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Former Loan Association
, Branch Manager Faces
FORGERY AND LARCENY
CHARGES ARE LISTED
Admitted Gambling Away $9,000,
Except $800 for Travel, Pros
Pive Indictments, containing seven
larceny and four forgery counts and
covering alleged defalcations totaling
$9,024.16. were returned today against
William S. Herndon, former manager
of the Georgetown branch of the
closed Fidelity Building and Loan As
sociation. Herndon was arrested two
weeks ago in the Middle West by
Justice Department agents.
He had been sought since his dis
appearance June 29, which led to an
invetigation disclosing the shortage.
He is 34 years old and has a wife and
daughter living in nearby Virginia.
Arraigned before United States Com
missioner Needham C. Turnage on his
return here from Omaha, Herndon
pleaded guilty to larceny of $2,500.
which was all that was charged in the
Assistant United States Attorney
John J. Wilson revealed today, how
ever. that Herndon has signed a state
ment admitting all of the acts with
which he was charged by the grand
jury, and saying he gambled away
the entire $9,000, except $800. which
he used for traveling expenses.
Gammed bum Away.
Most of the money was spent play
ing the races, Wilson quoted him as
saying. On the day he left Washing
ton he is alleged to have taken $2,500
from the safe at the Georgetown
branch. It was w'ith this money that
he is said to have financed his trav
els. which took him as far as Reno,
Nev., where he lost much of it gam
. bling, Wilson declared.
The seven larceny counts cover a
period from June 28, 1935, to the
date of his disappearance a year
later. Wilson said that in the of
fenses detailed in the first six counts
Herndon received deposits from cus
tomers of the building and loan as
sociation, credited their pass books,
but made no entry on the ledger.
The seventh count concerns the $2,
500 allegedly taken from the safe
June 29 last.
The assistant district attorney said
the four alleged forgeries • were of
withdrawal slips which were used to
account for additional shortages not
referred to in the larceny charges.
Depositors’ names said to have been
forged were Mrs. Edna G. Patterson,
1641 Wisconsin avenue; Miss Mary
Levy, Plaza Apartments; George
Demetrio, 1241 Wisconsin avenue, and
6. M. Swortaell, 2328 Thirty-ninth
Faces 110-Year Term.
Since the penalty for both grand
larceny and forgery is imprisonment
for 2 to 10 years, conviction as indicted
carries a possible penalty of.22 to 110
Now at liberty under $3,000 bail,
Herndon probably will be arraigned in
District Court Friday.
Fred B. Rhodes, former president of
the Fidelity, already had been indicted
on 20 counts of larceny and 8 of
forgery, to which he has pleaded not
guilty. He- is awaiting trial. No con
. nection has been found bettween the
alleged acts of Rhodes and those of
Herndon. The association was closed
July 18, co-incidentally with Rhodes’
William C. Price, 18, who was ar
rested about two weeks ago along with
his 65-year-old father, William A.
Price, in connection with the theft of
$4,000 worth of antiques from the
home of Mrs. Mary H. MacArthur,
sister-in-law of Maj. Gen. Douglas
MacArthur, U. S. A., was indicted
today, but the grand jury ignored the
police charge against the father. The
true bill alleged grand larceny.
Mrs. MacArthur told police she
leased her home at 1854 Kalorama
road to Mrs. Elizabeth Price, mother
of the 18-year-old high school student.
She reserved the use, however, of one
room in which she stored a quantity of
valuable antiques. Returning to Wash
ington after a year’s absence, Mrs.
MacArthur resumed occupancy of her
home and found the lock of the store
room door had been tampered with
and some $4,000 worth of articles
Police later traced the antiques to a
dealer, who implicated young Price.
On the strength of the father’s assur
ance to the dealer that his son was all
' right,, police also arrested the elder
Price. By its action, however, the
grand jury cleared him of any part
In the alleged larceny.
