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Will Determine Whether to
Ask for Speedy Trial on
Mail Fraud Charge.
Company Wins First Court Fight
When Receivership Is
Representative Frederick N. Zihlman,
chairman of the House District com
mittee, will decide tomorrow whether
he will waive technicalities and ask for
a speedy trial or join with his co-de
fendants in the F. H. Smith Co. case
in attacking the grand jury’s indict
ment charging the use of the mails to
It is known that Mr. Zihlman is
confident of acquittal and that he is j
anxious to clear his name, if possible,
before his constituents go to the polls I
for re-election next Fall. Although his '
friends point out that an indictment j
Is in no sense a conviction, they realize !
that a candidate charged with a felony
Is under a heavy handicap in a politi
cal campaign.
Whether or not Mr. Zihlman will
file a plea in abatement will be decided
tomorrow morning at a conference of
his attorneys, Alvin L. Newmyer and
Wilton J. Lambert, who is associated
with Rudolph H. Yeatman. Mr. Zihl
man also will be present at this con
ference and his decision on the matter
probably will be final. Mr. Newmyer
said he talked with his clinet a few
days ago and that he got the impres
sion Mr. Zihlman did not intend to
file a plea of abatement, desiring a
r prompt trial. *
Pleas attacking the validity of the
Indictment were filed several days ago
by Mr. Lambert in behalf of the other
defendants, Daniel R. Crissinger, former
controller of the currency; G. Bryan
Pitts, chairman of the board of direc
tors; Samuel J. Henry, president: C. El
bert Anadale and John H. Edwards, jr.,
vice presidents, and Henry C. Maddux
of the Hamilton Hotel Corporation. The
district attorney must file an answer to
these pleas before the matter can be
settled by the court—a process that
probably wiU require several months.
defendants came off victorious in
tut., nrst legal skirmish yesterday when
Justice Alfred A. Wheat refused to ap
point a temporary receiver for the com
pany. He also denied the injunction
which had been asked by four of the
“The appointment of a receiver for a
corporation.” Justice Wheat said, “is a
serious matter, and it is not to be done
except in accordance with well recog
nized principles of law. There is noth
ing to show that the Smith Co. is in
solvent. and to grant the plaintiff’s re
quest at this time would benefit no one
but the receiver and might work great
injury to the interests of the individuals
holding the company’s preferred stock.”
The motion for a receiver and injunc
tion was filed by W. Gwynn Gardiner,
representing the four plaintiffs. They
alleged through him that the corpora
tion was dissipating its assets, and that
certain of its officers were removing pa
pers and effects from this jurisdiction,
thereby jeopardizing their interests.
The defense was a general denial cou
pled with an assertion that the com
pany is sound financially.
With the motion for a temporary re
ceiver denied, Mr. Lambert is expected
to ask the court to throw out the peti
tion for a permanent receiver.
Several Arrest* and Heavy Fines
▲re Believed to Have De
terring Effect.
There is considerable less shoplifting
in Washington stores this Christmas
than in other recent years, according
to Headquarters Detective Charles J.
P. Weber, chief of the special police
Squad designated to protect merchants
•nd shoppers.
This may be due to the fact that
several notorious shoplifters are now
serving Jail or prison terms, Weber de
clared. Heavy sentences which Police
Court Judge Robert E. Mattingly im
posed last week also may have had a
deterring effect, it is pointed out.
Four colored women, known to be
professional shoplifters are in custody,
the detective asserted, and a fifth was
recently arrested but escaped and is
thought to have left the city.
A pickpocket at work among Christ
mas shoppers in downtown stores yes
terday afternoon stole a pocketbook
containing a S3O watch and $5 in cash
from Mrs. Frances J. Campbell of
1330 L street, while she was in a
crowded 5-and-10 cent store in the
1200 block of F street she reported to
Man, 60, Struck by Street Car,
While Auto Hits Boy of 9.
Neither Badly Hurt.
Charles A. Smith. 60 years old. of
the South Clifton Terrace Apartments,
Thirteenth and Clifton streets, received
head lacerations yesterday afternoon
when knocked down by a Capital Trac
tion Co. street car at Fifteenth street
and New York avenue.
Smith was taken to the Emergency
Hospital. His condition is not seri
©us, according to hospital authorities
| Robert Fass, 9 years old, of 17 Todd
street northeast, was slightly injured
when struck by an automobile at North
Capitol street and Florida avenue. He
was treated at Sibley Hospital and
later removed to hLs home.
Police say the car was operated by
Benjamin M. Rhtnehardt of 3213 Ninth
street northeast.
