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WEATHER.
(IT. 9 W-ather Bureau Foiwcaat.)
Occasional showers tonight and to
morrow; not much change in tempera
ture.
Temperatures—Highest. 82, at noon
today; lowest, 63, at 4 p.m. yesterday.
Full report on page 9.
Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 14 and 15
i Entered as second class matter
: AO. «)U,<lll. post office. Washington. It. t\
PACIFIC AMORS,
AT SUVA, SEEKING
RUNWAY TO START
HOP TO AUSTRALIA
Find Field Where Southern
Cross Landed Too Small for
Start of 1.700-Mile Trip to
Brisbane.
NEXT JUMP HELD MOST
DANGEROUS OF FLIGHT
Tour Airmen Cheered by Thousands
of Many Nationalities on Ar
rival at Fiji in First Plane Ever
Seen bv South Sea Islanders.
j
Public Holiday Declared.
Br the Assisted rr**s».
SUVA. Fiji Islands. June 6 < Wednes
day).—Having successfully traversed
approximately 5.538 miles of ocean be
tween Oakland. Calif.: Hawaii and
Suva, the flyers of the monoplane
Southern Cross today start preparations
for the next 1.700-mile hop to Bris
bane, en route to Sydney, Australia.
They secured a long rest last night
to make up for the more than 33 wake
ful, tempestuous, anxiety-fraught hours
that were passed during their flight
lrcm Kauai, an island of the Hawaiian
group, to Suva.
There were many things to be done;
checking of the gasoline supply remain
ing in the fuel tanks of the Southern
Cross, locating of a site from which
the refueled plane can take off safely
for its flight over the sea toward Aus
tralia examination of the three motors
that labored faithfully through miles
and storms and to study weather chart*
and maps to decide the time and course
of the shortest but perhaps the most
hazardous leg of the unprecedented
tight.
Capt. Charles Kingsford-Smith, Aus
tralian pilot; Charles Ulm, Australian
co-pilot; Harry W. Lyon, former sea
skipper and navigator, and James
Warner, radio operator, were regarded
as quite important personages in Suva
today. They were objects of admira
tion "bv all, from the bushy-haired na
tive Fijians to the white inhabitants.
The four men who flew in from the sea
yesterday afternoon in the strange,
powerful blue and silver bird of cloth,
wood and steel were centers of attrac
tion wherever they went.
Seek Take-Off Place.
One of the most important problems
before the flyers was to select a take
off point. Albert Park, where the
Southern Cross landed yesterday after
noon, was barely large enough to ac
commodate the plane on its arrival.
Unweighted by a large store of gaso
line, the pilots missed running into
the side of the taclosure but by 20
yards, and then only by making a
sharp left turn up onto a rise ground.
Taking off with 900 gallons of gaso
line and ofl. the amount estimated re
quired for the flight to Australia, will
require a straight lengthy nanway
heading into the wind. Kingsford-
Ensitb intimated that he intended look
ing over a stretch of beach near the
city, a sandy, level bit of ground that
might accommodate the during
low tide. Possibly, be thought, there
might be other places even more suit
6l3The flyers were unanimous in agree
ing that'each member of the crew con
tnbuxed invaluable service toward the
success of the flight thus far. Dur
ing a reception in the Grand Pacific
Hotel shortly after th* P*? ne
the mavor of Suva lauded Capt. Kings
ford-Smith. pilot of the expedition
The captain parried the compliment by
saving that had it not been for his two
Sr. friends. Lyon and Warner,
he could not have accomplished the
trip successfully.
Praises Kingsford-Smith.
Then Warner spoke by saying that
during the crew’s anxiety during the
gf-rere rain, thunder and lightning storm
of Sunday night when the plane wax
midway between the Hawaiian and Ei. i
Ir lands, it was fully realized that
“Smithy" was the only man that cornd
have brought them safely
Warner referred to Kingsford-Smith s
maneuvering of the controls so that the
huge plane dodged and wove through
the storm clouds up from an altitude of
mi feet to nearly 8.000 feet, seemmgly
* fliing in circles at times, in the effort
to mb* the full fury of the tropical
Kingsford-Smith referred to Lyon,
who as navigator of the plane shot
what stars he could find through the
black clouds to chart the course to the
tiny dot of land. Deviation* from trie
course meant wasted gasoline and po*-
tiijx disaster. The plane left Kauai
early Sunday morning with a bare zoo
(rues gasoline safety margin.
The flyer* did not try to conceal the
feet that the storm had them worried
Kingsford-Smith declared that he
"would never have to fly through tmen
Weather again in a thousand years.“
Next Leg Dangerous.
