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WEATHKR.
(TT. S. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Cloudy with rising temperature to
day and tomorrow. Lowest temper
ature about 26 degrees.
Temperature—Highest, 33 at 2:30
p.rn. yesterday: lowest, P» at G a.m.
today. Full report on page 4.
Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 24
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O. O' • post office, Washington, it. C,
PRESIDENT PRESSES
AHEAD IN POLICY OF
AIDING DIAZ REGIME
*
Sees First Duty to Protect
U. S. Lives and Property [
in Nicaragua.
SPLIT WITH BORAH FAILS !
• TO BRING ANY CHANGE
Warning to Mexico Discerned in
Executive's Stand —Note of
1 1878 Recalled.
By the Associated Press
Opponents of the American (Severn-j
merit's policy in Nicaragua, now ants'- ,
mented by certain .European its well ,
as Latin American newspapers, have j
been answered anew by the Coolidge ■
administration and principles emit)- i
via ted fifty years ago have been re- >
called to back up its attitude.
These principles, brought to light ■
from the aging files of the State De- I
partment yesterday and announced ■
from the White House as one set of |
several precedents for the Govern- j
merit's present-day action, were con- j
tained in the so-called “Evarts doc- ;
trine.” a note communicated by AVil- ;
liatn Maxwell Evarts. Secretary’ of :
State tinder President Hayes, to Min- j
ister Foster, for presentation to the j
Mexican Government in 1 STS.
"The first duty of Government. " the '
note said, "is to protect life and prop- j
erty. This is a paramount obligation, j
For this governments are instituted j
and governments neglecting or failing j
to perform it become worse than use- i
less.
Determined to Do Duty.
“This duty the Government of the
United States has determined to per- ]
form to the extent of its power to- ■
ward*its citizens on the border. It is
uot solicitous, it never has been, about :
the methods or ways in which that !
protection shall be accomnLahed, ;
whether by formal treaty stipulations
or by formal conventions: whether by j
the action of judicial tribunals or that j
of military force.
“Protection in fact to American j
lives and property is the sole point
upon which the United States are ;
tenacious.”
't ins policy, together with that laid j
down by Secretary Hughes, which led j
to the Central American treaty de
signed to terminate recurring revolu
tionary tendencies in those countries,
were pointed to as having direct bear
ing on the administration's Nicara- j
guan stand.
Attention was called to Idem after
Chairman Borah of the Senate foreign ■
relations committee l>ad taken aj s
definite position against suchra, pniicy :
as unwarranted "intervention." j,
Criticism From Abroad.
Meanwhile, French, English and j
Costa Rica newspapers have joined
the latest editorial upheaval against ;
tliis country s action in sending war
■hips and landing marines in Nicara j
gua, where the American-recognized :
Conservative government of President j
Diaz is being opposed in warfare by 1
Juan B. Sacasa, Liberal with Mexican
recognition.
French . newspapers or" all types
charge the United States with "ini- !
pcrialism,” while the London Specta- j
tor says the, "whole of Central and
South America will be further excited }
against the Monroe Doctrine.”
As to the actual developments in j
Nicaragua itself, officials here have j
little news, but Managua reports, be- i
sides telling of preparations for fur- j
ther engagements, say that Liberal I
adherents have asked Sacasa to ap- i
point a representative to treat with j
Diaz and that Rear Admiral Latimer, i
in command of American naval j
forces, announced his willingness j
to use his good offices toward this end. j
Sacasa Issues Statement.
Sacasa, in a statement to the Asso i
elated Press at Puerto Cabezas, where
he has set up Ins own government, de- .
dares he is striving to maintain the I
Nicaraguan constitution “without |
animosity against the American Gov- I
eminent or interests in Nicaragua.” j
At the White House the President’s I
official spokesman said that Mr. j
Coolidge is prepared to take the same j
attitude in support of the recognized !
government of Diaz as was taken in
the case of the American recognized j
Obregon regime in Mexico, wh.eh in i
3524 was permitted to buy arms and j
ammunition in this country to help !
it maintain stability.
Mexico's attitude in the present j
Nicaraguan tangle also came in for j
brief attention at the White House, J
where it was said President Coolidge j
had no arms had been sent from j
that country to Sacasa, but did not j
know whether the source of the ship- j
ment.s was the Mexican government I
Itself.
Bacasa's agent in Washington, in a j
■tatement last night, charg'd Diaz |
with being a native of Costa Rica and '
therefore was in office in violation of j
the country's const notion, which says j
Ihe P resident must be native-born. j
LIBERALS MAKE \DVANTE. • |
Now Only 20 Miles from Managua,
i
Capital of Nicaragua.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, January ti {
(Jp). —Two hundred well armed Lib- \
«rals occupied Nandaime yesterday, j
the small •garrison of Conservative ;
troops withdrawing to Granada, about
20 miles southeast of Managua. The |
Conservative government is expecting ,
an attack on Granada, but announces j
it is well prepared for it.
