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Unsettled tonight and tomorrow, probably occasional rains; somewhat warmer tonight. Temperature for twenty-four hours ended at 2 p.m. today: Highest, 52, at 2:30 p.m. yesterday; lowest.-41. at 5:30 a.m. today. Full report on page 7. Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 28 X' ‘)Q Entered as second-class matter -> ( . •• post office AVashlngton, D. C. ADVANCE OF REBELS CHECKED IN MEXICO; ISLAINJ BATTLE Thirty-Hour Conflict in Ta basco Ends in Victory for Obregon Troops. FIGHTING RESUMED NEAR PUEBLA,. TEHUACAN FALLS Obregon Gives Lie to Claims of Re volt Success at San Marcos. Sees Peace. J!.v the T’rons. The rebel advance against Mexico City from Vera Cruz has apparently been checked, for the moment at least, near San Marcos, eighty-five miles east of the capital, where in the words of a Mexico City dispatch the fate of the rebellion is being decided. Revolutionary headquarters in Vera t'ruz claims the federals have with drawn toward the capital, but this is not borne out by newspaper corre spondents on the scene, who report that the situation has remained sta tionary since Tuesday's fighting, with the advance guards of the opposing forces in contact near San Marcos. President Obregon. in a message to the Associated Press, brands the rebels’ claims as false and says he has “reason to believe that peace will be restored very quickly.” A federal thrust from the south in an effort to cut the railway line be tween Vera Cruz and the rebel armies is reported in a movement by Gen. Juan Dominguez over the railway from Santa Lucrecla, with Cordoba and Orizaba as his objectives. In the western area the Mexican war department says the operation against Guadalajara, the rebel strong hold, are "developing formally.” 200 REBELS SLAIN. Tabasco Attack Fails After Thirty- Hour Battle. By the Associated Press. MEXICO CITY, December 19.—(De layed)—Rebels attacking Villa Her niosa, capital of the state of Tabasco, have been defeated after a thirty hour battle with the loss of 200 killed and more than that number wounded, according to an official bulletin issued by the war department. FIGHTING RESUMEIT. Dispatches Report Tehuacan Occu pied by Federal Troops. By the Associated Press. MEXICO CITY. Mexico, December 20.; —News dispatches from Apizaco, e ghty-six miles from here, state that fighting has been resumed on the out skirts of Puebla and Esperanza, while Tehuacan has been evacuated by the forces under Gen. Fortunate Maycotte and occupied by a federal column. Puebla is sixty-three miles southeast of Mexico City. The defending federals, under Gen. Vicente Gonzales, military command er In Tabasco, fought gallantly and suffered thirty casualties, according to his report. The rebels fled, leaving their dead ■ and wounded and large quantities of war material, Gen. Eugenio Martinez, command ing a military column marching upon Vera Cruz, "reports no further de velopments during the day," accord ing to the war department com munique. Gen. Martinez Is sending to Mexico City fifty-six prisoners, taken during skirmishing about San Marcos. “Military operation against Guad alajara are developing formally.” concludes the war department. Judging from the previous dearth of official and unofficial statements, it was thought military operations against Vera Cruz. Puebla and < luadalajara were entering a quiescent period, although reports of negotia tions in an attempt to reconcile the warring elements, as well as reports of preparations for a general advance continued in circulation. REBEL VICTORY DENIED. Correspondents Say Obregon j Forces Holding Ground. VERA CRUZ. December 20.—News- I paper correspondents telegraphed from | the front last night that the Obregon | troops had not abandoned the Mexican 1 railway line and had not withdrawn to (Continued on Page 4, Column 2.) CLASSIFYING PROBE VOTEDBYHOUSE Records Used in Rating Fed eral Employes Demanded in Resolution. The resolution of Representative R. Lehlbach of New Jersey, chairman of the House committee on reform In the civil service, calling on the per sonnel classification board for its rec ords, was passed by 1 the House under unanimous consent. This is the first legislative proposition that has been acted upon by, the House at this ses sion. The Lehlbach resolution was or dered favorably reported by unani * mous vote in the meeting of the com mittee on reform in the civil service ; esterday. The resolution calls upon the per sonnel classification board, created by the act approved March 4, 1923, to pro vide for the