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Appointment of Envoy and
Recognition of African
Conquest Planned.
B? the Associated Press.
PARIS, April 16.—Premier Edouard
Daladier today called a cabinet meet
ing for Wednesday to obtain final ap
proval of his plan to rebuild France's
international front by understandings
With Italy and Great Britain.
The broad lines of his scheme were
confirmed by authoritative spokesmen
1. Closer military and diplomatic
co-operation with Britain, made pos
sible by establishment of a stable
French government and adoption of
a conservative foreign policy similar
to London's.
2. An agreement with Italy restor
ing the good official relations which
existed prior to the tension which de
veloped during the Italo-Ethiopian
War and was aggravated by the Span
ish civil war.
Franro-Haljan Pact Looms.
The Anglo-Italian agreement signed
today in Rome has opened the way
for a Franco-Itallan pact, while M.
Daladier and Foreign Minister Georges
Bonnet will go to London at the end
of thus month for talks on Anglo
French collaboration with Prime Min
ister Neville Chamberlain and Foreign
Secretary Viscount Halifax.
The cabinet will decide definitely on
the offers to be made to Italy, which
will include appointment of an am
bassador to Rome and recognition of
the Ethiopian conquest.
It was expected generally an envoy
extraordinary would be sent to Rome
soon After the cabinet meeting to ne
gotiate an agreement.
i Diplomatic quarters in Rome
reported that Foreign Minister
Count Galeasao Ciano had in
formed France indirectly he was
ready to negotiate with the Dala
dier government for an agreement
similar to the one reached with
Mistier leading Candidate.
•Tpan Mistier, chairman of the
Chamber of Deputies Foreign Affairs
Committee, continued to be mentioned
most frequently as the prospective
envoy for Franeo-Italian negotiations
and the primary candidate for the
M. Daladier and M. Bonnet will
leave Paris on the night of April 27
for talks opening the next day in Lon
don to seal the bond of closer Anglo
French collaboration.
British War Minister Leslie Hore
Belisha Is expected to stop off in Paris,
en route back to London from Malta,
on April 27 to confer with M. Dala
dier and may acrompany the premier
and his foreign minister to the British
In view of the satisfactory progress
of M. Daladier's measures to end the
strikes of metal workers in the Paris
region, today's scheduled conference
of the "inner council'' of the premier
and five of his ministers was canceled.
The Workers' Syndicate ordered
evacuation of occupied metal plants
and the sit-in strikers began to leave
factories at a rapid pace.
It appeared that most, if not all.
plants would be evacuated before
Easter bells ring out tomorrow.
Some 160.000 men were involved in
the strike movement inherited as one
of the sorest domestic problems by the
Daladier government when it took
office last Sunday.
Blue Extinguished by Members
of Troupe — One Suffers
Sprained Ankle in Fall.
Fire that broke out as the enter
tainers were dressing after the last
performance last night burned a large
hole in the tent of the Parisian Fol
lies sideshow of the Ideal Exhibition
Co. playing ir> the 500 block of North
west street, jn Alexandria.
Jack Hinkle, one of the members
of the troupe, suffered a sprained
ankle when he dropped to the ground
after climbing the main pole to untie
the ropes holding the tent up. The
flames were soon extinguished after
the tem was lowered to the ground.
Scantily clad girl dancers ran about
excitedly as the male members of the
troupe extinguished the fire before
apparatus from the Alexandria Fire
Department arrived.
Dr. Thomas Smith. 61. well-known
colored physician, suffered a broken
leg. arm and collarbone last night
when struck by an automobile as he
stepped from between two parked cars
in the 1700 block of F street N.W.,
police reported. At Emergency Hos
pital, his condition was described as
The car which struck Dr. Smith was
operated by Mrs. Evelyn M. Gibbs. 27,
of 1736 Eighteenth street N.W., police
A general practitioner. Dr. Smith
was making his round of calls to
patients when the accident occurred.
He lives at 14 Logan Circle N.W.
A daily eomir strip you will enjoy
—beginning in tomorrow's
I ■■i—— I
“Keeping Up With the
Jonses,” which has been run
ning in The 8tar for years,
has been discontinued by the
author. You will enjoy Pop
and his daily adventures.
Readers' Guide
News Summary
The Sunday Star, April 17, 1938.