The Liberals are said to be prepar- j
Ing for an attack on Rama, situated !
on the Escondido River, about 30 j
miles west of Minefields, on the east i
coast of Nicaragua, The Conserva- :
live government, under President}
Diaz, has requested the United States I
legation to declare. Kama neutral as j
American interests are represented '
there.
Liberal adherents in Managua are :
requesting President Sacasa, head of
the Literal government to name a ;
representative to treat with the Con- I
servative government. Admiral Lati- )
rner, in command of the American
naval forces in Nicaraguan waters, is
reported to have announced his wil- !
lingness to use his good offices to 1
* bring about such an arrangement.
A plea for the prayers of American j
Catholics that “the anti Catholic a<-
tlvity of Mexico” shall not invade
Nicaragua is contained in a message j
(Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) I
PANAMANS NEAR OUTBREAK
AGAINST TREATY WITH U. S.
I
Government Forbids Mass Meetings and
Delays Congressional Report in
Effort to Control Feeling.
I By the Associated Ptpss.
| PANAMA, January B. Popular sen
! tinient. against the I•anaman-American
i treaty is growing her?, and the gov
j eminent is doing us utmost to prevent
I the inflaming of the populace. Pro
posed mass meetings have be n for*
I bidden, and the congressional commit
! tee engaged in studying the treaty lias
| been requested to delay its report.
Dr. 1 iarmodio Arias, former Pa Hu
man delegate to the League of Na
tions. leader of the tight against the
treaty, speaking befor, the Rotary
Club here yesterday, said:
"It isdmpossible for any one to pre-
I diet whet her or not the Congress of
| Panama will ratify th? treaty recently
j negotiated between Manama and the
' United States, but it is quite evident
[ that in all sections of the country
j every man, woman an I child feels that
i an injustice will be committed against
: Panama in the event of its approval.
"Even those who negotiated on be-
I half of Panama seem dissatisfied, as
j their principal argument in its favor
jis that it is the most they could
'obtain from the United States."
New Burdens Imposed.
After expressing his friendship for
| the United Stat s and admiration for
! her civilizing influence throughout
:the world. Dr. Alias continued:
"Instead of remedying the hard
ships on Panama, brought by the j
treaty of 1903 an 1 by its too stringent i
interpretation uy the United States!
Government, the new treaty estab
lishes additional and even more seri- 1
ous burdens on Panama, which will j
impede or, at least seriously hamper, i
her progress and prosperity without '
COUP TO GIVE KING
10 ALBANIA FAILS:
President Zogu Said to Have
Had New Crown Ready to
i
Put on His Head.
BY JOHN GUNTHER.
Bv Radio to The Star and Chicago Daily
News. Copyright, 1027.
CETTINJE. January 8. —This dis- :
patch, fill'd from the old Montenegrin j
capital, just across the rocky Albanian j
frontier, could not be sent from Al
bania. It is the story- of a crown
without a kingdom, of a coronation
which did not come off. Behind a is
a strange tale of Balkan intrigue.
Ever since tJ\e treaty of Tirana was
signed on November 27, giving Italy
a virtual protectorate over Albania,
observers have been curious to see
what subsequent step would further
cement the “alliance” between tin
two countries. The Italianization of
Albania was so profound already that
it needed only some final dramatic
event to make it complete.
Zogn Would Be King.
Meanwhile it has been no secret
! that Ahmed Zogu. President of Al
- Mania since 192-4. has teen anxious to
promote himself to the monarchy. In
any case, on December 21. two men—
Paolo Cortez, secretary of the Italian j
1 legation to Albania, and Jak Uoki, per j
i sonai aide-de-camp of Zogu—made a j
sudden and mysterious trip from
I Durazzo to Scutari. There they met
jan Italian destroyer which had just
I arrived from Italy oil a sue*rot a?xi
j mysterious mission. A large, sealed
: trunk was taken off arid delivered to
! Cortez and Coki.
i That trunk contained a crown.
! The stage had been erected behind
I the scene over a month ago for a
! sudden coup d'etat in Albania, where
j by Zogu would become Albania's first
i king. It is no secret in Albania that
most «>f Ihe negotiations were in the
■ capable hands of Baron Aloisi. the
! Italian Minister to Albania. All this
I information is had from such high
! quarters that it must be considered
| unimpeachable.
