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(17. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Fair tonight: tomorrow partly cloudy;
local thundershowers in the afternoon;
little change in temperature.
Temperatures: Highest, 89. at 12:45
p.m. yesterday; lowest. 67, at 5 am.
today. Full report on page 7.
Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 18 & 19
HO Entered as second class matter
JNO. 01,11*.. post office, Washington, D. C.
H. J. McDonald Expected to
• Succumb From Gunshot
Wound Through Lung.
Colored Man Escapes After Brother
Falls in Street Mor
tally Hurt.
One of two colored gunmen Is dead
and a young policeman Is dying, vic
tims of a despeVate pistol battle, which
ensued at Seventeenth and Q streets
early this morning when the colored
men, one an escaped convict, who had
been placed under arrest by the police
man following an attempt to steal
■whisky from a drugstore, tried to shoot
their way to freedom.
Private H. J. McDonald of the third
precinct, was shot through the right
lung by one of the two men he had
arrested as he was preparing to tele
phone for the patrol wagon at 4:30
oclock this morning. Physicians at
Emergency Hospital say they do not
expect him to live.
Despite the critical nature of his
wound, McDonald drew his revolver and
opened fire on the two men as they
fled north on Seventeenth street. Shot
through the neck and back, one fell
to the street.
Identify Slain Man.
He had told police he was William
Williams of East Baltimore street, Bal
timore, but through fingerprints and a
photograph he was identified later, as
Albert Aldridge, 29 years old, who es
caped from the Massachusetts State
Penitentiary on May 9, last. He was
serving a sentence of from 8 to 10
years for assisting another prisoner to
Williams’ fingerprints were taken be
fore he died by Detective Sergt. Fred
Sandberg, and were found to corre
spond with those found in the looted
drug store and also with those on rec
ord In the police files as Aldridge’s.
He was also Identified through a pho
tograph on file here.
The other man escaped on foot when
McDonald’s last two shots went wild.
Bleeding profusely, the wounded col
ored man was taken to Emergency Hos
pital, where he died five hours later.
Before his death he identified his com
panion in the attempted robbery as
"James Williams,” his “brother.”
Every available policeman has been
ordered on duty to aid in the search
for the other man. William Williams’
pistol, which was found in his hand
when other policemen reached the scene
of the shooting, had not bqfA dis
charged, indicating that thtf nuflet
which wounded McDonald was fired by
the fugitive now hunted.
The pistol battle was witnessed by
Edward Beach, a driver for the Chevy
Chase Dairy, who lives at 1708 Wiscon
sin avenue. He took McDonald to the
hospital immediately after the shooting.
Describes Shooting.
It was Beach who saw the colored
men In the drug store and called
police. His description of the shooting
was given as follows:
“I was walking east on Church street
near Seventeenth, at about 4 o’clock
to make a delivery. Suddenly a man
opened the window of an apartment
house across the street and called to
me. ‘Look out,’ he said, ‘there are
two men up in that tree. They are
going to jump on you.’
“I looked up and saw two colored
men, poised and ready to leap. When
they saw they had been detected, they
ran in one direction and I ran In the
“After getting' several other drivers
to assist me, we returned to the place
I had seen the men. They had dis
appeared and we begun looking around.
“At the comer of Seventeenth and Q
streets, I saw one colored man stand
ing in front of Albert Feldman’s drug
store. As we watched a companion
climbed out of a window on the first
floor of the store and Joined the one
1 in front. They saw us and ran. While
the other drivers went after them, I
called the police.
McDonald in Own Car.
“A. few minutes later three police
men arrived. One of them, McDonald
was in his own car, and the others
were In the precinct machine. I point
ed out the direction the men had taken
and the policy started after them. Mc-
Donald, in bis car, turned into Cor
coran street, while the other two went
up Seventeenth in the police car.
“About five minutes later McDonald
returned with two colored men in the
front seat beside him. He had cap
tured them in an alley a short dis
tance away.
“McDonald stopped his car across
the street from the patrol box and
the colored men got out. The.police
man followed them, getting out on the
same side of the car.
, “McDonald was in a crouching posi
tion to get through the small door,
and had his face down. One of the
colored men raised his arm and fired.
“The policeman lurched out of the
car and began to stagger. After a
moment, however, he braced himself
(Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
By the Associated Press.
ST. PAUL, Minn., July 6.—Brig. Gen.
