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Ohio Governor's 1928 Eligi
bility Above Smith or McAdoo
Seen by State Leader.
The Donahey boom for President
has come to Washington, although ho
far It is a shrinking flower rather
than a bold, lmt-in-the-ring affair.
While Thomas E. Dye, Democratic
State chairman of Ohio, in one breath
reiterates Gov. A. Vic Donahey's
assertion that he is not a candidate
for the Democratic nomination for
President in 1928, in a second breath
he says:
“I must be frank in saying, how
ever, that many inquiries have come
to mo concerning him and I see more
or less general interest in the possl
bility of his becoming a candidate.”
Mr. Dye ha* l**m in Wu rngton
for several days. It would be strange
if he had not looked for some evl
• sene/' of interest in Gov. Donahey
for President In 1928. Mr. Dye> was
the campaign manager of the Ohio
governor, who was re-elected for a
third consecutive term in the Buckeye
.state la*t month, Mr. Dye wu* honor
truest at a dinner given by Rewv
entative Martin Davey, Democrat,
Ohio, attended by members of the
Democratic congressional campaign
committee and other Democratic
’eaders. He has been in conference
with Clem Shaver, chairman of the
Democratic national committee, and
with many Democratic Senators.
Donahey Seen Reserving Boom.
The n»i*ort hero is tliat Gov. Don
rhey prefers to play a waiting game;
that he does not want to be trotted
out a* a presidential possibility at this
time; that he has frowned upon this
move, in which Mr. Davey lias played
a part.
In their efforts to find a candidate
■who can be nominated und prevent an
other devastating row l>etwee» Gov.
A1 Smith and William Gibbs McAdoo
-■n the 1928 Democratic national con
vention, Democrats could scarcely be
expected to overlook the Governor of
Ohio. Donahey, "Honest Vic," has
been re-elected in a State that usually
Is overwhelmingly Republican. He
bolds a record for continuous service
as governor in that State. He is a
dry, though not as objectlonabl# to
some of the wets as others.
The dry Democrats are anxious not
only to head off the Smith-McAdoo
row in 1928, but to prevent the nomi
nation of a wet Democrat other than
Smith —Gov. Ritchie of Maryland,
Senator Reed of Missouri or any
c>ther. McAdoo’s boom was launched
some weeks ago by former Secretary
of Agriculture Meredith of lowa as
the candidate about whom the dry
Democrats of the country would rally.
But the McAdoo boom has not ad
vanced greatly. Many of his old
friends dread a reopening of the con
flict 1924. They want a dry, but
they do not want to wreck the Demo
cratic party from stem to stern again
if they can avoid it. So why not
Donahey, who was not involved in the
struggle four years ago?
Some of the Southern Senators and
members of the House are talking
eagerly of Donahey availability for
tJie presidential nomination. He has
supporters In North Carolina, some
of the Democratic leaders of the Tar
Heel State are “looking into the
matter." He has already been In
dorsed by Senator Heflin of Alabama.
Not all the Democrats In Ohio favor
Donahey for President, some of them
sgying he does not measure up to the
qualifications needed in a President.
They mini it his honesty and his grip
on the people of the State, but they
do not see him handling the affairs
of the Nation from the White House.
In a formal statement Mr. Dye
analyzes the inquiries that have
come to him concerning Gov. Dona
hey, and says:
“These inquiries lead me to the
conclusion that they are the result
of a broad and growing conviction
on the part of Democrats through
out the country that some candidate
must and will be found who will
not revive the devastating contro
versies and prejudices of 1924.
Denies Smith <‘ou!d Win.
"I speak as a Democrat who is in
terested in the Democratic party, not
from a purely partisan standpoint
but because of the great historic
orinciples for which it stands, and
which it always represents when
false and irrelevant issues are not
injected into its councils by those
who have a selfish interest in some
particular man as against the wel
fare of the party.
"Personally, I am an admirer of
Gov. Smith of New York and would
be glad to see him President. I am
also an admirer of Mr. McAdoo. But
there is a growing conviction that
both of these illustrious Democrats
are impossible. It is my firm belief
rnat neither Smith nor McAdoo could
be either nominated <>r elected. Hither
man would divide the party irretriev
"Some able and representatlveDemo
» rat will be found on whom the party
can unite.”
$1,000,000 Fund liaised
ATLANTA, December 18 (A*).— A
success of a campaign to raise
11,000,000 for a three-year program of
national advertising for Atlanta was
announced last night by the commit
tee in charge after a four-day drive
to solicit the funds.
(Continued from PI ret Page.)
bogganning 2*5 degrees in 12 hours, the
f&mperature curly this morning was j
7 degrees above zero. A biting wind
added to the effect of the cold, driv
ng to Bowery lodging houses more
than 1,000 men, women and children,
many of them wandering nomads of
the East Hide. After sunrise the tem
perature begun slowly to rise.
