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“ “ ~_WASHINGTON. D. C., TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1932. »» PAGE R—1
BILLS CONSIDERED
IN HOUSE THURSDAY
Rainey Notifies Mrs. Norton
Attempt May Be Made
to Clear Calendar.
MEASURES PUT THROUGH
SENATE WILL BE FIRST
D. C. Committee Head Is Anxious
for Legislation to Develop
Buzzards Point Area.
Majority Leader Rainey today notified
Chairman Norton of the House District
Committee that immediately following
action on the second deficiency appro
priation bill Thursday Speaker Garner
Is prepared to have pending District
bills considered.
Mrs. Norton said the House would re
main in session on District bills up to
6 p.m., and if a quorum is willing to
remain on the job, there may be a night
session to clean up the District cal
endar.
Senate Bills First.
Chairman Norton first will call up for
consideration those bills which already
have passed the Senate. She anticipates
that only a few minutes will be required
to get those measures approved for the
President's signature.
The next District measure to be
taken up will be the general authority
to the District Commissioners to close
streets and alleys which are no longer
needed under the developments in re
cent years.
Mrs. Norton is especially anxious to
get favorable action by the House on
the two bills providing for industrial
development in the Buzzards Point area
between the Navy Yard and War Col
lege. One of these would permit the
Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington
Railroad Co. to extend its spur track
from the Navy Yard into the Buzzards
Point area. The other would permit
the closing of streets within a four
square area acquired by the Potomac
Electric Power Co. for the erection of a
$4,000,000 to $5,000,000 power plant.
These two measures are expected to
furnish prompt and considerable relief
In the unemployment situation.
Will Rush License Bill.
Mrs. Norton proposes also to make an
effort for approval of the bill setting
up a new schedule of license fees in the
District which grew out of the com
prehensive aurvey two years ago by the
Gibson subcommittee. She will endeavor
also to get action on the Gilbert bill,
giving females equal rights with males
in inheritances under the law of descent
and distribution.
The chairman expects little difficulty
In getting passed the bill recommended
by Justice Department officials for set-,
ting up a beard of indeterminate sen
tence and patrol for the District.
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COURT OF APPEALS
BARS ASSESSMENTS
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Upholds District Supreme Court in
Quashing Improvement
Charges.
The Court of Appeals again refused
yesterday to sustain assessments made
under the Borland act. It affirmed !
the action of the District Supreme j
Court, which had quashed the assess
ments for the improvement of Second
street, T street and Seaton street north
east. made in 1928.
Suit was Instituted by Ida M. Miller
and others to enjoin the collection of
the assessments, claiming they were in
valid. The court said. "We are unable
to discover any distinction in the pres
ent case that would justify a departure
from our interpretation of the law as
announced in previous decisions.
The appellees were represented by
Attorneys William Cogger, John E.
Hughes and Philip F. Biggins.
TAXICABOPERATORS
ARE WARNED OF CODE
Letter Declares It Is Mandatory
for All to File Monthly
Reports.
The Public Utilities Commission today
wrote all taxicab operators of which it
has record to advise them that it still
is necessary for the cab men to abide
by all of the rules in the taxi code
except for those relating to meters and
rates. The meter and -ate orders are
in litigation, but all others are in full
force, the letter said.
“ It is mandatory." the letter stated,
"that each operator of a taxicab shall
ill? monthly rep-rts with this commis
sion, setting forth in detail, required on
? our blank forms, the earnings, expenses
and miscellaneous statistical data.
"The order was sent to all operators
as of record at the time of its issuance
(November 6. 1931) and has since been
widely circulated. However, if any
operator is not familiar with these
regulations, a copy of the order can be
obtained bv appljing at room 104, Dis
trict Building."
MONDAY EVENING CLUB
NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Leifur Magnusson Is Elected.
Larger Staff of Probation
Officers Asked.
Leifur Magnusson was elected presi
dent of the Monday Evening Club at a
meeting last night in the vacation lodge
of the Y. W. C. A., near Cherrydale. Va.
Other officers elected were Miss Cath
, erine S. Lenroot, first vice president;
‘ Herbert S. Wood, second vice president;
•' Mrs. Charles Thcmas Watson, recording
\ secretary; Miss Mildred Perrett. corre
sponding secretary, and Miss Mary P.
Allen, treasurer.
The following directors were elected:
Rev. Russell J. Clinchy, Rpv. Francis
Hass. Maj. James Asher. Mrs. Leonard
B. Schloss and Mrs. Walter S. Ufford.
Acting on reports of the Adult Of
fenses Committee, headed by Sanford
Bates and the Conservation cf Family
Life Committee, of which Walter S.
Ufford is chairman, the club went on
record as asking for a larger staff of
probation officers at the Police Court
and opposing the $75 limit on mothers'
pensions.
