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' "■ "" ' WEATHER. (U. S. Weather Bureau Forecast J Thundershowers tonight and tomorrow; not much change In temperature; gentle to moderate shifting winds. Highest, 85. at 4:15 p.m. yesterday; lowest, 68, at 6 a.m. today. Full report on page 3. Closing N. Y. Stocks and Bonds, Page 3( nCT Entered as second class matter J.f.MOt. post office, Washington, D. C. ARMAMENTS BASED ON POPULATION AND AREA URGED BY U.S. American Plan to Be Offered at Conference Opposes That of France. LIMITATION OF TONNAGE SOUGHT FOR ALL VESSELS Formula. Far Simpler Than League's, Being Held Up—Asks Cuts in All Branches at Once. BY .It'NH'S B. WOOD. Bt ruble to The Star and Chicago Dailj Neva. GENEVA. May IS.—-The American formula for world disarmament, which the United States delegation was prepared to present when it entered the conference of 2d nations here toda>. is extremely simple and direct as compared with the complicated League of Nations questionnaire which is the basis of the present discussions. The actual date when the American proposals will be presented depends upon development of the discussions, with the possibility that additional questions may be propounded by other delegates before actual discussions of s solution start. Each delegate is expected to avail himself of the opportunity to outline his country’s position. The opening remarks on America's position will he made Wednesday or Thursday by Hugh Gibson. American Minister to Switzerland, who is chairman of the T'nJied States delegation. Points of American Formula. The salient features of the American formula upon which the ultimate disarmament conference should pro- • reed are as follows: 1— Limitation of battleship tonnage, as fixed at the Washington confer- ; price, should he extended to all classes of naval vessels, maintaining the ratio of 5-5-3. 2 Limitation of land armament ] should be based on population and • rea of the home country, exclusive j of colonies, and in direct ratio rather j than inverse ratio as France pro- j poses. 3 Adoption of voluntary instead of compulsory military service, as is now the case in most European countries. 4 Making peace time service stan ' dard in character and specified in ' term. In this connection, the United j States is opposed to voluntary en- , ltstments for a longer period than j three years. !>—Any limitation based on the wealth of an individual nation is im- j practical, on account of the imposst- 1 bllity of agreeing as to the extent j of that wealth. Opposes Limiting Budgets. 6. Any limitation fixing the maxi- j mum military budgets for individual nations is unacceptable. As far as the j United States is concerned, the War j Department budget includes appropriations for river and harbor work, the Panama Canal and many other non-war like activities. Moreover, the United States should be affected because of the fact that its pay for officers and soldiers is higher per capila than European scales. The American formula, worked out hv experts of the State, War and Navy Departments before the delegation left Washington, includes considerable more than the above outline The American experts consider futile any attempts to equalize the i possible war strength of nations as j bmg as nations differ with respect j to natural resources, man power and i social conditions. On motion of Lord Cecil of Great j Britain, seconded by Gen. Marinis of Italy, the committee decided to appoint Its own commission of specialists on land, aerial and naval armaments, thus agreeing with America's wishes without the latter participating in the discussion.* Americans Sitting Tight. The decision was made in executive session following the opening hours, when, after the declination of M. Paul Boncour of France to accept the chairmanship, Dr. Loudon of Holland was selected unanimously. Senor Cobain of Spain and Senor Buero of Uruquay—the latter on motion of Minister Gibson —were selected as : :ce presidents of the committee. I The committee decided on the general j principle of open sessions. The American delegation expects to sit tight until the discussions and suggestions of other countries reach the stage where acceptance of the American formula seems possible. Should another country, however, propose Immediate discussion of naval armaments which are considerably easier to limit than land arma- ] ments, the American delegation Is instructed to express America’s desire to continue the limitations provided in the Washington conference. While the American policy favors simultaneous limitation of land, naval and aerial armament, America Is quite willing to discuss them separately, believing there are too many complications involved to make possible a single agreement on all three. i Copyright. 