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IN PARLEYS HERE Hull, Phillips and Heads of Departments Figure in Discussions. BV CON'STA.VTINE BROWN. Most of the American Ambassa dors and Ministers in "key positions." except Ambassador Grew, who is still it his post in Japan, are in Wash ington conferring with Secretary Cor nell Hull, Undersecretary William Phillips, Jr., and heads of the various departments. While officially they are here for the Christmas holidays, they are actually here to discuss the general vorld situation, bringing to the Sec retary of State and the President as complete a picture of international affairs as is possible. It is expected that as a consequence of these talks β more definite American foreign policy may result. The conversations between State department officials and the Ameri can Minister in Switzerland. Hugh R. Wilson, are considered probably the most important because of continued efforts of the administration to revive the disarmament conference. The latest proposal for control of ammuni tion production throughout the world is Intended as the first step toward that goal. Bingham Arrives This Week. Ambassador Robert W. Bingham, *ho has made many "hands-across the-sea" speeches since he has become Ambassador to Great Britain, will be In town some time early next week. The British-American relations are considered here and abroad as prob ably the most important feature in the diplomatic game. Ever since tlie London naval talks failed there has been a good deal of speculation as to whether or not the United States and Great Britain will reach a bilateral agreement regarding their future naval policies. Although the State Department, the foreign office and the American and British delegations in London have kept silent regarding their future moves, it is believed in well-informed quarters that an understanding be Increase of the British cruiser ton nage, is in the offing. The idea ap pears to be that the United States has accepted the British contention that Great Britain needs some 20 more light cruisers than it has at present* In terms of tonnage. Great Britain would be authorized to increase her naval strength by between 100,000 and 120.000 tons. If Japan were to decide to increase the tonnage of her capital ehips or cruisers, the United States would be permitted to increase the number of that type of ships by a tonnage equal to the increased British tonnage; that is to say, to increase the number of the battleships by fair or the number of heavy cruisers by 12 cr a combination of both. Basis of New Agreement. This seems to be the basis of an eventual Anglo-American agreement, which, however, will not be taken up this year. Grenville T. Emmett, American Minister to the Netherlands, brings data on an important question which j has been kept quiet so far. For the last 18 months, the Dutch have been worried about the possi bility of certain Japanese moves in regard to the Dutch East Indies. The conversations for a commercial treaty between Japan and the Nether lands were broken off in November by the Japanese and The Hague gov ernment is worried about the security of their most prized possessions in the Pacific. Holland has sent quietly a eubstantial fleet of new submarines to Java and Sumatra, while Vickers, Ltd., the British arms manufacturer, has organized new aviation fields in both Dutch islands exactly on the pattern of those established in Singa pore. But the eventual danger to the Dutch East Indies is of concern to the United States as well, and Min ister Emmett can give the administra tion the background of that alleged threat to the Dutch possessions. The presence in Washington of William C. Bullitt, the American Am bassador at Moscow, is equally im portant, not only because Bullitt is able to give a complete account of the psychology of the Soviet leaders in regard to the settlement of the debts end the eventual trade relations, but also because Bullitt, on his trip from Moscow to this country has visited fiiberia and Japan. Bullitt Has Seen Much. Bullitt has been able to see things in Siberia which other people are not In a position to see. His short visit to Tokio has enabled him to have long talks with Ambas sador Grew, and Bullitt is in a better position than anybody else to give a complete account of the Far Eastern «situation in the light of the Soviet Japanese relations. Ambassador Breckinridge Long, ac credited to Italy, is highly regarded by Mussolini and can give a clear pic ture of Italy's intentions in regard to the stabilization of Europe; the pros pects of a better understanding be tween France and Italy, and