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CHANCE TO REPLY TO "m DENIED HIM, ALLEN SAYS Former Policeman Declares Board Should Hear His Ver sion of Window Episode. CLAIMS HE SAW MAN LEAVE NURSE’S ROOM Companion on Beat Night Mrs. McPherson’s Body Was Found Denied Statement. Former Policeman Robert J. Allen today charged that Robert E. Lynch and Walter L. Fowler, assistant corpo ration counsels conducting the prosecu tion of Inspector William S. Shelby and Lieut. Edward J. Kelly before the ex traordinary Police Trial Board, failed to give him an opportunity to answer statements of Policeman Laurence Botts. Botts of the third precinct last week repudiated Allen's claim that he saw a man leap Irom a rear window of the Park Lane Apartment on the morning of the day Mrs. Virginia McPherson’s garroted body was found. Botts, former partner of Allen, testi fied before the trial board that on the morning Allen contends he saw a man come out of a rear window in the Park Lane he had been absent only 10 min utes on their round of duty. In this short period Botts said Allen could not have gone from the rear of Emergency Hospital, where he left him. to the Park Lane and return. Botts also declared that Allen at the time made no state ment to him that he saw a man leave the apartment through a rear window. Allen on Stand Four Times. Allen has been on the witness stand four times since the opening of the Shelby-Kelly trial, twice since Botts testified, and neither Lynch nor Fowler, he said, asked him any questions about the window episode. Since he has been denied the privilege of making a state ment, Allen declared it has been impos sible for him, under oath, to reply to the testimony of Botts. "Botts has publicly branded me as a liar,” Allen said, “and I have not been given an opportunity to answer him before the trial board, where he made his statements. In all fairness to me, the board should hear my version.” Allen said Botts had given Inspector Shelby two different accounts of the window episode, and that a stenographer at police headquarters had disclosed that in his testimony before the trial board, the transcript of the policeman’s original statement W'as missing and that the notebook on which it was taken also could not be found. Location of the missing document, he declared, might throw an interesting light on Botts’ testimony before the trial board. Resume Trial Tomorrow. The Shelby-Kelly trial will be re sumed at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning after the two-day holiday recess. The prosecution is expected to complete its case before the day is over. The trial board, however, will have an important decision to reach as soon as it convenes—whether It should fol low its precedent in the case of Mer ritt O. Chance, foreman of the July grand jury, who refused to complete his testimony, and take legal action to compel John P. Agnew to testify. Agnew followed Chance's example when called to the witness stand last Saturday and announced he would re fuse to testify. The trial board allowed Agnew until Monday to confer with counsel to de termine whether he desired to change his decision. Agnew, through counsel, notified Maj. L. E. Atkins, chairman of the board, that he would not change his decision. In the case of Chance, the trial board cited him in Police Court and Judge Gus Schuldt ordered him to appear and complete his testimony January 3. Chance, however, maintains that he will not give further testimony despite the court’s order. Similar action, Maj. Atkins has indi cated, probably will be taken in the case of Agnew, also a member of the July grand Jury which excoriated Shelby and Kelly for their course in the investiga tion of the death of Mrs. McPherson. t • Ye Virginia Editor Likes Ye Capital, But It Brakes Bad So After Telling Readers of Own Mishaps He Warns Them Away. The country folk visit the Capital of their Nation in shiny new automobiles only to their deep and abiding sorrow, a Virginia editor tells his readers. A poignant pain is his chief reminder es the Capital's left turn, and as he rue fully regards his pocketbook he dis counts much on the parking place he didn’t get in President Hoover’s back yard. In the lead editorial of his paper, the Shenandoah Valley, which is published at Newmarket, Va„ J. G. Miller, the editor has this to say of the trials and tribulations of the country visitor to the Capital: "The Joke’s on Ye Ed this time. A few weeks ago we reminded our readers that the city was made for the city folks