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Commissioners Will Meet With Budget Director This Afternoon. Commissioner George E. Allen said today a Anal plea for additional es timates to relieve the acute situation at the "overcrowded, understaffed” Gallinger Municipal Hospital would be made at a special session with Budget Bureau officials this afternoon. Called in by Director Daniel W. Bell, the Commissioners were to go over the entire budget for the 1939 fiscal year with a view to ironing out kinks in the estimates that range up to nearly $50,000,000. Meanwhile, Chairman Collins of the House Subcommittee on District Ap propriations, announced he proposed to force immediate action toward de velopment of the first of a series of health centers here. He blamed failure of Health Department and school officials to proceed with the develop ment on "shilly-shallying tactics.” Chairman King of the Senate Dis trict Committee promised sympathetic consideration for any requests for ad ditional funds necessary to provide adequate service at Gallinger Hospital, but said he is not committing himsell to support any definite amount until specific items are presented. maximum neneni. Mr. Allen, under whom comes the administration of welfare matters, said the Commissioners were in arcord on a desire to see that Gallinger Hospital receives the "maximum benefit pos sible" under the new budget. It will be their last opportunity to take up the hospital case with the budget officials before the 1939 estimates are forwarded to Congress. One of the most urgent needs. Dr. George C. Ruhland. health officer, ex plained today, is the restoration of a SI50.000 item to begin immediate con struction of a new 200-bed medical building at Gallinger. the ultimate cost Of which would be $450,000. Dr. Ruhland also stressed his desire that the Budget Bureau permit the Health Department to use the recently vacated Upshur Street Tuberculosis Hospital as a home for convalescents. "The use of this building would relieve the load at Gallinger by 10 to 15 per cent." he said. The Upshur street hospital was vacated early in the fall, when its adult patients were transferred to the new Glenn Dale Sanatorium. su rer teni less. Dr. Ruhland said it could be op erated for convalescent patients at about 40 per cent less than the cost of operating a regular hospital. Although Mr. Allen did not go intc details regarding what he proposed to take up with the Budget Bureau in the case of Gallinger Hospital, he said he ‘ always has been and always will be in favor of securing as much financial assistance as possible to re lieve the conditions at Gallinger which have been known for many months ” He indicated he would seek an increase In the number of nurses as well as funds to make necessary re pairs and improve conditions gen erally at the hospital. Although Dr. Ruhland was not in vited to attend the final budget con ference. he made a trip to the Capitol earlier today, it was understood, to consult with various members of the House Appropriations Committee with regard to the hospital s needs. Efficient Service. Dr. Ruhland did not come out squarely in support of a plan ad vanced by Dr. Henry B Gwynn, e member of the visiting staff at Gal lineer, suggesting that the hospital's doors be closed when capacity has been reached. He indicated some sympathy with the idea, however, by remarking: "I want to see Gallinger restricted to its intended capacity, to as to renaer decent and efficient serv ice to those who need it.” Meantime, the general health sit uation in Washington was developing on three other fronts. Dr. Ruhland said today the last of the adult patients who had been hospitalized in the children's building at the Glenn Dale Tuberculosis San atorium had been moved back to the adult building, where 77 beds are available. Ke had announced on Sat urday that he had temporarily revoked a decision to house the adults and children in the same unit, the reason having been to halt the controversy aroused over this policy. He explained he was satisfied, how ever. to leave the final decision to the Tuberculosis Advisory Board of the Health Department. That board, he said, will meet Wednesday at 11 a.m. to take over the matter under consideraion. In Board’s Hands. Whether the Advisory Board deter mines to operate the Glenn Dale Institution as a single unit or maintain the children's and adults’ sanatoriums separately, Dr. Ruhland Indicated, was a matter he was satisfied to leave entirely in the board's hands. He did point out. however, that the I x*'**'*e - - rn -V 5 Lincoln Tunnel Opens New Gateway Into New York Entrance to the first tube of the new $75,000,000 two-way Lincoln Tunnel from Weehawken, N. J., into midtoxvn Man hattan which will be opened on December 22. —A. P. Photos. The interior of the almost completed part of the two-way tunnel. It will enable motorists long used to the round-about crossings of the Hudson River to enter Neiu York in 4 minutes. The tube, at its deepest point, lies 75 feet below the surface of the Hudson. The second tunnel is expected to be ready in 1940. decision to move the adults into the same unit with the children had been made with the "agreed understanding" that It involved no risk. The Health Department hoped some way would be found to prevent ejection of its permit office from the building at 901 Eighth street N W. The con troller general has ruled, it was dis closed Saturday, that Congress had made no specific appropriation to cover rent for the quarters. Officials at the Health Department said conferences would be held during the week with members of the House Subcommittee on District Appropria tions with a view to straightening this out. It was understood that this may have been one of the reasons for Dr. Ruhland's visit to the Capitol today. Cost Within Means. The Medical-Dental Service Bu reau. which has been housed in the same building with the Health De partment Permit Bureau and the Central Admitting Bureau for Hos pitals, was established by the medical and dental societies to provide pro fessional service to employed persons of low income at a cost within their means. It is not a charity agency, as was stated incorrectly in The Star yesterday. Patients accepted after investiga tion by the bureau staff may. pay for professional service on the install ment plan, and often charges are reduced to meet the patient s income status. Mr. Collins pointed out that his subcommittee provided funds in the current appropriation act for the ini tial District health center. Declaring that delay in its establishment is in excusable. he said "if necessary. I’ll pick a site myself and see that con struction is started.” Original plans contemplated remod eling the Jones School at First and L streets N.W., and establishment there of