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(U. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast) s ill© OTlly GVCniflg pEpCr Mostly cloudy, lowest temperature to- in Washineton with thp night about 36 degrees; tomorrow, cloudy \ . W dSXUngtOIl Wltn me followed by snow flurries and colder. ASSOClatGQ PrCSS NGWS and Wirephoto Services. Full report on page B-6. 7 Yesterday’* Circulation, 132,614 Closing N.Y. Markets, Pages 17,18 & 19 Some Returns Not Yet Received. No. 33,468. ^onsV?fflc“ wfawSgVon^S WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1935.—FORTY-EIGHT PAGES. *** <*> Associated Pr„.. TWO CENTS. BRITAIN FORCED TO DROP PEACE PLAN AS ETHIOPIA SPURNS IT AT GENEVA ■ ' • Eden Sees End of Proposal of Powers. COUNCIL QUITS AFTER ATTACK Italian Advances in Africa Held Slight. BACKGROUND— Suggested as basis for peace negotiations, Britain and France proposed that Italo-Ethiopian con troversy be setHed by cession of land in north and south to Italy, that Ethiopia then be granted sea port with land corridor and rail road facilities. Proposition brought political turmoil in England and France, hurt prestige of both gov ernments; Mussolini said little, but government-controlled press finally called proposal unsatisfactory: Haile Selassie strongly condemned suggestion as did small nations of League who branded it reward to aggression, threat to their common security. (Copyright. 1935, by the Associated Press.) GENEVA. December 18.—Great Brit ain practically abandoned the famous Franco-British peace plan in the League of Nations Council today and Ethiopia indicated it would not ac cept n Anthony Eden of Great Britain said his government would not stay with the plan unless Ethiopia, Italy and the League all accepted it. Wolde Mariam, the Ethiopian dele gate, immediately rose in the packed Council chamber to attack the plan. While he carefully refrained from an nouncing an official reply, he made it clear the plan was not acceptable to his nation. The Council then adjourned in definitely to await definite replies from Ethiopia and from Italy. The latter nation had no representative present at the session. No Action Taken. The Council took no vote on the subject. It took no definite action of any kind. Premier Laval of France pointed out that the Franco-British action was taken at the request of the League. Mariam referred scornfully to the s Italian army, speaking of the Fascist j campaign in Ethiopia as a “slight ad- ; vance" which had taken Premier Mus- \ solini's soldiers 2% months despite the fact that Italy had the most highly perfected arms ever taken to the soil of Africa. <In Italy today Premier Mussolini defied Europe to stop his campaign in Ethiopia. The Fascist Grand Council was to meet tonight.) Duce May Quit League. One member of the League Council told the Associated Press, “Watch out, Mussolini may even resign from the League.” An Italian spokesman, after an nouncing his nation would not' be represented at the Council delibera tions today, asserted: “Do not jump at conclusions. The Fascist Grand Council has yet to speak." Officials said the Council session could achieve nothing definite in the absence of replies from the bellig erents to the proposals and with Italy absent from the meeting. J. Vtu CIUUltiUliHi ----- I were received by the League from the belligerents. * One, from Italy, accused Ethiopian soldiers of using “explosive” bullets and cited alleged cases of fatalities caused by dumdum bullets. “Violation” Is Denounced. “Italy solemnly denounces this vio lation by Ethiopia of a high humani tarian principle, universally recog nized and forming part of the moral heritage of all civilized states,” the Italian communication said. A 13-page statement also was re ceived from Ethiopia which League officials termed a critical review of the Franco-British peace project. The officials asserted, however, that the Ethiopian note did not specifi cally or definitely refuse to accept the plan as a basis for negotiations. An Ethiopian spokesman said his government would not reply definitely, either accepting or rejecting the peace plan, until the League decided Its position. He said Ethiopia trusted the League and believed the League could not ap prove the proposals. MUSSOLINI DEFIANT. (Copyright, 1935, by the Associated Press.) ROME, December 18.—Premier Mussolini, terming Europe "crooked,” defiantly asserted today that Italy would “flight to the end” for her rights. n Duce delivered this challenge to “egoism and hypocrisy” In an address at Pontinia as he dedicated that third city to be created on land reclaimed from the Pontine marshes. Directly from that ceremony he arranged to go to a session of the Fascist Grand Council to answer the proposals of France and Great Britain for peace with Ethiopia. Indirectly, II Duce warned of pos sible strong language at the grand council session tonight. HOARE REPORT REVISED. LONDON, December 18 (IP).