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STATE DEPARTMENT TAKES ON NEW LIFE Becomes Liveliest Cog in Government Machine Under Hoover and Stimson. BY LEROY I. VERNON. Application of the Hoover foreign policies through the medium of a re organized and modern foreign service, behind which is the driving power of President Hoover and Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, promises to translate the State Department this year from one of the “deadest” Gov ernment departments into one of the liveliest cogs In the Government ma chine. In close co-operation with the De partment of Commerce, the State De partment will look after American in terests abroad as it never has before. At the same time it will carry on with I greater efficiency both the routine ant extraordinary matters which pertain exclusively to the realm of world poli tics, moral and spiritual relationships and statesmanship, which is more re mote from pure economics. Confronted, as it is, by the meeting of the naval powers at London this month, the public is liable to forget, as the State Department cannot, that the problem of naval reductions Is only one of a hundred important items on the t calendar of international relations which require the constant attention of | those who deal with foreign affairs. With every power at that conference | and with many others as well, the State Department is now doing business on other important matters. Other Major Conferences. Nor is this the only major conference which the United States must attend, for the important subject of codifica tion of international law' will come up at The Hague in March, probably be fore the London conference adjourns. In the meantime the President’s com mission to determine the future policy toward Haiti will also go into action. In building up his new diplomatic service, it is noteworthy that the Presi dent has stressed business capacity as well as other attributes commonly as sociated with international statesman ship. One has only to consider Am bassadors Dawes, Edge and Sackett to understand that the President regards the modern problems of diplomacy as mainly, although not exclusively, eco nomic. Believing, as he does, in the policy of “live and let live,” it is evi dent that his Ambassadors go forth to their posts imbued with the idea that strengthened economic ties, rehabilita tion. restoration and understanding, in which the United States and foreign nations share the benefits alike, con stitute the best kind of diplomacy at this hour. Press for New Treaties. Coupled with his strong desire for permanent world peace, for the removal of suspicions and fears and for an op timistic rather than a pessimistic view point. the President wants his repre sentatives to take their cue from his own experience with Prime Minister Macdonald of Great Britain and co operate for world benefit on a wider scale than has ever imbued the Ameri can foreign service before. For this season, this Government is pressing now- for a new arbitration treaty with Great Britain, the old one having expired a year ago; for a new commercial treaty with France, a com mercial and possibly a naturalization treaty with Italy, for a new arbitration treaty with Japan, for an understand ing with China on the legal rights of Americans there, for a waterways agree ment with Canada and for the finan cial rehabilitation of Mexico. It also wants a ratification of the new debt settlement with Germany. None of these problems Is particularly complex except as to detail, with the possible exception of the proposed nat uralization treaty with Italy. A week ago the Chinese problem looked bad. but the latest Nanking note on extrater ritoriality evinces a surprising approach by the Nationalist Chinese government to the American point of view, namely, that the Chinese shall take over the total administration of Justice in China gradually. International Conferences. This Government will participate in •t least a dozen international confer ences this year, of more or less im portance, but all requiring minute at tention. Many of them have to do with Pan-American relationships in special ized matters. At the same time the United States will have something to do with the settlement of boundary dis putes between Honduras and Guate mala. Nicaragua and Honduras. Bolivia and Paraguay, while Ecuador and Peru have also resolved that if they cannot settle their boundary differences they will ask the United States to arbitrate. First and foremost in the public eye, however, are the coming Naval Confer ence in London and the possibility that I the President may find an opportunity to bring membership in the World Coui c before the Senate at this session. Standing squarely on the platform of the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact, the President's foreign policy reaches toward judicial determination of all causes or dispute on the one hand and toward reductions of arms and armaments as a moral and economic application of the same principle on the other. The ex tent to which the United States is in fact a world power is amply reflected by the number, importance and scope or the international problems now under consideration by the President and his advisers on foreign affairs. France Rejects Auto Rule. After a trial of two years France has Just rejected the “priority to vehicles on the right” rule in its highway regu lations. It was found that the rule p' ced great national highways on the same plane as country lanes when two such roads intersected, and therefore tended to slew down matn-road traffic. Another new important road regulation is to the effect that all motor vehicles j must be fitted with appliances capable ( of lighting the road for at least 328 feet and dimming the glare without ceasing to give sufficient light when meeting other road users. Oregon to Spend $29,500,000. SALEM. Ore.. January 4 (/Pi.—Ore gon will spend $29,500,000 on puhlic Im proements during 1930, Gov. A. W. Nor blad stated today in a message prepared In connection with President Hoover’s recent appeal for a general speeding up of Federal, State, county and municipal projects. Nomad Traders Say Meteorite Killed 130 Reindeer in Siberia By the Associated Press. PETROPAVLOVSK-ON-KAM. CHATKA. Siberia —A nomad tribe of native "Koryaks.” who arrived here to swap furs for clothing and ammunition, re port that a few months ago a ; gigantic meteorite struck the i northern part of Penjinskoe dis trict in the vicinity of the River Pal and killed 130 of their rein deer. The meteorite went deep into the frozen ground, forming a small lake. The fall of the “scorching devil” terrified the "Koryaks” to such an extent that they drove their herds of reindeer over 200 miles of frozen tundra h»fore venturing to pitch ramp Even A now they cannot be tempted to approach the vicinity of the “devil's lake.” i OfEllfifl ' ' i ii Many BEAUTIFUL RUGS ft jffiBBESE 1 \ Tomorrow, we start the January offering of fine ■' lsyjp| rugs by famous manufacturers at excep- Worsted Wilton Rugs JUxl(h6 size Anglo • Persian 4.6x7 6 size Anglo- XT *1*3.50 wT».J.T d *39.75 Featuring This Week «*» a»«i- .^i„. o - *12.00 *, : .’ -■ • /' • • IJUI Many Unusual Values in ~\ Artistic Lifetime Suites' at emphatically low prices Shoppers at Mayer & Co. tomorrow will find unusual savings in their selections of depend* able Lifetime Furniture. . . Many thousands of dollars’ worth of artistic suites sjjr and single pieces are specially low priced. . . Make your selections ' * ; Q first thing in the morning. . . 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K.rly Enill.h-lype Di„i n , < xm « m ““ 842.50 2'»s4.inch #12.50 Suite with carving and in a vrUllStan Gulistan Os outstanding interest now are the number and variety beauti til walnut and gum- Dinette Suite of 7 pieces in of smartly ophol, te red Livinp Room Suita, that are ra- , Stag? duced .. . fine suites—everyone—and unusually low priced. piece* tab j e an( j 4 . You will find a selection now- delightfully simple. == c ==== s === ;== — A Few Whit tall Palmer Good-looking Living Room Suites Parking Service Wool WlltOH Hllgg >t sl63 —$225—5250 —$265 9x12 She $295—5375 and $395 ~ fl M Si,e 841.50 . . MAYER & CO. I Seventh Street Between D and E THE SUNDAY STAR. WASHIXGTOX. D. C„ JANUARY 5, 1930— PAST ONE.