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ANNEXATION PLAN SEEN AS PARK AID Maj. Cary Brown Holds Rec lamation of Hunting Creek Flats Possible. Special Dispatch to The Star. ARLINGTON COUNTY COURT HOUSE. Va.. January 29.—Reclaiming of the Hunting Creek Flats would pro vide the City of Alexandria with an ideal site for a large public park along tne proposed Mount Vernon boulevaru, Maj. Cary Brown of Washington told the court this morning when presented by council for Arlington County as a witness in the annexation suit brought against the county by Alexandria. Maj. Brown, wno is a member of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, when asked on cross-ex amination by Albert V. Bryan of the counsel for Alexandria if it would not cost 50 cents per foot to reclaim the land, testified that it would not cost more than 10 cents a cubic yard, or approximately $1,300 an acre to All in the lowlands along the creek. In the direct examination conducted by Commonwealth Attorney William C. Gloth of Arlington County, Maj. Brown said that the territory recently acquired front Fairfax County by annexation agreement offers Alexandria a large area of land suitable for the construc tion of high class homes. He asserted that opening of streets adjacent to tracks of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad in Alexandria would unquestionably aid in develop ment of the city's land. Say Few Favor Change. Webster C. Davis, resident of Jeffer son magisterial district for 22 years, paid that A7 per cent of the citizens of that district are opposed to annexation by Alexandria. David D. Smith, an Arlington County contractor, who resides on Glebe road in the territory sought by the city, as serted that a very small percentage of people in his section favor annexation. He said that he has constructed ap proximately 50 homes ‘in the county during the past year, and that the greater majority of the occupants have moved in from Washington. About 10 formerly lived in Alexandria, he said. Mayor Walter B. Fulton of the town of Potomac testified that Potomac has all modern facilities, including well or ganized fire and police departments, two schools, churches of practically every denomination and an ample num ber of stores. Direct examination of Harry K. Green, Arlington County commissioner of revenue, was postponed this morning to allow Maj. Brown, Mayor Fulton, Davis and Smith to testify. Direct ex amination of Commissioner Green prob ably will be continued this afternoon or at the morning session tomorrow. Fears Retardation. On the stand yesterday afternoon Green told the court that annexation would retard the growth of both the city of Alexandria and Arlington County in that the higher tax rate which would result would be so increased that it would keep industries and home seekers from both places. Arlington County would have to increase its tax rate from *2.50 to $3.10 on the SIOO assessment to compensate for the loss of $172,884.52,* he said. The assessed valuations in land and personal property have increased in the -county from $7,806,190 in 1916 to $21,- 704,780 in 1928. Over the same period Alexandria has increased from $5,919,- 936 to $11,195,602 in 1928. During the 12-year period Alexandria Increased $5,275,666, or 88 per cent, while the county increased $13,898,598, or 178 per cent. The county commissioner also told j the court that in Alexandria there is an additional automobile tax of 20 cents j per hundred pounds in addition to thei State tax, and an additional 50 cents j for poll tax. Green testified that Arlington County j ranks fourth out of 100 counties in the 1 State in capital assessments, while Alexandria ranks sixteenth out of the 26 cities. Two Residents Testify. Counsel for the county presented two witnesses at the afternoon session yes terday in an attempt to show that resi dents in the area proposed to be an nexed, as a whole, are opposed to annexation. They were Ralph E. Rem- ' ington, deputy clerk of the Circuit Court for Arlington County and a resi dent of the area Alexandria hopes to . obtain, and Bryan E. Gordon, a resi dent of Mount Ida and an attorney at-law. Remington told the court that only two of the people of his neighborhood that he has conversed with regarding annexation have spoken with favor of going into Alexandria. He said that practically all of the county streets and roads in the