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LONGFIGHTWAGED
FOR AIRPORT HERE
Project Still Heads Program
of Trade Board Unit
Formed in 1927.
By JOHN H. CASSADY, Jr.
mie history of years of effort to ob
tain an adequate airport for the Dis
trict of Columbia is reflected ac
curately in the records of the Aviation
Committee of the Board of Trade.
Organized in 1927, under chair
manship of LaaTence E. Williams,
now second Wee president of the
board, this committee was made up
of a small group of the outstanding
aircraft devotees in the city. At that
time practically every member of the
unit was a licensed pilot or was in
aome way connected with the develop
ment of airplanes and air transporta
tion.
Today the situation is almost the
•ame—even to the point that the com
mittee still is waging an earnest fight
for an adequate airport for the Na
tion’s Capital. The committee's per
sonnel, which n«w numbers more than
140, is still made up of a very large
number of amateur and professional
aviation experts.
Personnel of Committee.
Its vice chairman, William P. Mc
Cracken, has long been identified with
the development of air transportation '
and for several years served as As
sistant Secretary of Commerce in
charge of aviation.
Other members include Chester H.
Warrington, formerly president of
both the Aero Club and the Wash
ington Air Derby Association: Col. A.
B. Barber, chief of the transportation '
section of the Chamber of Commerce
of the United States; John J. Esch.
former Interstate Commerce commis
sioner; J. P. Victory’, executive secre
tary of the National Advisory Com
mittee on Aeronautics; John S.
Wynne, formerly with the Bureau of j
Aeronautics; S. J. Solomon, manager j
of the Washington Airport, and many |
noted local sportsman pilots.
Clarence A. Miller, general counsel
of the American Short Line Railroad
Association, is chairman of the com
mittee, and William H. Press, assistant
secretary of the Board of Trade, is
secretary.
The committee's first annual report,
In April, 1928, pointed out that the
outstanding question before it at that
time was the selection of a suitable
airport for the National Capital. It
recommended to the Board of Trade
the approval of Gravelly Point as the
site of the municipal airport. It called
attention to the fact that the Commis
sioners of the District, the Army Air
Corps and the National Aeronautics
Association had all recommended that
this site be accepted.
The following year, the chairman
of the committee called attention to
the fact that there were two important
phases of the activity in connection
with obtaining the Gravelly Point site
—arousing enough civic interest to in
fluence rapid action and actually get
ting the airport.
In connection with the first phase,
Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, America’s
premier war ace, was brought in to
address a meeting and the doors had
to be closed for lack of space. The
second phase is still in process of com
pletion.
In 1930, the committee spent con
siderable time working with the Joint
Congressional Committee on the air
port problem. This committee was
opposed to Gravelly Point because of
the expense it said would be involved.
Point Is D. C. Property.
The committee has always main
tained its position that Gravelly Point
is the ideal location for a municipal
airport. This site, it is emphasized,
already belongs to the District of
Columbia and thus, no money w’ould
have to be appropriated for purchase
of a site.
In addition, the committee points
out, a municipal airport should be as
near to the city’s business section as
possible. Gravelly Point, it contends,
is ideally located in this respect, while
other sites, such as the proposed one
at Camp Springs, are too far removed
to be of any real value as an air ter
minal.
It is approximately 10 miles from
Fourteenth street and Pennsylvania
avenue to the Camp Springs location,
according to the committee.
As for the cost of the new municipal
airport, the committee contends the
Federal Government should bear al
most the entire burden since, it is
estimated, 90 per cent of the air traffic
to and from Washington is concerned
with Government business. The com
mittee feels the taxpayers of Washing
ton should not be called upon to bear
any very large part of the cost of such
a project.
DR. PRICE TO ADDRESS
TAKOMA D. C. GROUP
Dust Explosions to Be Theme of
Main Talk at Annual Dinner
of Association Tomorrow.
“Peculiar Dust Explosions” will be
the subject of an address to be given
by Dr. David J. Price, principal en
gineer in charge of the Chemical En
gineering Research Division of the
Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, ;
United States Department of Agri- '
culture, at the second annual dinner .
of the Citizens’ Association of Ta- 1
koma, D. C„ in the Parish Hall of the *
Takoma Park Espiscopal Church, to
morrow at 6:30 p.m.
The Federal engineer will tell of his
Investigations of the New London,
Texas, school disaster March 18. 1937, i
and will also refer to other explosions 1
and fires where there have been large
losses of life.
Vice President R. H. Fiedler is gen
eral chairman of the dinner, which
will also include a business session.
