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WATER OFFICIALS SEEK WAV TO PAY FOR 5-YEAR PLAN Wont Method of Improving System Without Rate Increase. LARGER CONSUMERS MAY BE CHARGED MORE Another Proposal Would Bring in Revenue From Supply Used by Municipality. The District Water Department today began struggling with a problem of how to finance the five-year program for improving the water distribution sys tem without Increasing water rates. Careful estimating has revealed that the department cannot carry out the program on its present income from the sale of water without incurring a de cided deficit. In fact, some calculations have shown that the department will run Into the red in the first year. Two Proposals Are Studied. 1 Two proposals are under consideration for increasing the revenues without dis -1 turbing the present basic domestic rate ' of $6.36 for a minimum of 56,100 gal i lons. One is to lower the minimum consumption to 45.000 gallons, which would have the effect of raising the bills of large consumers who would be charged for the amount used in excess of this quantity. The other is designed to produce revenue on a large portion of the water for which the District now j receives no return, exclusive of the enormous amount , estimated.at one-third of the total supply, which is wasted or unaccounted for every year. The plan to reduce the minimum consumption from 56,000 to 45,000 gal lons. it was pointed out, would not af fect the bills of the smaller consumer, since 29.480. or 40 per cent of the total of 73,738, do not now use more than 31,500 gallons a year, although entitled to 56.100 gallons for the $6.36 rate. The remaining 60 per cent now is paying an excess charge ranging from 10 to 2 per cent progressively. It would be this group which would bear the burden of the Increase. District May Have to Pay. The municipal government would be the principal victim under the plan to raise income on water which does not now yield any revenue. The proposal is that the District pay for all the water it uses, which is estimated at 23 per cent of the total consumption. It is not planned, however, to require the Federal Government to pay for the water it consumes on the ground that it has * substantial equity in the water system. For its equity in the system, the District would be given a lower rate than the prevailing domestic rate. The Water Department and Capt. Hugh Oram, assistant engineer com missioner. who also is studying various schemes for financing the five-year pro gram, do not propose to make any def inite recommendations, however, pend ing a survey of water systems in other cities comparable In size to Washington. Questionnaires already have been sent to 21 of these cities, which have munici pally owned water plants, seeking data as to rates and how they are deter mined and any other Information relat ing to operation. V. 8. Bureau Refused Proposal. Anticipating a deficit in the water fund as a result of the five-year im provement program, the Commissioners urged the Budget Bureau while the 1931 estimates were under considera tion to approve a scheme to have the Improvements financed out of the gen eral revenues instead of the water fund. Such a plan, it was believed, would have averted a deficit or a probable in crease in water rates, but the Budget Bureau refused to approve it. POLICESEIZE AUTO AFTER WILD CHASE _______ 180 Gallons of Whisky in Machine When Captured, Officials i Claim. A wild chase through the streets of Southeast Washington early this morn ing resulted in the seizure by Precinct Detoirtlves F. L. Arrington and Thomas MeVfflfrry of the Fifth precinct of a large automobile and 180 gallons of al leged com whisky. Two colored men police say were in the machine leaped from the car and escaped when the car came to a stop In Southwest Washington. The detectives said they saw the au tomobile going down Pennsylvania ave nue near Sixth street southeast at a ter rific rate of speed and having no license tags. The police gave chase, and were led in and out of side streets and through alleys in practically all of the Southeast section before the chase end ed at Four-and-a-half street and Mary land avenue southwest. Police broadcast a lookout today for the driver of an automobile said by by standers to have passed over a loading platform at Twenty-second street and Pennsylvania avenue, narrowly missing two women as it proceeded eastward on the Avenue at a high rate of speed and was lost In traffic. The license number furnished by witnesses tallied with that Issued to a motorist only this morning. Sergt. W. F. Shelton of the United States Park Police was attracted to the Intersection by cries of "Stop him!” He drove out the Avenue In the direction Indicated and located a .38-caliber re volver thought to have been thrown to the street from the speeding automobile. CHANGE~|TaRMY SCHOOL. Cumberland Institution to Be Con ducted Under New Head. Special Dispatch to The Star. - CUMBERLAND, Md., December 