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Washington News „ Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1936. ' *** PAGE B—1
Senate Subcommittee May Begin D. C. Bill Hearings Within Week
U. S. Appeals Court Holds
Charge Against Judge
Letts Unfounded.
Declared Judge “Deliberately Vio
lated Rights of Poor People
on Trial.”
The disbarment of Attorney Jesse
C. Duke for his accusation that Jus
tice F. Dickinson Letts of District
Supreme Court falsified the record of
*• a case tried be
* fnro Viiin lin
held today by the
United States
Court of Appeals.
Concurring with
the three Su
preme Court jus
tices who more
than two years
ago took away
from Duke the
right to practice
law here, the ap
pellate body
f n n n ri rharees
made by the at
jesse c. Duk*. torney against
Justice Letts were "wholly unfounded
and wrongful.”
The conduct of Justice Letts, said
Chief Justice George E. Martin,
speaking for the court, was "fair and
Just throughout and beyond reason
able criticism.”
The facts involved in the case arose
in the course of a prosecution of 13
persons charged with violating the
prohibition laws. Eight of the 13
were found guilty by a jury in Justice
Letts’ court and five of these appealed.
Duke entered the case on behalf of
several of the defendants after their
conviction. He submitted a proposed
bill of exceptions to Justice Letts,
asking that it be allowed for submis
sion to the Court of Appeals. Justice
Letts refused to sign the bill, however,
saying it was inadequate and defective.
A substitute bill, presented by former
r Assistant United States Attorney Har
old W. Orcutt, was found by the judge
to be correct.
Charged Obstruction.
Protesting against Justice Letts’ ac
tions, Duke charged that he had "ob
structed justice in the case of the
appellants by denial of bail and finally
by sending up to the Court of Appeals,
when further delay was impossible, an
inaccurate, incomplete and false bill
of exceptions.”
He added that “the United States
attorney (Leo A. Rover) stands equal
ly guilty in this obstruction of justice
and falsification of records.” The
AnnAfilc latpr stnirlr this Inn
guage from its records, on the ground
It was scandalous and defamatory.
Insubsequent proceedings during the
course of the prohibition case appeal.
Duke repeated the charges and stated
further that Justice. Letts “has de
stroyed any possible belief in either
his judicial discretion or his judicial
or personal integrity, because of his
falsification of the record in this
Failed to Back Charge.
As a result of Duke's charges the
Court of Appeals called a special hear
ing for January 3, 1933, on the sole
question of whether the record of the
case sent to it by Justice Letts was
untrue. Duke failed to submit sub
stantiating evidence or to appear on
the day of the hearing.
Later, in a civil case in District
Supreme Court, Duke caused his client
to ask for a disqualification of Justice
Letts as the trial judge on the ground
he had “hand picked” the jury in the
criminal case and “deliberately vio
lated the rights of the poor people on
trial before him.” The charge also
was made that Justice Letts “cannot
be trusted to decide a case involving a
poor person, like the petitioner, on
one hand, and a banker and Govern
ment official of high standing, on the
As a result of these accusations, the
District Grievance Committee com
plained against Duke, charging him
with professional misconduct prejudi
cial to the administration of justice.
He was tried and convicted by three
I Associate Justice Harold M. Ste
phens of the appellate court, who only
was recently appointed to the bench
and, therefore, was not a member of
the tribunal during the time involved
,by the disbarment proceedings, gave
a separate concurring opinion. He
agreed there was no justification for
Duke’s accusations.
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Mr*. Mabel M. Bouscaren Takes
Oath of Office Formerly
Held by Mother.
Mrs. Mabel M. Bouscaren was sworn
tn as an assistant probation officer
In Police Court today, succeeding her
mother, Mrs. Katherine V. Mankin,
who died recently after serving nearly
$0 years.
Mrs. Bouscaren, dressed in black,
Was sworn in by presiding Judge Gus
A. Schuldt and immediately began her
Hew duties in the District branch of
Police Court.
With the appointment of Mrs. Bous
earen, the probation staff at Police
Court was up to the maximum of four
Mrs. Bouscaren, whose salary will be
$1,(00 a year, lives at 5705 Colorado
Competition Bankrupts Builders.
