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REVOLVER BATTLE AT MARYLAND INN MAY PROVE FATAL ‘‘Jew Boy’’ Dietz in Hospital as Police Hold Sol Munitz and Seek Couple. AUTO FOUND WRECKED, WITH PISTOL NEARBY Patient, With SI,OOO in Pocket, Refuses to Give light on 2 A.M. Tight Near Hyattsville. A man in whose pockets were found nearly SI,OOO lies in Sibley Hospital, Washington, with little chance of re covery from bullet wounds in his abdo men and left leg. his lips tightly sealed to repeated police questioning about a fight in the Prince Georges Inn. for merly Ram's Horn Inn, near Chillum, Md.. early this morning, in which two other persons are believed to have been shot. Police described the gun fight in which William “Jew Boy’’ Dietz. 34, of the 1900 block Sixteenth street, was probably mortally wounded, and the other two persons, a man and girl, be lieved hurt, as a “row between boot leggers and gamblers.’’ Told he was likely to die, Dietz today steadfastly refused to “squeal,” and offered police only the information that just after the shooting, which occurred at about 2:30 o'clock this morning, he saw a man and girl run out of the Prince Georges Inn holding their breasts as if wounded. No Trace of Pair Found. Washington and Prince Georges County police have made a complete check of the Capital hospitals and the doctors of the Maryland county, but have failed to find any trace of the pair believed to have been wounded. Sheriff Charles S. Early of Prince Georges County is holding Sol Munitz of the 300 block Four-and-a-Half street, who brought Dietz to Sibley Hospital, at Marlboro today for ques tioning. According to police, Munitz also refuses to shed any light on the shooting. After a conference between county police and State’s Attorney J. Frank Parra n, Munitz was held on a charge of being an accessory to aiding and abetting the shooting of Dietz. Bond of $5,000 was set for Munitz's release this afternoon by Prince Georges County authorities. Munitz will be re leased as soon as bond is posted, it was announced. A friend of Munitz appeared at the Marlboro Courthouse with an attorney, saying that he had come to get $4,000 and a ring which he said Dietz had given Munitz. He had not been allowed to see Munitz. A car in which the persons responsi ble for the shooting are believed by police to have attempted to make their escape lies wrecked on a bridge near the inn in which the shooting took place. A .25 calibre automatic pistol which Is believed to have been used in the shooting, was found, with Its magazine empty, near the wrecked automobile. Police find much in their Investiga tion today by which to connect the shooting with the liquor running •'racket'’ In the Capital. Munitz is alleged to have told Deputy Sheriff A- W. Hepburn of Prince Georges County that he recently served a year and five days for a liquor law violation in the District. Police records show that Munitz was arrested by De tective C. A. Berry in August, 1926. with another man, after an automobile chase, and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary for using a smoke screen and violating the prohibition laws. Plates Believed Identified. The ear, which was found abandoned after it had sideswiped the bridge near the Inn, bears license plates which police say were issued to a man known to them as a bootlegger. According to Deputy Sheriff Hepburn, who, with Sergt. H. G. Machen and Policeman Claude Reese of the Prince Georges force, investigated the shooting, Dietz was wounded when he stepped into the reception hall of the inn from ... an adjoining small dance hall. The police declared that there had been an argument going on in the hall between several men whom they expect to arrest today. Police are unable to say how many shots were fired. Dietz was hit three times, once in the abdomen and twice in the left leg. The bullets were from a .25-caliber automatic pistol. Police traced two other bullets, one embedded in a door and a hole in a window, where another had sped. The shooting occurred two hours after the Prince Georges police had vis ited the inn, and. after arresting one man on a fugitive warrant from Vir ginia, had reported “all quiet” in the place. Talley Day Arrested. The man arrested by Deputy Sheriff j Hepburn on the first trip to the inn was Talley Day, alias Isaac Day, alias Talley Dayeu, and he was brought to Washington and booked at the twelfth precinct station for investigation. Day is the same man who was arrested and questioned in the investigation of the ifcath of John J. Grady last year. Grady fell through a skylight of a Fourteenth street apartment'house and was killed. H None of the