Washington News tSOP Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1935. * PAGE B—1
HIGH RENT MIS
Joint Conference Authorized
to Decide on Remedy
REAL ESTATE COUNSEL
Survey by Employes’ Group
Claims Emergency Conditions
Exist in Washington.
BY JAMES E. CHINN.
Aroused by continued complaints
! over alleged “rent gouging,” the House
District Committee today made prep
arations for a joint conference with
the Senate District Committee to de
termine what remedial steps should
The committee discussed the rent
situation in executive session and as
a result, Chairman Norton was au
thorized to seek an immediate con
ference with Chairman King of the
Senate District Committee to make
arrangements for a joint meeting of
the two committees to map out a
course of action.
Mrs. Norton said an investigation
of the rent situation by the joint
Senate and House District Commit
tees, or legislation creating a rent
commission to control rentals similar
to the one existing in Washington
during the war period had been sug
• The two committees have not met
together since joint hearings on the
District liquor control bill more than
a year ago.
Complaints Flour In.
Members of the House committee,
according to Mrs. Norton, have been
swamped with "ever mounting com
plaints" about “rent gouging" from
members of Congress as well as Gov
• ernment employes. Some of these
complaints, she declared, charged cer
tain apartment house owners are
planning to raise rentals as soon as
In the meantime, committee mem
bers received from Roger J. White
ford, counsel for the Real Estate Leg
islative Committee, a letter containing
an offer to submit the results of its
survey of the rental situation here.
Whiteford explained the committee
was organized in January, when there
was an indication an effort would be
made to enact rental legislation, for
the purpose of ascertaining facts con
cerning the rental situation in the
Claims Increase Slight.
The Real Estate Committee, White
ford declared, found that no emer
gency exists and that rents generally
have increased barely one-fifth of 1
per cent between January 1, 1934, and
January 1, 1935, compared with a
rise throughout the country during
the same period of almost 7 per cent.
Returns on apartment properties,
Whiteford also said, cannot be con
sidered unreasonable unless an av
erage net income of less than 5 per
1 cent on the assessed value of prop
erties be deemed unreasonable.
“I respectfully request, therefore,
as counsel for this committee, rep
resenting, as it does, upward of 250
owners controlling over $42,000,000
In assessed value of apartment prop
erties having some 11,000 tenants
and paying over $700,000 in taxes,
the opportunity to be heard before
j time, effort and money are wasted
in an endeavor to prove charges and
statements which we can show are
not based upon the actual facts.”
Report Finds Emergency.
Meantime, a report on a recent
survey of housing conditions in Wash
ington by the District of Columbia
Federation of Federal Employes’ Un
ions, described conditions here as an
‘‘emergency, unprecedented in its se
verity and resulting in unusual hard
Some of the facts revealed in the
survey, which was conducted through
questionnaires sent to Federal em
"Housing conditions here are now
more critical than at any time in the
history of the city.
“A definite shortage exists In vir
tually all forms of housing.
“Rents are exorbitant.”
Crowded Situation Cited.
The report also points out that
“tenement” conditions exist, with as
many as four or more persons occupy
ing a one-room apartment or a single
furnished room. The high rentals for
these living quarters place them be
yond the means of the family with
but one wage-earner, the report con
Rentals for suburban property here
are mounting rapidly because of the
exodus of Government workers to
nearby cities, the report states, and
occupancy of unfit quarters in anti
quated rooming houses has been in
creased because many workers cannot
afford the high rentals of homes and
D. C. BILL CHANGES
REJECtED BY HOUSE'
Measure Sent to Conference as
Senate Amendments Meet
The House, acting on motion of
Chairman Cannon of the Subcommit
tee in Charge of the District Appro
priation Bill, today disagreed to the
Senate amendments on that measure
and sent the bUl to conference.
The House appointed as conferees
Representatives Cannon and Blanton
of Texas, both Democrats, and Repre
sentative Ditter of Pennsylvania, Re
publican. No conference with the
Senate has been arranged.
As it passed the House the bill
carried $39,308,404. To this the Sen
ate added $3,452,215.
The most controversial difference
between the two houses is that the
Senate increased the lump-sum Fed
eral contribution from $5,700,000 to
$8,317,500, which represents the aver
age of Federal payments to the Dis
trict during the last 10 years.
