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Cloudy tonight and tomorrow: no change in temperature; lowest tem perature tonight about 34 degrees. Temperature for twenty-four hours ended at 2 pm. today—Highest, 45, at noon today; lowest, 36, at S a.m. today. Pull report on page 2. Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 14 VT„ OQ IQTV Entered as second-class matter «jc7,xo\', post office Washing-ton, ,1). C. SINCLAIR REFUSAL 10 TESTIFY BRINGS CONTEMPT AGIN ME BY SENATORS Will H. Hays, on Stand, De nies Teapot Lessee Gave 75.0G0 Shares of Stock to Make Up Party Deficit. WILL RESERVE EVIDENCE, OPERATOR DECLARES Denies Fearing Testimony Before Committee Would Incriminate Him. But Stands on Lawyer's Contention That Committee Lacks Jurisdiction in Case. The oil conrmittee voted unani mously today to certify Harry F. Sinclair to the Senate for contempt as a result of his refusal to testify further before the committee. The decision as to the exact pro cedure will be held in abeyance un til the return of Atlee Pomercne and Owen J. Roberts, special government counsel in the oil lease cases. Senators said two courses were opci! —contempt proceeding before j the Senate itself or certification of the case to the district attorney of the District of Columbia for grand jury proceeding. After failing to induce Sinclair to testify, the oil committee today icceived from Will H. Hays a flat ! denial of the story that Sinclair had contributed a large batch of oil stocks to wipe out the deficit in the jepublican party treasury after the 1920 campaign. Sinclair refused to testify after the | committee had voted unanimously to overrule the objections of his attor neys. Despite the committee’s posi tion, he said, he must reserve what ever evidence he has for the courts. Hays followed the oil operator and Teapot Dome lessee immediately on the witness stand. "Do you know the witness who has just left the stand?" asked Senator I Walsh, the committee prosecutor. ! "Yes, sir. for eight or ten years,” j replied HayS. "U has been testified to before j another committee." went on Senator ' Walsh, "that Mr. Sinclair gave cer- i lain stock to wipe out a deficit of the republican national committee. Tell us about it." '1 can't tell you about it,” returned i Hays. “It is not true." "You saw a statement in the New York Times that you would testify to such a donation?" Calls Stary False. "Yes, but that story is untrue. It is false." Hays said he had no idea as to the source of the Times statement. “Would it surprise you to know that that information came from your office?” asked Senator Walsh. "It could not have come from there," Was the reply, “as it is not a fact." i Hays identified Joe O’Neil, a former j newspaper man, as an employe of his j office. Asked if O’Neil had not given the statement to the Times. Hays said ) lie could not have done so, as there ‘ was no basis for the story. .Inked About Deficit. "Please tell us what Mr. Sinclair I had to do with making up the defi cit?” said Senator Walsh. “I assume it is not the purpose of i the committee to go into campaign ' contributions,” Hays returned. "I as- | same the committee considers that ir relevant as I do. Besides, I am not I the source of information now.” The witness then began a long statement about the general subject 1 of campaign contributions. Senator j Stanfield, republican, Oregon, object- j ed, saying that “thia question is im- j material and irrelevant,” but Senator 1 "Walsh insisted the question h© had ; put was relevant, and there was a j long wrangle. Senator Stanfield's motion finally j Was voted down, 6 to 4. Places Gift at *75,000. Senator Stanfield then called Hays’ j attention to the law of contempt to Indicate to him that he did not have to answer irrelevant questions. The I former Postmaster General and re- j publican national chairman said he tlid not desire to decline to answer j any questions; that he would state) again that the story about Sinclair) laving 75.000 shares of stock was i 3al.se. ”i could only give my best judg ment,” Hays said, as to Sinclair's con tribution. “My judgment is that it did not exceed $75,000.” Hays said that some time after he retired from the cabinet, in 1922. he suggested to Sinclair that he help ! make up the party deficit. 'it must have been two years j after the 1920 election.” he said. ! “Yes—it must have been a year and I a half after I left the cabinet.” “I may say in passing, that 1 never . beard of any lease on any naval re- . serve to anybody, directly or indi- j rectly. until I read about them in the j newspapers a month or two months ; after I left the cabinet.” “X am trying to fix the time you j po.v Itcd Mr. Sinclair,” Senator Walsh , fc-aid. "I think it was in tho summer of j 1923.” said Hays. He could not recall where the con- i Vcrsation look place. “Was the contribution paid to you?” “No, not paid to me. 1 helped to 1 handle the funds. 