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No. 33,209. ._WASHINGTON, D. CM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1935—THIRTY-SIX PAGES. »*»_<*> Mon, Aa.oci.t.d pr,„. TWO CENTS.
LOOMS IN EDEN’S
British and Poles Agree to
► Maintain “Close Contact”
on Situation.
FRENCH ARE HOPEFUL
OF NEW PEACE BASIS

Participation of Poland and Reich
Believed Eased by New
Plan.
(Copyright. llKtn. by the Associated Press.)
WARSAW. April 3— Great Britain
®nd Poland today agreed to "the de
sirability of maintaining close con
tact" on the European situation, with
authoritative quarters indicating a
pan-European security system as a
likely result.
The agreement was reached with
Polish statesmen by Capt. Anthony
Eden. British lord privy seal, as he
concluded two days of conversations;
concerned with the general peace of I
Europe and prepared to depart for
Praha and more conferences.
Communique Issued.
The following communique was
Issued:
; • During his stay in Warsaw, Capt.
Anthony Eden. British lord privy
seal, was received by the President of
the Polish republic and by Marshal
Pilsudski. Capt. Eden had. in addi
tion. several conversations with M
Joseph Beck, minister of foreign
elf airs.
"He gave M. Beck an account of
the recent exchanges of views which
the British ministers have had in
Berlin and Moscow upon the basis
of the London communique of
March 2.
"During the conversations, which
were cordial in tone. Beck gave Eden
the views of the Polish government
upon matters set forth in this com
munique and upon present interna
tional situations in generrl.
Purpose Is Fulfilled.
“It was agreed that these exchanges
t of views, which were exploratory in
character, had well fulfilled their
purpose. The desirability of main
taining close contact in regard to (
future developments in the European
situation was emphasized.'’
From sources considered reliable it
was learned that Capt. Eden was
i told by his hosts that they would
r* Welcome arrangements ’ doftmfejy ad
vancing European peace. Some ob
servers believed this meant discard
ing the Eastern pact, at least in
name, but improving its mutual as
sistance aspects to fit the individual
national needs.
In London a government spokes-1
man said a pieliminary examination i
of British diplomatic conversations in
Berlin, Moscow and Warsaw con
vinced the government a security plan
with enforcable provisions against ag
gressors must be constructed during
the conference at Stresa.
Capt. Eden talked for 10 hours yes- |
terday to Polish leaders and, prior
to his departure today, visited the
foreign office, where he talked to I
Beck, and the British embassy. Both j
Poles and British expressed pleasure
at the talks.
The likelihood of a pan-European
security arrangement was generally
regarded as the most Important pos
sible result of the Warsaw confer
ences.
More Acceptable to Reich.
Such a broad peace system would
he more acceptable to Germany and
Poland, these quarters pointed out. j
end would be more flexible than the
proposed Eastern security pact.
The British diplomat started early
today to make his final calls
on Polish statesmen before leaving
tonight for Praha, the last capital
on his long itinerary.
Informed quarters saw in recent
developments indications of Poland's i
withdrawal from the sphere of Ger- ;
man influence and a revival of close j
relations with France. This tendency
was emphasized by an announcement
by the foreign office that Pierre La
val. French foreign minister, would
he invited to visit Warsaw when he
Journeys to Moscow late this month.
AUSTRIA UNEASY.

Fears German Action Will Spur 1
Hungary.
{Copyright. 1935. by the Associated Press.) j
VIENNA, April 3.—Acute uneasi
ness over the integrity of Austria’s
eastern frontiers, resulting from Ger
many’s sudden repudiation of the mil
itary restrictions of the treaty of Ver- j
sailles. was manifest here today
The anxiety prevailing in some j
quarters is that Germany, by “wreck- j
ing” the structure of Versailles, has |
strengthened immensely Hungary's
hopes of territorial revision. Such
hopes are mast likely to be realized
et the expense of Austria, because
(Continued on Page 3. Column 1.)
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PRESIDENT’S KIN BETTER
Warren Delano Robbins Consid
ered Past Pneumonia Crisis.
NEW YORK. April 3 t/P).-Warren
Delano Robbins, cousin of President
Roosevelt and United States Minister
to Canada, who was taken to Doc
tors’ Hospital Sunday with pneu
monia. was reported by Mrs. Robbins
last night as being "a little more
relieved.”
