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WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 19, 1936. * PAGE B—I District Bill Report to Senate Likely Before End of Week __ _ WIRE SEIZURES IN LOBBY PROBE; Unanimous Vote Marks Close of American So ciety Session. LOUISVILLE MEMBER CRITICIZES ACTION Tom Wallace Says Freedom of Press Was Not at Stake—Co-op eration on Enforcement. The American Society of Newspaper Editors yesterday formally voted its condemnation of the telegram seizures of the Senate Lobby Committee through a resolution which, however, failed to mention the committee by name. Almost immediately Tom Wallace, editor of the Louisville Times and a director of the society, which yester day closed its three-day convention here, said; "Had I heard the resolution read I should have argued against it. Freedom of the press means freedom of utter ance by the newspapers. Seizure of telegrams or other communications might involve violation of privacy, but not freedom of utterance.” The resolution unanimously ap proved by the 150 executives of the country’s leading newspapers outside New York City read: "We condemn the blanket seizure of private telegrams, under whatever authority, as a violation of the rights of privacy as guaranteed by the Con stitution, and we are of the convic tion that if such practice is not checked the threat to the liberty of individual action and enterprise, and particularly to the freedom of the press, is immediate and menacing.” Meaning of Freedom. In his disagreeing statement, Wal lace, whose publisher is Robert W. Bingham, Ambassador to Great Brit ain, declared: "Freedom of corporations publish ing newspapers and freedom of cor porations otherwise engaged, should be the same, insofar as liberty of indi vidual action is concerned. As one of our program speakers said, one con ception of freedom of the press is the right to run a circulation truck through a red light.'*’-’*’”' In accordance with an earlier plea made to the society by J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the editors agreed also to seek “co-operation with all law-en forcement agencies by guarding against the premature publication of Information harmful to the successful completion of criminal investigation.” In the same election which put Wal lace on the board of directors, Marvin H. Creager, managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal, was named presi dent of the society to succeed Grove Patterson, editor of the Toledo Blade, who became a director. Other officers included A. H. Kir chofer of the Buffalo Evening News, first vice president; D. J. Sterling of | the Portland, Oreg., Journal, second vice president; Dwight Marvin of the Troy Record, treasurer, and M. V. At- | wood of the Gannett newspapers, secretary. Otner Directors. Besides Wallace and Patterson, the directors include Paul Bellamy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Edson K. Bixby of the Springfield, Mo., News Leader; J. Charles Poe of the Chat tanooga News, David Lawrence of the United States News, William Allen White of the Emporia Gazette, Casper S. Yost of the St. Louis Globe-Dem ocrat and Sevellon Brown of the Providence Journal. An urgent recommendation for co- j operation of the press with the bar to prevent sensational murder cases from j becoming public scandals was made to the society at the luncheon closing the convention by Walter Lippman, noted New York commentator. With the Hauptmann arrest, trial and execution particularly in mind, Lippman placed most of the onus for the sensations arising from the case on the courts, the officials, the police and the lawyers. "Let them choose between the yel low press and the reputable press and let them find out whose favor counts most,” Lippman declared of the authorities, attorneys and jurists who, In his estimation, made it possible for the newspapers to give the case such a play that much indignation was aroused against the press. "We are not to campaign against the yellow press, for we are not our brother's keeper, but against the offi cials who play its game. "We have every right as American Citizens to call on the police, the bench and the bar to administer the law in a lawful way.” $54 NUMBERS WINNING BELIEVED DEATH CAUSE Woman Is Found in Alley, Fatally Beaten by Unknown Attacker. Dies in Hospital. A 10-cent bet that won her ap proximately $54 on a numbers game Is believed by police to have been responsible for the death last night of Lucille Daniels, 37, colored, who was beaten by an unknown assailant in an alley near her home at 821 R street. Shortly before she died in Freed men's Hospital, the woman told police she had trouble in collecting her win nings. The woman was internally Injured. Che could not describe her assailant. Veterans’ Group to Meet. A committee of the District Chap ter, Rainbow Division Veterans, will meet Tuesday night at 5220 Kansas avenue, to draw up plans for the eighteenth annual Spring reception and dance, Elmer F. Neagle, president, announced yesterday. New Capitol Correspondent This pigeon, whose legband number indicates it comes from Vancouver, B. C., 3,000 miles away, yesterday flew into the Senate press gallery. It seemed to like the clack of type ivriters, and although it occasionally flew for diversion out of the window and among the Capitol pillars, it always returned. After five hours, closing time came and the bird, numbered IF35-S53077, teas left outside to give it a chance to fly away home. But the betting was even it would be watching the press gallery proceedings again tomorrow. —A. P. Photo. Heads Editors iff111"—.