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T.V. HIS EXPECTED
TD STAYINL1TS
Legal Staff Held Likely to
Use Care in Abiding by
Court Ruling.
BY DAVID LAWRENCE.
The T. V. A. is not likely to attempt
to abuse the scope of the Supreme
Court decision, but to observe its limits
—at least so far as the law department
of that Government agency is an in
fluence in shaping policy.
This implication as to the future
arises out of a study of the manner in
which the T. Vr A. case was fought
and won by the Government. It
turns out that James Lawrence Fly.
general solicitor in charge of the law
division of the T. V. A., played a domi
nant role in limiting the scope of the
case very early in the proceedings.
Since he remains in charge of legal
matters for the T. V. A, whereas John
Lord O’Brian was special counsel only
for this particular litigation, this dis
pels any impression that the* T. V. A.
legal approach may now be changed.
In other words, there remains a con
tinuity about the legal strategy of the
T. V. A. which is due to the basic con
victions held by Fly.
It is interesting to note that Fly, a
Democrat, served from 1929 to 1933 in
the Department of Justice under the
Hoover regime and was retained by
Attorney General Cummings as special
assistant to fight some of the cases in
the Federal courts involving the nu
merous Injunction suits growing out of
New Deal laws.
Argument Is Significant.
What Fly did. however, in his argu
ment before Judge Grubb in the Dis
trict Court ot Alabama and before the
Circuit Court of Appeals is of far
reaming uuv vuiy wc
cause Chief Justice Hughes accepted
the finding of fact made in the lower
court, but because the whole future
of power development by the Govern
ment is by no means as definitely es
tablished as some members of Con
gress who have been interpreting the
T. V. A. decision in relation to their
pet projects would have the public
believe.
What most outsiders do not know is
that the T. V. A. really has a bril
liant legal staff and that, whatever
may be the hopes or ambitions of the
policy-making side of the T. V. A.,
whenever the matter of what can or
cannot be done constitutionally arises,
It is safe to say there are not going
to be any chances taken that are not
justified by the Supreme Court deci
sion.
Ruling Limited to One Dam.
Thus, all the Supreme Court has
decided is that Wilson Dam has been
constitutionally constructed, and that's
all O’Brien and Fly asked the court
to decide. So far as any other dam
is concerned, the question is still con
jectural as to whether the principle
laid down by the court can be made
to apply. Every case will have to be
fought on the facts as they arise and
it is a proper assumption that no
lawyers at this moment are probably
more familiar with what can or can
not be done by T. V. A. than the legal
Staff of the T. V. A.
All this is not in any way to detract
from the large consequences that may
flow from the application of the prin
ciple laid down by the Supreme Court
decision. This in many respects is far
more powerful as a clarification as
well as justification of the Federal
Government’s conservation policies of
fhe past 40 years than it is as a set
tlement of a special question affecting
the T. V. A. development.
Future Up to Congress.
In brief, the Federal Government’s
right to develop its own natural re
sources has been affirmed. But does
this mean inevitable competition with
business? Congress must decide first
how far it wishes to go, as a matter of
practical government, in introducing
elements of government competition
with industry. When a statute has
been passed involving direct competi
tion or when, under the T. V. A. law
itself, for instance, anything uncon
stitutional is attempted in the method
<pf disposing of the surplus power, all
sorts of questions are opened up for
further adjudication.
The Federal Government may dis
pose of its surplus power; may acquire
transmission lines to carry the power
to a “fair market.’’ but it presumably
cannot use its funds or its govern
mental authority to violate the "due
process’’ clause of the Constitution.
(Copyrljht 1938.)
Your Income Tax
Deduction for Bad Debts.
Bad debts constitute a considerable
item in the returns of many taxpayers
and may be treated in one of two
ways—either by deduction from gross
income in respect to debts ascertained
to be worthless either in whole or in
part or by a deduction of a reasonable
addition to a reserve for bad debts.
Taxpayers were given an option for
1921 to select either of the two
methods.
The method used in the return for
1921 must be used In returns for sub
sequent years unless permission is
granted by the commissioner of In
ternal revenue to change to the other
method.
