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SCHOOL FINANCES TO BE STUDIED AT SPECIAL MEETING 1932 Estimates Are to Be Considered at Executive Session of Committee. HANDICAPPED BY LACK OF TRUE 1931 FIGURES (Senate Has Not Yet Passed Bill for Next Fisoal Year, Hinder ing Work of Officials. A special meeting of the Board of Education’s finance committee was called for 3 o’clock Wednesday after noon by Dr. Abram Simon, chairman, today to consider with the school officers the 1932 school estimates. The school authorities this year are working under the serious handicap of not knowing exactly what their needs In 1932 will be, because the Senate has not yet passed the 1931 appropriation bill. Preparation of the 1932 estimates, however, is necessitated by the demand of the new Commissioners for the esti mates by May 5, a month earlier than usual. In its meeting Wednesday, which will be in the board room at the Franklin Administration Building and an execu tive session, the committee, sitting with Dr. Frank W. Ballou, superintendent, and his official staff, will consider at length the requests made by the rep resentatives of civic associations at the Joint conference in the Franklin Build ing a week ago tonight. Recommendations to Be Studied. Besides these requests, the commit tee also will take under advisement the specific recommendations of Dr. Bal lou’s staff. As has been pointed out, one of the largest items in the 1932 bill automatically will be the fund for furnishings and equipment of the new buildings called for by the 1931 bill. The 1931 bill as it passed the House and as, it is assumed, it will leave the Senate includes the largest amount of new school-house construction appro priated in recent years and embraces the new four-r xjm extensible buildings, the use of wh< jh, it is hoped, will limit the future vse of portable schools in the District. Subject to Modification. The estimates as agreed upon by the school authorities without the passage of the 1931 bill will be subject to modifica ti~" *n event the board’s assumptions concerning the inclusion of certain items are not substantiated in fact when the bill leaves the Senate. One of the items believed to be most doubtful is the reorganization of the kindergarten, which the House has ordered, and which automatically would transfer 76 kindergarten teachers to the grade school list. If this reorganization is not carried by the Senate, the school authorities’ estimates on teachers’ sal ary items for 1932 will have to be changed. Besides Dr. Simon, the finance com mittee is composed of Dr. H. Barrett Lamed and Dr. J. Hayden Johnson. The full board membership has been urged to attend Wednesday's meeting. COLORED MAN SLAIN IN LUNCH ROOM ROW Marcelle Washington Dies of Bul let Wound in Throat—His Assail ant Booked for Hearing. A lunch-room brawl between two col ored men early today ended in the death of one, when Marcelle Washing ton, 21 years old, of 221 Virginia avenue southeast fell in the first block of N street southeast with a bullet wound in his throat. He died instantly. A short while afterward William C. Johnson, 28, colored, of 105 M street southeast was" arrested by Headquarters Detective William Messer and Pvt. Hugh Robey while walking at Third and L streets southwest and readily confessed to shooting Washington, police say. ,'ohnson was taken to police head quarters and booked on a murder charge, after which he was locked up at the twelfth precinct station to await an inquest into the killing, which Coroner J. Ramsay Nevitt has called for tomor row morning at 11:30 o’clock at the District Morgue. LOCK SITE SURVEYS OF POTOMAC READY Navigation and Hydro-Electric Development Intended by War Office. Topographic surveys for lock sites, both for navigation and hydro-electric development, on the north branch of the Potomac River in the Allegheny Mountains districts of Maryland and West Virginia, have been completed, the War Department announced today. The surveys are part of the program of field work in the Potomac River Basin now being carried out by the office of Maj. Brehon Somervell, dis trict engineer of the War Department in the Washington area. The entire study is expected to be completed next month and a report on Irrigation, navi gation, flood control and hydro-electric development will be submitted to Con gress. The field parties are in charge of E. J. Merrill, jr. Parties have made field locations for the locks and have studied some 50 miles of topography in West Virginia and Maryland for the program, de signed to transport commerce from the Potomac River into the Mississippi by a series of inland waterways. About 15 of these potential dam sites for hydro-electric power were mapped out on the Great Cacapon, the Conoco cheague and the Monochey Rivers. Al together, the surveying