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From the United States Weather Bureau report. lITSl 111 W OSH II1Q tOO"™"* Full details on Pate A-2. Thundershowers tonight; slightly cooler w ^ ln news coveraBC that tonight; tomorrow generally fair and builds public confidence—First In slightly cooler. Temperatures today— quality of circulation and adver Highest,85, at lp.m.; lowest, 68, at 5:30 Using that reflect public con a.m.; 76 at 2 p.m. _ fldence. Closing N. Y. Markets—Sales, Page 16. ..----— --___-_ __UP) Means Associated Press. 87th YEAR. No. 34,719. __WASHINGTON, D. C, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1939—THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. *** THREE CENTS Reich and Italy Sign 10-Year Military Pact Treaty Pools Arms And Economic Resources BACKGROUND— Germany and Italy have been bound in axis since Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935 and in anti Comintern pact since November. 1936. Policies of Rome and Ber lin have been more and more closely co-ordinated under pres sure from democracies and their expansions have been carried forward in co-operation. Text of Italian-German treaty on page A-5. B? the Associated Press. BERLIN, May 22.—Germany and Italy today signed a terse military pact of seven articles agreeing to pool all their military and economic resources in the event of a war in which either party might be in volved. They further agreed even in ad vance of war so to deepen- their mutual military and economic rela tions that both could strike effec tively and quickly in case of need. The alliance became effective as soon as it was signed. It will last for a preliminary period of 10 years during which the axis partners will agree on terms for extending it. The pact, decided upon in Milan May 6 and 7, was signed by Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano in the new chancel lery' in Adolf Hitler's presence. Answer to Encirclement. In a radio address Hitler’s foreign minister declared it was “our de termined answer" to British-French •'encirclement’’ plans. An ofltcial communique described points of the pact as follow's: , 1. Both contracting parties agree to “consult with and arrive at an un derstanding on all matters touching their common interest or the general European situation." 2. Should their common interests be endangered in any way by in ternational events the two contract ing parties “will immediately enter upon consultations concerning the measures to be taken for safe guarding their interests.” Should the security or other essential in terests of one of the contracting parties be threatened from the out side the other partner will "give the threatened party his full political and diplomatic support in order to remove this threat.” 3. If, contrary to the wishes and hopes of the contracting parties, either of them should become in volved in a “military entanglement with one other power or with other powers,” the other contracting party will “immediately rally to his side as an ally and support him with all his military resources on land, at 6ea and in the air." Will Deepen Co-operation. 4. In order to make quick, effi cient action possible in case of need, the two governments will "further deepen their co-operation in the realm of the military and of mili tary economy.” "In k similar manner they will also constantly arrive at an under standing concerning other measures necessary for the practical execution of the provisions of this pact.” Commissions are to be formed which will be under the jurisdiction of the tw'o foreign ministers. 5. Both parties agreed, in the event of war, "to conclude an armi stice and peace only after arriving at a full, mutual understanding with each other.” 6. Conscious of the importance of their common friendships with cer tain other nations, Italy and Ger many "are determined to keep up these relations also in the future.” 7. The pact becomes effective from the moment, of signature and its first period is to cover 10 years. The two nations will come to an under standing with each other in suffi cient time concerning extension of its effectiveness. Congratulations Exchanged. Hitler. Mussolini and King Victor Emmanuel of Italy exchanged con gratulations by telegraph on the signing of the pact. Hitler's tele gram said that Germany and Italy “will always stand together to. de fend the holy inheritance of civiliza tion and to safeguard a peace based on justice.” Constant consultations henceforth will feature thd relations between Germany and Italy. Although their pact is at first for 10 years, they agreed to all intents and purposes for all time to bind