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POLITICS DRIFTING
TO NEW PITIES
Jeffersonian Alignment
Against New Deal Held
G. 0. P. Fault.
BY DAVID LAWRENCE.
Two months have gone by since
Congress convened and what has hap
pened seems to indicate very clearly
that the Republican party may be on
the road to extinction just as was the
old Whig party in 1856, and that
within the next two or three years
the two major parties in America may
be the New Deal party and the Jef
fersonian party of liberals.
Convincing evidence of this trend
Is to be found in the fact that the
Republicans have made a colossal
failure as an opposition party in
both Houses of Congress. Bills of vital
concern to the citizen, bills that are
arousing the antagonism of the rank
and file, including millions of Re
publicans. are being passed without
even a syllable of debate.
There is every reason to beieve
that the members of the Republican
party—that is, the voters who are af
filiated with that ticket throughout the
country—not only have not lost their
vitality and aggressiveness, but have
Increased their militancy.
Examination of the debate in Con
gress, however, in the last two years
shows that the Jeffersonian Demo
crats and not the Republicans in
Congress have really led the fight
against the New Deal. With one or
two exceptions no Republican in either
House of Congress has developed the
i.4Sues in such a way as to command
Nation-wide attention.
Thousands of Complaints.
For many months the relief situa
tion's relationship to politics has been
apparent to anybody who wanted to
iHiU? me uuuuic .u imu me uiuusaiiu.' j
of letters of complaint from citizens |
all over the country. Yet it re- (
mained for a Democratic Senator,
Kush Holt, really to expose the scan
dal and direct national attention to it. |
From another Democrat, Senator
Carter Glass, has come a courageous
denunciation of the misuse of power
and funds by congressional investigat
ing committees, in which he was
joined by Senator Connaily of Texas,
another Democrat.
From Senators Walsh of Massa
chusetts and George of Georgia. Dem
ocrats, came the most effective op
position to processing taxes as levied
Under the A. A. A.
From Senator King of Utah. Demo
crat, and Byrd, Democrat, of Virginia
have come the most aggressive oppo
sition to expanding bureaucracy and
waste of Government funds, and in
this attack Senator Tydings. Demo
crat. of Maryland also was an effective
speaker.
From Senator Bennett Champ Clark
Of Missouri, Democrat, came the best
attack that was made against the
N. R. A. before it was invalidated by
the Supreme Court of the United
dates.
From Senator Ashurst, Democrat,
chairman of the Judiciary Committee,
has come the most penetrating defense
of the Supreme Court and an attack
on those who would undermine the
Constitution.
There have been others like the
courageous Senator Bailey of North
Carolina. Democrat, and Senator Gore
of Oklahoma, who have occasionally
shown an independence of the White
House domination and reiterated their
Allegiance to the fundamentals of
Jeffersonian Democracy, but for the
most part the New Deal party has
had one of the staunchest group of
spokesmen a Seriate majority has ever
seen. There is team work and col
laboration and no apparent effort to
let a single opportunity go by without
hammering their opponents.
Practically no Opposition.
Now, on the Republican side, with
the exception of Senator Dan Hast
ings of Delaware, who for a long time
held the battle line almost single
handed, there has been practically
no Republican opposition. At present
Senator Vandenberg of Michigan is
coming into the fray with a fight on
the Florida ship canal that has the
•makings of a national issue because
It dramatizes the weaknesses of the
New Deal system of allowing money
to be appropriated for public work
projects without having them passed
upon by the national Legislature.
But on the whole the Republican
opposition has been the weakest any
minority party has put up in 50
years. Explanations, or rather ex
cuses, are to be heard to the effect
that many of the so-called Republi
cans like Frazier and Nye of North Da
kota or Norris of Nebraska or La Fol
Jette of Wisconsin are really not Re
publicans, but allies of the New Deal
party.
Another point frequently made is
that the RenuhlicsriK are t/v\ few
make much of a fight. It will be
Recalled, however, that the famous
"‘battalion of death” or "irrecon
cilables” who undertook to defeat the
■Versailles treaty consisted of not
more than five Senators at the out
set, but they had the courage of their
convictions and were willing to give
■*f their energies unstintingly for what
they believed to be the right policies
8hat America should pursue. They
didn't confine themselves to the Capi
tal—they stumped the country at
mass meetings arranged for them—
and in the end they forced a majority
of the Senate to go along with them.
