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PLATTSBURGH DAILY PRESS \For Pittsburgh and Clinton Comity, First, Last and Always\ VOL. XXXVI No. 131 N. Y., Thursday, January 22, 1O.S1 PRICE THREE CENTS WICKERSHAM REPORT CHURNS UP NEW BATCH OF CONTROVERSY Varying Conclusions For Revision, Repeal And Reten- tion Of Eighteenth A mendment Brings Forth Resolution To Inquire If Commission Had Been Unduly Influenced Into Changing Its Opinion At Last Minute — Tydings Calls For Senate Inquiry — Dry Organizations To \Rally To Standard President Has Raised\ Submits Dry Law Reports to Hoover WASHINGTON, Jan, 21 </P)—The Wickersham report with its vary- ing conclusions for revision, repeal and retention of the Eighteenth Amendment churned up a new batch of controversy today and brought forth a resolution to in- quire if the commission had been unduly influenced into changing its opinion at the last minute. Senator Tydings of Maryland, a Democratic anti-prohibitionist, in- troduced a measure calling for a senate inquiry to determine how the commission arrived at its \con- flicting conclusions\ and' whether advice -was received from outside. Reports that the president had intervened brought a thirty-word statement of denial from Chair- man Wickersham. Immediately af- terward he locked his doors to newspapermen. \Late in the day, however, a two paragraph statement was issued at the officese of the commission call- ing \wholly without foundation\ statements that the president had caused the commission at the last moment to abandon some of its recommendations. \At no time has the president in any manner attempted to influence the recommendations of this com- mission,\ it said. The statement said suggestions that the report had been changed Biter it was signed were \wholly false.\ At the White House it was said there would be no statement on •he matter, either of denial or of affirmation. The combined commission report, signed by ten of the eleven mem- bers, set forth a draft of a sug- gested revision of the amendment with an \if\ in front of it and a statement that the members were divided in opinion. Six of the eleven, however, said in their appended statements that they favored either revision or re- peal and at least two referred to revision as if the full commission was understood by them to approve of it. A silence as baffling as that which hid the long deliberations of the commission shut out any peep into the manner by which the conclusions were drawn up. In Richmond, Henry W. Ander- son, who presented a proposed sub- Ititute for the present system of prohibition, said the report as a Whole \favors modification of the 18th amendment.\ Judge William S. Kenyon, in St. Louis, issued a statement joining Chairman Wickersham in denying that Mr, Hoover had influenced the commission in formulating its re- port. Ml.... also centered around the political effect of the president's definite stand against repeal or revision. Statements came from two prohi- bition organizations saying thpse favoring prohibition would \rally to the standard which the president has raised.\ One, fro mthe Board of Tempei'- ance, prohibition and public morals of the Methodist Episcopal church, said the president \has aligned him self squarely behind the American home.\ The other, from Mrs. Ella A. Boole, president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, said his message removed \all doubt of where he stands on prohibition and at one courageous stroke has ral- lied behind him the united strength of the drys of America.\ Sepator Fess of Ohio, speaking as an individual and not ar. chairman, of the Republican National commit tee, indicated he expected Mr. Hoover's stand on the Wickersham report to be his stand in the pre- sidential campaign next year. He added, however, that he had not discussed the report with the pre- sident. The same constructions were plac ed upon the president's message by a Democratic senator, Walsh of Massachusetts. Walth is opposed to Jrohibition. The house, standing on the edge of a controversy over increasing the personnel of the prohibition en forcemenfc bureau, received a reso- lution from Representative LaGuar dia of New York, an anti-prohibi- tionist, calling for a congressional investigation \to give the public the whole story\ of prohibition. The New Yorker also introduced a measure