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Washington News | Society and General ~ ' _WASHINGTON, I>. C„ TUESDAY, JANUAKV 26, 1932._***_ '_PAPE' B-l HOUSE DOE 10 ACT TODAY ON FEDERAL PERSONNEL ISSUES Promotions, New Employes and Increases in Salary Involved. PASSAGE OF AGRICULTURE FUND BILL SCHEDULED Simmons Plans Motion to Recom mit Providing for 5 Per Cent Reduction in Force. BY WILL P. KENNEDY. Late today the House is expected to take definite action on several ques tions affecting promotion of Govern ment employes, appointment of new employes in the Government service, and the proposed cutting down of the personnel in the Department of Agri culture, to be followed by similar ac tion in other branches of the Federal service. The agricultural appropriation bill is expected to be passed late today. In this bill the two final sections concern Government employes, both as regards a prohibition against any increases in salary due to promotion, and another prohibition against any new appoint ments to the service before July 1, 1933. When action has been completed in the committee of the whole, and the bill is brought into the House itself for final action. Representative Robert G. Simmons, Republican of Nebraska, ranking minority member on the sub committee that drafted the bill, has served notice that he will offer a mo tion to recommit providing for a 5 per cent reduction in the force of the de partment. Proposals Bitterly Fought. These proposals for interference with the Government employes have been bitterly lought, but it seems probable the two sections in the bill which have been safeguarded by a special rule making them in order are likely to be approved. The prospects are that the Simmons amendment for a 5 per cent reduction in force will be rejected as it has been opposed strenuously by Chairman Bryns of the Appropriations Committee. The two sections in the bill made in order by the special rule, provide as follows; , "No appropriation under the Depart ment of A.griculture available during the fiscal years 1932 and 1933—which means up to July 1. 1933—shall be used < first) to increase the compensation of anv position within the grade to which tuih position has been allocated under th» classification act; (second) to in crease the compensation' of any posi tion in the field sendee, the pay of which is adjustable to correspond, so far as may be practicable, to the rates established by the classification act; (third) to increase the compensation of any position under the classification act htrough reallocation; (fourth) to increase the compensation of any per son in any grade through advancement to another position in the same grade, or to a position in a higher grade, at a rate in excess of the minimum rate of the higher grade, unless such minimum rate would call for an actual reduction in compensation; (fifth) to increase the compensation of any other position ol the Federal Government under the De- , partment of Agriculture. Treasury Would Get Savings. The bill carries a provision that all of the appropriations saved by such procedure shall be impounded and re turned to the Treasury and that a re port on this amount shall be submitted to Congress on the first day of the next regular session. The other section written into the bill directs that no appropriation for the Department of Agriculture, avail able up to July 1, 1933. shall be used to pay the compensation of an in cumbent appointed to a position under the Federal Government which is va cant on the date the act is passed, or any such position which may become vacant after that date. There is a provision that this inhibi tion shall not apply to absolutely es sential positions, the filling of which may be approved in writing by the President. The saving in appropria tions under this section would also be returned to the Treasury. “Big Business" Accused. Efforts to slash salaries of Govern ment employes and to order a wholesale reduction in personnel without study as to how such action might cripple the work of the various Federal activities were vigorously fought on the House floor yesterday by Chairman Byms of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative William P Connery of Massachusetts, chairman of the Com mittee on Labor, and Representative James M. Fitzpatrick, Democrat, of New York. Representative Connery declared the members of the House are still under the impression President Hoover does not favor cutting anybody's salary, statments by former Chairman Wood of the Appropriations Committee to the contrary notwithstanding. He charged there is a pay-cut conspiracy, engi neered by "big business,” which, he em phasized. had already slashed wages $12,000,000,000 and desires the Federal reduction program as an excuse to still further take the dollars out of the pcckets of those who do the work Representative Fitzpatrick put Repre sentative Simmons on record as opposed to a wholesale slashing of the Federal pay roll when he asked him, as cham