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Attack on Pay Cut Plan Made
By A. F. of L. Head at Ses
sion of Capital Trade Group
Indicating something of the
unsettling effect a Federal
salary cut would have upon
Washington business men.
President William Green, of
the American Federation of
Labor told the Washington
Chamber of Commerce last
night the already limited
standard of living of Govern
ment here will be sacrificed
if one-tenth of their income is
taken from them.
Pointing out that 97 per cent
of citizens pay no Federal in
come tax. and that a Federal
salary cut will not reduce taxes
of the small business man, labor
er or farmer through economies
effected, Green called Govern
ment workers “notoriously under
paid” and urged opposition to
the movement by his audience.
“Social distress would prevail'’
as a result of wage cuts, and
Washington’s general business
conditions would suffer in such
a curtailment of purchases re
sulting from a salary cut, he
He continued:
"It is astonishing to note
that in the three-fourths of a
million civil employes of the
Government, only three in 500
receive 15,000 or more. Abqut
one in six receives less than
91,000, and three out of four
receive less than $2,200.”
"It will be necessary to
draw the reduction from those
least able to pay it. A 10
per cent cut will reduce the
civil payroll about one and
one-half per cent, and will re
duce the total expenditures
only about one-third of one
per cent.”
Morris Boswell, colored, 611 P
St. N. W., out on a SSOO bond for
transporting alleged whisky, was
arrested again today by the same
policeman who captured him yes
terday with 72 gallons of alleged
Policeman Charles Barnes, after
a chase of four miles, captured
Boswell when his car overturned
on a curve near Glenmont on
the Brookeville Pike.
Boswell was taken to the Silver
Spring substation. Today Bos
well had added a smoke screen to
his car’s equipment, it was
charged, making it difficult to
follow him.
U. S. Troops to Quit
China for Manila
The Thirty-first U. S. Infantry,
rushed from Manila to Shanghai
in January to protect American
lives, probably will return to
Manila about the middle of June,
the State Department revealed to
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GASTON B. MEANS, after his arraignment on an indictment charging larceny
after trust. The indictment charges that Means obtained SIOO,OOO from Mrs.
Evelyn Walsh McLean as ransom for the Lindbergh baby. Means is talking to
Jimmy Conroy, a bondsman.
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ANDREW MELLON, former Secretary of the Treasury, poses for International
News Photographic Service cameraman at American Embassy in London for first
photographs since he became Ambassador to England. With him are shown David
E. Finley (left), honorary counselor to the embasy, and Ray Atherton (right),
An emergency appropriation of
$500,000 to enable the Govern
ment Printing Office to continue
congressional printing for the re
mainder of the fiscal year was
quickly approved in the Senate
Senator Jones, chairman of the
Appropriations Committee, said
the congressional printing fund
was x.Jiausted and that George
Carter, the Public Printer, had ad
vised that much of the congres
sional printing, including the
daily Record, would have to stop
next week.
The emergency fund, proposed
in a House resolution on motion
o. Jones, was to have been pro
vided in the regular legislative ap
propriations budget, but that
measure is still tied up in the Ap
propriations Committee because
it carries the general economy pro
gram which the committee is in
Named in honor of the Marquis
de Lafayette, the Lafayette
School, Broad Branch Road and
Northampton Street Northwest,
will receive a bust of the famous
French officer from the French
government at ceremonies to be
held Monday at 2 p. m.
The bust will be presented by
Col. F. Pillon, military attache of
the ’’Tench government, and will
be accepted on behalf of the
Board of Education by Dr. Frank
W. Ballou, superintendent of
Colon r Pillon will also plant a
memorial tree at the exercises at
which Dr. Abram Simon, presi
dent of the school board, will pre
Letters to Jafsie Bare
Swindlers’ Shrewdness
(Continued from Page 3)
more meeting from March 12.
Those confidential conferences
after we arrangements to
hazardous for us. We will not
allow ouer man to confer in a
way like befor. Circumstances
will not allow us to make
transfare like you wish. It is
impossible for us.
'Wy chuld we move the baby
and face danger to take an
other person to plase is entirely
out of puestion. It seems you
are afraid if we are the right
party and if the boy is alright
becuase we probably have to
pay well you hvae ouer signa
ture and always the same as
the first one, specially three 3
“Now we will send you the
sleeping suit from the baby be
sides it means 3 extra expenses
(probably meant buy) another
one. Pleace tell Mrs. Lindbergh
note to worry the baby is well.
