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Washington News
Society and General
WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 1938.
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VIGOROUS AnACK
MADE ON RACING
BIEL AT HEARING
Church, Civic and School
Organizations Express
Firm Opposition.
LA ROE DENIES TRACK
WOULD AID BUSINESS
Fears an Influx of Gamblers,
Gangsters and Various
Types of Parasites.
Church, civic and school organiza
tions united today in vigorously op
posing legalized race track gambling in
the District at the second of a series
of public hearings on the Sacks racing
bill before the Judiciary Subcommittee
of the House District Committee.
The severest indictment of the bill
came from Wilbur A. La Roe, Jr.,
chairman of the Committee on Civic
Affairs of the Washington Federation
of Churches, which, he said, repre
sented 139 Protestant churches in
Washington and vicinity, with a mem
bership of 70,000 persons.
Arguments Answered.
Mr. La Roe denied the arguments
Of the bill’s proponents that a race
track would benefit business in Wash
ington and not attract an undesirable
class, and declared:
“We are opposed to this bill for the
following reasons:
“1. History shows that a race track
brings with it a train of evils, includ
ing an influx of gamblers, gangsters
and various types of parasites.
"2. Washington is rapidly becoming
the most beautiful Capital City of the
world and it should not become a
mecca for the gambling fraternity.
Fight on Gamblers.
“3. The local authorities have been
for several years waging a determined
and successful fight against gamblers,
which fight has been successful except
as to the numbers racket, and a bill
to provide better control of the num
bers racket has passed the Senate
and yesterday passed the House.
“4. This bill is morally a distinct
step backward.
“5. While this proposition has been
sugar coated with a thin veneer of
pretended respectability, the bill con
tains within its language no assurance
as to the nature of the operators, or
any safeguards against the numerous
evils that surround race tracks.’’
Editorials Read.
Mr. La Roe read a number of edi
torials from The Evening Star recit
ing the evils of race track gambling
when it flourisher in Washington, and
pointed out the city has had plenty of
experience with horse racing. In 1890,
he said, the old Benning track was in
full operation, "surrounded by a per
fectly terrible atmosphere."
The conditions cited, Mr. La Roe
declared, are conclusive proof that a
race track cannot exist without gam
bling and “it also proves that the main
* object of the proposed bill is not to
authorize horse racing, but to legalize
gambling."
“Instead of bringing money to
Washington.” he declared, “this legis
lation would divert literally millions
of dollars from our merchants to the
pockets of the gambler.
“The proponents of this measure are
behind it, not because they enjoy a
horse race, but because they want |
some of the profits of pari-mutuel
gambling.”
In the midst of the hearing. Repre
sentative Bates, Republican, of Mas
sachusetts, who led the fight which
resulted in the death of the former
racing bill at the last session of Con
gress, announced he proposed to do
the same thing this "year. He is a
member of the District Committee.
Imlay Joins Protest.
Charles V. Imlay, representing the
Woodrow Wilson Home and School
Association, joined Mr. La Roe in his
protest and said establishment of a
racetrack would set up a distraction
which would be injurious to boys and
girls who might experiment with it.
Conditions which existed in Wash
ington during operation of the old
Benning track were described by Evan
H. Tucker, veteran president of the
Northeast Washington iCtizens’ Asso
ciation. He claimed racetrack gam
bling disrupts morals and destroys
ordinary family life.
•‘I’ve seen family ties destroyed by
It,” he declared. “Husbands have come
home from racetracks tanked up with
liquor and their money gone.”
W. J. Tucker, representing the
Anacostia Citizens’ Association, told
the subcommittee legalized racing
would place temptation in the path
of people who might not otherwise
yield.
“We pray to God to lead us from
, temptation,” he said, “but here we are
deliberately planning to place tempta
tion in the face of those who are
weak.”
L. A. Carruthers. president of the
Federation of Citizens’ Associations,
opposed the bill on the ground legal
ized gambling is economically un
sound. Opposition also was registered
by Paul M. Williams of the District
Christian Endeavor Union.
Man Asks Term
Of 10 Days and
Judge Obliges
John Brooks, elderly white man,
with no permanent home, sentenced
himself to 10 days in Jail when he
appeared in Police Court today on
an Intoxication charge.
