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WASHINGTON, Dec. 19.-Gath-wing signs that an onslaught of tmendments awaits the Collier Beer Bill, to be taken up in the House of Representatives tomorrow, served today to disclose the Democratic leadership prepared to stand on a policy of "no tax on beer, no tax at all," in the present "lame-duck" session of Congress. While the leaders, including Speaker Garner, continued today to predict a majority vote for the Collier measure substantially as presented, calling for legalization of 3.2 per cent, beer, to be taxed; at $5 a barrel, it was learned that word had gone down that defeat of the bill would end efforts of the Ways and Means Committee to provide before March 4 the additional revenue needed to balance the budget. It has been made plain that the committee does not intend to Initiate further tax legislation, but ould look kindly upon action by Jhe Senate opening the beer bill for inclusion or other taxes, perhaps even to the manufacturers' sales tax recomended by President Hoover and Secretary of the Treasury Mills. Garner Prestige at Stake Speaker Garner, it was learned, Is fully aware that his prestige Is perhaps more definitely at stake than it was when he suspended the rules of the House on the opening day and forced an unsuccessful vote on his resolution to repeal the 18th Amendment. To carry out the Present plan the House of Repre- Contlnued on Page 6, Column 1 Police Rescue Man Wedged in Chimney in Suicide Plunge APPARENTLY driven to temporary insanity by a two weeks' drunken orgy, Julius Caronska, 25, of 209 Noble st., ran 'muck yesterday, attempted to kill himself with an ax, ran to the roof 01 his home, disrobed and plunged feet first down the chimney. Unfortunately for his suicide at-k mpt, the chimney narrowed some "ine feet below the top, and he ' suspended there above a kit-then fire. Police, summoned by the mem-n of the family, extinguished the Jre. and then Sergeant John J. Colwell divested himself of his overeat and was lowered head first at 'he end of a rope into the chimney Perture. He succeeded In fastening a rope about the semi-conscious Caronska's waist, and the would-be icide was thus drawn to safety. He was removed to Hahnemann Hospital, where his condition is said 10 be serious. Aside from plenty jf soot and a few moment of giddiness, Sergeant Colwell was none Horseforhis experience. WANTED... ROOMS! AT ANY Philadelphians are interested now to renting warm, con-Venient!y located rooms. YOUR rooms are vacant, why not locate a tenant with a "To Rent" advertisement in The Philadelphia Inquirer? Telephone Rittenhouse 5000 Broad 5000 ASK FOR AD-TAKER !?! Bests Attacker MISS VICTORIA BOYAJIAN When i middle-wed, armed man tried to force her into a rear room in a cleaning and dveina- ihop, at 36 N, (2nd it., latt nirht, and fired four allots at her. Mm Boraiian foutht with the man and routed him. althouih ah waa aluinted with hie revolver. T Kicks and Scratches Intruder Until Halted by Blow From Gun Butt "Get back into that room. young lady." A middle-aged man, cap pulled down over his eyes and a gun held menacingly in his right hand, stood in front of Miss Victoria Boyajlan, 19, in a cleaning a dyeing shop at 36 N. 52d st. shortly before 7.30 o'clock last night. Miss Boyajian looked at the man whose six-foot frame was covered almost to the ankles, in a dark overcoat. She stood her ground. "I will not," she snapped back at him. "You get out of here." The man matched her nerve and, although scores of persons were passing the shop a few steps from 52d and Market sts. repeated his order. "Very well, I'll drag you," he said. With that he walked around the counter, grabbed her and tugged and pulled. Miss Boyajian did not scream. Instead, she got her feet and hands into play. She kicked; she scratched; she fought like the proverbial tigress. Suddenly the man's patience snapped. He released her, brought the gunlnto play and fired four shots, all of which went wild. Then he raised his right arm and brought the gun butt crashing down on the plucky young woman's head. The four shots had attracted pedestrians to the store. They started to gather in front of the place, peered through the window and saw the disheveled Miss Boyajian and the sinister figure in the long coat. Before anyone could enter the man had opened the door and literally brushed his way past the crowd outside to turn north on 52d st. By the time anyone thought of trying to capture him he had reached Filbert st., vaulted a fence and had disappeared. A passing motorist took Miss Boyajian to Misertcordia Hospital, where a cut in hei- scalp was treated. She then went to her home at 141 S. 54th st. after