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(U. a. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Fair tonight; tomorrow cloudy and
cooler, probably showers.
Temperatures; Highest, 63, at noon
today; lowest. 38, at 6 a.m. today.
Full report on page 7.
Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 14
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Premier Making Confiscation
Keystone of Financial Pol
icy, Say Friends.
Conservative Upper Chamber Like
ly to Defeat Scheme Due to
Socialist Tinge.
By the Associated Trees.
PARIS, April 4. —Premier Herriot
this morning continued his consulta
tions with political leaders regarding
the proposed capital levy. It is gen
erally understood that this proposi
tion is the key to the plan of the
radicals by which the government
hopes to put French finances on a
solid basis.
While details of the call to be
made on fortunes in France should
this scheme be carried through re
mains to be worked out, it is said by
high authorities at the foreign office
that it will be substantial enough to
give real relief for the existing dim- {
cutties and afford ample assurance j
against the recurrence of the present
In Excellent Spirits.
Premier Herriot seemed in excel,
lent spirits. Comment in political
circles, however. shows there is
much uncertainty outside the cabi
net as to the possibility of getting
the Senate to pass favorably upon
tlie capital levy. Some political ob
servers take the view that this meas
ure comes before the conservative
Senate too much as a piece of social
ist doctrine to find favor with it,
even in a crisis which demands rad
ical action.
Deflation Plnn Drops.
The question of the issuance of more
hank bills to provide the money
urgently needed by business was mo
mentarily dropped out of sight in the
discussion of the capital levy, but It
is understood it remains part of the I
government's program.
The government’s program on all
questions now before the Parliament
will be presented to the Chamber of
Deputies next Tuesday.
Foremost on this program will be
the capital levy, the premier's collab
orators say. adding that the-intention
Is to push this measure through.
A ntican Ixxae In Air.
It Is announced at the foreign office
that the entrance of Senator de Sion
zie into the cabinet as finance minister
does not mean that n French ambassa
dor will be maintained at the Vatican.
A high authority said that M. de Mon
zie's views on that subject would be
considered on the same footing as
those of the other members of the gov
ernment, but that a compromise solu
tion would more likely be adopted—
something between the maintenance
of an ambassador and the appointment
of a simple commissioner for Alsace.
Opposition to Herriot Seems Grow
ing in Senate.
fir the Associated Press.
PARIS. April 4.—There is a lull in
the political atmosphere pending re
sumption of parliamentary activities
1n the Chamber of Deputies Tuesday,
but the prospects of Premier Herriot
do not seem to improve. His capital
levy scheme, which, he explained to
a meeting of the radical group,
should be spread over a number of
years and fall as much as possible
on existing wealth and nbt on wealth
in the course of formation does not
appear to find much more favor with
the Senate than the idea of currency
inflation, and it is even doubtful if
the scheme will succeed with the
The opposition to the Premier in
the Senate seemed even stronger to
day than it was after Thursday's sit
ting, in which M. Clementel, as
finance minister, played the principal
Knd Xot Far Off.
The confused situation surround
ing French finances, with the resig
nation of M. Clementel and the
speedy appointment of Anatole de
Monzie as his successor, offers un
rivalled opportunities for political
speculation. Though it is generally
agreed that the end of M. Herriot
ministry oanViot be far off, there are
different views as to the manner of
its passing and what will succeed it.
Many observers maintain that the
only way out is dissolution at a more
or less early date and new elections.
Others foresee a series of what they
describe as ephermeral administra
tions. supported by patchwork ma
jorities, of which there have been
many examples in recent French po
litical history, leading up to the re
appearance of Premier Briand at the
head of a ministry modern in its
principles, though strong in contposi
t ion.
I.eon Daudet, the royalist leader, i
naturally advocates summoning a I
meeting of the States General, for. he j
says, dissolution of Parliament and
new elections would only bring back
the Deft bloc or National bloc, and, hi
his opinion, one is as bad as the
ot her.
In view of the crisis, special im-j
pnrtance attaches to the election on '
Sunday of a Senator for the depart- I
merit of the Seine to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Senator
Magny. Former President Millerand
is the principal candidate, and his re
turn Is generally considered assured.
Probably Will Eventually Succeed
Herriot as Premier.
By f»hle to The Star and Chicago Pally News.