An added feature of the evening will
be a special musical program. As
sisting Mr. Fiedler in arranging the
details are Mrs. Norman E. Mclndoo,
chairman Dinner Committee; Presi
dent Wallace c. Magathan, recep
tion; Mrs. William M. Greene, deco
rations; Dr. Norman E. Mclndoo,
tickets; Charles R. Rush, jr., program,
and Howard S. Fisk, publicity.
CAPT. MILLER TO TALK
Dupont Circle Also to Hear Tax
Survey Report.
Copt. Arthur E. Miller of the third
police precinct will be guest speaker
at a meeting of the Dupont Circle
Citizens' Association tomorrow at 4:30
p.m. in the Mayflower Hotel.
In making the announcement.
Woodson P. Houghton, president, said
that a report from the committee in
vestigating the tax situation in the
‘District would be made.
They Seek NeiV Airport
CLARENCE A.
MILLER.
WILLIAM H.
PRESS.
—Harris-Ewing and
WILLIAM P.
McCracken.
Bachrach Photos.
Seven Associations Now on
Record Opposed to Trans
fer of Playgrounds.
How They Stand
Attitude of District residents
on city-wide problems since the
start of the fall season:
Use of Old Tuberculosis Hospital
as a Gallinger Adjunct.
Opposed _ 16
Favor _ 10
Use of Old Tuberculosis Hospital
as an Educational Center.
Favor _ 12
Opposed.. 0
Transfer of Playgrounds.
Opposed _ 7
Favor _ 0
Raising Speed Limit.
Opposed _ 6
Favor ... . 1
WEEKLY REVIEW.
REVIEW of the civic week from
Thursday, January 27, to
Thursday. February 3.
CONDUIT ROAD —Passed
resolution asking construction of gym
nasium in connection with field house
in Palisades Park; requested Congress
to provide for relief of Jobless employ
ables in the District, voted to ask
House District Committee to hold
hearing on repeal of real estate license
tax and substitution of more equitable
law.
ANACOSTIA — Censured District
Commissioners for failure to approve
site for construction of junior high
school in Anacostia; elected Stanley E.
Otto president: heard remarks from
Edgar M. Peterson of the recently
formed Realty Owners and Dealers'
Association, who spoke on real estate
licensing law.
BURROUGHS—Attacked raising of
money for property improvements
relative to extension of South Dakota
avenue N.E. by special assessment of
properties “not contiguous to and im
mediately served” by the improve
ments; use of District funds instead
of special levies on all land owners
within the two square radius was ad
vocated; reiterated stand asking that
the Federal share of the District
budget be 40 per cent and that no ad
ditional taxes be levied; opposed plan
to transfer playground supervision
from the Board of Education to the
Community Center Department: advo
cated increase in the Metropolitan
Police force by 200 men and replace
ment of antiquated fire equipment in
Northeast; approved movement to pre
serve the old Stephen Decatur House.
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS — Adopted
resolution asking return of the 60-40
fiscal ratio between the Federal and
District governments.
TRINIDAD—Opposed increase In D.
C. speed limit; passed resolution asking
District Commissioners to permit
Board of Education to retain jurisdic
tion over community centers, school
buildings and playgrounds.
FRIENDSHIP — Passed resolution
asking adequate laws to stamp out the
numbers racket in the District; also
requested strict enforcement by the
Commissioners of the traffic regula
tions, with the suggestion that the fine
for speeding be increased; opposed
placing District playgrounds under co
ordinator and opposed use of the old
Tuberculosis Hospital as an adjunct of
Gallinger.
The North Cleveland Park Associa
tion also met but did not take action
on any local matters.
CIVIC CALENDAR.
'T'HE following associations are
scheduled to meet this week:
Monday, February 7.
BLADENSBURG ROAD — Church
of Christ, Twenty-eighth and Doug
las streets N.E., 8 p.m.
CITIZENS’ ASSOCIATION OF TA.
KOMA, D. C.—Annual dinner, Ta
koma Park Episcopal Church parish
hall, Piney Branch road and Dahlia
street, 6:30 p.m.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Mayflower Ho
tel. 4:30 p.m.
FOREST HILLS — Ben Murch
School, 8 p.m.
KENILWORTH — Kenilworth
School, 8 p.m.
MANOR PARK— Whittier School,
8 p.m.
METROPOLIS VIEW—Crosby S.
Noyes School, 8 p.m.
MICHIGAN PARK—Bunker Hill
School, 8 p.m.
CONGRESS HEIGHTS PROGRES
SIVES—Congress Heights School, 8
p.m.
GEORGETOWN PROGRESSIVES
—Curtis School, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8.
BURLEITH—Gordon Junior High
School. 8 p.m.
NORTH RANDLE COMMUNITY—
Free Methodist Church, Minnesota
avenue and F street S.E.. 8 p.m.