Guide for Readers
Page.
Amusements.B-20
Comics .B-15
Features .B-13-14
Finance .A-13-14-15
Lost and Found .A-9
Radio .B-10
Serial Story.B-8
Short Story.B-9
' Society .B-2-3
Sports .A-10-ll-li^
France Will Issue
Gold Coins to Give
Nation Confidence
Hoarding Expected, but
iVo Serious Result Is
Anticipated.
By the Associated Press.
PARIS, April 3.—The jingle of gold
coins soon will be heard in France
for the first time since the World
War to give Frenchmen confidence
that the yellow metal is still the
soundest medium of exchange.
The mint already has struck off
specimen pieces of 100 francs each,
which will be the only denomination.
The coin bears on one side the head
of Marianne, symbolizing France,
wearing a winged helmet. The re
verse side depicts branches of olive
and oak and a sheaf of wheat. The
coin weighs 6 grams.
Credits for issuing 1.000.000.000
francs worth of the gold pieces are
included in the 1935 budget.
While the Government expects
there may be considerable hoarding
of the new currency, it believes such
hoarding in small amounts is less
serious than the hoarding of bullion.
The new coin will be somewhat
smaller than a United States 25-cent
piece.
OLD COUPLE»
Fredericksburg Pair Mur
dered at Home by Night
Robbers.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va„ April 3.—
The murdered bodies of an elderly
and well-to-do farm couple. Mr. and
Mrs. John Thomas Coleman, were
found this morning at the bottom
of a well behind their ransacked home
near Massapomax, In Spotsylvania
County, about 12 miles south of here.
Both the 65-year-old woman and
her husband. 75, had been brutally
beaten about the head and fired upon
at close range with a shotgun, be
lieved to have been Coleman's.
The husband had been shot in the
fare and right shoulder and the wife
in the right leg. Death in each case. f
however, was believed to have been
due to skull fracture.
Virginia State Police, county of
ficials and neighbors of the pair today
were watching highways and combing
the neighborhood for the murderers. I
believed to have killed their victims 1
after robbing them.
I>eave in Stolen Car.
The robbers drove off in an auto
mobile belonging to the couple. A
car answering the same description
and containing two colored men was
seen last night going toward Rich- j
mond at Thornsburg, about 5 miles j
south of the Coleman farm.
The body of Mrs. Coleman was dis- |
covered about 7 a m. when the colored
hired man. Tom Blackton. reported
for duty. Blackton found that the
hpuse had been broken Into and ran- 1
sacked.
While the house obviously had been
searched and furnishings displaced,
there were no signs of a struggle and J
the couple's bed room was in com
paratively good order. When recov- :
ered. Me. Coleman's body was fully ,
clothed, while that of his wife was
clad only in underclothing.
Blackton called for Mr. and Mrs.
Coleman, but received no answer. He
searched in the yard and discovered
Mrs. Coleman's body in the 40-foot j
well.
Blackton had last seen the couple
alive when he went home after com
pleting his chores last night. The
hiied man summoned Coleman's son
in-law. Oscar B. Scott, who lives about
two miles away, and county authori-,
ties were notified.
Body Found I'nder Water.
Coleman's body was not discovered
until after the woman's corpse had
been removed from the well. The man
had been thrown into the well first 1
and his body lay under water at the ;
bottom.
Neighborhood gossip reputed con
siderable wealth to the elderly couple,
who lived in a comparatively isolated j
farming section, at least half a mile !
from their nearest neighbor. Cole- j
man was known to be thrifty and sue- ]
cessful in working his large farm. j
He was a native of the community j
and Mrs. Coleman was his second
wife, having married him about 10
years ago. Coleman's daughter was
by his first wife.
Coleman's shotgun had been stolen
by his murderer, and officers ex
pressed the opinion this gun had been
turned upon the couple. No one could !
be found who heard the shot. The
attack presumably occurred some time
before last midnight.
Friends said Coleman came to
Fredericksburg yesterday on business
and drew a small amount of cash from
the bank. The farmer was known to
have given employment recently to
several colored laborers in grubbing,
repairing fences and other chores. The
colored men had been laid off from
a nearby road job.