Throne Room Prepared.
i Zogu meanwhile had teen preparing
| a throne room in the Summer palace
! at Durazzo, and dusting bis old white
j uniform and golden epaulets.
The crown reached Durazzo and
I everything was ready for a sudden
I surprise coronation, which was set for
i December 24, the second anniversary
l o f Zogu’s revolution. But the news
■ leaked out to various European ehan-
I eelleries and urgent and decisive ac
; t ion was taken by- the Quai d’Orsa.v
| and Downing Street. Zogu received
i six telegrams on the 23<1 and 24th
j exerting such pressure that he and
I the Italians were forced to call off. or
iat least delay, a coup which would
1 have shaken the Balkans to their
! loundat ion.
i The crown si ill rests, closely guard j
! « d. at the Malian legation at Durazzo. j
| Albania is a kingdom—not yet.
Influenza Spreads in Japan.
TOKIO. Januar.v 8 Police and
: other authorities launched a campaign
| today to cheek an epidemic of in-
I tiuenza, which caused 1.G77 deaths,
! mostly among children, in November
land December. The epidemic appar
! eutly is spreading. There are thou
i sands of cases among adults, but
; among these the disease generally is
! riot fatal.
iYellow Boots Betray "Baron Korff, ’ !
Posing as Ex-Crown Prince's Son
• Hj tlie Associated Press.
COLOGNE, Germany, January B. |
i Yellow hunting boots have proved the
undoing of young “Baron Korff,” who,
| for several weeks, successfully palmed
i himself off on monarchist sympathiz
ers in various parts of Germany as the
i eldest son of the former Grown Prince.
! The “baron,” whose real name is
I Harry Domela, was arrested in the
‘ Enskirchen Railway station after he
, had enlisted in the French Foreign
! Legion in the hope of escaping
! rapt lire.
I After being entertained extensively
lin various German cities by members
‘ of the old nobility on the strength of
j his claim that he was the former
| Kaiser's grandson, Domela dropped
I out of sight when his claim was ex
» /
WASHINGTON, 0. U, SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1927-THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. *
i materially benefiting the United !
States.
“I am absolutely sure, as the world j
I at large is sure, that there are means j
! for securing to the United States!
j whatever might be necessary, or even i
i convenient., for maintenance and pro- !
i teotion, not only of the canal, but
!of the immense power and prestige [
she secured by' reason of the canal.)
and at the same time of permitting j
weak and poor Panama to attain the j
economic development and prosperity' i
which she deserves, if for no oilier j
reason, at least because of the untold >
material and moral sacrifices and liu- i
miliations she suffered on account of j
having to contribute to that great j
work. j
"Panama still has confidence that j
! the United States, before the new!
treaty is ratified, will consent that it I
be amended so as to conform to their j
international traditions.”
Free Transit Provided.
The new Panatnan-American treaty |
gives the armed forces of the United*
States free transit through Panama j
in time of peace, and provides that j
| Panama shall declare herself in a !
i state of war “in ease of any war j
: in which the United States should be j
| a belligerent." Panama agrees to eo- j
operate in all possible ways in the i
! defense of the Panama Canal.
Other articles give the United}
i States complete control over all radio i
| and cable communications and super- i
j vision over all aircraft and aviation I
centers. Part of Manzanilla Island. 1
j at the Atlantic terminus of the canal.)
| and the harbor of Colon are turned j
) over to the United States for per- !
petual occupation.
1926 MAKES RECORD
! OF 91.1 ARRESTS
__ I
Total Run Up by Police Here;
Exceeds by 16,853 the |
Mark for 1925.
The Metropolitan Police Department
j made 94.870 arrests in 1920 and shat
j tered all previous records, according; ■
j to the annual statistical report pre- :
r pared by Sergt. 1., I. H. Edwards and!
made public today by Maj. Edwin B.
Hesse, superintendent. The arrests
exceeded by 16,853 those in 1925, j
which was the previous banner year j;
in the annals of the department.
The. laj-gest single increase was in !
arrests lor violation of the traffic j
code. The report shows that there j!
were 42,619 arrests for this offense as)
compared with 33,110 the preceding l }
year. There also was an increase in j )
the arrests for violation of the Shep- . i
pard law. which involves drinking in : !
public and intoxication, the record j
showing 13.904 arrests in 1926 and
! 12,105 in 1925. Arrests for violation j
of the Volstead law, however, de- ,
creased by- 139. The total for 1926 <
was 5,305, as compared with 5,444 in
1925.
Grand Larceny Heads Felonies. !
