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__' _WASHINGTON, I). C., TUESDAY, JUKE 14, 1932. * PAGE B-I
IN $104,000 THEFT
Attorneys May Bring Habeas
Corpus Proceedings Be
fore Another Judge.
Proctor to Impose Sentence Tomor
row—Prisoner Faces 20 Years’
Convicted of stealing $104,000 from
Mrs. Evalvn Walsh McLean in a Lind
bergh baby ransom fraud, Gaston B
Means, former Department of Justice
investigator, sat in the District Jail
today awaiting the words of the court
which will send him to the peniten
tiary for the third time.
Justice James M. Proctor, who pre
sided at the trial in District Supreme
Court, will impose sentence tomorrow.
Means faces a maximum penalty of 10
years' imprisonment and $1,000 fine on
each of two counts charging him with
larceny of $100,000 and the larceny of
$4,000 from Mrs. McLean.
Receives Verdict Calmly.
The jury reached its verdict after
two hours’ deliberation last night.
Means received the decision calmly.
When Justice Proctor refused to per
mit Means to remain at liberty under
$50,000 bond and remanded him to
jail, defense attorneys said they would
consider bringing habeas corpus pro
ceedings before another judge.
According to the testimony at the
trial. Means accepted the $100,000
from Mrs. McLean to ransom the
stolen child of Col. and Mrs. Lind
bergh. The $4,000 item was for ex
United States Attorney Leo A. Rover,
who prosecuted the case with the as
sistance of John Keith of the Bureau
of Investigation, Department of Justice,
told the jury Means took this money
from Mrs McLean and converted it to
his own use without ever having any
intention or expectation of returning
the child to its parents.
He characterized Means as a “prince
of liars" and a "picture-book detective
dealing in broken hearts and mothers'
Rover scouted Means' story of having
turned the $100,000 over to a man who
identified himself as an agent of Mrs.
McLean through use of a code number.
Means had said this man stopped him
on the road near Alexandria. Va. at
night while he was driving back to
Washington from Concord, N. C.
Mrs. McLean on Stand.
Defense Attorney T. Morris Wampler,
In his closing argument, said Means’
story was no more fantastic than Dr.
J. F. Condon's act of tossing $50,000
over a cemetery wall in New York to a
man he had never seen before.
Wampler suggested that Means did
not take the stand in his own defense
for fear of being killed by the kidnapers
if he did so.
"Means’ arrest.” he said, ‘‘sealed his
lips—put him on the spot. He knew
that if he opened his mouth to talk of
his negotiations with the kidnepers his
life would be snuffed out—that the dan
gerous men he dealt with would reply
with a sawed-off shotgun.”
The case hinged largely on Mrs. Mc
Lean’s testimony. She told of her trips
to Aiken. S. C.. and El Paso. Tex., with
Means in quest of the Lindbergh baby,
which seemed always just beyond reach.
Means, she said, told her the kid
napers were desperate men. prepared
to shoot it out with the police if nec
essary. She also described “the Fox,"
supposedly one of the kidnapers, who
was introduced to her by Means. At
another point she told of giving Means
some knockout drops to use on the Fox
after Means had threatened to kill him.
She said she carried the drops for her
©wn protection.
Mrs. McLean turned the $100,000 over
to Means on March 7. He was arrested
©n May 5 and Indicted five days later.
Rate Inquiry to Be Held Without
Determining Valuation
of Company.
Public hearings on Washington’?
telephone rates will begin before the
Public Utilities Commission at 10 a m.
tomorrow. The hearings are being held
without a valuation, as the commission
intends to seek to force rates down in
advance of any valuation which might
come later.
The company has been ordered to file
statistics relating to its earnings in
preparation for the hearing, and this
has been done. It is understood the
company claims that during 1931 it
earned $2,250,000, applicable to a return
on an undepreciated rate base of $31,
864,000, the rate base being the original
valuation of 1914, plus net additions
and betterments at cost to date. This
would give the company a return of ap
proximately 7.8 per cent on its rate
The Federation of Citizens’ Associa
tions will insist at the hearing on a
valuation, although urging a present re
duction regardless of the outcome of the
valuation in the future.
The commission's accounting force
has been working overtime in preparing
figures for the hearing, as well as in
checking the figures submitted by the
Need for Care of Poor Children Is
Stressed in Radio Talk.