Commonwealth Attorney E- R- Car- j
ner has taken charge of the investi- |
gation. assisted by Sheriff M. L.
Baynes. I
OF MURDER PLOT
“Gunman” Sought in Alleged
Conspiracy to Kill Hus
band and Rob Bank.
PRELIMINARY HEARING
WILL BE HELD MONDAY
Mrs. Lyddane at Liberty, While
Her Husband Declares His
Faith in Her Innocence.
Claiming she is the victim of a
■frame-up,” Mrs. Anne Lyddane.
36-year-old secretarial employe of g
Rockville bank, was at liberty today
under a charge of conspiring to mur
der her husband, Francis S. Lyddane,
while Maryland and District police
sought a ' PhiladelDhia Runman" al
leged to have been employed in a
weird double-murder and bank robbery
plot.
Opposed to the “frame-up” conten
tion of Mrs. Lyddane are signed state
ments obtained by Washington de
tectives from John Martin Boland. 42.
well known to police here, and John
Googy'' Carnell. Rockville bartender,
naming Mrs. Lyddane as promoter of
an alleged plot to slay her husband
and a Darnestown, Md„ woman and
loot the Farmer's Banking & Trust
Co., where Mrs. Lyddane is employed.
Boland in Rockville Jail.
Boland, with a long police record
here, is in the Rockville jail under the
joint murder conspiracy charge, and
Carnell also was being held as a State
witness. The latter has served terms
at Lorton Reformatory for house
breaking and grand larceny.
Although warrants made out late
yesterday by Montgomery County au
thorities named only Lyddane as an
Intended victim of the alleged scheme,
Washington police declared the con
fessions of Boland and Carnell named
Mrs. Arthur Beall of Damestowm as
a second target of a lurid murder
plot engineered by Mrs. Lyddane.
Mr. and Mrs. Beall were interro
gated by investigators, but could throw
no light on the case.
$750 Payment Claimed.
According to the police description
jf the alleged confessions. Mrs. Lyd
fane had made one payment of $750
for the murder of Lyddane and had
uromised to pay $3,000 for each of the
wo slayings. As a further considera
ton. it was alleged, she agreed to give
Boland the keys to the bank so a rob
bery could be arranged.
me cry oi irame-up was ecnoea
by one of the so-called intended mur
der victims, Francis Lyddane. Wel
coming his wife yesterday afternoon
upon her release in custody of her
attorneys. Lyddane, through the law
yers. joined with her in declaring she
is the innocent victim of tricksters.
Beyond that neither would discuss
the sensational case, which has cre
ated a stir in the Maryland town and
vicinity. The attorneys, Kenneth
Lyddane. a cousin of the husband,
and Robert Peter, jr., former State's
attorney, said that in response to
Mrs. Lyddane's ‘‘demand.” she will be
;iven a preliminary hearing next Mon
day before Police Court Judge Donald
Delashmutt, at Rockville. Sted
man Prescott, former State's attor- j
ney and now State Senator, conferred ,
with Peter today with a view possibly ,
lo enter the case in Mrs. Lyddane's
behalf.
Rumors Probed for 10 Days.
Washington and Montgomery Coun
ty police had been investigating ru
mors of the alleged plot for more than
10 days and had been shadowing Mrs.
Lyddane. Boland and Carnell. Meas
ures were taken secretly to protect
Lyddane and Mrs. Beall against pos
sible violence.
It was decided to arrest the three I
Monday evening, when word was re- |
ceived that Mrs. Lyddane allegedly :
had been advised that the “Phila-1
ielphia gunman”—in reality a local
;x-convict known to police—had ar- ,
rived in the city and was "ready to :
do the job."
Police here assert that Carnell and
Boland claimed they had no intention
Df taking part in the killings. The
irrested men are alleged to have told
investigators the third man was to
have slain Lyddane on March 26, but
the plans went wrong.
When arrested. It was declared by
Detective Sergt. Robt J. Barrett. Bo
land had in his pocket a description
of Lyddane and the tag numbers of
his automobile.
Insured for $13,000.
Barrett said Lyddane carried a
513,000 insurance policy on his life.
Lyddane is a clerk in the State liquor
dispensary at Silver Spring.
Carnell. according to Washington
detectives, set police on his trail after
(Continued on Page 3. Column 6.)
