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Postal Inspectors Release
Men in Wilkes-Barre
Cemetery Sexton Who Was Killed
Said to Have Testified Against
Accused Dynamiters.
In 1931 two postal employes at
Easton, Pa., were killed by a bomb
mailed in connection with the an
thracite miners' controversy. A
cigar box was used in construction
of the bomb. Trouble in- the coal
district had been smouldering many
By the Associated Press.
WILKES-BARRE. Pa., April 11.—
Six suspects, questioned all night in
the “Easter-gift" bombings which
killed one man and maimed four
other persons, were released by post
office investigators today.
Among those questioned was a for
mer miner in whose home police said
they found a cigar box similar to the
ones in which the Good Friday bombs
were mailed.
At Philadelphia, Chief Postal In
spector John W. Johnston said his
men and State investigators uncov
ered "very important" clues, including
fingerprints found on the death-deal
ing packages.
Cemetery Sexton Marked.
Detectives said they were con
vinced Michael Gallagher, cemetery
sexton, who was killed by a bomb, had
been marked for death. Some in
vestigators took the view last night
the explosive was meant for another
i Gallagher who was involved in sev
I eral mine union disputes.
They pointed out that Gallagher
and Thomas Maloney, one of the four
'injured, had been close friends and
s that in mine disturbances Gallagher
;had appeared as a witness against per
sons accused of dynamiting and had
freported thefts of explosive from the
Mine War Figures.
| State police and local authorities,
Ihowever, stressed the fact that most
J of the victims of the Good Friday
tragedy were figures in mine wars
which kept this region in turmoil for
several years.
A judge, a former sheriff, the um
pire for the Anthracite Conciliation
i« Board and a mine superintendent 1
were on the death list. For this rea
son Gov. George H. Earle and Attor- j
ney General Charles J. Margiotti, also
factors in the coal mediation, were
put on their guard.
The rectory of St. Mary’s Catholic
Church, home of the venerable Msgr.
J. J. Curran, nationally known for
twoscore years as a champion of
miners, burst into flames in the midst
of the bomb turmoil. Police and in
surance investigators said that while
there was only a "remote” possibility
the rectory was set afire by a bomb,
they would continue their investiga
Six bombs were mailed from down
town Wilkes-Barre Thursday night. A
service station attendant reported see
ing several men slouching in an auto
mobile. One got out and mailed some
thing. The car sped away.
Luzerne County authorities also
pointed to the fact that one of the
(See BLAST, Page 2.)
Joseph Roith, Ordnance Man,
Dies of Injuries From
Burned from head to foot In an
explosion that shook the mine-testing
laboratory at the Navy Yard yester
day, Joseph Roith, 49-year-old civilian
ordnance man and ex-Marine, died
In Providence Hospital at 3:15 a.m.
Meanwhile, R. L. Watkins of Vienna,
Va.. a civilian instrument-maker, who
was overcome by smoke, was reported
The blast—said to have been the
second in which Roith was hurt within
the last 10 years—will be investigated
Monday by a Navy board of inquiry.
The laboratory, filled with high ex
plosives and chemicals, was wrecked
by the explosion and Roith’s clothing
was burned from his body. First re
ports said he had been blown through
a window, but this could not be con
Roith, who lived at 1000 East Capi
tol street, had been employed at the
Navy Yard since 1918. A veteran of
the Boxer Rebellion in China, he is
survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Lee
Roith; two sisters, five brothers and
his parents.
Except for one brother—John Roith,
3 Eighteenth street southeast—aU
the dead man's relatives live in
Bloomer. Wis.
Watkins, who was working with
Roith at the time of the explosion,
has been at the Navy Yard since 1906.
Arrangements for Roith's funeral
Were being made today.
British King to Hold Garden Re
ceptions July 21 and 22.
LONDON. April 11 UP).—No royal
courts, at which fluttering debutantes
tare presented, will be held this year,
but King Edward instead will hold
two garden receptions at Buckingham
Palace July 21 and 22. It is understood
the debutantes will pass before King
Edward and make their bows just as
they would at a royal court.
