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\ TWO CONSTITUTION WEEK STATEMENTS ARE PUT ON RADIO President’s Letter and Ad dress by Representative Usher in Celebration. BAR ASSOCIATION BACKS NATION-WIDE PROGRAM Other Talks Are Scheduled to Go on Air From. Washington by Thursday Night. Expressions from President Hoover and Representative James M. Beck of Pennsylvania, who delivered an ad dress, featured the first of a series of radio programs broadcast from Wash ington last evening in ushering in a Nation-wide observance of Constitution week. “Familiarity with, and respect for” the Constitution, asserted President Hoover in a letter read over the Colum bia Broadcasting Co. chain of stations by F. Regis Noel, “is essential to our national welfare.” Mr. Noel is chair man of the District of Columbia com mitttee of the American Bar Associa tion, which sponsors the observance, and the letter from the President was ad dressed to Gurney E. Newlin of Chi cago, president of the association. “Itu-is with great interest,” Mr. Hoo ver wrote, “that I note the work which the American Bar Association is doing is disseminating information relative to our national Constitution—its history and purposes. Respect Essential. ‘‘Familiarity with and respect for this greatest of all charters of govern ment among our fellow citizens is es sential to our national welfare. “While I understand the association's work along these lines is carried on throughout the year, it has come to my attention that special emphasis is given to these activities during that week which includes September 17, des ignated as ‘Constitution day.’ "You and your associates are en dering a splendid patriotic service in this connection, and I desire to ex press my appreciation of this service, with the hope that it will be continued with increasing benefit to all con cerned.” “Unless the spirit of the Constitution Is preserved in the hearts of the peo ple,” declared Mr. Beck, "the Union, be cause of its very size and greatness, will one day disintegrate.” He suggested that great as the Con stitution is, it cannot endure unless the people have a "real sense of what Grote once called ‘Constitutional morality,’ meaning the self-restraint which ac cepts the wise limitations upon their powers. Unless they have the spirit to resist the abuses of government,” Mr. Beck asserted, “any constitution will, sooner or later, become a scrap of paper.” Benjamin Franklin, were it possible for him to ask himself whether the sun of the Constitution were rising or set ting, would find little evidence today of that constitutional morality, said Mr. Beck. “It is both the strength and weakness of the American character,” he said, “that, whatever it wants, it wants to day, oblivious of the past and forgetful of the future. "Unless the spirit can be changed,” he declared, "the perpetuity of the Con stitution becomes conjectural, for no people who lack the ‘time-sense’ can se cure the permanence of a written form of government. "The Constitution cannot save it self,” he concluded. "Only the American people can preserve it. Let us dedicate ourselves to this great duty, so that we may. in the language of the noble pre amble, ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”’ Recalls Statement. Mr. Noel, in a brief address intro ducing Mr. Beck, referred to President Hoover's address in April to the Asso ciated Press, in which the Chief Execu tive said that the people "are not suffer ing from an ephemeral crime wave, but from a subsidence of our foundations.” “A solution of this problem is offered by the American Bar Association,” said Mr. Noel. "It consists in calling atten tion of the American people to the fundamental law of their country and urging them to take greater interest in its history and the functions of gov ernment.” Two other, addresses are to be de livered during the week. Rev. Dr. Ed mund A. Walsh, head of the Foreign Service School of Georgetown Univer sity, will speak tonight, and Thursday evening District Commissioner Sidney F. Taliaferro will talk on “The Consti tution of the United States and the District of Columbia.” Both addresses will be broadcast over the National Broadcasting Co. chain. GUARDSMAN’S WEST POINT TEST TO BE OCTOBER 26 Examination for Single Appoint ment in D. C. Conducted Under Civil Service Commission. Examinations for the District National Guard’s single appointment to the United States Military Academy are to be held October 26 in Temporary Build ing No. 2, Eighteenth and D streets. The tests, which are of a preliminary nature, are to be conducted under the auspices of the Civil Service Commis sion. A memorandum announcing the ex amination explains that the local Na tional Guard units are allowed to desig nate one enlisted man each year to take the entrance examinations to West Point. To be eligible for appointment through the National Guard the applicant must be an enlisted man in a unit recognized by the Federal Government. On the date of admisison, July 1, 1930, he must have served as an enlisted man not less than one year, lhust be between the ages of 19 and 22 and must be not less than 5 feet 4 inches in height. The same general order announces that examinations for candidates for eligible lists for second lieutenant will be held during the first two weeks of November. All enlisted men in the Guard who have six months’ service may take the examination. Applications must be received on or before Octo ber 15. Child's Arm Fractured by Fall. Geraldine Duck, 7 years old, of 334 N street southwest, fell from a swing on the playgrounds at Second and N streets southwest late ysterday