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WEATHER.
i Fair tonight; lowest temperature
about freezing; tomorrow increasing
cloudiness and somewhat warmer, fol
lowed by rain tomorrow night and Fri
day. Temperature for twenty-four
hours ended at 2 p.m. today: Highest.
43, at noon today; lowest, 37, at 7 a.m.
today. Pull report on page 21.
- ■ i* -
Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 26
No. 29,093.
LIEUT. WOOD MAKES
{I,OOO IN STOCKS:
HALTEDBYFATHER
Island Governor’s Son and
Aide Deals by Cable to
Wall Street.
HIS OPERATIONS BEGAN
MORE THAN YEAR AGO
General Moves to Quell Rumors
That Speculations Were in
Philippines.
the Associated Press.
NEW TORK, December 26. —Lieut.
Osborne Cutler Wood, twenty-six
vears old, son of Gov. Gen.
Wood of the Philippines, has admitted
making- between *700,000 and *BOO,OOO
In speculation In Wall street securi
ties, conducted by cable from Manila,
srhere he Is an aide to his father,
cays a copyrighted dispatch to the
York Times today.
The dispatch, by Richard V. Oula-
Yian, In part, follows:
<Copyrl*ht. 1923. by the New York Times
Company.)
By permission of the New York Times
MANILA, December 24.—Lieut. Os
borne Cutler Wood, son and aide of
Gov. Gen. Leonard Wood, will
return to the United States soon,
probably by the end of January, with
the intention of resigning his com
mission and entering diplomatic serv
ice.
This step is not only in accord with
bis inclinations, but he is better able
to take it for the reason that he has
accumulated enough money through
fortunate investments to enable him
to follow a diplomatic career Inde
pendent of salary considerations.
Bought Standard Oil.
Lieut. Wood's streak' of good for- 1
tune began in September or October
of last year, when he bought stock
of the Standard Oil Company of New
Jersey just prior to its sensational
rise. Although his capital was ex
tremely small then, so he told me to
day. the fact that this stock rose ap
proximately 60 points gave him prof
its which placed him In a position to
make further investments on a large
scale.
Practically all of them were profit
able. While Lieut. Wood said today
that he did not know offhand the
exact amoupt of his profits, he esti
mated them at between *700,000 and
SBOO,OOO.
For some time stories have been in
circulation in New York, WasblßWlWbj
Chicago and .Manila that BTeuE. NGSwT'
rad eitgaged in heavy investments
In securities, and it was reported that
he had made deposits In New York and
Chicago aggreattng *2.750.000 • • •
In the course of Its circulation the
•tory some times took the phase that
these large sums had been sent from
the Philippines by Gov. Gen. Wood.
• • • Nothing ever appeared or has
teen disclosed by investigation here to
• bear out such an insinuation. On the
contrary, according to what I am as
sured in the best informed sources.
Gov. Gen. Wood remains a man of
small means, which he is obliged to
conserve with true frugal methods.
It was Gen. "Wood also who put an
end to Lieut. Wood's financial vent
ures when he learned of them. This
attitude on his part is understood to
be not due to any feeling that Lieut.
Wood’s transactions were not legiti
mate. but to the belief that it was
unwise that such a young man should
accumulate a fortune so rapidly and
to a desire to afford no ground for
gossip that Lieut. Wood's invest
ments were in the
General Sammons Son.
The matter of Lieut. Wood’s finan
cial operations was brought to Gen.
Wood’s attention on his return from
his Java trip to Manila In connection
■with the resolution of Representa
tive Frear calling for a congres
■ sional investigation of the Philip
pines. • • •
Gen. Wood Immediately sent for the
lieutenant, who was in the palace at
the time, and in my presence asked
him to give me all the facts of his [
financial ventures. -
'"I want nothing concealed." said I
Oen. Wood.
Lieut. Wood said it was true that |
he had made considerable profit deal- i
ing in American securities but said I
they did not approach anything like I
the sum of *2,750,000, the amount I j
had mentioned as the aggregate re
ported deposited to his credit in New i
York and Chicago. His profits, he
i uald, were between *700,000 and SBOO.-
000. • • *.
"While I regard these thansactions j
«s private matters,” said Lieut. Wood j
to me, "I am perfectly willing to
tell the story without going Into !
intimate details of piy personal as- ;
fairs. None of these transactions had !
anything to do with Philippine enter- !
prises. Efforts were made by people
here to have me Invest In enterprises
in the islands but I declined to do
so. Mine were all American trans
actions. • • •.
