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v DRASTIC CHANGES 9 PROMISED TO END JAIL RUM SUPPLY Superintendent Sends “Trusty” Clerks to Cells and Uses Paid Help. REFUSES TO PROSECUTE OR DISMISS MORE MEN Says Evidence Lacking That Ma lone, Discharged for Having Bot tle, Was Regular Vender. Sweeping changes in policy were de cided on today by Capt. M. M. Barn ard, superintendent of penal institu tions, after he had practically com pleted an exhaustive investigation of smuggling of liquor Into the District Jail. Capt. Barnard announced that all prisoners heretofore assigned to clerical duty in the prison office would be re placed by paid employes. They will be returned to remote inclosures, where it will be impossible for them to come in contact with the public and aid in smuggling whisky to men in the cell blocks. Malone Discharge Sufficient. The superintendent also revealed that while several persons had been under suspicion, no Information justifying criminal prosecution or dismissal of ad ditional guards had been obtained dur ing his comprehensive probe instituted last Friday. He reiterated the declared tion that no efforts would be made to prosecute Walter I. Malone, a discharged guard, because there was no evidence with which to prove that he had been in the practice of selling rye to prison ers before he was discharged Christmas day. Pointing to the fact that the sum mary dismissal of Malone after a half pint of liquor was said to have been found on his person, had demonstrated to other guards that bootlegging to prisoners would not be tolerated, Capt. Barnard expressed confidence that his investigation would result in better conditions at the jail. He added that the officials, guards and ‘'trusties” had been "called on the carpet” and given explicit Instructions which would cause them to think twice before endanger ing themselves by trafficking In liquor. Found No Narcotics. Capt. Barnard disclosed that he had failed In an effort to confirm reports to the effect that narcotics, as well as liquor, had been smuggled to pris oners. "I think that report has absolutely no basis in fact,” Capt. Barnard de clared. “I was able to find out plenty about the smuggling of liquor, but not a single person knew anything about ‘dope’ having been sneaked into the jail ” Among the persons interviev/ed by Capt. Barnard were Col. William A. Peak, superintendent; the captains of the guard, numerous guards, “trusties” and talkative prisoners. He also talked to several outsiders familiar with jail conditions. The investigation waa still In progress this afternoon. Capt. Barnard ex pected. however, that he would be pre pared later In the day to make a w'rit ten report to his superiors. He confer red for more than an hour this morn ing with District Commissioner Sidney F. Taliaferro, exchanging ideas on what action should be taken. Doubts Liquor Sales. “There still is some doubt In my mind,” Capt. Barnard asserted, “as to whether any liquor actually has been sold to prisoners. There is no doubt that it was smuggled into the jail, but numerous persons I questioned agreed that the man or men who delivered it merely acted as ‘go-betweens’ for prisoners and their friends outside the walls. It is hard to tell definitely whether anybody was making any' money out of this traffic. "The man in the jail who manages to get any whisky from now on will be a wizard. Things really have tight ened up. And they’re going to be come tighter. Among the men under susplctlon are several ‘trusties' in the front office. They will be sent back behind the bars at once. Trusties Did Have Liquor. "While we were unable to obtain enough information to warrant the tak ing of more drastic action, we did re ceive reports that these “trusties’’ had obtained liquor for themselves and for their friends. of supply will be cut off altogetnß’ when we employ outsiders to do this clerical work.” Capt. Barnard took a hand In the Investigation last Friday. It was ex plained at that time by Col. Peak that Malone was searched when he report ed for duty Christmas day as the re sult of a tip from a "trusty” that Ma lone had sold a pint of whisky to a prisoner the day before. He was dis missed the same day. TAU ALPHA OMEGA PLANS DINNER DANCE TONIGHT Chapter Representatives Initiated at Beginning of Three-Dap , Meeting Here. After Initiation of chapter repre sentatives from New York, Baltimore and Washington, the Tau Alpha Omega, national college fraternity, which be gan a three-day convention yesterday at the City Club, was continuing today. Joseph Mendelsohn. Harry Brill, A1 Lvm&n and Dr. Harry Ostrow’, repre senting active and alumni groups of the Georgetown and George Washington University chapters, welcomed the con vention. Following the afternoon business ses sion. a banquet and dance will be held tonight at the Willard Hotel. Tomor row the meeting will resume its regular business at a morning session In the club headquarters. The fraternity is directed by the fol lowing national officers: Murray Slatkin, Harold Berslau, Oscar Samuelson and Ellis Gordon. TOMORROW NO HOLIDAY. President Fails to Give Half Day for Workers on New Year Eve. President Hoover has not declared a half holiday for Federal employes to morrow afternoon as has been request ed. and, according to White House au thorities, is not likely to do so. The President is represented as feeling that he has little reason to be impressed with the needs for a half-holiday on this occasion. He does not consider It in the light of Christmas Eve and for that reason will not extend this extra , holiday. LEFT IN AUTO, BUT HE SMILES •''■..r.