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GOMEZIAKESOATH
AS CUBAN LEADER
47-Year-Old Lawyer Inau
gurated as First Constitu
tional President.
*y the Associated Press.
HAVANA. May 20 — Miguel Mariano
Oomez, 47-year-old lawyer, was In
augurated constitutional President of
Cuba at noon today in the presence
of the Supreme Court and special
missions from 27 nations.
In taking the oath of office, the new
chief executive became “President
Oomez n,” for he had succeeded in
the footsteps of his father, Gen. Jose
Miguel Gomez, President of the re
public from 1909 to 1913.
With today’s ceremony, Cuba's line
of provisional Presidents—seven of
them in the last two and one-half
years—was broken and the govern
ment returned to constitutionality.
Gomez succeeded Provisional Presi
dent Jose A. Barnet.
Father’s Friends Present.
Surrounded by faithful friends of
his late father, the new President
pledged himself to lead the people
out of the political wilderness that
is Cuba.
The careers that brought father
end son to the presidency were alike
in several respects.
Both were lawyers who practiced
politics; both were belligerent revo
lutionaries who took arms for a cause;
both served prison sentences for anti
Government activities; both were po
litically exiled in the United States;
both were known and called by their
first names by people in all walks of
life; both reached the presidency near
the half century mark in their lives,
and both took office after a period of
•‘provisionallty.”
The republic of Cuba wiped its gov
ernmental slate clean today of traces
of the dictatorial rule of Gerardo
Machado and the provisional regimes
which followed his overthrow when
Gomez formed a new cabinet and met
With his ministers into the early
morning hours before his own inaug
uration. Gomez said he had two pur
poses in mind in selecting his cabinet;
1. He wanted no ministers who had
been connected with any of the- pro
visional governments of the last two
and one-half years.
2. He wanted no ministers who were
associated in any way with the Ma
chado administration.
His cabinet includes these minis
ters:
Defense, Gen. Rafael Montalvo;
communications, Rafael Santos Jim
inez; interior, Carlos Pelaez; health
and sanitation, Manuel Mencia; pub
lic works, Raul Simeon; education,
Luciano Martinez; state, Jose M. Cor
tina; presidency, Domingo Macias;
treasury, German Wolter del Rio; la
bor, Augustin Cruz; agriculture, Jose
Gomez Mena; commerce, Eudaldo
Bonet, and, justice, Estanislao Car
tana.
CHRYSLER ADVANCES
WAGES OF SHOPMEN
$5,000,000 to $6,000,000 More
Annually to Be Paid, Ef
fective June 1.
DETROIT, May 20 — The
Chrysler Corp. announced yesterday
that a wage Increase for shop em
Jjldyes. aggregating between $5,000,000'
►ltd $6,000,000 annually, would become
effective June 1.
« President K. T Keller said the in
crease, the third general Increase In
hourly wages since August, 1933,
would average approximately 5 per
cent after adjustments are made The
company also distributed $2,300,000
among all employes last February 14.
, Keller said the Chrysler Corp. paid
Cut $92,000,000 in wages and salaries
last year and that the pay roll to date
this year is running ahead of 1935.
COMMITTEE APPROVES
FOOD AND DRUG BILL
®ueetion of Jurisdiction Over Ad
vertising Compromised—-Cos
r metics Put Under Law.
%y the Associated Press.
* Legislation designed to strengthen
the food and drug act was approved
today by the House Interstate Com
merce Committee, which rewrote the
measure passed last session by the
Senate.
. On the controversial question of
whether the Federal Trade Commis
sion or the Agriculture Department
should administer advertising regula
tions, the committee decided to limit
the department's authority to adver
tising on the package.
This gives the Trade Commission
authority over other advertising. The
commission’s power was broadened to
cover advertising considered false in
Itself as contrasted with its present
limitation to false advertising attest
ing competition.
The bill also brings cosmetics under
the law for the first time.
OUTING IS PLANNED
The Young Democrats of the Dis
trict will hold their pre-convention
picnic and jamboree at Marshall Hall
Park on Saturday.
i Dancing and an excursion cruise
down the Potomac River on the Cltv
or Washington are includ'd on the
program. Representative Wearln or
Iowa and Miss Veita Morrow of Seat
tle, Wash., will speak.
| Congress in Brief
TODAY.
Senate:
Debates flood control bill.
Finance Committee weights tax bill.
Boose:
Acts on conference report on Inte
rior Department appropriation bill.
Bell Investigating Committee meets
at 10 a.m. to continue questioning Dr.
F. E. Townsend.
TOMORROW.
Senate:
rTooaoiy wrn transact miscellaneous
business If flood-control bill Is passed.
Commerce Committee holds hearing
on stream pollution, 10 s.m.
Finance Committee considers tax
bill (executive).
Howe:
Plans to consider special rules.
Bell Committee resumes investiga
tion of old-age pension plana, 10 an.
