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Piid Circuits M'tfii' > Mifro> V^ttdty Was 29,1^0 ESTABLlSHfiD JUNE 13, il?4 7 > ALT00NA, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, JtJNlJ 5^ Mrttiitf Hire, TWENTY-TWO !>AOBS-*PftICai fW0 PROBER! 'WRCIALMEN NOW ASSEMBLING Changing Business Methods Create Problems for Consideration of Stat- ""uncil, How Opening. - ANNUAL BANQUET TO BE s HELD THIS EVENING Reading, York and Oreens- burg Are In Field for Honor of Entertaining Body Next Year. Changing methods of Business,which vitally affect the welfare of th« traveling men will form the paramount Issues that will come before the business session's of the /grand council of Pennsylvania, United Commercial Travelers of America, the deliberations of which began today at the Penn-Alto botel. The time today Is being largely taken up with the meetings .of the official bodies and , committees. The first general session will be held to- morrow'morning. The banquet and entertainment wllr be held this evening. The registration committee, composed of H. B. Dunmire. W. B. Swayne and Charles J. Glelchert, has been busily engaged throughout the day In the work of registering the delegates as they have been coming In, while A. J. Casanave, general chairman of the arrangements, and his associates, are looking after the housing of the delegates, seeing to it that they are comfortably quartered at their respective hotels. A contest' has already developed for tho honor of entertaining the council in 1931. Included among the places that are contending for the honor are Reading, York and Greensburg. There will probably be others. , Veterans Are on -Hand. Among the veterans of the state organization who are on hand for the sessions'are Benjamin F. McDonnell of Philadelphia, who served for a long time as secretary of the state council, and Joseph Burgart of this city, who twenty-five years ago w»s grand counselor. They ' both helped to organize ,'• the supreme council. , [ Fourteen delegates will be chosen at Klhe sessions to the supreme council which will .be held at Columbus, ,O., the national headquarters city, June 22. Percy A. Patterson of this city, past supreme counselor, will officiate as - toastmaster at the banquet this evening and will introduce H. Baker Yon, also of-Altoona, the present grand counselor, and Dr. J. B. Butler, humorist and philosopher, and Paul A. Kimmins, grand Junior 'counselor, as the chief speakers,of the occasion. The banquet will be opened by sing ing "America" and the invocation by W. B. Swayne, grand chaplain. Musical numbers by the Altoona Works male chorus and singing under the direction of Charles S. Blackburn will be other features. A dance and card party will follow tho dinner. Committees Are Named. * -'Grand Counselor Yon today an nounced the personnel of the committees that will function during the con veptlon. They are as follows: Auditing—William McAlplne, chairman, Butler; R. W. Phlpps, Philadelphia, and Harold B. Dunmire, Altoona. MUeage and ' per diem—Dr. Warren G. Shorwood, Johnstown, chairman; H. H. Boyd, Sharon, and L. A. Schrage, WHkes-Barre. • Resolutions—R. E. Gayncr, Philadelphia, chairman; J. R. E. Shorrett and A H. Berleyette, Pittsburgh. PraflH—W. F. Jewell, Warren, chair, man; George M. Probst, Greensburg, and William Jonei, Meadville. Charters and dispensations—Carl A, Walter, Pittsburgh, chairman; Charles A. Brookover, New Castle, and H. T. HcJmes, Beaver. /State of order—Eugene S. Muslck, Beaver, chairman! Charles R. Cona bee, Butler, and George H. Wilson Allentown. Necrology—Roy R. Rowles, Phlllps- burg, chairman; George L. Hays, Brie, and Fred B. Snyder. Credentials—W. C. Baum, DuBols chairman; W. C. Musick, Beaver, and Charles L. W. Bishop, Wi^llamsport. The delegates will be the guests of the Shrine Luncheon club at noon to morrow and the ladles will be enter tuined at a card party as the guests of (he Altoona women at 2.30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The Friday program will conclude with a dance and buffet luncheon in the evening. ALTOONA WITHDRAWS AND CAPITAL GETS MEETING WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., June 5.