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Washington News
Engineers Die in Leap From
Blazing Cab—Firemen
Badly Burned.
Woman Jumps From Car at Berwyn
Crossing Just Before
An inquest will be held at 8 o'clock
tonight in the grade crossing crash at
Berwyn, yesterday afternoon, that cost
the lives of two Baltimore & Ohio en
glnemen in the cab of the Columbian,
from New York for the West, when it
struck a stalled automobile. The auto
gas tank exploded and strewed flaming
gasoline over the engine. The occu
pant of the automobile, a woman, es
caped without injury, while J. W.
Lundy, the firemen, although badly
burned, brought the train under con
trol. He is in Emergency Hospital.
Two Leap From Cab.
Their clothes afire, J. A. Ward, en- j
gineer, of Baltimore, and L. R. Walter I
of Reisterstown, who had just been j
promoted to engineer, leaped from the
cab and were dead when picked up.
Ward had struck a whistling post and
Walter, a telephone pole. The bodies
of both were crushed in the impact
and both had been terribly burned.
The wo/nan in the machine was Miss
Ethel Thomas of St. Ann's Orphanage,
Berwyn Heights, who was assisted to
safety just before the flyer reached the
crossing. The train picked up her car,
hurtling it dow-n the track for a quar
ter of a mile before tossing the flam
ing cargo aside.
Lundy Unable to Talk.
Lundy is in no condition to talk at
Emergency Hospital, and exactly what
happened is a matter of conjecture,
but those at the scene expressed the be
lief that the gasoline tank was wrenched
loose as the automobile was struck and
that It must have lodged against the
cab. from where it poured flames back
on the men.
The accident happened at 2.05 p.m.,
10 minutes before the Columbian was
due in Washington.
Edwin Yost of Berwyn, a witness, said
that Miss Thomas approached the cross
ing at a speed of about 35 miles an
hour, bound toward the Weshington-
Baltimore boulevard, but slowed down
as she reached the crossing. The cross
ing bell already was sounding for the
Columbian, then about a quarter of a
mile away, and the gate on the side
farthest away was down, while that on j
the side from which the machine was
coming was nearly down. Miss Thomas
went under it, then as she reached the
barrier on the other side of the tracks,
stopped, and her engine stalled.
Woman Leaps to Safety.
Yost ran to her assistance, as did !
Andrew Mothershead. By that time the \
train was thundering along within 200 '
yards of the crossing, and without wait- j
lng further, the door of Miss Thomas' j
machine was jerked open and she j
As the trio got clear of the track,
the train, brakes screeching, as Ward
applied the air, slammed into the car.
Then there was a blast, and a sheet
of flame covered the side of the engine.
Horrified, spectators saw one figure
leap from the engine about 75 yards
down the track, and a moment later
another followed him.
A short distance farther the train ;
When the crowd rushed down, j
Ward's body first was found, than that
of his companion
Walter was making a “student trip”
on account of his recent promotion
from fireman.
Passenger Brings in Train.
An engineer who was riding as a
passenger on the Columbian brought
it the rest of the way in and Lundy
was taken to Emergency.
The bodies of the two enginemen
were taken to a Laurel undertaking
establishment, and Francis A. Shipley,
justice of the peace, acting coroner at
Berwyn, announced he would hold an
Inquest tonight.
Miss Thomas was placed under the
care of a physician after the accident.
She was so shaken that she could make
no statement.
Burning gasoline that had dropped I
from the engine started a blaze along
the right of way that was extinguished
by the Berwyn Fire Department, di
rected by Chief J. W. Yost, which was
assisted by the Branchville department.
The Berwyn crossing is guarded by
gates, which are operated by air from
the depot, about 100 feet away.
As the gates go down a bell rings.
On the main line of the B. & O. the
highway is heavily traveled.
Ward, who was 53 years old, was ohc
of the best known enginemen in this
section. His picture is used in the ad
vertisements for a railroad watch. His
widow, four brothers and five sisters
Hepresentative Bacharach Tells
Fess of Resort's Advantages
for Convention.
