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Washington News
Police Subcommittee Head to
Hear Local Officials on
Need for New Act.
Howell Local Enforcement Bill
Testimony Up Again This
As the Senate District committee
went into session this afternoon to con
sider Senator Howell’s bill for stringent
enforcement of prohibition in Washing
ton, Chairman Robsion of the Senate
police subcommittee also was making
plans to hear local officials later in
the week on the need for additional
legislation to curb gambling in the
Senator Robsion, who has just re
turned to the city from a visit to his
home State, announced that he would
probably call his subcommittee together
Thursday to receive the views of United
States Attorney Rover and representa
tives of the corporation counsel’s office
regarding possible changes in the gam
ing laws. Senator Robsion indicated
he would also consider enforcement of
the law here with regard to narcotics.
Result of Inquiry.
The conferences between Senator
Robsion and local officials on the ade
quacy of existing laws are an outgrowth
of the inquiry the subcommittee con
ducted several weeks ago into the con
troversy between Public Printer George
H. Carter and the Police Department
with regard to law enforcement condi
tions in the neighborhood of the Gov
ernment Printing Office. The inquiry
dealt largely with alleged gambling ac
tivities in the vicinity of the printing
One of the suggestions made to Sen
ator Robsion by police officials recently
was that the District be provided with
a law under which the barricading of
buildings be made prima facie evidence
of illegal intent.
The hearing this afternoon on the
prohibition enforcement measure is ex
pected to be attended by officials from
the Attorney General’s office, the Fed
eral Prohibition Bureau and the Police
Department. The hearing will be pre
sided over by Chairman Capper, with
Senator Howell also taking part.
Would Increase Force.
The bill would clothe all members of
the police force with authority to en
force prohibition, whereas only 38 po
licemen have these powers now. Ad
vance indications have been that the
hearing will deal largely with a dis
cussion of the new search-warrant pro
visions, under which warrants to
search residential property would be
Issued upon information of the pres
ence of a still or knowledge that liquor
had been taken to or from a dwelling.
Under the present practice evidence of
a sale is required in obtaining warrants
for dwellings.
Senator Howell contends that with
out the new provisions bootleggers may
shield their operations by storing liquor
In residential property without making
sales from those places. Attorney
General Mitchell has advised against
enactment of the proposed search-war
rant clause, giving a number of rea
Woman and Young' Chinese Are
Victims—Accidents Injure
Four Others.
Police today are searching for two
'•hit-and-run” motorists who figured in
two of the five traffic accidents reported
last night, in which six persons suffered
minor injuries.
A soldier riding a motor cycle, which
knocked down Titt Moy, 23-year-old
Chinese, of 1227 L street, as he was
walking across Fourth street and
Pennsylvania avenue, is one of those
being hunted.
The soldier failed to appear at the
Emergency Hospital after halting the
driver of a passing car and asking him
to take the injured man to that insti
tution, promising to follow behind. He
did not give his name. Moy sustained
bruises about the body.
Mrs. Rose Paxin, 22, of the 900 block
of Kennedy street, was the other hit
and-run victim. Mrs. Paxin was riding
in an automobile driven by her husband
when a car crashed into the back of
their machine at Fifth street and
Massachusetts avenue and then fled.
Mrs. Paxin was treated at Emergency
Hospital for back bruises.
Mrs. Amelia Ernest, 46 years old, of
the 1200 block of Fourth street north
east, sustained minor lacerations of the
face In an unusual accident early last
Mrs. Ernest was riding on a Wash
ington Railway St Electric Co. street
ear when a traffic semaphore struck by
an automobile driven by Lawrence J.
Burley, 29, of the 1400 block of G street
northeast, was hurled against the win
dow of her seat in the car. The sema
phore and flying glass lacerated her
face and she was taken to Emergency
Hospital for treatment.
Cuts about the face were received by
William Kelly, 6, of the 900 block of
E street southeast, when a machine
operated by Samuel Eisenberg of the
800 block of D street southeast hit him.
The boy was taken to casualty Hospital
by Ensenberg.
Emory B. Roland, 27, of the 2300
block of Nichols avenue southeast, and
Carlin H. Tracy, 19, of the 100 block
of New York avenue northeast, escaped
with slight cuts when two trucks they
were driving collided at Sixth and C
streets. First aid treatment was ad
ministered at a nearby drug store.
