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BARES HOUSING
COST SCANDAL
Unauthorized Employment
Of 51 Architects Cost
U. S. Over $200,000.
Another assault was read* oa the
United States Housing Corporation [
yesterday when Senator Kerasld.
chairman of a sub-committee of the
8enat* Committee on Public Build- i
Incs and Grounds, flled a report of i
MO type-written pagrrt.Jnosl of which
was a severe indUtment of the cor- 1
poration. Weteesday the Houae. atfer
several caustic speet-hi'# vos-'d utiani-j
moualy for the Clark bi!l abolishing;
the Housing Corporation, and the Sen- ;
ate Is expected to take the same ac- j
tion. ~
The report charge* that the Housing |
Corporation ignored the direction of I
CMfreH to use the Superv ising Archl
tect of the Treasury but employed ,
tlfty-one architect*, tlftrtit-tff whom ,
came from New York, at ? io?t to the
government of over SlflO.QOO.
"The prohibition against coet plus
percentage contracts contained In Ihe;
appropriation act was iftnor-.l in
arebltcct*- contracts." Ihe repcrt I
"The architects %ere paid actual |
drafting expenses plus 1?) per cent for |
'overhead.* Over was paid!
architects under this provision. It
opened the way to slowness of execu
tion and to excessive and exorbitant
rate* "The committee does not charge
the architects with so doing, but the
method of payment was a violation of
the language of the appropriating act.
The committee believes that more.
than r#.?? cr.n te recovered for the J
government by Instituting civil suits !
against Ihe architects and recommends
such action.
Oaf Architect's Deeelt.
One. architect (name not mentioned) j
'who had many government project*, j
U*e report said. earned more than
twice much diuins his war service j
m# hi* usual earning capacity, and |
also earned mn ?y Ihowanda moie
than was reported in hia income tax
return. When this was brought to hia
attention by the committee'* investi
architect immediately-flled
rtl income tax return on
Hj^H^the government will receive
P^PSI additional for the years 1917
?nEd ms. tl?e committeeraaaid.
? Bids were never publicly opened."
?nfce report said "No one whose bid
was rejected knew wh*t the proposal
of the successful bidder was."
On* of the general contractors of the .
Housing Corporation made a "secret'
profit" of IKJUL'XI in subletting, team- j
ing and trucking on the Women's i
Dormitories In Washington, it was
charged. "Officials permitted this pro- j
fit to contlw? after discovery." says
the report.
?It was unjustifiable and can be re- j
covered by civil suit."
The committee also recommends
the recovery by civil suit of more
than $3??.i>00 paid to subcontractors
on the Government Hotel Buildings
on Union Station Plaza. This money
was paid for construction "extras"
in addition to "hundreds of thou
sands of dollars" in other cases.
Big l oan to Water CO.
A loan of $".00,000 was mode by the
llousini? Corporation to the Spring
field Consolidated Water Company,
of Philadelphia, upon the recom
mendation of the chief engineer of
the Housing Corporation who had
twice been a pai<f-pxpert witness
fur the water company.
-Not only was the loan unjustifi
able under the point of financial
i*-curtly offered.- the report say*,
"but although expressly made 'or
the purpose of financing future im
provements. the Housing Corpora
tion reimbursed the water company
out of the proceeds of this loan for
of old bills of the water
company which had accrued and j
which had b?*en paid by the water
company prior to the date of the
loan.**
"This amount/* the committee rec
ommends, "should be repaid at once
to the United States."
A failure to promptly cease build
in* operations on the signing of
the armistice, the committee said,
cost the government not less than
f 1.4-'0.000 on two transactions alone.)
at Rridcenort and Philadelphia. |
At the Women's Dormitory, the!
report sets forth. $11,968.68 worth
of furniture and similar articles
has disappeared and personal cnl-j
^pabllity cannot be fixed by the
committee as no receipt was re- j
quired for the property.
"The futile inefficiency of the
system which would permit $375,000
worth of furniture to be handled with- '
out any personal r^sponsltiPPy. i< * ;
obvious to need further comment." the
report read.
??Patriot*** Well Paid.
Real estate men employed as *"ne- j
gotiators'" in the purchase- of real
estate and whose work has been!
described as -patriotic** received
, compensation at the rate, of $50
per day and expenses, it was
! charged.
