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HIRAM JOHNSON TO LEAD FIGHT ON DEFAULTERS Moves to Penalize France and Other Nations Which Have Failed to Pay on Debts to This Country. BAR BONDS FROM U. S. MARKETS Norris Favors Pending- Measure; Hoover Ponders Names for Revision Com mittee He Plans to Set Up. fill I mini firm* WASHINGTON, Dec. 21.—Senator Hiram Johnson (Rep., Cal.) moved today to penalize defaulting France and others nations which have failed to pay their obligations to this country. Johnson said he would try to force to the senate floor a bill pending in committee which would bar from the American market bonds or other obligations of a foreign government which had defaulted on obligations to the government or the investors of the United States. The bill is one of three in troduced almost, a year ago by Johnson after his spec tacular investigation of for eign bond flotations in the United States. Defaults on South American securities prompted Johnson to sponsor the senate inquiry. Johnson's bill would prevent a de faulting government or the political sub-division from offering securities in this country. The prohibition would be enforced by a maximum SIO,OOO fine or a five-year prison sentence upon any person offering the foreign paper for sale. Chairman George W. Norris of the Judiciary committee said he would assist Johnson in getting the bills reported to the senate, remarking "I'm for them." An assemblage of "big names” which would include probably two cabinet officers and several financiers was being considered to- ■ day by President Herbert Hoover for the commission which he has pro posed to set up to the war debts problem. The reported opposition of Presi dent-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt to the ideas of co-operation expressed by Mr. Hoover may have the effect of postponing action, but it was established that, for the time being, the President is engaged in a tenta tive survey of possible selections. The names of State Secretary H. L. Stimson and Treasury Secretary Ogden Mills were mentioned. It was indicated also that the President would draw upon financial leaders, possible including one or more prom inent Democrats if they could be persuaded to serve. Debacle Is Feared BY WILLIAM PHILIP SIMMS United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Dec. 21.—Presi dent Herbert Hoover, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and congress today are playing for stakes of a total paper value amounting to more than sso,ooo.ooo,ooo—that is to say, America's stake abroad. This is by far and away the mori colossal financial interest ever dealt with in the history of human rela tions. It is approximately as much as the total United States national wealth in 1890. Fifty thousand million dollars would buy fifteen states like Ala bama. It would buy New York state and New- York city, buildings and all —lock, stock and barrel—and still leave almost enough to purchase the New England states in their entirety. Force Is Impossible The war debts principal in round numbers amounts to $11,000,000,000, interest thereon for sixty years w'ould bring the sum up to $22,000,- 000,000. Private investments abroad total some $18,000,000,000 and inter est until maturity would amount to ten or fifteen billion more. Payment of many of these colos sal debts admittedly hinges largely upon whether or not default loses its sting and becomes fashionable. They can not be collected by force. Battleships are barred. The money will be forthcoming only if the debtor nations continue to regard default as a disgrace and their credit standing is sacred. Debacle Is Predicted Already International debt moral ity seriously is slipping. France. Poland, Belgium. Greece, Hungary, Esthonia, Brazil, Chili. Peru and other nations are in default, some on war debts and some on private loans. Most startling of all. however, is the fact that some of these nations, like France, are perfectly capable of paying, yet categorically refuse to do so for reasons peculiarly their own. Unless the war debts problem is tsken up and adjusted soon, there fore. high officials here predict. June 15 next, when further installments fall due. likely will see Europe de fault en bloc. This, they w r arn, would precipitate a debacle. Needy Children to Be Fed Fifty needy children will be served a Christmas chicken dinner at 2 p. m., Dec. 24, at the Unity Center. 