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“Misadvice” on Contracts
Is Laid to “Traitorous”
Group of Officials in Testi
mony Before Senate
War Ace Declares Action Raised
Doubt in Minds of Millions as
to President's Judgment on N.
R. A., C. W. A. and Other
Moves for Prosperity.
By the Associated Press.
Col. Eddie Rickenbacker, testify
ing today before the Senate Post
Office Committee, urged that "the
President purge his official family of
those traitorous elements who have
misadvised him on the airmail.”
Rising to his feet after reading a
prepared statement, Rickenbacker
said: “I believe I have earned my
heritage to citizenship and I want
In fairness to the Chief Executive
to make a few remarks."
"The bad advice of a few," he said,
had caused President Roosevelt “to
act contrary to American principles
to such a degree that millions have
begun to question his judgment just
when we are on the verge of pulling
out of this depression.”
Contract Loss “Incidental.”
Invited, along with Charles A. Lind
bergh. Clarence Chamberlin and
other famous flyers to give the com
mittee his views on the administra
tion’s permanent airmail legislation.
Rickenbacker previously had recom
mended establishment of a new Fed
eral commission to regulate private
commercial flying.
Rickenbacker called the loss of the
aircraft industry by cancellation of
the mail contracts “incidental.”
"The important thing." he said, “is
the doubt raised in the minds of many
whether many of these agencies that
have done such good work—N. R. A..
C. W A. and others—whether they
- -may T>rore to be as big a mistake as
the cancellation."
Bans Political Speech.
Chairman McCarran interposed at
this point and said:
“I have to ask you not to attack the
President or to make a political
speech. In fairness to the committee
and to the President, you should con
fine yourselt to the bill."
Rickenbaeker stood quietly for a
moment and then sat down.
"He's not making an attack on the
President," Senator Logan. Democrat,
of Kentucky, said, ‘‘and I think he
•hould be allowed to continue."
Rickenbaeker. however, said he had
•'nothing further to say."
Spectators gave Rickenbaeker, the
country's ranking air ace during the
World War when he accounted for 26
enemy planes, a vigorous round of
applause as he left the stand.
In his earlier testimony, Ricken
backer, who is vice president of the
North American Co., also urged res
toration of airmail transportation to
the companies whose contracts were
recently canceled by Postmaster Gen
eral Farley.
Under Rickenbacker’s plan the
Postmaster General would place mail
on any lines receiving certificates of
necessity and convenience from the
Federal regulatory board.
Two-Mill Rate Is Urged.
He suggested that payment be on
the basis of 2 mills per pound mile
up to 250 pounds average load per
airplane and 1 mill per pound mile for
all those above this amount.
Two mills per mile, he said, is the
revenue which the Government es
timates it receives for postage on mail
carried by airplanes.
Certified airlines which could not
exist under these rates would be given
a direct subsidy not to exceed 40
cents per airplane mile for the first
year, under Rickenbacker’s proposed
(Continued on Page 2, Column 6.)
Rests in Common Cell in Toronto
Jail for Arrival of Ameri
can Police.
By the Associated Press.
TORONTO. Ontario, March 17 —
Martin J. Insull. his last recourse
gone, waited in a common cell today
for American police to come and get
The brother and associate of Sam
uel J. Insull in a vast utilities net
work lost an appeal to the Supreme
Court yesterday. Chief Justice Sir
William Muloch ruled that he must
be extradited to the United States
to face trial in Chicago for embezzle
ment and larceny.
Deprived of his most cherished con
solation. a blackened pipe. Insull was
lodged in a cell. Last night the once
powerful utilities man slept on a
prison cot, rough blankets covering
metal springs.
(In Washington, the Justice De
partment indicated it is waiting the
result of an appellate court issue in
Illinois before pressing extradition
proceedings against Insull.)
Several charges of theft were con
sidered by the chief justice In draw
ing his decision.
No evidence was given to support
some of the charges, but said "our
opinion is that a prima facie case is
established in regard to the alleged
theft of $344,720 and $20,000.”
Martin Insull started his fight
■gainst extradition almost 17 months
Asked if he had any message for
his wife, he said:
“Tell her I'm feeling fine.”
Roosevelts Mark
29th Anniversary
At Dinner Tonight
Members of Family and
Few Close Friends
to Be Present.
