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Victim, Believed Capital Res
ident, Discovered Lying
- on Marlboro Pike.
Crack-up Occurs on Lee Boulevard
Near Falls Church—Acci
dents Numerous.
The body of a man tentatively
identified as John Page, 65, of 1215
M street N.W., who had been reported
missing from his home last night, was
found on the Marlboro pike at Mel
wood, Md., early today, apparently the
Victim of a hit-run motorist.
Two other persons, one a Washing
ton plumbing contractor, were killed
late yesterday in a collision of two
automobiles on snow-covered Lee
boulevard at the Fairfax-Arlington
county line. Three others were in
jured in this accident, two perhaps
The man believed to be Mr. Page
was found lying dead in the middle
of the road shortly after 6 a.m„ when
a woman's piercing scream awakened
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hardesty, who
live nearby. There was no other clue
to the automobile believed to have
struck him.
Tentative identification was made
through a heavy Masonic ring and
scarred knuckles on the right hand,
after Maryland authorities reported
discovery of the body to police here.
Relatives of Mr. Page left shortly be
fore noon for Upper Marlboro, where
the body was taken, to verify the
identification. He had been reported
missing since 9 a.m. yesterday.
The dead in the Lee boulevard
tragedy were Frederick M. Amberger,
44, plumbing contractor, of 4879 Po
tomac avenue N.W., and Mrs. Blanche
Green, 45, of Idylweod, Va., who were
passengers in the wrecked cars.
Charles E. Stearn, 27, of Alexan
dria, said to have been driving the
automobile in which Mr. Amberger
was riding, and Rosalee Harper, 14
year-old adopted daughter of Mrs.
Green, received skull fractures and
were reported in a critical condition.
The dead woman's husband, Garner
Green, 45, of Idylwood, Va„ driver of
the other car, was cut- and bruised
Falls Church Police Sergt. Alton P.
Shumate said the collision was the
most destructive he had investigated
during seven years he has been sta
tioned in that town. The cars crashed
in Fairfax County with such force
that the wreckage skidded across the
line into Arlington County, he said.
Cause of the collision had not been
determined this morning. Sergt. Shu
mate was attempting to verify a report
that one of the automobiles sped out
of a little-used side road and struck
the other. The drivers’ vision may
have been partially obstructed by sleet,
which followed yesterday’s snowstorm,
he said.
The dead an^ injured were brought
to hospitals here in the Clarendon
Rescue Squad ambulance and police
and private cars. Mrs. Green and Mr.
Amberger were pronounced dead on
arrival at Georgetown Hospital. Mr.
Steam still was unconscious at
Georgetown this morning, and the
Harper girl was reported in similar
condition at Emergency Hospital.
Numerous accidents occurred in the
District as cars skidded on streets
made slippery by the snow and ice, but
only one person was reported injured
Mrs. Letitia Neal, 64, of Rockville,
Md., received a fractured skull and
fractured leg when struck by an auto
mobile as she was walking across Mas
sachusetts avenue at Eleventh street
N.W. early last night. She was reported
in fair condition today at Emergency
Hospital. George W.'Howlin, 26, of
the 300 block of E street N.E., said
to have been driving the car that
struck her, was charged with reckless
driving at the second precinct.
Mrs. Lena Anderson, 42, of 2325
Fifteenth street N.W., was cut and
bruised when a taxicab in which she
was riding collided with another car
and overturned at Fourth and Bryant
streets N.W. She was treated at
Mrs. Elizabeth Sykes, 48, of 387
Thirteenth street N.W., suffered shock
and possible internal injuries when
struck by a street car at Pennsylvania
avenue and Seventh street S.E. She
was taken to Providence Hospital.
Mrs. Myrtle Hurst, 31, of Vienna,
Va., was treated at Georgetown for
face cuts and a broken arm received
in an accident in Arlington County.
Cecelia Weiner and Inez Toirier,
both of 2201 Massachusetts avenue
N.W., were cut painfully when their
automobile slid off the road and over
turned on the Lee highway cut-off
near Fairfax, Va., Fairfax police re
Three colored men were cut and
bruised in the collision of a truck and
automobile near Vienna, Va., on the
Chain Bridge road. They are William
Hacker of Alexandria, said to have
been driving the truck, and Harry
Williams, 31, and James Lane, 30,
both of Vienna.