the lat ter country's views about Germany end Yugoslavia. Hugh S. Gibson, Ambassador to Brazil, and Hal H. Sevier. Ambassa dor to Chile, have posted the State Department in regard to the attitude of these two countries toward a trade agreement with the United States and their efforts to bring about a solution of the Chaco dispute. SPECIAL NOTICES. DAILY TRIPS MOVING LOADS AND part loads to and Irom Balto . Phila. and New York. Frequetn trips to other East ern cities. "Dependable Service Since THE DAVIDSON TRANSFER & STORAGE CO.. Decatur 2500. WEEKLY TRIPS TO AND PROM BALTI more; also trips within 24 hours' notice to any point in United states. SMITH'S TRANSFER & STORAGE CO.. North 334.'). WANTED—RETURN LOAD TO PHILADEL phia or vicinity. 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ROOSEVELT SEEKS TO REMODEL EXTERIOR OF LIBRARY OF CONGRESS J (Continued From First Page.) feet wide and occupies 3U acres. It was begun in 1886 from plans drawn by J. J. Smithmeyer and Paul Pelz, subsequently altered by Edward P. Casey. In 1888 Gen. T. L. Casey, chief of Engineers. U. S. Α., was placed in charge, with Bernard R. Green as superintendent and engineer. The building was completed in February, 1897, and opened in November of the same year. A lantern 35 feet high crowns the dome which the President wishes re moved. In the "collar" of the dome itself is an encircling mural by Edwin H. Blashfleld, depicting "The Progress of Civilization." Twelve nations or epochs are the theme, in order as fol lows: Egypt, written records; Judea, religion; Greece, philosophy; Rome, administration; Islam, physics; Middle Ages, modern languages; Italy, fine arts; Germany, printing; Spain, dis covery; England, literature; Prance, emancipation, and America, science. Portraits of Gen. Casey, Miss Mary Anderson. Miss Ellen Terry and Mrs. Blashfleld are introduced, and an adapted likeness of Abraham Lincoln was used in painting the countenance of the electrical engineer shown in the American section of the ring. The crown of the lantern Is deco rated with an allegoric painting, also by Blashfield, representing "The Human Understanding." JURORS Will GET BELL CASE TODAY Defense Claims ''Great Change" in Accused—Asks Jury to Forgive. (Continued Prom First Page.) carefully disguised. Mr. Bell was their employer. "Mr. Bell was above suspicion—a man of prominence and integrity, who had the respect of the entire com munity. "These nurses could not denounce Mr. Bell without proof—convincing proof. They watched and they waited. They told the doctor who was at tending Mrs. Bell. Then these nurses and their doctor set traps for the one who was attempting to destroy Mrs. Bell. "They guarded medicines, food and drinks. In the meantime, they took samples of poisons discovered in the basement of the Bell household. "When they found potassium cya nide, gentlemen, the deadliest of poisons, they had to act. They de nounced Mr. Bell. They laid their evidence before the proper authorities of this Commonwealth. "Why was this husband doing this to his wife, whose health and welfare he had pledged himself to protect? Letter Is Held Key. "Gentlemen, the letter which these nurses found In Bell's pockets when they were searching for poison is the key to this situation. "A letter from this man's woman friend, pleading a confession. It re vealed the true state of the defend ant's affections. (The letter referred to was from Mrs. Ella C. McMullin of Richmond.) "This defendant comes before you as a churchman. He is no church man, he is a betrayer, a traitor to all religion." Bryan denounced the attempt of the defense to impeach the character of Miss Hill. He pointed out that neither of the two men brought to the trial from the nurses former home in West Virginia had seen her for 10 or 12 years. Describes Illness. Bryan then described the condition of Mrs. Bell. He pointed out that testimony showed she was chronically stricken, that she might never return to health. He said Bell had chosen a torturous method for doing away with his wife. He invited the jury to consider the days, weeks and months of pain which Bell's victim had suffered. "Can you imagine a cold, slow, calculating attempt upon the life of a defenseless woman?" Bryan asked the jury. ·"· ί —— λ VirlaAiie vail JUU llliug »«·ν M « conception of a more hideous crime? "I ask you, gentlemen of the jury, to find this man guilty as he is :harged in this indictment." Mental Change Claimed. Defense Counsel Butzner began his argument by telling the jury "the Eddie Bell we knew three years ago Is no more." He then reviewed the defense testi mony of Bell's mental and physical