Cornered by two dogs while return
ing home from school yesterday after
noon, Henry Lee Downey, 9 years old,
of 3723 South Dakota avenue northeast,
was rescued by Policeman A. M. Winfree
of No. 12 precinct, who killed one of
the animals, a large German police dog.
The other dog fled.
The youngster was bitten in the back
and upper right arm by the two dogs
and his screams attracted neighbors,
who called police. Winfree shot the
larger dog wl ten he attacked the officer
as he jumped out of the police car upon
Teaching the scene.
Police have been unable to trace the
“ ownership of the slain dog.
These young ladies will add color to the water carnival to be given April
15 by the Phi Delta Sorority at the Ambassador Hotel. Left to right: Edith
Sugar, Virginia Michaeiis, Slyvia Mink and Rose Colin. —Star Staff Photo.
Three Citizens Engage in
Clash With Him at Meet
ing of Association.
Three champions of the District en
gaged in a debate last night with Rep
resentative Robert G. Simmons, chair
man of the House subcommittee on
District appropriations, after Mr. Sim
mons addressed a meeting of the Six
teenth Street Highlands Citizens’ As
In his address Mr. Simmons attacked
the Board of Education and the House
of Detention, and criticized the resi
dents of Washington. After concluding
his remarks, he asked if there were
any questions.
Snyder Opens Battle.
United States Marshal Edgar L. Sny
der, a member of the association, was
the first to pick up the gage of battle.
“Why,” Mr. Snyder asked, "isn’t Con
gress fair enough to appropriate for
the use of the District more than
To this query Mr. Simmons offered
the reply: “Probably, Mr. Snyder, be
cause Congress is too generous. If they
paid only v/'mt the District is entitled
to the figure would be somewhere be
tween $7,000,000 and $8,000,000. I base
this figure on the revenue that W'ould
be derived from taxes on Federal prop
erty here.”
Harry N. Stull of the Federation of
Citizens’ Associations next asked Mr.
Simmons: "Why is the operating cost
of the National Zoological Park charged
to the District?”
"Why do you call It the National
Zoological Fark?” Mr. Simmons parried.
"Strictly a Municipal Zoo.”
"I understand that is the name,” Mr.
Stull countered.
"Perhaps it is,” retorted the Congress
man, "but what’s in a name? Why
don’t you call it the International Zoo
and charge its operating cost to the
League of Nations? It is strictly a mu
nicipal zoo and the best Investment the
city has.”
Then Henry I. Quinn, also of the
Federation, took up the cause.
“Washington is called the Nation’s
Capital,” he pointed out. "If this is
true, why shouldn’t the Nation support
"That is just another subterfuge,”
Mr. Simmons answered. “It may be the
Nation’s Capital in name, but in fact it
belongs to the people of Washington.”
"Don’t you think, Mr. Simmons,”
Quinn asked, “that these disputes could
be ironed out if the people of Washing
ton had some form of representation in
“I doubt it,” was his answer. "In my
opinion, the mental attitude of the
people of Washington will have to
change before their complaints will
Attacks Educators Particularly.
Mr. Quinn replied that all of the peo
ple were not mere faultfinders. "Per
haps not,” Mr. Simmons declared, “but
they certainly are a most vociferous
In his opening remarks Mr. Simmons
attacked particularly the Board of Edu
cation. "In my opinion,” he said, "the
board either should be elected or abol
ished. I prophesy that the present
board wouldn’t stand through one elec
tion, and I have told the members this
to their fuces.”
Censuring the board for requesting as
sembly-gymnasiums, Mr. Simmons said:
“My committee has made up its mind
to build class rooms until the class-room
situation is met, no matter what the
Board of Education may recommend.
"We are interested in watching your
reaction. You have damned and con
demned us for years; now we’ll see
whether there is any change."
Mr. Simmons cited figures which he
said proved that school officials had
been given more than they asked for.
He charged the House of Detention
with being the most extravagant minor
branch of the District Government. “It
costs them $8 to $9 per day an inmate,"
he said, "while at the Receiving Home
the cost is but $3 or $4 a day. Over
head costs at the Detention Home can
not explain this difference.”
