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Inclined to Ask Congress
to Put New Deal Under
Civil Service.
There'e a movement afoot to strike
a body blow at the spolia system—
and the rumor is that President
Roosevelt himself has shown an in
clination to help abolish as much
political patronage as has been
created under his administration by
asking Congress to put all the New
Deal agencies under the Civil Service.
For many months the paradox has
been presented of an administration
Imbued with a desire to drive the
"money changers" from the temples
and the exploiters from the realm
of finance and business, and yet, In
the National Capital itself, no more
striking example in all history has
been given of a politically chosen
Thus, out of 11 major pieces of
emergency legislation, every single
one exempted the appointing officers
from the necessity of using the Civil
Service list of eligibles.
Folly Is Apparent.
Today, however, the folly of this
course has become apparent, espe
cially as the New Deal Itself surveys
its responsibilities and sees more and
more centralization of authority over
the economic life of the country
pushed toward the Federal Govern
ment by the spirit of the voters in
trusting everything to the discretion
of the Chief Executive.
Mr. Rooeevelt is represented as
feeling deeply the enormity of the
task being saddled on Federal offi
cials, not merely of the regular estab
lishment, but in all the emergency
boards and commissions as well.
Hence the question of how to get a
trained personnel has come up again
and again.
The first move under consideration
Is the blanketing of postmasters of
all classes Into the Civil Service, so
that appointments would be made
from the top three or four who have
passed examinations.
The next step bein~ urged on the
im ♦Via emanrlmont of evict
lng laws so that all New Deal agencies
will come under the Civil Service by
requiring some sort of non-competi
tive examination to determine the
fitness and qualifications of thoee now
holding jobs and the assignment of
those who are capable of doing par
ticular work to duties in line with
their respective abilities.
90 Per Cent of Jobs Filled.
Certainly, the objections that might
come from members of Congress will
not be as strenuous as they might
have been a year ago. For ao per
cent or more of the jobs have been
filled, and It is a question now of set
ting up a system that will eliminate
the inefficient and pave the way for
the selection of efficient personnel to
All future vacancies.
It is natural for the political
minded to insist that Civil Service
shall be postponed until the defeated
party's appointees have been driven
out and the victorious party has
placed its own in office. Something
of that kind of stabilization is about
to occur. Members of Congress will
be relieved of a great annoyance If
this new system Is put into effect. for
the applications for jobs are many
times the number of jobs available.
And as for Republicans in office, all
those who were not In Civil Service
have either been driven out or have
the backing of strong Democratic
members in Congress.
Mr. Roosevelt has given encourage
ment to some of those in the Govern
ment who feel that the time has come
to think of a trained civil service.
Many reforms have already been in
stituted by the Civil Service Commis
sion in the matter of attracting to
the examinations young men of all
around ability, but who have not
specialized in the particular subjects
for which examinations have hitherto
been given.
Seek Likely Youngsters.
It Is significant that some of the
New Deal agencies here and there,
even though not required to appoint
from the civil service, have asked the
commission to pick out likely young
sters who could be used in various
governmental activities.
There Is no doubt that Mr. Roose
velt has taken account of the criticism
leveled at his administration in con
nection with the spoils system.
It would, therefore, be a remarkable
achievement If, under the adminis
tration of Franklin Roosevelt, not
withstanding the inroads that the
spoils system has made, a real be
ginning were made toward the estab
lishment . of a civil service of men
trained for public administration.
(Copyright. 1934.)
Children. Get Suspicious When
Five Kris Kringle· Gang
in Quincy Square.
By th· Associated Press.^
QUINCY, Mass., December 18.—To
lend verisimiltude to the Kris Krin
gle tradition, merchants got together
yesterday and plowed under four of
the five Santa Clauses who have been
littering Quincy Square.
The five bearded lads assigned to
wander about department stores de
veloped a penchant for ganging in
the square and pop-eyed youngsters
were beginning to think "Santy was
The remaining redcoat has been
assigned the task of making the
rounds of the department stores alone.