It might be argued that there is
nothing wrong with the Republican
party, but only with the quality of
men now representing it in Congress
and that the cure lies in putting
fighting leaders into the next pri
maries. but unfortunately this is not
the w'hole story. The Republican
party leaders in most of the States
have not been effective either. There
has been an unprogressing and daw
ding atitude on the part of many of
the organization men throughout the
country.
Jeffersonian Party Prospect.
From all this it is not difficult to
draw the conclusion that the real op
position to the New Deal will some
day be taken over by a Jeffersonian
party, which w’ill consist of Democrats
who do not wish to go along with the
New Deal party and who do not put
much faith or trust in the so-called
Republican leadership or in its ca
pacity to cope with national prob
lems.
Offers of participation in future
cabinet posts have been made to the
anti-New Dealers by Republicans who
favor fusion, but this gesture is too
transparent for the Jeffersonian
Democrats, who will not leave their
own party till they form and dom
inate another party, and their oppor
tunity to do this may come if the Re
publican party suffers at the polls
next Fall a defeat similar to that
which the Whigs encountered in 1858.
(Copyright. 1836.)
What’s What
Behind News
in Capital
President Waives Econ
omy Rule in Favor of
Norris Measure.
BV PAUL MALLON.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT has
repeatedly shaken his fiscal
finger at Congress this ses
sion. It is his forefinger that
he always uses in budget arguments
when he really means business. With
it he has laid down the law that no
extra expenditures can be made un
less Congress proposes to raise the
extra money by taxes. That is final.
He stressed it in his budget message,
his bonus veto, his seed loan veto
and his most recent tax message.
j
Congress understood it perfectly
until a few days ago. Since then
there has been a little confusion. Or
ders came privately from the White
House to let the $420,000,000 Norris
rural electrification compromise gc
through.
There was really no great ob
jection to lending Government
money for the building of rural
electric lines. The Norris bill
probably represented a good idea.
But what stumped those many Con
gressmen who are not in the know is
how come it becomes the only excep
tion to the economy rule. In fact,
the matter has stumped a good many
congressional leaders who know the
ins and outs of it.
Norris Seen Favorite.
The simple explanation, they say
is that Senator George Norris car
get anything he wants out of Frank
Roosevelt. And they say it in slightly
resentful tone, implying that they
cannot.
When George started pushing the
bill. Frank said nothing for a while
The money involved then was aboul
a billion dollars for a 10-vear pro
gram. This was obviously too much
to be excused as a minor exception
during an economy drive. In ordi
nary circumstances it would have beer
passed like the $50,000,000 seed loar
bill and Mr. Roosevelt would have
had to veto it.
But in the midst of Senate de
bate, Frank called George in for a
conference with Budget Director
Dannie (Bell). They worked out
a way to get around Frank's bud
getary objections. They sliced the
amount about in half and arranged
to tap the R. F. C. for the money.
Thus it will not show against thi
budget.
The curtailment apparently was al
right with Norris. Experts say tha
not even the curtailed amwint wil
or can be loaned for the elbctrificatiot
purposes in the next few years a
least. They believe insufficient de
mand exists. For that reason am
others the bill has come to be knowu
facetiously in Congress as Mr. Roose
veit s present to senator Norris oi
the thirty-third anniversary of thi
Nebraskan's honest and noble con
gressional career,
Personal Political Alliance.
The friendship of Mr. Roosevelt am
Senator Norris is a unique persona
and political alliance. They rarel;
see each other. Norris lives outsidi
the social life of the Capital. He i
not among the Roosevelt advisers
He does not sit in the councils o
the New Deal. He dislikes Postmaste
General Farley and has conducted i
continuous campaign to get Roose
velt's right-hand man out of office.
Yet the President has paid highe:
tribute publicly to Norris than to an;
other living man. His admiration fo:
the Senator transcends the power is
sue, in which they share a mutua
interest. Also it does not hurt Mr
Roosevelt in the West.
Radio people stiffened when the;
learned that Mr. Roosevelt had quietl;
reappointed Anning Prall as chair
man of the Federal Communication!
Commission for another year.
Chairmanships of such commis
sions usually rotate from year to
year (interstate commerce, Federal
trade). In fact, the chairmanship
of this very commission rotated last
year from Judge Sykes to Prall.
Men behind the mikes did not hav!
to stretch their imaginations very fai
to explain the departure from custoir
in this campaign year.
Mr. Prall is a good Democrat. Th<
next in line for the chairmanship ii
Norman Case, who is not only a Re
publican, but a Rhode Island Re
publican.
