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_WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, JULY 1), 1934._**_PAGE B— 1 DELAYS IN SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS Dr. Ballou Places Blame in Reply to Criticism of Fine Arts Group. DECLARES LIST ASKED WOULD BE OF NO VALUE Gotwals Say* Art* Commission's Indecision Held Up Wilson School Program Replying to criticism by Ihe Com mission ot Fine Arts of the delays at tendant upon public school building construction. Dr. Frank W. Ballou, school superintendent, today laid re sponsibility tor the delay upon the District Commissioners. A copy of Dr. Ballou s letter, made public with his acquiescence by the Commissioners, was sent to Engineer Commissioner John C. Ootwrals. who promptly promised "a torrid reply” to both Ballou's and the Fine Arts Commission's letters In the near fu ture The Fine Arts letter to Dr Ballou, written by Charles Moore, chairman, asked the Board of Education to pro vide It with a list of schools proposed for construction In 1936. In his reply Dr Ballou pointed out that any list of proposed buildings which the school authorities might have for 1936 would be of little value to the Fine Art* Commission because the School Board estimates would be so much reduced by the District Com missioners and the Budget Bureau that the fine arts group would be wasting time reviewing such proposals. Figure Set at Minimum. "It is appropriate to point out in this connection." Ballou’s letter as serts. “that the Board of Education quite uniformly submits estimates for school buildings and grounds involv ing an expenditure of approximately $3,000,000. which is believed by the school authorities to be the minimum appropriation for such purposes in view of the growing school system and the need for replacement of anti quated buildings. It has been impos sible to secure that amount of money for that purpose in most years and during the period of the depression the school-building program has been almost completely abandoned A large part of this building program is elim inated by the Commissioners and fre quently the Bureau of the Budget still further reduces the number of con- ; straction items carried in the esti- \ mates. "Under these circumstances it is difficult to see just how the Commis sion of Fine Arts might use a list of school buildings which the Board of Education includes in its estimates for 1936. Inevitably, if past practice is any indication of future practice, many of these items will be eliminated by the Commissioners and others will be eliminated by the Bureau of the Bud get. The Commission of Pine Arts would find Itself reviewing items at this time which might not be actually carried in an appropriation bill for several years." Willing to Submit List. Ballou added, however, that if the commission wanted such a list and the Engineer Commissioner and mu nnicipal architect did not object, the school authorities would submit such a list to the Pine Arts body. Ballou also pointed out to Moore that the Fine Arts chairman's letter interests me because it is addressed to the superintendent of schools rather than to the authorities at the District Building, who are in charge of school house construction. The school au thorities, Ballou wrote, have held the opinion "that they had no official re lationship to the Commission of Pine Arts, but that the municipal architect and the Engineer Commissioner, who are in charge of the designing and construction of school buildings, are the officials with whom the Commis sion of Fine Arts would carry on their work relating to the construction of new buildings.” The school superintendent also pointed out that the school authorities do not undertake to dictate the archi tectural design of school buildings, leaving that matter to the municipal architect. In school house construc tion, he said, the school authorities undertake only to set forth the educa tional facilities and their relative lo cation within a school building. I lies Wilson srnooi. In his letter to Ballou. Chairman Moore cited the case of the Woodrow Wilson High School as a striking ex ample of school building delays. He wrote: "The delays and changes were due to the fact that Congress ordered plans adapted to flat ground to be used on a hillside Maj. Gotwals today took Issue with this statement and with Ballou's failure to correct in his letter 'this kind of rotten, lying history " 'We don't build all our school houses from the same plan. ' Gotwals declared We make them ail dif • ferent. The delay at the Woodrow Wilson High School was due entirely to the Fine Arts Commission's chang ing its mind on the location of that building We had adopted one pian and then the commission said they wanted a romantic setting, and it took them a long time to decide what they meant by that. I mean to write a torrid letter to both the P.ne Arts Commission and the school people.” Jail Cell Protects Man Who