after noon and sustained a fracture of her left arm. She was given first aid by Dr. Henry G. Hadley, 1252 Sixth street, southwest, before she was taken to Wmergenrv Hospital. Imedium denies alienation CHARGES IN WOMAN’S SUIT Mrs. Jane B. Coates Says I She Last Saw W. F. Burk hart in 1927. Plaintiff Wife Seeks $50,000 Damages From Religious Leader. • ——————— When a deputy marshal stopped at 1379 Irving street yesterday afternoon to serve an alienation of affections suit upon Mrs. Jane B. Coates, the medium’s first reaction, she said today, was one of deep bewilderment, followed a mo ment later by amazement, indignation and a strong desire to laugh. “I took the paper half assured it was for some one else,” smiled Mrs. Coates this morning, seated in the little parlor where she receives her circle of followers. “Then, turning the pages, I saw where a Mrs. Jessie R. Burn hart was suing me for $50,000 assert ing I had influenced her husband. Wil liam Frederick Burnhart, against her. First CaUed in 1921. "Burnhart, Burnhart—l kept repeat ing the name. Then it came to me; I remembered William Frederick Bum hart, He used to come to the Spiritual Science Church of Christ, when I was conducting services at 1502 Fourteenth street. He first came in 1921, I be lieve, but we closed the church in 1924, and I saw him only once since, about two years ago when I passed him going out of another church. "I have seen the man only once since 1924, and didn’t know he was getting a divorce. The suit says they were di vorced a year ago; it was the first I had heard of it. The man came for two private interviews, as I remember, while he was attending my church. "He said then that his wife resented his attending my church—any church. He said his wife thought he was an ’anti-Christ,’ and he wanted to be re assured. He declared his wife, her step daughter and another woman who was living in his home would lock them selves into a room when he arrived at his residence, pull the blinds and burn incense against’ him and ’against’ the gvfi spirits they supposed had possessed "The man was badly frightened, afraid there was some truth in what MARKET IS SCORED BY CITIZENS'GROUP West End Body Asks Investi gation of $35,000 Repair Job on K Street. Severely condemning market man agement and the plans for Improve ment at the Western Municipal Market, Twenty-first and K streets, the West End Citizens’ Association passed a reso lution last night asking the District Commissioners to investigate the Dis trict Department of Weights and Meas ures. Grover W. Ayres, who has investi gated the renovation work at the West ern Market, condemned the work as incompetently supervised and con structed. Os the $35,000 appropriated by Congress SIO,OOO, which was ex pended for the construction of butcher stands, he said, is a total loss, as the new stands are unfitted for wholesale butcher work, Mr. Ayres openly criticized George M. Roberts, the market master. At present Western Market butchers, who have been deprived of their stalls because of the renovation, are operating at produce stands, which seriously limit their patronage and business, Mr. Ayraa continued. Immediate occupation of the partly completed new stalls was urg ently demanded by Mr. Ayres. At of Henry K. Bush- Brown. Tne association also passed a resolution asking the Federation of Citi zens’ Associations to name a committee to investigate taxation of land and tenure in the District of Columbia. Mr. Brown suggested that the Federal and District government purchase suburban tracts of land to be held in perpetuity under lease to occupants, thereby elimi nating private tenure of land, in out lying districts, and facilitating city ex pansion. BILLFOLD WITH $240 STOLEN FROM LOCKER Francis Harrington Reports Theft at Georgetown U. Gymnasium—Po lice Informed of Other Robberies. A billfold containing approximately $240, property of Francis Harrington, 1406 Thirty-fifth street, was reported stolen- from a locker in the gymnasium at Georgetown University last night. Harrington reported Ws loss to tpe police. He said a driver’s license issued in Jerome, Ariz., also was in the bill fold. Fabian C. Cox, apartment 303, 2809 Fifteenth street, yesterday was the vic tim of a jimmy operator. The thief jimmied the door to the apartment and stole numerous articles of silverware. Cox valued the stolen property at $250. Mrs. Naresa Rooks, apartment 32, 3308 Sherman avenue, told police of the loss of wearing apparel and a gold ring valued at $l3O. She-said the apart ment was robbed since September 4. Theft of two dressers and two bureaus valued at SSO was reported by Annie Palmer, 1139 Eighth street, the pieces of furniture having been stolen last night. Thomas Lewis told of the taking of S7O worth of wearing apparel from his room in the house. MRS. KATE A. POTTER DIES Native of Alabama Is Survived by Six Children. Mrs. Kate A. Potter, 69 years old, died this morning at the home of her daugh ter, Mrs. Albert B. Willis of 1909 Nine teenth street, after a long illness. Mrs. Potter was bom in Butler, Ala., August 28, 1860. She had been a resi dent in the District for many years, be ing an active worker in social and civic organizations. She was a member of the Naomi Lodge, No. 3, of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Potter was the widow of Jo seph K. Potter, who was long a teacher in the District public schools. She is survived by six children, Mrs. T. S. Thorpe of Baltimore, Mrs. Albert B. Willis, Mrs. Henry Tait Rodier, Mrs. W. Raymond Potter, Mrs.