) Arrests for felonies totaled 3,991::,
j for misdemeanors, 21,912, and for j ■
• miscellaneous offenses, 7,143. Grand !
larceny- headed ihe list of felonies with !
894 arrests, and housebreaking was j .
second with 580. j
The rejKirt shows that the (Kilice j
seized 59,515 gallons of mash, an in- j ,
crease of 29,515 gallons over 1925. j ,
The |ioliee> also seized- a varied assort ; ,
merit of liquors, including 26,421 gal j ;
lons of whisky, 2,094 gallons of wine, j
8,612 1(01111*8 of Iveer and 912 gallons ;
of alcohol, in addition to 103 stills. In i
1925. 71 stills were seized. i ,
A miscellaneous section of the re- |
l>ort shows that there .were 38 rnur- J
ders committed during *thc year, as j
compared with 44 the preceding year.- j
that th« re were 27 cases of man- ;
slaughter, as compared with 15 in j
i 1925; that there were 366 cases of as- {
saults with a dangerous wea]K>n, corn 1
[vared with. 302 in 1925; that there j
were two eases of assault with intent }
to kill, compared with 5 the precod
ing year; that there were 398 eases of i
carrying concealed weapons, an in I
crease of 6 over the preceding year. ■
There were 77 deaths from traffic i
accidents as compared with 85 in 1925. j
The total number of accidents was 1
7,116, as compared with 9,331 in 1925.;!
The status of the cases, a new sea- ! ,
ture of the annual report, shows that I
there were three convictions for mur- j 1
der, two of accused persons receiv-1
ing a sentence of life imprisonment |
and one a term of 20 years. There !
were eight convictions for man
slaughter.
. •
WILL GOVERN OWN FUNDS. |
ATHENS, Greece, January 8 HP). - j
j The Greek .government, which re- i.
eently had under consideration an ! \
application to the League of Nations ! <
for assistance in obtaining a supple- ! •.
mentary refugee loan, today denied j
‘hat it had any intention of intrusting : i
the control of Greek finances to the ! 1
bague. | ■
The government stated that the I)
balance of its revenue was sufficient i 1
as a guarantee for the proposed loan, j
! ploded. Heading in. the newspapers j
| that the police were on his trail, he j
quickly enlisted in the French For- |
eigri Legion and took shelter in the
barracks at Enskirchen.
As Domela and several other re-1
cruits entered the railway station to j
depart for France, German detectives J
entered the building and began a
search for him. Although unable to
see his face, they arrested him on the
strength of his still wearing boots
which exactly fitted police descrip
tions. •
* Taken before the police in Cologne,
he was given a searching examination
and made a full confession of his ac
tivities.
Domela, who is a son of a former
German diplomat living in Latvia, is
313 years old.
COOLIE IBS FIGHT
WAY INTO FOREIGN
AREA AT KIUKIANG
Chinese Troops Reported Un
able to Preserve Order.
Americans Leaving.
BRITISH ARE PROMISED
PROPERTY AT HANKOW
May Return to Concession There
Today—U. S. Admiral Williams
Sent to Shanghai.
fiy (tin Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, January B.—A dispatch
from Japanese sources at Kiukiang
yesterday and received here today
said efforts of Chinese troops to pre
serve order there had been unsuccess
ful after coolie mobs had broken down
the barriers to the foreign section and
that the British concession was in
danger,
Chinese crowds seized the Municipal
Building, British business houses and
private residences. Although Japanese
residents were safe at that time, fears
for the future were entertained. Cus
toms officers took refuge aboard an
American warship.
Hankow Refugees Arriving.
Vessels filled with British refugees
are arriving from Hankow, scene for
the last week of violent anti-foreign
riots.
Private advices from Hankow say
that all the securities 'in the Hong
kong and Shanghai Bank have been
removed to ships. The Hankow cus
toms are said to be functioning nor
mally.
Dispatches from Japanese sources
in Hankow said the Cantonese flag
had i>een hoisted over the official build
ings in the British concession, includ
ing the municipal council and the po
lice station.
Quiet at Last Report.
A Reuter dispatch says everything
was quiet up to ti o'clock last night,
hanks and business bouses remaining
closed. Cantonese authorities were
anxious for a resumption of business,
but this was regarded as unlikely for
the time being in view of the feeling
of insecurity which prevailed.
Tiie steamer Kutwo left Hankow for
Shanghai last night carrying Ameri
can women and children. The Can
tonese ministry of foreign affairs con
tinued to assure safety to foreigners
there.
AMERICANS ARE LEAVING.
Number at Kiukiang Cut Aboard L. 8. |
Gunboat Penguin.
HJWKOW. January *
from Kiukiang, 160 miles down the j
Yangtse from here, late last night said !
