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WEATHER.
Generally cloudy weather and pos
sible showers late tonight or tomor
row; moderate temperature.
Temperature for twenty-four hours
ended at 2 p.m. today: Highest, 68,
at noon today, lowest, 53, at 3:30 a.m.
today. Full report on page 7.
Closing N. Y.-Stocks and Bonds, Page 22
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t). post office Washington. D C.
SCORES HOMELESS,
MILLIONS DAMAGE,
IN FLOODS RUSHING
ON TO WASHINGTON
Potomac, Shenandoah and
Other Rivers Rise 25 Feet,
Breaking Two Dams and
, Carrying Away 10 Bridges.
WATERS HERE REACHING
HIGHEST STAGE IN YEARS
Hundreds Flee to Safety as Miles
of Land and Towns Are Inun
dated—Main Highways Blocked
and Railways Suspend Freight
and Passenger Traffic.
Sweeping down the Potomac Val
ley, the worst flood since 1889 is swirl
if ? past Washington today, inundat
ing scores of residences and summer
camps along the river banks, tearing
boats from their moorings and creat
ing havoc in the upper valley regions
that will cause millions of dollars
1 one.
With the water still rising steadily
and the crest of the Hood not due to
reach this vicinity until about 3
o'clock, the river war. pouring through
virtually every summer camp along
the Georgetown and Virginia pali
sades. had filled the lower floors of
the Washington and Potomac Canoe
clubs and was beginning to enter the
Sycamore Island Club.
From Harpers Ferry, Harrisonburg.
Woodstock Cumberland ami other
towns in Maryland. Virginia and West
Virginia, along the banks of the Po
tt mac and Shenandoah rivers, came
reports of serious inundation. Ten
bridges have been washed away,
others are rapidly becoming unsafe,
and vehicular traffic over all of the
main highways in the flood area is at
a complete standstill.
Traffic at Standstill.
Traffic over the main line of the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad west of
Point of Kocks, Md., was stopped
shortly before noon, when the tun
nel there became flooded, and en
gineers declared it would be danger
ous to take train into the place. The
Norfolk and Western and the south- !
ern railroads have canceled all train
service over their main lines in the j
Shenandoah Valley, where conditions
parallel those in the Potomac Valley.
Coming w'ithin a little more than i
two weeks of the anniversary of the i
Johnstown disaster, when 2,000 lives |
were lost In a similar flood, the Po- |
tomac river began to rise early Sat
urday after a week* of hard rain.
When the Shenandoah, which empties
into the Potomac at Harpers Kerry,
reached flood stage conditions became
serious and flood warnings were is
sued by the weather bureau.
Week-end camping parties were
forced to desert their summer homes
along the Potomac river late Satur
day, when it seemed that the water
would soon make retreat impossible.
By night, however, the river seemed
to subside and hundreds of the out
ing parties returned to their camps
fur the night and remained through
Sunday. Hast night, however, the
river began to rise with precipitous
suddenness.
Campers Warned.
Boatmen hurried from place to place
warning the campers that the water
would be in their places before morn
ing. and all night the river was a geene
Os wild confusion as the campers worked
by lantern light to save what they could.
Before daybreak the banks high above •
what was expected’ to be high-water i
mark were strewn with clothing, bed
ding and what small pieces of furniture
the salvaging squads could move in |
their boats.
From Key bridge to Sycamore Island j
only an occasional house which had been j
built well above the river was free of j
the water at noon today, and it seemed J
that before the crest of the flood had |
roared Its way down the valley these, ;
too, would be swept by the swirling,
spraying muddy water that seemed to
groan in ecstacy as they surged along
at express train speed, carrying on their
foaming bosom tons of debris.
Ten or fifteen houses are known !
to have been completely inundated
and it is feared they have been
washed away. Many of the partially
.iooded homes were occupied by fam
ilies that live along the river bank
the year around. Only a few effects
that could be hastily gathered to
gether were saved by these people
before they fought their way to safe
ty in small boats, warning others as
thev went.
Dawn found them a disconsolate group,
standing quietly along the fringes of
ihe flood, watching the destruction of
their homes. Before noon hundreds
of camp owners had joined them. ]
Every now and then a group could be {
found peering anxiously out over the
tossing river, searching in vain for a
mere sight of the once cozy cabin, j
Even trees were submerged half way
to their topmast branches and none of
the islands that dot the upper Poto
mac was* visible.
