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BUDGET HISTORY
REVIEWED ON AIR
K. P. Armstrong Fears U. S.
Will Cease Contribution
for D. C. Upkeep.
If District revenues continue to pile
up the Federal Government will con
tinue to decrease its share in Wash
ington’s upkeep until it ceases its con
tributions entirely, K. P. Armstrong of
the Federation of Citizens’ Associa
tions’ Executive Committee believes.
This was one fact brought out in
the regular civic broadcast over Sta
tion WMAL last week. Many other
questions were raised.
Armstrong also pointed out that
members of the congressional appro
priation subcommittees are criticized
for reductions in the District budget,
but stated it was his belief that the
system used kr appropriating funds
should be changed.
“It would be interesting to know
what their reactions would be if a
committee of Washington taxpayers
had the power to go into their home
communities and dictate the expendi
tures of their tax money,” Armstrong
declared.
EMiugct UEHUij avrvirncu.
A brief history of the methods of
compiling the District budget was ex
plained by Armstrong. He reviewed
the essential items contained in the
first budgets drawn up by the Com
missioners. which avoided permanent
improvements. On the whole, how
ever, these budgets were fair to tax
payers, he declared.
In 1878 the law which disfranchised
Washington residents provided for the
Government’s share of expenses on a
50-50 basis, which was later reduced
to 40 per cent for the Federal Govern
ment.
Congress violates this law, however
by appropriating less than 15 per cent
of the total expenses each year. The
Commissioners’ budget this year was
not predicated upon the amount set
by this law, but upon the average
amount for the past few years whict
the Federal Government has contri
buted. The amount called for by the
Commissioners is $8,300,000, while 11
the United States contributed its law
ful share this amount would be about
$16,000,000.
The final act of the Budget Bureai
was to try to cut the District supply
bill to last year’s figure of $5,700,000
Members of the Budget Bureau die
consult with public officials in cuttinf
the Commissioner's recommendations
Armstrong stated, but the taxpayer:
who furnish 85 per cent of the tota
local government expenses were noi
consulted.
Hearings Kept Secret.
When the 1937 budget reached th<
House subcommittee on District ap
propriations the edict was deliverec
that their deliberations were to b«
veiled in secrecy. The Commissioners
were prohibited by law from recom
mending items already deleted by the
Budget Bureau.
The voteless taxpayers were al
lowed to appear before this subcom
mittee, but were enjoined to secrecy.
They appeared under many handi
caps, among which was the com
plete ignorance of what other citi
zens were asking ana the consequent
relative value of their own respective
requests.
JL W1U •* vv
citizens appearing as suppliants be
fore a small group of non-residential
rulers is not a pleasant one to pic
ture in the Capital city of the great
est democracy on earth,” Armstrong
asserted. “If this subcommittee were
a group of experts, or a body chosen
by the taxpayers themselves, the sit
uation would be different.”
A great deal of the time of the
citizens appearing before these sub
committees is wasted, in Armstrong’s
opinion.
Some groups, by virtue of personal
acquaintance with subcommittee
members, secure more sympathy for
their requests than others, he be
lieves.
In spite of an indicated $3,000,000
surplus for the next fiscal year, and
regardless of the many needs to
which this surplus could advan
tageously be put, new taxes are be
ing contemplated to tax further an
unrepresented citizenry, the speaker
said.
The best solution of all, Armstrong
believes, is one more in accord with
American principles, to restore to the
people of the District the rights they
formerly possessed, and which are
the heritages of citizens of every other
citizens of the Nation—the right to
•elect their own officials, to levy their
own taxes, to expend their own tax
money and the right to collect a
fair tax on the property which is
used for the business of the national
Government.
Gammel Next Speaker.
Each week a civic leader speaks
ever Station WMAL on civic problems.
The series is sponsored by the fed
eration, and is under direction of
Thomas Ellis Lodge, federation pres
ident.
This week’s speaker will be Joseph
L. Gammel, chairman of the fed
eration's Auditing and Examining
Committee and a former president
of the Lincoln Park Citizens’ Asso
ciation. Gammel will speak on the
formation of the Southeast Council
of Citizens' Associations and the
federation.
Gammel is a heating engineer and
ik native of New York City. He has
lived in the District for the last 22
years, and has been a member of
the Lincoln Park Citizens’ Associa
tion for 15 years.
Having been a delegate to the fed
eration from the Lincoln Park group
for eight years, he has spent five of
these years as chairman of the fed
eration’s Police and Fire Committee.
He also represents the same citizens’
association at the Southeast Council.
SCHOOL NEEDS LISTED
Rhode Island Avenue Committee
Has Four Projecta
School improvements to be sought
during the year were recently listed
by the School Committee of the Rhode
Island Avenue Citizens' Association.
Among projects requested are
completion of the Taft Junior High
School by construction of the two pro
posed wings, an auditorium and gym
nasium for tiie Woodridge School, a
new elementary school building at the
corner of Twenty-second and Bunker
Hill road northeast and a new high
school at Sixteenth and Rhode Island
avenue northeast.
Gets Six New Members.
