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Commissioners Adopt Rule
Against Sale on Streets,
Except in Emergency.
Sidewalks and Alleys in Scope of
Order Affecting Supply of All
Motor Vehicles.
The District Commissioners today
adopted a police regulation forbidding
the sale of gasoline on any public street
except in case of emergency. The reg
gulation reads: "No motor vehicle shall
be supplied or permitted to be sup
plied with gasoline on the roadway,
sidewalk or parking of any street, ave
nue or road, or in or on any alley or
public driveway, except in case cf
emergency." ■*
This regulation is expected .to def
initely end huckstering of gasoline on
the streets. Several months ago a reg
ulation was adopted similar to the
present, forbidding street sales of gas
Public Hearing Held.
The gasoline vendors protested that
they had a vested right in the con
duct of their business which was con
ducted under licenses issued by the
District of Columbia, and the Com
missioners suspended the regulation
and held a public hearing on the sub
ject. - .
As a result of the public hearing the
first regulation was canceled and a
mew' one drawn up, permitting gasoline
hucksters the same rights as those
permitted to hucksters of other varieties.
This regulation allowed the tank trucks
of the huckster to stay for 30 min
utes in any one block for the purpose
of making sales, so long as the trucks
kept out of the congested section and
kept off boulevards and arterial high
Station Owners Protest.
The filling station owners, represented
by Attorneys Ringgold Hart and Percy
Marshall, protested against this regu
lation, and the whole question was
turned over to a committee under Cor
poration Counsel William W. Bride and
Director of Highways Herbert C.
Whitehurst for study.
The committee found that the sale of
gasoline on the street was a potential
fire hazard and that the Commissioners
had the power to prohibit it.
Accordingly, the Commissioners today
adopted the" regulation outlined above.
District of Columbia — Occasional
rain.- warmer tonight; minimum tem
perature about 52 degrees; tomorrow
cloudy and colder; moderate to fresh
southwest winds shifting to northwest
tomorrow. ,,
Maryland — Occasional rain, slightly
warmer tonight; tomorrow cloudy and
colder with rain changing to snow in J
the mountains.
Virginia—Cloudy and warmer, pos
sibly rsfth in north and extreme west
portions tonight; tomorrow cloudy, pos
sibly rain on the coast; colder in north
and west portions.
West Virginia—Rain, colder in north
west portion tonight: tomorrow cloudy I
and colder, possibly light rain or snow j
•In north portion.
Record for Last 24 Hours.
Temperature. Barometer,
yesterday— Degrees. Inches
4 p.m. 51 30.14
8 p.m. 48 30.21
Midnight . 44 30.20
4 a.m. 42 30.14
8 a m. 43 30.12
Noon . 60 30.05
Highest, 60, noon today. Year ago, 49.
towest, 41, 6:00 a.m. today. Year
ago, 42.
Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey.)
Today. Tomorrow
High . 5:37 a.m. 6:23 a.m.
Low . 0:36 a.m.
High . 6:05 p.m. 6:50 p.m.
Low . 12:18 p.m. 1:06 p.m.
The Sun and Moon.
Rises. Sets.
Sun, today . . . 5:52 6:32
Sun. tomorrw 5:51 6:33
Moon, today... 4:23a.m. 3:30p.m.
Automobile lights must be turned on
one-half hour after sunset.
Monthly rainfall in inches in the Cap- ,
ltal (current month to date);
Month. 1932. Average. Record.
January .... 4.82 3.55 7.09 ’82 i
February ... 2.46 3.27 6 84 ’84 j
March . 6 45 3.75 8.84 ’91
April. 0.02 3 27 9.13 ’89
May . 3.70 10.69 ’89
June . 413 10.94 ’00
July . 4.71 10.63 '86
August . 4.01 14.41 ’28
September. 3.24 10.81 ’76
October . 2 84 8.57 ’85
November. 2 37 8.69 ’89
December. 3.32 7.56 ’01
Weather in Various Cities.
£* Temperature. u *
8 55 g?si
% 2.* * »»
Stations. 5 2.2 5 & ®r Weather.
“ a ^ *■ GS
5 5 ,.