Main News Section.
Rebels launch new offensive against
Barcelona. Page A-l
Rum .nlan Fascist plot against govern
ment bared. Page A-l
Spanish premier calls Anglo-Italian
pact clear intervention. Page A-S
Daladier to follow Britain in seeking
Italian accord. Page A-S
Japanese ready for new offensive in
Shantung. Page A-2
Czechs extend hand of amity to Ger
many. Page A-4
Wave of Holy Land terror costs lives
of 19. Page A-5
Japanese political leaders stream to
villa of Konoye. Page B-2
President's spending proposal under
scrutiny of Congress. Page A-l
W. P. A. rules waived v« let U. of M.
use $1,135,000. Page A-l
Airport legislation held unlikely this
session. Page A-l
A. B. C. Board assailed at Federation
meeting. Page A-l
Senate action likely Tuesday on D. C.
ta:c bill. Page A-2
Citizens' Federation orders study of
fiscal relations. Page A-2
Locations of 62 D. C. suffrage refer
endum precincts listed. Page A-2
Tenants begin selecting homes in Lang
ston housing project. Page B-l
Indictments against Falla Church offi
cers to be sought. Page B-l
Conferees to meet soon on D. C. Juve
nile Court bill. Page B-l
Case hurt, Almada gets outfield job for
opener. Page B.j
Pitcher Dizzy Dean traded by Cards
for trio of Cubs. Page B-S
Major baseball clubs see big year on
eve of start. Page B-*
Maryland is easy winner in meet and
lacrosse tilt. Page B-g
Near-record list for city pin event
starting Wednesday. Page B-9
Snark takes Pounoijok, opening stake
at Jamaica track. Page B-l#
Washington to get fine boat base in
8-vear project. Page B-ll
Obituary. Page A-fi
Shipping news. Page A-6
Editorial Section.
Editorial articles. Pages C-l-S
Editorials and comment. Page C-2
Letters to The Star. Page C-3
News features. Pages C-4-5
John Clagett Proctor. Page C-5
Automobiles. Page C-6
Dick Mansfield. Page C-6
Stamps. Page C-6
In bridge circles. Page C-6
Cross-word puzzle. Page C-1
Military and veterans’
news. Page c-8
Civic news. Page C-9
Pa rent-teacher act ivities. Page C-9
Educational. Page C-10
Travel. PageC-11
Society Section.
Society news. Pages D-1-8
Well-known folk. Page D-3
Barbara Bell pattern. Page D-8 i
Vital statistics. Page D-8
Women's clubs. Page D-9
Financial. Classified.
D C. store sales jump. Page E-l
Stocks rise 81 to $5. Page E-l
Trade and Industry gain. Page E-l
Dow-Jones stock averages. Page E-l
Lost and found. Page E-3
City news in brief. Page E-S
Classified advertising. Pages E-3-12
Feature Section.
Amusements. Pages F-l -2
Radio programs. Page F-3
Art notes. Page F-4
Books. Page F-S
Music. Page F-6 j
Children's page. Page F-7 j

Merchants Slash Prices as Union
Promises Free Bus Service
to Portland.
By the Associated Press.
OREGON CITY, Oreg., April 16 —
Both merchants and unionists claimed
victory, but the public appeared a
certain winner tonight in an economic
battle royal.
The A. P. of L. Retail Clerks' Union,
irked by the merchants' refusal to
sign a closed-shop agreement, diverted
Saturday shoppers to Portland, 16
miles away, by offering free bus trans
Fifty Oregon City stores, although
only five were picketed, countered
with smashing price reductions.
Mr. and Mrs. Public observed the
whole business with gleeful amaze
They had the choice of accepting
a free ride “to the city” for a Satur
day celebration or remaining at home
for some extraordinary bargain hunt
Eduardo Suarez Says Ha la Going
to Chicago — Ticket States
New York Destination.
By the Associated Press,
DALLAS. April 16.—Eduardo Suarez,
Mexican finance minister, flew through
Dallas tonight, en route, he said, to
Chicago on a pleasure trip. HU ticket,
however, gave New York as hU des
‘‘When I am on official business I
always have a statement for the prat,”
he aaid. "Now I am on a pleasure
trip with my wife to Chicago."