Americans there aad been put aboard !
the American gunboat Penguin and j
that all women and children were I
taken from the city after rioters broke I
down the barricade to the foreign set- '
tlementand entered. < antonese troops ■
took over the concession.
The Cantonese government late to- j
night promised to withdraw its sol- j
diers and pickets from the British j
concession tomorrow.
Quiet prevailed here throughout tHe j
day because of a heavy rain which |
prevented the coolies from assembling ;
in the streets. The Nationalist gov- i
eminent realizes the evacuation of i
foreigners from the city has reflected 1
heavily upon its administration and j
has brought trade In this port to a !
standstill. It is using every endeavor
to influence business houses to reopen, j
All British firms have kept their •
doors closed, hut American concerns j
continued to operate. All British worn- {
en and children have been moved out, j
and the men remaining here were con- !
lined to one building near the river j
by consular orders.
Two ships bearing women and chib j
dren safely passed Kiukiang, 150 miles j
down the river, bound for Shanghai, j
BRITISH TO GET PROPERTY.
Cantonese Promise to Return Con- j
cession Shortly.
LONDON, January 8 (A I ).—The Brit
ish foreign office was advised from
Hankow this morning that the Can
tonese authorities have agreed to with- j
draw all Chinese troops and pickets j
from the British concession, which
will be policed jointly by the British
police, assisted by police from the for
mer! Russian and German concessions. I
These are foreign trained Chinese. I
The British police also are natives un- !
der British supervision.
It is expected that British subjects [
will return to their offices some time !
today from the barracks, where they
were concentrated for safety.
The. London Missionary Society to- j
drty received a cable from Shanghai j
saying that missionaries are remain- j
ing at their stations and that at the j
time of filing the message all was well, !
Kiukiang Conditions Bed.
The rioting which centered world j
attention on Hankow for the last week |
has caused conditions in Kiukiang, j
down the river, to be described as *’ab- j
solutely intolerable.”
Chinese soldiers' presumably belong I
ing to the Cantonese faction which j
controls the region, are out of hand, !
Shanghai dispatches say, and are en- !
gaging in looting, which the authori-i
ties are unable to halt.
The foreigners in Kiukiang nor j
mally number about 100, but recently 1
there were 400 Americans and British j
at Kuilng, 20 miles inland. Killing I
is -reached by usual means of corn- j
rnunication only through Kiukiang. >
Sixty American women and children i
(Continued on Page 5, Column 2.)
Read
H. G. Wells
ON
“The Way the World Is Going”
Tomorrow in the
Editorial Section
of
The Sunday Star
I
NAVY BILL STEAMS
j OVER TO SENATE
|
Coming Out of Bitter Fight
Only Slightly Dented, Meas- i
lire Faces New Battle.
i
I
i By the Associated Press,
j its breast plates only slightly dor,red j
j from a bitter struggle in the House, i
J the $324,000,000 Navy supply t*ill was j
| steaming under its own power today to i
j the Senate, where it faces a similar j
| test of strength against the long-range f
guns of the "big Navy” -enthusiasts.
[ Proponents of the measure as it now ,
f stands saw 'another dangerous chan- I
I nel in the announced intention of Sen- j
i ator Edwards, Democrat, New Jersey. i
|to offer an amendment to provide j
| funds for the three new light cruisers :
| authorized in 1924, but unappropriated >
for.
It was a compromise on this issue
which nget defeat twice yesterday be
fore tfie House passed the measure and
upTilTd President foolfrlge’s- recom-
I mendation to postpone construction of
! these ships pending another arms limi--
I tation conference.
i
Other Amendments Beaten.
The House also quickly rejected two
! other amendments which would have |
| exceeded the budget estimates by pro- ‘
Lviding funds for the three cruisers and j
| three additional submarines, but the !
j fight over the amendment by Repre- j
| sentative Tilson, the Republican lead- |
I er. appropriating $450,000 for prelim- i
| inary work on the cruisers, was the j
! most exciting the House had seen in j
| many a day.
i It found leaders of both parties, in- |
! eluding Speaker Eongworth, favoring |
1 the amendment, which its sponsor had j
] said was in “general accord” with the •
; President’s views except for the $450,- j
! 000 detail, and it was not until inipas
j sioned pleas had been heard from Rep
| resentative Burton, Republican, Ohio,
I and Representative French. Repub
| lican, Idaho, who was in charge of
| the bill, warning against “glaring in
! consistency,” that the sentiment
I seemed to swing away from the pro
! posal. ,
The measure finally passed away
! The measure finally passed after
j the House, by a Vote of 185 to 105,
! refused to change its previous stand
j in overriding the President and the
| budget by appropriating $200,000
• toward a dirigible to replace the
| Shenandoah.
