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(TJ. S. Weather. Bureau Forecast.) Cloudy, with light rain tonight or to morrow; slightly colder. Temperatures—Highest, 57. at 11:30 a.m. today; lowest, 32, at 8 a m. today. Full report on page 16. Closing N.Y.Markets,Pages2o,2l & 22 XTV Q1 071 Entered as second class matter IN O. IJ. post office, Washington, D. C. MAUD CLOSES TWO BANKS HEADED BV PRESIDENT OF F.H.SMITH CONCERN Books of Seat Pleasant and .Upper Marlboro Are Being Examined by State Depu ties. COUNTY DREW OUT FUNDS AFTER BOND WITHDRAWAL Henry Resigned as Head of Trust Firm After Indictment —Closing Order Issued to Protect Depos itors—Receivership Is to Be Asked. The Southern Maryland Trust Co., of which Samuel J. Henry, in dicted president of the F. H. Smith Co., was president until several days ago, has been ordered closed by the bank commission of Mary land. The company operates State banks at Seat Pleasant and Upper Marlboro, both of which are closed today while deputy bank commis sioners are making an accounting. The closing of the banks followed closely a series of events, which in cluded the resignation of Hubert T. Plaster, vice president and cashier ot the Seat Pleasant Bank and president of the Marlboro branch; the resigna tion of Henry following his indictment and the withdrawal by the Prince Georges County commissioners of funds they had placed in the two institutions. Henry Replaced by Hayward. Henry was replaced by W. J. Hay yard, former vice president and gen eral manager of the Chesapeake Beach Railway. Allen Mac Cullen, Washing ton attorney, filled the place occupied by Plaster, but was given the title of secretary and general manager of the Seat Pleasant bank, rather than vice president and secretary. Some of the funds of the trust com pany are invested in obligations of the F H. Smith Co. it was revealed today bv George W. Page, State bank commis sioner, who ordered the banking offices closed at the close of business last night. He said the trust company was trustee or co-trustee on three items of Smith company securities issued on properties of the Smith company. Mr. Page said the last regular ex amination made up to the close of busi ness on November 12 revealed frozen ■lcons which brought about the deple tion of the company’s reserves. “Froiti 'November 12 up to the time of closing . the trust company was under the con trol of a special committee of the board (of directors, operating under the super vision of this office,” Mr. Page con tinued. ‘‘The board of directors passed a resolution requesting the bank com mission to take over the affairs of the institution. "The actual thing that led to the •- closing of the company was the short age of reserves to pay current obliga tions.” Page said that he intended to ask the court to qualify him as receiver of the institution so he could proceed with the liquidation. Page said he had not had time to make an examination of the banks, but understood there was a shortage at the Seat Pleasant Bank which had been covered. Negotiations in Progress. Whether or not there will be a liqui dation of the bank will depend on the outcome of negotiations known to be in progress which may lead to the tak ing over of the Southern Maryland Trust Co. by some other bank. The examiner in charge of the Seat Pleasant bank said today that some se curities of the Smith Co. had been found in the vaults of the bank. He also declared that many Christmas sav ings checks mailed to depositors of the bank had not been cashed. The last published statement of the bank, made July 19, showed its condi tion at the close of business June 29, 1929, and listed its assets at $1,306,- 301,30._ Capital stock was at $200,000, ~ (Continued on Page 2, Column 5.) houseTctio'n expected ON DELEGATES’ EXPENSES Resolution Appropriating $200,- 000 for London Trip Looked for Today. By the Associated Press. A resolution to appropriate $200,000 for the expenses of the American dele- , cates to the London naval conference in January is expected to receive House; action before nightfall. The House appropriations committee already has approved the measure, and Chairman Wood wants to get it out of the way before the Christmas holidays. CHILD OF LUCK-FORSAKEN CLAN FINDS HAPPINESS IN GUN WOUND * The Hurt Is in Her Hand, Not Her Dancing Feet, and Papa’s Menacing Pistol Is Gone Forever. U.v the Associated Press. CHICAGO, December 14 —Some more hard luck has come to the Baran lam jly_ Twelve-year-old Julia Baran shot