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Exttmtv Associated Pxtss 77 Strvut aRiati OAKIAND A1IB TICIHITY 0.n.rtliy fair toniht and Tuidy, but cloudy tonitat, moderate temperature, moderate northweit. arly winds. lemperaturt .Ma. B6, mln tt " " " R AINTAT.T. to 1 a ir - fait Hours .00 , 14 95 13.69 S0.4J United Press Ifermal to data!!!!ill"' Laat year to date VOL. CX THREE CENTS SUNDAY, TEN CENTS OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 29, 1929 E 36 PAGES NO. 118 . ". . . i a, a zi r i ri -i A r r I "II r. . 8 7 r ) ROLPH SHIP BLOWS IIP AT SEA, 17 DEAD Steamer With Cargo of Gaso line Explodes in Vicinity of Philippines; 12 of Crew Saved by Other Craft S. F. Vessel Viking Blown to Bits as Tire Reaches Tank; Rescue Boats Are Attracted by Flame, Smoke The lives of 17 seamen wer be Iteved to have been lost today when an explosion wrecked the San Fran eisco-owned steamer Viking In Philippine waters. Twelve ot th erew were saved. The vessel was owned by th Tnter-Island Steam Navigation rompany. organized a short tlm go by a group of San Francisco and Manila capitalists. Including Mayor James Bolph Jr. of San Francisco and his son, James Rolnh III. The latter was vice president of the company. It wa his first extensive business venture Meager cablegrams and radio messages received here today sketched a picture of the scene of horror that occurred on the Visa' yan sea, between Masbate and Cebu islands, when fire broke out' In the cargo of gasoline with which the ship was loaded. blows xre as crew SCRAMBLES FOR BOATS. Members of the crew were ap prised of the danger only by a pre limlnary blast that tore away the radio antenna and Is believed to have killed several men. Then, while the remaining mem hers ot the crew scrambled madly Into the lifeboats, the main cargo ignited with an explosion that waa said to have lifted the entire super atructure from the vessel. , i . Lifeboats and men were hurled pell-mell into the sea. From the steel hulk, which remained float lng for some time, flames rolled hundreds of feet into the air. And it was this column of fire that brought aid to the stricken survivors of ths crew. There had been no time to send out a distress signal of any kind before taking to the boats. - ' FREIGHTER SEES SMOKE, SPEEDS TO SCENE. The Swedish freighter Delhi, sighting the smoke, made for th scene at full speed, and found 1Z members of tha , crew floating among tha wreckage. Many of them were terribly burned. Later tha steamers City Of New castle and Maota Alio arriver, sum moned by the same- grim beacon. They aided tha Delhi in searching the sea, but were unable to find traca of any further survivors. Among the missing was Captain Charles O. Olsen, veteran mariner well known in San Francisco bay, tha Viking's master The survivors wsre taken to Manila for medical treatment. The Viking was one of four boats put into inter-Island service by the Inter-Island Steam Navlga tion company, which is a subsl. diary of other corpor-tlbns oper ating In the Philippines. Another boat, which would have increased the fleet to five, will sail from San Francisco bay within a few days, it was announced at the company's offices today. young ... Jlolph could - not be reached today. And Mayor Rolph was unable to say whether the viking would be replaced with an ether bottom. , -o- Four Killed in L. A. Traffic Accidents LOS ANGELES, April 28. P) Four dead, and six Injured, two of them perhaps fatally, was the toll taken by motor and traffic accidents tn tha metropolitan district today. Paul McDermott, 28, was killed when the car In which he and Dorothy Bhubon, 20, were sitting parked n Lookout drive, Beverly Hills, suddenly rolled over the embankment and plunged ISO feet' to the " eanyon below. Eye witnesses told police the automobile turned over . eight times. Miss Shubon escaped with minor cuts and bruises. Richard Vanderliock, 11, died of injuries received at Long Beach when he was struck by an automobile while riding his "scooter."'. D. E. West, 13, was found dead In safety sons at' West Ninth and Lake streets. Police believe he either fell from a street car or was struck down by a hit and run driver. Alfred Gandy died at Ma home after an automobile accident Alvln Thompson, 26, was hurled to Jthe road iiead Westminster when the motorcycle he was riding blew out a tire. Mellon Eligibility Quiz Brings Deadlock BT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WISE TO TRIBtWE WASHINGTON, April 29.