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(U. 8 Weather Bureau Forecast ! Fair tonight; minimum temperature about 35 degrees with increasing cloudi ness tomorrow. Temperatures—Highest. 76. at 2:30 p.m. yesterday; lowest, 38. at 6:30 a.m. today. Full report on page 9. Closing N.Y. Markets,Pages 13.14&15 V-. Q1 Q 19 Entered an second class matter ■t.s O. post office. Washington, D. C. EXPERTS SWING HUMANIZATION OE UNDERSEA CRAFT Question Is Taken Up In formally by Legal Advisers at London. DRAFTS TO BE PREPARED BY EACH DELEGATION What Will Happen if French Crisis Is Not Settled by Wednesday Pondered by Delegates. Br the Associated Press. LONDON. February 21.—Informal study of the question of the humaniza tion of submarine warfare took place at the foreign office today between the legal experts of the big five powers. George A. Rublee, confidential adviser to Ambassador Morrow, and Keith Mer rill. personal adviser to Secretary Stim son, represented the United States. It was decided that each delegation shall prepare preliminary drafts of clauses which they think the treaty should contain and be prepared to sub mit them at another meeting of the legal experts on Tuesday, so that the conference may have something definite to work on when it resumes next Wed nesday. Secretary Stimson came to London today and had lunch with Lord Grey, former foreign minister. He will re turn to Stanmore this afternoon. Apprehension Discernible, Undercurrents of apprehension with regard to possible consequences of the French political situation were discern ible today among delegates. The question uppermost In most minds was what will happen to the conference If the Government crisis is not settled by next Wednesday, when the present week’s recess will be con cluded. London hoped Camille Chautemps would be able to secure a majority in the French chamber for the cabinet which he expected to form today. However, as one French observer put it, “nothing at all is certain about what is going to happen in Paris.” Although the chiefs of the delega tions at least publicly show no dispo sition to view the future with any great gioom, it is said that Secrettary Stim r«n and Prime Minister Macdonald in a couvciMtuon yesterday discussed their fears of further prolongation of the conference and probable effect upon world opinion. Delay Costs Big Sam. It is possible that if the French sit uation has not cleared up definitely by the first of the week Mr. Macdonald may call a meeting of the chief dele gates even before next Wednesday in an attempt to discover some solution. There has been no public estimate of ; the cost of the conference day by day, but no one contradicts the fact that each week’s delay will cost a huge sum. Evidence that even the British are feeling the strain was shown in the House of Commons last night when there was a somewhat caustic debate on an appropriation of £9.000 for en tertainment and other expenses of the conference. CONTINUED WARM WEATHER FORECAST Hark of 76 Degrees Yesterday Breaks Record of Last 56 Years. Prevailing mild temperatures that i have sent the mercury soaring to rec ord-breaking heights for the season bid fair to continoe over the week end. Weather Bureau officials predicted today. With the thermometer registering at 76 degrees yesterday, records for 56 years were surpassed. At the meridian today, however, a similar elevation had not been attained, and 66 degrees were recorded. Last night the mercury sank to 38 degrees, with a prospect tonight for a slightly lower mark. Characterized as “remarkable" by Bureau recorders, the weather ii ex pected to remain pre-seasonal over Sat urday and Sunday. Sunday night or Monday, however, rains may be ex pected. The mercury is expected to fluctuate only slightly in this period. Clouds that may gather tomorrow will cause no precipitation, it was said. Westerly winds that are veering slightly to the north may force a record ing to 35 degrees tonight, but tomor row, it is predicted, another mild day may be expected. TWO KILLED IN~CRASH. ROANOKE, Va„ February 21 (IP).— Two persons were killed and another critically injured today in a collision between an automobile and a train at a crossing near Salem, Va. U. S. TO LAUNCH NEW SUBMARINE MARCH 15, DESPITE CONFERENCE V-6, One of Nine Fleet Craft, Was Authorized by Act of August 29, 1916. While the London Nava” Disarmament Conference ha* under consideration the abolition of the submarine as an arm of national defense, Uncle Sam s going ahead with plans for launching the U. 8. 