, Cut-throat competition among bulld
-jers in Brazil is forcing several lntfc
bankruptcy. , A
Star Delivery Boy Knocks Out
Hold-Up Man With One Punch
Interested in Boxing,
He Finds Chance to
Put It to Use.
Doesn’t Tell Mother for
Fear He Would Have
to Give Up Route.
Seventeen-year-old Joseph Cormany,
jr„ who delivers papers for The Star
in his spare time, knocked out a
would-be hold-up man Saturday night
with one punch to the jaw, but he
was afraid to tell his mother about
it for fear she would make him give
up his newspaper route.
Joseph has always been Interested
in boxing and in the basement of his
home at 1510 Spring place he has
rigged up a punching bag, which he
knocks around for 10 minutes every
day. He also has a set of boxing
gloves and has spent many hours
working out with his friends.
Nothing was further from his mind
than boxing, however, when he walked
out of an apartment house at Oak and
Center streets with S25 in his pocket
that he had collected from newspaper
Meets Hold-Up Man.
As he turned the corner of the
building, a man stepped from the
shadows. A hdt was pulled down
over his eyes, and his right hand
bulged menacingly in his overcoat
“Give me your money and be quick
about it,” the stranger ordered.
As Joseph hesitated momentarily,
some one in the apartment above
raised a window'.
The bandit glanced up at the
window, and Joseph saw his oppor
tunity. His boxing experience had
taught him to lead with his left, but
Carpenter s Auto
Gets New Window
As Result of Row
Lee Hammer’s 1924 sedan had a new
window and the Italian Embassy's
limousine was sporting a new hub cap
today, marking the official close of a
controversy which nearly landed Ham
mer and the embassy chauffeur in
Hammer. 71-year-old carpenter, was
driving north on Fourteenth street
near Irving when the embassy car,
operated by Mario Ricciardelll, drew
The chauffeur, according to Ham
mer, yelled to him to move over.
Hammer replied he had places to go
and didn’t intend to pull over.
A moment later the cars bumped
together, a hub cap being pulled from
the limousine. Hammer said Ricciar
delli then ran over and drove his fist
through a window of his sedan, cut
ting his hand in the process.
Policeman Edward Hall took both
men to No. 10 precinct, where they
were released after agreeing to settle
the matter out of court by paying for
each other’s damage. The chauffeur
was treated at Garfield Hospital for
the cut.
$23,330,368 Appropriation
Is Recommended for Legis
lative Branch in 1937.
Physical and other improvements
for the Capitol and Library of Con
gress are provided in the legislative
appropriation bill reported to the
House today by its Appropriations
The bill carries a total of $23,330,368
for 1937 fiscal year expenses, $604,292
less than the current ltgislative ap
propriation and $841,403 less than
budget estimates for varaious activi
ties of the Senate, House, Capitol
police, Capitol architect. Library of
Congress, Government Printing Office
and Botanic Garden.
While the House was allowed six
more pages to run members’ errands
from the floor, a budget recommenda
tion for improvements in the House
press gallery was refused.
The House drew two more telephone
operators to handle the increased
VrtllimA nf r*Q 11c OnH He iolanrnnh « «A
telephone allowance was increased by
$5,000 to $95,000.
A $2,225,000 allowance was granted
for continuing construction of a
Library of Congress annex. Funds
also were provided for replacing sky
lights and sections of the Capitol roof
and for rewiring the old Supreme
Court section of the building. The
bill omits $64,000 sought for two more
elevators at the Senate end of the
Capitol. %
The Library of Congress was given
20 more employes, partly to catch up
on a 750,000-volume lag in the place
ment of books.
The House restaurant, which has
been going'into the red a little in the
past 18 months after operating on its
own for three years, was granted a
$15,000 reserve operating fund for use
against such contingencies.
The amount recommended for the
Senate is $3,314,464, which is $253,677
less than current appropriations. The
total recommended for the House is
$8,302,108, a net decrease of $101,602
from the current appropriation.
For the Capitol police, $110,440 is
recommended, a slight decrease under
the current year. The Capital force
has been put under standard require
ments. A total of 51 appointees out
of 133 has been made according to
this requirement and a continuance
of this provision is recommended.
For the Capitol Building repairs,
$416,725 is recommended, an increase
of $50,275 above surrent appropria
—Star Staff Photo.
