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WEATHER.
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
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"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.
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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.)
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_ . ,
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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)
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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
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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.

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