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IV. 8. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Fair tonight and tomorrow; cooler to
night, with lowest temperature about 50
degrees; moderate northwest winds. Tem
peratures today—Highest, 76, at 1 p.m.;
lowest, 67, at 5 a.m.; 75 at 2 p.m.
Full report on page A-2.
Closing N.Y. Markets—Sales—Page 16
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The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press News
and Wirephoto Services.
(A1) Mean* Associated Press.
No. 34,356. 86th YEAR.
Entered as second class matter mTTTJTT' V r* W'TC!
post olBee. Washlnrton, D. C. i.-rlXVJ!jrj X O.
Weds Miss Jane Dahlman,
a Sister of Widow of
His Stepson.
Mrs. Ickes Was Visiting Uncle,
John Cudahy, America's
Envoy to Ireland.
Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the In
terior, and Miss Jane Dahlman of
Milwaukee, Wis., were married today
in Dublin, Ireland, it was announced
through friends here.
Mr. Ickes is 64; his bride, a daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dahlman of
Milwaukee, is 25. Mrs. Ickes is a sis
ter of Mrs. Elizabeth Ickes, widow of
Wilmarth Ickes, stepson of the Secre
tary. She also has a sister living in
Washington, Miss Ann Dahlman, 3226
N street northwest.
Mrs. Ickes has been in Ireland for
several months visiting her uncle, John
Cudahy, United States Minister to
Ireland, at the Legation in Dublin.
The Secretary sailed on the Nor
mandie last Wednesday, with only a
few of his closest associates being
aware of his departure, and reached
Dublin early today.
Cable News to Friends.
The wedding ceremony was per
formed by the Rev. R. k. Hanna in
the Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church
at 9 a.m., Dublin time. The couple
cabled announcement of their mar
riage to friends here, asking that it
be made public.
Mr. and Mrs. Ickes are expected to
return to the United States in about
two weeks. They will be officially at
home after September 1 at Headwaters
Farm, near Olney, Md., which the Sec
retary purchased last summer.
Mrs. Ickes graduated from Smith
College in 1935. Since that time she
has traveled extensively and has been
doing some free - lance writing and
photographic work. She has been a
frequent visitor of her sister in Wash
ington and has accompanied Mr. Ickes
to the White House on one or two occa
sions. Friends describe her as red
haired and mast attractive.
The couple met originally through
Mrs. Elizabeth Ickes several years ago.
Killed in Auto Accident.
Mr. Ickes’ former wife, Mrs. Anna
Wilmarth Ickes, was killed in an auto
mobile accident near Santa Fe, N.
Mex., on August 31, 1935. About a
year later, Wilmarth Ickes. his step
son, died, the widow now residing in
Winnetka, 111.
The Secretary, formerly active in
both the Republican and Progressive
parties, has been a dynamic membei*
of the cabinet of President Roosevelt
since 1933. In addition to heading the
Department of Interior, he has ad
ministered the vast public works pro
grams undertaken in the past five
years and has directed several other
important New Deal activities, includ
ing regulation of the giant oil industry.
Outspoken and firm in his con
victions, he frequently has been in
volved in controversies through the
press with other public personages.
Most recent instances of his breaking
Into the headlines were his letter of
support for Democratic Gubernatorial
Nominee Hess in the Oregon primaries
and his flat refusal to agree to allow
the sale of helium gas to Germany
for use in a dirigible now being con
Mr. Ickes is a native of Blair Coun
ty, Pa,, but has lived most of his life
In Chicago. His political activities
centered about Illinois.
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Ex-Justice Department Employe
Charged With Tampering With
Executive Mail.
(Picture on Page A-2.)
Accused of tampering with White
House mail, William Buchly, 57, of
417 Ingraham street N.W., a mail room
clerk at the executive offices, today
was charged with petit larceny and or
dered held for arraignment in Police
Court tomorrow.
Buchley, understood to be a for
mer Justice Department employe
and appointed to the White House job
during the Hoover administration, al
legedly was caught in the act of re
moving three marked $1 bills from offi
cial White House mail.
His arrest by Secret Service men
came about Sunday after a number of
packages in the mailroom were said
to have been rifled and a number af
articles of clothing and other personal
property of clerks and stenographers
are reported to have disappeared.
