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W. S. Weither Bureau Forecast ! Cloudy tonight: tomorrow showers and . colder in the afternoon or at night. Temperatures. Highest. 76 «t. noon to day; lowest, 54. at 7 a.m. today. Pull report on page 11. Closing N.Y. Markets,Pages 13.14&15 No. 31,346. HOOVER ATTACKED FOR STAND TAKEN ON APPROPRIATIONS Glass of Virginia Calls State ment “Cheap Exhibition of Partisan Politics.” DECLARES PRESIDENT IS MAKING STRAW MAN Also Says Condition Described Could Not Happen as Disaster . to Country. BY G. GOI’LD LINCOLN. While President Hoover was reiterat ing to the country today his warning that appropriations must be kept down, critics of the administration in the Senate violently attacked Mr. HoeVer. Senator Glass of Virginia, Democrat, Bet the ball rolling soon after the Sen ate met. He characterized the Presi dent’s warning in regard to appropria tions as an '‘inexcusable attempt to incite the resentment of the country ■ against Congress.” Senator Watson of Indiana. Repub lican leader of the Senate, replied to the ' Virginia Senator declaring that Senator Glass had been indulging in a flight of imagination. He said that there had been no attempt on the part of the president to stir up the country agaiast Congress, but that there was a real danger of the appropriations exceeding the budget figures. Senator Watson in sisted that under the circumstances it •was the duty of the President to Warn Congress and the country. Could Advise Hoover. ‘‘There is no amateur in proceedings at the Capitol who does not know that such a disaster as pictured by the President could not happen,” said Senator Glass "The President in is suing this warning to the country is merely setting up a straw man for the purpose of knocking him down. His own secretary, Walter Newton, if he recalls hi* own experience in Congress, could have advised the President against the issuance of such a state ment. But instead of that he took part th the issuance of the statement.” Senator Glass declared that the is suance of the White House statement yesterday listing proposed appropria tions amounting to $1,735,000,000 in ex cess ot the budget estimates was “as cheap an exhibition of partisan politics” as he had ever seen. "This in an utterly tawdry exhibition, an inexcusable attempt to Incite the re sentment of the country against Con gress,” said Senator Glass. "Nothing more shameful has ever emanated from the White House within my 30 years’ service in Congress. One would readily suppose this Congress had been ex ceptionally extravagant iq. its consid eration of appropriations. It is an In excusable attempt to get the notion abroad that we at the Capitol have been guilty of improvidence. Yet, every one knows that there has not been a session of Congress in 50 years at which numerous bills have not been intro duced for the consumption of people back home. The proponents of these measures nevex had a notion that they •would be enacted into law. Yet here !we have the President telling the coun try that we are about to put through these appropriations and impose on the country unheard of taxation.” President's Statement. “It should be the Presi dent said at his press conference today '•’that the unprecedented drive now In progress for new legislation and lor expansion and establishment of services which increases expenditures beyond the budget, only in a small per cent originates with members of Con gress or heads of Government depart ments. It originates from different sec tions of the country itself and from Various groups and organizations each Vigorously supporting their own projects. Many of these projects are w’orthy and Sio doubt can and should be undertaken some time over future years, especially when funds are free by completion of legislation already adopted. “I hope.” the President continued, ' that the people at home will realize that the Government cannot undertake (every worthy social, economic, military and r.aval expansion, increases in pay !to Government employes, expanded pen sion systems or public improvement projects, and will support the members ot Congress m their co-operation with the administration to hold down these new proposals for additional expendi- I tures. "We have enough resources to take irare of the budget and such necessities ns marginal cases of disabilities among Veterans, and the speeding up of public works that we have undertaken to as sist in employment and some propqsals of lesser importance, but this is not'the time for general expansion of public expenditure.” Reductions Cited. Continuing his speech. Senator Glass ha id that in the case of the seven appro priations bills which have passed