A three-way collision at the south
end of the highway overpass in
Gaithersburg, Md., late last night in
volved a Montgomery County police
car in which the county treasurer, J.
Forest Walker, was riding. His knees
were bruised. William Plummer, 11, ofi
Gaithersburg suffered a broken nose.
An automobile driven by Thomas E.
Plummer, father of the injured boy,
crashed into the rear of a car oper
ated by Milton T. Loeffler, 1533 Penn
sylvania avenue S.E., who had stopped
to clean his windshield. The police
car, driven by Officer Marion B. Day
hoff, then hit the Plummer machine.
Man, 76, Killed and Five Hurt in
Maryland Accident.
OAKLAND, Md., Feb. 12 (fP).—A
aleet-covered windshield was blamed
today for an automobile accident in
which Charles George, 76, of Deer
Park, was killed; his wife and two
grandchildren injured and two others
Corpl. Thomas Currie of the State
police reported Mr. George was fa
tally injured when the automobile,
driven by Mrs. Nellie Bittlnger, Bob
town, Pa., struck a culvert eight miles
north of here during last night’s storm.
Mrs. George and their two grand
children, Charles Cliften, 6, and Harry
Cliften, 6, were taken to Allegany
Memorial Hospital at Cumberland.
Crash of This Car Cost Two Lives
This is the wreckage of one of the two automobiles in a collision that killed two persons and
injur ed_ three others on the Lee boulevard at the Fairfax-Arlington County line late yesterday.
__~ _ —Star Staff Photo.
Citizens to Be Heard by
Senate Subcommittee
Starting Monday.
The Senate subcommittee handling
the 1939 District appropriation bill
probably will spend several days,
starting Monday morning, hearing
neighborhood groups and city-wide
civic organizations on proposed
changes in the measure as it passed
the House.
Hearing of municipal department
heads was completed yesterday, when
public school officials presented the
need for items in which the House
reduced budget estimates. The House
took a total of more than $600,000
from various parts of the school
Senator Thomas of Oklahoma,
chairman, said he wil seek prompt
committee action on the bill as soon
as the civic delegations have con
ferred. There are strong indications
the $765,000 for street lighting will
be put back into the highway fund,
thereby holding down the general
fund deficit, even though the House
rejects the transfer. Another major
decision facing the subcommittee is
whether to raise the $900,000 allowed
by the House for unemployment re
One of the controversial questions
is the House action transferring juris
diction over school playgrounds dur
ing the summer months from the
Playgrounds Department to the Com
munity Center Office.
Senator Thomas said the subcom
mittee heard testimony yesterday as
to whether the language of the bill
should be clarified to make sure small
children could go on the playgrounds.
For several years there has been a
clause in the appropriation law to
prevent the use of school funds for
the instruction of children under 5
years of age in kindergartens.
Trio Convicted as Result of
Hazy Testimony on O’Brien
Joseph E. O’Brien, William Russell
Carpenter and Harry Berhle, who
were convicted of perjury in connec
tion with their testimony at the trial
of the six men who shot O'Brien July
21, 1936, in a bootleg war, will be
sentenced Tuesday.
They had been scheduled to come
before the court yesterday afternoon,
but their sentencing was postponed
when their attorney, John H. Burnett,
questioned the right of Justice Jesse
C. Adkins to impose punishment
under the District's perjury statute,
which carries a maximum of 10
years’ imprisonment. He argued that
the men should be sentenced under
the Federal perjury law, the maximum
penalty of which is only five years.
O’Brien was shot down in the 200
block of Second street S.E. He, Car
penter and Berhle testified at the
trial of O’Brien’s assailants that they
t could not remember certain salient
facts and perjury indictments re
During the subsequent trial of
O’Brien a youthful gas station at
tendant, Burt J. Watson, testified
O’Brien told him Emmett Warring
had paid him $3,500 to “keep quiet.”
Warring is the brother of Charles
R. (Rags) Warring, leader of the
gang which staged the shooting.
Later it developed that Watson, was
threatened before the trial because
he had “talked” to Assistant United
States Attorney Roger Robb.
Cantor’s Daughter Injured.
HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 12 (£>).—Miss
Edna Cantor, 18-year-old daughter of
Screen Comedian Eddie Cantor, was
bruised and cut in an automobile col
lision, police reported today.
Miss Cantor, a passenger in a car
driven by James McHugh, jr„ 22,
which collided with one driven by
James Warren, was treated at Holly
wood Emergency Hospital and re
moved to her home.
Crash Victim
Capital Has Skeleton Set-up
For Co-ordinating Recreation
Stymied, However, Say Officials, fry
Mutual Distrust of Community Center
and Municipal Playground Units,
(No. 2 of a Series.)
Outgrowth of long-standing dissatisfaction among local citizens, there
is now for the first time in the Capital a skeleton set-up for co-ordination
of recreation.
Recreation officials, however, say it is stymied by mutual distrust between
the Community Center Department and the Municipal Playground Department.
By way of explanation, they point to the two phases of co-ordination:
The planning of uniform development of adjacent properties owned by the
schools, District government, the Na
tional Capital Parks, on the one hand,
and the co-operation in program of
activities between the School Board's
Community Center and the District
Building's Playground Department, on
the other.
The engineers of the three agencies,
they said, have gotten together very
successfully in planning for the uni
form development of about 44 recrea
tional areas.
On the other hand, they said, the
attempt to co-ordinate activity, though
delayed by the planning phase from
1935 until last summer, was unsuc
Opportunity for Friction.
It was pointed out that opportunity
for friction lay in the fact that the
two agencies operate under different
authority and that the Playground
Department, with large personnel,
must take out permits through the
Community Center to stage sometimes
similar activities on school grounds.
To illustrate, a case was cited where
the Playground group wanted to get a
school gym for a basket ball game.
The fee to be charged by the center
was the custodian’s pay plus $4 ad
ditional for a center employe to watch
the game t# see that everything went
off all right.
A playground official felt playground
supervision is qualified to see that
everything goes off all right, that the
custodian was there ;o protect the
property, and that hence the $4 was a
waste of money which the department
did not have available to .-pend. School
children, it was added, are not charged
for their use of municipal playgrounds.
A school official, however, pointed
to the fact that the Community Cen
ter is responsible for school property
when used after school hours, and
that the practice of center employe
supervision is general to all groups
using the facilities.
Jealous of Jurisdiction.
Each department, it is said, feels
the other is bent on absorbing it and
consequently is suspicious of anything
which might involve relinquishment of
some jurisdiction to the other.
An additional fact cited as making
for ill feeling is that the playground
group must take out permits as an
individual. Playground employes and
supporters have expressed the feeling
that a city-wide organization should
have preference over private smeller
groups regarding school facilities, but
Community Center feeling is that
there is no advantage in putting out
me group of citizens in favor of an
other. The center operates on a flrst
come-flrst-served basis.
Civic dissatisfaction with the-recre
ation arrangement, which resulted in
the present attempt at co-ordination,
covers a period from 1929 to 1935, dur
ing which numerous investigations
were made under varying auspices, a'l
advocating some unification or co-or
Despite the interest, nothing was
done until the spring of 1935, when,
at the reported instance of Frederic
A. Delano, chairman of the National
Capital Park and Planning Commis
sion, President Roosevelt wrote a letter
to each of the three agencies asking
them to get together and work as a
unit. He had been told, the President
said, that this would improve recrea
tional efficiency about one-third.
The result was the formation of the
present Recreation Committee, con
sisting of Commissioner Allen, Henry
I. Quinn of the Board of Education,
C. Marshall Finnan of the National
Capital Parks and Mr. Delano as non
voting chairman.
Tentative Agreement Drafted.
A tentative agreement was drawn up
and Lewis R. Barrett was obtained
from the Public Works Administra
tion's Housing Division as co-ordi
Mr. Quinn insisted on incorporating
into the agreement a clause specifying
that each agency is to have absolute
control over its own facilities and per
The agreement was approved by the
School Board in June, 1936, and by
the Park Office shortly after. It was
then forwarded to the District Build
ing for signature and after some time
came back with a few suggested
changes. These were agreed to and
it became official in January, 1937.
Despite the difficulty in arriving at
a satisfactory understanding, the co
ordinator had been at work on the
planning phase of co-ordination since
August, 1935.