and the country made for the country folks, or rather that city folks were made for the city and country folks made for the country. Then last Saturday we spent a few hours in Washington. We should probably bet ter have stayed away. "Thanks to the co-operation of the efficient Washington police force, we crashed into a moving van. The traf fic cop motioned the moving van to stop. It did —forthwith. We did, too, but a few seconds too late. "On Sunday our car was still going, but when we went to church the radia tor and motor meter displayed a bat tered appearance and bowed reverently, not in keeping of the day, however. "Washington Ls a bad place for a man to be with an automobile. It takes 3 hours and 15 minutes to make the trip comfortably and another hour or two to get parked after you get there. -* We almost found a parking place in Herbert Hoover’s back yard, but moved on, fearing that our car would be tagged by the afore-described efficient Wash- I lngton police force. After circling our Intended goal for half an hour and being hollered about whenever we tried i to make a left turn, we gave it up and • bribed a man with a garage to let us i park our car In his place of extortion for about three hours.” Brookhart Is Posing For Picture, but Can’t Say Wliat It's About By the Associated Press. Senator Brookhart, lowa’s Re publican independent, is having his picture painted. While he said that he was rather proud of the half-com - | pleted job, the lowan doesn’t I know for what purpose the por -1 trait is to be used, how much it costs or who is to pay for it. The artist, he said, is a “fellow named Slade." “He's just a fellow who paints pictures around here,” he added. Brookhart posed in his office yesterday, and the painting pro gressed to the point where the lowan’s broad face was half sketched above a rough outline of his broad shoulders. "It’s only in the pin-feather stage,” the Senator said, explain ing that a similar picture was to be made of Senator Borah of Idaho, another of the Republican independent group. SPANISH TEACHERS CONVENE FRIDAY i Dr. Marvin Will Welcome Ed ucators at Opening of Two-Day Session. Educators of Nation-wide repute will speak here Friday and Saturday at ses sions of the thirteenth annual meeting of the American Association of Teach ers of Spanish to be held at the Wil lard Hotel under auspices of George Washington University. The Spanish teachers will be wel comed by Dr. Cloyd Heck Marvin, presi dent of George Washington University, at the Friday morning session. Re sponse will be made by George W. Shields, supervisor of modem languages in the Los Angeles public schools, who is president of the association. Three addresses are scheduled for the opening morning session. They are: "By-products of the Modern Foreign Language Study,” by Dr. Charles R. Mann, director of the American Council on Education and chairman of the Na tional Advisory Committee on Education; "Hispanism in the British Isles and Its Relation to the Work of the Associa tion,” by Prof. E. Allison Peers of the University of Liverpool, visiting pro fessor at Columbia University: "Spairf in 1929,” by Lawrence A. Wilkins, di rector of modern languages in New York City high schools. A luncheon will be held at 12:30 o’clock at the Cosmos Club. Six Speeches in Afternoon. At the afternoon session six talks are scheduled as follows: “The Psychological Novel in Spain.” by Prof. Arthur L. Owen of the Uni versity of Kansas: "Style and Ricardo Leon,” by Prof. S. L. Millard Rosen berg of the University of California; “The Renegade in the Spanish Thea ter of the Seventeenth Century,” by Prof. Esther L. Crooks, Goucher Col lege; “An Inventory of Aims and Methods,” by Prof. S. Patterson, Syra cuse University; "Bi-lingual Reading Texts for Beginners.” by Prof. Colley Sparkman, State Teachers’ College, Hattiesburg, Miss.: "Satirical Rules of Etiquette in the Siglo de Oro.” Dr. Don Heman Velarde, Ambassa dor of Peru, and Dr. Don Enrique Olaya, Minister of Colombia, will be guests of honor at a dinner Friday evening at the Willard. They will speak, as will Dr. Henry Suzzalo. of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance ment of Teaching. Elect Officers Saturday. Saturday morning the association will meet in the cabinet room of the Willard, hear five addresses and then enter into a business session, at which time the officers for 1930 will be elected and the meeting of the association ad journed. The speeches will be as fol lows: “A Spanish Feminist in the Early Nineteenth