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(V. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.) Within an Hour** tSSLSST The Star’s Carrier system covers every 09 it m' city block and the regular edition is yesterday; *:£ pS. W 0*131*2 thf ISSjS^EPJEEd terday. Full report on page 4. ^ fast as the papers are printed. ClotimN. Y.M«rket»,Pne« 17,18*18 _ YertenUj't CircuUtion, 112,220 No. 32,979. •ffaw.”"D.“a _WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 1934—FIFTY PAGES.***<*> M“"‘ A,,°d,1~l Pr—• TWO CENTS. TRANSIT COMPANY AND TRAFFIC HIT FOR POOR SERVICE Both Held Equally to Blame by Utilities Commission Engineer. PUBLIC HEARING OPENS ON REROUTING OF CARS Enforcement of Parking Laws and Courtesy on Part of Motorists Is Urged. Washington's "abominable” traffic conditions and the Capital Transit Co. are about equally to blame for the poor street car service in the Dis trict, Fred A. Sager, chief engineer of the Public Utilities Commission, charged today at a pubUc hearing on street car rerouting. Sager’s remarks were introductory to three plans of rerouting the street cars which he is to offer later. He first discussed the question of parking automobiles on the streets, pointing out that the invest ment of the public in the space occupied by a single automobile runs from $100 to $600. If some merchant were to pitch a tent on an equivalent apace on the street, the police would toon put him out of business, he said. Asks Courtesy from Motorists. He pleaded for strict enforcement of rules prohibiting parking and also for a little common courtesy on the part of all motorists, especially dur ing the morning and evening rush hours. Sager introduced detailed statistics resulting from observation of nu merous street-car runs. These showed frequent breaks in headway of from S to 11 minutes on lines having headways supposedly of three or four minutes. The company, he said, blamed these breaks on traffic conditions. He ad mitted that this complaint was prob ably justified during rush hours but said that the breaks occurred with the same destressing frequency at the non-rush period when automobile traffic is very light. Blame Is Divided. A fair statement, he said, was that half of the blame belonged to the company and the other half to traffic. He said that the “abominable” traffic conditions had ajfcarently "taken the life out of’ some of the company's operators. Otherwise, there was no explanation for the poor serv ice now being rendered. The spirit of the operators now, he said, is to get the cars over their 400 runs per day and back into the bams and disregard the duty of keeping them always on schedule. 16 Per Cent Use Busses. Sager’s report showed that out of a total of $7,258,557 of the company’s revenue. $6,113,251 Is taken In by street car lines and the rest by bus lines, or 84 per cent by street cars and 16 per cent by busses. The revenue per bus passenger Is greater, Sager found, but the earnings per railway pasenger is materially greater. He estimated that the revenue from the taxicab business exceeds the total revenue from the massed transporta tion business, although the number of passengers carried in taxicabs is only about 41 Vi per cent of the number carried by street cars and busses. The reason offered is that the fare for the taxicab pasenger is about three times that paid by a street car or bus rider. Sager estimated the average rides per capita on street car lines at 160 and on the bus lines at 25. ‘‘This 185 per capita on massed " (Continued on Page 4, Column 4.) AMERICAN VICTOR IN ‘WAR’ WITH NAZIS Charges Marchers to Capture Trooper Who Slapped Him in Berlin. 8r the Associated Press. BERLIN. August 16.—The one-man war of Albert Lapawskl of Chicago, who does not like to get slapped, ended today when the police notified the United States consulate that the Chicagoan’s Nazi storm troop adver sary had been arrested, jailed and was scheduled for speedy punishment. It all began Monday night when Paul Joseph Goebbels. minister of propaganda, staged a pre-election rally. A storm trooper slapped La pawski for failing to salute a flag. Lapawskl. special agent of the Cen tos Bureau of the United States De partment of Commerce, wasn’t in jured himself, but a whole battalion of brown shirts almost was. for Lapawski smashed his way single-handed into the thick of them in an effort to get at his assailant, who had jumped back into the marching ranks. He got his man. aU right, and officers of the Nazi detachment dragged the slapper out into the open. Lapawskl filed a police complaint. V. S. Workers Allowed to Vote But Not Campaign in Takoma Civil Service Officials Ban All Political Activity in Wet-Dry Fight to