13. The Cumberland Army Officers Group School, composed of all commissioned members of the U. S. Army located here, will be conducted at the State Armory next Monday evening by Lieut. Col. George Henderson, Infantry Reserve, group school Instructor. These meetings heretofore were In charge of Lieut. Col. Ralph Leavitt of the 3d Corps Area Headquarters, but because there is no appropriation to de fray expenses of this officer away from his headquarters, Lieut. Col. Henderson of this city, who is a m'ember of the Al leghany County bar, has been assigned as Instructor, with Capt. A. Hammond Amlck, Air Service, assisting him. | WAR MOTHERS GOING ABROAD | —wi H"» 11 ' '" ■ V 'l' t' t . . I ... ■ MOTHERS AWAIT GRAVE PILGRIMAGE Sorrows of War Are Borne Silently by Women Who Lost Sons. The silent sorrows and heartaches, unrealized by those untouched by the tragedy of the World War, which for more than a decade have been carried in the hearts of America’s Gold Star Mothers, once more become vividly real and apparent with the announcement of names of women who will join the first contingent of mother pilgrims journeying to France and England next Spring to visit the graves of their boys who gave their lives on foreign soil. From all classes and walks of life, except perhaps the very rich, these mothers, most of them timidly, have accepted the Government’s offer to take them to the last resting places of their sons. Many of these mothers have never known how their boys died. Swept into the caldron of war, many of these young men were killed in battle with hundreds of others and the short mili tary message ‘‘killed in action" was the only notification ever received by the mother that her son was dead. It is not strange then that these women should desire the meager consolation ox personally visiting the places where friendly hands placed the last remains of their boys. At the time when the Government brought back many of the bodies of the war dead from overseas, many mothers requested that their sons’ bodies be un disturbed. Frequently this was due to the young man’s own request. Many have deplored the fact that it became necessary, due to the concen tration of the war dead into the great military cemeteries, that their sons’ bodies had to be reinterred from their original burying places on or near the battle fields. Mothers Here Carry On. The District’s Gold Star Mothers are quietly ‘‘carrying on,” proud, despite their sorrow, that their boys were among those who answered when the country asked for men. That motherhood makes all woman kind akin is apparent after a visit to homes of mothers who wear the tiny gold star. It makes no difference what her color or her creed, her heartache, undiminished by the years, is the same; the son’s memory cherished with the same tenderness. Mrs. Mary E. Simmons sent two sons and a husband to France, only a short time after a third son had been killed in an accident in the West. Her two sons by a former marriage, Benjamin R. Lemke and Arthur R. Lemke, served in the same company of the 58th Infan try. While going over the top the older boy, Benjamin, saw Arthur killed by a machine gun. He was buried by his comrades and his brother near where he fell, but his body was later moved to the great Meuse-Argonne Cemetery. Mrs. Simmons’ husband, Wolcott H. Simmons, also served in the Infantry. For several months, during which period she received no word from him, Mrs. Simmons was led to believe he was dead. Later she learned that through a mis take in address, Mr. Simmons’ letters had been returned to him in France. After the armistice, Simmons served with the Army of Occupation in Ger many. Mrs. Simmons and her husband live at 3917 Eighth street. She Is a dressmaker. She has two sons and a daughter in the West. Mrs. Reed Plans Trip. Mrs. Gertrude L. Reed, who lives at the Wardman Park Hotel and is now working with the evaluation section of the Veterans’ Bureau, also has ex pressed her desire to make the pilgrim age to France, where her son, James B. Reed, lies buried in the American Cemetery at Surene. Mrs. Reed’s son came from a long line of distinguished ancestors, one of whom, Gen. Joseph A. Reed of Philadelphia, fought in the War of the Revolution. James Reed was a graduate of Princeton University and at the time the United States declared war in 1917, he was practicing his profession of civil engi neer in New York City. He enlisted on the first call for volunteers and went to France early in the war as a mem ber of Company E, 165th Infantry— ‘‘The Fighting 69th.” He was killed while undertaking a very hazardous mission of a confidential nature and his body was found some time after his death. Reed left a wife and two sons, besides his mother and two sisters. Mrs. Reed has the distinction of having received a lawyer’s degree from New York University, although she has never practiced her profession. In the death of David L. Meeks of the 116th Infantry, who was killed in action in