GEORGETOWN STUDENT KILLED
WITH FIVE OTHERS IN CRASH;
Freshman Returning Home
With Mother and Aunt
From Capital.
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Car and Speeding Ambulance
Meet at Corner in Col
lingswood, N. J.
Six persons were killed, including a
Georgetown University student, his
mother and aunt, who were returning
home from commencement exercises
here, when an ambulance speeding to
a hospital with a 3-year-old injured
girl collided with their automobile at a
street intersection in Colllngswood, N. J.,
early today, according to an Associated
Press dispatch. One other was injured.
The dead student, driver of the auto
mobile, was William Adler Rodecker. 21
years old, a freshman at the School of
Foreign Service. With his mother, Mrs.
J. A. Rodecker. 45, and aunt. Mrs. Ed
| ward Smith, sister of Mrs. Rodecker,
1 they were returning home to Perth
| Amboy. N. J., after having attended the
, graduating exercises at Georgetown
j University yesterday afternoon. Mrs.
1 Smith resides at Keyport, N. J.
| The other dead are .
t Richard J. Bloemaker, 40, Haddon
| field.
Emma Bloemaker, 3, daughter of
' Bloemaker.
°oliceman John Knorr, Haddonfield,
■ driver of the ambulance.
Policeman Frank B. Tucker, 26, Had
i donfield, who was in the ambulance,
l sustained skull and internal injuries.
I The Bloemaker child suffered a frac
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NEW YORK AD0P1S
D. C. REPAIRS PLAN
Civic Move Similar to Home
Improvement Program
Organized.
The Washington program for promot
ing home improvements has been
adopted as a pattern for a similar civic
movement by the City of New York, It
was announced here today by H. G.
Outwater, chairman of the Washington
Program Committee.
The Gotham project is being organ
ized under auspices of the National As
sociation of Master Plumber* ana
Heating Contractors, following the gen
eral outlines of the plan promulgated
here by the Property Improvement and
Business Co-operation Committee of the
District.
Mr. Outwater. director of the Na
tional Committee for Property Improve
ment. was called into conference in
New York last week with the commit
tee appointed by Mayor James J.
Wilk6r
The New York program will base its
appeal on the slogan adopted for Wash
ington: "Each Dollar Invested in Your
Home Now Will Save Many Later," and
its efforts are directed to both property
owner and the business man interested
in merchandise applicable to the prop
erty owner.
The National Committee on Business
Co-operation in Community Develop
ment. an outgrowth of the President *
Conference on Home Building and
Home Ownership, also has been asked
to co-operate with the New York City
program.
"It should be gratifying to the busi
ness men of the District to know that
the Washington program, in its six
months of operation, has proved itself
and become the one selected by the
largest metropolis in the world in mak
i ing its contribution to business stimu
lation.” an official of the local property
improvement organization said today.
RAIL RATES ON COAL
HELD UNREASONABLE
I. C. C. Rules on Charges From
Pennsylvania to Points in
This Section.
By the Associated Press.
The Interstate Commerce Commission
today ruled that rates on anthracite
coal from mines in the Lehigh and
Wyoming regions in Pennsylvania to
destinations on the Baltimore & Ohio
in Delaware. Maryland. Virginia. West
Virginia and the District of Columbia
were unreasonable and unduly preju
dicial.
Objections to the rates were filed by
the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
Coal Co.
The commission ruled that coal in
carloads from mines on the Lehigh Val
ley Railroad Co. and the Central Rail
road Co of New Jersey to destinations
on the Baltimore & Ohio south of and
including Carpenter, Del., to and in
cluding Capon Road. Va.. shall not ex
ceed by more than 13 cents per ton the
rates in effect on prepared sizes of an
thracite coal in carloads from mines on
the lines of the Reading Co. in the
Schuylkill region of Pennsylvania to
I the same destinations.
WILLIAM A. RODECKER.
r tured skull in the collision and died sev
j eral hours later.
Bodies of William Rodecker and Mrs.
: Smith were so badly burned that identi
fication could not be established for sev
] eral hours, according to press reports.
The first word Georgetown University
I had of the fatal accident was this
morning when an unidentified person
called by long distance telephone to ask
that a prayer be said for young Ro
decker. the only information given be
ing that he had been killed in an acci
dent.
The voung student was in his first
year at' the School of Foreign Service
j and had no othar relative at the unl
1 versity, it was said.
HOOVER 10 HONOR
; MRS. PUTNAM HERE
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National Geographic Medal
Will Be Presented to
Flyer June 21.
Mrs. Amelia Earhart Putnam will re
ceive from the hands of President Hoo
ver the special gold medal of the Na
tional Geographic Society in recogni
tion of her solo flight across the At
lantic at formal presentatiori ceremonies
in Constitution Hall the evening of
June 21.
