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(tJ. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Occasional showers tonight and tomor
row: somewhat cooler tonight; gentle
winds, mostly easterly. Temperatures to
day—Highest, 72, at 1 p.m.; lowest, 58, at
6:30 am.; 70 at 3 p.m.
Pull report on page A-2.
Closing New York Markets, Page 18
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Will Discuss Trade With
Roosevelt, but Won’t
Offer Advice.
Warns Against Overconfidence in
Voicing Belief That TJ. S. Is
Heading for Normalcy.
B» the Associated Press.
SUDBURY, Mass., April 21.—Henry
Ford of Detroit today revealed plans
for a discussion of "business condi
tions" with President Roosevelt in
Washington for next Wednesday, but
asserted he would enter this confer
ence with no axe to grind.
Standing in the warm spring sun
shine on the extensive Wayside Inn
estate, which he has rehabilitated as
an early American hotel property
here, the multi-millionaire automo
bile maker said he did not intend to
give any "advice." At the same time,
however, he left no doubt of his own
His solution to present-day prob
lems. Mr. Ford said in rapid-fire fash
ion, would be an expansion of the
"back-to-the-farm" movement.
“If people do not raise their own
food.” he asserted, "they will have to
have a dictator to tell them to do it.”
He declared that in his opinion the
“farm is the thing that will save the
country,” and added:
"In no other way can we raise the
money. The farms today must pro
vide for industry.
uork His Panacea.
"As an example, I am going to
cultivate every foot of the whole acre
age here right away."
Pausing only to brush away tiny
black flies that buzzed around him
as he stood near an old. but now re
stored, grist mill on the estate, Mr.
Ford added that his "panacea” for
anything was “vrork."
"This entire land is just yearning
for young men to go to work In it.
That's all a young fellow needs today,
the habit of work. Once he gets the
habit, he'll find his own work.”
Mr. Ford voiced the belief that
America was on the road back to nor- '<
malcy, but warned against overconfi- !
hence and predicted that commodity i
prices would be established at a lower !
Asked if an increase in farm prod
ucts, such as he proposed, would not
result in a lowering of farm prices, he
"The price of farm products gener
ally can never be too cheap, because
when the prices of farm products go ■
down, new uses will be found for the ,
He said in this connection that in
dustry was using more plastics and was
looking to agriculture to supply mate- i
rials. Cellulose could be found in most
farm products, he said, adding that “in
the future the fuel for automobiles will
come from farms.”
Asked near the end of the interview
if he had in mind any new moves to
cement international peace at this
time, he replied:
“It will come when we are ready
for it.”
On still another subject, he ad
vanced the opinion that a time of
"very simple housekeeping is coming.”
He based this view, he said, on the
theory that "very little heat will be
required to prepare food which has
been scientifically raised.”
Answering one more question be
fore he stepped into an automobile
that had been waiting for him. the
tall manufacturer said he had known
Mr. Roosevelt for 30 years. Smiling,
he added:
“When he was Assistant Secretary
bf the Navy we built ships, boilers and
engines together.”
Won't Give Advice.
Mr. Ford said, smiling as he chatted,
that he wanted to shake hands with
the President "as an old friend" and
have a chat with him. He said:
“I want to give the President a
chance to look at somebody who
doesn’t want anything."
Asked whether he would express any
Views about the New Deal during his
"chat” with Mr. Roosevelt, he replied:
“I shall not give him any advice.”
The automobile manufacturer re
ceived a telegram from the White
House last night, confirming an ap
pointment with the President for April
27. Throughout the day yesterday he
avoided all queries as to whether he
would confer with Mr. Roosevelt dur
ing his stop in Washington.
Asked further today about his
forthcoming conference, he said that
"of course” he would discuss "busi
ness conditions.” He stressed, how
ever, that he was "emphatic” in his
statement that he did not intend to
give any advice.
Mrs. Ford, who will accompany him,
said she would play host tomorrow
with her husband to the Women’s Na
tional Farm and Garden Association.