PARIS, April 4.—A member of the
cabinet outlined to the writer the
position of the government, as fol
lows; ...
"We are certain to be defeated in
the Senate. If the chamber upholds
our plan, which, in the government’s
opinion, is essential to save France
from financial confusion, there will
be open conflict ■ between the two
legislative bodies. Parliament then
must be dissolved and new elections
will take place.
"Some of the members of our leg
(Contlnued op Page 4, Column 3.)
Chapman Guilty , Must Hang
In June for Murder of Shelly
Noted Bandit Calm
ly Hears Fate.
Expected It.
Appeal to Be Taken.
Defense Attorney
Breaks Down.
By the Associated Press.
HARTFORD, Conn.. April 4.
Gerald Chapman, spectacular mail
I bandit, jail breaker and criminal ex
traordinary. today was sentenced to
hang In the Connecticut State Prison,
June 2.">, in payment for the life of a
N'ew Britain patrolman, of whose
murder last October 12. a jury had
convicted him less than an hour be
The jury had been out a few min
utes more than 11 hours when it an
nounced It had arrived at a verdict.
Chapman, standing in the bleak
prisoner's dock in the courtroom,
gave no evidence of emotion as the
court clerk read the verdict handed
him by the jury foreman.
Frederick J. Groehl, chief defense
Heir Loses Plea for Tempo
rary Writ, But Hearing Is
Set for Next Week.
By the Associated Press.
DETROIT, Mich., April 4.—Judge
Harry Dingeman in the Wayne County
Circuit Court today refused to grant
a temporary injunction sought by at
torneys for John Duval Dodge, re
straining Mrs. Matilda R. Dodge from
selling, transferring or incumbering
any of the assets of the estate of
Anna Margaret Dodge, posthumous
daughter of John F. Dodge and half
sister of John Duval Dodge.
Judge Dingeman. however, ordered
that Mrs. Dodge appear before him
next Wednesday to show cause why
an injunction should not be issued.
Huge Sum Involved.
John Duval Dodge in his bill avers
that he is an heir-at-law of Anna
Margaret Dodge who died April 13,
1924, at the age of four years.
The bill declares that Mrs. Matilda
Dodge was appointed administratrix
of the estate of Anna Margaret Dodge
last June, but that thus far she has
not caused any inventory or appraisal
of the estate to be filed in probate
This estate, the petition explains
consists of the child’s proportionate
share as an heir at law of the estate
of her father, John F. Dodge.
In addition the Anna Margaret
Dodge estate is said to include one
ninth of all the shares of the capital
stock of several other corporations
organized and owned by her father,
the approximate value of the entire
estate of the child, including accumu
lations and dividends and income
therefrom, being estimated at be
tween fourteen and twenty million
dollars. '
Os this amount, the bill of complaint
says, there now remains on hand
“under the control and custody” of
Mrs. Matilda R. Dodge approximately
$12,500,000 after payment of inheri
itance and estate taxes.
By the Assoolafed Pres*.
NEW YORK. April 4.—Although
control of the $175,000,000 Dodge au
tomobile business had passed to
bankers, who will shortly open it to
public investment, members of the
Dodge family will still retain a sub
stantial Interest in the property, it
was learned yesterday.
Having received almost $175,000,000
in cash for their holdings, the heirs
of John and Horace Dodge indicated
that they would reinvest a large
share of it in the new company, now
In process of formation by Dillon,
Read & Co., the new banker-owners.
Meanwhile investment interest in the
huge transaction and the prospective
refinancing of the company was re
flected in the large number of in
quiries received from banking houses
in Europe and various parts of the
United States.
Members of the banking firm were
busy today on plans for recapitaliz
ing the concern and making a public
offering of securities. Banking circles
heard that the new company would
be capitalized at approximately 10
times its net earning capacity, which
would be around $170,000,000. Most
of this will be represented in stock
and bond issues, which probably will
be offered within a week, and for
which over-subscription is already
Find Launch and Liquor.
HAVANA, Cuba. April 4. —When the
steamer San Bruno arrived here
Thursday from Boston her captain re
ported picking up an abandoned
launch 24 hours north of Havana, off
the coast of Florida. The launch,
which was numbered B-l, 3106, had
lon board 900 bottles of liquor. The
only identifying mark to be found was
a towel bearing the name of a Jack
sonvllle hotel.