<The next article will show the
difference between the present co
ordination set-up and the proposed
unification btll drawn up bp the
Park and Planning Commission./
By the Soldiers’ Home Band Or
chestra at 5:30 p.m. today in Stanley
Hall: John S. M Zimmermann, band
master; Anton Pointner, assistant.
March. "The Gladiator"_ Sousa
Overture, "Plantation Jubilee,"
Entr’acte—ia) ‘‘Morris Dance," Noble
(b) "Legend” _Friml
Excerpts from musical comedy,
“The Sunshine Girl”.Rubens
Popular numbers—"Keep on
Smiling" _. Friml
“Karavan” - Wiedoft
Walt* suite, "Kuenstler Lebe*"
(Artist's Life).. -Strauss
Finale. "Up the Street" (re
quest) -Morse
"The Star Spangled Banner.”
Cousin of Lincoln Waits a Day
For Her Birthday Anniversary
Only a matter or a lew hours
prevents simultaneous cele
bration of the birthdays of
Mrs. Maria Marshall and her
cousin. Abraham Lincoln.
Today, while hundreds of patriotic
organizations pay tribute to the 129th
birthday anniversary of the Great
Emancipator, Mrs. Marshall is quietly
working on a quilt she is making for
her great-great-granddaughter and
awaits a simple celebration of her
88th birthday anniversary tomorrow.
A great believer in activity and
plenty of it, regardless of age- Mrs.
Marshall keeps house at her daugh
ter’s apartment, 2801 Adams Mill road
N.W., while Miss Emily Hanks Mar
shall is at her work as a judicator at
the Veterans' Administration.
Related Through Mother.
Mrs. Marshall Isn't quite sure of
her exact relationship with the former
President but her mother, the former
Elizabeth Hanks, and Lincoln’s moth
er, Nancy Hanks, were either first or
second cousins.
Born in Albany, 111., in 1850, Mrs.
Marshall was reared by an uncle,
Capt. S. B. Hanks, who claimed he
was on the first "raft ever to go down
the Mississippi without oars on the
bow to help guide it,” and known up
and down the river as “Uncle Steve.”
Besides her daughter here Mrs
Marshall has another daughter, Mrs.
Clara Booth of Litchfield, Minn.; six
grandchildren, eight great-grandchil
dren and the one great-great-grand
child, Patsy Ruth Eckbom, age 9
months, who lives in Oakland, Calif.
Mrs. Marshall says she doesn’t be
lieve the United States has had a
"greatest President."
“There have been some good ones,”
she smilingly admits- "and some not
so good.”
Lincoln Did "Pretty Well.”
As to her cousin, she feels “he had
a hard job and did it pretty well.”
Her hobby is making quilts and her
favorite topic of conversation, politics,
although she Insists she’d rather not
be quoted in detail for publication.
"I’m a solid Republican.” she de
—Star Staff Photo.
dares, shifting in her favorite chair
she brought with her here 10 years
ago from the old family home in Illi
nois. “I have some good friends who
are Democrats, but I’ve always been
a Republican and always will be.”
She says she has her own ideas
about the New Deal and admits they
aren’t very complimentary. Repre
sentative Withrow, Progressive, of
Wisconsin, is her nephew.
Mt»- Marshall says she “feels a little
old occasionally," but most of the time
figures she’s “no older than any one
Insisting she always wants to re
main active, this octogenarian will tell
you: “I want to die with my boots on.”
Roosevelt Expected to Place
Wreath at Memorial
Services Open National Defense
Week of Reserve Officers’
Patriotic groups, led by the Military
Order of the Loyal Legion of the
United States, gathered at the Lincoln
Memorial at noon today to honor the
memory of Abraham Lincoln on his
129th birthday anniversary. Thirty
nine organizations participated in the
exercises, and President Roosevelt
placed a wreath at the memorial. Capt.
Patrick H. Tansev, U. S. A., also placed
a wreath on behalf of the District
A tribute to Lincoln at the me
morial will open the observance of
National Defense Week by the Reserve
Officers’ Association of the United
States. Maj. W. R. Metz, Quarter
master Reserve, president of the Dis
trict Department of the association,
will speak on “National Defense” over
Station WJSV at 5:30 p.m.