In another Indictment Francis A
Lanahan, 37, of the 1400 block ol
Chapin street, was charged with em
> bezzling $1,734.12 from the Harring
ton Hotel, where he was employed a:
a cashier. He failed to report for work
June 10 and an Investigation disclosed
the shortage. Lanahan subsequent!}
The grand jury’s report contained
$8 Indictments in all. Four cases were
Others indicted were:
James G. Dukes, sr„ non-support oi
minor children; Raymond E. Alley,
bigamy; Harry Scott and James A
Williams, housebreaking; John R
Swann, Norman A. Hackley, Richard
A. Chisolm, Arthur Richardson, Law
rence L. Gill, Levi Jefferson and James
M. Solomon, housebreaking and lar
ceny; Mary W. Brown, receiving staler
property; Willy Sayles, Fountain Love
and Julius H. Jackson, assault with a
dangerous weapon; William H. Win
field, Joseph Ross. Robert Bagley
Joseph F. Stone, Walter W. Adams,
Fred Brooks, Howard A. Thomas, Ed
ward R. Daniels, Ruth Lowery, Julius
A vent and Harry Robinson, rob
bery; James E. Avery, Robert
* R. Dennison, Walter Geary, Thomas
L. Hill and Wilson Bruce, joyriding;
George Winfred Hall, Comie Vernon
Byrd, Enola Holt, Allen Marshall, Ed
ward L. Martin, Carrie May Williams,
Bessie A. Peterson. William N. Beck
and Bertha N. Cunningham, grand
larceny; William Pierce, Robert Ghee,
Allen Ross, George Reid and John
Frye, violation of the liquor taxing
act; Clarence W. Bernhardt, Jacob
Goldberg, Bert Holliday. Morris W
Ross and Lucky C. Young, gaming,
and Lillie Butler, forgery.
The following charges were ignored:
Henry S. Holl, Joyriding; William A
Price, grand larceny; Paul R. Green,
larceny after trust, and Paul W
O'Neill, forgery and uttering.
Couple R obbed,
Tied to Bench;
4 Youths HM
Drama in Several Acts
Opens Near Polo
DRAMA in several acts, fea
turing a boy and a girl and a
park bench, ended unhappily
shortly after midnight for
four members of the supporting cast.
The principal characters—Nicholas
Finelli, 19-year-old garage mechanic,
and Miss Elizabeth Via, 18—were sit
ting on a bench in Potomac Park near
the polo grounds, they told police, when
four youths made their appearance.
One of the strangers had a pair of
pliers, another a crank handle. They
bound Finelli's hands, he said, took
his billfold and tied him to the bench.
Then they took Miss Via’s money and
MISS ELIZABETH VIA.
rings and tied her beside Finelli.
After gagging the couple, the rob
bers jumped into Finelli’s automobile
and sped away.
The next act was enacted on High
way Bridge, when two more support
ing characters—Policemen Spotts
i wood F. Gravely and W. H. Cox—
made their initial appearance.
Held for Questioning.
The officers stopped the speeding
! car, found the youths had no regis
■ tration card, and took them to No. 4
precinct for questioning.
I Meanwhile, back at the park bench,
Finelli and Miss Via had managed to
get loose from their bonds. The cou
, pie ran to Constitution avenue, jumped
into a taxicab and hurried to the
j third precinct.
| While officers were questioning the
alleged speeders, a call was sent out
over the police radio system for the
stolen car. It didn’t take long to put
two and two together.
Fourth precinct police noted the
j license number of the car in which
the youths had 'been riding corre
sponded with the number broadcast
in the lookout. They notified the
third precinct and the car was re
turned to Finelli.
Names Are Given.
The youths, who are being held for
investigation, gave their names as
James Ross, 26, San Francisco; Allen
Davis, 23, Jacksonville, Fla.; James
| H. Winbrake, 26, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
] and James Spicer, 19, no fixed address.