Favored Extension.
i The light began yesterday with pres
| entation of the Tilson amendment,
| which its author declared was in “gen
j eral accord" with the views of the
i President except the technical dififer
' cnee concerning the appropriation of
I $450,000. He pointed out that in the
j President’s budget message he urged
| against appropriating for the three
cruisers authorized in 1924, but had
| recommended extension of the author
! ization which without an appropria
tion will expire next July 1.
| This recommendation was utilized
t by Mr. Tilson in support of his amend-
I ment, while opponents used it as an
j argument for its defeat. The debate
| produced heated expressions concern
j (Continued on Page 4. Column l.)
j
| BANK LOANS TO VETS
ESTIMATED AT MILLION
| President Gets Report From Hines.
Amount Borrowed Here
Not Announced.
i President Coolidge was informed to
j day by Brig. Gen. Hines, director of
1 the Veterans’ Bureau, that a prelim
! inary survey of reports received from
j banks making loans to veterans un
| der the adjusted compensation act in
! dicates that for the first seven days
i under the operation of the law ap
proximately 1,500 banks loaned nearly
$1,000,000 to the veterans.
Clen. Hines pointed out that because
of the shortness' of time intervening
since January 3, tlye first business day
of the new year, therefore the first
day on which loans could he actually
made, most of the reports included in
his survey come from the section east
of the Mississippi River. He advised
the President that when reports have
had sufficient time to reach Washing
ton from all sections it will be found
that a great number of banks have ac
tually made loans.
The amount of loans advanced by
Washington hanks was unobtainable
at the Veterans’ Bureau today, though
officials indicated that an increasing
number of banks are making such
loans on certificates. Several banks
known by bureau officials to have
made loans here, It was said, have not
as yet reported to the bureau.
CITY'S PLEA FOR 1927 PLATES
IGNORED BY AUTO TAG MAKERS
Officials Plan to Get Emergency Supply m
Maryland as Midwest Concern Fails
I
to Answer Wires.
Avowedly disgusted with the re
i pea ted delays of a Chicago metal tag
i manufacturer to deliver the long
| overdue 1927 automobile identification
I tags. District officials today planned
j to turn to the Maryland State Peni
! tentiary in Baltimore for an emer
i gency supply in order that Washing- j
! ton motor vehicles may be properly!
tagged before the touring season
. sets in.
Probably the only place in the
| United States where machines are
j operating legally on "dead” tags of
j the 1926 vintage, the District l ight
; now has no definite assurance that
| the license plates, for which a eon
tract was awarded last August 27.
i will arrive before Summer.
The last word from the manufac
turer indicated that his shop was
Tunning continuously for 24 hours
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CAPTURE 1 YOUTHS
IN HOLD-UP KILLING
I i
j
Maryland Officers Hold Col
ored Prisoners in Death
of J. E. Carpenter.
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
LA PLATA. Md., January 8. —Cap-
tured as they were in the act of mak
ing an attempt to flee to Washington
early last night, two colored, youths-
Otis Simmons find Arthur Swann, j
both 19 years old—are being held by j
a heavy guard at the county jail here j
in connection with the muuler of i
J. Edward Carpenter. 35 years old. j
Naval Proving Ground employe, I
shortly after midnight Friday. Car •
ix-nfer was returning home from work I
with a s9l pay envelope.
Word that Carpenter, the father of I
seven daughters and a son-in-law of
Sheriff R. L. Cooksey, had died in
Providence Hospital tit 6 o'clock this
morning was flashed here, and formal
charges of murder are expected to be
placed against the two colored men
following a preliminary hearing which
will be held this afternoon. Arrange- , !
meats also are being made for a cor
oner’s inquest over Carpenter's body.
When arrested by Sheriff Cooksey
and two deputies, a .32-caliber, blood
stained revolver and a quantity of
stained clothing were taken from the
men, it was said. While the author
ities were • conveying Carpenter's al
leged assailants from Pisgah. where
they were captured, to La. Plata, Sim
mons is alleged to have trieel to throw
away $27 in hills. Vernon Cooksey,
the sheriff's son, grabbed his hand and
took the money away from him. It
was found also to be bloodstained.
Both of the colored men were
found to be badly bruised and cut
when they were placed in the county
jail and Dr. Thomas Owen spent
more, than an hour dressing their
wounds. "While the men gave evidence
they had been in a fight, they both
stoutly declared they received their
injuries while cutting wood.
Although the authorities grilled
the men for some time last night they
(Continued on Page 5, Column 7.)