Application to change must be made
at least 30 days prior to the close of
the taxable year for which the change
1s to be effective. However, a taxpayer
filing a first return in 1935 may select
either of the two methods, subject to
the approval of the commissioner upon
examination of the return.
Permission to adopt the reserve
method is limited to taxpayers having
a large number of accounts where
credit is extended over a considerable
period of time. It is not granted for
the purpose of handling one specific
debt.
What constitutes a “reasonable ad
dition” to a reserve for bad debts
must be determined In the light of
the facts and will vary as between
classes of business and with condi
tions of business prosperity.
A taxpayer using the reserve method
should 6how in his return the volume
of charge sales (or other business
transactions) for the year and the per
centage of the reserve to such amount,
the total amount of notes and ac
counts receivable at the beginning and
end of the taxable year and the total
amount of debts ascertained to be
worthless and charged against the re
serve during the taxable year.
Por official advice on income tax
problems, call at Room 1002, Bureau
of Internal Revenue, Twelfth street
and Constitution avenue, the office
of the deputy collector of internal
revenue for this city, or write to the
collector of internal revenue for your
home district. i
What’s What
Behind News
in
Republican Senator
Tells Roosevelt
What’s Wrong.
BY PAUL MALLON.
RESIDENT ROOSEVELT called
a Republican Senator down to
the White House not long ago
and asked him what was
wrong with the New Deal.
The Republican is loyal, but some
whaj independent, and distinctly not
a word-mincer. He has a picturesque
vocabulary and specializes in short
words commonly used in conversation
but not in print.
He used them all, one by one, and
then collectively, to describe what he
called "the blankety-blank saps" who
are operating some important phases
of the New Deal. He said they never
had a dash-dashed bit of business ex
perience, but were formulating Fed
eral business policies. Also that they
had never made enough money to
spend any of their own, but were
spending millions and billions of Mr.
Morgenthau's.
It is doubtful whether the Pres
ident has ever been talked to that
way since he entered upon his life
among the political fawners of
Washington. He took it quietly,
thanked the Senator for the advice.
Note—The Senator also emitted a
blue haze about the low-cost housing
program. He contended it tends to
freeze the existing low standard of
living, tends to freeze low labor wage
scales. Also he wanted to know what
would happen to the Government if
the tenants of the low-cost homes
were unable to pay.
Another easier-going Republican
Senator was called in later and asked
w'hat he thought was wrong. He also
spoke frankly, but with less enthu
siasm. His complaint was chiefly
against the swing away from the anti,
trust laws and against waste In gov
ernmental expenditures.
Both Senators accepted the Presi
dent’s inquiry at face value. Both
also went away with a feeling that he
was contemplating an early Spring
house cleaning.
Little Interest in Congress.
The peculiarities of this session of
Congress continue to expand as each
day passes. There has never been an
other session quite like it. Virtually
no suspended interest exists in any
pending legislation, and, in fact, very
little Interest of any kind.
What is happen'ng is this: The
administration is conducting its
own Congress off-stage. The con
gressional leaders get together and
find out ahead of time exactly
what .degree of legislation can be
passed 7note the bonus, neutrality
bill, farm bill). Practically all dif
ferences are composed in private.
When the bills are brought forward
they are already backed by a stag
gering majority. That leaves little
to talk about and nothing upon
which a first-class fight can be
started. Resistance by the minority
is useless and often routine.
The reason behind this unusual
strategy, of course, is that the Presi
dent wants no clashes in a campaign
year.
The result is that, while Congress is
passing legislation of highest impor
tance, the usual dramatising elements
are entirely lacking and the session is
unprecedentedly dull for the actors as
well as the audience.
A Surprise for Al.
Farleyites are planning a little sur
prise for Al Smith. They figure that
the New York State Convention may
be induced to adopt a unit rule re
quiring all delegates to vote for the
choice of the majority of delegates.
Thus Al Smith may find himself noting
for Mr. Roosevelt for renomination
whether he likes it or not.
