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WEATHER.
(V 8 Weather Bureau Forssast.l
Rain late tonight and tomorrow, rising
temperature: lowest tonight about 48 de
grees: colder tomorrow night.
Temperatures—Highest. 69, at 12:15
p.m. yesterday; lowest, 43, at 7:40 a.m.
today.
New York Stock Market Closed Today
Kntered as second class matter
post office. Washington. D. O.
No. 31,245.
PRESIDENT CALLS
CONFERENCE FOR
NATIONAL STABILITY
Business and Other Leaders
to Meet at White House
Next Week.
OBJECT IS TO'KEEP
BUSINESS BOOMING
Co-ordination of Efforts Sought to
Divert Capital From Specu
lative Channels.
Moving to stabilize business through
out the country by co-ordinating busi
ness and governmental agencies for con
tinued expansion and progress, Presi
dent Hoover has issued a call to a
number of leading representatives of
Industry, agriculture and labor to meet
■ t the White House next week for a
ironference.
This meeting will be preliminary to
similar ones and will be held prob
ably Wednesday or Thursday. The
President will also have present at this
conference the Secretaries of the Treas
ury. Agriculture, Commerce and Labor
and the chairman of the Federal Farm
JBoard.
In making public this plan late yes
terday. President Hoover s second de
cisive step within the past few days to
steady business conditions and restore
confidence as a result of the distress
and uncertainty growing out of the
stock market crash, he made it clear
that his object is to keep business boom
ing generally throughout the country
bv diverting capital from the specula
tive market to business itself. Also he
wants the people of the country to
know that the economic prospects are
good and that there is positively no oc
casion for pessimism.
In discussing his plans with news
paper correspondents, the President
■poke very candidly. He made it plain
that he deplores the diversion of capital
for purely speculative purposes. He ex
pressed confidence in the soundness of
the business structure and the financial
Jabric of the Nation and declared with
emphasis that it is foolish for any one
to lack confidence in the economic fu
ture or basic strength of business in the
United States.
First Step Explained.
President Hoover explained that the
first step toward a stabilization is the
organizing and co-ordinating of a for
ward movement of business through the
revival of construction activities, the
stimulation of exports and of other
legitimate business expansion, which
hive lagged as money went into the
speculative field, and to take such ac
tion in concert with the use of new
Federal powers to assist agriculture. He
8a id It is fortunate that the sound sense,
the capacity and readiness for co-op
eration of our business leaders and gov
ernmental agencies give assurance of
action. _ .
•’One of the results of the specula
tive period through which we have Just
passed in recent months," the Presi
dent pointed out, "has been the diver
sion of capital into the security mar
ket, with consequent lack of the con
struction work in the country. The
postponement of construction during
the past month. Including not only
buildings, railways, merchant marine
and public utilities, but also Federal,
State and municipal public works, pro
vides a substantial reserve for prompt
expanded action. The situation is
further assured by the exceptionally
strong cash position of the large manu
facturing industries of the country.
“The magnificent working of the
Federal Reserve System and the in
herently sound condition of the banks,"
the President went on to explain, "have
already brought about a decrease in in
terest rates and an assurance of abun
dant capital—the first time such a re
sult has been so speedily achieved un
der similar circumstances.”
Unfortunates in Vortex.
In emphasizing the soundness of the
business structure, the President stat
ed “in market booms we develop over
nptimism with a corresponding reverse
Into over-pessimism. They are equally
unjustified, but the sad thing is that
many unfortunate people are drawn into
the vortex of these movements with
tragic loss of savings and reserves.
And lack of confidence in the economic
future or basic strength of business
in the United States is foolish. Our
national capacity for hard work and in
telligent co-operation is ample guaran
tee of the future.
"My own experience has been, how
ever," the President added, “that words
ore not of any great Importance in times
nf economic disturbance. It is action
that counts. The establishment of
credit stability and ample capital
through the Federal Reserve system and
a demonstration of the confidence of
the administration by undertaking tax
reduction with the co-operation of both
political parties speak more than
words.”
In assuming command of the Na
tion's business for the purpose of lead
ing some of its activities out of the
slough into which they dropped with
the rise ~nd fall of the stock market,
tha President is applying his favorite
remedy—a conference of informed, In
terested and influential men.
Conferences With Leaders.