Need for free dental clinics to assure
proper care cf poor children’s teeth was
stressed in a radio address broadcast
by the District Dental Society over WRC
last night.
The city has ample facilities for treat
ing all other ailments at clinics, but,
unlike other large communities, lacks
proper dental equipment to assist the
needy, the society said.
Isaac Williams, 47. of Alexandria, Va.,
a taxicab driver, suffered injuries in the
back last night when he was pinned be
tween the open door of his taxicab and
a street car in the 3100 block of Mount
Pleasant street. He was taken to Emer
gency Hospital in the fl*e rescue squad
ambulance, where it was said he may
have also received internal injuries.
Williams, according to police, had just
■lighted from the taxicab and was
standing beside the open door when the
atreet car ginned him against iW
Gypsy Swindles Widow
Mrs. Susie Miller and her son Prank, 4134 Hunt place northpast.
—Star Staff Photo.
A WIDOW'S story of being swin
dled of $1,400 in Insurance
money and diamond rings
through the ancient “money
blessing" trick started a police
search today for a gypsy woman and
her alleged accomplice.
Mrs. Susie Miller, 54, came to head
quarters today from her home at 4134
Hunt place northeast with her son.
Prank. 20. and related how she had
been robbed of virtually all her worldly
goods by means of a handkerchief and
a muttered blessing.
Mrs. Miller said she was visiting In
North Beach. Md.. about a week ago
when a gypsy woman, whom she had
known for some time by her first name,
advised her to have her valuables
“blessed" for “good luck.”
Rings Were “Blessed.’’
The woman told her the valuables
would "multiply" If this ancient gypsy
"gcod luck" rite was performed over
them. Mrs. Miller said the woman
demonstrated with her four diamond
rings and a 20-dollar bill, wrapping
them in a handkerchief and pro
1 nouncing the magic words.
Mrs. Miller was informed that an
other woman would call on her in
i Washington—a woman competent to
bless a large amount of money. This
woman. Mrs. Miller said, arrived at her
home here Saturday, performing the
rite on her rings and another 20-dollar
Satisfied by the first rites that no
trickery was in prospect, Mrs. Miller
said she called by instruction at the
second woman's residence in the 100
block of E street yesterday morning,
bringing her valuables—$1,400 Insur
ance money from the recent death of
her son and four diamond rings.
Wadded Paper Substituted.
The valuables were wrapped in a col
ored handkerchief, the woman waved
her hands over the bundle, mumbling
the magic words, and then pinned the
handkerchief to the back of Mrs. Miller's
dress under her coat.
Mrs. Miller, she said, was instructed
not to look in'ide the bundle or unfasten
it until she reached home, on penalty
of destroying the charm. The victim
declared she had such confidence In the
women she did not open the bundle
until several hours later, discovering
that a handkerchief containing wadded
paper had been substituted for the first.
Police located a woman described to
them as the sister of the “seeress," and
were questioning her today in an effort
to locate the alleged swindler.
No trace could be found of the other
woman, however. Mrs. Miller said her
loss represented her entire belongings
with the exception of a small Christmas
savings account.
Justice Bailey Signs Order
Excluding Publisher From
District Supreme Court Justice Jen
nings Bailey today signed a formal
order relieving Edward B. McLean from
the trusteeship of his fatner’s estate so
far as the Washington Post is con
Under the decree, which recites the
resignation of McLean as president of
the Washington Post Co., the suit of
Mrs. McLean on behalf of her three
children for the ouster of her husband
from trusteeship of his father's estate
is dismissed, with the exception that
the court retains jurisdiction for such
orders as may be necessary to carry
out McLean's exclusion from the af
fairs of the Washington Post.
The costs of the proceedings are as
sessed against McLean. The name of
McLean as publisher did not appear In
today's issue of the Post.
The decree follows closely the stipu
lation of counsel filed more than two
weeks ago In which McLean agreed to
resign as president of the Post, to re
linquish his right to vote the stock
of the Post belonging to his father’s
estate, which is to be voted by the co
trustee, the American Security & Trust
Co. McLean also agreed that he is to
have no voice in the management, sale
or lease of the newspaper.
Attorneys Frank J. Hogan, Nelson T.
Hartson and A. A. Hoehling appeared
as counsel for Mrs. McLean, while At
torneys Julius I. Peyser and George B.