Malaria Kills 54.000.
COLOMBO. Ceylon, April 3 (JP).—
Official figures issued today showed
that deaths from the malaria epidemic
which swept the island totaled 16,000
in February. In all, 54,000 persons
have succumbed to the disease since
November.
Increased Restaurant Prices
Throughout Country Predicted
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. April 3.—A gradual
increase in restaurant prices through
out the country to meet rising food
costs was predicted today on the basis
of the general 10 per cent rise in menu
prices in New York City this week.
During the past six months, organ
iaztions of restaurant managers have
been laying the groundwork for price
increases, and both in New York and
Chicago there have been upward ad
justments of charges, it was declared
by Paul Hinkel, president of the So
ciety of Restaurateurs, an organiza
tion of the larger restaurants in the
New York metropolitan area.
In Chicago the rise was gradual
and has been under way for s^me
time, Henkel said, but in New York,
where 4,500.000 meals are served
daily, the prices were raised over
night by an average of 10 per cent
in mast of the city’s restaurants.
Two other large cities which re
ported price hikes to Hinkel this week
are Boston and San Francisco.
Organizations in large and small
cities throughout the country have
inquired of methods used in increas
ing prices, and two policies have been
recommended generally.
The first has been a gradual in
crease without announcement over
several months, and the other is an
abrupt increase, prefaced with an an
nouncement of the intended rise about
two weeks previous to the effec
tive data,
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everywhere
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\fRON\THER.E'
Approval of District Job In
surance Measure Is
Deferred.
Approval of the EUenbogen unem
ployment compensation bill for the
District was deferred by the District
Committee today at the insistence of
Representative Palmisano. Democrat,
of Maryland.
It was agreed that a motion by
Representative EUenbogen. Democrat,
of Pennsylvania, to the effect that
a revised bill be substituted for the
original measure and that the full
committee recommend passage of the
new bill to the House should he over
until the committee meets again next
Wednesday. EUenbogen is author of
the proposed legislation and chairman
of a subcommittee which conducted
hearings on it. .
Palmisano. who was acting as
chairman of the meeting, first sug
gested the delay on the grounds not
enough members were present to con
sider such important legislation. Also,
he said, delay had been requested by
Representative Kennedy, Democrat, of
Maryland, another member of the
committee who was unable to be pres
ent at today's meeting. This course
was not agreed upon, however, until
debate between EUenbogen and Palm
isano had become somewhat heated,
the former insisting that immediate
action was advisable.
Holds Plan Economical.
■•The committee may bring honor
and distinction to itself and Congress
may do likewise by approving this
legislation." EUenbogen said in mak
ing his motion. “The bill is drawn in
accordance with administration plans
for a national security program, and
we had the aid of members of the
President’s Special Committee In the
drafting. Not a line is contained here
that has not been considered bv these
experts.
"We believe the bill adapted to the
peculiar conditions of the District and
we believe it will afford the District
a means of saving money in the end.
They are now paying about $2,000,000
yearly for unemployment relief and
we have drawn this measure so that
as many as reasonably possible may
become eligible to its provisions."
Asked if any direct opposition to the j
legislation had been encountered,
Ellenbogen said, "we have met prac
tically all opposition uncovered at the
hearings with a single exception. Em
ployers favor the bill, but would like
to have employes contribute. The |
subcommittee feels, however, that the
employes will contribute most heavily
under the bill as now drawn without
any direct tax being placed upon
them. Furthermore, we feel that un
employment relief is a part of cost
of production, idle workers being just
as legitimate an overhead expense as
idle machinery.”
Railroads Criticized.
Upon Palmisano's insistence that
action be deferred, Ellenbogen charged
that the real objectors are the rail
roads.
“We may as well bring it out in
the open,' he said. "The railroads
want to be exempt from this legis
lation. They just didn't have the
guts to appear before the committee
and say so. I received one short
communication from the Baltimore
& Ohio, but when I asked them to
appear before the committee for
questioning they refused.”
Palmisano denied, however, that he
was acting in the interest of the rail
roads, but rather for his colleagues
from Maryland.
"Furthermore, I think we ought to
hold up all local legislation of this
kind until the national program Is
enacted.” he declared. ‘Before that Is
through Congress it will be butchered
so that enactment of a local law will
make a laughing stock.”