Picked Tracks for Sleep Amos E Miller. S3, was jailed todfy for intoxication, but he w as lufk^ to be alive even to go oe hind the bats According to the testimony ot OWcer J. E O'Neal, who made the arrest. Miller was found lying on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in southeast Washington his head resting peacefully on the rails. A train passing through the vards was able to stop before hit ting him and was held up until some one came to remove Miller from the rails. - - Spanish Missionary Preserves Legend of God Chinigchinix Culjtrit Who Dared Enter Temple to Invoke Justice IIr/,s Left free by Upper California Indians. BY THOMAS R. HENRY. When Father Jeronimo Boscana. a Spanish Franciscan, was sent from Mexico in 1812 as a missionary among the Indians of Upper California, he came upon the worship of a sttange god. Chinigchinlx. John P Harrington. Smithsonian ! Institute ethnologist, has Just recov ered and translated literally Boscana's long-lost manuscript in which he de scribed the ways of Chinigchinlx and his worshipers—perhaps the earliest ethnological treatise on the Califor nia aboriginals. Boscana found himself among the San Juan Capistran Indians who lived in the San Luis Rey drainage, in what is now San Diego County. Calif. The Chinigchinlx, whose memory he preserved, was one of the great New World "redeemers." who lived among the great elemental beings that occu pied the earth before man. It was the redeemer who created man out of the mud of a lake, and afterward as cended into the sky where he re mained as judge and punisher of his people. Among the curious practices found by the Franciscan missloner was that of the "house of refuge.” This was a temple containing an image of Chi nlgchinix. Once a man was In this temple, he was exempt from all human punishment—since he delib erately had chosen to subject himself to the punishment of the god rather than that of his fellows. It was a court of last resort and Chinigchinlx could be depended upon to punish the guilty more effectively than man. * * * * Wore Apron of Feathers to Heaven. “They believed." says Boscana. "that Chinigchinlx was everywhere present and that he saw everything though it were a dark night, but that no one could see him; that he was a friend of the good and punished the wicked much. They say that this Chlnig chinix went away dancing to heaven, wearing a little skirt or apron of feathers, adorned with feathers like a crown on his head, and painted up.” Chinigchinlx apparently was a quite effective tribal god. Parents, Father Boscana recorded, did not punish the sins of their children, but merely harangued them daily on the WTath of this supernatural figure—and be cause of dread of him, child offenses were almost unknown. Spartan, indeed, was the initiation ot the boy to manhood, as described by the Franciscan. First, the brand of nis totem was burned on his arm Then it was their custom to whip them with nettles and to put ants on them. i and this was done to make them monger and more robust In the Summer time when the nettle* are in season and are fiercest they took some bunches of them and began to whip the boys on their legs, thighs, shoulders and arms. After this, they placed the patient on a nest of fierce anu. and another one mas stirring them up to make them still fiercer They often caused fever. A veritable holy-of-holies was the temple of Chinigchinlx. as described by Boecana: “None save the chiefs or elders entered within It. The othei people remained outside the stakes and the boys and girls did not even approach It They did not speak in side It. except In a very low voice, and also those who were outside pre served silence. The immunity which these temples possessed was so great that whatever the crime. If the delin quent has the good fortune to take refuge at the temple before his oppo nents encountered him. he was al ready free and could go wherever he pleased without being molested or the least mention made of what had hap pened. They merely told him If they let him: You went to the God Chi nlgchinix and had you not gone we would have slain you. but he will punish you because you are wicked.” * * * * Legend of Flood Spread Through Tribe. Father Boscana found here the ap parently world-wide legend of a great flood. "They believe and say,” he records, "that at a remote time the sea began to fill up so that it came in over the valleys, and the water rose over the mountains, and all the people and animals died, except some who went to a very high mountain. “They have no fear because Chinig chinix does not wish there will be another flood. There is no doubt that all this has some correlation to the universal deluge, and the promise that God made to us that there would not be another. Regarding their treatment of disease, he says: “In internal diseases such as fevers, what they did was to lie down naked on top of a pile of sand or ashes, a little fire in front of them, and a basket