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Possibility of Report Ap
proval This Afternoon
Seen in Both Houses.
With both branches of Congress
on record for restoration of the last
5 per cent of the Government pay
cut on April 1, House and Senate
ronferees will meet this afternoon to
iron out a few other details of the
urgent deficiency measure.
As soon as the House and Senate
approve the conference report, which
does not affect in any way the pay
amendment, the deficiency resolution
will be ready to go to the White
* House, where presidential approval is
' If the conferees adjust the other
•terns in the resolution early this aft
ernoon there may be time to have the
conference report ratified today. In
any event, the measure is likely to be
on the President's desk within a few
Enactment of this proposal means
a return to basic salaries throughout
the Government service three months
earlier than had been expected. While
friends in Congress of the Government
employes wanted the 5 per cent re
stoerd as of January, they decided
to accept the April 1 compromise
rather than run the risk of having the
entire issue held up.
Meanwhile. Senator McCarran,
Democrat, of Nevada, who led the
fight for pay restoration, made known
he will continue his efforts to elimi
nate some of the other limitations in
the economy law. such as the ban
on promotions and reallocation of
positions under the classification act.
Employes Gratified.
The House action on the pay res
toration legislation brought expres
sions of satisfaction from the Na
tional Federation of Federal Employes
and the American Federation of Gov
ernment Employes, which had been
working toward this end.
The former, in a statement, said
both branches of Congress now had
recognized the "injustice" of the pay
rut. and expressed the view President
Roosevelt would sign the measure
'without delay."
It was added that '"with this legis
lation disposed of. it now is possible for
the National Federation to devote all
of its energies to other vitally needed
reforms, especially with respect to the
strengthening of the merit system."
Practices Held "in Line."
The Federation of Government Em
ployes, an affiliate of the American
Federation of Labor, said the cam
paign for pay restoration was sought
"not only to correct an injustice to
Government employes, but to serve the
cause of all the working men and
women :n America, by bringing the
practice of the Government in line
with its protestations."
Your Income Tax
Ftrsonal Exemptions.
In addition to the personal exemp
tion of $1,000 for single persons and
$2,500 for married persons living to
gether and for heads of families, a
taxpayer is entitled to a credit of $400
for each dependent, defined by income
tax law and regulations as a person
.under 18 years of age or incapable of
self-support because mentally or phys
' ically defective. The term "mentally
nr physically defective" means not
only cripples and those mentally de
fective. but persons in ill health and
the aged.
In order to be entitled to the $400
credit, the taxpayer must furnish the
dependent his or her chief support.
The credit is based upon actual finan
cial dependency and not mere legal
dependency. For example, a father
whose children receive half or more
of their support from a trust fund
or other separate source is not e"*"'" '
to the credit.
Neither relationship nor residence
Is a factor in the allowance of the
$400 credit for a dependent. The tax
payer and the dependent may be resi
dents of different cities. If husband
and wife both contribute to the sup
port of a dependent the $400 credit
may be taken by the one contributing
the chief support and may not be di
vided between them.
A single person who supports in his
home an aged mother is entitled not
only to the $400 credit for a depend
ent, but also to the personal exemp
tion of $2,500 as the head of a family.
A widower supporting under similar
circumstances a dependent child under
18 years of age also is entitled to the
personal exemption of $2,500 as the
head of a family, plus the $400 credit
for a dependent
Under the revenue act of 1934 both
the personal exemption and the credit
for dependents are required to be pro
rated where the statu of the taxpayer
changed during the year.
I Congress in Brief |
Bv the Associated Press.
Takes up amendments to farm
credit laws.
Agriculture Committee confers on
cotton exports.
Judiciary Subcommittee hears
William Green, president of American
Federation of Labor, on 30-hour week
Munitions Committee seeks identity
of alleged "fixer" of shipbuilding
Finance Committee continues social
security hearing.
Acts on conference report on Re
construction Finance Corp. extension
Considers Treasury-Post Office ap
propriation bill.
Ways and Means Committee con
eiders economic security.
Military Committee scanned na
tional defense measures.
Passed "baby bond" bill widening
bonding authority of Treasury.
Sent crop loan bill to conference.
