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1 GENERAL NEWS OF THE DAY j The "hammer robber," Alexander Laf erov, and five of his band were executed Tuesday in Russia by the order of the crusading woman judge, "Vera Kireieva. An extensive drive against motorists in Chicago without 1935 licenses, both city and state, was begun Tuesday morning with the arrest of several hundred in a short time. It was estimated that more than 150,000 passenger automobiles and 20,000 trucks were operating without 1935 licenses. The grief of the parents of four-year-old Richard Perrot, who has been missing from his home, 4110 N. Maplewood Ave., for nearly two weeks, was further aggravated by the receipt of a number of crank letters purveying "information" about the boy. The United States Senate Tuesday passed the Wheeler-Eastman bill providing for regulation of motor busses and trucks by the interstate commerce commission. The measure now goes to the House. Four persons, one a fireman, were injured when fire attacked a two story frame dwelling at 458 N. Green St., Chicago, early today. Rabbi Alessandro Defano, 88, a personal friend of the pope, whom he taught the Hebrew language, is dead at Milan, Italy. A London dispatch says Holland had prepared a plan to devalue its currency by 20 i per cent soon after Wednesdays provincial elections. Mayor- Kelly, of Chicago, has disclosed that he has submitted 700 million dollar public works projects for selection by federal officials. Police and troops are guarding leading statesmen of Europe at Geneva, fearing assassination. Twin Zephyrs of the Burlington road ran from Chicago to St. Paul and back in a day, averaging 74 miles per hour. Judge McGoorty, of Chicago, has issued an injunction fixing minimum prices for barber work at fifty cents for a hair cut and twenty-five cents for a shave. A thousand Ohio convicts struck as a protest against delay on applications for paroles.