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Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1937.»»»
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LEGAL PROBLEMS
PRESENTED OVER
SLUM CLEARANCE
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Further Amendment of Wag
ner-Steagall Act May Be
come Necessary.
D. C. PARTICIPATION
IN FUND UNCERTAIN
Xhlder Will Draft Statement on
Iisuea Involved for Future
Conferences.
wgal problems that arose at a con
ference today betwee.i local and Fed
eral housing officials indicated the
possibility that further amendment
of the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act
may be necessary before the District
can actually participate in the Gov
ernment’s $500,000,000 slum-clearance
program.
John Ihlder, executive officer of the
Alley Dwelling Authority, said the
Immediate question that must be
ironed out is how -the District can
participate in the bond issues au
thorized under the Wagner-Steagall
act and also how it should repay.
He was directed to draft a statement
of the legal questions involved to
serve as the basis for further con
ferences.
Quick Adjustment Seen.
After a conference of an hour and
a half, Nathan Straus, director of
the United States Housing Authority,
said: “Mr. Ihlder has been here for
years studying this problem and he
knows exactly what he wants to do.
We both have the same objective, al
though we do not see eye to eye on
everything. This is something that
can’t be worked out in a day, but
there is no reason why these legal
problems can’t be settled in the next
two weeks.”
Others attending the conference,
which was initiated at the White
House last week, were James Ring,
administrative assistant of the Alley
Dwelling Authority, and Leon Key
aerling, legal counsel of the United
■tates Housing Authority.
President Roosevelt has indicated
that he will make an immediate au
thorization of $1,800,000 for local slum
clearance when funds are available.
The President only can authorize
•funds for the local A. D. A. It was
believed that $7,000,000 would be
turned over to it eventually over a
period of two years, the amount
which Mr. Ihlder requests.
No Money Available as Yet.
Mr. Straus meanwhile has stated
that the Budget Bureau has not yet
made one cent available to the new
Federal Authority for carrying out
the purposes of the act, which is to
Issue bonds to the amount of $500.
000,000 for the benefit of local partici
pating communities. The Govern
ment expects to get back ever dollar
eventually.
Whether the President can allocate
a direct grant of funds to the local
A. D. A. or whether it will be neces- I
sary for the A. D. A. to accept the
amount in bonds and make repay
ment appears to be the chief point in
question. The A. D. A. is authorized
to receive funds from the Federal Au
thority, but the fact that it operates
under a separate act of Congress
makes a difference.
Mr. Straus said he intends to con
fer with budget officials this week in
th# hope of straightening out the
financial embarrassment which now
•onfronts the Federal Authority. “We
will need funds very soon,” he ex
plained.
FOUR HELD UNDER BOND
ON GAMBLING CHARGE
Men Were Among 46 Seized in
Raid Above Restaurant in 600
Block of G Street.
Four men arrested Saturday as
proprietors of an alleged gambling j
house above a restaurant in the 600
block of G street N.W., were ordered j
held under $1,500 bond each for the !
grand Jury by United States Commis- i
Sioner Needham C. Turnage.
Three were held on charges of
setting up a gaming table. They were
George N. Zeppas. 39, of the 400
block of Massachusetts avenue N.W.;
Louis J. Pantos, 38. of the 800 block
Third street N.W., and Nick A.
Verikios, 46, of the 400 block of
Massachusetts avenue N.W.
The fourth man, Steve P. Panatazis,
H of the 800 block of Third street
N.W., was charged with operating a
lottery.
The men were among 46 seized by
raiders under Sergt. George Deyoe.
All the others were released after their
appearance at police - headquarters
after the raid. Sergt. Deyoe said that
when he entered the place all the men
were grouped around card tables.
., Police confiscated cards, dice, num
bers and racing slips and $500 in
cash. It was one of the largest hauls
made In recent weeks, Sergt. Deyoe
aaid.
Restaurant Man
Meets Mr. Jones;
It Costs Him $150
"Do you know Mr. Jones?’- Philip
George, 1440 W street N.W., was asked
by a colored woman early today as
he closed his restaurant at 1357 U
street N.W.
