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- - ! Washington News Society and General i ________ I - _» ■ ■ - - ‘ WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1932. *»_PAGE B-l LOIR GAS RAIL Counsel Suggests $1 Per 1,000 Cubic Feet for First 1,000. Then 85 Cents. RUSSELL DEFENDS SCHEDULE AT HEARING Chief Engineer Says Smaller Bills Are Ncn-Profitable to Companies. Th1 hearings before the Public Utili ties Commission today on the reduction in gas rates proposed by the Washington and Georgetown Gas Light Co.'s, de veloped into a fight by People's Counsel Richmond B. Keech. to secure more of a con-essicn for small consumers than Is available under the schedules submitted by the companies. Mr. Keech suggested a new domestic schedule of ?1 per 1.000 cubic feet for the first 1.500 feet and 85 cents per 1.000 thereafter. The schedule now in force calls for SI per 1.000 cubic feet for the first 1.500 cubic feet and 90 cents per 1.000 cubic feet thereafter. Under the companies' proposed do mestic schedule, there is no reduction fer those using 1.000 cubic feet of gas a month or less, and the reduction for the customer using the average consumption of 3 900 cubic feet is 5 cents per month. There are comparatively larger re ductions for customers using above the average in the domestic schedules and substantial reductions in the commer cial schedules. Defense of Schedules. The companies’ schedules were de fended b” Walter M. Russel], chief en gineer. He said the small customers were relatively the least profitable and that the schedule had been drafted to make the greatest concessions to the most profitable customers. He said the customers paving only the 75-cent monthly minimum bill were getting their gas below co?t. which is a min imum of approximately 99 cents per month per customer. Ho also defended the rates as ‘'pro motional.” or dosiiiwd to increase the sale of gas in certain fields, which would make possible further rate reductions. One such schedule referred to was a “seasonable off-peak rate.” offered fer the Summer months, designed to encourage the use of gas house cooling devices about to be put on the market, and the large-scale use of hot-water heating Oy apartment houses during the Summer months, when the company normally is sel'ing gas far below the can.-mity at which it does business dur ing the Winter months. New System of Rates. The entire new rates system as of fered by the company, is as follows: Schedule A. for all domestic pur poses except house heating. SI for the first 1.000 cubic feet, 90 cents per thou sand cubic feet for the 4.000 feet. 85 cents per thousand cubic feet for the next 43.000 feet and 80 cents per thou sand cubic feet for all above 50.000 feet. Schedule E, for house heating pur poses: Maximum use charge $2 per 1.000 cubic feet per 100 cubic feet of maximum hourly rate of use. October to April, inclusive. Consumption charge of 60 cents per 1.000 feet thereafter. Minimum bill, October to April. $4 per month. No minimum bill, May to September. Schedule C. commercial and indus trial: For the first 25.000 cubic feet. 90 cents per 1.000 feet: for the next 75.000, 85 cents per 1.000 cubic feet, and for all in excess of 100.000 cubic feet, 80 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. Minimum bill, $1. Rate for Manufactories. Schedule D. for bakeries, manufac tories, etc.: For the first 50 cubuc feet used in any month, per foot of maximum hourly rate of use. 92'2 cents per 1,000 cubic feet; for the amount of gas used in excess of the first block, and up to 400,000 cubic feet, *77'2 cents. Thereafter, for all up to 1.000,000 cubic feet. 65 cents per 1.000 feet. For the next 1.000.000 cubic feet, 50 cents, and for all over 2.000,000, 40 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. Minimum bill. $5. Schedule E. seasonal off-peak rate: For the first 25.000 cubic feet. 65 cents per thousand feet, and for all in ex cess, 40 cents per thousand cubic feet. Minimum bill, December and .January, $4,: November and February, $3. Schedule F. wholesale apartment house schedule: For the first 5.000 feet, 90 cents per thousand: for the next 20.000 feet, 80 cents per thousand, and for all in excess of 25,000 feet, 75 cents per thousand. This schedule is de signed for apartment houses where gas is included in the amount charged for