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Fair tonight and tomorrow, not much change in temperature: moder ate northwest winds. Temperature for 24 hours ending at 2 p.m. today: Highest, 63, at noon to day; lowest. 38, at 12 p.m. today. Full report on page 7. Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 28 Non one Entered as second class matter O. ~ p OS t office Washington, D. C. MALI ON PUBLICITY ■ FOR INCOME TAXES CALLED AS DOUBTS OF LEGALITY ARISE Treasury and Department of Justice Hasten to Warn Press as Figures of Rich Payers Are Announced. LAWYERS ARE DIVIDED UPON PURPORT OF LAW First Order to Collectors Merely Specified Facts Could Be Reveal ed—Baltimore Office Still Allow ing: Free Access to Lists, In cluding District of Columbia. Fv ili» Af,cxialoil Tress. lIF.S MOINKS. I own. October 24. —The warning Issued nt Washing ton bj Acting Attorney (iencral Heck thnl newspapers which pub lish income tn\ returns prior to n definite ruling by the Depart ment of Justice' on the uncer tainty of the low, do *<» nt their own rink, hit* the appro* nl of Attorney General Stone, he an nounced here today. Mr. Stowe declined to gt* e hir version of the law until he could study l*n provision's. lie -said that the question in volved was too important (or n hast-y decision and thnt he would study the matter carefully upon his return to Washington on Sun day In sere announcing the posi tion of his department. Mr. Stone is here for a cam paign speech tonight on behalf of President Coolidge. With income tax assessment lists of the Nation thrown open lor “pub lic inspection” by the Treasury, and with some newspapers already pub lishing the income taxes paid by the country's wealthiest citizens, the Government was precipitated into confusion today over the question as to whether such publication consti tutes a criminal offense, punishable by fine and imprisonment. Warnings have been issued by both the Treasury and Department of Justice that such publication may be dn offense against the statutes, even Jn view of the new revenue law of 19-4, approved last June, which pro vided that such lists be public. No definite pronouncement has been forthcoming as yet to decide the issue. > Baltimore I,lata Open. Names of America's wealthy men already have been dug out of the tax records, in all parts of the United States, with permission being grant ed newspaper men and others to “in spect” such lists, and the affixed fig- j nres, showing millions of dollars of taxes paid into the Government. But white the warning was being issued that to publish may be to commit offense, the collectors of in ternal revenue, as revealed by dis patches from Baltimore. Md., head quarters for this district, were still allowing newspaper men today to peruse the lists, which for years have been held absolutely secret from the public eye. Real excitement has been stirred ■up throughout the Treasury, and at the Department of Justice, where offi cials hurriedly conferred today, and where no unanimity of opinion was d laclosed. Some Newspaper* Uneasy. Perturbation existed in many news paper circles, where already long lists of the wealthy and their taxes had been published. Some which had pub lished the figures on advice of coun sel appeared to be willing to stand on their position. Enthusiastic advocates of the rev enue law of 1921 and its publicity provisions claimed, with confidence, that Congress meant that the Amer ican public had a perfect right to , know how much tax had been paid by any and all American taxpayers. They point out that Congress meant by its new law to repeal the pro vision of the former statute, section 3 187, which prohibits publishing re turns. Government officials, on the whole •were deeply concerned that some lists bad already been printed, and were even overanxious that every one view ing the lists should also have their attention called to the old prohibi tory statute. Treasury Issues Warning. This old statute was the subject of k statement issued hurriedly by the •Treasury last night after Commis sioner of Internal Revenue Blair had announced earlier In the day that lists would be open for "public in spection.” The Department of Justice entered the situation today when Treasury officials had it brought to their at tention that many lists already had been printed, which might be in vio lation of the law. Acting Attorney General James M. Beck issued the following warning: "Many inquiries have been received • Viy the Department of Justice as to the publication in the press of the Income tax records secured from the collectors of taxes offices under the •public inspection provision,’ of the tax law passed in May last. In view of the provisions of section 5167 of the Revised Statutes, which, if unre jiealed by the later law, makes such publication a criminal offense. “Officials of the department stated that a careful study of the two pro visions would be made, and in due course a conclusion reached