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NEUTRALITY ACT
! REVISION SEEN
Senator Pittman Predicts
Revision of Neutrality Act
at Next Session.
St the Associated Press.
Chairman Pittman, Democrat, of
tfevada of the Senate Foreign Rela
tions Committee predicted today that
the next session of Congress would be
called upon to revise the Neutrality
Act.
■ Talk of modification or outright re
peal of the act was increased by the
lpterpretation some Senators placed on
Secretary of State Hull's communi
cation yesterday opposing lifting the
•mbargo on arms shipment to Spain.
Secretary Hull opposed "piecemeal"
revision of neutrality legislation, urg
ing that the question be considered in
Its broadest aspects if any alterations
Were to be made.
Some Senators said this statement
■uggested the possibility that the State
Department later might recommend
revision of the act. They discounted,
however, the likelihood of any recom
mendation to this session.
Senator Lewis, Democrat, of Illi
nois, another member of the Foreign
Relations Committee, suggested that
the State Department, in time, might
favor flat repeal of the act. Senator
lewis criticized the act as an en
croachment on the Executive’s powers
and an attempt to fix a static course of
neutrality.
Senator Borah, Republican, of
Idaho, ranking minority member of
the committee, said he thought the act
ahould be revised "and a lot of it
repealed."
Senator Borah said he never had
been in favor of the "cash and carry”
provision, which requires that belliger
ents who purchase arms here trans
port them in their own or foreign
ships. He said that section made us
“an ally of Great Britain and Japan
because those are the only two coun
tiles which could carry out those pro
visions.”
Senator Pope,- Democrat, of Idaho,
ahly committee member who opposed
■helving the Nye resolution to lift the
arms embargo on Spain, said he had
*>lways been in favor of co-operating
with other nations in the treatment
Of aggressors.”
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CAB DRIVER'S CHARGE
JAILS 2 IN RICHMOND
Men Accused of Forcing Resident
of Arlington to Drive Them
South Await Hearing.
Two men accused by a local taxicab
driver of having forced him to drive
them 100 miles into Virginia were in
a, Richmond jail today awaiting a
hearing Tuesday on a charge of carry
ing concealed weapons, the Associated
Press reported.
The men, arrested as they walked
on the highway near Seven Pines, said
they were Carol F. Boswell. 26, of
Buckroe Beach, Va., and John O'Keefe,
31, of Phoebus, Va. Police said both
carried revolvers. The taxicab driver
is Bruce Hartfield of Arlington, Va.
Mr. Hartfield said the two men gave
him an address in Alexandria, and, on
arriving there, produced guns and
ordered him to drive them south of
Richmond. He previously became
auspicious of them and hid his money i
in one shoe. They left his cab near
Seven Pines and ordered him to
drive on.
A Police Court hearing for Boswell \
and O'Keefe yesterday was continued
until Tuesday pending arrival of
Alexandria officers. Washington police
were present, but offered no charges.
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MRS. ROOSEVELT
BACK IN CAPITAL
Comment on Industry for
, Homesteaders at Red Horse
Is Puzzling.
• Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt re
turned to Washington from Charles
ton. W. Va.. today, leaving homestead
ers on the Red Horse co-operative plot
to wonder what she meant by a state
ment that they may soon get an in
dustry.
Mrs. Roosevelt made the statement,
the Associated Press reported, at the
conclusion of a two-day tour of the
Southern West Virginia homestead
region. She did not disclose exactly
what she had In mind, however, and
officials of the Farm Security Admin
istration—formerly Resettlement Ad
ministration-declined to comment.
Some residents of the Red Horse
plot, about 30 miles from Charleston,
expressed the belief the industry might
bf a chemical plant of the type dotting
tike Kanawha Valley. Others regarded
a! furniture factory as a more likely
project.
BUCK JONES’ SUIT ASKS
: CURB ON IMITATORS
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Restraint Against Further
Showing of Serial ‘Lone Ranger’
; Is Sought by Film Star.
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, May 14.—Buck
Jones, the horse opera star, went to
court yesterday to protect his movie
mannerisms and those of his steed,
Silver, from alleged imitation.
In a suit against Republic Produc
tions, Inc., the screen cowboy asked
$250,000 damages and an injunction
restraining the defendants from fur
ther showing of their western serial
entitled "Lone Ranger."