Edsel Ford Also Invited.
Stephen Early, a presidential secre
tary, said today the invitation sent
to Henry Ford last night to attend an
informal luncheon with the President
also said if the elder Ford desired he
might bring along his son, Edsel
Ford, president of the Ford Motor
Co., and W. J. Cameron, public re
lations adviser.
The meal probably will be served by
a single waiter in the privacy of the
President's oval-shaped office.
It will be Henry Ford’s first visit to
the White House since President
Roosevelt took office. He has differed
with many New Deal measures and
principles, especially the Industrial
Recovery Act and the Wagner labor
relations law. He refused to sign
N. R. A..’s Blue Eagle declaration of
A high administration official said
earlier that President Roosevelt’s ef
fort* to promote Federally financed
expansion in the utilities industry
were aimed at eventual sitmulation of
a huge utilities building program.
A *>
Taxi Liability Insurance Bill
Is Approved by Conferees
Separate Bond or Policy for Each Cab
Indorsed—Agreement Report to Go
to Senate in Few Days.
House and Senate conferees reached
an agreement today on the bill to
make liability insurance compulsory
for taxicabs in the District, a subject
that has been pending in Congress at
intervals for nearly eight years.
The agreement follows substantially
the Senate plan requiring a separate
bond or policy for each cab instead
of the House provisions, which would
have permitted those operating fleets
of cabs to take out blanket policies,
or create sinking fund reserves up to
Approval by both branches of the
conference report is all that remains
to complete passage of the legislation
and send it to the White House. The
agreement will go first to the Senate,
within the next few days.
Representative Dirksen, Republican,
of Illinois who did not sign the report,
plans to submit minority views to the
House. The other conferees were:
For the House. Representatives Palmi
sano of Maryland and Nichols of Ok
lahoma. For the Senate: Senators
Tydings of Maryland. Hitchock of
South Dakota and Bridges of New
The bill fixes the liability gin any
judgment at not less than $5,000 for
injuries or death and not less than
$1,000 for property damage, and all
judgments arising out of the same
cause of action would be limited to
Executive Thinks Coalition
Idea Impractical, Says
Pension Exponent.
For 30 minutes today President
Roosevelt sat in his office chatting
with Dr. Francis B. Townsend, leader
in the old-age pension movement,
whom he saved from going to jail last
Monday for a 30-day sentence for
contempt of a House investigating
v Judging from the account given
afterward by the 71-year-old old-age
pension champion, the President did j
moat of the listening. Dr. Townsend
said he found the President very
When asked what they had talked
about. Dr. Townsend said:
“Of course I talked about my obses
sion—old-age pensions—and also dis
cussed at length the need for a coali
tion Government at this time. I
opened my talk by first thanking him
for my pardon. I told the President
I wrould not be out of doors enjoying
the sunshine and fresh air today were
it not for his graciousness.”
In response to questions Dr Town
send said that the President appeared
deeply interested In all that he had
to say and was very familiar with
the old-age pension idea. Dr. Town
send brought to the President a book
entitled "Coalition or Chaos.” by
Roger Babson, which he had intended
to present to the President, but found
the President already had a copy.
"We talked at some length about
coalition government,” Dr. Townsend
said. “Coalition is what we need in
this country at this time. We need
it so we all can pull together instead
of at cross purposes, as we are do
ing now.”
When asked what the President
thought of the coalition government
idea, the frail gray-haired little man
said that Mr. Roosevelt told him he
would like to see it in action, but
felt sure that the idea is impracticable.
“I can’t agree w-ith the President
in that respect," Dr. Townsend con
tinued. “Our old-age pension group
is working toward such an objective.
In this connection it might interest
you to know that we are going to
elect three Representatives from
Maine and five Representatives and
two Senators from Florida, all com
mitted to our plan. In California we
wrill elect at least 20 Representatives,
and in doing so we will elect some
Democrats, all of whom are commit
ted to our ideas.”