RANDLE HIGHLANDS — Mechan
ics' Hall, 2407 Minnesota avenue S.E.,
8 p.m.
SUMMIT PARK—East Washington
Heights Baptist Church, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 9.
RHODE ISLAND AVENUE—Wood
ridge Branch. Public Library, 8 p.m.
CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS-CLEVE
LAND PARK—Parish hall, St. Al
ban’s Church. 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 10.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK—
Hurst Hall, American University, 8
p.m.
CONGRESS HEIGHTS — Congress
Heights School. 8 p.m.
Friday, February 11.
BRIGHTWOOD — Paul Junior
High School. 8 p.m.
Saturday. February 12.
MOUNT PLEASANT—Mount
Pleasant Branch, Public Library, 8
pm.
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SUBURBAN TAXES
FOR D. C. PONDERED
President Thomas of Bladensburg
Road Group Wants Question to
Get Consideration.
Serious consideration should be
given to the question of whether su
burban ‘'satellites" of Washington
should pay a share of District ex
penses. William P. Thomas, jr., presi
dent of the Bladensburg Road Citi
zens' Association, said yesterday.
Growth of the suburbs is a factor
in increasing District Government
casts while local taxpayers cry for a
reduction in taxes—like "a cry for the
moon"—Mr. Thomas said.
"By permission of Congress." he
pointed out. "around 2.000 children,
for the mast part from Virginia and
Maryland, attend District schoois fre$
of tuition, although these schools are
supported by the District taxpayers.
"Because of the rising tide of
commuters, more bridges, larger and
more expensive, are needed; express
highways, dwarfing the cost of pav
ing our modest side streets where our
homes are, and tunnels under circles
are required.”
"Is the value of the suburbs to the
District in proportion to the added
expense which the growth of these
suburbs are forced upon us?” he asked.
"Should the suburb pay a tax to the
city?
“This is a question which taxpayers
everywhere should discuss and civic
bodies dfliberate. A satisfactory so
lution should be worked out through
co-operation of municipal, county and
State authorities.”
REPORTS ON HEARINGS
E. H. Pullman to Address Manor
Park Group.
A report from Ernest H. Pullman,
chairman of the Legislative Commit
tee of the Manor Park Citizens Asso
ciation, relative to the hearings he
attended on the 1939 District supply
bill, will be made at a meeting of
the group tomorrow at 8 pm. in the
Whittier School.
George A. Corbin, president, also
announced that entertainment would
[ be provided after the meeting.
Civic Problems, Civic Bodies
Review of Week—Senate Hearings on D. C. Ap
propriation Bill Open Tuesday—Need for
Central Library Explained.
BY JESSE C. SUTER.
Eventful times, these, to
the civic minded of voteleu
and unrepresented District
of Columbia, but with no
indication of vital civic problems
being solved by the all-powerful
legislature clothed with the power
of exercising exclusive legislation
in all cases whatsoever over this
misunderstood and suffering com
munity. The District 1939 appro
priation bill passed the House of
Representatives on Thursday car
rying $45,076,522 and considerable
dissatisfaction. Senate hearings
on the bill will start at 10 a.m. on
Tuesday.
The Fiscal Affairs Subcommittee
of the House District Committee
continues to work on the District
revenue bill with the avowed in
tention, it is reported, of enacting
a permanent system of increased
taxation calculated to raise an
amount which will leave a surplus
of about *7,000,000 above appro
priations for the next fiscal year.
This plan is thought to be in har
mony with the stand made by the
chairman of the subcommittee in
his opposition to increasing the
lump sum and in fact suggesting
its reduction.
The District appears to have
succeeded in holding its lead in
crime, ill health and other un
desirable features of community
conditions. The voteless, unrepre
sented and consequently helpless
citizens of the District are at loss
to understand whether the failure
of Congress to correct these deplor
able conditions is due to indiffer
ence or to a pride that the Na
tional Capital, which it governs,
should really be a leader in some
forms of community life.
The Public Utilities Commission
has announced a new scale of
rates for the Potomac Electric
Power Co., effective at once, which
are spread to domestic, commercial
and Government consumers, mak
ing total saving to consumers of
*770,000. The basic rate of return
on the agreed valuation of the
property of the company was re
duced from 6'* per cent to 6 per
cent. The new power rates are
among the lowest in the country.
It is reported. Current bills will be
rendered at the new rate for serv
ice during January.
A series of cnme prevention
clinics which began over a week
ago continued into the past week.
These gatherings, held under the
auspices of the Washington Crim
inal Justice Association, were well
attended and were productive of
valuable information and sugges
tions.