proprietors of the inn tfculd be located by the authorities after the shooting. At the inn this morning the only man on the premises was a foreigner, who claimed the proprietor of the inn was a man named Donaldson, but could give no information as to -Donaldson’s” whereabouts. Marlboro Courthouse records show that Frank W. Moran of Hyattsville took out trader's, restaurant and cig arette seller's licenses for the inn last February. I.ike Green Gables Case. The testimonv offered at the hearing before State’s Attorney Parran strikingly resembled that given in the Green Gables roadhouse shooting, which re sulted last March in the death of Charles Wesley Poutra. Munitz told the State’s attorney he reached the roadhouse about 1:30 o'clock. As he entered, he said, an argument was in progress between two men. The crowd separated them, however, and the two men retired to a private room. Munitz said he danced w-ith an un known partner and then went outside to cool off. WhilP standing by his car h« said he heard two shots fired in rapid succession. Dietz ran out of the inn, jumped in his own car and called to Munitz to drive him to a hospital. ! Held in Shooting \ I f SOL MUNITZ, Being investigated in connection with the shooting of William Dietz in a Maryland roadhouse early today. Munitz tried to evade photographers by pulling his cap over his eyes. —Star Staff Photo. DRIVER IS BLAMED FOR CADY DEATH Coroner’s Jury Orders Rob ert Taliaferro Held for Grand Jury Action. After hearing testimony this after noon that his brakes were defective and he was carrying whisky in his automo bile, the coroner’s jury ordered Robert Henry Taliaferro. 28 years old, of the 900 block of Maryland avenue northeast, held for action of the grand jury as the driver of an automobile which Satur day night fatally injured Benjamin Cady, 72-year-old veteran chief of j guides at the Capitol. The arresting officer, Thomas Hayes | of No. 9 precinct, told the coroner’s jury he found four pints of alleged whisky on the floor of Taliaferro’s coupe short ly after the accident. Testimony that the driver’s brakes were faulty were given the jury by Officer George P. Waite of the Traffic Bureau, who said he tested them Saturday night. Painter Describes Accident. Clyde Scott, a painter, living near the scene of the accident, said he saw Mr. Cady struck down about 7:30 o’clock Saturday night. He said the driver apparently made no effort to stop until he shouted at him, where upon the sedan was pulled to the curb some 175 feet from where Cady lay in the street. Scott said he then took Taliaferro by the arm and they went together to a nearby drug store where the latter phoned for the police. Dr. Joseph D. Rogers, assistant cor oner, reported the guide had come to his death from a fractured skull, hem morhage and shock. He expired at Casualty Hospital about 2:30 o'clock Sunday morning, several hours after the accident occurred. In his testimony today Officer Waite declared that the foot and hand brakes of Taliaferro's car, when applied simul taneously, were not effective enough to halt the machine under 200 feet while operated at the prescribed 20 miles per hour. At this speed the District code provides that efficient brakes must halt the car under 75 feet. Claimed He Was Retired Clerk. According to police, Taliaferro de scribed himself as a retired Government clerk. They said he was traveling at a high rate of speed, going east on B street, when he attempted a right turn into Eleventh street. The victim of the accident was a familiar figure at the Capitol, where, in his capacity as a guide, he had many friends and acquaintances among the country’s legislators and statesmen. PAY MISGIVEN II D.C. EMPLOYES District Personnel Classifica tion Board Denies One Ap peal, Delays Two. Eleven employes of the Municipal Government are slated for salary in creases as a result of the action of the District Personnel Classification Board in approving appeals for reallocation to higher grades under the personnel clas sification act, it was announced today at the District Building. The board, however, turned down one appeal and deferred action on two. Aside from acting on the appeals for step-ups, the board also allocated 51 of the 95 new positions created under the Board of Public Welfare in the Dis trict appropriation act for the coming fiscal year, beginning July 1, and trans ferred a group of guards at the District Workhouse, at Occoquan, Va., from the per diem to the annual pay roll. Hospital Force Is Increased. Forty-four of the 95 new positions are for student nurses and internes at Gallinger Municipal Hospital, while the others are for orderlies, attendants and laborers. The increase in person nel is due to the opening of the new domestic service and ward buildings at the institution. The workhouse guards to be trans ferred from the per diem to the annual salarv rolls are the last group to be shifted, and after July 1 all such rm ployes will be on an annual pay status. 