"If that is not coalition, what is
it?” Dr. Townsend asked.
As he walked out of the Executive
office the doctor said he hoped he
could talk to the President at greater
length in the future. He said he w’as
leaving Washington today or tomor
row for Chicago.
$10,000 for injuries or death and $1,000
for property damage. In ca«>s in
volving more than one judr it at, the
amount would be apportioned among
the creditors according to the amounts
of their respective judgments.
The measure would make it unlaw
ful to operate a cab for hire unless
it is covered by insurance under the
terms of the bill. The Public Utilities
Commission would make rules to gov
ern enforcement of the plan.
According to the Utilities Commis
sion, there are 4.346 cabs in the Dis
trict no^i.
The conferees also retained a Sen
ate amendment authorizing the issu
ance of regulations under the public
utility and traffic laws dealing with
mechanical and sanitary conditions
of cabs.
The bill passed the House last sum
mer, but did not receive Senate ap
proval until last month. The favor
able report of the District Committee,
filed by Senator Tydings before ad
journment last August, estimated there
were more than 4.700 cabs in opera
tion at that time, and stated that
Washington stood "almost alone" in
not requiring taxicab liability insur
ance. The report also pointed out that
the Utilities Commission endeavored
to establish liability requirements in
1929, but a court decision held the
commission was without sufficient au
thority under the utilities act.
Postal Officials Will Ask
Payment for Letters
He Franked.
Post office officials said today they
wouid ask Horace Russell, resigned
general counsel for the Home Owners’
Loan Corp, to pay approximately $280
in postage charges for letters he sent
out under the franking privilege prais
ing the legal abilities of O. B. Taylor,
a former H O. L. C attorney.
Mr. Russell resigned his Government
post Tuesday after Representative
Church, Republican, of Illinois as
serted on the floor of the House that
the H. O. L. C. attorney had franked
"more than a million" praising Mr.
Ramsay Black, Assistant Postmaster
General in Charge of Mailing Priv
ileges, said Mr. Russell mailed ap
proximately 9.600 frank letters which
ordinarily would require approximately
$280 postage.
Mr. Black said postal officials would
make no decision about taking legal
action against Mr. Russell until Post
master General Farley returns to the
Capital next week.
Misuse of the Government franking
privilege is subject to a fine, on con
viction, of not to exceed $300 for each
letter mailed.
Earlier, Mr. Russell, who resigned
Tuesday, announced he will return
shortly to his home city of Atlanta to
re-enter private law practice.
Discussing the incident which led
to his resignation, Mr. Russell yester
day admitted his action was in bad
taste" from a standpoint of legal
practices, but added: "I've apologized
to the board and I am ready to
apologize to 4ny one else. I regret
it exceedingly. I am sorry the let
ters were sent and I assume full re
Mr. Russell disclosed that as many
as 10,000 of the letters had been
sent out to H. O. L. C. attorneys in
announcement of the retirement" of
Mr. Taylor of associate general counsel
and in recommendation of his services
as a private attorney. Mr. Taylor plans
to practice in this city.
State Department Is Ready for
Greatest International
Transfer in History.
Br the Associated Press.
The State Department is all set for
the greatest international transfer of
documents in modern history. Three
hundred tons of valuable papers, many
of them over a century old and inti
mately linked with the story of the
United States, will be brought here
from American embassies.
Coogan Blocks Mother’s Ouster
From Home His Earnings Built
tz7 tne Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, April 21.—Jackie
Coogan saved his mother and step
father today from legal ouster from
the luxurious mansion his screen for
tune built.
"The kid” came to the rescue when
he learned that a temporary receiver,
appointed after he filed a $4,000,000
accounting suit against Arthur L. and
Lillian Coogan Bernstein, was em
powered to seize the home, three auto
mobiles and personal effects used by
the couple.
Hurrying to his attorneys’ office
late yesterday, 23-year-old Coogan
obtained a stipulation whereby his
mother and stepfather could remain
in possession of the property, pending
trial of his suit.
