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WEATHER. ,
(V. 8. Weather Bureau ForefysO
Snow- or rain and slightly bolder to
night; tomorrow snow or rain, slightly
colder; minimum temperatfife about 28
degrees. Temperatures: Highest, 61, at
3:15 pm. yesterday; low/st. 36, at 7:35
a.m. today. Full report/jn page 9.
Closing N. Y. Market's, Pages 14 and 15
Entered as second olasq matter
post office. V.ashin-ton, IX <\
No, 30,975.
HOOVER RETURNS
TO HIS HOME HERE
EROM FLORIDA TRIP
President-Elect Is Warmly
, Greeted Bn Route by
Many Admirers.
‘EXPECTED TO CONFER
WITH COOLIDGE SOON
Inaugural Address and Selection of
Cabinet Will Occupy Next
Ten Days.
With his inaugural address and the
selection of his cabinet still unfinished
tasks, Herbert Hoover returned home
today to the Capital of the Nation that
will acclaim him President on March
4 after nearly a month of restful vaca
tioning in Florida.
The comparatively small crowd on
hand at Union Station as the special
train that carried the Hoover party
from Miami arrived early this afternoon
was in marked contrast to the swarms
of people who greeted the President
elect at various points along the route
homeward. Mr. Hoover gave a friendly
wave of his hand to those who gathered
■bout the train gates and a hearty
1 greeting to the few personal friends "who
met him at the station. It was Mr.
■Hoover's wish that his final home-com
ing before the inauguration be as sim
ple as possible. .
Mr. and Mrs. Hoover were greeted as
they stepped off the observation car by
Dr Hubert Work, chairman of the Re
* publican national committee. The only
other friends at the station were George
Akerson, private secretary to Mr. Hoo
ver, and former Representative A. w.
McLafferty of California, one of his
chief aides. .
MaJ. Edwin B. Hesse, superintendent
of police, was in charge of the special
police detail.
Stops at Richmond.
At Richmond, Va., this morning the
Presidentelect stopped a few moments
while a new engine was hooked to the
special train carrying him. Mr. Hoover
was so&ted in the observation car when
the train arrived. Efforts of persons to
board the car to see the next Presi
dent were frustrated by station attend
ants, who allowed none of the gathering
to pass through the gates to the train
* * h withln a few minutes after his ar
rival here, Mr. Hoover was whisked
away to his residence, at 2300 S street,
where he will, during the next two
weeks, hold his pre-inaugural confer
ences, political and otherwise.
Although no arrangements were made
in advance for a meeting
Hoover and President Coolidge, it Is ex
pected at the White House that he will
foUow his custom on a former occasion
and arrange soon to call upon the Pres
ident. This interview between the Pres
ident and his successor will probably
take place late today or tomorrow.
Engagement for This Afternoon.
The only engagement which Mr.
Hoover has already made is for 3:30
Slock this afternoon, when he will re
ive at his residence the son of the
esident of Brasil, Senor C. Louis de
usa, who is to leave Washington to
night for New York after a brief stay at
the Brazilian embassy. The Ambassa
dor of Brazil will accompany him to
Mr. Hoover’s home.
Mr. Hoover is receiving the son of the
Brazilian President as a return courtesy
i for the hospitable entertainment he re
ceived at the executive mansion in Rio
ide Janeiro while visiting that country
on his recent tour of South America,
j So far as present plans are known,
•Mr. Hoover intends to spend tonight
and tomorrow quietly at his home. No
engagements have been made for him.
unless perhaps he goes to call upon the
president.
Picture of Health.
Browned by the Florida sun. Mr.
Hoover looked the picture of health
upon his arrival here. His return to
Washington ended travels by rail and
water of more than 30,000 miles since
the November election. Adding the miles
by automobile, the total will exceed
35,000. His recent vacation, as the
guest of J. C. Penny at the Penny estate
at Belle Isle, will be the last he will take
before entering upon his arduous duties
in the White House.
There is every Indication that the i
President-elect will be very busy be-1
tween now and the day of his inaugu
ration. He is expected to plunge al
most immediately into conversations
with leaders of the Republican party
in and out of Congress, both with re
gard to the make-up of his cabinet and
the policies which his administration I
. will pursue with respect to Congress.