area sought are modern and hard surfaced and that the street lighting system supplied by the county Is good. On cross-examination by Albert V. Bryan of the counsel for Alexandria, Remington said his mail comes to him through the Alexandria post offlefe and that all express, telegrams and tele phone' calls are handled in Alexandria. Gordon stated that sentiment in the Mount Ida community and the town of Potomac, as a whole, is strongly against annexation. On cross-examination Gordon ad mitted that many of the roads and streets in the territory proposed to be annexed had been improved since the annexation suit was instituted by the city. STATE ASKED IN MARYLAND Baltimore Delegate's Measure Au thorizes Submission of Issue at November Election. By a Staff Correspondent of The Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 29.—Au thority to pay a soldiers’ bonus to resi dents of Maryland who served in the World War Is contained In a bill intro duced in the House of Delegates last night by Delegate Andrew P. Szamski, Democrat, of the first Baltimore dis trict. The measure authorizes creation of a State debt in the amount of $9,000,000 for the purpose. Those who served between March 26, 1917, and November 11. 1918, would be eligible, except those who were in the service for less than 90 days and con scientious objectors. Veterans also must have lived m the State six months prior to entry into the service. The bill provides that the soldier bonus mat ter be submitted to the voters at the November elections in 1930. MRS. JULIA GARTER DIES. Wife of Edgar P. Carter, 70, Is In fluenza Victim. Bpecial Dispatch to The Star. BERRYVILLE, Va„ January 29. Funeral services were held here yester da- in the Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Julia C. Carter, wife of Edgar P. Carter, who died at her home here fol lowing an illness of several weeks, from influenza, which developed into pneu monia. Mrs. Carter was 70 years old. She is survived by her husband and the fol lowing children: Grover L. Carter, Ed gar Carter, jr.; Norval Carter and Miss Nellie Carter of Berryville, Roy Car ter of Martinsburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Hugh Hardesty of Clarke County. One brother, Charles Roberts of Berryville, CJo survives* Scout Honored. IHV H * Jam ij| H jM&i f Isjyagaiaia mSSSSWm. * % * Jgl HUraS * Eleanore King of Troop 16, Girl Scouts. Ballston, Saturday received the greatest number of awards at the court of honor, held in the Red Cross Build ing. Washington. Eleanore is a sec ond-class Scout and merit badges as follows: Wild flower finder, pathfinder, laundress, craftsman, citi zen, health guardian, first aid. electri cian, land animal finder and handy woman. She is prepared to take tests ior merit badges as homemaker, in French music, bird finder and star finder. She is 15 years old and a junior in Wa?hington-Lee High School. At the same court of honor, Virginia Veitch, also of Ballston, received 10 merit badges, the second highest number, CHURCH RE-ELECTED HEAD OF RAILWAY Fairfax-Arlington Line Reports Optimistic Outlook for the Year. Special Dispatch to The Star. FALLS CHURCH, Va., January 29. The Fairfax-Arlington Railway Co. held its annual stockholders’ meeting yester day in the office of C. T. Jesse, elect ing the following board of directors: M. E. Church of Falls Church, P. E. Dewey of Clarendon. Mrs. H. K. Echols of Vienna, S. W. Flagg of West Falls Church, H. B. Fields of Clarendon, Dr. J. B. Gould of East Falls Church, W. R. Gray of Oakton, E. C. Gibbs, Mount Vernon; Charles T. Jesse, Clarendon; Ashton C. Jones, Clarendon; Thomas R. Keith, Fairfax; Harris Levy, Arlington Junction; Dr. Julius Parmelee, Falls Church; Carroll V. Shreve, West Falls Church; Dr. Frank T. Stone,Clarendon; Dr. T. M. Talbott. East Falls Church, and Franklin Williams, Vienna. The number of directors was reduced from 22 to 17. The directors later re-elected M. E. Church as president, Thomas Keith, first vice president; Dr. J. Parmelee, 1 second vice president; C. T. Jesse, sec retary-treasurer; John S. Barbour of Fairfax, general counselor. The exec utive committee will include the officers and S. W. Flag, Dr, Frank Stone and P. E. Dewey, Encouraging reports of this commu nity-owed public utility yrere made by the president and secretary and by Dr. Parmelee and Mr. Dewey, the latter a train dispatcher for the company as 1 