-..- ’.»■ - • -JEL.. 1... ..j .I-:?. .■ v A, M < This little Mue-eyed boy amiled for The Star photographer this morning from the arms of Miss Alma Stone, a nurse at Children’s Hospital. Being abandoned in a parked automobile near the hospital meant nothing in his young life, and he quickly won the hearts of the hospital staff. —Star Staff Photo. Baby Boy Begins Conquest of Women With Flying Start Red>H£aded Inf ant, Aban doned in Automobile, Smiles Broadly at Nurses. Although only two or three weeks old, a red-headed baby boy, found aban doned today In an automobile in front of 1306 V street, already has away with the women. The youngster was discovered bv William Brent, colored,, when he started to leave his home to go to avork at 7:40 o’clock this ' morning. Brent called Dewey A. Davis, an eighth precinct policeman. “Hello, ‘Red,’” greeted the police man as he gave the blue-eyed tot a playful poke in the ribs with his night stick. Too young to say more than "gussah.” the boy merely smiled. He seemed quite comfortable and self-satisfied. He was carefully wrapped in three warm blankets. At his side was a large pack age sqqled with Christmas stickers. The parcel contained a quantity of clothes and a tiny pair of shoes. The baby had a big time trying to pull Davis’ badge off his coat as the policeman walked a half a block to the Children’s Hospital. The boy was all ! smiles when he entered th? institution, j Every time a pretty nurse came close to- him he grinned broadly, ■ exposing his toothless mouth. But when one of these same nurses took the boy into her arms in order that a photographer could take his pic ture the youngster stopped smiling and began yelling. It took a half-dozen nurses and a shining penny pressed into one of his hands to persuade him to smile once more. The foundling weighed nine pounds. • As police were unable to find any clue to his identity, a nurse suggested that he be named Robert V. Gordon. Officials of the hospital decided that was as good a name as any. It was explained that the V represented the j name of the street where he was found. . MOTHER OF TWO FILES MAINTENANCE ACTION Mrs. Esther P. Moore Charges Hus band Formed Strong Dislike for Their Children. Mrs. Esther P. Moore of New York City today filed suit for separate main tenance in the District Supreme Court against Thomas Moore, 1712 Connecti cut avenue, supervising draftsman in j the Navy Department. She charges j ■ Moore failed to carry out an agreement ' I to pay SIOO monthly for support of their two children, for whom, she asserts, the husband has a distinct dislike. Mrs. Moore, through Attorney Leon ard S. Block, tells the court that her husband refused to allow her to bring the children home for the Christmas holidays from a school where they were boarding. She also declares she had her children with her, but they cried nearly all the time because of the father’s abusive attitude. The couple were married July 14, 1816. JURY FINDS THREE DIED OF ACCIDENT INJURIES Blind Brother’s Testimony Putsj End to Violence Theories Re garding One Death. A coroner's jury returned verdicts of accidental death in three inquests held ■ at the District morgue today. Those into whose deaths the Jury in quired were Joseph E. Dudley, 62, of 4450 New Hampshire avenue; Bernard Canavin, 45, of 1027 South Capitol i street southwest, and Joseph Curtis, colored, 55, 107 L street southeast. Dudley died Saturday in Providence Hospital from injuries sustained six days earlier when he was struck by an automobile operated by Julius A. Payne, 47, of Upper Darby, Pa. Dudley's in juries were not thought to be serious at the time of the accident. Doubt hedged about the death of Canavin, but after listening to his blind brother, John Canavin of the South Capitol street address, telling of find ing him unconscious near their home i Christmas night, the jury decided that he had not met with violence. A Gal [ linger Hospital physician testified that i death was due to pneumonia and two ; fractured ribs. Curtis was killed instantly Saturday , when he fell from the Department of Commerce Building. > JEtienine 'PRESIDENT PLANS QUIET OBSERVANCE Only Few Friends Will Sit Up to Welcome New Year In. President and Mrs. Hoover have planned nothing out of the ordinary : lor the observance of the passing of the | old year and the arrival of the new year at the White House tomorrow night. They intend to remain up to watch the event and will have a few personal friends with them for a very simple and quiet observance. The