Juvenile Court Measure Likely to Be Revised to Meet Objections ]
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JURY TRIALS TO
Also Would Open Records of
Court to Block “Secrecy
REPORT BY WEDNES^A?
AIM OF SUBCOMMITTEE
Adjournment in June May Pre
vent Action on Plan at
BY JAMES E. CHINN.
The Norton bill to broaden the
powers of Juvenile Court and modern- »
lze Its procedure probably will be
revised by the special subcommittee
of the House Dlsrict Committee which
has just concluded public hearings
on the measure.
Representative Nichols. Democrat,
of Oklahoma, chairman of the sub
committee. is known to favor changes
that will more adequately setout the
safeguards that the bill’s opponents
believe are not clearly defined. He
also wants to Incorporate in the pro
posed new legislation some of the best
features of existing Juvenile Court
First of all, Nichols is anxious to
assure the right of every defendant •
to a trial by jury, not because he
beUeves children should at any time
be subjected to such procedure, but
merely to prevent the bill’s consti
tutionality from being challenged in
Jury Trial Provision.
"I don’t think a jury trial belongs
in a Juvenile Court.” said Nichols.
"But I believe provision should be
made for jury trials ’for those who
demand them’ to protect the bill. I
am sure a vicious attack might be
made on the biH’s constitutionality by
its enemies if a right to a jury trial
Nichols also plans to have a pro
vision relating to the privacy of
Juvenile Court proceedings modified
to meet the objections of those who
fear that under the proposed new
set-up, persons interested in a par
ticular case might be unable to get
any Information about it.
"I see no reason for keeping the
records of the court secret,” he said. ,
"Provision should be made for inter
ested parties to see the records.
I, personally, don't want to set up
a bureau and say to it, ‘you are hidden
from view.’ ”
Nichols, however, is strongly in
favor of the general plan ^ embodied
in the bill to change the present
criminal procedure of the court to
a chancery system. Likewise, he
firmly believes in the provision to
exclude the general public from the
Like “Executive Session.”
“I don’t think a Juvenile Court
functions as well before a crowd of
morbid curiosity seekers as well as
in a proceeding that we members of
Congress might describe as an exec
utive session," he declared.
Representative Dirksen, Republi
can, of Illinois, an active member
of the special subcommittee. Is
understood to share Nichols’ views.
An effort will be made to complete
the proposed revisions in the bill in
time to report it to the full District *
Even if the bill is placed on the
House calendar In the near future,
it is doubtful whether it will be acted
on at this session of Congress if
present plans are carried out to ad
journ the first week in June. The
Sisson bill to repeal the so-called "red
rider” to the 1936 District appropria
tion act will have the right of way
on the next "District day,” May 25,
and if Congress adjourns before June
g, that will be the last day of the .
session devoted to District legislation.
House Committee for Curbing
Price Practices in Inter
By the Associated Press.
A special House Committee yester- [
day recommended legislation making »
unlawful the granting of price dis
criminations by those engaged in In- j
The committee recommendation was
contained in a report to be presented •
the House Monday. Representative
Patman, Democrat, of Texas, is chair
man of the committee.
The report said evidence received
by the committee "shows that manu
facturers make a practice of extend
ing to certain buyers price conces
sions and other trade advantages not
given to others who purchase the
same quantities under the same con-. -
Adoption of legislation was proposed
"making it unlawful for any persons
engaged in interstate commerce • • •
to discriminate in price or terms of
sale between different purchasers of
commodities of like grade and quality *
by granting price concessions or other
advantages under tbe guise of: -
“(1) Advertising, sales, promotion?!'
or other allowances when the same'
are not earned and offered openly to*
the trade generally.
"(2) Brokerage fees and commis
"(3) Volume or quantity discounts
not offered to the trade generally and -
which are not made on the basis of'
differences in the coat of manufac- >
ture. sale, transportation and dis- .
BILL FOR PARLEY SIGNED
Roosevelt Approves Participation
in American Conference.
A bill providing for participation by
the United States in an lnter-Ameri
can conference at Buenos Aires or
some other capital of an American
republic this year was signed today by *
The conference, to discuss methods .•
of maintaining peace and neutrality,
was suggested by the United States. —
ALLEN WILL OFFER
OF D1FOR VOTE
Appeal to Be Made
PRIMARY FOR DISTRICT
IS PLANNED FOR MAY 20
Balloting Will Be Here Ratifica
tion of List of Delegates
0. K.’d by Committee.
BY J. A. O’LEARY.