the 1 House already, and some of which oaVe j been acted on by the Senate appropria- ; tions committee, a total reduction amounting to $28,528,848.25, has been made from the estimate* as submitted by the Budget Bureau and approved by the President himself. He went in de tail over the totals carried in these bills, showing where tne congressional com mittees of the House had reduced the appropriations under the budget figures. “Yet the White House,” continued Senator Glass, "is seeking to stir the resentment of the country against Con t Continued on Page 2, Column 47) "DAM” BUILT AROUND DIVER TO LIFT HIM FROM CURRENT Crib Is Constructed After Six Men Fail to Pull Him From Depths of Icy Water of Ottawa River. By the Associated Press. * FITZROY HARBOR. Ontario. Febru ary 25.—Hector Roy. a diver, was re covering today from the effects of five hours imprisonment beneath the icy waters of the Ottawa River. He was drawn into a deep hole in the ttver bottom yesterday and held there by a strong current when he went down to work on a cofferdam being con structed in connection with a hydro power development at Chats Falls. . WJiea the effort* of SIX men pulling 1 Entered as second class matter post office. Washington. D. C. | t Force of Tumble From Moving Car Saves Bov’s Life ■ _i-m By the Associated Press. CADILLAC. Mich.. February 25.—Merle Todd, who was 3 8 years old yesterday, fell from the top of a freight train and the force of his fall saved his life. The youth was on top of a box car. slipped, and went down be tween two cars. He struck an air hose, which disconnected and stopped the train before the on coming wheels reached his body. Although seriously injured, with a hroken vertebra and two pelvic fractures, Todd it expected to recover. CHAUTEMPS DIVES POLICY STATEMENT Vote of Confidence Asked to Hasten Departure of Dele gates to London. By the Associated Press. PARIS. February 25.—Camille Chau 'temps. new French premier, today presented his ministerial declaration to the Chamber of Deputies and asked a vote of confidence so that Foreign Min ister Briand and the rest of the French naval delegation might go to London tomorrow. In his declaration of policy upon which the fate of his cabinet hangs, the new premier took over Tardieu’s naval policy and his economic construction program but promised lower taxes. Hs asked ratification of the Young plan and The Hague accords on repara tions and gave his approval to the Briand project for a “United States of Europe.” Particularly is the new ministry con cerned with measures “to avert the economic crisis which is manifesting itself in industry as well as agriculture.” Takes Over Policies. The bulk of the declaration was devoted to economics and taxation. Former Premier Tardieu’s plan to de vote huge sums to "national equipment,” such as roads, ports and grain elevators in order to develop business was taken over by the Chautemps ministry but in a modified form. Linked with this was the general idea of lowering taxes to a marked extent. Chautemps gave a firm pledge that the budget would be balanced but indi cated that he would utilize some of the treasury’s surplus and expected receipts in "constructive” measures designed to increase prosperity. The ministry ex pressed belief that some of the present high taxes would end by paralyzing production. The "United States of Europe” was not called by that name but got ap proval in the next to the last paragraph of the 1,400-word declaration. Gives League Approval. Approval of the work of the League of Nations was given and France’s for eign policy, it was said, would be in spired by the League’s principles. The naval conference was Accorded prime importance. T>r ' premier’s declaration, touching on-this and antici pating a vote of confidence, said: "Tomorrow ouf delegates will be present in Lomwn to continue with the approval ot Parliament French policy at thq. -ronference for naval disarma ment. Faithful to the memorandum of December 20 and the various statements made before the conference by repre sentatives of France, they will try with out compromising national security to prepare the success of the negotiations which is a necessary preface to a gen eral conference for the limitation and reduction of armaments at which will be expressed the common will of the peoples to organize peace.” LONDON WAITS ON FRANCE. By the Associated Press. LONDON. February 25.