Near Chain Bridge Floor.
At Chain bridge the scene was one
of nature gone mad. The water
there had risen thirty-one feet by
actual measurement, R. L. King, the
bridge keeper, reported. It is nor
mally forty-five feet below the floor
~f the bridge. Today at noon it was
on ly fourteen feet below the floor
and i ts eP ra y was dashing now and
then across the walk. The bridge,
however, is perfectly safe and affords
a birdseeyo view of the flood.
Down at Key bridge conditions are
no better. Dempsey’s boathouse is
inundated almost to the second floor
and half a sc° re of men are standing
j n case the float begins to break
from its moorings. At tne Washing
ton Canoe Club and the Potomac
Canoe Club the water now reaches
almost to the second floor decks and
" t j S feared that serious damage
might result from a further rise in
♦he river.
Sycamore Islan d was rapidly disap
ocarlng beneath the bosom of the
Hver at noon and every house in
that section was said to be inundated
a * least to its second floor. Some
have dropped beneath the water en
tirely. The clubhouse on Sycamore
i.land Is built on what ordinarily
Tcontinued ao Page 2. Column 2.)
May Succeed Poincare
•*' 1 ■ -
BILL TO GRANT 01
warn held oy
U. S. IS APPROVED
Surplus Measure Acted Upon
by Investigating House
Subcommittee.
Favorable report on the Ptiipps bill,
which recognizes the $i.435,000 sur
plus belonging to the District of. Co
lumbia in the federal Treasury, was
ordered toda> by the special sub
committee beaded by Representative
Beers of Pennsylvania, which has
been investigating the question of
this surplus, with instructions to re
port to the full District committee
tomorrow, when similar favorable ac
tion is forecast.
Representative Blanton. Democrat,
of Texas, a member of Hie subcom
mittee. who left the hearings in a
huff yesterday, announcing that lie
would make a minority report before
testimony bad been given or a de
cision reached by the subcommittee,
absented himself from the hearing
today.
Representatives bitrs of i’ennsyl
vania. hamper; of Wisconsin, Kunz
of Illinois all voted in favor of rec
ognizing the surplus, while Repre
sentative Stalker, Republican, of New
York, who was absent from part of
the hearings, indicated that he ex
pects to sign the subcommittee report
after be lias completed reading the;
testimony at the hearing.
Colladay Backs legislation.
Edward F. Colladay, chairman of ,
the citizens’ joint committee on fiscal .
relations between the District of Co- 1
lumbia and the federal government,
appeared in favor of the legislation
under consideration.
Mr. Colladay said that he had been 1
in close touch with all developments
on this subject for the last ten years
and had co-operated with the joint
special committee of Congress which
found that the surplus exists. He
strongly advocated t hat the surplus
be made available for use as a fund
to the credit of the District.
Mr. Colladay presented a petition
signed by more than a score of busi
ness. civic and welfare associations
in the District, all of which associa
tions through delegates are repre
sented in the citizens’ joint commit
tee. This petition was made a part
of the record ol the hearings. The
petition was printed in full in The
Star last week.
As Maj. Daniel J. Donovan and
Representative Guy U. Hardy, repre
sentative of Colorado, a member of
the joint special congressional com
mittee. have covered the auditing
and investigation of all facts having
a bearing on the surplus. Mr. Colla
(Continued on I ’age 2. Column 7.)
KAISER IS REPORTED
ON WAY TO SILESIA
Nauen Radio Rumor Declares For
mer Emperor Has Left
Doom Home.
By thp Associated Pr^ss.
NEW YORK. May 13.—Former
Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and
Princess Herminc, his wife, left
Doom today for Saabor, Silesia, os
tensibly to spend a vacation with
Hermlne’s children, according to a
wireless report broadcast from Nauen.
Germany, and picked up by the New
York World, that I newspaper states
today.
If the report is trtie the German
government has reversed its policy
toward Wilhelm Hohenzollern, as the
allies repeatedly have been assured
that the former kaiser would not be
allowed to enter German territory.
Silesia is one of the most strongly
monarchist sections of the reich.
Wilhelm has not been in Germany
since he fled to Holland on Novem
ber 9. 1918. He at first was exiled
at Amerongen and later was moved
to Doom, where he has lived in se
clusion ever since, not even being
permitted to return to Berlin for his
first wife’s funeral.
