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MEN FARE PLEA
IS FILED DAY LATE
BY FEDERATION
Commission May Yet Take
Protest Into Account
Despite Ruling.
EXPERTS SAY OBJECTION
DEADLINE HAD EXPIRED
Clayton Charges No Less Than
Eight Errors in Decision Allow
ing Sale of Six for 50 Cents.
By DON S. WARREN.
Bitterly denouncing the increase in
the street car token fare, the Federa
tion of Citizens’ Associations today
asked the Public Utilities Commission
to reconsider its rate order—but ap
parently the petition was filed a day
too late to come under the Public
Utilities Appeal Act.
Yesterday was the end of the 30-day
period allowed under the act for the
filing of petitions for reconsideration
of a commission order, commission
members said, but they immediately
protested they did not wish to take
advantage of a technicality if a way
out could be found, and they said they
would refer the question to legal coun
sel before they acted. Commissioner
Riley E. Eigen also declared that If
the Federation lated filed a new peti
tion asking for a new consideration
of the fares of the Capital Transit
Co. it would be carefully studied by
the commission.
The commission order granting the
Transit Co. an increase in its token
rate from four for 30 cents to six
for 50 cents, or from 7>2 cents to
8'n cents, was issued November 3. It
went into effect at 12:01 a m. the
next day. Commission experts today
said that the 30-day period allowed
for filing petitions for reconsideration
was to be counted from the time of
the publication of the commission's
order, not its effective date, and there
fore the deadline was last midnight.
Errors Charged.
William McK. Clayton, veteran
chairman of the Public Utilities Com
mittee of the Federation, who filed the
petition, charged that the commission
had made no less than eight errors
In its decision. He claimed that the
commission erred in making the rate
order effective the day after it was
Issued: that it had denied Mr. Clay
ton's motion to make the North Amer
ican Co., "the master and controller’’
of the transit company, a party to
the rate case so that it could have
been compelled to furnish required
•ervice: that the commission did not
give due weight to the claim of the
Federation that the transit service does
not measure up to statutory require
ments: that the commission failed to
fix a fair value for the transit prop
that, the rvi icrinr>
the increase of token fare in the face
of evidence that the company was
already losing passengers; that the
commission had caused an injustice
to many street car riders by prohibit-'
lng the sale of tokens of less than
the number of six at a time; that
the commission had refused to con
sider price of the weekly pass and
had restricted its order to tokens, and
that the lack of proper service by
the company has been demonstrated
by the company's own records show
ing a large number of breakdowns of
buses while in operation.
Special attention was paid by Mr.
Clayton to the requirement that the !
tokens be sold in blocks of six and he
protested: "Callous, cold and calcu
lating must be the reasoning to re
. duce the meeting of the minds of the
commission since these blocks of six
pressed hardest upon those least able
to pay and this is not the sign board
to prosperity for any company or cor
poration, public or private.
Sale of Two Tokens Urged.
“Tokens should be available in
blocks of two, enough for the round
trip ride, plus the usual five or six
transfers in between to complete the
journey. A token user seldom hesi
tates to ride, a dime fare does. The
best company's effort should be to
put tokens in the pockets of the dime
rider. The company needs more rid
ers. not less."
Mr. Clayton suggested that the rea
son for requiring the sale of tokens at
six for 50 cents instead at the rate of
three for a quarter was to "lessen the
heat somewhat on the hot-spot oper
ator of the one-man car." Mr. Clayton
said that the one-man car operators
have received no help from the com
pany or the commission and that “he
certainly should not expect any from
the car rider's pocket.”
Mr. Clayton asserted that the great
est percentage of car riders had rather
ride in a $5,000 street car manned by
a motorman and a conductor than in
a $15,000 "palace car” operated by only
one man.
Taking a bitter slap at the commis
sion on the six-for-50-cents-plan, Mr.
Clayton suggested that if this is in
tended to ,‘oroe token riders into the
10-cent cash class, then “Why tarry
there? Nerve up the courage of
your convictions and make a full sweep
of token riders by ordering 12 tokens
for a dollar and send the company
high-crested on a wave of prosperity.”
Trains Kills 11 in Germany.
