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Washington News - -J MUNICIPAL CENTER PLANS DISCUSSED WITH MR. MELLON Federal and District Officials View Sketches, Including Avenue Perspective. ARCHITECTURAL PHASE OF SPECIAL INTEREST Commissioner Dougherty and Ar chitect Harris Give Infor mation on Project. Plans for the new municipal center here were the subject of a conference at the Treasury Department today be tween Secretary of the Treasury Mellon. Chairman Dougherty of the Board of Commissioners of the District and Mu nicipal Architect A. L. Harris. ' A number of architects’ sketches, in eluding a new perspective from the Pennsylvania avenue side, were looked over by the officials representing both Federal and District governments. Secretary Mellon, who is charged with responsibility of carrying out the Gov ernment’s gigantic Federal building pro gram, on which $290,000,000 has been authorized by Congress, evinced deep interest in the entire municipal project, [ according to Commissioner Dougherty. * Mr. Mellon went over the plans in detail ! and asked a large number of ques tions. Interest in Architecture. Mr. Mellon’s interest in the municipal center, which is proposed to be located on the north side of Pennsylvania avenue on either side of John Marshall • place, is principally based upon the . architectural influence thus brought to bear upon Pennsylvania avenue. On , the south side of Pennsylvania avenue is to be a great monumental group of ! buildings on the so-called Federal triangle. Secretary Mellon, who is con versant with questions of art and archi tecture from long personal experience, both as a traveler and collector, has looked forward with much anticipation to changing the appearance of Pennsyl vania avenue from its present state to that of one of the most beautiful streets in the world. He found upon personal inspection of the municipal center plans that they harmonize fcompletely with the general plans already in view for Federal development on the other side of the Avenue. The municipal plans have already been approved by the Fine Arts Commission and the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. BUI Reported Out. A bill to authorize acquisition of four squares of the municipal center has passed the House, been reported out fa vorably by the Senate District commit tee and is now on the calendar of the Senate. Commissioner Dougherty said officials of the District government were hopeful that with the support already behind it this measure would be enacted : in time to have inserted in a deficiency bill some fund to proceed. The new perspective which the Dis trict officials showed to Secretary Mel lon today is the most beautiful view of the municipal center yet developed by the architect's office. It shows the four new municipal buildings construct ed on either side of a center court which leads up to the present Courthouse. The view is from Pennsylvania avenue look ing north toward the Courthouse and brings out in new significance the beauty and strength of architectural design of the present Courthouse build ing. It is to be in a commanding po sition at the head of the court and on ground higher than the rest of the cen ter. An additional series of broad stairs has been added to the Courthouse grounds lending more imposing and dig nified approach. In the center of the court is a large pool and a fountain. COLORED MASONS PLAN CONSOLIDATING Aftapreme Grand Lodge Conference Here in April to Consider Proposition. Plans for uniting all colored Masonic organizations will be taken under con sideration when all grand masters and Masons convene at a general conference in this city in April, it was announced today by Rev. R. B. Robinson, thirty third, supreme grand master, Universal Supreme Grand Lodge of the United Scottish Rite Masoris, Inc. (symbolic), grand east. There are now 11 Supreme Councils of Colored Scottish Rit Masons in the United States, h, was pointed out. Some States have two and three Grand Lodges and Washington has five. The Universal Supreme Grand Lodge conference in April will consider consolidation of these various organizations. The conference will be attended by Harry Wilson, supreme grand sergeant; Ollie Billings, supreme grand treasurer; C. Derount Franey, supreme grand ruler, and other prominent colored Ma sons. “LAME” MAN SOUGHT. Accused of Taking $l5O in Cloth ing After Losing Limp. Police are seeking a man about 30 years old, who is said to have devel oped a sudden lameness in order to make away with $l5O worth of clothing belonging to James McLaughlin, at 1343 L street.. According to Mrs. Boyd Piser, who maintains a rooming house at that ad dress. the man, with a perceptible limp, ascended the stairs to a room which he had rented for the night, after telling the woman he was preparing to Join his wife and two children in New Jersey. When he walked out in the morning, Mrs. Piser said, the limp was missing and so was McLaughlin’s wardrobe. MRS. GRIMMELL BURIED. Husband, Two Children and Par ents Survive D. C. Woman. Funeral services for Mrs. Gerelda Duffiell Grimmell, 23 years old, who died in Tuberculosis Hospital Thursday, were conducted in St. Peter’s Catholic Church Saturday. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Grimmell is survived by her husband, George Grimmell; two chil dren, Elminda Grimmell, 3 years old, and George Martin Grimmell, 8 months old, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Duffiell of Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Grimmell had been a resident of this city since 1816. She was graduated from St. Cecilia’s Academy and from the Murry Conservatory of Musi^ FAMOUS WOMAN FLYER HERE B ’St B Jk Lady Mary Heath, photographed beside her plane this morning at Bolling Field. —Star Staff Photo. WASHINGTON HOST TO NOTED VISITORS Lindbergh, Lady Mary Heath, Courtney and Swiss Airman Among Those Here. This city played host today to a group of internationally famous aviators, in cluding Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, Lady Mary Heath, Capt. Frank Courtney and Maj. Nabholz Grabow, president of the Aero Club of Switzerland. Clarence Chamberlin is expected here this after noon from New York for a brief visit. Capt. Courtney, who became known in this country as a result of his un successful transatlantic flight attempt and who is noted as a flying boat ex pert, was the flrst of the group to ar rive. He landed at the Anacostia Naval Air Station yesterday afternoon in a light-motored British Moth airplane, equipped with the new slotted wing wnich is widely used in England. He was accompanied by Mrs. Courtney, who is well known in England as a flyer, and who piloted the little plane on the trip here from New York yesterday. Warner Has Bad Try. Capt. Courtney invited Edward P. Warner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Aeronautics, to try out his plane and the invitation was accepted with re sults which provided a thrill for the crowds waiting for the arrival of Lind bergh. Secretary Warner, after a short hop, brought the plane down into a deep mudhole, where it bogged down to the axle. The Secretary attempted to pull the plane out under its own power, but the wheels refused to leave the mud when Mr. Warner "gunned” up his motor to top speed. The nose was pulled down into the hole and the tail of the plane rose to an indignant vertical. There was no damage beyond a brok en propeller, Mr. Warner's ruffled feel ings and a pair of shoes which he ruined walking out of the mud hole. A new propeller was ordered from New York and Capt. Courtney expects to be flying again this afternoon. Lady Mary Leaves. Lady Mary landed at the Naval Air Station, 10 minutes after Lindbergh's arrival at 3:32 o’clock yesterday after noon. She also flew here lrom New York, making the trip in a British Avian plane with a Cirrus 90-horse power motor. She left New York shortly after noon yesterday, stopping at Philadelphia to refuel and have a gas gauge adjusted. Lady Heath took off from the Naval Air Station today to return to New York, after taking several friends for short rides over the city in her little plane. She was taken for a short ride over the city in a Curtiss Robin cabin plane of American manufacture by Comdr. Robert Gamble of the Naval Reserves. Maj. Grabow accompanied Lady Heath back to New York. TWO STOLENAUTOS RECOVERED AT ONCE Police Hold Pair From Arlington, Va., in Connection With Miss ing Washington Machine. Two Stolen automobiles were recovered at one time by Officer W. L. Lundy of the Park Police early yesterday morn ing, a report made today to Capt. P. J. Carroll revealed. Two white men, who gave their names as Samuel Lester Burke, 2§ years old, and James Lewis Daniels, 17, both of Arlington, Va., were arrested and taken to the flrst precinct. Officer Lundy’s report showed that the two men were endeavoring to tow away a car parked on Seventh street, between B street northwest and B street southwest, the policeman having ascer tained a little earlier upon inquiry at the flrst police precinct that the parked car had been reported stolen. His attention was flrst directed to the car by the peculiar way in which it was parked. Upon apprehending the two men, after he had returned from the station house, Officer Lundy’s report said they admitted they had pushed the car there earlier in the evening and had come back