herself in the hand yesterday. Yet, even 60 Julia isn’t sorry. Most of the members of the Baran frmily had been working, except father. Mrs. Baran took in washings; May, 15, and Walter, 13, had Jobs; 10-year-old Michael ran errands. Julia herself was aiudying to be a dancer. She had the idea she could become a very good t'.r-ivjer, and make lots of money, and then mother and Msy and Walter and Michael wouldn’t have to work any more. Then Walter Uvas run over by a train; Jv- lost both legs. May lose her job. That left mother with the washings and Michael with h»s errands to keep the Ifamiiy going. Julia intensified her danc Coil pie Is Arrested When Check to Case Grows Just $2,997 By the Associated Press. CHICAGO. December 14—The little lunch Edward Sternberg ate at a certain Stony Island avenue case last May cost him $3,000, which he contends was $2,997 too much. Sternberg said he paid for the lunch by check, making it out for $3. When it came back from the bank, he found a comma and three ciphers had been added. He had the case owners. Mr. and Mrs. William Gibbons, arrested, the case, called yester day, has been continued. WEEK DELAY GIVEN IN 2IHLMAN CASE Attorneys Consider Motion to Quash Indictment Against F. H. Smith Co. Group. The arraignment of Representative Frederick N. Zihlman, chairman of the House District committee, and the six other defendants in the F. H. Smith Co case was postponed for one week today while their attorneys considered the ad visability of filing a motion to quash the indictment under which they are charged with using the United States mails to defraud. Zihlman, who recently resigned as a director, and other officials of the Smith Co., were Indicted last week by the grand jury. They were scheduled to have been arraigned today. May File Quash Action. Rudolph H. Yeatman, who, with Wil ton J. Lambert, is acting as counsel for five of the officials under indict ment, said today that he may or may not file a motion to quash next week. “I have not even had time to read the indictment,” Mr. Yeatman said, A n d we will not decide what, if any, action we will take until we have had time to study it thoroughly. If we decide to file a motion, we probably will do so early next week.” Yeatman said his firm is representing all of the defendants except Zihlman and Henry C. Maddux of the Hamilton Hotel Corporation. He said Zihlman had not requested him to arrange for postponement of his arraignment, but that he supposed this would be done automatically, as all seven of the men were indicted together. The defendant represented by the firm of Lambert & Yeatman are Daniel R. Crissinger, a director, former controller of the cur rency; G. Bryan Pitts, chairman of the board’ of directors of the Smith Co.; Samuel J. Henry, president; C. Elbert Anadale and John H. Edwards, jr., vice said that Pitts, Crissinger, Anadale and Edwards are in New York City and trying to transact business j if the Government will let them alone.” Burkinshaw Makes Request. The postponement of the arraignment was granted at the request of Assistant District Attorney Neil Burkinshaw, who told Justice Hitz there was likelihood of the filing of a plea in abatement or other motion by the defendants. Yesterday, four bondholders of the Smith Co. filed suit against them for an appointment of a receiver, injunction and accounting. .. The suit, in addition to naming the Smith Co. as a defendant,- specified as other defendants Zihlman, Crissinger, Pitts, Henry, the Smith Selling Co., Maddux and R. Golden Donaldson, president of the Commercial National Bank and former attorney for the Smith Co. Donaldson is not under in dictment, but was made the subject of a special report by the grand jury, in which he was charged with accepting fees from a construction concern in re turn for his efforts in securing contracts for them from the Smith Co. The grievance committee of the District Bar Association has taken his case under advisement. .. . Attorney W. Gwinn Gardiner, who yesterday filed suit against the P. H. Smith Co. and a number of its officials for the appointment of a receiver, today filed a formal motion for the nammg of a receiver and injunction to prevent officials of the company from collect ing and disbursing of any property of the organization. Gardiner served notice on Attorneys Wilton J. Lambert and Rudolph H. Yeatman that he will ask Justice Alfred A. Wheat next Wed nesday to consider the question of the appointment of a receiver for the van ous properties