6. V-g on March 15. Rear Admiral O. W. Laws, the com mandant of the Navy Yard at Mare Island, California, notified the Navy De partment today that ' plans for the launching are fast nearing completion, j Miss Jean Keesling, daughter of Francis i V. Keesling of San Francisco, has been designated as sponsor for the new un- i dersea craft, which is the latest v/ord in American naval construction for this type of vessel. The Navy Department announcement I today said that the V-6 is one of the nine fleet submarines authorised by the I Court Contempt Victim Answered Promptly, Is Claim ■ Dorothy Davis, Jailed by Irate Judge, Thought Case Was Ended. j Dorothy M. Davis, 24 years old. sen tenced yesterday to 48 hours in jail for j contempt of court when she appeared late for trial on a "gas-tapping” charge growing out of a liquor arrest, came to court as soon as she learned that she was toeing sought, it developed today. Miss Davis received a .-uspended sen j tence some time ago when convicted of jj a violation of the prohibition law. It was said that she believed the “gas -1 tapping” charge had been dropped. Meanwhile, the case was set for trial i | yesterday and her bondsman was noti fied to have her in court. He sent | notice to an address on Fourteenth ; street northeast, and the address of her mother in the southeast. Failing to get a response he told several per sons to tell her to appear in court. One of these messages is said to nave I reached here yesterday afternoon. She came to court just arter court had been adjourned for the day. Judge Hitt sentenced her when she was brought to his chambers by a court attache. Miss Davis was arrested last month by Sergt. Charles Little and his liquor squad, who charged her with manufac ture and possession of whisky, as well as tapping the gas main. Police say that they found a still in the house which was run by gas. She was convicted of possessing ; whisky last month. The manufacture charge was nolle pressed. ABSENT MEMBERS OF TAFT’S FAMILY CALLED TO BEDSIDE Failure to Gain Ground in; I Past Week Prompts Ac tion by Relatives Here. E i the Associated Press. Failure of William Howard Taft to gain ground during the last week to day prompted those who are at his bed side to summon members of the fam | ily who are out of the city to come to Washington. While there was nothing to indicate i his condition had taken a sudden turn for the worse, it was said those caring for the former President and Chief Justice felt some apprehension over a lack of improvement. Today’s noon bulletin said that the ill man was “just about the same.” It made no further comment, j Since his return to his home here j from Asheville, N. C., where he had gone for rest, Mr. Taft's condition has I been regarded as serious by Dr. Thomas 1 A. Claytor and Dr. Francis R. Hagner, who have been in constant attendance. The members of the family who are out of the city are his daughter, Mrs. Manning, and two sons. Robert P. and Charles A., and his brothers, Henry W. Taft and Horace "’aft. OFFICERSUSPENDED PENDING GUN PROBE Policeman R. S. Hiller Removed From Duty Pending Probe of Girls' Complaint. i R. S. Miller, a third precinct police- | man, was suspended from duty today by Capt. William G. Stott pending an j investigation of the promiscuous firing j of a pistol in an apartment at 2147 O i street Sunday night. Capt. Stott de | dared he had suspended Miller on com plaints of residents of the apartment house. He said he had instituted a thorough investigation, but as yet had found out little or nothing about the incident. He explained he had ques tioned Miller and the policeman had denied any knowledge of the shooting. | The investigation was made on the complaint of Blonda Swaney, Catherine i Sw'aney, Pauline Saddler and Lucille Fabert. The girls declared the shoot i ing took place in an apartment next door to theirs and that a bullet entered their apartment through a wall. Capt. Stott declared two shots were fired, one of them entering the apart ment of the girls and the other shat tering a window. The shooting took place in the apartment of Walter Mc- Eachern. Police officials declared Miller’s sus pension meant he would automatically be taken before a trial board soon. No j charges will be preferred against him, I however, until a report has been made by Capt. Stott, it was announced by Maj. Henry G. Pratt, superintendent of police. act of August 29, 1916, and four of these craft are now in commission. Three are under construction as follows: the V-5, at the Navy Yark at Portsmouth, N. H., where the X-7 is likewise being constructed, and the V-6 at Mare Island. The V-5 was about 91 per cent com pleted at the first of this year, while the V-6 was represented as being 80 per cent completed. The probable date of completion of the V-5 is given as June 1 of this year, that of the V-6 September 1 of this year, while that of i the V-7 is placed at August 1, 1932. The V-8 and V-9 are not yet under | construction, the department said. The dimensions of the V-6 follow: | Lenth over all, 371 feet; extreme breadth, 33 feet 3 inches: draft, 15 feet ! 