Confirmed Prank R. McNinch as
chairman of Federal Power Commis
Finance Committee studied social
Agriculture Committee heard Sec
retary Wallace outline cotton export
Appropriations Committee consid
ered work-relief.
Witnesses before Munition* Com
mittee charged collusion in ship con
struction bids.
Completed congressional action on
Independent offices appropriation.
House and Senate conferees agreed
on R. F. C. extension measure.
Ways and Means Committee studied
social security.
Military Committee called hearings
on Army increase and aviation border
defense measures.
What's What
Behind News
I In Capital
Ickes Rumors Again
Current, But President
Seems Unchanged.
' i—>HE rumor is going around
again that Secretary Ickes has
reached the end ci his tether
A and soon will seek other
pastures. A congressional
' wish is probably the father of that
! thought. If congressional antagonism
j to Mr. Ickes has made Mr. Roose
! velt think any less of him, the Presi
| dent is keeping it very mach to him
; self. All signs indicate that it really
has made him like Mr. Ickes more.
That is not true of some of Mr.
Roosevelt's closest White House as
sociates. who share the congressional
viewpoint, in moderation.
The hush is supposed to be on
the stamp matter. Postmaster Gen
I eral Farley's spokesmen have just
about confessed the facts, indicated
that he was victimized by friends
and arc hoping every one will for'
get it.
The facts seem to be that Sunny
Jim took about 10 sheets of stamps
in all. He paid the regular price for
them. 3 cents per stamp, probably
about $60 in all. They may now be
worth $100,000 in the philatelic
j trade, which apparently is not on the
ι gold standard, but fixes its values on
the obsolete law of supply and de
mand in defiance of Mr. Morgen
thau's gold price policy. However,
Mr. Farley's people contend few. if
any. of his friends violated his ad
monition not to sell them, and that
the trade will never see them.
His political opponents may not
ι permit him to forget about the mat
j ter, but strong inside forces are at
! work to smooth it over, and it will
not happen again.
Secrecy Over Silver.
It is not possible to give an exact
line on what will happen in silver.
The silver agitators in and out of
I Congress are trying to cook up some·
; thing, but so far they have had no
j fire under their kettle.
The Treasury is trying to becloud
1 its activities with secrecy, but is not
j succeeding. One week recently it
ι purchased more silver than in any
• previous week. Yet the insiders all
know more gold is coming in con
i stantly and the Treasury is not getting
ι any closer to the proposed ratio of
■ 25 per cent with gold. Indeed, it has
been purchasing sliver very carefully
in London since the Chinese protested
that we were draining their money.
Purchases may be stepped up as far as
possible until Congress adjourns and
then the Treasury may ease up.
The best guess now is that the
existing situation is likely to drag on
for a year or two. or three, and that.
! in the end, the silver purchase act
1 will be repealed. That is only a long
■ range guess.
A leading New Dealer has told
his friends very much on the Q. T.
j that Attorney General Cummings
I was not so wrong as every one
thought when he said negotiation*
i for currency stabilization were un
! . der way with Great Britain.
This unquestionable authority said
■ the New Dealers were actually dicker
! ing with London for a de facto sta
i bilization which would not involve a
written or public agreement. Britain
: is supposed to have balked because of
| uncertainty of Supreme Court action.
! No separate agreement was contem
! plated with any of the gold bloc
! countries.
Shyness to Continue.
' This may not be as important as
j the New Dealers thought. Britain
ι will continue to shy away from stabi
j lization for a long time yet.
The old Treasury idea of balancing
foreign trade with silver purchases
appears to have gone quietly out the
window. The Chinese protest would
have blocked such a move, if other
technical protests from the inside had
The latest on Japan is that the
is again trying desperately to revive
something in the nature of the old
Anglo-Japanese alliance, but the
Anglo end of it won't ally.
The outside job which A. A. A.-er
Chester Davis is going to take July 1
is with the American Maize Co. The
public excuse is more money, which
may or may not be true. His successor
probably will be R. H. Tolley, now
a director of the program planning
division, A. A. A.
