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(U. S. Weather Bureau Forecast.) Mostly cloudy and much colder to night and tomorrow; probably light rain tonight; lowest temperature tonight about 24 degrees. Temperatures—High est. 70, at 4:15 p.m. yesterday; lowest. 51, at 7 a.m. today. Full report on page 9. Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 12 and 13 XT Q1 900 Entered as second class matter OI|dUU, post office. Washington, D. C. BRITISH PREPARED TO AGREE TO CUT CRUISERS FROM TO TO 50 AT PARLEY First Lord of Admiralty, in Address, Says Latter Fig ure Represents Minimum Needs. NAVY EXPERTS OF U.S. HOPING FOR SUCCESS Franco-Italian Breach Over Rome's Naval Parity Proposal Clouds Forthcoming Arms Conference Which Opens This Month in London. By the Associated Press. SHEFFIELD, England, January 10.—A. V. Alexander, first lord of the admiralty, and one of the British delegates to the forthcom ing Naval Disarmament Confer ence, announced in an address this evening that Great Britain would go to the conference pre pared to agree to reduce her crui sers from 70 to 50. The letter figure, he declared, represented the minimum needs of the empire under present conditions. Mr. Alexander said that while, after the Washington conference, the ad miralty had agreed that 70 cruisers were necessary for defense of Great Britain's world-wide vital sea communi cations, “we now have taken to account the new situation which has arisen through signature of the pact of Paris outlawing war by most of the nations of the world.” ••The admiralty, therefore, having re gard for all the circumstances of the dav and especially the pact of Paris and the improved world relationship, are prepared to agree to 50 cruisers as the minimum of the empire up to the next date for a conference and revision, which we expect will be near 1936," he added. The first lord further explained that “this figure is the lowest we feel can be fixed to meet even the peace condi tions in present world circles.” He added, however, that “if. unhap pily, the international horizon should become in the future less unclouded than it la today, it will te upon the board of admiralty to review their posi tion and make further proposals to his majesty’s government.” EXPERTS HOPE FOR SUCCESS. Franco-Italian Breach Clouds London Parley. By the Associated Press. STEAMSHIP GEORGE WASHING TON. January 10.—American delegates to the forthcoming London five-power naval conference were at sea today bound for England, scene of the world’s next effort to limit its fighting ma chinery. Col. Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of State, sent the delegation’s farewell word to President Hoover, who Wednes day bade them godspeed at a White House breakfast. Col. Stimson’s radio message said: “Our delegation is sailing this after noon with a deep appreciation of the responsibility of the mission with which you have entrusted us and an earnest desire to reach a result worthy of that trust.” Some Lack Sea Legs. To some of the delegation of 80 the transatlantic trip is no novelty, but to others a period of a day or so probably will elapse before they have gained their sea legs. Therefore no formal conferences aboard ship are expected until possibly the first of next week. The weather was sparkingly clear through the night and there was only a slight roll to the ship as she plowed eastward on a schedule calling for ar rival at Plymouth January 17, four days before opening of the Naval Limitation Conference at London. January 21. Last messages to folks back home were put aboard the pilot boat in a spe cial pouch after the George Washing ton left behind New York harbor, with it* screeching sirens, and Fort Jay, with its salute of 19 guns. Col. Stimson and Secretary of the Navy Adams stood on the bridge deck during the Fort Jay salute. Third “Voyage of Peace.” The voyage of the George Washing ton is its third which might be con sidered one of peace. Twice before, when President Wilson went to Europe (Continued on Page 2, Column 5.) SMOOT RECOUNTS BLESSINGS AS HE CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY Dean of Republicans in Senate Is Honored by Sons on 68th Anniversary. Reed Smoot of Utah, dean of Repub licans in the Senate and Indefatigable •worker, celebrated his sixty-eighth birthday today with these words: "I am drawing dividends on the life I have lived since boyhood. I’ve never, never drank liquor in my life. I’ve r«*ver smoked. I’ve always eaten good, plain food and loved work. I never was lazy and never saw a time when I didn’t have plenty to