The people of Washington probably
can have the increased police pay bill
if they want it, Mr. Simmons said, but
they must be prepared for an increased
tax rate if it is passed.
The association went on record as
indorsing the Cramton bill to preserve
the Potomac River Valley for park pur
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W. H. Howard Made Agent.
WILMINGTON, N. C., April 8 (IP).—
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad an
nounced today the appointment of W.
H. Howard of Atlanta, Ga., as general
passenger agent, with headquarters
here, effective April 15. Mr. Howard
is now chairman of the Southeastern
Passenger Association. *

JEhening Jlkf
Proposed Pay Raise for Po
lice and Firemen Postponed.
Sanitarium Fund 0. K.’d.
Devoting a large part of its day to
District affairs, the Senate yesterday
passed nine bills and two resolutions of
interest to Washington, Including the
Shipstead measure, to give the Fine Arts
Commission power to control the ex
terior design of private buildings front
ing on the more important Federal
structures and parks. The Shipstead
measure has not been acted cm by the
Action on the pay raise for police
men and firemen and on the bill to
establish the District airport near the
south end of Highway Bridge were post
poned for further consideration on a
later date.
Bills In Approved List.
The following bills passed yesterday,
but still require House action:
Increasing the limit of cost on the
proposed Children’s Tuberculosis Sana
torium from $500,000 to $625,000, the
District authorities having decided the
additional amount was necessary to de
velop the institution properly.
To enable the Commissioners to fill
unexpired terms on the Board of Pub
lic Welfare Instead of having to make
all appointments for a six-year term.
Two bills to authorize the exchange
of lands for other nearby lands desired
in connection with the development of
the park system. One bill relates to
the Klingle Ford Valley, in the North
west. and the other to the Turkey
Thicket Playground and recreation field
in the Northeast.
A bill to exempt from the workmen’s
compensation law part-time employes of
non-profit making societies and associa
A bill Increasing the height limit on a
portion of the Dean tract In connection
with the proposed erection of the
United Masonic Temple.
To authorize condemnation of strips
of land on Wisconsin avenue near Davis
street for sidewalk purposes.
Howell Resolution Adopted.
The Senate also passed the Howell
resolution, authorizing the erection of
a memorial in Washington to the late
William Jennings Bryan, and sent It to
the House.
Another resolution sponsored by Sen
ator Oddie was passed, to pay $24,000
in wages to a group of Washington
navy yard workers who could not be
paid for the inaugural holiday on March
4, 1929, without special legislation.
The Senate also passed a bill pre
viously approved by the House author
izing fraternal and benevolent corpora
tions, heretofore created by act of Con
gress, to separate their insurance from
their fraternal activities, subject to ap
proval of the local insurance depart
Franciscan Institution Site Scene
of Impressive Ceremony, Bishop
Shahan Officiating.
Exercises for the laying of the comer
stone of the new Holy Name College
of the Franciscan Order, located in the
central high point of the 30-acre tract
of the Franciscan Monastery in North
east Washington, were held this after
Bishop Thomas J. Shahan, rector
emeritus of the Catholic University, has
been delegated by Archbishop Michael
M. Curley of Baltimore to officiate in
his absence at the comer stone cere
monies. Visiting priests of the Holy
Name Province, whose headquarters is
in New York, and officials of various
Catholic institutions in Washington,
headed by Mgr. James A. Ryan, rector
of the Catholic University, were In
The Holy Name College will be de
voted to a four-year course in theology
and will accommodate also visiting
priests who are taking post-graduate
I work at Catholic University. It is be
; ing erected at a cost of SBOO,OOO and
t is now partially completed.
The building will contain 110 indi
i vidual rooms, besides lecture halls, din
> lng hall and other facilities. In one
■ wing is to be a private chapel two stories
Chinese Beds Win Fight.
CANTON, April 8 (IP). —A regiment
• of the Kwangtung provincial forces,
. seeking to terminate Communlsitlc
I depredations along the Kwangtung
! Kaingsi border, met severe defeat today
I at the hands of the Reds. Canton is
i sending reinforcements lor the regi
Public Utilities Commission
to Pass on Charges of
New Companies.
Amount of Honey Earned by Firms
to Be Determining Factor
in Decision.
