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IS FILED DAY LATE BY FEDERATION Commission May Yet Take Protest Into Account Despite Ruling. EXPERTS SAY OBJECTION DEADLINE HAD EXPIRED Clayton Charges No Less Than Eight Errors in Decision Allow ing Sale of Six for 50 Cents. By DON S. WARREN. Bitterly denouncing the increase in the street car token fare, the Federa tion of Citizens’ Associations today asked the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its rate order—but ap parently the petition was filed a day too late to come under the Public Utilities Appeal Act. Yesterday was the end of the 30-day period allowed under the act for the filing of petitions for reconsideration of a commission order, commission members said, but they immediately protested they did not wish to take advantage of a technicality if a way out could be found, and they said they would refer the question to legal coun sel before they acted. Commissioner Riley E. Eigen also declared that If the Federation lated filed a new peti tion asking for a new consideration of the fares of the Capital Transit Co. it would be carefully studied by the commission. The commission order granting the Transit Co. an increase in its token rate from four for 30 cents to six for 50 cents, or from 7>2 cents to 8'n cents, was issued November 3. It went into effect at 12:01 a m. the next day. Commission experts today said that the 30-day period allowed for filing petitions for reconsideration was to be counted from the time of the publication of the commission's order, not its effective date, and there fore the deadline was last midnight. Errors Charged. William McK. Clayton, veteran chairman of the Public Utilities Com mittee of the Federation, who filed the petition, charged that the commission had made no less than eight errors In its decision. He claimed that the commission erred in making the rate order effective the day after it was Issued: that it had denied Mr. Clay ton's motion to make the North Amer ican Co., "the master and controller’’ of the transit company, a party to the rate case so that it could have been compelled to furnish required •ervice: that the commission did not give due weight to the claim of the Federation that the transit service does not measure up to statutory require ments: that the commission failed to fix a fair value for the transit prop that, the rvi icrinr> the increase of token fare in the face of evidence that the company was already losing passengers; that the commission had caused an injustice to many street car riders by prohibit-' lng the sale of tokens of less than the number of six at a time; that the commission had refused to con sider price of the weekly pass and had restricted its order to tokens, and that the lack of proper service by the company has been demonstrated by the company's own records show ing a large number of breakdowns of buses while in operation. Special attention was paid by Mr. Clayton to the requirement that the ! tokens be sold in blocks of six and he protested: "Callous, cold and calcu lating must be the reasoning to re . duce the meeting of the minds of the commission since these blocks of six pressed hardest upon those least able to pay and this is not the sign board to prosperity for any company or cor poration, public or private. Sale of Two Tokens Urged. “Tokens should be available in blocks of two, enough for the round trip ride, plus the usual five or six transfers in between to complete the journey. A token user seldom hesi tates to ride, a dime fare does. The best company's effort should be to put tokens in the pockets of the dime rider. The company needs more rid ers. not less." Mr. Clayton suggested that the rea son for requiring the sale of tokens at six for 50 cents instead at the rate of three for a quarter was to "lessen the heat somewhat on the hot-spot oper ator of the one-man car." Mr. Clayton said that the one-man car operators have received no help from the com pany or the commission and that “he certainly should not expect any from the car rider's pocket.” Mr. Clayton asserted that the great est percentage of car riders had rather ride in a $5,000 street car manned by a motorman and a conductor than in a $15,000 "palace car” operated by only one man. Taking a bitter slap at the commis sion on the six-for-50-cents-plan, Mr. Clayton suggested that if this is in tended to ,‘oroe token riders into the 10-cent cash class, then “Why tarry there? Nerve up the courage of your convictions and make a full sweep of token riders by ordering 12 tokens for a dollar and send the company high-crested on a wave of prosperity.” Trains Kills 11 in Germany. 8TETTIN, Germany, Dec. 4 (4s).