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RADIO CHAOS TO END
: TOMORROW NIGHT
New Licenses Granted Most
of 732 Stations—Denied
to 130 “Jumpers."
Chao* :n the air will cease tomor
row night.
Radio broad lasting stations whfi h
hnia jumped wave lengths at "ill
after tomorrow night must broach ast
on frequencies with h do not interfere
with other stations. Licenses to
operate after tomorrow night at mid
night have been granted most of the
73- stations in existence.
But .130 or more broadcasting sta
tions. most of them in the list *>f
wave jumpers who have skipped
i heir old frequency assignments for
pret erra hie ether positions since
.lulv ]. either will be left out in the
colei without licenses or placed below
\'2o meters on the wave band spec
trum. where their programs v. ill be
heard by relatively few listeners.
Penalty for “Jumping.”
It is one of the penalties the l ed- i
oral Radio Commission has meted out
to the station operators who ignored j
the purpose of the law during the j
. >®iod when Federal control of the j
was non-existent.
The effect of the situation to the j
listening radio public, according to
* ’ommissioner Caldwell of the Radio j
Commission, is that, chaos in the ait ,
will cease tomorrow night, 'five med- j
ley of heterodyning whistles, side ;
hand interference and miscellaneous
nimble of noises which have disturbed |
listeners for many months will be en- j
■ irelv done away with. If stations!
continue to ignore the radio law they j
will be liable to suspension of license j
and court action, with possibility or
Imposition of heavy fines.
New Schedule Worked Out.
Not only will the general situation
be cleared up. but a new schedule of
frequency assignment or wave length,
designed to reduce local interference,
has been worked out by the commis
sion for use in New York and Chicago
and will become effective at midnight
tomorrow night. The result will be
the first tangible evidence to the pub
lic of the work of clearing the air un
dertaken by the new air control board.
With 130 stations operating below
220 meters, or not operating at all the
r,02 stations left will not interfere with
o.uh other any more than they did
prior to the decision of a Chicago j
ndge last Spring which permitted sta
tions to choose any wave length. Corn- j
missioner Caldwell said.
WALSH DEMANDS
ALUMINUM ACTION!

By the Associated Press.
Attorney General Sargent has
requested bv Senator Thomas J.
Walsh. Democrat, Montana, to tile a
complaint again s{ the Aluminum Co.
<*f America for contempt because of
violation of a decree of the District
Court of Western Pennsylvania in re
lation to contracts for scrap alum
inum.
Tn a letter to the Attorney General
the Montana Senator says that unless
action is taken prior to July 1 the
statute of limitation will have expired
and the Aluminum company would be
l»eemitted to continue practices that
permitted it to dominate the scrap
aluminum market.
Senator Walsh charges that the
Aluminum Co., in which Secretary
Mellon is a stockholder, had "frozen
out” independent users of scrap alumi
num by increasing the price of scrap
to within 10 .per cent of the price of
virgin metal. This was done, he says,
when the Aluminum Co. contracted
with the Edward G. Budd Manufac
turing Co., of Philadelphia, the Fisher
Body Co., the Hudson Motor Co., the
< 'ontinental Motor Co., and the Pierce
Arrow .Motor Co. to purchase their
j* rap product.
D. C. MUST RETURN
TAX, SAYS McCARL.
ON GAS PURCHASES;
(Continued from First Page ) J
Vailed States to tax itself for the j
benefit of the District of Columbia j
4UI gasoline used in its public !
v ehicles. Whether Congress may irn,- 1
pose such a tax on the United States
is not necessary to determine.
“The recognized mile is that the
Government and its instrumentalities
are not taxable. The United States
■provides a stipulated sum as its share
of the expenses of the District of Co
lumbia (fiscal year, 1327, act May 10,
1320, 44 statute 417 i. and there may
not indirectly be added thereto fur
ther sums and in appreciable amounts
as would result and appears in the
present contention. It is not conceiv
able that a statute which fails to men
tion the United States in any of its
D sections as being liable for the tax
evidences such an intention, partic
ularly-when. as pointed out. in the de
cision of August 16, 1926. sections 13
and 14 of the act required registra
tion tags and certificates used on Gov
ernment vehicle* to be furnished with
out charge and specifically required
governmental agencies selling gas
oline to private consumers to collect
the tax from such consumers and
turn it over to the collector of the
District of Columbia.
Large Amounts Paid.
“In view of the apparently large
amounts that have heretofore been
paid, and for which there appears no
adequate fund under which to make
* refund—the Commissioners are re
quested to direct the auditor of the
District of Columbia to report to this
office at once all claims now filed for
refunds to the United States and
thereafter from time to time monthly
report such further claims filed for
refunds arising prior hereto, so that
ilie same may be reported to Congress
for debiting against such revenues of
fiie District of Columbia as it may
designate.
"The proper action should be taken
to avoid future collections on Govern
ment purchases.”
SENATOR NORRIS HITS
COOLIDGE CANDIDACY
Uebraskan Says “Third Term” Is
Long- Step Toward
Monarchism.