parties antici pate that 50 dam sites for hydro-electric development will be plotted in the upper Potomac River Basin. In addition, there will be potential dam sites for naviga tion, marked out on the maps. WITHHOLDS JUDGMENT Reserving judgment until the case comes before it in the usual way, the Supreme Court today refused to decide whether the law of 1926, under which the Government proceeded against Harry M. Blackmer, the missing Teapot A Dome case witness, is valid. Blackmer’s appeal is pending in the Court of Appeals. | LOOKING FOR CINCINNATI MANAGER M jjL r JIF B j|f« On the hunt for a successor to Col. C. O. Sherrill as city manager of Cin cinnati, Col. Sherrill (left), Mayor Russell Wilson (center) and Charles O. Rose (right) of the Cincinnati city council are here today. —Star Staff Photo. CINCINNATI LOOKS HERE FOR MANAGER Col. Sherrill, Resigning, Is Sent to Washington—Col. Grant Considered. Cincinnati is looking to Washington to provide a suitable successor to Col. C. O. Sherrill, former superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital, who has resigned as business manager of Cincinnati to be the directing head of a large chain grocery corporation. The people of Cincinnati, pleased with the way this former Army officer han dled their affairs, have asked him per sonally to look in the National Capital for some one to carry on the work he is laying down. Lieut. Col. U. S. Grant, 3d, superin tendent of the Office of Public Build ings and Public Parks of the National Capital; Col. Charles W. Kutz, Engineer Corps, U. S. A., former engineer Com missioner oj the District, and Louis Brownlow, a former newspaper cor respondent and former civilian Com missioner of the District, are among those Col. Sherrill has in mind. Col. Sherrill is in Washington with Russell Wilson, mayor of Cincinnati, and Charles O. Rose, a member of the council of that city and after a call at the White House to pay their respects to President Hoover, they planned to make their first business call at Col. Grant’s office this afternoon. Much of Col. Sherrill’s success in Cincinnati has been attributed to the experience he acquired as superintendent of public parks and public buildings and the several other Federal commis sions he served on during his tenure of office in Washington. Some inkling of Cincinnati’s having Col. Grant under consideration for this place reached Washington several days ago, immediately on the heels of the announcement that Col. Sherrill was resigning. Col. Grant has not com mented on these reports. In Army circles here it-is felt doubtful if this engineer officer would entertain a proposition to lay down his work in the Capital. He comes from an Army family and possesses a name which is virtually a tradition in this country. It is also pointed out that a large salary would be no attraction to Col. Grant inasmuch as he has Independent means. Moreover, Col. Grant is understood to be wrapped up in his work here and his ambition lies in promotion of the Army rather than in civic fields. SHOWS BAD JUDGMENT IN PLANNING JOY RIDE Colored Man Had No Idea Auto mobile He Selected “Belonged to a Cop.” James Ferguson, colored, exercised very poor Judgment in choosing an automobile for his Saturday afternoon "Joy ride.” It happaned to belong to Policeman Richard E. Williams of the second precinct. Naturally Williams’ fellow officers throughout the city Inaugurated a care ful search when hearing of the police man’s misfortune through Policeman W. F. Sager of Williams’ precinct, who had noticed Ferguson driving the al legedly stolen machine about the city. The car was found abandoned in the rear of a garage not far from the car laundry at 637 N street, where its owner had left it to be cleaned, a short while before the theft. Ferguson was also located nearby, and according to authorities admitted leav ing it after "driving around a while, al though he had no idea it belonged to a cop.” The colored man was bound over to the grand Jury under SSOO bond today from Police Court, where he entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of grand larceny. FATHER AND’SON NAMED AS JOINT RECEIVERS Will Endeavor to Work Out Solu tion of Difficulties Encoun tered in Realty Business. Justice Alfred A. Wheat, with consent of counsel, today appointed Harry S. Welch, jr„ and his father, Harry S. Welch, as joint receivers of the business of Welch Realtors, Fifteenth street and New York avenue, and left them to work out a solution of the difficulties which led the son to ask for a dissolution of the business two weeks ago. Bond of the receivers was set at SI,OOO. Harry S. Welch, sr., today filed an swer to the petition of the son, denying many of the allegations of his petition, but admitting that differences had arisen between the partners. Attorneys Paul B. Cromelin