Mrs. Putnam is to describe the de
tails of her flight, the first ever made
alone by a woman pilot across any
ocean, in her speech of acceptance.
Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the
society, is to preside.
The medal presented to Mrs. Putnam
will be the sixteenth of its kind pre
sented by the society for unusual geo
graphic achievements since the first
presentation, in 1906, of a medal to
Peary for his Arctic explorations.
Presentation of the first medal was
made by President Roosevelt.
Other recipients of Geographic medals
include Sir Ernest H. Shackleton, for
his Antarctic discoveries, which presen
tation was made by President Taft; Col
Goethals of Panama Canal fame, pres
entation by President Wilson; Col.
Lindbergh, for his transatlantic flight,
presentation by President Coolidge. and
Rear Admiral Byrd, who received one
of the society’s medals for his flight to
the North Pole from the hands of
President Coolidge pnd another for his
Antarctic explorations and flight to the
South Pole, which presentation was
made by President Hoover.
LAWRENCE SPEAKS
TO FINANCE GROUP
Editor of U. S. Daily Addresses Ses
sion of Controllers and Experts
on Municipal Accounting.
_
David Lawrence, editor of the United
States Dally, was principal speaker to
day at a luncheon meeting of delegates
attending the twenty-seventh annual
convention of the International Asso
ciation of Controllers and Accounting
Officers, which convened this morning
for a three-day session at the Raleigh
Hotel.
The convention was addressed this
morning by C. E. Armstrong, city con
troller of Birmingham. Ala., on the sub
ject of "the place of the finance .officer
in the economy program.” Mr. Arm
strong declared it is up to city finance
officers during the present depression
to teach the public "that economy is
management without loss or waste.”
Dr. Luther Reichelderfer, president
of the Board of District Commissioners,
welcomed the delegates at their open
ing session, with a response by George
D. Begole. mayor of Denver. The pol
icies cf the association were explained
by Prank J. Flanagan. Finance Com
mittee staff expert of Chicago, 111., in
his presidential address.
Speakers on this afternoon’s program
were G A. Moe. chief accountant. Na
tional Committee of Uniform Street
and Sanitation Records, and Welles
Gray of the United States Chamber of
Commerce.
SOLDIER KILLS SELF IN ACCIDENT
DAY BEFORE WIFE EXPIRES HERE
Warrant Officer Byron H. Mills Shoots Himself Fatally
While on Leave.
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! While his wife lay dying in Walter
Reed Hospital, a pistol bullet, accident
ally fired by his own hand, - brought
death to Warrant Officer Byron H.
Mills near Owensburg, Ky.. according
to official reports received by his supe
rior officers at Bolling Field today.
Mills, who had been on leave from Boll
ing Field, died Sunday. His wife died
yesterday morning without knowing of
her husband's death.
Mills, who had seen more than 30
years of Regular Army service, had been
released on $2,500 bond at Annapolis
Friday to answer charges of having as
saulted Mrs. Nellie E. Gardner at Herald
Harbor. Md.. last week. He is believed
to have left for Owensburg immediately
following his release.
According to the report received at
Bolling Field. Mills was fatally injured
by a pistol shot at Reynolds Station,
ky., Sunday, and died soon afterward at
Owensburg. A coroner’s jury gave a
verdict of accidental death from a pistol
wound received "at the hands of the
deceased,” according to the report. He
was to be burled today In Kentucky.
Mrs. Mills, who was admitted to Wal
ter Reed Hospital May 27. died there
at 9:45 a.m. yesterday, myocarditis
being given as the cause of death. She
knew nothing of her husband's arrest
or of his death, it was said. Funeral
services for Mrs. Mills are to be held
Thursday morning at the home of her
father, Adolph Volkmann. 2953 Tilden
street, with burial in Cedar Hill Ceme
tery.
Mills was arrested at Herald Harbor
Friday and after being committed to
jail by Police Justice William E. Bald
win sr„ ■ of Millersville. was taken to
the Anne Arundel County Jail at
Annapolis, where he was released on
bond.
Unaware of his death the Anne
Arundel grand jury indicted him today.
Mills was bom at Hartford, Ky.. and
was 49 years old. He enlisted in the
Cavalry April 28. 1901; transferred to
Coast Artillery and served in the Philip
pines in 1903 and 1904. During the
World War he rose to the rank of cap
tain in the Army Air Service and was
honorably discharged from this rank
November 30, 1920. He re-entered the
service In May, 1921, as a warrant
officer.
PERJURY CHARGED
IN FIRST TEST HERE
OF SALES STATUTE
Raffole Presutti Indicted on
Charge of Concealing
Creditors.
32 OTHERS ARE ACCUSED
IN GRAND JURY REPORT
Husband Accused of First-Degree
Murder in Fatal Shooting
of Wife.
