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WETS PLAN TO ASK
ROCKEFELLER’S AID
United Repeal Council Formed
at New York by Foes
of Prohibition.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. June 8.—A co-ordinated
fight for prohibition repeal was out
lined yesterday when representatives
of anti-prohibition organizations claim
ing 2,500.000 members banded together
in the “United Repeal Council."
Support for their efforts to obtain In
corporation of repeal planks in the
platforms of both major political
parties will be sought, they Indicated,
from Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rocke
feller, jr.
While the council made no official
announcement regarding an invitation
to the Rockefellers, William H. Stayton
of Baltimore, founder erf the Associa
tion Against the Prohibition Amend
ment. said if it "does not vote to invite
him in I will myself." Mrs. Charles
H. Sabin, head of the Women's Or
ganization for National Prohibition Re
form. responded that “I certainly shall
ask Mrs. Rockefeller."
Mass Meeting Planned.
Stayton said Rockefeller some time
ago took under advisement an imita
tion to take an active part in the cam
paign against prohibition.
Members of the council, which, m
addition to the organizations repre
sented by Mrs. Sabin and Stayton in
clude the Republican Citizens' Com
mittee, the Voluntary Committee of
Lawyers and the Crusaders, will at
tend a mass meeting in Chicago on
June 13, the day before the opening
of the Republican National Convention.
Pierre S. du Pont of the Association
Against the Prohibition Amendment
was elected chairman and Mrs. Sabin
vice chairman.
Meanwhile Dr. Daniel A. Poling, chair
man for the Allied Forces for Prohibi
tion. said Rockefeller “has been seri
ously misled' in arriving at the con
clusion the eighteenth amendment
should be repealed.
Dr. Poling declared prohibition could
not be done away with unless some sub
stitute took its place.
Says Assertion Naive.
He characterized Rockefeller's asser
tion that repeal should not be coupled
with an alternative measure because it
would be difficult to agree upon one in
advance, as "naive."
“To me." he said, “it seems to be con
fession of the fatal weakness of our op
ponents' program. Without the sub
stitute, repeal would invite greater law
lessness and threaten the very_ existence
cf representative government."
Rockefeller's stand was hailed by
Burgovne Hamilton, president of the
Blue Cockade, national anti-prohibi
tion organization, as “a fearless and
unselfish pronouncement born of true
patriotism."
DRY. SEES BOOMERANG.
Foundation Loader Says Rockefeller
Statement Will Arouse Prohibitionists.
CHICAGO. June 8 </P>.—Richard R
Scott president of the American Busi
ness Men's Prohibition Foundation, said
last night that the statement by John
D. Rockefeller, jr.. advocating repeal of
the eighteenth amendment will "prove
a boomerang for the wet interests."
"The Rockefeller statement." he said,
"should awaken drys everywhere to the
serious effects of widespread wet propa
ganda.”
Silas H. Strawn, former president of
the United States Chamber of Com
merce, said he believed the statement
bv Rockefeller would -stimulate orgar.
iz d opposition to the persistently in
tolerant drys."
Strawn said he believed the political
conventions this year would have a
stimulating effect on business, "particu
larly if bath parties adopt platforms
calling for rerubmission of the prohibi
tion Question.”
OHIO DRY CHANGES STAND.
G. O. P. Delegate From Cincinnati
Says He Favors State Control.
CINCINNATI. Ohio. June 8 UP).—
E W. Edwards, Cincinnati banker and
Ohio delegate at large to the Republican
National Convention, yesterday formal
ly announced change in his stand from
support of the prohibition laws to ad
vocacy of their repeal.
“I once felt that the eighteenth
amendment would prove a boon to the
American people, giving them a strong
er backbone of economic stability," he
raid "I believe prohibition has proved
a failure and an amendment allowing
State option on the liquor issue should
be enacted as soon as possible."
WILL DEMAND DRY PLANKS.
Mrs. Boole Wants Both Parties to
Adopt Strict Enforcement Stands.
MONTREAL. Quebec. June 8 UP).—
Organized proponents of the eighteenth
amendment will oppose its repeal in any
form and will demand that both parties
adopt strict enforcement planks. Mrs.
Ella A. Boole said here last night.
Addressing the Canadian W. C. T. U.,
the Mew York dry leader and president
of the World Women's Christian Tem
perance Union said she did not deny
the right of those opposed to the
amendment to work for its repeal. She
warned, however, that dry’s must not
"fall in with wet strategy."
Mrs. Boole said dry’s also would de
mand a Piesident and Vice President
"who can conscientiously take the oath
to support the Constitution.”
SCHOOL REPORT MADE
Ccmmissioners Favor Bill for Status
of Colleges.
The District Commissioners forwarded
to Congress yesterday a favorable re
port on the bill to establish the status
of colleges at Wilson and Miner
Teachers' Colleges and to raise trade
and vocational schools in the public
school systems to the rank of junior
high schools.
The change would cause an immediate
increase in salaries of about $10,000, the
city heads reported, with future in
creases for 10 assistant supervisors and
a clerk amounting, with other Increases,
to an additional $G,700 “for the years
Immediately ahead.”
