Newspaper Page Text
ACTION ON GRUNDY SET FOR MONDAY Chairman Shortridge Sees Early Report Favorable to Seating Pennsylvanian. The Senate privileges and elections committee la to meet Monday to con sider ths credentials of Joseph R. Grundy, who was sworn In yesterday as Senator from Pennsylvania, and the Nye resolution declaring that Mr. Qrundy "is not entitled to retain his seat In the Senate.” Chairman’Shortridge of the commit tee said today that he would call his committee together and that he believed the committee would report without delay that Mr. Orundy’s credentials were In proper form and that he was entitled to his scat. Seating of Grundy Apparent. That Mr. Grundy will retain his seat In the Senate unless the unexpected happens was made quite apparent dur ing the debate in the Senate yesterday before the new Senator from Pennsyl vania was sworn in. Senator Shortridge said today that if the question of Gov. Fisher's own election is eliminated from consideration by the Senate committee there remains nothing for his commit tee to consider In connection with Mr. Grundy's appointment. He pointed out that the Senate in the debate yesterday had shown itself overwhelmingly op posed to havmg the committee inquire into the legality of the election of Gov. Flshtr. The seating of Mr. Grundy late yes terday gives to Pennsylvania its full representation In the Senate for the first time since March 4. 1927. Senator Grundy was on the floor of the Senate today and is expected to take his full part in consideration of legislation from now on, Debate Lasts 3 Hours. Mr. Grundy’s induction into the Sen ate was not the quiet affair which It was expected it would be after Sena tor Nye of North Dakota yesterday agreed to permit the swearing in of Grundy after Grundy's credentials and Nye’s own resolution denying him the right to retain a seat in the Benate had been referred to the committee on privileges and elections. For three hours the debate revolved around Mr. Orundy and the proper course to be followed with the Nye res olution. At the end of that time the following motion was adopted: "That the Senator-designate from Pennsylvania be permitted to take the oath of offioe and that thereafter his credentials and all matters and things now pending relating thereto, and to his title, be referred to the committee on privileges and elections, with instruc tions to submit to the Senate a report covering the right of Mr. Grundy to his seat in the 6enate of the United States.” It is clear that the case of Mr. Grundy may again be brought before the Senate for action. Indeed, the res olution calls for a report by the priv ileges and elections committee “cover ing the right of Mr. Grundy to hw seat in the Senate." But today there are few. if any, who believe there is the slightest chance of dislodging Mr. Grundy from the Senate. He seems to be in the Senate to stay, at least until the election in Pennsylvania is held next November. Mr. Grundy has announced he will be a candidate for the senatorial nomination, and if he wine that nomination he is likely to remain a member of the Benate for many years to come. Listened to Attacks. The millionaire manufacturer of Bristol, Pa., who has been dubbed by his critics "the king of lobbyists.” was compelled to sit in the Senate chamber for three hours, however, listening to the attacks made on himself and his friend, Gov. John S. Fisher of Penn sylvania, who appointed Orundy to the Senate and for whose nomination ana election Orundy worked hard in 1920. He heard his appointment described by Senator Wheeler of Montana, Demo crat.. as "an Insult to the Senate and to the people of the West and to every right-thinking man snd woman to Uw united States.” He heard Senator Nor ris. Republican, of Nebraska declare that “the action of Gov. Fisher in ap pointing Mr. Grundy to fill this vacancy rghtly becomes a stench in the nostrils of all honest men.” . Mr. Grundy, white-haired and ruddy of countenance, listened to the debate moat of the time with a smleonhls lace and now and then he laughed out right. At other times, however, he let his chin sink and sat apparently in a brown study. During the Senate lobby committee investigation Mr. Grundy demonstrated his ability to strike when ha was attacked, andhe la likely to do so on the floor of the Senate, now he has become a member of the Senate. Nye desolation Attacked. Many of the Senators who had voted to deny William s. Vare a seat in the Senate yesterday attacked the proposi tion, advanced In the Nye resolution, that the Senate had a right to chal