Judiciary Committee meets at 10
am.
Ways and Means Committee re
admes consideration of Disney crude
petroleum blll^ 10 am. _
—~ ft- * •
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Washington
Wayside
Tales
Random Observations
of Interesting Events
and Things.
GUFFEY STORY.
HE coal act bearing his name
may have been declared un
constitutional. but Senator
Guffey has not always been
jn the losing side of things. In his
present hour of darkness, if that is
vhat it is, the Senator might look
jack to that happier day when he
von a bet from Col. Paul J. McGahan.
Philadelphia newspaper correspondent
lere.
Here’s the story that’s going the
ounds in National Press Club circles:
Old friends. Col. McGahan bet Mr.
3ufley that he'd never be elected to
he Senate from traditional G. O. P.
Pennsylvania. Col. McGahan lost,
rrue to his word, the correspondent
jsked the Senator to name his tailor
ind send the size of his hat.
‘ The fruits of victory are so sweet j
that we'll call the bet off,” wrote the
Senator.
But with a McGahan. a bet is a
bet And so, he went to a local seam
stress and had her make the Senator
an old-fashioned night shirt, with a
tasseled flight cap of red flannel.
“Here’s hoping for your early re
tirement^’ wrc e McGahan. as he sent
the night *irt and cap to the Sen
ator.
* * * *
GALLANT.
"There's no safer place in the
world than a circus tent in a storm.
They Know their business and take
no chances."
With these words a friend sought
to reassure an excited mother whose
children were at the circus during
Monday afternoon's storm. A few
hours later they met again over the
evening paper headlines describing
the effects of the big blow.
"Th$t sort of makes you out a
liar" the said.
"Bui a gallant one," he defended
himself.
* * * *
PINAL TOUCH.
TT HAPPENED in the show window
of a local department store re
cently. |The window displayed a num
ber of figures of the bride and her
bridesmaids, dressed in the latest In
matrimonial attire, t^hile the crowd
watche^, a window dresser was put
ting on the finishing touches. He sud
denly took out his handkerchief, wet
it with his lips and proceeded to wash
the bribe's face.
* * * *
GLITTERING.
'THERE to no limit to the ingenuity
of college students.
Out at the University of Maryland
they are still talking about the re
sourcefulness of a freshman who
wanted to go to the president's re
ception, but had no studs for his
tuxedo.
Did he stay home?
Not at all. He used paper clips—
those brass things you push through
and then spread apart—and. accord
ing to his story, nobody noticed the
difference.
* * * a
SHARE THE WORK.
IN THE Department of Justice they
cheer on beginning clerks and
stenographers with a bracer some
thing like this: “Stay in there and
pitch—you may get to be window
shade measurer some day.”
The quip started when some one
in the department decided new Vene
tian blinds would improve things. It
took five crews of men to install
them.
The first gang came in one day,
silently measured the window open
ings, and left. Ten days later a sec*
ond crew appeared with the blinds,
stacked them neatly in a corner, left.
The third gang Installed them—three
weeks after the first measurement.
Days later a fourth man, alone came
in and laboriously measured the
strings operating the shades. The
final stage consisted of a tester, who
capped the climax by coming around
and putting the shades through their
paces. Employes in the department
anxiously await the appearance of a
"Venetian blind-safety Inspector.”
* * * *
LIGHTNING.
Our lightning operative—the one
who watches lightning flashes and
tells where they go and uihat they
do—submitted a report on a elfin
bolt which tried to knock the
aluminum cap off the Washington
monument exactly at 4 p.m. Mon
day afternoon.
It came down, he says, with an
ear-splitting crash, hit the cap and
bounced right back without doing a
bit of damage. That, of course, is
what always happens to errant
lightning flashes which pick out the
Monument to test their strength.
They get nowhere, but they keep on
tryink.
♦ * * *
norm tastf
In the kit is filled with toothpicks.
"We use them for broken line feed
ers,” the repair man said, when asked
why he carried such a big supply.
Realizing by the puzzled look of
the Inquiring wayside operative that
he had not made himself clear, be
added more simply:
“They come in handy to insulate
cult." '
I 1 "• " 11—
Army Planes Collide.
CHALONS-SUR-MARNE, France,
May 26 (A*).—Two army planed, each
occupied by a single pilot, collided
last night, one cutting the other In
two. j
The j pilot of the most seriously
Iamaged plans was killed. The other
ms Sniured._ . j
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Airy Nothings Fill Book on
Sale Today in Publicity
Ceremonies.
BY CARLISLE BARGERON.
The street vendor of a sealing wax
that makes it impossible for the
“strongest man’* to rebreak china
ware which the wax has mended is
still seen In the smaller towns. But
when he Issues the challenge for any
one in the crowd to step up and see
if he can undo the work of the wax,
he usually has a confederate in the
crowd to do this stepping up.