George E. Leach, former mayor of Min
neapolis, was yesterday recommended
by Adjt. Gen. E. E. Walsh, on behalf
of the Minnesota National Guard, as
chief of the Militia Bureau, succeeding
Maj. Gen. Hammond of Oregon.
Gen. Leach, now commanding the
59th Field Artillery of Minnesota Na
tional Guard, has served continuously
~ for 28 years in the National Guard.
He commanded the Ist Minnesota Ar
tillery on the Mexican border, and dur
ing the World War, when the unit was
designated the 151st and assigned as
part of the Rainbow Division. -
Wins King’s Cup Air Race.
i LONDON, July 6 (&)■ —Flight Lieut.
• Atcherley, member of the British
Schneider Cup team, won the King’s
Cup air race today in the 1,189-mll*
flight around Britain.
'.Radio Programs—Page 28
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Figure in Battle
Above: Policeman H. J. McDonald,
believed dying from colored gunman’s
Center: Edward Beach, milk wagon
■ driver, who rounded up milkmen and
tried to catch burglars before police
arrived. He witnessed the shooting.
Bclqw: R. C. Pearce, policeman from
| No. 3 precinct, who took part in the
| chaae.
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Document Providing Re * Es
tablishment of Parliament
Presented to Assembly.
By the Associated Press.
MADRID, Spain, July 6. —A projected
new constitution for the Spanish mon
archy has been presented to the Spanish
national assembly.
The project contains 11 sections and
104 articles, detailing various concepts
of the nation, state, religion, nationality,
individual rights, the monarchy and
succession to the throne.
Reserved opinion was that it repre
sented the fructification of the seven
years’ program to establish Spanish
government on a new basis begun by
the present dictator, Gen. Miguel Prlmo
de Rivera, Marquis de Estella when he
assumed power in 1923.
Constitution in Abeyance.
The constitution of 1876, nominally
in force In Spain, has been in abeyance
since appointment of Gen. Prlmo de
Rivera as head of a military directorate,
charged with government of the state.
The Cortes, or Parliament, provided
for in that constitution, was dissolved
by King Alfonso on September 16, 1923.
The national assembly, a broad ap
pointive consultative body, having no
legislative powers, was convoked by
royal decree of September 12, 1927.
On December 3, 1925, the military
directory was superseded by a civil gov
ernment described by Gen. Primo de
Rivera as "the substitution for the mili
tary dictatorship of a civilian and eco
nomic dictatorship with a more suitable
but not less vigorous organization.”
Legislation has been enacted by decree.
Gen. Primo de Rivera formed the
“Union Patriotica” as a political party
to further his program, its functioning
to a certain extent being much like
Fascism in Italy, with other parties
largely suppressed.
Gen. Primo de Rivera frequently has
asserted ho is “tired” and will retire
from leadership of the country as soon
as he has completed his program of
giving Spain a new constitution.
Provides for Parliament.
PARIS, July 6 OP).—Re-establish
ment of the elective Cortes, or Spanish
Parliament, is provided for by the
projected new Spanish constitution,
submitted to the National Assembly for
plenary action in October, the text of
which has become known here.
The projected constitution would es
tablish Spain as a constitutional mon
archy, with -the executive power vested
(Continued on Page 2, Column 7.)
Conditions Appalling in Six Districts, Due to Crop
Failures, and “People Are Dying by Thou
sands," Declares Relief Worker.
By the Associated Press.
BOSTON, July 6. —Reports of appall
ing conditions caused by famine in the
Shensi, Suiguan, Kansu, Honan, Tehslen
and Tientsin districts of China have
been received by the American Board
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Conditions are so terrible, missionaries
reported, that several cases of cannibal
ism have been authenticated.
Rev. Earle H. Ballou reported that
only a few hundred miles west of
Tientsin, where he is stationed, the
famine is so great that parents dare
not let their children out on the streets
for fear they will be stolen and sold
or actually eaten.
To assist in relief work the hoard has
|Ehe fimtitra Slat
AS 75,000 GREET
City of Cleveland Lands After
Breaking Record for
Refuel Flights.
Aviators Nearly Killed as They
Survived Storm Few Hours Be
fore They Came Down.
By the Associated Press.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 6.—Holders
of a new world record for endurance
flights of 174 hours and 59 seconds,
Pilots Roy L. Mitchell and Byron K.
