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Projectiles Fall
on Defenses
of Capital.
Loyalists Prepare
for Renewal of
Field Fight.
Siege of Madrid by insurgent
forces, which has been in progress
for weeks, gives promise of contin
uing indefinitely as Spanish rebel
lion nears end of fourth month.
Reinforced Loyalist supporters of
popularly-elected Leftist govern
ment have stubbornly defended
capital, although President Manuel
Azana and his cabinet have estab
lished themselves in Barcelona.
Presence of Italian and German
forces on side of Fascist rebels and
of Russian and French on side of
, Loyalists demonstrates international
importance of the struggle
E> the Associated Press.
MADRID, November 13.—Madrid’s
Montana Barracks and the whole line
of fortifications in the vicinity of
Segovia Bridge were bombed in a
daring insurgent air raid late today—
several hours after government planes
had won a spectacular victory In a
battle over the capital.
Three Fascist tri-motors, guarded
* by six pursuit planes, roared out of
a dense cloudbank in the western sky
at 3:20 p.m. and spilled 14 huge
Five of the projectiles hit Montana
Barracks, where several thousand
government troops are quartered.
Other screaming missiles, dumped
by the air raiders, fell on the line of
fortifications. Two of them exploded j
in a built-up sector, wrecking three I
2-story houses.
Black billowing columns of debris
and smoke shot into the air as the
raiders, having completed their mis-'
•ion of death and destruction, fled to'
the west.
Ten Socialist pursuit planes im
mediately roared Into the skies and
engaged the six Fascist escort planes
in a spectacular aerial battle—the
second dog fight over Madrid of the
The enemy planes, however, tak
ing advantage of the dense clouds■
which shielded their approach, made [
their escape.
Raid Follows Air Battle. .. ..
The raid came on the heels of a
mass aerial battle in which the gov
ernment announced it had downed
iix planes.
Thousands of Madrilenos saw two I
planes crash in the first battle, one j
within the city itself. The government [
announced both were insurgent ships j
and said four others had been forced ;
from the air during a chase over in- |
surgent lines which followed the |
•pectacular "dog fight.”
The prompt attack by nine govern- !
ment planes, defense leaders declared,
prevented another bombardment of the
It also demonstrated the insurgents
no longer can fly over Madrid un- !
Previously, the government's air
base was so far from Madrid that at
tacking planes could get away from the
city before government craft arrived.
Now, however, the government has
established a temporary air base near
Madrid, its whereabouts a carefully
guarded secret.
- 70 Planes Protect Capital.
More than 70 pursuit planes, defense
officials asserted, have been detailed
to the protection of the capital. A11
are of modern construction, each
armed with from two to four machine
guns, and each manned by an experi
enced pilot.
Confidence of the defense junta
* (See”SPAIN,-Page A-4.)
Convicted Representative Rails
at “Russian Attitude” Which
“Envelops” Him.
Ml the Associated Press.
RICHMOND. Va., November 13.—
The Richmond News-Leader printed
today a facsimile of a letter bearing
the name of Representative J. H.
Hoeppel, a prisoner in Henrico County
Jail here, saying that “perhaps a little
publicity may lessen the Russian atti
tude which charges the atmosphere
In which we are enveloped.
The letter, dated in the "Henrico
County jail,” where Hoeppel and his
son, Charles, have oeen held since last
Saturday as fugitives from justice,
"Can you conceive any reason why
I should continue to be held ‘incom
municado*,’’ and closed with “yours
for a square deal in the Old Do
It was addressed to the "Editor,
News-Leader” and received bv the
newspaper by special delivery from
the Jail.
The California Representative and
his son were scheduled to appear in
Federal District Court for a new hear
ing at noon today on an order for their
removal to Washington.
Court Refuses Plea.
Br the Associated Press.
BALTIMORE, November IS.—The
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals re
« fused yesterday to prevent the re
moval of Representative John H.
Hoeppel and his son from Richmond
(4 to Washington to start a Jail senten^
Mussolini to Close Courts
And Substitute State Boards
Legal Profession to Be Socialized m
Sweeping Change on Which Com
mittees Are Now Working.