do. "I've wronged nobody. I was for tunate in marrying as perfect a young woman as ever lived. My children have had a marvelous mother, a superb homemaker. Os all the blessings re . colved by me, she was the greatest." • Senator Smoot added the last with ,a touch of feeling. His wife, who was Alpha May Eldredge, died November 7, 1928. There are two sons, Harold and Ernest. Both gave a luncheon at the Capitol today in honor of their father’s ! ■birthday. Those attending included: Vice President Curtis, Senators Watson , 'T m I PROHIBITION HELD UNCHRISTIAN 1 BY SCHAFER IN SCATHING SPEECH Wisconsin Legislator De- I dares Dry Law Is Cause of Corruption. f Also Charges Supporters of Liquor Act Fear Open i Hearings on Subject. ,| j Ey the Associated Press. The assertion that prohibition has I “ushered in an age of corruption, in temperance, disrespect for law and con tempt for government such as this Na tion never before witnessed” was made today in the House by Representative Schafer. Republican, Wisconsin. Making a charge that the “Consti tution has been changed from a charter cf rights and liberties into a criminal statute book,” the Wisconsin Repre -1 sentative asked: “How can people respect a Constitu tion that makes the act of temperance a crime?” Granted an hour by consent of the ! House, Schafer spoke on the subject of "Prohibition Versus Christianity.” "You must choose between prohibition and the Christian religion,” he said. "You cannot have both, for they are eternal opposites. "An unbridgeable gulf separates one from the other, with God and Christ standing on one side and the drys on the other." Without mentioning names, Schafer said: "The recent hysterical outburst of PRESIDENT YIELDS ON CRIME REPORT Will Submit Enforcement Re port Monday for Considera tion in “Regular” Way. < By the Associated Press. Faced with a disinclination of House Republican leaders to have prohibition matters considered by a joint congres sional committee, President Hoover de cided today to transmit the first report of the Law Enforcement Commission to Congress on Monday. Previously, announcement had been made that the recommendations, which deal with several different phases of the prohibition enforcement problem, would be sent to Congress as soon as the joint committee had been created. The Senate adopted a resolution for such a committee, but the House rules committaa has failed to act upon It. Chairman Snell having announced, In agreement with Speaker Longworth and Majority Leader Tilson, that it was desired to handle the commis sion’s recommendations in the regular way, it was stated at the White House that the President would place the various administrative officials of the Government at the disposal of the regular House committees. Quick Action Suggested. It also was stated at the White House that the whole question in its present tangled form could be expedited by the several regular House committees tak ing up the proposals directly and im mediately. It was added that the White House had no interest in the question of par liamentary procedure, desired only ex pedition of legislation and would adapt itself entirely to the wishes of the House leaders in any method they might adopt for early consideration of the recommendations. The nature of the recommendations w’hich the Law Enforcement Commis sion made to the President last month has been carefully guarded at both the commission offices and the White House. The reports will be made public with their submission to Congress. Firm in Support of President. Speaker Longworth in a formal state ment today said "the majority party of the House stands firm in its support of the President upon all measures which he deems necessary for the proper en forcement of all laws of the United States.” If any one has received the impres sion that there is any “break” between the House and the administration it should be corrected, the Speaker’s state ment said. "Some of us thought that prompter and more effective action with regard to various phases of law enforcement could be had through the regularly organized committees of the House rather than through a special joint committee, because, as provided in the Senate resolution, even after action by a committee the bills would have to be referred to various standing com mittees for final action. "Perhaps the most important of the various enforcement bills on the ad ministration program is that transfer ring the prohibition enforcement divi sion in the Treasury Department to the Department of Justice. I understand (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) of