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Fair -tonl/iht and tomorrow; no change in temperature. temperature for tweat/v'-four hours ended at 2 p.m. todjtf.-i Highest. 08 at 3:30 p.ra. yesterday; lowest, 44, at 5 a.m. today. Full teport on page 7. - !i Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 20 K' DC qqo Entered as second-class matter O. -CyjtM. post ofllce Washington. D. C. KLAN PROBE BEGUN IN TWO OKLAHOMA CITIES BY MILITARY Former Chairman State Corporation Commission First Witness in Capital. TROOPS’ RULE LIMITED TO FRACTION OF STATE Special Grand Jury to Investigate Governor’s Actions Is Com pelled. to Suspend. By tlie Associated Tress. OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla., Sep- I Umber 17.—Thc Oklahoma City police department, taken over by the military late yesterday, was returned to civil authorities today rvhcn Mayor O. A. Cargill' served notice on Col. IV. S. Key, military 1 commander in charge of the city, that unless Kay Frazier, chief of police, was reinstated at once, the entire police force, would be re tired by the city and the task of Policing the city would be left in the hands of the military. By the Associated Press. OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla.. Septeni- j her 17.—Military courts of inquiry into tlje activities of the Ku Klux were in operation today in the 1 Ctvo largest cities in the slate—Okla homa City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City court convened toddy, and summoned as the first wit ness Campbell Russell, former chair man of the state corporation com mission. Other Court* Fund ion. The military court here is com posed of Col. Raul Walker, Col. H. N. Graves and Maj. 1,. H. Harrold. It has established headquarters in a downtown hotel. It was indicated that Kussell was called preliminary to the actual opening of an investi gation into alleged floggings execut ed or directed in Oklahoma county. Machinery of the court Is not yet completed, but the full force of the Investigation is expected to be in ef fect tomorrow. Meanwhile courts throughout the slate, i»eluding Oklahoma and Tulsa, are In session. No interruption of civil procoedure In the state occurred with the exception of that in Okla homa City, a special grand jury sum moned to meet today was forbidden by military authorities. Military Hnle Hr*trirte<l. In no other city of the state was i there any Indication that military j rule, in effect more than a month in Tulsa, had b<*en extended to all cor- j tiers of the state. Creek county, which with Okla homa county (Oklahoma City) was placed under "absolute martial law” Saturday night by Gov. J. C. Waltone' was still without any vestige of mili tary activity. No troops had been mobilized and all civil authority was undisturbed. Adj. Gen. 1!. 11. Markham arrived by airplane from Tulsa today and went at once into conference with Col. W. •S. Key. in command of troops here. The adjutant general declined to say wnetner the state military headquar ters would be transferred here from I Tulsa. Machine (fun* Placed. Since martial law became effective throughout the state Saturday at mid- ! night the military has superseded the Oklahoma City police heads. Machine guns have been leveled at the city ball, police station and county court house; a grand jury has been can celed and a military court of investi gation substituted, and state capital citizens have been told “when to go to bed and when to get up.” A special grand Jury, called to meet today to investigate charges that Gov. Walton used state employes In checking initiative petitions recently tiled with the secretary of state, was suspended last night by orders from Col. W. S. Key, in command of Okla homa City. A military court was or dered to proceed "with investiga tion work” at the direction of the chief executive. The scope of Us investigation will include matters which the grand jury would not have considered, it is understood. Governor See* Challenge. Gov. Walton declared in his martial law proclamation that Oklahoma City was the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan in Oklahoma, and that “it is here ivhere the sovereign power of the state was defied when the grand dragon of this semi-mili tary oragnization publicly proclaimed in substance that the sovereign.state of Oklahoma could not break the power of the Klan.” Further asserting that "the power of this criminal organization may be destroyed" and "the source of the power must be destroyed,” the execu tive is expected to guide the military court inquiry into Ku Klux Klan state headquarters activities. Troup* Patrol at Night. An infantry company and a ma chine-gun company received equip ment at the Oklahoma City armory (Continued on Rage 2, Column 77) ZR-1 on Flight T oD.C. T omorrow If Day Is Good Weather