"No.” replied Mr. George, taking a
firm grip on $150 he carried in his
pocket.
"Oh. yes you do.” said “Mr. Jones.”
a shabbily dressed colored man, who
suddenly appeared at Mr. Georges
elbow.
- Mr. George turned to confront "Mr
Jones” and the woman stuck a gun
lit Mr. George’s back. “Mr. Jones”
Stuck his hand In Mr. George’s pocket.
Attd Mr. George was “stuck” for $150/
The bandits escaped in an automo
bile parked in an alley nearby. Mr.
George chased them eight blocks and
•H* them enter a house. He gave the
•Meee to police.
mm the polios want to meet "Mr.
Christmas Shopping Interrupted for Thousands by Big Downtown Fire
(Story on page A-l.)
Fellow firemen working over J. F. Hanley of No. 2 Engine
Company, injured fighting the fire. —Star Staff Photos.
D. C. Business Man Pleads
Not Guilty to Tax Law
Charge.
Fairfax Oyster, prominent business
man. pleaded not guilty and de
manded a jury trial today when ar
raigned before Police Court Judge
Edward M. Curran on charges of fail
ing to comply with the business privi
lege tax law.
Judge Curran denied the request for
a jury trial, however, on the ground
the act contains no provision for such
court procedure. He continued the
case until Wednesday and set Oys
ter’s bond at $500.
Mr. Oyster was represented by At
torney Dorsey K. Offutt.
Assistant Corporation Counsel Jo V.
Morgan had filed a complaint against
Mr. Oyster, alleging he had failed to
file a return showing his gross re
ceipts during 1936, although he was
in business throughout that year, and
on August 16, 1937, when the business
privilege levy went into effect.
The act prescribes a penalty of a
fine up to $1,000 per day for each day
of refusal of a business or professional
operator to file returns as required by
the revenue act. This would indicate
that should Mr. Oyster be found
guilty, the court could impose a maxi
mum penalty of some $60,000,
VOCATIONS PLANNED
FOR TUBERCULAR
Funds From Sale of Christina*
Seals to Be Applied to
Training.
Vocational training to fit tubercular
patients for their return to normal
life is the purpose of the school op
erated at Glenn Dale Hospital by the
District Tuberculosis Association with
funds from the sale of_Christmas seals.
“The school serves a double pur
pose," said Joseph Leo McGroary, di
rector of the rehabilitation work of
the association. “The instruction
given patients while they are in the
hospital occupies their minds which
is an important part of the ther
apeutic treatment as well as prepar
ing them for the type of employment
which will be in keeping with their
physical condition so that there will
be no possibility of a relapse.”
The school is conducted in close co
operation with the Federal Vocation
Rehabilitation Service and the Dis
trict Board of Education.
Courses offered at the school in
clude elementary subjects, business
English, shorthand and typing, super
vised reading courses, gardening, art,
algebra, radio engineering, foreign
languages and tailoring. Americani
zation classes also are held. The pa
tients are now' planning to publish a
little newspaper under the supervi
sion of Donald T. Sheean.
INDIANS TO PRESENT
MARIONETTE SHOW
Students of Haskell Institute Will
Offer Series of Dances
Tomorrow.
Puppets will be led through the
paces of traditional Indian dances to
morrow night when the students of
Haskell Institute, United States In
dian Service secondary school, present
a marionette show in the South In
terior Building Auditorium at 8
o’clock.
The institute, located at Lawrence,
Kans.. has featured puppet work for
several years, with the students mak
ing and costuming the puppets,
arranging the programs and putting
on the performances.
Tomorrow’s program will _ include
the Assiniboine fool dance, the Pota
watomi eagle dance, a brief drama
based on a Blackfeet legend, the
Creek stomp dance and a Plains war
dance. Admission to the performance
Is free.
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National Chiropractic Asso
ciation Passes Resolution
Backing Movement.
