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DEFIED OY HOPKINS “No Apeiogies to Make,” He Tells New York City Luncheon Group. BACKGROUND— Change in relief policy was de died upon last year by administra * tion. with program of work projects to replace direct dole. Under this policy all employable unemployed were to be given jobs on some sort of project financed by Federal funds, unemployables were to be come responsibility of localities. Storm of criticism arose because Of unimportant nature of many projects—boondoggling. Program r closely resembles C. W. A. scheme used a year ago Considerably more expensive than direct dole, works program is defended by adminis tration on grounds it maintains morale of unemployed. 8s the Associated Press. NEW YORK, March 14.—The Fed eral Relief Administration has “no apologies to make” for projects criti cally called "boondoggling,” Adminis . trator Harry L. Hopkins declared here today. Speaking at a luncheon of the United Neighborhood Houses. Hopkins attacked relief “failure" of the Hoover administration and said that Roose velt relief work is under fire of critics acting "maliciously for political and selfish personal reasons.” About 40 persons, many bearing placards asking the Government to “get rid of" Hopkins and Victor Rid der. city W. P. A. director, marched on a sidewalk in front of the hotel at which the luncheon* was held. Hopkins entered by another door, on a different street. Ridder to Be Supported. He declined to comment on the demonstration or upon Ridders dis pute with Robert Moses, city park commissioner, who has refused to per mit W. P. A. project signs to be erected in parks. The administrator indicated, however, that Ridder would be supported as his agent. Mayor F. H. La Guardia, fortified by a corporation counsel's opinion that the projects must be "clearly de fined and identified" under relief. rules, said he would insist upon “full, complete, happy and harmonious co operation between the City Hall and Washington," in relief. - A later announcement that he would confer with Ridder on the mat ter suggested that he planned to pass over Moses' protests and settle it himself. Address Is Broadcast. Ridder said he would take 71.500 men off city park projects, beginning Monday, “unless those signs are put; * up in accordance with my request of j Mr. Moses.” Moses had said they were only a political label and were Unsightly. In his address, which was broad cast. Hopkins said: "The record of the previous ad ministration characterized by failure | to provide food and shelter for desti tute citizens, the failure to provide work for the millions of unemployed, the failure to take one substantial step to allay the fears and misgivings of a Nation.” Under Roosevelt policies, he said, there has been food, clothing and » housing, and many public works have been accomplished. ioucim *» iiuc vuii«i riujcvM. | Turning to the "white collar” proj ect* and the criticism of them, he said: “We have no apologies to make for giving employment to tens of thou sands of professional men and women. Rather do we resent, on their behalf, the malicious efforts made to de prive them of the modest security which these jobs give them ” , Mayors say W. P. A. funds are not Wasted, he said. Permanent solution of the relief problem requires better Income dis tribution, he asserted. “In the last analysis, the poverty j of millions in America can only be obliterated if and when an adequate : part of the national income is avail- : able each year to all its citizens. It is absurd to maintain that we must have degrading poverty in a land of t plenty.” STRIKERS HOLD CAPITOL. 100 W. P. A. Workers to Stay Till' Demands Are Won. MADISON. Wis.. March 14 </$»).— More than 100 W. P. A. strikers who Invaded the State Capitol Thursday, taking possession of the Senate and Assembly chambers, served notice to day they intended to remain indefi nitely. Led by Lyle Olson, Workers' Alliance j , organizer, the strikers approved a mo tion demanding “three square meals j a day” until they received a “satis- | factory report” from M. W. Torkelson, State works progress administrator. For three hours the strikers, who j came here from Fox River Valley! cities, hurled questions at Torkelson and booed him when he left the Capitol without promising more than an Investigation of working conditions on W. P. A. projects. The strikers’ principal demand is for Increased wages. CONTEST PLANNED FOR RADIO SCRIPTS Women's Federation Feature Part of Statue of Liberty Anni versary Program. To foster "education In democracy" and combat “anti-American Influ ences,” the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will conduct a con test for radio scripts as part of the observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Statue of Liberty dedication October 28, Mrs. John L. Whitehurst, chairman of the federation’s depart ment of education, announced yes terday. i The national prize for the best script on the subject, “What the Statue of Liberty Signifies to Me,” will be use of the winning script as the basis for a Nation-wide broadcast by the National Park Service. The scripts may be in dialogue, drama or sketch gorm. but must be in prose and lim ited to 1,000 words. The federation has recommended that prizes be awarded by State and District federations of women's clubs and by local clubs. State winners and all other manu scripts entered In competition for the national