“We ought to have a District law
whether or not there is any national
legislation.” Ellenbogen maintained,
"and unless District matters are
brought on the floor early in a session,
they fail to receive sufficient con
sideration. But If it Is the sentiment
of the committee that action be post
poned temporarily. I will ask that my
motion be held over until next Wed
nesday.”
This request was granted.
Dean Boys’ Uncle Wini.
OKEMAH. Okla.. April 3
Another member of the Dean family
has turned up a winner. Harry Dean,
uncle of the famous base ball brothers,
“Diray” and ''Daffy.” was elected
councilman from the third ward In 1
the city election. ^ i
Baltimore Charity
May Benefit hy
Morro Castle Fee
Owners of Horned Ship
W ould (',ivr Admission
Proceeds to ISeetly.
By th* Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, April 3 —The Morro
Castle may make retribution for the
134 lives its burning claimed.
Shortly after the charred hulk ar
rived here yesterday for scrapping,
a move was made to charge a curious
public admission to see it and give
the proceeds to charity.
While the shell of the once proud
Ward liner rode at the pier of the
Union Shipbuilding Co., which bought
it. G. J. McVicar, vice president of
the company, said:
“It is our intention to confer with
officials of the Community Fund, and,
if agreeable to them, we will place
our yajds at tbeii) disposal on April
13 and 14.
“They may charge either an ad
mission silver collection,
the entire amount to be u^-1 by them.”
ELECTION RESULT
Democrats Joyous Over Chi
cago Vote—G. 0. P. Cites
Michigan Success.
BY G. GOULD LINCOLN.
Republican victories in Michigan
and a Democratic landslide in Chicago
featured State and city elections held
in half a dozen States yesterday and
Monday.
The G. O. P. declared itself
cheered by the Michigan results,
where Republican candidates won.
even in Detroit. The Democrats, on
the other hand, point with pride to
the enormous lead which the Demo
cratic candidate for mayor of Chicago
rolled up over his Republican and
Progresive opponents. Mayor Edward
J. Kelly, who became mayor of the
Windy City following the assassina
tion of the late Mayor Cermack. lead
his nearest opponent. Emil C. Wettcn,
Republican, by 631.579. Wetten re
ceived only 166,571 votes, and Newton
Jenkins, Progressive. 87.726.
Republicans Divided.
The Democratic organization in
Chicago demonstrated again its
strength, while the Republicans, since
the beginning of the mayoralty cam
paign have been disorganized and
fighting among themselves.
Upton Sinclair's "E. P. I. C.” plan—
End Poverty in California—defeated
in the State elections last November,
sought to stage a comeback in its old
stronghold, Los Angeles. Opinion is
divided as to the outcome. Out of'
the 15 council seats contested for
E. P I. C apparently has won one
and placed 10 other E. P. I. C. candi
dates in the run-off. Out of the 10
municipal judgeships, the E. P. I. C.
faction appeared to have elected three
candidates, placed one in a run-off
and to have last the other six. Oppo
nents erf Sinclair and his plan insist
that, in view of the big votes rolled
up by Sinclair in Los Angeles last
year, the results are a virtual victory
for the anti-Sinclair candidates.
Mayor Howard Jackson of Baltimore
won renomination handily in yester
day's Democratic primary, over the
closest of three rivals. Charles E.
i Continued on Page 4. Column 4.)
FISHING LUCK POOR,
ROOSEVELT REVEALS
Plans to Anchor Off Conception
Island, Continuing His Cruise
Rest of Week.
By the Associated Press.
MIAMI. Fla., April 3.—President
Roosevelt’s fishing luck wasn't so good
off Long Island In the Bahamas group,
and he planned today to drop anchor
off Conception Island, where he fished
on his way to Puerto Rico last July.
The President apparently was going
•head with previous plans to continue
his cruise through the remainder of
the week.
In a message to Marvin H. McIn
tyre, his secretary here, the President
described his piscatorial attempts off
Long Island thus:
"Have been fishing all morning off
Long Island. Very little luck." I
A
Glass Proposal Expected to
End Dispute on Sum
Assured Labor.
By the Associated Press.