He was married to Princess Her
mine in 1922.
MEXICANS TAKE RUM SHIP.
Capture British Schooner Laden
With. Whisky.
SAN DIEGO. Calif., May 13.—Cap
ture of the British thirty-one ton
schooner. West Coast, laden with 274
cases of Scotch whisky, off the Cor
onado Islands, and confiscation of
schooner and cargo by the Mexican
authorities at Ensenada, was an
nounced by officers of the Mex
ican fisheries patrol steamer Tecate,
when the vessel put in here.
The West Coast is said to be the
first rum runner flying the British
flag to be captured on tjje Pacific
coast.
Mamim
V WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION
POINCARE TO QUIT
ON JUNE 4; BitIAND
MAY RESUME REINS
Premier Holds He Cannot
Resign Before New Cham
ber Is Organized.
HERRIOT ALSO BOOMED
TO HEAD NEW CABINET
Negotiations With MacDonald to
Go Over Until Government Is
Established.
By Hie Associated Press.
PARTS. May 13.—Premier Poincare
and his recently reorganized ministry
Mill step from power June 4.
The premier interpreted the ma
jority given to the parties of the left
in Sunday’s parliamentary elections
as a repudiation of his government,
and forthwith decided to resign. His
decision was ratified at the council
of ministers held today in the Palace
of tho Elysee under the chairmanship
of President Millerand.
The new chamber of deputies will
meet on June 2. elect its president,
officials and secretaries, and then ad
journ until June 4. when the new
president will deliver the opening
address. The first official business
transacted will be when M. Poincare
reads his declaration of resignation.
June 4 was the earliest constitu
tional date the government could
have chosen to resign.
\\ ill Conduct Routine.
The cabinet deliberated an hour
and a quarter on the question
whether it would be possible to re
sign immediately. It was finally
decided it would not be according to
precedent to open a ministerial
crisis before the new chamber bad
even assembled and before the vari
ous groups had organized and posi
tions had been taken with reference
to a governmental combination. The
ministers ail agreed, however, that
they could in the meantime only un
dertake to care for current business
in their departments, leaving all
problems involving questions of pol
icy for their successors.
Today’s action of the cabinet is re
garded as making the meeting which
was to occur between Premiers Poin
care and MacDonald on May 19 im
possible. The leaders of the majority
which will make up the eventual
government bloc in the chamber are
understood ail to favor the applica
tion of the Dawes reparation plan.
As there is more than the mere de
tails of the execution of this plan to
be discussed between the French and
British premiers. Premier Poincare
considered there was no longer the
necessary authority in his hands to
conduct the negotiations.
Socialists Mnst Share.
Discussion in Radical and Socialist
circles as to the formation of the
new government indicates that the
leaders of the coalition bloc of the
left will insist upon the Socialists re
ceiving their full share, of the honors.
Already a strong movement is on
foot in favor of a Socialist as presi
dent of the chamber.
This project, if pursued up to the
opening of the chamber’s sessions,
seems likely to bring on the first
clash between the new majority and
opposition. In view of the small
margin the Radicals and Radical So
cialists can muster without the help
of the more moderate elements some
doubt is entertained as to whether
a Socialist can be elected to this
post, even if the Radicals were will
ing to support him.
Former Premier Briand remains the
most talked-of probability for the
premiership. Deputy Harriot also
is mentioned, but Briand is regarded
in most quarters as far more likely
Continued on page 4. column 2.
REDS SEND SHARP
DEMAND TO POLAND
Moscow Insists on Better Treat
ment for Racial Elements
on Border Line.
By the Associated Press.
WARSAW, May 13. The Polish
government received today a note
from Soviet Russia demanding better
treatment of the Ukrainians and
White Ruthenians in Polish territory.
The note quotes article VII of the
Treaty of Riga between the two
countries providing for the satisfac
tory settlement of the question of
minorities on both sides. The note is
interpreted here as inspired by a de
sire to expand the sphere of soviet
influence on the Polish borderland—
a desire already given expression by
the soviet general executive com
mittee.
During the last few months there
has been a continuous effort from
Russian sources to provoke trouble
along the Polish eastern frontier, it
is asserted in Polish political quar
ers. through the operations of raid
ing bands and an espionage organi
zation. Poland, it is asserted, has
remained cool under this provocation,
and the government’s answer to the
Russian note, in detailed form, is ex
pected to be ready within three days.