prize must be sent to Mrs. > Whitehurst at 3902 St. Paul street. Baltimore, Md., before September 16. , Supreme Court Also Be lieved Preparing Securi ties Act Ruling. By the Associated Press. The Supreme Court was believed last night in legal circles to have reached at least tentative decisions on constitutionality of the Guffey coal control and the 1933 "truth in securi ties" acts. Cases involving these two New Deal laws constituted the principal busi ness before the nine justices at their regular Saturday afternoon private conference. In addition, they had the task of deciding 21 other cases argued in the last two weeks, and whether to re view 13 disputes appealed from lower courts. They will meet briefly tomorrow for announcement of opinions. The only case of general interest likely to be decided is the Government's anti trust suit against the Sugar Institute. This is an organization of sugar re finers to regulate trade practices within the industry. iwo important cases. Opinions on the Guffey and securi ties litigation—the only pending New Deal cases—may be announced as early as March 30. It is generally believed, however, that they are more likely to come later. The court will recess tomorrow for two weeks dur ing which it will prepare opinions. Only 18 days will have elapsed on March 30 since arguments on the coal case were completed last Thurs day. The securities case was sub mitted Wednesday, '•’he time between arguments and opinions on other New Deal disputes this term was: Agri cultural adjustment act. 28 days: Ten nessee Valley act. 60: Bankhead cot ton control law, 34; Rice Millers’ processing taxes. 28. Preparing of Opinions. If the Justices agreed yesterday afternoon on how to dispose of the cases, two of the nine were assigned the task of preparing the opinions. If there were dissents to the ma jority views, justices also were se lected to write minority opinions. After the original drafts are com pleted, the authors will give copies to their colleagues. The latter will sug gest any changes they wish and the finished product will emerge from a series of informal discussions. Two other New Deal cases may be appealed in time for final rulings be fore the court quits for the Summer in early June. They involve constitutionality of the public utility holding company act and the right of the Federal Govern ment to provide P. W. A. funds for j publicly owned hydro-electric projects. : AUTO VICTIM’S BODY IS WASHED ASHORE Atlantic City Woman, Picked Up After Accident, Was Never Seen Again. Special Dispatch to The Star. OCEAN CITY. March 14 —The body of Mrs. Elizabeth Rue, 77, of Atlantic City. N. J., who was last seen three months ago just after she had been struck by an automobile near her borne, was washed ashore here today. Some twine and an elder branch tied to her left leg offered the only ; clews to her disappearance. Police said that apparently the motorist who struck her had tied her, dying or already dead, to a bush in the water’s edge, hoping that she never would be found. Mrs. Rue was found by William Vanaman, caretaker of Ocean Rest, a Roman Catholic home near the sea front. She was identified by her hus band, M. Taylor Rue, a retired artist, through a secret pocket in her cloth ing, which contained $6. According to Capt. Frank Ferreti if the Atlantic City police, Mrs. Rue left her home the night of Sunday. December 15, to attend church. On her way she was hit by an automobile at Chelsea and Arctic avenues. In the presence of several witnesses, the driv er picked up Mrs. Rue. placed her in bis car and explained that he would rush her to a hospital. Several spectators knew Mrs. Rue. rhey did not doubt the good faith of the driver, however, and so none thought to notice the license number if his car. Mrs. Rue never reached a hospital, ind police had been able only to [uess at what happened to her. Smith, Browder Booed as W.P.A. News Play Opens One Arrested, Tm?o Evicted as Police Prevent Outbreak. * By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. March 14 —The “Liv ing Newspaper,” W. P. A. theater project, had its premier tonight under the watchful eyes of 50 uniformed policemen who broke up a planned demonstration with one arrest and the eviction of two persons from the audience. The Police Department assigned the detail upon request to the project's directors, who had been notified a manifestation was planned in protest of a scene sympathetic to Earl Brow der. Communist party secretary, criticizing the Supreme Court. This was an incident of the news playlet, "Triple—a Ploughed Under.” James Brown, self-described as a W. P. A. actor, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, attempt ing to enter the theater. John Butler was ejected for urging the audience “lets sin g'The Star Spangled Ban ner," during a scene which showed Wisconsin women starting to attack a meat truck during a demonstration against high prices. Removed for Boos. Vernon Williams, who said he was a director for a W. P. A. project, was taken out of the theater for booing the Browder character. Prior to the hiasea and catcalls that greeted the Com munist leader's impersonator, there had been a lively outburst against the stage figure of former Gov. Alfred E. Smith. The Smith character, commenting on the Supreme Court's triple A rul ing, could not be heard for the hiss ing. When the Browder character appeared, a man in the rear of the house bawled. "Boo. louse," whereupon