Note—The F. C. C. is the strangesl
of all commissions. The in-fightins
there has been so heavy that twc
of the commissioners are not on speak
ing terms.
It has not been announced, but th(
new housing program has been re
ferred to an inside committee. Th«
committee is composed of Senatoi
Wagner and Messrs. Grimm, Fahej
and McDonald.
Senator Wagner Surrounded.
What the move really means is that
Senator Wagner has been surrounded
All the committeemen have a different
slant on what should be done, bul
none has his slant. They will prob
ably work out a minor program foi
$100,000,000 or so of publicly financed
low-cost housing.
It is not a secret that Senator Wag
ner is somewhat unhappy about it all
Private understanding among the
members of Mr. Roosevelt's relief
corps is that he will ask Congress
for two to two and a half billions.
The Georgia County which went
for Roosevelt, 5 V2 to 1, against Tab
madge, is one of the few counties ir
the United States where no substan
tial relief projects have been staged
Ex-Gov. Pinchot is tempering hii
shots. He sent out a statement at
tacking a politician the other day
which disclosed that he had edited
out the apprcbrious word “crook” wit!
a pen. and had written in the bettei
word "criminal.”
Shakespearean Senator Ashnrst re
plied to inquiries about his health th<
other day by saying he had more thar
his portion of private grief. ‘One o
the inquiries, Senator Neely of Wes
Virginia, reported, with due acknowl
edgement to the Wegt Virginia W. P
A. charges: “I, sir, hfee public grief.’
(Copyright. 1836.)
EXTENSION SOUGHT
FOR ROME LOANS
New Administration Bill Will
Cut Insurance Amount in
Half, However.
By the Associated Press.
An administration bill extending
the temporary home modernization
loan program of the housing act, but
cutting in half the amount of insur
ance the Government will provide on
such loans, was introduced today in
Senate and House.
Offered by Chairmen Fletcher and
Steagall of the Banking Committees,
the measure would extend the au
thority for insuring private five-year
loans up to $2,000 for residences and
up to $50,000 for business properties
from April 1 to December 31, 1936.
Maximum insurance liability of the
Housing Administration would be re
duced from $200,000,000 to $100,000,
000 and the Government Insurance in
Individual cases cut from 20 per cent
to 10 per cent.
Only for Alterations.
The bill provides that the insured
private residence repair and modern
ization loans of $2,000 or less could be
made only for financing alterations
upon improved real property by the
owners, or by lessees who have leases
| expiring not more than six months
after the loan maturity.
| This would eliminate insurance on
j loans for household equipment, which
does not become a permanent part
j of the property, such as refrigerators,
washers, ironers and similar equip
ment not built in. Wiring, heating
and plumbing system repairs, how
ever. would be eligible for insured
loans.
The legislation also would eliminate
i loans to monthly tenants, which are
permitted under existing law.
Not Made in Volume.
As to continuance of the $50,000
limit on insured loans for purchase
and installation of equipment and
! machinery for business property, an
! official explanation said it was con
sidered “only fair” because such loans
i were not being made in any volume
j until last November and “generation
! of employment is larger, in proportion
! to the .money expended, through im
! provement to business than to home
| properties.”
Regarding the proposed reduction
of total Government commitments,
the official statement said:
"This reduced sum is considered
ample to insure the loans which may
be made from April 1 through De
cember 31 at the new rate of 10 per
cent of the aggregate amount: it also
released $100,000,000 of committed
funds and reduces the Government's
contingent obligations by that amount.”
i Section 3 of the housing act's
temporary provisions would be re
pealed. This authorized the house
j administrator to advance money to
I insured financial institutions on the
security of insured obligations.
I
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Rider
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i
(Continued Prom First Page.)
i
, to assert that Fetty’s assumptions "are
. slander.” He insisted that such state
j ments be stricken from the Record.
| When the crowd applauded, Kennedy
I 1 threatened to clear the room.
I Fetty's testimony chiefly was a
. repetition of earlier statements he has
.! made since the teaching controversy
j | began last Fall.
“We'd better buy one-way tickets,”
■ he said, "for George Jones and Dr.
. Ballou if we hope to clean up the
schools.”
Controls Held Unsuccessful.
Representative Brewster asked Petty
; for a precedent in American history
j under which legislative prohibitions
| have accomplished the intended pur
' j poses. He could cite none.
■ j “If controls of this kind had been
practiced 300 or 400 years,” Brewster
! sa>d. “we probably would have no
American freedom such as we have
today. Isn't that true?”
Fetty agreed that "we would not
have freedom of speech.”
