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<V. B. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Mostly cloudy tonight and tomorrow;
probably snow or rain by tomorrow night;
not much change in temperature; lowest
tonight about 22 degrees. Temperatures
today—Highest, 33. at 2 p.m.; low
est, 20, at 1:30 a.m. Full report, page A-2.
Late New York Markets, Page 18
The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press News
and Wirephoto Services.
fi'Sth YF AT? \Tn 1 Entered as iccond clan matter
Q»JU1 1 . 1\Q. ort,UJ. post 0ffiee Washington, D. C.
OP) Moan* Associated Prase. TWO CENTS.
Hirohito Informed
of Roosevelt
Go Out of Way to
State Regrets on
Tension between United States
and Japan, progressively increasing
ax result of latter's invasion of
China, heightened Sunday by sink
ing in Yangtze River by Japanese
warplanes of the U. S. Gunboat
Panay and two Standard Oil Co.
ships and the burning of a third.
Japanese proffered apologies and
indemnities immediately, but Pres
ident Roosevelt directed a protest
to Emperor Hirohito. expressing
his grave concern. Two known
dead in Panay sinking.
Bj the Associated Press.
TOKIO, Dec. 14 —Japan today
met the major demands of Presi
dent Roosevelt on the sinking of
the United States gunboat Panay
before they were presented for
A Japanese note expressed regret,
promised indemnification and stated
measures already had been taken to
prevent recurrence of the incident.
A short time later the gist of Pres
> ident Roosevelt's memorandum, de
manding ful! satisfaction for the at
tack on the Panay, was presented to
Emperor Hirohito, a high government
official disclosed. It was reported the
memorandum was received quietly.
Cited as Proof of Sincerity.
The high government source said the
prompt delivery of the demands to the
Emperor itself best illustrated the at
titude of the Japanese government re
garding the- attack on the Panay,
“It shows the extent of Japan's
eagerness to face the music squarely,"
he said.
Official and unofficial sentiment—
♦ he latter including even personal ex- 1
pressions toward Americans from the
Japanese man in the street—seemed to
indicate a readiness to accept the re- ;
sponsibility and to make all possible
This unofficial attitude brought
strange scenes in Tokio streets and
public places where Americans meet
the Japanese public.
The Japanese stopped Americans in
their rounds, removing their hats and
* gravely expressing their sorrow for the
incident. The fact that most of the
Americans failed to understand was no
Average Japanese citizens visited nu- 1
merous American business offices, ten
dering their regrets. Taxi drivers and
even waitresses conveyed similar ex
Hirota Sends Note to Grew.
Foreign Minister Koki Hirota sent to j
United States Ambassador Joseph C. !
Grew the note of reassurance and !
Mr. Grew received from Washington
a statement to present to the Japanese
The statement from Washington
and the foreign office note virtually
Statement Issued On Nanking.
Another Japanese government state
ment was issued in connection with
the fall of Nanking.
Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye
gave out the document, which declared
that “birth of a new China will serve
to safeguard foreign interests in the
Far East.'’
It summarized Japan's contention I
that she had pursued a policy of “non
aggravation” and said the Nanking
government had been reduced to a
mere local government.
Hirota and Sugiyama Report.
Earlier today the Premier and the
Cabinet Council had heard Hirota's
report on the Panay incident and the
report of War Minister Gen. Gen Sugi
yama on the capture of Nanking.
The Premier's statement said in
“Foreign powers will 'certainly
understand Japan's position as the
only stabilizing force in Eastern Asia.
Japan will not relax chastisement of
the anti-Japanese administration (in
S China). Japan will co-operate with
whatever administration comes into
existence in China.
“We sympathize with the nationals
of third powers whose lives and prop
'See TOkYoTPag*-A-<i7)
Chinese Report
Bombers Killed
Japan Admiral
By the Associated Press
HONG KONG, Dec. 14.—Chinese to
day reported the death of Admiral
Csami Nagano from injuries received
when 15 Chinese bombers sank the
battleship Nagatc November 24 near
Admiral Nagano was a former secre
tary of the navy and was appointed
commander of the combined Japanese
fleet last February.
Chinese in' Shanghai reported De
cember 6 that the Nagato. 32.720-ton
Japanese battleship, had been sunk by
air bombs. Japanese at the time dis
counted the report.