Incidentally, the White House and
Postmaster General Farley's office were
somewhat caustic in denying the other
day that Tammany Leader Dooling
had been summoned to either place.
Presidential Secretary MacIntyre went
in to ask the President about it. Re
turning, he said: "Absolutely no."
Elsewhere the hint was dropped that
Mr. Dooling would not be welcome at
either place.
Bell Armed for Townsend.
The goods which Representative
Bell is supposed to have on the Town
sendites is composed largely of a mass
of letters complaining about the finan
cial set-up of various parts of the
organization. He also has a Colorado
court record and some other records
of financial troubles of several Town
send groups.
Some who have gone over his file
believe he can make a case from
facts already in his possession, but
the few Townsendites in Congress
do not.
Representative Lemke wore a cap
when he went up to see the President.
He is probably the only member of
Congress who favors such an informal
lid. However, he took it off when
posing for photographs outside the
White House.
Probably the only author in the
history of the world who does not
remember the titles of his own works
is Mr. Roosevelt. When he described
his latest tax conference as chapter
II in the tax book, some one asked
him what was the name of the book.
Turning to his secretary, he inquired:
“What was the name of that last book
I wrote?” The secretary said it was
“On Our Way,” which title Mr. Roose
velt immediately adopted for his un
written tax recommendations.
Tins vjiu.
GeTtffj /
Official unpublished figures in
dicate that, out of 25,000 postmas
ters now holding office, about i.OOO
to 5,000 are Republicans.
The House leaders can get 10 more
signatures removed from the Frasier
Lemke petition if it gets close to a
majority, or if they really want to.
Only three members of the House
applauded when Representative Main
demanded a vote cm the McGroarty
Townsend bill.
(Coprrlsht. 1038.)
BYRD IS BELIEVED
DUE TO HEAD M. U.
Pearson’s Successor Will
Be Named at Session in
Baltimore Today.
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
BALTIMORE. Md„ February 21.—
The presidency of the University of
Maryland, vacant since the resigna
tion of Dr. Raymond A. Pearson last
June, was to be filled today as the
Board of Regents met here to reach
its long-awaited decision.
The identity of the institution’s new
chief executive was expected to be an
nounced some time around noon, or
shortly after the board acts cn recom
mendations of a special committee
appointed to canvas the field of avail
able candidates.
Byrd Believed Choice.
Harry Clifton (Curley) Byrd, acting
president since Dr. Pearson's resigna
tion, was reliably reported to be the
choice of the committee which is
headed by Representative William P.
Cole, Jr. Acceptance of the com
mittee’s selection was virtually assured.
The elevation of Byrd from acting
president to the presidency has been
anticipated for several months. He
has been indorsed by numerous Mary
land organizations as ‘‘the logical
man" for the position.
The ’’Diamondback’’ student weekly,
which attacked Dr. Pearscn for
allegedly lowering the academic stand
ing of the university, urged editorially
the appointment of Byrd. Virtually
the entire student body signed peti
tions in his behalf.
The appointment of Byrd would cli
max a career probably unparalled on
the campus of an American univer
sity. He has been connected with the
institution almost continuously since
he enrolled as a freshman in 1905.
In the 30 years intervening he has
wielded considerable influence over the
university's affairs, being credited with
inaugurating many progressive mea
sures, including the consolidation of
the old Maryland State College and
the University of Maryland, and in the
organization of the Southern Confer
ence, one of the leading athletic
groups in the country.
Byrd's career has been marked by
the steady march from student to the
directing head of a university with an
enrollment exceeding 2,000. With the
exception of the consolidation, his
most noteworthy achievements prob
ably are the reorganization of the edu
cational system, which resulted in the
creation of the College of Arts and
Sciences; the winning fight to defeat
legislation looking to the division of
schools, the building of a new hospital
and the ironing out of difficulties at
the university which had been the ob
ject of considerable criticism in the
past.
Graduate of M. A. C.