The vexed question of regulation of
the new 35-cent cabs is expected to be
thrashed out at a public hearing within
the next 15 or 20 days. Two concerns
have asked the Public Utilities Com
mission to approve their rate, which is
35 cents within the city proper, with
additional zone rates for suburban
hauls. Commissioner Harleigh H. Hart
man said today that although neither
application had come across his desk,
they would undoubtedly be considered
at the commission's next meeting
Thursday and that at that time a date
for the public hearing would probably
be set.
He stated that no rates would be
approved until after a public hearing.
Rates for the Diamond Cab Co. were
recently approved without a public
hearing on their petition, but Mr. Hart
man explained that the Diamond com
pany had discussed Its rates at the
hearing last year on the commission’s
proposal to establish a new taxicab
code, and that a further hearing was
unnecessary. Since the rates of no 35-
cent cab came up for discussion at that
hearing or any other, he said, a separate
hearing must be held.
Have No Meters.
The 35-cent cabs carry no meters,
and one of the rules in the taxi
cab code Is that all cabs operat
ing as common carriers must have
meters checked and approved by the
commission. Some of the flat-rate cabs
deny that they are common carriers,
while others admit It, at least construc
tively. by their application for approval
of rates. Mr. Hartman said that the
meter question was discussed recently
and the commission decided not to at
tempt to enforce It against the flat
rate cabs at this time, as it might de
cide after the public hearing to approve
the flat rate. Since the meters cost
$l5O apiece, he said, the commlslon felt
it had better proceed with deliberation
before seeking to place so large an ad
ditional burden on the fiat-rate con
The two concerns that have asked
for approval of their rates to date are
the City Proper Cab, apparently a one
man operation, and the Stop-Me Cab
Co., which is said to operate a fleet of
150 small cabs.
Another kink In the situation Is the
problem whether the flat rate cabs
should be allowed to use H tags. Legally,
only cabs with H tags are allowed to
pick up customers Indiscriminately on
the streets, and those with L tags are
supposed to be housed in garages or by
call boxes and wait for requests for
their services from their headquarters.
As to L tags, however, this rule Is more
honored In the breach than In the ob
servance, and drivers are more or less
constantly being hailed Into Police
Court by the hack inspectors for doing
an H tag business on L tags.
Service Should Govern.
Mr. Hartman said that the position of
some of the concerns using L tags is
that since they are operating a livery
business they are not common carriers
and therefore not subject to the au
thority of the commission. His view of
the situation, Mr. Hartman explained,
was that it was the class of service
rendered and not the type of tag carried
that should govern.
Mr. Hartman pointed out that a
material element in the situation was
the question whether the flat-rate
operators are making any money, or
enough money to Insure a stable busi
ness. He said that he had never been
able to secure any reliable figures on
the situation, as the ones he had seen
did not take Into consideration depreci
ation, cost of rubber, or wages for the
Since the operating life of a cab is
only slightly In excess of one year, and
In some cases as low as seven months,
he said, the omission of depreciation
alone would make the figures worth
less. Should the present flat-rate com
panies show that they are making
money, It might become the duty of the
commission to reduce the rates on all
cabs to those rates. If it appears that
they are headed to bankruptcy, rather
than see them ruin the entire taxi in
dustry by cut-throat competition, it
might be necessary to order the flat-rate
concerns to Increase their rates.
Taxicab Chauffeurs Union to Consider
Fees Paid to Drivers.
The stand of the local Chauffeurs'
Union, composed mainly of operators of
meter cabs in the District, with refer
ence to the rate controversy precipi
tated by the establishment of 35-cent
cab companies "not Interested” in their
drivers belonging to the union, will be
definitely settled at a meeting of the
union drivers tonight at 600 H street,
E. C. Rayford, business agent of the
union, intimated today.
The union drivers also are expected
to place the union on a definite stand
with reference to the drivers who have
left the meter companies, which employ
only union drivers, to operate the 35-
cent cabs.
Approximately 50 union cab drivers
who have left the meter companies to
drive for the 35-cent companies have
been put on the union’s "blacklist” and
they have been threatened with a fine
of $25 or loss of union membership if
they do not return to the meter
The point at Issue between the 35-
cent companies and the union, Rayford
points out, Is the rate paid by the 35-
oen companies—30 per cent of the fares
to the driver, against 40 per cent, the
union rates, paid meter cab drivers.