K 4
3 Killed in Clipper Accident;
Jose Iturbi Among 20 Hurt
Brazil Plane Sinks After
Crash in Trinidad
Small Boat in Path of
Giant Air Liner Causes
Bj the Associated Press.
MIAMI, Fla., April 11.-The 19
ton airliner Brazilian Clipper sank to
day after collision with a fishing boat
In the harbor of Port-of-Spain, Trini
dad, drowning two passengers and
the steward, and injuring possibly a
score others, including Jose Iturbi,
world famous pianist.
Radio messages to Pan-American
Airways’ divisional headquarters here
reported others of the 18 passengers
and seven crewmen were rescued from
the partially submerged queen of the
South American skyways.
The dead:
E. Roman Martinez, 52, export man
ager of Eagle Pencil Co., New York;
Eric R. Brogh of London, England,
Amadeo Lopez, dining steward, of
Miami, Fla.
Swerves to Miss Launch.
The big airliner overturned as Pilot
Wallace Culbertson of Miami swerved
in a vain attempt to avoid striking a
small launch directly in the path dur
ing the dawn take-off.
The plane's left pontoon struck the
launch, plunging the Brazilian Clipper
over into the water. A •’crash" boat
from the Pan-American seadrome im
mediately put out and picked up the
It was in almost the same spot where
the Brazilian Clipper was damaged
last December, when a gust of wind
nosed the plane over during a landing.
Besides Capt. Culbertson and Stew
tSee CLIPPER, Page 12.)
Saje in crash.
Secretary Given Legislative
Petition—New Contingent
Delayed at Bel Air.
A delegation of the Workers' Alli
ance of America today presented a
petition outlining their legislative
wishes to Marvin H. McIntyre, secre
tary to President Rosevelt. after a
parade of 500 marchers to the White
House from the Government audi
torium where convention sessions are
being held.
Another parade was planned for the
early afternoon, with several hundred
marchers planning to march as close
to the oHuse Office Building as the
police would allow. A delegation was
then expected to take the workers’
petition to Congressmen's offices.
Meanwhile, Maj. Ernest W. Brown,
superintendent of police, was informed
by telegram that 17 more busloads of
delegations were 5 miles this side of
Baltimore on their way to Washing
ton. They were described as being In
an ''ugly” mood as the result of two
of their number having been arrested
and then released In Bel Air, Md., after
a dispute with a restaurant keeper.
Match Is Orderly.
The march tc the White House was
orderly. _ Some of the marchers shout
ed folk songs with words they impro
vised. Some carried banners. The
New York delegation was to have
brought American flags, but the New
Workers were in the party delayed at
Bel Air.
The Workers’ Alliance includes W.
P. A. workers, share-croppers and un
employed. Along with the new relief
program, its principal demand is for
enactment of the Prazier-Lundeen
social security bill with much larger
unemployment benefits than the pres
ent social security act provides.
The second annual session of the
alliance was formally closed last night
at the Government auditorium. It
left an immense amount of work
in the hands of a new National Ex
ecutive Board. The reorganized al
liance is an amalgamation of several
different employment groups, includ
ing Socialists and Communists and
others, out the president, David A.
Lasser of New York, declared there
will be domination by no single clique
or bureaucracy. National headquar
ters of the organization are to be
moved here from Milwaukee. The
home here has not yet been selected.
Five measures were authorized last
night by the conference to be sup
ported: The Frazier-Lundeen unem
ployment and social Insurance bill,
Marcantonio relief standards bill, 30
hour week, American youth bill and
the workers’ rights amendment to the
Plans for the future were laid down
by the alliance in the form of both a
"program of action” and resolutions.
The national Executive Board, con
sisting of representatives of the par
(SeeTALLIANCE, Page f2^
General Conflict Unlikely,
Secretary Said Prior to
Rhineland Crisis.
B> the Associated Press.
A January statement by Secretary
Hull that the chances were "9 out of
10” against a general war” was made
public today by the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee.