Byrd was bom in Crisfleld 47 years
ago, the son of William F. Byrd, a
member of the General Assembly. He
! graduated from the Maryland Agri
cultural College in 1908, the youngest
student ever to graduate from the
college in civil engineering. Later
he entered Georgetown University to
study law.
He probably is more widely known
for his athletic prowess than /is an
educator, for he won fame as a pro
fessional base ball player with Chi
cago and San Francisco and as head
coach of Maryland's variety foot ball
team. As a student he was a star ath
lete in track, base ball and foot ball.
After a short career in professional
sports, including a period as coach
of high school foot ball, Byrd re
turned to Maryland University in 1912
as an instructor in English, history
and coach. Two years later he be
j came director of athletics.
RAINB0WDMSI0N
PLANS CELEBRATION
Veterans Will Mark 18th Anni
versary of Taking Over
Lorraine Sector.
The Rainbow Division Veterans will
celebrate the eighteenth anniversary
of their taking
over the Lorraine
sector tomorrow
night with a stag
reunion banquet
In the Hotel Ham
ilton. Members ol
the District,
Maryland and
Virginia chapters
will attend.
Harold B. Ro
dier, editor of the
Rainbow Reveille,
national monthly
i H. B. Rodirr. Ifa 1 chairman.
The banquet will
begin at 7:30 o’clock. Following the
banquet the veterans will have a num
ber of entertaining features on the
program.
Cabbies Seek New Rate.
Drivers of Bombay, India, who claim
to have the best taxi service in the
world, are trying to establish an 8
cent-a-mile rate for their powerful
open-type cars.
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I
The Rational Scene
BY ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH
THE two major parties have at last found something upon which
they see eye to eye.
The vote to Investigate the Townsend plan was all but
unanimous. The committee is to be half and
half, Democrat and Republican. Both sides are
so badly frightened by the Townsend bogey that
they hope for a committee finding that will In
sure a uniform anti-Townsend plank for both
parties. t
The fact that provision has been made for
publication of the report after Congress ad
journs stamps it as a campaign document.
Dr. Townsend is a kindly old gentleman whom
no one is likely to threaten to kick down
Pennsylvania avenue.
The experience that the benevolent gospeleer
is about to undergo may cause him to have a
ahc« ixjniwonn. ieilow feeling for Mr. Morgan, Mr. ksskod, me
Duponts and other capitalistic suspects who
have suffered on the same grill.
I |
A grisly thought occurs. What if this circus fhould give Dr.
Townsend the pulpit from which to preach his creed |o the public at
Government expense!
(Copyright. 1936.1
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Fine Weather for Ducks, With Free Food Aplenty !
Food Is mighty scarce for our feathered friends during these days of ice and snow, so hundreds of wild ducks—mallads, canvas-backs and other
species—needed no second call yesterday when grain was placed along the banks of the Potomac near Fort Belvoir, Va. The feed was supplied by the
Biological Survey Bureau of the Agriculture Department and set out by Edwin D. Pelot, a deputy warden. The photographer hid in a blind and made this
striking photo while the birds attacked their meal. —Star Staff Photo.
TOWNSEND SPURNS
Old-Age Pension Group Not
to Back Such Proposal,
He Declares.
B5’ the Associated Press,
j One threat of a third party move
ment faded today with the announce
, ment of Dr. F. E. Townsend that his
; old-age pension organization will not
back such a proposal.
Townsend declared that neither
will his group join movements in any
State that would mean a conflict in
j presidential primaries of either party.
| The co-founder of the $200-a-month
j pension plan referred to a proposal
: to enter a delegation in the Cali
fornia primary nominally pledged to
Representative McGroarty, Democrat,
of California for President. Town
send declared "such a program could
only bring defeat and discredit to the
Townsend movement,” though he said
the movement’s leader had no desire
: to "antagonize" any such "favorite
son" candidacy as McGroarty’s.
McGroarty, author of a measure to
pay up to $200 a month pensions, de
clared in the Capital that he did not
believe Dr. Townsend "understands
what we have in mind.”
He declared “the plan is to send a
j delegation to the Democratic Na
| tlonal Convention pledged to an ef
I fort to secure adoption of a plank in
i the national platform indorsing the
j Townsend old-age pension move
xixexib.