Both Miss Via. who lives at 3025
Vista street northeast, and Finelli,
whose home Is at 1813 K street, grad
| uated from McKinley High School
MRS. W. R. WHITTLESEY,
ARTIST, EXPIRES HERE
Mrs. Florence Gertrude Shuman
Whittlesey, 76, well-known artist, died
j yesterday at her home, 1620 Webstei
street. She had been ill since January.
Mrs. Whittlesey was the widow ol
Walter R. Whittlesey, s^sistant chiel
i of the music division, Library of Con
gress. He died last April.
She had maintained art studios both
in Washington and New York, where
her work as a colorist in the art ol
' dyeing and painting textiles had be
come widely recognized. Samples ol
her work are in the textile exhibit at
the National Museum. Mrs. Whittlesey
was active in her art work until
about 10 years ago.
Surviving her are three daughters,
Mrs. Harry W. Finney and Mrs. L,
Cecil Copley, both of this city, and
Mrs. Frank Shepherd of San Gabriel,
Calif., and a son, Charles J. Whittlesey,
this city. She also leaves five grand
children and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11
i a.m. Friday at the residence. Burial
| will be private, in Alexandria, Va.
By the Marine Band in the barracks
at 3 p.m. today. Capt. Taylor Bran
son, leader; William F. Santlemann,
Overture, “The Model,”.Suppe
Comet solo, “Ah Sweet Mystery
of Life,”- _-_Herbert
March, “Red, White and
Blue” .. Meredith
“Toreador et An da louse” from
March, "Marching On”_Welles
“Choral and Fugue”_Bach
Excerpts from “The Prince of
March, "Tropic to Tropic”..Alexander
“Autumn," from the ballet
“The Star Spangled Banner.”
IK PRICE RAISE
WEIGHED BY A. A. A.
ON PRODUCER DATA
Possibility of Clash With
Court Order, Due Soon,
IN PLEA NOW PENDING
Restaurant and Hotel Men Mean
while Probe Feasibility of
Operating Own Plant.
Specialists of the Agricultural Ad
justment Administration today weighed
the problem of whether to increase
the minimum price received by dairy
men who supply Washington distrib
utors with milk.
Meanwhile the organized owners of
300 Washington restaurants consid
ered setting up their own pasteuriz
ing plant, following the lead of Chi
cago restaurant owners. R. S. Scott,
an agent of the Washington Hotel
and Restaurant Owners’ Association,
announced he is surveying the prac
ticability of the plan, which would
mean to distributors the loss of $2,
500,000 worth of business annually.
The A. A. A. officials had before
them testimony indicating that any
increase to the farmer would result
immediately in an increase in the
price of milk to the consumer. Fear
ing this eventuality. Matthew Boyd
of the Washington Consumers’ Coun
cil, suggested that the Government
lend the farmers feed money in lieu
of raising the price.
The larmers forecast a milk short
age unless they get more money, which
they are demanding on these grounds:
1. The drought reduced feed pro
duction, and the cost of store feed is
up 45 per cent.
2. The cost of cows is so great that
few farmers can buy them to step up
production to meet the needs of Wash
3. The cost of labor Is up at least
j 25 per cent.
j The proposed increase would come
; through an amendment to the Wash
ington milk marketing agreement
and order, which has been in effect
since September 21 and which faces
partial and temporary suspension
through a requested injunction.
Justice Oscar Luhring of District
Court is expected daily to rule for or
against an injunction.
The agreement at present calls for
the payment of $2.82 a hundred
weight for all milk sold as fluid milk
tor cream (known as Class I milk)
I and $3.02 a hundredweight for all
| Class I milk which is “basic milk.” a
classification affording the farmer a
special price for a percentage of his
Milk sold for manufacture as ice
cream is Class II milk, and the
farmers divide through a pool what
ever money the distributor receives
for this milk.
Would Add About 50 Cents.