1144 North Missouri street. Mrs. Gussie Berry is chairman of the committee in charge. The Indianapolis Times Partly cloudy tonight, followed by fair Thursday; somewhat colder; lowest temperature tonight about 30. VOLUME 44—NUMBER 192 MOTOR FUMES KILL MECHANIC City Man Found in Garage, Slumped in Seat of His Machine. Victim of accidental death due to inhaling carbon monoxide fumes from the exhaust of an automobile, Elmer Kerrick, 31, was found dead shortly after 2 this morning in the garage at the rear of their home, 1031 Belle Vieu place. Mrs. Kerrick said her husband went into the garage at 10:30 Tues day. night, saying he W'ould work on the automobile. He is a mechanic and had been in the habit of work ing at night in the garage, the w'idow said. Retiring at 11:30, Mrs. Kerrick said she awoke at 2 and heard the motor of a car running. She ran to the garage and found the body of her husband in the front seat of the car. Attempt to revive Mr. Herrick w'as made by a fire department squad. Dr. J. E. Wyttenbach, deputy coro ner, made an investigation. Besides the widow, Mr. Herrick leaves a daughter, 6. W. C T. U. LEADER TAKEN BY DEATH Mrs. Grace Altvater Suc cumbs at Florida Home. Mrs. Grace Altvater, 56, promi nent Indianapolis worker for years in temperance crusades and former Indiana state president and secre tary of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, died Tuesday at her winter home in Miami, Fla., according to word received here to day. Mrs. Altvater. who lived at 6033 East Washington street, was a mem ber of the Irvington M. E. church. She has spent the last several win ters in Florida, where she had been for about tw r o months. She was born in Bradford, 0.. and moved to Indianapolis twenty-five years ago. Funeral services and burial will be held Saturday in Greenville, O. Bright Spots By I'nited Press R. G. Dun & Cos. reports busi ness failures last week numbered 590, against 667 in the like 1931 week. Empire Steel Corporation re calls 1,200 employes to its Mans field (O.) plant. Mississippi River Power Corpo ration reports net income for year ended Oct. 31 of $1,724,926, against $1,510,781 in preceding fiscal year. McClintic-Marshall Company receives order for 11.630 tons of structural steel. Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company declares extra dividend of $1 a share in addition to regu lar quarterly payment. Baltimore & Ohio railroad re ports October net income of $1,004,892, against $983,666 in Oc tober last year. Over the 300 Mark! Clothe a Child and Boost the Total to 400 IT'S a dark and gloomy day to day. but the sun is shining. It’s a great big Sun that's shining in the hearts of THREE HUNDRED children in the Clothe a Child campaign. For shortly before noon today the drive to outfit the city's needy children of school-age reached the THREE HUNDRED mark and is on its way to FOUR HUNDRED. The gloom of th 7 day, the chill of the mist, the ragged clothing of the Clothe a Child boys and girls has been banished from the lives of the THREE HUNDRED. But there’s many more children on the Clothe a Child list. They're waiting for the sun to shine upon them. They’re waiting for some one, somewhere, who cares to take INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1932 Romance of Winsome Janet Gaynor on Rocks; Separates From Husband Divorce Not Yet Discussed, Lawyer for Film Star Announces. fill T'nilrd firm * HOLLYWOOD. Dec. 21.—The marriage of Janet Gaynor. winsome ‘ Little Pollyanna” of the screen, and her handsome lawyer-husband, Ly dell Peck, drifted toward the di vorce court today. After three years of married life, the couple has separated, the actress to return to the home of her moth er. Peck to remain in the home he built for his bride. Announcement of their estrange ment came from Miss Gaynor s at torney, Lloyd Wright, who ascribed the characteristic differences which have wrecked so many film ro mances. ‘Clashes of temperament.” con ditions “over which neither party has had any control,” and “re quirements of their professions,” were explanations contained in the attorney’s statement. “It simply is another case in which a husband and wife have looked at a situation frankly and honestly, and have determined for them selves that if they can not live hap pily together, they should be separated,” he ssjid. He added that as yet a divorce' has not been dis cussed. Miss Gayoor’s marriage to Peck, Father Love Hitch-hikes 2,500 Miles to See Sons; Wins Court Battle. AFTER hitch-hiking 2,500 miles to see his two sons, Makhitar Mooradian, 42, of Los Angeles, Cal., won a fight today in juvenile court for the privilege of a brief Christmas visit with them. Mooradian told Judge John F. Geckler he had ‘‘thumbed’’ his way from the west coast because he had not heard from his sons, Gabriel, 6. and Vachran, 5, for several months. When he arrived here. Moora dian’s divorced wife, now remar ried, objected to his visiting the children. John Haramv, attorney for the mother. Mrs. Azniv Mooradian Nahigian, of 2838 Northwestern avenue, informed the court that ‘‘Mooradian had not fulfilled an agreement to pay $4 monthly sup port for the boys.” Judge Geckler ruled the “father has a right to see his own flesh t and blood,” after Mooradian ex plained he had been sick and out of work. He ordered the mother to bring the sons into court to spend two hours with their father Thursday morning. ‘FORBIDDEN ART’ IS EXAMINED BY SHAW G. B. S. Sees Lesson of Virtue in Works Italians Call Improper. fij/ 1 nitcd Pres* NAPLES, Italy, Dec. 21.