By ttie As-Oi iatoil Pics*
Senator Norris of Nebtaska. who
js going to the Wisconsin woods to
morrow for a vacation, stopped pack
ing up long enough today to shy
another political missile in the general
direction of the boom for President
Coolidge for another term. The
Nebraska Senator, who on numerous
occasions has assailed the head of his
party, said a “third term” for any
President constituted a long step
toward monarchical government. He
added that it was immaterial whether
;» President first succeeded to the
office from the vice presidency.
Already, he said, the Southern Re
publican machine, "which is universaJ
admitted to be cot rupt,” is prepared
to send Coolidge delegate? to thAncxt
*J.tepuldiean national convent i-.*tr in
.payment for foi mer favors.
| CUBAN PRESIDENT AND DAUGHTER
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President Machado of Cuba and his (laughter, Senorita Machado, who ar
\ rive here today.
SENTIMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC
CONVENTION HERE GROWING
tCoiltinued from First Page!
a strong argument in its favor. Sen
ator Glass' suggestion appeals strongly
to the Philadelphia Record.”
The Pittsburgh Post:
"Washington should prove a very .
satisfactory .and convenient city in j
which to hold the Democratic national !
convention."
T. M. Hederman, Jackson, Miss.:
“National Capital is ideal place in j
j which to hold Democratic convention, j
] Would eliminate any jealousies from !
| other sections desiring convention and j
! prevent some other 'favorite son* re
peating ttie A1 Smith propaganda of I
last convention, which cost the party
\so dearly. Agree with Senator Glass
t that Washington should be Selected.”
Would Limit Temperature.
Herbert Bayard Swope, executive
| editor of the New York World:
"Speaking wholly' for myself and !
not for the World, I should be glad j
to see Washington get the Democratic ;
convention. There are so few Demo- j
crats in the Capital City it would not j
be hard to observe impartiality. The j
only restriction I would impose would j
he to demand a guarantee from The ,
Washington Star that the tempera
ture was not permitted to go over, |
let’s say, 7,7 degrees and the asphalt ,
would remain hard. But seriously I
think 'Washington would be a very j
good place indeed.”
Miss Jessie Scott. Defimcratio na
tional committeewoman for Minne
sota;
"Should committee select any East
ern city I would favor Washington.”
The Birmingham News. Birming
ham, Ala., thinks that discussion of a
convention city is premature. It says:
“Respecting Senator Glass’ sugges
tion, the Birmingham News is under
the impression that the next Demo
cratic National Convention, like the
next Republican convention, is to be
held in the Summer of 1925, rather
than as Senator Glass apparently im
agines. in the Summer of 1927. At the
proper time, Washington might prop
erly be considered as the meeting j
place for both big pow wows. Why not? |
• In the meantime, why may.not Demo- i
crats and Republicans alike let the
public attend to its knitting, unmo
lested by talk about where either
, party will strive to save the country
j and its own skin more than one year j
| from now?”
Selection Due in December.
| Selection of the convention city, by !
! both Democrats and Rpubiieans will !
j be made next December, and already !
j many cities have issued invitations to I
| the national committees of both par- j
i tics
A plea for tiie next Democratic na j
j tional convention in the South is made i
j by a Democratic national committee-j
| man from the North, Patrick 11. ]
Quinn, of Rhode Island, who says:
“Capital does not appeal to me as
convention city. Al! sections of the
country but the South have had con
ventions within 50 years. Southern
ers will make perfect hosts regard
less of their preferences for candi
date.”
Airs. Lois K. Mayes. Democratic na
tional committeewoman for Florida:
“Unless auditorium space has been
! increased lately do not see how Wash
; Jngtori could reasonably expect to care
l for convention.”
A number of the national committee
j members are in favor of holding the
| convention in the Middle West next
\ year.
| William -4. Comstock. Democratic
! national committeeman for Michigan,
I says, for example:
“interested to know Senator Glass
: favors Washington for Democratic
| convention. The convention will he
| invited to Detroit. 1 believe Detroit
1 possesses all of the advantages for a
successful convention.”
Chicago Seeks Honor.
George K. Brennan, Democratic na-1
tional committeeman for Illinois:
“Chicago seeks the honor of having i
the national convention of tlie Demo- i
eratic party located in Chicago.”
W. I„ Barnum, Democratic national
committeeman for Arizona:
"Inclined to favor some city in the j
Middle West. Situation might arise;
where I would favor Washington or |
some other Eastern city. As yet not
committed."
James If. Moyle. Democratic na-!
| tional committeeman for Utah: ■ j
"At present I favor Des Moines or
i Cleveland. Denver would suit us." !
j Mrs. Burke H. Sinclair, Democratic I
national committeewoman for Wyom-!
j ing: * i
“Washington of course, would lie j
! one of the extremely desirable cities j
j for the Democratic convention if Ivld j
in the East. But, 1 believe Western i
1 1 delegates would prefer location more j
nearly central in the country.”