to amend the constitu- tion to give Congress the power to regulate liquor traffic. Senator Smoot of Utah, a Repub lican prohibitionist, opposed a plan to lodge such power in Congress. He said if prohibition proved unen- forseable, he would be willing to consider a plan for government control but that the question should be kept out of politics. The resolution introduced by j Senator Tydings said: \Whereas the confusion and con- tradictions embodied in the report of the Wickersham commission on prohibition are puzzling to mem- bers of Congress who may be call- ed on to enact legislation carrying out some of its recommendations: therefore be it \Resolved that the judiciary com mittee of the senate be instructed to invite Chairman Wickersham to appear before it and to make a fur ther statement, explaining the ms- thod by which the apparently con- tradictory conclusions and recom- mendations were arrived at; and also, whether suggestions were re- ceived and acted upon by the com- mission in framing its final report from authorities who were not members of the commission.\ The Maryla-uder observed that \unfortunately after the commis- sion has spent two years and $500,- 000 we are just where we were.\ IN DEFENSE OF To Senate Com. •HELPED TODRAFT IT WIRE BRIEFS NEW YORK, Jan. 21 Wj—Inves- tigation into affairs of the closed jbank of United States developed | testimony today that- $8,000,000 ol the bank's funds was loaned to two affiliates of the institution without knowledge of at least one member of the board of directors. The Bank of United States has no con- nection with the federal govern- ment. HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 21 (/P)-~ Aged Jurist Makes Vigorous Plea i A biu callin S for re P eal oi ttl s For American | state enforcement act was intro- Parlkipation I duced i n the House of Representa- j tives today. The measure was of- fered by a Democrat and was ex- pected to gain little support among WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 I/Pi—Eli- hu Root told the Senate Foreign , Relations committee today that thc | Republicans, who constitute a ma- With ceSrly two years of investigation into (lie nation's prohibition pro- blem at an end. George W. Wickershnri. 72-ycsir-nld chaiiman of the Law Enforcement Commission, isiliov..' '.-'!•:• in Washington as he tonk a final glance r.x, the loni-av.ailed, SO. J .-word report which has been bitt k g iled, submitted to Prailtk'iit Hcavui. The tt l h p guarded document, its con- he enRiuly guarded document, its con tents long shrouded m rcrocy. is expected to have much influence on iutiu't' ory law WKEERSHAK URGE PUBLIC B LOGS PLAN IS APPROVED By House Public Buildings Committee EXPEND $145,000,000 Will Permit Gov't To Carry Out Ten-1'car Construction Pro- gram In Five Years WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (/Ph- A $145,000,000 public buildings pro- gram was approved today by the house public buildings committee as a move toward accelerating em- ployment and permitting the gov- ernment to carry out a ten-year construction program in five years. The administration's proposal for a $100,000,000 increase in the pro- gram would permit the construc- tion of many federcl buildings in cities where quarters are leased and government facilities inadequate. In approving the Kelly bill to authorize $45,000,000, the commit- tee made provision for purchasing and construction buildings for branch offices, garages and other postal facilities in cities already supplied .with federal buildings. In urging early favorable action on the administration program at hearings before the committee to- day, Assistant Secretary Heath uf the treasury, said the $100,000,000 would increase the program outside the District of Columbia to $H5. 