"Do you happen to be going to see
Mr. Rickett?” he was asked.
“I have lost my memory,” he re
plied. "I don’t recall the name.”
FrancU W. Rickett U the BritUh
broker who has conferred with Mexi
can ofllclaU, presumably regarding a
market for Mexican oil which has
lacked a market since the govern
ment's expropriation of the oil in
Georgia Attorney Dies.
AUGUSTA, Os ., April 16 (4*).—Ham
ilton Phinizy, 73. prominent Auguste
attorney and landowner, died suddenly
He wag president of the Augusta
Herald Publishing Co.
Citizens’ Federation Plans
to Ask Revival of
60-40 Fund Basis.
Study of the problem of fiscal re
lationship between the Federal and
District Governments "from the stand
point of the District citizen" was voted
by the Federation of Citizens' Asso
ciations, with a view to requesting
Congress to return to the statutory
60-40 basis of appropriations next
The study was ordered made by the
Federation's Fiscal Relationship Com
mittee after an hour of wrangling
over an appropriation of »200 to defray
the cost of preparing graphs, printing
a report to Congress and incidental
Proponents of the study assured the
Federation that nothing the organi
zation could do "would add so much to
its prestige" as a thorough-going ef
fort to clear up the complex and trou
blesome fiscal relationship problem.
Request that the Federation appro
priate funds for such a study was
made by A. M. Edwards, chairman of
the Fiscal Relations Committee, fol
lowing the submission of a report by
F. J. McDonald, chairman of a spe
cial subcommittee which has spent
several weeks in a preliminary study
of the problem.
Fight-Point Recommendation.
Mr. McDonald submitted an eight
point recommendation to the fed
eration :
•T. Throughout the history of the
District of Columbia, the relationship
between Congress and the residents
of the District has been one long and
continuous debate concerning the
amount of money which should be ap
propriated for the expenses of the
■'2. It is apparent that the fiscal
problem which has been such an
issue between the Federal Government
and the District Government is simply
an ordinary business question which
has been settled by our corporations
and industries and which can be set
tled by Congress and the residents of
the District.
“3. The wisdom and judgment
which was the basis of the organic act
of 1878 which provided a definite ratio
of 50-50 for sharing the expenses of
the District of Columbia between the
District and the United States still
prevails and should be continued.
"4. The substantive law of 1922 1
which provides for a fixed ratio of
60-40 for sharing the expenses of the
District between the Federal Govern- :
ment and the District Government j
should be defended before congress. ,
Fixed Proportion Urged.
“5. There should be a definite, fixed
proportion of the expenses of the Dis
trict to be paid bv the Federal Gov
ernment. This proportion should be
based on a formula containing ba.-ic
elements showing the relative per
centage of cost of maintaining the
District that should be charged to the
Federal Government and it should be
prescribed by statutory law.
“6. A complete study should be made
of the functional activities of the Dis- :
trict of Columbia regarding their op
erations. taxes and assessments. Such
a study will require considerable work
by individual members of the Federa- 1
tion. The material developed by the
study should be arranged in graphic
chart form and the conclusions ar
rived at should be drafted in the form
of statutory laws.
“7. Unlesa the Federation is willing
to support and actively undertake the
preparation of such a report, it is wise
to decline the opportunity of present
ing the facts which are necessary in
the presentation of this case before
any committee of Congress.
Worthy Undertaking.
“8. This undertaking is worthy of
the best efforts of the members of the
Federation. We believe that with the
eo-operation of the members of the
Federation an appropriate report can be
offered and that Congress will give It
consideration and it is our sincere hope
that this co-operation can be had.”
Wrangling over the appropriation
began atonce and grew so heated that
at one po*int Mr. McDonald, white with
anger, declared he was "through with
the whole matter.” A proposal by
Harry N. Stull of the Stanton Park
association that the sum be reduced
to $100 was voted down after Federa
tion Treasurer A. H. Gregory had
warned the Federation that it would
face a deficit at the end of the year.
Although the Federation divided, 15
to 17, on the Stull proposal, the full
$200 appropriation finally was voted
Columbus Operators Strike After
Rejecting Plea for Delay.