under the Smith Co. management. MRS. HOOVER A VISITOR AT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE Mrs. Herbert Hoover, following her custom of a number of years, today visited Neighborhood House, the settle ment house of Southwest Washington, 470 N street southwest, and purchased a number of articles made by boys and girls In the art craft shop there. Mrs. Hoover also placed orders for several other articles she wants made, j While at the house, Mrs. Hoover also , inspected the four buildings which were I formally dedicated for use Thursday ! after having undergone repairs. I Neighborhood House will bring to a close tonight its annual sale of art craft work made by the boys and girls there. ing training. The need was greater and nearer. Hanging over the household through it all had been the big black revolver that the head of the family had. Often, Julia said, when her father was drink ing, he would take the revolver and threaten to kill them. • The battle to live, the labor of learning to be a dancer —neither of these things bbthered Julia, but the revolver did. For months she schemed to get it, take it where her father never could find it. Last night, as her father slept nearby, she stole silently to the bureau drawer and lifted out the weapon. She thrust it into the pocket of her dress and dashed from the house. On the street, running—removing the pistol as far as possible from her father —she stum bled, fell. The gun exploded, and a bullet passed through her left hand. At the hospital she told the story, smiling. It was worth It, to get rid of the revolver. And wasn’t It lucky it hadn’t hurt her dancing feet? (She gening ifef. I y J \ y WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1929-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. * FRANCE AND ITALY DEADLOCKED OVER PARITV OF NAVIES Former Suspects Maneuver Is Under Way to Isolate It at London Parley. NEGOTIATORS BARELY TRY TO COVER SCHISM "Mediterranean Locarno Treaty” Seen as Only Means Out of Present Situation. BY PAUL SCOTT MOWRER. By Cable to The Star and Chicago Dally News. Copyright. 1929. PARIS, December 14.—Franco-Ital ian naval negotiations, upon which the success of the London conference will eventually depend, are momentarily deadlocked. . . There is a crisis which the' guarded words of the private negotiators barely try to cover. France suspects that a great diplomatic maneuver has been begun for the purpose of isolating it at the London conference and forcing from it what it unwillingly could concede gracefully. France will stubbornly resist such i pressure and, in adhering to this atti tude, will, it appears, be solidly support ed by French public opinion. Great Britain, scenting danger, has begun to speak soothing words to her former ally. Foreign Minister Henderson’s speech Thursday was dripping with honey. Thus the Labor government, which broke with France and adopted a cool attitude toward Fascist Italy on its as sumption of power, now is flirting with Italy and ogling La France, playing one against the other, in the hope of saving, in some manner, the approaching naval conference. United States Is Interested. The United States also is deeply In terested in the situation, for a three power agreement at London would lame the peace efforts of the conclave and make it quite an unstable affair. Only a five-power agreement can actually In sure the limitation of naval armaments. Furthermore, there is a growing dis position toward the belief that the only way out of the Franco-ltalian deadlock is by means of a "Mediterranean Lo carno treaty,” the proposal for which was first revealed in these dispatches. It was Great Britain which first sounded France and Italy on this subject. Italy dislikes anything which tends to maintain the status quo, and France, too, is cool toward Britain’s tentative offer of a guarantee. But French opin ion is changing. The only thing which would swerve France from its uregent firm naval determinations—which mean an unswerving position as to full sub marine strength—would be the offer of a guarantee in the Mediterranean by Great Britain and the United States. But would the United States be will ing to make anything like such a guar antee? This is doubted on many sides. In any case, the new Ambassador from the United States to France, for mer Senator Walter E. Edge, who has just arrived in Paris, came just in time, for, in away. the naval conference has already begun, and Paris, at this time, is in a strategic