A certain administration Senator,
who should know what he is talking
about, says that Housing Administra
' tor Moffett was confirmed by the Sen
: at« only after an inside understand
ing that he would retire February 1.
fCopyriiht. 1935.»
Breakfasts With Mrs. Roosevelt
Immediately After Arrival
in Capital.
Mrs. Amelia Earhart Putnam, who
recently added to her aviation glories
by flying from Honolulu to Oakland,
Calif., was a breakfast guest at the
White House today.
Mrs. Putnam arrived in Washington
by train at 8 o'clock today and went
directly to the White House, where
she was met by Mrs. Roosevelt, and a
few minutes later they sat down to
breakfast together. The President, as
usual, had breakfast later in hU bed
Mrs. Putnam left very shortly after
the morning meal and, said she in
tended to return to New York some
time today, but before leaving Wash
ington she would visit some friends at
the Capitol. She said she would re
turn to Washington March 1 to give
an address under auspices of the Na
tional Geographic Society.
When Mrs. Putnam made her suc
cessful landing In Oakland, among
the first telegrams of congratulations
she received was one from Mrs. Roose
velt inviting her to the White House
the next time she came to Washing
President's Birthday Ball in Capital Draws Distinguished Gathering
Hundreds of notables of official
and social life of Washington were
among the guests at the President s
birthday ball at the Shoreham
Hotel here last night.
No. 1—Former Vice President
Charles Curtis and his sister, Mrs.
Dolly Gann, pictured in a happy
mood during the festivities.
—Harris-Ewing Photo.
No. 2—The First Lady arriving
for the ball. With her are Mrs.
John R. Williams, chairman of the
ball (left); Raymond T. Baker
ι second from left), and Rear Ad
miral Cary T. Grayson (right).
—Wide World Photo.
No 3—Miss Prance* Robinson. «
• Robbie" of N. R A fame, arriving
for the ball. —Α. Ρ Photo.
No. 4—A distinguished Demo
cratic group at one of the tables.
Left to right: Senator Joseph
Robinson of Arkansas. Mrs Wood
row Wilson. Secretary of State
Cordell Hull and Mrs. Hull.
—A. P. Photo.
No. 5—Other members of the
President's family arriving at the
Shoreham. Left to right: Mrs.
John Boettiger, the President's
daughter; Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt
and Elliott Roosevelt, the Presi
dent's son. —A. P. Photo.
Paralysis Campaign Drafted
Based on Benefit Ball Famis
Capital's Observance to Honor Roose
velt and Swell Research Coffers
Proves Brilliant Event.
Plans for an intensive medical and
scientific research program to curb
the ravages of infantile paralysis were
being laid today as auditors in all
parts of the United States totaled the
hundreds of thousands of dollars raised
last night at benefit balk and enter
tainments in celebration of the fifty
ι third birthday of President Roosevelt.
Thirty per cent of the proceeds of
! more than 7,000 benefit affairs in all
I of the States and Territories of the
Union will go into a national fund
to be employed by a group of cele
brated scientists and physicians, yet
to be named, in the study and con
trol of a scourge which has killed or
crippled thousands of Americans.
The major portion of the proceeds
of each of the benefits is to be de
voted to the relief of infantile par
alysis sufferers in the separate com
munities concerned.
Local Event Most Brilliant.
Most brilliant of the thousands of
balls held in every part of the Nation
last night was the local birthday ball
at the Shoreham Hotel—one of the
outstanding social functions of the
season. The presence of three mem
bers of the President's immediate
family, strikingly uniformed diplo
matic representatives of a score of
nations, Washington official and social
leaders, a three-service guard of honor
and the Marine Band in dress uni
forms. stage, screen and radio stars,
and thousands of Washingtonians
from every walk of life, in gala mood,
made the Shoreham bail a memorable
For more than an hour before the
ball got under way with the arrival
of Mrs. Roosevelt, her newly-married
daughter. Mrs. Anna Boettiger. and
her son Elliott and his wife, a large
crowd waited patiently outside the
hotel and in the lobby. Trumpets
hailed the arrival of the White House
party, the crowd surged forward
against the line of soldiers, sailors
and Marines forming ' the guard of
honor, and the ball began in four ball
rooms, each with its own orchestra.