and Bo litha J. Laws appear for the father, while the son is represented by Attorney William C. Sullivan. MEMORIAL SERVICE IS SET Columbia Typographical Union Will Honor Dead. ! Memorial services for members who i died during the past year will be held ; by Columbia Typographical Union, No. 101, at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in Typographical Temple, at 425 G street. Families and friends of the deceased members have been invited. I pje gening jlfaf BASE BALL STRIKES FIELDER ON HEAD Kenneth Ingram May Have Fractured Skull From Accident. Kenneth Ingram, 26 years old, of the 1300 block of Fairmont street, is thought to have sustained fracture of the skull when hit on the head with a base ball yesterday while playing left field for the Jefferson District Fire Department team against Woodlawn A. C. at Addison, Va. He is being treated at Emergency Hos pital, where it is believed he will recover. Three other youths were injured in sandlot base ball games yesterday after noon and were treated at Casualty Hos pital by staff physicians. Thurston Lady. 15, of 3130 Twelfth street northeast, suffered a fractured nose when a ball thrown by one of his teammates struck him in the face dur ing the course of a game at Fairlawn Playgrounds. Shortly afterward George Shelton, 20, of 1440 G street southwest, waded into the river running near the playground to retrieve a ball and stepped on a broken bottle, sustaining severe lacerations. Richard Thompson, 19, of 270 Fif teenth street southeast, collided with a fellow player while racing after a fly ball in a game at Seat Pleasant, Md., and received a minor laceration above the left eye. CHURCH DEDICATED BY UNIVERSAUSTS Impressive Ceremonies Mark At tainment of Goal by Denomination. The Unlversalist National Memorial Church, Sixteenth and S streets, was formally dedicated before a large con gregation yesterday afternoon, with im pressive ceremonies which marked the achievement of an ambition of Uni versalists throughout the Nation for an edifice here as a shrine for the de nomination. Many leading Universal lsts spoke at the dedicatory services. Rev. Dr. Roger F. Etz, secretary of the Unlversalist General Convention, presided, and the formal ceremony of dedication was conducted by Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Perkins, pastor of the church, who also led the congregation in special responsive reading for the dedication. The prayer of dedication was led by Rev. Dr. John van Schalck, pastor emeritus. Louis Annin Ames, chairman of the board of trustees of the Unlversalist General Convention, made a brief ad dress prior to the reading of the dedica tory services. Marcus Lewis, moderator of the Murray Unlversalist Society of Washington, also spoke. Speaking for the Unlversalist laity, Benjamin N. Johnson of Massachusetts expressed deep satisfaction over the completion of the church and read a congratulatory resolution from Unlver salists of Massachusetts. Rev. Hazel Kirk, president of the Women’s National Missionary Associa tion, described the edifice as a “symbol of brotherhood, justice and peace.” Rev. Max A. Knapp, vice president of the General Young People’s Christian Union, declared the church is dedicated "to international peace and understand ing.” Rev. John M. Ratcliff, president of the General Sunday School Association, stressed the importance of personal diligence in educating youth. Rev. Dr. Frank D. Adams, president of the Unlversalist General Convention, was the final speaker. Dr. Adams paid special tribute to Mr. Ames, who conceived the idea of building a national church; to Dr. Per kins, who brought the idea to fruition, and to John Smith Lowe, who worked long for the building of the edifice. The exercises were supplemented with music by the choir. The church, which has a seating capacity for approximately 500 per sons, has as its central architectural feature the Peace Tower, which was dedicated as a memorial to Owen D. Young, at impressive services on Octo ber 27, last. Mr. Young took part in yesterday’s service. A special organ recital will be given on the memorial organ in the church by J. Warren Andrews, organist of the Church of the Divine Paternity, New York City, tonight. BARRISTERS’LUNCHEON SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY Several distinguished guests will be entertained at luncheon by the Barris ters’ Club Friday, at 12:30 o’clock, at the Cosmos Club on the occasion of the annual session of the American Law In stitute. Former Senator F. Dumont Smith of Kansas, veteran chairman of the Amer icanization committee of the American Bar Association, will be the guest of honor. Senators Capper and Allen of Kansas, Charles Warren, author of “The History of the United States Supreme Court”; Dr. David Jayne Hill, former Ambassador to Germany; Frederic