she had told her story to police. FIRE PERILS 40-STORY PITTSBURGHJJNIVERSITY Flames Sweep 10 Floors of New Gothic Skyscraper PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 (A. P.). The future home of the University of Pittsburgh, a 40-story Gothic skyscraper, was threatened today by fire that swept parts of the first 10 floors. Water-line, telephone circuits, and temporary beams of the unfinished structure were damaged. The loss was estimated at approximately $10,000. GIRL DEFIES SHOTS BATTLES ARID SOP RIDGE AVE. SUBWAY TO RUN TOMORROW P. R. T. Announces Operation f First Train to Leave at 6.30 A. M. From Girard Ave. to 8th and Market Sts. Operation of the new $8,000,000 Ridge ave,-8th st. subway will begin at 6.30 A. M. tomorrow, the first train leaving the Girard ave. station of the Broad st. subway at that time for the trip to 8th and Market sts. The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. made this announcement yesterday after Ralph T. Scntcr, president, had received word from Har-risburg that the Public Service Commission had approved the six-month 1 lse of the line to the company, agreed to by Council and Mayor Moore last Saturday. POOR BOARD PROBERS HINT AT ABOLITION Legislative Action Indicated as Audit of Accounts Points to Extravagances Four of Six Bodies Operating in Philadelphia Districts Discussed at House Committee H, earing Abolishment of the six poor boards now operating in the northern sections of the city will be recommended to the State Legislature next month by the special committee appointed by the House to investigate their administration of relief funds. This was indicated yesterday as the committee, meeting at City Hall to receive a partial audit of the boards' accounts, received additional charges of extravagance, waste and inefficiency. Inflated payrolls and high overhead expenses, discrimination in favor of a few mer-cnants irom wnom loon was purchased for the poor at prices far above market levels, and totally inadequate bookkeeping methods were among the items in the general indictment contained in the auditors' report. Four poor boards, the Roxbor-ough, Byberry, Bristol and More-land, were discussed at yesterday's hearing. The remaining two, Ger-mantown and the Lower Dublin, will be considered at another meeting in about a week. There were frequent clashes yesterday between State Represnta-tive Herman J. Thai, who presided, and Edward N. Polisher, counsel for the Roxborough body, and the Continued on Page 6, Column S BIER WARNS CITY $3,000,000 Granted With Caution to Straighten Out Financial Affairs Payment of the four weeks' over due salaries of city and county em ployees got under way late yester day following negotiation of a $3, 000,000 bank loan by the city. The payrglls, amounting to $2, 400,000, had been due December 1 and December 15. That for November 15 had been held up 25 days before the employees finally received their pay. The $3,000,000 loan was granted the city after a long series of con ferences during the past week and in agreeing to the loan, Joseph Wayne, Jr., president of the Phila delphla Bank, Issued a warning to city officials to straighten out ft nancial affairs at City Hall. In a letter to Mayor Moore the banker expressed the opinion that the 1933 budget, now in process of preparation, will only be "nominally balanced." Notes Signed by Officials 1 Notes for the $3,000,000 borrowing were signed by the Mayor, City Solicitor Smyth and Controller Hadley yesterday afternoon and City Treasurer Kemp immediately took them to the bank to be cashed. Notice was sent quickly to the various departments and the paymasters rushed to the Treasurer's Continued on Page 4, Column 3 Mr. Senter Immediately sent crews into the subway for an intensive limbering up process, and the train crews, c-shiers and other employees will work full time today to get in readiness for the regular operation. Extra service for Christmas shoppers will be provided tomorrow, Thursday and Friday and trains will be kept running in the tube until 9.30 each of those nights. Shuttle service will be provided by the P. R. T. between 8th and Market sts. and the connection Continued on Page 6, Column 6 AS HE LENDS FUNDS TO MEET PAYROLLS Walker enounces SAMUEL SEABCRY Reporting: retarding the Letitlativt tiro be of x-Nvor WRlker'i retime in New York declares it was characterized br waite, inefficiency and corruption. 