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WEATHER. . .
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temperature; lowest tonight about 32 de- U1 Washington with the
at 3 p.m.; lowest, 34, at 8:30 a.m.; 36 at ASSOCiated PreSS NeWS
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85th YEAR. No. 34,183. gaaSSaSS.TS WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1937-SIXTY PAGES. *** m M..„. TWO CENTS.
NEW GROUP-PLANS
HEALTH UNIT HERE
TO CARE FOR 5U
Several Government Ex
perts, Headed by Dr. Pear
son, Will Meet Today.
PROJECT WILL INVADE
CONTROVERSIAL FIELD
Proposed Co-operative System Is
Separate From Body Opposed
by Medical Society.
■ *
BACKGROUND—
Organization of Group Health
Insurance, Inc., a few months ago
to.serve employes of Federal Home
U6an Bank Board agencies pre
cipitated storm of criticism and
praise. Chief Criticism comes from
medical society on principle that
development of "socialized med
icine" programs will harm medical
profession.
By HAROLD B. ROGERS.
Headed by Dr. Paul M. Pearson,
former Governor of the Virgin Islands,
a group of Government experts from
several departments and establish
ments plan to meet late this afternoon
to consider preliminary plans to
establish a “co-operative association
for medical care," which might build
up a membership of 40,000 or 5JI.000
persons.
It would be separate from the em
battled Group Health Association of
the Federal Home Loan Bank Board,
now under fire from the District Med
ical Society, but, according to one of
the leaders of the movement, would
be built along the general lines of
G. H. A.
The group to meet this afternoon is
a special subcommittee of the Com
mittee for Co-operative Medical Serv
ice for Federal Employes.” It was
formally organized last May as an
outgrowth of several separate groups
of Government people in different
parts of the Federal service. Some
of these groups, including that from
the Department of Agriculture, have
been studying the problem' for years.
Enters Controversial Field.
Coming in the midst of a hot battle
over Group Health Association, the
new project entered today a contro
versial field which appeared bound
to stir both strong support and strong
opposition.
Group Health Association is the sub
ject of an inquiry now on at the office
of Corporation Counsel Elwood H.
Seal. Briefs have been submitted by
the Medical Society, in opposition to
G. H. A. and by officials of the Federal
Home Loan Bank Board in its support.
Mr. Seal has indicated that he is
studying these briefs, with a view to
deciding whether G. H. A. is a corpor
ation engaged in the insurance busi
ness, in which case it should be lic
ensed as an insurance company, or
whether it is a corporation engaging
in the practice of medicine. If he de
iv so wic lattci, mi. ucdi xiad
indicated he will turn the problem over
to District Attorney Leslie H. Gar
nett. G. H. A. officials deny both
charges, insisting that G. H. A. is a
corporation licensed by the District
of Columbia government engaged in
selling "service.” Use of taxpayers
money to finance G. H. A. has been
attacked by both Senator McCarran
of Nevada and Chairman King of the
Senate District Committee.
Several preliminary problems in
volved in the prospective set-up of a
new interdepartmental association for
medical care were to be surveyed by
the subcommittee of Government ex
perts late today. The question of
finances appears to be one of the up
permost problems faced by the new
movement, according to A. C. Ed
wards, who is secretary of the com
mittee.
Finances Discussed.
Several important persons have been
consulted on this question of finance,
Mr. Edwards explained, and there are
encouraging Indications for establish
ment of the new association and its
clinic. Individual subscriptions to
build up a substantial fund to launch
the program may be one of the items
considered.
Generally, however, Mr. Edwards
predicted: “I think we will work out
a co-operative association for medical
care along the lines of Group Health
Association. It may take some time
to do it.” «
When it sits down to its task
shortly after close of the Government
business day, the subcommittee will
have before it a mass of data, col
lected from many sources, including
the Department of Agriculture Com
mittee, which has been studying the
problem for about two years.
The Agricultural group, Mr. Ed
wards explained, has an official re
• port, prepared by an expert hired by
it some time ago. The expert made
a study of the operation of the largest
and most successful group clinics in
fha rrvnnfrv
Another Meeting Soon likely.
