New developments in Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen's investigation of the Brooklyn bail-bond racket are promised today with convicted bail racketeer Max Lippe hauled into Brooklyn Supreme Court on a contempt charge stemming from his refusal to testify before a grand jury in a matter involving bribery of "a former public official whose name has not been mentioned heretofore in the investigation." Lippe appeared with yet another in a long string of prominent attorneys engaged as his defense. The man who is said to have been "a key figure bossing Brooklyn courts for years" is now represented by Milton Hertz, recently prominent as the attorney defending abortion racketeer/extortionist Dr. Abraham Ditchik. Lippe has previously been represented by former Assistant District Attorney Hyman Barshay, who successfully defended Police Lieutenant Cuthbert J. Behan in his criminal trial, and by Burton B. Turkus, who has since himself become an Assistant District Attorney under William O'Dwyer, and who withdrew from Lippe's case on the eve of the trial. Two key informants in the Brooklyn Murder-for-Hire case were to have themselves become victims of that gang in early February. So reveals District Attorney William O'Dwyer, who states that Anthony "Duke" Maffatore and Abe "Pretty" Levine were to have been rubbed out on order of Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss, who had marked them as "weak sisters" in the organization. O'Dwyer revealed that he had the men picked up before the order to eliminate them could be carried out. Twelve jurors and two alternates are ready to hear the case against seventeen Christian Front members charged with seditious conspiracy against the government, after being subjected to "blistering examination" of their personal political and religious beliefs and affiliations, and reading and radio-listening habits. Mrs. Helen R. Titus of 220 E. 18th Street, who had never been a courtroom before she was selected for jury duty, was appointed jury foreman, after the previous potential foreman was dismissed from the jury following examination. Among the questions asked potential jurors concerned their attitudes towards Jews and toward anti-Semites, their attitudes toward the Irish Republican Army, and their attitudes toward those of Irish ancestry. In his opening statement to the jury this morning, Assistant US Attorney Harold Kennedy stressed that the Christian Front itself is not on trial in the case, nor is race or religion on trial, but that he will prove that defendant Gerald Bishop, whom he will prove is in the country illegally, along with Brooklyn Christian Front leader John F. Cassidy, conspired to organize a "rifle and pistol club" to conceal their true purpose, and that the remaining defendants knowingly joined this club in order to receive "military training." Defense attorney Leo Healy declared in his opening statement that he will prove that the "conspiracy" is in fact a Communist conspiracy organized by agents-provocateurs of the Soviet Union in order to discredit the defendants. An unemployed man who lives on the earnings of his wife cannot be charged with vagrancy. So concluded Magistrate Charles Solomon in the case of 34-year-old Frank Paisano of 21 Kingsland Avenue, who was arrested as a vagrant when police discovered him loitering in the back room of a candy store at 563 Lorimer Street, going over a horse-racing scratch sheet. Paisano, a taxicab driver by trade, admitted that he hasn't worked in over a year, and lives off the earnings of his wife, Mrs. Alice Paisano, who works as an equipment operator at a sweater factory on Long Island, while also seeing to household needs and raising the couple's 8-year-old daughter. Mrs. Paisano was pleased with the verdict, saying that a man who doesn't work has to have something to do and somewhere to go, and is confident that someday her husband will find a job. Mrs. Paisano admits she doesn't enjoy having to do all the work for the family, but, she says, "it's better than relief." She adds that if she were President, she'd see to it that all the men went to work so the women could stay home. In Los Angeles, the "claw hammer murder case" has taken a shocking new turn, with police now saying that mother Lolita Davis did not in fact murder three of her children and then command a fourth to kill her -- rather, that fourth child, the only survivor of the group, came up with and carried out the entire murder plan herself. Eleven-year-old Chloe Davis is being held on suspicion of murder after examination by a police psychiatrist. Dr. Paul De River says that the child made up the story of her mother going insane out of fear of "demons," when in fact she herself was entirely responsible for the killings. Dr. De River called the pigtailed girl the "cruelest-blooded, coolest person" he's ever met, and that when he had dinner with the child during their interview, she showed emotion only when he refused to buy her a bottle of beer. ("Hey Joe," asks Sally. "You seen our bankbook?" And Joe says "It's right here in my shirt pock...ahhhh, dammit!") The latest trend among fashionable college women? Pipe smoking, reports a Boston tobacconist. David Ehrlich, who manufactures and sells his own line of custom tobacco pipes at his shop, tells the United Press that pipe smoking is increasingly popular among younger women, but says he also has more than a few middle-aged lady customers. He does note that women are often shy about coming into his shop to buy pipes for themselves, and often will stand outside while they send a man in to buy the pipe for them. He says that women prefer smaller, lighter pipe models that can easily fit in a purse when they aren't in use. (If you don't mind 'imitation strawberry flavor' ice cream you can get it any time. But if you insist on the real thing, in 1940 it's purely a seasonal product, produced with the last remnants of the previous year's strawberry crop.) More than 1200 persons rallied at Erasmus Hall High School last night to hear Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson of Temple Beth-El issue a call for "mutual understanding and neighborliness." Inaugurating a campaign against social intolerance among the youth of Flabush, Rabbi Goldenson warned that living together in harmony requires more than just words, and that action is required to banish "the menace of intolerance and ignorance that besets our land." (Add a stack of Bob Chester records and a copy of "Screen Romances" and you'll have everything you need to be a teenage girl in 1940.) The Eagle Editorialist is cautiously optimistic about the most important question of the day -- how will the Dodgers do in 1940? While their Grapefruit League season "has not been such as to throw the fans into ecstacies," new outfielders Vosmik, Gilbert, and Cullenbine have proven their worth, and young Reese will be an "adequate replacement" for Durocher at shortstop. Pitching will be key, and a lot depends on Wyatt's full recovery from his knee injury. "Whatever befalls," the Editorialist concludes, "the Dodgers are assured of the unwavering support of Brooklyn fandom. If they can end the season, as they did last year, ahead of the Giants, few will ask more." (In his commitment to gritty realism, Mr. Lichty resists a tired cartoon trope and draws his runaways with backpacks instead of the cliched hobo bindle.) (Nice try, but I can get the mixed grill at Childs for 60 cents, and the only difference is no liver. I can't stand liver.) Herbert Cohn went to see "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Free Blonde and 21" at the RKO Albee, and says this particular double feature "provides a stunning contrast of how useless motion pictures can be, and how important," pairing "cheap pointless claptrap" with "the most courageous and revealing film ever made." (Honestly, will Miss Sheridan never live this down?) The Dodgers and Tigers were rained out yesteday in Gadsden, Alabama. and expect to get one in today in Birmingham. Meanwhile Larry MacPhail is dangling trade bait in hopes of bolstering the Dodger pitching staff, making it known that Gene Moore and/or Ernie Koy could be had in exchange for strong arms. In particular, Mr. MacPhail his eye on Hugh Mulcahy or Kirby Higbe of the Phillies and Johnny Vander Meer of the Reds, all of whom are said to be available "at the right price." Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons will join Tyrone Power and Thomas Mitchell as guests on the Kate Smith Hour, tonight at 8 on WABC. Note the beads of sweat on poor Tootsie's brow. No matter how they finally get her out, I predict the poor janitor will have a real mess to clean up on the stairs. Bill and the kids must sure be sound sleepers. I hope Irwin remembers to take the cigar out of his mouth before he puts on the hood.