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LONDON, May 7.—An angry opposition cried out in the House of Commons today for “different people at the helm” after Prime Minister jChamberlain, frankly admit ting failure of Britain’s Central Norwegian military adven ture, had defended its start and result with the plea, “I believe it was right.” In the most violent parliamentary debate since the war began the old Prime Minister and his war cabinet were branded as “failures” by Clement R. Attlee, the Labor opposition leader. He said they had been “missing buses since 1931.” Mr. Chamberlain, who is expected to keep his grip on the government despite the storm of parliamentary abuse, confessed the allied troops had to be withdrawn from mid-Norway because they could not get airdromes for fighting planes and because the German reinforcements came up too fast. Must' Be Ready for Attack, He Warns. He warned again that Britain must be prepared even for attack “in the most violent form” against Britain herself, and he announced the appointment of First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill to supervise military operations from day to day. Previously Mr. Churchill had been head of a committee of defense ministers in the cabinet. Now he will work directly with the chiefs of staffs of army, navy and air force themselves. After Mr. Attlee had expiodecu his attack, Sir Archibald Sin clair, the Liberal opposition leader, assailed the situation “in which we had to accept defeat in Norway’’ and attacked the gov ernment’s “ill-founded boasting.” It was the first day of a two day debate on the Norwegian re verse. Churchill’s Powers Extended. The designatin of new powers for Mr. Churchill, merely an extension of the ones he had before, was the only definite proposal Mr. Cham berlain made to alter the course of war policy—aside from his re iterated determination to prevent dispersal of Britain's armed forces at a time when the war may spread to any front. When Mr. Chamberlain started his speech, members of the govern ment majority showed by their cheering that they intended to support him. But by the time he had finished the cheering had waned perceptibly, and the speaker frequently had to call the House to order. Once Mr. Chamberlain had to tit down for a moment. Even some of the government members cheered when Sir Archi bald declared Britain was failing to drive forward with “ruthless and war-minded energy” in all depart ments and said: “Time is not on our side! Hitler has seized the old gentleman by the beard!” "Economically, politically and to A lesser extent militarily we have suffered a grave reverse.” Declares Losses Not Negligible. To the Prime Minister’s assertion that military chiefs had cautioned against this war debate, the Liberal firebrand shouted: “Our debates must be absolutely free from any suggestion of military advisers. * * * “We must face the facts and not hide our heads in the sand. “Casualties werj not negligible. Loss of material was not negligible either. We lost warships of which our prospective supply is insuf ficient. • • • “We have lost all our supplies from Norway, Denmark, Sweden and all the Baltic countries. “Diplomatically, our position is weakened in every country in the world. The complacent and ill founded boastings of ministers con trast pitifully with the hard, swift blows of the German forces.” Churchill Stays at Admiralty. Mr. Churchill will give "guidance and direction” to the chiefs of staffs of the three fighting services, the Prime Minister announced. He will remain as Pirst Lord of the Ad miralty. Aside from this, Mr. Chamberlain rejected any other immediate changes in the personnel of his government, but said changes “in the form of government or the functions of individuals” might be needed. Mr. Chamberlain’s speech in gen eral was an anxious appeal for unity, both in Paarliament and among the people, in the face of dangers which, he said, the nation did not yet ap preciate. He said the campaign was not yet finished in Norway, but he warned the country to remember: •There are other fronts which may at any moment blaze into a confla gration.” "We want to be ready to meet the attack whenever it may come,” he said. "This is not the time for quarrels among ourselves,” he declared dra matically. “In this debate we are giving hostages to fortune.” , •‘Beware,” the Prime Minister (See CHAMBERLAIN, Page A-4.) 2 Hurt as French Fire On Planes Over Paris By the Associated Press. PARIS, May 7.—Two persons were injured by fragments from an anti aircraft shell which was fired at two German planes flying over the Paris region last night. Tearing through a suburban home, the shell exploded and injured Jean Bouchart, 43, and his son, Jacques, id. Jacques’ larynx was pierced. P k Late Bulletins RARER, Yugoslavia UP).— Guarding her German and Italian frontiers with 3M.0M vet eran troops, Yugoslavia tonight called additional conscripts to the colors. Crowded troop trains rolled into this frontier region throughout the day. .The main concentration points are Ljubl jana for the Italian region and Maribur for the German. PASTO, Colombia CP).