Capital City Club to Award Prize
January 15.
Another spelling bee will be held by
the Capital City Spelling. Club at the
Mount Pleasant Library January 15, at
7 30 in the nature of a "free-for-all
A prize will be awarded the winner.
- A list of the first 300 words to be used
will be sent to any one sending a self
addressed stamped envelope, it is an
nounced. to the club's secretary. R. S.
Tucker, 658 Fifth street northeast,
Rare But Devastating, Its
Arrival Here Results in
Measures of Relief.
Senator’s Office and Homes
of Wealth Suffer Losses
in Furnishings.
Supposedly introduced from Turkey
in some chairs presented to the White
House about 15 years ago, a ravenous
insect has invaded some of the most
exclusive homes, clubs and apartment
houses in Washington, and within the
past few months, it is reported, literally
has driven wealthy families temporarily
out of their houses.
This is the anthrenus fasciatus, a
beetle popularly known as the "buffalo
moth.” which devours the insides of
upholstered furniture and carpets and,
when it is hungry, a large variety of
other things. Recently there has been
a striking increase in the reports of
its depredations.
It has invaded the offices of Senators
in the Capitol Building, causing con
siderable damage to upholstered furni
ture. So far as known, it is confined,
at least as a serious pest, to Washing
ton. although It is believed to be getting
i a foothold in other cities.
A curious fact, says Dr. E. A. Back,
! Department of Agriculture specialist in
■ household pests, Ls the exclusive com
i pany the moth chooses. Most of the
| complaints coming to his office have
: been from homes of comparatively
wealthy persons. Many cases, it is be
lieved. never have been brought to the
attention of the department, because
of the natural reluctance of families
to admit that their houses are "buggy."
This, says Dr. Back, is no reflection on
the cleanliness of the occupants, be
cause the nature of the insect is such
that it defies all ordinary methods of
Fumigation Required.
Sometimes, when the beetle has ob
tained a good foothold in a house, he
says, the only certain relief is for the
occupants to vacate for 24 hours while
the building is given a thorough vacuum
cleaning and fumigation.
Where the insect is confined to a few
objects these can be taken to a com
mercial storage establishment, where
they are placed In a special room and
fumigated. Most storage companies in
Washington are equipped to deal with
I the pest.
The beetle probably gets into wealthy
homes, Dr. Back explained, in fine
pieces of second-hand furniture, such
as upholstered antiques. But it also has
been reported in apartment houses oc
cupied by families in moderate circum
Its slow spread is due to the fact
that it must be carried from place to
place and that it does not come Into
the open for a long time.
It will start eating the stuffing of up
holstery The owner may notice that
the cushion is beginning to sag and, if
it is a choice piece, may consult a pro
fessional upholsterer. The tradesman
hesitates to run the risk of offending a
valued customer by telling the truth
and may give some other reason. It is
only after the beetles, by this time
vastly multiplied, have eaten every
thing in the stuffing which appeals to
their appetite that they appear in the
open, seeking fresh pastures. So the
owner may find a house or apartment
suddenly overrun by these curious bugs,
climbing over everything.
Search in Senator’s Office.
Dr. Back recently was consulted con
cerning the sagging of chairs in a
Senator’s office in the Capitol Building.
A thorough search of the room showed
the carpet eaten away in spots which
ordinarily would not be reached by the
vacuum sweeper. The best preventive
measure, he says, is thorough vacuum
cleaning in all nooks and crannies of a
The pest Ls rare throughout the world,
but has been reported from Algeria,
Spain, Greece, Southern Russia and
the East Indies. It was first recognized
in America in 1911 in some specimens
sent to the American Museum of Nat
ural History in New York from Au
gusta, Ga. The upholsterer had taken
them from the curved hair stuffing
of furniture upholstered about 15 years
before. Investigation showed that the
hair with which the furniture was
stuffed came from Russia.
Apparently this was an isolated case,
because It was not reported again until
1915, when a chair In the White House
was found badly infested. Since then
there have been occasional reports from
Washington householders culminating
in the past few months.
It is very likely. Dr. Back said, that
It has been introduced in other cities
through furniture sent from Washing
ton. but has not had time to appear
in the open. In all Instances the affect
ed furniture is stuffed with curled hair
and moss. The adult beetles eat holes
through heavy leather and linen cover
ings, laying their eggs inside, while the
larvae reduce the hair used in the up
holstering to a mass of cast skins and
ground-up hair which has the appear
ance of black, gritty dirt.