rent. A minimum bill of 75 cents per apartment is charged. No mention was made at the hearing of the resignation of Col. Albert E. Peirce as a member of the board of di rectors of the Washington & George town Gas Light Co. yesterday. It was learned, however, that the Public Utili ties Commission will not abandon its plans to compel the Central Public Service Corporation and Col. Peirce, its president, to divest themselves of any stock interest in the local companies they mav have under the terms of the Lafollette anti-merger act, prohibiting acquisition of local public utility com panies by foreign public utility or hold ing corporations. CONGRESS TAKES HAND IN STRIKE OF AIR PILOTS Eabath Tells Cermak Armed Men and Amateurs Are Being Recruited. The first major air pilots' strike in history took on an aspect of national importance today as a half score of members of Congress, alarmed by threats to the safety of all air transport operations if present conditions con tinue, joined in concerted efforts to up hold the rights of all American air transport pilots. In a telegram sent to Mayor Anton J. Cermak of Chicago, Representative A. J. Sabath of Illinois charged that armed strike breakers are being em ployed by Century Air Lines and that inexperienced pilots are being recruited. Representative Melvin J. Maas ot Minnesota. World War pilot and holder of a majors commission in the Marine Corps Aviation Reserve, called upon Clarence M. Young, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics, to make the most rigid examination of the qual ifications of the strike-breaking pilots and to impose drastic minimum stand ards for such pilots. Representatives J. O. Fernandez, Kent Keller, Fiorello H. La Guardia and Clyde Kelly sent telegrams to E. L. Cord, president of Century Air Lines, denouncing his line for lowering the pilot standards. Marvin Gets First Blossom SALE OF FLOWERS STARTED AT G. W. U. FOR MASONIC CLUBS. EVELYN IVERSON. George Washington University h—.,, - -- try blossom on Picsident Clovd Heck Marvin of the university to inaugurate the annual sale of blossoms for the benefit of the educational foundation of the National League of Masonic Clubs. The purpose of the Nation wide sale of blossoms is the endowment of two chairs of foreign service in the George Washington University School of Government as a memorial to "George Washington, the Mason." —Star Staff Photo. DEANS OF WOMEN OPEN SESSIONS Gather as Vanguard of 15,000 Educators Who Will Meet in Next Eight Days. The vanguard of 15.000 educators who will assemble in Washington during the next eight days met at the Mayflower Hotel today when the National Associa tion of Deans of Women convened its sixteenth annual meeting. • Within another two days the 11.000 delegates of the Department of Super intendence of the National Education Association will be here for that group's sixty-second annual convention. By the same time, various other grcuos cf allied educational organizations, bring ing an additional 4.000 persons to the Capital, will convene. Congress itself has accorded recog nition to the army of educators con verging on the Capital in th? interest of their profession by postponing the hearings on the public school estimates so that the District school officials and board members might attend the various convention sessions. This reason was given this morning by Chairman Can non of the House Subcommittee on Ap propriations. Rabbi uoldenson speaas. Business sessions of the National As sociation of Deans of Women was begun with a luncheon meeting at 1 o'clock thus afternoon. At that time. Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson of Pittsburgh de livered the initial address of the con clave on "What Is Justice?” Following the luncheon a series of round table conferences for members only w’as held throughout the hotel. The general topic of the woman deans was announced as "Squaring With the Changing Social and Economic Order.” but the round table sessions today are on a variety of topics, some of which are only slightly allied with the general theme Among the items under discussion this afternoon are "Training for Intel lectual Appreciation of People,” "De velopment of Intellectural Interests in High School” and "International In terests.” The sessions will be resumed tonight when Dean C. S. Boucher of the