1 asked Mr. Sin- ; clair and others to contribute. As I re-collect, Sinclair told he would 1 be responsible for a . w jc imum of $75,000. I think that *.’5,000 went to a part payment on a note at the Empire Trust. The details of this 3’ll have to ask to get from tho com mittee.” “Well, from whom?” “Mr. L’pham (Fred Upham, the party treasurer), I should think. Together, wo can furnish it.” "is it not true that you had a fund in tho north separate from these other funds?” “No, that’s not true.” Asked about tho testimony of G. D. Wahl berg, former private secretary to Sinclair, that he had given $26,000 in liberty bonds to a “Mr. Hayes,” the witness said he had no facts on the subject. He added that the ref erence might be to Hinkle Hays of ''Continued on Page 4, CoIuTBW 6.) ~ j All Hope for Rescue .j of 18 Hen Trapped In Submarine Lost I Jty the Associated Press. I TOKIO. March 22.—Hope (or I the rescue of eighteen men trapped in the after compart ment of the submarine' fort}- three, lying on the ocean bottom off Sasebo, was abandoned this afternoon. Efforts to raise the craft or drag It to a position where It would .be possible Jo | : liberate the imprisoned have failed. Twenty-alx men were drowned when the vessel sank, follow ing n eoUisiun with n warship I Wednesday and- the eighteen other members of thr crew i probably have died of suffoca tion. An inquiry will be held next I week. IRK IN CONGRESS ■| PUT UP TO SENATE . House Leaders Tell Coolidge I Necessary Legislation Rests With Upper Chamber. * , The ability of Congress to dispose of its most urgent work in time to adjourn for the June conventions rests largely with the Senate, in the opinion of republican House leaders who conferred last night with Presi dent Coolidge. The Executive plans to hold a similar conference shortly with party chiefs in the Senate, and j the House leaders expressed confi i dcnce that Congress would be able j to complete their program, including tax revision, before the conventions. The President, who earlier had sent a message to former Gov. Hanna of North Dakota, manager of his cam paign in that state, in which he promised “to advocate legislation, use all the administrative forces of the government and organize priv ate enterprise to give sound economic relief where it is needed, “impressed upon his guests last night his de sire for enactment of some form of ! farm relief legislation. I.ongworth Promises Speed. Representative Longworth, the re publican floor leader, outlined the program worked out in the last few days with a view to expediting pend- I ing measures, and the legislative slt ; ualion was discussed generally. Work will be speeded up, the President was told, on the regular appropriation bills, the Johnson immigration meas ure and the child labor, amendment proposal, with action also planned on readjustment of postal salaries. Mr. Dongworth, predicting that the rev enue bill would bq-disposed of before ' June, declared that, in any event, | a 25 per cent reduction In income ; taxes payable this year would be au ( thorized. i Thos.e who- dined with the Presi ■ dent -And then discussed legislation I with him and Secretary Slemp were ) Representative Dongworth. Repre -1 sentative Ttlson of Connecticut, act jdng Speaker; Chairmen Madden of the ! appropriations committee and Snell of ■ the rules committee, and Representa i lives Darrow of Pennsylvania. San ders of Indiana, Magee of New York, Sinnotl of Oregon. Graham of Illinois and Tincher of Kansas, members of the republican steering committee. Plan Farm Relief. Although President Coolidge em phasized the desirability of Congress providing some measure of relief for tho farmers, he is understood to have expressed no opinion as to the exact form the legislation should take, j Various proposals pending before the I House agriculture committee were j discussed, and Mr. Tincher. who is ' a member of the committee, assured ' the President that a relief measure j will be reported shortly. The committee has been holding j hearings on both the McNary-Haugen and Norris-Sinclair bills, as well as j the Norbeck-Burlness bill, rejected | by the Senate, and in executive ses i sion is now going over the McNary ' Haugen measure with a view to re j porting It. probably with material amendment. i No Rail or Coal Lam. ; The House legislative program, Mr. I