In the administrated of justice
shortly after Mussolini became pre
mier the four courts of cassation
were reduced to one and many
minor courts were suppressed. This
was one of a series of reforms that
changed huge deficits to surpluses
and marked a beginning of govern
ment financial strength.
E* the Associated Press.
ROME, November 13,—Premier Mus
solini has decided to abolish existing
Italian courts of law, substituting
state committees and socializing the
legal profession, official sources dis
closed today.
Attorneys described the project as
"one of the most important changes
in twentieth century jurisprudence.”
A committee of eminent lawyers and
oiuciais irora uif ministry 01 justice
is working out the details to replace
the courts with the state boards,
authoritative quarters asserted.
The committee’s report is expected
to be finished soon, when it will be
handed to the ministry of justice for
Abolition is also planned for the
special tribunal for defense of the
state. This court was established 10
years ago after an 18-year-old youth
attempted to assassinate the Italian
Premier at Bologna in 1926.
It was first instituted for five years
and then renewed for another five.
The court, created to protect the ,
life of II ‘Duce and government of
ficials, condemned half a dozen men
to death on charges of conspiracy :
against the premier. Among them was
(See MUSSOliNI, Page A-3.)
President Sees Danger to
Currency and Exchange
on U. S. Stocks.
EJ the Associated Press.
President Rooosevelt said today the ,
Federal Reserve Board was studying
the question of the possible need of,
legislr ion to control foreign buying
of American securities.
Responding to questions about the j
rising stock market at his semi-weekly
press conference, the President said
foreign investments in the American
market, if accumulated to a certain
point, were a potential danger, not
only to domestic currency and ex
change, but to every other Nation's
currency and exchange.
Mr. Roosevelt emphasised the ques
tion was only in, the study stage and
said the Treasury would be asked to
investigate it also when Secretary
Morgenthau returns to Washington
next week.
New Legislation Possibility.
He said Chairman Marriner S. Ec
cles of the Federal Reserve Board had
informed him yesterday that new leg
islation would be required if control
measures were deemed necessary.
The President would not comment
on the stock market rise, saying
Eccles and Chairman James M. Landis
of the Securities and Exchange Com
mission were better acquainted with
the technical language of the market
than he.
He said Eccles had told him of
large foreign buying of American
securities. He said when such buying
gets beyond a certain point the un
certainty of when these investments
might be withdrawn served to put
such invastments in the "hot" money
Mr. Roosevelt added it was always
a disturbing factor in the foreign
exchange and credit situation.
“Runaway Stock Market.”
Asked if Eccles or any one, else
with whom he had conferred re
cently had discussed what a news
man termed a ‘‘runaway stock mar
ket," the President said that phase
had never been touched on.
The President noted that currencies
and gold reserves of European nations
had been affected in the past by
certain private groups or syndicates.
He mentioned the attacks on the
French franc in the past three or four
But he asserted this form of cur
rency disturbance had been virtually
taken care of by the recent American,
British and French monetary accord
and the question now was what other
factors might be entering into the
situation as possible upsetting in
Fresh Assaults on Wide Front
Against Suiyuan Forces Re
ported by Soldiers.
■r the Associated Press.
K A LG AN, Chill Province, China,
November 13.—Fresh attacks against
Suiyuan forces by Chahar soldiers
and Mongolians were reported in
North China today. The invaders—
assisted by Japanese airplanes—at
tacked over a wide front, the reports
(Recent advices reaching Kaigan
and Peiping told of thousands of
Chahar provincial soldiers msirching
against Suiyuan Province in what was
described as an attempt to spread
Japanese influence westward from
Should Affect Only Minimum
Wage Scale, Presi
dent Says.
BT the Associated Press.
Commenting on the proposal of
some steel companies to fluctuate
wages with the coet of living as de
termined by the Labor Department i
index, President Roosevelt said today
the cost of living was a factor to be i
considered only when applied to a
minimum wage.
It should not be considered as a 1
factor, he added, if it is to curb the
improvement of wages. 1
Discussing the question at a press
conference, the President said living
costs should not be the controlling
factor ill fixing wages in places where
the cost of living Is very low. i
He added buying power also entered
into the picture.
Announced by Steel Firm.
