Detroit (Mar. 31)
Sapiro’s $1,000,000 libel suit against Ford will go on and Mr. Ford’s testimony will be taken when he is able to come to court, was the statement made here today by Henry Gallagher, counsel for Sapiro.
Police here are scouting theories that Mr. Ford’s accident was part of a plot to assassinate him. Many rumors to this effect were heard throughout the city today but none of them could be verified.
Henry Ford’s condition at the Henry Ford Hospital where he is confined since his auto accident of last Sunday was today reported as favorable.
The trial proceeded as if nothing had happened. Mr. Ford has not attended court during the nearly three weeks of the trial, and there remain several weeks more of testimony which can be adduced without his presence.
Should Sapiro’s side be completed with the exception of interrogation of Mr. Ford, Gallagher said he intended to ask that the defense proceed with its case, the prosecution breaking in for Mr. Ford’s testimony when he is able to appear.
Gallagher denied emphatically that Mr. Ford’s testimony would be taken by deposition or that the trial would be concluded without his appearance on the witness stand.
That time, at the earliest, is two weeks off, according to a bulletin from the hospital. The injured manufacturer must remain there in complete rest for a fortnight, according to Dr. McClure, chief surgeon of the Henry Ford Hospital.
The dispatch published yesterday that the Board of Regents had made a ruling providing for academic credits to high school students for outside work in Bible study gave a misleading impression, according to Dr. Harold G. Campbell, Associate Superintendent of Schools in charge of high schools. Such credits for some years have been allowed to students who pass a satisfactory examination in the Bible as literature, he said, just as they have been allowed for outside work in Hebrew and other subjects.
George E. Macdonald, editor of “The Truth Seeker”, and Joseph Lewis, of the Freethinkers’ Society, pointed out that there was nothing new in the system of outside credits for such work, and that the study of the Bible as literature for such additional credits involved no question of introducing religion in the public schools.
If, however, Mr. MacDonald said, credits were given for Bible study from the point of view of religious, moral and ethical training it would constitute an evasion of the law providing for the separation of civil and religious education and would result in “bootlegging religion into the schools.”
Louis Levy, a member of the New York Stock Exchange since 1899, retired yesterday.
Magistrate Joseph E. Corrigan has been designated to conduct the inquiry into police graft in the recent fur strike, Chief Magistrate McAdoo announced.
The charges which brought about the investigation were made by Matthew Woll, Vice-President of the American Federation of Labor, who headed a committee appointed to reorganize the furriers’ union. He submitted evidence which he said indicated payments were made to the policemen during the recent strike.