———— M. H. CREAGER. —Underwood Photo. LORTON FACTORY BAN iJJEADY Dirksen to Offer Measure irr House Tomorrow—“Dump ing” Fought. A bill that virtually would kill all Industrial activities at the Lorton Re formatory and force the District to buy instead of manufacturing its own automobile identification tags, traffic markers and other prison-made mate rials, will be introduced tomorrow by Representative Dirksen, Republican, of Illinois. Dirksen, a member of the District Committee, said the measure is aimed principally at prison-made clothing, which he has been informed is "glut ting” certain Washington wholesale and retail stores. These materials, he declared, are being sold in competition with articles made by free labor. Far Reaching in Scope. The measure, however, is more far reaching in its scope. It reads, in part: "That it shall be unlawful to sell, or offer for sale, within the District of Columbia, any goods, wares, or merchandise, manufactured, produced, or mined, wholly or in part, by con victs or prisoners (except by con victs or prisoners on parole or pro bation), or in any penal or reforma tory Institution.” Another section reads: ‘‘It shall be unlawful for any officer, employe, or agent of the municipal government of the District of Columbia to buy, take in, exchange, or otherwise acquire, for the use of the municipal government of the District of Columbia, or any governmental office, agency, or estab lishment thereof, any goods, wares, or merchandise described in section I of this act.” Automobile identification tags, traf fic signs and many other articles manufactured in the Lorton industrial shops would come under Dirksen’s proposed ban. The tags have been manufactured there for a number of years. Previously they were pur :hased from Maryland penal institu ;ions. Might O. K. Amendment, Dirksen indicated that if District officials offer serious objection to his 1 bill he might agree to an amendment permitting continued manufacture of tags and traffic markers, since his primary motive to stop the “dump ing” in Washington of convict-made clothing which has found its way into a number of retail stores. Some States, Dirksen pointed out, have banned the sale and distribution of convict-made materials, although the prison-made articles are being shipped from those States into others ^vhere the sale is not forbidden by lawjt ! i MERGER FIGURE Commission Asked to Re consider $478,537 for W. R. T. Stock. Insisting that the price to be paid by the Capital Transit Co. for the Washington Rapid Transit Co. should be much lower than the $478,537 which the Public Utilities Commission has said it would approve. People's Counsel William A. Roberts yesterday advised the commission to reconsider its judgment. Roberts did not state what he be lieves a fair price would be. He rec ommended that any indication of a price which the commission would accept be based "on the market value of the present equipment” of the W. R. T. as "supported by the evidence of the commission’s own witnesses.” He agreed with the commission that it should reject the present proposal of the companies for payment of $539,000 for the W. R. T.. including payment of its stock and assumption of a debt of $327,000 owed to the North American Co., w’hich has finan cial control over both concerns. Fare Increase Question. Roberts raised fears the Capital Transit Co. would be in a position to increase its fares because the cost of additional equipment, he said, would be necessary for Interchange able service. He said large addi tional sums would have to be charged the public for retirement of the addi tional busses. Commission members declined to re ply to Roberts’ letter until they had time to study his arguments, but it was indicated they would not change their decision, reached after weeks of study. Chairman Riley E. Eigen and Viet Chairman Richmond B. Keech, it was recalled, have explained several times that the price paid for the W. R. T. cannot be charged to operating expenses and thus passed on to the public, but must be charged to Cap ital Transit Co. surplus funds. Several Positions Hit. Roberts attacked several positions taken by the commission in its notice Friday to the street, car company in which it announced the price of the stock of the W. R. T. must be sliced from $10 to $7 a share and other changes made to