'Mr. Jones asked that the defend
ants be restrained from using the name
of his horse, the Jones mannerisms
and methods of calling Silver.
CAB DRIVER ROBBED
Bays 3 Men Beat Him, Took $18
and Seized Vehicle.
Louis H. Collegeman, 4800 block of
Georgia avenue N.W., a taxicab driver,
was robbed and beaten early today
by three colored men who ordered him
o<lt of his cab at Seventeenth and
Rosed ale streets N.E. and drove away
in the vehicle.
.The driver said the men took $18
from him.
"The cab later was recovered at
Bennlng Road and Oklahoma ave
nue N.E. Collegeman was treated at
Casualty Hospital for cuts about the'
hands.
Capitol Leaders in Revolt
ROYAL S. COPELAND
Sixth of 10 Articles on the Rebellion at the Capitol
By RAY TUCKER.
IT IS the fashion to belittle Dr.
Royal S.- Copeland as the patent
medicine man of American poli
tics. Both the politicos and the
medicos of his Siamese professions
decry—and envy—him for his bedside
manner and his radio recipes, and
for having evolved the most concise
yet profitable platform in medical and
political history; namely, a publicized
love of babies and a hatred of bacteria.
He does, in some aspects, provoke
amusement rather than admiration.
Nevertheless, New York's blithe and
boutonniered Senator exhibits the
hardihood expected of the old-fash
ioned, horse-and-buggy country doc
tor in his defiance of a President who
hails from his home State. Even when
"Doctor” Roosevelt swept along at the
peak of his popularity, the Senator
doctor sniffed at his economic pre
scriptions and pronounced them "bad
medicine” for the American people.
Circumstances appear to confirm his
diagnosis, and he may yet win back
the political patients he lost when he
set himself up as a more experienced
practitioner than his White House
rival.
Dr. Copeland has frowned upon al
most every major Rooseveltian rem
edy, especially those dealing with la
bor and economic ailments, whereas
New York's other Senator—Robert P.
Wagner—sat up nights with the Pres
ident to roll the pills which agonized
the political physicians. It is doubt
ful if any two men disagreed so utterly
on New’ Deal nostrums. Therefore
their fate when they face the voters—
Mr. Wagner next fall and Dr. Cope
land in 1940—will furnish a striking
test of the New Deal's efficacy and
popularity on the home grounds.
Headline Hunter.
Dr. Copeland labors under no illu
sions. He realizes that he has under
taken the unpopular role, that he has
prescribed distasteful remedies which
his patients have not appreciated. But
he firmly believes that when the re
form fever has subsided and sick folks'
temperatues have dropped to normal,
they will thank him for having or
dered castor oil instead of a hypoder
mic.
He would be a rash man who would
venture to predict the future of such
a Senator—or the fate of his enemies.
He has, it appears, made every politi
cal mistake possible, and yet his blun
ders have benefited him. Such diverse
personalities as the late John F. Hy
lan. William Randolph Hearst, A1
Smith, and even Franklin D. Roose
velt himself, have, know’ingly or un
knowingly, shoved him up the ladder
to which he now clings1 more tena
ciously than any man except the Pres
ident himself.
He got his start in public life when,
during the 1918 "flu” epidemic, he
walked into Mayor Hylan's office with
practical political and medical sug
BILL GRANTS DELAY
ON RAIL YARD SPAN
King Measure Puts Off Start
on Northeast Traffic Lane
to 1940.
The beginning of construction on
a new highway bridge over the rail
road yards from Brentwood road and
T street N.E. to New York avenue
N.E. would be postponed until October,
1940, by a bill introduced in the Sen
ate late yesterday by Chairman King
of the Senate District Committee.
The new measure calls for completion
18 months after that date.
A law was passed in 1935 requiring
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and
the Philadelphia, Baltimore & Wash
ington Railroad Co. to construct the
bridge within two years after being
notified by the Commissioners to start
work. The time limit under the no
tice given by the Commissioners will
expire the latter part of this year.
The proposed structure would open
up a new traffic lane across the North
east section of the city. This measure
probably will be considered along with
a number of other subjects when the
Senate District Committee meets next
week.