“War” in Pacific
It Takes Place This
The American Battle Fleet
will attempt to recapture the
Hawaiian Islands from “the
Maj. Gen. John L. Hines,
Army chief of staff, explains
the vital significance of these
maneuvers in a series of five
The First Will Appear in
IThe Sunday Star Tomorrow
ffflhe Wammq. Sfetf.
r 1,1 i
■if sH
counsel, previously had announced
he would file an appeal if Chapman
was convicted.
The verdict mpans death on the gal
lows for the colorful bandit, the man
who had the police of a dozen coun
tries searching for him when the
State of Connecticut sought him on
(Continued on Page 4, Column 4.)
Coming Into San Francisco!
on Way to Maneuvers
at Hawaii.
_____ 1
By the Associated Press.
SAN PEDRO. Calif., April 4—Amer
ica’s armanda was steaming up the
California coast today, the greatest
force of fighting ships concentrated
in the Pacific, moving toward San |
Francisco on the first leg of its 20,000-
mile cruise to Hawaii and the anti
The fleet of 96 vessels left southern
California yesterday. For 4 hours
the gray sea fighters passed Point
Firmin, the squat dreadnaughts, with
their mighty batteries of 16, 14 and
12 inch guns. the speedy scout
cruisers, the destroyers, the subma
rines and auxiliaries. Aboard them
some thirty thousand officers and
men swung into the routine of the
sea—six months of maneuvers, sham
battles and* sea spectacles ahead of
After the long gray column, headed
by Admiral Robert E. Coonts’s flag
ship, the cruiser Seattle, passed be
yond the horizon of the Santa Monica
Bay cities, a course was taken west
ward, beyond the steamer lanes, and
the fleet prepared to separate into
two forces for strategic maneuvers.
These maneuvers occupied all of
today, and were arranged on a course
calculated to bring the two forces
together oft San Francisco early to
After a nine-day sojourn in San
Francisco Bay, the fleet will leave
April 14 for the Hawaiian Islands,
where Army and Navy forces will
strive for “possession" of the island.
CLUBMEN OF $20,000!
Hold Up Meeting and Relieve
Members of Their Purses
and Jewelry.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, April 4.—Forty members
of the Showmen's League of America,
meeting in their clubroom in the heart
of the business district, were held up
last night by six men, two of them
armed with shotguns, and robbed of
money and jewelry valued at $20,000.
The robbers worked so quietly they
failed to attract the attention of wives
of the members, meeting on the floor
below. They escaped after herding
their victims into a small adjoining
room and threatening them with death
if they stirred for five minutes.
Most of the loot was diamond studs
and stickpins and sums of money
ranging from $2 to $1,500. Edward P.
Newman, club treasurer, saved $460 of
the league's money by tossing it be
hind a radiator.
As the men passed the women’s
jneeting on their way upstairs one of
The women endeavored to sell him
tickets to a party.
“Wait a minute,” the robber re
sponded. “I’m going upstairs to get
some money. I’ll stop on the way
On the way out one robber told an
other woman the meeting upstairs was
I over and the members would "be dotvn
I 1 In a minute.”-
“So you're Barnes. eh?' ! the robbers
greeted Fred M. Barnes, president of
the league. “Y6u carry a lot of money
and jewelry. Shell it out.”
Barnes lost a diamond ring valued
at $6,000, a scarfpin valued at SBOO,
cuff links valued at S6OO, a $750 watch
and sll2 in cash.
Note of Regret Presented to Mos
cow Government for Act of
Police Sergeant.
By the Associated Press.
MOSCOW, April 4.—The Polish min
ister has presented a note to the So
viet foreign commissariat, in which
regret is expressed over the murder
of Bakinski and Wierzorkiewicz. These
j two Communist agitators were fired
at by a Polish police sergeant while
J being taken to the Russian border,
where they were to have been ex-
I changed for two Poles, held prisoner
' tyy the Soviet*.
Will Be Free From Cere
monials to Direct Work
on Memorial Bridge.
Col. Sherwood Cheney, Back From
Peking. I? Named as
I.leut. <’ol. Clarence O. Sherrill, c hies
military aide to the President and
director of the new office of public
building's and public iwirks of the
National Capital, today was relieved
of his duty as senior White House aide.
Hhe will be succeeded by Col. Sherwood
Cheney, United States Army Kng-ineer
Corps, at the present time commandant
at Fort Humphreys, Va. However, Col.