lenge the appointment of Grundy, made by Gov. Fisher, because of charges that Fisher's nomination had been "bought. Indeed, these Senators insisted that the Senate has no right to inquire into the election of the Governor of Pennsylvania or any other State, and baaed their statements on constitutional grounds. This was the position taken by a whole flock of Democrats, including Senator Robinson, the minority leader of the Senate: Senator* Oeorge of Georgia, Swanson of Virginia, Wheeler and Walsh of Montana and Pittman of Ne vada. Senator Norris also took the nme view, although he denounced the appointment of Grundy. . „ The charge was made by Senator Nye tkna the organization which*nominated and elected Fisher govemot had ex pended in the primary almost $2,000,- 000, or three times as much as was ex pended for the Vare ticket. If Vare was not entitled to a seat In the Senate localise of heavy expenditure and cor ruption, Nye argued, neither was the appointee of Oov. Fisher entitled to re tain & seat. Blease Twitts Colleagues. Senator Cole Blease of South Caro line, who defended the right of Vare to take his seat in the Senate on con stitutional grounds, twitted his col leagues because of their stand in favor of seating Mr. Grundy. “I am glad,” he said, "to see that some of the Senators are returning to the Constitution of the United States. Senator Schall, Republican, of Min nesota. who likewise favored allowing Vare to take bis seat, charged the op ponents of Vare with an aboutface. "I said just before we took a vote in You Ma y Have a Solution to “The Mystery of Arlington” is one Government de partment which would like your assistance in clearing up the mystery. Read the fascinating facts In the Magazine of Next Sunday’s Star rrrr-r." - yuai' J': 'V '.T-V . .TOt ! ! FIGURES IN CHAIN STORE BURGLARY V ' ' i Upper: Herbert Brown, one of the ac cused Sanitary bandits, in custody of a policeman. —Star Staff Photo. Lower: Richard Swan, who, police aay, admit# tbe Sanitary robbery this morning. HOOVER CONSIDERS NAMING SUCCESSOR TO BENCH VACANCY (Continued From First Page ) reappointed for another term of four years in that court, where she has served since her appointment by Presi dent Harding, in 1921. Her term expires December 20 and, according to repre sentations made to the White House, the President is understood to feel that there are very good reasons why this woman jurist should be reappointed. In January the President will be called upon to make another judicial appointment. On the 21st of next month the six-year term of Judge Ous A. Schuldt, the presiding Judge of the Police Court, of the District, will expire. Indications are that because of the fa vorable comment received at the White House regarding Judge Schuldt’s ad ministration of Justice at that court, he will be reappointed. James A. Cobb, colored member of the Municipal Court bench, will come up for reappointment in February. VARE PASSES GOOD NIGHT AT CHELSEA Br the Associated Press. ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., December 13.—William S. Vare, who took to bed at his home at Chelsea yesterday as a result of the physical and mental strain of recent days, was reported to have passed a good night. Xe will be visited again by his physi cian, Dr. Ilwood H. Kirby of Philadel phia, this afternoon. the Vare case," said senator Schall, "that this Senate would kick Mr. Vare out today and seat Mr. Grundy in his place tomorrow. The tomorrow is here and Mr. Grundy is here, undoubtedly with proper credentials from his gover nor. I claim that the State rights of the people of Pennsylvania have been outraged and that we have as much right today to deny a seat to Mr. Grundy as we had in ousting the chosen representative of the people of Penn sylvania.’’ Questioned By Press. After Mr. Grundy had been sworn in he went to the office of Senator Reed, his colleague, and there was questioned by newspaper correspondents. "Are you for or against the eighteenth amendment?” he was asked. "Which amendment is that?” Mr. Grundy asked. ✓ "The prohibition amendment,” he was told. After the slightest of pauses, Mr. Grundy said: "We are in favor of the Constitution and all the amendments in Pennsyl vania." He added this was his personal view also. Whether he is wet or dry in his sym pathies may have a bearing on the cam paign for the senatorial nomination which is to come next Spring in Penn sylvania. Vare is a wringing “wet'’ and ran on a wet platform in 1926 when he won. Former Gov. Pinchot, who may get into the Senate race again next year, is Just as