—Ninety five persons were reported burned to death last night In a Are which destroyed the city hall of the village of. Sandona, near Pasto. The fire occurred during an observance of the 180th anni versary of the death of Gen. Santander, one of the founders of Colombia. LONDON, (A*).—George Lans bury, 81, veteran British political leader and apostle of peace, died today. Ralph T. Carey of 1236 C street N.E. appeared at the morgue this afternoon to identify the body of a woman killed in an accident in nearby Maryland as that of his wife, Martha. Mrs. Carey, who was 46 years old, was brought to the morgue early yesterday after dying in Casualty Hospital of Injuries re ceived when she was run over on Central avenue about 1 mile from the District line. Allies Planning War For Near East by May 15, Nazis Say Alleged Phone Talk of Chamberlain and Reynaud Reported By LOUIS P. LOCHNER, Associated Press Foreign Correspondent. BERLIN, May 7.—Charges, that the allies would be prepared tor “ordered action’’ in the Near East about May 15 thundered in the Ger man press today on the basis of an account of a purported telephone conversation between British Prime Minister Chamberlain and French Premier Reynaud. (Official circles in London called the story fantastic and a French communique said it con tained "purely lying allegations” both of the reported telephone conversations “which never took place” and the intentions at tributed to the allies.) New Triumphs Reported. The German high command, meanwhile, reported land, sea and air triumphs for the Nazi forces in Norway. Its communique said German bombers had hit another British cruiser and a big Sunderland flying boat off Narvik, Norwegian iron ore port in which a German garrison is besieged. German pursuit planes shot down two British craft, in "an attempt by the British to fly over the German (Helgoland) Bight,” it said. The communique reported an enemy submarine sunk in the Skag errak by "a flotilla of submarine chasers.” Advancing on Narvik. Its announcement that German troops have reached Mosjoen in a northward drive from Namsos and Grong, meant that the Germans have covered about one-third of the 300 miles to Narvik, supposedly on the heels of allied detachments cut off from the main expeditionary force withdrawn last week from Central Norway. King Gustaf of Sweden has in formed Adolf Hitler by letter of his country’s determination to remain strictly neutral and the Fuehrer, in response, has assured the King that Germany is respecting the Swedish attitude, DNB. official Ger man news agency, said. This amplified its disclosure yes terday that the Swedish King and (See BERLIN, page A-5.) Bailey Fatally Injured In Speedway Practice By the AssocUted Press. INDIANAPOLIS, May 7.—George Bailey, 38, Detroit race driver, died today in a hospital soon after he was injured in the wreck of a car in which he was practicing for the annual 500-mile rdfce at the In dianapolis Motor Speedway. Mr. Bailey, driving a rear-motor speedster designed by Harry Miller of Los Angeles, had just finished four laps on the 2I/2-mile track, the last at 128 miles an hour, when the car hit a wall and caught fire. ■ Pytlak Ruled Eligible To Play for Indians By the Associated Press. CHICAGO, May 7.—The request of Catcher Frankie Pytlak to be placed on the Cleveland Indian’s eligible list was granted today by Will Harridge, president of the American League. Pytlak, who came to terms with Cleveland last week after the major league season’s longest holdout, au tomatically went on the ineligible list for failure to sign a contract within 10 days after the opening of the season April lg. Pytlak re-, portedly took a $3,000 cut from his 1939 salary. I Depth Charges Used By Troops to Cover Retreat in Norway Lack of Ammunition Revealed as Soldiers Land in England B.t the Associated Press. A NORTHERN PORT, England. May 7.—Battle-weary aided .troops disclosed today they were so short of explosives as they retreated up the Gudbrands Valley in Central Norway that they used depth charges from warships to blow up the bridges behind them and slow the German advance. This sidelight on “the road back” was unfolded as the thousands of soldiers who clattered ashore here from transports yesterday settled down in temporary quarters after a proyd welcome from Gen. Sir Edmund Ironside, chief of the im perial defense staff. After four days’ rest and good food at sea, the morale of the men ap peared good and there were no out ward signs of recent terror even on the downy faces of the youngest troopers, some of whom are Just out of their teens. Faced Massacre. They all were cheerful and some were even a bit cocky, but one shook his head and said that the battle at Otta, below Dombas in the Gud brands Valley, “would have been a massacre if we had stayed there.” As the men changed into fresh uniforms in the huge dockshed their general attitude, however, seemed to be: “If we'd had more guns, more shells and more planes we'd be there yet.” The rank and file apparently did not know the withdrawal from Nor way was on until they were almost ready to pile out of trains and into homeward-bound ships at Andalsnes. “We thought we were just luring the Germans into range of the navy’s guns,” said one trooper. One soldier said he saw six Ger man bombers shot down with rifles at Dombas. Sometimes the bomb ers, which did most of their work by day, swooped down to within 20 feet of the ground, he declared. A gangling youth of 21 said that only seven or eight houses' out of (See TROOPS, Page A-5.) Narvik Is Cleared Of German §hips# London Claims By the AnaocUted Press. LONDON, May 7.