44 Other Positions to Be Allotted. The recommendations of the District Personnel Board will be forwarded this week to the Federal Personnel Classi fication Board for ratification. The 44 remaining new positions under the Welfare Board will be allocated at the next meeting of the District board, of which Maj. Daniel J. Donovan, Dis trict auditor and budget officer, is chairman. Other members are Daniel E. Garges, secretary to the Board of Commission ers: George S. Wilson, director of pub lic welfare; J. B. Gordon, sanitary en gineer, and Maj. Raymond O. Wil marth. assistant superintendent of pub lic schools in charge of business affairs. G. M. Thornett Is the bond's secretary. %\)£ %u\xxm Jifef. ICEOSE RELATIONS! ! BETWEEN AMERICAS URGED BY STIMSON Secretary of State Says Pri vate Organizations Can Aid Understanding. PAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY IS LAUDED FOR EFFORTS Members of Union’s Governing Beard Are Presented With Golden Insignias at Luncheon. Establishment of better understanding between nations depends to a far great er extent on activities of private organ izations than on the actions of the Gov ernment, Secretary of State Stimson declared today at a luncheon given by the governing board of the Pan-Amer ican Union in honor of directors of the Pan-American Society . Ministers and charges de affaires of 20 Latin American republics, besides a number of former Government officials, attended the luncheon at the Pan- American Union Building. Secretary Stimson and others emphasized the im portance of close relations between offi cial bodies and organizations of private citizens, such as the Pan-American Society represents. As chairman of the governing board of the Union, Secretary Stimson ex pressed the appreciation of the board to officers of the Pan-American Society for their activities in enlightening pub lic opinion in the United States relative to the important contributions which the nations of Latin America have made to science, literature and art. He also thanked them for the warm hospitality which the society has constantly ex tended to visitors to the United States from the southern republics. Velarde Extends Welcome, Vice chairman of the board. Am bassador Herman Velarde of Peru, also | extended the welcome of his colleagues, stating that the program of the Pan- American Society "has been a program of spiritual approximation, and your work of human sympathy has been a positive contribution to the creation of solidarity of feeling thought and as pirations of the American Continent.” The president of the society, John L. Merrill, responding, declared it was the purpose of the organization to con tribute in every way possible to promo tion of closer relations and better un derstanding between the peoples of the United States and those at Latin America. At the conclusion of his address, Mr. Merrill presented to each member of the governing board of the union, a gold insignia, with the coats of arms of the 21 republics of the Western Hemisphere, suspended by a ribbon con taining the colors of all the flags of the American republics. The insignia, which carried with it honorary mem bership in the society, were also pre sented to the director general .and as sistant director general of the Pan- American Union. Prior to the luncheon, the officers of the Pan-American Society were re ceived at the White House by Presi dent Hoover. Root Is Unable to Attend. Elihu Root, honorary vice chairman of the society and former Secretary of State, in a letter expressing regret at his inability to be present, lauded the purposes of the society. “I perceive in the people of Latin America many attractive qualities, which it would be very beneficial for the people of the United States to acquire.” he wrote, "just as I think it would be useful for the Latin American peoples to learn something from us. Good understand ing between all the peoples of the American republics means not merely political accord and business prosperity, but it means the multitude of personal influences, which help towards the de velopment of strong and well-balanced character.” The Pan-American Society was or ganized in 1912 to take such steps, involving no political policy, as might serve to develop and conserve mutual knowledge, understanding and true friendship among the American re