In real emergencies he prefers his
right, so he started a punch from the
ground. The blow caught the bandit
squarely qn the chin and sent him
sprawling. Before the man could
recover, Joseph was on his way home
as fast as his legs would carry him.
He's Reluctant to Talk.
He said nothing to his parents about
the incident that night, but they no
ticed the skinned knuckles on his
right hand at breakfast yesterday and,
after considerable questioning, they
learned what had happened.
The youth explained he had said
nothing about it because he was afraid
his mother would make him give up
his paper route. Mrs. Cormany said
another paper boy was held up at the
same place about a month ago.
Joseph is a junior at Central High
18th Fatality of ’36 Occurs
as Man Is Hurled to
Street in Crash.
Elmer Robinson, 28. of 3624 Eleventh
street, died in Georgetown Hospital
early today as a result of a broken
neck suffered In an automobile ac
cident Saturday. He was the year's
eighteenth traffic victim.
Mrs. Robinson collapsed when she
was notified of her husband's death,
and a Casualty Hospital ambulance
was sent to her home to administer
A passenger in an automobile driven
by Ourn L. Swrann, 643 East Capitol
street, Robinson was hurled to the
street when the car struck a concrete
wall on the east side of the 1800 block
of Foxhall road.
Condition Still Critical.
Swann still was in a critical, though
improved condition at the hospital
today. X-rays were taken yesterday
to determine it hi* «Mtf1 was fractured
A third occupant of the car, Robert.
Ballard. 27, of 1414 D street south
east was cut about the head.
Mrs. Fanny Bond, 35, of 602 G street
southeast, was taken to Providence
Hospital shortly after midnight, suf
fering from cuts received when struck
by a hit-and-run driver at Ninth and
I streets southeast.
Matthew H. Higgs, 26. of 1212
Staples street northeast and James
Ryan, 21, of 613 G street southwest
were in critical condition at Provi
dence after their car struck a tele
phone pole on the Leonardtown road
4 miles beyond the, District line.
Truck Driver Held.
Clarence R. Harrell. Chicago truck
driver, was charged with reckless driv
ing yesterday after his two-ton truck
hit an automobile stopped for a red
light at Fourth street and Rhode Is
land avenue northeast.
In the car were George N. Byram,
35, of 2027 First street northeast and
Elsie Mayo of 2209 F street, who were
taken to Sibley Hospital suffering
from head Injuries.
New School Open Tomorrow.
The Woodrow Wilson High School
will be open and all its class rooms
lighted at 7:30 p.ro. tomorrow to give
parents of the school's 900 pupils and
other citizens an opportunity to in
spect the building before the dedica
tion exercises begin at 8:30 p.m.
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TO COST (1617,911
Hopkins Reveals Most to Be
Spent on Repairs and
Maryland's Share $7,865,851,
While Virginia Will Get To
tal of $8,295,658.
Rendering an accounting of W. P.
A. expenditures on projects in the
District, Maryland and Virginia, for
which a total of $20,617,911 had been
approved as of last December 31, Ad
ministrator Harry L. Hopkins revealed
today that a great proportion of the
Government money will be spent on
construction and repair work.
In the District, Hopkins reported,
69 7 per cent of the total of $4,456,
402 for W. P. A. projects will ac
tually go into construction and re
pair jobs of various kinds. For Mary
land, such expenditures will represent
approximately 90 per cent of the to
tal of $7,865,851, while In Virginia
slightly more than 60 per cent of
$8,295,658 will go to public improve
The balance of the $20,617,911.
Hopkins said, will be spent to provide
work for women, white-collar and
other professional and technical un
employed workers.
Types ef Projects.
A listing by types and cost of proj
ects In the District as of December ;
31 show# the following classes ac
count for the bulk of the money ;
Highways, roads and streets, $1.
580,067. or 34.4 per cent; public build
ings, governmental and educational,
$168,062, or 3.8 per cent; parks and
playgrounds, $539,533, or 12.1 per
cent; water supply and sewer systems,
$575,832, or 12.9 per cent, and air
ports and airways, $243,781, or 5.5
per cent.
Tliis (eaves the remaining 30.3 per
cent of the funds, or approximately
$1,350,000, for white-collar jobs.
