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WEATHER.
(tj. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Occasional showers tonight and tomor
row; not quite so cool tonight; warmer to
morrow; gentle southeast and south winds.
Temperatures today—Highest, 62, at 2
p.m.; lowest, 55, at 4 a.m.
Pull report on page A-2.
Closing N.Y. Markets—Sales—Page 20
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05,000 FUND
FROM W. P. A. WILL
BETJERD.C.HDS
President Approves Cash
for Curbs, Gutters and
Grading Work.
$25,000 BAND SHELL
ALSO GIVEN SANCTION
Series of Summer Symphony
Concerts Is Held Assured
by Announcement.
Otto Cass, deputy administrator of
the District Works Progress Adminis
tration. announced today that Presi
dent Roosevelt has approved a $1,375,
O00 fund for highway work in the
District.
* At the same time. Mr. Cass an
nounced the President approved alloca
tion of $25,000 for construction by the
W. P. A. of a band shell at the Water
Gate of the Arlington Memorial
Bridge, thus assuring a series of sum
mer symphony concerts.
The highway project will employ
some 2,000 men for a year, it was esti
mated. The money is to be spent for
^construction of curbs and gutters on
'streets already open, and grading
other streets and avenues.
Only Allocation Awaits.
The band shell project, submitted to
Federal headquarters of the works
agency some time ago. received the
President's approval yesterday. Only
allocation of the fund from the con
troller general's office, a routine proce
dure, stands in the way of actual con
struction of the shell.
The National Symphony Orchestra
already has announced it would pre
sent a concert series if the shell were
provided. The orchestra has applied
to C. Marshall Fmnan. superintendent
of the National Capital parks, for a
permit to hold the summer concerts.
• and indications are that the permit will
be granted
While definite plans have not been
completed by the National Symphony,
it is understood the series would start
the early part of July and continue
through August.
Shell to Be on Barge.
The project calls for construction of
the band shell on a barge. It was
originally planned to build it on piles
sunk in the river, but the Fine Arts
Commission specified a barge, express
• ing the wish that a permanent struc
ture not be constructed at the Water
Gate.
The barge probably will be borrowed
from the Navy Department. The
shell Itself will be built so that, at the
end of the summer season, it can be
dismantled and stored away for later
use.
' The National Symphony Orchestra
first presented a series of "sunset sym
phonies" at the Water Gate in the
summer of 1935. The following year
a group of members of the orchestra
presented a series on a co-operative
• basis No concerts were presented last
summer.
PLAYWRIGHTS TO DUEL
TOMORROW WITH EPEES
Quarrel Over Play Production to
Be Settled on Private
Estate in Paris.
Br the Associated Press.
PARIS, May 19.—Seconds for Henry
Bernstein and Edouard Bourdet, two
of France's mast noted playwrights,
arranged today for the two to settle
a long-standing quarrel with epees
shortly after dawn tomorrow.
It was agreed the duel would be held
on a private estate, the location of
which was kept secret.
Bernstein, whom the seconds recog
nized as the offended party, chose
epees, long, pointed blades without
cutting edges, and immediately began
, practice on the roof of his apartment
house.
The quarrel was brought to a head
by differences over production of Bern
stein's play, “Judith.” Bourdet is di
rector of the Comedie Francaise.
It will be the first duel for Bourdet,
whose play, "The Captive,” threw
Broadway into a furore several years
ago. It will be the ninth for Bern
stein.
BOUT POSTPONED
• Petey Sarron and Lou Gevinson
to Meet Tomorrow Night.
The 10-round boxing match between
Petey Sarron, former world feather
weight champion, and Lou Gevinson,
local lightweight, scheduled for to
night at Griffith Stadium, has been
postponed until 8:30 p.m. tomorrow,
Maj. Err.est W. Brown, chairman of
the District Boxing Commission, an
nounced this afternoon.
After f conference with weather of
ficials indicated showers for tonight,
but a clear night tomorrow, Maj.
Brown and Promoters Joe Turner and
Goldie Aheam decided to postpone
$be bout.
The announcement was made shortly
after the weighing in of the two fight
ers this morning. Sarron tipped the
•cales at 13314 and Gevinson at 13414.
VON CRAMM APPEALS
Pights Sentence of Year for Moral
Delinquency.