£etty Larceny Case Deferred
After Defendant Is Haled
Before Court.
By the Associated Près».
NEW YORK, December 18.—Jus
tice was delayed yesterday in the in
terest of marital bliss.
John L. Pratt, charged with petit
larceny, was haled to court, but Pratt's
lawyer. Max Gross, was on his honey
moon. ,
"I will not interfere with the hap
piest time in any man's life," said
Assistant District Attorney James
Wilson. "I will consent to enough
adjournment to give the honeymooner
time to recover."
Puzzle Contest
The first of a series of 21 auto
show puzzles appears on page
C-4 of today's Star. Winners in
this contest will be awarded $100
and 100 tickets in prizes by the
Washington Automotive Trade
What's What
Behind News
In Capital
Soldier Bonus Passage
With Two - Thirds
Majorities Seen.
YOU business men can get a
fairly good inside line now
on what to expect from Con
gress in the session which
opens two weeks hence.
Many things will not be settled
definitely until President Roosevelt
discloses his hand. However, the
congressional leaders have been can
vassing Incoming members and be
lieve they know the general layout.
At least they have made preliminary
private reports to the White House,
which might be summed up about as
American adherence to the World
Court will be voted by the Senate late
in February after a decade of delay.
The soldier bonus will go whooping
through both Houses, probably by
two-thirds majorities, because con
servative Republicans are secretly :
planning to vote for it. On a veto,
the vote will be very close, with odds
now favoring adoption of a Roose
velt unofficial compromise, canceling
interest and confining cash payments
to those reasonably in need.
The N. R. A. reorganization will
not meet much opposition because it
will be confined to eliminating price
fixing and such generally approved
corrections. There will be a total of
just about as much spending as this
year, as curtailments proposed by the
administration will not be generally
acceptable to Congress.
There will be no new money
legislation, no new silver legislation.
Congress will go further than Mr.
Roosevelt in social reform legisla
tion and probably will adopt a plan
of old-age pensions as well as un
employment insurance. (The Town
send crowd is making a deep
impression already among Con
gressmen here.) There will be no
general tax legislation and no
further tariff legislation.
The longest and biggest battle will
be staged over the social reform legis
lation. It will not be between pros
and antis, because nearly every one
seems to favor the general principle.
The Important fighting will be be
tween advocates of the principle, who
have a dozen different plans, ranging
from more or less Socialistic ones
on up.
The session undoubtedly will drag
on. despite present New Deal plans to
curtail it and adjournment will come
probably In May or June.
mure urleiunvmii αητιι.
There has been a more or less warm
rumor In the highest financial circles
that Mr. Roosevelt shortly would take
the other 9 cents out of the dollar.
The Government Is very cagey in
talking on that subject, but respon
sible officials say the time for fur
ther devaluation will not arrive until
the United SU tee and Britain reach
some permanent stabilization agree
Agencies Doe to Expire.
Few know it, but the New Deal
would terminate automatically before
next June 30 if this Congress did not
renew Mr. Roosevelt's authority.
A private survey shows that the
law now calls (or the end of the fal
lowing New Deal enterprises on the
following dates this coming year:
N. R. A . P. W. A. and Labor Board,
June 16; R. F. C., February 1;
F. E. R. Α., May 12: Drought,
June 30; Presidential Reorganiza
tion of Government Departments,
March 3; Railroad Co-ordination,
May 2. Nothing important would
be left except the A. A. A.
Of course, Congress will follow Mr.
Roosevelt's recommendations for re
newal of expiring authority, but if it
wanted to kill the New Deal aU it
would have to do would be to let It die.
Test Case Investigated.
The N. R. A. is not saying anything
openly yet, but it has been investi
gating to ascertain who is behind a
certain well-known court test case
against the N. R. A.
It first became suspicious when let
ters about the case began coming into
N. R. A. headquarters some time back
from members of Congress and others.
AU the letters were virtually identical
in phraseology. On checking further.