Wil liam Wile, Chester I. Long, former United States Senator and former presi dent of the American Bar Association, and a number of others well known in 1 public life will be present. F. Regis Noel will preside at the | luncheon, which will be attended by ■ 160 local attorneys. WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1930. * PRATT WITHDRAWS > LEMAN CASE FROM TRIAL BOARD Charge of Illegal Entry Was Brought as Result of Vice Squad Raid. POLICE COURT VERDICT ACQUITTED SERGEANT Bride Advises Superintendent Against Pressing Action, in View of Directed Ruling. The charge of illegal entry on which Sergt. Oscar J. Letterman, former head of the Police Department's vice squad, was to have been tried before the Police Trial Board, has been withdrawn by order of Maj. Henry G. Pratt, super intendent of police. The charge grew out of a raid made by the vice squad April 8 on the apartmeut of Mr. and Mrs. Eleck Harmon in the 1600 block of S street. The Harmons swore out a warrant for Letterman’s arrest and he was tried in Police Court last Wednesday. The result of the trial was a directed verdict of not guilty. Maj. Pratt said that Corporation Counsel William W. Bride advised him Saturday that, since the action of the court, it would be impossible to main tain a prosecution against the vice squad leader before the trial board. Since Mr. Bride has charge cf prose cutions, Maj. Pratt said that there was nothing to do but to withdraw the charge. He notified Mrs. Harmon that it would not be necessary for her to 1 old herself in readiness to testify. Shortly after the complaint of the Harmons, Letterman was transferred from leadership of the vice squad to a post as uniform sergeant in the first precinct. No order has been issued re storing him to his former joD, and it is believed that none will be issued. Letterman is eligible for promotion to a lieutenancy July 1, and this would automatically remove him as a candi date for command of th? vice squad, which always is headed by a .-ergeant. The squad at present is under the com mand of Richard J. Cox. AUTOMOBILE DEATH PROBE IS LAUNCHED Coroner’s Jury to Investigate Ac cident That Was Fatal to Californian. A coroner’s Jury was empaneled to day to investigate the death of Frank J. Stillman of Glendale, Calif., yesterday from injuries received In an automo bile accident Saturday. Hearing of evidence was expected to start this aft ernoon at the District Morgue. Four other persons were hurt in auto moble accidents yesterday. Stillman was struck by an automobile driven by George Elefslades, 21 years old, of 1451 S street, as he crossed the Intersection of Connecticut avenue and California street. Elefslades was held pending the coroner’s investigation. Kenneth Ronald Montgomery, 4 years old, of 421% Eleventh street, was struck by a Washington Railway & Electric Co. street car while playing in front of his home and w-as taken to Children’s Hospital with severe abras ions of the head and body and possible Internal Injuries. Possible internal injuries and rib fratures were suffered by James T. Lowen, 54 years old, of 807 D street southwest, last night when a hit-and run machine struck him in an accident at New Jersey and Massachusetts ave nues. He w-as taken to Casualty Hos pital, where his condition is said to be serious. Lowen was removed to the hospital in a passing automobile. The woman driver promised to make a report of the accident to the police precinct, but failed to appear. A description of the driver was turned over to police and a search is being made for her. Casualty Hospital officials today said that Mrs. Sophie Haarer, 79 years old, of 215 H street still was In a serious condition as the result of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon about 10 miles this side of Annapolis. Her son in-law, Howard R. Blttingher of 206 H street, and Mrs. Blttingher also were injured. ■ •' EASTER PERIOD RECORD IN AVIATION FLIGHTS Nearly 4,000 Passengers Carried Over Washington From Local Fields, It Is Reported. Nearly 4,000 passengers were flown over the National Capital during the Easter period, beginning Good Friday and ending yesterday, to establish what is thought to be a national record for the number of passengers flown during a similar period. At Hoover Field, 2,454 paid passen gers and aproximately 100 complimen tary passengers were flown during the 10 days, or an average of 255 a day. The highest single day’s business was 674 passengers on Easter Sunday and the lowest was 77, last Thursday, which was marred by rain and cold. Yester day 350 passengers were carried from this field. Washington Airport reported 1,550 passengers carried during the 10 days in its own planes and 325 in the Ford transport of Universal Flyers, now visit ing there. In addition, 200 non-paying passengers were carried