"Then shall w'e use the methods of
the inquisition or shall w'e attempt to
use reason?”
"I don’t blame the School Board for
the methods used. Dr. Ballou and Mr.
Jones are responsible. Now they teach
half the truth about Communism.
They ought to teach all the truth.”
Kennedy then asked if Fetty’s com
j plaint was not directed at Ballou and
j Jones rather than at the Sisson bill.
He said it was. but insisted since teach
ers are not told to denounce Com
munism, the rider is necessary.
Boileau Holds Rider Aid* Red*.
Representative Boileau. Progressive,
of Wisconsin, another volunteer wit
ness, declared "the re*d rider and that
type of legislation is fundamentally
wrongi”
"More harm is being done this
country and more good is being done
the Communist party by the red
baiters and this type of law than
anything I can think of,” he said.
Mrs. Margaret Hopkins Worrell of
the Columbia Heights Citizens’ Asso
ciation presented a resolution asking
the School Board and Dr. Ballou to
resign. She also presented a petition
from Washington citizens to Congress
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Dempsey Baby Threatened
Atlantic City authorities today protected Joan Hannah Dempsey,
19-month-old daughter of Jack Dempsey and his wife, the former Hannah
Williams, as the result of an anonymous report of a plan to kidnap her.
—Photo copyright by W. Lenhard. A. P. Wirephoto.
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asking for the right of referendum
and recall.
Sisson brought out that the Colum
bia Heights resolution was passed by
a vote of 11 to 7.
“Didn't your association vote to ap
prove the Townsend plan?’’ Sisson
asked. '
“Yes.” Mrs. Worrell answered.
“Don't you think there is a little
Communism in that?”
“We are not talking about anything
here but the red rider.” ,
Assails Dr. Charters.
Frank L. Peckham, also of the
American Legion, told of a depart
mental investigation of the character
education experiment and declared
the retention of Dr, W. W. Charters,
a consultant, was un-Amerioan. He
also presented a resolution asking that
the red rider be kept.
Mrs. Jenckes then was called to
present her statement. She repeated
charges made last week and said evi
dence of the truth of her statements
could be found in the record of the
recent hearings before the House Sub
committee on Appropriations.
“The character education experi
ment.” she said, "is a cloak to permit
the indoctrination of children in the
teachings of Moscow University.”
Waste of money, she said, lay in the
boards refusal to lease or sell the old
j Tenley School and, instead, trying to
have the abandoned building torn
1 down. She said the Sisters of Provi
dence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.,
sought to purchase the property and
the board ignored a petition from
members of Congress to make the sale
Religious Intolerance Charged.
“What has that to do with teaching
Communism?” Chairman Kennedy
asked.
“It shows the religious intolerance
of the board, which is a part of the
Communist program."
Later, Mrs. Jenckes said, a bill au
thorizing leasing of the building tc
■ St. Anne's parish was passed by Con
; gress against the wishes of the School
Board. Sale or lease, she said, would
have saved thousands for District tax
payers.
She asked that the Sisson bill be
; tabled and then refused to be cross
examined.
Kennedy was forced to call the crowd
j to order again when Mrs. Jenckes said
; on it* merits.” The chairman ex
plained the board will be heard later,
Sisson pointed out that the House
subcommittee had heard Serkowich
on her behalf.
“Inasmuch as the lady won’t be
questioned, I ask that I may call at
least two members of the School
Board,” Sisson said.
“I don't think we should be forced
to try school authorities.” Kennedy
I answered. That is not our province,
"I also asked that Serkowich be
called,” Sisson continued.
“Is he in the room?”
“He Just now left,” Mrs. Jenckes
said.
The School Board indicated it did
not care to file a brief.
“We can answer the lady right now,”
said Mrs. Marion Wade Doyle, chair
man of the Board of Education.
Elizabeth F. Wimsatt interrupted to
ask if witnesses would be limited to
discussing only communism. She in
dicated she had other complaints to
make.
Kennedy ruled her out of order and
called Roscoe F. Walter, an attorney,
another supporter of the rider.
The Rational Scene
BY ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH
NO EMOTION is quite as blinding as the fury of the violent
partisan who has had no practical political experience.
Anti-New Dealers of that type go rabid. Their rage com
n atolv warns thnir luHmnant
Some have even been heard to say with orac
Ular passion: "He won’t be renominated."
# Those who actually believed such a wish ful
1 Ailment must have had a horrid shock at Gov.
Talmadge’s defeat in the first Georgia skirmish.