When the larvae become abundant
in a piece of furniture, they may drop
to the floor and feed on rugs and
other fabrics made of wool, hair, fur
or feathers. Apparently they do not
feed on cotton materials.
Adults Are Conspicuous.
The larvae are seldom seen unless
searched for. The adults, during the
"flight” season, from March to June in
Washington, leave the furniture and
crawl about other furnishings and win
dows. While barely a quarter of an
inch long, they are conspicuous by the
brown, white and yellow' scales that
cover their bodies.
The adult may live several weeks.
The female has been known to lay as
many as 36 eggs in a day. but this is
actually very unprolific for Insects and
no adult has been known to lay more
j than 85 eggs during its life. 1
The eggs are small, white, easily
I crushed by brushing and are laid in the
\ nap of clothing. They hatch in warm
| weather in 10 to 15 days. Some of
! the larvae attain their full growth In
1 a year, while others remain dormant
for still another year.
Dr. Back says: "If these b“etles are
troublesome in trunks, chests or closets
I that are not often used, a good grade
i of flake napthalene, paradichloro
‘ benzene or camphor will give good re
l ] suits. If the trouble is In closets in
j daily use, beneath carpets or rugs, in
’ i piano felts or upholstered furniture
i these substances are of practically no
value and one must fumigate the house
as a whole or in part with hydrocyanic
acid gas, carbon dlsulhid or carbon
. tetrachlorid, or use the still older,
more tedious and less effective means
of frequent search for and killing of
! the larvae and adults and the treat
mint of floor cracks and similar hiding
; places with kerosene, gasoline or
r ■ benzine.
■ J "Whore hydrocyanic acid gas, recom
t mended as the best material for deal
-1 ing with the pests, ls used, it prac-
I tically means that the house, or some
. I of its rooms, must be vacated for a
1 day or so, since the gas is dangerous
• { to human beings.”
-1 A prominent Washington attorney,
who was literally driven out of his
house by the pests this Fall, said yes-
ffily pumtati ptaf
terday that his family had noticed
nothing unusual until they returned
from their Summer vacation, when they
found the house swarming with the
bugs that had punched holes In silk,
woolen and linen wearing apparel, car
pets and furniture coverings, and had
invaded an exceptionally well built
cedar closet. Unlike ordinary moths,
they were perfectly at home in the
cedar closet. He believes that they
came in with some articles brought
from England a few years ago.
When he consulted experts he was
told that the only sure relief was to
vacate the house so that the very dan
gerous hydrocyanic acid gas could be
used. It required one night of exposure
to this gas to kill the beetles and their
eggs and another night to clear the
house of the fumes, so that it would be
safe to occupy.
Dr. Back has in hte office exhibits
showing the omniverous appetites of the
beetles. They will ruin a leather case
by eating holes through it. He has
animal bones partially consumed by
them, and in the same compartment
the hungry insects already have begun
to devour a stick of wood. While they
spurn plebeian cotton, fine silk under
garments seem especially to their taste,
and they thrive on expensive Irish
Cochran, However, Declares
He Will Continue Fight to
Bring Olympia Here.
Secretary of the Navy Adams has
sent to the House naval affairs com- j
mittee an unfavorable report on the bill I
sponsored by Representative Cochran!
of Missouri to provide Admiral Dewey’s!
famous flagship, the Olympia, as a me
morial to the men and women who
served in the military and naval es
tablishments during the Spanish-Amer
ican War, and to have this memorial
permanently placed on the water front
of the Capital.
Representative Cochran, however,
said in a statement last night that Sec
retary Adams’ action will not deter him
from using all means at Ids command
to secure a favorable report from the
committee on naval affairs.
“The Secretary’s report, in my opin- I
ion,” he said, “results solely from the i
report of the Bureau of the Budget
holding the expenditure of this insig
nificant sum of money and the amount
needed for the upkeep of the vessel
would not be in accord with the finan
cial program of the President.”
Claims Support for Bill.
“I have talked with a sufficient num
ber of men in the Navy,” he continued,
“to warrant me feeling that they favor
my proposal.”
He declared that the Secretary of the
Navy said the board of inspection rec
ommended disposal of the Olympia.
“If any such action is ever attempted,”
said Cochran, “there will be such a
protest from the four corners of the
country as to make the officials quickly
change their minds.
“This historic ship will never leave
the possession of the United States. It
might be well for Secretary Adams to
advise Just how much it costs now to
' look after the ship.
