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DEMOCRATIC RULE TD FAVOR SOUTH Most of House Committee Chairmanships Would Go to Seven States. BY WILL P. KENNEDY. Should the Democrats organise the Rouse at the opening of the seventy «sec> i ond Congress In Deccmbc It will mean not only the election of the Speaker and floor leader, but the chairmanship of at least 30 of the committees, of which probably seven would go to Texas. While a series of deaths since the last Congress closed have given the Democrats a present majority of one, the official standing being. Democrats, 314; Republicans, 213; Farmer-I*bor, one, and vacancies, seven, it must not be overlooked that, all of these vacan cies probably will be filled before Con gress meets In December. Neither Re publican nor Democratic leaders expect to see any overthrows in any of the vacant districts—that is. Rspublicans will probably be elected to fill Repub lican vacancies and Democrats to fill Democratic vacancies. Vigorous cam paigns are under way. but no further change in party lines Is anticipated. The one chance for Democratic con trol seems to be whether Stanley H. Kuns. Democrat, will be seated from the eighth Illinois district, or whether Peter C. Granata, Republican, will be seated. The Democrats claim this seat by virtue of a court decision in favor of Kuna, but the Republicans say that merely gives Kunz the right to make a contest before the House Itself for the seat which belongs to Granata by vir tue of a certificate of election Issued to him following the election last year. IS Deaths Since Election. When the elections were held last November, the result was: Republicans. 2 IS; Democrats, 216; Parmer-Labor, one. Since then there have been 13 deaths, a record-breaking number. Os the seven vacancies, five will be filled by elections on November 3 —the first and twentieth Ohio districts, the eighth Michigan, second Pennsylvania and the Seventh New York. The New Jersey Legislature Is to meet in special session tomorrow to amend the election laws so that a successor to Representa tive Ackerman can be elected before Congress meets. Gov. Wyant of New Hampshire Is making arrangements for an early election of a successor to Rep resentative Fletcher Hale. Seldom In history has the entire Houae membership of 435 been in at tendance at an organisation session at the opening of a new Congress, but a special drive will be made by leaders of both parties to have their full strength mustered on December 7. It Is also probable that, while there will be a sort of free-for-all contest In the Republican caucus with favored sons of half a doeen or more States put forward as candidates, after a few complimentary ballots the fight will close down to between Tilson of Con necticut and Snell of New York. After that contest Is decided —and it may be by the election of a third or compromise candidate—lt is a pretty aafe conclusion that the Republican membership will vote solidly for the Republican candi date whoever he may be. Garner and Byrns. If the Democrats should happen to hold control, Representative John N. Gamer of Texas will be elected Speaker, and probably Representative Joseph W. Byrns of Tennessee, ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee will be made floor leader. This would take Oarner. the ranking man. from Ways •nd Means, and Byrns. the ranking man. from Appropriation*. Under the seniority rule at least 30 •f the committee chairmanships would go to representatives from Southern Mates. Out of scarcely a dosen committees on which Northern Representatives may be chairman under the seniority rules, a number have Southern men next In line, so that In the adjustment where aome vetertm Democrat Is by seniority entitled to his choice between several chairmanships, a Southern Democrat who stands In second place may get a chairmanship. For example, Repre sentative Lorlng M. Black, Jr., of New York. Is In line for chairman of three committees and second In line on sev , eral others. He must choose, if the Democrats are in control, between Edu cation, Claims and Revision of Laws. If he prefers the chairmanship of Edu cation then the chairmanship of Claims would go to Representative J. Bayard Clark of North Carolina. Several Democratic members would * thus have their choice of several chair - ' manshlps: Lanham of Texas either Patents or Public Buildings and Grounds; Jeffers of Alabama, either Election of the President, etc., or Civil t service, and Rankin of Mississippi. V