Classified Employes. Although they may vote, classified Government employes in Takoma, D. C., cannot take any “political activity” in the liquor referendum to be held there next month. The Civil Service Commission offi cials said today that Federal wtykers in the classified service may vote as they please in the referendum on liquor licenses September 12 and ex press privately their own opinions on the issue, but are prohibited under civil service rules from taking an active part in the wet-dry campaign. This explanation followed the cus tomary campaign year broadside which the commission posted conspicuously in all post offices and other Govern ment buildings yesterday notifying Government workers of the long standing rules against political activ ity on their part. W. C. Magathan. one of the leaders of the "dry” forces in Takoma, said a number of Federal workers who are members of the citizens’ association there had attended meetings at which the liquor license question was dis cussed, but that none of them in his knowledge had taken part in the cam paign. In fact, he said, the associa tion had sought a ruling from the Civil Service Commission before the actual start of the campaign, to pro tect the Government workers. Aside from the general rule relating to political activity of competitive employes, particular attention was called at the Civil Service Commission (Continued on Page 2, Column 3.) THREATEN STRIKE Collective Bargaining Is De manded as Leaders At tack N. R. A. Policies. BULLETIN. NEW YORK, August 16 (JP).— The United Textile Workers of America today gave mandatory in structions to its Executive Coun cil to call a general strike in the cotton textile industry on or be fore September 1. By the Associated Press. Threats of a general strike in the vast textile industry presented a fresh problem to Government mediators today as negotiations for ending sev eral strikes approached a climax. Attacking the N. R. A., delegates to the New York convention of the United Textile Workers of America said they would consider calling a general strike in the Industry unless collective bargaining were assured. The strike would affect 500,000 employes. Cotton, silk and rayon mills would be affected by such action. Appeal to Be Made to Board. Striking employes of the Gulf Refining Co. in Philadelphia decided to appeal to the National Labor Board to force the company to accede to their demands. The men struck in protest against the discharge of a number of work ers, later adding a demand for wage increases. » In Pittsburgh, Fred Keightly, Gov ernment conciliate r, sought confer ences with officials of the Aluminum Co. of America. He already has listened to the striking aluminum workers' complaints and has heard their demands for a collective bar gaining contract with the company. A heavy police guard was under call in Chicago to prevent possible disorders resulting from the strike of union drivers of the Chicago Motor Coach Co. The strike, ordered for today, climaxed four months of argu ments between the company and members of the Amalgamated Coach Drivers’ Union, beginning when 24 union drivers were fired. Action Is Awaited. Disputants in Minneapolis’ pro tracted truck drivers’ strike awaited action of the National Labor Board on a request for immediate elections to determine which organization the drivers want to represent them in col lective bargaining. With about 4,000 fishermen and cannery employes deadlocked in a wage controversy, salmon swam safely up the Columbia River in Oregon. The York Motor Express Co. of York, Pa., announced discontinuance of its service because of its dispute with drivers who, counsel for the com pany said, demanded a “closed shop.” Labor difficulties struck far-off Ma nila, in the Philippine Islands. Sol diers and police were called out to preserve order in the strike of cigar workers who demand restoration of a pay slash. APPEAL TO WORKERS. 2,000 Textile Workers Go on Strike in Georgia. COLUMBUS, Ga.. August 16 (A*).— Approximately 2,000 union workers failed to report at their machines in the Eagle and Phenix textile mills here today and Gov. Talmadge was called on to use his influence to keep (Continued on Page 2, Column 4.) HAIL LASHES BULGARIA Several Villages Reported Devas tated by Severe Storm. 60FIA, Bulgaria, August 16 (A5).— Several villages In the Choumen re gion were devastated today by a vio lent storm accompanied by huge hall stones. Houses were unroofed, crops and vineyards destroyed, many persons injured and scores of cattle killed. Sofia Itself was inundated, crip pling trains, street cars and telegraph services. GIRL, 18, PREPARES FOR 32-MILE, 36-HOUR SWIM OVER LAKE ERIE Br the Associated Press. SANDUSKY, Ohio, August lfi.