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CAN BIC BUSINESS RECOVER OLD PRESTIGE? By gilbert seldes THE most pitiable victim of our present discontents is the ancient bogey of Big Business; whatever else happens we shall never be quite so afraid of it, or quite bo willing to trust in its far-sighted intelligence. It has lost almost as much prestige as the muckrakers of an fc . £ GILBERT SELVES wheat, and wheat with wool, and wool with banking, to complete a circle which we then called “vicious.” The next thing was that Big Business planned two or there or five years ahead; it pushed politicians around, but it was superior to politics; it was scientific. After the muckrakers, the apologists came in with their bar rage and we learned that the bigger Big Business was, the more it cared for the common prosperity of the na tion; not unselfishly, of course, but because general prosperity was the surest way to arrive at individual wealth. Always at the back of our minds there atood the 50 or 60 or 85 men who were on so many direc torates and controlled so much money and disposed of bo much power that they ruled the world. “Where Are You Now?” I confess to a profound disappointment. The 85 men aren’t there; they are scuttling away in 85 separate di rections looking out "for their own hides. Most of them are still willing to be benevolent despots, working for the common good, because that is the best way to send the stock market soaring. , But there are few signs that five or ten of them have gathered together to think and to plan. They seem to have scattered like mice. Unless they have chosen to make a melodrama out of the na tional tragedy, and are doing big things in secret. If they are, the prompter should tell them that we are all ready for them to tell us about it. Dear Dead Days It seems so long ago—those days right after the Wall Street smash—when representatives of American busi ness were called to Washington. What they did there was singularly ineffective; they seem to have been called by Mr. Hoover as another of his strange com missions which discover facts, announce decisions, and find themselves reversed by events. That hardly mat ters, for the important thing was the coming together of effective leaders for the single purpose of thinking about their country. Since then the gatherings have been few and small; bankers have met business men to protect banking and business. I have no doubt that banks and businesses have been saved. In Cleveland’s Time But this is a particularly good time for the emergence of a central directing intelligence in finance and indus try—and the opportunity is being missed. Perhaps a few generations ago the head of the House of Morgan would have dared to come before the country and say, “I am suspected of every crime; whatever I propose to you, you will think is for my own profit. But having consulted every intelligence in America, I am authorized to make these proposals.” Perhaps leadership has passed from the Morgans to the Federal Reserve and it is an industrialist who can do for the country what J. P. Morgan did in 1895 when he crunched a cigar to powder (according to Denis Tilden Lynch’s new biography of Cleveland), and sat tight and preserved America’s gold. No one now seems to have that much will or that much sense. I am, of course, guilty of believing in Santa Claus when ! assume that all the business intelligence of the United States, acting together, might do us gt>od. But it would, at least, be a novelty. It would create that semi-mythical commodity called confidence. And it could hardly do much harm. RHEEIWPATRnNS SEE REFUND Losses to investors caused by the crash of Swartzell, Rheem and Hensey Company will be re duced by a refund of approxi mately $40,000 in income taxes which is to be returned by the Government, trustees of the bank rupt firm announced today. The money is understood to have been paid to the Internal Revenue Department in 1929. Since the former mortgage bank ing house failed a year ago trustees handling the liquidation have been endeavoring to con serve the assets for the benefit of hundreds of customers whose combined losses are estimated at several million dollars. WASHINGTON - LOSES ‘BIKE’ George Washington, colored. 1532 Fifteenth St. N. W„ today reported that his bicycle had been Stolen from his home. SSO for News Tips—Ten Cash Prizes Each Week—Phone News Tip Editor, Washington Times, District 5260 Eyes Open 'for Unusual Events—Don’t Write —£Aone Between 6:30 L 4. As. and 6 Afj elder day who discovered the Octopus and proceeded to destroy it—in the magazines. 