If the special committee makes suf
ficient progress in its consideration of
the problem today, it was indicated
by Mr. Edwards, a meeting of the
whole Committee for Co-operative
Medical Service for Federal Employes
may be called some time in the near
future, probably Saturday.
In this group of the whole commit
tee there are about 90 people, includ
ing personnel directors of several Gov
ernment departments and'establish
ments. A few of them are: Miss Mary
Anderson, director of the Woman’s
Bureau, Department of Labor; Dr.
Warner W. Stockberger, personnel di
rector of the Department of Agricul
ture; Theodore S. Wilson, Jr., person
nel director of the Farm Credit Ad
ministration; Morris Copeland, execu
tive secretary of the Central Statistical
Board; Otto S. Beyer, National Medi
ation Board; John Carmody, rural
electrification administrator, and
many others.
This is not the first time that the
(See HEALTH, Page A-14.)
* i
Plans Announced by U. S. Unit
For D. C. Public Health Survey
Work Can Be Started as Soon as Com
missioners Make “Official” Request,
Dr. Draper Says.
BY NELSON M. SHEPARD.
The United States Public Health
Service is prepared to make its sur
vey of Washington's health conditions
and medical services "just as thorough
and extensive as the Commissioners
desire," Acting Surg. • Gen. W. P.
Draper said today.
It was disclosed that the study or
survey would be undertaken by Dr.
Robert Olesen, assistant surgeon gen
eral, with the co-operation of the
States Relations division. Surg. Gen.
Thomas Parran, Jr., who is in New
York City, designated Dr. Olesen for
the task before he left Washington
late yesterday.
According to Dr. Draper, the only
thing that prevents the survey from
being launched immediately is the ab
sence of an official, written request
from the Commissioners. This is form
which guides the Public Health Serv
ice in all surveys of the kind under
taken at the request of States or mu
nicipalities.
Commissioner George E. Allen made
a telephone request for such a survey
in Washington yesterday morning and
the Surgeon General responded fa
vorably. As yet the request has not
been received "officially.” it was said
Mr. Allen was out of town today.
Need Be No Delay.
In conducting the survey. Dr.
Draper made it clear that the Public
Health Service would be guided en
tirely in its scope by the wishes of the
. Commissioners. "The personnel and
• facilities are at hand and there need
; be no delay.” he explained
i He indicated also that it probably
i- -
would cost the District government
nothing.
When the Public Health Service
studies conditions in other cities, it
was pointed out, office accommoda
tions must be provided as well as
traveling expenses and such other in
cidentals. In Washington these needs
do not exist.
Dr. Parran will return to the city
tomorrow, by which time it was ex
pected the official "go” signal would
be given.
The length of the survey, Dr.
Draper said, would be a matter of sev
eral weeks or several months, de
pendent entirely on how far the Com
missioners wish matters inquired into.
May Request Detailed Study.
Until further information is re
ceived on that point, of course, there
is no telling whether the survey would
extend to all hospitals receiving public
funds or merely to Gallinger and the
Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Hospital.
The Commissioners may request a de
tailed study of the entire Health De
partment, all the medical services in
the District, a study of sanitation and
diseases.
”We can go as far as they wish,”
Dr. Draper said.
Dr. Parran indicated yesterday be
fore his departure that he wished to
pick up where the Preble report of
1929 left off. This was a study of the
local Health Department, in which
Dr. Parran participated personally.
Some of the recommendations made
in the 1929 report have been put into
effect, including transfer to the Health
(See 8URVKY, Page A-14.)
SIGHT PARACHUTE
NEAR CRASH SCENE
Ground Parties’ Report Re
vives Hopes for Survival
of D. C. Flyer.
Sighting of a parachute about a
mile inland from the scene of last
night’s naval airplane crash just off
Virginia Beach gave hope today that
at least one of two Navy flyers, one a
resident of Washington, survived the
accident.
A report that flares had been seen
early,today above a marshy area in
land of the crash scene sent ground
parties into the swamps. At H ajn.,
a report reached the naval base at
Norfolk that ground parties had
sighted a parachute on the shore of
Fresh Pond, about a mile from the
place where the airplane crashed into
the surf. Working parties were strug
gling toward the spot.