W. A. ROBERTS IS URGED
TO SUCCEED PRETTYMAN
Columbia Heights Citizens Advo
cate Appointment as Cor
poration Counsel.
Appointment of Peoples Counsel
William A. Roberts as corporation
counsel to succeed E. Barrett Pretty
man, whose resignation is effective
March 15, was advocated last night by
the Executive Committee of the Co
lumbia Heights Citizens’ Association.
Col. L. R. Maddox, chairman of the
Law and Legislation Committee, was
instructed to submit to the President,
Postmaster General Parley, the chair
man of the House and Senate District
Committees a resolution urging
Roberts’ appointment.
Maddox was also authorized to ap
pear at a Zoning Commission hearing
next Thursday to offer strenuous ob
jecttions to any change in the present
zoning laws, and particularly to elim
ination of the "consent division re
quirements,” which guarantee every
citizen a voice In drafting the regula
tions.
D. & DOCTORS ASK
HEALTH PARLEY
Petition Seeks Conference
With City Heads for Sup
ply Bill Cash.
The first step in the move to put
the question of remedying the Dis
trict’s inadequate public health facili
ties squarely up to the Commissioners
is to be made today by Dr. Sterling
Ruffin, president of the District
Medical Society and head of the Doc
tors and Citizens’ Committee named
to battle for more funds to lower the
Capital's mortality rate. Dr. Ruffin
last night was asked by the committee
to write the Commissioners for an ap
pointment for the group which de
cided at a meeting at the Medical
Society Building that the most ef
fective method of wringing more
money from Congress would be
through taking these steps:
1. Demonsti.-.ting to the Commis
sioners the Inadequacy of the $505,000
allowed by the Budget Bureau. This
is a slash by about $35,000 from the
Commissioners’ original recommenda
tions.
2. Inducing the Commissioners to
resubmit estimates to the Budget
Bureau in the hope of hiking the
agency’s proposal to *605.000, the
j minimum desired by Dr. George C,
| Ruhland, public health officer. The
doctors hope the Budget Bureau
would then recommend to the House
Appropriations Committee adding the
extra money to the District supply
bill.
Four Draft Petition.
During a two-hour meeting behind
locked doors the men and women
conducting the health drive appointed
four of their number to draft a
strongly worded petition to present
the Commissioners when the full
committee appears before it.
This special group is headed by Dr.
D rent i cc UTilenn nn/1 J
him are Right Rev. John O’Grady,
head of the Catholic Charities here;
Mrs. Ernest R. Grant, secretary of
the Tuberculosis Association, and Dr.
Arthur C. Christie. Dr. Christie is
head of the Public Health Committee
of the Washington Board of Trade.
As the committee assembled last
night, it was presented by Rev. Dr.
W. L. Darby, executive secretary of
the Washington Federation of
Churches, with a resolution promising
full co-operation on the part of the
Board of Directors of the federation
with the health campaign.
At the same time, Thomas F. Lodge,
president of the Federation of Cit
izens’ Associations, told the group he
intends to solicit the co-operation of
the District Bar Association for the
campaign.
The church resolution urged on all
Protestant congregations “prompt and
wholehearted support of this united
effort to better living conditions in
Washington, including such action as
they may deem it wise to take for the
improvement of this very serious sit
uation.
|| Congress
TODAY.
Senate.
In recess. Agriculture Committee
investigates cotton business.
HOU8t.
Considers amendments to new farm
bill, with passage expected. Appro
priations Committee on regular supply
bills.
TOMORROW.
Senate:
Meets at noon to hear reading oi
Washington’s farewell address by
Senator Bachman, Democrat, oi
Tennessee.
Judiciary Subcommittee hearing ai
10 o’clock on the nomination of Ed
win R. Holmes to be a Federal Judgi
in the fiftfi circuit.
House:
George Washington memorial eerv
ices. Representative McLean, Repub
lican, of New Jersey will read Wash
ington’s farewell address.