A Shanghai eport December 10 said
Chinese continues to assert that the
battleship had been sunk, along with
five other vessels. It reported the Jap
anese issued no denial and there was
some belief in foreign circles the re
port was true.
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Texts of Notes on Bombing
HE text of the United
States note to Japan for
mally protesting the
bombing of American
war and commercial ships fol
lows :
The Government and people
of the United States have been
deeply shocked by the facts of
the bombardment and sinking of
the U. S. S. Panay and the sink
ing or burning of the American
steamers Meiping, Meian and
Meisian by Japanese aircraft.
The essential facts are that
these American vessels were in
the Yangtze River by uncon
tested and incontestable right;
that they were flying the Ameri
can flag; that they were en
gaged in their legitimate and ap
propriate business; that they
were at the moment conveying
American official and private
personnel away from points
where danger had developed;
that they had several times
changed their position, moving
upriver, in order to avoid dan
ger; and that they were at
tacked by Japanese bombing «
With regard to the attack, a
responsible Japanese naval offi
cer at Shanghai has informed
the commander in chief of the
American Asiatic Fleet that the
four vessels were proceeding up
river; that a Japanese plane en
deavored to ascertain their na
tionality, flying at an altitude of
300 meters, but was unable to
distinguish the flags; that three
Japanese bombing planes, six
'See U. S. TEXT, Page A-4.)~
OKIO, Dec. 14 The
text of Japan's note to
United States Ambassa
dor Joseph C. Grew re
garding the sinking of the United
States gunboat Panay:
Regarding the incident of De
cember 12, in which the United
States gunboat Panay and three
steamers belonging to the Stand
ard Oil Co. were sunk by bombing
of Japanese naval aircraft at a
point about 26 miles above Nan
king, I had the honor, as soon
as unofficial information of the
Incident was brought to my
knowledge, to request your ex
cellency to transmit to the United
States Government apologies
from the Japanese government.
Prom reports subsequently re
ceived from our representatives
in China it has been established
that the Japanese air force, act
ing on information that Chinese
troops were fleeing from Nanking
and were going up the river by
steamer, took off in pursuit and
discovered such vessels at the
above-mentioned point. Owing
to poor visibility, however, the
aircraft, although they descended
to fairly low altitudes, were un
able to discern any mark show
ing any of them was an American
ship or man-of-war,
Consequently. the United
States gunboat Panay and the
vessels of the Standard Oil Co.,
being taken for Chinese carrying
fleeing Chinese troops, were
bombed and sunk.
While it is clear, in the light
(See TOKIO TEXT, Page A-4.1
Formal Written Protest
Follows Hull’s Talk
With Saito.
far the Associated Press.
The State Department announced
today that the American Government
had sent a formal note to Japan pro
testing against the bombing of the
American gunboat Panay and de
manding adequate reparation.
The demands were the same as set
forth yesterday by President Roosevelt
in an oral message directed to Em
peror Hirohito.
They were:
Forma! apologies.
Complete and comprehensive in
Guarantees against future attacks
by Japanese forces on American
Before the American note was pre
sented. however, the Japanese govern
ment had agreed to its major stipula
tions in a note presented to American
Ambassador Joseph C. Grew.
Secretary Hull, meanwhile, discussed
latest developments in the situation
with the President.
The formal note, which was pre
sented to the Japanese minister for
foreign affairs last night by Ambas
sador Grew, protested in vigorous lan
guage against the bombardment and
sinking not only of the Panay but also
of the sinking and burning of three
American commercial vessels.
It called attention to several occa
sions in the past when it said Japa
nese armed forces “have violated the
rights of i,he United States.”
“In Ihe present case,” it added, “acts
of Japanese armed forces have taken
place in complete disregard of Amer
ican rights, have taken American life
and have destroyed American property,
both public and private.
"In these circumstances, the Gov
ernment of the United States requests
and expects of the Japanese govern
ment a formally recorded expression of
regret, an undertaking to make com
plete and comprehensive indemnifica
tions, and an assurance that definite
and specific steps have been taken
which will insure that hereafter Amer
ican nationals, interests and property
in China will not be subjected to at
tack by Japanese armed forces or un
lawful interference by any Japanese
authorities or forces whatsoever.”
The oral representations yesterday
were conveyed to Ambassador Hirosl
Saito by Secretary of State Hull.
The President transmitted at the
same time to the Emperor of Japan an
expression of “shock and concern.”
Only in rare instances does the head
of a state address a message persr^ally
to another ruler in diplomatic inci
dents between nations.