well as director. A summary of the treasurer’s report shows that the re ceipts last year, $263,000, were larger j than in the previous year and that the operating income was in excess of the i operating expense. The stockholders by vote expressed their approval of the action previously taken by the board of directors in passing the last dividend in order to put that money into improve ments safeguarding the safety of pas sengers. Dr. Parmelee in a detailed statistical report of the repairs and reconstruction carred on during the year showed that the roadbed and rolling stock were in better condition than for the past 10 years and that the safety of the pas ! sengers was now better safeguarded than ever before. ACCUSED BOY ORDERED TO FEEBLE-MINDED HOME Two Men Charged With Driving While Drunk Sentenced in Fairfax County. Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX, Va., January 29.—Dr. Ford Swetman, Dr. F. M. Brooks and C. L. Zoll, justice of the peace, ap pointed by Judge Howard Smith of the Fairfax County Circuit Cort, a commission to examine into the sanity of George King, 15-year-old Vienna boy indicted by the grand jury for criminal assault on a 5-year-old girl, have turned in a report King to the State Home for the Feeble Minded. Lewis Furr pleaded guilty in the Cir cuit Court to an indictment for driving while intoxicated, was fined SIOO and sentenced to one month on the State road force. J. A. Minnick, indicted for a like offense, was fined SIOO and costs and sentenced to 30 days in jail. A capias was issued for his arrest, as he is still a fugitive. William J. Aichholtz, Indicted for a prohibition offense, was found not guilty. John Simms pleaded guilty to drunkenness and was fined $lO. Roy Mabie pleaded guilty to a prohibition offense, was fined SSO and costs and given three months in jail. The automobiles of. Mabie and E. E. Mansfield were condemned for public sale. Martha Ferguson, indicted for shoot ing Robert Ferguson, was fined $25 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. The court granted a 60-day stay of execu tion to allow her attorney to apply to the Supreme Court of Appeals for a writ of error. She was admitted to bail for SSOO. Bankruptcy Petition Is Filed. A petition in voluntary bankruptcy has been filed by Isaac Goldstein, 617 H street. He lists his debts at $3,883.24 and estimates hsi assets at $3,057.89. Attorney Louis B. Arnold appears for the bankrupt. / Virginia to “Plant” 10,000 Pair Os Mexican Quail During Marck By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Va„ January 29.—In ■ struction In regard to the distribution • of 10,000 Mexican quail in Virginia dur . ing March are being sent to game ward ■ ens throughout the State by M. D. Hart, i secretary of the State Commission of ■ Game and Inland Fisheries. The instructions are being sent, it i was pointed out by A. Willis Robertson, • chairman of the commission, in order ■ that the birds might be safely "planted” i in the State. "The shortage of quail during the . past season indicates the necessity for ■ stressing propagation during the cur , rent year,” Robertson said in his order. “U there is a sportsmen's association THE ETEXiyq STAR, TTABHIXGTuy, P. t.. TLKSDAT, JAXUAftr 29, 1923, ARLINGTON ROAD I NEEDS OUTLINED Record-Sized Delegation Pre sents Views at Charlottes ville Meeting. BY LESTER N. INSKEEP. Staff Correspondent of The Star. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., January 29.—8 y far the largest delegation from any section, Arlington County's repre sentatives today appeared before the Virginia State Road# Commission to urge the construction of three new high ways and the verification of the tenta tive allocation already made for the year of 1929. The projects advocated are the widening and paving of Glebe road, from the Washington-Alexandrla pike to the Lee highway; the construction of two connecting roads with the new Ar lington Memorial Bridge; the widening of the Washington-Alexandrla pike and the continuance of the work done last year on the Lee highway from Rosslyn to Cherrydale. The first speaker for the county was B. M. Hedrick, supervisor from Arling ton district. He read a resolution passed yesterday by the Board of County Su pervisors advocating the Glebe road project. He called the attention of the commission to the fact that this road, which has been owned by the State for more