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SENATOR COPELAND.
gestions. “God sent you to me.” con
fided Mr. Hylan to the stranger, “and
you are now health commissioner of
New York City.” Never was there such
a glamorous guardian of the public
health. He held a daily clinic on
all the front pages, writing on how to
get thin or fat with equal facility.
He denounced the high cost of dying,
antagonizing the undertakers, fellow
physicians and dealers in medical
supplies.
Whenever his headlines grew anemic
he summoned the star reporters to his
office, and announced that a post-war
European plague would arrive at a
North River pier by the next ship.
The plague never arrived, but the
headlines did. On and off the
radio he addressed strangers as
“brothers” and "sisters.” a hangover
j from his Methodist upbringing, and
both Broadway and Main street wor
j shiped the most spectacular exponent
of civic and political hygiene in the
United States. He intoxicated and
medicated them at one and the same
time.
Support Front the Ladies.
To the politicians of Tammany Hall
and the reporters of City Hall the
ebullient health commissioner was
then a somewhat comic figure. They
referred to him as "good old Doc.”
But at Syracuse in 1922 he was nom
; inated by the Democrats for the
: Senate as a sop to his friend and
i publisher, William Randolph Hearst.
A1 Smith, then the State boss, had
refused to accept his ancient news
paper enemy as a running mate, and
the late "Charlie” Murphy picked
Dr. Copeland as a compromise. It
was hardly an auspicious entry into
national politics.
But how his Hearst column and
I radio patients—the fat and the thin,
ECCLES SEES SPENDING
PROGRAM TOO ‘MODEST’
Tells Bankers Seduction of
Federal Expenditures Would
Only Make Matters Worse.
By the Aiicciated Press.
ATLANTIC CITY. N. J., May 14,—
President Roosevelt's new spending
and-lending program was described to
day by Marriner S. Eccles, chairman
of the Federal Reserve Board, as "too
modest when gravity of the present
business situation is considered.”
Only by restoring the people's earn
ing power, Mr. Eccles told the New
Jersey Bankers’ Association last night,
can the Government expect to balance
its budget. He warned that radical re
duction of Government expenditures
at present would only make matters
worse.
"Public and privately organized
’ groups” were accused by the speaker
of failure to recognize or discharge
their responsibilities in the present
recession.
RESORTS.
_ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.
Atlantic City. N. J.—Fnrn. apt., 7 rm«.,
bath. 4 bedroom*, porch, cellar: G. E.
reft.; Rlti *eetlon; (500 »ea*on. P. O. Box
487. Atlantic City. N. J. 15*
the housewives and the working
girls—rallied around their Ponce de
Leon! More than 45,000 ladies who
had lost or gained flesh under his
guidance wrote In to ask how they
could help, and every one got a
reply. They added many pounds to
Dr. Copeland's political weight. So
did the dairy interests whose products
he had been recommending in his
newspaper articles as essential to
health. In 1928 and 1934 they also
rallied around him. He has always
been a surprisingly strong cam
paigner, once polling more up-State
votes than the gorgeous A1 Smith
himself.
At Washington he has become a
more effective figure than most peo
ple realize. He reveals an amazing
grasp of legislative details and, as
chairman of the Interstate and For
eign Commerce Committee, he usually
wrests from Congress the approba
tions and measures he wants.
Patient, pertinacious, immune to
insults, he rarely antagonizes his
colleagues. His Babbitt tendencies
often irritate them, but they wind up
a tirade against him with the con
clusion: “You can’t help liking the
good old Doc.”
He is the lilibusterer par excellence.
Whereas other Senators windmill their
arms and irritate their throats in des
ultory declamations, the doctor drones
along without raising his voice, with
out losing his temper or increasing
his temperature, without any strain on
his throat or glands. He is hygienic
rather than hysterical,, a physical and
political asset these days.
Snubbed by the President.
President Roosevelt forever alien
ated the popular medico in 1934. At
a White House press conference the
Chief Executive issued a formal state
ment urging the re-election of Herbert
Lehman as Governor of New York. It
was obviously a premeditated snub for
Senator Copeland, who was also up for
re-election. When the correspondents
asked the President whether his pro
nouncement also referred to the Sen
ator. the Chief Executive replied in a
resentful tone that it did not. ,It was
not until 24 hours later that Mr.
Roosevelt, under pressure from politi
cos who had measured the doctor's
popularity with both the sick and the
well, was persuaded to say a kind
word for the Senator.