Projects In Maryland.
In Maryland the expenditures for
_a._.41.. .. J Mnnira drill Kfi ac
Highways, roads and streets, $2,736,
850, or 34.8 per cent: public buildings,
both educational and governmental,
$882,748. or 11.2 per cent; parks and
playgrounds. $871,638, or 11.1 per cent;
flood control and other conservation,
$274,263, or 3.5 per cent; water supply
and sewer systems, $1,450,278, or 18.4
per cent; transmission and distribu
tion lines, $579,244, or 7.4 per cent, and
transportation, $328,155, or 4.1 per
Virginia expenditures of a similar
nature were reported as: t
Highways, farm-to-market roads
and streets. $1,938,937, or 23.4 per
cent; public buildings, both educa
tional and governmental, $541,009, or
6.5 per cent; parks and playgrounds,
$1,774,604, or 21.4 per cent; flood con
trol and other conservation, $54,805,
or 0.7 per cent; water supply and sewer
systems. $723,104, or 8.7 per cent;
transmission and distribution lines,
$12,255, or 0.1 per cent, and transpor
tation, $81,186, or 1.0 per cent.
Senate Agriculture Group Due to
Act on Bill to Retain
The Senate Agriculture Committee
probably will act late today or tomor
row on a resolution authorizing and
directing the Agriculture Department
to retain the personnel of the Agri
cural Adjustment Administration to
carry out the new farm program un
der the recently-enacted soil-conser
vation law.
There are 5,700 A. A. A. employes,
of whom 641 have been furloughed
since the A. A. A. law was declared
unconstitutional. The pending reso
tion, sponsored by Senator Smith,
Democrat of South Carolina, calls for
retention of those on furlough as well
as the others.
Chairman Smith asks for action on
the resolution at a committee meet
ing today and steps are being taken
now to poll absentee members.
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Young Washington
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These bottle chimes, made in the Henry School sight-saving class,
really produce music. The musician is James Curry, 9, son of Mr.
and Mrs. L. B Curry, 4613 Thirty-eighth street. Tomorrow, Doris Ann
Jones, daughter of Mr. aqty Mrs. L. G. Jones, at the Henry Clfi^ School,
Clarendon, Va.
Moore Wants Chain Bridge Like This
Fine Arts Chairman Opposes $350,000
Just to Rebuild Superstructure.
Bourne Bridge In Massachusetts, cited by Fine Arts Commission chairman as model for new span to
replace Chain Bridge.
man of the Fine Arts Com
mission, has reiterated that
$350,000, proposed for re
construction of the Chain Bridge, is
"totally inadequate" and urged that
a bridge in keeping with the George
Washington Memorial Parkway in
that region be built.
He would have a span across the
Potomac Valley similar to the Bourne
Bridge, over Cape Cod Canal in Mas
sachusetts, costing some $2,000,000.
This, in Dr. Moore’s opinion, would
provide adequate approaches and af
ford a four-lane traffic development.
The exact location of the new bridge
to replace Chain Bridge and whether
it should be a low or a high bridge
should be left to the determination
of the National Capital Park and
Planning Commission, he said.
Landscape treatment should be ade
quate, In keeping with the park de
velopment, he said. The bridge is
doubly important, he emphasized, for
it will form an important connection
between the two great parkways, lead
ing on either bank of the Potomac to
Great Palls, as well as being an arterial
traffic highway between Maryland and
If constructed after the lines of
the Bourne Bridge, Dr. Moore asserted,
there would be no abutments sticking
up in the Potomac River to be dam
aged by ice floes. The rock formation
in the region of Little Falls would
facilitate construction, he said.
Massachusetts provided the neces
sary tie-in with the Bay State's exist
ing highway system. Army engineers
explained, with reference to the
Bourne Bridge, which was commis
sioned last Fall. The existing bridges
over the Cape Cod Canal were too
narrow. Inasmuch as the Federal
Government purchased the artificial
canal from the company owning it,
as a national defense measure, the
Government has jurisdiction over the
bridges there, officials pointed out.
The Bourne Bridge is 2,684 feet long.