Newcomb today rested their wearied
bodies after remaining in the air from
a week ago Friday afternoon until
12:39:50 this morning, when they
brought their plane to earth at Cleve
land Airport.
They exceeded by 1 hour, 28 minutes
and 58 seconds the old mark set re
cently in Fort Worth, Tex., by Reginald
Robbins and James Kelley, who re
mained aloft 172 hours, 32 minutes and
1 second.
Weariness brought the airmen to a
landing, amid the riotous acclaim of
75,000 persons, one of whom was killed,
after a flight which became more haz
ardous and difficult as the days aloft
cut down their physical endurance.
Survive Severe Storm.
The climax of the attempt came but
a few hours before it ended, and the
two men said it nearly killed them.
They survived a severe electrical storm
-which damaged their refueling plane in
a forced landing and stopped all other
air traffic to fight on for the record, at
tained 12 hours later.
Exhausted, the airmen immediately
were taken under guard to a hotel, to
sleep throughout the day if they desire.
They were spent. “We broke the record.
That’s enough. All we want now is
sleep,” Newcomb said.
Resting with them was Ernest
Basham, pilot of the refueling plane,
who completed 24 contacts during the
flight to replenish the supply of gaso
line, oil and food.
High lights of the feat followed rap
idly last night and early today as the
record was reached, a new mark was
set and the landing made.
Roads Jammed for Miles.
Roads were jammed for miles and
the airport was crowded with spectators
when the record was equaled shortly
before midnight. The crowd Increased
as the Stinson-Detroiter monoplane.
City of Cleveland, rode through the
darkness, concealed in the murky at
mosphere high above the airport.
The waiting crowd watched anxiously
as the next hour passed, and Joined in
a terrific outburst as the record was
set at 12:10:52. Rockets and flares were
released in salute to the airmen. A
display of fireworks added to the bril
liance of lights at the field.
A little later the cruising lights of
the ship appeared as the pilots drop
ped from the altitude of 3,000 feet
which they had held early in the night.
Twinkling against the darkness the
lights swung about the airport, straight
ened out to the east and then climbed
Crowd Charges Police.
Thinking that the flight was to con
tinue, the crowd tried to disperse, but
few had left their places at 12:37 when
a red flare, the signal of a landing, was
dropped from the plane.
Less than 10 minutes later the wheels
touched earth. Then the crowd charged;
police were helpless. The field was over
run, and it was during this rush that
Steve Kusko, 16, lost his life. He
climbed to a vantage point atop an
electric lnterurban car and was elec
trocuted. Unknowing, the crowd surged.
(Continued on Page 4, Column 1.)
100 Houses Damaged, 13 Church
Steeples Reported Destroyed.
Hops Crop Hit by Hall.
By the Associated Press.
- VIENNA, July 6. —Reports from all
sections of Austria today emphasized
the damage done in yesterday’s violent
storms. A telegram from Linz says 13
church steeples crashed in that dis
trict, with 100 houses badly damaged.
In Neufelden almost the entire hops
crop was destroyed by the hailstorm.
Southern Cross Is En Route From
Sydney to London.
BUNDER ABBAS, Persia, July 6 UP).
—Capt. Charles Kingsford Smith and
three companions arrived here at noon
today from Karachi, British India, in
their airplane, the Southern Cross. The
distance was about 700 miles.
The fnen are flying from Sydney,
New South Wales, to London.
transferred Rev. Stephen C. Peabody
of Appleton, Wis., to Yullnfu, Northern
Shensi, to relieve Elmer W. Galt of
Shenandoah, lowa. Mr. Peabody had
been in Peking since 1924. Both men
have been released by the board to
assist in relief work.
Failure of the Spring crop and the
extreme dryness which prevents plant
ing for the fall in Southern Shensi
means, according to Dr. Ertpy T. Wat
son of Northfleld, Minn., head of the
American Board hospital in Fenchow,
that there will be no food grown in
that area until the Spring of 1930.
Rev. Phillip D. Nutton, reporting on
conditions in Shensi. Suiguan, Kansu,
Honan and elsewhere, said, "The people
are dying by the hundreds and thou
sands now and the situation will grow
worse until the crops are harvested."
sh>Ki»' Xv
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. Death Is Result of Injury
Received More Than
30 Years Ago.
; Former Operations Chief Had
Illustrious Naval

Rear Admiral Edward Walter Eberle,
U. S. N., retired, former chief of naval
operations, one of the foremost figures
in modem naval history, died this
morning at Naval Hospital from an in
fection growing out of an injury re
ceived more than 30 years ago, when
he was struck by the tiller of a small
boat, which drove the shaft of his eye
glasses into his right ear.