1 P‘2fi. by Chicago Daily News Co.) GERMANY MAY ASK MORE MEN. Expected to Seek Lifting of Military Restrictions. GENEVA, Switzerland. May IS (/P). - The Preparatory Commission on Disarmament, called to arrange the agenda for an eventual international disarmament conference, held its first meeting today. It is asserted in some quarters that during the conference Count von Bernstorff, German representative, will request that Germanv be permitted to waive the military restrictions of the i treaty of Versailles and allowed strength of armament such as her position warrants, providing her neighbors, particularly France, refuse to decrease their armaments so that they will be reasonably proportionate to those of Germany. Delegates from 20 countries are represented on the commission. Russia refused to attend because Switzerland declined to give ample apology for the assassination of her representative at Lausanne, M. Vorovsky. The attitude of Russia, it is thought, will cause some of her neighbors, particularly Poland, to disarm. Marshal Piludski, who recently carried out a (Continued Page 2, Column 8.) BOY-ED DENIED RIGHT TO VISIT U. S. AFTER PRE-WAR CONDUCT | Former German Attache Would Be Received Coldly by Society. j 'Wife Once a Prominent Member of Capital’s Younger Set. By the Associated Pres*. BERLIN, May 18.—Capt. Karl Boy- Ed is said to have been refused a visa to enter the United States. The Passport Bureau of the State Department is declared to regard the time too short since his war activities as naval attache of the German Embassy at Washington to permit him to re-enter the country. He was recalled by Germany at the request of the State Department in 1315. Bov Ed married a Washington girl. Miss Virginia Mackay-Smith, daughter of Bishop Mackay-Smith. The Boy Eds are living at Partenkirehen. Bavaria. Mrs. Boy Ed has visited her relatives in the United States. The captain would like to live in America. Through a queer chance. Boy-Ed and Miss Mackay-Smith were not married until after the war. Just before he left the United States Boy- Ed cabled Admiral Von Tirpitz, then minister of the German navy, for permission to marry the young lady and bring her to Germany. The reply was sent: “You may marry. Tirpitz." It was learned long afterwards that the American Secret Service held up the dispatch, believing it to be code. Boy- Ed sailed without receiving it. After the war Miss Mackay-Smith came to Europe with her mother and the wedding took place on this side. FORMAL PLEA NOT MADE. State Department Says Embassy Has Taken No Action. The Berlin embassy did not consult the State Department as to whether It should visa the passport for Capt. Karl Boy Ed. Should the visa question be re ferred by the embassy, and should (Continued on Page 4, Column 1.) POLISH TROOPS END MARCHONWARSAW Return to Barracks at Posen After Beginning Move Against Pilsudski. By thr Associated Press. WARSAW, May 18.—The Polish Telegraphic Agency today says that all the regiments at Posen, which recently began a movement toward Warsaw in opposition to Marshal Pilsudski, have returned to their barracks. M. Mlodzlanowski, new minister of the interior, has announced that all the members of the Witos government have been liberated, and have been given complete freedom of movement. The local press reported yes terdav that the former premier had left for his native village of Wierzchoslawlce, which is not far from Cracow. The mail, telegraph and telephone services are reported as functioning normally, under the control of the military forces in Warsaw, and it is expected that the censorship will be lifted today, restoring unrestricted communication. Gen. Sosnkowski Better. Gen. Sosnkowski. commandant of the army corps at Posen, who attempted to commit suicide when his. troops declined to go into the service of Marshal Pilsudski at the beginning of the coup d'etat, was improving today. Services were held yesterday at the expense of the state for the victims of the figUting of the past few days. Representatives of the new government and members of the Diet and Senate attended the services. Newspaper reports have been received here saying thoat extensive demonstrations