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PLAY FACILITIES
PLANJIMITTED
3 Agencies Receive Proposal
to Co-ordinate Direction
J of Use.
Creation of the associated depart
ments of play and recreation for the
District, under which a co-ordinated
plan and control of all playground
facilities In the city would be set up.
faas been proposed to the three agencies
Involved by the District Recreation
Committee, created more than a year
•go.
The plan was submitted to the
Board of Education yesterday by
Henry I. Quinn, who represented the
board and the Community Center De
partment on the committee. It has
•Iso been submitted to the Office of
National Capital Parks. Buildings and
Reservations by Frederic A. Delano,
representing that agency, and to the
District Playground Department by
Commissioner George E. Allen, acting
for the District government.
The plan would leave the three sep
arate governmental units autonomous
in the control of the properties they
Jiow have, but would concentrate the
planning for the use of all facilities
In the office of Lewis R. Barrett, co
ordinator of recreation.
Five Divisions Proposed.
Under Barrett, five divisions would
be created, each to co-ordinate the
affected property and equipment of
the Playground Department, the Com
munity Center Department and the
National Capital Parks.
These departments would be: Com
munity center division, playground
and playfield division, municipal sports
division, swimming and bathing pool
division and public permit division.
The associated departments would
be assisted by the permanent commit
tees. The first, the program co
ordinating committee, would “formu
late and develop a complete, compre
hensive and co-ordinated recreational
educational program, utilizing all re
sources under the control of the
agencies participating In this joint
effort and with due regard for the
autonomy of each.”
Would Correlate Plans.
The other, the co-ordinating plan
.committee, would be “to make a criti
cal study with recommendations of the
Improvement plans, the construction
plans and the use plans for all such
properties, this study to be for the
purpose of securing the maximum
In co-ordinated use development for
#11 such properties.”
The agreement also limits the ex
penses of maintenance and services
of the associated departments to not
more than $4,500, not including the
salary of the co-ordinator. His salary
already is cared for by the National
Capital Parks. The remaining ex
penses would be divided equally among
the three participating agencies, each
limited to not more than $1,500 per
year.
~ In submitting the proposed agree
ment to the Board of Education,
'tauinn stressed the fact that all school
and community center properties
would remain under the direct con
trol of the board’s own employes.
No action was taken by the board
yesterday, but Quinn indicated he
,-Would ask approval at a subsequent
Meeting.
HUPP CONTRACTS
j OPINION IS UPHELD
Slight of Official to Exercise
Stock Options Is Held
Invalid.
By the Associated Press.
CINCINNATI, May 9—The United
States circuit Court of Appeals up
held Judge Arthur J. Tuttle yesterday
in his opinion that contract* entered
Into between Archie M. Andrews,
former chairman of the Hupp Motor
Corp., and the automobile concern
»-ere "unconscionable and fraudulent.”
The court held that a contract re
tarding Andrews’ right to exercise
$tock options, which was entered into
«n August 23, 1934, "is not only in
valid because It was never lawfully
adopted by the Board of Directors or
ratified by the stockholders, but be
cause the provisions continuing ap
pellant’s rights to exercise the stock
option in the event of a merger was
Concealed from the stockholders.”
< "The circumstances in connection
jaith the subsequent development* In
dicate deliberate concealment,” the
Becision said.
BIBLE CLASSES OPEN
CONVENTION TONIGHT
i ■ ■i
Virginia Philathea and Baraca
Class Will Meet in
Alexandria.
fey a Stiff Correspondent of The Ster.
i ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 0.—A
three-day convention of Philathea
■nd Baraca Bible Classes of Virginia
♦ill be opened at the First Baptist
Church here, at 7 p.m. tonight. Dele
gates are expected from every princi
pal city in the State.
’ Miss Mytle Zentmeyer, young peo
ple’s director of Barton Heights Bap
tist Church, Richmond, will be the
principal speaker at Saturday morn
ing and Sunday afternoon sessions.
* A banquet will be held at the George
Mason Hotel tomorrow night, and a
sunrise service will be held at the
George Washington Masonic Memorial
Eunday morning.