Uni versity of Chicago and Frederick Win sor, head master of the Middlesex School at Concord, Mass., speak on "Honorable Substitutes for College.” The college deans will continue in session through Sunday, overlapping the sessions of the Department of Superintendence. Others on Program. Prominent among the speakers on the deans’ program is Cornelia Sorabji. president of the Federation of University Women in Calcutta. India. Miss Sorabji will be the speaker at the association's annual banquet, tomor row night. The Committee on Local Arrange ments for the deans' convention in cludes Mary Louise Browne, American University, general chairman; Adele H Stamp, University of Maryland; Jessie Coope. McKinley High School; Helen C. Hastings. Mount Vernon Sem inary; Florence Boehmer, State Teach CHEST RECEIVES Campaign Deficit Reduced to $187,242—Relief De mands Increase. With the unprecedented demand of relief organizations threatening to be come even heavier, new contributions of $751 yesterday reduced the Com munity Chest deficit to $187,242.10 in the drive for $2,601,000. Students of the Maderia School do nated $300, the largest gift, of the day. This increased the standing of the school unit, headed by Sidney F. Talia ferro. which exceeded its quota during the rampaign proper. Volunteer solicitors of the metropoli tan unit added several pledges to the day's total. They sought additional do nations from those who had already subscribed as well as new gifts from persons who had not contributed be fore. The workers pointed cut the dire needs of organizations affiliated with 1 the Chest. Meanwhile, many new pleas for food, i fuel and clothing were received at the Council of Social Agencies, 1418 I street. This constantly increasing demand for help proved a problem to the agency heads. They had anticipated enlarged appeals on account of cold weather coupled with general business condi tions, but had not expected the volume actually encountered. New’ and additional gifts yesterday included $1, anonymous; $10. anony mous: $10, anenymous; $200, an onymous; $5, Paul Barsch; $25, Wilmer T. Bartholomew; $50, Charles Henry Butler-John A. Kratz; $20, Maj. and Mrs. J. D. Byers: $15. Alice L. Carr; $10. Garnett V. Carter; $3, Mary Owen Dean (additional): $8, Florence H. Dunlop; $15, Miss Mary L. Hannan; $16. in memory of J. S. Holbrook; $5, H. P. Kimball; $300, Madeira School pupils; $7, Harriet E. Porter; $25, Mary K. Porter; $5. Miss Selma Anne Ruppert: $1, Morris Smel low, and $20, Dr. William D. Wirt. -• D. C. Man Arrested in Detroit. Edward Franks, a former Ninth street merchant, charged with setting fire to his store, who left Washington some months ago ir. alleged default of his bail bond, was arrested this m:rn ' ing in Detroit, according to word re ceived by the office of United States Attorney Rover. A bench warrant for his return will be sent to the Michigan I city. ___ ers’ College of Virginia: Vinnie G. Bar rows, George Washington University: Marion A. Ballou. Mount Vernon Sem inary: Helen M. Coolidge. Central High School: Jessie M. Holton, Holton Arms School: Elizabeth Peet. Gallau det College; Bertha Morgan, Cathedral School; Anna P. Cooper. George Wash ington University; Frances R. Connor, Goucher pollege, Baltimore; Elizabeth A. Brubaker, Lucy Webb Hayes Train ing School, and P. Edna Thonssen, Western High School. _ ! FLYERS BRAVE GALE TO SNAP HIGHEST ALTITUDE MAP OF CITY One "Passes Out” 24,000 Feet in Air as He Accidentally Cuts Off Oxygen Supply. Battling through a 70-mile gale In temperature ranging down to 14 de grees below zero, at an altitude of 24.000 feet above the Capital yesterday afternoon. Lieut. David W. Goodrich, Army Air Corps, and Sergt. Andrew E. Matos, both of the Bolling Field photographic section, snapped the high est altitude photographic map of the Capital ever taken. Both men were compelled to breathe oxygen from flasks to maintain con sciousness during the last part of the climb and while the pictures were being made. After exposing his plates, Matos accidentally cut off his oxygen supply* in moving around and “passed out,” not recovering consciousness until the plane reached the denser air of lower levels. He suffered no ill-effects, however. Owing to rather thick ground haze at the time the pictures were made. Lieut. Goodrich and Sergt. Matos are proceeding