A compromise settlement of the
bitter controversy over labor require
ments in the $4,880,000,000 work re
lief bill predicted today by a con
gressional leader in close touch with
the situation.
Declining to be quoted by name, he
said administration forces were anx
ious to avoid resentment that might
result from an attempt to win victory
by force.
The prediction that a compromise
would be reached, probably today.
• came after a conference by Senator
< Robinson of Arkansas, the Demo
cratic leader: Vice President Garner.
House Democrats appointed to help
settle congressional differences dver
the bill, and Senator McKeller of
Tennessee, a Senate conferee.
The leader who predicted an early
settlement said he believed the com
promise proposed yesterday by Senator
Ola&s Dpmnrrat nf Virginia evfnt
ually might be accepted. Glass sug
gested requiring that 25 per cent—
instead of one-third—of the $900.
000.000 earmarked for loans and
grants to States be spent directly for
labor. Public Works Administrator
Ickes had demanded that the one-third
requirement be thrown out of the bill
on the ground that it would disqualify
many desirable projects.
Meets Early Estimates.
In connection with the Virginian's
suggestion, official estimates of the
amount of direct labor that would be
required on different types of projects
were recalled. All the estimates given
in committee hearings on the relief
bill indicated more than 25 per cent
of casts would go directly to labor.
House and Senate conferees were
unable to reach an agreement in two
meetings yesterday.
Glass plainly was irritated as he
rushed out of the second of the un
successful conferences. His face was
flushed, his white hair rumpled.
He said he didn't know what the
next move would be. but that he would
not make it in any event.
OHIO STUDENT ARRESTED
FOR ATTACK ON MAN. 55
Refuses to Name Others Accused
of Tarring and Feathering
Writer in Cemetery.
By the Associated Press.
ATHENS, Ohio. April 3.—A tarring
and feathering amid tombstones of a
cemetery resulted In the arrest today
of one of five Ohio University frater
nity youths.
Sheriff Charles Stratton said Rob
ert C. Moore of Cleveland, a junior
and president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fra
ternity, admitted he was one of five
youths who took Harley Thompson,
55, an insurance salesman, to the
cemetery and applied tar and feathers
as punishment for articles Thompson
allegedly wrote about the fraternity
men in the Ohio Examiner, a publi
cation.
The sheriff said Moore declined to
name the other four youths Thomp
son charges picked him up off the
street and took him in an automobile
to the cemetery.
JAMES ROOSEVELT
TO SHIP 1 PLEA
Wrote to Howe Outlining
Good Effect of Bath
Firm Contract.
PROBERS READ LETTERS
OF INSURANCE AGENT
Nye Quizzes Witness of Effort to
Stir Up Japanese War Scare
to Aid Bills.
By rh# As*ociat*d Press.
Evidence that a friend of James
Roosevelt, son of the President, inter
ceded at the White House for naval
ship building jobs for the Bath
‘Maine* Iron Works Corp. was intro
duced today before the Senate Muni
tions Committee.
Previously, Chairman Nye had as
serted a “Japanese war scare” was
stirred up to help pass every naval
appropriation before Congress
A letter written by Roger S. Mac
Grath, agent of the New York Life
Insurance Co., to Louis McHenry
Howe, secretary to President Roose
velt. said:
"The psychological effect of the
administration awarding to the Bath
Iron Works contracts for two new de
stroyers will be looked upon very fa
vorably by the people of Maine, and
will be very helpful in the upbuilding
of the Democratic party in this State.”
Letter Sent in 193.3.
The letter was dated July 12. 1933.
Eugene Thibault. secretary-treas
! urer of the Bath Iron Works, de
i scribed MacGrath as a “friend” of
i James Roosevelt.
1 Thibault declared MacGrath was
I “just an insurance agent trying to
build up business.
“You may recall," MacGrath wrote,
“that it was at my suggestion and
request that James Roosevelt spoke in
Bath. Me., last October ‘during the
presidential campaign), alter out
state election here, and I may sav
that this part or our campaign in
Maine aroused considerable interest
and support /or the President not only
in the City of Bath but throughout
the State, and we were almost able to
carry the City of Bath for the Presi
dent. which normally has been a Re
publican stronghold for years."
Cites Subsequent Awards.
