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ROPER TO DISCUSS.
Forum Address Wednesday
Night Will Include Regi
mentation Views.
Secretary of Commerce Roper will
discuss ••Regimentation and Recov
ery" in the National Radio Forum
next Wednesday night. The forum
is arranged by The Evening Star and
broadcast over a coast-to-coast net
work of the National Broadcasting Co.
The address will be heard locally from
Station WRC at 10:30 p.m.
Would Clear Opinion.
The Secretary will analyze state
ments that have been made relative
to so-called regimentation by the
Roosevelt administration of business,
agriculture and other economic ac
tivities. He is expected to develop his
subject in such a manner that the
average citizen will be given a sound
' approach to many of the misinterpre
tations and expressions of opinion
that have recently been prevalent.
In addition to this discussion, the
cabinet officer will review business
improvements which have taken
place during the first nine months of
1934, as compared with the corre
sponding period of 1933.
Scope of Business Problems.
He also will point out the economic
activities in which there have been
losses and will indicate the nature and
scope of the business problems facing
the administration.
Secretary Roper also plans to dis
cuss the future of the National Re
covery Administration, as well as re
view briefly business profits and re
lief expenditures.
SEWAGE PROJECT
FUNDS CUT IN HALF
TO INSURE SPEED
(Continued From First Page.)
Works Administration, the public
works administrator has agreed to
the prompt starting of work on the
primary treatment system for the
District having a total cost of $4,
000.000. Final solution of the Dis
trict's sewage problem may not be
• attained for a considerable period,
but the project to be undertaken im
mediately will provide a functioning
useful work to meet present require
ments.
“The work on the primary system
under the financing already provided
through P. W. A. can commence with
out further action by the Public Works
Administration on transfer of funds
by the administrator, which, I am as
, sured. will be forthcoming promptly.
“Representing the District Com
missioners, I called on the public works
administrator today (Saturday, No
vember 3) and confirmed an agree
ment recently negotiated to the mutual
satisfaction of the District and the
Public Works Administration provid
ing for start of construction on the
revised plans.
$8,000,000 Authorized.
“Congress authorized the loan by
the Public Works Administration to
the District of Columbia of $8,000,000
for a sewage treatment plant. This i
legislation fixes the maximum amount
of money that may be spent which
maximum is based upon the report of
a board of eminent consulting engi
neers who contemplated complete
treatment of all sewage based on the
population of Washington as expected
in 1950.
‘ The whole problem has been the
subject of intensive study during the
past weeks by the Engineer Commis
sioner, by the consulting engineers
and by the engineers of the Public
Works Administration. In general
two major factors present themselves:
First, determination of the degree of
treatment now advisable for the re
duction of the unsatisfactory condi
tions in the Potomac River; and. sec
ond, determination of the least ex
pensive method or methods by which
this degree of treatment can best be
secured.
"Under the contract signed some
weeks ago by the Commissioners, so
, much of the $8,000,000 was to be
used as might be needed for the
main treatment plant at Blue Plains
and any money not used could be
returned to the P. W. A. without obli
gation or loss on the part of the
District of Columbia. Mr. Ickes,
under the terms of this contract, re
served the right to approve all con
tracts and specifications.
“It has been mutually agreed by
the District Commissioners and Mr.
Ickes that present expenditures on
the sewage treatment plant will be
confined to primary treatment at a
total cost of $4,000,000. It has been
decided to take advantage of the
' natural purification processes of the
river in conjunction with the partial
treatment that can be aSorded by
such a plant.
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“Additions to the plant to provide
Wore complete treatment may be
necessary in the future. Complete
treatment is not deemed advisable at
this time in view of the many other
demands for money and the desirabil
ity of keeping down the burden of
taxes. The spending of money should
he confined to the present needs.
Engineers are continually developing
the science of sewage treatment, not
only in the use of chemicals but also
along biological lines.
“It may reasonably be expected that
in time further study and experi
* mentation may develop better pro
cesses than are now available to the
sanitary engineers.
