Diplomacy."
Last year Miss GAHAGAN returned from Europe following several years of
intensive operatic study. Possessing a vibrant soprano voice, she appeared in
"Tosca," "Manon" and "Aida" in opera houses in Germany, Italy and
Czechoslovakia. She made her concert debut at the Academy of Music shortly
after her return from Europe.
Mrs. DOUGLAS was born in Macon, Ga., and is a graduate of the University of
Nebraska. He appeared with various stock companies, including the Jesse
Bonstelle organization, before he was seen here under the management of
William A. BRADY in "A Free Soul."

transcribed for the Brooklyn Info Page by Mary Davis

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