--The senate Judiciary committee failed again today to reach a decision on the report of Chairman Norrls declaring Secretary Mellon ineligible to hold office, and adjournment was taken until tomorrow. Graf Zeppelin to Sail for U. S. May 15 FRIEDERICHSHAFEN, April J 9.i& Tha next flight of tha riirlgJbl Graf Zeppelin to the What Next? Friends of CONSTANCE BENNETT actress, recently divorced from PHILLIP PLANT, are wondering whether she plans to re-enter dramatic life. pIpjgjiI filiiiC SliSlj. sViili'hMsV'lr M .j 1 1 Deer ee Won FroniMillioiiairc, Divorcee Maps Plans for Future. NEW YORK, April 29. Specu lation was rife in theatrical and motion picture circles here today as to whether Constance, Bennett, the actress; who returned recently from Paris after being divorced from Phillip Plant, young millionaire, will re-enter dramatic life. ' Before sailing for -the United States, M,lss Bennett had intimated that she would not be averse to taking part again in pictures. Since returning here she has remained silent concerning her plans, however.- And- some of her friends recently have been hinting that she will seek activities other than those of tha stag of screen. , , Miss Bennett, who is the daugh ter of Richard .Bennett, married plant, heir to the $16,000,000 for tune ot colonel M. F. Plant, in 1925. It was her second matrlmon ial venture. Her first, in 1921, re suited in an-annulment. MURDER PLOT Wife and Lover Try to Kill Man With Mallet but - He 'Conies to Life.' MADISON, Wis., April 29 UP) case resembling the notorious Snyder-Gray murder, except that wooden mallet was substituted for a sash weight and the victim survived: the attack, was revealed today with confessions of Mrs. Rose Pope, SO, and Phil Polster, that, they had attempted to kill .Mrs. Pope's husband, John Pope, 38, a farmer, last Saturday Ight. Mrs. Pope and Polster pleaded guilty to murderous assault and were sentenced to 20 years each in prison. Porte re-covered consciousness In his farm yard vlilln his wife and her companion had gono for an automobile to remove Ills bod', and notified the authorities, who arrested Ills attackers. HIT HIM AGAIN"' WIFE URGED LOVER." . Authorities pieced together the sordid story from the confessions of Mrs. Pope and Polster, . and Pope's story of lying partly un conscious after the attack and hearing his wife -urge her companion to "give him one more to make sure." Mrs. Pope met Polster about a year ago when ha worked on a 'nearby farm. The uthorltles said she arranged a eeting.with him In Madison Satur day. She left her husband on the pre tense of shopping, she told the au thorities, met Polster and gave him tne Key to the Pope home, in which e concealed himself to await the couple's return. Mrs. Pope stated that when they arrived home she entered ths house while Pope put away the automobile. Polster, armed with the mallet and a bot tle of acid, was inside. HURLS THE ACIP IS HUSBAND'S FACE - According to the stories of the trio, Polster dashed the acid in Pope's face as the latter entered, then struck the blinded man on the head with the mallet. Mrs. Pope said Polster dragged, her husband's body into the farmyard, where Pope partly recovered consciousness to hear his wife urging Polster to strike again. Polster, Voc said, felt his pulse and decided he was still alive, so he struck him again. . Pope said tho couple left to obtain a car to dispose of his body. After a time he recovered consciousness and staggered to a store a quarter of a mile away where he notified authorities. Deputy -sheriffs arrested the couple when they had returned to to xa; HUSBAND REBEL CHIEF READY TO FLY .S. Escobar, Believed Prepared to Flee Country in Plane as Army Disintegrates '"Before Calles' Advance Forces in Sonora Surrender to Federals; War Minister Declares Organized Opposition ill' North Is Broken BY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE 10 TRIBUNE KOGAL.ES, Sonora, Mexico, April 29. The fate of the Mexican revolt was believed to be flying In an airplane with General Joso Gon-zalo Escobar, rebel commander-in-chief, today. Escobar loft her hurriedly last night. General Francisco Borquez, the rebel "spokesman," declared Esoobar had gone to load rebel troops against the federals advancing through Pulplto and Carretas passes. ,. Rumors were current here, however, that General Esoobar will take an airplane near C'ananea, Sonora, and fly either to El Paso, Texas, or Douglas, Ariz., to surrender himself to United States immigration officials.