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10,363 Copies Was th« Atertfu Net Paid Dally Sal* of Uv« Transcript last month. All figures tubject to verification , by Audit Bureau of Circulation. MASSACHUSETTS The Weather Pair tonight and Wednesday; cooler tonight. 'I SIGHTY-NINTH YEAR Vol. XXXVI, No. 301 Of the Dally Issue TUESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 23, 1933 Price Two Cents on News Stands Delivered by Carrier IS Cents a Week FOURTEEN PAGES Assets Nearly t Half a Billion 'Vr : P. Morgan Defends Business of Huge , Banking Firm Before Senate Committee. Twenty Partners, He States. DECLINES TO SUBMIT ARTICLES TVuhbifton, M»y 23— (A. P.)— The Senate Investigating com.' mil toe decided today to ask the ;Morfan company to furnish It* ' -partnership agreement, ih owing '.th» division of responsibility and (By Nathan Robertson—Associated j j.. Press Staff Writer) ifWashlngton, May 23—(A.P.)—In- ner Workings of the wealthy Morgan ; banking firm were unraveled slowly today by a Senate committee exam- 1 (nation of Its master, J. P. Morgan, jrho defended Its business and.dls- i:', olpsed that Its assets approach half a SJHUlon dollars. t v ,^hll« willingly answering some I /questions, the elderly financlei S $frough John W. Davis—his counse •' .—demurred at submitting the part- :Mrship articles of his firm. That W nuestlon was put over.'lor future , committee decision as to procedure. | Placing the deposits held by J. P ; Morgan and company at quarter of a ;' billion dollars, the witness also gave : ttt* exact assets as of December 31 ,- 1PS1, to the penny—«424,708,095,58. ', tji. gasp whirred through the pack- f.-tt committee room In the Senate .of- 1 flae building .as he quietly went on. I nitre are twenty partners, he said, sf''pfo<) meet every week day except Sat- y.'l'la there any written record or -Minutes?" he was asked. ; ,j,'On]y the names of those who at- |i'»ttded." f '. .There Is no record ol the dellb- • orations or conclusions?" V ^"None." , ','Morgan said It was decided not to . «ep minutes when the partners be• tin their dally meetings about "20 , ;,At the opening ol testimony, In a DWpared statement read by him with itaYolear precision, Morgan defended U5« practice Q(his .firm _In permitting KotP*7 companies in whose necumleT *atn« bank Is Interested, saying such an Sffrarigement was valuable to all con- ^(Sftied.™ - ;• . v • He criticized the present trend of Idflalatlon,.toward prohibiting such dlrectorsmns 1 ;'•, '..' ;.. ,, It adds Id the strength of private 'nks to accept deposits, he said, fare that the practice has recently en much criticized. Sin substance, he defended private finking as "a national asset and not {'.national danger." .The banker was questioned about the.parent flrin affiliate, Drexel and Conipany, in Philadelphia. Morgan was answering a series of questions along this line, asserting thJit the two were really "one business operated In different places," when Senator Glass (D., Va.) Inter- runted. "I Want to know," he asked sharply, ^''whether the committee counse) has.told the members of the sub- foiiimlttee What he Intends to bring (jt by this type of question, What c*s he Intend to prove?" ^Pecorft answered that the ques- [ons about the Philadelphia firm »er,e for the record and that he $d told Chairman Fletcher In" a •jjiieral way what he Intended to do. *A number of questions were asked rdlng the relationship of the gan house In New York and Drex,'arid Company In Philadelphia. ;e Whitney answered these, ere are 20 partners of Morgan Company and Drexel and Com- iny,"- he said. '.Their liabilities are complete and 'divided. !lh Philadelphia there are four new, 1 who are liable for Drexel Company, but have no connec- with Morgan and Company." t J. P. Morgan were sued," asked iator Gore (D., Okla.) "would :xel and company be liable?" J.The flve resident partners of Morand Company would be liable but the four Drexel partners would not," Whitney said. "They are liable only for Drexel and Company." Whitney First on Hand First of the Morgan partners to arrive was George Whitney, who will follow Morgan on the stand. He took a scat In the front row with Russell Lemngwcll, another partner. The crowd around the door was so dense that even the witnesses had to be pushed througt\ the crowd. The Morgan group spent the night at B local hotel where It had engaged almost flve full floors for the duration of the Inquiry. Morgan walked through the crowd and took a seat at one end of the committee room. Wlth,.Thomas W. Lamont, one of his partners, standing at his right and Davis at left, Morgan smiled now and again. Senators were much slower In arriving than witnesses and spectators. The long committee table was still without a seaf taken when the rest of the room was packed. Morgan .leaned back In his chair with features relaxed as messengers bearing a trunk full of records pushed past him. He talked with members of his firm. He was dressed In a dark blue suit with a thin white stripe. He folded his hands and leaned forward, looking about at his ease. Meantime at the door n struggle for entrance and exit went on. The rather humid day outside and the pressing humanity within made for a warm .and uncomfortable setting. Senator Townsend (R., Del.), the first committee member to arrive, greeted and chatted '.vlth Morgan before taklpg his place. Ferdinand Pecora, (he committee counsel, entered through a side door, shook hands; with Towrisend and nodded to Morgnn. , Apparently the banker did not see him. • : .