permitting, the National Capital tomorrow about noon will get its first view of the Navy’s queen of llghter-than-alrcraft— the ZR-1. Announcement was made at -the Bureau of Aeronautics today that the giant dirigible was scheduled to leave Lakehurst, N. J.. tomor row morning about 8 o’clock and complete her speed trials begun today. Then she will nose westward, passing over Southern Philadel phia. Chester, Wilmington and Bal timore, arriving her© about 13 o’clock. Over the Capitol and down Penn sylvania avenue to the White House, the ZR-1 will be guided and thence over to the Arlington national cemetery, where flowers will be dropped for the tomb of the unknown soldier. Prbm Ar lington. the huge cigar-shaped craft will proceed to Mount Ver non. and there dip a salute to Geprge' Washington. It Is esti mated the ship will reach this ! place about 2 o’clock, and then will proceed to her berth at Lake hurst. No landings will he effected j here, < j Ex-Senator, 101, Heard Lincoln At Gettysburg E.r the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, September 17. Cornelius Cole, formerly Untied States senator from California, one of the tew living men who heard Abraham Lincoln deliver his Get tysburg address, was 101 years old today, and his descendants planned a quiet reception in hla honor at his home here. "Longevity does not thrive on inertia,” Mr. Cole declared. "One must keep moving. I eat what I want to oat. three times a day. There are no ‘don’ts’ in my regime. "I gave up tobacco six years ago. 1 thought It was doing me no good and perhaps a little harm. I have used alcoholic beverages temper ately all my life.” MINERS ACT TODAY ON COALCONTRACT Ratification and Return of Men to Work by Wed nesday Expected. By the Associated Press. SCRANTON, Pa., September IV.— I Anthracite miners, representing the i 100,000 union workers of the Penn } sylvania hard coal fields, meet in i I convention here today to pass upon j the proposed two-year ggreement i drafted by their officers and the op j erators in Harrisburg nine days ago. j Delegates representing locals in each j of the three districts of the United j Mine Workers in the anthracite rc -1 gion are here for the convention. Ratification of the terms of set tlement was the final step necessarv to bring about resumption of min ing operations, suspended since Au gust 31. when the pftevioufc* con i tract expired and the men were or j dered to quit work. John L. Lewis. ; president of the United Mine Work -1 ers, expressed confidence the dele , gates would approve the settlement } with little or no opposition. It was ; the general belief of both union offi cers and the men that the workers j would be back in the mines Wed | nesday. Session Tomorrow Likely. It was considered probable tl*e convention would not adjourn until tomorrow. Only one point of the proposed new contract, which embraces the four major points of the settlement plan put forth by Gov. Plnchot—a 10 per cent wage Increase, the eight hour day, recognition of the union and recognition of the principles of collective bargaining—threatened «o bring objections from the miners i This was the fact that the 10 per I cent flat wage increase would give i cay laborers a smaller raise in pay j than the $2 lm*reaae ask* I President Lewie and other union I officer* declared, however, there would not be ttefious opposition to ratifi cation pn thia ground. FIND LOST FLYERS IN WEST VIRGINIA Langley Pilots Cany Hew Motor to Rescue of Cole and His Crew. - j By the Associated Press. NEWPORT NEWS, Va.. September 17.—An innovation In aviation was es tablished by pilots of Langley Field yesterday, when a complete new motor was taken by airplane from the Army flying station near here to Charlestown, W. Va., where Lieut. Cole and three mechanics, while flying to St. Louis via Washington, to participate in the Pulitzer race, were forced to land be cause of engine trouble. The motor was dispatched imme diately upon receipt of word of the plight of Lieut. Cole and his three mechanics, who were reported in Wash ington dispatches as missing and for whom fear was entertained for a while yesterday that their big Martin bombing plane had gotten off Its coursse and been driven out to sea. Lieut Austin, who took the motor to Charlestown, re ported upon his return here that Lieut. Cole and his companions probably would resume their flight today. Lieut. Cole and three mechanics left Bolling Field Saturday morning at 10;S5 o’clock for St Louis, but with their first stop scheduled at Mounds ville. W. Va. Nothing was heard of the Martin bomber all day Saturday and yesterday two planes going west were instructed to cheek up the land ing fields on the model airway for the missing ship. This morning Lieut. Howard K. Ramey, of the air service station here and a reporter of The Star were about to board a De Havtland airway ship and institute a thorough search for the airplane, when Information from the Associated Press was received that the plane had been located. The search, which was to have ex • tended as far as McCook Field, Day ton, Ohio, and was to have lasted all of today and tomorrow then was call ed off. The plane flown by Lieut. Cole is ■ entered in the bi-motored airplane race at St. Louis in connection with the International airplane races to be held there in a few weeks. Lieut. 