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Coalition Plan
Talked for
Many G. O. P. See Party
Facing Crisis in Vote
This Year.
AS THE time for the conventions
approaches, more and more
talk Is being heard about
making the Cleveland gather
ing a truly Republican-Democratic
To do It, these steps are being sug
First, the adoption of a resolution
pledging me can
didate to carry
out those planks
of the Demo
cratic platform of
1932 which have
been repudiated
by the New Deal
s party. Such a
(resolution would
be apart from the
adoption of a
I new platform
o f affirmative
pledges with re
spect to problems
_ .. _■ “that have arisen
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since 1932.
Second, the selection of a Democrat
for the vice presidency.
Third, a resolution pledging the
party’s candidate for the presidency
to appoint a coalition cabinet con
sisting of Democrats as well as Re
If the Republican leaders are truly
Interested in gathering into their camp
the large number of anti-New Deal
Democrats, so many of whom dislike
to vote the Republican ticket as such,
then a program for coalition would
seem likely to be considered. If the
Republican command, on the other
hand, thinks the party can win with
out «the Democrats, the convention
will probably repeat the empty ges
ture made by the Republican Com
mittee last Winter about inviting
Democrats to vote the ticket and let
It go at that.
Many Republicans See Crisis.
Bu there are many Republicans who
think a crisis faces the party, in fact,
that it is on trial and that a severe de
feat in the forthcoming election may
mean the fate of the old Whig party,
Which died in 1860.
As a matter of fact, there is a
curious historic parallel in the men
tion of the Civil War situation, and
oddly enough it concerns Henry
Breckinridge, who recently made a
gallant fight in the primaries of four
States and who now is being men
tioned as a possibility for the vice
presidential nomination at the Cleve
land convention.
Henry Breckinridge's grandfather,
Robert J. Breckinridge, was the leader
of the Union cause in Kentucky.
Though a Democrat, he was chosen
chairman of the convention that nom
inated Abrah3m Lincoln in 1864. He
was insistent that the convention be
called a Republican convention be
cause it might not attract Democrats
and Whigs as well as Republicans,
and the records will show th£t Abra
ham Lincoln was renominated by what
was called the Union or National
Union Convention. Also on demand of
Robert Breckinridge and border State
Whigs and Democrats. Andrew John
son, a Tennessee Democrat, was nomi
nated for the vice presidency as the
running mate of Abraham Lincoln.
Recurrence This Year Possible.
It would be a curious turn of his
tory if the same thing happened this
year with respect to the grandson
of Robert Breckinridge, namely, if the
Cleveland convention styled itself a
coalition convention and named a
Democrat for the Vice Presidency.
If Gov. Landon is the nominee and j
makes only a front porch campaign, j
It may be even more important from ,
his standpoint to have a man of the !
Breckinridge type for his runningmate.
Breckinridge is a splendid campaigner
and remarkable orator. He inherits
the fighting qualities of his ancestors,
one of whom—his great grandfather—
was Attorney General in the cabinet i
©f Thomas Jefferson and another of j
whom was Vice President of the j
United States under President
Buchanan In 1860 and later joined
the Confederacy.
Col. Breckinridge is a graduate of
the class of 1907 of Princeton Univer
sity and while there attracted the
attention of Woodrow Wilson, who
later made him Assistant Secretary of
War. In 1918, Col. Breckinridge was
at the Western front with the Infantry
and on his return practiced law. He
has been interested also in the aviation
business and has been the personal
attorney for Col. Lindberg. who
doubtless would not hestitate to cam
paign for Breckinridge if the latter
were nominated for the vice presi
dency on a coalition ticket. Lindberg's
support undoubtedly would be pointed
because he made the first protest
against that sudden cancellation of
the air mail contracts which resulted
In the death of several Army pilota
In an abortive attempt to substitute
an untrained personnel for air mall
men in the middle of the Winter—
a blunder that has not been forgotten
and will be recalled in the campaign ;
this year, especially since it.looks as !
if Postmaster General Farley Is going
to be an object of some controversy,
politically speaking.