Coolidge was told, does not contem | plate enactment at this session of any drastic railroad or coal legisla ) tlon. j As to salary -elief for postal era j ployes, the belief was expressed by : the House leaders that the Kelly j Edge bill, on. which joint congres | sional hearings are now being held. I would entail too great a drain on the Treasury. I The congressional delegation was j informed that Postmaster General i New was working out a scale of | salaries, which probably would be ! ready for submission to Congress within ten days, which would nec ) essltate a smaller increase in appro- I (Continued on Page 2. Column~37j COUPLE GIVEN LIFE TERMS FOR MURDER I John A. and Eugenia Rogers Ad ’ mit Killing Husband of Latter in Love Triangle. ) By the Associated Preaa. j DOUGDAS, Ga., March 22.—John A. i Rogers and Eugenia Kogei* were con- I victcd of murder by a jury In Coffee j county superior court yesterday, the 1 verdict carrying with it a recom ’ mendation mercy. Judge J. I. Sum imerall immediately sentenced the cou ) pie to life-imprisonment, and it is an j nounced they will begin their sen ; tence Immediately. The Rogers killing attracted wide attention, Tho victim was Love s. Rogers, a brother of John Alton Rog ers and the husband of Eugenia Rog ers. The case went on trial this morn ing, both of the defendants being tried jointly. They pleaded not guil ty. but after the presentation of tho evidence and a two-hours’ argument on each side by the lawyers in the case the plea of not guilty was with drawn and a consent plea of guilty was entered. The evidence presented to the jury told the story of the killing of Love Rogers so that the brother John could have the undivided affection of Lov Rogers' wife. The body was buried in a cornfield, nearly two years ago, ( at the rear of the Rogers home here. . , ... ...... - • v”:--* W)e feenitw SSaf. J V, S WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION WASHINGTON, P. C., SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 1924-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. ♦ MISS STINSON SAYS SUE WAS‘FRAMED’ IN HOE INCIDENT Tells Daugherty Committee Fink Registered Names Without Her Knowledge. CLAIMS JAIL THREATS J FOLLOWED PROTESTS ) | Told She Must Be Silent on Daugh . | erty to Escape Arrest, Wit ■ | ness Declares. Uoxie Stinson, divorced wife of the j late Jess W. Smith, today told the s j Daugherty investigating committee j her version of the affair in a Cleve j land Hotel, in which the Attorney General charged she was registered with A. L. Kink of Buffalo, N. Y„ as man and wife, and made an attempt ; to blackmail him (the Attorney gen -15 eral) for $150,000. > Miss Stinson's reply to the Attor s ney General’s charges in that regard e was that it was a "frame up.” Dinner in Her Room. 1 Her version was that she went to * I Cleveland to meet Fink, to “talk j | over a big deal.” and had him to din ) ner in her room. There, she said. I Fink told her he had registered r | them “under a fictitious name.” Miss i Stinson said she was Incensed when * she learned of it. Later, she said, . i Fink came and told her they both I were under arrest for “registering under fictitious names’’ and they ( were “headed for the bars, unless she t : | promised to say nothing damaging to - j Harry Daugherty." ' Miss Stinson testified that one Lyle 1 j Johnson, who represented himself as j corning from the Columbus Citizen 1 l and the Associated Press offered her | a thousand dollars for “a lead” on ; how to get some information about j Teapot Dome. -j (Lyle Johnson is not employed by , j the Associated Press, and the Colum . I UUs Citizen, for which he is court - j house reporter in Columbus. Ohio, is - j not a member of the Associated . j Press.) Heads Daugherty Statement. | j Chairman Brookhart read the state . j ment issued by Attorney General t j Daugherty last night on the commit -1 I tee’s hearing of yesterday and em ! phasized its comment upon the com ■ | mittee “burying” the department’s ■ i record of liquor prosecutions. ! j “I got the record from the depart i ment last night after the statement !waa issued,” Chairman Brqokhart said. “Has Mr. Daugherty seen fit to cx . j pain what official position Jess W. ; Smith had in the Department of Jus ; | tiee?” Senator Ashurst, democrat, . ) Arizona, asked. “He has not,” Chairman Brookhart | j responded. > “In fairness, we ought to let that be explained by the Attorney General, j who has not yet come to the stand," I Senator Jones, republican, Washing ton, put in. ; Mrs. Willebrondt on Hand. Mrs. Mabel Willebrandt, assistant i attorney general in charge of prohi