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MINIMUM WAGE
ITESUASE HEARD
Arguments Begin on D. C.
:] Law Before the Supreme
Court.
'■» • ■
VALIDITY IS QUESTIONED
Several States Having Similar
| Laws Have Intervened in
litigation.
■V
•Rearing in the case of the Dis
trict minimum wage board against
the Children’s Hospital and others
commenced in the ITnlted States Su
preme Court today. The case involves
tjfce constitutionality of the minimum
■vfage law on appeal from the Court
Appeals. Corporation Cpunsel
Stephens and Felix Frankfurger ap
peared for the minimum wage board,
appellant, and C. B. Ellis, J. W. Folk .
t&d Wade H. Ellis for the Children’s
hospital, appellee.
states interested in mini
mum wag© laws have in
the case as "friends of the court.
£ Would Enjoin Enforcement.
case involves appeals from the j
Oaurt of Appeals of the District j
Anting bills by the Children’s Hos- :
pf4l and Willie A. Lyons, to
an order of the minimum wage |
dwn i ■£ 1 sT»"n,.n< “"‘/“pf.' |
sj. BK*. VWSSif*w i
peats and second the constitutionality j
¥co h the appellants in their j
brief which summarized the oral
argument, contended on the dueatio :
of jurisdiction that only the Court of
Afcpeals as a court and not Mr. Jus- j
me Robb as an individual member j
of the court had power to pass on
Jurisdiction of Mr. Justice Staf
ford to participate in the
orAhe original motions for rehearing.
Farther, Mr. Justice Stafford was a
Somber of the Court of Appeals for
f&e purposes of these cases and con
tSiued to be such a member until J 1 '®
ftSl and final disposition of, the
causes. including motions for
lag which he was designated to hear
a "Thc e< outline of the argument on
cfthstl tut tonality was contention that
‘The presumption to be accorded an
alt of Congress—that it be respected
unless transgression of the
tfon is shown ‘beyond a
doubt" —amply sustains the District
oT Columbia minimum wage law
tfcularly in view of the circumstances
of- its enactment, Congress b>
legislation aimed at ends that are
'legitimate and within the scope of
the Constitution.’* i
>. Says Menas* Are Appropriate. j
"The ‘means’ selected by Congress
are ’appropriate and plainly adapted
to accomplish these ends. No right
of the plaintiffs secured under the
Constitution ’prohibits* the use of
these appropriate means so adopted
hv Congress to accomplish these
legitimate ends. The majority opin
ion of the Court of Appeals erects no
tions of policy into constitutional
prohibition.”
Counsel for the appelants also con
tended that *lt is not arbitrary, wan
ton or spoliative for Congress to xe
ouire the consent of the board before
allowing a wage contract affecting
■women at below cost, but a valid
exercise of the ’police power’ because
of the actual handicaps of women in
Industry, nor for Congress to require
employers to pay the cost of womans
work.
‘•lt is not arbitrary, wanton, or
spoliative for Congress to require em
ployers to pay the cost of womans
labor, nor for the state to require the
consent of the board before allowing
wage contracts of women workers at
below cost, because that Is a reason
able exercise of power to foster the
productivity of Industry.
“It is not arbitrary, wanton or
spoliative for Congress to require the
employer to obtain a license from the
board before he can buy a woman’s
labor at leas than cost, because that
is a reasonable means of preventing
cut-throat and unfair competition be
tween manufacturers; nor for Con- :
press to require the consent of the
board before allowing a woman em
ployee to sell labor below cost, be
cause that is a reasonable means for
preventing unfair competition between
women employes.
Action \«t Arbltmry.
“The action of Congress was not
arbitrary, wanton or spoliative be
cause the direct Interest of the Dis
trict In these particular wage con
tracts affecting women gave it a spe
cial justification for controlling them.
“The alleged deprivations of ‘prop
erty* are either merely nominal like
the so-called ‘liberties,* or hypotheti
cal and unsubstantiated; and there
fore, were not dealt with arbitrarily
or wantonly or as a spoliation. The
so-called ‘liberties’ of which the
plaintiffs claim to have been deprived
were merely fanciful and theoretical
and not substantial. Therefore it
was not ‘arbitrary,* ‘wanton* or a
•spoliation’ for Congress to allow
great public Interest to prevail over
them.”
