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Snow, probably mixed with sleet and
rain this afternoon and tonight; freez
ing temperature tonight; tomorrow
fair and slightly warmer. Tempera
ture for 24 hours ended at 2 p.m. to
day: Highest, 18. at 4:30 a.m. yester
day; lowest. 31, at 5 a.m. today.
Full report on page 7.
Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 28
‘•O 1 fit') Entered as second-class matter
i p OS t office Washington, D. O.
Six Inches Snow Already
Fallen Upon Homeless in
Cumberland Region.
Jed Cross and Other Aid Being
Rushed Over Almost Impas
sable Highways.
>Viiii a freezing blizzard whipping
countryside and many sections
privd of heat as a result of
■oU-n gas mains, intense suffering
as reported today froth the cities in
|| estern Maryland and West Virginia
ft hieh were inundated in the Potomac
P a I ley flood
P Meager dispatches were seeping out
r f Hie mud-covered section today over
' II hut crippled lines of communica
ion. but each brought word of added
r amage. Several small towns arc re
ported virtually wiped out and their
| "tsidents are said to be living in the
j ntountains, at the mercy of the storm.
Town W iped Out.
Kitztpiller. Md., where one entire
I* iamily is known to have been wiped
out. was reported in a dispatch to
*iay to have been completely destroy
ed. and earlier messages of a higher
death toll there were partially con
firmed. Suffering among the sur
vivors. scores of whom are living out
doors. was described as pitiful.
So great was the havoc of the mad
dened Potomac that it is still impos
sible to reach many of these points.
I.ailroad tracks are torn up. em
bankments washed away and state
highway bridges destroyed. in the
meantime the few messages that get
rut all contain pleas for food and
hellers to save the survivors from
perishing. 9
Fuel Supply Gone.
Most of the homes in the inudated
Rectors depend upon natural gas for
their fuel. Miles of pipes from the
■wells to the cities were destroyed
by the flood, with the result that
some entire towns are without means
of heat, except in the homes that
kept their old fashioned fireplaces.
Oil supplies are low and the demand
-.increasing hourly as the fury of the
•storm adds to the suffering.
Supplies are being rushed to the
suffering people by the r.etf'Cross as
last as roads are repaired sufficiently
to permit automobiles and even
wagons to pass through. The llarv-
J7s1)00 e fo*r latUre haS appropriated
*ij.OOO for use among survivors and
offers of aid are being received from
many quarters. The problem now ™
to get relief to those most in need.
Another Fatality.
Another fatality was officially re
ported this morning. It- occurred
rear Harrisonburg. Va„ when a party
of men, attempting to ferry the
swollen Shenandoah river in a small
boat, were capsized by the strong
ImrTrnS Th .l ee , swaT n safely ashore, |
V a h tired in a ftw minutes, i
stream Hi!h washed down the I
recovered 11 bdy has not > et been j
sign has been found of the bodv
ot ,j. Bowden Duryee of Thrifton. Va',
yho was swept from the float at
H.-mpseys boathouse ],ere Sunday
No further reports of fatal
dies in tins section due to the flood
li&vc been received,
Potoma c river was gradually
* surning its natural appearance to
•a\ it measured more than five feet
higher than normal, hut it had
tl topped two feet overnight. Most of
the houses along the palisades that
v ere mandated Saturday and Sunday
bad been released by the water Le
fay but it was impossible to esTt
■iate the damage. The' current still
I s . l .°° strong to permit boats to push
heir way up stream and take a cen
sus of the flood’s ravages here. I
Disaster Relief Workers Extending i
Aid to Sufferers.
The American R» d Cross disaster I
relief organization has been working j
“at top speed” within the last forty- (
eight hours in widely separated sec- j
lions of the country, due to floods, tor- j
adoes, cyclones and mine explosions, I
as announcement from headquarters i
here today said.
Red Cross personnel is working 1
night and day to relieve distress fol- |
.lowing two cyclones at Defiance
<»hio, and McCracken county. Ky.
■Nurses and field representatives are
at the scene of the serious mine ex
plosion at Welsh, W. Va.. where many
ives were lost. Numerous Red Cross
chapters along the flooded Potomac
are standing by to relieve suffering i
■wherever needed. • Reports from the I
’ooded districts today are more re- j
isurlng, the announcement said.
