Boston (Nov. 19)
Evading questions put by Reuben Lurie, counsel for the Artkino Guild in its libel suit against the Industrial Defense Association, Edward H. Hunter, executive secretary of the group, yesterday displayed a weak memory where details of the working of the organization were concerned.
He admitted that Harry A. Jung, notorious Chicago anti-Semite and disseminator of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” is on the board of directors of the Industrial Association.
Hunter declared he could produce no bound records of the organization, but only loose papers none of which bear any signatures.
Other papers called for “are missing or can’t be found,” Hunter stated.
George Krasker, manager of the Fine Arts Theatre, the plaintiff, named many prominent Yankee blue-bloods as patrons of the Artkino, which Hunter, in a report, had called “Communistic” and “corrupting to the morals of American youth.”
Krasker pointed out that the pictures produced by Artkino, in addition to being shown at Symphony Hall and the Fine Arts, were also shown at the Coolidge estate, the Pitman estate, at an American Legion affair and for the Christmas basket fund.
On further cross-examination Hunter named a “Mr. Lee” as president of the Industrial Defense Association for a certain year, although evidence introduced from records showed there was no president.