“The presumption to be accorded an
act of Congress—that It be respected
unless transgression of the Constitu
tion Is shown ‘beyond a rational
doubt* —amply sustains the District
of Columbia minimum wage law, par
ticularly in view of the circumstances
of Its enactment," It was urged.
“In considering this legislation.
Congress was dealing with a practi
cal problem which had been pressing
upon the attention of many legisla
tures. Congress was acting upon an
experience which had amply justified
Itself in different parts of the
country.
Counsel contended that the con
troversy reduces Itself to an applica
tion of Marshall’s canon of constitu
tional construction to the concrete
facts of modem Industrial life, and,
more particularly, to those in the
District:
•'Let the end be legitimate, Jet It
be within the scope of the Constitu
tion, and all means which are appro
priate, which are plainly adapted to
that end, which are not prohibited,
but consist with the letter and spirit
of the Constitution, are constitu
tional."
Does Not Follow States.
Counsel pointed out that ‘’Congress
did not casually follow state legisla
tion. It was not content to rest upon
a body of state laws, uniformly sus
tained by the courts and vindicated,
since 1913, by the trial of experience.
The Senate and House committees on
the District of Columbia held hear
ings on the needs of this legislation,
in view of the conditions prevailing
in the District.
“No one appeared in opposition to
the bill. A remarkable circumstance
which has probably never occurred in
any previous legislation hearings on
a measure affecting wage legislation
in this country was the appearance
of the official organised body of em
ployers—the Merchants' and Manu-
Association of the District
■ —who sent their representative to
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make a statement Indorsing the bill
and urging Its passage. The com
mittees of both Houses unanimously
recommended the legislation. The
constitutional question raised by the
proposal was frankly considered by
the committees. With full conscious
ness of the issue, after consideration
of the objections now urged. Con
gress, without opposition in the
House, and with only twelve nays in
the Senate (not based on conatltUk
tional grounds) deemed the legisla
tion hero assailed within Us consti
tutional competence and required by
the proved needs of the District.
“In addition to all these grounds
which moved and Justified congres
sional action, the Judgment of Con
gress is now vindicated by the results
of over four years of the actual op
eration of the law and ten years of
extensive experience with such legis
lation in California, Massachusetts.
Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and
Wisconsin.”
Claim It Is U *«*«■• tltntloaml.
The appellees in their brief, which
was also the basis for oral argument,
said their contention is that minimum
wage law is unconstitutional because’,
“it Is a price-fixing law, directly in
terfering with freedom of contract
which la a part of the liberty of the
citizen guaranteed in the fifth amend
ment. and our position is that no ex
ercise of the police power Justifies
the fixing of prices either of property
or of services; that the amount of the
Charge received or paid In exchange
of money for property or labor in
private business cannot itself be
called a matter affecting the public
health, morals or safety, and thus
brought within scope of the police
power.
“If a wage-fixing law is constitu
tional. then It must necessarily be
because the liberty ‘ and property
clauses of the Constitution do not j
inhibit, the fixing of prices every
where for all articles and services
that are the subject of bargaining,
for there is and can be no distinc
tion in principle between the power
to fix a charge for services and the
power to fix the prices for houses,
, chattels or goods of any kind. We
j believe it Is settled by the decisions
:of this court, interpreting the Con
j stitution. that the permanent fixing 1
;of prices in private business is not j
within the power of the legislative ,•
| body.
[ “The reason for this, as we believe)
I has also been settled, is that the Con- I
j stitution Itself has laid down certain ]
[fundamental principles of economics)
|in establishing private ownership of j
[property and individual liberty; that)
[these fundamental principles cannot |
1 themselves be declared to be inimical
jto the public health, safety, morals or
j welfare, and changed under the guise
lof an exercise of the ‘•police power.”
Three Points Discussed.
