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SEEN IN NEW DEAL Policy on Holding Companies Declared Threatening Savings of Many. BY DAVID LAWRENCE. For some peop> the depression is just beginning. They saved their money in years gone by invested It in what years ago were considered gilt-edge securities and today the Roosevelt administration stands ready to destroy some of those investments on the ground that abuses have ap peared in the financial managements which need correction. The extent of the deflationary movement going on today is some what obscured by the fact that many lines of business are really improving. The fate of the investor who hap pens to have the securities of hold ing companies, whether in the elec tric light industry or any other busi ness. has come to be somewhat of an issue upon which sentiment is rap idly crystalizing. Por if the Federal Government can destroy holding com panies in one industry it can do w in another. Here is one of a largi number of letters received by this correspondent apropos of the holding company problem: Specific Case Cited. "About 20 years ago I invested $5, 000 in the A. N. Co. 3 per cent pre ferred stock. The company was in corporated in 1890. and to years ago 1 invested $5,000 in the 6 per cent preferred of a conservative company, A. E. & W. "I read your article abcut taxing the holding companies and regula tion. Do you, sir, think that in a country like hours, with our Consti tution. these companies could be de stroyed by the Federal Power Com mission with the sanction of the President? I know since he was Gov ernor he has never been a friend of utilities. The stocks are so low that to sell now would be to give them away. Myself and wife are over 60 years old and the loss of our investments ai this time in life would be a great blow to us. What shall I do?" Letters like the above are comin·» to members of Congress as well ai the administration. Uilll.n Bel! 1 -»·' A λ The answer made by some of the officials here is that it is "just too bad"; that other people have lost money, too, and that old investments cannot be safeguarded. But some of the let ter writers say if they lose their life's savings they will have to go on the dole and they can't see how the Gov ernment is benefiting itself by adding to its relief rolls. Of course, the number of persons in | this class, the small holders of secur ities in utilities, may not be more than a million individuals, but they and I their dependents feel the acuteness j of the threat. To them the idea of j destroying holding companies is not sn academic question at all. but a con crete menace to their means of live lihood. The possibilities of deflation, how ever, are not confined to these in vestors. Many banks have made loans on utility securities as collateral, and if the Government proceeds with Its J announced program banks will have to call certain loans and perhaps sus tain losses. Change in Po?icy Hinted. Within the last few days there have j been signs of recognition by the ad ministration of the deflationary char acter of its policy on holding com panies, and this has prevented what otherwise might have been disastrous liquidation on the part of those who wanted to sell before all values were wiped out. Indeed, some recovery in market values of these securities has been evident. This arises solely out of a belief that when the administra tion gets face to face with the facts it win not go to extremes. Certainly the deflation that began during the Hoover administration did not help recovery, but added to the unemploy ment rolls. In this case the deflation is having a twofold effect. It is threatening the income of those who have saved as well as those who have manipulated or been guilty of abuses. Also, it is preventing the re-employment of per sons who would be put to work if the funds so much needed in order to replace wornout or obsolescent equip ment could be obtained through re financing operations. But with the sword of Damocles hanging over old investments, new investors are not likely to be obtained. (Copyright. 1935.) MINE MEETING CALLED PITTSBURGH, February 1 i/P).