The new proposal would add 47
cents to the $2,82, or raise the price
of Class I milk to $3.29. The special
basic price would be done away with,
but the percentage of “base” would be
The result, it was said informally
by Richard Aplin. administrator of
the agreement, would be an increase
for the farmer of 52 cents a hundred
weight rather than of 47 cents.
The hearing produced a bitter
argument on the problem of bases,
with Coleman Gore, a farmer of Lou
doun County, Va„ who acts as a milk
broker for Fairfax Farms Dairy,
advocating their elimination.
“Why have a percentage base?”
Gore asked. “All the milk we put out
Is being sold. Why should we take
surplus prices?” (The surplus price
is the Class II price.)
“If you will stop making a political
speech-” suggested Richard Sadler
of the A. A. A. dairy section, who was
one of the presiding officers.
Right to Talk Defended.
“He’s got a right to talk,” Inter
jected Louis I. Obergh, a lawyer who
aided in bringing the injunction suit
against the agreement. “If he can’t
: talk here, he'll talk in District
Gore smiled at Sadler and con
tinued his exposition of why the
farmer should receive more money.
Like B. B. Derrick, secretary of the
Maryland and Virginia Producers’ As
sociation, who spoke earlier, Gore
pictured a supply of milk inadequate
for Washington's needs unless prices
“The fanners aren’t going to turn
the milk out,” he said. “It costs them
too much. The farmer says to him
self: ‘I won’t buy feed at *45. I
won’t buy cows at *175. I’ll Just feed
them ragweed and take what milk
they put out.”
Lusk First Witness Before
Committee of Experts
A tentative outline of the schedule
to be followed at the Initial session of
the public hearings Friday before the
Spe<^*l Committee of Tax Experts ap
pointed by President Roosevelt to de
termine a fair basis of fiscal relations
between the Federal and District"gov
ernments, was worked out today by
J. L. Jacobs, director of the survey.
Jacobs said Rufus S. Lusk, secretary
of the Washington Tax Payers' Pro
tective Association, probably would be
the first witness. Others to be heard
include representatives of the Citizens'
Joint Committee on Fiscal Relations,
Washington Board of Trade, Central
Labor Union. Washington Real Estate
Board and Federation of Citizens’ As
rim nan nour on .nr.
The hearing will be held in Jacobs’
office. Room 208, Commercial Bank
j Building, Fourteenth and G streets.
The first half hour of the opening ses
sion. from 10 to 10:30 a m., will be
broadcast by Station WMAL.
Jacobs gave the National Broad
casting Co. permission to broadcast
the hearing because of the wide pub
lic interest in solution of the troubie
i some fiscal relations problem.
May Run Into Night.
According to the tentative schedule,
Jacobs said, the initial hearing would
continue throughout the day and prob
ably run into the night. The second
hearing is scheduled to start Saturday
at 1:30 p.m.
A number of organizations to be
represented at the hearings already
have submitted briefs showing justi
fication for a Federal contribution to
ward the District’s expenses in excess
of the $5,000,000 appropriated for the
current fiscal year.
CUTTER ON WAY
Tlie new Coast Guard cutter William
J. Duane, which has been assigned to
Hawaii in the Government’s new drive
against smuggling there, was scheduled
to arrive at the Navy Yard today.
The new ship, which is equipped to
carry an amphibian plane, was re
ported cruising up from Hampton
Roads early today and was expected to
arrive this afternoon. She is in com
mand of Comdr. P. F. Roach, and the
executive officer is Lieut. Comdr. H. E.
The ship will remain at the Navy
Yard until after Navy day next
Mother of Abandoned Boy
Is Returned to Baltimore
A young mother, whose 3-year-old
son was abandoned In Baltimore Sun
day while she was in a Washington
hospital, was returned to thfe Maryland
city this afternoon by police, who said
they would attempt to get the mother
The young woman gave her name as
"Kay Brown” when she was admitted
to GaUinger Hospital six weeks ago.
Shortly afterward she became a
mother again and remained in the
hospital because of complications. She
did not communicate with the child’s
father, she said, because she did not
want authorities to question him.