I ; ; »
Abilene. Tex.30 OS 84 54 .... Clear
Alban'. N Y 30 02 42 32 .... Cloudy
Atlanta. Ga 30 28 62 52 - Clear
Atlantic City. .30 18 48 42 Cloudy
Baltimore. Md 30 10 52 40 0 02 Raining
Eirmir.aham 30.28 78 54 .... Clear
Bismarck- N D. 79 88 68 28 - Cloudy
Boston. Mass. .30 12 50 34 . .. Cloudy
Buffalo. N Y 29 90 38 30 0 42 Raining
Charleston. S C. 30 34 64 50 .... Clear
Chicago. Ill 29 72 54 42 . Clear
Cincinnati. Ohio 29 90 70 54 0.01 Cloudy
Cleveland. Ohio. 29 80 54 42 0.04 Cloudy
Columbia. 8 C . 30 32 66 46 .... Clear
Denver. Colo... 29 90 74 46 Cloudy
Detroit. Mich...29 80 44 34 0 36 Cloudy
El Paso. Tex 29 98 80 50 .... Clear
Galveston. Tex 30 28 68 60 .... Clear
Helena. Mont . 29 94 58 34 .... Pt.cloudy
Huron S Dak . 29.76 76 48 Pt cloudy
Indlanapoiis.lnd 29 82 58 52 0 06 Oloudy
Jacksonville.Fia.30.34 58 48 . .. Clear
Kansas City. Mo 29 74 82 60 .... Cloudy
Los Angeles .... 30.06 76 52 .... Cloudy
Louisville. Ky... 29 98 64 58 Pt cloudy
Miami. Fla 30 18 80 62 0 60 Cloudy
N Orleans, La 30 34 72 52 . .. Clear
New York, N Y. 30.14 48 38 .... Cloudy
Oklahoma City. 29.92 82 60 ...Clear
Omaha Nebr.. . 29.62 80 58 _ Pt.cloudy
Philadelphia 30 16 48 40 .... Raining
Phoenix Ariz 29 90 92 56 . .. Clear
Pittsburgh Pa . 29 94 52 40 . .. Pt.cloudy
Portland. Me 30 08 50 30 Cloudy
Portland, Oreg.. 29 76 60 50 Cloudy
Raleigh N. C... 30 26 62 44 Clear
Salt Lake City. 29.76 72 54 ... Cloudy
Sar> Antonio 30 22 60 52 Clear
San Diego. Calif 30 04 64 54 .... Cloudy
San Francisco.. 30 00 60 52 0 01 Cloudy
ft. Louis. Mo... 29 *0 74 62 Clear
t. Paul. Minn.. 29 62 42 J2 0 16 Raining
Seattle. Wash 29 72 *0 46 0.02 Cloudy
• Spokane, Wash. 29 78 58 40 .... Cloudy
Tampa. Fla..... 30.28 62 50 0 02 Clear
WASH , D. C . 30.12 52 41 0.02 Raining
(7 a m., Greenwich time, today.)
Stations. Temperature. Weather.
London. England. 44 Cloudy
Paris. France . 43 Foggy
Vienna. Austria. 45 Cloudy
Berlin. Germany.. 41 Cloudy
Brest France 48 Part cloudy
Zurich. Switzerland. 45 Part cloudy
Stockholm, Sweden. 34 Clear
Gibraltar. Spain 53 Part cloudy
(Noon. Greenwich time, to»'sy.)
Horta (PayaD. Azores . 58 Oloudy
(Current observations.)
Hamilton. Bermuda. 60 Rain
San Juan. Porto Rico.... 7* Part cloudy
Havana. Cuba. 68 Halo
Colon. Canal Zone. 80 Cloudy
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Tyro Artist Proves Skill
Who blossomed Into an artist almost overnight, yesterday painted a picture in
14 minutes before a jury in the Shoreham Hotel. The jury, left to right, is com
posed of L. Gardner Moore. Lawrence E. de S. Hoover, Baron Robert DobelhofI
and Gertrude Neeley. Tomadelli is seated in front of his painting.
—Star Staff Photo.
ington a doubtful arena for per
forming miracles.
In fact, so many insinuations,
doubts, canards and winks were
tossed about after the opening of his
art exhibition at the Shoreham Hotel
yesterday that the amiable overnight
artist obligingly decided to have his
miracles documented by a cynical
More than one citizen who viewed
Tomadelli's flamboyant paintings in
sisted he could not have created 65
of them im six weeks, starting from
scratch—that is, without past experi
ence in the fine art of blending colors
and canvas. Some of them expressed
their view’s to newspapers. The papers
were curious.
Tomadelli explained he began his
meteoric career as a multicolor Whistler
because he thought he "could do bet
ter" than some famed works he saw
in a local gallery. The fact that he
promptly gave his entire output to the
Thrift Shop to be sold for charity still
did not convince a few of the doubting
Gathers Jury of Friends.
Tomadelli assembled a jury at the
Shoreham to bear witness to his
talent. His friend Baron Dobelhoff. a
portrait painter of renown, was called.
Walking through the lobby of the hotel,
Tomadelli met Lawrence E. de(S. Hoo
"My friend Hoover,” said Tomadelli.
“You serve on the jury.”
Hoover was automatically impaneled.
Gardner Moore, manager of the hotel:
George Ryall and Mrs. A. E. Neeley
completed the group of five good jurors
and true. Two newspaper reporters, a
cameraman and the radio were unoffi
cial spectators.
Tomadelli marched the entire crew
to his suite. They straggled in, amused
and a bit self-conscious at the business
of proving a man honest. Some one
remarked, “This is like going to watch
Tomadelli sat down, set up a small
piece of canvas before him, took up his
palette.'The paints were dry. He tried
to loosen them. Baron Dobelhoff sug
gested some new paint.
“What for?” said Todadelli. “Some
body turn on the radio.”
"Go back to your own business,” said
a voice over the loud speaker.
The paints got softer. A reporter
took out his watch and stared at the
second hand “I will 6it over here and be
the Inspiration," said Dobelhoff, rushing
the sofa. Tomadelli made a few pre
liminary passes at the canvas. Then
he began. It was 1:25. The brush flew
across the board.