COLUMBUS, Ohio. April 17 (Sun
day) 0P1.—Union street car and bus
operators rejected early today a last
minute proposal to defer a threatened
walkout on the city's transportation
system and voted an immediate strike.
Service actually had been suspended
for nearly an hour before the local
of the Amalgamated Association of
Electrical Street Railway and Motor
Coach employes formally ratified the
"Owl” bus service, which replaces
street car* and trolley buses in early
morning hours, was halted by the
company after a few of the vehicles
left the barns shortly after midnight.
Durable and Fragile Types Listed for Dog Show
The family of behemoths, St. Bernards, consists of Father
Deunne. Mother Gerda and Daughter Deanne. Miss Hazel Lantz
is shown with the over-grown pups, which belong to Mr. and
Mrs. A. Dowell Mansfield. The little fellow wrapped up to yuurd
against the unseasonable Easter cold is Mickey, a chihuahua,
shown with his owner. Mrs. J. M. Lusk. They all icill get together at
the National Capital Kennel Clubs Ninth Annual Dog Show
April 30 at the Packard Auditorium, 1242 Twenty-fourth street
MW. —Star Staff Photos.
Clamps on Rigid Censorship.
More Troops Go Toward
By the Assr < iated Press.
SHANGHAI, April 16. — Japanese
gave new indications today that they
now are ready for a tremendous new
offensive in their stalemated Shan
tung drive.
One was a rigid rensorship they
damped on all dispatches dealing with
military and shipping activities on
the North Shantung coast.
Another was the movement of rein
forcements down the coast toward
Taierhchwang. where the Japanese
suffered their most disastrous defeat
of the nine-month-old war last week.
Troops Near Chulisien.
These troops were reported between
Chulisien and Jihcao. 50 miles north
of Lini on the South Shantung front,
where the war has been bogged down
for a month.
These developments came as reports
persisted In Tokio that Premier Prince
Fumimaro Konoye was considering re
signing because of a disagreement with :
army and navy officials over conduct
of the war.
Foreign military observers believe
an elaborate demonstration of Japa
nese military strength soon may be i
given as the Imperial army, blocked in
its drive down the Tientsin-Pukow
Railway, pushes through Eastern
Shantung in new drive on battered
To meet the new threat Chinese are
constructing strong defense works
along the Yi River on both sides of
Lini and rushing their own reinforce
ments into this area.
British Shippers Protest.
British shipping interests lodged a
protest with Japanese consular offi
cials, charging they had been unable
to dock ships at Tsmgtao during the
past 10 days.
Meanwhile Chinese troops stormed
the walls of besieged Yihsien with
broadswords and grenades, carrying
the war in "Sacred Shantung" to fan
atical heights beyond anything yet
seen since the war started last July 7.
The exhausted but desperate Japa
nese defenders finally beat off (he fu
rious attack and the Chinese were
forced to withdraw to their lines with
heavy losses.
Indicative of the desperate struggle
at Yihsien. Chinese reported one hill
near the city changed hands five times
during the day's fighting. The Japa
nese finally were ousted with the aid
of Chinese planes, which were reported
more active.
CRISFIELD, Md„ April 16 UP).—
Police tonight guarded a packing plant
for the first time in the three-weeks
old strike of crab-pickers, as the situ
ation was complicated by the demand
of crab fishermen for a better basis
of payment.
The guard was established over the
plant of N. R. Coulbourn, the only
one in operation in this fishing town,
when rumors spread of threatened
violence. Robert W. Knadler of the
Labor Relations Board arrived today
and conferred with packers and
Jones to Speak in Forum
The part which the Reconstruction
Finance Corp. Is called on to play In
stemming the tide of depression will
be discussed by Jesse H. Jones, chair
man of the R. F. C.. In the National
Radio Forum at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The National Radio Forum Is ar
ranged by The Washington 8tar and
broadcast over a Nation-wide network
of the National Broadcasting Cb. It
Is heard locally over Station WMAL.
Chairman Jones, who has con
ducted the operations of the R. F. C.
with great success throughout the
Roosevelt administration, recently has
been authorized by act of Congress to
loan $1,900,000,000 to private business
and to States, municipalities* and
counties for construction purposes.
This money the R. F C. already has
on hand. The propose cf the new
authority given Mr. Jones and the
R. F. C. is to ease credit
While Mr. Jones will deal particu
larly with the recovery work which
his own organization will undertake,
it is expected he will discuss gener
ally the plans of the administration
to aid In the primal depremion.