pion of the farmers, if he thought Fed eral pay reductions would help the farmers. Mr. Simmons replied that he "re peatedly had said that it would not. I do not favor reductions in salaries,” said Mr. Simmons. "I ask anly elimi nation of personnel not doing essential work Personnel Cut Move Fails. Byrns repulsed another attempt by Representative Simmons to insert a legislative rider ordering a reduction In personnel throughout the Agricul ture Department. "There is no evidence in this record,” said Mr. Byms—"not a scintilla, which would justify the gentleman's reduction In personnel. "I shall support the gentleman,” ex plained Chairman Byrns, “in any prop osition he makes to cut these est mates, provided he has the proof and provided he does not in that connection cripple the administration of this Government. I am a Democrat, but I do not want to see the President of the United States and his departments crippled in the administration of the affairs of the Government, and I say that if we blindly go along and cut the personnel of these departments without the (lightest evidence 6 per cent, we are going to cripple many of the bureaus and divisions down there in this de Col. Young’s Plane (.rashes ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE SLIGHTLY HURT. COL. CLARENCE M. YOUNG, Assistant Secretary of Com merce for Aeronautics, was in jured slightly this morning when a plane in which he was making radio tests near the College Park, Md., Airport, made a forced land ing about a mile from the field when the motor died. The plane landed in a truck garden and crashed through a hedge fence be fore it brought up at a 45-degree angle against a dirt bank. The landing gear was carried away. Col. Young and the pilot, M. S. Boggs, a Department of Commerce inspector, quickly crawled out of the wreckage. Col. Young sus tained a skinned leg, which did not re quire treatment. The pilot was unhurt. The tvreek of the plane is shown above; Col. Young below. —Star Staff Photos. EMPLOYES’ LEADER AGAINST NEW BILL Miss Gertrude McNally Says Proposals Will Injure Effi ciency of Workers. Vigorous opposition to the two sec tions affecting Federal employes in the agricultural appropriation bill, now be fore the House, was registered today by Miss Gertrude McNally, Secretary-treas urer of the National Federation of Fed eral Employes. She declared that if this j legislation is passed administrative offi- I cers will be handicapped in not being able to get the work done efficiently. “The policy sought to be adopted by these sections,” said Miss McNally, “is now in effect throughout the Federal service by executive order, and the leg islation therefore proposes no new thing. This is just an additional contribution that the Federal employes are asked to make during the present temporary con dition of finances. "The Saturday half-holiday law has not yet been fully complied with,” Miss McNally continued. "Many employes are being refused the benefits of the Saturday half-holiday act because of lack of appropriations, even though Saturday half holidays for Federal workers is new the law of the land. “In the opinion of the federation, the adoption of sections 2 and 3 of the ag riculture appropriation bill are a greater detriment to administration officials than to the individual Federal employes, inasmuch as they make difficult, if not impossible, the efficient carrying on of the activity of the department.” AUTOIST STRIKES TREE, AVOIDING PARKED CAR William H. Jennings Injured in Crash on Park Road, Rock Creek Park. His automobile was demolished early last evening when William H. Jen nings. 35, of the 1100 block of F street northeast struck a tree on Park road. Rock Creek Park, when he swerved his car to avoid striking a parked car. The operator of the second car, George R. Diggs, colored, 40, of the 2700 block of Bruce place southeast, told United States Park Police that his motor stopped and his lights went out on a curve Diggs told police he parked his car and was trying to fix his lights when Jennings’ car crashed into the tree. Jennings, whose condition is reported as being not serious, was taken to Gar field Hospital and treated for contusion of the right leg and wTenched back. No arrests were made. -- ■ . ..#«■ . -■ - - RETIREMENT ORDERED Capt. Plemmons Will Leave Service January 31. Capt. Caney L. Plemmons was ordered retired by the District Commissioners today, effective January 31. The retire ment was ordered because Capt. Plem m ns has reached the age of 64, under which retirement is compulsory under th" department’s rule. He was bcrn January 28 1868. and appointed to the police force January 18. 