—The British cabinet devoted two hours to day to a final revision of the report by 81r Samuel Hoare, foreign secretary, on the Franco-British plan for ending the war being waged by Italy and Ethiopia. It will touch off the government’s defense in tomorrow's debate In the House of Commons. 5 * Italy’s Queen Sadly Surrenders Wedding Rings to War Cause Elena Bravely Gives Up Gold Bands to Fight Sanctions, Leading Nation in Sacrifice. B> Radio to The Star. ROME, Italy, December 18.—Queen Elena, most popular woman of Italy today, kept her appointment with the nation promptly at 8:45 o'clock this morning, when, after a slow walk up the wet marble steps to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, she sadly kissed her own and King Victor Emmanuel's gold wedding rings and with lines of sorrow and sacrifice on her face, dropped them into a large bronze urn at the altkr of the nation, as her con- i tribution to and sacrifice for the na tion of her adoption. Following this noble gesture, which was greeted with cries of ‘'Elena— Carissima" (dearest Elena), she con tinued further up the steps preceeded by eight members of the royal body guard, all of them over 6 foot 3 in height, who bore a huge wreath with a single palm. This the Queen placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by two olive-uniformed Bersaglieri or sharpshooters. She crossed herself, remained a moment In silent prayer. Steel Ring Presented. A young Fascist girl in a blue suit then came forward and on a red plush cushion presented the Queen with an ugly black steel ring. A major gen eral, chaplain of the Italian army, in his colorful ceremonial robe, blessed this ring and then blessed 20 boxed similar steel rings held by 20 young girls standing before the tomb. A gcld-medaled mother was then presented to the Queen as the first of the civilian populace to follow the Queen's example. After a brief speech ending with "Happy Christmas,” which the Queen read in a low voice. Queen Elena raised her hand in the Fascist salute and with her face marked by lines of pain and sadness, • See ELENA, Page 4.) BRUM PLAN Other Delegations Also to Voice Viewpoints on Pub licity Proposal. By the Associated Press. LONDON, December 18. — Great Britain's plan for a new naval agree ment, it was understood today, will be rejected tomorrow by the Japanese delegation to the International Naval Conference. Other delegations were expected to express their opinions on the pro posal tomorrow or Friday. The British plan involves public! declaration by each naval power of j its building program for a period of i about six years, and suggests that dis cussion of eventual equality of fleets ; should be dropped at the present con ference. A recess in the sessions until Jan uary 5 instead of January 2 was con sidered likely as the result of private talks among American and Italian delegates. Slate to Be Wiped Clean. It was expected that the confer ence would have virtually a clean slate before the planned recess Sat urday. after expressions have been made on the British plan. Thus there would be opportunity for a fortnight of maneuvering and private discus sions before resumption of an attempt to work out other compromise for mulas. The Italians’ suggestion for a longer recess than originally planned was not explained, but it was presumed they desired to return to Rome for the Christmas holidays and possibly to confer with Premier Mussolini. They were generally considered to be maintaining an attitude of listen ing and observing, awaiting definite developments before committing them selves to concrete proposals. Italians to Voice Views. Upon their return from Rome, the Italians were expected to take a more active part in the deliberations, espe cially when any question concerning the Mediterranean arises. Norman H. Davis, Admiral William H. Standley and other members of the American delegation called on the Italian representatives for a gen eral exchange of views. It was under stood no conclusive agreement was reached on any major aspects of the naval situation. The French will complete the cycle of private talks by conferring with the Americans later. OHIOAN TO RUN Kehrer to Center Campaign on Townsend Flan, He Says. COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 18 OP) —George J. Kehrer of Bucyrus an nounced his candidacy today for the Democratic nomination for congress man from the eighth Ohio district. He said he would center his cam paign on a Townsend plan platform. Brooks Fletcher of Marion, a Demo crat, is the Incumbent. I All-Time Peak Within $168, 000,000 of June 30, 