M. Edwin Barrett, convention chair
man, and Mrs. 6. C. Humphrey, ex
ecutive secretary, are in charge of the
program.
i COMMERCE AIDE QUITS
The Commerce Department yester
day announced the resignation of Dr.
Karl P. Compton, president of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technol
ogy, from the Business Advisory
Council of the department.
The announcement said Dr. Comp
ton was resigning for reasons of
health, and that it was hoped he
would be able to resume his services
in the future.
The Business Advisory Council Is
composed of a group of prominent
business men and others.
Goes to Hospital With Bunis.
Earl Taylor, 33, of 447 Twelfth
street northeast, was in Gallinger Hos
pital today with burns on his face and
arms and a technical charge against
him in conection with the alleged theft
of gasoline cans from an auto repair '
shop at 714 Fourtenth street northeast,
where he was emplojjd. He was i
burned in a fire there Thursday night.
» /
Washington
Wayside
Tales
Random Observations
of Interesting Events
and Things.
ADVENTURE.
AVERY nice lady, always a care
ful driver, motoring through
the Potomac-Rock Creek con
necting parkway, was halted by
a policeman as she was about to pass
through the ford at the south entrance
to the Zoo.
•'Lady,” said the policeman, "see
that mother duck with twelve little
ducks swimming unstream?”
"Yes," she gasped, wondering what
the heck.
“Well,” said the policeman, “she's
lost once of her little ones. He's No.
13 and he's caught in the current right
below the ford. Maybe if you'll let me
ride through on the running board I
can catch him.”
He tried it, but failed and the lady
left him on the bank figuring out some
other way to rescue the lost duckling.
Returning home she found a truck
driver busily inspecting her back yard,
while his helpers were lugging an old
furnace out of the basement to haul
away. She asked the truck driver if
he had lost something.
"Lady,” he said, "I’ve been looking
all over town for some of these old
English violets, like you have here.
They sure are pretty, aren’t they?
But they must be getting scarce. I
have’nt been able to find any.
She gave him a plant and he rode
happily away on his truck. Spring,
she concluded, is in the air—or maybe
everybody is reading Charlie Tracewell
in The Star.
* * * *
LAST TOOT.
A Washington-Virginia bus line
employs a driver who is probably
the world’s most persistent horn
“leaner-on-er." He blows his horn
almost incessantly, while the work
weary nerves of his passengers
shrink and quiver.
After a noisy 20-minute ride the
other 5 p.m., a determined young
miss got up to get off the bus.
Just before stepping out, she leaned
over and placed a firm hand on the
horn button and held it there a
good long time, so that a loud and
lusty blast rang out among the
Virginia hills—like the bellowing of
40 thirsty cows.
“There, young man," she vine
gared, "let that toot last you until
you get to Alexandria."
• * • •
SPRING.
Perhaps the lure of Spring had
something to do with the typographi
cal error in this report received by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation
from an agent who had just com
pleted an inquiry: “Agent located the
house where subject and victim loved
for two weeks.”
/
• • • •
80-80.
'T'HE teacher In a lower grade at
Brightwood school had an idea
that all had not been well during
her brief absence from the room.
"Now,” she said Impressively upon
returning, “I want every one who has
behaved themselves to stand up. The
others will keep their seats.”
There was a shuffling about as
chairs were pushed back and part
of the class came to its feet.
Slowly she surveyed the scene, until
her glance rested on one youngster
whose body was wierdly contorted
around his desk.
“Thomas,” she questioned, "are you
standing?”
“Half-way,” came the thin piping
answer.
• • • •
CHECK-UP
'T'HE following conversation between
two was overheard on a bus the
other a.m.
“You know I have written to 66
different countries for copies of their
constitutions and have received 55
which I am studying and comparing,”
said the first man. “I’ll tell you,
Rumania has a constitution to be
proud of. It is simply great.
"Tell me. what does Rumania have
over them? Do they have a King,
or what rules them?” asked the
second.
"King,” snapped the expert.
“Well, after you get all those things
together I’d like to look them over,”
trying to pretend a knowledge that
would keep the conversation going.
It stopped, however.
* * * *
SCOOPED.
'J'HE combination of an indigent
newspaper man and a forgetful
G-man produced this story.