8TETTIN, Germany, Dec. 4 (4s).—
Eleven persons were killed today
when a train struck a group of rail
road workers near Belgard, in North
east Germany. Seven others were in
jured, one seriously.
BAND CONCERT
By the Soldiers’ Home Band Or
chestra today in Stanley Hall at
5:30 p.m.. John S. M. Zimmermann,
bandmaster; Anton Polntner, as
sistant.
Program.
March, “Old Comrades” .Teike
Overture, “The Hands cf Fellow
ship” .. -Blgge
Suite characteristic, “American,"
Thurban
(I) March, “The Tiger’s Tail.”
(3) Serenade, “When Melinda
N Sings.”
(J) A sketch, "The Watermelon
Fete.”
• Scenes from the opera, “Carmen.”
Biset
Popular numbers.
“Funny Dear What Love Can do,”
Bennett
■A Foxy Cure for the Blues,”
Pollock
Valae petite, “You and I”_Langey
Finale, “Navy Blue and Gold,”
Crosley
“Hie Star Spangled Banner.”
Star Portraits Come to Life in Langley Junior High Art Production
Here you see “The Banker and His Wife,” masterpiece by
the Dutch artist, Quentin Massys come to life in rehearsal at
Langley Junior High School for a tableau to be presented next
Friday to the whole student body. Walter Lyddane, left, plays
the part of the banker, with Josephine Pine in the role of his
wife. This classic was offered to the public in the third set of
famous painting reproductions of The Star’s art appreciation
campaign. Mrs. Maud J. Kline, teacher of Langley's 9B art
appreciation class, and Mrs. Carla S. Turner are sponsoring the
tableau which will bring to life this and other Star art pictures.
The students painted the background for the scene. ^
UP 8JD0 IN YEAR
Estimate Is 627,000 as
Census Figures Show City
Has Overhauled 2 States.
The District of Columbia has over
hauled two more of the States In the
population race, according to esti
mates of population by States as of
July 1 made public late yesterday by
the Census Bureau. The estimated
population of the District was given
as 627.000. a gain of 8.000 during the
year.
At the time of the last official cen
sus. April 1, 1930, the District's pop
ulation exceeded that of eight of the
States—Vermont, New Hampshire,
Delaware. Idaho, Wyoming, New Mex
ico, Arizona and Nevada.
The nev estimates show that the
District now has a larger population
than ten of the States, having passed
Montana and Utah, which now have
estimated populations, respectively, of
539.000 and 519,000.
The District population of 627,000
compares with an estimated total of
619.000 on July 1. 1936; 543.000 on
July 1, 1933, and 486.869 actual count
in the 1930 census.
Kanys was the only State to lose
population during the 12 months end
ing July 1, according to the estimates.
The populations of Rhode Island,
South Dakota, Nebraska and New
Mexico remained unchanged, while
all other States showed increases.
The bureau estimated tha„ the Kan
sas population declined 22,000. to a
total of 1,864.000. Rhode Island re
mained at 681,000, South Dakota at
692.000, Nebraska at 1,364,000 and
New Mexico at 422,000.
New York, most populous of the
States, increased the number of its
residents by only 24.000, to 12,959,000.
Nevada's gain was the smallest—
1.000, bringing the State's total pop
ulation to 101,000.
The population of the United
States, as had been announced pre
viously. was estimated to be 129,257,000
on July 1. This represented a gain
of 828,000 during the 12 months and
6.482.000 since the 1930 census.
Population comparisons by regions and
States follow:
Regions Census Estimated Estimated
and Population Jly. 1, 1936. Jly. 1, 1937.
States. Apr. 1. 1930.
