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PAGE B—1 HEARING SET OCT. G ON 33 PROPOSALS FOR ZONING SHIFTS Commission Also to Consid er Classification Changes for Alley Properties. WIDE REVISION ASKED IN NORTHERN D. C. TIP Wtlsh Estates Requests Holding on Massachusetts Be Put Under First Commercial. Proposals for 33 changes in zoning classifications of properties—eight of them initiated b,v the District Zoning Commission—will be considered at a public hearing at the District Building beginning at 10 a.m., October 6. In addition, the commission will consider changes in the zoning of 10 alley properties, making the schedule one of the heaviest in recent years. One of the major suggestions of the commission involves extensive re vamping of the zoning plan for a larger area near the northern tip of the District. This is bounded by Whit tier street. Eastern avenue, Sligo Mill road and the right of way of the Bal * timore & Ohio Railroad. The shifting of the zoning classifi cations there is proposed as the result of six months of study by planning experts. Much of the area now is undeveloped. One effect of the new Plan would be to eliminate classifica tions which permit construction of flats or apartments in residential rones, restricting them to commercial areas which would be provided within the territory. Petition of Walsh Estate. The Walsh estate has petitioned the » commission to change from residential to first commercial the zoning of the property at 2020 Massachusetts ave nue. ana an adjoining unimproved lot. The building there formerly was rented for office space by the United States, despite the residential classi fication, the' Commissioners lacking power to apply their regulations to the Federal Government. Proposals made by the Zoning Commission involve the following: Change from residential 60-foot C ■ rea to residential 40-foot C area, all property on the west side of Wis consin avenue between Calvert and Garfield streets, which is near Mount Alto Hospital. Change from residential A restrict ed to residential A semi-restricted, properties on the east side of Thirty eighth street between Mount Alto Hospital and Cathedral avenue, plus some of the parcels bounded by Ca thedral avenue. Fulton, Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth streets, as well as lots on the southwest corner of Thir ty-eighth and Fulton streets. Change on Forty-fifth Street. Change from A semi-restricted to A restricted, properties on the west side of Forty-fifth street between Western avnue and Harrison street. Change from first commercial 60 foot C area to residential 40-foot B area, property on the north side of Harrison street between Forty-fourth street and Wisconsin avenue, now mostly occupied by flats. Change to residential 40-foot B area all of the property on both sides of Eighteenth street northeast, be tween Monroe and Newton streets, which now is zoned for-first commer cial use; and change to residential 40-foot A restricted area all of the property on Eighteenth street north east between Brentwood road and Lawrence street which now is zoned for first commercial use. Minnesota Avenue Proposal. Eliminate all of the commercial Classification from properties on Min nesota avenue southeast between Mas sachusetts and Pennsylvania ave nues and from properties on Pennsyl vania avenue southeast between Min CUiU A WVlU-Jr -iSCVCIHil street. . Change from first commercial to residential 40-foot A area certain par cels on both sides of Pennsylvania avenue southeast between the District line and Alabama avenue. One of the cases which comes up on a property owner petition is that of ' Raymond Garrity, which has been re jected four times by the commission, which also won a victory over the case In the Court of Appeals. It calls for «. change from residential 40-foot A restricted area to a residential 60-foot C area classification for property on the south side of Macomb street east of Connecticut avenue. FALL KILLS COMEDIAN Colored Man Playing at Howard Pound Lying in Areaway. Gallie Degaston, 35, colored come dian engaged at the Howard Theater, died yesterday in Casualty Hospital a short time after he was found lying in Bn areaway beneath his second-story room at a house in the 1800 block of Sixth street. Coroner A. Magruder MacDonald issued a certificate of accidental death caused by a fall. Judge Excuses Motorist's Slip Sneeze Caused Judicial understanding of the in voluntary impulse to sneeze saved a District motorist the embarrassment of a nne yesterday. Claude M.. Rocca. 