Asserting that speed was the
ehi. f aim in emergency housing,
j and Xhmz time was of the essence'
j in all contracts, the committee de-.
elared that "the first single resi-J
1 dcucu was occupied January 1.1
j 1919. at Miles. Ohio, two months!
after the armistice; six ulonths af-j
I ter the creation of the Housing (
'Corporation, eight months after!
the passage cf the appropriation
act; eleven months after the crea
tion o? the Itureau of Transporta
tion and Housing in the Depart
ment of 1-abor.**
The committee expressly ab
tl*?) officials of the Housing
Corporation now In office from re
sponsibility for act* of their pre
gpeeeaaof*.
"Those who created the policies
of the Housing Corporation left itai
or^nnxatlon shortly after the arm-'
?sti?-*-." said the report
Appropriation Is AikrtL
President Wilson yesterday asked I
the House to appropriate 12>,000 to de
lfray 'be expenses of the second In
dustrial conference, now In session in
?Washington.
SPtCCIAI, This
$75.00i
HUB WHITK
BVri'RNABI.K AT rtl.L PRICE
A. P"e* Wrltte. Acreeaieat I
? l a- A
? eiaea j
Catll 10 .yiwk
Quality Jeweler Co. I
<M a st k y. j
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MURDER CONFESSION
WAN MADE IS TOLD
TO JURORS IN CASE
roimxttt rnott page one.
i to tt. In fact O'Shea hu based the
defense largely upon the hope of
proving the confession was cruelly
forced from Wan Further teatUnor.. j
regarding it probably wilT be heard)
today, when either Inspector Grant,
of the police department, or Maj. I
Pullman, chief of police, is expected!
to take the stand
According to Surlingame's testl-!
mony. the confession was made volun
tarily by \\ an on the Monday follow-!
la* (be murder at the Tenth pre-1
einct, where he was being held. On I
the day before, at the mission house, i
Burl!: same said. H an had dec!ar-J
t .at a man named Chen had com-1
muted the murders o? Dr. Wont, head 1
*>f the mission. Secretary Hsie and :
I ndersecreiary \Vu.
Ver?l?? of Killing*.
Iii hi* confession at the Tenth pre
?*>??!?' )y,n ,,*ald !hat Btn Sen Wu
MI.eri Dr. \\ ong and Hsle. and to
revenue Dr. W'ong. who was his friend.
x*an killed Wu On the strength of
this statement Wan was indicted only
for the mu-der of Wu.
On> the Friday afternoon following!
the murders linrflngame testlfled I
Inspector Grant, in the pres.i
ence or Maj. Pullman. Burllngaiii. I
and Detective Ed Kelly asked Wan
check that was forced
with Dr. Wong's name, which crime
the prosecution holds, was the mo
,hf k,,lin* This was at
kill Ho"'- w'h*re the police
hew wan for a time incommunicado.
wan was in bed. quite ill. Burlin
game said.
Hesitating for 4 minute, acoord
. c testimony. Wan said:
Find the man who tried to cash
the check ami you're got the mur
flerer. '
Told Brother Confessed.
A moment later, Burlingama said I
Inspector Grant trld Wan that his 1
brother. \ an. had confessed 10 having I
ried to cash the check at Rlggs Na
tional Bank.
bo" upr'Sht. the witness!
..i an- "udder.lv aroused, shoiile.il
Tou lie! lie! lie!"
Saturday Wan was taken to the I
mission house, said Gurliugame. and '
was shown a number of papers, on I
??? ,"5? so",e of hls handwriting.'
b> Maj. Pullman. He identified the?e !
morv a,tord|ng to the testl- I
mony. and then was sltown I he forged I
?t .h n? check "'at was presented
*'\h" ni*?s Bank. To Pullman's
question. Did you write that?" Burl
,said Wa". alter considering
some minutes, replied, "yes."
?2IrCXl?U8 i? the w'tue?? testi
nea. Wan had been shown over the
scene? of the murder*, in the recep
tion room where Dr. Wong's body was
and 'n the basement where the
to held0!. HSIT "nd Wu- lvin? h?ad
to head, were discovered. Wan asked
majiy questions. Rurlir.g ,rne said.
nlrtt?* ?"&,*** ",'arl 'fu^'lnned that
1, a aaked the witness
In 1 "ft about ?-O'clock
In the morning." sa d the detectiv*.
details of Confession.
Inspector Grant. Detective Kelly i
whSS tS" a.c5,nese named Wang.