publics and peoples. The following attended the luncheon: Secretary Stimson, Senor Dr. Her nan Velarde. Ambassador of Peru: Am bassador of Mexico, Senor Don Manual C. Tellez; Ambassador of Cuba, Senor Don Orestes Ferrara; Ambassador of Chile, Senor Don Carlos G. Davila; Minister of Colombia, Senor Dr. En rique Olaya; Minister of Venezuela, Senor Dr. Carlos F. Grisanti; Minister of the Dominican Republic, Senor Don Angel Morales: Minister of Costa Rica, Senor Don Manuel Castro Quesada; Minister of Nicaragua, Senor Dr. Juan B. Sacasa; charge d'affaires of Argen tina, Senor Dr. Julian Enciso; charge d'affaires of Brazil, Senhor Dom Paulo . Coelho de Almeida; charge d’affaires . of Haiti, M. Raoul Lizaire; charge 1 d’affaires of El Salvador, Senor Don i Carlos Leiva; charge d’affaires of Hon . duras, Senor Dr. Carlos Izaguirre; r charge d'affaires of Guatemala, Senor Dr. Ramiro Fernandez; charge d'af , faires of Paraguay, Senor Dr. Juan B. I Ynsfran; charge d’affaires of Panama, Senor Dr. Juan B. Chevalier; charge • d’affaires of Bolivia, Senor Dr. George de la Barra; charge d'affaires of Uru • guay, Senor Dr. J. A. Mora: charge . d’affaires of Ecuador, Senor Dr. Juan , Barbcris; John L. Merrill, president of ! the society; Frank L. Polk, John Bar t rett, Spruille Braden, Col. Franklin Q. , Brown. James S. Carson, George P. Chittenden, Charles V. Drew, William E. Dunn, A. Stuart Durrant, Phanor J. Eder, Roscoe B. Gaither, Phillip W. 5 Henry, Thomas Kearny, Minor C. l Keith, Severo Mal’lett-Prevost, S. Z. , Mitchell, James M. Motley, Charles M. 3 Muchnic, Frank C. Munson. Walter . Scott Penfield, R. A. C. Smith, James j ; Speyer, Ernest H. Wands, Thomas J. ; 5 1 Watson, William P. Flower, secretary of | the society; director general of the Pan- , . ! American Union, Dr. L. S. Rowe, end 1 ; assistant director, Dr. Esteban Cil , j Borges. : BENNETT RITES ARE SET. t Funeral serivees for Mrs. Emma A. 5 Bennett, 79 years old, who died at the - residence of her daughter, Mrs. L. T. i Jones. 30 Grant circle, Saturday, will - be held there tomorrow afternoon at 1 ■ o'clock. Interment will be in Arlington £ Cemetery. Mrs. Bennett, the widow of George 5 Bennett, Union Army veteran, had been a resident of this city for the past 50 , years. She was born in Oneida County, - N. Y„ in March, 1851. Her death re - suited from a stroke of paralysis Thurs - day. Besides Mrs. Jones, she is survived by - another daughter. Mrs. E. C, flittue, :. and a son, Frank L. Bennett, of Wash ington, » r**** WASHINGTON, 1). 0,, MONDAY, .MAY 27, Hm *_ ! ORATORY FINALISTS VIEW FROM AIR I ' f a ljb m. sgf&ti - Bu Ay ■■ ■ >:-> v .■■ f jp| £ - v ' x-Q : jtj^Jjjjt ORATORS CHOOSE NATIONAL HEADS Elect Officers of Constitution Club —Airplane Trip Fea tures Visit Here. Thrilled in the morning by an ex citing airplane ride over the Capital and by tales of the travel by sea, desert and mountain which will be theirs on the South American tour this Summer, the eight finalists of the Sixth National Oratorical Contest concluded their day together in Washington with the elec tion of the national officers of the Con stitution Club at the Mayflower Hotel last night. Ben Swofford. Kansas City. Mo., en try. who won the national champion ship in the contest finals at the Wash ington Auditorium Saturday night, was chosen president, while James Leonard Butsch, St. John’s College boy, who represented Washington, Virginia and Maryland in the finals, was named na tional vice president of the club. Miss Elizabeth V. Corey of Portland, Me., was selected as secretary and treasurer. The election marked the annual meeting of the finalists, held in executive session following the official dinner given them by Randolph Leigh, director general of the contest, and Mrs. Leigh. All but two of the out-of-town final ists will have started for their homes by tonight. Lee Miller, Chicago's sec ond-place winning entry, and Wilbur Thibault, the Portland, Oreg., orator, will not leave until tomorrow. Miss Lucille Fletcher, the Brooklyn girl who took third place in the contest, and Howard Finch, Battle Creek, Mich., en try, left last night, while Miss Katherine Marshall of Quanah. Tex.: Miss Corey and Swofford left this morning or early this afternoon. Party Guests of The Star. Tire eight orators and members of their party on the trip to Washington, were guests of The Star yesterday on an automobile tour of Washington and nearby Virginia which was featured by an informal dinner at the George Mason Hotel in Alexandria. Leaving The Star Building at 10 o’clock, the party was taken in automobiles to Hoover Field at. the Virginia end of the Highway Bridge. There they were taken aloft