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WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1935.
*** PAGE Β—1 LAXITY IS CHARGED IN SUPERVISION OF DETECTIVE BUREAU Schulte Provokes Burke. Suspected Crooks Face Suspension. REPORTING SYSTEM IS HELD ANTIQUATED Withholds Names in Instance Where One Reported for Others. Bigger Force Asked. Immediate suspension faces any member of the Detective Bureau who Is suspected of being "crooked," In spector Frank S. W. Burke, chief of detectives, told the special Crime In vestigating Committee of the House. Visibly disturbed by a series of ques tions fired at him by Representative Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana, who is taking a prominent part in the lnouiry, Burke pounded the committee table and declared: "If there is a crooked man in my office, and if you'll give me his name. I guarantee to you he will be displaced Immediately." Poor Management Charged. Schulte insisted he had not In tended to imply that any member of the Detective Bureau was "crooked." "What I am driving at," he said, "is that there's a laxity of supervision in the department and that this civil service rating you inspectors are forc ing on the men is destroying the morale ot the department. The Police Department has sufficient men to po lice the city, but they are not well managed." Previously. Schulte had condemned as "antiquated" the system used by officers in reporting to precinct sta tions and said it was possible for one man to report for another. "Do you know." he said, "there are men on the department who don't even go to the precinct stations. One man goes in and reports for himself and two others who remain home in bed. That's a general statement, but I know it's true." Withholds Names. Schulte then recited one specific in stance, but declined to reveal the names of the men involved "as yet." Under such a system, Schulte ar gued, it is possible for the officers to engage in activities other than police work. "You don't have command of these tr.en," declared Schulte. "I feel that I do," replied Burke. "That's where we differ," said Schulte. "That's why they race horses." "I believe every man in my outfit," Burke said, "is putting more than an average day's work in every day. Each and every man is acting in good faith." Later, after another series of ques tions, Burke looked at Schulte and said: "You are intimating they take graft." "No, I'm not," replied Schulte. "I am not intimating anything of the sort." After the argument, Schulte asked Burke to explain why a hundred gambling houses were closed several months ago when the "heat was turned on" as a result of demands for a clean-up in the gambling situation. Little to Be Called. Burke said Lieut. George M. Little, head of the Detective Bureau's spe cial vice and gambling squad, was bet ter qualified to answer that question. As a result Lieut. Little and George De.voe, a member of the squad, will be called as witnesses Friday, when the hearings are resumed, instead of United States Attorney Leslie M. Garnett, who was slated to follow In spector Burke on the witness stand. Chairman Randolph indicated the committee would make a thorough study of the parole and probation systems in the District as a result of information developed during the questioning of Inspector Burke by Representative Reed. Republican, of Illinois. Burke said he believed a change in the present parole and pro bation laws would bring an improve ment in present conditions. Reed also indicated he believed a change in the jury system would improve conditions. He said he thought Government employes should be allowed to serve on juries. Aclrc I eira-M ¥Tnrne , Burke's earlier testimony which he : gave before Schulte's arrival at the j hearing was devoted to the need of I a substantial increase in the police I force to cope with Washington's crime situation. Burke declared the detective force alone should be strengthened by at least 30 men. There are now 90 men assigned to the detection and preven tion of crime in both the Detective Bureau and the precincts, and the minimum, he said, should be 130. Of these, he declared, 70 should be de tective sergeants. Through a series of questions, Chairman Randolph developed from Burke's answers that the force as it ie now constituted is efficient and that Maj- Ernest W. Brown, superin tendent, "is the most successful police chief in the world." Claims Crime Increases. With statistical records. Burke ahowed how crime had Increased In the District in recent years, along with the growth in population, and explained that more than 50 per cent of the felonies occur In the first three police precincts—the territory cov ered by the business section and the