— Selection of Harrisburg as the meeting place for the 1931 sessions, completed the business of the Grand Lodge of Penna., I. O. O. F. and the Rebekah assembly of the order. Two other cities, Conneaut Lake an.d Altoona, asked for the sessions, Altoona withdrew, and Harrisburg was selected by fthanimous vote. EVIDENCE WAS SOUR. Bar Proprietor and Clerks Discharged When Fluid Is Tasted. It's an old saying that "a drop of nk will make a thousand people think." A drop of Vinegar has had sturdy magistrates, constables, policemen and prosecuting attorneys thinking in this city for five months. They wefe'thtnk- ng It was whiskey. : They are now undeceived. Last Jan. 23, Constable Charles JB. Ehret, assisted by a squad of city po- Icei raided the Brunswick hotel bar, 1001 Eighth avenue. They arrested Silo Weamer, the alleged proprietor, and William Bryan and Arthur Anderson, said to have been attendants about the place. In the search, the officers found many empty containers and a small glass on the .bar, filled with a fluid which looked like whiskey. This was poured'into a bottle and sealed. In- 'ormation was made before Alderman Charles M. Kephart, charging the men with violating the-liquor laws. The hearing was postponed for months because of the illness of the prosecuting witness. The 'other eve- ilng the case was heard. Assistant District Attorney Frank G. Fisher opened the bottle at the hearing and ;he magistrate and others tasted it. [t was'Vinegar. The defendants were discharged. ROAD PROGRAM OF COUNTTCRIPPLED Damages Demanded by Property Owners Along State Routes Have Eaten Into Finances and Stopped Work. PATENTED MATERIALS HAVE FINGER IN PIE Index to Today's News Page 2—Women's clubs of world in session. Page 3—In the business world of today. Page 5—South American tour described. Page 6—Society, church and fraternal news. Page 7— Krrorgrams. Page 8—Editorial, Timely Topics, The Saunterer, etc. Page 9—Crossword puzzle. Page 11—Best radio features. Page 14—Business, market and iiuanclal news. Pages 16 and 17—Correspondence. Pages-18 and 19—Sports. Pages 20 and 21—Classified. Page 21—"Out Our Way," County Commissioners Are Oil. ing and" Preserving Macadam Highways and Grading and Draining Dirtways. Blair county will not build any highway this sumirier. It will be content to shoulder Us share of paving a portion of the Plank road south of Lljrs- went, to oil its macadam roads and to do some grading and draining on dirt roads. Lack of adequate funds is the answer. Money to be used on highways, without a plan is obtained by appropriation from the regular levy and the county's share of tho gasoline lax. The fact that Blair county is not go- Ing to build anv roads doesn't say that it has not b>en nor intends exr pending some money. It has to do this whether it wants to or not. Forced expenditures which net the county nothing but a receipt for money paid, Is the explanation. This involuntary expenditure has made and unmade statesmen,-near and great, and is likely to make or break some more, if predictions of those in authority count for anything. It will be recalled that the state has been doing a considerable amount of road building In this county; some contracts are just completed or are" nearing completion and others are just awarded. These state contracts very often entail change of location, widening and elimination of curves which requires more land, i Well, the state just takes the land; then the county comes along and pays the damages. Where Sore Spot Is. This Is where the sore spot Is. The courts appoint viewers who take^ a look at the damages Incurred by the '.property owners and assess large sums, this, If the county commissioners fail to make a . settlement. The viewers may or may not have been too liberal or too stingy with the county money on these occasions but at all events, it has so eaten into money available for building county roads that it has become one of the chief factors why no more roads could be built this year. Several years ago when the state, county and Greenfield township joined hands to build a concrete road from Sproul to near Queen, In Bedford county, the Greenfield township authorities offered to pay the damages, They went to the individual landholders who would be affected and laid before them the advantage of having (Continued on Page 13) WILLIAM C, SNYDER SIGNALLY HONORED William C. Snyder, a former well known resident of this city, now residing at Harrisburg and retired assistant freight trainmaster of the Middle division, is a visitor In the city today. He Is in good health and is enjoying renewing old acquaintanceships. Mr. Snyder recently was signally honored by thp Masonic fraternities at Unlontown, he being the guest of honor at a