October, 1918, Mrs. William L. Meeks of 1232 Potomac street lost her oldest son. Mrs. Meeks, whose hus band is a railroad conductor, has two daughters and two sons besides the boy whose grave she will visit with the Gold Star Mothers. Over the mantel W)£ JBbenmg pkf H Three of the Washington mothers ■lwho lost sons in the World War. They have informed the War Department that they wish to visit the American memorial cemeteries in France. Above, left to right: Mrs. Bessie Wheatley and Mrs. Mary E. Simmons. Below: Mrs. William L. Meeks. —Star Staff Photos. of the Meeks- home is a large photo graph of David Meeks. Mrs. FI avia Walsh, who lives with her daughter, Miss Margaret Walsh, at 2019 I street, will visit the grave of her son, William Walsh, who was killed while serving with the 103 d Infantry. Mrs. Walsh, who is from Massachusetts, had two sons w'ho went to France with the first contingent sent from her na tive State. Her son is buried in the Argonne Cemetery, Romagne Sous Montfaucon. Son Served With British. Mrs. Bessie Wheatley's son, Lieut. Eugene Russell Wheatley, was one of the first young men to volunteer for service in the American Aviation Corps. He was a graduate of the Bliss Electrical School in Washington, from which he entered the engineering course at the University of Virginia. It was while a student at the univer sity that he entered training in the Reserve Officers’ Corps, later being transferred to Fort Mycr. From there he was sent to Canada, where he re ceived aviation training with the Royal Flying Corps. In the early part of 1918 he was attached to the 17th Aero Squadron and ordered overseas, where he served with the British Royal Fly ing Corps. He crashed while flying a British machine and was killed in stantly. He was burled near the place where he fell, but later his body was removed to the military cemetery at Brockton. Surrey, England. Mrs. Wheatley is the widow of Joseph Wal ter Wheatley, who for many years was supervising agent of the United States Customs Service, with headquarters in New York. Mrs. Noera W. Marshbum of 116 East Capitol street also lost an aviator son in England. Djalma Marshburn was living with his parents in Raleigh. N. C., when he volunteered for service in the Navy and went overseas with the first naval air detachedment. Two of Mrs. Marshburn's sons saw service, both volunteering shortly after the declara tion of war. Mrs. Marshburn says proudly that her sons did only as their ancestors before them had done, there having been a member of the family in every war which has been fought since the foundation of the Republic. Mrs. Marshburn’s son was killed while on patrol duty from the naval air base at Dunkirk. He was buried with five com rades on the beach at Dunkirk, but his body was later moved to a ceme tery in France. The municipal airport at Raleigh has been named after him. Representative’s Son Dies. Mrs. Florlan Lampert of 344 Eleventh street southeast, the wife of Repre sentative Lampert of Wisconsin, lost her oldest son, Lieut. Col. James G. Lampert, who died in France as a re sult of pneumonia contracted from ex posure after long service on the front lines. Col. Lampert graduated in 1910 from the United States Military Acad emy at West Point and was assigned to the Engineer Corps. He was a member of the first group of engineers which went to France in 1917 and did ex tensive work in the construction of military bridges and roads throughout the war area. Mrs. Lampert has four sons living, all of whom served during the World War. Confined to her bed, Mrs. Lavinla R. Grant fears that illness will prevent her from making the pilgrimage to the grave of her son, Felmon Rembert, who was drowned in France, where he was serving with a colored division during the war. Mrs. Grant lives at 615 New York avenue with her mother, her granddaughter and three great-grand children. Mrs. Maria Hamilton, who lives with her daughter at 804 O street, lost her second son, James Hamilton, who was killed in action while serving with the 369th Infantry. Mrs. Hamilton has two other sons and two daughters liv ing, and is originally from Pendle ton, S. C. LEAGuTwiiToPEN CABARET TONIGHT Original Dances and Comedy Num bers to Feature Annual “Fete Nuit.” Original tableau dances and rollick ing comedy numbers will sound the key note of the Junior League ‘‘Fete Nuit” cabaret show to be opened tonight in the ball room of the Mayflower Hotel under the general chairmanship of Mrs. Cary T. Grayson. Rivaling the “Snow Ballet” and solo numbers for popularity will be the picturesquely costumed comedy skit, "Where Is the Chaperon,” featuring Mrs. Winslow Van Devanter and Mrs. Griffith Warfield, supported by a cast of 12, six "Girls of Yesterday” and six ‘‘Girls of Today.” Mrs. Dorothy Mills Gibson will lead the first group, which includes Misses Caroline Johnson, Mary Bradley, Rahel Davies, Ann Carter Greene and Lucy Lamer. Mrs. Henry Ravenel leads the “Girls of Today” which group includes Mrs. Hugh