On Wednesday last a campaign
was launched to raise *35,000 to
finance an enlarged work by the
association to meet the demands
of a composite program for studies
into the many phases of local
crime conditions. This fact-find
ing and fact-analyzing body has
already, in its brief life, developed
information of the moet practical
value in pointing the way to a
solution of some of the problems of
criminal justice.
Tribute to Theodore W. Noyes
A Record-Breaking Event. *
TN THE failure of this column to
1 appear in The Star last Sunday
there was omitted reference to
what was. probably, the most
notable civic occasion in the his
tory of the District of Columbia.
That word "probably" is probably
entirely out of place in this refer
ence to the great testimonial din
ner tendered Theodore W. Noyes
at the Willard Hotel on the occa
sion of his 80th birthday anniver
sary on the evening of January 28.
A search of the history of the Dis
trict of Columbia fails to produce
anything even approaching it.
Civic, business, labor, financial
and other leaders were all there.
Diplomats, jurists, legislators and
educators were there and all joined
in singing the praise of Washing
ton's first citizen and wishing him
many more years to carry on his
work for his native place.
Many had long recognized in
private citizen Noyes the first citi
aen, but here at this wonderful
gathering it was acknowledged and
made unanimous by leaders in
every walk of life. Here it could
be said was a native Washingto
nian, bom in a humble home In
Southwest Washington who had
worked unceasingly and continues
to work for his native place. Here
surely is one who is a prophet
with honor In his own country.
Unity of Action Required
To Win Vital Objective*.
r\R CHARLES W. ELIOT gave
us the "5-foot shelf of books,”
but to our own Theodore W. Noyes
the District is Indebted for giving
us so succinctly the five local civic
objectives of the present day. In
Will Lead Chevy Chase Group
New officers of the Chevy Chase Citizens’ Association elected at a recent meeting in Woodrow
Wilson High School are shown (front, left to right): George E. Strong, delegate to the federation;
Winthrop G. Batchelder, president; George E. Dieffbach, secretary-treasurer; (standing, left to
right) Donald N. Carpenter, first vice president; Donald L. Luxford, second vice president, and Dr.
J. Gordon Steele, assistant secretary. —Star Staff Photo.
the course of hi* response at the
great testimonial dinner the other
night Mr. Noyes said: “The de
mand of unity of action that
comes from civic loyalty applies to
all of us who are enlisted in the
civilian army which fights for
Washington. The obligation im
pressed upon us is to organise and
organise, and then to bring to
gether in unity of action our or
ganisations, concentrating the col
lective strength of all in the battle
to win the vital objectives of to
day’s campaign.”
^Briefly stated, these objectives
are five in number and are as
follows:
"1. The right and power of
voting representation in Congress
and the Electoral College.
“2. Effective participation in local
government to the full extent that
the Constitution, as at present
worded or amended* will permit.
“3. Fair play by Congress, with
its exclusive legislative power, in
apportioning equitably between the
taxpayers of the District and the
taxpayers of the Nation (includ
ing the taxpayers of the District)
the cost of maintenance and up
building of the Nation's city.
”4. Sympathetic understanding
and mutual appreciation between
the Americans of Washington and
the Americans of the United States,
as represented in Congress. Too
many of Washington's legislators
come to view their Capital constit
uents as unappreciative, ungrateful,
greedy, selfish and censorious, and
too many of these constituents come
to view the legislators, selected for
them by the Constitution, as de
liberately Ignorant of their needs,
as contemptuously Indifferent to
and neglectful of their welfare or
as actively hostile. The crying
need of the hour is a change of
thought, a change of heart, a new
policy under which each of the
capital-building partners shall heed
the Injunction, Put yourself in his
place!’ with the result of substitut
ing mutual appreciation for recrim
ination.
"5. The same right to sue and
be sued in the courts of the Na
tion as is possessed by the citizens
of the States and by aliens.”
This brief analysis of the vital
objectives coming from a leader
recognized as the beet informed
person on the affairs and problems
of the District of Columbia—one
whose close study and practical
advice has shown the solution of
many of our problems of the past—
should prove a program of value
in uniting the forces that fight for
Washington. In the light of the
present bitter feelings between
some of our legislators and civic
leaders the objective number 4
may appear especially difficult.
Many have long considered the
creation of a better feeling between
members of the Congress and Dis
trict residents a vital problem.
The question is. just how is such
improved understanding and feel
ing to be brought about?
Some years ago, and right after
his retirement from the chairman
ship of the House District Com
mittee, the late Representative
Focht told this observer, coming
down on the elevator from a Board
of Trade meeting, that the Wash
ington people had missed a great
opportunity. He said, “if some of
you folks had taken me into your
homes and fed me fried chicken
and waffles I would have gotten
acquainted with you and there is
no telling what I would have been
willing to do for you.”