Resents Interference.
It will approve the settlement of
the question of minorities as therein
provided, but point to the provision
against interference by the other
side in legislative action.
The cabinet is taking special meas
ures to protect the Polish borderlands
from pilfering banefs.
Simultaneously with the Soviet
note Poland received a German note
demanding better treatment for the
Germans in Polish Upper Silesia. In
view of the present Russo-German
imbroglio the coincidence is consid
ered accidental.
Snow in North Dakota.
FARGO, N. D., May 13. —Northerly
winds were whipping a fairly heavy
snow here early today, while the tem
perature dropped close to freezing.
WASHINGTON. D. C., TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1924-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. *
BEWILDERED!
LANGLEY, CONVICTED,
TO APPEAL CASE
Representative Held Guilty on
Charge of Aiding in Whisky
Conspiracy.
JURY OUT FOR THREE HOURS
Judge to Rule on Plea at Once.
Gives Defense Short Period.
By the Associated Press.
COVINGTON. Ky., May 13 Attor
neys representing Representative
John W. Lafigley, Republican, Ken
tucky, who was found guilty by a
jury in federal court here of con
spiring to sell and transport liquor,
appeared before Judge Cochran to
day and announced that they would
appeal his case. Judge Cochran gave
them until 1 o'clock today to pre- ■
pare their motion.
It is expected that Judge Cochran
will immediately pass upon the mo- :
tions, and if they are overruled will ;
pass sentence.
Attorneys for Milton K. Lipschultz, I
Philadelphia codefendant with Lang
ley. who likewise was found guilty,
also announced their intention of ap
pealing from the veridet.
The, verdict of guilty was returned
against Langley after the jury had
deliberated for more than three hours.
He was convicted of using his influ
ence to secure the issuance of il
legal liquor permits for the with
drawal and transportation of 1,400
cases of whisky from the Belle of
Anderson Distillery, near Lawrence
burg, Ky.. to Philadelphia, Pa.
Will Stand Trial Again.
Albert F. Slater, former clerk in the
office of the federal prohibition di
rector’s office in Philadelphia,
tried with Langley and Lipschutz,
will stand trial again on the charge
of issuing the permit, the jury dis
agreeing in his case.
Langley and Lipschutz were re
leased on 33,000 bond.
The trial had been in progress since
last Tuesday.
M. E. Huth, Alliance, Ohio, and
Walter B. Carey, Canton. Ohio, were
indicted with Langley, Lipschutz and
Slater on April 7. All entered pleas
of not guilty, but Huth and Carey
reversed their pleas during the trial
and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Representative Langley will not re
sign his seat in Congress, his attor
neys announced today. The House
committee in Washington has juris
diction in such cases and Langley
will remain in office unless removed
by the committee.
HOUSE TAKES UP CASE.
\
Action, However, to Await Out
come of Langley’s Appeal.
The case of Representative Lang
ley, Republican, Kentucky, who was
found guilty yesterday by a federal
court in Kentucky of conspiracy in a
whisky transaction, was taken up to
day by the House committee named to
investigate the charges against him.
Chairman Burton refused to predict
what action might be taken by the
committee, which also has been look
ing into charges against Representa
tive Zihlman, Republican, Maryland.
He pointed out that Langley's ap
peal mast be passed on before the
court charges against him could be
considered definitely concluded.
Pending the appeal, Mr. Burton
said he understood Langley would
not participate in any of his duties
as a House member and that tem
porarily he had turned over to Rep
resentative Elliott. Republican, In
diana, the chairmanship of the public
buildings committee.
A formal report on the Zihlman
case, Mr. Burton said, would be made
in the near future.
BOY,I^7HANGS SELF.
Parents State Act Was Prompted
by Feeling of Timidity.
NEWARK, N. J., May 13. —Louis
Siegel, fourteen, high school student,
hung himself today in a garage at
the rear of his homd. The boy’s body
was found hanging by his mother
from a braided leather strap secured
to a shelf.
The youth's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Abraham'Siegel, said they believed
their son’s timidity, which resulted
from an automobile accident in 1922,
when his bead was injured, prompted
the act
PRINCE TO VISIT U. S.