1 Leslie P. Arnold, photographic officer ‘of Bolling Field, is the pilot to fly this ship. Meteor , Crashing Over Steamer , Hurls Officer From His Post By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, September 17.—As he peered Into the dim reaches of the Atlantic In the early dawn last Wednesday. Second Officer H. H. Lancaster of the Royal Mall Steam Packer liner Orblta was shocked from his post on the bridge when the heavens suddenly broke Into a canopy of brilliant light, i For five minutes he was held spellbound while an immense me teor, the sailor’s "hound of the heavens,” shot from horizon to horizon, leaving a luminous green vapor in Us wake, suffusing the heavens for twenty minutes with color. "It was like a glorified sky rock et with a ruddy and brilliant tail,” - lEtienma Skf. Jf \ x'' WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION V-/ "" / — ■ ; . ■ ■■ 1 —r:— zs WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1923-THIRTY PAGES. *_ RIVERA WILL EXILE 31 POLITICAL CHIEFS IN MADRIDCLEAN-UP Military Directorate Bans All Parties in Effort to Bet ter Conditions. PLANS NEW OFFENSIVE AGAINST MOROCCANS i 150,000 Troops to Move Forward i From Mellila Against Riff Chief tain in Finn Drive. By the Associated Press. PORT VENDUES, Franco-Spanish Frontier. September 17.—The military directorate formed as the result of last week’s revolution has decided to expel thirty-one of Spain’s lead ing politicians, including former Pre ) mior Sanchez Guerra and several prominent liberals and Calalinist syndicalists. It Is learned from ad vices coming over tho border. The expulsions will occur this week. The military regime is refusing to have anything whatever to do with politicians or parties. Senor Ventosa. former Spanish minister of finance in several cab inets, Who was on his way to France aboard the Earcelona-Paris express, was stopped by the Spanish police at the frontier station near here and Informed that he must remain in Spain until the new regime had de cided upon his status. NEW LEADER NAMED. Qen. Aizpuru Sent to Morocco to Lead Big Army. By the Associated Press. LONDON, September 17.—A new offensive in Morocco is planned by Prime Rivera, president of the mili tary directorate in Spain. The Madrid correspondent of the Daily Express quotes the head of the new government as follows: "W« are sending Gen. Aizpuru to Morocco with orders to settle the whole problem there. We will re spect our treaties with Ralsull, but will make no treaty with Abd-el Krim (the Riff chieftain) and will launch a new offensive in the Mellila zone in with the plans of the general staff.” It la stated In Madrid, the corre spondent adds, that the great of fensive In Morocco will probably be gin within a week with 150,000 troops. Rivera disclaimed any intention of governing without parliament, say ing that he would form ahother, truly representative of Spanish opinion, which would create a new constitu tion for the country. Referring to tho suppression of sundry officers under the old regime he asserted that there would be a bureau of com plaints In each ministry to which all Spaniards might present their griev ances. TREATY TAKEN UP. U. S. Envoy Promised Early Reply on Commercial Pact. Ambassador Moore at Madrid in (formed the State Department today that he had conferred with the new Spanish premier, Gen. Prlmo Rivera, and had been promised early reply with respect to the commercial treaty in process of negotiation between Spain and the United States. An American draft of tho treaty was transmitted to Madrid some months ago, and conversations with the for mer ministry have been going on, with a prospect that a complete agreement soon would be completed. The treaty is the first of a series of commercial ; pacts which are In prospect to re -1 adjust the agreements between the United States and various nations on a basis made necessary by changes resulting from world war conditions. KING ENDS PARLIAMENT. No Disturbances Follow Declara tion of Military Regime in Spain. By the Associated Press. MADRID, September 17.—King Al fonso has signed a decree dissolving parliament. No disturbances and little excite ment have been caused by the estab lishment of the military regime and the publication of decrees by the new government. For the present Gen. Prlmo Rivera is the only responsible , minister. He has the power to pub lish decrees, which thereby become laws. As tho country now Is governed by a military directorate. Prlmo Rivera.’