N. R. A.'ers learned that Congress
men had been asked to write the let
The defendant in the case was sup
posed to be a small manufacturer who
made only $2.500 a year. Yet N. R. A.
authorities say they have learned he
had $17,000 on depoeit In his bank.
You may hear more about this later.
Ulllil^s Chance Front.
If there was a deal behind the sud
den change of utility front toward the
New Deal, it has been rather well
covered up. In a general way, the
change seems to have been based on
the fact that smarter utility men
realized they were biting off quite a
large chew. Challenging T. V. A.'s
constitutionality in statements and
challenging It In court are entirely
different things. In court, you always
have to go to trial sometime.
The brief filed by those two unex
celled constitutional lawyers, Messrs.
Baker and Beck, was not the best work
they ever did, if you accept the judg
ment of some constitutionalists here.
Then, also, there Is an apparent In
side reluctance on the part of any
specific party to start the test case.
Utilities would like to see It done, but
they do not want to stick their own
necks out.
Kennedy Busy New Dealer.
Chairman Kennedy of the S. E. C.
is another of those busy New Dealers
who always eats his lunch In his office.
One of the main things secretly
worrying Republican National Com
mittee directors now is who is going
to pay the $1,000 a month due an
eminent publicity adviser under his
three-year contract, which has two
more years to run.
They say Gen. Johnson got $60,000
from a national weekly magazine for
three articles from his book. If true,
the figure certainly sets a new maxi
mum wage for an ex-oodifier.
set up suggested!
Viner Report Raps Bank
Examiners for Strict 1
Curb on Credit.
By the Associated Press. %
Secretary Morgenthau today saw
"helpful guidance" in a report by
economic Investigators who. among
other things, urged that direct Fed
eral loans to industry Continue until
banks liberalize their lending policies.
They also asked that such direct
lending by the Government be unified
In a single agency.
The report, made by a group headed
by Dr. Jacob Vlner at the behest of
Secretary Morgenthau and others, also
hit bank examiners and urged new j
freedom of credit in the Interesta of
"Many examiners," it said, "have ι
been pressing the banks to secure dras
tic curtailment of loans classified as
'slow" pretty much regardless of the
quality of the security and this at
titude seems to have the approval
even of many bankers * ·,·
Liquidity Theory Hit.
"Some bankers have the Idea that in
order to qualify as a good commercial
loan not only must the transaction
be a self-liquidating one, but the
liquidation must occur within some
arbitrary time limit."
The report recommended that the
Federal loans practice be centralized
in the R. F. C. or In a new inter
mediate system.
Among recommendations for Im
proving credit conditions, the report
That banks should be encouraged
to make sound working capital loans
of six months maturity.
Would Oust System.
That the classification of "slow
loans," used by bank examiners, should
be scrapped.
That greater latitude should be
shown loans for clearing up existing
That local officers of the unified
lending agency be maintained In cities
of 50,000 population or more "to assist
would-be borrowers in preparing ap
The report was based on a study
of credit in the Chicago Federal Re
serve district. It criticized direct lend
ing efforts of the reserve bank and
the R. F. C. office in Chicago, saying
they had "little effect on the general
state of credit."
Revelations Are Made in Inquiry
of Tulsa Slaying and Mys
terious Death.
By the Associated Press.
TULSA, Ok la.. December 18.—In
vestigation of the slaying of one
prominent Tulsa youth and the un
explained death of another was
broadened today to include the many
rumors of youthful wrongdoing that
flooded the offices of authorities since
Phil Kennamer was arrested.
With Kennamer, the 19-year-old
son of a Federal judge, awaiting trial
January 28 on a flrst-degree murder
in the slaying of John F. Gorrell, 23,
J. Berry King, State's attorney gen
eral, announced the new investiga
King, who previously promised that
"no one will be spared" in the case,
said a "quiet but vigorous investiga
tion will be started into new crimes,
not directly related, but developed
through the Inquiry into the Gorrell
State Police at Laurel Told Balti
more Victim Was Left on
Deserted Road.