—A spokesman for the American delegation to the Five-Power Naval Conference today said that if the French cabinet does not ge a vote of confidence tonight the conference probably would have to continue in recess until such time as France has a government and is able to send a delegation to London. Rene Massigli, alternate delegate and technical adviser to the French dele gation, arrived in London from Paris last night and paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Macdonald this morn ing. He expressed the hope in behalf (Continued on Page 2, Column l7) hopethatTpring IS HERE IS DASHED Weather Bureau Forecasts Cold, Raw Days in March, Quiet* ing “Rumors.”' ' Rumors of e*¥ly Spring were rampant everywhere in Washington today except at the Weather Bureau. - »., T^t. c l oak,n f of fro^s * the return of blackbirds and rumbles of thunder— three "sure” indications—gave rise to ; optimism that Spring is headed this way on the double-quick. But the offi- I I cial forecasters at the Weather Bureau I gravely shook their heads and ventured the prediction that the month of March I serve to quiet all such rumors. There may have been thunder last T“6ht. but none of these officials heard , Th e frogs in the Maryland and Vir ginia suburbs may have been croaking, ; they said, but if they were, the nightly ! chorus is not likely to continue long, i As for the blackbirds, they probably were grackles. on a strong line about his body failed to dislodge him, three fellow divers went down and built a triangular crib bing about him. The cribbing deflected the current sufficiently to relieve the pressure so the imprisoned diver could be drawn up. He suffered chiefly from the extreme coldness of the water. A month ago Peter Trans, a Danish d’ver, lost his life when he was-c&ught beneath the waters of the .MViere Aux Outardes on the north WTibre of the St. Lawrence River wpißf engaged in simi lar work. His >ody was recovered after • hr had bgaa under water more than 72 ‘hours, f&k fining %hi. ✓ J V WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1930-THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. *** RICHARD I. JONES JUMPS TO DEATH FROM APARTMENT Husband of Washington Debutante Had Suffered Nervous Breakdown. WIFE FOUGHT IN VAIN TO STOP.FATAL LEAP Womair Felled Former Naval Officer During Souffle in New York Home. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, February 25.—While apparently still suffering from the effects of a recent physical and nervous breakdown, Richard Howland Jones, former naval lieutenant and widely known foot ball player, committed suicide today by jumping from a win dow of his eighth-floor Park avenue apartment. A quarrel with his 20-year-old wife in which police said he knocked her down with an electric lamp preceded the fatal leap. Mrs. Jones Is the former Louise Hall Conkey of Kansas City, Mo. A woman in a neighboring apart ment told police she heard a woman's scream and a few minutes later a thud. Then everything was quiet. Wife Hysterical. A hallman in the budding iq which the Joneses lived heard the body fall in the court yard and called police. An ambulance surgeon pronounced Jones dead. They found Mrs. Jones in the apartment, hysterical, with a severe cut on her head. She was unable to give an account of what had happened. Mr. Jones had given up his position with the Tidewater Oil Corporation on January 1, due. it was said, to a nervous condition. He and his wife took a short sea trip to Mexico in the hope of regaining his health and the couple returned to New York only about a month ago. They were married last April. Made Debut Here. Mrs. Jones ia the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Lissant Conkey of Kansas City. When her parents died five years ago she made her home with her uncle and guardian, Ralph W. Snowden Hill, a former ob server on the Reparations Commission in Paris and later connected with the State Department. . She made her debut in Washington. D. C., in 1828. She was j educated in Paris and Italy. Mr. Jones, a son of Mrs. Josephine M. 1 Jones and the late Richard Howard Jones of Maryland, was graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1916 and served as a lieu tenant in the World War. He had been with the Tidewater Oil Corporation for five years before his resignation, and previously had been connected with the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey. He was a member of the Army and Navy Club, Washington; tne-Engineers’ Club and the Nassau Country Club. Wife Is Felled. Before jumping, Jones felled his wife, Louise, with the pedestal of a statuette when she tried to restrain him in his, rush for a window. Mrs. Jones said that a half hour earlier she had called In an employe I of the building to aid her in quieting her husband, with whom, she said, she had been struggling for half an hour. She said the employe, an elevator operator, left the apartment after remaining only a few minutes, as Mr. Jones apparently had