contiguous combination residential and business areas. Randolph asked Burke what pro portion of the police force was re cruited from residents of the District. Burke said he could not give a fair estimate, but he knew that in the last few years only a few of the new men were natives of the District, although some of the appointees had lived here ior several vears or more. Randolph wanted to show whether lifelong residents of the District, who are familiar with the principal laws and regulations, would not make more efficient officers than strangers. Burke also said he could not give a fair estimate of the proportion of men on the force qualified in the de tection and prevention of crime. Randolph next questioned Burke about the 84 murders committed in Police Seek Parents of Infant Abandoned Last Night in Taxi Little Jane Doe at Gallinger Hospital, with a big doll, where she is being cared for after having been abandoned last night in a taxicab by a I "fare." —Star Staff Photo. ! ι POLICE today were seeking the parents of a pretty 3-month old girl baby, mysteriously left last night in a taxicab by a man whom the cab driver, I William Fookes. had driven to the ! 3500 block of Fourteenth street. I There the cab passenger got out ι and told Fookes to wait while he ' went into a hotel to get his wife. ! He failed to return. j Today the baby was being cared ; for at Gallinger Hospital, where nurses ' named her Jane Doe. She has red hair and blue eyes. Hospital at tendants said she had been well cared ι for and was dressed in good warm j clothing. ; Mrs. Ida Kiatta. 3475 Holmead ! place, helped care for the infant last night until police arrived, after being j summoned when it became evident the man who left it In the cab was not going to return. Mrs. Kiatta was walking past when she heard the baby crying on the back seat of the taxicab, t}ie door to which she said had been left open by the driver while he went to look for the man. Mrs. Kiatta said she took the baby in a nearby store and told another taxicab driver to tell Fookes where she had taken it. Unable to find any trace of the man. who had left the infant. Fookes called police. Subsequently, the baby was taken to the Women's Bureau and from there to Gallinger Hospital. Fookes told police the man who left the baby was about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed approximately 150 pounds. He wore a light overcoat. ( The driver said the man hailed his taxicab at Fourteenth and Randolph streets and asked to be driven to the 1 Cavalier Hotel. Welfare Board Control of Fund, However, Is Opposed. More than a dozen agents actively working in behalf of the blind in the District of Columbia indorsed the El j lenbogen bill, providing pensions for the needy blind here, at hearings ιο ί day before the Subcommittee on Pub ! lie Health of the House District Com mittee. While there was sentiment In favor of this legislation, there were strong protests against the administration of the fund being turned over to the Wel fare Board. It was emphasized that the blind should be distinguished from an indigent class and that the fund provided to supplement a blind per son's earnings should be protected against diversion to other welfare de mands and to payment of "overhead." Committee Sponsors Bill. Representative Jenckes. Democrat, of Indiana, chairman of the subcom mittee. conducted the hearing. Other members of the subcommittee attend ing were Representatives Quinn and Nichols of Oklahoma and Cole of New York. The introduction of this bill was sponsored by a committee of five gathered from various agencies work ing for the blind. That committee was composed of Lewis G. Taylor, representing the District of Columbia Association of Workers for the Blind; B. L. Friibie. representing the Li brary for the Blind; Benjamin P. Parker, a Harvard graduate and lawyer who is employed as a piano tuner, and Mrs. May Collins Vories and Mrs. Fred W. Holt, members of the Council of Social Agencies. Ralph H. Campbell, executive secre tary of the Columbia Polytechnic Institute for the Blind, protested against impartially classing the blind as indigent and argued for creation of a commission of the blind to ad minister the pension fund. Proposes Amendments. He pointed out that one sightless typist employed in the Indian Bureau and 17 blind persons employed on newsstands in Federal buildings are illustrative of the eagerness of the blind to equip themselves for employ ment. He proposed several amend ments to the bill. Mrs. Clara Wright Smith, president of the Cathedral Heights and Cleve land Park Citizens' Associations, sug gested a board might be selected from citizens- associations to administer the fund. Mrs. Charlotte Hunter, representing