In reply to questions from Judge
Hobart Newman, the white-haired de
fendant said he had been in Police
Court for similar offenses several
times before and had been fined
$5 the last time.
"What do you think you should
get this time?” asked the Judge.
"Ten days will be all right, I think,”
responded the amicable prisoner.
"Aa you say,” ruled Judge Newman,
and Brooks was led away to begin
serving his sentence.
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Easter Lilies Near Blooming
In Mid-Lent Worry Florists
Two Easter lilies are blooming in the greenhouse of the
Agriculture Department, even though Easter doesn’t come until
April 17. Miss Roberta Jones is the girl who has found the
flowers. —Star Staff Photo.
All over the city today lilium longi
florum is giving trouble. Lilium lon
giflorum insists on blooming, and Eas
ter is 19 days away.
The lilium longiflorum, variety exi
mum, is the Easter lily, which has
little value, sentimental or commercial,
in the middle of Lent.
But because of the warm February
the bulbous plant is trying already to
burst into flower.
Washington's wholesale florists, their
minds on a business that runs into
the high thousands of dollars, are
keeping their lilies in as cold surround
ings as ijpssible to prevent premature
flowering.
At the greenhouses of the Agricul
ture Department, Fourteenth street
and Constitution avenue N.W., David
Bisset, head gardener, sets the .tem
perature for most of his lilies at 45
degrees Fahrenheit, and he covers the
glass roofs of the hothouse, now a
cold house, to keep the sun out.
Even so, two lilies are already in
flower. They stay in bloom only about
two weeks and at the end of two weeks
Easter will still be five days away.
Mr. Bisset has other troubles. Some
of his 400 lily plants, despite the warm
February and the hot March, are far
behind in their development. They
get 65-degree temperature to speed
them up.
"I never heard of such strange do
ings.” said Mr. Bisset. ‘ Usually all
the lilies come out together. It must
be the Japanese war or something.”
Senate Committee Refuses
to Head Ickes Plea for
P. W. A. Co-operation.
By the Associated Press.
The Senate Banking Committee to
day approved a bill by Senator Glass,
Democrat, of Virginia widening the
scope of R. F. C. loans to business
and reviving the power of that Gov
ernment agency to make loans to
States and municipalities.
Despite a plea by Secretary Ickes,
Public Works Administrator, for "co
operation'’ between R. F. C. and P.
W. A., the committee made no change
in the bill. Mr. Ickes wished for an
amendment empowering P. W. A. to
resume loans and grants to States
and municipalities.
Chairman Wagner said the effect of
the bill would be to permit R. F. C.
to make long-time loans to business
enterprises. TTie legislation lifts the
present time limit of 1945 on re
payment.
$1,500,000,000 Available.
Chairman Jesse H. Jones told the
committee the R. F. C. had approxi
mately $1.500;000,000 in “unused
funds" available for all types of loans.
Questioned by members of the com
mittee, Mr. Jones said there was an
“impression” there is a demand for
business loans that can’t be met by
commercial banks. He said, however,
he did not think there was any “large
demand.”
He said the bill by Senator Glass
would permit the R. F. C. to lend to
business enterprises on a long-term
basis.
Such loans, he added, would be
made not to pay existing debts, “but
to provide money to hire men and
buy materials.”
He noted also that a provision of
the bill would permit self-liquidating
loans to States and subdivisions, thus
authorizing R. F. C. to revive about
1,000 applications which were closed
when the P. W. A. stopped such ac
tivity last fall.
suggests P. W. A. as Agent.
In that connection, Secretary Ickes,
who testified following Mr. Jones, sug
gested that P. W. A. act as agent of
the R. F. C. in passing on the loans.
“The R. F. c. thin could provide
the money and would get the securi
ties posted by the borrower,” Mr.
Ickes said. He predicted this would
"save expense.”
During Mr. Jones' testimony Senator
Townsend, Republican, of Delaware
said it was his understanding that the
banks were “full of money they want
to loan, but can’t.”
Mr. Jones agreed this was true, but
added there were loans which the
banks should not make but which the
Government might.
"The Government, in the present
circumstances, can afford to take a
chance that the banks cannot,” the
Government financial expert testified.
Senator Adams. Democrat, of Colo
rado brought out that banks are ham
pered by restrictions in making long
time loans. Mr. Jones agreed and said
the R. F. C is seeking in the Glass
bl to eliminate the present time limit
on loans requiring repayment by 1945.