- Russell H. Carley and Mrs. Julian C. Hammack of this city. Funeral services will be held Thurs day afternoon, at 2 o’clock.TPt the home of Mrs. wiuis. Burial will be in Glen wood Cemetery. w nmuT Mom.. Dmoß ’ MRS. JANE B. COATES. ■ they were saying. He used to haunt spiritualists’ meetings. I don’t think there’s a medium in town he hasn’t visited—always seeking to be reassured that he Is not an ’anti-Christ.’ "I never advised him against his wife, as her petition declares, but on the con trary tried to make peace between them. I did advise him, though, that if there was some one in his home coming be tween himself and his wife he should ask them to leave. “All my people are like children. They call me ‘teacher* and come to me for guidance. He did that and I tried to help him. The man himself will deny I influenced him against his wife. Was Willing ’Worker. “He was one of those workers, always volunteering his services as an expert carpenter. The ladies of my cir cle used him to a finish, I’m afraid, be cause when there were chairs to be moved or table to be made, he was willing and eager for the task. Mrs. Coates described as ridiculous the charges that she had induced Burn hart to leave his home or to institute divorce proceedings. She denied also that she had advised him to forfeit payments on his home, so that it might be sold at auction, as was set out in her suit. Mrs. Coates further expressed indig nation at newspaper headlines which had referred to her as a “love pirate,” and to other references to a "love tri angle.” MAN NEAR DEATH EROM OWN BULLET Wife Whom He Shot Twice During Quarrel Is Ex pected to Recover. John William Waugh, 34 years cld, of Kensington, Md., was still hovering be tween life and death at Casualty Hos pital this morning suffering from a self-inflicted bullet wound in the head when he turned a gun on himself after shooting his 30-year-old wife Marlon through the face, near Fourteenth and L streets southeast, yesterday. Their 8-year-old daughter Barbara witnessed the shooting. The bullet entered the back of the man’s head and penetrated his skull. Hospital physicians hold little hope for his recovery. The wife was less seriously injured, one bullet piercing her right wrist and another entering the left side of her face and, continuing on, coming out the other side. She is in Providence Hospital, where, it was said this morn ing, she spent a “fairly comfortable night.” She is expected to recover. The shooting, according to the wife, was the outgrowth of an argument which ensued shortly after the couple met by agreement on the street comer yesterday to discuss matters pertaining to the child. Mrs. Waugh said she arranged the meeting with her husband, intending to appeal to the latter to fur nish her enough money to purchase shoes and clothing for their little girl so she could enter school next week. Mrs. Waugh said she and her estranged husband had quarreled con tinually and they have been separated many times /luring their married life. After the recent separation, several weeks ago, Mrs. Waugh lived with her married sister at 1336 L street south east, while her husband lived with his mother and father in Kensington. BIDS SUBMITTED Drew Co. Offers to Construct Drain age and Build Balustrades for $112,463. A low bid of $112,403 was filed by the Fred Drew Co., contractors, today for the development work in Meridian Hill Park, to be undertaken by the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks. The low bidder bid $15,000 under the bid of the second lowest for work con templating drainage and the erection of balustrades in the park area. Award of a contract probably will be made this week, and work is to be started within 15 days, looking to the completion of this phase of the park development within nine months. KNIFE WOUND PROVES FATAL TO£OLORED MAN James Makle Dies Two Days After Battle With William Walker, Now Under Arrest. James Makle, colored, 38 years old, died at Emergency Hospital early this morning as a result of a stab wound in the groin, alleged to have been Inflicted Sunday night by William Walker, also colored, 56 years old, a former resident of Winchester, Va. The men resided at 3008 M street, where the trouble oc curred. Coroner J. Ramsay Nevitt will conduct an inquest at the morgue to morrow. Walker in under arrest. New Device Avert* Crashes. Engineers of Europe are taking an in terest in the apparatus Invented by Tas quln and Delfossa of Rheims, France, for preventing train accidents. In a re cent demonstration before municipal and railway officials at Rheims, two locomotives were sent toward each other at high speed. Just when a collision seemed inevitable, they were stopped 60 feet apart by the apparatus. The device Is said also to be applicable to level crossings and to electric or steam traction. WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1929. ♦* MING NEGLECT AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCORED IN REPORT Municipal Architect Urges Better Care for Grass and' Other Material. TWO SCHOOLS ARE CITED FOR UPKEEP EXCELLENCE Decided Improvement Within Few Years Is Forecast by City Official. Unsatisfactory maintenance of new | planting at many of the public school I grounds is made the subject of adverse criticism by A. H. Harris, municipal architect, in his annual report for the ! fiscal year filed today with the District Commissioners. While the report refers optimistically to the expected results from the ex [ penditure of SIOO,OOO for improvement of school grounds, it warns that much , of the good work already accomplished . will be obliterated unless more careful attention is paid to maintenance. During the fiscal year ending June 30. Harris stressed that the office of the municipal