Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas on January 5, 1933 · Page 1
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STATE HISTpSICAIi SOClBfY. COMP. TOPEKA.SAM. . t. ! VOLUME XXXVi; No. 59. Successor to The lola Daily Register, The lola Daily Record, and lola Daily Index. lOLA, KAS., THURSDAY EVENING. JANUARY 5, 1933. The Weekly Register, EsUbliahed 1867 The lola Daily Register, Established ISgT EIGHT PAGES Open Meeting: of County Farmers Union Well Attended. UTILITIES WIN FIGHT AGAINST GAS RATE CUT i •Supreme Court Against Gommission Order for' 1 0 -(j]ent Reduction POHERTY FEE WRONG Courts Upholds Commis, .sioni View on Manage- i^ent Charge Topeka, iJiin. 5. (AP)—A three- Judge fedei-nl court today held the Kansrt.s public service commission 4ittd "unfairly exciclsedv its power to roRulate charRes for BUS made by the Cities Service Gns company in its ordct- fixiiiK 30 cohts a thou- .saiid cubic feet ii.s ii reasonable price to be inade by llie iJirieline concern tcj Cities Service distrlbutinK com- -paiiies. instead- of the present 40- cent "city gale rate" cliarge. The court, in an. opinion by Judge Orie L. Phillips and concurred in by Judge ] Georye T. McDermott, - held the 40-ceiit city gate rate is a :"reasonnble charge." The other I member of the coiirt. Judge Rich- ' ard J. Hopkiiis. dissj>ntcd. and it i . was announced hLs opinion would j '^in 'ia maUy opinion, filed by | P^oposalto Let President Judge McDermott. the court found i AOOllSh Departments that portion of an order made fcy | Jit^it^ofoA the commission last August 31 di- I ivcjctitru reeling the distributing i companies • to. give no consideration to payments for gas at the city gates in exce.s.s of 30 cents a thousand cubic feet in fl.xing the rate for the domestic consumer, should <be permanently enjoined. , Not an Expense Item. The commission's order also had directed the distributing companies to cense to set up on their books as expense items any payments made to Henry L. Doherty & Company. ">of New York, another Cities Service unit, under a management charge FLOYD LYNN TALKS The more than 100 persons who met at Allen Center school house last night in an operi county Farmers union meeting were disappointed at not hearing Cal Ward, state president of the organization, speak, but nevertheless enjoyed the message of Floyd H. Lynn, state secretary. Mr. Ward was called unexpectedly, to Washington where he is helping in the national legislative program of the farm organization. Lynn spoke at some length, pointing to the fact that all farm organizations, he said, were working together for the same ends. Those ends, he said,' were governmental economy, an income tax to relieve the real estate tax, a tax on butter substitute.? to protect the dairy industry, a. graduated tax on automobiles, and abolition of the penalty on delinquent tax .payments. Other features of the program were a solo by Nola Moss, a vocal .solo by Wilmu Wray, a reading by Caroline Thororaan, a vocal solo by Rose Dreher, a trombone solo by Harold Remsberg, and a vocal solo by Miss Thoroman. SENATE KILLS ECONOMY MOVE of per cent of their gross revenue. . ^ Upholding; this phase of the comr mission's order, the court ruled the payment of the l^j per cent charge could not be Included in the operating expenses of, the distributing companies because the expenses of Henry L. Doherty & Company Included many things of nq benefit to the distributing companies. The court i also found another order issued . by the commission on -August 31, last, directing the distributing companies to make an Immediate reduction in their rates to the consumers on a basis of the 30-ccnt city pate rate finding, should J Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—A Democratic-sponsored proposal that the president be authorized by the new economy law to abolish departments was rejected today by the senate appropriations committee, considering the special economy committee's recommendations for savings in government expenditures. The committee agreed, however, to the economy committee's recommendation that the president be emiMwered to abolish other executive agencies than departments, which would incjude bureaus, commissions and the like.; It also agreed to the suggestion that executive transfers, consollda- fions oi abolitionij would become effective in 60 days, unless disapproved by concurrent resolution of both houses of congress. Further