either Census or World War Veterans * Legislation. Texas and Alabama. ? Under the seniority rule. If the Demo crats sre in control, Texas is sure of at at least six, and probably one or two more chairmanships; Agriculture. Mar sin Jones; Appropriations. James P. Buchanan; Judiciary. Hatton W Sum ners; Patents or Public Buildings and Grounds. Frit* G. Lanham: Rivers and Harbors. Joseph J. Mansfield. But Alabama will come a close sec ond with five probable chairmanships; banking and currency, Henry B. Stea gall; civil service or election of Presi dent. etc.. Lamar Jeffers: roads. Ed ward B. Almon, and war claims. Miles C. Algood. , , , j North Carolina. Mississippi ar.d Georgia would be entitled to four chair manships each and South Carolina to three. _ .. This would give to seven Southern States the chairmanships of 28 of the biggest committees In the House. The probable lineup on committee chairmanships under the seniority practice of giving the chairmanship to the Democrat who has served longest on the committee is as follows: Accounts —Representative Lindsay C. Warren of North Carolina Agriculture— Representative Marvin Jones of Texas. Appropriations —Representative James P. Buchanan of Texas Banking and currency—Representa tive Henry B. Steagall of Alabama. Census —Representative John E. Ran kin of Mississippi. Woman on D. C. Group. Civil Service —Representative Lamar Jeffers of Alabama. Claims—Representative Lorlng M. Black. jr„ of New York. Coinage, weights and measures— Representative Edgar Howard of Ne braska Disposition of useless executive pa pers Representative Robert A. Green of Florida. District of Columbia- Representative Christopher D. Sulim of New York is first in line, but Is expected to give way to Mrs. Mary T. Norton of New Jersey. Education—Representative Lorlng M. Black, Jr., of New York. Election of President, Vice President and Representatives in Congress—Rep resentative Lamar Jeffers of Alabama. 4 Elections No. I— Representative Ed ' ward E Eslick of Tennessee. * Elections No. 2.— Representative John J Douglass of Massachusetts. Elections No. 3. —Representative John H Kerr of North Carolina. Enrolled Bills- — Representative Mell t O. Underwood of Ohio. Linthicum on Foreign Affairs. . Expenditure* in the Executive De i partments Representative Allard H. Casque of South Carolina. * Flood Control—Representative Riley ( J. Wilson of Louisiana. Y Foreign Affsir*—Representative J. ( misjjf Linthicum of Maryland, | MTfcUnma and Nature Motion— From the Front Row Reviews end News of Washington s Theaters. "The Woman Between" Is Played by Lily Dam It*. , ,*» ■ >HE woman of many moods,” *6 I Lily D*miia hss ample I opportunity to use them JL in "The Woman Between." currently being exhibited at the Rialto. As the exotic wife of a rich business man, she falls in love with her step 0 I.lly Damita. sou. runs a dressmaking es j tab 11 s h ment, dashes back and , J forth between European capi tals, and is about the most leg less woman who ever occupied a man’s home. Eventually, after she realizes that her hi’ - band Is THE man. she cairn* down long enough to have lunch with him and plan life all over again, in a house where the Mediterranean Is the front lawn. Miss Damita. whose methods of ebullient hilarity In the stage suc cess "Sons o’ Guns” raised her to particular heights, is much more credible when she laughs than when sfe cries. The director in this has made her pose like a clothes model. Futhermore, although she is meant not to get along In the household, there Is little reason why she should slide around like a panther and why her husband’s friends should n t be alarmed at her, since her costumes are reminiscent of Lenore Ulric's Lulu Belle. Miss Damita is occa sionally comely, and, but for 'long strips of colored gauze around her throat, might be so at all times. But this business of standing around and posing a la Alfred Cheney Johnson begins to pall after a while. All of which Is to say that the film lacks the spark of life and the red blood of reality. It Is sluggish and by no means well drawn, either by line or by character. While It Is a fact that many stepmothers are shunned by their stepchildren, a positive hatred like Miss Seagar s seems slightly overdone, and the fact that the rich father should be so blind as not to realize that youth must have youth Is another exas perating point. The upshot Is meant to he happy. But is it? O. P. Heggie, who undertakes the role of the father, Is not as fine as he usually