Fraser represented the publisher. The
stipulation also was signed by John
S. Flannery as counsel for the trust
company. ,
Walking Sticks to Be Presented as
Traffic Aid by Lions Club.
White canes to hold upward while
crossing streets to attract attention will
be presented to a group of blind persons
by the Lions Club of Washington at a
luncheon tomorrow at 12:30 o'clock.
The white cane movement being
sponsored by the club has been indorsed
by traffic and police authorities here
and their co-operation promised. Brig.
Gen. Pelham D. Glassford, superintend
ent of police, and the president of the
advisory board of the American Auto
mobile Association are to be present at
the meeting.
Goodacre Maid and Man
Captured by Woman Now
Under Arrest.
A maid in the home of George L.
■ Goodacre, 7617 Momingsiae drive, has
been arrested, and police are searching
, for a man said to be the accomplice of
Thomas F. White, 34, who was appre
hended after holding up Mr. Goodacre
| yesterday as he was about to drive
away from his home with $3,000 in
his car.
White was captured after Mr. Good
! acre's wife, Mrs. Sarah Goodacre, 56
j year-old grandmother, had pursued
I him a crass vacant lots and cornered
him on the rear porch of a house In
the 1400 block of Iris street.
Woman Detained.
The woman held Is Mrs. Josephine
Kirk, 32. She was taken Into cus
tody after questioning by Capt. Joseph
Morgan, sixth precinct, and Detective
Sergt. Elmer Lewis, and Is being held
at the Women's Bureau lor further
White implicated a second man In
the hold-up and gave his name and ad
dress to police. Officers were unable,
however, to locate him at the address
given and a lookout for his arrest was
broadcast last night.
The man sought is said to have driven
White to the Goodacre home and to
have waited several blocks away to pick
up his partner after the robbery. The
car said to have been used was found
abandoned last night on Georgia ave
nue near the Maryland line.
Struck Bandits PistoL
The hold-up occurred as Mr. Good
acre was about to take to bank money
collected from his 15 restaurants Sat
urday night and Sunday. He had just
pulled out of his garage into Juniper
street, when the bandit approached his
car and pointed a revolver at him. Mr.
Goodacre struck up the gun and jumped
frem the machine. As he did so, the
robber seized a satchel containing part
of the $3,000 and fled.
Mr. Goodacre got his gun and gave
chase in his automobile. Meanwhile,
Mrs. Goodacre pursued the bandit on
foot and cornered him. When her hus
band arrived, he took the satchel and
gun away from White. The hold-up
man told Capt. Morgan he had not
1 eaten for three days.
Maj. Saxton, 102, Civil War Veteran, Second Only to
Georgia Annuitant in Age.
Maj. S. Willard Saxton of 1347 Har
vard street, who is 102 years of age, is
believed to be one of the oldest persons
on the Government's honor roll of an
nuitants who receive payments from the
civil service retirement fund.
This was disclosed today upon in
quiry into the records of the Board of
Actuaries for this fund, which shows
that there are five persons on the list
more than 100 years of age.
The oldest person, according to the
records, is Mark Thrash, colored, who
now lives in the country near Chicka
mauga, Ga., and was formerly a laborer
in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga
national cemeteries. Careful inquiry
has been made into his age, and while
officials say there is no authentic rec
cord he is listed now as ,111 years of
age and is said by those who know him
to be a “very, very old man,”
Identity of the other three persons
more than 100 was not disclosed, but
It was believed they do not live in Wash
ington. One person is listed at 100, two
at 101. The largest number on the
rolls are listed at the age of 68, a total
of 1,051.
The total amount of allowance of
those retired on account of age was
$12,558,929 in one year, and on account
of disability the annual total was
Maj. Saxton, who stands next to the
top of the actual list and whose age is
probably the oldest authenticated age
of the group, Is a well known Wash
ingtonian. He is vice president of the
Association of Oldest Inhabitants. At
his home he was reported to be In good
health. He is a veteran of the Civil
War, having fought with the Massa
chusetts volunteers, and for years was
lia Um Government ctadl sntlra
at mm cost.
Giddings Addition, Bridge and
Read Projects Com
plete Total.
Street Construction and Repairs
Provided—Commissiofiers Also Or
der Grading in Northeast Area.