police hurried Williams out. "Triple-A Ploughed Under” is an exposition in 22 scenes of the farmer's plight from the war years, through the depression, farm strikes, mortgage foreclosures, drought and the brief life of the A. A. A. Farmer Shown Victim. It presents the farmer as the ulti mate victim in the merchandising of his product and the manipulation of prices through speculation, middle man’s profits and decreased markets. The story attempts to establish that the plight of the jobless in the cities and the farmers is identical, that leg islation In favor of a contented farmer is simultaneously a remedy lor the other economically oppressed. The incidents dealing with the ad ministration’s efforts to help the farmer are for the most part favor able. but at times they are unspar ing of the various bureaus. There was one sharp scene intended to show that the sharecroppers of the South benefited not at all by Govern ment subsidy, the checks going to the landowners. Various public figures were intro duced, including Milo Reno, Secretary of Agriculture; Henry A. Wallace, Gen. Hugh S. Johnson and Chester Davis, administrator of A. A. A. The demonstration, the project’s of ficials said, was organised at a meet ing late this afternoon of the Federal Theater Veterans’ League. BACON HITS SHOW AS POLITICS. Sew "Warfare on supreme court Carried to Stafe. By the Associated Press. Representative Bacon, Republican, New York, said yesterday it was "shocking to note that the administra tion’s open warfare against the Su preme Court now has been extended to the stage of the W. P. A. Theater In New York.” This "Government subsidized stage,” he said, would offer tonight “the world premier of its latest pageantry in po litical propaganda, "Trlple-A Plowed Under.’" He added: “In the melodramatic finale, as presented in the dress rehearsal, the stage lights are dimmed impressively and the entire cast chants lugubriously the official script of Secretary Wallace which characterized the A. A. A. de cision as the ‘greatest legalized steal’ in human history. "I submit earnestly for the judg ment of the harassed taxpayers that this is neither relief nor drama, but pure and unadulterated politics.” F.-T. Benefit Tuesday Evening:. The Parent-Teacher Association of the Nativity School will give its eleventh annual benefit card party Tuesday evening in the auditorium of the school, 6000 Georgia avenue. FUNERAL TOMORROW FOR MRS. STAUFFER Mother of Local Educator Dies at Home Here After Long Illness. i Mrs. Katharine Hassler Stauffer. 76, mother of Miss Ruth M. Stauffer, head of the department of English in tile District'5 junior and senior public schools, died Friday at her home. 3801 Jocelyn street, after a long Illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the residence. Rev. Dr. H. T. Cooke, rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, Md., and Rev. Dr. H. H. Ranck. pastor of Grace Reformed Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Stauffer is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Katharine S. Walker, Yorba Linda, Calif., and a brother, Daniel H. Hassler, Philadelphia. She also leaves three grandchildren. Mrs. Stauffer’s husband, the late Charles C. Stauffer, patent attorney. died In 1921. Mr*. Stauffer was a native of Carlisle, Pa. She had been a resident of this city since 1888. OLDEST WEST POINTER HONORED BY ALUMNI 4 By the Assodsted Press. NEW YORK. March 14.—As part of a world-wide celebration of the United States Military Academy's founding anniversary, West Point alumni here tonight honored Brig, Gen, Samuel E Tillson, 88, retired, oldfet living graduate. He was in the class of 1869. Similar dinner reunions were held ! on ships at sea, in China, Alaska, j Manila and all military outposts— , everywhere two or more alumni were i together. Gen. John J. Persning. commander of the World War expeditionary force, i made a radio address iN. B. C. net- I work) from Tucson. Ariz. Maj. Gen. William D. Connor, su-! perintendent of the academy, greeted alumni all over the world in a radio address made at the dinner here. The academy opened July 4, 1802. Ml PARKS BILL TO DIE UNOFFERED 0 Prescott and Canby Both Refuse to Introduce Measure. BY JACK ALLEN. Staff Correspondent ol The Star. ANNAPOLIS, March 15.—The Montgomery park area development bill, proposed by the Maryland-Na tional Capital Park and Planning Commlsson. today appeared fated to He an Ignominious death. Senator Stedman Prescott asserted he would not Introduce the measure because it would permit the issuance of bonds against the general credit of Montgomery County to benefit only a limited section. A similar view was expressed by Delegate T. Yellot Canby, chairman of the Montgomery delegation in the House. The bill drawn by the commission and sent here to Senator Prescott would provide for the developing of four recreation areas—Kensington, Northwest Branch, Little Falls Branch and Long Branch Parkways—if the abutting property owners petition for the improvements and agree to bear the cost over a period of years. Guarantee Necessary. Prescott declared that while the county would not be directly burdened with the cost, it would have to guar antee the bonds that would be issued to finance the projects. He said he could think of no alternate plan that could be put into effect successfully and therefore will not sponsor the measure. Irving C. Root, chief engineer of the Park