J.? had requested to see.
heard Wan s statement at the Tenth
precinct the next day-Sunday-Burlin
game testified. n
A'ter Wan had told the storv of the
?"h; ?,led, Ch'? all three
"V*8!?" officials, he became wearied
according to the detective, and said:
Uet me alone now. Come back to
morrow and I tell you all a?out
d?T^ ^ecf^,'",_re,urn'd ,h- "**t
d?r TJ" following Is substantial!*
the confession made then by Wan as
related lv Burlingaroe: * '
ntan"olt . , VVU" hls W'ndj had
planned to forge the check on Dr
Wong for K.000. They were sitting at
a table in the kitchen of the mission
nisrh,'" L??,ed ,n the basement, on the
"I of January talking over their
plans when Wu said: "Dr. Won- has
discovered the check blank raissin ?
from the hook and i, very an<iv " *
Hsie was in the house at the time I
P* ''ad become chilled ,?nd i
fir^ in fk ~/'n" ',nwn '? stlr "P the
w7s i? Tk T"'"' " wa-< *>>"? Hsie!
fc- furnace room that Wu
discovery. *bout Dr "on,-,
The Murder of Wong.
.at?r?nrb^ knOWinff that -ooner o,
th. V * Would And out about
^ In M* "nd b"f?'nc Hsie would
decided ?n "kill Hs^'V1"9- Wu
?sr7r.r. ;:r T;r;;r.1
beard ^ W"" '
,vr?7> fr?m ,h" fnrnace r??m
Knr . .IT" "!,'n,ly a' the tahl?
a time neither spoke !
*nc tht 'h' SO"nd enter-!
e"7? of UP",alr' "ached the
kit.he^ XW" in U"
"Wei!, there's old Wong." said W,L
w&sn t lon^ before T>r Won*
cam, down t? ttle kitchen/ T*
Wans surprise. Wu took tl.?i.,?i
and Bred at the mission official Br
^^In^upsTa^^ Pr
W?n hearH?nH ,0"? "" *r"??d lloor.
Van heard shots tired. The,, silence.
How Wu Was Slain.
en^H?n,?tW? ""'"T"''1 to kitch
STr^ST doT "e would
Wan r. scTie.1 over and took the pi,,
tol. as though to examine It j|e
cartrtdJl tmp,yi w'rp 'ome
rnrtndRe^ in a drawer of the table
I "seeri by Wu. he managed to se
cure the cartridges and slip sev
ernl of them Into the cylinder of the
levolver.
In the meantime. Wu had gotten
up from the table. 7re was moving
ahout the kitchen..
Wan fired. Wu dropped. Wan went
nver to him. placed the pisiol close
to Wu and fired again.
He Fails to See Jnd?e,
White House Suffices
A tnll. muscular colored man was
loit*?rinK about the corridors of the
Police Court Buildlnp wlieti Super
intendent G. H. Marshall a^ked him
if he had any business with the court.
"Yas. boss, de pood Tx>rd dun sent
mo hyah to see dat Jedpe on de top
floV was the reply. ??Yo* see. he
dun found me flO las' week."
"I will give you Just one minute
to pet out of this buildin^?.', Mar
shall commanded.
"Dat's all right." the wild man said
as he ducked out of the front door.
"Ef Ah cain't see de Jedpe. Ise rwlne
to mak* mah explaint at de White
House." and he headed west
Home Queitiom Palmer's Action.
The Houa^ yesterday by_a vote of
289 to 7 called upon Attorney General
Palmer for Information of how he has
fixed the prices of T^quislana sugar at
17 and 18 cents a pound. If su*h ac
tion was taken the House resolution
demands to know the authority for it.
j To Prevent laflaeasa *
earn* Orip and lnfl??niz* -I.AXATTVE
BBOMO QUIXINB TabM. rr?o<?
Th?r? in 9*}j one "Bkm Qtitnino " K. W
<;SOVE-8 Hruiuro on boa. 3#c-Ad?.
SUGAR fording
CURB is planned!
}
Fair Price Committee, Re
.ported Near Dissolution,
Reveals 'Secret' Action.
Means to prevent sugar hoarding ,
the DttirJct. will be discussed mt'aj
conference today or tomorrow between :
Chairman Clarence R. Wilson ar.u:
officials of th^ Department of Jus-j
tlce. I
Thorough review of the sugar situa-'
Uon in Washington wa<> made a: the!
meeting of the fair price committee i
c?*:rm,n w??ii di?-|
closed last night.
The announcement followed reports!
| ^r-tJthe "secrecy shrouding the!
meeting- and alleging that the com
"?ar d!??olution through
?mention of members to resign.