"While I don’t know the origin of
the stories of the large amounts sa f d
to have been deposited by me,- they
probably got about through- the fact /
that I made a practice of transferring
ihe same amount back and forth be
tween Manila and New York as often
as occasion demanded. Pavoraole ex
change rates governed me in this. l
When there was a chance to make
p. profit through transfer 1 did so.
Transferred Frequently.
"If the banka know you have gold
they will make you a good offer for it
and through that fact I transferred the
game amount frequently. If I had gold
(Continued on page 4, column 2.)
COOLIDGE CAMPAIGN
TO START THIS WEEK
Sutler and Goode to Select Head
quarters in Chicago
Tomorrow.
President Coolldge’s pre-convention
Campaign for the presidential nomi
nation will begin this week. William
M. Butler and James W. Goode are to
meet In Chicago tomorrow to select
the general headquarters and to make
plans for the establishment of re
gional headquarters In other cities.
Mr. Butler Is recognized as -one of
the most active spirits in the further
ing of President Coolldge’s nomina
tion, and Mr. Goode, who was a for
mer representative In Congress from
Igwa, Is to t)3 associated, wiUkJum*
Entered as second-class matter
post office Washington, D. C.
I
HE WINS FORTUNE.
\
i
LIEIT. OSBORNE C. W^OD.
MISSING DIRIGIBLE
BELIEMAFRICA
French Officials Doubt Land
ing Could Be Made With
«
out Accident.
By til? Associated Press.
PARIS, December 36.—Officials at
the ministry of marine said today
that, although they had received
many messages reporting the pres
ence of the missing dirigible Dlxmude
over various parts of Tunis and the
seacoast. they considered that the
latest trustworthy news was the of
, ficial dispatch from Biskra last Fri
day announcing her arrival there. It
was at this point that the Dlxmude
was instructed by wireless to remain
in the south because of a violent
storm along the French coast.
The message in question was sent
at 11 p.m. Friday, at which hour the
dirigible was seen twelve miles from
Uled Jellal, thirty-three miles from
Biskra, which is about 125 miles
south of the Mediterranean coast.
The Dlxmude was then proceeding
southward.
Government air expert* sav it is
doubtful that the Dlxmude is still
afloat, as she could not navigate
without power and her gasoline sup
ply is undoubtedly exhausted by this
time. The lack oLwwa from the
•Xtlnglble since Friday is taken as
supporting this view, for if still
aloft It Is believed the commander
would have found means of sending
messages. The principal hope fos
tered here Is that the Dlxmude has
landed in the desert, from which it
might take days for news to come.
Twelve Ton* Water Aboard.
If the airship continued to travel
as a free balloon, without help from
her motors, department officials ex
pressed the opinion that she might
cover considerable distances, as It
was estimated that she had twelve
tons of water on board for ballast,
without reckoning her motors and
accessories. If she has landed It is
considered improbable that the land
ing could have been effected without
accident.
Regarding the food on board the
dirigible, it is stated now that in ad- ,
dltlon to fresh meat and other perish
able foods sufficient for three days
she carried an eight-day supply of
biscuits and an eleven-day stock of
preserved meat, together with 330
gallons of water, a three-day supply
and her tw-elve tons of water ballast
A revised statement of the number
of persons on board given out today
says the total was fifty, four officers
and forty-six m.en, and ten other offi
cers carried as passengers. Naval
Lieut, du Plessis de Grenedan. who
commanded the Dlxmude, was the
officer who brought her from Germany
with her German crew when she was
surrendered under the peace treaty.
He has continued to command her
ever since, but this was to be his last
I voyage as he was about to be pro
i moted. 1
j - Had Little Part In War.
] The Dlxmude, as Zeppelin L-72, took
j very little part in the war operations.
She has six cars suspended from her
j main structure, each with a 300-
, horsepower motor. Between Sep-
I tember 25 and September 30 she
'■ established a record for a nonstop
| flight with a total of 118 hours’ flying.
' M. Faroux. the aviation expert, wrlt
[ ing today to L'Auto, takes the loss of
; the Dlxmude tor granted and ex
- presses the hope that It will Induce
I France to abandon her plan of creat
ing a fleet of dirigibles. He denies
the contention advanced by those
favoring the project that the late war
showed that dirigibles can be of great
utility in naval operations, saying ex
perience has shown the contrary. He
quotes Field Marshal von Hlnden
burg's reminiscences stating that
(Count Zeppelin himself, admitted that
i dirigibles were out of date as war
machines and declares that the future
mastery of the air belonged to air
planes.
KILLED FROM AMBUSH
AFTER CHURCH SERVICE
Virginia Pastor and Woman Driv
ing With Victim Escape Bul
lets of Unidentified Murderer.