Miss Ann Rutledge, great-great
great grandniece of Lincoln's one-time
fiancee, was the honor guest at a
fiancee, was to be the honor guest at
Lincoln's birthday breakfast in the
Mayflower Hotel at 12:30 p.m., ar
ranged by the Dames of the Loyal
Legion. Representative Reed, Repub
lican, of Illinois, was the guest speaker.
While the Marine Band played, the
Lcyal Legion's ceremony at the me
morial included the presentation of the
national commandery colors, with an
escort of soldiers, sailors, marines and
coast guardsmen.
Senator Logan of Kentucky will
speak on “Lincoln the Man” at a
celebration sponsored by the United
Government Employes and the Good
Fellowship Recreation Association of
the Interior Department, to be held
tonight in the Departmental Audi
torium, Thirteenth street and Con
stitution avenue N.W.
Scott Will Speak.
Armond J. Scott, judge of the
Municipal Court, also will speak and
music will be furnished by the Shiloh
Baptist Church Choir, directed by
Mrs. W. Patterson, and the Arnold
Inspirational Echoers. The Rev. C.
T. Murray, pastor of the Vermont
Avenue Baptist Church, will give the
invocation, and the Rev. W. H. Jerna
gin, pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist
Church, and the Rev. E. C. Smith,
pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist
Church, are to give short talks.
Edgar G. Brown, president of the
United Government Employes, and H.
T. Hawthorne, president of the Good
Fellowship Recreation Association, will
be co-chairmen.
The day will be climaxed with the
program arranged by the Department
of the Potomac, Grand Army of the
Republic, for 8 p.m. at the First Con
gregational Church, Tenth and G
streets N.W.
After the Marine Band plays the
overture. R. J. F. McElroy, patriotic
instructor of the Department of the
Potomac, will give the call to order.
The Rev. Howard Stone Anderson,
minister of the First Congregational
Church, will pronounce the invoca
tion, and Percy Parker, with a con
siderable escort, will present the de
partment colors.
Audience to Sing.
Mrs. Bertha B. Brown, president
of the Department of the Potomac,
Woman's Relief Corps, will lead the
salute to the flag ana the pledge of
allegiance before the audience sings
the "Star Spangled Banner.” After
the recitation of "The American's
Creed,” the audience will sing "Amer
Faye E. Palsgrove. commander,
Cushing Camp No. 30. Department cf
Maryland. Sons of Union Veterans,
will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,
and Representative Gifford, Repub
lican, of Massachusetts, will make the
The organizations that will take
part in the Lincoln Memorial exer
cises, carrying their colors and em
blems, follow:
The commander in chief, Pennsyl
vania Commandery, New York Com
mandery and District of Columbia
Commandery, Military Order of the
Loyal Legion: American Gold Star
Mothers, District of Columbia: Dis
trict Department, American Legion
Auxiliary; District Chapter, American
Red Cross: Bicentennial Chapter,
American War Mothers; State Chap
ter, American War Mothers, District
of Columbia; Aztec Club of 1847;
Capital Society, Children of the Amer
ican Revolution; National Society,
Dames of the Loyal Legion: District
Society, Dames of the Loyal Legion.
National D. A. R. Represented.
National Society, Daughters of the
American Revolution; District Daugh
ters of the American Revolution; Mrs.
Ellen Spencer Mussey Tent, No. 1,
Daughters of Union Veterans of the
Civil War: District Federation of
Women’s Clubs; Girl Scouts of the
District; Department of the Potomac,
Grand Army of the Republic; Depart
ment of the Potomac, Woman’s Relief
Corps; Italian World War Veterans;
Ladies’ Auxiliary to Italian World War
Veterans; Kallipolis Grotto; Depart
ment of the Potomac, Ladies of the
G. A. R.
Military Order of the Carabao; Dis
trict Commandery, Military Order of
Foreign Wars; District Chapter, Mili
tary Order of the World War; Navy
League; the National Patriotic Coun
cil, District Department, Reserve
Officers’ Association; 3d Division So
ciety, Branch No. 7; Heroes of *76;
National Sojourners.