Washington’s plea for national rep
resentation in Congress and the right
to vote for President and Vice Presi
dent will be presented to the Demo
cratic Convention at Philadelphia nertt
month by Commissioner George E.
This was decided on last night by the
Democratic Central Committee for the
District when it met to make final
arrangements for the local primary
May 20, at which 12 delegates and 5
alternates to the national convention
will be elected.
Seventeen Democrats had filed for
places on the local delegation. The
District is entitled to only 6 votes in
the Democratic conclave, but the Cen
tral Committee decided last night to
send 12 delegates with half a vote each
and 5 alternates.
This plan enables all who filed to go
to the convention and eliminates any
contest. For this reason the primary
will be merely a formal ratification of
the list. The Central Committee,
neveruieie&df ucuucu iu uwisunw.
polling places in different parts ol the
city to give local Democrats an oppor
tunity to vote, John B. Colpoys,
chairman of* the committee, an
nounced. The polling places will be
The committee decided that, as one
of the city Commissioners. Allen was
the appropriate member of the dele
gation to present the arguments for
national representation to the Plat
form Committee in Philadelphia, and
also to the convention.
Commissioner Allen will be assisted
by Colpoys in urging Democratic sup
port of a Constitutional amendment
that would give District residents rep
resentation in Ooth branches of Con
gress and in the Electoral College.
Colpoys, a veteran leader in the local
Democratic organization, has advo
cated the national representation
plank at previous party conventions
lor a number of years. He is a mem
ber of the Citizens’ Joint Committee
on National Representation.
McConihe Nomination Ratified.
The local Democratic leaders also
ratified last night the nomination of
Malcolm S. McConihe, realtor and
builder, to be the District’s new Na
tional Committeeman and Mrs. J.
Borden Harriman for re-election as
National Committeewoman. Mc
Conihe will succeed John P. Costello,
who is retiring after 24 years as local
A plank on national representation
for the people of the District also will
be urged at the Republican National
Convention in Cleveland. Senator
Capper, Republican, of Kansas, for
mer chairman of the Senate District
Committee, announced several weeks
ago he would ask for such a plank
at Cleveland. Senator Capper is co
author of the resolution dealing with
the subject, now pending in Congress.
TWO NEW TRAFFIC
Woman and Man Injured, as Po
lice Seek Relatives of Mrs.
Mary J. Fleming.
While police sought relatives of Mrs.
Mary J. Fleming. 57, retired Post
Office Department clerk, killed in a
Mount Rainier (Md.) traffic accident,
they received reports of three other
mishaps occurring last night and
ivijo. rieuuiig wiu> strucK. yeaieruay
by a truck at Thirty-fourth street
and Rhode Island avenue as she ran
to board a street car. Norman Cush
ing, the driver, was said by Prince
Georges County police to have skidded
his truck 20 feet to avoid the woman.
Mrs. Fleming's relatives include a
husband and two sisters, police were
told. She was a native of Rochester,
Maxine Snyder, 22, of 716 Rock
Creek Church road, may have re
ceived a fractured right ankle early
today when the car In which she was
a passenger struck one belonging to
John Bianca and parked in front of
his home at 622 Minnesota avenue
northeast. She was treated at Casu
alty Hospital. The automobile in
which she was riding was driven by
Tyler G. France, 24, of 422 Nichol
Thomas Griffith, 42, of 927 Culleir
street southwest, suffered fractured
ribs when he was struck yesterday at
Pennsylvania avenue and Seventh
street by a car driven by Elta Camp
bell, 40, of 4835 Liverman street. He
was treated at Emergency Hospital.
Jack Ford, 3, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Prank D. Ford of the Stanhope Apart
ments, New Jersey avenue and H
street, was slightly Injured today when
hit by a truck driven by Hugh J.
Gowles, 31, driver for the J. P. Maher
Co. The accident occurred in the 700
block of First street. Jack was treated
at Casualty Hospital. Gowles was re
leased by police.
Two Planes Collide.