-•••• Senator Fletcher, chairman of the Committee,-sSdH took his seat by Pe- dojnvat the head of the table. The pushing, milling excited throng at tha door made. It almost out of control despite the efforts of committee aides'and special police, ' $3,994 STOLEN BY BANDIT TRIO Everett, Mass., May 23—(A.P.)—A messenger of the Everett National Bank was held up and robbed of $3,984 today by three men, armed with revolvers, as he was bringing the money for deposit from an Insurance office on the floor above the bank.,. The messenger, Walter Dlttmar, 28, reported that he encountered the robbers in a corridor. He-said that after they had taken the money they ordered him to make no outcry and walked leisurely from the bank building to an automobile and speeded away. Dlttmar immediately notified Vice President Thomas W. Green, who called the police, and a search for the robbers began. SEEKS FRENCH CONCURRENCE TO ARMS PLAN P'res. Roosevelt Moves foi Abandonment Mighty Weapons Warfare. of of SUBMARINE HITS TRAWLER IN FOG Kinnalrds Head, Scotland, May 23 —(A.P.v—The submarine L23 collided today with a trawler In a thick fog near here. The captain of the flotilla reported that the 123 did not need assistance. The submarine was taking water slightly, but It was said this could be controlled by pumps. r poney's Trial Starts At San Francisco Today (By Richard L. Turner—Associated Press Staff Writer) Washington, May 23 — (A.P.)'— Quick French concurrence-Jn an international pledge to abandon the mighty weapons of offensive war fare Is now the foremost objective of Roosevelt diplomacy. While a welter of related problems clamored for (he busy President's attention, today, he confidently looked for word from over-seas that France's traditional demand for concrete assurance of national security had been satisfied by the newly expressed American attitude promising cooperation. In enforcing the peace of the world. Meanwhile, a Japanese delegation was fjpeedlng to the Capital to discuss with him the whole wide-ranging field of International economy. To the fore sprang the perplexing problem of warfare in the Orient, Intensified by the position of Japanese troops at the gates of .China's ancient capital and the American definition of an aggressor nation as one that sendsTJs troops onto alien soil In violation of Its treaties.." In addition, at least two fore delegates to the London economic conference had to be chosen and announcement of their names was believed imminent. Hiram Johnson of California, unyielding Senate defender of the policy of Isolation, was considering an Invitation to become a delegate. J.tmes Wadsworth of New York, Republican House-member, was regarded & strong possibility. Still another pressing subject was a. bill virtually ready for submission to Congress, under which the Chief Executive would have authority to revise downward the Smopt-Hawley tariff schedules In return for similar concessions from other nations. One final conference with Secretary Hull, postponed from yesterday, was due before the bill could be pronounted ready. Second-day reflections of the new foreign T»llcy, enunciated by Norman H. Jsavis, Roosevelt's ambassador-at-large, before the Geneva arms reduction conference, and a comparison of Its principal points with French demands as stated in Paris Sunday night, brought a disposition to believe that agreement on general principles was near. For, tho first time the phrase "organization for'peace" fell irom the lips of an American diplomat. The Davis speech, amplifying the message sent around the world by Mr, Roosevelt a week ago today, committed the Washington government to: Arms reduction by .successive stages to a level determined by the needs of self-defense; Consultation with other nations when war Is threatened; An avoidance of any action which would hinder collective efforts to enforce peace, agreed upon-Tjy other nations after they have decided which of two l\os.tllc nations Is the aggressor, If the United'States concurs In that decision; and Supervision of armaments by an International commission. The French position was summed up In Paris as Insistence upon quickly, established supervision of armaments, arms reduction by stages, immediate cessation of armament construction, a willingness on the part of other nations to abojlsh offensive arms, and ultimate destruction of Internationalization of offensive weapons. All the other great powers of Eu- rofre have joined America. Jh endorsing the British'disarmament, plan, the primary point of which Is the abolishment of powerful mobile guns, heavy tanks, bombing planes and poison gas. Mr. Roosevelt Is hopeful that agreement In principle can be achieved before the London economic conference. Public Works Measure Becomes Major Tax Bill President Roosevelt's Program Converted by House Ways and Means Committee to Extend for Extra Year All Special Excises Imposed Previously. Washington, May 23—(A.P.)