— Eleven persons were killed today when a train struck a group of rail road workers near Belgard, in North east Germany. Seven others were in jured, one seriously. BAND CONCERT By the Soldiers’ Home Band Or chestra today in Stanley Hall at 5:30 p.m.. John S. M. Zimmermann, bandmaster; Anton Polntner, as sistant. Program. March, “Old Comrades” .Teike Overture, “The Hands cf Fellow ship” .. -Blgge Suite characteristic, “American," Thurban (I) March, “The Tiger’s Tail.” (3) Serenade, “When Melinda N Sings.” (J) A sketch, "The Watermelon Fete.” • Scenes from the opera, “Carmen.” Biset Popular numbers. “Funny Dear What Love Can do,” Bennett ■A Foxy Cure for the Blues,” Pollock Valae petite, “You and I”_Langey Finale, “Navy Blue and Gold,” Crosley “Hie Star Spangled Banner.” Star Portraits Come to Life in Langley Junior High Art Production Here you see “The Banker and His Wife,” masterpiece by the Dutch artist, Quentin Massys come to life in rehearsal at Langley Junior High School for a tableau to be presented next Friday to the whole student body. Walter Lyddane, left, plays the part of the banker, with Josephine Pine in the role of his wife. This classic was offered to the public in the third set of famous painting reproductions of The Star’s art appreciation campaign. Mrs. Maud J. Kline, teacher of Langley's 9B art appreciation class, and Mrs. Carla S. Turner are sponsoring the tableau which will bring to life this and other Star art pictures. The students painted the background for the scene. ^ UP 8JD0 IN YEAR Estimate Is 627,000 as Census Figures Show City Has Overhauled 2 States. The District of Columbia has over hauled two more of the States In the population race, according to esti mates of population by States as of July 1 made public late yesterday by the Census Bureau. The estimated population of the District was given as 627.000. a gain of 8.000 during the year. At the time of the last official cen sus. April 1, 1930, the District's pop ulation exceeded that of eight of the States—Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware. Idaho, Wyoming, New Mex ico, Arizona and Nevada. The nev estimates show that the District now has a larger population than ten of the States, having passed Montana and Utah, which now have estimated populations, respectively, of 539.000 and 519,000. The District population of 627,000 compares with an estimated total of 619.000 on July 1. 1936; 543.000 on July 1, 1933, and 486.869 actual count in the 1930 census. Kanys was the only State to lose population during the 12 months end ing July 1, according to the estimates. The populations of Rhode Island, South Dakota, Nebraska and New Mexico remained unchanged, while all other States showed increases. The bureau estimated tha„ the Kan sas population declined 22,000. to a total of 1,864.000. Rhode Island re mained at 681,000, South Dakota at 692.000, Nebraska at 1,364,000 and New Mexico at 422,000. New York, most populous of the States, increased the number of its residents by only 24.000, to 12,959,000. Nevada's gain was the smallest— 1.000, bringing the State's total pop ulation to 101,000. The population of the United States, as had been announced pre viously. was estimated to be 129,257,000 on July 1. This represented a gain of 828,000 during the 12 months and 6.482.000 since the 1930 census. Population comparisons by regions and States follow: Regions Census Estimated Estimated and Population Jly. 1, 1936. Jly. 1, 1937. States. Apr. 1. 1930. N. Eng.. 8.166,341 8.581.000 8.597,000 Maine - 797.423 853.000 856,000 N. H. - 405.293 508.000 510,000 Vt. ___ 359,611 380.000 383,000 Mass. _ 4.249,614 4.426,000 4.426,000 R. I. __ 687,497 681.000 681,000 Conn. _ 1.606.903 1,734.000 1,741,000 M. Atl._26.260.750 27.399,000 27,478,000 N. Y. .12.588.066 12.935.000 12.959,000 N. J. _ 4.041,334 4.328.000 4,343.000 Pa 9.631.350 10.136.000 10.176,000 E.N.Cen.25.297.185 25.708,000 25,841,000 Ohio __ 6.646,697 6,713,000 6.733,000 Ind. 3.238.503 3,459.000 3.474,000 111._ 7.630.664 7.846,000 7.878.000 Mich _ 4.842.325 4.783,000 4,830,000 Wit. __ 2.9,39,006 2.908,000 2.926 000 W.N.C. 13,296.915 13.782,000 13,819,000 Minn. . 2,563.953 2.635.000 2.652.000 Iowa . 2.470.939 2.54.3,000 2.552,000 Mo. _ 3,629.367 3,959,000 3.898.000 N. D_ 680.845 703.000 706.000 S. a. _ 692.849 692,000 692,000 Nebr. _ 1.377.963 1.364,000 1.364,000 Kans. _ 1.880.999 1,886,000 1,864.000 S. At). .15.793.589 17.072,000 17,260,000 Del. ... 238.380 259,000 261,000 Md. ... 1,631.526 1,674.000 1,679.000 D. Of C. 486,869 619.000 627.000 Va._ 2.421,851 2,671,000 2,706,000 W Va._ 1.729.205 1.830,000 1,865,000 N. C. _ 3.170.276 3.457,000 3.492.000 S. C_ 1,738,765 1,860,000 1,875.000 Ga. ... 2,908.506 3,060,000 3,085.000 Fla. __ 1,468.211 1.642.000 1.670,000 E. S.Cen. 9.887.214 10.619,000 10,731,000 Ky.