But the New Dealers in the pro
motion of their Convention Book to
day trusted to luck. Ceremonies were
arranged whereby at noon 75 Gov
ernors and mayors throughout the
country were to “publicly purchase"
the book. It was planned to have
photographers in each instance re
cording the event and other officials
looking on. In Washington, Commls
sioner crecrge r,. Alien was me cer
emonious purchaser.
If any one had stepped up from the
crowd, however, and asked to have
a look at it, he would have found
it contained hardly anything at all,
that it wa: simply a dummy. Indeed,
the thing that was sold to the
Governors and mayors today was
something which the advertising
solicitors have been using in an effort
to get advertising for it. As a result,
about the only genuine stuff it con
tained was the excellent binding and
a good photograph of Jim Farley.
Dr. Beard Contributes.
It did have this rare contribution
to literature under the name of the
eminent historian Charles A. Beard,
and entitled "The Constitution."
"History repeats—and I am becom
ing him. Hollow, outworn tradition
alism shook a trembling finger at
him."
In a way, it sounds like some of
Beard's New Deal writings of recent,
it was pointed out, but then it really
had nothing to do with his article.
A lot of words had to be put in under
his name in the dummy to show the
j/iuupvttl • V WU » V. * blOVI 0 MilUW bliV 1 i i tils 1
azine. about the size of Fortune, and
gotten up like It. would look like.
Similarly, there was another article
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon, which
started off:
"I am aware that some wise-cracking
columnist will probably say that good
old Jackson no doubt realized that
every red-blooded American citizen
considers himself a committee of one
anyway."
It is doubtful, of course, if Van
Loon would ever say anything like
that, though he might.
Other Catch Names.
Other names used in the dummy
over this sort of stuff are Roswell
Miller. J. Hancock Reeves and •'Earn
est” K. Lindley. Ernest K. Lindley
is with the New York Herald Tribune
and was Mr. Roosevelt's campaign
biographer. But he really hasn't any
article coming up at all. it is said.
J. Fred Essary of the Baltimore Sun,
is to WTlte one, however—a sketch
of Jim Farley and 60 is Walter
Ltppman. Strangely enough. Mr.
Essary’s colleague, Fred R. Kent, Is
not to contribute.
A handout by the Democratic Na
tional Committee said:
"This simultaneous sale was ar
ranged to give the public an idea of
tne oeauty ana v&iue oi tne volume
which contains articles by responsible
officials explaining the work per
formed by most of the Important
agencies of the Federal Government
as well as biographies and other con
tributions by well-known writers."
Manifestly, however, the committee
hoped the public didn’t ask to take
a look at the "volume" in its present
state.
It is a new wrinkle in campaigns,
just as was the $50 dinner which
the New Dealers gave a few months
ago. Each party has heretofore turned
over to a commute in the convention
city the concession of putting out a
convention book. The Republicans are
doing that this time. But the Dem
ocratic National Committee is han
dling this Innovation personally and
with a view to raising campaign funds.
Pares up to $7,500.
Although it can’t possibly have a
comparable circulation, its rates are
as high as those in some of the
national magazines. For the Inside
cover page $7,500 is being charged
and each ordinary page costs $2,000.
The inside back cover costs $6,000.
Already some 100 pages of a 300
page magazine are said to have been
sold. An effort was made to get a
list of advertisers with a view to
checking reports that the advertisers
are firms who have business with the
Government. The list was flatly
denied. The list, was desired also to
check reports that some advertisers
while paying for the space have not
supplied the copy.
The list, it was explained after
the reporter had finally traced it
to its lair, is not available for publi
cation. Naturally, thoee advertisers
who appear will become public when
the magazine is issued, but that will
be another time.
OIL TRUCK OVERTURNS;
DRIVER BURNS TO DEATH
Tire Blowout Blamed for fatal
1 Accident on Eastern
Shore.
By tht Associated Press.
CRISFIELD. Md„ May 20.—Harold
Luttsinger of Cape Charles was burned
to death near Eaatvllle, Md., yester
day when his oil truck overturned and
burst into flames. Caught in the cab.
be was unable to free himself.
Luttsinger, originally from New
York, was returning to Eastville when
a front tire burst His truck swerved
from the road, overturned and gaso
line spilled on the hot motor and ig
niM Mia viHnv aw<4 tarn onunfl* rhl).
dren survive.
OLD MURDER UNSOLVED
MADI80NVILLE, Tenn., May 20
UP).—The State of Tennessee dropped
a 28-year-old murder charge against
63-year-old H. B. Kirkland yesterday
because all the witnesses are dead
Sheriff Hugh Webster, after a con
ference with " Attorney General R.
Beacher Witt, said he telegraphed
Sheriff W. B. Mobley at Waco, Tex., to
release Kirkland. The man was ar
rested there Monday.