The cost-of-llving basis for wage
determination has been brought to ,
the front by the announcement of '
the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co. and
other large concerns that wages are
to be increased, but will fluctuate
within certain limits as the cost of liv
ing goes up or down. The cost of
living is to be determined by the Bu- !
reau of Labor Statistics.
Two Carnegie-Illinois employe rep
resentatives are in Washington seek- i
in'g from Secretary Perkins a ruling
on whether employe representatives !
have a right to sign a binding agree- 1
ment with the company incorporating 1
such a wage plan.
The company offered a 10 per cent
wage Increase, but asked employe rep
resentatives to sign an agreement per
mitting adjustments according to liv
ing cost*. The range was limited to
5 per cent. The employe representa- 1
tlves here object to the proposed ad
justment agreement as a condition
to the wage Increase.
Secretary Perkins agreed in a con- |
ference with the two representatives
of company unions yesterday to
study two cnarges which they lodged
against their employers: First, that
the steel company had discriminated
against one of the representatives.
George A. Patterson, an employe of
the South Chicago plant, and, second,
that the proposed Increases are invalid
when signed only by union offlcials
without ratification by the union mem
Patterson attended the conference
with Elmer J. Maloy, Duquesne, Pa, j
chairman of the Pittsburgh-Youngs- :
town council of the Carnegie-Illinois
company union.
Maloy said he and Patterson had
conferred with John L. Lewis head of
the Committee for Industrial Organ
isation now engaged in an organisa
tion campaign among steel company
workers. Lewis arranged the confer
ence with Secretary Perkins, Maloy
said, but he does not expect to hold
any further meetings with him.
Designated as Arbiter.
Secretary Perkins learned for the
first time at the conference yesterday
that she had been designated as
arbiter in cases of dispute between
company representatives and em
ployers and that her decision is final.
Maloy asserted that the companies
are using “coercion” to Induce com
pany union representatives to accept
the proposed agreement by telling
them that they would not get the
wage increase unldSs they also accept
the cost-of-Uvlng basis for future
“We won’t acoept the permanent
Pin Ball Shown in Court
“Chance or Skill” Argument
Hall a dozen gayly-palnted pin ball
machines gave a carnival aspect to
Justice Daniel W. O’Donoghue’s digni
fied court room today as attorneys for
the Government and for distributors
of the devices came to gripe over their
The Pioneer Novelty Distributing
Corp. asked the judge to make per
manent the preliminary injunction
which Justice Oscar R. Luhrinf
granted ^sst July to prevent police
seising its 2,500 pin bail games located
throughout the city.
United States Attorney Leslie C.
Garnett, who ordered seizure of an
the 10,000 such games scattered about
Washington which pay off in any
manner, consented to test the legality
of the machines in a court of equity
rather than through criminal prosecu
The trial today is the last round
(See PIN BALI* Page Jt-4.)
REPORT 5598,142
30.28 Per Cent of Goal
Reached—Busy Week
End in Prospect.
feature of Luncheon Gathering
Ii Indictment of Crime at
One of Four Enemies.
Gifts to the Community Chest
total 16,281, and amount to <598,
142.79, worker* reported today at the
tecond campaign luncheon meeting at
;he Willard Hotel.
Declaring that this was good prog
■ess. but "we are not moving ahead as
last as we should,” Coleman Jen
rlngs, campaign chairman, called
lpon the workers to make strenuous
sflorts over the week end so as to
irlng In a "grand" report at the next
neetlng Monday.
The four solicitation units today
■eported a total of 9,547 gift* amount
ng to <147,780.13.
The grand total to date of <598,
142.79 is 30.28 per cent of the total
(oal of <1,969,000, which the cam
paign hopes to reach by November 24.
Reports by Units.
Reports today by units follow: Spe
cial Assignment, today, 68 gifts,
imounting to <57.843; to date, 426 gifts
imounting to <418,251, which is 73.3
per cent of its goal.
Group Solicitation, today. 1,897 gifts,
(mounting to <18,377.13; to date. 2,965
rifts, amounting to <50,711.26, which is
12 55 per cent of its goal.
Government, today, 6,461 gifts,
imounting to <51,664; to date, 10.820
rifts, amounting to <90,317.88, which
is 12.45 per cent of its goal.
