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ALLIES ACT TO PREVENT CONSTANTINOPLE ATTACK ! American Officials Rescued; 141 Naturalized U. S. Citizens Reported Missing. I the Afsor.ated Press. I Massacres of far-reaching proportions are reported to have occurred at Smyrna, attending the terrible conflagration which has just swept over the city. The first reports came from Greek sources and estimated the victims as high as 1,000 to 2.000. Later reports from British eyewitnesses and from Americans arriving at Greek ports ! tended to confirm the massacres and ** gave harrowing accounts of the extent of the devastation wrought. An English agency dispatch declared the British admir.il had warned tne Turks at Smyrna that if the massacres continued the Turkish quarter would be bombarded. A correspondent of Reuter's arriving at Malta said hundreds of bodies of the victims were lying in the streets of Smyrna when he left and that the pillaging and killings were continuing. Vie Greeks were not blameless, he declared, as they had aroused the Turks by setting fire to villages during the retreat of the Greek army. The invasion of the British consulate at Smyrna by the Turks and the murder of an official there also were cpui ICU. A Greek semiofficial dispatch from Athens quoted an American invest!- J gator as estimating the number of j victims up to the time of the fire in j Smyrna at l.Oou. j ne property loss | from the conflagration is estimated j in the Greek quarters at $75,000,000. Meanwhile the various European chanceHei ies are considering measures to deal with the political developments of the Turkish victory, in- I eluding the calling of a peace con- ! terence to settle the near eastern i quotation. It stems probable the j Turks will be given a joint allied i warning to respect the neutraJity of! the Constantinople district in the meantime, and not march upon that city or invade Thrace. Civil Students Missing;. Jfi.v the AJuuxSated Pr*s?. * LONDON, September 15.?From l.OOOt to 2,000 Christians had been massacred in Smyrna by the Turks before the Asia Minor seaport recently evacuated by the Greek army was swept by fire, it is charged in semi-official and other Greek messages from Athens received here today. Among the Turkish outrages was the carrying off of many pupils of the American Girls' College, it is believed. The Greek belief is that the fire was nn' K*. fha Turl/u nnn/ioal th. frugal ! of their alleged misdeeds. A considerable share of the property j loss from the Are. the total of which is estimated in Greek quarters at one | billion francs (about $75,000,000 at | present exchange rate for the French xrancK' fell upon American Arms. Massacre Follows Fire. A message from Greek semi-official . sources at Athens dated Thursday reads: "Absolutely trustworthy persons belonging to the foreign colonies at Smyrna and notably Americans arriving here on the destroyer Simpson, wnich also brought United?6tat?s Consul General Horton, relate terrifying details regarding the massaore of Smyrna following the big fire which reduced the Armenian. Greek and Kuropean sections of the town to ashes. "According to the general fonviction the fire was started by the Turks . to efface the traces of their massacres and other crimes. Mils Mills, matron of the American girll' college, declares she saw an officer or non-commissioned officer of the Turkish regular army enter a house carrying several cans of petrol. Soon after he came out the house burst Into flames. "Fire appeared immediately in other sections of the town even near the Turkish quarter of Basma Khane. This was the first day after the Turkish occupation. "A southeasterly wind drove the flames west, the Turkish quarter thus escaping untouched. Refugees in College. "Besides the pupils, about 1,300 refugees had been taken Into the college, which was near the place where the fire started. The fate of, many of the girl pupils is unknown and It is alleged they have been carried off by the Turks. "When the Simpson left the flames had reached the quays and were menacing the foreign consulates. I "Prior to the fire there were massacres, which continued through the night in the midst of the flames. It is impossible to estimate the number of killed. Dr. Post, an American, who. with members of the American Relief Administration, made an investigation expressed the opinion that the number of victims up to the time or the , fire amounted to 1,000. (Other estimates from Athens run as high as 2.000.) A large number of