Admiral Eberle was in his sixty
fourth year. He left the Navy only last
August, after 47 years’ service, upon
reaching the statutory retirement age.
The Injury received so many years
ago had never responded to treatment
and about eight weeks ago Admiral
Eberle entered the hospital here. Then
complications developed and the end
came at 10:25 this morning.
Surviving are the widow and a son,
Lieut. Comdr. Edward Randolph Eberle,
Supply Corps, U. S. N., who are at the
family home, 3009 Thirty-second street.
The Navy Department announced
that funeral services for Admiral Eberle
will be held in the Bethlehem Chapei
of the Washington Cathedral, Mount
St. Alban, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. In
terment wiD be in Arlington National
Cemetery, with full military honors.
When Admiral Eberle retired he was
the ranking officer on the Navy list by
virtue of seniority and chairman of the
executive committee of the Navy Gen
eral Board. He was war-time superin
tendent of the United States Naval
Academy, organizer and first command
er-in-chief of the battle fleet and held
the post of chief of naval operations
for more than four years.
Admiral Eberle not only held the high
est naval posts, but Instituted, developed
and took an important part in the
major changes in naval construction
and operation during the last 25 years
of his service. His counsel often had
been sought by high Government of
ficials In international matters.
Beginning In September, 1881, when
he entered the Naval Academy, until
he relinquished his post as senior naval
officer sind chairman of the Navy gen
eral board, Admiral Eberle’s 47 years of
service was a review of the evolution
of the Navy from the days of sailing
vessels to the fast aircraft carriers of
As illustrious as was his career, his
accomplishments as an organizer of
(Continued on Page 2, Column 5.)
George Landroy, Member of Car
negie Foundation Tour, Succumbs
at Yellowstone Park.
Br the Associated Frees.
July 6. —George Landroy, editor of Le
Matin, an Antwerp, Belgium, newspaper,
died at the Mammoth Hot Springs
Hotel yesterday from burns suffered
from boiling water from Castle Geyser.
Mr. Landroy, who was a member of
the Carnegie Foundation tour of Euro
pean journalists, was Inspecting the,
formation of Grand Geyser Wednesday
evening when the Castle, Its near
neighbor, started an eruption. The boil
ing water covered him before he could
get out of the spray.
The editor was given first aid treat
ment at Old Faithful Lodge by Dr. D.
A. Horner of Chicago, ana then taken
to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
•He is survived by his mother and a ,
brother, Eugene Landroy, both of Brus
sels. :
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Frenchman Beats Borotra
Handily in Finals at
By the Associated Press. 1
WIMBLEDON, England, July 6
Henri Coehet of Prance won the Brit
ish tennis championship today by de
feating his countryman, Jean Borotra,
in the final match.
Coehet overwhelmed the bounding
Basque to win In straight sets by
scores of B—4,8 —4, 6—3, 6—4.
A capacity crowd of more than 15,-
000 persons saw the matches today.
Coehet, who won the same title In
1927, captured the crown this year in
one of the most Impressive displays of
tennis ever seen on the courts of Wim
bledon. Bill Tilden and Borotra, two
of the greatest players of the day, were
smothered by him in three straight
sets, the American getting but 10 games
and the Basque but 11.
Little Henri also holds the American
championship, won last Fall.
Throngs Stand in Line.
Many of the crowd had waited since
9 p.m. yesterday. At dawn today the
queues were so long many arriving con
sidered it hopeless and not worth their
while to wait.
People near the start of the lines sold
their places for a pound each (about
$5), while the scalpers were trying to
get 10 to 15 pounds sterling for center
court seats (SSO to $75).
It was the fifth time in the last two
years two Frenchmen were fighting it
out In the men’s singles. Coehet was
a favorite over Borotra today, but an
upset would not have been a surprise,
for the Basque has been playing a great
game in the last two weeks. His ground
strokes had greatly improved.
Borotra Has Bad Day.