The sheriff said Kirkland was ac
cused, of killing Jim Williams in the
Kirkland home. At Waco Kirkland
denied the killing. Another man in
dletedjointly with him was acquitted
A
To Be Honored
ADMIRAL HILARY P.
JONES.
TRIBUTE PLANNED
TO ADMIRAL JONES
Committee Named to Pre
sent Portrait of Officer
♦ A Li A A All AM PaI lnl\(
iv iiuitvvvi vvuuija
Admiral Hilary P. Jones, U. S. N.,
retired, 2029 Connecticut avenue, is to
be honored by a group of friends and
admirers who have formed a commit
tee to obtain funds for a portrait to be
presented to his native county of Han
over, at Hanover, Va.
The Navy Department announced j
today that the committee consists of
Capt. Chester Wells, U. S. N., retired,
chairman; Rear Admiral Joseph K.
Taussig, assistant chief of naval opera
tions; Rear Admiral Adolphus An
drews, chief of the Bureau of Naviga
tion, and Capt. William W. Galbraith,
U. S. N., retired. Comdr. Jules James,
also a member of the group, will be
secretary and treasurer. The commit
tee will contract for the portrait and
obtain funds to defray Its cost.
At present, a photograph of Admiral
Jones hangs in the historic colonial
court house at Hanover, as do por
traits of Patrick Henry, Henry Clay,
and other distinguished citizens of that
county. Hanover citizens advised the
naval officials they are anxious to ob
tain Admiral Jones’ portrait.
The admiral was bom in Hanover
County November 14. 1863. During
the World War he commanded a
squadron of the Patrol Force of the
Atlantic Fleet, and later was director
of the Newport News Division of the
Cruiser and Transport Force, which
sent many troops and supplies over
seas.
in January. 1919. he Became director
of the Naval Overseas Transportation
Service, with the rank of vice ad
miral. Subsequently, he became com
mander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet;
commander in chief of the Battle
Fleet, and. prior to his retirement,
chairman of the General Board.
He was a delegate to the three
power conference on limitation of
armament at Geneva in 1927, and re
tired from the service in that year, on
reaching the age of 64. He was a dele
gate with former Secretary of the
Navy Adams to the London Arms
Conference in 1930.
THANKS ITALIANS
FOR REFUGEE AID
Mrs. Anna Lansburgh. Aroused by
Charges, Writes Letter to
Ambassador Rosso.
Aroused by charges against Italy
growing out of the subjugation of
Ethiopia. Mrs. Anna Lansburgh of
Washington, a native of Vienna. Au
stria. has written Italian Ambassador
Rosso thanking the Italian Govern
ment for the aid given her efforts
to save refugees during the confusion
which followed the World War.
“The chaos in which each country
found Itself at that time is still in
my memory,” Mrs. Lansburgh WTOte.
“But it did not stop your government
from listening to a young school girl's
plea to help the citizens of other coun
tries to be united with their families.
"The outbreak of the war had left
aiuutvt uuo utaiuuo i i UU1 U1C UUllfCU
States. Canada. South America and
other countries stranded in the former
Austro-Hungarian empire.
"The Italian mission was the first
to reach famine-stricken Vienna and
aided me in my pica for transports
under Italian protection to take theie
refugees across the Mediterranean.
The hospital in Triest gave me the
lodging for them and provided the
proper nourishment to build up their
undernourished bodies for the long
see voyage."
“HILL BILLY” ORCHESTRA
WINS Y. M. C. A. CONTEST
“Amateur Night” Victor* Get
Chance to Broadcast on
Godfrey Program.
A “hill-billy” orchestra of Y. M.
C. A. boys won the amateur night
contest of the Central Y. M. C. A.
last night and will appear as guest
stars on Arthur Godfrey’s radio pro
gram next Saturday night over WJSV.
Lock Wallace, member of the men’s
department of the Y. M. C. A., won
second place and also will appear
on the program. Wallace gave an
imitations of barnyard noises.
The winners were chosen by a Jury
consisting of Andrew Kelly, H. M.
Brundage, Jr., and Rev. Dr. Allen A.
___a_
ceremonies. Twelve acts were Judged
by the committee before an audience
of nearly 50Q men and women.
Quest artists, not competing in
the contest, included Leolin Nevtlle
Thompson, vocal soloist, and Mary
Pontius and Martha Freeman In a
novelty act.
SMITH SEES BORAH
Just a Call, Senator Hastens to
Say of Former Long Aide.
Gerald Smith, former Huey Long
lieutenant, conferred yesterday with
Senator Borah, Republican, of Idaho,
at the Capitol, but the Senator said
there was no significance in the meet
ing.
"It was purely a friendly call,”
Borah told tumismgu men.
» .
TEAM SENT HERE
Visitors to Help U. S. Find
God’s Way of Doing What
It Wants to Do.
BY JAMES WALDO FAWCETT.
“God is changing the world. He
:hangea individuals, and through them
:hanges families/, classes, nations and
:aces.”