Tiie course between Suva and Aus
tralia although a comparatively snort
of the transpacific flight, is consid
ered by many here as being particular
ly dangerous at this time of tiie year
jbnort, violent storm* peculiar to the
South Seas are known to sweep the seas
drring tne Summer montji* when cool
s r currents swinging north clash with
tropical currents and the result* are
nnghty. swirling gales.
But the flyers who successfully crossed
the u-». between Oakland and Hawaii
aid between Hawaii and Suva were
confident that tney would not faii.
With H hours and 33 minutes re- s
gfuired for the flight from Hawaii, the |
fb/utherr, Cross in ad a total fly big time •
of Vi hours and on* minute lor tlie j
flyrfet two legs of the 7 800-odd mile* to j
S.ydiiey. fone O'/’rered the 2 400 mile*
from Oakland. Calif., to Wheeler Field.
Honolulu, in 27 labors arid 28 minutes
•fnu* far she ha* averaged about 89
griff** an hour
After ho- hoj> t/> Brisbane »he avl- ;
irt fare a flight of about 500 mile*
to Sydney.
Fublir Holiday fl*<J»r*4.
A public holiday was declared here
yesterday in honor of the Southern
r;rore and tlie four men of it* AO-
S' ralian - American ere w
•} he plane wa* Ui* first ever seen in
I- * arid St excib d the wonderment of
thousands of natives and the admlr*-
t.,./, of their more traveled European
»-,d American friends
Four grinning temporarily deaf alr
tCuhtinus# on hag* A Coluaan 8^
WINDS DELAY WOMAN FLYER'S
• j TAKE-OFF ACROSS ATLANTIC
I Newfoundland Gales Hold Up Start of
Friendship From Trepassey—Refueling
of Monoplane Completed.
i By the Associated Press.
[) TREPASSY, Newfoundland. June s.—Refueling of the monoplane Friendship
j w - as completed this afternoon. The aviators, Miss Amelia Earhart, Wilbur Stultz
| n nd Louis Gordon, wore awaiting an abatement of the high wind before starting
I j their transatlantic flight.
j The monoplane was buffeted by strong northwest winds early today, which
.; delayed plans for completion of fueling. •
An intimation that the Friendship might fly beyond England was given by
, Miss Earhart. Pilot Wilmer Stultz and Mechanic Louis Gordon in conversation
here this morning. They said that their plans for a landing place on the other
side of the Atlantic were indefinite. Their purpose, they added, was to fly until
their fuel was exhausted and then descend, and they hoped to make a longer
i flight than any of their predecessors over this route.
Wind Too Strong for Fueling.
At 8 am . Eastern daylight time, the wind was still too strong for a resump
tion of refueling operations. The visibility was perfect.
Knocking off work at sundown yesterday. Miss Earhart. Stultz and Gordon
rested through the night for the arduous hours ahead of them.
Clad in brown knickers and high laced boots. Miss Earhart appeared to
be in high spirits on the eve of her great adventure-—backed by an organization
headed by George Palmer Putnam. New York publisher and Arctic explorer.
Every precaution was taken to make the flight as safe as possible. The
plane has three motors, any two of which will keep it in flight. It has been
given extensive tests lasting over a period of seven weeks as to fuel consumption,
lifting capacity and air speed. It is equipped with pontoons and carries two
j radio sets. An emergency one can be operated even if the plane is forced down
| and the motors are silenced.
(Continued on Page 3. Column 4.)
1
THREE S 0 S CALLS
BELIEVED ITALIA’S
Soviet Rescue Commission
Convinced Nobile Descended
in Franz Josef Land.
By the Associated Press.
MOSCOW. Russia, June s.—The So
viet meteorological station in Siberia
reported today that it had picked up
what was believed to be an S O S from
the missing dirigible Italia, but that the
location could not be secured.
Two other Siberian stations, SOB
and PUR, reported hearing the same
call.
The Soviet rescue commission, which
is planning to send an expedition to
Franz Josef Land to seek the Italia,
was further convinced today that Gen.
Nobile had descended at that place by
reports of wireless messages picked up
as late as 7:55 last night, thought to be
directly from the Italia.
Picks Up Italia Call.
Advices received from Murmansk to
day said that a message from the Italia
announcing her descent on Franz Josef
Land had been picked up by the wire
less station at Obdorsk, Tobolsk, Siberia.
The trawler Loutohinski, off the Mur
man coast, also reported hearing calls
believed to be from the Italia, but that
she was unable to pick up actual com
munication because of atmospheric in
terference.
The rescue commission published
this morning a statement giving the
full text of what was supposed to be
the call of distress of the Italia and
expressing the belief that the Italian
language, in which the message was
couched, as well as the wave length in
which it was received, indicated with
a fair degree of certainty that Gen.