—A comely young miss just out of high school, Florence Brushaber, 18, raised a challenge today to the waters o! Lake Erie. Accompanied by her coach, Ottc Schell; her sister. Mrs. E. O. Faulk ner, and a party of assistants, Flor ence set out early today for the south east shoal, off Point Pelee on the Ca nadian shore, for a 32-mile swim back to Cedar Point. She was light-hearted, calm and composed as she left the pier of her home town, despite the fact she never ' * before has stroked more than seven miles in one try. A slight drizzle was falling and the lake was foggy as the patrol boat set out. 8chell planned to make the start from the tip of Po.Jt Pelee after the girl has been prepared for the swim aboard the Coast Guard vessel. Florence will be given a heavy coat ing of grease to protect her from the chill of the water. A rowboat will take her ashore from the shoal, and there she will start the long pull to the American side, expecting to be in the water from 30 to 36 hours. She has been training for this test of her skill all Summer. a j ' I cut S3aoooioo District Real Estate Owners to Get Benefits of New Tax Compilation. Assessment on real estate In the District will be reduced between $38, 000,000 and $43,000,000 fcr the fiscal year of 1935, as compared with the total for the past fiscal year. William P. Richards, assessor, announced to day. During consideration of the 1935 District budget last Winter the Com missioners stated it was estimated the reduction in the assessment would run probably as high as $50,000,000 for this fiscal year. Richards estimated today the as sessment on real estate lor this fiscal year would total between $1,125,000, 000 and $1,130,000,000. The real es tate assessment for the past fiscal year totaled $1,168,252,220, after there I had been a cut of some $60,000,000 in assessments. The assessor now is preparing to wind up the work of setting assess ments which will be in effect on tax levies this fiscal year. Last year there were some 5,000 appeals from assess ments made by members of the Board of Assessors. This year the appeals numbered only 2.000, Richards said. The first Monday in June was the last day for filing of appeals, but a number of weeks is required each year for hearing cases. This work now is practically finished. GOTWALS TO RETIRE ON SEPTEMBER 30 New Engineer Commissioner Not Revealed—Somervell Favored. Engineer Commissioner John C. Gotwals will be retired from the Army September 30, it was announced today at the War Department. President Roosevelt some days ago let it be known he was about to name a new Engineer Commissioner to suc ceed Maj. Gotwals, whose four-year tour of duty here ended July 20. Maj. Gotwals recently was called before the retiring board of the Army and his retirement was recommended for physical disability. Army orders published yesterday stated Maj. Gotwals had been granted a month and 18 days of leave, which must be ended on or before Septem ber 30 if the leave is taken. Under an act of Congress 300 Army officers must be retired by September 30. Maj. Gotwals’ retirement will bring to a close 21 years’ service in the Army, during which he set an enviable record and held many Important assignments. While the President has not an nounced the name of the officer of the Engineer Corps who will take over the duties of Engineer Commissioner, it has been indicated Maj. Brehon B. Somervell is first choice. Maj. Somer vell is a local man, a graduate of West Point, and served here some years ago as district engineer of the War Department. Maj. Gotwals said today he would continue at his work until his suc cessor assumes office, even though the War Department yesterday granted him the leave. He didn’t ask for the leave and prefers to continue at work. First in America The Star’s volume of ad vertising is the greatest of all the newspapers in the United States. This is largely due to the dominance of The Star in cir culation—confidence of its readers—results produced for its advertisers, and the fact that Washington is one of the best markets in the country for the sale of merchandise. Yesterday’s Advertising Local Display. Lines. The Evening Star. 40,932 „ 2d newspaper..., 17,457 3d newspaper.. 10,887 4th newspaper... _. 10,648 5th newspaper...... 