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(O. 8. Weather Bureau Foresast.) Cloudy followed by snow late tonight or tomorrow; slowly rising temperature; lowest tonight about 20 degrees. Temperatures—Highest, 25, at noon today; lowest; 9, at 5:30 a.m. today. Full report on page 9. Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 14 and 15 No. 31,310. U. S. TO TAKE LEAD IN EFFORT TO CUT NAVIES TO LOWEST STRENGTH POSSIBLE Possibility That Washington Treaty Will Be Scrapped and New Accord Substi tuted at London Is Seen. GERMANY MAY BE ASKED TO ENTER AGREEMENT Pears France Would Insist Upon Freedom of Seas Discussion or Rome and Paris Would Find Views Wholly at Odds Are Be lieved Dispelled. BY BYRON PRICE, Associated Pres* Staff Correspondent. LONDON, January 20.—Heart ened against manifest dangers by firm handclasps and face-to-face consultations, spokesmen of the five sea powers today completed, in an atmosphere of tense ex pectancy, preparations for con vening tomorrow of their history making conference on limitation of ships of war. While the round of busy ex changes continued privately and negotiations entered their first public phase with summoning of all delegates to a meeting at No. 10 Downing street, and later to a reception by King George, events cast into clearer relief hourly the prospective viewpoints of every participant It became evident that the Americans ■were ready to give practical application to President Hoover’s desire to reduce to the lowest possible levels and although the delegation disclosed no details, it was believed in conference circles the delegation might take the lead wttha far-reaching offer to extend the naval holiday on capital ships, reduce their size and reduce the battleships strength eventually below the level of the Wash ington treaty. plan Believed Acceptable. There was every indication such a step would be acceptable to Great Brit ain, Japan, France and Italy. M°st of the delegates were confident, at least outwardly, as to obstacles which, it was feared, France and Italy dngnt urter pose on other phases of the negotia tions. Optimism expressed yesterday after Col. Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of State and head of the American dele gation, conferred with Andre Tardieu, French premier, and Dino Grandi, Ital ian foreign minister, was reiterated to day on every side, although no one gave the impression that he felt all the rough S laces in the way of the conference had een smoothed yet. Actual attainment of parity between thi American and the British navies remained one of the big problems to which the delegations of both nations attached the highest importance. Parity seemed likely to have its place as the comer stone of the entire conference program. Cruisers Main Problem. The principal difficulty lay in com puting the exact cruiser strength of the two navies. The problem was still un solved and there was no evidence of progress in that respect since the Amer icans arrived Friday. Several new suggestions were stirring today amid the diplomatic gossip on the conference eve. One of these was the possibility that the Washington treaty virtually would be scrapped and a new accord substituted revising for a long term of years the ratios of all cate gories of ships. . ~ Another was that Germany should be invited to participate in any naval agreement, in view of her program of building cruisers. Under the treaty of Versailles German warcraft are limited to 10.000-ton types, but her naval en gineers have evolved a ship within that limitation having a gun power and cruising radius far exceeding cruisers of anv other nation. France particularly has looked upon the possibility of Inviting German par ticipation in an agreement with ex treme curiosity, but, although the con ference might take cognizance of the suggestion, it lacks official sanction at the present stage. Much of the optimism so freely ex pressed on every hand today appeared to have its origin in assurances given by the French and Italians after their week end conferences with Cel. Stimson. Happy Atmosphere Created. M. Tardieu yesterday described his conversation with the American Sec retary of State as engendering a very happy atmosphere for the beginning of the five-power negotiations. He warned, however, that the conference tasks were just beginning and that too much should not be expected by the public. Dino Grandi, the Italian foreign minister, said his first meeting with Col. Stimson had bpen a very