or pot of water at the head of the person. They were also accustomed to set for the person a little basket of acorn mush, but the sick person ate if he wanted and if not he left it, without any one impor tuning him to take food, and it is to be noted that*he always had some one at his side day and night And thus he remained until either nature con quered or the disease conquered.” UK RULES EXEMPLI SEEN Contractors Signing Union Agreements Not to Be Closely Watched. Contractors who have signed union agreements with their workmen will not be subjected to the same rigid pay roll inspection as those who oper ate on an "open shop" basis, under new rules to be drafted by the Dis trict's "kick-back board." Engineer Commissioner John C. Gotwals an nounced today. Where a contractor Is operating under a union agreement, he said, the pay rolls on the job will not be checked nor will the pay envelopes passed out to the men be inspected. Maj. Gotwals said that the inspections would not be necessary in the case of closed shop jobs as the unions could be relied upon to look after their men Maj. Gotwals said he believes this would encourage the employment of Washington men, drawn from the ranks of local organized labor in Dis trict road, sewer, bridge and building contracts and placed emphasis on the selection of local men rather than on preference for those employed under union agreements. The board recently set up to guard agamst repetition of the "kick-back'' racket is under fire from local organ ized labor because of objections voiced by the Washington Building Trades Council to the nomination ol Assistant Engineer Commisisoner Howard F. Clark as chairman. Maj. Gotwals said he would confer later today with John Locher secretary ol the Building Trades Council, regarding the latter's objections to Capt. Clark. He ap peared confident that the objection would be overcome. ' ■' ~ • .. POLICEMEN INJURED IN MAKING ARRESTS Four Men of Fifth Precinct Slightly Hurt During Week End. Four policemen of the fifth precinct were injured during the past week end. three ot them by unruly persons and one by a dog. None was seriously injured. Mrs. Emma Victoria Simmons, 317 Eleventh street southeast, is charged with assault on Sergt W F. McDuffy and Pvt. C. P. Paul, who went to in vestigate complaints by neighbors that they were disturbed by her radio. The policemen were treated at Providence Hospital for scratches. Mrs. Simmons furnished bond lor appearance in court. Pvt. J E O'Neal was struck In the face Saturdav midnight when he ar rested ltomintck Pinto. 22. of 72b | Eleventh street southeast near Eighth I and C» streets lor alleged disorderly conduct O'Neal s Daton quieted the alleged troublesome prisoner. Charges ot intoxication ana disorderly conduct were preferred against Pintc and he was neld foi trial Pvt Bruce Strong was bitten by a dog when he went to the 100 block of M street southeast and arrested WU aam Day. 45. colored, for questioning. ! The dog. belonging to Day's brother. Leroy Day. attacked the policeman ’and bit him on the thigh. » STUDY OUTLINED Conference on Experiment to Be Tried in Fall Ends Tomorrow. The final conference of the Char acter Education Institute, conducted by District public school officials, will be held tomorrow. Due to intensive work, the char- ! acter education course for the prin cipals and administrators, which was to have taken three weeks. Is being completed in four days less than that time. The main work now ahead is set ting up the administrative force for the character education experiment which will be conducted in 10 schools next Fall. Counselors to Be Named. Twelve counselors will be selected by principals of the various schools, with the approval of Franklin School officials and Miss Bertie Backus, as sistant superintendent of schools, who has charge of the character educa tion program. These counsels will be trained under direction of Miss Backus and in turn will direct activities of the teachers in whose classes the char- i acter education work will be done. 1 The experiment will be continued throughout all next year in the fourth, seventh and tenth grades of the select ed schools There will be two coun selors assigned to each senior high school, two to each junior high school and one to each elementary and vo cational school. Co-operation Pledged. Many organizations throughout the city have offered their co-operation to the schools In the experiment. In cluded among these are the Parent Teacher Associations, the police, the Social Hygiene Society, the Juvenile Court and the Community Center De partment. Programs for co-operation of out side agencies will be worked out be tween now and the beginning of the Pali school term. It is planned to line up the support of the entire com munity behind the character educa tion work, since it is felt that the schools can play only a certain limited part in developing citizenship. SIX-INCH KNIFE LANDS MAN IN JAIL 60 DAYS District Attorney Threatens to Prosecute Dispensers of Illegal Weapons. A knife with a six-inch blade, which he claimed to have won in a claw machine shortly before his arrest, to day cost John Chefe. 