"Two Shipping Board vessels are tied
up in the Patusant River near the
mouth, two great transports, the Mount
Vernon and Monticello. Not so long
ago I asked how much it was costing
to look after these ships and was in
formed that the cost was nearly $50,000
a year. It costs money to look after
ships at anchor, as well as when they
are in commission.
“As soon after Congress resumes its
session as possible I will endeavor to get
a hearing on my bill before the com
mittee on naval affairs.”
Adams’ Statement.
In his letter to Charman Britten of
the House naval affairs committee
Secretary Adams said: “The purpose
of this bill is to authorize and direct
the Secretary of the Navy to cause the
U. S. S. Olympia to be brought to the
District of Columbia; it authorizes anti
directs the Secretary of the Navy and
the Secretary of War. to carry out the
recommendations of the National Cap
ital Park and Planning Commission in
locating the U. S. S. Olympia in a per
manent location on or abutting on
ground , owned by the United States’
and after the vessel has been perma
nently located the control of the ves
sel shall be transferred to the office of
public buildings and public parks of
the National Capital, which shall pro
vide for the proper care and mainte
nance of such vessel.
“The U. S. S. Olympia has recently
been inspected by the board of inspec
tion and survey of the Navy Depart
ment. As a result of the inspection
the board recommended that the
Olympia be disposed of.
"Should the bill become a law the
sum of $25,000 would probably be re
quired for cleaning and painting and
towing the vessel to the District of
Columbia. Without knowledge of the
site to be selected, it is impossible to
make any estimate as to the cost of
locating the vessel in such site. After
the vessel had been so locatrd. a force
of 10 or 12 men would probably be
required for cleaning, and as watch
men. which cost would, according to
: the bill, be borne by the office of pub
' lie buildings and public parks.
"The bill was referred to th’ Bureau
■ of the Budget, with the above informa
■; tion. Under date of December 6, 1929,
i the director of th? Bureau of the
! Budget advised the Navy Department
l that the expenditure contemplated by
i this legislation would not be in accord
with the financial program of the
. President. In view of this the Navy
< Department recommends against the
• enactment of this bill."
Street Railway Merger Sched
uled as First Considera
tion of Committee.
Inquiry Into Affairs of Police and
Other Departments Planned
After Recess.
The return of Congress from its
Christmas recess on January 6 will
mark the beginning of an era of ac
tivity in the Senate District commit
tee, where a number of important ques
tions are likely to be taken up for
consideration early in the new' year.
One cf the first subjects to be con
sidered will be the new plan of street
railway merger submitted recently by
the Public Utilities Commission. The
committee plans to hold a night public
hearing on the merger resolution as
soon as the Christmas recess is over,
to get the public’s viewpoint on the
plan of unification as revamped by the
utilities commission. Meanwhile the
committee has taken steps to obtain
the opinion of Dr. Milo R. Maltbie, who
was expert consultant to the Senate
group when the old merger plan was
being consjdered last year. Chairman
Capper will fix the date for the merger
hearing later.
It is also likely that soon after the
Christmas holidays the subcommittee
headed by Senator Blaine of Wis
consin. which is considering proposed
new laws to regulate the real estate
business, to govern the sale of securi
ties and to define the method of fore
closing mortgages in the District, will
receive a report from Oscar H. Brink
man. the subcommittee's legal aide.
He has been making a study of the
proposed legislation for the subcom
The Sackett subcommittee, appointed
to inquire into affairs in the police
department, district attorney’s office
and other branches of the District gov
ernment, also is waiting until after
the Christmas recess to decide upon its
future course of procedure.
In the brief period between the open
ing of the regular session on December
2 and the adjournment for Christmas
yesterday, the Senate District commit
tee succeeded in having the Senate pass
and send to the House the free text
book bill for the Junior and senior high
schools. The committee also in that
time reported favorably and placed on
the Senate calendar the Shipstead bill
to enable the Fine Arts Commission to
pass upon the exterior design of pri
vate buildings to b? erected facing the
l more important Government buildings
j and parks.
Time Limit for Filing Expires
January 3—Extension Sought
In Legislation.
With January 8, 1930, the last day
for making of application for the World
War bonus, applications are pouring
into offices of the War and Navy De
partments. .
The largest number has been received
at the office of the adjutant general
of the Army, with 1,345 received De
cember 15.
Legislation Is pending In Congress
which w’ould again extend the time for
application. The filing time expired on
January 2, 1928, but was extended.
Applications go to the War and Navy
Departments, but the bonus, known as
adjusted service certificate, is issued
by the Veterans’ Bureau.
Knights of Columbus Arrange for
500 at Christmas Party.