dinner given in celebration of the 82nd anniversary of Fayette lodge, 1 No. 228, Free and Accepted Masons. More than 400 persons were in attendance and the former Al- toonan was warmly felicitated by former 'friends and acquaintances. He is the oldest living past master of lodge. No. 228 and also the oldest living charter member of Unlontown commundery. No. 49. Knights Templar. He entered the lodge in 1867 and served as its worshipful master in 1872. He served as commander of the com- mandery in 1878 and is one of two surviving charter members. Mr. Snydar is also a member of the Masonic Grand lodge of Pennsylvania and the Grand commandery, Knights Templar of tho state. He is a member of Jaffa temple of this city. Mr. Siiytier entered the service of the Pennsylvania railroad at Uniontown when the company built the (Continued <m Page 13) DIRECTORS SETTLE COmACTjATTER Confusion Resulted Among School Coaches When Payment for Athletic Work Is Omitted From Documents. C. 8. KNISS IS ELECTED TO SUPERVISORY POST Dr. George D. Robb Honored In Resolution Adopted by Board—Eleven New Teachers Are Selected. . Settlement of a misunderstanding on the part of the school coaches regard- Ing payment for their athletic activities, election of a number of new teachers and the adoption of a resolution of honor to Dr. George D. Robb, retiring Senior High principal, marked the June meeting of the city school board at the Senior High school last evening. Introduction of the new continuing contracts, required by the state school code of laws, by the school district resulted In confusion among, the several school coaches when the contracts bore only the salary figures resulting from their academic work, no mention being made of the additional money to be paid for their athletic activities. The matter was quickly adjusted, however, with the board authorizing the payment of $1,100 extra to "Snaps" Emanuel, $200 each to Fred Davis of the Junior High school, and Kenneth Bashorc and Benjamin Weinsteln of the Senior High school, and $100 to William McCrelght, also of the Senior high. Salary Question Rulsed. Dr. Guy Tippery raised the question of whether the $3,000 being paid to Coach Emanuel was the limit in salary, stating that if such were the case the board might as well begin looking for a new head coach. He stated that Emanuel had received no increase In salary in the past two years, despite the fact that he had been developing championship teams. The' matter wHl be discussed by the board on receipt of a communication from Ooach Emanuel. f Payment of $100 extra tp Robert L, Luse, faculty manager of athletics at the Junior High school and of $400 to Miss Zitella B. Wertz, director of the home economics department of the Senior High, from the cafeteria fund for her services as cafeteria manager, was also authorized. .Decision to place school nurses on an annual contract basis since they are not included in the group required to receive contracts, was made. Charles S. Knisa, superintendent of the former Juniata school district, whose contract was taken over by the city school district at the time the Juniata district was absorbed • by Che city, and who served as assistant (Continued on Page 13) SWIMMING SEASON r OPENS IN ALTOONA Prospect Pool Draws Great Multitude on Opening Day and There Are 673 Paid Admissions. The swimming season in Altoona started with a bang 'yesterday. The Prospect pool was formally opened by the park and recreation commission and the warm weather drew the swimmers by the hundreds. During the day there were 673 paid admissions. Director W. T. Reed announced today that in the afternoons all persons over the age of 14 will be regarded as adults and they will be required to pay the adult admission charge. All under 14 will pay the charge prescribed for children. City employes were previously given free access to the pool on Monday and Friday. This is eliminated and they will hereafter be placed on the same basis as others. The complete personnel was also announced today by Mr. Reed, as follows; Manager, Reuben Craw;- attendant, Mahlon Flle.r; storekeeper, Charles Meyer; life guard, Paul Davidson; assistant guard, Edward Binkley; ticket seller, Nellie Craw; check girl, Phylis Bailey; check boy, Robert Dorman; relief boys. Paul Nolan and Mae Mc- Cormlck; cleanup boy, James English. A volunteer squad will be selected. The boys will have free access to the pool and from this squad selections will be made