It was coupled with a warning from
the State Department head that the
United States must not let the "false
impression” go out that "we will not
These views were given by Hull
during committee hearings on neu
trality legislation and made public
today for the first time. While near
ly four months old, they far pre
ceded Germany's rearmament of the
Rhineland which added a new Euro
pean crisis to the Italo-Ethiopian War.
Hull also told the committee that,
because of changing world conditions
necessitating new neutrality rules, the
United States intended to “urge other
nations to join us at the earliest op
portunity in re-examining and re
stating and revitalizing neutral rights
under international law as they ex
isted prior to the World War. as nearly
as we find it consistent and as other
nations might find it consistent to
do so.”
"Naturally, this woud contem
plate any changes suggested by war
experience,” he said.
Danger in Extremes.
Stressing the need for co-operation
between Congress, the State Depart
ment and the President to avoid any
steps that might "jeopardize” our
neutral position. Hull said:
"If we create the impression that
we are too extreme In either direction,
we can get into trouble—this means
either extreme internationalism or ex
treme nationalism.
"Some countries might gain the
(See HULlT Page 2.)
Santa Rosa Work Barred by Cali
fornia Longshoremen.
SAN PEDRO, Calif.. April 11 <**>•—
A longshoremen’s boycott, placed in
effect by the Maritime Federation of
the Pacific, faces the liner Santa
Rosa on arrival here Monday to dis
charge a 1,500-ton cargo.
The Grace liner was declared unfair
to organized labor at a meeting of
the federation’s Southern California
District Council, which considered the
replacement of several men in the
deck crew at New York recently.
The men, members of the Sailors’
Union of the Pacific, struck for a
West Coast wage scale and were re
placed by members of the Interna
tional Seamen’s Union, which recently
ousted the Sailors’ Union as “radical.”
Woman Telegrapher Is Slain
In Struggle in Tower House
By the Associated Press.
BROOK VILLE, Pa., April 11.—A
posse of 100 men, called out by a
screaming fire siren, blocked roads
and railway lines today in a search
for the killer of Katherine Bracken,
45-year-old telegrapher, in her rail
road signal tower.
The woman, on duty alone last
night, was beaten and slashed to
death in the Brookville tower of the
Pittsburgh-Shawmut Railroad, her
body dragged down the tracks and
thrown over a 12-foot bank
Her skull was fractured, her right
arm was badly cut and her clothing
was in tatters.
Coroner Gilbert Hulme of Jefferson
County said Miss Bracken had been
criminally assaulted, and asked for
an autopsy.
State troopers said a wandering
tramp may have invaded the tower
and killed the telegrapher, who had
been 19 years in the service of the
They added more than one man
may have been involved because Miss
Bracken was a large woman, weighing
170 pounds, and there was evidence of
a violent struggle.
William Leddy, coming to relieve
Miss Bracken at the tower, found the
little room a wreck. He told troopers
chairs were overturned and there were
bloodstains on the desk and train
He left the tower quickly and a
few moments later discovered Miss
Bracken's body. The town's fire
alarm waa sounded, assembling a
crowd of citizens and officers In a
few minutat
Authoress Was Assaulted
by Her Murderer,
Autopsy Shows.
Fingerprints Are Sought on Sash
Used to Throttle Wife of
Radio Official.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, April 11.—An autopsy
established today that Mrs. Nancy
Evans Titterton, writer and wife of
a broadcasting company executive,
was criminally assaulted before she
was strangled with her pajamas in
the bathtub of her East River apart
Dr. Thomas Gonzales, assistant
medical examiner, made the an
nouncement as the sole potential clue
to the slayer—a fountain pen—was
cast aside by police.
Assistant Chief Inspector John A.
Lyons said the pen, found on Mrs.
Titterton’s bed, was established defi
nitely as the woman's own property.