Cold Grip* Connecticut.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., December 18
(4b.—An icy blast sweeping in from
the West settled over Connecticut dur
ing the night, driving the mercury
down to the lowest point this Fall.
The United States Weather Bureau
here reported a temperature of 5.8
degrees above zero during the night
and 6 above at 8 o’clock this morning.
Upstate cities and towns reported zero
temperatures, and Bristol figures
showed from 4 to 6 below zero in
some sections.
Blast Sweeps Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA, December 18 lA>).
•—Another cold blast swept over Penn
sylvania today. Minus zero tempera
tures were recorded In different parts
of the State. Meadville in the north
west recorded 4 degrees below, while,
at Pittsburgh the official temperature
was 8 above. In the central part of
the Suite Lock Haven reported 6 be
low, and in the vicinity of Williams
port 8 to 10 below were recorded. In
the east, It was 4 to 5 below in the
’’ocono Mountains, 4 above in Scran
ton M»d 12 above in Philadelphia, the
minimum for the season in this city.
Ballots Registering Belief in God Show
Slight Increase in Closing Account,
i Complete Figures Tomorrow.
The final count of questionnaire bal-1
i lots in The Star's poll on religious!
j sentiment in Washington, living made
I in conjunction with 149 other papers
| throughout the country to obtain n
| national survey, is being made today
| and will lie announced tomorrow morn
ing. The final ballot was published
At noon today 2,210 ballots had been
counted, showing a slight increase
over yesterday in affirmative ballot*
on belief In God. The percentage of
such ballots was 93.4 as against 93
per cent of yesterday.
The figures finally checked by statis
ticians at The Star will be mailed to I
New York tonight,- where the national
figures are being gathered and tabu
lated. It is expected that an an
nouncement of the result of the na
tional census will be made in the near
future from New York,
The results thus far are as follow's:
1. Do you believe in God? Yes,
2,066; no, 143; not voting, 11.
2. Do you believe in immortality?
Yes, 1,962; no, 211; not voting, 37.
3. Do you believe in prayer aa a
means of personal relationship with
Parley Hopes to End District
Auxiliary Dispute.
Efforts are being made today to
effect a reconciliation lietween the
District Department of the American
Legion and local women’s auxiliaries
In a closed meeting at the Willard
Facts concerning the break in re
lations betw’een the women and the
various posts are being laid before a
committee appointed during the Phil
adelphia convention by National Com
mander Howard W. Havage.
The committee is composed of Albert
L. Ward, chairman, national commit
teeman of the Department of New
York; James 11. McGinnis, national
committeeman of West Virginia; J.
Leo Collins, national committeeman
of Pennsylvania.
Gen. Fries Present.
Gen. Amos A. Fries, district com
mander of the District of Columbia
department, is attending the meet
ing. He said this morning that, al
though he was not sure he would be
called upon to speak, he was in favor
of "any sensible action" which
would result in reconciliation. He de
clared that the Legion needs the help
of the auxiliaries if it is to accom
plish the work that should be done,
and expressed hope that an amicable
settlement could be reached some
time today.
The auxiliary has been split into
two factions for more than a year,
six posts forming one side and the
remaining three the other. The sit
uation became acute during the Hum
mer and at the convention of the local
department last August, resolutions
were adopted withdrawing the sup
port of either faction by the posts.
Placed Before Convention.
The situation w*as placed before the
national convention at Philadelphia,
when National Committeeman Paul G.
McGahan of Washington presented
the resolutions and asked the national
body officially to sever relations be
tween the posts and the auxiliaries.
This action was not taken, however,
and National Oommamler Havage ap
pointed the committee u*hlch is meet
ing here today with representatives
of the expelled auxiliaries and a local
committee of the legion members.
Gen.. Fries appointed Mr. McGahan,
Daniel J. Donovan and William Wolff-
Hrnith to co-operate with the visiting
Today in Congress
The Senate continued discussion
of river and harbor bill.
Chairman Jones of commerce
committee, reported amendments
to the river and harbor bill, agreed
to at a meeting this morning, to
remove objection to the Missouri
River improvement item by elim
inating requirements that property
owners along the river pay part
of the cost.
House continues consideration of
alien property restoration bill.
Subcommittees of House appro
priations committee continue hear
ings on War Department, State,
Justice, Commerce and Labor and
independent offices appropriation
Military affairs committee, through
special subcommittee, continues
hearing on retirement and promo
Irrigation committee in executive
session on Colorado River project.
What Do You Believe?
! Anewer
1 "NO”)
j I. I»o you believe In (»od?
i I>n you believe in Immortalityf
3. bo you yievt tn prayer as a meant of pemona.l rela
tiomthip with (iod?