—George Bernard Shaw, whose trenchant wit has gained him world renown, spent Tuesday examining nude frescoes in the National Museum, prior to his departure on a world cruise aboard the Empress of Britain. Deemed by the government to be lewd, the frescoes are barred to public view, but Shaw was permit ted to look at them. When shown one depicting a satyr spurning the enticements of a nymph, he re marked: ‘ Why put it under lock and key? It mignt better be exhibited pub licly as an example of virtue.” ROAD BUDGET READY 512.300.000 Asked by state Highway Commission for Year. Budget of the state highway com mission for the two-year term be ginning Oct. 1 next, presented to day to the state budget committee calls for $12,300,000 annually. Items in the budget are $2,000,000 for miscellaneous service, including $25,000 for a proposed new labora tory to test road materials; mainte nance, $3,400,000; construction. $6,- 150.000, and administrative, $750,000. PRICES ON HOGS TOPPLE New Lows Are Set at Chicago; Top Quoted at $3.05. By United Press CHICAGO, Dec. 21.—Hog prices fell to new lows for fifty-four years today at the Union stock yards. The top price was $3.05, 10 cents under the previous low of 1878, while the average price went under $2.90. Large supplies and a slow preholiday demand caused the re cession. them and turn their holes, their summer garments, their colds, into warm security of clothing that can fend off the weather. m a a THE Community Fund relief agencies and the social ser vice department of the public schools can not hope to make their funds stretch for twelve months of the year and give a special gift to a child at Christ mas. But your gift—clothing—will mean that tho.se agencies can reach out and do more work over one year than they could vjthout your Christmas visit into a child’s heart. Jumping into the lead of all Clothe a Child donors, the opera HEA - Janet Gaynor formerly of Oakland, came as a sur prise to the film colony but their separation had been whispered for some time. Since his marriage, Peck has abandoned his law practice to be come an assistant film producer. His wife retired from the screen, but later returned to resume her place in the firmament as co-star to Charles Farrell. TENANT FARM REVOLT FLARES Negroes Are Reported Slain in Alabama’s ‘Share Cropper’ Uprising. By / nit erf Press TALLASSEE, Ala., Dec. 21. Frightened Negroes are returning quietly to their cabins today after a series of skirmishes with deputy sheriffs, in which from one to seven in the share croppers’ revolt were reported killed. Two Negroes were arrested as Communistic leaders of the revolt against foreclosures and seizure of live stock. They were questioned today by the deputies. Forty-eight hours after a gun battle between a sheriff's posse and a group of Negroes, one report said three Negroes were killed, another seven Negroes, and still another one Negro. Four deputies and two Ne groes were known to be wounded. The deputies had gone to the cabin of Cliff James to attach his mule and cow to satisfy a court judgment. James resisted. The deputies retired for reinforcements, and when they returned, other Ne groes had assembled and the fight followed. Low’ cotton prices have been dis astrous for share croppers and land owners alike. 'RESTFUL NIGHT’ IS SPENT BT HAPGOOD Socialist Party Leader Is Recovering Rapidly. Powers Hapgood. national Social ist party leader, spent a "restful night” in St. Vincent’s hospital on Tuesday night following an opera tion Saturday for removal of a bul let from his abdomen, inflicted acci dentally by a friend while engaged in target practice at his farm home, near Southport, hospital physicians said today. Severe Earthquake Rocks Entire Pacific Coast Area By United Press SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21.