Metropolitan, today, 1,121 gifts
imounting to <19.896; to date, 2,070
lifts amounting to <38,862.65, which
is 21.10 per cent of its goal.
A feature of the meeting today was
ndictment of the character Crime,
me of the four "public enemies”
(gainst which the Chest campaign
his year is directed. Crime, enacted
>y Maurice Jarvis, made a "defense”
pf himself and was bitterly indicted
>y Mrs. Harper Sibley, chairman of
he Woman's Division, Mobilisation
or Human Needs.
Throughout the city, five solicits*
ton units pressed forward with their
(See CHEST, Page A-20.P
Senator Glass Expects Some Hew j
Action on Undistributed
BT tli* Associated Press.
Senator Glass. Democrat, of Vir
ginia. said today he thought "there
iught to be some changes" in the
federal tax on undistributed corporate
He added he had not yet considered
ntroducing such amendments him
lelf, and that he could not predict the
irobabillty of their enactment.
"Nobody knows what is going to
lappen,” Glass declared. "No kind of
'orecast can be made with any oer
ainty about the next Congress.”
He said further he had not yet
‘given any thought” to the question
>f extending the President’s authority
.0 devalue the dollar still further. The
authority expires early In 1937, unless
enewed by Congress.
Glass conferred briefly with mem
jers of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, of which he is chairman,
jut declined to comment on the com
mittee’s probable action during the
coming session.
mjMZtitd 85,000 /M
President’s Visit to Green
belt Expected to Bring
President Roosevelts visit to the
Greenbelt resettlement project this '
afternoon may result eventually in ex
pansion of this type of housing and
relief labor activity.
A spokesman for the Resettlement
Administration represented Adminis
trator Tugwell as anxious to convince ’
the President that such developments !
justified their high cost. Dr. Tugwell, \
he said, would like to see unemployed :
workers put to building “a great num
ber" of suburban housing units for
low-Income families.
The outlay for the nearby Mary
land project, largest of three under
construction throughout the country,
probably will approximate *8.000,000.
Officials admit this is somewhat ex
orbitant, but feel that the amount of
employment It affords warrants the
expense. About 5,000 men have been
given work on the Berwyn develop
gome Loss Expected.
Resettlement does not expect to re
cover all of its expenditure, by any
means. It la pointed out that tenants
cannot be expected to bear the added
cost necessitated by mass employment
and the rush to complete the Job.
Possible significance of the presi
dential Inspection was seen because
(SmTh6uSING~Page A-4.)
22 Othera Hurt as Gasoline Train
Hits Brick Truck.
PROVIDENCE. R. I.. November 13
(£*).—One person was killed and 22
were Injured when a gasoline train
of the Warren-Brlstol Branch of the
New Haven Railroad crashed Into a
truckload of brick at Barrington this
A1 Defano of Pawtucket was in
stantly killed. The motorman In the
cab of the interurban train. A If Tardie
of Providence was seriously Injured.
The train carried a load of workers.
Defano was driver for a Pawtucket
contracting firm. Most of the Injured
remained at the scene of the accident.
Summary of Today’s Star
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Page. Page.
Amusements _C-6 Puzzles ..D-«
Comics_D-8 Radio ----D-7
Editorial_A-l* short Story...C-t
Finance --- A-21 Society_B-S
Lost St Found A-S Sports-C-g-11
Obituary ...A-lt Woman's Pg..D-5
Control plan for foreign buying of U.
