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WOULD KEEP CHECK ON LOCAL HEADS Commerce Chamber Op poses B-g Increase in Pow er for Commissioners. Any great inorense ; - i the present powers of the District Comc'lsfioners was oi>posecl by the board of directors of the Washington Chamber. of Uom merce at a stormy session last r igbt. when they considered the report of the organization’s ciinimklee on law and legislation in respect to the pro posed bill to extend the powers of the city heads. A scathing attack was made upon any attempt of “aggrandisement” in respect to the Commissioners’ author ity by Henry H. Classic and Chapin Brown, two members of the board of directors. These two men were par ticularly emphatic in reward to any exercise of power over the Board of .Education by the Commissioners, and were supported in the report of the law and legislative committee which was unanimously adopted after con siderable debate over each of its sec tions. The Chamber of Commerce in adopting the report went on record as unanimously opposing th'» sug tion contained in the proposed legis lation that the Commissioners be Riven power to appoint the Judges of the Police, Municipal and .luvcnde Courts, the recorder of deeds and the Board of Education, it approved the plan that they should appoint the Board of Charities. Finer Court Appointment. The chamber insisted that the ap pointees he given office by the Su preme Court of the District of Co lumbia as heretofore. Giving most attention !n the re port on section 1 of the bill in regard I to the Commissioners’ power of ap pointment as it would be if the bill became law, the report adopti d by the chamber went in to lengthy rea sons for its opposition to any such power by the city heads. In respect to the Board of Education, the cham ber in its report declared “the trans fer of such power of appointment to the Commissioners would not tend to promote the interests of public edu cation in the District or insure the maintenance of an independent Board of Education of the accepted Ameri can type.” The report states; ‘As pointed out by your committee on public schools in Its report on this section of the proposed bill, public education is not a subject for mu nicipal control, but is a rightful ac tivity belonging to the State.” Declaring that its feelings on the matter were ’’not in any degree as a reflection upon tile character or abil ity of the present board of Commis sioners,” and that it was not a mat ter of personality, the chamber, through the adoption of the report, states that the people of the District , desire an autonomous school board directly responsible to the legisla ture on the one hand, and the people j on the other. They point out that | such would not be the case if the I board was placed in the hands of i those publj£ officers who have to ! wage battiefe for ordinary municipal i appropriations. Chi’ii Fast Operation. The chamber in the report cites that tlie Commissioners appointed tiie board up until 1 POO. when “the results of that inode of appointment, to gether with other circumstances, led Congress to take the,powers from the Commissioners and lodge it in the members of the court.” The present system of appointment by the courts, the chamber states, is ’’calculated to result in the creation of a represent ative independent board, free from special influence.” Embodied in the report before it was adopted was a request that in the bill be inserted a provision that the board of education consist of three members appointed by the District Supreme court at a salary of $7,500. I After a lengthy discussion in which | Chapin Brown and Henry 11. Glassie spoke against the proposed change and Charles W. Darr spoke for the change. Mr. Darr pointed that there would be an efficient body of paid servants under the suggested plan, that would eliminate any “buck pass ing” and insure proper service on the part of the board by reason of their being paid public servants. Both Mr. Glassie and Mr. Chapin Brown were strenuous in their arguments against this provision, which was stricken from the report and not adopted, they were also strongly against any power being exercised by the Commissioners over the board. The discussion over the board con tinued for some time until James T. I Lloyd, vice president of the Chamber j of Commerce, and president of Board . of Education, who presided at the I meeting, explained that there was the now fullest accord between the Commissioners and the Board of Education. Section 1# of the bill which would give the Commissioners power to en force all municipal laws and regula tions by the imposition of a fine and imprislonment as they deem proper after one week publication, was dis approved. Mr. Glassie scored this section bitter ly. saying, ’’lf we adopt this absurd 1 Joy to the hostess who serves O’Keefe’s! Sen-a your guests with O'Keefe’s Pale Dry Ginger Ale, and they’ll know you as a connoisseur of fine beverages . . . It’s a good mixer at any function. SPECIAL PALE S 0«Y CINGERALE If your dealer is not yet ready to sup ply you, send us his name and we will have a supply delivered to you. HARRY L. CARPEL » 1361 H St. N.E., Washington, D. C. Telephone, Lincoln 4667 O O’Keefe's Beverages Limited, 105 West 4<Hh Street. New York City PRESIDENT GREETS TRAIL BLAZER OE 1852 Kara Mri’kiT, IM-jear-oIU trull blnzer of 1N52, snapped with Preuldent Ccolldge at the White House, when he went to urge the Free (dent to have n national highway made of