—The public works-Industrial control bill emerged from committee today startlngly converted Into a major tax bill to extend lor an extra year all special excises Imposed a year ago when the treasury was last running empty. This extraordinarily procedure, decided upon in the late night hours Just before the Ways and Means committee approved the whole bill and voted unanimously to report It today was announced as an extra safeguard to treasury credit, and as double Insurance for the $3.300,000.000 Issue of bonds the measure calls for. Budget Director lewis W. Douglas, treasury spokesman, asked the step be taken. As a result the bill now calls for: Construction of public works, fc<5- eral, state, local, and publlc-beneflt- llng private building, financed by bond Issue, designed to employ millions of men. Self-regulation of all Industry under federal supervision to end overproduction, sweatshop wages, unduly long work hours, and thus Increase prices and re-create employment. New high Income taxee, taxes on corporate dividends, increased gasoline tax, all to produce $221,000,000 a year to fund the public works bonds. Extension from July I, 1934, to June 30, 1935, of a round half billion dollars worth of excise taxes on such articles »s autQinpbUes. radios, refrigerators, snorting goods, matches, candy, chewing, gum, . .soft drinks, cosmetics, furs, Jewelry, checks, safe deposit boxes, ql) 'pipe lines, theatre admissions, bonds and stocks. With the report on the bill to the House, .went a request for a special rule which will order Its consideration np. Inler than tomorrow, and which will permit no amendments whatever, except those offered by the committee, This still will leave separate votes on the two tax schedules, but House leaders did, not sight any difficulty in putting them through in view of Ihe tremendous majorities the administration has commanded this session at every step. What the Senate wjll do to the new tax plan remained to be developed as the Finance committee so far lias barely dipped Into the bill, and there are no amendment-limiting rules usable once the measure reaches the floor there. There would have been ample time for the next session of Congress, starting In January, to vole extension of the existing taxes, but It was explained that Immediate action would raise the confidence of public works bond buyers, which should reduce the Interest the Treasury will have to pay. Also pointed to as a reason was difficulty experienced this session in extending the federal gasoline tax. Some feared that any slight Improvement In revenues by the end of the year might encourngc opponents o. r the taxes to fight their renewal next session. As asked by President Roosevelt, the committee wrote Into the authorization for the new taxes—those designated "re-employment taxes"— authority for the executive to suspend them Immediately other revenue can take their place. The 18th amendment was not mentioned but Its repeal was looked to as a polcn Hal source of vast Income from liquor taxes. The committee voted to report the whole bill by unanimous vote after Ihere had been a deep split over the type of new tax to be levied. A completely outclassed minority had held out for a sales tax. The Marland bill for oil Industry regulation was left out for future disposal as the committee had no time to study It and did not wish to delay the main measure. China and Japan Sign Temporary Peace Pact LATEST NEWS Not a Penny in Fees Washington, May 23—(A.P.) — From the witness stand In the Senate chamber. Federal Judge Harold Loudcrback of California today told the court trying five Impeachment charges against him that "decidedly not" a penny of fees In the Russcll-Colvln brokerage company case went to him. Dairymen to Get Aid Washington, May 23— (A.P,}— A definite program for assistance to New England dairymen, including early appointment of a regional milk adminlstrator.'was mapped today at a conference between four New England governors and Secretary Wallace of the Department of Agriculture. RETURN OF NEGRO PRISONER SOUGHT lean Francisco, May 23.—(A.P.)