The District Commissioners today
awarded contracts aggregating $593,448.
Including a school building, a small
bridge and several road construction
and repair projects.
The list of contracts, with the suc
cessful bidders and the amount of the
bids, follows;
Removing existing bridge and build
ing new I-beam single span bridge with
reinforced concrete slab floor In line of
Atlantic street southeast, over Oxon
Run, F. D. Carozza Construction Cor
poration, Baltimore, $6,632.
Street Projects Included.
Bituminous treatment of streets and
roads, Corson & Gruman, $18,960.
Furnishing bituminous concrete mix
ture for cold patching. Corson <Sc Gru
man. $46,060.
Making repairs to concrete sidewalks,
Easthom-Melvin Co , $62,147 50.
Repairing asphaltic pavements and
concrete bases; McGuire & Rolfe,
$207,660 90.
Repairing concrete roadway and al
ley pavements; Corson & Gruman,
Addition to the Giddings School, G
street southeast between Third and
Fourth streets. $162,411.
The Commissioners also ordered the
following list of streets, all in the
Northeast section, graded, this work to
be done under existing contracts:
Listed for Grading.
Clay street from Forty-fourth to
Forty-seventh street; Jay street from
Forty-sixth to Forty eighth street;
Thirty-third street from Foote to Eads
street; Clay street from Division ave
nue to Fifty-third street; Filtieth street
from Fitch place to Eads street; Fifty
fourth street from Foote street to the
railroad: Eads street from Fifty-third
to Fifty-fourth street, and Blaine street
from Fifty-seventh street to Hollywood
Committee to Meet Tomorrow to
Consider Further Action on
District Situation.
The Senate District Committee will
meet tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock
to consider whether it should take any
further action in connection with the
rent situation in the Capital.
The Department of Justice, in com
pliance with a resolution adopted by
the committee, is now investigating
charges that a conspiracy exists to keep
rents at a high level. Chairman Capper
has been informed the department will
advise him of its conclusions immedi
ately upon completion of the Inquiry.
The committee also is expected to
consider the Gibson bill to modernize
the District license law, which passed
the House yesterday, and two bills in
troduced in the Senate by Senator
Sheppard designed to repeal the act
under w-hich national trade unions are
Brookland Association Holds Final,
Meeting of Season at
St. Anthony's.
Ways and means of improving the
parks and playgrounds of the com
munity were discussed by members of
the Brookland Citizens’ Association at
last night's final meeting of the season
in St. Anthony’s Hall. Twelfth and
Monroe streets northeast. Those who
took part in the discussion included Dr.
W. S. Mowbray, Mrs. A. U. Smith. Mrs.
Ralph Hoagland and Dr. A. McNeil.
John E. Bucklin reported for the
Public Utilities Committee that efforts
should be made to have the Washington
Railway & Electric Co. extend better
service beyond Catholic University for
the Brookland community.
W. V. Lewis of the Streets and Side
walks Committee said several items for
street improvements in the vicinity have
been restored to the Senate District
Committee’s program, along with au
thorization for a new fire engine house
at Fourteenth street and Rhode Island
avenue northeast.
Dr. Royal S. Haskell of the Depart
ment of Agriculture discussed lawns and
gardens, and another speaker was Rev.
Patrick E. Conroy, pastor of St. An
thony’s Church. Marvin M. McLean,
president, presided.
“■ i
Speaker Garner, free from fever for
the first time since Saturday, stayed in
bed today to recuperate more rapidly
from his attack of bronchitis.
His office at the Capitol was told he
felt much better, although his cough
was severe. He continues to hold short
conferences with close friends on the
congressional legislative situation.
Fire Hydrant Meant
Nothing toVirginian,
So Judge Frees Him
Harold O. Bartlett of nearby
Virginia appeared in Traffic Court
today charged with parking be
side a fire hydrant in front of
police headquarters.
“Why did you park there?”
Judge Ralph Given asked.
“Judge, I saw that thing stick
ing up out of the sidewalk,” re
plied Bartlett, “but I didn’t know
what it was. They don’t have
them things where I come from.”
The Judge Kleased him on his
personal bond.
Hitch Hiker
—Star Staff Photo.