By the Associated Pres*.
STAUNTON, Va., December 26.
Martin Coleman, twenty-one, Norfolk
and Western railroad clerk at Blue
field, W. Va., who was visiting his
old home In Nelson county for the
Christmas holidays, was shot and
killed by an unidentified person near
Nellys Ford, Nelson county, Monday
night, It became known here today.
Coleman and his sister, with Rev. Mr.
Phillips, a Baptist minister at Neliys
Ford, were returning home from
church services In an automobile
when fired upon from ambush. Four
shots were fired, but neither of the
other occupants of the car was In
jured. .
Recent activities on the part of
Rev. Mr. PhllHps In reporting prohi
bition law violators led to the belief
In some quarters that the shots were
Intended for him. Three negroes
have been arrested and ate being
*Utegtl»tl£d.j3£ tfififUtboxUiMk' _
fk Itticnina ifef.
Vw/ j V. y WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION V-/
WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1923-THIRTY-TWO PAGES.
OYSTER PROMISES
TO FIND RUM LIST
FOR PROSECUTIONS
Police Will Not Abandon Case
Despite irey’s Denial,
He Declares.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY ALSO
WOULD LOCATE ROSTER
Statements and Counter-State
ment* by Wheeler and Stay
ton Fly Fast.
Though a holiday truce prevailed
today In the investigation of the
Capital’s bootleg scandal, there was
abundant evidence that further dis
closures were in prospect and that
the trail of the missing list of 1.400
rum customers had not been aban
doned.
Despite announcement by Elmer
Irey, chief of the intelligence corps
of the Internal revenue bureau, that
the Immunity of diplomatic liquor
which the police attempted to seize
had been definitely established, po
lice officials declared their Intention
of following up that feature of the
case until a more satisfactory ex
planation has been made.
Commissioner Oyster said he
would ask for a definite ruling on
the extent to which diplomatic Im
munity carried. He is awaiting a
repert, he said, from the internal
revenue bureau. In their raids on the
bootlegging involved the police en
tered a residence occupied by Dr. V.
Sokolovski, secretary of the Polish
legation, where they say about *50,-
000 worth of liquor wa-s located. Im
munity was granted on Dr. Sokolow
ski’s claim.
Mr. Oyster also announced today that
should the list of customers be neces
sary to prosecution of the case, he
would take steps to bring it to light
A similar effort Is expected to be made
by the District attorney’s office, which
has promised to prosecute those shown
to be liquor purchasers.
Statements Ply Fast.
The list has become the vehicle for
plenty of publicity for ‘‘wet’’ and "dry”
forces outside government channel*.
Wayne, B. Wheeler, general counsel
for the Anti-Saloon League, has
issued several statements, and Capt.
W. H. Stayton, head of the Associa
tion Against the Prohibition Amend
ment. has done likewise. The latter
wants the list published, but said
nothing relative to prosecution of the
names on it.
See Powerful Arguments.
The hint that prominent name* on
the list are beljeved responsible for
this situation, 'since, if It can be
shown that high officials of the gov
ernment are disregarding the eigh
teenth amendment by allowing their
names to appear In connection with
illicit liquor traffic, there's some
chance to wield powerful arguments
anent the futility of prohibition. And
Mr. Wheeler, too, wants the list un
covered, but he wants It uncovered
so that Uncle Sam may clean house
in case It can be proved any official
personages have graced the clientele
of the alleged syndicate.
As for the investigators themselves.
Indications were given today that
they regarded the question of the list
an Incidental to be given attention In
case anything crops up which will
lead to It, but not as important as
several other angles.
Not so, however, with Mr. Wheeler
and Capt. Stayton. The last message
Issued by Mr. Wheeler today, which
follows, Indicates this;
Wheeler** Latest Statement.
"Since when has it been fanatical
or impractical to enforce the plain
letter of the law?” said Mr. 'Wheeler.
"Mr. Stayton, the head of the Asso
ciation Against the Prohibition
Amendment, adds one more to his list
of attacks on law and order with the
assertion that prosecution of pur
chasers of booze in violation of the
law is both.lmpractical and fanatical.
What is the Constitution or the aets
of Congress or the laws of any state
among liquor addicts?
"The perfect Christmas day sought
by the prohibition forces with law en
forced would not see Vtaif the popula
tion of Washington and the United
States in Jail, as Mr Stayton believes,
but would still further diminish the
Jail, and prison population. Pour years
of prohibition have made a decrease in
the ratio of arrests for drunkenness per
100,000 population equivalent to 2.000,-
000 fewer arrests since prohibition be
came a law and caused a like decrease
In the penal ratio equivalent to 20,000
fewer penal commitments In spite of
the opposition of the Association
Against the Prohibition Amendment.