35, giving his address as 3132 M street, was appre hended Friday by Traffic Officer J. fc. Proctor on a charge of driving his automobile through a red light at Fifth street and Massachusetts ave nue. Brought before Judge Robert E. Mattingly yesterday, Rocca explained that he had been seized with an ir resistible fit of sneezing as he reached the Intersection and had found him self past the red light before he could cope with the situation. Assuring the court he was not in dulging in snufT at the time, Rocca was released on his personal recog ' nisanee, plus a promise to sneeze more opportunely in the future. Light Bulb Prevents Giraffe From Getting Sore Throat Roy Jennier, curator of reptiles and mammals at the Washington Zoo. lets pet tiger Harry measure his arm for a lusty bite. Harry was one of the many animals photographed at Boston yesterday after Dr. William Mann arrived with his collection. Malcolm Davis, curator of birds at , the Zoo, holds chesty cockatoo as the party stopped en route from the East. “What's worse than a giraffe icith a sore throat?4’ The expedition came near finding an answer but for the use of big electric lights, shoicn just above the animal's head. The bulbs were used to heat the ariimals’ traveling boxes. —Copyright, A. P. Wirephotos. Health Department Hunting Germ That Sickened Al most 500 Persons. Guinea pigs in the Health De partment laboratory last night strug gled to digest cultures from choco- 1 late eclairs which hava made ap- 1 proximatcly 500 persons ill in Wash ington and the nearby counties since last Thursday. Dr. R. R. Ashworth, chief of the Health Department's food inspection service, said several days must elapse before laboratory tests on the animals will reveal what germ in the eclairs affected the stricken persons. The most pronounced symptoms in those stricken after eating the eclairs, the health bfficer's publicity director announced, are vomitting, diarrhea and other gastro-intestinal disturb ances. Health Officer George C. Ruhland issued a statement reiterating a warn ing issued almost two years ago, tell ing commercial bakers that they must not prepare pastries with un clean utensils or under unsanitary conditions. But Capt. Ira Keck, assistant chief of detectives, an nounced that arrests will follow any evidence of violations of Health De partment regulations. All of those made ill, the Health Department reported, ate eclairs made by one local bakery. Several days may pass before the cause of the poisoning can be determined, the Health De partment reported. --• SUPPORT IS URGED FOR FIDELITY PLAN Shareholders Must Give Approval By September 30, Chair man Says. A “last-minute” call for share holders in the closed Fidelity Building & Loan Association to register approval or disapproval of the proposed reor ganization plans was issued yesterday by Mrs. Mark C. Bullis, chairman of the Shareholders' Committee. Mi%. Bullis said a survey shows that approximately 75 per cent of the shareholders have not signed consent agreements indorsing the plan to re organize the institution as the First Fidelity Savings & Loan Association on an 85 per cent cash payment basis. She set September 30 as the dead line for consent agreements" to be sent to the receiver of Fidelity. Mrs. Bullis said she expects the support of the shareholders. The announcement followed action by approximately 100 employes of the Washington Post Office approving the proposed reorganization. CONTAGIOUS DISEASES REPORTED IN SCHOOLS Health Officer , Urge* Parent* to Make Daily Inspection of Children for Illness. During the first week of the new' school term three cases each of scarlet fever, diphtheria and whooping cough were reported. Health Officer George C. Ruhland said yesterday. Though the number of contagious diseases so far' found among pupils was not unusual he said he regarded the first week's record as a "head light of the approaching season of contagion.” Advising parents to make a daily inspection of their children for signs of illness, such as running nose, sore throat, fever .and coughs, Dr. Ruh land said: "The child who ambles off to school with these symptoms may pay the penalty of injury from severe illness that could have been prevented by a day’s rest. It is also unfair to other children to be thoughtlessly ex posed to an infectious disease.” He advised parents to call a physi cian if such symptoms are apparent. SLAUGHTER HOUSE SURVEY PROPOSED Ruhland Suggests D. C. Send Committee to Inspect Plants in Other Cities. Dr. George C. Ruhland. District health officer, who has been studying plans for the Adolf Gobel slaughter house, said yesterday he felt the best interests of the city would be served by sending a committee to investi gate conditions at a few of the mod em meat-rendering plants in the East and South. He was interested also in reports from McCook. Nebr., that a render ing plant in that town is installing air-conditioning because of com plaints of odors from citizens. So far as the Gobel plans are concerned, no provision has been included for modem air-conditioning. "It is very important that a slaugh ter house and rendering plant should be equipped to process the odors and shut them inside.” Dr. Ruhland said. "Especially is it necessary during the Summer.” The health officer announced he