Street Car Hits Truck as Tracks Split
Mrs. Ella Williams. 49, of 59 L street northeast, seated In the rear of this wrecked street car, was Injured
about the chest and back today when the rear wheels of the vehicle took the wrong tracks. The end of the car
was thrown into a truck waiting to dump a load of asphalt on a street project at the intersection. None of the
other 15 passengers or the truck driver was injured, police said.
Street car traffic was held up for about half an hour, with cars lined from the accident intersection, Fifth
and G streets, to Thirteenth and G streets. Lester H. Mock, 35, 1164 Abbey place northeast, was operator of the
one-man street car bound for the Bureau of Engraving. Police were unable to name the driver of the truck. Mrs.
Williams was treated at Casualty Hospital, where her condition was listed as undetermined. Motorman Mock is
shown helping to clear the WTeckage. —Star Staff Photo.
TO BE TAKEN UP
Commissioners Would Use
Data on Housing in
A proposal for a detailed survey of
the housing needs of the public
school system, intended to be a guide
in formation of future budgets, will
be discussed at the Friday meeting
of the Board of Commissioners.
The subject has been discussed pri
vately by Commissioner Melvin C.
Hazen, Supt. of Schools Frank W.
Ballou and Henry Gilligan, member of
the Board of Education, for more
than a month.
Commissioner Hazen said today he
had not yet determined how such a
study would be financed, or who
would make it, or just what would be
the scope of the survey. He said he
was convinced that data collected
would be of real advantage to the
Commissioners in acting on requests
of school authorities for public works
allotments as well as for regular ap
propriation items for meeting school
It is his idea to appoint a commit
tee of informed and interested resi
dents as an advisory body, and, if
funds can be found, to hire educa
tional experts to do the technical work.
He said he would like to see a count
of available seats in the existing build
ings and studies of present and ex
pected future population as a gauge
of the actual physical needs of the
school system. He suggested forma
tion of a tentative five-year building
program as a starting point.
“The point is,” he said, “school offi
cials each year send us requested
appropriation estimates, and this year
have filed with us a long list of pro
posed school building projects which
might be financed under the public
works program. We at the District
Building do not know ourselves just
what the needs are and now must
depend solely on the advice of school
officials. I think it would be helpful
if such a study could be made. It
would add weight in Congress to the
requests of school officials as ap
proved by the Commissioners.”
Planning Group Aid.
Hazen suggested that the National
Capital Park and Planning Commis
sion might be able to aid in the
Dr. Ballou has approved the pro
posal. On March 22 he addressed a
letter to Hazen, regarding a previous
conference about the plan. He said:
“I am writing to record my unquali
fied indorsement of a survey of the
buildings, grounds and equipment of
the public schools. Such a survey
would be the basis of determining a
constructive program for replacement
of out-of-date buildings, as well as
construction of additional buildings
to take care of the school population.
“I should also offer no objections
to a corresponding survey of the edu
cational program of the public schools,
if the Commissioners decide to have
such a survey made. In that case, I
would assume that members of the
educational profession competent to
pass judgment upon a comprehensive
forward-looking program of public
education would be employed to make
YOUTH KILLED ON TRAIN
WILL BE BURIED FRIDAY
Funeral services for Edward I. Cof
fey. 21, of 1900 Second street north
east, who was killed on a train
of Tech High School in 1934, was
making his way to a Federal relief
project in Arizona. The fatal acci
dent occurred when a sudden stop
of a freight train dislodged a steel
roller from its moorings. Crushed to
death, he was identified by letters
in his pocket from Washington rela
He is survived by his father, James
I. Coffey of Areola, Va., and a sister,
Mrs. Lydia Woollen, 608 Elliott street
Burial will be in Cedar Hill Ceme
Of Charges After
Roiv With Man, 77
AltercationF olloiving Re
moval of Tree Ends
Pvt. J. W. Peters, eighth precinct,
was exonerated by the Police Trial
Board today of charges preferred by
William Rechtenburg, 4700 block of
Chesapeake street, as the outgrowth
of an altercation involving a tree
Peters and his father, J. H. Peters,
were employed by Mr. and Mrs. Rech
tenburg to remove a tree from their
lawn. A misunderstanding arose, the
"lie’J was passed, and Rechtenburg,
77 years old, is alleged to have struck
Later, it was charged, Peters placed
the elderly man under arrest on a
charge of assault, requiring him to
post $10 bond for his release. Mean
while, the tree was removed and
Peters and his father collected $25
for the job. The trial board cleared
Peters of any wrong doing.