The approaches terminate in tower
like constructions. There Is an ade
quate motor drive along the banks
of the Cape Cod Canal, Dr. Moore
said, with fitting approaches. This
is exactly what he would like to see
projected in the Great or Little Falls
region here, to replace the obsolete
Chain Bridge.
The Fine Arts Commission will meet
the latter part of the month and Dr.
Moore will call to the attention of his
colleagues the latest developments in
the Chain Bridge situation.
Dentists Meeting Here Hold
Treatment Only 50
Per Cent Effective.
The 2,000 dentists in attendance at
the fourth annual Five-State I*bst- j
Graduate Clinic at the Wardman Park
Hotel are not particularly impressed, j
as a group, by the sensational claims
made several months ego for a new
“pain-killer” developed by a Columbia
University professor.
No papers or discussicns on the new
treatment have been scheduled for the
four-day meeting, which brings den
tists here from Virginia, Maryland,
West Virginia, North Carolina and
Delaware as guests of the District
Dental Society. The “pain-killer”
made headlines last December, when
it was described to a dental conven
tion in New York City.
Experts attending the convention
here said the effectiveness of the
treatment is highly debatable. Sev
eral dentists said they tried the solu
tion and found it effective only about
50 per cent of the time.
A committee of specialists was to be
conducted through the Justice De
partment by J. Edgar Hoover, chief of
the Bureau of Investigation.
Hoover was said to be interested in
identification work perfected by some
dentists. Dr. Clearence O. Simpson.
Washington University School of
Dentistry, St. Louis, has taken 250,000
X-ray photographs of the human jaw
bone, and no two of the pictures were
Dr. Simpson is convinced identifica
tion can be conclusively established
by this means in thousands of cases
where all other effects fail. He
planned to discuss his research with
Hoover while in Washington.
Dr. Stephen C. Hopkins, president
of the District Dental Society, wel
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Other Program Speakers.
Among speakers on today's program
were Dr. E. C. Rosenow, Mayo Foun
dation. Rochester, Minn.; Dr. Joseph
D. Schaefer, assistant professor of
oral surgery, Northwestern University;
Dr. William M. Murphy, Nobel Prize
winner in medicine in 1934, and as
sociate professor of medicine at Har
vard University, and Dr. Simpson.
A feature of the convention is an
exhibit of historic, scientific and crea
tive art objects at the National Mu
seum- representing the hobbies and re
searches of various dentists. The ex
hibit is in charge of Dr. Waiter A.
One article in the exhibit attracting
considerable attention is a set of false
teeth which once belonged to George
Washington. It is being shown here
for the first time.
Another feature of the program will
be "an evening at Monte Carlo” frolic
False Fire Alarm
Laid to Monument
By Man on Visit
Tells Court He Got Lost
- and Kept Running
Into Shaft.
Gustave Nelson in Police Court to
day blamed the Washington Monu
ment for his turning in a false fire
He pleaded guilty, although he re
marked he remembered nothing about
it. and his case was referred to the
probation Officer for a report before
the imposition of a sentence.
Sergt. H. G. Martin of the third
precinct testified Nelson, a New York
restaurateur visiting here, pulled an
alarm box at Seventeeth and F streets
at 1:10 a.m. Sunday.
Nelson told Judge Isaac R. Hitt he
was riding in a car with a friend, who
let him out near Lincoln Memorial.
In trying to find his way back to the
center of the city, he said, he kept
running into the Washington Monu
He Is at liberty under $500 bond.
Minister Called
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Stefan Predicts Disaster.
Fire Officials Seeking
Mill Blaze Cause.
A strong plea to ban all smoking in
theaters was made today by Repre
sentative Stefan of Nebraska as fire
officials renewed their efforts to ascer
tain the cause of the blaze which Sat
urday night swept the millworking
plant of Galliher and Klimkiewicz,
1334 Eleventh street southeast.
“Unless smoking in theaters is ime
mediately prohibited," Stefan said, “I
predict the District Commissioners
and theater owners very soon will face
responsibility for tragedy greater than
the Knickerbocker disaster, which
took more than 90 lives in 1922.”
Fire Chief Charles E. Schrom said
he had been informed a watchman at
the millworking plant had noticed
children playing in the rear of the
building shortly before the five-alarm
blaze started.
Cause Not Determined.