What are you painting?” a juror
“How should I know?” said Toma
delli in all seriousness.
“Then how will it get to be any
“You just paint. You watch. It will
be something—maybe.”
Tomadelli painted. Once the board
slipped. He asked for time out. The
referee agreed. Every one relaxed and
listened to a waltz groaning out frem
the radio. The artist took up his job
again. Blues, yellow, white, a touch
of cobalt. He began at the sky and
worked down idealistically. Then the
browns came into action. A bold tree
stood in the foreground.
“Let there be a house,” said Toma
delli. and there was a house—a small,
innocent-looking cottage. The jury was
disarmed already. More brown, yellow,
whites to lighten the effect. A few
dashes of green and a grove of poplars
sprang into being.
“Voila," said Tomadelli. It was 1:39
—14 minutes. The artist called for a
frame. Five minutes later the work
was ready to join the exhibition down
“You see?" said Tomadelli.
Jurors, reporters and the cameraman
nodded enthusiastically.
Plumbing Regulation, High
way Improvement, Depend
ency Measures Advanced.
Favorable reports will b: filed in the
Senate early next week on three bills
approved by the District Committee
yesterday afternoon to give the Com
missioners broader power in the regula
tion of plumbing and gasfitting, to
straighten and improve the traffic high
way between Soldiers’ Home and Mc
Millan Park and to make a minor 1
change in the law for the home care of
dependent children.
The committee also took testimony,
but postponed action, on a bill to in
crease from 50 cents to $1 a cay the
allowance paid by the District to fam
ilies of men sent to the workhouse for
nonsupport, and a bill to enable the
District government to do small con
struction jobs, up to a limit of $5,000,
without contracts.
H. C. Whitehurst, engineer of high
ways, explained that the highway bill I
would authorize ac exchange of ad
jacent strips of land between the Sol- |
diers' Home and the park officials to
enable the District to build a new 40
foot roadway from First street and
Michigan avenue westward to Colum
bia road in place of the present circular 1
driveway through that area. Evan H
Tucker of the Northeast Washington
Citizens’ Association spoke in favor of
the bill.
The plumbing bill would empower the
Commissioners to fix an annual license
fee for master plumbers at not less than
$25 nor more than $50, with authority
to suspend plumbers’ licenses for cause.
The third bill approved by the com
mittee -would require applicants for!
financial aid from the Board of Public
Welfare, for the home care of dependent
children, to be residents of the District ■
for two years instead of one year be-1
fore making such application.

Robbers Get Cash From Strongbox
of United Life & Accident
Using a heavy crowbar, cracksmen
pried open a strongbox in the office of
the United Life & Accident Insurance
Co, on the the third floor of the Na
tional Union Fire Insurance Building.
918 F street, last night, and escaped
with $25 in cash.
Police say the robbers admitted them
selves with a duplicate key. Samuel
Kitt, assistant manager of the insur
ance branch, found the safe broken
open when he came to work this
A preliminary check-up revealed noth
ing but cash missing. The robbers used
a crowbar large enough to bend the
safe door, and carried their tools off
with them.
Laura Taylor, colored. 72 years old, of
the 1700 block T street, died at 'Emer
gency Hospital last night from Interne!
injuries suffered when she was knock'd
down by an automobile at New Hamp
shire avenue and T street Wednesday
Malcolm Gibb6, 24. 3200 block Thir
teenth street, driver of the car, was ar
rested by police of the third precinct
and is being held for action of the
coroner's jury.
Policeman Catches
Rum Car Driver by
Throwing His Baton*
Club Hurled Through Win
dow of Machine Strikes
Fleeing Chauffeur.
Policeman H. M. Hildrup needs
neither an automobile nor a gun to
capture alleged liquor runners. Just
give him a chance to hurl his baton
and he’ll do the job.
At least, he did it yesterday, when
he caught an alleged liqupr runner who
had eluded three eleventh precinct
patiol cars in a lonjf chase. Hildrup.
who had seen part of the chase from ills
beat at Fifteenth and East Capitol
streets, threw' his baton through the
window of the alleged liquor car as it
sped past, hitting the driver on the
The driver lost control of the car and
it overturned. Hildrup captured him
after a short chase afoot and took him
to the eleventh precinct, where he was
charged with possession and transporta
tion of liauor, possession of a smoke
screen and driving without a permit.
He gave his name as Charles Williams.
21. colored. Hildrup said he found 27
gallons of liquor in Williams’ car.
Card party, benefit St. Francis
Xavier’s Church Building fund. North-!
east Masonic Temple, Eighth and Fj
streets northeast, 8:30 p.m.
Dinner, Woodward & Lothrop’s!
Twenty-Year Club, Raleigh Hotel, I
6 p.m.
Card party, Columbia Review,
W. B A. Washington Loan & Trust
Building, 8 p.m.
Card party. Temple Committee, Joppa
Lodga, Chapter No. 27, O. E. S., 60 M
street northeast, 8 p.m.
Entertainment and dance, Oklahoma
State Society, United States Chamber
of Commerce, 8:30 p.m.
