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CAPITAL’S MOTOR DEATH LIST LOW i Only Boston Leads District in Auto Safety, Census Figures Show. With thousands of persons killed an nually by automobiles, Washington, with its strict enforcement of traffic regula tions and its rigid policy of revoking driving permits in cases of flagrant violations, has proportionally tewer such fatalities than any city in the country except Boston, Mass. Figures compiled for 18 large cities by the Unitea States Census Bureau for the year ending November 2 reveal that the lowest automobile death rates per 100.000 population were 14.2 for Boston, 14.5 for Washington and 16.3 for San Francisco. At the other end of the list were Buifalo with 26.2, Cleve land. 26.1, and Detroit, 25.0. Although the knowledge on the part of motorists that they can hope for little mercy if they transgress the im portant regulations is unquestionaoiy the most potent factor in maintaining good traffic conditions here, other ele ments deserve consideration. The authorities in charge of traffic control ha\ e consistently received splen did co-operation from the courts. Cases are disposed of as quickly as possible by the courts and there is no disposition to favor any class. Schoolboy Patrols Help. The schoolboy traffic patrols also have | demonstrated tiieir worth. So weil have j these youngsters preached their gospel! of caution since the patrols were formed at the opening of this school year that not a single child has been injured by an automobile during school hours. Other factors which enter into the situation, according to Assistant Traffic j Director M. O. Eldridge, are the crea- j tion of through streets, installation of traffic lights and the width of the I streets. There is the Traffic Council, com-1 pesrd of three members of the Amer- 1 lean Automobile Association, three j from the Automotive Trade Association and two each from the Washington Chamber of Commerce. Board of Trade and Merchants and Manufacturers' As sociation. It acts in an unofficial ad visory capacity. The official advisory group is the Traffic Advisory Board, comprising the director of traffic, the chief engineer of highways, the assistant superintendent of police, the engineer of public util ities and the office engineer of the Traffic Bureau. These two groups hold regular meetings, conduct researches along scientific lines and carry their recommendations forward in their re spective capacities. Lauds Enforcement of Laws. Mr. Eldridge. who is in charge of permit revocations, accident studies and analyses, regulations and surveys, is convinced, however, that by far the most important factor is the strict en forcement of the iraffic laws. "When a motorist knows he is going to lose his permit to drive on his third conviction for speeding or his first con viction for reckless driving while intoxi cated. he is going to be maghty care ful." Mr. Eldridge said. "He knows that he is going to have difficulty getting the permit restored and that he will be ■ sent to jail if he drives without it. The ! result is that they become model drivers j when they get close to the danger line. "Some months ago we inaugurated a system of centralized traffic control. Under this plan all traffic policemen were brought into the Central Traffic Bureau under the direction of one head. Formerly they had been scat tered through the several precincts. •'Almost immediately an .improvement in traffic ccnai.ions was noted. For two months there were no serious acci dents. Arrests for such offenses as speeding, reckless driving and driving while drur.k decreased, indicating that motorists were driving more carefully. This system has been continued and we believe it is proving highly suc cessful. "Twelve through streets radiating to the outskirts from the downtown sec tion of the city have speeded traffic movement and contributed to safer driving conditions. A total of 700 traffic lights have been installed, con trolling 175 of the more dangerous in tersections. These lights also have con tributed to a material decrease in the number of accidents.” The office of director of traffic was created by law in 1925. The director's function was to control and study traffic, the police to take care of traffic law enforcement under his direction. The wisdem of this innovation is ap parent in traffic statistics for the past six years. In 1923. when the total number of automobiles operating in the city was much smaller. 91 persons were killed in 8,491 accidents. In 1924 there were 9.131 accidents and 91 fatalities, and in 1925 there were 84 deaths and 9,331 accidents. In 1926, after the traffic director had begun to function, the number of acci-' dents dropped sharplv to 6,485, with only 76 deaths. In 1927 there were 4.947 accidents and 84 deaths, and in 1923 a total of 5.632 accidents with 83 deaths. Up to November 30 of this year 74 persons had been killed in ac cidents. i These figures reveal that there has ' been a sharp decrease in the number ; of traffic accidents and fatalities since : the traffic director started his work, de- l spite the fact that the number of auto mobiles on the streets has been increas ing steadily. At the end of the last fiscal year there were approximately 100.000 motor vehicles registered in the city, about 40.000 operating here daily from Maryland Virginia and an unes- i timated number from other States. The ] citv's population was approximated at 552,000. Favors Regular Surveys. In Massachusetts motorists cannot obtain an operator’s permit until thev have secured liability insurance. The result has been that the insurance companies have insisted that the auto mobiles be in excellent mechanical con dition and that the applicant for in