By the Associated Press.
Overtures looking to securing the Re
publican National Convention in 1932
for Atlantic City were made today by
Representative Bacharach of New Jer
Bacharach outlined to Senator Fess.
chairman of the Republican National
Committee, the advantages of the re
sort city as a convention place. Later
he conferred with other National Com
mittee members and with Ogden Mills,
Undersecretary of the Treasury.
* He said Senator Kean of New Jersey
had called a meeting of State Repub
lican leaders at Rumson next Tuesday.
Plans will be laid at that meeting for
an active campaign to bring the Na
tional Convention to New Jersey.
Earlier this week Mayor Mackey of
Philadelphia proposed that the conven
tion be taken to his city.
Commissioned in Reserve.
Earle P. Doyle, Arlington Building,
has been commissioned oy the War De
partment as a lieutenant colonel and
specialist in the Army Reserve Corps.
Crumpled Car in Grade Crossing Wreck |
f" l * ' V'L ‘‘ rf*- -Tin
The automobile of the St. Ann’s Orphan Asylum of Washington, shown a mass of crumpled wreckage after it was
hit by the crack Baltimore & Ohio flyer Columbian at Berwyn. Md„ yesterday afternoon The gasodne tank of the
automobile exploded, the flames spreading over the locomotive, causing two engineers in the cab to jump out and be
killed The fireman of the locomotive, badly burned, managed to bring the train to a stop. —Star Staff Photo.
Two Boards to Outline Future
Policies for Sport and
Contest Aviation.
What is expected to develop into one
of the most important annual conven
tions of the National Aeronautic Asso
ciation, governing body for aviation
contests in America, was to begin her?
this afternoon with meetings of the ad
vlrosy board and the board of gov
ernors. They were expected to outline
future policies which may affect the de
velopment of sport and contest aviation
in America.
The advisory board meeting was to
begin at 2 o'clock in the headquarters
of the association at Dupont Circle.
Among those expected to attend were
Dr. Joseph S. Ames, chairman of the
National Advisory Commutee lor Aero-
I nautics; Harry H. Blee. director of
aeronautic development. Department of
Commerce; Amelia Earhart Putnam,
transatlantic flyer: Maj. Gen. James E.
Fechet, chief of the Army Air Corps;
W Irving Glover, Assistant Postmaster
General; Capt. Frank M. Hawks, famous
1 speed pilot, David S. Ingalls, Assistant
I Secretary of the Navy for Aeronautics;
I Charles F. Marvin, chief of th» Weather
' Bureau - Rear Admiral William A. Mos-
I sett, chief of the Navy Bureau of Aero-
I nautics, and Clarence M. Young, Assist
! ant Secretary of Commerce for Aero
Other Board Members.
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Col.
Charles A. Lindbergh, Harry F. Gug
genheim, Ambassador to Cuba, and F.
Trubee Davison, Assistant Secretary of
War for Aviation, are other members of
the board.
Among the governors who will meet
| at the headquarters at 4 o'clock will be
; Senator Dwight W. Morrow of New Jer
sey; C. F. Lienesch, California; L. S.
Horner. Connecticut; Henderson Hall
man, Georgia; George W. Lewis, Dis
trict of Columbia; R. F. Taylor, In
diana; Glenn L. Martin. Maryland;
Theodore G. Holcombe, Massachusetts;
Rav Cooper, Michigan; Halsey Edger
ton, New Hampshire; Charles L. Law
rence, New York; Clifford Gildersleeve,
Ohio, and Horace K. Houston, Ten
nessee. . ..
Resolutions to be presented at the
business sessions of the convention,
beginning tomorrow, will be considered
by the governors today. Several of
these deal with important national
aviation problems, including the advo
cating of new five-year aircraft-build
ing programs for the Army and Navy.
Bingham to Give Banquet.