By ι Staff Correspondent of The Star.
LAUREL. Md„ December 18.—Three
young men slugged him in the head
and robbed him of $3 and his taxicab,
Frank Neubauer, a Baltimore cab
driver, reported to State police here
He said the men hired his cab in
Baltimore and on arriving near here
halted the cab and, after striking
him over the head, left him on a
deserted dirt road.
New Yorker Is Accused of He
ceiving $979 While She Had
Several Thousand Dollars.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, December 18.—Ac
cused of accepting $979 in relief funds
when she had several thousand dollars
in the bank, a frail, stooped woman of
78 was offered the choice today of
restoring the money or going to Jail.
Twisting her handkerchief nervous
ly, Miss Mary Dorrington, who was a
trained nurse until she was incapaci
tated by a fall in 1920, stood in Spe
cial Sessions and heard Justice Henry
W. Herbert say:
"This court has great consideration
for old people who might suffer from
exaggeration of fear of poverty. This
defendant, however, has cloeed out
bank accounts of nearly $7,000. If
she does not make full restitution by
Christmas eve we will send her to
The woman tightened her cape and
shuffled out, saying nothing.
Queen Comments Frequently, as
Jack Petersen and Eddie
Steele Trade Punches.
Br the Associated Press.
LONDON, December 18. —King
George and Queen Mary saw their
first boxing match yesterday.
It was part of the performance of
the annual theater matinee for the
benefit of King George's pension fund
for actors.
Jack Petersen, British Empire
heavyweight champion, went two
rounds with Eddie Steele. Jimmy Scott
and Bobby Johnston, bantamweights,
boxed another round.
Queen Alary peered through her
lorgnette with interest and passed
frequent comments to the King.
The headliner of the matinee was a
revival of "The Winning Poet," an
oW-tlme melodrama.
Expected to Quit Today as
Yevtich and Kojich
Leave Posts.
By the Associated Fru·.
BELGRADE, December 18. — The
Yugoslav cabinet reconsidered ltd de
cision to resign today after the with
drawal from the government of Bogol
yub Yevtich, the foreign minister, and
Dragoutln Kojich, the minister of
The resignation of the entire cabi
net following a conference later today
was regarded, however, as a foregone
The ministers at first planned to
follow Yevtich and Kojich in placing
their resignations in the hands of
Prince Paul, head of the regency.
Later it was decided to postpone action
until after the remaining members of
the cabinet had an opportunity to
Yevtieh-Utonorich Teat.
The sudden crisis was regarded as
a test of strength between Yevtich
and Premier Nikola Uzonovlch, aged
head of a dozen successive govern
The foreign minister was said to
have been displeased by a govern
ment communique last night which
described the League of Nations' ad
justment of the Yugoslav-Hungarian
Although lavish in expressing grati
tude to Prance and Czechoslovakia,
which aided this country, the com
munique made no mention whatever
of Yevtlch.
Coming at the moment, when the
whole country expected the govern
ment would honor Yevtich with the
premiership as a reward for hi* work
at Geneva, the foreign minister's with
drawal caused dismay throughout Yu
Internal Policy Blamed.
The official version of the resigna
tions was that they resulted because
the ministers "disagreed upon points
of internal policy."
It was known, however, that the
crisis was the culmination of a bitter
fight beginning at the moment when
Yevtich arrived from Geneva. The
opposition was led by Uionovich. who
was aware that the foreign minister
undoubtedly was slated to be the next
It was believed Yevtirh's promotion
not only was the wish of Prince Paul,
but also of the late King Alexander,
who held his foreign minister in high
A close associate of the late King
Alexander, Yevtich had held the
portfolio of foreign affairs for two
years. He Is now vice president of
the Assembly of the League of Na
tions and is one of Geneva's best
known figures.