for any openings that may develop in administering handling of the pool. A& Cannon Defied Senate PHILADELPHIA TO SUPPORT_MARTIN Republican State Chairman Assured of Votes of Entire Delegation for Beelection as Party Chief. MAJORITY IS CLAIMED FOR PINCHOT CANDIDATE Francis Shunk Brown Refuses to Concede Nomination and Will Press Contest In Luzerne County. This photograph shown Bishop James Cannon. Jr.. as he appeared on the witness stand In Washington when he accused his senate questioner* of "persecution" and refused to answer their questions about his southern anti-Smith campaign of 1928. Members of the senate lobby committee warned him that he would have to "take the consequences" of his refusal, to talk. CONNECTING LINK 'WILL BEJEPAVED Several Blocks of Walton Avenue and Lloyd Street Included In State-city Street Operations. In addition to Sixth' avenue, street paving done jointly by the state highway department and the city ofx Altoona, this season, will embrace Walton avenue, between Kettle ^.nd Lloyd streets, and Lloyd street, between Walton -'and Bell avenues. A separate agreement has been drawn up between the city and state authorities for this work and it has not yet been formally approved by the latter.- It will be forthcoming at any time and a contract will be awared by the city street department- officials, separate from that of Sixth avenue. With the paving of these few blocks, there will be but two turns to make In leaving Sixth avenue to reach the state highway and it will greatly simplify the handling of traffic and make it easy for strangers to get in and out of the city, when the proper markers are put up. ' Stiff bidding is anticipated for these important contracts. It is anticipated that several contracting firms that have been doing state road work will compete for the work. it was made clear today that there is no way by which the street car tracks can be removed from Sixth avenue, from Fourth street north. It is the only available thoroughfare that can be used by the trolley company. The company will have some work to do In connection with the repaving, but on the whole Its tracks and the paving between them are In good condition. Some readjustments will be required and this will involve paving repairs. The flushing of the Kittanning Point reservoir is proceeding on a ( satisfactory basis and soon the reservoir can be filled up. Workmen are at present engaged on the super-structure of the gatehouse which was thoroughly overhauled and, reconstructed. However, the upper portion is woodwork and if the reservoir is filled before the carpenters are through, they can use a boat in getting to their work. MEN PAY FINES FOR SHOOTING RACCOON Six men, George Wall, Bernard Clapper, Charles Clark, Warren Wall, Herbert Tanneyhill and Franklin Bennett, "chipped" together and paid a fine and costs, aggregating over |30, following a hearing last evening before Alderman Charles M. Kephart, on a charge of killing a raccoon out of season. While they stood for a hearing, they virtually admitted the crime. Charles C. Brennecke, state game protector, was prosecutor. Defendants had seen a raccoon up a tree, back of Lakemont park. To start with, It was out of season. First the 'coon was stoned; then one climbed the tree and brought it down; the other stoned it; it broke away and. went up another tree; the same man brought it down and it was stoned again; it went up a third tree, then Clapper went home, got his gun and shot it and he and George Wall walked off with the trophy. The act was committed May 24; the Information was made three days later and the hearing held last night. An attorney represented the sextet. the BRITISH ARMY FLIERS BOMB AFGHAN TRIBESMEN SIMLA, India, June 5.—British troops, strengthened by Royal air forces fliers, were bombing and rounding up a large force of Afghan tribesmen in the Peshawar frontier region today. There were at leuat three casualties among the British soldiers in the movement against the raiding tribal forces. Aviators also bombed the Afghan encampments last night. Information from Peshawar auid a combined force of British and Gurkba troops executed an extensive operation. The Afghans have been operating along the frontier in the region where Badshah GulV forces were bombed. These Afghans have been living ut the expense of the frontier district. TARIFF BILL VETO THOUGHTPOSSIBLE Opposition Is Becoming So Strong That Some See Signs of Wavering on Part of President Hoover. By RAYMOND CLAPPER, Staff Correspondent. WASHINGTON, D. C. June 5.