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Society and General
_ WASHINGTON, D. C„ TUESDAY, MAY 26, 1936. *» PAGE B—1
District to Collect $5,065,713 in Personal Taxes for Fiscal Year
ASK PROBATION OR
US
“King of Gamblers” Joins
Ex-Aides, Now at Lorton,
in Plea.
SENTENCES “EXCESSIVE”
LAWYERS TELL COURT
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Conspiracy Count Was Entirely
Incidental. 12 Claim in Peti
tion to Court.
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The 12 associates of Sam R. Beard,
former king of Washington's gambling
world, who now are serving prison
terms at Lorton Reformatory, today
renewed their motion for probation
and asked, in the alternative, that
their one to three year sentences be
reduced.
Beard himself, who is not eligible
for probation, joined in the plea for
reduction of sentence. He now W
serving a two-to-six-year term in the
Federal Pententiary at Atlanta, where
he was sent to put many miles be
tween him and his gambling empire.
Justice Joseph W. Cox, before whom
the huge gambling conspiracy case
which involved Beard and his men was
tried in the Spring of 1935, refused a
similar motion April 17, but May 2
agreed to extend the April term of
court so that the matter might be
brought before him a second time.
Hold Sentences Excessive.
Through their attorneys. Leo A.
Rover, Martin F. O’Donoghue, John J.
Sirica, Maurice Mclnerney and Joseph
T. Sherier, the convicted gamblers in
sisted their sentences were excessive, as
compared with punishments imposed 1
In similar cases.
"The principal and controlling" of
fense with which they were charged j
was maintaining a gambling estab- |
lishment and the conspiracy count was
entirely incidental, they declared.
Pointing out that the conduct of the |
defendants since their conviction evi
dences a genuine desire to follow law- j
ful pursuits, the defendants further
argued that the offense of which they
were found guilty did not involve
“violence, fraud, deceit, anti-social
tendencies or other immoral ele
ments.”
Public "Support" Cited.
"But for the public support and
general desire to gamble, the offenses
involved could not have been com
mitted by the defendants,” they con
cluded.
The 13 men fought their conviction
by a District Supreme Court jury
through the Court of Appeals to the
United States Supreme Court which
Anally refused to review their case.
In denying probation to Beard's 12
associates, Justice Cox last month'
said they should have appealed to j
the mercy of the court instead of j
exhausting every legal device to have j
their convictions set aside.
The 12, who are eligible for parole
aince they have never been convicted
previously of a felony, are William
Carroll, James T. Gallagher, Fred H !
Heck, George E. Hutchins, Melville j
G. Jacobs, Sidney Kaplan, Lewis L. |
Levy, Fred J. Meese, Timothy H. j
Noel, Joseph A. O’Callaghan. John
J. Sortori and William G. Smith.
Capital Citizens
Agree to Donate
Blood to Needy
A butcher, a clergyman, a chemist,
an art teacher and a number of busi
ness men last night heard a surgeon
talk about blood transfusion, for which
the listeners had banded themselves
together to offer their own blood free
of charge to all in need of it.
The men were organized for their
humane endeavor by James W. Short
land, an artist born in Australia, edu
cated in Belgium and a resident re
ceatly of England and France. The
group met at his home.
He and his fellow donors, Shortland
said, are dedicating themselves to
"practicing the gospel without preach
ing it—of paying rent for our room on
earth.” They will be always available
to offer their blood in instances where
the patient is unable to pay.
The first transfusion, said the doctor,
Who asked that his name be withheld,
was from one dog to another through
a goose quill.
‘'Men,” he told the men, "are better
subjects for transfusions than women
because their veins are more accessible.
The blood would be better if taken
from the donor’s artery, but that is
impracticable because of difficulty in
opening an artery.”
Wilis Trip Home
MRS. MATTHEW BARTON,
The young Irishivoman who
won a trip home through a
$500 consolation prize in the
Irish hospital sweepstakes.
—Star Staff Photo.
(Story on Page 1.)
Move Due to Meet Greater
Competition in Lower
Rail Fares.