The mother told police here today
the father of her younger child was
a salesman who traveled between
Richmond and New York selling
cigars. She would not say if he was
the same man who placed her 3-year
old son as a boarder with Mr. and
Mrs. John Fischer In Baltimore.
The boy was deposited on a Balti
more doorstep Sunday by a taxicab
driver, who had received the child
and his bundle of belongings from an
unidentified man. The child later
was traced to the Fischer home.
The Fischers explained that a
“Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tlan” left the
child with them and Tlan paid his
The mother told police today the
father of her 3-year-old son was killed
in an automobile accident in Chicago
shortly before the child was born. She
said she left the boy with a “friend”
in Baltimore while she came to Wash
ington to enter a hospital.
The mother declared the friend had
promised her to care for her child, but
that he apparently became afraid she
would not return to Baltimore and
decided to rid himself of the re
Police here were told the woman
gave her name as "Ruth or Rena Reo”
in Baltimore. She was returned to
Baltimore by Detective Donald Mat
tigan and Policewoman Mary Brass of
the Baltimore force. The 3-year-old
child, meanwhile, had been committed
to a boarding house in Baltimore by a
Juvenile Court judge there.
The woman said she had lived for
the past three yean or so in Baltimore
and that before that she lived in North
Tribute Paid Mrs. Hopkins at Alley Dwelling Dedication
A general view of the crowd as it listened to Commissioner
Hazen at the opening of the new low-rental housing project in
London court. Tribute was paid the late Mrs. Archibald Hop•
kins, who devoted her life to the reclaiming of Washington’s
slums. Inset: John Ihlder, executive officer of the Alley
Dwelling Authority, as he spoke at the dedicatory exercises.
—Star Staff Photos.
Hopkins Place Commemorates
Crusader for Slum Clearance
Reconditioned Home Development in
Southeast Is Dedicated by Hazen.
Mrs. Roosevelt Sends Message.
An elderly “widow-woman," with*
real happiness glowing in a wide
smile, opened the door of her recondi
tioned brick home yesterday afternoon
in a southeast alley formerly known
as London court and proudly invited
Commissioner Melvin C. Hazen to
“Jest step right in and see what de
good Lawd has brought me."
Behind Commissioner Hazen trooped
some of Washington’s foremost citi
zens and the trim tidiness and com
forts of the house apparently pleased
them as much as they did the woman.
For London court has changed its
character and yesterday it also
changed its name to that of Hopkins
place in grateful memory of the late
Mrs. Archibald Hopkins, whose earnest
efforts to eliminate Washington's slum
districts eventually resulted in the
dedication of the first Government
built homes in this city for alley
Rentals From $15.50 to $28.
The “house-warming” was a social
success and a revelation to those who
had come out of curiosity to see just
what the Alley Dwelling Authority
had accomplished in demolishing a
sordid area and remaking it into a
habitation of modernly equipped, sani
tary homes at rentals ranging from
$15.50 to $28 a month.
Back of the three trim rows of
houses, glistening with white paint,
stood °ut in sharp contrast the nu
merous shanties and decayed brick
dwellings that are typical of living
conditions in some sections “down
near the gas house district” along the
The spirit of the old colored woman
who welcomed visitors to her home
was typical, too, of the attitude of
the other occupants of the recondi
tioned houses. They are among the
“less fortunate” of the former dwellers
in London court who are unable to
pay the slightly higher rent for the
For her reconditioned home this
colored woman pays $15.50 a month,
"with a roomer to help out.” Former
ly she paid $12.50.
"Jest look at that bath room and
bathtub,” she said to her visitors.
“There wasn’t anything like that in
my old house and it was all ratty
and coming to pieces, too.”