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Japanese Troops Pushing
Past Capital Into Heart
of China.
RJ the Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, Dec. 14.—Great fires
blazed in fallen Nanking tonight as
the Japanese Army, relentlessly pur
suing its punitive mission deep into
China, rolled on past the conquered
Japanese flyers reported flames rag
ing through what had only a few weeks
ago been the proud seat of General
issimo Chiang Kai-shek’s government.
Fragmentary reports, filtering in
over disrupted communications, indi
cated actual fighting had ended within
the walls of Nanking and the Japanese
troops, without slackening their offen
sive campaign, were carrying their
operations farther afield.
Fears for Nanking Residents.
Unverified reports of the Japanese
virtually slaughtering the defeated
Chinese soldiers arounr’ Nanking cir
culated here, giving rise to grave fears
for the safety of Nanking residents as
Actual information as to the situa
tion within the captured city was un
available because of regular commu
nications being out of commission and
the Japanese having the only contact.
Japanese army and naval spokes
men here said tonight they had no
information about the situation in
Nanking since its occupation by Japa
nese troops. They pleaded lack of
Nothing could be learned about the
Americans who were in Nanking when
the Japanese stormed its gates De
cember 10.
Refugees Endangered.
Radio messages from foreign gun
boats on the Yangtze said the Japa
nese and Chinese were still fighting
in the vicinity of Hohsien, about 45
miles upriver from Nanking. Hohsien
was where American refugees of the
*. <tnay bombing were taken. The
radios said fighting was again en
dangering these refugees.
While rescue parties from the for
eign gunboats were ashore trying to
contact the refugees, several Japanese
boats laden with troops entered the
area and engaged Chinese detach
ments. .
Efforts were being made to have
the Japanese withdraw from the
Hohilen area in order to facilitate
rescue of the Panay refugees.
Chinese sources admitted that the
Japanese occupied Pukow, terminus
of Tientsin-Fukow jailway into North
China across the Yangtze from Nan
Sonny Kendis’ Orchestra in
Spotlight for Campaign
Fingers that played dance music for
the patrons of New York’s noted Stork
Club will lend their expertness to the
needy cf Washington tonight when
Sonny Kendis and his orchestra go on
the air from the Raleigh Hotel Pall
Mall Room, 10:30 to 11 p.m. over
Station WMAL, for The Star-Wamer
Bros.-N. B. C. Christmas Campaign.
Coming directly from the Stork Club
in October, Sonny Kendis and his
band, particularly well known because
of their long engagement over the
Yankee network, have been playing
noon and nightly at the Pall Mall
Room. Tonight Sonny Kendis will
play his own composition, “Rhapsody
in D Minor,” and the versatile artists
in his orchestra will present all sorts
of singing and instrumental specialty
Monte Blue of the movies will be
master of ceremonies at the Shoreham
toy ball Friday night, given as a part
of the campaign.
[ A
Announcements follow upon the
heels of announcements at campaign
headquarters where the drive before
the Warner Bros.’ toy matinees next
Saturday morning reaches a climax, a
drive to remind you that you are
Santa Claus and that unless you re
member that you are there may be
forgotten folk this Christmas.
At noon today the annual ladies'
day luncheon of the Optimists' Club
was featured by the presentation of a
sack full of toys to the campaign.
Yesterday at a luncheon of the
Public Order Committee of the Board
of Trade, donations of $21, canned
goods and toys were made for the
seventeenth annual Christmas party
of the Metropolitan Police Depart
ment, allied with the campaign.
Seventy-five needy people will be
served a six-course dinner on Christ
mas Day as the guests of 1. M. Ta
ranto at his place of business, Ta
(See TOYS, Page A-2.)
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New Clash Hinders
Ships Taking 52
Troop Withdrawal
. Is Sought by
SHANGHAI, Dec. 15 Wed
nesday) */P). — The known
death toll from the bombing
of the United States Gunboat
Panay and three other Ameri
can steamers increased to four
today when the badly burned
body of an unidentified sea
man was found.
By the Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, Dec. 14.—Refu
gees from the bombed United
States gunboat, the Panay, were
imperiled again today by a clash
between Japanese and Chinese
troops around Hohsien. hinder
ing rescue efforts of foreign naval
vessels on the Yangtze.