The Women's Bureau of the Police j
Department today was trying to locate
West Virginia relatives of Marjorie j
Schanks. 20-ycar-old hitch-hiker, who j
was picked up by a traffic policeman1
early this morning and taken to the:
House of Detention when found wan- :
dering around at Fifteenth street and j
Pennsylvania avenue.
The young woman was attired In
overalls, rubber-soled shoes, a panama
hat and black gloves. She said she had i
not eaten since yesterday. The Worn-!
an's Bureau wired to West Clarksburg, j
W. Va.. in an effort to locate a sister ot
the young woman. She said she Jett
her Cincinnati home two weeks ago to
hitch-hike, and had been through Pitts
burg and Camden, N. J., before coming
81st Division Veterans Pre
sent Picture of War-Time
Chief to Smithsonian.
A portrait of Maj. Gen. Charles J.
Bailey, U. S. A., retired, was presented
to the Smithsonian Institution this
morning by the 81st Division Associa
; tion, holding its national reunion here.
Gen. Bailey was the war-time com- !
mander of the division.
The presentation took place at the 1
Smithsonian, and was made bv Men;- )
gomery Angell of New York. Dr. Alex- I
ander Wetmore, assistant secretary of
the Smithsonian in charge of the Na
tional Museum, received the portrait,
which was painted by William Cum
mings Chace.
Flag Day Rites Held.
Preceding the presentation the vet
erans held a brief Flag dav ceremony
in the auditorium of the Interior De
partment, with Gen. Bailey, newly
elected president of the association, pre
This afternoon the division convened
in a business meeting in the Interior
Department, when it is to decide wheth
er a permanent headquarters will be
established in Washington. An Ad
visory Board also was to be elected.
The annual reunion dinner will be
held this evening at 5:30 o'clock in
the Burlington Hotel and the veterans
will participate in the general Flag day
parade at 7 o'clock. Following the
parade the reunion will adjourn.
Organization Is Approved.
Yesterday the division approved a
permanent organization of its members
into a national association. At that
time Gen. Bailey was elected presi
dent. Other officers chosen were. Col.
T. T. P. Luquer, vice president, and
James E. Cahall, secretary and treas
urer general.
The District Department. Veterans of
Foreign Wars Auxiliary held a dance
last night at the Burlington Hotel for
the veterans. Yesterday afternoon, they
visited Mount Vernon and laid a wTeath
on the Tomb of George Washington.
Galleries to Be Open to Public Dur
ing June, July, August and
An exhibition of the work of Wash
ington artists will open at the Sears,
Roebuck & Co. Art Galleries, 1106 Con
necticut avenue, Sunday, it was an
nounced today by Theodore J. Morgan,
director of the galleries.
The pictures will hang during June,
July. August and September, and the
galleries will be open to the public five
days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but
will be closed Saturdays and Sundays.
The exhibits include paintings in oil,
water colors, sculpture, satires, etchings,
drawings and miscellaneous work.
Hillcrest Citizens Vote to Support
Garden Contest.
The Hillcrest Citizens’ Association
held its last meeting of the season last
night in the East Washington Heights
Baptist Church, Alabama and Branch
avenues southeast.
A motion was adopted whereby the
association agreed to participate in the
garden contest being sponsored by the
George Washington Bicentennial Com
Clinton L. Scott, president, and Al
bert H. Sellman, secretary, officiated at
the meeting. Announcement was made
that the association’s next meeting
iwookl be held kx September
Measures Are Passed b>
House and Forwarded
to President.
Credit Union Legislation Among
That Sent to White House.
Gibson Bill Approved.
President Hoover's signature Is all
that Is needed to enact Into law eight ol
the ten District of Columbia bills passed
by the House late yesterday In an en
deavor to clean up Its local calendar ol
as many of the uncontroversial meas
ures as possible before Congress ad
Chief among the bills which now gc
to the White House is the Capper
Norton bill legalizing credit unions as
co-operative agencies for lending small
sums of money in the District. This
encountered opposition from Repre
sentative Blanton, Democrat, Texas
who insisted upon a quorum of the
House being present, but its supporters
claiming it to be a “poor man's bill,’
succeeded in forcing its passage. The
bill was amended, however, so as tc
limit the holdings of individual mem
bers of the credit organizations to 200
shares and omitting the words “Fed
eral ’ and "United States" from incor
porated titles. Representative Cochran.
Missouri, had charged these might lead
to misrepresentation.
Gibson Bill Paused.