From the President’s train came a
message from Mrs. Franklin D. Roose
velt, who, with the late Mrs. Ellen
Wilson and Mrs. Hopkins, engaged
more than any other women to bring
about the causes of yesterday’s cele
"I feel Mrs. Hopkins should have
all the credit and honor that any of us
can bring to her memory because of
the wonderful work she did for bet
ter housing in Washington, not to
mention the Innumerable other things
in which she was the moving spirit,”
read Mrs. Roosevelt’s message.
Following Commissioner Ha sen’s
dedication Mrs. Henry G. Patterson
of New York, Mrs. Hopkins* daughter,
spoke of the gratification her mother
would have felt bad she lived to see
this realization of a hope long de
ferred. Mrs. C. Carroll Glover, jr„
a niece of Mrs. Hopkins, and a son,
Lawrence Hopkins of Boston, also at
tended the dedication.
In his address Hazen referred to
the first protest against the alleys in
1870. and added:
“While Washington owes a debt of
gratitude to many persons, to Presi
dents, to citizens, to members of Con
gress, for keeping up the long fight
during periods of discouragement, we
owe an especial debt to three women,
without whose aid we would not have
our present hope of success.
Mrs. Roosevelt Came to Rescue.
“Ellen Wilson, wife of the President,
dramatized the problem, focused at
tention upon it, secured, even on bei
death-bed, enactment of the law ol
1914, noccamry predecessor to tbs law
under which we now are acting.
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the Presi
dent, came to the rescue when the
present law was in Jeopardy, and by
her persuasive powers assured its en
actment and the financing necessary
"Both of these women would Join
us today in paying tribute to the third,
without whose tireless energy, whose
vision, whose love for the city in which
she spent her long and useful life,
whose constant thought and care for
the unfortunate among her fellow cit
izens, we would have no reason for
being here today. It was she who
brought the alleys to the attention of
Ellen Wilson and Eleanor Roosevelt,
aroused their interest, secured their
aid. It was she who persuaded the
National Capital Park and Planning
Commission to emphasize the word
‘housing’ in its charter.
"It was my pleasure to stand beside
the President of the United States
when he signed the alley dwelling act
and say to Mrs. Charlotte Everett
Hopkins: ‘I guess this is a happy
day for you.’
"So it is to our memory of her we
turn today when we are beginning
to realize that for which she fought
so long. In memory of her, in recog
nition—to a very high extent, of what
Washington owes her, the Alley
Dwelling Authority names this, its
first low-rental housing development,
Charlott Everett Hopkins place.”
Cammerer Also Speaker.
John Ihlder, executive officer of
the authority, of which Hazen is
chairman, presided. Among the other
speakers were Amo B. Cammerer,
executive officer of the National Cap
ital Park and Planning Commission;
Canon Anson Phelps Stokes, chair
man of the Washington Committee
on Housing, which took an active
part in securing enactment of the
law creating the authority, and Dr.
Emmett J. Scott, secretary of How
ard University, which always has been
interested in securing better hous
ing for Negroes.
me ruonc wonts Aomimsuation,
from which the authority derives its
funds, was represented by Howard A.
Gray, director of housing. He and
Canunerer are both members of the
The colony consists of 11 recondi
tioned homes and 12 newly construct
ed homes, built by relief labor. ' The
cost of constructing the corner homes
ranged from $3,947 to $4,060, de
pending on equipment. The interior
homes cost $3,707 and $3,820. With
four rooms, including unusually large
kitchens, generous closet space, elec
tric lighting, built-in bath tuba, the
houses attracted the attention of a
number of private builders, who told
Ihlder they would consider duplicat
ing them on cheaper sites.
The adjusted monthly rents vary
from $28.75 for the better corner
houses to $27.50. For Interior houses
the rents range from $25.25 to $26.25.