We only have to give him more
food as the diet says.
“You are willing to pay
70000 note 50000 $ without see
ing the baby first or note. Let
us know about that. We want
another way. Because we don’t
like to give up. If you are
. willing to accept this deal, put
those in the paper.
“‘I accept. Money is ready.’
“Ouer program is: After 8
houers we have the mony re
ceived he will notify you wher
the bbay. If there is any
wayy (probably meant delay)
you will be responsible for
what will follow.”
The identifying signature was
drawn at the lower right-hand
corner of the paper.
Shortly after Condon began
communicating with she swin
dlers through newspaper adver
tisements in which he signed
himself “Jafsie,” a new letter
was received at the Condon
home. It read:
“You know our program. We
sent you the baby’s sleeping
suit. Did you give it to Mr.
Lindbergh. We will not com-
municate with you any more
and we will wait until you
write us in the paper.
"This kidnaping case was
prepared a year ago already,
so the police will have no
look in searching for us and
the baby. The baby is well.
Tell Mr. Lindbergh his search
for the baby will do no good.”
Following receipt of this letter
Dr. Condon inserted an adver
tisement acknowledging receipt
of the sleeping garment and
appealing to the kidnapers to
“understand” his position. ~~
Other Ads Printed
No response was received.
Other ads were published and
finally this one:
“Money is ready. Furnish
simple code for us to use in
A reply came. It was:
“There is no use to furnish
you with a code. You know
our program. There is no use
to delay. If you don’t give
us the money by Bth ot April
we will add $30,000 and Mr.
Lindbergh will have to pay
SIOO,OOO, not $70,000.
“We will keep the baby in
our save plase. Mr. Lindbergh
is foolish to follow those
false clues. He knows who is
the right party and can tell
by our signature which is the
same on the first ransom note.
Mr. Lindbergh does not have
to worry about the baby. The
child is safe.”
The false “clues” apparently
referred to the negotiations be
ing carried on by others around
Was No Alternative
The letter was a plain ulti
matum. There was no alter
native. Dr. Condon urged pay
ment as the only hope. Mrs.
Lindbergh agreed with him. Col
onel Lindbergh agreed.
At Dr. Condon’s home the
father signed the following au
thorization :
"I hereby authorize Dr. John
F. Condon to deliver the sum
of $70,000 to whomsoever in
his judgment he believes to be
the kidnapers of my son.”
And so It was agreed and done.
When he met the emissary, Dr.
Condon said:
“The reason why there was
so much delay in obtaining the
money is because Colonel Lind
bergh isn’t as wealthy as he is
supposed to be.”
The emissary was nervous. His
one thought was to get the money
and then be off. He blurted out:
“All right, we’ll be satisfied
with $50,000.”
Dr. Condon replied:
“I’ll get the money for you
right away. Walt.”
Returned with $50,000
He returned to the machine
where Colonel Lindbergh was
waiting with $70,000 In a box.
Twenty thousand was hurriedly
removed. Dr. Condon returned
to the cemetery with $50,000.
The man took the money and
told Condon the baby would be
found aboard the yacht Nellie off
Martha’s Vineyard.
A fruitless search followed. All
the while the baby was lying
dead a few miles from Lindbergh’s
Powell to Be Asked
To Write Symphony
To promote American music
by American composers, the
National Federation of Music
Clubs, meeting at the Hotel May
flower, announced that John
Powell. Virginia composer, will be
asked to write a symphonic com
position based on Anglo-Saxon
folk themes. This work Mrs.
Elmer James Ottaway, president
of the organization, said will
be performed by a major orches
tra during the winter of 1933.
TA« National Daily
Employment Not Related to
Their Marital Status,
Survey Shows
Whatever effect efficiency
ratings, with accompanying
competition for high marks,
has upon women in the Federal
service, a survey among work
ing women in a typical fac
tory, as to their favdrable or
unfavorable regard for their
tasks, resulted in this finding:
"Unexpectedly, efficiency rat
ings of employes showed no re
lationship to their attitudes.”