The Gibson bill, completely revising
District license fees, was unexpectedly
passed, with little debate. It now goes
to the Senate. This bili, which has the
indorsement of the District Commis
sioners. makes a complete change in
practically all license fees during the
fiscal year. Licenses for taxicab opera
tors are Increased from $9 to $25 and
the cost of the driver's identification
card bearing his photo is also increased.
The license fees for employment agen
cies is increased from $25 to $100
Licenses are required of some lines of
business heretofore not required to pay
a fee For instance, apartment houses
would be required to pay $15 for operat
ing or $18 if equipped with cafes
An amendment which was adopted
would Impose a fee on ticket specu
lators who make a practice of pur
chasing the unused portion of railroad
Earlier In the day, after Mr. Blanton
had announced he would not again
block District legislation if objec
tionable bills were withdrawn, the
House had passed the two bills neces
sary for the development of Buzzards
Point. Both of these now await the
President’s signature. The first would
enable the Philadelphia, Baltimore
& Washington Railroad to extend a
spur between the Navy Yard and Buz
zards Point and the other authorizes
the closing of certain streets and allevs
in the area where the $5,000,000 power
plant of the Potomac Electric Power
Co. is to be erected.
Barber Shop BUI Blocked.
Another bill which the House for
warded to the Senate for its action
was the Gibson bill to change local
laws regarding distribution of prop
An effort was made to obtain
passage of a bill closing barber shops
one day a week. It was finally blocked
when the committed objected to an
amendment offered by Representative
Gibson of Wisconsin which would have
specified the closing day as Sunday.
Included among the bills passed
earlier in the day were three street
and alley closing measures. These
have already passed the Senate. One
was a general measure empowering thf
Commissioners to close useless streets
without being compelled to seek au
thority from Congress. Two others
were for shutting off property acquired
for the Keen School and the closing
of Quintana place.
Bill Would Provide for Disposing
of Sites No Longer Needed
for Public.
A bill giving the directors of Public
Buildings and Public Parks blanket
authority to dispose of seven parcels
of real estate no longer required for
public purposes was introduced today
by Chairman Norton of the House Dis
trict Committee.
The price to be paid the Government
for the land was stipulated in the bill
as cost plus 6 per cent per annum
since the date each parcel was acquired
by the United States.
The bill specifies the following prop
erties: 3305 and 3307 Volta place:
southeast comer of Seventh and K
streets northeast; lots abutting on
Hobart place between Georgia and
Sherman avenues; a total of 164,000
square feet near Parkslde Drive and
Western avenue. Rock Creek Park; the
square at Twenty-second and O streets,
being a part of the Rock Creek and
Potomac Parkway; lots south of Massa
chusetts avenue in the Rock Creek and
Potomac Parkway: the square bounded
by Quincy street. Twentieth street.
Perry street and South Dakota avenue
in the northeast section, being a part
of the Taft Recreation Center.
Page, 12, Announces
His Candidacy foi
President in 1972
Charles Holland Give*
Constituents Time to
Think It Over.
Charles L. Holland. 12, the youngesi
page In the House, believes at least lr
giving his constituents a brealc.
Yesterday, in a radio speech over th<
Charles Holland.
network of the Na
tional Broadcast
ing Co., young Hoi
land announcec
his candidacy foi
President of th<
United States ir
1972 "to give th<
people plenty o1
time to lock up mj
record and bring tc
light all the secret:
of my public anc
private life.”
Young Hollanc
believes a silent
Congressman is a
dead one.
He thinks Repre
sentative La Guar
dia is a wonderfu:
uui wuiiuna vtu,y ntf UWSI1 (, C;aiJ
himself a Democrat instead cf a Re
publican because he is “always telling
| the Democrats how to vote and getting
| them to vote that way.”
“I really hope Mr. Gamer is elected
| President,” he declared, “for he's really
! a fine guy."
The boy was introduced bv his uncle.
Representative Charles A. Karch of
j Illinois.
Impressive Dramatic Event
j Slated Next Week at
Sylvan Theater.