Six new members were admitted at
the last meeting of the Petworth Citl
sens’ Association. They are Carl N.
Hilley, Dr. O. W. Elzy, J. A. Dillon,
H. Scleslngler, S. Pittle and A. Abel
man. |
Civic Problems, Civic Bodies
District Legislation Lags in House—Increased Sup
port for Juvenile Court Bill—Some Facts
on Health in Washington.
BY JESSE C. SUTER.
ISTRICT legislation con
tinues to lag in the House
of Representatives. Action
on numerous pending
measures is being urged by Chair
man Norton of the House District
Committee. Two favorable and one
unfavorable report was the extent
of the action during the last week.
Those ordered favorably reported
were the proposed amendment to
the tax sale law and the bill 1<J
permit the property clerk of the
Police Department to sell after
six months, at public auction, with
out court order, all unclaimed prop
erty valued at $100 or less. The
present limit is $50. These bills
may be considered tomorrow if the
District gets its day.
The Sisson bill to modify and
clarify “the little red rider” on the
1936 appropriation act was in
formally discussed, but no action
taken. It is understood that a hear
ing on the bill is contemplated.
It was announced by Chairman
Blanton of the House Appropria
tions Subcommittee on the District
Budget that the hearings on that
measure have been concluded.
While these hearings were in execu
tive session and all participants
sworn to strictest secrecy, it is
understood that a considerable time
was given to the consideration of
alleged subversive teachings in the
schools. The civic minded will con
tinue to grope in the dark as to
the District’s financial needs until
the appropriation bill is reported
out and the record of the hearings
is published.
Thp utp nn ThnrsriftV nflSKPri
five local bills. On one of these
the Commissioners would be given
the same power to suspend driving
permits of out-of-town motorists
which they now possess as to local
drivers. The bill to apply the uni
form narcotic control law to the
District was among the approved
measures. This still requires ac
tion by the House. The House bill
to tighten and more clearly define
the crime of bribery, under the
District Code, passed and now goes
to the President for signature.
The other bills passed authorized
Government agency co-operation
in arrangements for the national
jamboree of the Boy Scouts in
1937. and another to authorize is
; suance of a healing arts license to
a physician who was absent from
, the city at the time of the passage
of the law. These bills came from
the District Committee.
The Senate also passed a bill
from the Military Affairs Commit
tee covering phases of the airport
problem — the jurisdiction over
Military road, keeping the road
open to traffic and safeguarding
risers of the road and at the same
time giving authority to extend air
plane runways over the road.
Under this bill deputy United
States marshals will control traffic
on Military road, which will be
closed only at times of crossing by
planes.
At the District Building the
Commissioners have accepted the
resignation of Corporation Counsel
Prettyman and are now struggling
with the selection of a successor.
The candidates are numerous and
indorsed by various groups and in
terests. People’s Counsel Roberts
has been indorsed by several civic
bodies and the Federal Bar Asso
ciation. The senior assistant cor
poration counsel, Vernon E. West,
who has considerable support, ap
pears to be the logical appointee if
the selection is to be made from the
present staff. Mr. West has had
long experience, is a native of the
District and the son of a former
District Commissioner.
The Public Utilities Commission
is in the midst of the hearing of
the proposed merger of the Wash
ington Rapid Transit Co. with the
Capital Transit Co. The price
offered by the latter company for
the former is being contested and
people’s counsel is demanding that
as a condition of the merger fares
be uniform on street cars and busses
and a system of universal transfers
be put into operation. The Capital
Transit Co. does not viewj the fare
proposal with favor.
ju venue court oiug
Increasing Support.
'T'HE pending Juvenile Court bill
A (H. R. 10363) introduced by
Representative Mary T. Norton,
has the support of 35 organiza
tions, including the Central Labor
Union and three national organi
zations. It is being studied by a
number of others and is expected
to have a very general backing by
other organizations, though minor
amendments may be suggested.
This bill was drafted for a com
mittee of the Voteless D. C.
League of Women Voters, headed
by Mrs. Jesse C. Adkins. It
broadens the powers of the ju
venile court and is designed to
handle in a more practical and
curative manner the problems of
Juvenile delinquency.
According to Mrs. Adkins, the
bill merely lists more specifically
the classes of children who will
come under the court’s Jurisdiction.
It increases the age Umlt of the
Juvenile court’s jurisdiction over
dependent children from 16 to 18
years, making it possible for the
judge to decide what shall be done
with such children. Such juris
diction, once established, could
continue until the ward of the
court is 21, unless discharged at an
earlier date. The court already
has that power, up to the age of 17.
According to Mrs. Adkins, the
three years added cover the very
worst delinquency period. This
would not prevent jurisdiction by
an adult court over a boy or girl
of 17 years or older who com
mits an offence.
Some objection has been heard
relative to the proposed elimi
nation of juvenile court jury triads.
The records show that only three
jury trials have been requested in
a period of two years. This, it is
held, is evidence that there is no
real need for such trials, and the
consequent requirement for the
court to adher to criminal pro
cedure. The theory of the new
juvenile court law is to model the
court more along the lines of a
chancery court instead of it fol
lowing the present criminal court
procedure. The present Juvenile
Court is really a juvenile off
shoot of the Police Court. The
child is not to be considered as a
criminal, but merely a juvenile in
whose behalf the court stands as a
parent, giving him treatment in
stead of punishment.