The 35-cent cab companies, Rayford re
ports, have held that they cannot oper
ate at a profit and pay their drivers 40
per cent of the fares.
Operators of the 35-cent cabs report
they are leaving the matter of union
I membership entirely up to their drivers,
| are taking no stand on the matter, and
are not Interested In the union provi
i ' sions for supplying drivers on call.
Alienation Suit Compromised.
PITTSBURGH, Pa., April 8 (A 5 ). —
Louis Little, attorney for Mrs. Bertha
i Jones, who filed a suit for SIOO,OOO
, damages charging Prances Williams,
: star of George White’s “Scandals,” with
■ alienating the affections of her hus
r band, Alan Jones, today said that a
s tentative agreement had been reached.
■ Jones Is the pianist in the show, “Fifty
Million Frenchmen^
Fire yesterday destroyed the parachute building, the repair shop and the visiting plane hangar at Belling Field.
The above photograph was made while the firemen were still fighting the four-alarm blaze. — Star Staff Photo.
Parachute Building and Con
tents Also Burn at Bolling
The Bolling Field parachute depart
ment building and repair shop and the
visiting plane hangar are piles of em
bers and twisted metal today following
the fifth major fire which has occurred
at the field in less than 10 years. The
buildings were destroyed late yesterday
afternoon and the other buildings on
the post were endangerd when fire broke
out in the parachute building and
leaped 30 feet to the hangar. Four
alarms were turned in for District fire
apparatus before the blaze was brought
under control. Damage is estimated
at $17,000.
High winds, following the storm
earlier in the afternoon, made the blaze
difficult to control and grave fear was
felt for the remainder of the post,
virtually all of the buildings being of
temporary World War construction.
Many of the barracks and other build
ings are of frame construction and are
tinder-dry. All of the hangars, though
of steel and sheet metal construction, I
are covered with a tarred water-proof
ing which is highly Inflammable.
Parachutes Destroyed.
Between 20 and 25 parachutes, valued
at approximately $255 each, were in
ihe parachute building and were de
stroyed The parachute building, of
frame ana stucco construction, was
burned to the ground. The hangar col
lapsed in ruins after the hot fire from
the walls had twisted the columns
supporting the roof.
Two airplanes in the hangar, a Sikor
sky twin-engined amphibian recently
acquired by the Army Air Corps, and
a Douglas 02-C observation plane, were
rolled out of the hangar and saved.
The only contents of the hangar lost
were working tools used on the field
and a few spare airplane parts.
The estimate of damage was fixed at
$17,000 this morning following an in
spection by officers of the field and the
District Fire Department. The burned
hangar, known as "No. 4,” was used
for visiting planes and had housed such
famous aircraft as the Spirit of St.
Louis, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh’s
transatlantic plane; the Question Mark.
Army endurance record holder; the
Southern Cross, used in the flight from
California to Australia, and others
which have figured in American rec
Four Alarms Sounded.
When the fire broke out in the para
chute structure at about 4:30 p.m., offi
cers on the field saw that the field fire
fighting apparatus would be unable to
cope with the situation because of the
high wind and turned in an alarm for
District apparatus. Two additional
alarms were sounded in rapid succes
sion and finally a fourth alarm was sent
in. After it was realized both burning
buildings were doomed, the fire-flghters
concentrated their efforts on saving ad
jacent buildings.
The first serious fire at Bolling Field
occurred October 16, 1920, when damage
estimated at nearly $1,000,000 was
The photographic laboratory and re
pair hangar were destroyed on Ma'ch
31, 1923. Four enlisted men were In
jured fighting this fire, which resulted
in damage esimated at $250,000.
Fire loss of $500,000 was caused by a
fire which broke out on the field Janu
ary 26, 1926.
On December 27, 1927, the quarter
master warehouse was destroyed, the
loss being $500,000.
There have been other fires at the
field, resulting in minor losses.
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Parent Takes Life
When Struggle for
Son’s Future Fails
Business Ventures of Ju
lius C. Albright Turned
Out Unfortunately.
Fourteen years ago Julius C. Albright,
having saved $30,000, retired as manager
of the Schlitz Brewing Co. here. He
and his wife, Josephine, debated two
courses of action.
Fond of fishing and hunting, Mr. Al
bright longed for a little place near the
water down in Maryland, where, if they
were careful of the dollars, they would
have enough to tide them over the rest
of their days.