Sober men are not locked up so often
as men crazed or sodden with drink.
"The Man of Galilee is still called a
wine-bibber by his foes as Is shown
by Mr. Stayton’s quotation of this on©
among many false accusations against
the Christ. His church still meets
calumny and lies da It strives to save
men from being ruined to enrich brew
ers and distillers.
“Stayton, like Satan, can quote Scrip
ture to suit his purposes, but we are
reminded of Shakrapeare’s phrase
What dammed erroiv but some sober
(?) brow will bleed fit and approve It
with a text,’ ”
BUILDING TRADE UNIONS
HERE BEST PAID IN U. S.
Department of Labor Figures Re
veal Higher Earnings for All
Construction Workers.
Union workers in the building
trades in Washington received gen
erally higher wages than the some
class of workers In similar trades In
other cities, according to figures made
public today by the Department of
Labor, based on earnings as of No
vember 1.
Wages paid bnion laborers in the
building trades in Washington aveo
aged higher here than wages paid in
other cities for both, interior and ex
>*£*«£ Ofcotk ejoa
I *r:
i News Note: The French Blimp Is Still Hovering Over the Tunisian Desert.
: 12 KILLED, 10 HURT
i ATRAtLCfiOSSINQS
1 Five Automobile Accident
Victims in Maryland—Sev
eral More May Die.
Special n;»p«trh to The Star.
HAGERSTOWN, Md„ December *«.
—Five are dead, two dying and three
seriously hurt as- the result of three
automobile accidents in thin section
yesterday. Two of the accidents
were at grade crossings while In the
• third an automobile turned turtle.
The dead are:
Mrs. H. H. Harmony, Waynesboro,
1 Pa.
, John Harmony, her son. Waynes
boro, Pa.
Paul Miller. Waynesboro, Pa.
H. Chairs. Hagerstown. Md
Edward Clopper, Antietam Furnace,
, Md.
The dying are:
> Ralph Hetzler, Antietam Furnace.
H. H. Harmony. Waynesboro.
The seriously injured are:
James G. Spahn, Baltimore, Md.
John Hetzler. Antietam Furnace.
1 Mlss'Ruth Harmony. Waynesboro.
■ Mrs. Harmony, her son and I aul
. Miller were killed when a train struck
their machine near Waynecastle.
' Chairs was killed at a Norfolk and
. Western railway crossing fust out
. aide the city limits. . ( '} op , p * l LJ'T a f?
killed when the automobile in ■which
i Ralph Hetzler also was riding turned
, turtle near Antietam Furnace.
! THBEE HURT IN BALTIMORE.
I Two Women and Man Injured in
• Collision.
• By the Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, Md.. December 26.
Two women and a man, all of Xor
- folk, Va., were seriously Injured yes
| terday, when their adtomobile col
( llded with a taxicab.
Mrs. Mary Lay of the Rotecourt
apartments, suffered concussion of.
1 the brain; Oakley H. Lay, same ad
-1 dress concussion and a lacerated
scalp, and Mrs. Minnie M. Spencer, 614
West 31st street, sustained a frac
tured skull.
I Freeman Bohanan. driver of the
i taxi, was arrested and charged with
failing to give right of way.
THREE KILLED BY TRAIN.
i -
Same Crew Figured in Accident
Two Months Ago.
1 By the Associated Press.
BLOOMINGTON, 111.. December 20
1 Three persons were killed and five
> Injured seriously last night at Deer
Creek, when a Nlckle Plato engine hit
- and automobile owned and driven by
■ Frank Newell. The dead are: Mrs.
Milllson Roves, seventy; Mrs. Sadie
I Rossman, forty, and Robert Newell,
five. The injured are: Frank Newell,
• his wife and three children. The
i train was in charge of Engineer
i Johnson and Conductor Ruddy, the
‘ crew in charge of a train which hit
• an automobile here October 30, killing
• four persons.
’ CRASH MARS FESTIVITY.
• Dairyman Killed Preparing for
Triple Anniversary Event.
[ By the Associated Pres*.
, NEW CASTLE, Pa., December 26.
t The home of John W. Grimes, a dairy
| man, which was to have been the
! happy scene of a triple anniversary
celebration yesterday, became a house
‘ of sorrow through Ills tragic death
• at a railroad crossing. Grimes blrth
; day, that of a daughter and the an
■ nlversary of his marriage all came on
' Christmas. Hurrying with the milk
deliveries, Grimes truck was struck
by a Pennsylvania work train at the
Newport crossing near here. He was
killed instantly. The family had
gathered for the triple celebration
, when the body was taken home.