Mr. Hoover will not open headquar
ters here, according to present indica
tions His office, so far as he has one,
, will be his home.
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FRENCH FLYERS SEEKING
RECORD, ON WAY TO CAIRO
!Le Brix and Paillard Complete
First Lap of Hop to Hanoi
by Landing at Tunis.
By the Associated Press.
TUNIS, February 19.—Joseph Lebrix
and Sergt. Maj. Antoine Paillard. noted
French flyers, who are on a trip to
Hanoi, Saigon, left Tunis for Cairo at
10:30 o’clock this morning, Greenwich
time.
The men, who hope to establish a new
record for a flight from France to
Hanoi, accomplishing it in less than
five days, started from Marseille last
night and completed their first lap to
Tunis in good time.
Sergt. Maj. Paillard has been chiefly
interested in efforts to break the long
distance flying record, while Lebrix is
particularly noted for the combined
round-the-world plane and ship trip,
which he and Dieudonne Costes made
in 1927-28. Costes and Lebrix made a
brilliant flight across the South Atlan
tic to Port Natal. Brazil, and eventually
continued on in short hops to the
United States.
Bank Statements
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Washington bank clearings, $4,875,-
I <05.71.
* United States Treasury balance,
' £74.237,546 18
New York exchanges, $1,976,000,000;
balances, $192,000,000.
ftStSPli receipts, $3,631,114.79.
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EUROPEAN FLOODS
BRING NEW MENACE
Localities Hard Hit by Cold
Now Face Toll of
High Water.
r . ; ■■ ■
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, February 19.—Flood ter
rors replaced rigors of bitter cold over
a large part of’ Europe today. It was
.feared that when the toll of the inun
dations, real and prospective, was com
plete, it would equal or surpass that of
the cold.
The Danube and tributaries swelled
over their banks and forced many from
their homes. Melting snow and ice
caused disastrous floods in Macedonia
and Thrace. Bavarian rivers over
flowed, while rising temperatures in
Northern Italy foreshadowed rapid
swelling of rivers there.
Temperatures Less Extreme.
Temperatures were less extreme than
they have been, but in many localities
the thermometer had not risen to above
zero, or freezing, centigrade.
Advices from the Danube district,
where ice and snow have been piled
6 feet thick over the surface of the
river, indicated a worse situation, pos
sibly, there than elsewhere. The Dan
ube and its tributaries had not only
to carry off the huge load of melting
ice and snow, but faced the hazard of
ice dams which spread its waters over
wide areas before they could be broken.
Widespread havoc was reported from
Thrace and Macedonia, where the
Struma and other rivers overflowed,
sweeping away bridges and hundreds of
cattle and flooding homes. A number
of peasants were drowned. Part of the
City of Cavalla, site of an American to
bacco depot, was submerged, while
Heraclia was transformed into a vast
lake with inhabitants being fed by
; merchants who plied their trade in
boats. Jugoslavian and Grecian 'Sol
diers co-operated to save lives and prop
erty.
Large Areas Flooded.
In Bavaria large areas were flooded
by overflowing rivers, the situation add- ,
ing greatly to the suffering from what j
was still extreme cold.
Meanwhile it was reported from j
Stockholm that the ice barrier along ]
the southwestern and southeastern !
coasts of Sweden was growing steadily, 1
although once a day communication
was being maintained with Denmark
and Germany. Numerous steamers
were still stranded, icebound, in the Bal
tic Sound and the Cattegat.
A huge snowstorm stopped all train
! service in Southern Sweden and in some
sections of Scania inhabitants had to
dig their way out of houses through
second-story windows, so deeply thev
were buried. Continued intense cold
was predicted.
Britain's hope of a thaw has not yet
been realized although the cold has
greatly moderated and at present does
not exceed what is often found here.
Storms off the Spanish coast did seri
ous damage to the fishing fleet. One
boat was wrecked and another barely
made its way into Bilbao, while all
Ashing at Almeria was suspended.
| Asturias Province experienced a touch
jof cold wdlh freezing temperatures
| recorded at Oviedo. Spain until now
has escaped the general European cold.