As Mr. Hoover made his plan public,
it developed that he has been confer
ring with business leaders during the
last week, with regard to the proposed
conference, and that preliminary sur
i Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
CHAINED MAN LABELED AS "SPY”
CONFRONTS EARLY MASS-GOERS
"Convicted by Irish Republican Army,” Reads Note
Pinned on Prisoner Tied Near Church.
pv the Associated Press.
LONDON, November 16.—People go
ing to 8 o’clock mass at Colllnstown,
"Westmeath, Ireland, today were aston
ished to find a man bound and chaintd
to a telegraph post near their church.
Three notices were pinned on his
clothes, reading:
•This man was convicted by the Irish
republican army for giving information
to the crown forces.’*
"Spies and informers beware.”
"TJ&eg wft cpurt-mwrtialed.
TEXT OF MESSAGE
Hoover Seeks Co-ordination
Between Government
and Business.
The announcement by President
Hoover of his call for a confer
ence of business and government
al agencies to maintain business
progress reads as follows:
I have, during the pest week,
engaged in numerous conferences
with important business leaders
and public officials with a view
to the co-ordination of business
and governmental agencies in
concerted action for continued
business progress.
I am calling, for the middle of
next week, a small preliminary
conference of representatives of
industry, agriculture and labor
to meet with the Secretaries of
the Treasury, Agriculture, Com
merce and Labor, together with
the chairman of the Federal
Farm Board, to develop certain
definite steps.
For instance, one of the results
of the speculative period through
out which we have passed in re
cent months has been the diver
sion of capital into the security
market, with consequent lagging
of the construction work in the
country. The postponement of
construction during the past
months, Including not only build
ings, railways, merchant marine
and public utilities, but also Fed
eral, State and municipal public
works, provides a substantial re
serve for prompt expanded action.
The situation is further assured
by the exceptionally strong cash
position of the large manufac
turing industries of the country.
The magnificent working of the
Federal reserve system and the
inherently sound condition of the
banks have already brought about
a decrease in interest rates and
an assurance of abundant capital
—the first time such a result has
been so speedily, achieved under
similar circumstances.
In market booms we develop
over-optimism with a correspond
ing reverse into over-pessimism.
They are equally unjustified, but
the sad thing is that many un
fortunate people are drawn into
the vortex of these movements
with tragic loss of savings and
reserves. Any lack of confidence
in the economic future or the
basic strength of business in the
United States is foolish. Our
national capacity for hard work
and intelligent co-operation is
ample guaranty of the future.
My own experience has been,
however, that words are not of
any great importance in times of
economic disturbance. It is
action that counts. The estab
lishment of credit stability and
ample capital through the Federal
Reserve system and the demon
stration of the confidence of the
administration by undertaking
tax reduction with the co-opera
tion of both political parties,
speak more than words.
The next practical step is the
organizing and co-ordinating of a
forward movement of business
through the revival of construc
tion activities, the stimulation of
exports and of other legitimate
business expansion, especially to
take such action in concert with
the use of our new powers to
assist agriculture. Fortunately,
the sound sense, the capacity and
readiness for co-operation of our
business leaders and governmen
tal agencies give assurance of
action.
The • White House, November
15,1929. h-
TRI-PARTITE NAVAL
PACT PLAN DENIED
Cotton Says TT. S. Envoys Will
Beturn if Parley Fails.
Opens January 21.
By the Associated Press.
Acting Secretary of State Joseph P.
Cotton knows of no plans for a tri
partite agreement between the United
States, Great Britain and Japan, if the
forthcoming five-power naval confer
ence fails to reach an agreement.
In the event of a disagreement, the
Acting Secretary indicated, the present
plans are for the American delegation
to return to the United States.
The State Department has informed
Great Britain that January 21 will be
acceptable to the United States for the
inauguration of the conference, reveal
ing for the first time the exact date
upon which the parley will convene.
This was done In response to re
quests from London, Toklo, Paris and
Rome that the Washington Govern
ment indicate whether this proposed
date was suitable. Previous announce
ments had fixed the opening of the
conference no more definitely than the
third week in January.
The American delegation plans to
arrive in London some three or four
days before the conference begins, in
order to orient itself and be ready to
devote its attention solely to the work
of the parley once it is under way. It
will be preceded, however, by a large
part of the American mission, includ
ing clerks, stenographers and staff
members.
As yet there has been no indication
of who the fifth member of the Ameri
can commission will be. The leader of
the delegation will be Secretary Stimson
and its members, so far announced.