Century.” by Prof. Ernest H. Hespelt, New York University; “A Group of Auto Sacramentales Found in a Spanish-Speaking Region of Colo rado,” by Prof. Edwin B. Place of the University of Colorado; “Some International Periodicals,” by Prof. Al fred Coester, Stanford University;; "Ray mond Foulche-Delbose.” by Prof. John D. Fitzgerald of the University of Ari zona. and "Fallacies in the Teaching of Spanish,” by Prof. J. Moreno-Lacalle of Rutgers University. At 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon as sociation members will receive the greeting of Dr. Leo S. Rowe at the Pan- American Union. PEASANT UNION FORMED. Austrian Minister of Interior Or ganizes Dissatisfied Fascists. VIENNA, December 25 (JP). —Minister of the Interior Schumy yesterday an nounced formation of the Peasant Patriotic Union, made up of former members of the Fascist Heimwehr, who were dissatisfied with the political activ ities of that organization. Schumy himself was expelled recently from the ranks of the Heimwehr because of his criticism of its policy. The new union, which has considerable strength in the agricultural district, will co-operate with the Austrian Agrarian League. RIDERS TO TAKE PART IN HORSE SHOW y / Mfjm nr2>%fc«ijSKk 4 s Member* of the Riding and Hunt Club who will take part In the show at the club, Twentv «» nn ii nn A p streets, a Saturday. In the group are Miss Winifred West, Thomas Cook. Maj. W. M. Grimes, Miss Elizabeth Martin and Mrs. F. M. Andrews. SJje ®enine J&af ! WOMAN WOUNDED AS BANDITS STAGE SERIES OF HOLD-UPS Three Stores Are Looted and Two Men Robbed on Streets. MERCHANT IN SOUTHEAST THREATENED WITH DEATH Police Believe Three Colored Per sons Responsible for Christ mas Eve Jobs. One woman was shot in the fore- I head, three stores were looted and two | men were held up on the streets by j three colored bandits, who chose Christ mas eve as a time for their operations. | When she screamed as one of the I bandits was rifling the cash drawer in her husband's grocery store at 1415 Tenth street, Mrs. Mary Rosenberg was wounded in the forehead by a pistol bullet, which split open the top of her head. She was treated at Emergency Hospital and later taken home. Mrs. Rosenberg told Headquarters Detectives Larry O’Dea and Dennis Cullinane that the three colored men entered the store, pointed a pistol at her husband, Louis Rosenberg, and re moved $25 from the cash register. She said one of the robbers fired point blank at her when she screamed. After shooting Mrs. Rosenberg the men fled. Merchant Threatened. The bandits next appeared at the store of Abe Leventhal, 400 Twelfth street southeast, and threatened to blow his head off if he made an outcry with in 5 minutes. The bandits took $lB from Leventhal’s pocket, keeping him covered with a pistol. Police believe the same three men entered the store of Mollie Kieman, 1037 Second street southeast, earlier in the evening and robbed her of $25. Mrs. Kieman also was covered with a gun and threatened with death if she made an outcry. * Detectives say the same three colored men were responsible for two street hold-ups. George Christokas, 109 E street, was robbed of SBO in an alley in the rear of 323 Missouri avenue by a colored man who threatened him with a pistol. Victim Relieved of $5. The second victim, Arthur C. Mason, colored. 812 New Jersey avenue, told police he was robbed of $5 and some car tokens by tw T o colored men at Seventh and R streets. Clothing and draperies valued at S2OO were stolen from Addie Walker, 1736 Willard street, and Preston R. Booze, 221 O street, yesterday. A dupli cate key was used to enter the Willard street residence, while a window was broken in the other burglary. Burglars also entered a grocery store at Thir teenth and C streets southwest by smashing a window. They stole $1.50. Thefts from automobiles were report ed by Dorothy Meyers, 125 A street northeast; John H. Ford, Ontario Apart ments; George A. Ross. 1720 Kenyon street, and David Robinson, 129 Six teenth street northeast. MRS. POTTER’S RITES ARE SET FOR TOMORROW Takoma Park Woman, Wife of Capital Business Man, Died After Brief Illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia E. Potter of 412 Aspen street, Takoma Park, who died Monday night at Emer gency Hospital after a sudden illness will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock at Takoma Park Baptist Church. Burial will be in Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Mrs. Potter was the wife of Charles H. Potter, who has been in the print ing business here for many years. She had been a resident of the Capital for 30 years and was active in church and fraternal work here. She was born in Wilmington. N. C., January 10, 1873. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. O. C. Yount of Van dergrift. Pa.; the Misses Harriet L. and Florence Potter: four sons. Charles A., William E„ Hallett H. and Walter J., all of Washington, and two brotliers, William and R. B. Hodges of Wilming ton, N. C. REINDEER FLEE COLD. Swedish Lapland Animals Crowd Coast Land by Thousands. STOCKHOLM, December 25 UP).— Driven by cold and hunger, thousands of reindeer in Swedish Lapland are fleeing the mountain ranges at Gel livare to seek food In the warmer and more hospitable coastland. A sudden intense cold has formed a heavy crust on the surface of the snow, and the animals are unable to dig out the reindeer moss, which is their main food. On the borders of more civilized communities they find stacks of hay, which they immediately devour. This has caused friction between their Lapp owners and the farmers. WASHINGTON, D. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1929. PHYSICIANS WIN LONG BATTLE TO SAVE LIFE OF MRS. SCHUTT Three Blood Transfusions Prove Suffi ciently Effective to Insure Anxious Family Mother Will Return. Christmas day dawned cold and cloudy for thousands of Washingtonians this morning, but to the little family of John Schutt at 666 E street northeast it is the happiest and sunniest day in all their lives. Their most valued Christmas gift came in the form of a brief message from Gallinger Hospital, which said that Mrs. Rose Schutt, wife and mother of the family, had won her fight for life and is now beyond any danger. Several weeks rest is all that is re quired to give the woman sufficient strength to return to the husband and two children from whom she lias been separated since Thanksgiving day. when she entered the hospital in a critical condition. Under the constant attention of Drs. 3 SUSPECTS HELD IN IDO ROBBERY Pistol Found in Baltimore Alley Is Clue to Hold-up at Laundry Here.' Three Washington youths are being held for investigation by police for questioning •in connection with the robbery early last month of the Arcade- Sunshine Laundry, at 713 Lamont street, where the office safe was rob bed of S4OO after the colored watch man had been bound and gagged and his revolver taken from him. Police said it was the recovery of the stolen pistol, which was found lying in an alley in the rear of a Baltimore saloon, which led to the arrest of thu trio. The arrested youths gave their names and addresses as Severence Farmer, 21 years old, of 1400 block of T street: Wal ter Lawrence Hodklnson, 22 years old, of 800 block E street northeast, and Timothy W. Temple, 22 years old, of 600 block Gresham place. They are being held at the first precinct station. According to police, the trio were arrested in Baltimore a few days ago after a meice in a saloon there. Recog nizing the three meji as tallying with a description of three youths contained in a lookout sent out from Washington, police in the Maryland city held them. The revolver found in Baltimore has been identified as the one taken from the night watchman at the laundry. fall From balcony IS FATAL TO WOMAN Aocident to Mother of District Pastor Deported Her# Today. The death in a Reading, Pa., hospital last night of Mrs. Llewellyn P. Schear rer, 64 years old, mother of Rev. R. Paul Schearrer. pastor of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church Iwre, was traced to a fall from a balcoliy. A dispatch to The Star from Reading, Pa., today brought the news that Mrs. Schearrer sustained a fractured skull and other injuries when she fell from a second floor balcony at her home there while shaking a rug. Mrs. Schearrer ls survived by her husband, her daughter Anna, her son and daughter-in-law, who came to Washington from Binghamton, N. Y., a year ago. CANADIANS TO OPPOSE LAKE WATER DIVERSION Plan Protest if Chicago Makes Appeal for Congressional Authority. By the Associated Press. OTTAWA, December 25. —Charles Stewart, minister of interior, asserted yesterday that Canada would protest strongly against any attempt by Chi cago to obtain congressional authority for diverting water from Lake Michigan into the Mississippi River. “It Ls possible.” he said, “that Chicago will endeavor to secure from Congress authority to divert water for the os tensible purpose of improving naviga tion. This will have the effect of trans