bition violation prosecutions, was on band, seated behind ex-Senator Cham s berlain, the attorney for Mr. Daugh ( erty. Ex-Senator Chamberlain went into a_ discurnlon over the committee action. Mr. Daugherty's counsel had not been allowed to cross-examine ■ witnesses, he said, naming Miss Roxic Stinson and Gaston H Means, “Miss Stinson is here, you’ll have your opportunity today," Senator Wheeler, democrat, Montana, ex claimed. “She has been sick—and the reason is that the Attorney Gen eral has stooped to the unmanly and indecent thing of attacking her character.” Miss Stinson, on the stand, was weeping quietly while tho colloquy went on. Chamberlain Protest*. Senator Chamberlain protested the Attorney General was being placed In an unfair position. “We have the whole power of the Department of Justice directed against ua and this hearing,” Senator Wheeler broke out, “with his agencies intimidating our witnesses l by threats of prosecution if they ap pear. “I will criticise the President of (Continued on Page 4, Column 2.) flamMdanger EXPLOSjVESTORESi j Firemen Confine Damage to | One Building at American U. Loss, $20,000. Fighting desperately to prevent flames from reaching buildings with in fifteen feet which housed explo sives. firemen under the leadership of Battalion Chief Charles F. Beers extinguished today a fire that did more than $20,000 damage to a large one-story frame structure on the grounds of the American University, Nebraska avenue and Newark street. Just as the firemen reached the building about 7 am. there was a loud explosion, thought to have been caused by gasoline. The explosion oc ■ curred at the far end of the building, and flames had gained such headway that the firemen devoted their atten tion to saving three nearby buildings, one of which contained explosives and had been used during the war by the chemical warfare service. Uaeertalmty a* to Orlgi*. Watchmen made their rounds at 6 a.m. and reported all welL The ori gin of the fire was In doubt. The , burned building was used as a ma chine and carpenter shop. i A SOUTHWESTERN’ SOLILOQUY. NAVY SUPPLY BILL PASSED BY HOUSE ■ ; Amendment Would Prohibit I Enlistment of Boys Under 21 Years Old. The naval appropriation bill, carrying 1272.000,000, was passed today by the House. Immediately after the measure was j sent to the Senate by a viva voce vote j the House began consideration of the Army supply bill. [ j Proposed Vew Ceafririuv. . j As proposed the bill carried a pro- i . j vision requesting the President to call j another armament conference. It pro- j , vide* for expenditure of thirty million j dollars for completing the following ships now under construction: One ; battleship, two airpiano carriers, s,x ; scout cruisers, thirteen submarines, three- fl««t habmarines. one gunboat, I two destroyer tenders, one submarine J tender and one repair ship. Construction of three fleet snbma- j , rines authorized in 1916 is to be de- | layed until a satisfactory engine can : be perfected. An aJlofmem of $600.- 000 for developing satisfactory mo : tlve power is provided'. Just before passage of the bill the House voted down a motion by Rep • resentatlve Blanton, democrat. Texas, to strike out a provisiofi barring stop watches or other time-measuring de vices within Navy yards and arsenals. Among amendments added by the House is one which would prohibit the enlistment of boys under twenty one years of age without the written ! consent of their parents or guardians. Pending when the House convened to • day was a motion by Representative Blanton, democrat, Texas, to recom mit the bill for an amendment strik ing out a provision that no stop watches or other time-measuring ' j stop watches or other time-measuring j devices be used In any navv yard or arsenals. I Arm* Parley Amendment. The amendment for an arms parley offered by Representative James F. Byrnes, democrat. South Carolina. I waa adopted by a viva voce vote. The ! modification, which was rejected, 64 to ' 44, was proposed by Representative French, republican, Idaho, in charge of the bill. Great Britain. France. Italy and 1 Japan would be requested, under the amendment, to participate in the con ference which would discuss limita tion of submarine and mtrface craft I of less than 10,000 tons and aircraft. The Washington conference, Mr. , Byrnes declared, had not lessened in ternational competition in these phases of naval construction. Conference Desired. Ms- French, in offering his proviso, said that both President Coolidge and Secretary Hughes had indicated a desire to have another conference ! as suggested in last year’s naval bill, i but wore