Stars Aid Program.
While Mrs. Roosevelt nibbled straw
berries. picked yesterday morning in
Florida and flown here in six hours,
Eddie Cantor rolled his eyes and sang;
Joseph Peter Piper Penner, minus
Goo-Goo, his duck, laughed the Pen
ner laugh and spoke in his best "You
na-a-a-sty man" tone of voice; Ray
Perkins, musical comedy star, enter
tained on his baby piano which he
calls Clarence, and Rubinoff played
on his violin.
There was one mix-up when Rubin
off. raising his eyes to those corners
of the ceiling whence violinists seek
their most soulful effects, launched
into a melody only to be interrupted
by a vigorous "ump-ta-da-da" from
the next room as the Marine Band
swept into a stirring march. Rubin
off, suspecting Cantor, gave his radio
partner a dirty look, but Cantor ap
peared as surprised as Rubinoff and
it turned out to be only an error in
timing, which was speedily forgotten.
Phil Baker acted as master of cere
monies and the entertainment pro
gram included a rapid-fire talk by
Floyd Gibbons: songs by Nan John
son. friend of the Roosevelts from the
hospital days at Warm Springs. Ga.:
dances by Frederica and Barbara, and
a Cossack number by Boris Yourlo,
from the Club Troika.
Mrs. Roosevelt and her party re
mained until after the President's
message had been received by radio.
The dancing went on long after they
had returned to the White House.
Scene of Splendor.
Beautiful gowns, costly furs and
jewels together with the lavishily
gold-braided dress uniforms of the
White House aides, who served on the
Floor Committee, made a scene of
splendor seldom equaled outside of
the Executive Mansion.
Mrs. Roosevelt was greeted by Ray
mond T. Baker, chairman of the Ex
ecutive Committee of the ball, who
escorted her to the receiving party
which included Mrs. John R. Wil
liams, chairman of the ball: Admiral
Carv T. Grayson, honorary chair
man, and Mr. Baker. Included in
the guard of honor for the presi
dential party were Maj. Edward M.
Watson and Capt. Wilson Brown,
military and naval aides to the Presi
dent. In the First Lady's party
were her daughter, Mrs. John Boet
tiger: her son and daughter-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt, and
Mrs. Malvina Thompson Scheider,
secretary to Mrs. Roosevelt. Mrs.
Roosevelt wore an unusually striking
gown of deep sapphire blue chiffon,
the waistline marked by a girdle of
silver lame. The neckline of the
gown was,V-shape and the shoulder
lines were cut to give the effect of
short cap sleeves. The First Lady
wore an unique necklace of ham
mered silver and carried a large
feather fan to match her gown. Her
wrap was of ermine with a deep col
lar of white fox. The blond daugh
ter of the President and Mrs. Roose
velt was in a lovely gown of white
and silver lame, the decoletage with
a deep band of flame-color chiffon
which crossed In the back and fell
into a graceful train. Mrs. Boettiger
wore a string of tiny pearls which
matched a bracelet and a ring worn
on the third finger of her left hand.
Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt was in a gown
of black velvet, the bodice trimmed
with narrow bands of ermine.
Spring Flower Centerpiece.
The table in the greater ball room,
where the party from the White House
was seated, had a centerpiece of
Spring flowers and ferns. Mrs. Roose
velt sat at one end while Mrs. Wil
liams, in a gown of bronze lace, the
skirt falling into a train and her hair
held with combs studded with pearls,
was at the other end. Mrs. Joseph
Leiter, who entertained a large party
at a table nearby, joined the White
House party for a time. Much of the
success of the ball is due Mrs. Letter's
efforts. Mrs. Leiter wore a rust color
satin gown made with a train.
Perhaps the feature of the enter
tainment program which most delight
ed Mrs. Roosevelt was the little pupils
of Miss Minnie Hawk, who gave sev
eral dances in dainty period costumes.
Another delightful and appealing part
of the program was the appearance
of Nan Johnson, one of the young
girls who has been aided by treatment
at Warm Springs. Miss Johnson sang
In the room adjoining that where
the presidential party was seated
there was a table for members of the
cabinet set. Among those at the table
were the Secretary of State and Mrs.