National aviation leaders will be the
! guests of Senator Hiram Bingham of
Connecticut, president of the National
Aeronautic Association, at a dinner to
night at the Metropolitan Club. Among
the guests will be Secretary of Com
merce Lamont, Secretary of War Hur
ley, Theodore Joslin, secretary to the
President; Mr. Blee, Gen. Fechet, Capt.
Hawks, David S. Ingalls, Dr. Marvin,
Admiral Moffett, Mr. Young, Maj. Gen.
Benjamin D. Fculois, newly appointed
successor to Gen. Fechet as chief of
the Air Corps, and members of the
advisory beard and board of governoi.;
of the association.
Godfrey L. Cabot of Massachusetts is
expected to present to Senator Bing
ham on behalf of the Aero Club of Ru
mania a special gold medal awarded
him recently.
Convention headquarters were opened
this afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel
for the registration of delegates to the
convention The opening business ses
sion will be held at 9:30 o’clock tomor
row morning in the Mayflower. Fol
lowing a reception by the President at
the White House at 12:30, the business
session will be resumed at 2:30 tomor
row afternoon. The annual banquet of
the association will be held at 7:30 p.m.
tomorrow in the Mayflower. The final
session will be held at 2 p.m. Friday,
with the election of officers as the
’ Letter to William P. Richards, Who Has National Repu
tation and Congress’ Respect, Returned.
The fickleness of fame, and the in
security of established reputations was
[ strikingly brought home today to the
District's justly celebrated tax assessor,
William P. Richards. Mr. Richards
has a national reputation as a special
ist in assessment of real property. His
word is respected in Congress. The
Court of Appeals of the District of Co
[ lumbia. in an opinion written recently
by Justice William Hits, <ent out of
fftoetiing J&fof
Saves Two
—Star Staff Photo.
Man on Canoeing Party Also
Saves One of Group of Five j
From Drowning.
Miss Dorothy Burns, 17 years old. of
1413 Varnum street, today told how
she helped rescue three persons, in
| eluding an 11-year-old girl, from
| drowning in the Potomac River, off
! Sycamore Island, last night.
“Pour friends and I were paddling
down the river in a canoe when one |
of them decided to take a swim.” Miss
Bums related. “He plunged into the
water, causing the canoe to upset and
all of us had to either swim or else.”
Four Others on Trip.
With Miss Burns at the time were
Fred Hutz, 22 years old. of 1375 Rit
tenhouse street: Donald Rudy. 24 years
old, and his wife. Mrs. Louise Rudy,
22 years old. of 1549 Thirty-fifth street,
and his sister, Louise Rudy, 11 years
old, of Middletown, Md.
It was Hutz who decided to jump
Miss Burns learned swimming and
life saving methods while a student at
Central High School.
Neither Mrs. Rudy nor her sister
in-law can swim, Miss Burns explained,
and Hutz is only a “fairly good swim
mer.” Rudy, on the other hand, can
; swim quite well, but was handicapped
i by the fact he was the only member
; of the party not in a bathing suit.
v Two Go to Aid.
Mrs. Rudy, Hutz and June were
floundering around in the water, when
Miss Burns and Rudy, seeing their pre
dicament, rushed to the rescue.
Miss Bums grasped Mrs. Rudy and
June by the hair and swam ashore with
them, while Rudy did the same with
Hutz, despite the fact his clothing
weighed him down and made swimming
The screams of Mrs. Rudy, June and
Hutz attracted the attention of several
persons on Sycamore Island, who rowed
out and took all five members of the
party to the island club house.
Regain Consciousness.
There Hutz and June were revived
within a few minutes, but it was more
than 20 minutes before Mrs. Rudy re
gained consciousness.
She finally was placed in an automo
bile in charge of Corpl. Oscar Gaither
and Policeman W. C. Poole of the Be
thesda substation and taken to Hutz's
cabin, nearby. At the cabin, Mrs.