in two open biplanes for a 16-minute flight over the city. Di vided into groups of four, the finalists took off simultaneously with Miss Mar shall, Miss Corey, Swofford and Butsch in a shin piloted by R. W. Scott, and with Miller, Thinault, Miss Fletcher and Finch in the plane handled by Pilot Belir. Both pilots are members oT the staff of the International Air ways. Inc., hosts to the orators, were on the flight. A minute after the orators’ plane had taken off. a little monoplane carrying : a staff photographer for The Star and i piloted by Earl Stanhaurer followed I th-n inn the air. Over the monu i m nt, the orators were treated to a ■ sro' dives, turns and banks as the j t 0 s maneuvered for position in v.iiku the orators could be photo graphed from midair with the monu ment showing beneath. From Hoover Field, the orators went to the Pan-American Union Building which, although closed on Sunday, was opened especially for them by Dr. L. S. Rowe, director general of the Union, who was a most affable host. In a brief address to the boys and girls who little more than a month away will embark for the three-month journey through South America, Dr. Rowe told the orators he considered their visit to the nations below “as a matter of utmost importance.” The peoples of South America, he told them, will regard their visit as a compliment, for, he explained, “you arc going in every respect, representative.” Citing common misunderstandings which foreign lands entertain toward Jt£e United States, and specifically the Upper left: Miss Lucille Fletcher of Brooklyn, in cockpit of photographer's plane, hears Pilot Earl Stanhaurer ex plain how he and The Star’s camera man “shot” her plane in mid-air over the Washington Monument. Upper right: The finalists at the Pan- American Union Building. Seated, left to right: Ben Swofford of Kansas City, Mo., the champion; Miss Fletcher, third place winner, and Lee Miller of May wood. 111., winner of second honors. Standing, left to right: Howard Finch of Battle Creek, Mich.; James Leonard Butsch, Washington entry; Miss Kath erine Marshall of Quanah, Tex.; Miss Elizabeth V. Corey of Portland, Me., and Wilbur Thibault of Portland, Oreg. Lower: One of the two planes carrying the orators as it passed above the Mon ument. In it are Lee Miller, Miss Flet cher, Thibault and Finch. —Star Staff Photos. belief that this Nation is Intensely com mercial, Dr. Rowe declared that too often other people overlook the fact that the United States is a cultural land and, withall. one in which more real unselfish works are wrought than in most other countries. Escorts Party Through Building. “They will take you as representa tive of education here, so you have a real responsibility upon your shoulders,” Dr. Rowe told them. He urged the orators to avail themselves of every opportunity to become personally ac quainted with the people of the various lands they will visit so that they will return home with more complete under standing of their South American neighbors. Following the talk. Dr. Rowe per sonally escorted the young visitors and their party through the big building, showing them Its magnificent halls and gardens. From the Pan-American Union Build ing, the party visited the Lincoln Me morial, and returning to Virginia, went to Alexandria, where they enjoyed glimpses of Christ Church, Episcopal, where Washington worshiped; the old Carlisle House, the grave of the Un known Soldier of the Revolutionary War and other interesting structures. Stop ping at the George Mason Hotel, the boys and girls had a dinner of chicken and old Virginia ham, and while they were about it, took occasion to become better acquainted. Young Butsch entertained with some of A1 Jolson's songs and Miss Fletcher played the piano. Good-natured ban ter raced around the table, over which Col. C. Fred Cook. Star librarian, pre sided. and when the party reassembles at Jacksonville, Fla., for embarkation for South America, they’ll be friends. Among yesterday’s diners were James R. Moore, last year’s champion, and Benjamin Earl Hinden. The Star’s rep resentative in last year's contest. Mr. Leigh’s dinner at the Mayflower Hotel last night was attended not only by the contestants, but by the parents or companions of the orators on their trip here. Friendliness established dur ing the day mellowed as the dinner pro gressed, and when the persons un initiated into the circle of oratory re tired to an adjoining room to permit the important secret session of the Con stitution Club to convene, the boys and girls were in high spirits. Mr. Leigh, as honorary vice president of the na tional club, presided. WIDE SEARCH STARTED