the first health center. School au thorities, however, have refused to vacate the building, claiming there are no accommodations available for the 300 pupils now attending the | school. Hasn't Been Vacated. Mr. Collins said school officials a year ago agreed to vacate the Jones School. "The school hasn't been vacated yet j and the health center is still merely I a plan.” he declared. "These officials j must live up to their agreements. I am ready now to pick out a piece of ground and compel the Health Depart ment to build the center on it.” Mr. Collins also announced he had received from the Budget Bureau a portion of the District budget estimates for the coming fiscal year and would start hearings on the appropriation bill the latter part of this week. Prior to the hearings, he plans to Inspect a number of municipal institutions. In preparation for the hearings, Mr. Collins has written to a half a doaen District department heads to learn how far they had proceeded in carry ing out provisions in the current ap propriation act. In some cases, he indicated, sufficient progress has not been made. The officials involved are to be ques tioned when they appear before the subcommittee. -• ■ — " - B. F. EDWARDS, 73, DIES IN HOSPITAL Was Connected With Beal Estate Development in Northeast Washington. Benjamin P. Edwards. 73. of 1530 Rhode Island avenue N.E., for many years connected with the real estate development of Northeast Washington, died today at Sibley Hospital after a long illness. A native of Kansas and the son pf a State Senator. Mr. Edwards taught school in Missouri before com ing here to work in the War Depart ment in 1890 and later for the Internal Revenue Bureau of the Treasury. He narrowly escaped death in the col lapse of Fora's Theater about 1894. A pioneer settler of Langdon, D. C„ Mr. Edwards worked on development of Villa Park, now known as Wood ridge. He was a member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Edwards is survived by his widow, Mrs. Amanda J. Edwards; a daughter, Mrs. W. V. Renner, and a son. Maj. C. U. Edwards. U. S. A., re tired. Funeral details will be an nounced later. -» -... Diet Sessions Limited. Japan's Diet may not be in session for more than three months without special permission of the government. Creech _^Continued Prom First Page.) over, or said she was reading it over, but I don't know whether she read it correctly. "I wanted to make sure I wasn’t signing anything that wasn't the truth, so I called in Father Henry Henses, a priest at Harlan, and asked him to read the statement. Father Hensaes read it, but didn't read it to me. He simply said there was nothing in it that would hurt me if it was the truth.” Tackett said he then signed the statement because ‘ they" threatened to kill him if he didn’t sign and of fered him some money. The witness has not yet been asked whether the statement correctly set forth the information he gave the supposed newspaper woman. The story has never been published in any newspaper. The "life story" began with a fan ciful interview with a "priest.” Tackett being quoted as admitting he had told lies about a great many people. The story then told how Tackett had been lodged in the District Jail when brought to Washington to testify before the Senate committee. Drunk All the Time. Tackett then was quoted in the article as saying he was permitted to leave the jail at night, ostensibly to get newspapers, but that actually he purchased narcotics, marijuana ciga rettes and beer, which kept him drunk all the time he was in Washington. In another part of the story, hw “admitted" saying in the presence of Creech that he had "got drunk and talked too much.” After Creech had told the committee he heard Tackett make such a state ment, the latter was called before the Senate group and denied having said it. This conflicting testimony is the j basis of the perjury charge. A deputy i marshal. Robert L. Bonham, also told the Senate committee Tackett had not made any such statement. In the supposed newspaper story uncovered today, however, Tackett was quoted as saying the deputy marshal i was standing behind him at the time and probably could not overhear the remark. The story also quoted Tackett as having said he was "drilled” by agents i of the La Follette Committee so that1 he gave false testimony while appear ing before that group. Questioning Tackett about the story, Assistant United States Attorney David A. Pine brought out that the witness could not use a typewriter, could read very poorly and did not know the meaning of many words used in the article. Most of the morning's session of the trial was devoted to an effort by At torney Leahy to discredit Tackett’s statements that he was afraid Creech would have him killed because of the testimony he had given in Washing ton. Mr. Leahy clashed frequently with the witness. At one point he brought out that Tackett had posed with the newspaper woman for a photograph while he was signing his "life story.” Mr. Leahy then thrust the photograph toward the witness so vigorously that he knocked a glass of water over on Tackett. A little later, Mr. Leahy asked the witness if he knew what it meant to take an oath to tell the trhth. "Do you know what it means in Harlan County when they tell you to sign a paper or else?” the witness re torted. Famed Briggs Mansion Is Opened as Social Welfare Settlement. The Briggs Mansion at 6IB D street B E., once described by George Wash ington as "a fine house in the woods between Capitol Hill and the Navy Yard,” was dedicated yesterday as the new home of Friendship House. Near ly 800 persons attended the services at the social welfare settlement. The Rev. O. F. Blackwelder of the United Lutheran Reformation Church, the Rev. Francis Sullivan of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Louis Ottenberg and Miss Lydia Burklln spoke on the dedi catory program. The Friendship Glee Club of 30 children sang. Henry P. Blair, chairman of the board, presided. The house, generally considered the oldest in the city, was originally a pioneer’s cabin. It was rebuilt into a frame house by William Mayne Dun cason of the British Army in 1796 Soldiers wounded in the battle of Bladensburg during the War of 1812 were quartered in it. Francis Scott Key, who bought the house in 1815, lived there for many | years. Later, it passed into the hands of Mrs. Emily Edson Briggs, one of the first woman Journalists, who cov ered the Civil War for the Philadelphia Press. Mrs Charles Hoover, a mem ber of the Briggs family, served on the committee arranging yesterday’s cere monies. George Washington, Lafayette, Dan lel Webster, Henry Clay, Charles Cal houn, Stephen A. Douglas and Abra ham Lincoln are all reputed to hav* visited the house. 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