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From the United State* Weather Bureau report. I F '’X rlTSt 111 WaSninatOll”” Full details on Paae A-2. ^^kr ^ . A. Occasional showers tonight and tomor- ■ First in the news coverage that ' row; slightly cooler tomorrow; gentle I \ ■ M builds public confidence—First In winds, mostly southwest and south. ■ f \ ■ ■ quality of circulation and adver -■at 11 reflcct public con Closinq N. Y. Markets- -Sales, Page 16. ----- --- __-W Mtam Associated Prep,*. 67th YEAR. No. 34,717._WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1939—THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. ** THREE CENTS. Queen Speaks At Corner Stone Rites in Ottawa Trooping of Colors Marks George's 44th Birthday Royal Program Today at Ottawa. 9:30 a.m.—Trooping of the colors. 10:35 am.—Laying of Su preme Court Building corner stone. 10:55 am. —Motor drive through neighboring Hull. 3 p.m.—Garden party. 7 p.m.—Parliamentary dinner. Sunday. 10 a.m.—Unveiling of war memorial, Ottawa. 1:30 pm—Depart for Toronto. 6:45 p.m.—Thirty-five min ute stop en route at Kingston, with drive through city. (Text of Queen Elizabeth's Speech on Page A-3.) Ira Wolfert's story of their majesties' reception for re porters yesterday appears' on Page A-3. By the Associated Press. OTTAWA. May 30.—Queen Eliza beth gave a feminine touch today in a last-minute change in the text of the first real public address she ever made. Laying the foundation stone of the new Supreme Court of Canada after a brilliant ceremony of troop ing the colors in celebration of King George Vi's birthday, she said: "Perhaps it is not inappropriate that this task should be performed by a woman, for woman's position in civilized society has depended upon the growth of man." The Queen wanted that sentence Inserted. First Real Speech. She has launched ships, opened bazaars, sponsored charity festivals and other routine of royal endeavor —but her first real speech was here In the Dominion of Canada. Part of it was in French, and she said the new building would be a fitting addition to the growing group of public buildings springing up along the cliff top overlooking the Ottawa River, "unsurpassed as a symbol of the free and democratic institutions which are our greatest heritage.” "To see your two great races with their different legislations, beliefs and traditions, uniting more and more closely, after the manner of England and Scotland, by ties of af fection, of respect and of a common ideal, is my fondest wish,” she de clared. . ^ The ceremony was as simple as the trooping the colors, in w’hich the King took part, was colorful. Two Regiments in Ceremony. Two regiments of Canadian Guards performed the time-honored ceremony as Canada joined King George VI in celebrating his 44th birthday. The King was born December 14, 1895, but adopted May 20 for the Canadian celebration of his birth. A bright sun brought out colorful crowds that thronged the Domin ion's spired capital for the most brilliant pageantry the King and his Scottish Queen will see on their month's tour of Canada and the United States. The King was driven in an auto mobile from Rideau Hall, the Gov ernor General's residence, to Parlia ment Hill, with an escort of mounted Royal Canadian dragoons. Preceded By Queen. He was alone. Queen Elizabeth preceded him to the vast green square in an automobile with Lady Tweedsmuir. wife of the Governor General, and watched from a win dow of his chambers in the Parlia ment Building. The trooping the colors, a cere mony whose origins lie deep in English antiquity, was carried out by the Governor Generals foot guards of Ottawa and the Canadian Grenadier Guards of Montreal. There were at least 60,000 persons In the milling crow’ds, the largest ever to assemble on the hill. Precedent Broken in Reception. Another precedent was broken in the reception the King and Queen gave yesterday for 140 newspapermen and newspaperwomen. Both shook hands with every one present and found subjects of com mon interest with many. Queen Elizabeth, apparently enjoying her self greatly, asked the woman writ ers whether they were enjoying the experience and won journalistic ap proval as a good candidate for an in quiring reporter. The King asked quick, easy ques tions when he wanted to know some thing but talked less than Queen Elizabeth. He laughed heartily, even though he probably did not under stand the slang of a New York re porter who told his Britannic maj esty: “You certainly are in there punch ing. I don’t know how you can take it.” Still in French Area. Thus far the Queen, Scottish bom, and King George have visited pre dominantly French-speaking areas of their largest dominion—even Ot tawa which is the capital. The city, with sparkling lagoons and lakes and the Ottawa River rushing swiftly toward the great St. (See KING’ Page A-3.) Dr. Mayo Is Reported Not Yet Out of Danger CHICAGO. May 20.