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<tT. S. Weather Bureau Forecast.!
Pair and continued cold tonight, and
tomorrow; lowest temperature tonight
about 20 degrees.
Temperatures: Highest, 37, at 4:30
p.m. yesterday: lowest, 20, at 6 a.m. to
day. Full report on page 3.
Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 14 and 15
"V" ori Entered as sworn! class matter
O. post office, Washington. D. C.
Victor and Vanquished Chat
in Happy Fashion About
Campaign Happenings.
Heeting Eesulted From President-
Elect's Expression of Desire That
Former Opponent Should Call.
Staff Correspondent of The Star.
BELLE ISLE. Miami Beach, Fla..
January 29—For the first time since
the campaign. President-elect Hoover
and former Gov. Alfred E. Smith of
New York met here today and sat for
25 minutes chatting in the friendliest
and happiest sort of fashion.
Their talk was principally about in
cidents of their respective campaigns
that struck each as amusing and un
usual. Each seemed delighted at this
opportunity to get together and each
enjoyed the occasion.
Mr. Hoover was reported afterward
as saying that he was very happy that
Mr. Smith called, and the latter said
to newspaper men as he was leaving
the Penney estate that he felt honored,
and that he took the occasion person
ally to congratulate his opponent in
the campaign and wish him “all the
luck in the world.”
“And I meant every word of it, too,”
the “Happy Warrior” said to the cor
With Mr. Smith when he made this
visit to the temporary home of the
President-elect were John J. Raskob,
chairman of the Democratic national
committee, and William F. Kenny of
New York, close friend of the former
The engagement was made yesterday
afternoon by Chairman Raskob when
it was learned that Mr. Hoover had, ex
pressed the hope that Gov. Smith would
find time during his stay in this vicinity
to call at Belle Isle. The journey from
Coral Gables, where the Smith party is
quartered, to Belle Isle, a distance of
several miles, was made in Mr. Kenny’s
car. The motor cycle escort which has
been at the ex-governor’s disposal since
his arrival Sunday morning was left
However, in honor of his call upon
his former opponent, Gov. Smith wore
his famous brown derby for the first
time since coming to the Miami sec
tion. He wore a morning coat of the
cut-away type, with a satin facing that
at first glance suggested an evening
coat, and pin-stripped trousers. Be
tween his teeth as he stepped from the
big car at the doorway of the Hoover
home was the familiar cigar.
It was just a moment or so past 11
o'clock, the hour set for the engage
ment, when Gov. Smith and his party
arrived. He remarked to some of the
newspaper men that he had hurried to
be on time, even to the extent of leav
ing his hotel without having first eaten
breakfast. He remarked that he didn’t
mind that, as there would be a good,
hot meal awaiting him when he got
The visitors were met at the door
by Lawrence Ritchey, Mr. Hoover’s per
sonal representative on his Florida va
cation. As they were walking across
the wide reception hallway Mr. Hoover
appeared at a doorway and hurried for
ward to greet his guests. He shook
hands in the most cordial manner, first
with Gov. Smith and then the others.
Then he escorted them to the sun par
lor at the south end of the Penney
Upon his departure the governor cut
short his talk with the waiting news
paper correspondents with the reminder
that he had not had breakfast. It was
suggested to him that he go to the i
press room on the Penney estate and j
submit to an interview, but upon the .
suggestion of Mr. Raskob. he declined, i
It was Mr. Hoover’s intention to put
aside his work again and leave Belle I
l3le this afternoon for some more fish- i
Ing off the Florida Keys. He is still I
determined to catch a sailfish, but a
semi-tropical rain set in last night and
toward noon today the rain increased
and a wind developed, causing arrange
ments to be canceled.
If the weather calms, it is likely that
Mr. Hoover and his party will go to
morrow. It is his intention to return to
Belle Isle about Friday. Justice Stone
of the United States Supreme Court
and Mrs. Stone, who arrived at Belle
Isle yesterday morning, are to be mem
bers of the next fishing party.
Among those received at Belle Isle
today were Albert D Lasker of Chicago,
former chairman of the Shipping Board,
who has a palace on the ocean front at
Miami Beach; W. T. Ellis of Swarth
more, Pa., educator and writer; R. L.
McKenney, publisher of the Macon
<Ga.) News, who supported Mr. Hoover
during the recent campaign, and Hoff
man Nickerson of New York.