as to •whether such publication is permis sible under the law as now amended. Puts Responsibility On Press. “In the meantime, the respohsibility for such publications must rest with those who in any way publish the details of Individual incomes.” , Attorney (general Stone is In Des , Moines, lowa. He Is expected to re turn to Washington Sunday, when the results of study which will be given (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) d | Dictator and Deposed | ■ - ' Above! Gen. Feng Vn-Hsiang. “the Christian General.” who has seised the Peking government and ordered cessation of the Chinese civil war. Belowt Taao Kun. President of Chi na. who la reported to have fled from Peking. COOLIDGE SPEECH HAILED BY VOTERS; 11 1 ' | 'Frank Discussion Believed to Have Made His Elec tion Certain. RV \. O. MESSENGER. Staff Correspondent of Tlie Star. j NEW YORK, October 24.—Reaction | to President Coolidge’s speech was I instantaneous and enthusiastic in i business and political quarters here I and is deemed a political asset to j the Republican presidential ticket of j inestimable value, to be registered lin thousands of votes. If anything j was needed to tilt the scale and "put ■ | him over,” it is the opinion in these j quarters that he accomplished it in that address. He has been taunted by the Democrats and the “La Kol lettes” with being chary of speech, but his friends here claim that charge ; will no longer rest against him and than he is on record now as having said what his opponents can justly appreciate as being “an earful.” The temperate tone of his speech, addressed to thoughtful listeners, utterly devoid of demagoglsm and appealing to reason: Us clear think ing and logic, forceful expression and lofty purpose are all recognized. Considered Vote-Getter. The speech is classed more effective by virtue of his previous comparative reticence and by its | coming with sledge-hammer force at this closing stage of the campaign. “It is a clincher,” is the expression heard about town. It is regarded as giving John W. Davis and Senator La Follette some hard nuts to crack. Both are bound in this direction and will have to take notice of his remarks. If Senator La Follette continues in his radical strain pursued throughout the West, he will only accentuate the contrast between his radicalism and the Presi dent’s common sense and conserva tism. and further alienate the sober- i thinking classes from him. Looking back over the marvelous political progress of President Cool idge, beginning with his overwhelm ing victory In the primaries, when he won what was practically the unani mous nomination of his party, and | along through the steady gains he has been shown to be making In all the polls and tests, it can be reason ably said that the country “sensed” him to be the man last night’s speech shows him to be, and that he vindi cated in that speech the voters' pre conception of him. Poll Show* Coolidge Ahead. The Literary Digest's poll of the country, to be published tomorrow, gives him more than 300 votes In the electoral college, with only 366 need ed to elect and keep the election out of Congress. The most interesting developments of the past week or ten days are In dications that John W. Davis is forg ing ahead of I.a Follette and that the Wisconsin Senator is, in fact, losing 1 ground at a rate that threatens to ] make him third in the race, instead i of maintaining second place, which Ihe has held for several weeks. It Is thought that this change is coming about through a more general under standing by the voters of the fal lacies and dangers of the La Follette doctrines as they are being explained in the campaign. Odds among the bettors in favor of President Coolidge have increased to 6 to 1, with few takers. Earlier quotations were 5 to X. Roosevelt la Stronger. The politicians are beginning to expect a slump In the odds favoring Gov. Smith’s re-election, now 7 to 2. as result of the progress of Col. Roosevelt’s campaign upstate and of increasing prospects of the colonel hitching onto President Coolidge’s kite, with the further indication that the Republican dtsgruntlament with the State ticket of two years ago has disappeared, and that there is more disposition to refrain from sulking, (Continued on Page 4, Column 7.) » * The United States Expects Every American to Do His Duty— VOTE ft ; f Wht lEhenitw Sftaf. V y J V y WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION C/ FENG SEIZES REINS IN PEKING: ORDERS END TO CIVIL WAR Ousts President, Deserts Wu, in Surprise Move to Bring Chinese Peace. SAYS TRADE IS RUINED BY 13 YEARS’ CONFLICT Asks Experts, Not Soldiers, Attend Parley to Fix Terms for Pacifying Nation. By I hr Associated l*rr** PEKING. October 24 - Feuc Yu-j Hsiang, “the Christian general.” was j in control of the machinery of the central government of China today.! after a spectacular surprise military I move early yesterday, when his army i returned here from the north