* title appears to be president of the military directorate, Instead of presi dent of the council of ministers. The foreign ministry of war will be re tained, but It is understood all other ministries and aubsecretaryshlps have ‘been suppressed. The various de partments will be under control of a higher government official, to be chosen bj* seniority. He must, how ever, submit all matters to the presi dent of the directorate for decision. Rigid Economies in View. The military directorate will begin rigid economies In the national ex penses, but without prejudicing the functions of the administration. The government, Prlmo Rivera declares, will propose and develop a policy of security, regarded as Indispensable (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) said Lancaster upon the arrival of the Orbita today. "Suddenly In the same fashion as a Chinese rocket. It burst and all the world seemed filled with a greenish, magic light. The intense light paralyzed my eyes for five min utes, and then I saw floating in the remote upper spaces a streak which glowed as volcanic fires do through brownish smoke.” The meteor was recorded in the Orbita’s log as flashing at 5:50 o’clock, Greenwich time. In latitude 46.12 north and longitude . 38.43 west. It crossed the heavens from a southwest to a north-northeast location, from the direction of the constellation of Pegasus through Casslopoela and vanished in the re gion of the Great Bear. The me teor was about four times the size of Sirius. ; .» , •< i... ..u ..... I HOW I YOU Gay Dress for Policewomen j Banned hy New j Dainty little red and green shoes with high French heels, or dresses covered with rows of images no longer will grace the forms of any of Washington’s twenty policewomen. For police officials—mere men—have issued a fall fashion bulletin, de creeing what a policewoman shall wear on duty. Here It is, in the plain language of the order; "Plain dark colored cloth suit, straight out. tailor made. "Hats to be along simple lines, with I no trailing trimming. “Shoes to be black, gray or brown, with low, flat heels. "Stockings to be. black, brown or j gray. , I GREEK NAVY READY i ) TO SALUTE ITALY . i i 1 By the Aunrlatcd Press. TARANTO. Italy, September IT- — 1 Arrangements for the ceremony off Phaleron on Wednesday in which the fleet will salute an allied naval squadron In accordance with the set tlement of the Greco-Itallan Incident , were announced here today. The Italian squadron will Join the French cruiser Jean Bart and the British battle cruiser Hood ten miles off Phaleron and the combined force. ' under command of the Italian ad miral Solarl, will steam before the Greek fleet, which will salute the Italian flag with twenty-one guns. The Greek vessels In the ceremony will Include the cruiser Giorgios Averoff and the battleship Lefnnos, formerly the U. S.-S. Idaho. As soon as the ceremony is over the Italian squadron will sail for Corfu. While the religious ceremony for the Italian victims of the massacre near Janlna, which precipitated the crisis, was being held in the Catholic cathedral in Athene, requiem mass will be celebrated aboard 1 ' the battle ship Conte D1 Cavour for Gen. TelUnl and the other victims of the massacre. The bodies of the slain officers ar» expected to arrive here Thursday aboard the battleship San Marco, escorted by the Conte D1 Cavour. the Gluilo Cesar and a squadron of de stroyers. They will be received by all the civil, military and ecclesi astical authorities, patriotic associa tions and the entire garrison of fas clsta militia. The bodies will be sent to Rome, where a solemn tribute will be paid, with the king and his entire cablnt participating. saymMnteb TO VET BUREAU JOB • ! Brig. Gen. Charles E. Sawyer* the White House physician, has been ap pointed “acting community manager” at the United States Rehabilitation Center, Federal Park, Pcrryville, ild., , a government reservation projecting; Into Chesapeake bay, seventy miles from the Rational Capital. 