The scale of rentals for the recondi
tioned homes, it was said, runs about
$2 more than the rent formerly paid
before they were modernized. With
running water, bath tubs and wood
stoves, they compare only a little less
favorably with the new ones. All
the houses are equipped with ice
DR. LEVINE TO SPEAK
Dr. Louise Levine, Social Security
Board economist, will speak at 8:30
o’clock tonight at the Jewish Com
munity Center on "Why a Social Se
His talk will be followed by a round
table discussion by the Open Court
Maurice Samuel, traveler and lec
turer, who was an eyewitness to Pal
estinian riots, . will address the Na
tional Jewish Forum at 8:30 pjn. Sun
day on “The Inside 8tory Behind the
Jewlsh-Arab Conflict in Pales tine.”
DUE HERE IODAY
Papal Secretary of State
Expected to Arrive at
7:30 This Evening.
Washington today awaited the ar
rival of Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli. first
papal secretary of state to visit the
During his brief stay in the Capi
tal, which church leaders say has no
diplomatic significance at this time,
the prelate will be the guest of Most
Rev. Amleto Cicognani, apostolic dele
gate to the United States. Not since
the visit of Cardinal Mercier of Bel
gium has the coming of a ranking
churchman to Washington created so
much interest among persons of all
Cardinal Pacelli is expected to re
turn to New York City tomorrow eve
ning after a busy round of visits, in
cluding trips to Catholic and George
town Universities. He will receive an
honorary degree at the latter institu
Will Inspect Cathedral.
It had been announced that Cardinal
Pacelli would arrive by train at 7:30
pm., but other plans changed this
schedule. He is to stop over in Balti
more during the afternoon to visit
Archbishop Michael J. Curley and in
spect the Cathedral. Then he will
motor to Washington at an hour that
is not yet determined. It was expected,
however, he would arrive in time for a
dinner arranged for him at the Apos
tolic Delegation House, 1811 Biltmore
street, at 8:30 p.m.
Starting out early tomorrow, he will
visit Catholic University at 9:30 o’clock
to address the faculty and student body
at a reception in the gymnasium.
Archbishop Curley, who is chancellor
of the university, and many other
Catholic dignitaries will greet him.
All the religious houses of study affili
ated with the university will take part
in the reception.
men win ioiiow swiii trips to ine
Library of Congress, the National
Catholic Welfare Conference, at 1312
Massachusetts avenue, and the Na
tional Press Club, where Cardinal Pa
celli will be guest of honor at a special
luncheon to meet newspaper corre
spondents of Washington. He will
make an address.
To Go to Mount Vernon.
During the afternoon, the church
man will make a pilgrimage to Mount
Vernon to pay his respects at the
tomb of George Washington.
On his return to the city, he will
attend an academic ceremony at
Georgetown University, founded in
1789 by John Carroll, first archbishop
of Baltimore. Very Rev. Arthur A.
O’Leary, S. J., president, will bestow
on him the degree of doctor of canon
and civil laws and Cardinal Pacelli will
make a brief address to the assembled
faculty and student body. A reception
to which a few special guests have been
invited will follow in the Hall of the
Cardinals, after which the prelate Is
expected to depart from the city.
He is being accompanied to Wash
ington by Commendatore Enrico Ga
leazzi, his secretary, who is the repre
sentative of the Knights of Columbus
PLAN DRAFTING BEGUN
FOR ANACOSTIA SPAN
Drafting of a tentative plan for the
construction of a proposed new bridge
over the Anacostia River, to replace
the old Pennsylvania avenue span,
was started yesterday under an agree
ment between the Commissioners and
the engineering firm of Parsons, Klapp,
BrinckerhofI & Douglas of New York.
The firm will prepare tentative
sketches of five types of bridges, from
which the Commissioners will select
one, for which they will ask Con
gress for funds for the work.
Copgress Included in the District
appropriation act tor this year an
item of 125,000 for the drafting of
Fourth Hearing on Flood
Control Is Conducted
at Luke, Md.
LOCATED AT JUNCTION
OF MOUNTAIN STREAMS
Narrowing of North Branch by
Paper Companies Bring)
BY LESTER INSKEEP,
Staff Correspondent of ".'he Star.
