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FAIRFAX CHAMBER TO OPEN OFFICE New President Pledges Work for Larger Activities for County. Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRFAX, Va.. August 14.—The Fair lax County Chamber of Commerce at It* August meeting last night at the Dranesville schoolhouse entered a new phase of its existence. Under the guid ance of President E. H. Allen, the chamber will open permanent head- • quarters tomorrow morning at Fairfax in the offices formerly occupied by County Clerk F. W. Richardson. Mr. Allen in his inaugural address pledged his best efforts, to the work during the coming twelvemonth and made an ear nest plea for co-operation and assist ance of every member. Mrs. Kathleen Clark, who will assume her position as • secretary of the chamber tomorrow, was introduced. She will give full time i to the work, and both Mr. Allen and Mrs. Vosbury. thT retiring secretary, bespoke for her the whole-hearted co operation of all members in making the new office fulfill adequately the po sition it occupies as a clearing house for the extra official activities of the county. President Allen announced that the new office had been furnished and was to be repainted and pht in good condition immediately. Mrs. Vosbury will assist Mrs. Clark in starting her I new work. The secretary was instructed to write to Charles Darr, president of the Wash ington Chamber of Commerce, offering to extend all possible courtesies during the visit to Mount Vernon and Fairfax County to be paid by 500 employes of the Larkin Co. of Buffalo on August 21. County Engineer Larkin will be asked to furnish a special patrol of traffic police to control the traffic con- , gestion at Mount Vernon. Capt. Thurlow White, C. H. Powell and Willie Sipes were appointed a com mittee to co-operate with Charles , Pickett, chairman of the Fairfax County committee of the American Bar Association, in arranging for a program in connection with the cele bration of Constitution week, beginning September 16. It is proposed to hold three meetings in Fairfax County, with prominent speakers, to interest the peo ple in the fundamentals of government and the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Electric Service Report. E. C. Gibbs reported that officials of the Virginia Public Service Co. were now working on the extension of elec tric service to Forestville and that there was every indication that current would soon be available. Allan Rosenberger of the Herndon office, while outlining the company's requirements as to reve nue, pledged their willingness to co operate. Mr. Rosenberger also stated that the survey of the Dranesville com munity was almost completed. John Rooney of Dranesville bespoke the chamber’s assistance in securing favor able action by the company on this extension, stating that the 2 1 /a miles from the present termination of the line would serve 19 families. 2 stores, 3 dairies and 2 churches and a school, or 28 distinct units. Mr. Rosenberger promised Mr. Rooney that the company officials will meet with the Dranesvil* residents as soon as the survey is com pleted. Mr. Gibbs reported no progress in regard to the telephone extension in Franconia, as he had not been able to arrange a meeting between H. T. Clark son, manager of the Chesapeake & Po tomac. and J. Sidney Wiley, president of the Lorton Co., in whose territory the Franconia community is situated. Both Mr. Allen and Mr. Gibbs stated thev were unwilling to take the matter over the heads of the local officials to the State Corporation Commission with out, exhausting every effort to reach an amicable settlement. Mrs. Vosbury reported that A. H. Wait of the Bureau of Aeronautics, De partment of Commerce, had surveyed the fair grounds and found them un suitable for recommendation as a county airport, as 30 acres of clear land were not available. Mr. Gibbs was instructed to call a meeting of the com mittee on the industrial development of Fairfax County within a few days to confer with E. W. Roberston, presi dent of the Hybla Valley Flying Field, the onlv airport now operating in Fair fax County, to talk over means of as- : sisting in the necessary financing of an extension of the activities at Tybia , Valley. Discussion of the possibility of securing part of the 825,000 State aid fund for Virginia airports brought out that this was available only for county or city owned ports. Road Meeting Called. George Harrison announced that he had arranged for a joint meeting of the Loudoun County Supervisors, State Highway Commission and Col. Robert N. Harper on Thursday morning in Mr Shirley’s office at Richmond, and he was in hope that his committee could at that time be instrumental in end ing the long controversy which has held up construction by the State of the 3 miles of the Leesburg pike' in Loudoun County