Threatened by greater competition
from railroads after June 2 when the
Interstate Commerce Commission's
order reducing train fares to 2 cents
per mile becomes effective, bus line
officials here today were planning new
rate schedules, with reductions
amounting to approximately a half
cent per mile.
Pares to New York City after June 1
probably will be $3.75, it was an
nounced by local officials of the Grey
hound. Blue Ridge, Great Eastern and
Short Line systems. The present rate
is commonly $5.50. The fare from
Washington to Baltimore is expected to
be reduced from 75 cents to 65 cents.
The I C. C. order establishes rail
road fares at 2 cents a mile in coaches
and 3 cents a mile in Pullmans after
June 2. The new rates compare with
a present basic fare of 3.6 cents for
both classes of service, plus a Pull
man surcharge.
At the National Association of Motor
BuJ Operators, officials said major bus
lines in the East were planning to es
tablish rates ranging from 1.5 to 1.75
cents a mile.
Both railroads and bus lines In
Southern and Western territory re
Suced fares voluntarily about two years
ago, and the carriers in those sec
tions were not expected to effect any
further reductions as a result of the
commission ruling.
The eastern bus companies, officials j
said, will grant a 10 per cent fare re
Juction for round trip in addition to
the cut in the basic rate.
HOUSE DISCUSSES
MARRIAGE CLAUSE
Rules Group Beaches No Decision
on Celler Bill,. How
ever.
The House Rules Committee in
executive session today discussed the
Celler bill tc liberalize the married
persons clause in the economy act so
as to permit employment of husband
and wife or other two persons in one
family in the Government service if
their combined salaries do not exceed
S4.000.
The committee, however, reached no
decision regarding the special rule for
which Chairman Ramspeck of the
Civil Service Committee and Repre
sentative Celler argue-' yesterday.
Members of the committee were im
pressed by the statement of Chair
man Ramspeck that he had been noti
fied by the White House that the
President is in favor of the legislation.
D. C. BOY, 14, MISSING
Walter Mahone, jr„ who is rather
tall for his 14 years and can pitch a
swift curve, was missing today from
his home at 1117 Abbey place north -
east.
His mother, Mrs. Thelma Mahone,
told police she had not seen him since
( p.m. yesterday. He was wearing a
base ball cap with the letter "8” em
blazoned above the visor, gray torusers
ind brown shirt and shoes.
To Get Overton Patronage Jobs
One Must Go to Night School
You don’t get one of the patronage
jobs at the disposal of Senator Over
ton of Louisiana just because you hap
pen to be from the same State and
aeem to fit the general requirements.
You must agree to go to night school
to get the job and, what is more, you
have to keep your grades out of the
"F” rone if you would continue to
hold it
It is the Senator’s idea that when
one is young, full of energy and the
possessor of an open mind that a por
tion of the vitality left over from earn
ing should be devoted to learning. A
further element of his theory is that
those occupying minor corners in im
portant public offices are obligated to
themselves and the public they serve
to pursue knowledge wherever it may
lead. How, otherwise, could they bet
ter qualify themselves to serve more
efficiently? To that question, there is
no anrnr—not so far as- Senator
• Overton is concerned.
So those who get jobs from him
must go to school unless they can
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satisfy him that they already have
scaled the peaks of higher education.
The requirement that they must do
passing work is an inflexible one.
“F" means not only falling, but also
stands for fatal remissness so far as
keeping a job with Senator Overman
is concerned. Two of his appointees
found that out when they were dis
missed.
It may occur to one that the Sen
ator might be hoodwinked by an artful
appointee by the simple expedient of
the latter keeping his grades a secret.
But, don't worry on that score. The
same thing occurred to the Senator
and he took steps to circumvent it.
He is in constant touch not only with
the student, but with the school as
well. The system has proved Infallible
so far.
As to the reasonability of Senator
Overman’s requirements, no one who
needed one of the jobs at his disposal
ever has been known to turn it down
because he did not want to go to
school. As for the grades they get,
weU, this year they all are right at
the top of the alphabet.
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SISSON CONTINUES
RED RIDER REPEAL
EFFORTS IN HOUSE
New Yorker Is Confident
That Congress Will Act
This Session.