4. i)o you believe (hot Jeauawae divine aV no other man
was divine?
5. Do you regard the Bible as InsplrrH In a sense that no
other literature could be said to be Inspired?
6. Are you an active member of any church?
7. Do you regularly attend any religious services?
8. Would you be willing to have your familr grow up in a
community In ulilfli there la no church?
i. Do you regularly have "family oorthlp” In your home? ■
10. Were you brought up In a religious home?
lT Do you send your children to M) school of religious In
it. bo you think that religion In tome form Is a necessary
i clement of life for the Individual and for the community?
| God? Yes, 1,969; no, 226; not vot
j ing, 16.
I 4. Do you believe that Jesus was
divine as no other man was divine?
Yes, 1,887; no, 297; not voting, 26.
5. Do you regard the Bible as in
spired in a sense that no other liter
ature could be said to lie inspired?
Yes, 1,843;*n0, 335; not voting, 32.
6. Are you an active member of any
church? Yes, 1,737; no, 451; not vot
ing, 22.
7. Do you regularly attend any re
ligious services? Yes, 1,753; no, 435;
not voting. 22.
h. Would you be willing to have
your family grow up In a community
in which there is no church? Yes,
223; no, 1,943; not voting, 44.
9. Do you regularly have "family
worship" in your home? Yes, 799; no,
1,227; not voting, 184.
10. Were you brought up in a re
ligious home? Yes, 2,003; no, 194; not
voting, 18.
11. Do you send your children to
any school of religious instruction?
Yes. 953; no, 265; not voting, 992.
12. Do you think that religion in
some form is a necessary element of
life for the individual and for the
community? Yes. 2.025: no. 161: not
voting. 24.
Court Refuses to Strike Ref
erences to Co-Defendants
From Record.
By the Associated Press.
cember 18.—Unfolding of Patrick Eu
gene McDermott’s defense in his trial
on a charge of murdering Don R. Mel
lett, Canton publisher, was begun to
Shortly after Judge E. W. Diehl con
vened court the Htate rested and the
defense moved to have stricken from
the record all reference to McDermott’s
alleged fellow conspirators, Ben Rud
ner and Louis Mazer. The court over
ruled the contention of the defense
that the State had not presented a
prima facie conspiracy case.
Identifies Police Chief.
, The State’s last witness, William
Brumme, Massillon salesman, testified
that S. A. Lengel, Canton police chief
at the time of the murder, visited
Rudner's hardware store not long be- !
fore the murder and conferred on two j
occasions with Rudner. The Htate |
contends that police protection was i
given the underworld in which Mazer,
Rudner and McDermott allegedly fig
Mellett at the time of his murder
was campaigning editorially against
the underworld and alleged police
The defense’s first witnesses said
they did not know McDermott and
that they had not seen him in Rud
ner’s store. They said Mazer had
been in Rudner’s store twice in the
two months preceding Mellett’s mur
When D. G. Zill, Massillon, cn* pen*
ter, took the stand, the defense
again brought in McDermott’s double,
Eddie Rudner, Ben’s younger brother.
He said the man who he saw with
Rudner on the one occasion might
have been Eddie Rudner and not
McDermott. . <
Zill had identified McDermott in
the workhouse as Rudner's ;.?om
panlon the Sunday night before? the
murder when MeDermott and Rifdner
are alleged to have visited Canton
police headquarters.
"He looks all the same to me as
the other boy," Zill said.
Zill, Rudner and the controversial
persons had a "traffic mixup” that
Sunday night and the defense con
tends that was the reason for thoir
trip to headquarters.
Mrs. Ben Rudner testified that on
the evening of July 26 she and her
husband were In Wooster, Ohio. The
evening of July 26 is the occasion
when Patrick Eugene McDermott, the
alleged conspirator now on trial, is
charged by the Htate with having
visited Rudner in Massillon to be
"paid off” for the murder.
Eddie* Rudner testified it was he
who viirtted police headquarters the
Sunday night before the murder with
his brother Ben and not McDermott.
He said the trip came about through
a "traffic mix-up."
Jimmying the door of the Mary-Eliz
abeth Studio at 1706 Connecticut ave
nue, thieves early Thursday night
made away with the entire stock of
the smart dressmaking establishment
conducted by Mrs. Mary Garland Hill
and Mrs. Elizabeth Beach Pennebaker,
two young society matrons of this
The robbery was committed be:
tween the hours of 5:3u o’clock and
9:30, when Mrs. Hill returned to the
shop to check up accounts. She found
the place in disorder, the door forced
and the discarded jimmy on the floor.
Police were immediately notified. Mrs.