than five years, is the only direct connecting link between the northern and southern ends of the county. Frank Campbell Speaks. Hedrick was followed by Frank G. Campbell as a representative of the Arlington County Ciyic Federation and as a member of the Virginia Park and Planning Commission. He advocated the Glebe road project, and requested that some definite action be taken re garding the large number of signboards now being placed along the State high ways. Col. H. J. Shirley, chairman of the highway commission, took excep tion to Campbell’s statement that the commission had been handicapped by lack of power. A measure of assurance that the tentative allocations of SIBO,OOO for the Washington-Alexandria pike and Lee Highway projects would not be changed, in order to finance any of the proposed propositions, was sought by Hugh Reid, a member of the House of Delegates from Arlington County. Will Hear Federal Views. In reply to a plea by Dr. Samuel M. Johnson, president of the Lee Highway Association and advocate of the con struction of the Lee boulevard, Col. Shirley said that the commission is ready to receive suggestions from the Federal Government as to what should be done, and indicated that the com mission is prepared to give favorable consideration to the suitable develop-* ment of the bridge approaches and the construction of sufficient highway to connect the bridge with existing State highways. Members of all of the delegations made it plain that they are not seeking to have any of the SIBO,OOO tentatively allocated to the continuance of the Lee Highway and the widening of the Washington-Alexandria pike diverted from these projects. It is their purpose, they said, to have some of the funds diverted from other projects of less importance in the Cul peper District, of which Arlington and Fairfax Counties are a part, to the pressing needs in Arlington County. The Board of County Supervisors, as represented by Hedrick, are asking only for the development of Glebe road. This is the only road in the county, they pointed out. that directly connects the northern and southern ends of the county, reaching from the Washington- Alexandria pike to Chain Bridge. Only the point from the Lee Highway to the bridge is now surfaced. A resolution, passed unanimously yesterday by the Board of Supervisors, requesting the development of this road, called the attention of the commission to the fact that the supervisors have, at considerable expense, obtained options for free rights of way for the widening of a greater portion of this road. These options are for the period of one year, and if the highway commission does not allocate funds for the road’s develop ment at this time the options will expire. Glebe road, it was made known, has been owned by the State for more than five years and no effort has as yet been made to do anything with it. Action on the Lee Boulevard, it was pointed out by Dr. Johnson, is necessary in order that Virginia may have a con nection with the new Arlington Me morial Bridge when it is ready for use. Dr. Johnson is not asking that any money included in the present alloca tions be used for this purpose. Connect With Bridge. There Is a fund, he pointed out, held in abeyance by the commission for the “filling in of gaps” in the State highway system. It would be possible, and even feasible, he said, to use a part of this fund for the construction of enough road to connect the Virginia end of the bridge with other paved roads in the county. Col. U. S. Grant, 3d, director of pub lic buildings and public parks of the District, has announced that the new bridge will be ready for use by March of next year, a year ahead of the orig inal schedule. While this is an achieve ment of note, Dr. Johnson declared, it will be of little consequence if the Vir ginia end is blocked by the failure of the State to provide an exit on that side of the Potomac. It is his purpose to have the highway commission allocate enough funds for the construction of a 200-foot boulevard to the Government road that runs parallel with the eastern side of Arling ton Cemetery, to widen this road, and then to continue the new road to a point at the northwest corner of Fort Myer reservation, where temporary con nections can be made with other State and county roads. Fairfax County, while allocated but. $5,000 for the construction of new roads in 1929, is seeking only enough money to construct the mile and a quarter of road on the Leesburg pike, beginning at Difficult Run. It is the opinion of Supervisors Mark Turner and Harry Leigh that the projects sought by Arlington County will be of more bene fit to Fairfax County residents than any project contemplated by the latter county. HEADS BON AIR GROUP. Special Dispatch to The Star. BALLSTON, Va., January 29.