Ambassador Dawes and Senators Reed
of Pennsylvania, a Republican, and
Robinson of Arkansas, a Democrat.
Secretary Stimson is in Virginia on
a hunting trip over the week end. He
took with him extensive reports of
previous naval conferences for study in
odd moments. Upon his return he will
enter upon a series of conferences with
Reed and Robinson.
found guilty of spying. He who releases
him does so at his own risk.”
The parish priest was called, and he
released the man, who gave his name as
Patrick Hanna, a middle-aged farmer.
He was suffering from exposure, but
soon recovered sufficiently to relate his
experience.
Masked men entered his home, ne
sold, seized ai.d bllndbolded him and
took him away in an automobile. He
was taken to an unoccupied house,
where a band held a court-martial,
after which he was taken to the spot
•Where h$ was .foygd. *
W)t %uxiim Sfcif.
J WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION V-/
WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1929-THIRTY PAGES. *
MEXICO PREPARES
TO QUELL CLASHES
IN VOTE TOMORROW
Troops Ordered to Be Ready
for Duty and Saloons
Will Be Closed.
ORTIZ RUBIO FAVORITE
IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Vasconcelos Faction Says Loss Will
Be Accepted as Indication
of Fraud.
By the Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY, November 16
Cnlvalry and infantry contingents were
concentrated here affi in the larger
cities of Mexico today In anticipation
of clashes between rival political ele
ments when the nation votes for presi
dent tomorrow.
The troops were ordered to remain in
their barracks ready for instant call to
trouble centers, but refraining from any
action which might be misconstrued as
intimidating or influencing voters.
Police and firemen will aid them in the
event of trouble;
All saloons were ordered to close from
noon today till Monday. Sale of liquor
meanwhile was prohibited.
Ortiz Rubio Election Expected.
Political observers held it almost
certain that Pascual Ortiz Rubio, candi
date of the National Revolutionary
Party, which the late Gen. Alvaro
Obregon founded, would defeat Jose
Vasconcelos. candidate of the anti-Re-
Electionist Party.
Vasconcelos has considerable strength
in the cities, particularly Mexico City
and Tampico, but the Ortiz Rubio
political machine is extensive.
In some sections where the Indian
population is large, inhabitants, some
advices have said, are not aware that
any one is running against Ortiz Rubio,
who is a former Ambassador to Brazil,
and generally is taken to favor the type
of government and . the policies of
former President Calles and Gen.
Obregon.
The government believes itself able
to cope with any emergency growing
out of the voting, although Vasconcelos
and his adherents have said they will
accept loss as an indication of fraud.
Vasconcelos In Sonora.
Vasconcelos has gone to Sonora, long
known as the hot-bed of Mexican
revolution, to await the returns. Ortiz
Rubio will remain in Mexico City.
Results probably will not be known
until early in December, since ballots
must be mailed from the election
districts for canvass by the Chamber of
Deputies.
The election is to fill the unexplred
term of Gen. Alvaro Obregon, former
President, who was assassinated three
weeks after he wap elected to a second
term in July of last year. Gen. Calles,
President at the time, was instrumental
in the naming of a civilian. Provisional
President Emilio Portes Gil, until such
time as a successor could be named by
the people. The newly elected Presi
dent will assume office February 5 for
a term approximating four years.
The antl-Re-electionist party which
Vasconcelos represents, came into be
ing in 1927 when reports were first
heard Gen. Obregon would be a can
didate to succeed Gen. Calles, whom he
also had preceded in office. The party
complained of "Obregon - Callas
tyranny." and claimed those two had
connived to secure their perpetuation in
office.
Constitution Amended.
The constitution was amended to
permit Gen. Obregon’s making the race,
and he was elected, after the two op
posing candidates were executed. After
Obregon’s assassination and the desig
nation of Emilio Portes Gil as provis
ional President, dissenting leaders led
the revolution of last March, in which
a government victory successfully dis
posed of much of the political oppo
sition. Gen. Calles and Gen. Juan An
dreu Almazan, leading field general
for the government in crushing the re
volt, then went to Europe, and since
professedly have abstained from active
participation in Mexican affairs.
There have been numerous riots In
the days preceding the election, the
most sanguinary being that at Mexico
City last Sunday, when 13 were wound
ed. The Vasconcelistas have charged
repeatedly that the government has
shown favoritism for the candidacy of
Pascual Ortiz Rubio. President Portes
Gil has insisted that he is Impartial.