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TRAFFIC
CONVICTIONS
SECOlfD-OFFENSE SPEEDING.
Melville R. Armstrong. 6024 North
Dakota avenue, 38 miles, $25.
FIRST-OFFENSE SPEEDING.
John H. Grant. 323 L street north
east, 38 miles. $10.
Paul A. James, 1430 W street, 32
miles. $5.
Fletcher Hamphill, 607 Q street, 33
miles. $5.
John M. Smith, £., Maryland, 50
miles. $20.
Joseph N. Harper, Maryland, 55
miles. $20.
Frank A. Mayers, Maryland, 32
miles, $5.
Douglass A. Dean, 1322 Levis street
southeast. 32 miles, $5.
Admiral Dewey Dunn, 143 W street,
38 miles, $10.
Frank Hild. 1234 Rhode Island ave
nue northeast. 32 miles, $5. , • •
Thomas Belschler, Virginia, 34
miles. $5.
Sylvester Blockmon, 5323 B street
southeast. 40 miles, $10.
Thomas G. Oliver, 2220 Hail place,
38 miles, $10.
Ralph B. Kelly, 151 Abbey place
northeast, 40 miles, $10.
Thomas J. Looney, 30 Seaton place,
37 miles. $10.
Howard Slachter. 1400 A street
southeast. 32 miles, $5.
Charles C. Beck, Bolling Field, 34
miles. $5.
William W. Richards. 603 North
Carolina avenue southeast. 32 miles. $5.
Jack H. Farmer, 21 Sixth street
northeast, 38 miles. $10.
Laurence Genaro. Indiana. 40 r les.
$10.
Paul J. Sinclair, 1224 Irving street,
32 miles, $5.
Bernard Seidl. 3614 Connecticut ave
nue, 38 miles. $10.
William C. Strickler, Virginia, 45
miles. $15.
Lawrence W. Lent, 1022 Fifth street
northeast, 32 miles, $5.
Alvin Seeger, Maryland, 32 miles, $5.
Joseph Hollis, 3218 Wisconsin ave
nue, 37 miles, $10.
Alpheus L. Walter, 4105 Wisconsin
avenue, 32 miles, $5.
Arthur L. Pits, 1347 Somerset place,
55 miles. $15.
Arthur W. Ferguson, 1204 Talbert
place southeast. 38 miles. $10.
Joseph E. Campbell, 1733 R street,
50 miles, $15.
James C. Deaver, Maryland, 38
miles. $10.
Clayton Blaekshear, 1824 8 street,
32 miles. $5.
PERMITS SUSPENDED.
Leroy J. Adams, 2216 H street, 45
miles, 30 days.
Edward L. Bacon, jr„ 1355 Euclid
street, 40 miles. 30 days.
Melvin A. Baum. 1104 Monroe
street, 40 miles. 30 days.
Robert L. Boss, 3511 Twentieth
streets northeast. 36 miles, 15 days.
Victor Cohill, Dupont Circle Apart,
ments, 36 miles, 15 days.
Edward W. Cook, 2631 Woodley
place, 40 miles, 30 days.
John F. Costello, js., 3149 Newark
street, 36 miles. 15 days.
James Edwards, 546 Hobart street,
36 miles, 15 days.
Raymond T. Edwards, 204 Tenth
street southeast. 40 miles, 30 days.
William R. Games, 1108 I street
southeast, 36 miles, 15 days.
Cary A. Gilbert, 2500 K street, 36
miles, 15 days.
Odie Jones, 1028 Cherry Hill, 40
miles, 30 days.
James E. Power, 4015 New Hamp
shire avenue, 35 miles, 15 days.
Claude Principe, 3624 Morton place,
44 miles, 30 days.
Ardell J. Proctor, 909 Third street
southeast, 36 miles, 15 days.
Jerome Rosen, 5318 Illinois avenue,
40 miles, 30 days.
James O. Shepard. 426 Seventh
street northeast, 36 miles, second of
fense, 30 days.
Evelyn L. Turner, 1314 V street
southeast, 36 miles, 15 days.