classification of civilian po sitions within the District of Columbia and In the field service, to transmit to ihe House the following information: A complete copy of the minutes of tin: personnel classification hoard from its organization to date. f Copies of ail papers referred to in those minutes or relating to actions ot the board. Copies of all letters, circulars and communications sent out by the board. Full Probe of Philippine Rule Under Wood Demanded in Home Frear Quotes Star Dispatches Referring to Alleged Misconduct of Officuds Here and in Islands. Thorough investigation by the House rules committee of conditions in the Philippines and of Governor General Wood's administration is i „ proposed in a ; Wt resolution drafted / : Ji&lm by Re p resenta tive Frear. repub •*4 llcan, Wisconsin, f and introduced to ■ day. At considerable length Mr. Frear quotes ; 111 ■ i ■ ■ ' :-vj. iBSBB duct on the part Representative Frear. of some American and insular gov ernment officials. He referred re peatedly to the presence of news articles of this nature which ap peared in The Evening Star under the signature of its correspondent. Junius B. Wood, aid Walter J. Robb another writer for this paper. Mr. Frear quoted first from the article by Mr. Wood, which was pub lished on May 8. announcing that Governor General Wood would not disclose the names of ‘“senators, representatives and others prominent in Washington social life who re ceived payment from the Philippine Independence Commission for spous- LAWYERS’CHOICE OF BRITISH® HIT U. S. Liners Offered to Meet Terms for Bar Association Trip, Says Official. There was a concerted attack from several official quarters today on a decision of officers of the American Bar Association to use a British in stead of an American ship for a voy age of several hundred members of the association to London next sum mer. E. O. Plummer, a member of the I Shipping Board, assailed the decision j as unfair and unpatriotic, and Chair- j man Jones of the* Senate commerce committee joined with several other senators in asking for an investiga tion. Offer to Sleet Terms. The object of the attack was an announcement by Robert E. Lee San er of Dallas, Tex., president of the bar association, that the Cunarder Berengaria had been selected to trans port the delegation overseas next July to attend a bar meeting in London. Mr. Plummer declared the decision would divert to British shipowners a 1 large passenger fee which should be long to the Shipping Board. He said the board had offered the use of its best ships to the Bar Association, in cluding the Leviathan and the George Washington, and had guaranteed to meet any terms quoted by foreign lines. Jones Asks Report. Senator Jones presented in the Senate a resolution asking the Ship ping Board for details on the terms offered. He sought immediate adoption of the resolution, but was unsuccessful because of the legislative situation. Asserting his trust that the Bar Association is not using a British ship because there are no bars on American craft. Senator Ashurst. democrat, Arizona, pointed out that twenty-two Senators who went to Europe during the past summer trav eled on American vessels. OREGON WOMAN SLAIN BY BANDITS IN MEXICO Two Small Children Safe, Accord ing to Report to Husband at Tampico. ! By the Associated Press. BAKER, Ore., December 20. —Mrs. Emily Christensen Earhart, formerly of Baker, Ore., has been killed at Tula, Mexico, by bandits, according to j word received here by .1. F. Penrod I from R. Earhart, her husband, at I Tampico. Earhart sa : d that he and 1 his two small children were safe. “My Pile Made” Says Broker As He Gives Business Atvay By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. December 20.—Hav ing 1 accumulated a fortune of more than $2,000,000 In Wall street, John Borg, one of the leading members of the New York curb market, today announced his retirement from the brokerage field and the gift of his business to three junior members of the firm. “X have made my pile," Mr. Borg said, “so 1 am getting out and let ting the younger fellows make theirs. I am giving them the business be cause they have earned It, and I have no further use for it myself, as I have all the'money I need. Wants Time to Play. “While I am going to devote more time to my other financial interests, I’m quitting the brokerage business In which I have made most of my money so that 1 can have more time for play. “I am particularly anxious to de vote more time to my hobby—a newspaper. While I am not a news paper man. I’ve got my own ideas about how a newspaper should be run. -I think..it ought .primarily <£l]e Itticnina J V ✓ WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1923.