The National Chiropractic Associ
ation today informed embattled Group
Health Association, Inc., that ft had
passed an official resolution “approv
ing ^he efforts of the Federal Gov
ernment and its employes in the di
rection of socialized healing.”
The communication was sent from
Cash Asher of the Chiropractic Asso
ciation, to William F. Pennlman,
president of Group Health Association.
Position Taken.
“Our present economic needs,” the
resolution pointed out, “coupled with
the future health of the Nation’s cit
izens, are sufficient reasons for a pro
gram of Government intended to
bring the full benefits of healing
science to all of our people.”
"While we feel,” wrote Asher, “that
state medicine should embraca all
legalized systems of healing, we, never
theless, are in complete accord with
the program of the Group Health As
sociation and the ideals which lie back
of its endeavors. Many arguments are
advanced against socialized healing,
but none holds weight with those who
demand, yet cannot afford, health for
their children."
Study Continued.
Meantime Senate^ McCarran, Demo
crat, Nevada, continued today to study
the possibilities in a recent decision
of Acting Controller General Elliott
that an allotment of $37,000 by the
Home Owners’ Loan Corp. to Group
Health Association, was without
authority of law.
McCarran. who said he is pursuing i
the matter without regard to any merit
or demerits of the Group Health plan
is looking sharply into general prac
tices of expenditures in the executive
departments, to avoid what he believes
is diversion of funds from the original
intent of Congress.
OFF DUTY IS GRANTED
IN VETERANS’HOSPITALS
Administration Orders Yule Holi
day to All Employes Who
Can Be Spared.
Radiograms were dispatched today
to managers of all Veterans' Adminis
tration hospitals and facilities re
questing that Christmas Day be grant
ed ofT duty to as many employes as
possible, consistent with good care of
patients.
Officials of the administration ex
plained that this followed the usual
custom, based on executive orders of
President Roosevelt.
United Federal Workers of America,
however, announced that the radio
grams were sent following protests by
them.
Eleanor Nelson, secretary-treasurer
of the R. F. W. A., and Irwin Elber,
Midwest regional organizer, said they
had interviewed a high official of the
administration to present to him “the
claim of several thousand Veterans’
Administration employes that in the
past managers of hospitals and facili
ties had failed to grant them holidays
or compensatory time off^ despite pres
idential proclamation granting them
holidays.”
DR. FIELDNER IS NAMED ’
BY CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Dr. Amo C. Fieldner, chief en
gineer of the Experiment Stations
Division of the Bureau of Mines, has
been elected councilor at large of the
American Chemical Society.
Dr. Charles L. Parsons, secretary
of the society, which has its na
tional headquarters in the Mills Build
ing, made the announcement today
after a counting of votes in a na
tional poll by mail of the group's
20,000 members.
Dr. harles A. Kraus, professor of
chemistry and director of chemical
research at Brown University, was
named president of the society for
1939. He will take office as president
elect on January 1.
Irate Hatchery Owner Trains
Fish “to Chase’>’ Kingfishers
o/ uic nasuuatcu ricss.
The Bureau of Fisheries got hooked
today with a fish story that it doesn't
know whether to swallow.
“We have been troubled with king
fishers in our private hatchery,” said
an anonymous letter writer from Fre
mont, Ohio, "and after reading your
advice we put wires over the ponds.”
This just made things easier for the
fish-eating birds, the writer added, be
cause they came and sat on the wires.
Then he built a network of pipes and
nasties that shot streams of water on
the fishers.
“It certainly worked,” the writer
said. "This birds don't sit on the
wires any mors; they sat on the not
■IM.”
perplexed, ne took up the pipes and
planted morning glories to twine over
the wires. The birds, he explained,
started roosting on the vines.
Finally, the Ohioan abandoned the
bureau's wire plan and sent out West
for some of last season’s giant grass
hoppers.
‘ First,’’ he said, “we fed the fish
the smallest of the giants. Then we
tie# feathers to the grasshoppers. The
fish kept eating ''them."