themselves to gether in this alliance. If either state is attacked the 'See BERLIN, Page A-5.) Woodrum to Discuss Federal Spending Representative Clifton A. Woodrum of Virginia, ranking member of the House Appro priations Committee, will be the guest speaker tonight on the National Radio Forum over WMAL at 8:30 o'clock. The subject of Representa tive Woodrum’s speech will be “Federal Spending.” He is one of the leaders of the congres sional economy forces. The broadcast is arranged by The Star and is heard over a coast-to-coast network of the National Broadcasting Co. Pendergast Gets 15 Months For Evading $443,550 Taxes Receives $10,000 Fine And Probation on Second Count BACKGROUND— Tom Pendergast. Kansas City political boss, is charged by the Govermnent tvith failure to re port $315,000 paid him in a $9,500,000 fire instirance rate case. He is also acctised of usitig "strati) men” in his widespread con struction and liquor interests. Bs thf Associated Press. KANSAS CITY. May 22.—Tom Pendergast. dethroned political boss, pleaded guilty today to evading taxes on ?443,550 and was sen tenced to a year and three months in prison. Federal Judge Merrill E. Otis sen tenced the political leader to one year and three months on the first count of an indictment charging he dodged taxes in 1935 and 1936. On the second count the judge sentenced Pendergast to probation for three years and fined him $10,000. The Government, in arguments, charged he actually had evaded TOM PENDERGAST. taxes on $1,240,746.56 since 1927 and that he bet $2,000,000 on horse racing in 1935, losing $600,000. In defense efforts to avert a prison i See PENDERGAST, Page A-6.) Danzig Nazis Await Berlin's Reaction To Border Killing German Slain by Pole As Mob Threatens Customs Officials BACKGROUND— Hitler lias demanded the re turn of Danzig, established as a free city under the League of Nations after the World War and placed under Polish customs administration. Long a sore spot, the Nazi-controlled. Ger man populated city at the head of the Polish Corridor is the port for a vast, rich farming section of Northeastern Europe. By thf Associated Press. DANZIG. May 22.—Danzig Nazis eyed Berlin tdoay for reaction to the killing of a German citizen of Danzig by a Pole in the first fatal border incident of current Polish-German tension. Whether the slaying would have serious repercussions depended more upon Berlin and Warsaw than upon the Free City. Marion Chodacki, Polish com missioner to Danzig, reported the incident directly to the Polish Em bassy in Berlin and it was under stood that Danzig Nazis were in close touch with German officials. Officials of the Free City said measures had been taken to prevent a recurrence of mob action against Polish customs officials which pre ceded and followed the shooting at Kalthof. in Free City territory, op posite Marienburg, East Prussia. Both the Danzig Senate and Poles aw'aited answers to demands they had made on each other in formal protests after the incident, the de tails of which differed widely. There was agreement in the ad mission of two facts: That Gustav Gruebner. a Kalthof butcher, was shot and killed early yesterday by the Polish chauffeur of Tadeuz Perkowski. Polish undercom missioner to Danzig, and that a mob had demonstrated before a building in Kalthof where Polish customs inspectors live. Poles said the chauffeur opened fire because Gruebner menaced him with a gun. Danzigers said the I chauffeur shot Gruebner, who was unarmed, from the rear and without any words having been passed be tween them. A mob of about 1,000. including 400 Germans from Marienbad. shat tered windows and doors of the Kalthof customs house, Poles said, and demolished the interior of the building, forcing Polish inspectors to flee. Some of the mob was said to have been in uniform and the customs house was described as showered with stones and bullets. Because of this, the Polish version continued. Perkowski went from Danzig to Kalthof to investigate. While he was in the village railway 1 station with two other high Polish officials, it said, the crowd fired at i See DANZIG, Page “A-iTT) Britain Promises Jews Protection Of Palestine Home Violation of Pledges to Either Faction Denied By MacDonald BACKGROUND— British plan for settlement of Palestine dispute was issued last Wednesday in form of white pa per and drew immediate bitter re action from Jews all over world. Arabs also have expressed dis satisfaction with plan. Surrender of British mandate has yet to be submitted to League of Na tions and American Government. B' [h>- Associated Press. LONDON. May 22.