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<U. ■. Weather Bureau Forecast.) Fair and not quite so cold, with low est temeperature about 38 degrees to night; tomorrow’ fair and warmer. Tem peratures—Highest, 57, at 3:50 p.m. yes terday; lowest, 34. at 6:30 a.m. today. Full report on page 9 Late N. Y. Markets, Pages 13, 14 & 15 No. 31,380. ECKENER PLEASED WITH NEARBY SHE FOR AIRSHIP LINE Prospects of Capital Being Dirigible Terminus Believed Helped by Inspection. PARTY SPENDS HOUR AT HYBLA VALLEY, VA. Richmond Visit Will Be Followed by Return Here and Radio Talk Wednesday. Prospects that the National Capital will be selected as the American termi nus of the proposed transatlantic dirigible line now being planned by Dr. Hugo Eckener and the Goodyear Zep . pelin Corporation appeared brighter than ever today following an inspection by Dr. Eckener and Goodyear officials of a 1,300-acre tract at Hybla Valley, near Alexandria, Va. Dr. Eckener apparently was greatly pleased with the site and was heard to remark to Comdr. Jerome Hunsacker, in charge of the American arrange ‘ ments for the proposed international line, that the field was the best for i the purpose he has seen anywhere in America. The inspection trip, arranged by Lawrence J. Williams, chairman of the aviation committee of the Washington Board of Trade; Robert J. Cottrell, secretary of the board, and Howard Ober, vice president of Washington Air Terminals Corporation, owner of tr.e site, was made by Dr. Eckener while en route by automobile to Richmond, Va„ where he is to inspect other sites. Hour Spent an Grounds. Although his schedule called for a stop of only a few minutes at Hybla Valley, Dr. Eckener insisted upon be ing taken over the area a fid spent more than an hour there. After looking over the field from the runway of a small portion which is used as an airport for student training purposes, Dr. Eckener asked to be driven to a hill near the edge of the field, so that he might have a general view of the site, which is nearly 2 miles long and a mile wide, al most surrounded by low hills, but nearly as flat as a table. He was driven to a hill on the north of the field, on which stands the an cient Huntley manor house said to have been built by George Mason before the Revolutionary War. Not content with the view from this point, Dr. Eckener personally led the way through a barbed-wire fence to a higher knoll used as a cow pasture. Here he stood for 15 minutes, making copious notes in a small pocket note book, examining a map, and talking In German to his son, Knut Eckener. He expressed the opinion that the hills around the field would serve as a wind break, leaving calm air on the field. Many In Party. Dr. Eckener was accompanied by his son, Comdr. Hunsacker. Fred M. Harp ham. vice president of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Comdr. John Tow ers, acting chief of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics; former Senator Howard Sutherland of West Virginia, president of the Washington Air Terminals Cor poration; John O. Watson, a director of the corporation, and a delegation of civic and business officials of Rich mond. After inspecting the field Dr. Eckener and his party were driven to Richmond. They will return to the National Capi tal probably Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday evening from 7:45 to 8 o’clock Dr. Eckener is to be heard over the National Broadcasting Co. network from Station WRC. His address is to take the form of a radio interview. Dr. Eckener will be honored at a testi monial luncheon by the Aero Club of Washington Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the New Willard Hotel. He will be presented an honorary life membership in the National Aeronautic Association by Senator Hiram Bingham of Connecticut, president. - 1 • .. BODIES OF 5 MINERS ARE FOUND IN SHAFT SIS Rescue Workers Are Forced to Quit Search Because of Carbon Monoxide. KEATTLE ISLAND. Ky., March 31. The bodies of five miners, killed in an explosion In the Pioneer Coal Co. mine Saturday, were discovered by mine res cue workers today, one and one-half miles from the entrance. Sixteen were trapped in the explosion. Word v.as brought back along the shaft late last night that the rescue crews were within 200 feet of where they believed the entombed men to be, but the air was so thick with carbon monoxide that gas mask afforded scant protection. This Information added to the de spair of the families of the trapped men, clustered in the open near the mine entrance, but still they hoped. All but one of the men, a boy of 17, had families. The air was so dangerous that 15 of the rescue workers were affected last Sight. After struggling almost exhaust ed back to the mine entrance, they were carried to Pinevllle to recuperate. FIREMEN SAVE WOMEN FROM CONVENT BLAZE One Burned About Face, Two Are Affected by Smoke, While Four Are Uninjured. Ry the Associated Press. NEW ORLEANS, March 31.