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<U. S. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Snow or rain tonight and tomorrow;
slowly rising temperature; minimum
temperature tonight about 28 degrees.
Temperatures—Highest 40 at 9 a.m.
yesterday; lowest 25 at noon today.
Full report on Page 9.
. Late N.Y. Markets, Pages 13,14 &15
NOl 071 Entered as second class matter
O. IJ. post office, Washington. O. C.
Reading Brings Nye Resolu
tion to Reject New Appointee
From Pennsylvania.
Charges Keystone State Primary
in 1926 Was “an
Auction Sale.”
Joseph R. Grundy, appointed to the
Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the
Senate’s rejection of William S. Vare of
Pennsylvania, appeared in the Senate
chamber with his credentials soon after
1:30 p.m. today.
Great interest in the appearance of
Mr. Grundy was shown by the crowded
galleries and by the large number of
members of the House, who had come
to the Senate chamber in anticipation
of the event.
Senator David A Reefl, senior Sen
ator from Pennsylvania, presented the
credentials of Mr. Grundy, signed by
Gov. John S. Fisher. No sooner had
they been read than Senator Nye of
North Dakota offered a resolution deny
ing a seat in the Senate to Mr. Grundy
on the ground that both Gov. Fisher
and Mr. Grundy had participated in
the 1926 primary in Pennsylvania at
which Vare had been nominated and
that the Mellon-Fisher-Pepper-Grundy
organization had expended three times
the amount of money in that primary
campaign as was expended by Vare and
his organization.
Makes Position Clear.
Senator Nye admitted that Mr. Grun
dy would be seated. He said, however,
that he wished to make his own posi
tion clear, and since he had voted not
to seat Vare he could not vote to seat
Grundy. He declared that in seating
Grundy the Senate would be awarding >
a Senate seat to “the highest bidder.”
‘‘l do not see how the Senate can
accept the appointment made by Two
million-dollar Fisher to Half-a-million
dollar Grundy after denying the seat to
Half-a-million-dollar Vare,” said Sena
tor Nye.
"Instead of an election in Pennsyl
vania the primary in 1926 was an auc
tion sale.” continued Senator Nye. “The
Senate is now going to reward the
machine which spent money more lav
ishly than did the Vare machine.”
Senator Nye said that he was not a
lawyer, but that the legal minds in
the Senate were justifying the seating
of Grundy by the splitting of hairs.
“The Arch-Lobbyist.”
Senator Cutting of New Mexico, an
other Western Republican, obtaining
the floor when Senator Nye completed
his remarks, characterized Grundy as
“the arch-lobbyist.” He said that in
a few moments the oath of office would
b? administered to Mr. Grundy, and
that thereafter members of the Senate
would serve on committees with him
and dine at the same tables.
“Many of us will succumb to his un
doubted personal charms,” said Sen
ator Cutting. "Under the rules of + he
Senate none of us will thereafter be
permitted to cast any reflections upon
Senator Cutting declared that Grundy
recently before the Senate lobby corn
in'*,tee had demonstrated his ignorance
of what the United States really stands
for and had boasted that he had been
engaged in raising campaign contribu
tions -from interests with the implied
promise that those interests would get
back their money.
“All he has,” said Senator Cutting,
"is a certificate from the alleged Gov
ernor of Pennsylvania. Why should
the Senate deny a scat to Vare and
grant one to Grundy?”
Called “King of Lobbyists.”
Mr. Grundy entered the Senate in the
midst of the consideration of the tariff
bill. Only a day or two ago the Sen
ate lobby committee, through its chair
man, Senator Caraway of Arkansas,
submitted a special report dealing with
Mr. Grundy’s activities as a lobbyist on
tariff matters and picturing him as a
"king of lobbyists.” The report severely
criticized Mr. Grundy for his activities
in Pennsylvania politics and as a lob
byist here in Washington.
Text of Nye Resolution.
The resolution which Senator Nye
■will offer to deny Mr. Grundy a seat
in the Senate follows:
“Whereas, on the 6th day of Decem
ber, 1929, the Senate denied a seat in
the United "States Senate to William S.