— Pressure for a veto of the new tariff bill appeared to be growing so strong today that some here believed they saw signs of wavering on the part of President Hoover. Recently senatorial friends said they were certain President Hoover intended to sign the bill, and all other reports in circulation here were strongly of the same nature. Within the last twenty-four hours, how'ever, the White House Inspired press dispatches that President Hoover is open-mlnde( on the tariff and will give It the closes* scrutiny. Following this the president hac Henry Ford, an outstanding opponent of the tariff, as an overnight guest at the White House. Ford drove directly from the White House to his private car at Union station and left at 10 a. m. Neither he nor the White, House would divulge the nature -of the dis cussions. i Many leaders in the automobile in dustry later joined in denunciation of the bill. Up to that time, however senate Republican leaders said they were certain the president would approve the bill. They cited his anxiety over eliminating objectionable features of the flexible 'provision as proof that the president was working to get the bill in form which would permit him to approve it. They have sai< •that the president feels to veto the bil now would be to keep the issue open and that it would seriously embarrass many Republican congressional candi dates in the fall elections. Finally, it was said the presiden feels 'lie could change undesirable duties through the flexible provision after the bill became a law. This ,vlew went unchallenged at the White House until yesterday when word was passed out unofficially that the presl "dent intended to consider the bill with an open mind, go over rates piece meal and ask the opinion of varioui government department heads before making his decision. Intensity of foreign protests have added to the Importance of, the issue United Press dispatches from Paris to , .(Continued on Page 13) FRIENDS SEEK WQMAN WHO CHEWS TOBACCO Capiain B. F. Miller today received a communication from Rev. John Baker of 701 Michigan avenue, Colum bus, O., in which he seeks to locate for her family Mrs. Sarah Russell wh< he says has been missing for the pas fifteen years. Rev. Baker states that Mrs. Russel is aged 45, chews tobacco, has graj eyes and black hair turning gray weighs about 160 pounds and is five feet seven inches tall. The middle finger of her right hand IH stiff. Cap tain Miller requests that anyone hav Ing knowledge of a woman who chews tobacco and otherwise answers the de scription of Mrs. Russell will notifj him. PRESIDENT HOOVER MAY HAVE TO SWITCH HIS TREATY PLANS Uy UAV1U LAWltENCK, (Copyright, 1930, by Altoona Mirror.) WASHINGTON, D. C., June 5.— President Hoover may have to switch his plans with respect to the naval treaty. Advice from Capitol Hill is to the effect the senate will not act on the treaty at a special session, if called, but will allow the matter to drift until the autumn when elections 'are out of the way. The president has been advised that he really has a better chance of action at the present session and that there are enough votes to ratify. Mr. Hoover is interested in getting action and does not care whether it is at the present sesslojj or an extra session. Certainly, if there is any move to delay a vote when the matter is called up now, he can still use tho treat of a special session. Meanwhile, Senator Hiram Johnson of California, who is leading Uie light (By United MI1I.ADE1PHIA, . June 5 — Judge against the treaty, is stirring u-> op position and insisting that the presi dent does not dare allow public opinion to crystallize during the summe months. The California senator is on> of the original irreconcilables and ha always declared that treaties shouli be thoroughly discussed. Tactics of delay helped to defeat the Versailles treaty and Johnson la believed to feel that what is a minority can ultimately be turned into sufficient votes to defeat the present measure. Inasmuch as it takes a two-thirds vote to ratify a treaty, Johnson needs only to get one more vote than a third, namely, 33 votes. At present writing no such number of anti-treaty votes is in sight. While the treaty is not altogether relished by many members of the senate, they are Inclined to go along with the president on this issue, believing that the country favors some treaty Instead of no treaty and that restric- (Continued on Page 10) farry S. McDevItt today granted a restraining order against the sixteen newly elected members of the Repub- Ican state committee from Philadelphia county from Inking their seats at the reorganization meeting Satur day. Judge McDevitt's action came as a complete surprise and may imperil the chance of General Edward Martin being reelected chairman of the state committee. ' By T. J. O'CONNELL, Staff Correspondent. PHILADELPHIA, June 5.