Nobile and his crew would finally be
located on Franz Josef Land. The
statement was signed by I. S. Un
schlicht, vice commissar for war.
Like Italia Wave.
The supposed message from the Italia
was picked up by a radio amateur at
Voznesensk, in North Dvinsk province,
and was received on a 33.35 wave, cor
responding to the Italia's radio.
Unschlicht ordered two Soviet ships,
the Persey and the Taimir. to proceed
as soon as possible to Franz Josef
Land. The vessels will be provided
with airplanes and aeroslelghs.
The text of the message as confirmed
by the radio amateur who picked it up
was as follows:
"Italia Nobile Franz Josefs 8 0 8,
S O S. S O 8. S O 8, terri teno ehn."
No explanation was offered for the
last three words, which may have been
garbled in transmission.
KINGS BAY SKEPTICAL.
Searchers Doubt Italia Landed on Franz
Josef Land.
KINGS BAY, Spitzbergen, June 5 <A r ).
—Reports from Russia that wireless
messages had been picked up from the
dirigible Italia, stating that she had
landed on Franz Josef Land, are meet
ing with much skepticism among the
searchers at Kings Bay.
The theory supported by Lieut. Luet
zow Holm, Norwegian flyer, who is now
1 en route to North Spitzbergen to take
up the search from the air, is that the
Italia descended on the polar ice north
of Spitzbergen, and that there was very
little chance she was blown to Franz
Josef Land.
1 There is a possibility that dog teams
will be sent to Northeast Land, across
Hlnlopen Straits, from West Spitzber
gen, to explore this seldom-visited re
gion.
r The Hobby, with Lieut. Holm aboard,
was believed to have reached Virgo Bay
this forenoon, and it was thought prob
. able that t/ie Norwegian plane would
make a reconnaissance, since the weath
\ * er was favorable for flying
‘ : Lieut. Holm also intended to watch
‘ tire progress of some of tire Alpine
: troops hunting the crew of the Italia
, by land One group headed for Mossel
I Bay, on the northern coast, ha* not
51 Hatched there yet, No fear was enter*
(Continued on Page 2, Column H >
1 ‘ *
X-Rays of Baby Egyptian Mummies Show
They Had Childhood Ills of Present Day
Hf the A**ori*l4Xt l*( "»*
CHICAGO, June 6 ft the spirit* of
j two infant Egyptian mummies in the
Field Museum read newspapers they
it, ay team they suffered from scoliosis
arid malnutrition
Pathological studies of X-ray photo
graphs of ancient Egyptian mummies
have been made for the first time The
results, made known yesterday by Act
ing Director Bteplwn C. Rimma of the
i Field Museum, showed the two Egyp
tian children, who** mummies have
long been familiar to museum-goer*
here, suffered the sam* childhood ills
that prevail today,
Dr Cora A Matthew*, diagnostician
tA 'At* Cpwa Count* Hospital, toudu«c
©he eratta Jfe.
v J WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION
TOKIO BEARS GUANG
IS DEAD OE WOUNDS
Japan Fears Bombing of
Train May Lead to Uprising
in Manchuria.
By the Associated Press.
TOKIO, June s.—The Mukden cor
respondent of the Japanese newspaper
Jiji Shimpo today reported that Chang
Tso-Lin. once northern dictator, had
died from injuries received when his
train was bombed yesterday. There was
no confirmation of this from any other
source. The correspondent said that
news of Chang’s death was being kept
secret.
Another Japanese newspaper also re
ceived the report that Chang Tso-Lin
was dead.
Impossible to Verify.
Because of the secrecy being main
tained in official quarters it was im
possible to verify these reports. If they
should prove true id was feared that
the bombing of the train might lead to
serious consequences threatening peace
in Manchuria.
A Japanese war office dispatch, how
ever, confirmed the death of Wu Chun-
Sheng, military governor of Heilung
kiang. Wu had risen from the ranks
to become virtually the acting gover
nor of Manchuria.
Mo Teh-Hui. Chang’s minister of
agriculture, and Yu Kuohan. one of
Chang's advisers, were in a serious con
dition today. Premier Pan Fu was re
ported to be suffering from shock.
Japanese Not Blamed.
Both Chinese and Japanese authori
ties at Mukden were investigating the
outrage. Press dispatches said that
demonstrations of anti-Japanese feel
ing among the Chinese had calmed
down when it was established that the
Japanese had no conectio* with the
bombing.
Japanese official quarters appeared
confident today that there would be no
serious disturbances necessitating the
sending of additional Japanese troops.
Five thousand soldiers are in Mukden
at present and it was thought that this
force would be sufficient to deal with
any emergency.