Sherrill will have a status as assistant
military aide to the President.
His relief as chief military aide was
made in order to permit him to de
vote all of his time to the exacting
office of .which he is director, in
addition to this position, he is also
executive officer of the Arlington Me
morial Bridge Commission, the con
struction of which will soon begin
under his direction and will require
a great deal of his time and atten
tion. He is also executive officer of
i the National Capital Park Commis-
I sion. which has for its duty the car
-1 rying out of plans for the beautlfica-
I tlon of the National Capital and in
j volving the purchase of many tracts
oi land. He also is executive officer
of many other commissions and me
One of Busiest Official*.
He Is one of the busiest Government
officials in the National Capita), and
his work necessartly requires mucn
detailed attention. The duty of chiet
military aide also required much time
i in the arrangement of White House
social functions for the reception of
foreign envoys, etc.
It was to let Col. Sherrill devote all
of his time to the Important work
under his office and the Jurisdiction of
various commissions that he was re
lieved of his special duty at the White
House. The matter or this relier has
been under consideration lor some
(Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
Star Witness in Daugherty
Probe Accused of Signing
B'fiokhart’s Name.
Gaston B. Means, star witness before
the Wheeler-Brookliart committee in
its investigation into the administra
tion of Harry M. Daugherty as At
torney General and recently convicted
of conspiracy in New York and sen
tenced to serve two years in the
penitentiary and fined SIO,OOO. was
indicted by the grand jury today on
a charge of forgery. If is claimed
he forged the name of Smith W.
Brookhart. Senator from lowa, to a
letter purporting to direct Means to
deliver to the select committee on in
vestigation of the Department of
Justice all his records, files, diaries,
reports and copies of reports and all
papers irl his possession in connec
tion with the Department of Justice
to be impounded.
This letter, it is alleged, he pub
lished and delivered to Roy H. Ran
kin, clerk of the committee, as gen
uine when he knew it to be false and
forced. The letter is dated March 31,
1924, and is said to have Been de
livered to Mr. Rankin April 15. 1924.
The records in question were claim
ed by Means} to have been stolen from
his automobile when he was testify
ing before the committee and when
he was tried in New York Means re
pudiated the story of the hold-up and
robbery of his records.
Held in *I,OOO Ball.
The letter Involved In the new in
dictment was written on a letterhead
of the committee on military affairs
o/ the United States Senate and ad
dressed to Gaston B, Means. 903 Six
teenth street northwest, and reads:
“•You are hereby commanded to de
liver to the select committee on in
vestigation of the Department of Jus
tice all your records, files, diaries, re
ports and copies of reports and all
papers in your possession in connec
tion with the Department of Justice,
to be impounded.” Signed Smith W.
Brookhart, chairman, select commit
tee on investigation of the Depart
ment of Justice. The alleged sign
ing of Brookhart’s name and the al
leging publishing of the letter as gen
uine are declared to have been
“against the form of the statute in
such case made and provided and
against the peace and dignity of the
United Statea”
Means came Into court today, was
arraigned, pleaded not guilty and re"-
leased on SI,OOO bail.
Two Men Demanded SIO,OOO or
Her Life, Actress Declares.
NEW YORK, April 4.—William Ma
loney and Edward Pink were arrested
here today on charges of attempting
to blackmail Miss Frances Nelson, an
actress, who said that her life had
been threatened unless she forfeited
SIO,OOO. Frank Roske, who police
said had been used as a dupe in the
scheme, was held as a material wit
Several days ago Miss Nelson re
ported to /police that she had received
a letter threatening her with death
unless she sent the money to a cer
tain address. A boy sent with a
dummy package was followed by de
fectives and the arrests followed. .
— “
Pacific Mail Company Case
Expected to Go Before U. S.
Supreme Court.
Prospects of a legal battle that may
be carried to the Supreme Court of
the United States and subject the en
tire Government ship sales policy
under the merchant marine act to
court review and construction for the
first time have been raised in the
injunction proceedings brought by the
Pacific Mail Steamship Co. against a
ship sales decision of the Shipping
The heated controversy which has
arisen over the board's decision to
sell its five ships in the California-
Orient Line, now operated by the
Pacific Mail, to the Dollar interests
rested today in the hands of Justice
Hitz of the District of Columbia
Supreme Court, who issued an in
junction yesterday temporarily block
ing the sale. Hearings on making
permanent the temporary injunction
against the board have been set for
April 13.