architect entered into con tracts amounting to $2,785,822.32. Good Examples Cited. With respect to the condition of school grounds, the report cites as a notable example of the right kind of care that should be given, the colored Garnet-Patterson Junior High School. It also specifically mentions Eastern High School as a good example of school grounds and planting. “While it is too early to see very sub stantial results from the planted ma terial. which has been installed under the SIOO,OOO appropriated for the im provement of school grounds,” the re port states,, "I feel sure that in a few years when this material has filled out and the grass properly rooted a very decided improvement will be manifest in the general appearance of the grounds surrounding our school build ings. “It is essential, however, that careful attention be paid to the maintenance of the planting around the schools in order that the work done may not be obliterated. Unsatisfactory maintenance work at many of the schools should be corrected by constant and adequate care. Janitors Commended. “A notable exception is the Garnet- Patterson Junior High School, where the planting was completed late in the Fall of 1928. The lawns and plants around this school are in excellent con dition and have received a great deal of care and attention. The grass is the finest of any school in the City of Washington and the Janitorial force of this school deserves commendation for the manner in which they have cared for the grounds around this building. "Eastern High School, completed the latter part of 1922, ts a good example of the value of good planting and care ful attention. The lawns and gardens are always in fine condition and are a credit to the principal and to the janitorial force. “It is the hope of this office that the result of the improvement of the grounds around school buildings will make for better looking school grounds and approaches.” Schools Improved. Under this SIOO,OOO appropriation, im provements were made at the following school grounds: Addison, Armstrong, Bancroft, Bar nard, New Bell,. Brightwood, Brookland, Brown. Bruce, Buchanan, Burroughs, Central, H. D. Cooke, Dennison, Eastern, Emery, Gage, Gales, Gamet-Patteraon, Gordon, Hayes, Health, Jackson, Janney, Keene, Langdon, Macfarland. Military Road, Miner Normal. Morgan, Oyster, Peabody, Petworth, Road port able. portable located at Tenth and Franklin streets northeast, portable located at Twentieth and Rosedale streets northeast, Broad Branch Road portable, located at Thirty-third and Northampton streets northwest; Randall, Reservoir, Slater, Smothers, Stanton, Stuart, ?yphax., Truesdall, Washington, Webster, Western, .Wheat ley, Whittier and Woodridge. A total amount of $99,939.43 was ex pended at these schools. LAWYER HELD FOR TRIAL ON POISON PLOT CHARGE Oklahoma Man Accused of Plan ning Death of Wealthy Oil Man, His -Former Employe. By the Associated Press. NEWKIRK, Okla., September 17. P. C. Hyde, Ponca City lawyer, was bound over to the District Court for trial here yesterday, after witnesses had testified at his preliminary hearing that Hyde had been the instigator of a poison plot to kill Samuel Collins, wealthy Ponca City oil man. The State alleged that Hyde entered negotiations with Chris Wiederkehr of Ponca City to murder the oil man, who at one time had employed him as his secretary. Wiederkher is alleged to have informed the authorities of the plan. Hyde specifically was charged with administering poison to Collins with intent to kill. The act was purported to have taken place August 8 in Hyde’s office, when Hyde is alleged to have handed Collins a bottle of soda pop which the State charges was poisoned. The lawyer’s bond was set at SIO,OOO. He had not produced it late yesterday. No defense testimony was offered at the preliminary hearing. FASCIST GRAND COUNCIL SUMMONED FOR SESSION Mussolini Orders Meeting Septem ber 30 for Expressed Purpose of Reforming Organization. By the Associated Press. ROME, September 17.—The Eascist party orders of the day announced that Premier Mussolini had convoked the Fascist grand council for a meeting on September 30 for “reforming the com position of the grand council.” In his recent speech to the assembly, Mus solini complained that the present membership of 52 in the council was too large to permit secret actions. The orders, replying to criticisms in the foreign press about the retirement of Mussolini from all but one of his cabinet posts, said that these critics “do not yet understand that Mussolini might even remain without portfolio and still continue tocommand. owing to the authority eomog from his genius and the right arising from havisg cre ated the Fascist movement.” SIX PERSONS HURT, FOUR SERIOUSLY, IN TRAFFIC MISHAPS Harvey Fernow, 20, Gets Skull Fracture When Motor Cycle and Horse Collide. GIRL COMPANION ALSO IS SEVERELY INJURED Third Street Man. Besoued From Wreckage of Car Betide 7-Foot Embankment. Six persons were injured, four of them seriously, in a series of traffic ac cidents in Washington and nearby Maryland last night and this morning. Harvey Fernow, 20 years old, of Cap itol Heights, Md., was seriously injured . early today when the motor cycle on which he and Miss Edna Madenley, 18 years old. of 2503 Fourteenth street, were riding left the road after striking a horse near Brooks Station on the Chesapeake Beach road. They were brought to Casualty Hos pital by a passing motorist. Fernow was found to be suffering from a frac tured skull and internal injuries, while the girl sustained Internal Injuries In addition to severe body bruises and shock. The condition