—Colonial Sec retary Malcolm MacDonald declared in the House of Commons today that "proper safeguards for a Jew ish national home" must be an "in tegral part of any scheme during the transition period leading up to establishment of an independent Palestine state.” Opening debate on a government motion for approval of its new pol icy for governing Palestine, Mr. MacDonald declared rejection of the policy by the Arabs of Palestine was “perhaps the best answer" to Jewish claims that it placed "Jews at the mercy of an Arab majority.” Denies Promises Broken. Mr. MacDonald declared the gov ernment had broken no promises to the Jews or Arabs by its new policy, and that the phrase "national home for the Jewish people" used in the Balfour declaration of 1917 did not mean a Jewish state. The government's plan, made public Wednesday, provides for gradual creation of a state in the Holy Land in which Jews would be limited to one-third of the popula tion. May Create Federal State. The Palestine state aimed at in the government plan, MacDonald said, “may be a unitary state, it may be a federal state, and it may be that it should be a state in w'hich there is a predominately Arab province or a predominantly Jewish province, each enjoying a consider able amount of local autonomy, but both bound to a federal government for dealing with matters of common concern.” MacDonald sought to repudiate charges that Britain had broken anv promises to Jews or Arabs in its new policy. U. S. Jews Take Oath To Aid Palestine Home By the Associated Press. Bitterly and in sorrow American Jews met throughout the Nation yesterday to join in their race's world-wide condemnation of the British plan for Palestine. Assailing provisions they held would create an Arab-dominated state in the Holy Land, they swore (See JEWS, Page A-6J Marian Anderson Will Sing For Royalty at White House Marian Anderson and Lawrence Tibbett will be headliners at the White House musicale for Great Britain's King and Queen. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt revealed at her press conference today. After making this announcement, Mrs. Roosevelt broke into a flurry of other questions about her plans for entertaining Their Britannic Majesties to say that she had other things to think about. She then launched into a discussion of prob lems of democracy and unemploy ment. Further persistent questioning brought an indication from Mrs. Roosevelt that she is acting only in advisory capacity in regard to the White House entertainment for the royal visitors. She pointed out that she has quite capable social and personal secretaries and said "all I have to do is sit and have them come and ask me questions.” By the frequency of her “I don't know" replies to questions from the newspaperwomen eager for details of her plans for their majesties. Mrs. Roosevelt further indicated that she was not concentrating all her attention on the forthcoming visit. Her announcement that George VI and Queen Elizabeth would hear Mr. Tibbett and Miss Ander son at the musicale that will follow the formal dinner for their majes ties on the evening of their arrival here. June 8. was the first con firmation of rumors that Miss An derson. the colored contralto, would appear. The still tentative plans for the musicale. for which invitations were scheduled to go out today, include programs by a mixed f.'egro chorus of 26 from Chapel Hill, N. C.. which President Roosevelt heard when he visited North Carolina; four ballad singing girls from Coon Creek, in the mountains of Kentucky, and 16 square dancers from Asheville, N. C., who are under direction of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, an authority on folk dancing and folk music. The first group was W. P. A. trained. At Hyde Park, where the roval visitors will be entertained Sunday. June 11, the entertainment will be less formal, with an Oklahoma In dian princess telling stories about her people. Mrs. Roosevelt said a picnic han been set definitely for Hyde Park There had been some doubt on that score, because her mother-in-law Mrs. James Roosevelt, wanted a garden party. The picnic will be held at the President’s cottage, which Mio. Roosevelt said is especially con venient because it has no furnitme. There will be a Yew tables on the porch, but most of the guests will be seated on the lawn under the trees. Only neighbors and their families will be guests at the picnic. Among them will be Secretary of the Treas (See MRS. ROOSEVELT, Page A-4.) Quints, Queen Exchange Gifts At Toronto Five Dionnes Also Get Ovation of Legislators Royal Program 9:30 am.—Arrival at North Toronto station. 10:00—Reception at city hall. 10:40—Reception at Legisla tive Buildings. 