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■" - -- __ Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1938. CHERRY BLOSSOMS BRAVE COLD SNAP: PEAK BEAUTY NEAR Tonight Will Be Warmer Than 37 Recorded Last Night. TRAFFIC PLAN MADE FOR VISITORS’ INFLUX Washingtonians Asked to Keep Away From Area Tomorrow and Sunday. Escaping damage from cold and wind, the Japanese cherry blossoms are expected to be at their finest for the week end display. From a minimum of 37 degrees this morning, the temperature began climb ing gradually and tonight is expected to be warmer, with a minimum of about 46 degrees. Increasingly cloudy weather is expected beginning tonight, followed by showers and warmer weather tomorrow. Sunday is expected to bring another • light drop in temperature. Although most of the cherry blos som sightseers are expected to con centrate in the Tidal Basin-East Po tomac Park area, there will be an al most equally fine display at Kenwood. Md„ not far from the District line, where approximately 2.000 single blossom trees of the Yoshino species have been planted by the Kennedy Chamberlin Development Co. of Ken wood. Out Wisconsin Avenue. Annually the Kenwood trees attract thousands of visitors and some con sider the spectacle superior to that presented in Potomac Park, although the setting lacks a water background. The best wav to reach the Kenwood display, officials today explained, is to drive out Wisconsin avenue into Maryland, turn left on to Dorset ave nue in Somerset, Md„ and continue westward for some eight blocks to reach the development. Another route is out River road and turn right on to Brookside drive, in the develop ment. Planned as an attraction for an exclusive real estate development at Kenwood, the cherry trees were planted in 1928 and began to bloom the follow ing year, officials said today. Each year, additional trees have been planted as new streets are opened up. I'he trees at Kenwood, unlike those in Potomac Park, did not come here directly from Japan, but were raised by American nurserymen from stock originally imported from Nippon. Traffic Plan Hlade. Special traffic arrangements will prevail tomorrow afternoon and Sun day in West Potomac Park, it was an nounced today by C. Marshall Finnan, superintendent of the National Capi tal Parks, after consultation with Lt. Henry Heims, acting captain of the United States Park Police. The plan provides for clockwise movement of traffic around the Tidal Basin, with entrances by way of the Lincoln Memorial, the Southern Washington Monument Grounds and lower Fourteenth street. Seventeenth street will be one way i north to provide an exit for those de- ' siring to leave the cherry blossom ! •merrv-go-round.” Mr. Finnan an nounced the new plan will become ef fective at 1 p.m. tomorrow, when Gov ernment workers, leaving their offices, will swell the thrones of visitors ex pected May Repeat on Monday. On Sunday, the park chief declared, the special traffic arrangements will breome effective at. 10 a m. and con tinue until late afternoon, as long as conditions warrant. Should traffic be -heavy on Monday, Mr. Finnan said, the special plan will again be placed In effect. County Police Aid. Meanwhile, plans for handling! eherrv blossom sightseers along Prince Georges County roads were drawn up by Washington. Prince Georges County and Maryland State police. All available men will be pressed Into service by the county. State and towns along roads leading into Wash ington. Washington polite told Sergt. Ralph Brown of the Hyattsville sub station the stream of traffic will be "dumped” into Rhode Island avenue. To prevent a jam on the bottleneck of Rhode Island avenue between the Mount Rainier and Hyattsville city limits. Mount Rainier police made preparations to shunt the traffic onto Eladensburg road via Cottage City. Sergt. C. B. Durham, commandant of the Laurel State police substation, said he had called for 6 men in ad dition to the 12 regularly stationed at laurel in order to keep traffic moving. No parking will be allowed along the Bladensburg road, Rhode Island avenue and the Baltimore boulevard between the District line and Laurel. Mr. Finnan explained the local lay out as follows: Fifteenth street, two-way traffic to the road north of the Propagating Gardens. One-way traffic north from Tidal Basin road to the road north of the Propagating Gardens on Fifteenth street. Seventeenth street, one-way traffic north from John Paul Jones Memorial to Constitution avenue. Bacon drive, two-way traffic. Twenty-third street, two-way traffic. The Underpass road, one-way northbound. Two-Way on Overpass. Overpass road, two-way traffic. River drive, 'Ericsson Memorial to Inlet