Malcolm W. Wehrung, 4400 Green
wich parkway, 38 miles, 15 days.
Ezra N. Williams, 5425 Connecticut
avenue, 43 miles, 30 days.
NEW COMMANDANT
The new commandant of the Naval
Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
will be a former Washingtonian,
Comdr. Mark L. Hersey, jr., who is
i well known for his work here in the
Office of Naval Intelligence.
The Navy Department announced
• that he will be assigned about April
• 24 to the poet at Guantanamo Bay,
• the American Navy’* base In South
eastern Cuba.
t .
WITH HIS MOTHER
Flies to New Home, Ending
Tangled Court Battle
for Possession.
Eight-year-old Albert Sardo, jr., was
back in the arms of his mother today— j
the mother he once said he didn't love, i
At a dramatic but simple meeting
in a lawyer’s of- . .,,,
fice. Mrs. Helen
viiguiiu. vuia.
piano, who won a
court victory in a
light for the cus
tody of her child,
was reunited with
the boy. yester
day.
Albert cr?-d •
little, but tears
soon gave way to
smiles as he talk
ed with his
mother of the ad
ventures that ... . _ .
..... . Albert Sardo. Jr.
awaited him at
his new home in New Jersey.
“When are we going to Asbury?” i
he wanted to know.
"As soon as we can fly there, son,” j
his mother told him softly.
More questions followed in rapid1
succession: Would there be boys and
girls for him to play with; when could
he swim in the ocean; would his sister
Madeline be there, and could he take
his dog along.
Soon, Mrs. Villapiano took her son’s
hand in her own, and they left for
Washington Airport. There they took
a plane for Asbury Park, where Albert's
stepfather, Dr. Joseph Villapiano,
awaited him.
Albert’s father was killed in an
automobile accident last year, and a
bitter legal battle
Ivy c*o vi agv.u
the boy’s custody.
During a District
Supreme Court
hearing, Albert
denied he loved
his mother and
said he would
,, rather live with
. his grandfather,
t William A. Sardo,
412 H street
northeast.
A mandate for
jBHH Albert's return to
a* « his mother was
Mr,. VillapUno. yesterday
They were brought together in the
office of Mrs. Villapiano’s attorney.
Albert was taken there by his grand
father's counsel, Ringgold Hart.
BRICKLEY TO KICK
AT “Y” BANQUET
Fathers and Sons to See Ex
Gridiron Star and Base
Ball Players.
Charles Brickley, Harvard’s famous
drop-kicker of more than 20 years
ago, will show boys of the Y. M. C. A.
there is still some kick in the old leg
yet, in a drop-kicking demonstration
at the annual father-and-son celebra
tion of the Y. M. C. A. boys’ depart
ment tonight.
Brickley will be a guest at the ban
quet which boys of the department
give, each year for their fathers and
will tell the boys "What I Learned
on the Foot Ball Field.” After the
banquet he will show how he drop
kicked 34 out of 37 field goals for
Harvard while an al-America star
from 1911 to 1914.
Other special guests at the banquet
will include Ossie Bluege of the Na-t
tionals, Bill Werber of the Boston Red
Sox and Joe Judge, long a star with
the Washington club.
J. O. Martin will be toastmaster.
William Schmucker will lead the boys
in songs. After the banquet there will
be a 7 ither-and-son swim, a basket
ball game and other contests, in addi
tion to the Brickley demonstration.
James C. Ingram, director of the
“X” bogs’; department, is in charge
of airayfanenU.
t
Sovernment’s Contentions l|
on Constitutionality Found \
Valid, He Says.
3y the Associated Press. ff
Calling the Supreme Court's T. V. W
A. decision "eminently satisfactory,” | ft
Attorney General Cummings said yes- r|
terday that the "Government’s con- Iff
tentions on all constitutional questions p
were found to be valid.”
While Cummings refused to elabo- p
rate, other administration lawyers I ;
said the Government believed that the '
constitutionality of the Tennessee ?
