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sional rain late tonight and tomorrow; " '* ine Flour
slowly rising temperature. The Star’s carrier system covers
Temperatures—Highest, 63, at noon every citv block and the regular edi
yesterday; lowest, 38, at 4:30 a m. today. tion is delivered to Washington homes
Full report on page 5._ as fast a, the papcrs are printed
Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 13,14 & 15 Saturday’s Circulation, 115,752
_______ Sunday’s Circulation, 126,286
No. ‘32,010. y\vaS)i,)<g?on. Tu£ WASHINGTON, I). C., MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1931-FORTY PAGES. *»» op> Mean. Associated pr.,c TWO C'ENTsT^
China Protests to League
and Issues Statement In
terpreted as Direct Appeal
to United States.
Dr. Koo. Recalling Roosevelt’s
Prophecy. Says Loss of Vast Area
Would Upset Balance of Power
and Menace World Peace.
Charges Violation of Pacts.
By the Associated Press.
Japan started a new drive In
Manchuria to the south of Muk
den today, and, although the com
mand said the movement was di
rected against bandits, there were
those who believed that its pur
pose was to capture Chinchow be
fore Christmas day.
China sent a note of protest to
the League of Nations and the
foreign office issued a statement
interpreted as a direct appeal to
the United States to intervene in
behalf of the nine-power treaty
and the Kellogg-Briand pact.
Dr. Wellington Koo recalled that
Theodore Roosevelt once prophesied
that the Pacific would be the storm
center of international politics in this
century. He insisted that Manchuria
should remain an integral part of
China and that the Japanese military
occupation was a violation of right and
A Japanese estimate placed the bandit
force at 30.000. There were no figures
on the strength of the Japanese force
pc.-ticipating in the movement to the
south, but the morale of the troops was
described as high In spite of the ex
ceedingly cold weather.
Issues Statement Interpreted as Direct
Appeal to U. S.
NANKING. December 21 i/P).—A new
note to the League ol Nations and an
other statement, interpreted here as a
direct appeal to the United States
under the nine-power treaty and the
Kellogg-Briand pact, were issued by Dr.
Willington Koo. Chinese foreign min
ister. today as reports of a new Japa
nese drive came from Manchuria.
Officials, professing great perturbation
over the reports, from which it ap
peared Chinchow might be the objec
tive of the Japanese thrust, expressed
the belief that “most dangerous com
plications" are likely “unless the Japa
nese refrain from further action.”
Dr. Koo's new note to the League
called attention to “the new serious
situation” and said the Chinese mili
tary forces about Chinchow would “be
compelled, in self-defense, to resist if
the Japanese attack the town.”
Pact Violations Charged.
In the subsequent statement from the
foreign office Dr. Koo declared Man
churia is an integral part of China and
China has every right to control it. If
this important part of Chinese territory
is allowed “to be made a prize of Japa
nese aggression.” he said, and thereby
become a cradle of future war. it will
not only endanger peace in the Far
East, but will shake the faith of man
kind in the brighter outlook upon the
world since the Great War.
Dr. Koo further recalled the part va
rious American statesmen have played
in upholding the integrity of China
from “predatory powers.”
The Japanese invasion, he said, vio
lates article one of the nine-power
treaty and also the Kellogg-Briand pact
and the covenant of the League of
Observers here expressed the opinion
that the renewed Japanese military
activities have led the Chinese govern
ment to believe the Japanese have be
gun the final phase of a movement
which is destined to obliterate the last
semblance of Chinese sovereignty in
Manchuria to place in its stead a per
manent Japanese administration.
Roosevelt Prophecy Recalled.
Dr. Koo recalled that the late Presi
dent Roosevelt once propesied the Pa
cific Ocean would be the storm center
of international politics in'the twentieth
centrry and that its destiny would
depend upon the march of events in
territories bordering upon it.
“If this prophecy was true.” Dr. Koo
said, “and I do not doubt that it was,
the barometer is found in Manchuria.
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Grain for Export Estimated at
From 125.000.000 to 150.000.000
By the Associated Press.
BUENOS AIRES. December 21.—An
other huge Argentine wheat crop be
came a certainty today as reports
from sections of the country where
frost damage was feared told of high
Grain men estimated the country
will have approximately the same
amount of wheat fot export from the
harvest now' nearing completion as
from the fields of previous years, in
spite of the fact that the acreage was
reduced 20 per cent this year.
