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CASE IS PREDICTED BT ACE DETECTIVE Itzel, dn Return to Marlboro, Hirts Solution Within Week. GOES INTO CONFERENCE WITH STATE’S ATTORNEY Girl's Garroted Body Was Found November 9 in Woods Near Her Home. BACKGROUND— On night of November 4, Corinna Loring, 26, public stenographer, disappeared, from her Mount Rain ier home: two days later she was to have wed. Richard Tear, attendant at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. On afternoon of November 9 a hunter discovered garroted body of Miss Loring in woods near home. „ Three police forces investigated, finally placed case in hands of Lieut. Itzel, Baltimore detective. Tear was held for questioning, re leased, recalled several times. Girl’s mother, last person known to have seen her alive, also has been questioned several times, as have several former suitors. Thus far, however, not even motive for kill ing has been made known by po lice. Early solution of the Corinna Lor ing murder mystery was indicated by Lieut. Joseph Itzel late yesterday, two months after the 26-year-old bride elect disappeared from her home in Mount Rainier, Md. The veteran ' Baltimore detective hinted to reporters at Upper Marlboro that he expects a ■•break'1 in the baffling case within a week. Itzel re turned to headquarters of the investi gation at Upper Marlboro after a two weeks’ absence in Baltimore. The detective was immediately closeted with State's Attorney Alan Bowie, who is co-operating with Itzel and Sergt. Leo Vogelsang, also of the Baltimore force, in conducting the in quiry. Richard Tear, 29, attendant at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and fiance of the murdered girl, was released by order of Lieut. Itzel early in the investiga tion after he had been arrested for questioning by Mount Rainier police. At the request of detectives, he has gone to Upper Marlboro many times for questioning. The girl's garroted and beaten body was found November 9 in a lonely clump of pines about a quarter of a mile from her home. She disappeared on Monday, November 4, after making plans to marry Tear the following Wednesday. • • * VICTIM OF GAS STILL UNCONSCIOUS Mrs. Mary C. King in Serious Condition, While Two Children Show Improvement. Mrs. Mary C. King. 32, who with her two children was overcome by gas in their home at 3625 Eighteenth street northeast yesterday, was still unconscious in Gallinger Hospital to day. Joyce King, 4. and Thomas, 15 months, were in a “much-improved” condition at home. Attracted by escaping gas from jets of the kitchen range. Mrs. H. R. Trittipoe and Mrs. Charles Boggs, neighbors, broke into the King resi dence through a rear door. Finding Mrs. King and the chil dren unconscious in bed in separate rooms, they summoned hospital aid. The children soon were revived. Mrs. King, however, was transferred to the hospital. According to her husband William, a mail carrier, the door to his wife's second-floor bed room was open and the windows closed and the door to the children's rooms was closed and the windows open. He said Mrs. King had been nervous and despondent of late and asked him prior to his going to work to stay home that day. BILL ASKS REMOVAL OF CAPITOL TRACKS Street Car Rerouting Sought to Shift Kails on East and South Sides. A bill designed to force the Capital Transit Co. to remove all car tracks on the east and south sides of the Capitol was Introduced late yesterday by Rep resentative Snyder, Democrat, of Pennsylvania. A rerouting plan which would place the tracks several blocks away from the Capitol is outlined in the measure. The changes would have to be com pleted by January 1, 1937. The bill stipulates that if the transit company fails to obey the mandate of' Congress, the District government would be required to do the rerouting and assess the cost against the com pany. “Keep the Buck!” Says Defendant In Traffic Court Bench Amazed as She Walks Out—Clerk Has Extra Bookkeeping. “Aw. keep the buck!” Judge Isaac R. Hitt and other offi cials were amazed in Traffic Court today when this retort was flung at the bench by Miss Claire Bloomberg after she had been fined $2 for park ing on a restricted street. The young woman had posted $3 collateral and was supposed to have waited until a bailif could take her to the financial clerk to get the dol lar change. Instead she went out the door. Regaining his composure. Judge Hitt dispatched a bailiff after Miss Bloomberg and she was returned be fore the judge. He informed her she had a dollar coming to her. With a wave of her hand she re peated her previous statement and flounced from the room. Now the financial clerk must carry the dollar on his books for two fears before It can be turned into 4tae Treasury. • Prisoner in Alcatraz Seeks Custody of His Young Son “Bulldog” Sweeney Asks Court to Deny Child to Mother. * Prom behind the forbidding walls of Alcatraz, impregnable California