—The condi tion of Dr. Charles H. Mayo, famous Rochester, Minn., physician and surgeon, was reported as favorable today by attendants at Mercy Hos pital, where he is being treated for pneumonia. Attendants said Dr. Mayo, who is 73, spent a comfortable night, al though he is not out of danger. He was stricken last night in his hotel suite. ’ 1 Lindsays Invite Neighbors To Garden Party for Royalty Families in the Six Adjoining Houses Receive Bids British Ambassador Sir Ronald Lindsay and Lady Lindsay have been “good neighbors” in picking the chosen few outside of high official circles to be invited to the Embassy garden party for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth June 8, it was revealed today. The heads of the six social regis terite families whose gardens adjoin the garden of the Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts avenue N.W., have received the coveted bids to the royal garden party, a survey of the neigh borhood disclosed. The neighborhood invitations went 1 to Senator James J. Davis. Repub lican. of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Davis, of 3012 Massachusetts avenue N.W.; Dr. Oliver J. Hart, rector of St, John's Episcopal Church, and Mrs. Hart, who reside at 3009 White haven street N.W.; Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Flint, 3041 Whitehaven street N.W.; Mrs. J. H. Ten Eyck Burr, 3015 Whitehaven street N.W.; Mr. and Mrs. Philip M. Brown, 306i Whitehaven street N.W., and Capt. and Mrs. Paul H. Bastedo, 3055 Whitehaven street N.W. Scores of other socially prominent MRS. JAMES J. DAVIS. —Underivood Photo. Washingtonians, not fortunate enough to live as neighbors to the Embassy, have been disappointed at being passed over for the party which Sir Ronald has described as “just like heaven—some are taken and some are left.” _Only 1300 can be accommodated at (Sep INVITATIONS. Page A-3.>— Germany to Build Lithuania New Port 2 Miles From Memel Trade Agreement Also Provides for Two Free Port Zones Bj the Associated Press. BERLIN, May 20. — Germany agreed to build a new port for Lithuania about 2 miles south of Memel as part of a trade agreement signed today by the foreign minis ters of the two nations, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Juozas Urbsys. Lithuania also will receive two free port zones in Memel Harbor. The treaty was a consequence of Germany’s annexation of Memel last March 22 by which Lithuania lost her only port. A German communique said the negotiations were conducted in "a friendly spirit and with full under standing for the economic interests of the other contracting partner.” Pact for 2-Year Period. The pact was concluded for a two-year period. Attached to it was a clearing agreement and a set of regulations for frontier traffic. Questions discussed and amicably settled, according to the Communi que were: 1. “Regulation of economic rela tions between Germany and Lithu ania which was found necessary after the incorporation of Memel land into the Reich.” 2. "Establishment of a Lithuanian free harbor in Memel, provision for which was made in the treaty con cluded between Germany and Lithu ania on March 22.” This was the treaty in which Lithuania surrend ered Memel to Germany. 3. “Full agreement was also reached concerning all financial questions resulting from incorpo ration of the Memel district.” Will Receive 2 Free Port Zones. 4. "As free harbors Lithuania will receive two free port zones with areas and implements necessary thereto in the Harbor of Memel, which will guarantee the smooth functioning and development of Lithuanian transit trade. "For a later date a new Lithu anian free port 3 kilometers 1186 miles) south of Memel is being planned, the construction of which the Reich has agreed to.” 5. "Special provisions have been made for important Lithuanian bus inesses serving the Lithuanian tran sit trade.” 6. "Individual questions arising from the future development 1 of the Lithuanian transit trade will ; again be discussed in negotiations ) scheduled for the beginning of | June.” Navy Scouts Report Of Fire on 2 New Ships By the Associated Press. NORFOLK. Va„ May 20.—Clog ging of a compressed air line with leaking oil caused a temporary cessation of work yesterday at the navy yard for approximately 150 welders, riveters and shipfitters. Navy officials discounted reports that spraying oil had caused a flareup of flames aboard the new destroyers Morris and Wainwright. German Conspiracy To Kill Benes in U. S. Is Charged Data Said to Have Been Sent Ex-President By Paris Envoy Ey the Associated Press. PARIS. May 20.