— General Edward Martin, chairman of the state Republican committee, who is a candi date to \ succeed himself today was virtually assured of the sixteen votes from Philadelphia county in the state committee. . The county commissioners have sig nifled their intention of certifying; the election of the members of the committee before the body meets' here Saturday to reorganize. • ' Judge Harry S. McDevitt, presiding over the elections court here, indicated that he will not seek to have the certification held up because of the open- Ing of ballot boxes. Only one senatorial district Is involved, it was pointed out. May Cite Authority. Judge McDevitt yesterday gave counsel" for Gifford Pinchot, gubernatorial nominee, until 10 ~a. m. today to cite legal authority for their contention that certification would be illegal unti the entire 'count of the county Is off I dally in and certified. Meanwhile, supporters of S. Van Brown of Willlamsport, Pinchot'a can didate for the state cnalrmansMp contends that he has a majority of th members of the state commute pledged to him. At the same ,tlme Martin's supporters in Harrisburg wer« claiming that he is- assured of election with' eighty votes already pledged to Tiim. Martin's backers are understood t< have importuned the supporters of Francis" Shunk Brown to abandon his contest in Luzerne county and ,-ac knowledge PInchot's election. They claim this will strengthen Martin's candidacy for the state chairmanship The defeated gubernatorial candidate (Continued on Page 13) BIG PLANE FALLS IN BOSTON HARBOR Colonial Transport Craft Drops Into Water, Just After Leaving Airport — Fourteen Passengers Aboard. (By United Press.) BOSTON, June 5.— A Colonial Trans port plane dropped into Boston bar bor at 1.10 p. m., today just after tak ing off from the Boston airport. There were fourteen passengers aboard. , The craft, leaving Boston on a reg ular trip to New York, soared into th< air but failed to gain altitude, appar ently because of adverse wind condi tions and dropped Into the sea abou 500 feet 1 off the airport. The mishap was witnessed'' by sev eral persons at the airport. Attache of the field, with ropes and othe paraphernalia, Immediately put out to the fallen plane in boats in an effort to assist passengers. From the airport the big plane could be seen on the harbor waters, but the extent of damage was not apparent. Neither could it be immediately determined whether the lives of the fourteen passengers were in peril. The plane was a Ford tri-motor, one of the Colonial's fleet used regularly on the Boston-New York run. A few minutes after the mishap, a crowd of about 2,000 had gathered on 'the shore at the airport. A coast guard patrol boat from the East Boston base was on hand, lending assistance. One passenger was later reported to have been fatally injured and the other thirteen were being taken to hospitals. The cabin of the plane was under water and orte wing was broken. TEMPEBATIWE HIGH. The temperature yesterday afternoon rose 'to 90 degrees, according to readings taken at the" railroad test department building. The low reading for last night was but 59 degrees while at 10 o'clock this morning the mercury had risen to 86 degrees. MAKE BtfYE* OtttLTY. Senator Shepp«*o* tTrg«« JEnaetment of Drastic Prohibition Measure. WASHINGTON, D. C. ( June 6.