“In taking up in detail the authori
ties on the question, there will be
discussed In their order three points;
“First; By a long line of decisions
it is now settled that the protection
of liberty and property guaranteed
In the fifth and fourteenth amend- (
ments Includes freedom of contract, j
"Second: That a general wage law.
permanent in operation, applying to
all or to particular industries not af
fected with a public interest, is uni
formly assumed or conceded in the
decisions of this Court to be inhibited
by the fundamental guaranties of
liberty and property established 'ln
the fifth and fourteenth amendments.
“Third: That the inhibition against
wage laws is not removed by having
such laws apply to women alone and
excluding men.
"The argument of counsel for ap
i pellants in support of the validity
jof the wage law, cannot fairly be
[said to rest upon any decision of this
j court, except that assuming this law
;to be within the scope of the police
j power, he relies upon the rulings
I many times made and not disputed
(here, that Congress has a wide dis
cretion In exercising an admitted
I power. But the question here is not
[one of discretion in determining the
extent to which Congress may go in
legislating for the public health,
safety, morals or welfare within the
police power. At the very base of
the discussion is the question of the
power to act at all. The question is
whether the fixing of the price of
1 labor is within the police power at
all —not whether It is proper exercise
of that power.
"It will not do to say’ that the fix
ing of prices is done as a ‘health
measure’ and therefore it comes with
in the police power and the consti
tutional guaranties do not applv. By
the same token it might be said that
the mere existence of freedom of
contract or private ownership of
property, guaranteed by the Consti
tution, are themselves, inimical to
health, morals or safety and there
fore Congress has a wide discretion
to restrict or eliminate them.
“On the other hand, every conten
tion of counsel for appellants In sup
port of the validity of the law is
answered in the decisions of this
court. Forbidding that term in the
contract between employer and em
ploye by which the price is fixed by
the parties has no more relation to
health or morals than forbidding the
term of the contract between em
ployer and employe by which one
agrees not to be a member of an as
sociation of workers.
“And the direct relation to health
or morals does not exist when the
contract is made by men, and equally
it does not exist when the contract
Is made by women. The question be
fore the court being one of power,
because of the limitations upon legis
lative power In the constitutional
guaranties, the statistics or opinions
which Induced Congress to believe
the law desirable- have no more con
trolling weight on the question than
they would have on the question of
the validity of a law requiring em
ployers to hire none but union men,
or a law forbidding them to hire
aliens, or an act of Congress such as
the child labor tax law.”
STUDENTS OPPOSE FACULTY.
HAVANA, March 14.—The students
of Havana University have made new
demands on the university authori
ties. Placards appeared on the campus
demanding the dismissal of certain
members of the faculty deemed un
satisfactory to the students. The
placards named men who would be
acceptable to the students as rector
and vice rector and also designated
from the advanced students men to
act as professors.
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THE EVENING STAR. WASHINGTON. D. C.. WEDNESDAY. MARCH. 14, 1923.
D. C. ALLEY HOMES
SHOWINGINCREASE
first Figures Indicate More
People Are Living in In
terdicted Places.
There are more persons living in
cdleys in Washington now than there
j were three years ago, according to
unofficial figures obtained today from
reports made- to Commissioner Oyster
by police captains.
These reports shows a total of
9,582 alley inhabitants, as compared
with only 9,017, when the last police
cemsus was taken in November, 1919.
These families, the reports show,
sre- living in 3*246 houses. While this
would be an average of three to a
dwelling, the statistics gathered by
the police captains state that in many
cases there are as many as ten In
one dwelling.
Those totals wore compiled hur- ;
rledly at the District building today
from the sheets sent in by each pre
cinct. The orfficlal figures, when
compiled, may vary slightly, it was
sail).
Commissioner Oyster asked MaJ.
I Sullivan to take this new count of
alley occupants for the information
of tho Commissioners, who are
charged by Congress with the duty
of closing all alley houses on Juno 1
Os this year.
It had been thought by many that
the number of alley Inhabitants was
on tho decline, that war-time pros
perity had enabled some of the
families in those houses to move out
on front streets.
; If the unofficial totals presented
. herewith are correct it makes the task
jof enforcing the alley closing law
! even more perplexing than the Com
imissionera had regarded it a few days
f ago.
| Rev. J. Milton Waldron, a leader in
i the movement to Improve the con
j riitions of alley dwellers, contends
[ that the number of persons residing
iin these bv-ways is much larger even
thair the figures now before Commis
sioner Oyster.