000,000. He added, however, that it would be augmented should the treasury be able to dispose of o'd j postofficcs and .site.s valued nl $54,000,000. Since the Iiu5t survey ol' postol- fice facilities in 1910, Heath said, many federal buildings had become congested due to parcel post de- mands and increase in court busi- ness. The postoffice department. h> GIRL STUDENT i AT UNIVERSITY STATEMENT! OFTULSASHOT Denies Presidential folia- DaEgerotfsly Wounded By iWife Of revised protocol for American ad- herence to the world court preserv cd unimpaired the reservation sti- pulated by the Senate five years ago. For almost three horv, Ameri- ca's 86-year old jurist and states- man explained and defended the re vised protocol which he helped to draft at the suggestion of Calvin Coolidge to break the deadlock ex- isting between this nation and oth- er powers over the Senate's reser- vations. Mr. Root concluded his analysis with a vigorous plea that America participate in the court as a con- tribution to the future peace of the world. After making an uninterrupted statement of more than two hours, Mi'. Root submitted to questions by doubtful committee members. He parried with his interrogators wil- lingly and only once did the throng of women break the injunction of silence which Chairman Borah had j jority in both chambers. BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 21 M>) — A 16-mile wide strip of snow to- night showed where another of the freak snow storms prevalent in this section during the present winter swept eastward and north- ward across western New Torts, missing Buffalo entirely but spread ing 18 inches of snow over its suburbs. WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., Jan, 21 UP) —Amanuel A. Schwarz, a for- mer Democratic member of the state assembly, died tonight aE the age of 83, after an illness of throe months. Surviving are three sons, three daughters, two sisters and a bro- ther. GOVERNOR IN FAVOR OF DRY LAWCHANGE Unofficially Expresses Ap- proval Of Legislation TWO BILJJOFFERED Measures Designed To Memoral- ise Ccngrcss To Act On Abo- lishing 1 Volstead Act MAGISTRATE CORRIGAN HAS SURPRISE Finds On His Hands 48 Al- legedly Wayward Girls FROMIEDFORD Judge Had Hope Test Case Would Be Made; Undecided As What To Do NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (#)—Chief Magistrate Oorrigan, much to his surprise and consternation, found on his hands today 48 allegedly wayward girls, eleven of whom had infants in their arms. Wiithout knowledge of the ma- gistrate, the girls W ere brought to Democratic leaders of the legisla-1 New York from the Bedford re- ALBANY, N. Y, Governor Roosevelt Jan. 21 ijipj— tonight unof- ficially expressed his approval of legislative measures directed at a change in the prohibition law. His remark was made in connec- tion with discussion of the intro- duction today of resolutions by two. OTTAWA, ont., Jan. 21 (/P) — Albertic Taupier, convicted of murder in the slaying of Kenneth Burke, hotel man of Metic Beach, imposed. iQue., and sentenced to hang next Senator Reed, Republican. Penn- I Friday, was ordered committed to .-.ylvania, who said he ha.s not de- j an insane asylu mtoday. tcrmincd his attitude on the modi- fied world court protocol. Led in E J i \ c \ \'\'\\' UUL11 ' ' 1J1UWUU1 - ijUU \M WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 Employer, the examination given Mr. Root, a amendment to the first deficiency form etr f stat ad for \ABSOLUTELY FALSE\ ; ON COLLEGE CAMPUS s diy I former secretary of state and for- appropriation bill to provide $1,465- j mer member of the senate. J 000 Xor rc p n i rSi alterations and im- Statement Made In Answer Telegrams From Newspapers WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 UP) Wile Of Tulsa. Architect snoots j Miss Charlcic Caudcll Twice .. .^ , t, TULSA, Okla., Jan. 21 </O — A The Wickersham commission to- i woman student at the University night issued a statement calling cf Tulca was shot and dangerous- \wholly without foundation\ and ly wounded on the college campus \absolutely false\ statements that today by the wife of her former the president had influenced the , employer. Reed expressed doubt that the re vised protocol had not impaired the reservation of the_ senate trmti t ~d\ a y by senator provements at the United States Military Academy was introduced the world court should not render an advisory opinion in an contro-. versy which the United States has, or claims to have, an interest crat, New York. formation of parts of its report. Driving up behind Miss Charlcie The statement .'••aid tho report ! Caudell, 28, as she was parking her had not been changed after it automobile, Mrs. Asbury Endacott, was signed. | wife of a Tulsa architect, left her The statement said that \at no time has the president in any man- ner attempted to influence the rec- ommendations of this commission.