—One Woman was suffering today with burns on her face, two others were recover ing from the effects of smoke and four were unscathed after a fire last night that damaged the Sisters of Mercy Convent, refuge for homeless women. They were rescued by firemen using ladders after destruction of stairways In the building cut off their escape. Screams of the women, trapped on the second story, made known their plight as the firemen combated the blase. Until their cries were heard, it was thought that all in the building ' had made their way to safety. i Entered as second class matter post office, Washington. D. C. Eckener Escapes Bull Enraged by Invasion of Field Dr. Hugo Eckener, commander of the Graf Zeppelin, narrowly » escaped unpleasant contact with an angry bull today while in -1 specting a proposed dirigible , terminal field at Hybla Valley, near Alexandria. Va. In an effort to find a hill-top overlooking the field. Dr. Eckener l led the way through a fence to a 1 small knoll in a cow pasture. Just as the last member of the party ciimbed back through the fence, the bull, apparently en raged at the invasion of his domain, charged over the hill and stopped only when he struck the fence. He hung his head over the wires, bellowing in rage and stamping his feet. Dr. Eckener, in mlid surprise, looked up and waved his hand at the angry beast with a “Hello. ’’ GRAND JURY LAUDS WOMAN’S BUREAU AS CONSTRUCTIVE Work of Lieut. Van Winkle Is Commended in Report of Jurors. •« Commendation of the work of the Woman's Bureau, under Lieut. Mina Van Winkle, which is described as "per forming a constructive service to the District government. ’’ features a spe cial report of the grand jury made to day to Justice Peyton Gordon in Crim inal Division 1. The grand jurors re cently had luncheon at the House of Detention and thoroughly investigated its operation. The spread of the “drug” evil is also called to the attention ofr the court by the special report, which declares the “dope peddler and addict are unques tionably the greatest menace to so ciety.” Laxity on the part of certain physicians and druggists is criticised by the grand jurors. They point out' that some doctors write narcotic pre scriptions on “blank paper tom from a memorandum pad, a paper sack or what not.” Favor Uniform Blanks. Authorization by Congress of the use of a specially printed blank, in dupli cate, such as are used for prohibition prescriptions, is recommended by the grand Jury, so that a satisfactory rec ord can be kept by the druggists. All police officers of the District should be empowered to enforce the prohibition law, say the grand Jurors. Attention is called to the ventilation of the grand Jury room at the court house, where the health of the 23 mem bers of that body is said to be jeopard ized. Immediate action to remedy the condition of the ventilation of the room is suggested. Visits to the various penal institu tions are outlined in* the special report and some changes suggested. General approbation is given all the offiiriala of the various institutions. Report in Fall. The report reads: “The grand jurors of the January term. 1930. beg leave to report: “That on Wednesday, March 18,1§30, in its survey of the District of Columbia penal institutions, it visited the House of Detention, supervised by Lieut. Mina Van Winkle, and observed the entire operation of the institution. The grand jury was personally escorted through the institution, which is located at Louisiana avenue and Sixth street northwest, by Lieut Van Winkle and inspected the kitchen, dining room, dor mitories, offices, laundry, commissary, etc., finding conditions suitable to the needs of those housed therein. “We find this institution to be that which its name implies, a house of de tention—and not an establishment of incarceration for persons convicted of crime. All inmates of the House of Detention are females, some held as witnesses, some for investigation and for other purposes, but in no instance are the inmates detained when cases with which they are connected have been disposed of. It Is proper, for the reasons above stated, that the inmates of the House of Detention should