By gradually adding feathers and
lastly painting the insects the color
of the kingfishers, the culturist said,
he solved his problem.
“The fish got so used to the camou
flaged grasshoppers,” he said, “that
pretty soon they started going after
the kingfishers.”
Firemen fighting the blaze as thousands of Christmas shoppers looked on.
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Postal Volume Exceeds 1936
As City Prepares for Yule
2,600 Added Employes to Handle Heavy
Mails, Extra Collection Set; Music
to Feature the Holidays.
wasnington today swung into the
full tide of final preparations for
Christmas after a day of Christmas
church services and song yesterday
and last night.
The Washington City Post Office,
barometer of Christmas conditions,
was running ahead of last year on the
basis of a check for the period through
last night. The total was 3 per cent
ahead of that for the same period
last year.
Yesterday was a "very big day,”
Postmaster Vincent Burke reported.
Before the end of this week an army
of 2,600 additional employes will be
at work handling the Washington
Christmas mail flood. A majority of
these extras already are on the job.
Mr. Burke called attention to the
arrangements which have been made
to speed up caring for the mailing
public at the big City Post Office neat
Union Station. In spite of the crowds,
ha said, there is parking space avail
able ip the vicinity of the building
and there are no delays at the postal
windows.
Extra Mail Collection.
Last night an extra Christmas mail
collection schedule went into opera
tion throughout the city. Daily,
through Thursday night, there will be
a special collection at or after mid
night ffom every street letter box in
the District, Mr. Burke said. This
not only serves as an added conven
ience to the mailing public, but evens
out the mail load at the city office
and speeds the service generally.
Christmas music is coming to play
a more and more prominent part in
Washington Yule celebrations, a fact
more than usually noticeable this
year. Washington churches held spe
cial morning vespers and evening
musical services which attracted
thousands of worshipers. Musical
programs ranged from the simplest
and best loved of the Christmas carols
to the greatest of the oratorio classics,
many of the church choirs being aug
mented for the occasion.
Two Christmas musical works en
tirely'new to Washington—a fantasia
on familiar Christmas carols and a
choral drama, “Bethlehem,” by two
of the best-known contemporary
British composers—will be presented
by the National Choral Union at 8:30
o'clock tonight in the National Thea
ter. Approximately 150 Washington
singers and 25 members of the Na
tional Symphony Orchestra will
participate in the two works.
Christmas Party Set.
Hugh Ross, conductor of the Schola
Cantorum of New York, will conduct
both works. Costuming and lighting
for the choral drama are under super
vision of Miss Lita Graham of New
York. Among the solo voices will be
those of Dorothy Seegar, formerly
with the Philadelphia and St. Louis
operas; Edwin Steffe, concert and
radio star; George Myers, John Hall,
Harlan Randall, W. Edwards Deming,
George Anderson, Pauline Holcomb,
Philip Baxter, Harcourt Sontag, Byron
Roshon, Elizabeth Everett, Elsa Radle
and Edgar Kidwell. Evelyn Davis
will dance the role of Herodias.
The annual Christmas party of
Sergt. Jasper Post, American Legion,
and its auxiliary will be held at 7:30
p.m. today in the Thomson School,
Twelfth and L streets N.W. Eighty
children will be guests of the organ
izations and will receive toys and
Christmas stockings filled with candy,
nuts and fruits. The entertainment
program, to be given by the juniors
of Sergt. Jasper Unit, will Include a
Christmas cantata. Fenton Walter
and Clarke Paulson are in charge of
the musical numbers. Others assist
ing in the program will be Department
Cothdr. Tom Mason, Mrs. Dorothy B.
Harper, department president; Post
Oomdf. Daniel Goodacre, Mrs. Mary
McMUlin, unit presfdent, and William
Kershner.
Final rehearsals for “The Other Wise
Man,” the Christmas drama given
annually in Washington, will begin
at 7:30 p.m. today at the Luther Place
Memorial Church, Thomas Circle.
Final assignment of roles will be made.