Douglas Also Mentioned.
There Is also some talk of nominat
ing Lewis Douglas for the vice presi
dency. He. too. Is a Democrat who has
repudiated the New Deal. Mr. Douglas
was a member of Congress from
Arizona before he became director of
the budget. The friends of Breckin
ridge are pointing out that he has
tasted fire in the primaries In four
States and that his vigor as a cam
paigner ought to make him first on
that account.
But matters such as these are de
cided by a group of Republican chief
tains, who have their own ideas about
the vice presidency and there are, of
course, many Republicans with eyes
on the place- It could happen that a
Democrat would be selected for the
vice presidential nomination, but the
chances are very much against it
because the Celeveland convention Is
composed of regular Republicans, who
care more about party habits than
they do about extraordinary situations.
But if they really need a precedent,
they will find that Lincoln did it in
1864 in the very first years of the
Republican party’s long period of
national supremacy.
Shock Kills Medicine Man.
Shock caused by the death of his
daughter in an accident has resulted
in the death in Wellington, New Zea
land, of C. F. Rowley. 70, who was al
Bmoet world famous when he traveled
Behind the News
Healey Labor Bill, Demanded by A. F. L., Revived
by House—New Guffey Bill in Disfavor.
THE Healey labor bill was "laid on the table” by the House Judiciary
Committee several weeks ago. When legislators do not want to
vote against a bill and yet want to put it some place where no one
ever will be able to find it, they "lay it on the table." What they
really mean is that they are tossing It under the table.
Nevertheless, several distinguished committeemen were noted on
tncir iituiuft »nu &iicrs uie oiuci uay,
rummaging around under the table
looking tor the discarded Healey
Their actions caused considerable
cloak-room speculation because every
one knew they were against the bill.
They had killed the similar but
stronger Walsh bill last session, even
against presidential wishes. Nothing
had happened in the interim to
cause them to change their minds.
At least nothing that any one outside knew about.
The search for the bill was successful, however, and arrangements
were made to vote on it Tuesday.
The significant thing is that the search was started immediately
after President Green of the A. F. of L. wrote that letter to Speaker
Byrns, helping the New Deal to kill the Frazier-Lemke inflation bill.
This significance is doubled by the fact that legislative agents for
the labor people are now telling Congressmen the Healey bill is No. 1 on
the A. F. of L. list of most legislation for the session.
Indeed several well informed Congressmen will tell you flatly
in private that reconsideration of the Healey bill is the price Mr.
Green got for going to so much trouble to aid the President in
resisting the Frazier-Lemke onrush. They say it was an even
swap, and nothing else was included in the deal.
* * * *
Note 1. There is some question about how much Mr. Green's letter
helped the New Deal in the Frazier-Lemke fight. The most prominent
labor Congressmen voted for the inflation bill, regardless of Mr. Green’s
advice. However, it furnished an adequate excuse to any Congressman
who wanted to vote against the bill
Note 2. While Speaker Byrns read the Green letter, the general
inner understanding is that it was handed to him. He was apparently
not in on the negotiations which led up to it. Only one New Dealer is
sufficiently powerful to have negotiated the deal.
Note 3. The back-stage understanding is that, if anything is done
about the Healey bill, it will not be toward imposing N. R. A. code hours
and wages on all contractors doing business with the Federal Government
ias provided in the original Walsh bill). Nor will it give Labor Secretary
Perkins the right to fix hours and wages. Instead, it will be on a basis
of requiring Government contractors to pay prevailing wages. This idea
is already in force on all Federal public building contracts, but not on
Near the end of a session like this, the inside pressure for legislation
warms up to the sizzling point. Not only does the President use pressure,
but pressure is used on him.
For example, John L. Lewis, United Mine chief, has been seen prowling
around the White House furnace room lately. Those close to him know
he has been trying to induce the President to issue a statement favoring
the new Guffey coal bill, and (provided he fails in that) to get the Presi
dent to call in the congressional leaders and tell them privately the bill
must be passed. ^
Congressional leaders are not saying so publicly, but they
do not like the bill. The idea of Federal price fixing, standing
alone, without labor provisions, is repugnant to them. The bill ^
mil not be passed unless the President turns on a terrifying
amount of heat.