Lewis Titterton, a National Broad
casting Co. executive and English
born husband ot the victim had been
unable to identify it, and police at first
by the slayer.
a sasn maae irom ner pajamas,
knotted double around her neck, was
treated with a silver nitrate solution
in an effort to find the slayer's finger
No Clean Fingerprints Found.
After working throughout the night
and morning following the discovery
of the body late yesterday, detectives
failed to find any clear fingerprints in
the apartment on fashionable Beek
man place, along the East River in
midtown Manhattan.
William O'Rourke, assistant district
attorney in charge of the investigation,
said traces of footprints had been
noticed in the bed room. Like the
fingerprints, however, they were
"The investigation apparently is at
a standstill pending the laboratory
examinations,” said O'Rourke.
O'Rourke and 25 aides questioned a
(See sTAYING, Page 3j
Explosions During Good Friday
Service Spread Apprehension
in Santiago.
By the Associated Press.
SANTIAGO. Cuba. April 11.—Two
powerful bomb explosions, one in the
doorway of the American Consulate,
spread apprehension through Santiago
today after a day-long Good Friday
service in which Provisional President
Jose A. Barnet participated.
The first bomb caused slight dam
age at the American Consulate last
; night, the main door of the building
bearing the brunt of the explosion.
The second bomb burst in the home
of Postmaster Pelayo Recio. No casu
alties were reported.
The bombing of the consulate was
the second in little more than a year,
the previous incident also having
caused little damage. The Bank of
Nova Scotia, in the same building as
the consulate, was not affected by last
night’s attack.
Provisional President Barnet, hold
ing office until the inauguration of
President-elect Miguel Mariano Gomez
May 20, came to Santiago yesterday
to join 40,000 persons in Good Fri
day services.
Extra police and soldiers were on
guard throughout the city, in connec
tion with his visit, but the bombers
made their attacks despite the in
creased vigilance.
roiice, soon auer me explosions, ar
rested the chauffeur of an automobile
which they said was being driven
through the streets without lights and
at an excessive rate of speed.
Three passengers leaped from the
car at the approach of the police and
escaped. Authorities said the auto
mobile was stolen from a garage, but
whether it had any connection with
the bombings was not immediately
Arkansas Senator Opposed by
Three Others in Primaries
August 10.
By thr Associated Press.
LITTLE ROCK. Ark.. April 11.—
Senator Joe T. Robinson of Arkansas
today gave formal notice of his In
tention to seek re-election to the
Senate by filing his party pledge with
the State Democratic Committe, and
the corrupt practices pledge required
by Arkansas statute with the Secre
tary of State.
Both papers were received by mail
from Washington, entering him in
the August 10 primary.
Three other* previously had an
nounced for the Democratic leader’s
Senate seat—J. Rosser Venable. Little
Rock; Thornesberry A Gray, Bates
ville. and Cleveland Holland, Port
NANKING, April 11 CAP).—'The Chi
nese foreign office sent a second pro*
test to Moscow today against the
mutual assistance pact recently signed
between the 8ovlet Union and the
Mongolian National Republic.
The protest repeated the former
stand of the Chinese government and
contended the treaty disregards the
1924 Russo-Chinese treaty recognizing
Chinese sovereignty over Outer Mon*
Early Easter Paraders Warned
To Keep Umbrellas at Hand
Weather Bureau9 However, Promises
Sunny Afternoon—President and
Mrs. Roosevelt to Attend Church.
Easter Music
Pages B-8 and 9
Umbrellas and raincoats should be
kept in readiness by early Easter
paradcrs tomorrow, but the prospects
for a sunny afternoon seemed good
today as the Capital prepared for j
an elaborate display of finery.
The forecaster predicted possible
showers during the forenoon tomor
row, but said the skies will clear and
temperatures will rise later in the
day. The mercury is expected to
reach the high 50s.
While those inclined to show off
new Spring outfits looked forward
to a promenade, and motorists antici
pated a drive through the park to see
the cherry bloosoms, the President
and Mrs. Roosevelt and thousands
of other Washingtonians prepared to
attend church services.