White House police are said to have
planted the marked money in. letters
and allegedly arrested Buchley after
he had removed it from the open
letters and put it in his pocket.
Buchley is married and is the
father of several children.
Two Tibetans, Former Servants,
! Taken With Jewels.
SHANGHAI, May 24 (IP).—A val
uable cache of the late Panchen
Lama’s jewels and other valuables has
been recovered from two Tibetans
arrested in the French concession
Police suspected them of stealing
the valuables from the Lama's body
while it was being carried into Tibet
last March. The Tibetans were de
scribed as former servants of the
Panchen Lama, one of the two priestly
rulers of Tibet. It was believed they
came to Shanghai in hope of dispos
-.hm of the jewels.
Bride of Secretary Ickes
The Former Miss Jane Dahlman of Milwaukee.
—Harris-Ewing Photo.
(Additional picture on Page A-2.)
Yates Defeats Fischer in
British Amateur Golf.
Ouimet Advances.
B» the Associated Press.
TROON. Scotland. May 24.—United
States Amateur Champion Johnny
Goodman today defeated his Walker
Cup teammate, Ray Billows of Pough
keepsie. N. Y., 4 and 2, to reach the
third round of the British amateur
golf championship.
While Goodman became the third
American to reach the third round,
another of his mates. Marvin (Bud)
Ward of Olympia, Wash., was beaten
in an extra-hole match. The Pacific
Coast youngster lost on the twentieth
hole to Albert W. Briscoe of Britain.
Picking up one more hole after
building up a three-hole margin on the
first nine, Francis Ouimet, Boston vet
eran and United States Walker Cup
team captain, reached the third round
with a 4-and-3 triumph over Dr. Wil
liam Tweddell. Dr. Tweddell cap
tained the British team in 1936.
Regains His Margin.
Ouimet's margin was cut to 2 up at
the 10th, where he was short of the
green in two, but he shut out Tweddell
by winning the 15th and 16th as the
Briton got into the sand.
Charley Yates of Atlanta, scoring at
the expense of one of his American
Walker Cup teammates, and Fred
Haas, jr„ of New Orleans won their
first-round matches today.
Yates, wearing the "lucky red flan
neltf’ given him by Bobby Jones, de
feated Johnny Fischer of Cincinnati
with a stymie on the 19th green. Haas,
wearing his Louisiana State Univer
sity sweater with a big block "L"
which baffled the Scots in the gallery,
routed A. J. Ashworth of Scotland, 7
and 6. Haas reached the turn in 34,
to be 5 up, and closed out his rival
three holes later.
Out in 33. to be 3 up at the turn
and 4 up after the 10th hole, Yates
wobbled in the face of Fischer’s mag
nificent fight on the back nine and
lost his lead on the home green, where
he sliced into the sand.
Fischer Is Stymied.
At the 19th both were well on in 2,
Fisher 10 feet from the cup and Yates
9. Putting first, Fischer rolled a foot
and a half past. Yates then missed,
his ball stopping directly in front of
Johnny took out his niblick and
tried to jump the stymie, but his ball
hit Charley’s and stayed out of the
An interesting sidelight was the
fact that Fischer won the 1936 United
States amateur championship at Gar
den City, N. J., mainly because he
stymied Scotland’s Jock McLean on
the thirty-fourth hole of their 37-hole
final match.
In the final analysis it was Fischer’s
putting that lost for him. The lean
(See GOLF, Page A-3.)
Woman Rescued From Snakes.
SPOKANE, Wash., May 24 (A1).—A
C. C. C. searching party rescued 87
year-old Mrs. Tena Buckman from a
rugged, rattlesnake-infested .ravine
near here yesterday. She was near
collapse after wandering two days.
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Cardenas Is Held Merely
‘Playing Safe’ in Putting
Troops in San Luis.
Long-reported preparations lor
revolt in Mexico last week cul
minated in fighting a* forces of ex
Gen. Saturnino Cedillo rose up
against the socialist regime of
President Lazaro Cardenas. Gen.
Cedillo’s forces were defeated, and
a bomb attack by an unidentified
plane believed to belong to Gen.
Cedillo was directed at President
Cardenas headquarters.
By the Ascociated Press.
MEXICO CITY. May 27.—A com
petent neutral military observer said
today the Lasaro Cardenas govern
ment apparently was not "taking very
seriously” Gen. Saturnino Cedillo's up
rising in San Luis Potosi.