position. After Advantages. A look into the background of the Franco-ltalian situation will help to clarify it. For two years, without suc cess, France and Italy have been try ing to conclude "a friendly treaty." Italy openly challenges France’s posi tion in the Mediterranean, and she seems determined to wrest from France, by some means or other, concrete ad vantages before she will admit any thing like friendship. However, as far as diplomacy Is con cerned, Premier Mussolini’s motto is "Nothing for nothing.” Upon the advent of the British Labor government, which was hostile to Fascism, Italy suddenly became friendly to France. The two countries stood to gether at The Hague conference, and France had hopes of settling the Ital ian question altogether in the near future. Then on October 15 Italy, at Britain’s suggestion, proposed to France dual naval negotiations. On October 18 France replied that its plans were not yet formulated, but that it would like to hear Italy’s views on the matter. On October 22 the Briand government fell in France, and it was only on No vember 20 that Count Manzoni stated personally to Briand Italy's viewpoint. In the meantime there was a change in the Italian viewpoint. The original Italian view was similar to that of France. It favored the linking of naval disarmanent with that of land disarma ment, and reducing arms by global ton nage instead of categories, and was also opposed to the abolition of submarines Then Britain apparently got busy. A quiet Anglo-Italian rapprochement was effected, so that, when, the other day. Count Manzoni talked with For eign Minister Briand, he said little about points of agreement with France (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) $21,187.75 DAMAGE SUIT FILED AGAINST ZIHLMAN R. L. Eacho Seeks to Recover Sum as Outcome of Collision Last December. Representative Frederick N. Zihlman, chairman of the House District commit tee, was sued today in the DLstrict Su preme Court for damages totaling $21,- 187.75 by Richard L. Eacho, whose ad dress is given as the Municipal Fish Market, for personal injuries, business loss, and damages to his automobile growing out of a collision with Zihl man's car at Seventeenth and B streets, December 19 last. The collision is said to have occurred at 6; 15 o’clock, after dark, and the charge is made that Zihlman was driving his automobile on the left side of B street, going west, without headlights and "at an exces sive and unlawful speed.” Through Attorney J. Cloyd Byars the plaintiff says he was cut, bruised and disfigured as the result of the col lision, had his eyesight impaired and lost his jaw teeth. He places his per sonal damage at $20,000 and asks SI,OOO additional for loss of business as the result of his injuries, SIOO for medical care and $87.75 which It co6t him to repair his automobile. :• Named to Head Chaplains. President Hoover today sent to the Senate the nomination of Chaplain , Julian Emmet Yates of the Army to : chief of chaplains, filling the vacancy ; caused by the retirement of Edmund P. Easterbroofcu I SUZANNE LENGLEN, SALESWOMAN,' SPECIALIZES IN SPORT CLOTHES ' French Tennis Star Declares Baldwin Baldwin “Has Nothing to Do With It.” Believed Position Is First Move to Regain Lost Amateur Standing. By the Associated Press. PARIS, December 14. —Suzanne Leng len, famous tennis star, Is working as a saleswoman In a small dressmaking establishment here. Her job is selling, demonstrating and giving advice on sport clothes. “I have always wanted to do this very thing,” she said today. “I adore clothes. I am through with tennis for the time being, at least. I hope to make lots of money. Baldwin Baldwin? Leave him out of this. He has nothing to do with it.” The latter remark was In answer to a question concerning the grandson ol E. J. (Lucky) Baldwin, to whom she has been reported engaged at various times. Mile. Lenglen Is probably the highest paid saleswoman In the Paris shopi She refused to say what she was mak ing, but it is understood to be a size- SEVERE SEA STORM HOLDS UP BREMEN Fastest Liner Delayed Almost Three Days in Crossing Atlantic to New York. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, December 14.