The White House family will at
tend special services at St. Thomas'
Episcopal Church both in the morn
ing and afternoon, and if the weather
is favorable, will drive into the coun
try and possibly enjoy a picnic supper.
The cherry blossoms, park authori
ties said, will present a "fair showing,"
although many of the Japanese trees
have passed the peak of their beauty.
(See EASTER. Page 3.)
Founder of Friends’ School
Remained Its Leader Until
Last Illness.
Thomas W. Sidwell. founder and
principal of Sidw ells' Friends School,
died at his home, 3901 Wisconsin ave- ’
nue, at 1 a.m. today.
Mr. Sidwell had been seriously III
for several weeks, more than three
weeks In Emergency Hospital. Hi
would have been 77 years old or.
May 16.
Funeral services for Mr. Sidwell will
be held in the Friends Meeting House
at 2111 Florida avenue, at 3 p.m. Mon
day. Interment will be made in Rock
Creek Cemetery.
Fifty-three years ago Mr. Sidwell
founded Friends School. During all
the time he remained its directing
head. From a small beginning in the
old Friends Meeting House, at 1811 I
street, Friends School became a leading
educational Institution in the Nation's
Capital, with thousands of graduates.
Was Friend and Adviser.
As head of the school Mr. Sidwell
made it his business as well as his
pleasure to become Si friend and ad
viser of the hundreds of boys and
girls who attended. Included in the
long list were the children of Presi
dents, foreign Ambassadors and
members of the cabinet and Congress
as well as leaders in the professional
and business life of the city.
Mr. Sidwell founded Friends School
as a co-educational, non-sectarian in
stitution, pledged to “stress simplicity,
sincerity and friendliness in its ac
tivities and relations.” From its small
beginnings, it grew until its en
rollment was more than 300. New
buildings in I street were constructed
(See SIDWELU Page 127)
Yacht Rammed by Steamer Off
Avalon, Calif.—One Taken
to Hollywood Hospital.
By the Assocl»t<" Press.
AVALON, Calif., April 11.—Seven
persons were rescued at sea last night
when the steamship Catalina rammed
the $80,000 yacht Arbutus 7 miles
out from Avalon.
The big steamer, bound for the
mainland in a heavy fog, struck the
76-foot cruiser squarely amidship.
Walter Leeds, a guest with his wife
of the yacht’s owner, Leroy Edwards,
prominent Los Angeles attorney, was
knocked unconscious, his head cut, by
the crash.
As the damaged vessel slid free of
the Catalina’s prow, gunwales already
awash, Capt. Otto Behrens of the
Arbutus and a crew of three launched
a lifeboat. The Edwards party rowed
to the steamer’s side and were taken
An ambulance rushed Leeds to a
Hollywood hospital after the Catalina
A Coast Guard patrol boat arrived
in time to save the Arbutus from
sinking and towed it into Avalon Bay.
Powers, Far From Agreed
on Conciliation, Postpone
Showdown on Rhine.
Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia
had already caused one European
crisis, when Hitler, realizing his op
portunity. struck boldly to regain
pre-war prestige for Germany by
reoccupying the Rhineland.
France, her fortifications front
ing Germany virtually impreg
nable. now fears refortification by
the Reich, and summoned a con
ference of the Locarno powers to
map a policy of defense and cen
Britain continues to invite Hit
ler to agree to an air force limita
tion pact, but Der Fuehrer insists
this is impossible in view of the
Franco-Soviet mutual assistance
(Copyright. 1»3«. by the Associated Press.!
GENEVA, April 11—Great Britain’s
diplomats won a breathing spell in
negotiations for European peace today,
avoiding a complete collapse of con
ciliation in the twofold crises after the
nations clashed almost to the break
ing point.
Serious and dangerous disagreements
among the great powers still dom
inated the peace, however, as the
statesmen who had been conferring
in the League of Nations center dur
ing the week returned to their homes
for the Easter holiday.
