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_WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 1932. * ~~ PAGE B—f"* t — an TAX RATE ON DISTRICT REALTY Commissioners to Consider Levy After Congress Acts Finally on Budget. OPPOSITION TO INCREASE SEEN AMONG OFFICIALS Prediction of Increased Assessment Base Lends Backing to Contention. A recommendation that the tax rate en real estate of $1.70 per $100 of value be set by the District Commissioners for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 will be laid before the Commissioners In a day or two by Maj. Daniel J. Dona ?an, District auditor and budget official. The matter of the tax rate on realty and associated problems of meeting the cost of maintaining the District govern ment during the next fiscal year will come before the city heads in complete form after Congress has taken final action on the District budget, now pending. While the House and Senate as yet have not reached agreement on the final form of the District appropriation bill. Donovan said he would recommend that the realty tax rate for next year be maintained at $1.70. which has been In effect for several years. Budget Fixed Tax Rate. The District budget as it went to Congress this year carried a stipulation that the real' estate tax rate be not reduced for the year beginning July 1. This same specification has been car ried in the budget for the two preceed lng years. The 1930 budget specified that ’ the Commissioners neither raise nor lower the tax rate. There has been a feeling at the Dis trict Building that the tax rate for the new fiscal year should not be Increased, due to the difficulties under which prop erty owners have labored as a result of the depression. Months ago, when the District officials started preparation of the 1933 budget. It was understood they planned to make every effort to prevent any Increase in the real estate tax rate. In some quarters this feeling has been strengthened recently by current tabulations by the District tax assessor. ■William P. Richards, showing there will not be a sizeable Increase In the real estate assessment base and also that, during the next fiscal year, con siderable declines In other revenues, can be expected. Changes Are Anticipated. The assessment books for the new fiscal year will not be closed until July 1, but not many last-minute changes In realty assessments are anticipated. Mr. Richards estimated roughly that the total real estate assessment for the new fiscal year would amount to ap proximately $1,230,000,000. There have b?en numerous cases where assess ments have been reduced due to de clining values of properties in some sec tions, and there have been additional Bums added to the assessment base due to erection of new buildings during the pest year. The total assessed value of real estate for the year now drawing to a close Is $1,226,691,948. The $1.70 tax rate on this assement base pro duced $20,853,856. The difficulties which have been faced by property owners in the past year are seen in the sale of tax certifi cates for non-payment of taxes by owners. This year approximately 20. 000 pieces of property were advertised for tax sale. These sales produced ap proximately $300,000. whereas the fig ure lasi year was sbuu.uuu. ranure oi professional tax certificate buyers to invest as largely this year as in the past forced the District government to buy in much more property. Appeals Nearly Doubled. There have been this year also ap proximately 750 appeals, affecting 2,000 different properties, made from the as sessed values set by the District assse sor for the new fiscal year. The num ber of appeals is nearly twice the amount received by the assessor last year. Taxes on tangible property, intangi bles and public service corporations this vear has produced a revenue of $6,866, 170. District officials believe the revenue for Intangibles during the next fiscal year will amount to about half of this year's total of $2,743,000, and there ■will be a sizeable shrinkage in the rev enue from tangible property and a slight reduction in the revenue from public service corporations, which this year amounts to $2,286,000. WOMAN JOURNALISTS CHOOSE OFFICERS Kate Scott Brooks Elected Presi dent and Sallie V. H. Pickett Vice President. The Newspaper Women’s Club of Washington held its election of officers yesterday at the National Press Club. Officers elected for the year 1932-33 are: President, Kate Scott Brooks, so ciety editor, the Washington Post: vice president, Sallie V. H. Pickett, society editor. The Washington Star: recording secretary. Betty Hynes, feature page editor, the Washington Herald: cor responding secretary, Katharine Brooks, ■Washington Star, and treasurer. Marie Bourgeon McNair. Washington Herald. in addition to me omcers mere are five members of the board of gov ernors. the election yesterday resulting in the following: Margaret Hart, Wash ington Star: Mabelle Jennings, Wash ington Herald: Vylla Poe Wilson. Wash ington Post; Flora McDonald. Washing ton Times, and Lelia Wilson Bathon, Baltimore Sun. The active membership of the club is limited to woman writers employed by newspapers. A number of women rrcx.ir/cM nl official and professional circles were elected to associate mem bership at the meeting yesterday, which was followed by tea. The club will meet regularly at the National Press Club, in the ladies’ dining room. RUM CARGO SEIZED Two men were charged with illegal possession after 116 quarts of alleged liquor and an automobile were con fiscated by sixth precinct police last night. Harris Moody. 