In some quarters, an objection
has been raised against the bill
on the ground that the proposed
law would prevent a child from
being representad by an attorney.
In reply to this objection, the pro
ponents of the bill state that any
body with a direct Interest in the
case niay be present in the court
room and that this, of course, in
cludes attorneys. The whole idea,
however, is to strip the proceed
ings as much as possible of the
appearance of court procedure in
accordance with the most modern
thought.
One of the particular advant
ages claimed for this new law Is
the more rigid fixing of the re
sponsibility of adults who cause or
contribute to the delinquency of
the child.
■'* It is expected that the House
District Committee will shortly
hold hearings on this bill.
More Aggressive Warfare
Against Tuberculosis.
TTNDER leadership of the District
of Columbia Medical Society,
the civic bodies are taking a
greater interest in the campaign
against* tuberculosis than hereto
fore. During the discussion of the
report of the Committee on Public
Health at a recent meeting of the
Federation of Citizens’ Associations
there were heard a number of re
quests for specific information. It
was stated then that the death rate
from tuberculosis in the District
was higher than in any comparable
city with the single exception of
San Antonio, Tex.
*» «JMbuv»Vii n HU iHtovU HO bU bUG
distribution of this disease between
the races but no one was able to
give the figures. In the report of
the Health Department, at page 100
of the Report of the Government
of the District of Columbia for the
year ended June 30, 1935, this In
formation is given for the calendar
years from 1930 to 1934. During
the year 1934 there were 1,138 cases
reported, of which 442 were white
and 696 colored. The case rate per
1,000 population was 1.23 white and
5.08 colored. There were 609
deaths, 193 white and 416 colored.
The .death rate per 100,000 of the
population was 53.9 white and 303 6
colored. The percentage of deaths
to cases was white, 43.7, and col
ored, 59.6.
Compared with the figures for
1930 it appears that in cases re
ported there has been a reduction
of 54 white and an Increase of 161
colored. In the number of deaths
from tuberculosis during the five
year period among whites there has
been a reduction of 27, but among
the colored population of the Dis
trict there has been an increase of
66. Pulmonary and communicable
forms of tuberculosis are the only
forms included in these figures.
Civic leaders who are particularly
interested in improvement of the
local public health conditions are
encouraged to believe that a more
general understanding of the facts
will result in increased appropria
tions and a more aggressive war
fare upon this dread disease. These
leaders point to the poor showing
made by the District In its per
capita expenditure for public health
as compared with other communi
ties. Here only 98 cents per capita
is available for public health pro
tection service, while the American
Public Health Association recom
mends $2.50 as a reasonable budget
for such purpose.
Desire for Liquor Control
Which Will Really Control.
/"'•IVIC interest in amendments to
the Alcoholic Beverage Control
laws of both the District of Colum
bia and Maryland shows a decided
increase. At the recent meeting of
the Montgomery County Civic Fed
eration. a number of proposals of
the control board for that county
were opposed in the legislative pro
gram adopted. These proposals
were all in the line of broadening
the powers of the board and lib
eralizing the restrictions on licenses.
It was expressed as the sentiment
of the federation that it “should be
the function of the Liquor Control
Board to regulate and control but
not to encourage and promote the
sale of alcoholic beverages.”
A number of District of Columbia
organizations are urging that the
number of licensed places in the
District be materially reduced and
that the local A. B. C. Board exer
cise a more rigid control.
A recent development is the re
ported present policy of the
board to gradually limit class C
licenses—on sale by the drink
—to< establishments where the
preparation and sale of food is
the main source of revenue.
Some of the civic critics of the
board express surprise that this
policy was not followed by the board
from the very beginning, as it is
expressly required by law. So far
there have been no additional re
strictive amendments proposed, but
there are indications in some of the
organizations that a number of
such amendments will be formu
lated for introduction in Congress.
The general tendency in the or
ganizations of the District is sim
ilar to that of the Montgomery
County Civic Federation, which in
sists that the policy of the Control
Board “should be to regulate and
control, but not to encourage and
promote the sale of alcoholic bev
erages.”
vi ne reaerauon oi uiuzens Asso
ciations cm December 6, 1933,
adopted a report on liquor control
legislation, which it urged be in
cluded in the bill then under con
sideration by Congress. There were
18 specific Items In this report, the
adoption of many of. which would
have apparently overcome a num
ber of the abuses to which there Is
civic objection at this time. In the
light of recent experience, the civic
organizations’ sentiment appears to
favor far more stringent provisions
than were outlined In the federa
tion's report of 1933. It was pointed
out that, when the present law was
under consideration, there was a
promise that, In order to avoid the
handling of all details of the regu
lation by act of Congress, the Com
missioners would be given broad
powers of regulation. Assurance
was then given that under these
broad powers the Commissioners
would include numerous restric
tions desired by the citizen bodies
for the protection of residential
neighborhoods, schools, churches
and similar institutions from en
croachment by liquor establish
ment$. The Commissioners, how
ever, have failed to exercise these
broad powers s$ that now the tend
I Officers to Be Elected and
Action Taken on D. C. Ref
erendum Proposal.