They had one son, however, and their
love for this boy decided them on an
other course. They resolved to establish
a business so that he would have some
thing to begin with when he reached
manhood. . .
The $30,000 was invested In a fancy
grocery store in Brookland. For eight
years they struggled, but the store did
not prosper. Finally they sold out for
$17,500. But they thought they saw
still another chance.
With what was left of their savings
they took over the casino at Chesapeake
Beach. After three disastrous seasons
the last of the money was gone. That
was three years ago.
The father was then 58 years old. He
fell to brooding over the disappointments
life had given him.
This morning Mrs. Albright went to
the market, leaving her husband sit
ting In a rocking chair by a window in
their apartment at 1371 Irving street.
When she returned with her basket
of groceries, she found him dead. The
pistol he had used was lying on the floor
beside him. Coroner J. Ramsay Nevltt
signed a certificate of suicide.
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Reduction in Personnel in
Public Schools Opposed
by Central Body.
Strong opposition to the provision In
the District appropriations bill provid
ing for a reduction in the personnel of
District kindergarten teachers and for
their assignment to elementary school
classes ".as voiced last night by the
Central Labor Union meeting at Musi- j
clans Hall, 1006 E street.
The union decided to send direct ap- j
peals opposing the proposed legislation
to each member of the Senate appro
priations committee and to officials of
the Board of Education.
W. W. Keeler, chairman of the union's |
legislation committee, pointed out the
“deplorable state” In which both the
kindergarten classes and elementary
schools, he said, would be If the plan
proposed In the House bill should be
adopted. Mr. Keeler declared:
“The rich can and do send their chil
dren to private kindergartens where!
one teacher Is asked to look out for :
a very small number of children and
where the afternoon time Is zealously
guarded as a rest period for the child.
The working man’s child should have
the same consideration.”
A heated discussion followed Mr.
Keeler's remarks In which representa
tives of the crafts deplored the injus
tices which the cutting out of the 78
kindergarten teachers would work on
the poorer children of Washington.
Frank Coleman, secretary of the
labor union, reported on the action
taken recently by the executive com
mittee of the union In appealing to
Congress for aid In the present sit
“The labor movement of this city will
not sit by idly and allow our public
school system to be pulled down.
“Organized labor played an important
part in the establishment of our public
schools here years ago. when it sup
ported Mayor Seaton, when he ran on
a public school platform and was elected
mayor on that plea.
“We are still in the same fight to give
the people of Washington a good public
school system. We expect in this fight
to have our school officials join us in
our efforts to protect the interests of
the children of this city.
The appeal to the Senate appropria
tions committee and the school board
officials will be dispatched today the
union announced.
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William J. Locke Better.
PARIS, April 8 (JP)-— William J.
Locke, British novelist, who has been
seriously ill, was slightly improved
Dr. Paul Bartsch Exhibits Patience and Persistence to
Obtain Photographs.
Armed with an umbrella, a brief case,
a camera and the patience and persist
ence peculiar to an ornithologist, Dr.
Paul Bartsch, curator of the National
Museum, has obtained a remarkable
collection of close-up “shots” of bird
life In the Nation’s Capital, he dis
closed last night in an illustrated lec
ture at the Central Y. M. C. A.
Selecting a likely location In a field
or clump of trees, Dr. Bartsch sets his
umbrella up with the aid of stakes
to hold the handle upright, drapes the
tent covering over the Improvised tent
pole, crawls in with his camera and
waits for developments.
To a large audience In the Y. M. C.
A. assembly hall Dr. Bartsch revealed
graphically some of the developments
his camera has recorded. He showed
numerous photographs of many vari
eties of timid song birds obtained In
this way In and about Washington, and
told of the curiosity of the birds as
they ventured close to the tent to in
The V*vemment scientist also told
Society and General
David Akers Hill Delivers
Prepared and Extempo
raneous Speeches.
Speaking in competition with the se
lected orators of McKinley Manual
Training High School this morning,
David Akers Hill, 18-year-old senior,
was awarded first place in the National
Oratorical Contest at the Technical
High School.
The competition was held before the
assembled history classes of the school.
It embodied the extemporaneous feature
Inaugurated this year.