in honor of Marshal Pilsudski took place at Lublin and Lwow. Forecasts Pilsudskl’s Election. M. Zaleski. foreign minister in the provisional cabinet, forecasting the probable course of events to the Associated Press correspondent today, said that after the election of Marshal Pilsudski as president by the National Assembly, he believed that the Diet would vote to dissolve so that there might he new parliamentary elections. Marshal Pilsudski was. In principle, stronglv opposed to a dictatorship, M. Zalcski added, and would act as dictator only under extreme necessity. The foreign policy of Poland remained that of Count Skrzynski. foreign minister in the resigned Witos cabinet. it rested upon the principle of the Locarno agreement for the pacification of Europe and good will toward Russia. The internal policy would be economies, a balanced budget and no Inflation. . , Count Skrzynski, admittedly one of Poland’s strongest men In public affairs. refuses to resume the post of "(Continued on Page 2, Column 2,j Flirts in Flapping Flivvers Can Stop Girls, But Not Traffic, Eldridge Warns Traffic Director M. O. Eldridge revealed todav that he is searching for an effective plan to rid F street of its flirtatious collegiate trousered youths who cruise around in secondhand "flivvers.” making eyes and casting "come on" smiles at the pretty girls on shopping expeditions. Mr. Eldridge said he is not concerned so much over hotv often the boys wink or smile at the girls, but he' declares that their cheap cars are clogging F street and intensifying the traffic congestion on the heavily traveled thoroughfare. Very often, too, he said, the boys park their cars at the curb, and occupy the much sought parking spaces, forcing the business man to drive far away from the congested section to leave his machine. At one time the was made W\t I btnim J£kf. V y J V V WITH SUNDAY HORNING EDITION WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1926-FORTY-FOUR PAGES. * Ijlll^l MRS. KARL BOY-BD. :i *lh / |; K<mi Hov.Kn. UNION ORGANIZER SLAIN. Labor Feud Blamed for Second Similar Killing in Ne wYork. NEW YORK, May IS <4>). The body of William J. Mark, an organizer for the United Sea Food Workers' Union, was found on a sidewalk in Front street on the lower East Side early today with two bullet wounds in the head. The police believe he was shot during a labor feud and recalled that seven months ago “Whity” Britt, an organizer for the same union, was murdered just a few feetTrom the place where Mack's body was found. GEN. J. A. BUCHANAN DIES AT AGE OF 82 Widely Known Horse Breeder Succumbs to Heart Trouble Here. Brig. Gen. James A. Buchanan. U. S. A., retired, who in recent years had won a wide reputation as a breeder of race horses, died at his residence, 2210 Massachusetts avenue, at noon today, following an illness of two months of heart trouble. Gen. Buchanan was in his S3rd year. He was retired in 1906 following an army career of nearly 40 years, during which he served at many Western posts and in Porto Rico and the Philippine Islands. With him at the time of his death were the thre surviving members of his immediate family, Mrs. Walter McK. Jones of Fairmont, Porto Rico; Francis James Buchanan of this city, and John R. Buchanan of Warrenton, Y'a. Mrs. Buchanan died many years ago. Also surviving are three grandchildren. Funeral services have not been completed. Entered Army In 1867, Born in Washington 'County, Md., December 11, 1843. Gen. Buchanan was the son of the late Dr. James A. and Mrs. Eleanora Elder Buchanan. Early in life he decided to have an Army career and was appointed a second lieutenant in the 14th U. S. Infantry, March 7, 1867, the appointment having been made from his native He was promoted to the grade of first lieutenant Decembed 10, 1873. and reached the grade of captain in 1890. He was transferred to the 11th Infantry three years later and was made a. major In the 15th Infantry in the Spring of 1899. In February, 1900. he was made a lieutenant colonel of the Porto Rico Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, and served until to the 12th United States Infantry a. year later. Following, he was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service, but in the Summer of the same year, 1901, was made a lieutenant colonel in the Porto Rico Provisional Regiment of In(Contlnued on Page 2, Column 8.) that the boys congregated on the street corners and interfered with pedestrian traffic, but Mr. Eldridge