The drama is to be presented at the
church December 27-30, inclusive.
A dress and music rehearsal will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with
Miss Katherine Riggs as director of
music and Bess Davis Schreiner and
Denis E. Connell in charge of the
dramatic action. The costume direc
tor for this season is Miss Christine
Stewart. Hsward Whitfield is director
of settings and Harold Snyder of
lighting affects. Irving L. Koch is
chairman of the production.
The final dries rehearsal tor the
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the National Community Christmas
tree in Lafayette Park on Christmas
Eve will be held at 8 o'clock tonight
in the auditorium of the Old Interior
Department Building, Eighteenth and
F streets, N.W. Singers are provided
this year by the Schola Cantorum of
the National Capital Parks. They will
be accompanied by selected musicians
of the Marine Band. Maestro Arturo
Papalardo, leader of the Schola, will
conduct.
The caroLs are to be sung Christmas
Eve just after President Roosevelt
lights the tree. The program is to be
broadcast over a Nation-wide network
from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Eleven groups of boys and girls
forming a children's chorus will pre
sent a program of Christmas carols at
the Library of Congress at 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday under the auspices of the
Council of Social Agencies. The sing
ers will be accompanied by the Marine
Band and directed by Miss Mary M.
Burnett.
The carolers will be composed of
groups representing the Adams Junior
High School, Boy Scouts from St.
Joseph's School, Christ Child Society,
E Street Young Women's Christian
Association. Friendship House, George
town Children's House. Girl Reserves
of the Y. W. C. A., Girl Scouts,
Neighborhood House. Hoover Play
group and the Young Men's Christ
ian Association.
A musical program of old French,
Austrian, American. Polish and other
Yuletide songs will be presented by
the band.
The annual Christmas party of the
Washington Kiwanis Club was held
yesterday afternoon in the auditorium
of Roosevelt High School, with 125
crippled proteges of the club as
guests. Gifts were distributed by
Santa Claus and an entertainment
program was staged under direction
of Carl J. Bergmann, chairman of the
F’arty Committee. Refreshments were
served in the school cafeteria.
The program included motion pic
tures presented by Loew’s Theaters,
singing of carols, animated cartoons
drawn by Jack McCauley and feats
by Charles W. Townsley, magician.
Gift Aids Hospital.
WINCHESTER. Va., Dec. 20 (/P).—
Dr. Hunter H. McGuire, president of
Winchester Memorial Hospital, an
nounced a gift from an unidentified
friend of the hospital would make pos
sible the early installation of physio
therapy equipment for the treatment
of cancer and other maladies.
I, 000-Mile Race
With Death Lost
By Stepfather
Floridian Was Trying
To Get Girl to Johns
Hopkins Hospital.
A dazed stepfather began his lonely
journey back to Tampa, Fla., today
after losing a 1,000-mile race with
death.
J. . E. Bosley, a fruit grower in
Odessa, Fla., in the suburbs of Tampa,
was on his way to Johns Hopkins Hos
pital, Baltimore, with his pretty 22
year-old stepdaughter, Miss Ania Allie
Witt. The young woman had con
tracted pneumonia after an operation,
and doctors said her only chance for
life was in the Baltimore medical
center.
Just as the Atlantic Coast Line train
started across the bridge between
Alexandria and Washington, the girl
turned to her stepfather and told him
not to worry.
"I can’t hold up any longer. Don’t
cry, daddy.” a Pullman conductor
heard her'tell Mr. Bosley.
Those were her last words. Her
strength exhausted, she died before
the train pulled into Union Station.
Pronounced dead by Dr. Samuel
Prevo of the Emergency Hospital staff,
she was removed from the train by
Union Station police and taken to a
first-aid room, where A. Mag ruder
MacDonald, District coroner, released
the body to Mr. Bosley. An ambulance
took the body to the S. H. Hines
chapel, where it was prepared for
burial.
Mr. Bosley toft for Florida at
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Three Firemen Commended
for Valor in Third-Floor
Apartment Rescue.