47. of the 100 block of Four-*nd-a-half street south west. 60 davs in jail. Chf4e was arrested on an intoxica tion charge and the knife was found in hU pocket Assistant United States Attorney Dsud A Hart remarked after the case had been heard that it was the thiid or fourth case in which con cealed weapon defendants had claimed to have won knives of illegal length ie daw machines. Hart said that if he received evi dence that illegal knives were dis pensed in that manner he expected to i prosecute the cases. ' DISTRICT PROBES BY BUREAU MEAL All Victims Reported Out of Danger—Nine Taken to Hospitals. NEARLY 200 AFFECTED IN CASE 2 WEEKS AGO Chemists Test Food. Said to Have Been Passed by Govern ment Inspectors. The second case of wholesale food poisoning at' the Transient Bureau within two weeks was being Investi gated by four inspectors of the Dis trict Health Department today after nine men were sent to hospitals and 50 others treated at the bureau for a violent Illness which followed their supper last night. All the victims were reported out of danger this morning. Thirty-flve of the men affected were members of a contingent of 86 ex-service men being fed and shel tered temporarily In the bureau’s lodge at 479 C street pending their admission to Civilian Conservation Corps camps in this area. This group is headed by Roy Robertson, California leader of the bonus army "death march” here In 1932 Illness began to seize the men at 8:30 o'clock and from then until 2 a.m. there was brisk work for two Transient Bureau doctors and several internes from Emergency and Cas ualty Hospitals. Nine Taken to Hospital. The nine men requiring hospital at tention, all of whom were reported re covering today, were: Edward F. Leddy, Providence, R. I.; Charles McDonald, Springfield. Ohio; James Hendron. Boston, Mass.; Au gust Schleger, New York City; James McGully, New York City; Sam Ber naski. New York City; Herbert Mc Gannahan, Bois. Idaho; William Lib erty. New York City, and Howard Brewster, Milwaukee, Wis. The men were treated at Emergency and Cas ualty Hospitals. A somewhat similar wave of food poisoning swept the bureau two weeks ago. At that time virtually all 200 men who had partaken of food there were affected, but no violent illnesses occurred and the bureau staff was able to cope with the situation Curiously enough, 200 men were fed on the same menu last night—potato salad, cold meat cuts, sliced peaches and coffee, and none who ate with the first shift at 5:15 p.m. was af fected. About half of those wrho dined with the second shift at 6 o'clock became ill. A. S. Rosichan, supervisor of the bureau, declared today the bureau’s tw'o physicians and one orderly could have handled the situation last night without outside assistance. "However.” Rosichan said, "Robert son sent for the police and insisted that hospital assistance be called in." Ambulances responded from Emer gency and Casualty Hospitals, and another was sent from the Board of Public Welfare. Patrol wagons also were sent to the bureau from Nos. 1. 3, 4 and 9 precincts, but were not needed. In a statement issued through the office of Elwood Street, director of public welfare. Rosichan said in part: "The cause of the incident is as yet undetermined. The same menu, consisting of potato salad, cold cuts, sliced peaches and coffee was served at all seven kitchens maintained by the bureau end in none of the others was there any illness. Chemists Test Food. “All foods served will be tested im mediately by District chemists in an effort to determine the cause. The bureau doctors have been puzzled by the fact that only a few of the men were taken ill, as food poisoning usually affects all individuals served a particular meal.” Dr. William C. Fowler. District health officer, said a thorough investi gation would be made. It was said that the food was purchased under Government contract and Govern ment inspection. Officials were investigating the pos sibility that the potato salad might nave become contaminated through contact with a metai container. TROLLEY REROUTING HEARING IS JULY 30 Studies by Consulting Engineers to Be Laid Before Public Utilities Commission. July 30 has been tentatively se lected oy the Public Utilities Commis sion as the date of the public hearing on street car rerouting, it was learned : today. Studies on the complicated subject by consulting engineers retained by the commission will be complete and laid before that body within two weeks. The Capital Transit Co. is entitled to 10 days' notice of the hearing, i which, accordingly, must be sent out before July 20. By that time, the; commission expects, the engineering j studies of rerouting will be so far ad vanced as to enable It to issue the' formal notice. The commission's studies and plans j will be placed In the record first, and ‘ afterward opportunity will be allowed the public to offer any suggestions or to criticize those put forward by the commission. The company engineers will then describe their plans. 