In the southwest the Red Cross has *
tndertaken relief measures on a ■
arge scale, funds having been al- j
•itted and trained disaster relief
rkers rushed to the scene of torna
t and cyclones.
- Inches Already Have Fallen in :
t Cumberland Region.
eial Dispatch to The Star.
CUMBERLAND, Md., April I.—A j
owstonn, which already has reach- I
six inches in depth, has added to j
.-s general paralytic condition pro
uced by Saturday's flood, the great
st known in this territory, the Poto
lac having been nearly four feet
.tgher than in 1899, the year of the
ohnstown flood. It was over four I
eet higher than in 1902, ajid was j
nuch higher than the memorable j
flood of 1877.
The Rod Cross is active in relief I
cork here and at nearby towns. |
there the suffering has even been j
greater than here. "Hie Salvation
Army has dumped coal and wood in
, dry spot at Kidgely, W. Va.. oppo
site this city, which was hard hit,
»here the people may go and help
B.emselves. Rldgely is without water,
t has not regular water works, and
be flood filled the wells and wrecked
he spring s The city of Cumberland
tContiuuvd on Page 2, Column 4.)
Bavarian Fascist Leader
Gels 5-Year Sentence.
Amnesty Probable.
War Lord Nominated as
Candidate for Seat in
By Kadio tr» The Star and the Chicago Daily
News. Copyright, 19-1.
MUNICH, April 1. —Justice, as con
ceived in Bavaria, has found at last
an absurd conclusion with the virtual
| pardon of the accused. Gtn. Eric
i Ludendorff. scot-free, has accepted
j candidacy for the reiehstag, heading
i the racial party list.
Adolf Hitler, who has been occupy
| ing tliree charming rooms in prison,
j although sentenced to five years in a
! fortress, will be released after six
| months for good behavior, and in the
j end probably will be granted am
j nesty.
This was the most severe sentence
! for acknowledged high treason and
I armed endeavor to overthrow the
J gove rnnient.
The courtroom was packed, many
j people standing. In order to gain en
j trance, it was necessary to pass seven
examinations by soldiers and to bo
im sodden snow
Sleet, Slush, Rain, Thunder
j and Lightning in Evidence.
Fair Tomorrow.
April fooli
Old Jupiter Pluvius had his little
' I joke today and before he had been
| tormenting shivering Miss Spring- i
j time many hours an astonished pub- 1
I lie anxiously was asking: What j
: i next?”
; After a touch of real summer Sun- |
day and moderate temperatures yes- j
J terday. he loosened the winds of win
;ter today, spread a sodden blanket j
lof snow over more than half the
I country and with roaring crescendos
! of thunder and flashes of lightning
I sent the nervous and superstitious
i fleeing to darkened cupboards.
Morning dawned with every indica
tion of Washington being in for a
. ! typical February blizzard. Snow, 1
. rain and sleet were falling intermit- J
! tently and before noon the storm had ;
I settled into a steady snow that '
|turned into several inches of sloppy
j slj*sh as it reached streets and pave
i meats.
Fair Tomorrow.
ft was said at the weather bureau
| that the storm will continue through
I today and tonight, but tomorrow will '
! be fair with a slightly rising tem
j perature. Thursday's weather will
i be more springlike, although real
warm weather is not expected. The
temperature may drop to several de
grees below freezing tonight, but will
quickly recover, the weather man pre
The present storm is due to a mark
ed disturbance that originated over j
North Carolina, meeting extremely
high pressures traveling in a north- |
easterly direction. The center of the |
storm has not yet reached Washing- j
ton. but will pass over here tonight,
when the winds may rise to the force I
iof a gale. Before morning, however, j
they are expected to die out.
Forecaster Mitchell, at the weather '
jbureau found nothing very unusual
jiu today's weather. He pointed out
| that it will prove beneficial to crops
j and fruits, as it will keep the buds
: from ripening prematurely before the
! period for possible cold spells has
| passed. Today a year ago, the fore
' caster pointed out, the thermometer
j showed 15 degress below freezing and
) in some places it was 20 below freezing.