Christians are believed to have perished in the flames. Losses Are Eaormous. "Th* foreign trade suffered en. ormous losses, especially branches or agencies or tne Dig American iquscoo houses, such as the Oary Tobacco Company and the Standard Commercial Trading Company of New York, nearly all of whose stocks were destroyed. The total material losses are set at one billion francs. "Great quantities of provisions were destroyed, creating a food shortage. Several French and British establishments. the French College of St. Joseph and other French schools and the American Y. M. C. A. were destroyed. The outlying Greek and Armenian villages and the suburbs of BurJa and Burnabat, where Europeans reside, were burned." XXMAL NEAB POBTE CITY. LONDON. September 15.?Mustapha Kemal Pasha has resolved to march hla army on Constantinople unless the powers hand over the city to the Turks, according to a statement he made to the Dally Mall correspondent at Smyrna He also reiterated that hla peace terms were based on the national pact. The Turkish naUenallst army Is now within thinty-flve miles of Constantinople The population is In a state of nervous tension and the entire otty Is rife with nnsore about (Continued on Page 4, Column 1) ? Turks Kill Wome As Flames C< American Sailors T( Pillaging After Ken 'Asia Minor BY COYSTA.YTIYE BROW A. s By Cable to Th* Star and Ch'cago Pally News. c Copyright. 192'J. SMYRNA, September 14 (delayed). c ?A crime which will brand the Turks ^ forever was committed Wednesday, when the Turkish soldiery, after fln- t iahing their looting and pillaging. t set the town on fire. Smyrna Is now f almost completely destroyed. Not a single important establishment is left ? and the total loss is estimated at f more than $1.000,000.000. c There is Indisputable evidence that J the crime was planned and executed by the Turkish authorities. Ameri- h can sailors guarding the various V buildings into which the refugees a had crowded saw with their own eyes Turkish officers spreading fires t and setting Are to houses, after which t they locked the doors and left. n At the American Collegiate Insti- 5 tute. where 1.500 Armenian refugees 2 were gathered, the American guard n saw the Turks killing women and ^ bhbies. An American sailor leaving a the institute was flred at by the Turk- ? ish soldiers who had been sent the a day before by the Turkish author!- v ties to protect the lives of the Ar- P menians. 1 Fire Envelop* Town. The conflagration started in the Armenian quarter, where the houses v were sprayed with kerosene by Turk- a ish soldiers. Half-maddened, the 0 people rushed to the water front, hop- ^ ing to get on board the foreign war- v ships. The whole town, except the c Turkish quarter, is burning. Criminals have already appeared on the g streets, and are shooting or clubbing e to death all whom they suspect of p possessing money or other valuables. The authorities are assisting the c gangs of murderers. r The destruction of this flourishing 1 town Us a crime made more monstrous f by the assurances given by the au- s thorities that normal conditions t would be re-established in forty-eight d hours. They were clever enough to i act in such a way as to lead every body to believe that the promise 1 would be kept. S Twenty-four hours before the flre / RUSS WELCOME I TERMS WITH U. S. T Ready to Enter Any Pre- I liminary Negotiations, Says Tchitcherin. DEMAND FOR EQUALITY F Moscow Note Believed Beply on S Technical Commission Inquiry. By the Associated Press. MOSCOW. September 15.?A note 4 which is considered a reply to the un- 1 official inquiry of the United States a a to u-h?th?r on imapioan tanhnl/yil commission would be welcome in Rus- ? sia states that soviet Russia "is ready ii to enter official preliminary negotia- ? tions for the re-establlshment of offl- t cial relations with an American dele- g gatton appointed for this purpose." c The note, which was sent by Foreign Minister Tchitcherln to Berlin | s for delivery to American Ambassador c Houghton, suggests that the pre- c llmlnary negotiations might be held c in the United States. In Russia or in 0 some other country to be determined d later. n Russia Aaxlous for Move. d "The soviet government, the note fl states, "is particularly interested in o any move which might soon bring * the re-establlshment of economic re- e lations between Russia and America, t It being understood that such rela- 8 tions will be based on equality and in r (Continued on Page 3, Column 4.) LONDON FINANCIERS