ferring the dispute to Congress, where, of course, it ls to be anticipated that the lake-bordering States will undoubt edly oppose such a procedure, while Il linois and the Mississippi States may support the same.” Mr. Stewart expressed satisfaction with the recommendation made to the United States Supreme Court by Spe cial Master Charles E. Hughes, whereby diversion from the Great Lakes by the Chicago sanitary district would be re duced in stages. N. H. Badaines and E. A. Larsen, who have alternated in watches at her bed side ever since she entered the insti- | utlon, Mrs. Schutt has gradually fought off death until her physicians are now ; satisfied that their fight is over. Three blood transfusions played a! most important part in saving Mrs. j Schutt’s life. The blood for two of the I transfusions was given by the husband, while the blood for the third was given by a volunteer donor who insists on re maining anonymous. Forty other persons, including Maj. Gen. William G. Everson. U. S. A , chief i of the Militia Bureau, stood ready to submit to a blood transfusion to aid in the battle. Dr. Badianes notified them definitely today that they would not be called upon, further transfusions be ing deemed unnecessary. CATHOLIC HISTORY GROUP MEETS HERE Sessions Will Open Friday at University Hall, With Many on Program. The American Catholic Historical As sociation will hold its tenth annual meeting, beginning Friday, at McMahon Hall, the Catholic University of Amer ica, meeting concurrently with the American Catholic Philosophical Asso ciation. Rev. Dr. Peter Guilday, the secretary, in making public the program, an nounced that a meeting of the executive I council will be held at 9 o’clock Friday morning, inaugurating the historical association’s sessions. Right Rev. C. F. Thomas, the organization’s treasurer will preside at the public session, at which Rev. Dr. Edwin J. Ryan of the Catholic University will speak on "Papal Concordats in Modern Times ’’ Right Rev. Philip Bernardini, also of the Catholic University, will take as his topic, "The Lateran Corcordat With Italy”; Rev. Gilbert J. Garraghan of St. Louis University will speak on "Old Vincennes—a Chapter in the Ecclesi astical History of the Middle West.” and Clarence E. Martin of Martlnsburg, W. Va., will address the organization on "The Legal Aspects of the English Penal Laws." Plan Joint Luncheon. A joint luncheon with the American Catholic Philosophical Association will be held at 12:30 o’clock in the main dining hall. At 2 o’clock the annual business meeting will be called to order, with Rev. Dr. Leo Francis Stock, the historical body’s president, presiding. Various reports will be presented and officers chosen. At 7 o’clock a joint dinner with the philosophical group will be held and at 8 o’clock a general session will be held, with Right Rev. James Hugh Ryan, rector of the Catholic University, pre siding. Rev. Dr. Stock will deliver his presidential address, entitled "Catholic I Participation in the Diplomacy of the I On Saturday Right Rev. P. C. Gavan j will preside at the public morning ses sion. Rev. Robert Howard Lord of Bos ton will address the organization on I "The Parliaments of the Middle Ages I and the Early Modern Period.” Right Rev. Thomas J. Shahan. rector emeri tus of the Catholic University, will speak on the topic “Sources for the Early History of the Papacy Up to Gregory the Great (590-604).” Rev. Dr. Peter Leo Jornson of St. Francis, Wis. will speak on "Recent Books on His torical Method and Their Application to Church History,” and Dr. James J Walsh of New York City will address the body on "The Need of a New Pres entation of the Catholic Philosophy of History.” Local Committee Formed. The committee on local arrangements for the convention is headed by Right Rev. John M. McNamara, with Rev. Joseph J. Nelligan as vice chairman and these members: Right Rev. C. F. Thomas, Right Rev. Edward L. Buckeyi Right Rev. Eugene J. Connelly, Right Rev. P. C. Gavan, Rev. Abram Simon, Ph. D.; Very Rev. Claude Vogel, Sena tor David I. Walsh of Massachusetts, Joseph P. Tumulty, Patrick J. Halti gan, William H. De Lacy, Joseph L. Parkhill, Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, Mrs John Cammack. J. Leo Kolb. Dr. John C. Merriam and James E. Colliflower. Francis Joseph McCann is secretary. The committee on registration and information is headed by Mrs. Kath erine L. Hartnett, with Miss Anna C. Mullarkey as secretary, and these members: Miss Frances Brawner, Miss Agnes C. Reidy, Miss Margaret Guilday and Miss Frances L. Trcw. SHIP-SHORE TELEPHONE USE WILL BE EXTENDED Results of Tests With Leviathan Been ns Warranting Expan sion of Service. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, December 25. —The ship-to-shore telephone service, which was tried out by the American Tele phone & Telegraph Co. and the Levia than on her just completed round trip to Europe, has proven so successful that the system is to be installed on other ships, it was announced yesterday. “In only a few months," J. L. R. Van Meter, head of the commercial traffic department of the American Telegraph & Telephone, said yesterday, "we expect to install the service on other ships. The experimental stage is over. It Is now a matter of development. We will use the Leviathan’s plant as a laboratory.” Mr. Van Meter and a staff of 10 radio engineers made the round trip on the ship, and were in charge of the service. He said that conversations between the Leviathan and America were main tained up to a distance of 2,600 miles on the outbound trip and on the in bound trip from 1,800 miles on in. Danish Queen Is Fifty. COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 25 (A*). —The Danish people paid tribute yesterday to Queen Alexandrine, whose fiftieth birthday was celebrated at the royal castle. Huge floral offerings and large sums of money for her charitable organizations came from all over the country. Will Discuss Crime Wave. “The Maccabees and the" Jewish Crime Wave” will be discussed by Judge Nathan Cayton of the Municipal Court at a meeting, next. Friday night, in the SLxth Street Synagogue s POLICE PLAY HOST TO YOUNGSTERS b|ll :• i lays Capt. William Sanford of the fifth precinct and members of his command presiding this morning at the Christmas party No. 5 gives annually to the youngsters. —Star Staff Photo. YOUNGSTERS STORM PRECINCT FOR CAPT. SANFORD’S PARTY Six Policemen Required to Handle Traffic as 2,000 Children Call for Annual Gifts. i More than 2,000 children stormed Capt. William Sanford's seventh annual Christmas party at the fifth precinct station house today. It took six police men to handle the crowds of children in front of the station house and man age the traffic as they entered the precinct to get their presents. * Each chi’# was given candy, nuts, fruit, ice eftam and toys. The gifts were contributed by nearly every busi ness place in Washington. Although theoretically the party was for fifth precinct children, children came from all over town. FISHER TO DISCUSS! DISTRICT TRACTION ; Utilities Secretary Will Ad dress Federation of Citi zens’ Groups. Solutions of the transportation prob lems of Washington, including the pro posed Increase in car fare and the question of merging the Capital Trac tion and Washington Railway & Elec tric companies will be discussed at a meeting of the committee on city plan ning of the Federation of Citizens’ As sociations to be held Friday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. in the Mayflower Hotel. Earl V. Fisher, executive secretary of the Public Utilities Commission, is scheduled to address the committee upon the action of public utility com missions in other cities and on the operation of modern, single-control Pull man cars, including their record for safety, swiftness and patronage by the general public as compared with dual control service in use in this city. Clayton E. Emig, chairman of the committee, also announced today that at the January meeting of the com mittee Charles Hansel, author of Han sel’s Survey of 1927, and other special ists on transportation from other cities will speak on modern facilities for safe and swift mass transportation without an increase in fare. HURTS PROVE SERIOUS. H. R. Burroughs, New Yorker, Fractured Neck Vetebrae in Crash. LUMBERTON, N. C„ December 25 (JP). —H. R. Burroughs of Brooklyn, N. Y., whose automobile turned over Sun day on an icy highway near here, w-as in a Lumberton hospital yesterday in a serious condition. Physicians said Mr. Burroughs was suffering from a dislo cated and fractured vertebrae of the neck, which left him partly paralyzed. He is expected to recover. Mr. Burroughs, president of H. R. Burroughs & Co., engineers. New York City, was on his way to Miami, Fla. His chauffeur, William Tuchski, suffer ed a broken leg in the accident. FIRST LADY GIVES FOOD BASKETS TO SALVATION ARMY POOR PARTY Mrs. Hoover on Departure Compliments Girl Scouts’ Honor Guard on Their Appearance. The lady who lives at 1600 Pennsyl vania avenue was hostess