There appears to be the essence
of real wisdom in Focht’s phil
osophy. These men and women
who are our legislators, whether
we like it or not, know Intimately
the “folks back home” who sent
them here and those folks know
them. They go into the homes and
break bread with them and know
of their problems and viewpoints.
Here it is entirely different. Of
course the Board of Trade and
some other organizations dine our
legislators on festive occasions and
the practice is helpful but it can
not begin to touch the benefit and
the understanding which would
come from taking these men and
women into the private homes and
the hearts of our people. They
need to know us and we need to
know them.
New Up to All U Help Senate
Improve District Bill.
'■pH* District appropriation bill
passed by the House on Thurs
day falls to satisfy many of those
who make up organised civic
Washington. The organised eltl
aens have not had a real oppor
tunity, until the bill reached the
Senate, to tackle the matter in an
intelligent way. for they have been
kept in the dark through the se
cretive route over which the bill has
been passing. The Appropriations
Committee reported thei bill on
January 26. but it was difficult to
obtain copies of the hearings on
the bill and little time was allowed
for study and conclusive action in
any manner which would influence
the action by the House. Now
civic leaders know from the hear
ings report, much of what was
said by different witnesses regard
ing the items which were under
consideration. They can now pre
pare themselves, fairly well, for
helping the Senate modify the bill
so as to more nearly meet our
needs.
The attempt of Chairman Palm
isano of the District Committee to
have the Federal lump sum in
creased was a noble gesture, much
appreciated in the civic bodies, but
he stood no chance of winning
against the powerful Committee on
Appropriations and the opposition
of one of the most forceful mem
bers of his own committee. Those
familiar with the fiscal affairs of
the District, the increased costs by
reason of this being the Nation s
Capital, the reduction of taxable
areas as the Government estab
lishment has expanded and also
knowing that as a payer of national
taxes the District outranks one half
the States, cannot understand the
opposition to an increased Federal
payment.
The old question crops out as to
laying down a definite formula
lor the settlement of this recurring
controversy—but who can be
trusted to perform such service
fairly? A recent suggestion is
that a representative of the
Treasury Department, a represent
ative of the District government
and an expert be appointed to pro
duce such formula. One of the
flaw* In this plan la that the era
sens of Washington would not be
Parents Advised to Join P.-T. A.
As Means of Helping Children
Friendly Visits With Teachers Lead to
Better Understanding of Pupils9
Problems, Leader Says.
Br MRS. WALTER B. FRY,
Prcaldcnt D. C. ContrtM of Ptrcnti *nd Te»eh»r«.
HALT of the school year for 1837-8 Is finished and we are Just
now embarking upon the second semester. Children from
the sixth grades of the elementary schools are experiencing
for the first time the pleasure of attendance at a junior high
school, and those who were graduated from junior high schools
have embarked upon the larger adventure of life in a high school.
Unfortunately, many parents feel when children have com
pleted their elementary education and have gone to the larger
junior high school that they no longer need to feel mother and
father are "standing by” to straighten out tangles or to help over
rougn places. Experience nas proved
that this is not true; the adolescent
child is much more in need of
parental guidance and unfaltering
love than the smaller, less developed
individual.
Therefore, this little message is to
day directed toward those parents of
new junior and senior high school
students in the hope that it may in
some measure serve to correct this
wrong impression. Even though your
child is beginning to try his wings, they
are not yet strong enough to carry him
or her successfully without help. And
while no one advocates the theory
that a parent must be forever “running
to school” to straighten out real or
fancied troubles, it cannot be denied
that a friendly visit with teachers will
lead to a better understanding and a
more happy school life for one’s chil
dren.
With these thoughts in mind, I am
urging all parents of children who
have Just embarked upon these new
school careers to make it a "must” on
their lists of things to do to go over
to the new schools, meet the teachers,
Identify themselves with their chil
dren in the teachers' minds and pave
the way to friendly and understanding
relationship)*. And the best way to
make this approach is through your
local parent-teacher association. Mem
bership will immediately op>en the way
for your easy approach to the teachers
of your children, and by your member
ship you will Immediately identfy your
self with an organization whose
avowed purpose is welfare of children
and whose constant effort is bent
toward establishing finer co-operation
between parents and teachers.
Don’t wait to be asked to join the
particular new parent-teacher associa
tion with which you should affiliate;
make the first move yourself, and
thereby “graduate" yourself along with
your child—enjoying each phase of
his school life and association with new
teachers and new methods, as they
come along.
Maefarland.