11:00 (approximate)—Visit of Dionne quintuplets. 11:30—Presentation of colors by Queen to Toronto Scottish Regiment. 12:00—Noon — Government luncheon at Hart House. 2:30 p.m.—Appearance at Woodbine Park for running of King's Plate. 3:00—Tea as guests of Lt. Gov. Albert Matthews and Mrs. Matthews. 4:15—Visit to Christie St. Military Hospital. 6:00—Departure from Union Station. By the Associated Press. TORONTO. May 22.-Queen Eliza beth exchanged gifts today with the Dionne quintuplets in a private re ception before the royal couple, and later Canadas five famous sisters made appearances in the Ontario Legislature. Queen Elizabeth gave Annette. Cecile. Emilie. Marie and Yvonne five little white coats she had brought them from London. In return, she received photo graphs of each of the little girls. Each child had signed her name on her own photograph with the guid ance of Mrs. Dionne's hand. The audience with King George and his Queen, arranged in private to spare the quints from stagefright, was held in a room outside the leg islative chamber before the King and Queen went before the provin cial parliament. Captivate Legislators. The precautions evidently were un necessary for five minutes after the King and Queen left Parliament, the children stepped into the royal spot light and captivated the legislators. Appearing before the dignified parliamentarians, they threw kisses and completely dispelled the formal ity of the occasion. The quints, although they are ex perienced movie actresses, never be fore had been on a stage before an audience. But they brought down the house —an assemblage of more than 1.000. which had been asked to refrain from applauding so that the children would not be frightened. 1,000,000 Visitors in Toronto. King George and Queen Elizabeth brought Toronto and its 1.000.000 vis itors to their feet cheering as they rode through streets lined with flag waving citizens. The King and Queen arrived aboard their gleaming blue and stainless steel train at 9:29 a m from Cobourg. Ontario, where they had stayed overnight. They had been preceded by the quintuplets who arrived quietly. There was no civic reception for the quints but they made their own. They ran the length of the "Quint land Special." their seven-car train. 'See KING. Page A-3.1 Bullitt Assails Leaders 'Deaf to Reason' By the Associated Press. ROUEN. France. Mav 22.—Wil liam C. Bullitt. United States Am bassador to Paris, yesterday de nounced world leaders who “beat drums of hatred and conquest” and “are deaf to appeals to reason." "In the end truth triumphs,” Mr. Bullitt declared in an address at ceremonies in the old market place of Rouen to commemorate the death at the stake there of Joan of Arc. The Ambassador expressed a be lief that “the unity and serenity of France” was evidence that peace still could be preserved. Summary of Today's Star Page. Amusements B-16 Comics B-14-15 Editorials... A-8 Finance. A-15-16-17 Lost. Found B-ll Page Obituary A-10 Radio B-6 Society... B-3 Sports A-12-14 Woman’s Page_B-10 Foreign. Danzig Nazis await Berlin's reaction to border killing. Page A-l Germany and Italy sign 10-year military pact. Page A-l Britain pledges protection for Jewish home. Page A-l Quints and Queen exchange gifts at Toronto. Page A-l Charlie Yates gains second round in British golf. Page A-2 Soviet alliance plan reported pre pared by Halifax. Page A-3 Fascist editor reveals “secret claus es” in axis pact. Page A-5 National. Secretary Hopkins outlines policy to retail federation. Page A-l Two Army men die as plane hits mountain observatory. Page A-l Dies committee to begin anti Semitic hearings. Page A-l Pendergast goes on trial on income tax charges. Page A-l Harlan coal operators t o meet union representatives today. Page A-2 Ex-Judge Manton goes on trial today. Page A-4 President's national defense plans develop rapidly. Page A-6 Seven Briggs plants closed by auto workers’ strike. Page A-7 Washington and Vicinity. George E. Allen to succeed himself as District Commissioner. Page A-l National Maritime Day celebrated at Navy Yard. Page A-2 Validity of arrest on numbers charge upheld by Laws. Page B-l Two Killed, two injured in airplane crashes near District. Page B-l Two More Washingtonians Die in N. C. auto crash. Page B-l Editoriol 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 Washington Observations. Page A-9 Jay Franklin. Page A-9 Charles G. Ross. Page A-9 Nature's Children. Page B-8 Sports Veteran pitchers prove ability to continue winning. Page A-12 Krakauskas, hurling well, is hard luck victim. Page A-12 Baer rated greatest of boxing's "might-have-beens.” Page A-13 Mamakos 8-5 