Takamatsu of Japan to Come This
Year With Squadron.
Correspondence of the Associated Pros*.
TOKIO, April 26.—Announcement of
the route to be taken by the naval
training squadron in a voyage around
the world makes it certain that Prince
Takamatsu, the third son of the Em
peror of Japan, will visit American ports
this year.
I’rince Takamatsu, now a midship
man at the Naval Academy at Etaki
ma, will be aboard the cruiser Asama,
flagship of the squadron, on Us way
around the world, ranking merely as
one of the 300 midshipmen.
WINNING ORATORS
EXTOL PATRIOTS
Hamilton and Lincoln Themes
Chosen by Armstrong and
Dunbar Winners.
LAST TO BE HEARD TODAY
Star Contest Nears Close—Victor
to Represent D. C. in U. S. Trials.
Tributes were paid to Hamilton
and Lincoln, builder and preserver
of the Constitution, in orations de
livered before the board of judges
yesterday afternoon in The Star’s
oratorical contest. Rozier W. Gaddis
spoke on Hamilton, at the Armstrong
Manual Training School, and Lillian
L. Washington, on Lincoln, at Dunbar
High School.
The orations were next to the last
to be heard by the judges. Justices
Siddons, McCoy and Robb, in the
finals, the concluding hearings being
this afternoon, when the chosen ora
tors of the Eastern and Western high
schools, and the Holy Cross Academy,
will be heard at their respective in
stitutions. .
The winning orator, as selected by
the judges, will represent the District
of Columbia in the national contest
to be held June 6. at Memorial Con
tinental Hall.
Old nay* Recalled.
Far-past days in the history of the
United States were recalled as the
judges visited the Armstrong and
Dunbar schools, in their rounds of the
local secondary schools.
Motoring in an automobile of The
Star from the courthouse at 3:30
o’clock yesterday afternoon, the
judges arrived at the Armstrong
School to find the principal, Capt. Ar
thur C. Newman, and the pupils
awaiting them.
The judges, following their custom,
as set in the three hearings last week,
when prize-winning orators of the
Central, McKinley and Business high
schools were heard, took seats well
In the rear of the auditorium. This
position enables the judges to test the
carrying ability of the voice.
Crowded With Pupils and Parents.
The hail was well crowded with
pupils and parents when Principal
Newman introduced Mr. Gaddis, who
was the winner in the seventh dis
trict of The Star’s zone of the na
tional contest. To him. as to each
of the other local District winners,
has been presented The Star's check
for SIOO.
The Armstrong orator spoke on
“Alexander Hamilton and the Con
stitution.” Beginning, he said: “1
know of nothing more difficult than
to render an adequate tribute to the
Constitution and to Alexander Ham
ilton, the master builder. For those
of us who have shared the nation’s
life and felt the beat of its pulse,
it must be considered a matter of
impossibility to express to the world
the great things which are embodied
in that document.”
Declaring that the preamble to the
Constitution "fixed sovereignty in
the hands of the people forever,” the
speaker continued: “Oh, what times
were they! What need of statesman
ship, patriotism and wisdom! No
central power, no constitution, no
government: with poverty, agricul
tural distress, uncertainty and the
prostration of all business. No na
tional credit, no national esprit de
corps, a mass of disconnected and
anarchic forces threatening to engulf
us in worse evils than those from
which we had fled! In that crisis
came Alexander Hamilton, a sincere
and true patriot who gave his life
and services to weld these forces into
a nation."
At the conclusion of the oration,
which took approximately ten
minutes for delivery, the judges con-
Continued on page 9, column X.
'REPUBLICANS KEEP
TAX BILL CONTROL
I
Senate Appoints Three Adminis
tration Members and Two
Democrats Conferees.
RATIO SAME AS IN HOUSE
I
! Smoot. McLean. Curtis. Simmons
and Jones Selected.
Republicans, retained control of the
J conferees on the tax reduction bill
; through appointment today by the
! Senate of three Republicans and two
j Democrats, the same ratio as fixed by
j the House.
Pointing out the bill as passed by
: the Senate was modeled on the Demo
j cratic program, the main provisions
i of which had been opposed by the Re
| publican organization. Senator Sim
• monk. North Carolina, ranking Demo
} crat on 'the finance committee, had
| suggested the appointment of three
I Democrats and two Republicans.