National Society, Sons of the Amer
ican Revolution; District Society, Sons
of the American Revolution; Society
of the Sons of the Revolution in the
District; the commander in chief, Sons
of Union Veterans of the Civil War;
William B. Cushing Camp, No. 30,
Sons of Union Veterans; William B.
Cushing Auxiliary, No. 4; Warren O.
Harding Camp, Sons of Union Vet
erans; Lincoln Camp, No. 2, Sons of
Union Veterans; Washington Unit,
Women’s Overseas Service League.
Few First Class Seats.
Paris has denied the request to
make all public buses one class in
stead of first and second class as at
present, yet of 283 new buses Just put
into sfctvice only 9 have first-class
SMktfe '
Birthplace Vague to Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln himself was in doubt of the exact location
of his birthplace, a question that has been debated for more than
half a century. In this letter, reproduced by courtesy of Nathan
N. Wallack, Washington collector of rare books and manu
scripts, is Mr. Lincoln’s confession of ignorance of his original
The text reads: “I was born February 12, 1809, in then
Hardin County, Ky„ at a point within the new county of La Rue,
a mile or a mile and a half from where Hodgen’s Mill now is.
My parents being dead and my own memory not serving, I have
no means of verifying the precise location. I think on Noiin Creek.
A. Lincoln, June 14, 1860.”_ Star Staff Photo.
Men Brought Here From
$10,000 in Goods.
Solution of scores of housebreakings
during the past six months may result
through the return here today of two
men arrested in Philadelphia last night
on charges of theft and disposing of
stolen goods amounting to $100,000.
Most of the loot, the Associated Press
quoted Detective Capt. James Ryan as
saying, was taken from apartments of
Washington residents. About $10,000
worth was recovered.
The prisoners, identified as Lester
A. Engle. 44, Philadelphia jeweler, and
Herman Held. 35, alias Herman Ross,
600 block of G street N.W., were
brought to Washington by Detective
Sergts. Joseph Shimon and Harry Brit
Pawn Shop Raided.
They were taken into custody in a
raid on a pawn shop which detectives
said Engle operated. Trays, candle
sticks. watches, pins and rings were
among the articles which were re
ported stolen here.
Held was accused of breaking into
the apartments, testing Jewelry with
acid and taking whatever he found
might, be valuable.
He sought to escape detectives who
went to arrest him by leaping from a
second-story window at the store. He
landed unhurt, but was captured be
fore he could run.
Tips Lead to Arrests.
Inspector Bernard W. Thompson
said the arrest of the men came about
through a “tip'' here that packages
of stolen property were being deliv
ered to the Philadelphia shop.
Engle is being held at No. 8 precinct
and Held at No. 3. A third man ar
rested in the raid was released after
While police .sought to locate the
owners of the stolen property, a search
was instituted for two bandits w’ho
last night held up a grocery store and
a filling station, escaping with more
than $500.
Grocery Proprietor Robbed.
One was a sharp-featured white
man, armed with a revolver, who
robbed Oscar Gildenhorn, proprietor
of the grocery at 1847 Columbia road
N.W., of $455.
Mr. Gildenhorn, his wife and several
clerks were in the store when the
bandit entered, bnmchshed the re
volver and took the money from a
cash register.
Xn the other hold-up, Chester P.
Surba, night manager at a Lord Bal
timore filling station, 1624 L street
N.W., was forced to turn over $46 to
a young colored youth with a gun.
The 38 "drifters” picked up during
the past few days to rid the city of
transient criminals were viewed by
hold-up victims at a special line-up
at police headquarters last night.
None was identified, but several were
charged with vagrancy when they were
unable to give a reasonable excuse for
their presence in the city.
Shoreham Hotel Manager Ap
pointed to Advisory Group,
It Is Announced.
L. Gardner Moore, manager of the
Shoreham Hotel and president of the
Hotel Association of Washington, has
been appointed to the Advisory Board
of the Keystone
Automobile Club,
it was announced
A native of the
District, Mr.
Moore was grad
uated from
Georgetown Uni
versity Law
School. As vice
president of the
Shoreham Hotel
Corp., he has
been manager of
the establishment
since it opened in
L Gardner Moore.
Prior to his connection with the
Shoreham, he was associated with the
Wardman Park and Carlton Hotels.
