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ML NEEDY TOTS
Christ Child Society Calls on
All Poor Children to
Write for Presents.
The Christ Child 8ociety, Catholic
welfare organization with headquar
ters at 608 Massachusetts avenue N.E.,
today extended an invitaton to every
child, regardless of creed or color,
In a poverty-stricken home to write
the society asking for the gift he
or she most desires.
The letters from the children will
be sent to members of the society to
be answered, and each member care
fully selects the gift requested. Last
year the society distributed gifts asked
for in 2,200 letters.
This custom of the Christ Child
Bociety began 50 years ago, when a
ragged little colored boy was baited
by Miss Mary V. Merrick, foundress
of the organization, who is still its
president, and asked: “What will you
ask for on. Christmas Day?”
"Me? Oh, I don’t expect nothing.
My father's too poor to give us any
thing.” the little boy replied.
"Write to the Christ Child," Mrs.
Merrick told him. "It's His birthday,
and He will send you something.”
The little boy returned some time
later with 18 letters from other chil
dren in his neighborhood. Each letter
asked for a Christmas gift, and each
gift was presented Christmas morning.
The Christ Child Society finances
from its own funds the expenses in-1
cidental to this Christmas work, but
its normal activities are partly paid
for through the Community Chest, of
which the society is a member.
The society distributes clothing to
thousands of destitute children, main
tains a free dental clinic for chil
dren, operates a convalescent home
on Norbeck Pike for children, main
tains a fresh air camp for white girls
and another for colored girls and a
Settlement House at 608 Massachu
setts avenue N.E., frequented by 1,700
boys and girls.
SESSION PLANNED
BY WOMAN’S PARTY
Vera Brittain, Senator Burke and
Raymond Gram Swing to
Address Banquet.
A banquet at the Carlton Hotel, at
which Vera Brittain, English author;
Senator Burke of Nebraska anjl Ray
mond Gram Swing, writer and radio
commentator, will speak, will be a
high light W the biennial national
conference of the National Woman's
Party December 14-15.
The banquet will be held the first
right of the meetings and will be pre
sided over by Mrs. Sarah Thompson
Pell, national chairman.
The second day will be featured by
a luncheon at the Cosmos Club, pre
sided over by Amelia Himes Walker
of Baltimore, who during the suffrage
campaign 20 years ago was sentenced
to the District Workhouse for her suf
frage activities. In recent years, she
has been prominent in civic and club
circles In Maryland. She Is a former
member of the Woman’s Party Na
tional Council and a past president of
the party's Maryland branch.
Business of the conference will be
transacted at two sessions, one at 2
p.m. the first day and the second at
9 a m. the second day. Both business
sessions will be at the Alva Belmont
House, national headquarters of the
party. Mrs. Helen Robbins Bitterman
of Columbus, Ohio, will preside at the
first session and Adelaide Stedman of
New York at the second.
DOCTORS TO ADDRESS
PAN-AMERICAN UNIT
Three Famous Physicians to Be
Heard by Association at
Mexican Embassy Tonight.
Three world-famous doctors will
read papers at a meeting of the Wash
ington Chapter of the Pan-American
Medical Association at • the Mexican
Embassy at 8 o’clock tonight.
Dr. Ludwig Hektoen, director of the
National Cancer Advisory Council, will
talk on cancer research; Prof. Henry
A. Sigerist, director of Johns Hopkins
Institute of History of Medicine, will
apeak on Russian medicine, and Dr.
Ramon Castroviejo of Spain will talk
on the most recent surgical advances.
The program will close with the
Showing of a series of Latin American
travelogues In colors. A reception for
members of the chapter and their
Wives will follow.
Among those expected to attend are
the Ambassadors of Brazil, Cuba,
Spain and Russia, the Minister of
Panama, Surg. Gen. Thomas Parran
and a number of physicians from Bal
timore, Philadelphia and Richmond.
Gets 10 Years
WALTER L. ROSS.
i\OSS
(Continued From First Page.)
named accused, Walter L. Ross, guilty
of murder in the second degree as
charged in the indictment and fix
his punishment at 10 years in the
penitentiary."
The verdict was reached on the first
ballot, a juror disclosed.
The only other sound in the crowded
courtroom at the reading of the verdict
was the hysterical weeping of Mrs.
Walter J. Ross of Aberdeen, Md., mid
dle-aged mother of the defendant.
The rest of the crowd*observed Judge
Coleman’s order to maintain quiet.
Mrs. Ross was led frona the court
room by her husband and Walter's
older brother, James Bernard Ross,
who appeared as a defense witness.
The young Marine, the State
charged, stabbed and shot the 52-year
old attorney on a lonely road near
Stafford Courthouse in the climax to
Ross’ hitch-hike ride with Davidson
from’ Washington the night of Octo
ber 3.
Claimed Self-Defense.
Ross testified he acted in self
defense when Davidson sought to force
him to commit an unnatural act.
The defense had put two psychia
trists on the stand in an effort to con-,
vince the jury that a man of the
characteristics attriboted to Davidson
would be violent if balked in his de
sires.
The State based its case on the con
tention that Ross killed Davidson with
robbery as a motive. A watch be
longing to the slain man was pawned
in a Baltimore shop by the accused
Mdrine. The defendant admitted hav
ing found the watch in Davidson's
car and having taken it to the pawn
broker.
The State in conclusion put a num
ber of prominent Washington attor
neys and Federal employes on the
stand to testify as to Davidson’s
character. These witnesses said
Davidson had a good reputation in
the community in which he lived, but
admitted they had no knowledge of
certain sides of his life.