CLOSING OF LENT
Catholic Schedule Includes
Chanting of Tenebrae
The solemn services of Holy week,
marking the end of the Lenten sea
son, will begin in Catholic churches
tonight, to continue until Easter
In the several churches, the office
of the Tenebrae will be chanted to
night; tomorrow generally, there will
be the eucharistic processions in the
morning, followed by the 24-hour
vigil while Good Friday will witness
the observance of the three hours
agony of the cross, which likewise is
solemnized by some Protestant de
50 Voices in Choir.
A choir of 50 voices from the Au
gustinian College at Catholic Univer
sity will chant the Tenebrae tonight
and Friday night at 8 o’clock, at St.
Augustine’s Church, and tomorrow
night at the same hour at St.
Matthew’s, using music that has never
been printed, but copied by hand, and
brought down through the Augustin -
ian order. This music will be in
charge of Rev. Thomas F. Walsh, and
the choir leader will be Rev. Joseph
At Immaculate Conception, the of
fice will be chanted tonight, Thursday
and Friday nights at 7:45 by Friars of
the Atonement. There also will be
a sermon each night. Mass will be
said at 9 o’clock each morning at this
church, but the usual noon mass will
Good Friday Service.
The service Good Friday will be
from noon to 3 o’clock, conducted by
Rey. Felix Kirsch. of the Capuchins.
The music will be directed by Prof.
Harry Wheaton Howard, with Fred
East, Bernard Fitzgerald and Norman
De Meza as soloists for numbers by
girls from Immaculate Conception
Albert and Della Hayes, boy.
George and Gladys Kite. boy.
William and Mary Taylor, boy.
Lester and Irene English, boy.
George and Olga Reler. girl.
Henry and Rita Rucker, girl.
George and Johnnie Preston, girl.
Norman and Shirley Droste. girl.
Albert and Dorothy Remmer. girl.
Thornton and Frances Phillips, girl.
Charles and Eleanor Eggert. girl.
Myer and Ada Revitz, girl.
Carl and Fern MarshaU. boy.
John and Marguerite Shannon, boy.
Morris and Fannie Blletzky, boy.
Hiram and Ruth Lyon. boy.
William and Jane Bowman, boy.
Horace and Catherine Long. girl.
John and Louise Torrloa, girl.
Joseph and Helen Mudd. girl.
Raymond and Elizabeth Lash. girl.
Carl and Elaine Dunyer, girl.
Michael and Elga Rich. girl.
George and Lillian Kiessling, girl.
William and Elizabeth Miller, boy.
Arthur and Beatrice Eno. boy.
Arthur and Serena Williams, girl.
Jessie and Annie Wiliams, boy.
Daniel and Bessie Galloway, girl,
Harrison and Corrine Crowe, boy.
Robert and Helen Hawkins, girl.
AUrgd and Ada Travers, strL
Churches and Others Fight
Strenuous objection against rezon
ing Monroe and Newton streets, west
of Sixteenth, for erection of apart
ment houses, was voiced today before
the Zoning Commission. Only three
members of the Commission were
present—Engineer Commissioner Dan
I. Sultan, Commissioner MeMtn ©.
Hazen and Amo B. Commerer.
The Rev. Bernard Braskamp. D. D„
pastor of the Gunton - Temple Me
morial Presbyterian Church, adjoining
! whose property the proposed apart
; ment house would be erected, ap
: peared on behalf of his congregation,
I numbering 1,000 persons. He pro
tested against rezoning, explaining it
would disturb religious services.
Martin McNamara, attorney, ap
peared for the Sacred Heart Church,
! which has a school and convent on a
i lot to the west of the proposed apart
! ment house site. McNamara pleaded
| for quiet for the 30 Dominican nuns
| who reside in the convent.
