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(V. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.) Fair, slightly colder tonight; minimum temperature about 35 degrees; tomorrow partly cloudy. Temperatures—Highest, 61, at noon today; lowest, 40, at 1 am. today. Full report on page 9. Late N. Y. Markets, Pages 13,14 &15 No. 31,384. Entered as second class matter post office, Washington. D. C. WEI STAND IS NOT LIED WITH PARTY WORKDAYS RASKOB Democratic Chairman Smiles as Senators Tilt at Lobby Investigation. ROBINSON ASKS LEADER IF HE PLANS TO RESIGN Witness Testifies He Gave $64,000 to Association in Five- Year Period. By the Associated Press. Smiling calmly while Senate lobby committee members engaged in heated quarrels among themselves, John J. Raskob today denied that his activi ties as a director of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment were mixed with his work as chairman of the Democratic national committee. Raskob testified that he had con tributed $64,000 to the association over a period of five years, but added that he was careful not to mix his personal beliefs on prohibition in the affairs of the Democratic national committee. He asserted that "no one can commit the Democratic party on the liquor question except the national conven tion." Mcßride at Hearing. The committee room was packed as Raskob began his testimony, with three members of the committee, Robinson of Indiana, Republican, and Chairman Caraway of Arkansas and Walsh of Montana. Democrats, present. F. Scott Mcßride, superintendent of the Anti- Saloon League, was standing in the back of the room as first Walsh and then Robinson questioned the Demo cratic leader. From the beginning the Demo crats and Republicans tilted over questions that Robinson put to Raskob, and finally all three joined in warm exchanges after the Indiana Senator asked Raskob if he intended to resign the Democratic chairmanship in re sponse to a suggestion made by- Josephus Daniels in his North Carolina newspaper. The question went unanswered after Caraway and Walsh vehemently pro tested that it was irrelevant. Robinson insisted the same question had been asked Claudius Huston, chair man of the Republican national com mittee, before the lobby committee. Disputing this. Senator Walsh shouted: "It makes no difference: we are not going to transform this hearing into a show.” Daniels. Navy Secretary in the Wilson cabinet, had attacked Raskob for his membership in the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment while hold ing the post of Democratic chairman. The clashes between the committee members continued throughout the hearing. At one point Caraway said to the spectators: "Don't laugh, this is Senator Robin son’s show.” Raskob said he took no part in the work of the association other than to look over its reports occasionally as a director. He testified that its activities were centered in the election of wet members of Congress rather than in the "persuasion of those in Congress.” After the hearing Chairman Caraway •nnounced that William H. Stayton of Washington, chairman of the board of directors of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, would be called by the committee for questioning. Answers Bring Laughter. The crowded committee room fre quently resounded with laughter as Raskob, always smiling, shot back "yes” or “no” answers to Senator Robinson. After the committee session, news paper men asked Raskob if he had any objection to answering the Robinson question. He replied that he had none. He asserted he had no Intention of re signing. Asked by Caraway if he had hopes of (repeal of the eighteenth amendment, Raskob replied he had some hopes “of modification at least.” Raskob testified that the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment Was a bi-partisan organization and named as members W. W. Atterbury, Republican national committeeman for Pennsylvania, and Charles H. Sabin, husband of the former Republican na tional committeewoman for New York. Opening Testimony. Chairman Caraway asked the perfunc tory opening questions, inquiring as to Raskob’s occupation. The witness replied, "Executive.” "Os what?” chairman Caraway con tinued. Raskob said of the Dupont Co. Caraway asked his relation to the association against prohibition. "I don’t know the full name of it,” the Arkansas Senator added. Raskob said he was a director of the association and had b i for five years. "Its purpose is to attempt by educa tion to convince the people of the United States tnat the eighteenth amendment ought to be repealed,” Raskob asserted. “Have you much hope?” asked C&r&wsiy. Raskob laughed before he answered "yes. I think I have a great deal of (Continued on Page 3, Column 2.) TWO LEAP TO DEATH FROM BURNING PLANE Probably Could Have Saved Lives, as Ship Hade Perfect Three , Point Landing. >7 the Associated Press. TULSA, Okla., April 4.