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<l7. 8. Weather Bureau Fcrecaat).
Party, cloudy; probably local thunder
showers late this afternoon or tonight;
not quite so warm tonight; tomorrow
mostly fair. Temperatures—Highest. *3,
at noon today; lowest, 76, at 6 a.m. to
day. Full report on page 9.
Closing N.Y. Markets, Pages 13,14 &IS
Xo. 31,870.
World-Girdling Plane Lands;
at Khabarovsk, Siberia, . j
After Delays.

Robbins and Jones Forced Down
at Fairbanks on Attempted
Flight to Tokio.
8r the Associated Press.
Outstanding event? In the air today: I
Pangborn and Herndon continued'
ground the world, reaching Khabarovsk,
Siberia, practically 23 hours behind the
time of Post and Gatty at that point.
The Lindberghs completed final prepa
rations at Churchill, Manitoba, for the
toext hop Into the north to Baker Lake
gn their vacation flight to the Orient.
Robbins and Jones were forced down
at Fairbanks, Alaska, on their at
tempted non-stop refueling flight from
Beattie to Tokio for a $25,000 prize.
Amy Johnson made a brief atop at
Chita, Siberia, and continued her flight
from London to Tokio.
Tells of Spin Thursday That Nearly
Ended Flight.
Cc-puot *nd Round-the-
By Radio to The Star.
CHITA, Siberia, August 3. —Our motor
and ship are all right so far. But
on Thursday night we had something
of a scare. Near Omsk, while flying
at an altitude‘of 15,000 feet In the
clouds, with our ship covered with
Ice, we suddenly started to spin and
Thte end. Well never rea<*
Pangborn’s cool thinking and
excellent blind flying for a couple of
hours saved the day for us.
We have had rain and persistent
headwinds for a lot of the time.
The Russians are giving us * ve *7
slstance and we still expect to reach
New York Monday night after leaving
here for Khabarovsk. Then—Nome.
Chicago and the completion of our
round-the-world flight,
cnnvrl.ht 1931. In all countries br Nortn
C 'American Newspaper Association. Inc ).
Herndon In Khabarovsk.
TOKIO, August 3 </P).—A R:ngo dis
patch today said the American globe
flyers. Clyde Pangborn and Hugh He™*
don. had arrived In Khabarovsk, Si-
dispatch said the flyers landed
Monday at 3:50 p.m. a.m.., E.
& T ) arriving after a 1,200-mile flight
lrom Chita, in Eastern Siberia.
The flyers arrived while a heavy rain
* was falling and said they had flown
through rain and mist most of the way
from Chita. They said their greatest
difficulty was In avoiding the mountain
Xt pangbom and Herndon were met by
members of the Russian Civil Aviation
Society, who had almost given them up
for lost.
Nearly a Day Behind.
MOSCOW, August 3 UP) .—More than
half their journey behind them, Clyd-
Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr., were,
believed to be speeding toward the last
Asiatic terminal today in their attempt
to overtake the Post-Gatty flying time
around the rim of the world.
They left Chiat, in Eastern Siberia, at
6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. E. S. T.) yesterday •
for Khabarovsk, the Tass N ws Agency
reported, on a comparatlvelv short hop
of about 1,200 miles. They had arrived
from Omsk several hours before, aftera
1,700-mlle, non-stop flight, on their fifth
day out of New York.
On their Journey across Eastern Si
beria and Northern Manchuria they are
following the route of the Transsl
btrian Railway over some of the most
deserted and barren terrain In the world.
Leaving Chita, they had used 119%
hours of their allotted time and were
almost a full day behind the mark of
Wiley Post and Harold Gatty at that
From Khabarovsk they hope to return
to American soil with a non-stop dash
across the Sea of Okhotsk and the Ber
ing Sea to Nome, Alaska. Thence they
plan to return to New York across Can
ada without a stop in an effort to bet
ter the record of eight days, 15 hours
and 51 minutes. , , T
While they lost precious time In their
forced landing at Jietiegari, between
Moscow and Omsk, and are flying a
much slower plane than Post and Gatty,
they hope to make up the ,_lost hours
with a quick getaway at Khabarovsk
and a dash across Northern Canada to
their starting point. They left Floyd
Bennett Field, N. Y„ at 5:18 a.m.
Eastern standard time, last Tuesday.