N. Eng.. 8.166,341 8.581.000 8.597,000
Maine - 797.423 853.000 856,000
N. H. - 405.293 508.000 510,000
Vt. ___ 359,611 380.000 383,000
Mass. _ 4.249,614 4.426,000 4.426,000
R. I. __ 687,497 681.000 681,000
Conn. _ 1.606.903 1,734.000 1,741,000
M. Atl._26.260.750 27.399,000 27,478,000
N. Y. .12.588.066 12.935.000 12.959,000
N. J. _ 4.041,334 4.328.000 4,343.000
Pa 9.631.350 10.136.000 10.176,000
E.N.Cen.25.297.185 25.708,000 25,841,000
Ohio __ 6.646,697 6,713,000 6.733,000
Ind. 3.238.503 3,459.000 3.474,000
111._ 7.630.664 7.846,000 7.878.000
Mich _ 4.842.325 4.783,000 4,830,000
Wit. __ 2.9,39,006 2.908,000 2.926 000
W.N.C. 13,296.915 13.782,000 13,819,000
Minn. . 2,563.953 2.635.000 2.652.000
Iowa . 2.470.939 2.54.3,000 2.552,000
Mo. _ 3,629.367 3,959,000 3.898.000
N. D_ 680.845 703.000 706.000
S. a. _ 692.849 692,000 692,000
Nebr. _ 1.377.963 1.364,000 1.364,000
Kans. _ 1.880.999 1,886,000 1,864.000
S. At). .15.793.589 17.072,000 17,260,000
Del. ... 238.380 259,000 261,000
Md. ... 1,631.526 1,674.000 1,679.000
D. Of C. 486,869 619.000 627.000
Va._ 2.421,851 2,671,000 2,706,000
W Va._ 1.729.205 1.830,000 1,865,000
N. C. _ 3.170.276 3.457,000 3.492.000
S. C_ 1,738,765 1,860,000 1,875.000
Ga. ... 2,908.506 3,060,000 3,085.000
Fla. __ 1,468.211 1.642.000 1.670,000
E. S.Cen. 9.887.214 10.619,000 10,731,000
Ky.- 2,614.589 2.883,000 2,920.000
Tenn. _ 2,616,556 2,864,000 2.893,000
Ala. __ 2.646,248 2,864,000 2,895,000
Miss. _ 2.009.821 2.008,000 2,023.000
W.S.C. .12.176.830 12.790.000 12.900.000
Ark. _ .1,854,482 2,023,000 2.048,000
La.- 2,101.593 2.122,000 2,132,000
Okla. 2.396,040 2,628.000 2,548,000
Texas - 5.824,716 6.117,000 6,172.000
Mount. _ 3.701.789 3.759,000 3,792.000
Mont, _ 537,606 531.000 539,000
Idaho _ 445.032 485,000 493,000
Wyo. 225.565 233.000 235,000
Colo. __ 1,035.791 1,066.000 1,071.000
N. Mex. 423.317 422,000 422,000
Aria. 436.573 406.000 412.000
Utah 607,847 616,000 619,000
Nevada _ 91,058 100.000 101.000
Pacific . 8.194.433 8.719.000 8.839.000
Wash. . 1.663,396 1.643,000 1.668,000
Oreg. _ 953.786 1.017.000 1.027,000
Calif. _ 5.677.261 6.059,000 6,154,000
ROOSEVELT TO LIGHT
NATIONAL YULE TREE
Mrs. Roosevelt Also to Participate
in Lafayette Park Ceremonies.
President to Broadcast.
President and Mrs. Roosevelt today
officially agreed to participate in the
lighting of the national community
Christmas tree in Lafayette Park on
Christmas Eve.
For the fifth time, the Chief Execu
tive will press the button that will
illuminate the tree and send his Christ
mas greetings to the Nation over the
radio. Senator Elmer Thomas of Ok
lahoma has accepted the invitation to
act ss chairman of the national com
mittee and present the Chief Execu
tive to the audience, officials an
nounced.
A meeting of interested officials yes
terday discussed plans for lighting the
tree and it was agreed that last year’s
plan will be followed. Regular rehear
sals are now being held by Maestro
Arturo Papalardo and his National
Capital Parks Schola Cantorum, which
will present carols at the tree dedica
tion, accompanied by the Marine Band,
under Capt. Taylor Branson.
COLLINS ON TOUR
OF D. C. PROJECTS
House Subcommittee Head
Receptive to Permanent
Improvements.
Bv WILL P. KENNEDY.
In preparation for starting work
next Wednesday on the District ap
propriation bill. Chairman Collins and
three other members of his House
subcommittee, accompanied by two
clerks, today are making a tour of
some of the new land-purchase and
improvement projects. Others in the
party are Representatives Caldwell,
Democrat, of Florida; 8tames. Demo
crat. of Alabama, and Engel. Re
publican, of Michigan. The clerks are
William A. Duvall and George Y.