It seems that at J. Edgar Hoover’s
press conference the other afternoon,
there was a large turn-out of re
porters, seeking further news concern
ing the capture of Harry Campbell,
which had been announced earlier in
the day from Toledo.
Just before the meeting broke up
one bright young reporter spoke up
and asked:
"Doesn’t this arrest make William
Mahan, the Weyerhaeuser kidnaper,
your No. 1 public enemy now?"
A strange look appeared on the face
of the head G-man. who had been
without sleep for more than 24 hours.
"Oh yes,” he blurted out, "I forgot
to tell you we captured Mahan in San
Prancisco just a short time ago."
In the rush of reporters to tele
phones to flash the news, the bright
young reporter who propounded the
juestlon that brought out the story
round himself up against it.
It seems that be wanted to borrow
i nickel so be could telephone the
news, too. but bad a hard time get
ting any one to listen to him.
Yucatan Indian* Mayan.
The Indians of the Mexican State
>f Yucatan, In the extreme south of
:he country, are of the Mayan raee,
mall in stature ant
ores.
Air view shoiving the Hindenburg being wheeled, tail first, into the hangar at Lakehurst.
_ t
—Copyright, A. P. Wirephoto, portable transmission.
Hiiidenljurg
(Continued From First Page )
its first trip over the ocean, flying
the commercial route across the South
Atlantic to Brazil. On its return
from this voyage the Hindenburg ex
perienced motor trouble off the Span
ish coast, but made its home port
safely.
On other trips to the United States
the German Zeppelins were always
under the command of Dr. Eckener.
In view of recent political differences
in Germany, however, the famous de
signer has been relieved of the com
mand of the Hindenburg.
On its voyage across the South
Atlantic and on the maiden trip to
the United States the new dirigible—
the largest lighter-than-air craft ever
built—was commanded by Capt. Ernst
A. Lehmann, a German airship
veteran.
As soon as the ship was made fast
to the movable mooring mast, im
migration officers—just as if it were
a big liner at Quarantine in New York
Bay—went aboard and made the
routine Inspection.
A special post office crew was on
hand to care for the largest mail load
ever transported by air across the
North Atlantic, 2.200 pounds, including
much material of value for stamp col
lectors.
i assenger capacity Occupied.
The entire passenger capacity of
the airship was occupied cm this first
of 10 round-trip voyages during this
Summer. Next Monday midnight the
Hindenburg will leave for Friedrich
shafen, again with a full complement
of passengers.
Although the speed of the Hinden
burg in last few hours over the At
lantic was reduced considerably by
adverse winds, the average speed for
the trip was 71.3 miles per hour. The
maximum speed attained on the voy
age was 93 miles per hour.
Despite the early hour it reached
the metropolitan area, thousands of
persons were up to greet the Hinden
burg.
It was first sighted coming up Am
brose Channel from the lightship.
Ships sent forth welcoming blasts
from their sirens.
Despite the early morning hase. with
the sun not yet up. the ship's huge
bulk was easily discernable.
The din of the welcome awakened
many residents, who hurriedly popped
their heads out of apartment house
windows to catch a glimpse as it
cruised over Battery Park, at the
lower tip of Manhattan Island, and
headed north over the city.
Glides Up Broadway.
Broadway, was the course which
guided the Zeppelin on its first trip
over Manhattan. At the Battery,
where Broadway begins, some 2,000
persons were gathered and from them
came a great cheer.
At Columbus Circle It appeared as
If the ship swerved slightly and left
Broadway, circling over Central Park
to 110th street.
A Ui -_u.Li__•__
vtiMBiiw nuiiuoiu)Ja vu
the towners of Manhattan.
After circling over the city the
Hindenburg headed directly down the
Jersey Coast, and cut inland to Lake
iiurst. After It was moored at the
naval base, it took 1 hour and 2
nlnutes before the Zeppelin was safe
y berthed in the hangar.
Lieut George F. Watson, com
munications officer at the naval base,
tald the landing crew "was probably
he smallest ever to bring down a
llriglble.”
Field officers said they had tried to
ilgnal the ship to remain in the air
rntil the soldiers could arrive from
3amp Dix to aid the naval Regulars.