Wants Democratic Section* Protected.
Senator Simmons said he would ac
| cept the membership named by the
j Senate, but if the Democratic sections
jin the bill were not protected he
! would ask for discharge of the Sen
ate conferees and appointment of a
i Democratic majority.
Those provisions consist principal
i ly of the substitute corporation tax
\ imposing a levy on undistributed
| profits, the Simmons income tax sch
edule. providing for a maximum sur
| tax of 4<> per cent and a proposal for
full publicity of tax returns. Unless
, these proposals are modified admin
| istration leaders have declared the
' measure faces a veto.
1 The following were named as con-
(ferees by the Senate: Chairman
| Smoot of the finance committee. Sen
-1 ators McLean. Connecticut, and Cur
j tis, Kansas, Republicans, and Sim
-1 mons. North Carolina, and Jones. New
I Mexico, Democrats, ranking Demo
cratic members on the finance com
mittee.
First Meeting Tomorrow.
Chairman Smoot announced the first
meeting of the conferees would be
called tomorrow. About ten days or
two weeks are expected to be con
sumed in ironing out differences be-
I tween the House and Senate.
President Coolidge was warned to
day by Julius Barnes, president of the
United States Chamber of Commerce,
that business generally throughout
the United States will suffer, possibly
to a disastrous extent, unless the gov
ernment adopts a surtax policy which
will attract capital and create en
thusiasm and stimulation.
While Mr. Barnes contended that the
business condition today displays
sound fundamentals, there is a mani
fest discouragement of the spirit of
confident enterprise which will become
more discouraging if the high surtax is
maintained in the tax reduction bill.
He recalled the 4,000.000 unemployed
throughout this country in 1921 be
cause of the excessive corporation
taxes and how quickly industry re
sponded to the lowering of these taxes.
Business expanded immediately, and it
did not take long to do away, almost
entirely, with the unemployment situa
tion, Mr. Barnes cited.
The enthusiasm which was so
noticeable in business following the
i announcement of the administration
I that there was to be a material re
duction in taxes is fading away, Mr.
■ Barnes said.
SENATE UPHOLDS
FIRST COOLIDGE VETO
Bnrsnm Pension Bill Lacks One
Vote of Overriding Presi
dent’s Objection.
President Coolidge’s veto of the
Bursum pension bill was sustained
today by the Senate.
The vote to override was 53 to 28.
one vote less than the two-thirds re
quired.
The action crowned with success the
first attempt of Mr. Coolidge to block
legislation by exercise of the veto
power.
Like President Harding, he disap
proved the bill because of the expense
involved. The measure would have
granted pension increases to the vet
erans of several wars.
Dirigible Test Postponed.
LAKEHURKT. N. J., May 13.—The
test flight of the J-l, the Navy’s new
non-rigid type dirigible, scheduled to
take place today, was postponed be
cause of high winds. At the nava!
air station it was said the flight
would be made later In the day it the
winds subsided.
“From Press to Home
Within the Hour ”
• The Star's carrier system covers
every city block and the regular edi
tion is delivered to Washington homes
as fast as the papers are printed.
Yeiterday’* Circulation, 98,533
SOVIET BEGINS TRADE
BOYCOTT OF GERMANY
Action Taken in Reprisal for Raid
in Berlin—Concessions in
Russia Canceled.
By the Associated Press
LONDON, May 13.—The Soviet boy
cott of Germany in reprisal for the
raid on its trade delegation in Berlin
began officially yesterday, according
to a Riga dispatch to the Daily Mail.
The correspondent says a telegram,
signed by M. Krassin, foreign trade
commissar, was sent to all the trade
delegations abroad and received at
Riga, announcing that all the German
concessions in Russia had been can
celed.
The delegates were instructed to
cancel or divert shipments en route
to Germany, not to deliver German
purchases now in the Soviet ware
houses at Riga and not to buy more
German goods.
GREAT FALLS PLAN
LEGAL, SAYS STONE
Attorney General Upholds Eight of
Congress to Proceed With
Power Project.
NEED OF PLANT STRESSED
Col. Kelly Declares This Area
Lacks in Development.
Emphatic and unqualified opinion
i that the federal government ha? com-
I ! pleto and undisputable authority to
acquire land at Chain Bridge and
Great Falls and to develop the water
i power of the Potomac River was
given by Attorney General Stone in
a report to the House District com
mittee, which had requested a ruling
from him on tnis question.