Indiana. Harrison of Mississippi, La Follette of Wisconsin and Hawes of Missouri, Ogden Mills, Underecretary of the Treasury: Ariel F. Cardon, chief examiner of the Federal Farm Loan Board and son-in-law of the Senator: L. E. Jeffries, vice president of the Southern Railway: Robert Fleming, president of Riggs National Bank; D. C. Green, Electric Bond it Share Co.; Royal T. McKenna, Washington attor ney; A. M. Nevius, vice president of Riggs National Bank: Clarence Bitting, managing director of the Fisher Cor poration, Detroit; John L. Hopkins and Roy J. Barnett, Chicago attorneys; Max Wulfsohn of New York and Clifford Berryman of The Washington Star, whose cartoons of Smoot have delighted the Utahan for years. Secretary Mellon, William A. Fisher of Detroit and Dr. Francis Trudeau of ; Saranac Lake. N. Y.. expressed regret that they could not attend because of i previous engagements. 4 Uhe Wtomim sfef. v J WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION \^/ yijifc. ' IpjHfc raij» “ L JpOl PylPk. jgm Jjm REPRESENTATIVE SCHAFER. the fohr horsemen of the prohibition forces Indicates the demoralization in their tanks and that they have reached a realisation of the failure of the sump tuary prohibition laws.” He Suggested that the ‘‘four horse men” turn their "oratorical guns and attention to the States of Georgia, Idaho,' Texas and Nebraska, where a deplorable condition exists today as a result of prohibition.” Senator Harris lives in Georgia, Bo rah in Idaho, Sheppard in Texas and (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) HOOVER SUGGESTS STAGGER SCHEDULE I | War-Time Scheme Relieves Traffic Congestion Caused by Rush Hours. The proposed staggered schedule for opening and closing of Government offices, relieving the rush-hour burden on Washington’s downtown highway, system, received recognition from the White House today when President Hoover forwarded the suggestion to Government department heads for their consideration. The staggered schedule was used here during the war. According to the pro posed scheme, one-third of the Gov ernment offices would open at 8:45 a.m. and close at 4:15 p.m., one-third would open at 9 and close at 4:30 as at present, and the remaining third would open at 9:15 and close at 4:45. At Intervals of perhaps six months the opening and closing dates would be interchanged among the various offices so as not to TOrk a hardship on any particular class of employes. Whether the scheme will ever be worked out is not known at this time. At present it is simply in the stage where the White House has requested opinions from all of the executive branches in the various Independent establishments. It is not known whether the response has been favor able or otherwise. „ This proposal has been taken up many times in the past with the Public Utilities Commission. Street car heads have complained that since most of the population riding the cars wishes to be delivered at a point opposite some Gov ment building between 8:50 and 9 a.m. the burden put on the rolling stock a* this time is heavier than it can com fortably bear. Although this problem has been much discussed in the past, no move has ever been made toward solving it. Looking towards the future, however, when a great many Government units will be collected on either side of Penn sylvania avenue, it will appear that the problem will be intensified rather than otherwise. This has given the move for staggered hours new impetus. Acting Secretary Jahncke, on behalf of the Navy Department, has recom mended, in response to the inquiry, that his department begin work at 8:45 o’clock in the morning and quit at 4:15 o’clock. He considers, after in vestigation among the various bureaus of the department, that the proposal to stagger traffic is feasible. Maj. V. L. Peterson, assistant direc tor of public buildings and public parks, w'ho is studying the recommendations of the various Government agencies, has not as yet received replies from all con cerned. The office of Lieut. Col. U. S. Grant, 3d, director of public buildings and public parks, has not made public the content of any of the recommenda tions thus far received. ORTIZ RUBI*OVIEWS SCENERY OF CANYON Declines to Tell His Plans Other Than Pacific Coast Trip Will Be Omitted. By the Associated Press. GRAND CANYON, Ariz., January 10. —Scenic spots in the Grand Canyon country today field the interest of Pas cual Ortiz Rubio, President-elect of Mexico, who, with members of his fam ily and official staff, is resting here be fore returning to the Southern republic. Senor Ortiz Rubio yesterday declined to forecast definitely what his future movements would be, beyond the fact that he plans to return to Mexico with out visiting the Pacific Coast. Gonzalo N. Santos, president of the permanent joint committee of Mexico's Congress, said in Los Angeles that his information was that the Ortiz Rubio party would go from Grand Canyon to Nogales. Sonora, via Prescott, Phoenix and Tucson, and thence to Mexico City byway of the Mexican west coast. - Missionary Reported Released. LONDON. January 10 W.