—An earth tremor of unusual intensity shook most of the Pacific coast area Tuesday night. The quake rocked a wider area than any in recent years. It was felt as far east as Salt Lake City, Utah, and was reported to have broken the needle on the University of Washington seismograph at Seattle. A checkup today indicated that damage was confined to broken windows and crockery. An electrical and rain storm fol lowed the quake in many places. Reno, Nev., apparently was the first area to feel the shock. It was felt there at 10:08 p. m. Three tors of the Lincoln office of the Indiana Bell Telephone took nine more children for a total Os seven teen clothed to date. “We’ve got more money in and can take of some more,” was the order from one of the company's chief operators. And some way or other, it seems apropos today, if you come into contact with a Lincoln office operator, to say something cheery to her. Call her “Miss Operator” or “Santa Operator” or just some thing that you can pat her on the back for her good work. Maybe she won t reply, but it’s dollars to the proverbial dough nuts that she'll warm inwardly, that she'll smile, as she gives you the number. -vv DRYS FIG HT BITTERLY AS BEER VOTE NEARS DIVES THROUGH HOLE IN ICE TG END HER LIFE Woman’s Body Is Recov ered From Canal After Several Hours. Mrs. Margaret Sexton. 51, of 314 North East street, was the victim of the suicide. Identity was established by her husband. After iOur hours of dragging, the police emergency crew early this afternoon recovered from the ice covered waters of the canal the un identified body of a white woman who had leaped to her death through a hole in the ice. The woman, weighing about 120 pounds, and apparently 45 to 50, was rather shabbily clad in a black coat, brown dress, cotton stockings and black shoes. Only witnesses to the suicide was Wallace Finch, 42, of 27 Richland avenue, driver for the Sugar Creek Creamery Company. He told police he noticed the woman as he stepped from an Ohio street restaurant,, only because she was sobbing. She went to a spot near the Ohio \ street bridge and finding a place j where the ice was broken, leaped i in. still with tears streaming down her face. Finch ran to the place where he saw her go under, but the strong undercurrent carried the body underneath the ice and made rescue impossible. Thick covering of ice over the canal hindered the police grappling efforts and it was necessary to ob tain sledge hammers to break through. Bread Looters Hungry Mob Storms Truck to Take 250 Loaves From Driver. B/l United Press TOLEDO. Dec. 21.—A band of approximately fifty men and women stormed a bakeries com pany truck here today and car ried away 250 loaves of bread. The driver, Lawrence St. John, w’as making a delivery to a gro cery store when the group sur rounded his truck. Doors of the truck were opened and the bread scooped out. "We’re going to meet you every morning.” one of the mob shouted. Deputy sheriffs were ordered to accompany the driver hereafter. LIMIT ON ALLOTMENT Farm Relief Bill Is Discussed Privately by Committee. By United Press WASHINGTON. Dec. 21.—Pre dictions that the farm relief bill to be presented finally by the house agriculture committee will limit application of the domestic allot ment plan to wheat and cotton were made privately by committee members today. minutes later it caused buildings to tremble in San Francisco. Chandeliers in the state capitol at Sacramento swung to and fro for five minutes after the shock. Build ings trembled with such force that occupants of hotels and theaters fled into the streets. Tulare, in central California, ap parently was the center of the quake in that region. Citizens said the earth seemed to rock from east to west for more than a minute. A few minutes before the quake shook Nevada, government workers completed unloading nine freight carloads of explosives at the Haw thorne (Nev.), naval ammunition depot. Officials believed heavy damage might have resulted had the quake occurred while the ex plosives were being handled. She'll know what it meant to J her and to the boys and the girls she clothed and that's about all | life is, anyway—making someone I happy throughout the year, as well i as at Christmas. mam CLOTHE A CHILD donors were offered anew service today I by the Fuller’s Friendly barber J shops, 216 North Meridian street, , K. of P. building, Y. M. C. A. and 106 East Ohio street, when W. P. Fuller, in a letter to The Times, offered to give children accom panied by donors to The Times drive free haircuts at either of his shops. And now to join the Clothe a j Child drive? Just call Riley 5551 and a boy or girl will be given to Encored as Second Class Matter ■t Postofficc. Indianapolis Has Everything Mitzi Green One Child Who Wants No Gifts for Christmas. iftff Mitzi Green Bit United Press CHICAGO, Dec. 21.—There’s one child in the United States who doesn’t want any Christmas presents. She is Mitzi Green, 12-year old moving picture star, and the reason she wants no presents is because she already "has every thing,” she says. Mitzi arrived here Tuesday From California, accompanied by her mother. Mrs. Rose Green, and a Chihuahua dog named Lupe Velez, after the movie actress, who gave it to her. SKIES TO CLEAR. IS FORECAST FDR CUT Mercury to Drop Slightly, Bureau Announces. Hourly Temperatures 6a. m 38 10 a. m 39 7a. m 38 11 a. m 39 Ba. m 39 12 (noon).. 