Hill and Mrs. Pennebaker place the
loss at more than* $2,000.
America's Creed Doesn't Ap
ply Here, Topham Tells
House Body.
Reciting the American creed, by
John Tyler Page, clerk of the House j
of Representatives, Washington Top |
ham. local civic leader, urging na- |
tional representation before the Gib
son subcommittee of the House Dis-j
trict committee at a hearing last 7 |
night, declared that it did not apply
to the District in several respects,
since Washingtonians are governed
without having a voice in their gov
He also cited the forty-third letter
of James Madison in the Federalist as
indicating positively that the fore
fathers who framed the Constitution
did not intend to have the residents
of the Federal City disfranchised in
so far as national representation was
Mr. Topham introduced John Clag
ett Proctor to the committee as a
leading local historian and lifelong
resident of Washington.
Mr. Proctor said that he wanted a
vote because Congress In the past
had not treated the District as it
should. He produced photographs of
cows grazing In meadows where
Franklin Park now stands to show
underdevelopment of the city between
the years 1850 und 1860.
Holds Teamwork (Sought.
He was interrupted at this point by
Chairman Gibson of Vermont, who
presided, with Representatives Ham
mer of North Carolina and Whitehead
of Virginia in attendance. Mr. Gib
son pointed out that what the com
mittee was actually seeking at the
present time was to bring about
better teamwork between Congress
and the District of Columbia.
“We want to build up a beautiful
city of which the Nation as well as
those residing in it, will be proud,”
he said.
Resuming, Mr. Proctor pointed out
that the residents of "Washington have
always been mindful of their duty to
the Federal Government.
"When the Capitol was burned by
the British in 1812,” he averred, "the
people of the city, in order to retain
the seat of government here, built
and provided a Captiol building, which
still stands over here on First street."
He declared that the need of a
spokesman for the District on the
floors of Congress might he evidenced
by the fact that funds for the Na
tional Zoological Park had been pro
vided partially from District funds as
well as funds for other national parks
Ilousecleaning Asked.
Grover W. Ayers, speaking as a
! resident, again appeared before the
I committee. In a prepared statement
he advised the committee to consider
j refusal of further help in the school
i building program until there had been
a general municipal housecleaning.
He urged that Congress investigate
! conditions surrounding the nomina
tions of Commissionera ' Dougherty
and Talllaferro, because of the al
leged secrecy surrounding them and
recommended that more publicity be
given to the names which the Presi
dent hereafter shall consider in se
lecting a nomination for the District
commissioners!) ip.
Continuing, Mr. Ayers spoke as fol
lows of Theodore W. Noyes, editor of
The Btar:
“There are any number of residents
in the District of Columbia who feel
that Theodore W. Noyes has exercised
too much intiuence in making appoint
ments and on the appointees after
they were inducted into office.
Influence Declared Wide.
“That Mr. Noyes either controls or
is in very close touch with the so
called big five, no one seriously
doubts. His intentions may be of the
best and he is a public-spirited citi
zen, yet it is not always best for a
community to be dominated by one
man, however good his intentions may
be, when he is not an elected official,
but has assumed that position due
to an ambition to be one of the first
Henatoys from the District of Colum
bia to the United States Congress,
j “Mr. Noyes has ‘fathered' the Board
of Trade, which at the present time
Jh located in the Htar Building, but
will seek other quarters In the very
hear future. He has also ‘fathered’
the Merchants and Manufacturers’
Association, now located in The Star
“He is president of the Oldest In
habitants’ Association. He is the lead
ing spirit in the Public Library organ
ization; his picture is hung in a more
prominent place in the library than
that of Andrew Carnegie, who gave
the marble building to the Nation.
“Until recently he has dominated
the Federation of Citizens' Associa
tions and probably now dominates the
advisory council. He was the lead
ing spirit in attempting to put over
an oratorical contest in the Washing
ton public schools on national suf
frage for the District of Columbia,
using the public schools for special
political propaganda, but opposing at
the same time in the columns of The
Btar any form of municipal suffrage
for the District.
Delink© Opinions on Suffrage.
“Mr. Noyeg has great influence with
the Board of Education. Rarely does
The Star use the editorial columns of
The Star for the purpose of advanc
ing the Interests of the citizens of
the District in public utility matters
—it commends often but rarely passes
un opinion on public utility matters.
"However, The Star has very defi
nite opinions on District suffrage and
'fiscal matters affecting the District.
Foaling that Mr. Noyes occupies this
position dominating the District gov
ernment with the best of intentions,
I am yet persuaded that he is retard
ing the progress of the District rather
than advancing it. So I would sug
gest that the voteless citizens of
Washington be protected in the ap
pointment of city officials by more
publicity—such officials as would be
elected should Congress ever give the
city of Washington municipal suf
Assertions Are Attacked.