-A call was issued yesterday for a confer ence of operators and union leaders in the Appalachian soft coal region to meet at Washington February 18 and discuss renewal of contracts with the United Mine Workers of America. The wages, hours and working con ditions of approximately 330,000 miners will be decided. Present con tracts expire April 1. A 30-hour work week is expected to be the chief stumbling block to an early agreement. ess in Brief By the Associated Press. TODAY. Senate. In recess until Monday. Munitions Committee probes naval bidding. Judiciary studies 30-hour week pro posal. Finance Committee continues social security hearing. Appropriations Committee considers relief bill. House. Debates Treasury-Post Office appro priation bin. Ways and Means Committee hears Townsend plan author on security legislation. Agriculture Committee considers 193S farm credit act. YESTERDAY. Senate. Completed action on R. F. C. exten sion and passed several minor bills. New naval bidding collusion charges heard by Munitions Committee. Judiciary Committee opened hear ings on Black 30-hour week bill. Assistant Secretary Tugwell testified cotton exports before Agriculture Committee. Appropriations Committee studied relief hill. Hmsc. Adopted conference report on R. P. C. extension bill. Sent $40,000,000 seed loan bill to conference. Debated Treasury-Post Office supply bill. Ways and Means Committee probed social security. Military Committee approved addi tion to 50,000 men and 400 officers to Army. ^ What's What Behind News In Capital Long Has More Τ rouble Than He Can Handle With Bayonet. BY PAUL MALLON. r-r^IIK Kmgfish is not getting along I as well as he appears to be. I Behind thoee recent clashes In Â Louisiana is more trouble than Huey can handle with a bayonet. Up to now the people against Long In Louisiana have been those with responsibilities, the business class and women's club groups. They could not aflord to fight him with his own slightly soiled weapons. The Baton Rouge uprising imu different. It was fomented by workers. They can be as rough as Huey and more so. Apparently it is true some of them were Standard Oil workers, thrown out of jobs by Huey's tactics. Any one of them may take α notion at any time to crown the Kingflsh with a radio set. on alley apple or any thing handy. Those in the know say Huey needs his bodyguard now more than ever before. Disturbing Factors. There are several subsurface factors in the business situation which do not show up in the figures. The Supreme Court will have before it con tinuously from now until Summer a large number of cases affecting many lines of industry. The uncertainty is already having a deterrent effect. Also there is the question of holding com pany legislation. It is planned only for utilities, but there is some un certainty about it. Likewise the full effect of railroad pension payments (about S175.000.000 a year) is just now beginning to be fully felt and is dis turbing from a financial standpoint. These are minor influences now. They may be overridden if the natural acceleration of business continues, but they should not be overlooked. gossiping with increasing awe about Huey Long and Father Coughlln since the wreck of the World Court. If you put a dictaphone in the congressional cloak rooms you would hear a surpris ing number of political tradesmen avowing that they are the two biggest political leaders outside the White House This idea has been more or less poll-perrotted around the country as an open secret. The White House itself is supposed to believe it. The truth is the really wise poli ticians laugh at it. They figure it out this way: A great many people are dissatisfied with their lot. As long as they are dissatisfied, some of them will cheer any speakers who also ex press dissatisfaction. But as far as organizing national political move ments on such a basis (a serious Long for-president campaign in 1936, for instance), it does not seem to be possible. Nerer Will Get Together. Proof of that point lies in the fact that, while Long, Coughlln.. Upton Sinclair and others have some of the same following, they have never got together on anything, and never will. Huey Is secretly trying to build up a national political organization through these share-the-wealth clubs out through the country. He has fabulous figures as to the number of them. No one knows how many there are, but every one knows, in cluding Long, that it will be extremely difficult to organize them into an ef fective political party. Huey ύ reputed to be wealthy and can throw in enough money to make quite a fight, but President RooseveH will have more money than Long, after the $4,800,000,000 relief bill passes. This will make a rather effective political antidote for Long-evity. Furthermore, the New Deal has a hidden Long of its own under wraps. He is Senator Bilbo of Mississippi, who fights the Long way. Bilbo is being groomed as the man to take on Long for the administration through the South in the next campaign. Two Mem Suspended. Scandal tongues are wagging again about a Texas irrigation project. In terior Secretary Ickes started it by pushing for grand jury action here, and acting mysterious about it. If nothing more happens than has hap pened on recent similar grand jurid ical moves by the New Deal (the internal revenue case, War Depart ment frauds, etc.), it will not be very sensational. As the inside story goes, Ickes has suspended two men, one in the de partment here and one in Texas. A complaint was made by a large