—Fickle fate has played a tragic joke on two student airplane pilots, who jumped to their death without parachutes from a flam ing plane, which later made a perfect three-point landing and rolled to a stop. The plane, piloted by Louis Crippin, 27, of Tulsa, yesterday caught fire while above a golf course, apparently from a cigarette tossed into the highly inflam mable fuselage. Crippen and Joe Bry ant, 28, of Claremore, Okia. Jumped to their death. Investigators believed the two men would not have been .killed had th»v With ♦ Vl * -*Vn DONATED $64,000 FOR “WET” FIGHT f 9 vVp wLi--.4 J i JOHN J. RASKOB, —Star Staff Photo. i MAN FOUND SHOT I IN BURNING BOAT Another Victim of Warfare on Detroit River Fights for ; Life in Hospital. t ' By the Associated Press. WINDSOR. Ontario, April 4.—Another ! victim of warfare on the Detroit River 1 was fighting for life in Grace Hospital here today. A flaming speedboat, with no one at its helm crashed against a liquor export dock at La Salle, Ontario, about midnight last night. A limp human form was hanging over the side. An attendant at the dock dragged the man ; to safety before fire consumed his craft, i At Grace Hospital here the man was identified as Steve Jurecke, about 25 years old, of Ecorse, a Detroit suburb. His face was partly shot away and a bullet had passed through his shoulder. Physicians early today said he might recover. Officers of the United States customs border patrol at Detroit said today that no Federal agents had reported firing any shots on the river last night. Before midnight Windsor police re ceived reports of a fusillade of shots i off Fighting Island, which is in Cana dian territory. TRAIN SUICIDE NAMED AGENT FROM CAPITAL Man Leaving Note Telling of Mis take Not From Justice De partment, However. By the Associated Press. COLUMBIA, S. C., April 4.—A man tentatively identified from papers found on his body as H. M. Rossheim of Washington, a Department of Justice agent, shot and killed himself on a train en route from Washington to Columbia last night. A note was left which said that "for some reason not known to me I was put on the wrong train.” Department of Justice officials de clared there was no agent named Ross heim. The man was not listed in the city or telephone directories. - • ' ARREST OF THREE MEN REVEALS KIDNAP PLOT Victim Saya Trio Hired to Seize Him After Wife Disappears. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, April 4.—A double kid naping plot, growing out of the disap pearance of Mrs. J. Morgan Corbett, wife of a wealthy Boston, Mass., real estate operator, was revealed here today by police with the arrest of three al leged kidnapers. Police are holding Arthur Hamel, 29, of Haverhill, Mass.; Edward Kendall, 29, North Reading, Mass., and Edward Kliene, 30, of New York, who were charged with kidnaping James Quinn, 30, of Brooklyn. All are airplane pilots. They were arrested last night in a mid town hotel. Quinn charged that Corbett employed the three men to kidnap him, believ ing that he was responsible for Mrs. Corbett’s disappearance. MEN BLOWN FROM GUNS Followers of Bacha Sakao Are Ex ecuted in India. PESHAWAR, India, April 4 UP). — Eleven Kohistanis, or followers of the dead usurper, Bacha Sakao, have been blown from guns at Kabul, Afghanistan, in pursuance of execution orders. STANFORD STUDENTS SEIZE AX TAKEN BY RIVAL SCHOOL IN 1899 ! Ruse Used to Get Lost Emblem Back From University t r of California. t By the Associated Press. STANFORD, Calif., April 4.—The fa | mous Stanford University ax, stolen \ from several Husky guards at a foot ■ ball game in 1899, today was back home ■ after reposing in a vault at the Univer ) sit} of California for 31 years. ! Three young men, posing as news 1 camera men and reporters last night the oir'h'-’Tin fromjPhlv— — r' W)t Wtimma irks. WASHINGTON, D. 0., FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 1930—FIFTY-SIX PAGES. *** REPORT ON CROSBY EXPECTED MONDAY Indications Are Favorable Action Will Be Taken on Retired Officer. The Senate District committee this afternoon postponed action on the nomination of Maj. Gen. Herbert B. Crosby to be District Commissioner until Monday, at the request of Sen ator Glass, Democrat, of Virginia, who requested the committee to call on the Department of Justice for further information on the question of the eligibility of