great pleasure and that they "talked at length together and ascertained with great satisfaction that our two delega , lions are animated by identical spirits ‘ and have the same confidence in the success of the conference.” These assurances were believed largely to have dispelled fears Prance would Insist upon injecting such sub jects as freedom of the seas into the discussions, or that Italy would find her viewpoint and demands wholly ir reconcilable with those of her neigh bor, Prance. The French themselves did not entirely share this feeling, in dicating grave concern lest the Italian demand for parity with Prance would become a serious stumbling block in the path of the conference. Col. Stimson yesterday brought an other of the conference figures into the limelight. He took Ambassador Morrow with him to call on MM. Tardieu and Sriand. Mr. Morrow made an enviable _ leputation as negotiator in Mexico City, and it seemed certain the Franco- American discussions would rest on his shoulders. He probably also will be esked to bring his powers into play in. other delicate conversations as the con-1 ference progresses. j . While the meeting of the French and • (Continued on Page 2» Column 4.1 Entered as second class matter post office. Washington, D. C. TWO BILLION SEEN AS COST TO U. S. IF PARLEY FAILS i . Representative French Declares for Scrapping of Battleships of All Navies of World. By the Associated Press. In the event the London Naval Con ference falls to reach agreement, an expenditure of $2,000,000,000 by the United States for warship construction during the next 15 years was forecast in the House today by Representative French, Republican, Idaho, chairman of the appropriations subcommittee in charge of naval expenditures. French declared for scrapping the battleships of the navies of the world. Taking up discussion of the confer ence for the first time since the dele gates assembled in the British capital! he said the first thing the parley should accomplish was definiteness in all categories of naval ships and rea- STIMSON ALLAYS FRENCH SUSPICIONS Denies in Conversations U. S. and British Seek to Dominate Parley. BY FREDERIC WILLIAM WILE. By Radio to The Star. LONDON, January 20.—Proceeding on the theory the better the day the better the deed. Col. Henry L. Stimson, head of the American delegation to the Naval Conference, employed Sunday to lay the ghost which has been stalking menacingly through the London Con ference. Tlie specter in question con sists of suspicion, harbored mainly by France, but considerably shared by Japan, that the underlying purpose of the conference is to stabilize joint su pemacy of the seas by the United States and Great Britain. In luncheon conversations with For eign Minister Grandi, chief of the Ital ian delegation, and a protracted talk with Premier Tardieu and Foreign Min ister Brland at the French embassy, Col. Stimson exploded the notion that Wash ington and London are scheming—to use his own words—to put something over on the other three nfcval powers. Prime Minister Macdonald also has been trying to dissipate that view. Like Col. Stimson. the premier already has given Japan’s delegates assurance on that score. Saturday Premier Macdon ald repeated them to Grandi, and on Sunday evening the prime minister, who saw Tardieu after the French premier had conversed with Col. Stim son, removed from the Parisian states man’s mind any misapprehensions re garding an Anglo-American conspiracy. The British, if possible, are even more anxious than Americans to clear up such misgiving. Radio. Reports Restricted. This writer encountered Downing street’s susceptibilities while arranging with the British Broadcasting Corpora tion for transmission of his radio re views of the conference beginning Thursday evening. It appears that Ambassador Dawes was officially in formed that nothing broadcast across the Atlantic for American listeners will be permitted to go on British or other European air. The idea is to avoid even the remotest indication of collu sion between British and American spokesmen for the purpose of imposing their own Interpretations of the con (Contlnued on Page 2, Column 5.) CONFEREES ADOPT YOUNG DEBT PLAN Protocol of Acceptance Is Signed by Second Hagne Separa tions Parley. By the Associated Press. THE HAGUE, January 20.