— lit trial of Thomas J. Mooney on Mong dormant Indictment growing it ol the Prepardness Day oombing "" )n 1916 gets under way In Su" "Court today. last obstacle to the trial was .hoved late yesterday when the lt« Supreme Court denied the pe- ion of Attorney John O'Gara for It mandate to compel Superior i Louis Ward to dismiss the In- it. • )'aars petitioned the Supreme to prevent hearing of the trial t ground nothing was to be by reopening the 16-year old r ith the way cleared for the of the trial at 10 a. in., ly, Ihe delerise moved to present ihey's story, which the veteran Or leader hopes will clear him of (pllbity In,the bomb outrage. With • Old Indictment out of the way, defense hopes to be able to ob- i'|n«rdon for Mooney or move lor 'frwdom through other legal [i. ilc has announced It will not a east against Moontv. Wil- liam W. Murphy, assistant district attorney In charge of the Mooney case, has announced he will Inform the court the state has no evidence to offer, The state then might move for a direct verdict of not guilty. This Is the only verdict possible, attorneys' said, in the absence ol prosecution evidence. Judge Ward has stated that he probably would grant such a motion should It be made. Such procedure, however, would deprive Mooney of an opportunity ot take the stand and proclaim his Innocence. Every :tep b! the preliminaries to date has been directed toward the goal of getting Moon >,< on the stand where he can offer his defense. Judge Ward yesterday Indicated he Is disposed to allow a certain amount of defense testimony, but that he will not permit a long drawn out trial. Attorney Leo Gallagher asked the court for an order summoning SO defense witnesses for this morning. Attorney Frank Walsh, chief counsel for Mooney, arrived Irom New York yeiterd'ay and conferred with Mooney, ^ SPEAKEASIES HARD HIT BY BEER'LAW San Francisco, May 23—(AP)—At least 60,000 speakeasies have been driven out of business by the new liberal beer laws, In the opinion of Maj. A. V. Dalrymple, national prohibition director, and many thousands more will be closed when better beer Is manufactured. "Not that the beer being sold at present Is not good," Major Dalrymple said, "but it could be very much better and should be ripened more fully before being put on sale." Of "the 50,000 speakeasies driven to the wall, or forced to be converted Into legal beer parlors. Major Dalrymple said 10,000 are In New York city and at least that maiiy more In Chicago. The prohibition director, here on a national tour of Inspection, said last night that steps have been taken to prevent racketeering in legal beer by throwing safeguards around brewers and retailers, such as the system of duplicate Inyolces and. icvenue stamps. Maj. Dalrymple, a former San Francisco attorney, said he also had In mind a measure to prevent profiteering by druggists in ' medicinal wines and liquors. Druggists may buy wine at from 75 (o 05 cents a gallon, he said, and retail It at from $5 to $7. He lias prepared a regulation, he Added, subject to Approval of the attorney general, providing that case lotsx>f the wine may be sold at win- cries maintaining a licensed apothecary on the stair. If necessary, he said, he 1 would go' before Congress with a request lor of a nrlnt-nxina late. ! SHARES VIEWS OF ROOSEVELT Great Britain Believe* Future H a p p i n e s s of World'Rests oh Parley. London, May 28.— British government, replying today to President Roosevelt's message to the world, declared that it "entirely sharos the president's views" that on the successful outcome of the world economic and disarmament conferences depends "the future happiness and prosperity of the world " Britain, the reply said, was "all the more encouraged by M/. Roosevelt's message because the president places as the first slep of his program adoption of the draft disarmament convention presented by the (British) prime minister March 16." Britain believes that if a disarmament agreement can be reached "the result will be restoration of confidence among the nations of the world and that thus the best preparation will be made for the cisions 'which the world economic conference will be called upon to take." WETS EXPECTED TO SWEEP STATE Overwhelming Victory is Predicted in New York Elections Today. CAPTAIN AND 4 OF CREW DROWN St. Johns, Newfoundland, May 23 —(A.P.)—Captain Lewis Sampson, widely known Labrador fishing sjclp- per, and four members of the crew of his schooner Lloyd Ellsworth, drowned today when the motorboat with which they were taking freight ashore sank. Their bodies were recovered. Still Sleeping Oak Park, III.—(A.P.)—The Jong sleep of Miss Patricia McGulre, stricken with sleeping sickness In Pebruary of last year, continues. Injections of serum made of blood taken from persons who recovered from the ailment, have been stopped. Assistant State Attorney General Urges Step Before Court of Appeals. (By Roland Alston—Assoclated Pr«s Start Writer) .Albany, N. Y., May 23—(A.P.)— With a sweeping wet victory conceded In advance by dry leaders, j dltion of Crawford aft«r his arrest Boston, May 23—(A.P.)