- In the latter event observers saw the last gasp of the rapidly dying revolt against the government. All the rebel anerals In Sonora were In a position to seek refuge In the United Stales on short notice, in case Escobar should declare the revolt ended. General Manuel Agulrre waa reported to - be the farthest from the border, somewhere in southern Sonora. General Hector 'Igaclo Almanda. Mexican rebel commander, applied at the United States Immigration office across the border from here this morning for admittance. Almanda! was an exile under orders from the Mexican government at the outbreak ot the revolution and had returned to Mexico to aid ths rebel cause. General Fausto Topete, commander of Mexican rebel forces on the west coast, arrived here today by automobile from Hermosillo, Sonora. .He was accompanied by Idolfo Ibarra Selliner, attorney, and Dr. Francisco Arrolla, chief surgeon of the rebel army. Tho surrender of BOO Mexican rebel troops under Colonel Miguel Guerrero, together with 18 machine guns, one 75 French millimeter gun and several hundred thousand rounds of ammunition, was reported this morning by federal authorities. The surrender occurred last night at Ortiz, Sonora, it was claimed. Reports had reached here that four Sonora ranchers had been executed by rebels, charged with burning a bridge 19 , kilometers south of Nogales. Federal Victory at Pulpito Pass Claimed EL. PASO, Tex., April 29. El Continental, Spanish language newspaper here, said Enrique IJek- ens, Mexican consul general here, received a radio message from Gen eral Juan A. Almazan, federal com mander, that his forces had routed the rebels at. Pulpito Pass and started a drive against Agua Prio.ta Sonora, rebel stronghold. The federal forces crossed the pass after the rebels had been bombarded from the air, the -message said, Sonora Cleared of . Rebels, Says Calles MEXICO CITY, April '29 W General X'lutarco Ellas Calles, Mexican minister of war, today considered the revolt in Sonora at an end, and the laat Mexican state cleared of organized resistance to the central government. In a message to President Portes Gil he detailed unconditional sur render of two groups of rebel sol diers, totaling 1000 men yesterday, and described disintegration of the rebel troops as they found retreat at almost every point blocked by federal soldiers.' ' Continued desultory guerilla warfare seems the prospect in Sonora for some little while as federal contingents pursus remnants of the rebel army into , mountain districts. ' But one other military-problem seems to face the administration of President Portes Gil, that being the suppression of the "Crlstero" or so- called religious rebellion in the states of Guanajuato and Jalisco. General Calles in his report said the last of the rebel armies had been driven north of the Rio Yaqui and that General Robert Cruz, one of the commanding officers of ths rebel west coast army, had fled to the mountains. Marines had been landed at Guaymas from-three federal gunboats there and were hold ing the city. . The federal gunboats in the har bor of Guaymas were said to haWi shelled rebel troop trains passing tne junction outside the c tv on their way northward toward tha border. Two Americans Escape Rebel Attack on Tram MEXICO CITY, April 29. G4) Two American sugar operators were telling friends today of escape from "crlsteros" or so-called religious rebels, who ' attacked : the Three Fliers Joy-Ride to Fiery Death In Air Crash L. A. Movie Men Laugh; Shout as Plane Spins to Earth and Burns. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE TO TRIBUNE I..OS ANGE1,ES. April 29. Three young men who said they were going out for an early Sunday morning aerial joy-ride are dead today. They were killed and cremated when the bl-plane In which they were taking the pleas- ure flight crashed and burned 1 n an oat field near Culver City. AY 1 1 11am Ham 11. Ovtatt, J r., 22, owner and unlicensed pilot of the plane; Ray Scott. 