6econd Attempt to Fly to Tokio Ends
at Fairbanks, Alaska.
. FAIRBANKS, Alaska, August 3 m.—
The monoplane Fort Worth landed here
at 7:35 a m. after falling In its second
attempted non-stop Seattle Tokio flight..
The Fort Worth took off from Sea-.tie !
yesterday at 7:02 a.m. (10:02 a.m.
(Continued on Page 2, Column 2.)
Officer Swept Overboard as Royal
Boat la Going to Cowes
By the Associated Press.
COWES. Isle of Wight, August 3.
King George witnessed a tragedy today,
when the second mate of his own yacht
Britannia was swept overboard and
drowned. The yact, with his majesty
aboard, was on the way to participate
In the opening race of the Cowes regatta.
It was a boisterous day, with a choppy
•ea, and the yachts were running close
reefed at great speed. !
Suddenly it was noticed from the
shore that the Britannia had hove to,
her head to the wind, as the cry “man
overboard" waa raised.
Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock also
hove to, and other boats rushed to the
vicinity. The Britannia’s crew tossed a
Use buoys, but the seaman could not reach
It. and disappeared before boats could
get to him.
He was Ernest Friend. He waa mar
ried and had four children.
Entered as second class matter
post office, Washington, P. C,
A’s Take First
AJB. K. H. O. A. K
Myer, tb. 5 0 2 2 0 0
Manash, 1f.... 5 0 2 1 0 0
Crania, 5a.... 5 0 1 2 5 0!
Harris, rs 4 11 1 O ©
! Blaege, ... 4 O 1 O O O j
{ Hayes, 3b.... 0 10-000
; West, cf 4 O 11 O O
| Kobe!, lb 4 O 2 8 O O
j Spencer, 4 0 0 0 1 0
j Jones, p 1 O 1 O O O
1 Hadley, p,.... 1 O O O O O
| Hargrave .... 1 O O O O O
38 211 24 11 O
Um wave batted far Hadley la nlath.
4.11a B. H. O. A. E.
Bishop,-tb.... 3 0 1 5 8 0
Cramer, e5.... 4 115 0 0
Cochran* e... 3 1 2 3 0 0
Simmons, 1f... 4 1 12 0 0
Foxx, lb. 3 0 0 7 0 0
Miller, rs 4 0 1 2 O O
I McNair, 3b... 4 O 11 4 1
j Beley, sa. 3 O 1 2 2 O
j Grave, p. 3 0.0 O 1 O
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Phan. O 0300000 x— s
Kum batted In—Cochrane. Ilnnui. Miller,
Blnetc. Kahel.
Two-baie hlta—MeWalr. Cochrane (t), Sim
mom. Harrla.
Three-baie hit—Cramer.
Double slay—McNair ta Bilbos to Foxx.
Left on baici—Washington. 10; Philadel
phia. 9.
Base on balls—Off Jones, ti off Hadley. It
off Grove. 1.
Struck out—By Jones, ti by Hadley, t by
Grove. !
Hits—Off Jones. «. In *l-S tnnlnss.
Wild pitch—Jones. .
empires—Messrs. Moriarty, Nallln and Van
Griff Rally in Eighth Falls
Short—Sam Jones Driven
From Box.
Eamshaw and Fischer were the
opposing pitchers In the second
game. The score was oto 0 In the
first Inning.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.. August 3 —The
Athletics turned on the Nationals here
this afternoon and took ths first game
of today's double-header.
The score was 3 to 2.
A triple, two doubles, a single and a
wild pitch drove Sam Jones from the
box and gave the Athletics three runs.
Hadley relieved Jones.
Hits by Harris, Bluege, West and
Kuhel gave the Griffs two In the eighth.
Bluege was forced to leave the' game
In that Inning because of the heat.
WASHINGTON Myer singled to
right. Manush popped to Boley. Cro
nin was safe when McNair fumbled,
Myer stopping at second. McNair
threw out Harris. Bluege filed to Sim
mons. No runs.
PHILADELPHIA—Bishop singled to
center. Cramer tapped In front of the
plate and was thrown out by Spencer.
Cochrane walked. Simmons forced
Cochrane, Cronin to Myer. Fox walked,
filling the bases. Miller forced Foxx,
Myer to Cronin. No runs.
Washington—West lofted to Miller.