of both Is con sidered serious. . Rides Horse Away. Dr. Louis Jimal of the hospital staff who treated the pair said they told him that after they struck the horse, a man who had been leading the animal down the road, mounted and rode away. Thomas Franklin Burroughs, 39 years old, 606 Third street. Is in a serious condition at Emergency Hospital as the result of injuries suffered early this morning when the machine he was driving left the road on the Leonard town pike about a mlJe this side of Sil ver Hill. Md., and plunged down a 7- foot embankment. The Injured man was extricated from the wreckage of his machine In the ditch by David L. Lubar of Forrest drive. Hyattsville, Md., who brought him to the hospital, where he was found to have suffered serious internal injuries, cuts and bruises. Police have not been able to leam how the accident occurred. Boy, 13. Injured. Thirteen-year-old Paul Marceron of 507 \ 2 Fifth street northeast suffered serious injuries yesterday when run down in front of 607 Orleans place by an automobile operated by Mrs. Sue L. Tolson, 25 years old, of College Park, Md. The boy was taken to Casualty Hos pital and treated by Dr. Louis Jimal of the hospital staff, who said the lad suffered a compound fracture of the skull, in addition to painful cuts to the face and shock. He is expected to recover. According to police, Mrs. Tolson. who was released in SSOO bond after being held by ninth precinct police pending the outcome of the boy’s injuries, said the lad darted from the sidewalk di rectly Into the path of her moving car. Three-year-old Dorothy Williams of 718 I street southeast suffered painful cuts and bruises to the head and face when stmek by an open door of a pass ing automobile which was proceeding out of an alley near Eighth and G streets southeast. Returned to Home. The child was treated at Casualty Hospital and later taken home. Sarah Boker, 37 years old, of 1115 Eleventh street was treated at a physi cian’s office at Tenth street and Massa chusetts avenue for a broken finger suf fered when run down at Tenth and K streets by an automobile driven by Paul C. Erthal of 1241 Irving street. She went to her home after receiving nodical treatment. DR. GIBSON FUNERAL RITES HELD TODAY Body of Surgical and Drug Com pany Head Will Be Sent to Johnstown, Pa., for Burial. Dr. William Gibson, president of the Gibson Surgical & Drug Co., 917-919 G street northwest, died yesterday at his home, 6703 Connecticut avenue. He was 67 years old. Funeral services were held this afternoon at the home. The body will be sent to Johnstown, Pa., where burial will take place Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in the Grandview Cemetery. , Dr. Gibson, who was born in London berry County, Ireland, on April 7, 1863, came to this country in 1881 and estab fished a residence at Philadelphia, where he followed the medical profes sion for six years. In 1887 Dr. Gibson organized the only hospital in Johns town, Pa., which, under his supervision, rendered invaluable service during the Johnstown flood Dr. Gibson was a supervisor of hospital work for 14 years, dividing his activity between, the Johns town Hospital and the Cambria Hos pital at Pittston, Pa. Coming to this city In 1906, Mr. Gib son entered the surgical and drug busi ness, in which he was engaged at the time of his death. Throughout his busi ness career. Dr. Gibson retained his in terest in the medical profession, engag ing actively In minor surgical work. Dr. Gibson Is survived by his wife, Jeannle W. Gibson; two sons, James G. and William N. Gibson; and a brother, James Gibson, a resident of Philadel phia. FILIPINO FOREIGN TRADE. Gov. Davis Reports Year’s Business Totals $315,446,266. Governor General Davis at Manilla has reported to the War Department that the total foreign trade of the Philippine Islands for the year ended June 30, 1929, amounted to $315,446,256, an increase of about $45,000,000 com pared with the previous year. Imports amounted to $146,326,859 and exports to $169,119,397, an Increase of about $20,- 000,000 in each case. While the foreign trade showed an increase, Gov. Davis said the prices obtained for leading , commodities, such as sugar, copra, cocoanut oil, cigars and Manila hemp, were lower than during the previous year. Approximately 58 per cent of the imports and three-fourths of the exports were with the United States. Will Address Gold Star Mothers. Following a business meeting of American Gold Star' Mothers at the Hamilton Hotel, beginning at 8 o'clock tonight. United States Attorney Leo A. Rover will address - the group at 9 o’clock on the "The Constitution.** \ OFFICIALS CONSIDER 10-YEAR PLAN FOR WATER EXTENSION Study Is Made of Meters to Determine Consumption of Supply for Which No Account Is Now Kept. Plans for extending the proposed five year water development program to cover a period of 10 years were dis cussed at a conference today between officials in charge of Washington’s sup ply and distributions systems. The phenomenal growth of the Dis trict and the likelihood of a continued increase in population, it was pointed out, Indicates the necessity of prepar ing for additions in both the supply and distributions systems farther into the future than five years. The conference was attended by Maj. Brehon B. Somervell, United States en gineer for the District, who has super vision over the water supply system; Engineer Commissioner William B. Ladue and Capt. Hugh Oram, Assistant Engineer Commissioner, who are directly In charge of the distribution system. Program Already Fixed. A tentative five-year program already worked out contemplates chiefly im