The first criminal prosecution grow
ing out of an alleged violation of the
bulk-sales law was launched today
when the District grand jury reported
an indictment for perjury against Raf
fole Presutti. He is alleged to have
sworn falsely that he had only one cred
itor when he sold out his delicatessen
store at 1417 H street northeast last
December.
The law requires that the vendor of a ■
stock of merchandise shall give the
names of all persons holding claims
against the stock, as well as fhe amount
of each claim.
Presutti is said to have given a bill
of sale to the purchaser and to have
appeared before a notary public and
sworn to it when it contained the state
ment that his only creditor was "Nicola.
$116 ” The Daniel Loughran Co. had
a claim against the merchant and com
plained to the United States attorney’s
office, when it was found there were
other creditors.
The indictment cited the Loughr*n
claim as $124 and smaller amounts said
to be due the National Cigar Sales Cor
poration. William Deiches <fc Co. and
the National Cigar & Tobacco Co.
32 Others Are Indicted.
Thirty-two other indictments were
returned to Justice James M. Proctor.
The grand jurors declined to indict in
one homicide and eight other cases.
First-degree murder was charged
against Henry Clea Lyon, colored, jani
tor of an apartment house at 3701 Six
teenth street. He is said to have shot
his wife in their basement apartment
May 24 Police say he charged his
w'fe had been nagging him.
Assault with a dangerous w'eapon
was alleged against Edward Caldwell, a
real estate operator at 1244 Fifth street
northeast, who is said to have shot
three times Eldred H. Buchanan, a
salesman in his employ. The shooting
occurred April 13 at the office of Phil
lips & Caldwell after a quarrel between
the men.
Harry Dalton McGill was charged
with operating a gambling place. The
indictment resulted from a raid on the
top floor of 431 Eleventh street May 31.
The indictment is in nine counts.
The grand jury exonerated Isaac H
Hodge, colored, who had been held by
a coroner's jury for the death of Ray
mond Taylor, also colored. Taylor was
struck by an automobile driven by Hodge
May 21 at Forty-ninth street and Dean
avenue. Taylor died six days later.
The gTand jurors also ignored a
charge of non-support against Aloysius
R Murphy: Edwin G. Condon. Ernest
I-ittle and Rudolph Boykin, joy-riding;
Willie Felder. Willie Jackson and Hilary
Carrington assault with a dangerous
weapon, and Harry Travers and Albert
Ford, depredation on private property.
List of Indictments.
Others indicted and the charges
against them include:
William S. Hart and Francis Joseph
Hayes, non-support; Eddie Lindsay,
Leroy Lindsay, Willie I. Williams, Theo
dore Brown, Edward N. Holmes i alias
Eddie Holmes), Jack Franey (alias Jack
Fanney. alias Jack Tracy), Ernest
Coakley. James W. Handy and Simon
King, joy-riding.
Maum-e Strinck. William H. Jackson,
James W. Handy and Simon King,
grand larceny and joy-riding.
James Wilson Handy. William Henry
Jackson, Arthur Bell, Hugh Mays (alias
Oscar Hugs Mays), Ruth May Smith.
James Gantt. George Williams and Fred
Kennicutt, grand larceny.
Mamie Hill. Preston Ellsworth Smith
and Leola Williams, assault with dan
gerous weapon.
Charles McWilliams (alias Charley
Williams), assault with intent to com
mit carnal knowledge and carnal knowl
edge.
William Henry Preston, alias William
Henry Johnson <2 cases); Joseph John
Jones, Frank Davis. William Henry
Jackson. James Wilson Handy, Simon
King and William Harris, housebreak
ing and larceny.
Nathan Neil Scott, housebreaking.
Harry Sturdevant, robbery.
George Furr and Joseph Breit, vio
lation national prohibition act.
Wallace O. Hlckcox, alias Frank Wren,
forgery and uttering. ,
JUVENuTHOSPiTAL
CONTRACT AWARDED
Main Building and Nurses' Home
of Tuberculosis Sanatorium
to Cost $324,200.
The District Commissioners today
awarded the McCorftiick-Lenhan Co. of
Philadelphia a contract for the con
struction of the main building and
nurses’ home of the Children’s Tuber
culosis Sanatorium. The contractor put
in the low bid of 12 received. The con
tract is for $324,200.
The buildings will be put up on land
owned by the District near Glendale,
in Prince Georges County, Md.. ap
proximately 15 miles from the Capital.
The present contract represents the
second effort to get the buildings start
ed. When bids were first asked for the
construction of the nurses' home, all
exceeded the appropriation available
and were rejected.
The terms of the contract call for
completion in 365 days, with a provision
of $100 per day liquidated damages
should the building require more than
that time. The main building will also
include a refrigeration plant for the
hospital.
DINNER MEETING
35" Officers of State Societies Dis
cuss Affairs.