Card party, benefit Barbara Fritchie
Council, Daughters of America, 2107
Rhode Island avenue northeast,
8:20 p.m. J
Leap Year dance, Re-union Commit
tee, Junior O. U. A M., Masonic Tem
ple, Fourteenth and U streets south
east, 8 p.m.
Dinner, Federal Schoolmen’s Club,
Hamilton Hotel, 7 p.m.
Bridge party. Dental Assistants’ Asso
ciation, Hamilton Hotel, 8 p.m.
One-hour tour of eighteenth century
Georgetown, benefit St. John’s Church
of Georgetown, busses start from Peck
Memorial Chapel. Twenty-eighth and
M streets, half-hour intervals from 1:30
Card party, Women's Committee,
American Institute of Banking, Willard
Hotel, 8 p.m.
Card party and dance, Acacia Chap
ter, O. E. S., Shrine Temple, 1315 K
street, 8:30 p.m.
Card party. Auxiliary Home Board,
Martha Chapter, No. 4, Naval Lodge
Hall. Fourth street and Pennsylvania
avenue southeast, 8 p.m.
Meeting, League for the Larger Life,
MOO New Hampshire avenue, 8 p.m. C.
A. Eidhammer, speaker.
Hike, Red Triangle Outing Club.
Meet Thirty-sixth and M streets, to
morrow, 2:30 p.m.
Oyster roast. Gardenia Circle, No. 596.,
P H C Meet Seventeenth street and
Pennsylvania avenue southeast, 10 a.m.
._ — *
Capital Not Oversupplied,
Says Director, Citing Bene
fits and Statistics.
Transplanting of Trees and Colum
bia and Analostan Island
Plans Explained.
Contending that Washington is not
oversupplied with parks, in view of its
growing population, Lieut. Col. U. S.
Grant, 3d, director of public buildings
and public parks, in a brief address
preparatory to the premiere showing
of the new motion picture illustrating
the parks of the National Capital, held
in the New National Museum. Tenth
street and Constitution avenue, last
night, pleaded for caution in cutting
appropriations for "these character
building agencies.”
The film, made by the Department
of Agriculture, for the Office of Public
Buildings and Public Parks, graphically
illustrates the scenic beauty of Wash
ington's parks and their social value.
An audience, representative, of a num
ber of civic groups, witnessed the show
ing of the picture, held in the mu
seum's auditorium. Following the film,
the visitors viewed the Bicentennial ex
hibit of the National Capital Park and
Planning Commission and related
groups, depicting the growth of the
city and its projected expansion.
Col. Grant prefaced his brief ad
dress by saying that in this Bicenten
nial year the City of Washington is
the growing legacy left to his people
by the Father of His Country, adding
that "we in the National Capital must
make George Washington's thoughts
and wishes come true."
Mall Plan Definite.
The director told his audience that
there is a very definite plan for de
velopment of the Mall, under the genius
of Frederick Law Olmsted, notable
Brookline, Mass., landscape architect,
who is a member Of the National Cap
ital Park and Planning Commission.
Mr. Olmsted's father likewise con
tributed materially to the development
of the National Capital, Col. Grant as
“It is not so much difficulty to find
capable architects and landscape archi
tects. as to find funds to carry out our
plans properly,” said the colonel. "Don’t
imagine that the plan is incomplete.
It is that the funds are not available,
so that we can take the next step,
Likewise for the Lincoln Memorial
and the eastern approach to the Arling
ington Memorial Bridge, he said, there
are adequate plans. He explained that
in that region, the trees were planted
closer together than they need be orig- i
inally, so that now there is available a
large number of trees of proper size
that are being transplanted to positions
originally mapped out for them.
Col. Grant then turned his attention ,
to development of Columbia Island and ,
said that there the plans will change i
from the rather formal treatment of 1
West Potomac Park to a more nat- i
uralistic scheme. The officials hope to i
preserve the Roosevelt Memorial, (
Analostan Island, keeping it in its i
present natural state, with the public i
being admitted, after it has been fur- ,
nished with roads and paths.
Columbia Island Plan.
"Columbia Island is to be a transition
from the natural features of Analostan
Island to the more formal treatment of
the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
and West Potomac Park,” he asserted.
Col. Grant recalled that the engineers
consider it dangerous to tamper with
the foundations of the Washington
Monument, which rests upon a bed of
gravel and blue clay and any disturbing
of its equilibrium might cause a danger
ous slipping. The plan for the develop
ment of the Washington Monument is
illustrated in the exhibit, he asserted.
In the smaller parks of the city, his
office is striving to avoid monotony and
standardization, through the planting
pf a variety of trees, the colonel asserted.
Tackling the contention that Wash
ington is an example of overpark de
velopment, Col. Grant said that this
city does not possess more parks, pro
portionately, than do other advanced
cities. The authorities say that there
should be about 1 acre to 100 persons,
ind when Washington is fully developed
jnd populated, he said, the ratio here
would be about half an acre to each 100
persons. Here, he said, the costs of
parks is not only low per acre, but like
wise low when considered on a per
capita basis.
Traffic Value Shown.