BERLIN, May 19 (A5).—Baron Gott
fried von Cramm, Germany’s top
ranking tennis star, through counsel
today lodged an appeal against the
sentence of a year in prison imposed
on him May 14 for violation of a
statute covering moral delinquencies
The law allowed one week for the
appeal. ,
Von Cramm, member of an aristo
cratic German family, was found
guilty in a secret trial in grim Moabit
Criminal Court of improper relations
with a Jewish youth. Two months al
ready spent in jail were deducted from
the sentence.
T ransient in D. C.
57, Is Discovered
T o Ha ve Leprosy
Case Is Declared Mild.
Victim to Be Sent
to Louisiana.
A case of leprosy came to light here
today when Dr. James C. Cumming of
the District Health Department re
ported a transient who became sus
picious of his own condition shortly
after he arrived Tuesday had been
isolated and will be sent to the Na
tinoal Leper Home at Carville, La.
Dr. Cumming, head of the Prevent
able Disease Division, said the man,
who has spent many of his 57 years in
world travel, came to the Health De
partment a few hours after arriving in
the city and asked to be examined.
The physician said he diagnosed the
case as only moderately advanced and
only slightly contagious. In such
stages, he pointed out. the disease is
transferable only through close con
tact over a long period.
At the same time the Health De
partment revealed the first case of
■ rabies had been reported here since
1931. It involved a 3-year-old Spitz
: dog. whose owner became alarmed
when the pet frothed at the mouth
and had him taken to an animal hos
pital, where he died Monday. No one
is believed to ha\r been bitten by the
dog.
Unanimous Consent Given
Wagner Request—Possible
Changes Seen.
BACKGROUND—
The President two months ago
asked Congress empower R. F. C.
to make special loans to railroads.
The roads themselves were pushing
tor a 15 per cent pay cut. J. J. Pel
ley. Association American Railroads
president, reportedly told President
cut would he held off if loans made
ai'cilablc. but he was overruled by
other rail men. Senator La Follette,
Progressive. Wisconsin, led fight
against making loans it cuts were
to be taken.
BULLETIN.
Several members of the Senate
Banking Committee have suggested
amending the administration bill
liberalizing R. F. C. loans to rail
roads so as to prohibit loans to
roads which force wage cuts,
Chairman Wagner said today.
By the Astcciated Press.
The Senate returned to the Banking
Committee today the administration's
proposal for emergency financial aid to
railroads.
The legislation was recommended by
unanimous consent at the request of
Chairman Wagner of the Banking
Committee, which previously had rec
ommended its enactment.
Senator Wagner said his request was
in the interest of ‘ orderly procedure"
because if the committee decided to
approve the measure again, some
amendments would be added.
The New Yorker told the Senate
that at the time the committee ap
proved it, the committee had “no no
tice of objectic s to certain provisions"
which had since come to its attention.
Prospects Held Dark.
He added that at the time there was
"no discussion of a threatened wage
reduction.”
Administration opposition to the
proposed wage cuts, authoritative per
sons said, virtually destroyed prospects
for any emergency financial aid to the
carriers at this session.
These persons depicted administra
tion officials as determined not to give
financial support to the roads unless
they back down on their proposal to
cut wages 15 per cent.
They said railroad management, on
the other hand, was unwilling to fore
go the reduction to obtain new Fed
eral loans.
A "Fairy Tale.”
John J. Pelley, president of the
Association of American Railroads,
said yesterday the wage reduction for
employes could not be avoided by re
ducing fixed charges of railroads. He
described as a “fairy tale” the state
ments of some Senators that the
railroads’ financial crisis was due to an
excessive burden of debt and interest
charges.
Chairman Wheeler of the Senate
Interstate Commerce Committee said
that if administration support was
withdrawn from the program for
financial aid, he would wash his
hands of it.
Slid) IN CHICAGO
FACE STARVATION
IN RELIEF CRISIS
170,000 Receive Last of
Funds, Leaving 34,000
Families Wanting.
MILK NOW AVAILABLE
ONLY FOR CHILDREN
Officials Look to Special Session
of Legislature Tomorrow
to Bring Assistance.
! By the Associated Press.