Thirty-live officers of local State so
cieties attended the final dinner meet
ing this season of the All-State Officers’
Society last night in the Kennedy-War
ren Apartments. The speakers were As
sistant Secretary of Agriculture Dun
lap and E. P. Morgan, solicitor of the
Commerce Department.
Among the subjects discussed in the
organization business meeting were the
selection of three prize emblems from
the 99 now on exhibit in the Sears,
Roebuck A Co. art galleries and plans
for a boat trip down the Potomac Au
gust L
Cadets Hold Competitive Drills
Company G. McKinley Technical High School Cadets, marching In review at Griffith Stadium today in the forty
third annual company competitive drills of the Washington High School Cadet Corps. —Star Staff Photo.
BALLOU 10 REVIEW
BRIGADE OF CADETS
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Superintendent of Schools
Also to Present Medals
to Students.
Dr. Frank W. Ballou, superintendent
of schools, will review the Washington
i High School Cadet Brigade at the con
clusion of the fcrty-third annual com
' pany competitive drill at Griffith Sta
| dium late today.
| At the same time Dr Ballou will
present the diamond-studded Allison
Naylor Medal to the captain of the
winning company. He also will give the
Distinguished N' n-commissioned Offi
cers Gold Medal to Sergt. William E
Wilson of Company E McKinley High
School, first-place winner in the non
’ commissioned officers' competition yes
! terday, and the silver medal to Cadet
1 Sergt! William J. Hickey of C mpany B,
| Central High, second-place winner.
The drill, which opened yesterday
morning, was resumed at 8 15 am
| today, when the first of eight McKinley
High School companies took the field.
I The Tech companies and their com
j manding officers which drilled at the
i morning sesskn today were: Company
I B. Capt. Wiiliam A Heine; Cumpany G
] Capt. Henry T Heatwole; Company K,
Capt. AVoodrow W. Lee; Company F.
| Capt. Bruce Kerr; Company H. Capt.
David L. Stoddard; Company C, Capt.
John R. Almquist; Company E. Capt,
Edmund C. Burnett, and Company D,
Capt. William S. Opdyke.
The drill was resumed after an inter
mission at 1:45 p.m. The companies
taking the field were the five units
chosen by lot to represent each of
the five high schools in the forma!
session of the drill. These companies
and their commanding officers were:
Company I, of Business. Capt. Raymond
B. Chism; Company K. of Western,
Capt. William F. Yelverton: Compam
A. of McKinley. Capt Ralph E. Car
penter: Company F. of Central. Capt
Maurice Mensh. and Company C, of
Eastern. Capt. Hoberg B. Lee.
Judges of the company competitive
drill and the non-commissioned officers'
competition were Capt. Alexander R.
Bolling, U. S. A.: First Lieut. John G.
Hill. U S. A., and First Lieut. Thomas
H. Allen, U. S. A.
D. C. SHARE ASKED
IN RELIEF PROPOSAL
; Chamber Opposes Bill Excluding
Capital From Benefits of
Unemployed Aid.
A protest against exclusion of the
District of Columbia from benefits un
der the so-called Wagner bill providing
for grants and loans to the several
States to aid in unemployment relief
was voiced today by the Washington
Chamber of Commerce.
In a letter to Senator Wagner. Dem
ocrat. of New York, sponsor of the legis
lation. Harry King, president of the
chamber, said:
"The Washington Chamber of Com
merce feels very strongly that such
definite discrimination against the Na
tional Capital cannot be regarded as
equitable In view of the extensive sal
ary reductions now pending, which will
affect a larger proportion of our popu
lation than that of any other city. It
should be noted also that the District
benefits from all public building under
takings much less than do other cities
because of the fact that the work is
intrusted almost entirely to out-of-town j
architects, builders, employes and build- i
lng material supply firms.”
Mr. King requested in behalf of the
chamber that the clause exempting the
District from participating in the grants
and loans provided by the bill be
stricken from It.
NIGHT AIRMAIL LINE
TO WEST LAUNCHED
Capital’s First Direct Line With
Pittsburgh and Cleveland
Gets Under Way.
Without ceremony, the Capital’s first
direct airmail connection with the West,
the second main night airmail line
across the Alleghenies, was inaugurated
last night by Pennsylvania Airlines.
Earl Wadsworth, superintendent ol
the contract airmail service, Pest Of
fice Department, was on hand to watch
Pilot Trowbridge Scbree take off with
the first load of mail for Pittsburgh and
Cleveland, contact points with two
transcontinental night airmail systems.
Lowell Scroggins brought the east
bound mail from Cleveland and Pitts
burgh into Washington, arriving here
early this morning to complete the first
round trip. Nightly service will be
flown in both directions, replacing the
"shuttle” service formerly flown by
Eastern Air Transport between Wash
ington and New York.