—Heavy losses by Germany’s merchant marine in the Norwegian campaign were reported today hy the British Admiralty while naval sources indicated the British Navy had driven all German war ships from the waters around the besieged Norwegian port of Narvik. The Admiralty declared that Nazi merchant shipping had lost 300,000 tons since April 1. most of it in the operations around Norway. This figure includes transport and supply ships used by Germany to reinforce shock troops rushed to Norway by huge planes. Another source esti mated Germany has lost over 600, 000 gross tons of merchant shipping since the war's start. In the first announcement under its new policy of disclosing only the total ships lost each week and giv ing no names or details, the Ad miralty said seven British, allied and neutral merchant ships, totaling 8.445 tons, were sunk by enemy ac tion in the week ending April 28. While there was no authoritative announcement of naval operations around Narvik, one British source said there were no German warships remaining in Narvik Fjord or in the waters to the north. Battle Taking Shape. Between 3,000 and 4.000 Germans are reported besieged by allied troops at the Norwegian ore port. With the Germans rushing help overland and concentrating their air operations in that area, a battle for possession of the Norwegian outlet for Swedish iron ore is rapidly tak ing shape. A British naval source quoted Rotterdam reports that the 27.288 ton German "strength through joy" cruise ship Robert Ley had been sunk in the Skagerrak on the night of April 12. (Authorized sources in Berlin said the Rotterdam report was “an old story cropping up again.” They said the Robert Ley was operating between German and Norwegian ports as a transport a week after she was first re ported sunk, April 12, and still was intaet. Her present where abouts were kept a military secret.) In the air, the failure of one Brit ish plane to return from a recon naissance flight over the North Sea was reported by the Air Ministry. On the diplomatic front, sources close to the Foreign Office said Sir Percy Loraine, British Ambassador to Italy, probably would see the Ital ian Foreign Minister in Rome within the next 48 hours. Sir Percy’s return last night to his post after a visit in England coin cided with revived British-Italian tension, with Britain watching (See LONDON, Page A-5.) Iowan Hanged for Slaying Wife With Dynamite Sr the Associated Press. PORT MADISON, Iowa, May 7.— A frown creasing his brow as he held himself tensely to keep from breaking, Walter H. Rhodes. 32. of Iowa City was hanged in the Iowa State Penitentiary stockade here at 7:15 a.m. for the 1937 dynamite shotgun slaying of his wife Mabel. The former quarry worker, whose unsuccessful legal fight for life was carried to the United States Su preme Court, was pronounced dead 14 minutes later. A crowd of 150 witnessed the execution. Rhodes last night issued a 500 word statement pleading for the elimination of capital punishment in Iowa. The condemned man, who was the father of two daughters, was found guilty of loading a shotgun with dynamite before tricking his wife into pulling the trigger. Tes timony in the trial brought out his friendship for "another woman” from whom he had borrowed $5,000 and whom he had promised to marry. Summary of Today's Star Page. Amuse ments B-6 Comics_C-8-9 Editorials .. A-8 Finance_A-15 Lost, Found..C-4 Obituary ...A-10 Page. Radio-C-8 Serial Story. C-4 Society .B-3 Sports__C»l-4 Woman’s Page _B-15 Foreign Allied deadline for Near East war is May 15, Nazis charge. Page A-l Narvik is cleared of Nazi ships, British claim. Page A-l Troops blame lack of munitions for Norway withdrawal.. Page A-l Soviet claims Finns wrecked plants in ceded areas. Page A-2 Allies’ failure in Norway laid to lack of co-ordination. Page A-2 Rumania bolsters defenses as Bal kan tension grows. Page A-3 Italy adds second of four 35,000-ton battleships to fleet. Page A-3 Notional Edison holds British fleet not im periled by Nazi planes. Page A-l Rouse Jydiciary Comn^lttee revives Hatch bill. Page A-l Relief funds only "must” legislation, leaders say. Page A-l Washington and Vicinity Johnson holds dim lend in G. O. P. race for Congress. Page A-l 4 Four of six Maryland Representa tives renominated. Page A-2 Radcllfle and Nice