FOUR DEAD, ONE INJURED.
By the Associsted Press.
DANVILLE, 111., December 26.
Pour persons were killed and one
, seriously injured in traction car ao
! cldents here yesterday. Margaret
, Peyton, Madge Spencer and Robert
Spencer, were killed and Harold Hat
-1 field seriously hurt when an automo
t bile In which they were riding was
t struck by an interurban car of the
Illinois Traction system. All were
residents of this city. A few hours
later Charles O. Harper was killed
s when be was struck by a car of the
- same interurban line while lying on
i the tracks. Police advanced the
■ theory that ha had been slagged and
( cobbed. aad left lyin* fta A& jraok#.,
\Man Not in Jail
May Enter to Get
Coolidge Pardon
By the Aawx-iated Pres*.
CHICAGO, December 26.—Philip
Grqssman. sentenced to one year
In jail February 7, 1921. by former
Judge Kenesaw M. Landis for
failure to close his saloon In ac
cordance with a federal Injunction,
was not reteased on a presidential
pardon yesterday when it was
found that he never had been In
jail. Robert Levy. United States
marshall, said he presumed Gross
man would have to check in at the
Jail before he could be checked
out properly. Mr. Levy said he
had been told Grossman was sick
and out of town, and would sur
render after the holidays.
After Mr. Landis sentenced
Grossman an appeal wae taken,
and recently the higher court
found he had been dealt with
legally.
Notification of the pardon came
yesterday to Ritchey V. Graham,
superintendent of the house of cor
rection, from Harry M. Daugherty,
United States Attorney General.
"The President ha* commuted the
sentence of Philip Grossman to
expire at once," it read. "War
rant will follow."
OBREGONATFRONT
TOLEADOFFENSIVE
Federate Advancing on Guad
alajara, Reinforced by
Victors at Puebla.
By the Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY. December 26—With
the arrival at the Jalisco battle front
President Obregon, who departed yes
terday for Irapuato, and who is ex
pected to arrive at the advanced po
sitions in the vicinity of OcoUan. Pen-
Jamo, today, the general federal of
fensive against the rebellious force
under Gens. Enrique Estrada and
Manuel Dieguez is expected to begin
without delay.
With the main body advancing upon
Guadalajara from the east under the
command of Gen. Joaquin Amaro, re
inforced with, the victorious troops
from Puebla, co-operation is expected
from the cavalry column under Gen.
Lazaro Cardenas, which was previ
ously reported operating In the
Zacoalco district.
Confident of Victory.
Confidence expressed in official
quarters at Guadalajara that the of
fensive will be as successful as the
recent Puebla victory has given rise
to positive statements in semi-official
quarters to the effect that the oap
ture of Guadalajara and dispersal «of
(Continued on Page 2, Column 5.)
Coast Guard Reinforcement
With Old Ships Hit hy Mellon
By ths AtKx-ikted Press.
NEW TORK, December 26.—Rein
forcement of the coast guard rum
blockade with Shipping Board craft.
Navy destroyers, eagle boats or sub
marine chasers would be Impractical
and uneconomical, says Secretary of
the Treasury Mellon in a letter re
ceived today by H. M. Crist, editor
of the Brooklyn TSagle.
The government contemplates
strengthening the coast guard, Mr.
Mellon says, "not only for work In
connection with the prevention of
smuggling, but also for relief and
rescue Work at sea. He expresses a
belief, however, that new and spe
cially designed craft must be built
for that purpose.
Mr. Mellon’s letter foas in reply to
a suggestion he received from Mr.
Crist that vessels of the Navy or the
Shipping Board not now In use might
be turned over to the coast guard
for use in stemming the illegal flow
of liquflr from the ses. Such an ar
rangement. Mr. Crist believed, would
make it unnecessary for Mr. Mellon
to ask Congress for an appropriation
for coast guard cutters..
The Treasury Department and the
commandant of the coast guard have
studied the practicability from tech
nical and economic standpoints of
trgq£i£rri&s certain c.iajsea ,ot
SECRECY SHROUDS
VENIZErai
Triumphal Public Entrance
Barred^ as Unfitting—ln
sists Visit Temporary.
By the Associated Pee**.
ATHENS, December 26. Former
Premier Venizelos. who is leaving Mar
seille for Athens on December 29. has .
requested Col. PI as 11ms to prevent a |
public reception on the ground that it '
is unfitting the statesman’s homecom- |
ing should assume "a triumphant public
character," which would injure the
purpose of his return.