FRANKFORT - ON - THE - MAIN,
Germany. May 16 (*>).—Two German
military planes, flying in formation
during maneuvers, collided today and
crashed, killing one civilian.
The pilots of both planes leaped
to safety with parachutes, but one of
the ships crashed through the roof
of a farm house, killing a woman.
Victim of Fall Recovering.
Hale Holmes, 21, of 1321 Irving
street, was recovering in Casualty
Hospital today from injuries received
yesterday in a 15-foot fall from a
ladder while he was hanging an
awning at the home of Joseph H.
Eckert, 4304 Thirteenth street.
To Traffic Sign, ^
Animal Found Waiting
at Intersection Taken
A donkey with a smattering of traf- I
flc knowledge, but Inclined to overdo
things, ended up at the District pound
today after he was found patiently
waiting at a “stop” sign at Eleventh
ind N streets southeast.
Policemen A. J. Kaskeski and J. O.
Middlethon discovered the educated •
beast while patrolling their beats,
rhese skeptics were inclined to believe
the donkey couldn't read, but merely
bad obeyed a natural impulse to stop.
At any rate, the donkey apparently
thought it was a permanent stop, <
judging from the difficulty police ex
perienced in, getting their prisoner to
the fifth precinct
Hospitality was showered on the lost
animal at the station by members of
the Police Boys’ Club who dined their
guests' on pats and water before he
was taken ’to the pound to await a
HOWARD 0. REPORT
HITS 0. S. CONTROL
Margold Says Supervision
Is Limited to Funds.
The Interior Department's super
vision over Howard University is lim
ited to control of Federal appropria
tions and does not include authority
"to prohibit use of buildings at the
institution for any purposes," accord
ing to an opinion by Solicitor Nathan
R. Margold, included In a report to
the Senate yesterday regarding in
vestigation of alleged communistic
.ctivities at the university last year.
The report was in response to a
resolution by Senator Hastings. Re
publican, of Delaware, asking for the
information. The data indicated the
department's inquiry dealt mainly
with the question of whether any
radical speeches were made at a series
of conferences on th# economic con
dition of the colored people, held in
one of the university buildings a
The records sent to the Senate show
that various memoranda prepared by
the department’s investigators were
submitted to the solicitor, resulting in
the ruling. Solicitor Margold stated
the question as to whether the Board
of Trustees of the university is em
powered to refuse use of the buildings I
for certain purposes was not before
him for decision. Going further, the
held last May apparently was predi
cated on the belief that the Secretary
of Interior posse, led visitorial powers
over the affairs of Howard University.
Since such powers are limited to the
control of the expenditures of Federal
funds, there exist grave doubts wheth
er any investigations of the university
except in this limited field may prop
erly be made by the department.”
Acting Secretary of Interior West
submitted the files without accom
panying recommendations and the
data was ordered to be printed and
SHEARER’S AIDE DIES
“Contact Man’’ at Geneva Arms
Conference Figured in Probe.
NEW YORK. May 16 (VP).—Henry
C. Hunter, 68. who figured proihinently
in a 1929 Senate probe of the activ
ities of William B. Shearer at the
Geneva Arms Conference in 1927, died
yesterday following an operation.
He was an expert in admiralty law
and specialized in legislation affecting
shipbuilding and related industries.
In the Senate inquiry it was disclosed
that he was Shearer’s “contact man”
and paymaster during Shearer’s activ
ity as “observer” at the Geneva ses
OF STRIKE TODAY
)eny Open Shop Is Involved.
Invite Firms to Con
rRADE ASSOCIATION HIT
FOR 'BECLOUDING ISSUE’
Spirited Mass Meeting Addressed
by Union Leaders—Dealers'
Following a spirited mass meeting
of the automobile mechanics last
night, when they defined the issues
af their strike against seven local
flrms. the mechanics union planned to
spread the strike today still further
throughout the city.
The mass meeting at Pythian Hall
last night took sharp Issue with the
Washington Automotive Trade Asso
ciation. By resolution it “condemned”
the “open shop” resolution adopted
by the dealers as a “cheap piece of
trickery designed to deceive the public
regarding the real issues involved in
this strike.” They insisted the
"closed" or "open” shop was not an
At the same time, In a letter to
the trade association, Oliver N. Gar
rison. business agent for Lodge 193,
International Association of Ma
chinists. recognized the Washington
Automotive Trade Association as "a
responsible spokesman for its mem
bers,” and invited a conference to
discuss "wages, hours and terms of
employment prevailing in the repair
shops of trade association members.”