Valley act had been settled, that the
Government's right to use and sell p
power in connection with the develop- f
ment of a navigable stream had been I
upneld and the Government’s prop- f
erty right in power thus produced had | ’
been established. f
The lawyers added, however, that I -
the case of dams other than Wilson I f
Dam would be decided on facts pre- I
sented to the courts, and that the
high tribunal's ruling did not neces- f
sarily prevent adverse rulings in spe- ;
eifle cases in the future. f
A. & P. NEW TRIAL I
IS DENIED BY COURT I
Counsel for Grocery Concern to
Appeal Decision in Short
Weight Case.
A new trial was denied the Great
Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., convicted
on January 24 of giving short weight I
to a customer, by Judge John P. Mc
Mahon in Police Court today.
The conviction was on one of 22
charges pending against the company. S
Attorneys for the defense notified
the court that a writ of error would
be petitioned in the District Court of
Appeals. Exception was taken to Judge
McMahon’s ruling.
It was charged that the company,
at its store at 3000 Connecticut avenue,
last July 27, sold two chickens to Mrs.
Helen Exley at a weight In excess of
what they actually weighed.
Caruthers Ewing of New York, gen
eral counsel for the A. & P„ contended
that if a clerk made an error in com
putation in the sale of the two chick
ent the company was not guilty of
any violation.
nuumu-ur rcimumcu
Outlaw Horses Create Problem in
Northwest.
MEDFORD, Oreg., February 21 (A-'
—A band of 100 outlaw horses ieo b.
six wild stallions, created such a prob
lem that stockmen have asked the
Jackson County Court to approve a
round-up.
The outlaw band ranges Irom
Sterling to the California-Oregon line.
Stockmen said the horses trample
down range grass and alfalfa fields,
eat the rock salt left for range cattle
and kick the life out of sheep and
young stock.
NUT OIL WRIT DENIED
PHILADELPHIA. February 21 iTP.
—Judge William H. Kirkpatrick of
the United States District Court re
fused yeterday to enjoin collection of
an excise tax on Philippine coconut
oil.
The suit was brought by C. F. Sim
onin & Sons, refiners, on the ground
the tax w’as passed to protect Ameri
can producers of coconut oil substi- '
tutes, and as such was as unconsti
tutional as the processing taxes of
the A. A. A.
The court, however, held the con
tention "pure speculation with no
evidence to support it.”
PLAYERS TO DINE
Representative McGroarty of Cali
fornia will be guest of honor and
speaker Sunday night at the annual
one-act play tournament dinner spon
sored by the Community Center De
partment. The dinner wilLbe held at
the Parrot, 1701 Twentieth'street, in
stead of the Press Club, as previously
announced.
Denis E. Connell, Washington drama
director and actor, will be toastmaster
More than 100 players and drama en
thusiasts are expected to attend.
-.
Two of Quadruplets Die.
CHARLESTON, S. C., February 21
(•£’).—Two of the quadruplets born t >
a colored couple here died early to
day when they failed to respond to
incubator treatment.
The quadruplets were bom yester
riav in a hnvpl nAnr hpr*.
Irvin S. Cobb
America Likes Laws—
in Theory; They’re
Decorative.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., February
21.—Do you remember the feverish,
the almost hysterical eagerness to
make kidnaping a capital offense
ewent T r
islature on Legis- ,,
lature — Missouri
and California
and other States
besides—after the
Lindbergh baby
was stolen? You
must remember;
it wasn’t long ago.
And now will
some bright little
boy or girl tell
the rest of the
class just how
many kidnapers, f
wno were tried, 1
convicted and
condemned under these laws, have
been legally put to death since then?
And does any one seriously believe
that, anywhere in the Union, Bruno
Hauptmann would today stand appre
ciably closer to the electric chair, had
not child-slaying been added to the
other hideous crime of child-stealing?
We're a great people for laws—not
for enforcing laws; dearie me, no.
we’re much too tender-hearted for
that rough stuff—but just for having
nice ornamental laws on the statute
books.
Let’s see how many more we enact
before the Spring thaw comes.
tOopyrlght^iaag^br^^hi^Ne^h Aaurloaa
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