I CHICAGO. May 19.—Food tickets
good for a limited supply of rations
were the only protection against star
vation today for 91,000 persons caught
in Chicago's relief crisis.
Funds for May relief checks ran out
after 170,000 persons had been paid,
leaving 34,000 families dependent upon
foodstuffs furnished by the Federal
Surplus Commodities Corp.
The rations, which heretofore sup
plemented rash relief, consisted of
beans, butter, cabbage, celery, oranges
and rice. Milk was available only for
children.
All of the city’s relief stations were
closed except for emergency services
because of an empty treasury. The
closing brought out pickets bearing
placards reading “Soak the rich and
feed the poor” and “Don’t starve,
fight.”
Relief officials looked to the special
session of the Legislature tomorrow
for aid in the financial crisis. The
difference between the amount avail
able for relief and that needed by Chi
cago was estimated at $1,000,000
monthly.
Gov. Henry Horner has recom
mended an increase of $500,000
monthly in State aid for relief pur
poses. Chicago could expect not more
than $400,000 as its share, which would
still leave a monthly deficit of at least j
$600,000.
The Governor suggested the city
divert or borrow from its various funds
to meet the relief emergency until ma- j
chinery can be set up to collect taxes
through new revenue measures. New
levies on so-called luxuries, including
cigarettes, soda water, and cosmetics, i
have been suggested by some city offi- j
cials.
Cleveland Plight Told.
CLEVELAND. May 19 WP).—iState
legislators burrowed deeper into a
welter of municipal relief data today
after hearing from City Relief Com
missioner Prank E. Bubna that half
the heads of destitute Cleveland fam
ilies are unemployables.
The investigators are members of a
House of Representatives committee
of eleven which is to report by June
' 1 to a special relief session of the
Legislature.
The committeemen said their first
day’s investigation disclosed "many
startling things" in the city's welfare
crisis.
While about 150 indigent “reliefers”
entered the third day of a sit-down
protest in the stately City Council
chamber, the legislators conducted a
hearing last night at a downtown
hotel.
Commissioner Bubna told the com
mittee that of 25,000 heads of relief
families at least half are unable to
work because of physical disabilities,
chronic illness or inability to leave
small children alone at home.
S. E. C. OFFICIAL HINTED
AST. V. A. QUIZ COUNSEL
Roy Smith, Director of Utilities
Division, Mentioned for Post.
Selection Next Week.
By the Associated Press.
C. Roy Smith, director of the util
ities division of the Securities Com
mission. was receiving mention today
for the post of chief counsel of the
congressional committee investigating
the Tennessee Valley Authority. The
appointment will be made next week.
Chairman Donahey, Democrat, of
Ohio went ahead, meanwhile, with
arrangements to begin public hearings
soon by taking testimony from Arthur
E. Morgan, former T. V. A. chairman,
and the present directors, David E.
Lilienthal and Harcourt Morgan.
At the request of Arthur Morgan
the investigating committee asked T.
V. A. officials to give the ousted chair
man access to the agency’s records to
help him prepare his case for submis
j sion to the committee.
Reich Press Joins in Chorus
Of Denunciation of America
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BERLIN, May 19.—The Nazi press,
which has been grumbling and mut
tering with displeasure against the
United States for some time now
burst into full cry today.
The American people are "strikinglj
ignorant of Europe.” the Americar
Government is "unconditionally de
voted to the influence of Eastern Eu
ropean Jews,” the present Americar
armaments program is of a "grotesque
proportion which cannot be justified bj
any real danger,” and the Unitec
States is interfering in European af
fairs, the Hamburg Fremdenblatt
which often acts as mouthpiece foi
the German foreign office, roundly as
serts today in what seems to be th(
livelist of the new attacks.
The Fremdenblatt also voices iti
displeasure with the American plar
to hold maneuvers in the Atlantic nexi
year.
American “interference” in Euro
pean aflairs has become a “public dan
ger,” the Fremdenblatt declares, ant
“the question of relations betweer
America and states with authoritariar
leaderships has become a public scan
dal of the first order."
With line impartiality the Fremden
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and conditions of people in the United
States who. it says, are responsible
for this dire state of affairs. Cabinet
ministers, Senators, -professors and
journalists take advantage of every
possible opportunity to spread the
"poison of mistrust and public in
sults,” the newspaper declares. The
American press conducts itself very
badly in this respect most of the
time, it goes on. So does the Amer
ican radio. So do the local govern
ments. So do the motion picture
audiences.