Vare of Pennsylvania, by a direct vote,
by Senate resolution 111 and
“Whereas, said Senate resolution,
■which declared the ground upon which
the Senate denied the said Vare a seat
in the United States Senate, declared
that a Senate investigation led to find
ing that evidence, without substantial
dispute, showing that at the primary
election at which William S. Vare was
alleged to have been nominated as a
candidate for the United States Senate,
there was spent in behalf of the said
Vare in said primary election by the
aaia Vare and his friends, a sum of
monev exceeding $785,000; and,
Whereas, it was the expenditure of
this excessive amount of money and the
matter of its expenditure which caused
the Senate to deny a seat in the United
States Senate to the said Vare; and
Whereas, the Governor of the State ol
Pennsylvania, John S. Fisher, notified
of the vacancy in the United States
Senate occasioned by the denial of a
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Science Is Overcoming Dangers Through Experiments
in Tissue Charting.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, December 12— Marked
advance in the science of transplant
ing skin from one person to another
was discussed by Dr. Frederick B.
Maorehead, professor of oral surgery
at Wash Medical College, in an ad
dress before the Chicago Medical So
ciety last night. At the same time Dr.
Moorehead excoriated charlatanism in
plastic surgery and “face lifting.”
It has been possible to transfuse
‘ blood with safety, he said, because
Adams to Speak to Explorer and Stage
Folk to Perform in Program Under
Auspices of The Star.
Comdr. Richard E. Byrd and his South
Polar companions will be tendered an
unusual Yuletide radio party Saturday
night, when Secretary of the Navy
Adams, the Marine and Navy Bands,
singers, musical comedy stars and oth
ers will join in a special short-wave
broadcast to the “bottom of the world,”
under auspices of The Star.
Secretary Adams for the first time will
convey orally to Comdr. Byrd and his
men the felicitations of the Navy for
Byrd's daring aerial conquest of the
South Pole.
The program will be broadcast locally
by Station WRC and will be flashed
9,000 miles to Antarctica by the short
wave transmitter of WGY, in Schenec-
Pathe Studio Vice President
and Manager Charged
With Manslaughter.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, December 12.—Two
executives of the Pathe Studios were
arrested today on charges of . man
slaughter in connection with the death
of 10 persons in the fire which De
stroyed the Manhattan Film Studio
They are John C. Flinn, 40, of Yon
kers. a vice president, and Henry F.
Lalley, 40, manager. They were ai
rested after police seized 160 contain
ers, estimated to hold betweeen 50,000
I and 100.000 feet of film.
The manslaughter charge is based
on negligence growing out of alleged
violation of a city ordinance prohibit
ing the storage of more than five reeis
of film in certain types of buildings.
The Manhattan Studio was classified
as coming under this ordinance by the
fire marshal's department.
Four chorus girls and six male mem
bers of a company of 100 were burned
to death when fire broke out in the
studio during the filming of a talking
Officials of the fire-prevention bu
reau said a sprinkler system had been
ordered installed in the studio, but the
order could not be enforced because
not more than five reels of film were
stored in the building at one time.
Flinn and Lalley were admitted to
bail of $15,000 each.
Sanford Bates Will Discuss Fed
eral Program in Badio Forum
Policies in handling Federal prisoners
will be discussed over the National
Radio Forum tonight by Sanford Bates,
superintendent of prisons for the Fed
eral Government.
Mr. Bates will speak at 10:30 o’clock
through Station WMAL and a Nation
wide hook-up on “A Protective Prison
Program.” The National Radio Forum
is arranged by The Evening Star and
sponsored by the Columbia Broadcast
ing System.
Before coming to Washington Mr.
Bates rendered distinguished service as
commissioner of prisons in Massa
chusetts. He also has served as a mem
ber of both the House and Senate of
the Massachusetts Legislature.
scotceTwets win.
Sale of Liquor Restored to Several
Areas Formerly Dry.
EDINBURGH, Scotland, December
12 (/Pi. —Sale of liquor was restored to
several areas in Scotland today as re
sult of local option elections held yes
In Pollockshaws ward, Glasgow, the
Uquor adherents won by a majority of
44 in the poll of 7.358. There are 14
licenses in the district, and the mag
istrates may at their discretion reissue
them for sale of alcoholic beverages.