25-y e a r - old scenario writer, and Mack Flu- ker, 2 5 motion picture actor, were the dead. Oviatt was William OTIATT the on of a Falmouth. Mass., theatrical producer and nephew of Charlie Murray, motion picture actor,' All had been living -in Hollywood. The three young men took off from Rogers airport, where Oviatt kept his plane, at 6 o'clock "to lake a spin," according to Thomas Lof-tus, the watchman. "I didn't want to let them have the plane, hut Oviatt insisted," said Loftus. "They borrowed goggles, wheeled the ptane out onto the runway and flew away into the fog." HKAU YOUTHS LAUGH AS PLANE SPINS, About an hour later a group of Japanese gardeners heard a plane In the fog overhead. Then they said the plane suddenly roared out of the fog, its motor sputtering and the three men shouting and laughing. They believed the plane had come down in a spin with the motor off. At a low altitude Oviatt leveled it and gave It full throttle." - "One man. he lean out and wave," a Japanese gardener told police. "Then she hit." Flumes immediately enveloped the wreckage, and It was severa hours before the charred bodies of the three mh could be removed. Police identified the .bodies by piecing together charred Pards found near the plane, and by trao Ing an expensive roadster In which the trio had ridden to the airport. The car belonged to Scott's father, Scott, who leaves his parents. Dr. and Mrs. E. W. Scott; his widow, Mrs. Simmone Scott, and a 3-year old daughter, was warned by his widow two weeks ago not to fly in oviatt's plane, his mother said, WHITER WARNED BY FORTUNE TELLER. "Simmons went to a Clairvoyant two weeks ago and was told that Ray would meet his death in '(Continued on Page 2, Col. 3.) KILLED IN N.Y. " Thousands of Passengers in 1 rains Battle Rescuers, Trample Injured. NEW YORK, April 29. W) A steel train and a wooden one, jammed with between 2000. and 3000 office workers, collided on the elevated structure just above tha Tankee stadium today, killing four persons and injuring two-score, half of thenr seriously. ,Fire and panic .followed the crash, and for more than an hour police and firemen fought with frenzied men and women trampling each other in a wild scramble for safety. " The accidentia rear-end collision, occurred at the 167th street station, where the subway trains emerge from their underground tunnels and run on the same overhead tracks as the elevated railroad trains. The wooden train was an "h" train, and the steel one a subway train. . Both were filled with straphangers. The wooden train had halted on the signal to permit a subway train ahead of It to clear the station. The steel train came around a curve and coasted down grade, the motorman realizing the situation too late to avoid a crash. L. A. Street Car Fare Hearing Date Set "WASHINGTON, April 29. UP) The supreme court today advanced for hearing on October 21 next the appeal of the railroad commission of California and the city of Los Angeles seeking to prevent the Los Angeles railway from increasing its street car fare to 7 cents or four tokens for 25 cents.- Lindbergh Starts Flight to Washington ROOSEVELT FIELD, N. Y., April 29. Col. Charles A. Lindbergh left hers at 2:44 d. m. today for Washington. Ha was flying A H. OTIATT JR. FOUR ARMAMENT TROTZKY HAS CUT VETOED AT G EN EVA Envoys Adopt Principle of Limitation of Existing Land, Sea and Air Forces as Opposed to Reduction Soviet Envoy's Effort to Pare Armies and Navies From Present Minimum Status Meets Rejection BY ASSOCIATED VRESS LEASED WIRE TO TRIBUKE GENEVA. April 29. Limitation and not reduction ot arnied forces existing, land, sea and air, will be the guiding principle of the forthcoming disarmament conference under decisions taken today by the preparatory commission. After a discussion led by the Chilean minister. ,1. Valdcs-Men-dcville, the preparatory commission rejected an smendment by Soviet Ilussla to substitute the word "reduction" for. the word . "limitation" and likewise threw out another amendment which Maxim Lltvlnoff, SoUet vice-foreign commissar, quickly Introduced calling for "limitation and reduction." Tho Chilean delegate unequivocally opposed the Soviet amendments. Ho emphasized that the covenant of the League of Nations subordinated reduction lit armed forces to national security and the geographical and other special circumstances of the countries and approved mere limitation for states already too feebly armed. . PROJECTED TREATY AFFECTS ALL NATIONS. Ho declared that the commission was preparing s treaty which would be applicable to all nations under all nt!ngcncles. Chile jind other Latin-American countries had. not preferred this system as they favored instead regional agreements, . remarked M. Valdes-Mendevllle.