custom adopted during the Cool idge administration of stationing trum peters from the Marine Band on the roof of the White House to sound their instruments on the changing of the year is not to be followed at the White House this New Year eve. Reception to Be Brilliant. The New Year day reception at the White House is looked forward to with more than the usual interest, however, principally because this is the first re ception of the kind held by the Hoo vers and a brilliant demonstration is anticipated. Moreover, due to the post ponement of the diplomatic reception, ! which was scheduled for an earlier date this month, on account of the death of Secretary of War Good, the New Year day reception will serve as the first formal affair of the kind held at the White House. The attendance is expected to be record-breaking. Great interest is attached to the so called public section of the reception, which will be in the afternoon. It will be during this reception that the rank and file of the city will pass in line be fore the President and First Lady and those assisting them to receive and ex change good wishes for the coming year. If the w eather is not stormy or too cold it is expected that one of the largest crowds ever recorded will be on hand, j The President and Mrs. Hoover had as house guests today M. W. Aylesworth ! jof New' York. Mrs.' Jeanne Large of I | California, Mrs. Hoover s sister, who. I I with her tw r o children, came to the | White House for the holidays, will re- ! | main as a house guest until after the j first of the year. China Minister Calls. The President was at his new tem porary offices long before 9 o’clock this morning, but used the elevator to the second floor rather than climb the many steps. He saw very few callers and had only two engagements. One of the latter was with Nelson Johnson, the newly appointed Minister to China, who came to pay his respects to the Presi dent before sailing on the 6th of Jan uary for his new post. SOCIOLOGIST FLAYS “RIGID BEHAVIOR” | New Idea Disregard* “Human; Equation’’ in Psychology, Dr. Ellwood Say*. Establishing a precedent, the PI Gamma Mu Society, national social science organization, meeting at the Mayflower Hotel, awarded honor keys yesterday afternoon to Dean Leroy Al ) len, president of the society, and Dr. | Charles A. Ellwood. noted sociologist of the University of Missouri. Dr. Howard F. Patterson of the University of Penn sylvania presided yesterday at the con vention. which opened Saturday night. Dr. Allen, who is dean of Southwest ern College, Winfield, Kans. has been president of the society for the past five years, being instrumental In establish ing the organisation as the largest honor society in the country. Dr. Ellwood, as principal speaker yes terday, declared there Is a dangerous tendency In modern social science which proposes to explain human be havior by rigid mechanical and en vironment tests. This purely objective method, which is called “behaviorism,” Dr. Ellwood stated, threatens to disre gard the vital Importance of the “hu man equation” in psychological and so ciological study. An informal session, summarizing th» programs of the college chapters, was held this afternoon. Dr. D. O. Kins man presided. A list of distinguLshed speakers, who will speak at the annual dinner tonight, the central feature of the convention. 1* headed by Secretary of Agriculture Hyde. Others on the program Include Dr. S. S. Huebner of the University of Penn sylvania, Dr. Ambrose L. Suthrle of New York University and Dr. Ricardo J. Al faro, Minister 1 Panama. WASHINGTON. D. C„ MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1929. * APARTMENT HOTEL TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON CALVERT STREET $1,500,000 Initial Cost of Building Near the Million- Dollar Bridge. SITE FORMERLY OWNED BY HARRY WARDMAN Two Wings in Shape of Maltese Cross to Contain 160 Units, or 704 Rooms. Plans for a large apartment hotel de velopment on Calvert street between Woodley road and Twenty-eighth street, near the Million Dollar Bridge over Rock Creek Park, at Connecticut ave nue, have been filed with the District building inspector for Harry M. Bralove, the builder. The development will con sist of two w'ings In the shape of a Maltese cross, which will be connected by one-story entrance lobby, and there is provision for the future development of a third wing extending to the rear toward Rock Creek. The estimated cost of the two wings, each of which will be e ~ht stories, is $1,500,000. The Calvert Street Corporation is the owner of the projected development. The site formerly was owned by Harry Ward man, who originated plans for a similar type of project. The site contains about eight acres of land, adjoining Rock Creek Parkway, and includes the site of the Wardman Park Saddle Club Build ing, which is to be made a part of the new development. The new apartment hotel has been designed by J. Abel. The two wings will contain 704 rooms, divided into 160 apartment units, and the total construc tion will amount to 3,500,000 cubic feet. The