Rudy. Hutz and June were treated by
Dr. Benjamin C. Perry of Bethesda.
its way to compliment him as a faithful
and efficient public officer. President
Hoover has named him to his confer
ence on home-owning and home build
But the Post Office Department has
heard of none of these things. A letter
addressed to William P. Richaids. Four
teenth street and Pennsylvania avenue,
was returned to its sender with the curt
. "Unknown.**
Weather Bureau Predicts
Cool Bree2es May Not
Be as Strong.
"Fair tonight and tomorrow, without
much change in temperature." was the j
reassuring forecast given today at the j
Weather Bureau ar, cool west winds and ;
a temperature ranging about 6 degrees j
lower than yesterday brought relief to j
a sirzling Washington.
Without seeming to give too much j
encouragement, forecasters said they >
doubted if the breezes would continue |
as briskly tomorrow as today, in which
event the temperature would seem a bit
warmer than the actual recordings. At
6 a m. there was a minimum of 69 de
grees recorded officially. Local showers
were the cause. The reading at 13
o'clock was 79 degrees and at noon 84 j
degrees, compared with 90 degrees at !
i that hour yesterday.
100 Degr«*es Recorded.
Causing one death and two prostra- j
; lions, the heat wave yesterday sent the j
i official Weather Bureau thermometer I
rocketing up to 94 degrees in mid
afternoon, while at the kiosk on Penn- ;
sylvania avenue the mercury touched j
the 100-degree mark.
Charles H. Hart. 37. of Baltimore, an i
employe of the Baker Ice Cream Co.,
1336 H street, collapsed at 1:30 o'clock
j yesterday afternoon. He died a half
hour later at Casualty Hospital. His
death was ascribed by physicians to
acute indigestion aggravated by the
heat. Hart was visiting here at 919
I street.
Samuel Kemp, colored, 54 years old,
of 1335 Tenth street, becoming de
ranged by the heat, collapsed at his
home and became delirious. He was
treated by Emergency Hospital phy
sicians, but when his condition become
worse was removed to Gallinger Hos
pital for observation.
Mrs. Kate Campbell. 74 years old.,
visiting here from New Jersey, was
stricken shortly after noon yesterday
After treatment at Emergency Hospital
she was released.
IT. S. Employes Released.
Two Government agencies, the Cen
sus Bureau and the Federal Trade Com
mission, released employes from their
temporary buildings yesterday afternoon
when the heat became unbearable.
Census clerks were surprised at the or
der as their chief. Director William M.
Steuart. had announced a few days ago
that the bureau would keep open here
after regardless of how hot it became.
Eight Census Bureau employes were
treated for the effects of the heat be
fore the order was issued allowing them
to go home. , . . .
Maj. Henry G. Pratt, superintendent
of police, became a friend of the men
on the beat yesterday when he an
nounced that hereafter policemen would
be permitted to go coatless. Pending
arrival of an order of blue shirts, the
men were instructed to wear white
blouses with black neckties, but no
Given and McMahon recessed
their courts yesterday due to the near.
Parents Are Advised
In Children Raising
By Parley Leaflets
Publication Is Result of
White House Confer
ence on Health.
By the Associated Press. .
Posers for parents are propounded m
a series of 15 leaflste published by the
Whi'e House Conference on Child
I Health and Protection,
i The leaflets constitute a sort of cor
! respondence course in howtohear chil
i dren, with no papers to hand in.
Some samples of the questions are .
“Why is It better for boys and girls
to have raanv social con^ ts af w l t JI
ano.her in their 'teens even at the ex-
Pe "woSS a “vos'»Sser tte ** of
Ulrs In » fjmUv
in which a 17-year-old boy or girl ai
ways asks the mother if he or she can
KO “DL f Ss r s the the Ven que g stion of possible
: aroSal of negativism and subsequent
' stubborn refusal to talk. , in . a
child whose parents at empt to make it
s you detemlne which movies
! Tdventure do you
■ think a 2-year-old should have? A
7 vear old? A 13-year-old?”
t “What possibilities has your child to
feel the exhilaration of earning money
of his or her own?”
President to Give Address.
Damrosch and Sousa to
Lead Music.