Defense military officials—the few
not on vacation—showed only desul
tory interest in dispatches from the
war zone, this source said, and were
described as feeling President Car
denas was merely "playing safe” in
concentrating six infantry battalions,
seven cavalry regiments, 18 warplanes
and assorted units of specialists in the
Dispatches filtering through military
channels yesterday indicated Gen.
Genovevo Rivas Guillen, state military
commander, was using planes for the
first time to bomb rebel concentration
operating in scattered areas.
But the effects of the bombard
ments about Cardenas, Las Tablas and
Canoas were not revealed.
May Hold Out for Months,
Persons familiar with the geography
of San Luis Potosi and adjoining
states expressed the belief Gen. Cedil
lo, reported yesterday to have set up
headquarters at Montebello, about 8
miles east of his captured estate. Las
Palomas, would move slowly eastward
toward the wilder country around
Morelos Viejos on the Mexico-Laredo
Water, cattle and game are to be
had there in abundance, it was said,
and with the rainy season approach
ing, Gen. Cedillo might hold out for
months—as he did for years against
Meanwhile, Rutilio Alamilla Valdes,
secretary of state of San Luis Potosi,
who fled the capital of that state Sat
urday night, was arrested here when
police gained access to the house
where he was hiding by posing as a
More Arrests Expected.
Alamilla served under Gov. Mateo
Hernandez Netro, who also fled Satur
day night.
Before leaving. Hernandez Netro
named Miguel Alvarez Acosta, chief
justice of the State Superior Court, to
succeed him.
But the government press depart
ment made public the text of Presi
dent Cardenas' message to Congress
last night, asking it to vacate San
Luis Potosi state powers and name
provisional officials pending elections.
Already Col. Leandro Sanchez of the
army had been named head of the
police department of the city of San
Luis Potosi.
Other arrests were expected to fol
low that of Alamilla as the result of
the appearance of Cedllllsta manifes
tos calling for opposition to Cardenas.
390 Rebels Raid Ranches.
Government soldiers sprawled on the
front porch of the Cedillo estate re
vealed the handful of Cedillistas
guarding the hacienda tried to set off
underground mines when the troops
arrived. They found the front porch
also mined, they said.
In an effort to keep the Mexico
Laredo highway to the United States
open the war ministry reported troops
disarmed police at Tamazunchale and
other points.
In the adjoining state of Queretaro
a well organized band of 300 rebels
raided the Galindo, Mirando and La
Noria ranches, taking hones and dis
arming agrarians in the neighbor
Federal troops were sent in pursuit
though there was no information that
the band was connected with the Ce
dillo movement. —
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Optimism Fades as Peace
Talks of Henlein and
Hodza Collapse.
Sudetens Demand Evacuation of
Their Districts as Condition
to Renew Discussions.
Czechoslovak - German tension
heightened as result of killing of
tioo Sudeten Germans by Czech
border guards Saturday on eve of
Czechoslovakian municipal elec
tions. Czechs also increased armed
forces to half million by calling re
serves. Troops reinforced border,
and mere stationed through Sudeten
German areas, where disorders have
occurred recently.
VIENNA. May 24 (A*).—A close
friend of Kurt Schuschnigg said
today the former Austrian chan
cellor suffered a nervous break
down two days ago in the Belve
dere Palace, where he has been de
tained since the German annexa
By the Associated Press.
PRAHA, May 24.—Reports of new
troop movements on the German side
of Czechoslovakia's southern frontier
combined with interruption of the
Hodza-Henleln peace talks here today
to discourage such optimism as had
developed after Central Europe's criti
cal week end.
In official quarters reports circulated
that yesterday's withdrawal of Ger
man troops from the border took place
only in Saxony and that they fell
back only about 20 miles.
On Czechoslovakia's frontier with
Austria it was said the concentration
of German troops actually had in
The sudden departure from Praha
of Konrad Henlein caused suspension
of his negotiations with Premier Milan
Hodza or. the dangerous issues be
tween his Sudeten German party and
the Czechoslovak government.
Troop Withdrawal Demanded.
This coincided with reports the
Sudeten Germans were demanding
withdrawal of Czechoslovak troops
mobilised over the week end in the
Sudeten districts as a condition to
continuation of peace talks—a con
dition Praha officials indicated it
would be difficult to meet.