Four other wards, on the banks of
the Clyde, also voted for sale of liquor.
The village of Culle, in Northern Scot
land, voted for continuation of “no
Curtis Sent Home for Few Days to
Recover From Cold.
Vice President Curtis was forced to
go home from the Capitol today because
of a severe cold, which has bothered
him for several days.
He came to his office this morning,
but was advised to return home and
science has been able to chart blood
and determine the proper “type” for
particular cases.
"We have never known how to chart
tissues,” he said, “and transplanting
from one person to another has been
r dangerous because one could not pre
dict how cells would react.”
Now, however, he added, experiments
have been carried on which Indicate
. that this obstacle is being overcome.
Two-thirds of the experiments have
been completely successful, he said.
“If we can classify tissues according
■ to the types of blood, a tremendous ad
!' vance lies ahead,” he declared.
lamina Jlkf.
tadv, which will be hooked directly
with WRC.
Even Broadway will be brought with
in hearing distance of America’s ice
besieged polar adventurers by the magic
of radio. By courtesy of Earl Carroll,
W. G. Fields, Dorothy Britton and other
stars of the “Vanities.” as well as the
chorus will contribute toward the en
tertainment of the little band of ex
plorers in Little America. Only tele
vision facilities will be lacking to make
the stage feature complete.
The strains of “Carry Me Back to
Ol’ Virginny,” played by the U. S. Ma
rine Band, will open the program at 11
o’clock and "The Star Spangled Ban
ner.” rendered by the U. S. Navy Band,
will bring the extraordinary event to a
close at midnight. The General Elec
trle. station WGY. in Schenectady, in
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Department of Justice to Get
Books and Records to
Finish Probe.
The private records of the F. H.
Smith Co., which the Government con
siders necessary in its investigation of
the company's business affairs, will be
turned over to the Department of
Justice today. It is understood that
counsel of the Smith company decided
to take this step after conferring with
officials of the firm.
It is known that the Justice Depart
ment has regarded these books and
records as of great importance in their
investigation. When the documents are
received at the department their con
tents will be carefully examined and
if the information sought is available
agents of the department will present
it to the grand jury.
It is probable, however, that no testi
mony will be taken by the present
grand jury, as its term has nearly run.
Returns Indictments.
The present grand jury two days ago
returned indictments against Repre
sentative Frederick N. Zihlman of
Maryland, chairman of the House Dis
trict committee; Daniel R. Crissinger,
former controller of the currency, and
five other officials of the Smith com
pany. It also returned a supplemental
report alleging that R. Golden Donald
son, former attorney for the Smith
company and president of the Commer
cial National Bank, had accepted
$lOO,OOO from the Boyle Robertson Con
struction Co. in connection with the
award of contracts. This report has
been turned over to the grievance com
mittee of the District Bar Association
by Justice Siddons.
Inasmuch as the report charges that
Donaldson, while acting as attorney for
the Smith Co., accepted $lOO,OOO from
the construction company to obtain
for them contracts for the erection of
buildings which were being constructed
for the Smith Co., the grand jury
felt that the bar association, of which
Donaldson is a member, should take
any action deemed necessary.
Denies Owning Stock.
Maj. Henry C. Maddux, indicted by
the District grand Jury Tuesday, with
six others on a charge of using the
mails to defraud, in connection with
the business of the F. H. Smith Co.,
issued a public statement today deny
ing that he owns, or ever has owned,
a single share of either the common or
preferred stock of the Smith concern,
and denied also that he had partici
pated in the sale of its securities.
In the indictment Maj. Maddux was
listed as an official of the Hamilton
Hotel Co. and other corporations, ac
cused by the grand jury as being sub
sidiaries of the F. H. Smith Co.