S. stocks is studied. Page A-l
University Club Building may be pur
chased to house C. I. O. Page A-l
President opposes “cost of living” wage
basis. Page A-l
President Roosevelt issues Thanksgiv
ing day proclamation. Page A-l
Woman asserts “Moses in woods” U
her owrf child. Page A-S
Business-labor conference to consider
Industrial legislation. ' Page A-S
Celanese plant at Cumberland closed
by textile strike. Page A-S
Wife commits suicide in Matanuska
Valley. Page A-f
Retail store collections show In
crease. Page A-ll
Rebels bomb barracks after air fight
over Madrid. Page A-l
Premier Mussolini to abolish courts of
law for state boards. Page A-l
Minuter Salengro accused of being
deserter. Page A-l
Italian-Soviet diplomatic break U
feared. Page A-*
ThU and That. Page A-ia
Answers to Questions. Page A-ll
David lAwreace. Pace A-ll
Paul Malian. PageArll
Constantine Brown. Page A-ll
Jay Franklin. Page A-ll
Headline Polk. Page A-ll
Roosevelt visit to Green belt may in
crease housing projects. Page A-l
District W. P. A. roils to be reduced
before January 1. Pat* A-l
Nude pedestrian causes hubbub at
downtown corner. Page A-l
Virginia truck crash kills one, in*
jurea two. Page A-l
Pin ball machines brought to court
in legality battle. Page A-l
Community Chest drive goes for
ward. Page A-l
Supreme Court Justice Brandeis 80
yean old today. Page A-4
Rev. Dr. E. H. Pruden made Pint
Baptist Church pastor. Page A-S
3. w. Banker defends cemetery bond
issue before S. E. C. Page B-l
Commissioners plan light to finish
against abattoir. Page B-l
Hearing to air restrictions on offensive
business plants. Page B-l
Auto club attorneys will confer with
Oov. Nice. / Page B-l
Method of triangle and lines evolved
for chemical problems. Page B-S
D. U., Maryland and A. U. are ready
for homecoming games. Page C-t
Deorgetown travels to New York to
meet tough Manhattan. Page C-8
0. W. is fearful of speedy backs of
Catawba lnvaden. Page C-8
Princeton given shade over Yale in
annual grid classic. PageC-18
is tor Clarke nearly catches leader in
ace duckpln league. P8ge C-ll
Washington Wayside. Page A-l
Young Washington. Page A-14
Nature’s Children. Page B-1S
Winning Contract Page B-1S
Bedtime Story. Page B-1S
Vital Statistics. Page C-4
City News in Brief. Page C-ll
Betsy Caswell. Page 0-5
Dorothy DU. Page B-5
Traffic Convictions. PageD-ll
United States bonds ease (table).
Page A-ll
Retail sales climb. Page A-ll
Corporate profits higher. Page A-ll
Stocks irregular, steels gain (table).
Page A-tt
Curb list narrow (tablet Page A-ll
Freight loadings eaae,£f4 Page A-ll
Nude Man Halts
Car, Rams Fist
Through Glass
Smashes Windows as
Driver Watches in
A motorist on his way to work
halted his sedan at Seventh and D
streets this morning and looked with
astonishment on the pedestrian who
had leaped into his path with arm up
raised in a commanding gesture.
The motorist’s astonishment was not
lessened by the fact the man in front
of him wore no clothing except a pair
of shoes. The motorist was trying to
figure out what to do in a situation
like that when the pedestrian dashed
around to the side of the car and
rammed his fist through the window.
Glass showered in the driver's lap
While the motorist tried to regain his
composure, the nude man knock 3d out
a second, then a third window. At
this juncture the motorist awoke to
action. He threw his car in gear and
stepped heavily on the gas.
Meanwhile, a crowd was collecting
and rush-hour traffic backed up be
hind the corner. The nude man. by
standers said, dashed to a small de
livery truck parked before a welfare
agency and jumped inside. Some
body ran up and shut the door, bolt
ing it from the outside. The captive
then swung his fists through the glass
of a rear door.
Patrolmen and police in two scout
cars responded to several calls. They
threw a blanket about the shivering,
bleeding captive and took him to Gal
linger Hospital, where he was ad
mitted for mental observation.
Hospital authorities Identified the
man as John P. Martin, 48. They did
not learn immediately where he lived.
He was suffering from scalp lacerations
and lesser cuts about the arms and
Police were told that Martin was
passing the corner when he began to
attack passers-by without provocation.
One of the men attacked picked up
a bottle and hit Martin over the head.
Martin, witnesses said, then began to
shed his clothes as he ran back and
forth across the street. He was down
to his shoes when the unidentified
motorist happened by.
Prelate Speaks for Solid Hour to
3,000 Representatives of
Missionary Union.
B' the Associated Press.