Rowan, Mrs. Swift and Misses Clara Bolling’ Helen Clifford and Frances Wall. Mrs. Grayson has arranged that the show shall not begin untU 10:30 in or der that guests who are entertaining at dinner first may not miss any of the performance. The ball room, turned into a modem cabaret scene for the affair, will be open at 10 o'clock and dancing will be in progress throughout the evening. Neither time nor energy has been spared by the Junior Leaguers in their efforts to make their annual charity performance as successful as those of ! former years have been. The cast has i rehearsed early and late under the di i rectlon of Lehr Knowles and is pre , pared to put on a demonstration that ■ might throw many of Broadway’s best i in the shade. Yesterday an intensive ' dress rehearsal rounded out the prepa ■ rations and completed the process of 1 smoothing out the "wrinkles.” WASHINGTON, D. C„ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1929. * SHELBY AND KELLY CHARGES EXPECTED TO BESERVED TODAY Return of Maj. Pratt From Hunting Trip Is Awaited for Signature. ACCUSED PAIR WAITED AFTER HOURS YESTERDAY Prosecuting Staff Spent Day Behind Locked Doors Interview ing Witnesses. Once more the serving of charges on Inspector William S. Shelby and Lieut. Edward J. Kelly on which they are to ,be tried by a special police trial board ‘has been delayed and the latest word on the subject is that the charges will be served this afternoon. Word went out yesterday from the corporation counsel’s office, where the charges arc being drafted, that they would be served late in the day. Kelly and Shelby accordingly waited around until long after office hours, both offi cers being extremely anxious to have the formalities out of the way. Around 5 o’clock there was a frantic flurry of I conferences, after which the officers were told they would have to wait until today. Meanwhile Maj. Henry G. Pratt, who must sign the charges, has gone duck hunting and the charges will not be served until he gets back. His return is expected late this afternoon. Accused by Grand Jury. On October 3 the men were trans ferred to other duties from their posts with the Detective Bureau on the basis of a report of the July grand jury accusing them of bungling the police , Investigation into the death of Mrs. Vir- \ ginia Hurley McPherson, whose body | was found in her apartment at the ! Park Lane Apartments September 14. The grand jury at the same time in-' dieted Robert A. McPherson, Jr., for murder in connection with his wife's death, and the Commissioners, who ordered the transfer of the men, decided to wait until the McPherson trial was out of the way before taking up the charges against Shelby and Kelly in a public trial. The succeeding grand jury, however, returned an ignoramus in McPherson's case, and the Commissioners set up a special trial board last week to bring the accused officers to public trial. All of this week the prosecuting staff has been busy on drafting the charges on which the men are to be tried. Almost daily there have been statements that the charges were about to be served, but always some hitch has developed. Many Witnesses Interviewed. Yesterday, after spending the entire day behind locked doors interviewing witnesses, the prosecuting staff, con sisting of Assistant Corporation Coun sels Robert E. Lynch and Walter L. Fowler, conferred with their chief, Wil liam W. Bride. Mr. Bride made an effort to see Commissioner Sydney F. Taliaferro, who, however, had left for the day. Mr. Bride next tried to see Commissioner Proctor L. Dougherty, with no better luck. Finally he found Acting Engineer Commissioner Donald A. Davison and with him he went to see Maj. Henry G. Pratt. May Alter Charges. After a brief conference with Maj. Pratt, Mr. Bride then said that the charges which would be preferred against the men w r ould be identical with those recommended by him and Maj. Davison when they were acting as a special board assigned by the Commissioners to recommend what dis position to make of the case. These charges w’ere largely that the men had neglected to take fingerprints, to take notes, to see that the furniture in the apartment remained undisturbed, etc. Today, however, there was some talk of leaving out some of the Bride-Davi son charges, on which the committee reported that no corroborating evi dence could be found. Whether this will be done still remains in doubt. The trial of the two men is expected to be held next Wednesday at the sixth precinct station. It had previously been arranged to hold it Monday, but James O’Shea, counsel for Lieut. Kelly, will be engaged in a case in District Su preme Court on that day. Allen To Give Testimony. Former Policeman Robert J. Allen will give the prosecutors whatever in formation he possesses regarding al leged delinquencies of the officers, but he will first present it to the public in a speech Sunday night so "that no one in the District Building can success fully direct that a ‘whitewash’ of