In a statement released at the head
quarters of the Maddux Hotels, Inc.,
operating hotel and apartment proper
ties in Washington, Philadelphia, Buf
falo and Pittsburgh, Maj. Maddux
“I am not nor have I been an officer
or director of the F. H. Smith Co., nor
are any of the companies I control a
subsidiary of the F. H. Smith Co. or any
other company. Os the 19 hotel and
other properties of the Maddux inter
ests approximately 45 per cent were
financed by the F. H. Smith Co. Mad
dux Hotels, Inc. is in the hotel business.
We have not sold a single bond directly
or by mail.
“I am personally acquainted with Mr.
Pitts, Mr. Henry, Mr. Anadale, Mr. Ed
wards, Mr. Zihlman, Mr. Crissinger and
other officers of the company, and I
am confident that they will be able to
prove the utter falsity of the charges
I that have been made against them, as
I am confident of my own exoneration.”
Seven Members of Kentucky Com
mission Must Appear in
By the Associated Press.
FRANKFORT, Ky„ December 12.
Judge Ben G. Williams today ordered
that seven member of the State text
book commission be arrested without
bail and brought into court when they
failed to appear to testify in the suit
filed by Commissioner W. C. Bell
against the commission.
Those ordered brought into court
were K. R. Cummins, Miss Delpha
Evans. Frank V. McChesney, Robert J.
Nichol. George Sapp, Samuel L. Walk
er and Mrs. George Smith.
The commission members are ex
pected to testify as to the procedure at
the meeting at which the readoption
of the text books was rejected, the
legality of which is questioned by Bell
in his suit.
The plaintiff, Bell, today asked that
: | the case be tried on its merits, but
i the defendants asked that it be tried
j on the mandatory injunction filed by
I Bell against the commission. Judge
II Williams ruled for the defendants.
: By virtue of the ruling that the
, mandatory injunction be the basis of
■ the procedure, if the case is carried
I to the Court of Appeals it may be re
; turned to the Circuit Court and tried
• on its merits, regardless of the Court
of Appeals decision.
'SURVIVING rioters
Heavy Guard on Duty at
Prison After Nine Lose
Lives in Mutiny.
Bravery of State Trooper Is Cred
ited With Stopping Des
perate Outbreak.
By the Associated Press.
AUBURN, N. Y., December 12.
Three hundred armed men patroled the
walls and corridors of Auburn Prison
today after a day of rioting, in which
eight convicts and the head keeper
were killed.
The outbreak, the second within five
months, collapsed when State police In
a spectacular dash rescued Warden
Edgar S. Jennings and seven guards
held as hostages by the rioters.
The dead:
Principal Keeper George A. Durnford.
Perry Johnson, sentenced to life im
Alex Tucholka, sentenced to life im
Steve Pawlak, sentenced to double life
Stephen Sporning, sentenced to 15
to 16 years.
Julius Stefanek, alias Duke J. Don- j
nell, serving two sentences, 25 to 30 j
years and 5 to 10 years.
Henry Sullivan, serving 20 to 21
j years, with an additional 7 years for
I escaping from Auburn last March.
I Ernest Pavesi, sentenced to 40 years.
James Biancrassi.
Those of the rioters who did not die
in the hail of police and guard bul
lets, Dr. Raymond F. C. Kieb, State
commissioner of correction, said, would
undoubtedly find themselves faced with
charges of murder, first degree. These
men. he said, were implicated in a
killing during the commission of a
felony—attempting to escape from a
prison. Conviction on this count, he
said, meant death.
Rescue Ruins Scheme.
The plan for escape came nearest to
realization when the desperadoes cap
tured Warden Jennings and seven
guards. With the snatching of the
warden and his fellow officials from
thus imprisonment within their own
prison, the well laid scheme first be
gan to crumble.
These officials, In the hands of the
ring leaders for more than two hours,
were rescued by a determined onslaught
of State troopers armed with tear gas
bombs. The warden himself credited
the outstanding bravery of a State
policeman for tne rescue.
Jennings was dazed by a blow’ on the
head from a cdnvict’s pistol butt, and
was badly gassed.
Fifteen to twenty convicts were in
charge of the prison for more than five
hours, before the spectacular dash of
the troopers at 5:30 p.m. saved the day.
Any possible ardor for further rioting
was chilledCby a night spent in a prison
through which Winter winds w’histled.