Nomination of officers and the report
of the Executive Committee on a refer
endum for citizens of the National
Capital will be features of the March
meeting of the Citizens’ Association of
Takoma, D. C.
President Wallace C. Magathan yes
terday appointed the following Nomi
nating Committee: Will H. Carleton,
chairman; Russell S. Krout and Erwin
J. Hibbs. Nominations will be per
mitted from the floor next month and
the election will take place the follow
ing month.
To Discuss Referendum.
The matter of a referendum for the
District will be discussed at a meeting
of the Executive Committee of the as
sociation to be held this week and the
report submitted next month. The dis
cussion will be led by George E. Sulli
van, chairman of the Laws and Legis
lation Committee, with particular ref
erence to the bill advocated by Com
missioner Allen.
Chairman Sullivan believes the bill
in its present form is not entirely satis
factory. He feels Congress will con
sider that the votes in any referenda
will indicate the interest of the citi
zens of the District in national repre
sentation or local suffrage, and since
the proposed bill provides that the ref
erenda shall be advisory only, a vote
in the referenda would be meaningless
and many citizens would not bother
to go to the polls.
rian tseia rruiuess.
“The resulting small vote,” says
Chairman Sullivan, “may be taken by
Congress as a lack of interest of Dis
trict citizens in such affairs, whereas
it would only mean that citizens will
not take the time to go to the polls to
cast a meaningless and fruitless
vote. • •
He also believes that under the pro
visions of this bill the expense in
volved is too great for the conduct of
balloting of no real effect or conse
quences and as present organized the
citizens’ associations serve the same
purpose contemplated by the bill with
out the expense which would be occa
sioned. The bill provides for not more
than two referenda a year and officials
of the association have been advised
that it would cost approximately
$50,000.
Actual Vote Favored.
At the last meeting President Maga
than introduced a resolution, which
was adopted by the association, favor
ing a bill now before both branches ol
Congress, granting residents of the
District the right of voting representa
tion in the Senate and House of Rep
resentatives, for President and Vice
President of the United States and the
same rights in United States courts
which are possessed by citizens of the
States.
He stressed the point yesterday that
at the coming hearings the voteless
and unrepresented plight of the peo
ple of the District should be forcelull>
brought to the attention of Congress
and the people of the Nation. The re
port of the Executive Committee is be
ing aw-aited with much interest bj
members of the association.
William M. Greene, chairman of the
School Committee, presented a request
on behalf of the association at the
meeting of the Board of Education foi
funds for plans and starting the con
struction of a northern high school lr
the Takoma Recreation Center and s
Junior high school in territory west
of Georgia avenue.
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LAUGH UNITES KIN
Cousin Recognizes Woman She
Had Not Seen for 25 Years.
MACON, Ga. (A3).—The musica
laugh of Mrs. Lewis Harper served
to unite her with a cousin she hadn’t
seen in 25 years.
Mrs. Harper la’ughed aloud as she
rode in a train with a friend. Sev
eral seats away a woman rose quickly
looked round and recognized the mer
ry one as her kinswoman.
ency of the civic bodies is to look
to Congress for relief.
Recruiting Members
Under Difficulties.
A NUMBER of the neighborhood
■^citizens’ associations, recogniz
ing the need for expanding their
membership, have been trying to do
some systematic canvassing. The
Southeast Council entered upon a
joint effort, but have made little
progress because of the severe
weather. Several associations is
suing monthly bulletins are hand
ing out some strong sales talk to
induce their members to enlist
recruits.
The Burroughs Association sets
forth some of the problems which
confront the citizens and exhort
the voteless taxpayers of Wash
ington to “come to the next meet
ing of the association and express
your sentiments.” The Petworth
Citizen, organ of the association of
the same name, appeals to the
people of that section to enroll.
Under the heading of “Why Should
You Become a Member of Your
Citizens’ Association?” they list
their accomplishments and projects
they are now supporting. This is
followed by the query—“Have we
convinced you that you can help
yourself as well as us?" To this is
added—“Any citizen who objects
to any policy or practice of the
association should place the blame
upon those who were not present at
the meetings.”
All__i.tll_J— __
V/VllVl BOOVVMSViWUO **»
are striving to build up their ranks
so as to provide a numerically
strong organized citizenship repre
senting an awakened and earnest
American citizenship dedicated to
the highest Ideals of the Individual
citizen and our country. All those
public-spirited souls who have as
sumed individual responsibility for
helping our city and our Nation to
be a better place in which to live
can see the need of more unselfish
workers and increased numbers in
the ranks.
At this time the nearest approach
to actual citizenship for the vote
less and unrepresented people of
the District is through enlistment
in these neighborhood associations.