The missing men are Aviation Cadet
James J. Jones, 26, son of Judge
George P. Jones, Special Assistant At
torney General, who lives at the
Broadmoor, 3601 Connecticut avenue
N.W., and Troy Blanton, machinists’
mate, of Lafayette, Ala.
After a night of searching and drag
ging in the vicinity of the crash, just
off Virginia Beach, a combined air,
sea and land search was begun at
dawn. The search ashore was started
shortly after 8 a.m. today, according
to an Associated Press dispatch from
Norfolk, after a resident of Virginia
Beach reported to the naval base that
he had seen a series of rockets fired
from the marsh at 6:50 a.m.
Planes Aid in Search.
Several trucks loaded with search
ers left the base and Joined civilian
parties at the marsh. Three Navy
airplanes were assigned to aid in the
search of shore and water areas.
Credence was given to the rocket re
port at the Navy Department, which
explained that Very pistols are part
oi me equipment oi ail Navy air
planes on night flights and that
frequently pilots carry the pistols
strapped to their bodies.
One wing and a part of the fuselage
of the scouting plane washed ashore
shortly after the forced landing at
about 7 o’clock yesterday evening, and
other sections of the airplane were
cast ashore by breakers during the
night. The occupants wore life jack
ets which would have kept them afloat
indefinitely.
Cadet Jones and Machinists’ Mate
Blanton were flying as part of a for
mation sent out for night training
from Bombing Squadron 5, attached
t« the U. S. S. Yorktown, new Navy
airplane carrier, now at the Norfolk
Navy Yard.
It is believed Cadet Jones was forced
out of the formation by engine trouble
at about 6:30 p.m. Residents of the
Virginia Beach area reported hearing
an airplane, apparently with motor
trouble, and several eyewitnesses of
the forced landing gave conflicting
testimony as to the probable distance
from shore of the landing. Because
of the short interval between the
crash and the beaching of wreckage,
however, Navy officers believed the
landing was made just outside the
breakers.
vsuuei; Junes oegan ms wavy train
ing at the Anacostia Naval Air Station
here about 14 months ago. After
a month of “elimination” training
here he was sent to Pensacola, Fla.,
for a year of flight and ground train
ing. He then was assigned to the
Yorktown for active duty.
Cadet Jones starred in football and
basket ball at the University of Mon
tana from 1931 to 1933. He later at
tended North Dakota State College,
leaving there about two years ago to
take a post here in the Treasury De
partment. He resigned to enlist in
naval aviation last year.
The missing cadet’s father was
notified of the accident by telegraph
last night at Springfield, 111., where
he has been engaged for several weeks
as representative of the Justice De
partment in a pending coal case. He
was expected to arrive in Washington
today.
Cadet Jones’ brother John was
taken to Norfolk today in a Navy
airplane from the Anacostia Naval Air
Station to aid in the search.
I k
SI. ELIZABETH'S
FIDE PEI CITED
Old Buildings Stressed in
Report—Bed Shortage
More Acute.
Crowded conditions at St. Elizabeth’s
Hospital, where a shortage of 440 beds
is aggravated by the need of replacing
530 other beds in semi-permanent
buildings "at once.” were cited in its
annual report to Secretary of the In
terior Ickes which. was made public
today.for the first time.
These semi-permanent buildings not
only constitute a fire hazard, the re
port emphasized, but the summer heat
in them is almost unbearable.
St. Elizabeth’s is one of the Gov
ernment institutions in Washington
that is due for an early administrative
survey by the Budget Bureau, which
already has gone carefully into its
needs for the 1939 fiscal year.
The report was compiled for the
year ending June 30, last, and was
submitted by Dr. Roscoe W. Hall, the
then acting superintendent. In Octo
ber, Dr. Winfred Overholser, a widely
known authority in psychiatric fields,
was appointed superintendent by Sec
retary Ickes.
New Building Needs Cited.