—The head quarters of the Wesleyan Missionary Society in London today received word that the Rev. S. W. K. Sandy. Wes leyan missionary who was captured by bandits near Tayeh, China, last month, 1 has been released WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1930-FORTY PAGES. *** WOMAN PROTESTS COMMITTEE ACTS | IN TAKING LETTERS Mrs. Gladys Moon Jones Raps Investigator in Lobby Probe Hearing. PROMISES TO TAKE UP MATTER WITH SOME ONE Publicity Worker Calls Press At tention to Statement I by Senator. ! By the Associated Press. Mrs. Gladys Moon Jones, a young woman smartly garbed In blue, proved a defiant witness before the Senate lobby committee today and her exam ination had proceeded only a short time before she had threatened to take "up with some one” the action of the com mittee in obtaining copies of her per sonal letters. The attitude of Mrs. Jones, who is a publicity worker for the United States Sugar Association for lower sugar rates, toward the committee was indicated even before she took the witness stand. She had prepared a statement in which sl%’ accused Chairman Caraway and his fellow members of playing politics, of trying to embarrass President Hoover and of violating the "spirit of the fourth amendment” by taking personal files from offices. Caraway read a copy of the state ment, laughed and remarked that no one “would read it anyhow” and a few minutes afterwards Mrs. Jones became exasperated and asserted with spirit: “You are wasting so much time and ' I the taxpayers’ money asking me silly questions.” Letters Produced. Nor did the subsequent proceedings mollify her. Several letters Mrs. Jones had written, which were obtained from the files of H. C. Lakin of New York, president of the Cuba Co., were pro duced. “I maintain you have no right under the fourth amendment to have those letters in your hands,” she said, her voice rising sharply. "I’m going to take it up with some one.” After testifying that she received $230 a week from the Sugar Association, $1,333 from the American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, and that she also did publicity for a number of other or ganizations. Mrs. Jones asserted that she had handled publicity for a low sugar duty qnd intended to continue to do so. "So far as I can see there is not the slightest objection to it,” Senator Walsh, Democrat, of Montana, told her. Turning to the newspaper men, Mrs. Jones said laughingly: "Be sure and get that.” * Protests Action. Mrs. Jones protested that an investi gator of the lobby committee had ob tained correspondence from her office and said "in spirit he broke into my office,” adding that she objected to “some one coming into my office with out a warrant and taking my papers.” She said activities of sugar interests advocating a high sugar duty elected "their lobbyists to the Senate.” Asked for particulars, she said Sena tor Smoot was chairman of the tariff making Senate finance committee; Sen ator Waterman, Republican, Colorado, was counsel for years for the Great Western Sugar Co., and Representative Timberlake, Republican. Colorado, who, she said, had been a beet grower, was chairman of a sub-committee on sugar. Witness at Ease. The committee appeared to take the thrusts of Mrs. Jones good naturedly, smiling as she replied to questions vig orously. The witness herself between periods of apparent Indignation seemed quite at ease. Senator Walsh read the statement which Mrs. Jones had given out before she took the stand, but she showed no disposition to retract. Mrs. Jones told Senator Walsh that she expected the lobby committee “would not get up on the floor of the Senate and make a fight against a high sugar duty.” Asked if she wanted her statement to show that "perhaps the lobby com mittee is lobbying for an excuse to capitulate to the politically powerful domestic sugar interests,” she replied: "All right.” She maintained emphatically the as sertions in the statement that "ap parently the two chief purposes of the so-called lobby investigating committee have been to