In case his wishes cannot be carried
out. M. Venizelos asked that he be
landed at a secret port, from which he
proposed to motor for a conference
with Col. P las liras on the outskirts of
Athens.
Respects Hl* Wishes.
Col. Plaatlras announcing that the ,
government will respect the wishes of
the former premier, plana to take M.
-Venizelos off the ship In a small boat
at a secret spot along the coast.
Former Gen. Danglis has received a
telegram from Venizelos, in which
the latter advises the liberal party to
proceed with the election of their
leader, inasmuch as he cannot accept 1
the honor, owing to the temporary
nature of his sojourn In Greece.
Nevertheless, liberal circles hope that
Venlzoles eventually can be per
suaded to form a government, despite
the fact that he has assured the
country his return will only be
temporary and that he Is coming to
act as a guide and adviser In the do- ,
lltlcal crisis. y
Ret on* Stirs Greece.
The decision of Venizelos to visit
Greece has stirred political circles.
The liberals naturally are gratified,
believing Venizelos can be Induced
to take up once more the reins of
government The republicans are
perplexed, for they do not yet know
the seal purpose of his return
“The royalists allege that Venizelos
has Iqng been pining to return to
Greece and that his repeated affirma
tion of his determination to abstain
from politics, as well as telegraphic
appeals to his patroltlsm, were
staged in order to facilitate his re
turn.
The reunion of the Greek nation
is regarded as a difficult task which
only a politician of Venizelos/ abil
ities can perhaps achieve. Many ob
servers think that his desire to ren
der his country such a service now
impels him to come back to her at
the present functure.
MURDERED WITH AX.
HOPEWELL. Va., December 26.
With his head almost severed by
blows from an ax or meat cleaver, ■
the body of Peter Petroff, thirty-five,
proprietor of a meat and grocery
store, was found this morning by vis- i
itors to the store.
The motive for the murder is be
lieved to have been robbery.
vessels to the coast, patrol service,
- Mr. Mellon says.
i Although It is generally known, he
says, that the Navy has a consldera
■* Die number of idle destroyers, these '
- craft, 300 feet or more In length, 25,- -
. 000 horsepower and 34 knots speed, 1
would cost too much to put into com- :
t mission and to operate as rum chas- '
. ers, and would be too light for xeg
r ular coast guard duty.
Bagrle Boats Ciralted.
■ Eagle boats built by the Navy '
•. during the war and since out of com- ■
i mission are described by Mr. Mellon
f "as a highly specialised class of ves
-1 sels Intended for certain definite du
i ties” which experience has demon
strated are utterly unsuited to the
work of the coast guard,
t Submarine chasers also have been
proved, according to Mr. Mellon, to
be "ill-adapted for coast guard pur
' poses, expensive to operate, unreliable
and unsatisfactory.” Considering fuel
e costs and the men needed to man
them, the sub-chasers “are not nearly
c so economical as the class of motor
1 boats the coast guard desires to ob- i
r tain.”
"I may say that the plan proposed i
* for the augmentation of the coast i
S guard contemplates the acquisition
i from the Navy Department of such
i miscellaneous vessels as can be
spared and made suitable for the
s work the coast guard is called upon
e to .perform,” the letter continues.
- "Vessels of the Shipping Board are
f completely unsuitable, chiefly because
J, of their size and co?t of operation.” . j
“From Frets to Home
Within the Hour 99
The Star’s carrier system covers
every and the regular edi
tion is dem’ered to Washington homes
as fast, as the papers are printed.
Washington Boy,
West Point Cadet,
Killed in Subway
By the Associated Prose. •
NEW YORK, December 26—The
body of a youth killed by a subway
train yesterday was Identified today
as that of Frederick Stanley Cusack,
a West Point cadet, whose home was
in Washington, D. C.
Identification was made by a fellow
cadet.
A truck came upon the body near
the Wall street subway station
from which the police believed the
youth had fallen or jumped. Phy
sicians said Cusack's body had.
been on the tracks for several
hours before It was found and
that several trains had run over It.
Harry Harper, the cadet who
made the identification, said
Cusack, who was twenty years
old. was an honor man at West
Point. He was to have attended
a party at Albany last night and
search for him was started when
he did not appear.
Military authorities at Govern
ors Island announced they would make
an investigation of the circum
stances of the death.
At the War Department here,
where it was said efforts had been
made all morning to help identify
a young man killed in New York,
it was said that the records showed
that Frederick Stanley Cusack, a
Wpst Point cadet, was the son of
Lieut. Col. Joseph E. Cusack, cav
alry, now stationed at Fort Bliss,
Tex.