1 do not know to this day whether Big Business existed; I am only sure that it wasn’t as power ful and as wise as its enemies said it was. There are moments when, surveying the chaos of business all over the world, people must wish that the Monster would return, with all its hideous injustices, if’ only it were strong and could act. Vicious, If True The one thing we learned about Big Business was that it was a closely knit combine; the banks dominated and protected; steel was involved with motor cars, and motor cars with Holy Name Society- Plans Card Party The Holy Name Society of St. Jerome’s Church, will hold a card party in the old church hall on Spencer Street, Hyattsville, next Monday night. Five hundred and pitch will be played. St. Jerome’s team is now leading in the Holy Name Society Bowling League. SKIPPY By Percy Crosby \ I never did see such luck as, ? /-only Vester day he l/as UishiiY’ 1 I -an now its )li wish that euery sund ay 1 freddy has \ Ihe Didn't have to Go To School, / Saturday. ) nioht,an* only once J }• L C BUSTED laz f4E - : Wr > Ww PAee r WASHINGIOHTIMES Telephone District 5260 POLICE HUNT IN VAIN FOR STREET SNIPERS ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Chest Workers Confident of Achieving Goal Tuesday 5214,829 STILL NEEDED FOB OUOTA Chairman Colladay Believes Many Prospects Have Been Overlooked Expressing confidence that the full quota of $2,601,000 for the Community Chest will be raised by the time the drive ends Tuesday, Edward F. Col laday, chairman of the fund campaign, today said the short age of $214,829 exists princi pally because many prospective givers have not yet been reached rather than because of unusual reluctance to finance the chest. Solicitors are renewing their ef forts to see all possible contribu tors in person, because of the natural desire of many to make their pledges and gifts to a person rather than through the mail, it was stated. Pledges continued to come in to day, further reducing the short age. No more luncheons or re port meetings will be held until the closing report meeting Tues day, at which time the campaign officials confidently believe last minute contributions and delayed reports of workers will swell the total to the full quota. Following a radio address last night by Elwood Street, director of the Chest, over Station WOL, it was emphasized today that the Associated Charities had to spend 90 per cent more during January on relief than during January, 1931, although an increase of only 40 per cent for the 1931 Chest total is being asked. OWNLH LOSES SEIZED CAR The owner of an automobile who lends his car to a person whom he knows to be a bootleg ger does so at his own risk, Po lice Court Judge Isaac R. Hitt ruled today in denying a peti tion of Henri Cheri, 20. of 7101 Georgia Ave. N. W., for the re turn of his machine. Cheri’s car was seized last Oc tober when Kirby D. Tucker, 901 M St. N. W„ is alleged to have used the machine to deliver liquor to police informers. Tucker was convicted of possession of liquor and the automobile was confis cated. Cheri said he knew Tucker was a bootlegger, but that he loaned him the car on the condition that he would not haul liquor in it. Students Invited In Poster Contest The music department of the Takoma-Silver Spring High School is staging a poster contest in con nection with the presentation of the musical comedy, “The Gypsy Rover.” by the glee clubs of the school on March 4 and 5. Chi Sigma to Hold Minstrel Tonight A combination minstrel show, card party and dance will be held by the Chi Sigma Sorority tonight at 8:30 p. m., at the Mayflower Hotel. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1932 Radio Tuners May Hear War Guns American radio listeners will hear the roar of aritllery and machine gun fighting between the Japanese and Chinese at Shanghai if negotiations ini tiated by the National Broad casting Company are successful. The company is seeking a means of placing a microphone near engaging troops so the noise of battle will be picked up and transmitted across the Pacific. It would be the first time a field battle ever has “gene on the air.” BANKROLL BACK DE SHOOTING An attempt by Harry Abrams, 30, bodyguard to William Moses, local boxing promoter, to protect a large “bankroll” he carried for his employer is reported in gamb ling circles today to have resulted in the shooting of Abrams Wednes day night. Although badly wounded. Abrams is resting easily at Emer gency Hospital. According to the reports, Abrams was carrying the “bank roll’ in order to save it from holdup men who, it was be lieved, would search Moses and leave Abrams alone. On Wednes day night, it was said, the hold-up men searched Moses and then turned to Abrams. Abrams resisted and was shot. Moses returned the fire of the bandits. Police declare that William Henry Coates, colored, held in connection with the shooting, is also known as William Harry Colts and was linked with Harry Yudelevit recently in a liquor case. Yudelevit is being sought. 