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Washington News
Colored Suspects Are Taken
in Custody in Raid
on Beer Parlor.
Shimon Placed in Charge of Drive
Designed to Rid City
of Undesirables.
The newly-enlarged special "pick
up" squad of crack detectives began its
war to drive criminals off Washington
streets by jailing 43 colored suspects
early toijjjy, after a night free of rob
bery reports.
A police check-up showed no thefts
were reported last night or through
8 am. today. Only eight larcenies,
involving $203.75 loot, and most of
them occurring over the week end,
were reported yesterday.
Officials attributed the unusual lack
of criminal activity to the psychologi
cal effect of yesterday’s announcement
by Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superintend
ent of police, of enlargement of the
■’pick-up” squad and plans for it to
"put the heat" on undesirable char
acters here.
Beer Parlor Raided.
T^e squad went into action shortly
after midnight, raiding a beer parlor
in the vicinity of Fourth and K streets
N.W., which Acting Lt. Joseph W.
Shimon said was known as a notorious
hangout for “bums” and suspicious
Forty-three colored men found in
the place were arrested and locked
up at three precinct stations. They
were to be started through the mill
of investigation todfiy. After they
are photographed and fingerprinted,
officials will check their records to
see if they are wanted for any crimes
here or elsewhere, or if they fit the
description of unidentified bandits
being hunted. Then they will face a
line-up at police headquarters.
Those prisoners who go through
this inquisition with clear records
and who are able to show legitimate
means of support will be released.
But those who cannot prove means
of support will be prosecuted on
vagrancy charges, officials said.
The special squad is under orders
to continue surprise raids on criminal
hangouts, as well as efforts to arrest
any suspicious characters on the
streets, until the city is free of what
Maj. Brown described as "undesir
. Shimon HfttdsySquad. ~ ""—
The police superintendent hopes
relentless prosecution will make it so
tough for men and women of the
underworld to live here that they will
drift out of town and spread the word
Uy keep criminals from coming to the
Capital from other cities.
Mr. Shimon was promoted from de
tective sergeant to acting lieutenant
to head the special squad. Others on
the squad, picked for their ability to
remember faces and recognize hunted ;
criminals, are Detective Sergts. Harry
H. Britton, Frank O. Brass and J. K.
Baker, and Detectives E. E. Fredette,
H. H. Carper, D. L. Guest and W. G.
Coincident with Maj. Brown’s an
nouncement yesterday, Representative
William T. Schulte of Indiana, victim
of a hold-up early Saturday, intro
duced a bill providing life imprison
ment for the first conviction for armed
robbery and the death penalty for
the second offense. He described this
measure as one step in a program to
make Washington “the hottest spot
In the country for the underworld."
Mr. Schulte made preparations to
day to call a round-table conference of
police officials and justices handling
criminal cases in the United States
Court for the District in an effort to
map out a more effective crime-con
trol program.
Invitations are to be sent to Justices
Daniel W. O'Donoghue, Joseph W.
Cox and Jesse C. Adkins, Police Supt.
Ernest W. Brown and Inspector Bern
ard A. Thompson, chief of detectives.
Medical Staff Director Cites
Results of Treatment for
Pinworm Infestation.
Fifty members of the Metropolitan
Police Boys' Clubs have been cured in
the last year of pin-worm infestation,
an Intestinal disease, it was announced
yesterday by Dr. Leon S. Gordon, di
rector of the medical staff of the
club, who was in charge of admin
istering the newly discovered treat
ment by which the boys were cured.
An examination last year revealed
that 50 of the 400 boys inspected were
Infected, and these agreed to undergo
treatment by the new tetrachlorethy*
lene method. Dr. Gordon praised the
bays who took the treatment as hav
ing “pioneered in a definite contribu
tion to the health of the youth of
the country.”
Prior to the treatment, Dr. Gorddh
amid, the youngsters with the infec
tion were undernourished and nervous
but responded almost immediately to
the medicine. One boy was reporteed
to have gained 28 pounds in five
The results of Dr. Gordon’s findings
have been published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association,
and reprints were sent to more than
1X0,000 doctors throughout the United
States and other countries. A num
ber of research scientists of the Na
tional Institute of Health co-operated
with Dr. Gordon and his staff in ad
ministering the treatments.