But the amendment came too late.
The normally canny Mr. Roosevelt
had made an enemy of New York's
bedside politician and physician, espe
cially since the Senator won easily
despite the presidential slight! And
no party leader, not even a President,
can afford to antagonize a doctor who
has convinced the populace of his af
fection for babies and his detestation
of germs.
For the babies' parents vote and the
germs don't!
(Copyright, 1938 )
ALEXANDRIAN HURT
Pedestrian's Legs Fractured When
Struck by Auto.
John Spencer. 50. of Alexandria,
Va., received fractures of both legs
last night when struck by an auto
mobile while walking on the Wash
ington-Richmond highway about one
half mile south of Alexandria.
According to State Policeman E. C.
Trice, the injured man was hit by a
car driven by Ernesto Casamello. 50,
of the 1500 block of Rhode Island
avenue N.W. Mr. Spencer was taken
to Alexandria Hospital.
Cat Ends Sit-Down.
SAN JOSE. Calif. (A3).—The aroma
of a nice, juicy fish ended Cinnamon's
eight-day sit-down in the crown of a
75-foot palm tree.
Cinnamon, 11-year-old Marilyn Hig
ging’s cat, gave up after firemen aban
doned efforts to reach him with a
ladder.
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HIGH COURT SCANS
APPEAL ON T. V. A
18 Power Firms Ask Review
on U. S. Competition Case.
Mooney Piea Studied.
By the Associated Press.
The Supreme Court considered to
day whether to review litigation In
volving constitutionality of the Gov
ernment's Tennessee Valley Authority
power program.
Whatever decision was reached at
the regular Saturday conference prob
ably will be announced Monday.
Eighteen private power companies
have asked the Supreme Court to re
view |a decision by a three-judge
Federal district court in Eastern Ten
nessee that Government T. V. A. com
petition was lawful.
Judge Florence Allen, who delivered
the decision, said the private com
panies were not immune from the
competition “even if their business be
curtailed or destroyed.”
Another major case before the court
involved Thomas J. Mooney's fight
for freedom. Mr. Mooney, serving a
life sentence in California for com
plicity in the 1916 San Francisco pre
paredness day bombing, asked the
high tribunal to review a decision by
the California Supreme Court denying
him a writ of habeas corpus.
Through his attorneys, the prisoner
contended he had been convicted by
perjured testimony.
If reviews are granted, arguments
will be held next fall, as the court
plans to adjourn on May 31 for the
summer.
Final opinions are possible Monday
in cases involving:
1. Whether employes who strike are
entitled to the protection of the Na
tional Labor Relations Act.
2. The Government's effort to col
lect a 10 per cent admission tax on
tickets to athletic contests at State
universities and to tax the salaries of
officials of he New York Port Au
thority.
SLAYER IS HANGED
IN STRAIT-JACKET
West Virginian Refuse* to Walk
to Gallows at Prison
in Moundsville.
B> the Msi.claied Press.
MOUNDSVILLE. W. Va.. May 14 —
Raymond Styer*. 74th person to die
I on West Virginia's gallows, plunged
through the trap last night in a strait
jacket after claiming he was innocent
and telling 70 spectators:
"I hope you are satisfied."
The first resident of Moundsville
i to be hanged in the State Peniten
tiary, the 29-year-old father whose
child was born since his imprison
ment, died for the slaying of Mrs.
Anna Bris. wife of the proprietor, in
a Wheeling, W. Va., beer parlor
hold-up.
Guards placed him in the jacket
and carried him to the gallows when
he refused to walk. The trap was
sprung at 8:57 p.m. and prison phy
sicians pronounced him dead 10
minutes and, 50 seconds later.
Styrs’ bride of 18 months visited
him yesterday, but did not bring her
son to the penitentiary.
Pals, but Parents Sue
James Newdick (left) and Don Johnson (right) of Colum
bus, Ohio, each 7 years old, are playmates, but Don's mother is
suing James’ parents for $10,000 because Don’s leg was broken
when James ran into him with a bicycle. Still pals, the boys are
shown in court yesterday. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto.
Harrison Proposal Would
Allow Lines to Reach
Settlement on 35%.
By the AfM:cl»ted Press.