To add to their discomfiture Senator Tydings of
Maryland, a leading Democratic opponent of A.
A. A. and N. R. A., has said "Let bygones be by
gones," and plumped for Mr. Roosevelt.
Many New Dealers are equally rash in their
I forecasts. “The President is as good as in again,”
they assert, with defiant scorn for any one who
ventures that -no election ’ is in the bag eight
m\..m immrrml4 months before it takes place.
Alice Lomworth. Discounting fanatic amateur*, no one was dis
couraged, elated or surprised at what happened In Georgia or Mary
land.
It was nothing more than politicians getting into line on the side
their bread Is buttered.
A (Copyright, 1P3S.) S.
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\ .'^Tip!
Steps Taken by Atlantic
City Police on “Tip” of
Kidnaping Threat.
By the Associated Press.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J , March 9 —
: Officers investigated today an anony
; mous ''tip'’ purporting to disclose a
j plot to kidnap Jack Dempsey s 19
| month-old daughter Joan Hannah,
j Whether the "tip” was accurate,
; the officers were unprepared to say.
Acting Capt. of Detectives James
Farley asserted, "It is probably the
| work of a crank.”
The child, however, was placed
| under guard at a hotel here where
I she is staying with her mother.
I Farley said that "rumors to the
! effect” that Dempsey and a friend had
J received post cards from an anony
mous writer warning of a kidnaping
plot against Joan were being invest!
i gated.
! "As soon as. w'e heard about it,’
! Farley said, "we detailed a couple oi
! our men to the i President) hote
| where the little girl is staying wit!
j her mother.”
"As far as we've been able to fine
out.” Farley added, "there's nothing
to the report. It is probably the wort
of a crank.”
While Farley was reluctant to dis
cuss the case further, he said he hat
j heard "rumors” that Federal mei
j were investigating. From othe
sources it was learned that two De
partment of Justice agents had beei
sent to this city at the instance o
local police and were making a search
ing inquiry into the origin of thi
alleged plot.
Left Because of Strike.
Mrs. Dempsey, the former Hanna!
Williams, Broadway show girl, ant
Joan have been at the hotel sinci
Friday. Dempsey, it was learned, hai
established temporary residence heri
for the duration of the service em
ployes’ strike in New York.
It is understood that Dempsey
wanted to spare his wife the efifor
of walking up and down the steps a!
the Newr York Hotel where they hat
been residing during the present tie
up of elevator service. The formei
champion has been commuting to Nev
York, where he has business interests
The Dempseys have refused to dis
j cuss tne tnreats ana in wasmngtor
the Department of Justice declinec
comment. Capt. Farley indicated tha
police reticence in the matter wa:
motivated largely by a desire to avoic
alarming Mrs. Dempsey, who is an ex
pectant mother.
Post Card Sent to Dempsey.
I It was learned that Dempsey re
j ceived the post card in New York
| warning him that the writer had over
j heard “two Polish gentlemen” plan
nlng to kidnap Joan. A card bearing
a similar warning was received by t
friend of Dempsey here. The card:
bore Atlantic City post marks.
Dempsey, it was learned, imme
diately sent a personal bodyguarc
from New York to be near his wife
and child.
Hotel authorities would not discus*
the case. The Dempseys occupy <
sumptuous suite in the hostelry, whici
is located on Albany avenue on th<
main highway connecting the resor
with the mainland.
MEXICAN TRAIN HELD UF
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, March !
(/P).—Three passengers were killed am
several others wounded when rebel
attacked a train near Atotonilco, Ja
lisco, early today.
The rebels blocked the track, forcim
the train to halt, attempted to strii
the passengers of their valuables, am
opened fire when resistance wa
offered.
Federal troops were sent in pursuit
Attorney Pays $5
For Arguing $1.07
Case Before Court
By the Associated Press.
Robert A. Taft, Cincinnati at
torney, had to pay $5 today for
the privilege of arguing a *1.07
case before the Court of Claims.
Taft was not a member of the
bar at the Claims Court. His ad
mission was moved by James W.
Morris. Assistant Attorney Gen
eral. The fee wfrs *5.
Taft sought & force payment
on a *1.07 coupon on a Liberty
bond called for redemption. The
case arose out e( administration
gold poppies.
T12.LJIV 14
SECURITIES ACT
TEST ISMNCED
Argument Before U. S. Su
preme Court May Start
This Afternoon,
BY JOHN H. CLINE.
The Supreme Court today cleared
the way for a test of the constitu
tionality of the securities Exchange
act.
