Washington Post, June 1, 1921

Washington Post

June 01, 1921

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Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1921, Washington, District Of Columbia Member of tie Associated Muaciatcd Press exclusively entitled to the use for tlon of-all news dis- patches credited to It or not otherwise credited In this paper, and also the local news published herein. The "Washington Post Is a member of the Press, receiving the, complete serv- ices of tho world's greatest news-iathering organization. X" _______x cloudy to- day; cooler tonight; tomorrow fair moderate, vari- able winds, Tejnperature 80; lowest, 54. NO. DAILY AND SUNDAY ENTERED AS SECOND-CIASS MATTER POSTOFPICB, T7A3HK6TON, D. C.. 1821, ,BT THE WASHINGTOjrEOST CO. TWO CENTSK Pound Test Shell Rolls From Plane at Aberdeen. TWO OF HURT MAY DIE Reported Rudder Hit Explosive as Men Turned Big Aero. OFFICERS PROMPT IN INQUIRY Corpl. Raymond F. Bohle, Privates Allen A. Shermcr, Elmer H. Grin- nell and S. S. Hites and Robert M. Heir, Civilian, Joseph E. Hall and Private Sam- uel Weinstock Arc Not Expected to Less Serious- ly Hurt. it was decided" to turn it around, and all the injured and dead, werei about, the big helping in the operation. v As the plane turned tire. 50-pound bomb rolled off, and an insiant later it .was struck by the rudder of the machine as it swung around. This caused the explosion in the very .midst of the men about the machine. BOMB SHATTERS HIS HAND. Langley Field Picking Up Missile, Also Loses Bye.' Newport News, Va., May vate Albert Packard, a sentinel at Langley field, was seriously injured yesterday afternoon by the explosion of a small bomb, which he found near one of the large dump piles at the flying station. It is understood that the sentinel started to examine the bomb when it suddenly exploded, tearing away all the fingers on both of his hands and mangling his face as well as putting out one of his eyes. BOLT OF LIGHTNING FELLED BIG PLANE C. W. Lippold and Son Saw Fire Envelop Machine in Storm at Morgantown. THINKS 7 KILLED BY SHOCK Informal Feelers on Disarming Sent to Principal Nations. Special to The Washington Tost. Baltimore, Md., May additional deaths added late tonight to the toll taken by a bomb at. Aberdeen today. Those who died of their injuries, in addition to the two first reported, wore Corpl. Ray- mond p. Bohle, Private Ijee S. Hite and Ifcbert M. Hen-, a civilian. (By the Associated'Press) Two men were killed and 13 others injured, four probably fatally, by the explosion yesterday of a bomb at the Aberdeen, Maryland, army proving grounds during the preparations for airplane bombing experiments, ac- cording to official reports telephoned the War Department last night by MaJ. William A. Borden and Capt.' Claudius H. M. Roberts, special inves- tigators sent from here to report and ascertain the cause of the explosion. Two Privates Dead. The dead are: Private Allen A. Shermer, Four- tenth squadron, air service. Private E. H. Grlnnel, of the same organization. Capt. Joseph E. Hall, air of New Hai en, Conn., was said to be not expected to live. He was wounded severely about the eyes and face. First Lieut. Carl G. Eliason, air service, of Hagerstown, the re- port said, was expected to recover. He received a deep muscular wound on tho right side just above the hip. First. Lieut Lewis R. Reese, quartermaster corps, of Md., also expected to recover. His thuftb and fifth finger of his right hand had been removed, the advices said, and it was probable that the fourth finger would also have to be amputated. Private Samuel WelnstocK of the Thirty-fourth ordance company, suf- fered a punctured lung and.was not expected to recover. Others May Not Recover. Privates L. S, Kite of the Four- teenth squadron, air service; D. Blezlns, of the same organization; Charles J. O'Neill, of the Thirty- fourth ordnance company, and Ed- ward Jarry, of the same organization, all were wounded and recovery reported to be doubtful. Robert M. Herr. a civilian employed as proof director at the grounds, was to be suffering severely from the shock of the explosion and it was pos- sible that one leg would be ampu- tated. Privates S. P. Maace. Forty-seventh ordnance company; L. J. Titlow. of the Thirty-fourth ordnance company, and Private Baymond F. Bohles, of the same organization, were less se- Oerely wounded and, the reports said. wore expected to recover. None of the homo addresses of the enlisted men was available hore last night. fo Make Thorough Inquiry. Neither MaJ. Borden nor Capt. Rob- erts attempted In oral reports last night to fix tho responsibility for the explosion. They they had been unablo to ascertain tho full facts of tho disaster but would make a thor- oueh Investigation before returning horo. They wore .directed by MaJ. don, Clarence