Germany had to withdraw from the
New York Pair because of fear of
possible Incidents, the Fremdenblatt
now says, although Hans Dieckhoff,
German Ambassador to the United
States, declared in announcing Ger
man withdrawal that the reason was
; the Reich’s inability to pay for its
exhibit in foreign exchange.
The immediate occasion for the
Nazis’ displeasure this time is the
criticism of the authoritarian states
recently uttered by Secretary Harry
H. Woodring and Assistant Secretary
Col. Louis A. Johnson of the War De
partment. Other factors are at least
equally responsible for the Reich’s
present displeasure, however.
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Arts Commission Project,
Once Approved, Ditched,
Letter Reveals,
Further confusion was added today
to the already confused situation re
garding the proposed Thomas Jefferson
Memorial by the release of a letter
written on February 19, 1938, by Rep
resentative John J. Boylan, chairman
of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Commission, to Gilmore Clarke, chair
man of the Commission of Fine Arts,
which said that the Memorial Com
mission had unanimously approved a
treatment of the memorial which would
have resulted in abandonment of the
Pantheon scheme—the Pantheon
scheme having evoked Nation-wide
protest. Later, however, the com
mission apparently reversed itself and
went back to the Patheon design.
The text of the letter addressed to
Mr. Clarke foBows:
"I am happy to inform you that the
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commis
sion unanimously adopted the open
scheme of memorial presented yester
day and advocated by you. There will
be no announcement before we see the
President, probably Wednesday.
"As we understand the site and
design are acceptable to your com
mission, I would appreciate now hav
ing a brief statement to this effect
expressing affirmatively the merits of
the site and the design. We under
stand. of course, that details of the
design can be worked out further with
your assistance.”
Followed Clarke Letter.
That letter. It was recalled today,
followed a letter from Chairman
Clarke, in which Mr. Clarke reiter
ated the fact that the commission of
Fine Arts was unable to approve the
Pantheon design for the memorial
prepared in the office of the late
John Russell Pope. Mr. Clarke in
formed the commission that "another
study prepared by your architects
showing a more open treatment pro
viding two semi-circular colonnades,
seems to the commission more emi
nently fitting for the site and com
mends this design to the Jefferson
Memorial Commission as one more
suitable, after further and more de
tailed study, to memorialize the great
contributions which Thomas Jefferson
made to this Nation.”
Mr. Clark said that the site for the
memorial "calls for a low, broad, archi
tectural mass, the central axis open
or partly open, with a notable central
figure or other sculptural composition
dominating the surrounding structure
designed to partly inclose an area
which will become the shrine dedicated
to the writer of the Declaration of In
dependence.” Mr. Clark wrote that
the Commission of Fine Arts submitted
its suggestion “with the sincere belief
that confidence in our studied consid
eration of this most important prob
lem will be fully justified.”
Mr. Boylan's letter to Mr. Clark a
few days later said that the Fine Arts
Commission’s suggestion had been
"unanimously adopted.” Since that
time, however, the Fine Arts Commis
sion has reversed itself again and gone
back to the much criticized Pantheon
design originally adopted and which
lacks Fine Arts Commission approval.
Change Commented On.
In an article to be printed in the
forthcoming issue of the Magazine of
Art, F. A. Whiting, Jr., the editor,
comments at length on the unex
plained change of plans by the Jeffer
son Memorial Commission and em
phasizes the fact that the present
Pantheon design has never been ac
cepted by the Commission of Fine
Arts. In the article he quotes from a
letter written by Mr. Clarke to the
President which declared that “it is
regrettable that a lay commission has
found it desirable to proceed to build
upon the last great site in the Na
tional Capital a structure which, in
the considered judgment of a com
mission of artists, is unsuitable.” * • *
Mr. Whiting asks in his article:
“Would it not be to the public interest
to reveal its facts as candidly as has
Chairman Clarke?”
Pending in the House now is a bill,
introduced by Representative Keller of
Illinois, chairman of the Committee
on the Library, proposing that a com
petition be held for a suitable design.
Siam King’s Mother 111.