r, i A*smr a a A I _ iu Mtti mm i p Guarantee to Be Considered in si Crisis Over Payment to * Belgium. * r. SI By the AsaoclaUd Prase. a PAJRIS, September IS.?The German j reparations crisis shifted to London tl today on the receipt of news from T: Berlin that Bank of England officials would confer with Pxesident Rudolph c Havensteln, president of the relchs- * bank. Some plan for the partial a guarantee of German treasury notes, s the payment of which Is now due Bel- ti glum, will be proposed. Sir John Bradbury, the British member of the reparations commission is going to London tonight and " w norHfinatP in thi meetinsr. FT#?rr Havenstetn Is expected in London to- ? day. . One suggestion which is under con- " sideration by the Bank of England, h according 1 to reports from German |i sources, is that the latter bank accept ,, the German notes dated eighteen months from date. Belgium, under P this proposal, would be guar- .jed a payment, at the end of six months, and this would meet the French in- b slstence on the strict 'observance of ,. the terms of the compromise. Officially. Germany has until mid- f night tonight to deposit the gold, but " since her refusal Is already known officially. It is unlikely that there i! will be any last minute change. Bel- ; glum will await the result of Havenstein's conferences in London before ? laying the question before the repa- V rations commission. n and Babes | msume Smyrna til of Looting and talist Forces Enter Seaport. i tarted Nureddin Pasha, the Turkish ommander. said to the writer: "You must realize that things have ihanged and that the timea when ictorious Turks used to massacre and lesiroy every intuit Hao?The only plausible explanation of / he burning of a city of more than ' 100,000 inhabitants may be found in he fact that the Turks wanted to cet rid of all the Christians In the empire. and the only way of doing to was to destroy their homes and ompel them to leave the country j brever. When the commander of the ,'it.y was approached and asked for issistance in bringing food for the efugees he eaid: "Don't mention food. This will not telp. The only way r#f assisting these eople is to bring ships and take them way from here." Little assistance can now be given hese unfortunate refugees even if ransports arrive in town. The most optimistic relief workers hope to save 0.000, but are afraid that more than 00.000 will die. At present there are nore than 400.000 people In Smyrna. Twenty thousand have been taken board various commercial vessels nd warships which are standing by nd about 120.000 are making their ray toward the hills, where they will s robably be'exterminated by bands of i 'urkish irregulars. ^ American Losses Heavy. i The others are mainly children and < women unable to face the hardships < .nd dangers of a long foot journey < >ver the Inhospitable mountains of * Isia Minor. They ar# herded on the vater front looking for help which 1 annot be given. ? The losses sustained by Americans ^ .re heavy. Tobacco worth more than ] 1.000.000 and other American proprty valued at $500,000 have been comiletely destroyed. * The American theater, where the t olony gathered, was destroyed Wedlesday night, and nothing is left of it. "he American flag, however, is still 5 lying from the stAfT, having been < nved by an extraordinary chance hough the whole building was reluced to cinders. All the consulates, ncluding the American, were burned. Most of Ihe Americans 'n Smyrna ( eft Wednesday on board the United v States destroyer Simpson, bound for j Lthens. WIDANFK VI ! bVI 1 llllliv PLEAD LEGAL SNAG: ( * 1 i )eclare Incorporation Im- j possible Without Passage of Enabling Law. :AV0R FEDERAL CONTROL tatement Says Associations Want Legislation to Fat Business Under Controller's Office. I I Incorporation of the so-called 3 and pec cent home loan associations in he District of Columbia, as ordered y the controller of the currency, apparently is impossible," Webster tallinger, attorney for several of the nstitutfons, declared today. Laws hich would make incorporation pracicable and which would result in overnment supervision of the conerns are desired by them, he said. < "It is true, as stated in Thursday's j tar," Mr. Ballinger added, "that the j ontroller of the currency addressed a 1 ommunication to each of the unin orporated home loan associations , perattng in/ the District of Columbia ( irecting them to incorporate or re- j tove from the District. "The object and purpose of this or- 1 er was to give the