collapse as the result of a thyroid op eration three years ago. Butzner challenged the accuracy of the chemical analysis of a score of poisons introduced in evidence. He pointed out that "a dozen persons" came in and out of the Virginia State Laboratory where the poisons were examined and labeled. "Gentlemen," Butzner told the jury, "remember these chemists were ap prised of the nature of the poisons they were looking for." The defense attorney then asserted that if Bell had committed the crime chargcd to him. it was conceived in 'the mind of an Eddie Bell, dethroned of reaspn." The accused wept quietly and wiped his eyes with a handkerchief, while Butzner described his mental collapse. "The Edward C. Bell we knew is jone," Butzner said. Bell, obviously affected by this statement, showed emotion for the iirst time. Bell Declared Sane. Closing testimony late yesterday :entered around the expressed opinion >f two prosecution alienists, each of vhom declared Bell to be sane. Dr. Joseph S. de Jarnette, superin endent of Western State Hospital at staunton, admitted he had never .'xamlned the accused man, but, on he basis of a long hypothetical ques ion submitted to him, he expressed a irm belief the defendant was sane. Dr. J. w. Pried, assistant to Dr. le Jarnette, followed hie chief and ex jressed a similar opinion as to Bellï •anity. This opinion was in contradition to that of Dr. Beverly R. Tucker, de fense alienLst, that the accused man was insane. As a factor in determining the sanity of the defendant the prosecu tion dwelt upon Bell's description as a man who had credit at the bank, a good reputation in the community and intelligence enough to choose a deadly and little known poison in making his murder attempt. The prosecution also submitted as evidence yesterday Bell's Virginia State tax returns for the years 1929 through 1933, inclusive. "Bell Sane" OPINION OF ALIENIST IN POISON CASE. r 1 DR. J. S. DE JARNETTE. Superintendent of the Western Hospital for Insane at Staunton, Va., who took the stand at Fred ericksburg yesterday and expressed the opinion that Edward C. Bell, who is charged with attempting to poison his wife, "was sane and is now." —Star Staff Photo. Bm, DELEGATE FOR PEACE, DIES Professor Emeritus of Ro mance Languages at Vas sar Succumbs. By the Associated Press. KEENE. Ν. H., December 18 —Jean Charlemagne Bracq. 81. professor em eritus of romance languages at Vas sar College, participant in interna tional peace conferences and author, died at his home in West Keene this morning. He served as a delegate to the In ternational Peace Congress in Rouen. France, in 1903, and the Hague in 1913. He took a prominent part in de fending the French government at the time of the separation of the church and state, and has written informitively on French Protestant ism, Anglo-French relations and the colonial expansion of France. He was the author of a paper. "French Rights in Newfoundland." read before the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in Paris, which was used as the historical basis ior the settlement of the Newfoundland question. Braco was born in Cambrai. France. May 3, 1853. He received his early education in Rheims, France, and came to the United States in 1871. From 1892 to 1918 he was professor of romance languages at Vassar. BANKER SOCKS ROBBER Supposed Customer Is Floored When He Produces Gun. OTTAWA, 111., December 18 OP).— A good sock in the jaw was the method J. Charles Bundy. president of the Leonore State Bank, used to prevent a bank robbery. A man who had been here several 1 weeks ago pretending to be interested in a land deal appeared at the bank before the rest of the employes ar- 1 rived. The banker welcomed him only to see the man produce a weapon. Banker Bundy started his swing low, caught the robber on the jaw and I floored him. The man fled minus loot. j REGULAR $2.00 Candle Centerpiece «1.50 Made up of boxwood, pine cones, red berries and natural grasses with red candle in center ... all in beautiful glazed china basket. An attractive and lasting cen terpiece. Others, $3 and $5 1407 H St. N.W. Nat'l 4905 JSeiv House Group Finds Offices Are Not Yet Vacated Wherever they get a chance to hang their hats is "office" these days for newly elected members of the House— many of whom are already here. Apparently, most of them thought all they had to do was to step into a sumptuous office suite, but legally they are not entitled to such accom modations until they have been sworn in January 3. Those who can "bunk in" with some present occupant of an office are lucky, for most of the new comers find themselves getting a cold shoulder