“The children may have started
the fire,” Schrom said, “but we have
no definite information to that effect.
We are still investigating all possi
ble causes."
Lime Burns Fireman.
Fireman John W. Rabe. No. 19
Engine Company, who was burned
when splattered with lime in the
fire, was said to be Improving at Emer
gency Hospital. He was the only per
son hurt during the blaze, which
caused damage estimated at $50,000.
Chief Schrom said “anything might
happen” as a result of smoking in
"Certainly it is dangerous , and
creates a fire hazard.” he declared.
“There is no law, however, under
which the Fire Department can stop
Theater managers permit smoking
under the impression it will bring
them additional patronage, Stefan
Loss of Life Predicted.
“A lighted cigarette stub thrown
away carelessly, as it is done in
Washington, eventually is going to
result in both loss of life and prop
erty,” the Nebraska Representative
"If theater officials wish to merit
the friendship of the Washington
theatergoing public, they will act
without outside pressure," Stefan’s
statement concluded. “The excuse
that the permission of smoking in
theaters increases revenue is a very
selfish one and an excuse which will
never be forgiven by an enraged pub
lis should fire started by a lighted
cigarette or cigar stub in one of these
theaters cause the loss of human life.”
Armament Prospers Germany.
Expenditures tor rearmament are
playing a predominant role in the rise
of Industry in Germany.
Clergyman Will Fill Pulpit of
Collegiate Church of St.
Rev. Dr Joseph R. Sizoo, one of
Washington's outstanding clergymen,
will leave the New York Avenue Pres
byterian Church next month to be
come pastor of the Collegiate Church
of St. Nicholas in New York City.
Dr. Sizoo announced from the pul
pit yesterday that he will take over
his new’ pastorate on May 1. In a
letter to the session and members
of the church here, he said:
“These years are and shall always
remain among the happiest years of
my life, in w’hich I have had untold
evidences of your good will and have
been enriched by your friendships.
Indeed, so happy and glorious have
been these years that it is well-nigh
impossible to think they should ever
end. And yet that has actually come
to pass.
“Twelve years ago God pointed me
here: today He points me elsewhere.
I am deeply and solemnly convinced
that it is His will for me, and I can
not do otherwise. I am a man under
orders: I have no right to consider
my own ease or wish, but only the
will of God. But the same Provi
dence which has watched over us so
far will watch over us the rest of
the way "
One of Oldest Churches.
me v^uiiegiaw? i/mum ui ou imnu
las, which had its beginnings in the
days of Dutch rule over New Amster
dam, is one of the most distinguished
in New' York Located on Fifth ave
nue at Forty-sixth street, it is believed
to be the oldest Protestant church in
Born in the Netherlands on May 15.
1884, Dr. Sizoo came to America as a
boy with his family. He received his
first university degree from Hope Col
lege. Holland, Mich., later attending
the New Brunswick Theological Semi
nary and taking post-graduate work
at Columbia University. He received
the degree of doctor of divinity from
Rutgers College.
Wed in 1915.
He W'as married to Florence May
Mapes of Goshen, N. Y., in 1915. They
have two children, Joseph Mapes and
William Mapes Sizoo.
In addition to his work in the min
istry Dr. Sizoo has distinguished him
self as a lecturer and author. During
the war he served overseas as an
Army chaplain.
He will succeed Rev. Dr. William
MacLeod, who has been retired.
Resolution Calling on F. C. C.
to Give Report Is Prevented
From Immediate Action.
Bt tbs Associated Press.
A resolution calling on the Federal
Communications Commission to in
form the Senate by what authority it
made recent mass “seizures” of tele
grams for the Black Lobby Committee
was introduced today by Senator
Borah. Republican, of Idaho, but im
mediate consideration was blocked.
Chairman Black of the Lobby Com
mittee said he would not object to
the resolution if it used some other
word for “seizure.”
He contended there had been “no
seizures” in the ordinary sense of that
word, because all telegrams obtained
had been duly subpoenaed.
Borah agreed to use the phrase
"alleged seizure,” but no agreement
could be reached, and Democratic
Leader Robinson asked that considera
tion go over until tomorrow.