The case, brought by J. Edward
Jones, a New York securities dealer,
had been set for argument tomorrow,
but it was believed it might be reached
late this afternoon, since the justices
announced only one opinion when they
convened at noon.
The court also agreed to review the
validity of a Government order barring
Arthur W. Cutten, Chicago grain
trader, from participating in any
marketing activity for two years for
alleged violation of the grain futures
act. This order has been set aside
by the Circuit Court of Appeals at
Chicago.
Lower Court Ordered.
The opinion announced by the jiK
tices reversed a lower court order
denying the Treasury the right to
sue for possession of the proceeds
from the sale of 146.157 gallons of
alcohol seized as contraband in 1932.
In an opinion by Justice Brandels,
the court held the Government re
quest for possession of the proceeds
of the sale should be adjudicated by
the lower court. The latter had rilled
that the petition could not be enter
tained because the Government had
failed to raise the question of taxes
when it filed its condemnation pro
ceedings against the alcohol.
■The suit against the Securities Ex
change Commission followed a re
| fusal by that body to permit Jones to
! withdraw an issue of securities he
had filed for approval of the com
\ mission.
Board Ruling Expected.
A ruling by the Supreme Court is
expected next Monday in an appeal
by Sam Beard. Washington gambling
leader, and 12 associates from their
convictions in District Supreme Court
last year on charges of violating the
gaming laws. The appeal involves the
right of the Government to introduce
evidence obtained by tapping tele
phone wires leading into a gambling
establishment allegedly operated by
the defendant.
* »niiuuj ui tiir vjuiiry an lu
regulate the soft coal industry through
a code system will be debated Wednes
day and Thursday. Two other New
Deal cases are expected to be ap
pealed here soon from the Circuit
Court of Appeals at Charlotte, N C.
They involve constitutionality of
the utility holding company control
' act and the right of the Government
j to furnish P. W A funds for publicly
owned hydro-electric projects. Deci
sions in these are possible before the
court quits for the Summer in early
June.
The securities act will be assailed
during the arguments by James M.
| Beck, former solicitor general, and
Harry O. Glasser of Enid, Okla. They
' represent J. Edward Jones. New York
I operator, who unsuccessfully chal
| lenged the legislation in lower courts.
| Solicitor General Stanley Reed will
; argue for the Government.
CUTTEN SPURNS COMPROMISE.
Near Death, Orders Counsel to Give
No Ground.
! CHICAGO. March 9 (/P).—Attorneys
j for Arthur W. Cutten, widely known
grain speculator, said yesterday that
although their client was “lying at
death's door’’ he refused a Govern
ment offer to compromise charges ol
income tax evasion and insisted on
fighting efforts to indict him.
“Because his integrity is being im
i pugned,” Lawyers Orville J. Taylor
and Francis X. Busch declared Cutten
had instructed them to give no ground.
Cutten “strenuously denies any civil
or criminal liability’’ for his alleged
| failure to list all his grain pit winnings
: j on his come tax blank. Taylor and
1 ! Busch said in a statement.
! The offer to compromise the case,
which involves $1,200,000 in alleged
unpaid taxes and penalties, was made
Saturday by United States District
Attorney Michael L. Igoe after he
had been advised of Cutten's critical
illness, the statement said.
The conference was arranged at the
lawyers’ request while Igoe was pre
senting a score of witnesses to a Fed
eral grand jury he had asked to indict
the grain trader.
LABOR SUMMONED
Green and Other Leaders Called to
White House Conference.
William Green, president of the
American Federation of Labor, and
other labor leaders were summoned to
the White House today to discuss the
question of low-cost housing aid by the
Government.
Senator Wagner, Democrat, of New
York, who is preparing a housing bill,
was invited to participate.
Burned Hero
i_m.....*-i
POLICEMAN J. W. ADAMS.
Story on Page A-l.)
P, W. A.
(Continued From First Page !
to the item, it would eliminate from
i the P, W. A. project for the Municipal
Center provisions for a Police Court
Building. That would leave P. W. A.
: funds for proposed buildings for the
Municipal and Juvenile Courts.
*5,000,000 D. C. Stadium.
In the secondary list of unallotted
projects is the ill-fated stadium for
the District, costing $5,000,000. It is
the only other District project listed
among the whole 6,808.
This secondary list—for which little
or no hope is seen—includes bona-fide
construction projects long sought by
local communities in every State. They
had never reached first base in the j
months past. The totals of projects ■
in this list, which include the pre
ferred list, show Maryland is down !
for 28 at a total cost of $12,130,974
and Virginia for 107 at a proposed
cost of $19,252,583.