NEW PLOTTING IS CHARGED.
Party Leader Alleges Conspiracy to
Overthrow Government.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, November
16 (IP). —The correspondent of Excel
sior, Mexico City, said in a dispatch to
his paper that Luis Flores, president
of the anti-Re-Electionist Party in the
state, had charged members of his own
party with plotting to overthrow the
present Mexican government.
Flores, in a written statement, said
he had been an ardent supporter of
Jose Vasconcelos for the presidency, but
that a sense of duty made him reveal
to others of his party where they were
being led by the party’s standard
bearer. He did not go further into
the alleged plot.
The correspondent added the military
of the State of Jalisco had taken ex
treme precautions to prevent trouble In
connection with Sunday’s voting.
DEPUTY EXPLAINS LATE
ARRIVAL WITH PRISONER
Slow Journey From Indiana to
Georgia Due to Hunt for Two
Others En Route.
By the Associated Press.
ROME, G&., November 16. —Deputy
Sheriff O. B. Jarman, whose slow jour
ney here from Northern Indiana with
a woman prisoner had aroused fears
for his safety, today explained that he
stopped at several points en route in
an effort to locate two men believed to
have been implicated with Elizabeth
Brooks, alias "Honey” Sullivan, in a
$12,000 pay roll robbery here.
Jarman and Miss Brooks arrived here
last night by automobile. Sheriff O. L.
Betts said a telegram he had received
from Jarman Wednesday regarding ex
tradition papers for the woman was
sent the previous day and delayed in
transmission. The fact that the mes
sage reached here the day after the
papers were Issued led to the belief
that some one had impersonated Jar
man in obtaining the documsnt&.
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STIMSON PLANNING
STAFF REVISIONS
Duties of Highest of Depart
ment’s Officials May
Undergo Changes.
By the Associated Press.
A reorganization of the State Depart
ment, which may involve a revision of
the duties of some of the department's
highest officials, is expected to be taken
up actively in the near future by Secre
tary Stimson.
In addition to his plans for an ex
pansion of the American foreign service,
if the required funds are appropriated
by Congress, the Secretary is now con
sidering changes which will affect the
permanent personnel directing the
work of the diplomatic service from the
department.
The recent appointment of Joseph P.
Cotton, prominent New York lawyer and
personal friend of the Secretary, to suc
ceed J. Reuben Clark, Jr., as Under
secretary of State, was the first step in
Stimson’s reorganization plans.
Seeking Outside Ranks.
The Secretary hopes to fill the assist
ant secretaryship which will be vacated
when Nelson T. Johnson, the present
incumbent, goes to China as Minister,
by another appointee outside the ranks
of the lorcign service.
The duties of this office are to be
changed from those solely concerning
Far Eastern affairs to a broader admin
istrative scope, possibly including de
partmental and foreign service per
sonnel. The direction of the Far Eastern
work in the department will be left
solely in the hands of Stanley K. Horn
beck, chief of the Far Eastern division.
Administrative duties of both the
diplomatic and consular services have
for a number of years been In the hands
of Wilbur J. Carr, assistant secretary
in charge of administration, but the In
creasing expansion of the department
and the plans of President Hoover and
the Secretary for the future, will
probably make a division of these ad
ministrative duties necessary.
Extension of Duties.
It is also considered possible that the
work of William R. Castle, Jr., now
assistant secretary In charge of Euro
pean affairs, may be extended to include
other duties.
The Latin-American division head.
Assistant Secretary Francis White, will
probably retain the same work which
he is now doing without the addition of
further duties. The expansion plans
call for a larger personnel in Latin-
America and it is considered that this
additional personnel will make the
duties of this office, together with its
present work sufficiently large for an
assistant secretaryship to be devoted
entirely to it.
The Secretary has given some atten
tion to the question of the appointment
of a counselor for the Department in
addition to the undersecretaryship.
The post of undersecretary evolved
from that of counselor, which for many
years was next in rank to the secre
taryship, but Stimson has reached no
decision on this point.
' •
Dry Law Annullment Asked.
LONDON, November 16.—The Ex
press today prints a dispatch from
Stockholm saying that the Supreme
Court of Finland, in an official com
munication to the government, has de
manded annullment of the prohibition
law on the ground that its experience
with the law has done great evil
throughout the country during the last
decade. The court proposes a new law
which could restrict liquor sales with
out absolute prohibition.
