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ASKS VAGRANT LAW BEFORE INAUGURAL Rover Would Protect Visitors .and Residents From Pickpockets. _ *•*'*.** • ■ : t •* Enactment of a vagrancy law .for the District of Columbia before inaugura - ticn day so as to protect Washingtonia «; and visitors from professional pick * pockets was advocated by United States Attorney Loo A. Rover yesterday in ad * dressing the round table luncheon * meeting of the law and legislation com * mit’ee of (he Women's City Club.' * “It is the only way to pick them be * fore they begin to pick pockets,” Rover declared. , ... *■ In urging the women to use their inlluer.ee wherever they could to give « impetus to pending bills affecting the * welfare of the District, Mr. Rover dis * cussed the lack of several needed laws for the protection of life and property. With a vagrancy law. he said, it would * be difficult for “professionals” to ply J their trade here, for the police could ► pick up many suspicious characters and * known crooks at sight. ! Another legislative need of the Dis * trict, he pointed out, was a “dangerous * weapon law,” which, if properly en • . forced, would prevent the purchase of * revolvers by criminals. Under the pro * posed law, he explained, applicants for * “dangerous weapons” must be investi * gated and delivery cannot be made un • 48 hours after purchase. ’ The District also lacks a law cover ing “assault to do great bodily harm,” he said, nor is there a lew here cover * ing the crime of burglary. “Burglary,” * in the District is defined as “house * breaking,” Mr. Rover said, “and must Jbe done at night. Burglary itself.” he * explained, “is not listed as a crime.” ' Possession of a weapon by a person , discovered in housebreaking should be ► made a felony, the United States at- J torney recommended. * Mrs. Charles Alger, chairman of the * law and legislation committee presided. Arrangements for the luncheon were » in the hands of the following com * mittee: Mrs. Lyman B. -Swormstedt, ► Mrs. Ellis Meredith.* Mrs. H. E. Geary. * Mrs. Lawton Miller, Miss Gertrude » Temple and Miss Phyllis Robinson. * At the speakers’ table with Mr. Rover, » were seated Mrs. Merrit O. Chance, * president of the Women’s City Club; J Mrs. Alger and Judge Mary O’Toole. I CAPT. FRIED’S SHIP j, BATTERED BY GALE; ji REACHES HOME PORT * (Continued From First Page.) * " J have fallen into the sea, he said, had »not Assistant Engineer King of the * America dragged him up to the deck, ladder and all. * The three radio operators of the * America, speaking over a network of » 25 stations of the National Broadcast * ing System from the studio of WEAF . tonight, graphically told of the anxious ' hours preceding the rescue of the crew ' of the Florida. The three men. Nelson Smith, chief radio operator, and his two assistants, Charles Maass and Lester Bowman, told in chronological order the part each took in communicating with the Florida and taking bearings by the radio di rection finder. Smith told first of receiving the SOS \ 1 from the Danpedike and, then four hours later the S O S from the Florida. Describes Sighting Ship. Maass was at the key Wednesday , night when the Florida was sighted. He told the story as follows; ; “Zero hour had come. The Florida’s .signals were so strong that we thought 'he must be low down on the horizon. Capt. Fried instructed me to ask the Florida to send up rockets. I called his ; operator and back came the sorrowful and pathetic answer; ‘We have no rockets.* Then I asked him to bum some bright flare or light on his deck— you see, it was pitch dark. He came right back with ‘Our decks are awash.’ “Then I learned that while the ship’s dynamo was still functioning, there were no lights available other than the small ; running lights that did not pierce the gloom at this distance. Suddenly he called the glad news: ‘We see you.’ . After I said, ‘Well, old man, we can’t see you,’ he said, ‘Now we see your green light,’ which meant that he was on our starboard side. This was about 6:15. Rescuers to Speak. “In about 10 minutes we sighted him. Looking through the port. I saw her listed badly to starboard. Our job was done.” Capt. Fried and the men in the Amer ica's lifeboat will speak over station ; WABC, New York, and the Columbia Broadcasting chain from 7:30 to 8:30 o’clock tomorrow night. Radio also will carry New York’s reception on Monday. A microphone is to be installed in the aldermanic chamber at City Hall, where Mayor Walker will receivg the rescuers of the crew of the liner Florida at 12:30 p.m. Addresses at a luncheon being given for the men by the New York Advertising Club will be broadcast at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. The municipal station, WNYC, and a chain of National Broadcasting Co. stations headed by WEAF, New York, will carry the ceremonies. TANKER LIMPS TO SAFETY. Two of Dannedaike’s Crew go to Hos pital in Bermuda. ST. GEORGES, Bermuda, January 26 (4 s ).