11 inches; displacement, on the surface, 2,760 tons: submerged, 3,960 tons. The keel was laid on August 2, 1927, and : the craft has quarters available for nine ! officers, nine chief petty officers and ! seventy other enlisted men. W)c Mtoenitm Jlfaf. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1930—FORTY-FOUR PAGK& *** jGAS MERGER STEPS TAKEN TO FULFILL RATE COT PLEDGES Bill Prepared to Combine Physical Properties of Two Companies. PLANS FOR SUBSTANTIAL CAPITALIZATION GAIN New Owners Say Service Extensions Are Impossible Under Exist ing Conditions. Definite steps have been taken by the new owners of the Washington and Georgetown Gas Light Co.s, it was learned today, to bring anout a physical merger of these companies with a view to carrying out a promise voluntarily to reduce rates and make extensions in service. Although the Washington company now owns the entire capital stock of the Georgetown company, charter restric tions preclude a combination of their physical properties, which must be au- i thorized by an act of Congress. A bill : providing for such consolidation, it is understood, already has been prepared for approval of the Public Utilities Commission and introduction in Con gress. Says Cut Impossible Otherwise. Without a merger, the new owners, it was said, have found it would be finan cially impossible, under existing condi tions, to cut gas rates and make service extensions. The principal handicap, it was explained, is a provision in the : charters of the companies preventing i the issuance of more than 130.000 j shares of capital stock, thus restricting i capitalization. Because of this limitation on capital- I ization, it was pointed out, the com i panies in past years have been forced to raise funds for extensions and other improvements in service through the issuance of bonds, and, as a result, their financial structure is topheavy in this respect. While the details of the bill to au thorize the merger have not been re vealed. it is understood that it pro vides for a substantial increase in capi talization, making it more equitable than at present with the valuation of the companies which totals nearly $17,- 000,000. The companies are capitalized at $2,600,000, the 130.000 shares of capi tal stock having a par value of S2O a share. Board Believed Favorable. The utilities commission is said to look with favor upon the proposed merger, feeling that the reduction in overhead that will follow will benefit the public in needed extensions in gas service and a probable reduction In rates. Negotiations for a physical consolida tion of the companies were first started in 1926 between Maj. W. E. R. Coveil, then an Assistant Engineer Commis sioner of the District, who aided Lieut. Col. J. Franklin Bell, Engineer Commis sioner at that time, with his work on the commission. The Senate subse quently passed a bill authorizing the consolidation, but it died in the House. ■ Owners Take Initiative. The present owners of the companies who acquired the majority stock last June, and organized the Seaboard In vestment Trust to hold it, have taken the initiative to bring about the merger. At the time of the purchase of the stock, it w r as announced that efforts would be made to effect economies in operation and to reduce rates, if pos sible, as well as extend service. There was no intimation at the time, how ever, that steps to bring about a con solidation of the two companies were contemplated. The move toward a merger, it is be lieved, was delayed soi..ewhat by an investigation of the commission and the Department of Justice to determine I whether the sale of the gas stock con- I stituted a violation of the La Follette anti-merger law. ‘MAN IN GREEN HAT’ HELD TO GRAND JURY Defense Claims Agents Fonnd No Liquor on Cassidy When Arrested. George Lawrence Cassidy. 