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PAY USE BILL
FOR U. S. EMPLOYES
Nevadan Studies “Fair and
Just” Raise to Balance
Higher Living Costs.
SALARY BOOSTS BASED
ON LONGEVITY MAPPED
Extension of Merit System Among
Problems Due to Come Be
fore Congress.
A pay increase bill for Government
employes at the coming session of
Congress is being considered by Sen
ator McCarran, Democrat, of Ne
vada, who took the lead in having the
last economy reduction restored to
workers In 1935.
The Nevadan said that while de
tails have not been worked out, he
believes there should be such a meas
ure. and is awaiting completion of
studies to determine “what would be
a fair and just raise in view of the
Increasing cost of living.”
One plan he is looking into would
establish a system of longevity in
creases, under which, after 10 years
of service, an employe would begin
to receive pay increases of $100 a
year each fifth year until 30 years
of service has been completed.
He said he began working on such
a program for the postal employe.*,
and now is trying to see if it can
be applied to other Federal workers.
Such a system, he said, would be
especially helpful in maintaining fair
salary schedules in the field service
throughout the country, but he Is not
excluding those in the departments
here from consideration.
For several weeks there have been
Btrong indications that the approach
ing session will be an important one
for Government employes, with sev
eral major personnel problems sched
uled to come up. These include ex
tension of the merit system to execu
tive bureaus and agencies now outside
of Civil Service; liberalizing the re
tirement law; steps to make some pro
vision for retirement of unclassified
non-Civil Service employes who have
been found to be outside of the bene
fits of both the Federal retirement
law and the social security act.
A report also will be presented in
January from the Civil Service Com
mission on the amount of overtime
work performed in Government bu
reaus in the past six months, to give
Congress an idea of how much over
time is required and whether it should
be compensated for through addi
tional leave.
JAMES ROOSEVELT
ON JOB WEDNESDAY
Says White House Duties Will
‘ Be “Anything Father Wants
Me to Do.”
James Roosevelt, oldest son of the
President, who recently was commis
sioned a lieutenant colonel in the
Marine Corps Reserve, said today he
will take over his new job at the
White House next Wednesday.
He was questioned by reporters as
to the nature of his new duties, and
replied, "I’ll do anything father wants
me to.” The President previously
had said his son would help out
with odds and ends.
Published reports that the Presi
dent might place his son on the active
list of the Marine Corps were de
scribed as erroneous by Navy Depart
ment authorities. It was explained
the law makes no provision for a
Reserve lieutenant colonel on the
year-round aative list.
Lieut. Col. Roosevelt, who is 30, has
severed his connection with an in
surance firm. He will occupy an
office recently vacated by Steve Early,
one of the presidential secretaries,
who has moved into an office formerly
Used by the late Col. Louis Howe.
Young Roosevelt accompanied his
lather on his recent South American
tour. It was believed he will be
permitted to draw a lieutenant
colonel’s pay for at least a month
of the time he spent on the cruise
and a captain’s pay for the rest of the
time.
TOWN HALL TO HEAR
BRITISH JOURNALIST
S. K. Eatcliffe Will Discuss Future
of England at Session
Sunday.
After a recess of two weeks during
the Christmas holidays, the Town
Hall of Washington will resume its
meetings at the Shoreham Hotel at 8
p.m., Sunday, when S. K. Ratclifle,
British Journalist and lecturer, will
•peak on the subject “Britain—the
Next Five Years.”
Ratclifle, former editorial writer and
special correspondent for the London
Observer and the Spectator, will dis
cuss the problems that will confront
Great Britain during the next five
years.
Other speakers listed for January
are: January 10, Alfred Adler, noted
Viennese psychologist, whose subject
will be “The Practice and Theory of
Individual Psychology”: January 17,
Margaret Sanger, birth-control leader,
who will discuss "Overpopulation—a
Cause of War”; January 24, John K.
Flynn, economist, “Speculation, Our
National Menace,” and January 31, a
debate between Norman Thomas and
Dr. Neil C&rothers on the subject “How
to Achieve the Abundant Life.”
CAPPER WILL SURVEY
ALLEY DRIVE RESULTS
————
Senator Capper, Republican, of
Kansas, who sponsored the legisla
tion under which the Alley Dwell
ing Authority was created to rebuild
the Inhabited alleys of the Capital.
plans to confer in a few days with
officials of that agency to find out
how the program is progressing and
also to learn whether any additional
action by Congress is needed to keep
the program going.