The amount available for export
from this year's crop was forecast at
from 125,000,000 to 150.000,000 bushels.
Already 565.000 bushels of new wheat
have been shipped; 16.500,000 bushels
of old wheat remain awaiting export
and shipping has been chartered for
13,300,000 bushels of new wheat before
January 31.
In the meantime, two weeks of op
portune rains have insured an immense
corn crop, grain men say, from which
the exports may surpass the 330,000,000
aent abroad from the last crop.
A yield of 72.000,000 bushels of Un
»eed is expected.
Germany Will Make Good
Her Obligations, He
• --
Banker Explains Loans
Of knlin, Loeb & Go.
Since World War.
By the Associated Press.
A little better than an even break for
private debts over public obligations
was asked of the Senate Finance Com
mittee today by Otto K. Kahn.
The partner of Kuhn, Loeb & Co.
said that if a choice must be made,
private debts either should take prece
dence or be on something more than
He said he had had nothing to do
with the moratorium and had no prior
knowledge that it was coming.
Kahn voiced belief that Germany
would meet her private debts and her
public debts to private citizens, but put
reparations in "another chapter."
He estimated there were more than
$600,000,000 of short-term securities
held in this country, but said he did
' i
not consider this an exorbitant amount
for a country with the capacity of
The banker said his own company
| had participated in the issuance of
$1,000,136,000 of foreign securities since
the war. He said $260,000,000 was "too
small" an estimate of the total foreign
securities in default.
_Kahn's estimate brought to almost
< Continued on Page 2, Column 7.)
Prominent Ec’itor, Stricken
in Auto, Dies Within
Few Minutes.
By the Associated Press.
MILAN. Italy- December 21.—Arnaldo !
Mussolini, brother of the premier, died
this afternoon sonn after he was
stricken with a heart attack in his au- j
tomobile. He was 46 years old, two :
years younger than the premier.
He left the office of the newspaper
Popolo D'ltalia, of which he was edi
tor, shortly before 1 o'clock to have
luncheon at home.
He became ill in his car and was
taken immediately to a hospital. Doc- j
tors worked over him. but he died
within a few minutes after arrival at
the hospital.
Apparently he had been in the best
of health, but one of his three sons
died a year ago and the rather suffered
greatly from the shock, though it did not
seem that his health had been im
Opposite of Brother.
Arnaldo Mussolini was almost the
direct antithesis of his elder brother.
He despised sports. His brother loves
them. He was a careful motorist; the
premier habitually drives at 85 miles
an hour. He was stout and wore spec
tacles; the premier is stocxy with sharp
ly chiseled features.
Both were newspaper men and Ar
naldo was editor of Popolo D'ltalia. the
Milan daily which his brother founded.
They were united by the bonds of a
strong affection, but their friends ob
served that they exhibited a curious
shyness in each other's company.
In his youth Arnaldo was not the
passionate student of literature that
Benito was. but both began their ca
reers as teachers in the elementary
Arnaldo liked the business end of
newspaper work, but Benito had a flair
for the editorial side.
Succeeded as Editor.
When Benito became premier of Italy
in 1922 Arnaldo stepped in as editor-in
chief of his brother's newspaper.
At first he would telephone Benito
every night for editorial suggestions and
instructions. Later he began writing
his own editorials, but they always were
regarded as inspired by the premier and
they always were widely quoted.
Arnaldo was a good business man and
before his brother became ascendant in
politics Arnaldo helped him out finan
cially more than once. Since then he
has taken care of most of the premier’s
private business.
Weeps on Shoulder of Count Ciano,
Who Brings News of Death.
ROME. December 21 *(7P).—Benito
Mussolini rested his head on the snoul
ders of Count Ciano and wept today
when he learned of his brother Arnaldo's
death in Milan.
Only Count Ciano, his minister of
communications and a close friend,
could be found to break the news to
the Duce an hour after it happened.
Count Ciano, whose son married the
premier's daughter, broke the news to
Mussolini in his office in the Palazzo
Venezia. He went to him and as he
told him of the death Mussolini opened
his arms and embraced his friend. He
silently laid his head on the count's
shouider and the tears fell.