BRIDGE REPORTED BLOWN UP
Railway Span Wrecked to Prevent
Withdrawal of Troops.
SHANGHAI, China, June 5 OP).—The
railway bridge at the Yangtsun, 18 miles
northwest of Tientsin, is reported to
have been blown up, thus holding up
the withdrawal of two Manchurian
army corps to Mukden.
The bridge was said to have been de
stroyed by 20,000 troops which formed
part of the Northern armies. The
Manchurian troops were brought to
Peking by Chang Tso-Lin and had long
formed the chief part of his army.
These 20,000 troops are part of an
army of 70,000 men, made up of forces
from the provinces of Chihli and Shan
tung. which hitherto formed part of
the Northern armies under the com
mand of Gen Bun Chuan-Fang and
Chang Tsung-Chan, but have now been
placed under Marshal Chi Hsieh-Yuan
after an intrigue among the officers.
Chang Hsueh-Liang, son of Chang
Tso-Lin, who left Peking with his staff
last night, is trying to negotiate a
peaceful passage to Mukden, but wheth
er he will flr»d his trip to the Man
churian capital cut off remains to be
seen.
GATES OF PEKING CLOSED.
Flood of Deserters from Chang’s Army
Causes (’neasiness.
PEKING, June 5 OP) Because of the
many deserters from the Mukden
armies of Chang Tso-Lin, until .Sunday
dictator in Peking, wandering about
the north side of tin* city, the gates
of Peking were ordered closed this
•morning
The order was issued by the commit
tee of public safety under Wang Bhi-
Chen, whom Chang requested to ar
range for peace and order in the city
(Continued on Page 6, Column 2.)
«
ed Ur* studies One child, she found,
had that same scoliosis, or spinal curva
ture, so common among school children
of the present day, due to a slouched
sitting posture, Photographs of the
<(ther, a baby, revealed transverse lines
of irregular calcium development in Ure
isineM, typical of the condition caused
by improper and inadequate feeding
among many children of poor families
today.
Use of the X-ray is a new departure
in museum practice, Htniyis said, and
open* up a new avenue of anthropo
logical, botanical, geological and zoo
logical research, making possible exam
ination of specimen* without damaging
UvtMk
WASHINGTON, D. 0., TUESDAY, .TUNE 5, 1928-FORTY PAGES. *
SLAYERS OF BUSCH
LOSE REVIEW PLEA
IN SUPREME COURT
Tribunal Closes Door to Their
Rescuer-Trio Doomed to
Die Friday.
HEARING POSTPONEMENT
IS GRANTED BY JUDGE
Woman Attorney for Proctor Says
Petition for Clemency Will
Be Sent President.
The Supreme Court of the United
States today refused to review the case
of Nicholas Lee Eagles, Samuel Moreno
and John Proctor, young men now
under death sentence at the District
jail for the murder of Policeman Leo
W. K. Busch.
While the decision erased the last
hope of the slayers to escape the elec
tric chair through the courts, a post
ponement by Justice Jennings Bailey
of a hearing on their motion for an
extension of the sentence effective Fri
day brought encouragement to the trio.
Justice Bailey, at an informal confer
ence with their counsel, requested that
.they make their motion Thursday, the
day before the execution.
At the conference it was announced
by Miss May T. Bigelow, counsel for
Proctor, that a petition for executive
clemency would be filed with the Presi
dent immediately.
Inasmuch as this petition must en
counter much legal machinery in the
Department of Justice, it was felt by the
defense counsel that it could not be
delivered to the White House prior to
Friday morning./the date now standing
for the electrocution.
Smile at News.
The condemned men, apprised of
the decision at 12:40. took the news
with a Anile. They appeared to have
expected an adverse decision.
"I thought the news would be
black.” Eagles declared with a shrug
of his shoulders.
Neither Proctor or Moreno had any
thing to say but also appeared philo
sophical as they learned that their last
hope for life had been denied.
The three slayers were brought to the
courthouse shortly after noon from the
District Jail In order to be present in
open court when the motion was made,
but as the subject was taken up in
formally at the bench, the condemned
men were not brought upstairs into the
courtroom.
Miss Bigelow, who was present at the
Supreme Court, when the motion for re
view was denied, said that Proctor ap
peared to be shocked by the verdict of
the highest court.
don’t think they've been kidding
themselves too much,” Miss Bigelow ob
served in c ommenting on the manner in
which they received the information
that their last legal chance of escape
from the electric chair had vanished.
Taken from Cell*.