—The steamship Bremen, fastest ocean liner, was in port today after a battle with an Atlantic storm which delayed her nearly three days and resulted in injuries to 10 passengers. Like handlers taking charge of a fighter at the end of a fierce bout, a fleet of tugs convoyed the liner up a fog-choken New York harbor yesterday, while marine experts proclaimed her victorious in her first real test against the fury of a Whiter sea. The proportions of the hurricane through which the Bremen fought her way from Bremen and Cherbourg with 1,800 passengers were indicated by the reduction of her speed on the voyage. The ship holds a record for the At lantic crossing for 4 days, 17 hours and 42 minutes, established soon after she was placed in service last Summer. On this trip she required 7 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes. Her average speed, 28 knots, was cut to 17.6. Twice during the voyage, Capt. Leo pold Ziegenbein said, the ship was hovei to. Last Saturday, the second day out from Cherbourg, her run for 24 hours was cut to 120 miles. She has made 700 miles in 24 hours. Huge waves rolled up by a wind which reached a velocity of 120 miles an hour tossed the ship so that she rolled 18 degrees at one time. The rolling flung passengers about, resulting in injuries which were treated by the ship's surgeon Among those injured were: J. Led erer, iron manufacturer of Philadelphia, struck in the chest by a large trunk flung across his cabin by the rolling of the ship; Mgr. William McKean of Bemardsville, N. J., who lost several teeth when he was thrown from his seat in the ship’s library; and Otto Parchkes, radio manufacturer of Mount Vernon, N. Y., who fell on the promenade deck, breaking his arm. Col. Sam Park, vice consul at Biarritz, suffered a cut on the face when the ship lurched while he was being shaved. | ——i —— ——— I Ml I “The Mystery of Arlington ” I ■ IS ONE OF A SCORE OF SPECIAL FEATURES OF The Magazine of ■ , : Tomorrow’s Star ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE SUNDAY STAR FROM YOUR :! NEWSDEALER TODAY SUZANNE LENGLEN. 1 I able salary plus commissions. An out door sales room and a combination ( tennis court and putting green are being , fitted for her in the courtyard of the dressmaking establishment, which once 1 was the palace of Cardinal Fesch, the l uncle of Napoleon. The famous star said that she had moved her household belongings to Paris and, with her mother, intends to make her permanent home here. Her father died at Nice last March. At the establishment where Mile. Lenglen Is employed It was said her new job was a first move to re-establish her In her amateur status, which she forfeited in 1925 when she joined C. C. Pyle’s professional tennis team. TACNA-ARICA PACT I IS HELD DANGEROUS t Former Bolivian Minister Says Agreement Is Not Satisfactory. By the Associated Press. « . RIVERSIDE, Calif., December 14. , Speaking before the Institute of Inter i national Relations here last night, J. L. r Tejada, former minister of finance of > Bolivia, asserted that the Tacna-Arica agreement had aggravated international i problems in South America and that Bolivia, dissatisfied with its "economic and political servitude,” has become 1 a powder barrel, ready to explode. , “In her present situation, and with historic antecedents,” he said, "it is necessary for Bolivia to proclaim loudly ■ and energetically to the world, and especially to the United States, that the last agreement between Peru and j Chile, in the way in which it has been concluded, not only has not eliminated i one of the gravest international prob i lems of South America, but has, on the contrary, aggravated it. It will not ■ establish peace on the continent. i "Bolivia asks only the examination of ■ her cause—that consideration be taken . of her exceptional national wealth and ' the advances she is making in eco : nomic development —and then asks if she, the third largest country in South • America, can continue longer deprived !l»Of her rights, and condemned to eco , nomic and political servitude. Until this i problem is solved, the peace and tran i quality of South America can always be menaced.” [ , I SHORTEST LINE FAILS. \ Van Brunt Street Railway Cannot Earn Enough to Keep Going. , NEW YORK, December 14 (A*). —To- c night at midnight what has been called f the world’s shortest railway will go out f of existence. 1 It Ls the Van Brunt Street Railway, t operating over some mile and a quar , ter of tracks in the Red Hook section , of Brooklyn. Edward L. Kelly, receiver for the s line, said its passenger revenues were e not sufficient to keep it going, e Pour combination motormen and conductors operated its decrepit cars. SAYS LEASE STORY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE Doheny Counsel Explains Why Oil Man Was Not Called in Suit. By the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, December 14.