The ninth precinct heads the list
with 1.812 persons living in 202 alley
houses. The record, by precincts, fol
lows:
First precinct—s houses. 19 inhab
itants.
Second precinct—364 houses, 1,470
inhabitants.
Third precinct—399 houses. 1,674 in
, habitants.
j Fourth precinct—499 houses, 1,645
inhabitants.
Fifth precinct—lß6 houses, 740 in
habitants.
Sixth precinct—lßo houses. 680 in
habitants.
Seventh precinct—6o houses, 233 in
habitants.
Eighth precinct—324 houses, 1,173
inhabitants.
Ninth precinct—2o2 houses, 1,812 In
habitants.
Tenth precinct—27 houses, 136 in
habitants.
Eleventh precinct —No Inhabited
public alleys In eleventh precinct,
RUHR REPRISALS
LEADING TO CRISIS,
BRITISH BELIEVE
(Continued from First Page.)
owned coke plant at Westerholt, near
here, which has been taken over by
the French authorities as part of
their scheme for obtaining reparations
from the Germans, have been an
nounced. Members of the engineers
mission, which has the work in hand,
are reported to have made arrange
ments to load into cars 15,000 tons of
coke taken with the plant. The first
train of this coke started for France
last night.
Tanks were used in the operation
and a cavalry patrol has been placed
around the plant; infantry guards
have replaced the German's. 400 of
whom quit work yesterday. Four
thousand miners in an adjacent coal
mine also went on strike as a protest
against the occupation of the coke
plant, but even should the strike con
tinue there is enough coal on the sur
face to run the place for several
months.
Germans Are Cautioned.
Assurances wore given the German
officials by the French that the coal
mine would not be interfered with,
but at the same time the directors
were cautioned that if any difficulties
were encountered in the coke plant
the coal mine, grhlch also Is state
property, would be seized and shut
down tight.
The arrival of 800 French troops
and engineers was announced at the
plant by the blowing of the giant
steam siren which is used as a danger
signal. This created a stir through
out the district in which the town
of Buer Is situated, but the occupa
tion went off like clockwork, and
within a few minutes after their ar
rival the military commanders and
the German director of the coke rail
way we're questioning each other.
The coke furnaces are cooling; the
French are going ahead with enthu
siasm and expect to have them op
erating again within a few days, and
there already are indications that
some of the 400 German strikers
Would return to work shortly. If the
strike continues the French plan to
bring in their own men. having forty
five on hand already for a start.
These are Poles and Germans, who
signed for service and were put to
work the first thing this morning
loading the coke cars.
ORDERED REMAIN INDOORS.
X—
By the Associated Press.
RECKLINGHAUSEN, March 14.
The French military authorities havs
ordered the residents of the town of
Buer to remain indoors after 7 o'clock
at night. All lights In the house must ,
be extinguished by 10 o'clock. 1
During the daytime, men in the
at night. Ail lights in the houses must
not put their hands in their pockets.
The burgomaster has appealed to the
people to remain calm, If only for the
sake of the hostages, of whom he is
one.
CRAMER ENDS LIFE
WITH PISTOL SHOT
(Continued from First Page.)
University class of 1899. For many
years he was general counsel for some
of the large western oil corpora- ,
tions. At the outbreak of tho war
he came to Washington and tried to
obtain a commission in the Army.
Owing to a crippled arm and poor
eyesight he was unable to get Into
military service. He served here as

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CHARLES K. CRAMER,
the representative of the foreign pe- .
troleum Interests which were supply
ing the allies with the toluol used In |
manufacturing explosives and also
with aviation supplies for the French |
army. He continued In this work j
until a year after the signing of the |
armistice.
Was Aid to Forbes,
An official statement from the Vet- J
erans* Bureau today announced that
he became general counsel at the re
quest of Col. C. R. Forbes.