create political difficulties for President Hoover and to whitewash the 25 years’ activities in Washington of the domestic sugar interests.” Sticks by Contentions. Refusing to retreat from any of her contentions she asserted she was afraid the committee would not oppose a high sugar duty. "Perhaps you will be disappointed,” Walsh told her. "I hope so,” she replied. Mrs. Jones testified she had supplied Representative Ruth Pratt, Republican, New York, with some material for a speech, and demanded of Senator "(Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) regionaTmarketing BODY IS DISFAVORED Six Kansas Co-operatives Object to Establishment in Southwest ern Wheat Area. By the Associated Press. TOPEKA, Kans., January 10.—Six co-operative grain marketing agenciea operating in Kansas were on record to day as opposed to establishment of a regional marketing association in the Southwestern wheat area under auspices of the Federal Farm Board and the Farmers’ National Grain Corporation. Opposition of the co-operative organi zations was expressed yesterday in a formal resolution presented at a con ference attended by James C. Stone, vice chairman, and Samuel R. McKelvie, a member of the Federal Farm Board: officers of the Farmers' National and represtntatives of Kansas farm organi zations. The six organizations went on record as opposing “the establishment of any other association or agency contrary to the plans and policies adopted by the Farmers’ National Grain Corporation nnd approved by the Federal Farm Board.” i SPEAKING OF SUPERFLUOUS STARLINGS. * POLICEMAN'S RIVAL NAMED IN SHOOTING Detective Says Jealous In [ spector Engineered Plot to Kill Bomb Squad Head. By the Associated Press. DETROIT, January 10. —The Detroit News today said that an Investigation carried on by high police officials into the shooting last week of Inspector Henry J. Garvin, head of the police crime and bomb squad, has brought out the charge that the attack was part of the plot of a Jealous police Inspector in the same de partment. The newspaper states that Detective Adolph van Coppenolle of the Black Hand squad Wednesday accused one of the inspectors at police headquarters of having engineered a plot by gunmen to slay Inspector Garvin. Subsequently Coppenolle is said to have contradicted his story and charged that the whole affair was a plot on the part of Inspec tor Garvin to undermine the accused in spector in the eyes of his superiors. Hand-in-hand with these two diver gent accusations the newspaper story states that there is the charge of an other plot—that of the accused inspec tor and another high official to "hush up" the whole affair by making promises of future favors based on assumed influ ence with Mayor-elect Charles Bowles, whose administration takes office next week. Name Withheld. Van Coppenolle’s original charge of a plot against Inspector Garvin, ac cording to the News story, was based on the existence of a bitter feeling of years’ standing between Garvin and the accused Inspector. The name cf the rival inspector is withheld, as for mal charges have not been filed. Van Coppenolle’s revelations, the story continues, include an account of a conversation with the accused in spector in an automobile about six weeks ago, during which the name of Inspector Garvin was mentioned. Inspector , according to Cop penolle’s story as related in the News, snapped out: Quotes Inspector. "I'm tired of hearing about him (In spector Garvin) and I’m going to have him bumped off and you're going to help me." The story says that Detective Van Coppenolle and the inspector made the plot then and that same day drove to an east side blind pig frequented by gangsters. Detective Van Coppenolle is then said to have attempted to apprise Inspector Garvin of his rival’s plot against him, telling him at the time that “I didn’t make any arrangements to have you bumped off." The next move in the case, accord ing to the story, was Inspector Garvin’s. The officer persuaded Van Coppenolle to repeat his charge before Commissioner William P. Rutledge. The detective, however, is said to have refused to make an affidavit or have a stenogra pher in the room, explaining that he "wouldn’t live until night" if his “double crossing” became known. Charge Was Doubted. The matter was turned over to Supt. of Police James Sprott, who, after an investigation, reported there was noth ing on which to base Van Coppenolle’s; charges. i Then a week ago the attack on In- ! spector Garvin occurred. While the police round-up of sus- j pects was being carried on, Commission- : er Rutledge