* * * *
There are two inside stories explaining Gov. Lehman's retirement,
but only one can be right. The story passed around in Albany was that
liic ucaui vix u
made it necessary for him to take
active control of the Lehman Bank- ,
ing Firm. That cannot be considered '
very seriously because the bank Is
sufficiently well organized to get
along without him.
A better explanation probably is
that Gov. Lehman was never per
sonally happy in political life, that (
he made up his mind three months
ago not to run again, that President
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Acting Budget Director Bell is » good bet for Controller General Mc
Carl's post in June. Bell does not want the budget director's job because
he would lose his civil service status.
Democratic Congressmen in cloak room debate considered Postmaster
General Farley’s reference to the "Prairie State" candidate as a serious
social error. They likened it to Miss Perkins talking about an undeveloped
big shoe market being available among the big barefoot populace of the
South several years ago.
The head of a Western State young G. O. P. organization
complained to Republican Congressmen that there was less fight
in the G. O. P here than any place in the country. He could not
understand what he thought was the defeatist attitude of many
Attorney General Cummings made a personal plea to Congressmen
not to approve a resolution calling for information about the alleged failure
of post office inspectors to co-operate with G-men. He minimized the
reported friction, said whatever there was could be settled amicably. He
is very proud of his G-men.
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Farmer's Novel Hook-Up Gets
Ground Worked and Tames
Dangerous Animal.
IT the Associated Press.
MIDWAY. Utah. May 25—John
Joost needed a plow horse, so he took
a mean bull by the horns.
The bull, famous of thousand
springs, became morose. Joost har
nessed him alongside a trusty horse
for a workout. It worked, so the
farmer tried his “ox" on the plow
with five horses.
The bull’s weight—1,800 pounds—
was a big help.
Joost not only solved his plowing
problem, but the daily work took all
the fight out of the bull.
Roads at Harpers Ferry and Point
of Rocks, However, Closed
By the Associated Press.
RICHMOND, Va.. May 25—The
State Highway Department said to
day it expected to open a new bridge
on route 5* between Riverton and
Strasburg on June 1.
The structure replaces a bridge
destroyed in the March flood.
Traffic, meanwhile, is being de
toured by Stephens City and route
Route 340 at Harpers Ferry and
route 15 at Point of Rocks will re
main closed indefinitely, pending re
building of bridges.
Platform Job
Hard for
Embarrassment Seen in
Planks, but Politicians
Must "Go Along.”
Embarrassment, intensifying
as time goes on, is encountered
by those who must give
thought to the pisiform to be
adopted by the Democratic National
Convention at Philadelphia in June.
The main inconvenience In the fact
that the New Deal Is one thing and
the Democratic party another, a
fact recognised completely, even if
sometimes only
tacitly, by both
groups. Some
Demociats are
\ New Dealers. But
1 many Democrats
3 detest the New
S Deal as heartily
f as any Repub
* lican does—their
i point of view has
i been expressed
jfl with candor and
B force by Senator
B Carter Glass of
B Virginia, and by
„ t _ many others.
M.rk Sullivan. Jf
who debates the New Deal is not
in office and does not expect to run
for office, he is free to say what he
thinks. Many such have done so—
ex.-Gov. “Al" Smith, ex-Senator
••Jim" Reed and others with "ex" be
fore their names. But there are Demo
crats who are In office and hope to
continue in, who are active in leader
ship and must take the responsibility
of leadership. Upon these, the em
barrassment inherent in writing the
party's coming platform is heavy.
Democrats of this type recognize
that .their party is married to the
New Deal, even if the marriage was
achieved by dissimulation. The state
of mind of most of these leaders is '
that their party, their organization
and their name is temporarily in the
possession of New Dealers; that at
present the Democrats can’t help this;
that as a practical matter Democrats
holding office must "go along" with
the program of supporting Mr. Roose
Change After Election.