The officers of the Hlndenburg ap
Mtrently misunderstood the signals.
Comdr. Charles A Rosendahl, Lake
mrst commandant, said the soldiers
rere not late, but that the ship was
arly. It came in about 20 minutes
head of the latest information given
o the field. With the soldiers unavail
ble the civilians grabbed at the ropes
longslde the Navy men, dug their
ieels into the sandy soil of the landing
ircle, and the ship was tied to the
lobile mooring mast without mishap.
Pay Fee for Field.
The use by the Hlndenburg of the
laval facilities at Lakehurst is in ac
ordance with an officially-drawn
lermit available to the German Zep
lellns since 1028.
There are no privately-owned airship
acllities on the seaboard suitable to
hips of this sise. The Zeppelin op
rators pay a fee to the Government
or use of the field.
The Hlndenburg’* time of 61 hours
nd 63 minutes from Priedrichshafen
ms a new airship record for the west
mrd crossing of the Atlantic from
lermany. A
The previous best |yne for the west
ward crossing was made by the old
ZR-3, now the Los Angeles, when it
was brought over from Germany In
October, 1924—81 hours and 17 min
utes.
Dr. Eckener expected the Hinden
burg to establish another record on
the return trip eastward across the
Atlantic—always made faster by fa
vorable winds. He predicted the voy
age would take only 45 or 46 hours.
The Graf Zeppelin in August, 1929,
set the fastest time for lighter-than
air-craft of 54 hours.
To expedite departure of the new
zeppelin Monday night, the ship was
berthed in the hangar stern first.
OSCAR D. GILBERT,
BANK HEAD, DIES
President of Westminster Organ*
ization Was Active in Civic
Circles.
By tbs Associated Press.
WESTMINSTER, Md„ May
Oscar D. Gilbert, president of the
Farmers and Mechanics National Bank
here, died at his home early today.
He had been ill for a few months.
Gilbert was active in Westminster
civic, business and fraternal circles and
served as mayor of the town from
1900 to 1908. He also served as clerk
of Carroll County Circuit Court for
one term, being elected on the Republi
can ticket.
U. aaaAolatail tt.UV 4U.
ware firm of Gilbert & Gehr until his
retirement from business several years
ago. He was a charter member of the
board of trustees of the Hoffman
Orphanage.
Gilbert was born near Gettysburg.
Pa., but came here as a young man.
He was twice married and is survived
by his widow, Mrs. Jullls Ann Power
Gilbert. Also surviving are two daugh
ters by his first wife. Mrs. Ida Bowers
Gilbert. They are Mrs. Ralph Reif
snider, Westminster, and Mrs. Otta
Dieffenbach, Baltimore.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Re
formed Church. The pastor, Rev.
Nevin A. Smith, will conduct the fu
neral services at the church Monday
at 2 p.m., and burial will be in Krie
der’s Cemetery.
Government B&dio Service.
South Africa is to establish a gov
ernment-controlled radio service.
FARM RAND HELD
Paroled Reformatory In
mate Writes Confession,
Views Crime Scenes.
By the Associated Press.
PORTLAND, Me., May 9—Sheriff
Henry E. Bumell said last night that
James H. Folsom, 35, of Skowhegan,
paroled State reformatory inmate, had
confessed to the slayings of both
Mary Proulx, 7, at Waterville last
Sunday and Annie K. Knights, 12, at
Fairfield, last October.
Taken later to Augusta, he was
formally charged with the murder of
the Proulx girl.
Sought by police throughout the
I ---
State and by National Guardsmen In
Lewiston, Folsom was arrested at a
Cumberland farm, 12 miles from Port
land, where he had been working for
two days.
Hollis Strout, sawmill employe, in
formed South Portland police and the
Cumberland County sheriff’s office of
his suspicion that Folsom was the
man sought.
At the farm, the officers found Fol
som standing in a barn door.
He was rushed to the sheriff's office
here, where in the almost deserted
county court building, Burnell said,
he wrote out his confession in long
hand. Folsom later led officers to the
scenes of both crimes.