Friends Going to Aid Hungry Cap n Keil
Find Him Dead —With Over SBOO in Bank
“C’ap’n” Herman Keil, veteran skip
per of an old houseboat which for
many years has been a familiar sight
to river men on the Virginia shore of
the Potomac River, smiled a grateful
welcome yesterday to friends who
brought him food with which to satis
fy his haunting hunger.
His benefactors shook their heads
fit the gnim spectacle of this grizzled
old seaman eking out his last days
alone in the waterlogged craft he
called his home.
Asew r hours Liter another group of
callers bent on a similar mission of
good cheer, found (.’apt. Keil slumped
on the floor. His withered body was
cold. They notified the harbor precinct
and a police boat carried his body to
the Morgue.
Unable to locate any relatives, the
police todpgr searched the old man’s
clothing. 1
.... | . ....
“From Press to Home
Within the Hour ’*
Tlie Star’s carrier system covers
every city Mock and the regular edi
tion is delivered to Washington homes
as fast as the papers are printed.
Yesterday s Circulation, 103,862
(AP) Means Associated Press,
i a day to produce the lOu.OVO pairs of
i tags called for in tlie contract and
I that a shipment of 15,000 tags would
i leave Chicago December 30. But
’ that was back in December. Since
| that time the firm has failed to reply
;to the many queries of the District
officials, and as a result the Chicago
Motor Club was urged to make an
investigation to determine the status
of the tag situation.
In the meantime, however. District
officials are going ahead with plans
to turn the contract over to the Mary
land State Penitentiary, which sub
mitted the second lowest hid. Officials
of the institution notified District
Purchasing Agent Hargrove yester
-1 day afternoon that the prisoners could
; turn out 2.500 tags a day after the
l steel is obtained.
If the motor club reports that the
! Chicago firm has made no_ further
(Continued on Page 5. Column 3d
VETERANS’ PARIS
! TRIP PROOF ASKED
McCarl Says Extended Leave
Can Be Used Only for
Legion Convention.
In regulations governing payment
of salaries to persons taking extend
ed leave from the Government to at
tend the American Legion convention
in Paris next Summer. Controller
General McCarl lias informed all de
partments and establishments that
arrangements must be made for get
ting “evidence” that the employe ac
tually attended the convention.
The extension of annual leave
i clause provided by act of Congress !
for those who desire to go to Paris
with the Legion stipulates that aceu- ;
mutative annual leave can be taken j
only for that one purpose. McCarl in I
his instructions points out details of i
how this bookkeeping must he !
handled*so as to receive approval of |
his office, but calls especial attention •
to the need of evidence of attendance, j
For ordinary pay roll purposes, the j
regulations state, “current calendar j
year or fiscal year leave will be con-* 1
sidered as taken first, and payfnents j
to employes for such leave will be ac
cepted without special notation as to
attendance; but for all payments for
leave accrued during the preceding
year there will be required a positive
statement by the administrative of
fice that evidence of attendance at
the convention has been received.
* * *. The character of the evidence
that should be required by the execu
tive departments and independent es
tablishments to determine whether the
employe is entitled to the benefits of j
the statute, is for administrative con- i
sideration, but it may be proper to |
note here the desirability of uniform- '
:ty in those requirements throughout !
the Government service.”
It has been suggested that the chief !
clerks of the Government groups j
work out a uniform plan.
They 'found:
Seventy dollars in currency.
Two bank books showing savings j
deposits amounting to more than SBOO.
Ten shares of stock in a machine
company.
A gold watch and chain. 1
Evidences of ownership of two
houseboats, two barges, a pontoon
and a bateau.
Papers showing the Cap’n had been
registered in 1918 with the Depart
ment of Justice under the alien reg
istration act.
The papers also showed Keil to be
a native of Germany and disclosed
that he had applied for, but never oh- j
tained, naturalization papers. The
documents gave his address as Clar
endon, Va., but habitues of tlie river
section say he lived always ori the
houseboat, which was anchored in the
mouth of Little River, between the
Highway and Key Bridges,
> 4 l *
TWO CENTS.
ROBINSON OPENS
SENATE FIGHT ON
SEATING OF VARE
Pennsylvania Elected Wilson
i
| by Majority of Legal Votes,
Says Petition.
CALLS FOR IMPOUNDING
OF ALL BALLOT BOXES
Announces Committee Will Be
Named to Seize and Preserve
Evidence in Case.
