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THE PRESIDENT WEARS A 10-GALLON HAT. Graff M. Spark-!, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce '
of Prescott. Ariz.. and 11. 15. Watkins, secretary of the Phoenix chamber, called upon President Coolidge yes terday and present 'd him with an honorary membership in the Smoki Tribe. The big hat is the badge of the ; tribe, and I lit* walking sink was presented by the chief of police of Phoenix. National I’hotu. l \ NEW Cl RE FOR THE SPEED DEMONS. Nineteen Chicago automobile speeders were fined by the j judge and then taken in a patrol wagon to the Home for Destitute Crippled Children, where they saw the 1 results of “stepping on the gas." The men returned to the court and informed the judge that they would ) never again break the speed laws, Copyright by P. & A. Photos.- ) RULES EMPLOYES MAY ESCAPE GUIS Controller General’s Decision Gives Hope in Realloca tion Cases. Controller General McCarl yesterday j ruled that Government employes may he reallocated to a higher grade, j ■where the average provision is ex- | • ■ceded, without forcing them to | take reductions in salary by entering ; the lowest pay of the grade. This supplements the recent so- j called "Sutton” decision, in which it I was ruled by the controller general that where an employe is changed ! ‘ by "transfer, reinstatement, promo- | tion, reduction or whatever the j change may be,” to a grade in which the average provision is violated, he must enter the higher grade at the lowest salary. Clear-cut distinction between the two decisions was drawn by ilcCarl In the decision, which points out j that it will not be necessary for employes to take a cut In pay when reallocated, providing the change comes through "classification of the position” on an appeal to the Person nel Classification Board to correct the original allocation. (lives Hope for liaise. This decision holds out hope of raise j in salary to each of the 2,500 persons ■ who have appeals for raise in classi fication before the Personnel Classifi cation Board. The old "Sutton” deci sion, however, still holds in the case of "appointment, transfer, reinstate ment, promotion or demotion of an employe," where the average provi sion is exceeded. The case in point In the decision today, rendered to the Federal Trade Commission, was the position of J. W. Karsner, chief docket section of the commission, who appealed to have the classification board change his allocation from grade 7 of the Clerical L and Fiscal Service to grade f? of the same service, without change in his salary of $2,900. The lowest salary in grade 8 is $2,700. If he had been forced to enter the newer grade at the lowest salary, as is required of persona so changed by regular pro motion, transfer, etc., he would have ] had to suffer reduction of S2OO in \ his salary. The commission asked if the Per- | sonnel Classification Board could un der the law approve an appeal of | Karsner's for such a cl/ange In das- ! slflcation. The controller answered in the affirmative, with the proviso, •'if and when the Personnel Classifica tion Board reallocates the position held by Mr. Karsner. from grade 7 to grade 8,” he said Karsne'r, under such conditions, might be paid $2,900. Briefly summarizing the fine dis tinction between the two closely al lied decisions affecting changes from > one grade to another, with or ’with out cuts in salary, the controller in his decision today says: "Where appointment, transfer, rein statement, promotion or demotion of :m employe is made to a grade in which there is an excess of the aver Do You Know How to VOTE BY MAIL? Washingtonians who hope to vote by mail this year, but who are doubtful concerning: the laws of their home States on the subject, may receive the I necessary information by directing In quiries to The Evening Star as fel lows: Voting Information, care News Department, Evening Star. The questions and answers will be published each day. 1 Q. Please advise if it is possible to , vote in Maryland by mail? I have j lived in Cumberland and voted for j five years; am already registered.— j I N. T. P. | A. No provision in the Maryland j law for voting by mail. Q. Myself, wife, son and sister are j registered in Worcester County, | Md„ AVould like to know if we can vote i by mail; if so, how?—L. S. W. | A. Same as above. Q. My legal residence is in St. Marys County, Md. lam in the clas sified departmental service here, so, I presume, I am entitled to vote there. Can I register and vote by mail?