to your letter of November 23, 1932, asking for detailed information concerning
the grounds for denial of your application for pardon to restore civil rights,
you are advised as follows:
the course of the investigation in your case, information was received that
various person had made complaints to the Better Business Bureau, New York
City, that the American Heraldry Society was defrauding its members and receiving
money on represent tation (sic) that a book entitled Whos Who
in Heraldry would be published; that you were secretary of the Society
and responsible for the publication of the book; that neither you nor the
Society was in a position to publish it and you were using the money for
your own personal benefit.
Department is informed that this matter was taken up with the District
Attorneys office, New York County, and hearings were held in the District
Attorney's office. No complaint, however, had been filed, and inasmuch as
you promised to refrain from further activity in connection with the American
Heraldry Society, the matter was dropped.
was further represented that you conducted what was known the American
College of Chiropractics and the Chiropractors Protective
Association; that money was received by you from many chiropractors
which you pocketed and never did anything in return for the same. One of
the persons said to have been defrauded in the Whos Who in
Heraldry project was Rear Admiral George Barton who is said to have
paid you $250 for a copy of the book, but failed to receive it.
was also reported that you are using the Heraldry Societys rooms in
the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel as a sort of rendezvous for yourself and other
men where you met women of prominence, and wild drinking parties were held
there, in support of which it is alleged that your conduct, as above indicated,
was such that you were requested to move out of the hotel.
was also alleged that some time ago you kept company with a young woman,
with whom you maintained abnormal: sexual relations, with the result that
she was thereafter confined in a sanitarium (sic). A relative of this girl
was interviewed, and while he was indisposed to admit certain features of
the charge, his intense animosity toward you seemed to be based on some strongly
concerning your past deportment and activities during the past two or three
years are favourable to your plea for pardon, but in view of matters above
referred to and your background of your record prior to and in connection
with your conviction for dealing in narcotics, it is not believed that the
situation would justify the granting of a fall pardon to restore civil rights.