—De fense testimony will be resumed Mon day following the week end recess in the Government’s case against Edward L. Doheny and the Pan American Petro leum Co. for cancellation of valuable leases held by the Doheny interests in the Elk Hills, Calif., naval oil reserve. Questioned by thq court yesterday re garding his failure to call Doheny to the witness stand, Norman Sterry, chief defense counsel, representing the Rich field Oil Co., which now controls Pan American, said the multi-millionaire’s explanation of the SIOO,OOO he had sent to Albert B. Pall, former Secretary of the Interior, was "not acceptable’’ to him and he "was not prepared to vouch for the credibility" of Doheny as a witness. He said he also believed Doheny would stand on his constitutional rights and refuse to testify in any event. Instead of the personal testimony of the multi-millionaire oil operator, Sterry introduced the transcript of a previous oil lease trial in which the magnate testified he never had discussed with Pall the three Kern County oil leases the Government now seeks to cancel. The Government charges the leases were awarded as a result of a SIOO,OOO bribe Pall recently w-as convicted of ac cepting from Doheny. The defense contends the Government found it necessary to lease the acreage to protect the reserve from drainage by nearby private drillings. Previous witnesses testified the leases were let by Pall without competitive bidding following transfer by the late President Harding of control of naval oil reserves from the Navy to the In terior Department. MYSTERYGIRL’S CONDITION GRAVE Weakened by Pneumonia Attack. Believed Daughter of Cali fornia Minister. With her identity fairly well estab. lished, a young woman who has been unconscious in Emergency Hospital sirice Wednesday afternoon continued under the influence of a drug today. Her stamina weakened by an attack of pneumonia, the girl remained in a grave condition. Meanwhile, police awaited a message from Rev. George W. Brewster of Fres no, Calif., thought to be the father of the young woman. Investigators com municated with Brewster after finding the name Antoinette Brewster in the girl’s effects. The minister replied thst he had a daughter named Antoinette and asked that he be sent a description of the girl. John Riley, a workman employed on the new Arlington Memorial Bridge, went to the hospital to see the girl yesterday. After his first glimpse of the prostrate figure, Riley told detec tives he was almost certain he knew the girl. He added he would attempt a positive identification afte- receiving pictures from New York of the girl he has in mind. After visiting the girl, Riley told de tectives he would defray her expenses to California if he was able to com plete identification. He explained that the girl looked like a young woman he had known in Lakehurst, N. J, and Long Beach, Calif. Numerous other persons, including men, women and children, have visited the hospital and attempted to identify the mystery patient since she was removed there from St. John’c Episcopal Church Wednesday after being found unconscious. GRUNDY TO QUIT LEAGUE. Resigning From U. S. Tariff Body, Senator Announces. Senator Grundy of Pennsylvania an nounced today he was resigning as vice president of the American Tariff League and as president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and that he was abandoning his headquarters here in behalf of the Tariff League. Radio Programs—Page 28 A The only evening paper in Washington with the Associated Press news service. Yesterday’s Circulation, 112,055 UP) Means Associated Press. T\\ O CENTS. SHELBY AND KELLY PREPARE DEFENSE FOR COMING TRIAL Hearing on Charges of In efficiency Is Set for Next Wednesday. SERVICE ON AG3USED COMPLETED YESTERDAY Hole of Former Policeman Allen Before Board Still Problematical. Attorneys for Inspector William S. Shelby and Lieut. E. J. Kelly began preparation today of the defense against charges of inefficiency on which the men will be brought to trial before a special trial board next Wednesday. The charges were served on the men late yesterday. Nine days had been spent in their preparation. They varied very little from the charges as origi nally prepared by a special board of inquiry set up by the Commissioners to investigate the accusation by the July grand jury that Shelby and Kelly had bungled the police investigation into trie death ot