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Expert Says Japan, Only Nation Likely to Attempt It, Lacks Funds. BY HECTOR C. BY1VATER, British Authority on Naval Affair*. By Radio to The Star LONDON, March 28—Now that the naval conference is over, it is possible to forecast with some assurance the effect of Its labors on the international j position at sea. In the first place, the system of quantitative limitation which has been in force since 1922 will expire at the end of this year and theoretically there will be nothing to stop a “free for all" building race. Japan’s absolute refusal to accept any extension of the ratio method killed all hope of quantitative limitation. Nevertheless, there Is believed to be no real danger of a big naval race. Japan, the only power likely to attempt it, is fatally handicapped by a shortage of cash. She is already spending half her total income on war machinery, her farmers are groaning under op pressive taxation, and an attempt to Increase her armaments budget would Infallibly lead to grave domestic trouble, such as Japan was threatened with on the eve of the Washington conference. Japan Has Gained Nothing. Thanks to their superior resources. America and Great Britain will have no difficulty in maintaining their pres ent ratio as against the Japanese flee*. In the interests of Far Eastern peace, it is not only desirable but. imperative that they should do so. Beyond "sav ing face" in the eyes of her own and other Asiatic peoples, Japan has gained nothing by her attitude at the conference. She has merely hardened the resolve of other powers with vital Interests in the Pacific to sustain at all costs the existing balance of power. On the material side, the most im portant achievement of the conference w-as a reduction in the cruiser stand ard to 8.000 tons and temporary sup pression of those costly, vulnerable ships. 10.000-ton. 8-inch cruisers, which are not inaptly labeled “tin clads." As Britain proposes under her new defense plan to build 25 new cruisers within the next five years, the fixing of a lower tonnage limit will save her a large sum of money. On the other hand, the failure to ef fect a cut in the battleship standard of 35.000 tons was a disappointment to all conference powers except America. Britain is >aiisnen. While it is realized that American naval opinion regards this tonnage as the lowest consistent with offensive, defensive and cruising qualities re quired of a battleship which might have to fight on the other side of the Pacific, other naval experts consider those qualities could be embodied in a smaller hull. The question, however, has been settled for some years to come, and as far as Britain is con cerned there is no desire to reopen an old but purely technical controversy. The British policy has suffered a reversal by the failure of the confer ence to impose any fresh restrictions on submarines. These may still be built up to 2.000 tons, a figure exceed ing in size the largest German under sea cruiser of World War days, and no checks have been placed on any fur ther expansion of foreign submarine fleets, notably the French, Italian and Japenese. which already have grown to formidable dimensions. One excellent result of the confer ence has been the smoothing out of all naval differences between the English-speaking powers. It is now mutually recognized that their sea power policies are practically identical. ’ ■ luuicius tiuuui ntru, The new naval treaty necessarily leaves several vital problems un touched. What, for example, is to be the future of those naval bases In the Pacific, development of which was ar rested by the original Washington pact? Will the end of that pact nine months hence be a signal for the cre ation of big American bases in the Philippines and Guam, and for coun teraction by Japan in her nearby islands, including the mandated terri- ; tones? If so. a dangerous situation must arise. Owing to Japan’s abrupt withdrawal from the conference ta ble. there was no opportunity for dis cussing tliis highly important question, which thus was left up in the air. Not the last valuable feature of the new treaty is its provision for abol ishing the “hush, hush’’ element In naval armaments. If, as seems prob able. the pact is subscribed to by Ger many and Russia, ail the leading powers except Japan must in the fu- i ture exchange in advance all informa tion about their naval programs, actual and projected, instead of conducting their preparations as hitherto more or less in secrecy. Italy’s adhesion to the new treaty may be delayed for a while by po litical considerations, but that she Will come in eventually is all but cer tain. As far as Japan is concerned, the prevalent opinion Is conference circles is that she will find it advisable lor practical reasons to conform to the spirit of the new rules, if not the letter. (CoDvrisht. by the North American Newsnaner Alliance. Inc.) OFFICER’S LEG BROKEN IN SCUFFLE WITH PAIR • Hyattsville Policeman Suffers In- , jury While Attempting to Jail Brothers. Bv a Stall Correspondent of The Star. HYATTSVILLE, Md„ March 28 — Lyle Hestor. Hyattsville town officer, received a broken leg Thursday in a scuffle in police headquarters with two brothers, one of whom he was arrest ing for allegedly driving a car while drunk. In the scuffle Hestor fell backward on his right leg. the bone snapping Just above the ankle. He is in Provi dence Hospital. The men were Archie Doolin, 30, and Ellery Doolin. 