Such is the message of an inter
national team of the Oxford Group
movement, which, under the leader
thip of Dr. Frank N. D. Buchman,
Lord Addington of the British House
>f Peers, Dr. J. E. W. Duys of the
Socialist party of the Netherlands,
Valdemar Hvidt of the Supreme Court
bar of Denmark and others arrived in
Washington today for a two-day visit.
“These friends,” Dr. Buchman an
nounced, “have not come to America
to tell America what to do. but in
st^ari hftv* rnm* t.n America t,r> flnrl
out what America wants to do and
then to help America to And God's
way of doing it."
Public Meeting Tomorrow.
Met at Union Station by r recep
tion committee of local adher 'W of
the group cause, the party went at
once to the Mayflower Hotel, where
tomorrow evening a public meeting for
the explanation of the work is to be
held.
Those on the team include Sir Philip
Dundas. Edinburgh; Admiral Horace
Summerford and Mrs. Summerford,
Brig. Gen. C. R. P. Winser, Brig. Gen.
C. J. Caulfield, Capt. Prank Evans and
Mrs. Evans. George Light, British La
bor party; A S. Loudon Hamilton, Ox
ford; James Watt, Fifeshire. Scotland;
A. Lawson Wood, Aberdeen; Miss
Marie Clarkson, St. Hughes’ College,
Oxford; E. A. Bell, former assistant
master, Eton College: Baroness de
Watteville-Berchhelni. Paris: Herman
Hintren, Rotterdam; Hon. Mrs. A. M.
Holman, Sussex, England: C. K. Pres
cott, Oxford: Eric Parflt, Cambridge;
Col. A. W. Angus, Miss Vera Lynden
Bell and George Fraser, Edinburgh.
Also, from Canada, Pelham Reid of
Winnipeg and Eric Bentley of Toronto,
with H. K. Twitchell of New York.
Human Uvea Changed.
Dr. Buchman, summarizing me
purpose of the movement, told re
porters: "The Archbishop of Can*
terbury has said that the Oxford
group fellowships throughout the
world is doing what the Church of
Christ exists everywhere to do. It is
changing human lives, giving them a i
new joy and freedom, liberating them 1
from the inhibitions and strains
which have hindered them. God
control is its doctrine. It teaches that '
God can change His children and the
society In which they live.
"Hitherto, however, most of us have !
been waiting for the other fellow to:
change The farmer in Denmark ;
wants Mussolini changed; the mer
chant in England wants Hitler i
changed. But the Oxford Group is
convinced that if you want an answer :
for the world today, the best place j
to start is with yourself. That Is the
first and fundamental need.”
Mr. Hvidt outlined his views of the
effect of the movement in Denmark.
“A npu* fcnnp ” hp rfprlarprt *'ha* mmp
into our relations with other coun
tries recently. The Oxford group has
brought Danes and Germans in 8outh
Jutland together in co-operation.
People who for years have been in
despair at this national quarrel sud
denly see instead of destructive strife
a new hope for valuable teamwork.
Danes Ga to Norway.
“A few months ago a party of Danes
went to Norway to discuss plans.
Nearly all of us felt that it was some
thing new and significant that two
bodies of Danes and Norwegians
should meet without national prejudice.
•'Some nation must give a lead.
Perhaps my country; perhaps yours
will do that."
The primate of Denmark and the
dean of Copenhagen. Mr. Hvidt said,
are in the forefront of the Oxford
Group movement in Scandinavia. Au
diences from 10.000 to 25.000 people
have attended meetings at which they
spoke about the work.
In Washington Dr. Buchman and
his colleagues will be guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Wallace Blair at a
reception this afternoon and of Mr.
and Mrs. Frederick Austin Britten at
a dinner tomorrow evening.
The public is invited to attend the
open meeting at the Mayflower. No
tickets are required.
-- -# — ..
Lyddane
(Continued From First Page)
Boland about the first of April, 1635.
The "Googy" note follows:
“Googy—I most certainly do not
Intend to let you or that other party
get away with this last transaction.
"That other so-called friend of yours
did me dirty and you know it.
"Now, If you and this new friend
of yours are trying to do the same
thing, you're going to be badly mis
taken as I am not going to let either
of you get away with It. I mean
this, and unless I hear from him by
tomorrow night (Friday) I am going
to start checking up on him, and be
fore I can do this naturally, of course.
I will have to get you to give us the
head-way.
“I am as much implicated, if not
more so, than either of you, but I
don't care what happens to me if you
do not go through with the deal. I
mean every word of this and will give
him until tomorrow night (Friday,
March 39) to get in touch with me.
I have plenty of friends that will
help me and will be glad to help me
as I have done plenty of favors for
some of them. It will be to your friend's
advantage to get in touch with me,
either go through with the deal or re
turn my money. I can make it plenty
tough few all of us and I don’t give
a damn what happens to me if the
deal doesn’t go through. I mean
this—either get in touch with that
friend and give me back my money
or get him to get in touch with me.”