Washington's Monument Will Be
Eanked With Floral Tributes
at Close of Ceremony.
Two famous maestroes of the music
world and the official spokesmen of the
United States Government will lead a
vast multitude gathered here within
the shadow of the Washington Monu
ment. next February 22, in paying
tribute to "the Father of His Country"
in a program inaugurating the Nation
wide observance of the George Wash
ington Bicentennial.
With the Nation listening In. through
the medium of radio, President Hoover
will deliver a memorial address and
thousands of local citizens and Capital
visitors, gathered on the grounds about
the obelisk, will sing the national an
them under the leadership of Dr. Wal
ter Damrosch. to the accompaniment
of massed bands under the direction of
John Philip Sousa.
Marvin Announces Plans.
These were the plans announced to
day by Dr. Cloyd Heck Marvin, chair
man ot the District of Columbia Bi
' centennial Commission, for the events
ushering in the local series of com
-1 memorative programs which are to con
tinue from February 22 to Thanksgiving
day next year.
A.s President of the Nation which
called upon George Washington to be,
its first Chief Executive, Herbert Hoover i
will be invited to deliver the first offi- i
cial address, marking the start of the
protrated program honoring the Vir
Participating in the initial ceremonies
here will be all foreign governments
maintaining diplomatic representatives
in Washington.
! The radio is to be employed to give
; a national and international touch to
j the Inaugural celebration program.
Entire Nation to Join.
! Simultaneous with the broadcast of j
"My Country 'Tis of Thee," from the;
Washington Monument Grounds, simi- '
I lar gatherings attending Bicentennial
j programs throughout the country and
' in United States possessions beyond the
j seas are to sing the anthem.
State Bicentennial Commissions every- j
where are being invited to co-operate
in this phase of the countrywide ob- j
servance and, if plans carry, the voices
of Americans in overseas possessions
will aid giving the celebration a univer
sal character.
“America" is to be sung at noon on
Washington's natal day wherever the
| American flag flies, amid the peals of
j chimes and carillons. At noon, next
February 22, citizens everywhere will be
I called upon to pause for two minutes
| and join in the singing of the anthem.
President to Lead.
! With the ceremonies thus impressive
i ly inaugurated. President Hoover Is ex
i pected to address the assemblage here
I and afterward to deposit a floral tribute
I at the foot of the Monument, a signal
: for the offering of flowers by all ot the
delegations present. These will Include
representatives of the Washington fam
ily, the Colonial families who were
Washington's friends and cotemporaries,
the diplomatic corps, delegations from
all the States and American possessions,
all tribes of American Indians, fraternal
and patriotic organizations, the Wash
ington school children, and. finally, the
rank and file of American citizens.
By nightfall, the great memorial
shaft. It is expected, will rise from a
veritable mountain of flowers.
Ambassador and Representatives
of Societies Attend Me
morial Services.
Italian residents of Washington com
memorated today the memory of Duke
Emanuel Filiberto of Aosta, first cousin
of King Victor Emanuel of Italy. The
dbke died July 4, in Turin, Italy, at
the age of 63.
A solemn high requiem mass was of
fered in Holy Rosary Catholic Church,
Third and F streets, with the Italian
Ambassador. Giacomo de Martino and
representatives of the Ambasciatrice
Maria Society, the Montessorio Society,
the Ladies’ Catholic Union Society, the
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Knights of Columbus, the Lido
Civic Club, Victtorio Emanuele Lodge,
the BOveglio Club and the Italian Cath
olic Society in attendance.
Rev. Nicholas De Carlo, pastor of
the church, celebrated the mass. The
services were arranged by a committee
which included Dr. R. N. Manganaro,
L. Baronello, J. Balducci, M. Ferrari,
A. Fiore. V. Radici. Francesco Fabrizio,
F. Croccia, Mrs. L. Colella and Mrs.
L. Crovato.
A message of sympathy was cabled
Duchess Elena di Savoia-Orleans. con
sorte of the duke, and King Victor
While the services were in progress,
a thief stole an automobile belonging
to Lloyd S. Stewart of Silver Spring,
official photographer for the cere
monies Returning to his parking place
after making photographs to be sent
to Italy, Stewart discovered the car
had been stolen despite the fact six
policemen were on duty at the church.