—F. S. F. A. If you are registered you can vote the coming election in Maryland. However, the last registration day was October 7. and if you were not previously registered there is now no opportunity for you to register, and. j therefore, you would be ineligible to j vote. ! Q. Does Michigan permit of regis- ; j (ration by mail? I registered this i year for the primaries September 9. | Does this carry me over until 1928? (2) If t wish a sample ballot for the November election, must the city clerk send that to me? (3) On what day must 1 ask for the ballot?— M. G. C. A. (1) Yes. (2) There is no pro vision in the law for supplying ab sentee voters with a sample ballot. (31 Application for the ballot may be made any lime within 30 days pre ceding election. Further information will be fur nished those making application at the Republican campaign head quarters. 1524 New York avenue, tele phone Main 9454, or at the Davis- Bryan Democratic Association head quarters. Room 220 Investment Build ing, Fifteenth and K streets, tele phone Main 502. I—' 1 ~ !age, the employe can only go into that grade at the minimum salary of such grade. But where classification j of the position is being made as on : appeal from that which has been i made, the classification thereupon is to be understood as now correctly determining the grade and the em ploye goes Into that grade on the same basis with respect to excess of the average as the other employes who were placed therein by classifi cation and not by appointment, trans fer. reinstatement, promotion or de motion.” Violation of the average provision takes place when “the average of the salaries of the total number of per sons in that grade exceed the aver age of the compensation rates speci fied for (he grade." by the classifi cation law. ; .4 THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, i>. C., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2.;. 1924. TRAFFIC VIOLATION! ; SPOTTERS SCORED A. A. A. Letter Says Plain Clothes Men Represent Constable System. A letter from the American Auto mobile Association, denouncing the ' i method of trapping violators of the j | traffic rules by the use of policemen j in plain clothes, was read at the monthly meeting of the Washington Chamber of Commerce at the New Willard Hotel last night. Many guests who attended the National Associa tion of Commercial Organization Secretaries convention here were present. The letter declared the association had protested to the Commissioners some weeks ago about the use of policemen in plain clothes for the pur pose of trapping motorists and that this method was still being continu ed “with the unfortunate results that we predicted that the National Capital is being discredited by the use of the village constable system which has been dropped by practically every large city in the country.” Claims Bribery Demands. | The association in its letter states j that it has evidence that motor ! isls are being stopped on the street j by some one in plain clothes, demand- j i ing money payment on the street for supposed traffic violations. The letter points out that the system of trap ping motorists has been a failure in preventing speeding and expresses the desire of the association in seeing speeding and traffic violations stop ped, but by more modern regulations. In response to a request a commit tee will be appointed by the cham ber to confer with the local A. A. A., and the letter will be considered by the committee on police and fire pro tection at a meeting next Wednesday. To the visitors Isaac Gans, presi dent of the local chamber, explained the position of the people of the District of Columbia in respect to their right to vote. “We have no vote, no voice, no flag; we are in a pitiable state," declared Mr. Gans. Righting la Denounced. The lighting system of the District was denounced by Charles W. Darr, [ chairman of the police and fire pro tection committee, who pointed out 1 Calvert Street Bridge as a menace because it is only lighted .on one side, and there inadequately. New apparatus will be recommended for the fire department at the meeting of the committee Monday, and legis lation for control of the sale of firearms throughout the United States wlir be discussed. "It is no use reg ulating the sale of firearms in the District If they can be shipped here by mail to purchasers,” declared Mr. Darr. Indorsement of the foot ball game between the Port Benning Infantry School and the Marines at Clark Griffith Stadium on November 1 was given by the chamber in response to a letter from the War Department. i.1,.....