Term Board “Arbitrary.**
Whatever the outcome of that hear
ing, however, the case is expected
eventually to bring before the United
States Supreme Court the whole policy
and purpose involved in the ship sales
clauses of the merchant marine act.
designed to build up a stabilized
American merchant marine under
private operation by transfer of the
Government fleet.
Cringing suit both as a party di
rectly concerned and as a taxpayer,
the Pacific Mail declared in its pe
tition that the sale not only would
violate the merchant marine act, hut
that the Shipping Board's action in
regard to its hid for the five vessels
had been an "arbitrary refusal” to
consider it after the company had
offered to modify the bid as to pro
visions held illegal by board counsel,
liar Cancel Contract.
In face of the company's represen
tation that sale of the ships it now
operates would result in '‘irreparable
loss, Injury and damage" to it. Chair
man O'Connor of the board declared
that if the injunction is made perma
nent he personally would favor can
celing the company’s operating con
tract. Former Senator George K.
Chamberlain of Oregon interpreted
the chairman's statement as a willing
ness to drive the Pacific Mail out of
business in any case, but would not
indicate what legal steps, if any, the
company might take if the board
adapted such a course.
Soldier Sentenced for Spreading
Communist Propaganda
in Army.
By the Associated Press.
HONOLULU. April 4.—Private Paul
Crouch, 21st Infantry, stationed at
Schofield Baracks, was sentenced to
40 years imprisonment and given a
dishonorable discharge after a gen
eral court martial found hint guilty of
attempting to organize the revolu
tionary communist league among
soldiers stationed at the barracks.
C’roueh was charged with being the
leader of a self-styled ring of com-,
munists and was charged with hav
ing issued propaganda under the pre
text of being a teacher of Esperanto
at Army schools.
The plot was nipped by the authori
ties when Private Crouch openly de
fended communism through a local
newspaper. It is reported that sev
eral others will be court martialed.
Extensive Zone Shaken in Fast
Three Weeks.
MEXICO CITY, April 4.—Since
March 15 violent earthquakes have
been shaking an extensive zone in the
State of Durango, almost destroying
the town of Chalchlhuttes. On Thurs
day morning a shock destroyed the
church, while other buildings were
severely damaged.
Canutillo, Zuchil and other towns
also suffered considerable damage.
Radio .Programs—Page 24.
Weeks Improving
Rapidly; Regains
Use of Left Hand
Secretary Weeks, who is ill with
-cerebral thrombosis, passed such a
restful night that attending phy
sicians did not find it necessary to
call at the sick room until well
Into the morning.
The situation was not regarded
by the doctors as serious enough
to warrant the issuance of regu
lar bulletins.
Mr. Weeks is rapidly regaining
use of the lingers of the left hand,
which had been affected by the
slight stroke suffered last Wednes
A statement issued by the physi
cians shortly before noon said:'
"Hecretary Weeks shows steady
and continued improvement."
They predicted that he would be
able to return to hi* desk In the
War Department within a week or
10 days.
Blood pressure remained near nor
mal, and treatment of the partially
paralyzed left arm was said to show
steady strengthening of the mus
cles. As a whole, his condition
was regarded as better than at
any time since his illness.
Wales Makes First Stop of
Trip—Finds Weather
Extremely Hot.
Ry the A>*oristed Press.
BATHURST, Gambia, West Africa,
April 4.—The Prince of Wales has
completed the first leg of his tour to
Africa and South America. He ar
rived here this morning pn board the
battle crusier Repulse.
After a week's \oyage through
health-giving sunshine the Repulse
anchored at 6 o’clock a few miles off
the port, being unable to approach
nearer because of the shallow water.
Capt. Cecil H. Armitage. Governor of
Gambia Settlement, put off in his own
yacht to convey the prince and his
party to Bathurst. The yacht left
the cruiser at 3 o'clock, landing here
shortly afterward.
The weather was extremely hot
during the last two days of the voy
The Prince of Wales sailed from
Portsmouth. Engl ■’d, on board H. M.
S. Repulse on the . ernoon of March
28 for his lengthy a..d long projected
visit t.o Africa and South America.