No further Information on the
Cusack family was available at
the War Department at an early
hour this afternoon, but the office
of the adjutant general was
again In communication with New
York to obtain official notice of
the identification, and to get
further details of the young man's
family It was thought possible
Col Cusack might have been sta
tioned at one time either in the
War Department here, or at Fort
Myer.
TWODROIICAR
PLUNGE INTO BASIN

Driver, Rescued, Says He j
Lost Control of Wheel on |
Narrow Park Bridge.
Blocked from turning into the nar- I
row bridge over the Tidal Basin in- j
let by the sudden appearance of an- j
other automobile, three men were |
plunged Into the icy waters of the
basin early today when their car
leaped from the speedway. Two of
its occupants were drowned. The ■,
third man had a miraculous escape
after being carried beneath twenty
five feet of water with his machine.
One of the dead men was John
Craven, fifty-five years old. of 22-1
10th street southwest. The driver,
who escaped and Is now In Emer
gency Hospital, slowly recuperating
from his freezing experience, is Rob
ert McLennan, forty-three years
old, of the same address. The other
dead man has not yet been identified,
being known to the only survivor, ,
McLennan, as ‘‘the countryman.” j
i
Bridge Dangerous.
For two Years Lieut. Col. C. O. !
Sherrill, In charge of public buildings j
and grounds, has pointed out In his j
annual report that the bridge where |
the crash occurred "Is a source of :
constant danger to motorists pass- |
ing over it" because It is so narrow. I
The span Is only twenty-five feet
wide and Col. Sherrill has asked for
$20,000 to make It thirty-five feet
wide. Less than that space makes it
hazardous for two cars to pass on
the bridge, which must also accomo
date pedestrians.
Wrapped In warm blankets and
carefully guarded by Policeman Bur
ton of the fourth precinct. McLen
nan told the story of the death
plunge to a reporter after physicians
had worked over him for hours to
restore him to consciousness.
“I have known John Craven for
years,” McLennan began. “It was
pretty late when I met him coming
out of the alley where he keeps his
horse and wagon. Hailing me. he
came up to the car and said: 'Mac,
this is my friend, “the countryman.”
Take us for a spin around the Speed
way.’ I readily agreed and told them
both to climb in the back seat, t
Everything went well until we I
reached the little bridge at the j
Potomac river end of the Tidal Basin. I
“I was not going fast, but my car I
Is a large one. Just as I was about
to turn Into the bridge a small car
shot across It and I saw it would be (
Impossible to squeeze in, too. I tried
hard to turn with the approaching I
smaller car, but my steering wheel |
must have locked as a result of my
sudden efforts to swerve out of the
way. We headed straight for the
embankment and went over It. The
drop Is almost sheer, and as we
started down to the water I heard
John scream: ‘My God, Mac,’ and then
we went under.
“I could not jump before we took
(Continued on Page 2, Column 3.)
WOMAN OF 73 BEATEN
T 0 DEATH tN HOME
By the Associated Press.
HARTFORD, Copn., December 26.
Wltln skull battered by an instru
ment thought to be a hammer, the
body nf Airs. Mary Munsell, seventy
three, a widow, was found thinly clad
on a bed at her home in Burnside,
East Hartford, yesterday.
A window at the rear of the house
had been forced and signs of a strug
gle were evident, A hammer was
found on a stairway. An alarm clock
had stopped at 8:15 a.m. These are
clues on which the police are work
ing. Robbery is thought to have been
the motive of the crliftc. Mrs. Mun
sell lived alone.
After the woman had been struck
down, the intruder stripped her night
gown from her and with It wiped the
blood from her nose and mouth, po
lice said. The body was then placed
on the bed. Thus It remained until
the arrival of a neighbor, t»ho came,
to inquire why Mrs. Munsell had
not appeared at his home for Christ
mas dinner.
Entrance to the house was gained
by breaking the glass In a window
and then removing the lock. The
noise is believed ,to have aroused
Mrs. Munsell, who arose and went to
the kitchen to Investigate. There,
the police think, she confronted the
Intruder and there was staged the
first phase of a llfe-and-death strug
gle.
Through- the kitchen Into the bed
room the two appear to have strug
gled before the fatal blow was struck.
Then the house was ransacked, a
trail of burned matches from room
to room tracing the murderer’s path.
Various articles, collected and
brought to the kitchen, were exam
ined by the light of the lamp which
Mrs. Munsell kept burning in the
kitchen at all times during the night,
police believe. . . 1
Yesterday's Net Circulation, 74,266
ASK STRINGENT LAW
GOVERNING DENTAL
HIN CITY
Dentistry Board Heads Hold
Present Statute Weak in
Requirements.