At 2 o’clock the three were taken
from their ceils, on the ground floor
of the courthouse, and placed in the
"black maria” for conveyance back to
the jail. Proctor, with a new straw
hat tilted on the side of his head, a
flashy necktie and a neat blue suit,
carried a folded newspaper, which he
swung jauntily as his eyes danced all
over a little assemblage of court at
taches which had gathered to watch
them on the few steps between the cell
and the “wagon."
Eagles, wearing glasses with one lens
frosted which Indicated his blind eye,
wore the same gray suit and cap he
stood trial in and looked straight ahead.
Moreno, likewise in his trial day garb,
glanced about and nodded to one or
two familiar faces. The prisoners were
hustled into the wagon, Proctor first,
Eagles second and Moreno third, and as
Moreno mounted the steps, he waved
to his mother, who was standing in the
roadway and shouted “good-by."
The three men were handcuffed to
each other and to Gus Cerlinele, deputy
marshal who lias escorted them from
courthouse to Jail and back again from
the first day they went on trial. He
rode in the closed compartment with
the three prisoners.
The highest court in the land refused
to enter into the case as forwarded to
it through a petition for a writ of
review based on the action of the
District of Columbia Court of Appeals,
which upheld the conviction of the
three men. The court did not take Its
place at the bench until 12:30 o’clock
and after disposing of two matters be
fore it, Chief Justice Taft reached the
"Busch case" on his schedule. He
stated that the petition for a writ of
review had been filed nnd added: "After
full consideration thereof the court
denied the application.”
Lasts Four Minutes.
The entire session lasted but four
minutes and the court adjourned until
the Fall.
In disposing of the petition, the court
departed from a Tong established pro
cedure. It had been announced that
the court would adjourn yesterday for
the Summer, but Chief Justice Taft at
the last minute postponed this action
because it had not hud sufficient time
to Inquire Into the petition. In delay
ing adjournment Chief Justice Taft
carried out a recently expressed inten
tion to facilitate the disposition of
criminal cases awaiting action before
flhe court.
The action of the court today ended
the chapter in criminal procedure here
which began on tire morning of Sep
tember 2ti. 1920, in Pctworth when the
three men opened fire on Policeman
Busch after ire had a tempted to ap
prehend them in connection with a
series of highway robberies.
Their trial began January 18, 1927,
and ended seven weeks later. Five
months from the day of the shooting a
Jury returned n verdict of first degree
murder to Justice William Hits, who
sentenced the threw to die in electric
chair In July Mils year.
It was the first sentence pronounced
by any Justice in the District courts un
der the new law, which changed execu
tion from hanging to electrocution. The
case was appealed and an extension was
granted the three slayers until May 25
of this year.
The District Court of Appeals April
2 upheld the verdict and the cake was
taken to the highest court, on a pet ition
for a writ of review. The date of execu
tion was again postponed until Juno 8
Ping Bails for Kongo.
BUUHHELH, Belgium, June ft
The Belgian royal family, which 1s
making a visit to tire Kongo, sailed from
Antwerp late today aboard the steam
ship Thysvllia. The party traveled
incognito,
Kitdio l*roj{rafiiii-~J > Mc 27
V
FARE RAISE MOVE
IS EXPECTED SOON
Capital Traction Head Indi
cates 10-Cent Rate May Be
Asked Next Week.
The Capital Traction Co. probably
will carry out its threat to seek an
Increase in fare the latter part of next
week, it was Indicated today by John
H. Hanna, president.
There are several important details
yet to be worked out in connection with
the drafting of an application for a
rate increase, Mr. Hanna intimated, and
this likely will be done at a meeting of
the directors of the company, June 14.
The fare increase petition would be
filed with the Public Utilities Commis
sion after that meeting under present
plans.
The most important of these details
concern the new rate of fare to be
asked. While this is still a moot ques
tion, Mr. Hanna even declined to divulge
the rate which he thinks the company
might ask. Attaches of the Utilities
Commission, however, calculated several
weeks ago, when the street car fare
question was revived, that a 10-cent
cash fare or six token for 50 cents
would be necessary to give the Capital
Traction a fair return on its present
valuation.
Rumors since that time were that the
company would not ask for a rate that
high, and that it probably would be sat
isfied with a 9-cent cash fare and a
token rate of 6 for 45 cents. This would
raise the present token fare from
6 2-3 cents to IV2 cents.
No definite indications have yet come
from the Washington Railway Ac Elec
tric Co. as to whether it wil be a party
to the prospective Capita l Tratclnn Co.’s
fare-increase application. William F.
Ham, president. Indicated some time ago
that the question had not been consid
ered. Whether the matter has since
been dlscused is not known, as Mr.
Ham is in Atlantic City attending the
annual convention of the National Elec
tric Light Association.
-—
LINDY LATE FOR DEGREE.