Harvey. They are to visit certain
playground and school sites today.
Chairman Collins said it is the
aim of $he subcommittee to hold the
tojpl of appropriations to be recom
mended within the current amount—
something over *47,000.000. The Dis
trict Commissioners had requested
the Budget Bureau for estimates
totaling more than *53,000,000. The
Budget Bureau has not made its
confidential recommendations to the
House Appropriations Committee, but
they are expected to be approximately
*50,000,000.
Emphasizes Economy.
Mr. Cbllins emphasized the need
for strict economy because of the
complicated District financial situ
ation and the prospect that some new
avenues of taxation must be tapped.
He said the taxpayers can depend
on his subcommittee to scrutinize
each request closely, to demand ade
quate Justification for all appropria
tion items. The group will exercise
a strict practical economy consistent
with furnishing proper upkeep and
development of the Nation’s Capital,
he added.
Operating expenses will be held as
closely as possible to the current
funds, he said. While practically all
departments of the municipal govern
ment have asked for substantial in
creases, he feels most of these can
not be justified. There also are many
requests for increases in personnel
and salary advances, which are likely
to be denied.
Sympathetic On Improvements.
Before starting on their inspection
tour today Chairman Collins and
other members of the subcommittee
said they Will be sympathetic toward
desirable permanent improvements.
They predicted that any increases
in the bill for the next fiscal year
would most likely be in the nature of
Investments for future needs for
school and playground sites.
This attitude on the part of the
House subcommittee, which conferred
for the first time today, coincides with
the announced intention of the Sen
ate Appropriation Committee mem
bers to hold the District bill as close
as possible to the figures for the cur
rent fiscal year.
Famous Ship in Thames.
The Discovery, famous Antarctic ex
pedition ship of Capt. Scott, has been
moored permanently in the Thames
at London and will be the headquar
ters of the Sea Scouts.
From the same period of art and the
same Star set Hilda Hathaway steps out
in real life to impersonate the famous
lady, Anne of Cleves,tainted many times
and in many poses by Hans Holbein,
whose portraits encouraged King Henry
VIII of England to win her hand. This
and other costumes were created by Mrs.
Kline and Mrs. Turner, with the aid of a
number of students in the class. Plans
call for the living reproduction of a dozen
Star pictures, all of which the Langley
class is studying.
All our readers remember the little
Spanish prince, Don Manuel Osorio de
Zuniga, whose portrait you received when
the art appreciation campaign was in
augurated. Ethel Cotsoni was especially
suited for the part and here she is as
Don Manuel, with bird cage and mag
pies, all except the three cats. Mrs. Kline
asked girls in the class to bring in some
cats, but not a tabby was in sight when
this picture was made. Otherwise, how
ever, the girls and their teachers made
or brought in everything needed for the
sets and costumes.
Mary Ellen Walsh presents in this pic
ture quite a close resemblance to the
portrait of Spanish "Infanta Margarita
Teresa in Red,” painted by the great
master Velasquez, who served the Span
ish court. This print was offered in the
fourth Star set. Another of the same
group, "The Lute Player,” by Caravaggio,
also will be reproduced for next Friday's
art assembly. Incidentally, the shore
will display living pictures in a large
black frame especially made for the
purpose.—Star Staff Photos.
George A. Fuller Co. Is Low
With Offer of $984,000
for Three Buildings.
With the opening of bids for con
struction of three buildings, the Pro
curement Division of the Treasury
Department yesterday took an im
portant step toward the actual con
struction of the Health Center, to
be developed shortly on the former
Luke Wilson estate on the Rockville
pike beyond Bethesda for the United
States National Institute of Health.
George A. Fuller Co. of this city
was the low* bidder with an offer of
$984,400. Other figures were offered
by Fuller on alternate bids to reduce j
the cost of construction by changing
the type of the buildings.
The three structures are to include
an administration building 186 feet
by 100 feet in size, an Industrial lab
oratory for public health methods and
an industrial hygiene laboratory. The
buildings will be of brick with stone
trim, fireproof throughout and air
conditioned.