Leading advocates, in these mem
bership campaigns, say that through
the force of numbers will come an
aroused public sentiment which will
overcome the present apathy with
which so many are afflicted, and
then aroused and crystallized senti
ment will register many civio
achievements.
i
CHEST COMMITTEE
TOMEETMONTHLY
Sessions to Be More Often
as Campaign Time Grows
Nearer.
Monthly meetings of the Community
Chest Campaign Committee will be
held for the present, according to
Coleman Jennings, campaign chair
man. As the time for the starting
of the campaign grows near these
will be speeded up into bi-monthly
meetings and eventually weekly ones.
Dates of the campaign have already
been changed to include two week
ends, the campaign starting on No
vember 12, and ending November 24.
Changes in the makeup of the Group
felicitation Unit are also under con
sideration.
Council of Social Agencies.
David Seabury, author and lecturer,
will speak on “The Social Mind” be
fore a group of volunteers in social
work at the United States Chamber
of Commerce tomorrow at 11 o’clock.
Neighborhood House.
A girl scout troop is being organized
under the direction of Alma Lauxman,
Winifred Gay and Lena Barghousen.
Miss Lauxman and Miss Gay are
captain and first lieutenant, respec
tively, of the troop, at All Souls
Church.
Students of the musical school will
attend the concert of the National
Symphony Orchestra at Eastern High
School next Friday. There will be
a talk about the concert at the
regular meeting of the music class
on Thursday.
Boys Club of Washington.
William E. Russell, vice president
of the board of trustees, will preside
at a meeting of the trustees at the
Willard Hotel next Friday.
Phyllis Wheatley Y. W. C. A.
The Business and Professional
League will sponsor a musical tea,
at 4 o’clock today.
The High School Girl Reserves
sponsored a carnival of nations Fri
day evening.
St. Joseph’s Home and School.
Members of the Boy Scout Troop
attended a meeting of scouts at the
Powell Junior High School yesterday.
The American Legion entertained
the boys la* Sunday with a ministrel
show.
Christ Child Society.
A reunion meeting of the Merrick
Campers will be held next Friday
night.
A luncheon meeting for the library
group will be held at the settlement
tomorrow at noon.
Friendship House.
Miss Ida Green of Montana will
be the guest at the 5 o’clock music
hour today.
Parents of the children of the
day house will have their monthly
supper, followed by a discussion,
Tuesday.
Southwest Community House.
Members of the Girl Reserves Club
j were hostesses to their friends at a
Valentine party. Refreshments were
! served and the evening’s entertain
' ment included games and dancing.
St. Rose’s Technical School.
The debaters hold a prominent part
in the history of the civic classes.
The American history classes are
showing interesting groups of posters
on the subjects to be discussed.
The Junior Girls held a party in
honor of George Washington yester
day for the delegates of the Crusade
Unit. A skit was presented by Angela
Blue, Evelyn Moore, Mary Drury,
Dorothy Dyer and Rita Forney. Doro
thy Constantine. Norma Woodhouse
and Mae Mahaney gave tap dances.
tmiarcn s nospuai.
I The Board of Directors met last
! Monday and the newly elected presi
dent, Frederick dec. Faust presided
-at the meeting.
Bureau of Rehabilitation.
A meeting of the board of the Bu
reau of Rehabilitation was held last
Tuesday. Dr. Edward A. Mahaghan
was appointed assistant director to
replace James A. Nolan.
Northeast Boys Club.
A board meeting will be held to
morrow at 12:30 o’clock at the Occi
dental Hotel.
Some of the older boys are build
ing a model airport. According to
Otto Nielsen, director of the club, it
will take about three months to com
plete the work.
Southeast House.
Miss Sarah E. Gray, principal of
the Lincoln Giddings School, will be
th« principal speaker at a stall meet
ing Thursday at 4 o’clock.
The Saturday Luncheon Club will
meet February 29. Mrs. Esther Popel
Shaw, member of the Board of Direc
tors of Southeast House, will read one
of her poems.
The senior girls plan a leap year
party for February 29. The boys are
planning a ping pong tournament,
the finals of which will be played
March 3.
NORTHWEST BODY
PLANNING FEATURES
Interest and Friendliness Seen in
Program to Enliven Unit’s
Eegular Meeting.
The Sixteenth Street Heights Citi
zens’ Association has started a series
of entertainment programs to follow
the regular meeting of the group. A
Hospitality Committee, whose chair
man is Mrs. Hugh Smith, has been
appointed to arrange and present
these programs about every third
meeting. The purpose is to better
acquaint citizens of this area with
each other and to build up interest
in the association.
The programs include speakers of
prominence, singing and recitations
by children of the members and by
other local talent. At the last meet
ing Mrs. Smith presented a program
which included a talk on “Is the
United States Eternal?” by Rev. Mr.
R. Paul Schearrer, a group of songs
sung and played by Miss Jeanette
Bithner and reading selection by
young Phyllis Rands. After this re
freshments were served.
Glover Park Gives Dance.
More than ISO members and non
members of the Glover Park Citizens’
Association attended the group’s an
nual dance at the Lafayette Hotel
Wednesday night Proceeds an turned
over to$» treasury of the organisation,
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Civic Association Calendar
Nine Groups Meeting This Week—Budget Needs
With Emphasis on Health Funds Continue
as Leading Topics. »
Monday, February 24.