Ten Maryland Projects.
The 10 special projects in Mary
land on which work could be started
at once provided funds were available
are:
Bel Air, storm sewer. $9,000 loan,
$7,364, total, $16,364: Jericho Park,
disposal plant, $1,932 grant, $4,300
estimated cost; Crow-nsville Park,
staff building. $46,593 grant, $137,770
estimated cost; Havre De Grace,
streets, $78,000 loan, $63,820 grant,
$141,820 estimated cost: Rising Sun,
disposal plant. $21,273 grant, $45,556
estimated cost; Elkton, high school,
C'TC ornnt C 1 BA AAA nctimotorl onet 1
Washington County, municipal build
ing. $102,291 grant, $227,315 estimated
cost: Pikesville, infirmary. $51,000
1 loan. $41,750 grant, $92,720 estimated
cast; Pocomoke City, municipal build
ing. $21,083 grant. $46,850 estimated
: cost; Calvert, school. $21,900 grant,
$73,000 estimated cost.
Virginia Projects Approved.
For Virginia the same kind of ap
| proved projects include: Norfolk.
’ building. $56,700 grant, $126,000 esti
mated cost; Giles County, building.
$76,000 grant. $170,000 cost: Prince
| Edward County, school, $40,500 grant,
$90,000 cost: Elizabeth City, stadium,
$15,750 grant, $35,000 cost; Fairfax,
| water works. $23,400 grant, $52,000
cost: Staunton, disposal plant, $109,
800 grant, $240,000 cost: Petersburg,
paving. $17,000 grant, $38,000 cost;
Richmond, street improvements, $22.
050 grant, $49,000 cost: paving. $67,
050 grant, $149,000 cost; paving, $34.
650 grant, $77,000 cost; Roanoke,
bridge, $127,800 grant. $284,000 cost;
Front Royal, addition to high school,
$17,100 grant, $38,000 cast; Stockton,
| armory. $30,600 grant, $68,000 cost:
Front Royal, disposal plant. $23,400
grant. $52,000 cost: Clintwood. school,
$45,000 grant, $100,000 cost; Norfolk,
school addition. $35,100 grant, $78,
000 cost; paving, $63,000 grant. $140,
000 cost; arts building, $45,000 grant,
$100,000 cost: Chatham, office build
j ing, $33,750 grant. $75,000 cost; Peters
j burg, school. $113,850 grant, $253,000
cost; Arlington County, street im
I provements, $90,000 grant. $200,000
cost; Lexington, town hall, $25,650
I grant, $57,000 cost; Richmond, mu
seum, $67,500 grant. $150,000 cost.
The list of total projects as of
March 3 is a convenient handbook
for members of Congress in finding
what happened to municipal pro
posals still pending before P. W. A.
The $2,659,078,068 string tied to it
calls for loans of $1,492,332,772 from
P. W. A. and grants totaling $1,166,
744.296. The loans would be repaid
at 4 per cent interest. Municipal
and other securities acquired by Ickes
are sold to the investment public
through the Reconstruction Finance
Corp. Such sales in the past have
netted $5,000,000 in profits, all of
which is turned into the revolving
fund.
-•
Skidmore Collision.
Two cars collided recently on Skid
more street in London.
Ace White House New Year
Greeter Stranded on River
1 -
John W. Hunefeld Cdad
i to Shake Hand of Fire’
boat Captain.
i -
1 John W. Hunefeld, 69. of 325 C
[ street northeast stayed at home today
to avoid catching cold after spending
! a half hour in a water-filled boat
J stranded on the Virginia flats oppo
s site Bellvue Magazine.
Hunefeld, ace White House New
. Year greeter, who for seven years run
ning was first in line to shake the
President’s hand, yesterday was rid
ing from Alexandria to Washington
in a 25-foot launch owned by Eugene
Wood, 302 Second street northeast.
The boat struck a log and sank in a
foot of water. Wood, Lewis Ball and
William Ball of Mitchellville, Md„
hailed a canoe and paddled to the
harbor -police station, 2 miles away,
leaving Hunefeld behind.
The police boat and the flreboat
hurried to the rescue. The flreboat
reached Hunefeld first. Wet and shiv
ering, he climbed aboard and greeted
Capt. Jacob Stultz:
"Captain, I never was so glad to
shake a person’s hand as I am yours."
The firemen left the boat on the
flats after abandoning all idea of
pumping the water out. Hunefeld was
hurried^to the harbor precinct sta
tion house on Water street.