Cooking School Sponsored.
ARLINGTON, Va„ March 8 (Spe
cial).—The Woman’s Club of Ashton
Heights, 413 North Irving street, is
sponsoring a cooking school, given
by the Rosslyn Gas Co., from 10 a.m.
to 8 p.m. today. Mias Ruth Sheldon,
director of the home service depart
ment of the Washington Gas Light
Co^h In charge.
Nichols Predicts Scheme
Would Bring $700,000
Revenue a Year.
Fee Would Be 5 Cents an Hour
and They Wonld Operate Only
Ten*Hours Daily.
Representative Nichols, Democrat,
of Oklahoma, original sponsor of au
tomobile parking meters for Wash
ington, predicted today the adoption
o.' the plan, as provided in the 1939
District appropriation bill as it passed
the Senate, would add at least $700,
000 a year to municipal coffers.
Plans worked out by traffic officials,
Mr. Nichols explained, call for the
installation of 5,000 parking meters
in the congested business area. The
meters would be in operation for
not more than 10 hours a day—prob
ably from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park
ing fee at a meter would be 5 cents
an hour.
Mr. Nichols Indicated he is more
enthusiastic than ever over installa
tion of parking meters, since the reve
nue from their operation would sim
plify the problem of the Fiscal Affairs
Subcommittee of the House District
Committee, which he heads, in writ
ing a tax program that will balance
the municipal budget in the coming
fiscal year.
TYial Period Planned.
The parking meter amendment to
the supply bill contemplates the use
of meters for a trial period and not
primarily as a revenue-producing
source, but as a means of solving the
parking problem. Since the meters
would have to be paid for,before the
District would get the benefit of any
revenue they might later yield, Mr.
Nichols does not believe their opera
tion would contribute much toward
the budget deficit in the coming fiscal
year, but in subsequent years would
be a factor in lightening the local tax
Prompt trial of the meters on a
half dozen sections of congested down
town streets probably will be ordered
by the _ Commissioners if Congress
gives authority for the experiment,
Commissioner Hazen said today.
The Commissioner said the board
had taken no action as yet, but be
felt sure it would, order a trial, if
Congress indicate it wishes one made..
He suggested the meters might be
installed along Fifteenth street N.W.,
where they might be metered for 15
minutes, and on F and Seventh streets
N.W. for perhaps longer periods.
However, the Commissioner said he
would await recommendations from
Traffic Director William A. Van
Duzer and Police Supt. E. W. Brown
on the location and charge for use
of the parking meters.
Since the House approved the park
ing meter plan last year, there is little
likelihood the amendment will be
eliminated in conference. The House
plan, however, would have converted
the revenue from the meters into the
special highway fund. The Senate
approved plan will place the meter
fees In the general fund, where they
can be used to reduce the budget
The subcommittee is still struggling
with an income tax plan, which it
proposes to substitute for the widely
condemned business privilege tax on
gross receipts. C. F. Stam of the
Joint Congressional Committee on
Internal Revenue Legislation has been
called on to aid in perfecting the in
come tax section of ihe revenue bill.
One Per Cent Levy Provided.
A flat 1 per cent levy on all Incomes
earned in the District Is provided
in the original bill. The subcommit
tee, however, has been working on a
proposal of the Citizens’ Committee
or. Fair Taxation to base the local
tax on one-sixth of the amount paid
in Federal income taxes. Mr. Stam,
however, is understood to have told
the subcommittee the formula sug
gested by the Fair Taxation Commit
tee presents many complications, some
of which are insurmountable. A rate
of taxation based on a graduated scale
ranging from 1 to 4 per cent is now
said to be under consideration.
If the business privilege tax is
scrapped, Mr. Nichols pointed out, It
will be necessary to write into the
new revenue bill certain provisions of
the existing law to give District offi
cials continued authority to enforce
and collect current delinquencies In
this levy.
Tag Tear Change in Bill.