It was Mated last r!*ht th.it -he
subcommittee on perishable fruits
nsflrit? a report Ht the
meeting and that. In accordance with
? rwommwdaUoiw. a careful sur
klf. ?L 2 vegetable and fruit mar
" ?/ rh" c,t>' '?* Planned. Active
?teps to prevent waste. hoarding or
| manipulation will be taken
Co-Operatloa I. Aaaared.
Co-operation of the force of the
'strict health department has been I
' -Id. and error?, wrn I
be made to obtain the help of the
Bureau of Markets. |
Announcement of the result of shoe
K?tlonA, V" be
''?I'tmas. Chairman Wilson said
Reports that certain members of!
the fair price committee are con- I
i5 j resigning could not be
Foww '**' n,ghl Dr William C j
r ott ler. a prominent member of the
committee, stated that he "had not |
If f i,any ,h?u?ht <? resigning." '
It i* known, however, that n?verai
members are dissatisfied with the!
passive policy which, it ? .n,,'# !
Chairman Wilson ha? adopted.
Float Committer "Kdlct."
It is pointed out that in spite of!
ie(';?":lK",d,1[t" "aued -ev?ral:
eeks afiro by the committee cro- !
cers continue to sell milk at
cents a quart and 10 cents a pint 1
Conditions In the meat markets have '
not changed In accordance with
promises made by the committee and
dealers are not compelled to post
Pr'Ce" 'he,r Stor"
? ?f ,he f*,r P'"* i
n? . ednesday on the sugar situs.
Uon. Jt was asserted last night is'
Which*'hif ?fHthe "def'rr|nK" attitude i
which has characterized it.
Meanwhile Washington dealer, in
P""'". of the city are selling!
JfJ?t at 15 and 11 cent* a pound. I
someTnnstaCn?s* h" ChM?? '?!
shrapnetsilii^wo
AS ARSENAL explodes !
Dover N. j.. Dec. lS.-Two men are!
?lead and two perhaps fatally Injured
as the result of the explosion ot
shrapnel shells in a blaze which de-'
s'royed four buildings of the Pica-,
tinny arsenal early today. Damage
was estimated at Jl.OOO.OOrt. I
The dead are:
Mrr/n Maiden. 1
shatter.^ k J* Whose ?hiEh was;
fn the D , y "h_rarm''1 and who .died
111 the Dover hospital. and a soldier
named Wilklns. who died of shrapnel
secured. ? mfdlcal ald be
.."y,'!? ?r?: T>r1va,e" Kdward U.
P? lh \r ,e?PhiS- Ten"-; Private
L , . ? Luc*- of Pitmon. Mich . an.1
Private Paul H. Green. Cleveland. O.
No Wonder Dumbinsky
Is Still Feeling Bad j
Greensburg. Pa.. Dec. IS.?Andy
wen' back to Webster and. as
a souvenir, took with him an ..Id
Pair of American boots from his
hoard,ng house. They happened to
be i.eorge Dumbinsky*s boots. They
happened to have $3.00(1 in cash
stowed away in the toes. The au
thorities cabled to Rotterdam in
Dumbinskys behalf and received
this response. -Duty high; boots
I'm?*" . " riv<"r-" Dumbinskv is
still violently ill.
Lowden Political Hopes
Not Expressed in South
Memphis. Dec. 17.-Governor Kr/nk
O. Lowden. of Illinois, talked of tim
ber. land and cattle when he ad
dressed the annual session of the I
i-outbern Alluvial Land Association :
here today, but said not a word about
politics.
Kvery prominent Republican in west
Tennessee was at the station to greet
the possible Republican Presidential
candidate, but every time politics was
mentioned. Lowden started talking
d;-"- ?*n* 'and In the Mississippi
Pledge Anti-Red Movies
To Aid Government Fight
Mouse and Senate Rducational Com.
mittees yesterday issued a Joint ap
peal to the motion picture industry to
carry on a campaign of Americanism
on the screen lo counter against the
spread of radical propaganda.
leading producers in conference
here pledged their support to the res
adopted by the committees re
questing the Industry "to do all with
nh:':rrvi "p,,>,,id ?n<" ?trengu?n
peop'e " ? Amer,c>ni*m within our
The action is the result of a plan
Of Secretary of the Interior Lane.
figures in famous
"BUDDY" BLAKE CASE
Mrs. James Ulake, her husband, and |
their baby, whose body was washed
ashore at Ventnor, N. J., atfer the i
mother said he had been kidnapped.