The President and Mrs. Roosevelt
will observe their twenty-ninth wed
ding anniversary with an informal
dinner party at the White House to
night. Only members of the family
and a few intimate friends will be
Other than this no arrangements
have been made for marking the an
niversary. However, numerous mes
sages of congratulation and good
wishes as well as floral tributes have
been received.
First Lady Due Back.
Mrs. Roosevelt will return to the
White House during the afternoon,
after a hurried visit to the West In
dies, where she devoted particular
attention to the study of welfare
conditions in Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands.
The anniversary dinner is scheduled
for 7:30 o’clock. Mrs. James Roose
velt. 82-year-old mother of the
(Continued on Page 2, Column 5.)
But House Group Wants to
Know Who Changed
By the Associated Press.
A House committee will shortly re
port that it has found Harry H
Woodring, Assistant Secretary of War.
above reproach In dealings for $7.
500,000 worth of Army airplanes.
A poll of the Rogers Military Affairs
Subcommittee, which is inquiring into
Army expenditures since 1926, estab
lished this today as clearly the ma
jority opinion.
I A joint finding now under consid
1 eration is that Army officers possibly
| attempted to discredit competitive I
! bidding for the huge aviation pur- I
I chases. Committeemen have some j
testimony from Woodring on this I
Only one point remains to be es- I
tablished before the formal report
is prepared and agreed upon. The
committee still wants to know defi
nitely who made the changes In
specifications that reduced the speed.""
altitude and range requirements.
Woodring Called for Bids.
The House Investigators already
have found that until Woodring be
came Assistant Secretary the Army
had bought 92 per cent of its air
planes and engines without compe
tition, and through "negotiated” con- |
Air Corps officers told the com
mittee they planned to purchase
planes from the $7,500,000 Public
Works Administration allotment by j
negotiation, but that Woodring inter- |
vened, calling for competitive bids. !
Officers contended better planes could
be purchased for less under their plan.
Committee members now contend
evidence before them that Army offi
cers apparently decided they would
keep Woodring from upsetting the ap
plecart by drawing specifications with
requirements so low that they would
be ridiculous. The officers hoped sub
sequently, the committee believes, to
return to the "negotiated” system.
Foulois Denies Change.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois,
chief of the Air Corps, testified he did
not change the specifications himself,
but the committee is not yet satisfied
with his explanation of the impres
sion he gave the House Appropria
tions Committee that Woodring made
the changes.
Foulois said he meant Woodring had
changed the procedure, not the speci
Woodring himself testified recently
that at the suggestion of Army offi
cers he inserted a clause in the com
petitive plane specifications prevent
ing acceptances from any company
whose planes had not been tested by
the Army or Navy. The controller
general ruled this made the new plan
non-competitive. A new call for bids
will be made with this clause elimi
By the Associated Press.
MELLE, France, March 17.—Two
workmen were killed and a dozen in
jured last night in an explosion at an
alcohol distillery at Forges d’Anuis.
Fart ot the two-story plant col
lapsed. So terrific was the shock
that it blew out the main line of the
railroad from Niort to La Rochelle j
and wrecked all communication lines. ,
A fire which followed the blast com
pleted the devastation, destroying the
railroad station nearby.
Treaty Signed Today Aims
to Bar Union With Nazi
Commercial Accord Looks to More
Extensive Danubian

By the Associated Press.
ROME. March 17.—The premiers of
Italy. Austria, and Hungary signed
two agreements today, one designed to
bring their three countries closer to
gether politically, and the other to
assure the economic independence of
The pacts were signed in Premier
Mussolini's office in the Palazza Vene
zia by II Duce, Chancellor Dollfuss
of Austria, and Premier Goemboes of
The latter two statesmen arrived
at the Palace at 4:30 p.m., accom
panied by their respective staffs. They
were escorted to Mussolini's huge office
by Fascist officials.
There they were met by Mussolini.
Undersecretary Fulvio Suvich, and
other Italian executives, who had tak
en part in the conversations of the last
three days.
Mutual Consent Provided.
A last-minute discussion of several
minor details preceded the actual sign
The agreement provided that each
of the countries concerned consult
the other two before taking any steps
which would react upon another.