An 8-week-old boy and his father
and mother—all nearly unconscious
from smoke—were dramatically rescued
from their burning third-floor apart
ment early yesterday by three firemen
who later received official commenda
tion for their valor.
Smashing through the locked door
of the two-room apartment at 2519
Pennsylvania avenue N.W., the firemen
at first raw no one and had closed
the door again to confine the flames
when they heard a groan from the
inside.
Rushing back, they saw the father,
Joseph Peebles, who wras badly burned,
stagger from an adjoining kitchenette,
and his wife, Mrs. Florence Peebles,
lying in a bed with the covers over
her head. Both were in a dazed con
dition, firemen said.
They were being carried out when
Mrs. Peebles, partially revived, moaned,
“My God, my baby's back there.”
G. T. Reardon.
J. C. Arnold.
Going back into the flames, Fireman
T. J. Hoy found the infant lying on a
davenport. Mrs. Peebles collapsed
when taken from the building, but was
revived by an Emergency Hospital
physician. Mr. Peebles was taken
to the hospital for treatment for
second-degree bums to the face, arms
and the upper part of the body. His
condition today was described as "fair.’'
The baby, Joseph, jr., suffered no ap
parent ill effects, it was said.
The three firemen who made the
rescues were Mr. Roy, G. T. Reardon,
who saved the baby, and J. C. Arnold,
who took the father out. The eye
brows and hair of all three were badly
singed.
The official report, made to Fire
Chief Charles Schrom, carried a para
graph of praise for the men who, it
said, made the rescues “under extreme
conditions that called for quick think
ing and a high degree of personal
courage.’’
The fire yesterday was the second
the Peebles have been in within the
last 10 days. Their apartment in the
1900 block was destroyed and two pet
canaries were burned to death De
cember 11.
Taku, a Pekingese dog which sur
vived the first fire, was found yester
day in the bathroom, his head buried
from the smoke under a pile of cloth
ing on the floor. He was taken out
in safety.
Neither the cause of the fire nor
the extent of damage had been defi
nitely established today, although the
flames were confined to the one
apartment. Water, however, ruined
some of the walls, ceilings and fur
nishings in downstairs rooms. The
fire occurred shortly after 5 a.m.
Mrs. J. Young, as she fled
from a beauty parlor next
door to escape the fire in thfr
Peoples Drug Store at Tenth
and F streets today.
NINE ARE 111
Messenger, 17, and Girl, 7,
Are Among Victims of
Sunday Mishaps.
Nine persons were injured, five per
haps seriously, in a series of automo
bile accidents in Washington and
nearby Maryland and Virginia yes
terday and last night.
One of the most seriously hurt was
Curry C. Obenshain. 17, of 1808 D
street S.E., a Western Union mes
senger, whose bicycle collided with a
Capital Transit Co. bus near First
street and Massachusetts avenue N.W.
about 5:30 a.m. yesterday.
The youth was taken to Casualty
Hospital, where his condition was
described as serious. He was under
treatment for a fractured skull, cuts
and bruises. The bus was operated
by Robert W. Carey, 30, of 1266 Jack
son street N.E.
Seven-year-old Betty A. Wirth, 712
F street N.E., suffered concussion of
the brain when hit by an automobile
last night while crossing the street
near her home. # She was taken to
Casualty, treated and sent home. The
car, police reported, was operated by
Wilson W. Nigels, 39, College Park,
Md.
Suffers Broken Leg.
Odell Wilson, 37, colored, 1625 Kra
mer street N.E., suffered a broken
right leg and cuts to the face and
head when hit by a car operated by
Samuel C. Stevenson. 34, colored, 411
Fifty-third street S.E. Wilson was
taken to Casualty, where his condition
was listed as “undetermined.'’
Joseph H. Bernheimer, 28. of 1218
Concord avenue N.W., and Harry M.
Fox, 45, of 1920 Thirty-seventh street
N.W., were treated at Walter Reed
Hospital for cuts and bruises and sent
home yesterday after an automobile
collision at Thirteenth and Kennedy
streets N.W.