Colonial costumes, worn by the par
ents, will feature the meeting on Feb
ruary 21, when there will be a Joint
celebration of Flounders' and Valentine
Days. A pageant will be given.
The room mothers met Tuesday, pre
sided over by Mrs. Delma Erdman
Plans for $he forthcoming meeting
were made, along with plans to give
a sale of homemade cake and candy
in the cafeteria on February 25.
Mrs. C. C. Hines, who was compelled
because of ill health to resign as chair
man of the National Parent-Teacher
Magazine, has sufficiently recovered to
resume the work.
The board of managers will meet at
10 a m. in the N. E. A. Building.
Langley Jnnior High.
An old-time minstrel show will be
given by the association, under the
direction of H. K. Stephens, assisted
by Gene Starr, on February 17 and 18,
at 8 p.m., to raise funds to further the
represented on such commission,
for a local officeholder, it is con
tended, would not be free from of
ficial Influence and could not
properly represent the taxpayers.
And the expert—Jacobs and his
committee—were experts. The
quest for fiscal equity continues
with the hope that it will not be as
prolonged as "the quest for the
Holy Grail."
While legislative riders on ap
propriation bills are not very
popular in the District, there ap
pears to be considerable approval
of the rider transferring funds
from the District Playground De
partment to the Community Center
Department of the schools for the
operation of school playgrounds by
that department during the sum
mer vacation.
There will be keen disappoint
ment if the Senate falls to add an
appropriation to start the erection
of the John Philip Sousa Bridge
over the Anacostia River on the
line of Pennsylvania avenue. The
bridge item was eliminated through
the attempted transfer of auto
mobile tax money to pay for street
lighting. Now as this diversion of
the earmarked funds was rejected
by the House there is a chance of
money being available for the
bridge out of the gas tax funds.
There are many other items in
the bill as well as omissions which
make it a measure far from
satisfying.
New Central Library Needed
To Care for New Branches.
rPHOSK unfamiliar with the
operation of our Public
Library are unaware of the im
portant and neceeeary part played
by that Institution in the work of
the branch libraries. Some organ
isations in sections not provided
with branch libraries are passing
resolutions opposing the erection
of a new central library building
and urging Instead the erection of
more branches. These actions are
based upon a complete misunder
standing of the relation between
the central and its branches and
the functions of each.
The branches are all that the
name implies and are to a large
extent dependent upon the central
Institution. Some seem to enter
tain the idea that a branch library
is a complete and separate institu
tion, but such is by no means the
case. Branches operated without
the benefit of the services neces
sarily rendered by central would
fall far short of meeting the re
quirements of the neighborhood in
which located.
The existing central library build
ing has long ago outgrown its
facilities to take care of its job
efficiently. It cannot properly serv
ice existing branches and with the
new ones added will simply be
swamped. As a matter of fact the
best way for any neighborhood to
hasten the time when It will have
an efficient branch library of Its
own Is to pull for a new and
adequate central building able to
do the required work with efficiency
and promptness.
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student-aid work of the school and
welfare work of the community. Re
served seats and general admission
tickets may be obtained in the office
of the school.
Stuart Junior High.
Pounder s day will be celebrated to
morrow with a pageant, followed by a
birthday party. Past presidents will
be special guests.
The association entertained the mid
year graduating class with a party,
followed by dancing.
Madison-Tayler.
An executive meeting will be held
Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., in the Madison
School. The Reading Circle, with Mrs.
Nettie Mattingly, leader, will hold a
discussion following the executive
meeting.
Emery-Eckington.
Founder's day will be celebrated at
Emery School Thursday, at 8 p.m.
The program includes S. J. McCathran,
legislative chairman for the District
of Columbia Congress of Parents and
Teachers; Mrs. Walter B. Fry, presi
dent of the District of Columbia Con
gress; Miss Grace Lind, supervising
principal of the fifth division; S. M.
Ely, recently retired head of the fifth
division, and Miss Margaret Lyddane,
retired principal of Emery and Eck
ington Schools.
Amidon-Fairbrother-RoMell.
The study group will meet Wednes
day, at 1:30 p.m.
Founder's day was observed February
1. Miss D. Cook spoke on important
legislation that will come before Con
gress soon.
Phoebe A. Hunt.
The annual card party will be held
Friday at 8 p.m.
The mother* of the school, with Mrs.
Julian Hammack, chairman, gave a
party for the patrol boys on January
36. Mrs. Trice, teaeher in charge of
the patrol; Miss Sarah Holland, prin
cipal, and Patrolman Brown, officer in
charge of patrols in the first division,
were present. February graduates were
entertained on January 37. Pupils of
6A presented a play. ‘Honest Abe.”