BATAVIA, Netherlands East Indies,
May 19 (jT’K-rSangwan Chrukamol, 37,
mother of 12-year-old King Ananda
Mahidol of Siam, arrived today at
Soerabaya, Java, and medical as
sistance was immediately summoned
for her. She was believed to be eerl
ously 11L
Cruiser Springs
Small Leak on
Roosevelt Trip
By the A:sedated Press.
PHILADELPHIA. May 19.—The
Navy's new cruiser Philadelphia, which
recently carried President Roosevelt on
a Caribbean fishing trip, is in the navy
yard for repairs.
Lt. Comdr. W. T. Behrens said today
a small leak which permitted water to
get into one of the storerooms did not
interfere with the President's cruise.
The senior duty officer at the yard
added that the cruiser, which cost j
about $15,000,000 and was commis
sioned last September, had been sched
uled to return to the yard before she
took the President on the trip.
The Philadelphia will remain in the
yard until about the middle of July.
KUMKEHIB
12% Slash Is Made in Costs
of Compensation Policies
for D. C. Employers.
A 12 per cent reduction in the total
workmen's compensation insurance
premium costs in the District will go
into effect July 1, in accord with new
rates established by the National
Council on Compensation, it was an
nounced today by J. Balch Moor. Dis
trict superintendent of insurance.
The new rates, which vary accord
ing to the many different classes of
risks covered, are based on the work
men's compensation insurance experi
ences for the years 1934 and 1935, the
latest for which the experience records
have been closed.
The effect of the new rates for the
different types of risk was calculated
to be a reduction of 12 per cent in
the total premium bill to be paid by
District employers, as against the total
bill paid last year.
The council is the rate-making body
for all the companies providing work
men's compensation insurance. It is
said that the general basis for calcu
lation of the premium rates is an al
lowance of 62.5 per cent of the total
premiums to cover losses, with an
allowance of 37.5 per cent to cover
expenses, taxes and profits.
WOMAN MUST DIE
Vienna Widow Is Doomed for
Slaying of Four.
VIENNA, May 19 UP).—Martha
Marek, 44-year-old widow contacted
of four murders, was sentenced today
to death.
Although the prosecutor, Otto Wot
owa, described the crippled, half
blind woman as a "human cobra who
richly deserves the gallows,” the sen
tence did not indicate the method of
execution.
BANDIT BULLET
MISSES COUPLE
Alexandrian Saves $300
and Jewelry Valued
at $1,500.
A bullet fired by a frustrated bandit
ricocheted harmlessly around the
heads of two young people early today
as the man thwarted an $1,800 hold
up by slipping his automobile into
gear while the thug prepared to
get in.
By the narrowest margin the slug
missed striking both the driver,
Charles Blunt, 1123 King street, Alex
andria, Va , and his companion. Miss
Katherine Wiley, 28, of 3419 Seventh
street N.E.
The bullet, fired by a light-skinned
colored man wearing overalls, passed
through a window and between the
Shoulders of the couple. It glanced
off the middle upright of the wind
shield, off the door frame on the
driver's side and then pierced the top.
The shooting occurred in front of
Miss Wiley's home, where Mr. Blunt
had stopped the car to let another
couple alight about 2 a m. Just as
Miss Wiley was getting ready to leave,
the bandit walked over to the car.
From Miss Wiley's side he reached
in and took her purse, containing
about $2, and made Mr. Blunt turn
over several dollars. With his revolver
trained on the couple, the bandit
opened the rear door and tried to
step in.
Mr. Blunt quickly meshed the gears
and let the clutch out suddenly, caus
ing the bandit to drop back and fire
one shot.
Police investigating the case said
Mr. Blunt, an insurance broker, told
them he had about $300 in another
pocket and a diamond stickpin and
diamond ring worth about $1,500.
The bandit's overalls and cap were
described as similar to those worn by
railroad employes.
RAINS AND LOYALISTS
HALT DRIVE OF REBELS
Insurgent Warplanes Grounded
And Artillery Sinks Deep
In Mountain Trails.
By the Associated Press.
HENDAYE, France, May 19.—The
insurgent advance in Eastern Spain
bogged today under driving rainstorms
and reinforced government resistance.