- o. .lie, •- if npWg^% ; \ J[ ■ \■■ / % IU HO IUK WOKI.H RECORD!* Ixm <. 1 < I.J.i.lis iixl I.irut R. A. Ofslie, Navy flyers of the Anacostia station, wht> will flv high speed | seaplanes at the Naval Aviation Pageant at Bay Shore Park, near U.ijti- ) more, Oetoher 23. They expert to average 200 miles an hour. ( - i I BRINGS ANOTHER CHALLENGE WITH HIM. Sir Thomas Lipton. i known the world over for his sportsmanship, rame to the United States ) I yesterday for the purpose of proposing another series of yacht races next | year. He still hopes to annex the cup won by the America. | • Copyright by Kadel A; Herbert ( Imbrie Beaten to Death as He Lay On Operating Table , Envoy Says - ! Minister Kornfeld Re turns Home With Tragedy Details. j Fanatics Aroused by Con sul 9 s Effort to Take y Picture. i By the Associated Press. NEW FORK, October 23.—How Robert Imbrie, American consul at Teheran, was stoned to death by natives as he lay unconscious upon an operating table was related yes terday by Joseph F. Kornfeld, United States Minister to Persia, just resign ed. who returned on the leviathan with a report of the tragedy which he will submit to the State Depart ment at Washington. “In Teheran, as in most-*' Persian cities.’’ Mr. Kornfeld related, "there are numerous drinking fountains, where are stationed self-constituted attendants, who in the name of a Mohammedan saint. Abbas, solicit alms. At the time of the Imbrie affair, there had gained wide circula tion the story of a miracle that was reputed to have occurred at one of these fountains only a few weeks before. "The story was that a native ap proached this fountain to fill a gourd with water. Tn the name of Abbas?’ ! asked the alms solicitor. ‘No. in the name of Bahai, - replied the gourd- , bearer. Straightway he was stricken blind for the blasphemy: then, when he dropped to his knees and recanted with a prayer of apology directed to the saint. Abbas, his sight was re stored. “The' fountain became the gather ing place of thronged thousands, who tied themselves to it and lapped up the trickling water, or fought their way toward it and prayed. Fanatic* Pursue Imbrie. “Imbrie heard of this. One day he strapped on a camera and. with his aide, named Seymour, drove in a barouche to the miracle spot. Imbrie forced his way through the crowd to take a photograph. The natives surged around him, clamoring, and he fled to the barouche and drove away. "Behind the carriage the infuriated natives ran, shouting. ‘Stop him! The | Infidel has killed four of the faithful and poisoned thp waters of the foun ‘ tain.’ ” Although he was not wholly in tormed of events that immedately followed, said Mr. Kornfeld. the gist of conflicting reports was that the natives believed Imbrie’s camera to be a weapon which silently dispatch ed death. “They overhauled SeymOur in an Chamber of Commerce of the United States, made an address before the meeting, and stressed the importance of the American business man In his contribution to the development of the Nation, science and social orders. P. J. Haltigan thanked the chamber for its co-operation In connection with the recent Holy Name demon islratioa. - •A t - v., ' JOSEPH F, KORNFELD. • alleyway where he had taken refuge and mauled him.’’ he continued. ‘They pursued Imbrie into* a tea shop; they clubbed and stoned him until the police rescued him and car ried him to a hospital. j Clamored for lin brie’s Life. “Even then the outraged natives were not satisfied. They clamored for Imbrie’s life in atonement to their ! Mohammedan saint, Abbas. They i stormed the hospital, battered down the doors and. finding Imbrie uncon scious upon an operating table, tore the tiles from the floor and crushed out his life with them.” The State Department already was in possession of evidence supporting i the story he related, said Mr. Korn [ feld. As for reports that Imbrie’s death was the result of a long-drawn | conflict between oil interests of sev eral nations, he declared it was "fa naticism, not oil.” that lay at the bottom of the tragedy. After reporting at Washington, Mr. Kornfeld*will go to Toledo, Ohio, to assume charge of a synagogue. WILL TRANSFER VESSELS. Shipping Board Authorizes Change of Lines for Ships. The Shipping Board yesterday au thorized President Leigh Palmer of the Fleet Corporation to enter into nego tiations with the Roosevelt Steamship Company for the operation between New York ports and ports in India of six government vessels which have been in the service of the Kerr Steamship Com pany. The Kerr concern will operate only foreign flag ships aind has agreed to the transfer of the Shipping Board craft to the Roosevelt Company, of which ! Kermit Roos'-ve’t is p-esident. It will b.