Cordell Hull, the Attorney General and
Mrs. Homer S. Cummings, the Secre
tary of Commerce and Mrs. Daniel C.
Roper, with their daughter, Mrs. David
Coker, who arrived yesterday from
her home in Hartford. S. C.; Mrs.
Woodrow Wilson, Mrs. Edwin T. Mere
dith and Assistant Secretary of State
Mr. R. Walton Moore. Mrs. Hull wore
a becoming gown of pansy color crepe
trimmed with gold lame. Mrs. Cum
mings was in a gown of black lace
with which she wore a pearl band in
her hair and a spray of gardenias on
her shoulder. Mrs. Roper was in a
gown of heavy white crepe, which was
beaded to the waist in crystals. The
train was of blue velvet. With this
Mrs. Roper wore pearls. Mrs. Coker
chose for the occasion a gown of blue
Mr*. Morgenthau'f Gown.
Mrs. Henry Morgenthau, Jr.. wife of
the Secretary of the Treasury, wore
a striking gown of black velvet made
with a train and the bodice heavily
embroidered with crystal beads.
The Secretary of War and Mrs.
George H. Dern arrived at the ball
after attending the farewell reception
for the retiring commandant of the
Army War College and Mrs. George S
Simonds. Mrs. Dern wore a gown of
black velvet, the decolletage trimmed
with crystal beads, and the skirt fell
into a graceful train.
Mrs. Wilson, widow of the war-time
President, accompanied by her guest
Mrs. Edwin T. Meredith, widow of the
Secretary of Agriculture in the Wilson
cabinet, were seated with members of
the cabinet and their wives. Mrs.
Wilson wore a gown of gold lame and
a sable wrap and Mrs. Meredith was
in dull blue and gold lame.
The Secretary of the Navy and Mrs.
Claude A. Swanson were at a table
with Senator and Mrs. Peter Goelet
Gerry and Senator and Mrs. Key
Pittman. Mrs. Swanson was in black
velvet trimmed with crystals. Mrs.
Pittman wore a gown of silver brocaded
satin in pastel colors, the only trim
ming being bands of white ostrich
feathers over the shoulders, and Mr*
Gerry wore a gown of midnight blue
satin, so dark as to appear as black,
the bodice having a deep bertha
like cape of tulle and the skirt having
tulle very full and falling into the
train at the back of tulle.
The counselor of the Belgian Em
bassy and Princess de Ligne had a
table, the princess wearing a striking
gown of rich red crepe.
Senator and Mrs. Warren R. Austin
and Senator and Mrs. James Hamilton
Lewis had a table together.
Comdr. and Mrs. Paul H. Bastedo
had among their guests at their table
Mr. :nri Mrs. Frederick H Brooke.
Mrs. William Corcoran Eustis was
unable to attend the ball, being in
New York, where she will remain until
the first ol next week.
Hosts at Dinner.
The chairman of the National In
dustrial Recovery Board and Mrs. S.
Clay Williams were hosts at dinner (
before the ball where they enter
tained a company of 32.
Former American Ambassador to
Spain and Mrs. Irwin Β Laughlin had
guests with them at their table and
among others who had tables were
former Senator and Mrs. Nathaniel '
B. Dial, the rounselor of the Chilean ·
Embassy. Senor Don Benjamin Cohen,
who had with him his sister, Senora
de Peni. and the second secretary of
: the embassy. Senor Don Mario Rodri
i quez had with him at that table his
fiancee, Miss Marjorie Talman.
Mrs. Cary Τ Grayson, wite of the
honorary chairman for the ball, wore
garnet color crepe fashioned after a
! becoming model; Mrs. William Con
rad. who was in charge of the table
reservations for the Shoreham. black
I velvet made without trimming.
Princess Boncompagni wore black
velvet, its only trimming a sash of
shell pink velvet, the streamers falling
i to the hem of the skirt in the back.
Miss Helen Lee Doherty, secretary
to the American Minister to Denmark.
Mrs. Ruth Bryan Owen, who is in
this country on leave, accompanied
the Minister of Denmark and Mme
Wadsted to the ball. The Minister
and Mme Wadsted were hosts at
dinner in honor of Miss Doherty be
; fore the ball. Miss Doherty wore
I turquoise blue crepe made with a
i long train.