Glass in the cell block windows were
shattered by bullets in the day’s fight
Captured at 11 O’clock.
Warden Jennings was captured about
11 o’clock in the morning when he went
into the heart of the prison to investi
gate a report that "something was
doing.” Returning from the kitchen,
he was met by a convict who shoved a
gun into his stomach and said “do not
move or say anything, warden, or I
will kill you.”
Two other convicts quickly stepped to
his side. The first convict then com
manded, "Just come with me, warden.
We want you to accompany us to the
punishment gallery and you will have to
cover us, or we will kill you.” Jennings
went along.
Three other guards, not knowing the
warden was a hostage, were captured
w’hen they approached the group in the
punishment gallery. They were forced
to open all the punishment cells, releas
ing the other most desperate inmates.
The officers were handcuffed to each
Henry Sullivan and Steve Pawlak,
leaders in the July riot, then took
charge. Sullivan said to Jennings:
"Warden, we are going to ask you to in
struct the men out front (troopers,
guards, police), to let us go out with you
and these other officers. You will have
to give the order, or we will kill you.
We are determined to go out or die, but
if you fail, we will all die together.”
Handcuffed in Pairs.
“They issued instructions,” said the
warden, "simply telling the men in
front to open the doors and to keep all
officers from any gun play, as they
marched out with us*as their prisoners.
They handcuffed us in pairs and they
“ ‘Warden, we intend to put a con
vict behind every two keepers. He has
a gun and will shoot his pair at the
first indication of treachery. You will
march out with us.
" ‘We plan to seize enough automo
biles from the streets of Auburn to
provide for us all. If you play fair
with us. we will take you all out into
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Panther Creek Employes Un
molested by Picketers as They
Return to Work.
By the Associated Press.
AUBURN, 111., December 12. —Action
of State highway police and deputy
sheriffs at the Panther Creek Mine
No. 1 early today prevented clashes be
tween United Mine Workers’ members
and strikers of the National Miners’
| Union. *
Members of the National Miners’ Un
i ion, a rival faction, which seeks to shut
down all Illinois mines, announced they
: would picket the Panther Creek Mine
: to prevent the 750 men employed there
l from working today.
- Authorities said both factions were*
* armed. State police and deputies pa
trolled the highways in the vicinity,
« and as the strikers drove up in automo
f biles they were ordered to keep moving.
I The Panther Creek employes went to
■ work unmolested.
1 Radio Programs—Page 47

Heart Attack Fatal to Inter
national Known Scientist
as He Slept.
Dr. J. Harris Rogers, internationally
known inventor, died about 1:40 o’clock
this morning at his home in Hyattsville,
Md., where he had worked assiduously
for years in solving some of the most
perplexing mysteries of the radio sci
The death of Dr. Rogers came as a
profound shock to Washington’s scien
tific circles. He showed no visible signs
of illness last night when he entertained
a party of friends at his home, but was
i stricken by a heart attack in his sleep
and died shortly afterward. Death was
attributed to angina pectorias.
Dr. Rogers, however, had not enjoyed
good health since 1917 when he was
overcome by monoxide gas in a cave in
East Hyattsville, where he was experi
menting with one of his inventions.
It is believed that this accident weak
ened his heart.
Contributed Many Inventions.
More than 50 important inventions
were contributed to the world of science
by Dr. Rogers, the most notable per
haps being the underground wireless
antenna with which the faint radio im
pulses are trapped either under the
earth or under the sea. This inven
tion alone was invaluable during the
World War, since it permitted conceal
ment from the enemy in trenches and
dugouts and could be carried on sub
Dr. Rogers was born in Franklin,
Tenn., July 13. 1850, the son of
James Webb and Cornelia Ann Rogers.
He received his early education under
private tutors and at St. Charles College
in London.
In early boyhood Dr. Rogers dis
played exceptional inventive ingenuity,
and while his parents were living in
Bologne, France, conceived a plan for
utilizing the waves of the sea to gen
erate power for propelling ships. He
never relaxed in his experiments, and
up to the time of his death he was
working on what he hoped to be the
crowning invention of his career—a de
vice which would permit radio trans
mission to reach its fullest development
and make round-the-world transmission
Invents Embossed Telegraphy.