Shelby and Kelly be perpetrated on the people of Washington.” Alldn told Assistant Corporation Counsel Fowler this in a letter received this morning. Fowler, who will repre sent the District government at the trial, had written asking Allen, severe critic of the officers, to testify at their trial. Allen’s letter states in part: "I shall be very glad indeed to fur . nlsh you with whatever facts and data I have, but must beg your indulgence until after my speech on the matter at the Auditorium Sunday night, which you are cordially Invited to attend. "My address will be full and complete and, while I believe that newspaper accounts the next day may answer your purpose. I am perfectly willing to dis cuss the matter with you in as great detail as possible.” To assure Fowler that he really meant what he said, the former policeman sent two tickets to the function at the | Auditorium with his letter. Allen is to appear with Senator Cole ; Blea.se of South Carolina, who will speak on "Why the Washington Police : Force Is the Talk of the Nation.” In paid advertisements Allen says he will i discuss the "mysterious fingerprints in the Scrivener case, the destruction of evidence in the McPherson case, and I the suicide of Policeman Montgomery. , Also a discussion of the Kelly-Shelby - charges.” : FREED OF MANSLAUGHTER I ■ J Jury Acquits Driver in Death of Dr. Frankenfield. ! Edward C. Johnson, colored, was ac i quitted today by a Jury of 10 men and ; 3 women before Justice Peyton Gordon of a charge of manslaughter in con ( nectlon with the death of Dr. Harris ■ C. Frankenfield, noted scientist, July - 22, at H street and Madison place. • Johnson was a chauffeur for a private t car and struck and killed the scientist . with an automobile. The case was sub . mitted to the Jury early yesterday after ; noon and when no agreement had been ; reached late last night the jury was > locked up for the night. The prisoner • was represented by Attorneys Frank J. f Kelly. Louis B. Arnold and John A. Doolan. CHOSEN TO GO TO LONDON ARMS PARLEY — SM. 3. _ »< —l j j .J| uV /* ' j|p ipjjj^ JBigl' c jo fjmm. i Members of the Navy Department force who have been selected to accompany the American delegation abroad next month. Front Heft to right): Miss Clara E. Dod, Miss Virginia B. Jones and Miss Marie L. Baker. Rear: James L. Bates, Alexander J. Doyle, MLss Sadie M. Crumb, Miss Gertrude E. Baker and William D. Bergman. Miss Anne M. VVor rall, who also goes with the staff, was not present when the picture was taken. —Star Staff Photo. 8 GIRLS SELECTED ! FOR ARMS MEETING Named for London Trip, Now Ask, “What Shall We Wear?” BY GRETCHEN SMITH. Efficiency and length of service have been the chief consideration in the se lection of the six young women who will accompany the American naval delega tion to the Naval Arms Conference to be held in London next month. But despite this fact, the eternal 1 feminine makes itself apparent in a most serious question which now arises, "What shall we wear?" Whether to take woolly underwear and long kid gloves is a matter which is receiving most serious consideration. Although the recipients of this spe cial recognition have given several years of service to the Navy Department, all are young and may still legitimately claim the right of belonging to that large group known as “girls." In answer to the question of how these particular young women were chosen for this highly coveted work, a high-ranking official replied, "Because of their efficiency and the fact that by excellent work they have made them selves invaluable as secretaries.” Has Been Abroad Three Times. Miss Anne W. Worrall of 2006 Co lumbia road, who now occupies the po sition of secretary with the general board, has already made three previous trips abroad, having accompanied Ad miral Hilary P. Jones on past official trips to Geneva and Paris. She first went to Europe in 1927, when she ac companied Admiral Jones to Geneva. Miss Worrall. who lives with her par ents in Washington, was bom in Phila delphia, but was educated in Washing ton schools. She is a graduate of Cen tral High School and later attended George Washington University. Miss Clara E. Dodos 4842 Sixteenth street, has made one trip overseas be fore, having also accompanied Admiral Jones to the Geneva conference in 1927. She is a native of Lexington, Va„ and was educated in that city and Lynch burg. Miss Dod has been in the office of naval operations for nine years. On her trip abroad in 1927, she secured a leave after the conference was con cluded, and traveled extensively through Italy and France. Their First Trip Over. Miss Gertrude E. Baker, secretary to the chief of naval aeronautics, is a na tive of Attleboro, Mass., in which town she received her education. This will be Miss Baker’s first trip abroad. Miss Baker’s service with the Navy Depart ment dates back to the beginning of the war, when she first came to Wash ington and entered into war work. She lives in the Government