Bluer amerences persisted Between
Britain and France, not only over how
to hasten a settlement of the Italo
Ethiopian conflict, but also over the
fundamentals of Europe's attitude to
ward Germany's remilitarization of the
Britain, in a conference of the Lo
carno powers which lasted until neat
midnight, nevertheless, won from both
France and Belgium acceptance of the
view that conciliation with Germany
had not failed and that a new effort
should be made.
' Next Meeting in May.
The Locarno nations' representatives
decided to await the May meeting ol
the League Council for their next
session, while Britain approached the
Nazi Reich again for a settlement.
The League's Conciliation Commit
tee of 13 kept its hands on the Italo
Ethiopian conflict, but was in ad
journment until next Thursday
Britain having yielded in its earlier
demand that the committee remain in
session until a decision was reached.
Salvador de Madariaga of Spain,
chairman of the committee, decided tc
attempt to open peace talks between
Italy and Ethiopia Tuesday, with the
Sanctions Committee of 18 hovering
(See GENEVA, Page 5.)
Roosevelt Accepts Invitation to
Speak Here April 20.
President Roosevelt today accepted
an invitation to speak before the an
nual convention of the Daughters of
the American Revolution assembling
here on Monday, April 20.
Steel Worker Testifies Be
fore Senators on Ohio
B* the Associated Press.
J. P. Harris. Portsmouth. Ohio, steel
worker, testified before a Senate com
mittee today that the Wheeling Stee;
Corp. was '‘arming” to meet possiblf
labor trouble.
He took the stand after John M
Carmody of the Labor Relation Board
told of “rumors” that “the Ford com
pany is shot through with labor spies.
Harris said the arming included
recent purchases of 24 pistols, sup
plies of gas and night sticks, togethei
with an increase of the company po
lice force.
He was testifying before the Senati
Labor Subcommittee which is holdmi
hear.ngs on industrial labor condi
tions. Harris said first news of thi
“arming” came to him "in the latte;
part of July, 1935.”
Doubling lolice force.
At that time, he said, he receivet
word from an employe in an outlyini
plant of the company that the man
agement was doubling the police forci
aud getting deputizations where pos
sible for their police to carry arms oi
The mayor of Portsmouth, he said
refused to deputize the company po
lice in the city.
‘ But they won't stop with one re
quest,” Harris asserted. ‘They wil
keep on trying and if the city council
men don't repeal the ordinance oi
which the mayor based his refusal the:
will be told they will lose their jobs.
Knowledge Not First Hand.
Carmody emphasized he had no first
hand knowledge of whether spies wer
employed in the Ford factories a
Detroit, but gained his informatioi
while investigating other labor matter
in that automobile center.
DETROIT. April 11 (A>) —The chare
that automobile factories here mam
tained labor espionage systems wa
made on several occasions at hearing
conducted by the President's Auto
mobile Labor Board two years ago.
While the rumor of ‘'spies" in th
Ford Motor Co. has been circulate
frequently in labor circles here, n
charges involving the Ford Co. evt
were taken up by the Labor Bcari
which was headed by Dr. Leo Wolmai
Alaska Lighthouse Keeper K<
ports Seeing Plane "Flying
Close In.”
By the Associated Press.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska. April 11
The search for two honeymoonin
flyers, Pilot Albert Almoslino c
Seattle and his bride, turned nort
of here today with the Coast Guar
cutter Alert prowling the ruggec
indented shoreline of Revillagiged
A report from the lighthouse keepe
at Three Points that he sighte
Almoslino's pontoon-equipped plan
"flying close in" Sunday aftemoo
swung the hunt away from Norther
British Columbia waters.
The cutter Cyane. northbound fror
Seattle, was ordered to search Low
Inlet on Granville channel in Britisl
With the Almoslinoe seven day
overdue on a flight here from Seattli
Coast Guardsmen became convince'
they lost their way in a storm Sunda
afternoon and either crashed o
Woman, 58, Patient 24 Dayi
Had Undergone Operation at
Baltimore Institution.
By the Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, April 11.—Mrs. Catb
erine Wright, 56, was dead today, vie
tim of a four-floor plunge from a hot
pital here.
