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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< War Department, but was perfectly willing to tell what he had seen. Capt. B. S. Wright, whoxwas also in the storm that wrecked the big Eagle plane, said yesterday that while he felt sure that the wind had caused the wreck, that it was possi- ble that lightning had-caused it. "We have learned to believe "that nothing is impossible in the air serv- Capt. Wright explained. Brig. Gen. William Mitchell, un- daunted b ythe fate of the seven fliers Saturday, flew' to Langley field yes- terday to continue inspection of tests being made there. Gen. Mitchell 'Js the first man to make this flight since the accident. No Blame on Pilot. Secretary of War Weeks yesterday took official cognizance of the acci- dent, ordering the fullest investiga- tion. Gen March, chief of staff, trans- mitted orders that the accident should be probed from every anglb, the re- port to form the basis for any further action decided upon by the War De- partment, t j Capt. William C. Ocker, Lieut. Paul T. Wilkins and Lieut. -Leroy Wolf, comprising the army board .of in- vestigation detailed to report on the accident, submitted thdlr report to MaJ. M. Seanlon yesterday, the re- port entirely exonerating Lieut. Stan- ley Amos from blame. The full re- port will be submitted to MaJ. Gen. Ci T. Menoher. Burial of Lieut. Ames. The first of the funerals, of the victims of the crash, that of Lieut, Amos, was hold yesterday at 2 o'clock from St. (John's Eplm'.opal ohurcli, Pull military honora wore1 accorded tho body, which transported on a calHBon from Walter Road honpltal.-tfc, the church and thonco to Arlington, where UWBB burled. Oapt. Vornon T, Scott and Llouts. Courtney Whit- noy, Leroy Wolf, Talcott Smith, Clay- ton Shangraw and Theodore Van Beghtnn were pallbearers. Funeral services for Sergt. Richard q. BIuemnkraiiE will bo hold at Arlington cemetery today at 11 o'clock, 1- Funerals of the Others. Services for A. G. Batchelder, of the. civilians killed In the acci- dent, will, be held this morning at 11 otclock at Gawler'B undertaking establishment. The Rev. H.. G. B. Pierce will officiate, The body will be shipped to Buffalo and later taken to Mr. Batcheldor's home ,at Utlca. N. T. The body of formeV live Maurice Connolly, of Iowa, hag IIPOII shipped to hit) home at Ibwo. ArrangtimQiitB Cor Bonding the bod- leg of Lieut. ttt'DcrinuU to hlg father, at SjTaeiige, N, Y., and Lieut. M'dl to his fittliei- at Oliver- City, N. IIHVB been ,mtttle, Harding Expected to AQapunce His Selections Tomorrow. TEAGLE AND P10Z FOR President of Standard Oil May Chairmanship of Marine Body, if He Will Seeks to Settle on Man for Governor of Talks on Rail- roads. By HARHY N. FRIGE. (Copyright, 1921, by The Washington Pnt Co.) II is probable the President will make announcement tomorrow of his selection of the members of the ship- ping board. This was indicated yes- .terday at the White House after-the meeting of the cabinet. Mr. Harding lias been, deeply concerned over the personnel bf this important board. It has beenx one of the most, difficult problems he has had to deal with, but it is understood he is reaching a solution. Two men--are under consideration for the C. Teagle, president of-the Standard Oil Company, of New Jersey, and Charles Piez, of former head of the Emergency Fleet Corporation- -Mr. Teagle, It is said, will be named if he can Una his way clear to accept. The choice- lies between him and Mr.. Pie'z., Another appointment problem the President has .-had under considera- tion for several weeks- is that of gov- ernor of Alaska. Mr. Harding, is greatly interested in the development of that Territory, as-he has said .-on numerous occasions. For Governor of Alaska. -Both, the President and Secretary of the Interior Fall have sought to bring about a harmonious under- standing among the various Interests in Alaska in the hope that a man resident of Alaska might be appoint- ed, but there has' .been such a bitter contest; H is likely the President will eventually go outside, and the man most frejJBently a-prob- ability Is: Scott fonder news- paper publisher of Seattle "and more recently publicity "for the national committee. 5Frani -official, administration quar- ters" the knowledge informal being made ;tp' leading ineir. toward arma- ment: iriqirirleSj-' it are-quite'aside from tne tions contained in the Borah ment to the naval appropriations'.bill, recently adopted in the Senate- and the consideration of the subject by. the allied council in whose-dellbera- tions representatives of the _ United States are taking part'to-a. limited .extent. Many American diplomatic representa- tives in the different countries are sounding out' these to learn their attitude toward a 'reducr tion of armies and navies which may lead to virtual disarmament and if real sentiment develops; among them for a curtailment of arms- definite diplomatic procedure is to_ be ployed to bring this about. Naturally the attitude of Great Britain and Japan is sought most eagerly, but the Informal inquiries are being extended to other countries such as France, Italy, Brazil and the Argentine republic. The tiott. view is that If disarmament is to be accomplished it must be' through the cooperation of all the nations in the world, straightforwardly and-hon- estly, in order that there may be complete confldenceMn'the action. There never has been any doubt as to the position of the administration with reference to curtailment of army and navy expenditures., Saving of millions of dollars In .such .expendi- tures be .welcomed, provided all the" nations of the World agreed to the curtailment .program upon ari equalizing basis that that would prevent domination by any one of them. i May Go to Allied Council. The carrying out .of such a scheme have to be worked out in the utmost detail, as each nation has its own-.peculiar problem which has to be considered. .One of the reasons for tho desire of. tho American government, to par- tloliato In tho deliberations the allied council was tho .understanding that the council Intends to take up the subject of disarmament.. The participation of tho United States, however, will be unofficial, and while this country will not bo In a -position to make definite ,tp the .other. powers, there Is'reason to -be- lieve', that the result of the in.formaj how being- made part of, States will be laid before the 'allied 'council for Its in- formation, President Harming has made It clear that he to, the Sen- ate expressing Itself on the'subject of .disarmament, but It is understood that the adoption .of the Borah hit Ion played Ih the tentative step that the administration hak Railroad BittutiOB Strenuous days appear to hive ho effect upon the President's -aetlvltieit, i'eUBlved rniimW of eHllsfg before lit went Into the 
                            

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