T. A. Braden, a member of the
Zoning Committee of the Mount
Pleasant Citizens’ Association, voiced
opposition on behalf of 90 per cent
of the residents of Mount Pleasant.
He said they were all represented by
Cites Court Decisions.
John E. Lorson, an attorney, filed a
brief on behalf of Gunton - Temple
Church, showing past decisions of local
courts upheld all previous rulings of
the Zoning Commissions in previous
cases similar to the one under ad
visement. W. W. Millan, lawyer, also
appeared for this church and for sev
eral other parties interested in ex
cluding the apartment.
The gist of the argument was that
construction of the apartment house
would be a menace to the safety, health
and morals of the community. It
was pointed out that there has been
no rezoning in Mount Pleasant since
it was first zoned years ago.
INJURED BY CAR
Miss Mary Dowling at Hospital
After Accident at Sixth
Miss Mary Dowling, 51, of 508 Fifth
street was in a critical condition to
day in Emergency Hospital suffering
from Injuries received yesterday after
noon when she was struck by a
street car on Pennsylvania avenue
near Sixth street. She is being treated
for brain concussion, cuts, bruises and
Police say she had alighted from
an east-bound car and walked from
behind it directly in front of a west
bound car. The latter was operated
by Motorman George Dodd, 23.
Police today were seeking the driver
of an automobile who failed to make
known his identity after his machine
had collided with an automobile driven
by Louis Ralto, 41, of Seat Pleasant,
Md„ at North Capitol and E streets.
Ralto was treated at Casualty Hos
pital for chest injuries and bruises.
X-rays were to be taken to determine
whether he has rib fractures.
Pete Eliades, 39, of 2809 M street
was treated at Georgetown Hospital
yesterday for head injuries, cuts and
shock suffered, police say, when he
walked into the side of a truck in the
2800 block of Pennsylvania avenue.
His condition was said to be not
Cake Sale Tomorrow.
A cake sale will be held tomorrow
afternoon at the Joseph Rodman West
School, Farragut street between Thir
teenth and Fourteenth streets, under
auspices of the Parent-Teacher Asso
ciation. The proceeds will be used for
the purchase of books for the school
TO AVOID PEI
AT MICHIGAN AVE.
Death of 14 Pupils at Rock
ville Prompts Laurel
ONLY SERVICE NOW
Busses to B.un South From Michi
gan Avenue on Tenth Northeast
to Monroe and Bridge.
The death of 14 school children In
the train and bus crash at Rockville
last Thursday night moved the Pub
lic Utilities Commission today to or
der a change in the Hyattsville-Laurel
bus route to avoid the railroad grade
crossing at Michigan avenue.
Effective Sunday, these busses will
be routed from Michigan avenue south
on Tenth street northeast to Monroe
street, and then west over the Mon
roe Street Bridge and thence to town
over the regular route. The terminus
is at Tenth and E streets.
The bus line carries a heavy traffic
and the vehicles now follow Michigan
avenue across the Baltimore & Ohio
tracks, where main-line trains fre
quently pass. This is the only bus
line in the District now crossing a
main-line railroad at a grade.
Work Ordered Speeded.
Meanwhile, more speed in construc
tion work that is delaying street car
track changes needed in the general
rerouting program was ordered by En
gineer Commissioner Dan I. Sultan.
The Capital Transit Co. has been
asked to hasten, if possible, the build
ing of new conduit and surface track
and other connections ordered for
At the same time Sultan ordered a
double shift of District workmen to
be engaged on changes in the under
ground work on Wisconsin avenue
from P to M streets. This must be
finished before new tracks can be laid
there to make possible substitution of
bus service for the old P street tracks
from Rock Creek to Wisconsin avenue.
Water mains and electric lines there
must be lowered in grade before the
underground track conduit is laid by
the street car company.
The P Street Bridge over Rock Creek
is to be finished in about a month.
Estimates are it will require two
months, at least, to complete the track
work on Wisconsin avenue. A turn
is to be laid at Wisconsin avenue and
M street, so that Wisconsin avenue
cars can proceed to the downtown
section via M street and Pennsylvania
avenue instead of through the P street
P street cars now are carried over
Rock Creek on a trestle while the
new bridge is being built. Officials
wish to substitute bus service for this
line as soon as possible, so the trestle
can be removed.