FOR MISSING STUDENT Francis L. Du Bois, 19, of Cornell University Last Heard From in Chicago. A country-wide search has been In stituted for Francis L. Du Bois, 19-year old Cornell University student, reported missing from the university at Ithaca. N. Y., for three weeks. Capt. B. P. Du Bois, U. S. N„ retired, father of the young man, this morning 1 appealed to local police to start a search for his son. The family home is at 3317 Rowland place. According to the report to police, the missing student is riding a motor cycle, and was last heard from in Chicago. His description will be furnished police of other cities. . k §§lll Blmmm / r-m \ '• *C;I —Bwn ** Mm Wkm -'~ \ ML * Wmmm i >/ i 11 Vn JUkUIPiS. USt^J gaL i ■& <• ■?* HfK a ap%, "Imw F CHIEF OF SEVENTH CORPS AREA DIES Maj. Gen. H. A. Smith Will Be Buried in Arlington Cemetery. Maj. Gen. Harry A. Smith, com j manding the 7th Corps Area, with head- : quarters at Omaha, Nebr., died in that | city yesterday from an attack of pneu monia, according to War Department advices. Though funeral arrangements have not been completed, it is expected that the body will be brought to Wash ington for burial hi Arlington National Cemetery. Gen. Smith was 63 years of age and was graduated from the Military Acad emy in June, 1891. During his long service he took an active part in the Cuban campaign, the Philippine insur rection, the Chinees campaign, the oc cupation of Vera Cruz and the World War. He was awarded the Distin guished Service Medal for "most con spicuous service as commandant of the Army Schools at Langres, France” and also “for marked executive ability as officer in charge of the administration of civil affairs in the German territory occupied by the American Army.” He also was awarded the Order of Companion of the Bath by the British government and made an officer of the Legion of Honor by the French govern ment. On his return to the United States in July, 1919, he served in this city as assistant commandant of the Army. War College until April 10, 1923, when he was placed In command of the 16th In fantry Brigade at Fort Howard. Md. Since June, 1925, he commanded the Army Service Schools at Fort Leaven worth. Kan., and later was chief of the war plans division of the general staff at the War Department until May 31, 1927, when he assumed command of the ; 7th Corps Area at Omaha. He was promoted to the grade of major general in September, 1926. LETTER OF SYMPATHY WILL RESULT IN WEDDING Chicagoan Will Marry Mrs. Isabel la B. Keyes as Culmination of Romance. A romance growing out of letter writing, beginning when the bride-to be sent the bridegroom a letter of sympathy upon the death of his second wife, will culminate in the marriage of Roland A. Benson. 71, of Chicago, and Mrs. Isabella B. Keyes, 71, of 1513 O street, at the home of Mrs. Wallace T. Conn., 1363 East Capitol street, at I 5 o'clock this afternoon. After corresponding for a number of months, Mr. Benson came here from Chicago to see Mrs. Keyes last Decem ber and again a lew months later, after she had sympathized with him by mail over the death of his wife, who was a close personal friend of hers, and later sent messages of sympathy when Mr. Benson sustained an Injury in a fall. Mr. Benson was also left, a widower by his first wife. He is a grandfather, and has one daughter and two sons. Mrs. Keyes is the widow of Dr. Keyes of this city. Rev. Kyle Booth will officiate at the wedding. FLYERS COMMENDED. House Votes to Extend Congratula tions to Texans. The House today voted to extend Its congratulations to Reginald L. Robbins and James Kelly, Texas flyers, for their : achievement in breaking the world’s record for continuous flight. Speaker I.ongworth was instructed to send a telegram to the aviators upon a motion by Representative Lee, Demo- j ( cxat, of Texas. * » Society and General 7 !■ & \ Wlggß i i\ i mWmm \ ' :> JSb j||i IS B ■ flft» \ | \ flflk MEETING DELAYED BY UTILITIES BODY Absence of Chairman Chil dress in New York Causes Postponement. Business of the Public Utilities Com mission ■was suspended today by the absence of Chairman John W. Childress in New York. There being only two memliers of the commission. Mr. Chil dress and Engineer Commissioner Wil liam B. Ladue. the meeting called for 10 am. today was indefinitely post poned. It is not known definitely when Mr. Childress plans to return to Washing ton. At the offices of the commission he is expected to return Friday. If he does not return by Wednesday, it does not appear that a meeting of the com mission can be held before his resigna tion takes effect at the end of business May 31. Col. Ladue will be engaged in meetings