Fall's leasing of naval oil reserves defended

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 1929 (UP) - "Dumbells in public office" were allowing the navy's stores of oil to be drained before Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall leased the Elk Hills reserve in 1922, the defense told the Fall bribery jury today.

Frank J. Hogan, making the defense closing statement, defended the leases as necessary for national defense, and attacked the government prosecutors for "sneering at patriotism."


Hogan also said President Harding's primary purpose in calling the 1921-1922 naval disarmament conference as to stop Japan's "alarming activities in preparing for a Pacific war, as reported to the navy in the secret reports of Admiral Albert Gleaves."

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