5,674 Total Newspapers 44,666 The Star will be used today as a guide to Friday’s bar gains, most of which may be found in no other newspaper. LIVE STOCK FEED SHORTAGE IS HELD CRUX OF DROUGHT Secretary Wallace Says Shift in Diet Will Solve Human Problem. ASSERTS MEAT SUPPLY WILL BE LESS IN YEAR Administration to Set Up Com mittee to Direct Feeding of Animals. By the Associated Press. A shortage of live stock feed, rather than human food, was described to day by Secretary Wallace as the crux of the drought problem. He suggested that any shortage In food could be taken care of by shift ing diets to more abundant products. “Supplies are sufficient for the larger part of the usual American food requirements,” the Secretary said at a press conference. “There is no shortage at all for two thirds of the products and the pro spective shortage does not exceed 5 to 10 per cent for the larger part of the remaining items. “What shortages do exist can be compensated for by shifts in the diet to use more of the foods which are available in abundance. As a whole, these shifts can be accomplished without any severe burden on con sumers as to cost, or any material de crease in the nutritional value of the diet." Abundance of Food. With some slight modifications in diet, Wallace added, there is “a great abundance of food for human beings despite the worst drought the Nation has ever had.” He said he viewed this situation as an excellent demon stration of the adaptability of the country's agricultural resources. These conclusions, Wallace said, were based on estimates of probable production plus stocks on hand of various commodities correlated with diet studies worked out by the Bureau of Home Economics. "We have a prospective supply large enough to meet average domestic de mand for grain products, fluid milk and cream, citrus fruits and vege tables—except potatoes and dried legumes—and sugar,” he said. “Ordi narily these foods constitute a large share of the diet, furnishing some 62 per cent of the calories and about 57 per cent of the protein.” Meat Supply Affected. The supply of potatoes, fruits, poultry, eggs, lard, and probably butter, cheese and evaporated and condensed milk will be about 90 to 95 per cent of the average domestic sup ply, according to department esti mates. Ordinarily these products furnish 23 per cent of the calories and 18 per cent of the protein in the American diet, Wallace said. The Secretary said the most marked effect of the drought would show in meat supplies, with ample stocks of beef, veal and mutton for the re mainder of this year but declining stocks next year. He added that next year’s supply would depend to some extent on how much meat is preserved by both Gov ernment and home processing. Meat products ordinarily supply about 15 per cent of the calories and 25 per cent of the protein in the average American diet. Wallace expressed a belief that esti mates of drought damage in terms of dollars had been exaggerated. His own rough calculation of the dam age placed it at several times less than the $5,000,000,000 given by some estimators, he said. The administration is setting up A Live Stock Feed Committee, which (Continued on Page 2, Column 5.) LINDBERGHS’ SON IS TWO YEARS OLD Parents Are Away as Jon Mor row Celebrates Quietly at Maine Home. By the Associated Press. NORTH HAVEN, Me., August 10.— Jon Morrow Lindbergh celebrated his second birthday anniversary here to day in the seclusion of the Summer estate of his grandmother, Mrs. Dwight W. Morrow. Maybe Jon had a party, but if he did his most important guest, and perhaps his only one was his nurse, Betty Gow. He had to celebrate without the assistance of his parents. Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh, who left the Island several days ago. A parentless birthday anniversary, how ever, is not a novel experience for the Lindberghs’ second son. A year ago, when he celebrated his first, his mother and father were in distant lands on their aerial survey expedition. DOUBLE-HEADER OFF Rain Postpones Games Between Washington and Cleveland. Today’s scheduled double-header between Washington and Cleveland was called off at noon because of rain. Tomorrow, starting at 1:15, the Griffmen will play two games with Cleveland, and on Saturday at 1:15 will meet the Chicago White Sox in a double-header. Allen Benson, Washington bewhis kered pitcher, will fling Sunday against the White Sox, It was an nounced at the ball park. Guide for Readers Amusements .B-16 Comics .C-7 Features .C-5-6 Financial.A-17-18-19 Lost and Found.A-9 Radio .C-8 Serial Story.C-8 Service Orders.C-12 Society .B-2 Sports .