Cnts, Approved, i The appropriations committee approved suggestions for an additional pay cut of 1 2-3 per cent In salaries of all federal employes, besides continuation of the furlough plan under which they lose 8'l-3 per cent of their pay. I Senator Bingham (R. Conn.), told newspapermen the suggestion that the president be given authority to bo permanently enjoined. [abolish departments came from -The otheri order, enjoined only as j P<»nqt.or Rvmes (D.. S. C), and some to the 30-ccnt gate rate, finding, had directed the' distributing companies to show cause why rate reductions for the consumers should not be made. Appeals Uncertain Yet. • Attorneys for the gas company and the public service commission were in disagreement as to the ultimate effect of the court's decision. . and it could not be ascertained Immediately whether there would be .in appeal to the United States supreme cdiirt. "It's a sweeping victory for the (ras comptyiies." said Robert Stone, Cities Service lawyer, who added his clients would not appeal, unless the commission attempted to carry the litigation to the higher court. In that event, Stone indicated, the gas tompanies possibly would file a cross-appeal. Earl Hatcher, of the commission's counsel, said "We will have to see where.we stand." He expressed belief the commission might be able to issue another rate, reductiori or- d^r on a ba,sis of the court decision. The court's decision was hailed unofficially as ending, unless the ruliiig is revenscd. a 20-year effort by the Kaiisas commission to con' t rol the charges made by the pipeline companv., PrecevV.:' *''^ady Established. "It. has been settled by repeated court decisions of the supreme court that a s^te cohimission has no power to fix and regulate-interstate pas rates." the .court pointed out. "Hence, a state commission cannot fix the price to be charged for.nat­ ural gas transported from one state • toi: another and. .sold and delivered Jn bulk to tin independent distributing company. "On the other hand, a state d6es have the power to regulate the price of gas brought into a state and sold directly to the consumer, because •the business of supplying, on' demand, local consumers Is- a local business, even though the gas be brought from another state and drawn for distribution directly from interstate mains; and this is so whether the local distribution be made by the transporting, company or by Independent distributing com- lianlcs."" BABIES FINALLY ARRIVE I'ittsburir .Prl/x- Goes to One Bom Five Minutes Aliead. Pittsburg. Kas., Jan. 5. (AP)— Nineteen Pittsburg merchants offered an array of gifts for the first 1933 baby, but for four days, the . prizes went unclaimed. Today there were three; claimants. The successful one arrive at 5:40 aj m. the pf- 'flclal record showed 5:45 and 7:30 a. m. tor the other two. of the other Democratic members of the committee and was rejected without a record vote. • Byrnes is close to President-elect Roosevelt. Previously economies in governmental costs of 30 million dollars in addition to amounts saved under the existing economy law were recommended to the senate appropriations committee by the special economy-committee. High up on the list of recommendations was a sa|ary cut of 1 2-3 per cent for federal employes. The present furlough- reduction ^of 8 1-3 per cent affecting federal employes would be continued another year and to this would be added a flat reduction of 1 2-3 per cent, making a total of 10 per cent. Soldiers Included Too. Chairman Bingham estimated this would result in saving about 18 million dollars. The 10 per cent reduction also. would apply to enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine corps, and coast guard, which Bincham estimated would save an additional 10 million dollars. He gave no explanation for the comnoittcc's failure to incorporate in its recommendations the 11 per cent salary reduction recommended by President Hoover. The recommendatloiis contained a pro \Tsion that no salary under $1,000 yearly should be reduced nor should compensation be cut to less than that figure. A 10 per cent reduction In pensions or compensation to veterans receiving any payments was recommended, with the same $1,000 ex- erription. "The committee estimated this would affect 73.629 beneficiaries and, result in a saving of $8,570,932. Birigham said no widows pensions woiild be cut as all were less than $1,000 yearly. WEATHER and ROADS FOR KANSAS: Fair tonight and Friday; little change in temperature. . Temperature — Highest yesterday. 