Mr. Proctor in opening his address
simply commented: “After what
Rupert Hughes said about Gen. Wash
ington, I am not surprised at what
Mr. Ayers said about Mr. Noyes.”
Mr. Topham also replied vigorously
to tiie assertions of Mr. Ayres:
“I was a vice president and treas
urer of the Merchants and Manufac
turers’ Association and I know that
Mr. Noyes never dominated that
organization,” Mr. Topham declared.
“1 was a charter member of the
Washington Chamber of Commerce,
and I know he has not dominated
that body.
"No man in the District of Colum
bia stands higher In the estimation
of the people than Mr. Noyes. I have
know him all of his life, while Mr.
Ayres lias known him probably two
or three years.”
At the outset of the hearing, Mr.
Gibson explained that a number of
local officials were expected to* attend
the session lust night, but had been
excused to attend the dinner tendered
Cuno H. Rudolph, recently retiring as
District Commissioner.
The session adjourned until Monday
night. 1
Broadcasts From Hiding He |
Has “Surrendered” to j
Authorities There.
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES. December 18. —
j Kenneth G. Ormiston, will-o’-the-wisp
j radio man in the Aimee Semple Me- 1
Pherson case, broadcast from a place !
j of hiding in this city today his word
| that he had "surrendered” to the au
thorities here.
His surrender was a vicarious one
at best. The district attorney’s office
announced it had no idea where he
was. The Los Angeles Examiner an
nounced Ormiston had come here
from Chicago, had been taken into
custody and would be arraigned to
day on a charge of conspiracy. But
the Los Angeles police were as igno
rant of his whereabouts as was the
district attorney’s office.
All this took place while the police
in Chicago, where Ormiston had been
taken after having been located re
cently in Harrisburg, Pa., trustingly
awaited for him to surrender there,
pursuant to the promise of liis attor
ney, E. 11. 8. Martin.
Tired of Waiting.
Ormiston's "official spokesman”
here said he had waived extradition in
Chicago, where he became “tired of
waiting to be arrested” and had volun
tarily come here to “find out what it
was all about.”
The radio man declared his intention
of asking for a reduction of the SIO,OOO
bail which was set last Wednesday
when a grand Jury indictment, charg
ing conspiracy to pervert and obstruct
justice, was returned against him.
On other matters pertaining to the
McPherson case, Ormiston was still
smiling and saying little.
Union Pacific Railroad officials re
ported that a man answering Ormis
ton's description and two others had
left the Golden Coast Limited yester
day morning at Cajon, Calif., near
Charges Double Crossing.
They were met by two automobiles
and spirited away in the direction of
Los Angeles. The trio had traveled
from Chicago in a compartment.
E. J. Dennison, deputy district at
torney, last night declared his office
had been “double crossed" in connec
tion with the finding of Ormiston and
his return here from Chicago.
Dennison, who is in charge of the j
office in the absence of District At- j
torney Keyes, now in the East, said '
he was unaware that Ormiston was !
being brought to California at the •
time his indictment was being sought!
to facilitate his extradition from Chi
cago. He also denied reports that
Keyes had sanctioned such a course.
The Examiner, in a copyrighted
story, says Ormiston is in the cus
tody of Ben Cohn, chief of the dis
trict attorney’s detectives, and re
iterates that he will appear for ar
raignment some time today.
Cards Going Oat to Remind Recip
ients of Association’s Desire
to Increase Sales.
“May wo ask if you received the
Christmas seals we mailed you recent
ly, with a stamped envelope for your
reply," begins the polite card reminder
Which is going cut
today from theSf'"
xomewliat anxious j J
Wash ingtonii.ns loaajvwuw
who, for one rea
son or another, have delayed their
responses to the first offer of seals.
“It is not too late,” continues the
Christmas seal salesman, "for you to
take part in this life-saving cam
paign.” And then the recipient is told
that the association has to account for
all seals distributed on approval, but
the important th.ng is to have them
count in the fight against tuberculosis
and for the health of the Washington
With Christmas only a week off, the
seal sale managers must receive pay
ment for nearly 1,500,000 more of the
health tokens in order to complete the
4,000,000 quota necessary to maintain
the various health services of the
Tuberculosis Association through 1927
—the health habit classes and surveys
for school children, the Ch.ldren’s
Health Camp for tuberculous children,
the occupational therapy work for the
Tuberculosis Hospital patients, the
help for the Open Window class, the
follow-up nursing service, the Free
Information Bureau und the general
educational publicity. This health
work for Wash.ngton is at stake in
this campaign.
Eurl T. Puckett, Jr., 16 years old,
203 G street, robbed a safe and took
un automobile during the two hours
lust night in which he was a fugi
tive from the House of Detention,
police charge.