He was acclaimed by the public only
a iew days ago when he returned
from Geneva, where the League had
diplomatically suggested that Hun
gary investigate allegations that cer
tain of her officials shared respon
sibility for Alexander's assassination.
Political observers at Belgrade had
believed Yevtich was the man most
likely to become the next premier
as Prince Paul, head of the regency
now ruling the kingdom, is trying to
form a government of "national con
Former N, R. A. Chief Tells of
Acting on Draft Before It
Was Authorized.
By the Associated Press.
OKMULGEE, Oltla , December 18.
—Gen. Hugh S. Johnson disclosed
here yesterday his father, Samuel L.
Johnson, set the precedent which the
general followed in setting up the
universal draft system, in the World
War and N. R. A.
Gen. Johnson is here visiting his
mother, who is recovering from a
serious illness.
The former N. R. A. chief said his
father in 1897 at Alva, Okla.. wanted
a normal school established there.
As head of the Democratic Central
Committee, which held the balance
of power, he felt he could guarantee
enactment of a law by the Legislature
creating the school. He engaged an
architect and contracted with builders
to start construction of the school
building before the Legislature ever
created the school.
When America declared war in
1917, Gen. Johnson laid out a com
plete set-up of the universal draft
machinery before Congress author
ised it. He also saved time by setting
up the machinery for the N. R. A.
before any law on the subject was
enacted, he said.
Await Indication of Fate
Report Is Sent to District
Attorney Recommending
France's Action.
Br the Associated Preu.
PARIS, December 18.— A young
American couple held in Jail a year
on charges of participation in a huge
spy ring which peddled France'»
military secrets hoped today for an
indication of their fate.
An official report was forwarded to
the district attorney's office, contain
ing recommendations as to what ac
tion should be taken against the two,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon Switz
of East Orange. N. J., and 32 Euro
peans accused with them.
The Switzes were Jailed December
17. 1933. and then subjected, in sepa
rate cells, to constant questioning.
Authorities said they were rewarded
In March when the Americans dis
cloeed operations of the espionage
band, involving others.
As a result of their reported con
fessions the Switzes are expected to
be dealt with leniently. Imprison
ment for five years Is the heaviest
sentence that may be given them.
.Their trial is expected to take place
in about two months. Only 17 of
the 34 are now In custody, as 8 are
out on bail and 11 other suspecte
fled the country,
Becords of Smuggling Case Being
Studied for Evidence of Pre·
Bepeal Evasion.
Br the Associated Press.
MONTREAL, December 18—Two
United States Federal agents sat in
yesterday at arraignment here of 18
persons on charges of conspiracy in
connection with a gigantic $5,000.000
liquor smuggling case.
Their names were not available, but
counsel and R. C. M. P. offlcials ad'
mitted the United Sûtes officers had
come here from Ottawa where they
delved into Canadian tax records for
legal evidence of smuggling operations
acroes the border during pre-repeal
This suggested the possibility that
the United States may take action
based on movements of liquor without
the formality of paying duty.
Record Orange Sales.
LOS ANGELES, December 18 (/*»>.
—The California Fruit Growers' Ex
change announced yesterday that It
sold 1.500 cars of California navel
oranges last week in United 8tates
and Canadian markets—the largest
volume of oranges it has ever sold
In a single week. California has the
largest crop in its history.
Life's Like That
"Terrible Tommy" Suspect
ed in $427,000 Brook
lyn Robbery. ι
By the Associated Pre»».
CHICAGO, December 18.—A report
that investigators had uncovered new
secret* of the underworld today aent
manhunters on a new public enemy
drive which made "Terrible Tommy"
Touhy the most widely hunted man
In America.
Backtracking the trail of the late
John Dillinger and hu henchmen,
the investigators disclosed that they
were hunting Touhy as a suspect in
the $427,000 Brooklyn armored car
robbery of last August, and that they
believe he is now leader of the com
bined forces of the remnants of the
Dillinger and Touhy gang·.