■■ -
Prince George Becuperates.
LONDON, November 16 UP). —Prince
George, youngest son of King George,
has recovered from an indisposition
which has been troubling him for the
past few days. The prince suffered
from a chill last Tuesday and has since
been under the care of physician.
MUSSOLINI
The Dictator of Italy
Writes a Special Article for
THE SUNDAY STAR
Watch for It Tomorrow
r
Movie Was Funny.
He “Liked to Died”
—Which Is No Joke
By the Associated Press.
TULSA, Okla., November 16.
It was a hilarious “talkie" and
Lloyd J. Seay, 26-year-old attor
ney, laughed heartily. In fact, he
laughed so uproariously that he
caused an internal rupture and
was taken to a hospital. Pneumo
nia followed an operatidh and he
nearly died, physicians said, but
his condition was reported better
today.
Seay had planned to leave soon
for Chicago to marry. The wed
ding has been postponed.
WOMAN IS SLAIN
-IN LIQUOR CHASE
Sheriff Says He Killed Femi
nine Whisky-Runner When
She Threatened His Life.
By the Associated Press,
HERINGTON, Kans., November 16
Mrs. Louise Horton, 35 years old. Kansas
City, an alleged liqnor runner, was shot
and killed by Sheriff Sidney C. Ded
erlck of Dickinson County when the
woman and her companion, Mat How
ard, attempted to escape in their
whisky-laden automobile here last night.
Clinging to the running board of the
car as it sped through Herington, Sheriff
Dederlck said he shot the woman when
she drew a revolver and threatened to
kill him.
Howard, who was driving, stopped
the car and submitted to arrest. He
said the woman had been drinking and
told officers he believed she would have
killed the sheriff had Dederlck not
fired first.
Engaged as Driver.
Howard denied responsibility for the
40 gallons of liquor in the car and said
Mrs. Horton had engaged him at Law
rence, Kans., to drive the machine
for SSO.
Sheriff Dederlck received a tip yes
terday that a car from Kansas City
carrying liquor would stop at a house
a mile east of here which had been
under observation as a hangout of
liquor runners.
Accompanied by Police Chief Arthur
Calkins, the sheriff went to the house
and after a wait of several hours a car
entered the yard.
The sheriff covered the occupants of
the car with his gun and ordered them
to halt, but they swerved and started
to drive away. He leaped on the
running board and the speeding car
started toward the business section of
Herington.
Woman Points Gun.
Seated on the sheriff’s side of the
coupe, Mrs. Horton poked a gun in his
ribs.
“Jump!” she ordered. "Jump or I’ll
shoot.”
The car was moving at a high speed.
The sheriff ordered the driver to stop,
threatening to shoot.
Behind the racing coupe came a
police car and other motorists attracted
by the excitement. When the liquor
car reached the Carnegie Library, al
most in the heart of the downtown
section, the woman cried out again:
"Here’s where I let you have it
unless you jump!”
The sheriff shot.
“You’re next,” the sheriff told the
driver. Howard stopped the car,
PARK AREA PURCHASED.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., November 16
(ip. —Arrangements have been made for
purchase for park nurposes of 90,000
acres owned by the Champion -IMber Co.
within the proposed TennMSee Great
Smoky Mountain Park, according to D.
C. Chapman, chalrmap- of the park
commission. *
Mr. Chapman the agreement,
reached at a meeting in Asheville, N. C.,
last Thursday, completed the
commission’A_t7*sk of acquiring 400,000
acres to be turned over to the National
Govemmtffit for the park.
TONIGHT’S TARIFF
SESSION CANCELED
Older Members Traveling
Pace That Kills, Walsh
Asserts.
The Senate today abandoned plans
for a night tariff session tonight after
an assertion by Senator Walsh, Demo
crat, Montana, that,older members were
traveling “the pace that kills.”
The “young guard” Republicans who
bolted their party leadership earlier
1 this week and voted against an ad
journment from November 23 until the
regular session voted today for
abandoning tonight's session after
Senator Vandenberg of Michigan, one
, of the group's spokesmen, was assured
this would not interfere with night
sessions next week.