32. of Leonardtown, Md.. and Ermon Henson, 30, of Indian Head were arrested by Sergt. A. W. Guyer and Pvt. L. A. Crabbin at Fifth and Farragut streets, when the officers sre said to have become suspicious of Uieir actions. BOY NEAR DEATH FROM BULLET; BATHER, 16, CLAIMS ACCIDENT I * Police Question Charles Tebbes, Held in Shooting of Joseph McCrone, 13. Seek to Learn if Gun Which Wounded Schoolboy Was Fired in Malice. Thirteen-year-old Joseph McCrone was near death at Casualty Hospital to day, while police sought to learn if the bullet which pierced his abdomen was fired with malice as Joseph and four other boys fished and swam on the west bank of the Eastern Branch yesterday noon. Young McCrone. who lives at 1610 Trinidad avenue northeast, and a com panion. Bruce Esch, 15 years old, of 1321 Childress street northeast, told po lice the shot was fired Intentionally by a youth later identified as Charles Tebbes, 16-year-old Stuart Junior High School student, of 134 Sixth street northeast. Accident Claimed. Tebbes. who was arrested and is being held at the receiving home for investi gation. was backed up by his two com panions in the contention that the gun discharged accidentally as he started to lay it down after shooting at a target. The .22-caliber bullet passed almost entirely through McCrone's body. It i was fired from about 100 yards up the i bank, where the other three youths I were swimming and playing with the i rifle. The three boys with the gun. police ! were told, fled the scene, and McCrone \ was assisted by Esch to a nearby cot | tage. where he was picked up by the ; patrol wagon from No. 9 precinct and I taken to the hospital. , According io roucemen c. u maen and S. Jones of No. 9 precinct, no one at the scene knew the Identity of the three boys. Haden said he found a magazine cover which had been used as a target and happened to be in scribed in pencil with Tebbes- name. When the policeman later located Tebbes at his home, the youth admitted the gun was in his hands when the shot was fired, but Insisted it was discharged accidentally. Esch. according to Haden, insisted, however, that the other boys fired sev eral shots in the direction of himself and McCrone. and then another vouth took the gun. saying, ‘ Here, let me show' you how to shoot.” The bov, Esch declared, raised the rifle, aimed and shot his companion. Three Boys Flee. The wounded youth ran a few steps and dropped. Esch said, while the other three boys, who had disrobed for swim ming. snatched up their clothes and fled into the undergrowth. McCrone has been only partially con scious. In a statement to police he said he had been shot deliberately by a boy whose name he did not know. JOSEPH McC'RONE. CHARLES TEBBES. Tebbes’ companions, according to po lice. were two other students at Stuart Junior High School—Walter Brady of the 500 block of Fourth street north east. and Louis Dorman of the 100 block of Fifth street southeast. The boys said they met in Stanton Park yes terday morning and decided to play "hookey." The school which McCrone and Esch attended, police were told, had closed for the Summer vacation a week ago. “GREAT AMERICAN” WILL OPEN TONIGHT Bicentennial Pageant to Show Episodes in George Wash ington’s Career. Hundreds of Washingtonians and contingents of troops from military posts adjacent to the Capital tonight will enact the outdoor Bicentennial pageant, "The Great American," on the green slopes in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Presentation of the pageant tonight will be the first of three performances scheduled. The others will take place tomorrow night and Thursday night, commencing at 8 o’clock. Three Stages of Career. Planned as a part of the Capital's celebration of the Bicentennial of the birth of George Washington, the pag eant-plav is being staged under the joint auspices of the District and United States Bicentennial Commissions. It comprises three actions, depicting the three stages of Washington’s career. Each action is made up of a succes sion of colorful episodes. In many of these scenes troops from Port Myer and Port Washington will appear as Colo nial, French and British soldiers. A fife and drum corps from Fort Wash ington and mounted troopers from Fort Myer will lend poignant reality to the scenes of battle. The first action of the pageant opens in 1749 and comprises three episodes in the life of "George Washington, Colo nist.” The second action is made up of five military episodes and is entitled "George Washington. Warrior." while the third portion, opening in 1787 with the signing of the Constitution, com prises four events in the life of "George Washington. Statesman." The Sylvan Theater forms the cen tral setting for the pageant, while the battle scenes will be enacted on the grassy spaces on either side. Dr. George C. Havenner, executive alee president of the District Bicenten nial Commission, said any tickets to performances postponed on account of rain will be honored at the next per formance. CITY NEWS IN BRIEF. TODAY. Dinner. Georgetown Clinical Society, Hamilton Hotel, 7:30 p.m. Meeting. Daughters of American Colonists, Willard Hotel. 