the Harriet Tubman Aid to the Blind, also urged that the fund be Intrusted to a group of persons particularly in terested in the blind. HAZEN IN HOSPITAL Commissioner Melvln C. Hazen was under treatment at Emergency Hos pital today for a severe attack of sinus trouble. While making an inspection trip late yesterday in connection with pending applications lor changes In zoning classification, the Commis sioner suffered a severe nosebleed and, as a precaution, was ordered to the hospital by his physician. It is expected he will return to his desk after severals days of treatment and rest. the District last year and inquired If an adequate force would have reduced that number. Burke replied: "Absolutely not. They would have been committed anyhow. But there would have been a reduction in other types of crime, such as robberies and so forth. With extra men the depart ment could have devoted more time and attention to that work." Tells Board Two-Class Sys tem Not Succeeding in Big Cities. Merit will be harder to attain if the graduated scale of ratings for teachers is abolished, Supt. of Schools Frank I W. Ballou told the Board of Education yesterday in opposing the two-class rating system proposed by the Teach- i ι ers' Union. The teachers' plan of adopting sim ple ratings of "satisfactory'· and "un satisfactory" was objected to by the school head also because he contended it would, from an administrative standpoint, make future procedure more personal and less factual than under the present scheme. Dr. Ballou made known his senti ments on the proposal for the first time in a two-hour speech at the board's closing session of the hearing arranged for the Teachers' Union on the promotion system. The board will give its views on the case at a meeting tomorrow afternoon. Si* Grades in Vogue. The present system which includes grades of "eminently superior," "ex cellent," "very good," "good," "fair" and "unsatisfactory" has been char acterized by the union as "vicious and discriminatory." The two-grade plan proposed by the union has been tried in only two cities—New York and Milwaukee—and is to be abandoned in New York as "unsatisfactory," Dr. Ballou said. Testimony of union members should be carefully considered, he told the board, in suggesting that it formulate "a system of rating consistent with the best professional thought and prac tice." Employment of 131 additional teach ers would be made possible if funds asked of Congress to increase salaries of superior district teachers are made available, Dr. Ballou declared. might Hire inaer tiuaget. The current school budget contains an item of $88,600 to increase the salaries of 259 teachers who have earned promotion, he said, but it is a problem whether the money would be better spent for hiring more teach ers. Pointing out that 1,100 teachers are eligible to take examination» for pro motion, Dr. Ballou asked the board to (fcnsider the wisdom of holding suchj examinations when money is not Available to pay the higher sal aries. It is possible for a teacher to earn $11,600 additional salary between the ages of 30 and 62 through promotion, Dr. Ballou told the board In response to an attack by the Teachers' Union on the promotion examinations as be ing too difficult in view of the extra compensation a teacher receives. CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN, 66, DIES AT HIS HOME Superintendent of Construction Shop in Senate Building to Be Buried Tomorrow. Charles Jesse Chamberlain, since 1906 superintendent of the construc tion shops in the Senate Office Build ing, died Sunday at his home, 4101 Fessenden street. He was 66 years old and had lived here all hie life. Mr. Chamberlain is survived by his widow, two sisters, Mrs. Amy S. Myers and Mrs. Michael J. McKenna; a brother, James E. Chamberlain, and two sons, James H. and Leonard S. Chamberlain. Funeral services will be held at St. Anne'· Catholic Church tomorrow at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. !1Y SUMMONED ΙΟ HEAR P. W. A. GRAFT CHARGES 550 Subpoenaed in Texas Canal Inquiry Involv ing $4,000,000. PROJECT CANCELED ON ORDER OF ICKES Case Is Believed to Have Grown Out of Alleged Conspiracy to Substitute Materials. Subpoenas for 550 prospective mem-1 bers of a special grand jury called to ! investigate charges of graft in con- j nection with a $4,000,000 public works ; canal project in Texas were issued to- . day in District Supreme Court. The jurors who will investigate the ! charges will be chosen from among , those subpoenaed by Justice Jesse C. Adkins. The large number of pro spective jurors called, it was explained, is made necessary by statutory regu lations for selecting special grand juries. United States Attorney Leslie