\ car and fired two shots from a pis- tol at Mias Caudell. One bullet entered the girl's right lung and the other her left side. Miss Caudell was secretary to It said Uatements to this effect: En «acctt when he was city water had been published \in certain \ commissioner, newspapers\ and that telegrams! m ' s - Enciacot t was arrested at received by members of the com- mission had suggested the report! the scene of the shooting. Officers said she told them she had at- might have been changed after the tempted repeatedly \to persuade members had signed their names Miss Caudell to leave my husband to it. a)one \ \This morning I got to thinking These telegrams, sent by \various about it all\ Mrs. Endacott was newspapers,\ the statement said, j quoted, \and I decided to see her. also suggested \that such changs'I meant to a&k her to leave my was made at the suggestion of the J husband alone. president.\ These suggestions were 'absolutely false.\ The statement said: \The attention uf the chairman and members of the National com- mission on law observance and en- forcement ha.s been drawn to state- ments in certain newspapers that! ! \I saw her parking her car and declared I parked nearby. I walked over j toward her as she was alighting from her car. She saw me and an iron bar and I took my pistol and shot her.\ | County authorities said the filing of charges against Mrs. Endacott j would bs held up pending develop- the president had persuaded this ments in Miss Caudell's condition. cemmissio nto fibnnrlon at the lastj SnO rtly before Endacott's term moment recommendations for the' as water commissioner expired last revision of the 18th nmendmenl., sprlngi Mrs _ Endacott had an al- These statements are wholly with- Nation with Miss Caudell. En- out foundation. At no time has the terlng her nusbanc l president in any manner attemp- : Enclacolt struck lhe ted to influence the recommenda- tions of this commission. tering her husband's office. Mrs. young woman this government. Mr. Root replied that under the new court rule the United States ' has an \absolute veto power\ over! advisory opinion affecting it. Reed said Mr. Root took a broader view then, than that held by Secretary Stimson. Mr. Root expained that two ob- stacles stood in the way of accep- tance by other powers of the sen- ate's reservations regarding advis- ory opinions. \First he said, \in the asking of advisory opinion of the court, the assembly and the counsel of the League of Nations would be obliged to proceed in ignorance of the at- titude of the United States. It would throw doubt and delay around all proceedings. \Second there was ignorance on the part of the counsel of the oth- er powers as to the meaning of the term impended in the reservation. There was ignorance as to the scope the United States would give to the term 'interests'.\ \The problem presented to the negotiators of the protocol now be fore you was how to secure accep- tance of that reservation without permitting interference with t he regular, ordery business of the League of Nations. That is the purpose of this protocol.\ Today's was the only hearing contemplated by the Foreign Rela- tions committee on the world court. The committee has voted to defer consideration until next Decem- ber. BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 21 mi dmitting thefts, by forgery and misappropriation of collections al- leged to total more than $10,000, William E. Emerson, 30, an insur- ance salesman, today was sentenc- ed to the penitentiary for one year. ! with a telephone after accusing [her of stealing Endacott's affec- TOM MIX DENIEC CH'tRGE MADE BY ZACK MILLER •\Further Mi^vcstiuiis embudicd in, 11>s ' — l?gram.i received by member.-, of' ~ ~ ~ ' this commission lrom various new.s' —.__ * I »t r i»r rkr , /1 ( I1rlT « papers to the effect that, a cha.v;. Bits IJNLXPECTEDLY was made in the report, r.fler it; was signed, and that such ehanu» i j was made at the sir-ivlion of the present, aru absolutely fnlse.\ LOS ANGELES, Jan 1!1 I.J'I—Mrs. I his Oklahoma much as a ERIE. Pa.. Jan. 21 t/Pt— Tom Mix denied on the witness stand today the charge of Zack T. Miller in a $325,000 breach of contract suit IN APFRATiwr pnnm that lle ever aareeci t0 join Miller ' s Hi UifiiliMlliU KUU1V1 101-Raneh shows. Miller testified , . [Monday that Mix once worked on Dude jMaurlF Erauton. 