3 SUM BY POSSES AFTER 4 DEPUTIES Tenants Routed After Wounding Officers Seeking to Serve Writ MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 19 (A. P.). Sheriff Sam Stearns, of Montgomery, said on his return here tonight from Tallassee that three negroes had been killed in skirmishes with officers and posse-men in Tallapoosa county today and that six had been arrested. Four deputies were wounded early In the afternoon when they sought to attach livestock belonging to Cliff Jemes, negro farmer, about 12 miles east pf Tallassee. Sheriff Steams said the bodies of two of the negroes were found on a hillside and that of the third in a yard. He said Ihree of the six arrested had been placed in jail at Tuskegee and Sheriff Hasty Golden, of Wetumpka, had charge of the others. Sheriff Golden said feeling waa high in Tallapoosa county tonight and that at least 50 cars of armed possemen were scouring the countryside for the negroes who engaged in the battle with the deputies. He said he had the names of 13 of the negroes. Delay Call for Troops "The situation Is pretty raw," Sheriff Golden said, adding he would return in the morning to aid in rounding up the negroes. He confirmed reports that two of the men killed were John McMullen and Judson Simpson. He said McMullen was killed at the farm house where the gun battle with the deputies occured and Simpson was slain by a posse when he was found barricaded in a house Jemes escaped, apparently badly wounded. Colonel Hartley Moon, Adjutant General, returned from Tallassee tonight and said he would not call out the National Guard unless the situation became more serious. He said officers from Tallapoosa. Elmore, Macon and Montgomery counties were on ihe ground and ex pressed the belief they could pre serve ordpr. Sheriff Kyle Young of Tallapoosa, who directed a search of the Jemes home tonight, said he found communistic literature of the Share Croppers' Union sent from Birmingham. ROBBERS ENTER OFFICE OF MAGISTRATE CARSON Place Ransacked, But Nothing of Value Apparently Taken Robbers who weren't listed on her docket, broke into the office of Magistrate Norma B. Carson, at 2nd and Race sts.. last night, and, after ransacking the place, left apparently empty-handed. When police were summoned by a janitor, George W. W. Frost, of 136 Race St., who discovered the entry, they found papers and legal documents strewed about the floor. A poor box standing on a table and containing a few dollars was untouched. Police communicated with Mrs. Carson, who after a hasty examination, expressed the belief that nothing had been taken. She suggested that someone in search of an incriminating legal document may have broken Into her office. In The Inquirer Today- Amusements n Birthday Bulletins 2 Bridge 13 Comics 23 Death Notices 22 Editorial 8 Financial 19 to 22 Hollywood Louella O. Parsons 4 Picture Page 15 Radio 18 Real Estate 10 Society 13 Sports 16 to 18 Steamer Movements 22 "The Lure of I.eni Luneska" (a new serial) 11 Weather 1, 2 Who's Wha In Pennsylvania " 8 Woman's Interests 12, 13 D t X FARM SHY FINDS CORRUPTION IN WALKER'S RULE Inefficiency and Waste Marked N.Y. Ex-May or s Regime, Prober Charges in Preliminary Report Refers to Betty Compton Incident; Notes Powers Sponsoring Resigned Executive Still Control City NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (A. P.), The regime of James J. Walker as Mayor of New York was described by Samuel Seabury tonight as an "administration. .. .characterized by inefficiency, waste and corruption." The prosecutor of the Hofstadter Legislative Committee's Inquiry In his intermediate report said Walker's resignation avoided removal, "which must of necessity have followed.... a series of sinister transactions." Containing some 400 pages, with its exhibits, the Seabury report said Walker found a "pretext for his resignation" in the opinion of Supreme Court Justice Ellis J. Staley, of Albany, who, while holding he could not interfere In the hearings before Governor Franklin Roosevelt, suggested certain changes in the procedure. Assails Albany Judge This opinion, Seabury said, was a "judicial impertinence," adding that the justice had no more right to assume to tell the Governor how he should exercise an executive function than the Governor had to tell the justice how to try a case before him. Later this week Seabury will make his final report of the investigation, which will embody his suggestions, including a draft of a new charter, providing, it was said, for election of a municipal assembly by proportional representation. Tonight's report, devoted for the most part to the Walker episode, touched lengthily on what Seabury termed "Incompetence" in the Bu reau of Weights and Measures in the Bronx borough and urged the removal of three borough officials, President Henry Bruckner, Commissioner of Public Works William J. Flynn and Commissioner Joseph McKay, of the Bureau of Weights and Measures. Attack Bronx Officials . Charging that