I The only real excitement In connec
; tion with the inauguration of a service
which is expected to add new luster to
the history of the night airmail was the
blowing out of a tire on the mail truck
during its run from the City Past Of
fice to the airport and, a few moments
later, a wild dash by the same truck
to beat the opening of the drawbridge
across the Potomac. As a result of the
delay the mall was delivered to the
plane just at take-off time.
BISHOP’S WIFE TO SPEAK
Will Address Mission Societies on
Womanhood of India.
Mrs. Satyavatl Chitambar, wife of
the Methodist Episcopal Bishop of In
dia. is to address the third quarterly
meeting of the Woman's Foreign Mis
i sionary Societies of the Washington
| district June 17 on "The Womanhood
of India ” The meeting will be held in
the Calvary Methodist Church, 1463
Columbia road.
Mrs. Chitambar was educated in Isa
bella Thoburn College, India, and three
of her children have taken degrees in
American colleges. She is vice presi
dent of the National Woman’s Christian
Temperance Union of India.
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10 AnEND RUES
Federal Lodge, No. 1, Plans
Special Observance for
Flag Day.
Elaborate preparations have been
made by Federal Lodge, No. 1. F. A
A M. for the observance cf Flag day
at the communication of the lodge
June 14, with distinguished Masons
of this section of the country as guests
i cf honor. The Marine Band Orchestra
will play.
Brig. Gen. George Richards United
States Marine Corps, past master of
Osiris Lodge No. 26. will deliver an
address on "The Origin and History of
i the United *States Flag"; John Clagett
Proctor will give a brief outline of the
early history of Federal Lodge. No. 1.
in the roster of constituent lodges of
the fraternity in the District of Co
lumbia: Grand Master Harry K. Green
of the Grand Lodge of Virgmia will be
! presented with credentials as an
honorary member of Federal Lodge, of
which he was originally a member from
1901 to 1915, when he left and became
affiliated with Columbia Lodge. No. 285.
of Clarendon, Va., and addresses will be
delivered by Reuben A. Bogley. grand
master of the Grand Lodge of the Dis
trict of Columbia, and other dignitaries.
Visitors Will Attend.
Grand Master Green of Virginia will
be attended on this occasirn by the
masters and delegations from Alexan
dria-Washington Lodge. No. 22. and
Andrew Jackson Lodge. No. 120, of
Alexandria. Va.: Columbia Lodge, No.
285. of Clarendn, Va.: Cherrydale
Lodge, No. 43. of Cherrydale. Va.. and
Henry Knox Field Lodge. No. 349. of
Alexandria (Potomac). Va., with Bruce
Green, son of Grand Master Harry K.
Green, as spokesman for the gToup frcm
Virginia.
The program of the evening will in
clude the reception of the colors and
the pledge of allegiance to the flag:
vocal selection by Past Master Warren
| W. Grimes of Barrister Lodge. No. 48,
; of this city, and other interesting fea
tures, concluding with refreshments in
the banquet hall of Masonic Temple.
Chartered Fint in 1793.
Federal Lodge. No. 1. originally char
tered by Grand Lodge of Maryland, as
Federal Lodge, No. 15. September 12.
1793. and was rechartered as Federal
Lodge. No. 1, by the Grand Lodge of
the District of Columbia, when that
bodv was organized. February 19. 1811,
dv Federal Lodge. Brooke Lodge. Colum
bia Lodge. Naval Lodge and Potomac
Lodge, which under District Grand
Lodge charters were renumbered No.
1. No. 2. No. 3. No. 4 and No. 5. re
spectively. Brooke Lodge No. 2, later
surrendered its charter and withdrew
from the jurisdiction of the Grand
Lodge of the District of Columbia.
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ALASKA HIGHWAY CHIEF !
IS BACK IN WASHINGTON
--
Ernest Walker Sawyer Says Pros
pects for Tourist Travel in Far
Northwest Are Good.
Ernest Walker Sawyer, commissioner
for the International Highway to
Alaska, has returned to Washington for
various conferences in connection with
developments In Alaska.
An automobile caravan has been or
ganized by Canadians and Americans
to leave Seattle June 27, to traverse
parts of the highway in British Co
lumbia and bring to tyie attention of
the traveling public the beauties of that :
section of the country.
Mr. Sawyer reports that tourist travel !
to Alaska, particularly from California,
looks very promising for this Summer.
The chambers of commerce of both Los
Angeles and San Francisco -have their
own personally conducted excursions,
and the University of Oregon is con
ducting a Summer school which will
include a tour of the interior of Alaska
and the Yukon.
Mr. Sawyer also reports a material
increase in gold-mining activities, par
ticularly in Alaska, along the route of
the Alaska Railroad.