25 Game Violators Arrested. I MARTINSBURG, W. Va. July 9 (Special).—Twenty-five persons have been arrested for various violations of the State game and fish laws since the bass season opened July 1 by Dis trict Game Protector Tull Whitacre | and assistants on patrol in the Eastern Panhandle Counties. Trials have been j held before various magistrates. ■ ■■ ■ ■" •-- — Like U. S. Wood Best. Builders in Australia have asked the government to reduce customs tariffs on Douglas fir from America because no satisfactory substitute can be found at home. * FOULOIS SPARRING TO OBTAIN RECORD Army Air Corps Head Acts for Defense Against Removal Steps. RULINGS ARE COLLECTED IN SUPPORT OF SYSTEM Contentions Will Be Based Upon McCarl Letter of Feb. 11. 1929, to Expenditures Group. Maj. Gen Benjamin D Foulois and the House Military Affairs Subcom mittee, which has demanded hi. re moval as chief of the Army Air Corps, are sparring by mail over the in sistence of Foulois that he be sup plied with all testimony and records of the hearings on airplane procure ment. Gen. Foulois, in preparing for a spirited defense against congressional charges of “Incompetence” and "wil ful violation of lawr,” has directed a barrage of requests for data to the committee as a whole and to its mem bers as individuals, it was learned today. To date, however, he has failed to obtain access to the information re quested. due to the committee's con tention that some of the testimony and records are confidential, having been given in executive session because they involved national defense secrets. He was asked to be more specific about his request for data. Foulois Writes to Rogers. In an attempt to be "more specific" Gen Foulois has sent another letter to Chairman William N. Rogers. Dem ocrat, of New Hampshire reiterating and amplifying his request for a transcript of testimony bearing on the Air Corps. He is not concerned with other procurement matters in vestigated by the committee, such as motor truck and automobile purchases. Gen. Foulois, in addition to writing several letters to Rogers as chairman of the committee, has sent letters to several members of the investigating group reminding them of what Gen. Foulois terms a “promise” made on the floor of the House that Foulois could have any Information in possession of the committee. The Air Corps chief is said to feel that even though much of the testi mony was given behind closed doors, there could be no menace to the na tional defense in letting him—the Army’s aviation head—peruse it. It is understood he will make a deter mined fight to gain access to all the records of the executive sessions. Gathers Many Rulings. In the meantime Foulois Is known to be fortifying himself with numer ous rulings by Government legal offi cers in support of the system of nego tiated contracts condemned by the House group in a caustic report for warded to Secretary of War Dem. One of the principal legal opinions on which he will base his defense of the system is a letter from Controller General McCarl of February 11, 1929, to the chairman of the House Com mittee on Expenditures, in which Mc Carl said the Air Corps act of 1926 permitted non-competitive purchases of airplanes. This letter was quoted in yesterday’s Star. Assistant Secretary of War Wood ring said today he believed the 1929 ruling had reference only to experi mental planes and not to purchases of aircraft in considerable quantities Kvale Mails Opinion. Copies of the McCarl opinon have been mailed by Acting Chairman Kvale, Farmer-Laborite, Minnesota, to all members of the House investi gating group. The McCarl letter did not come to attention of the commit tee until Saturday. The committee meanwhile is mark ing time in its collateral investiga tions of motor truck purchase; and of favors granted Army officers by private business firms. Kvale is the only members of the subcommittee in the city. Hearings will be resumed when other members return. Agents of the Department of Justice and the controller general’s office are contin uing their search for new evidence along several lines. MRS. HELEN F. RICE, EDUCATOR, EXPIRES Dean of Faculty of Potomac School Founded Calvert School in Baltimore. Mrs Helen Fisher Rice. 60, dean of the faculty of the Potomac School, 2144 California street, died Saturday at the residence of her niece. Miss Jessie C. Fisher, 6211 Thirty-first street. A native of Washington. Mrs. Rice was educated in the local public schools, being a graduate of Cen tral High and Washington Normal Schools. After teaching in the public schools for several years. Mrs. Rice founded the Calvert School in Baltimore. She continued to live in Washington, however. Mrs. Rice resigned as head of the Calvert School after operating that institution for a number of years and became affiliated with the Potomac School, a private Institution. She is survived by her husband, J. Stewart Rice. Funeral services will be held to morrow at 3 p.m. at the residence of her niece. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery. — ■ - ■ • ■ — FORMER JUDGE DIES RALEIGH, N. C„ July 9 UP).— Judge John W. Thompson, 84-year old former judge of the Cristobal Court in the Panama Canal Zone. ] died at his home here late last night ' of a heart attack after an extended illness. Judge Thompson served tn the Panama court from 1913 to 1920 by appointment of President Woodrow Wilson. Surviving are his widow and three daughters here and one spn. Herbert C. Thompson of Atlanta, ki a. Merc York If oman Mamed Assistant Public Printer Miss Jo Coffin W as Copy Cutter on W orld Re fore Merger. Assisted in Organizing Tuo Centers for Job less Women. Miss Jo Collin, for many years ac tive In labor Circles in New York, today became assistant public printer She succeeds Miss Mary A. Tate Miss Coffin is a member of Typo graphical Union No. 6 and of the I Woman's Trade Union League and for 15 years was a copy cutter on the old New York World until its merger with the Telegram. She has assisted many small Industries and unorgan ized groups at N. R. A. hearings in New York and last year, under the direction of Mrs Franklin D. Roose velt. assisted in setting up two centers for unemployed women in New York City, one for industrial and factory girls, and another for office workers During the 1932 campaign Miss Coffin was active in the labor division of the Democratic national headquar ters In New York. At the Government Printing Office MISS JO COFFIN. Miss Coffin will be in charge ol women's relations. This appointment is the only one that is Intended (or the present, ac cording to August E Giegengach, new public printer, who said today that he did not anticipate any changes In the staff of the G P. O. before August and perhaps not until September, as he was making a study of operations there upon which to base any action that will be taken. A. Z. A. WILL HONOR i 500 Delegates to Join in Ceremony at Tomb Dur ing Tour. Five hundred members of Aleph Zadik Aleph, junior order of B’nai B'rith, in convention here, will par ticipate In ceremonies of laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cem etery late today. The rite will be in cluded in a sightseeing tour to begin at 4 p.m. and include points of inter est in the city. Fort Myer and the cemetery. The convention, which Is meeting at the Jewish Community Center, will close tomorrow night. Visit to White House. This noon the delegates went to the White House, where they posed with Col. Marvin McIntyre, presidential secretary, for a photograph, before returning to the Community Center for luncheon. Dr. Joseph R Sizoo pastor of New York Avenue Presby terian Church, was to address the luncheon. This afternoon each delegate was to receive a copy of Frederic Haskin’s book on "American Government” at the convention session. Nebraskan Oratory Winner. Irving Hill, Lincoln. Nebr., won the International oratorical contest spon sored by the convention last night. Hill spoke on "What It Means to Be a Jew,” and, following the oratorical contest, broadcast his speech over a Nation-wide radio hook-up The convention adopted a reso lution declaring “unqualified abhor rence of war and complete indorse ment of the work of peace.” Simon Atlas Chapter, No. 26, ol this city, is host to the convention. The resolution deplored increasing evidences of international decline of democratic forms of government and the rise of the fungus growth of na tionalist and dictatorial power. Other participants in the oratorical contest won by Hill, included Ronald Freedman, Waukeegan. 111.; Austin H. Perlow, McKeesport, Pa.; Henry J. Rubin, Hollywood, Calif.; Raymond Kierr, New Orleans, La.; David Gold berg, Paterson, N. J.; Eugene A. Blurr, Steubenville, Ohio, and Cecil Oppenheim, Pueblo, Colo. NORTH CAROLINIAN GETS COMMERCE JOB F. H. Rawls Named Head of Foodstuff Division to Suc ceed Montgomery. Fletcher H. Rawls of Winston-Sa lem, N. C„ today was appointed chief of the Foodstuffs Division of the Bu reau of Foreign and Domestic Com merce, it was announced by Dr. Clau dius T. Murchison, director. Rawls succeeds E. G. Montgomery, who for some months had been doing special research work with N. R. A. Rawls, a native of Deer Park, Ala., joined the bureau after many years of business experience In both foreign and domestic food production and distribution. For nine years he was in Central America and Cuba, in the production and exportation of bananas, sugar and other tropical food products. During the period of Government control of sugar in 1918-19, he was associated with the United States Sugar Equali zation Board, in New York City and also conducted an investigation in Northern