- 2,614.589 2.883,000 2,920.000 Tenn. _ 2,616,556 2,864,000 2.893,000 Ala. __ 2.646,248 2,864,000 2,895,000 Miss. _ 2.009.821 2.008,000 2,023.000 W.S.C. .12.176.830 12.790.000 12.900.000 Ark. _ .1,854,482 2,023,000 2.048,000 La.- 2,101.593 2.122,000 2,132,000 Okla. 2.396,040 2,628.000 2,548,000 Texas - 5.824,716 6.117,000 6,172.000 Mount. _ 3.701.789 3.759,000 3,792.000 Mont, _ 537,606 531.000 539,000 Idaho _ 445.032 485,000 493,000 Wyo. 225.565 233.000 235,000 Colo. __ 1,035.791 1,066.000 1,071.000 N. Mex. 423.317 422,000 422,000 Aria. 436.573 406.000 412.000 Utah 607,847 616,000 619,000 Nevada _ 91,058 100.000 101.000 Pacific . 8.194.433 8.719.000 8.839.000 Wash. . 1.663,396 1.643,000 1.668,000 Oreg. _ 953.786 1.017.000 1.027,000 Calif. _ 5.677.261 6.059,000 6,154,000 ROOSEVELT TO LIGHT NATIONAL YULE TREE Mrs. Roosevelt Also to Participate in Lafayette Park Ceremonies. President to Broadcast. President and Mrs. Roosevelt today officially agreed to participate in the lighting of the national community Christmas tree in Lafayette Park on Christmas Eve. For the fifth time, the Chief Execu tive will press the button that will illuminate the tree and send his Christ mas greetings to the Nation over the radio. Senator Elmer Thomas of Ok lahoma has accepted the invitation to act ss chairman of the national com mittee and present the Chief Execu tive to the audience, officials an nounced. A meeting of interested officials yes terday discussed plans for lighting the tree and it was agreed that last year’s plan will be followed. Regular rehear sals are now being held by Maestro Arturo Papalardo and his National Capital Parks Schola Cantorum, which will present carols at the tree dedica tion, accompanied by the Marine Band, under Capt. Taylor Branson. COLLINS ON TOUR OF D. C. PROJECTS House Subcommittee Head Receptive to Permanent Improvements. Bv WILL P. KENNEDY. In preparation for starting work next Wednesday on the District ap propriation bill. Chairman Collins and three other members of his House subcommittee, accompanied by two clerks, today are making a tour of some of the new land-purchase and improvement projects. Others in the party are Representatives Caldwell, Democrat, of Florida; 8tames. Demo crat. of Alabama, and Engel. Re publican, of Michigan. The clerks are William A. Duvall and George Y. Harvey. They are to visit certain playground and school sites today. Chairman Collins said it is the aim of $he subcommittee to hold the tojpl of appropriations to be recom mended within the current amount— something over *47,000.000. The Dis trict Commissioners had requested the Budget Bureau for estimates totaling more than *53,000,000. The Budget Bureau has not made its confidential recommendations to the House Appropriations Committee, but they are expected to be approximately *50,000,000. Emphasizes Economy. Mr. Cbllins emphasized the need for strict economy because of the complicated District financial situ ation and the prospect that some new avenues of taxation must be tapped. He said the taxpayers can depend on his subcommittee to scrutinize each request closely, to demand ade quate Justification for all appropria tion items. The group will exercise a strict practical economy consistent with furnishing proper upkeep and development of the Nation’s Capital, he added. Operating expenses will be held as closely as possible to the current funds, he said. While practically all departments of the municipal govern ment have asked for substantial in creases, he feels most of these can not be justified. There also are many requests for increases in personnel and salary advances, which are likely to be denied. Sympathetic On Improvements. Before starting on their inspection tour today Chairman Collins and other members of the subcommittee said they Will be sympathetic toward desirable permanent improvements. They predicted that any increases in the bill for the next fiscal year would most likely be in the nature of Investments for future needs for school and playground sites. This attitude on the part of the House subcommittee, which conferred for the first time today, coincides with the announced intention of the Sen ate Appropriation Committee mem bers to hold the District bill as close as possible to the figures for the cur rent fiscal year. Famous Ship in Thames. The Discovery, famous Antarctic ex pedition ship of Capt. Scott, has been moored permanently in the Thames at London and will be the headquar ters of the Sea Scouts. From the same period of art and the same Star set Hilda Hathaway steps out in real life to impersonate the famous lady, Anne of Cleves,tainted many times and in many poses by Hans Holbein, whose portraits encouraged King Henry VIII of England to win her hand. This and other costumes were created by Mrs. Kline and Mrs. Turner, with the aid of a number of students in the