Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on February 24, 1939 · 1
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fflft Local Temperatures Thursday, Feb. 23. 1939. Maximum Temp. 27 at 3:15 p. m. Minimum Temp. 11 at 7:00 a. m. Mean Temp. 19. Normal Temp. 28. Full Report, Tage 8 U. S. Weather Forecast Connecticut Cloudy and warmer Friday; Saturday fair. Full Report, Page 8 ESTABLISHED ' 1764, VOL. DAILY V EDITION ) cm HARTFORD, CONN., FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 24, 1939.-22 PAGES Member of th Associated Press PRICE 4 CENTS MKT liriffl xm Construction Of Boulevard, Dike Favored Special Aldermanic Committee, Finance Board Approve First Section Of Riverside Project Sum of $523,500 Voted For Work Common Council Sanction Only Thing Needed For Immediate Start On Undertaking An immediate start on construction of the proposed North Meadows combined dike and boulevard is practically assured as a result of action token Thursday by the Finance Board and a special committee of the Board of Aldermen. Bv divided vote, tne two Dodies approved a proposed extra appropriation of $532,500 to the Flood Commission as the city's share of cost of a $2,130,000 section of dike, wide enough for a four-lane high way, to extend from Morgan Street to the Willimantic railroad bridge north of Riverside Park. This action by the Finance Board and the special aldermanic committee, named to consider the proposed appropriation, followed a lengthy public hearing In the Municipal Building at which members of the Flood Commission and its executive secretary, and city engineers outlined the proposed project, conceived to provide flood protection while at the same time solving the city's traffic problem. Finance Board Vote. Members of the Finance Board divided four to three in approving the appropriation. Mayor Spellacy, who presided at the hearing. Joined with James W. Knox and Perrin C. Cothran, citizen members, and Alderman Charles E. Smith. Democratic aldermanic representative cn the board, in voting for the appropriation. Dr. James H. Naylor and Thomas D. Sargent, citizen members, and Alderman John H. Hurley, Republican aldermanic representative, recorded themselves as opposed. In recording his vote, Alderman Hurley said he did not "recognize" any problem in this city as regards through traffic. Hartford's problem, he said, was concerned only with "local traffic." While he admitted the proposed project was "a perfectly splendid idea," the alderman said he was opposed to an expendi-tur "for something we're not sure of," and called attention'to the city's financial situation which, he asserted, "is as sound as that of any city in the country." Dr. Naylor and Mr. Sargent did not explain their stand. Action By Aldermen. Three of the four members of the aldermanic committee, William P. Curtin, Robert I. Ellis and Marco Branciere, voted in favor of the appropriation. The fourth member, Joseph H. Johnson, was absent because of illness. The Joint recommendation of the two bodies will be submitted to the Board of Aldermen next Monday night for final action. Despite opposition indicated by several aldermen, passage of the appropriation appears assured. Tin proposed project represents (Concluded on Page 6.) Glawackus Track Is Discovered In Woods of Andover Paw Prints, Trailed 2 Miles, Are 4 Inches Wide And 4Y2 Long The first tangible evidence of the Glawackus came out of the woods In Andover Thursday, a paw print scooped up in a frozen piece of earth by Harold Roberts of 67 Sisson Street, East Hartford. The print, obviously that of a member of the cat family, measured four inches across and four and a half inches deep. Its size convinced Roberts that it was a track of a mountain lion and strengthened a belief he had held for some time, .that the best way to capture the animal was to use a baited trap. "It's no Job for dogs, not with an (Concluded on Page 6.) Prudential Life Ordered To Bargain With Agents Madison, Wis., Feb. 23. (AP.) The State Labor Relations Board today found the Prudential Life Insurance Company, of Newark, N. J., fuilty of unfair labor practices and directed it to bargain collectively with the International Union of Life Insurance Agents, The board ruled that the union, an independent, should be exclusive representative of the company's industrial insurance agents In Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha. The company contended industrial agents were not covered by the state law. The board also announced that charges of unfair labor practices had been filed against the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York and the John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston. Former Congressman Dies In Washington -if - '" v i ' St.".