The Austro-Czech border is by far
the most vulnerable section of Czecho
slovakia's long frontier, for there is a
wide gap in the mountain chains
which form the republic's natural
defense against invasion.
Although it was officially stated that
conversations between Hodza and
Henlein were expected to be resumed
toward the end of the week, a strong
undercurrent of skepticism was ap
parent in references of government
spokesmen to this point.
The government’s position appar
ently is that there 1s small chance
of reaching a real agreement with
Henlein until it becomes perfectly
clear that the Sudeten Germans can
expect no help from Reichsfuehrer
Hitler, their self-proclaimed protector,
under any circumstances.
Premier Milan Hodza and Henlein
talked for more than two hours last
night, and were to have met again
today with two Sudeten German mem
bers of Parliament. >
Arrangements Called Off.
At 10 a m., however, the arrange
ments were called off and Henlein de
Last night’s talks between Hodza
and Henlein were said to have been
"encouraging” although of purely an
informatory character.
Official quarters in Praha were
frankly dubious about the chances of
meeting any sweeping demands on
troop withdrawals.
It was pointed out that there are
elections next Sunday and June 12,
and that withdrawing troops would
(SeeCZECH, Page A-4.)
Similar Proposal Was in
Landon Program When
He Was Defeated.
Faced by economic recession
since last fall, administration draft
ed new spending-lending bill. Mov
ing quickly through the House, it
was widely revised by Senate Com
mittee farm payments, controversial
curb on municipal power projects
and W. P. A. wage equalizing
Democratic attacks on the Vanden
berg plan to return control over relief
to the States, with Federal aid grants,
went on today, with Senator McKellar
of Tennessee criticizing the proposal.
Contending a similar proposal was
in the Republican platform when Gov.
Alf M. Landon was defeated in 1936.
Senator McKellar argued the amend
ment would mean 49 separate relief
administrations instead of the single
Federal administration.
Senator Vandenberg proposes the
same Federal appropriation as in the
administration bill, but the funds
would be allotted to the States to be
augmented by a 25 per cent local con
Senator McKellar declared the State
control plan might “lead to untold
scandals." Referring to the handling
of the relief problem by Federal Works
Administrator Harry L. Hopkins, the
Tennessean said:
“There have been no scandals in his
administration except in the headlines,
and when examined they have been
found without foundation.”
Delay Seen in Senate.
Although Senate leaders were talk
ing hopefully of early passage of
the $3,247,000,000 work relief and
pump priming bill, there were other
indications that differences over the
proposed curbing of P. W. A. munici
pal power projects may prove diffi
cult to settle promptly.
Senator Norris, Nebraska Inde
pendent, made known he would not
agree to the compromise being pre
pared by Majority Leader Barkley
of Kentucky, under which P. W. A.
could finance municipal power proj
ects, but only after a city had made
a fair offer to purchase existing pri
Tsee RELIEF, Page A-5.)
Monastery Seized.
VIENNA, May 24 (/P).—The official
Wiener Zeitung today published a de
cree announcing confiscation of the
entire property of the Monastery of St.
Lambrecht in Styria, belonging to the
Catholic Order of St. Benedict. Rea
sons were not disclosed.