Two Escape Kidnapers.
MEXICO CITY. February 19 (#).—
Dispatches to El Universal from Yure
cuaro, Michcacan, say that two em
ployes of the express car of the train
from Los Reyes which was dynamited
Thursday escaped from insurgents who
kidnaped them and returned to Yure
cuaro safely.
Brazil River on Rampage.
SAO PAULO, Brazil, February 19
—The Ttete River, in the heart of Bra
. zil's coffee-growing district, is experi
encing the worst flood in 40 years.
It has overflowed its" banks for sev
eral miles. Five thousand houses are
under water and twenty-five thousand
people homeless. Heavy losses are ex
pected. ■
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J \ y WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION \-S
WASHINGTON, 1). C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1929-FORTY-FOUR PAGES. *
EVERY DETECTIVE
IN CHICAGO QUIZZED
525 Members of Mobile-
Squads Questioned in
Gang Murders.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO. February 19.—Every de
tectjve squad member on the Chicago
police force was called in for question
ing in the gang massacre investigation
today. Each was asked:
"Where were you last Thursday
morning between 10 and 11 o’clock?"
That was the hour in which seven of
George ( Bugs) Moran's men were lined
up in a North Clark street garage and
slain.
State's Attorney John A. Swanson is
sued the order for questioning of the
policemen.
“It isn’t because Swanson believes the
gang killers were led by city detectives,"
one of his aides explained. “It is be
cause he is not absolutely sure that they
were not.”
Coroner’s Life Threatened.
Coroner Herman N. Bundesen re
vealed today his life had been threat
ened twice in the past three days which
he attributed to his activity in investi
gating the massacre.
Sunday, Dr. Bundesen said, he re
ceived an anonymous telephone call, in
he was told “you will be the
next to go if you don't watch out." Yes
terday, he said, he received an anony
mous letter, asking him how the
"like to kick the bucket.”
Most witnesses have mentions that
the slayers were using a detective bureau
squad car. Several said that two of the
five men in the automobile wore police
uniforms.
Police Commissioner William Russell
is convinced that no policemen were in
volved, but he is lending his assistance
to the State’s attorney to clear up the
mystery. ’
It is the commissioner’s theory that if
any of the slayers w-ore uniforms it was
as a disguise. . .
Every squad car that has been sold
in the last few years is being traced.
In this manner, police believe, they, may
J find that the machine used by the mur-
I derers was. as witnesses said, a police
car. but one that had been disposed of
| by the department,
j There are 525 men composing the
j mobile squads of the detective bureau.
, One hundred were questioned last
night by members of the State’s at
torney’s staff. It was not revealed
whether any of the several persons who
saw the murder car were called upon
to attend the inquiry and attempt Iden
tification,
Stege Ordered Home.
Deputy Commissioner John P. Stege,
one of the department’s aces in gang
crime investigations, has been ordered
home from Havana, where he had gone
: on a month’s furlough. Stege is ex
pected to take charge for the police
tomorrow'.
. Investigators were still searching for
Dan McGurn. who is known to police
as an expert with a machine gun.
McGurn during the past years has
twice been marked for assassination,
being desperately wounded on one occa
sion. Police are certain that the execu
tion of the seven Moran gangsters was
the work of a marksman, pointing out
that between 20 and 30 slugs were fired
into each body, and that only a few
hit the brick w'all in front of which
the victims were lined.
Mayor William Hale Thompson madp
(Continued on Page 2, Column 6.)
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!j MISSION UNPLANNED.
Argentina Will Not Send Special
Party to U. S. for Inaugural.
BUENOS AIRES, February 19 ijp)
• The Argentine government has decided
• not to send a special mission to Wash
ington to attend the inauguration of
■ President-elect Hoover.
• A special ambassadorial mission will
I be sent later aboard an Argentine war
• ship to reciprocate Mr. Hoover's visit
here, howevt*i
MELLETT’S SLAYER
AND FOUR OTHERS
FLEE OHIO PRISON
Saw Way to Freedom and
Escape Under Cover of
Blinding Snow.