POWER OF SUGAR
BOARD OPPOSED
House and Senate Take Up
Issue of Price of Crop
In Louisiana.
KfT^rts for the extension of federal
Mi?ar control and licensing through
193) encountered serious opposition in
the Senate yesterday when a motion
was made to concur in the House
amendment to the Senate bill con
tinuing the I'nited States Equalization
Board.
As amended the measure invests
the hoard with the lull war powers!
for the purchase and distribution of!
sugar whereas they had been elimi-:
nated in the original Senate bill, the j
mere retention of the board being!
provided.
At the same time the House passed '
a resolution directing the Attorney
tieneral to explain on what authority;
he had acted in permitting Louisiana j
sugar producers to charge IT and IS;
cents a pound for suRir nnd pfomls- j
ing them immunity from prosecu- J
tlon.
1 Miring the debate preceding the.
rinssage of the resolution. Represents-1
t|*o Tinkham. of Massachusetts* de- 1
clar?vl that if the Ix>uislana fcricej
prevailed universally it would mean
an aidition of 8MO.OOA.rtOO to the living j
bill of the country.
Senator Ilansdell. of I Louisiana. led'
the flght on the sugar bill in the,
Senate. He defended the decision of j
the Attorney t?eneral. He asserted
that the Department of Justice had
conducted an exhaustive inquiry into
the situation and on its findings had
tixed the tlgures of 17 cents a pound I
rav; and 1* cents a pound refined as !
fair prices for the Louisiana sugar
crop.
Brig. Gen. Glenn Near* Retirement.
Hrig. OSen. Kdwin V. ?llenn. now !
commanding officer at Camp Sher
man, Ohio, will be retired at the |
end of this month, and at the same ,
time will be discharged from his I
emergency rank of major general,
the War Department announced
yesterday. Following retirement
i??en. Glenn will proced to his home
in New York Pity.
Cuticura Hair Is Usually
Thick and Healthy
Start him right if you wish him to have
thick, healthy hair through life. Regular
shampoos with Cuticura Soap will keep
his scalp clean and healthy. Before
shampooing touch spots of dandrufT and
itching, if anv. with Cuticura Ointment.
A clean, healthy scalp means good hair
Dost children's akin with Cuticura Tal
cum. an exquisitely scented baby, skis
and face powder. At all druggists- 25c.
r
HOURS: 8 A. M. to 6 P. M. Saturday to 8 P. M.
YOU MAY PAY AS THE WORK PROGRESSES
DONT FEAR PAIN
Lost tcclli rcplacod without plates?loose teeth made firm
and strong?decayed teeth saved. All work guaranteed io years.
Extractions made PAINLESS by our NEW BOTANICAL
DISCOVERY.
?
I Specialize io Plates that Fit
Gold Crowns and
Bridgework
Bridfework $3.00 Up
FSSnp $1.00 Up
Examinations Free
Foil Set of Teeth...$5.00 Up
Gold Crown* $5.00 Up
Porcelain Crowns $3.00 Ud
DR. SMATHERS, KfEK
?>? ruflrt Drtijc ???r* !??. I?Opposite (.nUnibni-i.
CMTtma. KindMl Sfnrlw?It* Waltlas.
D. C. SCHOOL BOARD
SHOULD BE ELECTIVE,
TRADE BODIES HOLD
CONTI.NTED rnOM PAGE ONC.
I
f ry can. for th#y have a .lifHcult'
^>ua(lo:i. The board cannot be
blamed.
? I: Ij l.?ad to have n board of edu
?ili04! rhii'h is net responsible to1
the | evple. If elected it would be
r#~f?cr.?lb:e to the local citizens who^e
? \:;dr*n are put under its charge It1
vv-ould then have to get results and
would get results."
Mr ClaSin. who for a number of'
years was a teacher in the l*>cal
schoots. was first president of the
Teacher** L'nion. and is in close touch
with Hthool conditions it askin; the
chairmen of school committees of the
other organisations to nominate rep-,
resentatlpe# who w!!I form a joint I
committee, examine the situation and
ptA. every bit of power of District
bus:neis men and citizens behind the
movement to get for the schools what
Is needed, whether it be money or
reorganization.
More far Elective Board.
One of th?? first moves toward cor
recting conditions here was the pre
sentation yesterday to a United
Si^s Senator of a bill providing
for * change in the method of se
lecf.ng the local Hoard of Lduca
lion The members of the board now
are selected by the judges of the Su
preme Court of the District of Co
lumbia. The bill provides for a se
lection of the board members by the
people of the District at an election.