Bridge, one-way traffic north bound. French drive, Lincoln Me morial to Cinder road to John Paul Jones’ statue, one-way traffic east bound. Tidal Basin roadway, one-way clock wise. River drive, two-way traffic, Railroad Bridge to Inlet Bridge. Fourteenth street, two-way traffic, Outlet Bridge to Highway Bridge. Constitution avenue, two-way traffic. River drive to Capitol. Traffic may join the cherry blossom parade from Constitution avenue as follows: South on Riverside drive, south on Twenty-third stre>, south on Bacon drive, south on Fifteenth street, south on Fourteenth street. Traffic may join the parade from Ijpurteenth street as follows: West on Quiz Goes On JAMES L. LANDIS. » ~ ARE ADDED 10 ZOO Both Come From Liberia. Cheetahs Also Are New Acquisitions. Two valuable young chimpanzees arrived at the Zoo today, the gifts of the Firestone rubber plantations in the tiny Republic of Liberia. West Coast of Africa. The little apes, both females, arrived in excellent condition, although a bit wobbly on sea legs acquired during 25 days on the ocean aboard the freighter Lashaway, which docked in New York yesterday. The chimps, between six and eight months old, were sent to the Zoo by George Siebold, manager of the rubber plantations, and an old friend of Dr. William M. Mann, Zoo director. The young voyagers were placed under the special care of the freighter captain, along with a baby African leopard, another gift. The freighter was met in New York by Dr. Mann and Headkeeper William H. Blackburn, who wished als.o to visit the animal dealers in the port with an eye for spring bargains. Mr. Blackburn picked up two young cheetahs, the long-legged, dog-like African cats which sometimes are trained by natives to hunt antelopes and other fleet game. The cheetah is one of the fiercest and swiftest of all animals. The chimps were quartered In the Zoo's new house for great apes and small mammals. They are the first which the Zoo has owned since the death of old Soko, known to thousands of visitors during the last 20 years. A small female chimp was placed on deposit here re cently. but she may later be reclaimed by her owner. 1 - ■- ■■■ ■ ■-> Mammoth to Be Moved. Russia will preserve and move to Masco w the prehistoric mammoth found on Wrangel Island several months ago. Madison drive, west on Jefferson drive and west acrass Outlet Bridge. Traffic may leave the parade as fol lows: East on Water street, north on Fifteenth street, north on Seventeenth street and north on River drive and Underpass road. Residents Asked to Stay Away. An appeal to all Washington mo torists to keep away from the cherry blossom area tomorrow and Sunday so that thousands of out-of-town sight seers may have the privileges usually accorded guests was made today by the Washington Cherry Blossom Commit tee on the suggestion of Maj. Ernest Brown, chief of police. It was pointed out that the blossoms are expected to last for a week or 10 days and that there will be ample op portunity for local residents to see them during the week. "Washingtonians who must see them on Saturday or Sunday will view them in the best of all ways if they will walk to them from the foot of Four teenth or Seventeenth streets N.W.,” tjie committee said. "The hospitality of Washington is proverbial. Wash ingtonians will walk to the cherry blossoms on Saturday and Sunday in order that the visitor within the gates may ride. It is the manner of the good host.” Special police orders were issued today canceling all days off for police men on Sunday and withholding all leave except in case of emergency. Additional policemen will be detailed to the first, third and fourth precincts. Twenty-two of these extrfl men will be students from the Police School and there also will be men detailed from administrative headquarters. Some policemen on night duty may be called for additional day duty during the hours of greatest traffic congestion. Other precincts will be in charge of handling traffic on the main arterial highways. Parking Is Prohibited. Parking will be prohibited on the following streets after 6 a.m. Sunday: Both sides of Fourteenth street N.W., from Water street to Rhode Island avenue: both sides of Consti tution avenue N.W., from Third to Fifteenth streets; east side of Twenty second street N.W., from Massa chusetts avenue to Constitution ave nue: berth sides of Seventeenth street N.W.. from Constitution avenue to K street; south side of Rhode Island avenge, from Fourth street N.E. to Connecticut avenue N.W.; both sides of M street N.W., from Twenty eighth street to Key Bridge; west side of Sixth street N.W., from Constitu tion avenue to New York avenue; south side of Maryland avenue NJE, from Second