The prime effect of the pact will
be to bind Austria to confer with
Italy before making any move that,
might betray her independence—par
ticularly through a union with Nazi
Both Dollfuss and Goemboes arose
early today and prepared with their
staffs of economic experts for the I
ceremony concluding negotiations be
gun Tuesday at Mussolini’s invitation.
The experts will remain behind
when their chiefs return to their capi
tals. It will be the job of the former
to work out details of the economic
agreement the two premiers reached
in principle.
Seek Danubian Extension.
The commercial accord lists prefer
ttitial'duties-which, it is hoped, will
serve as a basis for a more extensive
Danubian agreement, bringing In
Prance, Germany and the little en
tente nations of Rumania. Czecho
slovakia and Yugoslavia.
The consultative pact will be opened
(Continued on Page 2, Column 1.)
Await Planned March of Colored
Students in Protest of
A special detail of Capitol police
stood guard today outside the House
restaurant as a result of reports that
a group of colored college students
had planned to invade the place in
protest against the recent racial dis
crimination rule invoked by the man
Eight officers were stationed around
the doors of the restaurant and in
adjoining corridors.
The restaurant management yes
terday posted signs on the public din
ing hall announcing that it was to be
used by members of Congress only
following a series of attempts by col
ored persons accompanied by white
companions to get service.
In the meantime it was learned one
of the colored waiters in the restau
rant had been dismissed for serving
a colored newspaper reporter in de
fiance of the rules. The discharged
waiter is Harold Covington, a junior
at How'ard University, who lives in
the 500 block of T street. The man
agement accused him of serving a re
porter for the Afro-American, a Negro
newspaper. The reporter also is a
student at Howard University.
H. P. Johnson of North Carolina,
manager of the restaurant, said that
the policy of refusing service to col
ored persons would remain unchanged.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, March
17 UP).— An official statement to the
press today contradicted reports that
Gen. Juan Vicente Gomez, venerable
President of Venezuela, was suffering
from serious illness.
The statement, issued from the office
of the consul general here, said Gen.
Gomez, president of Venezuela for the
last quarter century, was in the best of
I _
Measles, complicated with other ill
nesses, have accounted for five deaths
in the District this week and 11 since
the first of the year, the District
health office revealed in a report
The revelation was made at the
same time that 606 additional measles
cases were reported since Monday,
bringing the total from January 1 to
date to 3,549. One hundred and one
cases were reported yesterday and 122
During all of 1933, there were but
539 cases of measles reported, with
only four deaths.
Enough Blood Donated.
Meanwhile. Children's Hospital an
nounced donations of blood by chil
dren having just recovered from mea
sles, for serum purposes, have been
more than sufficient to satisfy imme
diate needs. Approximately 25 chil
dren volunteered to give blood for
“convaleaceat serum” to treat child
victims in danger of death because of
Dr. H. J. Starr, of the hospital staff,
said further donations are being de
clined for the time being, because
an amount sufficient for all the hospi
tal’s purposes for several days had
been obtained.
Encouraged by Serum.
There are less than a score of
measles patients in Children’s Hospi
tal. Dr. Starr said. Ordinarily, the
hospital does not accept such cases,
but due to the overcrowded condition
of Gailinger Hospital, they have been
forced to admit these patients. How
ever, only those cases in which com
plications have arisen are being ac
Use of the serum on the measles pa
tients. the physician said, has brought
“encouraging resuits.” Children’s Hos
pital is one of the few institutions in
the country employing this serum,
which Is said to build up immunity in
tlM blfHKt against iwjscIm
/^OH FOR'\
Jones’ Proposal to Lend to
Industry Meets Opposition
in Senate Committee.
By the Associated Press.
Jesse H. Jones, chairman of the
Reconstruction Finance Corporation,
faced a hostile Senate Banking Com
mittee today in search of authority to
have the Government lend directly to
The R. F. C. head, himself a banker,
carried with him a view that un
shackled credit for Industry, such as
he has been trying for months to get
banks to extend, would finance re
Jones specifically sought support for
the bill he submitted Thursday on
behalf of the R. F. C. board to permit
loans to industry, financing of foreign
trade and compromising of claims
against railroads in reorganization
Members of the committee expressed
opposition to the proposal even before
he had a chance to present his argu
ments, and sharp curtailment of the
bill is in prospect
The measure, in fact, may be aban
doned entirely in the light of Presi
dent Roosevelt's disclaimer of knowl
edge of the R. F. C. proposal. Mr.