The opinion of the Attorney Gen
eral arrived in opportune time to an
j swer u question raised by O. B. Wil
cox, representing New York invest
ment bankers, at the hearing today.
Mr. Wilcox, who for a number of
years was a member of the board of
governors of the Investment Light
Association, on behalf of which Mr
Wilcox made his statement, and was
chairman of the committee on public
service securities, appeared in op
position to this legislation. He said
he was confident that the develop
ment would be made by private in
terests.
Representative Hammer. Democrat.
. of North Carolina, read sections from
the opinion of the Attorney General
, in answer to the question of Mr. Wil
cox whether the committee had in
quired into the right of Congress to
make such development.
Says Need Grom.
GoL William Kelly, chief engineet
of the Federal Power Commi.sadon
testified that there i> a great increas
ing need for power In the District ot
Columbia and in the Washington-
Baltimore area which adequately can
be supplied from the proposed Po
tomac River development and at a
cost much leas than is possible by
private development.
Col. Kelly put into the record a
! chart showing that among the nine
; areas and the entire northeastern sec
| tion of the country the Washington
j Baltimore area has the smallest
j amount of power, with an increase
I of about 10 per cent during recent
j years. He put into the record to
show the great necessity for the Po
! tomac River development more than
i power development in any other area
! in the northeast.
In reply to a question by Repre
! sentative Oscar E. Keller. Kepub
: lican, of Minnesota, who. as a mu
| nlcipal officer, had previous experi
ence along similar lines, Col. Kelly
admitted that if the government
made this development at Great Falls
and Chain Bridge, the cost would be
I considerably less than under private
development and that, therefore, it
would be possible to give the power
■ generated to the consumers at a oon
| siderable reduction in price.
Another question by Representative
Keller showed that there would be
! a saving of 1 per cent in the sale
! of bonds alone.
“It is difficult to conceive of any
valid objection to the government
benefiting itself and promoting the
! of residents of the National
; (Continued on Page~2.~Col urnn yj
WORLD FLYERS HOP
OFF AGAIN TOMORROW
( Maj. Martin and Sergt. Harvey
Leave by Boat for Seattle
Today.
By the Associated Press
CORDOVA. Alaska. May 13. —With
calm weather forecast for today at
Attu Island, where three United States
Army cruisers arrived Friday after
flying from Atka Island, it was ex
pected that the aviators would hasten
preparations for the next jump to
morrow of their world-encircling
flight, an 878-mi!e trip to Paramashira
Island, in the Kurile group, Japan.
Gales prevented the men from in -
! specting, repairing and overhauling
i the machines at Attu up to this time,
j Everything will be made as nearly
perfect as possible for the longest
hop of the 27,000-mile trip.
Meanwhile Maj. Frederick L. Mar
tin, commander of the expedition, and
his mechanic, Staff Sergt. Alva L.
Harvey', who crashed into a moun
tain 100 miles northwest of Chignik.
April 30, and who reached Port Moller
on the Bering seacoast Saturday, May
i 10, were to leave today aboard either
the United States coast guard cutter
Algonquin or the Pacilic-American
• fisheries vessel Catherine to Seattle
| and then to Washington, D. C. From
the latter place the men are expected
to proceed to India, where Maj. Mar
tin will again assume charge of the
squadron.
British Flyer at Nasirabad.
BOMBAY. May 13.—Stuart Mac-
Laren, British aviator, continuing
his world flight, has arrived at Nasi
rabad, fourteen miles south of Aj
mere, British India.
Your Interest Will Be
Sealed
F. A. McKenzie’s authentic
report of the last days and
assassination of the Czar of all
the Russias begins today on
the editorial page of The Star.
TWO CENTS
U. S. INS IN FIGHT
OF RENT BOARD FO
STAY IN OPERATION;
HOLDS NEED EXISTS
I Attorney General Stone Wins
Plea to Intervene in In-
I
I junction Brought to Halt
Commission Probe.
RESTRAINING ORDER HELD
UP FOR HEARING MONDAY
F. H. Smith Company Named by
Senate Committee in Alleged
Pact to Increase Rents by In
flating Values, Defends Opera
j tions Here—Cites Record.