DRIVER EXONERATED
A verdict of accidental death was re
turned today by the coroner’s jury in
vestigating an automobile accident in
which John Blythe, 3, colored, of the
1300 block Q street, was fatally injured
yesterday afternoon. He died in Freed
men's Hospital.
Blythe was struck in front of his
home by a car driven by Arthur W.
Mister, 38, of the 1400 block of Monroe
street.
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PITTS’AGENT BIDS
111 FOB FARM
Montgomery Property Is Sold
to Peyton Whalen
for $105,000.
Although G. Bryan Pitts is in jail
! and supposedly stripped of his assets
by the Internal Revenue Bureau, his
confidential agent bid $100,000 for the
farm Pitts owned in Montgomery
County. Md . when the property was
sold at foreclosure yesterday.
The bid was submitted by H. O Hart,
who is under indictment here in con
nection with the Pitts case, and from I
whom Internal Revenue agents seized
i some S80.000 worth of bonds on the
: Investment Building, which formerly
belonged to Pitts.
Pitts bought the 167-acre farm in
1928. while he was chairman of the
! board of the F. H. Smith Co. He named
j it Chatham, Inc
It was on this farm that he ordered
; concealed some Smith company records
which subsequently figured in his trial j
on conspiracy-embezzlement charges. !
The property was sold yesterday to j
Peyton Whalen, a former owner, who !
bid $105,000. The sale was conducted '
by Emory H. Bogley. trustee.
When internal revenue agents were !
confiscating Pitts' property in satisfac- j
tion of income tax claims, they did not
levy on this farm, because they believed
Pitts had no equity in the property
under the mortgage.
KEECH JOINS DEMAND
FOR CUT IN GAS RATES
Patrick Declines to Comment on
Attitude Commission May
Take on Bequest.
--
People's Counsel Richmond B. Keech
has added his voice to the demand of 1
the Federation of Citizens' Associations '
for a reduction of gas rates. The fed- ■
eration made its demand at its meeting '
last Saturday night, on the ground
that for the first four months of 1932
the company, in spite of the rate re
duction this year, was earning a return
of 13.47 per cent on an undepreciated
value of .$21,000,000.
Chairman Mason M. Patrick of the
Public Utilities Commission, declined i
to comment on the commission's atti
tude. He said that the federation's re
quest had not reached the commission
yet. and that he would not prejudice
any action of the commission by com
menting on it in advance. Mr. Keech
said he would make a statement out
lining his position in detail later. He |
indicated that it might prove unneces- |
1 sary to insist on a reduction, as the
| company might put through a third
l voluntary reduction as a means of se
curing good will.
| Both recent rate reductions have been
volunteered by the company, and each
has been followed by an increase In
earnings.
CITIZENSSUPPORT
SAFETY PLATFORMS
Takoma Park Group, However, Op
poses Domes for Street Car Zones.
Phone Rate Cut Asked.

The Takoma Park Citizens’ Associa
tion went on record last night at a
meeting favoring raised safety platforms
for street car passengers in the congest
ed areas, at the same time opposing
the safety domes. The meeting was
held in the Takoma Park branch of
the Washington Public Library. Wal
lace C. Magathan, newly elected presi
dent. presided
The Public Utilities Committee of the
association was instructed to appear at
the hearing on June 15 and urge a re
duction in the telephone rates. Hubert I
King was elected to membership in the |
association.
The association voted to participate
in the annual community celebration
on July 4 with other Takoma Park
civic organizations. Dr. Horace W.
Whittaker of the association is general
vice chairman
President Magathan announced that
to facilitate the planning of work for
the new officers of the association this
coming year, the territory of the asso
ciation had been divided into five dis
tricts. with a deputy for each district,
as follows: Wallace C. Magathan,
Charles B. Beitzel. Frank E. Reppert,
Frank Bruk and Erwin J. Hibbs.
BAND CONCERTS ASKED
IN MANOR PARK CENTER
A resolution requesting band concerts
in the Manor Park recreation center at
Third and Sheridan streets for the
Summer months marked the final
meeting of the season of the Manor
Park Citizens' Association last night in
the Whittier School.
The association also adopted a reso
lution authorizing a special commit
tee to consider filing a protest against
the activities of street vendors in the
vicinity of schools “in the interest of
the pupils' safety.”
Another committee was appointed to
investigate charges that.real estate in
vestment houses and banking institu
tions are Indulging in "sharp prac
tices” concerning trusts and mortgages.
W. H. Seaqulst, president of the as
sociation, presided.
Report for 1931 Shows Jump
of $361,152.24 Ovar
1930 Bill.
COST WILL DIMINISH
BY CONSTRUCTION PLAN
Work on Addition to City Post Of
fice May Begin During
Week.