victors m Mary land primaries. Page A-2 Editorial and Comment This and That. Page A-S 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 -J*y Franklin. Page A-9 Sports _ Cubs' Hank Leiber nearest approach to a one-man team. Page C-l Sandlot brand of hurling drops Nats to seventh place. Page C-l Preakness candidates get test today in Survivor Stakes. Page C-2 Springer is hope of Terps for two wins over Hoyas. Page C-3 Columbia girls roll 1,717 score as tourney ends. Page C-4 Miscellany Service Orders. PageB-14 Vital Statistics. PageB-14 Nature’s Children. PageB-19 Bedtime Story. Page C-S Crossword Pusele. Page C-9 Letter-Out. Page C-8 WinhiiM Contract. Page C-8 , Unde Roy’s Comer. Page C-8 \ now,why\ DIDN'T l THINK OF Radcliffe and Nice Score Smashing Vote in Maryland Senator Overwhelms O'Conor-Bruce Forces; Dewey Gets 16 Votes By JACK ALLEN. Senator Radcliffe and former Gov. Harry W. Nice will carry the ; standards of the Democratic and | Republican parties into Maryland's i senatorial election next November. ! They were returned victors in yesterday’s primaries in which Thomas E. Dewey, the New York racket buster, annexed the 16 presi dential preferential votes the Free State delegation is to cast at the G. O. P. National Convention. Senator Radcliffe, perhaps the least-talkative man on Capitol Hill, scored a smashing triumph in the Democratic senatorial content, burv ing National Committeeman How ard Bruce beneath a plurality which today had topped 73.000 votes. Winn 92 Convention Votes. With the results in four counties still in doubt, he seemed assured of 99 of the 149 State convention votes—17 more than the 75 required for nomination—while it appeared that he might capture more. On the basis of somewhat sketchy returns from the Republican race ! it was indicated that Mr. Nice, who | defeated the late Gov. Albert Ritch : ie's seemingly invincible machine to win Maryland's highest office in 1934. would emerge a rather easy winner over William F. Broening, one-time Mayor of Baltimore. Defeats State Organization. In beating Mr. Bruce, multi-mil lionaire Baltimore banker and sportsman, Senator Radclifle. whose rival frequently chided him for making only one speech in the Sen ate in live and a half years, wrecked the Maryland political picture. He defeated the State administra tion. including Gov. O’Conor and many officeholders, who joined forces in support of Mr. Bruce. The Radclifle triumph likewise left hanging in the balance the po litical status of the Democratic ma chines in Western Maryland, includ ing Montgomery, Frederick, Wash ington, Allegany and Garrett Coun ties, which likewise backed the loser. Soaring to new power with the victor went his colleague in the Sen ate, Millard E. Tydings, and Mayor Howard W. Jackson of Baltimore, long-time foe of the Bruce-O’Conor forces, both of whom rallied to the support of Senator Radclifle despite the great odds he appeared to face in his campaign. Tydings in Convention spotlight. The victory of the 62-year-old Senator whose cause they cham pioned probably will have its re ward in the forthcoming Demo cratic National Convention and the 1942 gubernatorial race. With Senator Radclifle carrying a majority of the delegates into the State convention, where rep resentatives to the national parley are to be chosen, Senator Tydings no doubt will be indorsed as a favorite-son candidate. Mayor Jackson, whose city ma chine swept all six Baltimore City legislative districts and their 42 convention votes for Mr. Radclifle, strengthened his hopes of becoming Maryland’s next chief executive, an honor denied him when Gov. O'Conor nosed him out in the 1938 primary. It is a virtual certainty another (See MARYIiAND7Page A-2.) Man's Body Found In Tidal Basin The body of a man, which had apparently been in the water for some time, was taken from the Tidal Basin about 8:15 a.m. today by park police. From papers found in the pockets, the body was tentatively identified as that of Nicholas Lazar, 24, of the 800 block of H street N.W., a traffic checker for the Capital Transit Co. Detectives said that Mr. Lazar had been missing for about three weeks. Friends said he had been worrying about his family, whose Pennsyl vania home was in the path of a recent flood. The body was discovered floating between the inlet gates and the Jefferson Memorial by Park Police man R. I. Bartmess. He removed the body from the water and it was taken to the District Morgue. A Johnson Takes 413-Vote Lead In G. O. P. Race for Congress 'Big Train' Virtually Assured of Victory Over Frostburg Man Walter P. Johnson, former idol of millions of baseball fans, this after noon appeared certain of success in his quest for the Republican nom ination for the House of Represen tatives from the 6th Maryland dis trict. Although the one-time Washing ton pitching ace was leading his chief rival. A. Charles Stewart, Frostburg merchant, by a margin of 413 votes, with 52 precincts still unaccounted for, the major portion of those unreported were expected to boost his