After a moment Count Ciano spoke
a few woms of comfort and then took
II Duce downstairs to the latter’s car
H: accompanied him to his home, where
the news already had been communi
cated to Mussolini's wife, Donna
Rachele so that she might be pre
Davey Urges Clubs Be Formed
in Letter to 40.000
By the Associated Press.
CLEVELAND. December 21—A plan
for election of an Ohio delegation |
pledged to support Newton D. Baker for I
the Democratic presidential nomination j
was laid before Ohio Democrats today
by former Representative Martin L.
Davey of Kent.
Davey, who earlier in the month
urged that Baker be drafted as a presi
dential candidate, sent letters to 40,000
Democrats over the State advocating
immediate formation of Baker-for
President clubs in every county.
"It is perfectly obvious that Mr.
Baker is not a candidate." Davey said
in his letters. "It is equally clear,
however, that he has never said he
would not accept the nomination."
Pointing out that Ohio law requires
a person running as a delegate to se
cure the written consent of the candi
date for President. Dav«y said: "It is
easily possible, in the event Mr. Baker
may be unwilling to give his consent,
for some responsible and respected
Democrat to stand sponsor for the
movement and sign the necessary con
sents and still have a bona fide Baker
Davey continued that "if Baker can
! be convinced there is a real demand
; for him and that it is s duty, it is
! very probable that he would give his
| consent."
At the time Davey urged draft
j ing Baker, the former Secretary of War
said the move was "very gracious." but
that it was his understanding the Ohio
delegates would be pledged to Gov.
George White.
Report on Germany's Capacity to
Pay Will Be Made Public
in Basel Wednesday.
By the Associated Press.
BASEL, Switzerland, December 21.—
The Young Plan Committee, examining
i Germany's capacity to pay reparation?,
I reached an agreement late today on a
final report which the members hope
to make public on Wednesday night.
Sir Walter Layton, the British dele
gate, said the committee intended to
work until late tonight and to keep
on the job until Wednesday night. The
report will be lengthy, he said.
He made his announcement after a
3-hour meeting. It indicated that the
experts had reached an accord on the
knotty points which threatened to posf
pone completion of the report until
after Christmas.
“Victim” Wallops Hold-up Man
Over Head With Cane.
21 (>P).—Jack Gibson tried robbing a
blind man here and landed in jail with
a badly bruised head.
“Stick 'em up!” ordered Gibson, and
poked a gun in the blind man's ribs.
I Up went the latter’s hands, but one
! of them came right back down with a
cane in it. Gibson’s head was the ob
Police administered first aid and took
Gibson to jail.
Capta'n and Seaman, Injured in Blast Seven Miles Out,
Are Taken to Safety.
By the Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO, December 21.—
Through heavy seas, lashing winds and
driving rain four men made their way
to Rockaway Beach in a frail lifeboat
last night after the fishing trawler
Abraham Lincoln, of which they were
captain and crew, caught fire about
seven miles off shore.
Placing their injured captain, Frank
Sanfilippo of San Diego, Calif., in the
vessel's only lifeboat, the crew members
rowed frantically away from the Lin
coln as the fire, caused by an explo
sion of the galley stove, crept toward
the fuel tanks.
A shower of burning timber rained
on them when they were about a
hundred yards from the vessel. The
blaze had reached the tanks. The
burning hulk soon sank.
Joe Carral, uncle of Sanfilippo and
a member of the crew, was also in
jured. The other two, Filomene Pelal
and Cominic Piero, escaped unhurt.
Two men on shore heard their cries
and directed them by flashlight to a
sandy stretch of beach.
First reports of the fire received
here indicated that a large vessel, pos
sible carrying passengers, had taken
fire. The forces and equipment of a
dozen different agencies were mobilized
to lend spccor.
The Abraham Lincoln, owned by San
Diego men, was engaged in fishing for
sardines. It was 50 feet long and
valued at about #30,000.
Johnson Protests Senate Is
Being Lashed Into Rati
fication of Plan.
Denies Charge Made by Califor
nian—Dispute Starts as Soon
as Debate Begins.
By the As50Ciatrd Press.