During the long period that the
movement to improve the alley situa
tion was developing, Senator Capper
took an active interest in the ques
tion,
Swallows Open Safety Pin
Rosser Howard, 13-month-old son of Mrs. Joseph Howard,
1234 D street northeast, photographed with his mother today
after an open safety pin he had swallowed was removed from his
tonsils. The child’s mother discovered his condition yesterday
“just in time,” said Dr. Paul Rozzero, who removed the inch
and a half long pin at Providence Hospital.
Rosser decided today he will stick pretty close to a milk diet
from now on. —Star Staff Photo.
1,400 Marines Will Participate
In Ceremonies at Inauguration
Detachments From Philadelphia and
Norfolk to Be in Capital for
Parading and Guard Duty.
Nearly 1,400 Marines will be on
duty in Washington for the inaugura
tion—870 to march in the ceremonial
parade and 514 to be on guard in the
city, mainly in the vicinity of the
Capitol—Marine Corps headquarters
announced today.
Since the Fleet Marine Force will
be gone from Quantico, Va„ on
maneuvers on January 20, orders have
been issued bringing detachments
from Philadelphia and Norfolk.
Participating in the parade will be
some 34 officers and 836 enlisted men,
under command of Col. Thomas S.
Clarke, who commands the Marine
Barracks here. On guard duty will
be 14 officers and 500 enlisted men
under command of Lieut. Col. Leroy
P. Hunt, executive officer of the
Marine Barracks here.
Although the parade will be limited
in extent, in keeping with the wishes
of President Roosevelt, and while
there will be no official inaugural ball,
the whole inaugural program will be
colorful, Admiral Cary T. Grayson,
general chairman of the Inaugural
Committee, promises.
Admiral Grayson Speaks.
In a radio talk over a Nation-wide
network of the National Broadcasting
Co. last night, Admiral Grayson gave
a broad outline of the program and
explained why it had been decided to
exclude civic and marching units
from the parade.
"One of the hardest things for an
inaugural chairman to do is to say
'No’ to the many patriotic citizens
who want to participate in this
parade,” he said.
"Countless local organizations want
to honor the President by marching
and they are particularly desirous of
having their local home town bands
participate. A touching appeal came
from a young boy, 10 or 12 years old,
who had a pet steer which he had
broken to drive to a cart. He wanted
to show his admiration of the
President by parading this steer in
front of the court of honor.
"There had to be a limit to the pa
rade. because if we had acquiesced to
all the requests to parade, the pro
cession would not only have lasted all
of the afternoon of January 20, but
all night as well. To review a parade
of such length would have meant great
strain for the President, which no one
would wish to Inflict upon him.”
Inaugural Concert Planned.
Admiral Grayson announced that
again for this inauguration, as In
1933, the committee would sponsor an
Inaugural concert, which would be a
feature of ceremonies on the night of
the inauguration. He said he hoped
to be able to announoe soon the names
of distinguished artists to appear in
recital on that occasion.
Radio has made it possible he said,
for 100,000 or more persons standing
in the great plaza east of the Capitol
to hear the President’s inaugural ad
dress, whereas prior to 1920 only those
close to the President’s speaking stand
could hear his message.
Describing the make-up of the pa
rade units, Admiral Grayson said the
Governors of the States had been In
vited to take places, and that the
Army, Navy and Marine Corps would
be represented. He said another col
orful note would be provided by the
West Point cadets and the AnnapoUs
midshipmen, who have taken no part
In an Inaugural parade for 20 years.
Appointment of 22 business men as
members of the Finance Committee,
which is raising a guarantee fund to
assure payment of bills for the in
augural parade and other ceremonies
was announced today by Robert V.
Fleming, chairman. They are:
Morris Cafritz, Thomas Carson,
James E. Colliflower, Oscar Coolican,
James H. Davis, R. S. d’Espard, W.
W. Everett, Thomas J. Groom, Gran
ville Gude, John A. Korman, i^iu 8.
Levay, L. Gardner Moore, Edgar Mor
ris, Bert L. Olmsted, John E. Parker,
Charles W. Pimper, H. L. Rust, Jr.;
John Saul, Charles H. Tompkins, W.
W. Wheeler, Edward G. Yonker and
Ford E. Young.
Preaa Relations Committee.