of the Board of Commissioners Tuesday and Friday. These will most likely bs all-day affairs, since the Dis trict budget is under consideration. Thursday is a public holiday. This would leave only Wednesday for a meet ing of the utilities commission. At the offices of the commission it was said that there are many routine matters pending for settlement by the commission. One of these is an order granting employes half-day off Sat urdays during the Summer. Other employes of the District government will get their Saturday half days be ginning this week, but the Utilities Commission has exclusive control over its employes, and they do not come under the general order issued by the I District Commissioners. When Mr. Childress’ resignation be comes effective there will be but one member of the commission until the Senate confirms the appointment of either Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick or Mr. Harleigh Hartmann, recently named to commissionerships by Presi dent Hoover. The commission will then be unable to function, as it takes two members, a majority, both voting the same way, to execute any business. POLICE CLAIM SEIZURE OF RARE “GOOD LIQUOR” Thirteen Bottles “Real Scotch” In cluded in Supply Taken From Auto at Chain Bridge. A rare seizure of alleged “good” liquor was made last night by police of the seventh precinct, acting on in formation that a load was about to enter the city from Virginia. Officers G. W. Shenault and M. I. Bridges when told that an automobile containing liquor was crossing Chain Bridge from Virginia awaited the ma chine and halted it near Thirty-eighth street and Pennsylvania avenue. A search revealed 13 bottles of real Scotch whisky, police say, 9 bottles of cognac and 16 bottles of imported gin. James Higgins. 32 years old, of Lon don Hall Apartments, was arrested and I charged with illegal transporting. Ac cording to the prisoner's statement, the liquor was brought from Canada and was “real stuff.” Although it ar rived here more than a week ago. po lice say, Higgins was unable to unload it and carried it in his car. Yesterday his wife is said to have driven the automobile to Virginia with out Higgins’ consent and he is alleged to have followed her and to have taken the machine after a dispute. 'Vain Search for kk ßody m Potomac Laid to Boy s Flight Without Clothes A boy who went in swimming “raw" near the Anacostia Bridge and was frightened away by the approach of | some one he took to be a policeman, leaving his clothes behind, is thought by police today to be * ■ explanation of the finding of a boy's clothes on the east bank of the Anacostia River last evening, which caused an hour's traffic tie-up of curious motorists watching the harbor police drag the spot for a body. Lieut. E. T. Harney, commanding the harbor precinct, pointed out that the police launch was cruising in the vicinity where the clothes were found last evening, and the small swimmer, probably hearing the sound of the mo tor and thinking he had been seen, lied without his clothes. Again this morning the bottom was dragged, but without results. Shortly after midnight it was thought that the clothes had been identified as those of John Donaldson. 12 years old, of 316 Channing street northeast, who was reported missing by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest, Donaldson. Mr. ! Donaldson was called on the telephone i and told of what had happened The ! frantic father rushed to the ninth pre cinct to look at. the garments, but his mind was quickly set at rest, since his j son wore long trousers, while the pair, I found were of tire short variety. PAGE 17 PADLOCK ACTION PLANNED AGAINST j GAMBLING HOUSES ' Crastic Steps to Close Es tablishments Proposed by Rover and Police. LEGAL BASIS SOUGHT FOR PROJECTED MOVE : Report Sent United States Attorney Lists 289 Places Raided During 13 Months. Drastic steps to close Washington’s gambling and handbook making estab lishments by the use of padlock pro ceedings if a legal basis for this action can be found are contemplated by both the District and Federal authorities, it was learned today when the Police Department forwarded to United States Attorney Leo A. Rover a comprehensive and detailed report on the gambling | situation. The report lists 280 places raided by the police for violation of the various gambling laws in the period between January 1. 1928. and January 30. 1929, and contains other data concerning the location of the establishments, the proprietors and owners of the property, which, it is believed, will be useful to the United States attorney's office in anv move it may make to assist the Police Department in closing the places. 