The national committeeman and the
i national committeewoman for Oregon,
j Will R. King and Irene E. Stuart, in
a joint telegram, say:,
i "The undersigned inclined to favor
Chicago, Detroit or San Francisco for
the next Democratic national conven
tion. But no place unless it can seat
[ from 10,000 to 15,000 persons. 'Want
no tents. Mr. King has been in the
• auditorium in Washington and remem
; hers it has but 6,000 capacity. He
, agrees with {Senator Glass that if
' auditorium of sufficient capacity can
■ he provided, the national capital is
: the logical place for till nation! con
• ventions. But with the knowledge we
; have, we are inclined to favor Chicago
Detroit or .San Francisco. But we will
leave the question open for further
consideration. We believe in abolish
! ing both the two-thirds and unit rule
j and favor the nomination of some one
i who can and will win."
In. Jennie Al- Callfas, Democratic
THE EVENING STAR. WASHINGTON, P. C„ FRIDAY, APRIb 22. 1927.
national cotmnilieewomun for Ne
braska :
“.My experience at the New York
Democratic convention is too deeply
j impressed upon my memory (o vote
j for the next convention anwyhere
but the West or South.”
Mrs. Gertrude A. Lee, Democratic
national commit tee woman for Colo
rado:
“Favor Denver for Democratic na
tional convention. Colorado is neu
tral territory centrally located, cli
mate ideal, hotels and auditorium
: ample.”
j Mrs. Jennie Martin Kirby. Demo
i cratie national committeewoman for
New Mexico:
“Consider Washington too far
Cast for convenience ol' Middle West
ern and Western delegates. Kansas
City, Chicago or Cleveland much
more preferable.”
Mrs. Florence G. Farley, Demo
cratic national committeewoman for
Kansas:
“I favor holding Democratic na
| tional convention in Middle West or
: Western city.”
, P. .T. Quealv, Denver:
I “Senator Glass’ recommendations on
i any. subject affecting policies of the
Democratic party should not be dis
j missed without full consideration. His
i opinion carries great weight with me.
j and will with all who have in view
I only the best interests of our party.”
Suggests St. Lotds.
The Tennessean, Nashville. Tenn.:
"It is yet too early to select the
next meeting place for the Democratic
national convention. The importance
of the location of the convention in
shaping the destiny of the party has
always been overemphasized. The
convenience of the largest number of
delegates should prove the first con
sideration. For that reason we have
always believed that the convention
should be held as close as possible to
the center of population. It seems to
us that St. Louis or Chicago come
S nearer meeting that requisite than
! any other cities having adequate eon
j vention facilities.”
Several members of the Democratic
I national committee reply that they are
j unwilling to express an opinion yet on
! the location of the next Democratic
| national convention. Among them are
! Norman K. Mack of Buffalo. N. Y.: .f.
! T. G. Crawford of Florida. Miss Fli/.a
--| both Marbury of New York and Lee
E. Thomas of Louisiana.
Officials of the trade associations of
Washington today joined with proin
l inent political and civic leaders <pver
the country in urging that the 1928
j Democratic national convention be
■ held in the Capital.
Will Study Guarantee.
Citing the- manifold advantages of
j Washington as a convention city,
i which dearly have been demonstrated
| in the manner iri which this city acted
! as host to the Shriners, Holy Name
S Society and other great organizations
j which have convened here, representa
i tives of the trade bodies heartily in
! dorsed the invitation extended by Sen
! ator Carter Glass <>£ Virginia to the
j Democratic national committee.
The possibility of organizing a con
ceited movement here to bring the
Democratic convention to Washington
will be discussed in the next few days
at meetings of the governing boaids
of the Washington Board of Trade.
] the Chamber of Commerce and the
\ Merchants and Manufacturers' Asso
i elation, it was said today. At these
! meetings the matter of a financial
: guarantee, which a number of other
; cities are making in connection with
j their invitations, also will betaken up.
! Washington ranks high among the
| greatest cities of the Nation In hotel
! accommodations, it is pointed out,
| being excelled only by New York, At
i lantic City and Chicago. Besides
other advantages of first class rail
'•communication and unexcelled press
I service here, the trade bodies uni
i phasized, Washington is admirably sit
uated for such a convention, located
on the border between the North and
the South.
Martin A. Lease Concurs.
j Martin A. Loose, president of the
.local Chamber of Commerce, declared:
| ”1 concur deeply, with Senator Carter
Glass, the Democratic national com
mitteeman from Virginia, in his ex
pressed opinion that Washington is
the most logical place for the 3928 con
vention. We have here the only neu
tral political territory in the country.”
j A similar expression was voiced by
I fit'ii. Anton Stephan, president of tire
1 Merchants’ and Manufacturers’ As
j social ion. who added that he felt
j Washington would respond with the
I necessary guarantees. If a definite
zed her© for the
j purpose of formally seeking the con
vention. he said, a committee should
be set to work to plan arrangements.
Washington is the most logical selec
tion for the convention, being in neu
tral political zone and having availa
ble ample hotel and auditorium facili
ties, Robert J. Cottrell, assistant sec
retary of the Board of Trade, said in
speaking for E. C. Graham, president
of the organization.