Georgetown Citizens’ Association, 8
p.m., St. John's Church Parish Hall.
Action on plans lor future develop
ment of Montrose Park, declares
Secretary Bernard Nordlinger. Ac
tion on legalizing horse racing; recom
mendation for new corporation counsel.
Mid-City Citizens’ Association, 8
p.m., Thomson Community Center.
Action on proposed system of magis
trate courts, announces President A.
J. Driscoll. Action to secure widening
of Twelfth street from Massachusetts
to New York avenues, also to widen
Eleventh street from Massachusetts to
Rhode Island avenues. Report by
George A. Warren, chairman, Educa
tion Committee, on school needs. Re
port by Driscoll on appearance before
the House Appropriations Subcommit
tee, to secure the re-establishment of
No. 2 Precinct.
North Capitol Citizens’ Association,
8 p.m., Room 130, McKinley High
School. Discussion of proposed com
pulsory automobile inspection legisla
tion; discussion of Juvenile Court bill;
report on bingo party held Wednesday.
Society of Natives of the District,
8 p.m., Washington Club. Piano duet
by Mrs. Arthur C. Barrett and Miss
Martha Shelton, President Fred A.
Emery announces. Songs ahd dancing
by Alice Tyrell and Warren Tyrell, ac
companied by Jack Rakesall; plans
for annual banquet in April.
Tuesday, February 25.
Logan-Thomas Circle Citizens’ As
sociation, 8 p.m., Logan Hotel. Dis
cussion of items for 1937 District
budget for the Fire Department, Mrs.
Ella M. Thompson, president, an
nounces. Report and discussion of
District Medical Society’s stand for
more health funds: report on National
Library for the Blind and action to
render aid to the institution; discus
sion of legalized horse-racing bill; re
freshments.
Southeast Citizens' Association, 8
p.m. Hine Junior High School,
Report, by President William A. Maio
on proposed merger of Oallinger and
Columbia Hospitals. Report by Mrs.
A. M. Minnlx, chairman, Membership
Committee. Report by W. J. Casey,
chairman of Local Rights Committee,
on progress made to promote Col.
William Peake to the office of general
superintendent of District penal insti
tutions. Action recommending Peo
ples’ Counsel William A. Roberts for
the office of corporation counsel.
Thursday, February 27.
Conduit Road Citizens’ Association,
8 p.m., Community Church. Report
and action on compulsory automo
bile inspection legislation, announces
President Frank Shull. Report and
action on proposed magistrate court
system. Address by representative of
Voteless District League of Women
Voters on Juvenile Court bill.
Trinidad Citizens’ Association, 8
p.m., library, Wheatley School. Ac
tion on District Medical Society’s
request for increased Health Depart
ment appropriation, announces Sec
retary H. E. Shilling. Action on
proposed reappointment of Judge Gus
A. Schuldt. Action on proposed new
highway to Baltimore on the Wash
ington, Baltimore Si Annapolis road
bed. Action on proposed closing of
Washington Airport.
Friday, February 28.
Anacostia Citizens’ Association, 8
p.m.. Masonic Hall. Report on mem
bership drive, announces President
Mildon E. Diehl. Report by Ways
and Means Committee on proposals
for raising association funds; discus
sion of proposed bill to give District
a delegate to the House without
power to vote. Discussion of bill
granting national representation to
the District. Special entertainment
program*
I
Brightwood Group Backing
Request of Committee
of Trade Board.
The Brightwood Citizens’ Association
is supporting the campaign of the
Washington Board of Trade for addi
tional apparatus and men for the local
Fire Department.
The association, having been advised
by Odell S. Smith, chairman of the
| Public Order Committee of the Wash
ington Board of Trade that'the recom
mendations of the District Commis- j
sioners in the 1936-7 budget for the j
District had been considerably reduced
by the Budget Bureau, the Brightwood
j organization favored the restoration of
several of the items so affected.
Smith’s Recommendation.
Smith, in urging co-operation from
the Brightwood association, said: "Our
endeavors are directed toward secur
ing for our Fire Department the best
and most modern equipment and an
adequate personnel to insure the
prompt and efficient functioning of the
department. The restoration and al
lowances of the following pieces of
apparatus and necessary men, which
we urge, are: Two aerial trucks, one
pumping engine, one hose wagon and
15 men. The several pieces of ap
paratus are to replace old and anti
quated ones, which have been in con
stant service for more than 20 years
and are worn out.”
Need for Firemen Cited.
With reference to the request for
the additional fire fighters, Smith in
formed the association members:
"When the annual leave of the
members of the Fire Department was
reduced from 20 days to 15 through
the economy program, a reduction of
15 men was made. As the annual
leave has been restored to 20 days it
is important that the personnel of the
department be increased in order that
the several companies can operate
with a sufficient number of men to
insure effective service in the ex
tinguishing of fires. Unless the 15
men are reinstated the fire companies
will be greatly handicapped in the
performance of their respective duties.”