2 p.m. Meeting, Chanwas Club, Willard Hotel, 7:30 p.m. Card party. Hope Council. No. 1, Sons and Daughters of Liberty, Fourth street and Pennsylvania avenue southeast, 9 p.m. Card party, Mothers’ Club, St. James’ Catholic Church Auditorium, Thirty seventh street and Rhode Island ave nue northeast, 8 p.m. FUTURE. Luncheon. Rotary Club, Willard Hotel tomorrow', 12:30 p.m. Luncheon. District of Columbia Bank ers' Association, Willard Hotel tomor row', 12:30 p.m. Board meeting. National League of American Pen Women, Willard Hotel, tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. Luncheon, Optimist Club, Hamilton Hotel, tomorrow', 12:30 p.m. Luncheon, Lions Club, Mayflower Hotel, tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. Luncheon, Monarch Club, New Colo nial Hotel, tomorrow, 12:15 p.m. Luncheon, University of Missouri Alumni. University Cltrik tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. 4 ” ECONOMY ACTION \ Consideration Put Off to Study Effect of Compul sory Furlough Plan. The 1933 District appropriation bill continued to languish in conference today, pending final Senate disposition of the economy measure. Senator Bingham of Connecticut, chairman of the Conference Committee, said little progress could be made on the District bill in conference until It Is known definitely how the District personnel will be affected by the com pulsory furlough plan, and for that rea son consideration would be delayed. If the furlough plan Is ultimately ap proved today, as is anticipated, a meet ing of the conferees probably will be held tomorrow. A preliminary session scheduled for yesterday was called off. only two controversial issues Detween the House and Senate are expected to hold up approval of the bill In confer ence—the amount of the Federal lump sum contribution and an item of $600, 000 for emergency relief. Senator Bingham has indicated the Senate will hold out for a Federal con tribution of $8,550,000 in 1933. The House fixed the amount at $6,500,000. Senate conferees also are expected to make a vigorous fight for retention of the $600,000 relief item which the House refused to put in the bill. Little controversy is anticipated, however, over the other items in dispute. Senator Copeland. Democrat, of New York, was appointed today as a substi tute for Senator Glass. Democrat, of Virginia, on the Conference Committee considering the District appropriation bill. The substitution was made at the request of Bingham, who said Glass had requested that he be relieved be cause of numerous other duties. The other Senate conferees are Sen ators Nye. North Dakota, and Capper, Kansas, Republicans, and Kendrick, Wyoming, Democrat. The House conferees are Representa tives Cannon. Missouri: Blanton, Texas, and Granfleld. Massachusetts. Demo crats, and Simmons, Nebraska, and Holiday, Illinois, Republicans. AUTO CRASH VICTIM TO BE BURIED TODAY Funeral Services for Washington Girl Killed in Indianapolis Are at Highmore, S. Dak. Funeral services were to be held today in Highmore. S. Dak., for Miss Beverly O'Brien. 23-year-old Washington singer, killed Sunday near Indianapolis in an automobile collision which resulted in injuries to three other Washington resi dents, one of them her fiance. Miss O’Brien, who made her home in Washington for two years past with an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wilkie, 1633 Franklin street northeast, was to have married Bert Bagranoff, 25-year-old George Washington Univer sity foot ball player, when the party reached the St. Louis home of Bag ranoff’s parents. Miss O’Brien and Mr. Bagranoff were accompanied by Miss Lucile Leckle, 20, of 3704 S street, a clerk in the Depart ment of Commerce, and Kenneth Broderick, 23, of 3105 Garfield street, an employe of the District tax collec tor's office. Associated Press dispatches said Miss Leckie and Mr. Bagranoff were seri ously lnlured. while Mr. Broderick, who was driving, escaped with lesser hurts. DR KLEIN ADVISES SOUND METHODS OF CREDIT IN ADDRESS Offers Three Suggestions at Convention of National Retail Body. PERSONAL RELATIONS URGED BY LOCAL MAN Cheerful Factor Is Seen by Aide to Commerce Secretary in Low Losses by Bad Debts. The appalling costs of slipshod credit practices during recent years will not be poured out In vain, Dr. Julius Klein, ! Assistant Secretary of Commerce, told delegates to the National Retail Credit , Association’s Convention here today, "if 1 business emerges with a broader, firmer concept of the values and responsibili ties of sound credit methods and poli cies.’’ This Government economic expert of fered the following suggestions for strengthening the Nation’s retail credit structure: "First, let us hope that the zeal for new business, as the long-looked-for re- ‘ covery comes Into sight, does not mini mize the insistence upon careful in vestigation into every customer's ability and willingness to meet his obligations when due. Second Principle Urged. "The second principle I would urge In retail credit applies to installment sellers. I would especially stress the | point that the purchaser should make a large enough cash or down payment so that he lee Is he is an owner and not a renter. "The third principle Is in regard to the length of time over which the deferred payment should be spread. It would seem that the unpaid balance should at any time during the payment period exceed the value of the article. Regardle.'s of the durability of the article, it is the judgment of many that it should not in any case be longer than j 24 months.” Assistant Secretary Klein spoke at | the convention's first business session i at the Mayflower Hotel. The conven i tlon will continue through Friday, j The Commerca Department officials 1 address followed a talk by Dr. Luther i H. Reichelderfer. president of the Board of District Commissioners, who wel comed the delegation to Washington. Other speakers on today's program were W. W. Everett, vice president of Wood ward & Lothrop Department Store; former Senator Henry J. Allen, repre senting the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and John D Reilly, vice president of the Federal American Na tional Bank & Trust Co. Urges Personal Relations. Mr. Everett said he wished a system could be worked out whereby credit managers could establish personal rela tions with each customer, so that when sickness, death or other misfortunes I came into the patron's family he would feel perfectly free to write and state how conditions were and ask for addi tional time in order to meet the emer gency. ne saiu me lueai urua manage* uui - lng the next few years would have to be a real diplomat. The speaker said one of the worst things a credit mana ! ger can do is to force a strict observ ance of agreement on some accounts i and allow others to Ignore them. There is nothing more detrimental to the credit system than to allow accounts j to run In arrears for months and sud denly call the patron to strict observ ance of the terms of the agreement. j Bad Debts Are Low. Dr. Klein In his talk said one of the striking things regarding the vast vol ume of retail credit in this country, which he said amounted to $23,000,000. 000 yearly. Is the fact that In spite of the prolonged hardships of the depres sion the losses from bad debts have been surprisingly low. He estimated that these debts did not run over 0.8 of 1 per cent of the entire department store sales on open credit and 2 6 per cent of the total sales on the Install ment plan, which, he said, amounted to *5.000.000,000 in this country yearly. "Apparently the repudiation of obli gations,” the speaker said, "is still re garded by the mass of our consumers as a desperate extremity. This firmly grounded Nation-wide concept Is in It self a gratifying Indication of the pro priety of our credit methods backed by the steadily strengthening appreciation among our people of the true signifi cance of sound credit as a symbol of good character.” Explain Reconstruction Body. Former Senator Allen explained In detail the functioning of the Recon struction Finance Corporation. He pointed out only seven banks failed in Police and Secret Service Hold Rumor a Hoax—Gates to City Are Guarded, OFFICERS TRACE TIP TO TREASURY WORKER All Autos Entering Capital From Virginia and Maryland Are Ex* amined Closely During Night. After an extensive search for an au tomobile reported to be bringing a large load of explosives to Washington had proved futile, police and members of the1 Secret Service became convinced this morning they had been hoaxed by a Treasury Department employe to whom the rumor was traced. The search did not end, however, and hundreds of automobiles entering the city from Maryland and Virginia were subjected to a thorough examination by police placed at each principal en- I trance to the city. Acting on the tip from the Secret Service, the Washington police main tained an all-night vigil at the en trances to the city and searched every car entering. No Extra Force at White House. No special precautions were taken, however, to protect the White House beyond the regular forre of White House police and Secret Service agents 1 assigned to protect the White House family. The tip. relayed by a Treasury em ploye to the Secret Service last night, leaked out when Baltimore