pointed out that the police and the advent of the cheap, second-hand "flivver” have combined to break up this practice. As the problem now stands, according to the traffic director, it has been shifted from the Police 'Department to the Traffic Bureau. If there is any possible solution to it, Mr. Eldridge said, he will leave no existing traffic regulation unscanned to find it. Col. I. C. Moller, assistant traffic director, has advised Mr. Eldridge that some interested person the other day counted 63 machines occupied by the beardless youths, parked on F. street between Ninth and Fourteenth streets. Radio Programs—Page 37. KEYSTONE VOTERS GO TO POLLS TODAY IN BITTER PRIMARY Victory in Senate Race Believed to Carry State Republican Control. PEPPER, VARE, PINCHOT RACE KEENEST IN YEARS Four Republicans in Lists for Governorship Nomination—W. B. Wilson Unopposed. Rr ths* Associated Prepp. PHILADELPHIA. May IS. -One of the greatest political battles in the history of Pennsylvania is being fought at the polls today. Upon the decision of the voters at the State.wide primary election rested not only their selection of candidates for United States Senator, governor, Congress and other offices, but some politicians thought that with victory in the three-cornered Republican senatorial race would go the leadership of the party in the State. Not since the death of Senator Boies I’enrose five years ago brought his leadership to an end has the Republican party been so rent by factional differences. Opponents in the Republican sena torial race were Senator George Wharton Pepper, in whose interest two members of President Coolidge’s cabinet. Secretaries Mellon and Davis, spoke during the campaign; Representative William S. Vare, leader of the Philadelphia Republican organization, who conducted his campaign on a "wet” platform, and Gov. Gifford Pinchot, bone-dry candidate. Asks Wets Show Strength. Asserting that modification of th» Volstead law was the principal issue of the campaign, Representative Vare maintained that If he was victorious a Republican Congress In 1928 would follow Pennsylvania's lead In "voting down Volsteadism and demanding beer and wine." Should Pennsylvania, with its 11,000,000 people, "make that gesture,” he declared, the Republican party would have to listen. Senator Pepper said Vare was using the liquor issue as a smoke screen in an effort to obtain control of the State organization. The Senator announced that he was for law enforcement and no change In the Federal law. Gov. Pinchot told the voters there were only two great issues at stake in the fight. "One,” he said, “is the wet and dry issue, the other is the gang and anti-gang issue. "On the first, we have a wet candidate. Vare. You have a dry candidate, Pinchot. Then you have a third candi date who is neither wet nor dry, but just damp, and that is Pepper.” Seven for Governorship. For the gubernatorial nomination ! the Pepper-Mellon forces supported John S. Fisher, former State banking commissioner, while Vare followers hacked Edward E. Beidelman. former lieutenant governor. Former Gov. John K. Tener and Representative Thomas W. Phillips were also candi dates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, both having made the race independently. There was a lively contest for the Democratic nomination for governor, the candidates being Judge Samuel E. Shull. Monroe County; Judge Eugene C Donnlwell, Philadelphia, and Former Judge William E. Porter. Lawrence County. William B. Wilson, former Secretary of Labor, was unopposed for the senatorial nomination. The polls close at 7 p.m., standard time. BISHOP BAST PLEADS ILL, ASKS STAY OF JAIL TERM Friends Also Petition Against Three-Month Sentence for Misapplying Funds, By the Awoeiated Pres*. COPENHAGEN, Denmark. May 18. Right Rev. Dr. Anton Bast. Methodist Episcopal Bishop for Scandinavia who was recently convicted of misapplying charity funds, informed the police yesterday that he was 111 and asked permission to wait until todav to begin his sentence of three months. Meanwhile he appeared in Supreme Court to consider the Su per lor Court’s refusal to grant him a new trial. Some of the bishops friends have petitioned the minister of justice, declaring he is too ill to serve his sentence. This is denied by medical authorities. CAROL’S SON DENIED. French Courts Refuse to Recognize Paternity of Child. PARIS, May 18 The courts today ruled against Mine. Zizi Larnbrino, former morganatic wife of ex- Crown Prince Carol of Rumania, in her attempt to have Carol’s paternity of her son Mlrcea recognized. Mme. Lambrino applied to the courts to have Mircea registered at the Michelet High School, under the name Hohenzollern, of which family Carol is a member. The judge said that Mme. Lambrino's demand was in reality an attempt to establish Mircea’s paternity, and he declared himself incompetent to pronounce upon that question. FOUND DEAD IN BATHTUB. Woman Pianist Believed to Have Been Heart Attack Victim. NEW YORK, May 18 C4>).