—The American tanker Danne daike limped into port here today with a dramatic tale of an attempted sea rescue which almost turned into a dis aster for the rescuer. Badly buffeted, with half her bridge tom away and with makeshift steering appafatug, thfe Vessel put in to send 2 of her crew of 32 to the hospital and to make repairs before continuing her voyage from Beaumont, Tex., to Belgium. SILENCE HIDES FATE QF 85. Two Ships Unheard From After SOS; Trawler Missing. NEW YORK, January 26 (£>).—Si lence tonight hid the fate of the Brit ish steamer Silver Maple, fifth vessel this week to send out an S O S over the storm-swept Atlantic, while the cutters Mojave and Tampa sped to Im position 780 miles east of Boston, pos ition 37:10 north 56:15 west. The plight of the Italian freighter Capo Vado, silent for 24 hours after she sputtered an S O S from a point some 750 miles east of Bermuda, also was a mystery. No details of her condition were given and there was no word that any ships were going to her rescue, except the British steamer Cleanthis which relayed the SOS. Her position was given &s latitude 31:23 north, longitude 48:46. The Capo Vado was en route to Bal timore with a crew of 25 or 30 men. Belief was expressed by the Coast Guard that the Ashing trawler Seiner, which had been Ashing on Georges Banks and had not been heard from since January 13, had gone down with * her crew of 20. This opinion was given after Coast Guard vessels had waged a vigorous search for the craft, w-hich apparently was blown far out to sea. The Silver Maple has a crew of 40 men. She sailed from Oran January 15, for New York. Germany has more unemployed than a year ago. j BOY; 5, IS INJURED BY AUTO DURING ERRAND AFTER CANDY Visiting Nurse Picks Up Rob ert Cockrill and Takes Him to Hospital. George S. Gobbett, .6, Also Is Hurt in Traffic • Accident. ( Absorbed in the piece of candy he clutched tightly* in his llttPe hand. 5- year-old Robert • Cockrill •of ‘1921 P street southeast, ran into the side of-a moving automobile at Minnesota avenue and Naylor read southeast yes teray afternoon. Thrown to the street, he was picked up by Miss Minnie Lano of 2500 K street, an Instructing Visiting Nurse,* who was driving the car. and taken to Casualty Hospital, where he lice at the point of death, with a frac tured skull. Robert had persuaded his mother, Mrs. Jack Cockrill, to give him a nickel to buy candy. He ran to the corner store and took a piece of candy from the bag and was eating it when he reached the curb and darted across the street. He was thrown several feet by the au tomobile 'and was unconscious when Miss Lano reached him. A parked car had obscured her vision of the child, a few feet away. The boy’s bag lay a few feet away. BYRD S PLANE MAKES RECORD IN 10,000-MILE RADIO MESSAGE Craft 3,000 Feet Over Antarctic Transmits to New York on 34-Meter Wave * * \ a t Length. A world record In radio and aviation was established early yesterday morning when Comdr. Richard E. Byrd’s plane, the Stars and Stripes, in flight 3,000 feet above the icy wastes that surround the Bay of Whales, in the Antarctic, conducted two-way communication di rect with the New York Times radio station in Times Square. The distance between the plane and the receiver was 10.000 miles. It was the first time that qn airplane in flight had sent and re ceived messages over such a long dis tance. It was 10:30 p.m. In New York when Operator Carl O. Peterson of the steamer City of New York, base ship of the expedition, called the New York Times on the 34-meter wave- length. He said that Malcolm P. Hanson, radio chief of the expedition, would make a test flight in the plane Stars and Stripes at about 3:15 a.m., Eastefn standard time, which is 8:15 p.m. at the Bay of Whales, in the land that Byrd hss named “Little America.” “Listen in and try to hear the plane,” said the flash from the Far South. So, while the ether in the north temperate zone was comparatively quiet, with most of the broadcasters and amateurs fast asleep, Reginald Iverson, radio engineer at the Times station, saw that every thing at his receiver was in shape to establish a record. He tuned the dial to the 34-meter channel, and at 3:15 a.m., sharp, the operator in the South Polar region kept his rendezvous with the metropolis of the world. Radioed Warning of Take-off. ‘‘The plane is now leaving the ice," was the warning for,New York to tune carefully, because just a slight turn of the dial over the breadth of a hair would cause New York to miss the plane. “Listen for WFC.” That is the call of the Stars and Stripes. Iverson shifted his dial slightly around the 34-meter mark. He picked up a signal. It was the characteristic 240-cycle note of the airplane flying over the Antarctic. He eavesdropped as Hanson, an old timer in wireless, adjusted and tested his transmitter until the electrical meters revealed that it was operating to perfection. Then he called WHD, the New York Times, 10,000 miles up north. Iverson intercepted the call, which pen etrated several climes and crossed the Equator on its flight to Manhattan. The transmitter on the seventeenth floor of the Times Annex flashed “Go ahead.” The plane heard the dots and dashes from the Times transmitter. New