While living in Peekskill, N. Y., some
years later, Dr. Rogers collaborated
with his brother, John Whitson Rogers,
in inventing a system of embossed
telegraphy, which was patented in 1872.
This consisted of the transmission of
messages by telegraph by means of
raised characters, printed on a soft
metal tape, which was made to pass
over a roller, the raised characters
being thus brought into contact with
the transmitter and the circuit auto
matically closed and broken, enabling
the receiver to read the sounds repre
senting the characters. Various other
inventions of a telegraphic or tele
phonic character followed in rapid suc
Dr. Rogers was chief electrician at
the Capitol from 1877 to 1883, during
which time his work attracted the at
tention of a number of scientists and
Government officials. It was about this
time that some of his earliest inven
tions, including a telephone repeater,
were sold to a syndicate composed of
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Senators
A. H. Garland and Isham G. Harris
and others who formed a $15,000,000
corporation to produce and maiket
Devises Airplane.
In 1893 Dr. Rogers perfected his
method of telegraphic printing or
visual synchronism, and on March 14,
1895, the first printed telegraph letters
were transmitted between Washington
and Baltimore by this method. In 1909
he devised an airplane along lines de
signed to impart greater stability than
the machines then in us? possessed.
(Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
X Circulation
5 $
Steadily Increasing
—the average net circula- x
$ ;> tions of The Evening Star $
$ and The* Sunday Star for $
\ November, 1929, were great- $
$ er than * or the similar $
J month of any previous year. $
„ Daily Sunday \
\ Nov., 1929. .110,232 114,513
$ Nov., 1928. .105,209 110,731
Gain. . 5,023 3,782
x (Detailed Statement on Page 2)
Radio Inventor Dies
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Official Readings as Low as
20 Below Recorded
in Vermont.
By the Associated Press.
Thermometers in the Eastern States
today dipped in the grasp of the cold
wave which swept in yesterday from
the West. Official temperatures of 20
below zero were recorded and unoffi
cial reading in parts of New England
were as low as 30 below.
Cloudy weather and possible light
snow was forecast for the District of
Columbia tonight. The temperature,
which dropped to 25 early this morn
ing, w’ill rise tomorrow, the forecast
Weather Bureau officials predicted
generally rising temperatures, however,
with snow tonight or tomorrow.
The coldest spot in New England, ac
cording to the official figures of the
Weather Bureau in Boston, was North
field. Vt., where the mercury slid down
to 20 below. Unofficial thermometers
In Londonderry and St. Johnsbury, Vt.,
read 30 below.
The Connecticut River at Turners
Falls, Mass., was completely frozen over,
an unusual qpcurrence this early in the
season. The Deerfield River had been
frozen for several days.
Schools at South Merrimack, N. H.,
were closed because of the cold. Read
ings of 12 below zero were reported
Albany. N. Y„ registered a low tem
perature of zero; Boston, 7; Buffalo, 8;
Montreal. 6 below; Portland Me., 6
above, and New York City, 14.
New York Central officials at Syra
cuse, where a reading of 3 below estab
lished a new low record for the season,
reported trains running from 40 min
utes to an hour behind schedule.
Arrested Second Time “Down-and-
Outer” Is Freed When Court
Takes a Look.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, December 12. —For no
reason at all, James Sherry found him
self in trouble again.
Early this week he was before Judge
Samuel Heller on a disorderly charge.
He pleaded he was down and out. Judge
Heller gave him $5, told him to buy a
pair of shoes and to return with them.
Yesterday Sherry was back, wearing
the shors. He was arrested in the
court room on suspicion. Again he was
arraigned, but Judge Heller looked down
and Saw the new shoes, so he turned
Sherry loose.
National Prohibition Party Asks
Resignation of President.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 12 (/P).
—Discord in the ranks of the National
Prohibition party was widened today as
a result of a meeting here yesterday at
which members of the executive com
mittee adopted a resolution asking the
resignation of D. Leigh Colvin, the
party’s president.