convinced that the Yimo was ; not now opportune for one. | A final vote was blocked late yes terday by the demand of Representa tive Blanton for a record vote on his motion to recommit the bill. A vote on this motion, to be followed by a vote on passage, was made the first order of business for today. The measr-e will go to the Senate i carrying both the Byrnes amend -1 ment and one offered by Representa tive Connally, democrat, Texas, to pro hibit the enlistment In the Navy of boys under twenty-one years of age without written consent of their parents or guardians. A record vote could have been demanded on both, but no effort was made to bring on a roll call. The bill carries $600,000, to be used in developing a satisfactory engine for fleet submarines, but stipulates that until tests are completed, no more money is to bo expended on construction of such craft. Repre sentative Black, democrat. New Tork, made an unsuccessful attempt to have the bill amended to provide $2,850,000 for the beginning of work 1 on three fleet submarines, authorized j In 1916, during the coming fiscal year, year, GEN. NIVELLE DIES. -- i Commanded French Forces at Bat-1 Ue of Verdun. By the Associated Press. PARIS, March 22.—Gen. Robert) George Nlvelle, who commanded French troops at Verdun during the j European war, is dead. GREEK PREMIER READY TO PUT END TO DYNASTY Tells Press He Will Act if Unable to Reach Agreement With Royalists. By the Associated Press bON DON, March 22.—Telegrams from Athens to the Greek legation here today announce that the Greek premier has informed the press that if he is unable to reach an agreement with the royalists, the end of the dynasty will be proclaimed. in this event, it is pointed out. King George would lose the perquisites of his civil list. HUERTA INFLIGHT FOB TEXAS PORT Mexican Rebellion in Final Collapse, Say Officials, In tercepting Wireless* | By the Associated Press. NEW ORLEANS, March 22.—The gunboat Zaragosa. with Adolfo dc la Huerta and other Mexican revolu tionists, is headed for Galveston, Tex., it was believed today in official Mex ican circles. This was based on in tercepted radio messages. The fleeing of hte rebel leaders indi cated the collapse of the revolution. It was said. The Mexican government made no effort to apprehend de la Huerta, but welcomed his departure to foreign soil. It was further understood that de la Huerta, after landing at Gal- I veston, will come by rail to New Orleans to join his wife and family, who reached here several days ago. In event the rebel chieftain selects New Orleans as a place of exile he will be the second unsuccessful Mex ican presidential aspirant to reside here. Gen. Felix Diaz, nephew of the great dictator, has resided continu ously in New Orleans since he was exiled from Mexico by Vlctoriano I Huerta. Diaz and Huerta jointly i overthrew Madero, and it was orig j inally agreed that Diaz should be- I come president- Later Huerta re ) pudiated this promise and Diaz was I exiled. j Guboat Vnder Sealed Order*. The gunboat Bravo, crack ship of' the Mexican navy on the eastern coast of the republic, was on its way south ward from New Orleans last night under sealed orders, which Mexican officials here say direct her to attack ports and vessels still held by the rebels. The Bravo came to New Orleans in September for overhauling, and when she steamed, shortly before daybreak. It was the first move she had made since Adolfo de la Huerta launched his revolution in December. Commanded by Otho Blanco, admiral of the Mexican navy, the ship is ex pected to confine her effort for the time being to driving revolutionists out of the states on the peninsula, de la Huerta's present stronghold. REBELS LOSE OAXACA CITY. Dispatches Say Puebla Chief Also Yields to Federals. MEXICO CITY, March 22.—Dis patches from Puebla sav that Oaxaca I City was evacuated three days ago by rebels under Enrique Brena and For tunate Mayootte. The dispatches add that the rebel chieftain, Solavor Vega Bernal, sur rendered at Puebla. Tampico advices report a victory for the federals at Hacienda, San Miguel, near Villa Aldama. The rebels j lost fifteen dead and twenty-five wounded. Denial was made today of rumors that Alberto J. Panl, finance minis ter, might be appointed ambassador ito the United States. It is said he ! will resume his post of minister to Prance after the present economic crisis Is passed. Gen. Plutaroo Ellas Galles has withdrawn from the army for the purpose of resuming his pres idential campaign. J* Several Hurt in Berlin Riot. BERLIN, March 22.