Two other special provisions are to
be included in the revised bill. One
will change the District tag year from
the calendar year to run from March
1 to March 1. The other will pro
vide a graduated scale ranging from
$5 to $15 for automobile trailer licenses
Instead of the flat $15 fee. The latter
change was proposed as the result of
a complaint by John T. Campbell that
he was required to pay $15 for a
license for a homemade trailer which
cost him $10 to build.
Mr. Nichols urged a change in the
tag year primarily to bring the Dis
trict period into conformity with
Maryland and Virginia. The tag year
in the surrounding States, however,
runs from April l to April 1. This Is
the date Mr. Nichols originally sug
gested, but It met some opposition at
the District Building, and he com
promised on the March to March
In changing the tax year the sub
committee also plans to allow Dis
trict car owners 30 da^b to display a
new year’s tag in advance of the
March 1 deadline. Under existing
law new tags cannot be placed on a
car until December 15 each year.
Club Plans Ladies’ Right
(Special.)—Ladies’ night will be staged
at a dinner meeting of the Silver
Spring Lions Club tonight at the In*
dlan spring Country Club. A dapoe
W& follow.
Groundwork for the Mellon Gallery of Art
Air view from Goodyear blimp Enterprise showing progress made on the
foundations of the Mellon National Gallery of Art, at Constitution avenue and
Sixth street. In the background are the Justice Department, Archives and Apex
Buildings, forming the end of the Federal Triangle. —Star Staff Photo.
House Conferees May Try
,to Lop $1,000,000 Off
* $48,000,000 Total. "
House conferees on the 1939 Dis
trict appropriation bill, it was indi
cated today, will make an effort in
conference to eliminate at least $1,
000,000 from the $48,000,000 total ap
proved by the Senate.
As it now stands the measure calls
for $3,000,000 more than appropriated
by the House. Senate increases also
raised the anticipated budget deficit
in the coming year to $4,700,000.
The House is expected to name its
conferees on the bill today, although
there may be a delay of a week or
more before the initial conference is
held with the Senate conference man
agers, due to the absence of Represen
tative Collins, Democrat, of Missis
Mr. Collins, as chairman of the
District Subcommittee on Appropria
tions of the House, will head the
House conference group. The other
members will be Representatives
Starnes of Alabama and Caldwell of
Florida, Democrats, and Engel, Re
publican, of Michigan.
As soon as Mr. Collins returns to
Washington he will meet with the
other House conferees to - determine
which of the Senate amendments they
will attack In conference.
Total Now Engaged in Local Jobs
Is 7,592—Waiting List
Is Long.
Approval of 350 additional applica
tions for work relief for Washington’s
Jobless, which brings the total now
engaged on District W. P. A. projects
to 7,592, was reported today by Otto
Cass, deputy W. P. A. administrator
for the District.
The Job quota of the District W.
P. A. recently was increased to 9,000,
which would indicate that the local
agency may employ 1,400 additional
persons found in need of work relief.
Mr. Cass said there is a welting list of
3,500 still to be investigated by the
case workers of the District W. P. A.
Since the W. P. A. was authorized to
make its own certifications, his agency
has approved the applications of ap
proximately 500 persons.
Employment of 200 additional women
in the sewing room project in the old
Metropolitan Methodist Church Build
ing, at John Marshall place and C
street, will begin tonight, Mr. Cass
said this group, would have to work
from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m, because of
lack of space in the building for day
time work.
Beginning tomorrow, he said, 00 ad
ditional women will be put to work in
the Household Service Demonstration
Center, at 1114 O street N.W, where
domestics are given training.
Armory Board Appointed.