Gen. Crosby un der the law. Although other members of the committee who favor confirmation of the appointment expressed a de sire for early action, they interposed no objection to putting off a vote until Monday. The request of Senator Glass came unexpectedly within a few moments i after the committee had convened. The Benate District committee went into session early this afternoon to take action on the nomination of Maj. Gen. Herbert B. Crosby, retired, for District Commissioner. All indications at the Capitol during the past few days have been that the committee report will be favorable. The other nominee. Dr. Luther H. Reichelderfer, was reported favorably several days ago, but Senator Blease, i Democrat, of South Carolina, has re quested that both appointments be tak en up in the Senate at the same time. Senator Blease delivered another broadside against the Police Department and district attorney’s office in the Sen ate yesterday afternoon, reiterating his charge that crime is uncontrolled In Washington and concluding with a plea that the Senate confirm Gan. Crosby and Dr. Reichelderfer as soon as pos sible. The South Carolinian said that when Gen. Crosby has been confirmed as the Commissioner in charge of police affairs he will turn over to the new official all the Information that has come to him regarding here. Senator Blease repeated his criticisms of Supt. of Police Pratt, but he defended police officers who recently conducted! prohibition raids without search war-: rants. In the course of his speech the Sen- 1 ator also renewed his attack on the ex istence of diplomatic immunity for rep resentatives of foreign governments. CANAD/uTs* LIQUOR BILL NEAR PASSAGE Measure That Would Deny Clear ance to Bum-Carrying Craft Before Ottawa Senate. B j the Associated Press! OTTAWA, April 4.—The government amendment to the export act to deny clearance to craft carrying liquor to the United States was in the final stages of passage through the Senate today. It already has passed In the House of Com mons. The measure will be brought up tor final action after the Easter recess. The opposition sought to delay action on the bill and have a committee ap pointed to investigate the possible effect of the measure, which not only will withhold clearance for liquor cargoes destined for the United States, but will prevent withdrawal from warehouses of liquor for export across the border. PRESENTED TO HOOVER Edsel Ford, Detroit automobile manu facturer and his two sons, together with Phelps Newberry, son of the former Senator from Michigan, and his son, were presented today to President Hoover. The men brought the boys to Wash ington to meet the Chief Executive and view places of historic interest during their Easter vacation. California students, who were taking the ax to an armored car, in expecta tion of continuing the journey to the annual “ax rally" of their school. A tear gas bomb was hurled by the raiders during the melee. The ax was displayed first in 1898. At that time the phrase "Give ’em the ax,” was new. At a foot ball game, the next Fall, University of California stu- I. . J CRAMTON ASSAILS MAJ. SOMERVELL IN POWER ARGUMENT Representative Supports Stand of Col. Grant in Potomac Controversy. SAYS ENGINEER UNFAIR IN USE OF NEWSPAPERS Author of Park Bill Declares State ment Issued to Influence Congress. With a scorching condemnation of Maj. Brehon B. Somervell, United States engineer for this district, Representative Cramton of Michigan today came to the defense of Col. U. S. Grant, 3d„ di rector of public buildings and public parks in the Capital, in his controversy with the Army engineer over the effect of power development at Great Falls. Mr. Cramton, author of the bill pro viding for comprehensive development of the Capital’s park and playground system, declared that Maj. Somervell had not only been unfair to Col. Grant with his recent statement that the park development would involve a waste of $100,000,000 in natural resources, was given to the newspapers for the mani fest purpose of influencing Congress. Mr. Cramton particularly deprecated Maj. Somervell's use of the newspapers as a forum for his attack on the park development plan, but pointed out that Col. Grant’s use of the same medium in reply had thoroughly "punctured the Somervell $100,000,000 balloon." “No Need for Power.” "There has been a Nation-wide de mand." Mr. Cramton said, "for the j preservation of Great Falls and the ■ Potomac Gorge and its scenic beauties for park purposes, whereas there is no apparent need or demand for power development at Great Falls at this time. "The latest outburst of Maj. Somer vell, emphasizing his preference for power development rather than pieser | vation of the natural scenic beauties of I Great Falls and the gorge of the Po- I tomac for park purposes,” said Mr. ! Cramton, “only emphasizes his enthu- I siastlc devotion to his own opinions, | but does not contribute any new facts | i for the benefit of those who have to I decide the problem. 