is, Miss Damita is doubt fully cast. Lester Vail Is better than he has been in any film so far, and 14-year-old Anita Louise, acting the part of a young debutante. Is far too young for her assignment, although she tries hard, and often nearly suc ceeds. All in the oast, however, have an up-hill battle, and it Is not their fault If they don’t win. E. de S. MELCHER. "Bead U Reno,” at the Earle, Vividly Pictures Divorce. DENO is painted with all the col “ ors that stem necessary to give the Impression of a rendezvous for persons who have but the one In stinct —to seek pleasure and a sort of recreation —In the week’s attrac tion at the Earle Theater. The vivid reproduction of the surging crowd, shaking off one set of bonds and taking others which are untested, has no place for business or profes sion save the making of divorce easy. Neighborly Hollywood has had no difficulty in understanding the spirit and has performed well In putting It on the screen. Only here and there can serious thoughts be made ! evident —when remorse and indig nation come to plague the chief actors In new deals for domestic life. Even the hotel clerk and his asso ciate telephone operator arc pictured as cynics, to whom life is but a pro cession of married and unmarried Representative Samuel Dlckstein of New i York. Indian Affairs—Representative John | M. Evans of Montana. Insular Affairs—Representative Chris topher D. Bullivan of New York. Interstate and Foreign Commerce — j Representative Bam Rayburn of Texas. Invalid Pensions —Representative Mell G. Underwood of Ohio. Irrigation and Reclamation —Repre- sentative William C. Lankford of Georgia. Judiciary—Representative Hatton W. Bumners of Texas. Quin on Military Affairs. Labor—Representative William P. Connery, Jr., of Massachusetts. Library—Representative Lindsay C. Warren of North Carolina. Memorials—Representative Mary T. Norton of New Jersey. Merchant Marine and Fisheries—Rep- , resentattve Edwin L. Davis of Tennes see. Military Affairs—Representative Percy S. Quin of Mississippi. Mines and Mining—Representative Arthur H. Greenwood of Indiana. Naval Affairs—Representative Carl Vinson of Georgia. Patents —Representative Fritz Lan ham of Texas. Pensions —Representative Allard H. Gasque of South Carolina. Post Office and Post Roads —Repre- sentative Thomas M. Bell of Georgia. Printing—Representative William F Stevenson of South Carolina. Public Buildings and Grounds —Rep- resentative Fritz G. Lanham of Texas. Public Lands —Representative John M. Evans of Montana. Pou on Rules Committee. Revision of the Laws—Representative Lorlng M. Black, Jr., of New York. Rivers and Harbors —Representative : Joseph J. Mansfield of Texas. Roads—Representative Edward B. Al mon of Alabama. Rules —Representative Edward W. Pou of North Carolina. Territories —Representative William C. | I*nkford of Georgia. War Claimr—Representative Miles C. Allgood of Alabama. Ways and Means—John N. Garner, the ranking Democrat, would be elected Speaker if the Democrats have control, leaving Representative James W. Col- j Her of Mississippi as probable chair man. 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It Is all presented in ' Thp Road to Reno," without any moral obliga tions to Interfere with the rushing stream of merriment, and the repro duction omits no detail that might contribute to the striking effect. But the play, like all other dramatic contributions, has some individual types and experiences to disclose, and in their presentation Lilyan Tashman, "Buddy" Rogers, Peggy Shannon and Wiliiam Boyd are In volved In a series of emotional ex periences, which are as neatly car- I ried out as anything that they could have undertaken. One might wish 1 that Miss Tashman were employing ; her talents in aiding a real character | to achieve something. It is likely to seem that Miss Shannon ought to have a less changeable assortment of morals and that Mr. Boyd ought to be something heroic. Buddy Rogers Is one well-drawn, worth-while char acter, and with him is Tom Douglas, who saves the family with a double tragedy. Otherwise. It is just a pic ture of Reno, with the final outcome Involving some fine examples of su preme regret. The Earle stage program for the week is offered by a group of tal ented players, whose acts represent the variety that should make them popular, one of the best numbers is that of the Four Robeys, who com bine gymnastic skill with juggling. A1 Shaw and Sam Lee. heretofore observed as unique in their examples of dry humor, are unquestionably ‘ good contributors to the bill, and Oklahoma Bob Albright, assisted by j Beverly Birks and Elinor Hoffman, , offers an elaborate collection of mu sical and comedy features, not the least of which Is the singing of "Old Man River.’’ while a young dancer adds sparkle. Primrose Semon, with an associate young woman, performs In the spirit of the entire program, which Is notable for its energy. D. C. C. "Twenty-Four Hours” Continues Another Week. r pHE Louis Bromfleld story,"Twenty- Four Hours,” which has been made into an excellent film, is de serving of Its second week at the Metropolitan. A closely knit yam, -1 spun out of the best of the Brom fleld books, is Interesting, exciting and full of speakeasy fir* and thun der. While it may not please those who have never seen the red and white table upholstery of a metro politan beer parlor, It should satisfy customers who prefer a lusty story, acted handsomely by a handsome cast. Clive Brook, who seldom disap points, assumes the role of a rich gentleman who, finding his wife cold to his embraces, seeks the affections of Rosie, the night club charmer. Rosie—played consummately by Miriam Hopkins—unfortunately has married a worthless racketeer, who Insists on haunting her for the gold which she makes and which Be can’t make. Being a sensitive gangster, who shudders at the thought of an other man making love to her, when he finds that Mr. Brook has ad vanced far beyond th* friendship line, he sneaks Into his wife’s apart ment and quietly strangles her. Af ter this, of course, he gets what Is coming to him, but not until Mr. Brook has very nearly gotten what he didn’t deserve. It’s all handled with great skill and considerable tact. And you are apt to enjoy the murder scene par ; ticularly. Go early—but don’t bring ■ the kiddles—and remember Kay ! Francis Is In the cast. E. de S. M. * 9 AMERICA LAUDED AS NEWS GATHERER iSchoUitio Press Convention Rears James H. Furay—Awardi • Announced. By th« Associated Press. LEXINGTON, Va., October 24- Dele gates to the seventh annual Scholnstlc Press Convention, held at Washington i ; and Lee University tonight, heard as pects of international journalism dis- ! cussed by James H. Furay, vice presl- i dent of the United Press Association. America has become the news gath- j erer of the world, Mr. Furay said. He , added that this la a compliment to the i * efficiency and the neutrality of the j i United States and that this condition ! ; should contribute to International un derstanding and cordiality. ! Prof. O. W. Rlegel, acting director of I the Washington and Lee School of I Journalism, presided at the banquet and 1 presented 12 cups to representatives of high school publications which had j been Judged superior in four classes, graded according to enrollments. A bronze plaque given by the local chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, journalistic fraternity, was awarded to William ! West of E. C. Glass High School, I Lynchburg, winner of the current event* contest, and the fraternity also made : Mr. Furay an honorary member. In the A classification, Including the i largest schools, the cup was awarded tc I John Marshall High School of Rich- 1 mond, while E. C. 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Senator Watson pointed out the re cent death of Representative Fletcher Hale. Republican, New Hampshire, left the Democrats leading the Republicans In the Hcuse by 214 to 213 members. The senior Indiana Senator stopped here en route to Green Castle where he addressed the student body at Depauw University this morning. TWO ARE REVIVED Fire Rescue Squad Saves Two Over come by Gas. Two lives were saved early today by the Fire Rescue Squad. The firemen revived William Hoff, 24-year-old carpenter, and Rosella Brown, 23-year-old department store clerk, after working nearly an hour. They had been overcome by gas at their rooming house In the 1300 block of D street northeast. Dr. C W. LeMaster of Casualty Hos pital, who aided the firemen, said he believed both patients would recover. He ordered them removed to the hos pital. however. Aid was summoned by Robert Daw son, another boarder, after he detected an odor of gas emanating from Hoff's room. The fumes came from a heater which, though burning, was leaking. MISSIONARIES TO TALK Two on Furlough From India Com ing Her* on Tuesday* Two missionaries on furlough from India are to arrive here Tuesday to at tend a meeting of the Woman’s For eign Missionary Society of