1893, and consequently has more thin 39 years of continuous service. Capt. Plemmcns was granted a pen sion of $150 per month. partment and In others, and tor one I am not going to be responsible tor it.” His position regarding the amend ments made in order under the special rule to prevent filling of vacancies or granting pay increases until July 1, 1933, was given by Chairman Byrns in reply to this question by Representative Simmons: "If death or vacancies occur in a bureau, and the gentleman from Ten nessee is not in a position to anticipate where those are going to occur, if it is required that they be not filled except the Presid-mt finds mat the filling of them is "absolutely essential,” then are we not "blindly” possibly crippling those activities, just as much as my amend ment would "blindly” cripple them?" In response. Chairman Byrns said: "Certainly not, because we are safe guarding that possibility by giving the President of the United States the au thority to direct mat they be filled, and that is me whole object of that provi sion in the bill, which gives him au thority, whenever he thinks they should be filled, to fill them." C. OF C. CELEBRATES Bicentennial Film to Be Shown Tonight at D.nner Attended by Curtis. ^ With Vice President Curtis as guest of honor and principal speaker, the Washington Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding with a banquet in the Mayflower Hotel tonight. Final preparations were being made for the event today and a Reception Committee headed by Acting President George A. G. Wood will be on hand at Union Station this afternoon to greet a group of executives of Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., producers of the George Washington Bicentennial film spon sored by the chamber, which will have its world premiere at the banquet. The executives of the film company, headed by Harry M. Warner, president of Warner Bros., will be guests at the banquet tonight The group will in clude Clarence Whitehill, baritone of the Metropolitan Opera Co., who plays the role of George Washington in the Bicentennial talking picture. A distinguished gathering of public officials, including members of the cabinet. Senators and Representatives in Congress, has been invited to be guests of the chamber at the anniver sary affair. Showing of the Bicentennial film, for which extensive preparation has been made In the ball room of the May flower, will be the featured event of the evening. The film entitled “Wash ington, the Man and the Capital.” re cently was completed, with local set tings, at a cost in excess of $60,000. It will be distributed all over the coun try during 1932 as the film company’s contribution to the Bicentennial. In itiated by the local chamber, It has re ceived the Indorsement of the United States ar.d District of Columbia George Washington Bicentennial Commissions. PRIZES ANNOUNCED FOR TEMPLAR DRILL Cas1’ Awards of $300, Medals and Pennants Will Be Distributed Among Winners. Prizes to be awarded at the com petitive drill, inspection and grand ball of the Washington Knights Templar, at the Washington Auditorium Feb ruary 9, were announced last night by Dr. Frank E. Gibson, chairman of the Prize Committee. Cash awards will total $300. and there will be numerous medals and pennant*. The winning team in the competitive drill is to receive $125 in gold and a purple pennant. Second prize will be $75 in gold and a gold pennant The six commandcries will b-< rated for general excellence, based on their showing in the inspection and in at tendance at the inspection and at the drill and ball. Attendance at the drill and ball must be in uniform the com mittee announced. The first prize in this class will be $100 in gold The second-place w inn dr will receive honor able mention. A blue pennant will go to the com mandery given the best rating in the inspection and in attendance at the inspection. Second prize will be a red pennant and the commandery placing third will be given honorable mention The winner of the sword contest one of the features of the affair wili receive a gold medal, with silver and bronze medals to be awarded for sec ond and third places, respectively Besides Dr. Gibson, members of the Prize Committee include Irving Hall Charles W. Shericr, George w’ Ross' Maj Edwin B. Hesse and Fred E Blood. ------ Will Discuss Candidates. The Round Table at the Jewish Com munity Center tonight will discuss “Presidential Possibilities.’' Allan Fisher, local attorney, is to be guest speaker and will lead the discussion after his address. OF NEW HIGHWAY Joslin Refers Plea to Hoover on Mount Vernon Route to Attorney General. IMPAIRMENT OF FUNDS FOR WORK IS-FEARED Whether Road Is Completed When Paved and Where to Jail Pris oners Still Undecided. A number of legal problems that have arisen over the prospective transfer of the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway from the Bureau of Public Roads, De partment of Agriculture, to the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks, may delay the permanent opening of the Arlington Bridge and highway on Feb ruary 1, as has been planned. The Department of Justice is studying the questions. Included in the problems being pro pounded are those of whether the tak ing over of police jurisdiction by Dieut. Col. U. S. Grant, 3d, director of Pub lic Buildings and