About 500 children are expected to
be entertained as guests of the Knights
of Columbus of Washington at the an
nual Christmas party and entertain
ment for the orphans of the city, at
Loews Palace Theater Friday morn
ing at 9 o’clock.
The program, announced by Eugene
C. Baczenas, chairman of the commit
tee, will include a motion picture, sev
eral stage acts, numbers by the Elks’
Boys Band, and distribution of toys and
! Samuel Valla of Lyon,
France, Arrives on S. S. de
Grasse December 26. *
Parent Secures Assistance
of Travelers’ Aid, Making
Boy’s Entry Possible.
Christmas will come just one day too
soon this year for little Samuel Valla
of Lyon, France.
Samuel Is now on the high seas
aboard the S. S. de Grasse, which will
not arrive in New York until Decem
ber 26, for a reunion between the 10-
year-old boy and his mother, whom he
has not seen for over two years.
The long period of separation (from
her only child has been one of heart
ache and loneliness for Samuel’s wid
owed mother, Mrs. Marie Salt Valla,
but realizing that by coming to this
country she could earn higher wages
and thereby better support the little
son in France, she has bravely fought
until it became possible to send for
Samuel, living with relatives in Lyon.
In order to make it possible for the
boy s entry into this country, it was
necessary for Mrs. Valla to secure as
surance that the boy would be prop
erly cared for during the voyage and
met upon his arrival in New York.
Mrs. Valla, after telling her story to
the Travelers’ Aid Society, readily re
ceived the assistance of the organiza
tion, which, in co-operating with the
French Union Nationale des Amies de
’ la Jeune Fille, has accepted the re-
I sponstbihty for the boy during his trip
1 to this country.
Mrs. Valla showed with a smile a
carefully penned letter from Bamuel
sent shortly before he sailed, in which
Bureau of Efficiency Finds
$500,000 Institution in
Virginia Advisable.
Patients Must Have Freedom From
Distracting Noise, Too Frequent
Visits of Friends.
The District Commissioners yesterday
received from the Bureau of Efficiency a
report recommending that the proposed
tuberculosis sanitarium for children, to
be built by the District at a cost of
$500,000, will be located on Government
owned land at Mount Weather, Va.
The Government, according to the
report, owns 85 acres of land in this
section, high in the mountains, for
merly used as a weather observatory,
which has been abandoned since 1915.
The land is now for sale. On the land
are 10 buildings, suitable for use in
the sanitarium, all in an excellent state
of repair. It Ls 47 miles in a direct line
west from Washington, and about two
and three-quarter hours from the city
by electric railroad and bus connec
Local Site Unsatisfactory.
“As a partial substitute until the
sanitarium should be built the District
government has for several years past
permitted the Washington Tuberculosis
Association to use a part of the grounds
of the Tuberculosis Hospital for a Sum
mer camp. Aside from the fact that
thLs camp provides care and custody of
the children away from harmful home
surroundings during only part of the
year, its thickly settled location makes
it impossible to provide for the patients
the quiet, the freedom from an excess
of visiting of friends and relatives, and
the clean, cool air that proper treat
ment of tuberculosis demands.
“In Summer Washington and its im
,mediate surroundings are often hot and
disagreeably humid, and therefore ill
suited to all-year-round curative treat
ment of a disease which thrives on
bodily discomfort and lack of sleep.”
Preliminary Study Provided.
Congress has provided $1,500 for pre
liminary studies for the sanitarium, and
the work of drawing up a preliminary
report has been Intrusted by the Dis
trict Commissioners to a committee
consisting of Assistant Engineer Com
missioner Layson E. Atkins, chairman:
George S. Wilson, director of public
welfare: Dr. Joseph Murphy, chief
medical and sanitary inspector of
schools; Dr. Frank W. Ballou, superin
tendent of schools, and A. L. Harris,
municipal architect. The report of the
efficiency bureau was turned over to
this committee.
The act of Congress authorizing the
building of the sanitarium called for
a report back to Congress by the Com
missioners at the present session. This
report has not yet been made.
Reproduces Building Program for
Pennsylvania Avenue in
Minute Detail.
The model of the Pennsylvania ave
jme-Mall triangle, showing how the
Federal building program will look
when fihlshcd, has just been erected
in a large showcase in the rotunda of
the Capitol, where thousands‘of tour
ists from the four corners of the United
States may see it.
The model reproduces in minute de
tail the layout of buildings proposed
for the area from the Treasury to the
Capitol on the south side of Pennsyl
vania avenue. Heretofore it has been
set up in the Treasury Building, but
a much larger number of visitors will
view it in the rotunda.