Government lending aids the banks
in lending also, he said, observing that
when the R. F. C. made $195,009,000
in industrial loans, banks lent $11,
000,000 to the same firms.
What the R. F. C. wants to do under
the proposed legislation, Mr. Jones
said, is to tell "anybody, anywhere, if
you’ve got a legitimate right to borrow
money for 5 or 10 years, eome and
get it.”
ENLARGED AIRPORT
PLAN ABANDONED
Proposal to Lease 53 Acres
• From Experimental
Farm Dropped.
A proposal to lease 53 acres In
Arlington Experimental Farm to the
National Airport Corp., to enlarge its
facilities at Washington Airport, was
abandoned by the House Military Af
fairs Committee today when hearings
were started on the bill of Chairman
May to close Military road to rid the
airport area of a flying and traffic
hazard.
Fears Blocking of Move.
S. J. Solomon, vice president of the
airport corporation, expressed the fear
that inclusion of the lease proposal,
which is opposed by the Agriculture
Department, might serve to block the
move to close Military road. He added
that from a safety standpoint, the
farm land is not necessary, but he
amplified that any future plan look
ing to development of a large landing
field in that section naturally would
have to contemplate the use of the
farm.
Representative May agreed to elimi
nation of the lease proposal and also
to Inclusion in the closing project
of a section of Military road which
traverses the experimental farm. This
set-up is provdided in the bill which
the Senate passed a week ago to close
Military road.
The question of reimbursing the
Government for its investment of ap
proximately $5,700 was injected into
the hearing by Representative Clason,
Republican, of Massachusetts. He
pointed out that the airport corpora
tion is to pay $25,000 to Arlington
County for closing the road, but that
the Government will get nothing but
its nominal rental of a dollar a year.
Argument Ridiculed.
Representative Schaefer, Democrat,
of Illinois scoffed at this argument,
declaring the amount the Government
had spent would be a small price to
pay to eliminate such a hazard.
Representatives of the War and Ag
riculture Departments testified that
there was no opposition to closing the
road.
The hearing went over until tomor
row to permit testimony by Repre
sentative Smith, Democrat, of Vir
ginia, who, it was said, wanted to ofTer
the views of Arlington County in the
matter.
Man Is Fined
For Taking Twigs
Of Cherry Blooms
Two branches of cherry blos
soms from the Tidal Basin area
cost Charles W. CounciU, 24, of
-411 Fifth street N.E., $10 today.
He was fined that amount when
arraigned before Police Court
Judge Edward M. Curran on a
charge of violating park regula
tions by “breaking the branches
from a cultivated tree.”
Park Policemen A. D. Cook
and B. J. Beckman said they saw
Mr. CounciU alight from his
automobile on Fourteenth street
S.W. at 3:10 a.m. today, walk
over toward the Japanese cherry
trees and return with two
branches of blossoms. They
quoted him as saying he had de
veloped a method to preserve the
blossoms by waxing them.
A
TAX BOOST THREAT
SEEN AS OBSTACLE
TO PARKWAY DEAL
Arlington County Board May
Decide Fate at Session
Tomorrow.
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CHAIRMAN SAYS DOOR
NOT YET CLOSED ON JOB
Mrs. Elizabeth Magruder, While
Admitting Need, Sees Cost of
' Project as Prohibitive.
The prospect of Arlington County,
Va., securing the benefits of Unit
No. ? of the George Washington Me
morial Parkway project at a small
fraction of the total cost, depends
tomorrow on a decision of the county
board.
Mrs. Elizabeth Magruder, chairman,
and other leading county officials said
the question for determination is
whether the board believes public de
sire for the proposed park, in view of
the omission of other essential needs
from the budget, is sufficient to justify
an Increase in the tax rate.
Citizens Reverse Position.
Definite indication of strong public
sentiment In favor of the parkway was
evidenced last night when the Cherry
dale Citizens’ Association reversed, its
previous stand and indorsed the
project. The County Civic Federa
tion, the Arlington Planning Commis
sion and other groups already have
gone on record in favor of it.
The Cherrydale citizens acted on
motion of Julian Simpson, former
president, who expressed the opinion
that if the project were explained
properly to the taxpayers none would
be against it.