300 block of Seventeenth street southeast, “the man in the green hat,” arrested Tues day by prohibition agents on charges of transporting and possessing whisky near the rear of the Senate Office Building, was held for grand jury action, with his alleged companion, John T. Gately. by Judge John P. McMahon at Police Court today. Prohibition agents, who have been “shadowing” the movements ot Cas sidy about Capitol Hill since his arrest near the Senate Office Building two months ago, charged him and Gately, his *companion, with transporting six quarts of “Old Tom Gin.” Testimony showed that Gately got out of a machine with a package con taining four quarts of gin and was given a smaller package containing two quarts by Cassidy, who remained in the machine. The man was arrested when he was about to place both packages into a machine parked nearby. The agents say that Cassidy at this point alighted hurriedly from the ma chine and walked across the street. He was apprehended a few minutes later. Defense Attorney Myron Ehrlich maintained that Cassidy had nothing to do with the whole affair. He argued that no whisky was found on Cassidy when the agents arrested him. Although Attorney Ehrlich announced , that Gately said he was not acquainted | with Cassidy,- prohibition agents said ■ that the former is the father-in-law of ; “the man in the green hat.” ’ Cassidy was indicted by the grand ’ Jury last month, subsequent to his ar . rest in November by Sergt. George Little J and his liquor squad. At this time , police raided the defendant’s home, on j Seventeenth street southeast, and re -5 ported finding over 300 quarts of as s sorted liquors. r STRIKERS INVADE SHOP. ' BOSTON. February 21 (A*).—A crowd t of approximately 20 striking garment , workers today invaded the work room s of the Imperial Dress Co. and attacked 1 the working employes. One man was ; slashed across the neck with a sharp l instrument and about 20 other men and women pummeled. I —.— . _ MRS. WILLEBRANDT PAYS FINE AND GIVES NEWS CAMERAS SLIP Guilty Plea to Speeding Quietly Entered and $lO Assessed Former Assistant Attorney General. Mrs .Mabel Walker Willebrandt, for- j mer Assistant Attorney General, ar- j rested last Friday on a charge of: speeding, pleaded guilty in Traffic Court before Judge Given this morn- I ing, paid a fine of $lO and slipped out of the court building, leaving a half dozen newspaper photographers mysti fied as to how she evaded them. The case, the first one called in Traffic Court, was handled in the same secretive fashion as the arrest last CONFESSEDKILLER READY TO RETURN Man Who Claims He Slew Nine Willing to Waive Extradition. ———. By the Associated Press. DETROIT, Mich., February 21.—Un less Jaifies Baker, talkative young man who says he killed eight men with poison and shot another to death, j changes his mind, New York author ities can have him whenever they come for him. Baker, who today remained in the county jail, declared that he would not fight extradition to the city where he says he poisoned Henry Gaw, watch man in the Guggenheim Laboratory, on December 28, 1928. The Gaw murder was the only one of the nine of which a definite record was found yesterday after Baker had made his remarkable confession to Detroit police. Indicted for Theft. While doubt u'as expressed in New York as to whether Baker could be in dicted for murder on available evidence, he had been sought as a suspect and is under indictment for theft of S2O from i the laboratory safe. Baker last night continued to talk freely and affably with reporters about the crimes which he says he committed in New York, Houston, Texas; Warren, Ohio;. Hamburg, Germany; Bombay, India, and other places. In connection with his story of plac ing poison in a keg of beer on the tank er Gulfport in 1927, causing the death of three men. Baker was asked if any * of the men were his enemies. Some Didn’t Like Him. He said they were not, but “some of the boys didn’t like me because I wouldn't drink.” He made a wry face when asked if he ever takes a drink of alcoholic beverage. A man who lived in the same farm house where Baker had been staying in seclusion near Detroit for a year was referred to by the prisoner as “sitting on a keg of dynamite and not knowing it.” He made this remark when de tectives hinted that there had been some rivalry between Baker and the other man over a young woman who also lived there. Baker himself had been In a pre carious position during a part of his hiding out, since police knew that a recluse with some of the habits of a “wanted” man was in the house. A re mark to a visiting New York detective eventually led to the capture. NOMINATION OF KEECH FACES COMMITTEE TODAY Action Is Expected After Question ing on His Experience in Utility Matters. The Senate District committee is 1 meeting this afternoon on the nomina tion of Richmond B. Keech to be peo ple’s counsel before the Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Keech is scheduled to appear before the committee at the