- Nevertheless Chile was ready to cooperate undfr the present plan. But it must be remembered that the Latin-American states were in a situation differing from other world regions as the delegations of Brazil and AwntlnA already had pointed out, Ha feared that If the larger Latin-American nations failed to participate in the future con ference It would prove a great blow, but If the Latin-Americans were to be Induced to coma their regional needs , and geographical situation must be taken into account.-- - , - ' i. ; ; St ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 "' ' LEASED WIRE 10 TRIBUNE GENEVA, April 29. Divergent national- interests should work themselves to tho forefront of de liberations of tho preparatory disarmament conference in the next few days and mark still further lines of. cleavage drawn in last week's fight on trained reserves. The Chinese proposal for abolition of conscription and Russo- , German projects for reductions In war material and stocks most both be discussed and acted anon before the subject of most In-, torest to America Is reached that Is, naval disarmament. China contends that conscription leads to militarism. It is a view shared by most of the national del egatlons here but one so certainly to be opposed by most of continental Europe, France and Italy particularly, and Japan that the Slno proposal seemed, today to .be foreordained to rejection, perhaps with the sting removed by a parliamentary maneuver such as that in the tralned reserves disposal Saturday. Their dlscluslon 'as army effectives was ruled outside the scope of the preparatory commission's draft treaty. : i . - ,. GERMANY AND KCSSIA . UNITE TO CUT STOCKS. An ' alignment of Itcpublican Germany and Soviet Russia for reduction of' war materials and war stocks which they claim' . make It possible for armies to strike quick decisive blows has already appeared with . formidable opposition certain from Franco and Italy. A spokesman for France told newspapermen that . German in dustrial were already turning out great' quantities of steel tubes which could be used for cannon in the event of war. The-statement was made in advancement of the French contention that private en terprise can always lay up im mense stores of war material under the guise it is Intended for tne promotion of peaceful Industry. Conversely the French contend that countries . like Jugo-SIavia, possessing relatively few iron and steel Industries naturally would ac cumulate war stocks as a pre cautionary measure against the day when the closing of their frontier would make importations' of war material impossible. FRANCE AND ITALY LEAD OPPOSITION. ' France and Italy particularly will oppose any great reduction of war stocks and - materials. Germany, bound by ths treaty of Versailles against accumulation, and Soviet . Russia will Insist, the preparatory commission's draft treaty make specific mention of such reductions. The present attitudes of America and Great Britain have not been made known. In connection with approaching discussion of naval problems the suggestion has been broached her that the time is not' far distant when ths League farther, must ifcgSSgqg S3 ES 2 2tr ONLY FOR WORLD Former Soviet Leader Exiled in Constantinople Bitter , Against Germany for Its Refusal to Admit... Ili.m Russian Foes Blamed for Bar by Teutons; New World Conflict Within 10 Years Predicted ; Health Periled Rv rnlSCILLA KING Associated Tress Staff Correspondent CONSTANTINOPLE. April 29. Within the frail walls of a tiny while house on the outskirts of Constantinople paces the man who not so long ago the world seemed too small to contain. 