Contention Not Denied.
The State late yesterday ottered sev
eral witnesses to show Intimacy be
tween Mrs. Lyddane and Beall. This
contention is not denied by the de
fense.
* These witnesses included James Mc
Donald. a neighbor of Beall’s in
Damestown. McDonald said In June
of four years ago he saw Mrs. Lyd
dane with Beall, and again during
March of 1935.
Townsend Howes, Rockville news
editor, explained that in the Fall of
1934 Mrs. Lyddane asked him to tala
phone se&u. u Beau answerea, Howes
said, be was to tell him to call a cer
tain number.
"But If Mrs. Beall answers,” the
news editor said he was instructed,
"just tell bar to tell Beall the Qalthers
taxz *♦*■ **+**» AaMdatkn la mMtlB&S
“Buoy” Is Believed Mine
Master of Potomac Makes Discovery
in Salvage Operations After Flood.
Capt. Philip Barbour, finder of what is believed to be a
mine planted, in the Potomac at the time of the Spanish
American War, discusses his find with C. J. Cain, dock engineer
(center), and Lieut. William H. Carlin, harbor precinct (right),
—Star Staff Photo.
BT ROBERT A. ERWIN.
It looked like a mooring buoy as It
rode the waters of the Potomac at
the height of the recent flood.
Today it was definitely established
as an instrument of destruction—a
mine or depth bomb, aged and rusty,
as it lay on a dock on Water street.
The mine was believed to have been
planted off Port Washington during
the Spanlsh-American War 40 years
ago. The flood brought It to life.
The tug Captain Toby brought It
safely to shore.
Capt. Philip Barbour, master of the
excursion steamer Potomac, who dur
ing the flood piloted the Captain Toby
in salvage operations, found the mine
floating 2 miles below Port Washing
ton. He first thought It was a moor
ing buoy.
Assisted by Chief Engineer Charles
Cogwell and Joe Lee, colored cook,
Barbour threw a rope around the
huge sphere and dragged it aboard
the Toby. For more than a month
it has lain on the dock unnoticed.
*'At first I thought it was a moor
ing buoy.” said Capt. Barbrur. vet
eran of 43 years on the Potomac.
Traffic
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the principal causes of Washington's
•erious traffic dtuation. It cited, for
Instance, the fact that the per capita
registration of automobiles, its per
capita number of taxicabs and its
concentration of motor vehicles In the
congested area is the highest of any
city in the United States.
Urge Increase in Police Force.
Acting on tne plea of Police Supt.
Ernest W. Brown, the subcommittee
recommended a 10 per cent Increase in
his force, and then turned to the
Commissioners with a suggestion that
they prepare and submit to Congress
at the next session plans and estimates
for: A five-year program of street
widening; a redesign of Scott and
Thomas Circles to meet modern traffic
needs; a five-year program of bridge
construction and replacement; con
struction of underpasses for street cars
under Dupont and Thomas Circles;
widening the underpass in Rock Creek
Valley underneath the Massachusetts
Avenue Viaduct: a five-year program
of traffic light installation and traffic
light imnrnvginant raflnampnti •
construction of pedestrian tunnels at
Fifteenth street and New York avenue,
Fourteenth street and Pennsylvania
avenue. Twelfth street and Pennsyl
vania avenue, and at other appropri
ate points: construction of safety
islands at appropriate locations, con
struction of overpasses at Thirteenth
street and Florida avenue and at New
York and Florida avenues northeast:
construction of a low level highway
from K street to Foxhall road on the
bed of the old Chesapeake Sc Ohio
Canal with suitable ramp connections
to Key Bridge in order to establish a
by-pass for Virginia traffic through
Georgetown, and consideration of
plans for construction of a highway
on the towpath of the canal from
Georgetown to the Maryland line to
connect with the proposed highway
to Gettysburg.
"Skip Step” Recommended.
The subcommittee also urged re
establishment of the so-called "skip
stop'’ system on motor bus and rail
Usee, and further extension erf the
"staggered” opening and closing in
Government departments, and its
adoption by the public schools to re
duce the accident haaard to school
children.
Among the other recommendations
were:
That the Board of Revocation and
Suspension continue its present policy
of suspending permits in speeding
esses, and extend that policy to in
clude other serious violations.
That judges of the Traffic Court
jxtend the hours of the court to care
for increased congestion and re
establish the “night court”, if that
becomes necessary.
An increase in the engineering staff
of the Department of Vehicles and
Traffic and an increase in the appro
priation for traffic planning and traf
fic surveys.
Re-examination of all drivers ol
motor vehicles at the end of the re
newal period (every third year), as
well as re-examination of all drivers
involved in serious accidents.