SEVEN OTHER PRISONERS
REFUSE TO MAKE DASH
Two Serving Life Terms for Murder
Accompany McDermott—Warden
Blames Inside Aid.
By the Associated Press.
MARIETTA, Ohio, February IP
Washington County authorities and
Marietta police were summoned to
Lowell, 10 miles north o! here, today
after Sheriff C. B. Henery of Morgan
County reported that W. W. Youqg,
one of the escaped prisoners, and an
other man had been located there.
Sheriff Henery said that one of
two men had been positively identi
fied as Young and that he and his
officers were closing in from the rear.
By the Associated Press.
COLUMBUS. Ohio, February 19.
Three life-term murderers, including
Pat McDermott, slayer of Don Mel
lett, Canton publisher, and two other
prisoners, sawed their way to freedom
from the State penitentiary here early
today.
They dropped from the roof of the
resldenoe of Warden Preston E. Thomas
and escaped binder cover of a blinding
snowstorm tflat soon obliterated their
tracks.
Besides McDermott, those who es
taped are .
William Young, 40, Washington
County, serving a life term for murder.
Mike Jacko. 21, Cuyahoga County,
serving a life term for murder.
James Walton, 30. Cuyahoga County,
serving a term of 12 to 25 years for
robbery.
Joe Rosso. 28. Cuyahoga County,
serving a term of 10 to 25 years for
robbery.
No Clues to Direction.
The blinding snowstorm left officials
with no clues as to the direction the
men took in leaving the penitentiary.
All extra guards were sent out to search
near the prison immediately after the
escape was discovered and police of
surrounding towns and cities were noti
fied to be on the lookout for the men.
Seven other prisoners, including an
other life-term murderer, who were
quartered with the five escaped men
refused to make the dash for liberty.
One bar on each of three cells was
sawed in two with a hack saw, an
aperture wide enough for a man to
crawl through being made. The escape
is believed to have been made between
4 and 5 a m.
After the five men left their cells,
they slipped along the corridor of their
tier, which is in the front of the peni
tentiary, then mounted to the roof
through a ventilator. From there they
crawled to the roof of the warden's
residence, suspended their improvised
ladder made of mattress material and
bed clothing from the roof and slid to
the ground, disappearing in the snow
filled darkness.
Named as “Trigger Man.”
The crime for which McDermott was
sentenced—the murder of Don R. Mel
lett, crusading Canton publisher—was
one of the most sensational Ohio has
known. The freckle-faced Pennsylvania
boy who found his place in the gang
lands of Cleveland and Canton was
named as the “trigger man” in the Mel
lett slaying.
Young was sentenced to life for the
murder of Harrison L. Boyden, Mariet
ta policeman, during an attempted safe
robbery at Marietta in the Spring of
1925. He is said to have been known in
Ashland, Ky., as a safe blower.
Jacko was sentenced In 1927, at the
age of 19. for the murder of John
Souze, a Cleveland butcher, during an
attempted hold-up of the butcher shop.
Walton, alias Walden, was sentenced
to serve 12 to 25 years for the hold-up
of a card game In Cleveland in 1927 In
which $4,000 was stolen. He is said to
be wanted in Philadelphia for murder.
Rosso was sentenced in 1927 to a
term of from 10 to 25 years for a minor
robbery.
Blames Disobedience.
In a statement issued several hours
after the escapes Warden Thomas
fixed responsibility on “ignorance and
disobedience of orders on the part of
officers.”
He said that, some officer had In
trusted the key to the ventilator door
to an Inmate plumber and had thereby
paved the way for a collusion between
the plumber and the escaped men.
Thomas also said that the “so-called
6 o’clock count’’ did not reveal anybody
missing while the prisoners, who re
mained in the cells, declared that the
men had escaped between 4 and 5 am.
The statement made by Warden
Thomas soon after the escape was dis
covered by Dan Donzo, record clerk,
when he came on duty about 7:35 a.m.,
was as follows:
“The whole thing illustrates that no
mechanical device, made or conceived,
will withstand ignorance and dis
obedience of orders on the part of of
ficers. Investigation has shown that
some officer trusted the key to the ven
tilating corridors to an inmate plumber
thereby giving the plumber the means
by which a collusion seems to have been
formed between him and those who es
caped by leaving the corridor door un
locked and only held closed by a small
wire.