not be treated as the general run of con victed law violators housed in penal in stitutions. Lieut. Van Winkle Lauded. “Lieut. Van Winkle and her assistants are performing a constructive service to the District government. Their work should be encouraged and every avail able facility possible placed within their power, in order that they can function properly and serve the real purposes for which this department was established. "Our Investigation of the District Re formatory, situated at Lorton, Va., de veloped that this institution is being conducted along the lines of the strict est discipline, yet with a view to the safeguard of the health and life of the inmates. With the possible exception of such items as sugar, coffee, beef and other commodities, which of necessity must be purchased on the outside, the Reformatory produces its own food sup pi., and Is self-sustaining. "With the exception of the admin istration building, all others are fire proof in their entirely, the upkeep, re pairs, etc., being maintained by the in mates. “The grand jury was greatl” impressed with the educational work now in prog ress at this institution. Trades of va rious kinds are taught, such as printing, plumbing, bricklaying, baking, music, (Continued on Page 2, Column 3.) "DIETARY PLATTER,” SPRING MENU, POPULAR WITH REPRESENTATIVES Dish Originated by House Physician Is Regarded as "In teresting Experiment in Psychology as Well as in Health.” By the Associated Press. A dally "dietary platter,” an entirely new thing under the old Capitol dome, has leaped into popularity in the House of Representatives dining room. Many a health-seeking member of Congress orders regularly for lunch this , menu of what’s good for brain workers in the sluggish days of Spring. Dr. G. W. Calver, the House physi cian, originated it, and Steward Frank : George made room for it on his dally menu card. The chef now prepares 60 ‘ dietary platters per day to meet the de | mand. Here’s a sample menu: t “Mold of tomato aspic, with vegeta bles (raw carrots, raw chopped Uht JEttmitra Jitctf. J V WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION \^/ WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, MARCH 31, 1930-FORTY-TWO PAGES. * INDICTMENT HOLDS SWORTZEL ON 10 EXTORTION COUNTS Report of Grand Jurors Also Accuses Crotts and Elgin. CHARGE SUMS OF $25 AND S3O WERE ASKED Witnesses Tell Investigators Three Men Visited Apartments and Attempted “Shake-Down.” Indictments containing two counts charging conspiracy to extort were re turned by the grand jury today against Ardie C. Swortzel, suspended policeman: James Crotts and John C. Elgin. The defendants were alleged to have at tempted to “shake down” the residents of two Washington apartment houses for “protection money." The indictments charged— “l. On, to wit, the 17th day of March. A.D., 1930, the said defendants, and each of them, visited premises 881 P street, in the District of Columbia, and therein did unlawfully, wilfully, felo niously, corruptly, deceitfully and ex tortlvely demand of one Ada Reid, then and there being, the sum of $25 in money. “2, On, to wit, the 19th day of March, A.D., 1930, the said defendants, and each of them, visited premises 1922 First street, in the District of Columbia aforesaid, and therein did unlawfully, wilfully, feloniously, corruptly, deceit fully and extortively demand of one Rose Marie Foster, then and there be ing, the sum of S3O In money.” Made Report to Rover. The Reid girl was among three col ored persons who testified before the grand Jury last Thursday. The grand jury investigation was instituted after the Reid girl and Mary Byrd, colored, of the 200 block of Morgan street called at the office of United States Attorney Leo A. Rover and made a full report of the alleged extortion attempt. Though they did not know Swortzel, Crotts and Elgin by name, they were said to have Identified photographs of the trio. The girls were said to have told In vestigators that Swortzel, Crotts and Elgin visited the Reid girl’s apartment (Continued on Page 2, Column 4.) GUILTISADMITTED IN COUNTERFEITING Foote Is Held for Grand Jury, With Bond Fixed at $5,000. Pleading guilty to a charge of pos session of dies for counterfeiting quar ters, half dollars and dollars, Chester F. Foote, 28 years old. of the 200 block of Second street southeast, was held in $5,000 bond for the grand jury today by United States Commissioner Needham C. Tumage. Edward E. Dixon, 52 years old, of the 600 block of Third street southeast, ar rested yesterday with Foote by fifth pre cinct