Thirteen-year-old Percy Fox, col
ored. 215*2 C street SW, was seri
ously injured about the head yes
terday when he skated, police said, into
the side of an automobile on Fifth
street near Adams drive N.W. The
car w'as operated by David White, 34,
of 829 East Capital street. The youth
was taken to Casualty.
Car Leaves Highway.
Mrs. Margaret Evans, 49, of Char
lotte, N. C., was slightly hurt yester
day afternoon when the automobile
in which she was en route to Wash
ington overturned on the Lee high
way, about 10 miles from Warrenton,
Va. Police were told the car left the
highway and overturned after losing
a wheel. Mrs. Evans’ son, who wras
driving, took her to Georgetown Hos
pital, where she was treated for
bruises and shock.
A stone thought to have been
thrown by the wheel of a passing
automobile yesterday afternoon crash
ed through the windshield of a truck
on the Rockville pike, near Rockville,
and Injured Mrs. Ruth Morse, 41, of
Sherman, N. Y., a passenger. Her
husband. Howard Morse, who was
driving, took her to Georgetown Hos
pital, after she was given first aid in
Rockville. She was said to have a
possible fracture of the skull and
scalp cuts.
THUGS OBTAIN $950
IN 2 SAFE ROBBERIES
Robbers obtained more than $950
over the week end by breaking into
two safes.
Knocking off the dial of a safe in
the basement of the Circle Theater,
2105 Pennsylvania avenue N.W.,
thieves stole approximately $715, it
was reported to police by Charles C.
Muhina, manager of the movie house.
He discovered the robbery on arriving
for work today.
Emile Beauvis, proprietor of a
beauty parlor at 528 Twelfth street
N.W., reported his place was entered
over the week end and $235 taken
,from a safe.
Salesman Has a Word for You
If You’ll Buy Bad Securities
03 tuc nsovi'iawu * »voo.
Do you know what the salesnfan
of worthless securities calls his cus
tomers?
If you are a woman separated from
her money, for example, the salesman
would tell his colleagues he had suc
ceeded in ‘'makjng a shawl touch.”
This was among several expres
sions unearthed by the Securities and
Exchange Commission in its efforts
to stamp out sales of "cat-and-dog”
securities through “bucket shops.”
The “bucket shop” itself, from
which high-pressure sales of value
less stocks and bonds are sold, has
branch offices known as "wipe-out
Joints.”
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by working on prospects who did
not fall for the “opener’s" line.
“The opener” is the man who makes
the first telephone call and builds
good faith by selling a few shares
of a good security.
Then the “loader” enters the pic
ture. His job is to switch the “mooch”
to another good stock.
Enter the "reloader,” whose task
is to close in on the prospect by
switching the "mooch” from the good
stock into a “dog,” or worthless stock,
on a part-payment basis.
The price of the “dog” is then arti
ficially raised. When enough people
have bought the issue at high prices
the operators "pull the plug” and the
securities drop until the customer's
stake baa bam wiped out.
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Expects to Get Proposals o
Capital’s Officials by
That Time.
DONOVAN GROUP MEETS
TO TAKE UP PROPOSALS
Income and General Sales Levie
Are Hinted—Nichols Says He
Will Push Legislation.
The newly recreated standing Sub
committee on Fiscal Affairs of th
House District Committee will star
work on a new' tax increase prograr.
for the coming fiscal year the fir:
week in January, it was announcer,
today by Chairman Nichols.
By that time, Mr. Nichols said, thr
subcommittee expected to have befop
it the recommendations of District of
ficials which, according to current re
ports, may call for a general sales
tax and a substantial increase in the
Federal payment toward District ex
penses.
Recommendations will be submitted
to the Commissioners before the end
of the week by a group of six de
partment heads, Maj. Daniel J. Don
ovan. chairman of the District Tax
Committee, said today.
After a brief meeting this morning.