choice over Zanelli here tonight. Page A-13 Six American golfers seek British amateur title. Page A-14 Snead, exhibition ace, top golfer in, open test. Page A-14 Miscellany Soap Box Derby entrants receive, helmets and shirts. Page B-7 Bedtime Story. Page B-14 Cross-Word Puzzle. Page B-14 Letter-Out. Page B-14 Uncle Ray 's Comer. Page B-15 I Winning Contract. Page B-15 ' A SURE PEACE Guarantee?' Looks Like They Ought to Be. Able to Get Together New York Socialite Urges Nationalism Before Dies Group D. P. Gilbert Asks Move to Save U. S. From 'Red Revolution' Bv JOHN C. HENRY. Dudley P Gilbert, chubby New York socialite, who has been finan cial •‘angel" for an undercover Na tion-wide anti-Semitic and anti Communistic movement, told the House Committee on Un-American Activities today that "the Spanish method" may be necessary to save America from "red revolution" this summer. Signing himself as "Uncle Dud ley" to his disciples, the youthful self-appointed savior of the Nation made this suggestion initially in a letter to his colleague and aide. James E. Campbell. Army Reserve captain of Owensboro. Ky. .The letter read befort the committee today, was dated last February and had been circulated by Mr. Campbell among associates in Mr. Gilbert's counter revolutionary group. Favors Franco Leadership. Under questioning. Mr. Gilbert ex plained that by “the Spanish method" he meant the emergence of a leader like Gen. Franco, revolu tionary chief in Spain. Mr. Gilbert emphasized that unless i strong nationalist movement arises in America “the republic will be sunk and what we call democracy will go into the ash can." "Would it be in the form of storm troopers?” Chairman Dies queried. “No. sir.” Mr. Gilbert answered, idding that Army and Navy men are the best type for such a movement. Most of today's examination of “Uncle Dudley” revolved around pieces of his correspondence, par ticularly a letter in which he ex tolled Hitler and Mussolini for their rise to leadership in the face of per secution. “The same will be so here,” he wrote wuth reference to the rise of an American “nationalist move ment.” He did not say that his own effort is that of the destined move ment. Despite this laudatory comment on Europe's twin dictators. Mr. Gil bert insisted throughout that he was neither a fascist nor Nazi sympa thizer. “Their brand (of nationalism) is not our brand," he declared. Informed by Waiter. In nourishing his own version of a “strong nationalist movement." Mr. Gilbert explained again to the com mittee how he received information from a New York waiter, whom he paid small sums ranging up to $25. ‘See UN-AMERICAN, PageA~-6T Hopkins Warns Retailers to Consider Consumers' Welfare Secretary, Outlining Policy, Says 'Fair' Profits Are Needed Admitting the necessity of ' fair" business profits, Secretary of Com merce Harry L. Hopkins today out lined to the American Retaii Fed eration his department's plans to aid business, but warned that he would be on the lookout for ‘'sub versive'' business practices and would take an increased interest in the welfare of the consumer. "Consumers should not only re ceive. but are entitled to. a place at the conference table with retailers, wholesalers wnd manufacturers." he told a luncheon conference of the federation at its National Forum, in the Mayflower Hotel. "If the Department of Commerce in co-operation with the Depart ment of Agriculture, the Department of Labor and other agencies can help satisfy consumer needs, we will have served a useful purpose." President Roosevelt will address the federation at its banquet to night. Not Just for One Group. The Secretary outlined his pro gram for expansion of the Com merce Department, with the promise that his aim was to "administer the department in such a way as to make the greatest possible contri bution to the effective working of our economic system—to the task of raising our national income. . . I be lieve.” he continued, “it is our re sponsibility to promote trade and in dustry' not just for the benefit of one group of our society, but rather for the common good.” The Secretary stoutly defended the Roosevelt administration's "eco nomic and social reforms,” which have been under severe attack from certain sectors of organized busi ness. He insisted the possibility of “improving” certain statutes, but in sisted proposed amendments could not be considered as striking at the heart of the program, nor invalidat ing their merit and need. “This administration met a press ing challenge," he declared, “by de veloping the most fundamental eco nomic and social reforms in the history of the Nation. With the underlying principles of these basic reforms there can be no compro mise To suggest that the laws which gave life to these principles can be improved is in no sense a (See HOPKINS. Page A-5.) 