In the airport planes and approximately 250 in the Ford. On Easter Sunday a new all time record for the National Capital was established when Washington Air port carried 701 passengers. PLAY IS TO BE GIVEN Ludwig Lewisohn’s new play, "Adam,” will be presented Wednesday night at the Jewish Center by the Temple Play ers of the Washington Hebrew Congre gation. The players will be directed by Oscar B. Click. The play deals with the tragedy of an ill-adjusted Jew. The story of Adam Elhart, financial figure, is unfolded in seven scenes, ranging from the Riviera to a New York office. Special permis sion to produce the play was cabled from Paris by Lewisohn. Dancing to Follow Play. "Full House,” a three-act comedy, will Ibe presented tonight and Tuesday night at 8:15 o’clock In the Holy Comforter Auditorium, Fifteenth and East Capitol •streets, by the Comforter Club Players. Dancing will follow the play. CIVIL WAR LEADER’S SERVICE RECALLED ~ MHB in id imA 1 ‘*• *4 •* <•*- •• "*■ SB MBS The gathering at the statue of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant yesterday, when patriotic groups observed the 108th anniver sary of his birth. In the center of the group are: Mrs. Delia L. O’Brien, president of the Department of the Potomac, Woman’s Relief Corps, and Mrs. Lillian G. Wood, president Cushing Auxiliary, W. R. C., who officiated at the placing of wreaths at the statue; Mrs. Jennie S. Alieder of Cushing Auxiliary and Representative William P. Holadav of Illinois, the speaker. —Star Staff Photo. HOLADAY PRAISES GRANT AS SOLDIER Representative Is Speaker at Exercises at Former President’s Statue. Regardless of whether his responsi bilities were large or small, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant “always seemed to be able to do his job well,” Representative Wil liam P. Holaday of Illinois declared in an address yesterday at the statue of the former President in th? Botanic Gardens. Representative Holaday was the principal speaker at exercises held in celebration of the 108th anniversary of Grant’s birth. The program was sponsored by the Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic. Several other patriotic organizations also participated. Grant’s military record was traced by Representative Holaday, who de clared he was impressed as a non military man reading history by the fact that Grant’s reports, contrary to those of other generals, did not speak of capturing this or that city, but of the capture of certain armies and gen erals. The speaker also complimented the small group of Federal Army veterans present on their war records. F. J. Young, G. A. R. department com mander, in lauding the veterans in at tendance. declared several of them had served directly under Grant. He was Introduced by George Francis Williams of the Cushing Camp, Sons of Union Veterans. Numerous floral offlerings were placed at the base of the statue. DOUBLETAXATiON RELIEF IS SOUGHT Three American Delegates Sail for Conference With French. Both the French and American gov ernments are hoping to find further relief from International double taxa tion of their nationals through a con ference in Paris, to which the Amer ican delegation of three has Just sailed from New York. The American group consists of Dr. T. S. Adams, economist, of Yale; E. C. Alvord, sjiecial assistant to the Secre tary of the Treasury, and Mitchell Carroll, foreign taxation specialist of the Department of Commerce. They will enter into informal dis cussions with experts of the French gov ernment with a view to finding a basis for plans to eliminate double taxation between the United States and France, either through the medium of a treaty, or through reciprocal legislation. Secretary of the Treasury Mellon long has been interested in the project of relief and a bill is pending in the House said to provide such relief. Os the two principal methods, Mr. Mellon said, the “reciprocal exemptioi? method is the sounder and more in accordance with traditional American policy." This method, he explained, "is ex emplified by our present law covering the taxation of shipping profits, which authorizes the exemption of foreign shipping profits providing the shipping profits of American companies are exempt from taxation in foreign coun tries.” Broadly speaking, the Hawley bill, Mr. Mellon explained, provides for ex tending the application of the principal of reciprocal exemption, now observed in the case of shipping profits, to divi dends, interest and other items of In come. It is understood that possibilities of further international conversations loom in the future, as informal advices have been received from Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Switzer land that they would welcome the possi bility of entering into reciprocal under standings with the United