The bill probably will he intro
duced in the Senate within the next
few days. It was prepared by the
Citizens* Joint Committee for an
Klectlve School Board, a committee
representing thirty-two civic organ
izations of the District of Columbia
with a membership of more than 200.
citizens Mr Clafitn in chairman
of the committee, which was formed
on June 25 of this year.
Pro%Uloaa of Bill.
The proposed bill Is a lengthy one,
but in it* essentials provides for the
election of the t>oard members, threo
each year, and outlines the forma
tion of the election machinery neces
sary to carry (he law into eiTect.
'Hie crowded condition* in the local
-chools and the shortage of efficient
teachers ha.-* been the subject of In
vestigation by Mr Clafl.n lately, anl
last nisht lie laid the faets before
the school committee of the Board
of Trade at a meeting held in the
board's quarters in the Star Build
ing. He asked and received support
of his recommendation that a Joint
committee be lormed to thresh out
the whole situation. ascertain what
could bo done, discuss the matters
in question In order that a solid
front could be put up to Congess
when the prop?'r time comes.
Much stress was laid by M-. Claflin
on the matter of petting togeth?>r
nefore anv action of anv kind is
taken. He pointed out that if sev
eral organizations, acting singly, ar
rived at different conclusions and
went before the Congressional com
mitters, they would ijet nothing They
would probably be told to jjet to
gether and then come up there, re
sulting in delay. The matter is some
thing which has to be looked after
now. he said. The time to get to
gether Is now.
i ?narntaldlea The Herald.
Superintendent fclrnesl I*. Thurston,
of the District school system, at the
invitation of the schol comtnlttee. ap
peared before It last night and out
lined the situation in the schools. He
asked for aid in getting the needs of
the sclioojs fulfilled.
Restoration of confidence among the
tracker*, who we:e much upset by
lHOfXM?<t reorganization ?chero?. wu
| urged by Capt. James F. Oyster,
j j<re*ident of the Board of Trad?,
speaking at the committee meeting.
, He suggested that the committee get
down to bustnea*. and. even If It
were not prepared to make a full
; report on the conditions to the full
1-oard In January, make a partial re
po-t that would at least show the
'teaching force that the business men
were looking Into matters concerning
them and the school system.
In order to tomplete the commit*
tee'r-work snd get something definite
looking toward restoration of confi
dence among the teaching force, the
full committee instructed Chairman
Claflin to appoint subcommittees to
investigate and report on matters of
increased salaries fo- teachers, more
teachers, more and larger school
buildings, a business manager for the
school system ar.il n teachers' re
tirement law
Seek Light on Plaa.
These subcommittee* will be an
nounced within a few days by Mr
[Claflin. who also was instructed to.
ask the Board of Education to send
a representative to explain the Pim
posed reorganization scheme in order
that the committee might be fully
Informed before taking r.nv action, j
Mr. Claflin Informed *'??? member* j
of the committee that I would see
chairmen of the Congressional com
mittees an<l?ask that the business
and civic Interests of the city be
heard when the school matters come
up for consideration in connection
with the District appropriation bill
Mr. Claflin said he was very glad
to see that The Herald was looking
into the local school conditions here,
and expressed the belief that the pub
licity thus given would serve to stir
up the citizens to back the move to
better conditions and show Congress
the needs of the local system if it was
to be made a model as It should be
"I am now planning to get together
an organization to make a concerted
drive to better the local school con
ditions. which are very bad. to say
the least." said Mr. Claflin yesterday.
"I am going to confer with the heads
of the school committees of the sev
eral civic bodies including the Cham
ber of Commerce, the Rotary Club,
the Federation of Citizens' Associa
tions. and others with a view to hav
ing them appoint delegates to a joint
committee which will go thoroughly
into the local situation, prepare rec
ommendations and present them to
the proper authorities when the time
comes.
"It is only by cooperative and con
certed effort we can over hope to ob
tain our needs, and I propose to
form the organization which will
get what Is needed.
"The children of the local schools
ar* not receiving the kind of edu
cation they should under the condi
tions which should prevail. I know
from personal experience because of
the fact, that I am a teacher and
have two children in the local
schools. I will just cite you one Il
lustration. and that is the case of
my little boy.