Six Democrats and one Republican
voted against the Walsh motion. They
were Senators Barkley, Kentucky; Con
nolly, Texas; Dill, Washington; Pletcher
and Trammell, Florida, and Heflin,
- Alabama, Democrats, and Waterman,
< Colorado. Republican.
Senator Walsh said It was "un
■ gracious” for the younger members to
: insist on longer sessions.
Senator Norris, Republican, inde
■ pendent, Nebraska, who is 63, agreed
. with Walsh. “Speaking on behalf of
: and as one of the younger members,”
: Norris said as the Senate laughed, “I
: feel disposed to follow the advice and
> stop this killing pace.”
The Senate decided today to poet
-1 pone consideration of the sugar tariff
: until Monday.
[ After passing quickly on several
: amendments, progress toward the sugar
, schedule was checked by an attack on
the bill’s duties on dairy products by
Senator Blaine, Republican, Wiscon
sin.
BANKEILWHo' ACCUSED
COALITION SUMMONED
: Fred I. Kent to Be Quizzed on
Information by Lobby
Group.
By the Associated Press.
Chairman Caraway of the Senate
lobby committee announced in the
Senate today that Fred I. Kent of the
Bankers’ Trust Co. of New York would
be summoned for questioning regarding
a statement attributed to him that the
Senate coalition’s activities on the tariff
were responsible for the stock market
disturbance.
Caraway's statement was in response
to a demand by Senator Hawes, Demo
crat of Missouri, that Kent be sum
moned to ascertain where he obtained
his information. The chairman did not
say when Kent would be asked to
appear.
FORMER KOKOMO BANK
HEAD TO FACE TRIAL
Returns Voluntarily After Fight
ing Extradition From Flori
da Two Years.
By the Associated Press.
KOKOMO, Ind., November 16.—Wil
liam H. Arnold of Palatka, Fla., whose
extradition from that State has been
fought for two years in connection with
the $500,000 failure of the American
Trust Co., here, in 1927, voluntarily re
turned to Kokomo yesterday to face
trial.
Arnold, who was president of the
trust company at the time of its fail
ure, was indicted by a Howard County
grand jury, which charged him with
embezzlement, grand larceny, conspir
acy to committ a felony and borrowing
money from the bank without authori
zation of the directors.
BELGIAN DELEGATES SIGN
Maintain Reservation Formulated
Before Leaving Baden-Baden.
BRUSSELS, November 16 {IP). —Louis
Franck and Paul Van Zeeland, Belgian
delegates to the recent Baden-Baden
conference on the Bank for Interna
tional Settlement today signed the re
port of the experts, with reservations.
The Belgian delegates maintained the
reservations which they had formulated
at Baden-Baden concerning the seat of
the bank and reiterated that political
considerations were responsible for their
leaving the conference.
The bank documents were brought to
Brussels from Baden-Baden by Walter
Lichtenstein, American expert and sec
retary of the conference.
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The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press news
service.
Yesterday’s Circulation, 111,960
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THREE ARRESTED
ON CHARGE OF PLOT
TO SEIZE PAY ROLL
Ex-Policeman and Brother
Taken After Supposed Ac
complice “Tipped” Police.
i
AID SAYS HE WAS TAKEN
FROM EMPLOYMENT LINE
it
Alleged Plan Was to Slug Girl
as She Carried Money to
Father’s Garage.
Bold plans for what police believe
was to have been a street holdup and
pay-roll robbery fell through today after
police arrested two men, one a former
policeman, following a “tip-off" by their
supposed accomplice, who also was
placed under arrest.
Acting on the information given them,
four detectives laid a trap this morn
ing, and as a result three men are un
der arrest, and Miss Ruth Beuchert,
27-year-old guardian of a $1,500 pay
roll, who, police believe, was their in
tended victim, Is safe at her home, 430
K street.
The men arrested gave their names
as Max Rubin, former policeman; his
brother, Benjamin Rubin, and Hugh
Winbery, 28 years old, who came to
Washington three weeks ago from North
Carolina. The brothers are charged
with conspiracy to rob, while Winbery,
who will act as a Government witness
against them, probably will not be
charged.
Max Said to Have Confessed.
Max Rubin confessed his part in
the alleged plot, Detectives Arthur Flhel
ly and Benjamin Kuehling announced
shortly after noon.
They quoted him as saying, "We didn’t
do anything, though, did we?”