site at one time was acquired from Wardman as the location of the pro posed National Presbyterian Church. motorist Tricked INTO ATTACK TRAP Intended Victim Injured, but Suc ceeds in Escaping Fair of Thugs. Tricked into halting his machine to help two apparently stalled motorists early yesterday on the Bladensburg road, Arthur Deyendorf, 24 years old. of 1616 Harvard street, was attacked by men he believes were hl-jackers, who mistook him for a bootlegger. Deyendorf told police of the ninth precinct that he was driving along the Bladensburg road near M street north east about 3 o’clock when he came upon a car parked across the road with "two men standing nearby. One of the men hailed him and said they had run out of gasoline and wanted a "lift” to a filling station. "I stopped my automobile,” Deyendorf told police, "and the men hopped on the running board and one hit me across the ribs with a heavy instrument. I managed to push them off my ma chine and drove away. They followed for about a mile, but abandoned the chase.” Deyendorf drove to the ninth pre cinct, made a report of the assault and was then taken to Casualty Hospital and treated for possible fracture of the ribs. He was later taken home. Lieut. Gus Lauten, acting captain of the. ninth precinct in the absence of Capt. James Wilson, who is out of the city for a few days, is investigating the case. DELAY IS PROBABLE IN FILLING VACANCY Appointment of Chairman for Subcommittee Handling Probe Here Facet Wait. The naming of a new chairman for ! the Senate subcommittee handling the : investigation of District affairs, par ticularly in the Police Department, will wait until after the make up of the Senate District committee is definitely known sometime next week. This was indicated today by Chairman Capper of the Senate District committee. Announcement Saturday that Senator Sackett, Republican, of Kentucky is to be made Ambassador to Germany not only necessitates selecting a new chair man for the police committee, but also leaves vacancies on two other subcom j mlttees. These subcommittees, to deal with local problems, are made up from ! the membership of the Senate District ’ committee, and until it is definitely j known how many new members are to ; be assigned to the full committee, the j problem of filling out the subcommit tees is not likely to be undertaken. The Republican committee on com mittees is not expected to meet before January 6 to act on vacancies on all Senate committees, including the Dis trict group. Senator Sackett was away from Wash ington when it became known that he was slated for a diplomatic appoint ment, and it is not likely that he will return to the Capital before Saturday. In addition to being head of the police and fire subcommittees, Senator Sackett was a member of the subcommittee on banks and insurance and of the sub- 1 committee on eduoation and labor. BELTSVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE ATTRACTS AUTOISTS ’Bt a Btaff Correspondent of The Star. BELTSVILLE. Md., December 30. The local community Christmas tree, which is attracting the attention of thousands of motorists who pass along the Washington-Baltimore boulevard this week, is regarded as a highly suc cessful civic project by the Women's Community Club of Beltsvllle, which sponsored it. The tree was first lighted Christmas eve, while on Christmas night there were ceremonies attended by approxi mately 200. The tree is a large ever green growing in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. The exercises included a short talk by Wilbur F. Nash, jr.; prayer by Rev. Reginald Hall and Rev. Stockton Myerly, harmonica music by the Belts viU® school children, under the direction of Miss Susie Beall; the singing of carols and the distribution of candy to children by Santa Claus, played by Mil ton Whipp. The program was arranged by a com mittee of the civic club comprising Mrs. H. D. Newman, Mrs. John D. Smith and Mrs. John Wemgartner. Fortune Hunter Has Future Read By Police Judge ■ Prisoner Hears Fate De creed for Next 120 Days, at Least. When John G. Dabey was spending nickels in 10-cent stores last week to get his fortune told, It did not occur to him that he was going to get a free "reading” in Police Court shortly there after. Dame Fortune smiled and flirted with him in a Seventh street store, when she promised him “love and money.” Fickle "Miss Fortune” frowned in court 48 hours later, when Dabey was sent to Jail for 120 days by Judge Ralph Given. Three eighth precinct policemen said Dabey was doing some “late Christmas shopping” when they placed him under arrest Saturday afternoon. Worse still, he was charged with carry ing a razor, clashed as a dangerous weapon. Dabey denied the first, charge. As to the second, he said the police “got me all wrong.” “If they had searched me better they would have found a tooth brush, too, your honor,” he Informed Judge Given. “I was going to spend the night with my brother on K street when I stopped off at the store to have my fortune told.” "How did your fortune read?’’ queried the magistrate. "I