States. POLICEMAN SURPRISES TWO HELD AS ROBBERS Boys Are Charged With Larceny After Arrest While Attempting to Enter Yards. Surprised by Policeman William J. Nealton as they were attempting to en ter the District’s property yard, at Sev enth and Water streets southwest, early this morning, two youths were placed under arrest and charged with larceny of District property. At the harbor precinct they gave their names as George L. Biggs, 16, of 614 D street northeast and Edwin L. Duvall, 20, of 632 D street northeast. They were to be arraigned in Police Court today. Policeman Nealton said that the theft of several automobile tires from the property yard had been traced to the two boys. There are, roughly, 250 separate bones In the human body. Passengers Hear Plane Pilot Tell Trip Sidelights “Ballyhoo” Device on Ship Permits Description of Interesting Points. The "ballyhoo man” at last has ar rived for the airplane sightseer. A device has just been completed and installed in one of the Washington air port sightseeing planes which will en able the pilot to explain to his pas sengers points of interest on flights fre quently taken into Virginia and South ern Maryland and about the Capital. The “ballyhooing” will be done with the aid of a radio microphone in front of the pilot, a soundproof wall separat ing the pilot from the passengers in the cabin and amplifiers in the cabin. Only one plane of the Washington airport equipment has been found suit able for the “ballyhoo” service. It is a Lockheed-Vega cabin ship, which con struction has the pilot sound-insulated from Ills passengers. COLLECTED TAXES INDICATE SURPLUS Money in by March 31 Shows Increase Over Same Pe riod Year Before. By the Associated Pres*. The confidence of the administration that the Government will finish the present fiscal year with a moderate sur plus was increased today by an en couraging report on taxes collected dur ing the nine months ending March 31. This showed that receipts for the first three quarters of the fiscal year were $2,277,453,096, an increase of $140,000,- 000 as compared with the corresponding period of a year previous. A general decrease in collections for January, Feb ruary and March of this year was offset by wide increases for the last six months of 1929. Income taxation was the source of $1,812,682,396 and miscellaneous taxes, Including the levy on tobacco and cigar ettes, produced $464,770,699. Corpora tion income taxes, amounted to $946,- 888,504 and individual income taxes to talled $865,793,891, the former an In crease of $21,000,000 and the latter an Increase of $103,000,000 above the same period of a year before. The decrease in collections of the first quarter of the present calendar year, as compared with the first three months of 1929, was marked by a drop of approximately $8,000,000 in corpora tion Income taxes, $40,000,000 in indi vidual Income taxes and $900,000 in miscellaneous taxes. Substantial Local Gain. The local collection district, includ ing both the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, showed a substan tial gain in total internal revenue re ceipts for the first nine months of this fiscal year, as compared with the first nine months of the previous fiscal year. This figure gained from $37,386,642.03 to $40,654,480.55, including a gain in income taxes from $33,476,877.86 to $37,883,448.32 —and a falling off in mis cellaneous taxes during the same com parable period of from $3,909,764.17 to $2,771,032.23. The Income tax for this collection district showed an increase, both for the corporation and individual payment. The corporation figures Increased from $16,229,211.29 to $18,506,104.25; while the Individual payment Increased dur ing the same period from $17,247,666.57 to $19,377,344.07. The figures for the District of Columbia are not separated in the figures given out today from those in the State of Maryland. New York Heads States. New York led the Individual States in the total of taxes collected, con tributing $695,048,510 during the nine month period, an Increase of approxi mately $100,000,000 over the same period of a year previous. Twenty-five States, however, showed smaller totals than in the year, before, but in most such cases the drop was slight and was due to a slump in income taxes. A few States showed decreased income tax collections and increased collections from miscel laneous taxes. North Carolina was second in the State totals, with $200,896,820, an in crease of about $16,000,000; Illinois third, with $185,743,426, an Increase of $14,000,000; Pennsylvania fourth, with $171,625,444, a drop of $6,000,000, and California fifth, with $115,136,433, an Increase of about $2,000,000. Named to Patent Post. President Hoover today nominated Fred Merrlam Hopkins of Michigan to be assistant commissioner of patents. Criticism