Swallows Nail—Asks SIO,OOO.
CHICAGO, July 22 UP). —Mrs. Agnes
German! swallowed a nail in a corner
bakery pie three weeks ago and the
resultant doctor’s, bills totaled $250, she
stated in a damage suit for SIO,OOO
against the bakers and the retailers.
Auto Applicant’s
Physical Defect
Is “Hollow Tooth”
Traffic Director William H. Van
Duzer and the attaches of his
office had a hearty laugh today
at the expense of an applicant
for an automobile driver’s per
In answer to a question on the
. application blank as to the num
ber of physical defects, the appli
i cant wrote:
• "One hpllow tooth."
Work—and Heaven
Ernest Beelitz, who saved against old age, only to loose everything in the !
Swartzel), Rheem & Hensey Co. failure, is beginning all over again.
"Work." repeated the German-born farmer, translating the word in terms
of action, "it's hi win on earth if you need it bad enough!”
"I thought I was going to retire ’’ grinned Beelitz, swabbing vigorously
at the walls of the United States Employment Committee's headquarters this
morning. "It looks like it, don’t it?”
"Not much,” agreed his employer. "Unless you land In a hospital; an
, elderly man like you had better take it easy this hot weather."
But Beeiitz was clattering down the ladder after soap, to pleased at finding
! a job to heed the warning. For months, penpiless, sleeping where he could,
| eating when he could, he had walked the streets of Washington, looking for
work and hoping the bankrupt company would pay off something.
He finally came to the conclusion that jail was his only refuge, and camped i
in No. 1 precinct until police charged him with vagrancy.
A Police Court judge was about to give him 30 days yesterday, at the prison- ;
er’s own request, when George Adams, executive secretary of the Employment j
Committee, reading of the German's plight in a newspaper, gave him a job ,
as porter.
Since then Beelitz. who came to Washington from his impoverished farm j
in Florida, has made things hum.
"Ya, work, a job!" w-ent on the German, still swabbing away. “That's the j
I thing for a poor man!"
"If he doesn't kill himself." remarked Adams to one side, "this is going to ,
i be the cleanest employment office in the w-orld.”
Auto and Street Car Crash
Near Key Bridge—Four
Other Persons Hurt.
Hazel Shamer, 25. and Gladys
Hawkins. 18, both of 1412 Seventeenth
street, and Carrie Boggs, 25, of 1620
I street, were slightly injured late last
night in a collision between an auto
mobile in which they were riding md
a Capital Traction car at Thirty-fifth
and M streets.
The street car. westbound, was
making a turn from M street to cross
Key Bridge, while the automobile was
eastbound on M street when the acci- :
dent happened. The injured were taken
. to Georgetown University Hospital.
Elisha Harrison, 1113 Pennsylvania 1
avenue, was injured last night when j ■
his automobile was struck by another
machine and overturned at Massachu- 1
setts avenue and Garfield street. George ;
J. Glover, 53, 1008 Kenyon street,
driver of the other car. was booked at
the fourteenth precinct police station
on a charge of reckless driving.
Annie Gibson Jasper, colored. 39. of
i 930 T street, was driving an automo
bile which skidded near Connecticut 1
avenue and Tilden street about 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon and struck a street
The driver and Lydia Morris, colored,
36, of 912 Westminster street, wore
treated at Emergency Hospital.
Michael J. Demma. 22, of 204 First
street southwest, pushing his automo
bile near Brentwood road and Rhode
Island avenue northeast about 12:15
o'clock this morning, was knocked down j
by the automob’!; of Sergt. J. O. B.