“The so-called 6 o’clock count did not
report any one missing, while testimony
from the seven men left in the three
cells shows that the men left between
4 and 5 a.m.
CONVICTED AS “TRIGGER MAN.”
McDermott Sent Up in 1926 In Slaying
of Canton Editor.
CANTON, Ohio. February 19 (4 > ).
Pat McDermott, who escaped from Ohio
Penitentiary today, was convicted as the
“trigger man” in the slaying on Don R.
Mellett, Canton editor.
McDermott, a Cleveland underworld
figure, was serving a life sentence, hav
ing been convcited of first-degree mur
der, with a recommendation of mercy.
Mellett was shot to death the night
of July 16, 1926, as he was putting his
car in the garage. McDermott had hid
in Cleveland and later went to Nanty
010, Pa., his home, where he finally
ag»eed to surrender.
McDeimott, who is 28 years old. was
taken to the penitentiary on January
12. 1926. after vain attempts to gain a
' new trial. , ML
THE GREAT PROHIBITION DEBATE.
ATTORNEY GENERAL
HINTS NAME BORAH
5
Reports Say Hoover Wants
Him for Job, but Idahoan
! ' Prefers Senate.
1 ______ *
BY G. GOULD LINCOLN.
Finding an Attorney General is giv
, ing President-elect Herbert Hoover con
cern, it was reported as Mr. Hoover re
turned to Washington today from his
Florida vacation.
One of the most recent reports is
that Mr. Hoover has sought to be pre
, vailed upon Senator Borah of Idaho, to
head the Department of Justice in the
new administration.
Benator Borah, chairman of the for
eign relations committee, who is promi
nently mentioned in connection with
office of the Secretary of State, Is to
stay in the Senate, however, according
to the information at hand today.
Senator Borah, himself, declined to dis
cos* in any way the report that he
had been offered the office of Attorney
General. It is known, however, that
the Idaho Senator is wedded to the
work of the Senate. He is aft outstand
ing figure in that body and doubtless
can remain a Senator as long as he
desires to seek re-election.
The President-elect is anxious, it is
said, to place at the head of the De
partment of Justice a man who is
known to the country and a man of
great legal attainments. Further
more, one of the issues of the next few
years will be the enforcement of the
prohibition law, and it is likely, it is
said, that the next Attorney General
will be picked from among those who
personally favor national prohibition.
Senator Borah has all the qualifications
to fill the office, but while he has made
no public answer to the suggestion that
he head the Department of Justice, it if*
understood that his inclination is to
continue as Senator.
A number of men have been promi
nently mentioned in connection with
the office of the Attorney General in the
Hoover cabinet. Among them is Col.
William J. Donovan of New York, at
•present an assistant to the Attorney
General, a warm friend and supporter
of Mr. Hoover during the campaign.
The prediction hak been made on a
number of occasions that Col. Donovan
would have the office of Attorney Gen
eral. More recently, however, reports
have placed Col. Donovan in the office
of the Secretary of War. provided he is
to enter the cabinet. Silas Strawn of
Chicago is another whose name has
been used in connection with the spec
ulation.
If anything would lead Senator
Borah to consider favorably appoint
ment to the office of attorney general
it is believed it would be the fact that
the problem of enforcing the prohibi
tion laws is likely to be placed under
the Department of Justice. In the opin
ion of the Idaho Senator, the problem
of enforcing the laws is one of the
most important which confronts the
country today.
11 PERISH FROM GAS.
Homeless Parisians, Seeking Haven
From Cold, Asphyxiated.
PARIS, February 19 (/P). —Eleven
homeless Parisians who sought refuge
from the bitter cold in a house in
the Batignolles quarter were found
dead this morning from asphyxiation
resulting from a broken gas pipe.
A twelfth was found unconscious, but
was reanimated after considerable ef
fort. Two mothers in the group were
poisoned to a lesser degree.