53; lowest last night. 24; normal for today, 30; excess yesterday, 8; excess since January 1, 39 degrees; this date last year, highest' 42;. lowest, 28. Precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 7 a. m. today, .00; total for this year to date. ..00; deficiency since January 1, .20 Inch. Relative humidity at 7 a. m. today, 89 per cent; barometer reduced to sea level, 30.18 Inches. Sun rises, 7:39 a. m.; sun bets, 5:16 p. m. Weather and Dirt Roads. Emporia, Manhattan, Ottawa, Coffeyville. Arkansas City, Wichita, Salina, Pittsburg, Topeka, clear, roads good. CHINA AROUSED OVER FAILURE OF WAR LEADER Chinese Press Condemns Chang for Being Caught Short by Japanese FICTICIOUS R E P O R T Marshal's Account bf How Japs Blasted Own Doors Is Widely Discounted Shanghai, Jan. 5. (AP)—A sweeping condemnation of Marshal Chang Hslao-Llang as administrator of North China and of his alleged failure to anticipate and prepare adequate defense for the clash with Japanese troops at Shanhaikwan this week emanated from various sections of the Chinese press today. The jjapere unanimously expressed indignation becavise of the Japanese occupation of Shanhaikwai^, China's northern railway terminal, urging the Nationalist government to undertake resistance to "further Japanese' aggression." In the leading crusade against Marshal Chang, the Daily News, an independent journal, said: "Chang, will not fight. He should be dismissed and some one named who will. The loss of Shanhaikwan brings the realization the Japanese aggression toward China will continue until China submits un<:ondi- tionally to the Japanese terms for settlement of the Manchiirian. and other Slno-Japanese problems. Does Chang Hsiao-Liang expect persons of sound mind to believe his excuses concerning! reinforcements and eciuipment at Shanhaikwan? Chang knew for months the Japanese eventually would attack and should have prepared." Wang Blames Him Too. Wang Ching-Wei, former chairman of the executive committee of the Nationalist government and who recently sought to eclipse Chang, also blamed the northern leader. In a telegram from Germany, where he went for his health, he denounced Chang, saying he was responsible for the Japanese further thrusts into China. The telegram was addressed to the Nationalist government. The tirade against Chang apparently was precipitated as a result of Chang's telegraphic report to the government, saying that owing to heavy odds in numbers and equipment and lack of time to bring up reinforcements he was unable to resist the Japanese at Shanhaikwan. Reporting the Shanhaikwan occupation. Chang told the Nanking government that the Japanese soldiers blew up the doors of thilr own headquarters, seeking to give the appearance of a Chinese attack. Chang also said the Manchukuo border police at Shanhaikwan opened fire. This was all during the night of January.1, following which the Chinese forces guarding the south wall of Shanhaikwan investigated, receiving "a Japanese ultimatum for evacuation of the city within 50 minutes which the Chinese refused." Later, Chang said. "Japanese reinforcements arrived and fighting began." Not Convincing-. Marshal Chang's reports, while probably based partially; on facts, certainly failed to convince the Chinese public whose feeling toward Japan was now a strange mixture of hatred and fear. As the result, it was clamoring for the government lo achieve a definite cessation of the lsla!nders' alleged Invasion. The Japanese authorities here dismissed Chang's allegations that the Japanese dynamited their own headquarters as "atKurd." (Contrasting with the Chinese condemnation of Marshal Chang, the press and public praised General Ho Chu-Kuo, the Cantonese commander of the Shanhaikwan troops, who was credited with "fighting a magnificent battle against overwhelming odds." General Ho, who several times in recent months was credited, with saving dangerous Slno-Japanese situatiohs at Shan­ haikwan, had lately resigned as a result of allegedly unjust criticism from Nanking. When the Shanhai­ kwan hostilities started, he was at Peiping but hurriedly resumed,command. _.' His direction • of the action, orie newspaper; said, "deserved to be written In the record of Cantonese military glories" wlych the nineteenth route army "Established in Shanghai last February. ; Reports from Chinwangtao today estimated' Japanese