The letter pointed out that the
Bath company was then building one
destroyer and was bidding on two
more. ■ ,
Previously W. S. Newell, president
of the company, had testified he was
awarded two destroyer Jobs a lew
weeks after the date of the MacGrath
| letter. He did not mention the in
' surance agent as having any connec
tion with the award.
A second MacGrath letter, this one
oirected to Thibault on July 31, 1933,
said:
"I took up the matter of allotting
to the Bath Iron Works contracts for
the two destroyers with the naval
authorities while I was in Washington
the week before last.
"I also wired the President directly
and also Claude A. Swanson, Secre
tary of the Navy, urging that all pos
sible consideration be given to your
bids and the placing of these con
tract* with the Bath Iron Works.”
Hoover Case Cited.
Evidence that an eflort had been
made to have President Hoover award
destroyer jobs to private yards in
preference to the Government navy
yard* as an inducement for votes in
the last presidential election also was
introduced.
A letter sent to Newell by J. W.
Powell, president, of United Drydock
Co., one of the smaller yards, under
date of September 30. 1932, was
presented.
“This morning Gerrish Smith
• president of the National Council of
American Ship Builders! and I
• Powelli called on Ted Sanders at
national Republican headquarters In
New- York and made an oral state
ment to him on the political effect on
the employes of the private ship yards
of the award of the three destroyers
to navy yards and requested him to
use his influence with the President
to direct construction of the three
remaining vessels in private yards.”
The Sanders was Everett San
ders. former secretary to President
Coolidge and then chairman of the
Republican National Committee. Con
tinuing, the latter said:
“He stated that he did not know
whether his influence would have any
effect on the President, but my per
sonal impression is that he will try
to have the President award these
three vessels to private ship yards.”
Meanwhile. Eddie Rickenbacker,
World War flying ace. declined an In
vitation to appear before the House
Military Committee to testify on leg
islation to strengthen the Army Air
1 Corps. He expressed the opinion an
other trip to Washington would be
| fruitless.
Nye made his statement after evi
dence had been introduced by_ the
• Continued on Page 4, Column 3.)
V. S. Asiatic Fleet Commander
Plans Good-Will Visit to Japan
On the day the United States Fleet
maneuvers are scheduled to begin in
the North Pacific the senior American
naval officer in the Orient will make
a good will visit to Yokohama. Japan,
it was disclosed today.
Secretary Swanson announced that
Admiral Frank B. Upham, commander
in chief of the Asiatic Fleet, who re
cently served here as chief of the
Bureau of Navigation, will be aboard
the cruiser Augusta on May 3 to visit
Japan. The Augusta will be accom
panied by the cruiser Detroit.
Secretary Swanson said the Navy
Department has received numerous
letters expressing disapproval of the
forthcoming fleet maneuvers in the
Ifaw&lian-Alaska-Puget Sound area,
starting next month. The cabinet
officer, however, declared: "I don’t
think they’re justified.”
It is customaryor the Asiatic Fleet
to make an annual good-will tour to
Japan, the Secretary said. He insisted
there is no more justification for ap
prehension over naval maneuvers in
the Pacific now than in previous war
games. The American naval maneuvers
were announced a year ago. he said,
before Japan denounced the naval
treaty.
Admiral Upham's visit to Japan, in
the opinion of the Secretary, ought
to dispel any impression that the
American naval maneuvers are an
unfriendly act to Japan. The Jap
anese propose to hold their own naval
maneuvers after the United States,
but at no time will the two fleets be
within 3,000 miles of each other,
Swanson said.
The destroyers of the United States
Asiatic Fleet, accompanied by the
Black Hawk, will visit Kobe, Japan,
as another index of Japanese-Ameri
can friend*hiPjthe Secretary said,

D. C. BILL CARRYING
BIGGER LUMP SUM
IS REPORTED OUT
Amended to Meet Needs of
Schools, Police and Fire
Protection.
U. S. SHARE OF DISTRICT
COST TOTALS $8,317,500
Senate Appropriations Group
Adds $3,452,215 to Amount
Voted by House.
BY J. A. O'LEARY.
Carrying $42,760,619 and with the
Federal share raised from *5.700.000
to *8.317.500, the 1936 District appro
priation bill came out of the Senate
Appropriations Committee today with
intendments to meet essential hous
ing needs of the school system, better
police and fire protection and many
eiher urgent maintenance items re
stored.