Man Seized After Sonja Henie
Receives $500 Extortion Note
—Copyright. A. P. Wirephotos.
Full Confession Received
From Prisoner, U. S.
Afients Report.
By ilie Associated Press.
The Justice Department, reported
late yesterday its agents had arrested
a m&n who wrote an extortion letter
to Sonja Henie, ice-skating movie star.
Officials naid the letter was written
by p'red Roger Cunningham, under
the alias "Joe Cummings."
He demanded *500 from the skater,
they said.
The letter was delivered along with
Miss Henie s regular "fan mail" and
was referred to the Federal Bureau of
By tracing the letter, Justice De
partment agents said, they found
Cunningham had been arrested at
Tucumcari. N. M . on January 23. on
suspicion of connection with the theft
of an automobile near Pasadena. Calif.
They said he had been returned to
the Los Angeles county sheriff’s office
at Los Angeles and sentenced to serve
one year in a Los Angeles county road
camp on charges of ]jetty theft.
"On April 16." the department’s
announcement said, "this Individual
was located by special agents of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation , . .
and made a full confession with re
spect to this case in which he stated
that he had written the extortion
letter to Miss Sonja Henie and mailed
Officials said Cunningham had been
taken into Federal custody and that
a charge of extortion would be filed
against him.
The department said the extortion
letter was postmarked Pasadena,
Calif., January 14. This date was
eight days beffire Cunningham's ar
rest on the automobile theft charge.'
The department said Cunningham
formerly resided in Plainfield. N. J..
and Hull, Mass., and went to Cali
fornia in July, 1937.
At one time, he was enrolled in the
Civilian Conservation Corps camp at
Sneedsville, Tenn., and later worked
in a C. C. C. camp near Buffalo, N. Y., j
the department added.
Dr. J. Edward Rauth to Give
Sixth of Carroll Lectures for
Boys' Guidance Group.
Dr. J. Edward Rauth. assistant pro
fessor of psychology at Catholic Uni
versity and co-director of the Child
Research Center there, will give the
sixth of the Carroll lectures at the
Willard Hotel tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.
under the auspices of the Boys' Guid
ance Association.
^Active in research work both here
and in Baltimore. Dr. Rauth has made
several contributions to the new phe
nomenon of idetic imagery in chil
dren, the ability to project pictures
they have seen on a neutral back
ground in all its original color and
Dr. Rauth will speak on another
phase of parent-child relationships,
the subject of the lecture series. His
topic will be “Psychological Adjust
ments In the Family Unit.”
United Federal Workers Flans
Move Following Order for
An organising drive among guards
in the National Park Service was an
nounced yesterday by the United
Federal Workers of America, C. L O.
U. F. W. representatives said the
step was taken because of a recent
Interior Department order requiring
the men to undergo examination by
a Public Health board to weed out
the “mentally and physically de
“Flying squadrons” are distribut
ing leaflets outlining the situation,
and two organizing meetings are
planned Tuesday at U. F. W. head
quarters. 532 Seventeenth street fl.W.
One will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the
other at 4:30 p.m.
Food Drive for Pig*.
Cardboard containers placed In
every home in Germany bear the pic
ture of a pig and the words, "I eat
potato aklns. vagetable scrape, meat
and flab banaa ag^baUb,”
Event to Be Billed as Georgetown
Dime and Dance Fair Will
Be Saturday.
The Civic Theater will stage its
first street lair next Saturday, it was
announced yesterday, in the 3200 block
of Reservoir road.
The party, to be billed as the
Georgetown Dime and Dance Fair, is
being held in hopes of overcoming the
deficit of the theater group in ad
vance of another season's operation. |
Among lire attractions planned are j
| dancing, a flower mart, a pet show and j
an old-fashioned melodrama. Pink
lemonade also has been promised.
The committee, headed by Allan T.
Squire, includes Mrs. L. M. C. Smith,
Mrs. Corin Strong. Mrs. Dean Ache
son, Mrs. ^Charles Baker, Mrs. Helen
Macondray, Mrs. Charles Darlington,
Mrs. Lucius Wilmerding, Theodore W. |
i Dominick, Robert L. O'Brien, Oliver i
Gasch, John Pollard and Malcolm
I Ross.