HYATTS VTLLE, Md„ March 8 (Spe
cial).—Adj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord of
the Maryland National Guard has ap
pointed a new Armory Board for the
armory here. The group has organ
ized with Lt Col. Edaon I. Small,
U. S. A., retired, chairman, and O. R.
Butler, secretary - treasurer. Other
members are C. L. Aiello, past com
mander of the Department of Mary
land of the American Legion; First
Lt. Hugh T. McClay, commanding
Company F, Hyattsville National
Guard, who has charge of the armory,
and Saoond Lt William L. Splcknall
0bt Company F. ♦
Ex-Residence of Diplomats
To Be Haven for Jobless Girls
Volunteers of America Soon to Open
House for Women Down on Their
1 Luck and Without Hornes.
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A door which once opened to wel
come members of the diplomatic corps
will swing wide again—but this time
the welcome will go to girls who have
found only disillusionment and hard
ship In their search for fame and for
tune In the Nation's Capital.
The Swedish and Swiss Legations
were successively located at 1525 Six
teenth street N.W., where the Volun
teers of America soon will formally
open their girls’ club and hospice.
‘‘Girls from good homes came here
for temporary appointments In the
Government,” Lt. MaJ. H. Mills
Eroh, head of the Volunteers, ex
plained yesterday. "They may be let
out at the end of three or six months,
and then they go from one job to an
other, refusing to go home or having
no home to go to.”
"We plan to give them a good home
and try to help them find work. In
many cases we will persuade the wom
en to go back home,” he said.
Major Founded Home.
The home was established after the
major ran Into some spectacular cases.
As an example he cited the daughter
of a banker who was left alone' after
her father and mother died within
two weeks of each other.
The failure' of the bank, which
caused her father's death, left the
girl without funds. She was given a
Government job, at which she worked
until an attack of rheumatism sent
her to the hospital. When she was
able to return to work there was no
He told of another case where a
woman had spent three days at the
Woman’s Bureau, although she had
committed no crime, simply because
she had no place to go.
“We will provide for all emeggency
cases, Just as we have in the past,”
Maj. Eroh explained, “but the girls
who will be given a home here will
be those who have had clerical and
office work or are business or pro
fessional women temporarily down
on their luck.”
Chibs Have Helped.
A number of clubs nave helped
furnish the spacious rooms of the
house. In addition to furniture, the
place had to be renovated from cellar
to attic. Cheerful wall paper replaced
the dark colors used when the place
housed the Emerson Institute, the
last occupant. Floors were scraped,
the woodwork was repainted, parti
tions were knocked out and new rooms
The large front room of the house
will serve as a meeting place for wom
en’s clubs. It opens on the office,
where cases will be investigated be
fore the girls are given permanent
admission to the residence. Behind
the office is the girls* clubroom, which
will be open to residents and girls
from outside who want to urn Its
Maj. Eroh pointed out the dining
room, where the girls wUl sit at tables
for three or four. The kitchen will
occupy a part of the large renovated
Among the meet attractive rooms
in the house is the second-floor front
room, with its large bay window and
fireplace. Furnished with easy chairs
and studio couches by the Sunshine
and Community Society, it will be
used as a clubroom for residents and
wUl also serve as an Intake room for
“The girls wUl spend their first
night in this room,” Maj. Eroh ex
plained. “Since it is not a bedroom,
it will not give the impression of
permanence. After spending a night
here the girls will be interviewed..
Then, if she stays at the hospice, she
will be transferred to a regular bed
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ber that night be the bedroom of any
home. Twin beds are covered with
gayly colored quilts, and a bureau
and comfortable chairs complete the
furnishings. This will be used for
special cases.
Another room on the second floor
is reserved for older womeh'. Although
there are four beds in it, in addition
to a chair and clothes cabinet for
each occupant, the room te so spacious
that there is no hint of crowding.
"We thought we’d keep the older
women, many of whom have held
responsible positions, separated from
the young girls,” Maj. Eroh said.
“They wouldn't understand each oth
er’s problems. All the younger women
are on the third floor."
The three rooms on the third floor
will house 18 girls. A resident physi
cian with a background of qocial serv
ice as well as medical experience will
be in attendance in a two-room in
firmary, also on this floor.
Te Get Shampoos.
At the suggestion of Mrs. E. T.
Clark, chairman of the Volunteers'
Committee on Women's Work, space
will be found in the attic for clothes
pressing and hair shampooing. Maj.
Eroh said she pointed out to him that
a fresh shampoo and a trim appear
ance will contribute enormously to
the return of a girl’s self-confidence.