Bishop, threw out Kuhel. Spencer filed
ito Miller. No runs.
Philadelphia—McNair bounced a dou
ble off the third sack. Kuhel packed up
Boley’s bunt and threw to Bluege too
late to catch McNair going to third. It i
was a sacrifice for Boley. Myer knocked i
down Grove’s liner and threw to Spen- ■
cer, getting McNair at the plate. Boley
stopped at second. Bishop drove into i
a double play, Myer to Cronin to Kuhel. •
No runs.
WASHINGTON —Jones singled to
left. Myer forced Jones with a bounder
to Bishop, who stepped on second.
Manush got a single with a looper to
short center that Bishop caught, but
dropped as Boley ran into him. Myer,
stopped at second. Cronin took a third j
strike. Harris flieQ deep to Cramer. !
No runs.
PHILADELPHIA—Cramer tripled to
center. Cochrane doubled down the
first-base line, scoring Cramer. A
wild pitch allowed Cochrane to take
third. Simmons doubled to cen
ter, scoring Cochrane. Foxx took a i
third strike. Miller singled to left,,
scoring Slmrrtyns. Jones was rejieved j
(Continued on Page 2, Column 7.) ;
H. B. Teegarden was installed In office
: today as solicitor to the Federal Power:
Commission. He took the oath Satur- j
Mr. Teegarden. whose appointment
was announced early in July, comes to :
• the Power Commission after seven years ;
in the Anti-Trust Division of the De-!
partment of Justice, where he was spe-;
cial assistant to the Attorney Oeneral.
He succeeds Charles A. Russell, whose
removal In the reorganization of the
commission last December precipitated
a heated controversy with the Senate.
Semi-Invalid, Husband and Mother Plan to Camp During
Efforts to Regain Their Home.
Br the Associated Frees.
LOS ANGELES, August 3.—Evicted
| from a house in the', fashionable Los
! Felix sectionr a family J)t three has
j made Itself comfortable in an encamp
: ment bf household goods on an ad
lacent ride street. Tea is poured by a
! faithful man servant.
Mrs. Ethel Valentine lawson, semi
invalid, said she and her husband,
Thomas Lawson. 40, had been moved
into the street Wednesday night after
losing the house through legal pro
ceedings which shedid not understand.
With them mi Mrs. Lawton’s mother,
f ‘
W\t Mtuenira
Settlements Bank Directors
Set Up Committee to
Survey Needs. -
One-Fourth Share in $100,000,000
Extended Reich Carried Over
for Three Months.
i Br the Associated Press.
BASEL, Switzerland. August 3.—Di
j rectors of the Bank for International
! Settlements today voted to renew for a
maximum of three months the bank's
one-fourth share in the $100,000,000
rediscount credit to Germany which
expires at the end of this week.
The Bank of France, the Bank of
England and the Federal Reserve Bank
of New *ork are equal subscribers to
, this credit.
The directors also formally consti
tuted a committee to Inquire into the
financial situation of Germany, setting
. the first meeting for next Saturday aft
. emoon at Basel.
Wiggin May Be Chairman.
This committee will elect its own
chairman and evolve Its own method ol
1 procedure for studying Germany’s im
mediate needs and the possibilities of
converting some the present short-term
credits into long-term credits.
Informed quarters here think it prob
able Albert H. Wiggin, chairman of the
governing board of the Chase National
Bank of New York, will be chosen
chairman of the committee and that
after an organization meeting here the
committee will move to Berlin.
Examination of the bank’a situation
as of July 31 disclosed deposits of 1,-
632,000,000 Swiss francs (about s3ls.-
240,000), a decrease of 148,000.000
francs ($23,860,000), as compared with
the previous month.
Loss Partly Made Up.
This decrease resulted, a communique
from the bank explained, from the
moratorium under the Hoover plan and
from withdrawals which Germany had
to make in order to meet the situation
created by the flow of capital from Ger
many to various parts of Europe.
The loss to the Bank for Interna
tional Settlements from these causes
has been compensated in part by new
deposits of some central banks, Into
whose markets there has been a fresh
Influx of capital.
The official communique mid the di
rectors had taken note of reports on
the financial situation of Austria and
Hungary, but made no comment about
The monthly meeting was adjourned
at noon. Dr. Hans Luther, president of
the Reichsbank, and Montagu Norman,
governor of the Bank of England, were
absent today, and also did not attend
yesterday's preliminary discussions.