Ashton H. Williams, Florence
Attorney, Will Seek Seat Now
Held by E. D. Smith.
By the Associated Press.
Florence, s. c.. April 16.—Ashton
H. Williams, 46-year-old Florence at
torney,- announced today hia candidacy
in the August primary for the United
States senatorial seat now held by X.
D. Smith.
Mr. Williams has not been a figure
In politics since 1932 when he ran third
in a contest of four candidates which
included Senator Smith and former
Gov. Cole L. Blease, who was second.
He is the third announced candi
date, the other two being Senator
Smith and Theo L. Vaughan of Clem
son, formerly of the Clemson College
Agricultural Service.
Although unannounced, Gov. Olin
Johnston has been frequently men
tioned as a probable candidate.
- . --•
440 Rnral Plays in Year.
The Tomsk and Novosibirsk Collec
tive and State Farm Theaters in Rus
sia gave 440 performances, which at
tracted over 140,000 spectators - last
Pension Head Says He’s Not
Interested, but Would
Accept an Offer.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO. April 16— Dr. Francis
E. Townsend declared today. ‘ I am
not interested in a pardon from Pres
ident Roosevelt.” but added with a |
chuckle, ‘of course, if he gives me
jne I'll accept it.”
The 71-year-old pension plan ad
vocate said he would fly to Wash
ington tomorrow to begin serving a
JO-day jail term for contempt of a
House committee by walking out dur
ing questioning in May. 1936.
He asserted in an interview the ef
fect of his serving the term would
be to “stimulate activity of our or
ganization, Townsend National Recov
ery Plan. Inc., everywhere."
He predicted the Townsend political
party would be “registered in every
State by 1940. when there isn’t a y
doubt we shall have a presidential
candidate.” His proposal, launched in
Long Beach. Calif., in 1934. advo
cates taxing all business at the same
rate and distributing wealth by pro
viding persons over 60 with $200 a
In a formal statement Dr. Town
send questioned "motives” of Senator
McAdoo, Democrat, of California and
Representative C. Jasper Bell. Demo
crat, of Missouri in urging President
Roosevelt to pardon him.
He said Mr. Bell was “vindictive,
intolerant and unjust” during the
Townsend investigation, but “Repre
sentative Bell's political defenses are
in bad shape just now ' and asked.
“Can his kindness now be attributed
to a desire for votes?”
The statement said “as soon as it
became public knowledge that the
investigating committee was not a
fact-finding body » • ♦ but merely a
muck-raking, propaganda-spreading,
political strategy, a word from Presi
dent Roosevelt or California's Sena
tor McAdoo • • • might have saved
the Nation from the disgraceful ex
hibition of a congressional investigat
ing committee usurping inquisitoral
“Has the approaching campaign
anything to do with his (Mr. Mc
Adoo’s) belated change of heart?”
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King George will open the Empire
Exposition In Glasgow, Scotland, on
May 5.
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Waiter Says He Was ‘Tool’
in Alleged Attempt to
Extort $25,000.
By the Associated Press.
SALT LAKE CITY, April 18 -Sec
>ndo Prank Conti, charged with at
empting to extort $25,000 from the
family of Peter David Levine, 12.
missing New Rochelle (N. Y.) hoy.
Dleaded Innocent today when ar
raigned before a United States com
The 48-year-old Conti told Com
missioner Edward D. Dunn he had
read the complaint and wished to
plead ‘‘not guilty, as this complaint
puts it all on me."
En route to the commissioner's of
fice Conti told newsmen he was "en
gineered Into this thing by two other
"I don't know the men except by
the names of Chuck and Jark." said
Conti, a waiter employed here in a
fashionable restaurant. "Thcv called
me from the East and claimed they
knew all about It (the kidnaping). I
only did what they asked me to do.
I met them in Denver.”
Hearing Wednesday.
Bond was set at $5,000. which he
was unable to furnish. His hearing
was set for next Wednesday.
Conti was arrested In the business
district here Friday afternoon, but
announcement of his arrest was not
made until today.
