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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.
Question Is Taken Up In
formally by Legal Advisers
at London.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Court Contempt
Victim Answered
Promptly, Is Claim
■ Dorothy Davis, Jailed by
Irate Judge, Thought
Case Was Ended.
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
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.
Failure to Gain Ground in;
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.
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-
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.
Bill Prepared to Combine
Physical Properties of
Two Companies.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Defense Claims Agents Fonnd No
Liquor on Cassidy When
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
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.
' 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 —.— . _
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
Man Who Claims He Slew
Nine Willing to Waive
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.
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.
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)
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 '
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.)
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.
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
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
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
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
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.)
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
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.
Controls Possibility of Law
to Restore Confidence,
Legislator States.
Comment cn Article Hoover Favors
Opposition's Measure Goes
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
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
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
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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.”
| 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
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
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.
Author to Withdraw Measure
and Ask Favorable Report
on Dale Proposal.
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
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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
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.

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