The circumstances of the Proulx
and Knights slayings were almost
identical. In each instance the child
was gagged with her own clothing,
her hands were tied and she was
criminally assaulted. Both were
strangled to death.
The body of the Knights girl was
found in bushes on the side of the
Fairfield-Skowhegan road. The Proulx
child's torn body was discovered in an
alder run on the bank of the Mes
salonske River In Watervllle.

Straining ground crew pulling the great Zeppelin to earth at Lakehurst. Arrow points to Dr. Eckener peering from the
control cabin. —Copyright, A. P.Wirephoto, portable transmission.
The National Scene
BY ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH
THE surmise as to whether if nominated Landon would fight has
been answered by the Governor himself in his radio interview.
If he will fight as he says he will, the campaign will come up
to all expectations. He may have an opportunity
to show hla fighting qualities before the nomina
tion, as the anti-Landon people in his own party
are not going to let him walk off with it without
a struggle.
There are still five weeks for jockeying and "ex
posure” before the showdown at Cleveland.
Naturally, the further out in front Landon gets,
the more keenly distasteful he becomes to the
other candidates and their supporters. Now
that he has rent his veil of silence, and as soon
as the remaining important primaries and Stato
conventions are out of the way, he Is bound to
be quizzed as to his position on every possible
Alice Leneworth. Issue.
Among other things, his opponents are evidently going to talk
about oil, in an endeavor to cmear him with that politically unhealthy
lubricant.
(Copyrlfht 1936)
House and Senate Con
ferees Meet Today to
Settle Differences.
By the Associated Press.
The greatest peace-time naval ap
propriation in the Nation’s history
was near final enactment today as
House and Senate conferees met to
settle on minor differences.
The bill granting the Navy *529,
000,000 for the fiscal year 1936-1937
rode to quick and easy approval in
the Senate yesterday after an unsuc
cessful attempt to eliminate funds
and conditional authority for con
struction of 2 new battleships as
well as 12 new destroyers and 6 sub
marines. The move was downed, 40
to 12.
Opposition voiced in two days' de
bate crumpled under this defi and the
bill was then approved and sent to
conference with the House by voice
vote. Coincidentally, President Roose
velt indicated he would submit the
new naval limitations treaty to the
Senate next week.
Congress completed action Thurs
day on the *591,000.000 War De
partment appropriation bill and the
Navy measure was due to follow it
speedily. Presidential approval was
regarded as certain.
The Navy bill is the last of the regu
lar supply measures to go through the
Senate, leaving only the deficiency bill
carrying the work-relief funds to be
acted upon.
Senator Frazier, Republican, of
North Dakota, who carried on the
attack against the Navy funds, offered
the amendment to strike out the
IHS.300,000 for new capital ships,
destroyers and submarines.
Rail Travel Increase*.
Passengers carried by the Japanese
Government Railways in the last fiscal
year totaled 948,493.840, an Increase of
6&000.000 over the preceding 12
nQaths.
VOYAGE SMOOTH,
Zepp Can Stand Any Kind of
Weather, Goes Around
Squalls.
Editor’s note—The following ac
count of the Zeppelin Hindenburg’s
trip was written by Louis P. Loch
ner, chief of the Berlin Bureau of
the Associated Press, a passenger
on the airship:
BY LOUIS P. LOCHNER.
(Copyright. 10118. by the Auociated Press >
LAKEHURST. N. J.. May 9 —Ger
many's newest Zeppelin, the Hinden
burg. saluted the United States today,
2'2 days out of Friedrichshafen.
Blazing a new commercial trail
across the North Atlantic with ease,
the giant lighter - than - air liner
"docked" at Lakehurst in record time
under the impetus of four great
motors.
No6ing in over New York this morn
ing, at an hour when the concrete
forests below us had yet to be tinted
by dawn, we looked down on what
were to many of us familiar land
marks—serpentine Broadway, the
great rectangle of Central Park and v
the black ribbon of the Hudson River.
Then we cruised south, to tie up at
the Naval Air Station here.
During the entire flight the even
purr of the four motors never ceased.
They functioned with the precision
of an electric clock.
Manas ah v» earner.