However, Receiver John Biby, in
full charge of Jackie Coogan Produc
tions, Inc., and the Coogan Finance
Co., organized during the lifetime of
Jackie's father, decided to allow some
$4,000 in taxes on real property con
trolled by the Bernsteins to become
delinquent rather than borrow money
to pay them.
A hearing on the Bernstein’s peti
tion to dismiss the temporary receiver
ship is set for tomorrow. Also to be
heard is a request by Jackie’s mother
for a chance to amend the deposition
she gave Monday in which she said
her actor son had been a "bad boy”
and denied she and his deceased father
had ever promised to give him any of
his movie earnings.
"My memory has been refreshed
since I gave the deposition,” Mrs.
Bernstein asserted.
A factor in refreshing Mrs. Bern
stein's recollection, Jackie's attorneys
said, was the discovery of records of
proceedings in 1922 to have her ap
pointed his guardian and set aside
half of his earnings for him.
This guardianship was dismissed
in 1923 when Coogan's parents in
formed the court they anticipated the
creation of a trust for the investment
and preservation of the child star’s
Jackie made public last night a
letter he said was written in January
of last year by his stepfather, Mr.
Bernstein, cutting off his credit at a
popular Hollywood restaurant.
“It was more than embarrassing,”
Jackie declared. “I wasn't running
up any big bills. Besides, when a man
is about to be married he needs to
have credit to buy the things neces
sary for a wedding and a home.”
Jackie was married a few months
ago to Betty Grab]* film dancer.
Northern Catalonia Towns,
Railways and Troop
Centers Attacked.
Aerial Assaults Coincident With
Scheduled Arrival of Men
From Barcelona.
Spanish rebels closing in on
Barcelona, provisional seat of the
government, from west and south
after having cut Loyalist territory
by driving to sea at Vinaroz, near
Tortosa. Forces of Gen. Francisco
Franco have been unable to take
key city of Tortosa. however, and
drive has been launched southward
against Valencia.
Bs the Associated Press.
PERPIGNAN, Fiance, April 21 —
Spanish insurgent airmen today bom
barded towns, troop concentrations
and one of the principal railways of
Northern Catalonia in a drive to
smash the remaining land links be
tween Catalonia and France.
At least 22 civilians were killed and
30 injured at Puigcerda, Pyrenees
gateway, where a Catalonian railway
reaches the French border at one of
the three frontier passes remaining
under government control,
s Six hours after the noon-hour
I bombardment crews digging in the
| debris of the railway station and other
Puigcerda buildings reported recovery
i of 22 bodies
swooping low to rain bombs and
machine gun bullets. Generalissimo
Francisco Franco's planes raided a 40
mile branch railroad between Puig
cerda and Ripoll in Upper Gerona
Province. This spur from the main
line to Barcelona was cut in three
Three trains in the Puigcerda yards
were struck by bombs. One, loaded
with "chemical products." from
France, burned fiercely.
French and Spanish authorities
summoned first-aid workers from both
sides of the border. Spanish frontier
guards, however, refased to permit
any except French physicians to cross
into Spain and held bark Spanish
civilians seeking to flee into France.
Reports telephoned to Bourg
Madame, France, said the aerial as
saults coincided with the scheduled
arrival time of troop trains from
Barcelona to reinforce government
forces against the insurgent push
along the frontier.
Villages were attacked on either
side of the Branch Railway. Bomb6
even fell on isolated farmhouses.
Assault Began at Noon.
The bombardment of Puigcerda be
gan at noon when four bombers and
four pursuit planes swept in over the
Pyrenees. The attack lasted almost
half an hour, with one bomb dropped
every minute.
Then the planes wheeled and
bombed Seo de Urge], 25 miles south
west of Puigcerda.
French authorities took prompt pre
cautions against any spread of the of
fensive to French soil. French mobile
guards reinforced frontier posts and
French anti-aircraft gunners fired red
rockets to warn the insurgent airmen.