As it came from the House, the bill
had been carved down below the
budget estimates to a total of *39.
308,404. and with the Federal obliga
tion held to the current lump sum
figure ol *5.700.000.
Recognizing the pleas of civic
groups and local officials during three
weeks of hearings, the District sub
committee headed by Senator Thomas,
Democrat, of Oklahoma, added *3 -
452.215 to the total, of which *2.617.
500 i* covered by the recommenda
tion the Federal Government bear a
more equitable share of maintaining
the Nation's Capital.
nrpvnra iu srnaiP.
The Appropriations Committee to
day approved the decisions of the
Thomas subcommittee with one ad
dition. and reported the measure to
the Senate, where it will be taken up
at the first opportunity.
The committee report revealed the
addition of a $1,615,500 new school
building program, as well as the addi
tion of more than $300,000 to increase
the size of the police force by 141 men.
including uniforms and equipment, to
reduce crime and combat the rising
tide of traffic accidents.
The Senate committee not only re
stored the $87,500 knocked out by the
House for continuing the character
education movement, but allowed sev
eral other maintenance increases for
the schools. Including an additional
$30,000 to operate community centers.
Other important increases were
From the gasoline tax fund, *340.080 ***
for three purposes: ;n^bp> materials.
and supplied tb1 create highway work
for men on the relief roll, $125,000;
to build the Franklin street viaduct
across the railroad tracks between
Eighth and Ninth streets northeast.
*200.000. and to draw plans for a new
Pennsvlvania avenue bridge southeast,
*15,000.
$238,250 for Water System.
From the separate Water Depart
ment fund. $238,250 was restored to
the bill for improvements to the water
system, including installation and re
pair of meters in order to eliminate
discrimination in water rents between
consumers with meters and those on
a flat-rate basis.
In working out one of the most com
prehensive local supply bills in recent
years, the Senate group also restored
essential operating expenses for hos
pitals and other public welfare
agencies, together with additional
health needs that were not considered
by the House.
In contrast to the House bill, which
was $1,066,000 below the Budget Bu
reau estimates, the Senate measure
exceeds the estimates by $2,385,797
and is larger than the appropriations
for the curren* fiscal year by $6,175.9*1.
$185,060 Added for .Schools.
The Appropriations Committee ap
proved all the recommendations of
the subcommittee and went further
by adding $185,000 to the school
building program to purchase a aite
for the long-peeded Jefferson Junior
High School in the Southwest. The
other items inserted by the subcom
mittee and approved by the commit
tee to provide better housing for
school children arc:
ouiinri Jim. umi iuuuio anu rpai r.
for four additional rooms to replace
present school, $115,000
For beginning a vocational school
for girls to replace the old Dennison
School on S street, on District owned
land, between Thirteenth. Fourteenth,
Upshur and Allison streets, $140,000,
with authority to enter into contract
I up to $280,000.
For an addition to the Ketcham
; School, eight rooms and assembly
gymnasium. $155,000.
To prepare plans for a new senior
I high school on the site already owned
in Manor Park. $40,000. For a 10
room addition and gymnasium to the
Paul Junior High School, $190,000.
For an eight-room addition and
gymnasium at the Truesdell School,
removing old structure, $155,000.
For a seven-room addition to the
Roosevelt Senior High School. $81,000,
To complete the Woodrow Wilson
High School and improve the grounds,
$70,000.
To improve the Armstrong High
School and remodel the present gym
nasium. $115,000.
To improve the stagejind corridors
• Continued on Page 4. Column 1.)
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THREE PERISH IN FIRE
AT BRONX TENEMENT
Two Burned Seriously and Seven
Families Escape Early
Morning Blaze.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. April 3.—Three per
sons lost their lives and two wera
seriously burned in a fire which swept
a Bronx tenement early today.
The victims were members of the
family of William Doppio. Members
of seven other families escaped.
The dead were: Mrs. Mary Doppio,
44, and two children. John, 23, and
Florence, 11. The father. William.
42, and a son. Nicholas. 14, are in
Lincoln Hospital in a critiea! condi
tion.
The fire started in a first-floor
market owned by the Doppio fanuly.
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