With the annual “marking up-”
of all Federal employes by their
department superiors for Personnel,
Classification Board records due
to end this week, this survey
of employe attitudes In a mod
em industrial plant Is consid
ered of particular Interest in the
Has No Relation
The survey was made by Uni
versity of Chicago research work
ers, and 13 chronicled by the
Women’s Bureau of the Depart
ment of Labor. A further find
ing about the employed women
was that “no correlation existed
between work-attitude scores and
intelligence, age, schooling, and
marital status.”
Another feature of the find
ings, which is also reflected in
Federal departments, was that
more of the women were worry
ing about losing their jobs than
about any other one thing. Dif
ficult home conditions, including
domestic rifts, also cause much
relentlessness of employed wom
en, with consequent inefficiency
and unhappiness at work, the
survey revealed.
Bored by Monotony
The fact that monotonous, rou
tine jobs bore women employes,
affecting their attitudes and the
quality of the work done itself,
were also cited m the report,
which added:
“Where there is little trust
or good will, however; where
negative feelings have devel
oped because of insecurity, in
adequate rewards, bad treat
ment by supervisors, frustra
tion in work; then almost any
molehill may become a moun
(Continued from Page 3)
the child is in ‘gut* care puts it
almost beyond a shadow of
doubt that the man is a Co.-
Pian. He is of the type whose
emotions entirely govern his in
tellect, and, thinking emotion
ally about the insanely planned
murder, he reverted for a mo
ment to his mother tongue.
“Now, as to the elaborate
and not at ail clear identifica
tion design to be made on all
letters. You notice that it is
to be executed in red and blue.
Why did he trouble to go into
colors? Because his uncon
scious mind prompted him to
the mind’s primitive symbol of
murder—the color red; and be
cause his unconscious mind
prompted him to the mind’s
primitive symbol of the male
sex—the color blue. The mur
der of a male child is apparent
in intention to anyone accus
tomed to interpret the symbol
ism of deranged minds.
“It would take too long, and
be too complicated a process,
to go into the whole of this
psychological analysis, but you
can take it as a strong proba
bility that the man is a Ger
man, probably past his first
youth with no outward signs of
insanity except those little com
pulsive eccentricities you some
times observe in otherwise nor
mal people—an irresistible im
pulse to touch things with first
one hand and then the other,
to take the same number of
steps with both feet, and so on.
“The murderer — and I am
convinced it is the work ot one
man—was probably actuated by
an insane jealousy of Lind
bergh, and if he found an op
portunity would probably de
stroy the father as well as the
“It would be a valuable move
If the police looked into records
of all workmen who were ever
connected with the Hopewell
estate, to see if any of them
had ever been in an insane
asylum. Such maniacs some
times undergo short treatments
and then are released through
their cleverness in concealing
their symptoms.
"Possibly the criminal is liv
ing peacefully quite near the
scene of his crime, unsuspected
because of the apparent ab
sence of normal motive.”
(Additional News on Page Is]
The Making of an American
A Salty, Wind-Red Man.
You’ve heard of him.
You’ve wondered what he is
like...this John Nance Garner
that some an talking of for
To be frank, you haven’t been
very enthusiastic or hopeful. Yes,
Jie has a picturesque enough
story. But not particularly new—
Poor boy, cowboy, earning an
education doing odd chores...
young lawyei, scrambling ahead
by shrewd shenanigans.. .you’ve
heard stories like that before.
And maybe they went over big
with you once. You thought it
would be great to have men like
that at the head of things. Men
who knew what it meant to be
poor. Men who had had to fight
their way as you are flghtlnj
yours. Simple, honest, canny men
who’d stand four-sqv-.re against
crookedness and laziness and the
rich man’s heartlessness —
Illusions Go Blooey!
Yes, you thought all that...
And then you met a few of
these sp-called heroes. And your
illusions all weiit blooey!
For something had happened to
them. Something had jone out of
them. Looking them over you
thought of that old Bible verse—
“ And if the salt hath lost its sa
vor wherewith shall it be salted?”
They’d lost their savor, al!
right. Their saltiness was gone—
and oiliness had come instead.
They, who had been rough and
real, had become smooth and
They had become politicians...
playing a game of their own in
a world of their own—remote
from the struggles and needs
and heartbreaks of common men.
And so when they tell you
now about John Nance Garner,
you aren’t much impressed.
They’ll have to snow you!