surance be physically competent to drive. The result, it is believed, has been a tendency toward safer driving, although there has been some criticism to the effect th«t motorists with insur ance are apt to grow careless, knowing they are protected financially to the extent of their policy. Although applicants for operating permits in this city must pass a strict examination, they are not required to hold insurance. However, there has been much agitation for the enactment of such a law. Traffic Director William H. Harland also favors regular appropriations to conduct traffic surveys. "Such surveys.” he said, “result in the preparation of accurate traffic flow maps and other data which enables the authorities to determine with some degree of certainty where and when traffic changes should be made and traffic lights and other devices installed.” WORKERS ACCEPT TERMS. Boston Union Men O.K. Proposal of Steamship Lines. BOSTON, December 2 i/Pt.—The three local unions of the International Longshoremen's Association accepted, by an overwhelming vote here yester day. working terms proposed by the *j ransatlantic Steamship Lines touch ing Boston. The terms included ac < .••.nee of unlimited sling lo.'v-, smainst which some of the local long s her men went on strike several months r o. The terms do not apply to non-in . | H n - ; with v.lmm negotiations •>... viU stnrtj^l. Four Foresters Dine on 72 Cents and Have Food Left Special Dispatch to The Star: BALTIMORE. December 2 * The high cost of living evidently has not reached Talbot County, according to an expense account received this past week from Warden Sewell of Wittman by F. W. Besley, State forester. The expense, which was for buying supper, amounted to 72 cents, and as there were three other men included. Mr. Beasley was curious as to how the warden had fed four men for this small amount, and asked for an item ized statement. The following is the detailed expense, as sworn to by Sewell: Four pics, 5c each 20c Three loaves bread, 8c each.. 24c Minced ham 28c Total 72c Sewell said he had some bread left over, and was holding it, subject to orders from Mr. Beasley. SOURCE OF MAILED BOMB PUZZLES INSPECTORS Federal Agents Are Confronted by Varying Rumors in Investigat ing Tennessee Explosion. By the Associated Press. KNOXVILLE, Tenn., December 2 The trail of a bomb mailed from Cali fornia to Clark Scott, young railway mechanic, apparently still was an un ; familiar path yesterday to Government j investigators, who said they had gath ered all manner of rumors, but no con clusive information. Scott, suffering acutely with his injuries, has been of little aid. The machine was postmarked Los Angeles. j A warning telegram, typed originally ! in red letters and mailed to a telegraph I office from Orland, Los Angeles mailing ! station, gave the baffling informatiqn j that a person self-named "Dementia” j knew that bomb was on its way and I sent the message 25 minutes too late. Talking to Postal Inspector J. L. Pemberton, Scott named a Los Angeles case keeper and his wife, who. he said, were union organizers. He said they had unsuccessfully attempted to obtain his membership. Other rumqrs dealt with possible jealousy, but none was confirmed. ... ll 11 ■■■■' ■' ' ■ _ —————— I VICTOR / RADIO/; /: /cy / A+>S ■ j “Victor Tone-Test Week” Opens Monday, Dec . 2nd Did you remember that the announcement was made Thanksgiving evening of “Tone-Test Week,” which is to demonstrate to the world what real * realizm in Radio means? Stop in here for a private demonstration at your earliest convenience. 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Estimates for river and harbor oper ations during the fiscal year 1930, con tained in the annual report of the chief of engineers of the Army, submitted to Congress today, include $60,000 lor con tinuing dredging operations m the Po tomac River at Washington, a similar amount for improvement of the Ana costia River and SIBO,OOO for the devel opment of Anacostia Park. The Armv engineer says that $441,000 "can be profitably expended" during the fiscal year 1930 in the maintenance and repair of the Washington Aqueduct and accessories, including all the reservoirs, the Lydecker tunnel, filtration plants, the Conduit road, the plant tor the pre liminary treatment of the water sup ply, etc. Capital Water Supply Traiscd. According to the report an uninter- ( rupted supply cf purified water has been furnished to the city of Washington and the average turbidity during the past year was. reduced from 106 to 0.14 and the bacterial content from 1.161 to 2 8 per milliliter. The average con sumption was 74.970.000 gallons per day. making the average per capita consumption 136 gallons per day. The chief of engineers says the sum of $2 500 can be profitably expended in the next fiscal year for the maintenance of th« monument of Georg" 1 Washington at Wakefield, Va.. and the improve ment of the roads on the reservation. Congress Accused of Neglect. Reference is called in the report to the continued failure of Congress to make provision for the removal of the old Aqueduct Bridge at Georgetown, which was abandoned in January, 1923, and since has been closed to all traffic. "Thp structure serves no useful pur pose.” says the chief of engineers,, "and is very unsightly beside .the graceful Francis Scott Key Bridge. No opera tions are proposed, pending enactment of further legislation.” Referring to work in progress on the Potomac River, the report points out that commerce has been facilitated, freight rates reduced and that deep draft vessels can now enter the harbors of Washington and Georgetown. Facilities in Poor Condition. The terminal and transfer facilities at Washington are described as "inade quate” and