—George Crawford, charged with being the Negro slayer of two white women In Virginia ought to be returned to that state to stand trial, George B. Lowrie, assistant state attorney general, told the United States circuit court of appeals today. The court had been called into extraordinary session to hear arguments In the appeal of Massachusetts against the granting of a writ of habeas corpus to the defendant by Judge James M. Lowell. The case has nation-wide Interest because of the Impeachment in the national House of Representatives of Judjc Lowell, who denied that writ on the grounds that Crawford's trial In Virginia could not be valid because the county in which he would be tried did not call Negroes for jury duty; ^ ;; Crawford Is charged with the mur-' dor of Mrs. Agnes B. Il»)ey, wealthy Sportswoman, and' hei'"'rriaTd, Mrs. Nina Buckner, In Loudon county, Virginia, on Jan. 13, 1932. Governor Joseph B, Ely authorized the extra- New York voters went to the polls today without any display of fervor to elect 150 delegates to the state prohibition repeal convention which will be held in Albany on June 27. Although last minute appeals were expected to bring out some additional votes on both sides, an unusually light vote was predicted. New York Is the sixth.state to register an attitude toward the repeal of the 18th amendment. The other flve states—Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Wyoming—were recorded as overwhelmingly for repeal. DAM SITUATION TAKEN : DP BY ELY Washington, May 23—(A.P.)^Fou New England governors conferred today -wlth'Secrelary Wallace of tin department of agriculture concerning Ihe depressed rtnivy situation in theii states. ( The state executives, Governors Ely of Massachusetts, Winant of N Hampshire; -Wilson of Venijont and Brann -of Marine, discussed at lengll the recently ensrted emergency agri- culturirt-acfwlth-rcfcrence to 1U application-to their own dairy problem The gwemors told Secretary Wal- lace'New'England dairymen were facing ruin because of the protractec period of-price levels far below actua" production-costs. They were accom- panled-by'Dr. -H. B. Ellenberger of Vermont;'chairman of the New England-governors 1 dairy advisory committee: 1 Norman H. Davis Averts Serious Clash at Geneva Geneva, May 23.—(A.P.)—Norman H. Davis, American ambassador-at- large, succeeded today in averting a serious clash by effecting a compromise at a secret parley of the "Big Five" of the disarmament conference. Meeting with representatives of Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy he obtained an agreement to discuss armed forces, war material and security against war simultaneously. France was adamant that the security discussion should not be sidetracked. Foreign Minister Joseph Paul-Boncour said France was npt disposed to agree to cut her army and destroy war material until she was assured that security would .be real. The political commission will discuss security while the conference Itself tackles the question ot disarmament under the compromise effected by Davis, who yesterday presented new American views oh the disarmament question, cnterpreted by Geneva commentators as spelling the end of the American policy of Isolation and neutrality lr> ••«• «'.»nt ot war. I Davis, Rudolf Nadolny ol Germany, Sir John Simon of Britain, Baron Pompep Alois! of Italy, and Paul- •Boncpur wrestled with the thorny problem of procedure at the hotel ol Arthur Henderson, conference chairman, while delegates of the smaller countries represented on the steering committee were Impatient because of a two-hour wait. The little entente — : Czechoslovakia, Jugoslavia and Rumania—apparently has decided to abandon the struggle against .Premier Mussolini's four-power peace pact, but It will vigilantly watch any move within the covenant pf the League of Nations to bring about revision ol the water treaties.. It was teamed that the conference political commission decided to Incorporate Washington's contribution to the organization of peace, as set Ibrth. by Davis yesterday, as an annex to a European security agreement. Thus (he disarmament convention no being hammered out will register the .American pledge to consult with .the powers In the event of a war threat, and lo .refrain frotrT any actlqq.IKftJudlcJruj.collective measures jmtost Mi .agETOSaor nation. In Massachusetts, whereupon Crawford's counsel applied for and was issued a writ of habeas corpus. Before a courtroom Jammed with an audience of whites and Negroes, Lowrie asserted that "H is not the duty of the lower court to be too scrupulous in examination of an Indictment or affidavit upon which R rendition is sought." He insisted that, defense against the accusation should be left to the courts of the demand jurisdiction, "where," he said, "the defendant would have every right to lake advantage of such insufficiencies In the Indictment that he might find." He told the court that habeas corpus proceedings should not be Invoked until every effort had been made to exhaust the usual remedies. He cited numerous cases where a writ of habeas corpus had been denied, even though the statute upon which the Indictment was based was subsequently held to be void. Agreement to Cease Fighting Authorita-' tively Reported to be Signed Today With Provision That Chinese Forces Shall Evacuate City of Peiping and Remain South of Yenking-LOtai Line. JAPANESE INVASION TO BE HALTED Peiping, China, May 23—(A.P.)