and | took possession of the adminlstra-[ tion offices of the regime under the banner of which lie was supposed to be fighting. President Tsao Kun issued a proclamation at 8 o'clock this morn ing ordering the immediate cessation of hostilities and dismissing Wu Pei-fu. commander of the Peking military forces, from bis present post. Both Chihli and Mukden forces were j ordered by the president to remain at J their present positions. The post of I 1 commander-in-chief of the expedl-j tionary forces, held by Wu Pel-fu. i j was abolished and Wang Cheng-ting. j 1 civil governor of Chihli, and Gen. i j Feng Yu-Hsiang. Christian general I j now in control of the central au- j j thority, were instructed to take j charge of the troops at Sbanhaikwan. 1 In dismissing Wu Pei-fu. the presi- j dent appointed him "chief commls- j sloner" for the development of Koko- I nor. (The Koko-nor district is In i northeast Tibet, near the large salt lake of that name.) The seizure of the Capital was car ried out under the leadership of Gen. Feng in conjunction with other elements opposed to the war program of Gen. Wu Pel-Fu. It was reported at the be ginning of the defensive campaign against the Invading forces of Gen. Chang Tso-Lln that “tbe Christian general” disapproved, of Gen. Wu's war measures. Failed to Obey Orders. | Ostensibly Gen. Feng carried out orders from Gen. Wu to pro.eed to Jehol at the beginning of the cam paign against the Manchurian in vasion. He baptized his troops with great ceremony before leaving Peking. It now appears that the “Christian general” never proceeded beyond Kupoikow, 70 miles north of here on the road to Jehol, but sent some of his troops north while holding the 3d Brigade at Kupeikow. At times he returned to Peking incognito, It was rumored. At any event. Gen. Feng conferred with his colleagues on Wednesday evening, and this morning Peking was placarded with the announce ment of his intention to stop the war. The announcement called upon al! compatriots to join with the forces of (Jen Feng in re-establishing peace, reassuring ail elements, especially foreigners, there would be no disor der anywhere. Peking streets were picketed by Feng’s soldiers, wearing armbands reading, "We are here to preserve peace and to protect lives in the servic of our country." The move against Peking was plan ned so carefully that no intimation (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) BRIDE MADMAN’S CAPTIVE IN SWAMP Posse Tries to Run Down Farm Hand After Shooting of Two in Norfolk Home. i SperUl IMspatch to The Star. NORFOLK. Va., October 24.—Sur rounded by a posse In Buck Trout swamp neah here Frank James, a farm hand, who ran amuck last night and shot his father-in-law. a brother-in law and dragged his wife screaming Into the darkness, has evaded capture for 12 hours. Fear that he will kill Mrs. James and himself prompts caution in the hunt, as members of the posse move deeper into the brush and mire of the lonely swamp. About midnight resi dents near Butts Station heard screams believed to be those of the woman. Door Smashed In. Mrs. James had. fled to the home of her parents after living with her husband throe clays, following their marriage 12 days ago. The husband went to the home here last night and demanded to see his wife. He was refused admission, whereupon he smashed in the door and fired a load of buckshot into the body of J. P. Mahan, the father-in-law. Turning his gun upon Hugh Mahan he fired again, then seized his wife by the arm and dragged her from the house. They have not been seen since. The Mahans were taken to a hos pital, Hugh with his right arm blown off and wounds In his side and abdo men, and the elder wounded In the back and left leg. Both are In a se rious condition. Elopement Is Recalled. The bride Is 20 years old. With James she eloped to Elisabeth City Sunday before last, where they were married. The parnts of Miss Mahan had objected and James had been asked not to go with the girl. The police were told l(e appeared crazed when he reached the home last night. The screams heard about midnight came from the direction of a vacant house, but no trace of the missing couple could be found there by the pursuers. Radio Programs—Page 38. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 3924-FIFTY PAGES. I ‘ROG R ESS IVK OPTIMISM. WELLS AND 12 U. S. ESKIMOS TAKEN BY REDS TO SIBERIA | Russians Say Group Preferred to Leave Wrangell Island With Soviet Vessel After First Fleeing From Landing Party. |j'. T Associated I*re-s. PETROPAVLOVSK. Kamchatka. Si beria, October 24. —After a tempestu ous voyage, the Soviet Russian trans port Red October arrived here today from Wrangell Island, with Charles Wells of Unlontown, Pa., survivor of the expedition which Vilhjalmar Ste fansson took to the island a year ago. and with 12 Eskimo members of the expedition, who are American citi zens. Prof. Davidov, chief of the Rus sian expedition, explained that Wells and his Eskimo companions were taken off the island because they had no desire to remain, and because they had no permit from the Soviet government to live or hunt there. The Red October ran short of coal in the mid-Arctic and had a difficult time In making this port. During the survey of Wrangei island, according to M. Davidov. the Soviet expedition found the grave of Harold Noice. who perished there, and also found the flagpole on which the British flag had formerly flown, having been run up to claim British sovereignty. Mem bers of the Russian expedition con structed a new pole, on which they hoisted the red flag in the name of the Soviet republic. According to Prof. Davidov, Wells and his companions attempted to flee when they caught sight of the red flag over the island, fearing they would bo cast into prison or exe cuted. Their alarm was dispelled, however, when the Soviet officials as sured them they did not intend to harm them. Prof. Davidov gave the following narrative of the expedition; “We landed on Wrangell Island August 20. At Rilewgers harbor, our party found a pole without a flag, and a small house containing food supplies and scientific instruments. This was an indication that some where near there must have been some life. WARDMAN WILL BUILD $3,000,000 HOTEL Construction by Local Contractor on Site at 800 Sixteenth Street Is Contemplated. I 1 A $3,000,000 hotel will be erected by Harry Wardman at 800 Sixteenth street, the present home of Senator James W. Wadsworth of New York and at one time the residence of President Lincoln's secretary, John Hay. The note! will probably t>e started tn the Spring by the Wardman Con struction Company and when the structure is completed a company will be formed, of which Mr. Ward man will be the president. The new hotel will be called The Carlton. The structure will be of Italian renaissance and nine stories high. There will be about 300 rooms, some of which will be fashioned into apartment suites. Mr. Wardman recently purchased the historic site from Senator Wads worth. The lot contains 12,800 square feet. Senator Wadsworth will remain in his house -until April. — —— French Naval Expert Dies. CHERBOURG, October 24.—Louis Emile Bertln, eminent French naval architect and creator of the first mod ern Japanese-fleet, is dead, aged 84. ; : ———— j The United States Expects Every American to Have The Right to Vote,— Therefore, VOTE for National Representation for the District of Columbia, “We erected a flagpole on which we solemnly raised the red flag, taking possession of the Island in the name of the Soviet government. We left a written record of this event in Rus sian and English. “At another point we found a bottle containing a note in English, stating that Wells had gone to the Bay of Doubt. Then, suddenly, to the west, we observed a boat with five pas sengers coming toward our ship. Ap parently the occupants of the boat thought our vessel was an American ship, which had come to rescue them, but when they reached a point about 50 yards from our boat and saw the red flag, they attempted to flee. We stopped them by our cries of reassur ance. In the boat were Wells and four Eskimos. We later found eight additional Eskimos on the Island. These 'birds of prey’ had food for only six months. Wells had hidden away two flags, one an American and the other a Canadian. “We did considerable hydrographic and meteorological work, and made photographic and moving pictures records of the most interesting fea tures of the island. As there was danger that our vessel would be caught in the Ice if we remained longer, we decided to return to Rus sia Immediately. Wells and the Eski mos did not want to remain on the Uffiand, so we look them aboard our boat." The declaration of Prof. Davidov, leader of the Soviet expedition, which has returned on board the Soviet transport Red October from Wrangei Island to Petropavlovsk, that his party had found the grave of Harold Xolce is manifestly erroneous, since Noice returned to New York In Oc tober. 1923, having visited Wrangei Island and taken off the bodies of the members of the second Stefansson expedition. Wells was a member of the Nolce party and was left on the island by him. CANCER HOSPITAL IS PROVIDED IN WILL R. T. Warwick Leaves Bulk of Estate to Washington Home for Foundlings. The will of Randolph T. Warwick, real estate operator, dated July 18 last, offered today for probate. He leaves the bulk of his estate to the Washington Home for Found lings. 