Ignored. The House decided today to take no action on criticism of It by a Senate member, Senator George, Democrat, Cscrgln, cn veterans* legislation. . Society and General DISCOUNTS PACTS AS WAY 10 PEACE Archbishop Curley Speaks to 5,000 at Holy Name Convention. More than 5,000 men attending the annual convention of the Baltimore Archdiocesan Union of Holy Name So cieties yesterday afternoon at Catholic University heard Archbishop Michael J. Curley attack principles which have ! been advanced in support of prohibition enforcement and discount efforts to attain world peace by parleys without | the aid of religion. “We will never get peace by limita tions of guns and navies or by inter national treaties,” he said. “No peace movement ever has resulted in peace when the God of Peace, the Christ of Peace has not entered in. “There is a growing tendency today to oust God from His kingdom. In some places, such as Russia, this tend ency assumed violent form. In this country, however, there is no reason to fear violence. Here the growing tend ency is to forget God and become ab , sorbed in the world. Cites Growth of Crime. “The result is manifest. Crime is growing to such extent that it is arrest , ing the attention of the Nation’s lead ers. Divorces are making orphans of thousansd of children every year and the passion for money making is causing men to forget the rights of their fellow men.” The problems arising from this situ ation, he said, is the work to which the Holy Name men should devote them selves. Without directly mentioning prohibi tion, although evidently referring to it, he said at another time: “Out of various conventions and meetings we have gotten many general principles, many of them true and many false. One is that a law is to be obeyed merely because it is a law. This prin ciple is as false and as directly opposed to the true principles of government as anything can be. The pages of history are full of instances of bad laws that should not be obeyed. Again we hear that the best way to repeal a bad law is to enforce it. No European dictator ever dared formulate such a principle, at least in those words. The end never justifies the means and to enforce a bad law is wrong.” John F. McCarron was re-elected president of the Archdiocesan Union of Holy Name Societies. Maas Opens Convention. The convention, marking the 657th year of existence of the society, was opened with a pontifical high mass in. the Shrine of the Immaculate Concep tion at 11 o’clock. Archbishop Curley was celebrant. Right Rev. Mgr. P. C. Gavan of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart and spiritual director of the Washington section, assisted the arch bishop. Deacons of honor were Rev. M. J. Riordan of St. Martin’s Church and Rev. John W. Dowling of Holy Name Church. Deacons of the mass were Rev. D. J. Rice of St. Vincent de Paul Church and Rev. Edward H. Roach of St. Matthew’s Church. Very Rev. Mgr. Harry A. Quinn of the Cathedral, Balti more, and Rev. C. Carroll Milholland were masters of ceremonies. Right Rev. Mgr. Peter L. Ireton of St. Ann’s Church, Baltimore, and arch diocesan spiritual director of the so ciety, preached the sermon. One hunr dred and ten voices sang the mass. The convention proper began at 2:30 o’clock. Right Rev. Edward A. Pace, vice rector of Catholic University, wel comed the delegates. Annual reports concerning personnel and work during the past year were made by section officers. Caesar L. Aiello, president of the Washington sec tion, reported an increase of 3,079 men over last year, raising the enrollment in Washington to 11,089. Resolutions of appreciation to the rec tor, faculty and students of Catholic University and to Archbishop Curley and the Washington Police Department for their co-operation were presented by William J. Neale and adopted. LOAN HEARING DELAYED Interest Bate Bill Will Be Taken Up. Friday The continued hearing on the small loans bill, which proposes to establish a rate of interest of 42 per cent on loans up to S3OO by legalizing a rate of 314 per cent, a . month, has been postponed until Friday. This hearing Is for the opponents of the bill, under the leadership of Rep resentative Lampert of Wisconsin. The bill is sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. Boy Coaster Serverely Injured. John Thomas, 12, colored, of 428 Ridge street, is reported in a serious condition at Casualty Hospital with head Injuries received yesterday after noon, when a toy wagon in which he was coasting in the Capitol grounds plunged into a tree and hurled the boy out. He is suffering from con tusions of the head, concussion of the brain and a possible skull fracture. PAGE B-1 ANSWERS TO PITTS ABATEMENT PLEAS DENY PREJUDICE Federal Attorneys File Re plies to Man Indicted for Embezzlement. GOVERNMENT DEFENDS WOMEN ON GRAND