Mrs. Virginia Hurley Mc- Pherson last September 14. Each officer is charged with conduct prejudicial to the good order and repu tation of the force, conduct unbecoming an officer and inefficiency. To support the charges against Shelby 11 specifi cations are attached. There are 13 specifications attached to Kelly’s charges. Members of Board. The special board which will try the officers consists of Assistant Engineer Commissioner Layson E. Atkins, chair man ; J. B. Gordon, District sanitary en gineer, and Capt. Herbert C. Whitehurst, co-ordinator and chief engineer of the District government. The trial will be held beginning at 10 o’clock Wednesday at the sixth precinct station, on New Jersey avenue between D and E streets. Henry I. Quinn and George E. Strong will defend Shelby and James A. O’Shea will defend Kelly. The part that former Policeman Rob ert J. Allen will play in the trial is still problematical. In reply to a request from the prosecution staff for an audi ence, he sent two tickets to a public meeting he is conducting tomorrow and advised the staff to attend. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Corpora tion Counsel Robert E. Lynch and Wal ter L. Fowler. Merritt O. Chance, foreman of the July grand jury, which made the charges against Shelby and Kelly, will be the principal witness for the prosecution. Other witnesses will include other mem bers of the grand jury, newspaper men who covered the story of the death and policemen who worked on the case. “We are tickled to death to have the matter finally under way,” said Henry I. Quinn, counsel for Shelby. “We hope this board will sit day and night to complete the case. “We will have a big surprise to spring at this trial. We cannot show our hand at thts time, but the surprise will be (Continued on Page 12, Column 2.) TWO NEW MEMBERS GET SUBCOMMITTEE POSTS Thatcher and Cannon Added to Group That Drafts District Appropriations Bill. Two new members todav were as signed by Chairman Wood of the House appropriations committee to member ship on the District subcommittee which drafts the District appropria tions bill, of which subcommittee Rep resentative Simmom of Nebraska is chairman. The two new members are Representative Maurice H. Thatcher of Kentucky, Republican, and Clarence Cannon of Missouri, Democrat. The members of the com mittee besides Chairman Simmons are Representative Holaday, Republican, of Illinois, and Collins, Democrat, of Mississippi. Representative Thatcher was selected by Chairman Wood because of ex tensive experience in handling public affairs. He is a former newspaper man and is a lawyer. Representative Cannon was formerly secretary and parliamentarian to the late Speaker of the House, Champ Clark. He served as parliamentarian under both Democratic and Republican majorities.. He has compiled two edi tions of the Manual and Digest of the House and is author of several books on House procedure. He has been par liamentarian at several national Demo cratic conventions. He is the author of the treaties on parliamentary law in the Encyclopedia Britannica. This is his fourth term in Congress. SPANISH STEAMER SUNK. LONDON, December 14 (A 5 ). —The sinking of the Spanish steamer Antonio Farcia and the probable loss of four men in a collision were reported in Lon don today. . , . News of the sinking was received by the London agents of the owners of the Greek steamer Hydra, whose cap tain sent the following message: “Collided with Spanish steamer An tonio Garcia. She sank. Have col lected the crew except four. Have sus tained damages to the forepeak. Pro ceeding to Vigo for repairs.” (The Antonio Garcia is a 2,000-ton vessel. Her home port is Bilbao, Spain.) MOST ALL ABOUT LOCCO WAS 13, BUT COURT FINED HIM #IOO Man Held for Drunken Driving Learns Distinction on Friday, 13. By the Associated Press. EVANSTON, 111., December 14. —The numeral “13” and the noun “Friday” have a tendency to make chills run down some folks’ backs, but not Ray mond J. Locco’s. Locco was to ro to trial yesterday on a charge of driving while intoxicated— and yesterday was Friday, the 13th. Several circumstances were pointed out to him. The number of letters in his name add up 13: he lives at 850 Haw thorne lane, and 8-5-0 add 13; Haw SENATE MAY VOTE TAX REDUCTION BY END OF DAY G. 0. P. Regulars and Demo crats Favor Action, but Agreement on Hour Blocked. INDEPENDENTS FIGHT CORPORATION CLAUSE $160,000,000 Evolution, Already Through House, Has Presi dent's Favor. By the Associated