1936, Forecast. By the Associated Press. The national debt reached $30, 555,791,967 today, passing the $30, 000,000,000 mark for the first time in history. The new high was caused by mid December financing operations, which added $962,639,937 to the debt. The debt was near the figure esti mated by President Roosevelt for the end of the fiscal year next June 30— $30,723,000,000. The deficit stood today at $1,606, 711,375, compared with a year-end estimate of $3,281,000,000. Expendi tures were $3,307,348,286, compared with full-year estimates of $7,752, 332.000. Decrease Slated. These figures indicated to some the possibility that the public debt, when the 1936 fiscal year closes next June, may exceed the President's September estimates. The budget had forecast a $550, 000,000 debt decrease during the year through retirement of national bank notes with gold profits. To date these retirements have amounted to only $283,0000,000, leaving $267,000,000 yet to go. Debt retirement through the sink ing fund was estimated at $551,000, 000. So far, only $316,456,250 of this has been achieved, leaving about $235,000,000. Receipts $1,700,636,910. Receipts for the present fiscal year through December 16 were $1,700, 639,910, compared with $1,663,891,727 in the same period last year, despite a big lag in processing tax payments pending court challenges of the A. A. A. Collections of this tax have amounted to $65,000,000 this year, as against $263,000,000 last. The $3,307,000,000 expenditure fig ure compared with $3,243,000,000 last year. “Emergency” spending stood at $1,411,000,000, compared with $1, 723.000. 000 in 1934. The December financing pushed the Treasury cash balance to $2,483,510, 600. The Treasury floated $1,382, 910,700 of securities and retired $418, 291,900. SENATOR M’CARRAN ILL Physician Refuses to Comment on Sudden Ailment. CHICAGO, December 18 (/P).—Sen ator Patrick A. McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada was under treatment today at Presbyterian Hospital for what Mrs. McCarran said was a stomach ailment. Dr. John Foster, attending the 59 year-old patient, said he would not comment on the diagnosis until he conferred with Senator McCarran. Comment on his condition was re fused at the hospital. Senator McCarran became 111 yes terday whUe bound for Washington. His home is Reno, Nev. Italy Claims Three-Day Battle Victory, Killing 500 Warriors By the Associated Press. ROME. December 18.—The Italian government announced today its North Ethiopia Army had defeated the Ethiopians in a three-day battle along the Takkaze River, .killing 500 war riors. The Italian dead In the battle were announced as 272 officers and men. The area fought over included the villages of, Mai Timchet and Dembe Guina. Report From Gen. Badoglio. The communique was based on a report made to Rome by Gen. Pietro Badoglio, commander of the Italian armies in the field. He reported: “A battle initiated December 15 be tween Mai Timchet and Dembe Guina was concluded December 17. “Our forces attacked an Ethiopian column wnich had made a flanking movement to the Dembe Guina pass and dispersed them after a violent combat with swords and bayonets. S “The enemy’s known losses are above 500 men. “On our side, seven officers, 20 non commissioned officers and national soldiers, 48 Eritreans and 197 Askarls were killed. Two officers, two national soldiers and 25 Askarls were wounded. Enemy Column Bombed. “Our airplanes efficaciously bombed an enemy column southwest of Ma kale. "Submissions continue (hi the part of sub-chieftains presenting them selves to our Danakil column at Azbi. “The Somaliland systemization of newly organized villages has been completed. Thus there has been in stituted the royal residency of Buslei, with Jurisdiction over the Ogaden tribes which have submitted to us. “Other provisions for other regions where the chieftains recently sub mitted are in course of action." S ' c WHEN I $AID\ 'They’d Never shoot\ Santa Claus* i didn't think OFAFOSSI8UE / VyMPTYBWy Grandfather of Missing Phil adelphia Youth Denies Ransom Asked. BACKGROUND— In identity of "Dr. Green of Grade Square” may rest answer Ao kidnaping mystery surrounding ab sence of socialite-ador Milne. Older brother last Sunday found note in their New York apartment that Milne had left for Philadelphia with the doctor; subsequent investi gation has failed to reveal existence of any such medico. Later on Sun day was received special delivery letter saying Milne had been kid naped, advising young brother Jo keep funds on hand, keep in touch. with grandfather in Philadelphia. Missing Milne, former brokers clerk, Jias made stage appearances with Eva LeGallienne in Reportory Theater. By the Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA. December 18.