The dealers were asked to name the
time and place for such a conference.
The mass meeting was addressed
first by Garrison, who outlined the
strike situation where he has pulled
men from seven firms. He criticized
William J. Hill, president of Hill &
Tibbitts Inc., for Hill’s statement
that only 25 men struck. Garrison
said *38 men struck from Hill & Tib
Victory U Predicted.
Fred Hewitt, editor and manager
of the Machinists Journal of the
International Association, told the
men they had a good cause, and “if
you stick it out you will win within
a reasonable length of time.” This
is a union city, he said, predicting
that thousands of union members
here would stop doing business with
firms where the strike was in progress.
He pledged support of the interna
tional so far as possible.
Other speakers included Harvey
Brown, vice president of the Inter
national Association of Machinists,
and David Kaplan of the research
department of the association.
3 “A proposal was made to the auto
dealers,” said the resolution, “and
dispatched to them by registered mail,
to raise the inadequate wages of jour
neymen auto mechanics to 90 cents
per hour and helpers to 50 cents per
hour and lower the insufferable, long
hours to 44 per week, which was the
standard established in the N. R. A.
The customer at an automobile re
pair shop, the resolution pointed out,
in the majority of cases ’’pays $2 per
hour to the dealer and pays extra
costs and profits for parts and acces
sories,” while the "journeyman auto
mechanic who does the work receives
as little as 60 cents, leaving $1.40
to the dealer for profit and overhead.”
Pointing out that an attempt was
being made to bring in out-of-town
strike breakers, another resolution
authorized the spread of a warning
concerning the strike through Cen
tral Labor Unions and State Federa
tions of Labor. I? appealed to car
owners of the city to “make certain
that only qualified and experienced
mechanics are permitted to repair
and service their automobiles, and to
beware of poor workmanship as a
menace to their safety and the safety
of the public."
Tap dancing is the forte for this student at the Bethesda,
Md., Elementary School. She is Martha Ann Harper, 9, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harper, of New Cut road, Bethesda.
Monday: Billy Simms, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Simms, 315
Seventeenth street northeast, at Maury School.—Star Staff Photo.
House Fired in Gun Battle That Cost Three Lives
The "burning home of William Wells, colored farmer, and
his sister Cora, at Gordonville, Va., which uas fired after a savage
gun battle with, hundreds following the fatal shooting of Sheriff
W. B. Young and the wounding of several others. Officers are
shown shooting into the fire. Wells and his sister, wounded or
slain, toppled into the pyre.
(Continued From First Page.1
pair with tear gas, but Town Sergt.
J. R. Yeager said it had no more effect
on the couple than "water.'’
Capt. H. B. N. Nichols, superinten
dent of State police, and Yeager de
clared Young dropped mortally
wounded when he endeavored, despite
other officers' warnings, to unlatch the
front door of the house through a
panel which had been kicked out by
"Let's go and get him,” Nicholas
quoted Sheriff Young as calling as he
stooped to reach through the opening.
A pistol barked from within the
house and the Sheriff fell back into
Sheriff Young, Yeager and State
Trooper H. L. Dulaney had been to the
house at 1:30 yesterday afternoon to
serve the warrant, but Cora Wells told
them "William ain’t done nothing” an
locked the door in their faces.
They returned at 4 o'clock with 10
State troopers summoned from their
training camp near Fredericksburg and
municipal officers and self-elected
possemen from Charlottesville. Rich
mond, Elkton, Culpeper, Luray and
Using a road "cut” as their brest
works, the officers and their aides
rained bullets on the structure for
hours while the occupants kept up an
When Deputy Sheriff Ed Payne of
Culpeper flung his gasoline-soaked
shirt into the outbuilding the end of
the struggle was at hand. Flames shot
high through dry Umber and quickly
spread to the house, which turned into
a ravine furnace.
The Negroes, forced to the openings
by the heat and flames, provided clear
targets, silhoutted against the leaping
flames in the background, for officers’
The charred body of the Negro man
was raked from the embers at 1:40 ajn.
while a handful of the hundreds
watching the spectacle earlier looked
cm. The woman’s body had not been
located this morning.