—A temporary peace agreement between China and (be Invading armlca of Japan was reached today, It was authoritatively reported. Tokyo, May 23 (A.P.)—A Rengo (Japanese) new* agency dispatch from Tientsin today say> that a Sino-Japanese truce agreement signed at Fcfpinn provide* that Chinese troops shall evacuate Peiping and remain to the south of the line I'enklng-angplng-Shunyl-raroti-Lutal. (By the Associated Press) Military activities In the Slno- Japanesc conflict apparently are crystallzed at Peiping, the one-time forbidden city of China. Foreign military observers there predict the Japanese forces would shortly enter. Official Japanese circles declare, however, an armistice In the North China warfare Is most likely within tha next day or two since Chinese officials have offered peace terms the Japanese can meet halfway. A Japanese war office spokesman also denies Japanese [orces Intend to enter Peiping and Tientsin. Six hundred Japanese troops were ordered to reenforce the Japanese legation guard at Peiping. No order for the evacuation of Fclplng has been issued, says Gen. Ho Ylng-Chlng, Chinese national government war minister, directing operations there. Removal of Chinese soldiers quartered In a certain section of the city to outside the city wall caused the false Impression, he says. American school children at Tung- chow who remained to- finish exam- nations when others evacuated last wpek now are In Pclplng, where their removal was advised by Nelson J. Johnson, Unjtcd atstes.mlnlpter. Additional guards are Oh duty Irt ,he Japanese concession In Tientsin as the result of an unexplained lomblng on tlie edge of the concession which killed a ricksha coolie. Alleged reactionaries continue bomb- ngs and shooting, Incidents which he Chinese claim are Intended as a orcrunncr of nr> attempt to vmseat Nanking government authority. with morning finding only gendarmes Inside the walls. NUDISTS BARRED BY AUTHORITIES Riverside, Calif., May 23—(A.P.) — A notice that no nudist colony will bo permitted to exist In Riverside county was served today on Hobart Glassey, promoter of Elyslan Fields, by District Attorney Earl Redwlne. "We are not operating a nudist colony," Glassey Informed the officials, "but ft secluded vacation center where people may go naked. There Is a distinction." 'If there's a distinction," countered Redwlne. "It's too fine for my legal mind. You can commune with nature all you want as long as you wear some clothes. Otherwise there'll be no colony. Riverside county won't stand for nudism." When Redwlne and Sheriff Carl Rayburn visited Elyslan Fields they found Glassey and his wife, Laura. They were both clothed. Glassey, Identified by officials as a Syracuse University graduate and former psychologist at Camp Olympift, a nudist colony at Highland, N^ Y., said he had no intention of abandoning the colony. His wife, a former Highland, N. Y., high school teacher, was Indignant. We have leased 250 acres of land with an option for a six year extension," Glassey said, "and we Intend to be here permanently. We opened Elysian Fields last Sunday to ft select list, all of whom came by Invitation." ' Understanding Reached? Tientsin, China, May 23.—(A.P.)— Reports emanating from Chinese circles here claimed today that an understanding had been reached for cessation of hostilities in the North China war zon?. Th« reports were circulated despite denials from the Japanese legationjn Peiping that a Chinese-Japanese agreement had been reached or that .egotlatlons were going on. The reports said that establishment of a "separate" independent, zone south of the Great Wall, with Hwang Fu. representative of the Nanking national government at Peiping, and Hanfu-Chu, governor of Shantung province, as "administrator*' would follow the cessation of hostilities. The agreement, the advices claimed had been reached at Peiping in conference between the Shantung governor and Japanese military leader. Snake in the Box Chicago.—(A.P.)—The candy box someone placed on Mrs. Ebba Brn- zcau's porch didn't contain candy. In t was found n copperhead, the venomous reptile whose bite sometimes la deadly. Policemen entrapped the serpent n n glass Jar and said they would ask K»tnl Inspectors to Investigate. Mrs. Jrnzcnu said sho didn't know why Anyone should wish to sciirt her n Armistice Expected Tokyo, May 23—(A.P.)