500.000 BUSHELS
National Grain Body in Northwest
Cuts Storage—Stabilization
Surplua Untouched.
Br the Associated Press.
SPOKANE, Wash.. August 3.—Half a
million bushels of wheat was sold for
export last week by the Western office
of Farmers’ National Grain Corpora
tion, Edgar W. Smith, assistant man
-1 ager, has revealed..
One cargo—about a quarter of a mil
i lion bushels of white wheat—was sold
ito the United Kingdom. The other
; cargo was turkey red and went to the
“This wheat was not Grain Stabiliza
tion Corporation wheat, but Northwest
, wheat, held by Farmers’ National Grain
Corporation in its warehouses at Port
land and Seattle," said Smith. “The
Stabilization Corporation is holding its
; stocks off the market to avoid depress
ing the price the farmer might receive
J for his new crop.
I “Sale of , these two carloads of "bulk
; wheat will aid materially In relieving
, congestion In storage facilities.”
New York City Appropriates $75,-
■ 000 As 114 New Cases Develop.
! NEW YORK. August 3 (&).—'The city
! administration todav authorized a $75,-
| 000 appropriation to aid In combatting
| infantile paralysis, an unusually large
; number of cases cf which have de
; .eloped in the metropolitan area during
: the last few weeks.
,!• In the five boroughs of Greater New
• York, 114 cases of the disease were re
, ! ported over the week end, bringing the
j total, since Julj 1, to 802..
;j • —•
[j Amy Johnaon Leaves Chita.
! | MOSCOW, August 3 OP).—Amy John
! son, British woman flyer, on the way
. from England to Tokio, landed at Chita
; at 7 p.m. (8 a.m. Eastern standard time)
i yesterday, and took off on the next leg
I of her journey at 11:30 p.m. (12:30p.m.
Eastern standard time) Sunday.
Mrs. H. B. Brownlow of Yuma, Arte,
t Settled down In the midst of chain,
, sofas' and beds, with an Improvised
canvas awning as shelter and an oil
1 stove to cook on, the women expressed
’ themselves as determined to stay pend
■ lng legal proceedings to regain the
Mrs. George Guild, new owner of the
> property, said she obtained It for $14,•
, 000 after a mortgage foreclosure and
I that the Lawsons were given notice
r two }ears ago to vacate.
Police said the household furniture
. would have to be removed- from the
, .street by noon taday,
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| 125 Others,'in Poorly Ventilated Space 20
Feet Square, Ordered Taken Outside.
Relief Due Late Today.
Herded like animals Into a small,
poorly ventilated police court cell block,
more than 50 of 175 prisoners await- ,
lng trial were affected by the heat to- ]
day. Five of them were removed to <
Emergency Hospital for treatment. 1
Informed of the conditions In the cell ,
block, court officials ordered the pris- ,
oners released to a courtyard back of i
the court building, where police and '
court attaches stood guard while they j
were marched to and from trial.
The 175, brought to court from the \
precincts and District Jail for trial In :
the four branches of the tribunal, es
tablished a record for the year. One 1
hundred and thirty-six. arrested for 1
drunkenness and disorderly conduct,
were crowded Into a 20-foot square. i
These prisoners scarcely had room to :
move, with many of them still affected
Wickersham Appeals to Hoo
ver for Funds to Probe
Court Cases.
Hie Wickersham Commission today
coupled a plea for $29,000 to carry on
its incompleted study of the Federal
courts with a report that preliminary
investigation had shown prohibition
cases to dominate the entire volume of
criminal proceedings in one State.
.In a letter to President Hoover,
Chairman Wickersham aatd the com
mission had thought it “Inexpedient to
apply to Congress” for more funds. He
indicated the needed sum, If raised,
would be turned over to the American
Law Institute.
Report on Progress.
The letter was attached to a “prog*
! resa report" on the study of the courts,
( prepared by a committee of nationally
known legal scholars. Including Justice
Roberts of the United States Supreme
Court, Dean Charles E. Clarke of the
Tale Law School, chairman, and Presi
dent Robert M. Hutchins of the Uni
versity of Chicago.
The report Included as a sample a
“tentative analysis” of conditions in
Connecticut, in which It was asserted
that “the total Increase In the number
of crimes has been taken up by prohi
bition cases.”