Thunder and Lightning,
i Twice during the morning thunder
J rolled through the heavens and dis
| tinet flashes of lightning illuminated
I Washington. At the weather bureau
experts pointed out that although
such phenomena have not occurred
I here every winter, they are not alto
i gether exceptional. Strong currents
| of air whirling up from the earth
I meet low-hanging clouds and create
j an electrical force that gives off an
j effect generally associated with sum
i mer storms, it was explained.
: Casualties Suffered in Attack
on Ferrera—Rebels Seen
Losing Ground.
) Br the Associated Press,
j SAN SALVADOR, April I.—-It is re
' ported here that one thousand Hon
! duran soldiers have been slaughtered
in an attack upon revolutionary troops
commanded by Gen. Gregorio Ferrera.
Dispatches received from Toncontin.
headquarters of the Honduran revolu
tion. state that Zuniga Huete, chief de
j fender of Tegucigalpa, was not killed,
|as was previously reported, during
! fighting with the revolutionists, but
I was assassinated in Tegucigalpa.
Dr. Fausto Davila, who recently was
j appointed provisional president of
i Honduras by the revolutionists, has
I arrived at Puerto Cortez from the
| United States, and proceeded to Ton
j contin.
Gen. Ramos, chief of the garrison at
Choluteca. has refused to surrender
the tow: to the revolutionists, saying
he would turn it over only to the repre-
I sentatives of a legally constituted gov
ern meiß.
W) e Munim Skf.
searched for arms. These precau
tions and the stringent police regula- -
tions forbidding public assemblies or
placarding of the verdict had made
one expect a certain severity in the
judgment, hut when the judges enter
ed'and read the sentence it was seen
that the Bavarian court is logical in
its absurdity and that all of the ac
cused were practically pardoned.
Hundreds of persons waited outside
t (Continued on Page 10, Column 2.)
’ Roosevelt Scents
Fight and Hustles
To Get Back Here
i j
I By the Associated Press.
AUBURN, N. Y„ April I.—When I
there is a fight Theodore Roose- j
volt, assistant secretary of the j
navy, wants to be in it. There- j
fore, he hurried back to Washing
ton last night after attending a j
banquet here.
“Some one has thrown a brick- j
bat at me in Washington while I j
was up here, and I want to get
back there," he said.
“There is a tight on at Washing
ton, and when there is a light I
want to be in it.”
Group Got $250,000 Tract by
Paying $lO,OOO Fine, De
clares Witness.
A land frauds case in Oklahoma j
and a federal judgeship appointment ;
in New York were gathered today 1
within the far-flung miscellany of !
topics receiving the attention of the
Senate Daugherty investigating com
H. M. Peck, formerly United States \
attorney for western Oklahoma, tes- j
titled that Harry M. Daugherty had
helped cause a delay and failure in
prosecution of the “Miller Brothers”
land case in that state, with the re-
I suit that the Miller group obtained i
i and still holds land worth more than :
a quarter of a million dollars, and j
j have paid only a fine of $lO,OOO.
Wayne Wilson of New York was !
j called to testify about an effort to
| get J. Vanvechten Olcott appointed
’ federal judge, but he denied that
he had told Olcott it would be neces
sary to put up a large amount of
money for “the boys” or had ever
discussed the matter in any way with
officials of the Department of Justice.
Take Up Land Ca«».
Daugherty's part in stopping trial
of the ''Miller Brothers” Indian land
fraud case in Oklahoma in the spring
of 1921 was told today to the Senate
Daugherty investigating committee
by H. M. Peck, former United States
attorney of the western Oklahoma
The case involved 10,000 acres val
ued at $5O an acre. Peck said. When
it was ready for trial at Guthrie in
May, 1921, he added, a “personal” let
ter from Attorney General Daugherty
directed that a continuance be taken
to the fall term of court.
Peck described a request. for his
resignation received from Daugherty
(Continued on Page 4, Column 4.)
Duchess of Suffolk and Lord Cur
zon Among Defendants in Coal
Land Action.
Marguerite Hyde, Duchess of Suf
folk and Berks; Earl Curzon of
Kedleston, and the other heirs and
beneficiaries of the estate of the late
Levi. Z. Leiter, millionaire Chicago
merchant, are named as defendants
in a suit filed today in the District
Supreme Court by Joseph Leiter of
Washington, son of the deceased;
I.athrop C. Campbell and William J.
Warr, trustees under the Leiter will.