EDWARD T. O’CONNOR
Well Known Alabama Historian
Was Connected With Rail
road Here 15 Years.
Funeral services for Edward T.
O'Connor, connected with the Southern
Railway here for the last 15 years and
a well known Alabama historian, will
be held at the Hysong funeral chapel
tomorrow at 2 p.m., followed by burial
in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. O’Con
nor died yesterday in Providence Hos
pital after a short illness.
Bom in Eutaw, Ala., in 1860, his
home here was at 1020 Sixteenth
street. He was an active member of
the American Historical Society of New
He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Constance Steele O’Connor; a daugh
ter, Mrs. Quarles J. Brown, and three
grandchildren, Margaret, Kathleen and
Quarles Brown, all of Washington.
Joint Devotion to Be Held Fri
day at Foundry Methodist
A three-hour joint service of de
votion will be held in the Foundry
Methodist Episcopal Church, Six
teenth and P streets, from noon
until 3 p.m. Friday, In commemora
tion of the three hours Jesus was
upon the cross.
The service has been arranged by
Rev. Benjamin W. Meeks, superin
tendent of Methodist Episcopal
Churches of the Washington district.
Addresses will be made by Rev.
Raphael H. Miller, National City
Christian Church: Rev. Vernon Nor
wood Ridgely, Calvary M. E. Church:
Rev. Philip C. Edwards, Washington
Grove M. E. Church: Rev. Edward
O. Clark, Chevy Chase Baptist
Church; Rev. George H. Bennett,
Wilson Memorial M. E. Church: Rev.
Willis W. Delaplaln of the Seat Pleas
ant M. E. Church and Rev. James
Shera Montgomery, chaplain of the
Music will be in charge of Justin
Lawrie, director of music in the
Foundry Church, assisted by the
Foundry Chorus and Harlan Randall,
with Mabel Linton Williams at the
organ. The public generally is in
vited for all or-part of the service.
WORK FOR BLIND TOPIC
Mrs. P. W. Holt Will Address
Sibley Hospital Guild.
Mrs. F. W. Holt will deliver an ad
dress on work being done for the blind
at the monthly meeting tomorrow at
11 a.m. of the Woman's Guild of
Sibley Hospital in Rust Hall, 1150
North Capitol street.
A report will be made at the meet
ing on the guild’s recent tea and
linen shower. Rev. W. M. Michael
of Eldbrooke M. E. Church will have
Police and Firemen Interrupt
Locked-In 2-Year-Old Shaver
David Jackson. 2 (left), and his brother Robert. 3. at their home
today after the younger boy had locked the bath room door and refused
to unlock It because he was having too good a time playing with his
father’s shaving brush.
David JACKSON. only 2 years
old, but made of stern stuff,
prefers to be unmolested
while shaving. This morn
ing it took the best efforts of
his mother, brother, sister and the
fire rescue squad to beat down that
detached insistence upon Isolation.
Up and finished with his daily
dozen early today, David took himself
off to the bath room for some free
for-all shaving, such as he had seen
his father do. Unfortunately, his 3
year-old brother, Robert, was caught
in the tide of events and went to the
bath room at the same time.
Inside and ready to start opera
tions, David decided to lock the door
against interruption, a trick which
Robert has not learned. Then,
razorless, but with a shaving brush
and a bowl of water, David devoted
himself to the business in hand with
a singleness of purpose which defied
Robert, feeling no need for scraping
his beard, or even splashing soap and
water around with a shaving brush,
became bored with proceedings and
asked to be let out. David would have
none of it—the fellow' was in, let him
Mrs. Yvonne Jackson, the mother.
had finished dressing their sister
Marion. 7, for school and she sent out
a call for the two truant gentlemen.
Robert heard the call and was pre
pared to answer, but David kept on
shaving. Pleas, threats and pressure
of various kinds throughout an hour
failed to move the imperturbable
David—he had something to do and ;
he was doing it.
“Dada too busy.” was his only I
answer to commands to surrender.
As a final recourse, Mrs. Jackson
appealed to the police. Finding
nothing in the statutes about shaving
behind locked doors, the officers of
law enforcement appealed in turn to
the Fire Department.
Engine Company No. 17 responded,
and results were almost immediate.