Members of the Press Relations
and Communications Committee, des
ignated by Charles Mlchelson, chair
man, were announced by Admiral
Grayson. They are: Eugene Meyer,
vice chairman; John T. Lambert, vice
chairman; Theodore W. Noyes, vice
chairman; Lowell Mellett, vice chair
man; Mrs. Eleanor Patterson, vice
chairman; Miss Evelyn Gordon, Miss
Ruth Jones, Miss Phyllis Thompson,
Miss Flora McDonald, Miss Jesse
Arndt, Don Craig, Nelson Bell, Jay
Carmody. Harold Phillips, Felix Mor*
ley, • Gideon Lyons, Miss Elizabeth
Hynes, Oliver Owen Kuhn, J. J. Fitz
patrick, C. O. Marshall, George De
Witt, Alexander Jones, Frederick A.
Storm, Walter Trohan, Robert Hen
derson, George Bcadding, Arthur
Almgren, H. M. Tan Tina. Charles O.
Gridley, Harold Brayman, Clifford
Prevost, Charles A. Hamilton, Thomas
Stokes, Paul McGahan. Harry Gauss,
William Kennedy. William K. Hutch
inson, George R. Holmes. Lyle Wilson,
Gould Lincoln, Byron Price. J. Harry
Cunningham. Ernest Walker and J.
Fred Essary.
Col. Dan I. Sultan, engineer com
missioner, has designated Frank A.
Birgfeld and Joseph W. Holman as
additional members of the Grand
stand Committee.
Entertainment Committee.
Members of the Special Entertain
ment Committee for colored visitors,
designated by G. David Houston,
chairman, are:
Woolsey W. Hall, vice chairman;
Shepherd S. Allen, George W. Beasley,
Mrs. Mary E. Booker, Miss Leonie H.
Boyd, W. Tecumseh Bradshaw, the
Rev. Walter H. Brooks, Rufus G.
Byars, Dr. S. L. Carson, Thomas R.
Cary, Albert I. Cassell, the Rev.
Arthur Chichester, William Clark,
Thomas H. R. Clarke, Mrs. Jacque
line A. Cuney, Enoch G. Gray, jr„
Dr. E. F. Harris, Prof. John R. Haw
kins, W. W Horad, Maj. Campbell C.
Johnson, Dr. J. Hayden Johnson,
Edward H. Lawson, William I. Lee,
Mrs. Virginia H. McGuire, Dr. C.
Herbert Marshall, Jr., Miss Corinne E.
Martin,-I. S. Mason, Jesse H. Mitchell,
Benjamin T. Montgomery, Joseph N.
Murray, Capt. Arthur C. Newman,
Fred B. Pelham, John T. Rhines, Dr.
George H. Richardson, L. O. Robert
son, Walter L. Robertson, Mercer S.
Sampson, Hon. Armond W. Scott,
Emory B. Smith, Mrs. Orra W. Spivey,
Bruce T. Stewart, Hon. William J.
Thompkins, Patrick M. Tolliver, the
Rev. C. W. Ward. Dr. W. A. Warfield,
Nelson E. ,Weatherless, Frederick S.
Weaver, Dr. Ionia R. Whipper, Fred
erick D. Wilkinson, Garnet C. Wilkin
son. Mrs. Velma G. Williams, Dr. F. O.
Williston, John H. Wilson. Howard D.
Woodson and William O. WooSson.
BANDIT IS SOUGHT
IN STORE ROBBERY
Buddy-Complexioned Man, Wear
ing Dark Goggles, Gets $128
in Hold-up.
A ruddy-complexioned man of
about 30 was sought by police today
as the bandit who late last night rob
bed a liquor store at 1619 L street of
$128, after slugging Alfred L. Galiano,
a clerk, over the head with the butt
of a gun.
The robber, wearing colored driving
goggles, hft Galiano when he offered
resistance, police were told, and forced
a colored delivery boy to lie on the
floor. He took the money from the
cash register.
The description furnished police
was said to have indicated the bandit
may have been the same one who rob
bed a market at Sixteenth and M
streets last month after locking the
clerk and several patrons In the ice
box. The robber in the latter case
also wore dark goggles.
MINOWTY TO FIGHT
Snell Says Nation Will Not Be
Abandoned to “Reaction.”
Representative Snell of New York,
leader of the handful of House Re
publicans, said yesterday the Nation
would not be abandoned “to the re
action of one-party government.”
Snell said in a statement that Re
publicans would function in the next
Congress as a “compact, alert, co
hesive unit,” guarding minority rights
and responsibilities.
99 DEAD IN YEAR
IN D. C. TRAFFIC;
TWO MOTIONS
Improvement Shown Over
113 Fatalities Recorded
in 1935.
PROSECUTION FIGURES
SHOW DISCREPANCIES
September Was Safest Month in
Washington and December
Most Dangerous.