The second low bid was submitted
by McCloskey 8c Co. of Philadelphia,
with a figure of *991,000. There were
13 bids.
Low bid for construction of ele
vators was submitted by the Westing
house Electric Elevator Co. of Jersey
City in the sum of *53,744.
These buildings will rise on a site
turned over to the Government by
Mr. Wilson. Already preliminary
work has been accomplished there,
where roads have been laid, a new
bridge installed and sewers completed
for the new buildings. On this pre
liminary work *22,915 already has
been spent.
The bids will be taken under con
sideration by the public buildings
branch, Procurement Division, and it
is expected contracts may be let
shortly. The low bidders are experi
enced in Government construction.
The cost of these projects will come
out of an appropriation of *1,463,000
for the National Institute of Health.
The Government is planning also
to construct buildings on adjacent
land for the National Cancer Insti
tute. for which *750.000 has been set
aside out of the 1937 Government
building program funds. Construc
tion of these buildings for the Cancer
Institute, however, awaits final trans
fer of the land.
The National Institute of Health
and the Cancer Institute sue operat
ing under the general direction of the
United States Public Health Service.
Sermon Announced.
HYATTSVILLE, Md„ Dec. 4 (Spe
cial).— 'Treasures in Heaven” will be
the subject on which the Rev. B. P.
Robertson, pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Hyattsvllle, will preach at
tomorrow morning's services.
Held in Forgery,
Servant Claims
She Is Illiterate
Court Told That She
Unwittingly Copied
Name on Check.
Despite the fact she claimed she
could neither read nor write, Elisabeth
Jones, colored, employed as a maid in
the 5800 block of Cedar parkway,
Chevy Chase, was held under a *500
bond for action of the grand jury on
a forgery charge by Police Court Judge
Edward M. Curran yesterday.
She is accused of forging the in
dorsement on a Christmas savings
check, belonging to Mrs. Carol Dellin
ger of 3020 Tilden street N.W.
She told the court she received her
own Christmas savings check through
the mail and, in the same envelope,
she received another check made out
to Mrs. Dellinger. The colored woman
declared she could not write, but that
she could copy, and not knowing
whether or not she was entitled to the
second check, she copied Mrs. Dellin
ger’s name on the back of it. She was
arrested at the bank.
Following her preliminary hearing
on the charge, involving *100.50. she
was taken before the bond clerk at
Police Court where she still maintained
that she was unable to write even her
own name, so the bond was signed
with an ‘'x," some one else supplying
the name.
MAJ. CURTIS TO DEFEND
BRIG. GEN. REISINGER
Courtmartial Scheduled January
3 on Charges of Travel Ac
count Irregularities.
Maj. Merritt B. Curtis. United States
Marine Corps, member of the local
bar, on duty at Quintico, Va., will be
counsel for Brig. Gen. Harold C. Reis
inger, the paymaster of the Marine
Corps, when the latter is brought be
fore a general courtmartial on January
3 to answer charges of irreggularities in
his personal travel accounts while on
official business.
This was made known yesterday at
the Navy Department, which said that
the general courtmartial, arranged to
start on Monday at the Marine Bar
racks at Quantico, has been delayed,
at the request of the defense.
Brig. Gen Samuel T. Ansell, former
Judge Advocate General of the Army,
who has been under consideration as
Gen. Reisinger's counsel, said yester
day that he will not be able to serve,
due to professional engagements that
will keep him on the West Coast.
Maj. Curtis is a graduate of George
Washington University law school and
is a member of the District of Colum
bia bar, as well as of the bar of Cali
fornia. He attained his present rank
in May, 1934.
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Begin Tour of District Projects
... ....II..II.II I in————
Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee which will frame the 1939 District
supply bill pictured as they left the House Office Building today to visit playground and school
sites with Capt. H. S. Bishop (second from left), Assistant Engineer Commissioner.
Left to right: Chairman Collins of the subcommittee, Capt, Bishop and Representatives
Starnes and Engel. —Star Staff Photo.
RECEIVER 10 PAV
Ten Per Cent Will Go to
Closed District National’s
Depositors.