CHILD DELINQUENCY
IS LAID TO PARENTS
Failure of Mother and Father to 1
Adjust Own Emotional Con
flicts Blamed.
NEW YORK (A5).—Failure of par
ents to adjust their own emotional
conflicts is blamed for their children’s
misbehavior in a survey just pub
lished by Dr. Marian J. Fitz-Simmons
of Columbia University.
Parents seek to satisfy their own
emotional needs, Dr. Fitz-Simmons
finds, by fostering dependency In
their children. This, he saytf, encour
ages “jealousy, temper tantrums, feel
ings of inferiority and insecurity,
truancy, disobedience, lying, stealing
and mental retardation.”
By questioning 415 high school
girls and 369 high school boys, Dr.
Fitz-Simmons found that "spending
time with his children, reading, talk
ink. playing with them” is the most
desired trait in a father. But “being
a good cook and housekeeper” counts
most in a mother.
SOUTHEAST MEMBERSHIP
DRIVE IS EXTENDED
Delay Because of Severe Weather
Causes Extension of Campaign
for New Enrollments.
Because severe weather the last
three weeks has retarded progress of
the membership campaign being spon
sored by the Southeast Council of
Citizens’ Associations, it was decided
at last week’s session of the council
to extend the drive another month,
thereby making the time-limit the last
of April instead of March.
All 10 of the associations partici
pating must report to the council by
the May meeting—held the third
Tuesday—in order to be considered
for the silver loving cup, the prize
donated by the council to the associa
tion having the largest increase of
membership.
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ANACOSTIA GROUP
PLANS NIGHT OF FUN
Recitation and Music to Follow
* Meeting Scheduled Next
Friday Evening.
Entertainment featuring recitations,
solos and harmonizers will be featured
by the Anacostia Citizens Association
after the regular meeting Friday at
7:45 p.m. in the Masonic Hall, Four
teenth and U streets southeast.
Top billing has been given Elbert
Sinotra, a violinist who formerly
played with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra
and who now’ is associated with the
Navy Band.
Mrs. Elizabeth Harmon, a former
member of the Prince of Pilgrim Co.,
will render several recitations.
The Musical Trio, composed of three
young men of the neighborhood, will
give selections on the harmonica, gui
tar and banjo.
Robert Thompson, a member of the
University of Maryland Glee Club, will
sing, accompanied by Mrs. Ethel
Scantleberry at the piano.
Refreshments and dancing will fol
lowr the entertainment.
The meeting will be at the Masonic
Hall instead of the Anacostia Junior
Senior High School. Milton E, Diehl
president, announced for the month:
of March and April the group would
continue to hold its meeting in the
hall, but probably will return to the
school when warmer weather arrives
The reason for the change is because
a licensed engineer is required at the
school to provide heat for the building
Radio Mourns Deaths.
JV7SWS of the death within a few
~ days of one another of Hiram
Percy Maxim and Charles H. Stewart,
president and vice president of the
American Radio Relay League, na
tional radio amateur organization,
came as a distinct shock to the radio
world last week.
Hiram Maxim was founder of the
organization of “ham” enthusiasts,
now grown to world-wide proportions
and embracing mostly youngsters in
terested in radio as a hobby. He was
67 when he died, at La Junta, Colo.,
last Monday He was an interna
tionally known inventor and came
from a family of inventors, his most
noted devices being the Maxim gun
and exhaust silencers, out of which
he earned a large fortune.
Stewart died February 12 at his
home, in St. Davids, Pa., where he
lived in retirement. He had been ac
tive in amateur affairs, largely legis
lative, since 1908. Maxim and Stew
art also held the same offices in the
International Amateur Radio Union.
Five-Year Expansion Program
Drawn Up in Columbia Heights
A five-year program of educational
and recreational expansion for its
area was recently presented to the
Board of Education by the Citizens’
Forum of Columbia Heights.
Listed as the most urgent project
is a new and larger building for the
Wilson Teachers College, to be erected
on some site other than the location
of the present structure.
The forum asks accommodations for
double the present enrollment in the
first and second years in order that a
larger number of students may take
advantage of the general curriculum
while still undecided as to a teaching
career.
T£i Powell Junior High is la
oi a new auditorium, iuncn room ana
locker space, the forum contends. Ac
quisition of adjoining property to pro
vide adequate playground facilities is
also asked.
The civic group requests numerous
other improvements, Including: Con
struction In the near future of the two
wings to the Roosevelt High School
contemplated by the original plan, re
moval of the Dennison Vocational
School to a larger building on a new
site, erection of the proposed Petworth
Public Library Branch at Georgia
avenus and Upshur street, continuance
of character education in the schools
and increased appropriations for com
munity center activities to permit pro
grams on six nights of the week. t
M. & M. ELECTION '
SLATEDTHURSOAY
Convention Staff Member
Leaves to Attend Four
Large Meetings.
New governors of the Merchants
and Manufacturers’ Association will
meet Thursday in the organization's
offices in the Star Building to elect
officers for the coming year, it was
announced yesterday by Edward D.
Shaw, secretary.