Maj. Donovan indicated the group had
not yet formulated a final series of
recommendations. He said another
meeting would be held later in tire
week.
Income Tax Hinted.
There were some indications today
that the committee members may be
considering a recommendation for an
income tax, to be coupled with a pro
posed general sales tax, which would
exempt at least food and medicines,
but this could not be confirmed.
Maj. Donovan said the committee
was instructed to report to the Com
missioners and that its members had
been asked not to make any announce
ment prior to the submission of the
official report.
In addition to Maj. Donovan, the
members of the committee are Cor
poration Counsel Elwood H. Seal, Tax
Assessor Fred Allen, Tax Collector
Chatham M. Towers, Richmond B
Keech, vice chairman of the Public
Utilities Commission, and Capt. H. C.
Whitehurst, director of highways.
Mr. Nichols explained today the sub
committee would use the recommenda
tions of the Commissioners as the
basis of its tax study, but it also in
tended to ascertain the views of busi
ness and civic leaders before it writes
the new tax program.
Plans Study of Revenue.
"As soon as the holidays are over,
I intend to call my subcommittee
together and go right to work on new
tax legislation,” Mr. Nichols said. "We
will first call in District officials to
learn why the business privilege tax
on gross receipts failed to produce
the estimated $3,000,000. Next we
will ask business men to describe the
so-called hardships and inequities of
that tax. We want the views of the
citizens, too. If all these groups show
us the need of a substitute for the
business privilege tax I believe the
subcommittee will give them what
they want.”
Mr. Nichols pointed out, however,
that the present business privilege tax
is a form of sales tax. “The only
difference,” he said, "is that the busi
ness privilege tax is a hidden tax,
while the consumer would pay the
proposed sales tax direct at the time
of a purchase.”
Chairman Palmisano of the District
Committee has not yet completed the
personnel of Mr. Nichols’ subcommit
tee. He indicated, however, that he
proposed to appoint Representatives
Cole, Republican, of New York, and
Wood, Democrat, of Missouri. The
full subcommittee will be composed of
five members—three Democrats and
two Republicans.
Mr. Cole served on the special tax
subcommittee which wrote the cur
rent $9,000,000 tax increase program.
BAND CONCERT
By the United States Army Band at
6 p.m. today in the Army Band Audi
torium. Capt. Thomas F. Darcy,
leader; Karl Hubner, assistant leader.
Program.
X. March, "Army and Marine," Zehle
2. Melange, "Southern Rhapsody,”
Hosmer
3. Xylophone solo,
"Crazy Sticks”_Brigham
Charles D. Hershey, soloist.
4. Morceau, "Melodie” —.Frim
5. Popular, “The Dipsy Doodle,"
Clinton
6. Waltz, "Sweet Reflectioas,” Fischer
7. March, "Squads Right”_Long
"The Star Spangled Banner.”
By the Marine Band tomorrow at
3 p.m. in the Marine Band Auditorium;
Capt. Taylor Branson, leader; William
P. Santelmann, second leader.
PROGRAM.
"The Marines’ Hymn.’*
“A Sleigh Ride”_Mozart
With tuned sleigh bell* played by
Musicians Owen and Zinsmeister.
Overture, "Carnival”_Dvorak
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”
Coots
Euphonium solo, "Drink to Me Only
With Thine Eyes.”
Musician Donald Kimball.
Waltz. "The Skaters”_Waldteufel
"Donkey Serenade” from "The
Firefly” _ Friml
Grand Scenes from "La Boheme.”
Puccini
Excerpts from the ballet "Cop
pelia” _Delibes
Piano solo, with band accompani
ment, “The Clock and the Dresden
Figures” _Ketelbey
Musician Irving Filler.
Fantasie, "Tales of Hoffmann,”
Offenbach
Xylophone duet, "Jingles”..Zamecnik
Musicians Charles Owen and Oliver
Zinemelster.
Selection, "Babes in Toyland”-Herbert
Hymn, "All tor the •*lnt*’’...Bamby
Tha Hu m-r—*

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