"Conditions at St. Elizabeth’s are not
so serious as they are at Gallinger but
there are many improvements, espe
cially new buildings, which should be
provided,” Dr. Overholser commented.
Dr. Overholser believed a survey
made at St. Elizabeth’s would be help
ful in calling attention to conditions
.(See HOSPITAL, Page~A^T)
GADSDEN DATA BULKY
GADSDEN, Ala., Dec. 2 (/(>).—A
voluminous record of testimony was
in the hands of a National Labor
Relations Board today for considera
tion of charges of unfair labor prac
tices against the Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co. of Alabama.
Over 8,000 typewritten pages of
testimony and several hundred
pamphlets and other exhibits were
included in the material. The hear
ing was concluded late yesterday. It
opened August 19.
JAPANESE PLANES
KILL INJURE 110
1,100 Houses in Hsiaoshan,
Near Hangchow, Razed
in Air Raid.
SHANGHAI CONQUERORS
PLAN VICTORY PARADE'
Procession Through International
Settlement Arranged Despite
U. S.-British Protest.
—i
BACKGROUND— *
Reports of Russian assistance to
Chinese heard after conclusion of
Russo-Chinese non-aggression paet
in summer, but no concrete evi
dence of armed help found until
recently. Chinese air force inactive
for more than month as Chinese
troops have retreated before on
slaughts of Japanese, first at
Shanghai and subsequently along
Yangtze River delta, along which
legions of Nippon are advancing to
capture Nanking.
Ej the Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, Dec. 2.—Chinese dis
patches from Hangchow today said
more than 1*000 civilians were killed
and wounded in a Japanese air raid
on Hsiaoshan. about 12 miles south
east of Hangchow.
Five hundred dead and wounded
non-combatants were reported found
in the ruins of buildings destroyed by
Japanese incendiary bombs. Those
buried in the wreckage were not im
mediately extricated.
.Scores were made homeless by the
destruction of 1,100 houses in Hsiao
shan.
Chinese raid fo4T at Shanghai.
Two. Chinese airplanes raided Jap
anese positions at Shanghai earlier
today in the first aerial attack by
Chinese in more than a month.
One bomb dropped near the former
anchorage of the Japanese flagship
Idzumo, near the Japanese consulate,
but did no damage.
Japanese said the Chinese planes
operated at a height of 10,000 feet,
successful^ evading pursuit craft.
They declared, however, that in an
air battle near or over Nanking six
Japanese planes shot down 13 of
China’s new Soviet-built airplanes.
China was said to be massing a fleet
of 300 Russian-built warplanes for a
renewal of aerial attacks on Japan’s
advancing armies.
Meanwhile the Japanese conquerors
of Shanghai made preparations for
a victory parade through the Inter
national Settlement tomorrow in de
fiance of the Shanghai Municipal
Council and the representatives of
foreign governments.
Municipal authorities received notice
that six battalions of Japanese troops
will march through the Settlement.
The Shanghai Municipal Council
told Japanese authorities that such a
demonstration at this time is inad
visable and tends to create dangerous
incidents.
Police planned to guard the line of
march of the conquering invaders.
Foreign observers, however, feared a
possible hostile “incident” with armed
Japanese parading through the streets
of the city where nearly 3,000,000
Chinese live.
Enters Through British Lines.
The Japanese procession is to enter
the Settlement through British defense
lines and proceed along such well
known streets as Nanking road. Bub
bling Well road and the Shanghai
Bund.
Maj. Gen. A. P. D. Telfer-Smollet,
commander of British forces, was un
derstood to have ordered his troops to
remove a portion of their defense bar
ricades to permit passage of the parade
and to salute the Japanese in accord
ance with military custom.
The tentative route indicated the
parade would not pass through the
American defense sector nor the
French concession.
It was learned that wherf the Jap
anese approached French authorities
concerning a similar parade through
the French concession Saturday they
were told the question was too serious
(See SHANGHAI, Page A-ll.)
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements, Lost & Found D-4
A-18-19 Obituary_A-12
Christmas story, Radio.D-8
B-12 Society_B-3
Comics C-6-7 Sports_D-l-3
Editorials ..A-12 Woman’s Pg. B-19
Financial ...A-21
FOREIGN.