-tfIFTY-TWO PAGES. * Ing the cause of independence’ ” until he had concluded an investigation. The same article, Mr. Frear con tinued. contained the name of a former representative, “now practis ing law in Washington," who was alleged to have been on the records in Manila as having received a regu lar monthly salary for agitating the cause of Philippine independence both iu Congress and in the public press. Propose* House Probe. In conclusion, the Wisconsin repre sentative makes this proposal to the House: "That the rules committee of the 1 House is instructed to investigate j and report to the House as soon as j possible all allegations as herein set j forth relating to the truth or falsity | of the Manila cablegrams, the actions jof Gov. Wood in relation to the Philippine government, its legislation, j its banks, its railways, sugar centrals and efforts, if any, to exploit the is land by American commercial inter ests. the deposit of Philippine govern ment in money in American banks, the facts regarding a Filipino stable govern ment and any' other matters proper for a full report thereon to aid Con gress In preparing any remedial legis lation.” Discussing the need of a searching inquiry Mr. Frear declares that Con gress should make a full report “of any senators, representatives or other public officials who have received money to influence their attitude to -1 (Continued on Page 12, Column 3.) “SPIRIT FACULTY” OARED IN COURT Dead Pastor Declared Listed as Oriental University. Professor. By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Va., December 20. The charter of th« Oriental Uni versity of Cherry dale. Va.. alleged , "diploma mill,” was revoked here J this afternoon by Judge R, Carter j Scott, sitting in the city circuit ! court. I Special Dispatch to The Star, j RICHMOND. Va., December 2u.— I Even though Rev. Dr. W. T. Harris of Boston has been dead for fifteen years, he continued as “active" head of the "spirit faculty” of the Ori ental University, Inc., of Washing ton, D. C., and was in constant spir itual communication with the univer sity’s president. Dr. Helmut P. Holler, according to the testimony of Postal Inspector B. B. Webb, presented this morning at a hearing on an applica tion to annul the charter of the school. According to further evidence of the state, which is prosecuting the case in conjunction with the govern i ment, other members of the faculty included James C. Jones, colored, as "professor of pharmacy." Jones is employed in the Treasury Department in Washington to seal packages con taining money. As to the awarding of diplomas. Rev. Leo S. Osman of Baltimore said that his "diploma in psychology" cost him |SO "in trade," which consisted of second-hand phonograph records. Prepares “Dissipation.” Jones, the "professor of pharmacy,” testified that he was approached by Dr. Holler to write a "dissipation” on pharmacy of about 500 words. Jones, who runs a drug store in addition to his work at the Treasury, said that he submitted such a paper to Dr. Holler, who declared that he would submit it to the “dean of pharmacy." Jones de clared that he received S 3 for his work. Miss Ethel L. Nugent, a teacher in Strayer’s Business College in Wash ington, testified that although her namo appeared as a member of the faculty of the Oriental University as ! a "professor of music and nursing," she had never been consulted about such a position, that she did not know of such a connection until the university was investigated, and that she never examined any papers or saw any students. John W. Perkins, a translator in the War Department, was another who testified that his name had been used as a member of the university's faculty without his knowledge. A letter from Harry B. Caton, for mer attorney for the university and a director, was read into the record. The l letter declared that the university was engaged in “peddling degrees,” and that Caton was severing his relations and wanted nothing to do with It. Neither Dr. Holier jior other defend- I ant officers of the university, nor coun | sej for them, appeared at the hearing . this morning before Judge R. Carter I Scott in Circuit Court here. serve the community in which it is located. My newspaper, the Bergen (N. J.) Evening Record, is making some money, but with me profit in that enterprise is a secondary con sideration.” Started as Office Boy. Mr. Borg started in Wall street as a $4-a-week office