Distribution of a 10 per cent divi
dend from the closed District National
Bank, amounting to (386.800, will be
gin Monday at the bank. 1406 G street,
it was learned today from Receiver
Justus S Wardell.
The dividend, which will be paid
to 8,704 depositors, had been an
nounced previously through Controller
of the Currency O'Connor, but the
time for paying it was not definitely
fixed until today. Cards now are be
ing mailed out telling depositors when
to call for their checks.
This will be the second closed bank
dividend to start Monday, as the Sev
enth Street Savings Bank also will
begin distribution, through the same
receiver, of a 10 per cent dividend.
This amounts to (105.300. Checks for i
the Seventh Street Bank depositors
will be distributed at the old bank
location at Seventh and N streets,
now occupied by a branch of the Ham
ilton National Bank.
Already Receiver Wardell is paying
out a 20 per cent dividend to 1.890
depositors of the Washington Savings
Bank, at 1406 G street, amounting to
about $70,000.
The three dividends together amount
to a distribution of (562.100 to 13,210
depositors of the three banks, in plenty
of time for Christmas shopping.
Distribution will start at 9 a.m.
Monday at both locations.
Receiver Wardell emphasised today
that depositors must bring their cards
of official notice, which have been
mailed out, and also their receivers'
certificates in order to get their divi
dend checks.
TAXES OF HOOVER.
REPORTED PROBED
Roosevelt Administration Inves
tigated Former President's
Returns, Educator Says.
Bj the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. Dec. 4 — Prof. William
Starr Myers of Princeton University
told a Town Hall audience yesterday
that the Roosevelt administration once
had “investigated the income tax re
turns of Herbert Hoover for three
weeks to try to get something on him.”
Mr. Hoover, in New York, de
clined comment on the statement, but
his secretary, Lawrence Richey, said:
"Mr. Hoover has not been annoyed,
and has no complaint to make.”
Amplifying his address here. Prof.
Myers, an economist, said in Boston:
"I know that some three or four
years ago the income tax of Herbert
Hoover was investigated. It has come
to a pretty pass when the income tax
of an ex-President should be subject
to investigation.”
Myers said he obtained his informa
tion from “several sources,” but de
clined to disclose them.
In Washington a Treasury Depart
ment spokesman said of Myers’ as
sertion: "Thfc Treasury never investi
gates Income tax returns for political
purposes.”
The spokesman refused to discuss
Hoover’s returns specifically, saying,
”We never confirm or deny stories
that the income tax returns of any
one are being investigated.”
G. 0. P. HOUSE MEMBER
HITS WAGE-HOUR BILL
“Legislative Wolf in Sheep’s
Clothing” Would Aid Only
Politicians, Hartley Says.
Sr the Associated Press.
Representative Hartley, Republican,
of New Jersey, asserted last night the
administration wage and hour bill was
a “legislative wolf in sheep’s clothing”
which would benefit only 35,000 or
more politician*.
“This bill,” Mr. Hartley said in a
radio address, "Is based upon the
popular, but nonetheless grave, mis
conception that Washington has the
answer for everything, and that Con
gress can legislate prosperity.
“Of course, wage rates may be
raised by governmental flat, but real
wages cannot.”
The bill, Mr. Hartley said, failed to
help the farm laborer and would mean
increased wages to but a small per
eentge of the country’s workers.
CREECH IS CLEARED
E
Prosecution of Harlan Coal
Mine Official Ended
by Verdict.
A verdict of not guilty was returned
late yesterday in the perjury trial of
Ted Creech, Harlan County, Ky., coal
mine superintendent, by a District
Court jury which deliberated an hour
and 45 minutes before reaching its
decision.
The finding of the jury terminated
a prosecution of Creech that had its
inception in an investigation of labor
conditions in Harlan County by the
Let Kollette Civil Liberties Committee.
On the afternoon of April 16 Creech
had a conversation in the corridor of
the Senate Office Building with Rich
ard C. Tackett, coal miner, and one
of the principal witnesses called by
the Senate Committee. Creech later
told the committee that Tackett had
said he “came up (to Washington),
got drunk and messed himself up.”