the wharves generally are “in a very poor condition, except those operated by the municipal and Federal Governments.” The Anacostia Park project is de scribed as 61.5 per cent completed and it is estimated that, exclusive of avail able funds, it will cost $1,284,040 to complete it. MEXICO TO RETRENCH. Portes Gil Explains Debt Program to Be Followed. MEXICO CITY, December 2 President Portes Gil in a statement yes terday said Mexico would continue a strict policy of intrenchment in an ef fort to balance its budget, but added this would be impossible until the problem of public debt had been set tled. He said definite steps have been taken to solve tlie debt problem on the basis of Mexico’s capacity to pay. A payment plan is being arranged covering all questions connected with the debt. Negotiations have been opened with international bankers for settlement of the international debt, with the view of settling all pending foreign claims in a t block, while a special committee has been appointed to take up the claims of natives, in order to clean up the in ternational debt. Reno Applicant Charges Cruelty. RENO. Nev.. December 2 6P).—ln a sealed complaint asking a divorce, filed here Saturday, Mis. Maud Jones , Hughes, wealthy New York woman and owner of a well known brand of dog remedies, alleges cruelty on the part of Francis M. 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Prior to the business sessions delegates will be entertained at luncheon in the hotel headquarters on the afternoon of December 4, when reports concerning the status of various branches of the mining industry are to be made by spokesmen for the various districts. William P. Lindsey of Nashville, Tenn., vice president and director, will preside over the opening session, which will be devoted to trends in industry. Robert E. Talley of Clarksdale, Ariz.. is to speak on "Advancement of Stabil ization of Industry” in the course of his annual report as president of tlie Amer ican Mining Congress during tire past year. W. Mont Ferry of Salt Lake City, president of the American Silver Pro ducers’ Association, is to speak on the contribution of the mining industry to the financial and economic progress of the country. The morning session on December 5 also will be devoted to mineral taxation questions, when A. P. Ramstedt of Wal lace, Idaho, will discuss the recent report of the division of investigation of the , joint congressional committee on inter- I nal revenue taxation, which proposes a j percentage basis for mine depletion al lowances. This particular meeting will be held under auspices of the general tax committee of the American Mining Congress, and includes other addresses by recognized experts. The annual banquet will be held on the evening of December 6, with Mr. Tally presiding and Representative John M. Robison of Kentucky, chair man of the House committee on mines and mining, acting as toastmaster. The evening is to be given over principally to entertainment. The conversion will officially close on the morning of December 7 after the delegates have made an observation tour through the Bureau of Engraving and 1 Printing. DEFENSE WINS POINT IN $1,000,000 LIBEL SUIT Court Sustains Motion in Creager Case, Texas to Quash Writ of Citation. By the Associated Press. HOUSTON, Tex., December 2.—The first phase of the $1,000,000 libel suit filed against P. F. Collier Son Co. by R. B. Creager, Republican national ; commit teeman for Texas, was won Sat- I urday by the company. Federal Judge J. C. Hutcheson sus tained a defense motion to quash a writ of citation assertedly served on the Texas agent of the company. The P. F. Collier Distributing Co., joint defendant, is not affected by the motion, and, defense counsel said, will be ready for trial when the case is called in Brownsville in December, i The suit for $500,000 exemplary dam ages and $500,000 actual damages, grew out of two articles written by Owen P. White, which appeared in two issues of Collier's Weekly. The articles, entitled “High-Hapded and Hell-Bent” and "A Job for Jack," were alleged to have contained defamatory matter. SANTA CLAUS LANE WILL OPEN TONIGHT District and Civic Leaders; Invited to Attend Ceremony on Fourteenth Street. District Government and civic leaders have been invited to the official open ing tonight at 8 o’clock of “'Santa Claus Lane,” a half mile of Fourteenth 1 street, between Fairmont and Monroe streets, which has been strung with | bright lights and otherwise decorated I j * or the holiday season under sponsor F> Ss s. Us . rj Demonstrate Our radio department is managed by one of the best known radio W experts in this city. Perfect radio service guaranteed our customers. . . De Moll FURNITURE CO^j 12th and G Sts. ship of the Columbia Heights Business j Men’s Association. Contractors were busy today putting ! finishing touches on the decorations, which consist of 1.500 vari-colored lights and more than 100 Christmas I trees placed along the curb in red tubs. I Two Santa Clauses will patrol the street each afternoon, distributing favors to children. B. A. Levitan, president of the aaso- I ciation, will preside at tonight’s exer ; cises, assisted by William F. Dismrr | chairman of the committee on ar rangements. The observance will be held outdoors, at Fourteenth street anri Park road. The committee includes A. T. An drous, MLss Lillias Cropper, George S Daniel, L. R. Gottlieb. F. S. Harris. Eugene L. Hord, George A. Latham H. C. Phillips. M. Schlosberg. William Snellenburg. Frank J. Sobotka. A. R Swan, Ralph Wallace. C. S. Rodman H. H. Herman. Joseph Ofano. A. G. 1 Davis, L. O. Cook, W. R. Winston, J. E. Burgett and B. A. Levitan. ' ♦- ■■■ ' Turkey now fears that its new tariff will raise its living costs.