DISTRICT LOSES DAY
IN DEATH OF PERKINS
Special Rule Would Be Required
to Bring Up Bill—June 6
Adjournment Planned.
BY JAMES E. CHINN.
Facing almost insurmountable odds.
Representative Sisson, Democrat, of
New York announced today he would
continue the fight for House action
this session on his bill to repeal the
so-called "red rider" to the 1936 Dis
trict appropriation act, which forbids
the teaching or advocacy of com
munism in the District public schools.
Sisson, however, feels confident
Congress will settle the “red rider"
issue before adjournment, despite the
obstacles that stand In its path, the
principal one being the tentative ad
journment goal, which has been set
for June 6.
District Loses Day.
The death yesterday of Representa
tive Perkins, Republican, of New Jer
sey may have sealed the fate of Sis
son's bill. Out of respect to his mem
ory the House adjourned 15 minutes
after it convened, forcing the District
to lose probably its last day of the
current session.
The Sisson bill cannot now be called
up without a special rule until the
next so-called "District day.” which
is June 8, two days after the tenta
tive adjournment date. House lead
ers are not inclined to grant a special
rule for District legislation in the
closing days of the session, unless
assurance is given that bills to be
called up are noncontroversial in
character. That cannot be said of the
Sisson bill.
believe Congress will adjourn the first
week in June and thinks that the
District will have another day before
the close of the session. Secondly, he
intimated he had a plan of strategy
‘‘up his sleeve” for bringing about
consideration of the bill next week if
Congress does end its session June 6.
Senate Assistance Expected.
In the meantime Sisson, as well as
Chairman Norton of the District Com
mittee, expect some assistance from
the Senate in forcing the "red rider”
repealer to a vote before adjournment.
Senator Walsh. Democrat, of Massa
chusetts. chairman of the Senate
Committee on Education, is preparing
to report the Wheeler bill, a com
panion of the Sisson bill, and hopes
to call it up in the Senate this week
for action.
Although House leaders are opposed
to granting a special rule to assure
action on Sisson’s bill before adjourn
ment, Chairman Norton of the House
District Committee said she hoped to
persuade them to set aside a special
day within the next week for its con
sideration. That would require unan
imous consent without a rule, and
some objection most likely would be
raised by opponents of the measure.
Mrs. Norton Aids Sisson.
Anyhow, Mrs. Norton said she would
co-operate with Sisson in pushing any
plan he works out to bring the bill
to a vote in the House before adjourn
ment. She was named a member oi
the special committee to represent the
House at the funeral of Perkins and
is not expected to return to Wash
ington before Thursday.
The unexpected adjournment of the
House and the resulting cancellation
of District day came as a surprise to
many members as well as the spec
tators in the galleries, which were
crowded with school teachers, edu
cators and high school students, who
anticipated a lively battle over the
"red rider” repealer. There were more
members on the floor than ordinarily
on District day, in response to a plea
for a large attendance sent out last
week by Mrs. Norton.
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Around the Sports Clock With G. W.’s No. 1 Beauty
CITY HEADS MAKE
INAUGJJRALPLANS
Ask Congress to Pass Reso
lutions Permitting Begin
ning of Preparations.
Anticipating early adjournment of
Congress, the Commissioners today re
quested Chairman Norton of the House
District Committee to introduce and
expedite action on four proposed joint
resolutions authorizing preparation of
arrangements for the presidential in
augural next January 20.
The Commissioners explained that
in past years a new Congress, which
formerly convened in December, was
i called on to pass the necessary inau
i gural legislation, but the earlier date
I for inducting a President into office
i will not leave sufficient time for the
j Seventy-fifth Congress, w'hich con
I venes in January, to authorize the
| special plans. The former inaugura
| tion date was March 4.
One of the four proposed resolu
tions would authorize an appropria
, tion of #25,000 for maintenance of
I public order and protection of life
and property. Two others would
authorize various Government offi
cials to permit the use of public
owned buildings and property for
housing troops participating in the
inaugural parade and allow the War
and Navy Departments to furnish
hospital tents and camp appliances
during the ceremony. A fourth would
exempt from taxation tickets to
various inaugural functions, the net
proceeds of which would be used
! for charitable purposes.