at 606 E street yesterday afternoon. And Mfashington’s less fortunate re ceived from the hands of Mrs. Herbert Hoover baskets of Christmas dinner food which the Salvation Army had prepared for them. It was the first time that Mrs. Hoo ver, as First Lady of the Land, had pre sided at the Salvation Army's annual Christmas party, and she marked her presence there with generous tribute to the “Army’s” work and with gracious greetings to recipients of the baskets. On her visit to Salvation Army head quarters Mrs. Hoover was accompanied by Miss S. L. Dyer of California, her personal friend and house guest, and MaJ. Oliver Haines, White House aide. She reached the E street address at 2:30 o'clock, to be greeted by Commls ! Society and General Last night the men at the precinct were busy distributing 45 baskets of food to the precinct’s needy families. The Navy Band, under direction of Lieut. William Benter, played Christ mas music as the children filed past the Christmas tree and received their presents. Three hundred or more children were clothed from head to foot In warm i clothes distributed by the precinct. The 70 men stationed at the precinct worked for 10 days to make the party a success. The leaders of the work outside of Capt. Sanford are Pvts. Jack O’Connell and William Als. 4 YOUNG ONES HURT ; IN SLED ACCIDENTS Girl, 13, Falling From Her Sled, Is Struck by Pass ing Car. Cecil Brewer. 10 years old, 3223 Ma comb street, and Carroll Rhodes, 16 years old, 2946 Macomb street, were in jured yesterday while coasting in the vicinity of their homes when their sled came in contact with a motor truck driven by William L. Saunders of 3223 Warder place. Brewer sustained a frac ture of his right leg and his com panion’s nose was injured. The boys were treated at Garfield Hospital. Helen Mark. 18 years old. 3520 Thir ty-seventh street, was a third sled cas ualty yesterday, receiving a severe In jury to her right arm in a fall from a sled on Macomb street. She was treated at Emergency Hospital. Thirteen-year-old Mary Mclndoo, 2225 Blair road, was severely Injured Monday, being struck by an automobile on Carroll avenue near Maple street, Takoma Park. Police were told that the child fell from a sled being drawn by her brother’s automobile and that she was struck by a passing automo bile. driven by Walter Meade of Takoma Park. Md. She sustained a broken nose and possible internal Injuries, physicians at Garfield Hospital reporting her con dition serious. CHERRYDALE BOY DIES. Edward Lockton Victim of Auto Accident Near Home. Edward Lockton, 7-year-old son of Sergt. Frank G. Lockton, U. S. A., of Cherrydale, Va., died yesterday at Walter Reed Hospital as a result of injuries sustained near hts home Sun day when he was struck by an auto mobile of a California tourist. First aid was given by a Cherrydale physician and the boy was taken to the hospital here. Sergt. Lockton formerly was Gen. John J. Pershing’s orderly. The motorist convinced Arlington County authorities that he was not responsible for the accident and was allowed to continue on his way to New York. Funeral services are being ar ranged today for the victim. sioner Dougherty, Dr. W. L. Darby, ex ecutive secretary of the Federation of Churches; Maj. and Mrs. James Asher of the Salvation Army and Elwood Street, director of the Community Chest. As she ascended the stairway lead ing to the Salvation Army auditorium on the second floor of the building she passed between an honor guard of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Following a brief ceremony, in which Mrs. Hoover extended Christmas greetings to every one, Bhe and her entourage went to the basement floor, where hundreds of baskets were waiting for the city’s poor. After passing out the first few r baskets Mrs. Hoover made her departure. On her way out of the building, how ever, she stopped long enough to com pliment the Girl Scouts on their appearance. She thr:w them a kiss j as she left for the White House. PAGE 17 GAS COMPANY SALE SOU IS EXPECIEO TO BE FILED FRIDAY Bride and West Will Arrange Final Steps of Action Tomorrow. CORPORATION COUNSEL CHARGES VIOLATION Control of Stock, He Contend*, I* Vested Solely in One Firm. Final steps preliminary to the filing of a suit to set aside as a violation of the La Follette anti-merger act the recent transfer of the Washington Gas Light Co. to powerful pub lic utilities holding corporation, through the Seaboard Investment Trust, will be taken at a conference tomorrow be tween Corporation Counsel William