Boosters of Washington for t lie con
vention selection pointed to the satis
factory manner in which Washington
handled the Shrine convention, which
brought an estimated number of 250,-
000 to this city, and to the Holy Name
Society convention, which brought
about 100,000 visitors.
Harper Heartily Approves.
Robert N. Harper, assistant treas
urer of the Democratic national com
mittee and treasurer of the Demo
cratic national eommit-
approve the suggestion
TWO ARE INJURED
IN SEVERE STORM
| Fair Weather to Follow Rain.
Traffic Paralyzed and
Trees Go Down.
j ,\ torrential downpour, accompanied
i by hn.il. wind and lightning, struck
| Washington yesterday evening, par*
j aiyzittg traffic, blowing down trees and
[ utilising several small fires. Two per*
j sons were slightly injured.
Traction and public utility facilities
I were temporarily crippled, but, while
i the violent electric storm caused do
j lay. it did not entail any heavy ma
! tet'ial damage.
The aftermath of the storm this
morning consisted of a gentle ruin, in
contrast to the slashing downpour of
yesterday, and weather forecasters
predicted that It would clear up late
this afternoon and be fair tomorrow.
Mercury Takes Slump.
Coming cut of a sky grown ominous'
ly black within an hour, the rain be
gan at 5:80 o'clock and fell for nearly
two hours as the temperature went
down from the 88 to the 70 degree
mark.
Lightning, playing its freakish
pranks, tore down a chimney at the
home of Mrs. Franc E. Sheiry, lilt)!*
Thirty-fourth street, and flashed in
a third-story window, knocking down
and stunning her daughter. Mrs.
Louis S. Bradshaw, Mrs. Bradshaw's
shoe was torn from her foot, and she
sustained slight burns, but recovered
i in a few hours. The rest of the fam
ily were in a. living room on the first
floor when the crash came. Bricks
and soot were thrown out from the
fireplace and the lender was tossed
across the room.
Rubber boots probably saved the life
of .1. A. Storey, pharmacist's mate,
third class, stationed at the navy
! yard dispensary, who was taken to
the Naval Hospital last night suffer
ing from burns sustained when he
was struck by lightning while attend
ing a birthday party at Friendly, Md.,
a community near Fort Washington.
The house, owned by Edward Thorne,
was ignited by the lightning and the
upper part destroyed. Storey was
knocked unconscious and his legs tem
porarily paralyzed. Physicians stated
that his rubber hoots probably pre
; vented the lightning from going
through his body.
Far Service Disrupted.
Street ear service was temporarily
disrupted. A Takoma Park bound
Capital Traction Co. car was derailed
at Ceorgia avenue and Kennedy
street, blocking the Takoma Park
line and the Georgia avenue line of
the Washington Railway & Electric
Co. Emergency crews of both lines
co-operated in replacing the ear on
the rails, clearing the way in 57 min
utes.
Cars oti both lines were short cir
cuited and stalled in various sections.
Most of the tie-ups. however, were of
about 10 minutes’ duration, but serv
ice was at a standstill for nearly an
hour on tbs F street, G street. Mount
Pleasant and Brightwood lines of the
W. it. & E. Co.
Loss Is Low.
Melvin E. Sharpe, assistant to the
president of the Potomac Electric
Power Co., stated that the storm had
caused less property damage than had
resulted from storms of similar intens
ity in the history of the company.
Capital Traction Co. officials stated j
that its financial loss was negligible.
Most of the material damage, public
utility men explained, was caused by
lightning damaging switch boxes,
poles and wires. Emergency crews
worked overtime last night and this
morning repair men had practically
remedied the damage.
Lightning cet fire to a curtain at
the home of Mrs. L. Paquin, 1505
i Otis street, while the storm was at its
height, but firemen extinguished the
blaze before it had bad a chance to
do more tHan char the window frame.
Big Trees Fall.
Several big trees were blown down
and limbs were twisted from trees all
over the city, especially near the Bu
reau of Standards. A big tree was
blown down in front of 1340 I street,
blocking the street and damaging two
parked automobiles. The Fire Depart
ment rescue squad chopped away
clear for traffic and pulled the
branches from the imprisoned auto
mobiles.
An elm fell on a sedan occupied by
Airs. C. T. Trescot. 718 Eighteenth
street and John Hussey, 3349 Aslr
mead place, as it was parked on Penn
sylvania avenue in front of the White
House. The occupants escaped in
jury, although tiro roof of the car was
damaged. Almost at the same time a
; tree crashed to earth in front of 714
! Eighteenth street, but a few yards
from Mrs. Treseot's residence,
i A tree was nearly uprooted in front
of the Japanese embassy at 1321 K
street and a tree at South Capitol and
E streets fell victim to the wind.
Autos Are Stalled.
Scores of autombbiles were stalled in
the rain. Many of the drivers remained
In their machines until the storm sub
sided. Emergency crews from serv
ice stations and garages were called
; to all sections of the city,
j Several electric light poles were
I blown down and wind and rain caused
| numerous washouts. Dirt covered the
! sidewalk on Connecticut avenue at
| Albemarle and Porter streets and a
j bad hole appeared in the roadway on
| Otis street east of Eighteenth street
j northeast. The Connecticut Avenue
: Bridge resembled a canal at the peak
of the storm, rain sluicing through the
thoroughfare and making driving
perilous.