controller's of^ 1 ce complete supervision and control ver the business conducted by these ' ssociatlons. Under existing law the 1 ontroller's office has the power to ' xact reports from the trustees of 1 hese unincorporated associations i howing the condition of their busiess, and to examine their books and ecords. Authority la Lacking. "He has not authority to supervise I nd control the business. This authory, as I understand, the controller deires, and every association doing buaiess in the District of Columbia?cerslnly ail my clients?desire that he hould have complete authority to m- . ervise and control their buslnesa. "Theee doncerns are in the same poition today that the banks and building nd loan associations were in years ago. ii order to safeguard the public and to ive stability to the institutions. It was jund necessary to bring them under 1 late and federal Inspection, supervision nd control. "There is no law applicable to the . listrlct of Columbia under which hese associations could be incorpo- 1 ated. The code of law for the Dis- 1 rict of Columbia provides for the in- t Drporation of particular kinds of so- ? leties and business. Chapter IS deals rith ' incorporations. There is no < building and loan" association law t ppilcable to the District of Columbia, ubchapter 7 of chapter IS of the Dlsrict code provides for the incorpora- T Ion of building and homestead assoclalons. # y Impossible to Obey. 1 "Companies incorporated under this c sctlon have been and are now doing, c general building and loan associa- j Ion business. The u nin^n.??.* ome loan association! are not build- t iff and loan associations. Therefore. ( le Controller requested the unlncor- j orated home loan associations to do pparently an impossible thtnff. 1 "The entire situation has been J rouffht to the attention of the conroller's office and is now under conderatlon. The home loan asaocla- : ens have requested the controller's , ffice to assist them in securlnff leff- . ilatlon by Conffreas .that will fflve i tat offloe complete Supervisory con- I rol over their bo sin ess, all thf power i is controller's office desires. The j irmulatton of soms leffislatlon that c (Continued on Pace Cbtumn 1.) it RAIL PEACE HIIS SNAG IN REFUSAL OF BIGSYSTEMS Separate Agreement Program Fails to Appeal to Some Roads. OTHERS ARRANGE TO RESTORE MEN Conferences Continue, as 50 Lines Are Said to Have Accepted Terms. Bj the Associated Press. NEW YORK, September 15?The entire New York Central rnllrond *intern today nl?ned an agreement with Itn condnetom and trainmen covering working condition*, wagea and rule* for one rear, beginning September SO. CHICAGO, September 15.?Refusal by i number of the country's biggest railway systems to enter into the WarfieldSVillard-Jewell plan for ending the shopnen's strike on the basis of separate ind individual agreements developed an dement of considerable uncertainty tolay over the scope and effectiveness of he peace program. While some of the larger systems had latly rejected the plan, others, however, notably the Chicago and Northwestern, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, had virtually completed arrangements for restoring strikers at once to hAir fnrmor inho nnJ.- ?? ?"? v ? jeparate settlement plan. Negotiations were in progress with several roads in an effort by shop craft officials to effect additional settlements. Address I nniiling Roads. Strike leaders were said to be adiressing communications to some of the unwilling roads asking them to reconlider their rejections. Among the larger systems said to have closed the door against the settlement plan today were: Pennsylvania. Union Pacific^ Norfolk and Western. Southern Pacific. Chicago and Alton; Chicago. Rock Island and Pacific; Northern Pacific; Great Northern; Chicago, Burlington and Qulncy; Missouri. Kansas and Texas, and subsidiary lines. Other roads still outside the agreement today, included: Central of Georgia; Delaware. bsckawann* and Western; Brie; Illinois Csntrai; bonis.'ille and Nashville; Missouri Pacific; Prisco; Wabash; Santa Fe; Chicago 3 rest Western, and numerous others. Accept Proposal. About fifty roads were generally element proposals, with the Baltimore and Ohio; Chesapeake and Ohio; New Tork Central lines; Southern; Seaboard air line; Chicago and Northwestern and Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, among the larger systems In tile agreement. W. H. Finley, president of the Northwestern, and B. B. Green, vice president of the