Before coming to Washington he
resided In San Francisco. He was a
member of the Army and Navy Club,
the Metropolitan Club, the Chevy
Chase Club, the Racquet Club, the
Lambs* Club of New York and the
Bohemian Club of San Francisco
The couple had no children. |
Cramer, It Is understood, had a mother
and sister In New York city. Mrs.
Cramer Is expected back in vv ash-
Ington lato this afternoon.
CRAMER'S RECORD CLEAR.
Successor Finds Nothing to Dis
credit of Former Official.
William Wolf Smith, who succeeded
Mr. Cramer as general counsel.for
bureau said that Investigation of
* affairs in the legal division had die j
’ closed “nothing to Mr. Crameris dis
P credit.” Under orders of Director
» Hines. Mr. Smith has revised most
of the projects and contracts on wnicn
1 Mr. Cramer passed Judgment.
’ | Officials at the bureau generally
I ascribe Mr. Cramer’s suicide to gen
: ■ eral depression, resulting from the
| attacks made on him. After he left
’ the bureau, they said he had greatly
altered In appearance and had shown
I many evidences of discomfort. He j
, was said also to have worried eon- i
, slderably about the health of his I
- father, who lives In New York, and
I about financial matters.
Not His Fault.
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i Delinquent—Yes, sir, I know, sir—
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ACCUSED VETERAN
COMMIE
Arthur L. Share Takes Life
After Being Charged With
Bootlegging.
Arthur Li Share, forty-one-year-old
Spanlsh-American and world war vet
eran, who had Just been recommended
for discharge from the Mount Alto
Hospital, where he was a patient, fol
lowing an Investigation into the mys
terious distribution among veterans
at the institution of bootleg liquor,
committed suicide today by slashing
his throat with a razor In a room at
the Shepherd House, 10 th and E
streets northwest.
Share’s body was found by a maid.
The throat was cut from ear to ear
and an open, blood-stained razor lay
on a bureau a few feet away. The
war veteran apparently had stood be
fore the mirror, slashed his neck and
replaced the razor on the bureau and
collapsed across the bed.
Share Was A erased.
According to officials at the Veter
ans’ Bureau, the board of officers of
the fourth veterans’ district had Just
received from Mount Alto Hospital a
report on the investigation Into
liquor selling at the hospital. This
report alleged that Share had con
fessed to bringing bootleg whisky
Into the government hospitalization
center and the recommendation was
made that Share be discharged from
the institution.
Share, it was pointed out, was not
an overseas veteran. He enlisted in
1917, In the Ist Company, 164th Regi
ment. depot brigade, and was dis
charged April 10, 1919. He had been
receiving compensation from the Vet
erans’ Bureau at the rate of S7O a
month since last November, and prior
to that time had been getting *BO a
month. At the time of the reduction,
a board of inquiry advised Share to
undergo psycho-therapy examination.
Later he was ordered to Mount Alto
Hospital for treatment for Intestinal
trouble.
Relative* Are Notified.
I During his early negotiations with
the government Share was cared for
by Red Cross authorities, who today
! notified relatives in Denver, Col., of
the man’s death.
Share rented a room at the Shepherd
House yesterday afternoon. He had
previously stopped at this hotel when
under care of the Red Cross. Blanche
Jones, colored maid, found the body
when she entered the room to clean
up. Dr. J. M. Gaines of the Emer
gency Hospital staff, who responded
to a call for an ambulance, pro
nounced Share dead. W. H. Hinson,
bicycle policeman of the first pre
cinct, was the first officer on the
scone. Sergt. O. H. Moran of No. 1
precinct notified Coroner Nevltt, who
Issued a certificate of suicide. The
body was taken in charge by under
takers of the Veterans’ Bureau.
AUTO REGISTRY TAGS
FOR VISITORS ARRIVE
Headley Will Begin Issuing Them
March 20 Is Police Announcement.
The tags to be placed on all out-of
town cars by the police, showing that
tho driver has registered, arrived
from the factory today. Inspector Al
bert J. Headley, chief of the traffic
bureau, announced, however, that he
would not begin issuing them until
I March 20.
| The tag i« brown with white let-
I ters. If bears the word registered.
I 1923 and has a blank space on which
the traffic bureau will stamp the date
on which the driver’s period of reci
procity expiree.