police working with Joseph E. Holllnger, a Secret Service operative, was freed following the hearing before Commissioner Tumage. Investigators told Commissioner Tur nage they found molds for the manu facture of money and a quantity of lead, pewter and scrap sliver in Foote’s room when they raided it Saturday. The arresting officers, in addition to Hollinger, were Lieut. R. H. Mansfield and Pvts. T. M. McVeary and F. L. Arrington. The police declared the counterfeit ing paraphernalia was set up and ready for operation. CREW BELIEVED LOST Ship Breaks Up on Shetland Is lands Reef and Seven Disappear. LERWICK, Shetland Islands, March 31 (/P). —Seven men who had been cling ing to the rigging of the Aberdeen steam trawler Ben Doran, which struck a reef in the West Shetland group Saturday, had disappeared with their ship today and it was feared they had perished. Trawlers and drifters which left the mainland this morning in an attempt to rescue the imperiled crew of the Ben Doran returned several hours later and reported that the trawler had broken up and disappeared. There was no sign or life anywhere. -•■ ■ ■ Fifty Homes Burn in Mexico. MEXICO CITY, March 31 (IP).— Many families lost their homes in a fire yesterday in the village of Mendoz, near Tampico. In the state of Vera Cruz. More than 50 houses were burned. small); rye toast, Philadelphia cream cheese, baked apples, choice of drinks.” The drinks dispensed with the platter are weak tea with one lump of sugar and lemon, equal parts of boiling hot milk and coffee and plain milk or but termilk. Cup custards, celery, broccoli, beets, tomatoes, string beans, and especially spinach, are prominent on the menus. Dr. Calver explained that Represent atives asked him what they ought to eat in the Springtime, and that he had decided to save them the trouble of groping through the entire menu by grouping the items of a balanced and easily digested luncheon. His wife, who is much interested in dietetics, helps him. “It is proving an interesting experi ment in psychology, as well as in health,” said Dr. Calver. sfsf FIHEILY ATTACK MYSTERY PROBED Stoll Investigates Assault on Detective Calling on Woman in Apartment. Police Inspector Louis Stoll is inves tigating a somewhat mysterious assault on Detective Sergt. Arthur T. Fihelly in an apartment house or Sixteenth street early yesterday morning. Stoll, on duty at the time, started the investigation on his own initiative. I He is expected to report to Maj. Henry G. Pratt, superintendent of police, to morrow morning. According to Policeman Ruby Downs of No. 8 precinct, who investigated, Fihelly was calling on a woman in the apartment house when the trouble started. » Manager Awakened by Noise. The first indication that anything was amiss, Mrs. Mary Laber, apartment manager, informed police, was when loud, angTy voices and other “unusual poises” aroused her about 3 o'clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Laber found three men, none of whom she had ever seen before, engaged in a heated argument In the lobby. She said the three left when she or dered them from the premises, but fearing they might return, called police. Officers at No. 8 precinct said they were told a “fight” was in progress at 1801 Sixteenth street. Policeman Downs, detailed to the case, reported the disturbance had subsided when he arrived. Mrs. Laber, Downs said, told him that two of the men had left, but that “an other one” was in the apartment, and she wished the officer to obtain his name. At about this time. Downs reported, Fihelly came from a corridor into the lobby and the policeman, not recog nizing the detective, asked him to iden tify himself. Refused to Give Name. Fihelly had been bleeding from a cut over his right eye, which was swollen. According to Downs, Fihelly refused to give his name, and then was informed he must come to the precinct. “That is your pleasure," Fihelly was said to have replied. Downs said he did not recognize the detective sergeant until after he had telephoned for the patrol wagon and just before It arrived At the precinct Fihelly was questioned and directed to make a report of the affair to the commander of the detec tive bureau. Interviewed by investigating officers, the woman occupant of the apartment is quoted as having said that Fihelly was in her apartment about 3 o’clock when some one knocked at the door. Fihelly answered the knock, she said, and then followed a man whom she could not see into the corridor. Fihelly, she said, returned a short time later, very angry and bleeding from a cut