Milwaukee, expressed the hope that many of their hopmen would be back on their jobs today over the entire systems. The Northwestern employes, about 12,000 hopmen. and the Chicago. Milwaukee and St. Paul, about 15,000. "Fullest and fairest consideration" by the United States Labor Board of my Issues on which the strike was based was promised by Ben W. Hooper, shalrman of the board, who asserted tile settlement plan was In strict conformity with the transportation act. Speed Up en Iajaacttoa. Meanwhile Attorney General Daughsrty's staff of lawyers in the Injunction proceedings before Judge Wilkerson speeded up efforts to complete tneir evidence tomorrow. Samuel Gompers and the executive :ouncil of the American Federation >f Labor, at Atlantic City, N. J., launched plana for demanding the Impeachment of Attorney General Daugherty and Judge WUkeraon bemuse of the injunction proceedings. No objection will be placed in the way of shopmen returning to work on the railroads parties to the settlement plan. B. M. Jewell, head of the -allway employes' department of the American Federation of Labor, said (Continued on Page 2, Column 4.) BRIDGE DYNAMITED AT CUMBERLAND, MP. Western Maryland Railway Span Damaged as Strike n i: vuuwnucs. Ipeciat Dispatch to The Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., September lo. ?An attempt was made early this nornlng to blow up the Western Maryland Railway bridge over the Potomac river here, connecting Walon tunnel with South Cumberland, rhere is evidence that twenty sticks >f dynamite were used, the detonaion arousing the entire South End. Window glass was brpken in a lumber of residences. The charge was set off at the vest end of the bridge, on the West Virginia side near the tunnel. The iridge seat and the abutment were racked, and a girder was sheered iff. The actual damage is about f 1,000. ;t was reported to the authorities, hat seventy-six sticks of high pow red dynamite had been stolen from he quarry of the Cumberland Cement Company, on the Western Maryland oad, about ten miles south of the >rldge. Railroad detectives in connection vlth state and county authorities, are vorklng on the case and claim to lave a clue. The Western Maryland shopmen itrike has been on since March 25. ind it was announced yesterday that he settlement of the strike on flfty:wo railroads would not affect the Western Maryland, which would not a* a n?ptv tn th* Wfllard nltn. The Western Maryland claims that it has one siaos overcome the strike difllmltles sad would nst be a party to he Wlllard apreemenu . , - jT* jm mf' ' "T/ fcJI/ / h.\ U ( Handling of Ra Ends CableBusiness of All Inter< Arrangement Contro BY DAVID LAWRENCE. The great cable and telegraph war is ended. And with It comes the col- : t lapse also of the efforts to prevent i radio from becoming a vital competl] tor to the cable in transatlantic comI munlcation. Lower rates for mes| sages between the United States and i many foreign countries are inevitable, j The story of the fight, which in-I | volved the Wilson and Harding ad- I ministrations, as well as the governments of South American countries, is a dramatic one, embracing at one ?l~. ...a fTwUa^ Qlala. VII1IC IIIC UBC Ut IIIC ?- 111 . > 'J !. ?? ivd Navy to preventative landing- of a cable at Miami, fta.; The insistent attitude of the United States government that the All-America Cable Company. an American concern, should not be injured by the monopoly possessed by a British cable company in Brasil. and, finally, the making of an exclusive agreement between the Postal Telegraph Company whereby the American Radio Corporation is at last assured of thousands of telegraph offices throughout the United States : where messages can be collected for * radio transmission. The essentials ' in the war just brought to an end are these: First, the Western Union Telegraph Company has been granted a permanent license for the landing of its cable at Miami. Fla.. which connects SEEK TO AVER! , " eimnmcr otdii/c ounrmoL oimm: Pennsylvania System Clerks Confer With Labor Department. A hurried conference between officials of tl^ Department of Labor 1 and the general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks. Freight Handlers and Ticket Sellers ' was held today at tile Labor Depart- ' ment In an effort to avert a strike ] among such employes on the entire Pennsylvania railroad system. Grievances against the Pennsylvania ' system were said to have been ex. ' plained by union officers to Acting Secretary of Labor Henning and Hugh L. Kerwln, chief of the bureau of ( conciliation. Strike Move Sarprlae. 