' Mrs. Ethel Stule Loke will be act
ing superintendent in residence at
the hospice. The women’s work in
rehabilitation ahd placement will be
under the direction of Mrs. Eroh.
Among the women’s clubs who have
helped furnish the hospice, which will
be supported by contributing member
ship, are the District of Columbia
Federation of Women’s Clubs, the
Sunshine and Community Society, the
women’s District posts of the Ameri
can Legion and Entre Nous.
A rally was held at the hospice last
night as a preface to the formal open
ing. Speakers included Bail Godwin,
president of the White House corre
spondents, and Mrs. Lloyd Biddle,
president of the Club Federation.
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Apostolic Delegation Structure
Masonry Contractor Seeks to
Enjoin Unions. . „ .
Charles W% Hammett, masonry con
tractor for the new Apostolic Delega
tion Building on Massachusetts avenue
H.W., asked the District Court late
yesterday to enjoin three local unions
from calling a strike.
Through Attorneys James C. Wilkes
and James E. Artis, be'told the court
that he will be unable to carry out
his $50,000 contract if he meets the
labpr demands.
The trouble Started, according to the
suit, in January when he was notified
by the Teamsters’ Union that a strike
would be called unless he employed
nntnn truck drivers to transport his
materials. Mr. Hammett said he
complied, only to be Informed Febru
ary 23 by the Washington Building
Trades Council that a general gtgike,
involving teamster*, bricklayers and
building laborers would be called If, he
failed to get rid of cwftapt purchased
from one firm and buy from one of
certain specified companies approved
by the labor organisation.
’. The. contractor.. said he .tried. .to
comply with this demand, but. was
unable to get materials from other
fimm.--Jasttar Jtsmings Bailey acted*
«lad a baailng for max Monday.
Society and General
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Hearings End With Senator,
Questioning Two Justices
on Work Schedule.
Suggestion That Local Bench
Spend More Time on Trials
Scouted by Kentuckian.
Hearings on the need for more
Judges to relieve congestion in the
Federal courts here were completed
today, with Senator King, Democrat,
of Utah questioning Justices James
M. Proctor and Jennings Bailey of
the District Court concerning the an
nual working schedule.
Basing his cross-examination on
a letter from a lawyer whose name ha
did not disclose, the Utah Senator
said he has been led to believe the
judges do not work enough, that they
conduct trials from 9:30 or 10 a.m.
to 3 pm., with one judge present on
Saturday to sign orders. One sugges
tion in the letter was that trials be
continued until 12:30 on Saturday.
Senator King indicated he did not
necessarily agree with that, but added:
“1 do object to three months vaca
Logan Takes Issue.*
Again taking issue with Mr. King, as
he did at a previous hearing. Senator
Logan, Democrat, of Kentucky Inter
jected: “What do you call a vacation.
Senator? I served in one of the hard
est-working courts in the country (the
Kentucky Court of Appeals). That
court adjourned for two weeks at the
end of the year and from the third
Monday in June to the third Monday
in September. I never regarded it as
a vacation.”
“I know some people think we only
work when we are in the Senate
chamber," Senator Logan continued,
“but we know that isn’t true, with
work to be done in our offices. And yet
we will adjourn from July to Janu
Senator Logan added that adjourn
ment of Congress does not mean the
end of a Senator's work.
Board Overrules Protests
In Final Action on
Basic Scale.
Overruling specific protests by four
groups of employers, tbe District Mini
mum Wage Board today gave final ap
proval to the basic wages it fixed a
month ago for women and minors em
ployed in hotels, restaurants and allied
The minimum wages fixed in this
industry, which will mean wage in
creases for many groups, will become
mandatory May 8, or 60 days after
the required final public hearing, held
today at the District Building. The
mlnimums range between $13.25 and
$17 weekly.