—The pro tocol adopting the Young plan was signed this afternoon at the aecond Hague Reparations Conference. After more than 24 hours of con tinuous session, the committee on non- German reparations today finally solved the conflict between Hungary and Aus tria and their reparations creditors. The result was a compromise to which every one contributed something and appeared to be satisfactory to the sleepy and hungry delegates. Hungary agrees to pay her creditors 13,500,000 gold crowns a year after 1943, until 1966, while Austria pays 1,000,000 gold crowns a year the same 1 period. MIKE SAYS AU REVOIR TOO OFTEN ERE HE GETS HIS AUTO COUGHIN’ When Cissy’s Beau Says "Nighty-Night” He Keeps It Up ’Till Morning’s Light. By the Associated Press. EVANSTON, HI., January 20.—The fond adieus of “Mike” and "Cissy” will be spoken hereafter under the sym pathetic but firm supervision of the po lice. The adieu business has become a neighborhood nuisance. Mrs. John Richardson, who made the complaint, didn’t know their last names. “Mike,” she told police, "is Cissy’s beau. "Cissy? Why, that’s Elisabeth who lives in the same apartment building across the hall from me. “Mike starts saying good-night about 2 a.m.,” Mrs. Richardson said, “and keeps right on saying it until it is time to say good-morning. He has a lot of sweet names that he incorporates into the conversation, such as ‘sugar dump ling,’ ‘snookie ookums,’ ‘sweetie’ and other endearing terms which the more adult persons in the vicinity are ln i dined to regard as adolescent mush.” “He’ll say ‘Toodle-00, honeybuneh,’ at 2 a.m.,” said Mrs. Richardson, “but it ‘ 4 Mfoenina Slaf. WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 1930-THIRTY-SIX PAGES. *** sonable limitations in each category. "The submarine and the aircraft car rier," he said, "will make it necessary to take the battleships to the safest harbor in the next war. “If we have faith In the Kellogg pact, that provides for no aggressive warfare, in Heaven’s name, why do we maintain the battleships?” He said, however, that he did not favor abolishing the United States bat tleships unless all countries did away with them llkelise. Unless this were done, he asserted, the race for naval power would be started Immediately in those classes of ships upon which no agreement were reached. French said the Washington Arms Conference had saved the United States (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) 5:40 A.M. Is Time For Rebroadcast Os Naval Parley By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, January 20 —The time of the N. B. C. broadcast of the opening ceremonies at the five-power naval conference direct from London tomorrow morning has been advanced 20 minutes. The pick-up is to start at 5:40 a.m. Eastern standard time, in stead of 6 o’clock. Previous to the address of King George of England, opening the parley, William Hard, N. B. C. rep resentative, who will make daily reports on the progress of the conference, will introduce an English commentator. The C. B. S. chain also an nounced a change in the time of its broadcast to 5:40 a.m. An English speaker will introduce the King to its audience. 19 DIE IN WRECKS OF TWO AIR LINERS 13 Are Cremated When Trap ped in Cabin of Giant Transport Plane. By tbs Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, January 20.—Six teen charred and mangled bodies lay in the morgue at Oceanside today as gruesome reminders of the crash of a giant T. A. T.-Maddux air liner while returning to Los Angeles with a group of week end visitors to Agua Caliente, Mexico. The 16 met a horrible death late yesterday at Oceanside when the trans port faltered down out of the sky, plowed a big gash in the earth, burst into flames and became a gasoline-fed funeral pyre. None of the eight women and eight men aboard the transport lived to tell the story and all but three were burned beyond recognition. Craft Fought Thick Fog. Witnesses, Including a Western Ex press pilot, who saw the big liner take its human cargo to a fiery doom, agreed that the ill-fated craft had been fight ing against a thick fog which forced aerial traffic beneath a dangerously low 200-foot ceiling. Others who heard the crash and were struck with horror when they saw the licking flames hurried to the spot only to find a pile of red hot metal. Spectators could but stand by powerless, knowing that all the plane’s occupants were beyond, the reach of human aid. The dead: Edward J. Bowen, presi dent Union Tank Sc Pipe Co., and Mrs. Edward J. Bowen; Sedrlc Brown, assist ant to J. L. Maddux, president of the T. A. T.