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements A-18 Radio -B-8
Comics ..B-18-17 Short Story..B-6
Editorials_A-8 Society .B-3
Finance _A-15 sports ...A-12-14
Lost &Foundt B-12 Woman’s
Obituary ...A-18 Page .B-ll
Cardenas seen treating Cedillo upris
ing lightly. Page A-l
Japanese push nearer Kaifeng; bomb
city from air. Page A-4
Marriage of Ickes in Ireland today
announced here. Page A-l
Wage-hour foes will seek to make act
more flexible. Page A-l
Youtl} in pact slaying to escape pos
sible death in chair.. Page A-t
Convict slain as Alcatraz break is
foiled. Page A-*
Hearing of testimony completed In
Langdon murder trial. Page A-l
Democrats attack Vandenberg relief
plan. Page A-l
Advisory Council urges extension of
old-age insurance. Page A-3
Two boys held in destruction of rail
road property. Page A-S
Boylan hits Pine Arts group in me
morial dispute. Page A-S
Television possibilities discussed by
Art Federation. Page B-l
Assailant of A. U. co-ed, 10, suspected
in other attacks. Page B-l
Ross battling time and Armstrong
in title defense. Page A-12
Welter king goes to fight scene to
help ballyhoo. Page A-12
Eight defending champions entered in
L. C. 4-A track meet. Page A-12
Mrs. Suttie, ‘outsider,’ now Star net
tourney threat. Page A-13
Stratton faces Leonard on return to
slab for Chisox. Page A-13
All club6 except Cardinals now at
player limit. Page A-13
Reds’ McCormick rated 1938 ace rookie
of majors. Page A-13
Plans underway for Star horseshoe
pitching tourney. Page A-14
Editorials. Page A-8
This and That. Page A-8
Answers to Questions. Page A-8
Stars, Men and Atoms. Page A-8
Political Mill. Page A-8
The Capital Parade. Page A-9
David Lawrence. Page A-9
Frederic William Wile. Page A-9
Jay Franklin. Page A-9
Della Pynchon. Page A-9
Bonds uneven (table). Page A-15
Oil output cut*sharply. Page A-15
Stocks irregular (table). PageA-16
Curb shares mixed (table). PageA-17
Philip Morris net higher. PageA-17
Home building tope year
ago. Page A-17
Shipping News. Page A-18
City News in Brief. Page A-ll
Service Orders. Page B-2
Vital Statistics. Page B-12
Nature’s Children. Page B-12
Cross-word Pusxle. Page B-18
Bedtime Story. Page B-18
Letter-Out. Page B-18
Contract Bridge. Page B-17
Hails Police Car,
Thinking It a Cab,
And Lands in Jail
Mrs. Nola Jackson, alias Mrs.
Nora D. McCarthy, got a free
"taxi” ride early today. Standing
at the east entrance of the Union
Station, Mrs. Jackson, according
to Policeman J. B. Gilbert of the
Ninth Precinct, hailed a police
scout car, thinking it was a taxi.
The scout car stopped and she
was very politely handed in, but
her next stop turned out to be
the Ninth Precinct station, where
she was charged with intoxica
In Police Court today she was
fined $15.
Leaders of Ticket Backed
by Guffey and Lewis
Confer Here.
The leaders who backed the Guffey
Lewis-Kennedy ticket and were de
feated in Pennsylvania’s recent Dem
ocratic primary gathered at a lunch
eon at the Raleigh Hotel today to dis
cuss their future course.
Senator Joseph P. Guffey was the
host. His guests included John L.
Lewis, chairman of the C. I. O.: Lt.
Gov. Thomas Kennedy, the Guffey
Lewis candidate for Governor in the
primary: Philip Murray, vice presi
dent of the United Mine Workers of
America and head of the Steel Work
ers’ Organizing Committee of the C.
I. O.; Mrs. Emma Guffey Miller, sis
ter of Senator Guffey and also Demo
cratic national committeewoman for
Pennsylvania: Mrs. Edith De Witt,
candidate for secretary of internal af
fairs; Judge Ralph H. Smith, candi
date for Lieutenant Governor; Edward
N. Jones, who directed publicity
for the Kennedy campaign; R. H.
Bailey, Senator Guffey's secretary;
Robert L. Vann, Pittsburgh, colored
publisher; State Treasurer F. Clair
Ross, who managed the Kennedy
campaign, and Representative Walter
of Pennsylvania.
Public Comment Declined.
Senator Guffey, Mr. Lewis and Lt.
Gov. Kennedy have all declined to
comment publicly upon the results in
the Pennsylvania primary up to this
Some of the questions to be answered
are: Will these leaders support the
Jones-Earle ticket in the campaign?
Will they bargain successfully with the
winners in the campaign for recog
At one time the suggestion was
made that after the primary an effort
would be made to have Charles Alvin
Jones, Pittsburgh lawyer, withdraw
as candidate for Governor, in the event
he should be nominated, and permit
the selection of a “compromise can
didate” by the Democratic State Com
Since the primary results were an
nounced, however. President Roosevelt
and Chairman James A. Farley of the
Democratic National Committee have
both telegraphed their congratulations
and best wishes to Mr. Jones and also
to his running mate, Gov. George H.
Earle, now the nominee for Senator on
the Democratic ticket.
Under all the circumstances it
(See POLITICS, Page A-5.)
Derrick Collapses While the Men
Work Abandoned Mine.