Col. Grant pointed to the traffic value
sf the Rock Creek and Potomac Park
way. which will1:.provide an automobile
irtery free from cross streets, between
Connecticut avenue and Constitution
ivenue. The proposed Fort Drive, link
ing up the historic Civil War forts sur
rounding the city, with a spacious mo
torway, he asserted, will likewise prove
i valuable traffic aid.
It is a waste of taxpayers’ money to
build park roads for trucks, Col. Grant
informed his audience, as in Washing
ton, about 80 or 90 per cent of the
motor vehicles are of the passenger
type. He recalled the social value of
the parks and cited statistics from his
annual report to illustrate the large
numbers of persons engaged in a
variety of sports, to say nothing of the
crowds of spectators that watch them.
Another value of the parks, Col.
Grant pointed out, was their use in
hot Summer nights, so that the pop
ulace might sleep with some comfort.
On sultry nights, they contain from
1,000 to 10,000 persons, depending on
"In these days of unemployment and
distress, the parks are playing their
part," he asserted. "Let us hesitate
before we cut out the character
building agencies, too, in these days of
He cited the value of the parks of
Washington as antidotes for crime
conditions and asserted that they offer
innocent, healthy facilities for recre
Frederic A. Delano, president of the
American Civic Association, introduced
Col. Grant to the audience. Last eve
ning’s arrangements were under au
spices of the Washington Chapter,
American Institute of Architects; Dis
trict of Columbia section, American So
:iety of Civil Engineers; Parks and Res
?rvations Committee, Washington Board
nf Trade; Women’s City Club; Commit
tee on National Capital, Garden Club of
America, and Committee of 100 on the
Federal City, American Civic Associa
Elderly Colored Man Was Inmate
of Home for Poor.
The body of an elderly colored man
who was killed in a traffic accident
Thursday was identified by officials of
(he Home of the Little Sisters of the
Poor, at the District Morgue last night
as that of John Jackson, 55, an in
Jackson's prolonged absence fol
lowed by a check-up with police led
to the discovery. He died at Casualty1
Hospital shortly after being struck by
a truck driven by Adolph R Diet* J5
1500 Twenty-third street southeast.’
Will Take Its Place With
Notable Edifices of the
World, He Says.
Sir Willmott Lewi* Deliver* Ap
peal for Assistance in Its
Washington Cathedial will take Us
place "among the great churches of
the world,” in the opinion of Everett
Victor Meeks, professor of architecture
of Yale University, and dean of the
Yale School of the Pine Arts.
Delivering the last of a series of
lectures at the Mayflower Hotel yester
3ay afternoon, on the general subject
of "Historic Temples,” Dean Meeks
climaxed with a stirring tribute to the
Washington Cathedral. He concluded
s series of beautiful illustrations cf
temples of the New World with several
striking views of the Washington Ca
thedral, and finally the Women's
Porch, for the benefit of which the
series of lectures was presented.
Praise* "Splendid Plan"
“Your own great Cathedral," he de
clared, "will take its place among the
great churches of the world.” The
speaker praised its "splendid plan,”
which he described as having the "es
sence” of other great cathedrals.
"They have all the plans of all the
past," he said. "It is no wonder that
they have arrived at this superb de
sign.” One Interior view the speaker
iescribed as furnishing a “thrilling per
spective,” while the “crossing” itself,
he explained, will be so large as to
present one of the most interesting
features. Dean Meeks expressed the
‘hope" that the Women's Porch “may
Je built very soon.”
An eloquent appeal to those who had
attended the lectures to assist in the
puilding of the Women’s Porch was de
livered by the presiding officer of the
series of lectures, Sir Willmott Lewis.
Reviewing the series, Sir Willmott said
'we have moved around tne world to
some back to our own temple.” He
praised the builders as constructing a
lemple adequately to express "the faith
and ideals of the American people.”
"In these five lectures on ancient
emples,” said Sir Willmott, "we have
girdled the world—like the man in
Chesterton's story, we have had to go
around the world to find the way
lome. The road has brought us back
a Washington, to our own Cathedral
ind to the purpose for which the lec
;ures have been given.
"They will have told us nothing if
hey have not told us that all the great
wildings which have passed before us
in the screen were more than an appli
satlon of changing modes and meth
xls in the history of architecture—
hey were an expression of the faith
ind the ideals of the men who built
hem. The life of communities is re
:orded in their monumental structures,
ind architecture—the matrix of civili
sation—is and always has been born
)f some need, of body or soul, so that
ill true building touches depths of
eeiing and opens the gates of wonder.
An Expression of Faith.
me men ana women or this Nation
who together are building Washington
Cathedral do not look forward to its
completion as something which will give
to the country either the biggest or the
most beautiful temple in the world. It
is their purpose and their reverent am
bition to erect here an expression as
fit as artist and craftsman can make
it of the faith and ideals of the United
States, as temples before it have been
the fit expression of the faith and
ideals of other times and countries. They
think of it as an epitome, mystical and
physical, of their aspirations and their
belief in the fulfillment of these aspira
“In our small way we can each be a
builder of the Cathedral and when it
stands finished and splendid we shall
recognize that we have builded better
than we knew. It is the hope of all 1
those who are directly concerned in ;
the work that small annual subscrip
tions from a large number of people 1
may be received, that it may be remem- I
bered that no gift can be too small and -
no host of givers too large in a cause 1
which is national rather than local.”