Tackett denied making the state
ment, and as a result of this dis
crepancy the perjury charge was
brought against Creech.
During the District Court trial, a
number of witnesses were called by
both the prosecution and the defense,
the prosecution witnesses asserting
Tackett had made no such state
ment, and those for the defense assert
ing that he had made it.
Tackett Offer Introduced.
The defense attacked Tackett's tes
timony vigorously, introducing in evi
dence a note he wrote to Creech after
the incident offering to make a
sworn statement repudiating his tes
timony for *600. They also submitted
what purported to be Tackett's life
story, supposedly based on informa
tion given by him. which in substance
was a complete exoneration of Creech.
Tackett admitted signing this life
story, but claimed he did so because
he had been threatened with death
if he refused. Several defense wit
nesses, including a Catholic priest,
testified, however, that Tackett ap
parently signed the document of his
own free will in the hope of selling it
to a newspaper.
WCCUt B tBBC WBfl BJBU OUlSlCrCU
considerably by a bit of courtroom
strategy on the part of Defense At
torney William E. Leahy during the
closing days of the trial.
Hearing Defect Disclosed.
One of the best prosecution wit
nesses was Deputy United States Mar
shal Robert L. Bonham, who had
Tackett in custody during the Senate
hearing and who was present at the
time of Tackett's conversation with
Creech. On direct examination, Mr.
Bonham testified that he was standing
right behind Tackett at the time and
that he was positive he had not made
the statement related by Creech.
Taking Mr. Bonham on cross exami
nation. Mr. Leahy asked a question
without looking at the witness and in
a tone of voice audible to the jury
but too low for Mr. Bonham to hear.
At the time he was about 20 feet from
the witness and about the same dis
tance from the jury. When it became
apaprent that Mr. Bonham had not
heard the question, the attorney re
peated it in a slightly louder tone,
but still the witness did not hear him.
Mr. Leahy, with the fact already estab
lished in the minds of the jurors, then
asked Mr Bonham if he was hard of
hearing, and the latter replied that
his hearing in one ear was defective.
Previous testimony had shown that
Tackett spoke in a low-pitched voice
to Creech, and Leahy accordingly
argued to the jury that Tackett might
well have made the statement and that
the deputy marshal did not hear it.
FORUM IS LISTED
At Union M. E. Church tomorrow
evening a forum on peace and war
will be conducted under the auspices
of the Mfn's Brotherhood.
Japan's and China's place in the
present Far Eastern conflict will be
treated as illustrations bearing upon
the main questions of the relations
of the Christian church to world
peace. Those participating will in
clude 8. A. Abrahamson, Carl Bevins,
W. A. Gardner and V. W. Bennett.
The Rev. C. F. Linger will conduct
opening devotions.
Dr. John R. Edwards will preach at
11 ajn. on ‘‘Life’s Directions.” The
music for the day Includes a duet,
by Mrs. J. F. Albert and Miss Jean
Shirley Albert, and a selection by
the junior choir at the morning serv
ice. A male quartet wfl sing in the
evening.
MREE POLICEMEN
AMONG JEN HURT
IN AREATRAEFIC
Two Officers in Serious
Condition—Scout Car
Hits Truck.
DRIVER WILL APPEAR
ON RECKLESS CHARGE
Youth Who Lost Leg in Accident
Some Time Ago Is Critically
Hurt as Car Upsets.
Three policemen were among more
than 10 persons injured in traffic acci
dents in Washington and nearby late
yesterday and today. Two of the
officers were reported in serious con
dition.
A scout car attached to the twelfth
precinct collided with a truck early
today at Rhode Island avenue and
Ninth street N.E., resulting in in
juries to the driver. Policeman Wallace
J. Middleton. 41, of 1820 Newton street
N.E., and his companion. Policeman
Thomas V. Howes, 37, of Riverdale.
Md. Both were taken to Casualty
Hospital, where Officer Howes was
said to be suffering from serious face
and head injuries, while Officer Mid
dleton was treated for a sprained right
shoulder and leg bruises before he
returned to duty.
The driver of the truck, said by
police to have been rfarison Coles. 23.
colored, 1514 T street N.W., escaped „
injury. He was to appear in Police
Court today on a reckless-drivint
charge.