Death List, Page A-10.
The story of Washigton’s traffic
fatalities for 1936, as revealed by po
lice records today, shows 99 persons
have been killed in automobile acci
dents and two offending drivers sent
to jail.
So far as the total of deaths is
concerned, there has been a decided
improvement. In 1935, there were 113
official traffic deaths, and 2 persons
were killed in accidents on private
property, while in 1934 the total of
deaths was 135.
Although there is some discrep
ancy in the figures relating to prose
cutions of negligent drivers, appar
ently there have been but two con
victions.
15 Motorists Charged.
The official police records show that
up to December 28 15 motorists were
charged under the negligent homi
cide act. Of these one was sent to
Jail upon conviction In Police Court,
four cases were nolle prossed, no pa
pers were .issued in two others, one
person was sent to an Insane asylum
and seven cases are still pending.
The same figures show five persons
indicted for manslaughter and one
conviction, in which the driver was
given a jail sentence of from two to
three years. The four remaining
cases are awaiting trial.
Records of the coroner’s office show
17 persons held under the negligent
homicide act and eight drivers held
for the grand jury, with four cases
in which inquests have not yet been
held. In the grand jury cases, pre
sumably three of the charges were
nolle prossed or ignored by the jurors.
The reduction in the total number
of deaths was attributed to increased
police vigilance and the intensive
traffic safety campaigns carried on in
the newspapers, the schools and by
the automobile associations.
September Safest Month.
The safest month during the year
was September, when only three per
sons were killed. December brought
the worst record, with 18 lives lost.
The youngest victim was 3-year-old
William Brookhart, grandson of the
former Senator, who was killed last
Spring when he broke away from his
mother and ran into the path of an
automobile driven by a close friend.
John Boyle, 81, veteran Washington
newspaper man, was the oldest victim.
He was run down on September 30 and
died December 26.
Seven-year-old Donald Miller, 5213
Macomb street, was the first victim of
the year. He was killed January 2
when run over by a street car while
sleigh riding. Another tragic death
was that of 6-year-old James Tate,
60 New York avenue, who was killed
when struck by a bus December 8
just after leaving his home to take
his little brother to mass.
COL UPSHUR HEADS
SELECTION BOARD
85 Marine Corps Majors and Cap
tains to Be Chosen at
Meeting.
Col. William P. Upshur will be presi
dent; of the Junior Selection Board of
the Marine Corps, which will pick 85
captains and 90 first lieutenants for
advancement, officials said today.
Secretary Swanson has Issued a call
for the board to assemble at the Navy
Department on January 18. Serving
with CoL Upshur will be Ool. John
Marston, Col. Samuel M. Harrington,
Lieut. Col. Henry L. Larsen, Lieut. CoL
Raymond R. Wright, Lieut. CoL Le
Roy P. Hunt, Maj. Prank D. Strong.
Maj. Harold C. Major and Maj. John
T. Selden. The board’s recorder will
be Capt. Clyde H. Hartsel.
The board will report back its rec
ommendations for the new majors and
captains to Maj. Gen. Thomas Hol
comb, the commandant of the Marine
Corps, and to Secretary Swanson, who
will send the names to the White
House for the President’s action. If
this list meets with President Roose
velt’s indorsement he will send the
names to the Senate for confirmation.
Under the law the board must be in
session at least 10 days.
MENU PRICES MODERN
House Restaurant Patrons Note
Changes in Two Respects.
Modernized and renovated, the
House of Representatives restaurant
opened for business yesterday, but the
enthusiasm of early patrons was
dampened somewhat by the prices on
the menu.
Compared with last year, the 45
cent luncheon special was conspicu
ously absent, the cheapest offered
befiig 60 cents.
Soups and sandwiches which could
be purchased in many other restau
rants for a dime were priced at 15
cents.
French Coffee Pot Disappears;
Overton’s Custom Is Hampered
By ths Associated Press.
Half of an ancient ritual—French
coffee brewing—came to a rude halt
today on Capitol Hill.
“Some one,” sighed Senator Over
ton, Democrat, of Louisiana, “has re
moved my coffee pot.”
Discovering the loss on returning
to the Capital, he sped the distressing
news to his coffee colleague, Repre
sentative Derouen of colorful Evan
geline Parish.
They decided the pot was lost during
the Summer, when the Senate Office
Building waa air-conditioned. There
will be no congressional investigation,
however. Overton sent to Louisiana
for new equipment.