This much the Democrats in office
find imposed on them. But they ex
pect that after, and if, Mr. Roose
velt is re-elected for a second term,
thereupon, such Democrats expect,
they will ignore much of Mr. Roose
velt's leadership, will kick the New
Deal out the Capitol window, and will 1
bring the Democratic party back to
its historic principles and traditions.
All this is a practicable anticipation.
When and if Mr. Roosevelt is serv
1 ing his second term, he will have
; lost much of his power to put compul
sion upon Democrats in Congress.
The Congressmen will know that the
President cannot be a candidate for
yet another term. They will know,
therefore, that it is safe to resist or
even flout him without risk of being
obliged to eat their words in the
ensuing presidential election. Also,
any President in his second term, has
less patronage with which to persuade
Congressmen, or coerce them by with
holding it. Hence it is quite practi
cable for Democrats to say they will
support Mr. Roosevelt far re-election,
but thereafter, in the Congress follow
ing the presidential election, get rid
of the New Deal. Meanwhile, however,
as an embarrassment Inherent In sup
porting Mr. Roosevelt, a platform must
be written.
The embarrassment must run
through practically every plank. It
will be acute when the platform
makers write, and the convention
comes to adopt, that portion of the
platform which deals with Roosevelt
administration. TradltionaUy, the
platform of a party in power "points
with pride”; it “commends and con
gratulates" the record of the in
cumbent President.
.nr. Dooley a Description.
The custom was racily described
by "Mr. Dooley”:
“Ye ought to know th’ histhry iv
platforms. Years ago, Hinnissy,
manny years ago, they was a race be
tween th’ Dimmycrats an’ th’ Ray
publicans fr to see which shud have
a choice iv principle*. Th’ Dimmy
crat* kMt. I dlnnaw why. Mebby
they stopped to take a dhrlnk. Anny
how, they lost. Th’ Rsypubllcans won
an' they choose th’ ’we commlnd
principles, an' they was nawthin’ left
f’r the Dimmycrats but th’ 'we de
nounce an’ deplores.’ Th’ Dimmy
crats didn’t like th' way th’ thing
shtud, an' so they Axed it up between
thlm that whlchiver won at th’ Dic
tion shud commlnd an’ congratulate,
an’ thlm that lost shud denounce an'
deplore. An’ so it’s been on’y the
Dimmycrats has had so little chanct
f’r to do annythlng but denounce an
deplore that they’ve almost lost th'
use iv th' other wurruds."
This Is one of the years when the
Democrats can—or at least tradition
ally ought to—“commend and congrat
ulate.” But commend what? Can
we Imagine Senator Carter Glass ol
Virginia, for example, "commending
and congratulating” Mr. Roosevelt*
administration of a New Deal which
Senator Glass has already “denounced
and deplored?” Senator Glass merely
happens to be one who has spoken
out. Many others feel the same.
1932 Platforms “Perfect."
There will be some embarrassment
for Mr. Roosevelt himself. The Dem
ocratic platform of 1932 was one ol
the best ever written by either party
Because Mr. Roosevelt sensed public
approbation of it. he said he accepted
the platform a "hundred per cent.”
He remained proud of the platform
and took a glowing pleasure in adher
ence to it. until well after he was in
office. During his early press confer
ences in the White House, when ■
newspaper man would ask what would
be done about some pending matter
Mr Roosevelt would reply, with gusto
'Read the platform!” But about mid -
April. 1933. Mr. Roosevelt realized that
the part of the platform dealing with
currency was out the window and
that the public knew it. The,phrase
"read the platform” ceased to be
Those who approach the job of writ
ing a Democratic platform this year
wonder just what to do about the
fact that so much of the platform ol
four years ago was discarded. The
present intention is merely to say that
between the writing of the Demo
cratic platform in June, 1932, and Mr.
Roosevelt’s taking office in March,
1933, conditions changed so as to
make fulAllment of the platform im
possible. If the coming Democratic
platform takes that position, some de
bate will arise. Conditions did change
—but Republicans can make out a
good case to the effect that the
rhange in conditions was due precisely
to the country becoming aware that
Mr. Roosevelt did not intend to live
up to the platform, particularly to the
part dealing with currency.