-. E. HART FENN. Fenn Death Is Mourned In Congress House Pauses In Debate To Honor Ex-Member, Of Wethersfield, Former Courant Man BY ARTHUR C. WIMER. Washington, Feb. 23. The Hous; paused in its angry debate on the naval armament bill today to mourn the death of former Congressman E. Hart Fenn of Wethersfield. By unanimous consent. Representative Miller of Wethersfield got permission to announce that Mr. Fenn had died here early this morning. The crowded chamber and galleries paused in silence and then three veteran legislators who had served on committees with Mr. Fenn arose to pay him tribute. One by one Chairman Steagall of the Banking Committee. Chairman Rankin of the World War Veterans Committee, and Representative Reed, Republican, of Illinois, variously praised Mr. Fenn as "a man of deserving character" and "a man of great energy," and mourned his death as "a national loss." Had Suffered Long Illness. - Mr. Fenn died at his apartment here at 9:15 o'clock this morning after an Illness of several weeks. He was 82 years old. Cause of death was announced as coronary thrombosis. At his bedside were Mrs. Fenn and his son, Francis T. Fenn. Mr. and Mrs. Fenn came to Washington from Wethersfield about mid-January and the former Congressman had been confined indoors almost continuously until his death. A week ago his illness became severe and Monday his son was summoned from West Hartford. Mrs. Fenn and Francis T. Fenn left Washington for Wethersfield with the body at 5 o'clock tonight. The son said funeral arrangements had not been completed, but that the services would likely be Monday afternoon in the Wethersfield Congregational Church. Millers Pays Respects. Callers at the Fenn apartment offering their sympathy and assistance included Representative and Mrs. Miller. Tonight It had not been decided whether any members of the State delegation would go to Wethersfield for the funeral. Congressman-at-large Monkiewicz of New Britain deplored Mr. Fenn's death as a loss to Connecticut. He said: "The lass of the beloved Hon. E. Hart Fenn will be felt keenly by all who were acquainted with his work in Washington as a member of Congress and later as a private citizen. His retirement from Congress did not cause him to lose interest in the affairs of his country. His advice and assistance were wise and sound and willingly given to all those who sought them. The State of Connecticut has last a valuable citizen; the country a real statesman." Representative Ball of Old Lyme declared that "in the death of E. Hart Fenn. Connecticut has lost one of her mast distinguished sons. (Concluded on Page 4.) Today's Index News. . Page Washington correspondence .. 2 Obituaries 4 Democrats hit tabling parks bill 5 Ex-president. sees "fifth horseman" '6 Bridgeport plant trying helicopter 7 Steamships 8 Theaters 9 Plans made for meeting of cardinals 11 Society, personal and club notes 13 Snow conditions 13 Italy, Reich getting set for trouble 14 Sports 15-17 Greater Hartford news ....... 18 Finance and business 19-21 Radio 22 Real estate 22 Editorials, People's Forum .... 12 Features. Frank R. Kent 2 Paul Mallon 3 Nickname Puzzle 6 Crossword puzzle 7 Men and Manners 7 Woman's Page 10 Winning contract n Frminme Tonics 13 Frederic J. Hsskin 13 Classified advertisements ..... 2i France Seen Cold To Idea Of Mediator Lord Halifax Says Chamberlain Would Not Act Unless Both Sides Desired It Italy Reported To Want Hitler Daladier Seeks 'Confidence Vote On Spain; Franco Says Leaders Must Be Tried London, Feb. 23. AP.) Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax intimated today that Britain might be willing to mediate French-Italian differences over Fascist agitation for more territory if those two countries asked it. There appeared to be scant possibility, however, that France ever would agree to Britain's negotiating on her behalf despite Italian press hints today that Prime Minister Chamberlain would accept the role of mediator. (In Rome, the newspaper II Po-polo di Roma, in a dispatch from London, said Chamberlain was preparing a plan to settle Italy's claims, unolficial as yet, for French colonial territory. Prefers Hitler. (At the same time, II Resto del Carlino of Bologna, one of Italy's leading provincial publications, listed Fascist obstacles to mediation by Chamberlain. It said Italy would prefer Adolf Hitler to Chamberlain but "sincerely hoped for sucess" on the British prime minister's part.) Lord Halifax, in a statement to the House cf Lords, said Britain could not make any move toward mediation "unless and until both parties desire it." Britain's Concern. "In one sense it is a case that whatever might be the Italo-French differences they do not primarily and I emphasize the word primarily concern this country," he asserted. "But in another sense, they concern it immediately and closely because wv have relations with France and we also are glad to have repaired our relations with Italy and are anxious to maintain them on a basis of a complete cordiality as we can." British-French solidarity. Lord Halifax said, had no reservations. Halifax gave assurances, however, that the understanding "does not, and has never been intended to constitute any menace of any sort to any third power,' Daladier Seeks Vole. Paris. Feb. 23. (AP.) Determined Leftist opposition to French recognition of the Nationalist regime as the legal government of Spam tonight forced the French government to bring up the question for a full dress debate in the Chamber of Deputies. Political sources declared Premier Eduard Daladier had decided to stake the life of his government tomorrow on recognition, an