For the past three years Miss Beuch
ert has been handling the pay roll of
the Central Auto Works, 449 I street,
owned by her father. Every Saturday
morning she went to a downtown bank,
withdrew approximately $1,500 and re
turned alone with the money to her
home. There she would make up the
pay roll and take it to the garage of
fice in the next block. She never em
ployed a guard, but relied on a system
of never using the same route twice in
succession to foil possible attempts at
robbery.
Benjamin Rubin haa worked in the
Central Auto Works garage at various
times during the past two years.
The police were informed that Win
bery was selected from the line of
men looking for work, at an employ
ment agency by one of the brothers.
Winbery told police that < Max asked
him if he wanted to make a little easy
money. Winbery sa|d he replied that
he did. Whereupon Max, according to
Winbery, outlined the following plan of
action: *
Winbery Given Instructions.
Winbery was to hide in the alley con
necting I and K street in the 400
block, the route most frequently used
by Miss Beuchert. Max would be
nearby with a parked car. The girl
was expected to pass through* the alley
at 10 o'clock this morning, and Win
bery was to slug her on the head,
snatch the pay roll and join Max, in
the car. Benjamin Rubin was to get
S3OO and the rest of the money was to
be divided between Max and Winbery.
The men met at Ninth and F streets
last night, the police said, when Win
bery was furnished with a diagram of
the alley and told to be on hand this
morning.
After they had parted Winbery went
to police headquarters and unfolded
the whole scheme to detectives.
The latter called Miss Beuchert and,
being unable to locate her at her home,
left word at a friend’s house that she
was to come to the garage immediate
ly. When she arrived at the garage
she was met by detectives, who di
vulged the alleged plot against her.
This morning two detectives took her
to the bank earlier thfen usual and got
the pay roll. The money was taken
to the garage under guard and the de
tectives then went into the alley.
They found Max Rubin and Win
bery sitting in the car. Both were ar
rested. Police say they found a revol
ver in the side pocket of the automobile.
Returning to the garage, they arrested
Benjamin Rubin.
Trap Laid by Detectives.
The trap for tire three men was laid
by Detectives E. E. Thompson, Kueh
ling, Thomas Nally and Fihelly.
When Kuehling arrested Max Rubin,
he recognized him as the partner with
whom he "pounded a beat” at the sev
enth precinct nine years ago.
Ruth Beuchert is the youngest mem
ber of the Beuchert family. She has
nine sisters and one brother living,
one of her sisters having died in recent
years.
When Theodore Roosevelt was Presi
dent, he gave a theater party in honor
of the Beuchert family, then the largest
in Washington.
SHORT-ORDER DIVORCES PROMISE
NEWEST "RACKET” FOR CHICAGO
Old Illinois Statute Allows Decree on Simple Grounds
of Cruelty—No Residence Required.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, November 16.—An old Il
linois statute has been dusted off and
found to point a quick way out of mar
riage rivaling Reno.
The divorce action of Mrs. Betty j
Hamburger against Nathan Hamburger, j
an official of the Blum store in New
York City, revealed the statute. Judge i
Joseph Sabath, Indicating he would ;
grant a decree, said the law was quite j
clear and that divorces might be granted
even though parties involved had no J
legal residence here.
The law sets forth that if a husband i
is cruel to his wife in Illinois she may
sue for divorce, even though the cou
ple spent,only a day in the State. The <
State Supreme Court has upheld this i
interpretation. It is only necessary,
lawyers pointed out, that the act of <
cruelty be committed in the Statq. i
Judge Sabath expressed the opinion t
that although the Hamburgers had been j
here only a short time, they did not (
come here especially seeking a divorce, i
Mrs. Hamburger set forth in her bill <
TWO CENTS.
GOOD’S LIFE HOPE
DECLARED TO REST
ON OWN STRENGTH
Cabinet Officer to Reach
Crisis This Afternoon, Physi
cians Inform President.
STRICKEN MAN ASLEEP
DURING MORNING HOURS
Hoover Speeds to Friend’s Side
After Sudden Night Relapse.
Touching Scene Enacted.
Physicians attending Secretary of War
Good Issued a bulletin at noon saying
■ the War Department chief had slept
• practically all of the morning and re
■ iterating his chance for recovery de
i pended upon his ability to resist an
apparent case of blood poisoning.
The bulletin read:
“Secretary Good has been sleeping
practically all morning. At noon he
awakened and was given treatment.