Warning that the results from one
district were not enough to justify con
; elusions for all, the report said never
> theless that the prohibition law had
■ given rise to “a very special treats
; ment” of its cases In the courts, in
which fines played a heavy role as
r compared with actual imprisonments.
Rockefeller Gives Half.
In his letter, Wickersham informed
the President that the Rockefeller
Foundation had agreed to donate half
the $50,000 needed to carry on the court
. study provided the other half would be
r raised from other sources and the
i American Law institute step “Into thg
(.Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
i Finding of Body in Mud Grave
Leads to Jailing of
■' Br the Associated Press.
CORPUS CHRIST!, Tex.. August 3.
Newton Yarberry was held today In
connection with the death of Dorothy
Doris Symons, IS, whose body, clad In
a bathing suit, was found In a grave
. of mud and seaweed at the edge of the
, channel near Aransas Pass Saturday
I night
[ The girl bad left home in Aransas
I Pass 48 hours before to attend choir
. practice. Searchers found her tody. An
> inquest verdict reported she met death
,by strangulation. ; v ,
• I Police said Yarberry was the laat per
. sen seen with the victim. Pacing an
[ examining trial Tuesday on a charge
• cf murder, Yarberry was in jail at
lElnton, Tex. . - --
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by the alcohol which caused their ar
rest. They dropped so fast that for a
while the court’s facilities for treating
them were completely swamped. The
Emergency Hospital ambulance was
called and a doctor from the Institution
assisted In the treatment.
All of the more thin half a hundred
who were reported given treatment of
some kind were being held for trial In
the District of Columbia Branch, where
Judge Robert E. Mattingly was dispos
ing of them at a rat* cf almost one per
minute. Th* judge’* court room was
almost as hot and crowded as the cell
below. Judge Mattingly was lenient, al
lowing many to go free with merely a
reprimand and order small fines or
shert jail sentences In many of the
other casts.
Those taken to the hospital for treat
ment were: William R. Smith, James
Irwin. George T. Baker, colored; Car
(Continued on Page 2, Columns.)
Hyde Receives Survey Re
sults From Plagued
States Today.
Br the Associated Press.
3.—Secretary Arthur M. Hyde of the
Department of Agriculture says his sur
vey of drought and grasshopper damage
will be guided by airmail reports he
expects to receive today from Montana,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota
and lowa.
The Secretary intends to make a trip
to Central and Northeastern Montana.
After covering these sections he plans
to go to Bismarck, N. Dak., and north
eastward from there. Secretary Hyde
said he expected to hold conferences
with Govs. Erickson of Montana, Shafer
of North Dakota and Olson of Minne
Asked about his authority to make
loans at present in areas invaded by
grasshopper hordes, the Secretary said
it was for the controller of the Treas
ury Department to decide whether the
loans were to be granted.
Insatiable Millions Sweep Over Western
Corn Belt.
DES MOINES, lowa, August 3 (JP). —
The grasshoppers are hopping right
along, with appetites that seem to be
Encouraged, however, by the success
of some farmers in North and South
Dakota, lowa, Nebraska and Minnesota
exterminating the pests with poison
mixed with bran and molasses, the
lowa Department of Agriculture pre
pared today to spread the mixture by
airplane over the waste lands of lowa
in an effort to halt the Invasion of the
In addition to playing havpc with
farm crops, the insects nave been eat
ing everything from feathers to fork
Take the word of Dr. C. J. Drake,
State entomologist, tne grasshoppers
will eat almost anything.
He reported that in Western lowa a
wagon tongue had been partially eaten
by the insects. They devoured so much
of it that it had to be replaced.
Mr the Associated Press.
LONDON, August 3.—Seventeen yean
ago today, on just such a sunny August
bank holiday, Germany declared war on
France, and during the afternoon Great
Britain pledged her support to her
neighbor across the Channel. On Au
gust 4, 1914, Britain declared war on
Seashores and open country spaces
were massed today with holiday makers,
just as they were 17 yean ago. News
papen recalled that back in 1914 the
crowds on Hempstead HeCth sang the
“On a Monday afternoon such as this
we committed ounelves to a war which
cost us the death or mutilation of
rare oc 113,000.000,000 (about scs.ooo,-
000,000),” the Evening Standard said.