essential part of France's cooperation with Great Britain in face of Italian agitation for a slice of France's colonial empire. These sources said Daladier himself would move the question of confidence when a Leftist motion (Concluded on Page 6.) Flames Sweep Ansonia School; 7 Firemen Hurt Four-Story Junior High Building Fire Wrecks $150,000 Ansonia, Feb. 23. (AP.) Fire of undetermined origin swept through 17 rooms and an assembly hall in the Ansonia Junior High School tonight, wrecking the four-story brick building although the walls and roof were left standing. Fire Chief James Brett was overcome by smoke and exposure, six other firemen suffered minor injuries and Mayor Andrew F. Nolan, helping direct the firmen's activities, was treated by a physician for smoke inhalation. The blaze broke out at 7:30 and at midnight it was still raging after flames shifted to an older wing which had been untouched in the early hours of the fire, breaking through the roof. The building was appraised at $150 000. The 590 seventh and eighth grade pupils in the school were scheduled to begin a week's vacation after tomorrow's session and School Superintendent John J. Stevens said double sessions at the senior high school and the reopening of a closed grammar school would prevent their missing any classes. The section of the building that burned early was built in 1890. A wing was built 10 years previously. Until a few years ago the building had been used as the city's senior high school. The firemen who were hurt included Joseph Kennedy, injured hand; Charles Parker, inju ?d right arm; Alfred Tanner, lacerated arm, (Concluded on rage 4.) Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy Winners of Film Academy Awards Los Angeles, Feb. 23. (AP.) I Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy to-! night were declared winners of the annual awards of the Motion Picture I Academy of Arts and Sciences Tor the best performances during the past year of a film actress and actor. Miss Davis's award was on the basis of her performance in "Je7.e- bel" and Tracy's for his work in "Boys' Town." "You Can't Take It With You,"j produced by Columbia, was given i the award for the most outstanding j mm oi tne year. . It was the third time a Frank Capra-directed picture took the academy award. The Italian-born director won previously with "It Happened One Night" and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." It was the second time Tracy had been honored, a role in "Captains Courageous" having previously won him the honor. It was also the second time Miss Davis had won the award. In 1935, she won the honor for her work in "Dangerous." Walter Brennan won the award for best supporting actor for his role in "Kentucky," while Fay Bain-ter was credited with the best work by a supporting actress for her part in "Jezebel." Other "bests" included: Direction Frank Capra for "You Can't Take It With You." Original story Dore Schary and Farmers Get Warning On Cow Disease Health Boards May Bar Raw Milk As Source Of Undulant Fever, Legislators Told Connecticut farmers Thursday were exhorted to launch a program eradicating Bang's Disease in cattle before local boards of health prohibit the sale of milk from animals that are not free of the affliction. Speaking before the legislative Committee on Agriculture in support of a bill allocating $800,000 biennially from the general fund for control of the disease, a cause of undulant fever in humans. Charles L.1 "Johnson, - representative from Sherman and former State Com ini.ssioner on Domestic Animals, told some 200 fanners gathered in the Hall of the House to "put a program over before you're forced to." Other proponents of the bill viewed with alarm the increasing number of undulant fever cases in the state and reminded the committee that if funds are not voted by the Legislature, Connecticut will lose its Federal grant for the eradication and control of the disease. Floyd Laid of Sharon revealed that more than 30 per cent of all the milk delivered in the state is raw. or has not been pasteurized, and former State Milk Administrator William E. Templelon of Kent, who introduced a host of proponents, warned that "we'll be forced , into some kind of elimination that won't be pleasant, if farmers don't do something." An 82-years-old farmer from Suf-field, John B. Cannon, who described to the committee with gestures how he had milked cows for 70 years now. created a siir in the House when he said the "fault oppressing dairymen" vin the state is greed. Quoting Shakespeare for his purpose, he declared the trouble "is not in our cows-, but in ourselves." "We're looking after that dollar of profit." the old gentlemen said, shaking his finger at the committee. "At the .bottom of this whole trouble is greed." Another opponent of the bill, M. C. Griffin of East Granby. told the committee that undulant fever does not come entirely from Bang's Disease and that doctors unable to diagnose cases blamed milk. Suggests Templeton "Wei". F. S. Holloway of Avon was applauded when in a loud voice he said across the hall to Mr. Temple-ton: "If you think the farmers are going to go out and take a trimming (Concluded