quieted down and gone to sleep. Introduced Here. Mrs. Jones, thep Louise Hill Conkey, made her debut in the Capital two years ago, being presented to a small circle of State Department officials and foreign diplomats by her uncle and guardian. Ralph W. Snowden HUI, of 3227 N street, who holds a position in the State Department. Several parties had been given in her honor by her uncle and another was planned last Spring, when Miss Hill be came the bride of Mr. Jones. Mrs. Jones was well known to the resident, official and diplomatic social sets. She had spent several years in Italy before coming to Washington. DOMINICAN VASQUEZ President Flees Capital for Fortress as Wife Takes Eefuge in American Legation. By the Associated Press. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Re public, February 25. —A revolutionary [ movement in the north of the republic | today offered serious danger to the ad ministration of President Horacio Vas quez. Dr. Jose D. Alfonseca, vice president, resigned his office in the face of the opposition. Senora de Vasquez, wife of the President, took refuge in the Amer ican legation. The President himself fled for a time to the fortress com manding this capital. The newspaper La Opinion said that calm was restored late Monday after noon with the promise of free elections May 15. The entire trouble is believed to have arisen from President Vasquez’s expressed intention of seeking re-elec tion at that time Leon .Lejeans, Haitian Minister at Santo Domingo, reported to his govern ment that North Central Santo Do mingo was "aflame” with the counter government movement. U. S. Intervention Unlikely. By the Associated Press. While the American Government is keenly interested in developments in Santo Domingo, there was no indication , today that it was preparing to dispatch Marines. What position might be taken 1 later In the event the disturbances should grow in magnitude was not ln- I dicated. i Dr. Angel Morales, Minister of the Dominican Republic in Washington, i said today he believed the revolutionary ; movement reported in his country was : serious, but that he had the “utmost faith” that President Horacio Vasquez . would be able to handle the situation. ! Radio Programs on Page A-12 PRESIDENT HOOVER STARTS SCHOOL FOR PUPILS THAT MAKE LITTLE PROGRESS. SUSPECTED RUM RUNNER GOES 80 MILES AN HOUR TO ESCAPE I Man in Red Coupe Gets Away Fronu Maryland Police After Chase From Baltimore. Outwitting and hopelessly outdistanc ing a score of policemen on horseback, motor cycles and in automobiles, a suspected rum runner disappeared in or near Washington today after a spectacular 40-mile chase from Balti more to the District line. At times the fugitive machine reached a speed of nearly 80 miles an hour. Scattering pedestrians and ruthless ly trying to run down policemen at tempting to block his path, the fleeing suspect, driving a red coupe with Dis trict license tags, dashed through downtown Baltimore at mile-a-minute speed, ignoring traffic stop lights and the frantic gestures of crossing police, I SAYS HUSTON AIDED ! PLATFORM DRAFTS: I ; ; Witness Declares G. 0. P. Chairman Had Hand With Both Parties on Shoals. the Associated Press. I Testimony that Claudius H. Huston, chairman of the Republican national committee, had assisted in preparing proposed Muscle Shoals planks for the Democratic and Republican national platforms in 1928 was heard today by the Senate lobby committee. At that time Huston was president of the Tennessee River Improvement Association, which has opposed Gov ernment operation of Muscle Shoals ! and advocated the bid of the American Cyanamid Co. to lease the power and nitrate plant. Questioned by Senator Black, Demo crat, Alabama, Chester H. Gray, Wash ington representative of the American Farm Bureau Federation, testified that he and J. W. Worthington, chairman of the Tennessee River Improvement As sociation, had prepared resolutions on Muscle Shoals after Worthington had conferred with Huston. Gray said it was agreed that the board of directors of the American farm Bu reau Federation should send a delega tion to the two conventions with the resolutions. Telegram Introduced. A telegram from Gray to E. A. O’Neal, president of the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation, which was read today be fore the committee, said, “President Coolidge suggests you come to hold Southern Senators firm for Muscle Shoals resolution.” The telegram, dated February 24, 1926, added that the late Senator Un derwood of Alabama was "under doc tors’ care and may not be available, when needed.” It said a vote was likely that week or j "(Continued on Page 2, Column 3.) Reaching Nearly Everybody _ . , There . are few homes in Washington and nearby sub urbs where The Star is not read. The Star circulation yesterday was over 110,000. That is a lot of homes. Yesterday's Advertising (Local Display) LINES. The Evening Star.. 30,762 2d Newspaper 12,557 3d Newspaper 5,796 j 4th Newspaper 3,868 sth Newspaper 2,327 Total ? Paper* 24,548 Local business is picking up. Advertising in The Star brings direct results. V who were forced to jump for their lives as the careening automobile drove down upon them. Stepping on the gas as he reached the Baltimore pike, the driver of the suspected rum car easily shook off the pursuing police from the Maryland city and, once on the open road, vanished before the eyes of startled State troopers at a speed of 80 miles an hour. Maryland police reported the car bore a District tag which was issued to a man under indictment in connection with an alleged liquor conspiracy. The chase started in Baltimore at Gay and Fayette streets when the driver of the coupe went through a red traffic light, grazed a street car and almost 1 (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) DOCTORS FEEL TAFT ‘HAS LOST GROUND’ Condition Is Held No Cause for Immediate Alarm, However. By the Associated Press. Less than 24 hours after a successor had mounted to his place in the Su preme Court, former Chief Justice Taft was reported today by his physicians to have “lost ground” In the battle against his illness. Dr. Thomas A. Claytor and Dr. Fran cis R. Hagner, his physicians, said they felt there was no immediate danger, but that the former President had failed to continue to gain strength. In a bulletin issued through the White House shortly before noon, Taft’s physicians said: Other Bulletins Reealled. “The former Chief Justice has shown no improvement for several days. While there is no immediate alarm, it is felt that he has lost ground." In the brief bulletins issued for sev eral days the attending physicians al most uniformly had reported that Mr. Taft’s condition was ’’unchanged,” and that he was “resting comfortably.” The former President is suffering from a complication of ailments, in cluding an impairment of his circula- I tory system, heart trouble and a re currence of a bladder complaint. Before his resignation from the Su preme Court bench early in February, 1 he went to North Carolina in search of health, but his condition failed to improve and during the weeks since his return he has been described as "a very sick man.” Correspondence Made Public. Correspondence made public yester day showed that the associate justices ; of the Supreme Court, under date of ! February 10, joined in a letter to Wil j liam Howard Taft expressing regret | over his retirement. The letter read: “We call you Chief Justice still for we cannot quickly give up the title by which we have known you for all these years and which you have made so j dear to us. We cannot let you leave us I without trying to tell you how dear you j have made it. You came to us from ( achievements in other fields and with i the prestige of the illustrious place that ; you lately had held, and you showed ! in a new form your voluminous capacity for work and for getting work done, your humor that smoothed the rough places, your golden heart that has brought you love from every side, and, most of all, from your brethren whose ; tasks you have made happy and light, j We grieve at your illness, but your spirit had given life an Impulse that will abide whether you are with us or are away." Under date of February 12, a letter I signed by Mr. Taft and addressed to j “My dear brethern” was delivered to the justices. It read: “I cannot adequately say how deeply I am touched by your affectionate let ter. I regretted for many reasons the | necessity of tendering my resignation, but none so strong as the ending of those pleasant associations with each I and all ot you which during the past i nine years have been so dear to me. Only the advice of my doctors and my own conviction that I would be unable to continue adequately the great work of the court forced me to leave you. That work. In your bands, will go on as well without me, but I am grateful, nevertheless, for your words of appre ciation.” _ WHEAT REBOUNDS AFTER SHARP DROP Values Beaten Down Below sl, but Market Closes Above $1.04. By the Associated Press. CHICAGO. February 25.