—Several per- I j sons have been injured in a collision J I between the police and communist} demonstrators at Hamburg, say dis \ patches received here early today. I ''T' • trouble arose when the police 1 atMAxvored to prevent the communists marching to the center of the SENATE 0. K. OF CITY HEADSjSFORESEEN Ball Believes Confirmation of Oyster and Rudolph Is Assured. The nominations of District Com missioners Rudolph and Oyster to suc ceed themselves, received by the Sen ate late yesterday, have been refer red to the Senate District committee. Senator Bail, chairman of the commit , tee, said today that the nominations would bo considered by the committee probably on Wednesday, if not earlier, when the next regular meeting of the committee takes place. Confidence was expressed by Sena tor Ball that the Senate would con firm the nominations. Senator Capper of Kansas, another member of the District committee, also expressed the ..Relief that the CtyUAgiissi oners would I bo confirmed. Kite Favors Open Hearing*. Senator King of Utah, the ranking democratic member of the committee, has said that he would ask the com mittee to grant open hearings on the Commissioners’ nominations if he were requested to do so by the citi zens of the District. It is understood, however, that other members of the committee desire to have the nomi nations considered in the regular way, in executive session of the committee, as other nominations are considered. Senator King said that in his judg ment the Commissioners probably would bo confirmed by the Senate. He said, however, that he believed there should be one executive officer at the head of District affairs, a mayor or city direc tor. Such an executive officer, he said, should be a man of the highest type and ability, and should receive a salary of from $15,000 to $20,000 a year. Un der him. Senator King said, he would have three subordinate officials, with the ! duties assigned them which are now assigned the three Cotnmissionera Sena tor King said that he probably would introduce a bill for that purpose. Opposition to the reappointment of Commissioners Rudolph and Oyster has been expressed by Senator Mc- Kellar of Tennessee, author of the 5-cent street car fare bill, who has taken the position that tho Commis sioners were at fault as members of the Public Utilities Commission in permitting the street oar companies here to charge an 8-cent fare with six tokens for 40 cents. Fmee Redaction Cited. It was brought out at the hear ings on tho 6-cent street oar fare bill, however, that tho only changes in fare made since Commissioners Rudolph and Oyster took office have been slight reductions. Request for open hearings on the nomination of the Commissioners be fore they are confirmed for another term was made to Senator Ball, chair man of the District committee, by Ca.pt. Julius I. Peyser in a letter to day. Capt, Peyser wrote the senator that ho had been requested by citizens to ask for public hearings, and added that within a day or two the commit- 1 tee would be furnished with a list of witnesses to be called to testify at ] such hearing. Commissioners Rudolph and Oyster | (Continued on Page 2. Column ?T) WIDOW, 30, DAUGHTER, 16,| IN DOUBLE WEDDING! Virginia Beauties Become Brides in Ceremony Which Is Held in Page County. Special Dispatch to The Star. WINCHESTER, Va.. March 22. Mrs. Virginia V. Housden, attractive widow, not quite thirty, and her daughter, Miss Myrtle Housden, slx (teen, became brides at a double wed ding in Page county a few days ago, the former wedding Irwin W. Camp bell and the girl becoming the wife of Herbert S. Alger. WAHLBERG, IN HAVANA, MISSED BY REPORTERS By the Associated Press. HAVANA. March 23.—G. D. Wahlberg, for whom a subpoena has been issued | by the Senate oil investigating commit (tee in Washington, ia in Havana, it 1 was learned today. j He left a request at his hotel that ‘the names of all callers be announced in advance, but he was not at the hotel today when newspaper men called to see him. $42,750 A DAY PAID TO AUCTIONEERS BT U.S., REPORTS SHOW Johnson of Kentucky Cites Commissions From War De partment of SI,OOO Up. TOTAL COMPENSATION PASSES MILLION MARK Percentage Basis for Selling Sur | plus Supplies Started in Wilson Administration. BY WILL P. KENNEDY. ! Amazing disclosure of how auo ! tioneers were paid all the way from j SI,OOO a day to $42,750 a day for cry j ing sales of surplus war. supplies, as ! gathered from official reports by the War Department to the House ap- I proprlations committee, were laid ! before Congress today by Represent j ative Ben Johnson, democrat, of Ken | tucky, a member of the suboommit j tec which drafted the Army appro priation bill. i Mentioning