provements In the distribution system, but the proposed 10-year program, It was said, also will involve probable ad ditions and extensions to the supply system. Engineer Commlssoner Ladue ex plained that the present supply system is more than adequate; that it can fur nish for years to come all the water Washington can possibly consume, but with the use of water Increasing yearly, it ’may be necessary to provide addi tional distributing reservoirs and In creased pumping facllltes as well as an extension of the distribution system. The 10-year program. Col. Ladue em phasized, will be worked out by District officials in co-ordination with Maj. Somervell and engineers connected with his office so the improvements in both the supply and distribution systems can be carried out as a unit. Col. Ladue also explained that the program wifi be elastic to permit revisions that may be found necessary from year to year. After returning from the conference Capt. Oram resumed his study of con ditions In the Water Department cited in its recent annual report, giving spe cial consideration to the large quantity of unaccounted-for water, which was estimated at 30 per cent of the total supply, and the condition of the water meters, nearly 15,000 of which are said to be registering inaccurately or out of working order. Capt. Oram conferred with D. W. Holton, acting superintendent of the Water Department, and Maj. Edward H. Grove, District water registrar, both of whom gave him a detailed explana tion of the cause of the conditions which he was instructed to study by Col. Ladue. Meters Clogged. Holton told Capt. Oram that while nearly 15,000 meters are not function ing correctly, the majority of them are not mechanically defective as has been claimed, but are clogged with dirt and other debris, which found its way through the Alteration reservoirs, and disabled the disc which records the con sumption. These meters can be put Into proper operating condition by cleaning, he said, and this work is going on regularly. The conference also developed the fact that inspections are made twice an nually of all water meters, and that those found to be dirty and registering inaccurately are removed from the ground and cleaned. The fact that nearly 15,000 meters are not functioning properly, It was explained, is due to an accumulation over a period of years of meters that the Water Department has not been able to repair or clean because of the lack of funds. Knew Situation. Holton told Capt. Oram that the wa ter department has not been “Ignorant” of the meter situation, but foresaw some years ago the condition which now ex ists and included in its financial esti mates items for increased appropria tions for the purchase of new meters as LEHLBACH URGES COMPLETE CIVIL SERVICE LAW REVISION Committee Chairman Emphasizes Need for Uniform Code Covering All Phases hy Personnel Administration. Complete assembly, codification and revision of the civil service statute now scattered in countless pieces of legislation, some of which are conflicting, and with many provisions carried as riders on appro priation bills, is contemplated by Chairman Lehlbach of the House civil service committee in the next session of Congress, which meets in December. Chairman Lehlbach, who returned to Washington for confer ences with members of the Personnel Classification Board, and other specialists on the subject of civil service personnel administration, em phasized that the revision of the civil service code should cover all phases of personnel administration and would make uniform law throughout the various branches of the service for people doing like work. This subject will not come up for con sideration during the remainder of the extra session because no general legis lation outside of the tariff bill will be takqp up, and because the civil service committee has not been organized, and will not be untU after the new Congress meets in December. The final report of the Personnel Classification Board on reclassification of the Government employes in the field service wUI be used, according to Mr. Lehlbach’s plan, for applying simi lar schedules and job specifications for Government employes in the District of Columbia. He emphasized that there is no pur pose of expectation of a reduction in salary anywhere throughout either the field service or the departmental service in Washington. Chairman Lehlbach believes that with the final report of the Personnel Classification Board, the legislative committees of Congress wUI have avail able all of the information needed after careful study to draft a uniform pay schedule of well balanced salaries for aU of those during this particular line of work, no matter in what bureau or department the Individual employe may be assigned. Chairman Lehlbach scouted the Idea of passing any bills such as were con sidered at the last session of Congress for adjusting certain inequlalties and Injustices that resulted from the passage of the Welch pay bill, but stressed the necessity for correcting all such short comings in the civil service law in one comprehensive codification, which would be a substantial basis for future legis lation that time might show needed In the civil service system. Mr. Lehlbach mentioned that the pro posed code should contain a series of titles such as Job specifications; promo tions, hearings on questions in dispute and all phases of personal administra tion, so that ready reference could be 'made to the exact law instead of the confusion existing at present in search ing through '•Numberless volumes con taining piecemeal legislation, i He- BTOBpsee haw the LftfMT