1 am particularly grieved that he has been so unfair to his colleague of the Army, Col. Grant. "Maj. Somervell having for several months resorted to the newspapers to air ha views on this problem and main featly for the purpose of influencing Congress, and his views having been set forth at great length and with the aid of photographs in the Washington papers of last Sunday, Col. Grant only performed a manifest duty with his customary personal courtesy when he gave the press a day or two ago a state ment of the facts which admittedly made Maj. Somervell's frequently ex pressed opinion of $100,000,00 waste in my bill look rather ridiculous, but in j this he neither questioned Maj. Somer-! veil's motives in appearing as the principal champion of the Byllesby Power interests nor did he make any i attack upon Maj. Somervell personally. I Says Major Unfair. “That the logic of the argument pre sented by Col. Grant has been annoying to Maj Somervell is apparent from his apparent loss of control of himselt in his reply. He was particularly un fair to Col. Grant when he says that ; Col. Grant was requested to reply to ! his statement on the Potomac by the | Senate District committee and declined to do so. That statement of Maj. ! : (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) I I Yesterday’s Omission We were so busy yester day that we did not have time to write our story ahout Wednesday’s adver tising figures, so we will double up today: Wednesday's Advertising (Local Display) Lines. The Evening Star.. 43,786 2nd Newspaper 12,403 3rd Newspaper.... 7,291 4th Newspaper 4,45 J sth Newspaper.... 4,042 T otal other 4 papers, 28, 1 87 Star excess.. 15,599 Lines 9 Yesterday's Advertising (Local Display) Lines. The Evening Star.. 57,638 2nd Newspaper.... 30,090 3rd Newspaper 6,735 4th Newspaper 5,023 sth Newspaper 4,425 Total other 4 papers, 46,273 Star Excess.. 11,365 Lines One of our good friends who is'vitally interested in advertising suggested that he thought that we omitted Wednesday’s figures be cause they did not show up so well. We give the fig ures for his benefit as well as for others who are in terested. Incidentally, yesterday’s circulation was 115,035, which is more than 10,000 greater than at this time ; two years ago. The city •nH The Star rgi- growing. \' I , sƒs ALUMINUM FIRM CASE DISMISSED Federal Trade Commission Acts on Charge Company Violated Anti-Trust Laws. By the Associated Press. The Federal Trade Commission today dismissed anti-trust complaints brought against the Aluminum Co. of America The complaints, charging the Alumi num Co. with violations of both the Clayton anti-trust act and the Federal Trade Commission act, were filed in 1925. Extensive hearings have beenj 1 held by the commission in the interven ing years. The case was given additional promi nence through the fact that Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury, was a stockholder of the company. In complaint against the company It was charged that it produced 95 per cent of the virgin sheet aluminum in this country, and either owned or had large , Interests in many aluminum manu facturing companies. It was charged that the company had entered into contracts to lessen compe tition and tended to create a monopoly by selling virgin sheet aluminum at a lesser price to manufacturing foun daries than to jobbing foundaries The complaint said also that the ' company had discriminated in the price of aluminum sold to certain man ufacturers of automobile bodies and ! j cooking utensils. The complaint further charged that i the company employed a scheme the ! effect of which was to gain a monopoly of the aluminum sand-castings industry of the United States. The Federal Trade Commission gave no reason for its dismissal of the com plaints against the aluminum company. | The aluminum company, a few months after the original complaint was , lodged, filed an answer with the com- ! mission in which it denied specifically all the charges. The answer said the company “denies that any or all the averments set forth in the complaint or any violation of the law that would justify the making and j issuing of any decree by the commis sion against the respondent.” Final in the case were made last Tuesday, the