through Col. Harp er's estate, for which funds were ap propriated some time ago. This will leave only 3.1 miles of the Mount Weather road which has not been com pleted. It will also mean the removal of the toll gate on the Leesburg pike near Leesburg, as the law forbids op eration of a toll on less than 5 miles of road. Mr. Roonev asked that the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce lead a movement to have Maryland and Vir ginia take over water-power develop ment at Great Falls, instead of leaving it to a private company. He called at tention to newspaper reports of Gen. Jadwin's statement that scenic beauty and hydro-electric development at the Falls were not incompatible, and he urged the advisability of securing these advantages to the people direct through their State governments. Mr. Allen called to Mr. Rooney's attention the past action of the local chamber, which went on record as emphatically in favor of proper hydro-electric develop ment at the Falls, and the committee appointed to handle such problems, M. E. Church and Thomas Keith. County Agent H. B. Derr announced that the State geologist was expected in Fairfax County next week to assist in making a collection of the county minerals for exhibit in the new in dustrial and agricultural exhibit to be housed at Fairfax in the old treasurer’s office. He stated that the only talc in Virginia was found at Wiehle, near Colvin Run: that fine asbestos was found near Browns Chapel, and other valuable mineral deposits found in dif ferent sections of the county. Plans for the Chamber of Commerce booth at the Fairfax County Fair were outlined by Mrs. G. Ashley Money, chairman. President Allen announced that the secretary would make her head quarters there during the four days of the fair and that two or more members would be appointed to assist her each day. The chamber extended a rising vote of thanks to W. T. Carrico and • the General Outdoor Advertising Co. Jfor their generous gifts of signs. A J large gold lettered sign has been do- I nated for the new office building at Fairfax, a Chamber of Commerce Wel come sign has been painted free of oharge for erection on the Fairfax County line on the Centervllle-Manassas road, and a big sign has been promised tor the fair booth. The chamber accepted an invitation of W. M. McNair to hold the September meeting at the Floris Vocational High School. 31 Hen Guard Park. YELLOWSTONE PARK. Wyo. (Spe cial) .--A permanent ranger force of 81 *nen guard the Yellowstone National Park during the nine months of closed Season each jrear. SUBURBAN NEWS. BURNING BRADDOCK HEIGHTS HOTEL m?" ' ' ....... — ' .v ~ ... ' : •. ; , ~.. , *■ ■ Ml 2H 111 || ,n IXi-1 8 11 itr View of Hotel Braddock, taken Just before the building was left in ruins by lire Monday, when 30 guests escaped injury and a loss of $lO 0,000 waa caused. GIRL FOUND DEAD, VICTIM OF POISON Miss Elinor Bickford, Berwyn, Who Had Been 111, Leaves Notes to Parents. BRADDOCK HEIGHTS, Md.. August 14.—Miss Elinor Bickford, 20 years old, of Berwyn, Md., Goucher College grad uate and student at Maryland Uni versity. was found dead In her room at a Summer eottage here yesterday, two empty bottles and a note beside her. The note requested that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Bickford, be noti fied and asked the mother not to worry. No motive was given for the supposed suicide, but the young woman had been ill for some time, it is said. Her father is said to be a coal dealer. Mr. and Mrs. Bickford were at Ocean City, according to authorities here, when an effort was made to reach them by telephone. Connection was finally made, and they came here this morning to claim the body. Miss Bickford is survived by two brothers, G. P. Bickford, jr„ of Cleve land, Ohio, and J. H. Bickford, and a sister, Mrs. W. P. Seigler of Dayton, Ohio, besides her parents. According to the woman in charge of the Summer cottage. Miss Bickford came here Monday for a short stay for her health. She did not appear for breakfast yesterday and was absent at the lunch call. The landlady peered over the transom to ascertain the cause of her door being locked from the in side and saw her lying across the bed. The authorities were notified and a physician was called. The latter gave poisoning as the cause of death. Maj. Sherman P. Bowers, acting coroner, held it to be a case of suicide. An inquest was deemed unnecessary. The body was returned to Berwyn today and prepara tions were made there for the funeral. JUSTICE ACTS SWIFTLY. Bag Thief Is Sentenced Within Hour of Taking Luggage. Special Dispatch to The Star. ALEXANDRIA. Va.. August 14.