New York building corporation against them because the Government asked for bids only on wood tiles, which prevented the clay tile New Yorkers I from bidding. The case also may involve a $347,000 engineering fee which is suppoeed to have been ob tained by a firm with which a Gov ernment official may formerly hare been connected. The country may not care any thing about the World Court fight, hut Washington will never forget it. For one thing, Mr. Roosevelt made little eft art to hide his displeasure at the tactics used against the World Court by some of Its adversaries. When he congratulated his floor leader, Robinson, he stressed the j word "honorable" m such a way as to leave certain obvious inferences. The encomium heaped on Rob inson teat justified- He let the Court go to a vote, knowing it would be defeated, but no one can hold that against him, because if he had delayed further, hit de feat tcorild have been a rout. The general feeling inside the New Deal frankly is one of great relief that the Court issue is dead. The only dissatisfaction being privately expressed is that White House pres tige may suner. it may. slightly, but certainly no one believes the Sen ate is rebelling against the New Deal. The Court situation involved so many peculiarities that it really means nothing except that the Sem ite anti-Internationalists can still muster more than a one-third vote when the heat is turned on. The Senate is still preponderantly (3 to I) pro-New Deal. CONTINUED COU) is in hi Mercury Drops to 6 Above and Thaw Fails to Materialize. I With the official thermometer at Λβ Weather Bureau registering 6 de grees at 7 a.m. today, the cold wave here was scheduled to continue for several days, at least, according to the forecaster. Forecasts of "not quite so cold" are made, however, for tonight and tomorrow. The thaw pre viously expected by the forecaster to *gln yesterday Is nowhere In sight. Λ check of Weather Bureau statis tics today showed that only once since January 23 has the official tempera ture been above the freezing point, 32 degrees. That was on January 29 when it climbed to 36 degrees. 1 Below in Park. Sub-zero temperatures were regis tered today in Rock Creek Park, where police said it was 1 below; along the water front at the Potomac Boat Club, where an unofficial thermometer registered 5 degrees below, and at Cheverly, Md., where 4 degrees below zero was recorded. The thaw failed to materialise, the forecaster said, due to the failure ol cold air over the Eastern section to move toward the ocean In accord ance with earlier indications. Had the cold air moved to sea it would have been replaced, it is pointed out. by more temperate currents from the ocean. The official temperature at the Weather Bureau had risen to 13 degrees at 10 a.m. and to 16 degrees a half hour later, but was not ex pected to go above 20 during the day. Ice Blocks Boats. The smaller boats in the Potomac River continue to be tied up by the ice. Steamships operating between here and Norfolk and tugs are forced to break through thin ice in the channel in making their runs. The fire boat and a police boat from the harbor precinct make runs each day to break-up tee. Thousands of adults and children continue to enjoy coasting and skat ing. Only one injury attributed to the slippery streets was reported by police in the past 24 hours. Miss Bettie Louise McCormack, 17. of 4518 Forty-ninth street, a student at the Immaculate Seminary, was treated by a private physician for bruises about the legs and hip. received yes terday when she slipped and fell while en route home from school. THOMAS SEES RULING FAVORING GOLD CLAUSE Senator Tells B'nai B'rith Adverse Action May Make Amend ment Necessary. Confidence that the Supreme Court will uphold Congress in its gold de cision was expressed last night by Senator Thomas. Democrat, of Okla homa. In speaking at an installation meeting of the Argo Lodge. Order of B'nai B'rith. at the Willard Hotel. Senator Thomas said "it will be up to Congres again" if the court holds the gold act unconstitutional. He said a constitutional amendment may be I necessary if this happen*. ; Officers of Argo Lodge installed at the meeting were Alfred Bennett. ; president; Alfred Goldstein, vice pres ! ident; Leon Katz, warden; Moe Offen berg. financial secretary; Morris Gar i flnckle, treasurer: Stephen Sills, I guardian, and Dr. Charles Masseches, . Max Bernstein. Leopold Freud berg. I Joseph Kaufman and Isaac Lapidus. i trustees. Treasnry Invites Bid». ι The Treasury has invited bids on $75.000,000 of 182-day bills, dated February 6 and to mature August 7. The proceeds will be used to retire a similar Indebtedness. Your Income Tax Normal Tax and Surtax Rate·. The revenue act of 1934 provides for only one normal tax rate, that is. 4 per cent on the amount of the net hscome in