—Official Japanese quarters declared today that a Norlh China armistice, with Peiping still technically not captured, was most likely within the next day or two. High Chinese authorities, the officials said, had offered peace terms the Japanese were willing to meet halfway. .A Rcngo (Japanese) news agency dispatch said .the Japanese siege of Peiping has drawn no closer, but a panicky evacuation of Chinese troops from the city continued all night, Three Days to Accept 'Peiping, China, May 23—(A.P.)— Chinese reports claimed today that Japanese military commanders had handed Chinese military leaders ac Informal note requiring them to conform to unrevcaled conditions contained In the note within three dayi or the Japanese would "resume operations." Delayed missionary advices from Tungchow, 13 miles east of Peiping told of fighting there for about an hour yesterday afternoon. Invading Manchukuo soldiers, who had several tanks, were driven off, according U this Information. Further hostilities were expected All of the thirty American missionaries In Tungchow were reported safe. They were remaining there to care for 4,000 Chinese refugees. 13 LOSE LIVES IN TORNADOES Garden Oily, Kan., May 23—(A.p.) —Tornadoes which whirled through dust darkened skies left death and property damage In widely separated parts of the mldwestern wheat country today. Reports over crippled communication lines Indicated 13 persons were killed, seven heafTryon, Neb., flve in Liberal, Kan., and one near Garden City. Scores were Injured In the sister elates and a dozen more were victims of a Balnville, Mont., tornado yesterday. Ten buildings were demolished or damaged at Balnville. The Kansas twisters struck durina a sand and dust storm which had blotted out the sun, hampered all traffic and forced the use of artificial lights for the transaction of Monday trading. In addition, high winds, raln^and hall pounded farming communities of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. An eight year old girl was serious ly Injured, and others slightly hurt In Denver where' the wind was reported to have reached a veloclt) of 15 miles an hour. Two brick houses were demolished. H. L. Herring, Meade,, Kan., oil man who witnessed' the tornado at Liberal, said the whole business sec- tlqn there was badly wrecked, leading him to the belief the death toll there may mount. Several small tornados were reported In Nebraska, striking about Tryon, North Plattc, Dlx and Big Springs. Buildings were damaged, communication wires were cut and trees were uprooted. Keeping Tab on Josephine Hlbblng, Minn.—<A,P.)—William Ruflong, deputy clerk of the district court is keeping a record of Josephine a female robin. For the fourth successive year Josephine Is nesting on the same branch of the same tree near a window orRuflong's ofljce In the court louse. State Troops Clear Area NearAmoskeag Co. -Mills Manchester, N. H., May 23.—(A.P.) —Police and national guardsmen in a brief skirmish today succeeded In clearing the vicinity ol the Amos- kcag textile mills of strikers and enabled 8> largo number of payroll clerks to enter the offices unmolested. The guardsmen were called out last night at the request of Mayor Damas Caron after 5,000 workers had stormed the gates of the Amoskeag mills and committed excesses. Approximately 10,000 employes of textile mills and shoe s'.ops are on strike affecting 29 mills and eight shoe shops. The entire resources of the police department which has been on duty almost continuously since the Amoskeag mills closed last Friday were augmented today by 2&0 soldiers of the national guard. These were spread through the mill district ond; after once-Clearing the district, per- mitled no iralherlngs nor loitering. The sti— -.-3 driven from the vlcln- Ry. of tha mills, marched down the" city's irmln thoroughfare to city hall where they undertook a demonstra- tion consisting for the most part ot cheering and yelling. Police rsaln succeeded In dispersing the strikers. There were several arrests on minor charges but no damage was causr/J. Quiet prevailed In the vicinity of the shoe shops In the early hours of the day, Striken Dispersed Lowell, Mass., May 23—(A.P.)—A group of about 7§ men, presumably shoe strikers, were dispersed today by police with drawn clubs after they had attempted to prevent employes entering the John B. Pilling Company shoe factory. The Pilling factory Is the only one operating In this city where a strike has been In progress for several weeks. Although police struck several blow* In dispersing the demonstrators apparently none' suffered severe injuries and were driven away In automobiles by their comrades. Police said that the men were driven to the scene In automobiles registered In Ihe name of Haverhlll residents. Haverhill recently experienced a shoo strike.

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