-Maddux Air Lines, and Mrs. Sedric Brown; Mrs. Doris Cantillon, wife of Attorney Richard Cantillon; Mrs. Ida M. Glover, relative of Mrs. Cantillon; W. W. Paden and Edward J. Small, all of Los Angeles; Miss Frances Jamieson and Elizabeth Squibb, Pasadena; Benjamin Miller and Mrs. (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) CRASH KILLS TEACHER. Minister Injured as Autos Collide in Pennsylvania. GREENBURG, Pa., January 20 (/P ). — Rev. Alexis Udadcak, 30, of East Pittsburgh, professor of botany and biology In St. Vincent’s College, was killed and Rev. Paul Odelga, pastor of St. Florian Church, of United, near here, was injured in an automobile ac cident on the Lincoln Highway, four miles east of here, early today. doesn’t mean a thing, for at 4 a.m. he is still saying ‘Nighty-night’ oo gweat big sweetie pie.’ . “It keeps us awake. It is funny, but the same old thing three times a week grows wearisome. Nor is that the worst. When Mike finally musters suf ficient will power really to leave he climbs into a contraption that looks like a tank, but which is supposed to be an automobile, and he cranks and cranks. The engine coughs and coughs. About sunup the thing gets going and Mike chugs away.” The police told Mrs. Richardson they would see what could be done. “We’ll send a squad over every Wed nesday, Saturday and Sunday night— that’s when he has the dates. When Mike and Cissy pull up in the tank > well greet them and escort them to the vestibule. We will extend our vision in the opposite direction just long enough i for Mike to kiss the young lady good night. Then we will lead Mike back to the car. We’ll even crank it. Thus ; will love be served and the law main , taine*” TENTH DIKE BREAK FLOODS WIDE AREA AS MENACE GROWS 200 Men Work in Freezing Temperature to Hold St. Francis River Levee. ILLNESS IS REPORTED IN CAMPS OF REFUGEES Hundreds Are Made Homeless and Live Stock Is Trapped in Monette District. By the Associated Press. MEMPHIS, Tenn., January 20.—The flooded St. Francis River broke through a dike 10 miles south of Marked Trej, Ark., today and spread rapidly over a wide area. It was the tenth break in a levee along the river within six days. Two hundred men worked In frees ing weather all night to hold the levee, known as the floodway dike and one of the most important between Marked Tree and the mouth of the giver. Water sweeping over Craighead County, in Arkansas, had flooded more than 1,000 additional acres and was within a mile of the town of Monette. More than 200 families were homeless in the Monette area, and live stock was reported trapped in the bottom lands. Some suffering, principally from the cold, was reported from the refugees. In the last six days the St Francis has broken five levees near Bertig, Ark.; four near Holcomb, Mo., and the one near Marked Tree today. REFUGEES ARE GIVEN FOOD. VINCENNES, Ind., January 20 UP). — Ray Sisson, Justice of the peace at Decker, and two other men today made another trip down the White River in a powerful motor boat to deliver sup plies to approximately 100 flood vic tims marooned along the Wabash River, in Southwestern Knox County. A quantity of dyrfamite also was taken to blow a hole in the Brevoort levee at that point to release water seven feet deep, which has piled up since the break in the White River levee several days ago. The flood water is about 30 inches higher than that in the Wabash River. Both Wabash and White Rivers con tinued to fall today. MANY MADE HOMELESS. ST. LOUIS, January 20 UP).— Red Cross reports from Kennett, Mo., and Blytheville, Ark., indicated the flood waters of the St. Francis' River had flooded 70,000 acres of agricultural lands and affected from 500 to 1,006 families. Through the governor of Arkansas, the Red Cross arranged for 100 tents to be %ent to Blytheville, where between 250 and 500 families have been forced to move. According to the Red Cross, the situation at Blytheville would be worse in the next 24 to 36 hours with the flood waters from the North moving down. Approximately 50,000 acres were under water through levee breaks. RAILROAD TRACKS FLOODED. KENNETT, Mo., January 20 UP). —A mile of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad between Frlsbee and Holcomb, Mo., was under flood waters from a break in the St. Francis River levee 2 miles west of there last night, while the overflow had Inundated part of the town of Holcomb. At Holcomb it was reported 150 families had moved out of the low lands. RELIEF FROM COLD PROMISED TONIGHT Many Persons Injured as Result of Sled Accidents and Falls. Relief