Derouen, who had torn hlmaelf
Cram the moraine's fourth euft quickly
offered the accommodations of his
own coffee corner.
Both legislators drink from three to
five cups a day, brewed beside their
desks.
Mistress of the coffee pot in Senator
Overton’s office is his pretty daughter,
Katherine.
Chef in the Representative’s quar
ters is his son, Alvin.
“When I came here nine years ago,"
said Derouen, “I could find no French
coffee. So I sent home for some and
bought a pot and stove.”
Congressional veterans attribute the
good attendance at meetings of the
House public Lands Committee to the
ooffee. Derouen is chairman. The
committee room adjoins his office and {
them am affia to go around.
ACTION TO CONTROL
Prince Georges Development
Held Retarded 100 Years
by Water’s Ravages.
SESSIONS CONCLUDED
ON POTOMAC PROBLEM
Two Urge Report to Congress De
signed to End Devastation
Over Entire Area.
BY LESTEB N. INSKEEP.
The development of that section of
Prince Georges County, Md., through
which the Anacostia River flows has
been retarded 100 years because of
continual floods which make a large
part of the property adjacent to the
river worthless. It was stated by T.
Howard Duckett, member of both the
Washington Suburban Sanitary Com-'
mission and the Maryland National
Capital Park and Planning Commis
sion. at the final hearing on Potomac
River flood control, held yesterday at
the Navy Building by Lieut. W. J.
Matteson and his assistants.
Among more than a score of per
sons who spoke at the hearing were
Representatives Gambrill of Maryland
and Randolph of West Virginia, both
urging a report to Congress which will
result in the control of floods through
out the entire Potomac River basin.
In its present condition, Duckett de
clared, the Eastern Branch throws a
barrier across Prince Georges County
that has already caused untold prop
erty losses and, unless conditions are
corrected, will result in the loss of
millions of dollars in the future.
Flood Conditions Told.
Attention of the District engineer to
long-standing flood conditions in Bla
densburg. Hyattsville, Brentwood and
Colmar Manor was brought not only
by Representative Gambrill but by the
Mayors of the towns affected and the.
chief engineer of the State Roads Com
mission of the State. Gambrill said
the development of the Peace Cross
area at Bladensburg, together with
many other improvements planned for
the territory, are being held up to
await the possible control of the floods
by the Federal Government.
State Delegate John S. White de
clared the Bladensburg district suffers
several floods annually. It is seldom
affected by general floods, but is cov
ered by several feet of water each time
there is a hard rain, he said.
Two possible methods of control
were discussed, both having been de
veloped by an earlier survey. The first,
which was favored by park officials
of both the Federal and State govern
ments. was the construction of levees
to protect each of the towns separately.
This would leave the remainder for
park development.
River Would Be Dredged.
Under the second, the river would
be dredged and widened and levees
constructed for a sufficient length to
protect property throughout the entire
area. Local officials and real estate
developers expressed satisfaction with
this plan, since it would restore many
building sites which are now worth
less.
The Federation of Citizens’ Associa
tions of Prince Georges County,
through its president, A. D. Bailey,
submitted a report showing annual
local losses of approximately $40,000.
There are 22 business houses and
240 residences with assessed valuations
of $900,000 affected. The health of
7,000 persons is endangered with each
flood.
Nathan L. Smith, chief engineer.
Maryland States Roads Commission,
promised the aid of his department,
even to the extent of allocating
funds to raise the highways some dis
tance if the Federal Government will
meet it half way with flood control.
Among others who spoke were John
F. Nolen, city planner of the National
Capital Park and Planning Commis
sion. who said both his body and the
Fine Arts Commission object to the
erection of any more levees here, pre
ferring rather to suffer an occasional
flood loss than permanently mar the
beauty of the park systems; Thomas
S. Settle, secretary of the park body,
who suggested the proposed Jefferson
Memorial could be constructed on a
base high enough to protect it from
floods; William S. Canning of the
Keystone Automobile Club, who asked
that everything possible be done to
relieve conditions at the intersection
of the two Maryland roads; Carl Bud
wesky, Alexandria, Va., city attorney,
who asked and received permission to
submit flood-control data at a later
date; Miss Elaine Eppley, represent
ing both the District of Columbia
Federation of Citizens’ Associations
and the District Federation of Wom
en’s Clubs, who asked that Maryland
be given relief so its sewage will no
longer pollute the Washington area,
and many other Maryland officials
and residents.