o* Society and General well a* for the repair or replacement of old ones found to be mechanically de fective. The request for additional funds was denied, however, he said, and the department is forced to continue this work on an insufficient appropria tion of 930,000 a year. The normal increase in water con sumers ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 a year MaJ. Grove pointed out. Since water meters cost about $7 each, he said, the $30,000 would be sufficient to provide only for the purchase of new meters in the years when 4,000 new consumers are connected to the distribution sys tem, leaving practically no funds to re pair, clean or replace mechanically de fective meters. The department, how ever, has been making an effort to both extend the meter service as well as re pair and clean meters with its $30,000 appropriation and as a result it has been slipping behind annually in each of these activities. Records in posses sion of Capt. Oram show that 769 new’ meters were Installed in the last fiscal year and 6,000 were repaired. Bought Eight Years Ago. Reports that a meter manufacturer had "unloaded” nearly 19,000 inferior meters on the Water Department were declared by Holton to be without foun dation. These meters, he said, were purchased about eight years ago, and complied at that time with the rigid specifications of the American Water works Association and the New Eng land Waterworks Association. Some of them, it was pointed out, developed defects after they were put into service. It was impossible, how ever, it was asserted, to discover these defects before they were used. Vast improvements have been made in the construction of water meters since the 19,000 were purchased eight years ago, Holton explained, and con sequently these meters do not compare in quality and mechanical construction with later models. When additional meters are purchased, he declared, the specifications will be drawn for the latest type meter. Defends Meters. Grove described as "absurd” reports that the inaccurate meters are respon sible for a large portion of the 9,000,- 000.000 gallons of water which the Water Department said was lost and unaccounted for in the last fiscal year. Records in his office showing the water paid for by consumers, he said, disprove that conclusion. The large quantity of water unac counted for is one phase of the study which Capt. Oram is giving particu lar attention. He believes a check, if possible, on the amount of water used by the Fire, Street Cleaning and High way Departments will disclose the rea son for the unaccounted-for supply. Leaky mains, he said, also may be one of the contributing factors. In this connection it was pointed out that some of the mains now in use have been in the ground for 60 years. One of these old mains on Twentieth street was recently taken up looked like a sieve. The loss through leaky mains and Joints, however, is not regarded as large, since the earth which is packed around them underground serves in most instances as a seal. Efforts have been made to determine the amount of water used by the Fire Department and other municipal agencies, but it has been difficult to arrive at an estimate due to the fact water consumption fluctuates so greatly from day to day. Fire hydrants are not metered and cannot be metered because the suction caused by pumping engines would break them and for this reason it has been impossible to ascer tain the amount of water used by fire apparatus. The street cleaning depart ment as well as building and highway contractors also take water from the unmetered fire hydrants, and no ac curate check can be made, therefore, of the amount of water used by these agencies. Congress, the Civil Service Commis sion and other agencies prepare for the House committee a compilation of ex isting civil service laws. Mr. Lehlbach sees no reason why the National Federation of Federal Em ployes will hot support the complete re vision and codification which he proposes. After the final report has been re ceived from the Personnel Classification Board on its survey of the field service and after the House committe had been organized in the new Congress, Mr. Lenlbach will propose that the com mitte work in close conference with members of the Personnel Classifica tion Board, the Civil Service Commis sion, the National Federation of Federal Employes and other agencies who have made close studies of the personnel problems so that the draft of the pro posed legislation may have the benefit of the best practical knowledge on the subject. He gave assurances that no such re vision and codification would be re ported out of the House committe until all parties had ben allowed an op portunity at hearings to express their views on the subject. KIDNAPING IS FEARED. RICHMOND, Ky., September 17 (IP). —Police and county officers were today making a search for Mrs. Geneva Wal ton, 24, on the theory that she and an other young woman had been kidnaped. The officers were told by Harry Lee Thurman, brother of Mrs. Walton, that the two were accosted by two men last Tuesday in an automobile bearing a Michigan license and forced into the car. He said the car drove south from here. Colored Man Suffers Injury. Frank Taylor, colored, 69 years old, clerk in Municipal Court, received cuts on his arms and legs yesterday as a re sult of a fall while inspecting some old material on the court premises. He was i treated aft casualty PAGE 17 CAPPER OFFERS BILE TO LICENSE REALTY SALESMEN Measure Proposes to Set Up Commission With Full Governing Power. : WOULD REQUIRE BROKER TO POST SI,OOO SURETY Proof of Honesty, Integrity and