— Caleb J. Milne, jr„ well-to-do ex-man ufacturer, intimated directly today for the first time that he believes his missing grandson disappeared invol untarily and probably is being held against his will. He reiterated at the same time his denial that a specific demand for ran som has been made of him. nc o a ja.v> jijuich icuvn — very much so,” Milne said of his grandson, Caleb Milne, 4th. Asked directly whether he believed the young man is being held against his will by abductors, the former man- \ ufacturer said, "That's the assump tion.” Ransom Report Denied. He repeated that "ransom has never been broached to me” and made spe cific denial of the report that his grandson's watch and a communica tion from supposed abductors, de manding $50,000, reached him. The only communication he knows of is the note sent from Poughkeepsie, N. Y., to New York City a few days ago, he said. That note mentioned "cash," but gave no amount nor instructions as to the point of delivery. "I assure you nothing at all has de veloped as far as I know,” Milne said. "Of course, the Federal men may have something they are not telling us about.” Milne was at his office in a down town building he owns. Since his grandson's disappearance from a New York apartment he has spent most of his time at his estate, Scotland, in the Germantown section. Government agents and police, searching two cities, looked for a “break” today. Investigators, busy far into the night on shielded errands, were di vided on the theory that the youth who disappeared from his New York apartment Saturday, was kidnaped. Federal men sped to and from the rambling mansion on the fringe of the Germantown district. Postman Questioned. Federal agents talked for some time with a postman who delivered several letters to the old house, but he was warned not to discuss the case. Eighteen-year-old Frederic Milne, who lived with his missing brother, iiwnt twn Vinnrc pnrlv tnHav of partment of Justice offices in New York. Agents declined to discuss his visit, although one operative accom panied the youth to and from his apartment. Miss Anita Smith, aunt of the miss ing youth, motored from Woodstock, N. Y., apparently headed for New York, after announcing that she had reason to expect a “break” in the case soon. She was accompanied by a Govern ment agent and Aubrey Milne, younger brother of the boy. There were two other visitors, one a man reported to be Caleb Milne, 3d, father of the missing youth, and a young woman. Rhea Whitley, chief of the New York office of the Department of Jus tice, said he would investigate a mes sage addressed to a Mrs. Caleb Milne delivered to the New York apartment yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Milne was not at home. NOTE REPORTS REITERIATED. \ _ WOODSTOCK, N. Y„ December 18 iff).—Reports that a ransom note and a wrist watch belong to the missing Caleb Milne, 4th, had been sent to his grandfather in Philadelphia were reiterated by a reliable source close to investigators here today. The grandfather last night denied receiving the watch and note. I Simplified Bible For Children Is Work of 15 Years Arkansas 'Author to Test Popularity With Sam ple Copies. By the Associated Press. KANSAS CITY, December 18—A Bible for children—with the big words and difficult phrases simplified—will be put to a test next month. The author, Richard W. Lewis of Siloam Springs, Ark., said sample copies would be distributed “to see if it takes.” Lewis, identified with child evan gelism 30 years, said he started work on the simplified version of the Bible 15 years ago, when his children asked the meaning of some of the words. He changed, for example, the verse "Be not deceived; evil communica tions corrupt good manners,” to “Be not fooled; bad company will spoil good manners.” Lewis said 5.000 copies of his revised version of the book of John will be distributed next month to ministers, Bible teachers and parents. If the reaction is favorable, as he said he had “no doubt it will be,” the entire New Testament, and later the Old Testament, also will be simplified. -.