company being represented by its chief counsel, Wil liam Watson Smith of Pittsburgh. OIL COMPANY ASKS SIOO,OOO DAMAGES Shell Firm Charges Penn Oil Co. With Breach of Contract in Transfer of Stations. Alleging failure of the defendants to carry out a contract, by which the Shell Eastern Petroleum Co. of New York was to-acquire leases to 52 gasoline stations lere and an oil terminal at Rosslyn, Va„ the company today filed suit in the Dis trict Supreme Court for SIOO,OOO dam ages against the Penn Oil Co., Paul Himmelfarb, Annie Himmelfarb and the Penn Realty Co. The contract is alleged to have contained a provision that in the event the deal was not closed a penalty of SIOO,OOO might be exacted. The suit is to enforce this provision. According to the declaration filed through Attorneys Peelle, Ogilby Sc Lesh, a lease agreement with the option of purchase was signed November 12, 1929, and provided that the properties were to be turned over to the Penn Realty Co., which would prepare necessary pa pers for a final transfer to the Shell Co. by January 3. 1930. The defendants are accused of deferring preparations to such an extent that the contract could not be complied with by the closing date and the Shell Co. is said to have suf fered considerable loss of business through the delay. 13 BELGIANS KILLED, 8 HURT IN EXPLOSION Firedamp Blast in Coal Mine Oc curs as Dynamite Charge Is Detonated. By the Associated Pres*. BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 4.—Thir teen men were killed and eight Injured in a firedamp explosion in a coal mine at Elouges, near Mons, last night. The explosions occurred as an elec trically-controlled dynamite charge w4s detonated. The miner in charge of the operation declared all precautions had been taken and there was no trace of firedamp before the accident. Radio Programs on Page D-8 • - • • Woman Duelists Fail W ith Guns, Go Home To Cook Breakfast By the Associated Press. WARSAW, April 4.—An affair of honor between two fiery matrons of Warsaw, which they attempted to settle with pistols in story-book style, ended happily yesterday when, after several shots, each discovered she was unable to hit the other. Both decided their honor had been saved and went home to cook breakfast. Two women acted as seconds, while a woman surgeon was on hand in the event of casualty. One of the women was alleged to have found the other woman in a case with her husband, where upon she administered a stinging slap. The other woman then de manded a duel. PRESIDENT LEAVES FOR FISHING CAMP Chief Executive to Whip Streams for Trout Today and Tomorrow. President Hoover left Washington early this afternoon for his camp on j the Rapidan River. His fishing paraphernalia was put in order sometime ago and Mr. Hoover closed this desk and headed for his pic turesque mountain retreat early enough to get in an hour or so fishing before dark tonight. The President indicated that the greater part of tomorrow will be de voted to whipping the streams. The forenoon of the Sabbath will be given over to rest preparatory to returning during the afternoon to Washington. I i This will be Mr. Hoover’s first week end expedition to his fishing camp of the season and the first since last Fall, when he entertained Prime Minister Macdonald of Great Britain and his daughter over the week end. However, this is to be a stag affair, the only per sons accompanying the President being Attorney General Mitchell, Secretary of Interior Wilbur, Secretary of Commerce Lamont, Representative Fort of New Jersey, Lawrence Richey of the White House secretariat and Capt. Joel T. Boone, U. S. N., the President’s personal physician. The trout season opened in Virginia last Tuesday and will not close until June 30, and It is the President’s ex pressed hope to indulge in this form of sport and recreation Just as much as possible. Therefore, it is expected that, unless the pressure of public business is too great, the President will not miss an opportunity to spend each week end, at least until the end of June, at his fish ing camp. The opportunity will be offered the President tomorrow or Sunday to visit the littlj school house recently opened for the mountain children in that vicinity as a result of the money con tributed by the President and some of his close friends. Mrs. Hoover was expected to arrive bac’: in Washington this afternoon from Philadelphia, where she went yesterday to attend the yearly meeting of the Society of Friends and to visit some of her intimate friends. ALEXANDRIA, Va.. April 4 (Spe cial). —Dr. Joel T. Boone, President Hoover’s personal physician, was today issued a license