17 Missing on Ship MOJI, Japan, May 22 (A3).—Six teen members of the 33-man crew of the freighter Tsunehiko Maru were rescued yesterday when their ship and another freighter collided in Moji Harbor. Hope was abandoned for the others after the Tsunehiko Maru sank. Two Army Men Die as Plane Crashes Into Observatory By the Associated Press. SAN JOSE. Calif., May 22.—Two Army men died when their swift new attack plane, hurrying through fog and mist last night, shattered itself against the brick walls of the Lick Astronomical Observatory on Mount Hamilton. The victims were Lt. Richard F. Lorenz, 25. and Pvt. W. E. Scott, both of March Field, Riverside, Calif. The Army ship crashed through two 18-inch walls of brick and bent a third wall before coming to a halt in the observatory main build ing under an avalanche of bricks and mortar. Gasoline sprayed from the plane’s tanks and flooded over the building floors. The flyers’ bodies were tom and twisted so badly searchers at first thought they were recovering the bodies of three men. The plane wrecked the offices of Dr. J. H. Moore, assistant director of the University of California operated observatory, and of Dr. Gerald F. Padock, one of the as tronomers. Only a few minutes before the crash, Dr. Paddock's assistant, Betty Adams, had been working in his office. At the time of the crash, GEORGE E ALLEN. Randolph Instructed To Ask F. B. I. Probe Of District Milk D. C. Committee Battles Over Situation in Hot 90-Minute Debate By JAMES E. CHINN. The full House District Commit tee brought a turbulent 90-minute debate over the milk controversy to a close today by instructing Chair man Randolph to call on the De partment of Justice to assign Fed eral Bureau of Investigation agents to aid the Public Health Subcom mittee in its investigation of the milk situation. Charges of "monopolistic prac tices." "dilatory tactics" and "collu sion" were hurled freely during the heated discussion. The fireworks were set off by Representative Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana, a member of the milk investigating subcommittee, when he asked the committee to report favorably a bill he introduced which would open the Washington milk market to producers in the Middle West and other States. Several members appealed to Mr. Schulte not to seek action on the bill until completion of the milk investigation, and he finally con sented after making this statement: “The whole thing belongs to the Department of Justice." Says He Was “Turned Down.” Representative Bates. Democrat, of Kentucky, chairman of the in vestigating committee, explained he and J. Edward Burroughs, jr.. spe cial committee counsel, had ap pealed to the Justice Department for assistance before the inquiry started but was "turned down." Twenty of the 21 members of the committee which was recently aug mented with the addition of five (See MILK. Page A-4.) however, she was in a nearby build ing. “I heard a great crash and the sound of windows breaking,” she said. “I ran and saw a big hole in the building and a broken plane.” After the bodies were recovered. Dr. Paddock and Assistant Director Moore scurried around trying to res cue papers, books and photographic plates from the gasoline-soaked wreckage. “I worked 30 years taking pictures and getting together data on Polaris, the North Star," said Dr. Moore. “Now the plates are broken and lost. I feel bad about that, but I feel much worse about the fate of those two boys in the plane. I'd gladly have lost all of my records rather than see either of those boys die ” Lt. Lorenz, attached to Marsh Field, had spent Sunday at Hamil ton Field, San Rafael. He left there with Pvt. Scott at 6:45 p.m. A half hour later their plane, lost in the fog. smashed into the observatory building atop 4509-foot Mount Ham ilton, 25 miles east of San Jose. Observatory staff members said if the plane had been 20 feet higher, lt would have cleared the building. George E. Allen Is Renamed Commissioner Will Serve Short Term to Aid in D. C. Reorganization President Roosevelt today reap pointed George E. Allen a District Commissioner. The nomination appointing Mr. Allen to the place hf vacated last September to become vice president of the Home Insurance Co. of New York was sent to the Senate today, and the president has every reason to feel that it will be readily con firmed by the Senate. Mr. Allen has been drafted back into the public service by the Presi dent primarily for the'purpose of being