-C-l-2-3-4 /7 WANT YOU\ [lb GROW UP VtT&V f ONE MOVE BYA \ YOU and I J CMCKDOmlJ THEN AND NOW. Bureau of Engraving to Add Employes in “New DeaV’ Rush 200 More to Be Hired as Work Ap proaches Enormous Production of World War Days. Turning out “new deal” work In a rush of business near the enormous production of World War days, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is adding about 100 printers’ assistants and 100 operatives. Alvin W. Hall, director of the bu reau, explained that the personnel changes Include reduction of admin istrative furlough of plate printers, transfer of printers' assistants to operative positions and appointing both permanent and temporary print ers’ assistants and operatives. The new employes are being added, he explained, to print Farm Mortgage Corp. and Home Owners' Loan Corp. Bonds and liquor stamps. No additional plate printers will be needed to speed up production, he said. At the present time plate print ers are required to take four fur lough days a month. This may shortly be reduced. Asked what classes of printing orders made it necessary to appoint new employes, and the quantity of these orders. Director Hall stated they in cluded Home Owners’ Loan Corp. bonds in the number of approximately 4.000. 000 sheets. Federal Farm Mort gage Corp. bonds in the number of 1,560,000 sheets, cheeks totaling about 2.000. 000 a month, and postal savings certificates amounting to about 600, 000 a month. It is not the new silver program of the Government which is bringing about extra activity at the bureau, he said, but the orders for securities for the special agencies of the Govern ment As a matter of fact, the bureau, it was said, has had to order no extra currency papd? to meet the silver printing program, nor was It necessary (Continued on Page 4, Column 5.) POUEETD DELIVER TITLESFORAUTOS Brown Takes Step to Pre vent Misrepresentation or Fraud. To minimize the chance of a per son obtaining an automobile title by fraud or misrepresentation, the titles, under an order issued today by Supt. of Police Ernest W. Brown, are to be delivered by a policeman on the heat in which the car owner lives. This, it is pointed out, is a departure from the old system of delivering the titles to the owners at the Traffic Department, where they apply, or sending them by mail. The change in the system was or dered after a conference between Traffic Director William A. Van Duzer and Maj. Brown, in which they dis cussed possible methods to be de vised in doing away with fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining auto mobile titles or drivers' permits. Pos sible change in the method of issuing the latter still is under consideration. Maj. Brown said, however, he favors a system whereby a person not thor oughly known would be able to obtain only a 10-day permit until police authorities had sufficient time to properly check on his address, etc. BOARD ASKS DATA ON “FREE” PHONES Federal Communications Unit Also Seeks Data on Owner ship Agreements. By th* Associated Press. The Communications Commission today ordered major telephone com panies to report all services furnished free of charge to “any person or cor poration” from July 1, 1933, to June 30. 1934. The order also required the com panies to disclose any services ren dered at other than regular rates in the same period. Another order called on interstate phone companies with gross annual operating incomes In excess of $50,000 to report all agreements under which they have acquired other companies or merged with them. The companies in the $50,000 gross income class were asked to report their complete corporate histories, including their original capitalization, the amount and price of initial stock is sues, and the price of any stock or bonds involved in consolidation. The companies in the same group required to report every change they had made in telephone rates since the beginning of their services up to today. Otto It Guest of King. STOCKHOLM, August 16 UP).— Archduke Otto, claimant to a throne in Austria, was the guest of King Gustav today at Soliden Castle. The archduke, with his royal host as guide, visited the ruins of Bor^iolm Castle. BORDER TROOPS Order Cited as Proof She Believes Austrian Situa-7 tion Has Cleared Up. By the Associated Press. ROME, August 16.—Italy today or dered the withdrawal of the 48,000 troops she concentrated on the Aus trian border at the time of the Aus trian Nazi putsch late last month. Several regiments started south from the frontier this morning Im mediately after their receipt of the order. They were bound for their regular camps, 25 to 50 miles away. Only the normal border garrisons will be retained near the frontier. Proof Situation Is Cleared. The withdrawal order was cited In official quarters as proof that Italy believes the situation in Austria has been cleared up. Prince Ernst von Starhemberg, vice chancellor of Austria, conferred with Premier Mussolini two days ago. He went from Rome to Venice yesterday and is expected to return to Vienna shortly. The order withdrawing the troops was believed to have resulted irom the conference between the Austrian vice chancellor and II Duce, for Von Starhemberg gave a full report of the Austrian Internal situation to the Italian leader. VON PAPEN GREETED IN QUIET CEREMONY Austria Displays Desire to Mini mize Importance of Hit ler Envoy. By the Associated Press. VIENNA, August 16.