It had been expected it would be
possible to begin taking the 52 sur
vivors aboard the United States gun
boat Oahu and the British gunboat
Bee late today, but the new outbreak
of nghting interrupted plans.
The two gunboats, along with the
Japanese ship, Hozu, were lying at the
mouth of a creek entering the Yangtze
at Hohsien. about 45 miles up the
river from Nanking.
Seek to Contact Refugees.
Naval rescue parties were last
reported trying to make contact with
the Panay refugees, on their way from
Hanshan. some 20 miles inland,
toward the river town, bearing their
two dead and eight seriously injured.
Neither the Oahu nor the Bee re
ported the refugees had reached Hoh
sien tonight.
An attempt was made to induce the
Japanese to withdraw from the area
and stop the fighting until the rescue
could be effected. One British officer
went ashore with a Japanese naval
officer, hoping the latter could per
suade Japanese soldiers to move away
from Hohsien.
Japanese detachments, coming tn 1
river boats, were vigorously pressing |
their offensive against Chinese detach- ,
ments in that: area.
U. S. Ships to Remain.
Simultaneously, Admiral Harry Yar
nell, commander of the United States !
Asiatic Fleet, said tonight that “ves
sels of the United States now in China
waters will remain there for protec
tion of United States nationals asj
long as such necessity exists.”
His expression came after a Jap-1
anese naval spokesman, talking with !
foreign correspondents, suggested |
United States and British naval au
thorities in the Orient withdraw their
respective gunboats from the Yangtze,
especially the area above Nanking,
where fighting is going on, as the most
practical method of preventing recur
rence of such incidents as the Panay
and Ladybird bombings.
Admiral Yarnell said no such sug
gestion had been made to him and
would not be approved if reoeived.
Suggested by% Japanese.
The Japanese spokesman, in talk
ing with foreign correspondents, had
intimated such a suggestion already
had been made to United States and
British naval authorities and the
Americans had acquiesced, ordering
the gunboat Oahu to proceed to
Shanghai tomorrow. The spokesman
said the British had not replied.
Admiral Yarnell, further clarifying
the United States position, said the
Oahu had been directed to bring sur
vivors of the Panay bombing to Shang
hai as no other vessel was available.
“She wit) return to her station on
the Yangtze in due course of time,"
he said.
f Navy advices from Shanghai to
day said J. Hall Paxton, second sec
retary of the United States Em
bassy at Nanking, was wounded by
shrapnel when the Panay was
The Oahu radioed tonight that the
body of Capt. C. H. Carlson, skipper
of the Melan, Standard Oil Co. river
vessel bombed at the same time as the
Panay attack, had been recovered.
The Japanese were preparing it for
burial and it will be sent to Shanghai.
The Shanghai American Consulate
received word that A. L. Patterson of
Washington, D. O., was not aboard
the Panay. He previously had been
listed among those unaccounted for.
Capt. C. H. Carlson of the Meian was
unaccounted for.
Five Attacks Made.
It was learned in Shanghai that
the Japanese planes made five sep
arate attacks on the Panay and Stand
ard Oil vessels. The Panay did not
sink for 90 minutes, leading to the
hope that all on board had at least
a chance to swim ashore.
Negotiations were reported under
way between Japanese and British
authorities to remove the possibility
of future attacks on British ships.
The aim of the negotiations was said
to be to permit any of the approxi
mately 30 British vessels upstream on
the Yangtze to proceed downriver to
Senate Banking Group Sends
Measure to Subcommittee.
The Senate Banking Committee de
layed final action today on Presi
dent Roosevelt’s proposal to stimulate
private housing building and as
signed the measure to a subcommittee
headed by Senator Bulkley, Democrat,
.of Ohio for further study. ,
f Mfwe$c
I PiQUIllft Office
Two Bondsmen Also Cited
to Show Cause by Judge
Police Court Judge John P. Mc
Mahon today ordered two attorneys
and two professional bondsmen, ac
cused of unethical conduct by a Spe
cial Grievance Committee of the Dis
trict Bar Association, to show cause
on December 21 why they should not
be, suspended from further practice
in Police Court.
Judge McMahdn acted on petitions
filed by the Grievance Committee, con
taining specific charges of violation of
professional ethics and rules of the
court against Attorneys John P. Mul
len and Henry’ D. Green and Bonds
men Hyman Mendelson and Joseph P.
They were the first specific charges
filed by the Grievance Committee,
which was formed about six months
ago at the request of Police Court
Judge Edward M. Curran to investi
gate Police Court pj-pcedure and make
recommendations. ** •
Further Investigation.