casualties in the fighting at Shanhaikwan at 94 killed, including four officers. The reports descrit)ed the estimate as conservative. Last of Ex-Presidents CALVIN COOLIDGE France Pries Into Cause Of Fire on ''Atlantique" ]VIemF)er.s of Crew Admit They Don't Know Origfn—Public- Opinion Disturbed as Fourth French Vessel to Burn in Four Years Smoulders. Cherbourg. France. Jan. 5. (AP)— The superb 41.000-ton French passenger liner Atlantique, gutted by fire and with loss of lives at present placed at 18. was burning herself put today 70 miles off Cherbourg. Captain Schoof, her master, undeterred by doubts expressed by naval authorities, was preparing to try, to salvage what remained of the ship. He and the owners, the Compagnie De Navigation De Sud- Atlantique. believed if the bulkheads hold there was just a chance to recuperate the hull and the machln^ ery. Leon Meyer, minister of merchant marine, opened an official Inquiry this morning to try to ascertain the cause of the outbreak, at present a complete m.vstery. All of the 210 survivors, officers and crew who HOOVER LIBEL IS REPUDIATED Author "Sorry" He Wrote Book Giving False Impressions of Chief New York, Jan. 5. (AP)—A repudiation by John HamlU of his book entitled, "Strange Career of Mr. Hoover—Under Two Flags," was in supreme court records today. An affldant, signed by Hanllll June 4 but not made known generally until yesterday, said that with burning clothes, his Annamlte while the material gathered for the ; (from Annam, in French Cochin- book contained statements that were China) boy following him like a true in themselves, they were used ] shadow, with a bucket." in such a way. as to lead to false ^ Tlie captain was last of the sur- conciusions concerning the presl-i ^vors to leave the liner, being were taking the ship from Bordeaux to Le Havre without passengers for overhaul, will give evidence. Many of them said they were most impressed by the rapidity; with which the fire spread. Within two hours after it broke out in the first class cabins early ^ yesterday practically the whole ship was ablaze and second captain Gustave Gaston said' "visibility was at zero." While some of the survivors were inclined to attribute the start to a short circuit, officers did not confirm this view, saying 'frankly they have no idea what was the cause. The Atlantique. launched only 15 months ago for the Bordeaux- Buenos Aires service, was the fourth large vessel of the French merchant marine; to burn In four years. The Georges Phillipar, also a new and luxurious vessel, burned under mysterious circumstances in the Gulf of Aden last May, with a considerable ' loss of lives. The Asia burned In May, 1930,.and the Paul Lecat in December, 1928. The newspaper iLe Matin said the :COincidences were !too startling to appear accidental and the newspaper Llberte suggested sabotage. "Public opinion in France is beginning to be disturbed by the disasters which have struck our most beautiful vessels," said Minister of Marine Meyer. Officers and men were all loud in pi'aise of the heroism of daptain Schoof. One of the officers said: "Thrice we thought he was dead but he appeared out of the flames dent. In addition, Hamill took the witness stand in a suit yesterday and said he was sorry he WTote the volume. "Do you repudiate the book?" asked his attorney, Charles P. Kramer. "Yes." replied the witness. "Is it entirely false?" "I wouldn't sav that, but the, 'slant' on it is false and my inter- [REVIVAL CONTINUES prctations were in error in some in- picked up by the Achilles, one of three rescue ships, after he jumped into the sea. Other ships which brought survivors here were the German vessel Ruhr and the British ship Ford Castle. All of the victims either suffocated at their posts or Were amoiig a number drowned when a life-boat capsized. DR. cox HEADS SOCIETY NOW Other Officers Elected at Meeting of Allen County Doctors. • The Allen County Medical society held its armual meeting last evening at the office of Dr. J. T. Reid. The principal business was the election of ofBcers and the following were chosen for the ensuing year: Dr. 6. L. Cox. president; Dr. J; T. Reid, vice-president; Dr. F. L.' B. Lea veil; treasurer; Dr. C. B. Stephens, secretary; Dr. G. 