Roosevelt at the same time was repre
sented as optimistic that credit for
small industries could be supplied
through a chain of intermediate credit
banks, a plan now far advanced in
the hands of Federal Reserve Board
Legislation would be necessary for
this program also. The White House
disclosed Its own bill was being drafted.
In all likelihood this would supercede
the.R. F. C. measure.
Emile Blanchard, High in French
Ministry, Had Been
By the Associated Press.
17.—Troops, out at dawn on the ar
tiUery range here, found Emile
Blanchard, a high official of the min
istry of agriculture, lying in a pool of
He had cut his throat with a knife.
The knife still was clutched in his
hand. He may live.
| Blanchard was suspended from his
office when it was revealed that he
j was paid to serve on two boards of
directors of companies organized by
handsome Alex Stavisky, the notori
ous swindler, who organized the Bay
onne pawnshop among other ven
Today, on his hospital bed, he was
notified by an investigation magis
trate that he himself was charged
with swindling and compUcity with
Tile collapse of the Bayonne Pawn
shop carried with it;
Serge Stavisky, killed by pistol shot.
Judge Albert Prince, murdered.
Twenty-five dead in riots; several
thousand injured.
Mile. Yvonne Taris, witness, at
tempted suicide by drowning.
Raymond Huber, lawyer, attempted
suicide by drowning.
Henri Hurlaux, assistant prosecut
ing attorney of the Court of Appeals,
attempted suicide by poison.
Emile Blanchard, minister of agri
culture, attempted suicide three times.
Import License Kate on U. S.
Fruit Will Be Maintained.
PARIS, March 17 (.A*).—'The French
government announced today that
the prevailing import license tax rates
on American apples and pears will
be maintained until May 20, but gave
no indication of any intention to
comply with demands from importers
to increase the quota in view of
America’s suppression of wine quota
The present taxes amount to $2.50
for 220 pounds on apples and $3.75
on pears. These rates were reduced
approximately 60 per cent on Janu
ary 19 when it became apparent
high prices were preventing sales in

Assassin Despairs
At 5-Death Goal
And Ends Own Life
By the Associated Press.
PARIS. March 17.—Paolo Bon
fanti. say the police, had two
programs of assassination — a
minimum program and a maxi
mum program.
The first called for the slaying
of five men in Paris: the second
listed Premier Mussolini of Italy.
Chancellor ^Hitler of Germany
and Joseph Stalin of Russia.
Franco Clerici. an Italian law
yer murdered two days ago, was
on the first list, according to
But Bonfanti interrupted him
self. Night before last he com
mitted suicide.
Letters found by police indi
cated he was "despondent" be
cause it was "mathematically im
possible" to carry out that maxi
mum program.
Jailbreaker Who Slew Sher
iff in Gun Battle Gives
Tip Before Dying.
By the Associated Press.
PORT HURON, Mich.. March 17.—
A “hot trail,” marked by two more
deaths, turned the eyes of authorities
j toward Canada today, as they hunted
John Dillinger.
I Undershe. iff Charles Cavanaugh died
last night of bullet wounds he suf
fered when he and other police trapped
and fatally wounded Dillinger's col
ored comrade in crime, Herbert Young
Before he died, Youngblood said
I Dillinger, escaped killer, had been in
Port Huron Thursday night. Quickly
there came a report Dillinger had
ctossed the St. Clair River from Port
Huron to Sarnia, Ontario, in a row
boat with two Indians.
This was unconfirmed, but authori
ties were impressed with the possibil
ity that Dillinger. if he is this near
the border, might try to get across it.
Police on both sides kept close watch,
although Canadian officials at Sarnia
{ expressed confidence last night Dillin
{ ger had not been able to enter their
| country.
Story Differs.
Although Youngblood told officers
that he had seen Dillinger in South
l Port Huron Thursday night, It was
[ a different story he told to Rev. Fa
ther Charles T. Walsh, who sought
to comfort him yesterday.
“Father, pray for me; father pray
for me,” Youngblood implored the
I priest.
“You are going to die and you had
better tell these officers the truth.”
Father Walsh told the wounded man.
“When did you last see Dillinger?"
“Father, I last saw him shortly
after we escaped from the jail at
! Crown Point,” Youngblood gasped.