House Legislation Affects All Ex
cise Levies and Will Continue,
Association Says.
tbt Associated Press.
NEW YORK, May 25—The Na
. tional Association of Manufacturers
yesterday stated in a letter to its mem
bers that the proposed $100,000,000
"windfall'’ tax, as passed by the House
and accepted by the Senate Finance
Committee, was "clearly a penalty and
not a tax.”
“Individuals.” the association’s let-'
ter stated, "may justly be penalized |
for failure to observe Federal tax laws, ;
but the taxing system should not be '
used as a penalty measure.”
The legislation enacted by the
House, the letter says, “is not confined
to processing taxes, but affects all ex
cise taxes and Is to continue perma
nently. Not only is such a tax un
sound, but, as proposed, it would be
almost impossible to administer be
cause no prima facie rule for deter
mining the tax can possibly take into
account the multitude of factors exist
ing in individual companies.”
she's the sister of a friend
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B.O." GONE—Inseparable non?
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robe, bat most women tan have ft glamorous,
fine complexion—merely by using Lifebuoy regularly.
Lifebuoy arouses sluggish skin, makes it glow with
new life. And it flatters a good skin. “Patch” tests on
(he skins of hundreds of women prove it’s more than
20% milder than many so-called “beauty soaps.”
An you tort? Or do you worry?
Lifebuoy users never need to worry about “B. O.”
(My tdtr). Lifebuoy keeps you taf* from offending.
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Its creamy, soothing lather
searches every pore, routs
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abundant lather in hardest
water. Its own fresh scent
rinses away.
Asbeatoa-Clad Fighters Still a1
Work—Burns Fatal to
Bv the Associated Press.
—Asbestos-clad firemen fought todaj
to tame a burning gas well which
roared out of control two days ago
fatally burning one workman and se
riously injuring another.
The well, the Capital Oils, Inc.. No
1 Ayres, is located less than a mile
from the city's limits and vibration!
from the gasper were sufficient tc
shake homes in the southeastern
part of the city.
H. L. Patton and his crew of oil
well firefighters made four unsuccess
ful attempts to place a 17-ton mani
fold into the easing of the well.
The roar and size of the flames were
increased when valves and connec
tions pulled off the mouth of the
A. J. Ayers. 50, died from burns
received when the fire broke out.
This Changing World
Anglo-Itatian Crisis Is Growing More Serious—Britain
Means to Fight, When Fully Prepared.
HE tension between Great Britain and Italy la increasing every day.
Mussolini and Baldwin are snarling at each other. The Britisn
mean to fight—when they are ready, n Duce is afraid that they
might fight, and would like to bring forth the laaue while Italy atlll
has an air superiority over the empire. He is doing his best to draw them
out, but for the time being the London cabinet refuses to be drawn. How
long this situation will continue nobody can say. But there is no doubt
that the Italian-Britlsh tension contains more possibilities of disaster for
the whole world than any of the other dangerous situations in the old world.
The British are rearming as fast as their enormous industrial equip
ment and the mass of raw materials allow them.
The British general stall believes
that the air squadrons will play the
most Important role In an eventual
conflict. And the British are spend
ing money galore on aviation.
i The budget of the atr ministry in
1934 was less than *90.000,000. The
air estimates for the financial year
1936-7, not Including whatever sup
plementary estimates the govern
, ment may think necessary, amount
to *195.000.000. And the soortina
young Englishmen, while reluctant to join the army reserve forces, are
flocking to the aviation recruiting stations to enlist as reserve pilots and
observers in his majesty’s air force.
* * * *
The British have discovered recently that they are more vulnerable
from the air than any other capital in Europe. Gas attacks by Italy in
Ethiopia have renewed the dread of gas in public mind. But it is known
now that there is no possible efficient protection against air attacks for
centers with a large population.
What terrifies those responsible for the protection of the
civilians in case of an air tear is the discovery of a new gas
called thermite.