York was linked by an invisible channel with Little America. Hanson said: “Congratulations on longest two-way communication with an airplane in flight. Hr msg No. 1 de airplane Stars and Stripes to Commander S. C. Hooper, director of naval communica tions, Navy Department, Washington, D. C.: Sincere regards to yourself and Naval Research Laboratory and entire Navy Department on occasion of long est aircraft communication ever es tablished. We are in flight, 3,000 feet over Little America, Bay of Whales, Antarctica. Fine sunny night.” The dispatch was signed “Hanson.” All Words Picked Up. The transmission ended at 3:28 a.m., 12 minutes after the message reported that the plane was about to go aloft. Iverson broadcast an acknowledgment that all words had been picked up. No repeats were necessary because Hanson sent each word twice and the signal was fairly strong, although nature tried to block the record by an unsuccessful at. tack of fading. A few minutes later Hanson ad. vised that he was about to shift the plane’s transmitter to function on the 65-meter wave. Silence followed. This OHIO LIQUOR RING BELIEVED BROKEN Ten Are Arrested by U. S. Agents, Who Seize $60,000 in Rum. By the Associated Press. CLEVELAND, Ohio, January 26.—Ten men, alleged to have directed the im portion of millions of dollars’ worth of Canadian beer and whisky into the United States, were arrested here to night by special Federal agents, who raided three warehouses and conAscated $60,000 worth of liquor. The agents, 10 in number, who had been conducting a three-month spe cial investigation, are said to have shattered one of the largest liquor rings ever discovered in Cleveland. One of the warehouses was a Govern ment bonded warehouse, where the raid ers said they found 2,000 gallons of al cohol marked with orders to hold it for the ring. The liquors were cached in under ground passages, reached through se cret panels, the agents reported. One of them arrested was held as a witness. The others gave their names as Harry Berner, Morris Komiserg, Mil ton Sabad, Arthur Weiss, Julian Weil, Samuel Grossman, Louis Cohen, Henry Ruff and James Perry, all of Cleveland. THE - StrSDAY STAR, WASHING TOX. T>. €.. JANUARY 27. 1929-PART 1. ROBERT COCKRILL. A second serious injury to a child m a traffic accident occurred last eve ning. George S. Gobbett, 6 years old, of 125 D street, was struck by an auto mobile as he was playing in the street in front of his home about 5:50 o’clock. Miss Marguerite Dunbar of 4423 Green wich parkway, the driver of the car, took the child to Casualty Hospital, where he was treated by Dr. Louis Jimal for shock and possible internal injuries. His condition is said Io be serious. wave did not reach New York. It was not an effective wave to cover such a long distance. At 4:15 a.m. Iverson again picked up the signals from the plane on the 34- meter channel, which this time suc ceeded in talking with the radio men at vhe Mussel Rock station of the Robert Dollar Co., 12 miles from San Fran cisco, which reported to the New York Times as follows: “Mussel Rock Radio Station, Rob ert Dollar Co. established two-way radio communication with Byrd plane Stars and Stripes, exchanging following messages single at 25 words per minute without difficulty: ‘WFC Fairchild plane Stars and Stripes. Bay of Whales, January 25, to Ralph M. Heintz, San Francisco: Congratula tions to you on performance of your airplane transmitter on occasion of es tablishing this world's record for two way and one-way aircraft communica tion. We are 3,000 feet over Little America, Bay of-Whales, Antarctica, in Fairchild plane Stars and Stripes.’ Signed Hanson. Mussel Rock replied: “To Hanson, airplane Stars and Stripes, WFC: Wonderful luck and I surely am proud to be so fortunate as to be a party to this remarkable accom plishment. Mussel Rock, per Fred Roe buck.” The Transmitter Equipment. Radio men rate signal strength from l to 10; the latter figure denoting a very loud signal. Hanson reported on this basis that the Mussel Rock signal strength was 7, and Mussel Rock reported the intensity of the signal from the plane was of six-degree in tensity. The radio transmitter that made the new record was built by Heinz 'Si Kauf mann at San Francisco. It is described as a high-frequency and intermediate frequency transmitter employing .one 50-watt oscillator tube, which is about as powerful, as far as electrical- rating is concerned, as an ordinary incandes cent lamp. The Stars and Stripes is equipped with what is termed a fixed doublet antenna, reaching from the tips of both wings to the tail and into the fuselage. This is for short-wave trans mission, while a trailing wire is utilized for communication on the universal commercial wave of 600 meters. The installation is powered by an electrical generator coupled direct to the airplane engine. This is an innovation in air plane radio. The plane’s receiver, which picked up the signals from the Times’ station, is a special four-tube super-regenerative circuit for short-wave reception, de signed by Malcolm P. Hanson and built by the