on Page 6.) East Hartford Boy Scout To Receive Canadian Honor For Rescuing Man For bravery in saving a Canadianone about 25, the other about 50. citizen from drowning, Scout Rus- j starting to .swim out into the lake, sell W. Carlton, Troop One. East J About 25 yards from shore, the older Hartford, will receive a Life Saving i man threw up his hands and started Certificate from the Canadian Boy I to sink. His companion, who proved Scout Association at the Scout Cir- J to be the man's son, tried to rescue cus in East Hartford Saturday him, but the father seized him night. I around the neck. Both were strug- Notifieation of the Canadian j gling when a swimmer on a raft award came to Nelson A. Sly, Scout noticed them and swam to them. Executive of Charter Oak Council, This second would-be rescuer was BSA, recently from Boy Scout head-1 also seized by the drowning man. quarters in New York. The letter, At this point, Carlton threw off over the signature of E. H. Vitalius, i his clothes and went to the rescue, secretary to the Chief Executive, j He too was seized but his knowledge says: i of life saving enabled him to free "I am happy to transmit to you ; himself from the man's clutches and under separate carer a Life Saving j haul him ashore. Certificate of the Canadian Boy The rescued man was William II. Scouts Association, awarded to McNeily. He was resuscitated by Scout Russell Carlton of Troop 53, 1 Carlton" after five minutes of arti-tnow Troop One member) East J ficial respiration. The son, Malcolm Hartford. You will note that it island the man who had swum over signed by Lord Tweedsmuir. Gov-j from the raft, Horoid Parsons, were ernor General and Chief Scout of j able to swim back to shore. Canada. Will you please extend to Carlton, who lives at 42 Tower Scout Carlton the greetings and , Street. East Hartford, and is em-congratulations of the Officers of j ployed by the Pratt and Whitney the Boy Scout of America." jTool Company, is assistant Scout- While walking along the shore of ; master of Troop One, East Hartford. Lake Selby. Dunham. P. Q , on July j 7, 1938, Carlton noticed two men, I (Concluded on Fage 6.) I i-s i-4 r: m ,: SPENCER TRACY. Eleanore Griffin for "Boys Town." Screen play and dialogue George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion. " Adaptation of screen play W. P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis and Ian Dal-rymple. "Pygmalion." Hal B. Wallis, head of the production department at Warner Brothers, was presented the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, of- (C'oncluded on Page 2.) Maltbie Sees Newr Boards Cooperating Chief Justice Says Scientific Inquiries Must Have Court Review to Protect Man's Rights Middletown, Feb. 23. Special.) Chief Justice William M. Maltbie of ! the Supreme Court of Errors - tonight envisioned new regulatory administrative boards and the courts working, hand in hand for the betterment of society and the preservation of democracy. Speaking at an installation meeting of the Wesleyan University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa," Chief Justice Maltbie stated that the relationship between the" new governmental boards "and the courts have not yet been determined but he saw the boards as making scientific inquiries into certain problems of man with the courts having review-powers to protect the rights of that man. "If the considered judgment of a majority of people in a state or nation is that government should follow a certain course, the courts should not, and cannot, stand in the way," he said. "Courts cannot, if they are to continue their service to democracy, put shackles upon the operation of the democratic principle that it is ultimately the people who must determine the form of government under which they will live," he said. "Law must not lose touch with those great tides of human effort whose purpose is to give to each individual an evergrowing . share oi those things which make life desirable and more worthwhile. As men's conceptions change and as the conditions of life change, so the common law, if it is to preserve its true function must change, slowly to be sure, because only by gradual development can it remain stable." Chief Justice Maltbie said. Negative Force in Past. "Time was. and not so very long ago, when government was, as regards its control of the activities of the Individual, rather a negative force," Chief Jus tics Maltbie said. "About the time of the f.rst Roosevelt there began a change in the attitude of government toward the lives of its citizens, and that change at times somewhat checked but on the whole steadily advancing, has in these recent years tremendously accelerated its pace." "Today government has become a positive force, its purpose not only to curb the harmful activities of its (Concluded on Page 4.) New Dealers Suffer M ajor Guam Plan In Plan To Ease I Tax Burden! On Business j Morgenthau Calls For Ke- j examination of Laws That May Act as Deter-! rents on Economic Life Wants Industry To Make Money Administration Looks To Increased Trade For Revenue Rather Than New Levies Washington. Feb. 23. (AP.) Declaring that the Roosevelt Administration wants business men to "make money," Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau called today for a re-examination of tax laws to see if there are anyi "deterrents" to business. By stating at a press conference that the business world need fear no new tax burdens, Morgentnau reaffirmed a similar promise given recently by President Roaevelt. The secretary's remarks were apparently an effort to encourage the economic upturn which most Government economists predict will be resumed in April. He iaid flatly that he had under consideration no new tax legislation, except reenaclment of expir ing excise levies, and expected none j except passibly' a measure to raise j about $20.000 000 for farm benefits,' such as President Roosevelt asked j Congress for, and failed to set, last year. "" Hopkins Speech Tonight. In view of the efforts of Morgen-'. thau and other officials to concili- : Tate business, the capital was look- ing forward with much interest to j a major speech to be made by Secretary of Commerce Harry L. Hopkins tomorrow night. Hopkins will speak from Des Moiness, Iowa, ovt tne radio at iu:ju p. m., eastern Standard Time, and it is widely believed he will outline his program for government-business cooperation. Meanwhile. Speaker Bankhead stressed, at a press conference today that President Roosevelt had made known "rather definitely" that he did not intend to propose any new-legislation this session, other than issues which already are before Coneress. While these developments bear- j ing on business were taking place, Government economists were analyzing the economic situation and declaring that business was "pausing for breath" following the upturn that lasted from last summer to Christinas. Since Christmas, the volume ot production and trade has shown littie change, and the burning ques- (Concluded on Page 2.) Suffield Academy Trustees Elect New Headmaster John F. Schereschewsky Named To Succeed Dr. Brownell Cage Suffield, Feb. 23, (Special.) Appointment of John F. Schereschewsky, a graduate of Harvard University in 1932, as headmaster of Suffield , Academy to succeed Dr. Brownell Gage, headmaster for 15 years, was announced Thursday by the board of trustees. Mr. Schere-schewsky's appointment becomes effective July 1. At present he is senior master of the Junior School, which he has directed since 1935. Mr. Schereschewsky was a member of Harvard's varsity football team during 1931 and 1932 and in his senior year was halfback on Barry Wood's team. He played in the East-West exhibition game in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles, and was instructor at Browne and Nichols School for a year, an instructor and director of athletics at the Fe.ssenden School for two years before coming to Suffield. During vacations he founded and directed the Summer Sports Club, a coeducational day-camp in the vicinity of Boston. Dr. Gage has been named headmaster emeritus, a member of the board of trustees and executive secretary of the board. His relief from duties as headmaster will enable him to de-vo his time to the promotion of interests of the institution among alumni and friends and to the development of its building program. Dr. Gage, before coming to Suffield, was provost of the College of Yale-in-China at ChanRsha, where he lived and taught from 1904 to 1923. i I I (Concluded on Tft 4.) Defeat Insurance Executive Is Taken By Death S.T. Mitchell Phoenix Fire Officer, Dies Treasurer of Insurance Company Since 1928 Is Victim At 50 of Heart Ailment Spencer Tra.sk Mitchell, 50, for the past 11 years treasurer of the Phoenix iFire) Insurance Company, died of a heart ailment Thursday morning at his home, 17 Atwood Street. Mr. Mitchell had gone to his office regularly until last Friday. He had suffered a heart attack about a year and a half ago. At the time of his death Mr. Mitchell was treasurer of the Watkin-soti Library, director of the Dime Savings Bank and director of the Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, N. Y. He had formerly been president of the Hartford Dispensary, vice-president of the Hartford Aid and a trustee of the YWCA, the Connecticut Junior Republic and the Hartford Seminary Foundation. Well Known in Business Circles. Mr. .Mitchell was well known in financial and insurance circles and highly regarded for his sound investment judgment, the result of many years training and experience. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Rsv. Tertius Van Dyke, headmaster of Gunnery School, Washington, and Rev. Dr. David McKeith, Jr., pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell was born in Brooklyn. N. Y., November 4, 1883. son of the late Professor Edwin Knox Mitchell, for many years a distinguished member o' the Hartford Seminary Foundation, and "Mrs. Hetty Marquand Enos Mitchell. He was married June 7, 1919. to Miss Elinor B. Collins, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Atwood Collins of Hartford. Took Phoenix Post In 1928. He was a graduate of Lawrence-vine Preparatory School In Law-renceville. N. J , in the class of 1906 and of Princeton University in 1910. After leaving Princeton he joined the Spencer Trask Company, New York investment brokers. He came to