detailed Inspector Fred W. | Frahm of the homicide squad to look into the original story regarding the; plot. The culmination of the investigation, j the story said, was a meeting of high j police officials Wednesday. By this time \ Detective Van Coppenolle Is said to have I been approached by the accused inspec- 1 tor, who told him: “You deny that you made any such statements and I’ll see that you’re taken care of.” At the meeting Wednesday, Van Cop penolle is said to have denied having made any revelations regarding a plot against Inspector Garvin. LUDENDORFF RENAMED. i Ship Line Gets Protest From Ger-1 man General. * By Cable to The Star and Chicago Dally News. Copyright, 1930. BERLIN, January 9.—The Hamburg- American Line, owner of the tramp steamer Ludendorff, has been forced | to rechristen the vessel after receiving a protest from Gen. Erich Frederich von Ludendorff, former quartermaster gen eral of the imperial armies. The general insisted that the great shipping company could not use his name, and as a result the Ludendorff has been rechristened the Mecklen burg. Pcidio Prcjj-'m* on Page C-3 Kansas City Gold Prospectors Quit After Striking Pay By the Associated Press. KANSAS CITY, January 10.— Kansas Cityans, whose civic pride has been rocked recently with such frontier manifestations as a wolf hunt and a forest fire, both within the city limits, gasped sev eral times yesterday when two gold seekers with shovels and a sieve commenced prospecting op erations on a downtown street corner. A puzzled crowd collected as the two miners industriously sifted shovel after shovel of snow through the sieve. ‘‘Pay snow” was struck in the form of a gold watch. The time piece had been lost earlier in the day by Joseph Neal as he was shoveling snow from a sidewalk. The two “miners” left the scene after splitting a $lO reward. STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE WITH GAS ;v, ■%■ , Leo Chase Seals Doors and Windows of Room to * Insure Death. After deliberately insuring death by hermetically sealing window and door crevices, over which he had pasted heavy wrapping paper, Leo Chase, 19- year-old student at Emerson Institute and brother of Drs. Alexander and William Chase of 1710 Rhode Island avenue, was found dead this morning in a gas-filled room of a rooming house at 1003 H street. Applying for a room at the house early yesterday evening. Chase, Mrs. Elmer Sunderman, the landlady, said, stated he was a resident of Baltimore seeking employment in Washington. Though slightly disturbed by the nervous manner of the young man, who asked if the folding doors to his room could not be more securely closed, Mrs. Sunderman noticed nothing untoward in the house until 10 o'clock this morn ing, when she detected the odor of es caping gas. Tracing the fumes to the second floor room of Chase, she broke through the paper-sealed door and found the body prostrate on the bed. The Rescue Squad and Emergency ambulance responded to the emergency call, but death had resulted several hours previously. Investigation of the room by Detec tive Thomas F. Sweeney, of the homi cide squad, revealed a “death” note, written in Russian. Fragments of a destroyed letter lay scattered about the room. The name of Leo Chase was en graved on a black pocketbook, which contained the record of Christmas sav ings account at the Franklin National Bank. i At the first precinct, following the identification of his brother’s body at the morgue, Dr. Alexander Chase said that Leo had been despondent and un nerved during the past few weeks. How ever, he could advance no leading mo tive for his brother’s act. TWO NEW FACES APPEAR AT CABINET MEETING i Cotton Occupies Stimson’s Seat and | Jancke Substitutes for Sec retary Adams. | Two new faces appeared today at the 1 President’s regular cabinet meeting j today. i Acting Secretary Cotton of the State Department occupied the seat of Secre tary Stimson and Acting Secretary Jahncke of the Navy Department was in the place usually occupied by Secre tary Adams. Secretaries Stimson and Adams are en route to London to at tend the Disarmament Conference. j COOPER IS OPERATED ON. General Manager of Associated Press Is Besting Comfortably. NEW YORK, January 10 (/P). —Kent Cooper, general manager of the Asso ciated Press, underwent a minor op | eratlon in a New York hospital yes terday. The operation was satisfactory and Mr. Cooper rested comfortably last night. Pope Receives Prince. VATICAN CITY, January 10 (JP).