—Diplomatic sources here said today that Stefan Osusky, former Czecho-Slovak Min ister to France, had forwarded to ex-President Eduard Benes infor-! mation of a Nazi-fomented plot to j assassinate Dr. Benes during his I current residence in the United States. • In Prague responsible Czechs said they had heard no suggestion that the German Gestapo—secrer. police—had been involved in any plot against Dr. Benes. They said, however, they had heard rumors that elements in America opposed to Dr. Benes already had made an attempt against him > Dr. Benes, who resigned as Czecho-Slovakia's President after the September partitioning of that now vanished republic at Munich, is lecturing in the United States. Osusky was said to have turned over all his information to French and American police authorities, who were making investigations. Data Comes From Prague. His information was described as coming from secret agents in Prague and was said to include charges that the plot was fomented by the Nazi secret police in the Czech capital. No independent confirmation of the reported plot was obtainable from other sources. ttiiivcu iu Liie unnea i States February 11 for a three month lecture series at the Uni versity of Chicago. April 19 he ac cepted leadership of a world-wide movement to free his native land, most of which was absorbed into the German Reich two months ago. Early this month telephoned threats against him caused guards to watch him closely when he spoke at Fort Wayne, Ind. Although the Czecho-Slovak Re public was broken up in March, the French government still accords Osusky diplomatic status. Diplomats said that the informa tion sent by Czech agents in Prague to the Legation here and now in pos session of French and American au thorities alleged that Nazi agents for several weeks had been seeking a disgruntled Czech or Slovak who would carry out the assassination. Aim to Justify Protectorate. Such an attempt, Czech sources said, would be for the purpose of showing that Czecho-Slovakia had been oppressed by the Benes regime and that Germany was justified in establishing her protectorate over Bohemia and Moravia, most impor tant sections of the former republic. According to the information reaching Osusky, diplomats said, the intended assassin would first have slipped irjto France as a refugee and from here made his way to the United States. French police were understood to be keeping careful watch on the frontiers, while in the United States unobtrusive but careful guard was reported to have been placed about Benes. Summary of Today's Star Fage. Amuse ments ..-B-16 Church News _A-ll-13 Comics B-14-15 Editorials --.A-S Finance -A-16-17 Page. Garden Page A-6 Lost, Found, B-3 Obituary ...A-10 Radio.-B-H Real Estate B-l-8 Society _A-7 Sports --A-14-15 Foreign. Queen speaks at corner stone rites in Ottawa. Page A-l Germany to build Lithuania new port south of Memel. Page A-l Foreign ministers to weigh scrapping of Balkan entente. Page A-3 National. Nazi conspiracy to assassinate Benes in U. S. charged. Page A-l Thirty-eight arrested in Harlan after gun battle. Page A-l Senator Pepper to press for new U. 8. spending program. Page A-l Early trials faced by 12 in Insurance murders. Page A-2 Washington and Vicinity. Jews press economic boycott amid Palestine calm. Page A-2 Trade Board urges D. C. bill within income. Page A-18 Sports Yanks making greater joke than ever of flag race. Page A-14 I $ Kuhel’s .413 tops all big league bat ting averages. Page A-14 Trade winds soften for Esty as he starts hitting Page A-14 Nova-Baer fight breeds divergence of expert opinion. Page A-15 Louis and Pastor both eager for a return bout. Page A-15 Rippy rated top D. C. golfer off Chevy Chase win. Page A-15 Editorial and Comment. This and That. Page A-8 Answers to Questions. Page A-8 Letters to The Star. Page A-8 David Lawrence. Page A-9 Alsop and Kintner. Page A-9 G. Gould Lincoln. Page A-9 Constantine Brown. Page A-9 Lemuel Parton. Page A-9 Miscellany Vital Statistics. Page A-4 Service Orders. Page A-4 Barbara Bell Pattern. Page A 7 Needlework. Page A-7 Dorothy Dix. Page A-7 Bedtime Story. Page B-7 Nature’s Children. Page B-8 Crossword Puzzle. Page B-14 Letter-Out. Page B-14 Winning Contract. Page B-15 Uncle Ray’s Comer. Page B-15 n Pepper to Press For Program of Pump Priming Other New Dealers to Push Plan if None Is Offered by President Bj the Associated Press. Senator Pepper, Democrat, of Florida served notice today that he and other administration supporters would take the initiative in starting a new lending-spending program through Congress if President Roosevelt did not come forward soon with concrete proposals of his own. “If the President doesn't start it, we will,” said the Senator, who has been active in efforts to work out a new program for submission to Mr. Roosevelt. Senator Pepper said he thought a plan calling for P. W. A. expendi