'Leon Trotsky. Filled Bolshevist chieftain, partner of Lenin, has lost another fight. The Gcr-man door ho longed to entpr has been slammed In his face and be has nothing loft but t settle in his present obscure and hated corner. . Time may Inculcate In the fiery, embittered Bolshevist that Oriental resignation which .permeates the land of his exile, and the world may yet have tho picture ot a T rotzky dutcetly dreaming v.of the past over innumerable cups ot thick Turkish coffee. HURLS INVECTIVES AT RUSSIA, GERMANY". The present finds him furiously unreslgned. Hurling invectives at Stalin, who 'threw him out of Kus-sia, and the Germany that turned him down, he stares from his narrow window not at the mansion of the Egyptian princess across from his little house uor at the Turkish beer factory around the corner, nor at the barren, monotonous Thraclan hills beyond, but upon a world grown wild and terrible. He sees, ho has told Interviewers, a world drenched again in war, a war. originating In Anglo-American rivalries, and he gives modern civilisation not move than ten years before that war will sweep it into tho dustbin of dead epochs. Bitter-ly be sees Stalin as traitor to the principles of Lcnln from which he vows that he lias not swerved and will never swerve a ' halrs-brcadth, even though his life 'hangs by that hair. With bitterness that almost blinds him. he sees Germany traitor, to "democracy's right of asylum," ss his own phrase puts It, and raps out to the. press of the world his biting sarcasm. "Ger many, It appears, did not find me In i sufficiently dying condition to grant me admission. The point at stake, apparently, was not the right of asylum, but the right of burial." BLAMES SOVIET FOR GERMAN BAR. That Germany's decision to bar him was Influenced by Moscow, is clearly his opinion. Moscow wishes him to remain 'in Constantinople for much the same reason that he himself wishes to be almost anywhere else. Trotzky has informed his Turkish hosts in no mincing terms that h'e is an unwilling guest. He might be a Robinson Crusoe minus even a man Friday on a desert isle, for all the companion- shin, nolitlcallv speaking, that exists for' him here. Turkey, adamantly opposed to the slightest stirring of com-' munlsflo propaganda within Its ' borders, will never allow Constantinople to become a mecca for pilgrim Trotzkyists, and none exist here. Intellectually, as well as polltl-eajly-tha exile Is stranded here because of his Ignorance of the Turkish language and his imperfect knowledge of French.' He has here neither the command of the language nor the, coterie that made Germany ' his preferred place of exile. . health: periled in .constantinople. Moreover, his desire to flee Constantinople is motivated by concern for his health. While his fight for a German visa was being waged, he instructed his intermediary in Berlin, .Dr. Kurt Rosenfeld, to make clear his willingness to sub mit his physical condition to the examination of German medical experts, as a support to his claim that he desired to enter Germany not for political purposes but for urgently needed medical care. He sgreed also: to leave Germany immediately upon termination of the necessary medical treatmont. He believes that the damp, changeable, debilitating .climate of Constantinople is aggravating his Ill- health. Thus menaced physically and mentally, by Moscow's planting of him hers, Trotzky has been des perately seeking during the past two, months for escape, which may corns through attempts he will soon. make to enter countries other than Germany. Esce.pe may come with a pistol shot, for despite the careful protection of Turkish police; and his own care to remain as unnotlceable as possible here, the possiblll'y of an attack , upon his person by one of the many half-erazed White Russian refugees in this city, lurks round the corner' Of his present life. i i , t Assistant Treasurer Of U. S. Nominated BT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE TO XKIBOTTt WASHINGTON, April 29. George- O. . Branes of Pennsylvania iteisaus - ffiMlw Jffai states, VENOM New Alcohol Minus 'Kick9 Made From Oil Waste Rectifying Isopropyl for Bootleg, Impossible, Savs Scientist. By HOWARD W. BLAKESLEY, A.tociated fretl Science Editor. COLUMBUS, Ohio, April ;9. An alcohol without any exhilarating "kick" produced as in Incident In the development of a new chemical industry, was described here on the eve of the seventy-seventh annual convention of the American Chemical society. Professor James F. Morris, former president of the society and director of the chemical research laboratories of the Massachusetts