He had been held there awaiting
trial In Juvenile Court for breaking
into a barber shop.
He strolled out of the kitchen hist
night and got away. Police say he
visited the sheet metal establishment
of J. A. Pierpont, 320 Twelfth street,
near the first precinct station, took
a suit from a safe, from which the
lock was filed, and then drove away
In an automobile belonging to Pier
The -car was found abandoned in
front of 77 H street, where Police
man Victor Kew recaptured the fugi
American Legion Conducting An
nual Project for Relief Fund*.
The annual American Legion candy
sale, for the relief of needy veterans,
will he started today, with the open
ing of a store at 1315 F street. Christ
mas candies will be sold by a corps
of volunteer woman clerks. The store
will be conducted without overhead of
any character, and the profits will be
used for the support of needy veter
ans during th) coming year.
The Legion candy store is under the
management of Robert M. Tolson, in
charge of veteran relief for the Ameri
can Legion in the District of Colum
bia. The candy sale is also being
conducted among Legion members by ■
officers of the various posts in the city. ;
j “Governor's Spokesman” *
I Also Secures Resignation
• He Went After.
'Ousted Labor Commissioner
Fined for Being Drunk, and
“Jim” for Affray.
I By the Associated Press. j
AUSTIN, Tex., December 18.—A
fistic encounter between James E.
Ferguson, husband of Gov. Miriam A.
Ferguson, and E. J. Crocker, State
labor commissioner, has ended in a
victory for th© Fergusons at a cost
to the participants of $14.95 each.
Ferguson, for many years a storm j
center in Texas politics, who has |
acted as spokesman for his wife since
her election two years ago to the chair
he once held, yesterday entered the
commissioner’s office to demand his j
resignation. This was deemed neces
sary-, Mrs. Ferguson said, partly be
cause of recent complaints against
Crocker by stenographers of his de
On his demanding the resignation,
Ferguson said, Crocker struck him on
the shoulder, and attempted to hit him
again when the governor’s spokesman
advised the commissioner to sit down.
Ferguson said he then slapped
Crocker with an open hand and the
commissioner fell over a chair Into a
comer. Crocker then resigned. He
was appointed by the governor a year
Charges of affray were filed against
lx>th combatants, and Crocker pleaded
guilty to intoxication when arraigned
before a justice of the peace. He was
fined $14.95. Ferguson notified the
Justice he w-ould plead guilty to affray
Strange Man Leads Them to
Scene of Attack and Flees.
Victim Later Dies.
! By the Associated Press,
j CHICAGO, December 18.—Walter
■ Schmith, 6 years old, died at a hos
! pltal early today of a fractured skull,
following his kidnaping and attack by
a man believed by the police to be a
mental defective.
The youth was found unconscious
in the loft of a riding academy by
Rev. L. J. .Sweeney and Rev. C. J.
McCarthy of Bt. Vincent’s Church,
who were led to the place by an un
identified man who called at the
church office and told the priests of
the attack.
At first they thought the man was
demented, but he was insistent and
the trio hastened to the loft, where
the youth was lying with a deep
gash in his head. Father Sweeney
raised the boy’s head and asked him
his name, and finally he muttered
Man Meanwhile Escapes.
At the same time Father McCarthy,
who is known for his athletic prowess,
rushed to seize the man, who had
jumped to a ladder leading from the
loft, and escaped after slamming a
door in his pursuer’s face.
The priests then hurried the youth
to a hospital, where he regained con
sciousness long enough to give his
telephone number.
They w-ere unable to check the
number, but in the meantime had re
ported the crime to the Rogers Park
police station, where it was found that
Walter Schmith had been reported
missing. Neighbors of the boy’s par
ents reported early last evening they
had seen him walking down the street
with a strange man.
Spoke With an Accent.
Fathers McCarthy and Sweeney
said they were in their office when the
stranger, about 30 years old, ap
peared, and, speaking with an accent,
gave them the details of the attack.
“We were confident we had a mad
man to deal with after his recital,”
Father McCarthy said. ‘‘But when he
repeated details we decided to inves
tigate. The man had no objection to
going in the automobile to the barn
and led the way without hesitation.
It was impossible to seize him after
ho had slammed the door In my face
as he fled down the ladder. My only
idea then was to get the boy to the
hospital in the hope of saving his
Austrian Tot Wanted to Join
Grandfather in Heaven.
VIENNA, December 18 (4 s ). —Even
children have been affected by the sui
cide epidemic in Austria.
Three-year-old Helli Hamp was
found behind the cupboard the other
day choking. She had wrapped a rope
around her neck and was seemingly
about to die when discovered. Re
vived, her explanation was that she
wanted to go to Heaven to dear grand
Dear grandfather had committed
suicide a few weeks previously, dis
tressed because he could not aid little
Helli’s poverty-stricken parents.