"During the school term ending
in June last he had Ave different
teachers. Hig first teacher was a
first-class one who was well adapt
ed and trained to teach scholars in
the first grade. She was getting
less than $1,000 a year, and resigned
to accept a position in the govern
ment service which paid her much
more. Subsequently the boy had
four substitutes who were in no
way qualified to handle the children
of the grade, some of them being
only eighth grade scholars who
were attempting to hold the class.
"I know that these teachers were
not qualified to do the work al
lotted to thrm. I confered with
them ami determined that they
were unfit to do this work and
several of ihem admitted the fact
to me.
"Thle ie manifestly unfair to the
children, to their parents, to the
city and the nation. The child wu
not receiving a proper education,
and in fact was held back In hie
work both by the frequent chances
of teachers during: the term and
the fact that they were not quali
fied."
Mr. Claflin pointed out that the
only remedy lor the teacher situa
tion was higher pay for teachcrs.
He pointed out that the teachers it*
the lower grades certainly could
not maintain themselves on the
very small salaries paid.
"The salaries of the looal teach
era should be Increased 80 per
cent, or at least 76 per cent.** he
continued. "These Increases should (
be made all along the line, but par-,
tlcularly In the caae of the grade1
teachers who have so much to do'
in forming the character of the|
child. The grade teachers are very
I poorly paid.
More and Better Bulldlag*.
"If Congress would increase ~ the
salaries so that employment at high
salaries outside of the school system
would not be more attractive, the re
sult would be more teachers and bet
ter teachers than the system can now
! obtain on tbe low salaries.
"The next thing that Is needed, and
just as much as the salary Increase."
I Mr. Claflin continued further, "is
more and larger buildings. The Na
tional Capital is about four years be
hind in its school buildlnf program
and this must be made up as quickly
as possible. The children are now
huddled together In crowded class
rooms. In small buildings and In por
tables which, as The Herald has
pointed out, are purely makeshifts."
Mr. Claflin said that what was need
ed very much in the school system
here was a board of education that
a as elected by the people and would
be responsible to the people.
"Election of a Board of Education
by popular vote wll result in in- ?
creased efficiency in the local system
as It has done all over tbe country ?
where changes of this kind havc been
made. I have examined thoroughly!
this matter, and I find that now 751
per cent of the boards of education J
throughout the country are elected j
by popular vote, and IS per cent of I
them are appointed by officials of the |
city and county governments who are'
themselves responsible to their peo- ?
pie. Only 7 per cent are appointed
by non-elective officers, such as
judges, as in the case of the District
of Columbia,
riaelnaatl Beneftted.
"The tendency is going more and
| more In the direction of elective
[ boards for the reason that they
[give more satisfaction. I recall to
mind the case of the city of Cin
cinnati where a change was made
from the appointive to the elected
board. I conferred with school i
officials in that city and was in- j
formed that since the board mem
bers had been elected there had
the efficiency of the school system,
been a noticeable Improvement in
This is due to the fact that the i
members arc more directly respon
sible to the people for their acts
and they must show results.
"This matter of electing the lo
cal school board Is one of the
things which the Board of Trade
will push before Congress, and I
can say that there have been few j
local measures that have received
the backing which is behind thisj
proposed bill."
The steering committee of the!
organization which formulated the.
proposed bill is composed of B. W.J
Payne. or Uu Miirlu4 and D. C
Kederatlon of Labor, chairman: Di
Starr Parsons. Northeast Washing
ton Cltlscns' Association: Willis,
W. Keller. Central Labor Ualot
Henry W. Draper. grade pHaclpa
public schools; Mrs Florence Ro?
era Hlrh School Teachers' Union
Miss Ethel M. Smith. National Wo
men's Trade Union Leacu*; Rev. }
Milton Waldron. Parents'' Lea(?
Walter 8 Early. Pslrmmit ClUaenn
Association: IIAs Estelle C. Jack
son. Washington Elemcntar
Teachers' Union: J. Clinton Hlat<
Board of Trade, secretary. Mi
Claflln Is ex-ofBclo a member o
this 'committee which will keep be
hind the measure before Congress
TO DISCUSS DISTRICT
HEALTH PROBLEM?
Washington's health problem* wfc
be discussed tonight by members o
the public health ? em ml t tee of th
Chamber of Commerce, meeting ta IH
Homer Building.