—Mrs. George Victor Sammet, 42, a pianist, formerly Miss Harriet May Fairbrother of Waterville, Me., w'as found dead in a bathtub at the McAlpin Hotel today. The house physician said she probably was drowned after a heart attack. Mrs. Sammet was forced to give up her musical career two years ago because of an accident. Mrs. May Burrough, a cousin, said Mrs. Sammet was separated from her husband, head of a chemical corporation here. Her son. George Victor Sammet, Jr„ !•, is attending a nAitary school. sjsjk RETIREMENT BILL PASSED BY DOUSE Democrats Protest ‘‘Parsimony,” But Lehlbach Says “It Is This or Nothing.” Under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds vote, the House passed the Lehlbach civil service retirement bill, embodying the Budget Bureau economy provisions, with practically unanimous accord last night just before adjournment. There was only 40 minutes debate, which was interrupted with frequent bursts of applause and almost constant demand for a vote. Democratic members attacked the parsimony of the bill and the scant justice done to veteran employes by administration leaders. Chairman Lehlbach of the civil service committee, in a final appeal to his colleagues, gave them his word that "frankly, it is this or nothing.” There had been doubt all day as to whether the bill would he allowed to come up at all, the Republican leaders being fearful that if this legislation got loose in the House it would be liberalized far beyond the strict limits set by the administration. Senate Allows More Time. Senate leaders agreed today to let civil service legislation go over tintil tomorrow to allow time for the printing of the measure as it passed the House. There still appears to he some doubt today whether the Senate would pass the House- bill, which is the administration measure, or the more liberal Stanfield bill Senator Stanfield is considering asking the civil service committee of the Senate to meet tomorrow morning to decide whether it wants to stand by the more liberal $1,200 bill which it reported favorably, or whether it Is willing to accept the SI,OOO annuity plan approved by the House. Regardless of which bill the Senate passes, it is generally considered that the bill as passed by the House is the only one which has a chance of becoming a law at this session. In explaining to the House the amendments to existing law made by this bill, Mr. Lehlbach said: "It increases the maximum an nuities payable to retired employes coming within the provisions of the act from $720 to SI,OOO. It changes the method of computing the annuities so that increase in proportion to the increase of the maximum obtains with respect to the annuities less than the maximum. "It somewhat regroups the employes in different age retirement groups, including service postmasters —that is, postmasters who have been promoted from the civil service ranks and who have spent their time in the civil service in the postal service. It increases the deductions from salary which employes contribute toward the annuities which they enjoy from 24 to 34 per cent of the salary. The increase in annuities amounts to something a little less than $7,500,000. "In other words, the increased annuities will not cost the Treasury over and above the existing system ri cent, but, as a matter of fact, the increased contributions by the employes will exceed the increased benefits of the act by $29,332.” Allows Increase, But Not Retroactive. In reply to a question from Representative Hudspeth, Republican, of Texas, as to whether this bill extends the larger annuity to those who retired previously and whether it is retroactive. Mr. Lehlbach said: "It allows their annuities to be computed in the same manner as the annuities of those who will retire in the future are computed, but it is not retroactive in the sense that it makes up any difference for annuities paid in the past. As I was saying, the contribution by the employes will be a