to fish in Virginia waters here. The license expires July 1, 1930 It is expected that Dr, Boone will use this when he accompanies President Hoover on his fishing trips. Trout are about the only game fish available at this time of year. I Children I Are you interested in kites? Watch for building plans in The Star. Beginning next Sunday, The Star will tell you how you j, can build various types of kites that will fly excep tionally well. These plans have been prepared by i Paul Edward Garber of the National Museum, Smithsonian Institution. You will have no trouble in building your kite if you follow these plans closely. Then a warm Springtime filled with fun is yours. See the first article in next Sunday’s Star. The only evening paper in Washington with the Associated Press news service. Yesterday’s Circulation, 115,035 UP) Mean* Aasociated Press. TARIFF CONFEREES DECIDE ON CASEIN 60 Chemical Rates Agreed on Before Stumbling Block Is Met. By the Associated Press. The tariff bill conferees settled 60 . more differences over rates in the chem ical schedule at their second session to day, but reached their first stumbling block in attempting to adjust the duty on casein. The existing rate of 2>2 cents a pound on casein, a dried skimmed milk prod uct, used in paper manufacture, was retained in the House bill, but was in creased to 5 1 * cents by the Senate. (Dairy interests are seeking the highest duty possible on this commodity in an effort to compete with Argentine casein in the American market. Senate conferees continued to win a I majority of the contests today, although they receded on several amendments. The Senate bill generally carries lower duties than that passed by the House. Some of the rates agreed upon were: Boric acid, 1 cent a pound; citric acid, 17 cents, formic acid, 3 cents; tannic ( acid, containing by weight less than ( 50 per cent tannic acid. 5 cents; same, 50 per cent or more by weight and non , medicinal, 11 cents; same, medicinal, . 18 cents; white arsenic, free. Garner Again Attacks. 1 Carrying out his announced purpose , to give as wide publicity as possible to the actions taken in conference, Rep resentative Gamer of Texas, a Demo ( cratlc House conferee, later told the . House that the conferees apparently , were in a deadlocx on the casein duty. with the Senate insisting on the ln -1 crease. . _ I He drew the fire of two House Re publican conferees. Representatives Treadway of Massachusetts and Baeh arach of New Jersey, who charged the ' rexan was trying to “muddy the waters’ by talking about what occurred behind ! the doors of the conference room. Gamer repeated that the country 1 w T as entitled to know what the conferees were doing with the bill. He said the House should be permitted to vote on . casein. • ; ENTERPRISING CAROLINIAN | “FINDS” HOUSE IN STREET , Collected Stray Bricks Until He . Had Enough to Build Three s Room Structure. 5 , By the Associated Press. 1 CHARLOTTE. N. C., April 4.—Every | time Joe Yandle, assistant in the city • engineering department here, saw a stray brick he picked it up and took it : home. [ Mr. Yandle now has a three-room ; house entirely built of stray bricks he ; found in the streets, alleys and vacant lots. i FILIPINO SAILS FOR U. S. ■ Senator Sumulong Reported Seek ing Data for Political Fight. t MANILA. April 4 (/P).—Senator Juan t Sumulong, president of the opposition i Democrats party and a member of the r Philippine Independence Commission, * sailed for the United States today. 3 In political circles it was said he was . going to gather data for use against the 1 majority Nacionalista party in the next campaign. TWO CENTS. THREE-POWER PACT AND EARLY CLOSING OF PARLEYUKELY Action Would Leave Issues of Security and Parity to Other Fields. AMERICANS MAY LEAVE ON LEVIATHAN APRIL 22 Reservations Engaged Tentatively. Italian Statement Attacks Franco-British Sessions. By the Associated Press. LONDON, April 4.—Signing of a three-power pact by the United States, Great Britain and Japan, and quick ad journment of the Naval Conference was said in an authoritative quarter late today to be quite possible. This would involve leaving the knotty questions of French security and Franco-Italian parity to be signed In other fields, and would provide so that France and Italy would be in a posi tion to sign as soon as these difficul ties have been ironed out. The American delegation this after noon tentatively engaged reservations to return home on the Leviathan April 22. It was stated at American headquar ters that this date was regarded as the I limit to which the conference could meet. It also was authoritatively