Warplanes were unable to leave
their bases, and heavy artillery being
moved to the front sank deep in
muddy mountain trails.
The only success of importance re
ported by the insurgents was tl\p cap
ture of lofty Penarroya Peak, east of
Teruel.
A Madrid dispatch said insurgent
bombers raided Castellon de la Plana
on the coast, but caused few casualties
since most of the inhabitants fled to
air raid shelters.
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amuse- Obituary ---A-12
ments ..A-16-17 Radio _C-6
Comics -C-10-11 Short Story.-B-14
Editorials A-10 Society _B-3
Finance ... A-19 Sports _C-l-3
Lost & Found .C-6 Woman’s Pg...C-4
FOREIGN.
Daladier warns II Duce as pact talks
collapse. Page A-2
Suchow burning as Japanese claim
most of city. Page A-2
England makes effort to save Franco
Italian parley. Page A-2
NATIONAL.
Senate recommits proposal for finan
cial aid to railroads. Page A-I
91,000 relief clients face starvation in
Chicago. Page A-I
Test of New Deal seen in Oregon
election. Page A-2
Coroner will hold inquest in plane
crash, killing nine. Page A-2
WASHINGTON AND VICINITY.
Plans for Jefferson Memorial undergo
more changes. Page A-l
Ex-bootlegger says Langdon sought aid
in "framing alibi.” Page A-l
Bullet fired by colored bandit narrowly
misses young couple. Page A-l
Congressional hearings on suffrage to
end tomorrow. Page A-l
Washington Navy Yard may employ
double shift soon. Page A-2
House group approves bill to push slum
clearance. Page B-l
Dr. Ballou reappointed D. C. schools
superintendent. Page 9-1
A
New autopsy demanded by Wamplers In
“handy man” death. Page B-I
EDITORIAL AND COMMENT.
Editorials. Page A-10
This and That. Page A-10
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-10
Answers to Questions. Page A-10
The Capital Parade. PageA-11
David Lawrence. PageA-11
Mark Sullivan. PageA-11
Jay Franklin. PageA-11
Delia Pynchon. Page A-ll
FINANCIAL.
U. S. bonds advance (table) Page A-19
Bank clearings gain. Page A-19
Steel prices reaffirmed. Page A-19
Stocks drift lower (table). PageA-20
Curb changes small (table). PageA-21
Anaconda profits down. Page A-21
SPORTS.
Griffs’ hopes rise as Ferrell again
shows slab form. PageC-1
Maryland picked to finish third In
conference meet. Page C-2
Frank Dobson hits majors’ policy of
grabbing collegians. Page C-2
Armstrong is declared overtrained for
Ross fight. PageC-3
MISCELLANY.
Shipping News. Page B-2
After Dark. Page B-2
Vital Statistics. Page B-6
Service Orders. Page B-9
Nature’s Children. Page C-5
Bedtime Story. Page C-5
Cnxss-Word Puzzle. Page C-10
Letter-Out. Page C-10
Contract Bridge. Page C-ll
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LANGDON SOUGHT
HIS AID ON ALIBI,
WITNESS ASSERTS
Former Bootlegger Testifies
About Conversation on
Morning of Slaying.
BEULAH LIMERICK’S
SISTER ALSO QUIZZED
Court Hears Testimony From
Retired Officer on Alteration
of Police Records.
BACKGROUND—
Beulah Limerick, 19-year-old sec
retary of the Skyhigh Whoopee Club,
uas found dead in her home on the
morning of December 31, 1930. At
first, death uas believed due to
natural causes, but later a gunshot
wound teas found in the head. Later
the case developed into one of the
Capital’s most baffling murder mys
teries. Former'Policeman Langdon
was arrested early in the investiga
tion, but the grand fury at that
time failed to indict him.
By W. H. SHIPPEN, Jr.
The Government produced a ‘ sur
prise” witness this afternoon in an
effort to show that former Policeman
Robert F. Langdon sought deliberately
to frame an alibi on the morning 19
year-old Beulah Limerick was shot
to death.
The witness was James Cavarotta,
admittedly a former bootlegger, who
told the jury which is trying Langdon
in the seven-year-old murder, that
the defendant asked him to say they
had been together on the morning of
the slaying in case the question should
arise.