Public Parks, Will impair expenditure of funds by the bureau, in the completion of landscap ing and grading along the riverside highway, and to what jails the prisoners arested on the Mount Vernon Highway , will be taken, in Virginia. One of the big points up for decision by Mr. Mitchell is just w’hen a road is com pleted—when the paving of the high- j way proper is finished or when the project is topped off by landscaping and all the surrounding park land has been acquired? Hoover Asked to Open Road. President Hoover was approached by ; interested authorities with a view to having an executive order issued, offi cially transferring the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway from the Bureau of Public Roads to the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks, at least for the purposes of traffic handling and po licing. Theodore G. Joslin, one of the secre taries to the Chief Executive, thought it better to refer the whole question to the Department of Justice, so that there W'ould be no legal hitch in the pro ceedings. so the bundle of questions was sent over to Attorney General Mitchell. Bridge Could Be Opened. As a matter of fact, motorists have been using the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the Mount Vernon Highway for the past two week ends now, and tentative arrangements have been made to throw' the highway open permanently on February 1. There is no qursticn about the ability to open the Arlington Memorial Bridge, as this is under the jurisdiction of the Arlington Memorial Bridge Commission, but the (Vfficulty is that there is no suitable traffic outlet on th? westward side if the Mount Ver n:n Memorial Highway is not opened. Some time ago the Bureau of Public Roads wanted to refer the legal prob lems to Controller General J. R. Mc Carl for decision, but this plan later was abandoned. -• LOW BID ON LIBRARY, LATE, WAS DELAYED — Chicago Contractor's Airmail Held Up by Bad Weather, Mooney Advises Lynn. -- The bid of Jacobson Bros. Co. of Chi cago for erection of an addition to (he I Library of Congress, which was sent by airmail from Chicago and arrived at i the Capitol the morning after the for mal opening of the bids for the project, was delayed by weather conditions, Postmaster Mooney today advised Ar chitect of the Capitol Lynn. The Ja cobson Co. submitted the low bid of $1,123,000. Officials of the architect's office pointed out todaj that the standard form for handling bids on Government work provides that when bids arrive late due to delay in the mails over which the bidder had no control, such bids can be considered. The various bids for the library project are being studied and will be submitted at a later date to the joint commission in charge of the Library building program for decision. The formal opening of the bids was at 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon, January 22. The Jacobson bid was sent by spe cial delivery airmail and postmarked Chicago, 5:30 p.m. January 21. According to the postmaster’s letter to Mr. Lynn, “it was due to arrive in this city at 7:10 a m. January 22, and should have reached your office before 3 pm. the same day. Owing to weather conditions, this letter was received by rail instead of airplane, which accounts for the delayed receipt at your office.’’ Heads Game Association. BERRYVILLE, Va., January 26 (Spe cial).—Creighton T. Hall was elected president of the Clarke County Game Protective Association at its annual meeting last night; Ralph Dorsey, vice president, and Grover Carter, secretary treasurer. The Executive Committee is composed of William D. Garvin from Bat tletown district; H. A. Clevenger, Long marsh district; Beverley Mackay, Greenway district, and Jetson Spates, Chapel district It was voted to hold the annual banquet early in March. Capital a Winter Resort for Ducks FIRST CENSUS BY AIRPLANE A SUCCESS. SEVERAL hundreds of ducks (if you want to be accurate, count them your self! are shown in this photograph, taken from an Army Air Corps plane on the Potomac River near Fort Humphreys, Va., as a part of the first duck census survey undertaken by air. The first flight, made under direction of F. C. Lincoln, United States Biological Survey, yesterday, showed thousands of ducks wintering near Washington. Lieut. David W. Goodrich flew the plane and Sergt. Andrew E. Matos was aerial cameraman. —Army Air Corps Photo. One of Victims May Have Fractured Skull—Driver Is Detained. Six persons were injured in automo bile accidents early today and yesterday. Haywood Thomas, 48, of 476 F street, received severe injuries to the head when struck by an automobile operated by George Moore, 37, 914 Twelfth street, at Dupont Circle shortly before 8 o'clock today. Thomas was treated at Emer gency Hospital, where X-rays were to be taken to determine if he received a fractured skull. Moore was detained at No, 3 police station. G. T. Smallwood, 33, of 4201 Fessen den street and Lester J. Barrett, 25, of 1014 B street southwest, were