to tow it away. Officer Lundy said inquiry developed that the car in which the two were riding was stolen from Tenth and D streets southwest January 17. On» of the cars was a sedan, owned by Wil lard E. Patterson, 622 Lamont stieet, and the other car, also a sedan, was found to be owned by Miss Virginia Poe of Piney Point, Md., the report asserted. The United States sent more than $63,000,000 worth of automobiles and accessories to the Far East in the flrst nine months of 1928, r _ / ©foe JEtienmg J&faf PARADE REQUEST TIME LIMIT IS SET February 26 Made Deadline by Chairman Stephan for Applications. As requests for places in the inaugural parade continued to come in ever increasing numbers. Chairman Stephan of the parade committee today set a time limit of February 26 for applica tions in the parade to be acted upon Virtually all the larger units in the second division have been given places in the parade, but many small groups, including marching clubs and other State units, continue to apply for places. Some of these groups may be accom modated after February 26, but Gen. Stephan stated that few applications will be granted after that date, and if they are given places in the line of march, they will not be identified in the printed order. Assurances of their presence in the parade have been received from 26 State governors, most of whom will be ac companied by their personal staffs and in some cases by crack military units or units from the State National Guard. Those who have assured the committee they will take part in the procession are Bibb Graves, Alabama: John H. Trumbull, Connecticut; C. Douglas Buck. Delaware; Doyle E. Carlton, Flor ida; L. G. Hardman. Georgia: Louis L. Emmerson, Illinois; John Hamill, Iowa; Flem D. Sampson, Kentucky; William T. Gardiner, Maine; Frank L. Allen, Massachusetts; Fred W. Green, Mich igan; Theodore Christianson, Minne sota; Theodore G. Bilbo, Mississippi; Arthur J. Weaver, Nebraska; Charles W. Tobey, New Hampshire; Morgan F. Larson. New Jersey; Richard C. Dillon, New Mexico; Myers Y. Cooper, Ohio; John S. Fisher, Pennsylvania; Norman S. Case, Rhode Island; John G. Rich ards, South Carolina; Dan Moody, Texas; John E. Weeks, Vermont; Harry F. Byrd, Virginia: Walter J. Kohler, Wisconsin; Frank C. Emerson, Wyoming. Claims Seniority as "Hat Holder.” The President-elect apparently must act as a judge in a threatened contro versy over the privilege of holding his hat while he takes the oath of office at the Capitol. Under a custom origi nated more than half a century ago, there has been an official hat-holder at most inaugurals. This year two old friends of Mr. Hoover are vieing for the job. Newt Butler of West Branch, lowa, who claims to have “licked the stuffing out of Bert Hoover” when the latter was a lad, is one of the candi dates lor the post of hat-holder. The other is the 92-year-old J. W. Reeder of Tipton, a few miles from West Branch, who also claims the honor, chiefly on ground of seniority. Three United States Coast Guard cut tors—the Mojave, Manning and Apache —will be moored at the Navy Yard from March 2 to March 5, and will be open to inspection on March 2 and March 5 . 10 t 0 12 am - 00 March 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., a concert of Latin American music will be given at the Pan-American Building. Admission will bp by card only. Chairman E. F. Colladay of the gov ernor’s reception committee has named Matthew Quay Glaser of New York a special vice chairman to receive the two men to be sent as proxies for him by Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York. One is the State commissioner of education and the other will repre sent the State National Guard. Glaser will also be official chaperon for the entire New York delegation, aided by Maj. Robert O. Lawson. Fire Engines Not to Halt Parade. Special arrangements have been made bv Fire Chief George S. Watson to so distribute his fire apparatus that if a blaze breaks out on either side of the parade route during the procession it will not be necessary to stop the parade to allow the passage of fire vehicles. Apparatus stationed on the north side of Pennsylvania avenue will take care of that side, while apparatus on the south side of the line of march will take care of that side. Fire rescue squads will participate in the emer gency arrangements, and will be at their regular stations. The latest addition to the parade is a unit of 20 veterans of the Civil War from the Jefferson Davis Confederate Home at Beauvoir, Miss. Elnathan Tartt, superintendent of the home, will accompany the aged men here. Several rooms have been engaged at the Martinique Hotel for the men and women who worked with Mr. Hoover overseas and while he was in Wash ington. They will hold a reunion dur ing the inaugural. Women of California will present to Mrs. Hoover on the day she becomes the First Lady of the Land a bouquet of California blossoms. They will be brought to Washington on the Palo Alto inaugural special train by Mrs. D. E. F. Easton, which is to leave San Francisco February 26. Arrangements are under way to obtain space for the California delegation in the audience at the Capitol. The train will arrive in Washington March 3, _ . _ _ r WASHINGTON, D. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1929. * MAN. FEARING JAIL. FOUND DEAD AFTER RESORT TO LIQUOR Ellis C. Hightman, 43, Was Unable to Raise $l5O for Alimony Debt. FRIEND FINDS BOtiY ON FLOOR OF OFFICE Cause of Death Not Determined Pending Autopsy—Traces of Poison Found. Facing a jail sentence for non-pay ment of alimony. Ellis C. Hightman, 43- year-old security salesman, borrowed $5 from a bootlegger last night, purchased a pint of synthetic gin and proceeded to drink himself into forgetfulness. At 5 o’clock this morning James B. Archer, former assistant District attor ney, heard a crash in his law office on the fourth floor of the Fendall Building. He investigated and found Hightman's body on the floor, the nearly empty gin | bottle by his side. In his pockets were black pills which he had been taking in an effort to rid himself of insomnia. Death Cause Is Unknown. Just what caused Hightman’s death could not be determined this morning, and Coroner Nevitt ordered the body to be removed to the morgue for an autopsy. Members of the Fire Department 1 rescue squad and physicians from Emergency Hospital, who were sum moned by Archer, declared there were indications of poison, but could not say whether these resulted from the gin or the pills. Hightman had offices at 1301 G street, according to police. He recently moved into an apartment at Seven teenth street and Park road. Archer, who has acted as his attorney for a number of years, was also his closest friend. ‘‘He came to my office about 9 o’clock last night," Archer said, ‘‘and told me he wanted to talk about his future. The man w r as beside himself with fear at the prospect of going to jail today. He was 1 supposed to have been committed to jail Saturday because he owed his wife $l5O alimony, but Justice Stafford consented to defer sentence until noon today to give him a chance to raise the money. ‘‘He hadn’t been able to raise the money when I saw him last night and he was in a dangerous mood. He told me he had borrowed $5 from a boot legger, and he had a pint of gin in his pocket. He offered me a drink and then raised the bottle to his mouth and gulped down half its contents in one drink. Ellis was always that way—went to extremes in everything he did. ‘‘l argued with him for an hour and tried to cheer him up. But he was so sure he was going to jail that I couldn’t do anything with him. I was dead for sleep myself and at 10 o’clock I left him. He was slumped over on my desk with his head on his arms as I went to a couch in an adjoining room. Doubts Man Committed Suicide. "At 5 o’clock I heard him fall. I w’ent in the room and saw him lying on the floor. He was breathing heavily and I thought he was only drunk. I tried to arouse him, but he was in a stupor and I could do nothing with him. After a few minutes I went back to my room. “Two hours later I went back and he was still lying there. I felt his hands; they were cold. Then I real ized he was dead. The bottle was lv ing there, about a spoonful of gin left in it. I don’t believe Ellis deliberately took hLs own life—he wasn’t that kind. I think the combination of gin and fear was too much for his heart, and it just gave way. "He was a good salesman before his domestic troubles started him drinking heavily, and at times he had plenty of money. He was a real friend, too. I remember once when a big husky came in here to beat me up. Ellis happened to be with me at the time, and he threw that tough boy out of my office.” Archer notified police headquarters and Lieut. E. J. Kelly and Detective Sergt. George Darnell were sent to his office. Members of the rescue squad worked over the body for an hour, but their efforts at resuscitation were fruitless. ‘ Hightman’s estranged wife, Mrs. Lor etta J. Hightman, lives at 2001 Six teenth street She refused to talk about her husband this morning. Divorced on Wedding Anniversary. According to the petition of Mrs. Lor retto Hightman, 2001 Sixteenth street, filed April 7, 1927, for a divorce from Hightman, the wife said they were mar ried February 15, 1911. The divorce granted by Justice Gordon last Friday marked the eighteenth