"Were you with him last night
I (Thursday) ?” Father Walsh asked.
“No,” answered Youngblood; “I
was with two white pals.”
"Was either Dillinger?” the priest
Youngblood trailed off Into uncon
sciousness and did not answer. A few
minutes later he was dead.
Reported Seeking Plane.
Other reports said that Dillinger,
who escaped with Youngblood from
j the Crown Point, Ind., jail in a man
j ner that startled the country, had
been "sighted" near Marysville air
• port. North of Port Huron, inquiring
; for a plane. Three police squads sped
there. Lieut. Don Leonard of the
State police, however, said he doubted
Youngblood's story Dillinger came to
Port Huron with him.
Youngblood, unconscious much of
the time after he fell with six bullet
holes in his body, died before authori
ties could get much of the informa
tion they desired. He said he had
seen Dillinger as late as Thursday
night in a small automobile with three
other men. A report this car was
speeding toward Detroit kept police
on the jump.
Youngblood, who faced a murder
(Continued oil Page 2. Column 1.)
Two Killed in Crash.
PETERSBURG. Va.. March 17 (A3).
—D. P. Tyler of Norfolk and Thomas
W. White of New York were killed
early today when their automobile
crashed into a culvert on the Rich
mond-Petersburg pike, about 5 miles
from this pity.
Kennedy Switches Vote to
Save Administration From
Defeat in House.
Members of Congress relaxed today
during a respite in the tense fighting
over the Federal pay and veterans’
benefits restoration provisions of the
independent offices appropriation bill.
The respite probably will continue
till Tuesday, due to the absence from
the city of several of the Senate con
This veto-threatened measure has
now been ordered to conference by
both House and Senate, with a
switched vote by Representative Ken
nedy, Democrat, of New York, neces
sary late yesterday to save the ad
ministration forces again from a roll
call-recorded defeat, climaxing a gru
elling day In the legislative chamber.
Well trained In New York City poli
: tics on how to meet party exigencies,
cWepmeentatlve Kennedy changed his
vote after a roll call had shown ad
ministration defeat, with the vote of
Speaker Rainey impotent to change
the result. When a recapitulation of
the roll call still showed a majority
of the House favored receding from
its veterans’ benefit compromise
amendment preliminary to concurring
in the Senate’s more liberal provisions,
Kennedy came to the rescue.
House Manas rai.
The vote was changed from 190 to
189 in favor of recession to 190 to
189 for refusing to recede, the House
standing pat on its compromise.
Meanwhile the Senate had ad
journed over the week eDd.
In a dramatic and tense scene that
held the usually noisy membership
silent. Kennedy arose shortly before
the Speaker prepared to announce the
vote, and settled the issue.
Mr. Speaker. I desire to change my
vote from 'aye’ to ‘no’, he said.
Cheers went up among the badly
scared administration members. Jeers
and booes were shouted at the smiling
New Yorker by the opponents.
The vote was on a motion by Repre
sentative Connery, Democrat, of Mas
sachusetts to have the House reverse
its stand taken Wednesday on the $90,
000.000 Taber compromise on veterans’
benefits and adopt the Senate amend
ments calling for a $118,000,000 res
toration in benefits.
Earlier, the House had voted down.
225 to 161, a motion by Connery to
~(Continued on Page 2, Column 4.j
Recognition of Union and Divi
sion of 5-Cent Tax De
clared Issues.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, March 17.—A general
strike of New York City taxi drivers,
effective at once, was voted early to
day by 5,000 cheering delegates of the
Taxi Drivers’ Union at a meeting in
St. Nicholas Rink.
The strike vote was declared unan
imous by the leaders. Recognition of
the union was described as the prin
cipal issue at stake.
There also was resentment over the
division of a 5-cent tax which New
York City, under the Tammany
regime that preceded Mayor Fiorello
H. La Guardia's, assessed for each
taxi ride
This tax was declared Illegal by the
courts and the disposition of the sum
collected from the public became a
matter of controversy. It led to a
strike of taxi drivers which started
February 2 and lasted a week, with
disorder on Broadway and in other
Former Utilities King on
Hunger Strike as Tramp
Ship Nears Greece.
Safe Delivery Placed Squarely
Upon Captain—Rumanian Offer
of Haven Is Denied.