police were notified by a Secret Service agent to be on the lookout for a maroon sedan, reported to be bringing a quantity of explosives here from New York. Washington police also were notified and upon orders of Brig Gen Pelham ' D. Glassford. superintendent of police. ' the heavy guard at entrances to the j city was established and the search be gun. Meanwhile, the Baltimore police were maintaining a vigilant watch for a car answering the description of the Secret Service. The hundreds of suburbanites whose cars were searched were reported by ; police to have taken the search good- 1 naturedlv when the object was ex- ; plained by the police. Believe* Rumor Baseless. This morning Chief W. H. Moran of the Secret Service declared he believed the whole rumor was baseless, and; ascribed the tip to an irresponsible: party in the Treasury Department.! However, a close watch was kept for I any machine that might answer the' description given of the machine re ported bearing the explosives. Chief Moran this morning deplored the "leaking'’ of the information about the explosives car to the newspapers, saying the Secret Service was skeptical about the report when it was first re ceived, but could not disregard any such rumor, whatever its source. Every effort was made, he said, to keep the matter secret, but when a lookout went out on a police teletype in Baltimore the cat was out of the bag. Licenses Are Checked. License numbers mentioned in the \ report were carefully checked by Mary land State police, and the express truck and the expensive car which bore the two licenses involved were found not to be involved in any explosives plot. The rumor had wide circulation. Early this morning the London Evening Standard got in touch with police head quarters here by long-distance phone to ; inquire if it was true that the White House had been blown up. Lieut. Richard Mansfield, one of the three night chiefs of detectives, received the call on the transatlantic line and told the reporter that the White House was still intact. the United United States last week. In comparison with the average, he aald, of 1,000 a week before the corporation was established. In further describing the achievements of the corporation, he asserted 150 banks that had failed before his or ganization was started had now re opened. Mr. Allen said the corporation had loaned 250 building associations a total of *70.000.000; fanners throughout the country have received *75,000.000; approximately *40,000.000 has been loaned to farmers’ organizations, and *175.00.000 has been loaned on adequate security to the railroads. He said the railroad loans appeared to be unusually large, but that a great deal of the money had been loaned to keep thou sands and thousands of rail employes on the Job. SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED, BUT WEATHER LAGS ABOUT WEEK Spring, Reluctant to Depart, Has Been One of Nearest Normal for This Region, Says Meteorologists. It is Summer. The season of haymaking, thunder storms and dog days reached Wash ington astronomically at 10:23 a.m. to day. Then the sun entered the Sum mer solstice with the Northern Hemis phere tilted toward the sun at an angle of 23 degrees 27 minutes. This is the longest day of the year, with 15 hours and 7 minutes between sunrise and sunset. But, for the most of the United States and especially for the countryside about the Distritc of Columbia, meteorological Summer is stuck in the mud doira South somewhere. The season, as its progress is reflected in the changes of nature, is about a week behind time. The late climbing roses are in the full flush of their bloom over backyard fences. Ordinarily, in this latitude, their petals would have fallen more than a week ago. This lag of the season has been apparent since March. All the ordinary flowering shrubs have been be hind. Spring departed somewhat in dis grace. Compared to what Washington has come to expect, the season was chill, damp and sunless. But, accord ing to the Weather Bureau records, it has been about the most normal Spring ever known for these parts and for the United States as a whole. The past few Springs, not this one. have been abnormal. The Weather Bureau conclusion is based on the tem perature and rainfall data for the past 50 years. No one season could be ex pected to hit thvexact average for 50 seasons, but this one came miraculously close to it. Temperature departures from normal the country over for March. April and May were only two or three degrees, plus or minus. In the District there was a net departure of only one degree minus. Most of the country east of the Mississipi ranged from the exact average to one or two degrees minus. West of the Mississippi the departures were one or two degrees plus. * , . It has been, says J. B. Kincer, chief of the division of agricultural meteor ology of the Weather Bureau, almost a perfect specimen cf a Spring, such as the country may not know again for a long time. To the man on the street, especially in