ardently “dry.” — . THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, D. €., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 3929. OFFICER SURPRISES 2 YOUTHS ATTEMPTING TO ROB STORE SAFE (Continued From First Page.) the 6tore, police said. They quoted Swan as saying Brown had been with him and the latter was found hiding in a closet at his home and arrested by Precinct Detectives R. B. Barrett and W. C. Curtis. Brown Denies Complicity. Brown denied any part in the robbery when questioned at the fifth precinct after receiving hospital treatment. He was booked for investigation at the fifth precinct, police deeming it wise to keep the men at separate stations until they are questioned more fully. An investigation by James H. Olive of 651 L street, manager of the store, revealed this morning that $4.64 had been taken from the cash drawer while the safe, containing $125, had with stood the amateur efforts of the rob bers. The combination dial had been pried from the safe, while part of the concrete bottom of the strong box had been knocked out. Two hammer?, a chisel, hatchet and an iron bar were found lying beside the safe. Police found an overcoat, which, one of the robbers left behind and a cap was picked up outside the building. In telling of the robbery at the Min ute Service Station la6t night, Swan said he and Brown entered the station prying off the window grating and rais ing the window, according to police. They also endeavored to open the safe at the gasoline station, but abandoned the attempt after knocking off the dial of the combination, police said Swan told them. Fourth precinct detectives aaid Brown waa Identified by Asa B. tjgnnady, an employe of the Gulf Refining Station, as the man who held him up with a pistol Tuesday and took sll from the cash register. $35.70 Taken in Hold-up, Headquarters Detective Dknnis Culll nane, who has been assigned to the case, is conducting an investigation to determine whether they also are the ones who drove into the Tydol Gasoline Station at Four-and-a-half and C streets southwest last night and held up the manager, Gilbert Pufllnberger, with a pistol and stole $35.70 from the cash register. One man walked into the station and pulled a revolver on Pufllnberger when the latter turned to obtain a package of cigarettes which the bandit asked for. They then escaped in a machine stand ing in the driveway outside after taking the money from the register. A second man was at the wheel of the car. To determine whether Swann and Brown are connected with any more hold-ups in the Southwest section, Puf finberger and a number of others re cently victimized will attend the 7 o'clock "line-up” at the Detective Bu reau tonight, when they will again be paraded before headquarters men. Both of the prisoners are married. Swann told police he was a chauffeur, while Brown said he was a machinist. - ...... Russia Opens Way for Tourists. MOSCOW </P).—The official Soviet tourist bureau has concluded an agree ment with the Turkish Touring Club making it possible for foreign tourists to enter Russia from Constantinople by way of Black Sea coast resorts. The Soviet government will operate passen ger steamers on this route. DURING REIGN OF RIOTING PRISONERS AT AUBURN % BlpiL ' j|P]»iSB jjjßf -.~~ Jjj* rBL JHBp wKEBb*? h&& ® j)B w f M |Br <» * SB SB iß9na \3i 4 Bit. 3r m ' -*■'«jgPjW|^^^^K I —Associated Press Photos. Left? Prison employes and policemen carrying limp form of Warden Jennings from the prison. Right: George E. Atkins, one of the guards who was captured fay the prisoners and yvho was shot In the face and neck before being rescued by the troopers. Note the handcuffs that were put on his wrists by the mutineers. EDITORS’ ATTiTUDE ON TARIFF GIVEN Senators Allen and Johnson in Tilt Over Value of Statements Presented. By ths Associated Pres*. More telegrams from editors in Min nesota and neighboring States taking opposite views on the tariff controversy were inserted In the Congressional Record today along with a renewal of the row In the Senate over their attitude. Senator Allen. Republican, Kansas, in presenting the names of 31 more editors in the Northwestern States who urged speedy enactment of the tariff measure without any delay for the purpose of slashing the existing industrial rates accused the Senate of "weakness” in "seeking to bulldoze its detractors.” Aroused by continuance of the dis cussion over the editors. Senator John son, Republican, California, spoke up as the "bloc of one in this body” to assert: “I am sick and tired of seeing news paper articles published