Cochet's victory tied him with Boro
tra and Rene Lacoste, his fellow
"musketeers,” with two Wimbledon
crowns apiece since 1924, and gives
France a clean sweep of this classic
event for the last six years.
Borotra today committed many er
(Continued on Page 2, Column 6.)
BLACKPOOL, England, July 6 04 s ).—
Twenty-nine pilots of the original
forty-one who started from Hounslow
yesterday in a race around Britain for
a King's Cup left again this morning ;
on the second half of their journey. '
They are going to Heston Airdrome by
way of Newcastle, Leeds and Birming
The twelve competitors who dropped i
out yesterday all had engine trouble. !
There were no personal injuries. The
three women are all going strong.
Bank Statements
Washington clearing house, $5,990,-
Treasury balance, $290,504,408.68.
New York clearing house exchange,
New York clearing house balance,
Threaten to Call Out Building
and Metal Trades Coun
cil Members.
NEW ORLEANS, July 6 UP). —
After two nights and a day of wild
disorder, striking street carmen and
their sympathizers rested today while
representatives of the company and
union sought to find a common
ground for negotiation.
By the Associated Press.
NEW ORLEANS, La., July 6.
Three street cars on a siding at the
Canal street barns were burned by
trolley strike sympathizers early to
day. Three men who slipped through
a police cordon were seen to pour
gasoline and apply a torch. When
k firemen flat -arrived on the scene,
their efforts to extinguish the first car
fired failed temporarily because of cut
ting of fire hose by persons in the barn
storming ranks.
Other cars sent out on the lines
were practically demolished by rocks
before the city council Instructed that
all attempts at operating care be
halted during the car men’s strike.
Police riot guns, tear bombs and
high-pressure streams of water were
used to quell disturbances and inter
rupt the almost continuous stoning of
railway premises by union sympathiz
ers in the crowd of several thousand.
Police warned the union men that
they would take their lives in their
hands if they sought to force entrance
into the barns.
May CaU Out Other Trades.
Ths city council had before it today
threats to call out the Building and
Metal Trades Council members in
sympathy with car strikers. "We are
not going’ to stand for Public Service
importing strike-breakers,” declared
William Ruth, president of the Trades
Union Council, in his challenge to the
city council. .
The strike up to today has claimed
its toll of two dead and hundreds in
jured. in addition to destruction of
The strike started July 1 over re
newal of a three-year contract and
grew to menacing proportions, with an
attempt by Public Service to operate
armed street cars with crews of out
siders. . . .
The union claimed the contract de
nied it a voice in arbitration of sus
pensions and dismissals.
City Council Steps In.
The City Commission council stepped
In today to seek negotiations between
the railway company and the 1,500 or
more striking union workmen and of
fered to mediate. .. . . . .
What became of a special train of six
cars of imported workmen Public Serv
ice brought into the outskirts of the
city last night remained a mystery. It
was believed they were unloaded secret
ly at some outlying location, to be spir
ited into the car bams, due to a brick
bat welcome prepared for their arrival
by a howling mob that congregated at
the Canal street car bams and staged
all-night demonstrations.
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TJ. S. Second in Golf Hatch.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, July 6 C4>).
—Great Britain won the seniors inter
national three-cornered golf match
today with a score of 41 points. The
United States was second with 15 points,
and Canada third, scoring 12 points. t
Lacking More Clothes, He Dons Sheet in Manner
of Roman Senator and Sets Out for
Police Station.
By the Associated Press.
! CHICAGO, July 6—James Cava
naugh of the 1043 West Madison street
Cavanaughs burst into the news late
; last night wearing nothing but early
' editions, and only a few of them. Later
J he changed his costume to a sheet, but
that will be discussed in due time.
Cavanaugh was robbed by four men.
They took sls and all his clothes, leav
ing him in a predicament. He dashed
into a dark alley, stopping ever and
anon to snatch up vagrant newspapers.
Eventually he acquired enough papers
to provide what, under the circum
stances, he regarded as sufficient rai
ment. 11108 attired be beat tt for
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The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press news
Yesterday’s Circulation, 102,158
OP) Moans Associated Press.
First Stage of Crisis Is Pass
ed, With Poincare Still
Holding Upper Hand.
Premier’! Astute Leadership Given
Credit for Leading Cabinet
Through Difficulties.
By the Associated Press.