1 This was learned at the office of Director Hines and at Gen. Sawyer’s own office in the United States Vet- j erans’ Bureau today. President Coolldge some time ago an nounced that Gen. Sawyer would re main as White House physician. The Veterans’ Bureau hospital at Perryville Is for nervous and mental cases and serves as a supply -statlop fqy the bureau. Gen. Sawyer is offi cially in Charge and also has the status of an "observer” for ’ Director Hines. . i .. The Federal Hospitalization Board, of which Gen. Sawyer is chairman, has virtually finished its work, but is still existent. ->■< ■ -I Because of Oen. Sawyer’s interest in the welfare of the disabled war veterans, some of his friends have suggested that he is obtaining ex perience at Perryville, as an “ob -1 server," with a view of being In a I position to aid disabled veterans In his borne state—Ohio —when he re sumes private practice. , A general practitioner In Marion, Ohio, and life-time friend of War ren O. Harding, Dr. Sawyer was made a brigadier general in the Officers’ Reserve Corps and asslgne’d to* active duty at the White House as the President’s physician, when his friend became the Chief Executive. He soon became one of the most powerful figures In the Harding ad ministration. The board acts in an advisory capacity to the director of the Veterans’ Bureau on matters re lating to th» hospital care of dis abled veterans. Shirt waists to be in keeping with the position. "The above described clothing must • be worn on duty, except when other- / wise directed by the officer in charge of the woman’s bureau." At first glance it might seem that 1 the order would make the streets safe tor male mashers who make eyes • at the passinig beauties. But the last paragraph of the order is a sig nificant one. It gives the officer in charge of the woman’s bureau the right to make exceptions to the gen eral rule. ; The police department has always ; had rules of dress for the brass-but j toned tnale members of the force, but ; this is believed to be the first time the department has ever undertaken j the task for the fair guardians of the I law. » M MILK SOURCES PROMISED CAPITAL, Dairymen in Clash With Pro ducers See Possibility of Changes. Many new milk producers are plan ning to ship their product to Wash -1 ington if a fight develops between the local dairymen and the farmers of Maryland and Virginia, it was learned today. A battle between the producers and 1 distributors of this commodity is said to be brewing over the desire of the farmers to sell their milk to the local dealers through the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers' Association. The local dairymen are said to favor the system of buying their milk di rectly from the farmers as individ uals. Prlee Advance Uncertain. Neither the dairymen nor the of ficials of the producers’ association were able to state today whether the price of milk per quart would ad vance on October 1. A member of the dairymen stated that there would be no increase in the retail price unless the producers go up on the wholesale figure. At the office of the producers’ association, Ist and Q streets northeast, it was stated that no increase had been decided upon. It is understood the board of direc tors of the producers’ association will meet In Washington Wednesday, at which time the question of selling milk to the Washington dairies through the organization probably will be dis cussed. It was learned today from a reliable source that within the past few days the health department has been called upon for a large number of application blanks for permits to ship milk into Washington from sources not hitherto shipping to this city. This is taken to indicate that should any of the dairymen fail to reach an agreement with their present farms they would be able to get milk from these new sources. Health Officer William C. Fowler is following the present situation. He stated today that fils chief concern Is to see that only good quality milk I ccmes into Washington. He expressed j the belief, however, that there are no apparent reasons for an increase in the price of milk at this time. Ordinarily the price advances a cent or two on October 1 for the winter months. Dr. FowlCf pointed out, how ever, that the price did not go down during the past summer, as has been the custom in previous years. POLICEMEN DETAILED TO ENFORCE PARKING Squad of Five Bicycle Hen Sent . Out to Detect Rule Violations. MaJ. Sullivan’s special squad 0 f five bicycle men started today to enforce automobile parking rules downtown, and at noon, had made nine arrests. Inspector ■ Headley, • chief of the traffic bureau, explained that the ad ditional detail makes a total of ten bicycle policemen • detailed- to ■ duty with the traffic bureau. This special parking squad was created by Mdj. Sullivan at the sug gestion of Commissioner Oyster, in an effort to break up the practice of leav ing machines In one place on a busy downtown street all day or for sev-, eral hours at a stretch. The traffic regulations- specify thirty minutes’ parking In the con gested section except around public parks, where machines may be left for two hours, .. i - . ; 155,000 CHILDREN IBEGIN SCHOOL YEAR [Many of Buildings Over- I crowded as Pupils Throng In on First Day. "Washington’s public schools opened today for the scholastic year of 1923- 24 with heavy enrollments. Although there will be no figures showing the