The four resolutions will be con
I sidered by the committee at its regu
lar meeting tomorrow at 10.30 am.
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Marshal Is Improved.
Frank Green, United States Su
preme Court marshal, who collapsed
j in a hall of the building yesterday,
! was reported “greatly improved” to
j day in Casualty Hospital.
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Young Washington
This young prodigy takes to the keyboard naturally. She is
Betty Young, 6, daughter of Sergt. Joseph L. Young and Mrs.
Young at the Army War College. Her Jather is a musician there.
Betty is a kindergarten pupil at the Greenleaf School. Tomor
row: Pauline Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Cook, at the
Greenleaf School. _____ _ —Star Staff^Photo.
Gertrude Sherman, voted the comeliest at George Washing
ton University, can play games, too. 1. The blond beauty is a
golfer. 2. Pulling the bow in archery. 3. Ready for tennis. 4.
Off for a sail —Star Staff Photos, by Randolph Routt.
Scotland Yard Takes Lesson
In Efficiency From G-Men
Observers Here to Study U, S. System of
Apprehension .of Criminals—Hoover
Lauds Visitors9 Fingerprint Methods,
DI KtA I'ULLItB.
Scotland Yard is taking a lesson
from the G-men.
Having already adopted personnel
standards modeled after special agents
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the celebrated London police organiza
tion has sent representative here to
study the whole American system of
detection and apprehension of crim
inals.
At the same time. J. Edgar Hoover,
F. B. I. director, who Is host to the
Yard men during their tour of the bu- |
reau, which began late yesterday, paid
tribute today to one of the visitors as
originator of a system of fingerprint
classification that enabled Federal
agents to Identify Alvin Karp is In the
Bremer kidnaping case.
The fingerprint expert is Harry
Battley, superintendent of the crim
inal records division of Scotland Yard
and inventor of the internationally
used system of identifying single prints.
The customary system classifies prints
according to all 10 fingers, making
identification impossible where only
one latent print is found at the scene
of a crime.
Hoover Praises System.
"It was Supt. Battley's system."
Hoover explained, “that led to identi
fication of a single fingerprint found
on a gasoline can that had been dis
carded by the kidnapers of Edward
O. Bremer at St. Paul. The F. B. I.
now has the fingerprints of 13,000 out
standing kidnapers, extortionists, bank
robbers and other major criminals
classified according to single finger
prints.”
Battley and his two colleagues,
Ronald M. Howe, deputy assistant
commissioner of the criminal identi
fication division of Scotland Yard, and
Col. Frank Brook, chief of constab
ulary for England and Wales, were
obviously Impressed by the magnitude
.and efficiency of F. B. I. headquarters.
They Joined in expressing admiration
for the bureau and "the personality
behind it.”
All three pointed out that because
of the wide disparity in nature of
work done by the F. B. I. and Scot
land Yard, the organizations neces
sarily are different.
“We have no gang problem in Eng
land,” Col. Brook pointed out to re
porters. “We don’t get any famous
criminals in the same sense that you
do bare. Moot of our ariam an bur
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gianes — nouseoreaxmgs — ana a iew
murders.”
The visitors agreed that the chief
reason for lack of gangster crimes in
England is geographical. It is diffi
cult to escape from England's shores
after a crime is committed, they ex
plained. Also punishment in the
courts is certain and quick.
Hoover said his bureau is "con
stantly in touch" with Scotland Yard
by radio and cable, and for years
has been exchanging with the English
police fingerprints of international
criminals.
Col. Brook said the police in Eng
land are lagging in the use of radio
and teletype, but that this deficiency
is to be corrected as soon as possible.
“That is one of the reasons we are
here,” he said. “We want to study
your up-to-date methods of police
communication."
It was explained that Scotland
Yard is the metropolitan police de
partment for the city of London and
has no jurisdiction outside of that
city, except to co-operate occasionally
with constables in other parts of
England who may request aid.
RECONDITIONED CARS
ACQUIRED FOR D. C.
