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Washington News
Society and General
Movie Camera Records Dancer’s Grace in Flying Lean
TO SAVE 17704)00
Change Will Mean Reduction
of 21 Cents on Bill of
Average Consumer.
Commission and Company Officials
Directed to Study Effect
During Year.
New electric rates, which will be
applied to all bills rendered hereafter
this year by the /Potomac Electric
Power Co., providing for a total saving
to customers of $770,000, were ordered
today by the Public Utilities Com
k Domestic consumers will enjoy a
rate cut amounting to roughly 38 per
cent of the total, or $294,000; com
mercial consumers about 42 per cent,
or $326,000, and the Federal and Dis
► trict governments, using metered com
mercial schedules, roughly 20 per cent,
or $150,000. All told, therefore, the
commercial rat* savings will aggregate
about 62 per cent of the total or some
The changes will mean a saving of
21 cents on the monthly bills of the
average domestic consumer, according
to calculations made today at the
commission. The cut there is rela
tively small per month because of
the large number of domestic con
sumers. or 147,477. This is based on
a calculation that the average house
holder uses 92 kilowatt hours of power
per month.
If a householder used an even 100
kilowatt hours a month, his saving
would be 25 cents; if he used 150 kilo
watt hours, 40 cents a month, and 200
or more kilowatt hours, 55 cents.
. $66,008 More Than Planned.
In the final decision, the commis
sion directed the company to transfer
to the domestic consumers about $66,
000 more than had been planned by
the company. The commission, how
ever, ordered no change in the first
block of the domestic schedule. Com
pany officials insisted that the present
rate for the first block was providing
no more than cost for this service.
The savings to domestic consumers
will come from use of more than 50
kilowatt hours per month.
The new domestic schedule will be
4$.9 cents for the first 50 kilowatt
hours, 1.8 cents for the next 50 kilo
watts and 1.5 cents for all over 100
kilowatt hours. The present domestic
schedule has four blocks instead of
three. They are 3.9 cents for the first
50 kilowatt hours, 2.3 cents for the
next 50, 1.8 cents for the next 100
hours and 1.5 cents for all over 200
hours. The company had proposed
a three-block schedule, with 3.9 cents
for the first 50 hours, 1.9 cents for
’the next 60 hours and 1.5 cents for
all over 110 hours.
The average oonsumer. using 92
kilowatts per month, paid $2.92 a
month under last year's rates, and
under the new schedule it is calcu
lated that his bill for a month would
be $2.71.
Study of Effect Ordered.
The commission announced it had
directed B. M. Bachman, commission
chief accountant, and Fred A. Sager,
commission chief engineer, to make a
detailed study this year on the effect
of the first block rates in the domestic
schedule to determine just how near
these consumers were carrying their
own service costs. The results will be
used in rate studies next year.
The consumer savings resulted from
a reduction from 6.5 to 6 per cent in
the initial rate of return allowed the
company under its sliding scale plan
and from “excess” profits of the com
pany in the last year.
There has been a rate reduction
each year since 1925 when the slid
ing scale plan first was applied. The
greatest rate cut was in 1932, when
ith* total cut was $861,000. The next
highest was in 1931. when it was
$830,000. The lowest reduction was in
1&35 when it amounted to $149,000.
I-Ast year the savings to consumers
Wfre figured at $504,000.
Change Sliding Scale.
tn keeping with the reduction of
the basic rate of return, the commis
sion changed the sliding-scale plan
lteelf. Hereafter, if the company’s
profits range between 6 and 7 >4 per
cant of the agree valuation or “rate
b*se,” a sum equal to one-half of
sttch profits will be considered avall
for consumer rate reductions the
npxt year. If the profits range from
744 per cent to 8 per cent, 60 per
ciht will be considered available for
tRe consumer rate cuts. If the profits
exceed 8 per cent, then a sum equal
■ tg 75 per cent of the “excess” profits
will be considered available for rate
ctfts. The company, of course, retains
Sits profits for any one year, re
rdless of how high is the percentage
*of return.