/ : ‘ '
Thunderhead Formation
Grips Plane in Most Freak
ish of Experiences.
By the Associated Pres*.
CLEVELAND, August 3.—Pilot Ralph
C. Wensinger recounted today one of the
most nerve-chilling, freakish airplane
flights ever experienced and survived.
He made the flight above the Cleveland
Airport yesterday while making his
dally ascension to 18,000 feet to make
weather tests for the United States
Weather Bureau.
Wensinger said he drove his plane
purposely into a cloud formation known
as a "thunderhead.” Once Inside it,
he said, tremendous air forces gripped
his plane, took It out of his control,
shot it upward at 1,400 feet a minute,
pushed It sideways nearly 70 miles an
hour, and then finally released the
grasp to let the plane and occupant
escape undamaged.
Cottonlike Clouds.
A thunderhead, Wensinger said. Is a
towering mass of cottonlike clouds,
which rise sometimes to a height of
several miles.
The pilot said he had no sooner
entered the cloud formation than “my
plane was thrown around as I had
never known a plane to be before. I
was blind, of course, in the cloud, and
didn’t have the least idea what position
I was in.
“My instruments were useless, due
to the rapid gyrations of the ship, ex
cept for the rate of climb Indicator,
which showed that I was being lifted
1,400 feet a minute.
“Pushing the stick forward to the
Instrument board. I dived until the air
speed indicator showed 165 miles an
hour, and still my downward speed
was less than the rate of the upward
“It seemed years, but it was only
a few minutes later that I broke out
of the cloud still diving at 45 degrees.”
Not satisfied with this hair-raising
experience, Wensinger picked a much
smaller thunderhead and tried It again.
“If anything, the second had worse
winds than the first,” he s&ld. "This
time the updraft carried me to the
mushroom top of the cloud.
Ceases Rising.
“There the updraft and the plane
ceased rising at the same time, like a
fast elevator hitting the celling. I kept
on going, however, my safety belt hav
ing become unfastened In the Jolting of
a few seconds before.
“The only things that kept me from
being thrown out were my parachute,
which caught against the cowling, and
my heels, which hooked under the seat.
“I was away from the controls en
tirely, and the plane was blown side
ways by the strong air current which
spread horizontally over the top of the
A moment later, however, Wensinger
got the plane under control again and
swore off thunderclouds forever I
Tiny Sloop Croaset Ocean.
PLYMOUTH, England, August 3 UP.
—The tiny sloop yacht Ahto. manned
by Ahto Walter and C. T. Barber,
reached Plymouth today after a trans
atlantic voyage from Newport, R. I. It
left after the transatlantic racing yachts
on July 4.
Racketeers Collect From Victims, But New Manager
Later Proves Right to Land.
A new automobile park Inc "racket”
was uncovered today when motorists
accustomed to parking their machines
on the vacant lot at Twelfth and C
streets were asked to pay a month's
rent for space already bought.
The victims, numbering 100 or more,
consisted chiefly of employes of the
Post Office Department and Internal
Revenue Bureau.
Inquiry revealed that last week they
had paid $3 in advance for August
rental, but, on coning to work this
morning they were told they had to pay
$S more for the space, the lot having
changed management.
What became of the man who had
been naming the parking lot and who
bad collected the $3 no one could find
The new manager, L. L. Cumberland
of Hyattsvtlle, Md., said he had rented
the lot from the Treasury for $337.50 a
month, and produced a contract signed
by F. A. Birglield, chief clerk, to prove it.
Those who have been vicUmiaed ap
parently will have to take their lorn and
uka it. f*"«»*"g to whg ag
“From Press to Homo
Within the Hour”
The Star’s carrier system covers
every city block and the regular edi
tion is delivered to Washington homes
as fast as the papers are printed.
**¥ Mum Associated Press.
Contractor Denies Pay Scale
Not Maintained for
Complaint Sayi Outside Men Get
V to $7 Per Day—Organised
Workers Given sll.
Complaints from union leaders against |
the rates of wages and the number of
hours of work per day In the painting
of the interior of the huge Internal
Revenue Building has precipitated an
lnveslgation by the Labor Department
under authority of the Bacon-Davis
“prevailing wage” law, It developed to
This is one of the first major con
struction Jobs of the Federal Govern
ment in Washington on which the Labor
Department has been asked to render
a decision as to compliance with the
new wage law enacted by the last Con
gress, prescribing that on Government
jobs the contractors must pay the pre
vailing scale of wages.
|5 to $7 Per Day Paid.