Austin F. Canfield, chairman of the
committee, told Judge McMahon that
several other cases were under investi
gation and the committee expected to
have more charges ready for presenta
tion to the court this week. Other
members of the committee are William
S. Gallagher, George Monk and
Franklin Yasmer.
T. Edward O'Connell submitted his
resignation as a member of 'he com
mittee before the charges were filed
today, because, he said, "of disagree
ment with the method of procedure
adopted by the committee.”
The charges against Mullen. Men
delson and McGee involved one case
in which the attorney and the two
bondsmen were accused of collaborat
ing to deceive a client into paying a
higher premium for a bond than was
allowed under Police Court rules.
Charges Filed.
Charges of dishonesty, unprofes
sional conduct and openly soliciting a
case were filed against Green in con
nection with two cases. In one, he al
legedly did not pay into the court
money' he had collected to pay a traffic
fine. In the other, he allegedly tried to
persuade a defendant to retain him
instead of another lawyer already
working on the case.
On request of the committee, Judge
McMahon indorsed the petition and
issued orders directing the four men
involved to appear in Traffic Court at
11 a.m. on December 21 to show cause
why they should not be barred from
practice in Police Court.
Winter Hits England.
LONDON, Dec. 14.—Bitter winter
weather disrupted communications
and transportation in the British
Isles today and caused at least nine
Donation of Eve
« J
Held Success as
Youth, 19, Sees
By the Associated Press.
NEW ORLEANS, I>c. 14 —
Physicians reported today Frank
Chabina, 19. had seen light
through the left eye donated to
him by John Amos. 67-year-old
hospital companion.
Dr. George Haik said it was a
good indication that the opera
tion. by which a portion of tne
cornea of Amos' eye was trans
ferred to Chabina's eye, would be
a success.
Dr. Haik said the bandage on
Chabina's eye was removed for
the first time last night. It was
replaced quickly, but will be taken
off again within three days.
[ _
Thin Layer of Sand in
Cave in Forest.
By the Associated Press.
, PARIS, Dee. 14.—Police today found
i the body of Janine Keller, sixth known
! victim of the murder-for-profit syn
dicate, in ‘Brigands Cavern,” in a
| corner of Fontainebleau Forest.
The discovery came as a result of
j information given police yesterday by
( Eugene Weidmann. confessed execu
[ tioner for the murder ring.
More than 250 persons milled around
! the entrance of the cave as police
i found the body, buried under a thin
layer of sand.
Weidmann, who admitted yesterday
| that Mme. Keller was the sixth per
son he had killed to rob, told police
1 he used part of his loot to learn to
tango and waltz.
And when the 29-year-old German
ex-convict was arrested last week, the
‘ prisoner said, he was just mastering
j the rhumba. Part of the loot he spent
I for dancing lessons was travelers’
! checks stolen when he strangled Jean
| De Koven, 22-year-old Brooklyn, N. Y.,
! dancer.
Between last July, when the Amer
ican girl was killed, and last week,
when he was arrested on discovery of
the body of one of his male victims,
Weitjpnann spent much of his spare
I time taking the lessons.
Despite his confession of another
murder, the shooting of Mme. Eugene
Keller of Strasbourg, the prisoner, by
his own story, kept the number of hi*
killings at five.
He altered his account of the shoot
ing of Roger Leblond to accuse Roger
Million, whom he described as chief
of the gang, of responsibility for the
death of the young theater manager.
Weidmann previously had confessed
shooting Leblond and three other men.
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements -C-10 Lost & Pound C-4
Christmas Obituary_A-12
Story- C-4 Radio._C-3
Comics-C-8-9 Society .B-3
Editorials-A-10 Sports .C-I-3
Financial ...A-17 Woman's Pg._.B-9
American ships to stay in Chinese
waters. Page A-l
Japanese meet Roosevelt's demands
on bombing. Page A-l
Formal note sent to Japan by Secre
tary Hull. Page A-l
53 Panay survivors leave inland
refuge. Page A-4
Northern Democrats now head wage
hour opposition. Page A-l
Father of two held in Missouri in
shooting of G-men. Page A-2
Federal bar group moves to reduce
crowded conditions. Page A-2#
Fire hazards affect more than 8,700
Federal workers. Page A-l
Early hearings seen on D. C. reorgan
ization plan. Page A-l
C. L O. and A. F. of L. to ask security
law changes. Page A-l
O’Connor tells Trade Board bank re
habilitation completed. Page A-2
Little John looks for an answer from
Santa Claus. Page A-2
Palmisano urges income Instead of
business tax. Page B-l
Public support held key to D. C.