Federal agents said the man had
no actual connection with the actual
kidnaping of the Levine boy, who dis
appeared February 24 at New Ro
Conti was accused of sending a let
ter to a prominent Denver (Colo)
clergyman asking for $25,000. The
letter was mailed in Denver. In a
second letter sent by airmail to the
Rev. Francis H. H. Coffin, at Larch
mont, N. Y„ the first letter was men
tioned and $10 000 was demanded in
srder to effect the boy's release before
Easter, agents said.
Described as Itinerant.
The sum was to be sent by telegram
to a person in Salt Lake City, whose
name was not disclosed, with the bal
inee to be paid when the boy returned
Mr. Coffin has been designated as
in intermediary of the Levine family.
Agents said Conti was an itinerant
who declined to reveal his home or
family connections.
The Levine case has already
Drought the arrest of two youths it.
New York State charged with black
mail in an attempt to collect $30,000
MAY HIT $1,000,000
Bookkeeper Admits Defunct Firm
Had Been ‘in Bad Condition'
for Five Years.
By ti c Associated Press.
CHICAGO. April 16.—An estimate
(hat customer losses in the defunct
brokerage firm of Hoagland Allum
Co. Inc. might exceed SI.000.000
rame today from Eugene O'Connor,
investigator of the State's attorney's
blue sky division.
Earlier W. McNeil Kennedy, region
al administrator for the Securities
snd Exchange Commission, estimated
the figure at $750,000.
O'Connor's statement followed ques
tioning of Harold E. Railey, 35. a
bookkeeper for the firm, who appeared
voluntarily at the State's attorney's
office. O'Connor quoted him as say
ing he knew the company was "in
a bad condition" during the last five
Prosecutor Phillips said he would
seek embezzlement indictments next
Monday or Tuesday against three of
cials of the company. George F. Allum,
52, of Wheaton, president: Olaf A.
Larsen, 46. vice president, and Henry
A. Engel, 42, secretary-treasurer.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 (/Pi.—
Police broke up an anti-Fascist dem
onstration in front of the German
Consulate today after a spirited battle
which resulted in arrest of 11 of more
than 100 pickets.
Police said the demonstration was
sponsored by the Young Communist
League in protest against German
participation in the Spanish war and
the Nazi accession of Austria. Those
arrested were charged with disturbing
the peace.
District of Columbia—Mostly cloudy today; possibly followed by showers
tonight or tomorrow, slowly rising temperature; gentle southeast winds today.
Maryland—Partly cloudy today, probably followed by showers late tonight
or tomorrow; slowly rising temperature.
Virginia—Mostly cloudy, scattered showers in southwest portion today;
occasional showers tomorrow; slowly rising temperature in east and north
West Virginia—Partly cloudy today and tomorrow, possibly scattered
showers; not much change in temperature.
Weather Conditions Last 24 Hours.
Au extensive area of liiali pressure is
moving southeastward over the North At
lantic States mid the Canadian Maritime
Provinces, Kaxtporl. Mr :tn,42 inches.
Pressure continues relatively low Irom
Southern Greenland southward to the
Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Interna
tional Ice Patrol Vessel 29.M2 inches, while
pressure coni nines low some distance east
of Bermuda. The Western disturbance is
moviiifc north-northeastward. Miuneauoli.s.
Minn.. 29.54 inches, while pressure con
tinues low over the upper Mackenzie Valley
and the Western Cauadlatl Provinces
Fort Smith. District of Mackenzie-. 29.38
inches. Pressure continues relatively ltlali
on the South Atlantic coast S. S. W. C.
Fairbanks .'tu.21 inches, and over Cali
fornia. Kureka. 30.20 inches. During tire
last 24 hours there have been showers in
the Mississippi Valley, the western portion
of the Lake reciun and In the middle and i
lower Missouri Valley and the middle
Plains. Showers occurred also over the
North Pacific Slates and Northrrn Cali- :
fornia. Temperatures have fallen con
siderably in portions of the Middle At- I
lanlic states.
Report Until 10 P.M. Saturday.
Midnight_72 12 noon_56
2 a.m_71 2 D.m-56
4 a.m_68 4 p.m._61
6 am_65‘ 6 pm._59
8 a.m_b3 8 p.m_57
10 a.m. 60 10 p.m. -55
Record Until 10 P.M. Satnrday.