— The Pope today received in private au dience Prince Louis of Monaco, accom nanled by his staff and the Minister of Monaco to the Holy See. i i “From Presa to Home Within the Hour** The Star’s carrier system covers every city block and the regular edi tion is delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers are printed. Yesterday’s Circulation, 113,274 (/P) Means Associated Press. TWO CENTS. TEMPERATURE OF 24 FORECAST TONIGHT Drop in Mercury Here Will Be Preceded by Light Rains. The return of wintry weather to Washington was foreshadowed by the Weather Bureau’s forecast today that temperatures should drop to 24 degrees tonight, preceded by light rains. It will be partly cloudy and much colder tonight and tomorrow, the bu reau said. Yesterday a high mark of 70 degrees was recorded with the lowest recording 51. A 24-degree mark to night would mark a 46-deg Tee change in 30 hours. At 10:30 o’clock today the recording was 58 degrees. Temperature Above Normal. The mean temperatures in the Wash ington area in November, December and January through the 9th was given as 44.8 degrees, 4 degrees higher than the same period a year ago. Only the Middle Atlantic and South eastern States were immune from a cold wave which spread over the country to day. California and the Pacific Coast shivered in subnormal temperatures as heavy sgow fell in the mountains. Blizzards swept eastward from the Rockies, spreading cold and snow far into the Southwest and across the West ern plains and prairies. A second edition of a blizzard which visited the Midwest just before Christ mas held that section in its spell and the countryside lay covered with from 8 to 18 inches of snow. Streams Out of Banks. Unseasonable rains fell from chilly gray skies in the Central Mississippi Valley and streams in Kentucky. Ten nessee, Arkansas and Mississippi were out of their banks. Tumbling mercury heralded the re turn of Winter to New England as fall ing rain turned into sleet and ice. New York, Philadelphia and other points southward along the Atlantic also reported declining temperatures which during the past few days have brought Spring-like weather. ARMY PLANES TAKE OFF FOR WINTER TEST FLIGHT Pilots Leave Mt. Clemens, Mich., for Hop to Spokane, Wash., and Beturn. By the Associated Press. SELFRIDGE FIELD. MT. CLEMENS, Mich., January 10.—Taking off from the ice of Lake St. Clair, the Army’s Winter test flight, twice postponed because of weather conditions, got under way at 9:10 o’clock this morning on the first leg of a flight that will take the planes from Selfridge Field to Spokane, Wash., and return. SHOOTS two', KILLS SELF. Boomer Slays Landlady and Wounds Her Husband at Toledo. TOLEDO, Ohio, January 10 (£*). — Mrs. Mabel Follett, 25, was shot and killed and her husband, Kenneth. 27, wounded seriously this morning, when a crazed roomer broke into their bed room. After shooting the Folletts, the room er, Fred Stahl, 45, then turned the gun upon himself and committed suicide. Follett was taken to a hospital. His condition was critical. DECEMBER RETAIL TRADE SHOWN LARGER LAST YEAR THAN IN 1928 Federal Reserve Board Review Reveals Richmond District, Including D. C., First in Country. t Christmas trade in the department stores of this Federal Reserve district, which has headquarters at Richmond, was far ahead of any other Federal Re serve district in the country, according to a review of December retail trade in 478 stores in leading cities made by the Federal Reserve Board. While the department store sales for December throughout the country suf fered a decrease of 2 per cent from December a year ago, these sales for the Richmond Federal Reserve district. In cluding the National Capital, showed an increase of 2 per cent. The percentage of stores in this dis trict showing a gain instead of a de crease was larger than for the country at large, 19 stores in this area showing DEFENSE CONCEDES LEROY BRADY WILE BE HELD FOR JURY Parran Reiterates Statement He Will Free Herman to Get Testimony. WOMAN AND BOY CALLED TO TELL OF BOMB “GIFT” Attorneys for Mechanic Facing Blast Murder Charges Hope to Force Prosecution's Hand. While even defense counsel conceded their client would be held to a grand Jury, a large crowd gathered at Upper Marlboro today as the hour approached for the arraignment of Leroy Brady, young automobile mechanic, on a charge of murder in the Seat Pleasant bomb outrage. Meanwhile State's Attorney J. Frank Parran reiterated that he intended to release Leroy's brother, Herman Brady, a 22-year-old farmer, in exchange for his testimony as a State’s witness. Par ran revealed he attached significance to the statements he expected Herman to