30 of Front-Entrance Type Will
Be Put Into Service by
Transit Company.
Thirty front-entrance street cars
recently purchased by the Capital
Transit Co. from the Street Railway
Co. at Providence, R. I., are being
reconditioned for service here, com
pany officials announced today.
One car of the type bought has
proved efficient in active service on
the North Capitol street line over* a
period of the last three months, com
pany officials explained. The pur
chase of the 30 cars was approved
by the Public Utilities Commission.
The cars are being equipped with
leather seats and repainted. The
company describes them as "very
satisfactory because of well-Ughted
Interiors, good ventilation, comfort*
able seating, ease of entrance and
exit and efficiency of operation,”
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$15.000,000 PEPCO
BOND 01 ASKED
Petition Filed With Public
Utilities Board on 314
Per Cent Issue.
Authority to issue $15,000,000 in 3>4
per cent general mortgage bonds was
asked by the Potomac Electric Power
Co. in a petition tiled with the Public
Utilities Commission yesterday.
Most of the proceeds would be used
! to retire outstanding indebtedness,
j but $2,240,000 would be used to con- j
tinue the company's program of ex
tensions, improvements and better
ments in its equipment and service.
The improvement program was be
gun under Public Utilities Commis
sion orders isPued September 24, 1925.
and on March 10, 1927.
$7,000,000 Asked for Bonds.
Seven million dollars was asked to
j retire 5 per cent mortgage bonds due
on July 1, 1936. Of these bonds
$3,922,000 are still outstanding and
j $3,078,000 have been purchased by
■ the company, for which relmburse
1 ment was asked.
Another bond issue of $5,760,000
will fall due October 1, 1936. The
company has advanced $1,760,000 of
this fund, for which reimbursement
was asked.
xiic *x.xtu,uuu i vi rAwraiiuii.> auu
I betterments would be returned to
the company’s treasury. Originally,
expenditure of $11,641,934.79 was
authorized in the 1925 and 1927 orders.
At the beginning of the year $6,641.
934.79 was still to be used, the money
I to be advanced by the company as
■ the improvements are made.
Hearing Date Expected.
If the repayment of $2,240,000 Is
approved the company will still have
authority to invest $4,401,934.79 in
; capital improvements.
The Public Utilities Commission Is
expected within the next few days to
set a date for hearing the company's
officials on the application before tak
ing any action on the petition.
laborer’rescued
"
Members of the Are rescue squad
at noon today pulled a colored laborer
from a narrow, but deep excavation in
front of a building under construc
tion in the 2300 block of Bladensburg
road northeast after a cave-ln buried
the man up to his waist.
The laborer, John Randolph, col
ored, 1600 block of Vermont avenue,
was removed to Casualty Hospital.
His injuries were described as slight. 1
The firemen rigged a belt under the
man’s arms and pulled him from the
excavation.
GAIN OF $206,883
$1,937,670 to Be Derived
From Levy on Receipts
of Banks, Utilities.
GAINS IN ASSESSMENTS
WILL ADD TO REVENUE
$420,953,452 in Intangible. $68,
120,069 in Tangible Prop
erty Listed.
Washington citizens will pay $5,
065.713.35 in personal taxes for the
fiscal year ending June 30. an increase
of $206,883.88 over the amount paid
in 1935, it was announced today by
Charles Russell, deputy District tax
assessor in charge of personal taxes.
This sum is levied against an as
sessment of $420,953,452 in intan
gibles; $68,120,069.34 in tangible prop
erty, and on gross earnings and re
ceipts of banks, trust companies, other
financial houses and public utilities
totaling $47,685,686.24.
The gross receipts and earning3
taxes, ranging from l1- to 6 per cent,
will bring in a return of $1,937,670,10.
The intangible levy will return $2,104 -
767.26 and the tangible personal prop
erty will bring in $1,021,801.04. The
tax rate for tangible and intangible
property is $1.50 per hundred.
Stock Exchange Included.
Other miscellaneous items, includ
ing the Washington Stock Exchange
and note brokers, will bring in a rev
enue of $1,474.95.