little in excess of the Increased benefits under the bill." Representative Oelier, Democrat, of New York made the first speech for the Democratic side, bitterly attackink the meagerness of the measure. Representative Johnson, Democrat, of Texas continued this censure of the majority and the administration for such parsimonious provisions. Representative Hudson, Republican, of Michigan, a member of the civil service committee, emphasized that this measure does not solve the problem of superannuated retirement. He advised that a commission should he set up to study the questions of the Government’s liability and that the Government should meet its just share in the interests of efficiency. My. Hudson said, In part: "While this bill is a great improvement over the present retirement law (Continued on Page 4, Column 5.) MEDIUM DENIES SHE REPORTED TABLE TIPPINGS AT WHITE HOUSE House Caucus Room in Turmoil as Houdini and Spiritualists Re-enact Earlier Battle Over Bill to Curb “Profession"’ Here. The House caucus room today was , thrown into turmoil for more than ‘ an hour while Harry Houdlni. "psyehic investigator," and scores of j spirtitualists, mediums and clairvoy- j ants had verbal and almost physical j battles over his determination to push j through legislation in the District pro- i hibiting fortune-telling in any form. The climax of the meeting, which was held before the Judiciary subcommittee of the House District committee. came when Houdini placed on the stand Miss Rose Mackenberg. one of his investigators, who testified that Mrs. Jane Coates, a spiritualist, told her yesterday afternoon that “I know for a fact that table tipping seances are held at the White House with President Coolidge and his family.” Shouting denials at this testimony, Mrs. Coates at the top of her voice sought to get a hearing at that time, while Mme. Marcia, an astrologist, was challenging the story told by Mias Mackenlterg of her visit to the latter's studio yesterday morning. Houdini also was yelling at the top of his voice against the "crooks and AMUNDSEN PARTY WAITS SHIP TO U.S. Settles Down at Nome to Remain Until First Boat Sails on June 15. Bt the Associated Press. NOME, May 18.—Four Arctic explorers settled down today to routine life in a cabin here and continued to exchange reminiscences of their experience in flying over the top of the world. Awaiting the arrival of a steamer, the party, headed by Roald Amundsen. discoverer of the South Pole and the third to reach the North Pole, are content to rest. There were in dications of a long stay, as the next boat out of Nome will be on June 15. The dirigible Norge, the huge gas bag in which the explorers made their way through clouds, fog banks and Arctic temperatures from Spitzbergen to Teller, 75 miles from here, is being carefully packed for shipment out of Alaska by steamer, when the Ice-locked harbor thaws out. Capt. Amundsen. Lincoln Ellsworth of New York, Capt. Oscar Wistlng and Lieut. Oskar Omdahl. all members of the exploration party, are occupying a. cabin which they have christened the "Explorers’ Club.” Here they plan to hold forth until a steamer is sighted. An undersized fox terrier dog, Titna. the pet of Col. Umberto Nobile. Inventor, and constructor of the Norge, wds one passenger apparently happy to he on earth once more after its trip over the uncharted airways of the polar regions. Ellsworth, the only American of the 18 to make the trip, said considerable open water was sighted in the vicinity of the Pole. There also were several rocky islands, he said, but these were not of sufficient size to be considered important. NOBILE PRAISES SHIP. Never Had Any Doubts That Norge Would Make Good. BY FRKDRIK HAMM. Special Correspondent of The Star Aboard the Nonre. WITH THE NORGE. AT TELLER. Alaska, via Nome, May 17.—Teller. Alaska, is a quiet place on the Alaskan coast. Its inhabitants are a few white men and some natives, living on the shore of a big lagoon between high, snow-capped mountains. (Continued on Page 3, Column 3.) Young Champ Clark Injured. KANSAS CITY, May 18 <A>).