Hartford to join Conning & Company in 1920, becoming a mem ber of the firm in 1922. From 1923 j until his election as treasurer of the i Phoenix Insurance Company and j affiliates January 31, 1928, he was manager of the Hartford Invest- j merit Bureau. I In 1918 he went to the Mexican ! border with the New York 7th 1 Regiment. In 1917 he was mus-; tered into the 107th Regiment, with ! (Concluded on Page 2.) Hoover Advises Policv Of 'Positive Neutrality' Pittsburgh, Feb, 23. (AP.) Former President Hoover to'd interviewers tonight he thought the United States should maintain a 'positive neutrality" in foreign affairs. "And declaring our sympathy with either side in the European controversy is not neutrality," he added. Mr. Hoover said he believed the country should be armed as heavily as Army and Navy officials thought necessary, "but strictly for defense." Of the German Bund rally earlier this week in New York, he said he thought "like all other Americans they have their right of free speech," but that he was "not in favor of anything they say." Informed his name wa.s cheered at the Bund demonstration, he added, with obvious feeling: "If that's so, and if some Communist meeting should give me a hand, my cup of jrief would truly be running over." s ' ; I 4 1 SPENCER T. MITCHELL. Over H ouse $5,000,000 Appropriation For Improving Pacific Island Lost By 205 To 168 Vote 61 Democrats Join Republicans Rest of Bill Providing For Air Bases Approved 368 To 4; Measure Goes To Senate Roll call on defeat of Guam plan on page 14. Washington, Feb. 23. (AP.) After a tempestuous three-day debate, the House rejected today, 205 to 168, an Administration plan to thrust the nation's line of naval air bases 5000 miles into the Pacific by improving the Island of Guam. A $5,000,000 authorization for construction on the island was slashed from a naval bill after legislators had voiced repeated warnings that the project would be an act so provocative to Japan that war might follow. Democrats Split. The Democratic majority In the chamber split on the issue. Sixty-four Democrats joined 138 Republicans, two Progressives and one Farmer-Laborite against the air ba.e. Voting in favor of it were 152 Democrats. 15 Republicans and one American Labor party man. Tlie rest of the bill, authorizing $48,800,000 for a series of air bas in the Pacific, Alaska and continental United States, then was passed by the lop-sided vote of 363 to 4. The bill now goes to the Senate, where a House-approved measure authorizing an outlay of $358,000,000 for national defense is already pending. This sum is to go largely for an expansion of the Army Air Corps, both in planes and men. The measure yesterday received the unanimous approval of the Senate Military Affairs Committee. Both bills are integral part of President Roosevelt's big rearmament program. Nearly an hour of deba:e preceded the elimination of the Guam item today. Opponents of the project argued not only that it would offend Japan, but that it was unnecessary from a strategic point of view, could not be defended against an enemy attack, and constituted a useless expenditure of funds. Friends of the proposal contended, on the other hand, that no provocation to Japan , was involved, that America had every right to do as it pleased with its own property without consulting the government at Tokyo, that the Orient should not be advised that America was "afraid to dredge a harbor," and that in the event of war in the Pacific such a base might prove invaluable, Just be.'ore the vote was taken. Representative Rayburn, Democrat, Texas, shouted: "I do not intend bv my vote to- (Concluded on Page 11.) No Bookkeeping For Taxpayers After Saturday Income Tax Returns Lag; Inevitable Rush To Preclude Assistance With income tax returns more than 50 per cent behind last year at this time, and with the great bulk of business lying ahead, Internal Revenue Collector Thomas S. Smith ruled Thursday "that alter Saturday, no bookkeeping will be performed for taxpayers by the department. Stating that taxpayers hav had ample time since the first of the year to bring in their records for departmental assistance in making out returns. Mr. Smith said that in view of the now Inevitable rush, the department has not sufficient trained personnel to take care of a sudden mass of such requests. Le than three weeiis now remain when income taxes becoms due and payable on March 15, he pointed out. Ordinarily, at this date, he said long lines of taxpayers would extend from the office of the department, with persons waiting an hour to file their returns. Thursday and on all preceding cUys since the first of the year, taxpayers have straggled in, one and two at a time, he said. Collector Smith said that the department has been organized sines January 1 to take care of income tax returns and that taxpayers will have no excuse for failure to receive the service the department was prepared to offer. The Hartford district is perhaps the mot laggard in tlie state, he reported, with the New Haven and Bridgeport offices reporting fairly good activity. Ironically, with the problem here (ConrlnHd on Faje 14)

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