“The money now to be spent will
not be wasted in any event, as it will
be possible to enlarge the plant, in
troduce the activated sludge process
or provide chemical or other forms
of treatment without having to scrap
any of the facilities initially provided.”
Royalty Cost Avoided.
The District was confronted with
the possible necessity of paying heavy
royalties under original plans for the
Blue Plains project. By using only
the primary method of treatment this
cost is avoided, for the present at
least.
Col, Sultan has been holding
numerous conferences with engineers
of the Public Works Administration,
but it was not revealed until yesterday
that such a drastic revision of Secre
tary Ickes' plan for the plant was be
ing suggested. Secretary Ickes had
signed a contract obligating the Dis
trict up to $8,000,000 and it had been
signed in turn by the Commissioners
and sent back to him about two weeks
ago before he left Washington on a
Western trip.
Congress authorized th- District to
borrow up to $10,750,000 in public
works lunds. Out of this amount,
$1,500,000 recently was allotted for
the adult tuberculosis hospital, the
contract for which has not yet been
drawn.
Without similar disposal plants In
V nearby Maryland and Alexandria, it
•was declared recently by Secretary
Ickes and other officials, the complete
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SECRETARY ROPER.
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Riggs and Guaranty Trust
• Lead in Insurance Plan
Applications.
Washington played a prominent
part yesterday as actual operations
started under the second phase of
tlie housing act, the mortgage insur
ance program, through which the
Government seeks to make millions
of dollars available on favorable terms
for home building.
That Capital financial institutions
will be among the first to lend the
Government co-operauon in this pro
gram which is heavily counted upon
in the battle for recovery, was ap
parent when Federal Housing Admin
istrator James A. Moffett announced
that Riggs National Bank, through
its president, Robert V. Fleming, was
the first applicant for insurance of a
mortgage, and the second applicant
for approval as mortgagees.
The Guaranty Trust Co. of New
York, the largest institution of its
kind in the world, became the first
applicant for approval as mortgagee,
the administrator reported. He stated
many applications have been received
for insurance of mortgages under title
2 of the housing act, and for approval
as mortgagees.
Application Pleases Moffett.
Mr. Moffett commented that it was
“significant of the support and co
operation which the Federal Housing
Administration may expect from the
large banks, trust companies and
other lending institutions of the coun
try" that the first application came
from the Guaranty Trust, signed by
William C. Potter, chairman of the
board.
"That institution is the largest
trust company in the world,” a state
ment from the Housing Administra
tion said. “It was chartered in 1864
and in 1929 merged with the Na
tional Bank of Commerce. The
statement of the company’s condition
as of September 30. 1934, showed
total resources of $1,497,373,747.52.”
Title 2 of the housing act, for
which the rules of operation have
just been announced, provides for
the insurance of mortgages up to 85
per cent of the appraised value of the
home. To be eligible for an Insured
mortgage the home purchaser must
have 20 per cent of the purchase
price. The principal obligation of the
mortgage cannot exceed $16,090. The
interest rate was fixed at 5 per cent
by President Roosevelt.
Building Revival Expected.
Through this section of the housing
act the Government seeks to ac
complish directly the creation of an
almost limitless national market for
home loan mortgages and the stabili
zation of home real estate values
thereby; elimination of exorbitant ecsts
of home financing and the consequent
saving of millions of dollars to home
owners, and the launching of a build
ing revival which will put millions of
men back to work.
The section is aimed to help the
man who wishes to refinance his home
on more favorable terms, as well as to
incourage new building. If the man
who now has a short-term mortgage
of less than 80 per cent of the ap
praised value ol his home and who
1 owns an equity of 20 per cent in it
wishes to refinance his home he can
do so over a maximum period of 20
years at 5 r>er cent interest. The
same long-term amortized mortgage
may be obtained by the man desirous
of purchasing or building a home.
The Housing Administration an
nounced that all plans for beginning
the insurance of mortgages virtually
have been completed. An army of
employes is oeing assembled to in
vestigate the applications for loans
to determine whether they are of the
type which will permit insurance by
the Government.