—Wheat prices crashed down below the dollar mark today in a panicky drop 5 cents below yesterday’s figures, and then as sensationally rebounded in the last hour of trading to finish at %c decline to %c advance. The trade generally attributed the spectacular break to the refusal of the Farmers’ National Grain Corporation to purchase cash wheat from other holders than co-operatives affiliated with it. Quoted statements by Alexander Legge, j chairman of the Farm Board, were j construed as indicating the board was unconcerned with grain after it passed from the hands of co-operators into the hands of operators. Com, oats and rye tumbled along with wheat to new bottoms, but all climbed back near yesterday’s closing i levels in the final spurt. The midsession prices were the lowest i for this season and below any offers at this time of year ip many seasons. March futures dropped as low as 983* a bushel, and May sold down to 1.02%. The final quotations were: March, ! 1.04' 4 : May, I.oß'a to 1.08%; July. 1.10% to 1.10%, and September, 1.13% ! to 1.13%. • WHEAT AT 97 CENTS. < Kansas City Prices Collapse Under Heavy Offerings of Grain. KANSAS CITY, February 25 f/P). Wheat futures broke under $1 a bushel here today as values collapsed on the j Nation’s grain exchanges. May wheat j sold down to 97 cents a bushel after closing yesterday at sl.Ol. July touched 99 cents. ALLEGEDINTOXICANT PROVES TO BE WATER Directed Verdict Given Alice Thorne When Chemist Of fers Testimony. Two months ago Alice Thorne, col ored, 700 block Ball’s court, was ar rested and charged with possessing four gallons of alcohol which police said they located in her home. Today after a half-hour of argument between Gov ernment and defense counsel and examination of several witnesses it was discovered that the alleged alcohol was water. Dr. Albert A. Spear, chemist for the Treasury Department, the last witness to testify in the case, enlightened the court that his analysis revealed H2O as a composition of the liquid police sent him. The chemist had remained silent during the trial because until he entered the courtroom he said that he thought another case, made by the same officers, was to be tried. In December the colored woman had been released on SSOO bond and later demanded Jury trial through her at torney, Robert I. Miller. No attention had been given the case until today when it was set for trial, because the police in their Information papers had ! described the seizure of the alleged in- I toxicant in a trap under the floor of i the Tfiorne home. The Information read that, although j the floor was covered with a rug and a ! big dog was standing guard, they didn't j fool the police, who, after removing the ! hazards, made the large "haul.” After Spear’s testimony Miller de manded that Judge Hitt grant a di rected verdict of not guilty. The mag istrate granted the motion wdth the remark that it was still legal for one ! to have water in one’s room, i ■ j LIQUORS WORTH $1,500 FOUND BENEATH PIER By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. February 25.—Cordials, champagnes and a quantity of stout, valued at around $1,500, were found to day by customs agents concealed under pier 94 In the Hudson River at West , Fifty-fourth street. The liquors were stored on a platform I suspended under the pier. The bottles were wrapped in pillowcases, sheets and napkins bearing the names of steamships. The customs agents were patrolling the river In a motor boat when they heard exhaust of another boat under the pier. Investigating, they found the . platform and the liquor. The other p *f A p*f i / • “From Press 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. t - Yesterday’s Circulation, 115,054 (fP) Means Associated Press. RUSSELL NEBS I BONNER’S CHARGES AT POWER HEARING \ Commission Secretary Ac cuses Counsel of Making “False Affidavits.” SOLICITOR DESCRIBES “FINANCIAL CRASH” Declares That if Attacker Were' Pair He Would Show That Af fairs Are Being Settled. By the Associated Press. Dramatically springing to his feet after P. E. Bonner, Power Commission secretary, had accused him of having ‘ dishonest debts” and of making a ‘false affidavit,” Charles A. Russell, commission counsel, today asked and was given permission by the Senate Interstate Commerce committee to reply to the charges. “If Mr. Bonner were fair," Russell cried, ‘■‘he would bring here letters showing that my affairs are being set tled as quickly as possible.” The commission solicitor, who pre viously had charged Bonner with fa voring the ‘‘power interests.” then re lated events leading to his “financial ( crash” in Montana before he entered Government service. He said that after an extended pe riod of illness he lost everything—“my I house, my automobile and had to walk I out.” Russell added that was in 1925. Tells of $9,000 in Debts. Continuing his rapid testimony, he said that since then his wife had gone without necessities and that he had made every effort to pay back his debts. He added that they amounted to $9(000 when he left the