C. Garnett and his assistant, John W. Fihelly, who will present the evidence to the grand jury, have refused to identify the particular project in volved. It was learned a large num ber of witnesses will be called, includ ing a number from Texas and Call- ί fornia. The investigation is expected ! to require about two weeks. I It was believed the fraud charges j grew out of an alleged conspiracy among contractors and P. W. A. offi-, cials to alter specifications for the canal project in order to use cheaper materials than those covered by the contract price. The resulting saving it is understood, was then to have been divided by the contractors and the officials Involved. The allegedly fraudulent plans were discovered by Secretary of Interior ι Ickes before the contract had actually been signed and the project immedi ateiy was canceiea Dy nim. Asked today if he is to appear as one of the witnesses, Ickes, who refused to discuss the case, replied: "I have1 not been summoned." BILL TO INCREASE ARMY IS FAVORED, House Military Committee Hears Gen. MacArthur on $405,· 000,000 Program. By the Associated Press. After hearing Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur. Army chief of staff, outline a $405.000.000 program to modernize the Army, the House Military Com mittee today recommended enactment of a measure to add 50.000 men and j 400 officers to the military forces. The bill, by Representative Thom- j ason, Democrat, of Texas, would boost ; the enlisted strength to 165,000 and the officer strength to 12 400 men. Saying the Army had been neg lected for 15 years. MacArthur de scribed a modernization program that would cover all phases of operations, with the largest amount, $90,000,000, for airplanes. Committee members suggested he ' put his recommendations in the form ' of a bill and the Army chief agreed j to do this. · FREE TALK ON BRIDGE Maxwell Johnston to Speak To- ' morrow at 8 P.M. Maxwell Johnston, contract bridge authority, will give a free lecture on that subject in the Langley Junior High School auditorium tomorrow at 8 p.m The public is Invited. Registration for a new class will be offered following the lecture. On Monday and Thursday nights Johnston already has classes for beginners and advanced players. If sufficient inter est in the class is shown it will be formed, with meetings beginning Feb ruary 13. r ι 1 rattic Keport The following is the number of traffic violations reported by the Traffic Safety Observers of Wash ington for the period of January 27 to February 2, 1935, inclusive: Weaving recklessly 8 Driving in a reckless manner . 7 Too Tast for safety 8 Failed to yield right of way... 2 Failed to obey official stop sign 11 Failed to obey traffic signal lights 42 Turned left from wrong lane.. 4 Turned right from wrong lane 5 Driving through safety zone . 0 Drove or passed on wrong side of street 10 Pulled from curb without sig naling 8 Improper lights 3 Parked abreast 3 Parked too near fire plug 1 Parked too near corner 2 Total 114 The following is the report of the Board of Revocations and Restorations: Number of cases reported ... 48 Number of permits revoked 37 Number of people called in and warned about their traffic records 50 The following is the report of traffic accidents in the District of Columbia during the period of January 27 to February 2, 1935, inclusive, as compared with the same period of 1934: 1934 1935 Deaths 2 2 Minor injuries 73 42 Property damage only. 88 81 Total 148 122 The difference in the total occurs when more than one per son was injured in the same traffic accident. BUILDING OF NEW ACCOUNT OFFICES WILE BE WEIGHED Remodeling of Pension Office Structure to Be Discussed. FINE ARTS COMMISSION TO MEET FEBRUARY 23 Land Swap May Be Effected in Rearranged Plan for Munici pal Center Project. The plan of the District Commis sioners to use part of Judiciary Square at Fifth and Ε streets for the new Municipal Center development, as projected under levised plans, brings into focus the problem of a new build ing for the General Accounting Office. The Pine Arts Commission, it was learned today, will take up this ques tion when it assembles here on Feb ruary 23 for its monthly meeting. H. P. Caemmerer, executive secre tary of the commission, revealed that the advisability of remodeling the old Pension Office Building at Fifth and G streets, on Judiciary Square, now occupied by Controller General Mc Carl and his forces, will be thor oughly discussed. There is a feeling in certain quarters that the cost of remodeling this old structure, by con structing additional wings, would be out of keeping with the results to be attained. No Site Chosen. Some proponents have advised the commission that they would like to see