the old Oregon trull, which, he traveled yearn ago. Kara Meeker flew here from Seattle, Wash., retracing In lea* than a day’s flying time a trip that took him five months to complete In ISUSS. Mr. Meeker, Is nationally known as the real pioneer of the Oregon trail, and despite kU advanced nge is still In excellent health. proposition it would mean that we favored giving the Commissioners the power of the legislature and the court. We would have no appeal to Congress that would tell us to go to the Commissioners, it would end our arguments for local self-government." Argument Oirr Author. Lei’twich Sinclair, chairman of the law and legislative committee, at tempted to explain that the Com missioners had not approved the bill, but that the bill had originated in Congress and the Commissioners were merely trying to get the views of the people of the District. "You can’t pin it on the coat tail of Senator Ball.” cried Mr. Glassie, declaring the Commissioners took advantage of the opportunity afforded them by this, bill, “it is an attempt to aggrandise and enlarge powers over matters of over which they have concern. He was supported by foine members of the board of directors. With minor changes the report approved other sections of the bill. S. N. Johnson of the Highway As sociation appealed to the chamber to prevent the organization he represents from closing because of lack of funds. With only a few hundred miles to com plete on a Washington to San Diego highway, Mr. Johnson declared that he would be forced to close in 60 days un less money was forthcoming. Eleven new members were admitted to the chamber. They are George E. Bernbach. I.eon Arnold, Karl Achter kirken, Elinor T. Abel, James J. Slat tery. Eustace G. Nicolopoulos, Joseph Millenson, Jessie B. K. Abraham Kay. Seraphin A. Gattl and Dann & Co. Dr. Frank W. Ballou will address the meeting at a “school night” at the De cember meeting. •— The auto industry uses more than 80 per cent of the rubber supply of the world. U Swiss j| U Watch Clocks — Jj Bp .These charming and Ha pig dainty little Clocks are S 3, gfe-j the product of a noted gpa |j|| Swiss Manufacturer. They |||| are excellent little time- sg keepers and will grace S 3 i||| your mantel or bed-side SJ table. They are also a p® useful when traveling, as 111 they come in a protective 9s gig case of stamped leather. |H egi Novel in design, reason |lj| able in price. | $12.00 | The National |f Remembrance Shop m ' ’(Mr. Foiter’i Shop) j(| B 14th Street I S| ; ; Also 1220 Pa. Ave. iiaagH/iHaaaiißai THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON. D. C.. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1924, DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER HITS DIGEST POLL Strong denouncement of the presi dential poll now being taken by the Literary Digest was made by Repre sentative Tom Connally of Texas, one of the speakers-last night at the meeting of the Davis-Bryan Progres sive Democratic Club at the Shore ham Hotel. Mrs. Walter E. Hutton, president of the club, presided. Mr. Connally characterized the poll as political bunk, given cut to per suade the pubil£ that Davis could not be elected. He declared that the poll had been packed by a majority of Republican States and that the only rock-ribbed Democratic States given were Virginia and Texas. He also said that previous polls conducted by the Digest, including the bonus and Mellon lux measures, did not show at all the true trend of public eentt ment. Glasses in Time Save Eyes _il_ I Eyes Examined || |j Glasses Fitted KAUFMAN FIRE IS COSTLY! Be Protected Agsinst It J. LEO KOLB Insurance Agency 923 New York Ave. N.W. 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William Tyler Page of Maryland, clerk of the United States House of Representa tives and president of the Republican Slate Voters’ Association, will he the principal speaker. There will be music. DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN DO-OR-DIE STATE O*’ ” ,r STERN COAST (Tontlii^"* paign, apparently have been calcu lated to win votes In the progressive West. They have been read by many with interest and sympathy. Where he has made speeches in the West Mr. Davis bus made Ivlends. But the plaint is heard frequently In these parts that the Democratic nominee Is not known to the people. Democratic leaders not unnaturally, perhaps when their attention has been called to the strength of Cool- Idge and La Koilette In these North western and Pacific Coast States, have said. "Oh, well, those are normally Republican States'.’* But as a matter of fact It was these Western States that made it possible for Woodrow Wilson to win in 191# against Hughes, and It was these Western State's that swelled the Democratic column in 191 t for Wilson against Roosevelt and Taft. Farther back still in 1896, when Wil liam Jennings Bryan was the Demo cratic nominee, a number of these States wore found In the Democratic column. It will be remembered that earlier this year the confident pre diction was made that an alliance be tween the Southern States and the great States of the Went would bring | PERPETUAL | BUILDING ASSOCIATION Pays 6 Per Cent | on shares maturing in 45 | or 83 months. It H Pay* 4 Per Cent | on shares withdrawn be fore maturity Assets More Than I $9,000,000 * Surplus $950,000 Comer 11th and £ Sts. N.W. JAMES BERRY President | JOSHUA \V. CARR. . .Secretary I about Democratic victory at the polls In November. 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