Civil Suits Increase.
I Civil suits in London are more nu
merous than a year ago.
purification of the Potomac would be
impossible. For this reason, Ickes
had urged the Commissioners to pre
vail upon Prince Georges County and
Arlington County officials to join In
with the plans of the District for
purifying the waters.
Secretary Ickes, it w?s believed, was
first to suggest the sewage disposal
plant and it was at nis insistence
that it was given precedence over the
tuberculosis hospital and other de
sired projects on the District's P. W.
A. program.
Col. Sultan said yesterday he has
discussed with Public Works officials
other phases of the District’s P. W.
A. program, including the tubercu
losis hospital. P. W. A engineers, he
said, are investigating the water
supply of the hospital site at Glenn
Dale, Md., where the children's sani
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being done to satisfy Secretary Ickes
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A. & P. WORKERS
Cleveland Employes Avoid
Loss of Wages by Deci
sion to Reopen.
By the Associated Press.
CLEVELAND, November 3.—Plans
to reopen the 300 stores of the Great
Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. here by the
middle of next week were set In
motion today, less than 15 minutes
after a peaceful settlement was an
nounced In the controversy between
tht company and organized labor.
The more than 2,000 local employes
of the company will be back on their
jobs Monday, J. J. Byrnes, vice presi
dent of the chain store concern, an
nounced. The employes greeted the
announcement with smiles and cheers.
Although with only few exceptions
all of the A. & P. employes here were
discharged last Saturday night, when
the company closed its stores, an
nouncing it was quitting business in
Cleveland, none of them will suffer
financially. All of those dismissed
and now rehired were paid a week's
wages in advance at the time of the
shutdown
All Parties Happy.
Apparently all parties concerned
were happy with the peace plan, the
acceptance of which was announced
by the National Labor Board in
Washington. Seven union locals of
the Cleveland Federation of Labor,
which had sought to organize the
company's employes, voted approval
several days ago. The approval of the
company was given by Us president,
John A. Hartford, in a telephone call
to the Labor Board today.
•‘I am particularly gratified with the
happy solution of our Cleveland diffi
culties," Hartford said in New York.
“I am especially glad that the dis
agreement has caused no loss of pay
to any of our 2.200 employes in Cleve
land, who might have been the inno
cert victims in the controversy."
Among provisions of the peace plan
are planks calling for the company
to confer with union officials and to
notify its employes of willingness for
them to join a union if they desire.
Both sides are to submit any future
disputes to arbitration.
Milwaukee Pickets Active.
MILWAUKEE. Wis., November 3
UP).—Union butchers today rounded
out a full week of picketing before
Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. stores
having meat departments.
Picketing has been peaceful, and
Henry J. Schilling, secretary of the
Meat Cutters and Butchers' Union,
said "it will continue to be."
J P. Smith, local manager for the
A. & P., said his company was oper
ating 15 meat counters. Schilling
said 11 or 12 of them were being
picketed.
The strike began Monday. The
union asks higher wages and its recog
nition as a collective bargaining agent.
OTHER DISPUTE ON HORIZON.
_
Auto Labor Leaders Dissatisfied—Steel
Trouble Feared.
By the Associated Press.
Yesterday’s settlement of the Cleve
land A. <fc P. store labor dispute healed
one of the most serious breaks thus
far in the President’s 12-month-old
proposal of & six-month cessation of;
labor-capital strife. How long that
truce would last; however, was still
debated among labor leaders here.
Despite the President's order Fri
day for a study of automobile em
ployes’ wages, union leaders In that
industry were represented as far from
satisfied with labor conditions.
They had sought a 30-hour week.
hiRher wages, elimination of the merit
clause, representation on the code au
thority and a new automobile labor
board with power to conduct elections,
as well as a study of the industry's
production periods. They got only the
study when the code was renewed Fri
day for 90 days.
The automobile Industry has stead
fastly maintained it would deal with
any group of its employes. That stand
has irked the union workers, who
| want "majority rule” established as a
| representation basis.