Thermite is a magnesium alloy which bums on impact at a temperature
of 2.000 degrees It cuts through steel so that the metal runs in streams.
Life is impossible in the vicinity of the furnace it makes.
This new gas was tried out during the Belgian maneuvers in 1935. One
small airplain ful of thermite bombs started no less than 300 fires.
One can easily imagine what panic such a bombardment would cause
in London, where 8,000.000 people live in a comparatively restricted area.
Thermite bombs could tear out the vitals of sewerage and water systems
and sweep an inferno of destroying flames through the streets of Britain’s
There is no way of protecting a large capital against such
air attacks in case of war. The only defense is reprisals by the
attacked power against the aggressor. And while Rome, for
instance, might be destroyed by similar attacks, that won’t help
the poor civilian who will be sacrificed in the next war. Still,
under the present circumstances, there is no other way out but
to build an air force which might become equally damaging to
Mussolini's country.
* * * *
There are few men in Great Britain who should be more satisfied than
the former foreign secretary. Sir Samuel Hoare. He saw that Mussolini
could not be defeated by the weak League and its useless sanctions and
suggested the famous Hoare-Laval plan to settle the Ethiopian question, as
much to the advantage of Ethiopia and Mussolini as it was to the
British Empire. He was kicked out of office by the stupidity of the ultrh
sanctionists, who boosted to that important office the inexperienced young
ster. Anthony Eden.
Baldwin is thinking of bringing Hoare back into the cabinet. Hoarse
may accept tne jod as secretary oi
the navy.
• • • •
I Sir Samuel Hoare is an outstand
• ing man. His real ambition is to be
come England's amateur golf cham
The man is one of Britain's best
lawyers; he is a clever diplomat
and a great politician. He can be
a peer; he can be anything he
wants. Yet at a luncheon recently
ne comexsed to a foreign diplomat in confidence that he would be willing
j to sacrifice everything if only he could fulfill his life-long ambition and
i become the golf champion of Britain.
I — ■ - ... __
i -
! “Grandma's Diary” of Two Acta
and Eight Scene* Is Presented
at National Theater.
IN A CLEVERLY and painstakingly
conceived, if rather lengthy pro
gram. pie Madolin Smithson Hodgson
I School of Dance and Expression pre
sented its twenty-sixth annual Spring
i recital last evening at the National
Under the title. “Grandma's Diary.”
tap and toe numbers were pleasingly
interwoven in two acts and eight
scenes of fantasy, preceded by an in
troduction of three ensemble tap of
ferings and a prologue featuring the
smaller pupils. A rarity among danc
ing school presentations, it displayed
commendable cohesion.
“Grandma in the Nursery” found
William Kuenstle, Vivian Scott. Fran
ces Foley, Betty Larcotnbe, Charles
Hipsley and Patty Shipman shining
among the smallar stars, with the
last named (oh. so tiny) winning the
large audience as she bemoaned the
fact that “The General's Fast Asleep.”
As Big Sister. Geneva Friedman con
j trlbuted a creditable tap effort.
The plenteous array of numbers in
! the first act, predominantly toe solo
and ballet, defies individual mention,
j but deserved recognition is accorded
Genevieve Rogers. Roma Lee Haun,
1 Lorraine Nicholson. Barbara Corri
don. Jane Johnstone and Helen Han
dleman. In the "Oregon Trail" scene,
the outstanding effort of the evening
was presented by Elmer Hipsley and
Helen Clum—a novel “Indian adagio.”
In the second act Louise Burgess.
Betty Doolan, Louise Maynard, Audrey
Perkins, Wilma Barclay, Jean Schulta,
Alice Graff and Shirley Horton dis
tinguished themselves, with Barbara
Ann Beasley and Ruth Schenkel
standing out in the "Patriotic Fare
Prizes were presented after the
performance by Mr. William Hannan
to the following:
Selling tickets—Lorraine Nicholson.
Jane Johnstone. Louise Maynard and
Natalie Solomon. Attendance—One
year, Beva MacClarridge. Edith Graff.