Yesterday’s Circulation
(Til* iEuritutg &tar
Monday, Feb. 18, 1929. .109,793
Monday, Feb. 20, 1928.. 105,079
Gain.. 4,714
The Star’s circulation grows
with the city and suburbs.
Yesterday’s Advertising
Local Display.
The Evening 5tar..24,517 lines*
2d paper 6.780
3d paper 5,244
4th paper 4,655
sth paper 1,247 17,926 lines
Star excess. 6,591 lines
Merchants use The Star more
than all other papers com
bined, as The Star covers prac
tically the entire community at
one cost. i
$5,000-Year Pension
Is Sought for Widow
Os Woodrow Wilson
The House committee on pen
sions, In executive session today,
voted a pension of $5,000 a year
for Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and
$l5O a month for Mrs. Leonard
Wood.
The pension for Mrs. Wilson is
identical with the pension now
received by Mrs. Theodore Roose
velt. widow of the former Presi
dent. The pension for Mrs. Wil
son was voted after Senator
Swanson and members of the
Virginia delegation appeared be
fore the committee requesting
that such action be taken.
The committee also voted to
Include members of the Coast
Guard under the general pension
legislation for service branches.
This places those injured in line
of duty with the Coast Guard on
the same footing with those simi
larly Injured in the Army, Navy
and Marine Corps..
PEACE IN MEXICO
PUT UP TO CHURCH
Catholic Compliance With
Constitution Will End Con
flict, Official Says.
By the Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY, February 19.—Act
ing Secretary of Interior Canales told
Mexican Roman Catholics In a state
ment published in Mexico City news
papers this morning that the .church
authorities had it within their power to
restore peace In Mexico. It was mere
ly necessary, he said, to comply with
the constitutional regulations on re
ligious subjects.
The statement is an answer to that
published yesterday from Mgr. Miguel
De La Mora. Bishop of San Luis Potosl,
and spokesman for the Mexican Epis
copate, which denied participation and
responsibility In recent Mexican bomb
outrages. This responsibility had been
alleged by President Portes Gil.
Secretary Canales said that the Cath
olic clergy continued Its work from
1919 to 1926 under the same consti
tution which Ls now In effect. It finally
suspended religious services in 1926 with
enforcement of the legal regulations
based on the constitutional provisions
as a pretext. These legal regulations,
he said, do not affect the religion It
self and are similar to regulations the
Roman Catholic clergy meet in other
countries without objection.
Cites Insurgents’ Activities.
The statement says it is public knowl
edge there is an armed movement
against the government, refering to in
surgent activities in states of Jalisco,
Guanajuato and Michoacan, and that
this movement, rightly or wrongly, is
taken as a defense of the clergy against
"so-called attacks on them.” It is
logical also, he said, to attribute the
bombing of the presidential train Feb
ruary 10 to such a “defense.”
Referring to that part of the eccle
siastic’s statement, which said the gov
ernment’s requirement that all priests
inform the civil authorities of their ad
dresses is humiliating. Canales declared
this to be untrue. The demand for ad
dresses, he says, is merely a measure
taken as a part of th* investigation of
a enme, apparently referring to the at
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Little Red Dog Who Sang Like Bird Dies
Os Old Age at National Zoological Park
The celebrated dog which sang like a
bird at the National Zoological Park
died of old age yesterday.
This little red dog was the only
specimen of his kind in captivity in
the world. He was the South Ameri
can bush dog. a native of the dense
swamps of interior Brazil, whose ex
istence had been considered legendary.
Even the swamp Indians seldom see
one of these animals.
It is, according to Dr. William M.
Mann, director of the Zoo, almost en
tirely a nocturnal animal which in
habits only the denser tangles of the
jungle swamps. Nobody goes into the
swamps at night, so it escapes all con
tact with man. The animal is a real
dog, Dr. Mann says, but approaches
the otters with its partially webbed
feet. It probably spends a good deal
of its time in water.
The Zoo animal was kept for several
years as a pet by an American diplo
matic officer in. Brazil before it was
The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press news
service.
Yesterday’s Circulation, 109,793
(A>) Meant Associated Press.