in this Record. We have a duty here ourselves, and I don’t give n rap for the views of spokes men of editors or for the criticisms of the newspapers. I wish they would begin to criticize one another and let us do our work.” Allen replied that "nothing contrib uted so much to the fabric of public opinion in this country as the news paper editors.” “And nothing so detracts from a man in public life,” retorted Johnson, "as his constant reiteration of what may be published in the newspapers.” Senator Norris, Nebraska, a spokes man of the Republican independents in the tariff contest, who has taken to task the 130 editors of Minnesota who asked for immediate passage of the tariff bill in a paid advertisement, in troduced telegrams from the North western Agricultural Association and from the editor of the Mille Lac County Times of Minnesota which, he said. In dorsed the coalition position on the tariff measure. COURT SETS DOHENY TRIAL FOR MARCH 10 Justice William Hits, in Criminal Division 2, today set. for March 10, 1930, the trial of Edward L. Doheny, oil mag nate of Los Angeles, on an indictment charging him with giving a bribe of SIOO,OOO to Albert B. Fall, former Sec retary of the Interior, for the lease to the Elk Hills naval oil reserve in Cali fornia. United States Attorney Leo A. Rover, on behalf of the special oil prosecutors, Atlee Pomerene and Owen J. Roberts, asked that the case be set down for January 13. but Attorney Frank J. Hogan pointed out that his professional engagements would make it impossible for him to try the ease on that dtte. He suggested March 17, but Justice Hitz refused to accept that date and suggest ed either the first Wednesday in March or the first Wednesday in April. Hogan said he could not be sure that he would be through with a case in California by the early date, and Rover then proposed March 10, to which Hogan agreed. . » ■' -—» STREET CARS DON’T BACK UP, NOT EVEN FOR COLE BLEASE (Continued From First Page.) siderable report writing on the part of the car crew, but officials of the com pany announced that nothing would be done about it unless Senator Blease filed a complaint. In that case, John H. Hanna, president of the company, said an investigation would be made in conformity with the policy to check up on all complaints, whether they come from a member of Congress or not. Senator Blease. however, does not propose to make a complaint. He said there was no excitement in connection with his trip and that the incident was closed as far as he Is concerned. The Senator treated the matter as of little consequence. He said he suggested that the car should be backed to the platform, but that a man behind the motorman, whom he presumed was an inspector, pointed out that there were cars behind them, making that impos sible. The doors of the car were opened, he explained, and he got off before it had gone very far toward the next stop. Senator Blease explained that he was seated about the middle of the car and that when he got up to leave the doors were closed before he started to get off. He said he was told he could have a transfer to ride back, but he replied he would not do that. In giving his version of the incident, the Senator declared no one was im polite and he expressed the belief that the car probably would have returned to the platform If there had not been an other car in the rear. He added that he was not carried far beyond his stopping point and therefore he had not been inconvenienced by the incident. In the tropics whisky is supposed to : be specially harmful with bananas, and a newcomer is taught to take them singly or not at all. BUSINESS’TAX CUT SCORED IN SENATE i Norris and Borah See Plan as Move to Give Bonus to Corporations. By the Associated Press. The administration's proposal for a 1 per cent cut in the corporation in come tax rate drew fire in the Senate today, but both Republican and Demo cratic leaders rallied to its defense as the Senate settled down to considera tion of the House resolution to carry out the program for a $160,000,000 re duction in Individual and corporation income taxes. The Republican independents, led by Senator Norris, Nebraska, and Borah, Idaho, assailed the proposed cut in the corporation levy on this year's income, contending the corporations already had passed their taxes onto the con sumers and the tax cut would amount merely to a bonus. Norris argued that it would be better for the country, anyway, to apply the $160,000,000 Treasury surplus to the re duction of the war debt. Smoot Rushes to Defense. Chairman Smoot of the