4.1. chino, Calif., I Cowboy\ for (34 a week, but in pecl nils' in a hospital op- W2S made and broke a promise to appear with Miller's circus at $10. added, was dcsirou.s oi\ ipdpral apace fnr lai W no.'.lal units r ™ ti 'W \>™i today when gases now in \expoiwive cn'ed nunrlL-r.s.\ :forced into her liui E s exploded. .000 weekly. He estimated there v.viv -2S .such' An abnormal amount of static The former Him star, now with project:., which woukl c,\it u Intnl p 'rctricity in tlv air is believfcl by tile Rlnirlmir Circus interests, te.sti- of $130,000,001). ! Dr - A - *\• Wagner, county autopsy Bed that Miller once offered to pay j.'iiiT.-'iin. tu have ignited the com-1 him $1,000 \every time the sun Chairman Elliott ol the commit-, biuation of ether, oxygen and nl-' set\ to head a cowboy troupe in tee said he would press fnr early j trous oxide. The patient's lungs [the 101 shows, but said the matter House action mi thr> bills. were ruptured.' never passed the discussion stage. WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (JP) — Charges that the Nye campaign funds committee had supervised and influenced senatorial elections last Fall were made and denied in the Senate today during debate on the Norris resolution to extend tha committee's power to seize ballot boxes of those elections. ALBANY, N. Y.. Jan. 21 (jpj — Governor Roosevelt today signed the Dun more bill extending the life of the St. Lawrence Power Devel- opment Commission to give it time to draft proposed legislation in connection with the project. ALMA RUBENS DIES FROM PNEUMONIA IC>3 ANGELES, Jan. 21 iVP) — Alma Rubens, former motion pic- ture actress, died tonight from pneumonia, after 60 hours of un- consciousness. Death came unexpectedly at 7:40 p. m., after three physicians had announced two hours pre- viously Miss Rubens had shown some slight improvement during the day. At. the bedside were her mother, Mrs. Theresa Rubens and her sis- ter, Mrs. Hazel Large of Madera, Cal. LAKE PLACID MAN SUES FOR $50,000 BURLINGTON, Vt, JfUl. 21 (/Pi —Nine witnesses testified in behalf of Philip Delorias of Lake Placid. N. Y., today at the opening of tri- al of his suit for $50,000 against the Green Mountain Power Com- pany. Delorias seeks compensa- tio nfor injuries when he came in contact with a power wire. Delorias alleges he was forced to undergo several operations as a result of the accident and that a part of his skull was replaced with steel plate. ture designed to memoralize Con- gress to act on abolishing the Vol- stead Act and to take steps toward repealing the 18th amendment it- self. The resolutions followed close- ly the report of the Wickersham commission and mentioned in their preambles that report. The governor was informed by newspapermen of the introduction of the resolutions by Senator Ber- nard Downing and Assemblyman Irwin Steingut, the minority lead- formatory for rehearing on the le- gality of their commitments. Tes- timony before the appellate inquiry into magstrates' courts has •< been that they were committed on> their pleas of guilty, without trial, an allegedly illegal procedure. Laughing and chatting as though on a frolic, the girls, all of whom are under 21, were placed in the detention cell at women's court and startled court attaches hur- ried to the chief magistrate with er of the two Houses, and asked if t n e news. He declared the under- '\ \'\\ \ he had conferred with either of them. He said he had talked with one of them about the matter last fall. Asked if he approved of pro- cedure such as the resolutions, the governor said: \Anything that is constitutional and carries out the party platform is all right with me.\ Tho platform, expressed at the Syracuse convention last, fall and also outlined by the governor in a' letter to United States Senator Rob I ert F. Wagner, Democrat, New York, calls for repeal of the prohi- bition law. return of liquor regu- lation to the individual states and the prevention of the return of the saloon. standing was the girls were to be kept at, the reformatory until after a conference tomorrow when the procedure to be followed was to be determined. He said it had been hoped to have a test case to decide the legal status of all the cases. With the girls on his hands, how ever, the chief magistrate set about disposing of them. All were formally arraigned , on charges of being wayward