'L. Garling^ house, delegate to state meeting; Dr. R. O. Christian, alternate to state meeting. stances, as I discovered in re-checking the facts. I am sorry I wrote it." The suit was brought by James J. O'Brien, former policeman who financed the book, against Hamill and the publisher, William Faro. Inc. O'Brien seeks an accounting of the profits. Hamill said he met O'Brien at Democratic national headquarters just before the close of the 1928 campaign. O'Brien promised, the affidavit said, to get financial backing for a book that would "tear down" Mr. Hoover's political career. Ha:mlll declared that later, on a visit to London, he Inspected court records concerning .corporations in which Mr. Hoover had been interested, and that he copied sections which were derogatory to Mr. Hoover when^used alone, but which were not damaging when read with the complete record. His affidavit said he went to Belgium for additional -material and that when he wrote.the book he let it be inferred that Mr. Hoover might have saved Edith Cavell, British war nurse, from the German firing squad, but had failed to do so. Hamill declared he learned nothing in Belgium to justify any inferences that Mr. Hoover might have saved Miss CaveU's life. I Methodists Meet at Church Led by Pastor arid Song Evangelists. Revival sendees at the First Methodist church have been attended each night this week by loyal Methodists and others directed by the pastor, the Rev. 'W. P. Wharton, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Siiirk of Neode.sha. evangelistic helpers. The children's meeting which was .''cheduled for Wednesday afternoon has been postponed until Monday because of the same conditions which have seemed to make it advisable to postpone tlie opening of school until; that time. Sunday night at 5:45 there will be a supper meeting for all young people of the I church and Sunday school; of junior, senior, high school and (:olIege age. Prayer meetings are being held each morning over the city at 9:30. Tomorrow morning they will be held in the following homes: Mrs. George Fennimore, 219 South Elm: Mrs. O. P. Duncan. 301 South Buckeye, and Mrs. Dobie, 108 North Walnut. . Mellon Back to London. New York, Jan. 5. (AP)—Ambassador Andrew W. Mellon sailed early today on the "White Star liner Majestic for London to return to his diplomatic post there. REPEAL PASSES FIRST BARRIER IN THE SENATE Judiciary Subcommittee Votes in Favor of Voiding the Act TO COMMITTEE NEXT Chairman Norris Promises Speedy Consideration There Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—The senate judiciary subcommittee charged with study of prohibition repeal proposals voted tcjday In favor of a resolution for repeal of the' controverted amendment. Acting, with unprecedented speed, the committee headed by Blaine of Wisconsin agreed to report a repeal resolution for submission to state legislatures with protection for dry states and authorization for congress to legislate against retiUTi of the saloon. The vote was In effect 4 to 1, with the subcommittee agreeing unanimously to approve the resolution, but Senator Borah, Idaho Republican and long a' dry leader, reserving the right to oppose It on the floor. Other members of the subcommittee, all of whom favored the measure witli some reservations were Blaine. Hebert (R.. R. L): Walsh, (D., Mont.); and Dill, (D., Wash.) The final vote came in an executive session of less than half an hour. ; Text Quoted. The text of the resolution as approved follows: "Resolved, by the senate and house of representatives of the United States, of America, in congress assembled (two-thirds.of each house concurring therein),, that the following amendment is hereby pronosed to the constitiition of; the United States, which shall be 'valid to all intents and purposes as part • of the constitution of the United states when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states: Article XX., "The eighteenth article of amendment of ithe constitution of the United States is hereby amended to read as follows: "Section 1. The eighteenth amendment to the constitution is hereby repealed. "Section 2. The transportation or importation into any state, territory or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is.hereby prohibited. Saloons Up To Congress. "Section 3. Congress shall have concurrent power to . regulate or prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors to be drunk oh the'premises where sold." , It was the first time since national prohibition became effective 13 years ago this'month that a senate committee had voted favorably for repeal. Several reservations were made by individual