CINCINNATI, May 14.—A bill to
obviate proceedings under section 77-B
of the National Bankruptcy Act for
railroads in financial difficulties was
laid before the Senate Interstate Com
merce Committee in Washington to
day.
George M. Harrison, member of
President Roosevelt's Advisory Com
mittee on Railroads, announced here
that he had sent Senator Burton K.
Wheeler, chairman of the Senate |
group, a preliminary draft of the pro
posed legislation for any necessary
revision and then introduction into
Congress.
Under the proposed voluntary plan,
which Mr. Harrison said he discussed
in principle with President Roose
velt two weeks ago, a railroad could
certify to a Federal district court
that it had reached an agreement
with creditors representing 35 per
cent of its debts and then file a re
organization plan to become effective
when approved by the rest of its
creditors.
Mr. Harrison is president of the
Brotherhood of Railway and Steam
ship Clerks.
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Benefit Card Party Tonight.
A card party for the benefit of the
Friends of the Moment Society will
be given by the Catholic Daughters
of America in St. Paul's School Hall.
Fifteenth and V streets N.W., at 8:15
o'clock tonight
REARREST FOLLOWS
RELEASE FROM LORTON
Breaking Glass of Parked Auto Is
Charged After Reduction
in Reformatory Term.
Only a few hours after his release
from Lorton Reformatory, Herman
Ritchson, 44, was rearrested yesterday
for allegedly breaking the glass of a
parked automobile near the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing.
Ritchson had 144 days cut from a
two-year sentence at the reformatory,
where he was sent on a charge of
housebreaking.
Park Policeman H. T. Miskell said
he smashed a window of the machine
of Mrs. Sadie Herbert, 1363 C street
N.E.
HARRISON MAY SUGGEST
TAX STUDY IN SUMMER
Considering Asking for Joint
Congressional Inquiry Into
Exemption Plan.
By the Associated Press.
Chairman Harrison of the Senate
Finance Commitee said today he was
considering suggesting that a joint
Senate-House Committee study Presi
dent Roosevelt's tax exemption recom
mendations this summer.
Mr. Roosevelt has asked Congress to
eliminate exemptions on future securi
ties and salaries of both Federal and
State governments.
Senator Harrison said a joint com
mittee could go over the recommenda
tions during the recess and report to
the next session.
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Large Wheat Crop.
Australia estimates its 1838 wheat
crop at 170,000.000 bushels, making it
the largest in five years and the yield
per acre nearly a bushel above the
average for the last 10 years.
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New Group of 175 National
Guardsmen Joins in
Search for Girl.
By the Associated Press.
BRADFORD, Pa.. May 14.—A new
group of Its National Guardsmen
Joined weary volunteers and State
motor police today in pressing the
search through wild, heavily forested
mountains of Northern Pennsylvania
for little Marjory West.
Mayor Hugh J. Ryan of Bradford *
announced that the guardsmen, under
Capt. James Bell, had expressed a de
sire to join the volunteers who on
Wednesday numbered more than 3,000.
The volunteers had dwindled to
nearly 1,000 yesterday. Mayor Ryan
said, but added that they and leader*
of the search, the most widespread
ever staged in this district, were de
termined to push on “until Marjory is
found.”
The child. 4-year-old daughter of an *
oil-field worker, disappeared last Sun
day at a family outing. She wandered
into the woods to pick flowers.
Commissioner Percy W. Foote of the
State motor police, who has said he
doubts a fear expressed by Marjory's
mother—that the child was kidnaped—
ordered 100 of his men to continue the
search until Monday.
In the van of the Army of hunters
pressing through the woods in the
heart of Pennsylvania's bear hunting
and oil producing district again today
was Marjory's father. Shirley M. West,
! w'ho has slept only a few hours since
; his daughter's disappearance. m
Near Freezing temperatures, rain,
sleet and snow have harassed the
searchers since they took to the woods.
} These conditions led many of the vol
unteers to express the opinion that if
the child should be found, she would
be dead.
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HURT IN FALL ON STEPS

Miss Grace Stone, 28, of 624 L street
S.W., employe of a market at Four
teenth and A streets N.E., was in a
serious condition at Casualty Hospital
today with a possible fracture of the
spine suffered yesterday when she fell *
| down a flight of steps at the market.
Miss Stone had just gotten off work
and was going to a dressing room to
change her clothes when the accident
occurred.
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