housing reform. Page B-l
Utilities group advised to reject fare
rehearing plea. Page B-l
Matrial welfare group invited to White
House. Page B-l
Editorials. Page A -10
This and That. Page A-10
Answers to Questions. Page A-10
Political Mill. Page A-10
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-10
David Lawrence. PageA-11
The Capital Parade. PageA-11
Mark Sullivan. Page A-ll
Jav Franklin. Page A-ll
Delia Pynchon. Page A-ll
Schmeling appears as real lighter In
stopping Thomas. Page C-l
Bowling duffers surprise by heavy
Star tourney counts. Page C-2
Failure of Newsom-Gome* trade
proves blow to Nats. Page C-3
Bond changes small (table) Page A-17
Building still lags. Page A-17
Bank loans increase. Page A-17
Stocks Irregular (table) Page A-18
Curb shares narrow (table) Page A-19
Cotton mill rate down. Page A-18
City News in Brief. Page A-15
Shipping News. Page A-18
Dorothy Dix. Page B-9
Vital Statistics. Page B-16
Permits Suspended. PageB-29
Bedtime Story. Page C-4
Nature’s Children. Page C-4
Cross-word Puzsle. Page C-8
Letter-Oat. Page. C-8
Winning Contract. Page C-9
Reorganization Program,
Including Representation,
Wins General Approval.
Problem of government of Na
tion's Capital has become increas
ingly acute over past years as ex
panding population has increased
municipal obligations while Con
gress has shown growing disinclina
tion to provide funds or give suf
ficient attention to responsibilities
here. District residents have no
voice in city's affairs. Last March
special committee began search for
solution, yesterday submitted rec
j Joint congressional hearings at an
; early date on the District government
j reorganization report, which includes
a recommendation tor voting represen
tation in Congress, are being consid
ered today at the Capitol.
Shortly after the extensive reorgan
ization program was submitted to the
Board of Commisisoners yesterday by
the Committee on Efficiency. Chair
man Palmisano of the House District
! Committee announced he would con
fer with Chairman King of the Senate
i District Committee on the advisability
; of having the committees meet jointly
i to hear the views of the community
: on the proposals.
I Meanwhile, Representative Ken
nedy, Democrat of Maryland, made a
cursory examination of the proposals,
j and expressed the opinion they were
1 patterned largely after the reorgamza
| tion plan he worked out last sum
! mer. He said the only major differ
ence was the recommendation for na
tional representation for the District.
King Indorses Hearings.
Senator King told newspaper men
he would welcome the suggestion for
joint hearings to expedite considera
tion of the report soon after the regu
lar session starts in January. After
reading over the more than a score of
recommendations in the report, he
concurred in virtually all reorganiza
tion proposals, except to restate his
oppositon to suffrage for the District.
Tw’o other active members of the
Senate Committee—Senators Capper,
Republican of Kansas, and Copeland,
Democrat of New York—went further,
however, by expressing approval of
the suffrage proposal as well as other
major recommendations.
Senator Capper, co-author of the
joint resolution already pending in
Congress for a Gonstiutional amend
ment that would empower Congress to
grant District residents representation
in the House and Senate, together
with the right to vote in presidential
elections, said, after reading the re
port :
"It is a very comprehensive pro
gram. All in all, it seems to me to be
a constructive, practical plan.”
The Kansan, former chairman of
the District Committee, also indicated
he concurred in the recommendation
that the Federal Budget Bureau be
relieved of control over local appro
priation estimates, except as to the
Federal payment.
Would Extend Power.
While adhering to his past disap
proval of suffrage. Chairman King
indorsed the proposal to vest broader
powers in the Commissioners, point
ing out he has advocated that for a
Tonight to Be Overcast, With
Mercury Near -20 Degrees,
Last Night's Low.
Already having experienced nearly
48 consecutive hours of subfreezing
temperatures, Washington today could
look forward to nothing better than
more cold.