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place between 4 and 4:30 a m. on De
cember 31. 1930. in front of his home
in the 200 block of Fourteenth street
| R E.
| Cavarotta seemed vague as to the
details of the conversation, and As
! sistant United States Attorney John
1 J. Wilson asked the witness if he did
' not recall telling him in his office sev
eral weeks ago that Langdon had asked
| for an alibi between midnight and 3
a m. Cavarotta then said he remem
j bercd making such a statement, and
1 that, as best he could recall, it was
| true.
I Cavarotta said he was returning
j home in his car on the night in ques
| tion when Langdon drove up and
i alighted. He said he talked to I,ang
j don briefly and made no reply to
Langdon's request for an alibi.
Slain Girl’s Sister Testifies.
Another witness this afternoon was
| Mrs. Julia Frances Mason, a sister of
■ the murdered girl, who told of being
! summoned to Beulah's house by her
brother, Vernon Limeriqk. She said
no members of the family suspected
Beulah had been slain until they
learned the undertaker had found a
1 bullet hole in the girl's head. She
described to the jury the layout of the
house and the position of her sister's
body when she first saw it.
William V. Watts, retired policeman,
related to the jury how he marked up
Patrolman Langdon as reporting from
another patrol box and at an earlier
time when, as a matter of fact, Lang
don had telephoned from “Box No.
11” near the Limerick home at 3
o'clock on the morning of the murder.
With Watts’ testimony, the prose
cution completed its evidence concern
ing the three calls which Langdon
made from Box 11 between 2 and 4
o’clock on the morning of the shooting.
On each occasion, it was said, Lang
don asked that the record show him
as having telephoned from another
place on his beat.
Paul Testifies to Two Calls.
Watts said he sat in on the switch
board to relieve Policeman Carl P.
Paul, who testified yesterday about two
calls he received from Langdon. Watts
said he got a call from Langdon at 3
o’clock on the morning of the murder
from Box No. 11. at Eighteenth and
East Capitol streets.
•‘He told me he was shadowing
somebody,” Watts told the jury, "and
had tried to pull Box No. 49 a few
minutes previously. He asked me to
mark him up as having telephoned
from Box 49 and to set the time at
2:54 a.m.”
The record of the patrol system of
No. 5 precinct was introduced and
showed Watts had noted that Langdon
reported at 2:54 from Box 49.
"I don’t recall exactly,” Watts
said, "but I might have asked Lang
don what time he was at Box 49.
He must have said he was at the
box five or six minutes ago because
if he had been more than a few min
utes late I would have checked up
on him.”
Alterations Done Before.
The retired policeman was cross
examined by Defense Counsel E. Rus
sel Kelly, who asked:
"Is it unusual to alter such police
records?”
"Well,” Watts replied, “I’ve done
It before. I don't recall what officers
i’ changed the record for or how
often such requests were made. Usual
ly the men on the midnight trick
are the ones who ask us' to help
them out.”
The retired policeman said a patrol
man sometimes got cold and tired on
the midnight trick and stood in need
of a little rest. "Maybe they want to
doze in a warm place,” Watts said, "or
hoodie, as we call it on the force.”
"Did you report to your superiors the
fact that Langdon had asked you to
change the record?” Mr. Kelly asked.
"I tojd some one who was investigat
ing the case, I can’t remember who,”
the witness replied. “They said it made
no difference, anyhow, as they knew
Langdon was patrolling his beat that
night in his own automobile, and the
matter of a few minutes would be of
no significance.”
The officer said he did not testify
at the inquest into the Limerick mur
der or at the subsequent grand Jury
investigation.
Watts was followed to the stand by
Policeman Joseph M. Ball, who was
assigned to a patrol car in No. 6 pre
1 (Bee LIMERICK, Page A-3.)
4
VIGOROUS PLEAS
ON D.C. SUFFRAGE
MADE AT HEARING
Finch Quotes Hamilton and
Madison in Plea for
Franchise.
STRESSES PROVISIONS
OF LEWIS RESOLUTION
Mondell Cites Referendum Vote
as Evidence of Demand
by Citizens.
Vigorous pleas by representatives of
the Citizens’ Conference on District
Suffrage for national representation
and local self-government by consti
tutional amendment were made before
the House Judiciary Committee today,
as arrangements were made to bring
the hearing to a close some time to
morrow.