these auctioneers by | name and address in many of the j large cities of the country, Repre i j sentative Johnson compares these j gigantic stipends with the annual ' salaries paid the President, a justice !of tlie Supreme Court, cabinet offi j cers, governors of states and nA i ministrative officers of the largest | government establishments. till* Stupendous Pay. j He shows that for less than one : third of a year one auctioneer was paid more than the President’s salary for three years; that for eighteen days one auctioneer received nearly enough to pay the annual salaries of the nine members of the Supreme Court for almost two years, and for each one of those days nearly as much as a cabinet officer for an en tire year; that for one day's service another autooineer received virtually enough to pay the governor of his state for four years Commenting that “the atmosphere around our National Capital is laden with scandal," Representative John son said ho trusted that this matter was "merely had judgment, or, at worst, a rockless expenditure of pub lic money rather than a corrupt one. vt hether it be bad judgment, reck lessness or corruption the fact re mains that more than a million dol lars have been spent for a purpose for which a few thousands would have sufficed, even if the money ha<i bean used most liberally.” Byway of contrast Representative Johnson reminded his colleagues, of general and bitter public censure when saUortßfr of railroad effidain, members of Congress and even the President were increased a few thou sand dollars a year, which, compared with the prices paid these auctioneers, was •’infinitesimal," he said. Trailed by Remark Overheard. "While hearings were in progress on the Army appropriation bill Rep resentativo Johnson overheard a side remark that an auctioneer had been paid 11,000 a day—"or, rather, for thirty or forty minutes of a day”— for merely crying the sale of some surplus Army goods. By question ing. he learned that many thousands of dollars a day had been so paid. Then he had the committee call upon the War Department for a detailed (Continued on Page Column 4.~ LONDOiTcABSTRIKE AFFECTS MILLIONS 1 Tramway and Omnibus Lines Tied i Op in Walkout Carried 7,000,000 Dailr. j , By the Associated Preas. i LONDON, March 22.—Omnibus and j tramway service ceased last mid ! night as a result of a strike of tram way employes for higher wages, and a sympathetic walkout by omnibus ’ men. , The first sufferers were hundreds of night workers employed by news papers. hotels and central markets, who depend on the trams to reach their homes, as the railroads here shut down soon after midnight for some hours. The biggest tramway system affect ed is that run by the London County Council, which has 163 miles of track but several privately owned systems also are Involved, an-* these arc spread over a wide area, serving dis j tricta far beyond the immediate i suburbs. 1 About 3,500 omnibuses are tied up, 'depriving not only London Itself, but I many rural and semi-rural areas of cheap transportation, as many of the bus routes extend to places twenty or thirty miles outside the city. It is estimated that the trams and I buses together carry nearly 7,000,000 persons dally, many of whom espe- ; I rially among the poorer workers 1 must otherwise walk. There Is a possibility that subway employes will Join the strike. DOZEN PUPILS ARRESTED SPEEDING TO CLASSES "Winchester High School Boys and Qirls Are Fined for Violations. Special Dispatch to The Star. WINCHESTER, Va.. March 22. I Some of the high school boys and girls of Winchester appear so eager J to attend school that nearly a dozen were lined up last evening in police court and fined on charges of ex ceeding the speed limit in automo biles. Supt, H. S. Duffey personally had some of the warrants sworn out after complaints had been made by namer- ■ ous citizens living in the vicinitw of the Handley School that they were becoming weary of dodging automo biles in charge of boys and girls on ; their way to school. Arrests were i made, It was said, after several warn ings bad been given. I “F rom Press to Home Within the Hour 9 * The Star’s carrier system covers every city block and the regular edition is • delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers are printed. Yesterday’s Circulation, 101,500 MAJOR BELL URGES ' 2 MORE MEMBERS 1 ON UTILITIES BODY ; Suggests Naming of Lawyer and Engineer to Devote Full Time to Issues. | CONFERS WITH BALL; WILL PUT PLAN IN BILL i Commissioners Believe Problems Bequire More Attention Than Present Group Can Give. - A plan for the reorganization of the Public