anniversary of the wedding of the couple. Mrs. Hight man charged that her husband began to drink about two years after their mar riage and carried on a clandestine af fair with a woman named as core spondent. He maintained offices, she said, both in this city and in the Cal vert Building in Baltimore and appeared to be very successful as a stock pro moter and bond salesman, spending large sums of money on himself. They have one daughter, Jean Elizabeth Hightman, now 17 years old, according to the petition. Attorney Edward Staf ford represented the wife. BIKES AWAIT OWNERS. Youths in the northwest section of the city whose bicycles were stolen from them recently may get them back by calling at the eighth precinct and identifying those confiscated last night when police, led by Sergt. H. G. Calla han, arrested seven colored boys in the rear of a vacant house at 1352 Wallack street and discovered six bicycles. The boys were dismantling one of the bicycles when Callahan arrived, he said. They were taken to the House of De tention. Pig Point Blast Probers Named. Maj. F. H. Miles, jr.; Maj. A. J. Stuart and Capt. D. C. Hall, Ordnance Corps, the War Department, have gone to Portsmouth, Va„ under orders to inves tigate the cause of the explosion at the Pig Point foundry last Friday which resulted in the death of four men, in cluding Warrant Officer R. Q. Andrews. They will report to the War Depart ment. i • Three D. C. Couples Get Licenses. ELLICOTT CITY, Md.. February 18 (Special).—Three Washington couples were among the 25 to whom marriage licenses were Issued here this week. They were: Thomas F. Moore, jr., 22, and Gladys S. Risdon, 20; Paul > Strohmyer, 21, and Edith Manning, 16; J. M. Jennins, 32, and Nannie ifclls, 24. CO-EDS WILL SELL FLOWERS FOR G. W. U. FUND If IL jf* h jipPi I AW |hl mm* i|x% \ jB a| ■ .... » * Members of George Washingt 01 ! University sororities who will sell cherry blossoms February 20 and 21 for the Uni versity Masonic Club, which is co-operating with the National League of Masonic Clubs in a campaign to raise funds to establish foreign service chairs. Front row, left to right: Catherine Spengler, Helen Furer, Mildred Garrett and Kath erine Sanberg. Back row: Loretta Cunningham. Sally Saunders, Bernice Wall and Virginia Mitchell.— Star Staff Photo. CAPITAL DUBBED A ‘SODOM OF SUDS’ Prohibition Mass Meeting Told of 342 Lawless Places. Dubbing the Capital a “Sodom of Suds,” Clinton N. Howard, chairman of the National United Committee for Law Enforcement, yesterday announced his investigators had discovered 342 places in the city “in which the law is fla grantly and openly violated, and In which wine, gin, red liquor, corn orj whisky was being sold and purchased i by the drink and bottle.” Speaking before a prohibition mass; meeting at Eastern Presbyterian Church. | Dr. Howard gave a list of the streets in i the city where these "places'' had been ! discovered, and the number of places ; on each street. But he declared “it would be useless to turn such information over to a Po lice Department which could at any time obtain it first hand. The Police Department,” he added, "may be handi capped by lack of District enforcement laws, available appropriations and un supported by courts and juries, as is claimed, but it is not helpless. “If there are grafting captains and policemen, as is charged and believed, it would be compounding lawlessness to furnish them with information and mo tive to be used for additional shake downs. “While the Police Department is not to be excused for the conditions that exist, and are culpable if they are per mitted to continue under such authority as they possess, the real responsibility lies higher up. At any time during the past seven years the President could have corrected these conditions in his National Capital. “Congress has left this city for nine years without enforcement laws essen tial to clean up this scandalous situa tion at the seat of Government. It has been content to sit and stew in its own juice while the fire of anarchy burns in the bosom of the Nation. Bills for new laws and additional ap propriations are now pending and should be passed. For the rest —w'e await the arrival of Herbert Hoover.” Copies of Howard’s address, contain ing names of streets on which the 342 places were found, were ordered by the meeting to be sent to the President, to each member of Congress and to the pastors of the city. "For the past month,” said Howard, “the united committee has been mak ing an undercover investigation into conditions in this Capital City. For j this work we brought in experienced 1 and trained men from outside the city and unknown in Washington. They report to us the places visited, the hour, the date, observations, character of premises and purchases seen and made. “The places include hotels, back room bars, restaurants, lunch rooms, barber shops, tailor shops, cigar, deli catessen and candy stores and private houses with ‘rooms to let.’ ” Displaying before the mass meeting ( a specimen report from one of his in- , vestigators, Howard said: "Entered E street northwest. Cigav store. 12:15 p.m. Purchased five drinks of gin, 25 cents per drink. Sold in back room with sign ‘no admittance’ on ( door. Time, 20 minutes.” “The places visited where the eight eenth amendment was being violated," Howard said, “include: "Pennsylvania avenue, 39 places: First street, 3; Sec ond street, 5; Third street, 3; Fourth street, 2; Four-and-a-Half street, 26; Fifth street, 6; Sixth street, 3; Seventh street, 12; Eighth street, 23: Ninth street, 46: Tenth street, 8: Eleventh street, 1; Twelfth street, 6; Thirteenth street, 8; Fourteenth street, 38; Fif-! teenth street, 3; Eighteenth street, 1; B street, 2; C street, 1; D street, 9; E street, 9; F street, 11; G street, 14; H street, 11; I street, 3; K street, 2; L street, 2; N street, 3; P street, 8; T street, 3; U street, 7; Florida avenue, 8; Massachusetts avenue, 2; Minnesota avenue northeast, 1; Missouri avenue, 1; New Jersey avenue, 3: New York avenue, 6; De Sales street, 1; East Cap itol street, 1; Irving street, 4. “Here are 342 places in which the law is flagrantly and openly violated, and in which wine, gin, red liquor, corn or whisky was being sold, and purchased by the drink and bottle.” “The Capital City is seething in law lessness,” said Howard, "and saturated with poison liquor, dispensed by boot leggers under various aliases, operating openly and sold in hundreds of places as sugar is sold in the grocery.” Masonic Leader Dies s''*'' ■.» :‘if GEORGE WRIGHT. GEORGE WRIGHT DIES; WITH U. S. 48 YEARS Funeral Services for Retired En graver, 86, to Be Held Wednesday. George Wright, 86 years old, retired engraver of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he was employed for 48 years, and long active in organ izations here, died at his residence, 1313 R street, Saturday. He had been in failing health for several years. His death was believed to have been hastened by the death of his wife last Wednesday. She was formerly Miss Victoria Towner of Leesburg, Va. They were married in this city May 28, 1867. Mr. Wright was reputedly the oldest living past master of a Masonic lodge in the local jurisdiction. He became a muster Mason in the St. John’s Lodge, No. 11. F. A. A. M.. in the old Masonic Hall, Ninth and D streets, December 11, 1863. He was elected master of St. John’s Lodge in 1872, to serve the fol lowing year. He was a member of Mount Vernon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and of Washington Com mandery. No. 1, Knights Templar. He also was a member of the Asso ciation of Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia, the Siderogra phers’ Association, which he served as president for many years, and of the St. Andrew Scottish Society. Mr. Wright was for a number of years vice president of the Perpetual Building Association and was a di rector of that organization at the time of his death. He was born in New York, but had resided in this city since 1861. He was in Ford’s Theater the night Presi dent Lincoln was shot. He was retired from his position at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1921. He leaves four daughters. Miss Grace Wright. Miss Sarah J. Wright. Miss Jessie Wright and Miss Gertrude Wright. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, with Masonic rites at the grave. Banded Fledgling Flies From Labrador To South Africa By the Associated Press. The longest flight ever record ed for a banded bird, marked by the United States Biological Sur vey, was made by a fledgling Arctic tern from Turnevik Bay. Labrador, to Margate, 15 miles southeast of Port Shepstone, Natal, South Africa. The bird was marked by a co perator of the Bureau at Tur nevik Bay on July 23, 1928, and was found dead at Margate on November 14, 1928. Not only was the distance of the flight remarkable, but the time element also, as the bird was only about 4 months old when found. It sug gests, the survey said, that these irds, which are rarely seen on ! the South Atlantic coast of the j United States, may cross tire ocean to Europe and then pro ceed south. . I Society and General | SCHOOL WILL GET URUGUAYAN GIFT Dr. Varela Will Make Presen tation of Album as Friend ship Token. Ceremonies bespeaking the friendship of public school children in the United States and the countries of Latin America will take place