is considering forming a committee of District and Federal officials to visit certain plants outside Washington. On the committee, he said, there would be representatives of the Health Department, sanitary engi neers and experts from the Public Works Administration. Wants to Know Methods. “I want to know all about the struc tural plans of some of the mo6t mod em plants,” Dr. Ruhland said, "as well as how the methods of processing meat is inspected by other health depart menis. “If Washington is to have a render ing plant, we cannot ask for less than the best. An investigation of this kind would give our Health Department in formation concerning the devices found most useful and advantageous. We would want to have the plant pro vide every possible safeguard against nuisances.” In the Nebraska town where com plaints were made against the odors of meat rendering, the doors and win dows of the plant will be sealed tightly. Fresh air will be admitted through special openings and before it is re leased to the outside world it will be washed,, cleaned and deodorized. Secretary Ickes is watching the sit uation here closely, as indicated by his recent warning to the District Commissioners that sewage treatment of waste from the Benning slaughter house would cost the city a minimum of $55,000. The most that could be expected in taxes from the slaughter house, after it is built, would be from $5,000 to $6,000, he said. Collins to Press Bill. Representative Ross Collins, chair man of the House Appropriations Sub committee for the District, has prom-. Ised to reintroduce his bill levying charges on industrial concerns emp tying an excess of waste into the local sewage plant. Whether the Gobel company actu ally completes its Benning slaughter house or finally agrees to abandon it, Federal officials said yesterday, an other effort would be made next ses sion to provide the National Capital with protective legislation against so called nuisance industries. To date the Benning plant has made slow progress. ■ First Residents Will Occupy Greenbelt Homes in Week Neiv Co-operative Community Will Be Launched With About 25 Families. Most of Structures Finished. BY CARTER B. JONES Greenbelt community in Prince Georges County, Md, the Govern ment's first experiment in constructing a complete suburban town for 111 ! housed city families, will receive its first inhabitants within the next week or so. At the Farm Security Administration, formerly known as the Resettle ment Administration, it was said yesterday that the initial group of families will be approved in the next few days. ♦ - ... tnese families will move into their new homes as soon as they can ar range such matters as leases on their present homes. . The new co-operative community will be launched with around 25 fam ilies. These will be augmented grad ually until by February 1 the entire 885 families are expected to be in stalled. Most of the structures are com pleted. needing only to be furnished. Such things as electric refrigeration and electric cook stoves will be pro vided. Approved families without furniture will have the opportunity to buy it on an easy-payment plan. Braden To Take Residence. So far has the project advanced that Roy Braden of Arlington ' County, who has been appointed city manager of Greenbelt, is preparing to take up his residence there, prob ably by October 1. The new town's first election has been set for November 23. A town council will be chosen by the citizens then occupying Greenbelt. The post office will be opened by the first of the month. Enough store space will be stocked to provide for the charter members of the new com munity. The Maryland Legislature already has incorporated Greenbelt. By the time the entire community is settled down, by Midwinter, there will be the usual facilities of any small town, perhaps more complete than most of them boast. There will 1 be a business center containing a food ! store, a drug store, a general mer- j chandise store, a restaurant, barber shop, beauty parlor, service garage, i bus station, filling station, laundry agency, movie theater and office for physicians, dentists and practitioners of other professional necessities. One Shop of Each Kind. As the Farm Security Administra tion of the Agriculture Department (See~GREENBELT/Page B-2T) — WOMAN HIDES NAME AFTER RIVER LEAP May Be Wife of D. C. Lawyer, but Police Report Failure to Identify Her. After 12 hours of investigation, po lice reported last night they had been unable to establish the identity of the middle-aged woman who leaped into the Potomac River from the High way Bridge yesterday and was res cued by two colored fishermen in a rowboat. Suffering from shock, the woman, about 50 years old, was taken to Emergency Hospital, • where she re fused to give her name, but asked that her private physician be called to treat her. » Hospital officials said she was ad mitted to a private room, but