'The former sliding scale provided
that the 50, 60 and 75 per cent held
available for rate cuts should be ap
plied if the company’s returns ranged,
respectively, from 614 to 7% per cent,
from 7*4 to 8!4 per cent and then
worn 814 per cent upward.
<0 Commercial Schedule.
, The new commercial schedule E,
Sdiich is available for electric service
used for general lighting, power, in
dustrial motors, battery charging and
other commercial purposes, is as fol
:i For the first 80-kilowatt hours in
monthly consumption, 3.8 cents per
kilowatt hour; for the next 170 hours,
J.8 cents per hour; for the next 330
Hours, 2.4 cents per hour; for the
next 5,170 hours, 2.2 cents per hour;
for the next 33,000 hours, 1.3 cents per
hour; for the next 150,000 kilowatt
Hours, 0.7 cents per hour, and for any
Ip excess of 188,750 hours, 0.6 cents
Jier hour.
The minimum energy charge is 75
gents per month for each meter in
stalled, but not less than $1.50 for the
period during which the service is fur
bished. In addition, if the consumer
wees more than 5,750 kilowatt hours,
he will be billed for a demand charge
* minting to $2 per kilowatt hour fob
! hnt 73.5 kilowatts of consumer’s!
Miriam Winslow, here for a performance at the National Theater tomorrow with her troupe
of seven ballet dancers, donned her practice costume yesterday and braved the chilly breezes
across the Ambassador Hotel to go through a part of her routine. This difficult running jump,
Fn hnTflZ? i tkl l }han 1onr seconds- Miss Winslow, who conducts a school
nenr°thl whitlltour>and her troupe spend each summer at a camp in New Hampshire
near the White Mountains, where they devote themselves entirely to study and outdoor sports.
___ —Elwood Baker, Star Staff Movies.
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Police on Trail of Slayer
After Questioning Laundry
Man’s Associates.
Police indicated today they were
near solution of the murder of Henry
Derr soo after questioning and re
leasing last giight several Chinese as
sociates of the 55-year-old alundry
man, who was found stabbed and
strangled in the bedroom above his
laundry at 1405 H street N.E. yester
day. i
Mrs. Mary Tesvie, 37, colored, 200
block of P street N.E.. laundress who
worked for Soo and reported discovery
of his body yesterday morning, and
her husband, William, 33, still were
held for further investigation in the
Dinner Guest Questioned.
Among those questioned and re
leased by police last night was a stocky
Chinese said to answer the descrip
tion given by Mrs. Tesvie of a man
who called on Soo Wednesday night
and remained for dinner writh the
laundry man.
He was one of three men who ap
peared at police headquarters volun
tarily with Prank Pong, president of
the On Leong Chinese Merchants As
sociation, who had been asked by po
lice to aid them in clearing up the
murder. Soo formerly had belonged to
On Leong, police said.
Tong leaders told police the stocky
Chinese was a reputable business man
without knowledge of the crime, who
had livaj here recently after having
known Soo previously in Boston.
• Adjoining Room Ransacked.
Soos body, garrotted and slashed
about the throat, with his ankles tied,
was discovered about 7 a.m. yesterday.
The bedroom did not show signs of a
struggle, but the adjacent living room
was disturbed, with drawers and boxes
ransacked in an apparent hasty search
for papers or money.
Coroner A. Magruder MacDonald,
after performing an autopsy, said to
day the Chinese had died of strangu
lation, the knife wounds in his neck
not being deep enough to cause death.
Police learned through the Bureau
of Immigration that an identification
card giving Soo's real name as Quan
You was issued to him in San Fran
cisco in 1916, when he was listed as a
Boston la undry man.
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Robert Timberlake Ordered to
Pay $10 on Drinking Charge
and $15 for Firing Weapon.
Charged with intoxication and dis
charging firearms in the office of
former Police Court Judge Ous A.