boy shortly after he was graduated from the Union Hill (N. J.) High School In 1897. Only a few years later he was in business for him self, executing orders in the old out door curb market on Broad street. He Is now only forty-two years old. About three years ago he endowed a $25,000 scholarship fund for the benefit of the graduates of the Union Hill High School. Each year one boy is sent from that high school to Rutgers Uni versity. “I missed a college education because I had to go to work when I got out of high school.” Mr. Borg said, “but I realize that a college education is a fine thing, and something which every boy should have. The bov who gets the scholarship at Union Hill must give a moral pledge that within ten years after graduation he will give to some boy the same opportunity he himself has enjoyed. I hope in that way that my plan will work out as an endless chain of encouragement to poor but deserving lads," 163 NEW POLICEMEN AND TRAFFIC COURT HELD VITALTO CITY Experts Outline Needs of Capital to Solve Auto Prob lem to Senate Body. LOCAL RULE ANSWER TO EVILS, SAYS COUZENS Senator, Bureau of Standards Of ficial and Headley Last to Take Stand. One hundred and sixty-three addi tional policemen for traffic duty alone and a traffic court would adequately take care of Washington's traffic problem, in the opinion of Inspector Albert J. Headley, chief of the local traffic bureau, who testified today be fore the Senate committee Investigat ing traffic. Others who testified were Senator James F, Couzens of Detroit, who de scribed traffic regulations In that city during his term as mayor and police commissioner, and Dr. W. F. .lames of the bureau of standards, who gave the committee interesting data on the subject of automobile bra fces. Tlie committee, which closed its hearings on the traffic question at to day's session, called, on Inspector Headley to give concrete figures for the elimination, as far as possible, of the traffic evils here. "I want to know," said Senator Ball, chairman of the committee, "just how many policemen would be needed to take care of downtown traffic. You understand, of course, that this committee can only recom mend additional police solely for the purpose of controlling traffic. I do not approve of the street railway company, which now pays crossing policemen, having anything to do with the policing of the city, and in making your recommendation I want these men looked on as additional men for the department in case the cross ing police were taken out of the hands of the railway company. Need* 1(13 Policemen. "One hundred additional men. be sides the sixty-three authorized for crossing police, making a total of 162. is .the figure I should set as the number required to adequately patrol the downtown section.” replied In spector Headley. Questions designed to bring out the necessity for more policemen, the number require 1 and methods of fill ing up vacancies on the force were asked by Senator Ball and Senator Bayard. In connection with the Immediate (Continued on Page 2. Column 8.) SENATORS DOUBT COMMUNIST PLOT I Norris Says Facts Lacking to Back Conclusions—Borah Questions Report. Secretary Hughes’ disclosure of a soviet movement to overthrow the American government was the sub ject of a Senate debate today in which the authenticity of the Secretary’s evidence was questioned by senators who have urged recognition of the Russian soviet government. Senator Borah, republican, Idaho, declared It was his opinion after ma ture investigation that during the past three years the soviet had not connived at any effort to overthrow the government at Washington. He added that if the Department of Jus tice or any one else would furnish him any evidence he would conduct a public investigation. The evidence made public by Mr. Hughes and certified as authentic by the Justice Department was declared by Senator Norris, republican. Ne braska, to be “merely conclusions” rather than facts. The Department of Justice in formation about a revolutionary movement. Senator Norris said, was not evidence, but only' conclusions Senator Lenroot. republican. Wis consin. disputed that statement, and Senator Borah, republican, Idaho said that "the thing will explode itself.” The Nebraska senator got consent to have printed in parallel columns in the Congressional Record the statement regarding Russia made by President Coolidge In his annual mes sage and the letter of Secretary- Hughes to Foreign Minister Tchitcherln Announcing that he Intended to discuss the subject later at length. Senator of Massachusetts, the