finance com mittee rushed to Its support, and Sen ators Simmons, North Carolina, and Copeland, New York, both Democrats, joined him. Simmons said it was his under standing the tax resolution was pro posed in the thought that "if this sur plus was returned to the taxpayers it w f ould tend largely to remove a psychological situation that threatened serious consequences.” He argued that this purpose would be defeated if the proposed cut for the corporations was eliminated. Norris had insisted that the tax reso lution was proposed to relieve those who have suffered in the recent col lapse of the stock market. Senator Couzens of Michigan, a Re publican member of the finance com mittee, has pending an amendment to Increase the tax reduction with a cut in the capital gains and capital loss tax from 1214 per cent to 10 per cent. This, and this alone, he contends, will really afford business aome relief dur ing the approaching year. However, the Treasury has said “No” to the Couzens amendment. Secretary Mellon thinks it a good proposition, but he doesn't see that there is enough money in sight next year to warrant it. If the Senate approves the tax cut in the form in which it was adopted bv the House, the resolution will go straight to the White House, where President Hoover has given assurance of his approval. BUSINESS GROUP PREPARES TO AID HOOVER PROGRAM (Continued From ber of Commerce: John O. Lonsdale, president of the American Bankers’ As sociation: Steuart C. Cramer, director of the Cotton Textiles Institute; Charles Cheney, president of the National In dustrial Conference Board: Silas H. Strawn, chairman of the board of Mont gomery Wad & Co., and Harry Chandler, Los Angeles publisher. Serves In Executive Capacity. This committee will service In an ex ecutive capacity, under a general coun cil more than twice as large. Chairman Barnes explained. The chairman now is engaged in choosing the half a hun dred men who will compose the larger group. Each member of the executive com mittee and of the general group will receive a summary of the business re ports received during the national con ference of industrial leaders at the Chamber of Commerce more than a week ago. A comprehensive summary has been put into print by the cham ber. The reports cover existing condi tions and prospects in 32 basic business fields and approximately 150 individual industries. Barnes will call a preliminary meet ing of the executive committee at an early date, at which time a definite plan of activity will be discussed. The meeting probably will be held here. One or the specific industries with problems for consideration Is the leather business, according to a state ment today by the Tanners’ Council of America. Executives and sales man agers of the Industry will gather here next week to see what can be done » toward carrying into effect President Hoover's "work” suggestion. Dr. Julius i Klein, Assistant Secretary of Com merce, will address the conference. Survey Reveals Quick Work. Meanwhile, Secretary Lamont said a preliminary survey revealed prompt and efficient mobilization of effort to ex . pedite President Hoover's appeal for co operation of governors and other public officials to strengthen the stability of business. The daily average of building permits 1 in 37 Btates, the Secretary said, totaled $21,722,000 during the first week of De cember, an Increase of over $4,000,000 above the corresponding week of 1928, when the total was $17,020,000. During the last week of November, contracts awarded amounted to $21,466,000. “AL” SMITH VISITS CAPITAL '■ • ■■■ ■■ "■■ ■■■ i ~ x'v<«jv*x- -•»••••■ • : .v>K> A' -1 : •'•■*'*■' .j* iSHe*' lit - ' J Slhk— Pf . • > “*“!s.' %w * Secretary of Navy Adame and "Al” Smith, photographed today in the for mer’s office. —Underwood Photo. SHATTUCK URGED BY HOOVER TO SEE SMOOT IS CHARGE (Continued From First Page.) was clarified somewhat by the introduc tion of another letter to Secretary Aballi of Cuba which said President Hoover had suggested a plan of sugar duties to Shattuck and Senator Smoot. Asked about the statements. Lakin said he was not certain of this, but inferred it because the three had been in conference and he underatood it referred to a sliding scale sugar tariff. "I think that Shattuck gave you an intimation of the general idea that is in Hoover's mind,” the letter said. A sliding scale for sugar rates was proposed to the Senate by Smoot, but was abandoned after it met opposition. Lakin testified he thought Shattuck would be able to see the President fre quently, but found he had been mis ”He can see the secretaries,” he added. . . “Then will you cut his pay?” asked Chairman Caraway of the committee. The witness did not answer. In another letter Lakin said Presi dent Hoover had suggested a plan to Senator Smoot and Shattuck. Lakin testified he inferred that be cause the three had been in confer ence and he understood it referred to the sliding scale. The letter to Secretary Aballi of Cuba said: “As for a plan. President Hoover has been taking interest and has suggested both to Senator Smoot and Mr. Shat tuck a plan which he has and on which both Smoot and Shattuck are working. Naturally, he made a suggestion and is relying on them to work out something in detail. “I think that Shattuck *ave you an intimation of the general idea that is in Hoover's mind. “The first proposals have been found to be unworkable. We are now work ing on a proposal which is quite dif ferent in detail, although, of course, adhering to the general suggestion of President Hoover.” A letter from Aballi to Lakin, on March 21, said a letter from Lakin had been given to President Machado. "Needless to say,” it added, “that he is. as I am, delighted to know that Mr. Hoover is taking a personal interest and has suggested a plan to Senator Smoot and Mr. Shattuck.” Lakin wrote to W. A. Chadboume. Otoro Manas and Pedro Rodriguez of Havana on March 15 that President Hoover “has taken a direct hand.” “He has already suggested a passible solution to Senator Smoot and to Mr. Shattuck. The latter has been working about three weeks on the suggestion and Senator Smoot about a month, but nothing definite has yet resulted. “Smoot has already conferred with the beet people, among whom we have some representatives through whom we keep posted as to what is going on. “I do not dare to write more. I shall see some more of you soon, either here or in Havana, and will then sit down and tell you all about it.” Lakin testified that he thought Shat tuck would be able to see Hoover fre quently, but found he had been mis taken. “He can see the secretaries,” he added. A letter from Lakin to Gen. Crowder said S3OO was enclosed for expenses and the letter added that Crowder should let Lakin know when he needed addi tional funds. “The old man was not well to do,” Lakin explained, “and I wanted him to know he could call on me for more ex pense money.” Lakin said he did not know what Crowder received from Cuban interests for his part in the sugar tariff discus sions. Today's hearing was devoted almost entirely to reading a mass of coiTe spondence relating to the campaign for a low sugar duty. Some of the correspondence said President Hoover had suggested a plan for a sugar tariff, but Lakin denied that he had any official information. “I got that impression from the news papers.” he explained, adding that he understood the plan was the sliding scale for sugar duties. AL SMITH’S TARDINESS HOLDS UP ADAMS FOR WHITE HOUSE PARLEY (Continued From First Page.) there to view the famous pavements. Admiral Moffett made the trip last week, flying low over the chasm that is Broadway and assured the former New York governor that the sight is com parable to a first view of the Grand Canyon. Mr. Smith accepted the invi tation and assured Secretary Adams that he would be delighted to take the trip. Surrounded by Throng. Hundreds of Navy Department work ers had congregated in the entrance hall of the Navy Building. When Mr. Smith and Mr. Kenny arrived, a hastily formed cordon of United States park police was needed to get him through the wildly cheering throng, made up mostly of women. While the crowd of Navy Department workers awaited “Al,” a modest-looking, smallish man alighted from an incon spicuous taxi and strode into the build ing unnoticed by the throng. He was Ambassador Dwight W. Mor row, America's envoy to Mexico and father-in-law of Charles Augustus Lind bergh, who came to the Navy Building to confer with Admiral Hilary P. Jones on details of the London naval confer ence. No member of the crowd await ing former Gov. Smith so much as recognised the father-in-law of the greatest crowd drawer in America. The conference with the Secretary of the Navy was brief. While no word was given out as to what transpired, it is understood that the Empire State firm’s proposition was placed before the Sec retary of the Navy and referred imme diately to Admiral Moffett for determi nation of its feasibility. Pose far Pictures. After the closed conference, Secretary Adams and ex-Gov. Bmtth appeared in another portion of the Secretary's office and posed for still, motion picture