PARIS, July C.—Premier Raymond
Poincare’s "armistice day cabinet,” by
the astuteness of its chief, has been
permitted to survive another week end,
but there was considerable conjecture
today as to what lay ahead of It when
Parliament resumes next Tuesday.
The premier yesterday averted an
immediate crisis. The difficulties to
ratification without reservation of the
American and British debt accords
existed today substantially as yesterday,
and with the opposition In its present
temper-it was possible new ones would
be discovered to place In the premier’s
The fjict that there Is a widespread
popular resentment at the terms of the
debt settlements had bolstered the ir
reconcllables, who are using the ratifi
cations for political purposes. There
was general recognition of this phase
in today's newspapers, the press of all
parties almost without exception con
demning the action of the Chamber’s
finance and foreign affairs committees
in treating questions of national im
portance from the standpoint of do
mestic politics.
Course in Doubt.
The premier's course was in doubt,
but It was believed that over the week
end he would attempt to win over to
his side some of those in the two
Chamber committees who abstained
from voting on the question of reserva
tions and secure a favorable recon
sideration of his point. The finance
committee's vote on the subject of in
clusion of reservations In the ratifica
tion measure was 17 for, 16 against,
with 11 abstaining. In the foreign af
fairs committee the vote was 13 for, 13
against, and 9 abstentions.
M. Poincare has made it known he
will stake the life of his government on
the question of ratification without res
ervations Included In the measure Itself.
He no disagreement with those who
wish to express in separate reservations
that France will abide by the agreement
only so long as Germany llveSTip to the
reparations payments. Separately the
reservation would have the effect of pla
cating dissident home elements without
Impairing the force of France’s signa
ture to the agreements.
Confidence Vote Avoided.
He avoided the vote of confidence yes
terday when he and Andre Tardleu,
minister of Interior, argued Maurice
Dormann, mutilated war veteran deputy,
Into withdrawing his interpellations on
the alleged slapping of the face of the
prefect of police by an irate woman on
the occasion of the recent veterans’ pro
test parade.
M. Dormann insisted he had seen the
Incident. M. Tardleu and the prefect
denied it had happened, whereupon M.
Dormann considered his integrity at
tacked and set about to gain parlia
mentary redress, even If the government
fell In his gaining It. It was under
stood he was convinced finally he was
being made a pawn by those who al
legedly had not the courage to attack
the government on the score of ratifica
The chamber meets again Tuesday,
with a week remaining then before
opening of formal chamber debate on
the ratifications. Much can happen In
that time, or in the two weeks which
will remain before America’s bill for
$400,000,000 for the surplus war stocks
will become due—unless the accord Is
ratified meanwhile.
Priests, Headed by Bishop of Topic,
Leave Los Angeles by
Special Train.
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, July 6.—Marking the
close of three years of exile enforced I
by the Mexican government, 37 Mex
ican Catholic clergy, led by the Right
Rev. Manuel Azpeita, bishop of Topic,
left here yesterday by special train
bound for parishes In the dioceses of
Topic and Guadalajara, Mexico.
The priests were accompanied to
the station by a large number of Mex
icans from the foreign colony here.
Many thronged about Bishop Azpeita
to kiss the apostolic ring and receive
his blessings, and as the train moved
away the prelate gave his benediction.
When he got there he was little bet
ter off, for he had no more clothing.
He was, however, considerably angered,
so he snatched a sheet from his bed,
wrappecd it about him after the man
ner of a Roman Senator and set forth
to the police station.
On the way whom should he see but
two of the men who had robbed him.
They guffawed as he passed. He did
not deign to notice their hilarity, but
at the police station he told the ser
geant where the men were. Police went
there and arrested Ernest Hayes and
Ray Bruce.
Hayes was weartig Cavanaugh’s socks
and Bruce ha**'' the shirt They said
other of the Cavanaugh ward
robe adcfiMd the figures of their two
coirp&atons, whom they professed not
to know.
Hanna Sanctions Govern
ment View, but Defers Action
Until “Congress Is Ready.”
Non-Approval of Maltbie Sugges
tions Blocks Negotiations,
Letter Infers.
The Capital Traction Co. today de
clined the Invitation of the Public Util
ities Commission to submit a new plan
whereby the street car systems of the
District might be merged. Not only
will the company submit no plan, but
It will enter Into no negotiations
looking toward a new merger plan until
Congress has either approved a plan
or else delegated its authority to do
so to the Public Utilities Commission,
the Capital Traction Co. said.