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GEN. COXEY CONFERS WITH BONES CONTINGENT LEADERS. i
MEMORIES of another famous march on Washington were revived today
when Gen Jacob S. Coxev. now mayor of Massillon. Ohio, went to the
camp of the bonus expeditionary force in Anacostia and told the former
service men of his experiences in 1894, when his ••army” marched to
the National Capital. Left to right: George Alman. one of the leaders
of the bonus army; Gen. Coxey and Walter W. Waters, organizer of the march to
Washington. ___
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Luncheon Brings Announce-'
ment Gov. Ely Will Offer
New Yorker’s Name.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. June 8—Fourteen men.
forming an organization which they
assert "will end with the nomination of
Alfred E. Smith for President,” went to
work today on an intensified campaign
to accomplish that purpose.
They were the former Governor's
guests yesterday at a luncheon, after
which it was announced that Gov.
Joseph B Ely of Massachusetts will
place Smith’s name before the Demo
cratic national convention in Chicago,
and that Smith's supporters will back
the selection of Jouett Shouse for con
vention chairman.
Five Eastern States.
Five Eastern States In which former
Gov. Smith has shown strength In pre
convention campaigns were represented
at the luncheon. Smith himself, how
ever, was the only New Yorker present,
although his friends believe he will
carry considerable support from this
State with him into the convention.
The States represented were Massa
chusetts, Connecticut. Rhode Island,
New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Charles Ely. brother of the Massa
chusetts Governor, w-as a guest at the
luncheon. The other Massachusetts
representatives were Francis X. Hurley,
State auoitor; Gen. Charles H. Cole and
Daniel Coaklcy.
Frank Hague, mayor of Jersey City,
headed the New Jersey delegation. He
was accompanied by Harry Hohre. Dem
ocratic State chairman, and William J
Egan, Newark director of public safety.
Guests From Connecticut.
From Connecticut came Thomas F.
Spellacy, former national committee
man. who acted as spokesman after the
luncheon; Alfred N. Phillips, former
mayor of Stamford; David E. Fitzger
ald, former mayor of New Haven, and
Frank Ha\es. mayor of Waterbury.
Pennsvlvania was represented by
Sedgewick Kistler, national committee
man. and John R. Collins, former State
chairman, and Rhode Island by Howard
McGrath. State chairman.
Spellacy said the Smith supporters
would support Shouse for permanent
convention chairman, and Senator Al
ben W Barkley of Kentucky, a Roose
velt man. for temporary chairman.
A spokesman for Roosevelt announced
several davs ago that Senator Thomas
J. Walsh of Montana was the choice
of the Roosevelt people for chairman
of the convention.
COMMITTEE APPROVES
BACHARACH MEASURE
By the Associated Press.
The Bacharach bill to reduce to 4 per
cent the interest charge on loans against
veterans- compensation certificates was
i approved today by the House Ways and
! Means Committee.
Chairman Collier told newspaper men
the vote was 13 to 9, and that the com
mittee had authorized Representative
j Bacharach. Republican, of New Jersey,
author of the bill, ,-to use all possible
means to bring the bill up as soon as
possible.”
The veterans’ administration estimat
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Britain Names Consul General.
LONDON. June 8 E. I. E Bernays,
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TOPS G.O.P. ISSUES
Discussion on Convention
Floor to Bring Rising Tide
of Opinion to Head.
BY DAVID LAWRENCE.
Prohibition, repeal, referendum and
the liquor problem generally will be the
dominating feature of the Republican
National Convention.
Irrespective of the wishes of platform
makers, the discussion on the floor will
bring to a head the rising tide of
opinion that political parties can no
longer evade the issue Involved and
that there is hardly a middle ground
between those who want absolute re
peal and those who want to keep the
eighteenth amendment untouched un
til an agreement of public opinion on
a substitute can be reached.
President Hoover's position has not
yet been publicly revealed as any dif
ferent from what it was when, in trans
mitting the Wickersham report, he
came out in uncompromising loyalty to
the eighteenth amendment. There are
signs now that if he veers at all it will
be toward the general proposition that
repeal without a substitute would mean
chaos and a loss of such gains as pro
hibition has made.
Basis of Whole Discussion.
The argument cf John D. Rockefeller,
jr . that there can be no agreement be
tween the different schools of thought
on a substitute at this time and that
repeal is a prerequisite furnishes the
basis really for the whole discussion.
Tlie Democrats, for example, have not
rallied behind Gov. Roosevelt's alterna
tive, which is State government con
trol of all liquor distribution, as there
are large elements which want the
States to have absolute power to pass
such laws as they desire from time to
time and not be limited to one form of
distribution, namely, through State
agencies. . .