from the cold wave which brought a temperature of 7.8 yesterday morning was promised by Weather Bureau officials today, with a predic tion of snow late tonight or tomorrow. Forecasters said the lowest temperature tonight would be about 20 above zero. The minimum mark for the 24-hour period ending at noon today was 9 de grees above at 5:30 o'clock last night. A record for the season was estab lished yesterday morning, when the mercury registered 7.8 at 8:30. The most frigid temperature recorded in 1929 was 8.5 on January 14. Meanwhile, several hundred members of the American Automobile Association appealed for emergency service. More than 400 motorists affiliated with the organization asked for aid in starting their cars before 9 o’clock this morning. Nearly 900 emergency calls were re ceived at the headquarters yesterday, making the day the second heaviest on record. Dozen Hurt in Accidents. A dozen persons were Injured yester day in accidents attributed to inclement ■ weather. Agnes Johnson, 12 years old, of 4118 Beck street southeast, was struck by an automobile driven by Carl H. Francis of 1509 U street southeast while coasting on a hill near her home. At Casualty Hospital she was treated for a fracture 1 of the left arm. Howard S. Texter, 22, of 1035 Quebec place, received a minor cut over the ' right eye when his machine ran into a ■ telephone pole on Tilden street near 1 Twenty-ninth street. Texter was taken \ to Emergency Hospital and treated for ; the laceration. Leverine Leoffler, 13 years old, and 1 his brother, Layne Leoffler, 8, of 3109 : Nichols avenue southeast, sustained ‘ brush bums and contusions of the body ' while coasting on a hill on Portland , street near their home. The sled on which the two youngsters were coasting crossed the path of an approaching ma chine, said by police to be driven by [ Miss Katherine A. Dickinson of Manor ! House, Glesboro Point, and was over , turned. : Antonio Warring, 14 yean old. a 1 student at St. Alban's School, received . injuries of the right thigh and right I leg when his sled overturned while ' coasting on the school grounds, and ; was taken to Emergency Hospital for (Continued on Page 2, Column 7.) , i. .. .... . C (( TUNING IN FOR TOMORROW. GIRL NEAR DEATH AFTER AUTO CRASH Police Unable to Learn De tails of Early Morning Highway Accident. Her skull crushed when the high powered car in which she was riding dived 30 feet from the Marlboro Pike near Forestville, McJ, Into a ditch, a pretty girl, about 20 years old, lay today at the point of death in Emergency Hospital as police of two jurisdictions sought her identity and the circum stances surrounding the. accident. The police had succeeded th inter viewing only one person who was in the car. This was Mrs. Ward Fletcher, 1300 block of N street, who herse/f was suffering from multiple bruises and shock. Two Others in Car. Mrs. Fletcher told police there were two other persons in the car, a man and the woman in the hospital. She dataed the woman was driving, hut refused to reveal the identity of either person. According to Maryland State Policeman W. T. Booker, however, Mrs. Fletcher said the party was returning to Washington from the Club Marl boro. The car, a heavy sedan, is listed as belonging to N. H. Lyons, 1400 block of nirmont street, who was ar rested here and held for the Maryland authorities. It apparently failed to negotiate a curve near Jenkin’s corner, cut off a telegraph pole, went off a high embankment, and landed in a ditch. Automobile mechanics worked five hours getting it back to the road. Mishap Early in Morning. The mishap occurred about 2 o'clock this morning. Police were having diffi culty in learning who brought the in jured to the hospital. They were told the woman in the hospital was found lying on the highway, scantily dressed and that a man was later located sit ting in the car. County Policeman Frank P. Prince was first called and investigated the case in co-operation with Detective James A. Sprlngmann of Washington. Prince later turned the Maryland end of the Investigation over to State Policeman Booker. WGY APPEALDEFEAT SEEN IN HIGH COURT Counsel for Company Is Not Asked to Be Heard, Indicating Early Decision. By tht Associated Press. The Supreme Court today in effect threw out the appeal of the Federal Radio Commission in the General Elec tric case involving broadcasting station WGY, at Schenectady, N. Y. When the Supreme Court resumed hearing of the case today it held coun sel for the