Some of the rockets burst among the
planes. The attackers remained on
the Spanish side of the border.
Eleven bombs fell on French soil
January 24 in the last previous bom
bardment of Fhiigcerda. Twenty
three persons were killed and 17 in
jured in Puigcerda in that attack.
Spanish frontier guards, apparently
acting under orders, formed a strong
blockade all along the border, refusing
to allow the terror-stricken population
to rush across into France. Guards,
however, did permit evacuation of
some wounded into Bourg-Madame.
Insurgents Strike at Madrid.
HENDAYE. France. April 21 (A3).—
The insurgents are striking with sud
den force at the weakened defenses
of Madrid and have driven back the
government lines in the western out
skirts of the long besieged city.
Insurgent reports reaching the bor
der disclosed that the dormant cen
tral front once again was active, with
Gen. Franco's troops fighting their
way forward in Madrid's suburban
west park.
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Purchase Assured When
F. C. C. Announces It Has
No Jurisdiction.
Purchase by The Evening Star News
paper Co. of Radio Station WMAL
was assured today when the Federal
Communications Commission handed
down a decision declaring the com
mission has no jurisdiction over the
purchase by The Star company of the
control of the M. A. Leese Radio Corp.,
owners of the station, from the heirs
of the M. A. Leese estate.
Under a contract entered into be
tween The Star company and the Leese
heirs, it was stipulated that if the
Communications Commission inter
posed no objection or made no ruling
forbidding the sale. The Star company
would purchase the station within 10
’ days after the Communications Com
! mission had made known its findings.
The commission having rendered such
findings, the terms of the purchase
contract will be carried out.
Station WMAL is now operated by
the National Broadcasting Co. under
an operating lease from the M A.
Leese Radio Corp. This operating
lease, it was said today, is not affected
under the purchase contract.
Senator Talks With Pelley and
Harrison on Program for
This Session.
By the Associated Press.
Chairman Wheeler. Democrat, of
Montana, of the Seante Interstate
Commerce Committee, talked over
with representatives of railroad labor
and management today the possibili
ties for railroad legislation at this ses
sion of Congress.
His conferees were J. J. Pelley,
president of the Association of Amer
ican Railroads, and George M. Har
rison, president of the Railroad Labor
Executive Association.
Senator Wheeler was attempting to
determine what legislation both man
agement and labor would be willing
to accept. Little legislation, he said,
could be passed this year.
However, he Introduced one minor
bill to carry out recommendations of
the President's special committee on
This bill would end the special low
rate which the Government is ac
corded by land grant railroads. Sen
ator Wheeler estimated the change,
to become effective July 1, would in
crease the roads’ revenue by about
$5,000,000 a year. Because consider
able Government bookkeeping would
be eliminated, the Montanan said, the
cost to the Governemnt would not be
proportionately increased.