The governors, who represent the
several trade organizations that com
pose the Merchants and Manufac
turers’ Association, have been chosen
for some time, but because of the ,
illness of Shaw last week the annual
election was postponed.
President James E. Colliflower will
submit his report at the meeting prior
to the election. Annual reports also
will be made by the other officers.
To Attend Four Conventions.
Thomas Lockard of the convention
i staff of the Greater National Capital
Committee left Wednesday night for
two weeks’ trip, during which he will
attend four large conventions, extend
ing to each an invitation to hold a
future meeting in Washington, it
was announced yesterday by Curtis
Hodges, executive director.
On Thursday and Friday Lockard
went before the American Ortho
psychiatric Association in Cleveland
and invited the members to hold their
1936 convention here. Washington
was represented by Dr. Paul J. Ewer
hardt, director, Washington Child
Guidance Clinic; Miss Helen Treud
ley. also of the clinic, and Miss Mar
i garet Hagan, Red Cross director at
St. Elizabeth Hospital. The estimated
j attendance of this group is 1,000.
! The Eastern Ice Association, meet
I ing in New York City February 25-27,
j will be invited to iheet in Washington
: next year. In addition to Lockard.
other delegates from Washington will
include William J. McNamara, presi
dent of the American Ice Association:
Harry Hammond, director of the East
ern Ice Association; M. F. Bennett
, and R. H. Gangwish. O. A. Reardon
1 of Alexandria, director of the Na
| tionai Icc Association, will also at
] tend. The Eastern Association usually
! has more than 400 delegates attend
j ing a convention.
Lockard will attend the Progressive
| Education Association meeting in Chi
i cago February 27-29, with a large locr!
| delegating headed by Willard W.
j Beatty, new ly appointed director t.
| Indian education of the Department o:
Interior, and president of the essol.
ation. Others in the delegation will
include Miss Ethel Summy. Wilson
Teachers' College, and Miss Brr;
J Goodykoontz, assistant commissione'.
United States Office of Education, both
members of the Advisory Board. An
invitation will be extended to both the
National Association and the Eastern
Regional Association to hold tijlr 1937
meetings in Washington. The esti
mated attendance of both groups is
! 1,500 delegates.
In Detroit Lockard will extend an
invitation to the American College o:
Physicians to meet in Washington in
1936. The physicians’ convention
meets on March 2-6, with more than
2,500 expected to attend. Dr. William
Gerry Morgan of Washington is secre
tary general of the group. He and
other Washington physicians are ex
i pected to attend the Detroit con
vention.
New Member of Staff.
Mrs. Phyllis Jaeger has Joined th?
convention staff of the Greater Na
tional Capital Committee as secretary
of Roy Miller, succeeding Miss Rita
Raley, who resigned.
Traffic Meeting Called.
Col. Lawrence C. Crawford, chair
man of the Traffic Committee of the
Washington Board of Trade, has called
a meeting of that organization to be
held at noon at the Harrington Hotel
Thursday.
Dr. J. Franklin Hilton will submit a
report for the subcommittee on oper
ating regulations.
Restauranteurs to Meet.
The Washington Restaurant Asso
ciation, which is a division of the Mer
chant sand Manufacturers’ Association,
will hold its monthly meeting at Sholl's
Cafe on G street Wednesday night.
Julius Lulley, president, has an
nounced that a program of entertain
ment will be presented by a group of
professional actors from Washington
night clubs.
Mrs. Rogers Back.
Mrs. Marie Rogers, who has been
confined to her home for several days
because of illness, has returned to her
duties at the Board of Trade.
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ANNE ARUNDEL MAN
FILES FOR CONGRESS
State’s Attorney Rowe Enters
Race for G. 0. P. Nomination
in Fifth District.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
ANNAPOLIS. February 22.—State’s
Attorney Roscoe C. Rowe of Anne
Arundel County today filed as a can
didate for Congress from the fifth con
gressional district of Maryland, sub
ject to the Republican primary. He
filed at the State House at noon today.
Rowe is the first Republican to file
from the district. Dr. John W. Klemm,
Democrat, Prince Georges County, has
filed for the office, now held by Ste
phen W. Gambrill, Democrat. Mr.
Gambrill has decisively beaten Dr.
Klemm in primaries several times.
Rowe became State’s attorney Jan
uary 7, 1935. and before that he served
two terms as city counselor of An
napolis. He served in the Navy for
31 years, retiring as a chief pharmacist
with the rank of lieutenant While In
the Navy he studied law and was grad
uated from the University of Mary
land. He was admitted to the bar in
1925. He has twice appeared In cases
before the Supreme Court
RISKS LIFE FOR $3
Swimmer Dives Into Icy River,
But Is Fulled Out.
BLOOMFIELD, Mo., February 32
OP).—Wilfred Barham risked his life
for $3—and almost lost.
A discussion of the possibility of
swimming in frosen Castor River led
to Barham's acceptance of 3-to-l
odds. A hole was chopped through
8 inches of ice and he plunged in,
but not until a light line was tied
to his wrist at the insistence of a
companion. The line saved his life.
Coming up, he missed the hole in the
ice and was unconscious when pulled
out.

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