was promised that the ship of love and the ship of fortune would soon arrive,” the defendant promptly answered. "H’mm,” said the judge. "How much did it cost?” “A nickel.” "I will tell your fortune for nothing. Ninety days for carrying the dangerous weapon and 30 days for larceny.” ; —• LOAN VALUE JUMPS FOR WAR BONUSES New Year Brings Increase of $35, Affecting Holders i of 2,935,000. The loan value on the average World War bonus, which was issued In the first group dated January 1, 1925, will jump on New Year day by about $35 to a to tal of about $188.75. x According to the Veterans’ Bureau, this loan value which has Increased from year to year, is effective on January 1 on the total of about 2,935,000 bonuses, which were dated January 1, 1925, rep resenting a total of a little over $3,000,- 000.000 in face value. The first loans became available on these policies two years after their date of issue, or on January l, 1927. when the average loan ran between SBB and S9O each. On the first of each succeeding cal endar year the loan value on these cer tificates, which are very similar to in surance policies, has increased. The gain on next New Year day, it was explained, represents the difference between the present loan value of about 15% per cent on the face value, to about 18% per cent, or roughly, $35. While the face value of each bonus is dependent en tirely upon the time served and wheth er® I^rs oo was overseas, the average po icy is written for around SI,OOO face value. In addition to those bonuses Issued January l, 1925, there has been a steady stream of additional bonuses being is sued by the Veterans’ Bureau each year that had not applied before. Under the present law, the privilege of applying for a bonus expires at the end of this calendar year, but legislation is pend- i ing which would indefinitely extend the privilege. The Veterans’ Bureau has made loans direct on a large number of bonuses, In the total of about $167,000,000. In ad dition to these loans made In cash di rect by the Veterans’ Bureau to the veteran It is roughly estimated that the banks of the country have loaned an additional $25,000,000. COUNCIL STUDIES AID FOR VETERANS Medical Group of Bureau Meet With Hines to Consider Hospitalization. In compliance with President Hoover’s request that the question of future hos pitalization of veterans be made the subject of special study, the executive committee of the medical council of the United States Veterans’ Bureau met to day at the bureau at the call of Di rector Frank T. Hines to survey the situation. Mr. Hines made it plain that the present authorization for appropriations J of $15,950,000 for new hospitals indl ; cates the will of Congress to take 1 adequately of all the veterans, but he explained that before this could be done efficiently, intelligently and econom ically the question in its many phases must be given careful study. Illustrating the present trend of hos pitalization by means of a statistical chart, he pointed out that at present approximately 43 per cent of the 28.874 patients now in hospitals under super vision of the bureau are non-service cases, while in some of the bureau hos pitals this ratio runs as high as 85 per cent. With a potential patient load of ap i proximately 4.500.000 men now of aver age age of 37 years, the director asked that specific study be made of the probable patient load and trend in 5, 10 and 15 years. MRS. HARVEY BURIED. Special Dispatch to The Star. GLENN DALE, Md., December 30. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ann Harvey, 62 years old. who died sud denly after breakfast Saturday morning at her home here of acute indigestion, were held from St. George’s Church here this afternoon. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Harvey, who was the widow of Norval Clinton Harvey, who died six years ago, leaves six children, three sons and three daughters. The Harveys are well known in this section of Prince Georges County where they have long resided. — •- Woman May Lose Hand. While threading a mangle at the ?lant of the Arcade Sunshine Laundry, 13 Lamont street, this morning about 8:45 o'clock, Mary Mortenson, 27 years old, of Cherrydale, Va., caught her hand in the machinery and received a severe injury. She was taken to Gar field Hospital and given surgical aid by Dr. H. C. Wood. Her hand may have to be amputated. Suspension faces POLICEMAN SEIZED AFTER LIQUOR RAID Formal Charges Against George L. Aikins to Await Action of Court. CONTRABAND REPORTED FOUND IN MAN’S HOME Officer Had Good Record Until Arrested by Maryland County Authorities. Orders have been issued to suspend Motor Cycle Policeman George L. Aikins when he reports for duty at No. 7 pre cinct, probably late this afternoon, fol lowing Aikins’ arrest Saturday night by Montgomery County authorities at his home In Bethesda, Md., on a charge of possessing whisky with intent to sell. Capt. Maurice Collins, after going to Bethesda yesterday afternoon for a per sonal investigation of the case against the officer, was unable to locate Aikins in the