Jean Schultz and Audrey Perkins; two
years. Geneva Friedman, Vivian Scott
and Jane Johnstone; four years. Au
drey Ferguson, Louise Maynard and
Louise Burgess; nine years. Roma Lee
Haun: ten years, Zelda Wightman.
The girls' e’ass prize was awarded
to Patsey College mar., with the boys’
distinction going to Junior Footer.
Genevieve Rogers received a special
award for assisting in class.
—C. A. M.
Former Vaudeville Star Dies.
NEW YORK, May 35 OP).—Herbert
Lloyd, former vaudeville headliner,
who was said to have played before
King Edward VTI of England and King
Oscar II of Sweden, died last night.
He was 63.
Headline Folk
and What
They Do
Lopez, Who Looks Like
a Professor, Is Actu
ally Fighting Type.
RIOTS and shooting, with 30,000
person* involved, follow quick
ly after the April 26 election
In Venezuela which waa sup
posed to have established President
Eleazar Lopez Contrera* firmly In
power. After the death of the old
dictator, Gomez, last December, Amer
tv.au uusuicsa uirn
' expressed great
satisfaction With
the temporary
seizure of power
by Gen. Lopez.
They said his
firmness was a
guaranty against
assaults on life
and property,
and that he
would quickly put
(out of business
any "foolish ex
? periments with
Gen. If pm. , BU\
Ing started right
away, and the killing of Gen.
Estoquio Gomez, cousin of the dicta
tor and aspirant for power, didn’t help
much. It all has an interesting bear
ing on how the new dictatorships of
the world will transmit their power.
Predictions were that it would be easy
and and painless in Venezuela. The
autocratic state was left with a war
chest of 100.000.000 bolivars, and Gen.
Lopez, presumably the Gomez choice,
had the army'. That looked like a
hard combination to beat.
Gen. Lopez is a mild-mannered man,
not at all the smashbuckling South
American careerist. Out of uniform,
he looks like a professor. He wears
horn-rimmed spectacles and has sn
intent and studious look. HU fea
tures are Castilian. He U a man of
considerable classical culture. But he
U distinctly of the army type, main
taining all that old Gomez wrought
as a fait accompli, to be sustained by
The oil fields, which Gomez shrewd
ly safeguarded for Venezuela, are at
once the center of its wealth and its
present tension. Workers riot, Joined
by students, protesting against what
they term a "hand-picked" Parlia
ment. and the suppression of all rights
of free speech, free publication and
free assemblage.
Stuart J. Puller still keeps up his
fight against narcotics along the
world-wide front, with headquarters
with the League of Nations. When
the league grows too old to dream it
will have him to remember. Just now,
at Geneva, representing the United
8tates State Department, he leW kx*e
on the new drug, desomorphine, which
was supposed to be a substitute for
heroin, but which Puller says is even
worse in its habit-forming properties.
In 1934. the outspoken Mr. Fuller
caused a bit of diplomatic embarrass
ment all around by swinging on
France. Britain, Holland, Switzerland
and a few other nations for "poison
ing their fellowmen for gain." Hut
revelations about the world drug trade
made a lot of pious international de
ploring look somewhat disingenuous.
In his 55 years, Mr. Puller has
ranged farther from Keokuk, Iowa,
his birthplace, than any other Keokuk
lad. As consul general or vice coun
sel he has been stationed at Hong
kong. Naples, Gothenberg. Tientsin,
Natal. Mexico. Canada and other
places. He has seen opium smokerri
in the Orient, "dross” users in Japan
and marijuana smcTers in Mexico,
and he's against it. He was edu
cated at the Universities of Minnesota
and Wisconsin. Some foreign diplo
mats think he's tactless, talking the
way he does about frock-coated hop
A long spyglass shows the lean, long
barreled Josef Beck taking the pole
in the Central European diplomatic
sweepstakes. Since the death of
Pllsudski. who was his friend and
backer, the Polish foreign minister
has been working astutely to get Po
land set in some safe haven of secur
ity. He was a leader in the rap
prochement with Russia in 1934. and,
so far as overt acts or utterance are
concerned, seems intent only on keep
ing the peace.
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