A protest over the stipulation that
a deduction of 30 cents per meal may
be made for employes of "public house
keeping establishments” who are given
meals as a part of their wage, was
made, at the hearing by Miss Rose
Brunswick, speaking for the Hotel and
Restaurant Employes’ Alliance. She
agreed with the remainder of the wage
order, but protested the 30-cent-per
meal deduction was not proper on the
ground that in many Instances wait
resses and others do not get balanced
meals, are prohibited from ordering
certain kinds of foods and that their
health is consequently endangered.
She insisted the employes should be
allowed to buy their meals elsewhere
if they wished.
Col. P. M. Ashbum, superintendent
of Columbia Hospital, who spoke for
the District Association of Hospital
Superintendents, protested that the
$17 wage for elevator girls was too
high because their needs were not
greater than those of maids and char
women, who get less. He said boys are
as well qualified as women operators
and—if over 18—could be hired for
less money. Col. Ashburn suggested
that because of the financial condition
of some hospitals it would be necessary
to discharge women elevator operators
and substitute men.
Charles J. Rush also filed a protest
for the Washington Real Estate Board
against the wage for elevator operators,
but this was overruled like the others.
Mrs* William Kittle, board chairman,
said there were only 14 or so elevator
operators in apartment houses who
were involved, a very small percentage
of the total.
Rufus S. Lusk, speaking for the
Building Owners & Managers As
sociation. filed a written protest that
the board had failed to grant a special
hearing before a special conference
on the wages to be fixed for employes
in apartment houses and office build
ings. The board ruled it had previously
settled that question and announced
also the protest was not officially be
fore the board because it came In some
time after the formal public hearing
had been declared.
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Fashion Parade to Be Staged
Tonight to Conclude Short
Climaxing, a two-day short course
for Maryland, Virginia, District of Co
lumbia, West Virginia and Delaware
florists, an elaborate pageant and flora!
fashion parade trill be staged at the
University of Maryland tonight
The pageant will be divided’ into
three phases—"Blossoms of the
Times," "Maryland Belles of Yester
day" and “Maryland Belles of Today."
Mrs. Hester Beall Provenson of the
public-speaking department of the uni
versity will Introduce the “models.”
| More than 100 florists attending the
< short oourss yesterday baas* a aeries
'at sU tslla. t
Traffic Mishaps Slashed in
Half, Conference Told
by Police Official.
Traffic accidents in the District have
been "cut in half” during the month
radio broadcasts have been made from
Traffic Court. Inspector William E.
Holmes, traffic supervisor of the Police
Department, told a special conference
Plans for continued co-operation to
reduce traffic accidents here were dis
cussed at the session attended by the
four Police Court judges, police and
traffic officials, representatives of local
radio stations and Representative Wil
liam T. Schulte of Indiana, chairman
of the House District Subcommittee on
Mr. Schulte said the meeting was
called to "compliment the judges on
their marvelous work in helping to cut
down our death toll from traffic acci
dents” and to plan continuance of
radio broadcasts of Traffic Court trials.
He said the courtroom broadcasts
would be continued, with WOL carry
ing the special programs daily, WMAL
on Mondays and Thursdays and
WJSV instltuing a new series of. Sun
day night rebroadcasts from transcrip
tions of the high lights of the previous
week’s trials. The WJSV programs
will begin a week from next Sunday
Those attending the conference at
Police Court included, in addition to
Mr. Schulte and Inspector Holmes,
Police Court Judges John P. McMahon,
Walter J. Casey, Edward M. Curran
and Hobart Newman, Maj. Ernest W.
Brown, superintendent of police;
Traffic Director William A. Van Duzer
and broadcasting company represent
By the Soldiers’ Home Band Orches
tra at 5:30 p.m. today in Stanley Hall.
John S. M. Zlmmermann, bandmas
ter; Anton Polntner, assistant.
March. “Yankee Girls”_Holrmann
Overture, “Tambour de Garde” ("The
Drum Major”)-Titl
(a) “A Song of India.”
(b) “Ye Who Have Yearned Alone,”
* Tschaikowsky
Excerpts from musical comedy,
“The Boys and Betty"..Hein
Popular numbers, "When Yuma Plays
the Rumba on the Tuba”...Hupfeld
“Watch the Clouds Roll By”..Kalman
Waltz suite, “Woman’s Love and
Life”.Von Blan
Finale, “You Stingy Baby”.Breur
"The Star Spangled Banner.”