tures in the field of self-liquidating projects, expanded old-age pensions and Federal grants for education, public health and handicapped chil dren would win approval of the country. Senator Burke, Democrat, of Nebraska, an economy advocate, was quick to disagree. “Government spending, as an aid to recovery, has failed,” he declared. "I think our experiences of the last few years should be lesson enough. What we need Is a reduction in Federal expenditures all down the line to encourage private expendi tures.” Senator Burke said he thought there had been “‘ample demonstra tion” in the last few months that the country wanted economy, not more spending. There also were indications that administration supporters in the Senate were not solidly behind the proposed new spending. Senator Schwellenbach, Democrat, of Washington observed that he was "not very enthusiastic about it.” “We're spending pretty much right now,” he added. The President expressed opposi tion at his press conference yester day to using any part of the $2,000. 000,000 stabilization fund to finance a new spending program. The Treasury's authority to oper ate the fund expires June 30. Leg islation to continue this authority has been approved by the House, but there is strong opposition to it in a Senate Banking Subcommittee headed by Senator Glass, Democrat, of Virginia. There has been some discussion, among those working on the new spending proposals, of using $1,500. 000.000 of this fund to finance new Government aids to business. Home Program Is Key. In recent hearings on the bill to continue the fund Senator Glass took the position that, while he was not in favor of the stabilization operations intended to stabilize the value of the dollar in foreign ex change, it might be better to retain the money in the fund than to free it for other Government spending. Although the President disclaimed any knowledge of new "pump-prim ing” plans, one group of administra tion supporters, including Senator Wagner, Democrat, of New’ York, is known to have conferred w’ith Treasury and other officials about proposals which might be laid before the Chief Executive later. Their talks have hinged around a possible new small home-building program, low-interest loans to small business, insurance of utility con struction loans, a reduction in in terest rates on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, liberalization of old-age pensions and possible Government purchase of railway equipment and its rental to the roads. Senator Pepper indicated, how ever, that he was more interested in self-liquidating projects that might provide both direct and in direct employment—at the projects themselves and in the heavy indus tries. P. W. A. Revival Asked. “I don’t think the people of the United States have ever been dis appointed with the results of spend ing that has been done on projects which yield a return,” he told re porters. “It’s the spending on things that have no permanent value and no return to which they object.” He said he thought the effect of the expenditures authorized by the last Congress was diminishing, adding that something should be done before recovery was retarded seriously. Senator Barkley of Kentucky, the Democratic leader, said he and other Senators had been receiving “many letters” urging revival of the P. W. A. program. The President made no mention of the P. W. A. when he notified Congress recently that an appro priation of $1,300,000,000 would be needed to continue W. P. A. opera tions for the next fiscal year. The peak of direct employment on P. W. A. construction authorized by Congress last year has net yet been reached. Roadside Theater On WMAL The Roadside Theater will be headlined in another pres entation of The Star Radio Playhouse over WMAL at 9:30 o’clock this evening. The theater will present scenes from an old melodrama, “The Pioneer’s Daughter.” A studio audience is invited to attend at the N. B. C. studios, Trans-Lux Building, to cheer the hero and hiss the villain. The broadcast is sponsored by The Star with the co-oper ation of the National Broad casting Co. ^v-riSV EMBASSY CiUNCERt /f For King and Country! 