slightly injured when automobiles they were operating collided at Seventeenth street and Massachusetts avenue early today. Both men went home after being treat ed at Emergency Hospital. William H. Jennings, 35, 1114 F street northeast, was treated at Garfield Hos pital last night for injuries received when the automobile he was driving ran into a tree on Park road near Piney Branch road. Jennings told police he was trying to avoid striking a parked automobile An unidentified pedestrian was knocked down yesterday, according to G. W. Stilson, 20, of Takoma Park, Md., when another automobile ran into the rear of his car on Seventh street, forcing his machine into the pedestrian. The other motorist and the pedestrian left the scene, according to Stilson. Policeman J G. Russell, 46, of 1221 Pennsylvania avenue southeast, was treated at Providence Hospital for in juries to his knee received when struck by a truck while directing traffic at Twelfth and Water streets southwest. Ernest R. Davis, 40, of Fairfax, Va., was the driver of the truck, police say. RED CROSS TO RECEJVE BEQUEST OF $10,000 The American Red Cross is to receive a bequest of $10,000 under the will of Miss Julia V. Simpson, formerly of Washington, which was filed for pro bate in the District Supreme Court to day. Miss Simpson, who was 74 years old, died last week in Kingston, N. Y. The will, filed through Attorney An drew B. Duvall, also leaves $5,000 to the Salvation Army, $5,000 to the Young Men's Christian Association, $5,000 to the Young Women's Christian Associa tion, $5,000 to Mrs. Sally Hodges of Takoma Park, Md.; $500 each to Mrs. Hodges’ four children, Mrs. Louise Judd, Mrs. Margaret Ray, Rogers Hodges and Virginia Hodges; $1,000 to Julia Davis Shaw of Montgomery County, Md.; $1,000 to Mrs. Lucy Uhler, Alexandria, Va.; $1,000 to Jennie Fawcett of Mont gomery County, and $150 to Laura Ma son of Washington, a servant; The Eloist Ministry, Inc., of Brook line. Mass., is given $20,000. The rest of the estate is left in trust to a niece, Marguerite Simpson Claiborne, and a grandniece, Katherine L. Hayward, both of New Orleans. TWO NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREES PLANNED FOR SHERMAN SQUARE Heat of Colored Electric Bulbs and Weight of Ornaments Too Much for One Tree. % Washington will have two national Christmas trees, instead of only one as heretofore, if plans being discussed in the Office of Public Buildings and Pub lie Parks materialize, for the present vnie tree in Sherman Square, south of ♦he Tveasurv Department, is failing. The £at o? the holiday-colored elec tric bulbs and the weight of the orna ments have been too much of a strain f°Under the new program, there would he two Christmas trees in Sherman el,.ire but they would be used on al ternate' years. Constant efforts are being made to reduce the weight of the ornaments and the heat from the liehts vet it has been found that, de in ite this. utilizing the same tree year after vear is too much of a shock. The' President lights the national Christmas tree, in Sherman Square, and there is a pretentious ceremony in con junction with it. The result has seemed to be that everybody enjoyed this ex cept the Christmas tree, for the tree shows marked signs of being on the decline. Ways and means are now being dis cussed to secure two entirely new trees, one of which would be used in Christ mas, 1932, the other at the 1933 Yule tide celebration and so through alter nate years. The present tree is the second to suc cumb to the burden of bearing the brunt of the Capital’s Christmas cele bration. It was planted in its present position in 1929 and has served for three years. The first community tree also succumbed to the heat of the lights after several years’ service. Drowned POLICEMAN R. L. COFFREN. DEATH OF OFFICER HELD ACCIDENTAL Policeman Robert L. Coffren Drowned in Canoe Upset Near Occoquan. A verdict of accidental death by drowning. was returned by a Princ3 William County coroner's jury late this afternoon following an inquest at Oc coquan in the case of Policeman Robert L. Coffren of the Traffic*Bureau, whose body was recovered from Neabsco Creek this morning some 12 hours after Cof fren fell into the water while fishing with two other Washington men near Occoquan Bay. The 34-year-old traffic policeman, who had been stationed for some time pre ceding his death at Twelfth street and Pennsylvania avenue, failed to win the shore with his companions when the canoe from which they were fishing overturned last night. The canoe upset, fellow officers here learned, when one of the men reached for a paddle which had slipped from his hand. The other two officers— Pvts. P. M. Cox and Lester Collins of No. 1 precinct—swam ashore in the darkness and learned later that Coffren had gone down. A searching party was organized to hunt for the body as soon as daylight permitted, and it was recovered about 9 o'clock and brought to a funeral parlor at Occoquan for the inquest. Capt. Benjaniin A. Lamb of the