shave a total of $63, 000 off the $539,000 price agreed upon by the companies for the stock and the $327,000 debt.' ‘‘Aquisition of the necessary new equipment to permit interchangeable operation with the service of the Cap ital Transit Co.,” Roberts wrote, “would immediately increase the ac cruals for retirement by $50,000 to $70,000 per annum. “If rate adjustments were sought by the Capital Transit Co. on the con solidated operation at the commis sion’s estimate of market value, it would be necessary for the general public using the service of the Cap ital Transit Co. to pay more than $75, 000 additional per annum.” Roberts said the commission's deci sion calling for reduction of the in terest rate on the debt from 6 to 5 per cent was “unquestionably a step in the right direction,” but added “there is no evidence in the record which would warrant a lower interest rate on this note, while at the same time sup porting the reasonableness of the face of the note.” STORE ROBBED OF $35 Lone Bandit Holds Up Grocery Manager and Customers. A colored bandit obtained $35 last night in the hold-up of a chain grocery store at 1401 Fifth street. The robber strolled into the store while several customers were present and suddenly produced a gun. He ordered the manager to put his hands up and emptied the cash register. Witnesses said the man fled through the front door and disappeared into an ffley. TRAFFIC REPORT WILL BE STARTED BY HOUSE GROUP Subcommittee Expects to Draft Goals on Receipt of Testimony Proofs. SAFETY MAIN CONCERN OF ALL SUGGESTIONS Parking and Related Issues to Be Touched Upon as Inci dental Matters. BY JAMES E. CHINN. A comprehensive report embodying recommendations and suggestions de signed to lessen the traffic hazards in Washington streets, will be under taken this week by a special sub committee of the House District Com mittee which recently completed a far reaching study of traffic condi tions. Chairman Carpenter announced last night he would call his sub committee together to begin prepara tion of the report just as soon as galley proofs of the testimony taken during the series of public hearings are turned over to him by the Government Printing Office. The stenographic transcript of the testi mony was sent to the printing office last week after a delay due to neces sary changes in some of the exhibits placed in the record by witnesses. Fundamentally, all the recommen dations will be in the Interest of safety. Parking and other related traffic problems may be touched on incidentally. Police Increase Urged. Carpenter indicated one of the prin cipal recommendations would be a substantial increase in the police force, especially in the traffic divi sion. He and Representative Schulte. Democrat, of Indiana, who also took an active part in the traffic study, be lieve more officers mounted on motor cycles are needed to curtail speeding and reckless driving. Improvement of traffic conditions around some of Washington's numer ous circles, particularly Scott, Dupont and Thomas, are expected to be urged. In addition the report may contain a recommendation for con struction of pedestrian underpasses at strategic points beneath Pennsylvania avenue between Seventh and Fifteenth streets. The subcommittee gave serious at tention to the pedestrian underpass proposal during the hearings. Opinion was expressed by a number of wit nesses that such underpasses would protect the thousands of Government workers who are forced to cross Pennsylvania avenue at least twice a day. and at the same time aid in ex pediting the movement of traffic. Circle Tunnels Urged. What to do at the circles, however, is a problem that is puzzling the sub committee. Some experts suggested tunnels under the circles for either pedestrians or vehicles. Others pro posed widening of the area around the circles by elimination of sidewalks. This plan, it was said, would prevent congestion! The subcommittee also is expected to make reference in its report to so-called “ticket fixing.” Some of the witnesses condemned the practice, but others took the view it had not become an “evil” in Washington, and should be continued in minor cases in which the cancellation of a ticket would serve as a warning to a traffic violation. -# BOY SHOT IN ATTEMPT TO FLEE STOLEN CAR Four Companions Escape as Offi cer Opens Fire After Forcing Machine to Halt. Shot by a policeman while attempt ing to escape from a stolen automobile in which he was riding with four com panions, Rudolph Johnson, 16, colored, 1324 Fourth street, was reported in a serious condition at Casualty Hospital last night. Police were hunting the other four boys for questioning. Johnson, accord ing to police reports, stole an auto mobile belonging to Franklin R. Fisher, 1145 Oates street northeast, about 10:30 p.m. Half an hour later Officer L. A. Hartnett of the traffic division spotted the car and forced it to halt on New York avenue northeast near the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad yards. As the five occupants of the car ran away when the officer approached, Hartnett said, he shot at the group, the bullet striking Johnson in the ab domen, passing into the boys’ hip. The other youths escaped. I *■ Pets Groomed for Kennel Club Show No. 1—Champion Cids Stein Song and Jonedith Far Away Fee, dachshunds owned by Mrs. John Graves of Herndon, Va„ and entered in the Na tional Capital Kennel Club Show to be held, at Meadow brook Saddle Club, on the East-West Highway, next Saturday• No. 2—Mrs. Joseph Kris of Silver Spring, Md„ with Mu Lang of Manchoover, a chow. No. 3—Mrs. Lorraine Good with Flash of Clarandall, a German shepherd that won a blue ribbon in Baltimore. —Star Staff Photos. TRIAL OF REAGUER OPENSTDMORROW Undertaker Accused of Kill ing Girl, Bride of Virginia Highway Worker. William H. Reaguer. 57-year-old Culpeper, Va., undertaker, will go on trial in District Supreme Court to morrow for the murder of Mrs. Willie Mae Wood, 21, who was almost be headed with a pocket knife in a Houston Hotel room last October 12. The trial is expected to last a week. It will be the first before Justice Oscar R. Luhring in the new Criminal Divi sion No. 3, established to clear the docket by the Summer recess. Police found Reaguer, a married man with grown children, lying with his head on the body of the slain girl, who had been married just 17 days before to Herbert R. Wood, young Virginia Highway Commission worker. Psychiatrists to Testify. Assistant United States Attorneys Irvin Goldstein and Cecil R. Heflin, who will prosecute the case, said they have more than 30 witnesses, among them psychiatrists who may be called on to rebut an expected insanity de fense. Attorney James A. O'Shea, well-known criminal lawyer, will rep resent Reaguer. Under the pretext of driving Mrs. Wood from the Culpeper home of her parents to Fairfax Station, Va., where she lived with her husband, Reaguer allegedly brought her and her 17-year old cousin, Annie T. O’Bannon, to Washington. Miss O'Bannon lived here. The trio registered at the hotel as ‘‘H. L. Thomas and party, Richmond, Va.,” and were assigned two rooms on the ninth floor. Both Found in Room. The prosecution contends Mrs. Wood never entered the room she was to occupy with her cousin, but stayed with Reaguer. About 4:30 a.m. a loud scream was heard by hotel employes. They found Reaguer with blood flow ing from wounds, apparently self-in flicted, on his left wrist and left upper arms. Subsequent investigation developed, police sirr, that Reaguer had been friendly with Mrs. Wood since she was 17 years old and opposed her marriage to Wood. Banning Zioncheck’s Driving Problem if He Is Convicted If Representative Marion r. zion check of Washington is found guilty in Traffic Court Tuesday of driving an automobile 70 miles an hour on outer Connecticut avenue early yes terday, the District traffic director will have tossed into his lap the decision whether to invoke the regulations under which he has the power to "sus pend the privilege of operating an automobile in the District of Columbia and forbid Zioncheck to drive.” Two officers who said they followed a speeding automobile 2 miles booked the driver as Marion A. Zioncheck, a member of Congress. Zioncheck later professed to be mystified about the charge, but eighth precinct police said they remembered him from a previous visit when he was booked on a drunk and disorderly charge growing out of a complaint that he had plugged in many of the telephones cm an apart ment house switchboard. In its recent drive against speeders the Traffic Department ha\ followed a formula following convictions as follows: Thirty-five to orty miles an hour— Permit suspended 15 days. Forty to forty-five miles an hour— 30 days’ suspension. Over 50 miles an hour—Permit re voked. Representative Zioncheck, accord ing to police, said he was operating on a permit issued in his State of Washington. While the District police have no power to revoke this license, it was pointed out last night, the law authorizes the traffic director to sus pend the privileges of driving an auto mobile in the District. Zioncheck appeared in Police Court to defend Louis Holmes Lloyd, 21-year old student, arraigned on a drunken ness charge. Questioned by reporters about the speeding charge, he dodged with a series of noncommittal remarks about the improbability of a Repre sentative being up and out driving 70 miles an hour at 6:30 a.m.; his friend (See ZIONCHECK, Page B-2.) President's Wife and Girls’ Party See Crime Museum /. Edgar Hoover Escort on Justice Department Sight-seeing. By the Associated Press. J. Edgar Hoover escorted Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt yesterday on a visit to the Justice Department Crime Museum. Wearing her Caster blue suit, with a fox fur scarf, Mrs. Roosevelt went to the new Justice Department Build ing at the head of a dozen Todhunter School girl graduates, sightseeing from New York. Mrs. Roosevelt had said earlier