margin. Only five precincts are out in the territory where Mr. Stewart has displayed his main strength, two in Allegany County and the remaining three in Garrett County. In the Johnson strongholds of Washington. Frederick and Mont gomery there are 47 precincts where complete returns have not been tabulated and their reports are ex pected to more than oSaet any gains Mr. Stewart may make in Al legany and Garrett. Johnson Ahead in Frederick. Sixteen of the precincts are In Frederick and 26 in Washington, in which communities the “Big Train” has been running ahead by approximately 2 to 1, while there are three precincts out In Mont gomery, where he has polled a popular vote averaging more than 10 to 1. Mr. Johnsson. informed that he was forging into what appeared to be a commanding lead over his chief contender, said with characteristic modesty he was “greatly cheered” but that he "didn't feel the race was over, not until the final bal lots are counted.” "However,” he added, “I do want to thank my friends all over the i See JOHNSON, Page A-2. F WALTER JOHNSON „A. CHARLES STEWART Slraus Says President Wants Housing Plank, Favors Pending Bill Relief Appropriations Declared to Be Key To Adjournment By JOHN C. HENRY. The 1940 Democratic platform definitely will contain a plank for extension of the New Deal housing program, it was predicted by Nathan Straus, head of the United States Housing Authority, after a confer ence with President Roosevelt at the White House today. Mr. Straus told reporters that the President had authorized him to make this statement after they had discussed various phases of the pro gram now under direction of the U. S. H. A. The administrator also said that Mr. Roosevelt had classified the pending Wagner-Steagal bill for extension of the present housing program as "must” legislation at the present session. Although the meas ure as it is now before the House would Involve an added $800,000,000, Mr. Straus said the President indi cated his willingness for Congress to reduce this figure. The bill al ready has passed the Senate. Relief Is Adjournment Key. Earlier, it was indicated after the weekly conference of the President with the “Big Pour” congressional leaders that relief appropriation leg islation holds the real key to ad journment of the Congress. With this important supply bill still before the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Majority Leader Barkley told reporters that in his judgment “when the relief measure is passed it will be hard to keep the Congress in session.” Although holding to his guess that adjournment will come by the end of the first week in June, Senator Barkley said he had no first-hand information on how much longer the relief bill will be held in com mittee. Hearings on the measure ended more than a week ago. Of the Walter-Logan bill for broadened judicial review of admin istrative actions, Senator Barkley said it was discussed only as one of the things in the offlng, hasten i ing to add that It was not In any (8m LEGISLATION, Page A-3.) i Edison Scouts Theory Nazi Planes Peril British Fleet Tells Senate Committee English Failed to Use Aircraft to Advantage By the Associated Press. United States naval experts were said by Secretary Edison today to believe that Germany will not be able to destroy or even “seriously damage’’ the British fleet by aerial bonibardment despite her superi ority in the air. The chief of the Navy Depart ment also told the Senate Naval Committee that co-operation be tween aircraft and surface vessels of the American Fleet was much closer than had been displayed by British aircraft and ships in the Scandinavian campaign. If the British fleet had received more support from aircraft, he as serted, it would have been able to cover allied landing operations in Norway much more effectively. But it appeared, he continued, that the British had lacked either sufficient planes or planes of the right type. Advances in Tactics Expected. Despite the advancement made in aircraft. Secretary Edison declared, the Navy expects the battleships to remain "the backbone of our first line of defense” for many years to come, and he predicted that im (See DEFENSE, Page A-3.) Kirk Will Leave Berlin For Conference With Hull By the Associated Press. BERLIN, May 7.