The United. States government,
thiough, the Department of Juatice.
| joined hands with the Rent Commis
j sion today in the oourt fight whicii
j eventually will determine the right of
I the commission to exist.
. Harlan F. Stone. Attorney General.
} filed a petition, to be permitted to in
tervene in the Bates Warren suit for
i temporary injunction against the Rem
j Commission to prevent that body
| from proceeding with an inquiry into
| certain rentals on the theory that the
i bousing emergency has passed. Jus
tice Stafford granted the request of
Mr. Stone and deferred the signing
j of a temporary decree of injunction
i and grave the government until next
Monday to present such additional af
j fidavits a? might be desired to show
that an emergency still exists.
Argument will be presented Monday
by H. L. Underwood, representing the
Attorney Genera’,
Blanton Halts Conference.
Preceding this new development today
; in the Washington rent situation, the
.Senate yesterday afternoon approved
! the House resolution which extended the
j life of the Rent Commission two years,
i but amended it to make the extension
only one year.
Representative Florian Lamport of
i Wisconsin, who was in < barge of the
rent resolution in the House, asked
i unanimous consent today that the reso
■ >ut;on be* sent to conference, but Repre
i sentative Blanton of Texas objected
\ The rent resolution, when called an
i yesterday by Senator Ball, was aorom
■ panied by statements from Senator Bah
i concerning the results of a secret in
vestigation into the rent situation here
, which, it was charged, showed a com -
! bination which placed fictitious values
and inflated prices on a number of
i apartment houses and hotels. The
I charges Involved the F. H. Smith Con.
pany. eight subsidiary companies, eleven
officers and employes of the Smith com
pany and other individuals and concern
both of Washington and out of town
District Attorney May Get Case.
Senator Ball indicated today tha'
(all of the material gathered as a re
i suit of this investigation would be
turned over to the district attorney
This will follow a long conference
j between Senator Ball and District At
j torney Gordon, held in the formers
office last week, at which, it was
i understood, the nature of the charge.-
! were thoroughly discussed between
i them.
i Senator Ball’s charges were met u*
day by a statement from some of
i those concerned.
That by the F. H. Smith Company.
i follows in full:
“The F. H. Smith Company is an
institution of Washington.
I "It is composed of Washington men
“It has conducted business here for
fifty-one years.
“Over this long period it has been
i selling first mortgage investments to
J its customers on conservative valu
ation. In all that time, these inves
tors never lost a single dollar,
j "It has been a great constructive
force in the upbuilding of our great
city.
"The F. H. Smith Company is proud
of its record.”
Stafford Planned Injunction.
Justice Stafford last Friday an
nounced, in connection with his rul
ing in the Bates Warren case, that
from the record as presented to hint
I there was sufficient probability that
i the housing emergency had passed,
and such record justified the court in
granting a temporary' injunction
against further proceedings in the
1 Warren case before the Rent Comis
| sion. The signing of an order was
deferred. Counsel for Mr. Warren
} and for Harry Norment. who has a.
i similar injunction proceeding pend
ing. consented today to permit the in
] tervention by the government, hu’
I sought to limit such intervention t<>
j the taking of testimony as to a final
i and permanent injunction, but not as
j to the temporary injunction.
Allows United States to Act.
Justice Stafford, in granting the re
quest of Mr. Stone to intervene, de
clared that as long as counsel con
sented to the intervention, the gov
ernment should be allowed to present
arguments and affidavits before a
temporary injunction was granted.
On the assurance of Chapin Brown,
attorney for the Rent Commission,
that the commission would take no
proceedings in the Warren and Nor
ment case pending a decision of the
court. Justice Stafford deferred the
signing of a temporary decree of in
junction and gave the government
; until next Monday to present such
1 additional affidavits as might be de
j sired to show that the emergency
still exists. Argument will be pre
sented Monday, by H. L. Underwood,
representing the Attorney General.
The court also permitted the plaint
iffs to file further affidavits concern
ing the emergency, if desired.
Chapin Brown, for the Rent Com
mission, objected to the form of tbo
injunction as presented, and con
tended that it would be in effect
enjoining the commission under the
extension of the act, which has not
yet passed Congress. He suggested
that the injunction would probably
be in excess of the power of fho
court under the Ball rent act read in
conjunction with the Clayton act.
The petition of Attorney General
Stone reads: "Comes now the At
torney General on behalf of thoi
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