— Champ Clark, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Clark of St. Louis, suffered concussion of the brain when he a bed in his parents’ apartment in a hotel here yesterday. Physicians said the child was recovering rapidly. The child la the grandson of the late Champ Clark, former Speaker of the House of Representatives. A “ From, Press to Home Within the Hour ” The Star’s carrier system covers every city block and the regular edition is delivered to Washington homes as fast as the papers are printed. Yesterday’s Circulation, 100,843 U P) Meant Associated Press. TWO CLi^NTS. criminals.” as he 'hararterized the j mystic folk present, while the com- J mittee vainly and unsuccessfully tried j to maintain order. Adjournment was j taken as the only recourse of escape ; from the battle, and this enabled only j the committee to withdraw. The mysterious people continued their ; arguing and shouting in little groups, j After Houdini had denounced in the ; strongest of terms the clairvoyants, j mediums and fortune tellers in the j District and urged favorable action on j the bill sponsored by Representative j Bloom of New York to abolish such j practices here, he brought Miss Mack- | enberg to the stand to testify as to j fees charged by Mrs. Coates and j Marcia. The two women rose from their places in the audience immediately, waving aloft the money they received, respectively, and demanding to be heard. Miss Mackenberg took the Stand flanked on either side by Mrs. Coates and Mme. Marcia, both of whom had met and battled Houdini before at previous hearings. Miss Mackenberg first related her (Continued on Page 2, Column 2.) j HOUSEAPPROVES GUARDIANSHIP BILL Measure to Control Irregularities and Amend 1924 Act • Gets Unanimous Vote. Carrying provisions designed to break up "wholesale guardianships" of mentally incompetent war veterans: to prevent the collection of fees or commissions that are "inequitable." and to give the director of the Veterans’ Bureau authority to fight for the veterans’ estates in court, as well as take over the entire management in the event of irregularities, the bill to amend the World War veterans’ act of 1924 was unanimously passed by the House yesterday afternoon. The legislation is a direct outgrowth of the investigations during the past month into the activities of Commissioner Frederick A. Fenning as committee for mentally Incompetent veterans, ajetd under its warding the number of wards maintained by Mr. Fenning could be curtailed appreciably. Director Hines of the bureau has stated officially he would limit the number to five. Brought up under suspension of the rules, under which procedure no amendment could be offered, and only 20 minutes’ debate on each side was allowed, the entire bill was assailed by several Democrats as being inadequate for the needs of the soldiers, and "unfair to both ex-service men and to members of the House.” Minority members of the veterans’ committee in a statement of their views declared that since the Republican party came Into power "all legislation affecting ex-service men has been brought before the House in this manner.” Minority Assails Fenning. The views of the minority members regarding the guardianship feature of the bill declared: "These amendments were made necessary on account of the abuses and the wholesale guardianships in the District of Columbia. It was brought to the attention of the committee that in the District of Columbia one Frederick A. Fenning was guardian for 90 and some odd mentally incom petent ex-service men: that he is commercializing the mental incompetency of these men; that the fees and commissions charged for his services as ’committee’ of such wards were inequitable and excessive in all cases, and In many cases illegal.” The statement was signed by Representatives Hayden, Arizona; Bulwinkle. North Carolina; Jeffers, Alabama; Milligan. Missouri; Connery, Massachusetts, and Mary T. Norton, Jcrssy. Mrs. Norton, in an address to the House, declared she is voting for the bill "merely on the presumption that a little is better than none. The attitude of certain members of the Veterans’ committee throughout the entire disettsnton of this bill has been to give the veterans something to keep them quiet, but not to give them much. They gave their all, and as a (Continued on I’age 3, Column 2.) J PASSENGERS TELL OF DRINKING CREW ON LEAKING LINER Donned Life Preserve* Ahead of Them, Say 17 Rescued From Seneca. WOMEN IN SMALL BOATS; MEN PUT ON LARGE TUG Statement Declares Boys and Girls Were Intoxicated—lmpossible to Stop, Say Officials. Bt the Associated Press. NEW YORK, May 18.