Hotel. Previous to her service with the Navy Department, Miss Sadie M. Crumb of 323 G street southeast, attached to the Bureau of Engineering, taught school in her native State, Pennsylvania. She received her education in the public schools of Danville, Pa., and later at tended the State Normal School at Bloomsburg. Miss Crumb has never been in Europe before. She first came to Washington during the war, when she enlisted in the Navy and served as a yeomanette. Miss Marie L. Baker of 2153 Cali fornia street was born in New York, but has lived in Washington the greater part of her life. She attended Western High School and a business college later. She has been in the Bureau of Construction and Repair for 12 years. This will be Miss Baker’s first visit abroad. She’s Native Washingtonian. Miss Virginia Byng Jones, is a native of Washington and lives with her parents at 3648 Warder street. She was educated in Washington at St. Patrick’s Academy and during the war enlisted as a yeomanette in the Navy. She con tinued service with the Navy Depart ment after her discharge and is at pres ent attached to the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics. The trip next month will be Miss Jones’ first visit to Europe. These six and three men were de tailed yesterday afternoon by Secretary Adams to assist the delegation to the naval conference. Will Live at May Fair. William D. Bergman, chief of the ap pointment division, Navy Department, who lives at 2526 Seventeenth street, will act as office manager for the group. Alexander J. Doyle, private secretary to Secretary Adams, who makes his home at 1372 East Capitol street, will likewise be in the delegation. James L. Bates, naval architect, of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, will accompany the party. His home is at 23 Bryant street. This clerical delegation is scheduled to stay in a group at the Mayfair Hotel in London, while the delegates to the conference are slated to stop at the Rita Hotel. While final preparations have not been made, it is understood that the S. S. George Washington will be utilized in transporting the clerical force to Eu rope. The conference Is now scheduled to start on January 21. Plans Visit Here ■*■•«*»»■• Bill GRAND DUCHESS KIRA, GRAND DUCHESS KIRA TO VISIT IN CAPITAL 18-Year-Old Daughter of Romanoff Family Heads Wants to See America. Washington social circles were in terested today in the forthcoming visit here of the Grand Duchess Kira, 18- year-old daughter of the present heads of the royal Russian Romanoff fam ily. Accompanied by Mrs. Deming Jarves, daughter of the late Mrs. John P. Jackson of Washington, the grand duchess arrived in New York yesterday on the S. S. Berengaria to see America "as an ordinary traveler." The grand duchess, whose parents are the Grand Duke and Duchess Cyril, is a great-granddaughter of the late Queen Victoria of England, and a niece of the dowager Queen Marie of Rumania. In Chicago she hopes to meet two of her cousins who are in business there and whose names she did not disclose. S-4 HERO SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR AUTO THEFT Prison Term for Wife, Who Takes Blame, Is Suspended for Year. Special Dispatch to The Star. BALTIMORE, December 13.—George W. Clark, 25, deep-sea diver, who as sisted in raising the submarine S-4, and his wife, Mrs. Elsie Clark, were sen tenced to a year and a day in prison yesterday by Judge Coleman in Federal Court on an automobile theft charge. On account of the woman's condi tion, her sentence was suspended and she was put on probation to report to the Prisoners’ Aid Society. The wife, in her testimony, took all the blame. She said she had been sep arated from her husband when she took the auto from a dealer on Long Island and drove to Alabama. There, she said, she met her husband and told him she had bought the car with proceeds of a legacy. Clark's heroic service, for which he received a citation by the Navy De partment, was urged in his behalf by counsel for the couple. TRAINMANIS KILLED. Special Dispatch to The Star. MARTINSBURG, W. Va„ December 13.—Burris Shipley, 62, this city, one of the best known Baltimore & Ohio freight conductors on this division, was instantly killed late Thursday afternoon at Sir Johns Run, 26 miles west ol this city, when struck by eastbouna passenger train No. 8. Neither fellow members of the train crew nor the en gineer of the train knew he had been struck until they missed him later ana, calling back from Hancock, Md., 6 miles east of Sir Johns, found out that his i body had been recovered. He had been in the service 41 years. i Youth Struck by Auto^ Ira Merryweather, 18 years old, col ored, suffered minor injuries last night • when run down at Sixteenth and K streets by a machine driven by William i A Adams of 1726 Varnum street. The injured youth was taken to Emer ! gency Hospital, treated for burns and two broken teeth and sent home. Society and General STAPLES IS QUIZZED IN SCRIVENER PROBE Grand