It is probable that a similar model
of the new' United States Supreme
Court Building and the model of the
Arlington Memorial Bridge also will be
placed in the rotunda poon, together
with drawings of the proposed Union
Station plaza park.
When these various exhibits have
been assembled, side by side, they will
give the visitor a glimpse of how the
Capital City will look a few years
hence, when pending plans are carreid
into effect.
he tells of his excitement over the an
ticipated Christmas at sea.
However, the Christmas cake, a cake
of mocha representing the log of wood
which burns on the French hearths at
Christmas, and which is always made
by the housewives of France to be
served at the table on Christmas day,
also will be waiting lor Samuel upon his
ThLs will be Samuel’s first visit to th*
United States and his mother plans
that he will remain here for some time,
to be educated in this country. Al
though he speaks no English, the little
boy Ls well advanced in his studies at
school, and his mother does not expect
it to take many months before he speaks
English as readily as he does his native
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John Petrone, lieutenant of the Blake School schoolboy patrol, and Louise
Hall, a first-grade pupil of his school, whom he saved from serious injury when
he pulled her from in front of a machine at North Capitol and K streets Decern -
ber 12 - —Star Staff Photo.
Traffic Patrol Boy
* Envisions Medal
For Rescuing Girl
11-Y par-Ol<l John Petrone
to Make Speech at Pres
entation at School.
Little John Petrone, 11, today is help
ing his father where he works in a Ninth
street photographer’s shop, but his mind
is not on the handling of film, the light
ing of lights and the various other
duties assigned to him In John’s mind
a bright new medal becomes brighter
every minute, and he’s thinking up the
speech he'll make when that medal is
given him some time soon before his
fifth-grade class at the Blake School.
The medal is the A. A. A. merit
award for valor, for which John has
been recommended by his friend. Po
liceman John E. Scott, second precint
inspector-instructor of the schoolboy
On December 12. 3 o'clock dismissal
of Blake School pupils had just taken
place, and John, a lieutenant of the
Blake School patrol, was on his post
as usual at the corner of North Capi
tol and K streets, a few doors from
where he lives, at 90 K street north
Little Louise Hall, a firat-grade pupil,
had just stepped from the curb and
j was going across the street when an
i automobile rounded the corner for a
right turn on a green light. John
! grabbed Louise as the bumper of the
; car brushed against her. and he pulled
I her back out of harm’s way as the
; i driver of the machine frantically put
on his brakes.
John sent Louise to her home at 38
I street and went about his traffic patrol
work, thinking no more about the in
cident. But Policeman Scott had seen,
and his recommendation went to the
American Automobile Association.
"Captain of the patrol is my next
. job,” John says. "I’m pretty good at
protecting the kids.”

' State Department Suffers From In
adequate Force and Must
Increase Personnel!
Announcement was made at the State
i Department yesterday that the Ameri
can consulate at Manzanillo, Mexico,
i had been closed on December 2, on
, account of lack of personnel in the
1 American foreign service. This action
has no connection whatever with the
I. recent act of the Mexican government
in closing its consulate at Laredo, fol
i lowing attempts to arrest Elias Plutarco
Calles, former Mexican President.
It was explained that the Depart
ment of State had found it necessary
to close a number of small consulates
until new consular representatives
* could be obtained. The Manzanillo of
fice has done an extraordinarily small
i amount of business during the last
1 year, and it was found this work could
be handled by the Guadalajara con
sulate. It was decided, therefore, to
close the office at Manzanillo.
Stimson to Put New Plan Into
Effect in I'm Alone Case;
Bill Introduced.
By the Associated Press.
A broader American policy toward
international arbitration has bern de
cided upon by Secretary Stimson.
The new plan will be put into effect
in connection with the arbitration of
the sinking of the Canadian rum run
ner I'm Alone last Spring.
A bill was introduced in the Senate
yesterday by Chairman Norris of the
judiciary committee to allow the arbi
ters in the I’m Alone case to call wit
nesses and take testimony, test the
credulity of witnesses and hold in con
tempt those who oppos'd its rulings.
The I’m Alone case was referred to
arbitration after the American and
Canadian Governments in an exchange
of notes had been unable to agree on
several points, including the position of
the vessel when the Coast Guard patrol
boat began putsuit onto the high seas.
The I’m Alone was sunk by another
Coast Guard vpssel with a loss of life.