excess of the allowable credits such as the personal exemp tion, credit for dependents, etc. The act piovides for an additional credit for the purpose of the normal tax of an earned income credit, that is. 10 per cent of the amount of the earned net income but not in excess of 10 per cent of the amount of the net income. Exemptfea Allowed. The personal exemption and credit for dependents are also allowable as credits against the net income for the purpose of the surtax, the resulting net income being designated "surtax net income." The surtax is imposed on .surtax net incomes in excess of (4.000. The rates increase in ac cordance with the amount of surtax net income included in varying so called surtax brackets. On a surtax net income of (4,000 or less there is no surtax. On a sur tax net income in excess of $4,000 and not in excess of $6,000. the rate is 4 per cent of such excess. The sur tax up on a surtax net Income of $6,000 Is $80 and upon a surtax net income in excess of $*.000 and not in excess of $8,000 the rate is 5 per cent of such excess In addition to the $80, or a surtax of $180 upon a surtax net income of $8,000. The surtax on a surtax net income of $1,000,000 is'$533,000. and upon a surtax net Income in excess of $1,000 - 000. 59 per cent, the maximum rate. Is applicable to such excess in addi tion to the $533,000. Many taxpayers make the error of applying the maximum rate instead of the rate provided for in the bracket in which their surtax net income is included. Example Is Ghree. Following is an example of how to compute the tax on a net income of $8,500, all of which represents earned net income, the taxpayer be ing single and without dependents: Net income $*.600 Less personal exemption 1.000 Balance (surtax net Income)..· 97.600 Earned income credit #50 Net income subject to normal tax $β.650 Surtax at 4 per cent on aawant at surtax net Income in excesa of $4,000 but not βτ*τ ίβ.ΟΟβ. 4 per cent on $2.000 $80 Surtax at & Der cent on amount of surtax net income in excess of Srt.000 tat not orer $8.000. 6 per cent on $1.500 75 TMal surtax .· *155 Normal tax. 4 »« cent on $0.Q6C. 2ββ TMal normal tax and surtax. . $431 Taxpayers aie advised to read care fully the instructions on form 1040 relating to the earned-tacome credit and surtax, as well aa all other in structions thereto, before preparing their return·. ^ < Marooned Men Rescued in Ice-Locked Chesapeake j Tr * * Ψ Τ . m At left: A string of rescued boats being towed to a safe harbor at Crisfleld, Md„ by the Coast Guard cutter Apache, operating out of Baltl WO more. The cutter has been cruising up and down the Ice-cluttered lower V Chesapeake Bay for several days, rescuing vessels and men marooned In ψ the Ice. —A. P. Photo. r 1 Center: Nine marooned Tangier Island oystermen walking across " the ice to the cutter, which took them to their homes. —A. P. Photo. At right: Cornelius Wallace, who was rescued today by the Apache Irom Holland Island, near the mouth of the Potomac. m · tm MIN ISSUE ' un EUR STATE Nice's Committee Proposes Bonds to Carry Mary land to September. By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, February 1— A $8 - 000,000 bond issue to furnish money for the State from now until Septem ber 30 was proposed today by a com mittee named by Gov. Nice to advise him on Maryland's financial difficul ties. The committee, headed by W. J. Casey, further suggested revenue measures be drafted to raise $4.090. 000 yearly for the two fiscal years beginning September 30. Sources Not Considered. The funds thus raised would go for old-age pensions and unemployment relief, extraordinary demands upon the Treasury. What specific revenue sources to be tapped to provide the i money was left for future study. The 88,000,000 bond issue would supply funds needed between now , and September 30 for unemployment relief and the State deficit. Rigid j economy in State expenditures for : this period and in drawing the budget I for the next two years was urged. Nice Is Pleased. The committee's plan contemplate; , I payment from the revenues of the | State Roads Commission sums suffi cient to provide annual debt service on bonds for road purposes. The amounts would be $2,358,000 for the ' fiscal vear 1935-6 and $3,197,000 for , 1936-7. Gov. Nice at Annapolis termed the report a "well-thought-out plan." and said he expected to present it to the Legislature next Monday or Tuesday. I Other members of the Casey Com-1 mittee are A. J. Hazlett. James Ε. | Holper. Albert D. Hutzler. Oscar Leser, ι Alan Sauerwein and Charles C. W&l- i lace. 1 Cutter Rescues Two Marooned On Island After Trek Over Ice Game Agent and Fisherman Taken Alxmrd as Blimp Soars to Lend Aid. Vessels Fight Floes Week. Br th· Associated Press. BALTIMORE. February 1.