Harvey Firestone, automobile tire
manufacturer, who has a large estate
at Miami Beach, and Mrs. Firestone
were luncheon guests.
Air Line Will Clip 18 Hours Off
Los Angelee-St. Louis Time.
LOS ANGELES. January 28 //Pi. —St.
Louis will be brought approximately 13
hours nearer to Los Angeles through a
combiner] air and rail service to be in
augurated Monday, it was announced
here today.
The Standard Airlines. Inc., beginning
Monday, will make available daily air
plane passenger service between Los
Angeles and El Paso to connect with a
Texas & Pacific train for St. Louis, the
announcement said. Similar service
wiil be available to westbound passen
Situation Obscure, With Rivals
Contending for Throne.
PESHAWAR. India, January 29 f/P).
—The situation in Afghanistan is still
obscure. There are strong rumors from
Jalalabad that Sirdar Ah Ahmed Jan
has declared himself Emir and has been
accepted as such by Shinwaris, KhiganLs
and other tribal sections in the eastern
It is believed that former King Ama
nullah’s appeal for support in Kandahar
Is meeting with some resj v '"*<u
Explorer Sees Over Great
Ice Field and Into
Crisp Messages Describe
Findings of Three
Aboard Plane.
By Radio to The Star and New York Time*
LITTLE AMERICA. Antarctica. Jan
uary 29. —Comdr. Byrd has done it
again. While his second ship was com
ing in, while his men were working
desperately at both the base and at
the edge of the bay ice. he took ad
vantage of a few hours of good weather
yesterday and made his first long flight.
It was full of accomplishment, plan
ned and executed perfectly, and all of
the mountain ranges and other things
hitherto unseen have been added to
the map of this mysterious land.
And. what is more, he managed to
peep over the inaccessible ice field
which hides a vast area east of the
King Edward sector and catch a
glimpse of a fascinating hinterland.
Expedition Moves Methodically.
Perhaps never did the various di
visions of an expedition move more
methodically and accurately, for while
the flight was on from the radio
room of the bark City of New York
could be heard the buzzing of the
plane's signals through a loud speaker.
A sound that thrilled every one aboard
until they laughed and yelled and
urged the ship harder into the ice they
were trying to break—the steamship
Eleanor Bolling hove in sight from the
north and came down to join us.
Now she is anchored alongside the
barrier, unloading as if at a dock, her
winches rattling and with booms swing
ing while men rush the material taken
off up a gentle slope to the firm top of
the barrier.
Byrd’s flight was undertaken as
casually as a flight over Long Island.
He was all ready for it. the plane was
equipped and tanks filled and he was
merely waiting for good weather which
had deserted us for a few days. Night
before, I ast it began to clear and yester
day morning a soft blue sky and bright
sun shone down on the dazzling snow
fields. Only a few tiny flecks of clouds
were to be seen, a brisk wind was blow
ing from the southwest and everything
indicated that the thick weather had
gone out to sea for hundreds of miles
to the east. "Cyclone” Haines, our
meteorologist, sent up a balloon at the
camp and found winds of 20 to 30
miles an hour at varying altitudes up to
a mile. This satisfied him that the
weather had really moved away and he
advised the commander that the flight
might be undertaken in the afternoon.
So after Sunday dinner in the fore
castle, a dinner of chicken and mince
pie, Comdr. Byrd said; "Well, we might,
as- well go. It looks good,” and climbed
over the side into a sled driven by Jack
Dursey to make the run out to the
Ski Runner Overtakes Dogs.
He forgot some of the radio in
structions for the plane and they were
discovered when he was about a mile
away. Chris Braathen, a fast ski run
ner, put on his skis and chased the dog
team nearly to the camp before he
caught up with it. When the command
er arrived there, he found the motor
of the plane already being wanned up,
so anxious were Balchen and June to get
away on this first historic flight.
Balchen was pilot and June, who is a
good radio operator as well as a pilot,
was to work the radio. Byrd chuckled
as he saw the motor running and saw
the enthusiasm of the crew. He walked
over to the plane, looked over his equip
ment, put his navigation instruments
and charts aboard and then had a
brief conference with Larry Gould, his
chief lieutenant, on the ice. Together,
they checked the chronometers and ad
justed the sun compass and fastened
this invaluable little instrument in its
Aides Wish Them Good Luck.
Balchen was in the plane wanning
j the motor, and when he nodded that it
! was all right June got in and settled
i himself at the rear of the cabin be
j tween his radio instruments, with a
j radio helmet strapped on his head.