Previously international arbitration
has in general been confined to the
consideration of briefs submitted by
the two sides. State Department offl
cltls explained last night, however, that
I the new policy will permit the taking
• of further testimony and the conduct
ing of hearings to obtain all possible
: facts. In addition, commissions of
perjury would be dealt with if the
I I Norris bill is enacted.
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Borger Ex-Mayor Cleared. |
STINNETT. Tex., December 21
j Glenn A. Pace, former mayor Borger, ’
ousted during martial law in Hutchins- 1
son County, was cleared of all charges i
pending against him in this county to- 1
day when District Judge Pickens dls- i
missed a liquor Indictment against him. i
Liquor Found in 6 Places.
Gambling Quarters Broken
Up—Man Just Freed Held.
Arrested last night for the second
time in two weeks following his release
from jail on a prohibition sentence,
Benjamin Morris, 40, of Hyattsville, Md.,
was charged at the sixth precinct sta
tion house with illegal transportation
and possession of whisky.
He and John Robert Wilson, also of
Hyattsville, were taken into custody
last night at Eleventh and M streets by
Sergt. George Little and members of his
liquor squad, who seized the automobile
in which the two men were riding and
24 quarts of alleged whisky. Policemen
George Deyoe and Leo Murray assisted
Sergt. Little.
Smashing through five heavily barred
doors in a house in the 1300 block of
L street, Sergt. Oscar J. Letterman and
his vice squad dosed up an elaborate
gambling establishment which they say
opened but three days ago. Not having
a warrant. Sergt. Letterman made no
arrests, but waned a man found in the I
establishment that he would be tak-n
into custody if he did not close his
place. Sergt. Letterman was accom-;
panied by Detectives Gecrge C. McCar- |
ron. Richard Cox and J. A. Mostyn.
Eight gallons of alleged liquor was j
seized by Letterman and his men in |
six other raids. Five men were arrest
ed on prohibition charges and 25 others
booked as witnesses.
Twenty-four quarts were seized in
the home of Grant Thomas, 40, col
ored. 314 Broad alley southwest. Po
lice booked 25 men found in the place
as witnesses against Thomas, who was
charged with sale and possession.
Charles C. Hamel, 23, and Charles
E. Jorgens, 28, were arrested at 1102
Eighth street southeast, where three
and one-half pints of whisky were
found. Hamel w'as charged with pos
i session and Jorgens with sale and pos
At 1515 H street northeast Bernard
Humphrey, 25, was arrested and
charged with sale and possession of
four and one-half pints of whisky.
The same charge was lodged against
Bertie Thomas, 44, colored, who was
found at 247 Warren street northeast
with one-half gallon of whisky. Three
other places were raided but no liquor
was found.
Annual Banquet of Association
Will Be Held Here Friday
The Ambassador of Peru. Dr. Hernan
Verlarde; the Minister of Colombia,
Dr. Enrique Olaya, and Dr. Henry Suz
zalo. director of the investigation being
conducted for the President s advisory
committee of 51 on education, will be
the speakers at the annual banquet of
the American Association of Teachers
of Spanish at the Willard Hotel, Fri
day night.
The banquet will provide an import
ant part of the annual meeting of the
association here Friday and Saturday,
which will bring to Washington over
100 of the leading professors and
teachers of Spanish in the United
States. Dean H. G. Doyle of George
Washington University is chairman of
the Washington committee on arrange
ments for the meetings.
Pair Returned From Pennsylvania |
and Polic# Are Told They
Live at Rochester, N. Y.
A 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old
vouth were brought, back to this city
tonight from Mansfield, Pa., by Head
quarters Detective Jacob Wolf in con
nection with the theft last Tuesday of
an automobile in front of the Washing
ton Hotel. The girl, Marian Landficld,
is in the House of Detention, and Sh r
ley R. Blakesley is being held at the
first precinct station house, both
charged with grand larceny.
The youthful pair told the police they 1
came to this city Tuesday from Roches- t
ter, N. Y. They said they ‘ hitch-hiked"
their way here and, according to police,
admitted the theft of the automobile so
they could ride back home,
OAK HARBOR, Ohio, December 21
6P). —The entire town of Oak Harbor,
with 2,000 population, was threatened
with destruction here today when fire
destroyed the Thierwachter Milling Co.
plant, with an estimated loss of nearly
Fire departments from Freemont,
Woodville, Port Clinton and Oak Har
bor confined the flames to the plant
and two houses. The elevator was filled
with wheat. Thirty thousand bushels
of com also were consumed. The blaze
started in the corn drying room.
Convicted Man Declines Offer
of Consideration by Pro
bation Officer.
Judge Suspects Willingness to
Serve Jail Term May Not Be
Without Beason.