VATICAN CITY. November 13.—
Pope Plus XI spoke lor a solid hour
today to 3.000 representatives of the
Priests’ Missionary Union, dispelling
rumors that the state of his health is
Witnesses said the Holy Father
made the speech with but slight and
natural evidences of weariness toward
the close and that there was no change
In his tread in walking into and away
from the benediction hall.
The heaviness of limb which the
Pope had experienced for some time
was. however, apparent both before
and after the speech.
His voice was firm throughout most
of the address, weakening slightly only
at the end.
The Pope's voice was strongest when
he told the missions representatives,
including 40 bishops and three car
dinals, that the missions were “a sa
cred duty imposed upon all Christiana
as a token of their gratitude for the
faith they received from God.”
Among the Americans present were
Father Edward McGurkin of Hartford,
Conn., and Father Thomas McDonnell
of New York, who is American director
of the Society for Propagation of the
U. M. W. Pushes Negotia- '
tions for Building’s Pur- <
chase for Office Use. <
Bitter factional strife over wheth- 1
er workers in mass production in- 1
dustries should be organized cc
cording to craft or along industrial 1
lines into "one big union," led last 1
Fall to creation of Committee for 1
Industrial Organization.
Composed of Johon L. Lewis’ 1
United Mine Workers and 11 other
unions favoring the industrial plan, 1
if was fought by American Federa- 1
fion j/ Labor's Executive Commit- :
tee, headed by President William
Green, and largely composed of i
heads of craft unions.
When the C. I. O. refused the
Executive Committee’s order, issued
this Summer, to dissolve and cease
its attempts at "dual unionism,"
10 Of the 12 C. 1 0. unions were
suspended and now face expulsion
at the A. F. of L. convention in '
Tampa, Fla.
Negotiation* for purchase of the j
University Club building at Fifteenth
and I streets have been begun by the
United Mine Workers of America,
through their president, John L. Lewis, i
it was learned authoritatively today.
The purchase price is reported to be 1
*275,000. | i
While the purchase is being nego
tiated by the U. M. W„ the building is <
expected also to provide national head- i
quarters for the Committee for Indus- ; >
trial Organization, which now has its
offices in the Rust building.
Disclosure of the proposed purchase 1
added strength to the belief that C. I.
O., of which Lewis is chairman, would
be established on a permanent basis
in opposition to the American Federa
tion of Labor.
This conjecture is supported by re
cent developments on the labor front,
as A. F. of L. delegates gathered in
Tampa, Fla., for their annual con
vention and the U. M. W. Executive
Committee made ready to hold its an- .
nual session here Monday.
University Club Would Move.
The proposed purchase, which Proc
tor L. Dougherty, president of the
University Club Building Co., admit
ted today was in negotiation, is ex
pected to be placed before the U. M.
W. Executive Committee Monday for
final action.
If the deal is consummated, the
University Club, which recently voted
to merge with the Racquet Club,
would move into the club house of
the latter organization at 1135 Six
teenth street.
The U. M. W. now occupies almost
all the seventh floor in the Tower
Building, about 18,000 square feet.
The University Club is a five-story
building, but the lower floor could
be made into two floors, adding addi
tional space, ample to accommodate
the U. M. W. and the C. I. O. offices.
It is expected to be vacated whe#
the merger of the University and
Racquet Club6 is completed, probably
this month.
Establishment of the C. I. O. as a
rival to the A. F. of L. in the labor
field was forecast this week by Presi
dent William Green of the federation
as last-minute efforts to bring about
a peace between his organization and
the C. L O. group failed to materialize.
Lewis has never revealed what
course he would follow in the event
his union and nin^ others, now under
suspension by the federation's Exec
utive Committee for “dual unionism,”
are finally expelled at the convention
in Tampa.
With a break between the A. F. of
L. and the C. I. O. definitely made, and
a fresh organization offensive under
(See u7mT W~P*ge~A - 6.)
Roosevelt Signs Proclamation
Calling Nation to Give Thanks
President Roosevelt today issued a
proclamation designating Thursday,
November 38, as a day of national
thanksgiving. In it he expressed un
bounded faith in the future of this
In calling on the people of America
to give thank* the President reminded
the citizens that:
“We have a deepening sense of our
solemn responsibility to assure for
ourselves and otupeacendants a future
more aounaant m iaitn ana m se
The President also reminded the
country that this Nation passed
through "troubled waters” and. there
fore, it is right to express gratitude
that Divine Providence "has vouch
safed us wisdom and courage to over
come adversity.”