The court is asked to determine
whether the interest accrued from coal
lands belonging to the estate is to be
distributed among the beneficiaries of the
estate now, or to become part of the
residue of the estate not distributable
until the termination of the trust sPt
I out in the will.
Besides the Duchess of Suffolk and
Berks and Curzon, the other defend
ants named are Charles Henp? George
Howard, Cecil John Arthur Howard.
Greville Reginald Howard, infants;
Mary Irene Curzon, Cynthia Blanche
Mosley, formerly Cuczon; Alexandra
N. Curzon, infant, acid her guardian,
the Earl of Kedleston; Mary Metai
Campbell. Colin- Meta Campbell and
Audrey Nancy Campbell, all residents
of Englanck-Tand Thomas Leiter and
Nancy LeiYer, infants. Attorneys Min
or, Gatley & Rowland appear for the
Manager Denies Oil Man
Spilled Gold ta Influence
Chicago Delegates.
Dyche Says Slain Politician Did
Not Want Place in Hard
ing Cabinet.
The political activities ot the late
Jake Hamun, republican national
I committeeman for Oklahoma, came
under scrutiny before the oil com
mittee again today in an avowed ef
fort by the committee prosecutor,
Senator Walsh, to establish a con
spiracy as far back as 1920 to select
• a “complacent” Scretary of the In
Under the Montana senator’s insist
ent questioning J. E. Dyche. who
managed Hamon’s campaign for the
place on the national committee, tes
tified that the fight had cost Hamon
$105,000, but insisted that he never
desired to have a place in the cab
IlidiouleK Jennings’ Story.
The witness ridiculed Al Jennings’
testimony that Hamon had told him
i of large money payments to the late
| Senator Penrose of Pennsylvania and
j others to secure the nomination of
Warren G. Harding, and of indiscrim
j inate use of money among members
of the Oklahoma delegation to the
j Chicago convention. As a matter of
i fact, Dyche said. Hamon didn’t spend
( a dime to influence the delegation of
i his state to vote for Harding, but on
i the contrary advised them to vote
i for Lowjen on two ballots after they
j were ready to get on the Harding
; band wagon.
R. H. Wilson, former Oklahoma su
perintendent of public instruction, also
was questioned at today’s session.
He said Hamon had “boasted” to him
to putting over Harding’s nomination,
and had told him of contributing
$25,000 to Harry M. Daugherty, the
Harding preconvention manager, for
campaign expenses.
Unratloiird on Oil Stories.
Mr. Wilson was questioned by the
oil committee today regarding stories
| of “oil influence" in national politics.
I Hamon w-as quoted as saying he-
I had given $23,000 to Harry M. Daugh
i erty for the Harding campaign fund,
jin the early days of the campaign, the
. witness said, Hamon had appeared
I friendly to the candidacy of Leonard
j Wood.
{ Wilson said, under questioning, that
■ Hamon had made no reference to
; naval oil lands or leases,
j J. E. Dyche, who identified himself
i as a prohibitionist agent, with head
i quarters at Oklahoma City, followed
I Wilson in the witness chair. He said
’ he had acted as manager of Hamon’s
j campaign in 1920 for re-election as
j republican national committeeman.
“Nothing to it," Dyche said when
j asked about Al Jennings’ testimony
j that Hamon had told him he gave
1 $250,000 to the late Senator Penrose,
| Pennsylvania; $25,000 to Will Hays
i and $25,000 to Daugherty to bring
j about Harding’s nomination.
Says Jennings Lied.
Asked about Jennings’ testimony
that Hamon had told him he spent
money indiscriminately with the
! Oklahoma delegation, the witness re
j plied:
I “If Jennings said that, he lied.
| “There wasn’t a dime spent on that
Dyche said he was with Hamon at
Chicago and went home with him.
and “he didn’t even buy me a dinner.”
“Jake’s dead and gone now. gen
tlemen,” Dyche said, "But I want to
say that he did not try to throw the
delegation. He insisted that the dele
gation cast two more ballots for
Lowden after it wanted to switch to
Harding, so there couldn’t have been
a deal there.”
Asked as to the likelihood of Hamon
telling Jennings the story the former
train robber had repeated to the com
mittee, Dyche said people might say
what they would about Hamon, “but
they couldn’t say he was a fool.”