The committeemen appointed William
F. Varney, the party’s presidential can
didate in 1928, to succeed Colvin, who
was not present at the meeting.
The resolution charged Colvin failed
to support the party in last year’s cam- t
paign and left its fold to aid the Re-!
publican cause. A
The only evening paur.r
in Washington with
Associated Frees news
Yesterday’s Circulation, H2.3'2
</F) Means Associated Press.
New Street Cost Assessment
Bill Sent to Congress
by Commissioners.
A new bill proposing a law to take
the place of the much attacked Borland
law relating to assessments for street
paving and renewals will be sent to Con
gress by the District Commissioners soon
with a request for enactment.
The text of the new proposed law is
the subject of a conference held among
Corporation Counsel William W. Bragg,
Tax Assessor William P. Richards and
Capt. Herbert C. Whitehurst, co-ordi
nator and chief engineer of the Dis
The bill under consideration is said
to be largely of Capt. Whitehurst’s
authorship and provides for equitable
means for assessing the costs of street
improvements against abutting property
owners. The main objection to the
present law is that properties which
have long frontages, but are not deep
are taxed far more in proportion to
deep properties with short frontages.
This particularly affects properties at
triangular intersections of avenues with
north and south or east and west streets.
It is understood that the main pro
posal in the bill being drafted by the
District officials is to give to the District
Commissioners the power to change
assessments to meet the equities of indi
vidual situations. At present a property
owner who feels that he is unjustly
taxed under this law must go to court
to get relief. It is understood that
under the proposed law he could appear
before the District Commissioners and
they could grant him relief, if they felt
proper, without reference to the courts.
Fog and thick weather, coupled with
the formation of ice on the planes,
made difficult and dangerous going for
the airmail pilots yesterday and last
night. All mail south of the National
Capital was loaded aboard trains and
but three flights were completed be
tween this city and New York.
The transcontinental mail also en
countered heavy going and iftvas near
ly noon before the plane from the West
arrived at Hadley Field, the New York
terminal. Southbound mail was trans
ferred to the Pitcairn plane and Pilot
C. C. Taliaferro, the youngest pilot on
the Pitcairn line, took off at noon, ar
riving at Bolling Field at 3:30 p.m. He
had a thin coating of ice on his wings
and found the going very thick. So bad
was the weather at the North end of
the run that Col. Charles A. Lindbergh,
who left here for New York, put in at
the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
Despite the ice hazard and fog. Tal
iaferro took off here again at 6:30 p.m.
on schedule, and got through to Hadley
Field. Verne Treat came South with
the night mail last night, arriving here
shortly before midnight with ice on his
wings. Weather to the South being
even more unfavorable, he was held
here and the mail sent on by tram.
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Liner Celtic Abandoned.
QUEENSTOWN, Ireland, December
12 (/P). —All hope was abandoned today
of refloating the liner Celtic which
stranded on the rocks near here a year
The front portion of the liner re
mains on the rocks but the stern has
fallen into deep water.
Hoover Wants to Give Government Employes Chance to
Shop and Go to Homes for Holidays.
President Hoover's Christmas present
to the Government workers in the Dis
trict of Columbia will be a holiday on
Tuesday, the day before Christmas.
The holiday executive order, issued
today, states: "It is hereby ordered
that the several executive departments
and independent Government estab
lishments in the District of Columbia,
including the Government Printing
Office and the Navy Yard and stations,
be closed on Tuesday, December 24,
1929, and all clerks and other employes
in the Federal service in the District
of Columbia, except those who may for
special public reasons be excepted from
the provisions of this order, or those
whose absence from duty would be in
l consistent with the provisions of ex- i
T'A O ( K'.’i S.
Appointment of Six New Re
publican Members Also
Blackburn, Sullivan, Palmer, Whit
ley, McClintock and Hull
Are Added.
The House today approved the ap
pointment of six new Republican mem
bers on the District of Columbia com
mittee, as recommended by the Republi
can committee on committees, and the
official list includes the retention of
Frederick N. Zihlman of Maryland as
chairman of the committee.