Washington, it has seemed an exceptionally wet Spring. Actually there has been a little more than 25 per cent above normal rainfall for the Washington-Baltlmore district. This has been more than offset a little farther West, where precipitation has fallen to about the same degree below normal. The South, some sections of which still are feeling the after-effects of the drought, has received plenty for agricul tural purposes. There has been an abundance, especially during the past two weeks, in the dryest sections cf the country in the Far West. Spring and Summer appear to be late, Mr. Kincer points out, because they have been abnormal for the past 10 years. It has been abnormally hot nearly every year. Some years there has been a decided deficiency and some years a decided surplus of moisture. Crops have been early. Now weather has swung back again to the 50-year normal, and the only question is as to whether it will stay there. Searching for Explosives ALL automobiles crossing the District line from Maryland were scrutinized today by District police acting on a tip received by the Narcotics Divi sion of the Treasury Department that an automobile loaded with ex plosives and driven by two desperadoes was en route to Washington from New Jersey. The drivers were said to have threatened to blow up a public building. The above photo was made cn Bladensburg road. —Star Staff Photo. TAXICAB PARKING FACILITIES URGED Hacks Cruise 250,000 Miles Daily, Unpaid, Harry C. Davis Asserts. Asserting that taxicabs operating on Washington streets cruise an average of 250,009 miles daily, due to inadequate parking facilities. Harry C. Davis, presi dent of the Independent Taxi Owners' Association, Inc., In a statement last night advocated the utilization of vacant space adjacent to fire hydrants as park ing places for taxicabs. Davis said the ccmbined number of taxicabs operating in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh. Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco is less than the number now in operation in the Capital. Due to extremely low rates, he stated, Wash ington cabs average at least 500.000 miles daily, half of which is unpaid and compulsory cruising mileage. "The public vehicle stands only ac commodate 950 cabs at the m:st." Davis asserted, "and in the slow periods 75 per cent of the cabs are compelled to cruise or subject themselves to arrest > for parking off designated hackstands. Adequate parking facilities at strategic j fireplug locations in the congested areas i should naturally make the operation cf 1 cabs more economical and would relieve traffic congestion and taxicab cruising and the evils incident thereto,” FIVE ARE ARRESTED AS RUM SUSPECTS Montgomery County Police Be lieve Active Bing Is Broken. By a Staff Correspondent of The Star. BETHESDA. Md. June 21.—Mont gomery County police smashed what they described as one cf the most ac tive liquor rings operating in this sec tion of the country early today with the arrest of five persons, one a Washing ton woman, and the seizure of a large i quantity of alleged beer, Canadian ale. alcohol and whisky. The arrests were' made in Friendship Heights at what police said was the of fice used by the ring for extensive sales operation in Washington and Maryland, while the alleged whisky was confis cated in a vacant home in Chevy Chase, which the quintet used as a warehouse. Those taken into custody were Mrs. Ethel Sparrough of 3209 Nineteenth street, Washington: Mrs. Bettie Don nolly of Friendship Heights, Martha Cosmar of Baltimore, John Duffy and James Duffy, both of Chicago. They were arraigned on possession charges before Justice of the Peace Frederick Van Court and released under $500 bond each for appearance In county police court June 30. Sergt. Leroy R. Rodgers and Pvt. W. Frank Soper, acting on information said to have been furnished by the Federal Prohibition Bureau in Washington, raided the house in Friendship Heights and reported finding 20 cases of alleged Canadian beer and ale, 5 gallons of alleged alcohol and 36 bottles of home brew after arresting the three women and two men they found in the house. One of the rooms. Sergt Rodgers said, was outfitted as an office and contained two telephones, an adding machine, two typewriters and a record file showing large sales conducted by the ring during the past month. Some of the orders, police said, were for as much as 100 cases of beer, ale or whisky. Shortly afterward the two officers I raided the vacant house, in Chevy | Chase near Rock Creek Park, and seized 38 cases of alleged whisky and an enormous supply of empty jars. Late yesterday afternoon Sergt Rodgers, accompanied by Sergt. Roy Bodmer and Pvts. Webb Hersperger and Ralph Howard, arrested Sam Jack son, colored, 55, at his home just off the Potomac-Great Falls road after they reported seizing a 50-gallon still in full operation, a 25-gallon dismantled still and seven harries of mash. Jackson was charged with possession of Instruments to mahufacture liquor