He is serving his second term as presi
dent of the local hotel association.
Clarinet Player Dies.
Frans Gomes, one of the world's
greatest bass clarinet players, hat
died'in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Representative Committee
Considered to Reconcile
Conflicting Interests.
A representative committee was be
ing considered by the Commissioners
today to draft a new milk code for the
District or so amend the present pro
posed code as to make it acceptable to
the many conflicting interests in
It took eight hours of public hear
ings to convince the Commissioners
they were not going to get anywhere
with a code which the Health De
partment drew up after months of ne
gotiations with ice cream manufac
turers. The Commissioners withdrew
the code after the hearing yesterday
and decided to appoint a committee
to study the many proposed amend
The chief purpose of the code under
consideration was to safeguard the
supplies of milk being shipped into the
District for use in the manufacture
of ice cream. Earlier in the day. Wis
consin and Michigan Congressmen ap
peared to protest it would place a ban
on shipments from the Midwest.
“Milk Bootlegging” Charged.
During the hearing cnarges involv
ing so-called milk bootlegging figured
in wordy disputes. Julian Richards,
representing the Washington Restau
rant Association, insisted that mem
bers of his organization complied with
all the milk regulations. “We resent
the charge we are bootlegging.” he
declared. “It’s unfair. Let the ac
cusers present their evidence.”
B. B. IV'rick of the Maryland and
Virginia Milk Producers' Association
cited the importation of great quan
tities of milk into the District intended
for the manufacture of ice cream, but
which is being diverted, he claimed,
for liquid consumption.
Tile association spent $22,000 from
1935 to 1936 in detective fees, he said,
to stop bootlegging of milk. In 1934,
he charged, 9,400 cans of cream from
the West were brought into Washing
ton. The amount increased to 50.000
cans last year, he claimed, creating
a real competition.
Would Clamp Down Hard.
He was for clamping down hard on
the Western source of supply which is
being sent here for the use of ice
cream makers.
' Why safeguard the bottle of milk
which the child drinks and not regu
late the ice cream cone the child
eats?” he demanded.
Bootleg milk is being brought into
the District by truck, he said, and de
livered to garages at niflit and dis
tributed at night.
Paul E. Lesh, representing the sub
committee of ice cream manufacturers
affiliated with the Merchants and
Manufacturers’ Association, suggested
that permits to buy .milk and cream
be issued only to manufacturers in
the District equipped with facilities
for storage, mixing and pastuerization.
This follows the Baltimore code.
He also demanded that all milk and
cream be converted into ice cream
within 96 hours after its first pasteuri
zation unless homogenized and pas
teurized in the course of manufacture.
This would get around objections to
the original proposal, which provided
that all milk shipped into the District
be converted into ice cream within 96
hours after first pasteurization. That
provision was aimed at shipments
from Wisconsin and Michigan, Con
gressmen of those Otates had pro
Mr. Lesh also proposed an amend
ment that would permit a bacterial
count as high as 300,000 for products
used in the making of ice cream, also
fashioned, it was understood, after
the Baltimore regulations.
Sefton Darr, counsel for Roaslyn
(Va.) interests, opposed the Lesh
amendments. He said they would
“ruin” the small men, who could not
afford to buy expensive manufacturing
equipment. Others contended the reg
ulations would tend to Increase the
price of ioe cream to the consumer.
President Roosevelt today signed a
bill permitting justices of the Supreme
Court, on retirement, to sit on the
bench of the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia.
When the general retirement bill
for Supreme Court justices was
passed last year it provided for re
tired justices to be called for duty by
the various United States Circuit
Courts of appeals. A legal question
was raised, however, in connection
with the appellate court in the Dis
trict, and the bill was amended to
dear this obstacle. (*
Citizens Give Opinions on
Various Plans to Solve #
Tells Board of Trade Spokesmfft
Group Will Insist on Down
town Parking Ban.
A mass of suggestions, theories,
opinions and recommendations de
signed to lead to improvement of
Washington’s traffic conditions was
studied today by the Traffic Subcom
mittee of the House District Commit
tee as it contemplated the next step
in its campaign to make the Capita!
traffic safety conscious.