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements B-12 Radio _C-5
Comics _C-6-7 Short Story..D-8
Editorials ...A-10 Society _ B-3
Finance .. A-17 Sports ._. . D-l-4
Lost & Found D-5 Woman’s Pg. B-14
Rebels bombing loyalists’ last links to
France. Page A-l
800 dead or missing in Turkish earth
quake. . Page A-4
Daladier delays plans to borrow from
people. Page A-5
Postal officials to ask $280 for Russell's
franked letters. Page A-l
Strikes close 8 Bohn aluminum plants
in Detroit. Page A-2
Dr. Brown resigns as G. H. A. medical
director. Page A-l
President and Dr. Townsend chat for
30 minutes. Page A-l
Attack on Government planning de
leted by D. A. R. Page A-l
Three seized in numbers raid sen
tenced in Arlington. Page A-9
Editor warns of "black plague” of
censorship. Page B-l
Fleeing man nabbed in chase after
Keith's robbery. Page B-l
Editorials. Page A-l#
This and That. - Page A-l#
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-10
Answers to Questions. Page A-10
The Capital Parade. PageA-11
David Lawrence. Page A-ll
Mark Sullivan. PageA-11
Jay Franklin. PageA-11
Delia Pynchon. Page A-ll
Federal bonds higher
(table). Page A-17
Clearings rise sharply. Page A-17
Banks buy Consolidated Edison
bonds. Page A-17
Stocks irregular (table). Page A-18
Curb utilities gain (table). PageA-19
Shell Union Oil net lower. Page A-19
Leonard earns job as slab starter for
Nationals. Page D-l
Feller is robbed of no-hitter by
scratchy single. Page D-l
Dean’s arm O. K., all he needs is work,
says trainer. Page D-l
Dizzy glad to be with only club to
have edge on him. Page D-2
Small profit in annexing Derby in
spite of big purse. Page D-3
Shipping News. Page D-5
Nature’s Children. PageB-15
Vital Statistics. Page C-5
Bedtime Story. Page C-6
Letter-Out. Page C-6
Cross-word Puzzle. Page C-6
Contract Bridge. Page C-7
.After Dark. Page B-8
Jotvs Barred
By 3 Nations
Live on River
By the Associated Press.
PRAHA. Czechoslovakia. April 21.—
Foreign Minister Kamil Krofta had
on his hands today the future of some
two dozen homeless Jews, expelled
from Austria, denied admittance to
Czechoslovakia and Hungary and
temporarily sheltered on a French
tugboat on the Danube.
Krofta promised to investigate the
case following appeal by the Zionist
Deputy Angelo Goldstein and the*
Socialist Ingnaz Schultz.
It was reported 51 Jews from the
Austrian province of Burgenland were
loaded into a launch by storm troop
ers and set ashore on the Czechoslovak
side of the Danube April 15.
Czech authorities, to whom the
exodus of Jews has become a problem
since the Nazi annexation of Austria,
housed them temporarily and sent
them across the Hungarian frontier.
Some who wandered back into
Austria from Hungary were reported
loaded into buses, presumably for ex
, pulsion at some other point. Others
! were picked up by the tugboat at
1 Rajka, Hungary. Jews sent food and
clothing aboard.
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Conscious and Screaming, He Is
Held Under Vehicle 5 Minutes
Before Being Freed.
Fifteen-year-old Fred Brens. East
Riverdale. Md . was seriously injured
today when pinned beneath a milk
truck in a collision between that
vehicle and a 10-ton cement mixer
truck in Mount Rainer. Md.
At Casualty Hospital, where he wgs
taken after a crowd lifted the truck
and extricated him. the boy was be
lieved to have fractures of both legs
in addition to other injuries.
The accident occurred at Thirtieth
and Cedar streets. The milk truck
was loaded with 300 gallons of milk.
The crash destroyed practically the
entire contents—75 cases.
John A. Dickerson. Massaponax, Va..
driver of the cement truck, was
charged with operating with defective
brakes and failing to observe a stop
The Brens boy was riding on the
milk truck as helper. It was driven
by William J. Duffy, 3420 Rlwde Island
avenue N.E.
The boy. conscious and screaming,
was pinned beneath the truck for more
than five minutes before it was raised
enough to pull him free.
It was the second serious accident
in three days in which a cement truck
with bad brakes has figured. The
other truck crushed to death a pedes
trian when it ran wild at Third street
and Pennsylvania avenue N.W. Tues
Condemnation of Planning
Cut Out Prior to Talk
by Roosevelt.
Only a few hours before they were
to receive a personal message from
President Roosevelt, the Resolutions
Committee of the Daughters of the
American Revolution hastily decided
today against asking the 4^000 dele
gates to their 47th annual Continental
Congress to vote condemnation of ‘‘the
demand for Government intervention
in economic planning,” a demand to
which Mr. Roosevelt has paid heed.