Gray of the twelfth precinct. He was
treated at Sibley Hospital,

Consider Abolition of Rotary Left
Turn to Adopt New Reg
Cleveland, one of the last cities in
the United States to cling to the rotary
left turn for motor vehicles, is consider
ing following the District's lead in abol
ishing this turn in favor of the stand-
I ard turn, according to information re
ceived today by William A. Van Duzer,
director of traffic.
The standard left turn goes Into es
, feet in the District September 15. In
; the meantime, the traffic department
will mark street intersections to assist
• drivers in learning to make the turn.
■ Mmc. Bessie Keeps Vigil for "Lee,” Who Refused to
j March to Yankee Doodle With Flag in Beak.
Lee. the Australian cockatoo, which
appears to have rebelled against
marching to “Yankee Doodle” with an
American flag in his beak, was still
holding forth in his tree top today, al
though deserted by his pal and fellor
prodigal, Ted.
Ted, somewhat weakened, possible by
his proclivity for playing “Home, Sweet
Home,” on the chimes, capitulated this
morning to the tearful entreaties of his
mistress, Mme. Bessie, and forsook Lee
in favor of the home coop.
Mme. Bessie, after two nights and a
day and a half of sleepless vigil under
the tree, cropped Ted’s wings with a
Sh of relief today and resettled her
s in her camp stool to await the
pleasure oi Lee, billed as "the American
eagle.- 1
Society and General
Efficiency Bureau Suggestion
Scored as Setting Bad
Opposition to a proposal of *he i
United States Bureau of Efficiency that.
uniform shirts for members of the !
Police Department be purchased from j
the District Reformatory at Lorton. I
Va.. developed today in high police !
circles ar.d among members of the
Already the Policemen’s Association
has filed with the District Commis
sioners a resolution adopted unani
mously at its meeting last night pro
testing against foisting convict-made
shirts on members of the force. Police
officials are understood to be ready to
support the protest, chiefly on the
theory that should the shirts be pur
chased it would establish a precedent,
which eventually would lead to the
manufacture of Police and Fire De
partment uniforms at the reformatory
textile shops.
The Policemen’s Association took the
position that the Efficiency Bureau’s
recommendation would affect the pres
ent economic depression, interfere with
employment and at the same time
cause members of the force to wear
shirts made by convicts which they
“The adoption of such policy by the
Commissioners,” the resolution de
clared, “will constitute a serious blow
to the morale of the force.”
Investigation by police officials, it
was said, disclosed that the uniform
i shirts can be made at the reformatory
only 2 or 3 cents cheaper than similar
garments sold by shirt manufacturers,
so the saving to the department would
be small.
The resolution of the Policemen’s
Association was signed by O. C.
Hauschild, president, and W. J. Kerns,
• •
Prizes for singers of foreign descent
| excelling in singing and costumes will
be awarded at the Sylvan Theater Lan
tern Festical August 21, it was an
nounced today by the Greater National
Capital Committee.
The Lantern Festival, which will b?
the high point of the July and August
programs at the Sylvan Theater, will
feature performances by large groups of
The committee in charge of the event
includes Miss Sibyl Baker, Mrs. Marie
Moore Forrest, Mrs. Gertrude Lyons and
Mrs. Lillian Brousseau.
Both birds were to have headlined a
bill at a carnival which opened Monday
night at Maine avenue and Third street
southwest, but their act had to be can*
celed when they escaped just before
the premiere.
Mme. Bessie, who considers them in
dispensable to the act, which has earned
her a living for 17 years, is still hopeful
that Lee will relent when he sees what
a fine feast she spread for the returned
But “the American eagle” in rebellion
seems made of sterner stuff.
“I’ll wait for him,” promised Mme.
Bessie, “if it takes a year . . . only,”
Mme. Bessie showed the strain, “I hope
it. don't rain again like it did last
Largest Independent Fleet
Adopts Fares of 20, 40
and 60 Cents.
Five Persons Now Can Ride Down
town for Four Cents Each,
Taxi Official Says.
The Diamond Cab Co., largest inde
pendent fleet in the city, today joined
, the taxi rate war by dropping their
rates to 20-40-60 cents. The previous
rate was 35-60-85 cents. The boun
daries for the new rates remain the
same. The new rates go into effect
at midnight tonight.