21 Others Under Suspicion. The information furnished Mr. Rover is virtually the same in character as that submitted to him some time ago with respect to “speakeasies” when padlock proceedings were planned. Although Rover said he had not reached a decision as to what use will be made of the list of gambling houses, there is reason to believe that padlock ing of these places might be attempted if it is found that such a procedure can be adopted legally. Aside from the 289 places raided in the 13-month period, the police report stated that there are 21 other estab lishments “still under suspicion.” The report was prepared after a thor- I ough check-up of records of all police | precincts. It showed that 469 raids I were made in the 13 months which resulted in 624 arrests for violation of : the gambling laws. Many Raided More Than Once. The discrepancy between the number of places raided and the number of raids is due to the fact that a number of the establishments were raided more than once. One place, the report re vealed. was raided 11 times in the 13 months, while another had a record of 9 raids. A third establishment, the report further showed, was raided 7 times. The largest number of raids, accord ing to the report, was in the fourth pre cinct, which covers the Southwest sec tion. In the period covered by the re port it showed 52 raids in this precinct, while the first precinct, which covers a major portion of the business district, was a close second, with 51 raids. The only precincts in which no raids were made are the twelfth and four teenth. both in outlying sections of the District. The record of raids in the other precincts, as shown by the report, follow: Second precinct, 24: third precinct, 43; fifth precinct, 35; sixth precinct, 43: seventh precinct, 18: eighth pre cinct,- 9: ninth precinct. 10; tenth pre cinct. 4: eleventh precinct, 1, and in the thirteenth precinct 4. Numerous Charges Filed .. Charges placed against the establish ments raided included setting up a gaming table, violation of the lottery laws, handbook making and permitting gaming. Setting up a gaming table and lottery are felonies under the District code." while making a handbook on races and permitting gaming are mis demeanors. The legal question raised as to the use of the padlock injunction In gambling cases is whether this weapon can be employed against establishments in which a misdemeanor has been com mitted. In the case of lottery and gaming tables, however, which consti tute felonies, the authorities, it is said, believe that the padlock can be legally adopted. DOME CONTRACTS LET. Elaborate Engineering Necessary to Save Museum Crown* In its efforts to save the new National Museum dome, the Government has 1 had to award contract not only for elaborate engineering devices to strengthen the supports and keep the dome from possibly crashing into the rotunda below, but also for a new sys tem of water gullies and pipes to carry off the rain. The water system contract has just been let to Frank L. Wagner of this j city in the sum of $5,055. and the cost I is to be charged up to the appropria i tion for safeguarding the dome. The ! structural engineering job for strength- I ening the dome is virtually completed. The work Is being done under direr - 1 tion of the office of supervising archi -1 tect of the Treasury Department. About 4 o'clock this morning John was located by twelfth precinct police, sitting in a dilapitated car with three other boys on Bcnning road northeast. He told his parents "I wasn't doing nothing," and there it ended. Police agani thought they had dis i covered the owner of the clothes in 12- year-old William Burton of IOCS Eleventh street northeast, but this time a patrolman who went to the house found the boy asleep in bed. He had been reported missing Saturday. The clothes were first seen by Rus . sell Glace. 14 years old, of 26 Seventh i street northeast, and Thomas Croyle. 15 t years old, of 231 Massachusetts avenue 1 northeast, who took them to the ninth precinct. They then accompanied police to the spot where they had found then lying on the river bank. The polic boat was summoned and the searcl began. The traffic jam on the bridge reache such serious proportions that it wc necessary’ to summon officers from th fifth and eleventh precincts and the re serves stationed at No. 9. There were no identifying marks c’ the clothes, which consisted of a ca; a brown sports sweater, golf stocking to match, light brown short pants, hie brown fhors. a jersey, an imitation si r'lTr. a mi'on suit and a sports be" ; They appear to be of a size which would lit a boy 10 or 12 years old* V.