Declining to have his case considered
by probation officers, Lawrence Walker
was sentenced to a year in jail by
Justice William Hitz in the District
Supreme Court yesterday as a result
of his conviction Friday ’on a charge
of using the mails to defraud. A
jury had recommended mercy.
Walker expressed a desire to know
his fate at once after Justice Hitz told
him that since he had been informed
the defendant had no previous crim
inal record he would ask probation
officers to prepare a report on the case
before passing sentence, if such pro
cedure met with Walker's approval.
Walker was acting as his own attorney.
Before the sentence was definitely
settled, Walker requested that he be
permitted to serve his term in the Dis
trict Jail instead of in the Occoquan
"Do you by any chance happen to be
the jail pharmacist?” Justice Hitz in
Walker’s reply was drowned out by
laughter. The just'ce had reference to
Harry F. Sinclair, millionaire oil man,
who recently served several months in
the District jail. Authorities were
criticized because Sinclair’s duties as
jail pharmacist had enabled him to
accompany the prison physician on
short automobile trips.
Justice Hitz granted Walker’s request.
The court also instructed that Walker
be given credit on his sentence for the
four months he has spent in jail await
ing trial.
Telling Walker he had demonstrated
his shrewdness by "defrauding a lot of
intelligent people,” Justice Hitz urged
the prisoner to reform when he regains
his liberty. The justice added that "a
man of your ability should and can be
come a substantial citizen.”
~,W ? !k cr was convicted of defrauding
Washington residents in his efforts to
organize a Union League Club here.
Witnesses claimed Walker made false
statements in literature promoting the
organization which was sent through
the mails.
Prominent Washington Church
j Worker Helped to Beautify
“Bishop's Garden’’ House.
.J rhe ,. death of Mrs. c - M. Wilkes of
this city, who died in Barcelona, Spain
on December 9, and who will be buried
Ill> removed from the Episco
pal Diocese of Washington one of its
leading woman members, a review of
her activities in the National Capital
Mrs. Wilkes was secretary of the
Bishop s Guild and an active member of
the Woman’s Auxiliary of the diocese.
She was said to have been helpful in
the work of the Bishop s Guild in re
gard to the beautiful “Shadow House”
or Summer house, one of the features
the bishop’s garden in Washington
Cathedral Close. Among her other
benefactions Mrs. Wilkes had given the
Smith-Wilkes House atChautaqua. N. Y.
Mrs. Wilkes is survived by a nephew.
Capt. H. B. Smith, U. S. A.. Fort
Meade, Md.. and by a sister-in-law, Mrs.
Benjamin Smith, who lives in the Bur
lington Hotel here.
Chapter Raises $19,163 Through
Government Departments; Mem
bership Is Lower by 3,000.
The annual roll call of the District
of Columbia Chapter of the American
Red Cross this year went over the
$50,000 mark, exceeding the amount of
last year by $1,521.93. according to re
port made public last night by Mrs.
Harry C. Barnes, director of the roll
The Government departments raised
this year $19,163.94. led bv the Treas
ury Department, with $4,392.05. Other
sums raised were as follows: Private
schools. $1,817.07; public schools.
$1,441.75: private hospitals. $507.75:
Government hospitals. $883.10: through
Miss Mabel T. Boardman. second vice
president of the chapter. $6,320: special
gifts (through roll call office), $8,041.75;
and through banks, stores, mail, etc.,
$12.808 51.
The number of memberships this year
stood at 28,635, as against 32,041 ‘last
Second Gift of Julius Rosenwald
Foundation in Month Made
Available for Committee.
By the Associated Press.
The Julius Rosenwald Foundation of
Chicago has given $15,000 for the use
of the national advisory committee on
Illiteracy, appointed several weeks ago
by President Hoover.
The gift Ls the second made avail
able by the Foundation within the past
month for the use of the Government
in making educational studies. The
first was for $lOO,OOO to be used in
making a national survey which is
expected to result in recommendations
on what part the Government should
take in American educational develop
The illiteracy committee at a recent
organisation meeting decided to ask
the Census Bureau to obtain in the
1930 census the names and addresses
of all persons who cannot read or
write. Secretary Wilbur is chairmen
of the illiteracy committee.
Death Messages Cross.
SHENANDOAH, lowa, December 21
</P).—' While a telegram announcing the
death of James Irvin, 84, here, was on
its way to hLs daughter. Mrs. Bell-
Bowers, in Milwaukee, another an-ived
here for Irvin announcing the death of
Mrs. Bowers.

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