vicinity of his home, and on his return gave orders that the policeman I be stripped of his gun and badge when he shows up at the precinct. Report Large Seisure. Aikins was arrested by four members of the Montgomery County police, in cluding Chief Alvie A. Moxley and Sergt. Leroy Rodgers, in charge of the Bethesda substation. Armed with a search warrant, they visited his home on Wilson lane, and later reported the confiscation of six gallons of alleged liquor, 350 bottles of alleged beer, two cases of alleged wine and a quantity of paraphernalia. According to the raiding party, this Included a number of empty 5-gallon alcohol tins, -gallon fruit Jars. 300 beer bottles, 4 or 5 kegs and a quantity of coloring matter, allegedly for use in preparing whisky. The Montgomery County officers said they had received numerous complaints against the home from residents of the vicinity. The Washington policeman was taken before Justice of the Peace A. L. Moore at Bethesda, notified of formal charges and released on SSOO bond for appear ance at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday In the Montgomery Coun ty Police Court at Rockville. Coudn’t Find Aikins. When notified of the charge against Aikins, Capt. Collins, accompanied by Sergt. J. J. Bourke, went to Bethesda and discussed the case with authori ties there, but was unable to locate Aikins either in his home or about the neighborhood. Capt. Collins, who Is on leave today, notified the next officer in command at the precinct to »eceive Aikins’ police effects when he reports for duty. Capt. Collins said he expects to file no formal charges against Aikins with the super intendent of police until the court in Montgomery County has had a chance to pass on the case. Aikins, according to Capt. Collins, had been a good policeman. The pre cinct commander said the news fell on him like a “bombshell,” adding that Aikins had an excellent record for effi ciency during his three years at No. 7 precinct. MEMOW'WORK WILL BE RESUMED Washington Honor Made Possible by Splendid Response to Funds Appeal. Work on the George Washington Me morial Building at Sixth and C streets, the foundation for which has lain open for some years, probably will be re sumed on Washington’s Birthday, Feb ruary 22, 1930, It was announced to day by Robert Lloyd, director of the na tional finance committee of the George Washington Memorial Association. “It is now thought,” Mr. Lloyd says, “that actual construction of the build ing can be started at that time, In view of the wonderful response ac corded the appeal for contributions.” It is hoped by the association that this will permit of the completion of the memorial in time for the George Washington bl-centennial celebration in 1932. Mr. Lloyd states that the association has found the American people have no equals in patriotism when an oppor tunity is presented for honoring the Father of his Country. He finds that the response to the appeals for funds for the building in the past year “has been so general and so whole-hearted, and the press of the country has rendered such generous support that it is now felt that the project can meet with nothing but suc cess.” There was a general fear In the early part of this year that the campaign for funds would not be a success, Mr. Lloyd revealed. The corner stone of the memorial was laid with ceremony in 1921, the late President Harding and other high offi cials of the Government officiating. ■■■■ ■ ■ •• - PLAN MODEL CONTEST. Sky Climbers’ Club Will Hold Meeting Tomorrow. Plans for the first annual model air craft contest, conducted under auspices of Saks & Co., will be discussed at a special meeting of the Sky Climbers’ Club tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock at headquarters of the club. Saks & Co., Seventh street and Pennsylvania ave nue. The object of the meeting is to familiarize the members with the pur pose and aim of the contest. ASKS $20,000 FOR EYE. Motor Crash Victim Tiles Suit at Staunton, Va. Special Dispatch to The Star. STAUNTON. Va., December 30. Growing out of an automobile accident, which occurred just a year ago in which he received injuries which re sulted in the loss of one eye, H. P. Jukes has filed suit for damages in the sum of $20,000 in the Augusta County Circuit Court against Harry Deffenbaugh and Frank Hogshead, former residents of this section, now residing in Norfolk. Jukes was a passenger in the car driven by Deffenbaugh, an employee of Hogshead when the machine was wrecked near here, December 27. 