! Gould shook hands with the commander
I and then the others crowded around
j him and wished him good luck. He
smiled and stepped inside, and every
one at the camp tried to close the door.
When it was finally shut and men
backed out of the cold slipstream from
the propeller Balchen gave her the gun
and with the aid of those outside broke
the skiis loose from the snow. He
taxied far up on a hill toward the
north to get a good run. There was
never such a flying field as this. The
camp is just on the edge of a slight de
pression which runs for 2 or 3 miles
In one direction and at least a mile and
a half in the other. A fairly smooth
untouched snow desert, ideal for flying
with skiis. The plane was heavily
loaded, with a total load of nearly 5,700
pounds, but when Balchen opened up
and headed down the slop toward the
houses and the little group of anxiously
watching men the skiis worked so per
fectly that in 30 seconds the plane was
In the air and climbing rapidly toward
the south. After gaining altitude he
circled and Byrd put the plane on the
course for Scott’s Nunataks. Inciden
tally, he hit them right on the nose after
a flight of 180 miles. There was not
much wind on the ground, but as the
plane got aloft and caught a stiff
breeze on its tail, it shot off to the
northeast at 120 miles an hour from the
ship. It could be seen rising over the
cape to the north, and those aboard the
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Topeka Firemen Work in 12-Hour
Relays. Pumping Oxygen Into
Lungs in Desperate Battle*
By the Associated Press.
PERRY, Kans., January 29. Mar
garet Brown, 7-year-old school girl,
suffering with pneumonia, still clung
to life today, but by the narrow
est of margins, and fear was expressed
that the tiny spark of life in her body
' might soon flicker out.
Oxygen and blood transfusions have
been used to keep the little girl alive
for 11 days, but physicians today re
ported she was growing weaker. Yes
terday she was able to take nourish
ment for the first time since she be
came ill.
[ Two Topeka firemen have worked
continuous 12-hour relays to admin
ister the oxygen.
Radio Programs—Page 32
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Mounting Expense in Govern
ment Is Described by Presi
dent as “Red Flag.”
Pointing to the benefit which his
administration with its policies of econ
omy and efficiency had bestowed upon
the nation, President Coolidge last
night warned that the rapid mounting
of State and local government costs
constitute a “red flag.”
The Chief Executive, addressing the
heads of the business organization of
the government at Memorial Conti
nental Hall, laid down the policy that
“further commitments by the National
government for any new projects not
absolutely necessary should be faith
fully resisted.”
The President painted a word pic
ture of “this period of greatest prosper
ity,” but said the margin between pros
perity and depression was always so
small that "a decrease of less than 10
per cent in the income of the nation
would produce a deficit in our present ■
Mr. Coolidge characterized the period
of budget control over government ex
penditures as “a golden page in our
Balanced Budget Held Needed.
“In the short period of seven and
one-half years,” he said, “the auhiic
debt has been reduced $6,667,000j000.
The total saving in interest alone from
this and refunding operations is $963.-
000,000. Four reductions in taxes have
returned to the people approximately
$2,000,000,000 a year, which would have
been required had the revenue act of
1918 remained in force. Two and a
half million people have been entirely
relieved of all Federal taxation.”
Both President Coolidge and Direc
tor H. M. Lord of the Bureau of the
Budget, who addressed the meeting,
stressed the need of balancing the bud
get. Gen. Lord In discussing this point,
declared that a deficit had been threat
ened of about $37,000,000 for the cur
rent fiscal year, ending June 30 next.
For the fiscal year ending June 30,
1930, Gen. Lord said the estimated sur
plus was only about $60,000,000, and
this in itself was threatened by pend
ing legislation and possible court ac
tion. He emphasized that the govern
ment service was making a great “fight”
to prevent a deficit.
Os interest to government employes
was the announcement by Gen. Lord
of the formation of a new “Federal
Casualty Club.” “To acquire member
ship,” he said, “you will from now on
up to and including June 30 next, let
all vacancies remain unfilled, thereby
contributing toward a balanced budget
the far from neglible sum of $12,500,000.
This does not contemplate the with
holding of promotions. It directs itself
only to the filling of vacancies by new
Coolidge Lauds Gen. Lord.
President Coolidge, making his last
address as President before the busi
ness meeting of the Government, paid
high tribute to Gen Lord for his
services as head of the Budget Bureau.