Traffic Bureau left Washington this morning to appear at the inquest. Both Cox and Collins were off duty today and remained in Virginia until the in quiry could be completed. The three policemen drove to the fishing grounds yesterday, expecting to spend last night and today trying for bass. Coffren, who lived at 1276 Morse street northeast, is survived by his wudow, Mrs. Julia Coffren; two chil- J dren, Robert, 7 years old, and Barbara, I 4 years old, and his mother, who made her home at the Morse street address. : He had been on the police force about j 10 years. DRIVER IS RELEASED IN ACCIDENTAL DEATH Identification of Man Who Died After Arrest Sought Through Fingerprints. A verdict of accidental death was returned by a coroner's jury, which to day investigated the death at Gallinger Hospital early Monday morning of a man who gave his name as Charles E. Williams, 38, of Pottsville, Pa. Williams was taken to the hospital after police had held him 24 hours on a drunk charge. Walter Roland Ellis, Cheltenham, Md., held under $3,000 bond in connection ; with Williams’ death, was exonerated by the jury. Meanwhile, police were endeavoring fix accurately Williams' identification through comparison of Police Depart ment fingerprint records with those of the War Department. Ellis testified that Williams stepped from a street car loading platform into the side of his machine, and that the accident was unavoidable. Other wit nesses substantiated his story. NEW NIGH SALARIES Federation Calls Special Meeting to Consider Over lapping Jobs in District. A special meeting to consider what action it should take “looking to the protection of the public from the crea tion of new high-salaried positions, and also the causing of confused or over lapping responsibilities in the municipal service of the District” was called by the Federation of Citizens’ Associations today for next Saturday at 8 p.m. The meeting was called by Dr. George C. Havenner, president of the body, fol lowing receipt of a letter signed by dele gates from five member associations re questing the special session. The subject to be discussed primarily at the meeting was described as follow's: “What, if any, action should be taken by the federation looking to the pro tection of the public, both in the mat ter of efficiency and expense, from the creation of new high-salaried positions, and also the causing of confused or overlapping responsibilities in the mu nicipal service, without giving District citizens any opportunity to know about, or express themselves concerning, such serious change in advance of the same being actually adopted and put into effect by the District Commissioners.” Reports of committees also will be heard at the meeting, which will be held in the board room of the District Building. Signatories to the request for the special meeting were George E. Sulli van of the Citizens’ association of Ta koma, Henry I. Quinn of the Sixteenth Street Highlands Association, William McK. Clayton. Brightwood Citizens’ Association; William J. Neale of the North Cleveland Park group, and Thomas E. Lodge, delegate from the American University Park Citizens’ As sociation. NAVY CLOSES HANGAR TO GUARD NEW PLANES Action to Secrete Details of Fight ing Ships Is Taken by Officials. Determined to carry out to the letter naval regulations safeguarding the se crets of construction of the Navy's new combat airplanes, the Navy has closed to the public the hangar of the flight test section at the Anacostia Naval Air Station, it was learned today. This hangar is to be kept closed to all persons except those authorized to enter by the Navy Department. Closing of the hangar is the climax of a long series of efforts by the Navy to prevent leakage of details of its new fighting planes. Closing of the flight test hangar is the result of the publication recently of a description of the sensational new Navy two-seater fighter, now complet ing flight tests here. -• FOUND UNCONSCIOUS Street Car Motonnan, Gassed, Is Treated by Rescue Squad. De Witt Brown, 47, of 223 Eighth street northeast, a street car motor man. was found unconscious in his room this morning, with gas flowing from a tube attached to a wall jet. The end of the tube, according to his wife, Mrs. Stevie Brown, was on the bed where her husband lay when she dis covered him, shortly after 10:30. Members of the fire rescue squad and a staff physician from Casualty Hos-: pital were called and early this after noon were making efforts to revive the man. Woman Finds $10 Left by Burglar W ho Spurns Loot Any number of burglars like the last one would be greatly wel comed by Mrs. John Van Dome len, 537 Ninth street northeast. Her house was broken into and ransacked yesterday, but nothing was taken. Instead, the invader dropped a $10 bill. Mrs. Van Domelen reported to police when she returned home the place had been ransacked, but that nothing was discovered miss ing. While making a careful check she found the $10 bill under a table. KEECH WILL FILE