! The Sylvan Theater on the Wash
ington Monument grounds and a wide
pageant field immediately to the south
west of the stage will be the scene
Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday
nights of next week of on impressive
pageant on the life and character of
George Washington. “The Great Amer
: lean.” to be presented in three main
Under auspices of the United States
i and the District of Columbia Bicen
tennial Commissions, the pageant is
j now under rehearsal and will be pre
sented by a number of organizations
I and groups in the city who will appear
| in the varied historic scenes. The
three main episodes will be "George
I Washington. Colonist"; “George Wash
I ington, Warrior." and "George Wash
i Ington, Nation Builder.”
Wide Field Utilized.
TTie wide pageant field near the
stage will be employed for the rapid
action of troops required for the Battle
of Monmouth, the Surrender at York
i town, the First Inauguration and other
! scenes involving a large number of
To the right of the stage will be
the chorus of 300 voices, directed by
Dr. Albert W. Harned, and to the right
of the chorus will be the band stand,
i to be occupied by the Army and the
Marine bands on alternate nights. Be
tween the stage proper and the pageant
field will be the center stage, where
the personified virtues of George Wash
ington, Truth. Courage and Devotion,
will be stationed.
These three outstanding symbolic
characters will be depicted by Maurice
H. Jarvis. Thomas Cahill and Orris
Holland, all well known actors of this
city, whose voices are perfectly adapted
to the difficult roles assigned them in
this pageant. “The Voice of America."
seemingly coming from nowhere, down
the beams of light from the apex of the
Monument, to the audience, will be
spoken by Maj. Charles Trowbridge
Tittmann at all three performances.
Portray Various Stages.
The role of George Washington will
be played in the various stages of his
career, by different actors, in order that
as nearly as possible the qualities of
the actor may be in keeping with the
development of Washingtons charac
The actor who will appear as "Wash
ington. the Surveyor," will be a young
man, William Wallace, of the Bartfield
Players; Col. George Washington in
the British Army will be played alter
nately by Phillips Clark and Vincent
Tompkins. In the marrtage scene,
Washington will be enacted by William
C. Chapman.
Ir^ the second action. “George Wash
ington, Warrior,” the role will be played
by Capt. H. B. Turner, U. S. A., from
Fort Washington. Va., in three scenes,
and by William Crowell of the Wash
ington Headers Club in the Valley Forge
In the third action. "George Wash
ington, Nation Builder," James Otis
Porter of the Arts Club will be Wash
ington. Again, a change in the role will
be made for the final episode. "The
Planter of Mount Vernon." to be as
sumed by Capt. C. C. Calhoun.
Dr. George C. Havenner, executive
vice president of the District of Co
lumbia Bicentennial Commission, an
nounces that tickets for all three pres
entations of "The Great American"
are available to the public.
Police today were seeking a woman
driver wanted on a hit-and-run charge
in connection with knocking down Jchn
Charles Haggerly, 12, of the 1900 block
of Bladensburg road, last night while
he was riding his bicycle on Bladens
burg road near the District line.
The boy sustained a broken arm and
bruises. He was taken to Casualty Hos
pital in a police car frcm No. 5 pre
Business of #4,000 a Week Declared Lost by Local
Concerns Through Competition.
/ ________
Charges that approximately $4,000 a
week is being taken away from local
laundries and diverted to the laundry
maintained for Port Myer were made
today by D. W. Corbin, representing the
Laundry Owners' Association of the
United States, who appeared before the
Shannon Committee in the House in
vestigating the Government’s competi
tion with business.
Within recent years, Corbin testified,
the Port Myer laundry has been steadily
expanding its business. Army trucks
driven by soldiers, he declared, canvass
the city ot Washington for laundry
work from Army officers and their fami
lies at a price considerably below that
He explained that approximately 4,000
laundry bundles a week are being col
lected in this city and diverted to the
Fort Myer laundry at a minimum loss
of $4,000 per week to local commercial
The cut-price competition by the
Government is possible, he claimed, only
because the laundry building rental, use
of trucks and other services are all
charged up to the national military
"These practices do not constitute
national defense, but conversely repre
sent national destruction of private
business," he said.
Mr. Corbin also submitted communi
cations from several local laundries sub
House Group Decides to Ad
here Strictly to Its
Compromise Expected to Be Reach
ed on $4,000,000 Added
to Measure.
Senate and House conferees on the
District of Columbia appropriation bill
were to hold their first joint meeting
today in an endeavor to reconcile differ
I ences on the additional $4,000,000 added
to the bill in the Senate.