1715 Fifteenth street, for the erection and maintenance of a me morial building to be known as the “Helen L. and Mary E. Warwick Me morial,” for the care and treatment of i foundlings and of women afflicted with cancer. The memorial Is to be in memory of his wife and mother. Should that institution decline or be unable to accept the bequest, then C. F. Jacobsen and the National Met ropolitan Bank, as trustees and ex ecutors, are to erect such memorial. The cost of the site for the building Is limited to $50,000, and the building and equipment Is not to exceed $250,- 000. - • Estate Reverts Rack. j His personal effects are left to a cousin. Sue Crump of Baltimore, and his real estate business and office equipment to this assistant, Lucy V. Beale, In recognition of faithful serv ices. The trustees are directed to pay the net Income from $30,000 to Sue Crump during her life, jand the net Income from separate funds of $25,000 •ach to Lou Adkins of Richmond, Va., and Louise W. Daugherty of this city. On the death of each of these benefi ciaries, the fund goes Into the resi due of the estate for the use and maintenance of the Warwick Memori al Hospital. Bequest la Surprise. News of the bequest In Mr. War wick’s will came as a distinct sur prise to John B. Lamer, president of the Washington Home for Foundlings. Although.a personal friend of the late business man, Mr. Lamer does not recall his having taken any active In terest In the home. The home was established In 1887 and was known as the Washington (Continued on Page 2, Column 1.) WALLACE’S ILLNESS GROWS DANGEROUS Cabinet Officer Suffers Re lapse and Baltimore Spe cialist Is Called. Hemy C. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, who a week ago was operated upon at the Naval Hospital, suffered a relapse yesterday, and was reported by attending physicians to day to be in a very serious condition. Dr. Joel T. Boone. White House physician, who has been attending Secretary Wallace, announced at the White House today that the relapse was due to complications which re sulted from an intestinal infection. Dr. Boone stated that while Secre tary Wallace's condition is looked upon as grave, there is reason to feel hopeUpl for recovery. President Coolidge motored to the Naval Hospital before 9 o’clock this morning to make inquiry about the cabinet officer’s condition and lo leave his card. No one has been per mitted to see Secretary Wallace ex cept his wife, who has visited him in periods of three or four minutes at a time since he was operated upon. 11l Several Weeks. Secretary Wallace has been ill sev eral weeks with neuritis, and after a consultation of physicians the major operation was decided upon. During this operation the patient's gall bladder and appendix were re moved. He appeared greatly improv ed in the next two or three days, and word was received at the White House as late as yesterday morning that he was well on the road to re covery. A few Ijours later, however, a reaction set in and his condition was described as becoming serious. The operation was performed by Dr. H. F. Strine of this city, and in addi tion to Dr. Strine Dr. Boone and Dr. L. W. Johnson of this city, have been In attendance. It was decided by the at tending physicians today to send for Dr. John M. T. Finney, head of the surgical service of Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, and Dr. Boone’s public anouncement re garding Secretary Wallace’s condi tion followed a conference at 11 o’clock which was participated In by the physicians named and Dr. Finney. President Coolidge, who became greatly alarmed when he heard of the relapse of his friend and associ ate, left word at the hospital to be kept posted as to the progress of the case. 11,000 MINERS QUIT IN PENNSYLVANIA Employes in Pittston District Defy Union Leaders, Charging Undue Delays. By the A««oolated Pres*. SCRANTON, Pa.. October 24. Eleven thousand employes of the Pennsylvania Coal Company In the Pittston district and at Underwood. Pa., went on strike today. The walkout was called last night by the general grievance committee in defiance of the union leaders. The miners declared that their leaders and company officials have delayed too long in the adjustment of griev ances. • At the company offices today It was stated that there are no grievances pending. District President Cappel linl of the miners’ union declined to make any comment. Lead Pipe Fells British Candidate When Rowdies Attack Street Meeting By the Associated Press. LONDON, October 24.—The worst of the series of rowdy disturb ances which have marked the British election campaign occur red last night at Greenock, where the Laborite candidate. Councilor Stephen' Kelly, while holding a street meeting, was attacked by a gang of roughs, kicked, struck on the head with a lead pipe and knocked unconscious. A fierce fight followed between Kelly’s adherents and bis attack ers, who were apparently support ers of his rival candidate, a Com munist. The police rescued Kelly “From Press to Borne Within the Hour 99 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. Yesterday's Circulation, 97,054 UNTERMYER ASKS SECRET QUIZZING OF 2 WITNESSES Says Possibility of Effect on G. 0. P. Campaign Is Prompting Action. WANTS STORIES BACKED BEFORE THEY ARE PUBLIC Tells Senate Probers Millions Are Spent for Publicity—Pub lisher to Be Called. Senate campaign fund investigators w ere asked today to hear In executive session