Under examination by Senator
Walsh, the committee prosecutor,
Dyche said he formerly was warden
of the Atlanta federal penitentiary
and had left partly “on his own initia
tive and partly not.” He was not ad
verse to giving up the job, he said,
because of the condition of his health.
Wonted Place tor Friend.
Asked why Attorney General
Daugherty wanted him to give up the
place, Dyche said the Attorney Gen
eral had "a friend he wanted to put
in, a friend from Columbus.”
Asked about Wilson’s testimony
that Hamon had told him he had
given Daugherty $25,000 for Harding's
campaign expenses, Dyche said ’Wil
son was “a reputable gentleman.”
“I would believe Wilson’s state
ments that Hamon told him that,”
tbe witness said. “But I would say
he was ‘kidding* him. Jake was a
great ’kidder,’ particularly when he
was talking to democrats.”
Asked how much money was spent
for Hamon in his committeeship fight
against James McGraw, Dyche object
ed to answering on the that
it was a personal matter.
“As far as I am concern ad, I have
nothing to conceal,” Dyche said, “but
it’s a matter that was personal to
Hamon.” "
Senator Stanfield/republican. Ore :
77^.<4 nn (TO A PrYlumn 1 Y
(Continued on Page 4, Column 1.) on rage o, column
By the Associated Press.
PARIS, April I.—lt now is possible
really to hear the "Song of the Stars, ’
thanks to researches undertaken by
Gen. Ferie, M. Jouaust and Maj.
Mesny of the French wireless labora
tory, who have succeeded in trans
forming light rays Into audible
sounds, according to a description of
their Invention, read at a meeting of
the Academy of Science.
The experiments, starting with the
known fact that under the action
( Tells Senate Measure Will
Be Disposed of Before
Congress will enact a tax reduction j
j measure before it adjourns or recesses j
! for the national political conventions, j
I Chairman Smoot of the Senate finance j
j committee declared today in the Senate.
Called upon by Senator Walsh of
I Massachusetts, a democrat on the
I committee, to assure the country that J
i there had been no unnecessary de
j lay in the handling of the tax meas
! ure. Senator Smoot said:
i “I want to say to the people of
( the country that the Congress is not
i going to adjourn until a tax-reduc
-1 tion bill has become a law. There
i has been an effort on the part of a
1 gnat number of people, particularly
j some of the business people, to make
1 it appear there is going to be no tax
j legislation at this session.
Has Given Amturnnce*.
j “I have answered all such inquiries
addressed to me by saying that I know
I there Is going to be tax reduction.”
Asked by Senator Robinson of Ar
kansas. the' democratic leader, as to the
; accuracy of a statement that he had
! told President Coolidge a tax bill could
'not be enacted before June 10, Senator
* Smoot denied that he had made any
i such statement.
| “I don’t see what can happen to
'hold tax legislation in Congress until
j that time,” he said, “unless it be that
i there is an absolute filibuster against
i it.”
i Mr. Smoot agreed with Senator
I Robinson that there had been no In
■ dication of a filibuster either in com
■' mittee or in Congress.
Hopes for Report Next Week.
The finance committee hopes to
complete consideration of the bill Sat
urday, Chairman Smoot said, and to
report it next week.
“Is it the purpose of the committee
to report the revenue bill ahead of
that dealing with adjusted compensa
tion?” asked Senator Robinson,
i "The bonus bill hasn’t been oonsid
i ered by the committee, or, indeed, I
; might say, even by the members out
side the' committee room,” Senator
Smoot replied.
Later he amended this statement to
the extent of describing the steps he
had taken to obtain an estimate of the
bonus cost from Treasury experts and
to “analyze the reasons for the large
variance between this and the House
Income Tax Cut Voted.
Unanimous approval of the provi
sion in the revenue bill for a 25 per
cent reduction on income taxes pay
able this year was given last night
by the Senate finance committee.
Other action by the committee in
cluded change in the corporation tax.
insertion of a provision to prevent
issuance of tax exempt securities, and
rejection of a sales tax proposal.
It was agreed to increase the cor
poration tax of 12H per cent to 14
per cent and eliminate the special
tax on capial stock amounting to $1
for each SI,OOO of stock.
