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9 • I WASHINGTON A By ROONEY DL'TCHER (NEA Service Writer) Washington, July 20.— Although the national commission on law observ ance and enforcement has leit the front page since its appointment by President Hoover and its first meet ings last month, it has actually been hard at work, believing that it has a tremendous job to accomplish within a relatively brief period. At this writing none of the eleven members is in Washington, but there is a staff of a dozen persons at jt.s offices here, busily engaged and working late hours to organize this great study of crime and criminal jus tice. And nearly all the members arc keeping in almost daily communica tion with the offices here, for they are buzzing of being buzzed by all and sundry in their various sections who might be expected to have in teresting ideas on the subject of crime. Thus information and sug gestions are being drawn first hand from all over the map—the commis sioners are from Seattle. Los Angeles, lowa. Chicago, Cleveland. New Or leans. Atlanta. Virginia. New York and Massachusetts. Set I'p a Big Library Already a working library of a thousand volumes has been installed at headquarters, including a couple of hundred books borrowed in a raid on the library of congress and as many reports on state and municipal crime investigations as the commission has been able to find The plan of the commission s study has not yet been announrod. but it is known that there are ten mam di visions of inquiry to be pursued One of these is prohibition. The rest are all concerned with crime and crim inal Justice. The commission has held three set s of meetings, the last of which lasted four days, sessions frequently running into early evening. At the outset the commissioners went through the proc ess of getting acquainted with each other. They then considered three ques tions, your correspondent is informed What are the facts? What do they show? What are we going to do with them? The commission's first big job is to get the facts on crime and law en forcement. And this is no mean task. Study of criminals in the mass, over the country, will require a long time. Carried to a logical conclusion, a study of the causes of crime would require extensive psychiatric inves “Very well. Colin.' 1 Crystal said shakily, after the waitress had again left them alone. "What do you want? Or what do you think you want?" “I want you—and I want to co on with my work," he answered, strange ly humble for once. "And your experience has told -on that a woman and work don't mix very well.” Crystal reminded him evenly. "Celia—” His face flushed darkly. ■ Celia didn’t have the ghost of an idea of what I was trying to do," he an swered stubbornly. ‘ But you do un derstand. No professional critic has even put as accurate an appraisal up on my work as you have. You're a writer yourself—or will be one. with a little more practice. Is there anv reason on God's earth whv we two shouldn't vagabond together, working together on newspapers till we're in dependent of them? I could teach you * whale of a lot. Crystal, about the ‘game,’ as our colleagues humor ously call it—” "Are you asking me to marry you. Colin?” Crystal asked quietly. Neith er had touched the soup. “Good lord! What do you think?" he exploded. "Haven’t I made myself clear? Am I going to have to say, ’Miss Hathaway. Mr. Colin Grant pre sents his compliments and wishes to know If you will do him the honor to become his wife ? Well, it’s said now, if it makes you any happier—" "Poor, furious Colin.” Crystal sym pathized. “I'm afraid we should quarrel rather a lot. if I were so fool ish as to marry you—” "What do you mean?” he demanded, glowering darkly at her. ■GOING H.ACES SEEING THINGS Agua Caliente.—Rambling notes of a New Yorker in a western Monte Carlo. . . . Dashing women in from Coronado Beach, with skins burned to mahogany brown. . . . Professional gamblers trying to outwit unbeatable percentages. . . . And black-jack dealers with that impersonal, imper- LITTLE JOE rSiBOPLe.oiHo oo*rr I VoSsH Ml OM BOSMIgSS aa ARC. CASH ocJr. . TRIBUNE’S PAGE OF COMIC STRIPS AND FEATURES ligations and a thorough study of facts which may not he obtainable. Many Facts Needed The commission wants to know first just how much crime there really is. It wants the low-down, which is a difficult thing to obtain. It. may be plugging a long time trying to find out just what facts there are. Meanwhile, it will try to economize on time, money and publicity. Any thing it lias to announce will consist solely of bare facts. Two experts already have been en dued to pursue specialized investiga tions. The first was Alfred Bcttman, a Cincinnati lawyer with experience in the Cleveland and Boston crime surveys, and an expert in the field of criminal prosecution. The second is Professor Sam Bass Warner of the University of Syracuse, another crim inologist of wide experience. The commission is trying to pick three first-rate men. slowly and carefully, upon who.'c tacts it can safely de pend. Leonard V. Harrison, an ex pert on police, came down to help at the outset and has been one of the most important figures in the work to date. In the absence of the commission ers from Washington. Max Lowcnthal, ecrctary of the commission, is in actual charge of coordinating the work and m carrying out the com mission's plans. Not a Political Group One of the most significant facts about this commission is the freedom of nearly a!! its members from po litical entanglements. Chairman George W. Wickersham. former at - torney general, who could have lone ■ since have been a supreme court jus tice had he been willing to accept, is m his seventies. The work of his commissirn represents the crowning achievement of his career. None of •he members seem likely to hope to use it as a stepping stone. Such men as Newton D Baker. Judge William I. Grubb. Judge Wil liam S. Kenyon. Judge Paul J. Mc- Cormick—who wrote the decision throwing out the Doheny oil leases — Frank J. Loesch. 