• VICTORY cun Republicans Insist, How ever, Election of Main Was G. 0. P. Success. BV G. GOULD LINCOLN. The victory of Vemer W. Main in the third Michigan congressional dis trict yesterday by more than a 2-to-l vote is widely interpreted as a vic tory for the Townsend old-age plan. However, while Townsend leaders were inclined to assert today that "as Main goes, so goes the Nation,” Republicans here insisted that the Main victory was far more than a Townsend victory. They said Main's success was first of all a Republican victory and a sharp slap at the Roose velt New Deal. From the returns in Michigan yes terday, it is clear, they contend, that many thousands of Republican voters did not go to the polls at all. They interpreted this as a disinclination to support the Townsend plan, in which they do not believe. The Republican nominee, Main, having pledged him self to this $200-a-month pension plan for all persons 60 years of age or more, the alternative of these Re publicans was to vote for Howard W. Cavanaugh, Democratic opponent of the Townsend plan and ardent sup porter of the Roosevelt New Deal, or not to vote. They had no desire, ap parently, to appear to give support to the Roosevelt New Deal, so they remained away from the polls. Vote Compared With 1934. Compare the vote cast in the special election yesterday and the election in the Michigan third district in 1934. Main received a total of 24,837 votes and Cavanaugh 11.631. The total vote was 35,468. In 1934 the late Henry M. Kimball. Republican, was elected to the House with a vote of 41,587 to 32,928 for his Democratic opponent, a total vote of 74,578. The fact that the Section yesterday was a special election, with no other offices contended for, undoubtedly had some thing to do with the comparatively small vote cast. But beyond that, the Republicans say, was a distaste on the part of many Republican voters osten sibly to support the Townsend plan. The showing made by the Roose velt New Dealers, supporting Cav anaugh, was distinctly not impressive. In 1932 the Republican in the third Michigan district won by the smallest kind of a margin in a district which has for years been strongly Republic an. He received 49,383 votes to 46, 093 for the Democrat, a margin of lit tle more than 3,000 votes. ' While Main embraced the Town send plan and campaigned for it, he (See MICHIGAN, Page 27) Paredes Coming to Capital. MANILA, P. L, December 18 (JP).— Quintin Paredes, former Speaker of the now-defunct Philippine House of Representatives, announced today he will sail for the United States about January 1 to become resident com missioner of the commonwealth at Washington, D. C. t Row Nearly Develops When Roberts Objects to Com parison of Fares. Representatives of Washington’s civic organizations continued today to bombard the Public Utilities Commis sion with a varied assortment of com plaints about the Capital Transit Co.’s street car and bus service, the condi tion of some of its equipment, and the attitude of its employes toward pas sengers. For the second time since the com mission started the transit hearings, however, a champion for the company was permitted to take the witness stand out of turn, but his testimony nearly developed a row. The latest defender of the company is R. H. Phillips, owner of the old car line that ran from Chevy Chase Lake to Kensington and Sandy Spring. Md., which was leased by the Capital Trac tion Co., before the transportation merger. He also is a stockhoder In the transit company. Phillips testified that Washington's street car and bus service ia the best in the United States. He complained, too. about the procedure of the hearing and that witnesses had not been asked if they had any favorable suggestions to make which might add to the rev enue of the company. In addition, he argued that the 4 per cent tax on gross earnings was excessive, and tnat a zone system of fares should be adopted so passengers would be required to pay 5 cents extra at certain points... By way of comparison, Phillips started to discuss fares on steam rail roads, but People's Counsel William A. Roberts interrupted. He declared he was willing to aid witnesses to state their opinions, whether critical or fav orable, but if the steam railroad ques tion was to be injected he wanted wit nesses placed under oath and exam ined as to their qualifications. "Is testimony to be restricted here (See" TRANSIT, Page 2.) SILVER MARKET FACES NEW CRISIS Imported Bar Cut 3 Cents Per Ounce in Widest Break Since May. By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. December 18.—World silver markets apparently faced a new crisis today after 10 days of uninter rupted declines in various world cen ters. Imported bar silver was cut 3 cents an ounce in New York to 55% cents, the lowest since February 26 and the widest break since May 2, this year. Silver brokers In London, the world’s largest market, finally fixed a price of 23 pence an ounce, 1% pence lower than Tuesday’s quotation, after many hours of bickering. No business was transacted. News dispatches from the British capital told of a lack of bids from the United States Treasury, prin cipal taker of the white metal for many months. The Bullion Exchange Board in Bombay was reported to have pro hibited business in silver until Sunday D. e. SCHOOL TEXTS PROPAGANDA-FREE Communism Not Taught or Advocated, Says Report to Board. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL IS GIVEN TO DOCUMENT Blanton Again Asserts Ban Will Stand as Permanent With out Re-enactment. BACKGROUND— "Hereafter no part of any ap propriation for the public schools shall be available for the payment of the salary of any person teach ing or advocating Commuism.” Congress, June 14. In wake of this attachment to District appropriation bill came controversy heard throughout Na tion. On October 16, Board of Edu cation accepted opinion of Corpora tion Counsel Prettyman that study of factual data not under ban. Subsequently, Controller General McCarl ruled salaries would be paid only on signing of pledge that commuism had not been taught; pledges later taken and salaries paid. On November 20, board named special committee to study complaint of citizens' group that certain text-books contained com munistic propaganda. The Board of Education's special committee on textbook review held today that Communism is neither taught nor advocated in the public schools of Washington and that crit icism of approved textbooks now in use is unwarranted. The committee, appointed at the request of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations, agreed unanimously to the finding. The conclusions were drawn after several weeks study of specific charges of communistic teach ing or advocacy made by the federa tion. The report, a 21-page typewritten document, was submitted to the Board of Education today and was signed by all three members of the special committee—Robert A. Maurer, chairman; Mrs. Philip Sidney Smith and Dr. J. Hayden Johnson. Meanwhile, Representative Blanton. (See SCHOOLBOOKS7Page 57) ROPER DEMANDS WAR ON ACCIDENTS — Says U. S. Toll Is Disgrace. Roosevelt Pledges Aid in Fight. Declaring the toll of preventable accidents in America “constitutes a ; disgrace to the intelligence of this Nation,’’ Secretary Roper today called on delegates from 25 States, meeting at the request of President Roosevelt at the Commerce Department, to declare a national warfare on acci dents o. all types and pledged the fullest support of the Federal Gov ernment “for the duration of the war.” Man's advancement, Secretary Roper reminded hundreds of delegates, including State Governors and safety directors and heads of national organ izations, "must be measured by greater safety in society.” Until the United States takes greater care for the safety of Its citizens, he hinted, it cannot be called an advanced, civilized nation. “Fortunately,” Secretary Roper said, “there has recently entered the public consciousness of the Nation a keener realization of the gravity of the na tional accident situation. Awareness that this grim foe of mankind was wiping out annually a population equal almost to a city the size of Albany, N. Y„ and injuring more persons than populate New York City, made united action imperative.” Roosevelt to Help. Just before the conference was called to order the chairmen of 11 conference subcommittees were re ceived at the White House by Presi dent Roosevelt, who pledged them Federal support in their work. “I don’t know what the answer to the accident situation is,” the Presi dent told them, “but we know that accidents are increasing and becom ing a grave national question. You gentlemen must find the answer and (Se«TSAFETY7Page 4.) Hoffman’s Doubt in Lindbergh Case Centers on Lack of Prints BACKGROUND While appeal of Bruno Richard Hauptmann from conviction of kid naping Lindbergh baby was pend ing before United States Supreme Court, New Jersey’s Gov. Hoffman revealed he had visited condemned man in cell last October. Detec tives admitted new investigations into case. Important lines of prose cution attack during trial were those linking wood in kidnap ladder with boards in Hauptmann attic and finding of ransom bills in Hauptmann garage. Supreme Court declined review^ of case on Decem ber 9. Last Friday, Judge Trench ard, who presided over trial, set week of January 13 for Hauptmann electrocution. By the Associated Press. TRENTON, N. J., December 18.— Gov. Harold G. Hoffman’s reasons for doubting that the Lindbergh kidnap ing case is completely solved center around the lack of fingerprint* on the kidnap ladder and in the nursery from .which the child ne atote. % In Allentown. Pa., last night the Governor said "rail 16” of the ladder has not been explained "to my satis faction” and Indicated he wondered why no fingerprints were found. "I have not yet found a person who feels certain that the last chapter in the case has been written,” he said, “nor a person in whom there is no element of doubt that the entire story of that crime and its participants has been brought out.” Lie Test Up to Court. He asserted a court order would be necessary before Bruno Richard Hauptmann, sentenced to die the week of January 13 for the kidnap