Spends Night on Farm in Flight to
St. Louis for Commencement.
ST. I.OUIS. June 5 (/P).—Unreported
since 1 pin. yesterday when he left
Fort Worth. Tex, Col. Charles Lind
bergh landed at Lambert-St. Louis field
at 10:30 a.m. today, a half hour after
the start of Washington University
commencement exercises at which the
degree of master of science was award
ed "in absentia" to the famous flyer.
Col. Lindbergh said he spent the
night on the farm of T. C. Lewis. 45
miles southwest of St. Louis. He land
ed there in his Ryan monoplane about
nightfall with his two passengers. MaJ.
Thomas G. Lannhler or the First Pur
suit Group and Col. Henry Breckin
ridge. his attorney.
DIVORCES VANDERBILT
Wife Granted Decree—Father
Given Custody of Daughter.
NEWPORT. R. 1.. June ft (4>).-Mrs.
Emily Davies Vanderbilt was granted
a divorce from William H. Vanderbilt
in Superior Court today on the ground
Os neglect to provide.
Mr. Vanderbilt was granted custody
of a minor daughter. Emily, by agree
ment, and alimony was left to be ad
justed by an agreement between parties.
Chamber Head Re-Elected.
PARIS, June ft (4*).- Fernand Bouls
»on was re-elected president of the
Chamber of Deputies today. He de
feated M. Franklin-Bouillon. 327 to 344.
"The Penalty" |
“Golden Rule" Film
1 f
PRont'CKD nv
[ he Kvening Stur
To further traffic safety is
being shown today along with
the regular program at
I
The Pul nee Theater
507 9th Street N.W.
Tomorrow the film
will he shown at
The I.trader
507 Ninth St. N.W,
SOROPTIMISTS IN SECOND FIRST
ANNUAL CONVENTION IN CAPITAL
Scrapping of Constitution Kills Session;
No Authority Left to Adopt New Laws,
So Year Is Turned Back.
The second annual convention of the
International Federation of Soroptimlst
Clubs, which opened with a great
flourish at the Mayflower. Sunday for a
week's meeting, today found Itself non
existent.
This paradoxical state of affairs came
about as a result of a decision of the
majority of the 150 odd delegates yes
terday afternoon to scrap the con
vention and by-laws adopted at the first
annual convention a year ago. This
left the convention with no authority
under which to meet.
When the delegates assembled this
morning they were in a hectic con
dition.- It was pointed out that if there
wasn’t any constitution there couldn’t
be any organization, and therefore
there wasn't any convention. Others
WELCH BILL FIGHT
TO GO TO CONGRESS
Personnel Board *to Submit
Classification Dispute at
Next Session.
The Personnel Classification Board
at a meeting today decided to submit
to Congress at the next session the
problem presented by the action of
Controller General McCarl, whose reg
ulations on the Welch act. the board
admits, has supplanted the board’s
authority over classification to that
extent.
It was decided by the board not to
rescind circular No. 25 issued on May
29 to ail branches of the Government
asking for information on which to
allocate positions to grades under the
Welch bill. But. according to W. H.
Mcßeynolds, representative of the
board from the Bureau of Efficiency,
the board recognized that McCarl’s
authority controls, in this instance, not
only for the expenditure of funds, but
in ihe allocation of the positions which
he has accomplished in his regulations.
Issued yesterday.
The board by not rescinding Its
circular 25 will still yxpect to receive
from departments and establishments
data on certain grades and will pro
ceed. Mcßeynolds said, to allocate the
positions in question according to the
procedure established and in use by
the board for years.
Disagree* With McCarl.
The board disagrees with the con
troller general over the disposition of
certain higher paid positions, according
to Mcßeynolds and will probably pro
ceed to allocate the positions, and do its
work as though McCarl’s regulations
were not in effect. But the work will
be done by the board. It, whs explained,
with the full knowledge that the dis
bursing officers must pay employes, un
der the McCarl orders from the begin
ning of the new fiscal year July 1, un
til Congress determines tire matter.
“We shall lay before Congress the
question as to who exercises authority
over the determination of grades." satd
Mcßeynolds. "If Congress agrees with
McCarl, then the rates which go into
effect July 15 pay day will continue, but
If Congress agrees with us. then we
shall be ready with our data to put our
IHisUion into operation ’’
Details of the rlasatfleatlon board’s
circular disclosed today show that tire
(Continued on Page 2. Column 8.)
President Coolidge Declared Pleased
Witk Work of Recent Senate and House
President, Coolldge views the results
of the short session of Congress, Just
ended, In a satisfactory light and be be
lieves both House and Senate deserve
commendation.