members of the subcommittee on sections of the resolution, though Chairman Blaine explained the committee was agreed the phraseology was the best that could be devised to accomplish the piu-- poses. Senator Walsh reserved the right to oppose the proposal to submit the proposed ameni^ment to legislatures, instead of state, conventions as called for by, both pa.rty platforms, and Blaiiie annoiuiced he would oppose the section giving con-, gress power to legislate against return of the saloon. ! • To Committee Monday. / The. resolution will be formally reported to the full judiciary committee at its next meeting Mionday. Speedy consideration there has been assured by Chairman Norris. Tlie full committee is overwhelmingly in favor of repeal, though there is a wide division of sentiment over the proposal to give congress the right to legislate against return of the saloon. The final vote came oii the manner of submission, with the vote unanimous for sending the measure to state legislatures, except for the reservation by Walsh. - , "We all agreed that the form wUl accomplish the purposes set forth— repeal, protection for dry states and give congress the right, to legislate against the saloon,"' Chairman Blaine said. Explaining his vote, Borah said: ' "I'm in agreement, as to the form. As to what I shall do on the final vote I resen'e the right to determine later. We are all agreed oh the form in case a resolution Is submitted." Senate leaders have given assurance the repeal proposal will be given the right of Way in the senate. If it is approved by the full judiciary committee in time, it probably will reach debate ih the senate immediately following: the Glass banking; bill taken up today. Even opponents of repeal have conceded that it probably will be approved by the senate. The house on the first day of the session turned down Speaker Garner's proposal for outri^t repeal by the narrow margin of six votes, but prohibition opponents are confident the necessary votes could be mustered for a modified prop(}sal such as approved today. FORMER PRESIDENT IS FOUND DEAD IN HOME Wife Finds Body of Calvin Coolidge, His Lif^ Gone, When She Eetums From Shopping tour in Northampton. ; AHEARTATTACR DEATH COMES UNEXi PECTEDLY DUE TO HEART DISEASE A WIDOW NOW MRS. CAL'VIN COOLIDGE It was Mrs. Coolidge who discovered the jbody of her husband shortly after a heart attack claimed his life in their Massachusetts home this noon. He had been dead about fifteen minutes when she returned from a shopping tour and found him in his ro6m.. NATION SHOCKED BY DEATH NEWS President and Others in Capital.Grieved Over Coolidge Demise Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—Preslr dent Hoover i was said by friends to day to have been "terribly shocked" when the news of the death of Calvin Coolidge was given, to him at the luncheon table. The word, reached the president from one of his secretaries, who had been Informed but a moment before by the Associated Press. ,.The shock extended immediately to both branches of congress, where preparations were made to adjourn senate and house without delay in respect to the late leader. Knots of legislators gathered, ou the floors of the chambers and in corridors discussing the death. One of the first to comment was Speaker Gamer, who told newspapermen "I. was very fond of Mr. CJoolldge personally and knew him very well. He had many characteristics of an outstanding Americanism." . i Curtis Greatly Shocked. Vice-President told reporters "I was greatly shocked at the news of the death of former President Coolidge. His passing will be mourned by the peoples! of the world. He was a strong;man and had the confidence of the people." Senator MiCNary, of Oregon, said "it is a tragic and national loss and the whole people will regret it." . Senate adjournment came within jiist a minute after Senator Carter Glass (D., Va.), who had the floor, announced to the memt»ers that he had just been advised of the death of Mr?Coohdge and that he thought the senatis should cease its labors to I honor hint. High tribute was paid to Mr. Coolidge in the senate by its Republican and Democratic ler.ders^Wal- son of Indiana and ivoblnson of Arkansas. "He was a very great man," a very great American and a very great president," said Watson. It was the plan of the house leaders to remain in. session imtil' a message from the president formally notifying them of the death had been received. Confer on