While Mr. Roosevelt la for repeal
with a substitute—and every other im
portant Democratic aspirant at leaat
wants repeal—President Hoover and
Vice President Curtis have never ao
much as smiled upon the repeal Idea
in principle. Senator Borah of Idaho
has endeavored to keep the question
from really being passed upon at the
Republican National Convention, argu
ing that even a referendum should be
decided upon by the people through
Congress and that the national con
ventions should not attempt to commit
members of the national parties to a
pro or con position on the referendum. ]
He feels that the people can have a
referendum every two years by voting
for or against members of Congress
committed to the wet or dry side as
the case may be and that this method
gives an opportunity to test specific
alternatives designed to solve the liquor
distribution problem.
Mr. Hoover Is being Importuned by
Influential members of the Republican
party to take a definite position through
the national convention itself. But
even If the platform plank is vague,
the leaders are beginning to realize
that Mr. Hoover will not be able to re
main silent throughout the campaign
under the constant hammering that his
opponent probably will resort to in or
der to emphasize what may appear to
be an extreme dry position on the part
of the President.
Can Dictate Platform.
For this reason some of the friends
of Mr. Hoover are urging that he let
the convention alone, so that It may
adopt whatever platform plank It
chooses, and then the President can
gracefully accept the party decision as
expressed In the platform. The diffi
culty with this Is that Mr. Hoover
knows that everybody else knows that
as the forthcoming nominee he can dic
tate to the convention and that It will
be viewed merely as evasion of respon
sibility on his part if he endeavors to
hide, so to speak, behind the authority
of the convention.
What may develop, of course, Is a
revolt against any dictation from the
nominee at all and an actual expression
of opinion that Is plainly at variance
with Mr. Hoover’s expressed desires and
views heretofore. Under such circum
stances, the President by making a
fight against the plank could hardly
be accused of avoidance. But a defeat
of a presidential demand In the face
of the fact that the President Is to be
the nominee of the party disagreeing
with him would be unprecedented and
might hurt the candidate’s prestige.
Truly the President Is having his
worries about the whole matter. He
could, of course, favor the referendum
and announce that while In such a
referendum he would vote dry, he would
accept the mandate Indicated In the
referendum.
The agitation for a repeal or modifi
cation of the existing amendment Is
growing so strongly among the Repub
licans of the East that the national
convention at Chicago will provide a
dramatic debate on prohibition The
leaders who want harmony at any cost
may strive to prevent, It but it Is really
unavoidable.
(Coprritbt, ltn.)
NAVY BAND TO PLAY
Special Program Set for Tomorrow
Aboard Constitution.
Tomorrow afternoon on the deck of
the U. S. S. Constitution at the Wash
ington Navy Yard, the Navy Band will
play in a special program from 3 to 4
o'clock. Comdr. Louis J. Gulliver, com
manding officer of Old Ironsides, lias
invited Lieut. Charles Benter, leader of
the Navy Band, to give the concert
aboard the historic frigate.
The public is Invited to this affair,
as the Constitution is open to visitors
from 10 to 4:30 o'clock daily. Arrange
ments are being made by naval authori
ties to have the program broadcast by
Station WRC. with the possibility of a
Nation-wide hook-up.
W. C. T. U. DISAGREES
WIIH ROCKEFELLER
Union Leaders Declare Re
peal “Would Be National
Stupidity.”
By the Associated Press.
EVANSTON, 111. June 8.—The na
tional headquarters of the Women's
Christian Temperance Union, taking
issue with John D. Rockefeller, Jr., on
his prohibition repeal pronouncement,
declared today return to liquor "would
be national stupidity.”
In a statement sent to W. C. T. U.
leaders in every State, the heads of the
union declared both political parties
have had experiences “with the domina
tion of distillers, brewers and retail
liquor dealers."
"The history of the past justifies us
in saying that the political party is
doomed which for the sake of political
expediency opens the door through
which liquor may return to a legal
status.
"Mr. Rockefeller's statement that
drinking has increased under prohibi
tion is without foundation," the union's
statement said.
It declared prohibition Ium saved
more lives than were lost by 17 * United
States during the World War because
alcoholic diseases have been greatly re
duced. and that the ban on nquor haa
decreased drinking. Reduce poverty
improved the lot of school children and
helped industry by giving It "a sober
army of producers.”
' Mr. Rockefeller should realize," the
statement said, “that when the eight
eenth amendment was ratified the
liquor Interests threatened to organize
a Nation-wide disobedience of the pro
hibitory laws. Much of the present lax
observance and nullification is the
result of that threat.”
NAMED P.-T. A. HEAD
Fred F. Henshaw Elected by Wood
side Elementary Group.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
SILVER SPRING, Md. June 8 —
Fred F. Henshav. was elected president
of the Parent-Teachrr Association of
the Woodside Elementary School at the
annual meeting, held at the school last
night.
Other officers elected are Miss Dor
orthy Nichols, principal of the school,
tic-e president; Mrs. Robert P. McCand
lish, secretary, and Mrs. Frank Burch,
treasurer.
Commissioners Organize.
POOLESVILLE, Md., June 8 'Spe
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at the recent biennial election have or
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rier, president, and re-electing Miss
Clara L. Price clerk and treasurer. The
other members of the board are G.
Robert Grav, Dr. L. F. Brooks and
Harry L. Willard
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