Gen. Lord in concluding his address
highly praised President Coolidge for
his administration policies in the
“interest of the taxpeyer and the well
being and happiness of more than
120,000,000 of people.”
After enumerating the accomplish
ments of the last eight years. Mr.
(Continued on Page 6, Column 7.)
Tacna-Arica Commission Shifts Ses
sion to February 22.
SANTIAGO, Chile. January 29 <A>).
—The scheduled meeting of the Tacna-
Arica boundary commission in Wash
ington has been postponed by common
consent from February 9 to February
22. Diplomatic circles here believe
that direct negotiations now under way
are well directed and that postpone
ment was desirable to permit their
furtherance. There are indications
that a satisfactory settlement of the
territorial dispute between Peru and
Chile may be reached before Febru
ary 22.
Attack by Insurgents in Mexico
Declared to Have Been Repulsed.
MEXICO CITY, January 29 OP).—
Dispatches from Ciudad Guzman, State
of Jalisco, said today that insurgents
had dynamited a mixed passenger and
freight train between the stations of
Coquimatlan and Jala.
Three bombs were exploded when the
engine passed over them and it was de
molished. An armored car on which
the military escort was traveling was
overturned. Soldiers drove off the in
It was not learned whether there
were any casualties. The train was en
route from Colima to Manzanillo.
Pope and II Duoe Discuss Pact.
ROME, January 29 OPL—Pope Pius
and Premier Mussolini are now in
I direct contact for settlement of the
historic Roman question through
i Ernesto Paeelli, advocate, who dailv
’ vis** f*st one and then the other.
General Solicitation for
$1,343,348 Opened by
4,000 Workers.
Second Largest Affair Ever Held
at the Mayflower Attended
by 1,462 Persons.
With more than a third of the sl,-
343,348 93 needed for the forthcoming
year already in hand. 4.000 workers
lor the Washington Community Chest
this morning launched the general so
licitation campaign to complete the
fund. This intensive drive will end
February 6.
The total raised early today was
$538,617. reported by the special gifts
committee, Robert V. Fleming, chair
In what proved to be the second
largest banquet ever held in the Hotel
Mayflower, 1,462 persons, including
chest officers, divisional leaders, team
captains and workers, gathered last
night for final instructions on how
to proceed in the actual soliciting of
funds, and were encouraged to go
forth to “put. over successfully Wash
ington's greatest welfare campaign.”
Work Goes Forward.
So. with “For Washington's Sake''
as their slogan, the workers went for
ward today determined that little chil
dren in need of medical attention,
those whose infirmities of age have
rendered them poverty-stricken and
others who have met with some of life's
misfortunes, will be given proper care.
This is only possible, the workers re
alize, with all 57 member agencies
of the chest—representing a wide vari
ety of welfare work—functioning prop
erly. And, to function properly, they
must have funds as named in the
quotas apportioned by the chest budget
The unparalleled co-operation of the
citizens of Washington to make the
1 campaign a success was to be seen at
the dinner last night, where all creeds
gave expression to the worthiness of the
cause as represented in the campaign,
at the same time emphasizing business
} like methods represented in the cam
Senator Couzens of Michigan, one of
the principal speakers, declared: “Giv
ing scientifically is the proper way to
give,” aricTTSald it is the duty of the
workers in the campaign to "arouse the
consciousness of the citizens” toward
giving, adding. “We are not our broth
ers’ judges, but our brothers' keepers.”
Says Washington Is Leader.
Allen T. Burns, executive director of
the Association of Community Chests
and Councils, New York City, said the
Nation is used to looking to Washing
ton for leadership and predicted that
the success of the Community Chest in
Washington will govern largely the suc
cess to be met by other Community
Chests throughout the country. "The
chest promotes a better community, a
better unity of humanity and a greater
solidarity," he said.
Frederic A. Delano, president of the
Washington Community Chest, in a
brief address, declared that today is a
time of standardization, but that there (
is no standardization in human nature.
Because of this, he said, it becomes the
duty of the more fortunate to help the
less fortunate.
Bishop John McNamara, Auxiliary
Bishop of Baltimore, declared the cause
of the chest is one that calls for the
“noblest efforts.”
Coming in some time after the speak
ing started, having been delayed be
cause of attending a meeting of his own
group at the Phiyllis Wheatley Branch
of the Y. W. C. A., Dr. Kelly Miller,
chairman of the committee on colored
co-ordination, was received enthusias
tically by the group. In an address, he
placed people in three general classes —
those who are able to give more than
they receive, those who are able to pro- j
ceed without aid, but give no aid, and
those who have to receive more than
they give. He then stressed the point
that it is the duty of those able to give
to the unfortunate to promote the gen
eral welfare of the community.