The first formal step toward a con
test over the election of Represent
ative Vare to succeed Senator Pepper
of Pennsylvania was taken today
when Minority Leader Robinson of
Arkansas filed in the Senate a peti
| Ron for William 11. Wilson, former
i Secretary of La (tor, who was Vare's
! Democratic opponent in the race for
j the Senate.
j Senator Robinson said that his pres
I ent request is that the petition lie
j upon the table and that at a later
i date a resolution would he presented
i authorizing a committee of the Sen
| ate to seize and preserve evidence
; bearing on the Pennsylvania sena
| torial election.
'Wilson’s Meet ion Claimed.
| The petition <>n behalf of Mr. Wll
j son charges that Vare Was not legally
Selected and contends that Mr. Wilson
I was chosen Senator by “a majority
!of the votes legally cast.” A sum
i mary of the petition by Senator Rob
; inson reads in part as follows:
“That Mr. Vare admitted before the
j Senate investigating committee ex
• pending $71,000 of his personal funds
i and that this constitutes a violation
i of the Federal corrupt practices act of
j 1925, which limits the expenditures of
•‘a candidate for Senator in every case
I not to exceed $25,000.
“In addition, it is charged that
i widespread registration frauds were
perpetrated in Philadelphia. Pitts
burgh and other cities; that the regis
I tration lists were padded with the
; names of dead men and women, with
| the names of voters sick and in hos
, pitals, with the names of minors and
! former residents in voting districts,
I 24 witnesses having testified in a mag
istrate’s court that they had not been
; near the polls on election day. yet
: they were recorded as having voted.”
Would Impound I billot Hoxes.
Senator Robinson said that the pe
: tition turther states that notwith
standing the alleged practices, Mr.
j Wilson carried 55 of the 67 counties
, ; and received a heavy vote in 10 of
the other 12 counties, going to Pitts
j burgh with a majority of 98.240 votes
j and to Philadelphia with a State-wide
’ I majority, including Pittsburgh and ex
j elusive of Philadelphia, of 59.392 votes.
Senator Robinson’s statement on be
i half of Mr. Wilson declared it is
necessary in the interests of justice
i that the Senate take steps to impound
| the ballot boxes, the return sheets.
| the registration lists and other docu
; ments used in the last election.
1 The statement further contends
that while the laws of Pennsylvania
i provide that ballots shall be preserved
| for one year, except in cases where
, special elections are held, it has de
veloped that two special State sena
torial elections are soon to be held, and
I the statement declares that unless
i some action is taken by the Senate
the ballots in the district where these
j special elections are to be held will
be destroyed immediately ujnm the
i swearing in of the election officers
| for the special election.
Co-Operation Promised.
Senator Reed. Republican, of Penn
« sylvunta. took the floor when Senator
i Robinson had concluded, and declared
the people of Pennsylvania would
welcome a judicial determination of
this question, which, he said, h<is
been “beclouded bv rash and un
warranted statements.”
Senator Re. d, Democrat, of Mis
| f ouri, who headed the special com
: initue of inquiry into senatorial pri
i inaries last year, said:
! “1 take it. then, that the -Senator
; will co-operate in the impounding of
i these ballots?”
! Senator Reed of Pennsylvania re
j plied that he would be-glad to do so.
|He pointed out that the laws requins
; ballots to be kept for two years in
i some parts of the State and for one
| year in other parts, but that if it is
! felt further precautions are neecs
; sary, he would co-operate in taking
I them.
!. _
; “WILL TELL THE TRUTH/’
McDermott declares
i
!, Convicted Slayer of Don Mellett
Believes. However. He Will Not
Be Put on Stand.
| By the Awsoriated Press.
CLKVELAN [>. January 8.-—Pat Afc
(Deimott, convicted of the slaying of
j Don R. Mellett. Canton editor, and
j an important witness in the pending
; trials of Ben Rudner and Louis Mazer,
; declared in his cell here today that
I he would "tell the truth” if put on the
| stand.
j ”1 will tell the truth if they put me
'on the witness stand.” McDermott de
| dared. “But they won’t put me on.
| They don’t want the truth.”
McDermott was brought here yes
terday from Canton to testify against
j Ben Nadel. under indictment for har
[ boring McDermott while the latter
| was being hunted for the murder.
SI,OOO BROOCH STOLEN.
Police are investigating the disap
pearance of a SI,OOO brooch and a
quantity of silverware from the home
of Mrs. Campbell Forrester, at 1700
Rhode Island avenue, following a for
mal dinner there Sunday night.
The loss was not discovered until
yesterday. At the Forrester home to
day it was said that the investiga
tion is centering on some "outside
help” employed for the Sunday din
ner, which was in honor of a promi
nent New York editor and publisher.
The guests were all prominent in
local society.
The brooch was set with diamonds
and amethysts. The silver plate was
valued at S6O, police reported.
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