Weighted with controversy, the mora
torium measure today entered the gant
let of Senate debate.
At the outset it encountered a dispute
over whether an attempt should be
made to bring it to the end of its road
before the Christmas recess.
There were protests against rushing
it through, and Senator Johnson of Cal
ifornia, a Republican, and one of its
most vigorous opponents. complained
that the Senate was being lashed into
Senator Watson of Indiana, the Re- j
publican leader, denied this but reiter- j
ated his hope for action before the
Christmas recess begins tomorrow.
Under Senate rules, the contest over j
re-election of Senator Moses. Repub- |
lican. New Hampshire, as President pro j
tern, automatically displaced the mora
torium at 2 o'clock, but at that time .
unanimous consent was obtained to lay |
thus aside pending disposition of the
Senator Borah of Idaho, an advocate j
of the moratorium, called for "orderly j
procedure’' and protested against con- j
tinuous sessions on the debt holiday j
agreement. He proposed that Christ
mas recess be curtailed.
Senator Harrison. Democrat, of Mis- !
sissippi, asked that the length of the ,
Christmas recess be settled before de- |
bate was begun on the moratorium. He ,
favored a short recess.
Watson said that at the White House
conference this morning the President
was assured, as far as it was possible '
now," that the Reconstruction Corpora- J
tion would be taken up after the holi- i
days. 1
"I am Sorry.” said Johnson, who has
had differences with the President,
"that because of other engagements I :
was not at the White House."
This remark brought laughter from
his colleagues.
"I will say the moratorium was not
mentioned.” interrupted Watscn.
"Some one showed wise discretion,”
countered Johnson. *
Watson said if it was the “opinion cf !
my colleagues that the whole fabric of |
the Nation will crumble in those four i
days, I would be willing to come back.” ,
Re added, however, he did not see ;
where business would be endangered by
a longer recess. I
lie Dislikes Threats.
"I’ll stay here Christmas. Sundays i
and every other day, but I don’t like to !
read of this threat to put this $250.- i
000,000 burden on the taxpayers by j
force,” Johnson replied.
“I want orderly processes of the Sen- j
ate observed," he said, "and the right i
to debate the moratorium. No filibuster i
would I make nor in none would I in- !
dulge, but I do protest against being
kept here all night at the request of I
those outside the Senate as well as in. j
“I insist that those opposed to this j
moratorium be permitted to be heard j
and not put to the physical test that I
has been advertised in every newspaper 1
throughout this land ”
Watson said the resolution from the j
i Continued on Page 2, Column 2.)
Bill for Vacation After Christmas
and New Year Is
A full Saturday holiday for all Gov
ernment employes on December 26 and
January 2 instead of the usual half hol
iday was practically assured today when
the House District Committee reported
favorably the bill, which has already
passed the Senate.
Besides granting the three-day week
end holidays at Christmas and New
Year to Government employes, this
legislation relieves what would other
wise prove a serious problem for the
banks, which would have had to remain
open for a few hours on Saturday
mornings, so as to take care of obliga
tions falling due on those dates. With
the declaration of a legal holiday, how
ever. this impending trouble for the
banking institutions has been avoided.
The Greater the Need,
the Greater the Aid
From Star Advertising
As the remaining time before
Christmas grows steadily shorter
the value of planning your pur
chases through careful reading of
advertisements in The Star grows
ever greater.
Star advertisements will lead
you to economies of time and
energy and will assure your ap
preciation of the attractive mer
chandise offered in Washington
stores at present moderate prices.
Yesterday’s Advertising
(Local Display)
The Sunday Star 86,216
2d Newspaper.34,182
3d Newspaper. 32,604
Total 66,786
The Star, with its tremendous
circulation, is the only medium
necessary to reach this prosperous
market, as 97% of its readers are
within a radius of 25 miles of the
National Capttal.
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^A VHJOJ^A^friUrctf
Submits New Corrupt Prac
tices Act Affecting Con
gress and President.
The high cost of campaigning and
corruption in election of President,
Vice President. Senator and Repre
sentative are attacked in a report of
lh^ Nye Senatorial Campaign Expendi
tures Committee filed in the Senate to
day. The report showed that, “incom
plete returns" indicated an expenditure
of $5,505,712 was made in 1930 for the
nomination and election of one-third of
the Senate membership.