The wind readied such velocity that
it blew the traffic semaphore from its
post at Fourteenth street: and Penn
| sylvania avenue almost 100 feet down
j the street before it was rescued by a
! motorman who left his car and re
j moved it from the trucks
1 1 of Senator Glass that the Democratic
; I convention be held here. Washing
| ton would l»e a wonderful place for it. •
I believe that the people would pro-1
vide the funds necessary for the en
’ tertainment of the delegates and the ;
convention guests.
; “The Washington Auditorium is
well equipped to handle the conven
tion. Its facilities for the press as
well as for the delegates are ample.
Indeed, it has facilities for the press
which are not equalled in many con
vention halls in other cities. More
than 2,800 square feet of floor space
lielow the convention hall can be
| turned over to the correspondents.”
lias Been Leader for Years.
Mr. Harper was chairman of the
■ Wilson inaugural committee, and has
■ taken a leading part in Democratic
politics here for many years.
A representative of the Washington
i Arcade Co., in charge of the Arcadia,
. Fourteenth street near Park road, said
today that when present plans for re
■ Modeling the structure are completed
• about October 15 the Arcadia Audi
i torium will seat .10,000, and that during
i a convention 3,000 additional tern*
• parary seats could be installed. The
• present seating capacity is 3,000.
The remodeled auditorium, it was
said, will consist of an arena similar
in that of Aludison Square Garden and
| one balcony. There will be no pillars
or posts to interfere with vision from
any part of the ball. The plans also
■ call for indirect cooling equipment to
make the auditorium comfortable in
I warm weather. Rooms also would be
i ’availably for committee meetings. .
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TRAFFIC HELD UP BY FLOODS IN BLADENSBURG, Ml). TODAY ,
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PRESIDENT ASKS PROMPT AID
FOR SUFFERERS IN FLOOD AREA
i (Continued from First Page.) j
operate with the officers of the Red
Gross in their relief work. They were
Secretaries Mellon, Davis and Hoover.
It was said that this committee
would meet at the Red Cross Building
at 2 o'clock this afternoon. It was ex
plained also that the committee's work
will not have any connection with the
acceptance of contributions, but to de
termine how the Federal Government
through its many agencies can best
co-operate.
Text of Proclamation.
The President’s proclamation fol
lows:
“To the People of the United States;
“Eight States of the Union are suf
fering one of the most extensive floods
in the history of the country. For j
more than two weeks the waters of i
the Mississippi River and its tribu- J
taries, swollen to record volume, have j
been overwhelming and breaking |
through the levees raised to confln*
them within their courses. They have
' deluged millions of acres of agricul
tural laud, inundated many towns
and driven thousands of people from
their homes. The crest of the flood
is advancing southward, daily creat
ing new' ruin.
"In the first few days the situation
instead of improving, as had been
hoped, has been rapidly growing
worse, the flood waters have con
tinually forced new breeches in the
levees, despite the efforts of hundreds
of workers, with consequent increased
destruction.
"The American Cross reports
that, by a most conservative estimate
there are now more than 75,000
refugees from the flood who must be
eared for by the Red Cross. While
this emergency continues, which will
47 DIE AS FLOODS THREATEN
GREATEST HAVOC IN CENTURY)
<( 'ontinued from First Pago.)
kansas was rising as they spread out
through crevasses or moved on toward
the Mississippi.
Flood waters were receding in the
area around New Madrid, Mo., and
bright sunlight gave the hope that
conditions would gradually improve.
Further Rise Forecast.
The Mississippi from St. lajuis to
! Chester, 111., was at a stand today.
The river was rising immediately
above and falling below those points.
The stage here remained at 34.9. A
further rise was forecast, however, as
result of Missouri River flood waters
due to reach the Mississippi Sunday.
The crest forecast for St. Louis was
still 3f> feet for Monday, the highest
since 1903,
At Cairo, 111., the stage today was
t 55. a fall of .4 in the last 24 hours.
The greatest disaster to tiie lower
Mississippi Valley in more than a hun
dred years was growing more grave
today with almost hourly reports of
further widespread death, desolation
and destruction caused by the furious
tide of the Mississippi and its tribu
taries.
More Than 100,000 Homeless.
Property damage was estimated high
| into the millions, and more than a hun
i dred thousand were homeless and suf-
I l’ering for want of food, clothing and
I shelter.
The most serious condition continued
to center around practically the en
tire State of Arkansas, particularly
the St. Francis Valley and the Mis
sissippi delta.
'Plie Mississippi delta section strug
gled against long odds as waters
spread over 3,000 square miles. Thou
sands have been forced to tlee from
i their homes; many are marooned, liun
, gry, cold and destitute.
Mississippi’s governor has requested
' Federal troops to aid in rescue and re
i lief work.
Epidemics Are Spreading.