Schuldt in the National Savings dr
Trust Building Tuesday, Robert Tim
berlake, an attorney, pleaded guilty
before Judge Hobart Newman in
Police Court yesterday and was fined
$10 on the drunk charge and $15 lor
discharging the pistol.
No sooner did Mr. Timberlake leave
the court than detectives of the check
squad of the Metropolitan Police De
partment took him into custody for
According to testimony, Mr. Timber
lake was waiting to consult frith Judge
Schuldt when he suddenly produced
a .32 caliber pistol from his brief case.
Richard A. Germann, Judge Schuldt’s
secretary, said that when he told Mr.
Timberlake to put the gun away, he
fired lour shots into the woodwork
near the secretary’s head.
Mr. Timberlake testified he had just
removed some papers from the vault
in the National Savings St TYust Co.
and his gun was among them. He
said he thought it contained blank
demand in excess of 37.5 kilowatts, and
in excess of 100 kilowatts of consum
er’s demand, $1.30. ‘
The new* schedule D, for general
lighting, power, industrial motors,
battery, charging and other commer
cial purposes,, excluding auxiliary,
emergency or breakdown service, is as
follows: For the first -00 kilowatt
hours, 3.8 cents per hour; next ISO
hours, 2.8 cents per hour; next 4,300
hours, 2.5 cents per hour, and all in
excess of 4.5Q0, 2.0 cents per hour.
Commercial schedule C, available
for separately metered electric service
for public lighting and motors in
apartment houses and office buildings
only, is as follows: First 100 kilowatt
hours, 3.8 cents per hour; next 150
hours, 3.1 cents per hour; next 1,600
hours, 2.9 cents per hour, and for gkl
over 1,850, 3.0 cents per hour. "
Decisions on 29 Changes
Asked to Be Weighed Next
Week by Commission.
Decisions on 29 proposed changes
in property uses, debated at an all
day public hearing yesterday in the
District Building, are to be consid
ered at an executive meeting of the
Zoning Commission next week.
A flood of protests greeted a pro
posal by Fulton R. Gordon, real estate
operator, for a change from resi
dential to first commercial for the
property on the east side of Con
necticut avenue N.W. between Lega
tion street and Military road.
Edwin S. Hege, president of the
Chevy Chase Citizens’ Association,
headed a group of property owners
who protested against the change,
which was sought to permit construc
tion of a "park and shop" commercial
development. Written protests were
filed by 39 persons. Mr. Hege insisted
the change was not in conformity with
the plan for the area and that there
was no demand for more stores.
Asks Delay in Actien,
The Executive Committee of Mr.
Hege's association, following 0 meet
ing last night, asked that action on
the proposed rezoning be postponed
until after the meeting of the asso
ciation February 16. The committee
reported that it feels a proposal for a
shopping center should pt discussed at
a regular meeting before definite rec
ommendations are made.
Mr. Gordon said the project would
provide m’ork for ‘•hundreds." He ar
gued also that other developments in
the area, in which he played a part,
caused tremendous increases in values
which resulted in greater tax revenues.
A proposal for a change in zoning
from residential 90-foot height to first
commercial 110-foot height for prop
erty at the southeast corner of Thir
teenth street and Massachusetts ave
nue N.W., where a large apartment
house is planned, provoked debate.
Several property owners protested the
high building would cut off light and
air. The change was urged by Michael
Kehoe, attorney for the developers.
Proposed Change Opposed.
A change from residential to com
mercial was sought for land at 1376
Kenyon street by R. D. Coves and
Ringgold Hart, for improvement of a
gasoline station, and was opposed by
James J. Baldwin of 1364 Kenyon
street, who Insisted it would injure
the character of the street.
A change in the soning of the area
bounded by Clay street, Thirty-fourth
street, Kenilworth avenue, East Capi
tol street and Anacostia avenue N.E.
was sought by Myron Davy for the Na
tional Insured Housing Corp., to per
mit the construction of a "low-cost"
housing development.