—W. E. Garrett was re-elected president of the Bon Air Improvement Association Mon day evening with Mrs. E. T. Norris, vice president; Mrs. J. W. Tisdale, secre i tary, and L. G. Houser, treasurer. in your county, you should endeavor to obtain the assistance of its members in the selection of suitable places for the release of the birds. The success of this undertaking depends to a considerable degree on the co-operation of the sports men and land owners. “In selecting places for the release of these birds consideration should be given to food supply and to suitable cover. The ideal place is a heavy thicket adjoining a stubble or w r eed field with water nearby. "Hawk traps set on poles near the point of release and in nearby fleldr. will help a great deal in bringing the Mexican birds through to the speeding season.” 'MOOSE TO HONOR R. P. WHITES* Alexandria Man to Be In stalled at Ceremonies Sunday Afternoon. * * . Spscial Dispatch to The Star. ALEXANDRIA. Va., January 29. Robert P. Whitestone of this city will be installed as great north moose of Baltimore Legion, No. 10, Loyal Order afternoon when the jfiar le & ion meets here ■■ for its annual in- Hh. R stallation of offi «mJm cers and frolic. Approximately 500 1 members from the : Jj District of Colum- H bla. Virginia. Mary ■T M land ' Delaware and J&l West Virginia are Mr expected to attend. Other newly B RURpi elected officials ■pi who will assume IHfca, - ■pi their posts at the ’ Utk meeting are Fran- cis P. Hamill of B. p. Whitestope. Baltimore, great south moose: G. R. Lee of Hagerstown, great east moose; A. 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The RCA Time Payment Plan is a convenient method of purchase. 1 RCA RAMOIA MADS B,Y THE MAKERS OJE. XUf AADIOTRON ; , :1 : .. . \ 1 —— Grand Lodge of Moose, while Secretary Davis is general dictator of that body. Following the installation of officers and the entertainment program which is being arranged by Mrs. Whitestone. James T. Luckett and C. E. Alestock. all of Virginia Lodge, No. 1,076. Loyal Order of Moose, of this city, a banquet will be held at Lyceum Hall, Alexandria Chapter of the Women of Mooseheart will serve. Outgoing officers of the legion are John J. Golden of Wilmington, Del great north moose: R. P. Whitestone of this city, great south moose; Francis P. Hammill of Baltimore, great east moose; William A. Kuszmaul of Balti more. great west moose: Charles W. Miller of Martinsburg, W. Va.. guide; A. Frank Owens of Annapolis. Md.. treasurer, and Harry F. Shorb of Han over, Pa., argus. EQUIPMENT SALE LIMITED. Bill Would Make Fire Apparatus Conform to Standard. By a Staff Correspondent of The Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md.. January 29.—1 t is made unlawful to sell anywhere in Maryland fire apparatus or equipment that is not standardized and approved by the National Board of Fire Under writers, in a bill introduced in the House last night by Delegate Francis A. Michel of the second district. Viola tions are made punishable by a fine of from $25 to SIOO and imprisonment from 10 to 60 days. WOODLEY HALL SOLD. Special Dispatch to The Star. BERRYVILLE, Va.. January 29. Woodley Hall, home of Charles T. Levi, located on the Berryville-Millwood pike, has been sold to F. G. Liady. who for some years has been connected with oil interests in South Anierica. The farm contains 225 acres and the house is a large brick building erected more than 100 years ago by the Sowers family. - The reported price paid Mr. Levi for the estate is between $40,000 and $50,000. IMMEDIATE WORK ON HIGHWAY URGED Straight-to-Bridge Groups to Ask Action to Be Ready * by 1930. Special Dispatch to The Star. PALLS CHURCH. Va.. January 29. The directors of the Straight-to-thc- Bridge Boulevard Association meeting last night in the offices of M. E. Church at Falls Church, appointed C. R. Taylor as delegate to Charlottes ville today to present to the State High way Commission the resolution adopted unanimously by the 