The President, it was said today, re
alised he was a little late in making
this comment, but be has calmly re
viewed the work of Congress since It*
adjournment and he feel* confident that
the people of the country can feel txm
(ent that Congress did a goad Job not
only In the nature of the legislation en
acted. but from the fact that the many
appropriation* were kept well In accord
with the recommendations contained In
the budget estimates.
Among the more Important pieces of,
“From Prat to Home
Within the Hour ”
The Star's carrier system covers
every city block and the regular edi
tion is delivered to Washington homes
as fast as the papers are printed.'
Yesterday's Circulation, 104,266
f/p) Means Associated Press. TWO CENTS.
insisted that there must be a conven
tion since they were all there. They
had to be there for something.
It was unanimously admitted that
there would have to be a constitution.
Then somebody suggested that they
couldn’t adopt a constitution because
there wasn't any convention. The sec
ond annual convention had been de
clared non-existent. It was then pro
posed that this be called the first an
nual convention, and in spite of the
fact that the first annual convention
adjourned a year ago this was carried.
Whereupon the second first annual con
vention got down to business.
Everybody admitted that the first
thing to do was to g#t a constitution
and get it quick. Immediately there de
veloped a sharp line of dissension be
tween two factions. One wanted a con
stitutlon which would be effective for
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STEWART DEFENSE
HITS INDICTMENTS
i Hogan Overruled on Challenge
of Four Counts Against
Oil Man.
By the Associated Press.
The case against Robert W. Stewart
for refusing to answer questions in the
Senate Continental Trading Co. inquiry
was rested today by the Government,
and the defense got under way imme
diately.
The Government introduced several
routine documents before giving way.
Frank J. Hogan, counsel for Stewart,
then launched Into an argument against
holding Stewart accountable for each
refusal to answer a specific question.
He recalled that Stewart had refused
to answer the same two questions in two
successive days, and contended that
under the law this did not justify the
four counts for refusing which are in
cluded in the Indictment.
The Jury was excluded during Ho
gan’s argument.
Hogan's Challenge Overruled.
Hogan's challenge of two counts In
the indictment, on the ground that they
represented Stewart’s refusal to answer
the same question specified in the two
other counts, was overruled by Justice
Siddons.
The first defense witness was W. W.
Stickney. a court clerk, who produced
the docket Rhowtng when the con
spiracy indictment and trial of Harry
F. Sinclair occurred.
Leo A. Rover. United States attor
ney. contended that tills was imma
terial. but his objection was overruled.
Hogan examined Stickney regarding
the various dates, noting that Stewart's
refusal to answer the questions had
been made while the Sinclair trial was
pending. On cross-examination Rover
developed that Stewart had not testi
fied in the Sinclair conspiracy trial.
An affidavit bv a St. Louis newspaper
correspondent was excluded from evi
dence.
Hogan had produced the affidavit In
an attempt to show that the questions
which Stewart refused to answer had
been prompted to the Senate commit
tee bv newspaper men. but Govern
ment counsel objected to it as imma
terial. After a lengthy conference at
the bench with lawyers for both aides
Justice Siddons sustained the objection,
WUliam E. Leahy, counsel for Albert
B. Fall in the FVli-Slnclair conspiracy
mistrial, said no witness had testified
directly regarding the Continental
Trading Co. in the conspiracy trial.
legislation enacted, *n the President's
opinion, were the alien property tun,
flood control, tax reduction and the btil
regulating child labor in the District of
Columbia
He regretted that the naval building
program which had passed the House
did not become a law, and was dwap
ixdnted also over the failure or Con
gress to enact the necessary legislation
for the refunding of the Austrian and
the Greek debt*
With the exception of the Muscle
Hhoala resolution, President Coolldge
has only two or three more or it's* un
important bills awaiting his disposal
He was represented as still studying the
Xivtttota foIVV
UUMMIII tt rAVUn
GAINED BY HOOVER
IN DELEGATE FIGHT
Florida Supporters of Com
merce Head Seated and
Antis Turned Down.
ACTION SAID TO FORECAST
CONTROL OF CONVENTION
Secretary’s Foes Claim East Is for
Smith—Farmer Issue
Stressed.
BY G. GOULD LINCOLN.
Staff Correspondent of Tbe Star.
KANSAS CITY. June s.—Hoover
for President sentiment predominates
in the Republican national committee.
This has been indicated. Hoover sup«
porters insist, in the settlement of thf
Florida delegate contests, in which a j
of the delegates instructed for Hoove!
were seated and the antis were turned
down.
And if Hoover sentiment predomi
nates in the national committee, thf
Hoover managers argue, it also will
predominate in the Republican national
convention, and Mr. Hoover will be thl
nominee of the G. O. P. on an early
ballot. Some of them insist he will b
the choice on the first ballot.