The company's letter, signed by John
H. Hanna, president, was taken to the
commission as it was in an execu
tive session this morning. It was a
reply to a letter sent from the com
mission to the two street car companies
asking for submission of merger plans.
Statement Important.
Aside from the attitude of the com
pany as revealed in the letter, one of
Its most important aspects was a state
ment that the merger plan drawn up
by Dr. Milo R. Maltbie, the engineer
employed by the Senate District com
mittee to examine the Wilson merger
plan which was submitted to Congress,
was acceptable to the company and
that the company would have ‘‘earnest
ly endeavored to have the merger
agreement so modified” as suggested by
Dr. Maltbie, ‘‘executed and approved by
its stockholders.”
The position of the company was to
put the next merger move squarely up
to Congress. Mr. Hanna said that thr
public and Congress are in possession
of all the facts and If and when Con
gress sees fit to approve terms under
which it will allow a merger or will
delegate this authority to the commis
sion, the company will be glad to enter
into further negotiations. Until that
time, however, any such negotiations
would be ‘‘futile and would tend more
to delay than to accelerate the ac
complishment of the end, which we
all desire.”
Letter Quoted.
The text of the letter Is as follows:
"We are glad to note from your letter
of June 29 that the Public Utilities
Commission, as at present constituted,
agrees with the opinion previously ex
pressed by the commission, by the pub
lic of Washington And by the trans
portation companies, that a merger of
the street railway companies now oper
ating in the District of Columbia is
desirable for the best interests of the
‘‘The Capital Traction Co. has fre
quently expressed Its concurrence in
this view, provided that such merger
should include all of the public pas
senger transportation business in the
District of Columbia, and the company
has, through Its officers,, used every ef
fort in Its power to accomplish, this
"Following the program laid down by
Congress in the so-called merger act ap
proved March 4, 1925, this company,
after negotiations with the other com
panies concerned, entered into a unifi
cation agreement, which was submitted
to the commission, and after protracted
hearings changed by it. These changes
were accepted by the companies and the
revised agreement submitted to Con
gress as provided by law,
"Never Rejected.”
“This agreement was never rejected
by Congress, but on the contrary was
approved by the committee on the Dis
trict of Columbia of the House of Rep
resentar'ves. The Senate committee,
before luting on the merger plan as
submitted, had detailed investigations
made b r the Bureau of Efficiency and
by Dr, kilo R. Maltbie, a well known
utility expert, employed for that pur
pose. Dr. Maltbie after thorough study
and investigation, prepared certain
modifications to the agreement in the
form of an amended Joint resolution,
which received the approval of both
House and Senate committees on the
District of Columbia, but which was
not acted on by either Senate or the
House prior to the adjournment of Con
gress, March 4, 1929. because of the
lack of time. Had the legislation so
proposed and approved been enacted
the management of the Capital Traction
Co. would have honestly endeavored to
have the merger agreement so modified,
executed and approved by its stock
"The public and Congress are in
possession of all the relevant facts. If
and when Cong Tess, In the light of
these facts, shall see fit to approve
definitely terms, fair alike to the pub
lic and to the stockholders, under
which a merger may be brought about,
or shall delegate the authority for such
approval to the Public Utilities Com
mission, the Capital Traction Co. will
be glad to negotiate with the other
companies to the end that a merger
including all of the passenger trans
portation facilities in Washington,
safeguarding the interests of the pub
lic and protecting the rights of the
company’s stockholders, may be ef
Further Steps Useless.
“In view, however, of existing con
ditions we feel that further negotiation
between the companies at the present
time, or further submission to the
stockholders of merger plans which
may not become snectlve, would be
futile and woukx tend more to delay
than to accelerate the accomplish
ment of the, -od which we all desire.”
The letter was sign'-* by J. H. Hanna,
president of the Capital Traction Co.,
and wa# addressed to Maj. Gen. Masc«i
M. Patrick, chairman of the commis
The commission also received from
William F. Ham, president of the Wash
ington Railway Sc Electric Co., a let
ter acknowledging receipt of the com
mission’s Invitation to review the mer
ger negotiation and pointed out that
the matter would be brought to the
attention of the board of directors of
the company “at as early a date as
The majority of the members of the
board of directors of this company are
out of the city and are not expected
to return before July 24, the date of
the next reuglar board meeting.
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