Instead of the 10-minute prepared
speech of past contests, each orator
delivered a six-minute prepared oration,
and then was assigned a subject for a
four-minute extemporaneous speech.
In picking the winner the judges took
into consideration both parts of the ora
Six Enter Contest.
Five boys and one girl participated
in the contest. Their names and the
I subjects of their prepared addresses
i follow: Hill, ‘‘Who Shall Modernize Our
Constitution?” J. Milton Tepper, 15
l years old, "You and the Constitution":
I Gordon H. Horsnell, 16 years old, “Per
| sonalities and the Constitutional Con
' vention”; Joseph Bendhein, 17 years
old, "The Birth of the Constitution”;
Miss Tomalee Nix, 17 years old, “Ad
vantages of a Rigid Over a Flexible
Constitution,” and Richard Bowman,
18 years old, “The Constitution in the
Daily Life of the People."
Tepper was selected as the second
best speaker and will be alternate for
Hill In The Star area finals in case the
latter is unable to appear.
By his victory the winner automat
ically becomes the contestant in the
competition for the entire region in
which The Star sponsors the oratorical
contest. He also becomes the recipi
ent of a SIOO prize.
Other Subjects Assigned.
I The extemporaneous subjects assigned
to the youthful orators were in line
with the subject-matter of their pre
pared addresses. The topic given Hill
was “What Effect Have the Dissenting
i Decisions of Justice Oliver Wendell
I Holmes on the Supreme Court?” The
alternate subject was “The Bill of
Hill, the son of Mrs. Roberta A. Hill
of 26 S street, will be graduated from
high school in June and intends to en
roll at Georgia Technical University in
the Fall and study architecture. He is
! a member of the tennis team, president
i of the dramatic club, assistant editor of
i the school paper, vice president of the
| Constitution Club, a member of the
i Opera Club and a member of the liter
i ary staff of the Technite, annual Mc-
Kinley publication.
Principal Frank C. Daniel presided
and Introduced the speakers. By an
unusual regulation no applause was per
mitted at the conclusion of the speeches.
The Judges were George Jones, head
of the history department of the local
high schools: MaJ. Harry Coope, U. S.
A.; Mrs. James Plummer Rice of the
Renshaw School of Expression and Prof.
Robert Maurer of Georgetown Univer
sity Law School.
A request to be heard in opposition to
the reappointment of Edgar C. Snyder
as United States marshal for the Dis
trict of Columbia has been received by
the Senate Judiciary committee from
Miss Susan L. Davis.
In a letter to the committee Miss
Davis wrote that the questions she de
sired to raise relate to the conduct of
the office and not to the character of
the nominee. She did not give any
further details.
The subcommittee appointed yester
day to consider the nomination probably
will fix a time for a meeting within a
day or two. The subcommittee is com
posed of Senators Gillett, Republican,
of Massachusetts; Borah, Republican,
of Idaho, and Ashurst, Democrat, of
how he has climbed to the tips of the
highest trees or waded waist deep in
the mud of the Anacostla flats or
Gravelly Point to photograph rare
species of birds visiting this section.
Slides of night herons, hawks, owls,
fish crows, finches and humming birds
were shown to indicate the success of
these expeditions.
“A real bird-lover thinks nothing of
undergoing all sorts of difficulties in
search of bird domiciles," Dr. Bartscb
Incidently, the museum official came
to the defense of the much-maligned
starling, characterizing it as a valuable
friend to the farmers of nearby Mary
land and Virginia.
The starling, he said, while con
demned by some as a pest in the city,
feeds voraciously on larvae and insects
that damage crops. He has made
friends with a family of starlings at
his home on Belmont street and they
are so familiar that he has to shut
the window of his dining room to
prevent them from stealing food right
,o a his spoon at the takge, he declared.
Confirmation to Await
Search by Glass for Rul
ing on Eligibility.
Dr. Reichelderfer’s Nomination
Probably to Be Considered
at Same Time.
Tlie nomination of MaJ. Gen. Her
bert B. Crosby, retired, for District
Commissioner, favorably reported by a
6-to-2 vote of the Senate District com
mittee yesterday, is likely to be taken
up in the Senate within the next few
days, with Indications that its consid
eration will be accompanied by f arther
debate as to whether retired Amy of
ficers are In civil life within the mean
ing of the District’s organic law.