with caution in developing the plates and were unable to tell today just what success they had. They are of the opinion the plates when de veloped will show not only a greater part of the District on a single plate, but also the area to and including Mount Vernon. The flight was made in an Army Fairchild photographic plane, equipped with a Wasp air-coo’ed supercharged engine. The climb to 20,000 feet was made without incident in slightly less than 50 minutes, but from that point on upward, due to thin air. the climb was very slow and 1 hour and 50 min utes were required to reach the max imum altitude of 24,000 feet. ‘‘I noticed my reactions were very sluggish,” Lieut. Goodrich said. “The plane responded very slowly to its con trols, though it showed little tendency to fall out of control. So lowered was my efficiency that I had to take both hands to switch over the fuel feed from a drained tank to my reserve supply. Sergt. Matos was having quite a time moving the camera, which is heavy.” As the plane neared the top of its climb the velocity of the wind increased until at 24.000 feet, Lieut. Goodrich estimated, it was blowing approxi mately 70 miles per hour. The plane, headed continuously into the wind, showed no forward motion with rela tion to the ground four miles below. Neither of the men felt any great discomfort from the cold, it was said. The flight was made for training and test purposes and is of the type that Army photographic sections will be called upon to make in case of cctabat service. MOTORIST INDICTED FOR IDE KILLING OF W. R. E SWITCHMAN Sinclair Bowen Fowler Is Charged With Manslaughter in Trolley Pit Death. 51 OTHER TRUE BILLS RETURNED BY JURY Many Larceny, Robbery and Pro hibition Cases on Docket. Twenty Are Ignored. I Manslaughter Is charged in an in dictment reported today to Justice James M. Proctor by the gTand jury against Sinclair Bowen Fowler, 38. 1540 Seventeenth street. Fifty-one other indictments were returned and the grand jury ignored charges against 20 persons. Fowler was the driver of an auto mobile which struck and kijled John \ E. Saunders, 50, a switchman of the Washington Railway & Electric Co.. February 2. at Wisconsin avenue and P street. Saunders was crushed against the rear of a street car as he was lowering its overhead trolley at the P street plowpit. Fowler was cut and bruised in the accident. Exonerated in Shooting. Vivian H. Peper, 317 Third street southeast, was exonerated by the grand jurors of a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Miss Peper had fired a shot through her apartment door February 6 at Robert L. McNeely, 1913 Pennsylvania avenue, when he sought her company. She had com plained of annoyance from McNeely, it was reported. Because an Indictment reported last December, against Edith Mildred Wil key. alias Wilke, colored, was faulty and could not be sustained by the evidence. United States Attorney Rover decided to resubmit the case to the present grand jury. She was accused of throwing her one-day-old infant into an incinerator at 4105 Wisconsin avenue. December 10. The evidence showed the child was dead before it was thrown into the incinerator. The grand jury refused to indict. Melvin E. Walker, colored, was ex onerated of a charge of murder in con nection with the fatal stabbing of George Jones, also colored. The fight occurred January 23 at 3206 N street. The grand jurors also refused to in dict Ernest Brown. Edward Roberts, Isaiah Brown and John W. Hall, house breaking; William Jimroclos, Prodronos and Alexander Pappas. Louis Bernardy, Helen L. May and Jack Foster, grand larceny; George Bruckman. Sherman Dowell, James H. Busey, assault with dangerous weapon; Milton Brooks, rob bery; Joseph S. Parker, prohibition; Richard Epps, robbery. Others Indicted. Others indicted and the charges against them include: Robert Marshall Deboard, Gus Gregory, alias Gus Gregorian; George Haight. Mack S. Smith, Louis Dore man and Willard Ambrose Robey, non support: Herbert Q. O'Steen (two cases), Francis O. Beall. Alphonso Card well, Leroy Coleman, alias Leroy Thompson: James Somerville, (two cases). James McDonald Gray. James Randall and Earl Jackson and James Wesley Davis, housebreaking and lar ceny: Robert Dodson. Francis McDevitt, Solomon Holmes and Leon Howard Christian, joy riding: Elizabeth Frank lin. James