—Enactment of legislation'- to make p«r- :hase of liquor a penal offense was ecommended to a senate judiciary ub-commlttee today by Senator snep- >ard, Democrat, Texas, co-author or he eighteenth amendment, who said Iquor buyers are responsible for the awlessness and bootleg gangs of the ilg cities. Sheppard urged the committee to report favorably his bill to make the juyer of liquor equally guilty with he bootlegger. Sheppard asked for hearings on his Ml, which he introduced some time ago, when the supreme court decided recently that the purchaser is not lable for prosecution under the vol- tead act. Sheppard's bill would amend .he act. "It is the purchaser who Incites the sale, who induces the transportation, and indeed, the manufacture of liquor, all 'of which are themselvtes punishable under the law, and all of which are named and condemned in the Eighteenth Amendment," Sheppard declared. "Ultimately." he continued, "the whole structure of liquor lawlessness rests upon the buyer of illicit liquor. Without him traffic in illicit liquor could not persist." Militant Head of Church, South, as Voluntary Witnett- Tells Committee Have to Subpoena Biflt Get Him Back Again. SENSATION RESULTS AS kf HE WALKS OUT Of BOO* Kefuses to Listen to Chairman Walsh or Elaine and Elbows His Wftjfc Through Crowd, Saying flft' WiU Be at His Office If fftf Is Wanted Later, 4 DEMOCRATIC PARTY ADVOCATES REPEAL Prohibition Issue WiU Occupy Center of Stage In Fall Election as Result of State Committee Action. WET PLATFORM PLANKS UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED State-wide Candidates Pledged to Removal of Eighteenth Amendment, Volstead and Enforcement Laws. WKATHEB FORECAST. WASHINGTON. D. C., June 5.— Western Pennsylvania — Showers tonight and Friday. Cooler Friday and In northwest portion tonight. Eastern Pennsylvania — Partly cloudy with showers late tonight or Friday; slight. ly cooler Friday; moderate to fresh southwest winds. By 1 THOMAS B. WIIXIAMS, Staff Correspondent. HARRISBURG, June 5.—The prohibition Issue will occupy the center* of the political stage in the November election campaign as the result of the w*t planks incorporated in the Democratic party state platform which was adopted here, unanimously, yesterday by the Democratic state committee. With the Democratic '• state-wide candidates pledged to immediate repeal of the Armstrong-Snyder enforcement act, the repeal of the Volstead law and the removal of the eighteenth amendment from the federal Constitution, the minority party enters the election campaign as the champion of the wet cause. Secretary James J. Davis, the Republican nominee for United States senator, and former Governor Gifford Pinchot, the Republican nominee for governor, are pledged dry, thereby placing the Republican, state ticket behind the dry cause. Bars Third Party. Action of the Democratic state committee in declaring wet Is regarded as having forestalled the plan to place a third party wet ticket in the field, as another wet ticket would only serve to split the wet vote. In' declaring for the repeal of all prohibition legislation, the Democrats obviously made a play for the wet Republican voters who supported the Bohlen-Phillips-Dorrance wet ticket in the Republican primary and caused the defeat of Francis Shunk Brown who sought the gubernatorial nomination on a platform declaring for a referendum on the prohibition question. Republican politicians are speculating today on the probable inroads that the Democratic ticket would make on the Republican wet vote, and on the probability of dry Democrats deserting their own party for the dry DavU- Pinchot candidates. Although a fight by dry Democrats on the wet planks in the platform had been anticipated, the drys were unable to muster enough vots in the committee to present any formidable opposition, and dropped the idea of a contest. Adoption of the platform by acclamation, without one dissenting vote (Continued on Page 13) GRAF ZEPPELIN IS ' ACROSS ATLANTIC BULLETIN. SEVILLE, Spain, June 5.—The Graf Zeppelin arrived from Lakehurst at 10.10 a. m., E. S. T., today, after a trying flight across the Atlantic ocean where storms and ralu greatly delayed her progress between the Azores islands and Portugal. (By United Press.) MADRID, June 5.—The Graf Zeppelin cruised slowly over the western coastal regions of Europe today, avoiding storm areas and preparing to laud at Seville at about 6 p. m. dp. m.. E. S. T.). Heavy rains which had caused unfavorable conditions at Seville for several days ceased before noon and the weather was clear. The dirigible flew over Cape Roca, near Cascaes, on the Portuguese coast, at 9.30 a. m., circling the German naval squadron anchored there. The big ship then continued to Tra- falia Almada on the left bank of the river Tagus at 10 a. m. and turned southward to Setubal, over which it Hew at 10.15 a. m. The Graf Zeppslin apparently was averaging approximately 60 miles an hour since its last reported position at midnight Wednesday, B. S. T., when it was some ISO miles from the Portuguese coast. By PACt