two witnesses from Chicago who, it was indicated, had informa tion hearing on expenditures on be half of the Republican national ticket. Samuel Untermyer of counsel for Robert M. La Follette. said in making the request that he was not willing to take responsibility of having the testimony made public before full corroboration because of the possi ble effect on the Republican cam paign. Will \ot Take Responsibility. "I don't care to take the responsi bility in the absence of corroborative testimony readily available to the committee of spreading this before the country.” Untermyer said, “until th» committee has run down the leads these men will he able to give.” A charge that “millions of dollars ' are being spent in advertising and in other means on behalf of the Ke ' publican national ticket and not ac counted frtV through the Republican national committee was made by Mr. Untermyer. As evidence of this the New York lawyer offered several full page newspaper and magazine advertise ments in one of which the name of Chairman Butler of the Republican national committee appeared at the bottom. The advertisement said it was paid for by Republicans. , Mr.' Untermyer also said he would ask that Cyrus H. K. Curtis, the 1 Philadelphia publisher, be summoned before the committee. The request i was in connection with an adver tisement published in a number of papers and dealing with an article on I.a Follette appearing in the Sat urday Evening Post, of which Mr. Curtis is publisher. Seek* Direct Evidence, j Coming to the seventh day of its inquiry, the Senate committee still sought today some direct evidence to support the rumors and reports of the assembling of a large “Blush fund” for use in doubtful States on behalf of the Republican national ticket. The latest of these rumors was con veyed by Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, prosecuted in the famous Teapot Dome oil inquiry, who tele graped that there were reports that 1100,000 was being sent into that State, not through regular Republi can organization sources, for use against-him in his ciimpaign for re election. The committee will seek ■ to run down these rumors. Meanwhile it has agreed to call the Republican State chairmen p/ New York. New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois, with a view to determine whether there have been "concealed” contributions from big business men to the Republican campaign fund. Many New Witnesses Sought. In addition, counsel for Senator Robert M. La Follette, who first made the charge of a “slush fund.” have prepared a list of more than a score of new witnesses they desire to ques tion. These include the chairmen of, some of the 50 or 60 special commit tees which Charles D. Hilles of New York testified yesterday were engaged in New York City alone in collecting campaign funds for the Republican organization within the various in (Contlnued on Page ♦, Column 1.) CABINET APPROVES NEW AMBASSADOR French Government Gives Assent to Daeschner as Jusserand’s Successor. By the Associated Press. PARIS, October 24.—The appoint ment of Emile Daeschner to succeed Jules Jusserand as French Ambassa- ' dor to the United States was ap- j proved today by the cabinet, accord- j ing to the Havas Agency. Other diplomatic changes which j were approved were: Aime Joseph j de Fleuriau, minister to China, be- I comes Ambassador to Great Britain: | Count Emmanuel de Peretti de la j Rocca, director of political affairs at j the Qual d'Orsay, becomes Ambassa- I dor to Spain; Senator Rene Besnard becomes Ambassador to Rome; Jean Hennessy, Ambassador to Switzer land. is confirmnd in that post; Count Charles de Chamhrun, former coun selor of the French embassy at Washington becomes Minister to Greece, and M. de Mareiliy becomes Minister to the Netherlands. from the scene of the skirmish and dispersed the crowds, but the up roar continued for some time. Kelly was seriously hurt, and his speaking: engagements have been canceled. There were disturbances at sev eral other meetings last night. The minister for the colonies, James Thomas, in a speech at Derby, strongly de nounced the rowdyism, which he said was all due to the Com munists. The Daborites, he de clared, stood for freedom of speech. If their case could not bear ex amination by fair argument, it was hopeless. TWO CENTS. : EVICTION CHARGES UNTRUE,REALTORS ASSURE COOIIDGE j Offer Services to Give Presi dent Exact Information on Rent Situation. CONDEMN MRS. TAYLOR ACCUSATION, IN SPEECH Ask That She Prove or Retract Statement—Put Case Up to White House. Declaring that the situation in re gard to the wholesale eviction of ten ants here has been "grossly exag gerated.” the executive committee of the Washington Real Estate Board today addressed a letter to Presides' Cooiidge offering its services to give "accurate Information” on the pres ent situation. It also called the President’s attention to the public addresses of Mrs. Clara Sears Taylor of the Rent