PETITION ASKING LOWED GAS RATES Action Tomorrow Will Be Based on Company’s In creased Earnings. $500,000 INCREASE CITED DESPITE NEW SCHEDULE Counsel Says Cut Was Not Dis cussed at Hecent Conference in New York. People's Counsel Richmond B. Keech said today he would file his petition for a reduction in gas rates tomorrow or the next day. Mr. Keech had planned to present such a petition today, but owing to the unexepected length of the hearings for the electric rates for 1932 he has been forced to delay his pro jected action. The petition will be based on the al legation i»\t the Washington Gas Light Co. during 1931 increased its net earn ings by approximately $500,000 instead of reducing them $400,000 by the intro duction of new rates in October, 1930. Local officials of the Washington and Georgetown Gas Light Cos. had no com ment to make this morning. Wilton J. Lambert, counsel for the gas concern, said today he recently had discussed the condition of the Wash ington gas concerns with New York financial interests, associated with the ownership organization, but that the matter of rate reductions had not been considered. CLARK TAKES STAND IN BRUTALITY TRIAL Policeman Chirged With Beating Colored Youth Denies All Charges. Hollis H. Clark, one of two sus pended policemen on trial in the Dis trict Supreme Court on third-degree charges, took the stand in his own * defense today and made positive de nials that he and Policeman Charles R. Bremmerman had beaten, struck or abused any colored prisoners last June in the locker room of the old Second Precinct Station. The accused officer was the first of the two defendants to take the witness stand and was subjected to question ing ior two hours by defense and Gov ernment attorneys in connection with all the incidents that are alleged to have occurred on the days of June 25, 26 and 27, as charged in the indict ment. He has been under suspension, with Bremmerman, since October 16, when both patrolmen were charged with assaulting Thomas McKeever Wil liams, 17-year-old colored prisoner, to force confessions of housebreaking. Clark was still under cross-exam ination when court recessed for the noon period. He will be followed on the stand by Bremmerman and it was expected the case would go to the jury tomorrow’. Fourteen witnesses were heard yesterday in order to expedite the proceedings, which have been con tinuing for 10 court days. U. S. SALARY REPORTS REACH BUDGET BUREAU Data to Be Used in Agitation for Pay Reductions Virtually Completed. Reports from Government depart ments and establishments on salaries of Government employes have virtually all arrived at the Bureau of the Bud get, which requested reports in con nection with the proposals in. Congress to cut Federal pay. The figures are being summarized and analyzed at the present time, it was learned, and a digest of the whole Gov ernment situation will be made, to show the number of persons in each salary scald. This is the latest and most up-to date survey attempted with a view to getting accurate information to use in the agitation for pay cuts. The reports will be submitted to President Hoover, who will decide what disposition is to be made of them. -• CITIZENS’ FEDERATION FILES MAPES PROTESTS Recommendations of Two Groups Submitted to House District Committee. The Federation of Citizens’ Associa tions today laid before the House Dis trict Committee its recommendations on two subjects. It recorded opposition to the Mapes bill, repealing provisions of the organic act calling for propor tionate appropriations from the Na tional Government and the District of Columbia for the expenses of the Na tional Capital on a 60-40 basis. The federation requested that imme diate steps be taken to install a traffic light at Rhode Island avenue 'and Twentieth street northeast. The Federation of Civic Associations presented its indorsement of the bill “to refund to the so-called assistant di rectors of the public schools all that portion of their salaries erroneously and illegally deducted and withheld under the orovisions of the act of June 20, 1906.’’ The Washington Council of Social Agencies, through Miss Grace Abbott, its president, laid before the District Committee a list of more than 25 or ganizations which indorse the Bowman bill for elimination of alley dwellings. HAWAIIAN’S BILL ASKS WOMAN JURY SERVICE A bill to permit women to serve on juries in Hawaii was introduced in the House yesterday by Delegate Houston, representative of the islands in Con gress. The same measure was passed by the House at its last session. Houston explained that, in view of the present situation in Hawaii, he felt the time was opportune for the legis lation. Belle Sherwin, president of the League of Woman Voters, has called attention to the fact that Mrs. Granville For tescue, held with three other Americans on charges of slaying a native, would have to face a male jury of varying races and urged the organic act be changed to permit women to serve oa juries, ’ ,«v