street to Fifteenth street: both sides of B street N.E.. from First street to Second street; both sides of Wisconsin avenue N.W., from Massachusetts avenue to Wood ley road: both sides of Water street S.W.. from Fourteenth street to C street; both sides of Twelfth street •3.W., from Water street to Constitu tion avenue: south side of New York avenue from Florida avenue N.E. to Fourteenth street N.W.; west side of Wisconsin avenue N.W., from M street to Thirty-seventh street, and south side of Rhode Island avenue N.E., from Seventeenth street to Eastern ^ venue. t LANDIS ON GRILL, POLICE CALL IN AID OE SCIENCE IN QUIZ Blood Test Made on Hands of Suspect After Wife Is Found Attacked. PRISONER IS ADAMANT IN DENIAL OF BEATING Police Say He Admits Improvising Sandbag as Precaution Against Hold-ups. BULLETIN. •James L. Landis this afternoon was formally charged with assault with intent to kill in connection with the beating of his estranged wife, aftei his attorneys had peti tioned Justice Jennings Bailey to order him freed because he alleged ly w'as being held illegally. With the aid of science, investigators ; today sought to break down the story ! of James L. Landis, 23-year-old ■ rookie" fireman, that his estranged wife. Mrs. Blanche Gertrude Landis, i 22. was injured in a leap from his automobile shortly before she was found beaten almost to death early yesterday on a lonely section of I Twenty-fourth street N.E. Pvt. Landis' admission that he slipped away from his firehouse to take his wife for an early morning ride was followed up late yesterday by a state- i ment from Mrs. Landis, which indi cated her husband had attacked her. 1 Detective Sergt. John Wise, who waited at the hospital in the hope the s wife might regain consciousness long ' enough to name her assailant, re ported Mrs. Landis became lucid long enough to say: Bring Jimmie in here and let him see what he's done to me!” Meanwhile. Landis was to be re questioned today. He was taken to the scene of the attack late yesterday after detectives spent hours in a futile ef fort to shake his denial of having beaten his wife with the two bloody stones and a broken sand bag. which were found on the blood-spattered pavement. The prisoner pointed out to detec tives the spot where he said his wife fell to the pavement after leaping from his car. Landis declared the young , woman's head hit the rear fender, and he went back and bent over her, getting blood on his hands and shirt. Drove Away Then. He Says. Frightened, and afraid he would be caught "A W. O. L.” from the sta tion at the District fireboat dock, Lan dis was quoted as saying, he re-entered ' his car and drove away, leaving his wife lying on the pavement about 2 o'clock in the morning. Investigators brought out yesterday that the young wife had charged in a petition for separate maintenance i last August, that Landis and his ! mother forced her to take "medicines" j , to prevent her from becoming a mother. The District Court petition was answered by the husband, who de nied the charges and alleged he mar ried his wife because she was with child. Mrs. Landis remained near death at the hospital today from a compound skull fracture and deep cuts about the i face and body. Physicians saw little hope for her recovery, but ordered a blood transfusion today in a desperate effort to save her life. Last rites of the Catholic Church were administered yesterday. Sandbag Statement Claimed. Landis was quoted by police as ad mitting he improvised a sandbag with an old sock. He said he took the ■ weapon in his car as a precaution against "hold-ups," and could give no explanation of how it happened to be found broken in two and lying beside his wife's unconscious body. The fireman was arrested yesterday after police noticed he had a scratch under his ear and bloodstains on his shirt. At first he insisted he was on duty in the firehouse, then admitted he slipped away after 1:30 a.m„ drove to his wife’s rooming house at 2014 Mon roe street N.E., blew his horn and waited until she came and entered his car and then took her for a ride. After the accident, he said, he went back to the firehouse and re-entered un observed. Deputy Coroner Christopher Murphy yesterday made a benzidine test on Landis’ hands to determine if they had been stained with blood recently. The test was positive, Dr. Murphy reported—that is, the fireman's hands were stained blue, indicating there had been blood on them. Sand taken from a box in the fire house was found to be of the same type as that in the broken sandbag. Landis’ shoes were taken for compari son of dirt particles on them with the soil in the vicinity of the attack. The blood on Landis’ shirt and on