republican leader, told the Senate he thought he would be able to produce evidence which would command the attention of senators. Senator Borah replied that there should be a full Investigation and Senator Lodge said he proposed that such an Inquiry should be conducted In connection with Senator Borah’s pending resolution proposing Russian recognition. Senator Swanson of Vir ginia, ranking democratic member of the foreign relations committee, also indorsed the plan for an investigation, tion. TWO GIFTS OF SI,OOO FOR HARDING SHRINE John Hays Hammond has presented to the Harding Memorial Fund a gift of SI,OOO, It was announced today at the memorial association’s headquar ters, 1414 F street northwest. Another 11,000 gift was announced yesterday from Secretary of Labor Davis. The memorial campaign will be continued through December and Into January, It was announced yesterday by Col. Thomas W. Miller, chairman for the District of Columbia. The Welfare Club of the office of the register of the Treasury has given SIOO to the Harding fund. Another contribution received to day was from the boys of Mercers bnrg Academy, Mercersburg. Pa., where the sons of President Coolidge are enrolied. This was for $25. Contributions received direct at headquarters by mail and in person total $21,200. This represents gifts from individuals and organizations In all part* o£ tbe^ountxjfe f COOLIDGE VICTORY i SEEN IN FORD MOVE Tremendous Boost for Presi dent Admitted by Po litical Leaders. HV V. «. MESSENGER. By far the most absorbing topic of discussion in all political circles to day was the announcement by Henry Ford yesterday that be favors the nomination and election of President Coolidge. thus effectually disposing of any further talk of his own can didacy for the presidential nomination on any ticket. Analyzing the expected and pos sible effects of this move by Mr. Ford, the politicians fiirured that the first and most notable result would be to throw a tremendous volume of sup port to President Coolidge’s candidacy lin tlie pre-convention contest. 1n- I deed, some of the President’s more i enthusiastic friends went so far as to j predict the possibility of his nomina tion on the first ballot. Johnson Vndismayed. Senator Hiram Johnson s supporters, however, declared they were not dis mayed by Mr. Ford's action and the senator, himself was imperturbable. The Johnson men say that with Henry Ford out of the running, the voters who have looked to the Detroit manufacturer as exponent of their principles of progressivlsm must nat urally turn to Senator Johnson as their standard bearer. It was also pointed out that Senator La Follette, should he declare himself a candidate, would fall heir to the ex treme radical element which was counted as part of the Ford support. This expectation was held to apply particularly in Michigan, where there is a large extreme radical element. But the outstanding consideration in all the comment was the pronounced effect Mr. Ford’s announced allegiance to President Coolidge’s candidacy would have In swaying the opinion of business men and the farmers, who have great respect for Mr. Ford as a business man. even though they might not regard him presidential timber. Will Be Campaign Slogan. Mr. Ford’s frank and simply worded statement will receive the utmost publicity, of course, and is calculated to attract attention and analysis. His expressed belief that 5)0 per cent of the people “feel safe” with President Coolidge. followed by his query, “Why change?” will become a campaign slogan. And there Is an element of the Ford followers who will take his assurance as the law and the gospel and act upon it accordingly. Not alone were the republicans deeply interested in the Ford an nouncement of allegiance to Presi dent Coolidge. but the democrats also found cause to con'’ ’ it from their party viewpoint. ~rst thought that occurred to them was that his abandonment of personal ambitions cleared the atmosphere for the straight democratic contestants for the nomination and eliminated all chance of Mr. Ford becoming pos sibly a disturbing element in the democratic national convention. It Is expected that Mr. McAdoo will "go after” the Ford democrats in his fight for the nomination. He will also make a drive, it is thought, for Ford republicans of the extreme pro gressive type, inviting them to line up with the "only true progressive,” as Mr. McAdoo’s backers describe him. It was the general opinion of poli ticians of both parties that the with drawal of Mr. Ford eliminates the possibility of a third-party ticket being placed in the field. BARONESS ROSEN BRIDE OF NEW YORK BANKER Forme r Russian Ambassador’s Daughter Wed Two Weeks Ago in Nice. By the Associated Preas. NEW YORK. December 20.