Suffering among the refugees was
increasing with hitter weather adding
to the horror of mud and disease. Epi
demics of mumps, measles and whoop
ing cough were spreading with little
medical aid available.
Texarkana reported that the Ousn
hita River, on its second rise of the
year, had inundated 800 square miles
of Texas and Arkansas soil. Pine
Bluff reported that more than 1,000
persons were marooned in Jefferson
County alone from waters flowing
through gaps in the Arkansas levee.
Rescue work was slow, due to the
high winds, and many of the refugees
were standing out in the open, where
they were targets for the chilling
blasts.
Fort Smith, cut off from the use of
wire communication to the east last
night, was believed to be suffering
from an increasingly dangerous situa
tion. Scores of other smaller towns
and cities in that section of the State
also were cut off. and from which
many reports of suffering were heard.
In the St. Francis Basin, spurred
by the waters front the new Madrid,
Mo., gap in the levee, residents fled in
the face of the Inevitable deluge which
is slowly creeping ifeutbward. There
is no outlet for tVfflr flood until the
I,a 4 Co^ eJ an more.
I he for weeks, these refugees must be ;
■ fed. shelteered and clothed. Their j
! health must be protected.
Situation Regarded as Serious.
“in the event that the floods rise j
to the predicted higher levels in the ;
next few days, the number whose !
most primary needs must be cared for j
will quickly be doubled and trebled, i
The situation is indeed grave. The j
Government is giving such aid as lies ;
within its power. Government boats 1
that are available are being used to I
rescue those in danger and carrying j
refugees to safety. The AVer Depart- j
ment is providing the Red Cross with )
tents for housing refugees.
“The National Guard. State and lo- 1
cal authorities are assisting. But the j
burden of caring for the homeless j
rests upon the agency designated by |
Government charter to provide relief I
in disaster—the American National {
Red Cross—for so great, a task addi- j
| tional funds must be obtained imme
diately. It therefore becomes mj
duty as President of the United J
States and president of the Atneri- j
can National Red Cross to direct the
sympathy of our people to the sad j
plight of thousands of their fellow !
citizens, and to urge that generous j
contributions be promptly forthcom
ing to alleviate their suffering.
“In order that there may be the
utmost co-ordination and effective
ness in the administration of the re
lief fund, I recommend that all con
tributions, clearly designated, be for
warded to the nearest local Red Cross
chapter or to the American National
Red Cross office in Washington, St.
Louis or San Francisco.
“1 am confident that, as always in
the past, tiie people will suport the
Red Cross in its humane task.”
100 miles long and many miles wide. |
It probably will find the Mississippi i
t again from the St. Francis, into which j
1 it will flow near Helena.
Across the Mississippi, where the ,
e Arkansas tributaries are piling great
1 heaps of water onto the levees in the
t Mississippi Delta, there are probably '
‘ 900,000 people viewing with alarm the ,
ever-increasing danger.
A relief train hearing IS boats and
J 18 men to operate them was speeding .
. southward from St. Louis toward
/ .Arkansas. The boats were to he .
. launched, it was planned, when the
l train should be stopped by the high (
s waters. ,
s Unconfirmed reports from Knowl
. ton. Ark., said that 18 refugees (
3 drowned there when a boat was (
t drawn through the crevasse rent in (
the levee at that point,
s Petty ville, Ark., was literally wiped ! .
from the map when the flood tore j
r buildings from their foundation and
. swept them away. At Little Rock,
. hundreds of families were in danger, ,
f and relief work was being pressed
, forward.
3 Memphis had converted a large fair j
. grounds into a refugee camp.
Governors of Mississippi Valley j
States and mayors of towns affected
have issued urgent appeals for aid in (
1 caring for the victims.' <
FOOD AM) SUPPLIES RUSHED. j.
1 i
1 KANSAS CITY. April 22 OP).— 1 ,
. Swollen streams in Kansas. Oklahoma I (
and western Missouri receded today | t
. under clearing skies to permit speed- j i
ing of food and supplies to hundreds I t
. left homeless by two weeks of floods
j and storms. ( t
A cold wave that swept out of the > f
i Rocky Mountain States yesterday to J «.
. add to suffering and threaten fruit j j
and grain, aparently had passed over j
1 the Southwest this morning. The j 1
- mercury stood in the upper thirties j
or lower forties in Kansas and Okla- jT
homa this morning after dropping to j
the freezing point.
’ Higher temperatures also were re
> ported in the intermountain and Pa
cific Coast States, where fruit was
’ damaged by frost.
! Thousands of acres of cotton, po- j
tatoes and small grain were reported j i
destroyed by floods. State and county
organizations are supervising l'elief
1 to upward of 7,000 homeless in the
southwest,
BEARDSTOWN UNDER WATER.
Schools dosed and Exodus of !
Refugees Continues.
> BEARDSTOWX. 111., April 22 (A 3 ). [
: —Grim-faced residents of the inun
dated Beardstown went about their
- business as best they could today.
All grade schools are closed and the
: high school will be closed at the end
■ of today’s session.