- k.u. ..n <..s ths American India Line. ■ ■ mit ft'lrMi' rri \ DUKE ALBA VISITS WASHINGTON. The? Spanish nobleman, on a lour of the I nited Stale-, railing at the while House yesterday in company with Senor Don Juan Riano, the Spanish Ambassador. 1 National Photo. 1 WAI. IT.R Jt »H \St ! a! the While House yesterday to present the President with a bronze statue of the Washington team’s pre -1 tnier pitcher. Copyright by Harris & Ewing. DO YOt Asquith. %% ife ) the former Premier of Great Britain, has taken up a new hobby—motor- ) f ing. The bonnet, of course, is Margot's own idea. ( I Copyright by P. &A. Photos, ( DAVIS COMPLETES WESTERN INVASION Democratic Candidate in Cleveland Tonight, Then Goes Into New York. [ By the A-.socialeil Pre-.., ABOARD DAVIS TRAIN EX ROUTE iTO CLEVELAND. . INDIANAPOLIS, j October 23.—With but one more for- ‘ I mai address —that scheduled for, Cleveland tonight—John XV. Davis, j Democratic candidate for President, j I was on his way East today, complet- ! I ing the last lest of his two-week final j campaign drive in the Middle West. The train passed out of Indiana early today headed for Cleveland and thence on to New York where the final drive of the candidate’s per sonal campaign will be started Sat urday. Mr. Davis put the finishing touches on his Indiana tour last night at Evansville after speaking earlier in the day at Vicennes and for a briefer I period of time at Princeton. In Evansville he replied to Secre- : tary of War Weeks’ address in New York Tuesday evening, characterizing the War Secretary as “one of the still i unmuzzled” members of the cabinet. | Hinnies Administration. In Vincennes, Mr. Davis charged i that th# three and one-half years of \ power by the Harding-Coolidge ad- 1 ministration have produced "this radical third party of which they complain.” The "radicals,” Mr. Davis said, had aroused the American people and offered “strange doctrines, urging them on the people as the cure-all for their ills.” It was in this connection that the | candidate asked: 1 "Will you seek to cure the patient by giving him an injection of the same virus that produced his disease i or accept the relief I oiler—a sane, forward-looking and progressive liberalism that knows no class dr sec tion, no petted favorites; but to so administer the Government that every man, whether he be laborer, or farm or business man, may feel that he is an equal citizen, resting under equal laws.” Ridicule* Weeks. Secretary Weeks, he said, has dis covered a new antagonist for the Re publican nominee in the name of Gov. Charles W. Bryan, the Demo cratic vice presidential candidate. The Secretary’s act, he declared, was a "bit of strategy so simple that 1 think the Strategy Board Os the’War Department must have been work ing on It 30 days.” “Mr. Weeks has solemnly -assured the American people,” Mr. Davis said, “that the real race for the presi dency this Fall was not, as Gen. Dawes thinks, between ■ President Coolldge and Senator La Follette, but between President Coolidge and Gov. Bryan.” "I do not share Secretary Weeks’ horro. about that contingency if it Posse and Dogs Hunt Madman Who Seeks to Slay Otcn Family i j Special Dispatch to The Star. WINCHESTER, Va., October 23. I —A sheriff’s posse and blood i hounds are combing- the mountains of western Frederick County for Joseph Nesmith, an alleged insane' man, who escaped last evening from Sheriff Pannett and a deputy i while waiting for a train to be taken to a State institution. Nesmith maintained he was be ing "railroaded” by relatives, and said he intended to kill them. While in a waiting room at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad sta tion. Nesmith bolted through a crowd. Word was sent to the Nesmith . farm near Shockeysvllle, in the far-western section of the county, that Nesmith had escaped. Neigh boring citizens were sworn in to guard the Nesmith house. RECORD OF COOLIDGE IN STRIKE DEFENDED Secretary Weeks Replies to Criti cism of Former Mayor of Boston. By the Associated Press. ! NEW YORK, October 23.