Investigators disclosed they had in
formation It was Touhy and not Dil
linger who engineered the Michigan
City, Ind., prison break that unleased
10 Dillinger mobsters in September of
CenfcMton Reported.
The Information that Touhy was
behind the prison break came, the
Investigators said, from a confession
of a civil employe of the Michigan
City Prison, which is now in the pos
sesion of J. Edward Barce, deputy
attorney general of Indiana. Barce
is reported to have helped bring about
the arrest of Joseph Burns, wanted
for the Brooklyn robbery, by posing
as a gangster to uncover underworld
Touhy. the Investigators said, had
frequently visited Burns at the apart
ment where Burns was arrested last
Sunday. Burns was among the 10
who fled the Indiana prison.
Wooden Gnn Escape Solved.
Capt. John Btege of the Chicago
Police Department hinted that the
investigation of Burns had resulted
In the detention of a number of other
persons, but he refused to disclose
any further details other than to
intimate that Burns had "talked."
Not only had the "wooden gun"
escape of Dillinger from Crown Point,
Ind., Jail been cleared up, but the
Michigan City Prison break had been
"practically" solved, Stege said, add
ing that in his opinion further in
vestigation might link Burns with a
bank robbery and slaying at Warsaw,
Ind., in 1921, when $147,000 was
Slight Improvement Is Reported
in Condition of Socially
Prominent Matron.
Mrs. Mar? Harriman Rumsey. chair
man of the N. R. A. Consumers' Ad
visory Board, was reported slightly
Improved this morning at Emergency
Hospital, where yesterday she was said
to have been near death, following a
relapse. Mrs. Rumsey has been un
der treatment at the hospital for more
than a month for injuries received
when her horse fell on her during a
fox hunt with the Piedmont Hounds
in Virginia.
Mrs. Rumsey was reported losing
ground more than a week ago, but
rallied, and until yesterday seemed to
be recovering. Dr. James P. Mitchell,
her personal physician, said this
morning she seemed slightly better
than at his last visit last night.
Aid in Tiling and Maintaining
False Civil Action Alleged
in Vajda Suit.
Br the Associated Press.
New grand Jury Indictments were re
turned yesterday against Vllma Aknay
and Sari Fedak, European actresses,
who were indicted several weeks ago
on perjury counts in connection with
a $250,000 breach of promise suit of
Miss Almay against Ernst Vajda,
screen playwright.
The new Indictments charge con
spiracy to file and maintain a false
civil action.
Neither actress has surrendered yet
since the first indictment Ball on
the new charges was set at 910,000
each. ·
80 C*n*rie> Barn to Death.
ber IS Of).—Eighty canaries were
burned to death In a fire that swept
a tenement occupied by Clifford
Jenkins yesterday. Jenkins, accupylng
part of a two-family house, deals in
the birds as a side line.
William C. Hull's Slate Ex
pected to Be Returned
to Office.
The slat* of officers of the Inter
Federation Conference, headed by
Chairman William C. Hull of Ar
lington County, is expected to be re
turned to office for another year at
the annual elections next month.
At the December meeting in the
United States Chamber of Commerce
Building last uight, Edwin S. Hege,
Stephen James and Robert E. Ply
male were named to a Nominating
Committee, which will report next
month. A recommendation by the
Nominating Committee is tantamount
to election.
The conference last night disap
proved a proposition it has been con
sidering for some time—staging a
civic exposition for the greater Wash
ington area. It had before it a re
port of a committee, headed by Ar
thur Orr of Arlington County, sug
gesting reference of the exposition
matter to the constituent federations
for a joint meeting of committees.
There was considerable opposition
and when the matter came up for a
vote the result was a 6-to-6 tie Chair
man Hull cast the deckling vote In
favor of the proposal. Orr, however,
said he felt the exposition had no
chance for success unless its support
was unanimous. He moved for re
consideration and then moved to table
his own report, which was done.