- The complaint filed with the office of
the Secaretafy of Labor by union leaders
charges' that the painting of the In
ternal Revenue Building is being done
by men brought here from out of town,
who are being paid from (5 to $7 per
day. and that these men are being
workM as much as 11 hours per day
and sometimes on Sundays, it was re
ported today at the Labor Department.
Investigation by other sources pro
duced information purporting to show
that the men engaged on the Job, or
some of them, are being paid *8 per
day. The union painters In Washing
ton have an established rate of sll a
Following receipt of the complaint
from the union painters* organization,
the Labor Department started an in
vestigation of the wages being paid on
the Internal Revenue Building job.
Under the Bacon-Davis act the Secre
tary of Labor Is the judge of such dis
putes as to what is the “prevailing rate
of wages” on Government building oper
Law Aimed at Abuses.
The law was enacted, for one thing,
to stop alleged abuses said to have re
sulted from "cut-rate” contractors
gaining low bids on Federal jobs and
then employing bands of unemployed
workmen from other c;r.?s than the one
In which the project was to be erected
at much lower rates of wage than those
existing at the site of the jobs.
The contract for the paint work on
the Internal Revenue Building was
awarded to. and is being carried out by,
the Alliance Construction Co., New York
Citv which Is non-union. Herman
Morris Is the head of the organization.
The contract provides for a payment
of $78,896 for the work. It specifies
that the 2,300,000 square feet of plaster
walls In the building be given five coats
of paint. . , . _
Reports from Government inspectors,
it was said today at the office of the
supervising architect, indicate that the
work generally has proved “satis
f*lt°was added, however, that on this
job, as on other Government projects,
work here and there has had to be
ordered dene over. ,
The District of Columbia Committee
on Employment, as well ss leaders of
union painters, has been Investigating
complaints that Washington painters
have b:en discriminated against In the
employment of men on the job and that
the prevailing wage scale Is net being
paid. George J. Adams, secretary of the
committee, said today he had been un
able to date to verify complaints re
Hinges on sll Rate.
Action by the Department of Labor
is expected to h!hge on the question of
whether the union scale of sll per day
(Continued on Pdge 2, Column 1.)
Two Children Also Seriously
Wounded in Shooting.
UP).— Mrs. Plato Edney, daughter of a
Hendersonville banker, was shot to
death and her- two children seriously
wounded at their home near here to
day. Sheriffs posses immediately began
a search of the nearby mountains for
Edney, a well-to-do farmer, who has
been missing since the shooting.
Because of the remoteness of the
section, details of the shooting are
Soon after Sheriff W. A Darren led
a posse into ihe hills, he sent back a
request that bloodhounds be obtained
from Buncombe County.
the Government could do nothing about
it. The Increase In rental price from
$2 to $3 was explained by Cumberland
as due to the fact he paid rent for the
space, whereas the previous manager
had the use of the lot rent free while
the site was being cleared for the new
Post Office Department Building.
Blrgfield said- the former manager
had no agreement with the Govern
ment to use the lot as a parking space
and that If he did so “it nust have
been under an arrangement with Che
wrecking company.”
Officials of the wrecking company
■aid they knew nothing of him.
To prevent any further swindling of
Government employes under similar
circumstances, the Treasury Depart
ment has inserted In contracts for
wrecking buildings on Government sites
a clause prohibiting use of the lots for
parking. After the Government has
taken over the lots from the wrecking
companies. Blrgfield said. It rents them
out to responsible parties to be used
for parking automobiles, but to insuifc
against loss to motorists will past signs
showing the date the lots are to be
ggtveß up Chf construction work,
Saturday's Circulation, 104,M4
Sunday’s Circulation, 116,17$
Labor Union Proposal Shun
ned, Negotiation With Indi
vidual Companies Urged.
Action With Each Carrier Is Held
Impractical—Difficulties Would
Be Intensified.
! The railroads of the country, acting
through the Association of Railway Ex
ecutives. have refused the request of
the organized railway employes for
a general conference to discuss
growing unemployment in the ranks
of the rail workers, it was learned
today. The refusal has drawn a re
sponse that Indicates general dissatis
faction by the union forces with the
turn that the matter has taken.