—The marriage in Nice two weeks ago of Eric Dahlgren of New York and the Baroness Elizabeth Rosen, daughter of the late Baron Roman Ramandwitz Rosen, a former Russian ambassador at Washington, was announced today by Mrs. Drexel Dahlgren, the groom’s mother. Baron Rosen died in New York in 1921 from injuries suffered In a taxi cab accident. Mr. Dahlgren is asso ciated with a Paris banking house. CALIFORNIA WAS OCEAN BED 8.000,000 YEARS AGO Fossil of Whale’s Rib Found in Canyon Convinces Scientists of Ancient Status. By the Associated Press. ' LOS ANGELES, December 20.-—The fossil of a whale’s rib has convinced scientists that southern California was at the bottom of the ocean not (more than 8.000.000 years ago, ac : cording to statements by Dr. David | Starr Jordan and others of a party j of paleontologists who have investi ; j gated extensive fossil deposits in ) Trabuco canyon, southeast of here, j Dr. A. J. Trege of the Los Angeles ■ | museum, one of the party, found the [fossil rib on a bluff above the canyon. ' j ll® placed it in the miocene period. j the time of the three-toed horse and 1 (Other mammals extant between 5.000,- 1 000 and 8,000,000 years ago. Nearby | the scientists found distinct evi . j dences of three former shore lines, t i Besides the whale's rib. members of i tlle party picked up fossils of sharks’ ! teeth and sea shells they said were ' (hundreds of thousands of vears old i NAMINGOFFARLEY HITS SENATE SNAG I , Lake States Already Repre sented on Shipping Board, Committee View. i. - ~ The nomination of Edward P. Far . ley as chairman of the Shipping Board will be reported adversely to | the Senate under a decision today- by the commerce committee. The committee's action .was based • entirely, members said, upon provis ions of the law which allot only one member of the board to states touch ing on the great lakes. Mr. Farley is from Chicago, and the lakes sec tion already is represented by Commis sioner T. V. O'Connor of Buffalo, j By its action the committee over ruled President Coolidge's contention that Senate confirmation of A. D. Lasker of Chicago as board chairman in 1921 constituted a precedent for similar approval of the Farley nomi nation. At the time of Mr. Lasker's nomination also there was another member sitting on the board from the lakes states. Recess Appointment. Mr. Farley now is serving under a ; recess appointment by President Harding. Favorable reports were ordered by ( the committee upon the nominations of Frederick I. Thompson of Alabama and Bert E. Haney ot Oregon, re appointed as members pf the board. The vote in the committee against Mr. Farley was said by members to be unanimous. Senator Harrison, democrat, Mississippi, announced he would ask that the nomination be considered in open session when it was brought before the Senate. MME. POINCARE INJURED. PARIS, December 20. —Mme. Poin care, wife of the premier, was bruised last evening when her limousine col lided with another car. Prison Trustee to Live in Cell Two Weeks'to Study Conditions By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA, December 20.—W. Curtis Bok, recently appointed mem ber o£ the board of trustees of the Eastern Statq penitentiary, plans to become a "convict” for two weeks and live in a cell' at the institution, to gain first-hand information of life behind the grim prison walls. Mr. Bok, who was appointed to the board shortly after a Jail delivery last month, said today his experiment probably would cover tha second and third weeks ifi January. The first day or so will be spent in a receiving cell, in which the prison physicians ob serve the new arrivals and examine them for physical defects or diseases. While In that cell he will have op portunity to learn how the "bad" con victs for the observation cells JOINT COMMITTEE FOR DISTRICT URGED 1— House Gets Plea for Protec* i i tion of Measures Affect ing Capital. i j Tin? necessity for fixing the rules ] of tiie House so District business may j not be shunted aside, and the pro , jjiosal for a joint committee on the ! District to consider legislative mat * ters. as well as appropriations, were J laid before the House rules commit j ‘ tee at its first hearing looking to i ward liberalization of the rules to | day. i The necessity for changes in the , j rules was emphasized as the prin f ' cipal difference of opinion between ! the progressives and