all efforts to establish her identity had proven futile. It was reported she is the wife of a Washington lawyer. Roy Moore, 47, of 702 Barry place, and Thomas A. Driver, 607 Freemont street, told police they were fishing near the bridge when they saw the woman leap. Some one on the bridge threw a lifeline, the fishermen said, and she held it until they could row the boat to her side. Before leaping, the woman dropped her pocketbook, containing $12, on the bridge. All marks of possible identification had been removed from the purse, police said. Inspector L. I. H. Edwards denied that police were attempting to with hold the woman's name because of the prominence of her husband. BRINKLEY LEAVES DISTRICT HOSPITAL Will Be Able to Return to Work in About a Week, Brain Specialist Says. Arthur G. Brinkley, 47-year-old con tractor, who returned to his home in a dazed condition Friday after being missing for nine days, was discharged from Homeopathic Hospital last night, Brinkley had been taken to the hos pital for rest and diagnosis in an effort to determine the cause of his confused mental condition. His physician, Dr. R. B. Thibadeau, a brain specialist, conducted numerous tests and reached the conclusion that Brinkley had been suffering from amnesia resulting from an emotional shock. After a consultation with Dr. John Shugrue, another brain specialist, Dr. Thibadeau said: ,rWe don't know what caused the condition, but it is clearing up sat isfactorily. There is nothing or ganically wrong with Mr. Brinkley and he will be able to go back to work in about a week.” Brinkley told his family he had wandered aimlessly through the South after being kidnaped and robbed by a group of colored men in Arlington County September 15. He lives at 5514 First street. . ... ■■ •— ■ - Will Install Officers. Installation of newly elected officers of the Department of Agriculture Post No. 36/ American Legion, will be conducted by Thomas Mason, jr„ post commander, Friday at 9 p.m. in the Gingham Club, 1423 Pennsylvania avenue. Lonergan Feels Jefferson Group “Probably” Will Have to Shift Plans. Belief that some site other than the Tidal Basin probably will have to be i chosen for the Thomas Jefferson Me- j morial was expressed here yesterday by Senator Lonergan, Democrat, of Connecticut, a member of the Jeffer son Memorial Commission. "I fell confident the Thomas Jeffer son Memorial project will go forward to accomplishment, but that in all probability a new site will have to be selected," he said. The Connecticut Senator empha sized he was expressing only his per sonal view, and not attempting to predict what the commission may do. Meanwhile reports were current in other quarters that the commission was preparing to turn to some other j location, the Tidal Basin site having ! led to considerate controversy in the j House near the close of the recent : session. No Change, Says Bovlan. Asked about these reports, Repre sentative John J. Boylan, chairman of the commission, wired The Star from his home in New York yesterday as follows: “There are no new developments in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial matter up to this time." The three Senate members of the Memorial Commission originally were against the Tidal Basin site, but when a majority was found to be for it they decided to abide by the decision. After the decision had been announced, however, the Tidal Basin proposal pro voked controversy, particularly as to its effect on the cherry' trees and the present appearance of the basin. New Site May Be Studied. Near the close of the recent session of Congress the House had before it an estimate of $500,000 to begin con struction on the $3 000.000 memorial, but the item was stricken from the third deficiency appropriation bill on the floor. Several weeks earlier Rep resentative Keller ^>f Illinois had re ported from the House Library Com mittee the Treadway bill to prohibit placing the memorial at the Tidal Basin, but leaving the commission free to select another site. In declining to make the initial $500,000 appropriation at this time the debate in the House indicated the purpose was not to sidetrack the memorial project, but to delay action pending further consideration of lo cation. If the situation as it existed in the House just before adjournment remains unchanged w'hen Congress reconvenes, the question of picking a different site probably will come in for serious consideration. -• TOURIST TRAVEL UP Virginia Total for August 20 Per Cent Ahead of Last Year. RICHMOND, September 25, (/P).