Europe, including Russia, immediately after the war. Since 1920 he has been engaged in the manufacture and distribution of food products in the South. robbery and hold-up SERIES REPORTED HERE Several persons were victimized in a series of petty robberies yesterday and last night. _ . Clyde H. Pools of Silver Spring, Md. was robbed of $11 yesterday by two colored men at K and Four-and a-half street southwest Another colored pair neld up George Andlis ol 920 First street while the | latter was selling -snowballs- at Massachusetts avenue and Second street last midnight. The bandit* took *6. Falling asleep on a bench at Lin coln road and R street yesterday. James Shea of 1348 Euclid stre* woke to find he had been robbed °* his coat and a watch valued at $3i. he told police. a * & Federation of Protestant Congregations May Aid Catholic Fight. The Washington Federation of Churches, composed of Protestant churches in the District, is expected to join with the Catholic “League of Decency" in its campaign here against unclean motion pictures, it was said today at the office of Wilbur J. La Roe, head of the federation The federation probably will under take a real campaign against im proper films next Fall, it was indi cated. Mr. La Roe is away from Wash ington today and is not expected to meet with the Catholic campaign leaders for several weeks, it was said. More than 8,000 pledges to boycott unclean movies have been received, with a number of the larger parishes still unreported, it was said today by Mrs. Harry J. Kirk, chairman of the local Catholic campaign group. Twenty thousand pledge blanks have been sent out. she said. "We have not had any count yet from many of the parishes, Including some of the largest parishes In the city," she said. "We are considering the advisability of requesting all pas tors to talk on the subject next Sun day or the following week and if this is done we will delay our final check up of pledges until after the appeal is made in the churches.” ,, , ■ # ■ — ——■ . CHURCH CARNIVAL TO OPEN TONIGHT | Grand Parade Will Launch Church of the Assumption Benefit at 7 P.M. A grand parade, to be led by the Holy Comforter Band, in which the best decorated truck and best deco rated pleasure vehicle will be awarded prizes, wiU feature the opening of the Church of the Assumption benefit carnival tonight at 7 o'clock. Judges for the parade, which will be held in the neighborhood streets of Congress Heights, starting from the Church of the Assumption. Nichols avenue and High View place southeast, will be J. Louis Oelbman, Frazier C. White and Joseph H. Hanlein. Rev. Joseph M. Moran, pastor of the church, heads the Arrangements Com mittee, The carnival will continue through July 21, every night except Sundays, with spaghetti dinners being served in the church's auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, July 17 and 18, from 5 to 8 o'clock. As a grand finale of the carnival a most-popular girl contest will be held July 21, the winner of which will be awarded a diamond ring donated by Rev. Moran. JUDGE GIVEN PROTESTS COUNSEL ON BOARDS Says Aides Should Be Given Full Time for Handling Court Cases. Judge Ralph Given of Police Court today complained strongly against the practice of assigning assistant cor poration counsel to board and com missions whicn interfere with their duties in nandling court cases. During a hearing of a case in the hands of Assistant Corporation Coun sel Edward Curran, it developed that the case could not be set for trial at the date Judge Given desired be cause on that day Curran would be required to attend the Board of Li cense Revocation and Review. “I would like It known that I am opposed to the practice of naming our assistant prosecutors from the cor poration counsel’s office to outside boards and commissions,’’ Judge Given said. "The court work should have first call on their services, and when they are called away for other duties often it Is necessary to turn over their briefs to other attorneys who are not familiar with the circumstances. I feel sure the other judges concur witta^ne in this attitude ” The case in question finally had to be delayed until July 31. — ■■■ ' • .. French Sculptor Dies. PARIS, July 9 t4>).