550.00 0 SOUGHT FOR SCHOOL An appropriation of $50,000 for plans for a high school in the Reno section of the city will be urged by school officials before Congressional hearing as one of the most pressing itejns in the District school estimates, it was revealed today by Stephen E. Kramer, first assistant superin tendent of schools. This item must be pressed, Mr. Kramer declared, to expedite con struction on the school which, when completed in February. 1935, will relieve an unprecedented congestion in the Western High School. Western will be forced to go on a part-time schedule of classes next year, he said, but the sooner the new building, is completed the sooner Western will be re lieved of the part-time classes. 17 Groups Slated For Play Tourney Seventeen groups will take part in the 1932 one-act play tourna ment sponsored by the Community Center department of the District Public Schools, co-operating with the Drama Guild of Washington. The tournament will take place the first two weeks in March at Wilson Teachers College, Eleventh and Harvard Streets Northwest. The finals will be held in the Mc- Kinley auditorium, Second and T Streets Northwest, Tuesday night, March 15. Office Address, 1317-21 H St. N. Wj GUI'S BUDGET WILL ESCAPE PRUNING No Severe Reductions Seen Since Necessary Items in Line-up Equal Total The congressional pruning knife that has been consistently applied to departmental sup ply hills in the present ses sion will not be used to slash the District budget of $47,000,- 000 for 1933 in any general degree, Representative Clar ence Cannon (D.) of Missouri, member of the House Appro priations Committee said to day. Cannon is chairman of the subcommittee that will review the proposed items in the District budget estimates and report an appropriations bill to the Appro priations Committee. No Drastic Changes Although Cannon said that some items of a minor nature might be eliminated and the total estimate slightly reduced, it was highly improbable that drastic reductions will be made. The bill, however, will include the provisions that prohibit pay increases or the filling of va cancies except in essential in stances. Cannon said: “We will not permit salary increases or vacancies to he filled but we expect to make little change in the Budget estimates. NECESSARY ITEMS “There are certain necessary expenditures to be made here and the essential items prac tically total the complete esti mate. It would therefore be impossible to make severe re ductions. “We will be economical, how ever.” Cannon announced that the first active business meeting of the subcommittee will be Tuesday. Monument to Have Guard for Feb. 22 A guard will be stationed at Washington Monument on Febru ary 22 this year, although the shaft will be closed to visitors, to receive wreaths expected in connection with the Bicentennial observances. Flags of the 48 States will also be placed around the base of the monument, as usual. Employes who usually receive the day off are entitled to it this year as well as any other and museums and memorials will be closed on the holiday. Highway Police Post Planned at Ft. Hunt A Park police substation to serve as headquarters for motor cycle off! ce r s patrolling the Mount Vernon Memorial High way will be established some where between Alexandria and Mount Vernon soon. It will be located at Fort Hunt if War De partment officials approve the project. Northeast Citizens Will Discuss Bills The regular monthly meeting of the Northeast Washington Citizens Association will be held Monday evening at the Ludlow School, Sixth and G Streets Northeast. — Legislation affecting the District will be discussed. D. C. RESIDENTS IN SHANGHAI BEVERLY MERTON, JR., MRS. BATCHELDER BETTY ..jwrzi Oil ' I ] II - rJW, rsr Bf 1 k J J Y 'tK •/ ■ THIS WASHINGTON family is in war torn Shanghai. They are Capt. Merton J. Batchelder, Fourth Regiment, U. S. Marines, his wife, Mrs. Katherine J. Batchelder and their three children, Beverly, 6; Merton, jr., 2, and Betty, 8. STLOGIE DILLS APPROVED The Senate District Committee acted favorably on five local meas ures yesterday, and referred sev eral others back to subcommittees for amendments. The five bills will go on the Senate calendar Monday. The bills and resolu tions approved