The eight holdover Republicans on
the District committee are Representa
tives Zihlman, Maryland; McLeod. Mich
igan; Beers, Pennsylvania; Stalker, New
York; Reid, Illinois; Bowman, West
Virginia; Lampert, Wisconsin, and Hall,
Indiana. At their own request Repre
sentatives Underhill of Massachusetts
and Gibson of Vermont were dropped
from the roster of the District commit
tee. .
The new members are Representatives
Robert Blackburn, Kentucky; Patrick J.
Sullivan. Pennsylvania: John W.
Palmer, Missouri; James L. Whitley,
New York; C. B. McClintock, Ohio, and
Merlin Hull, Wisconsin.
Sullivan’s First Term.
Mr. Blackburn, after an academic
education, engaged in farming and
general merchandising. He was a vol
unteer in the war with Spain. He
served in the Kentucky Legislature in
1904 and was clerk of the court of
Powell County in 1906. In recent years
he has been engaged in the insurance
and stock brokerage business and has
served as a member of the State Board
of Agriculture.
Representative Sullivan, after com
pleting a business high school course,
was alderman in the sixth ward in the
City of Pittsburgh for 19 years and was
also police magistrate and a member of
the board of assessment and tax re
vision. This is his first session in Con
Representative Palmer was first a
school teacher, then engaged in the
drug business, later in the general
mercantile business and then practiced
medicine for 13 years. He was admitted
to the bar in 1897. His grandfather
was a famous educator, Prof. John T.
Palmer. Mr, Palmer v»as a representa
tive in two sessions of the General
Assembly of Missouri and served as
prosecuting attorney for six years. This
is his first term In Congress.
Whitley Is Law Book Author.
Representative Whitley, after gradu
ating In law from Union University,
enlister in the 7th Battery, United
States Volunteers, in the Spanish War.
He was assistant corporation counsel for
the city of Rochester, in 1900-01; chief
examiner of the Civil Service Commis
sion. 1903-04; member of the New
York Assembly. 1905-10; member of the
State Senate, 1918-28, and is the author
of several law books. He is a member
of the United Spanish War Veterans,
Sons of Veterans and a number of
fraternal organizations. He is also
a bank director. This is his first term
in Congress.
Representative McClintock graduated
from Western Reserve University Law
School in 1911. He was prosecuting
attorney of Stark County, Ohio, from
1923 to 1927 and special prosecutor for
a year and a half thereafter, during
which time he prosecuted the famous
Don R. Mellett murder case. This is
his first term in Congress.
Representative Hull is a lawyer and
publisher. He was district attorney
from 1907 to 1909; served in the Wis
consin Assembly from 1909 to 1915; was
Speaker of the Assembly In 1913; sec
retary of State for Wisconsin from 1917
(Continued on Page 10, Column 3.)
SIOO,OOO Fire Razes Tampa Air
port Building.
TAMPA, Fla., December 12 (#). —Fire
swept through the steel hangar at Tlpal
airport here early today destroying 13
airplanes. The loss was estimated at
The blaze was net discovered until
explosions had awakened nearby resi
dents and the building's interior was a
mass of flames.
One of the planes in the hangar was
owned by Randall Norvel of St. Louis.
Norvel owned the two planes used in an
endurance attempt which crashed here
Sunday and killed two pilots.
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2 Ships Sink; 12 Lost.
LISBON, Portugal, December 12 (jP).
—Caught in an impenetrable fog, a fish
ing vessel struck the rocks off Capa
Rica today and sank. Os the crew of
20 men 10 are missing. At Albufeira
a fishing vessel collided with a freighter
in the fog and sank. Two men were
drowned and five rescued.
lsting law, are hereby excused from
duty on that day.
"This order is not to be deemed as
establishing a precedent.
The President's purpose in granting
this is principally to give those em
ployes who may wish to return to their
homes in the States an opportunity to
have this extra day and also to permit
other employes to do their eleventh
hour shopping on the last day before
It has not been determined whether
or not the President will grant a half
day holiday on the day before New
Year. This has been done by some
Presidents, but during the last three
or four years of his administration
President Coolidge declined to excuse
the employes from work for the half
day period on the ground that he did
not consider It warranted.

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