In a letter, the Interior Department
asked the construction of a levee on
the Virginia side of the Potomac to
protect the Arlington Experimental
Farm, the Washington Airport and
adjacent highway and railroad rights
of way.
The data already gathered, together
with other figures which have been
promised, will be used to determine
whether an actual survey will be made
of the river basin in preparation for
a report to Congress.
AUTO ACCESSORY STORES
CHECKED IN THEFTS
Sttae Police Act After Pour Cara
Are Stripped on Maryland’a
Eastern Shore.
Br the Associated Press.
EASTON, Md., December 31.—Sergt.
William Weber, commander of the
State police substation here, said yes
terday second-hand automobile ac
cessory stores in Talbot and Caroline
Counties are being checked for evi
dence in an Investigation of the strip
ping of automobiles.
Weber said a special night patrol
is attempting to break up the work of
the thieves.
e
Pour new automobiles were stolen
in this vicinity over the Christmas
period anr' later were found aban
doned and stripped of accessories.
One machine, with its license plates
missing and its serial number oblit
erated, was found near Church Hill in
Queen Annes County. Police have
been unable to find the owner of the
ear.
Trapped Man Is Rescued
Firemen Hack Way Into Ceiling to
Release Captive Under Protest.
Photo shows the hole which firemen hacked in the ceiling
of a house at 603 L street today in an effort to extricate a heavy
colored man, who had crawled into a small space between the
ceiling and the roof. ~Star Staff Photo.
A HEFTY colored man frus
trated policemen and firemen
for more than an hour today
as they attempted to force
him from a foot and a half space be
tween the top-story celling and the
roof of a house at 603 L street south
east. He was finally driven to a
trap door—through which he was ex
tricated—as firemen chopped a long
hole In the ceiling in an effort to
locate him.
Elmer Smallwood, 32, of 1244 Half
street southeast, had spent the last
two nights at the L street address with
his uncle, James Porter. Some time
between 2 and 6 a.m. today. Porter
said, Smallwood squeezed through the
small trap door leading to the roof and
forced himself into the narrow space
above the ceiling of the bath room.
Members of the family heard him
thumping on the ceiling and yelling
that “crooks” were after him. At
tempts to lure him from his hiding
place resulted only in more shouting
and thumping.
Fifth precinct police were called,
and a squad car was sent to the house.
Vainly the officers tried to persuade
Smallwood they had come only to
help him. Shouting defiance, he
crawled to a far comer of the space.
The policemen decided the problem
was too much for them, so they called
the fire rescue squad. The firemen
explained to Smallwood that they
were not officers and had not come
to arrest him. The only answer, how
ever, was more thumping and shouting.
One look through the trapdoor con
vinced the firemen the space was
too small for them. They hacked a
hole about 5 feet long and 8 inches
wide in the ceiling, then drove Small
wood to the trapdoor, where they |
seized his legs as he attempted to
scramble through to the roof.
Several men were required to hold
him while a strait-jacket was ap
plied. He was taken to Gallinger
Hospital for mental observation.
NEW RELIEF FUND
FOR D. C. BACKED
m
Deficiency Appropriation of
$830,000 Given Civic
Groups’ Indorsement.
The support of a large number of
representatives from Washington civic
and welfare organizations today was
thrown behind the Welfare Board's re
quest for a deficiency appropriation of
$830,000 to continue relief in the Dis-'
trict until June 30. *
Dr. J. Russell Clinchy. pastor of
the Mount Pleasant Congregational
Church, presiding over a meeting of
the representatives at the Harrington
Hotel yesterday, urged the group to at
tend a hearing before the District
Commissioners next Tuesday at 11
a m. when the Welfare Board's request
will be considered.
Would Avoid Federal Grant.
Dr. Frederick W. Perkins, chairman
of the Public Assistance Committee of
the Board of Public Welfare, urged
the appropriation be sought as a “mu
nicipal appropriation” to enable Wash
ington to handle adequately Its relief
problem, rather than as a Federal
grant which would stir opposition in
Congress.
The present relief situation, no aid
at all for families of employables un
able to secure work, and inadequate
funds for unemployables now receiving
aid. was presented graphically by sev
eral welfare workers, including Mrs.
Margaret Anderson of the Board of
Public Welfare. She recounted a few
cases in which fathers had deserted
wives and children so their families
could secure relief.
The additional funds are sought for
the following relief services:
Granting $35 a month to each of at
least 3,000 employable families not
now on relief, for the next six months,
$630,000.
More Personnel Asked.
Additional payment of $5 a month
to each of 4,500 families now on relief,
$135,000.