Real Salesmanship Urged.
Elwood Street, director of the chest,
who has had wide experience with
community chests in other cities, de
clared it was the largest Community
Chest meeting he had ever seen. In
giving final instructions to the workers
he urged them to use “real salesman
Other speakers were C. Melvin
Sharpe, chairman of the publicity unit,
who told what his organization is
doing to keep the public informed as
to the objects and purposes of the
chest: John Poole, chairman of the
campaign, who presided at the meet
ing, and W. W. Spaid, chairman of
the metropolitan unit, who introduced
his regional chairmen, who, in turn,
presented their team captains. Invoca
tion was delivered by Rabbi Louis J.
Schwefel of the Sixth Street Syna
gogue, and benediction by Rev. Joseph
R. Sizoo, pastor of the New York Ave
nue Presbyterian Church. Music was
furnished by the United States Ma
rine Band.
Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of
Howard University, the principal speak
er at the meeting of the colored group
in the Phyllis Wheatley Y. W. C. A.,
urged the group to aid in every way
(Continued on Page 2, Column 6.)
Chief Officer Manning Replaces
Him in Command of Liner
America for Trip to Europe.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. January 29 Capt.
George Fried of the rescue ship America
has been called to Washington and when
the liner sails for Europe tomorrow, she
will be in command of Chief Officer
Harry Manning. In charge of the life
boat that saved the Florida’s crew, it
was learned today.
Announcement of Capt. Fried’s sum
mons, which came from the United
States Shipping Board, was made at a
luncheon given to him and to Manning
by Charles V. Bob, sportsman. The
reason for the summons was not dis
can be recomputed
Indications Are That G. 0. P.
Leaders Will Try to Block
Early Action.
With the House civil service commit
tee called into executive session tomor
row morning to discuss and probably
favorably report the redrafted Govern
ment employes’ pay bill, there are indi
cations today that efforts will be made
by Republican leaders in the House to
prevent early action upon this measure.
The intimation has been that the new
bill meets the objections of President
Coolidge and the Budget Bureau, and
that its course in the House will be a
matter of form. Careful investigation,
however, shows that there are no real
grounds for this view.
The House civil service committee is
represented as ready to report out the
measure, regardless of whether it is
pleasing to the Budget Bureau. Friends
of the Government employes in the
House, including some members of the
civil service committee, believe that it
would be possible to pass the bill, even
over the President's veto.
The same House leaders who have
persistently held up the Dale civil serv
ice retirement bill, even after a special
rule had been ordered by the rules com
mittee, are now reported ready to place
obstacles in the way of the salary in
crease bill. From a reliable authority
today it was learned that the President
has not indicated any reversal of his
opinion, and that unless something more
optimistic develops the White House
will frown upon the new combination
Lehlbach-Celler Brookhart pay relief
It is definitely known that the pres
ent disposition of House leaders is to
closely scrutinize this legislation before
! allowing it a chance to come up for
j consideration in the House.
Fisherman Who Disappeared on
Floe Walks Ten Miles Over
Solid Ice.
By the Associated Press.
PETOSKEY, Mich., January 29 —His
hands and feet frozen. Lewis Sweet, 54-
year-old fisherman, for whom aviators
I and others made a concerted search
last week after his disappearance on an
ice floe, early today was found stum
bling along a roadway on the north
ern edge of Cross Village.
He had walked in 10 miles over solid
ice from Skilligalee Island Lighthouse
in Lake Michigan, where he had taken
shelter since last Wednesday morning
when the floe on which he became
stranded piled up against the island.
Reports reaching here from Cross
Village said that, aside from the fact
his feet and hands were frozen,
Sweet's condition seemingly was not
Tells Police He Threatened to Kill
Her With Butcher Knife.
FORT SCOTT. Kans.. January 29 {/P). !
—Mrs. Maude Bruner shot and killed
her husband of a few months as he
sat in a rocking chair in their down
town rooms here today. The woman
told police Bruner had threatened to!
kill her and had “toyed with a butcher
knife all night.’’ The knife was found
beside the chair.
Bruner served a term in the Mis
souri Penitentiary for a liquor law
violation. His first wife, from whom
he was divorced, lives in Keyport, N. J.