1 The inclination of the clerks' union | toward a strike at once came as a surprise to government officials who had just completed strenuous duties . in aiding in the adjustment of the , railroad shopcrafts. grievances against the big rail systems. The general chairman announced on going into the conference that an important meeting of the officials of the eastern division of the brotherhood would be held in Newark. N. J., tonight to determine definitely if a strike call should go out immediately. Grlevaaees Goae Over. The conference between government officials and labor heads at the Department of Labtr was for the purpose of going over in detail the grievances of the unions. Henning hoped,, he said, to induce the general chairman to defer a strike call, but as the conference continued little progress apparently was made In this direction, according to those in close touch with the conferees. _ $150,000 LIQUOR HAUL. Dry Navy Capture*'Two Schooners I Near New York Harbor. Rjp the Anot'ltfd Prew. ^ NEW YORK. September 15.?The! dry navy today captured two alleged ; rum-running schooners with cargoes worth about $160,000 and $40,000 In gold aboard, aeaT the entrance to New York Harbor, as well as an unnamedlaunch. which sank while tt was being towed into port. Another schooner land rwlM power boat escaped. ' J CAN dio Service Telegraph War 3sts Spurred by Neiv s in Historic versy. at Barbados with the British-owned company's cable from Brazil. The permit was granted as soon as the Brazilian government canceled the monopoly possessed by the British company. so that now the All-America Cable Company can land cables anywhere along the coast of Brazil and carry them from point to point. Up to this time the All-America company has had to stretch a separate cable from Argentina to two separate points In Brazil, because the landing of tables from one Brazilian port to another was exclusively the privilege of the British company. Bfoiopollev R?b??bm<. Second, th* AH-America Cabfe Company renounced its monopolies on the West coast of South America, so the Western Union and Its British ally in the cable business now can encircle South America. All monopolies are given up by everybody concerned. This action was the result of the influence of the Department of State. Third. The desire of the All-America C!able Company for a collecting agency has been realised. After years of negotiation, during which it seemed as if the Western Union would make an agreement with the All-America Cable Company to forward messages j to South America originating in this i country through an American instead of a British concern, the Postal Telegraph Company has been prevailed upon to act as the American collect(Continued on Page 9, Column 2.) IKTAIflT Sfii VIUII1IUI UUIIUUL BILLAPPROVED House Subcommittee to Report Compulsory Measure. Approval was given today by a subcommittee of the House committee on District of Columbia affairs to the compulsory school attendance law for children in the District of Columbia. The subcommittee will report the bill tomorrow at 10:30 o*clock to the full District committee, and it is the plan of Chairman Focht to have the measure considered then and reported to the House, with a view to getting passage early next week. Th bill already has passed the Senate. but the subcommittee has written in certain amendments which will necessitate a cohfeience if the House acts on the measure. The amendments are principally changes in phrase Dlogy, although one gives the court I here authority to suspend sentence and place on probation any one convicted for violations of the proposed law. Dr. Ballou. superintendent of the District public schools, and Judge Katherine Sellers of the Juvenile Court were called into conference and went over the bill with the subcommittee, which is composed of Representative Millspaugh of Missouri, chairman, and Representatives Zihlman of Maryland and Blanton of Texas. The principal point of objection to the bill op the part of the member's of the subcommittee was that clause giving the officers and inspectors charged with the duty of enforcing the law the right to enter homes and business places in the course of their investigations. Dr. Ballou explained to the committee that this particular clause does not give any more authority than is given the insDectors under the nresent rhilH labor law. DfBlra Invasion of Homes. He assured the committee that there was no