the General Accounting Office given new quarters. In the Government's building program here, no permanent site has been set aside for such a building, although it has been dis cussed on numerous occasions. It is considered likely that the commission will discuss at its forthcoming meet ing the possibility of locating the Gen eral Accounting Office Building on one of the blocks which the District Com missioners would give up in the rear ranged plan. There might be a land swap between the Federal ana District Governments, the municipality getting part of Ju diciary Square in exchange for one of the blocks purchased for the new Mu nicipal Center. While nothing official has yet been discussed on tills, it is considered one of the possibilities in the situation seen by observers. The new land transfer act, which was enacted through the efforts of the National Capital Park and Plan ning Commission, permits the ex change of land between different Government agencies, without the necessity of having to go to Congiess. McCarl Fears Proximity. Controller General McCarl, It is known, has objected in the past to having his office too near the execu tive departments, fearing that offi cials would be running over and ask ing for informal opinions on a variety of subjects. At one time plans were afoot to erect the controller general's new building in the vicinity of the new Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill. With the New Deal spending bil lions, with $4,880,000,000 more in sight for public works, the General Accounting Office foresees an even greater deluge of work, to say nothing of the regular business of the Gov ernment. Officials feel that such an important arm of the Government, which is credited with saving Uncle Sam millions of dollars since it was established shortly after the war, should be adequately housed. Richard N. Elliott, former Repub lican member of Congress from In diana, and now assistant controller general, played a major part in Washington's public buildings pro gram. He was chairman of the House Committee on Public Build ings and Grounds when the plans for the Federal triangle—now practically constructed—were in the formative stage. Elliott is expected to have a major hand in any plans for a new General Accounting Office Building. TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS SHOW SHARP DROP Court Notes Decided Decline in Last Week—57 Cases on Day's Docket. A decided drop in traffic violations has been noted in Traffic Court dur ing the past week, with only 57 charges listed on todays collateral sheet to be tried by Judge Ralph Given. Thirty seven of these were for parking viola tions, and only four were for speeding. Lawrence F. Hart, Clarendon, Va., was fined $40 on a reckless driving charge. John E. Malone was to be arraigned later today on a charge of driving while drunk, and Louis M. Andres for reckless driving. James Smith, charged with driving while drunk and leaving after collid ing, demanded a jury trial when ar raigned yesterday. John T. Scarborough also demanded a jury trial on a charge of driving while drunk and was released on $500 bond. Alanson Donald and Sylvia M. Van Horn demanded jury trials on reckless driving charges. MRS. KAHN TO SPEAK Representative Florence P. Kahn of California will be the principal speaker at a meeting of the National Defense Committee. District of Co lumbia Daughters of the American Revolution, Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mayflower Hotel. Another speaker will be Col. John Callan O'Loughlin. editor of the Army and Navy Journal. Mrs. Rice W. Means, chairman of the committee, will preside. Mrs. J. Frank Rice, soprano, and Mrs. James Shera Montgomery will participate in a musical program. Costume Recital Friday. V. L. Granville, the English actor, will appear in a costume recital at 8 p.m. Friday in the Shiloh Baptist Church, Ninth and Ρ streets. Character Analysis Note Gives Insurance Sellers New Weapon Blonds Best Salesmen, Men With Heavy Chins Cant Be Budged, Members of Neivly Formed Club Hear. Blonds are always the best sales men. Brunettes are the slowest thinkers. Persons with long narrow heads can look farthest into the future. Lovers of music have round ears— at the top. So say members ' of the Balkin Character Analysis Club who organ ized la-st night in the offices of Wil I liam J. Bryan, in the Investment Building—with Mr. Bryan elected to the presidency. Composed of men and women who sell life insurance, the club intends to meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, to compare notes and to prepare each other for attacks on the human frailties. Heavy Chins Cited. Thus, for instance, if a member ap proaches a man with a heavy-shot