pris on, where the Nation’s most danger ous criminals are housed, came a plea today for the custody of a child. In a penciled note Addressed to the District Supreme Court, John Elmer (Bulldog) Sweeney, Washington gang ster, begged that the court refrain from awarding permanent custody of ; his young son, Allan Lee, 4, to his wife, who is seeking a divorce. He asked that the question of Anal custody be kept open “until such time as I, personally, can appear before the honorable court in my own behalf." Convicted in two cases of robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon, Sweeney is serving a sentence of from 5 to 10 years in the island prison. He wrote that he does not oppose the petition of his wife, Mrs. Cather ine Rollins Sweeney, for absolute divorce. Mrs. Sweeney, who lives at 1528 D street northeast, had asked to be freed of marital bonds on the ground her husband was convicted of a felony. The couple was married in Howard County, Md., in August, 1930. and sep arated the following April. The child was born two months later. Sweeney was captured early on the morning of April 1, 1934, during the robbery of a filling station at Ninth street and Pennsylvania avenue south east. He surrendered after a colored companion had been shot to death. Policeman Watson Salkeld killed the bandit, Clifford Young, 32, when the latter challenged him to “come and get me.” Salkeld and other officers captured two other robbers and then tcssed a tear-gas bomb Into the base ment of the filling station, forcing Sweeney to come out. Sweeney, who is 28, previously had been acquitted by a jury on charges of slaying Tally Day, notorious gam bler. ••BULLDOG’' SWEENEY. Congress to Be Asked for Specific Authorization for Work. Specific authorization for construc tion and operation of the projected municipal stadiuih at the end of East Capitol street will be sought imme diately from Congress by the National Capital Park and Planning Commis sion, its secretary. Thomas S. Settle, announced yesterday. For some time park authorities have doubted whether the stadium could be built legally, even if the Public Works Administration granted funds for the project. The National Park Service lacks a definite law providing for the stadium. 10 overcome this, the commission will co-operate with the park service in pushing the nec essary legislation. The P. W A. has granted funds for a preliminary survey for the stadium. The Planning Commission wUl beck vigorously the Washington Board of Trade program to obtain funds for improvement of the Washington Chan nel water front and deepening the Anacoetia and Potomac Rivers for navigational purposes. Settle declared. Another major item or the legisla tive program of the commission is to join with the District Commissioners, the Justice Department and the park service in opposing the findings of the District of Columbia-Virginia Boundary Commission, which, they say, favors Virginia at the expense of the United States. The report adopted the headland-to-headland theory, giving Virginia jurisdiction to the low-water mark. Settle said the commission will sup port the measure introduced by Sena tor Gibson, Republican, of Vermont to push airport development at Grav elly Point by dredging sand and gravel from the bed of the Potomac River there. t LUNACY COMMISSION REVISION PRESSED Proposed Changes Would Shift Fhychiatristi Several Times a Year. Enactment of a revised lunacy com mission bill to set up a new method of handling cases now adjudged by Juries in District Supreme Court will be pro posed by Corporation Counsel E. Bar rett Prettyman, with the support of civic workers, lawyers and physicians. One of the principal changes pro posed would provide that the two psychiatrists on the commission would be selected from a panel of eight, and they would hold office for not longer than three months. The original bill provided for their appointments for terms of six years. The third member would be a lawyer. Appointments would be by District Supreme Court The changes were agreed on at a conference late yesterday between Prettyman, Assistant Corporation Counsel Thomas Gillespie Walsh and Leo Fee; President Thomas E. Lodge and George E. Sullivan of the Feder ation of Citizens’ Associations; Bol itha Laws and Jo V. Morgan of the District Bar Association, and Dr. T. A. McLendon and other members of the District Medical Society. CONVICTION OF DRIVER PROVED TO BE ERROR Department of Vehicle! and Traf fic Admits Mistake in Prose cuting Woman. A mistake by the Department of Vehicles and Traffic, which resulted in conviction of Miss Margaret Har rison, 1002 Seventh street, on a charge of giving the wrong address in se curing a duplicate registration card, was to be rectified today, with dis missal of the case. When arrested by Policeman H. O. Tutt, Miss Harrison was found to have a registration card bearing an address other than the one at which she lives. She