Japanese kill, injure 1,000 Chinese
civilians. Page A-1
Delbos leaves this evening on Central
European tour. Page A-7
NATIONAL.
McNary urges farm bill go back to
committee. Page A-1
House leadership breaks wage-hour
tyll deadlock. Page A-1
Jesse Jones terms new housing meas
ure “sound.” Pfurp a.2
Eleven indicted in attack on bus
driver. * Page A-2
Senate group asks Prof. Bdgerton to
face quit Page A-2
Prank and Hanes may be named to
Securities Commission. Page A-3
Strike on Greyhound bus lines is
ended. Page A-3
Gov. Lehman orders Tammany boss to
1 answer Dewey’s charges. Page A-14
Telegraph companies face monopoly
charges. Page A-2»
WASHINGTON AND NEARBY.
Plans for public health survey are
announced. Page a-2
Formation of new co-operative medi
cal group discussed. Page A-1
Report cites fire peril in Sf. Elizabeth’s
old buildings. Page A-1
D. C. naval cadet missing off Virginia
Beach. Page A-1
State seeks to establish robbery mo
tive in Ross trial. Page A-1
32 individual Chest drives still in
progress. Page A-4
Brookings report hits single civil serv
Im administrator plan. Page B-l
1
w •
Injunction to bar liquor sales in Co
lumbia Heights. Page B-l
Board of Examiners set-up hit by
teachers’ union. Page B-l
Transit company probe due in Janu
ary. Page B-l
Pole vaulting injury proves fatal to
former C. U. athlete. Page B-l
EDITORIAL AND COMMENT.
Editorials. Page A-12
This and That. Page A-12
Answers to Questions. Page A-12
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-12
David Lawrence. Page A-13
The Capital Parade. Page A-13
Mark Sullivan. Page A-13
Jay Franklin. Page A-13
Delia Pynchon. Page A-13
FINANCIAL.
Federal bonds improve (table).
Page A-21
Clearings slump. Page A-21
Inventories cut sharply. Page A-21
Stocks sell off (table). PageA-22
Pepco profits lag. Page A-22
Curb shares lower (table). PageA-23
SPORTS.
Nats having tough time swinging good
trade at meeting. PageD-1
Armstrong is rated greatest fighter in
many years. Page D-2
East’s foot ball is declared on par with
other sections. Page D-3
MISCELLANY.
Shipping News. PageA-17
Bedtime Stories. Page B-8
Vital Statistics. Page B-l*
Nature's Children. PageB-13
After Dark. Page B-14
City News in Brief. Page B-18
Dorothy Dtx. f Page B-19
Betsy Caswell. Page B-19
Cross-word Puzzle. Page C-8
Letter-Out. Page C-8
Winning Contract. . Page c*7
Men’s Fashions. Page D-4
A
__SPEAKING OF CUTTING DOWN EXPENSES!
45 Drug Stores to Be Depots
In Toy Collecting Campaign
Making Gifts to Washington’s Needy
Children to Be Easy as Well as
Joyous Task.
Forty-five drug stores in Washing
ton will act as toy-collection agen
cies during the Christmas campaign
of The Star, Warner Bros.’ Theaters
and the National Broadcasting Co., it
was announced today. They are the
District units of the Peoples Drug
Store chain, which will co-operate
in the drive with the Metropolitan
Police, the Parent-Teacher Associar
tion and the Federal employes.
The drug stores' entrance into the
drive was marked by a broadcast last
night from the store at Eleventh and
Q streets N.W., at which Thomas
Burke, chief of the Specialties Division
of the Bureau of Foreign and Do
mestic Commerce and co-ordinator
of the Government division of the
Christmas campaign, outlined the
program developed by him and his
lieutenants as “an investment In the
happiness of future America."
During the broadcast over Station
WMAL of the National Broadcasting
Co. it was brought out that next Mon
day a toy box will be placed in each
of the 45 drug stores for the con
venience of those eager to help the
children who, though needy, look for
Joy December 25. The toys collected
in the boxes will be distributed
through Warner Bros., the Parent
Teacher Association and the police
to those homes which otherwise on
' (See~Tdy CAMPAIGN, Page A-3.)