Such planning "leads inevitably to
complete Government control and
State Socialism, thus resulting in loss
of freedom and oppresion of minorities,
as witness European totalitarian gov
ernments today,” the resolution as
passed by the committee had stated.
But Mrs. Robert Johnston, chairman
of the committee, asked the delegates
to vote only on these propositions
(which the convention in Constitution
Hall unanimously adopted):
"Resolved, that the National Society
urge upon the people the great neces
sity for their fulfillment of the obliga
tions of citizenship and for a compre
hensive understanding of the American
way of orderly change under law and
the administration of justice, that rep
resentative government may continue.”
Apparently none of the delegates
realized that she was voting for a reso
lution without whereases, because
when Mrs. Johnston, chairman of the
Resolutions Committee, read the state
ment, the delegates without hesitation
shouted a loud and unanimous "yes."
The day had opened with a parade
to the polls, where ballots were cast
in the trienniel voting for national
10 Resolution Adopted.
Although 10 other resolutions, some
implying disfavor with the adminis
tration. were adopted, the excitement
which usually goes with their discus
sion and the undercurrent of tense
ness which customarily marks the day
of balloting for national officers were
overshadowed by conjecture as to
what Mr. Roosevelt planned to say
and why he decided to appear before
the society.
The delegates to the congress,
spokesmen for 15,000 members of the
society, resolved this morning in
favor of:
Quick passage of the legislation
turning into law the President's wish
for a $1,000,000,000 naval expansion.
Establishment of an enlisted Army
Reserve of 75.000 men.
Independence of action in foreign
policy, with the country devoted
neither to isolation nor to collective
The activities of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation.
A study of the need for expanding
(See D. A. R., Page A-4.)
Four Sleuths, 6 to 9, Make Good;
Arrest and ‘Rewards’ Follow
(Picture on page A-7.)
Four grinning youngsters who played
detective so well during Junior Dis
trict Day yesterday that they brought
about the arrest cf a colored woman
in a housebreaking case appeared be
fore the grand jury this morning to
tell of their exploits.
Being detectives meant more to
Jimmy and Glenn Robertson, 9 and
6. respectively, and to Raymond and
Richard Collins, 9 and 7, than just
They were determined to justify the
confidence of their friend, Detective
Sergt. Watson Salkeld, who looks
after the Fifth Precinct Boys’ Club
and had presented each with a big,
shiny police badge. Accordingly the
kids set out on the trail of crime.
In the 300 block of Ninth street
S.E. they spied a rather poorly dressed
colored woman carrying an expensive
looking pocketbook. Here was some
thing suspicious, Jimmy Robertson
Jecided, and the other youthful
leuths agreed. They decided to trail
her. Pretty soon she opened the
purse and began taking out of it pic
tures which she tore up and threw
away. The boys collected the pieces,
put them together and saw they were
photographs of white girls.
Post haste they ran to the precinct
station house. Sergt. Salkeld was
there. When they described to him
the woman’s appearance he thought
he recognised her as one he had ar
rested before.
Shortly thereafter the grown-up
detective found in the park opposite
Providence Hospital the woman the
boys had trailed. He arrested her.
although she no longer carried the
Sergt. Salkeld questioned the wom
an, who gave the name of Margaret
Long, 51, and she admitted entering
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart
Hammer, 603 North Carolina avenue
S.E., and taking a purse which was
later found to belong to Bette Ham
mer, 14. Bette, by this morning a
fast friend of the four boys, came to
the court house with them to testify
before the grand jury. She said her
wristwatch had been in the purse. It
was not recovered.
No sooner had the boys come out
of the grand Jury room than they
began demanding their witness fees.
Sergt. Salkeld had told them they
would be paid. Not even the lure
of a photographer's camera sidetracked
them as they dashed to the financial
clerk, and each signed a receipt.
Glenn Robertson, who is in the first
grade, had not yet learned to sign
his name, so reaching up the counter,
which was scarcely below the level of
his head, he made “his mark.'' Each
boy received *3.