Dean Meeks, in his lecture, discussed 1
the development of church building in
the New World, concluding with his im- ■
pressive tribute to Washington Cathe- 1
dral i
“While the aboriginal races of Cen- 1
tral America did develop an architec- *
ture," said Dean Meeks, "it had little or 1
no effect on later architectural form— '
perhaps unfortunately—and little or no J
influence on subsequent ritual. And, 1
as for the American Indians, they have '
left no architectural remains, properly ’
so called, nor has their form of worship
modified our own. So that it is to Eu- 1
rope that we shall have to look for our .
ecclesiastical inheritance, both ob
jectively as to architecture and sub- t
jectively as to belief, practice and i
ritual.” i
Discusses Mayan temples.
Referring to the Mayan temples. Dean
Meeks characterized them as "a form
of religious architectural art which
marked a high development of civiliza
tion already existing when our own
came to replace it.”
"Ecclesiastical architecture in Amer
ica,” he explained, “has naturally been
derived from two main sources, renais
sance Spain and renaissance England.”
Tracing the Spanish influence Dean
Meeks showed how it had permeated
especially through Mexico, Texas and
California, finding expression in "what
we call the mission churches.”
Explaining the growth of the influ
ence from Northern Europe, the
speaker showed how "there were cer
tain architectural differences along the
length of the coast colonies.”
"The colonial of the north,” he said,
"was a more meager, barren architec
ture, principally of wood, reflecting
the lesser resources of the northern
settlers, who found themselves bound
to take the materials ready at hand
for the labor of working them. A cer
tain austerity was the result, which, it
must be noted, was due as well to the
stiff-backed Puritanism of the settlers
themselves an expression in the build
ings themselves not only of their 'pro
testing' but their 'dissenting’ program.
Whereas the settlers along the more
southern portions of the Atlantic sea
board, from Philadelphia to Georgia,
came more often from a more affluent
background. So that even quite early
we find more masonry architecture,
principally of brick. And this more
generous standard of living is reflect*
ed in the architecture of the churches
themselves. The early Bruton Parish
Church at Williamsburg and St. Mi
chael's and St. Phillip’s in Charleston,
are cases in point.”
"This going back to Rome for archi
tectural inspiration lasted but a scant
quarter century-, however,” said the
speaker, "to be succeeded by the Greek
revival of the second quarter of the
century. Greek Doric and Ionic tem
ples, with paradoxial Wren spires
translated into the sterner early classic
detail, sprang up apace in New Eng
land, New York Statq ^nd as far west
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“Learning” How to Walk
STUDENTS study pedestrianism.
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Marie Suter (left) and Mrs. James R. Keeiing. ‘'co-eds” at Southeastern Uni
versity, in first "walking class" today.
Southeastern University’s new course
In the fine art of walking was launched
yesterday when nearly 100 students set
out from the Y. M. C. A. Building for
their first hike under university auspices.
The students will gain an extra credit
In physical education and the university
letters if they walk 200 miles between
now and June 1.
The course, instituted as a health
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experiment by Dr. James A. Bell, head
of the university, will be conducted
by Dr. R. Lyman Sexton, faculty medi
cal advis'r. The students will be
taught how, whan and where to walk,
as a means of combating respiratory
infections. Dr. Bell gave the signal
which started the initial group on a
walk to Hams Point.
Blantcn Admits Effort Will Be
Made to End Salary in
Cab Meter Dispute.
Effort is to be made in the House
when the District appropriation bill is
under consideration to cut off the
salary of Gen. Mason M. Patrick, chair
nan of the Public Utilities Commission,
'for what he has done in ignoring the
instructions by Congress not to enforce
bis order compelling meters to be in
stalled in taxicabs and abolishing the
tone system,” Representative Thomas
L. Blanton admitted today.
It was on motion of Representative
31anton some weeks ago that the House
manimously adopted a resolution ask
ng the Public Utilities Commission to
•evoke its order. Since he finds Gen
-atrick "defying” this "mandate" of
Congress. Representative Blanton, who
s a member of the subcommittee draft
ng the District appropriation bill, is
ietermined to have Gen. Patrick's sal
iry cut off.
"If the chairman of the Public utili
ses Commission has no more regard
or the unanimous expression of oppos
ng a return to meters,” said Mr. Blan
on today, “then I will carry the mat
er back to the House and offer an
imendment to cut off his salarv.”
Representative Blanton's statement
ollows close upon action bv the House
Jistrict Committee, on motion of Rep-'
esentative Black of New York, calling
ipon Gen. Patrick to make an explana
ion of "what is back of this zeal to
tave meters Installed in all taxicabs.”
llso. Representative Celler, Democrat,
if New York, issued a statement carry
ng a scathing denunciation of a "tre
nendous lobby” which is pressing for
he meter system and emphasizing that
he "District would be the extreme loser
n many ways.”
as Ohio and Michigan, to house* the
new and growing congregations of a de
veloping epoch.”