tomorrow morn ing at 11 o’clock in the Jackson School, • Thirty-first and R streets. The occasion will be the presentation to the school of an illustrated album prepared by the pupils of the United States School of Montevideo, Uruguay, named in honor of the sister republic. Dr, Varela to Make Presentation. Dr. J. Varela, Minister of Uruguay, j who will make the presentation, will be introduced by Dr. Prank W. Ballou, superintendent of schools. The exer cises will be preceded by the playing of J the national anthem of Uruguay by Miss Adela Varela, daughter of the Minister, i The album will be accepted by a pupil | on behalf of the Jackson School and by Dr. Ballou on behalf of the Washington public schools. Miss L. E. Ballenger is principal of Jackson School. Officials of the Pan-American Union will be among the guests. It was explained at the Pan-American Union today that the United States School at Montevideo was dedicated on July 4 last in accordance with a practice . in Latin American countries of naming 1 new public schools after sister republics > and their national heroes. It is usually l the custom to dedicate such schools on • the national holiday of the country that I is being honored by the designation. i A number of the Latin American schools are named after the United i States and the practice, it was said, has t done much to bring the school children i of the several countries in closer sym r pathetic contact. Practice Spreads Rapidly. ! Argentina has a United States School, 1 a normal school named after Abraham ; Lincoln and also a school named after Theodore Roosevelt. In Brazil there is ’ a United States School in Rio de Janeiro ; and it was said the practice which > originated in Uruguay is spreading ; rapidly throughout Latin America. The pupils of the school ni Montevideo conceived the idea of preparing the souvenir album for their American cou , sins in Washington. It is handsomely ; bound in leather and is illustrated with . maps, original drawings and other pic tures pertaining to the United States and the namesake, school. f_ # _ URGES FUND TO AID VOCATIONAL WORK Federal Board Suggests Appropria tion for D. C. to Promote Train ing of Disabled Residents. Three representatives of the Federal Beard for Vocational Education called on the District Commissioners today to urge inclusion in the District appropria *i°- n nnn ct , sor .v. the ~, next fl scal year of slo,ooo for the District’s share of a program of vocational rehabilitation for disabled District residents. The $15,000 would be matched with a similar appropriation from Federal funds, under the terms of a bill passed by both House and Senate The bill lias to go to conference owing to slight amendments made in the House bill by the Senate. Forty-one States already carry on the program proposed with the aid of state and Federal funds. The Commissioners promised to give the matter careful consideration. The bill has never been before the city heads previously. The education board representatives at the conference were J. C. Wright, director; J. C. Aronoff, secretary, and John A. Kratz, chief of the civilian rehabilitation service. Window Smashers Take Jewelry. , The fourth copsecutive early morning jewelry robbery was perpetrated yester day when robbers smashed the show : window of the Kay Jewelry Co. and i escaped with jewelry on display valued ( at slßl. i The loot consists of watches and i rings. Detective Hubert Brodie at head- ' quarters is investigating. i PAGE 17 NAVY DEPARTMENT CIVILIAN FORCES HIT LEHLBACH PAY BILL Petition Says No Promotions Are Provided and Employes Would Have No Redress. DISAPPOINTMENT SEEN OVER LACK OF RELIEF Six Hundred Signatures Obtained by Noon to Protests to Be Sent to Congress. A concerted attack against passage of the Lehlbach bill is under way in the Navy Department today with the cir culation of a petition among the 1,900 civilian employes. The petition will be laid before the civil service committees of the Senate and House. Basing their opposition to the meas ure on the ground that it “does not pro mote a single employe, while it places all employes at the mercy of the Per sonnel Classification Board, with no op portunity for redress against unjust and arbitrary action by that board,” the Navy Department employes at noon to day had secured the signatures of some 600 employes to the petition, with as surances that more than 90 per cent would sign before the petition is sent to Congress. Enactment of the Brookhart bill is advocated. Disappointment of Employes. Clyde Reed, special assistant to Rear Admiral C. Morris, paymaster general of the Navy, in commenting on the pe tition today, said: “The civilian employes of