38 Held in Harlan As Ambushed Troops Return Fire Miner Wounded; Bridges To Be Patrolled to 'Keep Communists Out' BACKGROUND Troops were sent to Harlan County, Ky., on orders of Gov. Chandler after coal operators there refused to sign “union shop” contract. A soft coal tieup has resulted from expiration of contract and long negotiations over renewal. B\ the Associated Press. HARLAN. Ky , May 20 —Arrest of 38 men a short time after a brisk exchange of gunshots between State troopers and a mountainside ambuscade was reported today by National Guardsmen patrolling Harlan County’s troubled soft coal field. The incidents topped a series of swift-moving developments in this important bituminous area’s labor controversy last night which in- : eluded the wounding of a miner and the announced intention of the State highway patrol to police Ken- j tucky’s interstate highway bridges “to keep Communists out of the State." Brig. Gen. Ellerbe Carter, com manding the militiamen, said troop ers “returned the fire” of a group of persons concealed on a mountain slope near Louellen, Ky., east of Harlan, and then drove away their assailants. Arms Reported Found. Lt. J. C. Fleming said the Guards men’s prisoners were taken into custody at Highsplint, about 4 miles from Louellen, as they rode along a highway in a truck. In the truck. Lt. Fleming said, the military found two pistols, a blackjack, a razor and several knives. The arrested men were being brought to the Harlan County Jail here, Gen. Carter said. The general said he had no re ports of anyone being injured in the shooting. Several hours earlier Eugene Mc Laughlin. a 24-year-old miner, was shot in the thigh when someone yelled “scab.” As the night wore on a man identified by a National Guard major as John Padgett was jailed in the shooting. Meantime, Federal Labor Concili ator John L. Connor, after con ference with the union and opera tors, said. “I am hoping and I pre dict a settlement will be made next week.” There were indications of a joint meeting of the operators and miners but no time was set. The Harlan County Coal Opera tors’ Association, representing 42 mines in the local field, is the only large group of soft coal owners re fusing the United Mine Workers’ (See HARLAN, Page~A-10.) Syrian Tribes Resume Independence Campaign By the Associated Press. DAMASCUS, Syria, May 20.— Fresh internal dissention apparently fostered by the French agreement in principle to reattach the Republic of Hatay (Alexandretta) to Turkey developed today amid reported movements of Turkish troops near the Syrian border. Jebel Druze hill tribes began a new campaign to gain their inde pendence from the Syrian adminis tration by adopting a special flag of their own in an elaborate ceremony. The Damascus Parliament was called to meet today in an attempt to solve the latest ministerial crisis brought on by resignation of the cabinet May 15. Three in Auto Killed At Train Crossing By the Associated Press. DUNREITH, Ind., May 20.—Three Muncie (Ind.) men en route to Cin cinnati to a baseball game were kiled here today in the collision ot their automobile with a westbound Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train. They were Charles Goodpasture, 34; his brother Ralph, 30, and Abner Brown, 40, driver. Flagman Ray Stevens said the car went across the tracks and then, as if the driver were confused, turned around and crossed in the other direction. Bullet Through Window Kills Woman in Cafe By the Associated Press. CHICAGO. May 20— Pistol shots fired through the window of a South Side restaurant an hour after mid night today killed a woman patron and wounded a waiter. Mrs. John Rach, 26, wife of a La Salle street insurance broker with whom she was dining, slumped over her table with a bullet in her head. Theodore Coffey, 34, the waiter, suf fered arm wounds. Police investigators theorized the shots were fired from a passing auto mobile, but could not ascribe a mo tive. $50,000 Peace Prize To Honor Trujillo Announced Dominican Republic Names Award for Former President By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. May 20.—Establish- 1 ment of a $50,000 annual peace prize in the name of Dr. Rafael L. Tru jillo. former president of the Do-1 minican Republic, was announced < today at the opening of the Do minican Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. Senor Don Andres Pastoriza, Do minican Minister to the United States who announced the prize, said it would be known officially as the Trujillo Peace Prize. The award will be made to the indi vidual or institute making the most outstanding contribution each year toward re-establishment and main tenance of peace among nations. The first award will be made Octo ber 24. Senor Pastoriza said the prize, es tablished by the Dominican govern ment, would be a tribute to Dr. Tru jillo, who, he said, "with sincere de votion. followed in the Dominican Republic an international policy based on the maintenance of the principles on which international peace rests as an indispensable requisite for the triumph of civili zation.’’ Eligible to nominate candidates for the award will be past and pres ent members of the executive, legis lative and diplomatic services of all nations, members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, members of the Committee of the Permanent International Peace Bu reau, delegates to the League of Nations, members and associates of the Institute of International Law and members of the legal, political science, history and philosophy divi sions of university faculties. Sinking of Tiny Island Is Denied by Governor By the Associated Press. MANILA, May 20.