40 9 a. m 38 1 p. m 40 Slightly lower temperatures will accompany fair weather here to night and Thursday, it was fore cast by the weather bureau. The mercury probably will not drop below 30 tonight, however, it was predicted. Lowest thermom eter reading Tuesday night was one degree above freezing. Light rainfall was recorded here as well as throughout most of the central west, the bureau said. BABY IS TOSSED TO SAFETY FROM FIRE Dropped Into Blanket by Parents; Nine Injured. By United Press CHICAGO, Dec. 21.—Spectacular rescues were made by firemen and volunteers today w’hen flames raced through a two-story building on West Division street after an ex plosion. Nine persons were injured, one seriously. Loss was placed at $30,000. Trapped on the second story, Hy man Greenberg and his wife Betty, tossed a blanket to two men on the ground, then dropped their son Nor man, eight months old. The men spread out the banklet and the son fell in it unharmed. Mrs. Greenberg hung by her hands from a window ledge until the pain of her burns caused her to drop. Her husband jumped after her. They escaped with cuts and bruises and burns. Counterfeit S5 Bill Passed A crudely counterfeited $5 bill was passed Tuesday night in the drug store of Charles Friedman, 1002 South Meridian street. A man who bought some cigarets tendered the bill and received $4.85 in change. you. If you desire to group to gether in an office, club, lodge or workroom, you can take a child or children and name your own financial, shopping and other committees to handle the details. The average cost is between $7 and $lO for complete outfit. Needs vary, so that some chil dren can be clothed for as low as $4 and $5. mam JOIN now. The shopping days are drawing to a close. You have until 4 p. m. Saturday to Clothe a Child. Today's donors are: Operator* of Lincoln office. Indiana Bell Telephone Com pane < dressea eight chil dren and took nine more). Employes of East Michigan street post office (three hoy si Wet Caucus Breaks Up in Disagreement When Efforts Are Made to Amend Measure. ARID FORCES LOSE IN TEST BALLOT Attempt Made to Cut Tax to $3 a Barrel Is Rejected; Nickel Brew Held As sured With $5 Levy. BY WILLIAM F. KERBY I'nited Press Staff Correspondent V ASHINGTON, Dec. 21.—A wide-open fight on amendments to the Collier beer bill broke out in the house today as anti-prohibition leaders pushed toward a vote on the measure, expected late this afternoon. The first amendment was offered by Representative 0 Connor (Dem., N. Y.) f who proposed to have the house declare 3.2 per cent beer, as stipulated in the Collier bill, to be “nonintoxicating.” DRYS COUNT ON LUDLOW'S VOTE Congressman Expected to Stand Against Beer. BY WALKER STONE Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON. Dec. 21.—Louis ! Ludlow, Democratic congressman from Indianapolis, today refused to say how he would vote Thursday on the beer bill. He is expected, however, to vote against it, just as he voted against the Garner resolution resubmit j ting the eighteenth amendment to ; the states. Representative Arthur Greenwood of Washington, Ind., announced his intention to vote against the beer bill. He also voted against the re peal resolution. Representative David Hogg, Re publican flame duck” from Ft. Wayne, will vote against beer. But Representative Will R. Wood, Re publican, of Lafayette, the fourth Hoosier who voted against the re peal resolution, may switch to the wet side and vote for the beer bill. The other nine Indiana con gressmen who identified themselves | as “wets” on the Garner seolution i vote, are expected to vote for the beer measure. GENTLEMAN KILLER | CONVICTED BY JURY Harry Mahoney Is Found Guilty of Manslaughter. By United Press LAFAYETTE, Ind., Dec. 21. Harry A. Mahoney, 26, was convicted on charges of manslaughter today in connection with the death of Herbert Gentleman, Indianapolis. The jury in Tippecanoe county circuit court deliberated sixteen and a half hours. Judge Homer E. Hennegar granted defense counsel until 1:30 p. m. to file a motion for arrest of judg ment. The verdict carries a penalty of two to twenty-one years. Gentle man was killed in a drunken fight at a roadhouse near here, accord ing to evidence presented at the trial. BET CAUSES DEATH OF ACUTE ALCOHOLISM Two Friends Are Under Arrest in Connection With Tragedy. By United Press ST. LOUIS, Dec. 21. George Schiple thought he was a mighty d' leer. To prove it, he bet two friends , could drink a quart of whisky i'. ' alf an hour. l chiple’s two friends were under I '•ujzzl today in connection with , Schiple's death of acute alcoholism. Falls 14 Floors to Death By United Press CHICAGO, Dec. 21.