democrats, as against the conservative republicans |at the opening of Congress. The j hearings before the rules committee f were the first to fulfill the pledge ! made at that time* that liberalisation of the rules would receive prompt and i careful consideration. | | Representative K. Walton Moore of ■Virginia was the first speaker at the I, hearings today for more than two j hours this morning and again this afternoon. He advocated protecting the District of Columbia committee in the use of its regular days for con sideration of legislation in the House. ' He suggested that it was certainly wrong to have these days set aside by a majority vote. If this time was to be taken for consideration of other legislation, it ought to be by a much I larger vole, and he urged that a four | fifths vote should be required to take I away the day from the District com j mittee. Propose* Joint Committee. \ I Representative Moore also discussed .j a proposal which he said has been ■in his mind for a long time, but I ' which he is not sure that this is the proper occasion to push. However, he left it with the committee for what it is.worth. That proposition was for a joint committee of the House and .Senate to consider all District affairs, with jurisdiction to (pass upon iegislative matters as well l as upon appropriation measures. I Representative Moore, at the sug- j j gestion of the committee, opened the : entire discussion of liberalizing the] rules and explained his ideas on sev- 1 I eral provisions for amending the rules i ! which he had previously introduced. 1 j He discussed the powers of the rules i I committee and the necessity for cur- | tailing them as proposed in a number ! of resolutions. | HEARING DATES SET i ON CIVIL SERVICE The House committee on reform in j the tfivil service has set January 14 on which Ip start hearings on pro posed amendments to the civil serv ice retirement act. It has been intimated to the House 1 committee that Senator Stansfield of ( Oregon, new chairman of the corre- I spending Senate committee, is anxious to arrange a joint meeting to save time and avoid duplication of testi mony. Chairman Dehlbach of the Houss committee said today that the com mittee is favorable to such a joint hearing and will conduct a joint hearing if the Senate committee for mally asks for it. . , are on the fourth gallery, known to the convict population as "bad man's row.” Block and Routine. He will then be assigned to a block and will be given a cell. He will rise every morning at 6 o'clock, and at 7 o’clock, with the hundred or more convicts of the same block, he will be marched to the mess hall with his tin plate and cup for breakfast. His days will be spent about the prison yard and in the shops.* He plans to spend part of the early evening in confer ence witli other members of the board of trustees, for the purpose of dis cussing improvements and changes beneficial to the convicts and to the prison officials. At 10 p.m. he will be locked in his cell and the lights turn ed out, the same as the regular con victs. ■■■ » “From Press to Home Within the Hour ” The Star’s carrier system covers every city block and the regular edi tion is delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers are printed. Yesterday’s Net Circulation, 95,473 AUTO RECIPROCITY ACTION IS DELAYED UNTIUANUARY 4 Wrangle in Committee Over Procedure Features Last Pre-Holiday Session. BLANTON INSISTS BILL GO TO WAYS AND MEANS Underhill Amendment Imposing Personal Property Tax Precipi tates Warm Debate. I'he two-cent gasoline tax bill, commonly known as the auto reci procity bill, has gone over until the next meeting of the House District committee, on January without final action in committee. This decision was reached today after a two-hour discussion princi pally as to what parliamentary pro cedure would make It possible for members of the committee to recon sider their vote on the paragraph of the bill amended so as to Impose a personal property tax on automo bile owners as well ae the gasoline tax. Representative Kent of Pennsylva nia made it plain that, in his opinio; if action was taken today, with Rep resentative Underhill and his folic, - ing insisting upon a vote on the bi’ as amended, the measure would i killed, Blanton Raises Objection, Representative Blanton of Texa -. acting as leader of the minority, an nounced that if the gasoline tax biil conies up in the House for considera tion, he will defeat it on a point of order. Representative Blanton in sisted that this is undoubtedly a tax measure, a revenue measure, and that it