This project for 300 apartment
units, he said, would be blocked un
less the zoning was changed from
“A semi-restricted and "B restricted"
to residential “A" area.
Bond of $3,000 Set for Appear
ance Before Grand Jury.
Guilty Plea Entered.
Oliver Haley, 22, of the 1600 block
of Seventh street N.W., was ordered
held under $3,000 bond for the grand
jury on charges of selling and possess
ing narcotics when arrangned today
before United States Commissioner
Needham C. Turaage.
Haley'pleaded guilty to an offense
allegedly oomnfltted last July. He was
arrested last night by Detective Sergts.
Daniel Jones, Joseph W. Shimon and
Harry Brittain, who had rounded up
15 others in two narcotics raids the
night before.
Alexander L. HJortsberg, depart
ment commander, Patriarchs Militant
of the independent Order of Odd Pel
lows, last night was selected general
chairman In charge of the annual pil
grimage to the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier, to be held June 12.
He was selected at a meeting of the
Pilgrimage Committee representatives
from the Washington area held at the
L O. O. F. Temple. Presiding at the
session was George I. Briel, special
deputy grand sire, I. O. O. F., who
came here from Louisville, Ky., to be
gin arrangements for the pilgrimage.
The oommittee voted to hold a dinner
and dance the night preceding the pil
Man Convicted Here Acclaims
Judge’s “Fair” Charge to Jury
A verdict that probably doomed him
to the penitentiary did not dim Hay
wood Pope's appreciation of the fair
ness and competence of the Judge’s in
struction to the jury, or his enjoyment
of the prosecutor's wit at his expense.
As the jury foreman pronounced
the word "guilty" today, the 44-year
old colored defendant, apparently not a
whit disheartened, turned to District
Court Justice Daniel W. O’Donoghue.
"Your honor,” he said, "I want to
commend you on your charge to the
Jury. It was the best I ever heard—
very fair, very fair.”
"Thank you very much,” replied the
judge, with a nod and a smile.
Court attaches said Pope's phrase
ought not be taken lightly, since he
had had experience in such matters,
his record showing a dozen convictions
Tapponnier Tells Jury “I
Just Couldn’t Stand An
other Beating.”
Louis J. Tapponnier. 28-year-old
waiter, who has been on trial for first
degree murder since Monday, described
to the jury today how he shot and
killed William M. Harris, 27, assert
ing he acted in self^efense. Harris
was killed October 12 in a cafe at
612 Ninth street NW.
“They had beaten me and stomped
on me,” Tapponnier related, referring
to Harris and his companions, "and
I just couldn’t stand another beating.”
He said he entered the eating place
to meet his wife, not expecting to
find Harris there. Harris grappled
with him, he testified, and he fired
from his coat pocket.
Police arrived quickly, he declared,
and pulled Harris off him, he said.
The wounded man died shortly there-'
While he and the arresting officers
were awaiting the arrival of headquar
ters detectives, Tapponnier ordered
and drank a soft drink, he said.
The prosecution had rested its case
earlier in the morning after the jury
late yesterday visited the scene of the
The unusual procedure, rarely re
sorted to in the District, was sug
gested by District Court Justice Jesse
C. Adkins In order to give the jury
a clear picture of the physical sur
roundings of the shooting. Justice
Adkins and counsel on both sides
accompanied the jurors.
The defendant Is represented by
Attorneys James A. O'Shea and Al
fred Goldstein and the Government
by Assistant United States Attorneys
Charles B. Murray and Cecil Heflin,
State Department Official Telia Ro
tary Club Progress Is Being
Hade in Other Countries.
Except in those parts of the world
under Japanese control, progress Is
being made in the regulation of nar
cotics, particularly opiufh, Stuart
Puller, assistant chief of the Par East
ern Division of the State Department,
told the Rotary Club here yesterday.
“Opium production in portions of
China under Japanese control,” he
declared, “has been and still is in
creasing at a menacing rate.”