intent to include a provision giving any one any authority to enter a private home without a search warrant. He pointed out that the inspectors merely went to the | doors of homes and sought entry on ringing the bell or knocking at the door. The subcommittee put in an amendment restricting the number of employes under the act to twenty-one. As it came from the Senate there was no limitation. to the aouraa ef ths discuss ton on (Continued on Page 2. Column 2.) : ( V j |! j < <\SOi\. i' PRESIDENT TAKES" I UP REORGANIZING i r unas steps tor ureaier Government Efficiency Facing Less Opposition. ALSO MEETS CABINET Chief Executive Much More Cheerful as Mrs. Harding Continues to Improve. I Reorganisation of the government ! departments so as to establish a greater efficiency by checking overlapping and by co-ordinating the various activities of the government was the first business taken up by President Harding when he appeared ML ills ut sit ill uic rArminr unite j * today for the first time since Mrs. | J Harding's illness reached serious pro- i portions. s For more than half an hour he dis- j cussed the reorganization plan with Walter F. Brown, chairman of the joint congressional committee on reorganization. who personally directed 1 the drafting of the plan to bring about c reorganization. The President is known > to have stated to his caller that dur- t ing the months the tentative plan s has reposed on his desk for his final 1 approval he has many times given it study and has lost none of his orig- t inal interest in the proposition. I i Early Accord Predicted. j i On numerous occasions he has gone J over certain details of the plan with | individual members of his cabinet who j t had made known their^ objection to j * certain features calling for drastic c changes in portions of their respec- f tlve departments. According to chair- I man Brown the President today ^ strongly intimated that the objections which arose at first are gradually dis- t appearing and that it is only a question of a short time before there will > be complete accord regarding the t plan. It will then be returned to the I joint committee to put in the form of c a Mil to be presented to Congress for I \ action during the short session in De- 1 cember. I 1 Chairman Brown today reiterated I the statement made by him when he \ < last conferred with the President re- J 1 garding the reorganization plan, that i i "it was by no means a dead issue." j i Meets His Cabjnet. The President arrived at his desk at 10:30 today and following a careful survey of the routine business (Continued on Page 2, Column IT) forodegisIonWshut factories unchanged All Plants Close Tomorrow Unless Manufacturer Alters His Plans Suddenly. ! i By tli* AooHated Preng. 15 DETROIT, September 15.?In re sponge to queetlons concerning con- | Aiding rumors with regard to the 1 closing of the Kord motor plants 1 [ here tomorrow. E. O. Liebold. personal ' secretary of Henry Ford, today Is- ! sued the following statement: "Mr. ! Ford's statement of several weeks I ago that all plants would close Sep- j, tember IS still stands. I believe. He j1 has made no statement to the con-1' trary. and If he has any new plans he surely will Issue a new statement." Asked concerning reports that 9.000 men were dismissed last night, the secretary declared he had no knowledge of such an action. , The 70.000 employes of the company . in the Detroit district went to work I I today hoping a last-minute statement from Mr. Ford would keep them ; on the Job. . , Mr. Liebold said this morning there was no change in the coal situation 1 so far as the FOrd company was < concerned, but intimated Mr. Ford i j might make a statement later In the day that would Mulct rumors regard- i i ing closing of his plants. . ^ A 130,1,000 D. C. ESTIMATES GO TO BUDGETBUREAU Supplemental List of $6.000,000 Requested by Commissioners. 51.200.000 PAVING REDUCED TO $50,000 .923 Demands Held Within $24.500.000 Limitation. a?? Required. The District Commissioners late his afternoon will transmit to the lureau of the budget estimates .mounting to approximately $30,500.00 for the fiscal year beginning next fuly. The regular estimates will be conined to the limit of $24,500,000 stipuated by Director of the Budget Dord. >ut they will be accompanied by supdemental requests aggregating $0. 