Commission, In favor of the tenants as "Incompatible with her office as judge between the landlord and tenant.” At the same time a letter was sent to Mrs. Clara Sears Taylor asking her for complete details In connec tion with recent statements in re gard to wholesale evictions, also ask ing her either to prove the state ments made in her address that 2,000 persons w ere to be evicted or to with draw the charge. The letter was sent by John A. Petty, executive secretary of the Washington Real Estate Board who. in a discussion of the situation, said that a great many realtors feel that Mrs. Taylor’s “activities in the inter est of the tenants have long since disqualified her as an Impartial judge of landlord and tenant cases." Text of Letter. The letter addressed to the President reads as follows: “It has been noted that you were re cently petitioned by a group of alleged ♦enante to permit the use of Government ’and and Army tents to house tenant* that may be evicted from homes In Washington. It was also noted that the newspaper stories relative to this peti tion referred to 2,000 eviction notices having been served since October 1. “The executive committee of this board feels that the situation has been grossly exaggerated, and desires to ad vise you that this board is wUling to co operate in every possible way to bring to your attention accurate information. "Steps were taken today to secure from our membership correct data as to eviction notices, rent increases and available housing faculties. We have 120 members, which includes practically all the larger real estate offices in the city, and the data furnished by them should fairly well indicate the true situa tion. As soon as we have the informa tion at hand the same will be forwarded to you. “Your attention is respectfully called to the activities of Mrs. Clara Sears Taylor, one of the District Rent Commissioners, who, in public ad dresses, poses as a defender of tenants while, as a matter of fact, she occu pies an official position as judge of landlord and tenant matters. "Respectfully, "JOHN A. PETTY, "Executive Secretary." Letter to Mr*. Taylor. The text of the letter to Mrs. Taylor follows: “According to the local press you were recently quoted as having made the statement to a public meeting of tenants that 2,000 eviction notices had J»een served In Washington since October 1. “The executive committee of this board directed me to request you to furnish it with the facts in connec tion with this statement. If correct, we would like the complete detail.-, including the of the landlord and agents made public, and if the facts cannot be proved, the statement should be retracted in fairness to those on whom it reflects." Mr. Petty declared that the mem bers of the executive committee of the Real Estate Board desired the public be furnished correct inform;. - j tion to refute the statements made relative to the rent situation in the I National Capital. He added that questionnaires have been sent to all real estate brokers to get information as to the number of eviction cases, increases in rent and the number of available proper ties, and that the information will be ready for the White House some time next week. Says Statement* Wrong. "It often happens.” Mr. Petty said, “that these statements we hear of are made by disgruntled persons who use little care to see that they are accu rate. Individual cases are stressed jand made to give the Impression that j they are typical,” he said, asserting I that "all through the recent congres j slonal investigation the same group jof tenants were among the front i ranks of the agitators. They are not ! representative of the thousands of i tenants who are willingly paying rent i and enjoying pleasant relations with | their landlords.” i Mr. Petty says property owners i have frequently commented upon the activities of Mrs. Taylor "In the In terests of the tenants." “As a mem ber of the Rent Commission she Is called upon to judicially decide mat ters of conflict between the tenants and property owners, and while oc cupying this position she is found prominently mentioned in connection with the organization of a tenants' league and publicly urging the ten ants to fight. This attitude is not only wholly Incompatible with her official position but seriously tends to increase animosities and bad feel- I ings between the tenants and land lords.” declared Mr. Petty. GORDON DELAYS REPORT. The report of District Attorney Peyton Gordon on the real estate situation in the District of Columbia which was requested recently by the White House will be delayed another day or two in its transmission to the Department of Justice. This was learned today when it was revealed that the district attorney Is awaiting further material which one of his investigators has not as yet turned In to him. It is possible, therefore, that the report may not reach the Department of Justice until tomorrow night, or soma time early next week.