Western State, and that since he had paid back $4,500 of this amount. He said he had no trouble in the power commission until after the “Mon tana hearing.” Russell referred to the hearing on the Flathead, Mon., power site which caused dissention in the commission. "With regard to the S6OO or $780,” said Russell, going back to Bonner’s charge of a "false affidavit,” Russell said he “hadn’t heard a word of it from the day I received it to this,” and contended that it was entirely “legiti mate and proper.” Bonner on the stand said that Russell i was under Investigation by the Govem ! ment. Senator Wheeler, Democrat, Montana, i interrupted, saying, “If you discharged every one in Government service who doesn’t pay his debts you wouldn’t have many working." Asks Citation of Act. He added that he “of course" believed a man should pay his “just debts,” but; : he did not believe that debts should be j a cause for the Government to discharge any one. Senator Dill, Democrat, of Washing ton asked Bonner if he could give any “official act” in which Russell failed to serve the public. The witness presented several letters which condemned Rus sell personally. The “false affidavit” Bonner referred to w as one made by Russell when he left' the interstate commerce committee, where he was an attorney. The affidavit said that Russell was “separating himself from the civil serv ice,” Bonner testified, adding that he did this in order to receive the S7OO from the Government’s retirement fund. At the beginning of the hearing to j day a memorandum was introduced j which showed that more than $27,000.- ! 000 in valuation accounts of companies seeking power permits had been ques tioned by commission accountants. Bonner’s testimony with regard to Russell caused a protest from Senator Dill. “It is a matter of opinion." Dill said, “whether the incident involved a false affidavit since Russell is not undgr civil service, with the Power Commission." Russell was present as Bonner testi fied. as was also William V. King, com mission accountant, who has sided with Russell on internal discussions in the commission over policies. Worried About Smith. The witness also testified that after the conventions Worthington had out lined a program to Huston for Hoover to carry Tennessee. Gray added that he was worried about what the two candidates might say about Muscle Shoals in their cam paign speeches, but was “particularly” worried about the Democratic candi date, Alfred E. Smith. » ■■ . .... WOMAN SLAIN IN BED. COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 25 (I P). — Evelyn Frances Edgington. 19. wife of an oilcloth company employe, was found slain in her bed at her home here today. Her throat had been slashed by a piece of a milk bottle that authorities found near the body. The body was found by Lawrence Edgington, 20, her husband, when he returned from work early today. The husband said that his sister, Ruth Edgington, 18, was visiting the slain woman when he left for work. RULES GRAND JURY SERVICE NOT LIMITED TO FREEHOLDERS Justice Gordon Renders Decisions on Pleas in Abatement in Behalf of B. R. Buck. Justice Peyton Gordon in Criminal Division 1 today ruled that service on the grand jury is not limited to free holders. that women may serve on that body and that employes of corporations having contractural relations with the United States or District governments ,are not barred from such service. He also held that a defendant is not pre judiced when his case is submitted to the grand Jury while a hearing is pend ing before a United States commissioner and that a private conference between a presiding justice and a prospective juror at the bench concerning charges of a criminal nature against the juror does not violate the defendant’s right to a public qualification of grand Jurors. The decision of the court was ren dered on 7 of the 25 pleas in abate ment filed on behalf of Benjamin R. Buck, charged with violations of bucket shop law, by Attorneys H. Winship ■ Wheatley and Harry S. Barger. Assist ant United States Attorney Neil Burk jnfihaw filed demurrers to the jl TWO CENTS. EEHLBACH’S BILL IS APPROVED BV HOUSE COMMITTEE Amended Measure, Regarded as Compromise, Will Be Pushed to Vote. WAY FOR LATER CHANGING LEGISLATION ,LEFT OPEN Speedy Action Is Held Assurance to Employes That Members Want to Expedite Move. By a vote of 13 to 3, the House civil service committee today agreed to re port out the Lehlbach bill, revising the civil service retirement law, amended to include the compromise reached in a conference late yesterday between the joint conference representing the Gov ernmnt employes and Chairman Lehl bach. This motion was offered by Repre sentative