"Citizens are merely told that the
county cannot afford to spend $50,000
for a park." Mr. Simpson said. "They
are not told that the county is losing
almost $1,000,000 in Federal aid by
failing to make the $50,000 appropria
tion.”
He cited articles in The Star in ask
ing the citizens' association to rescind
its opposition to the parkway, recorded
, in February. By unanimous vote the
group last night instructed its secre
tary to advise the County Board im
mediately it now wants the park fund
authorized.
There will be a preliminary meeting
of the board members today to dis
cuss budget matters informally and
this session may have deciding in
fluence on tomorrow's expected action.
Mrs. Magruder and other members of
the board have repeatedly expressed
themaelves as in favor of the parkway,
but believe it is impossible to provide
even the small sum required to bond
the parkway deal without a slight in
crease in the $2.70 tax rate. A ma
jority of the members, it was said,
are opposed to an increase at this
time.
Doer Not Yet Closed.
“No one in Arlington County wants
this park improvement more than I
do.” Mrs. Magruder said today. “I
have had my heart in it from the be
ginning and have told Gov. Price so.
I would not say the door is closed
to it even now. I am still hoping that
we may be able to find some money
to take care of the situation, but as
greatly as I desire the parkway, I
cannot bring myself to vote to in
crease taxes, if that is the only way
out.”
The county is faced with the oppor
tunity of appropriating $50,000 to
ward the purchase of rights of way for
the parkway above Rosslyn, along
the Potomac River and up Spout Run
Valley. This sum, if voted, will be
matched by a $50,000 contingency
fund already set aside by the Vir
ginia General Assembly for this pur
pose. To the total of $100,000 would
be added another $100,000 already
available from the Federal Govern
ment to purchase the lands and an
obligation on the part of the Federal
Government to expend approximately
$800,000 more on improvements.
It is not necessary for the county to
appropriate its entire share this year;
it may divide its payments into two
appropriations of $25,000 each.
It is a sure-fire bargain which Mrs.
Magruder admits the County Board
would like to snap up if it saw its
way clear.
Parkway Out of Budget.
County Manager Frank C. Hanra
han, in submitting his budget to the
County Board, made no provision for
the parkway appropriation nor for
many other long - desired items, for
that matter. Public hearings on the
budget were held last week, and at
tomorrow’s meeting the question of
approving Mr. Hanrahan’s estimates
is expected to come to a vote.
Should the budget be adopted with
out provision for the parkway, the
county, in order to secure it, would
have to appropriate the full $50,000
the following year, with no oppor
tunity of making two smaller pay
ments of $25,000 each.
Ain’t TSoiJustice ’ Owner Wails
As Cat Takes to Supreme Court
By EDDY GILMORE.
O. J. Stodghill said a few catty
things about the Supreme Court today
—his cat, you see, has taken up an
abode in the $10,000,000 court build
ing and won’t come home.
“I don’t propose any court action
against the Court,” Mr. Stodghill said,
“but under the peculiar circumstances
I think I have a right to appeal to
somebody.”
His dilemma is this:
Mr. Stodghill has rooms at 101 A
street N.E., directly across the street
from the magnificent court building.
For about a year his cat has been get
ting off the reservation by visiting the
halls of justice.
The cat strolled into the limelight
last year by walking across the path of
Justice Stanley Reed—who was then
Solicitor General—the morning of the
Wagner Labor Act decision.
Mr. Stodghill’s cat is blackish, and
witnesses to the incident were fore
casting dire things for the Govern
JR
ment until a decision upholding the
law was announced.
Last Tuesday the cat disappeared.
Assuming it was up to old tricks, Mr.
Stodghill kept a weather eye on the
court building and said nothing.
Came the week end and kitty still
hadn’t showed up.
Finally, Mr. Stodghill conducted a
one-man investigation of the Supreme
Court grounds. This consisted of
walking across the street and giving a
guard the third degree
“Yes,” said the guard, "the cat was
over here all right. I saw him a cou
ple of hours ago. In fact, he climbed
up here and sat on my shoulder.”
The guard refused to take the anx
ious cat owner on a search through
the building, so he prowled about the
grounds with fruitless feline results
and then went home.
The cat’s name? Justice.
That's what makes Mr. stodghill
doubly vexed. As far as he is con
cerned—there isn’t any Justice.