—Gov. Vicente Caedo of Batangas Province tonight denied reports tiny Verde Island, some 100 miles south of Manila, was sinking into the sea. The Governor said he visited the island today, found its inhabitants panic stricken and abandoning their homes. The Governor found no evi dence the island was sinking and urged residents not to leave. Earthquakes have terrorized the island's 4.000 inhabitants for two weeks, but the Governor reported there were no new tremors today. The only evidence of past earth quakes was several landslides. Several hundred of Verde’s in habitants already have crossed the 10-mile channel to the Batangas Province coast. They reported more of the island’s population was pre paring to evacuate. Roosevelt Is Taking Cruise on Chesapeake President Roosevelt left at noon today for Annapolis to board the presidential yacht Potomac for a week-end cruise in Chesapeake Bay. He will return tomorrow night. Accompanying him are Senator Byrnes, Democrat, of South Caro lina, and Mrs. Byrnes; Surg. Gen. Ross T. Mclntire and Mrs. Mclntire, and Attorney General Murphy. The President spent part of the morning working on the speech he will deliver before the National Retailers’ Forum at the Mayflower Monday night. He had no appoint ments at the White House. * » r Clipper Inaugurates Transport Service To Europe 100,000 Letters in Cargo For First Regular Transocean Trip By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, May 20 —The Yan kee Clipper, carrying 100,000 letters, took off from Port Washington, Long Island, at 12:07 p m. 'E. S. T.) today, inaugurating regular trans port service between the United States and Europe. After 10 years of planning, the North Atlantic will be spanned by airliners operating on schedule— just as Col. Charles A. Lindbergh predicted it would be back in 1927. The Clipper's, a four-engined, deep bellied craft, which cruises at 160 miles an hour. No passengers were carried on this first trip, on the 12th anni versary of the start of Lindbergh’s memorable flight to Paris, nor on four successive trips at weekly in tervals. But before July 1 Pan American Airways, owner of the Clipper and five of her 41>/2-ton sister ships, will offer 24-hour ser vice to London to the public. Two Circuits Weekly Is Goal. By that time the company, the first to institute scheduled flights across the last ocean in the world to be conquered by airliners, will be operating two round trips a week. Pan American for weeks has been ready to go. The last of the "sur vey" flights on both the so-called "Northern" and “Southern" routes was completed in 1937. Only the appproval of two Government agen cies. the Civil Aeronautics Authority and the Post Office Department, were necessary. Those were issued yesterday. With Skipper Arthur E. La Porte on the trip to the Azores, Lisbon, Marseille and Southampton are a first officer, five junior officers, five radio and engineering officers and two stewards. Tw'o officials of the company, J. Carroll Cone, division manager, and Fred Laidlaw, in charge of philatelic mail, are aboard as observers. Route Also Via Ireland. As soon as the bay at Botwood, Newfoundland, clears of ice, flights by way of Foynes, Ireland, will be alternated with those on the route to be followed today. A leisurely schedule, to be short ened to about ‘ 35 hours on the Southern route and 24 on the North ern, will take the Clipper to Horta and Lisbon Sunday. Marseille Mon day and Southampton Tuesday. She is due back here a week from today. The Clipper took off today from her base at Baltimore for Port Washington at 7:50 a.m. <E. S. T.) When trans-Atlantic passenger service starts, the Clipper will accom modate a maximum of 35 persons. Resident of Baltimore. Arthur E. La Porte, skipper of the Yankee Clipper in its in auguration of trans-Atlantic airline service, is 43, a native of Indianap olis and a resident of Baltimore. The father of two boys. Arthur E.. jr., 15, and Raymond. 10, he learned to fly in the Navy. He is married to the former Bessie Albury of Tampa and Pensacola. Charles A. Lorber, his first offi cer. is the father of five children, including twin girls. Japan's Cabinet Decides Stand Toward Europe Bj the Associated Press. TOKIO, May 20.