Accompanying the report was a bill
"to regulate campaign expenditures" as
a substitute for the present Federal cor
rupt practices act of 1925. Senator Nye
of North Dakota, chairman of the com
mittee, introduced the bill, which was
referred to the Committee on Privileges
and Elections.
Seeks to Limit Funds.
The new bill, on the theory that Pres
ident and Vice President, ar well as
Senator and Representative, are Federal
officers, and as such the Federal Gov
ernment has a right to regulate ex
penditures in their elections and that
their nominating campaigns are an in
tegral and inextractible part of their
elections, seeks to place a definite limit
on expenditures for the nominations as
well as the election of these officials.
It proposes, therefore, to regulate ex
penditures in primary campaigns, and
the committee claims the right of the
Federal Government, through Congress,
so to do.
The following are the limits set in the
For the nomination of a President,
For the election of a President and a
Vice President, $5,000,000.
For the nomination and election of a
Senator. $50,000.
For the nomination and election of a
Representative, $10,000.
Four Cents a Vote Limit.
The bill provides that the expendi
tures permitted in the campaigns for
nomination and election of a member
of the House shall not be in excess of j
4 cents per vote cast in the last election |
in his congressional district and not in
excess of 2 cents per vote cast in the
last election in a State for the nomi
nation and election of a Senator In
i some States such a count might bring
; the total for a senatorial election con
; siderably above the $50,000 limit and
i I'Z ^me congressional districts above
i the $10,000 limit. In sparsely settled
; States and congressional districts the
i aPd 2-cent limits, however,
might make the campaign expenditures
I allowed very low. So the committee
i bas added a Proviso that in no case
; ®ha“ Jthe expenditures for a candidate
loronne H2u;se be restricted to less than
$2,000 ana for a candidate to the Sen
ate to less than $5,000.
The bill sets up a joint committee of
the Senate and House to which reports
°' all expenditures made by candidates
and their agents must be submitted at
stated intervals. This oroup, to be
known as the Joint Committee on Elec
tions is to be composed of 10 members,
as follows: Five members of the Com
mittee on Privileges and Elections of the
Senate, three from the majority and
two from the minority party, to be
chosen by the committee, and five mem
bers on the Committee of Election of
President, Vice President and Repre
! sent-.tives in Congress 6f the House, to
be chosen by that committee in the
| same political ratio.
Donors Must File Reports.
Not only must the candidates, their
agents and their campaign committees
file reports with this committee of Con
gress, but also it is provided that every
person who makes a contribution or an
expenditure in one or more items, ag
gregating $100 or more within a calen
dar year, or a single expenditure ex
ceeding $25 for the purpose of influ
encing the election of candidates, shall
file a report with thi« joint committee.
As in the existing corrupt practices
act, corporations are prohibited from
making campaign contributions.
Another provision of the bill would
permit each candidate to send free
through the mails to each voter in his
(Continued on Page 2, Column 3.)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., December
21 (^P).—One white man was killed, two
others were hurt seriously and 17 ne
groes received injuries in a collision
here today between an automobile and
a municipal truck
It was not possible immediately to
identify any of those hurt.
Ambulances from every available
source were ordered to the scene and
private automobiles commandeered to
take the victims to hospitals.
Former Party Leader Re
ported in Line for U. S.
Kemal's Faithful Friend Did
Notable Service as Paris
Reports received from Angora indicate
Ghazi Mustapha Kemal. the President
of the Turkish Republic, has decided
to appoint Fethy Bey as Ambassador
to Washington to replace Ahmet Muh
tar Bey when his tenure of office ends
here some time early next year.
Fethy Bey is tne cf the outstanding
(Continued on Page 2, Column 2j
Early Action on $500,000,000
Reconstruction Corporation
to Follow Holidays.
By the Associated Press.
Senate leaders of both parties assured
President Hoover today, at a White
House conference, of prompt action on
the $500,000,000 reconstruction corpo
ration after the Christmas holidays.
The President urged the earliest con
sideration for this measure by which
he hopes to bolster up the national
financial structure and particularly to
aid the railroads.
The Senate group also told the Presi
dent it hoped for action on the mora
torium before the Christmas recess
begins tomorrow night.