Senator Reed, republican, Pennsyl
vania, who proposed the action, said
It would make no material change ;n
the amount of revenue collected Irom
this source, but that present admin
istrative difficulties would be lessened
by eliminp.tion of the capital stock
tax. The vote on the motion was 5
to 4.
Call A mod men t Illegal.
Senator Reed also proposed the
amendment, which was carried by a
similar vote, to make taxable the in
copie from state and municipal se
curities hereafter issued. Opponents
argued such action was unconstitu
tional and would have to be brought
about by a constitutional amendment.
Such an amendment was defeated
this session by the House, which also
rejected a proposal such as was
adopted last night.
Both the corporation tax change
and the tax-exempt securities pro
posal were carried by non-partisan
(Continued on Paee 5. Column 3T>
of light, photoelectric cells with a
foundation of selenium give off an
extremely feeble electric current, suc
ceeded in amplifying this current
with a fbur-electrode lamp. Using
this apparatus they obtained varia
tions of current of 3.5 micro-amperes
with light from the stajr Capella, un
told millions of miles from the earth.
Continuing their experiment with
more powerful amplifiers they suc
ceeded in "hearing'’ the light rays
through telephonic headpieces.
The work of perfecting the dis
covery is proceeding in the labora
tory. _
• /
Belgium Starts
Plan to Inspect
Oxen Emigrants
By the Associated Press.
BRUSSELS, April I—lnspection of
Belgian emigrants bound for America
has been undertaken by the govern
Emigrants will be examined physi
cally and mentally and their papers
scrutinized, so that when they sail they
may have the assurance that they can
enter the United States, provided the
quota is not filled.
President’s Decision Expect
ed Within Two Days.
Studies List of Eligibles.
President Coolidge is approaching
a decision with respect to a successor
to Harry M. Daugherty as Attorney
General, and indications were given
today after the executive had con
ferred again with Senator Pepper,
republican. Pennsylvania, that the se
lection would be made within two
The President has ascertained
which of those under consideration
would accept the place if it were of
fered them, and now is engaged in
choosing among them.
The list of eligibles is understood
to contain only names of those who
have been mentioned in the news
paper dispatches since Mr. Daugherty
resigned fast Friday at the Presi
dent's request.
President Coolidge also consulted
today with Senator Curtis of Kansas,
the republican whip of the Senate,
and Senator Cummins, republican,
lowa, President pro tempore of the
Senate. Senator Cummins urged the
selection of Federal Judge William S.
j Kenyon of lowa.
'Hants #IOO.OOO Mnn for Job.
While discussing with callers at the
White House today the filling of the at
torney generalship. President Coolidge
said that he was looking for a 175,000
or a SIOO,OOO lawyer to accept a $12,000
government job—with an automobile
thrown in.
In other words, the President made i£
very plain that he is endeavoring to
appoint a man to succeed Mr. Daugh
erty who possesses high character and
ability, and who will be able to admin
ister the Department of Justice in con
formity with the standards which are
.The President, in discussing the
type of man he is ambitious to bring
into the cabinet as the new Attorney
General, is said to have intimated
that he will not be influenced by
political expediency nor will he be
guided by the so-called geographical
viewpoint. In the latter respect, the
President is known to have expressed
himself to the effect that it makes
very little difference whether the
man comes from Florida or from the
Pacific coast or from New England
or elsewhere, if he measures up to
the standards the President has in
mind. He realizes that there are cer
tain geographical balances which the
administration likes to maintain, but
sometimes that cannot be done if
the main object in question is to be
successfully attained.
Cashier Thought “Hand Over the
Cash” a Joke—Likely
to Die.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, April 1. —Brooklyn’s
bob-haired girl bandit and her male
companion shot and probably fatally
wounded Nathan Mazzo, assistant
cashier of the National Biscuit Com
pany’s factory in Brooklyn in an un
successful attempt to rob him of the
company pay roll.
When Mazzo replied to a command
to “hand over the cash” with an in
credulous “Your kidding,” he was
shot in the breast three times. The
bob-haired bandit and her companion
fled in a sedan.