C. Williams, culof of ord- nance, to submit all Information that mljfht throw any light upon the Inci- dent. He ordered them tier-Aberdeen from here by .airplane upon receipt of flrst reports ot the explosion. According to other reports, how- ever, a 50-pound bomb rolled from the airplane and was struck by the rudder as the plane swung around, Causing tha explosion. Bomb to Be Used in Test. Tha boat was one being used by the army air service in connedtlon with tests preliminary to the Joint bombing experiments to tya carried out off the Virginia capes In June and by army and navy. Report stated that three bombs 100 pounds each, and one H-rijrhlnir BO pounds, had been load- urmn BU ftlt'plBne for tents. Aft plane about to nUrt UH Plunge Downward Followed the Orders Inquiry. Funerals of the Victims. A terrific bolt of lightning, flashing out of a storm-darkened slcy and literally enveloping the huge Curtiss Eagle plane near Morgantown, Md., last Saturday evening, caused the accident that resulted in a loss of seven lives, according to a statement by Charles W. Lippold, 447 Newton street northwest, who, with his 11- year-old son Charles, witnessed the accident. Mr. Lippold says there was not a air along the surface of the ground at tho time, but that the stortn was brewing and the.great flash that seemed to strike the plane ushered in the storm proper. "We -were driving to Point Look- said Mr. Lippold, and we had a blowout near Morgantown, Md., which is on a high peak. We were chang- ing- a tire on the machine, when my son. who is greatly interested in aeronautics, heard the approach of the big plane and called my atten- tion to it. We stood and watched it for some distance, the sky, in the meantime, growing darker and darker with the approaching storm. Illuminated Whole" Heavens. "Suddenly there was-a great flash of lightning, HJumjnatlng the whole heavens, and seeming- lio envelope-tjife big plane.-; TOo Could 'floi :npthing, equrse, watch, and we saw the Kfgat airship, stricken, 'tjnji'.on onB side and plunge "The storm' broke about .the. same instant, and' -we. 'haatene'd Leonardtown, eight or ten'' miles1 away, where we speiit the' night; Many people in'that section saw the crash, and we ail felt sure that the men were although, to the formation of the country, it would have been next to Impossible to have gotten through with a.rescue, party. "The rain was torrential, and there was no road through to them that was passable. We supposed, ot course, that the accident had been re- ported to Washington, and were, much surprised on our return' here to find that it had not reached the pa- pers until Sunday." Willing to Testify. Mr. Lippold, said he had made no report to the ject, to Howard N. Kenyort, first class. Maury prize, marine binoculars, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for excellence in physics, to Kenneth J4. McLareff, third class. Gold medal for excellence in small- arm practice, to Pierson B. Conradt, second class. For (Excellence in Athletics. Naval Athletic ..association, sword, for personal excellence in athletics, to first-class, "v. Thompson trophy.cup for persons! promotion of athletics, Edward F. Moore, first class. Thompson binoculars, for Inter- class sailing, to Franklin C. Johnson, first class. l; Gold mfldftl for falls championship, Ai J. Becker. Silver medal for saber champion- jjhlp, A. I. Malstrom. Silver medal for canes champion- ship, J. A. Stuart. i Silver medal for dueling award championship, G. P. Hunter.' Gold'medal for personal excellence Ih track athletics, T. A. Hucklns, Gold medal for personal axoellraoe In gymnastics, J. Bi BearBon. Gold medal for swimming cham- pionship, O; D. Emory. Bronze medal for highest batting average, V. Stubbs. ohf.Jplonshlp, J, B. Waldlloh. Tennis championship, J. Waidlich anij 'A. General exo.ellenee, class track meet, T. Medals academy field and- track records: M. Moncewloz, B mile; T.: A; Hucktwr, 130-yard hurdles; J. H. V.- C. Olapp, javelin .throw; j. ople, high jump; H, F. Eullen, high lump. The First Ten The first ten members of this Veaf'a graduatinsr class In the order; ofichol. fkuf Clement P, Obtton, fflullforrila; William, it, Rrybraad, Iowa; DashUll L, Madeira, Florida; Barl, liTK notn William J. Murphy, David W-iHobertd, Oftjopadoj Blnter button, New Tei'ki Wlllliun Mi U-BIUU BliM'ftlleflrl, in Face of New Comproniise Agreement HERE Benson; Dayis and Unions Ready to Efforts to fend as Already and Has Be- duced the Amount of American Goods In Native Vessels. By GEORGE H.OTHWELL, (Copjijpht', 1921, 6y The Washington Post Co.) WUh conditions in the American shipping industry becoming steadily more, critical, and. especially so with respect to the vasf government-owned tonnage, President Harding's efforts to settle the marine strike met with another failure "yesterday. The bene- ficial influence upon the whole labor problem which -was expected to flow from the settlement is still a hope for the future rather than a tangible actuality. While Secretary of Labor Davis and Benson, chairman of the shipping board, were assembled at the department with leaders of the unions and all preparations .were made for the signing of tthe new com- promise agreement which had been discussed with, the President on Fri- day night, Ship Owners association in New York refused ta agree to its terms or to recede from the position' previously taken. Threatens Further Tangle. When.'wqrd of this rea'ched Wash- ington the government was con- fronted by -the possibility of settling the strike so fir as the shipping board vessels are concerned, but hav- ing It conttne on all the private owned vessels'in the ocean This would have had the effect of virtually -uniting the government and the striking unions in a war on about one-half of the active tonnage actual- ly afloat today under the American flag.' It would have precipitated a struggle for supremacy on the sea, .nb-ti.betweieri the ATnerjcan merchant marine: and foreign fleets, rbut between, two classes of American eflually engaged in. and handling the deep sea the concessions to j recognize the. unions was; disclosed in a telegram to jne'-'yesieriay %afterno.on from Win- thrbp L." vice president and general manager W the association. Snip Owners Stand Firm. 'It read: "American- Steamship Owners' asso- 'ciation in general .meeting this aft- ernoon unanimously voted to appr6-ve entire action of its .officers and com- mittees on wages and working con- ditions aboard ship in strike of ma- rine engineers, sailors, firemen and stewards.- -This has theweffect of con- firming wage- arid working rules jointly declared May 1 by the asso- ciation and the- shipping' board. Ship owners: made their cgmflromise when they -agreedi; with tht itoard to make wage reduction 15 and not .26 per cent, and believe no further conces- sions possible." Similar Information also reached Secretary Davis at the Labor Depart- ment about 6 o'clock last night. At that hour, the principle national and district leaders of thq marine neers' unions were in conference with and had been in joint con- ference which also included Admiral looked for Settlement. There were still "some differences to be smoothed out. The union spokesmen insistent upon the inclusion of a clause in the agree- ment guaranteeing the return to their positions of strikers whose places had filled by others. Nevertheless, the. expectation at the department, was- that, all remaining differences, of a trivial character, would be settled and that the agree- ment would be signed at once, in writing, by Admiral, Benson and the union ..leaders. Admiral .-Benson re- turned to the department at 6 o'clock, and 'a negro messenger was scurry- Jngf, about looking for some of the depart goJ4 seals. Presumably the agreement was to.be fixed up In. style.' Everybody, was that the long-drawn-out fight was over. And then' something happened, Ad- miral Benson left In 20 minutes, without signing the agreement. It Is understood that he telegrapnefl the shipowners laet 'night and that they will hold meeting In New Tork today, But from the of telegram to The ?ost, It would that the -de termination of owners, Is firm not to recede ana not to recognize the .unions.- Board Has Idle Ships. This leaves the government in a dilemma, for a number of. reasons, one Of which Is that the position which the -private owners are now Inslatlng upon iBthftt.iOrlglnally taken by Ad- mlrtl Ihifaot the bhelrman of shlpplhg board brought the pri- to that position. Of the IpflbO.OOO toni ot bourd hot- to'mBi about toni are In; hBrDflri, up, hot HOui'ee of hlit ft' oftUievBf t w- n --l'' charter, and the private owners have almost as great a torn age. i -By putting additional tonnage into sefvice it might be e spfeced. that the shipping board could valje owners to-com board gave the average of 12 per cent, and the same source estimated the annual re- duction in wages at approximately a Day for Section Men. The decision grants reductions varying from 5 to 13 cents an hour, or from 5 to 18 per cent, and in the case of section laborers completely wipes out the increase granted that class of employes by the wage award of July 20, 1920. for section men the reduction was ap- proximately IS per cent. Switchmen and shop crafts were given a 9 per cent reduction, while the train serv- ice men were cut approximately- 7 per cent. Car repairers were cut about 10 per cent. Common labor pay, over which the railroads made their hardest fight, is :to be reduced 6 to 8% cents -an hour, cutting freight truckers' average monthly and triick laborers to .J77.31. This new schedule gives section men in- average daily wage