the two stones was to be compared with the type of Mrs. Landis’ blood, and hairs on the rocks are to be matched with the woman’s. Landis was said by police to have admitted burning one of his socks and his shirt sleeves in the stove at the firehouse. Ashes were removed from the stove to determine what materials were burned there. YOUTH PROGRAM SET Bnai Israel Services to Be Dedicated to Young Judea. The season’s last Friday night serv ices of the Bnai Israel Congregation, Fourteenth and Emerson streets N.W., are to be dedicated to young Judea in celebration of young Judea month. Following tonight’s services, starting at 8:15, there will be a forum and so cial hour, which Miss Bernice Tucker and Miss Elain Deskin will lead. Last night the first session of the leaders’ Training Institute, sponsored Jointly by Young Judea and the Youth Activities Committee of the Washing ton Zionist district, was held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, with , Morris Klass, director of the Washington Jewish Social Service Agency, as speaker. The next session i will be April «. 4 ‘You Can’t Take It (or Them) With You’ This lad. Ernest B. Milligan, has the same idea lots of per sons have when the cherry blossoms bloom—"I'll take a branch for a souvenir.” In addition to the damage it does to the trees. 7t’s a crime in the erjes of the law. Caught "red-handed.” Ernest is in somethi7ig of a predicament when Park Policeman E. S. Mast comes along—he would be, that is, if this photograph hadn’t been prearranged. But Ernest didn't actually tear off a branch for the sake of a picture. He is holding some artificial blossoms. If you don’t want to pay a fine, be satisfied to admire the cherry blossoms and leave them where you find them.—Star Staff Photos. I f s A map showing how traffic \ wilt be rerouted tomorrow aft ernoon and Sunday to facili- 1 tate handling of the thou sands of cars expected to drive around Potomac Park to see * the Japanese cherry blossoms. COURT BUILDING " I New $1,500,000 Structure to Be Open This Afternoon for First Time. The first public showing of the new i $1,500,000 Police Court Building, scheduled today from 3 to 6 p.m., will find two of the District Commissioners and the four Police Court judges pres ent to receive the many persons ex pected. Both Commissioners Sultan and Al len will be on hand, but Commissioner Hazen is out of the city. Judge John P. McMahon said he and his associates would be there and would probably re ceive in their chambers, which are the last word in convenience and beauty. The other judges are Edward M. Cur ran. Walter J. Casey and Hobart New man.’ At this time, it is expected the bailiffs will appear in their new uni forms. These have been held up, but efforts were being made to have them delivered in time for the reception. Others to assist them in showing vis itors throughout the building are members of the District Architect's office and 20 uniformed policemen who have been ordered on duty there by Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superin tendent of police. Removal of old records, the library and other articles which can be spared from the old court, has been going on during the week. There will be little in the way^of furnishings moved in the new building, but all remaining rec ords together with certain apparatus which will be used there will be moved over the week end in time for open ing of the court Monday morning. ■ ■■ ■■ - •-— - ' D. C. Engineers to Meet. The District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at 2400 Sixteenth street N.W. The showing of a sound motion picture. “Approved by the Underwriters.” will be followed by a business meeting, the secretary, Wil liam L. Bach, announced yesterday. Trials Held in Church. During alterations of the court house ir\ Harrogate. England, trials are being held in the United Methodist Church, '*1 CANON RUDD DIES BEFORE SERVICE Rockville Rector Stricken After Addressing Choir „ in Church. Special Dispatch to The Star. ROCKVILLE. Md.. March 25 — Stricken with a heart attack as he prepared to lead a special Lenten service, Canon Arthur Belding Rudd, 68, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Rockville, died in the sacristry of the church last night. The Rev. Mr. Rudd had just finished addressing the choir and stepped into the sacristry when stricken. A phy sician was hastily summoned, but he died almost Instantly. The Right Rev. James E. Freeman, Bishop of Washington, will officiate at funeral services in Christ Church tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the family burial plot at Pough keepsie, N. Y. In addition to having charge of the local church, Canon Rudd also was rector