—Two men, ice-bound for 10 days, were res cued from uninhabited Holland Island, near the mouth of the Potomac River, today by the Coast Guard cutter Apache, steaming through ice-cluttered Chesapeake Bay on rescue missions. One of the men was Cornelius Wal lace. a game agent connected with the United States Biological Survey and the other. J. E. Sneade. a fisherman. Coast Guard flyers dropped food to the men yesterday and while the cut ter approached the island, a dirigible took off from Washington to attempt a rescue if the cutter had been unable to reach the men. A radio message from a correspond ent of the Baltimore Sun aboard the Apache reported the rescue, saying: "Survey man. also one other, taken aboard from uninhabited Holland. Marooned. Forced walk hall mile on ice to board launch." Ire Warst is Years. Coast Guard authorities meanwhile reported the Ice between Maine and the Chesapeake Bay was the "worst in years." The Apache has been fighting bay ice for a week, freeing distressed boats from its grip and landing stranded watermen. Representative Goldsborough (Dem ocrat) of Maryland was instrumental in sending the Apache on its latest mission. He asked Coast Guard head quarters at Washington for two patrol boats and received assurance from re lief authorities that food would be provided families of Tylerton and Smiths Islands, Somerset County, Md. Cornelius Wallace of the Biological Surrey and his companion. J. E. Sneade. rescued from Holland Island by the Coast Guard Cutter Apache to day. are to be landed at Hooper and Smith Islands in the bay, the Coast Guard headquarters reported here to day. Wallace and Sneade «ere rescued from their tee-bound Island by the Apache after first attempt of the ship to approach the island had failed from the eut Plunging through the heavy ice floe, the Apache finally abandoned its at tempt to get to the men from the east and swung around to the west, finally breaking through to the island. Lieut. Comdr. C. C. Von Paulsen yesterday dropped food from his plane to the two marooned men. Today a blimp from Washington Airport put out to rescue them, but turned back when informed that the Apache had reached them. P. I « UPHELD BY ICE LEÏÏS Injunction Suit Dismissed on Ground Congress Has Funds Power. Declaring Congre*· has unlimited power in prescribing regulations for spending money on P. W. A. projects. District Supreme Court Justice P. Dickinson Letts today dismissed a suit brought by A. Ames & Co, a New Jersey manufacturing concern, which claimed it had been discriminated against in public works projects. The suit was brought against Sec retary of Agriculture Wallace. Secre tary of the Interior Ickes and Thomas H. Mac Don aid, chief of the Bureau of Public Roads. The company asked an injunction to prevent enforcement of an executive order which p. jvided all bidders for work or supplies for a Federal agency must certify with the submission of their bids that they are complying with the code of fair com petition or the President's re-employ ment agreement for their particular industry. The company contended enforce ment of this order would amount to a boycott, preventing it from bidding on highway work In New Jersey It. admitted it had never signed or agreed to the code or the re-employ ment agreement. In dismissing the suit, Justice Letts said: "Congress has unlimited power to prescribe such rales and regulations as it sees fit regarding their public works of the Doited States, and for work for which its funds are to be ex pended." The executive order com plained of was issued pursuant to an act of Congress. U. S. JURY INDICTS MARIE M'KEEVER Baltimore Seeks to Try Associate of Mais oa Armory Raid Charge. Bjr the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, February 1.—Armed with a Federal Indictment, United S te tes District Attorney Bernard J. Flynn went to Philadelphia today to attend a hearing to set the Jurisdic tion tor trial of Marie McKeever. alleged member of the Tri-State" gang. Flynn had the true bill the Federal grand jury returned against Marie McKeerer yesterday, charging her with possession of arms allegedly stolen from the Government Armory at Hyattsville last June. Whether or not the woman will be returned here for trial was <b be determined at the bearing in Phila delphia. She was arrested In New York re cently, together with Robert Male and Walter Legense, gangsters awaiting execution tomorrow in Richmond, Va., for murder. BRUSHES COME BACK Barbers' Cede Allows Them in Shop· Again. . Charleston, W. Va. (Λ.—Pa trons of the State's barber shops can bave their hair bruahed In the good old way once more. A raMng in the code for barkers which for month· banned brushes due to possible an rtwunllnesa baa been saudinad to allow the "open back" type to hs put Into Mais 13 Steps From Chair Where He and Pal Will Die Τ : Mrs. Elisabeth Mais, mother of Robert Mais, convicted murderer and head of the Tri-State gang οί gunmen-robbers, Is shown above entering the Capitol to Richmond, Va, where ahe pleaded with Got. Peery for executive clemency for her son. With her is Haley Shelton, Mate* attorney. Mais and Walter Legenza are sentenced to die in the electric chair tomorrow. —A. P. Photo. By the Associated Press. ■ RICHMOND, V*., February 1.