chin, a chin that protrudes two or I three inches over his collar-line, the ! bets will be called off. That man could ' not be budged an inch. He just wouldn't react to any sales talk. On the other hand, if a person with a receding chin is the recipient of a call from an insurance agent all that has to be done is to sign this man or woman on the dotted line. A clear, sparkling blue eye is the sign of a happy nature. A dark-brown eye is the reflection of a brooding soul. A thumb is indicative of all sorts of weaknesses and strength. Say a man has a long thumb. It ι means he can grab onto almost any ] thing that comes his way. A short ! stubby thumb is the indicator of a pugnacious nature. Balkin—his full name Is Harry H Balkin—came to Washington some time ago from New York and inter ested a group of insurance salesmen in his method of applied science as it affects character study. The result was the organization of the Balkin I Character Analysis Club last night in the Investment Building. "It becomes the job of the sales man to size up his client in 15 sec onds," Mr. Bryan, president of the club, said today. "Upon that study : depends success or failure. That is ■ why we have banded together—to get 1 the 'low-down' on character." Will Siie I'p Prospects. Hereafter, an insurance salesman approaching you for a contract will not step off with the question, "Arc you carrying enough life insurance?" Instead he will look at your thumbs or your cranium, or your ears, your nose, or your throat. Then that particular salesman will i decide whether you are a good pros pect—immediately, whether you can afford a $5.000 policy or a $10.000 ; policy—or what have you. j At the meeting last night Mrs. Vivian E. Wallace was elected vice I president, Miss Gladys Martin secre tary and treasury, and Howard W. Lambert publicity representative. There was also elected a committee to ; draft a constitution and by-laws, with Mrs. Vivian Wallace as chairman and R. B. Patterson and Miss Schuktze as i the other members. Relics of Pre-Prohibition Recall Hostess' Stand on Liquor. I Another capacity audience made it self "at home" today in the one-time exclusive Henderson Castle, as an auc tioneer continued his persuasive ef forts to dispose of the possessions of j I the late Mrs. John B. Henderson, so ciety leader of a past generation, ί Thousands of dollars worth of con tinental and Oriental furnishings of : the gaunt old mansion on the heights of Sixteenth street went on the auc tion table yesterday, and today there ■ was put on sale a glittering array of china and glassware. Hostess Was Prohibitionist Much comment was forthcoming ί over the sale of several sets of wine, i liqueur, champagne and cordial , glasses. Mrs. Henderson was a 1 staunch prohibitionist. The goblets I of conviviality knocked down to the highest bidder today were leftovers from pre-prohibition days, when the late Senator Henderson and his hos ! pitable wife wined and dined the elect ι of Washington. I Upon the enactment of the prohibi tion laws Mrs. Henderson announced ! no more alcoholic drinks would be ! served in her home, and to emphasize ! the edict she had all the fine wines 1 and liquors from her wine cupboard ι poured into a sewer. From that time \ until her death four years ago Mrs. Henderson allowed the wine and liquor glasses to gather dust in her cupboard. I At the Henderson feasts a vegeta i rian diet was the rule, for Mrs. Hen derson believed vegetables and fruits were foods designed by Nature for human beings. Large Supply of China. From the bewildering variety of china dinner services placed on sale by Adam A. Weschler and his son, Ralph, it appeared that Mrs. Hender son had a change of china for every day of the week—and then some in reserve. Weschler declared some of the sets cannot be duplicated at any price. All were in exceptionally fine condition—a testimonial to the care exercised by the castle's kitchen staff. There will be a recess in the sale tomorrow. When the auction is re sumed Thursday the public will have an opportunity to bid on valuable sets of silverware, a dazzling collection of feather, lace, satinwood and other types of fans, several Japanese and Chinese swords and draperies, em- I broideries and the like. The Henderson art collection will go on sale next Monday. Clinic Doctor to Speak. Dr. Paul J. Ewerhardt. director of the Washington Child Guidance Clinic, will explain the work of that organization to the Lafayette Home and School Association at the Lafay ette School, Broad Branch road. Chevy Chase, tomorrow at 8 p.m., it was an nounced today. Border Inspector Bans Immigrants Under Bible Code Ignores V. S. Law to Γse Ten Commandments, Examiner Reveals. By the Associated Press. The