Mr. Puller previously had pointed
out that the increasing production of
Japanese-operated plants and the
-amount of opium imported illicitly
into this country adds up to the fact
that Japan is deliberately Increasing
the production with a view to selling
It here.
The entire staff of the United States
attorney’s office gathered at a fare
well dinner in the Raleigh Hotel last
night to Samuel Beach, who retired
last Monday. Mr. Beach has been an
Assistant United States attorney nearly
four years, handling many Important
cases. He resigned in order to enter
private practice.
Assistant United States Attorney
Charles B. Murray was toastmaster.
Allan B. Baker was chairman of the
Dinner Committee. Both former As
sistant United States Attorney Leslie
C. Garnett and his successor, Acting
UnttedSUtM Attorney D|gd A. Pine,
since 1909, mostly for minor offenses.
Pope was accused of attempting to
pick an elderly man’s pocket In Union
Station. His defense was that al
though he was caught running from
the scene, he had not been Identified
as the would-be pickpocket.
“In other words,’’ said Assistant
United States Attorney Roger Robb,
addressing the Jury, “this man would
have you believe that he was just
running to first base and It was an
other man who hit the ball.”
“That sure was funny when you said
I was just running to first base ” Pope
later told the prosecutor, and gave a
hearty laugh.
He faces a possible maximum sen
tence of three years’ Imprisonment. A
robbery indictment still is pending
against him.
Board of Police Court Judges
to Hear Charges Against
R. I. Miller.
Hearings before the Board of Po
lice Court Judges on contempt and
disbarment proceedings brought by
the Police Court Grievance Commit
tee of the Bar Association against
Attorney Robert I. Miller were to be
resumed at 1:30 o'clock this after
The proceedings were begun yes
terday afternoon before Judges John
P. McMahon, Hobart Newman and
Edward M. Curran. Judge Walter
J. Casey disqualified himself, since
he is to be a witness.
It is charged by the committee that
Mr. Miller secured several continu
ances in a case involving three lar
ceny charges against Mrs. Rose Holier
of New York City by misrepresenting
the reasons to the court. He is
specifically charged with having in
formed the court last May 6 that
Mrs. Holier, who said her real name
is Mrs. Paula Kahn, was out of town
on the day her trial was scheduled,
and that on the folloiHng day he
was the instigator of a telegram re
portedly sent from New York by Mrs.
Holier in which it said she was ill
and would send a doctor’s certificate.
Admits Police Record.
Mrs. Holser, testifying for the com
mittee, said she had been secreted in
Mr. Miller's office on May 6 during
the trial of another woman charged
with shoplifting, and that after the
other woman had received a stiff
sentence Mr. Miller told Mrs. Holser
to have the telegram sent and get
out of the city. The witness said
she telephoned her daughter in New
York to dispatch the telegram and
then proceeded to New York herself.
On cross-examination Mrs. Holier
admitted that she has served time
both here and in New York on lar
ceny charges, and in answer to a
question by Defense Counsel John H.
Burnett she said she could not re
member how many aliases she had,
“because I have been arrested so
many times and have given a differ
ent name each time.”
Suspensions Continued.
Continued attempts on the part
of the defense to disqualify the wit
ness resulted in many sharp tilts be
tween Mr. Burnett and William A.
Gallagher, committee member, who
is prasecutipg this particular case.
Attorney E. Russell Kelly is asso
ciated with Mr. Miller as defense
Austin P. Canfield, chairman of
the committee, announced that the
present body would be permitted to
resign at the end of the Miller case,
and that tentative plans have already
been made for the appointment of
another committee to investigate and
prosecute, if necessary, several other
cases now under consideration.
It was announced by Judge Mc
Mahon, presiding judge, that the
entry of judgment against Attorneys
John P. Mullen and Henry D. Green,
both of whom were ordered suspend
ed from practice by the Board of
Judges last Saturday, had been con
tinued for 10 days to permit the
preparation of bills of exception,
which will be presented to the Court
of Appeals in an effort to have the
judgment of the Police Court set
Woman Attorney Wins Honor.