— There'll be 13 step· to the electric chair for Robert Male when he trudges that "laat mite" to his doom tomorrow. Walter Legenza. Mate* companion to crime, who must pay with him for the murder of Κ. M. Huband, federal Reserve Bank truck driver, who wanted to "walk to the chair like a bid." will be carried. The cad bac been removed from a kg he broke trying to evade the law'a ralentie·) search. The electrode moat be fitted. The cast would prevent that. Both atept late today, but they'll rise with the 7 14 sun tomorrow. Fif teen minutes later one of them—prison 1 official» sat said who will go first —will say good-by to his companion, who soon will follow. Ifn. Mkit said good-by to the two gangsters yesterday, kissed her sod on the cheek and then returned to Phila delphia. There was nothing more she could do here. Soon after site left Sergt. Ralph Brown and Deputy Sheriff William K. Clifton of Prince Georges County, Md. tried to con nect the doomed men with a murder there February 4, 1934, but both said they know nothing about it. Arthur Misunas, who too, helped kill K. 1L Huband, bat itcdwd a 35-year sentence in considéra Ooo of the aid he gave the Commonwealth in convicting his former allies, was Ttolted by the officers. He knew noth ing a the slaying, he said. MAI. GEN. H ON RETIRED LIST Man Who Took Over Guam j as Young Officer Quits ι Marines Post. I The man who took over Guam for the United States—Maj. Gen. John I Twiggs Myers—today was on the re tired list, after 47 years' active service in various paru of the world. Re lieving him as commander of the De partment of the Pacific, with head quarters at Sas Francisco, is Maj. Gen. James C. Breckinridge, formerly commanding the Marine Corps Schools at Quantico Va., who today becomes a two-star general. This shift in senior Marine Corps officers brings Col. Thomas Holeomb to the rank of brigadier general, in command of the schools. Friends here said that Gen Myers, who was assistant to the major gen eral commandant at the Navy De partment before goirg to the West Coast, plans to live in Washington. Young When Isle Taken. Officials here today recalled Gen. Myers was a young Marine Corps officer. : serving aboard the U. S. S. Charles- | ton. when he took over Guam in the name ot the United States. During the Boxer Rebellion in China, during | the siege of Peking. Gen. Myeis was breveted for eminent and conspicuous ! conduct in battle. He served in the j Spanish-American War. in the Philip I pine Insurrection, in the Punitive Ex I pedition into Mexico and in the World War and commanded poets at Parris Island. S. C.; San Diego, Calif., and Quantico He became a major gen eral in October, 1931. He has been a resident of the District at various periods since 1890. Known to the service as "Hand some Soldier Jack " Gen. Myers was one of the most popular officers m the corp· and it is known that he had an opportunity to become nnjor general commandant, but declined to seek the preference. I Breckinridge Known Here. Gen. Breckinridge, who succeeds him, is also well known in Washing toe. He has served here, in New York, Philadelphia. Annapolis. Md. ; Port Royal, S. C.; Newport, R. I., at Marine ' Corpe headquarters here and the Ma rine Barracks, as well as in Cuba, | Panama, China. San Domingo, Mexico : and Nicaragua. He was assistant naval attache in Petrograd. Russia: Copenhagen, Denmark ; Stockholm. Sweden, and Christiana. Norway, and during the World War was on duty in various parts of Europe. Oen. Holcomb. the new commandant of Marine Corps Schools, is a native at Delaware. His address is 2314 Tracy place. He has served in the Philippine Islands, China. France and Cuba. During the World War he re ceived the Legion oi Honor from France, the Croix de Guerre, and was cited four times by the French gov ernment, and holds the Navy Cross. VISITORS IN WRONG CITY Seek Hauptmann Court Room in St Paul Court House. ST. PAUL, February 1 tΨ).—Two men, obviously strangers, entered an elevator at the court house and asked to be taken to the "Hauptmann court room." The elevator operator, G us Fischer, at first believed they were kidding. "Why that's not in this building." he replied. "It's In the post office so far as I know." "We dont know where that is," the pair said, and Fischer, convinced they were serious, explained the Hauptmann trial was being held at Plemington, N. J. MAJ. GEN. JOHN TW1GG8 MYERS. » «ION MESSAGE S HELD LIFE-SAVER Aeronautical Chamber Head I Terms President's Note " "Splendid Service." » ly the Associated Press. NEW YORK, February 1.