said in Traffic Court yesterday she had given her correct address in applying for the duplicate. She was convicted by Judge Isaac R. Hitt, however, and released on her personal bond. Shortly after court recessed, the traffic division sent word that Min Harrison’s correct atfress had been shown on the original card and the error was not hers. AUTO LIEN LAW Commissioners Hazen and Sultan to Submit Plan to Traffic Council. A concerted effort to put on the statute books a law requiring com pulsory registration of automobile liens with the District Traffic De partment was in prospect today, fol lowing action of the District Com missioners in referring the proposal to the Traffic Advisory Council. At a meeting yesterday. Commis sioner# Melvin C. Hazen and Dan I. Sultan voted to submit the proposed law, which is advocated by District Traffic Director William A. Van Duzer, to the council for further study. George W. Offutt, head of the coun cil, announced today that he would turn the matter over to the law and Legislative Committee, of which Charles C. Collins is chairman. A hearing will be asked by R. J. Murphy, manager of the Washington Automotive Trade Association. “Under the present law a certificate of title is nothing more than a guar antee that a car is not stolen,” Murphy declared. “If the Traffic De partment can be made an office of record, all liens must be recorded there, and the purchaser of a car can tell whether there are any prior liens outstanding before he buys. It is a protection for the public against un scrupulous individuals and dealers.” RITES TO BE HERE Widow of Admiral W. H. Everett Dies in Boston. Mrs. Bessie Bell Hacker Everett, 72. widow of Rear Admiral William Henry Everett, died Thursday in Massachusetts General Hospital, Bos ton. Mrs. Everett had been a resi dent of Newport, R. I., since the death of Admiral Everett in 1912. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Alnius P.. Speare funeral home, 1623 Connecticut ave nue. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. SCRAPPING URGED FOR CONNECTICUT EXPRESS BUS UNE Abandonment, or at Least Modification of Schedule, Is Advocated. PROPOSAL TOUCHES OFF TRANSIT HEARING CLASH Stockholder Says All Downtown Parking; Should Be Banned and Cabs Hade Fewer. Abandonment or “modification” of the express busses of the Connecticut avenue line was proposed to the Public Utilities Commission today by W. B. Bennett of the Capital Transit Co., as he continued his testimony at hearings on the company’s services. The suggestion immediately touched off a spirited clash between President John H. Hanna of the company and William McK. Clayton, chairman of the Utilities Committee of the Federa tion of Citizens' Associations, on the question of whether the company should strive to reduce the number of transfer points generally on its lines. Clayton contended one of the ob jectives of merger of the two old street car companies into the Capital Tran sit Co. was to achieve more direct routing and reduce the number of le qulred transfer points. Hanna promptly retorted that that idea had been held only by Clayton and never was understood or accepted by the company as one of the pur poses of the merger. Transfers Held Benenciai. By repeated questioning, Clayton brought from Hanna the statement it was not the policy of the company to try to reduce the number of transfer points. Hanna said rerouting experts, including John A. Beeler, who helped plan the street car rerouting, had criticized the company for having a service that was. already “too diversi fied" Hanna insisted transfers were bene ficial to the public, because by such connections between rail and bus lines it enabled the company to give service between points that otherwise could not be given. Clayton then showed that in most cases transfers from bus to street car and vice versa call for a 10-cent cash fare rather than a street car token. Bennett made his suggestion after declaring the Connecticut avenue ex press busses do not really give express service because of traffic congestion. Downtown Car Ban Asked. An absolute ban on automobile parking in the downtown section dur ing business hours was advocated by Arthur Briscoe, a stockholder of the Capital Transit Co. As a further means of improving mass transportation. Briscoe also sug gested the District Government move to reduce the number of taxicabs, which he held are cluttering up the streets. Briscoe declared Washington has more cabs than any city of like size. He told the commission automobile owners should not be allowed to make open-air garages of the streets, and urged that the District adopt, at least for an experimental period of a week, a prohibition on downtown parking during business hours. twinu armcr uivtn rrec. Briscoe contended that transit com pany services are given gratuitously, so far as District residents who are stockholders are concerned, because thty have had little or no return on their investments since the new company was formed two years ago. Further. Briscoe said the company should not be prejudiced by the public in its objections to control over local utilities held by the North American Co., a giant holding company. People’s Counsel William A. Rob erts, by questioning Briscoe, brought out that the North American Co. still is the majority stockholder, since it controls the Washington Railway & Electric Co., which owns a fraction | more than 50 per cent of the stock. Young Washington Did she get it? Jane Poster, 10, is slipping up with snapping jaws on the apple of Nancy Avery. 