and sound picture cameramen. Secretary Adams nervously Angered his watch and cut short the picture taking, for the tardiness of ex-Gov. Smith’s visit had made him late for the cabinet meeting, which he was to attend at the White House this morning. When Secretary Adams left for the cabinet meeting. Admiral Moffett posed with the famous visitor, explaining, the while, the general details of Navy planned dirigible mooring masts. It was during this talk that Admiral Mof fett invited Mr. Smith to bring his friends and take a ride over the side walks of New York in the dirigible Los Angeles. The cameramen wanted the admiral to make the invitation for the sound pictures, but Mr. Smith objected, de claring, "I don’t think we'd better say anything about that Invitation to Lake hurst. The newspaper men will be on my trail for a week to find out when I’m going to make the trip.” his conference with Admiral Moffett, in which he was assured that the Navy would help his project in every way if the plan was feasible. Mr. Smith announced that he was going to the Capitol to see his friend Senator Wagner of New York. Police Help Out. He left the Secretary of the Navy’s office to meet a still larger crowd of Navy Department clerks in the hallways the «tairs leading out of the building. He was nearly mobbed bv score* of enthusiastic woman clerks anxious to shake the hand of the man who did not win the last presidential election. He was almost out of the building, pushing by main strength through the crowd, before the park police rescued him and gave him safe passage the rest of the way Leaving to see Senator Wagner, he did not again trust his journey to a Washington taxicab, but accepted the use or the machine of a Navy Depart ro*ht official who knew the wav. Throughout the visit to the Navy Department, the distinguished visitor !?„ a J nt ? i £ ed * laughing and joking with newspaper men and cordial to the crowds who sought to shake his hand. He is planning to leave the Capital this afternoon. At the Capitol he explained the build ing which Empire State, Inc., of which he is one of the directors, is to build in New York. The building is to tower 1,100 leet in the air, and the mooring mast has been estimated to cost ap proximately $300,000. He explained to newspaper men at the Navy Department that he did not believe he would visit the White House on this trip, as he understood a cabinet meeting was being held there today. Declined Invitations. The former governor declined all In vitations to make calls around the city, saying, ’ These are busy men down here and I do not feel like taking up their time.’” While he was chatting with Senator Wagner, Mrs, Nellie Tayloe Ross, for mer Governor of Wyoming and head of the woman’s division of the Demo cratic national committee, called Smith by telephone to pay her respects. Joiiett Shouse, chairman of the execu tive committee of the Democratic na tional committee, talkd with him at Wagner’s office. It was said, however, that politics was not discussd. The former governor had hoped to meet Senator Robinson, Democrat, Arkansas, his running mate on the i Democratic ticket last year, but Sena- 1 tor Robinson was In conference at the i State Department with members of the ' American delegation to the London i naval conference. ] I" 1 mummmm ——————————■■■ ■ . i. ■ What Do You Know About Washington? PERTRAM BENEDICT, Johns Hopkins graduate, econ omist and author, has prepared a series of articles on living and working conditions, wages, habits, health and prosperity of the people of Washington, and these will appear exclusively in The Washington Star. Watch for them. Mr. Benedict shows, in detail, how the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in Washington compares with other cities throughout the United States. TEN GUNS SOUGHT AFTER PRISON RIOT Surviving Leaders of Auburn Mutiny to Be Rushed to Trial by State. Sanford Bates, superintendent of Federal prisons, believes that the Federal Government should take the lead in conduct of penal affairs so that many admitted abuses can be corrected and justice assured the criminal as well as society. Mr. Bates ex pressed his views last night in the National Radio Forum con ducted by The Evening Star and sponsored by the Columbia Broadcasting System. The full text of his address appears on pages 36 and 37. By the Associated Press. AUBURN, N. Y., December 13.