AS FIRE THREATENS
Two Colored Boys Carried From
House as Flames Imperil
Two colored children were carried
to safety by a white man today when
a burning mop that hung from a
second-story window of their home at
414 D street southeast threatened to
set Are to the house.
Attracted by the flaming mop and
hearing the children’s cries, Raymond
Martin. 32, of 502 D street southeast
entered the house and carried Paul
Barnes, 2. and his brother, Junior, 3,
to the street.
Firemen extinguished the flames
before they had done more than scorch
the side of the frame house.
The Barnes children were alone at
the time. Police said their father la
Elbert A. Barnes. It was not known
how the mop caught fire.
Some of the participants in the fight: S. L. McWilliams, one of the wounded, is shown at
right. Others in the picture are John Neun. State officer, with gun shield (left), and John Q.
Rhodes, director of the division of motor vehicles (center),
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10 BE SEEN TODAY
First Public Showing to Fea
ture Second Day of George
The first public showing of the
famous and historic gardens of
the Georgetown Visitation Convent,
Thirty-fifth and P streets, will be the
feature of the second afternoon of
the annual Georgetown Garden Pil
grimage today from 2 to 7 p.m.
This is the oldest Visitation Con
vent in America and the garden
dates back almost to the foundation
of the institution in 1799. Virtually
unknown to most Washingtonians, the
40 acres of the Convent grounds,
though in the confines of the City,
include orchards, venerable dogwoods
and redwood trees, a pasture for cows,
vegetable gardens, a private golf
course, horse-show ground, tennis
courts and other sport and 'recrea
tional facilities, in rtitlon to beautiful
formal gardens. Tea is to be served
on the lawn outside the new gym
nasium during the afternoon.
The list of gardens on view today,
in addition to that at the convent, in
cludes those of Mrs. Gordon Dun
thorne, 3304 N street; Mrs. Henry
Leonard. 3038 N street; Mrs. Lincoln
Green, 3025 N street; Mrs. Walter
Peter, 3027 N street: Mrs. Ruth Hanna
Sims. 1224 Thirtieth street; Miss
Bertha Looker and Miss Florence
Dedges, 1312 Thirtieth street; Mrs.
Herman Hollerith, 1633 Twenty
ninth street: Mrs. John Ihlder. 2811
P street; Miss Cecil Jones, 2906 P
street; Miss Lucy Bentley, 2918 P
street, and Miss Katherine Dougal,
3030 P street.
Green and white flags which give
annual notice of the pilgrimage will
fly again today as a guide to the
hundreds of garden lovers expected to
visit the gardens opened today. For
seven years, the Georgetown Children's
Committee has held the pilgrimage to
raise funds for child welfare in
Tickets for the pilgrimage may be
obtained at the Mayflower, Dodge and
Willard Hotels and at the offices of
the American Automobile Association.
Mrs. R. F. Whitehead, 1524 Twenty
eight street, is chairman of the com
mittee in charge of the tour.
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A. A. A. SHIFT TALK
Many Farmers Asking Whether
Ickes or Wallace Will
By the Associated Press.
Possibility of transfer of the A. A.
A. to the Interior Department today
was reported to be causing agricul
ture officials some concern.
Likewise, A. A. A. officials said, an
increasing number of farmers from
many States are sending telegrams
and calling by telephone to learn
whether Secretary Ickes would re
place Secretary Wallace as boas of
the soil conservation program.
This furore, still fledgling, was
caused by Senate passage and trans
mission to the House of the Lewis
bill authorizing a change in the name
of the Interior Department to the
Department of Conservation.
The bill was Introduced by Sena
tor Lewis, Democrat, of Illinois, a
year ago. It would provide that the
President might transfer to the pro
poned Department of Conservation
any Federal agencies he determined
should be co-ordinated In the interest
of conservation of natural resources.
An undercover battle was reported
to have „been waged between Ickes
and Wallace for more than two years
over control of some of the conserva
tion bureaus, with Wallace checked
up as the winner of the last round.
The Soil Conservation Service, for
merly the Soil erosion Service, was
removed from the Interior to the
Agriculture Department and made a
Medical Fraternity to Meet.