JOHN \V. HTNEFELD,
WO APPROVED
Fund to Be Used for Inquiry
on Townsend and Other
Old-Age Aid Plans.
By the Associated Press.
The House Accounts Committee to
day approved expenditure of $50,000
to defray expenses of the special bi
partisan committee investigating the
Townsend and other old-age pension
movements.
Chairman Bell and Representative
Hollister, Republican, of Ohio, com- *
mittee members, appeared in behalf
of the *50,000 request.
Representatives Smith, Democrat,
of Washington, and Stubbs, Demo
crat, of California, Townsend sup- J
porters, told the committee they be
lieved $50,000 was excessive, although
they did not oppose granting of ex
pense money to the committee.
Bell has indicated public hearings
will not start for a week or 30 days.
He said his committee wanted to be
completely and adequately prepared
before they start their investigation
of the Townsend organization's plan
for a 2 per cent transactions tax to
raise funds for a *200 monthly pen
sion to all persons over 60.
“We have secured some startling
information in regard to the Town
send organization,” said Bell. “A
mass of material has come to the
committee, mostly from former mem
bers of the Townsend organization
who left it when they discovered the
fallacy of its program."
Bell said there have been defiuite
splits in the Townsend organization
in California, Texas, Colorado. Min
nesota. and New York. He said it
was too early to determine whether
the committee will hold hearings
outside of Washington.
PLAN ADVERTISING TALKS
Series to Be Opened by James W.
Hardey.
James W. Hardey, advertising man
ager of Woodward & Lothrop’s de
partment store, will begin a series of
six Friday lectures on advertising by
prominent Washington ad men at 8 *
p.m. March 13 at the Willard Hotel.
Hardey will speak on “Advertising in
General.”
Other speakers in the series will be
James Rotto, Norman C. Kal, C.
Dorey Warfield, W. N. Freeman and
A. D. Willard. Each will discuss a
different method of advertising, the
concluding lecture to be given May 29.
TODAY.
Senate:
Debates Panama Canal toll revision
bill.
Commerce Committee gets opinion
on ship subsidy legislation. *
Appropriations Committee studies
Treasury and Post Office Department
supply bill.
House:
Considers District bills and minor
measures.
Appropriations Committee meets on
j appropriation bill for legislative estab
| lishments.
Ways and Means Subcommittee con- %
' tinues tax legislation study.
TOMORROW.
Senate:
Probably will have up the Capper
! amendments to the packer and stock
j yards act.
Commerce Committee holds further
| hearings on ship subsidy legislation.
| Interstate Commerce Committee
. meets at 2:30 p.m. on a bill to provide
: for joint and through rates for rail
I carriers.
House:
General debate on 1937 legislative
! appropriation bill.
I Military Affairs Committee meets at
10:30 a.m.
Subcommittee on Agricultural Im
plements of the Interstate and For
eign Commerce Committee begins
hearings on resolutions authorizing
an investigation of agricultural im
plements, 10 a.m.
Committee on Merchant Marine
and Fisheries begins hearings on bills
relating to the sardine industry on
the Pacific Coast, 10 a.m.
Patents Committee resumes hearings
on copyright bills, 10:25 p.m.
Special Traffic Subcommittee of
District Committee resumes traffic
study, 10 a.m
Irvin S. Cobb
Says:
Grand Canyon Grand
For It, but No One ,
Threw Shaw In.
SANTA MONICA. Calif., March 9.
—After his transcontinental scorning
j tour he is leaving us—once our ven
erated idol and always our severest
j critic. J
Somebody overlooked a chance
last week as the
world’s most ex- _ ^
d i s t i a guished
vegetarian, hav
mg in advance
deplored it for f
showing the bad {
taste to be a ^
Yankee institu- |
tion, stood on the |
rim of America’s I
noblest scenic l
wonder, shaking ^
a petulant whisk
er over that in- I
munching a car- HH osiSsil
rot and poison
ivy sandwich. The Grand Canyon cer
tainly would have been such a swell
place for throwing your old Geo^e
Bernard Shaws.
With war clouds thickening on half
of Europe's frontiers—not to mention
Asia’s—the League of Nations is func
tioning as usual. In other words, it
is to menacing armies what a weather
vane is to the weather—waggling
madly in the direction whence the
storm cometh, but utterly without ef
fect on same. Next to a palm leaf
fan at the South Pole, can anybody
think of anything as futile as a Ge
Jeva conference? *
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