request of Senator Blaine, Republican, of Wisconsin, who Inquired several days ago as k> the experience of the nominee in public utility matters. It is prob able the committee will be ready to act on the nomination after it hears Mr. Keech. I The committee also will consider this ; afternoon the proposed amendment to i the street railway merger plan seeking l to provide definitely for reduced fares i for school children. William McK i Clayton of the Federation of Citizens' i Association and John J. Noonan will be heard on this question. | week. Instead of the loud shouting of the name to the court room, as is | done in other cases, Mrs. Willebrandt ! walked quietly to the defendant’s chair iin front of Clerk Charles Driscoll. Smiling and silent, she cast a few anxious glances about. “Are you Mabel Walker Willebrandt?” whispered Driscoll. The clerk was an swered by a nod from the defendant. "How do you plead this charge of I j speeding?” came another whisper, j “Guilty.” answered the former As (Continued on Page 2. Column’ 37) HOOVER TO ATTEND WASHINGTON FETE Capital and Virginia Officials to Witness Celebration at Alexandria. While the President and Mrs. Hoover, with large delegations of Washington and Virginia officials, will witness the historic celebration of George Washing ton’s birthday in Alexandria tomorrow, j patriotic groups in the District of j Columbia have reported their plans 1 completed for the city-wide observance ' here. The President will arrive in Alexan dria at 2:30 o’cloi tomorrow for the military and civic parade. Mr. Hoover and his party, including Secretary of War Hurley and a large group of War Department officials, will be met by Gov. Pollard of Virginia. They will watch the colorful parade from a glass inclosed reviewing stand at Washington and Queen streets. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover expect to remain about two hours in the historic Virginia city, scene of many j incidents in the early and later day : life of the First President. Shortly after lunch the Chief Execu tive, accompanied by Mrs. Hoover, George Akerson, one of his secretaries, and his naval and military aides, will motor to Alexandria. In the morning the President expects to be at his desk, but will receive no callers. He hopes ; to use the holiday to clean up his mail I i and other matters which accumulated i during his week’s vacation at Long ! Key, Fla. Patriotic Societies Meet Together. Wnile the Alexandria celebration | naturally assumes major importance in 1 the eyes of the Nation tomorrow be cause of its significance and the notables who will attend, the interest of Wash ingtonians is focused on the District of (Continued on Page 2, Column 7.) UNEMPLOYEDSTORM CHICAGO’S CITY HALL Mounted Police Disperse Groups of Jobless. Making Them Keep Moving. By the Associated Press. CHICAGO. February 21.—A mob of unemployed men and women marched on the City Hall at noon today, but were repelled by a detail of mounted police officers and forced to disperse. The mounted policemen rode into the midst of the marchers, ordering them to keep moving. Many arrests were made. Hundreds of persons stood around the City Hall in groups, but the officers rode constantly among them. POLICE HOLD SUSPECT. LAB VEGAS. Nev , February 21 (/P„— Authorities revealed today that a man believed to be John P. Dunn, wanted for murder in Clarksville. Ark., since 1902, was arrested here Tuesday night and was being held for Arkansas of ficials. The prisoner denied he was a mem ber of a quartet that held up a Clarks ville bank in 1902 and killed Sheriff John Power in a running gun fight. 'Radio Programs on Page C-3 hooverTelieved FIRM FOR CROSBY; Organized Protest on Legal ity of Appointment May Have No Effect. Evidently satisfied in his own mind that the appointment of Maj. Gen. Her bert B. Crosby, chief of Cavalry, U. S. A., as a District Commissioner would be legal, President Hoover was repre sented today as being resolute in his determination to send his nomination to the Senate regardless of organized opposition. The President, it was stated, feels that the only opposition to the appoint i ment of Gen. Crosby is on the grounds i of the legality of the appointment, the i contention being that a retired Army officer is not a civilian. Therefore, : President Hoover is content to stand on i the opinion furnished him by the At j torney General that the appointment I of Gen. Crosby would not be a viola tion of the District's organic law. Inquiry at the White House has de j veloped the fact that when the question was raised as to the legality of a re tired Army officer being appointed