But still—you are a' little
If he’s really all they say he
is—as smart and powerful—yet
as simple and straight—
But they’ve said that about
Well you’d like to size him
up for yourself.
Maybe meet him, casual like,
in one of those long Capitol
Those Capitol Corridors
Queer places, those Washing
ton corridors. Not like any
other place in America. Old
gray marble. Dusty gray light.
Something dusty and gray in
the silencer too, as though the
crumbling years. were sifting
down, over the stiff pictures
the files of staring statues—
People loitering around.. .Con
gressmen, Senators, tiptoeing
tourists, awkwardly carrying hats
.. .all blurring in the grayness...
baggy as ghosts.
Far away, through the thick
walls... far above, through the
thick glass...the bustling world,
the busy sky. But no sound,
no movement comes through
Only the silent sifting of the
Very impressive, of course.
Just as history ought to look.
But presently, for no definite
reason, you are restless. Dis
appointed. Even a little rebel
lious. So this is Washington?
Grand? Sure it’s grand. But
for a plain person like you—
For a plain person living in
a plain country needing to have
plain problems handled promptly
—needing action now more than
ever before —beginning to get
riled up because it isn’t forth
coming—well—Washington isn’t
exactly the sort of a place you
can use!
Nice enough to have around, to
show the youngsters how things
used to be done. But what you
want to see is a place where
they’re doing things NOW! And
people who are doing things NOW!
. 1
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—Times Staff Photo
WESLEY EDDY, popular master of ceremonies at
the Fox Theater, greeted The Times carrier boys when
they arrived for a special show this morning as guests
of teh management. Eddy is shown with James Hay
ward, Joe Lawless and Byron Story.
•And that sure is the one thing*
you can’t seem to find in Wash
i Make Expensive Scenery
All these officials and politi-
' fians that stand gabbing around
—making Important gestures.
They make interesting and ex
. pensive scenery. But—somehow
they don’t seem to have any con
nection with America. YOUR
‘ America—
Maybe it’s just as they say
about Washington. Perhaps the
1 “Hill” does get a man after he’s
been here a year or two. Take
the red blood out of him and fill
; him with red tape. Till he isn’t
i any more useful for ordinary hu
i man purposes than a stuffed
i wombat.
No wonder things are as they
l are—
i Now. if there were a few regu
: lar fellows here...plain fellows
i who would roll up their sleeves
and pitch in and get things done
...like Doc Wilson and Jim
Neely out home... why, then,
’ Standing there, a little sad, a
; little mad, in the vast grayness,
you think these things. Feel silly
as you think them. What’s the
, use, wishing for men like that—
. here?
And then suddenly you see
him, swinging down the corridor
; ...moving all in a piece... feet
, planted firmly, surely on the
‘ tricky marble... wide shoulders
slanted forward, hard, round head
j a little atilt, arms slightly
! acrook—
Whom have you seen walking
like that?
Cowboys. Prize fighters. This
outfit might be either or both.
’ It’s a cinch he isn’t just another
’ baggy ghost!
But—He’s Alive
Now he’s nearer. He’s walking
out of the grayness toward you—
He’s making the grayness, and
all that goes with it, look like a
faded back-drop. Not that he’s
handsome. Anything but! Alive
—That’s it. He’s alive...
Shortish. Spread out in muscle
instead of strung out in bone.
Stocky. Wind red skin... wind
blue eyes...wind roughened eye
brows and hair. Almost more eye
brows than hair. A poker play (
er’s mouth and a bronco buster’s
chin. A skin that’s just plain, ,
weathered, human hide. A suit ,
that’s just plain, comfortable, hu- ’
man clothes. And a look from ,
those sharp, small eyes that clips j
you, neat as a spur.
So this is John Nance Gar <
Iner! ]
Yep! This is John Nance Gar
ner. Speaker of the House.
This is John Nance Garner—a
wind red man in a shadow gray
place. Raising hell with shad
Like him? Agree with him?
You don’t know yet. Maybe yes.
Maybe no. But this is certain. ,
He’s your kind. You know where
he lives. He talks your lingo.
He isn’t Washington.. .or poli
tics... or high-powered finance...
or hifalutin diplomacy.