Jury Is Believed to Be | Far From Reaching Solution of Death. There were Indications today that the grand jury is far from reaching a solu tion of the three-year-old Scrivener death mystery, but that it is not yet willing to label the case a suicide. There appeared no possibility of a report being returned by the jury before next week. Orville Staples, former policeman who figured actively in the affairs of the department a few years ago, was one of the important witnesses quizzed today. The jury is believed to have pressed Staples for any “facts” he may have had relative to Scrivener's death. He is understood to have told the jury that he talked to the detective at police headquarters the night Scrivener was killed and that on the following day he arrested a man who was not wearing a necktie. Staples said he ar rested this man on suspicion, because Scrivener had a necktie clutched in his hand w’hen his body was found. Says Scrivener in Good Spirits. It is believed the jury also ques tioned Staples at length about his conversation with Scrivener and the manner in which Lieut. Edward J. Kelly questioned the man he had ai rested. Staples said he told them he and Scrivener conversed on general topics, and that the detective appeared in good spirits at the time. He said that, so far as he knew, the case against the man he had arrested was handled in the regular manner of such cases. He said it was established later that the man had no connection with Scrivener's death. Isaac B. Nordlinger, Georgetown merchant, and Alvin B. Carpenter, In terior Department employe, also testi fied today. The jury is understood to have ques tioned Mr. Nordlinger, whose home is in the vicinity of the alley where Scriv ener's body was found, as to whether he heard any unusual noises on the night the detective met his death. It is believed that Mr. Nordlinger an swered this question in the negative. He also is understood to have told the jury that he had known Scrivener for some time and knew of no reason why he should commit suicide. Mr. Carpenter is believed to have testified that he had known Scrivener for some time, but that he could give no information which might help in explaining his death. J. F. Killeen Is Called. Morris Bealle and Jack Turner, re porters for the Washington Times, testi fied concerning an investigation they made of the case. Bealle declared that as a result of their testimony District Attorney Leo A. Rover planned to call seven additional witnesses. John F. Killeen also was called this morning and asked for any facts he might have at his disposal. He is un derstood to have said that' he knew nothing about the detective’s death. Inspector E. W. Brown, in charge of the Traffic Bureau, was the last witness called today. It is believed the jury questioned him concerning alleged re moval of w'hisky from the property room at police headquarters. The grand jury's investigation will be resumed Monday. GENERAL COUNSEL QUITS RADIO COMMISSION POST Two Attorneys Plan to Begin Pri vate Practice Here and at New York. By the Associated Press. B. M. Webster, jr., general counsel of the Radio Commission, and Paul M. Segal, assistant general counsel, re signed from their positions today, ef fective at once. Webster and Segal are from Denver. They said they were resigning volun tarily to engage in private practice of law in Washington and New York. Webster came to the Radio Commission from the Attorney General’s office where he assisted Former Assistant At torney General William J. Donovan in handling trust cases. RESUME MILL WORK. Special Dlipatch to The Star. MARTINSBURG, W. Va., December 13. —The Dunn Woolen Co., employing 300 people here, announced today a temporary resumption of work, starting . Monday, for a week in order to help ; their employes’ Christmas purses. The ; mill has been flat for three months. The announcement emphasised that there was no promise as to when steady [ work might be expected. The mill makes automobile cloth. PAGE 17 MORE POLICEMEN URGED IN REPORT ON LOCAL TRAFFIC Senate Group Would Leave Parking to Judgment of Bureau Officials. SUBCOMMITTEE LAUDS HANDLING OF HARD JOB Kean Announces Findings of In quiry Started at His Suggestion. An increase in the number of police men and a decision to leave the regula tion of automobile parking to the judg ment of local traffic authorities were the outstanding conclusions in the re port of the Senate subcommittee, made public today, as a result of hearings held recently at the Capitol. The find ings of the subcommittee were sub mitted to the Senate District committee today by Senator Hamilton F. Kean, Republican, of New Jersey, at whose suggestion the inquiry was started. The subcommittee early this year was directed to make a study of the parking problem, particularly with respect to all-night parking, to determine whether the regulations should be further re stricted. The report submitted today leaves the entire question of parking regulations to be handled by