—With State officials making haste to bring to trial surviving leaders of Auburn Prison’s mutiny, search went on today for 10 guns which disappeared in the outbreak. Efforts were made to Identify three convicts who took part in the riot, but who regained their cells in tha excitement. A special term of Supreme Court, to convene In Cayuga County. In which this city is situated, as quickly as the law permits, was ordered by Gov. Roose velt. In order to obtain all possible evidence, Dr. Raymond F. C. Kleb. State Commissioner of Corrections, and his investigators will be at the prison over the week end, conferring with Warden Edgar S. Jennings and his aides. They will be assisted by Obtrict Attorney Benjamin Kenyon of County and also by Julius Ho th* -no succeeds Kenyon January 1. Governor for Drastic Action. “It is time that the handful of in corrigible criminals In the State Prison should realize that the continuation of acts of violence against the State will be dealt with with immediate and drastic severity," said Gov. Roosevelt. Referring to the special term of court, the executive said: “I do this in justice to the family of Principal Keeper George A. Durnford, who was killed, to the guards who were wounded, and to the other guards, who, with the State troopers and militia, acted with such conspicuous bravery In the riot.” District Attorney Kenyon said that immediate action would be taken by his office to prosecute every one con cerned in the killing of the principal keeper. Killed in Rescue Attempt. Durnford was killed trying to rescue Warden Jennings from the hands of the group of desperadoes who held Jen nings as their hostage while they bargained for their freedom. Prison guards and State troopers searched for the guns. They also tried to pick out three men—in a prison population of 1,553 —who survived the hail of bullets In the Anal stand against officers just before the 6-hour mutiny ended. Eight confederates of these three unidentified men died battling with the officers from whom they asked no quarter. Dr. Kleb expressed the view that so*»e guns were smuggled in and others were taken from guards who had been over powered. -• ■•■■■■ ■ ■ •"■■■■■ • - REAL ESTATE SURVEY SHOWS BETTERMENT IN D. C. CONDITIONS (Continued From First Page.) year the total was 3,040, with the cost amounting to $18,284,500 for the whole year. The total number of new housing units erected or placed under construc tion this year to date is 3,369, as com pared with 4,344. including both apart ments and dwellings, for 1928. The number of new dwellings alone totals 1,329 for the first 11 months of this year and the number of sales of new houses totals 1,191. During October, November and the first 10 days of December of this year there were 147 new houses placed un der construction and during the same period 284 new houses here were sold. "A conservative analysis of the fig ures covering the construction and sale of all new houses in the District to date this year leads to the conclusion that the fundamental conditions under lying the real estate market situation in Washington have definitely changed for better,” Mr. Lusk said. “There Is no attempt to deny in this statement,” he continues, "that the real estate market generally in Washington has not been below the level of the past several years, and it seems apparent that the flow of huge sums of money into stock speculations in the past two years, especially in the past year up to the break In the stock market, has ad versely affected real estate conditions here, as elsewhere. Change for Better. “But it is also Just as apparent—and it Is encouraging to note—that condi tions here have changed recently for the better. Our statistics reveal that house construction during this period of last year was greater, but a com parison shows that sales this year In the same period have been relatively faster, though not so great In volume. That is, during October, November and the first ten days of December, 1928, there were 239 houses placed under con struction and 292 sold, in comparison with 147 new houses started during this period of 1929 and 284 new dwellings sold. “Because of the lower rats of con struction of houses now current and because sales are continuing at an aver age of 100 houses a month, the number of new houses that will be for sale at the end of the next 90 days should be somewhat below the normal number generally on hand In the past.” CHINESE POSTS BOMBED. Mukden Reports Soviets Continue to Fight in Manchuria. MUKDEN. Manchuria, December 13 (/P). —An official statement today said that the Soviet was continuing Its mili tary operations in Western Manchuria. The Russians were said to have bombed Chinese positions in Pokoto orEbukedu, in the Khlngan Mountains.