Before going into the conference, the
j House conferees, under the leadership
of Representative Cannon of Missouri,
chairman of the District Appropriations
Subcommittee, held a brief session
earlier in the day. They reached no
definite conclusion on any of the con
troversial matter, beyond indicating they
would adhere as strictly as possible to
the instructions of the House to insist
on its provisions in the bill. In the
absence of Senator Bingham of Con
necticut, the Senate conferees will be
headed by Senator Nye of North Dakota.
— “■■'I' v iiki vimai ir.
The chief obstacle in the way of
J agreement on the bill lies in the $8 -
550,000 Federal lump sum inserted by
tiie Senate, the House having held out
for $6,500,000 es the Federal contribu
tion. It was indicated in both House
and Senate circles that the deadlock
which is bound to come eventually will
result in a compromise, as last year.
The Senate, however, is determined to
hold out for the larger amount.
Another disagreement has arisen over
the $600,000 relief appropriation made
available by the Senate to the Board of
Public Welfare to take care of the un
employment situation.
La Guardia Welcomed.
Representative La Guardia of New
York, who expressed opposition to ad
; ditional appropriation yesterday, was
informed by Cannon he would be wel
come to appear before the conferees.
I It was expected the conferees would
take up minor amendments first, leav
ing the always controversial lump sum
issue until the last. As the bill passed
the Senate it carried a total of $43.
789.728, the House having cut the
budget to $39,913,810.
Failed to Pass Tax Laws.
The position of House conferees on
the Federal lump sum Is influenced by
the failure of the Senate to enact any
of the Mapes bills increasing local
taxes, which the House passed early in
the session as a justification for a low. r
Federal eor.tribut’on. With this addi
tional $4,090,000 in revenue, certain of
the House members in a discussion on
the floor when the District bill was sent
to conference, agreed with Mapes that
the higher lump sum inserted by the
Senate would be unnecessary. It is now
apparent that none of these measure*
will be passed at this session.
Representative Blanton of Texas
charged they were held up in the Sen
ate so as not to add any tax burden on
District residents.
Program at Corcoran Hall to Be
Held Tonight—Dr. Marvin Will
Present Honorary Awards.
George Washington University's grad
uates, who will receive their degrees at
the commencement tomorrow night, will
hold their claso night exercises at 7:30
o'clock tonight in Corcoran Hall. Jean
Fugitt, president of the Columbian Col
lege seniors, will preside.
The program will open with the salu
tatory address by Kennedy Watkins, an
honor student. Florence Marks will
give the class history and Miriam Mos*
will deliver the class prophecy.
Dr. Cloyd Heck Marvin, president of
the university, will confer the the honor
ary awards and prizes. Commissions in
the Medical Reserve Corps will be pre
sented by Maj. William O. Wetmore,
professor of military science and tactics.
Charles H. Jackson, jr.. president of the
law seniors, will present the mantle of
the senior class to a representative of
next year's seniors.
Valedictory addresses will be delivered
by Charles Fleck for the Medical School.
Douglas Hatch for the Law School, and
Samuel Greenberg for the undergrad
uate schools of the university.
Dancing will follow the exercises.
Annual Banquet to Precede Exer
cises of Washington Prepara
tory Institution.
The annual banquet and ccmmence
ment of the Washington Preparatory
School, evening high school of the
Washington Y. M. C. A, will be held
tonight in the assembly hall of the
Central Y. M. C. A, 1736 G street,
George W. OfTutt. dean of the School
of Law of Southeastern University, will
deliver the commencement address. Dr.
James A. Bell, director of education of
the Y. M. C. A., will preside Raymond
O. Eliason, principal of the school, will
be toastmaster.
Diplomas and honor certificates will
be awarded graduates of the feur-year
course and winners of special scholar
ship honors. Essay awards also will be
Niagara Falls to Have First Major
Program in East This Year.
The National Aeronautic Association
today announced the granting of formal
sancticn by its Contest Committee to
the Niagara F^lls air races to be held
June 24-26. The meet will be the first
large air show in the East this year.
Among the famous flyers expected to
attend are Maj. James H. ‘'Jimmy” Doo
little, Col. Eddie Rickenbacker and
Prank M. Hawks. High-speed races will
feature the program and are expected
to bring out some of the racing planes
which have been built for entry Aa the
national air races at ClevelaEI In
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