Competency of Applicants Are Among Stipulation*. Establishment of a commission to U , cense all real estate bfwfeers and sales men in Washington, with power to sus pend or revoke licenses-fdr improper or unfair dealing, is provided for in a bill presented to Chairman Capper of the Senate District committee by the Wash ington Real Estate Board and intro duced in the Senate by Senator Capper this afternoon. The measure would set up a board <0 be known as the Real Estate Commis sion of the District of Columbia, com posed of three real estate men selected by the District Commissioners, to pass on all applications for licenses and to refuse, suspend or revoke licenses for / the various causes ontlined in the bill. To Require Bond. The procedure for obtaining a license would require the applicant to give * f history of hi! previous business connec tions and also makes compulsory the posting of a bond and the indorsement of two property owners. The commission would be empowered to revoke a license where the licensee is found to be guilty of any of the fol lowing: "Making any substantial misrepre sentation, making any false promises of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce; pursuing a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation or making of false promises through agents or salesmen or advertising or otherwise: acting for more than one party in a transaction without the knowledge of all parties for whom he acts; accepting a commission or valuable consideration as a real estate salesman for the per formance of any of the acts specified in this act, from any person, except his employer, who must be a licensed real estate broker; representing or attempt ing to represent a real estate broker [ other than the employer without the . express knowledge and consent of the i employer; falling, within a reasonable ( time, to account for or to remit anv moneys coming into his possessic* which belong to others; being unworthy or incompetent to act as a real estate broker or salesman In such manner as to safeguard the Interests of the public; paying a commission or valuable con sideration to any person for acts or services performed in volation of this act, or any other conduct, whether of the same or a different character from that hereinbefore specified, which con stitutes Improper, fraudulent or dis honest dealing.” Public Hearing Proviso. Provision is made in the bill for a public hearing whenever the commis sion is considering the refusal, sus pension or revocation of a license. At such a hearing the applicant could bs represented by counsel and call wit nesses. The measure is so drafted that the expense of the newly created commis sion could not exceed the amount of money collected by the commission in license fees, which would be fixed at $lO a year for brokers and $5 annually for salesmen. One section of the bill makes it an offense for anv one to undertake to act as a real estate broker or salesman without a license#and provides a pen alty of SSOO for any violation of this provision. Every application for a license would have to be accompanied by a SI,OOO bond, “running to the District of Columbia, executed by two good and sufficient sureties.” The bond is to be in form approved by the commission, and condition that the applicant shall conduct his business in accordance with the requirements of the law, and for his failure so to do any person aggrieved thereby shall have, in addition to his right of action against the principal thereon, a right to bring suit against the surety on said bond either alone or jointly with the principal thereon, and to recover in an amount not exceeding the penalty of the bond any damages sustained by reason of any act. repre sentations, transaction or conduct of the principal which may be prohibited by this measure, or enumerated as one of the causes for suspension or revocation of a license granted hereunder. Would Test Honesty. The bill further recites that the com mission. with due regard to the para mount interests of the public, may re quire such other proof as shall be deemed desirable as to the honesty, truthfulness, integrity, reputation and competency of the applicant for a license. The commission would have power to make reasonable rules and regulations to govern the issuance of licenses. Pocket cards would be issued by the commission to all licensed brokers and salesmen. Detailed provision also is made in the bill for the procedure to be followed in licensing non-resident brokers. The commission would be directed to publish at least once a year a list of all licenses granted and of all licenses sus- w pended or revoked. One of these lists would be filed with the clerk of the Dis trict Supreme Court as a public record. Twenty-five States have real estate license laws already, and, while they vary in administrative character, most of them are predicated on the basic principles of the model law recom mended by the National Association of Real Estate Boards. MRS. CRAWFORD’S RITES. Funeral Will Be Held Tomorrow Afternoon at Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Emile Louise Crawford, 51 years old,-will be held tomorrow afternoon at the home of William C. Zimmermann, 5004 Ar kansas avenue. Mrs. Crawford was bom in Washing ton on March 10, 1878, and had lived here all her life. She was actively en gaged in local Masonic work, having been worthy matron of Ruth Chapter, No. 1. of the Eastern Star In 1913. At the time ofher death she was treasur er of the auxiliary board of Ruth Chap ter. Mfs. Crawford was the widow cf John I#*Crawford. local shoe merchant. .s Burial will be in Rock Creek Ceme tery.