—The wheels of justice spun at high speed this morning in the case of Ennis Jan nings of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., charged with the theft of a traveling bag in front of the George Mason Hotel. Fif teen minutes after the theft was re ported Jannings was arrested by Motor Cycle Policeman Wesley Snoots and re turned to Police Court, which was in session, and sentenced to six months In the city jail by Judge William S. Snow. Maryland Woman of 99 Buried. Special Dispatch to Tht Star. BARTON, Md., August 14.—The body of Mrs. Gorilla Shearer, aged 99 years, who died at the home of her niece. Mrs. M. C. Clayton, Mountain Lake Park, was brought here yesterday and interred beside her husband, David D. Shearer, In Laurel HUI Cemetery. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS^S^SBSBSSSSSSSSSSSB _ CLEARANCE The big FLORSHEIM. , * ll r r !t 1° ' I II! an an d White *&£ \\l/ I SPORTS ' SALE Wjl SHOES continues and, in JT* addition, we now announce, start and for good measure— ***§> tomorrow Many short lines of seasonable $6.50 morning : black and tan calf oxfords and 200 pairs “factory samples” high-grade shoes, many worth double this sale price. Also all $6.50 to $9.75 imported woven oxfords. Get busy, Gentlemen! L7tbAE .1212 1M St. I ' ' . V '» THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, P. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1929. Ex-Sheriff Dies fjffljp v * ill pjjjl A A H; JOHN T. FISHER, Sr.. Former sheriff of Prince Georges Coun ty and prominent Republican, who died at Oxon Hill, Md., of apoplexy. JOHN T. FISHER, SR., DIES AT OXON HILL OXON HILL. Md.. August 14.—John T. Fisher, sr.. former sheriff and Re publican leader of Prince Georges County, died at his residence here yes terday. He suffered an apoplectic stroke recently, and had been critically ill for three weeks. As a young man Mr. Fisher served a term as sheriff and was clerk to the county commissioners during the last Republican administration. He Is survived by his widow. Mrs. Naomi Fisher, formerly Miss Edelen of Fort Foote. Md.; a daughter, Mrs. Emery Valentine of Washington, and three sons. Lieut. Thomas G. Fisher, U. S. N.. now stationed at San Diego. Calif.; Adrian P. Fisher, an attorney, of Oxon Hill, and John T. Fisher, jr., of Oxon Hill. Funeral services will be held at his late residence tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, to be followed by services at St. Barnabas Church. Oxon Hill, at 10:30. Interment will be In the church cemetery. virginTaljoctors meet. Medical Society Members Present Papers on Important Subjects. Special Dispatch to The Star. FRONT ROYAL, Va., August 14 The regular meeting of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia was held yesterday. It Is composed of doctors from the following counties: Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Page, Rappa hannock and Warren. The following doctors read papers on Important sub jects: Dr. J. R. Boldridge of Hazel River, Dr. R. W. Stoneburner of Edin burg. Dr. Giles B. Cook of Front Royal. T ' \ T " o, stimt of Winchester. Dr. D. M. Kipps of Front Royal and Dr. sj, Dearmont of White Post. BUILDING PROGRAM PLANS DISCUSSED Arlington Commerce Commit tee Compiles Figures for County Board Action. By a Staff Correspondent of The Star. CLARENDON, Va.. August 14.—With the projects requiring immediate action already decided upon, the 8-year pro gram committee of the Arlington County Chamber of Commerce, headed by Henry C. Morris, chairman, met yester day to complete the compilation of data for presentation to the board of direc tors at their regular fortnightly meet ing tomorrow. . After a lengthy discussion as to the duties of the committee it was decided that the work expected of it was the gathering of facts and figures for the action of the boord, the facts to be used i by the board of directors in formulating future plans and then turned over to the standing committee created for the j particular project on which the data is compiled. Three Subject* Choeen. There have been three subjects select ed by the committee as requiring the Immediate action of the chamber. These are the water situation, the proposed sewerage and planning and zoning, the latter including an Industrial survey. Full reports will be presented at to morrow’s meeting, one on water and the other on sewerage. Both of these will be in the form of written reports re garding each, but will not carry recom mendations as to action by the board, the committee being of the opinion that this was not expected of them. It will not be possible at this time, according to P. P. Woodbridge. execu tive secretary of the chamber, to make a full report on planning and soning and an industrial survey. The com mittee, however, has partially completed the work on this report and will submit that part which is completed. The committee will await final action by the board of directors upon the re ports filed tomorrow before proceeding with the selection of the next classifi cations requiring immediate action. ASSESSORS ARE NAMED. Fairmount Heights Commissioners Announce Board of Three. Special Dispatch to The Star. FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS, Md., Au gust 14.