5, while Nancy is making eyes at the *».jane is in the 4-B grade and Nancy in the kindergarten of the John Burroughs Eebocl. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Poster, 4005 Twenty-second street northeast, and Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Avery, 3006 Keenly street northeast, respectively. iMonday—Billy Norris, son of Mr. and Mia. BJL Norris oi the I*g®i*L*c5»l.-§ta£„8Uft Photo.. — Bearing all the earmarks of a mighty stream In flood times, little Rock Creek, ordinarily so meek and peaceful, is shown overflowing its banks a short distance north of Calvert street. Breaking the creek's icy cover ing the swift-traveling current swept huge blocks of Ice shoreward and down stream. ---4 ■ The water should be cold. Picture shows Patsy Schick, daughter of Mr and Mrs. V. J. Schick, of 23 Glebe road, Alexandria, drinking from a fountain cooled by nature on the Ellipse. —Star Staff Photos. ARE SENT ROUSE D. C. Estimates Are $158, 275, Reduction of $5,417 From Third Bill. Deficiency estimates calling for ap propriations totaling $60,317,918 to re place the third deficiency bill, which was filibustered to death by the late Senator Long during the closing days of the last session of Congress, were sent to the House late yesterday by President Roosevelt. District items in the estimates total $158,275, a reduction of $5,417 under the figure in the third deficiency bill. The estimate for old-age pensions was raised from $100,000 to $120,000. how ever, while the request for needy blind pensions was reduced $2,500 to $22,500. The only other important change was elimination of an item of $10,000 to help finance the Shriners' and Elks’ conventions last Summer. The re maining District items will provide funds for administration of the smoke regulations enacted at the last session and for payment of judgments and settlement of claims. The original third deficiency bill proposed $62,125,000 for carrying out provisions of the social security act. Under recommendations made to the Speaker this amount would be reduced to $34,910,000. This item apparently was not figured into the total new estimates. A reduction of $27,916,000 was rec ommended for the independent offices appropriation from the original of $67,158,000 to $39,242,000. Other recommendations Included: Agriculture Department reduced from $18,060,000 to $10,567,000. Labor De partment from $6,881,804 to $3,815,554, Treasury’ from $7,308,818 to $4,066,878. _ INQUEST WILL SET TRAFFIC TOLL TOTAL Investigation of Miss Nellie Dashiell's Death May Deter mine 113th Fatality. The total number of 1935 traffic ! casualties in the District will be de termined Monday at a coroner's in quest into the death of Miss Nellie Dashiell, 91, writer and lecturer, who died Tuesday In Washington Sani tarium. Talcoma Park, Md. Investiga tion of what may prove to be Wash ington 113th traffic fatality during the past year was continued yesterday because of lack of witnesses. The name of Clarence Courtney. 52, of Rosslyn, Va., who was killed by a truck Tuesday, was the 113th on the casualty list until a coroner’s Jury Issued a verdict of suicide. Funeral services foi Courtney were held yes terday in Berkeley Springs, W. Va.. where his wife was buried several months ago. Courtney’s suicide was said to have been prompted by de spondency over the death of liis wife. First traffic victim for 1936 was Donald Miller, 7, of 5232 Macomb street, whose sled coasted into a Potomac Heights street car at Sherrier and Manning places Thursday. His death was declared accidental after an Inquest yesterday. ANDREW DORSEY DIES; RITES TO BE TUESDAY Lifelong Georgetown Resident Was One of Oldest Members of Bricklayers’ Union. Andrew Dorsey, 80, retired brick layer and one of the oldest members of the Bricklayers’ Union, died yester day at his home, 1316 Thirty-sixth street. He had been In failing health for several years and seriously 111 for the past five weeks. Mr. Dorsey was a lifelong resident of Georgtown and a member of Holy Name Society of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He Is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anne G. Findley, Mrs. Victor L. Wooldridge and Mrs. Raymond P. Ehrmantraut, all of this city, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 8 am. Tuesday In Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Holy Rood Cemetery. SMALL THEATER FIRE Little Damage la Done In Offlce of Strand. Only minor damage resulted when lire broke out this morning In the sjiiw of the 8trend Theater, Ninth and D streets. The lire started In a pile of papers and was extinguished before It could spread to ffle walls. The offlce la oS the.second floor at the building._ C. C. Youth at Beltsville j May Qualify for Annapolis 1 7 • Year - Old Redhead Ranks High in Competition. Fetc Barriers Remain for. Entrance—Refused Scholarship. Blaine Edward Eader, red-headed, 17-year-old Civilian Conservation Corps worker, is sloshing around in the mud at the Beltsville, Md., Gov ernment farm today, but before the end of the year he may be marching In dress parade at the Naval Academy. The Hagerstown, Md., youth, it was revealed today, has been appointed to Annapolis by Representative Lewis, Democrat, of Maryland. Before joining the C. C. C. in Oc tober Blaine took a competitive ex amination for the Naval Academy at the Frederick, Md., post office. Then he went to Fort Meade for “cbndi tioning tests” for service in the con servation army. On October 22 he was sent to Beltsville, C. C. C. Com pany No. 2301. A few weeks ago he got a letter from his father, Lewis Eader. whom he had been helping on the farm before he joined the C. C. C. The letter told him he had made the highest grade of the 19 candidates for the two Annapolis appointments allotted Representative Lewis. He ranked fourth highest among candi dates who took Naval or Military Academy competitive examinations. All that stands between Blaine and a midshipman’s uniform is English and mathematics entrance examina tions and the academy physical ex amination. These should be easy for him, he believes. He won a scholar ship to Washington and Lee Uni versity when he was graduated from the Frederick High School in 1934, but declined it. His work on his father’s farm and with the C. C. C. has kept him healthy enough vir tually to insure his success in the physical department. BUILDING TO BE RAZED Structure on Site of Recreation Center Development. C. Marshall Finnan, superintendent of the National Capital parks, today recommended to Secretary Xckes that a contract be given the State Con struction Sc Landscape Co. of Balti more for razing an old brick structure on the south side of Euclid street, be tween Georgia avenue and Ninth street. This is part of the Banneker Recreation Center development. Under the terms of the prospective contract, the firm would pay the Fed eral Government SI30 and, in addi tion, clean brick, which could be used later In the park system. Expansion of the recreation center is made pos sible under the W. P. A. program. Fatal Virginia Fire Probed. GALAX, Va„ January 4 (IP).—Gray son County authorities began an in vestigation today of the fire which de stroyed the Bridle Creek home of Mrs. Bena Bryant, 70, and in which she lost her life. Mrs. Bryant's charred body was found a few feet from her bed in the ruins of the dwelling yester day. Grass Expert Leaves Library To Smithsonian, Rest to Wido w The will of Dr. Albert 8. Hitchcock, leading authority on grasses, who died on board ship in mid-Atlantic Decem ber IS, was filed for probate in Dis trict Supreme Court today. By Its terms his botanical library, described as the most complete of its kind in the world, was left to the Hmithmonian Institution, where Dr. Hitchcock had his offices although an employe of the Department of Agri culture. He was in charge of the United States National Herbarium. The library was valued at $5,000 and was owned Jointly by Dr. Hitchco<± and Ms Associate, Mrs. Agnes Chart, who concurred In bis disposition It., The remainder of his estate, valued at slightly less than <20,000, was left to his widow, Mrs. Rania B. Hitch cock, who was with him when he died. It included their home at 1867 Park road. Dr. Hitchcock was returning from Europe at the time of his death. He had represented a number of scientific organizations at the International Bo tanical Congress in Amsterdam. At the close of the congress he made an extensive tour of Europe, studying grasses and grass culture there. The Hamilton National Bank, which was named in the will as executor, was represented by Attorney Erskine Gor don. ___ ROOD MAY AGAIN HI BUD NSBURG, ROUTING FAMILIES Threat of More Rain Is ! Worrying Populace After j Night Rise. TRAFFIC IS CUT OFF MORE THAN 6 HOURS Menace of High Water General in Maryland as Thaw Melts Snowbanks. Driven from their homes In the low lying sections of North Brentwood and Bladensburg by flood waters from the Northeastern Branch of the Anacostia River, a score of families viewed rain- ! filled skies with apprehension today ! as they mopped up and prepared to move back in. Considerable property damage re sulted and traffic was blocked for more than six hours yesterday after noon and last night when