class. Plans call for the living reproduction of a dozen Star pictures, all of which the Langley class is studying. All our readers remember the little Spanish prince, Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga, whose portrait you received when the art appreciation campaign was in augurated. Ethel Cotsoni was especially suited for the part and here she is as Don Manuel, with bird cage and mag pies, all except the three cats. Mrs. Kline asked girls in the class to bring in some cats, but not a tabby was in sight when this picture was made. Otherwise, how ever, the girls and their teachers made or brought in everything needed for the sets and costumes. Mary Ellen Walsh presents in this pic ture quite a close resemblance to the portrait of Spanish "Infanta Margarita Teresa in Red,” painted by the great master Velasquez, who served the Span ish court. This print was offered in the fourth Star set. Another of the same group, "The Lute Player,” by Caravaggio, also will be reproduced for next Friday's art assembly. Incidentally, the shore will display living pictures in a large black frame especially made for the purpose.—Star Staff Photos. George A. Fuller Co. Is Low With Offer of $984,000 for Three Buildings. With the opening of bids for con struction of three buildings, the Pro curement Division of the Treasury Department yesterday took an im portant step toward the actual con struction of the Health Center, to be developed shortly on the former Luke Wilson estate on the Rockville pike beyond Bethesda for the United States National Institute of Health. George A. Fuller Co. of this city was the low* bidder with an offer of $984,400. Other figures were offered by Fuller on alternate bids to reduce j the cost of construction by changing the type of the buildings. The three structures are to include an administration building 186 feet by 100 feet in size, an Industrial lab oratory for public health methods and an industrial hygiene laboratory. The buildings will be of brick with stone trim, fireproof throughout and air conditioned. The second low bid was submitted by McCloskey 8c Co. of Philadelphia, with a figure of *991,000. There were 13 bids. Low bid for construction of ele vators was submitted by the Westing house Electric Elevator Co. of Jersey City in the sum of *53,744. These buildings will rise on a site turned over to the Government by Mr. Wilson. Already preliminary work has been accomplished there, where roads have been laid, a new bridge installed and sewers completed for the new buildings. On this pre liminary work *22,915 already has been spent. The bids will be taken under con sideration by the public buildings branch, Procurement Division, and it is expected contracts may be let shortly. The low bidders are experi enced in Government construction. The cost of these projects will come out of an appropriation of *1,463,000 for the National Institute of Health. The Government is planning also to construct buildings on adjacent land for the National Cancer Insti tute. for which *750.000 has been set aside out of the 1937 Government building program funds. Construc tion of these buildings for the Cancer Institute, however, awaits final trans fer of the land. The National Institute of Health and the Cancer Institute sue operat ing under the general direction of the United States Public Health Service. Sermon Announced. HYATTSVILLE, Md„ Dec. 4 (Spe cial).— 'Treasures in Heaven” will be the subject on which the Rev. B. P. Robertson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hyattsvllle, will preach at tomorrow morning's services. Held in Forgery, Servant Claims She Is Illiterate Court Told That She Unwittingly Copied Name on Check. Despite the fact she claimed she could neither read nor write, Elisabeth Jones, colored, employed as a maid in the 5800 block of Cedar parkway, Chevy Chase, was held under a *500 bond for action of the grand jury on a forgery charge by Police Court Judge Edward M. Curran yesterday. She is accused of forging the in dorsement on a Christmas savings check, belonging to Mrs. Carol Dellin ger of 3020 Tilden street N.W. She told the court she received her own Christmas savings check through the mail and, in the same envelope, she received another check made out to Mrs. Dellinger. The colored woman declared she could not write, but that she could copy, and not knowing whether or not she was entitled to the second check, she copied Mrs. Dellin ger’s name on the back of it. She was arrested at the bank. Following her preliminary hearing on the charge, involving *100.50. she was taken before the bond clerk at Police Court where she still maintained that she was unable to write even her own name, so the bond was signed with an ‘'x," some one else supplying the name. MAJ. CURTIS