—Seventeen of the passengers of the Clyde liner Seneca, who were among those taken from the steamer when it went aground at Miami, Fla., last Sunday morning, upon their arrival here today, signed a statement charging that some of the crew were under the influence of liquor. The signed statement also charged that members of the crew donned life preservers ahead of the passengers, thereby causing much concern to the women on board. Although the statement criticized members of the crew, the Seneca's commander. Capt. B. W. Leek* was highly praised. A special train of Pullman cars brought 193 of the Seneca’s passengers to the Pennsylvania terminal. Statement Given the Press. F. A. Edwards of Brookline, Mass., gave newspaper men the statement, which read, In part: "We, the undersigned, being passengers aboard the S. S. Seneca, bound from Miami to New York, leaving May 15, at 4 p.m., hereby certify that the following statementsare true in the affair of the Seneca being in a sinking condition the night of May 15 and 16 and passengers being removed in lifeboats, to wit: "No. 1. Liquor sold openly on the Seneca. "No. 2. A portion of the ship s crew under influence of liquor. "No. 3. Men were taken ashore on large tug while many ladles were forced to use small lifeboats. “No. 4. Many members of crew In life preservers ahead of passengers, causing much concern to ladies.” Boys and Girls Drunk. After reading the statement, Mr. Edwards was asked: "What do you mean when you say ‘portion of ship’s crew under influence of liquor’?" "Waiters and bellhops,” he replied He also said a group of boys and girls boarded the liner intoxicated. Elbert B. Kip. traveling passenger agent of the Clyde Line, who returned with the party, when informed of the charges, said it was impossible to stop drinking among the passengers. He said that the Seneca never was in danger: that she went aground In only 7 feet of water and that there were any number of passengers he had spoken to who had praised the captain and crew of the liner. Some Take Exceptions. While Mr. Edwards was voicing his and other passengers’ complaints, others on the train took exception, but when asked for their names declined to reveal their identities. Those who signed the statement were: F. A. Edwards, temporary address. Hotel Commodore, New York: W. H. Orme, Atlantic City, N. J.; Mrs. W. H. Orme, Atlantic City, N. J.; C. E. Gregory. New Bedford, Mass.; Laura M. Newell, Lyndonville, Vt.; Edwin G. Reynolds, New Brunswick, N. J.; Mrs. B. S. Watson, Somerville, Mass.: Vera Betts, 1457 East Sixty-seventh street, Chicago; Mrs. O'Connor, New York City; John Allan, Troy, N. Y.; E. F. Doble, South Portland, Me.; J. A. Lawrence, Colts Neck, N. J.; Thelma Arter, Lisbon, Ohio; E. Schauble, Paterson, N. J.; Gladys M. Ward, 302 Garfield avenue, Salem. Ohio; Voncent Van Duyer, Warwick, N. Y.; Mrs. E. Doran, Tompkinsville, N. Y. OFFICIALS DENY CHARGES. Crew Was Sober and Stayed on Boat After Passengers Left, They Say. MIAMI, Fla., May 18 (*>).—Denial of charges by 17 passengers of the Clyde steamer Seneca Hoday that members of the crew were under the influence of liquor while the vessel was in distress were made today by President H. H. Raymond of the Clyde line and Capt. Byron W. Leek of the Seneca. "The charge that liquor was sold openly on the Seneca is preposterous," President Raymond declared. "No boat under my command will ever put to sea with a crew whose efficiency is impaired by liquor,” said Capt. Leek. Both said the women and children aboard the Seneca were the first to leave the ship, all occupying the life boats which were sent to Miami In the tow of a tug, the first craft to reach the distressed ship. tXlleials denied that members of the crew donned life preservers ahead of passengers and said that the crew remained aboard the ship. JAIL WING BILL PASSED AND GOES TO PRESIDENT House Adopts Conference Heport. Completing Congressional Approval of Addition. Congress completed Its approval of a new $300,000 wing to he used as a dormitory at the District jail when the House today adopted the conference report on this measure. This legislation resulted from an expose of overcrowded and insanitary conditions at the District Jail made by an Evening Star Investigator who had himself arrested and committed to Jail under the name of "Pete Martin. ’ so as to get first-hand information of conditions there that should be corrected. The action by the House today sends this measure to the White House for the President’s approval. Appropriation for this building is j expected to be included in the second deficiency appropriation bill now being drafted hv the House appropriations committee.

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