make. He added he was confident the testimony of Herman, coupled with that of other witnesses, would enable him to prove Leroy was the perpetrator of the Seat Pleasant “Christmas gift” bombing which caused three deaths. In denying reports that their client would waive examination at the pre liminary hearing, counsel for the me chanic said they hoped to compel Par ran to disclose all the evidence in his possession before nightfall. One of Leroy’s attorneys pointed out, however, that no justice of the peace “would be likely to take the responsibility of re leasing a man at a preliminary hearing on such a serious charge.” Two Witnesses Are Called. Parran announced detectives had served summons on Mrs. John Buckley and Stuart Cameal. He said they would v be the only witnesses with the exception of. Herman and detectives who have been investigating the case since the bomb exploded New Year day, fatally wounding Herman’s 18-year-old wife, Naomi Hall Brady; Samuel Hall, 19 months, and Dorothy Hall, years old. Mrs. Buckley will be asked to tell of finding the "Christmas gift” addressed to Naomi Hall Brady on her front porch December 29. The Cameal boy, a 12-year-old playmate of Leslie Hall, will be questioned concerning the de livery of the package at the home of Mrs. Brady. Young Cameal was with Leslie Hall New Year day when Mrs. Buckley called ' him to her home and asked him to take the package to Mrs. Brady. Cameal was summoned because Leslie Hall still is receiving medical attention for in juries suffered when the infernal ma chine went off. Others still being treated are Mrs. Nora Hall, mother of Mrs. Brady, and Thomas Hall, 8 years old. Itsel Is Confident. Lieut. Joseph T. Itzel, crack detective of Baltimore, still maintained his air of confidence as the time for Leroy's arraignment drew near. While declining to divulge in detail the evidence he planned to produce, Itzel Intimated he placed importance in a statement made by Herman several days ago, in which he is said to have directed suspicion at his brother. This statement is understood to contain the charge that Leroy became angry when he was told by Herman of the latter’s marriage. Detectives also said Herman would declare that the bomb plot Involved a "distorted sense of family honor.” It was indicated Herman would be questioned concerning reports that he had told Leroy his wife lived “in the second house on Carmody road.” It was explained Mrs. Buckley resides in the second house on the north side of the highway and Mrs. Brady made her home in the second house on the south side. This testimony probably will be introduced by the State in an effort to support charges that Leroy made the death-dealing device and then person ally delivered it. License Plates May Figure. Itzel indicated he would tell Justice of the Peace Harry W. Gore, before whom the hearing is to be held, all of the information gathered since he entered the case, nearly a week ago. This will include testimony bearing on the finding of a set of Maryland auto mobile license plates at Herman’s home in Mitchelville, Md. Itzel will testify he learned these tags • had been discarded by their owner in a Washington garage where Leroy is em ployed. The detective asserted he would contend the person who delivered the bomb had placed these plates over the tags on his car in an effort to conceal his identity. The Baltimore detective also made public plans to charge that Leroy went on a duck-hunting trip to Chesapeake Bay the day the bomb was delivered in company with Herman “because he thought the package would explode that day and his presence in a town far away would be a good alibi." Sergt. Charles Schalter, another Balti more detective, shared Itzel’s confidence. He said the investigators had ample evidence to cause Leroy to be held for the action of a grand jury. Schalter (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) a gain and 37 a decrease, as against 113 showing an increase and 365 a de crease for the country as a whole. Decreases were reported for nine Fed eral Reserve districts, • increases of 1.8 per cent for New York and 2 per cent for Richmond, while San Francisco showed only a slight gain of 0.2 per cent. The reported decrease In sales in the other districts varied from about 1 per cent in the Cleveland district to more than 6 per cent in the St. Louis, Chi cago and Minneapolis districts. In some districts, particularly in the Middle West, heavy snowstorms were a factor in reducing the volume of Christmas trade. The month had the same number of business days, 25, this year as last year.