That stopping and standing of all
vehicles, commercial included, for the
purpose of loading or unloading be
banned on the flow side of arterial
streets during rush hours.
Weald Abolish Left Turns.
That left turns be prohibited at all
intersections in the congested area and
on arterial streets where such action
will not result in serious congestion at
other points.
Semi-annual inspection of all motoi
KWbfetoa m pewddad to a Ml widdb
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“However, wet got It aboard and then
we knew it was a mine—it was too
big tor a mooring buoy. It’s an old
one, as you can tel! by the heavy
coating of rust upon It."
Its origin and exact type Is being
determined by Navy Department ex
perts.
Presumably the mine is of the type
that could have been exploded by
electric current sent from shore
through a cable In case a Spanish
ship had attempted to attack the fort.
Capt. Barbour makes it a point to
keep his relic away from electric
wires.
"The mine must be good," declared
Capt. Barbour. “If it had developed
a leak it would have remained for
eve" sunken in the bottom of the
1 river.. Apparently shortly after the
Spanuh War it was carried below by
a log; and did not break free until
: the flood, probably when the shackles
rusted away and it floated to the top.
"It sort of makes me wonder,” he
added as an afterthought, “what
would have happened if it had struck
. with force against a big steamer or
; a bridge pier.”
has pissed the House and is now pend
ing in the Senate.
That careful study be given to the
advisability of estrolisiung additional
one-ryay streets, and that the one-way
I time be extended on rush-hour one
way streets to make them one way
i from 7 a m. to 12 noon, and one way
in the opposite direction from 1 p.m.
j to 7 p.m.
That legislation is needed to permit
the Public Utilities Commission to
regulate the number of taxicabs.
That the Commissioners study the
advisability of changing the color of
I lights on top of fire-alarm boxes, as
well as to the advisability of prohibit
ing the use of red and green adver
tising signs at all locations w here they
are lively to cause confusion with traf
fic lights.
That for the purpose of identifica
, tion all drivers be required to have a
small photograph attached to their
driving permits.
Thit the Park and Planning Com
, mission consider establishment of ad
1 dltioftal playgrounds for children in
various parts of the city and for a
more complete use of existing play
ground facilities, including school
yard?..
That the Park and Planning Com
mission also consider plans for the
parking of motor vehicles in or near
finvii’ nm«wf hnilHimrc in all fiifnra
construction, or to provide garage fa
culties for officials and employes at
nominal cost.
That street lighting appropriations
in the future be increased rather than
reduced.
Tljat funds be appropriated for re
lighting the Mount Vernon Boulevard
“for the safety of the public."
In recommending an increase of 10
per cent in the police force, the com
mittee stipulated that the motor-cycle
patrol be increased to 100. There are
now 50 officers assigned to the motor
cycle patrol. The present personnel of
the department is 1,341.
Pointing out there had been a 100
per cent increase in motor vehicle
registrations since 1925. and the con
sequent increase in traffic, the sub
committee declared there had been
virtually no Increase in the traffic
force during the same period.
The subcommittee also pointed out
that about 20 per cent of Washington's
traffic c ends ted of "out-of-town" cars
and that they were responsible for 25
per cent of the accidents in 1935.
YOUTH WHO STABBED
GIRL IS IN HOSPITAL
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Psychiatrists Observe Actions of
John Trazzare—Victim
Recovers.
Psychiatrists today watched the ac
tions of John T. Trazzare, 17. who waa
taken to the mental ward of Galllnger
Hospital after he admitted stabbing a
girl In a theater In his excitement over
the thrills of a movie showing men
fighting alligators.
Ann Blunt, 16, meanwhile recovered
at her home, at 1520 First street south
west, from the effects of the jab with
the penknife, which narrowly missed
her jugular.
Trazzare. who lives at 220 Fifth
street southeast, was arrested Monday
by headquarters detectives a few hours
after the girl was treated at Emergency
Hospital. He was sent to Galllnger
yesterday.
Heads Health Committee.
Chairmanship of the Council of
Special Agencies Health Committee
has been accepted by Dr. Prentiss
Willson, Dr. Bussell J. Clinchy, coun
cil president, announced today. Dr.
Calvert Buck has been selected vloe
chairman at iha aommlttes. —
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BOVS' CLUB DRIVE
Funds Pass $34,000—Sec
ond Police Precinct Lead
ing in Home Canvass.
The Metropolitan Police Boys’ Club
campaign for $135,000 to further the j
fight against juvenile delinquency to*
day had passed the <34.000 mark. I
While the Special Gifts Committee,
fieaded by Commisisoner Melvin C.
Hazen, and other campaign units are
continuing the work Inaugurated ab
the opening of the drive, May 5. tha
second police precinct is showing the
way In the house-to-house canvass for *
<1 associate memberships. j
Under the leadership of Capt. J. E. j
Bobo. No. 2 has secured <1.005. Next
highest is the sixth precinct, which
yesterday reported a total of $468 in
associate memberships. The Women's
Bureau, led by Capt. Rhoda J. Milli
ken. has joined forces with the 12
precincts in the campaign.