of Ascension Chapel at Gaithersburg during the last six years. He came to the local charge after serving several years at the Washing ton Cathedral. A native of Poughkeepsie, N. Y„ the Rev. Mr. Rudd was a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts and the General Theological Sem inary, New York City. His first charge was at Elmira, N. Y., where he served 14 years, and was instrumental in erecting Grace Church there. He served as a special assistant to the American Ambassador at Petro grad in 1916 and 1917, entering the Army Chaplain Service when the United States declared war. After the armistice he returned to America from France and during succeeding years was called to churches in Ambler, Pa.; St. Albans, Vt., and Newport, R. I. He came to the Wash ington Cathedral from Newport. Surviving the Rev. Mr. Rudd are his widow, formerly Miss Lillian Pierce of Natick, Mass., and a son, Charles Adriance Rudd, of Rockville. The body was taken to a funeral home here last night. Alumnae Club to Meet. The H. Sophie Newcomb College Alumnae Club will meet at the home of the Misses Roberta and Josephine White, 2955 Newark morrow at 4 p.m. Clubwomen's Dean Travels To D. C. at 102 While New York wondered where she was. Mrs. Amorette Fraser, dean of American clubwomen, celebrated her 102d birthday anniversary yes terday with a little sightseeing in Washington. She disappeared from her Brooklyn home two weeks ago for a Southern trip to avoid the excitement with which her friends and the curious helped her greet her 101st birthday anniversary a year ago. With her is traveling her daughter. Miss Anna Fraser. They plan to be back in Brooklyn at the beginning of next month. Mrs. Fraser was born near Chau tauqua. N. Y„ in 1836, and when a little girl she liked to listen to the tales told by men who had fought against the British in the armies of George Washington. She still likes to speak before wom en's clubs, but as a "person, not a curiosity.” She made an address as recently as January 22, at the 65th annual convention of the Long Island Convention of Women's Clubs. HELD TO GRAND JURY * __ Man Is Accused of Taking Pistol and Jewelry From House. Joseph H. Davidson, 27, of 4411 Forty-second street N.W., was in jail today in default of $2,000 bond after having been held for the grand jury by Police Court Judge John P. Mc Mahon yesterday on charges of taking a pistol and jewelry valued at $315 from the home of Charles Fisher. In ternal Revenue Bureau attorney, at 3768 McKinley street N.W. Davidson, a furniture repair man, pleaded not guilty. Mrs. Fisher testi fied he had fixed a desk in her home last week and noticed after the job was finished that a house key was missing. ' •.... • REPORT HELD UP Education Committee Delays Consideration of Data. The House Committee on Education, which met today to consider the report submitted last month by the Presi dent’s Commission on Education, de cided to postpone consideration of the report for 10 days, Chairman Larrabee, Democrat, of Indiana announced fol lowing an executive Tisslon. MRS. IRVINE DIES; FOUNDER’S WIDOW Was Well Known by Many Alumni of Mercersburg Academy. Mrs. Camille Hart Irvine. 67. widow of Dr. William Mann Irvine, founder and former headmaster of Mercers burg (Pa.) Academy, died yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarke W. Slade, 1690 Old Georgetown road, Bethesda, Md. Mrs. Irvine, whose home was at 36 Quincy street, Chevy Chase, Md., was a former president of the Chevy Chase Garden Club, in which she long had been active, ana was a member of All Saints Episco pal Church, Chevy Chase Circle. Mrs. Irvine had been living in or near Washington since shortly after the death of her husband in 1928. She was beloved by former stu- | dents of Mercers- j burg Academy whom she had known when Dr. Mrs. Irvine. Irvine was headmaster. The sons of former President Coolidge and those of many other prominent persons have attended the academy. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Irvine was the daughter of the late MaJ. Camillus Hart of the Confederate Army. For several years, she lived In Winchester, Va„ and then spent her girlhood in Washington. She moved to Mercersburg as a bride and helped to establish the academy. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Slade, who is the wife of the head of the Slade School, Mrs. Irvine leaves an other daughter, Mrs. John D. West, Winchester, Mass.; a sister, Mrs. J. Earlston Thropp, Chevy Chase, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Mercersburg Chapel at Mercersburg. Burial will be in the Wood lawn Cemetery there. Infra-red waves enable photographs to be taken through fog, and can be between different PENAL INSTITUTION REVAMPING PLAN GIVEN APPROVAL Social Agencies Committee to Meet Soon to Chart Action. PLEDGE CO-OPERATION TO PRISON INDUSTRIES Roosevelt, in Letter, Praises Work of Survey Made in District Jails. Unanimous approval of the Prison Industries Reorganization Administra tion's survey and recommendations for revamping the District's penal system was voiced yesterday by the Correc tions Committee of the Council of Social Agencies. Promising 100 per cent co-operation in efforts to put the long list of pro posals into effect, the committee im mediately made plans for a meeting in the near future of ail those who helped to make the survey, District penal and welfare officials and civic leaders. Vincent Saccardi, chairman of the committee, was empowered to designate the timr for thp gathering. Thp P I. R As recommendations were made public at% luncheon of the committee at the Y. W. C. A. by Dr. Louis N. Robinson, chairman of the Prison Industries Reorganization Board. Roosevelt Letter Revealed. At the same time. Dr. Robinson made public a letter from President Roosevelt regarding the P. I. R. As survey of local penal institutions. The letter said: "I am glad to have the report of your board on the prison problem in the District of Columbia, which makes available for the first time a consid erable volume of highly interesting data on our local penal institutions and their treatment of convicted per sons. My views as to the importance of finding better ways of protecting society from crime have been often stated. I am glad that your board has been able, with the co-operation of the District Commissioners and the Board of Welfare to make this study, and I am sure that your findings and recom mendations will receive the thoughtful consideration of those upon whom rests the responsibility for legislation and for the administration of the Dis trict government.'’ Others Approve Plan. Approval of the plan also was voiced by Dr. W. L. Darby, executive secre tary of the Washington Federation cf Churches, and John Victory, chairman of the Charities and Corrections Com mittee of the Board of Trade. Answering a query by Mr. Victory as to who would bear the cost of put ting the P. I R. a.’s proposals into effect. Dr. Robinson said the report did not specify whether the Federal or District government should foot the bill. He expressed the opinion, however, that the District should not be asked to bear the whole load. In offering the report. Dr. Robinson said the District's penal and correc tional system "have grown like Topsy without systematic efforts to insure either an orderly or a thorough devel opment.” " --- — BUILDING OFFICIALS NAME CLOUSING HEAD Col. John W. Oehmann of D. C. Elected Vice President at Conference Here. Louis C. Clousing, inspector of buildings in Minneapolis. Minn., today was elected president, and Col. John W. Oehmann, inspector of buildings for the District, was elected first vice president for the coming year of the Building Officials' Conference of America. The election closed the 23d annual five-day convention of the conference at the Willard Hotel. Mr. dousing, formerly first vice president, succeeds Frank C. Keller of New York City. Col. Oehmann was second vice president and now is in line to become president a year from today. Walker S. Lee. building com missioner for Rochester. N. Y., be comes second vice president, and Arthur N. Rutherford, chief building inspector of New Britain. Conn., was re-elected secretary and treasurer. --« F. H. A. BUSINESS GAINS New Peak Reached for Third Successive Week. Gross business of the Federal Housing Administration reached a new peak for the third successive week. Administrator Stewart Mc Donald announced yesterday. In the week ending March 19, mort gages selected for appraisal totaled *21,293,061, compared with *20,386,711 the previous week and *16,879,710 in the corresponding week a year ago. r ■ " ■— 1 ■■ . ■■ I Defendant Gives Clerk of Court For Reference Judge Edward M. Curran's clerk in Police Court was ready to chalk up another in his list of "most embarrass ing moments" today when a defendant in a drunk and vagrancy charge re ferred the court to him for character recommendations. The clerk, Charles Driscoll, turned as red as the proverbial beet when William H. Stivers, the defendant, told Judge Curran that "Mr. Driscoll knows me.” "What about that, Charlie?” the court inquired. "It’s true, sir. I do know him.” "Thirty days on the intoxication charge and $300 bond on the vagrancy charge," the court told the defendant. To keep the-record straight, it should be mentioned that Mr. Driscoll ex plained the defendant had solicited alms from him <»y a few days ago.