H. McMillan and John D. Johnson, grand larceny; James A. Walsh, grand larceny and embezzle ment: Fred Trdoicr, assault with intent to commit robbery; Frank Paul Kar vosky. James Sommerville. Clinton Randolph, James Sommerville, James Hayes and Sidney Statomne, robbery: Robert Spencer Brown and Jimmie Jackson Jordon, Leanna Bellows and Ruth Payne, assault with dangerous weapon: Rama R. Gibson, assault with intent to commit rape; Latimer Mat thews. smoke screen; DeWilton Snow den Duvall, Taylor Guinn. Charles Young. Frank Joseph Dwyer, Norris Aloysius Barron, Gorman Wright, George Turner, Earl Jethro Green, Pete Howard Ridley and Joseph Eugene Reid, violation of national prohibition act; Nat Diehl, larceny after trust; Edward D. Burner, violational national motor vehicle theft act: Patrick Gordon, Clint Birmingham, violation Harrison nar cotic act: Langston M. Williams, viola tion postal laws; Sylvester Leroy Brown, Robert Theodore Brown and Herbert Jones, jr.. robbery; Daniel Robinson and Rogers Wilson, Walter Jordan and James F. Donovan (three cases), rob bery. WASHINGTON WOMAN HURT IN AUTO CRASH Hit-Run Driver Flees Scene on Foot Following Accident in Alexandria. Special Dispatch to The Star. ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 17.— When her automobile was struck by a hit-and-run’ driver on the Alexandria Washington road near Howell avenue last night, Mrs. Ruth Smithson of 479 G street southwest, Washington, was left injured in her badly damaged car for some time before Alexandria police arrived to carry her to the Alexandria Hospital. At the hospital Mrs. Smithson was found to have received injuries to her legs, in addition to cuts and bruises. Police say the driver abandoned his machine after it had collided with Mrs. Smithson and knocked in part of the fence of the Richmond. Fredericksburg & Potomac Railway yards. The ma chine was said by police to bear tags issued to Francis Cronen of 1930 K street, Washington. BANDIT SUSPECT HELD Chinese Frustrates Attempt at Chop Suey Hold-up. With one suspect under arrest at Gallinger Hospital, where he is being treated for a bullet wound in the th'gh, police today were searching for the sec ond of two colored bandits who fled a chcp suey place at 1910 Eighteenth street early yesterday under the fire of the proprietor, James Wong, a Chinese. Wang Identified Nathan Steele, 25, colored, first block of N street south west, as one of the robbers when Steele appeared at Emergency Hospital to have his wound dressed. While admitting he was in Wang’s place, police say, Steele denied that he knew the identity of the second man. Wang believes he hit both robbers, foiling thfjr attempt to hold him up. Rare Fish Coming for New Aquarium CONGRESS TO PAVE WAY FOR COMMERCE DEPARTMENT EXHIBIT. CONGESS has opened its heart , to the pleas of 35.000 children to help Commissioner of Fish eries Henry O'Malley out of a predicament and will give him $10,000 to operate the magnificent aquarium in the Commerce Depart ment's new building. While the department's supply bill for 1933 has not yet been approved, so sure were officials today of the fund that the aristocracy of fishdom has been or dered to congregate Mere to permit citizens and visitors to ascertain at first hand "Who's Who" in the fresh water streams of the Nation. The fish, numbering 400 and of all colors of the rainbow, will be brought to Washington within the next month and will be placed on exhibition in the aquarium. Best Species Sought. Orders went out today from the de partment's Bureau of Fisheries to Gov ernment hatcheries from Maine to Cali fornia and to friends to send the best species in their collections to the aquarium, which is equrpped with 40 tanks and when fully stocked will be the largest fresh water piscatorial expo sition in this country. Already the bureau has on hand the famous Spencer, 15-year-old sturgeon, and 124 other fish. In recognition of his aid to biological advancement, offi cials have ordered Spencer placed in a main exhibition tank and he will be clowned the "king fish” of the exclu sive 400. Contractors yesterday pronounced the aquarium completed and turned it over to department officials. While it has not been formally accepted. Com missioner Henry O'Malley has ordered the tanks prepared, with marine growth decorations to make each fish feel at heme. This