W. Bride and Vernon L. West, his principal assistant. Legal action to have the sale set aside was urged several months ago by the Public Utilities Commission when an investigation by Bride and the Depart ■ ment of Justice showed that the new , owners deliberately sought to evade the La Follette act. Filing of the suit was delayed, however, by West’s illness. Await Data From Baltimore. Bride and West are now waiting cer tain Information from James Piper of ■ Baltimore and Wilton J. Lambert of Washington, attorneys for the pur chasers of the gas company, before filing the suit. This information Is expected tomorrow and the suit prob , I ably will b? filed Friday. The information sought by Bride and West concerns amendments in the declaration of trust under which the gas stock is held. These changes, which change the control of the stock and put it in the hands of six trustees in stead of three, were made, it was said, to preclude the corporation counsel’s ! office from charging in the suit that ; control of the stock is vested solely in 1 one company, in violation of the La t Follette act. Commissioners Sponsor Suit. r The amendments in the charter have not served to change the opinion of , Bride and West that the sale of the : gas stock was in voilation of the anti merger law, or their determination to . press the matter to a final decision in , the courts. The details of the chainges ' are wanted, however, before the suit is ‘ filed, : The District Commissioners will spon sor the suit in accordance with the pro visions of the anti-merger law. The I utilities commission, which recommend | ed the legal action, will take no fur i ther part in the proceedings. , CHILDREN RECEIVE l| SHOES AND COATS , Merchants Join to Help Associated Charities in Spreading Cheer. One hundred small children of Wash ington, representing a cross-section of ■ the Christmas charity cases lnvesti j gated by the Associated Charities, were outfitted in Winter overcoats this morning for the forty-second year by :! Saks & Co. ■ Numbered cards issued. by the As ■ sociated Charities entitled the young I bearers to a new overcoat and other ■ wearing apparel. The distribution, • which is annually arranged by Issac s Gans, manager of Saks & Co., was supervised by Mrs. Laura B. Glenn. • supervisor of the seventh district of ■ the Associated Charities. ' In addition to the gifts of the Saks i & Co., each youngster received a pair of ■ shoes from George .D. Horning and a box of candy from Bernard Harding, . I local tobacco dealer, ij . MEXICANS TO CONTINUE ANTI-LIQUOR CAMPAIGN Government to Provide Budget for Education Instead of Prohibition. By the Associated Press. MEXICO CITY, December 25—Next year's program of the national anti alcohol commission, created by Presi dent Gil last April, will continue along the lines of persuasion and education rather than creation of restrictive meas ures to curb the drink habit in Mexico. Beginning January 1, the commission will have funds with which to work, and so wall be able to expand its activities, thus far limited by the fact that it had no budget. The money, to be supplied by the government, will give the com mission means of extending its educa tional campaign to the most remote parts of the country and reach precisely the people who owe their fondness for alcohol to ignorance. President Fortes Gil’s aim in launch ing his anti-alcohol campaign was to carry to the people the conviction that the drink habit brings moral and physi cal unhappiness and to interest them in uplifting forms of diversion. BISHOP DAVIS SESSUMS DIES PLANNING SERVICES Louisiana Protestant Episcopal Diocese Shocked as Leader Succumbs. By the Associated Press. NEW ORLEANS. December 25. Right Rev. Davis Sessums, D. D„ Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, died last night as he turned from the completion of plans for his personal celebration of the holy com munion on Christmas morning in Christ Church Cathedral. The churchman’s death was a shock to the entire diocese. Aside from the infirmities of his 71 years, his health did not confine him to his home. Bishop Sessums. during his 38 years In the Louisiana bishopric, achieved a position of distinction In the councils of the Episcopal Church in the United States and was noted as an exponent of conservative theological thought. He was born in Houston, Tex., July 7, 1858. and received his ecclesiastical training at the University of the South. Sewanee. Tenn. He was ordelned to | the deaecnate and the prUithaod iu j 882.