Steel Fight .Looms,
The possibility of trouble ahead In
steel, also, is seen by some labor men.
That industry, like automobiles, has
refused to concede that unions af
filiated with the American Federation
of Labor represent all its employes.
The Labor Board found "meet grat
ifying” the acceptance of its Cleve
land peace proposal.
"The spirit of an industrial truce
advocated by the President Is exem
plified in the situation that has now
been brought about in Cleveland,’’
the board said in a statement
“Co-operation has been substituted
for the bitterness of warfare We
hope that much good will flow to both
sides in their new relationship.’’
Points of Agreement.
The agreement, worked out by the
board after a 10-hour session with
Hartford and union representatives
last Tuesday, called for:
1. Strikes to be called off imme
diately.
2. Stores to be reopened and all
employes as of October 25 to be re
hired.
3. The company to meet union
committees, if asked. ,
4. The company to refrain frem
discriminating against union em
ployes and to notify them it was will
ing for them to join any union
5. The unions to refrain from coerc
ing or intimidating any employe with
a view to enlarging union member
ship.
6. Both company and unions to
submit disputes to arbitration and
the unions to refrain from striker.
7. The company to resume Us "cn
tracts with trucking concerns in effect '
before the stores were closed.
Debate Balked
MISS DOROTHY FROOKS,
Candidate of the Law Preserva
tion party for Representative at
large in New York State, who
challenged Mrs. Franklin D. Roose
velt to a debate on the propriety
of the First Lady's campaign in
behalf of Mrs. Caroline O'Day,
Miss Frooks' Democratic rival. Mrs.
Roosevelt replied she would be
glad to debate the issue. Plans of
Mrs. Frooks to precicipitate the
debate at dinner in honor of Mrs.
O'Day at the Biltmore Thursday
were blocked bv Mrs. Caspar Whit
ney. dinner chairman, who ruled
that the program was already too
crowded. —A. P. Photo.
STAR MODEL HOME
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Low Cost and High Quality
Combinsd in Dwelling
Shown Public.
The fourth in the 1934 series of
Silver Star Model Homes will be
opened for public exhibition today at
4320 Forty-fourth street. "Grass
lands," under sponsorship of The
Star.
The opening is considered of
especial significance, coming at a
time when the Government is launch
ing its huge program of mortgage in
surance under the Federal housing
act, and people who wish to own
homes are looking about for attrac
tive property. This latest Silver Star
Home, carefully selected by The Star's
own committee of experts, may serve
as a guide.
Cost Low. Quality High.
Because of the current demand for
low-cost housing, the committee
looked about for a home that would
be considered in that price range, yet
would possess the good materials and
sound quality of construction of the
higher-priced home. The immediate
Indorsement of the committee was re
ceived for the Forty-fourth street
house.
This latest home to receive the
Silver Star Award was built by Mon
roe Warren, president of Meadow
brook. Inc. Designed by Harcey P. |
Baxter, architect, it containst six 1
rooms and one bath. It is early
American in architectural type.
L'. S. Officials on Committee.
Members of the committee which
examined and selected the home are:
James S. Taylor of the Federal Hous
ing Administration and formerly chief
of the Division of Housing. Depart
ment of Commerce, chairman: Dr.
Louise Stanley, chief of the Bureau
of Home Economics, Department of
Agriculture; Charles H. Tompkins,
builder; John Nolen, jr.. city planner
of the National Captal Park and
Planning Commission; Harold E.
Doyle, president of the Washington
Real Estate Board; Irwin Porter, reg
istered architect, and a representative
of The Star.
The house may be reached from
downtown Washington by driving out
Massachusetts avenue to Wisconsin
avenue, turning right or north on
Wisconsin avenue about 14 blocks to
Yuma street. Turn left or west into
Yuma street and drive four blocks to
the home on the southwest corner or
Forty-fourth and Yuma streets.
It will be open for 30 days from
10 a.m. to 9 pjn.
FIRE DAMAGES Y. M. C. A.