By the Associated Press.
ATHENS. March 17.—Mrs. Samuel
Insuli today was reported saying
that her husband would commit sui
cide if delivered to United States
InsuU was reported on a “hunger
strike" and so weak and de
pressed that attendants resorted to
hypodermic injections aboard the
little tramp freighter Maiotis. which
is returning the 74-year-old fugitive
to Greece.
The captain of the vessel himself
administered the injections, it was
said, in an effort to brace the former
Meanwhile, the newspaper Ethnos
said that Rumania, through a
decree by King Carol, has granted
Samuel Insull permission to live for
five years in Galati, a city on the
Danube in Eastern Rumania This
was later denied by a Rumanian
official at Bucharest.
Due to Land Today.
Apparently, the “strike" was de
termined upon in a final desperate
effort of the former American utili
ties czar to stave off extradition and
trial as the vessel bore him slowly
nearer Athens and the grasp of
United States officials.
The steamer on which the fallen
power king fled secretly seeking refuge
! in some obscure corner of the globe
was due to return with Insull late this
: afternoon.
Before reports of the hunger strike
were received, rumors spread about
Athens today that the "old fox.” as
Insull has become known to Athe
nians, might have worked another
disappearing trick by vanishing from
the vessel upon which officials found
him yesterday.
Apparently there was nothing to
warrant such a supposition, however,
except the reputation with which In
sull has been vested in the popular
mind during the 17 months in Greece
in which he successfully defeated
American attempts TtfWtrBdWKHfnt”
to Chicago, where he is wanted on
charges growing out of the collapse of
his once vast utilities empire.
Captain Held Responsible.
The rumors were largely confined
to suggestions that the discouraged
and apparently beaten man might
have debarked from the Maiotis at
the Island of Crete or managed to ob
tain his transfer to some other vessel.
The marine minister placed the re
sponsibility squarely up to the ship's
master after the latter had raidoed
that he feared Insull might attempt
suicide. It was this official whose
j wireless search resulted in the detec- 1
tion of the fugitive and it was at his 1
; order that the vessel halted in its
dash for Egypt and turned about.
Although it had been stated pre
viously at the marine ministry that
a government vessel would meet the
Maiotis and Insull formally arrested
aboard, the probabilities today were
that the ship would be allowed to
enter the harbor at Piraeus, Athens
port, under naval escort and direc
| tion.
While in the larger sense Insull
! was ordered returned because the
Greek government was chagrined
| and offended by the manner of his
j secret flight under the very noses of
the authorities, the legal position is
that the government is technically
charging him with violation cf rules
applicable to all aliens in that his
papers were not properly stamped
When Insull gets back he will be
handed over to police custody and
compelled to leave Greece within 24
hours, said M. Mound Jouridis of the
ministry of the interior, who stated:
"Insull, on his arrival, will be re
manded to his home in police cus
tody and will be expelled in 24 hours.”
Insull had no travel documents
-(Continued on Page 2, Column 3.)
| Freezing Weather Predicted Be
fore Monday, With Blow
From Plain States.
Another cold snap was In the offing
as Washington enjoyed the sunny
skies and Springlike warmth of a
perfect St. Patrick's day.
Before Monday morning the mer
cury may drop below freezing. Severe
cold prevailed over most of the
Plains States today and was moving
The warmth of the past few days,
however, may temper the blow here
somewhat, the Weather Bureau said.
The forecast is for "fair and warmer
tonight with lowest temperature about
48 degrees; rain tomorrow and much
; colder in the afternoon and night.”
The mercury today w’as rising into
I the 60s from a low of 2 degrees above
I freezing early this morning.
By the Associated Press.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 17.—In
the captain's cabin of Old Ironsides,
Miss Grace Whiting Gulliver, daugh
ter of Comdr. Louis J. Gulliver, com
manding the U. S. S. Constitution,
and Mrs. Gulliver, and Lieut. Wells
Thompson. U. S. N., of San Diego,
will be married tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The Gullivers are from Portland, Me.
An altar, constructed by the Con
stitution's crew, will be banked with
flowers of red. white and blue. Flank
ing either aide will be cannon, the
24-pounders that tamed the Barbary
pirates and won many a victory in
Chaplain Clinton A. Neyman, U. S.
N„ of Long Beach, will officiate.