28, who gave both a North Carolina avenue southeast ad dress and an A street southeast ad dress as their residences. After start ing the fight, according to police, they were subdued by County Officer Frank Bell. Additional charges of assault and j disorderly conduct were placed against ' both men. and Archie Doolin was or dered held on an investigation war rant. — ■ ■ ■■■ • New Gold Field Found. A gold field has been found Just west of the present mining district of the Rand in South Africa and is believed to be equally as rich. 11 f Innovation LATEST BATHING SUIT IS RUBBERIZED SILK. ANNETTE MAHLMEISTER. Introducing an innovation in bathing suits at the Cali fornia Pacific International Exposition. It is made of rubberized ivhite silk. —Wide World Photo. FOR PUNE Mexican Tragedy Laid to Tourists’ Desire to Photo graph Volcanoes. By the Assoc la tea Press. MEXICO CITY. March 28—A 1 theory- that a desire by 10 European tourists to photograph the Popoca teptl and Ixtacihuatl Volcanoes led to the plane crash in which they and four other persons died was advanced officially today as an explanation for the disaster. An inspector for the secretariat of commerce, after investigating the wreckage and finding cameras opened for use. reported a belief that the pilot acceded to a request from the passengers to fly close to the vol canoes. The ashes of the tourists, whose bodies were returned to the capital and cremated yesterday, were placed in silken bags for shipment to Ham burg, Germany. April 1. They will be borne back on the Iberia, the steamer on which Prince Adolf Schaumburg-Lippe, his prin cess and the other members of the tourist party arrived last week in Mexico. The ashes of Adrian Borchers, American technical adviser, who, the government report said, was piloting the plane at the moment of the crash, were turned over to his widow, Mrs. Helen Borchers, who will return with them to Philadelphia. “SPY” ONLY A WRITER OF FICTION, NAVY SAYS Man Who Questioned Sailor on Technical Facts Will Be Freed. Bi the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES. March 28— He wasn't a spy at all—but just a col lege graduate writing a story about one. Federal authorities said tonight they will release George Melvin, 22, ar rested after he asked a sailor tech nical questions about the United States fleet. Melvin, who said he is a graduate of New York University, declared he is writing fiction about international spies. Department of Justice agents and Navy Intelligence Bureau members questioned the youth and expressed satisfaction his story was true. John Stalter. a sailor from the cruiser Indianapolis, became * suspici ous of Melvin’s questions. “I wanted to find out what a sailor would do if a spy asked ques tions." explained Melvin. "Well, I found out." MASON & HAMLIN Today’s PIANO. SENSATION Retite console design. Fullscole —perfectaction. Glorious tone. THE tfEOLIATsi Ideal for small apartment Mode in mphogany of two tones — also in a striking com bination of ebony and walnut. $245 EASY TERMS ■ Lome and set it j ARTHUR JORDAN Piano Company 1239 G St., Cor. 13th Chichering Democratic Leadership of Both Houses Behind Disputed Plan. By the Associated Press. Powerful support for the Robinson Patman “chain store” bill came yes terday from Representative Bankhead of Alabama, majority leader of the House. Bankhead's statement placed the Democratic leadership of both houses behind the controversial proposal to tighten up the anti-trust laws. It was still, however, outside the classifies ; tion of an “administration" bill be cause President Roosevelt has not spoken on It. Senator Robinson of Arkansas, Democratic leader of the Senate, is one of the bill’s authors. The other is Representative Patman, Democrat, of Texas. Bankhead Spurs Measure. Bankhead said yesterday he regarded the bill as ’’one of the most important measures placed before Congress In a long time.” He said he would use his “beet efforts” to get it up for con sideration in the House promptly. It is designed to protect Independ ent merchants by prohibiting price discriminations In favor of large deal ers such as chain stores. Price differ entials on quantity purchases would be permitted only on the basis of dif ferences in the cost of manufacture, sale or delivery resulting from large transactions. On the Senate side the measure has run into a conflict with a bill offered by Senators Borah, Republican, of Idaho, and Van Nuys, Democrat, of Indiana, which also la aimed against price “discrimination.’’ A bitter conflict has arisen as to the, effect of the two measures, and even as to their respective purposes. The Borah-Van Nuys bill would pro* hibit any price differentials between competitive purchasers of like quan tities. Bill Not Debated Yet. The Patman-Roblnson bill has been approved by committees at both ends of the Capitol, but has not yet been debated In either chamber. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee has re* cently completed hearings on the rival measure, but has not acted. Both measures have stirred up wide controversy. Some opponents have argued they would Increase prices to the consumer. Friends of the measures have advanced them as means of breaking up monopoly. Bankhead spoke enthusiastically of the Robinson-Patman bill. "I am strongly In favor of It and hope it will go through the House. This existing unfair system, and the monopolistic position In which It places the chain stores, is destroying ;he Independent merchants." “Drunk” Has Sleeping Sickness. SEATTLE, March 28 (M.