Chairman Capper of the District
committee said the nomination would
be in order this afternoon if the Senate
decided to hold an executive session,
but it was not certain whether Senator
Glass. Demoarat, of Virginia had ob
tained the additional information he
was seeking on the eligibility issue.
Told of Decision.
Senator Glass was told several days
ago that in 1924 or 1025 former Presi
dent Coolidge considered appointing
Gen. William Black as District Com
missioner, but that the then Attorney
General decided the general would not
be eligible. The Senator told the com
mittee last week he understood it was
former Attorney General Stone.
When the committee met yesterday
Chairman Capper read the letter in
which Attorney General Mitchell said
he had talked with the former Attor
ney General, now an associate justice
of the United States Supreme Court,
who did not recall ever having been
consulted about the matter or having
rendered such an opinion. Mr. Mitchell
also wTote that there was no record
of such an opinion by former Attorney
General Stone.
Senator Glass said yesterday he
wanted to make a further study of the
question of the eligibility of retired
Army officers, suggesting that it may
have been former Attorney General
Sargent who rendered the opinion
about which he had been told. Senator
Glass has said that his only purpose is
to satisfy himself that the appointment
of Gen. Crosby is in accordance with
the District law.
Crosby Held Eligible.
The committee decided to report the
nomination to the Senate while Senator
Glass is making further inquiry as to
whether a former Attorney General
ever ruled adversely on the question of
eligibility. In connection with the ap
pointment of Gen. Crosby the Attorney
General’s office recently prepared a
lengthy opinion, upholding the eligi
bility of retired Amy officers for this
Those who voted to report Gen.
Crosby's nomination favorably were
Senators Capper, Jones, Vandenberg,
Kean and Robsion. Senator Blease of
South Carolina was not present, but had
i asked to be recorded in favor of Gen.
Senator Glass and Senator Copeland
of New York voted in the negative and
reserved the right to oppose confirma
tion when the appointment is taken up
in the Senate. Senator Copeland ex
pressed his opposition 10 days ago when
the committee conducted the hearings
on the nomination.
The nomination of Dr. Luther H.
Reichelderfer for the other civilian
Commissionership was reported favor
ably without opposition a week ago and
is also awaiting action on the Senate
calendar. It is expected they will both
be considered the same day.
Sends Two Telegrams.
Seeking further light on the eligibility
of Gen. Crosby, Senator Glass today
sent telegrams to two former Govern
ment officials, asking if they have any
information about the case of Gen.
The telegrams were sent to Col. Wil
liam J. Donovan, who was Assistant At
torney General, and to C. Bascom
Slemp, who was secretary to former
President Coolidge at the time, when,
according to information reaching Sen
ator Glass, the eligibility question arose.
The Senator said Col. Donovan is in
New York and Mr. Slemp is at Colo
rado Springs.
Board of Trade Will Send Letter
to Senators After Hearing
Mrs. Van Winkle.
A letter urging the retention of the
House of Detention at its present site
will be sent the Senate District com
mittee by the Washington Board of
Trade, it was decided yesterday by
directors after listening to an appeal
by Lieut. Mina Van Winkle, chief of the
Women’s Bureau.
The item for rent of the House of
Detention was eliminated from the
District appropriation bill by the House
subcommittee on appropriations, with
the suggestion that one of the buildings
purchased in the new municipal center
area be used for this purpose.
Mrs. Van Winkle maintains that none
of these buildings is suitable and
pointed out that the removal of the
House of Detention might necessitate
the sending of women and young chil
dren to the District Jail.
She told of the correctional work of
her organization and said it was the
duty of all Washington citizens to sup
port this work.
Total Number at Washington Mon
ument in Sunday Record.
Braving the downpour of rain on
Sunday, 4,333 persons visited the Wash
ington Monument on that day, accord
ing to figures compiled by the guard
force of the Office of Public Buildings
and Public Parks, made public today
by Inspector William Wright.
While figures for the whole day were
not compiled for the Lincoln Memorial,
the guards kept tab on the visitors for
the extra hours to ascertain if the
extended hours for opening were Jus
tified. Despite the rain, between 8
and 9 am. there were 921 visitors at
the Lincoln Memorial, while between
4:30 and 9:30 pjn. there were 1,250
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