Those at Gathering:.
Those at the White House gathering
included Senator Watson of Indiana,
Republican leader; Senator Harrison of
Mississippi, ranking Democrat on the
Finance Committee; Chairman Norbeck
of the Banking Committee; Reed, Re
publican, of Pennsylvania; Chairman
Smoot of the Finance Committee; Glass,
Democrat, of Virginia; Fletcher, Demo
crat, of Florida; King, Democrat, of
Utah; Walcott, Republican, of Connec
ticut: Goldsborough. Republican, of
Maryland, and George, Democrat, of
"We assured the President,” said
Senator Watson, "that at the earliest
possible moment after the Christmas
recess we would take up and speed
work on the $500,000,000 Reconstruc
tion Corporation Hearings are now
being held on this and we will have it
in the Senate early in the new year."
Only last Friday the President called
(Continued on Page 2, Column 4.)
SANTA MONICA, Calif., December
21 </P|,—The condition of Pola Negri,
film actress, improved considerably in
the last 24 hours, her physicians re
ported today. The actress underwent
an operation last w'eek for removal of
an intestinal obstruction. She now is
taking nourishment and her tempera
ture is normal.
Virginia Penfield Located in!
Providence and Identified
by Travelers’ Checks.
By the Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA, December 21.—Miss j
Virginia Penfield, missing 19-year-old ;
schoolgirl who disappeared here on
Thursday was found today at the Nar- i
raganset Hotel, in Providence, R. I. j
Her father, Clare J. Penfield. was in- i
formed she arrived there in a daze l
and ill.
She arrived there yesterday. She |
was able to tell her own name, but j
could not remember her father’s first :
name, authorities at the Narragansett
House informed Horace L. Wiggins, j
manager of the Benjamin Franklin
Hotel, where the girl's fatner Claire
J. Penfield. has been directing the
search for her.
A few minutes after word she had
been found was received here her father
was on his way by automobile to a local
airport, where he intended to engage a
plane for a flight to Providence.
The young woman, a student at the
Mary Lyon School of Swarthmore. Pa.,
had been positively identified. Mr. Wig
gins was informed, by travelers’ checks
she carried.
Details as to where the young wom
an has spent the three days since she
disappeared at 3:30 o'clock Thursday
afternoon were not available, but the
fact she was ill confirmed his belief that
she had suffered from overstudy, the
father said.
Fog Prevents Air Trip.
Penfield was so overcome with joy
that for a few seconds he was unable to
speak. He sat in a chair in his hotel
suite, in the midst of a group of de
tectives, newspaper men and hotel at
tendants, and buried his head in his
hands. Then he said:
"There are not enough words in the
English language to express my feeling
of appreciation for the assistance given
by newspapers, the police and all others
who aided in the search.”
After the father had decided to take
an airplane to Providence, he was in
formed by the Camden, N. J., airport
that foggy conditions this afternoon
made it impossible to take him there
by air. He then decided to go on the
first train out of Philadelphia.
Grandchildren to Arrive Tomorrow to Be Holiday Guests
of President and Mrs. Hoover.
Children’s laughing voices and romp
ing feet will be heard again in the
White House this Christmas with the
arival tomorrow of Peggy Ann and
Peter, the Hoover grandchildren.
The youngsters are expected to reach
Washington in the early part of the
forenoon with their parents, and will
be met at the station by Mrs. Hoover.
Allan Hoover, the younger of the
Hoover sons, who recently entered on a
banking career at Los Angeles, Calif,, is
expected to arrive at the White House
for the holidays some time late this aft
ernoon. He started by airplane on his
Journey East, and would have arrived
sooner but for difficulty encountered at
Kansas City. Mo., which necessitated
his making the remainder of the jour
ney by train.
Naturally enough, the President and
Mrs. Hoover are looking happily for
ward to this family reunion. They have
planned a number of parties for the
youngsters, the young folks and the old
folks, and accordingly the presidential
home will be a lively place during the
Yuletide season.
The return of the grandchildren will
mean the renewal of those early
morning walks from the White House
to the Executive office with Peggy Ann
and Peter hanging tightly to the
President’s hands. The children again
(Continued on Page 27 Column 57)
Railroading of Local Tax
Bills Hit by Members of
D. C. Committee.
Representative Smith Denounces
Triple-Income Levy on Virgin
ians Who Work Here.