institute of the chemical resarch Institute of technology, told of the Industry and incidentally of the new alcohollo substance, SLBSTITI TE FOR ETHYL ALCOHOL SEEN. Tills alcohol, entirely diferent from the brands that man has known well for many thousands of years. Is a product ot petroleum, one of the first results obtained from research that aims at using oil WHStes as a raw material to make all sorts of useful things In addition to lubricants and gasoline. Chemists, said Dr. Norrls, already have produced the alcohol under the name of Isopropyl. They are now studying It actively to extend lis Industrial applications, especially to find out whether it can be substituted for grain or Ethyl alcohol. DISCOVERY HELD USELESS AS TIPPLE. "It Is a substance unlike other alcohols," said Dr. Norris. "Its physiological effect on human beings is different. It produces no exhilaration, but has a deadening effect. If It can be developed sufficiently it may enable us to get away from that now large section of bootlegging that lives by rectifying denatured alcohols. "We are at the beginning of use of former wastes of petroleum as raw material. Chemists are ,ixperi-menting In taking rather cheap substances from these wastes and converting them into things of considerable value, .thereby Increasing wealth. I think it can be shown that a large part of our present .prosperity goes back to research of this kind, whlon scarcely existed In this country before the war. "Coal has been an outstanding example of making hundreds of every day articles from by-proa ucts. It Is possible that petroleum may supplant coal In importance." Wife of Chiropractor Over come by Fumes While Asleep in Home. . PIEDMONT, April S9. Mrs. Marie C. Stiles, li t Wildwood ave nue, died from asphyxiation this morning. She was killed when she Inhaled gas that poured from an unllghted heater In her bedroom while she lay sleeping. fir. W. E. Stiles, Oakland chiropractor, her husband, expressed the belief that she was the victim of an accident. She had no reason to wish to end her life, he said". He added that it was her habit to sleep with her door locked, and that often she would arise In the morning, turn on tho heater, jfffA return to her bed while the room warmed. She was found In bed, uncon scious, by Stiles when he broke through her locked door this morning after becoming alarmed by the odor of gas and her failure to respond to his knock. When first aid treatments failed to revive her. he called for an inhalator. Policemen Lee Newell and P. J. Peterson ot Oakland and members of the Piedmont fire department responded and worked over her desperately for more than an hour, but were unable to bring her back to consciousness. Mrs. Stiles nearly lost her life Just nine years' ago today, when she took poison in the belief It was a headache remedy. She then applied at the Oakland Emergency hospital for treatment under, an assumed name, but later admitted her identity. Besides her husband, she Is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Walter Young, of Berkeley. Hammer Murderer Reenacts L.A. Killing PASADENA April 29 John L. Howard, confessed slayer, today re-enacted the murder of his business partner, Victor Cooley, the night of April 16. In custody of police, he went to the apartment in which he and Cooley lived and showed the" manner in which he beat Cooley to death with a hammer. A second "confession" detailing a series of parties, marriage proposals and an intimate friendship with Mrs. Pearl Cooley was signed today by Howard, po!lee said. Forest Fire Sets Off Buried Shells " MULHOUSE, France. April 29. W) The noise of bursting shells buried during the war in the old battlefield of Hartmans-Wlller-kopf has marked the progress of a grest forest tire which already has destroyed vegetation over nearly 109 acres. Despite the efforts of the village fire departments, it was still, spreading today. . So far Is -fisaal!ie'feM- fe?a cpori4 GAS IWD BY WOMAN FATAL VOTE SOUGHT BY FRIDAY ON FARM BILL McNary Appeals to , Senate for Final Action This Week ; Debenture Clause Must Be Disposed of House Agriculture Committee Approves Four Measures to Augment and Aid Relief Legislation' BT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE TO TRIBUNE WASHINGTON, April 29. Final action on the farm relief bill by Friday