House Appropriations Commit tee learned today the United States had an immigration inspector on the Mexican border whose guide for the admission of foreigners was not the immigration laws but the Ten Com mandments. Daniel W. MacCormack, commis sioner of immigration and naturali zation. reported the unnamed inspec tor as saying he would debar a di vorced person from entry. An ex aminer îwinted out to him such action would not be in accordance with the law. "That don't make no difference. I go by the Ten Commandments," the inspector replied, eccording to Mac Cormack, who added his department was putting "an end to such condi tions." ZONING FIGHT RISES AGAIN ON WISCONSIN Property Owners Enter Fifth Battle in Four Years to Keep Area Residential. For the fifth time in four years property owners along Wisconsin ave nue near the proposed site of the new entrance circle will appear before the District Zoning Commission tomorrow to oppose changirg the property east of Wisconsin avenue from residential to commercial. The Chevy Chase Citizens' Asso ciation also opposes the change and expects to send a delegation to the Zoning Commission's meeting. Opponents of the pending applica tion contend an agreement was reached in February. 1934. under which the frontage on Wisconsin ave nue. back to a depth of 100 feet, was to be kept residential in exchange for a change to commercial for the area back of that. Three times prior to that efforts to change the property to a commercial classification was blocked by adjacent property owners and the citizens' association. The Wisconsin" avenue site is one of 15 proposed changes to be considered by the commission tomorrow. Mem bers of the board visited the sites yes terday. · POISON ALCOHOL STOLEN The F. P. May Co. reported to po lice today that a drum containing 50 gallons of denatured alcohol had been stolen from one of their trucks yesterday. Marshall Shumate, 407 Cedar street, Takoma Park, said the alcohol was taken from his truck on D street, between Fourth street and Seventh street southwest. The denatured alcohol is highly poisonous. Picturesque Monuments Rise On New Government Triangle Ornamental granite pylons, 26 feet high, and picturesque kiosks, with lion head fountains spouting water, are among the outstanding features of a comprehensive plan of "landscape architecture" with which the new Fed eral triangle in downtown Washing ton now is being decorated. Plans for the entire area were drawn by Ben nett, Parsons & Frost, architects, of Chicago. Under three contracts, already let by the Treasury Department, and at least one other to be let soon, the entire .irea from the Department of Commerce on the west at Fifteenth street to the Archives Building on the east at Seventh street is to be de veloped with these pylons, kiosks, side walks, flagpoles, trees, shrubbery, and grass plots. Three outstanding areas must wait for permanent development until more funds are forthcoming—the small tri angle between Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Ε streets and Pennsylvania avenue, the Grand Plaza la the heart ol the triangle, and the Great Circle, cen tering on Twelfth street. The largest of these—the Grand Plaza, between Thirteenth and Four teenth, C and D streets, now is being cleared of construction shacks, used by contractors as offices during erec tion of the buildings in the Triangle. These shacks are being torn down to make room for more automobile park ing, to which viitually all of the plaza now is devoted. A few temporary of fices remain along the south side of the plaza, south of C street. The pylons and kiosks will be used as architectural accents, to mark prln· cipal entrances to the Interior of the triangle. The first two kiosks, to be followed by more later, are to be constructed on Tenth street, one near the Depart ment of Justice, and the other near the Internal Revenue Bureau Building, between sidewalks and curbing. They rest on a base 22 by 11 feet, have shafts 12 by 9 feet and will fise 12 feet above the sidewalk. Facing Con stitution avenue will be lions' heads spouting water into fountain basin*. ι MAYFLOWER HOTEL ORDER HEED BACK, REYNOLDSASSERTS Senate Chairman to Ask Special Master to Sit on Case. I DECISION IN BANKRUPTCY CASE HELD PREMATURE Will Recommend Each Bondholder Be Asked Opinion on Dis posal Plans. Senator Reynolds, Democrat, of I North Carolina, chairman of a Senate ; committee investigating financing of ι the Hotel Mayflower, announced to day that he had received assurance I from Justice F. Dickinson Letts of the District Supreme Court that operation ! of the Mayflower reorganization order j would be held in abeyance temporarily, ι The Senator said he would recommend ! appointment