Parents of the graduates were guests
at an entertainment January 38.
Roosevelt High.
The association will hold a luncheon
Wednesday at 11:30 a m., at the Elec
tric Institute.
The Executive Committee will
meet Tuesday at 8 pm., at the home
of the treasurer, Guy Goodman.
Biow-Webb.
Mrs. Walter B. Pry, president of the
District of Columbia Congress of Par
ents and Teachers, will be the speaker
at the meeting in the Webb School
Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Mrs. Bertha Eldred, District of Co
lumbia State Historian, will presenl
"The Vision of Mrs. Bimey.”
A luncheon will be held on Pebruarj
17 in the Webb School.
Keene.
TTie board will meet tomorrow al
1:30 p.m.
Pounder's day will be observed Tues
day at 8 p.m.. with Mrs. Walter B
Fry. State president, a* speaker
There will also be a talk on tuber
culosis.
Taft Junior High.
"Problems of Youth" will be dis
cussed by the study group on Thurs
day at 1:30 pm.
Dr. Willard W. Beatty spoke before
the association on "Training Boyi
and Girls for Marriage.”
Truesdell.
The Executive Board will meet
Wednesday at 10 a m.
Association members assisted at the
booth at JeHeff’s Department Store
in the sale of Founders’ certificates,
proceeds from which will be used by
the Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Research.
Burroughs.
Mias Grace Lind, supervising prin
cipal of the fifth division, will speak
at the Founders' celebration Thursday
at 8 p.m. Mrs. L. A. Palmeri's sec
ond grade will present a pageant.
Mrs. W. B. Calvert, second vice
president of the District of Columbia
Congress, will award certificate* te
the following members who attended
four sessions of the first annual Par
ent-Teacher Institute held at George
Washington University last fall: Mrs
F. W. Buser, Mrs. W. M. Bush, Mrs
E. F. De Atley and Mrs. M. T. Nelson.
Edmunds-Maury.
The Executive Committee will meet
tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. In Edmund*
School.
Bowen-Greenleaf.
The Executive Committee will meet
tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Bowen
School.
Cooke.
The Executive Committee will meei
Tuesday at 1 p.m.
W. B. Powell Elementary.
The board and grade mothers will
meet tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.
Bancrofts
Lester Walter, principal of Powell
Junior High School, will speak or
"What the Junior High School Ex
pect* of Its Entering Students” a<
the meeting Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. A
special welcome will be given to par
ent* of new student* and tea will be
served.
Blalr-Hayea.
Founders’ Day will be celebrated
Thursday at 8 p.m. In the Hayea
School.
Plans for a February luncheon were
formulated at the executive meeting
held In Blair School February 3.
Mrs. P. C. Ellett, fifth vice presi
dent of the District of Columbia Con
gress, presented 143 dental certificates
to children of the Blair-Hayea School*
last week.
Bruoktand-Noyee.
The association is co-operating in
the selling of Founders’ certificate*
for the benefit of the Infantile Par
alysis Foundation. The following are
assisting at a booth: Mrs. David Nash,
Mrs. O. H. Hlbbets, Mrs. Stanley D.
Marks and Mrs. John J. McConnell,
Miss Catherine Watkins will speak
on "Kindergartens and Nursery
Schools” at the study group meet
tog Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Brook
land School.
Eliot Junior High.
The association celebrated Found
era’ Day February 1, when Mrs. 3.
W. Eld red, historian. District of Co
lumbia Congress of Parents and
Teachers, was guest speaker. Mrs.
Eldred will also speak at the first
meeting of the study group Wednes
day, 1:30 p.m., Mrs. a. Vandiver
chairman.
Langdon.
All past presidents were honor
guests at the Pounders’ celebration
Thursday evening. These are Mke.
James Byler, Mrs. J. German, Mrs.
Eppa Norris, Mrs. James Hall, Mrs.
Emil Smith, Mrs. Nathan Gammon,
Mrs. Charles Speaker and Mrs. Wes
Try on. Mrs. William Calvert, second
vice president of the District of Co
lumbia Congress, was also an honor
guest. Pupils of the school enter
tained.
Janney.
Dr. Birch Bayh, director of physical
education in the public schools, was
guest speaker at the 41st anniversary
of Pounders’ Day. The attendance
prise was won by Mrs. E. M. Carter’s
room.
The association gave a luncheon fos
members of the soccer team January
27, at which school letters were pre
sented the team for winning the divi
sional championship.
A meeting of the Janney Playground
Council will be held February 17 at
8 p.m. In the home of the association's
president, Mrs. Charles Trussell. Offi
cers will be elected.
Woodridge.