—The part j taken by President Coolidge in break | ing the Boston police strike when the | President was Governor of Massachu setts was defended last night in a statement by John W. Weeks, Secre tary of War. He replied to a statement of former Mayor Peters of Boston that Mr. Cool idge had refused to call out the State guard to break the strike. “Mr. Coolidge informed Mayor | Beters that it was within the mayor’s authority to call out the State troops in the Boston district and that if more were needed, he, as State executive, would see that they went,” the Sec retary said. Mr. Coolidge would not have taken part in the strike at all, Mr. Weeks said, but for the fact that Mayor Peters did not use the power at his command, but, instead, went to his country home on the night of the strike. The Secretary declared that Mavor Peters sought to deny facts which had remained unquestioned for five years, and that this denial came at a “time when the President, as Chief Executive of the Nation, can hardly enter Into a controversy.” arose,” Mr. Davis said. “I should not tremble for the destinies of my coun try if they ’were committed to a gentleman who, after having spent 20 years of his life In contact with public questions, received the largest majority ever given in his State for the office of chief executive and who, if the draft had not been made upon him by the Democratic party, would have been re-elected by his fellow citizens by a majority greater than he enjoyed when they first In- Uuciv.i him into office.” Mary Keating. a 101-year-oiii 5 Washingtonian, signing her applica- I tion for an absent voter's license. She was born in Ireland, came to ) America 80 years ago, and will vote \ in West Virginia. ( Copyright by Harris * Ewing ONTARIO VOTING ON LIQUOR ISSUE Heaviest Vote in History Seen—Both Sides Con* 1 fident of Victory. j By the Associated Press. TORONTO, October 23. —Voters o' the Province of Ontario today are bal loting in the sixth referendum on the liquor question to be held In 30 years. The issue in today’s voting is whether the sale of intoxicants under provincial government control shall be established or whether th- Ontario temperance act, passed in 1916, shall remain in effect. Registration figures indicated that | the poll would be one of the heaviest ;in the province’s history. Leaders of j both sides were confident of victor' | as the spirited campaigns ended. Two Questions Asked. j The question of the return of the j saloon is not involved. Two ques | tions are asked on the ballot: j "Are you in favor of the continu- I ance of the Ontario temperance act?” ! and “Are you In favor of the sale ! as a beverage of beer and spiritous 1 liquors in sealed packages and un der government control?" The present law was enacted in - 1916 as a war measure and was con ! firmed in a plebiscite in 1919. Two years later an amendment was ' adopted making it illegal to impon liquor from wet provinces and states. Today’s voting is being watched with interest throughput Canada. It is generally believed that if tin temperance act is repealed, prohibi tion may go into the discard through out the Dominion. If the "drys” win [ however, it is expected that they will Parry their fight for similar temper ance acts in other provinces where i they have lost ground, such as Brit ish Columbia, Alberta. Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and even, perhaps, un dertake to extend their triumph into Quebec. Revenue Wet Argument. The “wets” based their campaign arguments for repeal of the temper ance act on the ground that reve nues from liquor sold under govern ment control would relieve the people of part of their war debts taxes. Tin “drys” based their principal argu ment on the merits of prohibition from the viewpoint of economy and j efficiency. The “wets” cited the great revenue ! received by Quebec from sale of | liquor, and argued that American tourists, especially in Summer, were • going to Quebec rather than Ontario. Bond Probe Date Set. The old charge concerning dupli cated bonds and alleged irregulari ties in the handling of Government securities 'will be further aired at a public hearing Saturday of the spe , I rial House committee investigating I I the matter. It is understood Charles • B. Brewer, investigator for the com ■ ' m'ttee. has compiled additional mt l, ; ial. 17