Flynn "used his office for his own personal advantage," Seabury said Bruckner "is apparently completely dominated by Continued on Page 4. Column 1 OF IN CITY TREASURY Mitten Heads List of Non-paying Tenants, Wilson Audit Shows By HAROLD J. W1EGAND Of the $186,000 collected by the Fairmount Park Commission in the last two years from rentals, golf course fees, etc., $39,329 has never been deposited in the city treasury and there has been no deposit at all from this special fund since October 21, 1931, This was revealed yesterday in a report to Controller Hadley of an audit of the fund made by his counsel, S. Davis Wilson. The report also disclosed that Dr. A. A. Mitten, chairman of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. is occupying, rent-free, a 75-acre farm property in Roxborough owned by the Fairmount Park Commission. Dr. Mitten heads a list of many others, mainly officials and employees of the park body, who are paying no rent for their occupation of park property. The Park Fund, audited by order of Controller Hadley, has been a subject of recent attack in Council and the members have demanded that its so-called "secret payroll" be made public for the first time. Its publication showed that Major Thomas S. Martin, secretary of the Commission, and many other employees receive a supplementary salary from this fund in addition to their regular wages from the city. Claim Leeway in Act Part of the receipts making up this fun consists of rentals collected by the Park board, but the audit disclosed that on many of its valu- Ccntinued on Page 10, Column G 33.329 PARK 0 PI HOOVER REVEALS MOVE TO SET UP WAR DEBT BOARD Text of Message on War Debts Sent By Hoover WASHIXGTOX, Dec. 19 (A. I'.) The tut of President Hoover' message in Congress, dealuig it illi the War Debt problems, follows : To the Senate and House of Representatives: I indicated in my message on the state of the Union of December 6 that I should communicate further information to the Congress. Accordingly, I wish now to communicate certain questions which have arisen during the past few days in connection with the war debts. These questions, however, cannot be considered apart from the grave world economic situation as it affects the United States and the broader policies we should puisue in dealing with them. While it is difficult in any analysis of world economic forces to separate the cause from the effect or the symptom from the disease, or to separate one segment of a vicious cycle from another, we must begin somewhere by determination of our objectives. It Is certain that the most urgent Continued on Page 11. Column .1 ROOSEVELT SILENT TUNI Friends, However, Indicate Opposition to Co-operative Commission ALBANY, N. Y., Dec. 18 (A. P.).-Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, who will succeed Herbert Hoover as President on March 4, read without comment today Mr. Hoover's proposals to Congress for co-operation between the President and the President-elect to insure continuity of American foreign policy. While Mr. Roosevelt himself was silent, his friends predicted a coolness on his part toward President Hoover's proposals, particularly the one for interlocking of the World War debt, world economic and disarmament questions. They pointed out that Mr. Roosevelt's expressed view has been that these questions should be dealt with separately.' The President-elect has said this several times since his conference with President Hoover at Washington on war debts. Shortly after Mr. Roosevelt's election as President. Governor Roosevelt believes that while all three questions may bear some inter-relation in ultimate results they should not be considered together at this time. "I haven't thought about it; I haven't even read this yet," Governor Roosevelt told newspapermen who asked him to comment on the day's developments at Washington, Pointing to a newspaper account of the Hoover recommendations. One feature of the Hoover proposals which Mr. Roosevelt's friends said would probably not find favorable response was that the commission which Mr. Hoover recommended for handling the international questions would have the approval of both the President and the President-elect. Mr. Roosevelt, they said, proba- Continued on Page 11, Column 2 HOOVERS PLAN TY BALDWIN REVEALS U.S. DEBT PLEDGE Tells Commons America Has Agreed to Joint Examination of Entire Issue; Spurns Move for Five-Power Concord LONDON. Dec. 19 (A. P.). Stanley Baldwin, acting Prime Minister in the absence of Ramsay MacDon-ald, informed the House of Commons today that the United States had agreed to make a joint examination with the British Government of the entire war debt question. It was not wholly clear from Mr. Baldwins statement whether he was referring to the position set forth by Washington in the first American debt note or whether he was talking about conversations which reportedly took place on Friday between Chancellor of the Ex SEEKS ACTIVE CO-OPERA TION OF ROOSEVELT Jointly Chosen Executive Commission Would Exchange Views With Paying Nations, President Informs Congress in Message; Links Arms, World Economics Attitude of President-elect Crux of Sit' uation; Democratic Leaders Cool to Involvement as Executive Acts to Avert Delay on Grave Problems Special to The Inquirer. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 President Hoover notified Congress today that in the absence of legislation to review the war debt agreements he proposed to seek President-elect Roosevelt's co-operation in creating an executive commission to begin immediate conversations with Europe toward breaking down the stiffening barriers to world economic recovery. The President declared for prompt international co-operation to check a vicious downward spiral which was stifling trade, nullifying tariff, decreasing consumption and depressing prices under the pressure of unstable and depreciating foreign currencies. He submitted that the "most urgent economic effort before the world is the restoration of price levels," involving return to the gold standard wherever possible, and that it seemed impossible to accomplish this result "by the individual and separate action of different countries each striving for separate defense." His plan, as simultaneously transmitted to Governor Roosevelt at Albany, was to get the maximum trading advantage from the war debts by having the pleas from non-defaulting debtor rations heard by a commission of American citizens which also would include American delegates to the World Economic and Disarmament Conferences. By this means the United , States, without involving debts in the general economic conference and thus risking mass approach by Europe, would be in a position to offer concessions to individual debtor nations which were willing to reduce armaments and fight to restore the gold standard. Roosevelt Aid Essential "While the gold ' standard has worked badly since the war, due to the huge economic dislocations since the war," the President declared, "yet it is still the only practicable basis of international settlements." It was because the task was far too big to be completed in the remaining two and one-half months of his own Administration that President Hoover called for Presidentelect Roosevelt's co-operation to make it effective. There is reason to believe Mr. Hoover would not proceed without Mr. Roosevelt's active indorsement, since he feels that Europe would be reluctant to deal with a commission which was to have no standing after March 4. The effect of Mr. Hoover's move, therefore, was regarded in high quarters tonight as putting It up to his successor-elect to say whether the American attack on the international aspects of the depression was to be delayed until the Administration changed hands. Mr. Roosevelt was to be Invited, it is understood, to name the members of the commission and to control its deliberations. For the purposes of this emergency, "threatening the very foundations of civilization," in Mr. Hoover's view, the President was prepared to delegate his ex- chequer Neville Chamberlain and Ambassador Andrew W. Mellon. Because of unusual transmission difficulties, the text of President Hoover's statement regarding war debts arrived too late tonight for perusal by high Governmental authorities. Neither Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, who has gone to his home, Lossiemouth, Scotland, for the holidays, nor Sir John Simon, Foreign Secretary, who is ill, will see the statement until morning. It is believed, however, that Pres- Continued on rage 11, Column 5 ecutive authority to the Presidentelect two months before the official transfer of responsibility. Democrats Cool to Proposal While the reaction on Capitol Hill was sympathetic to the tone of the President's message and appar ently favorable to joint International action to stimulate economic recovery, Democratic leaders were cool to the proposal that Mr. Roosevelt Join with Mr. Hoover in selecting an executive commission. Moreover, persons, who had been in close touch with Governor Roosevelt since the President's plan for an ewcutive commission was disclosed last Thursday, indicated that he was not at all disposed to become Involved prior to his taking office. Governor Roosevelt's attitude, It seemed clear tonight, is the crux of the situation. 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