Sergt, Salkeld said the colored wom
an had a record which showed 64 ar
The Robertson boys live at 314 Ninth
street S.E., and the Collins boys at
30S Ninth street S.E.
, mum
Resignation on April 15
Revealed—No Reason
Is Given.
Declares He Knows Cause of
Action, but Is Not at Liberty
to Disclose It Now.
Dr. Henry Rolf Brown, formerly
chief of the Tuberculosis Division of
the Veterans’ Administration, resigned
his past as medical director of embat
tled Group Health Association, Inc.,
April 15, it was learned today. His
successor has not been chosen.
The reasons were a mystery. It was
learned Dr. Brown had been seriously
ill with bronchial pneumonia, but he
insisted today that he now is in the
best of health.
Asked why he resigned, Dr. Brown
"I have other interests.”
At Group Health Association, it was
said Dr. Brown had resigned, and his
resignation had been accepted, but no
reasons were assigned for it.
Shafer Announces Action,
Resignation was disclosed to news
paper men at the Capitol by Repre
sentative Shafer, Republican, of Mich
igan, who has waged a vigorous fight
against the G. H. A. in its controversy
with the District Medical Society.
Mr. Shafer said he knew the reason
for Dr. Brown’s resignation, but was
not at liberty at this time to disclose it.
The action of Dr. Brown came with
surprise to the public, and to the thou
sands of members of G. H. A. who now
are scattered throughout many de
partments and agencies of the Govern
Formed Medical Staff.
I Dr. Brown was the first medical
director of Group Health Association
and was under fire from organized
medical groups, along with other
| physicians who had joined G. H. A.
! He organized the medical staff of G.
! H. A. for the clinic which the asso
; elation operates at 1328 I street for
its members.
Dr. Browi became ill in February,
j he said today. He was treated at
i Mount Alto Haspital, but improved,
; and has been beck home, for some
j time, he said today. He made a trip
| recently to New York, and today, he
declared, he ”is feeling fine.”
Dr. Brown was bom in San Franeis
i co, attended McClure Military Acad
! emy. University of California, College
| of Medicine of the University of the
I City of New York and later did post
i graduate work in London, Paris,
Vienna and Birmingham, England.
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Hundreds of New York
Applicants Make Matters
Difficult for Hotel Guests.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, April 21— Hundreds
of applicants for Federal loans to
small business slowed up all other
business in the Hotel New Yorker
The Small Business Men's Asso
ciation. offering application blanks
and advice to loan seekers, had estab
lished its headquarters in the hotel
and issued a general invitation to ail
who needed help.
The response was overwhelming.
When the association officers arrived
at 6 am. they found the lobby of
the hotel jammed with 600 applicants.
By noon they had assisted in filling
out applications for $5,000,000 in loans
and the lobby crowd had overflowed
the sidewalk outside.
Guests found it difficult to enter
or leave the hotel. The telephone
switchboards were jammed. The asso
ciation had to close its office.
Charles Courtney, a director, an
nounced six offices scattered over Man
hattan would be opened tomorrow to
take care of the work.
Dog Must Pay Tax.
COLUMBUS. Ohio, April 21
Jack, a 12-year-old dog, must pay an
inheritance tax on a $500 bequest
from his late mistress.
Laura Prior bequeathed the sum to
Howard Palmer in trust for care of her
First in America
The Star’s volume of adver
tising is the greatest of all the
newspapers in the United States.
This is largely due to the
domination of The Star in cir
culation-confidence of its read
ers—results produced for its
advertisers, and the fact that
Washington is one of the best
markets in the country for the
sale of merchandise.
Yesterday’s Advertising
(Local Display)
The Evening Star_ 26,549
2d Newspaper. 12,705
3d Newspaper__ 7,798
4?h Newspaper__ 7,703
5th Newspaper_ 6,741
Total 4 Other Papers_ 34,947
The Star will be used today as
a guide to Friday’s bargains,
most of which may be found In
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