Considerable smoke but little dam
age resulted from a small blaze dis
covered at the Central Y. M. C. A.
early last night under a bookcase in
the director’s office on the third floor.
Firemen extinguished the flames.
Painters had been at work on the
bookcases and a can of mixing liquid
became ignited in some unexplained
manner. Secretaries at the Y. M.
C. A. described the damage as neg
ligible.
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District Estimate Based on
Reports of Banks and
Building Groups.
Nearly $1,500,000 has been spent
for repairs and improvements to prop
erty in Washington since inaugura
tion of the Federal Housing Admin
istration’s modernization drive late in
August, Thomas P. Littlepage, general
chairman of the Washington Better
Housing Campaign, announced last
night. *
This estimate was based on reports
received from local banks and build
ing and loan associations. Frederick
P. H. Siddons. president District
Bankers’ Association, reported that
20 such organizations have made 411
loans totaling $229,000.
Carl J. Bermann, president of the
District Building and Loan League,
stated that the financial institutions
under his jurisdiction have made 442
modernization loans, amounting to
$221,550. These figures, representing
the actual number of loans upon
which an accurate check can be kept.
853, have a total valuation of
$450,550.
Loans Only Part of Cash.
However, Mr. Littlepage pointed
out much more cash has been ex
pended for modernization than is
represented by loans granted for the
purpose. It has been found that in
the Capital, he said, the most con
servative estimate of actual money
spent for modernization is a figure
three times the total amount of loans.
In other words, lor every dollar that
is borrowed for modernization, two
dollars is expended for the same
purpose, but obtained from cash re
serves or other sources.
“We have no accurate check.” Mr.
Littlepage said, “on the nr-nber of
oil burners built-in refrigerators and
other items of household or store
equipment that are financed by the
companies through which they are
purchased. We also have no accurate
check on the amount of money that
is spent for painting, decorating and
other purposes that can be covered
by a modernization loan, but that is
not secured by means of such a loan.
Stimulated by Drive.
“Much of this activity outside of
the ’modernization' loans is stimu
lated directly by the drive, however.
There can be no doubt that the work
of local newspapers and the work of
the Washington Better Housing Cam
paign has gone far toward bringing
out hidden dollars for the purpose of
repairing roofs or laying cement walks
or adding a room to a house, all of
which can be accomplished under a
‘modernization loan.' ’’
Mr. Siddons pointed out that the
amount of loans granted by the local
banks represents a 46 per cent in
crease in only two weeks. The pre
vious figure, made public two weeks
ago. showed that $150,000 had been
made available up until that time.
The total amount spent of $1,500.
000 is an increase of 50 per cent in
the two-week period, Mr. Littlepage
stated.
The Federal Housing Administra
tion announced that the drive has
been rapidly gathering momentum in
the entire country. In the last week,
it was stated, loans for modernization
and repair have averaged $400,000
daily, increasing the total for the 14
weeks to $13,000,000.
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to Sell to Mexicans.
By the Associated Press.
MACON, Ga„ November 3.—Prank
Welch Elmore, who claims Gaines
ville and Americus, Ga., as his places
of residence, aviator, gun runner and
bank robber, was sentenced today In
United States District Court to serve
10 years In the Federal Penitentiary
in Atlanta.
Elmore, sentenced In Laurens Coun
ty several months ago to serve seven
years for robbery of a bank, escaped
from the chain gang, but was recap
tured by Federal Agents in North
Carolina several days ago.
The Federal case against Elmore
Is based on theft of several machine
guns from the R. O. T. C. Armory
at the University of Georgia, In
Athens. Elmore. In court today, ad
mitted the crime, and said the gufis
were stolen for sale to Cuban revo
lutionary factions.
Delta Chi Flans Luncheons.
Delta Chi Alumni will hold the
first of a series of luncheons at 12:30
p.m. tomorrow in the Lafayette Hotel.
The luncheons are for all members of
the Delta Chi Fraternity in Washing
ton and will be held the first Monday
of each month during this Winter
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