TO DEFEND BRIG. GEN. REISINGER Courtmartial Scheduled January 3 on Charges of Travel Ac count Irregularities. Maj. Merritt B. Curtis. United States Marine Corps, member of the local bar, on duty at Quintico, Va., will be counsel for Brig. Gen. Harold C. Reis inger, the paymaster of the Marine Corps, when the latter is brought be fore a general courtmartial on January 3 to answer charges of irreggularities in his personal travel accounts while on official business. This was made known yesterday at the Navy Department, which said that the general courtmartial, arranged to start on Monday at the Marine Bar racks at Quantico, has been delayed, at the request of the defense. Brig. Gen Samuel T. Ansell, former Judge Advocate General of the Army, who has been under consideration as Gen. Reisinger's counsel, said yester day that he will not be able to serve, due to professional engagements that will keep him on the West Coast. Maj. Curtis is a graduate of George Washington University law school and is a member of the District of Colum bia bar, as well as of the bar of Cali fornia. He attained his present rank in May, 1934. ; Begin Tour of District Projects ... ....II..II.II I in———— Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee which will frame the 1939 District supply bill pictured as they left the House Office Building today to visit playground and school sites with Capt. H. S. Bishop (second from left), Assistant Engineer Commissioner. Left to right: Chairman Collins of the subcommittee, Capt, Bishop and Representatives Starnes and Engel. —Star Staff Photo. RECEIVER 10 PAV Ten Per Cent Will Go to Closed District National’s Depositors. Distribution of a 10 per cent divi dend from the closed District National Bank, amounting to (386.800, will be gin Monday at the bank. 1406 G street, it was learned today from Receiver Justus S Wardell. The dividend, which will be paid to 8,704 depositors, had been an nounced previously through Controller of the Currency O'Connor, but the time for paying it was not definitely fixed until today. Cards now are be ing mailed out telling depositors when to call for their checks. This will be the second closed bank dividend to start Monday, as the Sev enth Street Savings Bank also will begin distribution, through the same receiver, of a 10 per cent dividend. This amounts to (105.300. Checks for i the Seventh Street Bank depositors will be distributed at the old bank location at Seventh and N streets, now occupied by a branch of the Ham ilton National Bank. Already Receiver Wardell is paying out a 20 per cent dividend to 1.890 depositors of the Washington Savings Bank, at 1406 G street, amounting to about $70,000. The three dividends together amount to a distribution of (562.100 to 13,210 depositors of the three banks, in plenty of time for Christmas shopping. Distribution will start at 9 a.m. Monday at both locations. Receiver Wardell emphasised today that depositors must bring their cards of official notice, which have been mailed out, and also their receivers' certificates in order to get their divi dend checks. TAXES OF HOOVER. REPORTED PROBED Roosevelt Administration Inves tigated Former President's Returns, Educator Says. Bj the Associated Press. NEW YORK. Dec. 4 — Prof. William Starr Myers of Princeton University told a Town Hall audience yesterday that the Roosevelt administration once had “investigated the income tax re turns of Herbert Hoover for three weeks to try to get something on him.” Mr. Hoover, in New York, de clined comment on the statement, but his secretary, Lawrence Richey, said: "Mr. Hoover has not been annoyed, and has no complaint to make.” Amplifying his address here. Prof. Myers, an economist, said in Boston: "I know that some three or four years ago the income tax of Herbert Hoover was investigated. It has come to a pretty pass when the income tax of an ex-President should be subject to investigation.” Myers said he obtained his informa tion from “several sources,” but de clined to disclose them. In Washington a Treasury Depart ment spokesman said of Myers’ as sertion: "Thfc Treasury never investi gates Income tax returns for political purposes.” The spokesman refused to discuss Hoover’s returns specifically, saying, ”We never confirm or deny stories that the income tax returns of any one are being investigated.” G. 0. P. HOUSE MEMBER HITS WAGE-HOUR BILL “Legislative Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Would Aid Only Politicians, Hartley Says. Sr the Associated Press. Representative Hartley, Republican, of New Jersey, asserted last night the administration wage and hour bill was a “legislative wolf in sheep’s clothing” which would benefit only 35,000 or more politician*. “This bill,” Mr. Hartley said in a radio address, "Is based upon the