will require about 10 days' work and. when completed. Spencer and his tribe, now housed in tanks in the old aquarium at Sixth and B streets, will be moved in tin containers to the new building. Fish Parade Planned. At the same time a regular fish pa rade will head toward the Capital City, in the ranks will be rainbow, brook and land-locked trout: salmon from the in land streams of the Atlantic and Pa cific Coasts and small, but beautiful fish from the sub-tropics. From an Alaskan hatchery 5.000 miles away will come the celebrated black fish. Part of this journey will be made increased in ice. so hardy is this speci men. Officials say this fish can bounce like a rubber ball. The trout, salmon, black fish and other varieties will require low tempera ture water at all times, while the sub tropical fish will have to have their homes heated above the 72-degree mark. The aquarium is equipped with water and air conditioning machinery. From the Mississippi River will come a long-whiskered, flat-nosed cat to mingle with the perch and sunfish. In one of the three floor tanks will be ohd Oscar. This turtle has been with the bureau for 50 years. Other turtles will be brought here to keep him company. Frogs to Share Tanks. Creaking a lullaby in the lower bavous of Louisiana is a bullfrog, which wiil, with other croakers, eventually find a home in another one of the floor tanks. This is going to be quit? an ex periment for bullfrogs do not thrive in captivity. They must be fed on moving objects and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served them from the end of a moving stick. At top is a view of part of the Bureau of Fisheries’ aquarium, in the new Commerce Department Building. At top ot the fish group is the banded rudder. In the center is the moon and the lower specie is the hermit. —Star Staff and Bureau of Fisheries Photos. In another tank will be a school of j gold fish. In a smaller tank will be I just ordinary minnows used for fish bait. While some 35.000 children yiew i the fish each year, the bureau is also 1 going to try to make it interesting for I the adults and especially for fishermen. Nearby hatcheries and collectors have , been advised to look out for a mate | for Spencer. Officials believe Spencer | should have company. He has been one of the bureau's out ' standing experiments. In 1908. col lectors caught him and three of his brothers, each eight inches in length, near Chapman's Point, in the Potomac River. Killed by Chlorine. In the old bureau's aquarium they were fed on round steak and beef hearts and they increased in size rapidly. In 1920, an application of chlorine in the j city water supply, officials said, killed the three brothers and left Spencer in bad shape. He pulled through, how ever, and is now five feet in length and weighs close to 40 pounds. The new aquarium will cost $10,000 a year upkeep, of which $5,000 will be expended for the service of an ex pert aquarium attendant and a helper. The total population of 400 fish will eat $2,000 in food a year, and $3,000 will be used to cover the cost of trans porting and obtaining fish from vari ous sections. Tile aquarium is used to a large ex tent by schools for biology instructions. It also is used by the bureau for the study of the habits of various species and for holding surplus fish for distri bution in nearby waters. COMPANY FIGHTS 1 PHONE RATE CUT -Holds Reductions Impossible Without Impairing Fair Rate of Return. Telephone rates cannot be reduced at this time without impairing the fair rate of return of the C. & P. Telephone Co., officials announced today In reply to criticism heaped on Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, by the House Dis trict Appropriations Subcommittee for alleged "inactivity” in seeking lower telephone charges. Changes and improvement in service last year, the company officials pointed out paved the way for telephone sub scribers to save $101,250 a year. Sav ings for the last four years, it was said, amounted to $301,000. Although the company’s rate of re turn last year amounted to 7.34 per cent, the average for the last five years, it was said, was 6.42 per cent. Dial Cost Removed. The return of 7.34 per cent in 1931, according to the officials, was due to the fact that the cost of the dial sys tem installation was removed from the capital account