He is plain places and plain
people and plain needs. ,
He’s wheat fields and coal ;
mines, cattle ranges and ranches, :
country stores, building and loan
associations, apple orchards, can
neries, little red school houses—
He’s poker games and baseball
, teams and fishing trips, town '
meetings and annual firemen’s
ball, soft blue shirts and boiled
He is anxious ' mothers and
tired, hard-working fathers and J
penniless youngsters, struggling
to find their place.
Cottage Program Rules
He is all these things—actual
ly. They are built into the
i coarse, healthy fiber of his body,
i They are woven into the simple,
: straightforward fabric of his
1 imagination and affections. He
I has lived these lives. He still
lives them.
► His life as speaker of the House
is as plain a» that of any Federal
clerk. Plainer, in fact, than most
of them.
The girl who took his hand on
that long ago day is with him yet,
and the program they made for
themselves in that first little five
room cottage is still being followed.
They’ve made a million dollars,
more or less. They’ve boosted
themselves into the seats of the
mighty. And perhaps they’ll be
running this country in a few
more months. But that five-room
cottage program is still being fol
Because they think that’sthe
way that folks should live.
As frontier youngsters they
earned to know danger when they
see it coming. Indians, cyclones,
bad men shooting up towns, wild
cattle running loco—no wise per
son tangled with these.
They still know danger when
they see it coming!
And they realize, to the depths
of their canny, healthy souls that
money and place are more danger
ohs to human beings than all the
Indians, bad men and loco cattle
that ever stai peded on a frontier.
So they live simply because they
know that is the only safe way to
Do No Partying
They have no car. They do no
partying aroond. At 6:30, when
dawn is breaking over the big
white dome, you’ll see them walk
ing together up the long avenue—
going to work. All day long he
drudges at his desk. All day long
she types in an office near him.
At noon she warms him up a
snack, on an electric plate. When
the shadows lengthen, she still is
sitting there— bending over the
The corridors empty. The vast,
white halls grow still. The sun
slips down through the darkening
files of trees. Below the stately
steps the last light lies in a
flaming pool. , t
From a side door, two plain peo
ple step. For a moment they
stand, resting in the twilight. A
breeze stirs. The man straight
ens his heavy shoulders. The
woman passes her hand across
her face as though to brush away
a film of weariness.
Beyond the trees, a bugle calls.
Silently, fold upon fold, a great
flag falls. The man and the
woman watch that flag. Are they
seeing the 35 years of life they
have given to its service? Some
thing burns deeply in their eyes
but they do not speak. They have
never had words for things like
that. Perhaps they do not think
that things like that need words.
Suddenly through the shadows
the lights bloom white. A lim >u
sine rolls by—ermine, diamonds, a
Cabinet officer in evening clothes.
Quietly the man and woman
move down the road, walking in
step, her shoulder touching his
They pass through a door. They
nod with a friendly smile to some
old neighbors. They wash their
hands. They eat. Sit resting
for an hour. Presently they go
to their room.
With Bull-Dog Jaw
Outside, Washington laughs and
But the Garners sleep.
When the dancers fall to yawn
ing. they will be working again.
You wondered what he was
He is like that.
Red faced and plain—
A scrapper and a go-getter—
With a permanent grin—
Over a bull dog jaw—
A humdinger for work—
Also for poker—
Baseball playing—
Steer ’rassling—
And all the he sports
In general.
Hates frills and frlllers—
Despises trick oratory
And loves to make a monkey
Os trick orators.
He isn’t a lady’s man,
Nor even a gentleman’s man—
(They’ll never make a movie
out of him.)
But he’s a people’s man
And he’s regular—all through.
John Nance Garner.
Where does he fco from here?
Is this maybe another Presi
Drums a-beating—flags a-fly
And a stocky, red-faced man,
whose stride was shaped on a
cayuse, rolling up to glory in a
limousine with his little partner
by his side?
Seeing an American
I wonder.
But there he stands—still all in
a piece after the heck of a climb
—at the Speaker’s seat in Wash
"Ob tay can you tee,
"In the dawn's early light—’'
Well, what CAN you see?
A President?
I don’t know.
Nobody knows. ,
But you can bet your last nickle
on this—
/The end)
(Copyright. 1932. King Feature*
Syndicate. Inc.)
Home eeekera who want to eetabllah
themselres In a home of their own will
find a timely home (election in the
Real Estate for Sale Columns of the
Classified Section.

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