76-year-old head of the Chicago crime commission, whose i only ambition is to clean up Chicago. and the world-famous Dean Roscoe ! Pound of Harvard are extremely un ; likely to allow political consideration ,to influence them in any way. The j same, of course, goes for President Ada L. Comstock of Radcliffe College, i the only woman on the commission. ! In fact, its non-political complex ; ion is perhaps the commission's most l notable aspect. [ "Simply (hat, for your own sake. ! I'm not point: to marry you. Colin." site answered. as steadily as possible. No. piearo. . . . You sec. Colin, you ' rra'i'v don * want to bo ‘trapped,’ as Harr- Blame puts it. You want to be free b- on your way.' without ties lof anv kind And I can understand." Rot 1" he interrupted violently. You told me the first time we had a :cal talk that I was living vicari ously. breaking my heart over other peoples tragedies, living none of my own. Well, let me teil you this: if you m r an what you’re saying, my own little private heartbreak is going to be so important, to me that I’ll never be able to write again." "And—what about me?" Crystal dared remind him. You were not born to make any woman happy—” My God'" he groaned. "And I thought you had some sense! 'Happy,' ‘happy’!” he mocked her bitterly. "Is happiness t ho role aim of living? Dent be a fool. Crystal Hathaway! If you don't, take me, whatever grief I may bring to you, you'll only he half a woman as long as you live. And laugh if you want, to!" But she was not laughing. And if I don't have you. I'll be less than half the man I might be. ‘Happy’! Of course we may not be happy, but we'll have a pretty grand mixture of heaven and ; hell—which is called life I believe." Before she could answer a radio loud speaker became suddenly artic ulate. "Listen!" Crystal cried. "It's news of Sandy! Oh. please God, bring him safe home to Tony!" NEXT: "Make that double.” (Copyright. 1029, NEA Service, Inc.) turbable, sphinx-like expression, whose hands seem flexible as putty when they deal.... Roulette croupiers taking and changing money with that casual monotony which comes out of habit. ... A "system player.” who plunges several hundred chips at a time, and isn't doing so badly. . . . Peter B. Kyne, the novelist, sipping at a table and looking philosophically upon the passing show. . . . Later he admits he must be getting old, and thanks heaven for the fact. . . . For now he can sit back and absorb and reflect. Steve Hannigan. tossing down a glass of beer. . . . He's like a shadow. . . . Wherever you go in the world, at least wherever I go, Steve seems to have taken the previous boat. . . . Larry Stallings, who came out to write scenarios after his success at "What Price Glory”... . And chatting with a lovely sun-burned gal. .. . Leo Carillo, the actor. . . . Gus Edwards late of Tin Pan Alley, with a large party. . . . And George McManus, the cartoonist, who certainly has grown no thinner. ... Is it possible to get away from Broadway? ... flee several thousand miles into the desert, and there they all are like a mirage that has followed youl * * * Women who stand about the tables tossing money about so lavishly that you're certain it isn't theirs. And sura enough, It last. Boob they are ■j m . L.v., •-■-'A !»#«'-y 1 running to a "sugar daddy” for more —and get it. And those women whose circled eyes tell the story of “the pace.” You just know they’ve lived and lived. They dress well, they have a certain beauty, but dissipation has left its marks. Yet they are singularly alluring. They're certain to be “interesting.” And they’re everywhere you "look—at the bar, the roulette wheel and the gam ing tables. Their clothes smack of Parts, and they sptak casually of a * ... »’ Freckles and His Friends MOM’N POP SALESMAN SAM BOOTS AND HER BUDDIES * * * THE BISMARCK TRIBUNE, SATURDAY, JULY 20,1929 winter cm the Mediterranean. The world over you'll meet them—ladies of uncertain Income and more uncertain future. Some, I suppose, would call them adventuresses, and—for all I know—many of them may be. They live by their wits and someone's lade of them. Yet, when the night grows.late and dawn begins to hang golden /lines be hind the hills, they lock singularly tired and alone. Pour of* them are playing alone at tables. They slgb and walk away. “Anotlisr absinths THE GUMPS— ARE THERE ANY MORE AT HOME LIKE YOU? ".'V . Push—Not Pull, Sam! frappe, senort” * * * Each morning, before the players and drinkers have arisen—and when some of them are just crawling into bed—servants go about the grounds "planting atmosphere." Atmosphere, in this instance, consists of a flock of parakeets and cockatoos and other tropical birds. All me tame and are chained through the daylight hours to screech and chatter and give the ef fect of the tropics. At night the keepers go about with long sticks and The Big Moment! Pop Changes His Mind A Discovery take them out of the trees again. * * * Youngsters from everywhere, driv ing up in snappy jazs earsxJegz boys and babies from ell over the nation, tossing their money and drinking their drinks. Yet, as the management will tell you, because of an effort to bring the "smart end moneyed people" here, the closest watch Is kept upon the vari ous conducts. Ail about prowl attaches 'with villainous roedy to toss you out if you are seen to stag ger. And if you get into an argument with any of the game dealers, it takes merely a rap on a tin box to bring out a bouncer. Nor can you get too talkative to the dice. As X have remarked before—it’s a singularly incongruous place-aan out ward display of manners is Insisted upon, no mittdr whit n»y be hap pening. GILBERT SWAN. (Copyright, 1939, MBA Service, lac.) • • • 4- Byßlosser By Cowan By Small By Martin the best present Alton, 111.—The fourth wedding an* niversary of Mr. end lire. Napp will call for a double tlon next year. On the this' year they received as a wedding anni versary present a 10-pound baby boy. The Nappe also have a daughter aged 3. Speed of the Gulf stream to flt flow* along the Atlantic coast of the United States is about five »w«tt an hour. S r +* .