Dallinger, Republican, of Mas sachusetts, coupled with a provision that Chairman Lehlbach should use all of his influence to bring this legisla tion to a vote in the House as soon as possible. The understanding is that this amended Lehlbach bill will be an .amendment to the Dale bill, which has already passed the Senate, by striking out all after the enacting clause. Way Left Open for Changes. Several members of the committee were desirous of reserving rights to amend certain provisions of the bill and the opportunity is left open for amendment when the measure comes up in the House. A curious situation exists, which even members of the committee say they do not fully understand, although there were a majority sentiment and vote that a bill should be reported out. The committee is to hold another meeting a$ which this revised measure will be considered, paragraph by para graph, probably with the thought of preparing committee amendments, which will be offered on the floor. It was explained that the rush action today in reporting the bill before all members had been fully satisfied was an assurance to the Government em ployes that, rather than Intending to de lay legislation, the committee desired to expedite action as much as possible even though the bill probably will be materially amended when it comes up in the House. Explicit Provisions Sought. The amendments made in committee today carrying out the compromise reached between representatives of the employes and Chairman Lehlbach late yesterday are that section 4 of the Lehlbach bill be rewritten so as to make i explicit, if necessary, the proposition that from annuitants’ accumulations there should be deducted only the ex cess over the basic annuity when com puting the balance to his credit, and that in the event of the death of the annuitant without having exhausted such balance, it shall be paid to his next of kin. That in the event of death in the service of any employe there shall be returned to his next of kin not only his contributions and their accumula tions standing to his credit in the fund, but also the $1 a month deducted from the contributions of the employe, with the interest on such deductions. Another amendment accepted today was proposed by Representative McCor mack, Democrat, of Massachusetts, es pecially in the interest of navy yard employes, and who was supported by Representative Dallinger of Massachu setts. They explained that, in the light of the Disarmament Conference, this is an especially important provision, af fecting large numbers of navy yard workers. This amendment provides the same refund provisions for those involun tarily separated from the service. By a strictly party vote of 12 to 8. the committee rejected an amendment of fered by Representative Ramspeck of Georgia that a subcommittee composed of Representatives Lehlbach. Schneider and Jeffers draw up a new bill provid ing for a minimum annuity of $450 and a maximum of $1,500. with no de ductions on salaries above $3,000. SUICIDE NOTE FOUND IN JAR AT TIDAL BASIN Apparently a suicide note, a message reading. “Good-bye. I couldn't stand it any longer," was found floating in a fruit Jar at the Tidal Basin shortly after 1 o’clock today. It was signed “Joe.” and mentioned an address on R street. H. Rodric Dancy, a representative of the Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, with offices in the Transportation Building, picked the jar out of the water after he espied it while walking along the wall or the Tidal Basin near the Swan boat landing. The figures “11-4” were painted in black letters on the outside of the jar They were surrounded by a black bor der. A search of the vicinity where the note was found failed to disclose any other Indications of suicide. , pleas and replications to the remaining 18 pleas. The law points raised by the demurrers were all upheld by the court, but testimony will have to be taken in reference to the remaining pleas in which questions of fact are raised. Burkinshaw dug up an act of the As sembly of Maryland passed Pebruarv 5, 1777. in which it was provided that no challenge shall be allowed to any person for the want of freehold when summoned for jury duty. He contended that the bar of contractural relations does not extend to employes of cor porations; that inquiries concerning charges againsi talesmen may be heard openly or in private by the court, and defended the right of the United States attorney to lay a case before the grand jury while it is also pending before the United States commissioner. Justice Gordon will set a date for the taking of testimony on the controverted questions of fact contained in the 18 re maining nlegg in abatement.