COMMERCE, Okla., May 24 OP).—
Efforts of eight unemployed miners
to grub a living from an abandoned
once-rich vein in the tri-State lead
and zinc field cost two of them their
lives yesterday.
An old derrick collapsed, and the
car in which three were riding plum*
meted 200 feet. Fred Rosson, 40, and
Bill Sholtz, 45, of Douthat were killed.
Two other miners were injured and
four trapped by the wreckage, but
rescuers dug them out after two and
a half hours.
Two School Children Killed.
ATLANTA, Tex., May 24 (/P).—Two
school children were killed and three
injured when a school bus and a log
truck collided on a narrow bridge near
here yesterday. ^
Ramspeck Offers Measure
as a Substitute for
Norton Bill.
A coalition of Republicans and
Northern Democrats crushed today
a determined Southern attempt to
Inject greater flexibility into the
revamped wage-hour bllL
Pj the Associated Press.
Opponents of the revamped wage
hour bill plunged the House into heated
debate immediately after it met today
by a last-ditch attempt to force adop
tion of a more flexible substitute.
Representative Ramspeck. Democrat,
of Georgia offered the alternative pro
posal as the “legal and safe way to
provide for regulation of the wages
and hours of this country's sweated
His bill would create an independent
administrative board with power to
grant exemptions from provisions for
a graduated minimum wage based on
the "weighted average" for individual
occupations. In contrast, the House
bill would establish a universal gradu
ated minimum wage starting at 25
cents an hour and increasing to 40
cents at the end of three years.
Representative Ramspeck said the
initial wage under his bill probably
would be slightly higher than 25 cents
in most industries, but could not go
higher than 40 cents.
Hours under the House bill wouid
start at 44 per week and drop to 40 in
two years. Under the Ramspeck bill,
the board would have power to vary
them between 40 and 48 per week.
Almost the entire membership was
on hand when the Georgian told the
House his bill was fundamentally the
same as the bill passed by the Senate
last summer, but asserted it had been
amended to fix a definite “floor” un
der wages and provide for geographi
cal representation on the administra
tive board.
Indorsed by Labor Bodies.
Declaring it had been indorsed origi
nally by the C. I. O. and the American
Federation of Labor, he said the House
would have to accept it ‘‘if you want
to give anything more than a gesture
to the sweated labor in this country.”
‘‘As far as I’ve been able to learn,”
he said, "the Norton (House) bill has
no chance of being enacted into law
by agreement of the Senate.”
Whatever bill the House adopts
probably will have to go to a joint
Senate-House committee for adjust
ment of differences.
“I believe most sincerely this is the
only method that has a chance of be
ing sustained by the courts of this
country,” Mr. Ramspeclc added.
Immediately after he concluded,
Representative Boileau. Progressive, of
Wisconsin sought to have the
Georgian’s substitute stricken down
on the ground that it was not germane
to the House Bill.
Predict Passage Today.
Leaders brought the bill up to the
amendment stage late yesterday after
five hours of general debate. They
predicted it would pass by a substan
tial margin before adjournment to
They based their optimistic forecast
partially on the overwhelming vote of
322 to 73 by which the membership
forced the bill to the floor. Only 53
Democrats and 20 Republicans op
posed its consideration.
Mr. Ramspeck said that defeat of
his substitute would not halt the cam
paign to make the bill more flexible.
He drafted an amendment to make
the proposed annual Increases in the
minimum wage discretionary.
"This bill is never going to become a
law,” Mr. Ramspeck asserted. “It will
pass the House all right, but I don’t
think the Senate will accept it.”
"When it gets to conference,” Mr.
Ramspeck added, "we may be able to
work out a compromise that will be
Marriage Courses Urged.
SEATTLE, May 24 (^.—Pacific
Coast student body presidents adopted
resolutions here yesterday advocating
compulsory college courses in marriage
problems and Wasserman tests for all
Italy’s Conquest Recognized.
COPENHAGEN, May 24 (/P).—Den
mark today recognized Italy’s conquest
of Ethiopia. She became the twenty
sixth nation to accredit her envoy at
Rome to the King of Italy and Bn
peror of Ethiopia.
Testimony Is Ended With
Final Effort to Rebut
Langdon Statement.
Defendant Had Told of Finding
Bullet-Punctured Carton Under
Mattress of Girl.