The House today adopted the general
report of the Special Committee on
Fiscal Relations between the Federal
and District governments. This action
was taken on motion of »Chairman
Mapes of the special committee, who
said that as the House had acted upon
all of the legislative proposals recom
mended by the committee, that in order
to clean the committee's slate the gen
eral report, should be acted on. The
life of this special Mapes committee
expires at midnight December 31.
The bill reached the Senate soon
afterward, and was immediately re
ferred to the Senate District Commit
tee for consideration and report.
The District Committee, headed by
Senator Capper of Kansas, also has the
four House bills proposing to increase
loc\l taxation by approximately $4,000.
000 a year. Reference of the 60-40 re
peal measure to the District Commit
tee places all of these bills relating to
the subject of fiscal relations in one
place Chairman Capper already has
promised careful inquiry and full hear
ings on the tax bills, but no definite
steps are expected before the Christmas
At the first meeting of the House
District Legislative Committee today,
several members expressed opposition
both to the legislation recommended by
the Mapes Committee, the lack of co
I operation between that Special Com
mittee and the District Committee and
with the wav in which the legislation
coming out of the Mapes Committee was
railroaded threugh the House.
Seek Protection of District.
It was the general sentiment of the
District Legislative Committee that
some way should be found in order to
protect residents of the District frrm
being victims of such hurried legisla
Representative Smith of Alexandria,
Va.. a new member of the District Com
mittee, who said that m.ny residents
in his district would be forced to pay
a triple income tax if this income tax
bill for the District of Columbia be
comes law in the shape in which it
passed the House, suggested that the
District Committee watch more care
fully such measures when they are be
ing hurried through the House. He do
clated that he thinks this is a quite
proper function of the District Com
mittee and he mentioned particularly
also the way in which the substan
tive law providing for a 60-40 propor
tion in Federal contribution toward
support of the National Capital was re
pealed in a bill, which unexpectedly
was called up at the end of a tiresome
day. when no one expected it. and
passed under unanimous consent.
Wants Legislative Check.
“I hope that this committee can
dense some way to put a check on such
speedy legislation," declared Representa
tive Smith.
He explained that he woke up the
other day to find a protest frrm many
residents of his district against the
clause in the income tax bill passed by
the House, which would put a tax upon
the salaries received from employment
in the National Capita’, although they
already pay an income tax both to the
Federal Government and to the State
of Vi ginia.
Chairman Norton of the District
Legislative Committee said that this
committee should receive better co
operation from such other committees
and expressed the opinion that as a
matter of courtesy a report from the
Mapes Special Committee should have
been submitted to the District Lcgisla
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Hundreds in Building in Auburn,
N. Y.. When Bhze Is Dis
covered in Basement.
By the Associated Press.
AUBURN. N. Y . December 21.—Fire
broke out in the William B Hislip de
j partment store, the largest in the city,
| this afternoon, in the midst of the
Christmas rush. Hundreds of shoppers
were in the building at the time the
fire was discovered in the basement,
but all were understood to have escaped.
Clcuds of smoke, rolling up from the
basement, gave the shoppers in the
building their first warning in tim° to
flee, and the persons on the other floors
followed Reasonable order was main
tained throughout these earlier mo
ments, said police.
The fire spread so rapidly that the
firemen abandoned all effort to save the
Hislip Building and turned their whole
attention to adjoining structures.
Detective and Girl Wounded in
Battle at Chicago Night Club.
CHICAGO, December 21 (SP).—Detec
tive James Caplis. one of 40 persons
dining and dancing in a North Side
night club, was shot through the chest
early today when he balked six bandits
who attempted to hold up the place.
Miss Peggy Griggs, 21. another guest,
was shot twice in the arm.
When the bandits filed into the place,
Caplis quietly walked to a secluded
comer in the room, tlfen opened fire
with his service pistol. The bandits
fired back. Caplis escaped their bullets
until he leaned over the rail as they
fled down the stairs. A bullet caught
him in the chest. His condition is
Several hours earlier three bandits
held up a downtown restaurant, stood
' off several hundred diners and escaped
with $3,000.
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