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As Fireworks Lit Up Cherry Blossoms
A rough idea of what nearly 65,000 persons saw as they watched the fireworks display last
night in tribute to the beauty of the famed Japanese cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin,
the light from multi-colored rockets exploding overhead set off in dramatic fashion the rare
beauty of the pink and white blossoms. _4 P. Photo.
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America Safe for Gastronomy
Goal of Organizing Gourmets
Chef Jarrins Consomme Sole Object
of Criticism at Banquet for Neiv
Era in Dining.
By JOHN J. DALY.
Yonder sun came up over the hori
zon this morning before the gourmets
who attended the first dinner served
in honor of the greatest chef who ever
lived, the king of rooks—Escoffler—
finished talking about the event that
took place in the Raleigh Hotel last
night under the guiding influence of
Col. C. C. Schiffeler, managing di
rector.
Claude Jarrin, chef of the Raleigh,
veritably was "put on the spot,” for
he had to serve a dinner that was
attended by all the great chefs from
New York, Philadelphia. Baltimore and
Washington. Furthermore, he was
open to criticism. And he came off
with souffle flags flying. Only one
blast was leveled against him, and
that by a fellow countryman. Jean
Berry, Washington representative of
the French Lines, who complained
about the manner in which the Ra
leigh chef served the consomme—and
the temperature of an Alsatian wine.
Little stars in Soup.
It happened that Chef Jarrin want
ed to reproduce the Armaments, on a
June night, in a clear consomme. He
did this by sprinkling the soup with
little stars cut out of potatoes and an
offering of a precious herb known as
cerfeuil in French and shervil in Eng
lish. That gave the impression of the
Milky Way, and the chef of the Ra
leigh, M. Jarrin, felt that he had hit
upon a heavenly elixir. He had, too,
in the opinion of most of the guests,
until M. Berry entered protest—at the
end of the banquet, when criticism
was in order.
Also there was criticism of the tem
perature at which a famous French
wine was served. It should have been
at room temperature, but some one
with a thermometer found the wine
was served two degrees lower than the
temperature of the banquet hall, and
that almost caused a riot.
You see, then, how Anicky the ex
perts can become about their food;
but they had a right to be, for they
were starting in Washington a branch
of a national society which has as its
aims and objectives to bring back good
food, good dining and good living to
America.
Make U. S. Safe for Gastronomy.
With the hot dog rampant, the cor
ner drug store sandwich on the so
called up and up, and the cafeteria
style of dining out about to conquer
the gastronomic fortresses, the gour
mets have decided that all this fool
ishness must end; that America must
be made safe for gastronomy. Hence
the organization known as "Les Amis
d'Escoffier,” which means in plain
English "The Friends of Escoffier.”
Andre Fiot, as the personal repre
sentative of the French Ambassador,
and, indeed, the French government,
offered a eulogy to the great French
chef, Escoffier, who accomplished for
France some 50 years ago what the
Friends of Escoffier hope to do for
America in this day and generation—
get the Nation back on a sound food
basis. In a well-prepared address, the
only one of the night. M. Fiot recorded
the triumphs of Escoffier and told how
that gentleman of the saucepans ac
tually saved a nation from disgrace—
when all seemed lost.
As evidence or what Escoffier would
do, were he in Washington today.
Chef Farrin of the Raleigh, prepared
a six-course menu that was, in the
language of the American gourmet,
“a honey.” It consisted of that double
consomme, a rare fish, served with an
Alsatian wine, breast of guinea hen
that had been soaked 48 hours in
champagne and an ancient cut of beef
such as delighted the palate of Rich
ard the Lion-Hearted. Each course
had its peculiar beverage.' Not a drop
of water was served, nor was there the
sign of pipe, cigar, or cigarette—until
the coflee—when all hands went at
their smokes like old-fashioned sailor
men.
Fougner Master of Ceremonies.
G. Selmer Fougner, who really got
the national organization started two
and a half years ago in New York,
and who writes for the magazines
about the art of living and dining,
acted as master of ceremonies. He in
troduced all the celebrities in the cu
linary world: Lucius M. Boomer,
president of the Waldorf-Astoria Ho
tel, where the first "Escoffier” banquet
was held: Lazaro Bianco, for many
years chef of the National Press Club
and now with Napoleon, who was also
there; C. Mottaz of the Savarin, Union
Station; Arthur Deute, the world
champion amateur chef of Baltimore,
Md., and the chefs of all the leading
local hotels. «
‘‘Bravo, bravo!” these epicureans
shouted as each course was served.