While in ■ Africa the prince will be
taken among the Zulu chiefs, and will
see all the Interesting places of the
vast continent. Hfs South American
itinerary will include visits to Uru
guay, various part:? of Argentina and
a probable crossing of the Andes to
Santiago. Chile.
During a greater part of the jour
ney the Repulse will be the prince's
Tribe In Mandated Territory Re
volts; Land 'Rights Claims
Basis of Disorders.
By the Associated Press.
CAPE TOWN, Union of South Africa,
April 4.—-It was reported here today
that martial law had been proclaimed
In the territory of the Rahoboth
tribe, In the mandated territory of
Southwest Africa, in which disorders
among the natives have recently as
sumed a serious aspect.
Cape . ToWn dispatches Friday re
ported a revolt among the natives In
this district, who had demanded in
dependence, ' and appealed to the
League of Nations for support. Lon
don dispatches declared reports re
ceived by British officials there did
not Indicate a revolt, saying the trou
bles were riots among the native sec
tions of the protectorate. The dls
i turbances, It was declared, had arisen
over the claims of rival sections to
rights to certain lands. It was stated
the British authorities had complete
(Control of the situation.
“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.
Yesterday’s Circulation, 102,189
Virtually All Union Men Leave
Jobs on Eve of Official
Strike Monday.
Practically all painting and paper
hangring done by union men in the
District ceased today at 11:30 and
‘Will not be continued until the wage
dispute with employers is settled or
the master painters carry out their
intention of importing men to con
tinue the work.
At a full meeting of the local
painters' and paperhangers’ union
last night no action was taken to
alter the previous decision of the men
to walk out Monday, which makes the
scheduled strike certain. It is point
ed out that there would be no time to
call a special meeting of the union
before Monday, the date of the strike.
In face of a letter received yester
day from the union, again demanding
a raise from *9 to $lO per day, the
Master Painters' Association also held
a meeting lapt night at which they re
iterated their intention to stand firm
against the demand.
Today the master painters endeav
ored to finish all their jobs, and in
Some cases worked their men over
time. According to E. L. Smith, sec
retary of the Master Painters, mem
bers of that organization expect to be
Idle on Monday and Tuesday to give
the unions a chance of reconsidering
their decision and go back to work.
If this fails, new men will be im
ported to continue the work, he said.
Some May Grant Kaixe.
Indications are that the entfre
Master Painters' Association mem
bers will not grant the raise. There
will, it is predicted, be some of the
smaller independent pointers who will
grant the increase, with the result
that some of the union men may be
retained after Monday.
A conference will be called between
the general contractors and master
plumbers and steamfitters for lion
doy, in order to outline the support
the contractors will give to the mas
ter plumbers and steamfitters if they
refuse the increase demanded. The
Master Painters will also hold a meet
ing the early part of next week.
Conversation with a large number
of the local painters who attended
the meeting of their union last night
indicated that, despite the closeness
of the strike date, there was a grow
ing disposition to stand by their de
mands, A large number of men who
declared they had been inclined to
stay at the present wage said last
night that they were now ready to
fight the matter out on a slu basis,
j Many of the men expressed their
opinion that the action on the par;
of the builders, contractors and the
fair wage committee was "bunk" and
"a lot of talk." None of the men
seemed at all worried at the prospect
of the stirke, some of them declaring
that if the strike is in effect for
two weeks it would give the union
men a chance to find out those of
their companions who are "weaK
Navy Officer Hurt in Fall.
MANILA. April 4.—Commander
James Parker of the U. S. S>. destroyer
Rizal was seriously injured today in
a fall over an embankment, while
ashore on Corregidor Island. Parker
was to a hospital in Cavite,
»*'*i»re it was said he was in a serious
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are contained in the
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Tomorrow’s Star
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j Clayton Declares Companies
Have Earned in Excess of
9 Per Cent.
Cites Figures of Washington and
Georgetown Utilities in Plea
to Commission.
Asserting that the Washington and
; Georgetown Gas Light Companies
I earned a return of approximately 9
; per cent in 1324, the Federation of
j Citizens' Associations today applied to
! the utilities commission for a redur-
I tion In the price of gas. In the
i federation's petition William McK.
I Clayton contends a return of 6 per
) cent would be fair.