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paid to the court today.
Gov. Ferguson declared her demand
for Crocker’s resignation was the cul
mination of many warnings, and that
she told him she would take this
action because he disregarded her
admonitions following reports stenog
raphers were complaining of hint.
"I could not tolerate any longer the
humiliation he heaped upon me,” she
Mrs. Ferguson is nearing the end
of her term, and lias announced she
will retire to the Ferguson ranch
with her family when she is suc
ceeded by Attorney General Dan
Moody January next.
Chief Engineer of Cathedral Had
Lived Here 37 Years.
John H. Cunningham, 57 years old.
chief engineer of the Washington
Cathedral for the past 15 years, died
Wednesday of pneumonia at his resi
dence. 3050 P street. He was born at
Lorettta, Va., and had lived in Wash
ington for the past 37 years.
Funeral services w'ere conducted
yesterday at his late home by Rev.
Dr. William S. Abernethy, pastor of
Calvary Baptist Church.
A eulogy was delivered by Rev. Dr.
William L. De Vries, canon of Wash
ington Cathedral, who spoke of Mr.
Cunningham’s devotion to his task
even during hisjast illness. Interment
took place in Congressional Cemetery.
Mr. Cunningham is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Lou E. Cunningham, and
a daughter, Miss Glydie Cunningham.
The Wanderlusters’ hike for tomor
row' will start from end of Brookland
car line at 2:45 p.m. Mr. Handy will
The D. C. Congress of Parent-
Teacher Associations v/ill meet Tues
day, 1:30 p.m., at the Arlington Hotel.
Hannibal Lodge, K. of P., will hold
Its seventeenth anniversary and me
morial exercise tomorrow', 7:30 p.m., at
A. M. E. Zion Church.
•Stephen Tyng Mather, director of
the National Park Service, will give a
lecture, with motion pictures of “The
Swedish Royal Party in the Yellow r
stone,” Monday, 8 p.m., in the chapel
of Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
The Red Triangle Outing Club will
meet tomorrow at the Chain Bridge
car stop at 2:30 p.m. Hikes through
the country and over Virginia hills,
returning to Chain Bridge.
The anniversary hall of the He
brew Sisters’ Aid Circle will be held
tomorrow’ night at the Willard Hotel.
Mrs. Nathan Krupsaw, president, will
serve as hostess.
The Band and Drill Corps of
Kallipolis Grotto will give its an
nual Christmas vaudeville and dance
at the Willard Hotel.
The Biological Society of Washing
ton will meet. 8 o’clock, in assembly
hall of the Cosmos Club. Illustrated
talks by Duncan S. Johnson of Johns
Hopkins University, and F. C. Lincoln
of the Bureau of Biological Survey.
James A. Edgerton will speak of
‘‘The New Reformation,” 8:15 o’clock,
at 1628 K street. Admission free.
The membership of the City Club
will be guests of Jack and Sam Shul
man, at a special cabaret dance in the
main dining room of the club. The
purpose is to stimulate interest in the
activities of the City Club.
The Kevn Barry Council. American
Association for the Recognition of the
Irish Republic, will give a dance at
the Play House. American and Irish
dances featured.
German Foot Too Thick.
German feet will never occupy
American shoes unless our footwear
changes, say dealers w r ho have been
trying to introduce American shoes
in the land of pedestrians. Investi
gation has shown that the average
German foot is thicker than the
American pedal extremity, and Teu- |
tons cannot wear the leather casings i
from this country with comfort.
Interests Assume Charge of
Road Unit in Projected
Nickel Plate Merger.
i '
j By thn Associated Press.
| NEW YORK, December IS. Active
| direction of the Erie Railroad, one <
j the units in the projected Nickel Plat"
| merger, today passed to the Van Swer
j ingen interests, when their chief op
j erating official, John J. Borne!, was
elected president to succeed Frederick
D. Underwood. After 26 years of ser\
ice as head of the Erie, Mr. Under
wood will retire on January 1.
Mr. Bernet will take over the man
agement of the Erie in addition to the
i presidency of the Nickel Plate, which
|he has held since 1916. If the billior
dollar-consolidation plan of the Van
Sweringens ever is put into operation,
it is understood Mr. Bernet will be
come the head operating executive of
the entire system.
The retirement of -Mr. Underwood
will remove from the railroad world
one of its most picturesque figures,
whose length of service as president
of the Erie Is said to exceed that of
any present railroad head. James J.
Hill, who had watched Underwood as
a young man solve the difficult trans
portation problem of several North
western roads, is said to have advised
his selection for the presidency of th>
Erie in 1901.