1928. The law firm of Taylor and Taylor is acting for ajukes. Society and General New Year Whoopee Prices Cover Wide Range in District “Whoopee” for the ushering in of the New Year tomorrow night will come dear or cheaply, as the “whoopeer” sees fit to make it, a check of the cover charges, ad mission fees, etc., to be asked by the hotels and night clubs of the city showed today. There will be plenty of celebra tion tomorrow night at the Wash ington Auditorium for the modest sum of $1.50 per couple, it is stated. From there, however, the prices go up as high as S2O per couple at the more or less public places, and much higher even than that at some of the country clubs about the city. Opportunity aplenty to make the arrival of 1930 a gay affair is offered by scores of places in the city, and the prices are various, but there seems to be plenty of people who plan to make it a joyous occasion, for reservations already are becom ing difficult to get. CAR CHASE LEADS TO THEFT CHARGE Brooklyn Man, Arrested Here, Nonchalantly Looks to Father for Aid. Arrested last night after a chase from Charlottesville, Va., Nat H. Bistrong, 30, of Brooklyn, N. Y., ad mitted this morning taking two auto mobiles other than the one which led to his arrest, but seemed unworried over his predicament. “Dad will take care of me when I get back to New York " nonchalantly. "He always taken lnto custody last FL , f o h . t at Fourteenth and G streets by i?,tt d »i! arters , Det ective Frank Alllgood. u, hree mlnutes after the look-out rCCelVed at the central ir.^»c„ni ad * >een . Pursued from Char lottesville, sometimes at a mile-a-min of the garage from which he rented the rvrL and „ two Vir^nla State motor Walhin^n 6 ” 16 to .,* Bpot between Washington arid Alexandria, where they lost track of him, Thev tele phoned police here and Lieut. Warren O- Embrey, night chief of detectives w nt Man^w e * * K ’ WUson and o! w. Mansfield to intercept Bistrong at Bridge. They missed him by a matter of minutes. Put* Handcuffs on Self. pri A nirth d ( si . ght t d the man M he turn ed north into Fourteenth street from at SL?» Pl in e i d alongside of his car at G street, Alligood said, “and pulled out m y gun and a pair of handcuffs "J*.*S* t h u* ted by the traffic. He s a id. All right, don’t get excited overstock the handcuffs, and put them on himself.” ,u as , tled U P ior several mln “***“ the two automobiles blocked the thoroughfare, while Alligood puzzled over the problem of how he was going to get his prisoner and the* two machines to police headquarters. Final ly he enlisted the aid of a civilian, who called a policeman. Bistrong said he is the son of a ew Tork clothing manufac- According to Alligood, the man regis tered at a local hotel shortly before his arrest. Blstrong is quoted as say ing that he borrowed $lO from the hotel clerk. Bistrong said today that he is a former newspaper man. Jack Schneiderbaum was the name first given by Bistrong, but he later q|plained that Schneiderbaum was a ; man in Philadelphia who had intrusted his machine to him to drive to New York. Bistrong said that instead he took it to Greensboro, N. C., where he borrowed $65 on it. Previous to that, he declared, he had taken a car from New York to Miami, Fla., and disposed of it for $245. Will Fight Virginia Extradition. Blstrong said he would fight extra dition to Virginia since he did not con sider he had committed any offense there, but that he was willing to go back to New York to face charges. He is relying on the help of his father, he asserted, to get him out of his diffi culties there. The fugitive-from-justice charge in Virginia is based, police say, on a con tract said to have been signed by Bis trong when he rented the automobile which prohibits taking the car out of the State. Bistrong was photographed and fin gerprinted last night and police are in vestigating his activities before turning him over to Virginia authorities or plac ing a charge against him here. HOUSE OFFICE BLAZE CHECKED BY FIREMEN Trash Pile Burns Without Loss as Crowd of Several Hun dred Gathers. Firemen checked a fire in the base ment of the House Office Building last night before any damage had been done. The blaze, of undetermined origin, con sumed a pile of trash on the C street side of the building. The heavy smoke was seen by pedes trians, who turned in the alarm. Mem bers of No. 8 Engine Company re sponded and extinguished the fire with chemicals. A crowd of several hundred persons gathered as the fire apparatus arrived. 42-MILE GALE DAMAGES PENNSYLVANIA AVE. KIOSK High Winds Pass Over and Fair Weather Is Predicted for Tomorrow. The gale which whistled through Washington yesterday, slightly damag ing the Pennsylvania avenue kiosk and sending light objects flying before it, had abated today and the Weather Bu reau forecast fair weather tonight and tomorrow. At times the gusts yesterday blew at the rate of 42 miles an hour, al though 30 miles an hour was the high est on record for any 5-minute period. | The wind will dwindle to a breeze to night, weather men said. The recording mechanism was dis turbed by a gust which got under the glass covering, and the needle froze for several hours. It was being repaired today. Yesterday’s temperature extremes were 34 and 42 degrees, followed this morning by a minimum of 32. Little change In these temperatures is fore seen. PAGE 17 DAYLIGHT HOLD-UP NETS TWO BANDITS J2SAT GAS STATION Cool Pair, Unmindful of Pass ing Crowds, Holds At tendant With Gun. ONE ROBBER IS SAID TO BE FORMER EMPLOYE Two Passengers Rob Taxicab Driver—Policemen Are Vic tims of Burglars. Unperturbed by