Federal Radio Commission down to an argument of its jurisdiction. Various members of the court indi cated disagreement with the commis sion's counsel in his Interpretation of the character of review which Con gress had given the District Court of Appeals over acts of the commission. The counsel Insisted it was a judicial action subject to review by the Supreme Court. Justices of the court took the other view—that it was merely an adminis trative act, from which there was no appeal to the Supreme Court. After counsel for the commission had exhausted all the time allowed him for oral argument in trying to combat these views of the justices, the court an nounced, through Justice Holmes, who is presiding in the absence of Chief Justice Taft, that it would not be nec essary for counsel for the company to be heard. This was taken to mean that on an early opinion day, probably next Mon day, the court would dismiss the appeal of the commission, thus permitting to stand the decision of the Court of Ap peals granting full time to Station WGY. Fire Damages College $125,000. TARKIO, Mo.. January 20 UP).— Tarkio College today faced the open ing of the decond semester without class rooms or administrative offices as , the result of a fire which last night I destroyed* the three-story main building. : The loss was estimated by college offl . dais at $125,000. I » ■ Radio Program on Page B-1S Will Leave Capital MAJ. LAYSON E. ATKINS. PRESIDENT GIVES TO CHARITY CHEST Generous Check Accom panied by Personal Wishes for Fund Success. President Hoover was enrolled to day as a special contributor to the 1930 budget of Washington’s Community Chest. Presenting a generous check to the special gifts committee, of which New bold Noyes is chairman, the President accompanied his contribution with per sonal wishes for the success of the campaign. While the amount of Mr. Hoover’s personal contribution was not divulged, the vice chairman of the special gifts committee today reported a total of $160,610.98 from 123 givers as a result of its first two days’ campaigning. The informal ceremonies took place in the White House at 12:15 o’clock, after which the President posed for a picture with the visiting delegation of Chest officials. Mr. Hoover's check was presented to Mr. Noyes, who, as chairman of the special gifts commit tee, is charged with the responsibility of raising half of the $1,786,737.09 bud get before the general campaign opens next week. Mr. Noyes was accompanied to the White House by Frederic A. Delano, president of the Chest; John L. Poole, general campaign chairman, and El wood Street, its director. Plans also are to be expedited today by the campaign publicity committee for the distribution of 500 special posters and the erection of gigantic thermome ters at the District Building and Treas ury Building to indicate the daily financial reports after the campaign opens on January 28. C. Melvin Sharpe is chairman of the publicity committee. Two appeals on behalf of the Com munlty Chest were made yesterday, (Continued on Page 3, Column 1.) WOMAN GIVEN 25 YEARS. CAMDEN, N. J., January 20 UP).— Gladys May Parks, convicted of second degree murder and manslaughter for the deaths of two children, was today sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. She received 25 years on the second degree charge of killing Dorothy Rogers, 4 years, and 10 years on the man slaughter charge for the death of Tim othy Rogers, the sentences to run con currently. ANY DRY LAW VIOLATION MADE MILITARY OFFENSE IN NEW RULES Regulations Amended to Make Specific Reference to National Prohibition Act. By the Associated Press. The War Department disclosed today that Amy regulations have been amended to make any violation of the national prohibition laws a military offense. Secretary Hurley said today that, al though Amy regulations since 1917 had prohibited the possession of liquor on Government reservations, they made »o specific reference to the national pro hibition law, passed In 1918. The new Amy regulation, which was issued to all posts last October, charges the ccmmandln| officer of each military i “From Pre»s to Homo 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 (/P) Means Associated Press. TWO CENTS. ATKINS IS ORDERED TO DUTY IN ALASKA Assistant Engineer Commis sioner Will Be Relieved of Post About May 15. Maj. Layson E. Atkins, Assistant En gineer Commissioner of the District, will be relieved of his duties about May 15, and sent to Juni au, Alaska, it &as