—The town commissioners here meet last night in the office of the Fair mount Heights Investment Co. A board of assessors was appointed, composed of the following members: James F. Armstrong, Leroy O. Davis and Prince A. Washington. The town clerk-treas urer, James A. Campbell, administered the oath of office to Charles L. Morris, Jr., who was appointed assistant clerk treasurer. The matter of salary for the clerk-treasurer and his assistant was discussed and finally disposed of when both officers offered their services for $1 a year. WORK IS RUSHED ON ENGINE HOUSE Clarendon Department to Have Building Ready for New Pumper. BY LESTER N. INSKEEP. Staff Correspondent of The Star. CLARENDON, Va.. August 14.—Fear ing that further delay may prevent completion of the building before ar rival of the new 600-gallon pumping engine recently ordered by the board of county supervisors, A. C. Plitnam, presi dent of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, today instructed A. J. Porter, contractor, to continue with the erection of the building on the lot so strongly protested by residents of the vicinity in which It is located. The resumption of work follows a two day delay granted to permit Rev. George H. Fielding, pastor of the Clarendon Methodist Church: Joseph C. Boss, owner of property adjacent to the new building, and other interested residents to find and provide a more suitable location for the engine house. It is understood that one location was found, but that a canvass of the locality developed as much opposition to the erection of the building there as has been displayed by property owners in the present location. Avoid Further Delay. Putnam stated last night that he had < done everything in his power to prevent the location of the department in a community in which it was not wanted, and that he felt that the opponents had been given every opportunity to co operate in the selection of another loca tion. Failing to get a favorable report last night, he stated that the matter is closed and that she building will pro ceed without further delay. After the first disagreement, caused. It is believed, by the appearance of a large delegation before the zoning com mission to protest the building, church and fire department officials have been working harmoniously in a search for a better location, the board of stewards of the church having offered SSOO to ward its purchase and Boss having offered to purchase the lot now owned by the department at a profit of SIOO to the department. Several Points Raised. Among the objections offered to the location of the engine house at its new I location were: Its close proximity to the church, 1 House & Herrmann Furniture of Merit- Seventh at Eye Speaking of Opportunities -—here are suggestions of Suite offerings—not only appealing with their charm of design and “Furniture-of-Merit” quality, but with the interesting prices at which they are marked. You can accept it as a truism that you will buy to decided advantage here at all times —as low in price as anywhere, and for better values. The Suites illustrated are only a few of many from which you may select. Genuine walnut veneered suite of modern de- This ; s an especially fine suite of Adam de sign, and at an unusually lovv pnce carvings mat( P hc<l walnut front * and tops -of solid wood ™P le - a £? finished in American walnut shade. A conserva an artistic touch. Brown walnut finish. tive design, but one of the most Q7 | Incorporated in this suite are many new sea- " tures, including the Hollywood vanity, lops and beautiful example of Colonial mahogany fronts have diamond matched w’alnut veneers, with which is so popular for the bedroom. Here is ft overlays of moire ash, and natural wood value that is truly startling. The construction is ings. The finish is rubbed and polished all mahogany, and the finish of high and delicately shaded gloss w .j t h marvelous lustre Effective four-piece suite of Queen Anne de- . . sign, expressed with figured burl walnut veneers, A master-made suite of Louis XV lnnuene#. and graceful carvings. This attractive design is with choice walnut veneers carefully matched, and outstanding in popularity, and vou will agree combined with gumwood for structural strength, that its beauty is unsur- The des5 S n of each P iece is ,nd,v,dual « passed £ and the finish most attractive y * II 1 - . ■; I f * 111! | . » II ........... ,1- ! 