of a special master to sit ' on the case. Reynolds yesterday criticized the ac tion of the court in deciding the bank : ruptcy case without waiting for com I pletion oi the senatoriar investigation, ι Reynolds will recommend that the J special master see each of the bond ! holders of the hotel property on their j preference for one of two offers now 1 open to them and follow the majority I decision in deciding disposition of the hotel. Λίκ company rropowa. Specifically, the two offers are these: The first offered by the Majority ι Bondholders' Protective Committee I proposes that control of the hotel be ι vested in a new company directed by three voting trustees and the Amer· I ican Security & Trust Co. The bond holders are to receive $4.450.000 in new 5 per cent 15-year bonds. They will receive also stock in the new cor poration. Both bonds and stock will be delivered in units of 10 shares ol stock to each $1.000 bond. At the same time the new company would take over $600.000 in cash now on hand as accrued profit of the hotel during the past two years. Of this amount $100,000 would be held aa operating capital and the remaining ; $500.000 would be devoted to paying expenses of receivership, litigation and I other expenses. No cash would be ι given to present security holders, their sole receipts being the new bonds and ' stock. I Control of the new company would remain in the hands named above for a period of two years, with the option to renew for eight more years if agree able to 51 per cent of the stockholders. Sale Also Suggested. The alternative is the outright sale of the hotel property to the Manger j Hotel interests at a figure of $4.000.000. Of this amount, $1,000.000 would be turned over in cash to present bond holders. and the remaining $3.000.000 would be distributed in the form of new 15-year 5 per cent bonds. At the same time the $600,000 now held by the company would be distributed to j the present bondholders. Senator Reynolds' announcement was made this morning after the committee had heard further testimony from Joseph Low. counsel for minority first bondholders. Following his announce ment the committee adjourned until this afternoon, when they will hear Paul E. Lesh, counsel for the majority ; bondholders' group, and a representa 1 tive of the Manger Hotel interests of New York. I The court order issued about a week ago would have placed in effect the ! reorganization plan offered by the j Bondholders' Committee. The Sen I ator said his recommendation prob I ably would be drawn tonight or to 1 morrow morning and upon approval of other members of the committee would be made to the court at once. Meanwhile. Senator Reynolds has drafted two proposed amendments to section 77-B of the bankruptcy act. The first of these would prerent brok erage houses from instigating reor ganization and would call for appoint ments of special masters in bank ruptcy cases similar to this one. The second of the amendments would re quire the deposit of bondholders' lists with the court in bankruptcy cases. D. C. MORTGAGES BILL ACTION IS DEFERRED Judiciary Subcommittee Puts Off Consideration After Citi zens Protest. ! The House District Subcommittee on Judiciary today postponed action . on a bill introduced in the Senate J which would make certain changes I in the rules governing recording of mortgages in the District, when the Federation of Citizens' Associations raised a number of objections to the wording of the bill. The bill designed to protect the public from circulation of fraudulent securities by requiring the recorder of deeds to stamp the note when a deed ί οί trust Is recorded and also when I notes are released. George E. Sulli van. counsel for the federation, raised I six objections to the bill. Long arguments between Sullivan and Roger Whiteford, attorney for a District bank, consumed so much time that Representative Palmisiano, Demo crat, of Maryland, chairman of the subcommittee, was forced to postpone the hearing He requested that Sulli van and Whiteford iron out their differences between themselves and re port to a meeting of the subcommittee which will be called within the next few days. Francis G. Addison, jr., of the Dis trict Bankers' Association, and Clinton James, representing the District Build· ing and Loan League, were also heard. Births Reported. William and Mary Brown, bov. Frank and Miry Walston, boy. Edward and Edith Pumphrey. boy. Laurence and Virginia Bailey. boy. John and Ida HUdtbrand. boy. Ed*ar and Lillian Cook. bov. James and Cora Griffin, boy. Clifton and Veronica Lord. airt. Jean and Ethel Dillard, girl. Carl and Inez Bchedler. girl. Waiter and Gladys Belt. »irl ι Arthur and Ida Bradshaw. girl. Joseph and Mary Carroll, bar·