stated all I the delegations feel the conference must ] be brought to a close within a compara tively short time. Security Sessions Attacked. The Italian naval delegation astound ed the conference by issuing, through its official spokesman, a statement which observers interpreted not only as a pointed reprimand to France, but indi cating that Italy is tired of the present Anglo-French negotiations concerning French demands for security. The Italian feeling has been known in conference circles several days, but today’s broadside was the first official recording of sentiment. The spokesman declared that Italy’s claim to parity with France is un changed. although France “wants us to accept inferiority in naval strength." French Delegates Gloomy. He further announced that Dino Gr&ndi, chief of the Italian delegation, felt that the security pact which France demands as compensation for cutting her naval figures is a matter for the League of Nations and should not be discussed at the London Con ference. “After all.” he said, “we came to London to talk disarmament and not to talk about the League of Nations covenant.” The Italian statement brought ex pressions of gloom from the French delegation this afternoon. The French were freely inquiring among themselves whether any useful purpose could be served by their remaining longer in London. Foreign Minister Briand. leader of the French, has not yet given an opin ion on the subject, however, and the final word must come from him. The text of the Italian spokesman’s statement follows: “France wants two things: she wants security and she wants us to accept in feriority in naval strength. Regard ing the second, the Italian position re mains unchanged. We insist on parity in principle at any rate. As far as a political formula is concerned, that is a matter which comes under the League of Nations and the view ot Foreign Minister Grandi is that it should be discussed not at London, but at Geneva with the representatives of all powers who have responsibility un der the covenant of the League. After all, we came to London to talk of disarmament and not to talk about the League covenant.” All Eager for Showdown. Conference circles in general admit that the Franco-Italian situation is none too good, but they recall that other international conferences have produced crises, and that sometimes statements which are issued in mo ments of stress appear worse on the surface than they ultimately prove to be. But this much was evident in all con ference quarters today, everybody is eager for a showdown and the termi nation of the long drawn out nego tiations. The British and French are still work ing for a security formula, and if they should obtain it the conference expects to turn its attention to the Franco- Italian parity question. The impatience of all concerned has become accentuated since the Amer icans, British and Japanese have reached an agreement which would per mit a three-power treaty even if all else fails. Anxious for Plenary Session. The Italians are particularly anxious that there be a plenary session as soon as possible so the cards of all the dele gations can be put on the table. There has been considerable talk in conference circles the last few days that the next plenary session may definitely indicate the time of termi nation of the conference —whether it is wise to keep at the questions of French security and Franco-Italian parity or whether these things shall be passed on to some other body for argument at a later time. Prime Minister Macdonald, Foreign Secretary Henderson and Briand had lunch together today to discuss pro posals for security which the French demand, and it was understood final decision on the possibility of achieving a security agreement might be made at the lunch table. Discuss Counter Suggestions. For several days the British and French have been discussing a draft formula for security prepared by the British. This formula has now come back from Paris with French counter suggestions ana today’s luncheon was to give the British a chance to reply. While there was no Indication of how the discussions were trending, the feeling was expressed in conference circles this morning that the negotia tions were nearing a finish, be that good or bad. Four-Power Pact Suggested. With accord virtually reached be tween Great Britain, America and Japan, it was suggested today that a four-power treaty excluding Italy might be reached here, if Grandi is willing to make no further concession. Pos sible embltterment of French-Italian feeling wa:, pointed out, however, as probably countering this possibility.