Dr. C. R. Dufour. chairman, wil
preside. The following have been ap
pointed to compose th* committee:
| Dr. C. It. Dufour. chairman; Dt
| It. T. Holden. vtce-chairman; Dr
! l-ewin J. Battle. Dr. A. J. Browr
I Dr. W. K. Buchanan, jr.. Thoma? W
j Buckey. W. H. Bradbury. Dr. W. f
; <1arr. Merritt O. Cbance. Dr. Howan
| r. Cobey. Kdward B. Dean. Willlan
M. Dove. Dr. Clarence M. Doll man
Dr. J. K. Gardner, William F. Gudc
W. O. Hiltabtdle. W. 8. Hoge. Dr
T. J. Howerton. Dr. Harry M. Kauf
man. Capt. Thomas Judge. Dr Rober
Scott Lamb. Grant Lee, Be mart
Leonard, E. W. Mclntire. Dr. Harn
8. Lewis. Dr. J. W. Manktn 8. A
Manuel, P. T. Moran. John J. Xoonan
James F. Oyster, Dr. W. P_Bcrvw
Dr. Joseph D. Rogers. Dr. A. R
Fhands. Dr. J. C. Simpson. William H
Saunders, B. R. Stickney, 1. C. Weld
A. Wade Wells.
"BAYER CROSS" ON
GENUINE ASPIRIN
"Bayer's Tablets of Aspirin" to N
genuine must be marked with tin
safety "Bayer Cross." Aim-ays bu>
on unbroken Bayer packag*, whict
contains proper dire*nJons to
relieve Headache. Toothache. Kir
ache. Neuralgia, Colds and pain
Handy tin boxes of 12 tablets cost bui
a few cents at drug stores?larg?
packages aluo. Aspirin is the trade
mark of Bayer Manufacture of Mono
aceticacidester of Salicylicacid.
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Upholstery
Gifts that Will Please
Velvet Portieres, in various color combinations of blue
and brown, green and rose, mulberry and blue. PA
Special, pair vi} I ?Dll
Damask and Velour Sofa Pillows, in every CO QC
pleasing color combination '
Suggestions in
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Fine Mahogany Tea Tables,
$15.00.
Card Tables, $3.00.
Poker Tables. $25.50.
Mahogany Telephone Stand
and Stool, $10.50.
Special Royal Easy Chair; up
holstered seat and back; with
foot rest, $35.00.
Book Blocks, Desk Sets,
Desk Lamps,
Mahogany Piano Music
Bench, $17.00
Handkerchiefs
of Real Merit
For Men and Young Men
Men's Hand-embroidered Initial
Handkerchiefs. 50c, 59c and 7Sc
each.
Men's H. S. Imported Plain-cord
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30c, 35c and 39c each.
A Gift that $5 or
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27x54 Axminstcr Rugs, $4.50
and $4.75.
36x72 Rag Rugs, $3.85 and
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21x45 Chenille Rugs. $4.25.
24x48 Oval Braided Rugs,
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Fine Quality Hassocks, $1.00
to $2.50.
22|/2x36 Wilton Rugs, $4.50.
A Gift that $10 or
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4x7 Silk Rap Rugs, $9.75.
36x72 Silk Rag Rugs, $5.75.
27x54 Wilton Rugs, $8.50 and
$9.75.
30x60 Chenille Bath Rugs,
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6x9 Rag Rugs, $9.75.
For Women and Misses
Genuine Armenian Lace-edge Pure Linen Handkerchiefs,
fine hand-made handkerchief. Very special* $1.25 each.
rare.
Porto Rican Hemstitched Hand-drawn,
Corner-effect, Pure Linen Handkerchiefs,
92.no to *3.76 each.
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59e each.
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Women's Pure Linen Handkerchiefs,
plain, sheer or cambric, with spoke, re
vers or shirt; hemxtitch; sixteenth, eighth,
quarter and half-Inch hems; Mr, 33c,
SOf. 4V and 3?e each.
Women's H. S. Hand-embroidered Pure
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Mr to 91.73.
Women's H. 8. Embroidered Handker
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Fine Quality Cedar Chests,
$26.50.
Nest of mahogany-finished Tea
Tables. $20.00.
Secretary Desks.
Gentlemen's Chifforobes. in
mahogany and solid cedar.
Reed Armchairs and Rockers,
in natural and stained finishes.
Ladies' Writing Desks.
Sectional Bookcases.
Mahogany Tea Wagon
$35.00
Lamps
A Gift of Worth
$25
Solid Mahogany Antique and Ro
man Gold and Ivorv Floor Lamps,
hand-carved standard, two-light chain
sockets, complete with silk
cord. Each
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