i civilian commissioner the President i called upon the Attorney General for a guiding opinion. Opinion Was Not Written. This same inquiry reveals, however, that the opinion of the Attorney Gen eral on thLs important subject was not a written one. It was given to the President orally. It is understood that it may have been delivered over the telephone. At any rate, there is no i written opinion that cites legal au thorities on the subject. It is under stood that the Attorney General’s : opinion was that while he was satisfied I that the appointment of an Army officer was legal and that the wording of the I organic act governing such appoint ments might be construed either way. Sargent Took Opposite View. During the Coolidge administration, John G. Sargent, then Attorney Gen eral, construed the law in just the oppo site manner from Attorney General Mitchell. Although It is not known definitely, it is understood that when the President reterred this question to the Attorney General, the latter referred it to the so licitor general's office of the Depart ment of Justic for the purpose of hav ing the law on the subject looked jnto and that It was upon the report from the latter that the Attorney General submitted his opinion to the President. Appeal to Hoover. Representatives of six Washington trade and civic organizations appealed to President Hoover yesterday to select bona fide residents who can legally 1 qualify. The appeal was contained in a 300- ; word letter which served as a dignified j protest against the appointment of j Gen. Crosby, although it did not men- i tion him by name. It represented the | outcome of two secret conferences by | I the group which signed it at which 1 : Gen. Crosby’s appointment was dis- j I cussed. The protest called attention tc the J District’s organic act and urged that this provision not be set aside, either in I spirit or letter. Signatures attached to the com munication wjre those of E. J. Murphy, president of the Board of Trade; Charles W. Parr, president of the (Continued on Page 2. Column 5.) AUTO CRASH INJURES 3 G. U. STUDENTS Maurice McCarthy, Jr., Former Na tional Intercollegiate Golf Champion, a Victim. Possible internal injuries, a broken nose and a deep cut on a leg were suffered today by Maurice McCarthy, jr, former national intercollegiate golf champion, and two other students of Georgetown University were seriously injured early today in an automobile accident on the Baltimore Boulevard near Mulrkirk. Paul Houston’s skull was fractured, he was possibly injured internally and bruised, while Gerald White received a broken leg. The Injured were removed to Casualty Hospital for emergency treatment. They later were taken to Georgetown University Hospital. State Policeman Serman quoted Mc- Carthy, the driver, as saying he was blinded by approaching headlights of another car and failed to see the parked machine. The automobile struck was owned by James G. Horton of the 1800 block of Ninth street. Both cars were demolished and a quantity of basket ball equipment strewn along the high way, 9 * * “From Presß 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. Yesterday’s Circulation, 115,085 (A*) Means Associated Ptsss. TREADWAY ASSAILS TARIFF COALITION AS TRADE FACTOR Controls Possibility of Law to Restore Confidence, Legislator States. OLD GUARD IS CHIDED BY SENATOR HARRISON Comment cn Article Hoover Favors Opposition's Measure Goes Unanswered. Republican independents and Demo crats In the Senate, who are in con trol of the tariff bill were assailed to- , day by Representative Treadway, Re publican, Massachusetts, who asserted that the future of business depended upon the coalition's action on the tariff. The Massachusetts Representative said the coalition “controlled the pos sibility of the passage of a measure which will' stabilize business and re store the confidence of the people.” Replying to a recent speech by Rep resentative Byrns, Democrat, Tennessee, who had said the administration and the Republican party were responsible for depression in industry, Treadway defended President Hoover. He said there was some unemployment, but praised the Chief Executive for steps he had taker, ‘‘toward stabilizing business.” Involved in Argument. Treadway became involved in an ar gument with Representative Douglass and Connery, Democrats, Massachu setts, after he had asserted that un employment conditions were not as bad as they had been. Both Connery and Douglass declared the situation in Massachusetts was very bad. Douglass added that it was worse than it had ever been under a Democratic ad ministration. At one