After listening to stirring arguments
in behalf of disfranchised Washing
tonians and hearing two witnesses in
opposition to suffrage, Chairman Hat
ton W. Summers adjourned the hear
ing shortly after noon with the an
nouncement that the final session
will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the
Judiciary Committee room.
The principal argument for an elec
tive form of republican government
for the District of Columbia was
voiced today by Wilbur S. Finch,
chairman of the Citizens’ Conference,
who quoted framers of the Constitu
tion and various jurists to convince
Congress that it is un-American to
deprive residents of the National Cap
ital of a voice in their own govern
ment.
Referendum Vote Cited.
As evidence of the overwhelming
demand of Washingtonians for the
right to vote, the Citizens’ Conference,
through William H. Mondell, chair
man of its Elections Committee, told
the Judiciary Committee of the land
slide for suffrage registered in the
city-wide unofficial referendum of
April 30.
The conference also was repre
sented by Frank C. Waldrop, appear
ing in behalf of Mrs. Eleanor Patter
son, who told of the tremendous
handicap under which the District of
Columbia now operates because of its
voteless status. He pointed out, for
example, that members of Congress
! are reluctant to serve on the District
: Committee.
I Appearing in opposition to the
‘ grant of franchise to the District was
Grover W. Ayers, secretary of the
Ten-Mile-Square Club, and Mrs. E.
Morgan Pryse, legislative chairman of
j the District of Columbia Federation
of Women s Clubs. Mrs. Pryse said
she was speaking for a minority of
the federation.
Opening the second day of hear
ings by the Judiciary Committee. Mr.
j Finch first explained that his confer
ence with 300 member bodies, and a
membership of about 125.000. is cf
j ficially on record for national repre
; sentation. He approved the presenta
tion given the committee on this sub
ject yesterday by Paul E. Lesh and
Jesse C. Suter, spokesmen for the
Citizens' Joint Committee on National
i Representation.
The Citizens’ Conference, Chairman
Finch explained, favors national rep
resentation as outlined in both the
Capper-Norton joint resolution, and
' the Lewis-Randolph joint resolution.
He concentrated his attention, how
ever, on the proposal for local suffrage
as contained in section 1 of the latter
message.
Quotes From Madison.
. Harking back to the intent of the
Founding Fathers, Mr. Finch quoted
from Madison and Hamilton to indi
cate they never intended to deprive
i this city of the vote.
Tracing several decisions of the
Supreme Court of the United States
| regarding local suffrage, Mr. Finch
declared:
‘T believe that Congress can, under
i the Supreme Court's interpretation of
its power over the District, create here
a form of elected municipal govern
ment comparable to any of those now
j existing in most of the other munici
palities in the United States.
“If there is any dispute on this
point,” he declared, “it is not whether
Congress can or cannot create here
an elected municipal government, but
rather that the powers which the
Supreme Court has said Congress may
delegate to such a government would
be insufficient to satisfy some of our
citizens who wish more effective vot
ing privileges and some members of
Congress, who, burdened with tha
duties of handling our local affairs,
wish to transfer pra^ically all respon
j sibility to the people here, where they
believe it properly belongs.”
Section 1 of the Lewis-Randolph
joint resolution, Mr. Finch explained,
“contains, from the point of view of
desirability and practicability, the ulti
mate objective in local self-government
for the residents at the seat of govern
ment of the United States.
“It would not repeal the power of
Congress to exercise exclusive legisla
tion over the seat of government,” he
asserted, “but the politUjal privileges
which Congress could grant to Dis
trict citizens under it would be some
what enshrouded in the sanctity of a
constitutional grant, the future Con
gresses would perhaps be reluctant to
interfere with them unless an emer
gency should thereafter arise of such
a serious nature as to affect the neces
sary independence of the Federal
Government.
"It would so broaden the congres
sional power over the District that
Congress could, if it would, establish
within the District, a locally elected
government with practically all the
attributes of a State government, ex
ecutive, legislative and judicial.
Subject to Congress.
“Such a government would not how
ever, be strictly a State government,
because, among other things, it would
not be independent in local affairs as
are our State governments, but subject
always to the superior authority of
Congress In such matters. It Is be
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