—'Thorn*» IV. Morgan, president of the Aeronau tical Chamber of Commerce of Amer ce, today viewed President Roose relt'a message to Congress accom janytng the report of the Federal \ via t ton Commission, as a possible 1'esaver to commercial aviation. Morgan's statement, issued as the :hamber adjourned an executive session, called the President's mes- | sage a "splendid service." ^ "The aeronautical Industry of the United States," Morgan declared, appreciates the encouragement of 'ered by the President's message, par ticularly that part which emphasizes he serious financial conditions exist jag in the air transport industry. "The airlines have been operating jnder such heavy losses that their sxistence is menaced. "By pointing out the immediate ieed for congressional action render- . ng aid to the airlines so that they nay survive, the President has per formed a splendid service." LAL'DED BY CHAMBERLIN. Ocean flyer Haib Aviation Program of Roosevelt. MIAMI, Fla., February 1 President Roosevelt's program for aviation was commended today by Clarence Chamberlin. trans-Atlantic Oyer. Chamberlin was particularly en thusiastic over the report of the Federal Aviation Commission to Con gress urging that the Nation's military air forces be expanded and Improved. The program. Chamberlin said in an Interview, includes most ot the points iavored by aviation experts He said it "should not only iRs>3* the aviation Industry, but also the aciual safety of the country." nllLtlf UVtnnULto BAN ON POLA NEGRI Soebbels Had Prohibited Her Prom Working in Beich on ( Semitic Ancestry Suspicion. By the Associated Pita. BERLIN. February 1.—Reichsfueh rer Hitler personally came to the aid »f Pola Negri. Polish motion picture star today, overruling the propaganda ministry's order prohibiting the act ress from working in Germany on the pounds that she vas suspected of naving Jewish blood Hitler ruled that Miss Negri could •nter Germany and act in a new Ger man film in which she is to be starred, rhe actress had applied personally, several days ago, to Joseph Goebbles, minister of propaganda, for permis sion to make the picture, but her ap plication had been refused. The official communique issued to lay on the matter said: "An investi jation instituted by the Reichsfuehrer retablished that she is Polish and therefore Aryan." M EISNER TO FIGHT LABATT EVIDENCE Kidnap Defendant's Attorney Says Brewer. Who Identified Prisoner. Was Taped. By the Associated Press. LONDON. Ontario. February 1.— Counsel for David Meisner, on trial for the kidnaping of John S. Labatt, wealthy brewer, today announced the identification of the former Cincin nati and Detroit bookmaker as an abductor would be fought. C. W Bell, defense chief, told Justice G. F McFarland he would show the middle-aged kidnap victim who was dragged from his automo bile last August never saw' the faces of his abductors, and had his eyes sealed with adhesive tape throughout his captivity. Labatt had testified in direct ex amination that Meisner was the man who applied the tape and that be saw him for "about four minutes" ■ before the tape was placed over his| eyes. Bell, during the cross-examination, questioned the brewery president, who ( yesterday identified Meisner as one | of the three. CAPT. JOHN BEVERIDGE DIES AT WALTER REEDi Army Aivator 111 Since May—Pri-J vate Funeral Will B« Held Monday. Capt. John Beveridge, jr.. Air Corps.J U. S. Α., died this morning in Walter! Reed Hospital, where he had been ill' since last May. Born in Jersey City. N. J.. April 16, 1889. Capt. Beveridge Joined the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps in 1917 and was put on active duty a few days later. He was made first lieutenant in the Air Service of the Regular^ Army in 1920. He was a graduate the Air Service Pilots' School the Air Service Bombardment Sclj Appointed captain in 1930, his station was at Maxwell Field, Moil gomery, A'a. He is survived by his widow. Mri Winifred A. Beveridge. and two chil-' dren, John and Joan, who are tempo· rarily residing at the Weatchester Apartments. Funeral services will be held privately at 2:30 p.m. Monday, followed by burial in Arlington Na tional Cemetery. FORMAL HEARING SET ON SHOOTING OF B01 3y a Staff Correspondent of The Star. BELTS VILLE. Md, February 1. ludge George S. Phillips will hold formal hearing February 7 into Uië fatal wounding of Howard Jenkiasi 14, who was shot Wednesday after ■[ won while eating lunch with two ;om pa nicrns and a younger brother it his home in the southwest corner] >f the Experiment Farm, where h is J lather Is an employe. William Liaear, 17. and his brother. 1 James, 18. companions of the Jen tins youth at the lunch table, are being held in the Hyatlarille pending completion of an inve Jon.