$2,427,514 DRY SUM
UjGED BY COOLIDGE
To Submit to Congress Sup
plemental Budget
Estimate.
By the Associated Press,
v President Coolidge has drawn up for
submission to Congress a supplemental
budget estimate recommending that
an additional $2,427,514 be appro
priated for prohibition enforcement in
the fiscal year ending July 30, 1930.
The item of $24,000,000 for dry law
enforcement was placed in the de
ficiency appropriation bill at the in
stance of Senator Harris, Democrat,
Georgia. The House declined to ac
cept it and since then the bill has
been tied up awaiting Senate recon
sideration.
Recently the Treaausy informed the
House appropriations committee that
it could use $2,500,000 more immedi
ately to strengthen enforcement by the
Prohibition and Customs Services.
Mr. Coolidge decided to recommend
the supplemental appropriation after
conferences with members of the House
and Senate, the Treasury Department
and the Budget Bureau. To his callers
from Congress it seemed best to deal
in this way with the situation brought
on by the $24,000,000 amendment.
They wished to be consistent in their
stand on the subject, it was explained,
and the President was willing to waive
consistency on his part to bring this
about.
Mr. Coolidge was of the opinion that
he had recommended appropriations
covering all amounts it would be ad
vantageous to spend, but was willing
to be guided by the judgment of those
with whom he conferred.
WOMAN’S KIDNAPING
STORY BELIEVED HOAX
Probe of Bethlehem, Pa., Police
Dropped After Plea Led Them
oit Futile Search.
By the Associated Press.
BETHLEHEM, Pa„ February 19.
Belief that a frantic telephone appeal
to State police from a woman to rescue
her from kidnapers was a hoax led
State police to drop their investigation
of the case today.
A woman who called the local State
police barracks last night said she was
Mrs. Lloyd Schaeffer of Mauch Chunk
and was being held by kidnapers in a
house at Highland Park. Salisbury
Township. The connection was then
abruptly broken. It was at first reported
that the wires at the house had been
cut, but this was later found to be un
true.
When a squad of State policemen
reached the house they found it aban
doned.
It was learned that a Mrs. Floyd
Schaeffer resides at Mauch Chunk, but.
was not at home. State police said
that relatives at her home were not
concerned about her whereabouts. '
■■ •
Wales Plans to Visit Canada.
LONDON. February 19- <7P)._while
visiting the Canadian section of the
British Industries Fair todav, the Prince
of Wales said that he intended to
endeavor to visit Canada again in the
near future.
sent to Washington. It was one of
the gentlest and most friendlv ani
mals in the Zoo. but remained asleep,
curled up in the straw, most of the
day.
When its back was stroked, it would
start singing in a tone that was very
close to that of a bird. It never'barked
like a dog. There was even a birdlike
sweetness in its chirping.'
The bush dog had .been ailing for i
several weeks before its death, but there ,
seemed nothing definite the matter wi h (
it except senility.
This probably Is the one animal in
the Zoo, says Dr. Mann, that cannot be
replaced for any amount of money. It
is so rare that even zoologists sometimes
question whether there is any such ani
mal in existence, attributing the occa
sional accounts of seeing one to Indian
phantasies. x
Radio Programs—Page 31*
TWO CENTS.
FORMAL CHARGES
DRAWN AGAINSI
CAPT. BURLINGAME
Specification Accuses Him of
Writing Love Letters
to Palmist.
CITIZENS’ TRIAL BOARD
HELD ILLEGAL BY BRIDE
Capitol Conferees Eliminate Cara*
way’s Amendment to D. C.
Bill Halting Pay.
The board to try Capt. Guy E.
Burlingame was announced this
afternoon as follows: MaJ. D. A.
Davison, Assistant Engineer Commis
sioner; Dr. Edgar A. Bocock, super
intendent of GalUnger Hospital, and
William P. Richards, tax assessor.
Formal charges on which Capt. Gup
E. Burlingame, suspended commander
of the second police precinct, will bo
called upon to answer before an ex
. traordinary trial board were completed
this afternoon by Corporation Counsel
William W. Bride and his assistants.