No fee will be charged for these
tags, the purpose being merely to
give traffic officers a means of know
ing when a visitor overstays his
reciprocity time.
The police believe many Washing
tonians operate permanently on for
eign tags because they know that if
they buy District tags they must also
get Maryland plates.
INSTITUTE TO STUDY 1
TRANSPORTATION IS
READY TO FUNCTION
(Continued from First Page.)
inr. highway transportation, marino
transportation and railroad transpor
tatlon. The member* of this board
are to bo chosen from the best quali
fied representatives of these Indus
tries. This board is to handle the
business end of the institute; it Is to
provide the sinews—the funds re-
Ctrlred to carry on the work.
It has become common in this coun
try today to refer to the problems
of transportation as “great" and ‘or
vital importance" to the people. The
problems of transportation hkye been
studied from the angle of the rail
roads and from the angle of the snip
pers. They have yet to bo studied
from an impartial angle, and the pro
ponents of the proposed
Transportation Institute maintain
that the interests of the consuming
public, the railroads the shippers and
producers are so closely interwoven
that It is impossible to solve the prob
lems successfully of one without solv
ing the problems of the others.
Problems Not All Solved.
So far as the railroads of the coun
try are concerned, the public demands
regulation and service. Through Jaws
of Congress and laws of the states
the public has regulated the railroads,
but has not solved ail the problems
of transportation by anv means, ine
belief Is that If the public Is suffi
ciently Informed In regard to these
problems. It can aid In their solution
effectually. Mr. Robinson has ex
plained the plan as follows:
“The plan contemplates that me
institute shall conduct necessary re
search, and thereafter teach. Its stu
dents and the public through Its staff
officers and the press.
“The true fundamental principles
underlying the various kinds of
transportation facilities.
■The facts as to the present condi
tions affecting transportation and the
relative necessity and Importance of
each class of common carrier.
■The real effect of each type or
legislation and regulation.
“How and to what extent the public
and the carriers will be benefited, or
adversely affected, by any policy or
course of action that may be adopted
in respect to their transportation
problems.”
Branches In All States.
It Is proposed that In each state
the Institute shall have a representa
tive—an outstanding man of the cali
ber from which governors of states
should be selected. This representa
tive of the Institute will be respon
sible In large part for the dissemina
tion of information regarding trans
portation problems, gathered by the
Institute, In his particular state.
President Harding, to whom Repre
sentative Anderson explained In de
tail the proposal for the National
Transportation Institute, in a letter
to Mr. Anderson Indorsing the plan,
said:
“The broad and understanding study
of the entire transportation problem
Is unquestionably a serious national,
indeed, I think I may as well say, a
serious world necessity at this time.
Such an organization as you are pro
posing ought to become a power in
connection with the nationwide consid
eration of these problems, and a use
ful directing force In connection with
the determination of public policy.”
Warkel tor Twelve Months.
During the last twelve months Mr.
Robinson, Representative Anderson,
Mr. Clark and others have been work
ing assiduously for the organization
of the proposed Institute. Meetings
were held In December in Chicago
and In New York In January, attended
by representative business men of the
country, including all the Industries,
at which resolutions approving the
plan were adopted and committees
appointed. The organization meeting
Is to be held. It is now announced, in
New York within a short time, and
the institute thereafter will be estab
lished and at work.
It is well recognized that trans
portation is to be one of the princi
pal subjects to which attention will
be given at the next regular session
of Congress, which meets in Decem
ber. Many proposals to amend the
transportation act, under which the
railroads were handed back to their
owners after the war and under
which they have since been operating,
have been put forward.
The National Transportation Insti
tute, It Is believed, can accomplish
a great service In the next eight
months before the convening of Con
gress through research work and the
spreading of Information regarding
the transportation problems. This
Information will be at the service of
members of Congress, as well as at
the service of the general public,
when It comes time to legislate In
regard to railroads and other forms
of transportation.
MEMBERS HEAR REPORT
ON BOS LINE EXTENSION
16th Street Citizem’ Association
Discusses Hearing by Utili
ties Board.