— Tourist travel in Virginia in August was approximately 20 per cent ahead of the same month last year, Wilbur C. Hall, Chairman of the State Con lervation Commission, estimated today. Time in Its Flight Turns Backward for Some. I ME in its flight turned backward today, but not lor Washington. Cities observing daylight saving time set back their time pieces one hour early this morning, thus making up for the hour they snatched when they moved the clocks ahead on April 25. And pre sumably every one was paid back for that hour of sleep he lost in the Spring. Washington, which sticks to standard time, had no clock-turn ing to do, but aould not escape certain effects, since so many of its neighbor cities go daylight every Summer. Radio Affected. There are, for instance, the radio programs. Unless fans watch the announcements closely, it probably will take them days to find out what has happened to their fa vorite programs, for most of them will move back the hour they Stepped forward in April, because New York puts on so many network features. Even the local program! will undergo readjustment becauaa the chain headliners are changed. Perversely enough, a non-daylight time community catches a program an hour later when It moves back on standard time. Then there is the stock market— for those Interested—it closes an hour later for Washington investors. Trains Little Affected. Trains, planes and buses are not much affected, since they stick to standard time, with regional ex ceptions. Once more Washington is in chronological tune with New York, Philadelphia and other cities which will remain on Eastern Standard time until next April. Most of the urban communities in 19 States observe daylight time. So do 80 Canadian cities. Washington once had daylight time. It was put into effect gen erally from 1918 until the close of the war as a conservation meas ure. It saved light and power and increased industrial production. But it didn't last. And efforts to revive it in the Capital have been futile thus far. Board uf Actuaries Reports on Failure of Congress to Aid Retirement Reserves. The failure of Congress to appro priate anything toward the retirement fund for Government employes in the first eight years of its existence—1920 28—has been the principal factor in bringing the accrued liability of the Government to the fund to more than *1,174,344,000, according to the an nual report of the Board of Actuaries for the year ending June 30, 1935, and Just made public. The report has been forwarded to Congress by the Civil Service Com mission. Since 1928, Congress has raised annual appropriations from approxi mately $20,000,000 to the $72,000,000 carried in the current budget, and as of June 30 last, the balance in the fund was slightly under *300.000.000. The board estimates that Congress should appropriate *51.000.000 an nually for 63 years to make the fund ! “artuarily sound." Robert H. Alcorn, chairman of the Joint Conference on Retirement, in a prepared statement yesterday, said the figures revealed in the commis sion's report are unnecessarily alarm ing.” “I am convinced.” Alcorn said, “that there is no danger of the re tirement fund being bankrupt and wish to reassure all Government em ployes who are interested in this important subject that from my own observation and knowledge of the operation of the law and the present situation with reference to the fund that they should discount any fear as to the retirement fund going on the rocks.” SLASHER ATTACKS MAN ON I STREET Suspect Reveals No Motive After Being Identified by Victim. Charles Kessecker, 36, of 513 F street, was slashed on the face yester day afternoon by a man who attacked him near Fourteenth and I streets and then escaped through the crowd. After being treated at Emergency Hospital, where 20 stitches were taken In his face. Kessecker returned to the scene with police, who arrested r man Kessecker identified as his attacker The man gave his name as Arthur C. Hudson, 27, of 1402 I street, but would reveal no motive for the attack, police said. He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Witnesses told police Kessecker staggered to a barber shop after the cutting, while his assailant walked coolly through the gathering crowd and disappeared. MRS. M’GEEIS NAMED TO SOCIAL AGENCY POST Appointment of Mrs. Theresa Dans dill McGee, formerly of the Washing ton Tuberculosis Association, as secretary of the health division of the Council of Social Agencies was announced yesterday by Mrs. W. A. Roberts, director of the council. Mrs. McGee has been a resident of Washington for the last 10 years and at one time was assistant director of child health education for the National Tuberculosis Association. She takes the position formerly held by Ross Garrett, who is now in charge of the Central Admitting Bureau of Hos pitals. The divison Mrs. McGee will head 1 has ben largely responsible for pre- 1 venting duplication of the work of 1 public and private welfare agencies i in dealing with the needy sick and for establishment of the Central Ad mitting Bureau for Hospitals to lnves- ( tigate needs of persons who apply for < free medical care. \< D. C. REFERENDUM Bill 10 BE URGED IN NEXT SESSION Reynolds Stresses Value of Advisory Polls as Pro vided in Measure. WOULD REGISTER