Miss Ruth Wallace, daughter of
Mrs. Henry C. Wallace and the late
Secretary of Agriculture, and a sister
of the present Secretary of Agricul
ture, Mr. Henry A. Wallace, wore
black ôatin molded to her figure, its
I only trimming being brilliant clasps
back and front at the corners of the
square neckline and buckles at the
waistline back and front.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Richberg were
; among the early arrivals. Mrs. Rich
! berg wearing black velvet becomingly
; made and having no trimming.
I Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DeCourcy
! Faust were hosts at their table to
Admiral and Mrs. Hilery P. Jones,
I Col. and Mrs. William Lyster, Mrs.
Newlands Johnston. Mrs. William
! Sowers, Mr. Warren Martin and Mr.
j James Wilson Furness.
entertain uuests.
The public printer, Mr. Augustus
j E. Giegengack. had guests with him
: at his table. Mrs. Giegengack having
been detained at their estate near
Rockville Center, Ν. Y. The company
! included the assistant production ι
manager, Mr. George Ortleb; the as
sistant to the public printer, Miss Jo
Ccffin: the superintendent of planning,
Mr. William A. Mitchell; the budget
officer and Mrs. Russell H. Herrell.
Former Public Printer George H.
j Carter and Mrs. Carter presided at an
other table, where officials of the
Government Printing Office were
seated. In their group were the medi
cal director and Mrs. Daniel B. Bush,
the production manager and Mrs.
Edward M. Nevils, the superintendent
of binding, Mr. Joseph Duffey, and
his daughter, Miss Ireue DufTey, and
Mr. Michael Mclnerney.
The superintendent of platemaking
of the Government Printing Office and
Mrs. John A. McLean acted as hosts
at the third table, the group Including
the mechanical superintendent and
Mrs. Alfred E. Hanson, the technical
director and Mrs. Morris S. Kant
rowitz and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Belair.
Mrs. Jacob Leander Loose, whose
gown was of pinlc taffeta trimmed in
white fur, had as her guests Senator
and Mrs, James F. Byrnes, Gen. and
Mrs. Frederick W. Coleman, Mr. and
Mrs. Carroll B. Merriam, Mr. and
Mrs. C. F. R. Ogilby and Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Owsley.
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Patton had
as their guests at the ball last eve
Diplomat Is Dead
ning Mr and Mrs Robert Watson.
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Max Kauff
mann and Col. and Mrs. Earl Briscoe.
Senator GufTey is Guest.
Senator Joseph GufTey of Pennsyl
vania and his two sisters. Miss Ida
GufTey and Miss Pauletta GufTey, were
the guests of Dr. and Mrs. James
Alexander Lyon, who also had at their
table Mrs. Edward E. Robbins and
Mr. Charles Mason Remey.
Col. and Mrs. James Brady Mitchell
entertained Dr. and Mrs Thomas
Claytor and Dr. and Mrs. John Tal
bott at their table. Among the guests
of Gen. and Mrs. Hugh Matthews was
Mrs. Hamilton C. Claiborne.
Mr. Robert V. Fleming, treasurer of
the ball, and Mrs. Fleming had at
their table Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Crosby, Mr and Mrs. Sydney F. Talia
ferro and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Distler.
Mrs. Flemings gown was of black
velvet. Thin velvet straps were over
the shoulders and white point de
Venice lace was draped over the arms
and down to a V in the back. Mrs.
Taliaferro wore a gown of silver lame,
molded to the figure, the skirt of
which terminated in a long train.
Judge and Mrs. Clarence Norton
Goodwin were at a table with Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne Chatfleld-Taylor, Mr. and
Mrs. John B. Kennedy and Mrs. Good
win's brother, Mr. Stewart Macdonald.
Others at Ball.
Among others at the ball were Miss
Marion Mclntyre, daughter of the
secretary to the President, and Mrs.
Marvin H. Mclntyre, who wore a gown
of black satin made with long flaring
skirt which formed a short train and
brilliant ornaments at the neckline;
Mrs. Victor Kauffmann, Mr. and Mrs.