The general charge is “conduct preju
dicial to the good order, reputation and
, discipline of the police force*” it con
tains a specification accusing Bur
lingame of conduct unbecoming an of
■ fleer, alleging that he wrote certain lova
letters, which were Introduced as evi
dence in the case by Representative
■ Blanton of Texas, to whom Mrs. Helen
F. Blalock. the missing Seventh street
palmist, gave her sensational affidavit
in Abilene, Tex.
Hasten Plans for TriaL
With the formal charges drawn,
plans now are being made for the trial,
which will be held the latter part of
this week or early next week. The
Commissioners. In session this after
l noon, also are considering the per
; sonnel of the special board which will
hear the charges against the police
captain. The appointments are ex
i pected to be made late this afternoon.
according to Commissioner Proctor L.
r Dougherty, chairman of the Board of
Commissioners.
Meanwhile, at the Capitol it was
learned that the conferees had elimi
nated the amendment attached to the
District appropriation bill in the Sen
ate on motion of Senator Caraway,
> Deißocrat, of Arkansas, providing that
. none of the money carried in the bill
be used to pay the salary of Capt.
Burlingame until he has been vindl
: eated of the accusations made against
1 him.
It was indicated that the conferees
■ felt the amendment was not necessary,
since Capt. Burlingame had been sus
[ pended pending a trial.
Hunt Complainant.
The only remaining obstacle that may
hinder swift completion of the plans
for the trial, it developed, is the lack
of a complaining witness. In the ab
sence of Mrs. Blalock. It was pointed
out. an official of the District Govern
ment will have to assume that position,
but none can be found, it seems, who
is willing to appear in the role of com
plainant. The opinion of those in
charge of the prosecution of the case
is that Maj. Edwin B. Hesse, superin
tendent of police, should be made the
complainant, but it is known that he
will vigorously oppose such a plan.
Maj. Hesse takes the position that
the case is not officially in his hands
and that it would not be in accordance
with customary police procedure' for
him to appear as the complainant
when other officials of the District gov
ernment have in their possession the
information on which the charges are
to be based. In other words, Maj.
Hesse thinks an attempt is being made
to make him “the goat.”
Capt. Burlingame is entitled to 48
hours In which to prepare his defense,
but It Is believed he will be allowed addl
tional time if he wants it. Burlingame,
however, is understood to be prepared to
go to trial and is known to be anxious
for hasty disposition of the case. But
with Washington’s birthday, a holiday,
coming Friday, it is likely that the
trial will be deferred until Monday.
Bride Rules Against Special Board.
Corporation Counsel Bride prevented
the original plans to appoint a special
trial board composed of a majority of
persons outside the District service in s
written opinion he submitted to th<
Commissioners soon after they con*
vened this morning, which held thal
such a board would not be legally con
stituted as the municipal government
has no fund available to compensate
the members. As a result, the Com
missioners. it was said, will appoint d
board composed of employes of the Dis
trict' go vemment.
Bride and Ringgold Hart, princlpif
assistant corporation counsel, both in
formally held last week that the Com»
missioner* had authority to create t
special trial board made up of any
“person or persons” they should ap
point, but a question was raised latef
whether such a board would be legal if
the members were not paid for their
**u V T^e Commissioners then
asked Bride for a format opinion.
Despite the serious accusations con
talned in Mrs. Blalock s affidavit. BrldS
and his assistants were forced to con
one the charge to conduct prejudicial to
the good order, reputation and discipline
or the Police Department, due to the
absence of the palmist.
_ The renewed activity at the District
Building to bring Burlingame to trial
followed two Important conferences yes
terday between the officials concerned,
both of which were surrounded with
secrecy. After Bride returned from the
House Office Building, where he con
ferred with Representative Blanton of
Texas, he called an executive meeting
of two of his -assistants. Ringgold Hart
and Walter Fowler, and Maj. Hesse and
discussed the case for several hours
"Not a chirp, not a chirp," he told
newspaper men after the conference.
“Anything I might say now may
jeopardize the case."
It was learned, however, that the
plans were laid at this conference for
actual preparations of the formal
charges against Burlingame.
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