The third quarter of the nineteenth
century, Dean Meeks described as "a
sadder one, sadder architecturally,”
marked by a “series of Gothic churches,
many of them naive, unknowing and :
ugly; some of them good. "Thus,” he j
continued, “medieval architecture was
completely revived in a form which we
have come to call ‘Victorian Gothic.’" i
The next step, he explained, was the j
revival of the earlier of tl>e romantic ,
or medieval styles, the Romanesque.
"But this time,” he said, “the re- |
vival is to be started by a veritable
genius, Henry Hobson Richardson, ar
chitect of several well known houses
here in Washington.”
The influence of the World's Colum
bia Exposition in Chicago, with its
"glorious groups of classical buildings,”
and the coming of "eclecticism" were
discussed by the speaker, who then
branched into a consideration of the
"modernized type of design."
“Out of the confusion of eclecticism,”
he said, “younger radical designers are
trying to develop a style which shall be
truly expressive not only of twentieth
century building: methods, but of the
modern conception of living as well, j
The movement is young, and style crys- J
tallizes slowly.” In continental Europe,i
he said the modernistic movement has
gone ahead in a manner “decidedly
“But in America,” said Dean Meeks, j
“we have clung to precedent perhaps
more strongly in our churches than in
any other form of building. Still in
the state of mind therefore of looking
to the past for inspiration in design,
particularly when it comes to the
church, we turn naturally to that
period in architecture in which the
church and its rite found the most
poignant, the most complete, the most
magnificent expression; the mediaeval;
and to that epoch in mediaeval ec
clesiastical art when architecture reach- !
ed toward perfection, the Gothic. So j
that by far the greater number of im
portant modern churches are in that
style, and the two great, cathedrals now
under construction, that of St. John the
Divine in New York and the splendid
cathedral here in Washington are mag
nificent examples of it.” . i
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Mo More Quake Peril Than at
Panama, Col. Sultan Tells |
Georghaphic Society.
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Nicaragua's proposed canal route is
no more subject to earthquake damage'
than is Panama’s, Col. Dan I. Sultan, j
United States Army engineer, who led j
the recent survey of the route, told the j
members of the National Geographic j
Society during his lecture. “Strange j
Birds and Plants of Fertile Nicaragua.” j
in the Washington Auditorium Iasi
night. Col. Sultan also paid tribute to
the American soldiers who suffered j
"wartime discomforts” mapping the
Nicaragua route in swampy jungle,!
where a flashlight was often needed to
tak° photographs in the daytime, and
tents were no more than filters for
the torrential rainfall.
Another canal may soon be a neces
sity, Col. Sultan declared. Panama
Canal, the greatest engineering feat
man has accomplished, already has
reached 50> per cent of its capacity, j
and several of the big ships now build-1
ing could not pass through its locks, |
gigantic as they are. Col. Sultan said j
that the Nicaragua route would require j
less digging than Panama did. because,
all but abcut 15 or 20 miles of the western I
end of the route employs existing rivers ,
or lakes, and the Continental Divide:
is some loO feet lower in Nicaragua
than in Panama.
Survey by Americans.
The surveying party of American en
gineers explored the entire' length of
the San Juan River from Greytown, on
the Caribbean Sea, to Lake Nicaragua,
Greytown. which was a flourishing city
when the "Forty-niners" used this route
to California, now is a run-down vil
lage of ruined iron and timber shacks.
It may again be an important place if
a Nicaraguan canal is dug, but today
it numbers only 105 inhabitants.
Col. Sultan explained that the survey
was ordered by Congress at this time
because some 15 years of preliminary
work would be necessary before a canal
could be ready for use—5 years for j
surveying and acquiring of land rights,
etc., and 10 years of actual digging ]
and construction.
During his time in Nicaragua on the |
Survey Commission Col. Sultan also,
made an airplane tour of the volcano;
zone along the west coast and the
bandit country in the rugged districts
along the northern border of Nicaragua.
He said his engineers had been warned
that Sandino, the bandit chief, would
never allow the canal survey to be
completed. But the American engi
neers and the American doctors at
tached to the commission did so many
favors for the natives, even to the ex
tent of performing major operations
for them, that the bandit attack never
Managua Pictures Shown.
Col. Sultan showed pictures of
Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, be
fore and after the earthquake of March
31, 1931. The American consulate, one
of Managua’s handsomest buildings, was
completely level and many of the
American officers and soldiers were on
duty continuously for days, taking care
of the wounded and destitute.
One of the most unusual of the places
visited by Col. Sultan were the Thou
sand Islands, near the city of Granda.
Here, in Blue Lake, hundreds of people
live secure, each man and his family
owning an island and gaining his living
from it and from the lake, which teems
with fish of all kinds.
Nicaragua is a paradise for the lover
of beautiful flowers, Col. Sultan said,
and in the patios of the better homes
one finds hibiscus, orchids, bougain
villea, poinsettia and other brilliant
blossoms. Most of the wealthier peo
ple live in the large cities, to be safe
from bandit attacks. The haciendas,
which are always so luxurious in the
movies, are/merely residences of the
hired hands and their live stock.
Col. Sultan commended the present
regime in Nicaragua, stating that more
schools, more roads and more railroads
have been built than at any time in the
nation’s history.