Borah said he wanted only a “com
plete record” of the wholesale obtain
ing of telegrams and was not offering
the resolution in the "nature of cen
However, he jaid, he did not know
what his views would be after the com
mission reported.
Upper Chamber to Receive
Measure Formally
This Afternoon.
DEFICIT OF $2,200,000
Commissioners and District Offi
cials Expected to Testify
First for Restoration.
With the $3,000,000 cut in the Fed
eral share of the 1937 District appro
priation bill likely to be one of the
main issues considered, the Senate
| subcommittee in charge of the mea'
ure probably will start hearings within
a week.
Tlie bill, which passed the House
Friday carrying? a total of $42,573.
283, but with the Federal payment
slashed from the Budget Bureau rec
omendation of $5,700,000 to $2,700.
000, will be formally received by the
Senate this afternoon and referred to
Post Office Department Intensifies
Drive—Wants “Country
Juries’’ for Cases.
By the Associated Press.
The Post Office Department, Intensi
fying its drive against books it calls
‘•obscene.” is looking to Congress for
| new legislation to assist it.
The legislation would give postal
; authorities the right to prosecute such
I cases before “country” juries rather
i than in New York courts. In the lat
I ter city. Post Office inspectors saj',
i convictions are too hard to obtain,
i Through Representative Dobbins,
| Democrat, of Illinois, a former Post
Office inspector, a bill has been in
troduced under which persons who
mail ‘‘obscene" matter could be
prosecuted either at the place of mail
ing or in the community where the
mail is delivered.
Under the present law. limiting
prosecution to the place of sending,
almost all obscene literature cases
come before juries in New York City,
described as the seat of the trade in
"lewd” books.
Representative Fish and Wife of
Representative Rogers Also
Make Reports to Police.
Three members of Congress took
more than the usual interest today
in the activities of the Metropolitan
■Police. The gendarmes had report*
of these losses:
Senator Carter Glass of Virginia, a
$2,600 mink-lined overcoat from hi*
room at the Raleigh Hotel.
Mrs. Will Rogers, wife of Repre
sentative Rogers of Oklahoma, a
purse containing $15.*7 and two ban
quet tickets, in a Pennsylvania
avenue drug store.
Representative Hamilton Fish of
New York, a year-old fox terrier
puppy, from his home, 2319 Ashmead
place. The dog has not been seen
since Friday. It strayed from home
once beforej^about six months ago,
but was gone only a day.
! the Appropriations Committee.
I Senator Thomas, Democrat, of Ok
lahoma, chairman of the District
Subcommittee of the Appropriations
Committee, is desirous of expediting
the bill and probably will fix the date
for hearings within a few days
Tydings Urges Care in Cut.
Senator Tydings, Democrat of
Maryland, one of the ex-officio mem
bers of the subcommittee, said today
he has not had an opportunity t >
study the details of the bill in its
present form, but, in commenting on
the cut in the Federal payment. tv
added: "It should be carefully go: '
into before so drastic a reduction is
The Maryland Senator, together
with Senators King. Democrat < ‘
Utah, and Capper. Republican c'
Kansas, are assigned from the Sen? -
District Committee as members
the District Appropriations Subcom
Although the House reduced tl
Federal share to the lowest figure
history, it added new items whi
brought the total of the bill up t ■>
$908,283 above the budget estimate .
I wijh the result that the District gc\ -
j emment would face a deficit in rev
j enues next year unless the bill is re
| vised. At the same time, the House
| reduced many essential operating
j items the budget had recommended,
! including health and hospital facilities.
$2,200,000 Deficit Looms.
If the regular District bill for next
j year should pass in its present form
j and necessary supplemental items for
the remainder of this year are ap
| proved in the next deficiency bill, the
! District’s estimated deficit next year
j would be $2,200,000.
The hearings are expected to start
I with the Commissioners and other
District officials presenting the justi
i fication for restoration of items elim
inated by the House, in response to
the letter wTitten several days ago by
| Chairman Thomas asking for in
formation on any changes they deemed
necessary. The officials will be fol
lowed by spokesmen for civic organiza
While the members of the Senate aro
not discussing changes until the Ap
propriations Committee acts, through
out the history of fiscal relations be
tween the Federal and District Gov
ernments the Senate has always en
deavored to keep the apportionment
on an equitable basis.

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