LEWIS AND era
IN PEACEPARLEY
Rival Labor Leaders Meet
in Effort to End Union
War.
BACKGROUND—
■ The American labor movement
split in November, 1935. Since then
it has grown to record strength in
spite of its division, with both A. F.
of L. and C. 1. O. claiming about
3,500,000 members.
About six weeks ago, efforts to
effect reconciliation were launched
and conferences have been under
way between special committees
since that time. Little progress was
made until Tuesday, when it was
decided twA factional leaders
should enter picture personally.
BULLETIN.
Peace negotiations between the
A. P. of L. and the C. I. O. recessed
at 1:30 p.m. until 4 o’clock. Emerg
ing from the conference room John
L. Lewis barked curtly:
“General conversations—no con
clusions.”
Leaving the conference room a
minute later, William Green said:
“We held a satisfactory meeting
and had a most interesting confer
ence. We arrived at no conclu
sions.”
By JOHiq C. HENRY.
John L. Lewis and William Green
met across a conference table this
morning for their first face-to-face
effort in two years to bring unity’ to
the American labor movement.
Walking into a record barrage of
newspaper and motion picture camera
men, the two individuals most con
spicuously identified with labor’s civil
war arrived at the Willard Hotel within
a few minutes of each other.
Appearing first, Mr. Green, president
of the American Federation of Labor,
was accompanied by George M. Harri
son, his colleague in this latest stage
of negotiations. Declining to pose for
photographers, both hurried imme
diately into the conference room.
About two minutes later, just before
11 o’clock, Mr. Lewis and Philip Mur
ray, chairman and key official, re
spectively, of the Committee on Indus
trial Organisation, approached the
room from a back corridor. Both
stopped while their pictures were
taken.
Senator Berry Arrives.
Scarcely had the principals of the
conference met when Senator Berry,
Democrat, of Tennessee, long prom
inent in the labor movement, arrived
at the hotel and hurried into the con
ference suite. Emerging within a few
minutes, the Senator said:
“I’m very much interested in seeing
this internal discord in labor’s house
composed and to express my hope thy*
the matter will be adjusted. Continu
ation of this strife not only affects in
dustry and labor, but actually endan
gers the Nation. I called' merely to
pay my respects to the conferees.”
It was learnec) that Senator - Berry
visited the conference on his own
initiative and did not actually see the
four negotiators during his brief stop
at the hotel.
Anxiously watching developments of |
(See LABOR, Page A-4.) ’
A
_ E
State Seeks to Establish
Robbery Motive in David
son Killing.
bulletin.
STAFFORD COURT HOUSE,
December 2.—The State rested to
day after attempting to establish a
robbery motive against' Walter L.
Ross at his trial here on a charge of
murdering Elmer J. Davidson. The
defense announced Ross probably
will go on the stand this afternoon.
By W. H. SHIPPER, Jr.,
Staff Correspondent ot The Star.
STAFFpRD COURT HOUSE, Va.,
Dec. 2.—The State moved swiftly to
day to establish a robbery motive
against Walter L. Ross, 17-year-old
marine, on trial here on a charge of
murdering Elmer J. Davidson, 82,
well-to-do Washington attorney.
Harry Klotzman, Baltimore pawn
broker, identified Floss in court as the
man who pawned a man’s white metal
wrist watch at his place on the night
of October 6.
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney
W. W. Butzner told the court he will
attempt to show the watch was Da
vidson’s.
FClotzman said he later was taken
to Alexandria by Sergt. E. J. McDer
mott of the Virginia State police and
in a jail there identified Ross in a
line-up as the man who had pawned
the watch for $8.
Questioned by Judge Frederick W.
Coleman. FClotzman said the watch
was redeemed several weeks after it
was pawned by a person of whom he
had no record or recollection.
The State brought out. through
testimony of Edward Oreen, Mont
gomery County jeweler, who had re
paired Davidson's watch several times,
that the numbers of the watch
pawned in Baltimore corresponded
with those in the wrist watch of David
son.