This lecture is the last of the 1931-32
series of the National Geographic So
Reichelderfer and Crosby Dis
approve Letter Released
Yesterday to Press.
Text Said Newspaper Accounts of
Disorders Had Been ‘'Im
mensely Exaggerated.”
The District Commissioners yester
day held up their reply to a letter from
the American Civil Liberties Union
criticizing the way in which District
police quelled a demonstration in front
of the Japanese embassy last Saturday.
A letter had been prepared by Sec
retary Daniel E. Garges of the com
mission, and the text of this had been
given out by him late Thursday eve
ning According to this draft, news
paper accounts of the disturbance were
described as "immensely exaggerated"
and some of the specific statements in
the - newspaper reports were categori
cally denied. It was denied that any
one was knocked down. The only per
son who fell to the ground, according
to the letter, was a woman on whom
a policeman fell when he was attacked
by "another rioter.”
Asked Glassford Report.
It was explained that Dr. Luther H.
Relchelderfer, president of the board
of commissioners, had received a let
ter from the American Civil Liberties
Union and had turned it over to Mr.
Garges to secure a report from Brig.
Gen Pelham D. Glassford, superin
tendent of police, and send a reply.
Gen. Glassford sent up a carbon
copy of a two-page letter addressed to
the Civil Liberties Union, containing
all the statements incorporated in Mr.
Garges' draft of the reply. The Civil
Liberties Union had sent copies of their
letter to Gen. Glassford and to Sen
ator Arthur Capper of Kansas, chair
man oi the Senate District Committee.
Whether Gen. Glassford had mailed his
reply direct to the Civil Liberties Union
is not known.
At the meeting yesterday. Police Com
missioner Herbert B. Crosby said that
he had not seen the draft of the Com
missioners' reply until it appeared in
the newspapers, and that he would not
have approved of the sending of such
a letter to the Civil Liberties Union.
Dr. Reichelderfer said that he. too,
would not approve of sending such a
May Not Make Reply.
The Commissioners then were asked
what reply would be rent end they re
plied they had not made up their minds
whether the letter called for a reply. It
was pointed out that the letter con
fined Itself to criticizing "the ur of ex
cessive violence” arid ‘ suoh incidents as
the beating of a young girl Into in
sensibility, the violent felling of nine
combatants and the lndiscrimlnr te ar
rest of a number of partlclpenis." The
letter charged that the police “appeared
to have been at least as guilty "of dis
orderly and riotous conduct as those
whom they made it their business to
suppress ”
Gen. Glassford is out of town on a
tour, which will take him to Newark,
New York, Boston, Providence and
other cities on a study of police meth
ods in those places, and was not avail
able for questioning.
Operetta Presented Last Night at
Y. W C. A. Hall to Be Re
peated Today.
The Girl Reserves of the Young
Women's Christian Association last night
presented their version of Robert Brown
ing's fascinating story of the “Pied
Piper of Hamelin” in Barker Hall, Sev
enteenth and K streets.
Marking the second time this par
icular group has presented the operetta,
ast night's performance was enthusias
tically received.
Colorful and attractive setting and
rostumes contributed to the impressive
aess of the presentation as more than
iO high school girls gave a performance
that was a credit to themselves and
their coaches. The roles of the Pied
Piper, played by Jo Carter; the mayor,
>y Barbara Davis, and Maxwell Gallo
vay as the dream lady were outstanding.
Impressive performances were also
lone by Morrudd Thomas as the lonelv
ame boy, Helen Foley as Night Wind,
Margaret Hedgcock, playing Mother
joose, and by those cast in the assorl
nent of characters from the Mother
3oose book.
The entire cast will repeat the per
ormance today for the special benefit
)f children. It will be the annual chll
iren's Easter week matinee cf the asso
Joint Celebration Will Be Held as
Part of District's Washington
Bicentennial Program.
Dr. George C Havenner, executive
vice president of the District Bicen
tennial Commission, announced today
that October 27 has been set, as the
date for the celebration of Fraternal
day as part of the District's George
Washington Bicentennial program.
The date also will be observed as
Navy day. Dr. Havenner stated, and
will be marked by a monster parade of
fraternal bodies during the morning
and the annual functions at the Wash
ington Navy Yard in the arternoon.
The Naval Gun Factory will be open to
the public for this event.
President Hoover will be invited to
review the Fraternal day parade, the
Bicentennial Commission stated.
In sketching plans for the October 27
event, representatives of several frater
nal groups of the Capital, at a meet
ing in the commission headquarters
yesterday, agreed to eliminate commer
cial floats from the parade.
Visitor Robbed of $17.20.
Overpowered by two colored footpads,
Frank Miller of Toledo, Ohio, stopping
here in the 600 block of C street, was
robbed of $17.20 in the rear of the 600
block of New Jersey avenue last night,
according to a report made to first
precinct police.
Former Ohio Woman Dies.
PARIS. April 2 (/P).—Princess Michel
Murat, who was the former Helen Mac
Donald stallo of Cincinnati, Ohio, died
yesterday at her home here after a short
lines*. She waa 38 years old.

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