total number enrolled on the first day until late this afternoon, belief was expressed that the figure probably would exceed 35,000. The greatest Increase In the en rollment, in the opinion of the offi cials, will be snown in the third divi sion, which covers the Mount Pleas ant sections and the newly developed subdivisions of the northwest. Vir tually all the schools In this division were overcrowded last year. The congestion gives evidence of increas ing until the completion of the new Macfarland Junior High School, which will provide relief for many of the schools. A portable colony of four one-room structures has been placed on the edge of the Macfarland High School site In north Petworth to accom modate the overflow from the Pet worth. West and other schools In that vicinity, pending the completion of the Macfarland Junior High School. Robert L. Haycock, supervising prin cipal of the third division, said that the enrollment in his district gives every Indication of being unusually heavy The greatest Increase was noted In the lower grades of the Petworth School. Many of the new pupils enrolling In this division are from out of town The junior high school classes or ganized in the West and Petworth schools filled up soon after the opening this morning. There are enough pupils now in these classes, he said, to fill the new Macfarland Junior High’ School if it could be opened tomorrow Similar junior high school classes were organized In the Emerv and Gage schools. It is the plan of offi cials to give pupils in these classes as much junior high school work as possible until the new Langley and Macfarland junior high schools are completed. When these buildings are ready for occupancy the junior high school units in tte West and Petworth schools will be moved in their en tirety into the Macfarland School The junior high school classes In the Gage and Emery schools will be shift ed Into the Langley School. All pupils of the Thomson School were transferred to either the Frank lin or Webster school. A third story slx-room addition is being erected on the Thomson School and this building will not be ready for occu pancy before the Christmas holidays. The placing of the Thomson pupils in the Franklin and Webster schools increased the congestion at these buildings so greatly that both build ings were compelled to put all clas ses on part time. The officials have received some criticism of such an arrangement, but pointed out that It was Impossible for the work to be completed on the Thomson today, as the erection of the third-story addition was not started until about July 10. The ap propriation for the addition was not made available until July 1. and work could not be started sooner. It was said. Despite the large prospective in crease In enrollment, only one addi tional school building was available today to relieve the congestion—the old Eastern High School, which open ed as a Junior high school. This build ing affords some relief to the schools In Northeast and Southeast Washing ton. Periodically, however, additional school buildings which are now under construction will be opened as they are completed. Before the end of the current semester. It Is expected that the eighty-four additional classrooms, which will be provided by the new buildings, will be occupied, and the overcrowded conditions which will exist for several months, will be al leviated. Tricky Currents Wrecked V. S. Destroyers , Says Fisherman By the Associated Press. SANTA BARBARA. Calif., Sep tember 17. —Strange currents flow ing around Point Honda, where . seven naval destroyers were stranded the night of September 8, still are talked of among the crews of fishing boats and small coast wise vessels which put in and out of Santa Barbara daily. Capt. Joseph Nocetti, commander of the fisherman North America, put in the harbor here yesterday after a week’s cruise. He prob ably has as extensive knowledge of the Santa Barbara county coast as any man and it is his firm con Trusty Sponges Soak Up Evidence As Jar Is Broken Norman Hassell, widely known among the sporting fraternity as “Jazz Bussell." fancy dancer, i smashed a one-gallon glass jar said to have contained corn | whisky In the vestibule of the j apartment 1465 Chapin street Sat urday night, where he had been | cornered by Policemen Brown and Vermillion of the tenth precinct and Revenue Officers Estes and Edwards, in an effort, police de clare, to destroy the evidence of his possession and transporting of whisky. The officers, however, pulled large sponges from their pockets and soaked up more than a quart of the liquid on the floor, which will be used as evidence against Bassell. The officers chased Bag- . I noil, who was in an automobile, j for more than nine squares, j Bassell took refuge in the hall- j j way of the apartment