Running a ladder up to the second
floor bath room window, a storming
party entered and unlocked the door.
From then on. David rapidly lost
control of the whole situation. Robert
took his liberty, and Mrs. Jackson
took the shaving brush, also the key
to the bath room.
William Jackson, scientist in the
Bureau of Animal Industry, is the
youngsters’ father. He had left home
this morning before David conceived
National Society to Meet
Roosevelt in “Off the
Editors of more than 100 leading
newspapers are expected to attend the
opening session of the three-day con
vention of the American Society of
Editors which will begin tomorrow
afternoon. For some years the con
vention has been held annually at the
National Press Club.
Government officials, foreign cor
respondents and the editors them
selves will take part in the discussions
of editorial policies, including the re
lation of the modem newspaper to
White Among Speakers.
William Allen White, Emporia
(Kans.) Gazette; Wallace Odell, West
chester (N. Y.) Newspapers, Inc., and
Tom Wallace, Louisville Times, will be
the speakers at the first session tomor
row afternoon. Their addresses will fol
low speeches by Mark Foote, president
of the Press Club, and Grove Patter
son, Toledo Blade, president of the
Tomorrow night tbe editors will be
guests at the White House for an “off
the record” interview with President
There will be both morning and
afternoon sessions Friday. Julis Co
bum of the Ladies’ Home Journal will
speak at a “shop talk” luncheon.
Europe to Be Subject.
Dorothy Thompson, who was given
24 hours to leave Germany after pub
lication of an interview with Adolf
Hitler; Raymond Gram Swing, for
merly dean of European correspond
ents, and Paul Scott Mowrer, formerly
Paris correspondent and now associate
editor of the Chicago Daily News, will
discuss the news in Europe Friday aft
ernoon. That evening there will be
a reception at the Press Club.
Saturday, at noon, Donald Rich
berg, executive director of National
Emergency Council and chairman of
the N. R. A. Board, will talk “off the
record” at a luncheon.
Senator Borah and Frank H. Si
monds will be the speakers at a ban
quet at the Willard Hotel. Henry J.
Allen, former Governor of Kansas and
United States Senator, will act as
Patrick J. Farrell, who retired Jan
uary l as a member of the Interstate
Commerce Commission, has been ap
pointed assistant general counsel for
Farrell, a resident of the District,
has been connected with the com
mission for many years. He served
two terms as commissioner, but was
not reappointed by President Roose
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Famed Mint Bed
At White House
May Be Restored
By the Associated Press.
The historic White House mint
bed may be restored.
Asked today at his press con
ference about the old mint bed
which was destroyed in remodel
ing the White House grounds
several years ago, President
Roosevelt said he would make an
He observed that mint was a
delicacy in lamb gravy. Another
widespread use was not men
KING MAY APPOINT
Senate Subcommittee Would
Confer With District
Chairman King of the Senate Dis
trict Committee said today he is con
sidering appointment of a subcommit
tee to confer during the Summer with
District officials regarding the recent
report of the Treasury Department on
The Treasury report recommended
that further study be made by experts
within and outside the Federal Gov
ernment of municipal tax comparisons
and also of the problem of how the ex
penses of the National Capital should
be apportioned between the Federal
and Districts governments.
Senator King indicated there would
not be time before the Summer recess
Df Congress to consider the question
raised in the report. Meanwhile, the
Utah Senator, who is one of the con
ferees on the 1936 District appropri
ations bill, will support the Senate’s
action in raising the Federal share of
the 1936 bill.
The House left the Federal payment
at $5,700,000, while the Senate raised
it to $8,317,500, the figure recom
mended by the Commissioners in their
S. £. C. Official to Speak.
Allen Troup, assistant to the general
:ounsel of the Security and Exchange
Commission, will explain functions of
the commission in an open meeting
under auspices of the Y. M. C. A.
Men’s Forum tomorrow at 8:15 p.m.
In the Central Y, M. C. A., Eighteenth
and G streets.
Woman, 70, Hurt in Fall.
