CALIFORNIA: Queen Helen

The difference between "clean and dirty practical politics" was the point the jury had to say it understood last fortnight before it began hearing evidence of criminal wrongdoing against Mrs. Helen M. Werner of Los Angeles.

Practical politics in Los Angeles have produced no more colorful figure than plump, blonde Mrs. Helen (''Queen Helen") Werner, who was an apple-cheeked Tennessee mountain girl when she went West to make good. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1920 when she married Erwin P. ("Pete") Werner, an indifferently successful lawyer, who she determined would...

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