Additional personnel to handle the
increased case burden, $65,000.
These figures were presented by
Director of Public Welfare Elwood
Street, who stressed, for the personnel
allotment, the unusually heavy burden
under which welfare workers are now
operating.
Dr. Clinchy declared present relief
policies and lack of funds were “penal
izing those who are able to work," but
are unable to secure employment.
VIRGINIA F. F. A. SETS
ANNUAL RALLY DATES
Sessions at V. P. I. Scheduled
June 14-17—State Camp and
1937 Budget Discussed.
By the Associated Press.
RICHMOND, Ba., December 31.—
The Executive Committee of the Vir
ginia Association of Future Farmers
of America fixed June 14-17 yesterday
as the dates for the annual rally to be
held next year at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute.
William Shaffer, former national
president of the Future Farmers of
America, presented the national
achievement cup for 1935 to Wayne
Larrowe of Woodlawn, who was presi
dent of the Virginia chapter when it
won the trophy at the national meet
ing at Kansas City.
The committee also discussed ten
tative plans for a State F. F. A. camp,
the year’Lbudget and proposed changes
In the State constitution to be acted
upon by the convention In Blacks
burg.
Sivapped Fur Coats
At Pre-Yule Party
Puzzles Cummings
Attorney General Cummings Is try- 1
ing to solve the mystery of the swapped
fur coats at the pre-Chrstmas party
he and Mrs. Cummings gave at their
Tilden street home.
The swapping took place quite inno- 1
cently, of course. The mistake was not
discovered until this week, when one
of the guests, Mrs. Campbell Prichett. ’
noticed she was wearing a black velvet1
evening coat remarkably like hers,
but with a different label. , ]
Apparently Mrs. Prichett and an-!
other guest, as yet unknown, unwit- j
tingly exchanged coats as they were |
leaving the Cummings party on De
cember 17.
Everybody concerned is naturally
distressed about the incident. The
Attorney General and some of his ex
pert assistants are trying now* to lo
cate the owner of the coat handed to
Mrs. Prichett. and they believe they
will then find Mrs. Prichett's own
wrap.
SLIPPERYSTREETS
Two Pedestrians and Truek
Driver Seriously Hurt
in Last 24 Hours.
Slippery streets and a steady rain
were held responsible for serious in
juries to two pedestrians and a truck
driver last night and early today.
Jessie Smith. 20, colored, 1013
Fourth street southeast, was taken to
Providence Hospital with internal in
juries received in a collision at New
Jersey avenue and E street southeast.
His chest was crushed when his truck,
owned by the American Ice Co., was
hit by a sedan operated by Charles
Johnson, 56, colored, 1104 New Jersey
avenue southeast, and hurled over the
sidewalk into the parking space in
front of a filling station.
James F. Merchant, 67, of 1110
Trinidad avenue northeast, a motor
man, is in a serious condition in
Emergency Hospital, suffering from a
broken collarbone and ankle, cuts
around the eye and possibly a frac
tured skull and ribs. He was cross
ing Connecticut avenue in the 4500
block when knocked down by a car
operated by Dr. Edward A. Clark, 77,
a dentist, 107 East Underwood street,
Chevy Chase, Md.
William F. Sheldon, 36. of 1604
Seventeenth street was struck at Du
pont Circle and P street, sustaining a
fractured pelvis. The operator of the
car. Edward Jackson, 18, of 18 O
street, took him to Emergency.
Mrs. Lettie Shumway, 40, of 122
Seventh street southeast, was injured
internally when a car in which she
was a passenger collided with a truck
at Canal and D streets southwest.
Police released Winfield O. O’Brien,
47, also of the Seventh street address,
who was driving the car, on $25 col
lateral on a charge of operating with
out a permit.
Police listed the driver of the truck
as Percy W. Lee, 1753 Seaton street.
He was not arrested.
F. H. A. Executive Promoted.
Paul Ryon, tor the last year and a
half chief valuator of the District
insuring office of the Federal Housing
Administration, has been promoted
to chief underwriter of that office.
District Director J. Reilly Stanton
announced today. He succeeds Albert
X. Landvolgt, reigned.
JUDGES APPROVE ,
PROCEDURE SHIFTS
IN POLICE COURT
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Proposal to Create Office of
“Public Defender” Held
Advisable.
FIVE POINTS OFFERED
BY CURRAN ADOPTED
Two Others to Get Further Study.
Way to Speed Traffic Cases
Is Advanced.