point in Treadway's speech he was asked by Representative Yon, Dem- 1 ocrat, of Florida whether statements from the White House had not con- j tributed to the “inflated condition” that' led to the Stock Market break. Tread way replied that “only truth" had come from the White House. Meanwhile in the Senate the Old Guard Republicans were chided by Sen ator Harrison, Democrat, of Mississippi, about an article appearing in the Kan sas City Star recently, which said that President Hoover actually favored the tariff bill being written in the Senate by the coalition of Democrats and Western Republican independents. Senator Harrison took the floor after Senator Grundy, an Old Guard Repub lican of Pennsylvania, had circularized the story from the Kansas City Star among some of his colleagues. There wm no doubt today that the • article had prompted much informal \ discussion among the Republican regular ’ leadership m the Senate. It was learned by the Republicans that “the Star's roving correspondent,” who wrote the story, had called upon j the President before he w f rotc the article and there were persistent, but nebulous, rumors that the Republican regulars wanted to have some word from Mr. j Hoover about it. Remarks Go Unanswered. Senator Harrison's remarks went un answered in the Senate. Harrison, after quoting part of the i story which appeared in the Kansas City Star on January 29. concluded: “I say that even though the informa tion has to come from the sidewalks, we are proud to learn that the Presi dent is with us in this fight.” The Star story in part said that Mr. Hoover is prepared to accept the Demo cratic-independent Republican coali-« i tion bill because “it is the kind of a tariff bill this Republican President had asked .a Republican Congress to enact.” Senator Grundy, in lyi interview to day with newspaper men. declined to discuss the reported attitude of the President, but did say: “My attention was called to the (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) MAYOR OF PITTSBURGH IS FACED BY CHARGES By the Associated Press. PITTSBURGH. February 21.—C. K. Robinson general counsel of the Parme lee Transportation Co., today said con tempt of court charges may be filed against Mayor Charles H. Kline because he halted the operation of taxicabs here. The mayor barred the cabs on ac count of the strike of drivers, in which one person has been killed and many ■ others injured in recent disorders. i The taxicab company obtained an in i junction several weeks ago after its cabs | had been attacked by strike sympathiz ! ers. The injunction prohibited inter- I ference with the operation of the cabs. | and Robinson said today that the order i was a "general one.” The mayor, he | said, “certainly stopped the operation of I cabs.” The mayor's orders were put into ef fect last night when several cab drivers were arrested. Company officials said that only oral notice of the mayor's de cision had been served on them. The mayor’s first formal statement was issued today. He said the opera tions were stopped "because the para mount right to the safe enjoyment of our streets belongs to our people.” i YOUTH, 17, WHO SHOT STEPFATHER FREED FOR LACK OF PROSECUTION I | Assault Charge Nolle Prossed When Victim Fails to Appear in Court. Charges against Harry Vincent Hazel, 17-year-old bank runner, who shot his stepfather, Harry Spencer Lowe, 1717 R street, last week, when he returned home to find the man mistreating his mother, were nolle prossed at Police Court this morning when the stepfath er failed to appear at court to press the charges. Lowe has maintained all along that the shooting was accidental, and al though he was served with papers ordering him to come to Police Court today and press the case of assault with a dangerous weapon against his wife’s son by Detective Sergt. William Dubesky, he ignored the order this morning. Assistant District Attorneys John R. Fitzpatrick and Charles R. Murray after a conference with Defense Atto ney P. J. Donohue, decided to close the case without further court action. TWO CENTS. LEHLBACH TO TAKE RETIREMENT BILL OFF OF CALENDAR Author to Withdraw Measure and Ask Favorable Report on Dale Proposal. DECLARES FOES’ FEARS CAUSE OF OPPOSITION Plans to Resubmit Provisions and Forecasts Its Eventual En actment as Law. Chairman Lehlbach of the House civil service committee announced to 'day that he would, withdraw his bill for revising the civil service retire ment law and will ask his committee at the meeting next Tuesday to report favorably the Dale bill to liberalize the existing law for the benefit especially of, low-paid employes. A