Police found a similar machine
several blocks from the National Bis
cuit plant and in it a liveried chauf
feur, bound and gagged. The car bad
been stolen, detectives said.
r 1
L j
House Committee Asks $66,-
; | 849,160 for State, Com
merce, Labor, Justice.
j Carrying a total of $56,849,160.
j which is an increase of $3,150,136 over
j the appropriation for the current fis
j cal year, the appropriation bill for the
| departments of Slate, Justice. Conn- j
I 1 merce, and Labor for the fiscal year j
! beginning- July 1, next, was reported |
• to the House today.
j This bill includes an increase of i
! $488,052 for employes in these four
I departments in Washington on ac
_ j count of the classification act.
The bill also includes $60,436 for
| the National Training School for
| Boys, which is listed among the penal
■ institutions.
J The appropriation for detection and
j prosecution of crimes has been in- j
I creased $56,722, due partly to the re- 1
r I moval of the identification bureau
- ■ from Leavenworth, Kan., to Washing
, ! ton. necessitating the addition of
i twenty-three employes, and partly to
1 | the increased amount of the work of
■ j inspection of judicial officers.
> j Increase for Commerce,
i The bill carries for the Department I
’j of Commerce the total $23,769,105. !
: which is $1,974,148 greater than the |
1 • current appropriation and $277,920 !
1 ! less than the budget estimate. How- :
' J ever, $3,500,000 of the appropriation j
1 j recommended is for the census of j
j agriculture, which was not appro- ,
1 Ipriated for last year, and if that fig- I
’ j ure is omitted from the calculation j
j there Is an actual decrease for the ]
I Department of Commerce under the ,
current appropriation of $1,525,852.
. j The estimates for the Department '
1 j of Commerce exceeded the current ap- j
■ | propriatton by $4,840,816. Deducting)
' . the estimate of $3,500,000 for the cen- i
• I sus of agriculture, there was a net |
increase for comparable items of sl-!
5 ,340,816. Os this increase the budget!
estimates had accorded to the bureau
of foreign and domestic commerce all
but $251.54 1. The House appropria
tions comn ittee decided that the in
i creases for that bureau were entirely
. out of proportion.
, Increases in Pay.
) Increases in salary in the State, I
) Justice, Commerce and Labor Depart- j
, ments for employes in the District of !
Columbia due to classification are |
shown in the bill as follows: State j
• Department. $73,700; Justice Depart- j
> ment. $60,339; Commerce Department,!
$308,593; Labor Department, $44,720.)
The House appropriations com- |
1 mittee recommends the same limita- j
" tion upon salaries to be paid in the 1
* District of Columbia under the classi- j
i fication act as carried in all the reg- j
ular appropriation bills for 1925. j
This limitation averages the salaries (
" within grade or class and prevents i
’ all salaries being paid at the maxi
j mum for the grade or class.
r On llaxbi of New Law.
j The classification act approved
i March 3, 1923, provided that the es- !
* timates of appropriations contained j
® j in the budget for the fiscal year 1925 j
; for the greater portion of the era- |
I (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.)
I Senate and House Conferees Meet j
. to Consider Proposal Re- . j
quested by Citizens.
> The conference of the Senate and
House on the gasoline tax bill for the
District of Columbia meets at 2:30
o’clock p.m. today. Senator Ball,
chairman of the conference commit
tee, said before the meeting began
that he hoped it would be possible to
* get an agreement on the bill. The
3 conference committee will determine
f whether it will hear the citizens’
1 committee opposing the inclusion in
' the bill of the personal property fax
j on automobiles.
Senator Ball pointed out that both
i houses had left out of the bill the
- personal property tax on automobiles,
s although both had intended to insert
b it. He suggested that from a par
i llamontary standpoint it would bo
difficult for the conferees to Include
b this personal property tax now. How
- ever, he also said that in his opin
- ion the House would neVer agree to
1 the bill without such a ta* being in
cluded. _ .
“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 arc printed.
Yesterday’s Circulation, 101,946
Unified Board. Compulsory
School Attendance and
Parole Body Favored.
Children's Guardians, Charities
Board and Girls' Training 1 School
Would Be Under One Head.
Three measures to improve pub ic
welfare work in Washington, anti a
drastic measure to regulate sale and
use of firearms in the District of
Columbia, received favorable action
at the meeting of the board of Com
missioners today.
The most important was the bill
drafted by the commission on public
welfare legislation, creating a board to
public welfare, to take over the duties
now' performed separately' by the board
of children’s grjardians, the board of
charities and the trustees of the Na
tional Training School for Girls.