Commission, said, however, that the principle of guaranteeing all bonds of the commlsison, which, of course, benefit only the metropolitan area, by the credit of the entire county, al ready established in the law. He said that the park group has decided not to exert further efforts in behalf of the bill because public mis understanding of its purpose and pro visions. A revised version of the bill, limited to the proposed Kensington Parkway, still Is being considered by civic groups in that town, however, and may yet be presented. Applies to One Tract. It would apply only to the Warner tract, and afford residents a parkway from the town boundary to Beech Drive in Rock Creek Park. Root says the measure would give a park entrance to the town without ctwt to residents—the entire expense being borne by owners of the Warner tract. He believes it would become a sample of what can be done under the local assessment method of park develop ment. The week-end recess of the State ! Assembly found the legislators from Montgomery with but one item of the program they propose to enact this year remaining to be introduced. It is the Prescott bill to legalize the operation of games of chance and skill at benefit carnivals, and is due to be presented in the Senate on Monday night. Senator Prescott said the referen dum clause urged by the Montgomery County Ministers’ Union would be af fixed, a conference with Dr. Horace E. Flack, head of the Legislative Ref erence Department, disclosing that the question could be voted on at the pri maries in May. A ban on such games cost fire de partments and charitable organiza tions thousands of dollars last Summer. The Prince Georges County delega tion plans to introduce the major por tion of its nine-bill program on Mon day night. Included are the Bladensburg flood control measure, bills to Incorporate Berwyn, District Heights and Univer sity Park and other proposed acts dealing with local problems in River dale, Colmar Manor and Hyattsville and elimination of the dump at Spa Springs. F=— == Detective Sergt. P. W. Jones Killed When Auto Hits Tree on Baltimore Road. By a Staff Correspondin' of The Stir. RIVERDALE. Md., March 14 —De tective Sergt. Paul W. Jones, 54, of the metropolitan robbery squad, one of the two colored sergearfts in the District detective force, was killed in stantly today when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on the Washlngton-Baltimore Boulevard on the crest of Cat Tail Hill in River dale. A woman companion, identified as Ethel T. McKinney, 41, of 1519 First street northwest, was seriously in jured and is in Freedmen'* Hospital after being transferred from Casualty Hospital Sergt. Jones was appointed to the force in 1907, and served continuously until 1917, when he enlisted and served as captain of a colored regiment in France during the war. He was reap pointed as policeman in 1919, and in 1921 was advanced to the rank of pre cinct detective. He was promoted to detective sergeant two years later. An autopsy performed tonight by Coroner’s Physician Martin J. Kean exploded an earlier theory that the officer had suffered a heart attack before crashing. Dr. Kean issued a certificate stating that Jones died as a result of the accident. His neck was broken in addition to suffering a crushed chest and numerous broken bones. Jones was en route to Jessups, Md , to interview a prisoner, who had been arrested there in connection with a theft. Police authorities said Jones' death was “a loss to the de partment because of his ability to apprehend criminals.” He enjoyed a national reputation for catching pick pockets and flim-flam artists. He lived at 1029 Lamont street and is survived by his widow. Justice of the Peace Fred C. Lutz ordered an inquest Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Riverdale. SSTZTT** Arrested SON OF FORMER DICTATOR IS HELD IN SPAIN. JOSE PRIMO DE RIVERA. The son of the late Spanish dic tator was arrested by the Leftist government at Madrid yesterday in a round-up of Monarchists and Fascists. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto. W. P. A. News Theater Strikes Broadway After a delay caused by a previous script on Mussolini being ruled out. the Federal Theater project's "living newspaper" presented its first production last night in New York. The title was “Triple A Plowed Under." dealing with news of the A. A. A. in 22 scenes and a cast of 100. “The living newspaper" hopes to put on the boards forthcoming new* events. The above scenes, from "Triple A Plowed Under,” shows: At left—housewives opposed to the high cost of living take their anger out on a merchant. At right—"Going, going, gone.” The farm house was sold for 13 cents at a sheriff's sale because they couldn't keep up the mortgage. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto. Pre-Convention Dance Sponsored by the District of Columbia Division Young Democratic Clubs of America Music by ISHA1H JO\ES and his broadcasting orchestra Ballroom, Mayflower Hotel Thursday, April 16, 10 P.M. Mail Ticket Reservations Now Treasurer, Democratic Pre-Convention Dane* Committee Mayflower Hofei Proceeds Democratic National Committee TO THE LADIES OF WASHINGTON Packard turns over its showrooms* the Week of March 16- to 21* \ I * i IN recognition of the preference for Pack ard shown by women the world over, Packard has set aside the week of March 16th as Ladies’ Week. 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