B. MAM.OW / Staff Correspondent * I WASHINGTON, D. C., June Si-* Bishop James Cannon, Jr., o* **4" Methodist Episcopal cKurcb, South, tA day withdrew as a. voluntary witnes* before the senate lobby committee smlt told the committee If It wanted tdl question him further it would nav* *#subpoena him. -I "I am no longer a voluntary WiB| ness," said the bishop picking up hilt japers. "" "We have not excused you," sat* Senator Thomas J. Walsh, Democrsti Montana, acting chairman. "I am at my office If you want taf- issue the subpoena," said Cannon^ walking out of the room. «, Challenge to Committee. * 'We realize you are challenging th» committee but we do not take that view of it," said Walah. "I want to read you some telegram* showing how you came to be herevj£ said Senator Elaine, Republican, Wi»* consin, wet member of the commtttedji Cannon paid no attention ta either, as he elbowed his way through tfc«> crowd and .out of/the'room. *~ Cannon's surprising action left tM> , , committee and the crowd silent for» ^ moment. Not in recent years h*» lp witness been so bold. •' Elaine insisted npon reading th« telegrams showing the bishop voluntary witness at the re<~ Chairman^ Caraway of the co: Carav.--y is absent In Arkansas. Senator Borah Arrives. • As Blalne- continued Cannon left. Senator's_, . an, Idaho, third member, of an, loano, uura mwnuvr. vi mittee came into the room. ence gave the committee the first Cannon •>•*•«* < testifying last Tuesday, and gava committae power to act on hli refusal to answer questions relative to anti-Smith activities In the 1928 ht» dential campaign. At the opening of the session, non asked permission to read.r inept which he said "might d« the future course of your r tion."- ' • • This statement charged the- — tee was attempting to "single, 'out i hold up to the country the anti-Sn Democrats and myself-as-part of> w» efforts of the wets and Roman Catfc- , olic influences" to prevent «uch » revolt as occurred in the last cammuaft from occurring again. ^ h The statement said the bishop Wr • sented to the utmost the impllcatiow of this action,-"and therefore b^wjfff ' withdrawing from the stand. ' ' , "Shall we stop him?" -aajted Blftja* ' when the bishop was walking OKtf, <*J There were capitol police nearby WM ;' ' could have acted to arrest the "-*—-- > Text of Statement. —,-, "Let him go," said Walsh. Cannon?*statement follows: . *"-*' "In view of the nature of the _ . , lions asked me by the committee yt*«r • ] terday concerning the AaheviUe UM&* ? conference. Its originators. P**tfq| pants, officers, methods, contribution*; etc., and the further question conc«r»f ' Ing the activities of the anti-SmttB Democrats of Virginia, and speci*«r. concerning the activities of myaetf ,«f one of the two citizens calling tftfr Asheville conference, and as the chp man of the headquarters committee that organization, and aa .the *—" urer of the Virginia anti-Smith, crats, and furthermore, In view 0* -^ fact that no such investigation MM been instituted by the committee fj* the activities of other organization* OF committees opposing or favoring; **—•* wet Tammany candidate in, W39» even of the Smith-for-preajdent ored league or the? Smith roo>—" organization committee, both ed entirely by funds from the Democratic committee, and b< _ consider this to ba an effort tp „„ out and hold up to the country anti-Smith Democrats, «$$ 'fnywll ,^ particular, as the only persona who**, activities in the campaign 0* H«* n» quire investigation, and -Because 4 tMf „ lieve the proposed InveattgRtien, to Ml a part of the effort fop many DMplM of wet and Roman Catholic etemmfc and of those who worship party r*~- ularity, to prevent a recurrence of Asheville conference in 1939k--I r«f to the limit the implication and purpose of this action. "In view of these things. 1 moot; spectfully state that, having answf all questions addressed to ma by committee on whtcb l volunteered appear as a witness, 1 shal 1 now v" draw as a voluntary witness, if committee desires to subpoena that is its right." CON GEE S3 TODAY. lBy United Proa.) Senate. Coutiuue.s debate on tariff hill. Lobby committee continues Si- ing of Bishop Cannon. Agriculture committee hearings on ergot. Finance committee consider* ans legislation. Judiciary aub-coouuittea Sheppard bill to punish liquor era. Uuu*e. Takes up bills reported by affairs cumuxitUe. Continues hearings •Ml.

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