Creation of the office of “public de
fender’’ was one of five reforms ap
proved by Police Court judges late
yesterday at a special meeting called
to bring court procedure up to date.
Another improvement would change
the name of Police Court to "City
Court of the District of Columbia.’’
Still another would lessen the Incon
venience of persons interested in a
case in Traffic Court, who frequently
must wait hours before the case is
called.
In adopting five of seven points
suggested by Judge Edward M. Cur
ran, the judges agreed that a public
defender should be appointed to repre
sent defendants in criminal cases who
cannot afford to hire an attorney. The
public defender would appear only for 1
those unable to provide their own
counsel.
Traffic Case Delays.
It was said that witnesses and de
fendants in Traffic Court would be
saved much time and trouble by a
system of staggered hours for calling
their cases.
Judge Curran declared that cour
tesy to the public demands that this
change be made. This point was ap
proved, however, with the proviso that
it be discussed further woth Police
Chief Ernest W. Brown and other in
terested officials.
Another point approved was estab
lishment of a division of records and
statistics to keep the public informed
as to what the court is doing. This
would entail keeping a complete sta
tistical record and would require that
all judges make a monthly report to
the Attorney General.
A suggestion for a standing Bar
Association Committee on the Police
Court also was approved. Judge Cur
ran declared that such a committee
will give material assistance to the
court, and be of value in reference
to policy and administration. It was
suggested that regular meetings be
tween the judges and such a com
mittee be held.
Uniform Penalty System.
The judges discussed a system of
uniform penalties in the traffic branch,
but the question was continued fox
further consideration.
The seventh suggestion in Judge
Curran’s reform plan, the establish
ment of a behavior clinic, was passed
for further study by the judges
Judge Curran expressed the opinion
that a behavior clinic “is as necessary
to the successful treatment of crim*
as a diagnosis In the successful treat
ment of disease.” v
The functions of the behavior clinic
would be to furnish the court in
formation as to the individual's family
and personal history, his education
his story of the crime, and environ
mental factors, with a view to the
possibility of restoring him to society.
Present at the meeting in addition
to Judge Curran were Presiding Judge
John P. MacMahon and Judges Waltex
J. Casey and Isaac R. Hitt.
PRESIDENT DONATES
TO SEAL CAMPAIGN1
Contributes as Drive of Tubercu
losis Association Continues
to Lag.
President Roosevelt's contributirf
to the Tuberculosis Association
Christmas Seal Campaign, in the form
of a personal check for a substantia!
amount, was received yesterday at thi
association's headquarters, 1023
Eleventh street.
This evidence of interest by thi
Chief Executive was received witfc
gratification by Mrs. Ernest R. Grant
managing director of the association
It came at a time when the seal cam
paign is far short of its goal.
“Despite the fact that many de
ferred payments for our Christmai^
seals, sent to-friends before Christ"
mas, are now doming in, the total oi
our cash receipts to date is still $35,
000 and far from our campaign goa:
of 10 cents per capita, or about $60,
000,” Mrs. Grant said.
"But if all who have not yet beer
heard from will contribute what thej
are able, I am confident that we shall
come nearer to our goal then ever be
fore. Every gift is welcome, howevei
small. The fight against tuberculosii
must be intensified in Washington foi
the protection of all of us. No homi
is safe until aU homes are safe.”
TO TAKE FLIGHT COUR^f
Two Washingtonians Named foi
Pensacola Training.
Two Washingtonians are among th<
64 aviation cadets named for flight
training at Pensacola, Fla., in the sixth
class that started yesterday, the Navy ,
Department announced. They an
Alois L. Sobotta of the Marine Bar*
racks here and Henry E. Stevens, 1761
Columbia road.
The cadets have been chosen from
Naval Reserve aviation bases from all
over the Nation. The local boys trained
at Anacostia, where they received pre
liminary courses.
BAND CONCEBT.
By the 8oldlers' Home Band is
Stanley Hall at 5:30 p.m. today. Johs *
S. M. Zlmmermann, bandmaster
Anton Poitner, assistant.
Program.
March, “The Naval Parade”_Allei
Hungarian overture, “The Two
Hussars" . Dopplei
Rhapsodie, “Rhapsodie
Espagnole”_ Perron
Excerpts from the musical comedy.
“Sweet Adeline”-.._Ken
Characteristic, “Sissy Giggles”..Howf
Waltz song, “When the Harvest Moor
Is Shining” (request)—Von Tllaa
Finale. “The Elks” (Auld Lang
Syne) .
“The Star Spangled
There will be no concert oo Satun
day evening.

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