Earlier, Lt. John M. Fowler, bal
listics expert of the Washington police
force, testified that a bullet taken
from Davidson’s brain had been fired
(See ROSS7 Page A-4 )

REVISE FARM BILL,
M’NARY PROPOSES
Redrafting Along Lines Sug
gested by Wallace Urged
by Senator.
BACKGROUND—
When Congress left Washington
last, summer it , was pledged to
make farm-aid legislation its first
major objective on returning.
Through recess, Senate committee
studied problem, but no bill was
ready when Congress returned last
month. After week of frenzied ef
fort. bill teas drafted and is now
ready for consideration despite
much criticism of its provisions.
By the Associated Press,
Senator McNary of Oregon, the Re
publican leader, asked the Senate to
day to send the Pope-McGill farm bill
back to the Agriculture Committee
for redrafting along lines suggested
by Secretary of Agriculture Wallace.
Senator McNary made the proposal
after Mr. Wallace’s letter to the
authors of the bill. Senators Pope,
Democrat, of Idaho, and McGill, Dem
ocrat, of Kansas, was read to the
Senate at the Republican leader's re
quest.
rux; we \aj luuuw uie recommenaa
tions of the Secretary of Agriculture?"
Senator McNary asked. "If so, it
cannot be done well on the floor of
the Senate; it must go back to com
mittee.”
Senator McNary forecast that if
the bill was passed in its present form
it would be vetoed by President Roose
velt “for two reasons.”
The bill would cost more to admin
ister. Senator McNary said, than the
President had indicated he would ap
prove.
He added that the President also had
called for voluntary control with “no
coercion."
Mr. Wallace's criticism prompted
Majority Leader Barkley to revise his
predictions that the measure would be
enacted this week.
Senator Barkley clung to his de
mand, however, that the Senate begin
considering a score of amendments to
the measure, which it has been debat
ing for nearly two weeks.
Secretary Wallace declared in a
letter yesterday to Senators Pope
and McGill that the Senate bill does
not safeguard consumers against high
pnces and might lead to further losses
in the export market.
The legislation as it stands he
said, fails to provide sufficiently large
reserves of wheat and corn for the
‘ever-normal granary” which he has
advocated.
Describing the measure as “more
restrictive than necessary,” he said
it would result in frequent imposition
of marketing quotas.
The cabinet member asserted that
several provisions would tend to raise
prices of cotton and wheat far above
(See FARM, Page A-14.f~
King George Braves Flood.
TAUNTON, England, Dec. 2 (JP)._
Flood waters went over the running
boards of King George’s automobile
today, the second of his tour of the
royal Cornwall estates.
First reigning monarch to visit
Cornwall in three centuries, the King
visited the royal farms and saw his
cows milked mechanically.
For a Happier Christmas—
Secretary of Commerce Indorses The Star’s Campaign
“It affords me great pleasure to
again commend The 8tar-Warner
Bros.-N. B. C. Christmas Toy Cam
paign. Christmas would lose its most
vitalizing force if we fail to endeavor
to make children happy on that occa
sion. The Christmas, spirit has long
, captivated the imagination and sat
isfied the charitable spirit of our
American people. May we never lose
it!
“Many thanks to The Washing
ton Star for its Christmas Toy Cam
paign and may its promoters be en
couraged by the thought that they are
rendering the community a distinct
service.
“DANIEL C. ROPER,
“Secretary of Commerce."
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WAGE BILL FREED
FROM COMMITTEE
BY BOUSE PETITION
Needed Signatures Assure
Its Being Considered Dur
ing Next Week.
MANSFIELD OF TEXAS
• LAST TO AFFIX NAME
Fish Charges “Everything Except
“Capital” Was Swapped—Move
for Inquiry Blocked.
BALKLrKUUND—
Wage-and-hour legislation, spon
sored by administration, was
blocked in last session of Congress
by faction of House Rules Commit
tee. This fall, it was listed as one
of four measures desired during
special session, but opposition
group still blocks consideration. Re
sorting to petition method to bring
bill from committee, friends of
measure are nearing number re
quired.