over his eye, to get his hat and over coat. The woman declared she heard no disturbance and could furnish no clue to the identity of the man who had knocked at her door, according to a statement given police. She assured police It was her belief (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) HOWARD CLAImTfOUL IN SPELLING BEE LOSS “Tranquillity” Is Spelled With Only One “1” in the Constitu tion, He Tells House. Claiming he was “knocked out” of the Press Club spelling bee Saturday night by a “foul blow,” Representative Howard of Nebraska today cited the United States Constitution as his au thority for spelling “tranquillity” with cne “i” instead of two. Representative Howard made public a telegram sent “to a personal and ■ Republican friend” In his home town in Columbus, Nebr., In which he said: “I was knocked out by a foul blow. I spelled the word’ tranquility with one ‘l.’ The referee said I must use two. The highest earthly authority, the Constitution of the United States, spells the word as I spelled it. I always feel safe when my feet are on the solid rock i of the Constitution of the United [ States.” Representative Howard was ruled out ■ by Senator Fess of Ohio, “ifchool 1 master,” who used as his authority i Homes' famous blue-backed speller of i 1866. Examination of the preamble to the Constitution shows that Representa • tlve Howard is correct in the claim i that the shortened foym of the word is used in that historic document. 1 .o.* Romp on Soft Turf Urged to Cure Wife Os Evening Grouch By the Associated Press. CHICAGO, March 31.—Hus bands who find their wives grouchy every evening are ad vised by the Household Eco nomic Council Service to provide plots of springy turf, large enough so the wives can romp around on them. The council, as the result of a survey on the evening grouch, an nounced today it was due to tired and calloused feet, caused by standing and walking on hard floors, necessary in the daily household duties. It was found the average housewife walks from three to eight miles a day. WOMAN IS INDICTED ON FRAUD CHARGE Former Bank Teller and Man Held on Embezzlement Counts. Falsification of bank entries and em bezzlement are charged against Miss Dora L. Davis, 33. Laurel, Md., and George A. Watts, 47, this city, formerly employed as tellers in the savings de partment of the Second National Bank, in separate indictments reported today, by the grand jury. The embezzlement charges against Miss Davis total S4OO, while Watts is charged with embezzling $275. Five charges of making false entries in the books of the bank are alleged against each of the employes. The Indictment against Miss Davis is in eight counts, five for false entries and three for alleged embezzlement. The first count alleges that she entered the total receipts of the day’s business in the saving department October 7, 1927, as $6,831.81, when it should have been $7,631.81; the second count, $12,733.64, April 30, 1928, Instead of $13,633.64: the third, $3,642.78, instead of $3,966.53, October 16, 1928; the fourth. $7,637.34, instead of $7,811.34, May 17, 1929, and the fifth, $4,374.73, instead of $4,564.23. By the sixth count she is charged with appropriating to her own use S2OO October 8, 1928. The seventh count covers an alleged embez zlement of $95, December 8, 1928, while the eighth count deals with the alleged embezzlement of $lO5 December 28,1928. Seven Counts Against Watts. The Watts indictment In seven counts charges false entries of the savings collections, as $4,762.54, September 24, instead of $5,062.54; of $4,921.28 in stead of $5,621.28, July 16, 1928; $4,- 070.42 Instead of $4,670.42, March 11, 1929: $7,811.34 instead of $7,627.34, May 16, 1929; 52.068.04 instead of $2,378.04, May 20, 1929. The sixth count charges Watts with appropriating to his own use S2OO December 11, 1928, and in the seventh count it is charged he embez zled $75 March 21, 1929. Both of the accused resigned last Sum mer. it is stated, and the alleged short age was covered by insurance, and no loss was sustained by the banks. Conspiracy to violate the national (Continued on Page 2, Column 6.) Profit or Loss “The margin between ‘bad times’ and ‘good times’ is rarely as much as 15%. The Star’s circulation has increased more than 10% in the past two years. This means The Star is being read every evening and Sunday morning in 110,000 homes in Washington and its suburbs. Yesterday's Advertising (Local Display) Lines. The Sunday 5tar..86,852 2d Newspaper 38,660 3d Newspaper 23,659 62,319 Star Excess.. 