Miss Catherine X. Myers, attorney
for the Veterans’ Administration, was
admitted to practice l^ro the 8u
psenw Court yesterday.
Commission Also Expected
to Consider Library
Site and Armory.
Plans for an adequate memorial to
Thomas Jefferson were the subject of
a joint conference between the Na
tional Capital Parle and Planning
Commission and the Pine Arts Com
mission this afternoon. Although Rep
resentative Boylan, Democrat, of New
York, chairman of the Thomas Jeffer
son Memorial Commission, was ill. Dr.
Piske Kimball of Philadelphia was pre
pared to act as spokesman for the com
Meeting separately this morning, the
planners approved drawings for a new
armory for the National Guard near
the end of East Capitol street, on the
banks of the Anacostla River, leaving
out most of the properties that have
been built upon in that area. Col.
Dan I. Sultan, Engineer Commissioner
of the District, said lie will take the
approved plans to the subcommittee
of the Senate Appropriations Commit
tee considering the District bill to have
the revision incorporated in the meas
ure. The armory is planned for the
area between Nineteenth and Twenty
first, A and B streets N.E., and is ad
jacent to the projected parade ground
and stadium designed for that section.
The Planning Commission approved
plans submitted by the Bureau of Pub
lic Roads of the Department of Agri
culture for a two-lane highway be
tween the District line and Port Foote,
Md., in the George Washington Memo
rial Parkway. This provides for two
20-foot roadways separated by a 20
foot strip of park land. This is con
ceived as comparable to the Mount
Vernon Memorial Highway on the Vir
ginia side of the Potomac.
i nomas s. settle, secretary or the
Planning Commission, said two al
ternative routes will be provided
through the city to link up the George
Washington Memorial Parkway on the
Maryland side of the river up to Great
Palls. The Port drive, which will con
nect the chain of Civil War forts en
circling the city, will be one alterna
tive for this, while the other will be
by way of Conduit road, the Rock
Creek and Potomac Parkway sought for
K street, Potomac Park on the project
ed new drive along the Washington
Channel water front connecting up
the south end of the District with the
Approval was given by the planners
to minor changes for the boundaries
of the Fort drive, in the vicinity of
Anacostia Park, as well as the trans
fer of a trlagle, now owned by the
District government, to the National
Capital Parks Bureau, at Nebraska
avenue and Forty-fifth street N.W.
Members of the commission are ex
pected to comment on a report on au
tomobile parking and traffic in down
town Washington, prepared by a com
mittee headed by William A. Delano
of New York, prominent architect and
a member of the commission. A round
table discussion of the report was
planned in an effort to map remedial
measures for present congestion in the
central area.
The commission will turn its atten
tion to the new central library site
planned on Pennsylvania avenue, op
posite the Mellon Art Gallery, which
is now uhder construction at Seventh
street and Constitution avenue N.W.
This is projected on land purchased
by the District government for part of
Its Municipal Center development.
Zoning Act to Come Dp.
Mr. Settle will lay before his col
leagues a report on pending legislation.
Paramount in this, since the last meet
ing of the commission, is the measure,
Introduced by Chairman King of the
Senate District Committee, an ex
officio member of the planners, to
rewrite the obsolete 1920 Zoning Act.
This measure was approved at the
laat meeting of the commission, at
the request of the District Commis
Norman C. Brown, land purchasing
officer of the commission, was pre
pared to request authority for final
action on a number of contracts for
purchasing property that will be util
ised for parks, parkway and recreation
center development.
Several problems mating to streets
also are under consideration by the
planners. Included is a proposal to
shift eastward the line of a proposed
street, near Alabama and Pennsylvania
avenue 8.E., t opermlt a commercial
development there.
Chauffeurs Dance Tonight.
The Private Chauffeurs’ Benevolent
Association will hold its 14th annual
dance at the Raleigh Hotel at 0 o’clock
tonight, it was announced by William
■bel, chairman qh the Arrangements
ODuntttefc M
Declare Camp Springs Site
Would Destroy Two
Radio Stations.