By the Navy Band Symphony Or
chestra at 8:30 pm. today,in the Sail
Loft, Navy Yard. Lt. Charles Benter,
conductor; Alexander Morris, assistant
Overture, “Oberon”_Von Weber
"Three Poems,” for orchestra, on .
traditional Aramaic themes,
“Scherzo,” from “The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice,” after the ballad by
Goethe . Dukas
Valse de concert, “Wine, Woman
and Sang” .Strauss
“Perpettium Mobile, Op. 257,” t
"School of the Fauns,” from ballet
“Cydalise” . Pieme
“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,”
from "Nutcracker Suite,”
“Mosquito Dance,” from “Five Minia
“Symphony No. 8” (unfinished),
1, Allegro moderate.
*?• Andante eon moto.
•Hu Star Bpaagad Banner.”
Trials Not AH Their Work.
Justice Bailey explained the present
practice is to have two judges here
during the summer months with Jury
trials continuing through most of July
and September.
Justice Proctor emphasized that the
work of the judges Is not confined to
the time spent conducting trials on the
bench. He told of a recent case in
which, he said, he worked In his study
at home until 3 a..m in preparing in
structions to be given the Jury that
Both justices concurred In the need
for the three additional judges pro
vided for in the bill.
“It is of no personal benefit to us,”
Justice Proctor added, "Mlt there is a
public Interest Involved,” referring to
the need for avoiding accumulation of
pending cases.
8,008 Caeca This Tear.
Senator Hatch referred to testimony
that it sometimes takes 15 months to
have a case heard in District Court,
and asked if three more judges would
bring the docket up to date.
“I think in two or three years it
will,” Justice Bailey replied.
Explaining this estimate of time.
James E. Stewart, clerk of the court,
said 8,000 cases will be filed this year.
If each jiMge maintains the average
of 750 cases per year, 12 Judges would
dispose of 9,000 cases annually..
“Therefore,” he said, “there should
be a reduction of 1,000 eases a year
in the cases on file, if there is no in
crease in {fie new ones.”
The subcommittee held a. brief ex
ecutive session, without reaching con
clusions on the bill, which provides for
a score of new judicial places through
out the country. In Washington it
calls for one new member for the
United States Court of Appeals, as well
as three more District Court Judges.
The subcommittee will reconvene this
afternoon, and probably will make its
report to the Judiciary Committee
Senator King paid a surprise visit
to District Court yesterday afternoon
to “check up” on the court’s work.
“I just want to see for myself what
the court was doing,” he declared,
"what hours the judges work, the
state of the docket and similar mat
After a conference with OoL Charles
E. Stewart, clerk of the court, the
Senator checked up on what was
occurring in seven of the nine court
rooms. He omitted visits to the court
rooms of Justices Peyton Gordon and
Oscar R. Luhring. In others he found
Chief Justice Alfred A. Wheat, and
Justices Proctor, Jesse C. Adkins and
Joseph W. Cox on the bench. It was
explained to him by Col. Stewart that
Justice Daniel W. O’Donoghue is ill
and that Justice F. Dickinson Letts
adjourned his court at noon because
of the death of a relative. Justice
Bailey ,the motions Justice, acts on
legal matters In his chambers during
the afternoon. ■
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House Members Make Plight Over
Proposed Tracts in Airship
Aerial Inspection of proposed sites
for a model local airport was com
pleted today by members of the House
Committee on Public Buildings and
Three members of the committee
made the round of sites in a third
flight by the Goodyear airship Enter
prise, piloted by Comdr. Karl Lange.
Committee members were Representa
tives Crowe, Democrat, of Indiana;
Klrwan, Democrat, of bplo and Stefan,
Republican, of Nebraska. They were
accompanied by LL Prank Akers,
Navy Bureau of Aeronautics.
The committee la expected to begin
consideration In executive sees ton of
the Smith bill, to eebaMNh sa airport
at aroeujr Fotnyjvtr Back VMk.

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