The historic Beardstown courthouse,
i where Abraham Lincoln defended
Duff Armstrong on a murder charge,
is surrounded by water. With the
aid of hip boots, streets in the higher
sections of the city can he navigated,
but boats lire necessary in the lower
parts. 1
The ex opus from stricken sections
continues#but no cases of suffering ,
iiM - J,
GET EIGHTH JUROR
FOR SNYDER TRIAL
Selection Two-Thirds Com
pleted as New Panel of
150 Is Summoned.
J By the Associated Press.
| NEW YORK, April 22. —The jury
• in tlie Snyder murder trial was two
! thirds completed today, when the
| eighth juror was selected shortly after
l noon.
! Juror No. Bis Lewis Ruchdasehal,
| the father of two children. He is a
| widower living in College Point.
New faces filled the “bleachers.”
The benches which had been crowd
ed Monday with talesmen from whom
it was then expected to obtain a jury
had been gradually emptied as score
after score were rejected as unfit. j
Last night court was adjourned j
only when the last available talesman |
had been examined, the score at that j
time being seven jurors accepted and
237 potential jurors thrown out.
Today a new panel of 150 talesmen
filled the room again for the fifth day
of the trial and the last day of jury
selection.
On adjourning last night, Justice
Scudder announced that a jury would
be obtained today even if court had
to stay in session all night.
Five were at once excused within
the first few minutes of today's ses
sion because they felt scruples against
the death penalty, and three others
because they had firm convictions as
to the. innocence or guilt of the de
fendants.
Another was rejected because he
knew Dana Wallace of counsel for
Mrs. Snyder.
RAINS BLOCK AUTOS
AT BLADENSBURG
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BLADENSBURG, Md„ April 22. ;
Tributaries of the Anacostia River in j
this section were swollen today as a j
result of the heavy rains last night.
Eastern Branch had overflowed its j
banks by 8 a.m. and water was over
the highway near the bridge separat- J
ing Bladensburg and Hyattsville.
Motorists were compelled to use j
other routes in reaching Washington i
from the North and East.
Rain started this morning after the \
deluge of last night and a.further rise I
of Eastern Branch was threatened. I
Considerable wind accompanied the j
tain this morning and last night. Re- j
cession of the Eastern Branch water I
is not expected before night.
Considerable swelling of the North- !
western and Paint Branches also was j
reported today.
SEE COVENANT VIOLATED.
Injunction proceedings against
Charles S. and Lillian H. Elder, col
ored. residing at 116 Adams street,
were liled today in the District Su
preme Court by Edward Stanley. Ed
ward C. and Grace E. Mooney and i
Frank B. and Lillian V. Rogers, white i
residents on tho same block. They j
charge that the covenant not to seil j
to negroes was violated in the sale of 1
116 Adams street by Hulst Glenn, jr.,
former owner of the property.
The occupancy of the property bv i
colored people is alleged to be harm- J
ful to tho real estate values in that
section. Attorneys Adkins & Nesbit I
and Leo \V. Simon appear for the j
white residents.
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DENIES HIERARCHY
BEHIND BANDIES
Apostolic Delegate Calls
Mexican Report Evidence of
Anti-Catholic Propaganda.
By tl>ii Associated Press.
Most Rev. Pietro Kumason; Bi, i L
apostolic delegate to tlie l nited Stab -
announced today that lie was “ce:
tain that the Mexican hierarchy h
nothing to do either directly or indi
rectly" with the recent attack lo a
band of outlaws upon a Mexi, . >
passenger train, in which the tram
was set on lire and many passeng* -
were either slain or burned to death
Replying to a statement »>v Presi
I dent Colics of Mexico. Intimating that
| the attack was carried out with the
: knowledge of the Catholic episcopate
! of Mexico. Archbishop Bit titli said
that “My first request to the Amerb
• •an public in tiiis matter is that juou
ment he suspended until definite an *
reliable details are available.
“The only news wo hive to date 1 v
from government sources.’’ he d*>
dared, “and, as every one knows, all
dispatches from Mexico are rigorous!'
censored l»y the Valles government
whose officials decide what can aml
must, be sent out to the press.
“I can absolutely deny the charge
of President Culles carried in pro
dispatches that the Mexican hierarch'
is responsible for the attack. Tim
charge is without foundation and
result of the bitter hatred of Presi
dent C’alles for the Catholic Church.
“Because three priests led the at
tacking party, as he asserts, then w*
must conclude that the Catholf,
•Church of Mexico is responsible f<>,
the massacre. Moreovei. in a man
ner wholly unworthy, as the head of
a civilized State. President Calles reck
lessly asserts that this attack is »•
other evidence of what he Implies -•
the systematic tyranny of the Catii
olic Church.”
MEXICO CLAMPS
LID ON ALL BUT
OFFICIAL MESSAGES
0 ’ontinued from First Paged
20 children, ranging from infants t
10-year-old boys and girls, wei ••
killed in the second-class coach*-
I and that another 2l> lost their pat
! ents.