of the company. Con templated additions to the dial system this year, coupled with uncertain eco nomic conditions, officials predicted, will cut the 1932 return to about 6.5 per cent—a rate too low to enable the company to reduce telephone charges and maintain dividend payments to stockholders. A large portion of the $101,250 sav ings to Washington subscribers, it was said, wfll result from the abolition of toll charges on calls to nearby Mary / land and Virginia. The savings on this item alone, it was said, will total $36,300 a year. The reduction in rate for handsets, 1 put into effect last May 1, it was ex- ! plained, saves subscribers $49,000 a year, discontinuance of the charge for i change in equipment, $8,000. and re- j duction in the rate for individual lines connected to residence intercommuni cating systems, $4,450. Several other minor items involving reductions total ing $11,500 a year, also were reported. Among savings in the last few years, reductions in long distance rates were cited, showing that the cut February 1, 1929, benefited Washington sub scribers by $68,200, and the reduction June 30, 1930, by $50,000. -• EL0ISE CROSS BURIED Rites for Student Nurse Conducted in Bethesda Church. Funeral services for Miss Elolse B. Cross, 18-year-old student nurse at Providence Hospital, were conducted yesterday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, in Bethesda. Burial was in Cedar Hills Cemetery. Rev. Francis J. Egan officiated. Miss Cross, who died Sunday, was a daughter of Roy W. Cros, Treasury De partment architect, and Mrs. Eloise Cross, 4508 Ridge street, Chevy Chase, Md. She also is survived by a brother, Roy. She was a graduate of Immaculata Seminary. POSTAL SAVINGS JUMP System Now Has More Than 1, 000,000 Accounts. Postal savings on February 1 totaled $658,081,034, and for the first time in the history of the system, more than 1,000,000 persons had accounts. Total deposits represented an increase of approximately $63,000,000 during the month of January. Deposits at the be ginning of the present fiscal year amounted to $353,237,908. HOWARD PAY ROLL PROBE LAUNCHED Rover Investigating Charge of “Padding” Involving Janitor and Son. United States Attorney Leo A. Rover has launched a grand jury inquiry into alleged “payroll padding” at Howard University and supoenas have been served on a number of officials of the school to explain the matter to the grand jurors. Rover said the complaint so far relates only to private funds of the university and does not affect Gov ernment appropriations In aid of the school. The charge seems to be directed against Eugene Gough, head janitor at the school, and his son, Samuel, a for mer employe, now attending Virginia State College. The amount involved is said to be $75, which represented six weeks’ service of the boy as an assistant janitor, after he is alleged to have re turned to the Virginia Institute. The father is accused of having signed the boy's name to the payrolls. Among those summoned to testify are Dr. Emmett J. Scott, secretary treasurer of Howard University, who is directed to bring the records of his of fice, and Daniel W. Edwards, cashier. The registrar of the Virginia State Col lege at Petersburg is also asked to bring his records showing the boy's attend ance there when he was supposed to be 1 working at Howard University, FOR NIGH! SNIPER AFTER NEW AM J Eric Elvers, 26, Fired Upon at Friend’s Home in Takoma Park. GUNMAN MAKES ESCAPE, DRIVING OFF IN DARKNESS Two Firemen to Await Grand Jury Action Instead of Facing Police Court. Police continued their search for the mysterious “shoot-and-run" gunman today, following a report that a Wash ington Sanitarium emffloye was fired upon from a dark-colored sedan which sped through Takoma Park, Md., last night. The report was made by Eric Elvers, 26, who said a bullet whizzed past him as he was about to enter the home of a friend in the first block of Ash street, Takoma Park. Elvers had just stepped from his au tomobile, he said, when the dark sedan roared toward him. As the car drew abreast of him. He said, he heard the report of a gun and a bullet whistled past him. He knew it came from the passing machine, he explained, because ne saw a flash of flame leap from the rear of the car as the shot rang out. Second Shot Heard. Running into his friend's home, El vers notified Montgomery County po lice. Meanwhile the sedan had dashed down the street and disappeared. Other residents of the neighborhood said they heard another shot a few minutes later. Eecause of the speed of the automo bile, Elvers said, he was unable to see the license number. He was unable to say how many persons were in the cal. With two former District firemen held in $10,000 bonds each on con spiracy charges growing out of what is believed to have been an attempt to shoot Fire Chief George S. Watson, an other man is being sought for ques tioning. The men held—John C, Price, 35. and Ernest Meile. 