murder, could be given a lie detector test, as proposed by the condemned man. It was understood he had learned Haupt mann’s defense counsel would have to apply to Justice Thomas W. Trench ant. the trial judge, for the order. Speaking of the fingerprint testi mony In Hauptmann's trial, the Gov ernor said: "Just think of it, 500 fingerprints on that ladder and not one of them l (See HOFFMAN. Page 4.) I ROOSEVELT MAPS RELIEF NEEDS IN SERIESOFPARLEYS Only New Outlay May Be $500,000,000 Public Works Program. C. C. C. MAY BE CUT TO PERMANENT BASIS President Calls in Cabinet Officers and High Aides to Consider Fund Requests. BACKGROUND— Loudest complaint of administra tion foes against congressional ap propriation of 14,880,000,000 for re lief and public works was that au thorizing legislation gave insuffi cient explanation of how money would be spent, that it placed un precedented sum in uncontrolled hands of President and aides. Pres ent fund, appropriated for two-year period ending June 30,1937, virtual ly all allotted at present time. Many long-time projects given only enough for first year’s work, creat ing necessity for subsequent public works appropriations. By the Associated Press. A new round of White House con ferences on next year's relief demands aroused speculation today over what emergency requests may accompany the newly outlined public works bill. Lieutenants associated with relief i and employment were summoned by President Roosevelt. Also on his busi ness schedule was a talk with Daniel Bell, acting director of the budget. Plans for organizing the Civilian ; Conservation Corps on a smaller, but ! permanent basis, were discussed early ; in the day. Harry L. Hopkins. Works i Progress administrator, dropped in for a luncheon conference. Nearly $500,000,000 Sought. There was a belief in some informed quarters that the projected public works bill—of somewhat less than $500.000.000—may comprise the only ; relief outlay in the 1937 financial i budget. I Those who discussed C. C. C. plans with the President today included Robert Pechner. director of emergency conservation work; Rexford G. Tug well, Undersecretary of Agriculture; P. A. Silcox. chief of Forestry Service; Secretary Ickes, Secretary Perkins, Secretary Wallace, Prank Welker, chairman of the National Emergency Council, and representatives of the Soil Erosion and National Park Serv ices. May Cut to 300.000. There have been indications that President Roosevelt would propose continuation of the C. C. C. as a permanent organizati^pk with about 300,000 members. During the last year it has reached a peak enrollment of between 500.000 and 600.000, but orders already have been Issued to re duce the corps by cutting enlistments. - Most of the $4,880,000,000 has been allotted to various projects and offi cials estimate that all but $900,000,000 will be spent by next June 30, the end of the 1936 fiscal year. Count on Further Recovery. By redistributing this unspent money, they say, it would be pos sible to care for most of the needy unemployed until Congress meets again in January. 1937. Officials are counting on a further pick-up in private industry to lighten the relief rolls by at least several hundred thousand “employables." President Roosevelt's disclosure yesterday about the $500,000,000 plan appeared to some observers to be a possible move in the direction of a permanent public works program as a means of taking up the unemploy ment slack. It was recalled that the j President's National Resources Board ' had urged an annual public works ! program. eesiaes oeing jess man one-ninm the size of the mammoth work-relief appropriation put through at the last session after a long, strenuous fight, the new request will be different in another major respect. The bill, the President disclosed, will carry appropriations for specific projects, and will not be a blanket request for a lump sum, to be used much as the administration desires. The blanket nature of last session's bill was a chief talking point with the opposition. The money, the President indicated, will be used in large part to continue (See ROOSEVELT"Page 167) MARCONI REPORTED ILL ROME, December 18 UP)—Gug lielmo Marconi, inventor, was re ported slightly ill today. Italian newspapers were asked to not publish the news. Informed press circles said Marconi's condition was not at all serious. Marconi, 61, was obliged to enter a nursing home about this time last year because of exhaustion from over work. \ Pages. Amusements_C-8 Changing World .........A-4 Comics __ C-4 Cross-word Puzzle_C-4 Editorials._..A-10 Finance _A-17-18-19 Lost and Found.A-ll Philippine Situation_A-G Radio__C-3 Serial Story_B-7 Short Story_B-G Society_B-2-3 Sports_C-l-2-3 Washington Wayside.C-8 Women’s Features-B-14 ’ § '