First Victory for Hoover.
Hoover drew first Wood in the con
tests yesterday with nine of Florida !
delegation, under instructions for the
Secretary of Commerce. This wa*
quickly followed by the seating of two
more Hoover delegates from Kentucky,
representing the first district, against
whom contests had been filed. Contests
involving some 75 delegate seats are tc
be settled by the national committee,
and the indications are that in the
great majority of cases Hoover dele
gates wil! be seated. This will add s
by no means unimportant group of dele
gates in the convention to the Hoove:
standard.
The vote in the national committee
on the Florida delegates was significant
The Hoover delegates at large were
seated by a vote of 47 to 36. Not a few
of the 36 votes cast against the Hoove:
delegates were so cast because of tnc
friendship of the committeemen so:
George W. Bean, who for years ha;
been a member of the Republican na
tional committee.
Mr. Bean plans to take his contest
to the credentials committee, and. il
possible, to the floor of the convention.
But in view of the overwhelming vote
!in the national committee, it is not
I likely the further contest will be sue-
I cessful. , _ .
I The Hoover delegates from Florida
| are in the convention to stay, in a
probability.
Georgia Disputes Settled.
Apparently still in control of its
Hoover-for-Presidcnt members, the Re
publican national committee today
drove ahead with its consideration of
the contested delegations. Two dele
gate contests from Georgia, first and
I fifth districts, were settled by agree
t ment in a manner satisfactory to the
| Hoover people, and the third contest
i involving one delegate from the seventh
district was postponed with the un
derstanding that a settlement would be
reached by the parties involved by to
morrow morning. .
The Georgia contests involve a fac
tional row in the State, aimed at Ben
Davis, the Republican national com
mitteeman. rather than a Hoover anc.
anti-Hoover fight. The agreement in
the first Georgia district delegate cas
was reached by awarding to each of
the contestants one-half vote. ThU
caused Chairman William M. Butler to
announce that the call for the na
tional convention did not look to the
election of more than 1,089 delegates
to the convention and that fractional
voting was not authorized.
He said the committee would b
called upon to pass on this matter a
a later date
Louisian* Fight Taken I p.
The Louisiana contests were nex
heard by the committee, involving 12
delegates. It was a Hoover and anti-
Hoover fight, with the Hoover delegates
representing the Kuntz faction and the
so-called uninstructed delegates repre
senting the Cohen faction Kuntz Is
the Republican national committeeman
from Louisiana, and Walter Cohen is
the colored collector of customs at New
Orleans. Prediction was made when
the hearing began that the Kun:.*
delegates would be seated.
On seating district delegates from
Florida, the committee went even mor
strongly for the Hoover instructed dele
gates than it did in the ease of the dele
gates at large. The committee stood 61
to 33 for the Hoover delegates While
; a score of the members of the commit
• tee were not in attendance today, their
presence would not have materially al
tered the line-up for the Hooter dele
gates. .
Charles D. Htlles of New York, vice
chairman of the national committee,
led the fight against the Hoover dele
gates In the Florida cases This was to
be expected. Mr. Hilles is ‘agin - ' the
nomination of the Secretary of Com
merce. He is clinging tenaciously to
the idea of drafting President Oool
tdgv. But more tenaoluosly he is ding
ing to the idea of defeating Mv Hoover
for the presidential nomination, wheth
er Mr. Coolldge be nominated or not
He would turn to Charles Evans Hughes
in a Jiffy, if the former Secretary of
State were in the running and could
receive the support ol other delegations.
It is Mr. Htlles, more than any other
leader, who Is blowing the breath of U:
into the Coolldge draft movement. He
has supporters in this antl-lUvvcr and
pre-Coolldge attitude, even in States
where Mr, Hoover has strong jvpular
support, including Maryland, where the
entire State delegation has been In
structed for Hoover.
t». t\ Vote Split.
The representatives of the District ot
Columbia on the Republican national
committee split thetr votes on the Flor
ida delegates, Edward F. Coffaday, Re
publican national committeeman, u*s
tog for the llean faction and M>' Han>
Wardtuan. through a proxy, voting tot
the Hoover delegates Mr. Colladay x
vote, however, is not necessarily to be
construed as an anti-Hoover vote He
fell to line for his fellow committee
man, Mr. Bean, and voted aho with
Chairman Wtfflam M Butler ot Massa
chusetts. who was one of those voting
to seat Mr. Bean and hta delegates
The contest tor the two delegates
from the District of Columbia, tiled by
Aaron Bradshaw ami Aaron Prloleau
against T. Lincoln Townsend and Dr
John R Hawkins, representing the
Oolladav-Pveseott faction of District
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