waa asked in the Senate today by Chairman McNary, of tha agriculture committee. A vote on the bill, however, is-not In prospect before that -time. ;f It will be necessary to dispose of " the export debenture clause befors a ballot can be taken on the bill Itself, and a vote on that clause " Is to be preceded by action on the Norrls amendment to provide for , reduction of debenture rates when- , ever overproduction of 'affected; crops is threatened. : ' i . HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES FOUR BILLS.. ' ... Proceeding toward the passage of legislation expected to augment and aid the farm relief bill, the House agriculture committee today ( approved four measures relating to -agriculture. , '-.A u The bills Included the Haugen. measure to change tha definition; of oleomargarine; another Haugen" bill to make various changes in ths federal warehouse act; tha Mapes bill to reestablish minimum stand--' ards for canned farm products;' and the Ketcham bill to provide for the assignment of representatives of the department of agriculture to1 foreign service. ; . -, RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR , MEASURES SOUGHT. The committee plans to ask ths House rules committee to give the: measures legislative right-of-way in the hope that they may be con-' etdered on the floor either tomcr-r row or Wednesday. All four'ot, ths bills were Introduced at the last session. .: 'At the same time the agriculture cornmlttee referred to a sub-committee for consideration,, ths Vlnf son bill to regulate trading on cot. ton exchanges and the Fulmer bill to provide for the. use of net wmgius aitu mo Biajiuaruizuuua cotton bale. . , In addition to winding t up- Its'' farm relief debate, the senate also i had hopes of sndlng, foivthe time being at any rate, the daily discussion of religious differences' -by acting on the resolution of Senator Heflin, Democrat, Alabama, condemning the attack made on him after his Ku Klux Klan speech last -month at Brockton, Mass. Heflin, ;; charging that "Roman Catholic influences" were inspiring opposition ' to his resolution, announced his Intention Friday to speak today on the "Roman Republican conspiracy in the United States Senate." ' . MELLON QUESTION " ' C VENDING IN SENATE. ' ' ; The question of Secretary Mel. . Ion's right to hold office, mean- : while, was hovering over the senate and was regarded as certain to create a commotion on tha floor sooner or later. The senate judiciary committee waa called upon again today to confront its differ-ences over the report prepared, by' Chairman Norris, declaring that an, old statute forbidding the Secretary ot the Treasury to be interested in trade or commerce makes Mel-ion's service in the cabinet Illegal. With a close division . on the'' question apparent in the committee after its failure to adopt a report last week, Chairman Norrls made It clear that his : views would , be v placed before the senate as a minority report it tho majority ;re' jocted them. The differences cen--ter'on the extent to which a stock- ' holder in corporations is to be considered as being, interested' in -trade or commerce... Search for Missing . Plane on Desert Fails NEEDLES, Cat.,' April 29. OP). Searching - parties scouring the) . desert and the banks of the Colo- rado river for an airplane reported to have fallen nine miles north! of Needles near Lake , Tapla -yes terday afternoon, had . found trace of a missing plane early to. . day. Tha San Bermrdino Sun announced receipt of an uncon firmed report that the plane .was a Fokker, and the pilot's nams Moorehead." - - ! . King Confers Honor, On General Booth LONDON. April 29. Kins George today ordered conferred on; Gen. . BramweJl Booth, "deposed commander-in-chief of the Salvation Army, the order of "Companion of Honor." The order carries' no -title or precedence, but ranks after the first class of the "Ordee of the British . Empire," ' Only si limited number . of awards . hav been mads, going to members cJ both sexes. .. , . r- i . 33 -Carat Diamond Brings 2660 Potzr ' ; KIMBERLEY. ; Cap of C, Hope. April 29. UPh A mate t cent diamond weighing i3 ci-which was found at Barkly v brought . 3660 today, or (approximately $400 a f This was believed to-cony'"' secord, pr5 reckoned iMtZ; a

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