30—were arrested after a .32-caliber bullet crashed through a window of the home of Stan ley Bell, radio announcer. Bell's resi dence is next to that of Chief Watson, who lives at 3928 Fourteenth street. Jury to Get Case. Both men have been questioned re garding the activities of the "shoot and-run" gunman, who is believed to have killed one man and wounded three other persons, including two high school girl*, during the last two week'. The men are said to have convinced police they had no connection with the mys terious series of shootings, however. The gunman's victims were Paul Riedel. 45. shot to death in his bakery in the 3200 block of Mount Pleasant street; Gordon T. Backus, 51. wounded while walking near his home in the 3400 block of the same thoroughfare, and Helen Andrews, 18. and Doris Beall. 16. wounded as they walked down Fifth street near Aspen. A dark sedan figured in all the shootings. Miss Andrews, a night student at Business High School, lives at 5811 Sixth street, while Miss Beall, an Eastern High School pupil, resides at 1411 G street southeast. Price and Meile, it is understood, will not be arraigned in Police Court, but the evidence against them will be heart by the grand jury. MINE RELIEF GROUP FLAYS KENTUCKIANS Operators and Authorities Accused at Meeting Here of Insti tuting Terror. The coal mine operators and authori ities of Bell and Harlan Counties, Ky„ scene of reecent labor troubles, were condemned vigorously in a resolution adopted last night at a mass meeting in the National Press Club Auditorium, called by the Independent Miners' Re lief Committee. The operators and county authorities were charged with having instituted a reign of terror in an attempt to break the miners’ strike. The resolution further stated that “we protest against the kidnaping of the group of writers and professional people and the beating of their chair man. Waldo Frank, and the attorney for the strikers. Allan Taub. and the denial to them and to the strikers, union organizers, relief workers and newspaper correspondents of the rights ot free speech, free press and free as sembly. "We appeal to Congress to investigate the situation in Bell and Harlan Coun ties and we call upon all Americans who believe in freedom and democracy to rally to the defense of constitutional rights and particularly to the defense of the rights of labor organizations to function freely without interference from gun thugs, regardless of the po litical affiliations of the leaders of these labor organizations.” BLIND FLYING TESTS PROPOSED FOR PILOTS Suggested Amendment to Present Regulations Makes Examina tions More Rigid. All American air transport pilots en gaged in interstate airline service will be compelled to pass rigid "blind” flying tests and to conform to more rigid standards of training if an amendment which has been submitted by the De partment of Commerce aeronautics branch to pilots and operators for com ment and suggestions is made effective. A feature of the proposed amend ment would require that the pilot be able to show at least 1,200 hours cf solo flying within the past eight years. 500 houis of which must have been spent in cross-country flying and 75 hours in solo flying at night. The pilots, if the amendment is adopted, must pass tests before a De partment of Ccmmerce flying inspector to show their ability to fly completely blind. In a hooded cockpit they will be re quired to show their ability in straight, level flight: shallow and steep banks up to 20 degrees on both sides. 180 and 360 degree turns to right and left, spirals and recoveries frcm spirals, minimum glides and maximum climbs, recovery from conditions approaching the stall climbing turns, stalls, spins, skids *a| slips.