Press. Obliterating all political lines save one, the administration's $160,000,000 tax reduction resolution swept through the Senate today to probable adoption by nightfall. Republican regulars and Democrats alike were united in supporting the tax cut, and approval by a wide majority was indicated. Only the small band of independent Republicans from the West were opposed to the measure, and while its opposition was of a determined na ture, it apparently had no intention of preventing a vote. Under the resolution 1 per cent would be lopped from all normal income tax rates, both corporation and individual, with the cut applying to taxes on in comes on the calendar year now clos ing. When taxes are collected on in comes of 1930, the present rates will be restored, unless further special action is taken by Congress. Agreement Is Blocked. An agreement upon a definite hour • for voting was blocked, not by the in dependents, but by Senator Jones of Washington, the assistant Republican leader, who said he wanted ample time for the presentation and consid eration of amendments. Opposition to such an agreement had been expressed by Brookhart of lowa, Howell of Ne braska and McMaster of South Dakota, but withdrawn. The proposed reduction in corpora-' tion taxes furnished the basis of the independent group’s objection. Its members assert that the corporations have already passed on to the con sumer the taxes to be levied on their incomes of this year, and the reduction is, in effect, they argue, a clear bonus to these institutions. This view is opposed by Smoot of Utah and Simmons of North Carolina, spokesmen for the Republican and Democratic memberships on revenue questions through their positions as chairman and ranking minority mem ber of the finance committee. Both ex pressed the opinion that only in a few negligible cases would the tax cut take on the nature of a bonus to corpora tions, and, in addition, argued that the proposed slash would be beneficial to business and serve as both a psychologi cal and practical stimulus to trade. To Act on Amendment. Before reaching a final vote on the measure, the Senate was called upon to dispose of an amendment offered by Senator Couzens, Republican, Michigan, which proposed that the capital gains and losses tax be reduced from 12'/2 to 10 per cent. The Treasury has ap proved this proposal in principle, but has declared against its enactment row on the ground that the present fiscal condition of the Government will not warrant approval of the amend ment. The tax reduction has already been adopted by the House, and after the adoption by the Senate the signature of President Hoover was the only ad ditional step needed to make it effec tive. Mr. Hoover has expressed his approval of the measure. SOCIETY ASKS HEAD OF PRISON TO QUIT Directors Demand That Dr. R. F. C. Kiep Resign From New York System. By the Associated Press. AUBURN. N. Y., December 14.—De mand of directors of the National So ciety of Penal Information for the im mediate resignation of Dr. Raymond F. C. Kieb, State Commissioner of Correction, as a result of Wednes day’s prison riot here, and a second statement by Warden Edgar S. Jen nings, today overshadowed the State’s investigation into the riot itself. The resolution of the penal infor mation body’s directors, adopted in New York yesterday, asked Gav. Roosevelt to remove Dr. Kieb as “unfitted” for the post as head of the prison sys tem. Mayor Charles D. Osborne of this city is president of the society and one ol the directors. Warden Jennings’ statement was in defense of the Mutual Welfare League which Mayor Osborne’s father launch ed as a betterment organization in the prisons of the country, an eulogy of the conduct ot his guards, and a reve lation that more than 30 prisoners re leased from their cells by the rioters, declined to participate in it. The ward en named Max Becker, serving 20 years, as the mutineer suspected of firing the shot which cost the life of princi pal keeper George A. Dumford when the wave of fury first broke. thorne lane has 13 letters; Locco is 49 years old, and 4 and 9 add 13; besides, there had been 12 convictions this month by the Bureau of Accident Pre vention, and Locco’s would be the thir teenth. But Locco insisted upon going to trial. “They’ll only fine me $10,” he pre dicted. “Even so,” said the clerk of the court, “but a fine of $lO and $3 court costs adds 13.” Justice of the Peace James O. Barber crossed Lpcco up. He fined him SIOO, which does not add 13.