The $34,530 total today includes the
receipts from the recent world cham
pionship boxing contest. Officials esti
mate they will clear approximately «
$18,000 from the fight.
Following are the latest reports of
the precincts:
Capt. sH. G. Callahan, No. 1, $380;
Capt. A. E. Miller, No. 3, *162; Capt.
J. A Sullivan. No. 4, *200; Capt J. C.
Morgan, No. 5. *277; Capt. J. W. Pier
son, No. 6, $466; Capt. Maurice Col
lins, No; 7. *274, Capt. J. E. Bowers,
No. 8, $148; Capt. R. H. Mansfield,
No. 9, *52; Capt. Ira Sheetz. No. 10,
$325; Capt. Hugh H. Groves. No. 11,
$115; Capt. Sidney J. Marks, No. 12,
$147; Capt. Milliken. Women’s Bureau,
$34: Lieut. W. H. Carlen, harbor pre
cinct. $*,, and Capt. Milton D. Smith,
traffic division. *100.
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VOTELESS WOMEN
HIT BLANTON PLAN
District League Voices Opposi
tion to Change in School
Set-Up.
Striking at the Blanton resolution
which would radically alter the present
admin Lst.-ative set-up of the local
public school system, the District Vote
less League of Women Voters unani
mously went on record last night as
being strongly opposed to any reorgani
zation in which poUtically chosen offi
cials wciu id be given authority over the
personnel of the Board of Education
or its ehnployes.
Such a reorganization, the league
voted, would reverse the long-estab
lished American tradition of Inde
pendent non-political status for the
public school system.
In another resolution the league ,
urged upon Congress the imperative
need of immediate passage of the Si»
son bill repealing the "red rider."
Five recommendations were em
bodied in a report of the Housing
Committee. The recommendations, all
of which were adopted, were: Sup
port of the Washinfiton Committee on
nuuiuis, coamcauon ana moaerniza
tion oi District housing legislation,
Federal aid to private housing en
terprise to stimulate low-cost housing,
establishment of a District housing
authority, establishment of a perma
nent Federal housing authority with
broad powers to assist private enter
prise.
With Mrs. William Kittle, the presi
dent, presiding at the annual dinner,
which a is held at the American As
sociation for University Women Club,
the following partial list of officers
was eU-cted:
Capt.' Rhoda Milliken. first vice
president; Mrs. Harold Cortening, cor
responding secretary; Mrs. Harold
Krogh. recording secretary; Mrs. Edna
; Johnston and Representative Caroline
O'Dav, directors.
Mrs. Eugene Duffield. Mrs. Wendell
Lund and Mrs. Ralph Smith were an
I nounced as appointive officers to head
I the Finance. Arrangements and Hos
i pitality Committees, and Mrs. Pearl
B. Klein as chairman of the depart
ment on Government and legislative
status for women.
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Guffey
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the Guffey decision?” reporters ask
ed Mr. Roosevelt.
Smiling and speaking with delib
eration, the President described the
invalidatd act as one designed to cor
rect a critical situation in a huge in*
dustry. The general method of at
tempting to improve this situation
had been agreed on by miners and
employers, he said.
He added that although the par
ticular legislation passed in an effort
to attain these objectives apparently
was got successful, the striving to
reach the goal would continue.
Pointing out that three opinions
were handed down by the Supreme
Court; in the case, he said, with a
trace irony, that these would prove
educational and show that there re
mained a difference of current inter
pretation in the Federal judiciary.
president Kooseveit Mia tie had not
read the decision of the District Court
of Appeals against Resettlement Ad
ministration phases of the 1935 relief
act. Ho backed the contention of other
officials that only one model housing
project in New Jersey was declared In
valid.
He took the position that the decision
need not lead to alterations in the
pending $1,435,000,000 appropriation
for relief for next year. This measure,
containing some funds expected to go
to Rexford O. Tugwell’s Resettlement
Administration, was named by Mr.
Roosevelt as one of the only two must
measures on his program for thia ses
sion. ‘ The other is the pending tax
bill.)
Tugwell Mid in a statement that the
Court of Appeals decision applied only
to the Bound Brook, N. J„ project and
that R. A. would proceed as usual with
other activities on its program.
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SPAIN LEFTISTS STRIKE
Object to Alleged Judicial Len
iency to Fascists.
uwuv/, upoui, «v vt/.-wcauaowe,
irked because of what they considered
judicial leniency toward a score of
Fascists, declared a general strike
today.
Om. Jose Fernandez, in turn, de
clared the strike illegal because no ad
vance notice was given. He threat
ened to Imprison the strike leaders if
work waa not resumed this afternoon.
Sixteen Fascists were sentenced to
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