A resolution reaffirming the con
ference's support of Gravelly Point
as a municipal airport was adopted
and ordered sent to the Senate ar.d
House District Committees and the
P. W. A.
A committee, consisting of Thomas
E. Lodge. J. H. Wells and Mrs. Flo
rence Cannon was instructed to study
and report on a proposal of Attorney
General Cummings for a Washington
Virginia-Maryland compact allowing
for the apprehension of criminals m
any one jurisdiction by peace officers
of either of the other two.
Five Other» to Be Arraigned To
diy Following Spread of
Narcotics Net.
Two of the persons arrested over
the week end when detectives staged
two raids at the Franklin Park Hotel
were ordered held for action of the
grand jury In lieu of $10,000 bond
when arraigned today before Police
Court Judge Ralph Given on chargea
of robbery.
Most of the men were picked up
when police went to the hotel seeking
Thomas Camardo. who was later
charged with violation of the Har
rison narcotic law.
Five other men arrested in the
raids were to be arraigned this aft
ernoon before Judge Isaac R. Hitt on
charges of vagrancy.
John Bielat. 34. of the 1200 block
of New Hampshire avenue, was
charged with having held up Harry
Morgan, operator of a one-man street
car, on November 4. Bielat pleaded
not guilty.
Morgan told the court he had driven
the car to Twelfth street and Mich
igan avenue northeast and was pre
paring for his return trip when Bielat
entered the car. Bielat. he said, a
few minutes later robbed him of $28
at pistol point, getting off the car
at North Capitol and Third street,
Morgan told the court.
Attorney Denny Hughes brought out
in the testimony that Bielat was ac
cused of a crime committed on No
vember 4 when he had not arrived in
Washington until November 15. Judge
Given ordered the man held, however,
when Morgan declared he positively
Identified him as the hold-up man.
Judge Given ordered the same bond
for Raymond Madison. 32, of Detroit,
after George C. Connelly, manager of
a chain grocery store at 4532 Georgia
avenue identified him as the man who
robbed him of $175 on December 8.
Madison also pleaded not guilty.
Connelly told the court Madison
entered the store, demanded the
money and then forced himself and
another store clerk into a rear room.
The other clerk, it was brought out,
could not positively identify Madison
Both men were identified at a recent
police line-up.
Board of Trade Committee to
Hear Argument» Friday on
Plan to Deepen Channels.
Final hearing of the Washington
Board of Trade Committee's Channel
Improvement Committee on the pro
posal to dredge Anacostia River,
Washington Channel and Georgetown
Channel to a depth of 24 feet *111 be
held Friday in the board's office in
The Star Building.
At a preliminary meeting yesterday
reports were read from the Merchants
& Miners' Steamship Co. and others
showing water commerce to the Capi
tal would be increased. The steam
ship line suggested a deeper channel
would attract tourists to the city.
Lumber and oil companies also
would send more freight here by
w»ter If the channels, now 20 feet,
are deepened, It is claimed.
Stranger· Pay $1 License Fee
Demanded by Sheriff in Lieu
of Canine*· Life.
By the Associated Press.
PADUCAH, Ky., December 18 —
The sheriff said it was either the
money—$1 dog license fee—or the
poodle's life. Obediently a colored
man brought Snow Ball In to give
him up.
"Lawdy, mistt-r, I sho' do hate to
see this little dog killed," the colored
man lamented, rubbing his eye· with
a red bandana. "I tot him home to
my chill un when he was just a tiny
puppy, and we raised him just like
one of the family.
"It sho' will break their hearts
when this little doggie is killed."
Bystanders, moved perhaps by the
Yuletide spirit, paid the dollar. Snow
Ball went home to the "chfllun,"
Seminary Head Diet.
DUE WEST, S. C.. December 18
(A*).—Dr. Francis Young Pressly, 83.
president emeritus of Ersklne Theo
logical Seminary, died at his home
here at 4 am. today after a three
year period of failing health.
Soldiers Patrol Streets as
40 Explosions Bring
Revolution Talk.
Copyright. 1934. br the Auocltted Presi.