By the Associated Press.
The House leadership broke the pro
longed deadlock over wage-and-hour
legislation today when the 218th mem
ber signed a petition to force a vote on
the measure by mid-December.
Representative Mansfield. Democrat,
of Texas rolled up on his wheel chair
to be the gnal signer, amid a roar of
cheers.
Just before Mr. Mansfield put down
his name, Representative Smith, Dem
ocrat, of West Virginia had jotted
down his signature—No. 217.
They were preceded by Represent
ative Connery. Democrat, of Massa
chusetts, brother of the late William
P. Connery’, co-author of the w’age
hour bill; Representative Kennedy,
Gambrill and Goldsborough, all Mary
land Democrats, and Champion,
Democrat, of Illinois.
Before the final signature, the House
heard a Republican demand for in
vestigation of statements that backers
of the bill “swapped everything but
the Capitol’’ to insure a vote on it at
the special session.
Fish Asks Inquiry.
Representative Fish, Republican, of
New York, asked for the Inquiry be
cause. he said, of statements attributed
to Representative Dies, Democrat, of
Texas, a leading opponent of the
waffp-hmir hill a.nri R^nw»«pntatk’o
Robertson, Democrat, of Virginia.
As soon as the Kish inquiry resolu
tion was read in the House Majority
Leader Rayburn asked that it be ta
bled, but the New Yorker objected anc!
forced a roll call. The vote to table
was 281 to 94.
After the petition was completed,
Chairman Norton of the Labor Com
mittee and other backers of the bill
pressed up to shake the hands of Rep
resentative Mansfield, who for many
years has been forced by illness to use
a wheel chair.
It was minutes before the House
calmed down.
Sponsors of the measure, with suc
cess in sight, had soft-pedaled their
talk of removing cotton provisions
from the crop-control bill. They had
threatened such action unless South
ern Representatives helped get the
wage-hour bill to the floor.
Few Southerners Sign.
A few Southerners were among the
members who added their names to
the petition yesterday. Most legislators
from that region, however, have op
posed the bill on the ground it would
harm industry in the South by re
moving North-South wage differen
tials.
Representative Martin, Republican,
of Massachusetts, assistant minority
leader, said completion of the peti
tion would be the signal for attempts
to keep out any such differentials after
the bill reaches the floor.
Even if the House should pass the
measure there was no assurance it
would get to the White House before
the special session ends during Christ
mas week. The Senate passed a wage
hour bill last summer and differences
between the two measures would have
to be composed. This might be a long
process.
Neither was there assurance that
any of President Roosevelt's other rec
ommendations could be enacted dur
ing the brief session.
Wallace Is Critical.
The Senate farm bill, on which
leaders had pinned their chief hopes
for a concrete accomplishment, was
criticized by Secretary Wallace. He
wrote Senators Pope, Democrat, of
Idaho and McGill, Democrat, of Kan
sas that it would not safeguard con
sumers against high prices and might
lessen export marketing.
The House got down to considera
tion of amendments to its own farm
bill after three days of general debate.
Leaders forecast the measure would
pass by the end of the week, marking
the first final vote in either House
on any of the President’s recom
mendations. A compromise will have
to be worked out between House and
Senate measures.
Completion of farm debate might
clear the way for House action next
week on housing legislation, if the
committee can get it ready in time.
Possibility of Senate action on hous
ing, however, was clouded by the fili
buster expected on the anti-lynching
bill after disposal of the farm bill.
Senator Van Nuys, Democrat, of
Indiana, co-author of the anti-lynch
ing bill, said he would oppose laying
it aside to consider the housing bill
or anything else.
Efforts to act during the special ses
sion on President Roosevelt’s other
recommendations—Government reor
ganization. regional planning and re
duction in road appropriations—vir
tually had been abandoned by con
gressional chieftains.
Administration spokesmen also said
there was no chance for revision of
corporate taxes before the regular ses
sion beginning in January. A House
subcommittee was working daily,
however, with a view to making it the
first order of business at that time.
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