So successful was the party that
another one will be staged in the fall—
at the Shoreham Hotel, with Gardner
Moore, manager, as host; Jacques
Haerlnger as the chef and Phelps
Adams, Washington correspondent for
the New York Sun, as master of cere
monies.
BAND CONCERT
By the Soldiers’ Home Band Or
chestra at 5:30 p.m. today In Stanley
Hall. John s. M. Zimmermann, band
master; Anton Polntner, assistant.
March, “Arcade Echoes” (Flfl),
Zimmermann
Overture, "Trumpeter of the Fort,”
Gruenwald
Entr'acte,
(a) “The Butterfly Ballet”..Schqlz
(b) "By the Swanee River,”
Myddleton
Scenes from the opera "H Trovatore,”
Verdi
Popular numbers,
"They Satisfy”..Lombardo
"Too Wonderful for Words,”
_ Stamper
Waltz song, "Somehow, I’m Always
to Blame”... Carson
Finale, "The Alroplane”.Brahms
"The Star Spangled Banner.”
DOUBLE BLOSSOMS
DUE NEXT WEEK
Trees Around Hains Point
Again Will Attract
Large Crowds.
The double-blossom variety of
Japanese cherry trees around Hains
Point are expected to burst into bloom
next week to keep "Cherry Blossom
time” alive in Washington for a week
or more after the single blooms fade
and fall away from the trees around
the Tidal Basin.
The short-lived spring beauty of the
famous trees in the Tidal Basin area
was on the wane today, the pink and
white petals dropping to the ground
in ever-increasing numbers after de
lighting thousands of persons who
crowded into Washington from all
parts of the country over the week
end to see them at the height of their
glory.
Climax of the annual festival, not
nearly so pretentious as in other years
because unexpected early blooming of
the trees left little time for making
preparations, came last night with a
gigantic fireworks display.
65,000 See Fireworks.
Nearly 65,000 persons stood around
the Tidal Basin to watch the fireworks
light up the sky for an hour and to
thrill to the rare beauty of the re
flections of the multi-colored lights
on the fragile blossoms. Gasps of
amazement came from the crowd at
the show’s finale when a furious
"bombardment” set the stage in the
sky for the depiction of a 40-foot
cherry tree of bursting lights.
Although fading swiftly, some blos
soms are expected to remain on the
trees around the Tidal Basin until
the end of the week, but their splen
dor next Sunday will not compare
with that of the past week end, park
officials said. The weather will have
a big influence on how long they re
mam—heavy rain or wind could strip
the trees of their blossoms in a short
time or calm and cool weather would
give them a few extra days of life.
Showers tonight and probably to
morrow, with moderate to fresh south
erly winds, were forecast by the Weath
er Bureau. It will be warmer tonight,
with a minimum temperature of about
54 degrees as compared with 40 this
morning, the forecaster said.
Doable-Blossom Display.
Soon after the blossoms disappear
from the Tidal Basin area for another
year the double-blossom trees in East
Potomac Park around Hains Point
will come into their full beauty for a
week or more. They should bloom in
about a week and present "another
wonderful display” next week, C. Mar
shall Finnan, superintendent of the
National Capital Parks, said today.
Twenty veterans confined to Walter
Reed Hospital were given opportunity
to see the Tidal Basin blossoms today.
The Motor Corps of the District of
Columbia Chapter of the American
Red Cross made arrangements to
transport the men on the sight-seeing
trip.
OLD POST OFFICE FIRE
Spontaneous combustion of clean
ing rags and greasy overalls in a
basement locker room in the old Post
Office Building today brought out 13
pieces of fire apparatus.
While four engine companies, two
truck companies, two chiefs and the
lire rescue squad milled on the
Eleventh street side .of the building a
handful of men doused the smolder
ing contents of a laborer’s locket
with one small hose in exactly two
minutes.
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SCHULTE WANTS
PAROLE SYSTEM
IN D. C. REVISED
Indeterminate Sentence Law
Would Be Abolished
Under Plans.
FEELS ARMED ROBBERS
NOT PROPERLY PUNISHED
Judges of District Courts and
Board to Be Called by
Subcommittee.