In comparing the figures with those
for the year 1935, Russell pointed out
that the intangible assessments in
creased $12,248,398 during the year,
increasing the tax $61,241.99: the in
crease from tangible property will be
$47,905.34 and the gain from gross
earnings and receipts will be $97,
736.55.
National banks and trust com
panies, paying 6 per cent on their
gross earnings and receipts totaling
$6,905,808.45 will turn into the Treas
ury $414,348.44.
Five per cent assessed against the
earnings of the Washington Gas Light
Co. and the Georgetown Gaslight Co.
will net the District $259.099 48 on
total earnings of $5,181,989.63.
Other Firms Are Listed.
The Georgetown Barge Dock. Ele
vator & Railway Co., also paying 5
per cent, will turn in $61982 from
earnings of $12,396.49.
The Potomac Electric Power Co.,
paying 4 per cent on gross earnings
and receipts, will tum in $434,537.14
on $10,863,428.46. Paying at the
same rate the assessment and tax of
the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone
Co. amount, to $8,721,460.22 and $348.
858.40. The Capital Transit Co. and
its subsidiaries are assessed $308,314.74
on receipts and earnings of $7,707,
868.54.
After deducting interest paid to de
positors, the incorporated savings
banks will pay $32,437 on earnings
and receipts of $810,925.50.
Building and loan associations, as
sessed at 2 per cent, will pay $108,
912.84 on $5,445,650.59.
Title insurance companies and
building companies, paying l»i per
cent, will return a revenue of $30,
542.92 on earnings and receipts of
$2,036,158.36.
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Juror Is Brought
To District Court
Iu Wheel Chair
The unusual scene of a Juror being
brought into court in wheel chair
was enacted today in District Supreme
Court, where seven men are charged
with fraud in connection with a
$5,000,000 irirgation project in Willacy
County. Tex.
The juror, Moe L. Lounsbury, who
weighs around 250 pounds, underwent
a minor operation last week and con
sented to continue in the case to avert
the possibility of a mistrial.
The trial now has lasted more than
a month, costing the Government
thousands of dollars. Fourteen juror*
were empaneled at its beginning, but
one was taken seriously ill more than
a week ago. Last week Lounsbury be
came ill and found that an operation
was necessary. Up to that time the
jury had been locked up each night in
the Continental Hotel. Fearful that
illness of another juror might cause a
mistrial. Justice T. Dickinson Letts
ordered them released from custody of
deputy marshals and the trial was re
cessed to permit Lounsbury * opera
tion.
A. A. A. Women Aiming to Make
Cocktail Parties Anti-Social
A campaign to make cocktail parties
as unfashionable as square dances and
as “anti-social” as dunking was urged
by members of the Women’s Safety
Committee of the American Auto
mobile Association at a meeting yes
terday at the Sulgrave Club.
Cocktail parties were characterized
as a "menace to civilization and safe
driving” by members of the committee
in general discussion following an ad
dress by George W. Offutt, chairman
of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
Offutt said that the peak of arrests
for intoxication In the District before
prohibition was reached in 1915, when
2.51 per cent of the population was
arrested for drunkenness. By 1934 the
ratio had risen to 4.78 per cent, Offutt
said. Since that time there has been
a steady decline in arrests for intoxica
tion and there has been a very sharp
decrease in the number of minors ar
rested for drunkenness since repeal.
"Enforcement of the liquor laws,”
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Offutt said, "is closely comparable to
enforcement of the traffic laws. We
must get voluntary co-operation by
80 per cent of the people and visit the
full strength of the law on the other
20 per cent who refuse to observe the
regulations.”
Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superinter.
dent of police, told members of the
committee that crime conditions be*
came much worse during the prohibi
tion era. He expressed the belief that
education would go far toward im
proving present conditions.
Mrs. Henry Grattan Doyle, chair
man of the Board of Education, told
the committee of a new playground
experiment to be launched this
Summer in connection with vacation
schools. As a means of economy and
increased child safety, she said, play
grounds will be operated in conjunc
tion with the vacation schools and will
be manned by competent supervisory
with the help of specially trained
students.
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