—Alexander Kirk, American Charge d’Affaires, will leave for Rome this week end en route to the United States for what he described as a strictly routine visit. Mr. Kirk probably will make the trans-Atlantic crossing by air clip per and spend a week in Washing ton, during which he will confer with Secretary of State Hull. He is ex pected to return to Berlin in about three weeks . While in the United States Mr. Kirk plans to see his sister, Mrs. Al bert B. Ruddock of Pasadena, Calif., who now is visiting in Virginia. - Judiciary Group Saves Hatch Bill In 14-11 Ballot Measure Still Must Be Reported; Vote Reverses Tabling By J. A. O’LEARY. By a vote of 14 to 11, the House Judiciary Committee today reversed its action of last week in tabling the Hatch clean politics bill. In contrast to the secret ballot by which it sidetracked the measure last Wednesday, 14 to 10, the com mittee today made public the roll call. Action came on the heels of an other indorsement of the bill by President Roosevelt, given to re porters late yesterday as his train sped back to Washington from Hyde Park. The President previously was on record in favor of the bill, but his latest statement that he hoped the House would pass it strength ened a move that had been growing daily since the committee laid it aside. Although today's vote brought the bill back to life, it still awaits com mittee action. The committee took it from the table, but had no time left before adjournment at noon to consider reporting it to the House. The Roll Call Vote., Those who voted for reconsider ing the bill were; Democrats—Celler, New York; Healey, Massachusetts; McLaughlin, Nebraska; Murdock, Utah; Tolan, California; Byrne, New York: Massengale, Oklahoma. Republicans — Guyer, Kansas' Hancock, New York; Michener, Michigan; Robsion, Kentucky, Gwynne. Iowa; Monkiewdcz, Connec ticut: Springer. Indiana. Those who voted against recon sideration were: Democrats—Weaver. North Caro lina; Walter, Pennsylvania; Hobbs, Alabama; Creal. Kentucky; Satter field, Virginia; Barnes. Illinois; Gibbs, Georgia; Kefauver, Ten nessee. Republicans—Reed, Illinois: Gra ham, Pennsylvania; Vreeland, In diana. Chairman Sumners presided at today s meeting, but did not vote, announcing that “the chairman will vote this afternoon,” presumably referring to the fact that he plans to address the House later in the day. The committee is scheduled to , meet again Thursday, but it was not | definitely stated whether the bill will be taken up tpr amendments and final action at that time. Having succeeded in rescuing the measure from the pigeon hole, it is expected that its supporters will press for a favorable report and a special rule to bring it up before adjournment. Dempsey to Keep Petition Going. Representative Dempsey, leading the House fight for the bill, ex pressed gratification at the com mittee's decision, but intends to leave on the clerks desk the peti tion to discharge the committee which he filed last Friday. Up to noon today 115 House members had signed. If 218 signatures are ob tained it would bring the bill auto matically from committee and place it in a position to be called up on the second or fourth Mondays of the month. Now that the committee has taken up the bill again, Mr. Dempsey does not expect as many signatures as he otherwise would have obtained, but he predicted the committee will report the bill out later by sub stantially the same vote that took it from the table today. One committee member. Repre sentative Gibbs, issued a formal statement, explaining that although he previously had voted twice against tabling the bill, he refused to vote to reconsider today, because he felt it would be reflecting on his fellow committee members. Gibbs' Statement. Mr. Gibbs said: “Up to this time I have refrained from making any statement in re gard to how I voted on this bill. I was on the subcommittee that reported the bill favorably, Mr. Walter being chairman, and, since during the deliberations it seemed Mr. Walter was disposed to favor ably report the bill to the floor of the House for consideration, I felt when the motion came to ta ble the bill that it was my duty to follow the course which I pur sued in t^ie subcommittee, and I voted tgainst tabling it twice. But there have been so many attacks upon the Judiciary Committee, all of whom I considered the high est types of men, I felt 1 would be casting reflection on 26 of the finest gentlemen with whom I have ever been associated. Therefore, I desire to change my position along with the chairman of the sub committee and vote no as to re considering.’’ Murdock Made Motion. The motion to reconsider was made by Representative Murdock, who decided several days ago to take that step as individual members of the committee began to make known that they were against the earlier decision to table. In some quarters the view was expressed that the committee would have reconsidered today, regardless of the President’s latest indorsement of the bill, but the renewed support of Mr. Roosevelt is expected to im prove the chances for House passage before adjournment. The basic principle of this Hatch bill was suggested originally by the President in the statement issued a year ago when he signed the original Hatch Act barring Federal employes from active participation in politics. The President at that time cited as one of the weaknesses of the act the fact that it restricted the activity of Federal employes while leaving State employes free to take active part in campaigning. The pending bill applies to all State employes paid in whole or in part from Federal funds the same restrictions already imposed on Fed* eral personnel. It also carries a Senate amendment limiting the campaign contributions of any pri vate Individual to $5,000. a