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rr .Pi - i .V" ' u .Th jvv lDuke Schiller, Canadian aviator, who flew to Greenly island to aid German-Irish transatlantic crew of the ISremcn. 2 President Cooiidge accepting for the government the statue of Andrew Jackson in Statuary hall of the Capitol. 3 Gov. Al Smith of New York enjoying his vacation at Asheville, N. C. NEWS REVIEW OF CURRENTEVENTS Flood Control Bill Fought by Cooiidge and Others as "Extortionate." By EDWARD W. PICKARD THAT" the flood control bill passed by the senate and, with certain amendments, under. debate in the house last week, Is the most extortionate 'measure In the history of the government govern-ment is the opinion of 'resident Cooiidge. Cooi-idge. His remarkably outspoken view of this bill created something of a sensutlon in Washington and It encouraged en-couraged a group of representatives, led by Mr. Frenr of Wisconsin, In a determined light on the measure reported re-ported by the house committee. The main Issue was Hie question of local contribution upon which the President had Insisted. "Contribution Is a cardinal principle prin-ciple in federal, state, and municipal aid," said Mr. Froar. "This case presents pre-sents no exception. Thousands of corporations cor-porations and large individual owners under tills bill will enjoy enormous financial benefits through flood protection. protec-tion. They should contribute toward the expense. If we pass this bill and adopt the plan of giving away the taxpayers' tax-payers' money without limit to rehabilitate re-habilitate or benefit great interests tiiat can bring political pressure to bear on congress, a hundred other flood control projects now knocking at committee doors will all demand the same treatment without contribution." Keid of Illinois, chairman of the flood control committee, said in reply: "There is in the bill no provision for local contribution. There can be none If congress intends to protect the lives and property of its citizens from these destructive floods. No levee system sys-tem can be effective unless it is unified, uni-fied, co-ordinated, Mid complete, and should any levee district fail to pay a contribution necessary under the reclamation rec-lamation theory the whole plan would fall. Nearly every levee district is now or will soon be bankrupt. There is no possible way for them to got money, as they are unable to sell any bonds because of the default in the bonds already issued." There were conferences of house and senate leaders for the purpose of modifying the measure so that the President would" sign it. Senators Knusdell and Sackett talked with Mr. Cooiidge and reported that lie would approve a bill similar to the Jones bill originally reported from the senate sen-ate committee. This draft, while it eliminated local contributions, contained con-tained various safeguards which were not In the measure as passed by the senate and approved by the house Hood control committee. BY HOLDING up action on the $301,-000.000 $301,-000.000 naval appropriation bill the radical Republicans forced the senate sen-ate to adopt the resolution of Blaine of Wisconsin demanding from Secretary Secre-tary Wilbur information as to the cost in lives and money of the operations of the marines in Nicaragua. Mr. Wilbur Wil-bur informed the senate that maintenance mainte-nance Of the marine expeditionary force in Nicaragua had resulted in the deatli of 21 marines and the wounding of 45 others, lie set extra cost to the government of marine activities In Nicaragua at $1,530,170. The total cost of maintaining the expeditionary force, Mr. .Wilbur fixed at $3,530,000. It was explained, however, that more than $2,000,000 of the total cost would have been expended on the marines even if they had remained in their home stations. The secretary said it was known that 202 Nicaraguans had been killed In lights with the marines. f y AS1IIXGTOX, Xew York and Chi-' Chi-' ' cngo were making plans to give rousing welcomes to the German-Irish transatlantic aviators, and were 'assured 'as-sured that the flyers would visit those cities after getting away from desolate Greenly Island In Belle Is-Ie straits. The stories of their flight show that they lost their way because their compass com-pass failed in the dark and the snowstorm, snow-storm, and they wandered far to the north of their route. Relief and aid reached them by plane and otherwise and they were busy repairing the Bremen so they could continue their flight to New York. James Fitz-maurice, Fitz-maurice, promoted to major by the Free State government, was taken to Lake Ste. Agnes, Quebec, by Duke Schiller, Canadian aviator, to get a new propeller with which he intended by fly back to Greenly island. Baron von Huenefeld, Koehl and Fltzrnaurice will be entertained in New York for five days, and then, proceeding to Washington, will be the guests of President Cooiidge, the Irish minister and the German ambassador. The wives of Koehl and Fltzrnaurice will soon join them in this country. GEN. UMBERTO NOBILE and a crew of fifteen left Milan, Italy, in the dirigible Italia on the way to the North pole, and on the first lap of the Journey ran into a fierce storm over Germany. Finally the airship, somewhat battered, came down safely at Seddin airdrome, near Stolp, rom-erania, rom-erania, where repairs were made and further trial flights begun. Two more hops will take it to King's bay, Spitz-bergen, Spitz-bergen, which will be the base of operations. op-erations. Nobile, who piloted Amundsen Amund-sen over the North pole two years ago in the dirigible Norge, intends to make several flights over the pole, taking scientific observations. He carries a cross given by the pope which will be planted in the ice at the top of the world. A DMLTtAL J. K. ROBISON, former chief of the navy engineering bureau, bu-reau, was a star witness for the defense de-fense in the Sinclair Teapot Dome conspiracy trial and he assumed full responsibility for the change in the government's policy from conserving the navy's oil reserves to storing'fuel oil in seaboard tanks and that he favored fa-vored the opening up of the whole reserve. re-serve. "Sinclair asked me what we wanted if a contract was entered into," declared Robison. "I told him we wanted a pipe line among other things, and such arrangements as would give him the largest possible profits, and give us the largest possible share of his production. The more money he got, the more I got for the navy. "I wanted to get