Miss Gulliver was born at Ports
mouth, N. H., and educated in Mon
The bridegroom is the son of Mrs.
Clark W. Thompson of Portland,
Oreg., and a brother of Representa
tive Clark W. Thompson, jr., of Texas.
Graduated from the Naval Academy
in 1928, he Is attached to the U. S. 8.
Intends to Conduct Vote
of Auto Workers in
Mass Meetings Tomorrow Will
Decide on Walkout Delay
Until Wednesday.
By the Associated Press.
Hope that he can work out a com
promise that will aiert the threat
ened automobile strike has been ex
pressed directly to President Roosevelt
by Hugh S. Johnson, the N. R. A.
Meanwhile, it became known John
son intends to go to Detroit to super
vise personally whatever worker elec
tions result from his plan for settling
the strike threat.
President Roosevelt is leaving the
dispute in the hands of his industrial
Johnson made plans today for a
week end trip to New York, but a
final decision was deferred due to the
press of business at his office.
Follows Developments.
The administrator told the White
House he probably would go to New
York on Monday to attend a meet
ing of automobile manufacturers
there to consider his proposals for
preventing: the strike.
Johnson followed all developments
in the strike picture closely, his aides
keeping him informed particularly of
the actions on the labor side.
Mass meetings in the Michigan
automobile center tomorrow were ex
pected by N. R. A. to give the actual
decision on whether the planned strike
will be held off until Wednesday at
9 a m., and then made conditional
on the action of the automobile execu
tives in New York.
No one at N. R. A would estimate
how many men actually might go on
strike. A figure of 60.000 to 75,000
was claimed by the Federation of
Labor leaders, while automobile execu
tives were confident the total that
could be called out would be much
Unless the N R A. program is met,
labor leaders intend to start a strike
that will last “until the Government
does enforce the national recovery
act.” It would be called throughout
,4di£higaa. and in Cleveland and St.
If the executives announce accept
ance by Tuesday, the walk-out will b«
called off.
Whatever the motor car executive*
may have said to the administrator
of N. R. A. and the National Labor
Board members who assisted him,
they made no public promise to ac
cept the Johnson program.
William S. Knudser.'s word—given
as the executive officer of General
Motors—was that the Executive Com
mittee of the automobile code author
ity would try to work out plans in
line with the Johnson program, which
calls for elections or for creation im
mediately of an impartial board to
pass on employe complaints.
Should the plan be turned down,
the Government might undertake
court action to protect the rights of
The automobile situation, held to be
the most threatening to the recovery
program and most acute of all the
developing labor disputes, is just the
first of a series which Johnson hopes
to clean up this Spring.
He arranged yesterday that the
long-standing controversy at the E G.
Budd Manufacturing Co, in Phila
delphia. an automobile parts firm, be
disposed of through an election Tues
day. The men who went on strike
last November will be allowed to vote,
together with present employes.
George Buckley, one-time publisher
of the Chicago Herald-Examiner and
now a special assistant to Johnson,
will supervise the balloting, to which
Budd. a persistent foe of the Labor
Board, has given full assent.
t ompany I mon is issue.
The Labor Board has produced an
other serious case which might head
for the courts, by deciding that
workers of the Republic Steel Co. in
Alabama should have a board-super
vised election immediately to decide
whether they want an A. P. of L.
union or the company union to speak
for them with the management.
Johnson’s comment last night on
the automobile situation was that
he desired the industry to exercise its
self-governing powers for settlement
and that he and Senator Wagner,
Labor Board head, hoped for "a
peaceful and satisfactory solution in
full compliance with the law.”
The principal issue involved is the
company union. American Federation
of Labor officials asserted the right of
organization set forth in the recovery
act had not been permitted by tho
employers of the industry.
Instead, they contended, the em
ployers have sought to establish com
pany-dominated unions and have used
coercion and discrimination to pre
vent their employes liom joining
other labor organizations
Knudsen was understood to have
rejected Johnson’s election idea and
to have found some fault, too. with
Johnson's suggestions tor a concilia
tion board.
The Executive Committee of the
automobile chamber, which will meet
in New York Monday, consists ol
Alvin Macauley. Alfred P. Sloan, jr.,
and Walter Chrysler.
"The Executive Committee will re
port with some proposal lor action
(Continued on Page 2, Column 8.)
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