24,533 lines Increase your volume of business 10% and note the effect on your profits. CRUELTY CHARGED TO U. S. DOCTORS Seven Dogs Die Under Tests Here, Vivisection Hearing Is Informed. Government scientists today were ac cused o< cruelty to animals in connec tion with medical experiments on live dogs in the District of Columbia during a lively hearing on the Zihlman anti vivisection bill at the House Office Building. In response to a request by Repre sentative Patman of Texas, a member i of the House District committee, that specific instances of cruelty be cited, John 6. Codman, first vice president of the International Conference for In vestigation of Vivisection, directly ac cused Dr. W. W. Hall of the United States Navy and Dr. E. G. Wakefield of this city of an atrocious experiment on 10 dogs confined in a heat chamber several years ago. He read to the com mittee an article signed jointly by the two doctors that appeared in the July, 1927, number of the Journal of the American Medical Society, in which it was stated seven of the dogs had died during the test. "Obstructions” Charged. Pressed for further data on actual in stances of vivisection or other experi mentation on animals in the District, proponents of the bill charged that they had met with “obstructions” in their efforts to obtain from the municipal authorities definite statistics regarding the use of pound dogs for medical ex periments. Miss Mabel E. Orgelman. legislative secretary of the Anti-Vivisection League, told of the refusal of Health Officer William C. Fowler to give her the in formation desired until an appeal had been taken to District Commissioner Dougherty. She complained that the anti-vlvlsectionists had been handicap ped by a shortage of time in which to gather full information on conditions 1 in the National Capital. An array of witnesses of national and international prominence in anti viviseetkm circles. Including three phy sicians, presented vigorous arguments to the committee against the use of dogs and experimental purposes, and cited what they declared were out standing examples of inhumane prac tices on the part of scientific experts. Tests Outside District. When Mr. Codman read from an other medical journal an account of tests made at the Edgewood Arsenal, in Maryland, to determine the effect on dogs or phospeorus burns, an Army of ficer who did not make his identity known arose and explained that the tests were not made in the District of Columbia and, therefore, he thought, did not come within the scope of the bill. Several persons promptly infor med the committee that the dogs used In the arsenal teste had come from the (Continued on Page 2, Column 5.) LOS ANGELES LEAVES ON TRAINING FLIGHT Lieut. Comdr. Clark, Named to Suc ceed Wiley, Takes Control of Dirigible. By tbe Associated Press. LAKEHURST, N. J„ March 31.—With a new commander at the controls, the Navy dirigible Los Angeles took off this morning for a local training flight. Lieut. Comdr. H. V. Wiley was relieved at 8 a.m. as commander of the dirigiole by Lieut. Comdr. V. A. Clark. Lieut. Comdr. Wiley will remain here until the fleet arrives in New York early in May, when he will report for duty on the U. S. S. Tennessee. The transfer to the fleet was in accord with Lieut. Comdr. Wiley’s request. The ship probably will fly over New York and Philadelphia before its return tonight. MRS. HOOVER ENJOYS 2-HOUR RIDE IN PARK ON CAVALRY CHARGER First Lady, Skilled Horsewoman, Is Accompanied by Sister, White House Guest and Military Aide. For almost two hours this morning Mrs. Hoover rode horseback over the bridle paths in West Potomac Park. Her mount was a handsome chestnut cavalry charger. Her companions were Mrs. Jean Large, her sister, and Miss Sue Dyer, both of whom have been house guests at the White House for some time, and Maj. Raymond E. Mc- Quillin, a Cavalry officer, one of the White House military aides. Horseback riding is one of Mrs. Hoover’s favorits sports and during the earlier years o| her married life she The only evening paper in Washington with the Associated Press news service. (TP) Mean* Associated Press. M’DONALD BEATEN FOR SECOND TIME UN 10 MONTHS Loses on Move to Suspend Adjournment Rule by 183-to-179 Vote. OPPOSITION’S ATTEMPT TO END SESSION FAILS Only Besult of Defeat on Procedure Issue Is to Delay Busi ness Further. Br the Associated Press. LONDON, March 31.