Joshua Evans, jr.; Mrs. Bowler Hull,
wearing a gown of black lace over
satin; Mrs. Alice Nibley Smoot, Mrs
Robert Love Taylor, Mrs. Effingham
Townsend. Mrs. Theodore P. Noyes,
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur W. Hubbard, Mr.
and Mrs. Cabot Stevens, Judge and
Mrs. Samuel M. Wassell, Mrs. Fenton
Bradford, Mrs. Carl A. Hellmann. Mr.
and Mrs. Goring Bliss, Mr. and Mrs.
Isaac Gans, Mrs. C. Perry Miller, Mrs.
Alexander Bentley. Mrs. Campbell
Prichett, Mr. and Mrs. James Haley,
the latter in a peacock blue satin
veiled in black net; and Mr. Kemper
Simpson, recently returned to Wash
ington to live after some years in
New York.
Mrs. James Roosevelt Honored.
The President's mother, Mrs. James
Roosevelt, was the guest of honor at a
huge birthday ball at the Waldorf
Astoria. New York, one of 200 formal
birthday celebrations held in New
York City alone, according to the
Associated Press. Mrs. Herbert Bayard
Swope was in charge of a ball in the
roof garden of the St. Rfegis. and Poet
master General Farley entertained at
the Central Park Casino.
Pneumonia Fatal to Noted
Writer and Former Envoy
to Italy.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. January 31—Richard
Washburn Child. 54 years old. at
torney, «Titer and former Ambassa
dor to Italy, died at his home early
today of pneumonia.
The funeral will be held Saturday
and burial will be at Newport, R. I.
Widely Known as Author.
Richard Washburn Child was an
author as well as a diplomat.
His collaboration with Premier
Benito Mussolini in 1927 on the
Italian leader's autobiography served
to bring him to the attention of
another set of literatti, those on the
He went from the post of editor
of Collier's Weekly, which he held
in 1919. to that of Ambassador to
Italy, where he served from Ma.v.
1921. to February. 1924. In 1922 he
was chief representative of the United
States at the Genoa and Lausanne
An Ambassador serving under Re
publican Presidents, he bolted the
party in 1932 to lead a League of
Roosevelt Republicans which worked
for the election of Franklin D. Roose
velt as President.
He summarized his European dip
lomatic experiences in 1925 in a book.
"A Diplomat Looks at Europe."
Native of Massachusetts.
Born in Worcester, Mass., August
5. 1881, Child attended Harvard Uni
versity, which in 1924 added to his
academic degrees the honorary degree
of doctor of laws.
He was admitted to the bar in 1906.
coming first to national notice during
the World War, when he worked as
an assistant to Frank A. Vanderlip in
war finance work in the United States
Five of his volumes were published
before then, the first, "Jim Hands," in
1910. The others were "The Man in
the Shadow." "The Blue Wall," "Poten
tial Russia" and "Bodbank "
Among his later works were "Bat
tling the Criminal" and "Writing on
the Wall" in 1928. and the "Pitcher of
Romance" In 1930.
Married Three Times.
He married his first wife, Maude
Parker, in August. 1916. To them
were born two children. Anne and
Constance. He married Eva Sanderson
in September. 1927, and Dorothy G
Everson in September, 1931. Mr».
Everson had been his secretary.
As chairman of the National Crime
Commission in 1927. he drafted a law
designed to control distribution of fire
Early in 1934 Child sued for damages
of more than $1,000,000, charging
plagiarism against James Hagan. a
playwright; Leo Peters and Leslie
Spiller, theatrical producers; Para- *
mount Productions, Inc., and the
Paramount Pictures Distributing Co..
all of whom he named as being en
gaged in the production of "One Sun
day Afternoon," which, he said, was
copied from his story. "The Avenger "
The suit was dismissed in June, 1934
and his attorney said he had received
a "substantial sum." which he was
giving to the Authors' League fund.
By the United States Soldiers' Home
Band Orchestra, this evening, in Stan
ley Hall, at 5:30 o'clock. John S M.
Zimmermann. bandmaster; Anton
Pointner, assistant leader.

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