Threat of snow or* sleet today was
dispelled by clear skies, but the fore
caster said the fair weather will be
Tonight is expected to be overcast,
and by tomorrow night snow or rain
is ‘‘probable,” acording to the Weather
The mercury dropped to 20 at 1:30
am. today and it will likely come
within two degrees of that mark again
tomorrow morning. Yesterday’s “High”
was 30 at 3 p.m.
The last time the temperature was
above freezing here was Sunday,
when the reading at 3 pm. was 34.
66 U. S. Office Buildings Out
of 820 Shown to Have
“Poor” Exit Facilities.
Only 308 of All Government's
Quarters Are Rated “Good'’
in Study for Congress.
Soon after completion of the new
Post Office Department Building
fire destroyed the storage files. The
Federal Fire Council was created by
executive order to make a survey
of the Government-owned and
rented buildings to determine the
matter of existing fire hazards and
to recommend improvements.
More than 8 700 Federal employes
are working daily in buildings which
present fire hazards, according to a
report of the Federal Fire Council,
transmitted to Congress today by
President Roosevelt.
This report revealed that out of a
total of 820 buildings, either owned or
rented by the Government, 66 have
exit facilities which the council says
are ‘'poor" and should be improved
immediately. In this respect the
rouncil pointed out that exit condi
tions in the 71 rented buildings were
found to be less favorable than in
the Government-owned structures.
Finding that old electric installa
tions, oil-filled transformers, large gas
meters and the storage facilities for
paper records could be improved, the
council recommended that proper
electric wiring be installed in all build
ings and that properly designed con
tainers be put in for shelving and for
holding paper, records. ,
66 Buildings “Poor."
Two hundred and seventy Federal
owned buildings and 38 rented build
ings were described as having “good"
exit facilities: 419 Government-owned
and 28 rented buildings were reported
as having 'fair" exit facilities.
The committee reported that the
value of the buildings owned by the
Government was $299,397,443 and that
the value of the contents brought the
total of the valuation up to $590.
( 065,029. The value of the contents
; in the rented buildings was placed at
! $3,963,984.
Sixty-onp Federal-owned buildings
i were reported as having “poor” exit
facilities, and of these 18 were de
scribed as being "fire resistive,” 42 as
having masonry walls and wood frames
and 1 as of “unprotected metal frame.”
In these buildings 6,576 persons are
Of the rented buildings, five werp re
ported as having “poor” exit facilities,
four of these were buildings described
as "fire resistive” and one as having
masonry walls and wood frames. In
these buildings 2,199 persons are em
nerommennanons made.
Nearly 76.000 persons are employed
in buildings with stairways that are
not inclosed, but their aggregate
widths and locations indicate hazards
to be minor or moderate. The Fire
Council said consideration was given
fire protection available and the possi
bility of introducing means for fire
extinguishing that would cause less
water damage.
As a result of tests made with carbon
dioxide gas. the Council recommended
that the District Commissioners give
consideration to providing the Fire
Department with a truck carrying a
ton or more of carbon dioxide to be
used in initial firefighting operations,
particularly in fire resistive buildings,
to reduce water damage.
The report, which was signed by
L. J. Briggs, chairman of the council
and director of the Bureau of Stand
ards. was sent to Congress by the
President without comment.
Crest Moves Southward, With Dis
aster Threatened to Towns
in Middle Valley.
By the Associated Press.
greatest concentration of water in the
Sacramento River in 30 years moved
slowly southward today, lapping at
levees and threatening disaster to
towns of the Middle Sacramento Val
ley. ,,
Flood waters receded m most other
sections of Northern California, leav
ing at least five persons dead and
damage estimated at millions of dol
lars. Fair weather prevailed.
The little town of Knights Landing,
15 miles upriver from Sacramento,
was warned by the United States
Weather Bureau to "be prepared for
any eventuality” as the river rose to
32 feet.
JERUSALEM, Dec. 14 (/P).—Shoot
ing, looting and sabotage swept the
Holy Land today.
An armed band killed a Jewish con
stable in Tiberias and wounded a
British policeman at Haifa as both
police and British troops exchanged
fire with marauders.
Several houses in the Jenin district
were raided by men who snatched
money, jewels and furnishings at
gunpoint. Communication lines were
the objects of attack throughout Pal
Troops Called to Hunt Killers.
COLOTLAN, Mexico, Dec. 14 (A5).—
Federal troops were called out today
to find three men who burst into a
party of rural school teachers and
shot and killed Senorlta Lucia Curiel,
teacher of the Canoes School.

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