has no place in the District com mittee but belongs in the jurisdic tion of the ways and tneans Com mittee. Several speakers during the meei - ing protested that with the personal property tax imposed by the Under hill amendment the bill as it now stands means legislation in the in terest of Maryland and imposing an additional tax burden on automobile owners In the District for raising revenue which is not needed. When the meeting opened an appeal from the decision of the chairman waj pending. Chairman Reed had sustained a point of order by Representative Blan ton that the committee could not return to the paragraph which had been amended on motion of Representative Underhill imposing the personal prop erty tax. Representatives Reed, Blan ton and Jost of Missouri, quoted from the rules of the House to sustain The decision of the chairman. Repreaer.ta tize Zihlman of Maryland >:1 the dis cussion to show that the point of or.lt ’ I was not well taken. The matter wa - 'settled amicably by Representative Iv.-l --1 ler of Minnesota withdrawing his ap | peak .Reed Has Substitute. Chairman Reed then suggested as a way in which a majority of The com mittee could get action on the personal property tax provision that a substi tute, which in reality might be the original bill, could be offered when th final vote was taken in committee. Representative Underhill argued that the bill should be reported as amended, and suggested that the re port might carry a recommendation that an amendment restoring the original language was favored by a majority of the committee. Repre sentative Kent of Pennsylvania said that the House expected the commit tee to adjust such matters in the committee and bring in the clear re port. Representative Underhill said that he had talked with a number of automobile owners in the District who are willing to pay the personal property tax and the gasoline tax if they can only get rid of the nuisance of going after Maryland tags. Representative Blanton said: "This is undoubtedly a tax measure, a reve nue measure, and so can be consid ered only by the ways and means committee." Representative Underhill said he is in sympathy with the bill and in sym pathy with the people of the District but cannot see justice of relieving those from the personal property tax who are best able to pay it. "You cannot get this desirable legislation through.” he said, “unless you elim inate this piece of favoritism.” Calls It Burdensome. Representative Zihlman told tin committee that if the bill was passed as amended "you are putting an addi tional tax burden on the people District of $625,000 at a time when people everywhere are demanding a reduction in taxes.” He emphasized that this is a community of a $9.- 000.000 surplus in the Treasury ami able to raise more than its 60 per cent shaw of any appropriations that Congress makes for the District. "The revenue which would be derived is unneeded.” he said. Representative Zihlman also point ed out that this bill would raise four limes the amount appropriated in re cent years for street repairs and im provements. "It is not an effort,” he said, “to evade any tax, but to shift the tax so as to avoid friction and the nuisance of having to get two tags." In pointing out that the bill was not drawn in the interests of Maryland, he said that it would take a half million dollars out of the Maryland treasury and put it In the District treasury, but that the bill as amended would rob the people of any benefits intended for them. Representative Gilbert, democrat, of Kentucky argued regarding the question of taxation and the pro posed change in the method of taxa tion to suit the people of Maryland, He said he could not see why an au tomobile . should be distinguished from a house for purposes of- taxa tion. and that a man who had $6,000 invested in an automobile should b-- taxed just as much as a neighbor who had $6,000 Invested in his home. Would Knd \u is slice. "We are making this tax excessive,' he said, "to meet the demands of Maryland in an effort to evade a nuisance.” Representative Roy G. Fitzgerald of Ohio suggested that as some states allow an exemption on personal prop erty up to a certain figure It might be well to Incorporate in this meas ure an exemption on automobiles up to a certain amount, in order not to impose a hardship and additional tax burden on the poor people who own cheap cars. Representative Gilbert said he be lieved this Is a splendid idea and might aid in getting the mcasuit passed. | Representative Oscar Keßer of Min- on Rage 13. Column L} TWO CENTS.