disclosed today in an order issued by the War Department. In his new assign ment, he will be an engineer officer of the board of road commissioners for Alaska. The order directs Maj. Atkins to sail from New York May 28 on a Govern ment transport, bound for San Fran cisco. From there he will go to Alaska. Maj. Atkins, who came to Washington in September, 1926, as successor to Maj. William H. Holcombe, has had a dis tinguished career as Assistant Engineer Commissioner. As purchaser of land for municipal purposes, he has acquired property for many of Washington’s new public school buildings as well as a large portion of the site for the new municipal center to be developed on the north side of Pennsylvania avenue between Thjrd and Sixth streets. Was Probe Board Chairman. Maj. Atkins also figured prominently in the recent investigation of the grand jury’s charges against Police Inspector William S. Shelby and Lieut. Edward J. Kelly, chief of the Detective Bureau’s homicide squad, having been chairman of the extraordinary trial board which acquitted these two officers. In addi tion he has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the American Legion and is now the departmental commander for the District. Maj. Atkins was appointed to the United States Military Academy from California and was commissioned a sec ond lieutenant in the Corps of Engi neers upon graduation in June, 1915. The following year he was promoted to first lieutenant, and in 1917 he was ad canced to the rank of captain. His next promotion came in 1920, when he was made a major. Maj. Atkins first came to Washington in 1915 as a student at the Engineers’ School at Washington Barracks. While there he was assigned to the 2d Engi neers and was with that regiment on the punitive expedition into Mexico in 1916. With Engineers in France. When the United States entered the World War Maj. Atkins was sent to Boston to assist with the organization of the 14th Railway Engineers and ac companied that regiment to France. While there he served in Important railway construction and other engi neering work and when the armistice was signed he was detailed as an in structor at the Army Engineering Bridge School in France. After returning, to the United States Maj. Atkins was detailed to various en gineering work and his last assignment before coming to Washington as As sistant Engineer Commissioner was in Louisville, where he was engaged in flood control work on the Mississippi as an assistant to Col. George R. Spalding. Maj. Atkins has been one of the most popular engineer officers detailed to the District government. His relations al ways have been pleasant with his col leagues as well as with the former serv ice men with whom he has been as sociated in the affairs of the American Legion. Mexican Bus Kills IJ. S. Woman. MEXICO CITY. January 20 (JP).— Mrs. Francis Andrade, an American citizen, was killed in the wreck of an auto bus which overturned while en route from Cuernavaca to Mexico City. Several others in the bus, all Mexicans, were seriously injured. station with enforcement of the pro hibition laws within his jurisdiction. It also extends Army discipline. Mr. Hurley said, to any officer convicted by civil authorities of prohibition law vio lations off Government reservations. The new regulation was issued, Mr. Hurley said, as the Army's contribution to the administration’s effort for stricter enforcement of prohibition. Its scope extends to Army posts in the Philip pines and wherever they may be out side the continental United Btates, even though there be no prohibition law in that country. It was pointed out. how ever, that the older Army regulations made all these poets dry. Saturday’s Circulation, 119,744 Sunday’s Circulation, 117,428 GROUPS ARE NAMED 10 ACT ON HOOVER PROHIBITION PLANS Senate Subcommittee Will Take Up Use of Commis sioners as Judges. ANOTHER TO CONSIDER DRY TRANSFER PROPOSAL Mrs. Norton, in House, Requests Amendment to Permit Popular Referendum. BY G. GOULD LINCOLN. The program to strengthen prohibi tion eniorcement, submitted to Con gress by President Hoover, advanced one stage today when subcommittees of the Senate judiciary committee were appointed to deal with bills touching on two of the recommendations. The use of the United States com missioners to handle minor violations of the prohibition laws, recommended by the President and the Law Enforce ment Commission, is covered to a cer tain extent in a bill introduced last April by Senator Harris