VIEWS ON MUNICIPAL ISSUES Senator Points Out Result Need Not Be Binding—Little Ex pense Anticipated. BY J. A. O’LEARY. Legislation to allow Washingtoni ans to express their wishes on im portant local issues by voting in ad visory referendums will be pushed when Congress reconvenes by Sena tor Reynolds, Democrat, of North Carolina, he announced yesterday. The Senate District Committee will be asked by Reynolds, who is one of its members, to hold public hear ings on the question early in the next session to get the reaction of civic organizations to the proposal. Meanwhile, the North Carolinian summed up his own view of the bill as follows: "I am going to pash the proposi tion. berause I think the residents of the District certainly are entitled at least to register their preferences on major municipal problems, even though the result w-ould be advisory and not binding as to the final de cision.” vt ouia nenect sentiment. Reynolds pointed out it would offer i means of meeting the argument sometimes advanced in connection with District legislation, that Congress is unable to tell what the local com munity favors or disapproves. The North Carolina Senator empha sized. however, that the referendum system should be conducted in a way that would call for little or no ex pense. and he believes it can be done pn that basis. He helieves volunteer workers could be enlisted, and that polling places could be set up either in business places or in public build ings. Commissioner Allen has been the ieading advocate of the referendum plan for the past few years. In 1934 :he Commissioners tried to conduct a referendum in Takoma Park to get an expression as to whether sentiment >f that area was for or against the granting of alcoholic beverage licenses n the neighborhood. Arrangements were made for registration of voters and a day designated for the casting of ballots at polling places. The ref erendum was not held, however. Some of the applicants for licenses chal lenged the authority of the Commis sioners to conduct the referendum under existing law, and a court order was issued restraining the city heads from going ahead with the balloting. District officials decided not to appeal from the court order. Adjournment Blocked Action. Commissioner Allen, however, con tinued his interest in the subject and had prepared the bill which Senator ' Reynolds introduced just before Con gress adjourned last month. It was too near adjournment to take the measure up. but Reynolds felt Its in troduction at that time would enable District residents to study its ^'tailed provisions during the recess. The bill would give the Commission ers specific authority to conduct a referendum whenever they deem it advisable to obtain an expression of the sentiment, either of the whole city or a particular neighborhood, on any public issue. Although not more than two ref erendums could be held in a year, an V niimhpr /niaetiA.. __u submitted on one occasion. The bill makes it clear that the result would be advisory only and not com pel the Commissioners to do or re frain from doing any act. The voting list would be confined to citizens of the United States. 21 or more years of age and who have lived within the District for at least a year prior to the referendum. In its present form the bill also would exclude persons who have a vote elsewhere. The commissioners would be au thorized to appoint an election board of three members to arrange for and supervise the holding of the referenda. This board would lay out the voting precincts and make all necessary rules and regulations to govern balloting. ORGANIZED BIBLE CLASS COMMITTEE WILL MEET Dr. Blackwelder Will Deliver Address on “The Church and the Kingdom of God.” The Central Committee of the Dis trict Organized Bible Class Associa tion will meet at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow in the Lutheran Church of the Re formation, 212 East Capitol street. The main address will be delivered by Dr. Oscar F. Blackwelder, whose sub ject will be "The Church and the Kingdom of God.” Bible class presidents, teachers and jtudents and members of the commit tee are invited to attend. Vice presidents of the association tor the 1937-8 year are Dr. A. W. Summings, at large: Harold S. King, Baptist; Mrs. Etta Zahn, Congrega tional; Noah R. Robinson, Disciples; Mrs. J. M. Smith, Evangelical and Reformed: Irving L. Koch, Lutheran; Mden W. Hoage, Methodist Episcopal; toward M. Stackhouse, M. E. Church South; W. H. Harrison. Methodist Protestant, and Clyde D. Harrison, Presbyterian. Dahlia Show Is Set. The V/oodridge Garden Club will lolri a dahlia show tomorrow night n Sherwood Presbyterian Hall, Twen y-second street and Rhode Island ivenue northeast. Entries will closa it 7 p.m. tomorrow, Harold J. Clay, jresldent of the club, anncamcert. >eorge Marshall is chairman of the ommittee in charge of the show, the ighth to be held by the club this year.