Proceedure. Representative Snell of New York, the Republican leader, and Speaker Garner conferred with the president by telephone on the proceedure. Senator Robinson of Ai'kansas told the senate "announcement of the departure of former President Coolidge comes as a great surprise to the senate and is. a great shock.! "He w;as among the distinguished men of his time. He s'-rved his country for a long period with notable ability." Robinson joined in the suggestion that the senate adjourn in tribute. Among the many! who commented, Representative Summers I (R., Wash.) said "that Is very, very sad news. I felt that he was a good president, and that by his articles he wrote after he left the White House on the fiyidamentals of good citizenship he did imtold good." NO COMPLAINT BEFORE f Former Chief Executive Had Not Indicated Any i Indisposition Today N 0 r t h a mpton, Mass., Jan. 5. (AP)—Calvin; Coo^l lidge, thirtieth president oi the United State^^ died suddenly today. He was 60 years old last July 4.: ; Returning from a shopping; tour, Mrs. Coolidge found the body of her husband on the^ bed in a room at the Beeche^, the estate to which he retired; at the conclusion of his career' at the national capitol., '*; His death was wholly un-, expected although for the past three weeks Mr. Coolidge h^ complained of indigestion. Doctors said death was dife to. heart disease. The former president, who v/{id the only surviving ex- jresident of the United Statra, \ad gone to his law office as usual this morning. ;After a short time in the office Mr. Coolidge became distressed and decided to tetufji home. Harry Ross, his secrer tary, returned to the Beeches with him. Mrs. CooIidgiB, meanwhile, ha,d gone to the center of the city shopping. '! Mr. Cuolidge assured Ro^s I that he would be all right after a short rest and after ^idi^g the former president to t\i6. bedroorri Ross returned to the first flo9r of the house to await the return of Mrs. Coolidge. - : ii When Mrs. Coolidge, 20 minutes later, returne(i a^d Ross told her of Mr. Coolidg^'s illness she went immediately to ;hi.s bedroom. There she found her husband's body. 'A doctor was quickly summoned but the former president was beyond aid. The doctor said Mr;; Cdpr Mdge had been dead about 15 miriutes so that he must have passed av/ay within a fe^tr nior meiits after Ross left the room. The former president had b^n leading a quiet life since hia retiten to Northampton after his BUCces .<lor in the presidency, Hertwrt Hoover.' was inaugurated on March 4, 1929.' His day to day iprogram varied Uti tie,: and it had not changed greatly despite the sligirt Indisposition lot the past three weeks. - ! Ordinarily he spent a part of the! day at his law ofiBce with occasional writing on the magazine artidcA which he had contributed froifa time to time to various publications. Although he i emerged from the privacy of retirement to urge the zeA election of President Hoover In thel recent campaign, once at a mass' meeting in New York, Codlldgd's' chief activities were literary. lie wrote numerous magazine articles, largely on political or semi-political subjects, and, for a year, [ al daily column which he was prevailed upon to WTlte for newspapers was widely, syndicated. He had become a director In the New York Life insiar- ance compapy and was a regular a^-, tendant at its meetings in New York city. "The Beeches," the imposing home ^ which he occupied here upon his re-1 turn from Washington was in sharp contrast with the simplicity which! characterized his quarters In the Ogden IVIills Rebate Ordered. Washington, Jan. 5. (AP)—An abatement of $5,869,951 and a refund of $45,343 to the esl;ate of Ogden Mills, father |0f Secretary Mills, for overassessmeht of estate tax was announced today by the Internal revenue bureau. days before his election to the|pres-\ idency. Then he occupied onc-hajf a duplex house on an unpretentious street; the same place.he had^lived in practically since his marriage up to ahd including the time he .wa^ governor of Masjsachusetts. The former president took little oir no part in state t»litios since his retirement. Aside from visits to his birthplace; in Plymouth, Vt., and to Insurance company meetings in New York, Coolidge did lititle traveling. He had given mucli attention recentlSr to renovating t^e old homestead I where he spent some of the bappl- lest days of his boyhood. i,

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