He is the fourth of four brothers to
meet a violent death and the second
to be slain.
Struck by Base Clarence
Blackiston of Maryland Dies.
Clarence Blackiston of Millington.
Md., first class seaman, attached to
the aircraft carrier Lexington, now in
Panama waters for fleet maneuvers,
died yesterday from injuries received
when struck by a base ball.
His father, John Blackiston, has re
quested the Navy Department to send
the body to Millington for burial.
Maryland and
Virginia News
Today on Pages 10 and 11. I '
Subzero Weather
Is Fought by Pair
To Get Homestead
Live in Piano Box for
Part of Time and Then
Nearly Lose Claim.
By the Associated Press.
PEACE RIVER, Alberta. January 29.
After a 10-da.v siege at the land office
here in subzero weather, G. Turcotte
of Falher today owned a homestead.
The homestead, located in the Falher
district, had been under lease, but re
cently was thrown open to filing, to be
awarded the first applicant on the open
ing of the office yesterday.
Turcotte. who was assisted in his vigil
by a partner named Ethier. almost lost
the last minute, when Corpl. McDonald
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
who had been sent to preserve order,
made him remove his hand from the
knob so the door could be opened.
As the door closed, a man named
Trudeau, who had been in possession of
a knob a week ago last Friday when the
siege started, again grabbed the knob.
At the opening of the office for business,
however. Turcotte succeeded in squeez
ing in first.
Turcotte and Ethier took up their
vigil when TfttHeau temporarily aban
doned his post on his first day to «o
down the street to get warm. With the
temperature rangnig from 30 below zero
during the day to almost 50 below at
night, the partners paced, ran and
stamped across the narrow confines of
the land office building. The last several
days they virtually lived in a big piano
box. which they paced against the build
ing and in which they yset up a small
Permits Rules Committee to
Decide Procedure on De
ficiency Measure.
By the Associated Press.
After a sharp wrangle over prohibi
tion and tax refunds, the House ad
journed today to permit its rules com
mittee to recommend procedure to be
followed in . considering the deficiency
bill incorporating the two subjects.
The adjournment was proposed by
Representative Tilson of Connecticut.
Republican leader, after heated debate
on the floor had failed to develop any
argument on a method of considering
the proposals. A standing vote re
vealed 195 for adjournment and 93
against it.
The dispute followed a move by Rep
resentative Wood of Indiana, ranking
Republican on the appropriations com
mittee. to send the bill to a confer
ence of House and Senate members.
Several Democrats attempted to draw
irom him a promise that even if the
Senate should recede from its posi
tion on the proposal to place $24,000.-
000 in the hands of the President for
prohibition enforcement, the conferees |
would bring the matter back to the I
House for a vote.
Wood declined to promise and then !
Representative Garner of Texas, one j
of the Democratic leaders, asked unan- j
imous consent to consider the matter i
under the House rules for debate, and
this was refused, Representative Den- I
ison. Republican, of Illinois, objecting. I
Since the proposal was flrst intro- !
duced in the Senate by Senator Harris !
of Georgia, it has been attended by
controversy and even before it reach
ed the House, members there had an
nounced differences of opinion that
promised a full sized row. Some wets
are supporting it; some drys are against
it, and party lines are muddled.
_ Added to this is Secretary Mellon’s
(Continued on Page 2, Column 3.)
Strawberries Grown
By Electric Light
At Cost of $5 Each
By the Associated Press.
PARIS, January 29.—A light
but expensive lunch of electrically
ripened strawberries heartened
the labors of the Academy of
Science today.
The berries were produced at a
meeting as an illustration of the
feasibility of making different
plants grow rapidly by artificial
light. Two research workers,
Georges Truffaut and M. Thur
neyessen, took only 40 days to
bring the berries to maturity, as
against 80 required oy Old Sol. |
The strawberries came high,
however, it costing $5 a berry to
produce them. But the academ
icians found them no less delici
ous for that reason.
“From Press 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, 109,420.
'JP) Meant Associated Press.
Texan Says Police Officer
Was Man Named by Palmist
in Plea for Protection.
Capt. Guy E. Burlingame of the sec
ond precinct publicly was named today
by Representative Blanton of Texas as j
! the police captain against whom charges j
had been preferred by Mrs. Helen P.
Blalock, Washington palmist.
Mr. Blanton made the disclosure at
a lively session of the Gibson subcom
mittee of the House, which had been
| called ostensibly to drag the Blalock
j case into the open. The hearing was
' frequently punctuated with sharp
clashes between several members of the
committee and police officials.