Although giant buildings have been
built and are under way for the Gov
ernment here. Uncle Sam Is still paying
a rent bill in the District of Columbia
of $1,268,864 35, the 1931 report of the
Public Buildings Commission, submitted
yesterday by its executive officer, Lieut.
Col. U. S. Grant, 3d, to President
Hoover, revealed. This represents a
jump over the 1930 rental figures, when
the amount was $907,712.11. The gov
ernment has rented properties in 46
buildings here and owns 140 buildings,
the report pointed out. During the
year, the government turned back build'
ings to their owners, saving a rental
by this move of *34,760.68.
With construction of additional pub
lic buildings, the report, prepared under
direction of Karl J. Hardy, the com
mission's secretary, asserted, Uncle
Sam's rent bill in this city will diminish
progressively.
May Begin Work.
First work on the new addition to
the city post office may get under wav
this week when it is likely that the
garage may be vacated so that the old
structure can be torn down to make
way for the addition.
W’. F. Smith, vice president of the
B W. Construction Co., of Chicago, 111.
said today his company was ready to
go ahead with the wrecking of the old
building, which will be the first step in
the new post office annex, but can
take no steps until the garage is com
pletely vacated.
The construction company has about
two years from receipt of notice to pro
ceed in which to complete its jib
The contract is for $2,999,000.
Summarize Work.
Summarizing the year's work, the
Building Commission report surveys the
downtown triangle development.
"This so-called triangle contains 70
acres of land and affords a rare oppor
i tunity for a group of monumental
buildings so designed and related as to
constitute a single great architectural
composition.
"While, perhaps, the buildings to be
erected in this area would appear more
individualistic and prominent by each
having an individual setting like the
Lincoln Memorial, such an arrangement
would have been extravagant of ground.
A further justification for planning
these buildings as group constituting
a single architectural composition is
found in the fact that by destroying old
property lines and disregarding existing
streets about 15 per cent more floor
area can be obtained than would other
I wise be possible. This utilitarian ele
ment. coupled with the harmonious
1 grouping of executive buildings, results
; in an architectural composite that will
be a distinctive product of the early
I 20th century, depicting the revival of
: classic architecture for the use of mod
i ern business demands.
Money is J»aven.
“What is known as the Northeast
i Triangle Area was opened to use for
| buildings of the Federal Government in
, a more or less official way by the com
' pletion and occupation of the Internal
, Revenue Building in June. 1930. This
building is saving the Government, by
l decrease in rents, a quarter of a rr.il
| lion dollars annually, as well as co
ordinating in one building bureaus that
were divided among 10 widely separated
buildings. * * * Other decreases will
result as building after building is com
! pleted to house the remaining executive
departments and independent estab
lishments.”
The report shows there has been an
increase over the period 1927 to 1931
of 1,394,542 square feet. In the calen
dar year 1931 the report points out
that there have been 20 moves of gov
ernment agencies charged to the Public
Buildings Commission. Preparation for
these moves cost $6,583.83. general over
head, $3,581.56 and actual moving. $5,
325.74. The total cost was $15,490.38.
There were 10 other moves made by
the commission, but these were handled
on a reimbursable basis. The report
invites attention to the increasing de
mands made upon the commission for
providing additional space, and con
sequently within the last few years it
has been under the necessity “of in
creasing its force, of enlarging its scope
of activity, and of handling consider
able correspondence dealing not only
with the mechanics of allocating space,
but also with the formulating of policy
and precedent.”
ARMY BAND OPENS SERIES
Hundreds Enjoy Concert at D. C.
Memorial in Potomac Park.
Hundreds enjoyed last night’s con
cert at the District World War Me
morial in Potomac Park, the first park
concert ^>f the seaso ngiven by the
United States Army Band.
The concert began at 7:30 p.m.. start
ing with "The Washington Evening
Star” composition, written by Capt.
William Stannard, leader of the Armv
Band.
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CITY NEWS IN BRIEF.
TODAY.
Buffet supper. Women’s National
Press Club. Willard Hotel, 6:30 p.m.
Meeting. Young Democrats Club,
Mayflower Hotel, 8 p.m.
Meeting. Federal Club, University
Club, 8 p.m.
Colonial lawn party. Ladies’ Aid So
ciety. Western Presbyterian Church, H
street between Nineteenth and Twen
tieth, tonight and tomorrow night.
Meeting. Admiral Coontz Chapter,
American War Mothers, Willard Hotel,
8 pm.
FUTURE.
Luncheon. Lioas Club, Mayflower Ho
tel, tomorrow. 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon, Rotary Club, Willard Ho
tel. tomorrow, 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon, Monarch Club, New Colo
nial Hotel, tomorrow, 12:15 p.m.
Luncheon, University of Missouri
Alumni, University Club, tomoiyow,
12:30 p.m.
Luncheon, University of Kentucky
Alumni, University Club, tomorrow.
13:30 pun.

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