the Meth odist Episcopal Church at Simpson’s Chapel in the Methodist Building Tues day morning at 10:30 o’clock i The missionaries, Miss Lulu Boles and Miss Faith Richardson, are to tell ! of their experiences In India. They i will remain in Washington until Thurs day, when they will go to New York and embark on a ship for India. “Perfection J Starched Z Finished X Service” ♦ A SUPREMELY jT fine laundry service. Every ar- w tide beau tlfully finished; delicate articles hand ’■f Ironed. Average Cost 25c Lb. f J Try it Today 161.000 SIGNERS SEEN FOR MURRAY: Oklahomans Back Governor’s Proposed Election Call in Great Numbers. Br the Associated Press. OKLAHOMA CITY, October 24- Great heaps of initiative petitions signed to enable Gov. w. H. (Alfalfa 8111 l Murray to call an election on economic reform told the story tonight of Oklahoma's response to It's Gov ernor's unique "fireball’*” plea. While no one had tried to total the signatures obtained at hundreds of booths ever the State, Ira Mitchell, one , of those in charge of their State-wide j distribution, declared there were more than 161.000 —far in excess of the num ber needed for a special election. The signatures were affixed to seven petitions, all sponsored by "Alfalfa Bill” ' in defiant retaliation at a Legislature which last Spring refused to adopt hts program. During the legislative session the Governor threatened to "ring the flre . balls" and “call the roll" among the voters if administrative measures were not enacted Into law. With receipt of enough initiative signatures, Gov. Murray proposes to call a special election next month to consider the program. 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I ' At the recent annual floral festival held at San Leandro, Calif., in com petition with flower entries from the United States and foreign countries, Gude Bros. Co., local florists, were awarded the silver trophy pictured above for a special entry of orchids. The orchids were shipped by airmail across country, more than 3.000 miles, and upon arrival were as fresh as when they left the local green' house. The San Leandro floral festival an nually attracts thousands of flower lovers and entries from florists in for eign countries and the United States. It is the largest event of its kind in the United States and is sponsored by the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. —Star Staff Photo. Capital Han Honored. ROCHESTER. N. Y.. October 24 <JF). : —E. C. Crittenden of the National Bu reau of Standards at Washington todaf* was elected president of the Optical 1 Society of America for a tw'o-year term. G. M. OFFICIAL BUYS HISTORIC CHATHAM John Lee Pratt Buys Residence From Col. D. B Devore—Often Visited by Washington. By the Associated Press. FREDERICKSBURG. Va . October 24. —Chatham, one of Virginia's most .. historic and beautiful estates, has been I purchased by John l,oe Pratt <f Fred ericksburg and Now York, vice presi dent of the General Motors Corpora ; tion. who will take Immediate possession. The handsome estate was sold by Col. Daniel B. Devore. U. S A., retired, iof Fredericksburg and Washingt n. i who occupied it as a Summer home. ! Col. Devore purchased It seme years ago from Mark Sullivan, political writer, who lived there for several ; j’ears. Mr. Pratt, a native of King George i County, is owner cf Sherwood Forest Farms, a large estate in Stafford, a few miles distant frem Chatham, and pur chased by him -two years ago. Situated on Stafford Heights over l looking Fredericksburg. Chatham was ; built in 1728 by William Fitzhugh. early ; Virginia overlord. It was named for Fitzhugh’s friend and champion of the ccloniee, William Pitt. 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Lee, was courted at Chatham by the young Army officer. Chatham during the Civil Was was used frequently as a hospital and a lookout po«t. VON STEUBEN SCION HONORED BY BALTIMORE Descendant of American Revolu tion Officer Is Society's Quest at Luncheon. By the Assoc.sted Press i BALTIMORE. October 24.—Maj Fritz von Steuben, descendant of Baron Frederick William von Steuben. Prussian-American general of the American Revolution, was honored by Baltimore today. The visitor was the guest of the Schley unit of the Steuben Society st t a luncheon following his reception by Mayor Howard W. Jackson. Mai von Steuben ts In the United States Tr~ the sesquicentennial celebration of Cornwallis* surrender at Yorktown. H» came here from Washington and left ‘ tonight for Philadelphia.