Capt. Burlingame, the first and only
witness called, created a stir at the ouU
’ set of the hearing by flatly refusing to
; answere Blanton's questions. At another
point in the hearing. Representative
I Bowman of West Virginia rose to his
, f feet and objected strenuously to what he
, described as the “crucifixion” of Bur
, lingame's character, and accused Blan
ton of dragging the case into the open
for publicity purposes.
Blanton Reads Affidavit.
Blanton told the committee Mrs. Bla
-1 lock had made a special trip to his
home in Abilene. Tex., to acquaint him
with the case and to seek his aid in
protecting her property in Washington.
In response to the woman's plea, the
Texan said he had arranged an exten
sion on the trusts on her property.
Mr. Blanton exhibited a number of
checks drawn by Mrs. Blalock on Wash
ington banks and building and loan
associations which had been indorsed
by Burlingame, and then read into the
record a long affidavit he said he pro
cured in Texas from the palmist.
In this affidavit, the palmist said she
left Washington to protect her life and
would have lost all of her property if
l it had not been for Blanton s assistance.
Blanton said he was having made
photostatic copies of the affidavit, as
well as the collection of alleged love
letters turned over to him by Mrs. Bla
Bowman Protests Continued Probe.
Before Blanton began to read the
affidavit. Mr. Bowman protested the
committee’s continued investigation of
the Blalock case, since the committee
at a previous meeting had decided to
turn over to the United States attor
ney's office all of the evidence in its
possession. But Blanton continued, and
, when he finished reading the affidavit.
Bowman rose and declared that it was
"unfair to have such promiscuous state
ments presented here. lam asking for
fair play.” he said. “I hate to see a
man s character crucified.”
“He is not going to be crucified by
this committee,” interposed Chairman
Mr. Bowman then turned to Mr. Blan
ton and asked him why he had come
into the committee publicly to discuss
the case. “You are doing it for pub
licity purposes.” he said. Blanton
! denied this and closed his statement
wjth a declaration that he was only
doing his duty to the committee and
his country in making public the in
! formation in his possession. Blanton
j also took this occasion to predict that
! he would be returned to Congress in
j two years. “I have been engaged in a
- lot of controversies here because I have
j fought fearlessly for the people,” he
j said. “I have a clear conscience and
I I am going back to my people happy."
Gives Ring to Committee.
The ring which Burlingame is alleged I
| to have given the palmist was turned
over to the committee by Blanton, and
Chairman Gibson passed It on to Wil
liam H. Collins, assistant United States i
attorney, who is investigating the case.
Collins asked Blanton if he knew’
where the palmist could be found,
pointing out that his efforts to locate
her had been futile, and that the in
vestigation could not proceed without
her presence here. The Texan replied
he had no knowledge of her where
Maj. Edwin B. Hesse, superintendent
of police, then announced that if the
fear of her life is keeping Mrs. Blalock <
away from Washington, he would assign
the whole police force to protect her
if necessary.
When Burlingame was called to the
witness stand and Blanton started to
interrogate him. the police captain de- 1
dared bluntly that he did not intend
to answer any of the Texan’s questions.
"You can save yourself a lot of trouble, ,
Mr. Blanton." Burlingame said, “by not
asking me questions. I will not answer
any of your questions. I’ll answer the ,
question of any other member of the '
committee, but not yours.”
Burlingame then started to outline ,
his 33-year-old record on the police ‘ {
force, when Blanton broke in:
i “The duties of this committee are un- (
: pleasant at times.” said the Texan. ,
’Our services are free. I have no mni- ,
mosity against Capt. Burlingame or any ■
one else. I have information in my \
possession that I would have given to ,
(.Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) 1
Suggestion Is Offered in
Senate as Coolidge Plans
Budget Recommendation.
Hoover “Warmly” Indorses Execu
tive's Views Regarding Construc
tion of 16 New Cruisers.
A proposal that the cruiser con
struction program should be suspended
in event of an agreement for an arms
limitation conference being reached
with Great Britain was placed before
the Senate today simultaneously with
word that President Coolidge planned
to send a budget recommendation to
Congress for immediate building opera
| tions upon passage of a bill satis
factory to the administration.