HEALTH OFFICIALS PROBE
REPORT OF QUACKS HERE
Investigation, on Suggestion of
Freeman Society, Fails to Dis
close Single Fraud.
Declaring that the District of Co
lumbia has a lax dental law. Dr. C.
A. Hawley, secretary of the dental
examining board of the District, to
day announced that the board soon
will present to Congress a bill to
provide for more stringent regulation
of the practice of dentistry.
Dr. Hawley asserted there is urgent
need for revision of the present law.
Jn this connection it came to light
that the health department is now
inquiring Into a letter from the
Robert T. Freeman Dental Society, a
colored organization, in which It was
suggested that unqualified men were
engaged In the profession here.
Health Officer William C. Fowle
said today that on the basis of the
letter he has directed his Inspectors
to make a careful Investigation to
find out if there are any dentists
practicing in violation of law. Up" to
this time. Dr. Fowler added, no viola
tions of the law have been uncovered.
The health officer also has sought
the co-operation of Pharmacy Inspec
tors Sanders and Evans of the police
department, who are aiding in the
investigation. •
The text of the communication sent
to the health office by the society was
quoted by Dr. M. D. Wiseman, for
| mer secretary, as follows; “It has
come to the attention of the Robert
T. Freeman Dental Society of Wash
ington, that there are a number of
I men practicing dental work in this
j city, some of whom have never been
properly licensed and others of
1 whom have never even pursued the
I courses In detlstry at any dental
school.”
Society Twenty Tears Old.
| The Robert T. Freeman Dental So
j clety was established twenty years
ago, is composed of forty members,
practically all the colored dentists in
ithe city, nearly ail of whom are grad
uates of Howard University and
meetings are held at the 12th street
Y. M. C. A. Dr. Reuben West is the
present president.
Dr. Hawley of the examining board
explained that prospective dentists
are required to pass a theoretteui
examination and, in addition, must
perform certain technical work be
fore they are certified to practice,
i He pointed out, however, that one
■of the weakest spots in the local
| law is that no college diploma is
I necessary in order to take the exam
ination to practice here,
j Because of the absence of this re
quirement. Dr. Hawley said, the Dis
trict has not been able to get reci
| procity with most of the states in
| the recognition of dentistry licenses
I for the reason that those states re
quire a diploma.
Degree to Be Refused.
The secretary’ of the examining
board said the bill now being pre
pared for Introduction in Congress
will define clearly the practice of
dentistry, will require possession of
college diplomas in order so take the
elimination and will place a higher
examination fee on applicants.
At present the examination fee is
$lO, which Dr, Hawley said, does not
provide the board with .sufficient
funds.
The District's dental law, according
to Dr. Hawley, has not been revised
since 1904. and should be brought uo
to date with the laws in the states.
At the present time the District has
! dental reciprocity with only six
| slates.
The secretary of the board stated
1 that thgre were one or two com
| plaints made about a year ago. but
he had not heard of any recently,
j Officials of the health department
I have been following with interest
Investigations elsewhere Into the
I activities of alleged unqualified phy-
I aicians, but they say they have not
h§ard of any similar cases in Wash
ington.
The District has a medical examin
ing board which requires applicants
to pass a written examination. If
they pass they are given a certificati
on which the health department
authorizes them to practice.
NEW IMMIGRATION LAW
HEARING ON AT CAPITOL
Aid Society Secretary, First Wit
ness, Advocates Selection
Abroad.
Hearings were begun today by the
House immigration committee on
legislation to take the place of the
present quota law which expires next
June 30.
Chairman Johnson has Introduced
a bill which would provide for selec-
Ive Immigration, with quotas fixed
at 2 per cent based on the number of
persons of each nationality here un
der the 1890 census.
The first witness today, L. S. Gott
lieb of Washington, secretary of the
Selective Immigrants Aid Society, ad
vocated selection abroad, but urgul
that other features of the present
law be continued.
SIGNS AN AGREEMENT
FOR U. S. WITH TURKEY
Admiral Bristol Reports Consum
mation of Plan Mutually to Con
sider Claims of Nationals.
Rear Admiral Bristol, at Constanti
nople, notified the State Department,
today that he signed an agreement
with the Turkish government Decem
ber 24 under which a committee of
Turkish and American delegates will
be appointed within six months after
the Turkish-American treaty ratifi
cations have been exchanged to con
sider the claims of Turkish and
American nationals.
The agreement is in accordance
with an understanding reached when
Jhg treaty wap negotiated.
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