that the ‘‘G-men” topped the list of what the girls wanted to see in Washing ton. But so well guarded was Mrs. Roose velt and her girls that only the Bu reau of Investigation knows whether the President’s wife was fingerprinted, as casual visitors often are as part of the trip through vast rooms filled with fingerprint files. -• BALLOU 10 OFFER BUILDINGPROGRAM Final Draft of Five-Year Project to Be Given to Board Wednesday. A final draft of the bill to authorize the proposed five-year school building program will be presented to the Board of Education by Frank W. Ballou, superintendent, Wednesday, and the Legislative Committee is expected to act at once on the measure in order to speed it to Congress at the earliest possible date. Two more preliminary reports on the program also will be presented by Dr. Ballou. The first of these will Out line the construction and enlargement needs of Wilson and Miner Teachers’ Colleges, and the second will provide for the administrative offices. Details of the final draft of the bill will be made public with its presenta tion to the board and will be the nineteenth report prepared by Dr. Bal lou and his stall covering the physical needs of the present overcrowded schools. At the meeting Wednesday, the District of Columbia Society of the 1st Division, A. E F„ will present rules and requirements for the award of three four-year scholarships, cov ering all expenses, to the Citadel, mili tary college of Charleston, S. C„ to be awarded graduates of the Wash ington high schools. .Several routine reports also are on the docket of business for the session. LEE TABLET PRESENTED 75th Anniversary of Army Com mand Offer Is Commemorated. A tablet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the occasion when Gen. Lee was offered the command of tne United States Army was presented to Gist Blair yesterday at the Blair House. 1651 Pennsylvania avenue, by the Washington Committee of the Robert E. Lee Foundation. The presentation was made by Mrs. Casenove Lee. chairman of the com mittee. Senator Clark of Missouri made a brief ad dry. P. W. A. FRAUD CASE OPENSJOMORROW Seven Go to Trial in Letts’ Court on Charges in Texas Project. Trial of seven men accused of con spiring to defraud the Government i of almost half a million dollars in connection with a $4,853,000 P. W. A. irrigation project in Willacy County, Tex., is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning in District Supreme Court before Justice F. Dickinson Letts. The defendants are Wiliam A. Harding, director of the Willacy County Irrigation Board; James P. I Barry, San Francisco engineer with ! the Hammond & Little River Redwood j Co., Ltd.; Leonard C. Hammond, vice president of the Hammond Lumber j Co., San Francisco; Harry W. Cole, | president of the California Redwood ! Association and vice president of the Hammond & Little River Redwood Co.; Perry A. Welty. former engineer examiner at the P. W. A. State office in Fort Worth, Tex.; Charles R. Ol berg, engineer examiner in charge of irrigation work at P W. A. headquar ters in Washington, and Frank P. Mc Elwrath, Corsicana, Tex., contractor and banker. They will be represented | by George Hoover and George Horn | ing, Washington attorneys. Indictment Last Spring. United States Attorney Leslie C. Garnett and his assistant, John W. Fihelly. will prosecute the case, on which they have been working for months. The indictment was returned by a special grand jury last Spring. Alleged efforts by the defendants to change specifications for a huge irri gation canal project from an open gravity system to a high and low pres sure pipe system, constructed of red wood, provided the basis for the charge against them. Originally the Willacy County project was for a canal system, cover ing 125,000 acres, and as finally ap proved by P. W. A. covered 75,000 acres. A huge wooden conduit, 215 miles long, was to be constructed. Specification Rewriting Charged. The Government contends that the redwood people persuaded the other defendants to make certain changes in the specifications so as to eliminate piping other than of redwood. Welty, who was in direct charge of the en gineering work in Texas, allegedly re wrote the specifications which then were forwarded to Olberg in Wash ington for his final approval. Efforts wdll be made to prove that both Olberg and Welty were offered jobs by the redwood interests. Twenty-eight overt acts were set out in the indictment, which was written in 18 page? and required six weeks- work by Fihelly and the grand jury. POLICE WILL RETURN THREE BOYS TO SCHOOL Three boys said to be from the Har grave Military Academy at Chatham, Va., were picked up by Washington police yesterday and slept last night at the Receiving Home, pending their return to the school today. The boys are Richard Roberts. 