and as the '' (officers entered be smashed the i glass Jar. gasoUTsLashed 10PERCENT HERE Price Cut Coincidental With That in New England and 8 Seaboard States. A 10 per cent slash in the wholesale price of gasoline went into effect in Washington today, at least six of the j leading oil companies cutting 2 cents ( off the tank wagon price to retailers. This lowered the wholesale price from 20 to 18 cents, and cut the retail price to 21 cents. The cut in Washington was under stood to be coincident with a reduc tion in prices in New England and eight Atlantic seanoard states, first announced at the New York head quarters of the Standard Oil Com pany of New Jersey, and the Gulf Re fining Company. The cut, however, is sharped here, according to reports, as the largest cut elsewhere, announced in New York, was 1 cent on the gallon. One dealer here reported that the whole sale price had been cut in Baltimore, effective this morning by only one half cent. Consumers to Feel Cut, This reduction will be passed onto the consumer today by the retail stations of the Standard Oil Company, it was announced, with a reduction in their retail prices of from 22 to 21 cenla. The Penn Oil Company, which also reduced its wholesale price from 20 to 18, announced that its retail cut would go into effect tomorrow, with the exact retail price to be announced later, “Lightning” gas, it was said, would be 23 cents. Wholesalers which also made a tank wagon cut effective today from 20 to 18 cents included the Texas Co.. Columbia, Crown and Inde pendent. The real cause of the cut in gaso line prices was not forthcoming to day from oil company officials in the city. k Cause of Cut Not Known. It was suggested informally in certain quarters in close touch with the gasoline situation that there has been a large supply of gasoline in the District of Columbia. On the other hand, there were those who intimated that the leading oil companies had made a more "drastic’’ cut in the price here in the city of Washington than anywhere else . along the Atlantic seaboard in the progress of a gasoline war against the “little” companies who have been charged with undercutting the price. No intimation was forthcoming ( from New York headquarters of the Standard Oil and Gulf Refining, from whom the first announcements came, as to the reason for the reduction. The prices in nearby Virginia and Maryland, served from Washington, it was said by company officials in charge here, will be similarly reduced. The additional tax of 3 cents laid by the statd of Virginia will be laid there, bringing the new wholesale price up to 21 cents to the retailer, while the Maryland tax of 1 cent brings the price to the retailer in that state up to 19 cents. CUT IN NEW ENGLAND. Eight Atlantic Seaboard States Also Feel “Gas” Reduction. NEW YORK. September IT.—The tank wagon price of gasoline today was reduced 1 cent a gallon in New England and eight Atlantic seaboard states by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and the Gulf Refining ■ Company. The new price ranges from ; 18 cents in Washington. D. C., to 21 cents in Virginia, where there is a state tax of 3 cents a gallop. The Texas Company announced it would meet the reduction. The ter ritory in which the cut was an nounced by the Standard of New Jer sey includes New Jersey, North and South Carolina. In addition to the ! New England states, the Gulf Re fining Company reduced the price in New York and New Jersey, i The new price in most of the terri tory affected is 18 cents a gallon plus the amount of state tax, if any. GOVERNOR SEEKS FACTS. ; Ohio Chief Asks Oil Companies Why Reductions Miss State. 1 COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 17. Seeking to learn why gasoline is be t Continued on Rage 2, Column IT) victton that the devils of the deep ■were playing diabolical tricks on the night the naval vessels went on the rocks. “That current along Honda was not where it was the day before.” he said. “Something happened to it. One day it went one way, an other day the next. The compass is no good when current acts like that. All ships that night went straight to the rocks when com- ! pass pointed to open sea.” Capt. Nocettl’s own craft went ashore before the destroyers struck. That happened at a time when he could have taken an oath, he said, that he was several miles oft shore. Only the fact that his boat was of light draft saved it from being wrecked. t “From Press to Home Wit Kin the Hour 9 * The Star’s carrier system covt-s every city block and the regular edi tion is delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers are printed. Saturday’s Circulation, 83,992 Sunday’s Circulation.. 