—In a perfunc tory and colorless ceremony lasting only four minutes, Franz von Papea, special envoy of Germany, today pre sented his credentials to President Miklas in the presence of Chancellor Kurt Schuschnlgg and the staff of the German legation. It was apparent that the Austrian government wished to minimize the importance of Hitler’s representative in making the ceremony as unpre tentious as possible. The police kept the public away from the foreign office, thus forestall ing any possible demonstration. Von Papen and the German legation staff were conveyed to the foreign office in several Austrian government auto mobiles flying the Austrian flag, but they passed through the streets of the capital almost unnoticed. When the special envoy arrived at the chancellery one company of a Vienna infantry regiment rendered military honors. The presentation of the credentials was preceded earlier in the day by an informal call by Von Papea upon Chancellor Schuschnlgg at the foreign office in which greetings were ex changed. k BLACK WILL SEEK TO LOOT CREDIT Named “Liaison Man” Be tween Government and Bankers. By the Associated Press. Eugene R. Black's appointment as "liaison man” between the Govern ment and the Nation's bank is re garded as a new effort to stimulate the private capital market. Black resigned yesterday as gov ernor of the Federal Reserve B&ard to resume his old post as head of the Atlanta Reserve Bank and take up the "liaison” work. He will seek to give the administra tion a clear view of the banks’ view points and problems. Also, he will try to put the full force of the bank ing community behind the Roosevelt recovery program by interpreting the administration’s aims ana policies. Black has been known as a con servative. In some quarters, there was a tendency to interpret the move as meaning be had received assur ances that no radical monetary ex periments were in sight. Black said he had suggested the liaison idea to Mr. Roosevelt a year ago. May Maintain Office Here. The problem of increasing the flow of private capital is considered para mount. There has been some criti cism that bankers were hampering recovery by reluctance to lend. On the other hand, there have been sug gestions that the administration could best stimulate loans by bolster ing confidence. Although Black returned to his Atlanta post today, he may maintain an office In Washington. When he resigned yesterday after a brief con ference at the White House, the President said he could "do much good” in his “new and important task.” Among those mentioned as possible successors are B. A. McKinney, gov ernor of the Dallas Reserve Bank; Marriner 8. Eccles, special assistant to Secretary Morgen thau; former Gov. James M. Cox of Ohio, and Tom K. Smith, St Louis banker. Not An Official Post. Black's new liaison post Is not an official one, he told reporters, and he will draw no salary. He will visit banks and financial Institutions throughout the country. The President's letter to Black said: "Dear Governor: “I have accepted, with great re luctance, your resignation as governor of the Federal Reserve Board, effec tive today as requested by you. “And now that you are leaving Washington and returning to Atlanta, where you will reessume the post of governor of the Federal Reserve Bank there. 1 am glad you are undertaking a new and important additional task. "You can do much good by pre senting the recovery program to the country’s reserve banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions; (Continued on Page 2, Column 8.) QUAKE SHAKES TOWN Furniture Trembles in 10-Second Tremor in Scotland. DINGWALL, Scotland, August 16 OP).—A 10-second earthquake shook Dingwall early this morning. Bedsteads and other furniture trembled, plaster cracked and fell and woodwork began to creak, arousing the startled residents. There was no serious damage. KIDNAPERS CONFER WITH LABATT KIN; MAY MEET TODAY Brother Talks Three Times With Captors of Cana dian Brewer. ALL BORDER POINTS ARE WATCHED CLOSELY $150,000 Ransom Reported Ready in Hotel—Police Present as Calls Come In. BULLETIN. LONDON, Ontario, August 16 (VP). —A meeting of newspaper men working on the case of John Labatt, kidnaped brewer, was called for this afternoon by Rich ard Ivy, London attorney and spokesman for the Labatt family. Ivy asked the newspaper men to see him at 3 pm., E. S. T„ but he would not give a reason for the conference. By the Associated Press. TORONTO. August 16.