Plans to abolish the District’s in
determinate sentence law and to over
haul the present parole system were
made today by Representative
Schulte, Democrat, of Indiana, who
believes armed robbers and other
felons are not receiving the proper
punishment.
Mr. Schulte, a member of the
House District Committee, already has
introduced a drastic crime-control
bill, which, if enacted into law, would
force armed robbers to serve 25 years
in prison for the first offense and
go to death in the electric chair for
the second offense.
The latest plan of Mr. Schulte is
to have a special subcommittee of
the District Committee make a com
prehensive survey of the parole sys
tem as well as the indeterminate sen
tence law, -which he believes opens the
doors of freedom far too soon to a
person convicted of a serious crime.
Says Parole Too Easy.
“I don't have any statistics.” he de
clared, "but I'm willing to bet that
more than half of the crimes in
Washington are committed by per
sons who have been in prison.
“Under the indeterminate sentence
law it's too easy for a prisoner ‘o
get released on parole. The judges
may be too lenient in some cases In
imposing sentences, but I believe the
law is largely responsible.
"That's what I want to find out."
Mr. Schulte already has discussed
his plans with Chairman Palmisano
of the District Committee, and he is
expected to name soon a special sub
committee to make the survey. Rep
resentative Kennedy, Democrat, of
Maryland, ranking majority member
of the committee, who for three and
a half years was chairman of the
Maryland Parole Commission, prob
ably will be appointed chairman.
Judges to Be Called.
Judges of the District Courts and
members of the local Parole Board
will be called before the subcommit
tee to outline their views on Mr.
Schulte's plan. Department of Jus
tice officials also probably will be
asked for advice.
Mr. Schulte pointed out that under
the present indeterminate sentence
law a criminal sentenced from two
to five years can apply for a parole
; at the end of two years’ imprison
ment. Under the Federal law, he
said, a prisoner is sentenced for a
definite term and must serve one
third of the sentence before becom
ing eligible for parole.
Mr. Schulte is particularly critical
of the short sentences served by
armed robbers, some of whom, he
said, have been released after serv
ing six months in prison. His crime
control bill is now pending before
the Judiciary Subcommittee of the
District Committee. It was intro
duced after Mr. Schulte had been
held up and robbed by three armed
bandits.
DANIEL N. KLAPP
CLAIMED BY DEATH
Amateur Photographer Succumb
to Heart Ailment After
Long Illness.
Mr. Klapp.
Daniel Neman itiapp. 72, wen
known amateur photographer and re
tired Government employe, died yes
terday of a heart ailment at his horn-’,
1400 Fairmont street N.W. He had
been ailing since suffering a heart at
uick in ui'i/unei,
1935.
Mr. Klapp, also
a well - known
singer, sang bass
in the choir ol
St. Paul’s Luther
an Church until
becoming ill. In
following another
of his hobbies he
had fashioned
candelabra for
the church.
Mr. Klapp re
tired about seven
years ago from,
the Governmer.'
printing Office after working tnere to
many years as a proofreader.
Coming to Washington in 1892, Mr.
Klapp followed his hobby of photog
raphy and made many pictures of
Washington scenes around the turn
of the century. He was a native o'.
Paris, Ohio.
Surviving are his widow, formerly
Miss Amy Eckhardt, daughter of the
late Nicholas Eckhardt, well-known
Washington builder, whose work in
cluded the Concordia Luthern Church
and the Eastern Presbyterian Church;
five brothers, Alban, this city; Martin,
Kenton, Ohio; William, Springfield,
Ohio; Brosius, Circleville, Ohio, and
Orrin Klapp, Chicago.
Funeral services will be held at 2
p.m. tomorrow in Hines’ funeral home,
2901 Fourteenth street N.W. Burial
will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
WINS SILVER MEDAL
ARLINGTON, Va., March 29 (Spe
cial).—William Hill, a student at the
Washington-Lee High School, was the
winner of a silver medal in a speaking
contest held under the auspices of
Clarendon Branch, W. C. T. U„ at the
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
South. The judges were Mrs. J. J.
Bray, Mrs. Ruth Burke and Mrs. Rich
ard Rhodes.
The pastor, the Rev. Harry W. Cra
ver, made the presentation and spoke
on the liquor traffic throughout the
country.
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