—Twenty-four hours after having .been pronounced recovered from a nervous break down, Otto Rice, 64, retired laun dryman, fell to death today from a i window of his fourteenth floor i apartment on Lake Shore drive Social Service committee of the Y. W. C. A. of Butler university (three Kiris). Indianapolis Power and Light Company's bowline league, Pritchett alleys (two chil dren). Philip G. Clifton. Marsh A McLennan, insurance, 1307 Mer chants bank building. Employes of American Telephone and Telegraph Company, Indianapolis office (two boys). Employes of biological department of Eli Lilly A Cos. (two children). Third floor employes of Indianapolis Power and Light Company. Just An Old Guy. The Santa for Buster. North N'ew Jersey Mrs. (took one child and clothed another). A Little Friend (three children). J. C. Langley. Purchasing department of Public Service Company of Indiana. Just Call Me Henry. *- HOME EDITION PRICE TWO CENTS Outside Marion Cconty. 3 Cents Republican anti - prohibi tionists held a caucus before the house convened, but broke up in disagreement when old line leaders insisted on the privilege of attempting to amend the bill. A test of wet and dry strength came on a motion to have the house consider striking out the bill’s en acting clause. This would have had t*ie effect of killing the beer meas ure forthwith. The amendment was defeated, 163 to 118. Refuse to Reduce Tax The O’Connor amendment was defeated without a record vote. An attempt by Representative La Guardia (Rep., N. Y.) to secure a I vote on other amendments taxing i beverages other than beer was ruled out of order. This decision, made by Represen tative Bankhead (Dem., Ala.), the : presiding officer, was of importance as a precedent. It will bar any at tempts to write other taxing pro visions, notably the sales tax, into : pending beer legislation. I Representative Palmisano (Dem., j Md.) sought to amend the bill to i reduce the proposed tax from $5 to $3 a barrel. The old-time Baltimore | saloon man said his reason was to enable “the working man to get a. glass of beer for a nickel.” Hold 3.2 Per Cent Clause Representative Treadway (Rep Mass) replied the $5 tax had been decided upon because it would re turn the maximum revenue and in sisted beer under it could be sold for 5 cents. The amendments was de feated. The Republican leadership sought ; to amend the bill, when Represen tative Michener (Mich.), assistant Republican leader, introduced an amendment to reduce the maximum ! alcoholic content from 3.2 per cent by weight to 2.75 per cent. This was ! rejected. Cse Political Pressure While the oratorical storm raged on the floor, leaders quietly were at work, fighting desperately to hold their weakening lines for passage of tthe bill without change. Democratic members were being given to understand that a man who bolts the party platform, ana votes against modification, stands little chance of preferment in the next and overwhelmingly ant .-pro hibition congress. Powerful and tireless representa tives of organized prohibition and "wet” grouDs at the same time laid siege to lobbies and offices, contest ing for every precious vote. Scant Help From G. O. P. Democratic whips were receiving scant help from their Republican organization colleagues, who almost to a man stood for drastic altera tion in the ways and means com mittee draft of the bill. A wild rumor circulated on the floor of the house to the effect that President Hoover would not veto a 2.75 per cent bill, but would veto a 3.2 per cent measure, brought prompt denials from authoritative Republican sources. Nevertheless, it Indicated the jumpy frame of mind of many con gressmen who fear the political dy namite in any prohibition vote, and would like to modify the "liberal” Collier bill. MRS. CHAMP CLARK ILL Widow of Late Speaker in Critical Condition from Pneumonia. By United Press BOWLING GREEN, Mo., Dec. 21. —Mrs. Champ Clark, widow of the late Speaker of the house of repre sentatives and mother of Missouri’s senator-elect, was critical ill today of pneumonia. Bridge Fans! On Page 18 of today’s Times may be found dates and details of the national non-duplicate contract bridge tournament be ing conducted by the Amer ican Bridge League. The Times is sponsoring the Indianapolis tournament and will send the local winner on n. free trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., to play in the national finals. Turn to Page 18 for de tailed information and start playing at once. Your chance is as good as another's and you may become a national cham pion.