—The Macdonald government, for the second time in its ten months of life, today suffered a minor defeat in the House of Commons but immediately rallied its forces and succeeded in carrying the day on a motion to adjourn the House. Today’s defeat was on a motion for suspension of the rule that the House adjourn at 11 p.m., the vote being 183 to 179. The defeat was one of pro cedure. and despite cries of “resign” from the opposition benches, was not considered a vital matter. The second vote taken shortly after calling for adjournment of the House resulted in a victory of the government by 10 votes and the orders of the day were proceeded with, the only effect of the defeat on the first question of pro cedure was to delay further business of the session since the House cannot now sit later than 11 o’clock tonight as the government had desired. When there were indications of a government defeat on the first vote in volving suspension of the rules there were loud opposition cheers and the waving of order papers in the air. When the figures were announced there was a renewed uproar and re peated cries for resignation of the gov ernment. The first defeat administered to the government was on March 11, when an amendment to the coal mines bill was carried by the opposition by a vote of 282 to 274. This defeat was not looked upon as one involving a major issue and the government immediately an nounced it had no intention of resign ing on it. Since then the Liberals, who hold the balance of power, have announced a policy of not forcing a major defeat on the government pending conclusion of the Five-power Naval Conference. U. S. FDRIIA WINS TOKIO’S APPROVAL Draft Containing Two or Three Reservations Re ported Completed. By the Associated Press. TOKIO, March 31.—1 t was under stood here today that Baron Shidehara, foreign minister, had completed a draft of instructions to the Japanese dele gation at the London Five-power Naval Conference authorizing the acceptance of the Japanese-American formula without material alteration of the fig ures involved, but seeking the assent of the other powers to two or possibly three reservations attached to Tokio’s acceptance. It was authoritatively promised that the end of Japan's fortnight of inde cision regarding the Reed-Matsudaira formula would come tomorrow. Baron Shidehara’s draft of instruc tions was said to have been put into the hands of Premier Hamaguchi for presentation to the cabinet tomorrow j morning. Approval of the cabinet is believed to be assured. Afterward the draft will be tendered to Emperor Hirohito, whose sanction is necessary because the decision is considered as vitally affecting Japan’s international relations for years to come. It was understood that the reserva tions prepared by France would be to insure that acceptance of the Japanese- American formula does not imply Japan’s readiness to give up her de mands for a 70 per cent ratio of eight inch-gun cruisers permanently and to enable Japan to carry out a certain amount of naval construction between now and 1936 for the purpose of giving employment to skilled dockyard work ers in the meantime. FIVE CONVICTS AT LARGE Colorado Prison Farm Trusties Es- j cape While Serving for Robbery. PUEBLO, Colo., March 31 UP).—Five convict trusties who walked to their freedom last night from the Broad acres prison farm of the Colorado State prison were still at large today. All of the prisoners were serving terms for robbery. They are L. C. Smithy. James Connelly, Gerald Bur nett, Joseph Michael and Vem Darrow. became a skilled hoisewoman. During the years she has spent in Washington she virtually abandoned it. Several weeks ago she decided to resume her riding and since then has been out three or four times. On two occasions she motored to Pierce Mill in Rock Creek Park, where her mount was awaiting her, for a canter through that section of the park. The other times she has confined her riding to West Potomac Park. Mrs. Hoover is said to be the only First Lady in recent years who was an experienced horsewoman and who really liked the sport. Saturday's Circulation, 112,879 Sunday’s Circulation. 118,888 BRIAND CONDEMNS NAVAL STATEMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN Claims Agreement Not to Make Such Announcement During Negotiations. MILITARY COMMITMENTS ARE REFUSED FRANCE Showdown at Plenary Session Is Seen, Which May Mark End of Five-Power Pact Aspect By the Associated Press. LONDON, March 31.