of Georgia. This bill was referred to a subcommit tee of the Judiciary committee, com posed of Steiwer, Oregon, chairman; Hebert, Rhode Island, and I Overman, North Carolina. The other proposal of the President and the Law Enforcement Commis sion, the transfer of prohibition en forcement from the Treasury Depart ment to the Department of Justice, is proposed in a bill offered by Senator Ktag of Utah. Senator King heads a subcommittee to deal with this proposal and thii other members are Senators Hebert, Rhode Island, and Waterman, Colorado. Secretary Mellon of the Treasury De partment will be the first witness heard by the House committee on expendi tures in the executive departments when it begins consideration Wednesday of the Williamson bill to transfer the pro hibition enforcement unit from the Treasury Department to the Depart ment of Justice. Representative Williamson, author of the bill, is chairman of the committee which is handling it. He announced today that the committee would hold its first hearing Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. The Williamson bill was the first introduced in the House spe cifically to carry out the recommenda tions of President Hoover for the strengthening of prohibition enforce ment. Referendum Asked In House. While the Senate judiciary commit tee was taking this action in the Sen ate, Mrs. Mary T. Norton, Representa tive from New Jersey, introduced in the House a resolution for constitutional amendment permitting a popular refer endum on the eighteenth amendment. Her proposal would wipe out State lines entirely in the referendum and authorize the repeal of the eighteenth amendment by a majority vote of all the people. Her proposal in its present form is not likely to get anywhere except into a committee, where it will die. The resolution which she Introduced reads as follows: “Each State shall submit to the electors thereof at the next general con gressional election therein, after three months from the date of the adoption of this amendment, the question wheth er or not the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution shall be repealed. Plan Bars Saloons. “The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State Legislatures. “Each State shall conduct such elec tion therein and determine the result as the law thereof provides, or. in the absence of such State law, in such manner as the Congress shall provide. "On the expiration of the terms of such an election in all the States the submission on the question shall be complete. “If the majority of all the .people voting vote for the repeal, the eighteenth amendment shall thereupon cease to be a part of this Constitution, but the Congress shall retain power to prohibit the interstate transportation of in toxicating liquors in violation of State laws, and no State shall permit or authorize the conduct of a saloon. “There is now no constitutional method for a direct vote upon a pro posed constitutional amendment,’’ said Mrs. Norton. “This amendment, if adopted, would give a right to such a vote, but only as to the eighteenth amendment.” Mrs. Norton’s proposal is for a ref erendum which would disregard all State lines and to that extent is for eign to the principle written Into the Constitution which calls for represen tation by the individual States. Mrs. Norton insists, however, that “prohi bition is clearly not one of those guar antees, such as the guarantees to States and the guarantees to individuals in the Constitution, which are rightfully placed beyond majority control. The question of prohibition is inherently a legislative function of Government.” The New Jersey congresswoman says (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) ESCAPEDCONViCTS TAKEN IN GUNFIGHT Two Seriously Wounded and Third Ha> Pistol Shot From Hand. By the Associated Press. MACON, Ga., January 20.—Three es caped convicts from West Virginia were captured early today in a swamp 4 miles northwest of Macon by a strong posse which, at first, thought the convicts were those who escaped from Weather ford, Conn., prison. Two of the West Virginia convicts were seriously wounded and the pistol of the third was shot from his hand, m a half-hour fight which preceded their capture. The convicts were Identified aa Adrian Bias, who was probably fatally wound ed; his brother, Dana Bias, slightly hurt, and Basil Childers, seriously wounded. The capture of the convicts climaxed a man hunt of 24 hours. Bloodhounds assisted in the chase. A .