The 41st anniversary of Pounders*
Day will be celebrated Thursday at
1:30 p.m. Mrs. Walter B. Pry will be
the guest speaker. Mrs. Daniel Pratt,
a past president, accompanied on the
piano by Mrs. C. E. Channing, will
present a musical program. Mrs. Wil
liam Calvert, second vice president of
the D. C. Congress, will present
certificates to those members who
attended four sessions of the Parent
Teacher Institute at George Wash
ington University. A pageant will be
presented.
The association plans to present
to the community February 17 a '
Parent-Teacher good-will birthday
program. No admission.
John Quincy Adams.
Plans for the bridge and bingo party
to be held February 16, at 7:30 p.m.,
in the school were completed at the
executive meeting February 1. Prizes
will be given and refreshments sold.
Mrs. Laura Pendleton MacCarteney is
chairman of the committee in charge.
Mrs. Helen Vigeant, first vice presi
dent, spoke on Founders' Day at a
meeting of the Executive Board Febru
ary 1. Miss Florence Jennings of Girl
Scout headquarters gave a short talk
on Girl Scouts and Brownies.
Barnard.
The operetta ‘'Cinderella'’ will be
presented by the pupils of the three
fifth grades Wednesday and Thursday
at 3:15 p.m.
The Executive Committee will meet
Tuesday at 7 p m. The general meet
ing will follow at 8 p.m.
Buchanan.
Pounder*’ Day will be observed
Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.
Mr*. P. A. Short and Mrs. P. C.
Cal cote were appointed to sell
Founders' certificates, proceeds from
the sale of which will go to the new
National Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis Research.
Whittier.
The executive meeting will be held
at the school tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Thelma* Hunt of George Wash
ington University will speak on "Per
sonal Development of the Child" at
the study group on Wednesday.
A benefit aluminum luncheon was
held at the home of the president,
Mrs. W. H. Seaquist, on February 4.
Kingsman-Pierce.
Study group meetings started Feb
ruary 3 and will continue every Thurs
day for six weeks.
A card party will be held tomorrow
at 8 pm. in the Pierce School.
Gordon Junior High.
Hie association met Wednesday. A
panel discussion conducted by Mrs D.
C. Coyle used for its subject "What
the Employer Expects of the Junior
High School.” William M. Losnan,
research director of the Hecht 'Co.,
and Dr. Rudolph A. Clemens of Amer
ican University were speakers.
The Gordon graduating class was
entertained at a party on January 36.
Powell Junior High.
Former members of the school and
parents of 7A children are being espe
cially invited to attend the "home
coming card party" to be given by the
association February 16 at 8 o clock.
A musical program wall be given by
Mrs. Thelma Tawney, director of mu
sic. and refreshments will be served.
At an Executive Board meeting held
Tuesday evening it was voted to pur
chase one of the "family” Founders’
certificates to the National Founda
tion for Infantile Paralysis Research
in the name of the association.
Wheatley.
A panel discussion, led by Miss F.
C. Mortimer, principal, on “Parents
and Teachers Look at Homework" will
be the feature of the Founders' Day
celebration Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
On Thursday 110 Wheatley pupils
were awarded certificates by Mrs. P.
C. Ellett, fifth vice president of the
District of Columbia Congress, for
having all dental defects corrected.
Mrs. J. N. Saunders, former presi
dent of the District of Columbia Con
gress, led the Wheatley Junior Ameri
can Citizens' Club in its meeting, held
on “patriotism" Friday in the library.
Mrs. Martin Johnson, president, and
Mrs. D. Reidel, assisted by Miss Grace ‘
Curl, sixth grade teacher, held a tea
for the graduates of that class on
Wednesday.
Benning.
It was voted to set aside (5 per
month to supply the undernourished
children of the Benning School at the •
association meeting.
A turkey dinner was served Benning
patrol boys on January 25.
A father-and-son banquet was given ,
at the school January 27. The pro
gram was » follows: Invocation, the
Rev. Langland of All Saints’ Church;
welcome to fathers and sons, E. Dis
ney; response, Billy Weaver; character
songs by Stephen Pearson; Repre
sentative Lyle H. Boren of Oklahoma,
address. H. M. Franke was toast
master. Mrs. Julia Franke was chair
man.
STARTING YOUNG
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Twenty-firs Children Attend
Friendship Meeting.
Starting out young in their civic
work, about 25 fourth and fifth grade
pupils of the Janney School attended
the meeting of the Friendship Citizens’
Association Wednesday night. The
attraction was the promised talk by
a real G-man, R. T. Harbo, adminis
trative assistant to J. Edgar Hoover,
director of the Federal Bureau of In
vestigation, and motion pictures show- "
lag activities of the F. B. L

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