It was a fortunate circumstance
that for a while the new craft ran
into adverse weather. For this big
brother of the Graf proved Itself
able to stand almost any kind of
air condition.
"The dream of Walter Wellman has
come true.” observed Capt. Murray
Simon of London, who was Wellman s
navigator of the ill-fated America of
1910. "Then we had two motors with
80 horsepower. The Hindenburgs
motors develop 4,400 horsepower."
Simon feels he has paid a tribute
of devotion to, a deceased comrade by
flying the stretch that Wellman failed
to negotiate in reverse order 26 years
ago.
Wellman is dead. Dr. Hugo Ecke
ner, who entered the services of old
Count Zeppelin about the same time,
is hale and hearty and able to see his
ideas triumph. Capt. Ernest Leh
man, on whom the mantle of Eckener
seems destined to fall, can look back
on almost 25 years of service as pilot
and commander.
It was hard some times to realize
during the trip that one was not on
an ocean liner, out Instead high in
the air, between heaven and ocean.
The spacious social hall, dining hall,
writing saloon and even the diminu
tive bar and smoking room—all con
veyed the illusion of a seafaring craft.
I«93CU§CI3 IUIIC A A^v «»3i
This illusion was heightened by the
fact that the passenger space was
distributed over two decks, an upper
and lower. It was further heighted by
the fact that the cabins, while small,
nevertheless were of the type one finds
on small ocean steamers.
The illusion ceased at once, how
ever. when one stepped to the large,
slanted windows and peered out. What
a magnificent view !
Never shall we forget the moment
when, suddenly but almost impercep
tibly, we rose from the soil of Fried
richshafen amid the deafening cheers
of friends and well wishers.
The complete absence of motion ex
cept for a slight vibration caused by
the four motors baffles one, because
one recalls how the ocean greyhound
even in the best of weather swrays
slightly.
Only once did we experience even
an approach to motion. That was
when we ran into the squall Thursday
night. It was nothing unpleasant,
however—certainly not enough to
make even a poor sailor uncomfort
-able.
The fine thing about these enor
mously strong motors is that the
Hindenburg can go 300 miles out of
its wav easily to avoid difficult weath
er and still gain time in the end.
Evade Squalls.
Only rarely do Dr. Eckener or
Capt. Lehmann give orders to plow
right through a squall—more often
than the passenger Is aware of. they
pilot the ship around or above strong
headwinds. Rising to 3.000 feet and
more is no infrequent thing if there
by time can be gained in the long
run.
I spoke of the magnificent views we
enjoyed. Our first big thriU came
almost an hour after starting, when
we flew over Stuttgart.
Myriad electric lights burning in
this busy Wurttemberg capital gave
an almost unreal picture. We could
discern the main streets by their
greater profusion of lights and we
picked out the city's great white way
by the green and blue and red display
signs.
Other cities which we overflew that
first night, too, were interesting—
Mannheim, Blngen-on-Rhine, Cob
lentz. But first thrills are always
strongest.
It was the same thrill that came
when, for the first time, we found
ourselves high above a carpet of clouda
so thick that nothing of the vast ex
panse of ocean below was visible.
At times these clouds looked like
an endless stretch of glaciers, then
again like fluffy bales of wool spread
out as far as the eye could see
Perhaps the biggest thrill of all is
that of prowling around in the
■Innards” of the huge dirigible. It is
then that one becomes overawed at
the infinite amount of detail that
went into constructing this technical
wonder and at the genius of Dr.
Ludwig Duerr, the constructor who
thought all this out.
| Congress in Brief
TODAY.
Senate:
In recess.
Agriculture Subcommittee considers
Columbia River Valley Authority MIL
House:
In recess.
Veterans' Committee meets on In
quiry into death of veterans in Florida
storms.
MONDAx.
Senate:
Expected to adjourn because of
the death of Senator Trammell Demo
crat. of Florida.
Finance Committee begins executive
sessions to act on the tax bill.
Judiciary Committee holds regular
weekly meeting.
House:
Votes on deficiency appropriation
bills and considers Fraxier-temke farm
mortgage bill.
Special subcommittee of District
Committee resumes hearings on Juve
r^e Court bill, 10 a.m. “

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