Mrs. Fannie Cadel, 70, of 1318 Ken
ron street, suffered a fractured hip
ate yesterday in a fall to the side
walk at Eleventh and G streets. She
m finvimasf fiocpit&i,
Bill TO EXTEND
FRONT OF CAPITOL
Fine Arts Commission Head
Lauds Idea at House
DAVID LYNN ALSO
Sponsors of Measure Say Dome
Should Be Reproduced in
Marble as Next Step.
The bill to extend the central por
tion of the East front of the Capitol
and to resurface with marble the old
limestone portions was given hearty
support at a hearing today before the
House Committee on Public Buildings
and Grounds. The bill already has
passed the Senate.
Charles Moore, chairman of the
Fine Arts Commission, with Repre
sentative Montague of Virginia, who
has been sponsoring the proposed leg
islation for 18 years, and David Lynn,
architect of the Capitol, appeared to
indorse the proposal. The hearing will
be continued tomorrow at 10 a m., with
Francis P. Sullivan, consulting archi
tect, as the first witness.
Chairman Moore and Representative
Montague both stressed the necessity
for completing the Capitol Building
as the principal structure in this
country and went beyond the present
bill in urging that eventually the dome
should be reproduced in marble.
Studied Capitol History.
Moore explained that for more than
25 years he has made intensive study
of the history of the Capitol Build
ing and helped Glenn Brown in pre
paring his history of the Capitol.
"The Capitol, from the beginning,
has been the chief building of the
United States and one of the most
beautiful legislative buildings in all
the world," he said. "The Capitol
today is an incompleted building, and
until the east front is extended and
the dome is adequately supported it
will remain unfinished.
"Architecturally, the Capitol Build
ing should be put in the best possible
He quoted former Speaker Cannon
when alterations at the White House
were under consideration as saying
that the work should be done right,
no matter what it cost.
"The Capitol Building should be
completed and the dome done in mar
ble, as all the great domes of the
world are in marble, no matter w'hat
the cost.” he emphasized. He also
pointed out that the historic frieze
inside the dome should be reproduced
in sculptured bands.
Supporting the bill, which provides
for creation of a commission to pre
pare plans and make recommenda
tions for completion of the Capitol, •
Moore said the whole scheme of ex
tension must be restudied and cannot
be carried forward on the previously
Both Moore and Lynn emphasized
that no material change will be made
in the Interior of the structure and
that the intention is to reproduce in
the new marble front the architectural
details as they now exist. Particu
larly, it was explained there will be
no change in the old Supreme Court
room, which was the original Senate
chamber, or in Statuary Hall, the
original House chamber.
Representative Burnham, Repub
lican, of California, and a half dozen
other members of the committee
showed interest In having the work
authorized, following as far as possible
the original plans of Thomas U. Wal
ter. the architect in 1851, and with as
little sacrificed as possible of historic
Moore and Montague impressed
upon the committee that the building
is a growing institution which should
reflect the growth of the country and
DISTRICT STANDS 20th
IN PER CAPITA RELIEF
March Figure Is $1.37 Against
34 Cents in Louisville, El
wood Street Reports.
The District was ranged twentieth
in a list of 32 cities in the amount of
money spent per capita on relief dur
ing March, it was reported today by
Elwood Street, welfare director. The
per capita relief costs here were $1.37,
as compared with 34 cents in Louis
ville, which had the lowest figure, and
with $2.87 per capita in Buffalo, which
showed the highest cost.
Washington was thirteenth in the
amount of money spent per relief case,
with $29.04. Boston spent the most
per case, with $47.34. In most cities
it was found Washington costs were
below the average of the 32 cities.
BEGIN AT SUNDOWN
Jewish People Throughout World
to Commemorate Deliver
ance of Race.
As the sun drops below the west
ern horizon tonight Jewish people
throughout the world will begin their
annual observance of the Passover.
Commemorating the deliverance of
their race from the bondage of Egypt,
the memorial period will last eight
In Washington, services have been
planned for various times at all the
synagogues. At the Jewish Com
munity Center a public seder will be
held at 6:30 pan. On April 25, the
final day of the period, the memorial
services will be dedicated to the dead.
Services will be held at 8:30 a.m.
tomorrow and Friday at Adas Israel
Congregation Synagogue, and again
at 10 a.m. at the same place. At
the Washington Hebrew Congregation
Synagogue a special Passover cantata
tuu been planned lor Friday night,
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