Highest. 72, 1 a.m. yesterday; year
aao. 56.
Lowest. 55. 10 p.m. yeiterday; year
aao. 43.
Record Temperataree Thla Tear.
Highest. 85. on April 16.
Lowest, 18. on January 28.
Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey.)
Today. Tomorrow
High _ 9.42 a.m. 10:18 a.m.1
Low _ 4:05 a.m. 4:45 a.m.
High _10:oo p.m. 10:44 p.m.
Low _ 4:89 p.m. o:19p.m.
Monthly precipitation in Inches In the
Capital (current month to date):
Month. 3 938. Average. Record.
January _ 2.64 3.55 7.83 ’3.
February _ 2.37 3.27 6.84 84
March _ 1.78 3.75 8.84 91
April _ 1.13 3.27 9.13 '89
Mar _ — 3.76 16.69 '89
June -I_ — 4.13 10.94 ’60
July __ — 4.71 16.63 86
November ::: 1:8} |:g ;§
December_— i.33 T.i« '01
River Report.
Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers clear
at Harpers Ferry late yesterday.
The Sun and Moon.
Rises. Sets
Sun. today 5 •'ll 8:4fi
Sun. tomorrow _ x:'.R « ’ ■
Moon, today H:52pm. . or a m
(Automobile lights must be turned on
one-half hour after sunset.)
Weather in Various Cities.
^Temperature, 7:30
Max. Min. Sat pm. to
Sat- Fri. 7:30 7 3o
urday.nteht. n m. p m.
Asheville. N, C. 18 48 68
Atlanta. Ga. 80 30 70 -
Atlantic City. N. J 34 48 4« -
Baltimore. Md. _ 82 62 58 -
Birmingham. Ala. 76 62 66 0 13
Bismarck. N. Dak. 74 50 72 0 10
Boston. Mass. . . 50 44 44 0.lx
Buffalo. N. Y. _ 72 42 88
Cheyenne. Wyo_ 58 36 54 0.03
Chicaso. 111. TO 44 88 0.01
Cincinnati, Ohio — 78 34 88
Cleveland. Ohio „ 74 44 72 -
Dallas. Tex. 78 80 78
Davenport. Iowa.. 74 60 88 0 13
Denver Colo. _ 84 4(1 62 0.24
Des Mohies. Iowa__ 68 68 68 0 50
Detroit. Mich_RO 44 68
Duluth, Min_ 44 38 42 0 60
B1 Paso. Tex_ 78 50 76 _
Oalveston. Tex._ 76 88 72 _
Helena. Mont_ 60 38 58
Huron. 8. Dak. ... 64 48 60 6.86
Indianapolis. Ind._. 74 60 84 0.01
Jacksonville. Rs_ 80 64 72
Kansas City. Mo... 66 62 84 1.3 8
Little Rock. Ark... 80 62 78 0 01
Los Angeles. Calif.. 70 60 68 -
Louisville. Ky. ... 78 60 70
Marquette. Mich_ 58 38 52 6 04
Memphis Tenn. .. 74 84 72 0.21
Miami. Fla. ... 78 72 74 -
Mlnneapo's-St. Paul 58 50 56 0.68
Mobile. Ala. _. 78 84 74 _
New Orleans. La.— 78 67 76
New York. 14. Y. . 84 54 50 O.flf
North Platte. Nebr. 82 46 82 0.07
Omaha. Nebr. - 62 54 60 0.69
Philadelphia. Pa.. .64 52 58
Phoehix. Ariz.- 84 54 84 _
Pittsburgh. Pa_ 70 54 80
Portland. Me. . 52 42 42
Portland. Oreg. 60 52 58 0.3f
Rapid City. S. Dak. 88 48 68 o 03
St. Louis. Mo 78 80 72 0.45
Salt Lake City. Utah 86 38 64 0.2*
San Antonio. Tex.. 84 88 82
San Diego. Calif. 64 54 82
San Francisco.Calif, Ho 52 60 . _
Santa Fe. N. Mex. 82 38 68
Savannah. Oa_ 78 62 - 70 niT
Seattle. Wash. — 36 50 54 n 48
Springfield 111. ... 72 80 70 0.10
fliSg,rTW-: ft S3 ».«
WABHENQTON.D C. 73 54 69
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