—Five cabinet ministers in an emergency session today finally reached an agreement on Japan's position in the European situation, ending three months of discussion. Terms of the decision were not announced, but a statement ex plaining the agreement was ex pected shortly. Ministers at the conference were Premier Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma, War Minister Lt. Gen. Seishiro Itagaki, Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita, Naval Min ister Admiral Mitsumasa and Fi nance Minister Sotaro Ishiwata. After the session, the premier re ported to Emperor Hirohito and summoned former Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye for a special con ference. It was indicated there would be no fundamental change in Japan’s attitude, which is inclined against unconditional assistance for Germany and Italy. \ Profits Tax Cut Of 1% Weighed As Compromise Adjournment by July 15 Possible if Plan Is Passed BACKGROUND— Business spokesmen have con sistently contended that tax re vision is most essential to stimu lation of economic situation. Administration leaders indicated early in session they would agree to this, but have not been so co-operative in recent weeks. Senate group has taken leader ship, however, and some sort of modification program is expected before session ends. Bj the Associated Press. A compromise plan of revising cor porate taxes, which advocates said might remove the chief obstacle to adjournment of Congress around July 15, was discussed by legislative leaders today. It was said reliably to involve re duction of the present 2'i pef cent rate on undistributed profits to lYz per cent. Retention of the principle of this tax, advocates of the compromise said, would meet President Roose velt's recent demand that either the controversial levy be allowed to stand or some other impost be de vised which would prevent tax avoidahce. Some Senators who have kept in close touch with efforts to revise taxes said they were satisfied there would be little administration op position to readjustment of other corporation levies, provided the present level of Federal revenues was maintained. Taxes Key to Adjournment. A group headed by Senator Har rison, Democrat, of Mississippi, has been working on a schedule which would provide a maximum tax of 18 per cent on corporation income, with allowances to be made for loss carry-overs and for revaluation of 1 capital stock. Present levies run from 16 >2 to 19 per cent, depending on the amount of profits distributed, 1 with preferential treatment for small business having earnings of $25,000 or less. The plan on which the Harrison group has been working calls for repeal of the undistributed profits levy, but there were indications a compromise which could go through Congress without great controversy might be acceptable in this quarter. Plans of congressional leaders for ' adjournment revolve largely around | disposition of the tax question, j There is considerable feeling in ! the Senate, said to be shared by j Vice President Garner, that one of the best things Congress could do for business and the country in general would be to clean up its ! work and go home. Other Problems Can Walt. The Vice President, always a rooter for early adjournments, is represented as being resigned to staying in Washington until the tax question is settled. He is said to believe, however, that most other issues which may not be disposed of in the next two months would not suffer materially in a "cooling off" period. Regarded as one of the chief economy advocates in the Senate, he is reported also to hold the opin ion the longer Congress remains in session, the more appropriations it is likely to vote. A July adjournment might pre clude action on the controversial issue of neutrality law revision, as well as proposed changes in the Wagner Labor Act. Two months’ time is considered sufficient by most congressional leaders to act on pending changes in the Social Security Act, provide railroad relief legislation and pass next year's relief appropriation. Woman's Body Found BALTIMORE, May 20 i/P).—The body of a well-dressed young woman found floating in the harbor near a Clinton street pier was tentatively identified today as that of Mrs. Wil liam Collins. Police said she was the wife of the captain of the barge Druid Hill. A Meeting Place for Buyers and Sellers Nothing equals the classi fied pages of The Star as a meeting place for buyers and sellers of special services sup plying the individual needs of this great community. Thousands of people every day find just what they want in the classified columns and thousands of transactions will result from the classi fied advertisements in tomor row’s, Sunday Star. It pays to read these advertisements. Yesterday’s Advertising (Local Display) Line*. The Evening Star_ 83,938* Second Newspaper_35,812 Third Newspaper_31,161 Fourth Newspaper_21,000 Total 3 other papers, 87.973 •Including 16.104 lines In the Special Summer Sports. Fashion 8ectlon. Yesterday’s Circulation The Evening Star Friday, May 19, 1939. .151,755** Friday, May 20,1938.. 140,832*• Increase_10,923 • ‘Return* item n*w**Und* not included.