Utilities Commission with a view to increasing its efficiency is being worked out by Engineer Com missioner J. Franklin Bell, it became known today. Maj. Bell’s program would call foi the appointment of two additional members of the commission, who would devote all of their time to utility problems. Both new men would be appointed by the President as the District Com missioners are now selected, and serve for four years. It is the opinion of the Engineer Commissioner that one of these new men should be a lawyer who would be chairman of the Utilities Commis sion and direct the conduct of all hearings and investigations institut ed. The other new man, Maj. Bell be lieves. should be a qualified engineer whose duty it would be to keep in close touch with the operating con ditions of the various corporations Confers With Ball. The engineer commissioner had an informal conference this morning with Senator Ball, chairman of the District committee, at which he out lined his proposed plan for putting the utilities board on a more thorough going basis. Following his talk with Senator Ball, Maj. Bell said he would put the scheme Into the shape of a bill and, if approved by the full board of com missioners, will transmit it to Con gress for enactment. Since the utilities law was enacted a decade ago the three District Com missioners have filled the dual role of a public utilities commission. Un der existing conditions, the engineer commissioner serves as chairman and director of the Utilities Commission. Require* Mach Tine. In the short period of time he ha-* ■ been chairman of the commission, , Maj. Bell has found, be Indicated today, that the problem as DtUlty regulation is such a complicated and far-reach ing one that It Is difficult for the three District Commissioners to keep up with that work and with their numerous other duties as city fathers and zoning commissioners. On the other hand, the major feels that the regulation of utilities is so closely related to the duties of the District Commissioners that the lat ter officials should be on the utilities commission. Following this line of thought, he has outlined a plan under which there would be five public utility commis sioners. two of whom would dig into the legal and technical phases of the work and have the judgment and aid of the three city Commissioners in deciding matters. beprecUti»B Iwnr tired. The responsibility placed upon them as Publio Utility Commission members has been brought forcefully to the attention of the city heads within the past few weeks in the matter of fixing rules of depreciation for the several companies. Depreciation of the property of the corporations is one of the most tech nical and involved phases of regu lation, and is one that has been be fore the commission for a long time For nearly two years it was delayed by a dispute as to whether the later ! state Commerce Commission had any jurisdiction over the local companies. When that commission decided a few months ago that it had no such jurisdiction over depreciation, Maj- Bell and his colleagues tackled the task of drafting rules to be followed by the companies in their deprecia tion accounts. Takes Middle Coarse. Maj. Bell believes the District Com missioners have done their best in solving utility problems throughout the past ten years, but he Indicated today that a larger commission, as outlined, would function to better ad vantage for all concerned. From time to time in the past citi zens’ organizations have advocated a utilities commission separate from the board of Commissioners, on the the ory that there was too much work on the two boards for one set of men to handle. Maj. Bell’s plan presents a middle course between the present system and the proposal to create another in dependent commission. WORLD FLYERS PLAN TO Q 0 ON MARCH 30 Will Make 650-Mile Jump tj Prince Rnpcrt, B. C. f if Weather Permits. By the Associated Press. SEATTLE, March 22.—0 n March 3u, weather conditions permitting, the i four United States aviators who em- I barked Monday from. Santa Monies., i Calif., on a 25,000-mile flight around | the world will take off on the next leg, a 650-m.ile trip to Prince Rupert. British Columbia. In the meantime a new motor will be installed in one of the planes and pontoons and new propellers filled on all. Various local organ izatlona have ; arranged a program of entertainment for the flyers next week, included In which will be a Purdue University ! alumni dinner given In honor of Maj. Frederick L. Martin, commander oi Ithe squadron. On Thursday evening the city of Seattle will hold a formal reception for the airmen. TWO CENTS.