Flat Rates Also Cut.
Besides dropping the city rates, many
of the flat rates to out-of-town points
! are decreased. The hour rate remains
j at $2.
Harry C. Davis, manager of the com
’ pany, which has 750 cabs under inde-
I pendent ownership, today claimed that
; the new rate was the lowest in the
J United States.
I “Business has been terrible,” he said,
j "We are going to get a lot of people
| into taxicabs who have not ridden be
fore. With our 20-cent rate five people
I can ride downtown for 4 cents apiece.
Why should they ride street cars and
busses if they can iide taxicabs
Boundaries Given.
The boundaries of the 20-cent rone
are Macomb street on Wisconsin or
Connecticut avenue. Decatur street on
Sixteenth street or Georgia avenue.
Michigan avenue on North Capitol
' street. The Navy Yard gate southeast
j and the War College gate southwest.
! Fifteenth street northeast or southeast
; and Twelfth street on Rhode Island
I avenue northeast. Wisconsin avenue
j on the west.
: Former Star Reporter Appointed
j Executive Officer of Maryland
; Institution.
Frank A. Woodfield. for a number of
j years a reporter on The Evening Star.
I and later connected with several local
| business organizations, was has recently
I been in the investment brokerage busi
ness in Baltimore, was appointed yes
terday as executive officer of the Mary
land Academy of Sciences, according to
a report received here.
Mr. Woodfield is a native of Wash
ington and was a graduate of the East
ern High School when he entered the
newspaper business as a “cub" on The
Star. He went to Baltimore later and
I for some time was connected with the
j Baltimore Sun. He served at times on
1 the faculties of the University of Mary
; land and the University of Baltimore,
j Mr. Woodfield always has been inter
ested in the natural sciences. He re
turned to Washington, for a time after
the war. and became an assistant sec
retary at the first International Labor
Conference. His wife was a daughter
of the late Capt. Thomas Hollinberger
of the first police precinct.
Only 3.348 of 19,000 Canine Pets
in Capital Are Wearing This
Year’s Tags.
District dog owners are not doing
right by their dogs. So far only 3.348
of them have come in and bought dog
tags. There are some 19.000 pet
pooches in town and each pooch must
be equipped with a 1932 tag or he
stands in danger of a trip to the deg
Tax Collector Chatham M. Towers
said today that the dog owners could
be accommodated handily if they came
in now. Owing to the late start on
the issuance of the tags the dogs will
be allowed a few mere days’ grace. An
order will soon go out to have the stray
untagged dogs rounded up, however.
The tags cost $2 and are good until
June 30, 1932.
Miss Myrtle L. Walter Succumbs
From Heart Attack—Home in
Culpeper, Va.
Miss Myrtle L. Walter. 33 years old,
dropped dead today while working In
the division of loans and currency of
the Treasury Department.
Miss Walter, whose home was in Cul
peper. Va„ but who had been staying
at 330 Ingraham street, was working
with four other Treasury Department
employes outside a vault when she
' collapsed.
She was pronounced dead by a Gov
ernment physician, who said her death
probably was due to a heart attack.
Coroner J. Ramsay Nevitt issued a
certificate of death by natural causes.
I •
One Also Injured During Attack on
Penitentiary Guard in
By the Associated Press.
HOUSTON, Tex., July 22—Two col
-1 ored convicts were killed and a third
was wounded yesterday in a shooting at
Darrington State Prison farm near here.
I The shooting was precipitated when
1 Sam Foster, colored, serving 15 years
t for robbery, wrested a rifle from Guard
1 Ed Hester’s hands and knocked the
guard* from his horse. Two other col
i ored convicts attacked Hester from be
1 Guard R. E. Wells said he fired one
’ I load of buckshot at the Negroes, mor
»I tally wounding Foster and Ollie Harris
t' and striking Fred Scott in the sho-i! ’»r.
No changes were filed against Wclla.
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