popular, but nonetheless grave, mis conception that Washington has the answer for everything, and that Con gress can legislate prosperity. “Of course, wage rates may be raised by governmental flat, but real wages cannot.” The bill, Mr. Hartley said, failed to help the farm laborer and would mean increased wages to but a small per eentge of the country’s workers. CREECH IS CLEARED E Prosecution of Harlan Coal Mine Official Ended by Verdict. A verdict of not guilty was returned late yesterday in the perjury trial of Ted Creech, Harlan County, Ky., coal mine superintendent, by a District Court jury which deliberated an hour and 45 minutes before reaching its decision. The finding of the jury terminated a prosecution of Creech that had its inception in an investigation of labor conditions in Harlan County by the Let Kollette Civil Liberties Committee. On the afternoon of April 16 Creech had a conversation in the corridor of the Senate Office Building with Rich ard C. Tackett, coal miner, and one of the principal witnesses called by the Senate Committee. Creech later told the committee that Tackett had said he “came up (to Washington), got drunk and messed himself up.” Tackett denied making the state ment, and as a result of this dis crepancy the perjury charge was brought against Creech. During the District Court trial, a number of witnesses were called by both the prosecution and the defense, the prosecution witnesses asserting Tackett had made no such state ment, and those for the defense assert ing that he had made it. Tackett Offer Introduced. The defense attacked Tackett's tes timony vigorously, introducing in evi dence a note he wrote to Creech after the incident offering to make a sworn statement repudiating his tes timony for *600. They also submitted what purported to be Tackett's life story, supposedly based on informa tion given by him. which in substance was a complete exoneration of Creech. Tackett admitted signing this life story, but claimed he did so because he had been threatened with death if he refused. Several defense wit nesses, including a Catholic priest, testified, however, that Tackett ap parently signed the document of his own free will in the hope of selling it to a newspaper. WCCUt B tBBC WBfl BJBU OUlSlCrCU considerably by a bit of courtroom strategy on the part of Defense At torney William E. Leahy during the closing days of the trial. Hearing Defect Disclosed. One of the best prosecution wit nesses was Deputy United States Mar shal Robert L. Bonham, who had Tackett in custody during the Senate hearing and who was present at the time of Tackett's conversation with Creech. On direct examination, Mr. Bonham testified that he was standing right behind Tackett at the time and that he was positive he had not made the statement related by Creech. Taking Mr. Bonham on cross exami nation. Mr. Leahy asked a question without looking at the witness and in a tone of voice audible to the jury but too low for Mr. Bonham to hear. At the time he was about 20 feet from the witness and about the same dis tance from the jury. When it became apaprent that Mr. Bonham had not heard the question, the attorney re peated it in a slightly louder tone, but still the witness did not hear him. Mr. Leahy, with the fact already estab lished in the minds of the jurors, then asked Mr Bonham if he was hard of hearing, and the latter replied that his hearing in one ear was defective. Previous testimony had shown that Tackett spoke in a low-pitched voice to Creech, and Leahy accordingly argued to the jury that Tackett might well have made the statement and that the deputy marshal did not hear it. FORUM IS LISTED At Union M. E. Church tomorrow evening a forum on peace and war will be conducted under the auspices of the Mfn's Brotherhood. Japan's and China's place in the present Far Eastern conflict will be treated as illustrations bearing upon the main questions of the relations of the Christian church to world peace. Those participating will in clude 8. A. Abrahamson, Carl Bevins, W. A. Gardner and V. W. Bennett. The Rev. C. F. Linger will conduct opening devotions. Dr. John R. Edwards will preach at 11 ajn. on ‘‘Life’s Directions.” The music for the day Includes a duet, by Mrs. J. F. Albert and Miss Jean Shirley Albert, and a selection by the junior choir at the morning serv ice. A male quartet wfl sing in the evening. MREE POLICEMEN AMONG JEN HURT IN AREATRAEFIC Two Officers in Serious Condition—Scout Car Hits Truck. DRIVER WILL APPEAR ON RECKLESS CHARGE Youth Who Lost Leg in Accident Some Time Ago Is Critically Hurt as Car Upsets. Three policemen were among more than 10 persons injured in traffic acci dents in Washington and nearby late yesterday and today. Two of the officers were reported in serious con dition. A scout car attached to the twelfth precinct collided with a truck early today at Rhode Island avenue and Ninth street N.E., resulting in in juries to the driver. Policeman Wallace J. Middleton. 