The proposed establishment of ar
airport at Camp Springs, Md., would
result in destruction of two important
radio stations in that vicinity. Federal
officials today told the House Commit
tee on Public Buildings and Grounds.
One station is operated by the Navy
and the other by the Bureau of Stand
E. C. Crittenden, assistant director
of the: Bureau of Standards, pointed
out that the bureau's radio station
near Camp Springs Is the most com
plete one in the world for experimental
and research work, and that "it is
the principal base for gathering ol
airwave information.”
Comdr. W. J. Ruble stressed the im
portance of the Navy’s radio station
at Cheltenham, Md., especially in time
of war. This station, he said, is de
signed to receive weak signals from
great distances, and an airport in iU
vicinity would destroy its usefulness.
"Our station at Cheltenham.” de
clared Comdr. Ruble, "is the only
station of its kind on the Atlantic
Coast and must serve the entire At
lantic Ocean. It is important be
cause of its proximity to Washington.”
Establishment of an airport at Camp
Springs was recommended by the Con
gressional Airport Commission. The
committee has before it a bill of
Representative Smith, Democrat, of
Virginia providing for establishment
of an airport at Gravelly Point on
the Potomac.
In a petition they asked construction
of the airport at Camp Springs, in ac
cordance with the recommendations
of the National Airport Commission
and the Airline Pilots' Association.
“We deplore,” the petition said,
“what appears to be an indication that
selfish lay interests as well as petty
Jealousies between the Government
services carry the weight of influence
with the power to block constructive
airport legislation, while the honest
opinions of qualified experts meet hos
tile denunciation or are ignored en
The 35 signers of the petition are ex
hibiting their products now at the in
ternational aircraft show in Chicago.
Competition Between Work Belief
and Construction Industry
Will Be Chief Topic.
Competition between the Federal
Government’s vast work-relief or
ganization and the construction in
dustry will be the principal subject
for discussion at the 19th annual con
vention of the Associated General Con
tractors of America, to begin Monday
at the Willard Hotel, Edward J. Hard
ing, managing director, announced
today. More than 600 are expected to
attend the four-day session.
The speakers for the general meet
ings include Representative Belter,
Democrat, of New York; Maj. Gen.
Julian L. Schley, chief of the Army
Engineers; John J. Felley, president
of the Association of American Rail
roads; Thomas H. MacDonald, chief
of the Bureau of Public Roads, and
Edwin L. Davis, member of the Fed
eral Trade Commission.
Maine Infantry Unit Wins Sec
ond Place and Canal Zone Con
tingent Is Third.
Company D, 65th Infantry, sta
tioned at Henry Barracks. Puerto
Rico, has been awarded the Edwin
Howard Clark Machine Gunners'
Trophy for 1937, the War Department
announced yesterday. The company
In competition with Infantry com
panies at Army posts in all parts of
the United States and its territories,
won with a high score of 942.2.
This was the final competition for
the trophy, which is to be retired.
Company D of the 65th will retain
the trophy until December 31, when
it will be sent here for permanent dis
play in the office of the Chief of
The trophy was awarded on a basis
of tests during the year which Included
elementary training, marksmanship,
marching and making camp. Second
place was won by Company H, 5th
Infantry, Port Preble, Me., and third
place by Compuiy H, 33d Infantry,
Port Clayton, <gna1 Zone.
Nichols Says Subcommittee
Drafting Bill to Fore
stall Shortages.
SURPLUS OF $7,000,000
Modification of Privilege Levy
Expected to Incorporate
Graduated Scale.
Chairman Nichols of the Fiscal
Affairs Subcommittee of the House
District Committee today revealed
that the new revenue bill his group .
is writing is intended as permanent
rather than temporary legislation.
Originally the subcommittee started
out to frame a tax program that
would preclude a budget deficit in
the coming fiscal year. Now, how
ever, according to Mr. Nichols, it
has been decided the tax increase
plans should be made permanent to
avoid potential budget shortages in
future years.