This situation came Into the open to
- day when It developed that the confer
ence here last week of the Railway
Labor Executives’ Association had gone
on record as rejecting the suggestion of
the carriers that the question be taken
up with the Individual lines.
Reply Sharply Critical.
The reply to the rail executives Is
known to have been sharply critical
and to have expressed the view
they are taking an Indifferent attitude
toward the problems of labor in connec
tion with the troubles with which the
railroad industry as a whole la con
It was brought out here at the bus
truck co-ordination hearings this past
’ Winter that the brotherhoods were
seeking a general conference with the
carriers to discuss their problems.
. This movement came to a head In the
Spring, when the Railway Labor Ex
ecutives' Association, representing 21
unions with a membership of approxi
mately 1,500,000, sent a letter to R. H.
Aiohton, chairman of the Association
of Railway Executives, proposing such
a meeting.
It was suggested that this meeting
would discuss regulation of other trans
portation service. Including highway,
waterway and pipe line carriage look
ing toward the “elimination of unfair
competition,” and unemployment.
Propose Relief Diseaasion.
In connection with the latter, the
unions propor ed to discuss relief meas
ures, including stabilisation of em
ployment. and the shortening and re
arrangement of the work day. with a
minimum force of employes. This
would involve, in general, the six-hour
day and five-day week which the
brotherhoods have been agitating for
some time.
This letter also went forward to the
individual carriers.
In reply, the unions were Informed
that the Association of Railway Execu
; tlves-does not deal with labor matters
because of the diversity of conditions
' throughout the country as regards labor
problems, and because of the technical
details connected with them, and that
1 is was the sentiment of the railroads
that this question should be handled *
through customary channels—meaning
the Individual lines,
i Attention also was called to the re
. suits that had been obtained In
! handling the unemployment situation
by Independent action.
Reiterates Policy.
; On the question of competitive trans
, portation agencies, the policy of the
, carriers was reiterated —that all they
'■ seek la equality; that the public is
, entitled to the best service at the low-
I est reasonable cost, and that effective
' co-ordination should be worked out If
It was added that the chairman and
general counsel had been appointed as
a medium of contact with the unions
to facilitate co-operation.
■ This was the situation confronting
the unions when they met here last
' week, under the chairmanship of D. B.
Robertson, president of the Brother
hood of Locomotive Firemen and En
The best part of a day was given over
to debate on the matter, and In the
end It was made known that the union
forces would continue to work for •
national conference.
I Unions Disappointed.
L The reaction of the unions to the
, stand of the carriers was characterised
r as one of disappointment. It had been
. anticipated, It was said, that the rail
t executives would be willing to discuss
• competition, but even on this subject,
s it was added, the method of negotia
tion, with two representatives of the
. executives, did not indicate the extent
l of Interest which the labor leaden had
hoped to arouse with their proposal for
[ a national gathering.
t As for the counter-proposal of the
l carriers that the question of unem
ployment be taken up with the in
dividual lines, the union leaden say
that this Is not practical.
Pointing out that there ar i many dif
flculies In way of solution, the brother
hoods said that these would be lntensi
; fled if any railroad attempted to cops
1 with them'regardless of other systems.
Employer and employe before have ex
perienced the difficulties of establishing
any fundamental policy without com
' mon purpose and co-operation through
out the Industry, it was added.
The. unions are understood to have
informed the executives that in view
of the present impwase, they can only
assume that the railroads are unwilling
i to deal In a constructive way with
i existing conditions, but hope they will
I be brought to realisation that com
i mon counsel Is necessary In the emer
• gency.
> They believe. It Is said, that proper
> planning and foresight would do much
to relieve the burden.
’' President Pells Biff Deer bp Ac
curate Shot at 900 Pact.
KBERSWALDE, Germany, August $
‘ UP). —President von Hindenburg. who Is
■ nearly $4 yean old, once more proved
' his prowess as a hunter by bagging a
> royal stag of 20 points, the biggest he
' ever shot while spending the week end
> at his hunting lodge at Scborfheide, $0
I miles from Berlin.
i The feat was all the more remarkable
l because the stag was felled by an ac
■ curate shoulder-blade shot, which Is the
i test of sure marksmanship. The aged
i President made yneter shot at a
of 300 v—t in ML
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