94,573 EXPECT 9 VERSIONS OE NAVAE DISASTER AT INQUIRY TODAY Crews of Wrecked Destroy ers to Testify After Com manders Are Heard. REAR ADMIRAL PRATT PRESIDING AT COURT Impressive Memorial Services for Twenty-Three Drowned Seamen * May Be Held Tomorrow. By the Associated Press. SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 17. Nine versions of the naval disaster off Point Honda September 8, In which seven destroyers were wrecked and twenty-three enlisted men perished, were expected to be read into the record of the naval court of inquiry investigating the catastrophe when it resumed its sessions here today. Reports prepared by the command ers of all of the seven wrecked ves sels and of the two others which were damaged in the grounding were to be submitted to the court and read in the presence of the commanding of ficer and surviving members of the crew in each case. Crews May Testify. After the reading of each report the crew of the destroyer involved was to be sworn and each man given an opportunity to add any information he thought' should be incorporated in hla commander’s account of the dis aster, or any complaint which he felt should be made at this time. At the conclusion of this procedure, which was to take place at the destroyer base here, the investigating body was expected to adjourn to a courtroom at the naval air station on North Is land. where reports of other officers of the destroyer squadron might be submitted and the testimony of ex perts in navigation received. Witnesses likely to be called be fore the court of inquiry include, be sides the naval officers in authority on the wrecked or damaged shipsi. the radio operators on the various de stroyers. their signalmen and quar termasters on duty at the wheels of the vessels when the squadron ran aground. Pratt Heads Caari. Rear Admiral William V. Pratt, commanding division 4 for the bat tle fleet and himself a former com mander of the Pacific destroyer force, heads the naval officers constituting the court of Inquiry. Meanwhile other naval officials here were busy With preparations for impressive memorial services in honor of the twenty-three dead. Tentative plans call for services at the naval air station on North Island tomorrow afternoon, with every available offi cer and enlisted roan of the destroyer force participating. Recovery of four additional bodies at the scene of the wreck yesterday bright the total number of dead re covered to ten. AWARDS SALVAGE CONTRACT. Navy Department Orders Only One Destroyer Refloated. LOS ANGELES. September 17.—The Navy Department has awarded a con tract for salvaging the U. a S. Chauncey, the only one of seven wrecked destroyers deemed worth re floating, to San Francisco Interest*. The machinery and equipment of the other wrecked vessels will be salvaged under direction of the Navy. NAISIiIOWNS TIE IN WINNING, 3-3 BY JOHN B. KELLER. Southpaw Wally Warmoth. recently recalled from the Memphis club of the Southern Association, was Manager Bush’s selection for mound duty in the first game of a double-header be tween the Browns and Nationals hero this afternoon. Bayne was on the slab for the Browns. FIRST INNING. ST. LOUlS —Gerber popped to Ruel in front of the plate. Ezzeli lofted to Judge. Tobin went out, Harris to Judge. No runs. WASHINGTON —Evans singled to center. Peck hit into double play, Ezzeli to McManus to Schlelbner. Goslln tripled to left center. Rico grounded to % Schleibner. No runs. SECOND INNING. ST. LOUlS —Harris threw out Wil liams. McManus singled to left. Karris fumbled Whaley's grounder, but recov ered the ball in time to get the runner at first. McManus stopped at second on the play. Biuege threw out colllns. No runs. WASHINGTON— Judge went out Bayne to Schleibner. Ruel singled to left. Harris drove into the new left field stands for a triple, scoring Ruel, Biuege rolled to McManus and Harris was caught at the plate, McManus to Collins. Warmoth was hit by a pitched bail. Evans singled to left, scoring Biuege, while Warmoth pulled up at second. McManus threw out Peck. Two runs. THIRD INNING. ST. LOUlS —Schleibner singled to left, Bayne sacrificed. Biuege to Judge. Gerber filed to Evans. So did Exaell. No runs. WASHINGTON Goslin filed to Whaley. Rice walked. A ball from Judge's bat bounded off McManus' face for a double, sending Rice to third. Ruel singled to left, scoring Rica, but Judge was caught at the plate, Williams to Collins. Ruel took second on the throw in. Harris singled to Ezzetl at third, Ruel stopping at that corner. Biuege walked, filling the bases. War moth fanned. One run. FOURTH INNING. I ST. LOUlS— Tobin walked. Williams j singled to center, Tobin taking third. McManus walked, filling the bases. A third strike was called on Whaley. Col lins. with a three and two count, dou bled to left, scoring Tobin, Williams and McManus. Schleibner ■ went out, Warmoth to Harris to Judge, Colllna taking third. Bayne fanned. Threa runs. _ TWO CENTS.