Although the Erie has labored for
years under a top-heavy bonded in
debtedness, Mr. Underwood has
brought the road safely through se.
oral financial crises and coal strikes
and steadily built up its revenues. H*
will remain as a director of the road,
although it is reported he refused an
offer to become chairman.
No action was taken by the Eriedi
rectors toward a resumption of divi
dends on the preferred stocks, hut it
was reported that the first preferred
issue would soon be in line for pa’
Yule Exercises Under Auspices of
Women’s Clubs At
tract 500.
About 500 Washington children and
nearly as many of their parents at
tended the annual Christmas Chil
dren’s day service, held under the
auspices of the District Federation of
Women’s Clubs, at noon today at
Keith's Theater.
The program today concluded the
third annual series of services held
this week.
Mrs. Charles Wood of the Church
of the Covenant presented illustrated
Christmas stories. The children sang
several Christmas carols, directed by-
Percy Foster. The vested choir sang.
Rt. Rev. James E. Freeman, Episco
pal Bishop of Washington, offered
prayer and benediction.
Mrs. H. Moffatt Bradley', chairman,
presided. Mrs. Walter H. Howard,
chairman of religious education of
the District Federation of Women’s
Clubs, who had charge of the services
throughout the week. expressed
pleasure In the success of the services
this year.
Many women’s clubs In other cities
have adopted the Christmas service
program as originated by the Dis
trict Federation, Mrs. Howard said.
Members of the Women’s Christian
Temperance Union and the Sixteenth
Street Heights Club served as ushers
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., December i 8
(Special).—Arthur V. Kldwell, a
brother of Miss Pauline Kidwell, who
died last night as a result of an acei
dental bullet wound, was drowned
June 6, 1924, w'hile endeavoring to
save the life of a girl at Arlington
A verdict of involuntary man
slaughter was given by a jury in th«-
Corporation Court yesterday after
noon in the case of John Dixon, col
ored, indicted for the murder of Fred
Ware, colored. The jury fixed his
punishment at one year in the peni
tentiary. November 12, last, Dixon
fatally stabbed Ware following a dis
pute over money Ware, it was alleged,
had taken from him.
A nolle prosse was entered in the
case of Jack House of Baltimore, In
dicted on a bigamy charge.
The jury gave a verdict of not
guilty in the case of Na’thaniel Dod
son, charged with shooting his wife,
Mrs. Ada Dodson.
Officers chosen by Andrew Jackson
Lodge of Masons follow: Boyd J.
Richards, worshipful master; John \V .
De Johnson, senior warden; John
Barton Phillips, junior warden; Wil
liam Lewis Alien, treasurer; Oliver
S. Stone, secretary; Harold W. Davis,
senior deacon; Thomas M. Jones, jr.,
junior deacon. Appointive officers:
Herbert W. O’Meara, senior steward;
Riley W. Nixon, junior steward; Rev.
Edgar Carpenter, chaplain; George
W. Zachary, tiler. The newly elected
officers were installed by J. E. W.
Timberman, right wrorshipful past
Law'rence A. Hopkins, retiring w’or
shipful master, was presented with a
past master's jewel, a speech of pres
entation being made by Fredrick
A., B. & W. bus line, R. L. May.
owner, has negotiations lor
I the purchase of the garage of James
j M. Duncan, located on the east side
of Pitt between King and Cameron
• streets. The deal will involve $75,00*).
according to Attorney Charles Henry
Smith, representing Mr. May.
Norman Hapgood Tells City Club
Governor Should Run,
The nomination for the presidency
of Gov. A1 Smith of New f York by tin
Democrats is the only thing that will
prevent the 1928 campaign from being
a repetition of the recent "stagnant,
one-sided” elections, declared Norman
Hapgood, author and editor, in an ad
dress at the City Club’s weekly
luncheon yesterday afternoon.
Should President Coolidgo accept
the assured Republican nomination
for the third term and the Demo
! cratlc party name any man other than
Mr. Smith, the result of the election
is a foregone conclusion, Mr. Hapgood
j contended, and Mr. Coolidge will re
! main in the White House. Although
| he did not prophesy a definite result
I of a possible Coolidge-Smith fight, Mr.
Hapgood said that, whatever the out
I come, ‘‘something will have happened
I that is invaluable for any country”—
a real choice will have been made.
If the Democrats ignore Smith, and
if they should at the same time name
any other “wet,” it will be positive
evidence that “Smith is stopped be
cause he is a Catholic,” Hapgood con
tended. Characterizing New York's
chief executive as "the greatest gov
ernor any State anywhere ever had.”
the editor deplored the uncertainty
w’hich attends his nomination.
1 Gen. Anton Stephan, president of
the City Club, presided and Introduced
Mr. Hapgood.

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