Seven years ago. Beulah Limer
ick, “party girl” of the prohibition
era, was shot to death in her South
east Washington home, under mys
terious circumstances. A few weeks
ago. Robert F. Lvigdon, who had
been “the cop on the beat’’ was
charged with the killing. There were
indications that the Government
was banking heavily on information
received from Langdon’s estranged
wife, but the court barred her as a
Prosecution and defense witnesses
completed their testimony shortly be
fore noon today In the trial of former
Policeman Robert F, Langdon, charged
with first-degree murder in the shoot
ing of Beulah Limerick. The case was
expected to reach the all-male jury
late today.
The final witnesses were three offi
cers put on the stand by the Gov
ernment in an effort to rebut Lang
don's statement that he found a piece
of bullet-punctured cardboard under
the mattress on which the murdered
19-year-old girl lay.
The rebuttan witnesses were Lt.
John Flaherty, detached sergeant at
tached to the homicide squad at tha
time of the killing; Lt. Robert Pierce,
who was attached to No. 5 precinct
in 1930, and Policeman J. M. Bell, who
was in the murder house with Lang
don, when the latter was on guard
duty there.
Langdon's Testimony.
Langdon told the jury yesterday
that among new evidence he found
in Beulah's home, at 18 Nineteenth
street S.E., was a flattened shoe carton
between the springs and mattress of
the day-bed on which the girl was
lying. The defendant said he raised
the mattress and noticed a bullet hole
in the cardboard.
It was this circumstance. Langdon
said, which led him to examine the
mattress. He found a bullet hole
through the mattress and another
through She floor below. Langdon
said he pressed his search further and
located the bullet, along with an ex
ploded shell, in a coffee cup.
Sergt. Flaherty testified he inter
viewed Langdon in the death house
on the morning after the officer had
discovered the "new evidence," and
that Langdon did not mention the
cardboard. Sergt. Flaherty and other
detectives had made a search of the
place on the previous day without un
covering any of the evidence reported
by Langdon.
"Are you positive the cardboard was
not under the mattress when you ex
amined the daybed?" the detective
was asked by Defense Counsel E.
Russel Kelly.
“I am positive it was not there at
either time I examined the bed,” was
the reply.
Lt. Pierce said he visited the death
house while Langdon was guarding
the premises and Langdon failed to
mention that he had discovered the
piece of cardboard. Officer Bell told
the jury he saw Langdon pull up the
mattress, but observed no cardboard
and was certain Langdon had not
mentioned its presence.
The defense closed with the testi
mony of Sergt. William E. Heaslip,
and the Government's first rebuttal
witness was Francis W. Markle, a
desk sergeant at No. 5 precinct at
the time of the murder. Sergt. Markle
said Langdon volunteered for guard
duty at the death house on the night
after an undertaker discovered that
she had been shot to death.
Testimony on Drinking.
Earlier testimony of drinking and
disorder among Miss Limerick's asso
ciates was offered by the defense.
Mrs. Pearl Poston, 1836 A street S.E.,
mother of three daughters and a
neighbor of Miss Limerick, said she
had reported the girl's house to No. 5
police on several occasions during No
vember and December, 1930.
“What was the nature of your com
plaints?” the witness was asked by De
fense Attorney Kelly.
"Well,” the witness replied, “men
going to the place kept parking their
cars in front of my house half of the
day and all night.”
Mrs. Poston said that on one occa
sion she told Langdon, then the police
man on the beat, that:
“As many officers as are around here,
(See LANODON~Page A-3.)
Lower Temperature Is Forecast
for Tonight, With Fair
Weather Tomorrow.
Showers, which are reaching the
bromldic stage, will be turned on the
Capital again this afternoon, accord
ing to the Weather Bureau.
Moderate temperatures during the
afternoon will give way to lower ones
at night, with the overnight minimum
expected to be around 50.
Tomorrow probably will be fair and
somewhat cooler, with moderate
northwest winds changing to gentle
variable breeaae.
Last night's storm, during which
the wind reached a velocity of more
than 30 miles an hour at times, felled
a number of trees throughout the city,
but no serious damage was reported.
The precipitation amounted to about
a quarter of an inch. Yesterday's
“high” was 76 at 11:15 a.m. and this
morning's "low'^67 at 5 o’clock.

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