the inunda- i tkm, brought on by the rain-induced thaw, put Defense Highway under 4 inches of water at Bladensburg. More than 4 feet of water covered the high way at some points. Traffic resumed its normal course early today and a 3-acre pond caused 1 by the flood had disappeared. i A repetitiop of the condition was threatened tonight, however, with a prediction of rain by the Weather Bureau. Tomorrow will be clear with dropping temperatures. A minimum of 32 is expected overnight. Families Quit Homes. Three families on Ross street, Bladensburg, were forced to evacuate their homes early in the night when the overflowing water continued to rise. One of the families—Mr. and Mrs. Emile Johnson—spent the night in the Bladensburg fire house, whila the other two found refuge with neighbors. In North Brentwood mtfre than a dozen colored families were routed from their homes. They also were taken in by friends and neighbors. The Bladensburg and Riverdaie rescue squads brought the marooned people to dry land. They used a boat which the Riverdaie squad keeps for such emergencies since the river frequently overflows after Spring freshets and during Winter thaws. Efforts have been made to obtain money from the Public Works Ad ministration to finance a flood con trol project, but the application has not been acted on. r iuuu .nciiacr ucncrai. Threats of floods throughout Mary land followed the moderating tempera tures Officials and state police at Fed eralsburg. scene of a million-dor,er i flood last September, said after an all- \ night watch over the swirling waters of Marshy Hope Creek that they hid not anticipate a flood of serious pro portions. However. Mrs. Margaret Lewis, rep resenting the Red Cross, ordered all units in nearby towns, to hold trurtcs and manpower in readiness for an emergency. The Associated Press said a serious threat appeared in Cecil County. Big Elk Creek was high. Highways in some sections of the county were cov ered with water yesterday, but were clearing today. Ice was piling i p against some bridges. West of Elkton traffic yesterday was diverted by way of Fairhill, Rising Sun and Conowingo. Potomac Rises Rapidly. The Potomac River was up 2 or 3 feet at Brunswick. The Monocacy River was up 7 feet north of Freder ick, and high water was expected at Oakland. The moderating weather also broke up the ice which had isolated Smith and Tangier Islands since Christmas. Charles H. Rickards, returning late yesterday from a flight to carry food to the islanders, said many boats were being freed from the ice. He pre dicted boats would be able to cross to Crisfield today. Rickards was sent from Cambridge, Md„ by Col. Albanus Phillips, wealthy packer, with his plane loaded with bags of canned food. The pilot dropped them in clear places near communities or skilded them ashore on the ice to waiting islanders. Tnose stranded waved cheery greetings as they recovered the bags. Rickards sajd they appeared happy and jovial t and showed no indication of severe suffering. , Another plane was sent out from Cambridge today to search for two . Deals Island men unreported in Tan gier Sound since Christmas eve. The boat of the men. Frank Webster and Clarence Creighton, is jammed in the ice in shallow water across from the island. The pair had only a short supply of food when they left for South Marsh, a deserted island, James Ice Breaks Up. Ice that had capped the James River and its tributaries west of Richmond, Va.. for the past four days broke under warmer temperatures and sent a grinding mass of white floes crash ing seaward on the crest of snow-fed While no repetition of the record high waters of last Fall was expected, it was believed the river would rise about 17 teet above normal. It was out of its banks at Danville last night. C. W. Simms, sanitary inspector tor the Public Welfare Department at Richmond, and his son Wade, reached safety after a hazardous half-hour ride down the ice-filled river in a rowboat into which they scrambled when their pleasure launch was swept away. River men predicted the high water, - which has paralyzed shipping in the Richmond harbor, would clear up in a day or two. , Dredge Floats Away. Swept from their moorings by pres sure of a gigantic ice floe in the Rappahannock River near Fredericks burg. Va., a big dredge with nine men aboard and a tie-loaded barge drifted helplessly for four hours yesterday be fore running aground, according to au Associated Press report. A change In the tide halted the movement of the floe. When the vessels stopped, their ctews made them fast by lines lashed to trees. The flow of ice in the Rappahannock la said to be the heaviest in many years, with the river about 10 feet above normal because of heavy rams ] and melting snow and ice. The Coast Guard cutter Acushnet arrived at Hampton Roads yesterday afternoon towing the fuelless steamer^ Vamar, which was picked up earUap, in the day off Winter Quarter.