—A sharp reper cussion was produced in French head quarters by the statement issued by a British official spokesman yesterday, in which it was declared absolutely impos sible for Great Britain to undertake any further military commitments in connection with the proposed French security pact. Foreign Minister Briand himself this morning indicated disapproval of the Is suance of this statement on the grounds that it had been agreed no statement of any kind would be made while the Franco-British negotiations were pro ceeding. The French foreign minister, speak ing to French newspaper men, said he hoped he could believe that the statement Issued last night had no authorization. He understood it had been agread no statement of any kind would be issued while these conversa tions were continuing, and he felt pub lication of this particular statement was scarcely suitable in the circum stances. Accepted as Official. Observers were inclined to the belief that Foreign Minister Briand was speaking with his tongue in his cheek when he expressed tne hope the state ment had no official authorization. British official spokesmen are noted for punctiliousness about having authoriza tion before making statements of this sort, and the British press this morn ing accepted the statement as an of ficial communique. Premier Briand asserted this morn ing that during the negotiations France had never attempted to de mand new commitments from Great Britain. He said France had simply asked recognition of the engagements and international agreements already subscribed to by her as well as a defini tion of the existing covenant of the League of Nations particularly with reference to article 16. Article 16 deals with measures to be taken by the League of Nations in the event that any member of the League should resort to war in disregard of its covenants under the League agree ment. Heads of the delegation# met at St. James Palace this forenoon. It had been expected the meeting might prove an important one, but it lasted only 15 minutes, during which the agenda for Friday's plenary session was dis cussed. There will be another meeting of the delegation chiefs Wednesday to resume discussion of the agenda. There was wide expectation that the plenary session Friday would bring a showdown which may mark the end - of the five-power aspect of the con ference for most practical purposes. Five-Power Pact Still Sought. Prime Minister Macdonald told the House of commons today that the British government was still striving for a five-power naval agreement. Asked whether the government was still adhering to its determination "to arrive at an agreement between the whole five powers taking part in the conference and not between two or three of them,” the prime minister re plied laconically: “Yes, sir.” Replying to another questioner, the prime minister declined to state Whether proposals had been made at the con ference for scrapping fo'ir cruisers of the Hawkins class. Jacques Dumesnil of the French delegation had a conference with Am bassador Dawes this morning, but the nature of their discussion was not di vulged. Dumesnil expected to see For eign Minister Grandi of Italy during the afternoon, this being one of the rare meetings between the French and Ital ian representatives since the conference started. Secretary of State Stimson expected to see Prime Minister Macdonald dur ing the day, if the latter is not tied up with a conference on Egypt which now is demanding much of the British statesman's attention. Guarantee Is Denied. The British government cannot In volve itself in any more political pacts implying or containing military commit ments to preserve the peace. In reaching this conclusion. Great Britain has denied France the guarantee of se curity which she asked as the price of (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) WOMAN FOUND DEAD; GAS JET IS BLAMED Flame Believed to Have Died Out While Miss Mary Hupp, I. C. C. Employe Slept. Miss Mary Hupp, 40 years old, an em ploye of the Interstate Commerce Com mission, was found dead in her apart ment at Trinity Towers, 3023 Fourteenth street, at 10:30 o'clock this morning. Police said gas was flowing from a kitchen range. A chambermaid detected the odor of gas escaping from Miss Hupp’s rooms and called the manager. Miss Hupps body was found on a couch. Dance music was being picked up by a radio set on the opposite side or the room. Coroner J. Ramsey Nevltt issued a certificate of accidental death. Headquarters Detectives John Fowler and Thomas Sweeney declared that from all appearances Miss Hupp had died accidentally, explaining that she probably was taking a nap when the flame from the gas Jet went out. De tectives were unable to ascertain when Miss Hupp was last aeen alive. Her friends said she had been in excellent health. A Radio Programs on Page B-14 * J TWO CENTS.