Dr. Raymond W. Murray will speal
tomorrow at 3:30 pm. before Ch
Delta Mu Medical Fraternity, a col
ored organization, at the Metropolltai
Baptist Church on R street Betweei
Twelfth and Thirteenth streets. Dr
O. J. Saunders is chairman of th<
program, under auspices of the Junta
CITY HEADS SILENT
“Matters of Urgent Import
ance” Discussed by Texan
The Commissioners today declined
to state what were the "matters of
urgent important” which Representa
tive Blanton laid before them at a
sudden visit to theOlstrlct Building
The conference was staged at the
request of Blanton, who said he had
questions of great importance which
he wished to present to all three Com
missioners and not to just one of
After being closeted for 45 minutes
with Commissioners George E. Allen
and Dan I. Sultan, Blanton told re
porters he had invited the Commis
sioners to attend the Texas Centennial
Exposition. Asked if other questions
had been discussed, the Representative
"Oh, we gassed about a lot of
things. I have no statement further
than that.” He then invited reporters
to come to the exposition and prom
ised them If they drove cars in Texas
like Representative Zloncheck in
Puerto Rico “nothing wiU be done
about it.” Blanton chuckled over that
It was understood that District
budget problems were among ques
tions discussed at the conference.
Blanton is striving to reduce the
Federal payment toward District ex
penses from $5,700,000 to $2,700,000.
The Commissioners said they could
not reveal the conference subjects
beyond stating that they were not
committed on any proposition, that
Blanton had not asked them to pledge
themselves on anything.
Melvin C. Hazen, president of the
. Board of Commissioners, was not
present at the conference. He had
gone home ill.
Officer Who Saw Service in Ar
gonne Made Lieutenant Colonel.
John Clinton Swank, 202 South
Asaph street. Alexandria, Va„ a World
War officer who took part in the Ar
gonne campaign, today became a lieu
tenant colonel in the Officers’ Reserve
Corps, Infantry section.
Lieut. Col. 8wank is assigned to duty
with the 310th Infantry, 79th Division,
the outfit with which he served first
' as second lieutenant and then as first
, lieutenant during the war. He entered
, the organization at the Fort Niagara
, Officers’ Training Camp.
He was promoted to a captaincy
i when the outfit was reorganised after
the war as a. Reserve division under
the national defense act.
Miss Baker Urges Organized
Civic Support to Get
Organized civic support for adequate
appropriations for municipal play
ground equipment was urged last night
by Miss Sibyl Baker, playground
superintendent, at a meeting of the
City-wide Playground Council.
Declaring there never had been an
adequate allowance for playground
facilities. Miss Baker said the District
has spent only $100,000 in the last 20
years for equipment. As a possible
test of the costs for proper equipment,
she cited the spending of $50,000 for
the Improvement of Franklin Park.
To equip completely one large mu
nicipal playground would co6t at least
that sum, she said.
“You will never get the playground
facilities needed unless there is an
energetic demand on the part of
the public,” she added.
Roark Montgomery protested that
the Western High School stadium, lo
cated in the Burlelth section, is
“locked up” in Summer vacation
months while children play in the
Provision of a swimming pool to
replace those taken out of the Monu
ment Grounds last Fall, was urged.
The body asked that such a pool be
operated without charge to swimmers.
U. S. CONTINUES STARK
HUNT MONTH LONGER
Four-Month Search for Aviator
Who Disappeared January 16
By the Associated Press.
Despite a fruitless four-month
search for Howard.,C. Stark, com
merce aviation inspector, the depart
ment announced today it will continue
the hunt for another month.
Stark, who lived in Alexandria, Va.,
disappeared January 16 while flying
between Rock Springs, Wyo., and Salt
No trace of the missing pilot or
plane hes been found. If another
month produces no results, the search
will be discontinued.
POPPY DRIVE STARTS
Special Dupeten to Tne star.
SILVER SPRING. Md„ May 16 —
Clssel Saxon unit, American Legion
Auxiliary, suited its annual poppy
campaign yesterday, with members
selling poppies on the streets of the
Proceeds from the sale of poppies,
made by Maryland disabled veterans,
will be used entirely for welfare work.
Mn. James m. Buffln heads the com
mittee in charge.
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