LUKE, Md., October 21.—Walled In
by swllt mountain streams the towns
of Luke, Piedmont and Westernport
are subject to swilt inundations and
as quick recession of flood waters,
according to detailed information pre
sented here yesterday to Acting Dis
trict Engineer W. J. Matteson and his
assistants during the fourth of a series
of flood control hearings authorized
by the last Congress.
This section escaped the worst of
the flood of 1936, but due to vast dev
astation from the 1924 flood has al
ready proceeded with safeguards
which aided in the more recent flood.
Had the rains been as high above
here as they were below, however, the
concrete walls already constructed
would have been Insufficient in height •
to save the towns from widespread
destruction. Federal officials were told.
Little warning oi riom
Of the four communities in the
Potomac River Basin in which hear
ings have been held, this faces the
greatest danger from sudden floods.
Located at the junction of the North
Branch and Savage Rivers, with
Georges Creek slightly below, all of
which flow swiftly from the mountain
passes, the people here have little
warning. Consequently they must be
protected at all times, Lieut. Matteson
was told by Mayor D. M. Mellor of
Piedmont, only one of the three towns
located in West Virginia, and S. W.
Widmer, engineer for the town of
Westernport and the West Virginia
Pulp & Paper Co.
Large portions of each of the three
towns have encroached upon the ba
sins of the streams and are subject
to damage from sudden rises in the
water. An added peril is in the nar
rowing of the North Branch by the
These are conditions, it was said,
which eflect the current of the river
as far as Washington, adding to the
ever-increasing danger from floods in
the National Capital
Losses from the 1924 flood here
amounted in the towns and paper
plant to $750,000. Since that time
nearly $250,000 has been spent or au
thorized in the construction of retain
ing walls. In Piedmont, however, the
work has not been completed, hence
there are gaps through which the wa
ter flows, to be imprisoned within
the town and covering approximately
50 per cent of the assessed valuation.
Retaining Wall Cost $11,50$.
H. K. Marshall, superintendent of
the Shall Marr Mining Co., said the
1924 flood washed away the railroad
siding and other improvements. Con
i sequently, the company replaced these
at a cost of $35,000 and then built a
retaining wall, at a cost of $11,500.
This year’s flood washed away the
retaining wall and all of the improve
ments. Owen Hutchins of the Upper
Potomac River Board said the pro
posed Savage River Dam, the survey
for which has been provided for by
a $20,000 Federal appropriation will be
of benefit in retarding flood waters and
will also provide a valuable reservoir
for water needed in this vicinity dur
ing dry spells.
Widmer and others expressed the
opinion more can be done here by
removing large boulders from the
stream and using them for wall con
struction, thus accomplishing a dredg
ing and building project in one.
Reports of losses and recommenda
tions for flood Control projects were
the most complete yet received by
Federal officials during their pre
ON NEW YORK AVE.
Commissioners Allow B. & 0. and
Pennsy Subsidiary Two
Orders for construction of a bridge
over the railroad tracks along New
York avenue northeast, to provide
a connection with Brentwood road
and T street northeast, were served
today by the Commissioners on the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and a
subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Rail
The work must be completed with
in two years of the date of the order,
under the terms of an act of Con
gress approved in August, 1935. The
Commissioners gave the companies
nine months in which to file plans
Completion of the viaduct will bring
into service the second traffic crossing
ordered by Congress after many years
of agitation by residents of the
Northeast section. The first develop
ment. an underpass, now is nearing
completion on a location near the
lines of Montana avenue and Eight
eenth street northeast, but will not
be open to the public until Spring.
The bridge will cross over New
York avenue and eventually will have
connections with extensions of Sixth
street and Mount Olivet road. Also,
there will be "cloverleaf" roadway
connections from the south to New
York avenue so northbound traffic
from either Sixth street or Mount
Olivet road may swing into New York
avenue either to the right or left.
In addition, the bridge will have lat
erals connecting with New York ave
nue at grade level so southbound traf
fic over the span may go directly to
New York avenue.
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