minors to permit their freedom on bail, but the Magistrate expressed doubt that any of them would be able to furnish bonds. Placing his own au- tomobile at their disposal, he sent those with babies to charitable in- identical resolutions were intro-'] stltution s for the nl B*t and the •duced in both HOIK.CS by Senator , ^f^'»«« women's ward of Bernard Downing and Assembly- man Irwin Steingut, the minority leaders. One resolution would mem- oralize Congress for the immediate ) enactment of legislation repealing the Volstead law and the initiation of federal le<V. ation to bring about repeal of the Eighteenth Amend- ment. The other resolution appeals to Congress to call a national con- stitutional convention for the re- peal of the Prohibition Amend- ment. The resolution asking for the re- peal of the federal enforcement statutese is based in part upon the WickerEham commission report. It sets forth: 'Whereas the report of the Na- tiona commission of law observ- ance and enforcement, made pub- lic after an exhaustive and assisu- ous study of the prohibition situa- tion in the United States, declares that the prohibitions contained in the Eighteenth Amendment to the constitution of the United States, and in the laws enacted by Con- gress in pursuance thereof, or in at tempted pursuance thereof, are not being adequately observed or enfor- ced and Whereas the ineffective observ- ance and enforcement of such pro- hibitions continues to exist despite the lapse of over a period of ten years and despite the enactment of legklatio nimposing more stringent penalties for violations of such pro hibitions and appropriating increas ed sums of money for the attemp- ted enforcement thereof and 'Whereas it is the sense of this legislature and of the people of the state of New York that such pro- hibitions are subbersive of the fundamental and basic rights ol the people and tends to create in them distrust for all laws and order, now. therefore, be it \Resolved that the Congress of the United State be and it is here- by respectfully memoralizcd to en- act the immediate repeal of the laws ntloptod by it in pursuance of the Eighteentht Amendment to the constitution of the United States of America and to institute such pro- ceeding;, as may be necessary look ing toward the ultimate repeal of the amendment itself.\ The resolution also called upon the New York representatives in Congress to \use all efforts in their power to secure the repeal\ of the amendment and tho enforcement women's ward of Harlem prison. Court attaches expressed concern as to the ultimate fate of the girls should they eventually be freed, as few of them have homes. Chief Magistrate Corrigan said he did not know on whose orders the girls were sent to New York, but said he assumed it was on the order of Attorney General Bennett. He- declared he told the attorney girls from the reformatory pending girls fro mthe reformatory pending a decision on procedure. ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 21 (IP) —At torney General Bennett said to- night that he refused yesterday a request of Chief Magistrate Corri- gan of New York city that he delay the return of 48 allegedly wayward girls from the Bedford reformatory to New York county for reconsider- 'ation of their cases. The attorney general said it was 'not within the province of the at- torney general to advise delay in the due performance of the duties prescribed for the institutions gov- erned by the state charities law.\ statutes. Although phrased In somewhat different language so as to include reference to the Wickersham re- port, the Downing-SteingUt resolu- tions duplicate in the main similar offerings by Democratic legislators in previous years, WEATHER Eastern New York: Fair and continued cold Thursday; Friday mostly cloudy and warmer, possib- ly light snow in interior. General Temperature NEW YORK, Jan, 21 (JO—Maxi- mum temperatures and weather, conditions today in 16 cities were as follows: Albany—32—Clear Atlantic City—34—Clear Boston—40—Clear Buffalo—20—Part Cloudy Chicago—18—Cloudy Jacksonville—54—Clear Miami—50—Cloudy Minneapolis—18—Cloudy New Orleans—58—Clear New York—35—Clear Philadelphia—32—Clear San Antonio—62—Part Cloudy San Francisco—54^—Cloudy Seattle—44—Rain St. Louis—36—Clear Washington—32—Clear. V

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