Mrs. Wright, Baltimorean, elth(
fell or jumped from a bath room o
the fourth floor late last night. St
had been a patient for 24 days and ha
undergone an operation.
■ ■■ —
G. 0. P. Senators Demand
Full Accounting—Ask for
Salary List.
Lawmakers Want Names of All
Workers Who Make Over
$1,200 Annually.
Administration of Federal relief
of needy unemployed, either
through made work or cash dis
tribution. probably will be point of
major attack by Republicans in
November elections.
In recent months, even Demo
crats, particularly in Senate, have
been loudly critical of works pro
gram, charging graft, politics and
inefficiency. Administration re
quest for $1,500,000,000 for work
relief is now pending in House.
Work on S200.000.000 Florida
ship canal was started last year
with relief funds; this Winter
Senate refused to authorize project
in regular appropriation bill.
! By the Associated t'ress.
Senate Republicans were laying the
groundwork today for an investigation
of relief, while in the House moves
t were under way to extend the Public
j Works Administration and revive the
Florida ship canal.
The minority party member pre
pared many questions with the idea
of asking them when Senate hearings
begin on President Roosevelt’s request
for a *1,500.000.000 relief appropria
tion for next year.
Senator Steiwer, Republican, of
Oregon, paved the way with a demand
j for the names of all Works Progress
and Resettlement Administration em
ployes drawing salaries of $1,200 a
t year or more.
Steiwer introduced resolutions cell
ing upon Harry L. Hopkins and Rex
ford G. Tugwell, the respective admin
istrators, for the information.
Demand Canal Funds.
Hopkins' recent testimony before
the House Appropriations Committee
that none of next year's relief fund
would go to the Public Works Admin
' | istration. the Florida ship canal or the
Passamaquoddy tide-harnessing project
1 In Maine brought immediate reaction.
Members of Congress paraded before
the committee demanding further
funds for P. W. A. and seeking to pro
! vide for continuation of the ship canal.
The P. W. A. is authorized by law
to continue another year, but President
Roosevelt's program contemplates no
’ | new money for it. Several hundred
1 million dollars from this year’s fund
will be available to complete work al
ready underway.
Appearance of Florida Congressmen
before the committee asking allotment
j j of further money for the ship canal
; signified that another attempt will be
! made to get congressional approval of
. j that *150,000,000 to *200,000,000
The Senate recently turned dow-n a
I new appropriation for the canal, to
‘ j which President Roosevelt had allo
? cated *5,00.000 by executive order.
“Hoptins or Ickes” Controversy,
s A possible revival of the question
whether Hopkins or Secretary Ickes.
public works administrator, should ad
e minister public works funds developed
- as the dissatified House members urged
s the earmarking of $700,000,000 for
s p. w. A.
Once before, w-hen the question arose
whether Ickes or Hopkins should carry
e the load of spending the *3,880.000.000
I appropriated last year. Mr. Roosevelt
J stepped in to smooth out the situation,
r | House members who carried their
>. demands to the committee yesterday
i were Representatives Beiter, Demo
crat, of New York: Green, Democrat,
of Florida and McFarlane. Democrat,
of Texas. They are the nucleus of a
sizable bloc, working closely with Sen
- ator Hayden. Democrat, of Arizona
1 and some others in the Senate to
! obtain funds for Ickes’ P. W. A.
Fight Threatened.
!• The backers of Secretary Ickes
called a meeting for Monday to map
•trategy for a floor fight if tne com
mittee does not earmark for the P. W.
A. some of the relief money requested,
or at least make other provision for it.
These developments followed a
l sharply-woraed final report from Hugh
f S. Johnson as former New York City
i W. P. A. administrator, saying the
1 work relief program was "a* cruel
. as it is stupid.”
5 Speaking of Johnson’s indictment of
the relief program. Senator Barbour,
r Republican, of New Jersey said it
1 “emphasizes the contention I have
E already made, that no more money
1 should be voted for relief until w«
1 know it w’ill be properly used.”
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