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Citizens at Special Meeting
Settle Discussion Started
Week Ago.
Repeal of the so-called “red rider”
relating to the teaching or advocating
of Communism in the District public
schools was favored last night by the
Takoma Citizens' Association, 14 to 4,
at a special meeting in the Takoma
Public Library. After several resolu
tions had been presented a substitute
one by Secretary W. H. Parsons was
j The resolution set forth that the
association approves the passage of
ftie Sisson bill, and strongly con
demned Communism. It recommended
to the Board of Education that it es
tablish at once a permanent Text Book
Committee to make a survey of all
text books and study material which
may be suggested for use in the public
schools, and also consider and report
upon complaints which may be made
by the taxpayers or patrons of the
schools with respect to objectionable
matter used in the schools.
Question Raised Week Ago.
At a meeting of the association a
week ago a resolution was presented
by William M. Greene, chairman of
the School Committee, favoring repeal
of the rider and expressing confidence
In the public schools and its officers
and teachers. George E. Sullivan and
Jesse C. Suter spoke on opposite sides
of the question, resulting in the call
ing of the special meeting last night.
Greene last night moved the adop
tion of his resolution and was followed
by George E. Sullivan, who spoke at
some length on toe history of Commu
nism and its effect not only in Russia
but in other countries.
Secretary Parsons read a letter from
Mr. Suter. who was ill ab home and
unable to attend the meeting. In his
letter he said that there was never
the remotest reason for such a law
and that its existence had done harm
to the local schools and seriously in
terfered wtih the proper instructions
of the pupils. “The misguided action
of the representatives of the Federa
tion of Citizens’ Associations in caus
ing this matter to be injected into the
consideration of the District's 1937
appropriation bill,” he wrote, “has
been the means of distracting con
gressional attention from the more
Important and urgent needs, particu
larly the schools."
Clarifying Substitute Urged.
Sullivan's substitute resolution ad
vocated a clarifying supplement to
the rider against communism. This
prohibition, he said, should not be
construed to prevent the giving to
pupils of true and accurate informa
tion about communism being a world
revolutionary conspiracy to overthrow
and destroy all nations and practically
every vistige of civilization. Teachers
must not misstate to pupils that they
are forbidden to mention or explain
communism, nor use any text book
or other medium of instruction which
purports to explain communism with
out giving true and accurate informa
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Owns Elephant as
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By the Associated Press.
10.—Whether of African or In
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W. M. Carter, 68, Business Man,
Wins Reversal After Sentence
in Slaying of Woman.
By the Associated Press.
JACKSON, Miss.. March 10.—The
life sentence imposed on W. M. Car
ter, 68, Laurel, Miss., business man,
in the murder of the wealthy Mrs.
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Citizens Unanimous in Op
position to Norton Meas
ure for Legal Betting.
Unanimous opposition to the Nor
ton bill, legalizing horse racing in the
District, was expressed in a resolution
by the Park View Citizens’ Association
last night.
The action was taken pursuant to
a request from Chairman Norton of
the House District Committee for an
Members of the group declared that
the introduction of pari-mutuel bet
ting into this city would bring a
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community. It was asserted that at
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track transactions, thereby lessening
their effect here.
A communication from the National
Symphony Orchestra in regard to the
current drive for funds for that
organization was considered, the or
chestra being commended for its
service to the public. Definite sup
port, however, was deferred until ad
ditional members approve.
Concerning a proposal which pro
vides for the construction of a Naval
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emergency" the association, after a
discussion, decided to table the meas
ure until a committee investigates
more thoroughly.
The organization, which admitted
two new members, was entertained by
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