the absolute maximum maxi-mum for the navy, and I got it." Robison Rob-ison almost shouted at the jury, as he banged the rail of the witness enclosure en-closure with his fist. Under cross-examination Robison was compelled to admit a close friendship friend-ship for Sinclair. He disclosed that he traveled for a week in Sinclair's private pri-vate car and was Sinclair's dinner guest at the exclusive Lotus club in New York. He also admitted he had played poker with Sinclair the very night that Sinclair secured three valuable val-uable contracts, one of them to supplement sup-plement the Teapot lease. The defense sought to show through Former Secretary of the Navy Denby that the scheme to lease the Teapot Dome reserve was conceived in the Navy department, but Denby's testimony testi-mony was shut out by a government objection. Before the senate Investigating committee com-mittee C. C. Chase, a son-in-law of Albert B. Fall, made admissions that were considered extremely damaging to Sinclair's cause, and he was summoned sum-moned by the government as a rebuttal re-buttal witness in the trial. SPRING in China brought a resumption resump-tion of the Nationalist campaign against the Northerners and according to latest reports the Southern armies under Chiang Kai-shek are making great progress In Shantung province, where the miseries of war are added to those of famine and flood. Foreign military observers In Shanghai predict the collapse of Marshal Chang Tso-lin and his withdrawal to Manchuria within with-in a few weeks. Japn-n expresses renewed re-newed fear for the safety of her nationals na-tionals and tier interests in Shantung and therefore has landed marines at Tsingtae and is preparing to send a large body of troops. It is almost certain cer-tain that what Japan especially desires de-sires is to assure the status of her large Interests in Manchuria in case Chang is defeated there. GOV. AL SMITH was formally entered en-tered as a candidate for the Democratic Dem-ocratic nomination for President by the New York state Democratic committee com-mittee at a meeting in the National Democratic club in New York city. His Dame was presented by former Lieut. Gov. George It. Lunn, and the laudatory resolution was seconded by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Both speakers centered the hopes of their party on the oil scandals. Senator Blease of South Carolina, who is strongly against Smith, has put Into the Congressional Record his opinion of the situation in his state. Summarized, Sum-marized, this is that South Carolina will oppose Smith for the nomination to the last ballot; that if Smith gets the nomination in the regular way by the two-thirds rule, South Carolina will not initiate or join in any rump convention ; and finally, that if Smith gets the nomination, some South Carolina Caro-lina Democrats, though not a great many, will vote the Republican ticket, while a considerable number of them will remain away from the polls, but not enough, in any event, to throw South Carolina into the Republican column. Both Republicans and Democrats of Illinois held their state conventions, the former being strong for Lowden and the latter turning the delegates to Houston over to Smith. Republicans of Colorado refused to instruct their delegates at large for noover. Those of Delaware and Connecticut chose un-instructed un-instructed delegations to the Kansas City convention, and it Is expected these delegations will do their best to "draft" Cooiidge-. Senator Fess of Ohio, temporary chairman of the national na-tional convention, says he believes it will be the duty of Mr. Cooiidge to accept ac-cept the nomination if a deadlock, real and not manipulated, develops. Meanwhile one national ticket already al-ready is in the field. The Socialists held their natiomfl convention In New York city and nominated Norman M. Thomas of New York for President and James H. Maurer of Reading, Pa., for vice president. Thomas is a minister min-ister and lecturer. Maurer is a member mem-ber of the Reading city council and president of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor. PUBLICATION of the government 1 engineer's allotments for river and harbor work during the fiscal year 1929 discloses that Eastern and Southern South-ern waterways, together with the Mississippi, Mis-sissippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers, have the lion's share of the items running over $1,000,000. Of the big allotments $7,225,000 goes to the Mississippi river between the Ohio and Missouri rivers and between the Missouri river and Minneapolis, $4,590,000 on the Ohio river, $3,030,000 on the Missouri, $1,-700,000 $1,-700,000 on the Hudson river, $1,200,-000 $1,200,-000 on the East river, $2,150,000 on the Delaware river, $1,000,000 on the inland in-land waterway from the Delaware river to Chesapeake bay, $SOO,000 for the Savannah, Ga., harbor, $800,000 for tlie waterway from Beaufort to the Cape Fear river, N. C, $G50,0O0 for Miami iiarbor, and $1,025,000 for the Sabine-Neches waterway, Texas. The Illinois river is allotted $575,000 for Improvement work with the development develop-ment of the Illinois link of the lakes to the gulf route. PRESIDENT COOLIDGE, in an ad-1 ad-1 dress at the opening session of the annual convention of the Daughters Daugh-ters of the American Revolution in Washington, criticized federal encroachment en-croachment on the rights of the states and the growing interference of government gov-ernment in business and the life of the individual. He was warmly applauded ap-plauded when he asserted that the American theory of society "rests upon a higher level than communism," and uttered a plea that the nation return re-turn to the high ideals for which the American Revolution was fought. GEN. OSCAR CARMONA, dictator of Portugal, was inaugurated President of the republic, having been elected by regular suffrage without opposition In March. Violent earthquake shocks, extending extend-ing over several days, caused the loss of many lives and vast destruction of property in the Balkans, mainly in Bulgaria. There were also destructive destruc-tive temblors in Peru aud in Oaxaea state, Mexico. Ellsworth Milton Statler, sixty-five, who rose from bellboy to ownership of more hotels than any other man in the world, died of pneumonia at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, which he operated. op-erated. Forty persons were killed In West Plains, Mo., by a mysterious explosion that wrecked a dance hall.