National Electric Supply Com pany of Washington, D. C. , Look for New Triumphs. So strong were the signals from the plane and so slight the fading, the bane of short-wave radio, that the Times’ operators are hopeful that they will pick up the plane's dispatches as the Star’s and Stripes flies over the South Pole, provided the flight is made between midnight and 4 a.m., New York time, and if the proper wave is used to con quer the obstacles that lurk in the radio channels that extend 10,000 miles from ‘the crossroads of the world” at Times Square to the world’s most remote out post, surrounded by snow and ice, 2,400 miles from the nearest point of civiliza tion. Comdr. Hooper last night sent the fol lowing message to Radio Officer Hanson of the Byrd expedition: . . “Your message received by air from the air. Wonderful record and inter esting. Hope to receive one when you are over the South Pole. Envy you, as no sunny nights here now. Communi cations and laboratory personnel join in regards to Comdr. Byrd and all hands.” KALE AGAIN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER “King of Osage Hills,” Blamed in Reign of Terror, Gets Life Term. By the Associated Press. PAWHUSKA, Okla., January 26. W. K. Hale, known as the “King of the Osage Hill” and alleged by the Gov ernment to have been responsible for a reign of terror among Osage Indians several years ago, again was convicted of murder and sentenced to life im prisonment in Federal Court here late today. Hale was tried for complicity in the killing of Henry Roan, an Osage tribes man on whose life he carried a $25,000 insurance policy. He was convicted on the same charge previously, but won a retrial on an appeal. Nearly a score of mysterious and violent deaths were visited upon the wealthy Osage Indians over a period of several yeats until GovernrAent agents finally brought about the arrest of Hale.. The reign of terror’, as it became known, threw members of the tribe into a panic. 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Were the wheels of time to turn back 50 years Washington would witness next Thursday night a gay festival as the Capital Bicycle Club once affec tionately known as the C. B. C.—gath ered around the festive board and cele brated the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the organization at its cluhouse, 409 Fifteenth street, just across the street from the “white lot.” The celebration, however, will not be held at the old clubhouse, which long since has given way to the Govern ment building program, but at the Cosmos Club, where 50 of the 150 sur vivors of the organization will discuss th- fin- Doints of high-wheeled “bikes.” Membership in the club went to those socially prominent irt Washington. They were the young "swells” of the city and invitations to the club entertainments were eagerly sought. It once was said that the club was organized to protect members against the ire of pedestrians who could not stand the speedy bikes The dinner at the Cosmos Club will begin at 6:30 o’clock. Leland O. How -1 ard is chairman of the committee in • charge, with his principal assistants j Clarence G. Allen, secretary, and J. [ Boteler, treasurer. VETERAN’S WIDOW DEAD. Mrs. Elizabeth Skillman, 84, Will Be Buried Tuesday. Mrs. Elizabeth Skillman. 84 years old. widow of the late David F. Skill man, Confederate veteran, died yester day at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Jennings, 837 Shepherd street. Mrs. Skillman was born in Loudoun County. Va.. and had been a resident of Washington for more than 25 years. Since the death of her husband in 1927 she has resided with Mrs. Jen nings. She is survived by three daugh ters, Mrs. A. L. Jennings, Mrs. Rosie McKeown and Mrs. Alsindy Jacobv. Funeral services will be held Tues day afternoon at 2 o’clock at her resi dence. Burial will be in the Presby terian Cemetery at Alexandria, Va. • The parish Freckleton claims the poultry farming record of England bv having 41.000 hens. MORROW CONFIRMS | . RETCIRN TO MEXICO Ambassador Confers With Coolidge and Kellogg—Declines to Discuss Questions of Duty. Ambassador Dwight W. Morrow, men tioned for the post of Secretary of State in President-elect. Hoover’s cab inet. confirmed here yesterday that he is returning to his post in Mexico Mr. Morrow spent a half hour in conference with President Cooltdge at the White House, and was later closeted for some time with Secretary of State i Kellogg. He declined to comment upon the subject of his conferences, but an nounced that he would leave Wash ington toptht for New York and would begin tea journey by rail to Mexico City from New York on Monday night. His White House call, Mr. Morrow said, had to do with paying his respects to the President and taking leave of him incident to resuming his post He ex plained that his visit to Mr. Hoover in Florida was actually a matter of con venience on the return from his vaca : tion in the Bahamas. The Ambassador requested not to br questioned by the press on matters of ! official duty, saying that it was a dan gerous matter for an Ambassador to talk when on leave.