. His case depends on what his own re
' sistance can do. There is no evidence
. of intestinal obstruction.
“His temperature, respiration and
pulse are lower. The involvement of
the chest seems to be somewhat sub
j sided. His condition is apparently one
5 of general sepsis (.blood poisoning).”
i Crisis Approaching.
) It is realized that the sick man is
J now entering upon the critical hour.
1 It was announced by his physicians fol
* lowing the removal of his appendix
5 Wednesday morning that the danger
5 period would not be passed within 72
hours, which means this afternoon. If
the cabinet officer continues the valiant
. fight he has made since his operation
1 through this period, there will be a de
| cided hope for his recovery.
After a comparatively comfortable
day, with signs of slight Improvement,
' Secretary* Good became decidely worse
last night. So grave was his condition
that the staff of medical attendants
was augmented by Dr. John M. Finney
’ of Johns Hopkins University, a speclal
-Ist on genlto-urlnary ailments, and Sec
’ retary of Interior Wilbur, himself an
‘ eminent surgeon,
s Condition Not Hopeless.
Secretary Good was last night de
. scribed as being In the midst of a hard
. fight with a general sepsis, which Is
blood poison. The bulletin issued
at the White House describing his
, condition at this period was to
: the effect that there was no evi
dence of intestinal obstruction, and
that his pulse, respiration and tem
j perature had increased. Also, that
there was some involvement In one
‘ lung, but that it was not pneumonia.
, The bulletin concluded by saying that
while the Secretary’s condition waa
. grave, it was by no means hopeless.
' This bulletin was issued following the
, consultation after the arrival of D>:.
Finney and Secretary Wilbur. •»
Deeply affected by these discouraging
reports last night, President Hoover
hurried to the bedside of Good, his per
i sonal friend. He remained but a few
minutes in the sick room, but the scene
I of their meeting was touching.
[ Mr. Hoover was accompanied by one
, secret service man. It was shortly after
10 o’clock when he arrived at the hos
pital. He was met by Col. William L.
; Keller, chief of the Walter Reed staff,
who performed the difficult operation
upon Secretary Good, and Lieut. Comdr.
’ Joel T. Boone, personal physician to
; Mr. Hoover, both of whom have been in
' constant attendance upon the sick cab
inet officer.
President Hears News.
t In the hallway these two medical
■ men briefly described to the President
the serious turn in the condition of
the patient and advised him that while
’ things looked discouraging there was
’ still a ray of hope. The little group
then entered the sickroom, the Presi
| dent in the lead.
Secretary Good was awake at the
time but very weak. He recognized the
. President and a faint smile appeared
. on his face as he attempted to bow in
' greeting. The President did not take
a chair by the bedside but remained
standing. He smiled down upon Good
and took the latter’s outstretched hand
and pressed it warmly as he said:
“How are you, my good friend? I
am happy to see you.”
What Secretary Good replied In re
sponse was not entirely audible. His
lips moved and his tired feverish eyes
brightened, but he spoke so low that
, his words could not be understood. The
President recognized that it was too
much of an effort for the sick man to
converse, so he said nothing further.
Others Leave Room.
All the while the President continued
to hold steadily to his friend's left hand.
The others In the room, who had re
mained near the door, quietly withdrew
to the hallway, leaving the President
alone with the patient. Mr. Hoover re
mained a minute or so longer and then
left.
As he joined the others In the hall
(Continued on Page 2. Column 3.)
that she came here November 7 and
that shortly afterward, in the presence
of two witnesses, her husband struck
her.
Yesterday the case was heard, and
Mrs. Hamburger was granted monthly
alimony of SI,OOO and custody of a 7-
month-old daughter. An hour later she
had checked out of her hotel.
"As long as the act of cruelty was
committed here, she is legally entitled
to divorce,” Judge Sabath explained.
"I’m not saying the law is a good one.,
but that is what it is.”
"Then two residents of California
could come here, the husband could slap
his wife to constitute the cruelty, and
that would be all that was necessary for
a divorce in Illinois?” Judge Sabath
was asked.
“Technically, yes,” he replied. "Os
course, if collusion could be proved, that
would be something different.”
A catch in the statute was pointed
out by Nicholas A. Socrates, an attor
ney specializing in divorce law. He said
the Supreme Court had held in a case
involving a Massachusetts man that the
complainant in such a divorce suit must
Intend to continue living here after the
decree.

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