—Earl Mikkonen's 900-day jail sentence lor ntoxlcation terminated today on the 59th day because he wasn't drunk it all but Instead had sleeping sick ness. So Dr. C. Q. Tiffin testified in nbtain'ng release of the 34-year-old farm laborer. Said Dr. Tiffin: “He would seem to be drunk to the aver age police officer, and as a result would be picked up as a drunk any time he would be seen on the street. Safest Way to WoshondDr^ This and other bargains in brand new 1936 models, all standard makes. Arthur Jordan PIANO COMPANY Special Washer TWO-TUB S'"1"' 833 1 $1 Week Pay* ^Arthur Jordan Piano Co., 13th and G 1239 G St., Cor. 13 th Which Room Will You Refurnish This Spring? Spring gives one the urge to freshen up the home a bit! Which room needs attention at your house-5 The new Lifetime Suites and hundreds of occasional pieces we are showing now will interest all who are planning to do some furnishing this Spring. May we show you? LIFETIME DINING ROOM SUITES Period Styles and Modern it Heppelwhite Type Dining Suite made at Grand Ropids with solid Cuban mahogany and fine Hon duras mahogany veneers; ten pieces with Pedestal $OCQ Buffet and Phyfe table OOl ir Attractive Dining Room Suite of ten pieces, including Duncan Phyfe type extension table and roomy cupboord type china cabinet; mahogany and gum wood construction; a $ I QQ good design_ I 'O Early English Type Suite with low stretchers, closed china cabinet and effective red velvet chair soots; ten pieces with draw end table; walnut and American gumwood SOOC construction __ Modern Dining Suite with some of the most beautifully figured walnut veneers you ever laid eyes on; ten pieces with spacious storage com partments and fine con struction _ <5^0 KARPEN LIVING ROOM SUITES Modern and Traditional Styles It Is o delightfully simple task to choose upholstered furniture at Mayer f Cr Co. The selection is always so large. A few suites are quoted. if Two-Piece Korpen Suite with sofa and matching armchair in an attractive light blue new tex ture weave tapestry, curled horse hair filling and mahogany rail base, dependable con struction _ if Korpen Living Room Suite— done in one of the new rich brown wool fabrics; solid mahogany legs; curled black horse hair fill ing; reversible spring tOAA seat cushions; 2 pieces if Tuxedo Type Korpen Group with high arm sofa and English club chair in a green diamond figured tapestry; mahogany legs and antique noil trim; two d* I QC fine Korpen pieces_T ' ' ** Korpen Suite in Blue Frise? With solid wolnut Queen Anne style feet, serpentine front and antique noil trim; two pieces with curled black horse hair filling and two sofa pillows_ Texture Weove Korpen Suite smartly done m on effective rust check weave; two pieces with horse hair filling and dependable inner con struction; solid walnut ca- fl* I CC bnole legs_ ^133 Modern Living Room Suite created by Korpen in a delightful brown and natural new texture weave; luxuri ously comfortable with reversible spring seat cushions; 2 d* I l Q pieces_ «piU7 HOW ABOUT A MAPLE BED ROOM? » Many Interesting Groups If is nice to hove of least one room done in charming maple style. Our maple dis play includes styles for every type of purse and personality. Maple Bed Room Group consisting of dresser and 7-drawer vanity, both with honging mirrors, chest of drawers and double bed in a 5QQ worm amber color; 4 pieces * * Hard Northern Maple Group of four pieces, savoring of the Chippendole style; hanging mirrors over vanity ond dresser, lovely chest of drawers ond ladder $ I *)A-50 type bed_ ' Maple Group in Modern—four at tractive pieces with round mirrors over dresser and on vanity dresser; roomy chest of drawers and dou ble bed; hard Northern $ I / / .50 maple..._ 100 Quaint Maple Group with maple wood galleries around the case pieces; vanity has an attached swinging mirror and dresser a wall mirror; 4 pieces of hard $ I A C Northern maple_..... I When we mention mohogony we meon GENUINE MAHOGANY, whether it is used in connection with other cobinet woods or used exclusively. GENUINE MAHOGANY grows only in the West Indies, Tropica! America ond on the west coast of Africa. Woods commonly known under the name of Philippine Mahogany ARE NOT PERMITTED in our regular stocks. # MAYER & CO. Seventh Street Between D and E . - —»— ■ i ■ - CHAIRS Sometimes a single chair will add new Interest and fresh ness to a room that has become drab and colorless. We are showing some lovely Karpen Lounge Chairs at 5n. Wing Chairs at «4^ 75 and Occasional Chairs as low as $18.75. SECRETARIES Perhaps your living room needs a tall piece to add charm and beauty. If so. may «e suggest a Secretary Desk? Lovely tkinthrops are priced at $47.5<* and *57.50 block front styles at $?1.5ti and dozen? o: others at little prices. SLIP COVERS It Is Slip Cover time! Is your order in’ The fabrics are smart as can be and Mayer «fc Co. 811p Covers are custom built to fit correctly. Three-piece suite Slip Covers for average size suite are with box pleats and only V34 75 with plain skirting. Studio Couches Tf space Is at • pre mium at your house and you need extra sleeping accommoda tions a Twin Studio Couch will come In handy. We are showing some nice ones In living room covers at *34.75 *.33.511. *44.50 and *53 75 See these to morrow at Mayer & Co.