were: Senator Capper’s bill to es tablish “credit unions” here to combat the “loan shark” evil; authorization for the closing of upper Water Street and to trans fer the land to the control of the director of public buildings and parks; a resolution authorizing the naming of “Montgomery Blair Portal” at the Sixteenth Street- Maryland boundary entrance to the Capital: authorization for the closing of certain streets at the Occoquan reservation, and a bill increasing the power of police and fire department trial boards. Woman Poisoned By Opened Gas Jet Mrs. Martha Haden, 32, of 3814 Thirteenth St. I . W., is recover ing today from the effects of gas poisoning received in her home yesterday. Police said a gas jet accidentally became opened. After first aid treatment at Cas ualty Hospital, Mrs. Haden re turned home. \ \ l |T i [news of suburbsl 888 7- B I gfil I * i » » I M ’W’ ■Hk Jb 'II . ’ jBR 1 l j 5 ’ CAPT. M. J. BATCHELDER ’ ' GLEE CLUB RECITAL - The men’s anjl women’s glee 1 clubs of American University will 1 give a concert in the auditorium of the Woodside Methodist Church, north of Silver Spring, Tuesday. February 9, at 8 p. m. l Harlan Randall is director of these clubs. ! CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR DAY ■ Tomorrow will be annual Chris- ■ tian Endeavor Day at the Takoma 5 Park Christian Church. The ex- • ercises will begin at 7 p. m., when - Miss Louise Scott will lead a dis- • cussion upon “How Our Society Meets Young People’s Needs.” SNIPERS ELUDE DRAGNET SET 81 POLICE Manhunt Continues as Victim Fights for Life; Wounded Girls Improved Police today continued a man-hunt for the snipers who shot, three persons Thursday night, in Washington streets. Meanwhile. Gorton T. Backus, inspector for the United States Forest Service, who was shot down in front of his home, is fighting for his life at Emergency Hospital with a bullet wound in his back. Two Girls Recovering Two girls, shot down by the mad gunmen, are recovering. The girls, Helen Andrews. 18, and Doris Beall, 16, were only slightly wounded. Heavily armed cruising cars scouted through the streets of Washington last night. In addi tion, headquarters detectives and police were out on individual hunts, in an effort to locate the perpetrators of the crimes. Three young men, questioned in connection with the case last night, were released when it was Jiscoven.d they had no connec tion with the shootings. Fourth Shooting Reported Meanwhile, a fourth shooting was reported to police’ and they are checking it in an effort to team if it is connected with the other crimes. Henrietta Lloyd, colored, of 4477 C St N. E„ was shot in the le't arm early yesterday on Ben ning Road. Police said they believed she had been fired upon by a colored man. LOW GAS RATE PARLEyOUE Notices of a public hearing February 17 on the application of the Washington Gas Light Company for a reduction in rates and charges were sent out today by the Public Utilities commission. Schedules of reductions in both commercial and domestic rates were submitted by the company earlier in the week, and set aside $211,000 to met this alteration. The domestic schedule of reduc tions submitted by the company, it is estimated, will bring about a saving of only 5 cents a month to the average consumer. It is believed this scheduled will be changed at the hearing. The company’s plan sets aside SIOO,OOO for domestic rate reduc tions and $lll,OOO for commercial rate reductions. District Chemists To Hear Dr. Balls “Some Recent Advances in Enzyme Chemistry” will be the subject of Dr. A. K. Balls’ address before the Chemical Society of Washington at a meeting at the Cosmos Club on Thursday at 8 p. m. Dr. Balls is in charge of enzyme investigation, Food Division, Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, U. S. Department of Agriculture. Patent Office Man Auto Show Winner, Sidney James, 1724 Taylor St. N. W„ last night received the automobile given away at tl.e Automobile Show in Washington Auditorium. He is an associate examiner in the Patent Office. More than 8,500 persons visited the show last night, a record at tendance. The exhibit ends to night. PHILOSOPHY IS TOPIC “An Attempt to Find the Abso lute by a Philosophic Method* will be the talk given by Kepler Hoyt before the next meeting of th Society for Philosophical In quiry, in the New National Mu seum, at 4:45 p. m„ Tuesday. STUDENTS - HONOR 4 AR KS Arthur D. Marks, jr„ son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Marks, jr„ of Wardman Park Hotel, was voted the “man most likely to succeed” by Syracuse University students. He is a graduate of Central High School.