,,0"a »n Nerious Condition.
Detective Sergt. Michael J. Dou
remained in a serious condition toda>
in Casualty, where he was taken yes
terday after being struck by an auto
mobile at Tenth and F streets N.W..
bv a car police said was operated to
Mrs. J. E. Brown of Arlington, Va.
Sergt. Dowd is suffering from a pos
sible skull fracture and cuts and
bruises.
Mrs. Brown was arraigned before
Traffic Court Judge John P. McMahon
today on a charge of reckless drivine.
The case was continued until Decem
ber 29 and she was released on $500
bond.
Critically injured yesterday after
noon when a car in which he was rid
ing overturned on River road, in Be
thesda, Md., Melvin Morrison, 21, of
Bethesda, was improving today in
Georgetown Hospital, where he was
taken by the Bethesda Rescue Squad.
The youth, who lost a leg in a traffir
accident some time ago, Is being treat
ed for a back injury.
His four companions in the car es
caped with minor cuts and bruises
They were Eugene W. Mason, 3253 P
street N.W., said by police to be the
owner of the car; his brother, Law
rence V. Mason, 3312 Volta place
N.W., and John King and Frank
Evans, both of Bethesda. All except
Mr. King were still being held today
at a Montgomery County police sub
station for questioning.
Police in Pursuit at Time.
Officer J. w. Ward of the county po
lice said he was pursuing the speeding
automobile when the accident oc
curred. Police have been unable to
learn who was driving the machine,
it was said.
Two colored youths. Wendell An
derson, 17, of 770 Gresham place
N.W., and Oscar Drumming, 17, of 766
Gresham place N.W., were injured
yesterday when they were struck by
an automobile as they stepped from
a street-car loading platform at
Georgia and Florida avenues N.W.
Police said the car was driven by
Henry T. Altheide, 31, of 419 Jefferson
street N.W.
Frank G. Wynkoop. 23. and Arnold
Dye, 19, both of no fixed address, re
ceived head injuries early today when
a motor cycle they were riding struck
a curb on Naylor road S.E. near the
District line and upset.
WOMAN FIRST TO GET
LEGISLATIVE PENSION
Mrs. F. A. Donnelly Becomes First
to Accept Retirement Ex
tended Capitol Worker*.
The first employe of the legislative
branch of the Government to accept
voluntary retirement under the act
extending Civil Service retirement to
workers at. the Capitol is Mrs. Florence >
A. Donnelly, a veteran of 32 year* of
service, who retires as of December
1.
Mrs. Donnelly entered the Govern
ment service on December 12, 1905
She was long associated with the for
mer Republican leader James R. Mann.
Mrs. Donnelly was designated a spec
ial employe of the House by name un
der a resolution of February 13. 1^3.
and has been assigned as special clerk
to the minority organization, connected
with the office of Minority Leader
Snell. Her salary was fixed at (3.000
by the pay act of July 1, 1929. Mrs.
Donnelly voluntarily retires under both
qualifications, having reached the age
of 70 and having had more than 30 ’
years of service She bought back her
retirement pay for the full period of
her employment. Under the general
retirement act the services were given
free up until August 1, 1920. but from
that date until September 30 last, she
had to buy back her annuity. Deduc
tions for retirement on her pay started
October 1.
Mrs. Donnelly lives with her daugh
ter, Mrs. Helen Lee, who is secretary
to Representative Andrews. Republi
can, of New York. Their home la at
2*07 Fifteenth street N.W.
BIBLE SUNDAY
Christ Lutheran Pastor to Talk
Following: Sacrament.
Universal Bible Sunday will be
observed In Christ Lutheran Church
tomorrow morning. The Rev. J. Fred
eric Wenchel will speak on "The Bible
in Our Time.” This service will be
preceded by a celebration of the sacra
ment of the altar at 10:20 o’clock.
The Walther League will hold a social
and educational meeting at S pm.
for young people. The Rev. H. Hennig
will give a talk on "Mormonism.”
Wednesday there will be a meeting
of the voting members at 8 o'clock,
when officers will be selected. »
The Ladies' Aid Society will give
their annual turkey dinner Thursday.

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