the Traffic Bureau. During the hearings objections were made to the subcommittee against abolishing all-night parking. One of the reasons given was that the city is without sufficient garage accommoda tions. Testimonial was given to the i effect that some persons would have to dispose of their automobiles. I With regard to parking the sub | committee report stated: “The troubles growing out of the parking of automobiles on the streets cannot be solved overnight, and we are of the opinion that the regulations re lating thereto must be left to the good judgment of those persons intrusted with the whole traffic problem.” Traffic Director Praised. Another important recommendation of the subcommittee was that provision should be made in the new Govern ment buildings for the parking of au tomobiles and that if necessary Con ! gress should take up this question, i In conclusion the subcommittee ex pressed the belief that “the director of traffic is doing a difficult job very well.” Wide Range of Testimony. After pointing out that it obtained the testimony of the traffic director, the superintendent of police, William P. ! Eno and others, the subcommittee re : ported as follows: “In view of the fact that the testi . mony took a very much wider range i than that of parking or automobiles, we are Including in this report other prob lems relating to the automobile. “Your committee desires, in making this report, to make the following ob ; serrations: “1. The director of traffic requested that $5,000 per year be provided for the purpose of making an annual traffic survey. Our judgment is that fully this amount is required if a proper survey is to be obtained. “2. It developed during the testimony that certain traffic officers are paid by the traction companies, and are not, therefore, in full control of the super intendent of police. This plan is bad in principal and is quite a handicap in ad ministering the affairs of the Police De ! partment so far as traffic is concerned. “3. We think the traffic problem could greatly be improved by substitut ing police officers to busy intersections instead of the signal lights. In addi tion to this, if the parking regulations are to be successfully enforced, many additional police officers would be re quired. We think the traffic problem is becoming so acute in the District of Columbia that the expenditure of ad ditional money for police would be war ranted. Lack of D. C. Law. “4. The District of Columbia has no law requiring owners of cars to have a certificate of title. This makes it easy for stolen cars to be disposed of in the District. Nearly all of the States have such a law’ and one should be provided for the District immediately. “5. There are other changes in the traffic act, relative to punishment for violations, which, in our judgment, should be made in accordance with the report of the traffic director. Our recollection is that this committee has already made such recommendations to Congress. “6. We think it is exceedingly im portant that provision be made in the new buildings that arc being built by the Government in the District for the parking of automobiles. The traffic di rector states that the Board of Trade of the District has recently called atten tion to this matter, and that his office ' is co-operating with the board in order that such plans, if possible, may be . made before it is too late. We think this matter is so important that con gressional action should be taken upon it if necessary. States* Co-operation Seen. "7. We beileve also that the time is not far distant when Congress may find it necessary to co-operate with the ad joining States in building wide roads outside of the District and thus relieve the city of Washington itself from the great amount of traffic that is just passing through. The chances are, how ever, that the traffic problem will have to become much more acute before Con gress could be pursuaded to take any such action. “We believe the director of traffic is doing a difficult job very well, that he is thoroughly competent, is anxiously en deavoring to solve the problems con fronting him, and that if given proper support he will be able to. improve the traffic conditions in the District.” Senator Kean read the report in the absence of the chairman of the sub committee. Senator Hastings, Republi can, of Delaware. Chairman Capper commended the subcommittee for its work and request ed Senator Kean to prepare any legisla tion needed to carry out the recom mendations. HURT ON BOULEVARD. Edward Paul Sustains Broken Leg* When Hit by Auto. 1 B y a Staff Correspondent of The Star. LAUREL, Md„ December 13.—Struck while standing beside his motor cycle on the Baltimore Boulevard near Contee, Edward Paul of Long Island City, yes terday sustained a broken leg. Maryland State Policeman Wheeler reported that Paul was injured by a ma chine operated by Edgar T. Beach of Baltimore. The injured man was taken ! to Providence Hospital, and no arrest' was made.