The subcommittee is still applying
finishing touches to the revenue bill—
a measure that proposes to modify
the present unpopular business privi
lege tax, impose an inoome tax on
the District and continue the present
$1.75 levy on real and personal prop
Would Exceed Deficit.
These three plans, it has been esti
mated, will raise between $8,000,000
and $10,000,000 in additional revenue.
The minimum anticipated budget
deficit in the coming fiscal year is
not expected to exceed $3,000,000.
Mr. Nichols is not in accord with
other members of the subcommittee
In insisting that all three plans be
included in the bill. He pointed out
any one of the plans will raise suffi
cient revenue to offset the budget
shortage in the 1939 fiscal year and
indicated his preference for the busi
ness privilege tax.
If made permanent, Mr. Nichols
said, the business privilege tax al
ways would provide the District with
a source of revenue on which it could
depend to meet budget shortages. He
is opposed to increasing the Federal
payment toward District expenses.
Would Graduate Scale.
The present intention of the sub
committee is to recommend a revision
of the business privilege tax contain
ing a graduated scale instead of the
present flat two-fifths of I per cent
on gross receipts.
In cases where the gross profits
do not exceed 3 per cent, the tax will
be one-tenth of 1 per cent. If the
gross profits range between 3 and 6
per cent the tax would be two-tenths
of 1 per cent. If the gross profits
exceed 6 per cent and are not in
excess of 9 per cent, the tax would be
three-fifths of 1 per cent. The rate
for gross profits in excess of 9 per cent
would be two-fifths of 1 per cent.
Mr. Nichols said no estimate has
been made as to the amount of reve
nue the business privilege tax would
produce under the graduated scale.
Continuation of the flat two-fifths of
1 per cent levy in the coming fiscal
year, however, is estimated to yield
about $3,000,000.
Kennedy, Personally Opposed,
Calls Such a Fate Inevitable
for Merchant Marine.
Br th« Associated Press.
Joseph P. Kennedy, retiring chair
man of the Maritime Commission,
terms Government ownership of the
American merchant fleet inevitable.
Mr. Kennedy told the Senate Com
merce Committee, in testimony made
public last night, that he held this
opinion despite his personal opposition
to Government ownership.
Most merchant ships now operating
under the American flag, he said, are
relics of the ship building boom dur
ing the World War.
Mr. Kennedy declared these ships
could not serve as auxiliaries to th«
larger Navy now planned because the)
were old and slow. He added thai
most operating lines were in pool
financial condition or unable to
finance new construction, even with
liberal Goverment subsidies.
Frederick Steiwer of Oregon, whc
resigned from the Senate January 31
will practice law here with kingmar
Brewster under the firm name oi
Brewster & Steiwer, it was announced
Mr. Brewster, a brother of Judg*
E. H. Brewster of the United State*
District Court in Massachusetts, was s
partner of the late Angus D. Mac
Lean. The office is in the Southern
Senator Steiwer has devoted most
of his time recently to a study of th<
operation of the undistributed profit*
tax. Associated with him and Mr
Brewster will be O. R. Folsom-Jones.
By the United States Soldiers’ Horn*
Band Orchestra this evening at 5:31
o’clock In Stanley Hall. John S. M
Zimmermann, bandmaster; An toe
Pointner, assistant.
March, "Semper Fidelia”..Sous*
Overture, "Le Rot le Dit” (The
Bang Hath Said)....Dellbe*
Entr-acte (a) "A Serenade’’_Drdli
(b) "The Coquette”_Arenskj
Excerpts from musical comedy,
“Sunny” .Ken
Popular numbers, "On the Gin,
Gin, Ginny Shore”_•Donaldsaa
“Old Plantation Blues”..Klickmaf
Walts suite, “La Belle Romalne”
(Requested) .Ivanovid
Finale, “U. S Wield Artillery"..Sou*
"The BtaFSpangled Banner.”

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