poll of the civil service committee today showed that there are 13 votes out of 21 to report out the Dale bill. Late yesterday the rural free delivery carriers recorded themselves as heartily in support of the Dale bill. Lehlbarh's Statement. In his statement today Chairman Lehlbach said: "No one is desirous of enacting re tirement legislation at this session of Congress more than I am. It is my conviction that the new Lehlbach bill, if considered on its merits, would have become a law just as soon as the Dale bill. Upon the suggestion of new legislation on the subject of retirement, a panic seized some who were interested. They believed that consideration of any retirement legislation other than the Dale bill in the form in which it passed the Senate would preclude the passage of any bill on the subject. The opposi tion to the new bill, motivated by fear of the postponement of legislation, was based not on the merits of the proposed measure but on exaggerations, distor tions and misconceptions of its provi sions. lam convinced that a calm and dispassionate consideration of the pro visions of the new Lehlbach bill will win for it the support of all who are capable ol understanding. "However, it is useless !o reason with people who are obsessed with a ground less fear and it is obvious that in the present circumstances a fair considera tion ot the bill cannot be obtained. Consequently I withdraw the bill from present conslacration and will request my committee at i's next session to re port the Dale bill. "Latei. 1 will egain submit s he ..ew bill, convinced that once Its provisions are understood it will become law.” Alcorn Slates Objections. Opposition to the Lehlbach bill was voiced by several witnesses before the committee yesterday afternoon. Chief among them was Robert H. Alcorn, chairman of the joint conference on re tirement, who expressed the opinion that Congress at this time would not consider favorably retirement legisla tion more liberal than the Dale bill. He gave as his chief objections to the Lehlbach bill the tontine feature and forfeiture provision. Stating to the committee that “there has been considerable difficulty in hav ing the Senate pass the bill providing for $4,200 maximum annuity,” Alcorn said: ’We have felt tbat It would not be possible to get the Senate or the House to look with favor upon a more liberal annuity, but we do know If the ‘sentiment of the House holds good, as it did a year ago. they would pass the Dale-Lehlbach bill If It was allowed to go before them.” Alcorn stated to the committee that i there are desirable features of the Lehl bach bill, notably provision for lower retirement age for mechanics and laborers In the navy yards and stations, but he suggested that the desirable pro visions be incorporated In the Dale bill as amendments. «_ "We admit that the Dale bill Is not all that It should be In the matter of retirement law,” he said, "but it is a decided step forward and will give sub iContinued on Page 2, Column 4.) NEW YORK ATTORNEYS •SUSPECTED OF BRIBERY Obstinate Juror Declared to Have Been Paid $3lO in Utah Mail Fraud Case. By the Associated Press, NEW YORK. February 21.—The World says today that two defense at torneys have been summoned to the of fice of United States Attorney Charles H. Tuttle for questioning concerning charges of Jury fixing in the trial of the Utah lead mail fraud case. The trial ended in a disagreement when John Cruz, a Cuban, who was juror No. 10, held out for a verdict of not guilty. The World says that Mr. Tuttle has obtained affidavits from Cruz and his wife that he received $3lO as a bribe to hold out against conviction. The attorneys summoned are Joseph 3halleck and Arthur N. Sager. The boy and his young mother left the court arm in arm. “I'm so glad that it’s all over,” said Mrs. Lowe. “It was an unfortunate thing, the whole business. I hope that things will be all right from now on.” According to Mm. Lowe's story, she had been having trouble with her hus band for some time. Once she appeared in Police Court and told Fitzpatrick that her husband had been mistreating her. Thursday night she said that Lowe came home in an ugly mood. She sgid her son walked into the R street apart ment Just in time to see the man strike his mother, and governed by uncontrol lable anger, fired a revolver at the man. Lowe was hit by the bullet and taken to Bmergency Hospital, where he was released four days later. Meanwhile young Hazel had been ar raigned in Police Court last Friday, the case being continued until today to en able Lowe to testify. Hazel has been at liberty under SI,OOO bond.