The United States embassy had n*
| information today to substantia • ■
! earty’ reports that from 5 to 7 Arne; -
I icans were on the train. Apparently
j the only Americans who witnessed
I the outrage were H. Dock, for man’
; years a resident of Guadalajara, and
1 E. S. De Lima, vice president of the
Banco de Mexico, who is a natural
ized American. They reached Mexit
City yesterday.
* OBREGON’S DAUGHTER sU K.
!
| SAX FRANCISCO. April 2? t4>)
l —John Rosseter. local capitalist, la-i
i night announced receipt of a tel*
j gram from former Mexican President
| Obregon stating that Obregon
('•tighter. Dona Refugia Ponce <le
j Leon, reported killed in a bandit mu*»-
i suer* Tuesday, was in a place of
' safery.
j Rosseter. close friend of the form* *
i Mexican president, said Obregon L>l*
! graphed that Dona Refugia was urn
! aboard the train at the time of the
j massacre. Her name was included in
I the. list of those killed when bandits
i raided a Guadalajara. Mexico City
j train and killed 100 passengers.
HAVRE DE GRACE ENTRIES
Mitt TOMORROW.
FIRST RACE—Purge. 51.200. ■ laimiu-.
, .. year-olds and up: o furlong-.
| Hot Pepper .... tJT Mark Master .. 11 :•
Ensign 117 ‘Queen Br,sit . . b*d
j •Lone Point ... 11-: * win some .... ill
Crousantams .. 11l K.i K«*<- 10..
I Fable lm» ADo eligible—
•ciydeiia lor Foregone .... liu
j Edith D JO!l Sir mi y i*‘l
Venus N’t Wild Aster .... 117
Don gees 117 Rem, 1< . , I i
•Allnaehe .... 100 *Alex Wuo.hife I ■:
i King O NeiU. 2d 121
SECOND RACE—Purse. 51.200: the
and Gay Purse: 2-.vear.oids: 4lurlongs
Lucie Dunbar .. Ill) “Maurice lib
SPmk Lily 110 Rose Eternal .. JP.
tTum On 110 bSuckv ,|o
bßoyish Bob .. . Ill) ISesijiii li.’l
J Prate lit! \Do eligible—
I a Money Musk.. 113 t Latvia .. . 110
, ‘Rooney IX3 • O’Turk ]p:
j Prinoesita *l3 ‘Little Broom . . 1 I:*,
Congress 113 * Holden Fair... 110
Peacock 113 aCherry Brook.. 113
j Lift Hawk .... 113
'■H. P. Whitney and I. >. Thomp-on erit .>
iGreeutree Stable entry
i If'oxeatcher entry .
'William Garth entry.
“J. W. Bean entry.
nGoodstone entry.
bi*. H. Faulconer and J. P. Jones entry.
THIRD RACE—>I.4OO: the Golden daks
Handicap: 3-year.olds and up: shi farlui;*-
Contemplate ... I<>4 -Bhmdin p.'l
flight of Ttme. . lit! Sunward J1 :t
j“'.v 103 The Heathen . . lie:
♦Pandora 105 Senator Norris.. 11
Prince of Bour n 114 Rolls Rovee ... I*,*
Pnn.’e of Wales 120
+ H. P. Whitney entry.
I’OIRTH RACE—>I.4OO the Kanin-
Roads Purse; o-year-ulds; mile and To yarn-
Amen-Ra 105 Portobello Gold. In;>
brlerson 102 Point Breeze... . Jo:,
Waning Minstrel 107 * Crystal Domino lo-
Longview 105 Mariner In:
tCand.v Hog .... ,OK Pillotta lo
fH. T. Archibald entry.
l H R.U'fr —The Philadelphia Tlan l!
('.ip; $lO,OOO added: 3-year-olds and up 1
miies.
' ‘Singlefoot lit iKdi-to . u,,
, Whiskery !<•.» 80-tonian . . •*».
‘Devonshire .. JO2 f Afterglow to:
Crusader 12k Washakie ~ . in.-,
Ton bout lie; i Point Breeze .. !**,
'Mare 122 ? Gaff snian .... T t
Batumi it», ,T Fred V ji„,
Moutferrat .... 103 'Display .. .. ’ 1,
Canter 112 Joy Smoke . i: -
+H. P. Whitney entry.
1 Seagram Stable entry.
J Walter M. Jeffords enti v.
Walter J. Salmon entr>.
°J. E. Griffith entry.
SIXTH RACE—S 1 400 the Como.it Ka
dicap; 5-year-olds and up: it, n iil< s.
* ■»'*:! Washakie . . . it:.
Aucilla .. .. , . i1 *2 Sanford . i i ,
' ~nV ’! I'M kea Bo,.ket A'.'! lo.s
Pneklyheat . ... 110
SEVENTH RACE—si •*.«,. tiaimmu 4
year-olds and up: 1 •'» mi it - ’*
•First Eiiifion . 1 os* *.(u,t j., i,.,
;Tony Beau ... 1,,7 •
i le-..twood .... 11.5 ‘Dinklinß los
•Apprentice allow.-p., * elaimc*.
Weathsr cloudy: tra— alow.

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