OCR Interpretation

Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, October 24, 1924, Image 1

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1924-10-24/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

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.
Treasury and Department of
Justice Hasten to Warn
Press as Figures of Rich
Payers Are Announced.
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
> 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
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
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.)
| 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
1 ' |
'Frank Discussion Believed to
Have Made His Elec
tion Certain.
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
Every American
to Do His
ft ;
Wht lEhenitw Sftaf.
Ousts President, Deserts
Wu, in Surprise Move to
Bring Chinese Peace.
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
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
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.)
Posse Tries to Run Down
Farm Hand After Shooting
of Two in Norfolk Home.
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
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
Radio Programs—Page 38.
| Russians Say Group Preferred to Leave Wrangell
Island With Soviet Vessel After First
Fleeing From Landing Party.
|j'. T Associated I*re-s.
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
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.
$3,000,000 HOTEL
Construction by Local Contractor
on Site at 800 Sixteenth Street
Is Contemplated.
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
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
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
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.
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.)
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
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
Says Possibility of Effect on
G. 0. P. Campaign Is
Prompting Action.
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
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.
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
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.)
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
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.
Offer Services to Give Presi
dent Exact Information on
Rent Situation.
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.
"Executive Secretary."
Letter to Mr*. Taylor.
The text of the letter to Mrs. Taylor
“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.
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.

xml | txt