The President, however, still adheres
to he view that it would be unwise to
include in the bill a time limit for con
struction of the proposed new naval
It was stated on the President’s be
. half at the White House today that no
prospective disarmament conferences
! could have any bearing upon the pres
j measure in view of the fact that
: a “ information in possession of the
United States Government indicates
that any limit on the number of
cruisers which might be fixed by such
an international conference would be
far beyond the number of cruisers in
cluded in the present bill.
The Norris proposal, offered as the
Senate turned to anothei* day of debate
anvm e bi 1 fo L the const ruction of 16
auxUiary warships, would request the
President to ask Great Britain to a
conference limit cruiser construction.
Suspension Authorised.
Should an agreement be reached, the
President would be authorized to sus
pend such portion of the cruiser pro-
Norr is amendment made no
»Asass jaws
tation program, but that he does not
regard the pending measure as in anv
way conflicting with such a Dolicv Tt
?hP e l piained afc White Houmthat
the Government is now nrononn!
experts to attend the proposed Geneva
conference in April, in case Pr
elect Hoover should decide when he
S 5. Office. UW #
It was represented on behalf nt
PtesWentthat he has no
administration toVnv
Policy, but that so far as
cruiser bill and any proposed arm*-
atlon C »ith re r nCe iJ e , concßM d thesitu
enonph 1 r<?gard them P^lo
J} t was explained that the
United States has a number of old
are no longer fit "
p ace “ fighting units of a mod
ern navy and that they should be re
placed by modern cruisers
not e *P lain ed in detail at the
White House what budget proposals th#*
President intended to Mln!£
2m'i^Sd teer pr< * r,m ““* w***
nf *L em P hat ically on behalf
tha t‘anv*££!n that he did not be,leve
tnat any pending proposals or sueees
shnifii°h limitation °f naval armament
should have any effect or Interfere in
tSSSUFiaL* ****** of the pend -
Econom.v Plea Emphasized.
°l 1116 Pr ? sldent declared at
the White House today that he is just
opposed as ever to the enacr
mient of large numbers of money bills
sarv Pt Tn°fh th ? t are , abK °lutely neces
fir«‘ hZ n iJ h , e j class of necessar y meas
ures he Includes not only the regular
supply bills of the Government, but
whatever appropriation mav be neces
program. g ‘ n the cruiser bulldin *
The President believes, however, that
Congress should be very careful In
choosing what bills it intends to enact
SES, J* w - ln , order to avoid the pos
sibility of a deficit at the end of the
| Present fiscal year. June 30. He is
! convinced that the present aDDarent
Treasury deficit will be wiped ‘Xt'bv
tbe . mcome tax receipts for the March
and June quarters, provided Congress
■w bold on the Pursestrings
who U w do his P art - 11 was stated at the
White House today, to see that no un
necessary money is appropriated before
he leaves office, in order that Mr. Hoo
ver may begin his administration with
Treasury 5 ******* °* a deflcit in the
Hoover Indorses Coolidge Views.
Herbert Hoover was on record tndav
as indorsing -warmly” the views of
President Coolidge.
Brfttfn b iJ S^ d « tat^ment by chair man
Britten of the House naval affairs ccm
m.'htf*- that he believed the retention
of the time limitation clause would be
pleasing” to Mr. Hoover, drew a mes
sage yesterday from the President-elect
to President Coolidge.
When the Hoover message had been
read Senator Barkley. Democrat, of
Kentucky, asked if the President-elect
had stated his position on the time
lanitation clause and Senator Hale re
plied that he would “leave that to the
judgment of the Senate."
“My attention has been called ” Mr
Hoover wired Mr. Coolidge. “to a state
ment respecting pending cruiser legis
lation appearing in this morning s press
I have made no public or private state
ment upon this question further than
appeared during the campaign. I have
stated universally to various callers that
it would be improper for me to ex
press any views on current matters of
tne administration. I regret if thL* ret
(Continued on Page 2, Column 3 jT*
By the Associated Press.
BOULDER, Colo., January 29.
Leaving a note to the county coroner, in
which he said. “It seems to me the
gracious thing to do," James E Kirk
bridge. former deputy district attorney,
shot and killed his sick wife and then
ended his own life here.
The frozen bodies of the couple were
found in their home. Apparently they
died last Sunday.
“Frances pleads to be released from
earthly bonds." Kirkbridge wrote. “I
see nothing in the future but cares,
worries, failure and possible collapse.
I have thought It over from every
angle, spiritual, moral, legal and so
cial. and It seems to me the gnoom
thing to do.”

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