00.000. It had been generally expected that he supplemental items would rot imount to much more than $3,000,000. Vhen the Commissioners met yesterlay afternoon for a final survey of heir figures, they found that even he urgently needed municipal im ii u?cniciiia ciiinuiAieu irom me rPRUar budget could not be met with less han 16,000.000. Only *50.000 New Paving. It was reliably learned today that n cutting down their regular estinates to get within the $24,500,000 imit the Commissioners have left inly *50.000 for new street paving. It tas been estimated by engineer delartment officials that *80.000 is reluired to pave a mile of roadway of he width of the main arteries. This neans that practically no new paving rill be done during tbe fiscal year berlnnlng next July unless the budget iureau and Congress allow the suptleraental estimates. The original estimates prepared a nonth ago called for *1.200.000 for tew paving, and. it is understood iractlcally all of that amount ha* >een asked for In the supplemental 1st. Even *1,200,000 would not pave all :he new streets that have dwellings >n both aides and tha main arteries, such as Connecticut and Georgia avemes. Rhode Island avenue and Blalensburg road. District officials say there are at east twenty-ffv* miles of streets in irgent need of paving, which would equire about $2,000,000. The Commit doners and District Budget Officer Daniel J. Donovan are framing a strong letter of transmittal to go vith the estimates to the Treasury Department. Commissioner Rudolph itated this morning he did not believe he Commissioners would make pubic the letter at this time. Reaitai Agalaat Red act lea. It is understood, however, that this etter will present to Gen. Lord in a lear and concise manner the reasons vhy the budget of the National Caplal should not be arbitrarily cut down is are the expense accounts of the ederal bureaus. The Commissioners, it is said, will ell the budget director that at the jresent rate of appropriations Wasnngton is slipping back instead of gong forward in meeting even the bare teeds of its people for sanitation and comfort. , The letter will lay emphasis upon he fa<^ that the expenses of the federal departments come entirely out of he United States Treasury, whereas >nly 40 per cent of the District budret is chargeable to Uncle Sam's locketbook. Nor is the 60 per cent of the ap>ropriation bill all that the taxpayirs of Washington contribute toward he maintenance of their city.* The Commissioners, it is reported. viu runner can attention to ine ran hat half of the coat of every street )&ving job Is raid by the property wnera benefited: that taxpayers pay 12 per front foot for water mains aid and $1.50 per foot for sewers aid to supply service to their houses It has been estimated that 57 per ent of the amount spent in giving: householders water and sewer connections is repaid in special assessments. More Needed for Sewers. The Commissioners also are expect* id to impress upon the budget bureau Lhe fact that the sewer department must be given larger appropriations if the health of the people is to be safeguarded and their property pro:ected from storm-water damage. It was reported that the regular estimates Include nothing for exending trunk water mains, despite the fact that all expenses of the prater department come out of water rents. It is further pointed out that nothing is to he gained b# postponing laying of these water mains, since surplus water rents go into a special fund to the credit of the water S Ana rt m an f It is felt at the District building that while there were good reasons for holding down District expenditures during the war period, those reasons should not prevail so long tfter the cessation of hostilities. The point which the Commissioners aant to impress firmly upon the budget officials Is that Washington is snjoylng an unusually rapid growth In population and building, and thai the streets, sidewalks, sewers, schools and lights to go with this development cannot be obtained if the annual ratimates are to be curtfclled beneath the hare needs of the community. It Is understood, the letter of transmittal will Inform the budget bureau, that the regular budget of $24,500.D00, plus the $5,000,000 of supplemental items, is the minimum amount that should be allowed the District for next year. cm n nrink to cm mrpc Coblenz Barkeeper Violated U. S. Fixefi-Hour Rule. BERL.1N, September 15.?A Coblenz dispatch says the American military court there ha* fined the owner of a Coblenz public drinking house 70.04* marks, the manager 10,000 marks and a waiter (.000 marks for having sol# alcoholic drink to American anldlefg out of the legally teed hour*. lb ~ J '