JURY Right of Employe of Bank in Which U. S. Deposits Money to Serve as Juror Upheld. Answers to the 11 pleas in abatement filed by G. Bryan Pitts, former chair man of the board of directors of the P. H. Smith Co., to an indictment charging him with embezzling $1,156,- 000 of its funds, were filed today in the District Supreme Court by Nugent Dodds, special assistant to the Attorney General; United States Attorney Leo A. Rover and Assistant United States Attorney Neil Burkinshaw. Questions of fact raised in the first, second, third, fourth, eighth, ninth and eleventh pleas are controverted by replications deny ing the charges. Demurrers to ques tions of law raised in the fifth, sixth and tenth pleas are filed. The court is asked to strike out the seventh plea as "too vague, indefinite and general to support a valid plea in abatement.” The Government insists that none of the pleas assert that Pitts has been prejudiced by reason of the allegations. The fifth and sixth pleas deal with the service of women on the grand jury and with the exercise by them of the privilege to serve or note, and the Gov ernment defends both propositions of law. It also demurs to the tenth plea, which questions the right of an employe of the American, Security & Trust Co. to serve because of the United States deposits in that financial institution. This does not constitute a disqualifica tion, it is contended in the answer. Among the questions of fact denied by the prosecution is the charge that Keith D. Davidson, a member of the grand jury, is a resident of Virginia and disqualified. Davidson has only a : Summer residence in the neighboring , State, it is said. It is also denied that , Burkinshaw or a deputy marshal was present in the grand jury room during the taking of testimony or while the i grand jurors were deliberating. No evidence was given by Nugent Dodds, it is stated, and no heresay evidence of any kind was adduced before the grand ■ jury. Only the usual procedure was ■ followed, it is alleged, in the handing > by Nugent Dodds to the foreman the > indictment to be presented to the f court. ; extr/uTc justices ; FAVORED BY GROUP Subcommittee Approves Bill to » Appoint Two More to Supreme Court Bench, i To relieve the congestion on the Su preme Court docket in the District of Columbia, which recently was brought to the attention of the House judiciary committee by leaders of the District Bar Association at a hearing, the Christo phersen subcommittee today ordered a favorable report to the full judiciary committee on the Gibson bill, which au thorizes the appointment of two addi ; tional Supreme Court justices in the District. Favorable action by the full committee on this measure is assured by members of the committee, who today expressed the conviction that the House will act favorably upon the Gibson bill as soon as it can be reached on the calendar. ST. STEPHEN’S SAFE LOOTED BY BANDITS Between S6OO and SBOO Is Taken From Church Strong Box, Broken With Crowbars. Entering St, Stephen’s Church at Center and Newton streets in some mysterious manner last night, thieves opened the church safe with heavy crowbars and made their escape with an amount estimated at between S6OO and SBOO. The robbery was discovered by the treasurer, Arthur C. Houghton, 2630 University place, today, when he went to the office in the basement of the church and found the safe lying on the floor with the door lying open. All of the collection money had been taken from the strong box while papers were strewn over the floor. Detectiw Sergt. George Darnell, who investigated the theft, failed to deter mine how entrance was gained and it is believed that a duplicate key prob ably was usi3d. It is believed that the robbery "bad been planned by expert safe crackers. MEMORIAL SERVICES WILL PAY DEWEY HONOR Exercises Will Be Held Thursday Afternoon in Bethlehem Chapel of Washington CathedraL Memorial services for Admiral George Dewey win be held at 4 o’clock on the afternoon of "Manila day"—Thurs day— in Bethlehem Chapel of Washing ton Cathedral, where the naval hero is entombed. Ranking officers of the Navy, veterans of the battle of Manila Bay and heads of various patriotic societies here have been invited to attend. Capt. Sidney K. Evans, chief of Navy chaplains, will preach at the services. CADETS COMPETE Annual Competitive Drill Is Being Held Today. The annual regimental competitive drill of the Washington High School Cadet Corps is being held in the Wilson Stadium adjoining Central High School starting at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon The drill, originally scheduled for April 17, but postponed because of inclement weather, is marked by the presentation of awards won in previous cadet com petitions this year to the respective victors by Dr. Frank W. Ballou, super- • lntendeni.