15 directors present, directors present. This resolution called to the atten tion of the highway commission the published statements of Col. U. S. Grant, 3d. that the Arlington Memorial Bridge will be completed in 1930 and available for traffic in 1931 by con structing temporary approaches, but that construction cf such approaches will depend on whether the State of Virginia has its road in readiness by that time. Failure of the State to construct the necessary highway will mean an im measurable loss to Virginia through loss of the use of the bridge for one year, said the proponents of this measure. The resolution therefore requested the highway commission to complete the Straight-to-the-Bridge Boulevard by the time the Memorial Bridge is opened to traffic. The resolution calls to the attention of the highway commission the fact that by previous decision of that body two approaches will be provided: First, the Lee Boulevard, memorial in its char ' acter and by reason of its great width routed through sparsely settled terri- I tory and of present service to few peo- 1 Fire Truck Scorched When Mired at Blaze; Saved by Two Others Special Dispatch to The Star. LANHAM, Md.. January 29. Fire caused by a defective flue yesterday destroyed the frame bungalow of F. H. Saville here. Damage was estimated at $7,000. There is $4,000 insurance. Mrs. N. W. Harvey, a neighbor, discovered the fire and notified the Bladensburg Fire Department, whose efforts were handicapped by the fact that its apparatus be came mired in the mud and be cause of inability to secure an adequate water supply. The truck foundered at a point so close to the Arc that it was scorched and the Glenn Dale de partment. which with the Cottage City and Bowie departments also responded, had to turn loose its hose on the Bladensburg appara tus to prevent it from burning. pie: second, th Straight-to-the-Bridge Boulevard, which, according to the resolution, ‘'has from the beginning, in accordance with the well known prin ciples which have hitherto guided your commission in the location of State highways, been projected with a view to connecting the present State highway system with the Memorial Bridge by the most direct route and to giving service to the largest portion of the existing population with the least outlay of money. UNION VETERAN DIES. Special Dispatch to The Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., January 29. George W. Legge, jr., native of Staf fordshire, England, who served in the 3d Maryland Regiment in the Union Army, Civil War, died last night at the home of his son, George W. Legge, at torney. this city, aged 84. PAINTER IS CONCEDED CHANCE TO RECOVER Benton Is Formally Charged With Attempted Robbery at Buena Vista. Special Dispatch to The Star. RIVERDALE. Md.. January 29.—Con dition of William H. Benton, 28-year old Riverdale painter, who was shot in an alleged attempt to burglarize a store at Buena Vista, Md., early Sunday morning and has been in Casualty Hos pital, Washington, since shortly after, has recovered consciousness and today was given an even chance to recover. Benton was wounded three times. He has been formally charged with the at tempted robbery. Benton’s niece and her husband. Ger ald Stroup of Riverdale. are being held in SI,OOO bond as accomplices. Sergt. Harvey G. Machen of the Prince Georges County police force, r.id Constable L. M. Walden this morning ' arrested Jack Schroth. 24, in a pool room at Capitol Heights on a charge of : being an accomplice in the attempted robbery. He was held for action of .the grand jury on SI,OOO bond by ' Justice of the Peace Herbert J. Moffat here. The officers also plan today to arrest Davis, the storekeeper, who is alleged to have shot Benton, as a ma terial witness. Schroth is alleged to have left the party after Benton was taken to the hospital after the shooting Despite the confession the police said they secured from Mr. and Mrs. Stroup that a robbery had been attempted as a climax to a party early Sunday morn ing, Benton still maintains that he was shot by two unidentified men who stop ped him in Riverdale. Stroup and his wife are said to have admitted to officers that Benton w’as shot by W. A. Davis, colored store keeper at Buena Vista, early Sunday morning when he and Stroup made an attempt to enter the store. Mrs. Stroim and Schrodt waited in the machine, police say Stroup told them.