They also made favorable report
on the Capper compulsory school at
tendance bill and referred it to the
budget bureau for its sanction.
The third piece of legislation was the
Ball bill establishing a board of parole
for the I>istrict which also was sent to
1 the budget bureau.
i The bill sent to Congress on regulating
[ sale of dangerous weapons is the most
far-reaching yet advocated. It outlines
in detail the conditions under which
weapons shall be sold and under which
individuals may be licensed to carry
Precautions for Sales.
j A citizen is permitted to keep a re
j volver in his home or place of business
i without a license, but dealers must fol
low the same precautions in making all
Here arc some of the outstanding pro
visions of the bill:
If any person shall commit or at
tempt to commit a crime while armed
with a deadly weapon he shall, in ad
i dilion to the penalty for the crime.
1 be imprisoned for five years for being
■ armed.
For a second or third offense under
this section the court may impose a
double or treble penalty, and for a
fourth offense the persons so con
victed shall be imprisoned for fifteen
Prima Facie Evidence.
In the trial of a person for the
commission of a felony or of an at
tempt to commit a felony against
i the person or property of another.
I the fact that he was armed would
j be prima facie evidence of intent to
i commit said felony.
ITo carry a concealed weapon with
out a license on the person or in a
vehicle shall be punished by impris
| onment for not less than a year.
! The section ,covering the sale of
I weapons provides that no weapon
I shall be delivered by the dealer on
! the same day' application is made,
i And when delivered a revolver shall
j be unloaded and securely wrapped. A
■ sale shall not be made unless the pur
i chaser is personally' known to the
{ dealer, or presents clear evidence of
I his identity.
I No revolver or imitation thereof or
placard advertising the sale of same
I shall be displayed where it can read
i ily he seen from outside the store.
I The hill provides penalties for vio-
I lations of the license law', for false
information about a sale or purchase
I and for altering identification records.
Will Go to Coolidgr.
| Although they indorsed the bill
1 creating a welfare board, the Com
i missioners announced they would
I submit it to President Coolidge be
| fore having it introduced into Con
! gress>, for the reason that it abolishes
i the Board of Charities, the members
j of w'hich are now' appointed by the
! President.
' This bill is the first to be submit
| ted to the Commissioners by the com
i mission on public welfare legislation
I and is regarded by that body as the
foundation of its task of revising all
, welfare laws for Washington,
j It is intended to promote efficiency
1 by unifying under a single control
j welfare questions now scattered be
tween several agencies. The bill was
: drafted following a public hearing at
1 which the weight of sentiment was
j favorable to the general principle
| of unification.
i The new board would be composed
| of nine unpaid members appointed by
I th<v Commissioners for six year
terms. It also creates a director of
public welfare to handle the work
under the direction of the board. The
salary of the director has not yet
been determined upon.
| The employes of the several exist
. ing agencies are transferred to the
i new board. In addition to the duties
•of the three mentioned boards the
new hoard will supervise the jail,
workhouse and reformatory. Home
I for Aged and Infirm, Tuberculosis
i Hospital, Oaliinger Hospital and the
! municipal lodging house.
I’rovlden School Oiauh.
| The compulsory school attendance
'bill makes it the duty of every parent
and guardian to keep children in
school between the ages of seven and
The bill provides that any child be
tween 14 and 16 who has completed
the eighth grade may be excused from
school, provided he is actually and
regularly employed. The bill also
makes provision for the board of edu
cation to take a school census of all
children between the ages of three
and eighteen.
This census would not only give an
accurate record of the children who
should be In school, but also would
give the school board advance infor
mation as to the number between
three and seven for whom provision
would have to be made in the class
rooms within succeeding years.
The parole bill creates a board that
would be charged with the duty of
paroling prisoners of the District
upon certain conditions after they
have served a stated part of the sen
tence imposed by the court. A num
ber of serious crimes for which no
parole would be granted are specified.
Cuban Paper Reappears.
HAVANA, Cuba, April l.—Presidcnt
Zayas has revoked the order gaepend-
Ing the newspaper El Sol, which was
charged with “inciting to revdut ion’’
in connection with
Carlos Garcia Velez’s accusation against
the government, and the paper reap
peared yesterday.

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