HAVANA, December U.—Nearlj
1,000 aoldiere patrolled the «treets
of Havana today after a right of
bombings and talk of revolution.
Terror spread throughout the city
shortly before midnight when more
than 40 bombs were exploded. Three
women and two men were injured
by the blasts, which were set off in
every section of the capital.
14 Are Arrested.
Soldiers spent the early morning
hours searching pedestrians, motor
ists, busses and street cars for bombs.
Fourteen persons were arrested on
charges of placing the explosives or
for having them in their possession.
The city became excited over the
possibility of a revolutionary out
break after police seized a supply
of dynamite and arrested 90 pas
sengers in busses where the explo
sives were found.
A. B. C. Members Leaving Cltr.
Extra precautions were tak»~ by
! the army when an officer reported
; he had detained three members of
j the A. B. C. political society, opposed
j to the government of President Carlos
Mendieta and his "strong man," Col.
Fulgencio Batista, commander in chief
of the army.
Rev. A. A. Stockdale Suggest·
Theaters Give Time to Program
by Board of Trade.
i "
Rev. Allen A. Stockdale, pastor of
the First Congregational Church, ad
dressing the Public Order Committee
of the Washington Board of Trade
! yesterday in the La Fayette Hotel, ad
j vocated a 12-minutc interim each
Sunday night in the motion-picture
[ houses during which time ministers,
priests, and rabbis might "awaken
the public conscience."
By using the amplifying system.
Dr. Stockdale said a speaker need not
be seen. He urges the talks be made
under auspices of the Board of Trade,
i in an effort "to woo a public opinion
I favorable to the stamping out of
1 crime in the city." The movie-interim
! would be called "The Voice of the
; Board of Trade." A study of the pro
posal will be made.
Corporation Counsel J. Barrett
! Prettyman spoke on the prevention
I of crime. Gen. John A. Johnson, a
ι former District Commissioner, also
ι spoke. Odell Smith presided.
Taxi Driver and Besident of
Hotel Victimized—Chinese
Scares Off Two Thugs.
Two men were robbed and two other
hold-up attempts were frustrated dur
ing the night, according to police re
George C. McCarron. cab driver,,
1239 Tentn street, was held up by a
colored passenger about 2:30 am. at
! Eleventh and Monroe streets, and
j robbed of $10.
ι Lester E. Wilson. Houston Hotel, re
| ported he was robbed near Buzzard's
; Point. He went to an inn in Vir
ginia with a stranger, he said, end
there was joined by two other men.
It was on the way back, he reported,
that the trio took $22 cash, a foun
tain pen. watch and his topcoat.
Frederick Midgley, cab driver, 602
F street, was treated at Casualty Hos
pital for a blow on the head he said
was inflicted by two men who at
tempted to rob him near Tenth and
D streets northeast.
Charlie Lee. Chinese la un dry man,
1231 Thirty-fourth street, drove off
two men when he dropped to the floor
and came up with a pistol. He said
the men. fled.
Two Are Accused of Robbing·
Lyons, Kane., Institution and
Kidnaping Officials.
By the Associated Presf.
TOPEKA. Kans., December 18.—A
new Federal law threatened today to
bring the death penalty to Kansas,
where capital punishment has been
forbidden for years.
S. S. Alexander, United States dis
trict attorney, said he would seek the
penalty for Homer Brinkley and Bur
ton Phillips when they go to trial in
March on a charge of robbing the
Chandler National Bank of Lyons and
kidnaping two of its officials.
Alexander pointed to a recently
enacted Federal statute providing
capital punishment as the maximum
penalty in the robbery of a bank
affiliated with the Federal Reserve
System in the event there is · slaying
or kidnaping.
Β shopping days
to Christmai
In Palermo there ia no snow at
Christmas time and it is the cus
tom to decorate the donkeys with
roses placed behind their ears and
entwined in their harness. On
Christmas eve the singing of songs,
a game of chance and the lighted
tree are the forerunners of a placid
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