The Sixteenth Street Citizens' As
sociation met last night at the resi
dence of H. Xj. Stroh. 7533 Alaska
avenue, for discussion of the hearing
granted by the Public Utilities Com
mission to the Sixteenth Street
Heights and the Sixteenth Street
Highlands associations on the ques
tion of extension of the Capital
Traction bus line northward on l«th
street from its present terminal at
Montague street to Holly street.
The report of Mr. W. N. Holmes,
chairman of the committee, was re
ceived and further action was post
poned until a later meeting.
Perry Cleveland, chairman of the
streets and sidewalks committee was
histructed to call the attention of the
District Commissioners to the condi
tion of thoroughfares and sidewalks
in the subdivision damaged by con
struction of dwelling houses recently
erected.
Dr. J. F. Douglas, chairman of the
committee on health and sanitation,
was instructed to request the in
stallation of a catch basin at the
southwest corner of 13th and Moral
streets by the District so that water
passing that comer during rain
storms will be carried away and
prevent flooding of basements on
Pern street between 12th and 13th
streets.
The secretary of the association,
Mrs. H. M. Phillips, was Instructed to
write the Washington Electric Rail
way Company calling attention to
congestion of street traffic at Georgia
avenue and Rock Creek Church road,
alleged to be caused by switching and
loading and unloading cars at that in
tersection. It was suggested as a
remedy that southbound cars unload
passengers at the flre-barn stop at
Georgia avenue and Rock Creek
Church road, and that they load at
Georgia avenue and Quebec street.
Dr. Henning Nelms, director of
Grace Church, Woodside, was a guest
of the association, and entertained the
members with an address and several
southern dialect stories. Dr. Nelms
was elected an honorary member of
the association.
A financial report from Treasurer
H. J. Homer was adopted and ap
proved.
i Spring
House-Painting !
HEN it comes to the painting and
papering of your residence, you
need a competent, trustworthy ad
| viser of ripe experience. Year after year,
I spring after spring, Plitt has been suggest- *
ing the right quantity, quality and color 11
* scheme of house-paints. He knows the *\ j*
whole story of imported and domestic wall- I
papers. His painters and paperhangers p
| skillfully complete your commissions. Visit
the Plitt studio-shop today. I
| Select here your draperies and I
| slip-covers for summertime \
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SMS AUTO EXHIBIT
IN THIRD-CAY SESSION
Attendance Showing Increase,
With Baying Above Average *
of Previous Shows.
With attendance Increasing daily
and nightly, the 1923 spring automo
bile show began Its third full day’s
session today. Not only have the
crowds been highly satisfactory In
number, but, according to exhibitors,
buying of the merchandise displayed
has been without parallel in the his
tory of local shows.
This augurs well, dealers say. for
spring automobile selling. Plans have
been made by local distributors for
a heavy business during the warmer
weather; the interest displayed at the
show, they point out. shows that their
plans will not be amiss.
Lartt Crowds the Rale.
In any event, large crowds are the
rule, not the exception, so far this week.
"Are you interested in a new car?" or
“At your convenience I should like to
take you out In this Blank six; it is the
finest riding automobile ever made,” are
some of the phrases that are heard by
the showgoer as he wends his way down
i the long aisles between the rows of
, shining cars.
The motorist and the prospective mo
! torist of today wants to be “shown.” /
He Is not content to accept the some
■ times extravagant claims of the saiee
■ men.
I He not only wante a rid© in the car
i he Is about to buy, but he wishes to
i consult other owners as to the merits
of the motor. He is not only inter
, ested In what the first cost of the car
i will be, hut what the running cost
and the repairs will amount to. He
i wants to know what kind of a service
. station is maintained, what the prices
, are and how quickly repairs are made.
Evolution in Salesmanship.
All these things have brought about
an evolution In automobile salesman
ship. The salesman of today must be
accurate In what he says; live up to
promises made before the purchase,
and. above all, give the same cour
j teous attention after the erstwhile
1 prospect Is driving the car as when
he was merely a prospect and gazing
, longingly at the car in the display
loom.
I The women of Abyssinia have the
privilege of abusing their husbands
and divorcing them at pleasure. f

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