Mr. Clayton attacks as discrimina
\ tory the sale of gas to the United
| States and District Governments at a
i lower price than is fixed for private
! consumers.
| The present price for gas sold to
i households is *1 per thousand cubic
| feet, with a sliding scale downward
I for large private consumers. There
! is an act of Congress fixing a rate of
i 70 cents for the Federal and District
I Governments.
Asks Public Hearing.
I 1 The gas companies also should have
; a "ready to serve” charge as an item
jof revenue. Mr. Clayton tells the
! commission. The federation asks that
| ! a public hearing be called as soon as
j possible to take up gas rates. The
! petition read in part as follows:
j "As a matter of practical business
i operation, the companies should wel
-1 come every reduction in the price of
j gas—for with the reductions made by
' the commission in 1922 and 1923 higher
i rates of return were enjoyed by the
‘ I companies.
! | "Counsel for the companies in his
I i opening statement to the commission
: | at the hearing on October 22, 1933,
•j said: 'During the year 1922 we have
- had a fair return, something over 1
I per cent. This year. 1923. I think it is
| 8 per cent and over—a little over *
| per cent.' The commission's figures
1 , in both cases being higher. Counsel
1 ! could now add to this statement or
> j 1923 that the companies during 1924
i j earned a return of 9 per cent and over
* |
Increase Cornea Witk Cut.
i ; "it appears from the record that
i ; every time the commission cuts down
• the price of gas the rate of return to
' • the companies goes up.
• "The federation believe* that a rate
‘ ' of return of 6 per cent Is fair, just
• and equitable as Detween the people
' and the companies, and that every
1 argument adduced in support or a b
‘ per cent rate cf return in former
’ j years has added power and potency
1 ! when applied to the current year.
■ | 1925.
“The companies sold 5.019.118,000
■ I cubic feet of gas in 1923 —
jj in 1924, an increase of 200,000.000 feet,
i i or 4 per cent, in the past year.
r 'The Washington Gas Light Co.'s
net - operating income for 1923 was
- $1,082,820.31, with added rent and
. interest revenues $1,126,918.02. For
1924 the comparable figures were
$1,260,826.90 and $1,308,197 28.
Surplus Ik Increased.
? "In 1923. after paying dividends on
? $2,600,000 stock at the rate of 18 per
1 cent and interest amounting to $488,-
t 840, the company carried to surplus
s $88,371.
"For 1924, after paving dividends
! j of $468,000 and interest of $507,066,
r ' the company carried to surplus $298.-
. ; 897.24, an increase of surplus of 1924
t ! over 1923 of $289,473.96.”
Mr. Clayton a'so gave figures of
.rjthe operations of the Georgetown
5 • company, owned and operated by the
1 Washington company.
The federation's spokesman also
- ! expresses belief that the price at
I | which the local companies sell gas
t > to the companies of nearby Maryland
, | and Virginia is lower "than to do
. j complete justice to the gas consum
. i ers of the District of Columbia."
, Karl V. Fisher, secretary to the
, i commission. said today that ac
t countants of the commission have
:> been at work for several weeks on a
study of the financial condition of the
• gas company, with a view to deter
: ' mining whether there should be a
s I rate hearing at this time.
i !
> |
f | ,
i Assassinations and Sabotage Flans
Arei Declared Engineered
From Moscow.
r Bt the Associated Press.
• j SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 4 —The m
? I thorities announced the seizure today
r ] of communistic documents, which,
’ i thev say, tend to prove that. »o armed
5 : revolt was planned for tnis spring.
i The, revolution was to start in North
-1 | western Bulgaria April 15. Concur
! rently. acts of sabotage directed
i against railroads, bridges, buildings
! and telegraph and telephone lines,
t were to be carried out. A campaign
of assassination was arranged for
and, according to the authorities, no
stone was left unturned in an effort
to set up a soviet republic.
The government, which appears
master of the situation, declares that
a letter from the Third Moscow In
ternationale, among the documents
seized, shows that the Russian Soviet
.government was cognizant of the
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Crashes on Deck of Carrier Ship
in Practice.
I An accident new in the anna!# of
i aircraft was reported to the Navy De
' partment today from the fleet in the
The dispatch said that an airplane,
while making a practice landing,
came down a complete wreak on the
deck of the airplane carrier Langley,
off San Tedro. •
Beyond saying the plane was com
manded by Lieut. J. B. Price and the*
there was no injury to personnel, no
details were given.

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