14, of Madison, N. C.; James Wilkins, 13, of Norfolk, Va., and William Callahan, 14, of Richmond, Va. Seeking to see the sights of the Capital, the trio left the academy early yesterday. The headmaster no tified the boys’ parents of their disap pearance and the search was insti tuted here at the request of one of the fathers. $5,700,000 LUMP Exact Changes in 1937 Fis cal Measure Awaits Sub committee Tuesday. DECISION EXPECTED ON TRAFFIC MATTERS Amendments Would Provide Au thority to Limit Number of Taxis and Other Features. BY J A. O’LEARY. The 1937 District appropriation bill probably will be reported to the Sen ate before the end of this week, re vised considerably from the form in which it passed the House in March. The exact changes will not be decid ed on until the subcommittee in charge of the measure meets Tuesday morn ing Since the Senate hearings ended early last week, however, there has been indications the subcommittee will restore the Federal share to the Budget Bureau figure of *5,700,000 and put back also most of the cuts the House made in budget recommendations for maintenance of many municipal agen cies, especially those relating to public health. A decision also is looked for early this week on whether to attach to the appropriation bill the several traffic amendments received Friday by Chair man Thomas of the Appropriations Subcommittee from the local officials. Senator Thomas sent them to Chair man King of the Senate District Com mittee for an opinion and the Utah Senator was studying them yesterday. Authority Over Taxis. The amendments would provide au thority to limit the number of taxi cabs. call for a study of further stag gering of Government office hours to reduce traffic congestion, provide au thority for regulation of parking'lots, and give the Commissioners optional authority to install parking machine devices. In addition to these proposed ap propriation amendments, there also has been renewed discussion of two separate legislative bills pending in Congress, to require semi-annual in spection of motor vehicles, and to establish magistrate courts to handle minor traffic offenses. At this stage of the session, however, it does not ap •pear likely these two bills will go through. Two other separate traffic bills have passed the Senate and are awaiting House action, one to In crease the penalties for first-offense reckless driving, and the other re lating to suspension of driving rights of non-resident motorists. These four bills are all separate from the traffic amendments being considered in connection with the supply bill. Little Time to Be Lost. If the Thomas Subcommittee com pletes its revision of the appropria tion bill Tuesday, the entire Appro priation Committee probably will oe ready to report it to the Senate by Thursday or Friday. As it came from the House, the bill carried a total of $42,573,283, tow'ard which the Federal share was slashed to $2,700,000—a cut of $3,000,000 from Federal payment for the current year. Although the House cut $697,000 from specific items recommended by the Budget Bureau, it added several new construction projects which resulted in a net increase of $908,000 above j the total recommended by the budget. These new items, coupled with the l $3,000,000 cut in the Federal lump sum payment, would leave the District facing a large deficit next year, under the House bill. Indications are the Senate subcommittee will seek to re vise the bill so as to produce a bal anced budget, on the basis of restora ' tion- of the Federal payment to the , $5,700,000 figure. —————— GRADUATES TO GET EMPLOYMENT TIPS Art Occupations in Industry Con ference to Be Held in New York City. Recent college graduates and those who will graduate in June may obtain valuable suggestions to aid them in obtaining employment from the dis cussions scheduled by the Arts Oc cupations in Industry conference, which meets Saturday at the club house of the American Woman's As sociation, 353 West Fifty-seventh street, New York City. Announcement of the conference was made yesterday by Mrs. Jouett Shouse. chairman of the board of the Institute of Women’s Professional Re lations. the organization arranging the conference. Discussing the subject of employment opportunities, Mrs. Shouse said: “There are more opportunities for jobs in this field than is generally known and recognized. Leaders en gaged in business and Industry will tell of the range of work to those seeking a career.’’ Simultaneously it was announced that an exhibit of modern industrial design will be open Thursday, April 23, as a preliminary to the con ference and continue until May 1. Like the conference, this exhibit will be held at the American Woman's Asso ciation. Conference sessions will be gin Saturday at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. $2,000 Watch Reported Lost. The loss of a platinum wrist watch valued at $2,000 was reported to police yesteday by Mrs. Ethel R. Cov ington, wife of J. Harry Covington, prominent Washington attorney, of 2200 Wyoming avenue. Mrs. Coving ton told police she lost the watch Wednesday while shopping in the 1000 block of Connecticut avenue.