'After Davidson had been slain be
side the Widewater road, about 2
miles east of the Washington-Rich
mond highway near Stafford Court
House, his car was driven from the
scene by Ross. The Marine admitted
he fled in the expensive roadster and
left the car after It had slid into a
ditch near Triangle on the Richmond
highway.
Clash Over Confession.
The prosecution and defense battled
over the admissabllity of a confession
signed by Ross to his superior officers
while in the “brig" at Quantico. In
this first statement, the defendant
admitted killing Davidson to repulse
unnatural advances.
The Marine later was takei\ to the
jail at Alexandria, where he wrote
and signed another statement. In
this, Ross said he stabbed Davidson
and then went through the attorney’s
pockets while he lay on the ground.
Ross said Davidson realized what he
was doing and threatened to expose
him after he emptied his pockets and
took a watch from his wrist.
In the second confession Ross was
quoted as having said he put his gun
to within two feet of Davidson’s head
and shot him between the eyes, con
vinced he could not miss.
The defense contended the second
statement made by Ross while at
Alexandria was produced by police,
w'ho threatened the Marine with the
electric chair, promised him he would
help his own case by talking and told
him he could not have food or see his
parents until he signed the confession.
The State, however, put a number
of witnesses on the stand who said
Ross had requested that he be kept
in the Alexandria jail in preference
to being Incarcerated in the Stafford
jail, and there wast testimony that
Ross had been well ’fed, comfortably
housed and provided with reading ma
terial and tobacco. ,
Louis Dreeben to Sing.
Louis Dreeben, baritone, will sing
several selections at the Interna
tional Student Club meeting at the
club's headquarters, 1708 New Hamp
shire avenue N.W., tonight. He will
be accompanied by Miss Henrietta
I Hallam.
ROBBERY SUSPECT
SLAIN BY OFFICERS
Second Wounded, Third Escapes.
Deputy Sheriff Shot in,
Gun Battle.
B> the Associated Press.
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn., Dec. 4 —
Officers shot and killed a suspected
robber near here early today and
wounded another in a gun battle, in
which a deputy sheriff also was
wounded. A third suspect escaped.
The officers, seeking three men for
the robbery late last night of a
storekeeper, came upon the suspects
on a railroad grade about 5 miles
from Springfield.
Sheriff R. W. Benson said the cap
tured man, who was shot in the
thigh, identified himself as James
Doran, 34, of Union City, Tenn. Ben
son quoted him as saying he had
served a term in the Missouri State
Penitentiary in 1930 and 1931 on •
grand larceny charge.
The slain man was known to Doran
only as "Shorty" and was said by
him _ to have served a term in the
Eddy’ville, Ky„ Penitentiary.
Doran told officers the man who
escaped was called “Slim.” He was
wounded. Benson quoted Doran as
saying the fugitive had served a term
In Leavenworth and also terms In
two State prisons.
Deputy Sheriff Bunyan Randolph
was shot in the side during the bat
tle. Benson said approximately 20
shots were fired.
MAN CHOKES AND ROBS
WOMAN NEAR HER HOME
Hold-Up Han Throws Away 913°
in Haate to Escape After
Beating Victim. ,
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4.—Mrs.
Annie Brown, 65, was choked, beaten
and robbed of her pocketbook con
taining $165 by a colored man a block
from her home at 400 South Fairfax
street here tonight.
The man threw away $130 wrapped
in a handkerchief in the pocketbook
in his haste to get away. The money
was found by Corpl. William Bayliss
of the Alexandria police, who inves
tigated. Police broadcast a lookout
for the man.
Mrs. Brown told police she was
walking in the 300 block of South
Fairfax street when the man sud
denly attacked her, throwing her to
the ground and choking her. He
beat her with his fists and then
grabbed her pocketbook and ran, she
said.
SENATOR BONE, ILL,
ENTERS HOSPITAL
Office Deioribei Ailment ai Slight
Attach of Stomach
Trouble.
Br the Associated Press.
Senator Homer T. Bone, Democrat,
of Washington went to the Naval
Hospital yesterday for observation
after what his office described as a
slight attack of stomach trouble.
At the hospital physicians said the
Senator’s condition was “not imme
diately serious’’ but delined to com
ment on results of a diagnosis.
Senator Bone returned to Wash
ington a week after the special ses
sion of Congress started and com
plained then to friends of "not feel
ing particularly well.”
Members of his office staff ex
pressed opinion he had eaten some
thing which did not agree with him,
while visiting friends in the South.
Ray Seelig, his secretary, said the
Senator thought it was advisable to
enter the hospital because his family
is not in Washington.
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Ask Pay Cuts Be Abolished.
Government employes of the Neth
erlands want their pre-depression sal
aries restored.
POST OFFICE COMMITTEE
OF SENATE ASSAILED
t ——————
Chairman Mead of House Body
Charges Group With “Repudiat
ing” Bamspeck Bill.
By the Associated Press.
Chairman Mead of the House Post
Office Committee yesterday criti
cised what he termed a Senate com
mittee’s “repudiation” of legislation
designed to place all postmasters under
civil service.
He said a bill by Representative
Ramspeck, Democrat, of Georgia,
passed by the House last session, has
been "repudiated" by the Senate Post
Office Committee. An entirely new
measure of “their own concoction.”
continuing the “patronage system "
has been presented ,to the Senate, Mr.
Mead said.
J 1 I
Sues After 44 Years.
Masytshane Kumalo has sued Tolanl
Ntumalo, another native, in Dundee,
South Africa, for the return of two
oxen loaned to Ntumalo 44 years ago.
Coins Collected in Tons.
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Coins collected from electricity
meter coin slots In West Ham, Eng
land, in the last year weighed 123
tons.
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