and possession of liquor and was re leased under $500 bond for appearance in County Police Court June 30. The arrest of Jackson, police say, had no connection with the apprehension of the five men and women at Friendship Heights. GUARD HELD FOR HITTING MAN, 76, AT D. C. ARMORY Youth Said to Have Struck Visi tor When He Insisted on En tering Building. George Smyrson, 76. of the 1400 block of N street was treated at Emer gency Hospital yesterday for a wound '• on the head, received wh*n he was strucn by a 20-year-old guard when the former 1$ said to have tried to enter the National Guard Armory, in the old National Hotel, on Pennsyl vania avenue. The guard, Charles E. Clark of the 2200 block of Channlng street north east. is employed as a special watch man at the armory. He was released in custody of Lieut. Col. Preston G. Nevitt, in charge at the building. Police were told Clark struck Smyr son when tfce latter insisted on going into the building. G. Bryan Pitts Expected to' Be a Principal Witness for Government. The trial of Frank G. Raichle, law partner of former Assistant Attorney i General William J. Donovan, on per- l jury charges growing out of the F. H. I Smith Co. case, will open In District j Supreme Court tomorrw. Raichle was one of several lawyers j who defended G. Bryan Pitts and two | other officers of the Smith Co. when ! they were brought to trial in December. 1930. for conspiring to embezzle funds of the corporation. During the trial a number of authorizations and re ceipts were introduced in an effort to show that Pitts was legally entitled to receive money the Government charged he had embezzled. The defense also had marked for identification 22 prom issory notes made payable to Pitts. Some months later the grand jury returned an indictment against Raichle. two of the counts charging him with subornation of perjury in connection with the introduction of the authori zations and with obstructing justice, the latter charge being based on the mark ing of the promissory notes. ousutc r. u. lus. vnu win preside at the trial, ruled today that the de fense was entitled to a bill of partic ulars under the count charging obstruc tion of justice. This bill will be fur nished the defense this afternoon. It was said. A similar motion on the other count was denied. The case will be prosecuted by Assist ant Attorney General Nugent Dodds and Neil Burkinshaiy, a, special a ys is r, ant. Raichle will be represented by Attorney James O. Moore of Buffalo. It is expected that Pitts will be one of the Go\fitment's principal witnesses. 4-H CLUB MEMBERS HEAR CARL WILLIAMS Farm Board Member Says Co-oper ation Will Solve Agricul • tural Troubles. Co-operation between the fanners and the Federal Farm Board will do much to relieve the depressed conditions in the agricultural sections of the country, Carl William', member of the Farm Board, declared today before a meeting of delegates to the National 4-H j Clubs Camp here. The efforts of the Farm Board alone, he said, are not sufficient to help the farmers, nor can the farmers work out their economic salvation alone, but both must work together. He predicted that when the genera tion represented by the 4-H Club boys and girls grows up. all their buying and selling will be co-operative, much as it now Is in Denmark. This afternoon the delegates will go to Mount Vernon, where a wreath will be laid on the tomb of George Wash ington by Leon E. Andrews of Kent County, R. I., and Helen Jordan of King County, Wash. Assisant Secretary of Agriculture R. W. Dunlap will speak at the final meet ing of the encampment tonight. After the sessions, the delegates will start leaving for their homes. COLORED DEMOCRATS HOLD MASS MEETING I G. 0. P. Accused of Protecting the Wealthy—Victory Fund Drive Advanced. The Democratic party was described as favorable to the working and middle classes, while the Republican party was accused of protecting the wealthy, at a mass meeting of colored Democrats last night in Pythian Hall. Twelfth and U streets, under auspices of the Victory Fund Army. Dean Kelly Miller of Howard Uni versity. who emphatically disclaimed af filiation with either party, but described himself as an "independent,” and Rep resentive Pettengill of Indiana were the principal speakers. The session was called to stimulate interest in the rais ing of the $1,500,000 fund to finance the Democratic campaign. Dean Miller called upon the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, which he said made a great fight in getting the Negro the right to vote in Democratic primaries in Texas, to make a fight to have colored voters admitted to Republican conventions In that State. The colored race was described by Representative Pettengill as "a part of the Democratic party.” He advocated Jeffersonian democracy "as good for the Negro as for the white man.” and asked the Negro voters of the country to give the Democrats an opportunity to dem onstrate what they can do for them. -• Heads Steel Subsidiary. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio. June 21 (/P). —William J. Morris, vice president ol the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., has been appointed president of the Conti nental Supply Co., sheet and tube sub sidiary, and will go to St. Louis at once to take charge of the company, it was announced today. FEDERAL WOB WARNED AGAINST POLITICAL ACTIVITY Civil Service Commission Says Employes Run Risk of Losing Jobs. RETURN OF SPOILS ' SYSTEM IS FEARED Successful Candidate Naturally Would Appoint His Own Backers, Statement Explains. Federal employes throughout the country were warned by the Civil Serv ice Commission today that they would , run the risk of lasing their Jobs If they took an active part In the forthcoming political campaign. The commission issued its warning after being informed one large organi zation of Government workers had started campaigning against members or Congress whose attitude on recent legislation affecting Federal employes was considered unfavorable. It was said the commission's action was merely, for the purpose of calling the attention of Government workers to long standing rules prohibiting partici pation in politics. n<icn individual, the statement said would be held responsible for the activ ities of the organization to which he or she belongs. "To make a public attack on a candi date for public office is to take active part in a political campaign.” the state ment declared. "Such action by an emploje is a violation of civil service rule 1. and may subject the offending employe to separation from public service. "If it be permissible for Federal em ployes to take active part in a political campaign to elect one candidate and defeat another, bv the same token the successful candidate must be accorded the right to dismiss from the public service whom he will and fill the va cancy by the appointment of whom he will. This means the return of the spoils system, with infinite disaster to Federal employes and the public service.” WOMAN IS THROWN INTO POTOMAC RIVER Police Take Her to Hospital as Two Men Are Detained at Police Precinct. Notified that four men in a roadster had pushed a woman eff Hains Point Into the Potomac River about 4 o'clock this morning, United States park police apprehended the quartet and sent the woman to Gallinger Hospital. Officers J. N. Browning and W. J. McFeeley met a car coming from Hains Point, containing five persons. The po lice reported that the woman was prac tically without clothing and had been wrapped in a blanket. The car and its jeeupants were taken to Emergency Hospital and upon the advice of phy sicians there, the woman. Lucy May 3111. 25 years old. of Ballston, Va., was sent to Gallinger Hospital. The police locked up at No. 3 precinct Robert F. Ruppo, 32, of the 900 block 3f Fifth street and Edward B. Barry, 50. of the 900 block of New York ave nue charged with being drunk. The police listed as witnesses of the incident R. H. Heinbuck and A. M. Johnson, employes of the East Potomac golf course. HELD IN HOUSEBREAKING Suspect Found Wandering About In Priest's Robe. George Walsh, colored. 35. of Hope well. Va.. whom police found wander ing about the streets In a priest's robe, pleaded guilty to a charge of house breaking before Police Court Judge John P. McMahon yesterday. He was remanded to the grand jury on $1,000 bond. Walsh was accused of breaking Into the room of Rev. Paul G. Hutton of the Viatorian Seminary, 625 Hamlin street northeast. Licenses. Russell Taylor, 31. 1910 13th st . ard Doretta Coleman. 21. 726 New Jersey ave ; Rev. George O. Bullock. • Bernte F. Anderson. 30. 1894 Oregon ave . and Mary Lawson, 32, 1820 R st.: Rev. W. A Randolph. Paul D. Payne. 20. 1014 Columbia rd . and Helen M. Wilkerson. 18, 2011 3rd st ; Rev. Robert Anderson Willie Abrom. 28. and Ida Bolden. 28. both Df Baltimore: Rev W. Westray James E. Halloway, 821. Washington Mis sionary College, end Evelyn A. Jeffers. 18. Washington Missionary College. Judge Robert E Mattingly. Charles K. Cannon. 26. Silver Spring. Md . and Margaret L. Lawson, 20, 1937 4th st. n.e.: Rev. C. S Abbott. Mackey W. Brown. 26. Fredericksburg. Va. and Harriette Hearns. 25, Boyd Tavern. Va ; Rev. William S. Jarvis. John T. Kelly, jr.. 25. Hammonton. N J. and Kathryn M. Hargrave. 32. Dinwiddle. Va.: Rev. J. R. McAllister. Calvin Graeser. 19. and Alice M Ashworth. 19. both of Woodlawn. Md.; Rev. John E Briggs. Russell A. Haskir.s. 59. and Carrie L Gan gers 43, both of Richmond; Rev. L. I. Mc Dougle. Earle L. Quinn. 21. 226 11th st. s e . and Docia Matthews, 24, High Point. N. C Rev G. D. Sampson Cornelius P. Van Ness. 25. Brooklyn. N. Y, and Helen V. Cheatham. 20, 2101 Connecti cut ave.: Rev. Z. B. Phillips. Lutrell Buchanan. 21. 1218 Half at. a w., and Margaret Jefferson. 19, S24 3rd at. a.w.; Rev. R. C. Herbert. Stanley A. Palfrey. 24. 1744 D at. ae. and Francea E. Henderson, 65 V at.: Rev. John C. Palmer. — ■ ■ ' • . .. Ticlcats used on London subway* In the last year weighed over 200 tons.