the key man in the reorgan ization of the District government. While his nomination calls for ap pointment to a term of three years, it is doubtful if Mr. Allen will be able to extend his leave of absence from the Home Insurance Co. for more than six months or a year. The President realizes this, but feels because of Mr. Allen's experience and his knowledge of District affairs and his wide circle of friends he will be able to carry through to a suc cessful culmination of the Presi dent's ideas for the reorganization of the local government. In Hands of Three. The reorganization of the District government, regardless of what Con gress does, will be in the hands of three men—President Roosevelt, George Allen and Louis Brownlow, former Commissioner and who for two years has been chairman of the President's special committee on this subject and his closest adviser on this subject. The nomination of Mr. Allen to succeed himself as Commissioner will come as a surprise to many, but it is known by some of the Presi dent's close friends that Mr. Roose velt did not want him to leave the commissionership and has been making overtures to him from time to time since then to "come back'’ even for a short time. Wrote Insurance Firm. The President on May 17 wrote a letter to Harold V. Smith, president of the Home Insurance Co., and said in part: "We have a vitally impor tant reorganization problem that must be solved. It involves the re organization of the government of s the District of Columbia. It so hap pens you have the man I need. He is my old Commissioner, George E. Allen. By his experience and knowl edge of the District government plus his natural ability to get things done he is the logical choice. "I do not propose to ask you to let me have George's services ar.v longer than is necessary. I believs if he undertakes this job he should be able to complete the work in a relatively short time. I have seen and talked with George and he is willing to undertake the task, and as one president to another I b«g of you not to veto this request." President Gets “Short Loan." Tire President today received the following reply from President Smith of the Home Insurance Co : “We shall, of course, be happy to , comply with your request and loan you the services of our vice presi dent. George E. Allen. There ate two reasons for this. First, we a e glad to be of help to you in re organizing the government of the District. “Second: Since we are both agreed in our estimate of George's ability and qualifications it would be what is known in banking parlance as a short-term loan.” Mr. Allen retired to private life after serving two terms as Commis sioner September 1 last, despite pleas on the part of the President to remain on at the District Build ing until he could find some one he looked upon as entirely suitable to succeed him. but Mr. Allen after remaining on much longer than his new company had originally agreed to, finally stepped out to enter the business field. Since then the President has given consideration to more than 100 names of men and women, candi dates for the vacant commissioner ship. but friends of the President are convinced that he withheld making any selection because he had his mind set on getting Mr. Allen back even for a temporary period. Talks to White House. Mr. Allen notified the White House today by long-distance telephone from New York that his company had agreed to give him this leave of absence at the request of the Presi dent. Mr. Allen will be back in Wash ington tomorrow morning and will have an audience with the Presi dent to talk over matters before taking up his old duties at the Dis trict Building. President Roosevelt's personal let ter to the Board of Directors of the Home Insurance Co requesting (See ALLEN. Page A-3.) Ohio Firm Head Testifies He Paid $3,000 Bribe By the Associated Press. COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22.—Wil i liam R. Parmele. former president : of the defunct Toledo Guaranty Corp., testified today he paid $3,000 to assure qualification of the com pany's stock by Ohio securities au thorities. Testifying in the bribery trial of James A. Bolinger, once a securities examiner, Parmele said he laid $2,600 on a table before Bolinger, Edward T. Carney, assistant chief, of the State Securities Division, and Edwin Judy, another examiner, in 1936. Bolinger later told him, Parmele testified, that the money was divided equally. 'Carney and Judy are under | indictment for bribery. The other $400 was paid Bolinger J in Toledo, said Parmele, who it serving a prison term for fraud. The prisoner asserted Bolinger orginally requested $10,000.