—Francois Si card. 70, the sculptor, died yesterday. A friend of Georges Clemenceau. war time premier. Sicard made a statue of "The Tiger” and also executed the 1 statesman's death mask. ADDITIONAL AID FOR HOMES HERE ASKED OFH.O. L. C. 708 Owners Want Funds for Repair and Recondi tioning Work. EXPENDITURES NOW AT $80,000 TO $100,000 288,000 Applications Involving $55,000,000 Projects of Kind Over Nation Recorded. BY VINCENT TUTCHING. Seven hundred and eight Washing ton home owners whose properties have been refinanced by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation have ap plied to that body for additional funds to repair and recondition their homes, the District office of the corporation revealed today. Estimates cf the amount to be ex pended in these projects, which in clude repairs essential to refinancing as well as improvements the owners desire, place the total between $80,000 and $100,000. All of the applications have been filed within the few weeks since the home owners’ loan act was amended to permit loans for recon ditioning. The revelation of this tremendous Interest In property renovation on the part of H. O. L. C. mortgagees here came coincident with a report by the headquarters office of the corporation that nationally 288.000 application', involving projected reconditioning Jo’js estimated to cost $55,000,000 had been filed. Interest Is Mounting. Mtanwhlle, interest of home owners not eligible under the H. O. L. C. plan, but desirous of renovating their properties, continued to mount In the Federal Housing Administration's pro gram. which gets under way this week. Janies A. Moffett, head of this new unit, spent this morning viewing prospective office space and expects to be located within the next two days. His Capital headquarters will require approximately 30.000 square feet, which will have to be rented space, since none Is available In Oovemment owned buildings. Despite this, however, there is a possibility that room may be made for Moffett In the new Poet Office Build ing. He talked with Postmaster Oen eral Farley with this In mind today. He Is particularly anxious to get the space question settled, since his suite at the Mayflower Is being swamped with callers. After a conference with Marvin H. McIntyre, one of the Presi dent’s secretaries. Moffett said he had three or four men in mind as his prin cipal lieutenants, but declined to re veal names The Home Owners’ Loan Corporation emphasized that Its fund advances are absolutely restricted to home own ers In financial distress. Its recon ditioning department has been deluged with requests from owners not eligible under the act, indicating there is widespread national Interest In the Idea of enhancing the value of realty Improvements by preserving and bet tering their condition. Loans by the H. O. L. C. are made only to those who have been given a mortgage by the corporation, or are about to be given one, and to those who own un incumbered prperty and are unable to obtain a loan through private channels. $300,000,000 Available. The amendment to the home own ers’ loan act. signed by President Roosevelt April 27, made available $200,000,000 for reconditioning work on homes under the wing of H. O. L. C. The national housing act, approved as one of the last acts of the recently adjourned Congress, added $100,000,000 to this fund. The reconditioning division of the corporation passes upon the local ap plications, approves the bids and su pervises the actual construction work, which it specifies shall be carried out by private contractors selected by the home owners themselves. The average of all applications for home improve ments, the corporation estimates, is $200 Many of the home owners who have applied for these loans also have taken out entry forms in The Star's $1,000 Better Homes Contest, which Is now in progress in the metropolitan area with the objective of encouraging property Improvements as a means of stimulating employment In the building trades. Prizes in The Star’s campaign are divided in two groups—for homes val ued at $12,000 and less and for homes appraised above that figure. In each class the prizes are: First prize, $2oO; second prize, $100; third prize, $50. and four honorable mention prizes of $25 each. A special landscaping im provement prize of $100 is offered by the Board of Trade. I Housing Administrator Moffett has estimated that $500,000,000 will be spent in property renovation by Fall, and probably a billion and a half by the end of next year. Ultimate re employment of 5,000,000 workers In the building and allied trades is seen by him as a direct consequence of the program Loans by the F. H. A. will be avail able to all nome owners in good credit standing, with steady jobs, and will be made by private lending agencies with the Government guaranteeing 20 per cent of the loan. A policy of consumer credit is planned, with the borrower repaying in monthly in stallments extended up to a period of five years. Individual loans are limited to $2,000 and may be made for private homes or for commercial and business properties. TWO HURT IN CRASH Truck Driven by Colored Youth Hits Parked Car. Two persons were slightly hurt to day when a truck crashed Into a parked automobile in the 1500 block of Elliott place. The Injured are Thomas W. Brown, 58. 1517 Elliott place, who was seated In the parked automobile, and Clar ence R. Blackwell. 19, colored, of the 1000 block of Thirtieth street, driver of the truck. Both were treated at Georgetown University Hospital, Brown for cuts on the head and the colored youth for bruises. Police say the truck’s steering gear got out of order, causing the dnrjp to lose control.