41, of 1820 Newton street N.E., and his companion. Policeman Thomas V. Howes, 37, of Riverdale. Md. Both were taken to Casualty Hospital, where Officer Howes was said to be suffering from serious face and head injuries, while Officer Mid dleton was treated for a sprained right shoulder and leg bruises before he returned to duty. The driver of the truck, said by police to have been rfarison Coles. 23. colored, 1514 T street N.W., escaped „ injury. He was to appear in Police Court today on a reckless-drivint charge. ,,0"a »n Nerious Condition. Detective Sergt. Michael J. Dou remained in a serious condition toda> in Casualty, where he was taken yes terday after being struck by an auto mobile at Tenth and F streets N.W.. bv a car police said was operated to Mrs. J. E. Brown of Arlington, Va. Sergt. Dowd is suffering from a pos sible skull fracture and cuts and bruises. Mrs. Brown was arraigned before Traffic Court Judge John P. McMahon today on a charge of reckless drivine. The case was continued until Decem ber 29 and she was released on $500 bond. Critically injured yesterday after noon when a car in which he was rid ing overturned on River road, in Be thesda, Md., Melvin Morrison, 21, of Bethesda, was improving today in Georgetown Hospital, where he was taken by the Bethesda Rescue Squad. The youth, who lost a leg in a traffir accident some time ago, Is being treat ed for a back injury. His four companions in the car es caped with minor cuts and bruises They were Eugene W. Mason, 3253 P street N.W., said by police to be the owner of the car; his brother, Law rence V. Mason, 3312 Volta place N.W., and John King and Frank Evans, both of Bethesda. All except Mr. King were still being held today at a Montgomery County police sub station for questioning. Police in Pursuit at Time. Officer J. w. Ward of the county po lice said he was pursuing the speeding automobile when the accident oc curred. Police have been unable to learn who was driving the machine, it was said. Two colored youths. Wendell An derson, 17, of 770 Gresham place N.W., and Oscar Drumming, 17, of 766 Gresham place N.W., were injured yesterday when they were struck by an automobile as they stepped from a street-car loading platform at Georgia and Florida avenues N.W. Police said the car was driven by Henry T. Altheide, 31, of 419 Jefferson street N.W. Frank G. Wynkoop. 23. and Arnold Dye, 19, both of no fixed address, re ceived head injuries early today when a motor cycle they were riding struck a curb on Naylor road S.E. near the District line and upset. WOMAN FIRST TO GET LEGISLATIVE PENSION Mrs. F. A. Donnelly Becomes First to Accept Retirement Ex tended Capitol Worker*. The first employe of the legislative branch of the Government to accept voluntary retirement under the act extending Civil Service retirement to workers at. the Capitol is Mrs. Florence > A. Donnelly, a veteran of 32 year* of service, who retires as of December 1. Mrs. Donnelly entered the Govern ment service on December 12, 1905 She was long associated with the for mer Republican leader James R. Mann. Mrs. Donnelly was designated a spec ial employe of the House by name un der a resolution of February 13. 1^3. and has been assigned as special clerk to the minority organization, connected with the office of Minority Leader Snell. Her salary was fixed at (3.000 by the pay act of July 1, 1929. Mrs. Donnelly voluntarily retires under both qualifications, having reached the age of 70 and having had more than 30 ’ years of service She bought back her retirement pay for the full period of her employment. Under the general retirement act the services were given free up until August 1, 1920. but from that date until September 30 last, she had to buy back her annuity. Deduc tions for retirement on her pay started October 1. Mrs. Donnelly lives with her daugh ter, Mrs. Helen Lee, who is secretary to Representative Andrews. Republi can, of New York. Their home la at 2*07 Fifteenth street N.W. BIBLE SUNDAY Christ Lutheran Pastor to Talk Following: Sacrament. Universal Bible Sunday will be observed In Christ Lutheran Church tomorrow morning. The Rev. J. Fred eric Wenchel will speak on "The Bible in Our Time.” This service will be preceded by a celebration of the sacra ment of the altar at 10:20 o’clock. The Walther League will hold a social and educational meeting at S pm. for young people. The Rev. H. Hennig will give a talk on "Mormonism.” Wednesday there will be a meeting of the voting members at 8 o'clock, when officers will be selected. » The Ladies' Aid Society will give their annual turkey dinner Thursday.