Product of a “traffic clinic” con
ducted last night by Representative
Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana, chair
man of the subcommittee, the pro
posals will be scrutinized closely for
constructive criticism that will lead
to a great reduction in the traffic acci
dent and death toll of Washington.
Prom civic associations, business or
ganizations, automobile clubs, taxicab
associations and taxicab drivers them
selves and from homes came more
than threescore men and women
offer their ideas for a cure for traffic
ills. At the insistence of Mr. Schulte,
who presided, they talked “straight
from the shoulder.”
Action Is Promised.
However. Mr. Schulte himself set the
pace for the traffic clinic before the
three-hour conference was five min
utes old.
“We mean business in this cam
paign,” he declared emphatically.
“We've had these campaigns before.
This time there's going to be action.
The Police Department has been in-~
structed to arrest every driver, no mat
ter how small ’lie violation—and with
out fear cr favor. The law is going to
be enforced to the letter.
“In 1933 there were 47,350 traffic,
arrests in Washington. In 1937 there
were 91.119. Last year 109 persons
were killed in accidents here, and
there were 12,784 accidents. Just
think of those figures awhile, and
you'll see why we mean business.”
Later in the meeting Inspector Wil
liam Holmes. Chief of the Traffic Divi
sion of the Police Department, said^
that attempts to educate the motorist
and pedestrian apparently have failed
and that the strictest enforcement
of all traffic rules and regulations
would be invoked to “crack down”
on the negligent and careless driveis
and pedestrians.
Answers Questions.
Practically every traffic suggestion
that has been voiced within the last
year was discussed by the citizens. As
each person arrived he was hande^L
an outline of 10 questions which were*
to be considered and on which he was
asked to express his opinion by check
ing yes or no.
Included among these were the ques
tions of pedestrian regulation, increas
ing the speed limit from 22 miles per
hour to 25 and from 30 to 35; running
traffic lights all night; restriction of
all-night parking on all streets; re
striction-of all-night parking on mai>^
streets; prohibition of downtown park
ing: limiting the number of taxicabs
by law. limiting the number by in
surance and the question of taximeters
in cabs.
The taxicab driver, who came in for
considerable criticism, was defended by
Harry Davis, head of the Diamond Cab
Co., who said that since 1S26 his firm
has received more than 6.000 letters
commending Diamond drivers for acts
of courtesy and safety.
Sees Subways Inevitable.
He suggested that speed probably
was the greatest cause of accidents,
urged prohibition of downtown parking
and predicted that subways and ex
press highways are inevitable in Wash
E. I. Dollar, president of the Indus
trial Brotherhood of Taxi Drivers, sub
mitted a four-point program of traffic,
control embodying a recommendation
that control of pedestrian traffic be
enforced at all intersections along P
and G streets N.W. between Thirteenth
and Seventh streets, and a proposal
that traffic lights be operated on e
24-hour schedule within the first, ol
20-cent. taxi zone.
Schulte Insists on Ban.
When John F. Victory of the Board
of Trade emphasized that the board's
Traffic Committee is strongly opposed
to elimination of parking in the busi
ness area, Mr. Schulte announce d
"We're going to insist on a ban on
all parking in the downtown section
during business hours.”
Mr. Schulte said he would also seek
regulations calling for a speed limits
of 15 miles an hour at intersections
and prohibition of parking within 50
feet of an intersection. The present
regulation is 25 feet.
Harry S. Wender. president of the
Federation of Citizens’ Associations,
outlined the views of that body on the
questions under consideration.
Fish Says Roosevelt, Hull and
Norman Davie Believe In
Coercion and Force,
By the Associated Press.
Representative Fish, Republican, of
New York, senior minority menlber of
the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
accused President Roosevelt and the
State Department last night of cre(i^
ing “war psychology by words and!
deeps and by implied threats against
aggressor nations and totalitarian
"I oonfess I have little faith In the
conduct of our foreign affairs by Presi
dent Roosevelt, Secretary Hull and our
roving Ambassador at Large Norman
Davis,” Mr. Fish said in a radio speech.
“All three of them at heart aflF,
under the skin are internationalists,
supporters at the League of Nations
and believe in concerted action, an
other term for military alliances to
police and quarantine the world. They
believe in using coercion and force
against the aggressor nation, which
would involve us in every foreign

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