passing crowds, in cluding many attaches of the Police Court, in the next block, two bandits calmly held up a lone attendant at the Hargis filling station, 609 E street, in broad daylight this morning and stole $25.50 from the cash drawer. George Orfleld of South Washing ton, Va„ was counting the money in the cash register shortly after 8 o’clock when a man walked ip and asked per, mission to get a drink from a faucet in the rear of the office. Orfleld assented and continued his task of totaling last night’s receipts when the man suddenly ordered "stick em up ” Ordfield, finding himself cov ered with a .45-caliber pistol, complied. did *° a second bandit walked and left* ° fflce ’ plCked up the money Pair Calmly Walk Away. T>* man guarding Orfleld backed out the door and joined his companion on the sidewalk. The pair then walked acroas the street and entered an alley opening on D street. Orfleld, who explained later that he w^f/»h > i r . i S^ tened , he could not cr Y out, Cd make thelr escape before *®, 8 able to summon courage to telephone a report to police The second man to enter the office but Orfleld said he recog! gSlnlTt.Uo*' on ”' r »' '*>« It was the sixth time Hargis’ station kwt m en th.° bb ? d year> the *>tal loot in the six hold-UDs beinv *n proximately $l5O. P D * UlB ap Omar McKhann, 1310 Rhode Island Jn n hv’^ dr J ver * was robbS of * wo colored bandits at Fourth the men fcre £h early , thl * mornl ng, when tne men, who employed him at New fir”®* a 2 d Fl , orlda avenues to drive them £hJ??h d, U en 1 hospital, held him up when the hospital grounds were reached. Policemen Are Victims. A colored man who snatched a pocket- Thilrfpl'nt'h f s ' ( Mabel Cleland, 2539 Thirteenth street, early last night got no money for his pains, as the purse contained Only two books. The theft oc ciirred in the 1400 block of Euclid street. Two policemen were victims of week end operations of robbers. Howard E £^f n * y ’ member the thirteenth pre- L re P° r ted a burglary at his home on Riggs road Saturday night hi 16 !? Masonic rhig valued at $25, a ba v»n^r* l ui ,7 i ln cash were Btolen c' finely, member of No. 6 command, said entrance to his anart ment at 933 L street was gained through a and his service pistol and a flashlight were stolen. Talking Machine Stolen. Silverman , manager of a fraternity house at 2034 F street, re posed the theft of an electric talking machine valued at $125. Loss of a kodak valued at $25 and a box of keys from her auto was reported street 0U SC Stanbaugh - 3833 Fourteenth JS* 1 * °" ens - 1724 Second street, told police his cigar store at 1738 Fourteenth street was entered Saturday night by breaking a glass panel from the front door and $24.75 stolen. .Carles Flynn, 939 I street, reported STIMSON DISPUTES NEUTRALS’ STATUS Secretary Says “British White Paper" Not Contrary to Kel logg-Briand Pact. By the Associated Preu. Secretary Stimson in a statement today said that the “British white P ape /' * n interpretation of obligations not « e t»t^ y th h f k eague of Nations? does not state that there could be no neu trals in any future war. He said that the paper in auestlnn contrary t 0 the United States position as a signatory of the Kellogg-Briand pact. Stimson said that the assertion had been credited to the "White paper” that in any future war there could be no neutrals and that it had appar ently been assumed here that this assertion had been made by the British government as a general fact, without any limitations, and that the British government contended that this situa tion followed as a result of the execu tion of the Kellogg-Briand pact.” The Secretary added that he had re ceived a copy of the “white paper” and f**®? reading it carefully had found that these assumptions as to the nosi unfoundecL* Brltlah governm * nt "«•* “The argument made by the British government.” he said, “was based upon the relations of that government to its fellow members in the League of Na tions and upon the obligations assumed by members of that covenant, and its argument was that 'as between mem bers of the League there can be no neutral rights, because there can be no neutrals.’ “Their argument thus does not apply to the position of the United States at signatory of the Kellogg-Briand pact.” Mr. Stimson continued. “As has been pointed out many times, that pact con tains no covenant similar to that in the covenant of the League of Nations pro viding for joint forceful action by the various signatories against an aggres sor.” MASONS ELECT OFFICERS. Special Dispatch to The Star. LYNCHBURG. Va.. December 30 Marshall Lodge of Masons has elected the following officers for 1930: Master iJ. V. Adams; senior warden, C. Allen Evans: Junior warden, C. E. Hudson* secretary. T. G. Woodson; treasurer William P. Holt; senior deacon; M W Whitaker: Junior deacon. T. E. Cald well; tiler. J. w. Scott: chaplains. Rev. E. B. Willingham and P. L. Hawes; stewards. R. William A. Du Val and O L. Wingfield, and trustees of Memoriai Hospital for three years, John A. Merry man, M. N. Moorman and P. 6. Cosby, Jr.