Mr. Roosevelt declared our Institu
tions have been maintained with no
abatement of {^ith in them and that
(See THANK^pIVINO, Page-A-« ) l
Commissioner Allen Also Is
Directed to Cut Monthly
Administrative Costs.
TO BE SLASHED 1,000,000
federal Belief Load Is Past Peak,
Administrator Says, in
Relief problem long has. been
source of difficulty here. In No
vem, 1935, cost of direct relief was
pasted to District government, with
only unemployables eligible.
This year’s direct relief fund
proved insufficient to meet needs,
and District officials obtained ad
ditional appropriation of 1830,000.
Crisis was reached last December,
when payments were slashed 25
per cent.
This cut was restored after ad
ditional appropriation was obtained,
but problem remained acute. Dur
ing the Summer, many cases were
removed from the rolls because of
shortage of funds.
Follow >ig his prediction of yester
lay that there would be 1,000,000 few*
ir relief cases on the W. P. A. rolla
ifter January 1, Works Progress Ad
ninistrator Harry L. Hopkins today
llrected Commissioner George E. Al
en to reduce the District W. P. A.
luota from 6,500 to 5,500 by the first
if the year.
Allen also was notified to cut the
nonthly administrative costs of W.
'. A. from $17,000 to $15,000.
The instruction sent to Allen, who
leads the District W. P. A., were be
ieved to be similar to notices sent by
lopkins to works administrators
hroughout the country. Hopkins'
orecast of the million reduction was
nade in connection with a statement
hat the Federal relief load definitely
lad passed its peak.
Actually, the District has only 6.300
>ersons on its works program now,
>ut there is approximately the sam*
lumber on Federal W. P. A. projects
n the Capital. The orders received
>y Allen did not state whether Hop*
tins had directed a cut in the num
ber on Federal projects here.
Allen and his assistants voiced no
concern over the impending reduc
tion. They explained there has been
s gradual dropping off for some
nonths as persons formerly on W.
». A. were absorbed In private em
iloyment. They said they expected
his to continue, although the peak
oad of unemployment in the past has
leveloped during Winter months.
1,206 Seen Absorbed.
Last Winter there were some 7,500 j
leedy and unemployed persons who
cere given jobs under the District
V. P. A. and about the same number
in Federal W. P. A. projects here. i
fhat would indicate about 1,200 per
ons have been absorbed by private
ndustries from the District W. P. A.
ince last Winter. In numerous cases,
lowever. it was explained, there have
ieen transfers from District to Fed
:ral projects.
William C. Cleary, assistant deputy
works administrator for the District,
■aid nearly all of the projects now
lave fewer men than are really need
ed to keep them going at full strength.
(See RELIEF, Page'A-4.)
Action on Venue Plea, Set for No*
▼ember 16, Postponed by
Judge Carter.
Kr the Associated Press.
RICHMOND. November 13 —M. J.
Pulton of Richmond, a member of
Edith Maxwell's counsel, said today
he had been notified by Judge Ezra
r. Carter that a motion for a change
it venue for the former Wise County
ichool teacher accused of the murder
it her father, would be heard at Wise
November 23 instead of November 16.
Judge Carter, who was designated
hy Gov. Peery to preside at the new
trial awarded Miss Maxwell by the
Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals,
will hold court in Lee County next
week and so notified counsel the date
jf the hearing would be changed.
Defense counsel is seeking a change
it location for the retrial on the
frounds that the 22-year-old woman
cannot obtain a fair trial In Wise
County, where she was convicted
last November and sentenced to 25
pears' imprisonment.
Says Charlie Michelson
It Can Be Told
The Publicity Director of the
Democratic National Committee
has written an article for The
Sunday Star on the Democratic
strategy of the past campaign.
He talks about the publicity bud*
get, the unnecessary radio speak
er*, the “typical prairie State”
phrase made famous by Farley,
the social security issue that
looked worse than it really was
and many other entertaining de
velopments as seen from the
Don’t Mitt Hit Story in
thm Editorial Section of

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