the Navy , Department are bitterly disappointed over the failure of the House civil serv ice committee to report out legislation , correcting the inequalities resulting from the provisions of the Welch bill. It is pointed out by these employes that the bill as reported out by the commit tee does not promote a single employe, while it puts all employes at the mercy of the Personnel Classification Board, with no opportunity for redress against unjust and arbitrary action by that board. “These employes are, therefore, cir culating a petition to the civil service committees of the House and Senate protesting against enactment of the Lehlbach bill as reported by the House civil service committee and urging aboli tion of the Personnel Classification Board, with the transfer of its duties to the Civil Service Commission and a board of civil service appeals, as well I as the enactment of a law that will provide for an adjustment of the com | pensation of the employes in the lower i grades, so that all employes in any one I grade will have received equal pro i motions.” _ Wishes of Rank and File Employes of the department made the charge that the officers of ihe Na i tional Federation of Federal Employes are running counter to the wishes of the rank and file of its members, and to prove their point, asserted that the petition is being signed by members of the federation. They declared tnat the federation’s program as officially adopted and used in campaign litera ture to secure additional members ed vocates the abolition of the Personnel Classification Board. The Lehlbach bill, they declared, accomplishes exactly the opposite to this, giving to the board even more power. The Brookhart bill provides for im mediate promotion of 12,879 persons in the District of Columbia at an annual cost of $957,800 and a total estimated number of 37,637 at an annual cost of $2,873,000 in the Federal service as a whole. Navy Department employes said, while the Lehlbach bill provides for im mediate demotion for some and holds out possible promotion for others in the future. Chief clerks and technicians, as well as the rank and file in the Navy De partment, are signing the petition, its sponsors asserted. There is a move afoot to have a similar petition circu lated among employes of the Shipping Board, it was said, employes adding that workers in the Veterans’ Bureau some months ago circulated a petition oppos ing the Lehlbach bill. Wording of Petition. The Navy Department petition, which was started last Thursday afternoon, reads as follows: “Whereas: The employes of the Navy Department do not feel that the best interests of the Federal Government and of its civilian employes would be served by giving to the Personnel Classification Board as now established the powers attempted to be granted by the pending Lehlbach bill iH. R. No. 16643); "Whereas: It is believed such inter ests would be better served by the transfer of the duties of the Personnel Classification Board to the Civil Serv ice Commission if coupled with the establishment of an Independent board to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate to which all matters in dispute may be appealed by the head of any executive department or independent establishment by the classifying agency, or by the employe; and, “Whereas: House bill. No. 16643. does not include the foregoing suggested pro tection of the interests of the Govern ment and of the employes, nor re quired any increase of compensation for any employes: “The undersigned employes of the Navy Department through the Secre tary of the Navy respectfully petition the committees on civil service in the United States and the House of Repre sentatives to recommend to the Congress the enactment of legislation which will not only embody the provisions herein before stated, but will provide for an adjustment of compensation of the employes in the lower grades, so that all employes in any one grade will have received equal promotions.” • ♦ F. S. LANDSTREET, JR., IS CALLED BY DEATH Fairfax Stuart Landstreet, Jr., vice president of the Landstreet Downey Coal Co., of Huntington, W. Va.. died yesterday in Cincinnati. He leaves a wife, the former Eleanor Hoover, daugh ter of William D. Hoover, president of the National Savings Sc Trust Co of Washington, and two daughters and a son. Mr. Landstreet was the son of Mr and Mrs. Fairfax S. Landstreet of New York City. Death resulted from complications following an operation. Mr. Land street, a graduate of the class of 1917 of Yale, served in the Yale batteries, and as an officer of the I2th Field Ar tillery, 2d Division, in France. He was 33 years old. Funeral arrange ment*. have not been completed.