from Edward Brown, super intendent of the office building. Brown has no alternative. Those who were members in the last Congress are entitled to hold their of fices until the new Congress meets. A few have moved out. but Brown is hoping they all will soon and that he will not be compelled to evict any. As each retiring member moves out Brown has the offices cleaned and then locks the door. He hasn't enough rooms for all of the 109 new members and if he shows favor to any the others would be after him. Then, too, members who served in the last Congress have first choice on the offices vacated by retiring or de feated members up to January 1. WE INQUIRES INTO GANGS' GUNS Munitions Committee Di rects Winchester Arms Co. to Report Sales. By the Associated Press. An inquiry into the source of gang sters' machine guns was instituted today by the Senate Munitions Com mittee. It directed the Winchester Arms Co. to report to the committee all sales of machine guns or parts οί machine guns to other than govern mental agencies. The direction came from Chairman Nye after the introduction of cor respondence between the Winchester Co. and others over the sale of ma chine guns and gun barrels that could be used for such weapons. Edwin Pugsley, vice president of the company, said his firm did not manufacture machine guns or parts. Earlier the committee held another executive conference with Col. C. T. Harris of the Army to work out how to develop the story of America's mobilization plan without disclosing war secrets. Nye said it was a question of how to study the War Department "without betraying knowledge of who is going to provide this and who is going to provide that." He indicated a plan had been worked out by which the committee would guard military secrets without hampering the inquiry. The committee turned to a more minute scrutiny of the plans—which include a 6 per cent limit on supplies profits and a "voluntary censorship"*· I of the press in case of war—after Senator Clark. Democrat, of Missouri, had suggested yesterday they should be sent to Congress in peace time for leisurely debate. Under the Army plan, he protested, the eight bills embodying the scheme to mobilize the Nation's resources I would be rushed to Congress to "pass 1 under whip and spur," without con- ι sideration. > War Department witnesses replied I that the War Policies Commission be- ι lieved certain legislation might be held ι unconstitutional in peace-time but legal in a war emergency. Centers on Censorship. Clark also centered on the "censor ship" plan to determine what degree of control it contemplated. The plan calls for an administrator of public relations who would mobilize "all existing mediums of publicity so they 1 may be employed to the best pos- 1 sible advantage." He also would be charged with co ordinating publicity, combatting dis affection at home and enemy propa- ' ganda. "establishing rules and regula tions for censorship" and "enlisting and supervising a voluntary censor- ' ship of the newspaper and periodical : press." 1 Col. Harris said he never heard of : a plan to license the press and Lieut. Ε. E. Brannan ' said nothing more than voluntary censorship was con templated. ''Siamese Twins'' Born. Native "Siamese twins." both girls, have been born at Dar-es-Salaam, Africa. f CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL S Wreaths a very special price Λ £ Made up of mag- I nolia leaves, cluster, of pine cones, thistles, poppy pods, red ruscus and ar ranged on ρ a 1 m leaves and filled with stance and lycopodium. $050 3 Shipped anywhere for SOc extra 1407 H St. N.W. 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Rear Admiral David Foote Sellers, superintendent of the Naval Academy, ind a group of officers on duty at the \cademy and department heads from ,he Navy Department were present. Honorary pallbearers were Rear Ad nirals Joseph K. Taussig, Walton R. Sexton, Samuel M. Robinson, Ernest J. King and Harry L. Brinser; Capts. Arthur F. Huntington, Supply Corps; Senry Williams, Construction Corps; ^Yank Pinney (retired) and J. A. Sco leld of the Naval Reserve and Lieut. 3omdr. George L. Smith (retired). Six chief petty officers from the Reina Mercedes were the body bearers. The flag at the Naval Academy flew it half mast from 9:45 a.m. until ιοοη. There was no band or escort, is the family had requested a simple uneral service. Among the flowers were designs rom the Aircraft Battle Fleet and the iavy aviators, Navy Department. The idmiral was one of the few "flying idmirals," having received his avia ion wings as an observer. 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