—As the forty-eighth hour after the kidnaping of John S. Labatt. wealthy London brewer, passed today, tenseness en veloped the hotel room here where Hugh Labatt waited for word of his missing brother. It appeared certain that no per sonal contact had been made between Hugh, supposed to have $150,000 with him. and the kidnapers who de manded that for ransom. The brother, believed named as go between, slept this morning after an all-night vigil. In early morning telephone conversations, over a period of two hours, he talked three times to the kidnapers. After the third phone call the cor ridors of the hotel were cleared. It was indicated Hugh Labatt had made a rendezvous with the kidnapers for this morning. Calls Are Checked. In the second conversation Labatt said “I can’t get out alone this morn ing. The corridor outside my room is full of people." Soon there came the third in sistent ring. "Should I answer it?” Labatt asked Chief Inspector Millet of Ontario police. "Yes,” Miller replied. The naturt of this conversation was not revealed Miller and Inspector Ournett of the provincial police left the hotel, saying they were going to get some t-eye.” Ournett carried a note containing a list of telephone exchanges. It was believed a check on the calls was underway. The term "New York racketeers" was used by Miller in a telephone conversation with another police offi cial in which he reported on Labatt's calls. He also referred to a man named "Massey” from "Detroit.” Worn out from two sleepless days, Labatt received the first call at 1 am. It brought a renewed display of ac tivity from officers. Sounds "Very Fishy.” After the second call at 1:35 o’clock Miller was heard to say it sounded “very fishy" to him. A conference was held and apparently it was de cided Labatt should not “go." “Can I see my brother?” was one of the questions he had asked. In the first call he said: "I can’t get there till 2:30” and referred to some place “20 miles” away. Later the time “5:45” was mentioned. John Labatt, who suffers from heart disease, was kidnaped Tuesday morn ing while driving between Sarnia and London. Authorities were silent today, and Hugh Labatt refused to confirm or deny that the kidnapers had made direct negotiations. Activity in the case centers also about the shores of Lake Huron, near La bat’s Summer home at Sarnia. Ontario. Two provincial police left Sarnia last night for the lake shore after receiving a phone call. There are other indications a search (Continued on Page 2, Column 5.) 170 dieTnindia IN BOAT ACCIDENT Stampede of Bolloeks Said to Be Responsible for Ferry Disaster. By the Associated Press. PATNA. India, August 16.—Drown ing of 170 men and women when a ferry boat overturned in midstream was reported today from Darihara. About 200 persons were on the boat, and they were hurled into the river. The terror of a number of bullocks being carried on the boat was said to have been responsible for the disaster. When the boat rocked the animals be came frightened and jumped into the water. The movement caused the boat to rock more, and the terrified passen gers crowded to one side. Their weight caused the craft to capsize. FURTHER CUT IN GAS PRICE HINTED BY LARGE DEALERS Further reductions In the retail price of gasoline were hinted at today by one of the largest distributors after it was learned that a small group of Independent dealers had announced the second cut In two days. Yesterday the price was dropped throughout the District an average of 4.S cents per gallon to a minimum of 12 cents, including 3 cents District and Federal tax. Today the minimum was reduced to 10 cents by the small group. This figure also Included the 3-cent tax. The renewed price war was the first since last Spring when Independent dealers launched a campaign to un dersell the large companies. The bat tle raged for a brief period and finally was ended with an agreement that permitted all companies to sell at the same mice, although It was below the price that prevailed when the cutting began. Since that time, the price gradually increased to the former level until yesterday, when the independents cut to 12 eents. The larger companies described the reduced price as applying only to “third-grade” gasoline. The better grades, it was explained, were main tained 3 cents above the 12-cent minimum. When the larger companies learned of the new reduction, they declined to say definitely whether they would meet It. but Indicated they would make an announcement this after noon. After once posting a new price, the dealers and distributors are re quired by the gjl code to maintain the new price for at least 24 hours before making any additional change.