9 . . . ... ■ - ——————————— Garden Giant Sunflower In atrawberry (arden of K. F. Green, Brentwood, Md., which la 15 feet tall and has 40 blomomx. i. with the resultant danger to children attending Sunday school and danger to the volunteer firemen that would line the street during services; the fact that the street on which it is to be located is blind at each end and will require sharp turns for the new engine, and the fact that it is located on a narrow lot between two residences. Putnam has said that he believes the citizens justified in their objections, but that the department has reached the point where. It must act at once. The department was forced from Its old quarters in the Clarendon Commu nity House by the sale of that build ing. which was owned by the Clarendon Citizens’ Association, and has since been quartered wherever room could be found. In a recent month 25,000.000 gallons of molasses were shipped from Cuba to this country. SUBURBAN NEWS. GAS RATE CHANGES ORDERED BY GROUP Maryland Commission Cuts Washington Suburban Com pany’s Income $9,000. Special Dispatch to The Star. BALTIMORE, August 14. —An order requiring the Washington Suburban i Gas Co. to file an amended schedule of rates, which will reduce its yearly \ income approximately (9.000, was sign ed yesterday by the Public Service Commission. The order came as the result of a hearing after a complaint of the mayor of Hyattsville and other residents of that town asking an In vestigation of the rates charged by the gas company. The new rates will be filed on the estimated rate base of (714.000. They will take effect on October 1. Commission’s Findings. In its order the commission said it had made an investigation into the company’s investment and charges and found that: “The investment per customer was (242 in 1922, (289 at the end of 1927 and (272 on December 31, 1928. The (increase in customers, comparing 1922 j with 1928. was 67 per cent, which is considerably less than the rate of in : crease in cost of plant or in length of | mains. This disparity can be explained | by the fact that more recent exten- j ! sions of mains have been into compara- I i tively undeveloped territory, and it is reasonable to expect that as new dwell ings are erected in the districts served | by these mains there will be a steady I | decrease in ’investment per customer.’ j This conclusion is supported by the de- , crease which took place in 1928, as noted above. . “The commission has given careful consideration to all the testimony and exhibits submitted at the public hear- i lng and finds that the fair value of ; fixed physical property at December 31, i 1928. was (556,800. To this amount I has been added 16.4 per cent f(91.300>, i which is considered reasonable, for in- j direct costs or construction overhead. | An allowance of (17,500 has been mad? for working capital, including cash to the extent of one-eighth of the annual operating expenses. Going value is esti- I mated at $39.000. The resulting rate > Policeman See* Two Collision* and Takes in Drivers By ■ Staff Correspondent of The Star. ARLINGTON COUNTY COURT HOUSE. August 14.—'While sta tioned at Mount Vernon avenue and Washington avenue yester day Policeman Ray Cobean made two arrests of drivers of automo biles who are alleged to have been operating while intoxicated. The two men, James Payne of Del Ray, Va., and E. A. Pearson of Manassas, Va., were arraigned before Judge Harry R. Thomas in Police Court this morning and held under a (500 bond each lor j action of the grand jury. According to Cobean, both men : had collisions within sight of the place where he was standing. He was on duty to check up on per sons who failed to observe the ; automatic traffic signal at that corner. base, as of December 31, 1928, is (704,- 600. Average Value Is Estimated. “The average value of 1929 additions is estimated to be (10.000. and the rate base for 1929 to be (714.600. The In come available for return in 1929 is es timated at (59.700, and the resulting rate of return at present rates is 8.35 per cent. “The commission finds that the com pany’s rates should be so reduced to effect a decrease of (9,200 per annum in gross revenue, which is equivalent to approximately (8.000 in income avail able for return. After thus reduction has been made, it Is estimated that the com pany’s rate of return will be not leas than 7 per cent and not more than 8 per cent.” i TWO FETES SCHEDULED. Upper Marlboro and White Marsh to Be Scenes This Week. ! By a Staff Correapondent of The Star. UPPER MARLBORO. Md., August 114. —A lawn fete and supper is to be ; held on the Trinity Hall parish grounds here tomorrow, starting at 5 o’clock. S while a picnic by the Sacred Heart i Church is to be held at White Marsh, jon the Defense highway, August 17. ! The latter event is being arranged under the directon of T. W. Baxter, i county transfer clerk, who calls atten jt on to the settlement of the property over 200 years ago by the Jesuit Fathers. The present church there Is rebuilt on the walls of the old struc ture believed to have been constructed 1 in 1741. ■■■■ ■■■■V’ ..Hl ■■' '■ -I' ■ J I it 11. ill.!